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Front Pagearrow JCD men maul DU students
Pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday started where the police left off Saturday, roughing up agitating general students who confined the Dhaka University vice-chancellor (VC) and
 arrow Political will must to fight graft
Political commitment at the highest level of all parties is necessary to fight corruption in the country, speakers at a roundtable on anticorruption strategy said yesterday.
 arrow GDP clocks record growth in FY04
The country's GDP growth for the first time broke through the 6 percent barrier, hitting a 6.
 arrow Investigators work on insurgents' local links
Investigators are working to trace a Bangladeshi syndicate that reportedly aided and abetted the suspected Indian insurgents, 15 of who were either killed or arrested in Friday's raids on bordering Kamalganj
 arrow Dhaka risks losing out in WTO talks
Bangladesh should conduct vigorous negotiations in the next rounds of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks to avert risks of being a loser in the world trade in some vital sectors including textiles,suggested
 arrow Zia's 24th anniversary of death today
Today is the 24th death anniversary of president Ziaur Rahman.
On this day in 1981, president Zia was assassinated by a group of disgruntled army personnel at Chittagong Circuit House.

 arrow As chief, I would first make ACC graft-free
Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said if he were the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission [ACC], he would start by meeting the challenge of making the commission itself corruption-free.
 arrow Mourning....

 arrow Use local govt more to effect pro-poor growth
The government should utilise the long-neglected local government bodies for resource collection and expenditure to achieve a significant revenue growth and poverty reduction, the country's leading economists
 arrow New rules to try Rab offenders
The government has framed new rules making provisions for trial of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members for their crimes under three trial processes--Special Court, Summary Court and DepartmentalProceedings.
 arrow Dhaka key US ally in mending religious rifts
The United States considers Bangladesh an "unavoidable partner" to bridge the gap that has "unfortunately" been created between religious divides across the world of late, Foreign Minister (FM) Morshed
 arrow 9 Iraqi soldiers die in suicide blast
Thousands of Iraqi forces threw a security net over Baghdad yesterday in an attempt to seize the initiative from insurgents who quickly killed nine troops taking part in the operation in a bombing.
 arrow Dr Kamal calls for a consensus
Acclaimed lawyer and President of Jatiya Oikya Mancha Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday emphasised the need for consensus among all concerned to curb campus violence.
 arrow Family seeks help of diplomats, elites
The family members of late Shah AMS Kibria invited a number of political leaders, foreign diplomats and social elites to a dinner meeting at their Dhanmondi home last night to find ways and means to get
 arrow 6 Bangladeshis held in Iran for illegal entry
Iranian police arrested six Bangladeshi nationals from a city near Turkish border for illegal entry yesterday, Iranian news agency IRNA reported.
 arrow Dhaka hosts 9th Bimstec Senior Officials Meet on June 1
The ninth Bimstec Senior Officials Meeting, a forum of the foreign secretaries of the regional economic grouping, will be held on June 1 in Dhaka.
 arrow BNP top brass calls in Khokon, 5 rebels
In the wake of fierce protests against ruling BNP's nomination for Narsingdi by-election, the party high command yesterday summoned all five dissident candidates as well as the party-nominee Khairul Kabir
 arrow Govt urged to form strategic think-tanks for FDI bargains
Eminent economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday suggested the government to develop strategic think-tanks in the government to efficiently deal with issues ranging from foreign investment negotiations
 arrow Hijack hoax at ZIA: one arrested
Police arrested a man from Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Saturday after he told the crew of a domestic flight of Bangladesh Biman that a gang employed him to hijack the aircraft.
 arrow Failure to act against bigots in Satkhira deplored
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) yesterday deplored Satkhira district administration's failure to act against religious bigots for attacking the Ahmadiyyas in
 arrow 'Robber' killed in 'crossfire'
A robber was killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices near Mongla meteorological office in Bagerhat in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Make BB independent to better economy
Foreign investors have urged the government to make Bangladesh Bank an independent body, free from any interference of the finance ministry.
 arrow Tea can help cut Dhaka's trade gap with Islamabad
Bangladesh can reduce its trade gape with Pakistan by increasing more tea export to Pakistan, tea traders from both the countries said yesterday.
Now, the balance of trade is in favour of Pakistan.

 arrow Govt to launch direct Biman flights on Dhaka-Milan route
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said the government has taken initiatives to introduce direct Biman flights between Dhaka and Milan.
 arrow Auditing needs support of better infrastructure
Accounting and auditing practices in Bangladesh need support of better infrastructure framework for compliance of standards and codes, Commerce Secretary Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Exporters urged to invest in IT to tap benefit of e-commerce
Bangladeshi exporters should be aware of e-commerce and invest in information technology including necessary infrastructure development and training of people in this sector, said Commerce Minister Altaf
 arrow New GSP to offer market access for LDCs
Esko Kentrschynskj, head of delegation of the European Commission in Bangladesh, has assured textile mill owners that the new rules of origin of Generalised System of Preference (GSP) will not harm the
 arrow Leasing cos want steps to overcome fund crisis
Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) yesterday reiterated its demand for fiscal measures to help survive the cash-strapped sector.
 arrow Grand parent poultry farm starts operation next week
With a target to reduce import dependence on broiler-breeder parent stocks by 20 percent, Bangladesh's first grandparent (GP) poultry farm in Tentulia, Panchagarh hopes to start operation from next week.
 arrow China blasts 'protectionist' EU signals over textiles
China, reacting to a request from the European Union for formal talks with Beijing over two types of textile imports, Sunday blasted what it called the EU's "protectionist signals".
 arrow Pacific nations seek close trade ties with Australia, NZ
Pacific countries which have a limited trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand have decided to move towards a more comprehensive deal, a New Zealand minister said Sunday.
 arrow No need for Opec to cut: UAE minister
World oil markets are well supplied, but the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries does not need to trim production when it meets next month, the oil minister of the United Arab Emirates said
Sportsarrow Cricket: Morning after the trauma
It was a dream turned nightmare for Bangladesh in their first Test at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Russel start on wrong foot
Last year's runners-up Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra stumbled in their first appearance of the new Premier Football League season when promotees Farashganj Sporting Club handed them an upset 1-0 defeat at
 arrow Cricket: 'Axing Bangladesh folly'
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore insisted calls for the country to be stripped of its senior international status were "folly" despite seeing his team thrashed by an innings and 261 runs inside three days
 arrow Cricket: Chanderpaul lifts WI
Shivnarine Chanderpaul collected his 14th Test hundred, and was eyeing his first victory in the post of West Indies captain after three days of the first Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Bhaji cleared conditionally
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been given a provisional clearance to bowl, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced in a statement on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 3-day practice match starts today
A three-day trial match between two different BCB selections to prepare the Bangladesh A team for its tour of England will start today at the BKSP ground in Savar.
Bangladesh A tour England in July-August.

 arrow Football: Rahmatganj top Div I standings
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society took a solo lead in the First Division Football League table with their third consecutive victory yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Open tennis
The men's singles quarterfinals and semifinals of the Scandex Bangladesh Open tennis tournament will be held today at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna.
 arrow Cricket: Bat didn't cause Sachin's injury
Indian cricket team physio John Gloster on Sunday said that the recent surgery gave Sachin Tendulkar the best chance to permanently cure his elbow injury and return to action at the earliest.
 arrow Hockey: Jnr hockey camp from June 6
Just three days after cancelling the senior camp, the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday called up 45 players for trials as part of the under-18 hockey camp.
 arrow Rangamati soccer
Borkol Upazila defeated Longdu 3-1 in the second match of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football Tournament at the local stadium yesterday.
The winners led the first half 3-0.

 arrow Tennis: Davenport stuns Clijsters
Lindsay Davenport dug out of another hole on clay Sunday, staging a comeback to beat Kim Clijsters at the French Open.
 arrow Football: Real's winning finish
Real Madrid finished their disappointing season on a high note as they overcame a spirited Real Zaragoza 3-1 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bayern complete double
Felix Magath crowned a fantastic debut season at Bayern Munich with his side defeating Schalke 04 2-1 in Saturday's cup final to clinch the double.
 arrow Danica's Indy 500 dream
There have been three female drivers in the history of the 89th Indianapolis 500, but 23-year-old rookie Danica Patrick is the first with a legitimate chance of winning.
 arrow Football: England beat USA
Even a second-rate England squad was too much for the Americans to handle.
Metropolitanarrow 'Increase allocation in budget for environment'
An increase in budgetary allocation and formulation of a comprehensive policy are essential to improve the environmental situation, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Demonstrations against price hike of fuel oil
Leaders and workers of left-leaning parties staged demonstrations and tried to lay a siege to the secretariat in the city yesterday in protest against the price hike of fuel oil, gas and essential commodities.
 arrow 37 mill workers fall sick after taking meal in Mymensingh
Thirty-seven workers of a textile mill fell sick after taking their meal in Jomirdia under Bhaluka upazila yesterday.
 arrow Shammee laid to rest
Shammee Akhter, a Dhaka University student who was killed in a road crash on Saturday, was buried at her home village at Panchagarh yesterday morning in presence of several thousand people.
 arrow 'Independent EC a must for free, fair polls'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for an independent and strong election commission (EC) to ensure a free and fair election.
 arrow Concern over death of Shammee, police action protested
Different organisations yesterday expressed concern over the death of a Dhaka University student in a road accident, and protested the action of police and JCD activists on the agitating students.
 arrow 3 killed, 20 injured as bus, truck collide
Three people were killed and 20 injured, including four Nepalese students, in a collision between a bus and a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Silonia Bazar early yesterday.
 arrow Remembering Apu Aunty
May 16th 2005 was a very sad day for many people, across generations. It was the day Mrs. Forroque Rahman - popularly known as "Apu"- died.
 arrow Create awareness about neuro diseases
Dr Thimappa Hedge and Dr Arbind Bhateja, neuro surgeons of Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Neuro Science, Bangalore, India, exchanged views with the local journalists on neurological diseases at Gonoshyasthya
 arrow KU, EWS sign MoU for seed research
The Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline of the Khulna University and the East West Seed (EWS) Bangladesh Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in seed research
 arrow Jalil accuses BNP of creating panic in Narsingdi
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday accused the BNP activists of ransacking and setting fire to public properties and creating panic in Narsingdi town.
 arrow Nat'l therapeutic theatre workshop concludes
The Third National Therapeutic Theatre Workshop-2005, organised by the United Theatre for Social Action (UTSA), ended in the city on Friday.
 arrow Foreign secy gets extension
The service of Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin Ahmed, who was due to retire on June 21, has been extended by two years, sources said.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped for derailment
Train services on Dhaka-Chittagong route were disrupted for about one-and-a-half-hour as four bogies of a container train derailed at Sharshadi Station yesterday.
 arrow Tk 1.85cr cell phone sets seized in Sylhet
Customs officials yesterday seized mobile phone sets worth Tk 1 crore 85 lakh smuggled on a Bangladesh Biman flight from Dubai at the Sylhet Osmani International Airport.
 arrow Cinemas shut down in Sirajganj
Four cinemas in Sirajganj town were shut down for an indefinite period protesting the bomb blast at Momtaz Cinema and arrest of its two employees.
 arrow Mob sets bus afire after it knocks one
Angry locals set ablaze a passenger bus after it knocked a person at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 218.98 crore RCC budget announced
Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday announced a Tk 218.98 crore budget for Rajshahi City Corporation for 2005-06 fiscal year.
" Last year, a Tk 210.

 arrow 1,709 more held
Police arrested 1,709 people, including one listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Pollution, encroachment killing Kaptai Lake
Kaptai Lake, one of the most attractive tourist sites in the country, is being polluted due to dumping of garbage and sewage.
 arrow Probe committee records statements of 46
Kushtia district administration on Saturday conducted an 'administrative inquiry' on the 'crossfire' death of Enamul Haq Ena. He was killed on April 16.
 arrow 8-hour hartal in Sylhet city today
Sylhet Bibhag Ganodabi Paishad, a non-partisan civic body, has called an eight-hour hartal in Sylhet city today (30 May) to press construction of a hanging bridge over Surma river, replacing the age old
 arrow JRC talks: Atrai issue remains unresolved
A survey team of the Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission (JRC) at a meeting here on Saturday discussed border demarcation along the Atrai, a common river.
 arrow Chemical unit at Karnaphuli Rayon Complex may be revived
Initiative has been taken to revive the chemical unit at closed Karnaphuli Rayon Complex to produce Chlorine and Caustic, the two main ingredients used for paper production at Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KPM),
 arrow Vow to root out acid violence
It was a unique day for the people of bordering Agardari village as they were in one voice to fight against acid violence.
 arrow Anniversary of Zainulís death observed
A two-day programme marking the 29th death anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin concluded at Zainul Abedin Sangraha-shala here on Saturday.
 arrow Pirgachha OC closed
A police official was closed to Rangpur Police Lines for neglect to duty on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow How effective will the new CEC be?
THE appointment of a sitting judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Justice M.A.
 arrow Of futile fundamentalism
The book Muslim Revolutionaries and the British 1914-1919, the tale of a so-called revolution centering around Maulana Obeidullah Sindhi, is rendered somewhat real by the deft crafting of the Late K.
 arrow Basic salary hike pattern
Salaried men of Bangladesh are quite happy with the new pay scale recommended by the 6th pay commission, revised by the committee of secretaries and finally approved by the cabinet.
 arrow Blind, deaf and dumb
NEARLY fifty-eight years after Pakistan came into existence as the finest experiment in nationhood in its time, and almost thirty-four years after it dissolved into one of history's great human tragedies,
Culturearrow Shilpachariya remembered
May 28 is the death anniversary of legendary painter Shilpachariya Zainul Abedin. To observe the day, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged a discussion programme at the Shilpakala premises.
 arrow Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Gold Medal
Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen was one of the few literary figures and researchers in the realm of Bangla literature who set a trend by reviving the rich folkloric heritage of this region.
 arrow Bogra theatre observes 25th anniversary
Bogra Theatre, a cultural organisation, is observing its 25th anniversary. The fun-filled seven-day long programme started from yesterday.
 arrow Did you know?
In Star Wars four people played Darth Vader: David Prowse was his body, James Earl Jones did the voice, Sebastian Shaw was his face and a fourth person did the breathing.
Internationalarrow EU holds its breath as France votes
The European Union faced being plunged into an unprecedented crisis yesterday as France voted on its controversial constitution, threatening what EU leaders warn may be a "catastrophe" for the expanding
 arrow Press freedom under siege in many states
Press freedom is deteriorating worldwide and freedom of expression is under siege in many countries, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) said yesterday ahead of Asia's largest-ever gathering ofmedia
 arrow Israel okays release of 400 Palestinians
Israel's Cabinet yesterday approved the release of 400 Palestinian prisoners, a long-overdue gesture Israel had agreed to as part of a Middle East truce package.
 arrow Chandrika vows aid deal with Tigers
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Sunday vowed to share foreign aid with Tamil rebels a day after former US president Bill Clinton urged local politicians to support the controversial move.
 arrow 'Injured Zarqawi has fled Iraq for surgery'
al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had fled the country after being seriously injured in a US missile attack, a British newspaper reported yesterday, quoting a senior commander of the Iraqi
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tragic end to a promising life
Death of a young person is always shocking.
 arrow Editorial: What a thrust area!
The ranking of Bangladesh among the top 20 IT outsourcing destinations by the EU, a great development partner of Bangladesh, is indeed a cheery piece of news.
 arrow Why are the US and China both courting India?
Behind the facade of a new strategy for "long term US engagements with the South Asian region" her unusual urgency in building up a "strategic relation with India" has surprised few.
 arrow Saturday morning fever
Indonesia, unlike India or the United States, permits cameras in the courtroom.
 arrow For compiling a pro-people budget
Either because of the ensuing general election or in order to materialise the PRSP it is anticipated that the national budget of 2005-2006 would be compiled as a pro-people budget which is so vital for
Letters to Editorarrow Hartal and its impacts
While we strongly protest the brutal killing of Advocate Khorshed Alam Bachchu and demand bringing criminals to justice, we also protest the call of hartal by the Awami League.
 arrow Hygiene needs
Most of the people ignore the hygiene factor. As we live in a country where we have lots of serious problems, hygiene consciousness does not figure prominently in our lives.
 arrow Launch disasters
Launch accidents are common in Bangladesh where a network of 230 rivers provides daily transport for more than 100,000 mostly poor, rural people.
 arrow Social malaise and we
We the Bangladeshi people are living in an intolerable situation. Our lives are governed by corruption, negative ideas etc. We don't find any light of hope easily around us.
 arrow TV commericals
We see very competitive TV advertisements in our local channels these days. Multinational giants spend a lot of money in advertisements, and we are getting the taste of it indeed.
 arrow Building collapse
Building collapse has regularly been taking place in Bangladesh and causing lots of casualties, like the one at Savar on 11 April 2005.
 arrow Ban student politics
I completely say 'yes' with Cantara Wali, for her letter captioned "Ban student politics" that was published in The Daily Star. Student politics is something where students play the main role.
 arrow We expect rational actions
The news item published in The Daily Star on April 27, 2005 "Opposition plans to match the '96 agitation," has upset us and it is a sign of turbulent days ahead.
 arrow In response to "Nagorik"
The fundamental structure that holds together the entire human civilisation is the structure of family. If homosexuality were not a disease then it would have been part of this age-old family structure.
 arrow EU resolution
I would like to express my views on the European Union Parliament's recent resolution on the situation in Bangladesh as to why should it matter to us.
 arrow Irony of fate!
A Danish author's fairy tale, The Emperor's New Clothes came handy to epitomise the political ugliness and sycophancy in many countries, old and new.
Star Cityarrow DCC plans to add 3 more parking lots soon
With an aim to ease the severe traffic congestion in the capital the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has planned to increase the number of parking places by the end of this year.
 arrow Taxis, rickshaws become targets of miscreants
Salam, an 18-year-old rickshaw-puller, became dumbfounded one of his two passengers held a knife to his neck and demanded that he gave them whatever money he had.
 arrow Zoo development project in limbo
The Dhaka Zoo development project remained dormant, as the finance ministry is still undecided whether the project will be put under development budget.
 arrow JU students face accommodation problems
About half of the students enrolled in the current academic session at Jahangirnagar University (JU) have been compelled to stay on the floors of the dormitories while the rest are living outside thecampus
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