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Front Pagearrow Rich-poor gap widens
The income disparity between the poor and the rich widened in six years until 2004, a new national survey has revealed, making it a case that growth does not touch everyone equally.
 arrow New pay scale to get cabinet nod Monday
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the new pay scale for government employees will be approved in next Monday's cabinet meeting.
 arrow Pakistan may declare date for Nov 12-13
Pakistan is likely to formally announce a fresh date for the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit in Dhaka -- November 12-13 -- as proposed by host Bangladesh.
 arrow New wind in Bimstec
Officials of the member countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will meet in Colombo in the first week of June to exchange the negative
 arrow 69 Bangladeshis arrested in Kenya
Kenyan police said yesterday they were investigating 69 Bangladeshi nationals arrested in the country's port city of Mombasa for possible links to terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, reports AFP.
 arrow HC rule on govt as HR body not formed
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government and the Parliament Secretariat to explain why it (government) should not be directed to form a National Human Rights Commission for protecting humanrights.
 arrow PM avoids Nasir at Ctg to fuel rumours
Khaleda Zia's avoiding meeting Mir Nasir during her visit to Chittagong yesterday fuelled speculation that the defeated mayoral candidate would be forced to resign as the state minister for civil aviation
 arrow Truck torched after it runs over schoolboy
Agitated people torched a truck after it ran over a schoolboy in the town yesterday.
 arrow Hasina demands judicial inquiry
Sheikh Hasina has demanded a judicial inquiry into the extra-judicial killings by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the name of 'crossfire'.
 arrow JS body to place report with note of approval
Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry will submit a report recommending passing of the much-talked about bill that proposes immunity to the World Bank in its operation in
 arrow Khaleda asks engineers to play effective role in uplift
Khaleda Zia yesterday urged engineers to work more effectively to innovate cost-effective, production-friendly and sustainable homegrown technologies to meet the country's growing development needs.
 arrow 'Hundreds' die in Uzbek cop firing
Thousands of terrified Uzbeks fled for the border yesterday but hundreds angrily returned to the square where police fired on demonstrators to put down an uprising against country's authoritarian US-allied
 arrow Two youths shot in city
Unidentified criminals yesterday shot two youths in Kalabagan in the capital.
 arrow 9 US troops,100 Iraqis killed
The US military said yesterday nine of its troops were killed in an offensive against insurgents and foreign fighters in western Iraq, and guerrillas struck again in Baghdad, leaving at least five people
 arrow BNP man killed in 'crossfire'
A BNP man allegedly linked with outlaws was killed in 'crossfire' in Kushtia and an alleged highway robber died in a 'shootout' with police in Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow US mission plans own diplomatic post office in Dhaka
The US embassy wants to set up a diplomatic post office (DPO) in Dhaka as part of a US government initiative to restructure its diplomatic mailing system worldwide.
 arrow Sea quake hits Sumatra again
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, renewing fears of a tsunami but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
 arrow 2 Gopalganj 'extremists' remanded
The two Islamist extremists arrested early Friday from Gopalganj Sadar upazila were put on four-day remand yesterday.
 arrow 7 cops sued for killing a man
Seven policemen including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Kafrul Police Station were sued yesterday for "killing" a youth in Agargaon in the capital on May 8.
 arrow Indian HC staff visit 9 detainees in Comilla jail
First Secretary of the Indian High Commission Niraj Singh and Assistant Consular ZK Mukharjee visited Comilla district jail yesterday to see the nine Indian nationals detained there for about two months.
 arrow China opposes new US textile quotas
China said yesterday it opposed a US decision to impose new quotas on some Chinese clothing imports, calling the move a violation of international standards of free trade.
 arrow Karzai urges US action over Quran
Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the United States yesterday to prosecute and punish anyone found guilt of desecrating the Quran as anti-US protests flared for a fifth day.
 arrow Truck torched after it runs over schoolboy
Agitated people torched a truck after it ran over a schoolboy in the town yesterday.
Businessarrow Woven garment exports dip $50m in first 3 months
Export earning from woven garments decreased by $50.87 million or 5.6 percent during January-March period of this year -- the first three months of the quota-free regime.
 arrow Lawmakers irked for not being involved in PRSP drafting phase
Lawmakers yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction for not involving them in the drafting phase of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), a strategy document to alleviate poverty.
 arrow Rehab to organise fairs in London, NY this month
In a bid to sell more flats and plots to expatriate Bangladeshis, developers are going to organise two promotional fairs in London and New York this month.
 arrow Fresh move to float shares of 32 insurance cos
The government has initiated a fresh move to expedite the process of floating 32 non-listed insurance company's shares worth about Tk 243 crore in the capital market in order to bring discipline in the
 arrow Export diversification key to survival in quota-free era
As the readymade garment sector is faced with stiff competition following quota-phaseout, speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for diversifying the export basket to survive in the global
 arrow DHL named best operator for 19th consecutive year
DHL, a leading global express and logistics company, has been named best express operator for the 19th consecutive year, reflecting the company's market leadership and service excellence in air express
 arrow Nat'l Housing declares 9pc dividend
National Housing Finance And Investments Limited has declared a nine percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Lamy vows to respect all views as new WTO chief
Pascal Lamy, the former European Union trade commissioner, said Friday he would respect all members' views on sensitive topics such as agriculture when confirmed as head of the World Trade Organisation.
 arrow Midas Financing chairman re-elected
Md Ikramullah was re-elected chairman of Midas Financing Ltd for a term of another two years.
 arrow Wintel now distributor of Thomson products
Wintel Limited, a leading Information and Communication Technology company, has signed an agreement with French electronics and mobile phone company Thomson to distribute its products in Bangladesh.
 arrow German co executive visits RMG units
Reiner Schmidt, executive of Groz-Beckert Kg, Albstadt, Germany, recently visited some readymade garment units in Bangladesh to discuss the quality of industrial sewing machine needles produced by his
 arrow Malaysia's new maritime agency to start operation year end: Najib
Malaysia's new maritime agency established to fight piracy, illegal fishing and environmental pollution will begin operation in November, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.
 arrow US slaps quotas on Chinese textile imports
The United States on Friday ordered quotas to curb a flood of Chinese textile imports, a move likely to sharply escalate trade tensions with the Asian giant.
 arrow EU ministers agree on small tax on air travel for dev aid
EU finance ministers emerged from a meeting here Saturday with an agreement in principle for a small tax on airplane tickets to fund development aid that would be voluntary or obligatory depending onthe
 arrow Dollar hits 7-month highs against euro
The dollar rose to a seven-month high against the euro and pushed above 107 yen Friday, as a weak consumer sentiment report failed to dampen the upbeat outlook among traders for the US economy.
 arrow China threatens retaliation over US textile restrictions
China Saturday slammed US textile restrictions on Chinese exports, saying the move was a serious threat to the multi-lateral trading system and reserved the right to retaliate.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Second 3-dayer from today
Fresh from a satisfying performance in the tour opener against British Universities, Bangladesh think-tank has decided to give rest to four frontline players for their second three-day game against English
 arrow Tennis: Federer as usual
Top seed Roger Federer shrugged off a sleepy start to reach the final of the Hamburg Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russian Nikolay Davydenko on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: The conspiracy theory
The Kenyan cricket match-fixing scandal, which led to a five-year suspension of former captain Maurice Odumbe and further investigations on other players, may have jeopardized Sandeep Patil's candidacy
 arrow Cricket: Smith banned for four ODIs
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been banned for four one-day internationals for his team's slow over-rate during Wednesday's one-run win in the third match against West Indies in Barbados.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 27 for A team
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced two teams to pick a final Bangladesh A team which will tour England next July.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asian cricket body formed
The Asian Cricket Council and African Cricket Association have joined hands to form Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation (AACC) on Friday with Syed Ashraful Huq of Bangladesh as its convener to promote thegame
 arrow Windies 162/5
West Indies reached 162 for 5 in 39 overs after they were sent in by South Africa in the fourth one-day international in Port of Spain yesterday.
 arrow Silver screen calling Shoaib
A leading Bollywood producer has offered Pakistan's top cricket star Shoaib Akhtar a lead role in his next film, Gangster.
 arrow Football: American invasion getting closer
Manchester United fans opposed to the club takeover bid launched by US tycoon Malcolm Glazer were Saturday desperately looking for ways to block the deal.
 arrow Football: Istanbul promises a trouble-free final
Turkish authorities are confident security arrangements at the Ataturk stadium will prevent trouble at the European Champions League final later this month between Liverpool and AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Figo ready for Portugal return
Real Madrid's Portuguese mid-fielder Luis Figo has agreed to return to the national side during upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the Portuguese Football Federation said Friday.
 arrow Football: Glazer's friend in Premiership
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger told panicking Manchester United fans not to crucify Malcolm Glazer before he has even set foot in the door at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Arsene plans for 2006
Chelsea may have dominated the field this season, but Arsenal will be well-placed to dethrone the English champions next year, manager Arsene Wenger insists.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo storms into final
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo reached the final of the Rome Masters by brushing aside sixth seed Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen's timely ton?
Kevin Pietersen hit his first century for Hampshire on Friday, boosting his hopes of selection for England's first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's later this month.
 arrow Kabadi: Women's kabaddi coming back
Women's kabaddi is going to make a comeback after two decades when the ladies' league starts on May 19.
 arrow Football: Rooney not learning yet
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is to be charged with careless driving after being involved in a car crash this week which left a woman with whiplash injuries, police said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Cisse may start in final
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed French striker Djibril Cisse will start his first match, at home to Aston Villa on Sunday, since he broke his leg last October giving him a chance of appearing
Metropolitanarrow 'India indifferent to Bangladesh's plight for water crisis '
State Minister for Water Resources Advocate Goutam Chakraborti yesterday blamed India for its apathetic attitude towards Bangladesh's plight for long-felt water crisis despite repeated urge from Dhaka
 arrow WB seeks immunity as it's actions go against people
The World Bank (WB) seeks blanket immunity in Bangladesh just to protect itself from any legal proceedings against its anti-people activities, speakers said at a discussion at the LGED Bhaban in the city
 arrow BCL suspends DU unit activities
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday suspended all the activities of its Dhaka University (DU) unit following an intra-party feud that left at leastseven
 arrow 'Crisis due to plundering of state wealth by to major parties'
Muktijoddha Gono Parishad at a ceremony yesterday honoured six noted personalities of the country for their contribution in respective professions and country's liberation war.
 arrow Hasina to address victory rally in Ctg today
Sheikh Hasina will arrive in Chittagong on a five-day visit.
She will address a rally at Laldighi Maidan as the chief guest this afternoon. She will also lead a procession followed by the rally.

 arrow Govt slated for not observing state mourning
Speakers at a meeting yesterday slated the government for not observing state mourning at the death of Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora, commander of Bangladesh-India Joint Forces in 1971.
 arrow BSEC chairman's removal demanded
Employees of Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) submitted a memorandum to the prime minister on Wednesday demanding removal of BSEC chairman for 'corruption, anti-social activities and
 arrow Reception to new BB governor
The 1969 batch of Dhaka University yesterday accorded a reception to the newly appointed Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed in the city on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow Former BNP MP Laxmikanta passes away
Former ruling party Babu Laxmikanta Bal died at Azimpur here yesterday morning at the age of 92.
 arrow 2 killed in city road accidents
A 12-year-old boy and a woman were killed in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
 arrow One shot in city
Unknown criminals shot and injured a security guard of a construction company in the city yesterday.
 arrow BCL to form separate DU committee for female members
A full-fledge committee of the female members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Dhaka University (DU) unit, will be formed soon.
 arrow 3 adjudged best debaters
Sun Shine Grammar School, Bay View School, Oxbridge School and Summer Fields School yesterday moved to the next round of The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank 5th Inter-School English Debate Competitions.
 arrow Obituary
Prof Mohammad Ansar Ali, associate editor of Banglapedia and educationist, died of cardiac failure at the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases on Friday at the age of 62, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Illegal netting of fries adds to fish depletion
Violating a government ban, hundreds of fishermen are netting shrimp fries with current nets in rivers in Satkhira district, close to the Sundarbans.
Use of current net is also banned.

 arrow Stop murder, repression on journalists
Journalist in Rajshahi under the banner of 'Human Rights Journalist Council' yesterday held a rally and brought out a procession in the city protesting murder and harassment of journalists in the country.
 arrow All for political asylum abroad?
Barisal Kotwali police have arrested two persons for making video footage of fake minority torture.
 arrow Youth shot dead, 50 injured as villagers clash in Sunamganj
A young man was shot dead and 50 people were injured as rival groups clashed at Chhoara Nogdipur village in Derai upazila in Sunamganj district Friday evening.
 arrow 3rd, 4th class employees in vigilance teams
Inclusion of five third class and five fourth class employees and two CBA leaders in 12 vigilance teams of Barisal Education Board to visit HSC examination centers has created resentment among teachers
 arrow Death threat to journalist condemned
The Khulna Press Club has strongly condemned the death threat to Janakantha journalist Couranga Nandy, given on Wednesday allegedly by Nannu, Assistant Private Secretary (APS) to Whip Ashraf Hossain.
 arrow 10 RU students hurt in clash with villagers
At least 10 Rajshahi University (RU) students were injured, one of them seriously, in a clash with villagers at Binodpur Bazaar Friday night.
 arrow Recounting of CCC ward vote demanded
A candidate who contested for a women's reserved seat in Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election here has demanded recounting of votes in all centres under ward No 14 on Friday alleging manipulation
Point-Counterpointarrow Tale of two cities: Dhaka and London
London and Dhaka are linked in many ways: historically, socially, and increasingly, culturally.
 arrow Why today's economists should look to 1964
In 1964, in undivided Pakistan, the then dictator of West and East Pakistan, General Ayub Khan began a dialogue with the leading economists of the eastern wing.
 arrow Terrorising the terrorists
The law and order situation in Bangladesh has deteriorated in recent years mainly due to political patronisation of crimes and corruption by the police.
Culturearrow The magic of light and shadows
Aloy-Kaloy Aanka means drawn with light and shadows. With this title, a photography exhibition was held from May 8 to 14 at the Zainul Gallery of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University.
 arrow A dazzling display of mature paintings
The ongoing exhibition of group work at Zainul Gallery-Two is remarkable indeed.
 arrow Utpala Sen: The golden voice of yesteryears
Utpala Sen, known for her unique melancholic voice, is not among us any more. The Bangalee songstress passed away at the SSKM Hospital, Kolkata on May 13.
 arrow Dr M Balamuralikrishna to receive the Knight Award
The king of Carnatic classsical music, Padmavibhushan Dr M Balamuralikrishna has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Letters (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the Government of France,
 arrow Lifebuoy Gold Family Day '05
In today's busy world, family time spent together is a great stress reliever. One great halt for families today is the Lifebuoy Gold Family Day 2005, to be celebrated with vibrant and colourful festivities.
Generalarrow 50 injured, 400 houses damaged
A severe storm swept over the town and its suburbs leaving more than 50 people injured and damaging about 400 kutcha houses.
 arrow Ruling party men foil PIB workshop in Lalmonirhat
A training workshop of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) was foiled yesterday as it was organised without informing a ruling party leader.
Internationalarrow EU voices concern at Uzbekistan unrest
The European Commission voiced concern yesterday at the escalation of violence in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, but said the government's disregard for human rights was partly to blame.
 arrow India's upper house okays nuclear bill
India's upper house of parliament Friday passed legislation banning the proliferation of nuclear technology, seven years after the South Asian giant shocked the world with a series of nuclear tests.
 arrow Taiwan's ruling party wins assembly polls
Taiwan's ruling party won elections yesterday for a special assembly charged with amending the island's constitution, giving a big boost to President Chen Shui-bian's policy of resisting unification with
 arrow Karimov a Soviet-era strongman
Uzbek President Islam Karimov, whose rule is being challenged by protesters in the eastern city of Andijan, is a Communist-era strongman who has run a repressive regime in this impoverished former Soviet
 arrow Hizbollah, Israeli forces clash in border area
Israeli artillery and aircraft pounded the outskirts of Lebanese border villages on Friday in a fierce clash with Hizbollah guerrillas that ratcheted up tensions on the volatile frontier.
 arrow Saddam to write his memoirs from jail
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has decided to write his memoirs from an Iraqi jail where he is awaiting trial for more than 20 years of abuses, a British newspaper reported, quoting one of his lawyers.
 arrow Nepali Maoists gun down former mayor
Suspected Maoist rebels shot dead a former mayor in Nepal's Itahari district southeast of the capital, police said yesterday.
 arrow Iran preparing for nuke talks with EU FMs
Iran is preparing for direct talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany after backing away from a move to immediately resume sensitive nuclear activities, a senior official was quoted
 arrow Karzai plans admn shake-up after anti-US protests
President Hamid Karzai is planning an administrative shake-up after violent Afghan protests over the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay left 14 dead and 120 injured, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Find an answer
The five-hour fracas on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway that left over 200 injured, damaged some 100 vehicles, and cut off communication between Dhaka and 20 northern districts on Friday was a shocking affair.
 arrow Editorial: Korean EPZ gridlock breaking?
The Korean EPZ in Chittagong -- which has been bogged down for more than three years due to withholding of the issuance of licence -- can soon go into operation as the authorities finally appear to be
 arrow How Tony Blair lost the elections
Though the Labour Party won, Tony Blair lost the British elections. This can be the only conclusion one can draw from the results of the last general elections.
 arrow Mere facelift won't do
IT happens to political parties as to individuals. They become old even when they are young in years. At 25, the BJP looks jaded, sounds outmoded and stuck in the past.
Letters to Editorarrow Savar tragedy
I was really shocked to watch the deadly building collapse in Savar that killed a few hundred poor innocent workers.
 arrow Learning English
Dr. Robert (Sunday 24th of April) was right in saying one is not guaranteed success simply by virtue of one's ability to converse in English.
 arrow Hasina's stand
Sheikh Hasina, the AL Chief, has said in a meeting that "fearing defeat in the next election the BNP-Jamaat alliance has conspired to snatch people's verdict by appointing a party man as the chief of
 arrow Islamic cricket?
The letter dated 6/5/05 with the heading "Islamic Cricket?" raised some interesting questions.
Star Healtharrow Lantus may be a new solution for the diabetics
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy.
 arrow How to cure neglected elaphantiasis
Lymphatic Filariasis (Elaphantiasis) is a disabling disease, spread by mosquitoes (Culex, Anopheles, Mansonia, Aedes); 120 million people of 83 endemic countries of the world are affected by this disease.
 arrow Strokes can be prevented by healthy lifestyle
Stroke often occurs without warning, striking the patient from out of the blue causing major disability or even death.
 arrow Continued efforts to reduce high-risk behaviours are needed
Annual surveillance for HIV infection and risk behaviours has been conducted among populations at elevated risk for HIV infection since 1998.
 arrow Diabetes control crucial after heart attack
For people with type 2 diabetes who suffer a heart attack, keeping their blood sugar levels under control has a lot to do with how well they fare, according to a multicenter European study.
Star Cityarrow Teletalk ‘helps’ cyber cafés make brisk business
The government owned mobile company -- Teletalk's initiative to open on-line applications on their web site has given chance for cyber business to boom as many people rush to the cafés everyday to submit
 arrow Radio channel for smooth traffic management
The government has decided to introduce a radio traffic channel to ease traffic problems in the city. The test run of the channel will start within two weeks, sources said.
 arrow Hawkers, canvassers irk commuters
To improve the drainage system and overall condition of the road the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has dug up a portion of the link road between Gulshan and Shahzadpur.
 arrow Will Nazrul Complex project materialise?
The planned Nazrul Complex project on the Dhaka University (DU) campus is unlikely to see light due to non-availability of funds, according to officials of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
 arrow Desa cuts systems loss, raises bill collection
Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) has witnessed an increase in its bill collection and decrease in systems loss in recent time after adopting different measures to cease power theft and modify the
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