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Front Pagearrow BNP deputies demand pro-polls budget
While the country's leading economists warned Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman of dire pitfalls of an election-oriented budget for the next fiscal year, ruling party lawmakers yesterday requested
 arrow Govt moves to legalise use of 21,458 project cars
The government, being failed to stop different ministries from using 21,458 project vehicles on completion of the projects, has now moved to legalise the unauthorised use by amending rules on public transport,
 arrow 22 die in Tangail road crashes
Twenty-two people died in Tangail and five others in Dhaka City in road accidents yesterday.
 arrow Hailstorm lashes capital
Hailstorm along with gusty wind for the second successive day damaged many trees and roadside billboards in the city late yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Drawn to touts in desperate hope
The urge to leave Bangladesh has become so high for fortune-seekers, particularly among those of the younger generation, that manpower recruiting agencies cannot keep pace with the brisk trade in foreign
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi agree to thrash out strains
Amidst escalating border tension, Dhaka and New Delhi yesterday agreed to maintain friendship and good neighbourly relations by thrashing out strains.
 arrow Cable traders to switch off channels for 24 hours
All satellite channels will be shut for 24 hours starting from 6:00pm today.
Cable Operators Association, Bangladesh (Coab) took the decision to protest the killing of its assistant organising secretary.

 arrow Opposition plans to match '96 agitation
The mainstream opposition parties plan to launch street agitation at the end of the next month over a one-point demand for reforms to the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC) in
 arrow Fuel station caught selling water in city
A filling station at Mirpur in the capital yesterday sold water instead of diesel to some 25 vehicles.
 arrow EU okays sanctions against US products
European Union member states on Monday approved slapping sanctions on a range of US products imported into Europe beginning May 1 in a long-running row over a controversial US anti-dumping law.
 arrow Choking the streets...

 arrow Civil society team blames it on BSF
Incursion into Bangladeshi territory by Indian troops led to the April 16 gunfight between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Akhaura frontier, said a civil society delegation
 arrow ZIA faces desertion threat
The Zia International Airport (ZIA) might be declared abandoned if the height of the high-rise buildings around it is not brought down to permissible level.
 arrow CMP chief, 13 others sued over murder of 2 labourers
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Amjad Hossain and 13 policemen were sued in a court here yesterday for the murder of two labourers in a police shootout during the clash with Chittagong
 arrow EC rejects Bar Council appeal to observe CCC elections
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday rejected Bangladesh Bar Council's appeal for permission to observe the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls describing the organisationpolitically
 arrow PM directs stern action against masterminds
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia has directed to take stern actions against the masterminds of Sunday's attack on the Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait, while the government has asked Bangladesh missions in
 arrow 26 Bangladeshis detained in Cyprus
Some 26 Bangladeshis have been detained by police in Cyprus while heading for certain western destinations of their own free will.
 arrow I will enter politics if people want
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of the Leader of the Opposition and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, yesterday said young leadership is necessary to make Bangladesh a corruption-free country.
 arrow Faizee has no moral right to remain a judge
Lawyers at a rally yesterday said the High Court's Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee has no moral right to remain a judge when Bangladesh Bar Council has revoked his certificate of enrolment.
 arrow 9 trade bodies slate couple of Indian dailies' reports
Nine leading trade bodies including the highest organisation of the country's chambers of commerce and industry yesterday expressed concern over "recent write-ups" on "terrorists' activities" in Bangladesh
 arrow India test-fires multi-target missile
India test-fired yesterday a multi-target missile on its eastern coast, defence ministry officials said.
 arrow Ex-Bac director Hannan sent back to army
The government yesterday sent back former director of Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) Lt Col Abdul Hannan Mridha, whose activities created controversies in the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), to the
 arrow Charges pressed against 8 outlaws
Detective police yesterday pressed charges against eight outlaws for killing Humayun Kabir Balu, editor of the local daily Dainik Janmabhumi and president of Khulna Press Club, on June 27 last year.
 arrow Woman ward commissioner escapes gun attack in city
An elected woman ward commissioner of Mirpur escaped a gun attack allegedly by the killers of her husband in city's Mirpur area yesterday morning.
 arrow Faizee attends court amid boycott
Additional High Court Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee, whose licence to practise law as an advocate was cancelled Sunday, continued his work yesterday amidst ongoing boycott of his court by the lawyers.
Businessarrow Govt likely to reintroduce agent commission in general insurance
The government is likely to reintroduce commission system in general insurance business to stop unhealthy competition among fellow companies.
 arrow 30 taxpayers to get VIP status in next fiscal
The government is going to award very important person (VIP) status to the country's 30 leading individual taxpayers from the next financial year.
 arrow Enact modern patent law soon
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday urged the government to expedite the process to formulate an up-to-date patent law to boost the economy.
 arrow US firm starts talks with BoI today
Global Vulcan Energy Int, a US company, will start negotiations with the Board of Investment (BoI) here today for investment in power generation, urea fertilizer factory and coal exploration sectors.
 arrow Indian firm plans to export LPG to Bangladesh, Lanka
A joint venture firm in India has sought Indian government's clearance for exporting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
 arrow SEC okays Meghna Life Ins IPO
Meghna Life Insurance Company yesterday received Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval to float IPOs worth Tk 40.5 million.
 arrow Shinepukur Ceramics okays acquisition by Beximco Ltd
The shareholders of Shinepukur Ceramics Ltd in an annual general meeting yesterday approved a proposal given by Beximco Ltd to acquire 100 percent shares of Shinepukur Ceramics Ltd having a paid-up capital
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank to collect GP bills
Subscribers of GrameenPhone (GP) will now be able to pay their bills through the branches of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited using the bank's ATM, POS terminals and internet banking services.
 arrow UCL appoints Prime Finance & Investment issue manager to IPO
Union Capital Limited (UCL) has appointed Prime Finance & Investment Limited the manager to the issue for its forthcoming Initial Public Offering (IPO).
 arrow New DMD of Standard Bank
SA Farooqui took over as the deputy managing director of Standard Bank Ltd with effect from April 1, 2005.
 arrow GSP Finance okays 22.5pc dividend
GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Limited, a non-bank financial institution, has approved a 22.5 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow New chief executive of Asian Paints
SR Rao took over as the chief executive of Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Ltd with effect from April 20, 2005.
He has replaced RV Ramanujam, says a press release.

 arrow Honda's Q4 profit jumps
Japan's Honda Motor Co posted a 24 per cent jump in fourth-quarter operating profit on brisk European sales and projected a further rise this year, albeit slower than expected, as its Civic sedan gets
 arrow China should cut textile exports to avoid EU action: Mandelson
European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday it was in China's interest to cut textile exports to avoid retaliatory measures from the EU in a growing trade row.
 arrow Boeing, Airbus in the race on Air India plane deal
The board of state-run Air India is meeting Tuesday to decide the purchase of 50 long-range aircraft amid intense lobbying by US giant Boeing and Europe's Airbus Industrie for the six billion dollar deal.
Sportsarrow Football: Where have those soccer days gone?
Change is the most unchangeable aspect of life. And sport is no exception.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque wants more money for NCL players
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed believes that the National Cricket League (NCL) would struggle to pick up as a prestigious first class competition unless the financial package for players improved.
 arrow Cricket: Jones also keen on Indian coach's job
Former Australia Test batsman Dean Jones is the latest name to be linked with the job of India's coach.
"I've been to India 58 times and enjoy the country and the public, so my hand is up.

 arrow Cricket: Five-wicket Shoaib reminds selectors
Fit-again fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar took five wickets in Pakistan's inaugural Twenty20 Cup match which began here on Monday, while Test reject Moin Khan hit a brilliant century.
 arrow Football: Fed Cup ties rained-off, replay today
Both the Group A matches of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup were postponed due to inclement wea-ther yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s, QAS tie match
Bangladesh under-19 cricketers' winning streak on their tour of Australia was snapped on Monday when they tied their seventh match against Regional QAS Squad.
 arrow Football: A blood and thunder prospect
Chelsea captain John Terry is steeling himself for a fierce Champions League semi-final against a revenge-hungry Liverpool.
 arrow Tennis: Gaudio fights back
Roland Garros champion Gaston Gaudio won the last ten games after saving a second-set match point, rallying from near-disaster on Monday to reach the second round of the Estoril Open.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam captain until April 2006
Pakistan Monday rewarded Inzamamul Haq for leading the national cricket team to a Test series draw and one-day series win in India by extending his captaincy until April next year.
 arrow Cricket: New job for Whatmore!
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore, who has recently renewed his contract with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for two years, will act as a television commentator during Bangladesh's tour of England next month.
Metropolitanarrow Mother to fast unto death if son not rescued
The wailing 70-year-old mother of the abducted Special Branch (SB) Inspector Abul Hasnain Azam Khan yesterday threatened with fast-unto-death if her son is not rescued immediately.
 arrow 'Raise awareness to check child abuse'
Children at a national consultation yesterday called for raising awareness at every level of society, including schools and workplaces, to check child abuse.
 arrow One lakh applicants to get patent rights
Over one lakh applications are pending with the Department of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks due to lack of adequate manpower and work manual, alleged the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Road accidents incur Tk 4,000cr loss a year'
Fake driving licence holders constitute one of the foremost reasons behind frequent road accidents in the country, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy's body recovered
Police recovered the body of a schoolboy from a pond at Solomaith in the city's Badda area yesterday.
 arrow Sher-e-Bangla's death anniversary today
The 43rd death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque will be observed across the country today with due respect.
 arrow President okays appointment of 9 HC judges
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday confirmed appointment of nine judges of the High Court.
 arrow 11 forest men suspended for graft
Eleven forest officials stationed in the Chittagong Hill Tracts were suspended and stand released yesterday on charge of corruption.
 arrow PM shocked
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in a tragic train accident in Japan on Monday.
 arrow 'Silent civil war' is going on: Rokan
A 'silent civil war' is going on in the country, and journalists and teachers are its first victims, said Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, convenor of the Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad, yesterday.
 arrow 'Increase reserve seats for women in JS to 100'
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday reiterated its demand for raising the reserve seats for women in parliament to at least 100 with direct elections to them.
 arrow 3 on remand
Two cable traders, killed inside their office in the city on Monday, might have been murdered following a feud with local hoodlums as the owners tried to prevent them from gossiping in front of theiroffice,
 arrow 1,793 more held, 2 arms seized
Police arrested 1,793 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Brahmaputra erosion takes serious turn in Gaibandha
With the sudden swelling of the Brahmaputra, erosion has turned serious along the western bank of the river in Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchari and Shaghata upazilas.
 arrow A genocide day set to pass off 'silently'
Today is April 27, the tragic Kaliganj genocide day.
 arrow Criminals set fire to Hindu schoolteacher's house
A gang of eight criminals on Monday set fire to a Hindu schoolteacher's house at village Hatra in Mohonpur upazila.
 arrow An institute with a vision
The University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC), one of the premier private universities in the country, provides standard education in science and technology, medicine and in different social
 arrow Students ransack Barisal medical college rooms
A group of unruly students, allegedly backed by the ruling party, ransacked some rooms at three departments in Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSBMC) on Monday demanding some extra facilities.
 arrow Tk 60 lakh trees gutted in Sundarbans fire
A three-member official team visited the fire-damaged areas in Chandpai Range in eastern Sundarbans on Sunday and Monday.
 arrow Monument with martyred FFs' names being built in Satkhira
A long felt demand of the people of Satkhira is going to be fulfilled.
 arrow 22 get life for murder
Twenty persons were sentenced to life term imprisonment by a court here on Monday in Shirjan Sheikh Murder Case in Bagha upazila.
 arrow Religious leaders join workshop on environment
A day-long workshop on "Environment and its Conservation" for religious leaders was held at the Islamic Foundation here yesterday.
 arrow Boat rally held on Meghna to stop Jatka netting
A boat rally was held on the Meghna on Monday to create awareness against netting of Jatka (Hilsha fry).
Culturearrow Babul's buoyant world of whirling images
Babul Mahmood's buoyant acrylic, watercolour and mixed media works are on display at an exhibition at the Russian Science and Culture Centre.
 arrow Abdul Hadi: Tracing the history of Bangla songs
Syed Abdul Hadi, a renowned singer, hosts a programme titled Kichu Kotha Kichu Gaan on ntv. The programme is currently running its 73rd episode.
 arrow Page 3: The bold and the beautiful
Page 3 has now become renowned as the newspaper page which brings to the common person the world of the rich and famous glitterati and their exclusive hangouts.
 arrow Musical evenings with Parapar
Good tidings for music lovers in the city. On May 2 and May 3, Parapar, a London-based group, is to stage a performance at the British Council, says a press release.
 arrow Interpreter heads US film chart
Political thriller The Interpreter has topped the North American box office on its opening weekend. The film, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Nicole Kidman, drew $22.8m (11.
 arrow Rambo director dies at 64
Director George P. Cosmatos, best known for box-office hits Rambo and Tombstone, died last week.
Cosmatos had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Generalarrow Children for adequate arrangements for edn
Underprivileged children yesterday urged the lawmakers of both the ruling and opposition parties to ensure adequate arrangements for their education.
 arrow JCD, Shibir clash at Ruet: 3 injured
At least one Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leader and two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were injured in separate clashes on Rajshahi University Engineering and Technology (Ruet) campus on Monday.
 arrow One to die, three others get life
A 50-year old farmer was sentenced to death and three others to life imprisonment yesterday for killing a co-villager over land dispute nine years ago.
Internationalarrow Syria finally ends military presence in Lebanon
Syria ended its 29-year military presence in Lebanon yesterday with a farewell ceremony near their shared border, with a Syrian commander telling Lebanese troops: "Brothers in arms, so long.
 arrow Japan's rail safety comes under fire
Rescuers yesterday pulled three survivors and more bodies from the wreckage of a Japanese train as the death toll rose to 76, with a new derailment raising fresh safety concerns following recent railprivatisation.
 arrow 7 guilty of US centre attack in Kolkata
An Indian court convicted seven men yesterday for killing five policemen who were guarding US government offices in the eastern city of Kolkata more than three years ago, an official said.
 arrow 'No proof Iraq hid WMDs in Syria'
The US-led group that scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction has found no evidence Iraq hid such weapons in Syria before the US invasion in March 2003, according to a final report on the investigation.
 arrow Taiwan opposition chief visits China
Taiwan opposition leader Lien Chan began a historic "journey of peace" to China yesterday, seeking reconciliation with an old enemy even as pro-independence supporters in Taipei protested against thetrip.
 arrow Japan seeks S Asian support to counter China
Facing a major rift with China, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi heads this week to India and Pakistan hoping to secure a counterweight to Beijing, which is moving closer to New Delhi.
 arrow Iraq invasion hounds Blair as MP quits
Prime Minister Tony Blair was forced onto the defensive yet again over Iraq Tuesday as a senior member of his Labour Party quit in protest at the war and urged voters to give the premier "a bloody nose"
 arrow Annan to talk UN reform with Indian leaders today
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday conferred with UN officials based here ahead of his talks with top Indian leaders today focusing on New Delhi's claim for a permanent membership of
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pre-election budget worries
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman's pre-budget discussions with economists, technocrats and journalists have gone down well with the intelligentsia.
 arrow Editorial: Laid back diplomacy
To be sure, Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia was missed by her counterparts at the Afro-Asian Summit in Jakarta.
 arrow Wen Jinbao's visit to India: US-China cold war in the offing ?
The visit of China's Prime Minister Wen Jinbao to New Delhi has been declared "historic" and its implications may have an impact on shaping the world order in the 21st century.
 arrow Killing field of Polashbari
Nine days after the collapse of the factory building of Spectrum Industries Ltd.
 arrow Is this an attempt at 'reforming' Islam?
Despite the euphoria of the organisers, the spectacle that took place in the basement of a New York City church on March 18 -- a Muslim woman leading a mixed gender Friday congregational prayer -- isnot
Letters to Editorarrow A global ambassador
It is a matter of happiness to see Dr. Mohammed Yunus sitting beside the queen of Spain. He is such a great inspiration for the youngsters of this country. He is an icon to us.
 arrow Cricket and Kashmir
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf travelled to New Delhi to watch an ODI match. He left no stone unturned to raise and discuss the Kashmir dispute with Indian leaders.
 arrow Comments on F-16
I find O. H. Kabir's comments regarding the procurement of F-16 to upgrade Bangladesh's Air Force quite pointless.
 arrow Local rock musicians
Mr. Mahfuzul Haque attacked the new generation of Bangladeshi rock musicians for possessing the same qualities that he praises when it comes to the older generation.
 arrow Welcome, donkey!
According to a recent press report an organisation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area is going to import 20 donkeys to Bangladesh from a neighbouring country.
 arrow Electronic traffic light
Its good to read that electronic traffic signal lights are being installed at different points in Dhaka city under the WB project.
 arrow Nababarsha celebrations
This year we celebrated our Bangla Nababarsha in a very ecstatic and colourful fashion. According to reports, 1412 Nababarsha celebrations were more overwhelming and spontaneous than recent years.
 arrow Hartal
Recently, Tareq Rahman, the joint secretary general of the BNP, had survived an accident where the wire of a lift in a hotel in Khulna snapped and fell about 11 feet.
 arrow BDR- BSF encounters
We intently hoped that the director general-level border talks between BDR and BSF would be able to defuse the tension prevailing along the frontier.
 arrow BTV cooking course
I wonder if anyone, as fortunate as me, had seen the cooking course aired on BTV World on Friday, 15 April 2005. The step by step procedure of cooking four favourite recipes was shown live.
 arrow Women teachers
There are a few (negligible number) women teachers working in Non-Government rural secondary schools.
 arrow Address in mosque
We observed Pahela Baishak with joy and gaiety.
 arrow What about the owner?
Thanks to the online version of The Daily Star, people abroad can read about the developments in our beloved country.
 arrow Our embassies
As a Bangladeshi expatriate in Paris I read with great amusement the news item on the Internet version of The Daily Star, titled "Uphold culture, Heritage in foreign lands, PM urges expatriates".
 arrow "69"-- too ordinary
As it takes all kinds of people to make the world, it certainly takes all kinds of serials to provide complete entertainment. But no one wants to rear up murderers in the society.
 arrow Higher education not for all
"Shobar jonno shikkha", (education for all) but "uccho shikka" (higher education) is not for every one! Education may be a basic right, but higher education is not a must.
Star Chittagongarrow Chaktai Khal becomes big issue in city corporation polls
The Chaktai Khal (canal) issue dominates the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election campaign.
 arrow Jobbarer Boli Khela ends, reliving rich heritage
Jobbarer Boli Khela, the century-old traditional wrestling competition of the port city, was held with its special characteristics and charms here on Monday.
Forty wrestlers took part in the competition.

Star Cityarrow WB loan on the way for affected rickshaw-pullers
The Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), an NGO, is expected to receive a soft loan of US$ 7.
 arrow Electronic traffic signal at Elenbari turned off
The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has switched off the newly installed electronic traffic signal at Elenbari intersection on the south-western corner of the Prime Minister's Office
 arrow Heavy rains in city calm scorching heat
A heavy spell of rain accompanied by gusty wind yesterday afternoon brought a relief to the city dwellers who had been suffering from the summer heat.
 arrow IT lovers to 'feel the net' at Internet Fair 2005
A six-day Internet fair under the banner "Feel the Net" begins today at Bhasani Novo Theatre and will continue till May 1.
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