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Front Pagearrow No fair polls minus free EC secretariat
The outgoing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday submitted to president a six-point reform proposal, including the all-important proposal for an independent secretariat for the Election
 arrow Cops, pickets clash on hartal day
Clashes between police and pro-hartal activists and damage of a number of vehicles by pickets in the capital marked the dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country yesterday, enforced by main opposition Awami
 arrow ADP remains uncut on political exigency
The government has decided not to reduce the size of this year's Tk 22,000 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) mainly because of political exigency, planning ministry sources said.
 arrow Relatives protest delay in rescue
Five more decomposed bodies were found yesterday floating on the Jamuna far downstream from the accident point at Aricha, where exasperated relatives and locals burst into intense agitation against the
 arrow SC Bar chief, secy, Rokan 'unwanted'
Tension ran high on the Supreme Court premises after pro-government lawyers yesterday declared three agitating lawyer leaders "unwanted" in the court, while the agitating lawyers brushed aside the declaration,
 arrow Pickets' delight, driver's plight
Whims of some hartal pickets posing as passengers in the city appear to have plunged the future of a CNG-run three-wheeler driver's family into uncertainty.
 arrow PM opens bridge over Rupsha
Opening another major bridge in the country's highway network, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said building the Khanjahan Ali Bridge is yet another example of politics of development as the BNP-led
 arrow Sangsad goes into budget session June 7
Parliament goes into budget session on June 7, two days ahead of a tentative time for placing of the national budget in the House.


 arrow Bouddha Purnima today
Buddhists across the country celebrate their biggest religious festival, the Bouddha Purnima, today marking the advent, nirvana (enlightenment) and departure of Lord Goutam Buddha.
 arrow Two killed in 'shootout' with Rab, police
An absconding convict was killed in a "shootout" with police in Savar early yesterday and a dacoit was killed in a "crossfire" between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Gazipur on
 arrow Two closed SoEs turn into EPZs next month
Two major closed-down state owned enterprises (SoEs) -- Adamjee Jute Mills and Chittagong Steel Mills -- are coming up as export processing zones (EPZs) next month with initial investment prospects of
 arrow Cops club Ctg traders in human chain
The business community in Chittagong yesterday formed a human chain on Chittagong chamber building premises amid obstructions, lathicharges and abuses by police.
 arrow Arsenal lift FA Cup
Captain Patrick Vieira slotted home the last penalty to help Arsenal lift the FA Cup title with a 5-4 win over Manchester United in the penalty shootout at the Millennium Dome in Cardiff, Wales last night.
 arrow Direct power subsidy to farmers suggested
The agriculture ministry wants the farm subsidy on electricity to be distributed directly among the farmers, instead of via the irrigation pump-owners locally known as 'water lords'.
 arrow US probes leakage of Saddam photos
The US military is investigating how photographs of a jailed Saddam Hussein hit tabloids in New York and London as a British newspaper released a new shot of the former dictator amid an outcry the move
 arrow Pro-AL lawyers observe work abstention
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad yesterday observed a daylong work abstention across the country protesting 'derogatory' remarks of the Speaker and the law minister in the parliament regarding theSupreme
 arrow Japan to continue talks on financing Padma bridge
Japan's Senior Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa has assured Bangladesh of continued Japanese assistance for communications and infrastructure development.
 arrow Moudud says no talks with opposition on next CEC
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government will not go for any talks with the opposition parties on recruiting a new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
 arrow Jalil observes reforms plan too late
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the reform proposal of outgoing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed is too late, perhaps a gimmick to attract publicity.
 arrow Tax holiday for only 15 sectors in next FY
The government will limit tax holiday facilities to industries in 15 sectors in the next fiscal year, sources in the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said.
 arrow China to turn suppliers' credit into soft loan
China has agreed to convert the suppliers' credit into soft loan to modernise the closed Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KPM) in Chittagong.
 arrow Kashmir solution within grasp
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said a solution to the dispute over Kashmiris within the grasp of himself and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
 arrow 15 Indians pushed in
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed 15 Bangla-speaking Indian nationals into Bangladesh territory on Friday night.
 arrow 5 'powerful' bombs recovered
Police on Friday night recovered five powerful bombs from a poor man's house at Darbeshpur village under Sadar upazila.
Businessarrow Poor policy support holds back textile sector
Poor policy support is now holding back the textile mills that can utilise less than 40 percent of their total production capacity when woven products are facing fierce competition with the Chinese, Indian
 arrow Sino-Bangla entrepreneurs sign agreements
China has listed Bangladesh as one of its investment destinations, visiting Chinese Vice-Minister for Commerce Yu Guang Zhou said here yesterday as the two sides struck deals for co-operation in textile
 arrow Local businesses eye more trade with Vietnam
With Vietnamese entrepreneurs expressing interests to do more business with Bangladesh, business leaders felt the prime minister's recent visit to Hanoi has created a room to strengthen the economic relation
 arrow Opec vows response to fast changing oil market
Opec president Sheikh Ahmed Fahd al-Sabah vowed at a World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting Saturday that the cartel will respond to new forces in the fast-changing oil market by the end of the year.
 arrow US curb on China textile helps Indian exports
The United States' decision to impose curbs on textile import from China is contributing to a modest increase in prices of Indian textile exports but Beijing's tariff hike on a range of textile exports
 arrow Adjusting to the MFA phase-out: Policy priorities
In the years since developing countries succeeded in negotiating an end to rich-country quotas on textiles and apparel, excited anticipation has gradually turned to anxiety.
 arrow China urged to set up EPZ in Bangladesh
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury has urged the Chinese government to set up a Chinese EPZ (export processing zone) in Bangladesh where Chinese entrepreneurs can set up fruit and fish processing
 arrow Bangladesh trade show begins in Italy tomorrow
In a bid to consolidate and expand Bangladesh export market, a three-day single country trade show begins tomorrow in Milan, Italy.
 arrow United Ins declares 25pc dividend
United Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Unilever sells fragrance unit to Coty for $800m
Unilever on Friday said it would sell a fragrance business to Coty Inc.
 arrow China Eastern Yunnan Airlines' 50pc discounts to continue until June 30
China Eastern Yunnan Airlines has announced it will continue 50 percent discount on all fares up to June 30, 2005 on its direct Dhaka-Kunming-Beijing and other routes to Chinese cities.
 arrow EU seeks details on China steps to limit textile export
The European Union wants to have more details about Chinese measures announced Friday to limit its booming textile exports, the EU's executive commission said.
 arrow Tea exports still top earner for Sri Lanka
John Keells Limited announced Thursday that Sri Lanka's net tea exports are on par with the country's net apparel exports.
 arrow Hyundai Motor opens US plant
Hyundai Motor Co opened its first US production plant yesterday in the capital of Alabama state.

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 arrow New DMD of First Security Bank
Shafiqul Alam took over as the deputy managing director (DMD) of First Security Bank Ltd with effect from May 16, 2005.
 arrow Founder of auto giant Hyundai dies
Chung Se-Yung, the founder of South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai, died of pneumonia, Hyundai Development Co said. He was 78.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Chappell welcomed
Greg Chappell will get about Rs one crore per year as the coach of Indian cricket team under the terms of his two-year contract and his choice for the post has been widely welcomed by former Indian Test
 arrow Cricket: Second day washed out
The Bangladeshi cricketers had a frustrating day at Northampton as the second day's play of their third and final warm-up game against Northamptonshire was washed out at Wantage Road yesterday without
 arrow Cricket: BCB to think over ZC's proposal
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) admitted that it has received a proposal from Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to play a series that falls outside of the International Cricket Council (ICC) calendar.
 arrow Football: Muktis fly to Jordan tomorrow
Muktijoddha Sangsad will fly to Jordan tomorrow to play their last group match in the AFC Cup against Al Faysaly on May 25.
 arrow Handball: Super 3 lineup completed
Usha Krira Chakra and Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club romped into the super three of the Tibet Women's Handball League with comfortable wins against their respective rivals at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex
 arrow Football: Mohakhali XI fined
The disciplinary committee of the Senior Division Football League fined Mohakhali Ekadash and imposed a one match ban on BRTC footballers Alif Sheikh following their misbehaviour in separate league matches.
 arrow Volleyball: Youth volleyball qualifiers from today
The zonal competitions of the National Youth Volleyball Championship will begin today at three different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Osman hospitalised
Former national cricket coach Osman Khan was under treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital after falling critically ill.
 arrow Cricket: Jennings Moody's rival
Ray Jennings has emerged as a rival to Tom Moody for the job of Sri Lanka's national team coach.

Moody was touted as the probable choice after Greg Chappell won the India post.

 arrow Cricket: Pakistan 152-4 after 35 overs
A half-century by Shoaib Malik steered Pakistan to 152-4 after 35 over in their second one-day international against the West Indies at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St Lucia, yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB eyes Twenty20 internationals
The Pakistan Cricket Board may be prepared to play Twenty20 matches against England and India when they host both sides in the near future.
 arrow Cricket: Counties deny Saqlain claim
Kent and Surrey have denied Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq's claim that they have offered him a contract.
 arrow Football: Draw gifts Juve crown
Juventus claimed their 28th Italian league title on Friday without kicking a ball after rivals AC Milan were held to a 3-3 draw at home by Palermo.
 arrow Football: Liverpool see finish line
Two decades after the Heysel tragedy four-time European champions Liverpool attempt to re-establish themselves as one of the powerhouses in European football when they take on six-time winners AC Milan
 arrow Football: Silent 'Old Lady'
Juventus won their 28th Serie A title on Friday but most of Italy could be forgiven for not noticing.
 arrow Football: Cafu reaches destination
Cafu is known as the 'commuter' by Italian fans for his ceaseless journeys up and down the right flank but on Wednesday AC Milan's Brazilian fullback will take his first trip to a Champions League final
 arrow Football: Reds beckon Hargreaves
Rafael Benitez will continue to reshape his Liverpool squad by moving to sign the England international Owen Hargreaves from Bayern Munich this summer, reviving the midfielder's hopes of featuring innext
 arrow Football: Figo return hailed
Nearly two-thirds, 65.9 percent, of all Portuguese have backed Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo's decision to return to the national side for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, a poll published Saturday showed.
 arrow Football: Gazzayev Street
Valery Gazzayev, coach of UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow, will have a street named in his honour in his native Caucasus region, local media reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: Becks to make US appearance
Aston Villa forward Juan Pablo Angel and defenders Ivan Cordoba of Inter Milan and Luis Perea of Atletico Madrid led the Colombian roster named Friday to face England here in a May 31 football friendly.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt sidelined
Australia's world number two Lleyton Hewitt has pulled out of the French Open after fracturing a rib in a fall this month, organisers said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real bid for Ibrahimovic
Real Madrid have offered Juventus 70 million euros (88 million dollars) for their Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Zlatan is the best in the world right now.

Metropolitanarrow AL enforcing hartal to thwart development: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan termed the yesterday's hartal enforced by the Awami League an act of political vengeance, saying it was aimed at thwarting development activities in the country.
 arrow BNP men get Bangla Bhai cadre released
Local BNP leaders yesterday secured the release of Rakib, a close associate of Bangla Bhai suspected in the murder of Rajshahi convenor of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) Ali Akbar, just 20 hoursinto
 arrow 4 BNP men to die for killing AL leader
A Dhaka court yesterday awarded death sentence to four BNP activists for killing Awami League leader Nur Mohammad Khan in the city's Shyampur area in August 2001.
 arrow Trafficked schoolgirl rescued in India
A schoolgirl, trafficked to India on May 14, returned home on Friday after Indian police rescued her from Jalalkhali village in Nadia, West Bengal.
 arrow Musk, pearls worth Tk 2.90 cr seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized six packets of musk (deer navel) worth approximately Tk 2.50 crore while Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered pearls worth Tk 40 lakh from the border areas of the district.
 arrow '13 responsible for BCL clash at DU'
A total of 13 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), have been identified as responsible for the May 14 intra-party clash at Dhaka
 arrow Hasina condemns police action on hartal pickets
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has condemned police action on pickets in the capital and different places across the country during yesterday's hartal.
 arrow 'Raise standard of educationí
University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Asaduzzaman said competitions held raise standard of education.
 arrow US Embassy closed today
The American Embassy offices, including all its related services, will remain closed today on account of Buddha Purnima, a national holiday in Bangladesh.
 arrow 1 more 'robber' succumbs to injuries
One more alleged robber, who sustained bullet-injuries in a shootout with police at Shewrapara in the city's Mirpur area on Friday, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH)
 arrow Adv Shamsul Haque Chy passes away
Advocate Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, former president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, passed away due to old age complications at his residence in the
 arrow Free Neuro Camps May 27-30
Rotary Club of Dhaka will organise free Rotary Neuro Camps in Dhaka and Chittagong from May 27 to 30, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Tk 2 cr bonds in names of wives, wards of accused
Close relatives of persons involved in Nilphamari postal scam own savings certificates worth about Tk two crore, according to findings by the probe committee.
 arrow A school that rears talents
Ahmeduddin Shah Shisu Niketon and High School is an exception in the district. Seventy-nine of its students got scholarship held last year, 60 of them in talent pool, setting a record.
 arrow Try killers of Khorshed
Political parties including Awami League and lawyers in different districts continued protests against the murder of AL leader advocate Khorshad Alam in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow 62 from Natore, Rajshahi still missing
Bodies of three more victims of Tuesday's launch tragedy on the Jamuna near Aricha were brought to their homes in Rajshahi and Natore yesterday evening.
 arrow Seven of notorious Panna Bahini held in Kushtia
Police in a raid Tuesday night arrested seven 'listed criminals' from Daulatur Char area in the district.
 arrow Vessels still defy rules
Plying of unauthorised small launches and vessels in risky routes in the Meghna and its estuary could not be stopped even after repeated attempts by different government agencies including BangladeshInland
 arrow One unit of Ashuganj plant stops power generation
One unit of Ashuganj power station stopped electricity generation at about 10 am yesterday.
 arrow Five Indian nationals pushed back
Bangladesh rifles (BDR) pushed back five Indian nationals after two months of their entry into Bangladesh.
 arrow Krishak League leader's leg amputated
A leg of a bomb-wounded Krishak League leader of Meherpur was amputated at orthopaedic hospital in Dhaka on Friday.
 arrow Comilla AL council deferred again
The district Awami League (AL) council scheduled to be held here on May 25 has been deferred.

Now it will be held on June 13.

The last council was held 10 years ago.

Point-Counterpointarrow A glimpse of Buddhism in ancient Bangladesh
Did Lord Buddha visit Bengal during his life-time while he was preaching the Dhamma walking long distances on foot in Magadha (present-day Bihar state of India), Uttar Pradesh and his birth place Kapilavastu
 arrow Corruption eating into the vitals
While speaking at the National Press Club recently, the Japanese Ambassador in Bangladesh stressed the need for fixing law and order to foster development and boost business in the country.
 arrow NPT poised to fall apart
Recognising "the devastation that would be visited upon all mankind by a nuclear war," the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
Culturearrow Star-studded night
On May 21, all roads led to the gala of Meril-Prothom Alo Award 2004. The venue where anxious artistes and eager guests gathered, was the Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre.
 arrow Nasrin: Championing the women's cause
The women's cause is dear to Nasrin Siraj Annie, a talented freelance filmmaker. "Women have to balance their role as professionals with the demands of domesticity.
 arrow Publication ceremony of Brand
Good news for theatre and literature buffs. On May 20 was the publication ceremony of the Bangla version of Henrik Ibsen's play Brand, with an introduction and annotations, translated by Manzur-e-Mawla.
 arrow Discussion on Dui Bon
As part of their programme on the old time hit theatre productions, Theatre (Baily Road) arranged a discussion session on Dui Bon, on March 20 at Theatre's office.
 arrow Bengal Bikash musical talent hunt begins
"Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, songs of Atul Prasad, Rajanikanth, DL Roy and folk songs once reigned supreme in our culture. These songs reflect our lives.
Generalarrow Summer Fields becomes champion
Summer Fields School and College has emerged champion in The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank 5th Inter-School English Debate Competition that ended here on Friday.
 arrow Cooperation with PLA discussed
A delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday discussed matters of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.
 arrow 'Qualified faculty a must for a quality varsity'
Qualified faculty, effective management, quality of students and appropriate infrastructures are essential for a quality university, said Prof Monirul Hoque, member of the University Grants Commission.
 arrow Army starts combing operation in Bandarban
The military in a bid to curb terrorism began a combing operation in the inaccessible deep forest and areas of the hill district of Bandarban on Friday morning.
 arrow Oppose hartals
Leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday urged student community to oppose 'hartals of main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies in the greater interest of the country'.
 arrow Two housewives beaten to death for dowry
Two housewives were beaten to death allegedly by their husbands for dowry in the district on Friday.
 arrow Three children rescued from Bhomra while being trafficked to India
Three children were rescued by the local people yesterday from the border of Bhomra under Satkhira sadar upazila while being trafficked to India.
 arrow Japanese senior vice-minister visits nat'l museum
Japanese senior vice-minister for foreign affairs Shuzen Taniqawa visited the National Museum in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1,785 more held
Police arrested 1,785 people on various charges during their countrywide drive as of 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Nepal warns against criticism of king
Nepal's royalist government told political parties yesterday it would not tolerate public criticism of King Gyanendra during pro-democracy protests.
 arrow Iraqi Shias stage mass anti-US protests
Thousands of Shias stomped on American flags painted on roads outside mosques in a show of anger over the US presence in Iraq, while Sunni leaders called Friday for a closure of places of worship to protest
 arrow Hamas agrees to end attacks on Israel
The Hamas militant group has agreed to halt mortar and rocket fire on Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, a deal meant to save a truce threatened by three consecutive days of violence, the Palestinian
 arrow Protests rock Uzbek border town

Protests rocked this town on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border yesterday as Tashkent struggled to quell unrest in the wake of a deadly crackdown that has sparked unprecedented Western criticism of the authoritarian

 arrow The Earth shook like never before
Dramatic new data from the Dec 26, 2004 Sumatran-Andaman earthquake that generated a deadly tsunami show the event created the longest fault rupture and the longest duration of faulting ever observed,
 arrow Manmohan govt marks first year in office today
India's ruling Congress Party-led coalition was set to mark one year in office today with low-key celebrations, including the release of a government "report card," a government official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Amateurish rescue operations
The recent launch disasters have brought home two distressing facts about the state of governance in the country.
 arrow Editorial: Gender gap reduction brings hearty news
At a time when the country is caught in a whirlpool of negative imaging, there is good news that no less a prestigious organisation than the Switzerland-based World Economic Forum has ranked Bangladesh
 arrow Present state of Russia-US relations
In the olden days of the Cold War reminiscent of Nikita Khrushchev's shoe thumping on the table of the United Nations it would have been inconceivable for the American leaders to lecture the Russianson
 arrow Should India do more business than politics with Bangladesh?
Indian Big Business may be at odds with the traditional approach of its political leaders towards Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Caretaker government issue
Millions of citizens reading newspapers are aware that a move in the formation of public opinion is crystallising on immediate review of the caretaker government concept introduced in Bangladesh in the
 arrow Our neighbour
India is a very important neighbouring country and potential partner of Bangladesh. We are grateful to Indians for their help in our liberation war.
 arrow Small private power plants
Your staff correspondent's report on the subject (DS: April 24) raises a few issues which needs clarification.
 arrow "Don't forget Bangladesh"
This is in response to Mr. Ubaidullah Awal's letter requesting all the skilled people living abroad not to forget Bangladesh. I'm glad that I've decided to do the same as your father did.
 arrow No unemployment!
If I can recollect correctly, the Hon'ble Finance Minister in his speech at the conference of the Statistical Association of Bangladesh a few months back informed us that the official statistics in the
Star Healtharrow Solving or creating problem in eye-care sector!
Vision 2020: The Right to Sight -- a global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness from the world was launched in 1999..
 arrow High blood pressure: A silent killer
There are approximately 10 percent of male population and 15 percent of female population suffering from high blood pressure in Bangladesh.
 arrow Self care to manage placenta previa
Placenta previa is a condition in pregnancy in which the placenta lies below the baby in the uterus and may completely block the opening to the uterus (cervix).
 arrow Kylie's case shows breast cancer can strike early
News that Australia's biggest music star Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer shows the disease -- the most common cancer in women worldwide -- can strike at an early age.
 arrow Enormous growth!
Eleven-month-old Lokman Hakim Mondol, who weighs 22 kilograms (48 pounds) is brought at a hospital by his grandfather Tabarak Mullick, in Calcutta, India, Monday May 9, 2005.
Star Cityarrow Mugging along Rokeya Sarani becomes a frequent scene
The vast land of the old airport in Tejgaon beside Rokeya Sarani, stretching from Sangsad Bhaban crossing to Sheorapara, has turned into a den of criminals, locals said.
 arrow Proshanti provides a sigh of relief
Life was a living hell for 13-year-old Shahnaz who used to work as a domestic help in Chittagong.
 arrow Self-made electronics genius awaits funding
Wahiduzzaman Bachhu, a genius in his own-making has innovated many electronics items, a venture he started way back in 1988.
 arrow Pakistani refugees not paying for electricity for years
The stranded Pakistanis living in 28 refugee camps in the city have not paid electricity bills for years and the unpaid amount has reached over 30 crore Taka.
 arrow Rejoinder
Mahfuza Begum, Assistant Headmistress of Monipur High School, Mirpur protested a report on the school titled 'Dismissals of teachers raise fresh controversy at Monipur School' published in the Star City
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