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Front Pagearrow JS body for better ties with India
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the government to take special efforts to improve diplomatic ties with India, as the committee believes relations with the next-door neighbour are at their lowestebb.
 arrow Another bidder pulls out
Bangladeshi power company Summit backtracked from participating in the second tender for the 450 megawatt Sirajganj Power Project following the retreat of Malaysian bidder Genting Barhard expressing its
 arrow Crawling ADP projects
Although the guideline dictates that approval of a project under the Annual Development Programme should not take more than 105 days, a recent government study found the development projects actuallytake
 arrow Tata wants 2 TCF gas for 30 years
Tata Group, leading Indian industrial house, on the second day of the first-round negotiations with Petrobangla yesterday said it requires 2 trillion cubic feet (TCF) gas over 30 years for its proposed
 arrow England take control
England were in the driving seat of the first Test against Bangladesh halfway through the final session on the first day at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Politics stops DU to honour professors
Dhaka University (DU) could not award its eminent professors the highest post of honour, Emeritus Professor, in the last 23 years due to politics and alleged rivalry among the teachers.
 arrow Passengers suffer as vessels boycott terminals on Akbar's comment
An 18-hour symbolic terminal boycott by river vessels in Dhaka and Narayanganj threw hundreds of passengers into untold misery, as they had to board launches or reach terminals by boats from 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Waters keep rushing in from Manu river
The flood situation in Moulvibazar district worsened further yesterday with inundation of fresh areas by gushing waters coming through some new breaches of the Manu flood protection embankment.
 arrow Inefficient judiciary holds back good governance
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said inefficiency of the judiciary is a major obstacle to establishing good governance in the country.
 arrow Malaysia eases rules for foreign workers
Under pressure from an acute labour shortage caused by the expulsion of hundred of thousands of illegal workers, Malaysia has eased its rules for employing foreigners, saying they can seek jobs afterentering
 arrow Dhaka has to take steps to qualify
Bangladesh has to take certain measures to qualify for development assistance from the United States' Millennium Challenge Account (MCA),a special aid programme for developing countries, US Ambassador
 arrow AL to dissolve Dhaka city unit
The main opposition Awami League (AL) policymakers have decided in principle to dissolve the existing Dhaka city unit committee of the party and bring in new faces by dropping both Mohammad Hanif andMofazzal
 arrow Morshed says US has image problem in Bangladesh
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has acknowledged that the United States has an image problem in Bangladesh in the wake of the Iraq war.
 arrow Assam CM now says 'illegal Bangladeshis' no threat
Within weeks of informing the Indian Supreme Court that "large-scale illegal immigration from Bangladesh" was a problem, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi changed his position and said he did not consider
 arrow Crackdown on Khulna thugs next month
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) will begin in the middle of the next month a crackdown on criminals in accordance with a new list now in preparation, said a KMP source.
 arrow Satkhira rally vows to resist bigots
Speakers at a rally here yesterday called upon all pro-liberation forces to unitedly resist anti-Ahmadiyya bigots in the country.
 arrow Peaceful protest to continue, says Reza Kibria
Reza Kibria, son of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday said the "Blue for Peace" campaign to protest the killing of his father in the January 27 grenade attack will continue until thereal
 arrow 'Crossfire' kills outlaw leader in Chuadanga
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in "crossfire" during a gunfight between Cobra unit of the police and the PBCP cadres at village Sailgari in Chuadanga Sadar
 arrow Correction
The table attached to yesterday's The Daily Star report headlined "Ambitious ADP okayed for next fiscal year" had inadvertent mistakes.
 arrow Global warming to increase world hunger: UN
Global warming is likely to significantly diminish food production in many countries and greatly increase the number of hungry people, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq unveils massive security offensive
Iraq's government will pour tens of thousands of Iraqi troops into Baghdad in an unprecedented operation to seal off the city and hunt insurgents who have launched a fresh wave of violence, ministerssaid
 arrow US closes embassy, offices in Indonesia
The United States closed its embassy and all other diplomatic offices in Indonesia yesterday, citing a security threat.
 arrow Akbar orders seize of vessels without documents
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday asked officials to seize all vessels plying without valid documents and hand them over to the police stations concerned.
Businessarrow Dhaka to seek help for ship building, Mongla port
Bangladesh will seek Malaysian investment in ship building industry and Mongla port development during the Bangladesh-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) to be held on June 7 in Dhaka.
 arrow 11 banks asked to cut non-performing loans
In a bid to minimise default loan, Bangladesh Bank yesterday instructed managing directors of eleven banks to make a projection on what level they will be able to cut the ratio of non-performing loans
 arrow SEC fines 9 officials of 2 companies
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined nine management officials, including chairmen and managing directors, of two companies for failing to hold annual general meetings (AGMs) and
 arrow Altaf seeks Italian aid for leather sector
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury has sought assistance of the Italian government in supporting the emerging leather sector in Bangladesh to produce high quality leather products through transfer
 arrow Fish export to India thru' Benapole suspended
Export of all kind of fishes, including hilsa, to India through Benapole border remains suspended from May 16 following a ban imposed by Delhi.
 arrow Inflation under control, says Indian finance minister
Indian inflation is under control after a year of record oil prices, but more strong economic growth depends on a successful annual monsoon, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters Thursday.
 arrow Thai ISPs seek level-playing field
Twenty internet service providers in Thailand called on the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Wednesday to ensure a level-playing field for old and new business operators before it issues new
 arrow Rising Group to set up spinning mill
Rising Group, a leading apparel manufacturer, yesterday signed a syndicated term loan agreement with six local private banks to set up a spinning mill with a daily production capacity of 20 tonnes yarn.
 arrow Fakhruddin Ahmed made PKSF MD
Fakhruddin Ahmed, former governor of Bangladesh Bank, has been appointed new managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), a press release said Thursday.
 arrow Reliance Ins recommends 10pc cash, 1:3 stock dividends
Reliance Insurance Ltd has recommended a 10 percent cash dividend and 1:3 stock dividend that is one bonus share for every three shares for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Kay & Que Bangladesh okays 5pc dividend
Kay & Que (Bangladesh) Ltd has declared a five percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow India to allow local cos to invest in diamond mines abroad
India is considering allowing domestic companies to invest in diamond mines abroad to ensure uninterrupted supply of rough diamonds for cutting and polishing, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath
 arrow Kenya says 40,000 jobs threatened by China textile
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday ordered urgent action to save some 40,000 textile industry jobs threatened by a massive surge in Chinese clothing exports to the United States and Europe.
 arrow EU to seek urgent talks with China over textile imports
The EU's executive commission said Wednesday it would seek urgent talks with Beijing on surging Chinese textile exports, in the latest step towards imposing limits in a row with the Asian economic giant.
 arrow WTO to start membership talks with Iran
The World Trade Organisation on Thursday decided to start membership talks with Iran, after the United States lifted its long-standing opposition to Tehran's bid, Iran's ambassador said.
 arrow Pragati Ins declares 20pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
Pragati Insurance Ltd has declared a 20 percent cash dividend and a 25 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A sorry batting tale
There were nearly 16,000 cricket fans at Lord's to watch Bangladesh's first Test against England and most of them could guess that the tourists were in trouble after Michael Vaughan won the toss and decided
 arrow Football: Liverpool walk alone on top of Europe
Liverpool were crowned Euro-pean champions for the first time in 21 years after beating AC Milan 3-2 on penalties in a dramatic final at the Ataturk Olympic stadium here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rahim youngest Lord's debutant
Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim became the ninth youngest Test debutant when he was selected for the first Test against England at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: A Day One let down
The biggest strength of Bangladesh cricket is their loyal band of supporters. Even at Lord's there were plenty of them wearing the red-green shirt.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha finish bottom
Like fellow Dhaka giants Brothers Union, Muktijoddha Sangsad also finished bottom of their group in the AFC Cup when they lost 2-1 to Jordan's Al Faysali in the last match on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: England painted red
Newly-crowned European champions Liverpool were preparing for a huge celebration in the city Thursday as the pressure mounted on UEFA to allow the club to defend their title next season.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova, Mauresmo stay on course
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and eternal French hope Amelie Mauresmo shrugged off blistering temperatures to ease into the French Open third round.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo unhappy
Brazilian striker Ronaldo is irritated at having to sacrifice his vacation to play in the Confederations Cup, a local newspaper reported Wednes-day.
 arrow Cricket: When stars are not shining
Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar is passing through that unfortunate phase of his illustrious career when his health bulletins are being as closely followed as his runs.
 arrow Athletics: Olympic torch on Everest!
China wants to take the Olympic torch to the top of the world and across Taiwan on its route to the 2008 Beijing Games, one of the top organisers said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Div 1 soccer
BRTC put an end to Victoria Sporting Club's winning streak in the First Division Football League when the two sides drew 0-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara steadies Windies
Brian Lara's quickfire 44 helped West Indies recover from an early shock to reach 102 for three at lunch on Day One in the first Test against Pakistan at Bridgetown, Barbados yesterday.
 arrow Football: India keen to keep Champs Trophy
India will amend an income tax regulation to allow the cricket-obsessed nation to host the Champions Trophy limited-overs tournament as scheduled next year, finance minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Kang seeks BFF's help, will go to AFC soon
Korean coach Man Young Kang has finally sought the help of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to get his dues from Mohammedan Sporting Club.
Metropolitanarrow More compensation demanded
Bangladesh Garment Workers Unity Council yesterday observed a token hunger strike in the city demanding more compensation for the victims of Spectrum Sweater Factory Building collapse at Savar on April
 arrow Ban tobacco production
Anti-tobacco activists, at a press conference yesterday, demanded prohibition of tobacco production to safeguard public health.
 arrow All elections to be free, fair under new CEC
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday hoped that all the elections, including the next general election, would be free, fair and impartial under the Election Commission led by Justice MA Aziz.
 arrow Countrymen hostage to evil forces
Jatiya Oikya Mancha (JOM) Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon all to be united against corruption, terrorism and violation of rule of law.
 arrow Babar's comments to hamper probe: Saber
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday criticised State Minister for Home Lutfuzzaman Babar for his remarks blaming the AL for the killing of auto-rickshaw
 arrow ADB to help supply pure drinking water in city
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide necessary financial assistance to boost supply of pure drinking water in the capital city.
 arrow Matchmakers unite against dowry
Over a hundred matchmakers at a meeting yesterday announced that they will refrain from matchmaking efforts which involve dowry.
 arrow Moudud contradicts Saber
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday reasserted that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) was not appointed through consultation during the Awami League rule, as contentions over the new CEC appointment continued.
 arrow Prisoner complains of torture in Kashimpur jail
A prisoner yesterday complained before a Dhaka court that deputy jailer and jail guard of Kashimpur jail in Gazipur, had been torturing him in the jail for the last three months.
 arrow Haji Selim, nine others chargesheeted in 2 criminal cases
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted the charge sheets of two criminal cases against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and nine others.
 arrow Resentment over move to promote non-cadre policemen
An alleged move to promote 37 non-cadre policemen to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) by superceding the senior ones has sparked tension among the senior officials.
 arrow Photo exhibition tomorrow
A week-long International Inter-University Photography Exhibition (IIUPE) begins in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Mobin's chehlum today
Chehlum of Imran Ahmed Chowdhury Mobin, a noted sound engineer of the country, will be held today, says a press release.
Culturearrow Tareque and Catherine's latest venture Ontarjatra
The countdown has begun for the release of Tareque and Catherine Masud's new feature film titled Ontorjatra (Inner Journey).
 arrow Walking down the ramp with Mithila
Rafiath Rashid Mithila is a common face in the fashion parades of Neelanjana Palli. Her graceful appearance sets her apart from others on stage.
 arrow Titumirer Bansher Kella
Romantic hero Tauquir Ahmed riding a horse, commanding his troops to "fight bravely" and Jayanto Chattapadhyay wielding his sword against British forces -- all this and more will feature in the upcoming
 arrow Tonatuni Festival '05 in June
Production house Tonatuni is set to organise a five-day-long festival for the second time, says a press release.
 arrow Death anniversary of Ustad Abed Hossain Khan
On the occasion of the death anniversary of Ustad Abed Hossain Khan, the students of Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Sangeet Niketon will organise a discussion session followed by a soiree of classical music at the
 arrow Ismail Merchant: The film world's bright spark is no more
Ismail Merchant, the producer whose venerable partnership with director James Ivory led to such Oscar-winning costume dramas as A Room with a View, Howard's End and The Remains of the Day,
 arrow Country Crooner rocks out the rocker
She's a little bit country, he's a little bit rock and roll -- and country won! American viewers weren't ready to embrace a Marine singing country songs as the American Idol a couple of years ago, but
Generalarrow Ban on plying of engine boats in Foy's Lake
The railway authorities have prohibited plying of all kinds of engine boats in the Foy's Lake, better known as a recreation centre.

The ban has been imposed as the lake water has got contaminated.

 arrow Govt to provide legal aid for detained expats abroad
The government has decided to provide legal aid to 4,124 Bangladeshi expatriates detained in different countries.
 arrow Cut in fuel price demanded
Bangladesh Somajtantrik Dal (BSD), a left leaning political party, demanded an immediate cut in the increased fuel price.
 arrow JS body suggests action against Hajj agencies
A parliamentary watchdog suggested punitive measures for private Hajj and Umrah agencies if the pilgrims sent by them stay illegally in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Jalil protests attack on Laxmipur activists
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday protested the "attack on his party workers by the armed cadres of BNP-Jamaat" during a conference of Bhabaniganj union AL in Laxmipur district.
 arrow Cut in fuel price demanded
Bangladesh Somajtantrik Dal (BSD), a left leaning political party, demanded an immediate cut in the increased fuel price.
 arrow Criminals beat journo at Gangni
M Manunur Rashid Rabi, vice-president of Gangni Press Club and correspondent of the Daily Nayadiganto, was seriously injured in an attack by the criminals at the Gangni upazila headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Groom skilled citizens thru' quality edn: President
The delegations of Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) and Bangladesh Student Welfare Trust (BSWT) separately called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Hawkers demand allocation in budget
Leaders of Bangladesh Federation of Rural & Urban Poor (BFRUP) yesterday urged the government to allocate funds in the upcoming budget for rehabilitation of the hawkers and formulate a national policy
 arrow 'Neo-Awami Leaguer' mastermind behind Amir's killing: Abbas
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mirza Abbas MP yesterday protested the statement of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina regarding auto-rickshaw driver Amir Hossain, who succumbed to his burn injuries
 arrow SCF DU unit executives
A 14-member Dhaka University (DU) unit committee of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), a left leaning student body, was formed yesterday at its seventh council held in front of the arts building.
 arrow Free neuro camps in Dhaka, Ctg
Eminent Neuro Surgeons Dr Thimappa Hedge and Dr Arbind Bhateja from Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Neuro Science of Bangalore arrived yesterday to see Neuro patients at Neuro Camps in Dhaka and Chittagong,
 arrow BPF celebrates 21st founding anniversary
Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation (BPF) celebrated its 21st founding anniversary yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Inter-school art competition
Inter-school art competition 2005, organised by Spectrum International School will be held on the school premises at Road No: 9/A, House No: 15, Dhanmondi, in the city at 9:00 am today, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: HC's welcome directive
The High Court has directed the Election Commission to ask the candidates for the next parliamentary elections to make sworn statements regarding certain things ranging from their academic qualification
 arrow Editorial: Off-season road digging
That time of the year is here again. No, it's not the monsoon, it is the hyper-activity of various utility services just before or into the rainy season.
 arrow Carrots and sticks
It is a constant complaint in this country that the quality of our political leadership is poor, and that our leaders exhibit a marked lack of statesmanship in how they conduct the affairs of state.
 arrow News for newspapers: Readers are leaving
In November 2004, the Washington Post commissioned focus groups to find out what was happening with the readers. Hoo-boy, were their findings stunning! A large number of young adults said some scary things.
 arrow Indo-Pak relations and US strategy
Both have played well, showing good captaincy.
Letters to Editorarrow The elite force
The whole country was seething with frustration over the failure of law enforcers.
 arrow Grey market: mobile telephones
The mobile (cellular) telephone business is booming with increased competition, and at the same time the grey and black market of smuggling of thousands of mobile telephones is on the rise as per regular
 arrow Congo mission
Bangladesh believes in peace and harmony and extends its support to the international community to curb all sorts of subversive activities.
 arrow On reading Johnson
Dipping into Samuel Johnson past the middle age is palatable, though not entirely digestible. Dr Johnson is out of date for the nimble-footed information age.
 arrow Inexplicable decision
‘Youth Forum for Democracy' is a rapidly growing nation-wide organisation. Its purpose is to arrange debate competitions among the university students.
 arrow Sectarian violence
Is the regime aware that it is virtually sitting over a volcano, with hate-engine as the prime mover? Anti-Ahmadiyya movement is not a new issue (for centuries).
 arrow A leader versus a politician
What happened in Chittagong in a way makes sense if you think about it. Hindsight is always 20/20 but what the people voted for was the leader in ABM Mohiuddin.
 arrow Changing times
Chittagong University has train as its student transport. Some students are used to travelling on the rooftop of these trains. It is considered as a man's job.
 arrow Election Commission
Things at rest like to remain at rest and things at motion like to remain in motion until and unless an external force acts on it. This is nothing but inertia.
 arrow Savar tragedy
Bangladesh is a small, underdeveloped or developing country (although confusion prevails on whether our country is developing or lagging behind in comparison to the other countries in this globalisation
 arrow CCC mayoral election
Congratulations to the unorthodox Mayor of Chittagong. He is not new, but has been re-elected for the third time running, defeating the regime's candidate by a huge margin of nearly one lakh votes.
 arrow Whither professionalism?
The Daily Star editorial (May 10) on professional public conduct (and image) is timely. The political leaders have also to take note, and not sit on the fence.
 arrow Foreign nose
It is being observed that foreign diplomats especially from the US and the UK are very active in extra-diplomatic business here in Bangladesh.
 arrow Values and morality
I was taking lunch with some friends and discussing, what not? From caretaker government, Chittagong City Corporation polls to Indian Idol Amit Sana and Abhijeet.
Environmentarrow The perils of global warming
In recent times, freakish weather and environmental catastrophes have been increasing in every region of the world.
 arrow Opening a new dimension in rice cultivation
In Bangladesh, rice is cultivated on around 10.5 million hectares of land. The country is now producing about 25 million tons of clean rice to feed her 140 million people.
 arrow Need for conserving biodiversity
May 22 was the International Day for Biological Diversity. Each year it is observed to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
Worldarrow South Asia: Pakistan, India mull ways to end Siachen stand-off
Pakistan and India yesterday exchanged ideas on ending a two-decade-old military standoff on Kashmir's Siachen glacier, as senior defence officials began a two-day meeting here.
 arrow South Asia: Islamabad, Delhi should boost economic coop
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday the ongoing peace process with nuclear rival India should move forward in tandem with economic cooperation.
 arrow South Asia: Rocca talks war on terror with Musharraf
US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca yesterday held talks with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally in Washington's so-called war against terror, officials said.
 arrow South Asia: India, China plan joint training for troops
The armies of India and China, which fought a border war four decades ago, plan to hold unprecedented joint counter-terrorism and peacekeeping training program-mes, the Indian army chief said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Hurriyat leaders' Pak visit may hit roadblock
The plans of Hurriyat leaders of the moderate faction to travel to Pakistan may hit a roadblock with the Regional Passport Office in Srinagar citing non-availability of travel forms for the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad
 arrow South Asia: No time to waste in fighting Aids
Former US president Bill Clinton yesterday told India, which has the world's second largest number of people with HIV/Aids, that it has no time to waste in combating the disease.
 arrow South Asia: Karzai sold country to US: Mullah Omar
Reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar Wednesday accused Afghan President Hamid Karzai of selling his country out to the United States, according to press reports.
 arrow South Asia: Gun battles in Kashmir villages kill 5 people
Three Indian soldiers and two Islamic militants were killed and four soldiers wounded in two separate clashes yesterday in remote villages of Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.
 arrow South Asia: Landslides kill 12 in Nagaland
Landslides triggered by heavy rain damaged hundreds of houses in northeast India yesterday and killed at least 12 people, including four children, officials said.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal releases student leader held since April on court order
The Nepalese royal government Wednesday released a prominent student leader held for the past month after the country's Supreme Court said his detention was illegal.
 arrow Abbas calls on Bush to save ME peace
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday called on US President George W. Bush to intervene to prevent the collapse of the Middle East peace process which he said was "under attack" from Israel.
 arrow US, allies trampling rights in terror war
Tactics to fight the "war on terror" in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe have failed to prevent horrific attacks on civilians, although they have encouraged rampant abuse of human rights, Amnesty
 arrow US eases ban on arms sale to Indonesia
The US has announced that it is to partially lift its embargo on selling arms to Indonesia.

The move will allow the sale of non-lethal items such as transport vehicles and communications equipment.

 arrow 10 Iraqis killed in Baghdad
At least 10 people were killed in violence in Baghdad yesterday, three of them civilians allegedly shot by US troops, as al-Qaeda's Iraq branch denied it had named an acting chief for its wounded leader
 arrow FBI records detail Quran abuse by US guards
An inmate at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp accused US guards of flushing a Koran down the toilet in 2002, newly declassified FBI documents reveal.
 arrow Plane carrying 26 disappears in Congo
Twenty-six people were missing and feared dead after a plane crashed in eastern Congo, an aviation official said yesterday.
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