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Front Pagearrow Emphatic win for Mohiuddin
The emphatic win for ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury over the ruling coalition challenger Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin leads both the government and the opposition to rethink their political future ahead of the parliamentary
 arrow EC wins kudos for tough stance
The Election Commission (EC) deserves applause for the way it conducted Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections, but the attitude of the local administration towards assisting the EC and some controversial
 arrow The majesty of public opinion
There is no question that the ruling party had put its full might, except for dragging the party chief and prime minister, Khaleda Zia herself, to win the Chittagong mayoral election.
 arrow Victory for people, says new mayor
The port city wore a festive look yesterday as tens of thousands took to the streets celebrating the record third consecutive election of ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury as their city father.
 arrow Rocca flies in today to talk terrorism
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina B Rocca will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit to discuss a number of issues, including the persecution of the Ahamadiyyas andthe
 arrow Wrong candidate, Jamaat yoke sank Nasir ship
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has put its Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election debacle down to wrong choice of candidate, excessive dependency on the Jamaat-e-Islami as well as intra-party
 arrow Khaleda greets Mohiuddin
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday congratulated ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on his reelection as mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).
 arrow Hasina hails Ctg people for verdict
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said people have rejected the ruling alliance by giving their verdict in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayoral polls
In a message, she congratulated

 arrow Most posts go to pro-AL men
Awami League (AL)-backed and AL rebel candidates won 25 posts of ward commissioner out of 41 in Monday's Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls.
 arrow Opposition finds new strength
ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury's victory in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls has given confidence to the opposition parties now agitating for reforms in the caretaker government system and Election
 arrow Observers term polls fair
Different election monitoring organisations yesterday termed the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls free and fair but reported some incidents of false voting, intimidation and mismanagement.
 arrow Ex-army captain picked up to probe grenade link
Police yesterday picked up a retired army personnel from his Uttara house to grill about sources of smuggled grenades and firearms.
 arrow PMO questions unfit bidder's getting nod
The Prime Minister's Office has sent back the files on the 90 megawatt Fenchuganj power project, okayed by the cabinet purchase committee, asking the power ministry to explain how Chinese company Harbin
 arrow Sending of troops from May 23
Bangladesh is likely to start sending troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan from May 23, army sources said.
 arrow CEC still embarrassed at RO's actions
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday stressed the need for reforms in the Election Commission (EC) and said that the EC should be more independent and stronger.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg electric train planned
After shelving the idea of a magnetic train service between Dhaka and Chittagong, the communications ministry now plans to introduce a fast electric train service, aimed at covering the 346-kilometredistance
 arrow 32 Nepal rebels killed in fighting
Hundreds of Maoists stormed two army bases in southern Nepal, sparking a fierce battle in which at least 32 of the rebels and three security force members were killed, army officials said yesterday.
 arrow EC explains delay in result announcement
The declaration of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls results was delayed for some time as it is a time consuming task to sort out and compile all the ballots when they start coming from different
 arrow Mother sells daughter for Tk 3,000
A divorced mother yesterday sold her newborn daughter at a cost of Tk 3,000 to an issue less couple of Sultanpur in the town.
 arrow Home asks cops to explain clubbing of FFs
The home ministry yesterday issued an order asking the officials concerned to explain why police charged batons on war-maimed freedom fighters on May 7 in the capital.
 arrow 13 survivors back home
Thirteen Bangladeshi youths among the 15, who survived the February Mediterranean Sea tragedy, returned home by a Bangladesh Biman flight from Dubai yesterday afternoon.
 arrow SCBA takes out black flag procession
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday took out a procession at the Supreme Court premises, demanding the removal of High Court Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with police
A listed criminal and regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP --Janajuddho) was killed in a 'shootout' between law enforcers and the outfit members at village Pirpur under Sadar
 arrow Javed holds Tigers' innings
Opener Javed Omar smashed an unbeaten century while Mohammad Ashraful a half-century as the Tigers reached 238 for 3 in their rain interrupted tour opener against British Universities at Fenner's inCabbridge
 arrow GD filed for mob attack on Circuit House
Police filed a general diary (GD) with Kotwali Police Station for a mob attack on the Chittagong Circuit House where votes were being counted in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Foreign aid disbursement up 91pc in 7 months
Although current account balance remains under pressure due to import surge, foreign aid disbursement increased by 91 percent in seven months of the current financial year.
 arrow Ongoing reforms to continue despite 'hostile' politics
Bangladesh reaffirmed commitment to continue ongoing reforms even in the face of "hostile" politics to get enhanced external resources for accelerating economic growth towards poverty alleviation.
 arrow Mecca Cola soft drink to hit market in Dec
A France-based soft drink brand, Mecca Cola, plans to hit Bangladesh in December, eyeing a 10 percent market share within one year.
 arrow SEDF, City Bank sign LoU
SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), a multi-donor funded operation managed by International Finance Corporation (IFC), has signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) with The City Bank Limitedin
 arrow Export Dev Fund interest rate re-fixed
Bangladesh Bank has decided to re-fix the interest rate on borrowing from the Export Development Fund (EDF).
 arrow CDF to get Tk 1cr credit from NCC Bank
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Ltd will offer Tk 1 crore credit facility to Credit & Development Forum (CDF) to help undertake resource linkage micro credit programmes.
 arrow Chirac seeks solution to China textile row
French President Jacques Chirac told Chinese President Hu Jintao he hoped a row over Beijing's textile exports would be resolved within the framework of WTO rules, Chirac's spokesman said Monday.
 arrow New head of Ericsson South East Asia
Jan Signell, head of sales of Ericsson's Business Unit Access Radio Networks, has been appointed new chief of Ericsson South East Asia with effect from June 1.
 arrow Phoenix Ins declares 25pc stock dividend
Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 25 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow World trade body leadership contest enters final round
The contest to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO) entered its final stage Monday, as senior diplomats started consultations aimed at deciding whether former European Union trade chief Pascal Lamy
 arrow China hikes diesel oil prices
China Tuesday raised the producer price of diesel oil by 150 yuan (18 dollars) per ton to prevent shortfalls from spreading, state media reported.
Sportsarrow Football: Mukti-East Bengal prestige tie today
Muktijoddha Sangsad and East Bengal play for pride when the two giants from both sides of the border meet in a fifth round tie of the AFC Cup today.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore expected Mortuza in World XI
Bangladesh paceman Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza was unlucky to miss out on selection for the Inter-national Cricket Council's (ICC) Super Series against Australia later this year, coach Dav Whatmore said onMonday.
 arrow Football: Abahani meet Russel in final
An early strike by Ariful Kabir Farhad took Abahani to the final of the Independence Day football tournament final with a 1-0 win over Muktijoddha Sangsad here yesterday at the Rajshahi Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: 'We won't take WI lightly'
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer said Tuesday his team were riding high after a successful tour of India but would not take the weakened West Indies lightly when they travel to the Caribbean this week.
 arrow Football: 'Slim' Maradona in Madrid
A slimmer and healthier looking Diego Maradona today said he had lost 27 kilograms since a recent operation and he was aiming to drop about another 20 kilograms.
"I'm feeling well. I'm down 27 kilograms.

 arrow Cricket: Javed holds Tigers' innings
Opener Javed Omar slammed a half-century but the Tigers lost three quick wickets after a decent start in their rain interrupted tour opener against British Universities at Fenner's in Cambridge yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman keep men's title
Bangladesh Biman retained the men's team title when they handed a 3-1 defeat to Bangladesh Ansar in the Meril 27th National Table Tennis Championships at the Shaheed Suhrawardi National Indoor Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib demands an explanation
Heartbroken after being ignored for the West Indies tour, Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday demanded an explanation from the country's cricket authorities for his ouster from the team.
 arrow Rare honour for Dalmiya
As a recognition of his contribution to the world of sports, former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya has been selected, along with FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and former International
 arrow Cricket: Winter comes to town
Australian pitch curator Richard Winter arrived in the capital Monday night to prepare eight central wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: Piper handed suspension
The career of Warwickshire wicketkeeper Keith Piper is hanging by a thread after he was suspended for failing a drugs test.
 arrow Cricket: Warne draws first blood!
England now know how big a mountain they have to climb after Shane Warne set down an early marker for the Ashes with his cheap elimination of England opener Andrew Strauss.
 arrow Cricket: England's Ashes tonic
Michael Vaughan said the inclusion Monday of seven England players in the world squads for the Inter-national Cricket Council's Super Series against Australia later this year was a welcome boost ahead
 arrow Tennis: Federer finds his feet
World number one Roger Federer indicated that all is well with his problematic feet by making a winning return to the ATP Tour on Monday after a three-week absence in the Masters Series.
 arrow Football: Inter's last shot at glory
Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins is determined to help Inter Milan win the Italian Cup to make up for another season of under-achievement at the big-spending club.
 arrow Tennis: Johansson's carrot for Liverpool
Liverpool's bid to defend the Champions League trophy, should they win it in Istanbul later this month, received backing from UEFA president Lennart Johansson on Monday.
 arrow Football: Lyon coach picks perfect time to quit
Paul Le Guen, who masterminded Lyon's fourth consecutive French league title triumph, announced Monday that he was quitting as coach.
"I've decided not to extend my contract," Le Guen told a pressconference.

 arrow Football: Ronaldo's peace mission in ME
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo is due to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week when youngsters from both sides of the Middle East divide will play in football tournaments in his honour.
 arrow Football: United want to build casino
Manchester United are applying to the British government for a licence to build a casino on land close to their Old Trafford stadium.
 arrow Football: DPRK- Japan game in Bangkok
FIFA has ordered North Korea to play its World Cup qualifier against Japan behind closed doors in Bangkok next month following crowd trouble in Pyongyang during earlier games against Bahrain and Iran.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart cricket
Mamun Islam scored a sparkling 70 but his side South Zone-2 still lost to North Zone-1 by six wickets in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers (Under-15) National School Cricket Tournament at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Football: Hierro's last season
Former Spain and Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro has announced he will retire from football at the end of this season, according to reports in the Spanish media.
 arrow Football: No mercy for Southampton
Southampton's hopes of Premier-ship survival suffered a major setback Tuesday when the Football Association rejected the south coast club's appeal for wrongful dismissal on behalf of striker Peter Crouch.
Metropolitanarrow Stay at stations, ensure proper medicare of people
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the physicians of government hospitals to stay at their stations and do their duty duly to ensure proper medicare of the people at the time of their ailment.
 arrow Free politics from black money, arms holders : Dr Kamal
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain has urged the people to help bring back the politics of welfare from the grip of black money and arms holders.
 arrow Teachers, exam centres penalised for politics
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday accused the government of politicisation in penalising the teachers and examination centres.
 arrow First electronic talking book Kathok Lipi launched
Kathok Lipi, the country's first electronic talking book for Bangla alphabets and words, was launched yesterday.
 arrow Fateha-e-Yajdaham on May 21
The holy Fateha-e-Yajdaham will be observed on May 21.
The decision for observing the Fateha-e-Yaijdaham on the day was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee here yesterday.

 arrow 7 cops injured in criminal attack in N'ganj
At least seven policemen were injured in Narayanganj as a gang of criminals attacked them with sticks when they were out to arrest the gang.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents in city
Two persons, including a bus helper, were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Advice to Umrah, Hajj pilgrims
The pilgrims, who will go to Saudi Arabia to perform either Umrah or Hajj from Bangladesh through government-approved agencies, will have to return home before the expiry of their visas.
 arrow Different bodies congratulate Mohiuddin
Different political and social organisations yesterday congratulated Awami League backed Nagorik Committee candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for becoming the mayor of the port city for the consecutive
 arrow 100 injured as storms lash 2 districts
Storms lashed Mymensingh and Nilphamari districts yesterday and on Monday night, injuring about 100 people and damaging many houses.
 arrow Jubo Leage leader arrested
Police yesterday arrested a leader of Awami League's youth front Jubo League, who was running for the post of commissioner in the April 20 by-election of ward No 63 of Dhaka City Corporation.
 arrow HIV infection level low in Asia
HIV infection levels in Asia have been found to be low compared with some other continents, including Africa.
Nationalarrow 183 heavy, sophisticated arms recovered in a year
Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police recovered 183 heavy and sophisticated arms from various areas of Bandarban in the last one year.
 arrow Nursery trade changes their lot
Nursery business has changed the lot of many besides employing about 5,000 people in the district.
 arrow Fishing by poisoning river water!
A section of dishonest fishermen allegedly poison water of the river Juri in the district to ease fishing.
This is destroying not only fishes but also other aquatic fauna of the river.

 arrow Woes of Bogra town dwellers
Around four lakh dwellers of Bogra Pourashava are living a miserable life with various problems like traffic jam, water-logging, power crisis, occupied footpath and clogged sewerage.
 arrow 4 killed, 3 hurt in Gaibandha road accident
Four people were killed and three received severe injuries when a stone-laden truck fell into a road-side ditch at Balua on the Bogra-Rangpur highway yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 'controversial' appointments at RU
Rajshahi University authorities on Sunday appointed two senior teachers to important posts, allegedly on political reasons.
 arrow Obituary
Shahabuddin Master, a veteran librarian of famous Naogaon Parry Mohan Co-operative Public Library died at his Chakmukhter residence here recently at the age of 107 years.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tony Blair's fortune and the British electorate
With victory in the parliamentary election on 6 May 2005 Britain's Labour Party formed government again and made history for itself. Never before the Labour had won elections three times in a row.
 arrow PAC and CAG office : Operational relationship
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is a parliamentary standing committee provided in article 76 (i) of the constitution and the details of its formation, scope and responsibilities are prescribed in regulation
Culturearrow The Dynamic 5's unique colour compositions
The group of young artists, who have recently shown their work at the Zainul Gallery-1, appears to be motivated and confident beyond their years.
 arrow Swapno Danay: A film on the diverse rural community
The shooting of Swapno Danay, a new venture by Impress Telefilm, began recently in the village of Porsha in Naogaon district. The village is inhabited by the indigenous people.
 arrow Arnab's Chaina Bhabish
Arnab's debut album is here at last. Going by its rich and imaginatively illustrated cover, one expects a moving journey in the world of melody.
 arrow Theatre group Samay celebrates 28th anniversary
Samay Shankskritik Goshithi, a popular theatre troupe of the country, celebrated its 28th anniversary recently. Formed in May 5, 1977, in its 28- year journey, Samay has produced 27 stage plays.
Internationalarrow Indian cabinet okays arms shipment to Nepal
India has decided to send to Nepal a shipment of arms it had delayed after King Gyanendra seized power and will keep future requests for military supplies "under constant review," a report said yesterday.
 arrow Tigers issue warning as strike grips Lanka
Shops were closed and public transport ground to a halt in northern and eastern Sri Lanka yesterday as Tamil Tiger rebels warned that the killing of a Tamil protestor could seriously undermine a three-year
 arrow Nuclear India moves to outlaw proliferation, missile tech transfer
India, which conducted a series of nuclear tests in May 1998, introduced a bill in parliament yesterday to ban proliferation and the transfer of missile technology to non-nuclear states.
 arrow Cracks widen in Israel over Gaza pullout
Cracks widened in the government yesterday over Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's camp snubbed calls to freeze the pullout should Hamas triumph in Palesti-nianpolls.
 arrow Car bomb blast kills 7 in Baghdad
A car bomb exploded in a business district of central Baghdad yesterday, and a police officer said at least seven people were killed and 16 wounded.
 arrow India-Pakistan hold talks on Amritsar-Lahore bus service
India and Pakistan yesterday held talks on the launch of Amritsar-Lahore bus service.
 arrow South American, Arab nations seek 'alliance of civilisations'
More than 30 nations from South America and the Arab world begin yesterday an unprecedented two-day summit in a bid to form a new alliance that could serve as a counterweight to US dominance and openup
 arrow Rare meningitis infections go up in Delhi
The chief minister of India's Delhi state urged health officials to curb the spread of rare bacterial meningitis on Monday as the number of cases rose by 17 to 187.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voters have spoken
It is no exaggeration that there was a sigh of relief at the peaceful completion of CCC election, which, by all accounts, was conducted freely and fairly barring some stray incidents.
 arrow Editorial: Living with such a data gap!
A new dimension to child mortality has come to light -- thanks to a UNICEF-sponsored health and injury survey conducted in Bangladesh by the government and the alliance for safe children.
 arrow Can US claim moral high ground on human rights abuses?
On February 28, the Bush administration issued its annual report titled
"Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" that contains the human rights record of 196 countries, including an assessment of

 arrow CCC polls: Reflections on Mohiuddin's landslide victory
Mayor Mohiuddin has won a landslide victory for a third consecutive term as city father of Chittagong.
 arrow Grave crisis in the Parivar: Giants turn out dwarves
Even one month on, the seismic waves sent out by Mr K.S. Sudarshan's vitriolic attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party's leadership refuse to die down.
 arrow Secretariat or Ministeriat?
Life is full of anomalies and after a while these become not-so-noticeable part of everyone's life. These once-obvious anachronisms, at least some, are still irksome for many.
Letters to Editorarrow Israel-US axis
Israel is the result of US-UK matrimony during the World War II.
 arrow Savar tragedy
I was shocked by Ms. Rubana's obvious bias towards the owner of Spectrum Sweaters in her article I cry, you cry: A manufacturer's perspective. (April 28, 2005).
 arrow Madrassah education
I am writing this letter with reference to the valued comments made by Prof. Anisuzzaman in a discussion organised by the Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad regarding the usefulness of madrassah education.
 arrow Supporting Pakistan
We read some letters in The Daily Star on supporting the Pakistani cricket team.
 arrow Wake up, DCC
With the early summer rain bringing relief to the city dwellers, they are feeling a lot better. The scorching heat is gone and so is the extreme discomfort of living in the hot humid conditions.
 arrow Smartness and eloquence
I was intrigued reading Shoaib Siddiqui's letter (DS: May 3) on the subject. Let me reassure you, Mr.
 arrow Politics and honesty
Being a Labour Party's honourable member my uncle told me one year ago "Tony Blair will be given his due by us (the party}as the prestige of the party has fallen down only for him".
 arrow Death of Samad Azad
We express our deep and profound condolences at the death of Abdus Samad Azad, a veteran parliamentarian in our national politics.
 arrow Adieu
With the sad demise of Abdus Samad Azad, the country has lost a national leader and people lost a good man with great human qualities.
 arrow Workers and trade concessions
I read with great interest the presidential message on the BGMEA Website, particularly the writing that "our greatest concern is for the women workforce that would be devastated if the RMG sector suffers.
 arrow When will they learn?
A new law has been enacted concerning smoking in public places. Already, the law is being misquoted by police officials to earn some extra money.
 arrow Saifur's comment on unemployment
Recently, the finance minister made a comment that there is no unemployment problem in Bangladesh. I do not know whether he made this comment as a kind of joke or as a serious observation.
 arrow BSF atrocities
I am writing with regards to the recent media reporting on the supposed attacks on unarmed civilians by the BSF of India.
 arrow Aurora : A friend indeed
The name Jagjit Singh Aurora is almost parallel to the independence of Bangladesh. We sincerely remember his contributions to the Liberation War. Lt. Gen.
 arrow Be smart
I admire Mr. Siddiqui's intense love for English. If learning English is all about getting a well-paid job, I do not see any problem with that. Yes, Mr.
 arrow Our image
I was privileged to visit the holy shrine of the great saint of Islam, Baro Pir Saheb in Baghdad in 1980 as a member of the Vice-President's entourage.
 arrow Keep the city clean
Cleanliness is godliness. It is godliness because it drives away ugliness and dirt. Evilness has its nests in ugliness and dirt.
The DCC has launched a programme to keep the city clean.

Star Chittagongarrow ‘Democracy upheld, people the ultimate winners’
The much-talked-about Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election has set an extraordinary stage and example, though with many raised eyebrows, for the next general elections, people of the port city opined.
Star Cityarrow Dhanmondi Lake lessees in default on DCC rents
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is unable to pay for the maintenance cost of Dhanmondi Lake as the lessees of the lake are irregular in paying rent to the DCC.
 arrow DTCB wants bus-bays
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has requested the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) to build bus-bays at entry points to the capital to reduce traffic congestion.
 arrow 1,000 more litterbins on the cards
With the success in installing 2,000 litterbins along the city roads, the authorities will commence the project's second phase and 1,000 more litterbins will be installed soon.
 arrow Commodity prices keep on spiralling
Prices of essential commodities continue to rise further in the city's kitchen market.
 arrow Dismissals of teachers raise fresh controversy at Monipur School
Some 35 teachers of Monipur High School have recently been dismissed with the current authorities and the previous administration of the school putting the blame on each other for the incident.
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