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Front Pagearrow Dhaka to seek full market access
Bangladesh will seek greater market access for its goods in India to minimise the massive trade gap of $2 billion in Bangladesh's disfavour, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday, a day prior
 arrow Energy ministry, Sonali claims put finance in trouble
The energy ministry and Sonali Bank's claim for over Tk 12,000 crore to settle Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation's (BPC) liabilities has put the finance ministry in deep trouble.
 arrow Security blanket on hotel for PM's visit
With two days left before the arrival of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in the Indian capital, a multi-layer security is in place in and around Maurya Sheraton where she will stay during her three-day state
 arrow The Daily Star honours meritorious students
The Daily Star honoured 610 outstanding achievers in the 'O' and 'A' level examinations of July 2004--June 2005 academic year amid fanfares and jubilation at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre
 arrow Draft voter list won't complete on schedule
The task for preparing the draft of a fresh voter list will not finish by tomorrow, as per schedule, since the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat could not provide the district level registration officers
 arrow US, EU have little more to offer to LDCs
As a general anxiety persists about the future of the Doha Round trade talks, and as 2006 represents a crucial year for a number of critical negotiations on duty and quota free market access for LDCs,
 arrow Illegal Jatka trade thrives openly
The much-hyped government drive against illegal fishing of hilsa fry locally termed as jatka and other species of fry proves futile as unscrupulous traders and fishermen continue selling tonnes of small
 arrow Khaleda's gifts for Manmohan's wife, Sonia
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will carry specially designed Jamdani silk saris as gifts for Gursharan Kaur, wife of her Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh and also for the ruling Indian Congress chiefSonia
 arrow JMB leader Salahuddin's father, brother detained
The father and elder brother of Salahuddin, the member of JMB Majlish-e-Shura, have been detained in Narayanganj while Habiganj police yesterday held two youths, one for bearing resemblance to the fleeing
 arrow Irregularities in Rupali loans to BNP leaders
The authorities of Rupali Bank filed a case against two officials of its Nathulabad branch in Barisal for irregularities in sanctioning loans of Tk 25 core to 16 BNP leaders.
 arrow Manpower strategy report on cards
The government has taken steps to prepare a comprehensive report on availability and potentiality of manpower in the country and to formulate a strategy to negotiate with foreign countries on manpower
 arrow Tarique wants to run in next polls
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday expressed his willingness to contest the next general elections if the party nominates him.
 arrow Dialogue on civil society move for dev tomorrow
A dialogue titled 'National election 2007: The civil society initiative in accountable development efforts' will be held tomorrow, seeking to create space for the citizens to express views on variousnational
 arrow PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was killed during a 'shootout' between his accomplices and police in Jhenidah early yesterday.
 arrow 110 shanties gutted in fire, woman dies
A physically challenged woman was burnt alive and 110 shanties were gutted in a fire at a slum in Pagla area of Narayanganj yesterday morning.
 arrow Traffic crawls...

 arrow UN close to accord on Iran draft
The Security Council is inching toward agreeing a revised Franco-British draft urging Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, diplomats said Friday as China suggested that Tehran be given up to six weeksto
 arrow Hamas forms cabinet
Hamas yesterday completed forming a Palestinian cabinet that will put loyal members of the Islamic militant group in charge of key ministries, including interior, foreign affairs and finance, Hamas officials
 arrow Strike called in educational institutions for Mar 22
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a combine of opposition backed student organisations, called a strike at educational institutions across the country on March 22 demanding resignation of Eden College Principal
 arrow For the first time...

 arrow BGMEA inspects 120 factories
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has so far inspected 120 factories as part of its ongoing drive to ensure that the industrial units are equipped with fire safety measures.
 arrow 'A' level student falls from roof, dies
An 18-year-old girl died after she fell from the roof of a seven-storey building in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday.
 arrow Housewife dies after in-laws set fire to her body
A housewife, who sustained severe burns as her in-laws allegedly set fire to her body, died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday.
 arrow 40 shanties gutted in Ctg fire
A fire gutted at least 40 shanties, a godown of electronic goods and a liquor shop at Sadarghat in the port city last night.
 arrow 16 die in Taliban attacks
At least 16 people including nine policemen and a former provincial governor were killed in attacks across southern Afghanistan blamed on Taliban militants, officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow NCBs' overall capital shortfall rises 3.13pc in 6 months
The overall capital shortfall of the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) rose by Tk 228 crore or 3.13 percent to Tk 7,501 crore from June 30 to December 31, 2005.
 arrow Govt spending, inflation to rise in FY06
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the global business intelligence, has forecast a rise in government spending, continuation of current account deficit and high rate of inflation in 2005-06 fiscal year
 arrow Asia Energy plans to list with stock market
Asia Energy, the developer of the US$2 billion coal mine at Phulbari in Dinajpur district, yesterday announced its plan to float its shares on the country's stock market.
 arrow Dollar extends losses as market shifts rate outlook
The dollar traded mostly lower Friday, touching a fresh seven-week low on the euro and a two-week low against the yen, as investors pared back expectations for aggressive moves higher in US interest rates.
 arrow Export of jute goods to India uncertain
The export of jute goods to Indian market has become uncertain due to the imposition of new tariffs and various non-tariff barriers by the neighbouring country, traders said.
 arrow PRAN-RFL Group celebrates '25th Corporate Day'
PRAN-RFL Group celebrated its '25th Corporate Day' on Friday in Dhaka.
 arrow Mittal worried about Arcelor's plan to spoil bid
The chief executive of the world's biggest steel maker Mittal Steel Lakshmi Mittal said he was really worried by a plan by Arcelor management to spoil his 19 billion euro takeover bid.
 arrow China should free up services, fight piracy: WTO
China should do more to liberalize its services industry, crack down on piracy and adopt a more flexible exchange rate policy, according to a World Trade Organisation report obtained on Friday by AFP.
 arrow ADB DG for South Asia in Dhaka
Kunio Senga, director general of the South Asia Department (SARD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a 4-day official visit.
 arrow Emami launches fairness cream for men
Emami Ltd, a healthcare company of India, launched in Bangladesh market a fairness cream for men -- Fair and Handsome.
 arrow Pakistan looking all options to meet energy needs
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday said Pakistan has been looking at all options to meet its energy needs for its growing economy and fulfil the domestic requirement.
 arrow Suvastu shopping mall opens April 14
Suvastu Development Ltd, a leading developer, is going to inaugurate a shopping mall at Shahjadpur in Dhaka on April 14, says a press release.
 arrow Marubeni to buy Indonesian coal mines for $3.2b
Japan's Marubeni Corp. and its local partners are in the final stages of negotiations to acquire two coal-mining firms in Indonesia from PT Bumi Resources Tbk for about 3.
 arrow US industrial output gains, consumer moods lukewarm
US industrial output grew in February but mainly because of a weather-related boost in utility demand, while consumer sentiment held steady in March.
 arrow India's Birla to invest $350m in pulp production in Laos
The Aditya Birla Group, India's second largest conglomerate, will invest 350 million dollars in a project in Laos to secure raw material for its viscose fiber companies, the company said.
 arrow Google capital spending spike to slow '06 growth
US Internet search giant Google said Thursday it expects to spend "significantly" more this year to continue to innovate and resist competition from the likes of Microsoft and Yahoo.
 arrow Malaysia looks for 200,000 Vietnamese workers annually
Malaysia appreciates Vietnamese overseas workers and looks for around 200,000 of them annually, said Malaysian Minister of Human Resources Fong Chan Onn.
 arrow Int'l cellphone info confce to be held in Vietnam
Over 200 local and foreign experts and managers are expected to attend the third International Conference on Mobile Information -- Mobiles Vietnam 2006 -- in Ho Chi Minh City on May 10-11, announced the
Sportsarrow Cricket: Advantage Chittagong
Ehsanul Haque and Elias Sunny shared six wickets as Chittagong tightened their grip on fellow title-contenders Rajshahi at the end of the second day of the crucial ninth round Ispahani Seventh National
 arrow Golden girls keep hosts afloat
Australia's superstar women swimmers pushed the hosts further ahead in the Commonwealth Games gold chase on Saturday as a fascinating battle for individual glory unfolded.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss puts Eng on top
Andrew Strauss returned to form with an elegant century as England made the most of India's surprise decision of electing to field first in the third and final Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ gain upper hand
A 165-run second wicket partnership between captain Stephen Fleming and rookie Peter Fulton put New Zealand firmly in control of the second cricket Test against the West Indies here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Clark leads Aus to victory
Debutant bowler Stuart Clark enabled Australia to complete a seven-wicket win on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket fever grips Khulna
Cricket fans in Khulna are bubbling with excitement of watching the first-ever one-day international at the Divisional Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Mahindra arrive today
India's new leviathans Mahindra United will arrive in the capital today to play their AFC Cup away match against Brothers Union.
 arrow Toufiq, Mohendra finish 11th Silver medalists rewarded
Bangladeshi pair Toufiqur Rahman and Mohendra Kumar Singha finished 11th in the men's 10m Air Pistol of the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Taking globalisation too far?
It's funny how, in an era of globalisation, the game remains steadfastly traditional on certain issues.
 arrow Football: Wenger quashes Henry rumours
Arsene Wenger has poured cold water on claims Barcelona have already done a deal to lure Arsenal skipper Thierry Henry to Spain in time for next season.
 arrow Football: Everton thump Villa
Everton racked up their sixth consecutive home win in the Premiership with a 4-1 defeat of Aston Villa.
 arrow Football: Mixed response to anti-racism stance
The president of the Spanish Football League has backed FIFA's new anti-racism proposals, though they received a mixed response from Primera Liga clubs.
 arrow Chess: Rakib keeps lead
International Master Abdullah Al-Rakib maintained his solo lead beating SM Rahman Emon in the final phase of the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid captain till World Cup
Rahul Dravid will remain as India's captain until next year's World Cup in the West Indies, national selectors announced here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Attapattu out of series
Injury-hit Sri Lanka Saturday suffered a major setback when captain, Marvan Atapattu was ruled out of the ongoing one-dayers as well as the upcoming Tests against Pakistan.
 arrow Tennis: Dhaka Bank tennis begins
The Dhaka Bank Independence Day inter-club tennis and squash tournament, organized by Dhaka Club, began on Friday at the Dhaka Club tennis complex.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
BIT won the opening match of the first Shabab Murshid Memorial School Basketball Tournament by defeating South Breeze by 32-29 points at the Abahani indoor basketball stadium, says a press release.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Munshipara Krira Sangshta defeated Abahani Krira Chakra by five wickets in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: AUB cricket
Business Studies clinched the Asian University of Bangladesh (AUB) inter-department cricket tournament title beating English by 24 runs at the Uttara Friends Club ground on Friday.
 arrow Football: Deisler to miss World Cup
German international midfielder Sebastian Deisler will miss this summer's World Cup after scans in the United States revealed his knee injury would sideline him for six months.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann backs Schweinsteiger
Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann has told Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger that he has his full backing after a Munich newspaper accused the player of being involved in a match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Matthaus quits Paranaense post
West Germany's 1990 World Cup hero Lothar Matthaus has quit as coach of Brazilian first division side Atletico Paranaense citing personal reasons for his decision.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul, Sachin honoured
Indian captain Rahul Dravid and master batsman Sachin Tendulkar crossed significant milestones of their careers when they took the field in the third and final cricket Test against England at the Wankhede
Metropolitanarrow Democracy in party a must for good governance
Practice of democracy within the party is a must to help establish good governance in the country, said the speakers at a workshop.
 arrow Women still vulnerable
Women are still vulnerable and facing various forms of discrimination in the country and it is high time to understand their issues from a global perspective, speakers said at a conference yesterday.
 arrow 40 injured as mob clash with police
At least 40 people were injured in a clash between police and a mob demonstrating against the eviction of slum dwellers at Dhalpur under Demra Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Nation builders dream of achieving highest success
They harbour dreams of achieving the highest success at global level in their academic career, but never feel that their homeland will be left behind.
 arrow JU biodiversity in jeopardy
The negligence of authorities concerned in conserving trees and bushes have put the biodiversity of Jahangirnagar University (JU) in jeopardy.
 arrow 29 wounded as villagers clash in Sirajganj
At least 29 people including three women were injured in a clash between two rival groups of people at Kakilabari village in Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj district yesterday morning.
 arrow New US envoy to Bangladesh Butenis sworn in
Patricia A Butenis, the newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh, was sworn in on March 17 in Washington, according to a release of the US State Department yesterday.
 arrow Demand for arrest of culprits reiterated
Teachers and Students of Geology and Mining Department of Rajshahi University (RU) took out a silent procession and held a rally on the campus yesterday demanding arrest of and punishment to the killers
 arrow BNP interviews nomination seekers today
A meeting of the BNP Parliamentary Board will be held at the Prime Minister's office at Tejgaon in the city at 2:00pm today to interview nomination seekers for by-election in Manikganj-4 constituency.
 arrow MRI, CT scans of Hasina done in US
For treatment of her blast-affected ear, MRI, CT scans and other medical tests have been done on opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at Sanklack and Sisine hospitals at Orlando in the United States.
 arrow Tomatoes, carrots, greens may lower asthma risk
Women who eat plenty of tomatoes, carrots and leafy greens appear less likely to have asthma, researchers have found.
 arrow 2 CU students hurt in clash
Two students of law department of Chittagong University (CU) were injured in a clash with the students of the same department yesterday over a past feud.
 arrow Four injured in bomb blasts during clash
Four people, including a 10-year-old boy, were injured in bomb blasts as two gangs of hoodlums clashed in front of the Sir Salimullah Medical College in old part of the city last night.
 arrow Bright students urged to work for country
Speakers at a prize giving ceremony of Ispahani Public School and College (IPSC) yesterday urged the bright students to work for the country.
 arrow Overbridge after name of journo Pasha demanded
The Citizens Rights Movement (CRM) formed a human chain in front of the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University yesterday to realise its six-point demand.
 arrow RU staffs observe work abstention
Officers and employees of Rajshahi University (RU) observed a daylong work abstention programme yesterday to press home their five-point demand.
 arrow Obituary
Induprova Bhowmik, mother of journalist Barun Bhowmik, died of a massive heart attack at her house at Dakkhinpara in Savar on Friday night at the age of 99. She left behind three sons and three daughters.
Nationalarrow 11 JMB cadres got Tk 1.5 lakh for B'baria blasts
Eleven Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) cadres took part in the August 17 bomb blasts in Brahmanbaria town last year and they were paid Tk 1.5 lakh for this.
 arrow 5 get double life for rape, murder of minor girl
Five persons have been sentenced to double life term for killing a minor girl after gangrape in Sherpur in 2003. Two others were awarded seven years' imprisonment in the same case.
 arrow Five JMB regional commanders in 2 dists still at large
Five Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) regional commanders of Gaibandha and Joypurhat districts are still evading arrest.
 arrow No to dowry, early marriage
Over 200 schoolgirls at a high school yesterday vowed to resists dowry and not to bow to early marriage.
 arrow 10 injured in attack for toll
At least 10 people including women of the Hindu community were injured in an attack Friday night by a group of hoodlums for toll. The incident took place at village Daserkati in Assassuni upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Financiers and patrons of militancy
The capture of two JMB kingpins Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai is certainly a matter of relief for the nation which has lived in a dreadful condition generated by the militants in the last many months.
 arrow Investing in reality
Writing in Time magazine issue of March 13, 2006, noted analyst Alex Perry says that three days before US President Bush arrived in Hyderabad "to praise everything that is right about India," Naxalites
 arrow The reform proposal seen from a different angle
Reform, like charity, must begin at home.
Culturearrow An evening of music and fireworks
CITY dwellers cheered when Concord Entertainment Company established a world-class theme park, Fantasy Kingdom (FK) on the Dhaka-Ashulia highway at a place called Jamgora.
 arrow An upbeat tabla player
Tabla player Sanjib Majumder is upbeat about his medium. "The tabla scenario in the country is bright. Thanks to media exposure and the satellite channels, this instrument has gained popularity.
 arrow Dole Utshab at Lalon's ¿Akhra¿
The three-day long ‘Lalon Smaran Utshab’, celebrating the ‘Sufist’ Baul king’s music, ended recently at Chheuria, popularly known as ‘Lalon Akhra’ (den) at Kushtia.
 arrow Dahon Boner Bihongi: Tele-film on the current state of freedom fighters
Channel-i will air tele-film Dahon Boner Bihongi on March 24 at 2:35 pm. Dahon Boner Bihongi is a saga of the current state of people for and against the Liberation War..
 arrow V for Vendetta: Providing food for thought
It is the year 2020. A virus runs wild in the world, most Americans are dead, and Britain is ruled by a fascist dictator who promises security but not freedom.
Internationalarrow Parties press Maoists to end Nepal blockade
Nepal's main political parties piled fresh pressure yesterday on Maoist rebels to end an indefinite road blockade that has raised prices and crippled life across the Himalayan nation this week.
 arrow Protesters hold anti-war rallies across the world
Anti-war demonstrators held rallies across the globe yesterday to protest the war in Iraq as campaigners marked the third anniversary of the US-led invasion with a demand that coalition troops pull out.
 arrow 'Indo-US nuke deal upsets regional balance of power'
President Bush's decision to seek Congressional support for a plan to share civilian nuclear technology with India could upset the balance of power in the region, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said.
 arrow Bombs, bullets greet Shias on pilgrimage
The Muslim pilgrims' road to the holy city of Karbala was a highway of bullets and bombs for Shias on Friday.
 arrow Pressure mounts on Thai PM with call for king to intervene
Pressure on Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra is mounting as two influential organisations called on the nation's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej to intervene and break a political deadlock.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Get the dialogue started
The recent overture by the government to engage the opposition in the formation of a committee to hold a dialogue on opposition's caretaker government and electoral reform proposals has got ensnared in
 arrow Editorial: A cheery win
Our cricketers have made us happy by their resounding victory over the Kenyans in the first one dayer of the four-match series. But we want their confidence boosted.
 arrow President Bush in India
The most recent visit to India by President George W Bush signaled above all that India's preferred destination has changed from Moscow to Washington.
 arrow Shadows of parochialism
Muslims in India were genuinely outraged by cartoons of their Prophet. Their anger against President Bush was also understandable after what he did to Iraq and threatened to do against Iran.
Letters to Editorarrow Smoking in bus
We know that the government has banned smoking in buses, trains etc. But we don't see the effective implementation of laws.
 arrow Food additive
Sodium Cyclomate is a chemical sweetening agent and a poisonous food additive often used in Bangladesh. But this food additive is banned in the developed countries.
 arrow Deforestation at Moheshkhali
Moheshkhali is a well-known island in Bangladesh. This island is known for its natural beauty, resources and also the topography.
 arrow Training by SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to advertise in newspapers on imparting training regarding investment in primary shares, right shares, secondary shares and so on.
 arrow ACC in action
It is good to see that the two-year old Anti-Corruption Commission at long last has set in motion. And it has sued four retired high officials for causing a loss of Tk.
 arrow Reform proposals
There is no doubt that elections are the only means to hand over power peacefully in a democratic system of government.
Star Healtharrow Don't suffer in silence for knee pain
The knee joint is the largest and one of the most complex joint of the body. It is made up of the lower end of the thighbone (Femur) and the upper end of the leg bone (Tibia) along with kneecap (patella).
 arrow The prospect of knee replacement is very bright here, said foreign specialists
Recently, 19th scientific congress of Bangladesh Orthopaedic Society was held in the capital. Some eminent and renowned doctors from different countries came to attend the congress.
 arrow Stem cell therapy sparks hope in ailing hearts
Esteban Bonilla feels no trepidation as he is wheeled into the operating room of a Bangkok hospital, despite the fact he is only minutes away from starting an experimental stem cell procedure he hopes
 arrow Free treatment for breast cancer patients
In Bangladesh, 24.3 percent female cancer patients are of breast cancer. Many of them are poor who cannot afford the treatment cost, specially operation at early stage.
 arrow Complications can develop even in adults
Measles is a viral infection and is endemic world-wide. It is the most infections of all microbial agents. Before immunisation campaigns, it occurred in almost 100 percent of children.
 arrow Happy 150th birthday: A new era looms for old age
Modern medicine is redefining old age and may soon allow people to live regularly beyond the current upper limit of 120 years, experts said.
 arrow Heatstroke
Heatstroke is similar to heat cramps and heat exhaustion. It is one of the heat-related problems that often result from heavy work in hot environments, usually accompanied by inadequate fluid intake.
 arrow Notice
On coming issue "Your Doctor" will respond to problems on cardiology. Send your questions to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow CMM Court relocation still uncertain
The proposal for relocating a part of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court from Court Street in Old Dhaka to a convenient place in the north or west of the city is still awaiting home ministry
 arrow Wrecked vehicles block Gulshan road
Wrecked vehicles seized by the police have been kept for long on Gulshan Road 109 near the Gulshan Police Station, blocking part of the narrow road thus creating traffic jam, locals alleged.
 arrow Snatchers on the prowl
Rebeka Farzana, a Dhaka University (DU) student, along with her classmate, got on a bus from Shahbagh to get home in Motijheel and sat by the window, anticipating a safe journey home.
 arrow 'Ethics' in core curricula can curb corruption
The introduction and inclusion 'Ethics' in the core curricula of private and public academic institutions, may aid toward curbing the current corruption predominant in the nation, said speakers at a seminar
 arrow Waiting for Water

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