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Front Pagearrow Feeble signals make trains crawl on run-down tracks
Run-down rail-tracks and an age-old signalling system have forced Bangladesh Railway (BR) engineers to impose speed limits of 5 to 40 km an hour (kph) at 30 railroad segments in Dhaka division alone to
 arrow S Asian foes declare peace 'irreversible'
India and Pakistan yesterday asserted the peace process between the nuclear rivals is 'irreversible' and pledged not to allow terrorism impede the process, agreeing to boost cross-border cooperation,trade
 arrow 97 still missing
Maleka Begum with bread and banana in hand has been waiting outside the security cordon of the collapsed garment factory building for her son Rubel for the last eight days.
 arrow Bigots again besiege Ahmadiyya mosque
Religious bigots yesterday laid siege to an Ahmadiyya mosque and ransacked a house in Sundarban Bazar of Shyamnagar in a fresh bout of intimidation of the sect.
 arrow Dhaka denounces 'unprovoked' attack by BSF
Bangladesh yesterday categorically condemned the "willful and unprovoked attack" by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India near Akhaura border on Saturday last.
 arrow Police yet to trace fake travel agency
Police are yet to track down Ali Overseas Travel Agency that organised the journey to Greece for 90 Bangladeshis rescued from a motor boat in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday.
 arrow 'Murdered' boy frees 'killer' mother from jail
Kamala Khatun, a village woman of Sherpur district, was sentenced to life imprisonment along with her second husband eight years ago on charges of "killing and hiding the corpse" of her eight-year-old
 arrow Most of Gulshan Lake goes to grabbers
Gulshan Lake is once again under the grip of encroachers, who claim "two thirds" of the entire water body with "proofs of purchase" from private owners.
 arrow Tk 3,000cr city dev project revived
The government has revived a six-year-old Tk 3,000 crore project aimed at improving the waterways around the capital and building by-pass roads and other infrastructure for a dynamic city.
 arrow 16 in final race, IOJ pulls out
Sixteen candidates are finally in the mayoral frame for Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls after the candidates of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) and Jagrata Muslim Ummah Oikya Parishad pulled out fromthe
 arrow Collapsed factory workers in fresh hardship
The grocers in Palashbari and the adjoining areas have stopped selling groceries on credit to the workers of the Spectrum Sweater Ltd as the workers could not pay their last month's dues and cannot hope
 arrow Govt finds no proof of int'l terrorists links: FM
Foreign Minister (FM) M Morshed Khan yesterday said the government did not find any evidence or proof that local goons have any connection with the international terrorists.
 arrow Khaleda stresses steps against risky, illegal structures
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the authorities to identify risky buildings in all parts of the country, including the capital, and take necessary measures to reduce the risks of life.
 arrow JCD factional clash at JU wounds 26
A student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) took bullet and 25 pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were injured in a fierce battle between two of its factions on the campus yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka seeks US help to combat sea piracy
Bangladesh has sought US logistic support to forestall reemergence of the golden triangle by combating terrorists and pirates in the high terrain and the coastal belt, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khansaid.
 arrow Poor mother sells baby for Tk 800
Believe it or not, a poverty-stricken mother yesterday sold her 29-day-old baby after she failed to feed it.
 arrow Rocca to visit Dhaka in May
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca would arrive in Dhaka in the second week of May.
"She showed her interest to visit Bangladesh this week and meet me.

 arrow Cardinals start new Pope election
Roman Catholic cardinals held a solemn Mass praying for divine inspiration yesterday, hours before locking themselves away from the world to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II.
 arrow Small investors protest bearish trend in DSE
A group of small investors yesterday staged street demonstration in front of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) to protest continuous fall in share prices on the premier bourse.
 arrow Goldsmiths keep shutters down
Goldsmiths of Tantibazar in old Dhaka yesterday kept closed their businesses to protest the killings of two gold traders on Sunday.
 arrow Govt lacking in protecting people's rights Says Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday noted that the government is lacking in protecting the basic rights of people.
 arrow 22 wounded as businessmen clash with cops in Kurigram
At least 22 people were injured in a clash between businessmen and the police of Raumari upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Fish farmer shot dead
Unidentified assailants yesterday gunned down a fish farm owner in front of his house in Mohakhali in the capital.
 arrow Cabinet for ensuring quality of construction
The cabinet at a meeting yesterday discussed ways to ensure the quality of construction of educational institutions, roads and other infrastructure in the public sector.
Businessarrow New slab blamed for low import duty collection
Collection of import duty declined by 2.75 percent in the first nine months of the current fiscal due to introduction of three tier duty slab instead of four tier slab and reduction of rate in the highest tax slab.
 arrow Address compliance issues to survive in global market
In order to match the global standard, speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for meeting social and environment compliance issues in the export-oriented knitwear sector.
 arrow Tk 150cr garment export at stake
Uncertainties loomed large on export of readymade garments worth Tk 150 crore after Bangladesh Bank imposed restrictions on 19 branches of 13 nationalised and private banks to open LCs, BGMEA sourcessaid
 arrow Petrobangla asked to submit report on money losses
The Energy Ministry yesterday asked Petrobangla to submit a full-fledged report on losses of money and time for re-tendering of different projects.
 arrow Bangladesh promises high for captive power generation
Bangladesh is set to be a booming market for captive power generation as textile, pharmaceuticals and frozen foods sectors are growing rapidly, felt Farrukh J.
 arrow Dream Knitting to invest $1.67m in CEPZ
Dream Knitting (BD) Limited, a Japan-Bangladesh joint venture composite knit textile industry, will invest US$ 1.67 million in the Chittagong Export Processing Zone.
 arrow ADB South Asia DG arrives tomorrow
Kunio Senga, director general of South Asian Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will visit Bangladesh from April 20 to 22.
 arrow Islamic Finance and Investment okays 10pc stock dividend
Islamic Finance and Investment Limited (IFIL) has approved a 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Eastern Housing, DBH sign MoU
Real estate developer Eastern Housing Ltd has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Citigroup posts $5.44b Q1 net income
Citigroup, a global financial services company and the parent company of Citibank, NA, has posted a $5.44 billion net income after tax for the first three months that ended on March 31, 2005.
 arrow Bakhteyer made panel member of ICC body
Md Bakhteyer Hossain, senior principal officer of Mutual Trust Bank Limited, has been selected a member of expert panel of Documentary Credit Dispute Resolution Expertise (Docdex) of the Paris based International
 arrow Pakistan rolls out first locally designed car
Pakistan on Monday launched its first locally designed car, saying it had joined an elite group of 16 countries to achieve the feat.
 arrow Qatar Airways keen to fly to Ctg, Sylhet
Besides raising frequencies of flights to Dhaka, Qatar Airways is also interested to operate in Chittagong and Sylhet.
 arrow More aid, debt relief needed to help poor nations
International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings closed Sunday with a broad sense that more aid is needed to help poor nations, but with donors still haggling over numbers and the best approach.
 arrow China, Australia sign deal to negotiate free trade pact
China and Australia Monday signed an agreement to begin negotiations on a free trade pact, with visiting Prime Minister John Howard also announcing Canberra's recognition of China as free market economy.
Sportsarrow Football: A Red & Orange Fed Cup?
With Muktijoddha Sangsad and Brothers Union rapidly gaining strength, popular colours like the Black and White and Sky Blue have started to fade away from the limelight of domestic football.
 arrow Cricket: Making the impossible possible
While the talk of the town was the unbearable heat that was sweeping the country for the last couple of days, the members of The Daily Star sports section chose to discuss another kind of heat wave that
 arrow Cricket: Bashar bashes Proteas
Half-centuries from two guest players helped the University of the West Indies' Vice-Chancellor's XI hold out against South Africa in a two-day match.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav may appeal again!
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday indicated that India captain Sourav Ganguly may go for an appeal against the decision of International Cricket Council (ICC) Appeal
 arrow Cricket: BKSP-B run riot again
BKSP-B continued their run feast in the Under-15 Standard Chartered Young Tigers School Championship as they outclassed Tejkunipara High by 335 runs in their second match at the Lalmatia Housing Society
 arrow Football: Nebitchi arrive today
Nebitchi FC of Turkmenistan arrive in Dhaka today to play their AFC Cup away match against Mukti-joddha Sangsad Krira Chakra. The match will be take place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Zero tolerance pays
Italy's new zero tolerance policy towards crowd violence ensured the weekend's Serie A matches passed off peacefully.
 arrow Football: A Milanese mishap
Juventus pulled three points clear at the top of Italy's Serie A on Sunday after they thrashed Lecce 5-2 and title rivals AC Milan suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Siena.
 arrow Football: Rivals win alike
Ronaldinho inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Getafe at the Nou Camp to match Real Madrid's earlier victory over Levante as the Catalans remained six points clear at the top of the Primera Liga on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SLC to begin coach hunt
Sri Lanka will start the hunt for a new cricket coach next week after the completion of John Dyson's 20-month contract.
 arrow Cricket: Collins out of third SA Test
A slight back injury will sideline West Indies fast bowler Pedro Collins for the third Test against South Africa, starting on Thursday in his native Barbados.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan have last laugh
When Inzamamul Haq was named captain of young Pakistan's squad in February for the first cricket tour of India in six years, critics said he was merely leading lambs for slaughter.
 arrow Cricket: Wright wishes India well
India need to show more consistency and fighting spirit to become a stronger force, particularly in one-dayers, outgoing coach John Wright said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Big defeat for women booters
The Bangladesh women's football team suffered a humiliating 24-0 defeat against Japan in the first-ever Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-17 Football Championship in South Korea yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Boys handball from today
The Sunnydale Third Boys' Mini Handball Tournament begins today at the Dhanmondi Women's Complex with six matches taking place.
 arrow Cricket: WECCA final on Friday
The final of the Fifth Partex WECCA League between Cricketers and Cavaliers will take place at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Declare nat'l mourning'
Different labour fronts yesterday laid a siege to the labour department demanding exemplary punishment to the persons responsible for the tragedy at the Spectrum Sweaters Factory Limited in Savar.
 arrow Wasa demolishes 20 more houses
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday demolished some 20 bamboo-made houses on the city's Begunbari canal as part of its drive to free the blocked parts of the city's open canals.
 arrow 'BNP union meets infuse new dynamism into politics'
Prime Minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party's countrywide programme of union representatives infused new dynamism into politics and inspired grassroots-level leaders.
 arrow 'Hold talks to solve water sharing issues'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday laid emphasis on holding frequent talks at bilateral and multilateral level to help solve the crisis over the water sharing of the international rivers.
 arrow Attack on Ahmadiyyas condemned
Different human rights organisations and political parties yesterday strongly condemned the Sunday's attack on Ahmadiyya community in Satkhira by the religious bigots of the International Khatme Nabuwat
 arrow 8 youths get 60 years' RI for keeping arms
A Dhaka court has sentenced eight youths to 60 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Open Arial Khan bridge immediately
Opposition Awami League lawmakers yesterday accused the government of deliberately delaying opening a newly constructed bridge over the river Arial Khan in Madaripur to traffic.
 arrow Extortionists shoot mason for tolls, one arrested
A gang of extortionists shot and in-jured a mason at Kafrul in the city yesterday as the owner of an under-construction building refused to pay tolls.
 arrow ADB official arrives tomorrow
Kunio Senga, director general of the South Asia Department (Sard) of Asian Development Bank (ADB) arrives in Dhaka tomorrow in a three-day visit.
 arrow Road accident kills three in Sonargaon
Three people died and three others injured when a bus collided with an auto-rickshaw on Narsingdi-Madanpur road near Lalate under Sonargaon upazila yesterday.
 arrow 'Scientific conservation of indigenous livestock soon'
Scientific conservation of indigenous livestock will begin in the country soon to fill up the deficiency of protein by the year 2020.
 arrow EWU admission test results
The results of the admission test for summer session of the East West University has been published, says a press release.
 arrow Four arrestees on remand, one sent to jail
A Dhaka court placed four youths on a five-day remand and sent another to jail yesterday after they were arrested on charge of killing a school headmistress.
 arrow Ivy Rahman's mother dead
Hasina Banu, mother of slain Awami League leader Ivy Rahman and grandmother in-law of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Rehana, died of old age complications at a house at Gulshan in the city on Sunday night
 arrow JCD announces central committee
The long-awaited central committee of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling BNP, was announced yesterday.
 arrow BUET term final exam from Apr 30
The term final examination of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will now begin on April 30 instead of April 23, a BUET press release said here yesterday.
 arrow DU Zoology deptt golden jubilee on April 22
The department of Zoology of Dhaka University (DU) will celebrate its golden jubilee at Teacher-Student Center (TSC) at 9:00am on April 22.
 arrow Birdem trains 33 endoscopic surgeons
A six-day workshop for endoscopic surgeons ended Saturday, at Birdem Hospital auditorium, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 54 kg seized ‘heroin’ undergoes test
Police suspect that the 53.5 kilograms of 'white powder' seized from a truck along with other goods in Gournadi on Sunday may be heroin.
 arrow High postal, audit officials involved in scam
Some high officials of the postal department in Northern districts and of government's audit department in Dhaka were involved in the postal scam in which depositors were swindled of crores of taka, according
 arrow Dinajpur Medical College shut for 10 days
About 300 students of Dinajpur Medical College (DMC) are on indefinite strike since April 8.
They were demanding fulfillment of their 5-point demand.

 arrow Power crisis in eight northern districts
Severe power crisis and frequent load shedding in eight Northern districts have added to people's sufferings in the ongoing sultry summer.
 arrow Admin, police slated for backing bigots
Workers' Party (WP) leaders in a statement here yesterday condemned the fixing of a signboard by bigots with the help of police on the wall of Ahmadiyya Mosque at Sundarban Bazaar in Shyamnagar upazila.
 arrow 10 out of 14 UP chairmen boycott Jamaat MP in Satkhira
A Jamaat lawmaker faces no-confidence from 10 out of 14 Union Parishad (UP) chairmen in Sadar upazila for his alleged involvement in corruption and nepotism.
Culturearrow Boichoitri : A scintillating display of local skills and art
Speaking about the open-air art exhibition, Boichoitri, held at the British Council recently, June Rollinson, Director, British Council, said, "This exhibition is basically to celebrate the Bangla New
 arrow Q&A
AA Sayeed, a scholar, litterateur, television presenter is a jovial personality.
 arrow BU Cultural Evening 2005
BRAC University organised the annual programme of its cultural club at the National Museum Auditorium recently. This is the fourth such programme by the club.
Generalarrow Seven receive Meena Media Awards
Seven young media producers were awarded 'Meena Media Awards' in the city yesterday for their outstanding productions for and about children.
 arrow 'AL to continue movement'
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said his party will continue movement on the streets along with the like-minded parties until the BNP-Jamaat coalition government steps down from power.
 arrow Rupsha Bridge to open on May 12
Rupsha Bridge will be inaugurated on May 12.
Earlier, the bridge was scheduled to be opened to traffic on April 27.

 arrow GB's orientation ceremony begins
The 14-day long orientation of the newly-admitted students of Gono Bishwabidalaya began at the university's auditorium on Saturday, says press release.
 arrow Information evening on IB diploma
International School Dhaka, the first IB world school in Bangladesh, will hold an open information evening on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at 7:00pm on April 20 at the school at Plot 80,
Internationalarrow Kashmir can 'erupt' again
Pakistan President Pervez Mush-arraf yesterday said that the Kashmir issue could not be brushed under the carpet and warned that it could erupt again in the future.
 arrow Nepali king seeks to break out of isolation
Nepal's King Gyanendra, deno-unced across the world for his Feb.
 arrow Thousands flock to pray for 'right person' as next pope
Thousands of ordinary people and clergy flocked to Saint Peter's Basilica yesterday to help cardinals pray for divine guidance as they prepare to elect the next pope -- but everyone already seemed tohave
 arrow Iraqi forces retake besieged town
The Iraqi army said yesterday it had found no hostages in the besieged town of Madain, where Sunni militants had reportedly been holding Shia residents captive.
 arrow Israel moves to build new settlement
Israel put itself on a collision course with Washington yesterday by inviting bids to build 50 new homes in the West Bank, just days after US President George W. Bush warned against any expansion of settlements.
 arrow Girls 'missing out on schooling'
The United Nations children's organisation says 115 million children worldwide are missing out on an education - and most of them are girls.
 arrow Five terrorist outfits flay Musharraf
Five terrorist organisations yesterday accused Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf of surrendering before India and trading the Kashmir issue for monetary gains.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Inaction has gone too far
Last month, the administration sat idle while anti-Ahmadiyya bigots wielding weapons and threatening violence besieged the Ahmadiyya community in Bogra and intimidated the local police into hanging asign
 arrow Editorial: Upbeat Indo-Pak mood
The confidence-building process that had started quite some time ago between New Delhi and Islamabad has now graduated into a state of rapprochement between the two big neighbours of South Asia.
 arrow Role of Speaker in making Parliament effective
Parliament is one of the three basic pillars of Bangladesh, the other two being executive and judiciary.
 arrow First US Truth Commission
On November 3, 1979, in Greensboro, North Carolina, members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party attacked a protest march led by communist labour activists who were trying to unionize black
Letters to Editorarrow Modern approach
The ancient saying "a flexible person is he/she who is like water, without shape or size taking the shape of anything that finds him/her.
 arrow Why this power shortfall?
Newspaper reports (April: 8) mentioned about the quandary of our parliamentarians on identifying the reason behind power shortage.
 arrow Good move, but...
It is appreciable that after a long time Grameen phone has responded by offering some sort of facilities to their customers that include extending the validity period for Tk 300 scratch card to 6 months,
 arrow Torture!
This refers to a news item in The Daily Star dated 9th April 2005 (on page 3) saying "Enact Laws to check noise pollution" with a picture of a human chain "demanding effective measures to check noisepollution".
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