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Front Pagearrow PM blows hot over MPs dodging JS
Exasperated at her party lawmakers' persistent absenteeism in parliament sessions, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday warned them of dissolution of the House and early polls if they do not attend it
 arrow Rocca concerned over Ahmadiyya incidents, extra-judicial killings
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca yesterday expressed concerns at the Ahmadiyya incidents and extra-judicial killings by the law-enforcers in Bangladesh.
 arrow 6 Bangladeshi peacekeepers wounded in Congo
Six United Nations (UN) peacekeepers from Bangladesh were wounded, three of them bullet-hit, when militias ambushed their motorcade in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday, Inter Services Public
 arrow AL ready to talk with govt
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will sit with government if the latter agrees to discuss the demand for bringing reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow ACC against money whitening measures in budget
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will ask the government not to keep any provisions in the upcoming national budget for whitening black money, as the commission believes such provisions benefit corrupt
 arrow AL wants elections right now
As visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca met opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday, Awami League (AL) leaders told her they want an immediate election as the present
 arrow Not a relaxed bath...


 arrow Washington to support Dhaka
The United States will lend support to Dhaka's bid for duty-free access of its goods including the RMG (ready-made garments) to the US market.
 arrow Six fishermen die after taking poisonous fish
Six fishermen died after taking "potka" (puffers) fish at Char Nizam of Monpura upazila in Bhola yesterday.
 arrow Ministry now seeks PM's opinion on unsolicited deal
The power ministry has backtracked on seeking the law ministry's opinion to justify the unsolicited Meghnaghat-3 power project deal, violating government policy, and is now turning to the prime minister
 arrow BNP workers blast ministers for defeat
Ruling BNP activists yesterday at a post-polls meeting with Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin lambasted party ministers and lawmakers from Chittagong for his defeat in the May 9 mayoral race in Chittagong City
 arrow 2 'outlaws' killed in 'crossfire'
Two regional leaders of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in separate incidents of 'crossfire' between law enforcers and the outlawed party operatives in Rajshahi and Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow Spectrum MD, director refused bail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Managing Director (MD) of the collapsed sweater factory at Savar Sayeed Hossain Shahriar and one of its directors Abul Hashem Fakir.
 arrow US religion panel puts Dhaka on 'watch list'
A US Congress-mandated commission yesterday sought the inclusion of Pakistan on a blacklist of alleged religious freedom violating nations and challenged the government to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia
 arrow Intra-party feud led to Nasir's defeat: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that feud among the party leaders accounted for the defeat of ruling alliance's candidate in Chittagong City Corporation polls.
 arrow JS pays tributes to Samad Azad
The parliament session that began yesterday was adjourned after adopting an obituary reference on the death of veteran Awami League lawmaker and former foreign minister Abdus Samad Azad and BNP lawmaker
 arrow A bottleneck situation...


 arrow PM tours Ctg tomorrow, Hasina Sunday
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia visits Chittagong tomorrow to inaugurate the 49th convention of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), while Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina attends the port
 arrow Fair start to HSC exams
The first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations passed without any major untoward incidents and disorder anywhere in the country yesterday.
 arrow BDR boss visits Tinbigha, talks with BSF DIG
Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Major General Jahangir Alam Chowdhury yesterday visited Tinbigha corridor at Pathgram in Lalmonirhat district and had a meeting with Deputy Inspector General
 arrow Italian cops nab gang leaders
Police in the south of Italy said yesterday they had arrested the leaders of a gang that made a million euros ($1.28 million) a year smuggling Bangladeshis into the country.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg link snapped for 10hrs as freight train derails
Train services on the Dhaka-Chittagong route remained suspended for ten hours after a freight train derailed at Lalmai Station on Wednesday night.
 arrow Robbers loot a Shyampur house
Armed robbers looted a licensed gun, Tk 1 lakh and valuables worth around Tk 3 lakh from a house at Shyampur in the city early yesterday.
 arrow FM goes to Washington May 17
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan is expected to leave for Washington on May 16 to hold talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.
 arrow India test-fires 250km range missile
India yesterday successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile from a test range in the eastern state of Orissa, a defence ministry spokesman said.
 arrow Hunger strike at N'ganj for justice
People of all walks of life yesterday observed a symbolic hunger strike demanding punishment of the real killers of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria at Chasarahat Central Shaheed Minar in the town.
 arrow 21 injured as villagers clash with BDR
At least 21 people, including six Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel, were injured in a clash between the paramilitary troops and villagers near Kulia Bridge in Debhata upazila yesterday.
 arrow European human trafficking ring broken up
Austria broke up a major human trafficking ring led by Romanian, Moldovan and Ukrainian criminals who smuggled more than 5,000 East Europeans to the West, many enduring horrific conditions in tiny hiding
 arrow 8 women held in Benapole border before trafficking
Police yesterday held eight women at Chhoto Achra village before they were being trafficked across the Goga border.
Businessarrow Vehicle requisition takes toll on business
Frequent vehicle requisition by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has become a nightmare for the investors, hampering smooth operations and transportation of goods of fully foreign-owned and joint venture
 arrow BKMEA urges EC for 45pc value addition for GSP
The country's knitwear manufacturers and exporters yesterday made a strategic move to lobby for the GSP facility in the EU as the EC is framing a new rule for local exporters.
 arrow Bank Asia launches charity programme
Bank Asia Limited has launched a socially beneficial programme as part of its corporate social responsibilities in observance of its fifth founding anniversary.
 arrow Govt may go for open tender to lease coal fields
The government is contemplating to go for open tender to lease the country's coal fields to foreign companies.
 arrow Tata to do charity in Bangladesh
Indian industrial giant Tata Group yesterday initiated talks with the government to launch charitable activities in Bangladesh as part of its corporate practice.
 arrow SEC to formulate margin rule for merchant banks
The Securities and Exchange Commission's consultative committee at a meeting yesterday decided to formulate a margin rule for merchant banks.
 arrow Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing flights from May 18
China Eastern Yunnan Airlines (CEYA) has announced direct flights on Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing route from May 18.
 arrow Govt to invite consultants for feasibility study
The government has decided to appoint consulting firms to carry out a detailed feasibility study for establishing a deep-sea port in Bangladesh.
 arrow EU launches Small Projects Facility
Small Projects Facility (SPF) has recently been launched by the European Commission Delegation to Bangladesh.
 arrow JS body asks govt to make Tabani Beverage profitable co
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs and the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to make Tabani Beverage a profitable company.
 arrow Nat'l Tea Co declares Tk 18 dividend per share
National Tea Company Ltd has declared a dividend of Tk 18 per share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow IFIC Bank, Doha Bank sign remittance deal
International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Ltd and Qatar-based Doha Bank QSC signed an electronic remittance deal recently.
 arrow EU ministers urge China to act Ďas soon as possible' on textiles
A group of ranking European Union diplomats completed a two-day visit to China Thursday, urging their host to act as soon as possible to curb soaring textile exports.
 arrow ROK growth forecast cut
South Korea's central bank said Thursday the economy may grow less than three percent in the first quarter of this year -- well-below expectations and short of its own forecast of 3.4 percent.
 arrow Dollar eyes '05 highs vs euro
The dollar hit a three-month high versus the euro on Thursday and came close to 2005 highs, extending gains made on Wednesday's narrower US trade deficit figures and ahead of expected strong retail sales
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers' strong first impression
Two uncapped youngsters made strong statements and staked claim to be included in the first Test team as Bangladesh enjoyed yet another fruitful day in their tour opener against the British Universities
 arrow Football: AKC end trophy drought
Foreign recruits Ibrahim Audu and Ndem Kiyek scored either side of the break in extra time to end Abahani's trophy drought when the Dhaka giants lifted the Independence Day football tournament title with
 arrow Cricket: Langeveldt roasts WI meat
An incredible last over hattrick from Charl Langeveldt brought South Africa from the brink of defeat and handed them a stunning one-run victory with one ball to spare over West Indies in the third one-day
 arrow Table Tennis: For Mostafa life begins at 30
Mostafa Billah of Narail clinched his first ever trophy at national level when he defeated Abu Taher Mohammad Salahuddin Edison 4-1 in the men's singles final of the Meril 27th National Table Tennis Championships
 arrow Cricket: Triple concern for England
England are waiting to hear about the fitness of three players ahead of announcing the squad on Sunday for the first Test against Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: MSC president changes his mind?
Mohammedan Sporting Club was yet to accept the resignation of its president Mosaddek Ali but the issue will be discussed in a joint emergency meeting of the club's governing body and executive committee
 arrow Football: BU protest BFF decision on foreign quota
Five Premier Football League clubs including reigning champions Brothers Union demanded the withdrawal of Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) ruling that allowed clubs to field three foreign players
 arrow Cricket: Indian coach's job battle is now 2-way
Australian great Steve Waugh has said that Tom Moody is his choice to take over as Indian coach.
 arrow Cricket: Tallyman solves Ashraful puzzle
When Craig Davidson, an Australian playing club cricket in Cambridge-shire, was asked to help out with the Fenner's scoreboard on Wednesday, he immediately accepted the chance to earn some beer money.
 arrow Football: Brothers draw in Asghabat
Brothers Union shared points with Nisa FC of Turkmenistan in their AFC Cup Group C away match yesterday. The third-round match ended in a goalless draw in Asghabat.
 arrow Football: Goal-line technology at World Cup
World soccer chief Sepp Blatter has revealed goal-line technology will be used in the 2006 World Cup to avoid any controversy over whether a side has scored or not.
 arrow Football: Real movie a hit already
A feature film mixing documentary-style footage of Real Madrid soccer stars with fiction became the talk of the Cannes film market on Wednesday as soon as its existence was revealed.
 arrow Football: Gunners bomb Everton
Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp staked his claim for one final contract as the Gunners demolished Everton 7-0 at Highbury here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Dennis becomes a selection menace
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is flatly refusing to commit himself to keeping Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp at Highbury next season.
 arrow Football: Carlos sorry for shirt gesture
Roberto Carlos says he regrets giving his shirt to the former leader of Real Madrid's radical Ultra Sur fans moments after the group displayed an anti-immigration banner.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo, Cicarelli split
Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has split up with fiancee Daniella Cicarelli less than three months after the couple threw a lavish engagement party at a secluded castle outside Paris.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu skipper until August end
Sri Lanka Thursday named Marvan Atapattu as the captain of the national team for the forthcoming series against West Indies and a triangular tournament that will also involve India.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer tells Akhtar to be fit
Bob Woolmer confirmed that Shoaib Akhtar was left out of the squad purely on fitness grounds and urged him to regain his full fitness by playing first-class cricket.
 arrow Tennis: Kaiser's choice
West Germany's 1974 World Cup victor Franz Beckenbauer has tipped Germany, Argentina and Brazil as favourites to win the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly got a middle-level ban: Mani
International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani has defended the six-match ODI ban on India captain Sourav Ganguly and urged the national boards to respect the verdicts of the match officials.
 arrow Football: Blatter wants Rooney disciplined
World soccer chief Sepp Blatter says Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson should give Wayne Rooney a bit of old-fashioned discipline to control his sometimes boorish behaviour.
 arrow Football: Liverpool stick to red
Liverpool will play the Champions League final later this month against AC Milan in their traditional red strip, European football's governing body UEFA said on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow 40,000 children suffer from treatable blindness
For the first time in his life Jalil, a thirteen-year-old boy, would be able to attend a school by mid-June.
 arrow Memo not to pass immunity bill
Alliance against World Bank Immunity yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Speaker of the parliament urging the government not to pass the immunity bill as it would go against the constitution.
 arrow Govt changes policy to avoid direct election
The government has changed the National Policy for the Development of Women excluding the much-talked-about direct election to reserve seats for women in parliament.
 arrow Garment workers lay siege to court
Garment workers laid siege to the Dhaka District Court yesterday, demanding stern punishment of the owner of the collapsed Spectrum garments factory in Savar, while elsewhere across the city other workers'
 arrow Japan to continue efforts for UNSC membership
Japanese ambassador Matsushiro Horiguchi said that his country would work untiringly to secure a permanent seat in the United Nation's Security Council.
 arrow 'Fair and healthy debate to strengthen human quality'
Speakers at a function here yesterday emphasised the need for fair and healthy debates to strengthen human quality and establish the power of logic in order to help build a better society.
 arrow BCL activist beaten up at DU hall
An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was beaten up severely by his party leader at the Bangladesh-Kuwait Moitri Hall of Dhaka University on Wednesday night.
 arrow Obituary
Khan Shabab Murshid, only son of economist Dr KAS (Firdous) Murshid and artist Shameem Subrana, passed away at Pnomm Penh in Cambodia on May 10, says a press release.
Culturearrow ISD's Man of Steel: A superhero from an unusual angle
The International School of Dhaka (ISD) staged its first musical, Man of Steel on May 11 and 12 at the ISC auditorium.
 arrow Tagore's birth anniversary celebrated in a befitting manner
"Whoever wishes to,
May sit in meditation
With eyes closed
To know if the world be true or false.
I, meanwhile,
Shall sit with hungry eyes,
To see the world
While the light lasts.

 arrow Shahjahan Chowdhury's Uttarer Khep and Ek Khanda Jami to be screened
Filmmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury is off to London with two of his films. The occasion is the 10-day Bangladesh Film Festival 2005, organised by the Rainbow Film Society, from May 15.
 arrow Protik follows the footsteps of his father Milu
The album release of Bhalobasha Chai by Protik Hassan, son of late Khalid Hassan Milu, was held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on May 11.
 arrow Bollywood inspires Hollywood for a change
Hollywood film studio 20th Century Fox will remake Bollywood blockbuster and National Award winning comedy Munnabhai MBBS.
Generalarrow Stranded Pakistanis want either rehabilitation or repatriation
Stranded Pakistanis here want a prompt and clear-cut decision on their repatriation or rehabilitation from the governments of Bangladesh and Pakistan.
 arrow Nipah virus claims 81 so far
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said Nipah virus in Bangladesh has so far claimed a total of 81 people out of 107 cases.
 arrow Pantantai launches health check-up programme
Rafeah Ariffin at a seminar on "Pantai Services and Facilities" launched a new health check-up programme only for Bangladesh at the Dhaka Club on May 11, says a press release.
 arrow Strike continues at DU Soil Dept
Classes and other regular activities of the Soil, Water and Environment Department of Dhaka University (DU) remained suspended yesterday as the teachers of the department continued their indefinite strike
 arrow CPB demands withdrawal of immunity bill
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a rally Wednesday demanded withdrawal of the bill to amend the 'International Financial Organisation Order 1972' to give immunity to the World Bank and IMF.
 arrow 1,390 more held
Police arrested 1,390 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We better avoid ruse
Let us call a spade a spade.
 arrow Editorial: Unqualified disappointment
The waterway between Sadarghat and Ashulia which was inaugurated about two months back with a view to providing an alternative communication route to commuters around the city, remains a non-starter.
 arrow The only game in town
This has been a good month for the opposition. Note that I didn't say that this has been a good month for the AL, although that would have been true, too.
 arrow A rented life
Most of the nights she falls asleep as soon as she goes to bed, staying there like a fallen log for eight hours straight, ten to twelve on holidays, snoring like a storm, and waking up in the morningto
 arrow Caretaker government: Reform is necessary
Extreme price hike, deteriorating law and order, uncertainty in investment, rise of extremist elements, torture of minorities, bomb and grenade attacks on opposition, wanton rigging in election, uncontrolled
Letters to Editorarrow Caretaker government issue
As a voter I feel that the constitution of the caretaker government concept may be reviewed, not because the opposition is demanding it, but because we have learnt by actual experience how it works,weak
 arrow Introducing sports
A sport is a kind of activity that we engage in for pleasure and joy. It tests our strength and power. Sports are also part of our social life.
 arrow St. Martin's Island
St. Martin's Island, which is detached from the mainland of Bangladesh, is one of the largest coral islands in the world, 35km from Teknaf.
 arrow Excellent analysis
The article by Zafar Sobhan is an excellent analysis of the pros and cons of having a good relationship with India.
 arrow True Pictures?
These two pictures were published in The Daily Star on May 4, 2005 in its 'Star: Chittagong' page.
 arrow Kibria killing and al-Qaeda
Recently, the government sources hinted at the possible al- Qaeda connection in the assassination of SAMS Kibria.
 arrow JU English Dept
It is needless to offer any preamble on the "Session Jams" in the public universities of Bangladesh. It is now a household word.
 arrow Plundering of trees
Local people have reported that about 300 trees on Purapara Sarok, 90 trees on Jadabpur Sarok, and another 70 on Bhoirob Sarak have been cut down.
 arrow Pale face of DU
Once Dhaka University was famous for its academic excellence and achieved the reputation of being the Oxford of the East.
 arrow Press freedom
The journalists of this country, having more than seven hundred dailies, are very vocal about press freedom; some of them occasionally advise the government to do 'more to protect press freedom.
 arrow Land grabbing
Land grabbing, loan defaulting, non-effectiveness of parliament, ailing condition of democracy, widespread corruption, white collar cheating, tax dodging, soaring prices of the essentials, government's
 arrow Djuice
Djuice has used a strange mix of Bengali and English. It has brought the Indian Idols and doing concerts in Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Too many ministries
The regime is doing nothing to streamline so many ministries, and far too many ministers. Also it cannot explain it away; although common sense can grasp the underhand implications.
Environmentarrow Endangered reptiles
Although Bangladesh is a thickly inhabited country with 882 people living in a square kilometer which is the highest density in the world, nonetheless it does harbor a huge and remarkable variety of wildlife.
 arrow How hazardous are the brickfields ?
Many a people like me might have been attracted to the news "Eetbhatar bishe Lapur Biparjasta" "Falmul sakshabji fashaler shavabik briddhi nei, saad nasta, shishoorao bare na' (Brickfield poison
 arrow Before the flood
One of the paradoxes of global warming is that developing countries, which were not responsible for most of the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing the climate and did not reap the benefits ofindustrialization,
Worldarrow South Asia: Pak drive 'vastly reduced' al-Qaeda danger: Kasuri
The Pakistani army's drive against al-Qaeda has paralysed its communications network and "vastly reduced" its capacity for terrorism, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Foreigners flee as Afghan protests spread
International aid agencies evacuated workers from a riot-hit city in eastern Afghanistan as protests at the alleged defilement of the Quran by US soldiers moved to Kabul and also across the country, officials
 arrow South Asia: Lanka vows no return to war amid donors' fear
Sri Lanka vowed yesterday the country would not return to war despite a deadlock in peace talks and failure to strike a deal with Tamil rebels on tsunami relief ahead of a key review of foreign aid.
 arrow South Asia: Work on Baglihar Dam goes on despite World Bank intervention
Building of a controversial power project in Indian Kashmir will continue despite opposition by Pakistan and the appointment of a neutral expert by the World Bank to sort things out, officials say.
 arrow South Asia: Lankan law on religious conversion a threat to minorities: UN
A top UN official said yesterday religious minorities in predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka could be persecuted under proposed laws aimed at stopping faith conversions.
 arrow South Asia: Grenade attack outside Kashmir school: 2 die
Two women died and at least 50 people, including 20 children, were hurt yesterday in a grenade attack by Islamic rebels outside a missionary school in Indian Kashmir's summer capital, police said.
 arrow South Asia: Govt asks Nepalese to submit personal details
Nepal yesterday asked all its citizens to supply full personal details along with those of relatives and domestic workers in the wake of King Gyanendra's seizure of power in February.
 arrow US probe links ex-French minister, British MP to Iraq oil scandal
A controversial British MP and a French former cabinet minister took huge oil allocations in kickbacks from Saddam Hussein's ousted Iraqi regime under the UN oil-for-food programme, a US Senate committee
 arrow EU sends warning letter to Iran
Europe yesterday warned Iran of "consequences" if Tehran resumed nuclear activities it suspended under a deal with EU negotiators last year, as diplomats hurried into talks to avert a fresh crisis.
 arrow Plane scare shows edgy face of US
The 15 minutes of frantic evacuations of the White House and Capitol Hill - after a small plane entered the restricted airspace - has again brought into a sharp focus how nervy the US remains nearly four
 arrow Car bomb kills 15 in Baghdad
A car bomb blast in a market in a mainly Shia district of eastern Baghdad killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 yesterday, police said.
 arrow Thailand moves to end martial law
Thailand moved yesterday toward ending martial law in southern provinces wracked by an Islamic insurgency, as three bomb attacks and a shooting left a former village chief dead and eight police officers
 arrow Japan considering Iraq exit strategy
After kissing their babies and hugging their wives, 200 Japanese soldiers in combat fatigues lined up at a base in central Japan last weekend under the "Rising Sun" flag for what has become a familiar
 arrow Anti-Muslim hate crimes on the rise in US: Study
Hate crimes against Muslims soared in the United States last year, according to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released Wednesday.
 
   
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