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Front Pagearrow SC lawyers stage protest
Two days after the High Court's suo moto order banning all types of agitation on the court premises, protesting lawyers yesterday staged a unique protest and formed a human chain, marching out of thecourt
 arrow School books in political grip
The education ministry has selected more than 500 extra-curricular books for secondary level students, published mostly by unknown publishers associated with the ruling BNP.
 arrow Ambitious ADP okayed for next fiscal year
Keeping the next general elections in view, the National Economic Council yesterday approved a Tk 24,500 crore Annual Development Programme for the next fiscal year, showing a 20 percent hike from the
 arrow US blasts Dhaka for extra-judicial killing, HR violations
The United States Tuesday blasted Bangladesh for extra-judicial killings, human rights abuse, repeated bomb blasts, dilly-dally in investigating and finding out the perpetrators in the August 21 grenade
 arrow Flash floods worsen, two drown
The flash flood situation in Moulvibazar district deteriorated further during the last 24 hours ending on Wednesday at 6pm, as water entering through new and existing breaches on the Manu River FloodProtection
 arrow EC to start action from Narsingdi by-polls
The Election Commission (EC) is hopeful of implementing the eight-point High Court (HC) order to collect information on parliamentary election candidates in the June 22 Narsingdi-1 by-election.
 arrow Legal impunity failed to curb violence against opposition: AI
Legal impunity was behind the government's failure to curb violence against political opponents and the deaths of detainees in 2004, Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday.
 arrow Lord's Test starts today
After a lot of drama and hype Bangladesh finally start their first challenge on English soil with the first Test starting at Lord's today.
 arrow Tata wants licence to explore coal
The Tata Group, in the first official investment negotiation with the Bangladesh government, yesterday proposed a government licence for exploring 4,200 acres of unexplored land in Barapukuria to conduct
 arrow Ctg city BNP committee dissolved
The ruling BNP central high command yesterday dissolved its Chittagong city unit committee and formed a four-member convening committee headed by Whip Syed Wahidul Alam.
 arrow Mystery shrouds as cabby dies
Autorickshaw driver Ameer Hossain died yesterday from the severe burn injuries inflicted on him allegedly by pickets during Saturday's hartal, while a nasty political scheme rears its head centring the
 arrow Premier Bank plea to refloat IPO rejected
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday rejected a Premier Bank application to refloat its initial public offering (IPO).
 arrow Hanif, Maya dispute heightens
The long-standing feud between the Awami League Dhaka city unit president and general secretary, Mohammad Hanif and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, has recently intensified despite efforts by the party
 arrow Unwanted, stabbed, still alive
An unwanted newborn baby was stabbed and thrown into a swamp in Sabujbagh of the capital yesterday, but the baby survived miraculously.
 arrow US congressman favours Dhaka's inclusion in new aid programme
A briefing on Bangladesh at the US Congress ended in Washington on Tuesday with strong recommendation from the Congressional leader for inclusion of Bangladesh in the Millenium Challenge Account (MCA).
 arrow 3 muggers lynched
Mob beat three alleged muggers to death and critically injured two others while they were trying to flee after mugging at Patiya upazila in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow 2yr boy charged with adultery, theft acquitted
A Bogra court yesterday discharged a two-year-old child of adultery and theft in a case filed against him along with seven others in the northern district.
 arrow UP chairman gunned down
Criminals shot dead a union parishad (UP) chairman and critically injured two others at Fatikchhari in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Beximco Media MD jailed by labour court
A Dhaka court yesterday jailed the managing director of Beximco Media Ltd., Iqbal Ahmed, for non-payment of termination benefits to a former employee.
Businessarrow Project launched to support SMEs
In a bid to offer better business services including accounting, marketing, IT and management consultancy, Katalyst, a service provider, yesterday launched a programme exclusively for small and medium
 arrow Measures needed to curb inflation
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh Banking Commission Chairman and Citibank NA Bangladesh CEO Mamun Rashid (MR) talks to The Daily Star (DS).
 arrow Development hinges on corporate governance
Speakers at a workshop yesterday put emphasis on corporate governance for the country's overall economic development.
 arrow GMG flies to Nepal from Oct1
Private GMG Airlines Limited is going to launch its flights on Dhaka-Kathmandu route from October 1.
 arrow India prepares to open up services sector
India is preparing an improved offer to open up its services sector through ongoing negotiations at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva in the run up to the crucial ministerial conference in Hong Kong
 arrow Japan, Malaysia agree on FTA
Japan and Malaysia reached an agreement Wednesday on a free-trade agreement (FTA) that will open up a major new market for Japanese automakers as Kuala Lumpur agreed to lift tariffs on Japanese cars within
 arrow TMT steel bar producing plant opens
A local steel manufacturer has introduced the first thermo mechanically treated (TMT) steel reinforced bar manufacturing plant in the country against the backdrop of huge demand for the product.
 arrow Pak tea team to arrive in Dhaka May 29
A high level delegation of tea importers and traders from Pakistan will arrive here on May 29 on a five-day visit.
 arrow China insurance market to keep WTO promise
China will continue to open up its insurance market in line with its World Trade Organisation (WTO) commitments, a top regulator said yesterday.
 arrow New outlet of Agora opened at Sobahanbagh
Chain superstore Agora opened a new branch at Sobahnbagh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Afroz Rahim, chairman of Rahimafrooz Group, inaugurated the fourth outlet of the superstore at Plaza AR on Mirpur road.

 arrow Sípore central bank sticks to tight policy
Singapore's central bank reaffirmed yesterday its policy for currency appreciation despite the International Monetary Fund's suggestion it should relax its current tight policy if domestic economic growth
 arrow EU ups pressure on China over textile surge
The European Commission authorised Wednesday urgent EU talks with Beijing over surging Chinese textile imports, the latest step towards imposing limits in an escalating row with the Asian economic giant.
 arrow Malaysia eyes FTA with EU
Malaysia and the European Union will consider signing a free trade agreement (FTA) similar to FTAs being negotiated between the EU and three other Asian countries, a senior EU official said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore looking for contributions from all
The biggest strength of Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is his ability to handle his friends and foes alike. He is also a kind of character who takes adversity in his stride.
 arrow Cricket: A reception to remember
The setting was beautiful overlooking Tower Bridge.
The Mayor of London arranged a lovely reception for the cricketers and British Bangladeshi guests at the City Hall. My mission was two fold.

 arrow Cricket: A problem all coaches love to have
Dav Whatmore said that he loves to have more selection dilemmas like the one that young Mushfiqur Rahim has thrown after his outstanding showing in the two practice matches, which ultimately earned him
 arrow Cricket: Shahadat to get the English dancing
When Shahadat Hossain was told that his cricketing hero Steve Harmison suffers from homesickness on tour, his face lit up with relief. "I didn't know that," he said, "but I am happy to hear it.
 arrow Cricket: Giles out, Batty in
Ashley Giles' hip injury saw him omitted from the England team to play Bangladesh in the first Test at Lord's starting here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Oranges end on a low
A brace by Leban-ese international Mohamad Gha-ddar gave Nejmeh FC a comfortable 2-0 win over Bro-thers Union in the last match of Group C in the AFC Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't get carried away'
While the rest of the members of the Bangladesh team are excited at the prospect of playing at Lord's, skipper Habibul Bashar warned that his charges should not get carried away and rather take it just
 arrow Cricket: Some solace for Greens
BCB Greens took sweet revenge against BCB Reds with a massive 143-run victory in the third limited-overs trial game at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: No Tendulkar for 4 months
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar is set to miss international cricket for at least four months following corrective surgery in his left elbow in England, an official said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Barbados Test from today
Pakistan enter the first of their two Tests against West Indies on Thursday with high hopes of winning a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time.
 arrow Tennis: Henman's dream shattered
Tim Henman's dream of repeating his great 2004 run at the French Open evaporated in the Paris sunshine when tough Peruvian baseliner Luis Horna stopped him in the second round with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
 arrow Cricket: Lanka rope in Moody
Australian Tom Moody has been appointed as Sri Lanka's new cricket coach.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI unaware of Ganguly's county stint
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday denied knowledge of English county club Glamorgan seeking captain Sourav Ganguly's services for two months and more from June 1.
 arrow Football: Eto'o fined for Real outburst
Cameroon's African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o has been fined 12,000 euros by the Spanish football federation for insulting his former club Real Madrid during Barcelona's Spanish League winning
 arrow Football: Ferdinand can't drive
Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand was slapped with his fourth driving ban Wednesday after a court heard he was clocked travelling at more than 169 kilometres (105 miles) an hour.
 arrow Cricket: Akram won't coach India
Wasim Akram, who had drawn criticism for helping India seamer Irfan Pathan during a tour of Australia last year, has said in no unclear terms that if given a chance he would coach the Pakistani team in
 arrow Worldwide bridge from tomorrow
The worldwide pair bridge contest takes place at the National Sports Council (NSC) auditorium tomorrow.
All bridge players have been requested to confirm their entries before the 4 pm start.

 arrow Football: Div I soccer
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society registered their second consecutive victory in the First Division Football League when they managed a solitary goal win over Agrani Bank at the Bir Shreshtha ShaheedMostafa
 arrow Tennis: Open tennis
The Scandex Bangladesh Open Tennis tournament will begin tomorrow at the Ramna National Tennis Complex.
Metropolitanarrow Reduce ADP size, burden of taxes on people
Politicians and economists at a roundtable yesterday suggested reducing the size of the Annual Development Programme in the coming national budget, saying that large ADP is always used as a means of corruption
 arrow Upgrade food safety laws to check adulteration
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said strong media campaign is a must to launch a social movement through consumers' awareness against adulterated, fake and sub-standard food and commodities.
 arrow Fuel price hike to hit poor farmers: Hasina
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday strongly protested the latest fuel price hike as 'anti-people decision.
 arrow Saber dismisses Moudud's remarks
The Opposition leader's political secretary, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, yesterday outright dismissed as falsehood and deceptive the law minister's contention that there was no past precedence of discussion
 arrow Bangladesh a transit point for human trafficking
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin yesterday said the destination countries have legal and moral responsibilities to prevent human trafficking, punish traffickers and assist the victims although the country
 arrow 16 AL men acquitted
The speedy trial tribunal in Chapainawabganj yesterday acquitted 16 Awami League (AL) leaders and workers of removing Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's portrait from the Chapainawabganj Circuit House.
 arrow Blue, White panels share posts
The Blue and White panels shared the posts of 35 teachers' representatives in the election to Dhaka University Senate, the highest policy-making body of DU, yesterday.
 arrow Nation pays tributes to Nazrul
The nation yesterday paid rich tribute to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, an extraordinary, prolific and versatile poet of Bangla literature, on his 106th birth anniversary.
 arrow Death penalty of two commuted to life term
The High Court (HC) yesterday commuted the death penalty of two young men to life imprisonment and acquitted two others on an appeal against the lower court verdict in the Shihab murder case.
 arrow Mild tremor rocks Ctg, Rangamati
A mild tremor rocked Chittagong city and Rangamati early yesterday with a magnitude of 3.64 on the Richter scale.
 arrow 14 unregistered cargo vessels seized on 3rd day
Marine court officials sized 14 more cargo vessels on the third day of the ongoing clampdown on unregistered cargo vessels yesterday.
 arrow Amini for abolition of CG
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Fazlul Haque Amini yesterday said the caretaker government system should be abolished.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers threaten strike from Sept 1
Leaders of Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association (BNPTA) threatened to go for nationwide strike from September 1 unless the government allocates fund in the upcoming budget to nationalise
 arrow Actor Arpan Mitra passes away
Assistant Director of Bangladesh Water Development Board and actor-script writer Arpan Mitra Babla died of a cardiac failure on Tuesday at the age of 47.
 arrow Shukta Chowdhury Sen
Shukta Chowdhury Sen, wife of Ranjan Sen, sports reporter of the daily Sangbad, died of jaundice at Metropolitan Hospital in Dhaka yesterday. She was 28.
Nationalarrow Angry protests on in Rajshahi demanding Mili murder trial
All schools in Rajshahi city remained shut yesterday as schoolchildren observed strike in protest against 'tempered probe' into the rape and murder of school girl Mili.
 arrow Magic maize on Teesta shoals
Once quiet and lifeless Teesta shoals are now buzzing with activities.
 arrow 5 lakh brace for flood as Kobadak dredging yields no result
Over eight lakh people in five upazilas in Satkhira and Jessore districts brace for hardship and misery from floods this year also as their agitation for dredging the Kabodak brought to result.
 arrow Another PCP man shot, two rivals held in Rangamati
Another activist of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), student front of Parbattya Chattagram Janan Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), was shot in Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district Tuesday evening.
 arrow Second probe into Patuakhali launch tragedy
The second probe body consisting of four members and headed by Shipping Ministry deputy secretary (DS) BD Mitra on Tuesday began investigation into the launch mishap occurred in the Buragourango river
Culturearrow Nazrul Convention '05
On the occasion of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 106th birth annniversary, Nazrul Academy organised a three day-long convention and cultural programme starting from May 23 at the National TheatreStage,
 arrow Legendary actor Sunil Dutt is no more
Veteran Indian actor-turned-politician, Sunil Dutt died on May 25, after a brief illness in Mumbai.
 arrow Musical soiree by Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad
"The enormous contribution of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam to the country's culture can hardly be measured.
 arrow Revving up the Italian Renaissance art
A splendid exhibition of Italian paintings, photographs and reproductions opened recently at the National Museum.
Generalarrow Expats urged to invest more in country
Senior Joint Secretary General of BNP Tarique Rahman urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to come forward to contribute to the development of the country's economy.
 arrow Free operation for poor boys, girls with cleft-lips
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited, under the "Smile-Brighter" programme, arranged operation for the poor boys and girls with cleft-lips free of cost in Bogra recently, says a press release.
 arrow 1140 more held, 9 firearms seized
Police arrested 1,140 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US troops launch new offensive in Iraq
About 1,000 US Marines, sailors and soldiers encircled this Euphrates River city in the troubled Anbar province before dawn on Wednesday, launching the second major anti-insurgent operation in this vast
 arrow More disappearances, deaths in S Asia
Deaths and disappearances surged in South Asia in 2004 fuelled by separatist conflicts and corruption, London-based Amnesty International said in its annual human rights report released Wednesday.
 arrow Madrid car bomb injures three
A car bomb exploded in the Spanish capital on Wednesday, injuring three people, 45 minutes after a Basque newspaper received a warning in the name of Basque separatist group ETA, police said.
 arrow Zarqawi wounded, says al-Qaeda website
Iraq's most wanted man Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been wounded, according to the website of his al-Qaeda front group, as insurgent attacks left nine US soldiers and dozens of Iraqis dead over a 48-hourperiod.
 arrow US House passes stem cell bill
Despite a veto threat from President Bush, the US House of Represe-ntatives on Tuesday easily approved bipartisan legislation that would permit more federal funding of stem cell research on human embryos
 arrow 50th anniversary of first Kangchenjunga ascent
The first team of climbers to conquer the world's third highest peak, Mount Kangchenjunga, half a century ago celebrated the feat in the Nepalese capital on Wednesday.
 arrow Six killed in Pak bomb blast
Six people, all of them women and children, were killed in a bomb blast in a remote tribal region in Pakistan near the Afghan border where al-Qaeda militants have been taking refuge, witnesses said on
 arrow Hurriyat leaders agree to visit Pakistan
Indian Kashmiri separatists have accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan on the next intra-Kashmir bus service next week, moderate Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Wednesday.
 arrow Delhi reopens diplomacy with Baghdad
In the first contact with the new Iraqi government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy for West Asia, CR Gharekhan on Monday met Iraqi PM Ibrahim Al Jaafari and offered help in reconstruction
Editorialarrow Editorial: Consultation not mandatory but desirable
It is true that there is no constitutional obligation for the government to consult with the opposition before selecting the chief election commissioner.
 arrow Editorial: What rationale behind rising fuel price?
The government decision to increase the prices of diesel, kerosene and petrol, for the second time in six months, especially before the budget announcement and after the increase in the pay scales, has
 arrow Unilateral CEC appointment: Missed opportunity
On May 23, the government appointed Justice M A Aziz, a sitting Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), in contravention of the opposition parties'
 arrow One year of UPA govt in India: No rupture foreseen
The United Progressive Alliance(UPA),a rainbow coalition led by the Indian national Congress, has just completed its first year in the office.
Letters to Editorarrow Security at Sitakunda
Bangladesh is full of natural beauty. Last month we, the students of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, went on a trip for enjoying the beauty of Sitakunda in Chittagong district.
 arrow Oust the godfathers
The Awami League has set an example for the regime to follow. It has ousted its notorious godfather of Feni.
 arrow CHT situation
The situation in the CHT is chaotic.
Only better understanding among the inhabitants in the area can help improve things.

 arrow Private hostels for students
The photographs (in The Daily Star) of students sleeping in the corridors of DU halls are not all a pleasant sight.
 arrow An appeal to PM
Higher agricultural education is considered as one of the vehicles for promoting agricultural development.
 arrow Learning English
Learning English or American native language is something young people in our country struggle with, as some of the recent letters in the DS would indicate.
 arrow Sunday as holiday
I fully endorse the views aired by Syed Farhat Roomy and Essam Sohail regarding declaring Sunday as weekly holiday. Essam Sohail described the historic perspective of the Friday prayers.
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