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Front Pagearrow High currents halt salvage, 29 more bodies found
Salvage operations of the sunken launch in the Jamuna river were delayed by strong currents and setbacks yesterday, including a snapped rescue wire, as hopes faded for more than 150 people feared drowned.
 arrow 50 wounded as JCD groups clash at RU
At least 50 people including a journalist were injured and six teachers assaulted in clashes between two factions of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) over domination of the workers' council on Rajshahi
 arrow Shady deals of oil for food
It was Thursday (May 12) afternoon when the MT Madina, a private oil tanker traveling from Chittagong to Dhaka, cruised the channel between Char Zahiruddin and Char Alexander.
 arrow UK envoy wants top priority to grenade attacks probes
British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury has called for giving top priority to concluding all the high-profile investigations into grenade attacks, which he said have a stake on Bangladesh's
 arrow Dhaka, Hanoi eye $100m trade by 2008
Bangladesh and Vietnam have agreed to set a target of $100 million for bilateral trade volume by 2008.
 arrow CEC to give proposals to president tomorrow
The outgoing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed will submit a five-point reform proposal to the president on Saturday, aiming to strengthen the Election Commission (EC) and the electoral system.
 arrow AL won't go to polls with KM Hasan as caretaker chief: Hasina
Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the ruling four-party alliance government wants to appoint their favourite person as the chief of the caretaker government to manipulate the results of the next general elections.
 arrow AL sticks to Saturday's hartal
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will stick to its countrywide hartal on Saturday, the second in four days, despite demands from HSC examinees and their guardians to withdraw the general strike.
 arrow AL brings out mourning procession
Thousands of opposition Awami League (AL) leaders and activists yesterday marched on city streets to protest the killing of city unit leader Khorshed Alam Bachchu.
 arrow Increments remain unaffected
Good news for government employees: they will have all their increments added to their new pay scale this time without any discounts as in the past.
 arrow PM opens Rupsha bridge tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurates tomorrow the Khanjahan Ali Bridge on the river Rupsha, meeting the long-felt need of the people of the southwestern region.
 arrow 5 die, 32 hurt as bus hits truck at Narsingdi
Five people died and 32 others were injured in a bus-truck collision on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Shilmandi in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Shipping goes majestic
A local businessman has recently bought the biggest ocean-going cargo ship in the private sector at a cost of $15 million equivalent to around Tk 100 crore.
 arrow Time ripe for Kashmir pact, says Pak FM
The time is ripe for a deal between Pakistan and India on Kashmir and the two countries should seize the opportunity to end the long-running dispute, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri said yesterday.
 arrow "Blue for Peace"...

 arrow Strong quake hits Sumatra island
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage, a meteorologist said.
 arrow Sircar, Moudud misinterpreted constitutions
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday said Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar and Law Minister Moudud Ahmed misinterpreted the constitution of the country and the SCBA, and the rules of procedure of parliament.
 arrow Tarique meets FBI, Pentagon officials in US
Tarique Rahman, senior joint secretary general of the ruling BNP, now on a visit to the US, had exclusive meetings with top defence and intelligence officials in Washington on Tuesday, according to areport
 arrow Little progress in investigation
Investigators said yesterday they could not make much headway into the killing of Dhaka city Awami League (AL) leader advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu.
 arrow CMCH top PDB engineer sued for power cut
Chief executive engineer and the staff of Power Development Board (PDB), Chittagong were sued yesterday for snapping electricity to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
 arrow CID quizzes 14
CID police have interrogated 14 accused in Chittagong arms haul case. The accused are now on bail.
 arrow Free drugs for TB to people living with HIV
The health ministry yesterday started giving free drugs for tuberculosis (TB) to 'people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)' of Ashar Alo Society, an NGO run by the PLWHA to support themselves.
Businessarrow Cargo ship business booms on high charges for foreign vessels
The high charge for chartering foreign vessels has created a new opportunity for Bangladeshi-owned cargo ships and forced the foreign shipping agents to gradually retreat from the country's shipping sector.
 arrow Shares slide on looming withdrawal of money whitening provision
Share prices on Dhaka bourse slid yesterday after the finance minister announced Wednesday that the money whitening provision would be discontinued from the next fiscal year.
 arrow Cluster development concept can better RMG competitiveness
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for applying cluster development concept of knitwear industry to improve competitiveness of apparel sector in the post- MFA era.
 arrow US firm eager to expand business in Bangladesh
A US business firm, calling Bangladesh as one of its business partners, has said it is eager to expand business in Bangladesh.
 arrow Ranks Petroleum starts marketing Shell lubricant in local market
Ranks Petroleum Ltd, a concern of Rangs Group, has started marketing Shell lubricant in Bangladesh.
 arrow GlaxoSmithKline declares 50pc dividend
GlaxoSmithKline has declared a final dividend of 50 percent, Tk 5 per share of Tk 10 each, for the year 2004.
 arrow BATB okays 100pc dividend
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) has approved a 100 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Citibank holds workshop on NGO governance
Citibank NA, the banking arm of Citigroup, yesterday organised a daylong workshop on NGO governance and financial administration in a bid to have an educative session with all the key stakeholders inthis
 arrow Standard Bank declares 20pc stock dividend
Standard Bank Ltd has declared a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Lanka to end monopoly on intíl air routes
Sri Lanka is set to allow local private airlines to operate international flights using air service agreements the government enjoys with other countries, the aviation minister said Thursday.
 arrow US jobless claims drop 20,000 to 321,000
US jobless claims dropped sharply in the latest week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
 arrow China urges US to rethink textile curbs, threatens further WTO action
China on Thursday urged the United States to correct "erroneous" curbs on Chinese textile goods or possibly face Chinese action via the World Trade Organization.
 arrow Tokyo, Jakarta ready to launch free trade talks
Japan and Indonesia agreed Thursday to cooperate with each other in an effort to launch free trade talks when Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visits here, Japanese officials said.
Sportsarrow Football: Team watch: Mohammedan
If the signs are anything to go by, it is certainly not going to be Moha-mmedan's year unless they can conjure up a miracle and rise from the ashes like the Phoenix.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell, Moody top favourites
India on Thursday began interviews for the next cricket coach amid unprecedented media frenzy on John Wright's likely successor to one of the sport's most high-profile and demanding jobs.
 arrow Football: CSKA write Russian history
Three second-half goals ensured CSKA Moscow became the first Russian side to win a European football trophy here on Wednesday as they beat Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in the UEFA Cup final.
 arrow Cricket: Still Pakistan win
Pakistan silenced a capacity holiday crowd and heaped more scorn on West Indies, when they completed a workmanlike, come-from-behind 59-run victory in the first one-day international.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' final warm-up from today
Bangladesh will be without their skipper Habibul Bashar when they play their final three-day match against Northamptonshire.
 arrow Cricket: 'Mighty Mickey'new SA coach
Former South Africa "A" and Warriors coach Mickey Arthur was appointed Thursday as the country's new national coach, saying he wanted to create a platform to take the Proteas to the top of the world rankings.
 arrow Football: BFF kept waiting
The Bangladesh Football Federa-tion (BFF) has been kept waiting for the sponsorship deal of the Senior Division Football League.
 arrow Football: Winning start for Dhanmondi in First Division
A first half strike by Anwar Parvez gave Dhanmondi Club a solitary goal win over BRTC in their First Division Football League opener yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Usha, Mariner win openers
Usha Krira Chakra and Mariner Youngs Club got off to bright starts on the opening day of the Tibet Women's Handball League yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rajib shares lead with Ali
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib and Mohammad Ali shared the lead in the Open FIDE Rating chess tournament with maximum five points.
 arrow Football: This is just the beginning
A Russian side contesting a Champions League final is no longer a dream, according to CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzayev.
 arrow Football: Juve's eyes on Milan game
Juventus will be crowned Italian champions without kicking a ball on Friday if their closest rivals AC Milan fail to beat Palermo at the San Siro.
 arrow Football: Figo back with Portugal
Luis Figo was named Thursday in Portu-gal's squad for two World Cup qualifying games, returning to the national side nine months after withdrawing from international soccer.
 arrow Cricket: UN invites Pak players to be its ambassadors
The UN has commended the Pakistan-India cricket series which helped promoted peace between the cricket-mad nations and invited the Pakistan team to serve as its ambassador for 2005, an official said.
 arrow Football: Chelsea in South Korea
Despite fatigue, jet-lag and injuries, Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho promised Thursday that his players will deliver the goods in Friday's friendly tie against South Korean champions Suwon Bluewings.
 arrow Football: Eventful day for Lampard
The London home of England and Chelsea football star Frank Lampard was burgled early Wednesday, when the intruders made off with two luxury cars, police said.
 arrow Cricket: Not 'cleared for life'
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has written to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to tell them that Shoaib Malik, in common with every other bowler, cannot be 'cleared for life' after remodelling
 arrow Football: Vieri takes Inter to final
Christian Vieri scored twice as Inter Milan defeated Cagliari 3-1 at the San Siro on Wednesday to reach the final of the Italian Cup.
Metropolitanarrow 'Shift central jail, set up park'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for rapid shifting of the central jail from old Dhaka and setting up of open field and park there to maintain an ecological balance in the area.
 arrow 'Promote hygiene practices in slums to prevent diarrhoea'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday underscored the need for use of sodium hypochlorite solution to purify water and promote hygiene practices in slum areas in order to prevent diarrhoeal diseases.
 arrow Rab arrests four child traffickers
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued three runaway children, who had served as camel jockeys in Dubai and left homes in fear of being sent back there.
 arrow BDB recommendations for EC reforms
Leaders of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday placed a 12-point recommendations to the chief election commissioner (CEC) regarding the reforms of the Election Commission.
 arrow Court asks CID to probe case against Badda OC, 3 others
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe the murder case against Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Badda Police Station and three others.
 arrow UAE to recruit 100 Bangladeshis as security guards
Group 4 Securitas Ltd, a multinational security service provider, will arrange jobs for 100 Bangladeshi nationals as security guards in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month.
 arrow Nari Morcha protests police attack on Asma Jahangir
Bikkhubdo Nari Morcha, a women's network, has protested the police attack on a peaceful procession, led by Asma Jahangir, a well-known lawyer and international human rights activist, in Lahore on May15,
 arrow Bapa press confce tomorrow
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa), a leading environmentalists' organisation, will hold a press conference titled "Budget 2005-2006: Environment Perspective" at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club
 arrow Appeal for Help
Bristi, a student of class ten, has been suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, known as blood cancer.
She has been under the treatment of Dr ABM Yunus at Cabin No.-109, Dhanmondi Hospital (Pvt.

 arrow Janaza of Forroque Rahman (Apu) today
Namaz-e-janaza of Mrs. Forroque Rahman (Apu), wife of Mr.
 arrow 70-yr-old dies in acid attack
A 70-year old man was killed while his wife and son were critically wounded as criminals threw acid on them in the early hours yesterday in Balaganj upazila of Sylhet.
Point-Counterpointarrow How helpful is the new pay scale?
The government approved on May 16 the much talked-about sixth new pay scale for the public sector officials and employees, fixing the highest and lowest basic salaries at Tk 23,000 and at Tk 2,400 respectively.
 arrow Technocratic elite supplanting capitalist elite?
At the dawn of the twentieth century most of the world was divided into a small number of great empires grappling for power.
 arrow Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora and Bangladesh
The turbaned, bearded Indian General Jagjit Singh Aurora is not only a name but his is a household face throughout Bangladesh. His death, therefore has special meaning and poignancy in every Bangaleeheart.
Culturearrow Agun unplugged
I was never certain that I'd take singing seriously as a profession but music comes naturally to me, just like breathing," reflects Agun.
Agun is a frontrunner in our musical arena.

 arrow Sweety: Making it big on the small screen
Tanvin Sweety is a young police officer, who means business. She has made it a point to punish the local miscreants, who get away with committing heinous crimes in broad daylight.
 arrow Bibishab
Abdullah Al Mamun's play Bibishab was first staged by Dhaka Shubochan in 1994. Jamaluddin Hossain was the director of the play.
 arrow Seasons of Splendour
An insignificant chunk of wood can be transformed into a precious art piece at the hands of a skilled artist.
 arrow Partha's mime charms Germans
The German Radio's Bangla Division, which was initiated by Chancellor, Willy Brandt and writer Gunther Grass 30 years ago, arranged a cultural show recently.
 arrow Gaan Bajna: Popularising Bangla music
Gaan Bajna, the hot new Bangla music show on Tara Bangla's music channel, has created ripples in Kolkata and now Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Star Wars gets 'record' release
Fans around the world are flocking to see the final Star Wars film in what is described as the widest simultaneous global movie release of all time.
 arrow At The Cannes Film Festival '05

Generalarrow Bogra transport workers block highway
Thousands of vehicles got stranded for almost five hours in Bogra yesterday as the truck owners and workers blocked the Bogra-Dhaka highway.
 arrow Shop owner bombed to death
A sweetmeat shop owner was bombed to death at Nilkandi on the outskirts of the town on Wednesday night.
 arrow 5 crore saplings to be planted this season
Different ministries, departments and organisations will initially plant five crore saplings across the country, including the capital, this season.
 arrow Withdraw tomorrow's hartal: Dr Osman
Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk yesterday urged the leaders of the opposition parties to withdraw their tomorrow's hartal for holding HSC, Alim, Fazil, Kamil and Business Management examinations peacefully
 arrow Programmes to celebrate Nazrul's birth anniversary
The 106th birth anniversary of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be celebrated in a befitting manner.
 arrow Helpline to protect journalists
Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) with the assistance of the Embassy of Denmark in Dhaka has established a Helpline for the harassed journalists in Bangladesh, says
 arrow President assents to Copyright (Amend) Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed on Wednesday gave assent to the "Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2005" passed earlier in the 16th session of the 8th Parliament, says a Parliament Secretariat press release.
 arrow US embassy closed May 22
The American Embassy offices, including the American Centre, Information Resource Centre, and the student counseling service, will be closed on May 22 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, says a US embassy
 arrow British HC closed May 22
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed on May 22 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, a British High Commission press release said here yesterday.
 arrow NU exams now on May 27
Degree pass, subsidiary and certificate course examinations-2004 of National University (NU), scheduled for May 21, will now be held at 2.00pm on May 27.
 arrow 1,748 more held
Police arrested 1,748 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Heart Foundation lottery draw results
The National Heart Foundation Hospital lottery draw was held on the hospital premises at Mirpur in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: An act of block-headed irresponsibility
Along power cut at a public hospital causing deaths of at least three patients -- it may sound totally absurd in today's context, but that's what really happened at Chittagong Medical College Hospital
 arrow Editorial: Hartal is a public outrage
This is unbelievable, thoroughly unnecessary and totally repugnant to public sensibilities.
 arrow The future is now
Bangladesh needs a coherent and complete foreign policy vision.
 arrow Power of the people
The answer may sound obvious even before the question is asked. Who won the mayoral election in Chittagong? Of course, it was one of the two candidates, if we talk about individuals.
 arrow South-South dialogue
Brazil has initiated a dialogue between South America and Middle East countries to develop their economies.
Letters to Editorarrow Homosexuality
WHO has removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Bangladesh despite being a part of international community seems to be blissfully unaware of it.
 arrow Cellular phone strike
Citizens Rights Movement called a one-hour countrywide cellular phone strike from 10:00am to11:00am on 15 May, demanding 50 paisa call rate for all cellular phones.
 arrow Computer literacy
We can improve our computer literacy in our schools by introducing old computers that have a lower speed (100-900MHZ) compared to the current ones. These computers are probably the cheapest if available.
 arrow Welcome shower!
It was fine to get drenched in the rain that came after the long spell of heat and humidity.
 arrow University bus
For me, bus journey has never been pleasant. But when I got admitted into Dhaka University and started commuting by its bus, I found it much more enjoyable.
 arrow Madrassah Education
I cannot but wholly agree with what Mr. Ashah has said in his letter on "Madrassah Education" published on 11 May'05.
 arrow Zia International Airport
This is in response to the letter by C. J. Kabir published on 1 May, 2005.
 arrow Ahmadiyyas - protests and rallies
The recent rally by the leaders of the International Khatme Nabuwat Andolon in Bogra to call upon the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims is absolutely horrible.
 arrow Religious issues
I am encouraged and happy to read all the letters on 'religious' issues. Most of the letters are enlightening. Thanks to DS for the space.
 arrow Death of Aurora
The Daily Star has done a very commendable job by running an editorial on Gen. Aurora on its 5th May issue. The day before the paper had described Gen. Aurora's death as " Bangladesh has lost a friend.
 arrow New BB governor
We heartily welcome the new governor of Bangladesh Bank who has promised to work for the improvement of poor people's lot by bringing a chunk of people under the micro credit network.
 arrow News and views
Caracus: The Supreme Court of Venezuella sacked 53 judges found to be involved in wrong doing, denial of justice and corruption.
 arrow Debate and politics
I enjoy debating. I had started to practice it from my early days.
 arrow Killing in crossfire
Thanks to the government for taking cognisance of extra judicial killing in crossfires, allegedly by Rab. The government is perhaps going to initiate an executive enquiry by a magistrate.
 arrow The disabled
I have just discovered that a bright boy in our school who needs a wheel-chair cannot accompany his form to the Planetarium because there is no ramp and no disabled person's toilet.
 arrow "Smartness and eloquence"
Thanks to Mr. Mansoor for reading my letter(3rs May),though not carefully. As he was totally intrigued by my letter, I've something to say about it.
 arrow Dav Whatmore
The public perception of a hero can change very quickly to utter disgust, if there is suspicion of something going wrong.
Environmentarrow No more stressing the coastal stretch
Each of the major river systems of the world has a unique delta region, each with specific problems; common being the resource potentials on which humans depend for food and fibre.
 arrow Unconventional threat
Bangladesh is one of the few countries that faces extreme hazards due to environmental degradation and resource depletion.
Worldarrow South Asia: 6 Afghan aid group workers killed
Six Afghans working for a US-funded aid agency have been shot dead by suspected Taliban militants, officials say.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal frees 15 leaders
Nepal freed 15 political leaders Wednesday but former premier Sher Bahadur Deuba remained in jail after refusing to testify at a second day of hearings held by a powerful anti-graft committee.
 arrow South Asia: Who owns Taj Mahal?
An ownership battle has erupted over the world's most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as it celebrates its 350th anniversary.
 arrow South Asia: Tigers push for aid deal with Lankan govt
Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday pushed for "serious engagement" with Sri Lanka's government to share billions of dollars of tsunami aid despite official fears that such a deal threatens the president's life.
 arrow South Asia: Abbas seeks Pak role in ME peace
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said yesterday after talks with Pervez Musharraf that the Pakistani president could play an important role in the quest for Middle East peace.
 arrow South Asia: Indian court commutes death sentence
A court in eastern India yesterday commuted a death sentence to life in prison for a Hindu extremist convicted of killing an Australian missionary and his two sons six years ago.
 arrow South Asia: 'Rent-a-crowd' company launched in India
A former politician in southern India has launched a "rent-a-crowd" company to recruit people to cheer at party rallies and said he has been deluged by would-be recruits, a report Friday said.
 arrow Israel threatens tougher action against militants
Israel yesterday threatened tougher military action against militants in the occupied Gaza Strip should Palestinians continue to open fire against Jewish settlements and Israeli territory.
 arrow Koreas fail to break nuclear impasse
The two Koreas concluded their first face-to-face talks in 10 months yesterday without making any progress on the impasse over the North's nuclear program, although they did agree to hold Cabinet-level
 arrow Tit-for-tat killings inflame sectarian tension in Iraq
A series of tit-for-tat killings has raised sectarian tension to boiling point in Iraq where Sunni religious leaders openly accused Shia militiamen of kidnapping and murdering Sunni Arabs, including clerics.
 arrow Iran calls for mending ties with US
The man thought most likely to be Iran's next president said yesterday he wanted to repair relations with the United States, but Washington had to take the first steps to end 25 years of enmity.
 arrow Uzbek troops reclaim control of border
Uzbek troops reclaimed control yesterday over a key town on the volatile Uzbek-Kyrgyz border and reportedly arrested local Islamist leaders, as the Uzbek government worked to contain social unrest after
 arrow Nobel laureates glimpse elusive path to safe future
Nobel Prize winners pooled their collective brainpower to tackle the problems of "a world in danger" and yesterday pinpointed the poor, oppressed and marginalised as holding a key to the future.
 arrow 51 feared dead in China coal mine explosion
Fifty-one miners are missing and feared dead after a gas explosion early yesterday ripped through an illegally-operating coal mine near Chengde city in northern China's Hebei province, the governmentsaid.
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