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Front Pagearrow Why ombudsman not appointed?
The High Court (HC) yesterday served separate rules on the government and the Election Commission (EC) over the appointment of an ombudsman and particulars about election candidates.
 arrow Border tension flares as BSF kills 2 more
Only three days into striking an accord to exercise maximum restraint at border, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) without any reported provocation yesterday shot down two Bangladeshi citizens on the
 arrow Cabinet body okays bid-free policy
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday approved a revised policy on small private power plants of 10 to 50 megawatts contracts for which can be awarded without any bidding.
 arrow US envoy to report soon to State Dept
US Ambassador in Dhaka Harry K Thomas on Friday said he will soon inform the US State Department of the recent spate of attacks on Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh.
 arrow Govt eyes $1b a year from Tata projects
Bangladesh could earn $1billion a year from Tata's proposed fertiliser, steel and power projects, according to the state minister for energy and mineral resources.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two cadres of the outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) were killed in separate incidents of "crossfire" between police and their accomplices in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Rab to go hi-tech to tackle crime
Anti-crime agency Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is getting equipped with a hi-tech communication network and other digital facilities to crack down on the hard-core criminals who nowadays also use various
 arrow India reaffirms peace pledge
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reaffirmed India's commitment yesterday to finding a peaceful solution to a decades-old dispute with Pakistan over the divided territory of Kashmir.
 arrow Charges framed against 43
A court yesterday framed charges against 43 accused in the sensational Chittagong ammo haul case.
Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Court framed the charges under the Arms Act.

 arrow JS body to set deadline for speaker's nod
The parliamentary standing committee on private members' bills and resolutions at a meeting decided yesterday to give the speaker a deadline to allow private members to place in the House the bills that
 arrow India ready for Saarc summit in Dhaka
Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh yesterday said Delhi is keen to see the Saarc Summit take place in Dhaka soon.
 arrow Candlelight displeasure...

 arrow KfW withdraws pledged 20.4m euro for RPCL power plant
Having failed to persuade the authorities concerned to accept a condition, a German-based donor agency, KfW, has withdrawn its promised 20.4 million euro from Mymensingh Power Plant.
 arrow Commotion over dy secy promotion
The promotion of 327 government officials to the rank of deputy secretary has caused a commotion in the administration.
 arrow JS secretariat sits on Jamaat MP's plea for new passport
The Parliament Secretariat is yet to take any step to resolve the allegation of tampering with the passport of a ruling Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker who was refused visa by the Danish embassy in Dhaka last
 arrow Sony to revise games as Dhaka threatens legal action
The Sony company, which in one of its games depicted Bangladesh as a terrorist state, has decided to remove the reference after Dhaka threatened legal action, according to the latest news on its website.
 arrow Miladunnabi observed
Thousands of devotees marched through city streets in jachne juluch processions, while various organisations held milad-mahfil as Eid-e-Miladunnabi, a holy occasion marking the birth and deathof
 arrow Teletalk users face isolation
Teletalk subscribers are suddenly facing a virtual call restriction by all private mobile operators due to a lack of adequate interconnectivity.
 arrow Rallies, human chains for just compensation
A chorus of workers rights organisations staged a series of protests yesterday, condemning the owners of Spectrum Sweaters Industries Ltd.
 arrow 5 nabbed with dead chickens
Police on Friday arrested five people including a woman with 80 dead chickens from Sutrapur in Old Dhaka.
 arrow Tarique Rahman cleared of graft charge
A Dhaka court yesterday cleared Tarique Rahman, ruling BNP's senior joint secretary general and managing director of M/s Unitex Apparel Ltd, and five others of charges in yet another graft case.
 arrow US top brass cleared over Iraq abuse
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 arrow HC grills Ctg magistrate
The High Court (HC) yesterday grilled a magistrate of Chittagong for refusing bail to a mother and her baby accused in a theft and ransacking case.
Businessarrow Misuse of bond facility hurts genuine raw material importers
With raw materials of plastic goods imported under bond facility flooding the local market, genuine importers are being affected in the face of uneven competition with the unscrupulous traders.
 arrow BB suspends Premier Bank dividend disbursement
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday suspended disbursement of dividend declared by scandal-struck Premier Bank Limited.
 arrow Investment opportunity in Bangladesh much better
Eminent economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud has said investment opportunity in Bangladesh might be much better than it looks.
 arrow Low-income people need to be brought under banking service
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, before finishing his onerous job, made a call yesterday for his colleagues in the central bank to take a challenge of bringing more people from the low-income
 arrow Rancon Motors launches service campaign for Mercedes-Benz vehicles
Rancon Motors Ltd, the general distributor of Germany's DaimlerChrysler in Bangladesh, yesterday launched a weeklong service campaign for Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles under the guidance of a German
 arrow Sylhet intíl trade fair opens
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday called for massive investment initiatives in industry as he inaugurated an international trade fair here.
 arrow EU to reveal more in Chinese textile row
The European Commission will reveal more this weekend on a surge in Chinese textile imports which has led the EU to consider ways to protect the bloc's own industry, a spokeswoman said Saturday.
 arrow US puts pressure on development banks
US legislation to replenish the funds of the world's development banks will include demands for more transparency and accountability of the institutions, a top lawmaker said.
 arrow Japan executives worry about US economic slowdown
A majority of Japan's top corporate executives believe that the country's economy is gradually recovering but may falter in response to a US economic slowdown, a press report said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC in last four
Mohammedan Sporting Club stormed into the semifinals of the Tibet 20th Fede-ration Cup football tournament with a 2-0 victory over Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mesmerising Mosharaf
Mosharaf Hossain set a new first-class bowling record when the Barisal spinner grabbed all but one Chittagong wickets on the third day of the tenth and final round of the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: 'The maestro is past his prime'
The aging Sachin Tendulkar will never be the flamboyant batsman he was, but he remains vital to India's cricketing ambitions, West Indian great Vivian Richards said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara loves batting only
Brian Lara admitted he is enjoying the freedom of batting without the poisoned chalice of being West Indies captain to burden him.
 arrow Cricket: Twin ton up SA cruising
Hundreds from captain Graeme Smith and fellow opener Abraham de Villiers put South Africa in a strong position in the third Test against West Indies on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: Bans on Rana, Lusai lifted
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) on Saturday lifted the life ban on Mahbub Ehsan Rana paving the way for the national and Abahani midfielder to return to competitive hockey after nearly two years.
 arrow Cricket: Vivian wants to coach India?
Test great Viv Richards has hinted that he might be interested in becoming India's new coach.
The former West Indies skipper does not have a formal coaching qualification.

 arrow Handball: Boys' handball
Ansar & VDP School reached the final of Sunnydale third mini boys' handball tournament eliminating Banani Bidyaniketan 4-3 in the first semifinal at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Spit-ban' spits on 'em!
French newspapers reacted with indignation Saturday at the "deplorable" three-month ban handed to Marseille goalkeeper Fabien Barthez for spitting on a Moroccan referee in a friendly match in Casablanca
 arrow Football: Ferguson finds his successor in Keane
Alex Ferguson wants Roy Keane to take over when he steps down as Manchester United manager.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard dancing to Sacchi tune?
Six games to go and a six-point lead at the top of the Spanish first division should be enough for Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard to sleep easily ahead of the Catalan club's visit to Malaga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Japan-North Korea tie at 3rd venue?
The world football governing body FIFA will hold a meeting on April 29 to determine a sanction against North Korea for crowd unrest at a World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang last month, a report said Friday.
 arrow Football: Mukti sail, BU stumble
Holders Muktijoddha Krira Chakra got off to a flying start in their title defence of the Tibet Federation Cup Football Tournament when they handed a 3-1 defeat on Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Scholars
Nomanur Rahman hit tournament's second double ton as the Scholars School and College registered a massive 188-run victory over University Laboratory School in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers U-15School
 arrow Football: Richer Roman to spend more
Chelsea's English Premiership rivals have been given some bad news concerning the London's club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
Forbes magazine say he made 2.

 arrow Football: If Bergkamp has to stay at Arsenal
Dennis Bergkamp will have to resign himself to a bit-part role if he signs a one-year extension to his contract, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
 arrow Cricket: Wright, Ganguly were at odds!
India's former cricket coach John Wright has acknowledged that he was at times at odds with Sourav Ganguly but it all was aimed at making him a better captain.
"Sourav and I are great friends.

 arrow Tennis: Sania targets 2nd round at Roland Garros
Apprehensive that her recurring ankle injury could land her on the surgery table, Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza is taking no chances ahead of next month's French Open where her initial target is
Metropolitanarrow 'More investments, subsidies needed to save agri sector'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to pay more attention to the development of agriculture to boost the economy.
 arrow Reform discriminatory laws against women
Gender discrimination in the existing laws and lack of women's political empowerment are major obstacles to ensuring women's participation in development decisions at all levels, speakers at a workshop
 arrow One gunned down, 2 others shot in city
A young man was killed and two others were shot when the miscreants opened fire on them at Kafrul in the city on Friday.
 arrow British HC apprised of AL move for reforms in CG
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Anwar Choudhury yesterday met Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in Dhanmondi.
 arrow 4 killed in city road accidents
Four people, including a cloth trader and a nine-year-old boy, were killed in separate road accidents in the city in the last two days.
 arrow Female students confine pro-VC, provost to dormitory
Hundreds of angry resident students of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University yesterday confined the pro-vice-chancellor and the hall provost in the dormitory for several hours to realisetheir
 arrow 'Govt making judiciary, JS non-functional'
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat coalition government of making two vital state organs -- parliament and judiciary-- virtually "non-functional.
 arrow Domestic help's body recovered
Police recovered the body of a domestic help from Tejgaon in the city on Friday.
The body of Ruma Begum, 18, was hanging from a ceiling fan at a house at West Rajabazar.

 arrow CMP boss refuses to hold meet on security
The Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) commissioner yesterday refused a meeting with two former police high-ups on the security of Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina for her May 1 visit to the port
 arrow Opposition won't participate in polls without reforms in CG, EC: Menon
Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon has said that none of the opposition parties will take part in the next general election without reforms in the caretaker government system and Election Commission.
 arrow JS body asks ministry to postpone recruitment
The parliamentary standing committee on religious affairs ministry has asked the ministry to postpone recruitment and transfer process at the Islamic Foundation of Bangladesh.
 arrow Domestic help takes away cash, valuables worth Tk 6.5 lakh
A domestic help took away cash and valuables worth Tk 6.5 lakh from her employer's apartment in the city on Friday afternoon after making the family members unconscious by mixing drugs with their meal.
Nationalarrow Withdraw partisan CMP commissioner: Mayor
Another labourer, critically injured during Thursday night's clash with police, died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Friday morning, raising the toll to two.
 arrow Water reservoir leased for fish cultivation
The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has leased for fish cultivation the vast water reservoir of the Buri Teesta Irrigation Project in Jaldhaka upazila, depriving thousands of farmers of promised
 arrow 9-year girl accused of possessing heroin
A nine year-old girl has allegedly been implicated in a case under Narcotics Control Act in Khulna.
The case was filed by Inspector Shajahan Talukdar of Khulna office of Narcotics Control Department.

 arrow Killers yet to be nabbed
Police failed to arrest any of the culprits involved in the gangrape and murder of Garo women Anjali Rama one and a half months after the incident.
 arrow Hasina, Joy arrive Rangpur today
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Jatiya Sangsad Sheikh Hasina along with her son Sajib Wazed Joy will arrive in Rangpur today on a tow-day programme.
 arrow JCD activist dies in custody
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist of Bauphal upazila and an under-trial prisoner died at Patuakhali General Hospital following alleged torture by police and party rivals on Wednesday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow The IMF says the era of cheap money is over
After engineering a reduction in interest rates in 2004, an IMF mission suddenly announced a change in policy in 2005.
 arrow Indo-Pakistan dialogue raises hope
President Pervez Musharraf's recent visit to India is another successful landmark in the current road map for improving relations between the two countries.
Culturearrow Interesting images of the Eiffel Tower
The photo exhibit by Proshanto Karmakar, which began recently, is certainly worth viewing.
 arrow Up-close with Purbo-Poshchim
Judging by the sea of faces, and the rapt attention with which the audience welcomed Purbo- Poshchim, the recent band music session at the Alliance Francaise gallery was a sure success.
 arrow Sin City - a new genre of movies
Blockbuster movies based on comic book characters are a familiar phenomenon nowadays, but many complain that the on screen adaptations often lose the comic book essence.
 arrow Anwar idled, Paula diagnosed
Anwar Robinson's Idol aspirations were killed by disco fever.
Generalarrow Dhaka confirms commitment to peacekeeping
Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Louise Frechette has praised positive and constructive role of Bangladesh in the UN.
 arrow Six get life for murder
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday awarded life term to six persons for murdering an electrician in Cox's Bazar about two years ago.
 arrow Ahab men agitate for Galib's release
Radical outfit Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) on Friday staged a large agitation under police escort in Rajshahi and Satkhira, inaugurating a countrywide movement to demand the release of the militant
 arrow Chargesheet against outlaw
Police yesterday submitted charge-sheet to the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate naming an outlaw as the lone accused in the case of grenade attack on mayor's car last year.
 arrow Shrimp enclosure owner strangled
A shrimp enclosure owner was strangled to death at village Paranpur under Shyamnagar upazila in the district last night. The victim was identified as Nizam Gazi, 65, son of late Safed Ali Gazi.
 arrow 1,680 more held
Police arrested 1,680 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Nepal conflict displaces tens of thousands: UN
Tens of thousands of people in Nepal have been displaced by a Maoist insurgency wracking the Himalayan nation, a UN expert who just returned from the country said Friday.
 arrow Hu, Koizumi holds talks to salvage ties
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chinese President Hu Jintao met yesterday for hastily arranged talks in Jakarta to salvage ties between the two Asian powers amid a bitter row.
 arrow Sharon, Abbas to meet early next month
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plan to meet next month in what would be their first encounter in almost three months, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Berlusconi forms new govt
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced a new government yesterday, leaving key ministries untouched while bringing in his longtime ally and former economy minister Giulio Tremonti as deputy
 arrow Bomb blasts kill 21 in Iraq
A string of explosions rocked the Iraqi capital and other parts of the country yesterday and Friday, including a roadside bomb that exploded near an Iraqi army convoy on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing
 arrow Hizbul Mujahedin to consider any truce offer by Delhi
Indian Kashmir's main rebel group said yesterday it would "seriously consider" any ceasefire offer by New Delhi to end bloodshed in the insurgency-racked region.
 arrow Moussaoui pleads guilty
With the first US conviction from a Sept. 11 case in hand, federal prosecutors face a new battle over whether Zacarias Moussaoui should receive the death penalty for plotting with al-Qaeda against Americans.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ACC organogram
It is with no little relief that we greet the news that the ACC has finally agreed to a draft organogram that has been submitted to the cabinet for approval.
 arrow Editorial: Diarrhoea situation
The diarrhoea situation across the country is cause for concern, as thousands of patients have already been admitted to hospitals and more and more new cases are being reported.
 arrow Tension in Sino-Japanese relations?
Sino-Japanese relations are going through a rough patch.
 arrow Civil society and confidence building measures in South Asia
Civil society groups started to emerge after the First World War.
Letters to Editorarrow Introduce a gold medal
We owe a lot to all our teachers, professors and physical training instructors in the kindergarten, school, college and university and of course to our parents for their immense contribution, patience
 arrow Saarc without India?
I am referring to the letter of Mr. O H Kabir titled 'Saarc without India'. The suggestion made by him sounds good and, maybe, theoretically appropriate.
 arrow The Queen's English
There is much comment in The Daily Star about the use of the English language in Bangladesh.No one seems to realise that the English language, beautiful as it is, is not a prerequisite for success.
 arrow New pay scale
A recent DS report (April 9) indicated that the Pay Commission (PC) has decided to implement the new pay scale (up to a whopping 90% pay raise) for public servants in three phases, retroactively fromJanuary
 arrow Thai visa
Apart from seeking improved medical care and shopping, Thailand is also an ideal tourist destination. Thailand hosts a number of international seminars/workshops throughout the year.
Star Healtharrow Alzheimer's: A common ailment in old age
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition that damages areas of the brain involved in memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior.
 arrow Many lives would be saved by Emergency Medical Services
Bangladesh is a hazard prone county. Almost every year our country experiences some natural calamity.
 arrow Scaling up zinc treatment for young children with diarrhoea in Bangladesh
Diarrhoea is one of the worst diseases in developing countries, killing nearly 2 million children every year.
 arrow Discussion held on drug awareness
A discussion forum on drug awareness, abuse, rehabilitation and intervention was held on Tuesday last at a restaurant in the city. The forum was organized by 'Alo' an organization that promotes drugawareness.
 arrow Potassium, in any form, lowers blood pressure
Potassium citrate has similar blood pressure-lowering effects as the best-studied potassium compound, potassium chloride, according to a UK study.
 arrow Sinus and migraine often go together
New research indicates that migraines are fairly common among patients with sinus headache.
 arrow Yogurt may help dieters shed more body fat
Replacing other foods with a few daily servings of yogurt may help obese adults trim their waistlines better than calorie-cutting alone, a new study suggests.
Star Cityarrow WB happy over electronic traffic signal installation
The World Bank (WB), funding agency for the Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP), has appreciated the successful installation of electronic traffic signals at 59 intersections in the capital under the
 arrow Furniture industry chokes on timber dearth
With the increase in price of timber about 10,000 workers directly and indirectly involved in the 105 furniture outlets and showrooms along the Mirpur Kazi Para, Rokeya Sarani areas are living in anxiety
 arrow Cleanliness drive: So far so good
The city dwellers in general have expressed their satisfaction at the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)'s special cleanliness drive.
 arrow DU toilets in bad condition
The toilets at Dhaka University Arts Building remain in a dirty and unhygienic condition posing serious health hazard to the students and staff.
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