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Front Pagearrow Attorney general quits
Attorney General AF Hassan Ariff resigned from his office yesterday apparently over growing discord with the government on several issues including cancellation of an additional High Court judge's Bar
 arrow Bhuiyan rules out talks with AL on reforms
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday ruled out the possibility of any dialogue with Awami League (AL) on reforms of caretaker government system and the appointment of chief election
 arrow Samad Azad laid to rest
Abdus Samad Azad, the country's first foreign minister and veteran politician, was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in the capital yesterday with state honour as thousands of people paid lasttributes
 arrow Premier Bank MD Mazid removed
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday removed Premier Bank Managing Director (MD) Kazi Abdul Mazid as its probe into the private bank's IPO (initial public offering) scam detected his involvement with opening
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi stick to stances on fencing
Dhaka and New Delhi have stressed the need for dialogue to defuse the simmering border tension and strengthen bilateral relations, but both sides have stuck to their stance on the issue of barbed-wire
 arrow US energy firm starts talks to invest $1b
Visiting executives of a US energy company, Global Vulcan Energy International LLC (GVEI), yesterday launched negotiations with the government on investing to the tune of $1 billion in coal mining, power
 arrow Director transferred over key power plant contract
The government has transferred the Power Cell's technical director amid opposition from the state minister for power, about a month after arbitrarily firing its director general (DG).
 arrow Khulna tense over fresh seizure plan
Police have stepped up security for the Ahmadiyya mosques in Nirala and Labonchora areas following intelligence that the religious bigots were planning assault on the two mosques anytime today, our Staff
 arrow Outlaws kill 3
Underground party operatives killed three people including two businessmen in separate incidents in Kushtia early yesterday while police in Khulna recovered body of an outlawed party cadre.
 arrow Tk 3.6cr foreign currency seized at Ctg airport
Security forces seized a huge stash of foreign currency worth over Tk 3.
 arrow Salehuddin picked as BB governor
The government yesterday appointed Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), the new governor of Bangladesh Bank, putting an end to much speculation.
 arrow Liaquat Ali new envoy to India
The government has appointed Liaquat Ali Choudhury, currently Bangladesh ambassador to the Netherlands, as the Bangladesh high commissioner to India.
 arrow Fakhruddin stands by interest rate hike
As a debate rages over shifting towards a higher interest rate regime, outgoing Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday defended his move by saying his signals to the banks were for
 arrow 2 'criminals' killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals were killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police and the Rab in separate incidents in the capital and Jessore yesterday.
 arrow Mir Nasir skips meeting with other mayoral candidates
The Returning Officer (RO) of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election yesterday at a meeting with the mayoral candidates asked the candidates to follow electoral rules and code of conduct for the sake
 arrow Man kills wife, two daughters over extra marital affair
A man stabbed his wife and two daughters to death after a feud over his extra-marital affair at Dangapara village under Domar upazila of the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Power cable test in landing station ends successfully
The live testing of power cable in the submarine landing station at Cox's Bazar was completed successfully on Wednesday, paving the way for information super highway connectivity.
 arrow Ex-Nepal PM put in custody until Monday
Nepal's ousted prime minister has been put in judicial custody until Monday after he refused to testify to a powerful anti-graft body set up by the king to tackle widespread corruption, an official said
 arrow BSF yet to return body of Bangladeshi
The body of a Bangladeshi national, who was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday at Gazipur in Sadar upazila, was not returned to the BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) even 24 hoursafter
 arrow Students block road for sit-in, demand max punishment
Heated demonstrations rocked the Sher-e-Bangla Girls' School and College in Old Dhaka for the second consecutive day yesterday, as hundreds of students and their guardians demanded capital punishmentfor
 arrow 55 injured at IU as JCD-Shibir clash
Sporadic clashes between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir left at least 55 students injured on Islamic University (IU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Bush taken to bunker after false radar blip
President Bush was hustled from the Oval Office and into an underground shelter on Wednesday after a blip on a radar screen was initially mistaken for an aircraft entering the restricted airspace around
 arrow Amini for ban on caretaker govt system
Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini of the Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ) yesterday said his party wants to ban the caretaker government system, not reform it.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Protesting The Daily Star's reply to a Jamaat-e-Islami rejoinder published on Tuesday, the Satkhira district unit Jamaat said none of their leaders and activists were involved directly or indirectly in
Businessarrow Flexible interest rate, better PCBs, floating exchange rate
Making interest rate flexible, improving performance of the private commercial banks and successful implementation of market-determined floating exchange rate are the three top areas where outgoing Bangladesh
 arrow Share prices dip further
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam met Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday as sharp slide in share prices continued on two bourses of the country.
 arrow Dr Yunus campaigns for duty free access of RMG to US
The visiting BGMEA delegation, accompanied by Grameen Bank Managing Director Dr Muhammad Yunus, on Wednesday urged US senators, media and labour organisations to lend absolute support to a bill titled
 arrow Ecnec okays 12 projects involving Tk 2,368cr
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved 12 development projects in various sectors involving Tk 2,368 crore.
 arrow Open up VoIP to tap ICT opportunities
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to immediately open up Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to explore ICT opportunities as the country is hooking up to the global information superhighway
 arrow Beximco Ltd okays acquisition of Shinepukur Ceramics
BEXIMCO Limited at its annual general meeting yesterday approved acquisition of 100 percent shares of Shinepukur Ceramics Ltd that has a paid-up capital of Tk 66.06 crore.
 arrow Beijing-Kunming-Dhaka direct air route opens from May 18
The China Eastern Airlines will open the Beijing-Kunming-Dhaka direct flight on May 18, the airlines' Yunnan branch announced here yesterday.
 arrow India raises interest rate
India's central bank lifted its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 5.
 arrow Bank holiday on May 1
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on May 1 (Sunday) on the occasion of May Day, said a central bank press release yesterday.
 arrow EU gears for action on China textiles despite warnings
The European Union executive commission was ready to decide on Thursday the launch of a probe into surging Chinese clothing imports, in an escalating trade dispute with the Asian economic giant.
 arrow ‘Thai shrimp exporters to benefit under new EU deal’
Thai businesses, including shrimp exporters, will benefit from the European Union's new generalised system of trade preferences (GSP) once they are introduced, EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said
Sportsarrow Football: MSC's trial by Reds' fire
Mohammedan Sporting Club, under serious pressure to regroup from their worst defeat ever in domestic football, take on defending champions Muktijoddha Sangsad in the first semifinal of the Tibet 20thFederation
 arrow Football: Blatter coming to Dhaka
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to spend 24 hours in Dhaka next month during his South Asia tour.
 arrow Football: Romario's last dance
Veteran striker Romario scored his last goal and played his final 39 minutes for Brazil's national team on Wednesday, helping the five-time world champions beat Guatemala 3-0 in a friendly at Sao Paulo.
 arrow Cricket: Final Test starts today
South Africa, with the series already wrapped up, will look to pile on more misery for the West Indies in the fourth and final Test starting here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi, Sylhet win easily
Both the teams from the capital lost their opening day's matches of the Phase-2 (divisional level) of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers School Cricket Under-17 competition yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB sends tour plan to ECB
Pakistan will avoid scheduling matches against England in Peshawar and Quetta, cities close to the Afghan border, later this year, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sources said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: World teams to be named May 9
The squads for the ICC World teams to take on Australia in a six-day Test and three one-day internationals will be revealed in India on May 9.

 arrow Cricket: 5-ball Flintoff shakes off setback
Andrew Flintoff remains positive about his return to action despite being out for a duck on his county championship comeback for Lancashire against Worcestershire.
 arrow Football: Stalemate makes 'em happy
Battling Liverpool struck a mighty psychological blow by holding Chelsea to a goalless draw in the all-English Champions League semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Argentina would welcome Brazil
Argentina coach Jose Pekerman says Brazil will get a warm welcome in June for a World Cup qualifier and the game will not be influenced by the racism row involving an Argentine player in Sao Paulo two
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir flops on return
Pakistan fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed made an unimpressive Twenty20 Cup debut on Wednesday as the Multan Tigers were thrashed by Sialkot Stallions on the third day of the tournament at the Gaddafi Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Laxman aims at ODI comeback
Having been ignored from India's one-day cricket squad for the last two tournaments, stylish batsman VVS Laxman is determined to fight his way back into the team by working on his game and fitness.
 arrow Tennis: Henin in qtrs
Justine Henin-Hardenne was tested by Venezuelan Maria Vento-Kabchi before earning a 6-3, 7-5 victory and a place in the quarterfinals of women's WTA tournament here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Juve won't lose trophies
Juventus do not have to hand back titles won in the mid-1990s even though the club's doctor was found guilty of doping offences, the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne hasruled.
 arrow Tennis: Paes ready to roll in Davis Cup
Leander Paes, India's most successful Davis Cup player, will return to singles play in the Asia-Oceania second round tie against Uzbekistan starting at the Jai Club grass courts here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Beckham can't believe it
England skipper David Beckham said he is "amazed" and finds it "incredible" that his family's former nanny sold a story making claims about his marriage to a Sunday tabloid newspaper.
 arrow Cricket: Sponsor for U-15s team
The Rupchanda Soya Bean Oil will sponsor Bangladesh U-15 cricket team's tour of Sri Lanka, a Bangladesh Cricket Board media release said yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Puskin's chehlum today
The chehlum of Bangladesh Hockey Federation joint-secretary and Abahani hockey player and organiser Zahidur Rahman Pushkin will be held at Abahani Club premises in Dhanmondi today.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure universal edn for all
Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday called for ensuring universal education for all and technical education for the young people to move the country forward.
 arrow Bureaucratic control obstacle to strong local govt
Bureaucratic control is the biggest impediment to strengthening local government institutions, said eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain at a convention of union parishad chairmen and members in the city yesterday.
 arrow Next JS elections to be free, fair
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas has said Bangladesh's development depends on good governance and hoped that the next parliament elections would be conducted in a free and fair manner.
 arrow 'Resist acid violence at grassroots level'
Launch united campaign to resist acid violence at the grassroots level, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow '2.8 lakh children affected by autism'
Around 2.8 lakh children are affected by autism, a brain disorder that hinders children's normal mental growth, said the experts at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Teletalk risks another legal challenge
Teletalk Bangladesh Limited, the state-owned mobile phone company which is already facing legal disputes, has risked another legal challenge by announcing a dealership programme for selling pre-paid refill
 arrow Dhaka elected member of UN HR body
Bangladesh has been elected a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights for 2006-08.
 arrow Moudud seeks vote for Mir Nasir
A huge gathering of the voters hailing from greater Noakhali was held here yesterday to drum up support for BNP-led four-party alliance candidate for mayoral post in Chittagong City Corporation (CCC)election
 arrow BSMMU to refund additional course fee
The authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) decided to refund the additional course fee taken from the postgraduate students of different departments of the university.
Culturearrow International Dance Day
In 1982 the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI - UNESCO), introduced International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on April 29.
 arrow National Dance Festival at Rajshahi
The second National Dance Festival 2005 drew a large audience at Rajshahi recently.
 arrow Nakeeb's musical ventures
"Renaissance's music is targeted towards mature listeners"-- Nakeeb Khan.
Nakeeb Khan is a musician sought after by both youngsters and adults in our country.

 arrow Celebrating 50 years of Pather Panchali
Nostalgia, so goes the saying, is an escapable part of life.
 arrow Kopeniker Captain
It is not the man but the uniform that creates panic amongst the people in a police state. Anybody in 'uniform' becomes an autocrat.
 arrow Bhawaiya festival attracts viewers
Music lovers are in nor a feast. The occasion: a three-day Bhawaiya nestival organised by Bhawaiya Academy of Rangpur unit at the public library ground from April 27.
Generalarrow Rescue operation reviewed
Participants at an evaluation meeting yesterday reviewed the rescue operation of Savar garments factory tragedy and stressed the proper coordination by the government to reduce the vulnerability of the
 arrow Nor'wester lashes B'baria: One killed, 100 houses damaged
One person was killed and at least 100 thatched houses were damaged when a nor'wester lashed Brahman-baria yesterday.
The dead was identified as Ambia Begum, 50, of Bogdahar village of Nabinagarupazila.

 arrow More condolences pour in
Different socio-political, legal and human rights organisations yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of country's first foreign minister, veteran politician and Awami League presidium member Abdus
 arrow Condition of Journalist Murad critical
The condition of injured senior journalist Wahidur Rashid Murad, who is undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital, is stated to be critical.
 arrow Three children injured in bomb blast in Rajshahi
Three children were injured in a bomb blast when they were swimming in a pond in Maskatadighi area under Motihar police station in Rajshahi yesterday afternoon.
 arrow PM unveils cover of book on Zia
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday unveiled the cover of a book named 'Ganotantrer Janak Zia' at her office.
 arrow 1,846 more held
Police arrested 1,846 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Visually Impaired People's Assoc executives
Mansur Ahmed Chowdhury and Mosharraf Hossain Majumder have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Visually Impaired People's Association respectively, says a press release.
 arrow Training course for PROs
The certificate giving ceremony of a two-week training course on 'Press release writing techniques and photo editing' was held at the BICSR conference room in the city on Monday, says a press release.
 arrow Matlabganj JB School Alumni Assoc
Senior journalist Md Jahirul Haque and engineer Md Salim Uddin have been elected president and secretary general of Matlabganj JB High School Alumni Association, Dhaka, respectively, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: An indemnity innovation!
For all one knows, underutilisation of Annual Development Programme (ADP) funds comes under fire usually after a mid-term review, or a belated, albeit a much-bemoaned, assessment as has been the casewith
 arrow Editorial: A tribute to Samad Azad
Our deep and profound condolences at the death of Abdus Samad Azad, a veteran politician, a respected parliamentarian and a wonderful human being.
 arrow Clashes on our borders
There were several disquieting developments last fortnight along the Bangladesh-India border that appeared to strain relations between the two countries.
 arrow The face
The face looks as if it has been carved out of a block of light brown granite, its two cheeks sloping down in measured hollowness on two sides of the nose like a hillock thinned by erosion and mindless
 arrow Deaths in the Mediterranean
The death of eleven Bangladeshi youths in the Mediterranean seeking clandestine entry into European dreamland from Morocco has shocked the nation.
Letters to Editorarrow Students politics
Students are the founder of any state, they indicate the direction of the state policy. They are a large and concerned class of the society; society expects contribution from the students.
 arrow Dark Parks
The DCC has no transparency even in the lighting sector! The city's parks are dark in these insecure nights.
 arrow The New Pope
The Catholic Church finally elected the New Pope Benedict XVI from Europe. As a Christian from the 'two-third-world', our expectation was the New Pope would be from a Latin or Afro-Asian country.
 arrow Mother The sweetest word
Do you know the sweetest word of the world? It is 'Mother'. Yes! In English it is called 'Mother' or 'Mom' or 'Mama' or 'Mummy' etc. In Bangla, 'Ma' or 'Mau' or 'Mago' or 'Amma' or 'Ammu'.
 arrow Robot as camel jockeys
It is heartening to learn that a special type of Robot has been developed to replace young children as jokeys on racing camels.
 arrow Fly-overs to solve city road traffic jams
From the city of mosques to city of rickshaws to city of mosquitoes, Dhaka has now been elevated to city of flyovers.
 arrow Chittagong Port: Demands a positive change
Chittagong Port, once associated with the ancient history according to historians like Fa Hien, has recently become synonymous to corruption and inefficiency.
 arrow Watch import dumping
The official monitoring agencies have to carefully watch the dumping of non essential imported goods by exporters who have large stocks of old and unsold items; which are available at cheap discounted
 arrow Rape case
Raping is one of the most heinous crimes. We see news of rape incidents in the newspaper almost everyday. It is very disgusting that the some police officials are sometimes involved in such rape cases.
 arrow Supporting Pakistan
A while ago, the Pakistan cricket team visited India. They played three test matches and six ODIs. We were also, as always, very excited about the match.
 arrow "Tele-no-talk"
BTTB's new fashion baby and money spinner Teletalk mobile telephone service is still going through its birth pangs. The separation of umbilical cord (from the mother BTTB) is under court examination.
 arrow Women's voting right in Kuwait
It is undoubtedly a joyous tiding for the Kuwait's females that their 50-member house consented at last to provide them with the right to vote and candidacy in municipal election, although obviouslythey
 arrow Onslaught on embassy
I really appreciate your editorial trying to understand the casus belli of Kuwaiti's Bangladesh Embassy incident.
 arrow Savar tragedy
Few days ago a 10-storied garment factory in Savar collapsed killing many workers. I saw this incident in Canadian National TV, CBC News. We rarely see Bangladeshi news item in Canadian TV.
 arrow Resolution against Bangladesh
It was amusing to read some news reports during the last few days about a draft resolution against Bangladesh that was tabled by some MEPs at the European Parliament (EP).
 arrow A different cool ‘New Year'
The 'Pahela Baishakh' is celebrated in Bangladesh with due gusto and pomp. It's an occasion for rejoicing for all Bengalis irrespective of religion, creed and caste.
Environmentarrow City lakes must be restored to their past glory
World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year in both rich and poor countries with less exuberance and more sense of alarm.
Worldarrow South Asia: Annan calls for restoring democracy in Nepal
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged yesterday a return to constitutional rule as soon as possible in Nepal, a day after a fresh crackdown by King Gyanendra against political opponents.
 arrow South Asia: Koizumi courts India as China's clout grows
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrived in India yesterday on a mission that could mark a major shift in Japan's strategy in Asia, as China rapidly emerges as a diplomatic and economic superpower.
 arrow South Asia: NDA holds PM 'guilty' of retaining Laloo in cabinet
Stepping up their campaign against Railway Minister Laloo Prasad, leaders of the Opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Thursday met and urged President APJ Abdul Kalam to advise the Prime Minister
 arrow South Asia: Militants kill GI, 4 Afghan policemen
Militants mounted a series of attacks near Afghanistan's lawless border with Pakistan, killing a US soldier and at least four Afghan police officers, while three Afghan civilians were wounded by gunfire
 arrow South Asia: 7 to walk gallows for US centre attack
Seven people were sentenced to death Wednesday in the 2002 shooting outside an American cultural centre in Kolkata that killed five police officers.
 arrow Iraqi parliament okays partial cabinet
The interim National Assembly approved a partial Cabinet yesterday, breaking months of deadlock and political wrangling.
 arrow Abu Ghraib abuses 'tip of iceberg': HR Watch
A rights watchdog said on Wednes-day the abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison were just the "tip of the iceberg" of US mistreatment of Muslim prisoners.
 arrow Terrorist acts, deaths tripled in 2004: US
The United States said Wednesday that terrorist activity in the world increased sharply last year with the number of attacks and dead more than tripling but that it was winning the global "war on terror.
 arrow Iraq legal advice leak hits Blair hard ahead of polls
Iraq exploded onto the British election campaign yesterday as leaked advice from the government's top lawyer, questioning the war's legality, hit Tony Blair just a week before polling day.
 arrow 9 dead as helicopter crashes in Philippines
A military helicopter carrying a group of government scientists and a Red Cross official crashed in a mountainous area of the northern Philippines yesterday, killing all nine people on board, officials
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