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Front Pagearrow Divisional chief warned not to go beyond limit
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday directed the divisional commissioner of Chittagong to refrain from activities beyond his jurisdiction after he recently held a high-level meeting and took some vital
 arrow Former judge goes to president for justice
A former High Court judge yesterday appealed to the president to ask the Supreme Judicial Council to probe alleged violation of the constitution and oath to office by the chief justice (CJ) and take action
 arrow MCCI rallies against interest rate hike
Any hike in bank interest rates now will be a serious setback for the country, as it is passing through a very delicate phase trying to adjust to the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) scenario, a business
 arrow Jalil again rules out polls without reforms
Main opposition Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil has again said the upcoming parliamentary polls would not be held without reforms to the caretaker government system and Election Commission
 arrow Fix law and order, cut graft to boost FDI
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Matsushiro Horiguchi yesterday advised Bangladesh to improve its law and order and cut down on corruption to boost development and foreign direct investment (FDI).
 arrow Rupali privatisation hits the road again
The government has finally come up with a preliminary information memorandum (PIM) for privatisation of Rupali Bank, five months behind the schedule due to a protracted wrangling with International Monetary
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 60 in Iraq
A suicide bomber struck the offices of a Kurdish party in northern Iraq yesterday, killing at least 60 people in the bloodiest attack since a new government promising stability was formed a week ago.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader, alleged robber killed in 'crossfire'
A leader of ruling BNP's youth wing Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and an alleged robber were killed in 'crossfire' between their associates and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in Pabna and Keraniganj
 arrow Mohiuddin gets death threat to quit polls race
Mayoral candidate of the Awami League (AL)-backed Nagorik Committee in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, also incumbent mayor, has been threatened with death if
 arrow BMA election today despite court order on postponement
Over 20,000 doctors are expected to cast their votes today across the country to elect Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) leaders and executive members although a Dhaka court yesterday ordered postponement of the polls.
 arrow Blair sniffs victory in polls today
Britain's politicians were embarking on one final campaign push yesterday, a day before an election which appears increasingly likely to hand Prime Minister Tony Blair a third straight term in office.
 arrow Indian strike halts trade thru' Bhomra, Benapole
Export-import through Benapole and Bhomra land ports was disrupted for the second day yesterday as the port users on the Indian side continued their strike.
 arrow BDR, BSF agree to maintain peace on border
Director General of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Major General Jahangir Alam Choudhury yesterday met the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) RK Chaudhari in Agartala when the
 arrow 3 immigration cops, 8 others freed on bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to three immigration cops, a security officer and three brokers, arrested on charges of sending four people to Dubai with fake passports.
 arrow Bangladeshi workers in Jordan get 'ill-treatment'
Owners of a garments factory in Jordan are allegedly ill-treating more than a hundred Bangladeshi workers, giving them inadequate food, water, and accommodation and depriving them of due wages.
 arrow Pro-govt lawyers warned not to act against SCBA
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Advocate Mahbubey Alam yesterday warned pro-government lawyers of the Supreme Court (SC) that their membership would be cancelled if they acted against the
 arrow PM to visit Japan
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will be visiting Japan on an official tour this summer at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

"Preparations for her visit are at the final stage.

 arrow Fisherman survives tiger attack
A fisherman yesterday bravely survived an attack by a man-eating Royal Bengal Tiger, fighting a half-hour battle with the predator in the deep forest of the Sundarbans.
 arrow Lightning kills 8 in 5 districts
Lightning killed eight people and injured 15 others in Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Cox's Bazar and Chandpur districts yesterday.
 arrow Swiss arrest Russian ex-minister
A former Russian atomic energy minister has been arrested in Switzerland at the request of the United States, where he is wanted for money laundering.
 arrow Ataur Rahman joins ACC as secretary
Additional Secretary M Ataur Rahman yesterday joined as secretary of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow Saddam's nephew held
Iraqi security forces captured a son of one of Saddam Hussein's half brothers, who allegedly financed the insurgency, in a raid on suspected militants near the ousted dictator's hometown, the government
 arrow Twelve new moons for Saturn
Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons orbiting Saturn, bringing its number of natural satellites to 46.
Businessarrow Cross-border power trade can create huge jobs
A small 150mw cross-country power trade in South Asia can generate 1.5 lakh domestic employment, an economist told a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Still no action on proposal for body to better accounting standard
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) long ago requested the commerce ministry to form a supervisory body in a bid to improve the accounting standard in the country but there is no specific action
 arrow Govt preparing initial INL in line with Safta list
The government has started preparing an initial Indicative Negative List (INL) based on the Safta sensitive list to exchange it with other Bimstec member countries.
 arrow DSE maintains upturn
Share prices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange maintained upturn for the second consecutive day yesterday, further recovering from the shocks of a crash a couple of days back following a selling spree.
 arrow Framework needed for NGOs to monitor micro-finance activities
A separate legal framework is needed for the country's non-governmental organisations to ensure accountability in their micro-finance activities, speakers told a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Mir Tobarok loses IFIC Bank directorship
The central bank has declared the directorship of Mir Tobarok Hossain on the board of International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Ltd illegal.
 arrow Air-India resumes operation from Dhaka June 18
State-run Air-India Limited is resuming flight operation from Dhaka on June 18.

The Indian airline suspended its operation in the early nineties.

 arrow Lisohaka, Hithro to set up joint venture co in Bangladesh
Vietnam's Lisohaka Motor Joint Stock Company and Bangladesh's Hithro International will set up a joint venture company in Bangladesh.
 arrow Toyota, Nissan lift US auto sales
US auto sales sped up in April, but gains came mainly from Japanese carmakers, with General Motors and Ford hurt by waning demand for gasoline-hungry sport utility vehicles, sales data showed Tuesday.
 arrow Bangladesh, Pakistan agree to hold trade fairs
Commerce ministers of Bangladesh and Pakistan have agreed in principle to hold single trade fairs in both the countries to increase bilateral trade.
 arrow Texas Group celebrates 20th anniversary
Texas Group, a local group of companies, celebrated its 20th founding anniversary in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow ECB key interest rates steady
The European Central Bank held its key interest rates steady as expected at its regular monthly policy-setting meeting here on Wednesday.
 arrow Rich states pledge development aid boost at OECD meet
The world's richest countries reiterated a pledge Wednesday to a "significant" increase in aid to developing nations but took no action on debt cancellation.
 arrow Asian FX reserves too high, says ADB
Asia's foreign exchange reserves have soared beyond "optimal" levels and governments must tackle global imbalances by ploughing some money back into the region, the Asian Development Bank's top economist
 arrow Singapore urges India to allow more flights
India should allow more commercial flights to Singapore now that private Indian carriers have been given the green light to fly to the city-state, Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong said Wednesday.
 arrow Correction
A story titled 'Share prices bounce back' run by The Daily Star on Wednesday mistakenly included Bank Asia among top 10 losers.

In fact, Bank Asia's share price increased by 6.47 percent to Tk452.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We can surprise them'
When his England bound teammates were enjoying a nice little break from cricket before the tough tour, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was kept busy by demanding consumer brands infront of the camera
 arrow Football: Moni's career under threat
National footballer Saiful Islam Moni's career could be under threat if he does not undergo an operation immediately.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar and an American cricketer!
It was apparent from the moment he met Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar that the American was out of his league and headed for trouble.
 arrow Football: Liverpool near dreamland
Luis Garcia's fourth-minute shot probably did not even cross the line, but it was enough to carry Liverpool into their sixth European Cup final here at Anfield on Tuesday and end Chelsea's hopes of atrophy
 arrow Cricket: 'Lara is selfish'
Recently retired West Indies wicket-keeper-batsman Ridley Jacobs left no stone unturned as he slammed the state of West Indies cricket and especially former captain Brian Lara.
 arrow Cricket: Eight-ton Test draw
West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo completed hundreds here on Tuesday that established a new Test record of eight centuries in a match on the last day of the fourth and finalTest
 arrow Football: The winners take it all
Luis Garcia defended his controversial winner against Chelsea which put Liverpool into their first European Cup final in 20 years.
 arrow Football: Real making ugly moves?
Real Madrid are being accused of resorting to increasingly desperate off-the-pitch tactics in their bid to overhaul title rivals Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Wear Adidas or get dropped
Coach Juergen Klinsmann has told German players that if they do not want to wear the boots of team sponsors Adidas, they will not play in the national team.
 arrow Football: Independence Day soccer in Rajshahi begins today
The Independence Day Football Tournament, first of its kind in the country's northern headquarters, kicks off at the Rajshahi Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Age-group Dev cricket semis nicely poised
Both the semifinals in the Age-group Cricket Development Tournament (Under-17) were evenly poised at the end of first day's play in the city yesterday.
 arrow Asia, ME bridge finals today
Indian men's and women's teams both qualified for this year's World Bridge Championships in Portugal after topping the Open team event and women's team event tables in the Asia and Middle East Regional
 arrow Volleyball: School v'ball
South Breeze blanked Agha Khan 2-0 in the boys' competition on the opening day of the Shah Sports School Volleyball tournament at the Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho hasn't been excused
Brazil's Football Federation (CBF) declared Tuesday that no players have been excused from Confederations Cup duty, in what will be viewed as thinly-veiled reference to Barcelona striker Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: Reds face UEFA action
Liverpool face disciplinary action from UEFA after pitch invasions during last night's match against Chelsea by two men carrying out a stunt for an infamous Barcelona-based website.
 arrow Cricket: Moody next SL coach?
Sri Lanka has sounded out former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody to replace fellow Australian John Dyson as coach of the national cricket team, cricket officials here said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib begins his quest to comeback
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will play for English county side Worcestershire this season in a bid to regain his place in the national side.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistanis clinch Abu Dhabi title
Three solid half-centuries by the middle-order batsmen helped Pakistan Masters post a crushing 145-run win over their Indian counterparts and lift the Sheikh Zayed Cup at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow New law to recover khas land soon
The government has prepared the draft of a new law to facilitate recovery of public and private lands from illegal occupation, Cabinet Secretary Dr Saadat Husain said yesterday.
 arrow Local doctors divided over setting up of RCPS centre
An examination centre of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) of the United Kingdom could not be set up here in the face of the opposition by a section of doctors in the country.
 arrow Need for bringing cities, towns under a master plan underscored
LGED and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday underscored the need for bringing all towns and cities under a 'master plan' to ensure civic amenities to the people.
 arrow Army on roads to assess situation
Army personnel are on vigil on the city streets two days ahead of schedule to maintain law and order during the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections.
 arrow Death of Aurora condoled
Different political, social and cultural organisations yesterday condoled the death of the Indian army legend Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, who oversaw the surrender of about 93,000 Pakistani troops inDhaka
 arrow Maintain neutrality
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Hadisuddin yesterday asked the officials of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) to discharge their duties maintaining complete neutrality on the day of Chittagong
 arrow 'Opposition united on reforms in CG'
All opposition parties are now united on the demand for reforms in the caretaker government and electoral systems, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leaders said at a public meeting in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 1 lakh Saudi riyal seized in city: 3 arrested
Police seized one lakh Saudi Riyal hidden in the shoes of a man from Natunbazar area of Badda on Tuesday night.
 arrow Dhaka invited to D-8 meet
Iran yesterday invited Bangladesh to participate in the upcoming 9th Council of Foreign Ministers of the Developing-8 (D-8) forum.
 arrow 2nd death sentence to be executed in Barisal jail tonight
Death sentence of Kamal Hossain Howladar will be executed in Barisal central jail at midnight tonight (zero hour on Friday) for killing his wife for dowry, said Muhammad Abdul Kader, senior jail superintendent
 arrow Condolence book for Aurora
On the occasion of the sad demise of Lt.
 arrow Shamsul Haque honorary consul of Kyrgyzstan
Kazi Shamsul Haque has been appointed honorary consul of the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan in Bangladesh.
 arrow Appeal for help
A helpless father has appealed to the generous people for financial assistance for the treatment of her minor daughter.
 arrow 34th martyrdom of Abdur Rahim today
ABM Abdur Rahim (Yusuf), a freedom fighter who was captured by Pakistani occupation forces during a secret meeting with the workers of Ujala Match Factory at Shyampur in the capital on this day in 1971,
 arrow AL calls hartal in Meghna UZ today
Awami League has called for a daylong hartal in Meghna upazila of Comilla today protesting the killing of Alhaj Mofizul Islam Dudu Miah, joint convenor of Meghna thana of Comilla, by what AL said the
Nationalarrow Tk 2cr postal bonds found in names of wives, wards
The committee probing the postal scam in Nilphamari has detected savings and defence certificates worth about Tk two crore purchased in the names of three accused postal employees, their wives, sonsand
 arrow Hearing on charge sheet now takes place May 9
Hearing on acceptance of charge sheet in the Explosives Act case for the January 27 Baidderbazar carnage in Habiganj will now be held on May 9.
 arrow Most clinics in Barisal city operate illegally
Only eight out of 39 diagnostic centres and pathological laboratories in the city have licenses, according to sources at the Civil Surgeon's office.
 arrow Tobacco elbows out vegetables
Vegetable cultivation has decreased alarmingly because farmers in the district find tobacco cultivation more profitable.
 arrow Kulaura border tense,BSF bid to erect barbed wire foiled
Tension mounted in Sharifpur border in Kulaura upazila as BSF made a fresh bid Tuesday morning to raise barbed wire fence on the no man's land near pillar No 1862 adjacent to Sharifpur immigration check
 arrow Innovation by evils..


 arrow Tk 100 cr timber seized in three hill districts
Timber worth 100 crore taka was seized from three hill districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari last week, according to official sources.
 arrow Gabkhan Channel dredging begins
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has started dredging of

the 18-kilometre Gabkhan Channel at a cost of Tk 16 core to facilitate double way safe navigation through it.

 arrow Crematorium, temple grab protested
Satkhira district unit of Hindu Bouddha Khristian Oikkya Parishad, the local Mandir Samittee, Puja Udjapan Parishad and Hindu Bouddhya Kalyan Front jointly held a rally and brought out a procession in
 arrow 5 extortionists arrested
Five persons were arrested Tuesday night for demanding Tk 50,000 toll to a shrimp farm owner at Machha Khola village in Satkhira Sadar upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Will the UK be OK after the election?
The 2005 UK general election will be over by Friday. We will know if the forecasts for a 80-100 seat majority and a return of the Blair-Brown team were correct or not.
 arrow Abdus Samad Azad
He first broached the idea to me quite a few years ago. It was the Islamic summit in Doha, Qatar. He was leading the Bangladesh delegation prior to the heads of government conference.
Culturearrow Rokeya's world of lyricism
Artist Rokeya Sultana has been exhibiting her works for several decades. Along the way she has bagged accolades and appreciation galore--and she deserves every bit of the recognition and praise.
 arrow Tête-à-tête with Masud Ali Khan
Actor Masud Ali Khan is a favourite "father figure" of the small screen. At present he is essaying the role of a father in the mega serial 69, directed by Mustafa Sarwar Faruqui.
 arrow Tagore's short story Detective rendered into a tele-film
The premiere show of the tele-film Detective, directed and scripted by Mustafa Sarwar Faruqui, will be held today, at the Star Cineplex of Bashundhara City.
Generalarrow Police yet to rescue abducted N'ganj trader
Police could not rescue a businessman of Siddhirganj under Narayanganj after 11 months of his abduction.

Earlier, the members of his family paid Tk four lakh in ransom to the kidnappers to buy hisrelease.

 arrow Water Kingdom at Fantasy Kingdom next month
The Water Kingdom, an amusement in water through different rides, will be launched alongside the Fantasy Kingdom at Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital next month.
 arrow 'Two candidates violating electoral rules'
Bangladesh Islami Front-backed Olama Mashayekh mayor candidate Allama Abul Kashem Noori yesterday pledged to make Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) corruption free and run it keeping transparency to ensure
 arrow 1,386 more held
Police arrested 1,386 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Blair urges UK voters to swallow Iraq mistakes
On the eve of an election likely to give him an historic third term, Tony Blair appealed to voters yesterday to swallow misgivings over Iraq and return him to power as a reward for Britain's healthy
 arrow Labour Party the default choice for S Asians
The train travels west into the outskirts of London, and arrives at the heart of south Asian Britain: English and Punjabi signs, curry restaurants, Muslim butchers, a Hindu temple, a gold-domed Sikh gurdwara
 arrow UN says satisfied with Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon
The head of the UN team verifying the Syrian troop withdrawal from Lebanon said yesterday he was "satisfied" with their mission so far.
 arrow Iraq, Afghan wars erode US military's abilities
The US military's operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have constrained its ability to tackle other potential conflicts, making any future war more likely to be longer and bloodier, according to America's
 arrow Nepal's emergency lifting may be 'ploy'
International human rights groups said yesterday King Gyanendra's lifting of emergency rule in Nepal could be a "tactical ploy" to persuade military donors to resume shipments to his ill-equipped army.
 arrow 21 killed in Afghan fighting
About 20 suspected insurgents and one Afghan policeman were killed in fighting in southeastern Afghan-istan, and six US soldiers were among the wounded, the US military said.
 arrow Pakistan catches top al-Qaeda leader
Senior Libyan al-Qaeda suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi has been arrested in Pakistan, the government says.
 arrow Most Americans now say Iraq war was not worth fighting
A majority of Americans do not think it was worth going to war in Iraq with support at the lowest level since the United States launched the invasion in 2003, according to a CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll
 arrow 'Mogadishu blast an attack on Somali PM'
Tuesday's deadly blast in a Moga-dishu stadium was the result of an apparent failed attempt to assassinate transitional Somali prime minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Purging criminals from politics
The expulsion of Joynal Hazari from the AL is one of the most positive developments in Bangladesh politics in recent years, even though it is a step that was long overdue.
 arrow Editorial: General Aurora's death
Lt. General Jagjit Singh Aurora, who led the Bangladesh-India joint forces to the historic victory against the Pakistan army in December 1971, died in New Delhi on Tuesday at the age of 89.
 arrow Foreign aid, euphoria and national interest
It seems to be a common practice to publicise with fanfare any loans or probable inward foreign investments without weighing their merit.
 arrow How irreversible is 'irreversible'?
Joint statement issued after Delhi's Indo-Pak summit described improvements in their mutual relationship to be irreversible because of sizeable peace lobbies in both countries.
Letters to Editorarrow Freedom of speech
Are we going to lose our freedom of speech? Why journalists are being killed one by one? And where is fair judgement? Perhaps the answer of all these questions is "I DON'T KNOW".
 arrow Expulsion of Hazari
I read with interest your report on the Awami League expulsion of its member and an ex MP Zainal Hazari.
 arrow Valuable coconuts
With the growth of population, the demand is increasing day by day for green coconuts as nutritious drink, grind and flakes of dried coconuts for use in pithas, dressing cakes, as sweet snacksduring
 arrow Well done, BCB
Cricket fans of this country were a bit worried after reading the news about Dev Whatmore's possible chance of leaving Bangladesh cricket team.
 arrow Religious education
I am quite a senior person and had the opportunity to see through the evolution of religious schools and liberal educational systems in this country.
 arrow Bigots or terrorists?
I'm really impressed by the good quality of news you provide, but I cannot say the same about the way some of your reports are written.
 arrow Refreshing Tea!
This refers to "Refreshing Tea" by Mr. Golam Ashraf.
 arrow Rab-- keep up the good work
This is in response to S.A. Mansoor's letter published on 22.04.05. Mr.
 
   
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