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Front Pagearrow Delhi agrees to address Dhaka's concern for trade gap
India yesterday sought Bangla-desh's cooperation in fighting terrorism and agreed to address Dhaka's concern over yawning bilateral trade gap as the two countries signed two agreements, including oneon
 arrow Quizzing of Bangla Bhai begins
Investigators yesterday began interrogating Bangla Bhai, 15 days into his arrest in Mymensingh, focussing primarily on the militants' potential plan for further attacks, stock of firearms and explosives,
 arrow NBR smells rat in cash incentive scheme
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is suspecting misappropriation of about Tk 100 crore of the gove-rnment's cash incentive facilities by a section of unscrupulous readymade garments (RMG) makers.
 arrow Dhaka pitches for market access, corridor to Nepal
Bangladesh today made a strong pitch for greater market access for its goods to India and a corridor through India to send exports to Nepal and Bhutan.
 arrow PM for common water sharing approach
India last night said it wants to see Bangladesh "strong" and "stable" even as Dhaka opposed New Delhi's ambitious river interlinking project saying it would cause "unmanageable economic and ecological
 arrow AL takes it positively, to respond soon
Leaders of the 14-party opposition coalition will sit again today to formulate a response to the ruling BNP's letter seeking names of representatives from Awami League (AL) for the proposed committeeto
 arrow Ministry going ahead with faulty design
Ignoring a consultant's review, the communications ministry is going ahead with a faulty design for the 900-metre Karnaphuli bridge to be constructed by a Chinese company, said a highly placed source.
 arrow Govt to draw list
The government has taken an initiative to prepare a complete list of foreigners working in Bangladesh following allegations that some of them indulge in suspicious activities.
 arrow Seismic survey may damage biodiversity of St Martin's island
Any seismic survey for gas or oil exploration within a radius of 10 kilometres of the Saint Martin's Island may seriously affect the biodiversity and ecological balance of the coral island, a high-powered
 arrow Ceremonial reception to Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday began the official leg of her three-day visit to India with a warm ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace.
 arrow Another case against Pintu withdrawn
The government yesterday withdrew another criminal case, the third so far, filed against ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu.
 arrow Industries ignored agriculture's warnings on fertiliser crisis
Failure of the industries ministry to act timely on repeated warnings by the agriculture ministry about shortage of fertiliser led to the crisis of it, a parliamentary body noted yesterday.
 arrow PM raises water sharing issue with Kalam,
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday raised the water sharing issue of common rivers when she called on Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, sources said.
 arrow Under authorities' nose

 arrow IGP, 14 cops sued for attack on Jubo Mahila League activists
Three Jubo Mahila League leaders yesterday filed three criminal cases against the inspector general of police (IGP) and 14 police officials for attacking the opposition activists during their Election
 arrow SC rejects leave to appeal petition against HC order
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected the leave to appeal petition against a High Court (HC) verdict that affirmed the lower court's order, rejecting the plea for further investigation into former
 arrow BNP candidate's nomination cancelled for loan default
The returning officer of Manikganj-4 parliamentary by-election yesterday cancelled the candidature of BNP nominated candidate engineer Mainul Islam Khan Shanto on charge of defaulting loan.
 arrow Student strike today to protest JCD attack
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a combine of opposition backed student organisations, will observe students' strike at educational institutions across the country today demanding punishment to the Jatiyatabadi
 arrow 33 killed as Maoists clash with cops
Ten police officers and 23 Maoists were killed in new violence in Nepal yesterday, two days after the rebels announced a fresh initiative to topple the monarchy in the world's only Hindu kingdom.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
An armed cadre of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed during a "shootout" between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Chahera village under Dumuria upazila
 arrow Man dies in queue for fertiliser
A person died waiting in a long queue for fertiliser in Kurigram yesterday, while fertiliser-hungry farmers blocked highways for hours in Dinajpur and Rangpur districts demanding adequate supply of fertiliser
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
In a rejoinder on The Daily Star report headlined "Last minute changes drive away bidders" published yesterday, the shipping ministry has said the news was not based on facts.
 arrow One dies in Ctg fire
One person was burned to death and properties worth around Tk 1 crore damaged in fire incidents in the city and district.
Businessarrow Call money rate jumps to 43pc
When the foreign exchange market seems to be stable, interest rate in call money market has started rising as the rate jumped to 43 percent yesterday from the previous day's 30 percent.
 arrow Joint ventures can cut Dhaka-Bangkok trade imbalance
Business leaders and policy makers of Thailand and Bangladesh have underscored the need for taking steps to form joint venture projects to reduce growing trade imbalance between the two countries.
 arrow First Safta ministerial meet likely in Dhaka next month
The first meeting of Safta Ministerial Council of Commerce Ministers is proposed to be held here on April 20 to take measures for making operational the South Asian Free Trade Area that has been given
 arrow France to impose solidarity levy on air tickets from July 1
France will impose international solidarity levy on air tickets from July 1, 2006 to generate 200 million euros annually in a bid to increase its contribution to official development assistance for developing
 arrow Indian central bank appoints panel to prepare rupee float
India's central bank has appointed an expert panel to create a fully convertible rupee, a move which is expected to boost much needed foreign investment in the fast growing economy.
 arrow Nitol Motors, Indian firm to set up tractor plant in Bangladesh
Nitol Motors Limited of Bangladesh and Escorts India Ltd of India yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a joint venture tractor manufacturing facility in Bangladesh at a costof
 arrow Toyota launches Yaris car
Toyota, the world's leading car maker, yesterday introduced a new generation car, Yaris, in local market.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd recommends 25pc dividend
The board of directors of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd yesterday recommended a 25 percent cash dividend for the year 2005, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices continue lower in Asian trade
Oil prices in Asian trade continued lower to test the key 60 dollar support level Tuesday as expectations of a build in US crude stockpiles this week depressed prices further, dealers said.
 arrow US lawmakers in China as yuan battle heats up
Two US lawmakers hoping to pressure China into revaluing its currency began talks here Tuesday, insisting they were still worried about the yuan despite encouraging signs of flexibility last week.
 arrow Energy independence illusory for developed economies: IEA
The quest for energy independence by the world's top economies is illusory, and European nations in particular would be better served by developing natural gas supplies from Russia, said the head of the
 arrow ADB to double investments in Asia water projects
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) intends to double annual investment in Asian water projects to two billion dollars over the next five years, a senior ADB official said here Monday.
 arrow Office bearers of ICAB's Dhaka regional body
Md Anisur Rahman and Harun-or-Rashid have been elected chairman and secretary of the Dhaka Regional Committee (DRC) of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB).
 arrow i-mobile TV 901 set hits local market by May
i-mobile international, a Thailand-based mobile set manufacturer, is going to launch its 'i-mobile TV 901' handset in Bangladesh market by May, officials announced yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Bank holiday March 26
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Sunday (March 26) on the occasion of Independence and National Day, said a press release.
 arrow Google launches financial news
Google Inc. is introducing a financial news, stock quote and chat service that seeks to shake up the online finance information market now dominated by Internet media rivals and online brokers.
 arrow Nissan to sell most of truck division stake to Volvo
Nissan Motor said Tuesday it will sell 13 percent out of its 19 percent shareholding in Nissan Diesel Motor to Sweden's Volvo for 1.5 billion Krona (195 million dollars).
Sportsarrow Football: A fighting draw
Brothers Union surrendered the lead twice to draw their AFC Cup home match against Mahindra United of Mumbai 2-2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Towhid goes awol, Asif loses crown
The mysterious disappearance of a Bangladeshi athlete overshadowed slim pickings for Asian nations on the sixth day of action at the Commonwealth Games Tuesday.
 arrow Aussie angels rule the pool
Australian swim queen Leisel Jones grabbed her second world record as five-gold Libby Lenton edged ahead of India's Samaresh Jung in the battle to be the most decorated Commonwealth Games competitor on
 arrow Cricket: Tigers target Champions Trophy
Bangladesh will face a different kind of pressure when they meet Kenya in the third one-day international at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC ends super-sub trial
'Super subs' will no longer feature in one-day international matches after the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced an end of a trial on the first day of its board meeting here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: India face stiff target
England set India a challenging 313-run target and followed up with an early wicket in the third and final Test on Tuesday to sustain their hopes of squaring the series.
 arrow Cricket: SL-Pak Test series rescheduled
Sri Lanka's upcoming two-Test series against visiting Pakistan has been pushed back by two days after reserve days were added for two one-dayers.
 arrow Chess: Rajib, Rakib share lead
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib won his first round board against Grand Master Niaz Murshed in the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Champion-ship at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
Green Herald beat Scholastica 30-17 in the Shabab Murshid Memorial School Basketball Tournament at Dhanmondi wooden floor gymnasium on Tuesday.
 arrow Athletics: Inter-varsity athletics
The 12th Bangladesh inter-university athletic competition began at the Rajshahi University campus stadium on Tuesday amidst a sea of colour.
 arrow Football: Onus on Chelsea
Petr Cech hopes Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final at home to Newcastle United this Wednesday will ease the pain of last weekend's derby defeat against Fulham.
 arrow Football: Germans look for respite
Jurgen Klinsmann has just three games to mould a German team capable of lifting the World Cup starting with a friendly match against the United States in Dortmund on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Fergie believes in miracles
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United could yet pull off a sensational comeback in a Premiership title race that has been considered all over since Christmas.
 arrow Football: Frank wants Larsson to stay
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard says he has tried to persuade Sweden striker Henrik Larsson to stay for another season rather than end his career with hometown club Helsingborg.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni downplays TV incident
Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni played down his controversial run-out during the third and final Test against England here, saying the umpire's decision has to be respected.
 arrow Cricket: Bond back for 3rd Test
New Zealand bowling spearhead Shane Bond has been declared fit for the third cricket Test against the West Indies beginning in Napier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti signs extension
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to extend his contract for a further year, tying himself to the Serie A side until at least June, 2008, the club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Schweini sues newspaper
German international Bastian Schweinsteiger has started legal action against the Munich newspaper TZ for defamation, his club Bayern Munich confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Football: Neo-Nazis threaten Muslims
The World Cup in Germany is set to become a battleground between facists and Muslims, an Italian member of a new European neo-Nazi movement warned Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Liberation War Museum celebrates 10th anniversary today
Conventionally, a museum is a building or institution where objects of artistic or historical importance and value are preserved and put on display.
 arrow One to die, 11 get life
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Chittagong yesterday sentenced one person to death and 11 others to life imprisonment for killing journalist Kamal Hossain in Khagrachhari about 19 months ago.
 arrow March towards Phulbari tomorrow
'National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources-Electricity and Ports' goes for a three-day bus-march from Dhaka to Phulbari in Dinajpur tomorrow demanding scrapping of the contract with theAsia
 arrow Sanitation services for city slum dwellers launched
Coalition for Urban Poor (CUP), a coalition of some NGOs, has launched sanitation and hygiene services to ten thousand slum dwelling families in the city through their newly constructed sanitation establishments.
 arrow Hearing on charge framing against Mirza Abbas, 5 others adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing against Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas, his brother Mirza Khokan and four others in connection with the constable Abu Naser murder case.
 arrow Nat'l flag rally against militancy tomorrow
A national flag rally will be held at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital tomorrow afternoon with a fresh call for unity against the Islamist militancy, communalism and fundamentalism.
 arrow Dhaka seeks close ties with South African nations
Developing countries in Southern African region can benefit from closer cooperation with Bangladesh in areas like trade and human resources development.
 arrow Uttara Club celebration concludes
Uttara Club, a prestigious social club in the capital, concluded its weeklong 15th anniversary celebration programmes with a grand function on Monday night.
 arrow JCD, BCL clash at CU
At least four leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Chittagong University (CU) were injured when they attacked the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) over a trivial matter.
 arrow Spice trader murdered in city
Police recovered the body of a businessman at Gulshan in the city on Monday night.
 arrow 15 injured in Chittagong garment factory fire
At least 15 people, including three fire fighters, were injured when a devastating fire broke out at a garment factory at Dewanhat under Double Mooring Police Station in the port city last night.
 arrow 10 injured in clash
Ten people were injured as pro-BNP and Awami League-backed employees clashed over results of Dhaka Wasa Karmachari Bahumukhi Samabaya Samity election at Karwan Bazar in the city last night.
 arrow World Water Day today
World Water Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere around the globe.
 arrow Hiroshima varsity team meets DU VC
A five-member team of Hiroshima University, Japan led by its Dean Prof Kimio Saito called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz yesterday at VC office.
 arrow Expat donates Tk 5 lakh to Birdem
Masudul Haque, a Bangladeshi expatriate chemical engineer in Britain, has donated Tk 5 lakh for sponsoring a bed in Birdem Hospital, says a press release.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University, scheduled to be held today, have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Two killed in city road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Sakib, a two-year-old baby boy, is fighting for life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Asian Cardiac and General Hospital in Lalmatia.
 arrow NDF executives
A K M Shoaib and Partho Sanjoy have been elected chair and secretary general of National Debate Foundation (NDF) for two years.
Nationalarrow Wheat output likely to slide by 40 pc in 10 S-W dists
Wheat production this year in 10 southwestern districts is likely to fall short of the target by around 40 per cent as farmers did not cultivate the crop on targeted lands.
 arrow 8 BNP men sent to jail
Eight leaders and activists of ruling BNP including a local Zia Prishad leader have been sent to jail in Jhenidah in a case filed by a local party lawmaker after an intra-party clash on February 17.
 arrow Families of three slain Hindu farmers face death threat
Families of the three slain Hindu farmers in Churer Vita village in Dhubaura upaizla have alleged that the killers are now threatening them with death for filing murder cases.
 arrow 2 kidnapped for ransom in Kushtia
Criminals Monday night abducted a school student and a young man from their house in the Sadar upazila and demanded Tk 4 lakh ransom.
 arrow Memo to DC, SP to save school from 'land grabber'
Teachers and students of Shakharipatti Government Primary School on Monday submitted memorandums to Mymensingh Deputy Commissioner and Police Superintendent to protect their school from 'land grabbers'.
 arrow Rally demands embankment repair in Satkhira
People held a rally on Durgabati Cyclone Center premises in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday demanding reconstruction of the damaged Water Development Embankment of Kholpetua river before the monsoon.
 arrow Party rivals loot AL men's shops
A group of leaders and activists of Awami Sechhasebak League on Sunday ransacked and looted 2 business establishments of 2 Awami League (AL) leaders at Assassuni.
 arrow 4 PCJSS men held, firearms recovered
Army personnel yesterday arrested four alleged activists of Parbattya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and recovered firearms and bombs from their possession in hilly Pakuakhali area of Longduupazila.
 arrow Token strike in Rajshahi for gas
Rajshahi Gas Movement Council yesterday called a token strike for 15 minutes from 11am on March 27 demanding pipeline supply of gas to households and industrial uses in Rajshahi city within the tenure
Point-Counterpointarrow Comments on Tata investment proposal
[This piece is Part I of a 3-part series that contains the full text of a report prepared at the request of the Board of Investment, Government of Bangladesh.
 arrow Water and culture in Bangladesh
We plan our cities near water; we bathe in water; we play in water; we work with water.
Culturearrow Pains and pleasures of people living in forests
PHILIP Gain's photography exhibition at Drik is a revelation of our forest life and culture.
 arrow In praise of nature
Rafiqun Nabi, speaking about Tahmina Hafiz's works, said, "They are sincere academic works. There is both oil and watercolour, the watercolour being better than the oil.
 arrow Introducing urban school children to folk songs
The Pally Baul Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (PBSUS) promotes and preserves our folk traditions in music. Its vision is to preserve and revive the authentic cultural traditions of the Baul artistes of Bangladesh.
 arrow Creative competition for children
Surf Excel Creative Competition 2006 for children was held at the Comilla Stadium premises recently. Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman attended as chief guest.
Internationalarrow Diplomats fail to reach deal on Iran sanction
Britain's strategy for getting Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions would be to try to get Russia and China, key Tehran allies, to impose sanctions that could be enforced militarily if diplomacy fails,
 arrow India, Pakistan making progress on Kashmir
The US has said that India and Pakistan were making good progress on the Kashmir issue.
 arrow India, Pakistan hold talks on fighting crime
Crime fighters from arch rivals India and Pakistan began their first talks in 17 years yesterday to coordinate police work along their border and set up a South Asian police agency, along the lines of
 arrow Iraqi rebels attack police post: 28 die
Rebels stormed an Iraqi police station yesterday in a pre-dawn raid to free inmates, triggering the deadliest firefight this year that left at least 18 police and 10 insurgents dead.
 arrow Lanka extends state of emergency
Sri Lanka yesterday extended a state of emergency first imposed after the assassination of its foreign minister six months ago, but said violence had fallen sharply since talks with Tamil Tiger rebels
 arrow 'Saddam's FM was on CIA payroll'
In the period before the Iraq war, Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Naji Sabri, was a secret paid source of the CIA, "NBC Nightly News" reported on Monday.
 arrow US won't abandon Iraq
President George W. Bush said on Monday he understands that unrelenting violence in Iraq has shaken Americans' confidence but pledged the United States will not abandon the country as the fourth post-invasion year begins.
 arrow Quake hits Algeria: 4 killed
An earthquake hit the northeast Algerian town of Laalam east of Algiers late Monday killing at least four people and injuring 67, local authorities in Bejaia district said quoted by national radio.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A step in the right direction
At last the government has taken a concrete step forward.
 arrow Editorial: Ensuring food safety
Once again a mobile court campaign against food adulteration is about to resume after a lapse of over two months.
 arrow Why does the US deny the civil war in Iraq?
What is a civil war? It may be described as violent means of resolution of a political dispute within the borders of a state. It is also called "internal armed conflict.
 arrow Why can't Pakistan reform itself?
To receive brickbats frequently is a columnist's professional hazard. One is smarting from brickbats of one category of readers.
 arrow Needed transparent trial of the militants
If one is to analyse the character and targets of the bomb blasts over the last seven/eight years, it is apparent that the victims are the secular political parties, liberal-minded people, intellectuals
Letters to Editorarrow PM's visit to India
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's pre-election visit to India should give India an opportunity to ask her a few pertinent questions.
 arrow Women in a man's world
Why is it when men can't use intelligence, might, finances and other means available to them to put down women they resort to religious references? In the Holy Quran it is clearly stated that God punished
 arrow Managing energy resources
1. We have to maximise the use of coal for generation of our electricity to meet all our future needs.
2. Minimise use of expensive and scarce liquid fuel in all fields.

 arrow Cruelty to women
Cruelty to Shahin Sultana (DS: March 16) has crossed all limits of bestiality, brutality and sadism that one could imagine.
 arrow Performance against Kenya
First of all, I congratulate the Bangladesh cricket team for their very good performance against Kenya. It has surely been a great performance. Our cricketers were positive throughout the match.
 arrow Learners and mobile
Even schoolboys and girls use mobile on a regular basis. A question arises- what are they doing with it? Generally, they use it to communicate with others. But most of the time their accounts are empty.
 arrow What a match!
The record-breaking ODI match between South Africa and Australia made it clear once again that the game of cricket is indeed unpredictable in every sense of the term.
 arrow Disclosure of wealth
Political parties in Bangladesh are very often blamed for all sorts of ills prevailing in the society. Among others, accumulating wealth by illegal means has been pervasive among the leaders.
 arrow BTV
BTV is the vision of Bangladesh but in real perspective it is the representative of powers that be and other governmental agencies.
 arrow SSC examinations and hartal
I fail to understand while the most important public examinations are taking place throughout the country how can we find logical and scientific reasons for so many agitations at the same time? Will our
Star Chittagongarrow Tk 500cr CDA plan for road dev
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has taken initiative to construct new roads and widen several vital roads in the port city under seven primary, outer ring road and secondary road network development
 arrow CU students face acute transport crisis
More than 10,000 non-resident students of Chittagong University (CU) have been facing acute transport crisis since the shuttle trains can hardly cope with the pressure.
Star Cityarrow More police stations in the city soon
The number of Police Stations (PS) within the Dhaka metropolitan area will increase with 12 more to be added next month.
 arrow Micro credit helping urban poor
Hosna Ara's, life in 1999, with three children and a husband to feed, was not easy. She lived in Kazi Para in the Mirpur area. The future looked bleak with a hand to mouth situation.
 arrow Cellphone dealers face loss due to new BTRC regulations
The sale of SIM cards marked a sharp decline after mobile phone companies were asked to follow new regulations in giving connections from February 27.
 arrow It's Happening, Finally!

 arrow Ghostly phone bills in Badda
Telephone users in the city are subject to harassment as they receive ghostly bills but Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) authorities are reluctant to take action against the linemen and
 arrow Decline in moviegoers shuts cinemas down
Cinemas in the city are currently experiencing a severe decline in the number of viewers due to the easy availability of alternative forms of entertainment.
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