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Front Pagearrow Top city AL leader slain
Unknown assailants gunned down Law Affairs Secretary of Dhaka City Awami League (AL) Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu at Tejgaon yesterday, triggering violent street demonstrations in the capital.
 arrow 200 missing as another launch sinks in Jamuna
Two children drowned and at least 200 people went missing in a launch sinking in river Jamuna near Arichaghat yesterday afternoon while 32 more bodies were recovered from the scene of Sunday's launchdisaster
 arrow SC Bar to cancel Sircar, Moudud membership
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday decided to cancel membership of the speaker and the law minister for their remarks against SCBA lawyers' ongoing agitation demanding removal of an additional
 arrow Nor'wester kills 20
At least 27 people were killed and some 500 others injured as a nor'wester battered 10 upazilas of Rajshahi and Natore districts yesterday, leaving a trail of devastation.
 arrow EC for authority to cancel candidature
The Election Commission (EC) wants authority to cancel candidatures of contesting candidates for gross irregularities in the election process.
 arrow Stay orders stall Tk 30,000cr loan recovery: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government is facing problems in recovering default loans amounting to about Tk 30,000 crore mainly due to stay
 arrow Tk 63,400cr budget on the stocks
The government plans a Tk 63,400 crore budget for the next fiscal year, 10.74 percent higher than the Tk 57,248 crore current budget.
 arrow Invest more in Bangladesh
Khaleda Zia yesterday invited Vietnamese entrepreneurs to explore bright business prospects in Bangladesh and invest in various sectors to derive dividends out of incentive package offered by her government
 arrow Cairn to invest $80m next year
Cairn Energy could invest up to $80 million in exploration in Bangladesh next year, encouraged by settlement of dues for gas it developed on the Sangu field, it emerged on Monday.
 arrow Rab nabs 9 extortionists
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested nine extortionists including a former sergeant of Bangladesh Army and a sub-inspector of police.
 arrow Peacekeeper laid to rest
Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper Nur Mohammad, who died in an ambush by militias in Congo on May 12, was laid to rest yesterday with full military honour at his family graveyard at Tatakandi village under Raipura
 arrow WB cautions on spending, suggests tax drive
World Bank (WB) Country Director Christine Wallich yesterday said the government should be careful about its expenditure and increase tax collection in order to offset any potential adverse effect ofthe
 arrow Boy drowns, 2 babies missing as boat sinks in Buriganga
A teenage boy drowned and two babies of the same family are feared dead in a boat capsize in the Buriganga near Sadarghat yesterday.
 arrow HSC exams in Dhaka postponed
HSC examinations under Dhaka education board, Alim examinations across the country under madrasa education board and course system examinations under Dhaka University, scheduled for today, have been postponed
 arrow Muggers loot Tk 11 lakh in Ctg
Muggers robbed two staff of a garment factory of Tk 11 lakh at Rahmatganj in the port city yesterday.
Police and witnesses said Belal Hossain and Sayer Ali of Premier Fashion Limited drew Tk 11.

 arrow IDA loans $300m for key health sector project
Bangladesh will receive a concessionary credit amounting to $300 million from the World Bank (WB) to implement Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP) for the period of 2003-2010.
 arrow 3 clerics shot dead in Iraq
Gunmen killed a Shia Muslim cleric yesterday while two missing Sunni clerics were found shot dead, police said. US troops clashed with militants in Mosul, according to reporter on the scene.
 arrow Killers of Khorshed will be tried Babar assures JS
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday assured parliament that the government would track down the killers of Awami League (AL) leader Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu and bring them
 arrow US condemns killing of AL leader
The United States yesterday strongly condemned the killing of Awami League leader Advocate Khorshed Alam Bacchu and called for promptly bringing the perpetrators to justice in a lawful manner.
 arrow Drug's effect on cancer stuns doctors
No one could have been more surprised than the doctors themselves. They were just hoping to relieve the symptoms of a deadly blood disorder and ended up treating the disease itself.
Businessarrow Donors, govt agree to better project implementation
Development partners and the government have reached an understanding to improve project implementation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Govt urged not to allow 4-hr overtime in RMG units
Garment workers yesterday urged the government not to make any provision allowing four hours of overtime in apparel units violating the ILO Convention.
 arrow MPs want discussion on draft PRSP in JS
Lawmakers yesterday demanded general discussion on the draft Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) in parliament to vent their suggestions in the document.
 arrow Textile millers seek 15pc cash incentives, 50pc waiver on utility bills
Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) has demanded 15 percent cash incentives for textile industry and 50 percent waiver on electricity and gas bills in the next budget for building a strong backward
 arrow Retail markets indifferent to new pay scale
The retail sellers in the capital markets yesterday remained indifferent to the sixth pay scale for government employees announced by the government Monday.
 arrow Altaf calls for LDC efforts to reap benefits from WTO rules
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday called for all-out efforts by LDCs such as Bangladesh to tap benefits from multilateral trade rules.
 arrow Malaysia, Japan meet to speed up free trade talks
Officials from Malaysia and Japan are meeting for two-days to hammer out "some senstive issues" in an attempt to speed up their free trade talks, an official said Tuesday.
 arrow Bangladesh owes $186.25b to foreigners
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told parliament that the amount of country's foreign debt is US$ 186.25 billion.
 arrow Mahbubur Rahman made co-chair of ESCAP Business Advisory Council
Mahbubur Rahman, president of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-Bangladesh, has been elected co-chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Business Advisory Council (BAC) of UNESCAP.
 arrow Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing flights from today
The China Eastern Airlines will launch its flight on Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing route today.
 arrow Phuket Air offices in Ctg closed for 2 days
Thailand-based Phuket Air offices in Chittagong city and airport remained closed for the last two days without any prior announcement.
 arrow EU warns of quotas in textile standoff with China
The European Union's executive arm called Monday for urgent talks with China on a surge in textile imports, warning that otherwise it will propose slapping quotas on two key types of textile imports.
 arrow India pledges reforms to attract foreign investment
Indian Finance Minister Palani-appan Chidambaram pledged comprehensive financial sector reforms on Tuesday to attract badly-needed foreign investment to tackle a growing trade deficit.
 arrow Prime Finance issue manager for Summit Power's IPO
Summit Power Ltd, a power generating company, has appointed Prime Finance & Investment Ltd, a non-banking financial institution and merchant bank, the issue manager for Summit Power's forthcoming initial
 arrow StanChart to collect ticket fares for British Airways
Clients of British Airways will now be able to pay for their ticket fares through Standard Chartered Bank after making their booking.
 arrow Gulshan Spinning Mills, CityCell sign corporate deal
Gulshan Spinning Mills Ltd, Bangladesh has become corporate client of CityCell.
 arrow Djuice, pizza Hut sign deal
Djuice and Pizza Hut have recently signed an agreement for a strategic partnership between the two brands.
 arrow British Airways moves to new office
The office of British Airways has been moved to a new premises at The Uday Tower in Gulshan, Dhaka.
Anwar Choudhury, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, inaugurated the new office on Monday.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Application missing
The ghost of late Australian cricketer David Hookes must have been at Hove when Bangladesh suffered an inexplicable innings and 226-run defeat on the final day of their three-day match against Sussexyesterday.
 arrow Football: Team watch: Abahani
With only two league titles to show for in the last ten years, it has to be said that things have not gone right for Abahani.
 arrow Athletics: National Junior Athletics on
Heavy shower ruined the opening day's second session of the Milk Vita 22nd National Junior Athletics Championships at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
Three International Masters Reefat Bin Sattar, Abdullah Al-Rakib and Enamul Hossain Rajib won their respective third round boards in the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo gets mixed message
The intentions, certainly Ronaldo's, and presumably those of the Peres Center for Peace - were good ones. It's almost impossible to think of a better marketing tool than a living legend.
 arrow Football: Eto'o seeks forgiveness
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o has begged for forgiveness over his insulting comments about his former club Real Madrid during Barca's title celebrations.
 arrow Cricket: King ready to take blame
Bennett King, the West Indies coach, is willing to take his share of the blame for his team's crushing defeats in the Tests and one-day internationals against South Africa.
 arrow Football: The home factor
Sporting coach Jose Peseiro believes home advantage will not be a significant factor in the UEFA Cup final against Russia's CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Maradona thanks daughters
Diego Maradona said Monday that if he returned to his old lifestyle, he would die.
 arrow Cricket: First ODI today
Brian Lara is being rested for West Indies' three one-day internationals against Pakistan from Wednesday so he is ready to face them in the two-Test series.
 arrow Football: Football claims two young lives
Two boys have died during football practice in Sweden, bringing the number of youths killed while playing sports in the Scandinavian country to six this year alone, police said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Glazer to become all in all
US tycoon Malcolm Glazer said Monday he had raised his stake in Manchester United to 75.7 percent, potentially allowing him to delist the world's richest football club from the London Stock Exchange.
 arrow Cricket: PCB proposes Karachi as Test venue
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi as venues for the three Tests for India's next tour of the country.
 arrow Football: Henry out of FA Cup final
Arsenal suffered a major blow when French striker Thierry Henry was ruled out of Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Holmes world's best
Switzerland's triple 2004 Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer won the top male individual prize here Monday at the sixth annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony.
 arrow Cricket: Good news for England
England were boosted Monday by news that pace bowler Simon Jones had recovered from a recurrence to a back injury ahead of the opening Test against Bangladesh at Lord's on May 26.
Metropolitanarrow State terrorism continues in the name of crossfire
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is carrying out state terrorism in the name of 'crossfire' by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow 'Media role is unique to end discrimination against IDUs'
The role of mass media is unique in decreasing social stigma and discrimination towards intravenous drug users (IDUs), highly vulnerable to HIV/Aids, speakers said at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Domestic Violence Act soon: Moudud
The law commission is working on framing Domestic Violence Act to address any form of abuses and violations at the household level, said the Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Police, robbers trade gunshots : 2 injured
An alleged robber and a police received bullet injuries during a gunfight between the gang and the law enforcers in the city yesterday.
 arrow Eight flights delayed due to nor'wester
Eight domestic and international flights were delayed due to a nor'wester that lashed almost all parts of the country yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 'New pay scale to encourage price hike of essentials'
Different organisations expressed mixed reactions on the approval of the new pay scale in the cabinet.
 arrow 'Build memorial to Indian soldiers killed during Liberation War'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for building a memorial to the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the Liberation War in 1971 to honour the contribution of the Indian army.
 arrow SAHR concerned over police attack on Asma Jahangir
The South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has expressed shock and amazement at the police attack on Asma Jahangir and several other women, who were participating in a peaceful protest in Lahore on May15,
 arrow Five to die for murder in N'ganj
A Narayanganj court sentenced five young men to death and another to life term in the sensational Rajon murder case yesterday.
 arrow Ask launches appeal to save Shahjahan
Human rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (Ask) has launched an appeal on behalf of Shahjahan Ahmed, the husband of one of its staff.
 arrow Semifinals today
The semifinals of The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank 5th Inter School English Debate Competitions will be held at 12.00 noon today at the auditorium of Lions Foundation.
 arrow Tommy Miah's dishes for diabetic, cardiac patients
Master chef Tommy Miah yesterday presented a number of healthy and delicious dishes suitable for the diabetic and cardiac patients.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Islamia Eye Hospital and MA Ispahani Institute of Ophthal-mology, in a rejoinder to a report headlined '40,000 children suffer from treatable blindness' published in The Daily Star on May 13, said
 arrow Forroque Rahman (Apu) passes away
Mrs. Forroque Rahman (Apu), wife of Mr.
 arrow Jubo Dal meet today
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal central committee will hold an emergency meeting at its Nayapaltan Office today to observe the 24th death anniversary of late President Ziaur Rahman.
Nationalarrow Take common stance against India's river inter-linking plan
State Minister for Water Resources Goutam Chakraborti has called upon the people to take a 'common stance irrespective of political affiliations' against Indian's river inter-linking plan.
 arrow Bandarban Poura chairman asked to refund Tk 15.7 lakh
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry has ordered Bandarban municipal chairman to refund Tk 15.
 arrow Accused plan to move HC for bail as police 'inactive'
The team probing the defalcation of funds from depositors' accounts at Gaibandha Head Post Office is making slow progress as the culprits destroyed all relevant documents.
 arrow Tk 72 lakh pension money defalcated in Bogra
An official of the Bogra District Accounts Office has been suspended for alleged misappropriation of funds from pension bills of government officials.
 arrow Procession, rally for khas land in Satkhira
A large number of landless people held a rally, brought out a procession and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner yesterday demanding government lands and withdrawal
 arrow 'Move on to damage case merit'
Family members of slain journalist Sheikh Belaluddin yesterday rejected the charge sheet in the murder case and accused Khulna Metropolitan police of "miserable failure to arrest the masterminds and killers"
 arrow 2 more held
Two more suspects were arrested on Monday in connection with the bomb attack at the circus pandal of a fair in Bagerhat stadium on Saturday.
 arrow 3 statues found in Rangpur
Three valuable antique statues of a Hindu god Shiva have been found in a pond in the compound of the Deputy Commissioner's residence.
 arrow Demand for safe road

Culturearrow Bruno Ruhf and his daring drawings
Thirty-three year old Bruno Ruhf from Strasbourg visited Dhaka last year, and held a mixed-media exhibition comprising of his impression of the Dhaka street graffiti, at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Call for revival of Jatra
Jatra or "beginning a journey" in Bangla, is a form of folk drama combining acting, songs, music and dance.
 arrow Padatik Natya Sangshad presents Mousetrap
Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap is an all time box-office hit in England. However, Padatik Natya Sangshad's translated presentation of Mousetrap is mediocre.
 arrow An evening dedicated to Tagore
Tagore fans flocked to the town hall recently to commemorate his birth anniversary. Sammilito Sangskritik Jote organised an hour-long discussion and cultural programme.
 arrow Tagore musical soiree on May 21
On the occasion of the 144th Birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the High Commission of India, Dhaka has organised a cultural evening with renowned singers and dancers of Bangladesh at the National
Generalarrow Killing of AL leader Bachchu condemned
Different political parties and professional bodies yesterday condemned the assassination of the slain Awami League leader Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu and demanded immediate punishment to the killers.
 arrow AL alleges repression on Keraniganj leaders
Keraniganj upazila unit of Awami League (AL) yesterday protested the repression on its leaders and activists by the ruling lawmaker and his BNP cadres.
 arrow 'Bring reforms to caretaker govt system'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for bringing reforms to the caretaker government system to prevent black money holders and evil people from entering parliament.
 arrow Protesters threaten to go to higher court if bill passed
Alliance against Immunity to World Bank continued protest against the government move to give blanket immunity to the WB.
 arrow 'Bangladesh an illustration of communal harmony'
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh is a glaring illustration of communal harmony where people of all faiths perform their religious programmes independently.
 arrow Minister urges WFP to take programme for the Monga-hit
Food Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday stressed the importance of taking a special programme for the char and Monga-affected people.
 arrow Angry students barricade road in N'ganj
Students of Narayanganj Government Mahila College yesterday blocked the road at Chashara disrupting road and rail communications for at least couple of hours.
 arrow Condolence meet on Aurora May 23
Mujibnagar and Freedom Fighter Officers-Employees Central Welfare Association of Bangladesh will hold a condolence meeting at Vashkar Novera hall at National Museum in the city at 4:00pm on May 23 topay
Internationalarrow Israeli hardliners plan guerrilla war
The Israeli extreme-right appeared bent yesterday on waging a guerrilla war against the planned pullout from the Gaza Strip, vowing to bring the country to its knees after causing chaos on the roads.
 arrow Manmohan takes stock of his standing
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a stock-taking exercise five days ahead of the ruling United Progressive Alliance's completion of first year in office, has given his government six marks outof
 arrow Donors push govt, Tigers to work together
Lanka's international donors held a second and final day of talks here yesterday as they sought to nudge warring parties to share aid and rebuild the war- and tsunami-devastated nation.
 arrow Newsweek urged to do more to repair damage
The White House says Newsweek took a "good first step" by retracting its story that US investigators found evidence interrogators at Guanta-namo Bay desecrated the Quran, but it wants the magazine todo
 arrow Indonesia to end Aceh emergency today
Indonesia's government and parliament have agreed to lift tsunami-devastated Aceh province's one-year-old state of civil emergency this week, a report said Tuesday.
 arrow Trial of Beslan school siege suspect begins
The only hostage-taker to have been captured alive after the Beslan school siege has gone on trial in the Russian republic of North Ossetia.
 arrow Nepali anti-graft panel charges top leaders
An anti-graft body appointed by Nepal's King Gyanendra Monday charged several senior politicians with fraud in government contract deals that could lead to millions of dollars in fines and jail, a commission
 arrow Hunt for top Karachi criminal: 6 killed
A police raid on the hideout of one of Pakistan's most wanted criminals yesterday left six people dead and 20 wounded in an intense gun battle but police failed to capture the elusive fugitive.
 arrow Blair unveils his plans for 3rd term
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government unveiled yesterday a controversial proposal for national identity cards and other anti-terror measures under a raft of bills for its third term in office.
 arrow 'Women's voting right to boost Kuwaiti reforms'
The Kuwaiti parliament's surprise decision to grant women the vote is likely to speed up political and economic reforms in the oil-rich Gulf Arab state, analysts and MPs said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Overdue move
We are heartened, perhaps as much as those who stand to directly benefit by the salary raises just announced by the government. The step has been long overdue.
 arrow Editorial: Dangerous desperation
While we are relieved to learn that the 69 Bangladeshis arrested in Kenya have no links with terrorists or drug traffickers we are concerned at the delay in receiving this particular information, which
 arrow Is there any possibility of early election?
While addressing the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) parliamentary party meeting in Dhaka on May 12 last, the Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia who is also the chairperson of the BNP, asked her party
 arrow Changes wrought by South Asian nukes
The international context of South Asian nukes is important. To begin with, India and Pakistan were born soon after the World War II ended.
 arrow Global cooperation in fight against paranoia and terrorism
THREE recent incidents in three different parts of the globe are connected by a common theme: Islam and its perception in the modern world.
Letters to Editorarrow Preserve Our Music
Very recently, I listened attentively to some Bangla songs as music has a refreshing effect on my mood. But I was very shocked and confused as most of the songs had poor lyrics and compositions.
 arrow Iraq situation
The continuous violence has turned Iraq into a house of death. Media and satellite channels are focusing on the latest developments. Nobody is safe in Iraq.
 arrow Absolutely helpless?
About 300 people are either dead or missing following the building collapse in Savar. And their families are now facing a very uncertain future. But there is nobody to look into the matter.
 arrow Mobile phone craze
The mobile telephone market is hotly competitive, judging from the spate of colourful advertisements in the papers---most of it amusing and irrelevant.
 arrow The icy "Last Supper"
An icy version of Leonardo da Vinci's " The Last Supper " was shown during a presentation at the Ice Bar in Milan on May 3, 2005. Three Swedish sculptors created the ice statue.
 arrow School vans
We often see tiny school vans in the streets doing their duties of carrying school kids.
It seems to me that the whole thing is very risky.

 arrow Support for Pakistan
I don't want to take too much time to give my response/opinion to Ms. Ruhi's letter, and I thought for a while if it was worthwhile.
 arrow Pronounce correctly
I read the letter by C. W. Ruhi with interest. Pronouncing English correctly is a challenge for most of the Bangladeshis and we should not be blamed for this.
 arrow Rooftop gardening
At present "Greenhouse Effect" has become a global problem. It helps to raise the temperature of the atmosphere, and that is turning into a grave threat for all the living beings on earth.
 arrow Smokers are dishonest!
A lot of writings have appeared in the newspapers about the bad effect of smoking. The government has also passed an anti-smoking law, which is laudable indeed. But smokers are not paying heed to this.
 arrow Bad taste!
I was shocked and embarrassed to see the horrible, bruised, bloody faces on the TV that aired the news of a bus accident occurring on 26 April in Tangail.
 arrow Jhakanaka and some questions
Grameen Phone is now trying to promote its new package Djuice and that's why it is arranging concerts to attract young mobile subscribers.
 arrow Cable operators
As a foreigner who has lived and worked in Bangladesh for 21 years, has been patient, has held his tongue on politics and many issues here as an honoured 'guest of this country', I decided I have hadenough!
 arrow Pakistani visa
We refer to the letter by Mr. Jafar published in your daily on 21/04/2005.
 arrow Critical issue
I have read the letter "Can you change your history?" in The Daily Star some days ago. No, I think it is totally impossible. But now we're facing a critical situation when anything is possible.
Star Chittagongarrow Businessmen begin agitation May 21
Frequent incidents of hijacking and highway robbery prompted the businessmen in the port city to begin agitation for immediate measures to check the menace.
 arrow CCC polls: Mohiuddin led althrough
The May 9 Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls has many startling revelations to evoke many aspects till date.
 arrow Air Pollution...

Star Cityarrow City undergoes rigorous road digging
Utility service providers are currently digging up around 42.1 kilometres road in the city simultaneously just before the rainy season, causing inconvenience to commuters.
 arrow A resident's plight
Bazlur Rahman woke to the clatter made by spades against concrete, by courtesy of the road digging going on near his house. As usual, he was in a hurry to reach office with an important meeting scheduled.
 arrow One Stop Cell coordination attempts fail?
The One stop cell a segment of Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC), formed with the aim of coordinating road digging has allegedly failed in its attempts as service providers do not follow guide lines outlined
 arrow Deadline to finish work
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has asked different utility service providers and other organisations to stop indiscriminate road digging ahead of the rainy season.
 arrow Businesses suffer as DCC repairs drains
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have started digging and repairing roads in Sutrapur, Gandaria, Loharpool, and Postogola areas.
 arrow 'Pipes on sidewalks instead of underground laying can ease chaos" : -- Dr K M Maniruzzaman
"Instead of digging the roads to lay utility lines underground, provision could have been made on the sidewalks.
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