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Front Pagearrow Quit politics, go abroad
Bidisha Ershad, the arrested wife of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, has been tipped that she may be allowed a safe passage abroad in exchange for her stepping aside from politics.
 arrow Default loans mark rise again
The default loan of the country's commercial banks has increased by .63 percentage point or Tk 511 crore in the first quarter of the current year.
 arrow From Jordan with broken hearts
They went abroad for a favour of fortune but they returned home empty-handed, with their dream for a better life shattered by six months' ordeal.
 arrow Thriving sex trade at city hotels
A public health crisis of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV may be looming in Dhaka, as untold numbers of young prostitutes are forced to practice unsafe sex in hundreds of residential hotels
 arrow Cut tax, save newspapers
Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab), Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and journalist union leaders yesterday demanded that the government exempt or reduce the tax on imported newsprint
 arrow Settlement courts in limbo for red-tapism
The country's two Courts of Settlement, which mainly deal with abandoned property disputes, have been inactive for over a year now due to bureaucratic tangles and negligence.
 arrow Govt slammed for unrest at DU
Jatiya Oikya Mancha Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Chairman Badruddoza Chowdhury accused the government of creating anarchy on the Dhaka University campus through unleashing
 arrow Tigers fail to avoid innings defeat
Bangladesh survived only 17 minutes on the third morning of the second Test before being bowled out for 316 and England ran away with an innings and 27 runs victory at the Riverside ground here on Sunday.
 arrow BDR seizes 3 mortars, 8 rocket launchers
Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized eight rocket launchers and three mortars in Jaruliachhari in Naikhangchhari upazila in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow CPD questions GDP estimate
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has questioned the accuracy of the 6.27 percent record GDP growth in fiscal year 2003-04 reported by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) recently.
 arrow Rain soothes capital
After heat waves persisting for more than a week, heavy rainfall in the afternoon yesterday brought a short relief to city life.
 arrow Galib denied bail in murder case
The Naogaon court here yesterday rejected the bail petition of Asadullah Al Galib in connection with the Jubo League Idris Ali Khajur murder case, where Galib was shown as the prime accused.
 arrow Probe body gets 15 more days
Dhaka University authorities yesterday granted the six-member committee 15 more days to investigate the incidents of violence on the campus between May 28 and 29,said Vice-chancellor Prof SMA Faiz.
 arrow US blames 'few' jailers, media
The White House sought on Saturday to minimise damage from new revelations about US personnel mishandling the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison, accusing a few people of violating policy and the
 arrow Indo-Pak talks on gas pipeline start
India's petroleum minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, began talks with Pakistani officials yesterday on a proposed multi-billion dollar gas pipeline to run from Iran through Pakistan, officials said.
 arrow Saddam 'to face just 12 charges'
Saddam Hussein could face up to 500 charges at a tribunal, but he will be tried on only 12 well documented counts because prosecuting him on all would be a "waste of time," the prime minister's spokesman
 arrow Removal of ADB alternate director disgraceful
The removal of the Bangladesh representative from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is "unprecedented" and "disgraceful", said the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday.
 arrow BB fines Premier Bank Tk 1 lakh
Bangladesh Bank has fined Premier Bank Limited Tk 100,000 under the Money Laundering Act for not keeping clean about their clients' particulars.
 arrow Dr Kamal terms Bidisha's arrest illegal
Eminent lawyer and Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain blamed the government for using law for political gain and said it is impossible to think of such activities in a civilised society as
Businessarrow Dhaka to propose FTA with KL
Dhaka will formally propose a free trade agreement with Kuala Lumpur in the Bangladesh-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting that begins in Dhaka today.
 arrow Mobile phone: When shift takes place
The government used to yawn when the mobile phone operators requested for interconnection with the state-owned BTTB's fixed telephone network.
 arrow CPD for BB's central role in reporting FDI process
Reporting and reconciling FDI process may be improved if Bangladesh Bank is made the sole focal point for collecting FDI-related information with the logistics support from the BoI, a Centre for Policy
 arrow 600 firms have ISO 9000 certificate
Around 600 Bangladeshi companies have so far received ISO 9000 certificate, a global standard for maintaining Quality Management System (QMS), said FBCCI President Abdul Awal Mintoo.
 arrow Japan-Bangla Credit Bank starts operations
In a bid to promote co-operative banking in the country, Japan-Bangla Credit Bank Co-Op Ltd started its operation in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow SEC seeks Beximco Pharma explanation
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Saturday asked Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd board to explain its June 2 resolution regarding fund raising from London Stock Exchange.
 arrow BOL okays 5pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
Bangladesh Online Limited (BOL) has approved 5 percent cash and 25 percent stock dividends for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Workshop on seed industry held
With the slogan 'Good Seed Good Crop', a daylong discussion on seed industry development was held recently at BADC Seed Testing Laboratory in Dhaka.
 arrow Meet on printing, packaging business held in Bogra
A daylong meeting on printing and packaging business promotion in the northern part of the country was held in Bogra on Tuesday.
 arrow Premier Leasing Int'l declares 44pc bonus share
Premier Leasing International Ltd has declared a 44 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow China ‘greatly concerned’ over textile dispute
China is "greatly concerned" about the potential impact of a dispute over China's surging textile exports on Sino-US trade ties, vice-premier Wu Yi told senior US trade officials Saturday, state media
 arrow Kuwait may change labour laws
The Gulf Arab state of Kuwait said Sunday it may change labour laws that have come under fire for creating unfair conditions for Kuwait's 1.8 million foreign workers.
 arrow Nissan's ME sales up 18pc in 2004
Japanese automaker Nissan has increased its sales in the Middle East by 18 percent in 2004, due to the introduction of new models in the region, President of Nissan and Renault Carlos Ghosn said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aftab has arrived
Aftab Ahmed is know as a pocket dynamo and has the ability to savage an opponent when on song.
 arrow Cricket: A sense of relief
The Bangladeshi cricketers had hardly smiled over the last eight days.
 arrow Football: Mukti survive a scare
Muktijoddha Sangsad escaped with full three points from their second round Premier Bank Premier League match after the title contenders edged Arambagh Krira Sangha in a seven-goal thriller yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara strikes balance
Batting superstar Brian Lara collected his 30th Test hundred to put West Indies in a healthy position in the second and final Test against Pakistan on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Argentina have to wait
Argentina's plans of booking an early place at next year's World Cup were upset as they crashed 2-0 away to Ecuador on Saturday, while Chile and Colombia both enjoyed emphatic home wins to stay in the
 arrow Hockey: Australia keep title
Craig Victory scored a golden goal 11 minutes into extra-time to give Australia a thrilling 4-3 triumph over South Korea in the final of the 14th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh protest Nafees dismissal
Bangladesh have made a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the controversial dismissal of Nafees Iqbal in the second innings of the second and final Test here.
 arrow Cricket: ECB unwilling to play Test in Karachi
English cricket officials are worried about playing in the southern port city of Karachi on their tour later this year.
 arrow Football: Wari snatch one point
Two late strikes helped Wari Club come from two goals down to salvage a point against Agrani Bank with a 2-2 draw in the First Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Rangamati soccer
Master Haradhon Smriti Sangsad received another walkover over Rajostholi who failed to turn up for their match in the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup Football tournament at local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ukraine getting closer
Ukraine made a firm step towards their first ever World Cup finals with a 2-0 home victory over Kazakhstan, helped by a goalless draw in the clash between Turkey and Greece.
 arrow Football: That's what's missing
The greatest soccer show on Earth will be without its marquee player when Brazil plays Argentina in a 2006 South American World Cup qualifier on Wednesday in Buenos Aires.
 arrow Football: A dream come true
An Indonesian child survivor of Asia's deadly tsunami fulfilled his dream Saturday and watched as his heroes, Portugal's national team, defeated rivals Slovakia 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lisbon.
 arrow Cricket: 'Ashes schedule to favour Australia'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has claimed the schedule for this summer's Ashes tour could work in his side's favour.
 arrow Football: Liverpool decision soon
UEFA how vowed to find a positive solution to benefit everyone in the controversy surrounding Liverpool's bid to defend the Champions League next season.
 arrow Football: USA, Mexico on a roll
Landon Donovan scored twice and Kasey Keller made a pair of crucial second-half saves Saturday as the United States breezed to a 3-0 win over Costa Rica in a CONCACAF qualifier for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: M United sign Van der Sar
Manchester United have signed Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from Premier League rivals Fulham, United said on their website on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Pascual & Suarez retain crown
Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez of Argentina, the top seeds, successfully defended their French Open women's doubles title on Sunday to collect their fourth Roland Garros championship.
 arrow Volleyball: Narail lift youth volleyball title
Narail clinched the title of the City Bank National Youth Volleyball Championship beating Jessore 3-0 sets in the final at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow PM seeks regional, int'l cooperation to maintain environmental balance
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought regional and international cooperation as a requisite for success in maintaining environmental balance through a national initiative.
 arrow Concentration of power a threat to environment, peace
Noted economist Prof Muzaffer Ahmed yesterday said concentration of political and commercial power is threatening the environment as well as social peace in the country.
 arrow 8 killed, 33 injured in road accidents
Eight people were killed and 33 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Khulna, Bhola, Pabna and Habiganj yesterday.
 arrow Help restore eyesight of poor children
Generous donation can help restore the eyesight of a child who cannot afford to pay for a simple surgery which costs as little as Tk 5000, said Joanna Lumley, a British actress.
 arrow People uniting for oust-govt movement
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday said a unified movement of students; youths and mass people would oust the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government from the power for its misrule and repression on the opposition
Nationalarrow Villagers leaving area as relief well drilling begins
Panic gripped the people again in villages around Tengratila Gas Field in Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj since start of drilling of a relief well there on Wednesday.
 arrow Fresh drive against 500 criminals, godfathers
Law enforcing agencies have prepared a fresh list of 500 'criminals' and their 'godfathers' in three southwestern districts of Chuadanga, Kushtia and Jhenidah and started a fresh operation to nab them.
 arrow Jaldhaka JP divided over candidature of Ershad's sister
Jatiya Party candidature in Nilphamari-3 constituency in the next parliamentary election was the cause behind Friday's clash between rival JP factions in Jaldhaka, party insiders told this correspondent
 arrow ‘Khulna leaders helped 2 top criminals flee country’
Two influential local leaders including an MP of a coalition partner helped 'most wanted and notorious criminals' Moyeen Joarder and Wazed Alam flee the country to evade arrest by Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow ‘Conserve ecology or face disaster’
The World Environment Day was observed in Rangpur yesterday through various programmers organised by different socio-cultural organisations.
 arrow Pleasant play..

Point-Counterpointarrow Why the AL should join the budget session
The Chief Whip of the main opposition Awami League (AL) told The Daily Star on June 1 that the AL would not join the budget session of parliament scheduled to begin on June 7.
 arrow George Bush should practice what he preaches
US President George Bush Jr. has vowed to hunt down terrorists no matter where they go or where they hide.
 arrow Freedom's cry: Pink Revolution in Kyrgyzstan
The recent bloodbath in Uzbekistan was a test case for democracy and the free world. The champions of free world failed it, and failed it miserably.
Culturearrow Paintings 2005: Dedicated to creativity
The antique glass chandelier or the mahogany statues of dancers and other artifacts collected from the bygone zamindar and nawab's palaces and ruins, give the Saju Art Gallery a grand look.
 arrow Cultural evening on Nazrul by Chayyanaut
To celebrate National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 106th birth anniversary, renowned cultural institution, Chayyanaut arranged a soiree comprising his songs and poetry on June 4 at the Experimental Theatre
 arrow Statue of Egyptian Pharaoh found after 3,600 years
Buried for nearly 3,600 years, a rare statue of Egypt's King Neferhotep has been brought to light in the ruins of Thebes by a team of French archaeologists.
Archeologists unearthed the 1.

 arrow Did You Know?
Late Priya Rajvansh is the only Indian artiste till date to pass out of the Royal Academy of Drama, London. Her picture hangs there in the Hall of Fame.
Generalarrow Project child issues
Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged media people to project child issues properly following an ethical guideline.
 arrow Outgoing Pakistan HC calls on Hanina
Outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner Manzar Shafiq yesterday made a farewell call on with opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence.
Internationalarrow Peace hopes rise as India backs Lankan aid deal
Lanka's hopes of reviving peace talks with Tiger rebels were raised after India gave its backing to a controversial aid-sharing deal with the guerrillas, a senior diplomat and analysts said yesterday.
 arrow US troops find huge Iraqi rebel bunker
US troops have discovered a huge insurgent bunker complex dug into a quarry in western Iraq, with air conditioning, showers and a large stockpile of weapons, the American military said.
 arrow Palestinian militants raid PA offices
Palestinian militants raided two Palestinian Authority offices yesterday to demand jobs and protection in a further sign of lawlessness in the West Bank and Gaza.
 arrow Quran desecration 'unpardonable'
Pakistani President Pervez Musha-rraf condemned Saturday the reported desecration of the Koran by US interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, saying it was "unpardonable".
 arrow China on high alert as flood toll mounts
Wide areas of southern China were placed on high alert yesterday for further flooding, as officials said more than 200 people had been killed and over 100,000 homes destroyed by floods in the past week.
 arrow Taiwan test-fires missiles
Taiwan has successfully tested its domestically developed Hsiung Feng anti-ship missile, the China Times newspaper said yesterday, as the island attempts to beef up its defence capability against China's
 arrow Syria's allies scent victory in south Lebanon polls
Voters went to the polls in south Lebanon yesterday where Syria's staunchest allies Hizbollah and Amal were set to triumph in the first general elections since Syrian troops left the country.
 arrow Naga rebels threaten to resume war
A powerful rebel group in India's northeastern state of Nagaland threatened yesterday to end a ceasefire in place since 1997 if the government did not meet its demands for a separate homeland.
 arrow Swiss approve freer rein for EU travellers
Swiss voters appeared yesterday to have narrowly backed the abolition of most border controls with their neighbours, with 52 percent in favour in a referendum, according to the national broadcaster'sexit
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pre-election budget?
The recent economic review prepared by the country's leading independent think tank CPD raises an important point about the politics of the budget.
 arrow Editorial: An unprecedented twist to politics
It was a sad sight of a woman leaning over her window with her child in her lap threatening to jump out of it to avoid being arrested by the police.
 arrow Resurrecting Bandung spirit
To commemorate the golden jubilee of the first Bandung conference held in 1955, Presidents Bambang Yodhoyono of Indonesia and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa convened a second Afro-Asian conference whichwas
 arrow Referendum in France
A referendum on the European Constitution has just been held in France. The French voters rejected the constitution by 55 percent to 45 percent.
 arrow Europe rejects a bad statute
By voting out a conservative constitution proposed for the European Union, the French and the Dutch have dared to swim against the current.
 arrow Political stooges responsible for ills on DU campus
Beating of university students and assaulting female students by police and a particular student organisation are not a new phenomena in our country.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricket and life
Cricket is chirping in the drawing rooms, thanks to Dhaka's preoccupation with the danda (stick) in and outside the pitch.
 arrow Disabled rickshaw-puller
My uncle and I were leaving our house the other day. We were looking for a rickshaw to reach Jigatala bus-stand. We hired one of them and noticed a horrible scene.
 arrow US visa
This is to express my gratitude to you for focusing my demand for compensation from the US Department of Justice when I was denied US visa to receive the International Award from the US based International
 arrow Season of death
On 20 May, The Daily Star made a headline on the Jamuna launch disaster. A photo of a 12 or 13 years old boy was printed with the report.
 arrow Dreams
Dreams are one of the most mysterious things of our life. Astrologers try to interrupt it .On the other hand, psychologists try to analyse it.
 arrow Leaders without vision
As an elderly citizen, like millions of other non-articulate ones, I am worried about the future leadership of the nation. The young generations are not being groomed in the right way.
 arrow Tragic deaths
It has been reported in The Daily Star on 25.05.2005 that a young mother killed her 3 year old son with poison and then she killed herself with the same poison struggling against extreme poverty.
 arrow Role of India
I've been working with Indians since long and have learned about good and bad sides of Indians. Indians are sincere and hard working, but most of them don't have the guts to stand for themselves.
 arrow Garbage disposal?
The photograph of a strange floating thing was taken from Motijheel Commercial area, adjacent to IFIC Bank and The Bangladesh Observer building. The floating net on the road is used for garbage disposal.
 arrow Ladies and cricket
Ladies at the MCC Lord's Club? It is unthinkable after 211 years of abstinence, deprivation, austerity and brahmachari culture! On the other hand, the patience of the English gentlemen is admirable they
 arrow Fake advertisements
Attention of the government and official monitoring and regulating agencies is drawn to tthe spate of questionable advertisements appearing in the press on studies and jobs abroad; and the proliferation
 arrow Private coaching
Private coaching has become the order of the day and without it no guardian can think of better results.
 arrow A mosque in bad shape
I am a regular traveller from Gulshan to Motijheel on my car for business purposes and I frequently cross the mosque located at Kakrail, housed right beside the Ramna Park.
 arrow Does goodness pay?
Once upon a time, like many others, I used to believe that goodness would always pay.
 arrow To the honourable finance minister...
As you have significantly increased the salaries of the public servants at the cost of the taxpayers' money, please ask them to change their anti-people attitude, and to be pro-people and friendly--not
 arrow Corruption
I beg to draw your attention to the above problem. Our lives have become unbearable due to all-pervasive corruption.Corruption is a social malady which has to be eradicated for our collective welfare.
 arrow Value of human lives
The Savar garments factory tragedy reminds me of the period I worked for a chemical industry abroad (GPIC) in ammonia, methanol area.
 arrow General Aurora
I would like to point out a simple fact, that we as a nation have not even recalled a single deed of our Liberation War C-in-C General Aurora, his passing away being such a tragic loss.
Star Cityarrow Commuters held hostage by bus operators
Commuters in the city are held hostage by the bus operators who increases fare and change routes at will but offer poor service.
 arrow Traffic radio channel service yet to reach drivers, commuters
Many people have been deprived of the information of the much anticipated traffic radio channel because of lack strong advertising allege most drivers and commuters around the city.
 arrow Vagrants spoiling Ramna Park
Visitors and joggers who use Ramna Park have complained that the vagrants inside the park are undermining the ongoing beautification project.
 arrow Parjatan's Ashulia river cruise fails to attract tourists
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC)'s regular river cruise programme from Ashulia landing station failed to attract tourists after a month of its inauguration.
 arrow Water price to go up from July
Dhaka WASA (Water and Sewerage Authority) will increase water price by five per cent per thousand litre from July 1 this year.
The increased price will be Tk 5.

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