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Front Pagearrow Armoured cars lie idle on glitches
Most of the 12 armoured cars purchased for use by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police are lying abandoned due to recurring mechanical problems, sources in the Police Headquarters said.
 arrow Shut hatches stoke fears of bodies trapped inside
The death toll in Manikganj launch sinking rose to four as two more bodies were recovered in the Jamuna in Shibalaya upazila yesterday, while about 150 missing passengers, who were on deck, are feared
 arrow No more money whitening
The provision of whitening black money will be discontinued from next fiscal year, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said.
 arrow Moudud, Sircar hit back
The government and parliament are at loggerheads with Supreme Court lawyers over their ongoing agitation for removal of a High Court judge and the Supreme Court Bar Association's decision to cancel the
 arrow Havoc at CMCH as power supply cut for 3 hours
The Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) remained without electricity for more than three hours yesterday morning as the Power Development Board (PDB) suddenly snapped the supply, allegedlywithout
 arrow Hartal passes off peacefully
A dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the main opposition Awami League (AL) in the capital yesterday passed off by and large peacefully barring some stray incidents of police attacks on pro-hartal pickets and
 arrow Jubo Dal leader killed in Rab 'encounter'
An alleged criminal and Dhaka city leader of ruling BNP's youth wing Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was killed during an 'encounter' with Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cops yet to find lead to AL leader's killing
Police were yet to find a lead to the killing of Law Affairs Secretary of Dhaka City Awami League (AL) Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu on Tuesday.
 arrow Army men beat up 20 villagers
A group of army personnel beat up and injured about 20 people, including a carrying woman and some children, over a trivial matter yesterday at Sultanpur village in Feni municipality, triggering panic
 arrow Dhaka, Hanoi sign investment accord
Bangladesh and Vietnam yesterday agreed to cooperate with each other in all potential sectors, especially investment, trade, tourism and agriculture, for mutual benefits of the two nations.
 arrow Nor'wester victims in distress
Several thousand victims of Tuesday's devastating nor'wester in 10 upazilas of Natore and Rajshahi districts are in crying need of food, medicine and shelter.
 arrow Illegal 11-storey building knock-down stopped on HC stay order
Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) authorities yesterday said they could not demolish the unapproved 11-storey building in Patuatuli in Old Dhaka due to a High Court stay.
 arrow Thugs made salt, shrimp growers jobless: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said thousands of marginal salt growers and shrimp farmers of Cox's Bazar face joblessness as criminals have occupied their land.
 arrow PM wants close Saarc, Asean link
Khaleda Zia yesterday assured Vietnam's leaders that as the next Saarc chairperson Bangladesh would like to develop closer links between the Saarc and the Asean.
 arrow 4 die in road crash in Sirajganj
Four people were killed and 35 others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Bogra highway near Chandaikona Bazar area under Raiganj upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow 50 rebels, 9 troops killed in Nepal
At least 50 Maoists and nine soldiers were killed in a battle in southeastern Nepal, state media reported Wednesday, in one of the latest outbreaks of heavy fighting since King Gyanendra seized power.
 arrow Musharraf to seek re-election in 2007
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will seek another five-year term as head of state after his current tenure ends in 2007, the country's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said Tuesday.
 arrow Dhaka-Beijing flight opens
A Boeing 737 of China Eastern Airlines flew in Dhaka from Beijing in an inaugural flight yesterday as Bangladesh and China established direct air link between the two countries aiming to enhance people-to-people
 arrow Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu sign deal to fight kala-azar
India, Bangladesh and Nepal yesterday signed an agreement to set up a task force for cooperation in eradicating kala-azar, which affects about one lakh people each year in the three countries.
 arrow Woman teacher dies in road accident
A mob blocked the traffic, damaged vehicles and clashed with police to protest the death of a female schoolteacher in an accident on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Tongi yesterday.
Businessarrow FBCCI proposes special fund for RMG backward linkage
The FBCCI yesterday proposed setting up a special fund for developing backward linkage industries for RMG sector and a review committee to address present problems in PSI system.
 arrow Leasing cos seek more time to go public
Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) has urged the central bank governor to extend the deadline for leasing companies to go public until June 2006 instead of June 2005.
 arrow SingTel confirms talks to buy 60pc stake in CityCell
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) Ltd yesterday confirmed that it is negotiating to buy a 60 percent stake in Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (PBTL), the owning company of CityCell brand mobile phone,
 arrow Asia mulls investment bank to fill huge infrastructure gap
Infrastructure in Asia lags behind the growth of the region's economies and needs to be improved, possibly by creating an Asian Investment Bank similar to Europe's, the United Nations said Wednesday.
 arrow India's power crisis presses case for faster reforms
Thousands of neon lights and bill boards in India's gleaming metropolis of Bombay go off for four hours every night due to a crippling power shortage in the country's most industrialised state.
 arrow Indian civil aviation sees fresh fare war
There is fresh excitement in the fare war in Indian civil aviation segment.
 arrow Shell ME & central Asia CEO arrives today
Quentin D'silva, chief executive officer of Shell Middle East and central Asia, arrives in Dhaka today.
 arrow IDLC okays 35pc cash dividend
IDLC (Industrial Development Leasing Company) of Bangladesh Limited has declared a 35 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Uttara Finance okays 15pc cash, 10pc stock dividends
Uttara Finance and Investments Limited has declared a 15 percent cash dividend and a 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Mercantile Bank declares 25pc stock dividend
Mercantile Bank Limited has declared a 25 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow HSBC, Rupayan sign MoU on home loan
Customers wishing to purchase homes or apartments from Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, an enterprise of Rupayan Group, will get home loans from HSBC with a reduced processing fee of one percent of the loan
 arrow Bank holiday May 22
Bangladesh Bank and all the scheduled banks will remain closed Sunday (May 22) on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow KL, Tokyo fail to break FTA deadlock over autos, steel
Malaysian and Japanese officials have yet to resolve differences over the auto and steel sectors which are seen as major obstacles to progress towards a free trade agreement, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow China slams US, EU over textiles, denies currency manipulation
China slammed the United States and European Union Wednesday for "unfair" and "protectionist" actions to counter its booming textile exports while dismissing claims it manipulated its currency to gain
 arrow Malaysia to tighten credit cards rules
Malaysia plans to impose tighter guidelines for the issuing of credit cards amid a sharp rise in bankruptcies after people failed to settled their payments, an official said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Team watch: Muktijoddha
Always good starters, Muktijoddha Sangsad however often stumble as they near the finish line.
 arrow Athletics: National Junior Athletics end
Mohan Khan of BKSP finished as the fastest man of the Milk Vita 22nd National Junior Athletics Cham-pionships when he won the 100m sprint in under-18 category at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Active 12th man in ODIs?
Teams could withdraw batsmen for slow scoring during one-day internationals under radical recommendations from an ICC committee on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe to fight for place
Graham Thorpe has promised to fight tooth and nail to hang onto his England Test place this summer.
 arrow Football: Premier Football League delayed
Historically the Premier League never started on schedule.
 arrow Football: 'Sack me if you dare'
Coach Ray Jennings sent South Africa's cricket board a defiant message on Wednesday, arguing his record was too good for him to be sacked.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI interviews new coaches from today
Australia's two-time World Cup winner Tom Moody walks in as the hot favourite for the Indian cricket team's coaching post ahead of the two-day interview with a six-member committee of the Board of Control
 arrow Handball: Mariners take on Viqarunnissa in opener
Mariner Youngs Club will take on Viqarunnissa in the opening match of the Tibet Women's Handball League this morning at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Kabadi: Women's kabaddi starts today
The Women's Kabaddi League begins today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
This will be the first women's league in the country in 23 years.

 arrow Cricket: Pakistan 175/8
Pakistan were struggling at 175 for 8 in 40 overs after sent into bat by the West Indies in the first one-day international at Arnos Vale in St. Vincent on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff in the wickets
Andrew Flintoff provided some encouraging news for England's selectors ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh by taking four wickets in Lancashire's Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy second round win
 arrow Football: Football buzz at Cannes
Soccer frenzy hit the international Cannes film fest this year as industry professionals vie with each other to snap up an exceptionally rich range of football-themed movies that have burst on the scene
 arrow Football: Klinsmann calls back Hamann
German national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has recalled Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann into his 23-man squad for the 2005 Confederations Cup, running from June 15 to June 29, ending his 11-month exile
 arrow Cricket: Sami out of WI Tests
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Sami has ruled himself out of the two-Test series in the West Indies later this month in order to recover from a lingering foot injury.
 arrow Football: Moni undergoes surgery
Muktijoddha Sangsad striker Saifur Rahman Moni's knee operation was successfully held in New Delhi on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Tissera named SL manager
Sri Lanka's interim cricket committee has appointed former captain Michael Tissera as the team manager.
 arrow Football: Inquiry into Eto'o remarks
The Spanish football federation said on Wednesday it had opened an inquiry into Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o after the Cameroon international striker insulted former club Real Madrid during a weekend celebration
 arrow Football: Hierro to be honoured
Real Madrid will honour their former Spain defender Fernando Hierro in a ceremony at the Bernabeu on Saturday before the city derby against Atletico Madrid.
 arrow Cricket: Prasad wants Dravid to be captain
It was time Indian cricket looked beyond Sourav Ganguly as national skipper, with Rahul Dravid ready to don the mantle, former pacer Venkatesh Prasad said here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Five killed as nor'wester hits Mymensingh, Ctg
At least five people were killed and more than 50 others injured as nor'westers lashed Mymensingh and Chittagong in the last two days.
 arrow Bangladesh ranks 39th among 58 nations
Bangladesh ranks several rungs higher at 39, much ahead of South Asian countries like India (53) and Pakistan (56), and tops the list of Muslim countries, surpassing Malaysia at 40 in a 58-nation study
 arrow Jaundice back to DU campus!
Jaundice, which broke out in an epidemic form in the dormitories of Dhaka University a few months ago claiming one life and affecting over a thousand, has staged a comeback.
 arrow Formulate policy to protect bio-diversity
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday urged the experts to formulate a time-befitting conservation strategy to protect the country's bio-diversity.
 arrow Teenage girl found dead in city hotel
Body of a teenage girl was found from inside a hotel room at Mothijheel area while another body of an unidentified male was recovered by police from Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Nasima Haider new envoy to South Africa
The government has appointed Nasima Haider, currently Director General (Europe) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as High Commissioner of Bangladesh to South Africa.
 arrow Wasa to install 30,000 meters in 3 months
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) will install 30,000 meters within the next three months to reduce system loss and increase its revenue income.
 arrow Summerfields, Bay View move to final
Summerfields School and College and Bay View School moved to the final of The Daily Star - Mutual Trust Bank 5th Inter School English Debate Competition.
 arrow 28 lawyers appointed dy attorney general
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appointed 28 lawyers as deputy attorney general as per article 3(1) of Bangladesh Law Officers Order, 1972.
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Different professional bodies and political parties yesterday continued condemning the assassination of the slain Awami League (AL) leader Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu and demanded exemplary punishment
 arrow 2 DCC workers killed in road accident
Two female sweepers of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) were killed in a road accident at Staff Road in city's Banani area.
Nationalarrow ‘Identify killers of Mili or face tougher agitation’
The Sammilito Shangskritik Jote here organised a three-hour token hunger strike at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in the city Tuesday afternoon for punishment of the rapists and killers of schoolgirl Mili.
 arrow Teaching on sub-contract!
They were primary school teachers but seldom went to school. They hired some unqualified people to take classes on their behalf.
 arrow Protest in Bogra against murder, harassment of journalists
Three journalists' associations yesterday held a rally and brought out a procession in Bogra town protesting filing of 'false case' against journalist Hasibur Rahman Bilu, attack on photo journalist Bimu
 arrow Case to resume after 8 yrs
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a High Court order to quash the SM Alauddin murder case, according to a message received here yesterday.
 arrow A little help does a lot for Rokeya
Rokeya Khatun is one of many poor women at Hadipur village in Satkhira district who changed life by hard work.
She dropped out of school when she was a student of class ten.

 arrow 4 get life for Bagerhat AL leader murder
A court here on Tuesday sentenced four persons to suffer life imprisonment for murdering Awami League (AL) leader and Baintala Union Parishad (UP) chairman Sarder Habibur Rahman of Rampal upazila in Bagerhat
 arrow 72-hr transport strike in greater Mymensingh threatened
The transport owners' associations of Mymensingh region have threatened a 72-hour transport strike from 6 am tomorrow if their demand for haltage of plying BRTC buses and locally-manufactured transport
 arrow 'Snatcher' lynched
An alleged snatcher was lynched in Barandipara Mandartala area of Jessore town early morning yesterday.
Police identified the victim as Babu Mollah, 28, son of Abul Mollah.

 arrow 2 killed in Comilla road mishap
Two persons were killed and two others injured in a road accident at Nulbag in Comilla Sadar upazila on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Quintessence of a soldier
An April summer evening (27 Wednesday) brought the terrible news. A bright star had just fallen; an indomitable warrior had finally given in to the inevitable destiny of every living being.
Culturearrow The voice of the Khasis
For the first time the voice of the Khasis, a small indigenous sect in the northeastern part of Bangladesh, comes out from the deep forest and projects itself at the international level.
 arrow The New German Cinema
On 16th May 1986, Zahir Raihan Film Society was founded by a group of young film enthusiasts with a view to promote the film society movement of the country.
 arrow Glimpses of scenic beauty
It is often said that the world does not fit conveniently into a camera. But a good snapshot captures the essence of a moment from slipping away.
 arrow Celebrating Shakespeare's birth anniversary
The genius of William Shakespeare remains etched in public memory. To celebrate the birth of this great author, an assembly of litterateurs got together recently at the Premier University, Chittagong.
Generalarrow Russia keen to set up solar power plant in Ctg
Russian Consul General Nicolay Isakin and Indian Assistant High Commissioner Ashok Das called on the newly-elected Mayor of Chittagong City Alhaj ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury at his office yesterday.
 arrow RCC engr, his wife, 10 others chargesheeted
Police submitted charge sheet against 12 people, including a Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) engineer and his wife, for killing their domestic help Noor Banu.
 arrow Impart quality edn
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the private universities will have to come forward to impart quality education to the students.
 arrow Int'l Museum Day observed
State Minister for Cultural Affairs Begum Selima Rahman yesterday said museum is the mirror of history, tradition and culture of a nation.
 arrow Passing out parade of New Entry Sailors
The passing out parade of a batch of New Entry Sailors was held at BNS Titumir parade ground here yesterday.
 arrow 1,615 more held, 7 firearms seized
Police arrested 1,615 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Baghdad, Tehran pledge cooperation
Baghdad and Tehran pledged to improve security in Iraq, turning the page on years of war and rivalry, as another Iraqi general on Wednesday became the latest victim of a wave of insurgent attacks.
 arrow 'Musharraf's push for another term a blow to democracy'
A decision by military ruler Pervez Musharraf to seek another term after his current five-year tenure as president ends in 2007 was widely criticised Wednesday by analysts and his political opponentsas
 arrow US soldier guilty of Iraq abuse
A US military policewoman behind some of the most ghastly photographs from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison scandal was sentenced to six months in jail for her role in the abuse by a military jury late Tuesday.
 arrow British MP turns on US accusers over Iraqi kickbacks
British parliament member George Galloway on Tuesday turned the tables on US lawmakers alleging he pocketed Iraqi oil kickbacks, and accused the United States of unparalleled corruption and waste in Iraq.
 arrow Sonia says not gunning for PM
Sonia Gandhi, heading India's ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), has ruled out reconsidering her decision not to become the Prime Minister, at least during the remaining four year term of current
 arrow Britain pledges to keep troops in Iraq until 'job is done'
Britain will not pull its troops out of Iraq "before the job is done", the government said on Tuesday following a speech outlining its latest set of policy objectives.
 arrow US renews sanctions on Myanmar
President George W. Bush renewed economic sanctions on Myanmar Tuesday saying the military government represses human rights.
 arrow Advani to visit Pakistan from May 30
Indian Leader of Opposition and BJP President LK Advani would pay a week-long visit to Pakistan from May 30.
During the visit, he would meet President Pervez Musharraf and other leaders.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Bachchu murder failure of governance
Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu, law affairs secretary of the Dhaka city Awami League, was killed in a hail of bullets on Tuesday morning, adding another tragic chapter to the blood-soaked annals of Bangladesh
 arrow Editorial: Mishap or manslaughter?
Even before we could take a deep breath since the Patuakhali launch capsize, another disaster struck in the river Jamuna when MV Raipura sank with more than 250 passengers on Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow South Asia's water disputes
The markedly different perce-ption and approach of Bangladesh and India to the whole gamut of water sharing issues was once again brought to the fore at a recent seminar at BIISS entitled 'Significance
 arrow Interest rates
Mr. Greenspan, the chair-man of the United States Federal Reserve Board has just raised the benchmark federal funds rate (short-term interest rate) by a quarter percent to put it at 3 percent.
 arrow ERRATUM
In the post-ed article "Is there any possibility of early election?" published yesterday, in the second paragraph the sentences "But it will be difficult for the BNP to accede to the opposition demand
Letters to Editorarrow Attack on circus
What is going on in this country? There was an attack on as innocuous a thing as circus in a southern town the other day.
 arrow Commuters' problem
Dhaka is one of the biggest cities in the world with a huge population. But it doesn't have a proper communications system for its commuters.
 arrow Workers' rights
I write with reference to the recent riots by Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait.
 arrow Questionable IMF policies
Recently, there was a meeting between IMF delegates and top officials of the government. During the meeting it was decided that bank interest rates have to be increased to dampen credit and inflationrisks.
 arrow Savar tragedy and us
I completely agree with Mr. Islam. When the people were wailing in Savar, we were having fun. Wasn't it inhuman? We could help them with the money we spent for nothing.
 arrow Use of acronyms
I want to draw your attention to The Daily Star's widespread use of acronyms without elaborating these acronyms.
 arrow ACC riddle
Why is the government taking so much time to make the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) operative?
How can it shoot corruption if it fails to have its gun ready in nearly four months?

 arrow Doctor's story
This is interesting-- after passing all the professional examinations medical students become doctors. An internee doctor gets Tk 5,000 per month.
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