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Front Pagearrow Fighter crashes on house, six injured
A training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) yesterday crashed onto a tin-roofed house in Uttara area of the capital, injuring six people including two babies.
 arrow Wall collapse kills three
Three construction workers were killed and two others injured when a basement wall of an under-construction building on Sonargaon Road in the capital collapsed on them yesterday.
 arrow Budget size may increase 17pc
The upcoming budget may be Tk 63,900 crore in size and this fiscal year's revised budget may be downsized to Tk 55,500 crore from the original Tk 57, 248 crore.
 arrow Govt pledges steps to pacify cops
The government in a desperate bid to quell commotion in the police force assured police authorities yesterday of resolving in "a respectful way" the salary disparity between the police constables andarmy
 arrow Six mayors to join hands on city government plan
Mayors of the country's six city corporations will jointly put forward to the government a proposal for city or metropolitan government.
 arrow Defence ministry ignores Tk 48cr audit objections
The office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has raised 31 objections involving Tk 48.33 crore to the expenditure on defence, but the defence ministry has not yet replied to any of those.
 arrow Cops probe bank accounts of Bidisha
The police have launched an investigation into the bank accounts of Bidisha Ershad, the beleaguered wife of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, to find out how much money she has deposited in the accounts
 arrow Budget session begins, to run until July 10
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad that began yesterday amid boycott of the main opposition Awami League (AL) will continue until July 10.
 arrow Malaysia agrees to reduce trade gap, up investment
Malaysia has agreed to take necessary steps to reduce the trade imbalance and further enhance investment in Bangladesh for bolstering bilateral cooperation.
 arrow Arman provides 'cooked-up' info on his rivals
Arman Khan, one of the country's 23 top criminals listed by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, is mainly disclosing the names of his rivals to a joint interrogation team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and
 arrow Newspaper editors, publishers meet PM on newsprint
A joint steering committee of newspaper editors, publishers and journalists union leaders called on Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia on Monday and informed her about the existing problems in the country's
 arrow KL to back Dhaka's ARF bid
Malaysia yesterday assured its support to Bangladesh to become a member of the Asean Regional Forum (ARF).
 arrow Price hikes make life miserable
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government's placing the budget before parliament is a 'mere eyewash', as it has already hiked up prices of all essentials including fuel.
 arrow India to resume hilsha import next week
Exporters of Bangladesh will be able to export hilsha to West Bengal from next week through Benapole land port, Fisheries Minister of the Indian state Kironmoy Nanda told BDNEWS after a meeting with officials
 arrow Advani quits BJP leadership over Jinnah praising
In a dramatic development, India's top opposition leader L K Advani resigned yesterday as BJP chief, plunging the party into a crisis after drawing fire for praising Pakistan's founding father Mohammed
 arrow Suicide bombers kill 19 in northern Iraq
Car bombers struck in Baghdad and northern Iraq yesterday, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 40, the latest attacks in a surge of suicide bombings that have killed hundreds since lateApril.
 arrow Criminals hurt 4 cops, snatch 2 arrestees
Criminals injured four police personnel and snatched away two arrestees at village Chandulia in Kaliganj upazila last night.
 arrow Plane crash turns them destitute
Nasima, the guardian of the eight-member family, was running after the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) officials to know whether she would get compensation for damage of her belongings caused by the fighter
 arrow Cart-puller killed in misdirected gunshot of 'OC'
A pushcart puller was killed at Gohira in Raozan upazila yesterday in a mishit allegedly by the officer in-charge (OC) of Raozan Police Station who was chasing a criminal.
 arrow Police doctor, 2 others caught with phensidyl
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members held a police doctor and two others along with 140 bottles of expired banned Indian drug phensidyl from Charghat upazila yesterday evening.
 arrow 5 killed in road crashes
Five people, including a doctor, died and eight others were injured in road accidents in Mymensingh and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Jubo League blames it on BNP
The Jubo League yesterday claimed that two youths gunned down in Mirpur Monday night were their activists and strongly condemned what it called a 'planned murder'.
Businessarrow Don't borrow much from banking system
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday advised the government not to borrow much money from the banking system as the central bank is fighting to stabilise inflation rate.
 arrow Banglalink eyes 1 million subscribers by year-end
Mobile phone operator Banglalink yesterday said its subscriber-base will reach one million by the end of this year.
 arrow Dhaka, KL agree to pursue closer trade ties
Bangladesh and Malaysia at the 3rd joint commission meeting that ended yesterday agreed to promote closer cooperation between the private sectors of both countries.
 arrow Check Bangladeshi knitwear quality
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday urged the businessmen of Yunnan province of China to visit Bangladesh to check the quality of their products before importing
 arrow Bangladesh-China road link needed to boost trade
Business leaders of Bangladesh and China have underscored the need for establishing a direct road link between Bangladesh and China via Myanmar to promote bilateral trade between the two countries.
 arrow Siemens sells mobile phones unit to BenQ
German engineering giant Siemens is selling its mobile phones unit to much smaller Taiwanese rival BenQ, it said on Tuesday, drawing a line under hundreds of millions of euros of losses.
 arrow Export from EPZs crosses target
The enterprises of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones have exported goods worth US$1251.12 million in 10 months until April of the current fiscal year, crossing the target for the period.
 arrow Sanofi-aventis EVP due today
Hanspeter Spek, executive vice president (Pharmaceuticals Operations) of sanofi-aventis, the world renowned pharmaceutical company, arrives in Dhaka today.
 arrow StanChart launches ATM at Dhanmondi
Standard Chartered Bank has opened an ATM (automated teller machine) booth at ARA Plaza, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
 arrow NYK Group South Asia chairman visits Bangladesh
Shoji Murakami, chairman and managing director of NYK Group South Asia Pte Ltd (NYK Line), Singapore, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a short business trip.
 arrow France wants emergency measures on China textiles
French President Jacques Chirac wants emergency measures to resolve the dispute with China over textiles imports, a spokesman said Monday.
 arrow Beximco Synthetics okays 10pc stock dividend
Beximco Synthetics Limited has approved a 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow EU finance ministers try to cast business as usual image
European Union finance ministers were eager on Tuesday to show that a growing crisis over the bloc's first-ever constitution is not keeping them from getting down to work despite concerns about the economic
 arrow China to consolidate steel sector
Beijing aims to cap the country's long-term annual steel production capacity at 300 million tonnes, and will encourage further consolidation of the sector's hundreds of steel mills, state media said on
 arrow IMF reviews its work on global financial sectors
International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato Monday announced a review of the lender's monitoring of global financial sectors and private capital flows.
 arrow India revives state asset sales drive
Needing $6 billion to fund projects for the poor, India's ruling coalition has revived its faltering state asset sales drive.
Sportsarrow Football: Russel back on earth
Just five days after recording the biggest ever Premiership victory, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra were brought down to earth when they drew 1-1 with Dhaka Wanderers Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Selection questions ahead of ODIs
With the Test series over the Bangladesh cricket team enjoyed two days of peaceful training under brilliant sunshine at the Riverside ground.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan square series
Seam bowler Shabbir Ahmed picked up the last three wickets as Pakistan wrapped up a convincing 136-run win over West Indies in the second and final Test in Jamaica on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell's salary hits headlines in India
Indian cricket chiefs say they have offered "each and every thing" to new coach Greg Chappell, including an annual basic salary of between 175,000 and 185,000 US dollars on top of a pile of perks.
 arrow Football: Victoria's third win
Victoria Sporting Club registered their third victory in the First Division Football League when they beat Dhanmondi Club 2-1 at the Birshrestha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Fine start for Rajshahi
The Pepsi inter-district women's volleyball competition began without Magura and Rangpur as both failed report on the opening day at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: The ultimate clash
World Cup champions Brazil face arch rivals Argentina on Wednesday night in a winner-takes-all clash with the victors earning a berth for next year's 32-nation World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Iran, Japan almost there
Iran and Asian champions Japan only need draws against Bahrain and North Korea on Wednesday to secure their automatic seats at the World Cup finals in Germany next year.
 arrow Football: A chance to cash in
Perennial European powerhouses Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and the Czech Republic can significantly boost their chances of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup with wins against relatively easy opponents
 arrow Football: Atletico turn to Bianchi
Atletico Madrid have appointed former Boca Juniors chief Carlos Bianchi as their coach for the next two seasons, the Primera Liga side said on Tuesday.
 arrow Chess: U-10 chess from June 15
An under-10 chess tournament will begin on June 15 at the federation hall-room.
The interested boys and girls have been asked to enroll their names before June 13 with age certificate.

 arrow Chess: Gaibandha chess
The final matches of the Anwar Hossain Smriti chess competition organised by the Utshahi Tarun Gosthi concluded here at the hall room of the district sports association yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rangamati soccer
Kaptai upazila crushed Baghaichhari 4-1 in their second round match of the Zila Parishad Junior (Under-14) Gold Cup football tournament at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Pele's son arrested
Edson do Nascimento, son of Brazilian football legend Pele, was arrested here Monday on suspicion of being a member of a drug trafficking and kidnapping gang, police said.
 arrow Football: BCCI & WCAI merger put on hold
The Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) is undeterred by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) postponement of the impending merger between the two boards.
 arrow Cricket: Pitch penalty irks Fulton
Kent captain David Fulton has hit out at the severity of the points deduction imposed for an unfit pitch.
 arrow Football: Glazer's sons join MU board
Manchester United said on Tuesday that non-executive chairman Roy Gardner and two non-executive directors had resigned from the board of the world's richest football club following Malcolm Glazer's takeover.
 arrow Football: Van der Sar's mission
Edwin van der Sar has vowed to become Manchester United's new Peter Schmeichel and put them back on top of English football.
 arrow Football: Portuguese side want Gazza
A minor Portuguese outfit Algarve United are trying to sign former England star Paul Gascoigne.
 arrow Football: Robinho deal done?
The transfer of Brazil striker Robinho from Santos to Real Madrid has virtually been sealed, Madrid left-back Roberto Carlos said.
Metropolitanarrow Pvt universities require regulation: Moudud
The private university sector requires regulation to some extent, but without interference in its institutional administration, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Rohingya crisis to be solved as early as possible
Bangladesh yesterday hoped that the long standing Rohingya refugee problem would be resolved as early as possible through bilateral discussions with Myanmar.
 arrow Frequent power outage in Chittagong
Amid unbearable heat of the scorching summer, frequent power outage has been wrecking havoc on normal life in the port city for the last few days.
 arrow 'Unite to form nat'l govt after general election'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged all democratic and patriotic forces to be united to form a national government after the next general election to free the people from the misrule of BNP-led alliance
 arrow Minister level meet to resolve water issue stressed
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed Bir Bikram yesterday emphasised talks at prime minister or minister level to resolve outstanding problems in water sharing with India.
 arrow Unite to get rid of crime, corruption: B Chy
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said crime and corruption have crippled the country, and there is no way to get rid of them unless the people are united.
 arrow Stop anarchy on campus
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) leaders at a protest rally yesterday condemned the recent repression on Dhaka University students and teachers.
 arrow JS panel of chairmen
The Speaker yesterday nominated a 5-member panel of chairmen to conduct proceedings of the current session in absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
 arrow Committee begins probe
The six-member probe committee of the Dhaka University formed to investigate the violent incidents of the university last week began its inquiry yesterday, said the committee chief and treasurer of university
 arrow Allocation for farmers, labourers demanded
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded separate allocation in the upcoming national budget for the farmers and labourers.
 arrow Third death anniversary of Sony today
Today is the third death anniversary of Sabequnnahar Sony, the first female student to fall victim to campus violence.
 arrow HSBC sets up trash bins at Patenga beach
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh held a daylong environmental programme at Patenga sea beach in Chittagong on June 3 on the eve of the World Environment Day,says
 arrow Flower export fetches Tk 17cr in 10 months
Bangladesh exported flowers worth over Tk 17.17 crore in the last 10 months of the current fiscal, compared to about Tk 4.77 crore last year.
 arrow RU VC seeks cooperation
Prof Dr M Altaf Hossain, newly appointed vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University yesterday sought cooperation of all, including teachers, students, officials and employees, in maintaining congenial atmosphere
Nationalarrow Indian enclaves in 2 dists ‘safe havens’ for criminals
Most of the 12 Indian enclaves in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts are safe havens for criminals.
 arrow Token hunger strike in Rajshahi for gas
A three-hour token hunger strike was observed at Shaheb Bazar in the city demanding announcement of allocation in the upcoming national budget for gas supply to the city.
 arrow 'We'll support steps to help the disabled’
Australian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Lorraine Barker yesterday said her government will support any initiative that will benefit the disabled people in Bangladesh.
 arrow Corruption charge against Rangpur poura chairman
Ten ward of commissioners at a press conference here yesterday brought allegations of corruption and nepotism against Rangpur Municipality Chairman of Abdur Rouf Manik.
 arrow UPDF rally vows to 'protect' indigenous people's rights
The United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), a forum of indigenous people opposed to the CHT peace accord, held a ‘grand rally' in Khagrachhari town yesterday with a vow to realise its demands.
 arrow Meherpur Krishak League leader dies from bomb injury
Meherpur Krishak League leader Waesh Ali, injured in a bomb attack at Mujibnagar on May 20, died at Dhaka Orthopaedic Hospital early yesterday.
 arrow Bombs found at Khulna school
Police on Monday recovered four hand bombs and a revolver bullet from a class room at Mukteshwari Government Primary School in Phultala upazila in the district.
Culturearrow Amidst razzle-dazzle Tonatuni Festival '05 ends
Tonatuni, the cultural organisation, took off with the sole intention of using innovative and entertaining techniques to relay the message of learning to children.
 arrow In search of the illusive
Rafiqun Nabi, talking about Nazmul Ahsan, whose exhibition began on June 3 at Alliance Francaise, said, "I like his happy world: there is joy in his composition of broken forms, human figures, and often,
 arrow Amar Chobi reaches 250th episode
Channel-i is set to telecast the grand 250th episode of Amar Chobi, a popular documentary cine magazine on June 26.
 arrow Bengal's talent hunt in Mymensingh
At a recent press conference in Mymensingh, organised by Bengal Foundation regarding it's ongoing talent hunt, eminent artistes laid emphasis on the need to preserve the rich heritage of Bangladesh'straditional
 arrow King Kong roars on big screen again
After a spate of monster movies such as Godzilla, King Kong, Frankenstein, Mummy, Alien, Dracula and Wolf Man, there's yet one more for those, who enjoy edge of the seat entertainment.
Generalarrow Army man's house looted in Dinajpur
A gang of robbers looted goods worth approximately Tk 3 lakh from the residence of an army man here in the town early morning yesterday.
 arrow DBBL awards scholarships to 126 students
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) yesterday awarded scholarships to 126 meritorious students, including five blind students who passed HSC examinations in 2004 and studying at graduate level in different
 arrow Youth gets 14 years' RI for throwing acid
A Bogra court yesterday sentenced a youth to 14 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Tk 2000, in default to suffer two more years, for throwing acid on his classmate.
 arrow HIV workshop tomorrow
A daylong advocacy programme and sensitisation workshop on "Prevention of HIV/ Aids among Youths and Adolescents" will be held in Rajshahi tomorrow.
Internationalarrow Chandrika under siege
Sri Lanka's president came under intense pressure as a key minister quit yesterday and the influential Buddhist clergy vowed to end her career if she approved an aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow Bolivian president quits
Bolivian President Carlos Mesa resigned after he was forced to flee his office amid angry street protests demanding nationalisation of the country's huge natural gas industry, as Congress prepared tomeet
 arrow Myanmar beefs up security, raises alarm over terror threats
Myanmar's military government has stepped up security in the capital in a bid to alleviate fears triggered by rumours of impending bomb attacks spread by "destructive elements," state media reported yesterday.
 arrow ME truce under fire as 3 Palestinians killed
Three Palestinians, including a militant leader, were killed by Israeli soldiers during operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip yesterday, dealing yet another blow to a fragile Middle East truce.
 arrow Nepali army keeps up hunt for Maoist rebels
Nepal's security forces were yesterday hunting for Maoist rebels they say blew up a bus and killed 36 people, as the Himalayan kingdom reeled from one of the bloodiest ever attacks on civilians.
 arrow US, N Korean officials meet in New York
US and North Korean officials met in New York Monday for the first time in nearly a month after Washington urged Pyongyang to return to stalled talks on its nuclear weapons program, US officials said.
 arrow US deploys stealth bombers in S Korea
US military authorities said yesterday it had completed the deployment of 15 US F-117 stealth bombers to South Korea for four months of operations.
 arrow 'Cloned humans a dangerous fantasy'
South Korean cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk said yesterday the cloning of human beings would remain an impossible and dangerous fantasy for decades to come.
 arrow Taiwan's National Assembly okays constitutional reform package
Taiwan's National Assembly voted yesterday in favour of a reform package which would allow public referendums on the constitution, a move likely to anger China which sees such polls as a means for the
Editorialarrow Editorial: Save the newspaper industry
Our newspaper industry is getting a raw deal in terms of severe newsprint availability distortions, asymmetry in the quality between local and imported newsprint, and above all, the high import cost of
 arrow Editorial: BSF claims
If there is anything worse than spreading falsehood, it is believing in it.
 arrow Dr. Singh goes to Washington
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Washington in July.
 arrow The shape of things to come
Two new and several old developments and trends demand immediate attention because they will shape international politics in years to come.
 arrow The road to reform
Though tireless effort to downgrade Bangabandhu appears to be going on, conscious common citizens shall always pay him respect and remember him as one of the greatest leaders in the world.
Letters to Editorarrow Our freedom fighters
A new way of protest touched me where Afghan war veterans threw their artificial limbs during demonstration outside the main government building in central Kiev on 31 May 2005.
 arrow AIDS situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh's HIV/AIDS situation is still classified as being at a low level.
 arrow Child Labour
Poverty is the single most important factor responsible for the prevalence of child labour in the country. About 55 million people live below the poverty line in Bangladesh.
 arrow Campaign for environment
In the western world, citizens are always conscious about their health, environment etc. A Greenpeace volunteer holds up a banner shortly after storming the corporate headquarters of Mirant in Manila.
 arrow Palestinian women
Palestine women carry the burden of conflict, occupation and patriarchy. Women are paying a high price for the on going conflict.
 arrow Dhaka University
Once Dhaka University was called the "Oxford of the East" because of its educational standards, positive role in progressive movements, appropriate curricular activities, and so on.
 arrow Frequent launch disasters
Bangladesh is a riverine country. So river routes are the common channels of communication for the general people of our country, particularly in the southern region.
 arrow Nasir's debacle
Many blamed the Jamaat for Mir Nasir's debacle in CCC mayoral election. They argue that Jamaat supporters did not actually vote for Mir Nasir.
 arrow Our trading partners and Friday
This is in response to Mr. MZ Islam's letter.
 arrow Let's not forget Bangladesh
I am writing in support of Mr. Ubaidullah Awal. Yes, I also want to say, "Please don't forget Bangladesh." Every year a noticeable number of students are going abroad for higher education.
 arrow Where has all the news gone?
Although I cannot profess to have any numbers on this topic, it seems to me that "The Daily Star" is dedicating more and more of its space for advertisements.
 arrow The India question
The columnist (DS May 6 Friday) left out an important issue in his analysis of Indo-phobia in Bangladesh, while pleading the case for the right choice of the Asian Highway routes.
 arrow Reform Rajuk
Attention of the government is drawn to a timely observation made by the Chairman of Rajuk at a recent workshop (DS May 6). The role of Rajuk should be changed: from development to monitoring.
 arrow Mobile snatchers
It goes without saying that mobile phone has become an integral part of our life. People cannot do without it. It is playing an important role in the advancement of our communication system.
 arrow Madrassah boys and cricket
This refers to the letter by Mr. Mawaz, pertaining to the captioned subject that appeared in this column on 5 May, 05.
 arrow Bangladeshis abroad
It is heartening to read (DS May 25) the decision of the JS parliamentary committee that the political parties would be urged not to divide the assemblies and meetings of Bangladeshis resident abroadaccording
 arrow Poor management
We witness poor management in the government owned BTTB. I got one telephone bill for May 2002.
 arrow Week regulatory practices
Like our undisciplined political culture (ruled by the heart and subjective practices, dominated by the hidden godfather culture), our formal regulatory controls do not work in daily life.
Star Chittagongarrow Shrimp fry collectors damage 229 species of fishes
Several thousand people are collecting shrimp fries indiscriminately in the coastal areas damaging other species of fishes.
 arrow Criminals stage a comeback
Crime spree has gripped the port city for the last three to four weeks since the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls held on May 9.
Star Cityarrow Water crisis: Wasa blames power cuts, depletion of groundwater
A further dip in groundwater level and the demand growing by 20 percent has left city residents facing an acute water crisis.
 arrow Visitors drawn to vivid species of indigenous plants at Tree Fair
A large number of people are flocking the National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair 2005 at the National Parade Square everyday to learn about trees, enjoy their beauty and to buy them.
 arrow DTCB plans to introduce school buses
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) is planning to offer buses for schoolchildren in a bid to reduce vehicle pressure on the city roads.
 arrow Muggers active near Sheraton intersection
The Sakura market corner near the Sheraton intersection and adjoining areas have turned notorious for mugging lately with incidents reported almost everyday.
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