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Front Pagearrow Tall talks, but no action to check land grabbing
In one and a half years since identifying land grabbing as a national concern the government has not initiated any drive but on paper only to recover at least 20 lakh acres of encroached land.
 arrow ACC to probe actions against corrupt officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will probe corruption of government officials getting away with minor punishment on the pretext of departmental action.
 arrow Aurora passes away
Indian army legend Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, who oversaw the surrender of about 93,000 Pakistani troops in Dhaka in 1971, died in New Delhi yesterday at 89.
 arrow Media doesn't taint image but helps better governance
Media plays a vital role in improving the governance system instead of "damaging" the country's image, speakers at a seminar in Dhaka observed yesterday.
 arrow Campaign fever grips port city
The port city is now under the grip of election fever with only five days left for May 9 Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls.
 arrow Editorial: 2 BNP, Jubo Dal leaders nabbed for extortion
The police yesterday arrested a BNP leader, a central committee office bearer of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and two other gangsters in the city's Tejgaon area for organised crimes, particularly violence, vandalism
 arrow Indian defence report criticises Dhaka
The Indian defence ministry in its annual report has accused Bangladesh of "being insensitive and unresponsive to the presence of Indian insurgent groups from the northeast and the ISI on its soil, illegal
 arrow Morshed phones Natwar, discusses summit dates
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday telephoned his counterparts in New Delhi and Islamabad to discuss the dates for holding the stalled Saarc summit in Dhaka.
 arrow US Asst Secy Rocca due on May 11
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca is expected to arrive in Dhaka on May 11 on a two-day visit.
 arrow Bangladesh loses a friend
With the demise of Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, Bangladesh has lost a friend who was closely linked to its independence, leading Liberation War commanders yesterday said fondly recalling the memories of
 arrow Rab 'crossfire' kills AL leader
An Awami League leader of Meghna upazila was killed last night, reportedly in crossfire between his associates and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), at Chondigaon of suburban Keraniganj in the city.
 arrow Outlaws kill cop, police source
Underground operatives killed a police constable and a police informant in separate incidents in Chuadanga Monday night.
 arrow Real estate MD gets 3-month imprisonment
A Dhaka court has sentenced the managing director (MD) of Hirajheel Property Development (Pvt) Company Ltd to three months' jail for violating its order.
 arrow Hazari plans to surrender in a month
Expelled Awami League leader Joynal Hazari wants to come back to the country and surrender in the court within a month, he said in a statement faxed yesterday to newspaper offices.
 arrow CJ ducks SCBA sit-in for Faizee's removal
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday staged a two-hour sit-in in the chief justice's entryway to the Supreme Court, demanding resignation of Additional High Court Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee.
 arrow AL lawmakers gather at Ctg from today
Lawmakers of the main opposition Awami League (AL) start gathering in Chittagong City from today to launch campaign for ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, mayoral candidate for the May 9 city corporation polls.
 arrow Savar tragedy revisits as families get compensation
Yesterday proved another painful day in the unfolding tragedy of the Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd.
 arrow NBR asks for banking info on sixty-two taxpayers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has sought information from a number of banks about 62 of their clients including film stars, well-known doctors and entrepreneurs to detect and block any income tax
 arrow Commotion on border as BSF mistakenly kills Indian woman
Indian villagers agitated at the killing of an Indian woman by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Ghojadanga in Basirhat Police Station under North 24 Parganas besieged the border outpost.
 arrow 27 killed in Pak building collapse
At least 27 people died and several others were trapped yesterday when gas cylinders exploded and flattened a building housing an ice cream factory in the Pakistani city of Lahore, officials said.
 arrow 11-year-old girl raped, killed
Unidentified miscreants allegedly raped and strangled a schoolgirl to death in the city's Sheikhpara area yesterday.
Businessarrow Modern tax admin key to raising revenue
Accelerating the modernisation process of tax administration is vital for widening tax net and increasing revenue, felt Sayeeful Islam, president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 arrow BB governor promises not to serve vested interest
New Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday promised not to take any decision to protect the interest of smaller groups at the cost of greater section of the population and the country's interests.
 arrow Share prices bounce back
Share prices on both bourses yesterday bounced back with the benchmark indices gaining over 65 points on average.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) All Share Price Index recovered 66.91 points or 6.

 arrow High-profile body set up to boost India's trade diplomacy
Seeking to give a boost to India's economic diplomacy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set up a high-powered committee headed by him to take decisions on economic aspects of the country's foreign policy
 arrow FBCCI, StanChart team up to promote SMEs
The country's apex trade body and a leading foreign commercial bank yesterday agreed to promote Bangladesh's small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.
 arrow Hafiz Ibrahim loses Rupali Bank directorship
The central bank has declared the directorship of Hafiz Ibrahim on the board of Rupali Bank Limited vacant.
 arrow Mega exhibition starts from May 8
Three separate exhibitions of electronic products, construction materials and household items will begin simultaneously at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on May 8.
 arrow ADB chief seeks cooperation with NGOs
Newly-elected Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda was grilled Tuesday by representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) on the allegedly harmful effects of the bank's projects.
 arrow Oil prices slip
Oil prices slipped in Asian trade Tuesday as speculative buying eased and the marked turned its focus to an anticipated build in US crude oil inventories, dealers said.
 arrow India's cotton output leaps
Indian cotton farmers could not have asked for more: excellent weather, hybrid seeds and fewer pest attacks.
The result, a record crop in 2004 that boosted incomes.

 arrow EU seeks to galvanise foundering WTO talks
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson sought Tuesday to galvanise foundering world trade talks, insisting pessimism was "misplaced" and seeking pledges to open markets in industrialised and middle-income countries.
 arrow China wants moderate increase in textile exports
China wants to see a "moderate" increase in its textile exports, Trade Minister Bo Xilai said here Tuesday after talks with French counterpart Francois Loos.
Sportsarrow Football: A sweet Orange revenge
An early strike by Adil Okero gave Brothers Union the Federation Cup title after 14 years as well as a place in next year's AFC Cup with a 1-0 win over Muktijoddha Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's 400 was on his mind
Chris Gayle kept teammate Brian Lara's world record uppermost while he became the fourth West Indian to score a triple century on the penultimate day of the final Test on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: It's Rahim's turn to prove
Like everyone, young wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was also surprised when the national selectors included him in the 16-member Test squad for Tigers' first full series in England later this month.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle takes WI to safety
Chris Gayle became the fourth West Indies batsman to hit a Test triple hundred on Monday, to make the way safe for the home team in the fourth and final Test against South Africa.
 arrow Football: Abahani beat MSC again
Abahani clinched the consolation third place in the Tibet 20th Federation Cup when they defeated archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club 4-2 in the tiebreaker in yesterday's play-off match at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Football: Blatter cancels South Asian tour
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has cancelled his South Asian tour this month.
 arrow U-15 cricketers lose opener
Bangladesh Under-15 cricket team lost their first game in the tri-nation limited-over series against hosts Sri Lanka by two wickets at the Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lee can be faster
Australia fast bowler Brett Lee said on Tuesday he believed he had still to reach his maximum speed as he fights to regain his Test place for this year's Ashes series against England.
 arrow Cricket: 'We don't lack commitment'
Criticism that the West Indies cricket team lack application were dismissed by Ramnaresh Sarwan, one of their century making heroes in the first innings of the fourth and final Test with South Africa.
 arrow Football: Gunners on course to finish second best
Arsenal maintained their grip on second place and a direct entry into the Champions League proper with a 2-0 win away to West Brom that left Bryan Robson's relegation-threatened team second-from-bottom
 arrow Football: Sheva has final in sight
Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has returned to form at just the right time to finish off PSV Eindhoven when the teams meet at the Philips Stadium in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Roman wins some, loses some
The success of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich after lavishing a fortune on Chelsea soccer club has earned him many friends in west London but resentment at home.
 arrow Football: Becks the richest booter
Real Madrid's David Beckham is the best paid soccer player in the world, according to a survey published in France Football magazine on Tuesday.
With 25 million euros ($32.

 arrow Cricket: More trouble in SL cricket
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Duleep Mendis has handed in his resignation amid a bitter row for control of the country's richest sporting body, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart cricket
Enam Children International managed an exciting one-wicket victory over Udayan School in the Standard Chartered Under-15 Young Tigers School Cricket Tournament at the Dhanmondi Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer may play against Britain
World number one Roger Federer is expected to return to Davis Cup action for Switzerland after his country was drawn to play Britain in a World Group playoff in September.
 arrow BFAME bridge
Pakistan were leading the open teams table with 207.50 points in the 13th BFAME Bridge Championships at Hotel Sonargaon yesterday.

Jordan followed the leader with 207.

 arrow Football: Beware of ticket virus
World Cup organisers have warned prospective fans that a computer virus disguised as a ticketing confirmation message should be ignored.

They said fans receiving e-mails from the addresses Ticket@fifa.

Metropolitanarrow PM sees scopes for more trade with Vietnam
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia hoped that her upcoming visit to Vietnam would create further opportunities and scope for promoting investment and trade between the two countries.
 arrow Admission fees increased upto 81pc in 5 years at DU
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have increased the admission fees of different faculties ranging from 37 to 81 percent in last five years without providing any extra facilities to the students.
 arrow 'Strengthen movement to try war criminals in int'l court'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the pro-liberation forces to strengthen the movement for the trial of war criminals by the international court.
 arrow 'Cent percent neutral person to head CG impossible to find'
Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday said it is unnecessary to be concerned with the Awami League (AL) demand for reform of the caretaker government.
 arrow 6 killed, 25 injured in road accidents
Six people, including two schoolgirls, were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj and Rajbari districts yesterday.
 arrow Real estate caretaker gunned down
Criminals gunned down the caretaker of a real estate company at Mohammadpur apparently after he refused to pay a bribe, while police retrieved the body of a youth from a hotel in Mirpur with lacerations
 arrow 'Bangladesh a country of huge potentials'
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Matsushiro Horiguchi yesterday termed Bangladesh as the country of 'huge potentials' but said the opportunities could be harnessed in a faster way if the differencesbetween
 arrow Pledges to improve healthcare
Steps will be undertaken to bring all private clinics and hospitals under discipline to raise the standard of healthcare services in the country.
 arrow "Introduce pre-paid meter, privatise billing system"
The parliamentary standing committee on Public Enterprises yesterday underlined the importance of introduction of prepaid meter and privatisation of the billing system at the earliest to check power system
 arrow Minorities demand deployment of army, Rab
Religious minorites in a memorandum to the election commission (EC) yesterday placed a 5-point demand for a free and fair environment in the May 9 Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election.
 arrow Four accused manpower brokers yet to be held
Police are yet to arrest the four manpower brokers accused in a case filed with the Airport Police Station on charges of sending four people to Dubai with fake passports recently.
 arrow BDR chief goes to Agartala today
Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Major General M Jahangir Alam Chowdhury will go to Agartala via Akhaura this morning to have a courtesy meeting with Indian Border Security Force (BSF)
 arrow Training course for new dy secretaries begins
The 49th Advanced Course on Administration and Development (ACAD), one of the core courses of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), began here yesterday.
 arrow 1,353 more held, 11 firearms seized
Police arrested 1,353 people, including eight listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 48 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Illegal stone collection threatens CHT ecology
Illegal extraction of stone in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) goes on unabated, threatening the ecological balance and depriving the government of huge amounts of revenue.
 arrow Newsmen demand security
The World Press Freedom Day, 2005 was observed in Rajshahi yesterday through various programmes, demanding government steps to ensure security of newsmen.
 arrow 'Ensure equal rights for Bangalees in CHT'
Speakers at a roundtable here have put forward a 11-point demand and urged the government to fulfil those to ensure equal rights and privileges for Bangalees and indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill
 arrow Land acquisition delays Bhomra port uplift
Bhomra Land Port is yet to be developed into a full-fledged port due to 'dilly-dally tactics' of the port authorities in acquisition of land.
 arrow Demand for trial of 4 Rajshahi murders after rape
The Committee to Resist Torture on Women and Children, a newly formed body comprising nine professionals' organisations and NGOs, yesterday put up demonstrations in the city demanding trial of rape and
 arrow Man given14 year RI for acid violence
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Court in Comilla on Monday sentenced a man to 14 years rigorous imprisonment for throwing acid on a girl and her younger brother.
 arrow AL man elected Hakimpur pouro chairman
Awami League backed candidate Kamal Hossain Raj was elected chairman of Hakimpur Pauroshova. The election was held on Saturday.
 arrow BOU examinees demand textbooks
About 200 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) on Sunday put up demonstration in front of the university's tutorial office here demanding textbooks.
 arrow Tk 19 cr Comilla Pourashava budget
A Tk 19 crore budget of Comilla Pourasabha for 2005-2006 financial year was announced yesterday.
 arrow 'Education to End Poverty’
Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS), a local NGO, organised a week-long program dubbed Education to end Poverty.
Point-Counterpointarrow The looming spectre of waterwars
Water has so far been considered free and infinite commodity of Nature and was seldom accounted for. The time is soon coming when it will be among the hotly contested resources of this planet.
 arrow The Horizon This Week
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has not been conspicuous on ME threatre. No it seems she has resumed her place in the Middle East.
 arrow A tragedy caused by human negligence
It was not an earthquake that could have caused such fatal collapse of the nine storied Spectrum sweater factory building at Savar on the workers numbering about 350 at different floors during the night
Culturearrow Remembering the magician behind the camera
Satyajit Ray, the legendary filmmaker, is known for his unique approach to cinema.
 arrow Culling of colourful cartoons
The spontaneous putting together of cartoons by artists of Unmad, and other well-known cartoonists, is well worth visiting and examining.
 arrow Poetry in any other language...
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet," said Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
 arrow Cher: "This truly is it"
Belly dancers, a dancing elephant and a video montage of her lengthy career marked the end of Cher's three-year farewell tour.
Generalarrow PM responds to poor mother desperation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday granted financial support to poor and helpless Shefali Begum and ensured her housing and her daughter's schooling.
 arrow Feni pourashava chairman meets Khaleda
Newly elected BNP-backed chairman of Feni pourashava Nurul Absar paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi scientist receives Saarc Regional Award
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin handed over the 13th Saarc Regional Award for Young Scientists to Sujit Kumar Debsarma of Bangladesh at his office yesterday.
 arrow Training course for newspaper press workers begins
A three-day long training course on 'Organising the Unorganised-Increasing and Enrolment of New Members' began at the Sundarban Hotel in the city yesterday.
 arrow Indigenous Children Edn Forum formed
A coalition of more than 50 organisations working on the indigenous people, formed Indigenous Children's Education Forum (ICEF) on Monday.
Internationalarrow Many British voters still undecided: Poll
Just 48 hours before Britain's general election, as a poll showing more than a third of voters have yet to make up their minds caused fresh jitters for his Labour Party.
 arrow Gen Aurora, the man who helped make it happen
The man who forced Pakistan to surrender in the 1971 Bangladesh War is no more.
 arrow 12 killed in fight with US forces in Iraq
US forces killed 12 people and wounded two others, including a six year old girl, in a firefight and bombing close to the Syrian border on Monday, the US military said in a statement on Tuesday.
 arrow Iran vows to resume nuclear activities
Iran reiterated on Tuesday it would shortly resume sensitive nuclear work that could be used to make atomic arms, despite the risk of being sent to the UN Security Council.
 arrow At least 8 killed in Mogadishu blast
At least eight people were killed and 28 wounded Tuesday apparently by a hand grenade in the capital Mogadishu where Somalia's transitional prime minister was addressing a large crowd, police and witnesses
 arrow US soldier pleads guilty to abuse charges
Pfc. Lynndie England took responsibility for the smiling, thumbs-up poses she struck for photographs taken at Abu Ghraib prison camp, which made her the face of the prisoner abuse scandal.
 arrow Co-founder of Greenpeace dies
Canadian co-founder of the Greenpeace environmental group Bob Hunter has died aged 63 after battling prostate cancer.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Media still under siege
The statistics, which were unveiled by the human rights group Odhikar on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on Monday, make for sobering reading for all of us.
 arrow Editorial: Election Commission's action
We commend the Election Commission (EC) for its prompt action against the Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner, following the allegations against him by the Nagorik Committee of harassment of the
 arrow Asia-Africa summit: Will it bring new dawn?
The Asia-Africa Summit that took place in Indonesia on April 23-24 was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bandung conference of 1955.
 arrow Governance issues in Bangladesh
In every sphere of our life we expect good governance, be it in family matters, in our social environment, or in state affairs.
 arrow Kofi Annan's reform package and US rejection
Whether we talk of the 'United Nations,' or a 'disunited world', you can guess very easily who has the last laugh.
Letters to Editorarrow After the building collapse
We have just watched a building collapse. Seventy-four people died and 97 are missing. I don't know how the families of these 171 people are passing their days.
 arrow Fashion shows
Textiles and apparels manufacturing industries often arrange fashion show to popularise their products. Fashion show, in recent days, is no more a part of fashion business.
 arrow An appeal
We, the people of greater Sylhet, ie.
 arrow Can you change your history?
If anyone asks this silly question in any civilised society, people would laugh at him. But it is happening here in Bangladesh.
 arrow Arms race in the subcontinent
This is in response to Mr. O H Kabir's letter about arms race in the subcontinent. I strongly disagree with Mr. Kabir's opinion/suggestion to upgrade Bangladesh Air force with F-16.
 arrow Indo-Pak series
It is always nice to see two giant teams collide when it comes to watching cricket; and one of the biggest cricketing clashes is the India-Pakistan series. Indians took on the Pakistanis on home soil.
 arrow Draft resolution against Bangladesh
It was amusing to read from some Bangla newspapers during the last few days that a draft resolution against Bangladesh has been tabled by some MEPs at the European Parliament (EP).
 arrow Queen's English
The above captioned letter by Dr Richard Murphy is a refreshing change from the usual run of the mill dry and didactic pieces.
 arrow DU English Department
The English department at DU is one of the places from where a number of students come out every year and they are playing an important role in building our country.
 arrow Employment in Kuwait
Kuwait has a very good record of paying lucrative salaries to our expatriates.
 arrow Public money
Every day the prime minister and other ministers are visiting different parts of Bangladesh using public money.
 arrow Ban student politics
Needless to say, ours is a developing country. Every day people are coming to the capital from villages to find jobs. We need to build more and more profitable sectors and employment.
 arrow Wail of a son
I would like to thank Molla Mohammad Shaheen for his letter captioned "Wail of a widow" that was published in the Friday issue of The Daily Star.
 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya campaign
I have a blunt question.
 arrow Strengthen BDR
The current border situation shows that we need a stronger Bangladesh Rifles. BSF is stronger than the BDR. They are more than 100,000 strong while BDR has only 30,000 members.
 arrow BCS exams
Some of our national dailies have published news and letters about the new system that will be adopted by PSC for the coming 27th BCS. A debate is going on about elective subjects and academic attainments.
 arrow Savar factory collapse
A lot has been written about the collapse of the nine-storied garment factory.
 arrow CCC election
CCC election will be held on 9th May. Now Chittagong is very busy with the election related activities. Chittagonians are enjoying it. They are going to elect the mayor.
 arrow Making parliament effective
My regards to Mr. Abdul Latif Mondal, a former secretary of GoB, for initiating the very important issue of making parliament an effective institution.
 arrow Royal wedding
The recently held royal wedding has united two long time lovers Prince Charles and Camilla Parker.
Star Chittagongarrow My contribution to development will bring me victory
ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury said his contribution to the development of Chittagong city and welfare of the city dwellers in the last 10 years will bring victory for him in the May 9 election.
 arrow Elect me for a corruption-free city corporation
Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin has urged the voters to elect him to re-establish a corruption-free administration at Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).
 arrow City residents to elect new mayor on May 9
As the port city is now in the grip of the election fever, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has completed its preparations to hold the polls in a free and fair manner amid fear by some candidates ofmanipulation
 arrow Hasina, Mohiuddin’s speeches ‘void of political norms’, says Mir Nasir
Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, BNP-led four-party alliance mayoral candidate in the Chittagong City Corporation election, on Monday termed the speeches of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and Awami League-backed
Star Cityarrow Authorities not concerned with DMCH’s security
Patients and their attendants expressed grave concern over security at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) blaming the authorities for not taking proper security measures.
 arrow Wasa steps up canal and drain cleaning ahead of monsoon
With monsoon approaching, Dhaka residents are already worried about waterlogging due to the poor drainage system of the city.
 arrow Shyamoli foot over-bridge in vulnerable state
People commuting through the part of Mirpur Road in Shyamoli are exposed to risk as the foot over-bridge in front of Shyamoli cinema may cause a disaster anytime.
 arrow Peyarabagh roads in dilapidated condition
The roads in city's Peyarabagh area has been in a dilapidated condition over the last one and a half months due to digging and lengthy repair work by Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) and Dhaka
 arrow Pantha Kunja waiting for green grass
The Pantha Kunja, a park near the Sonargaon intersection, has remained off-limits to the general public for nearly eight months.
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