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Front Pagearrow No political party submits return
None of the 55 political parties that contested in the last parliamentary polls has yet submitted the return of their election expenditure to the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Nation celebrates 36th Independence Day today
The nation celebrates today the 36th Independence Day and National Day to pay tributes to the three million martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for independence.
 arrow Other groups behind major blasts since 1999
The intelligence officials enquiring into militancy and bomb attacks suspect that militant groups other than Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) might have been behind some major bomb attacks since1999.
 arrow 3 Kushtia BCL men found slaughtered
Criminals slaughtered three Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Nawda Alampur village in Mirpur upazila of the district on Friday night.
 arrow Road march ends with call to cancel project
The Dhaka-Dinajpur road march of Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Committee was concluded yesterday at Phulbari in Dinajpur, where thousands of people of Phulbari and its adjacent upazilas expressed their
 arrow Pvt land phones for capital shortly
Private land phones for the city dwellers are likely to be available shortly as Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to award four licences to private operators and hasinvited
 arrow Tigers complete whitewash
Rajin Saleh grabbed the opportunity of a recall in grand style hitting an imperious unbeaten century as Bangladesh completed the Kenyan whitewash with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the fourth and
 arrow Candlelight rally mourns 'black night'
Freedom fighters, their relatives and hundreds of people brought out a candlelight rally yesterday commemorating the 'black night' of March 25 in 1971 when the Pakistani military rulers started a massacre
 arrow Khaleda goes to Turkey April 12
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will go to Turkey on a three-day visit on April 12 at the invitation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 arrow BGMEA asks 53 garment units to set up 2 exits within 45 days
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has instructed its 53 member factories to keep two exits in their units to ensure protection of workers from fire incidents, sourcessaid.
 arrow Cause of jolt in Tejgaon remains unknown
Inhabitants of the three four-storey buildings of Tejgaon Postal Staff Quarters are passing their days amid anxiety following Friday night's severe shock wave that caused fall of bricks and plaster from
 arrow BNP yet to decide committee's structure
The BNP secretary general delays his reply to the Awami League general secretary's letter due mainly to indecision whether the prime minister's proposed committee to discuss the opposition's reform proposals
 arrow Dhaka expects interim accord
Bangladesh awaits an interim agreement on the sharing of Teesta water soon as New Delhi has assured considering Dhaka's proposal on the provisional arrangement among other fast-track measures for boosting
 arrow Try people responsible for deal with Asia Energy
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded trial of the people responsible for the agreement with the Asia Energy Corporation concerning Fulbaria coalmine development in 1994 during the BNP regime.
 arrow Thais rally for king's help to force Thaksin go
Tens of thousands of Thais rallied in Bangkok yesterday, begging their king to intervene in a last-ditch effort to force Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from office.
 arrow 25 MLAs resign to express solidarity with Sonia
About 25 Congress MLAs from Madhya Pradesh and Lok Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday met party president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and submitted their resignations to express "solidarity"with
 arrow Two killed in Ctg over land dispute
Two people were hacked to death in separate incidents in Hathazari and Chandanaish upazilas of Chittagong during the last two days.
 arrow Russia denies giving intelligence to Iraq
Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service yesterday denied that Moscow provided information on U.S. troop movements and plans to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
 arrow Khulna power plant goes out of order
The 110-megawatt power plant at Khalishpur in Khulna remains out of order due to major mechanical problems since Friday night.
 arrow 1 killed, 27 hurt in road accident
At least one garment worker was killed and 27 were injured as a bus carrying them careered across the road and fell into a roadside ditch in Ashulia last night.
 arrow Outlaws threaten to blow up Khulna police headquarters
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) has allegedly threatened to blow up the police headquarters in retaliation for the recent 'crossfire.
 arrow Maoist rebels kill 13 in India
Thirteen civilians were killed in eastern India when their vehicle hit a landmine believed to have been planted by Maoist rebels and intended for security forces, police said yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
Team Leader of the Jamuna-Meghna River Erosion Mitigation Project (JMREMP) Knut Oberhagemann sent a clarification to a report published in The Daily Star on March 18 with the headline "No river training
Businessarrow Govt to privatise state-owned textile mills, says minister
The government has decided to privatise state-owned textile mills to attract foreign investment in the backward linkage industries so that the country can face the challenges in the post-MFA (multi-fibre
 arrow Businesspeople optimistic about positive outcome of PM's India trip
Business leaders, who accompanied Prime Minister Khaleda Zia during her recent visit to India, termed the outcome of the bilateral meeting as positive that would help reduce the growing trade imbalance
 arrow Women entrepreneurs of Dhaka, Delhi sign MoU
In a bid to strengthen economic and social development ties between women entrepreneurs of two neighbouring countries, Women Entrepreneurs' Association (WEA), Bangladesh, and Federation of Indian Women
 arrow GP introduces new billing system for post-paid users from Tuesday
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd is going to introduce an innovative electronic bill payment system through FlexiLOAD, for its post-paid subscribers from Tuesday (March 28).
 arrow Budget terminals boost Asia's low-cost airline sector
Southeast Asia's low-cost airline sector is set to continue its phenomenal growth with this week's opening of the region's first dedicated budget terminals in Singapore and Malaysia, analysts said.
 arrow China not to blame for huge US trade deficit
A senior World Trade Organisation (WTO) official said here on Friday that China was not to blame for the huge US trade deficit and Washington could not solve this problem through protectionism.
 arrow Taiwan, Vietnam to expand flights
Taiwan and Vietnam have agreed to expand flights between them on the back of booming trade and tourism, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Saturday.
 arrow Japan, China finance ministers meet in Beijing
Japanese finance minister Sadakazu Tanigaki and his Chinese counterpart began talks here Saturday with China's currency regime on the agenda.
 arrow Qatar to become Nepal's most favoured labour destination
Qatar may soon replace Malaysia as the most favoured labour destination of Nepali workers, according to statistics of Department of Labour and Employment Promotion released Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: End of the rivalry
When Bangladesh started their campaign against Kenya there was a clear feeling among the cricket fra-ternities that 'it is your duty to win as you are now a Test playing nation and a defeat would ruin
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi close in on title
Mushfiqur Rahman led the charge as Rajshahi dominated Dhaka, while title contender Chittagong slipped further in their contest against Barisal on the second day of the Ispahani Seventh National four-day
 arrow Cricket: Perseverance pays off
Compared to his teammates, Rajin Saleh's batting average in the one-day game is quite decent. However, the stockily-built middle-order batsman's is still not a permanent fixture in the side.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies grab initiative
Australia claimed two early wickets after Michael Hussey guided them to a competitive total on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: L'pool win stormy derby
Harry Kewell's superb strike sealed Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Everton in a stormy Merseyside derby where the European champions were forced to play with 10 men for more than 70 minutes after skipper
 arrow Anguish for the mighty
Farce and controversy dogged the final night of Commonwealth Games athletics on Saturday as medal hopes vanished in a fog of disqualifications and dropped batons.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho hails Jogo Bonito
Ronaldinho says there is no danger of him resting on his laurels as he concentrates on winning the two biggest prizes in football, the Champions League and World Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Respect will be present'
Rafael Benitez insisted there would be respect between Chelsea and Liverpool in next month's FA Cup semifinal, following Friday's draw, although there has been animosity between the teams in recent matches.
 arrow Cricket: Windies start off well
Brian Lara promoted himself up the order and began producing runs for the first time on tour as the West Indies made a solid start on a weather disrupted opening day of the third and final Test against
 arrow Football: Wenger wants 'divers' suspended
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on referees to stamp out 'diving' by suspending guilty players.
 arrow Cricket: See-saw battle at BKSP
Bangladesh A failed to continue on a good start from the previous day as they were bowled out for 295 runs, with a deficit of 114 runs, in their first innings on the third day of the four-day match at
 arrow Cricket: SL-Pak first Test starts today
Sri Lankan strike bowler Chaminda Vaas has been ruled out of the opening Test against Pakistan after failing to recover from a side strain, the selectors announced here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar to undergo surgery
Sachin Tendulkar left for London on Saturday to undergo a surgery on his shoulder.
 arrow Independence Day events
Finals of the Independence Day Tennis Tournament will be held today. In the men's singles, Amar Ray will face Dipu Lal while Arif Hossain take on Rajan Ram in the boy's under-13 competition.

 arrow Kabadi: BDR retain kabadi crown
Bangladesh Rifles lifted the Standard Chartered 26th National Kabadi Championship for the record 18th time after they defeated Bangladesh Police in the final yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball final today
The final of the Shabab Murshid Memorial School Basketball tournament will be held today at 4:30 pm in the Dhanmondi Indoor Basketball Stadium.

The participating teams in the final will be B.I.

Metropolitanarrow Govt using militants to manipulate election
Left-leaning 11-party leaders yesterday said they have united under the umbrella of 14-party opposition alliance to establish secularism and implement 23-point national minimum programme to ensure people's
 arrow Several BNP Mps to join BDB ahead of polls: Mahi
Mahi B Chowdhury, organising secretary of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB), yesterday said a number of BNP lawmakers will join BDB ahead of the next general election.
 arrow Modern volumetric CT angiogram facility at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital
Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute (ICHRI) has installed the most modern volumetric CT angiogram facility to obtain a clear 3D images of the heart.
 arrow Rita, Mita return to normal life, want to set up clinic for the poor
Rita and Mita, the two sisters who hit the headlines in July last year for their strange lifestyle, returned to their home at Mirpur in the city yesterday after undergoing treatment for about eight months
 arrow Night guard found dead at city school
A night guard of a school was found dead at Pallabi in the city yesterday.

M Billal Hossain, 32, father of two children, had been working as night guard for long at Nahar Academy High School.

 arrow Militancy blueprint of Jamaat: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil called upon people for a national unity of pro-liberation forces to protect the country's sovereignty and independence.
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal in Khulna April 5
Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in city on April 5 to press home its nine-point demand.
 arrow Hon promotion in army on Independence Day
A total of 29 Army and eight Navy personnel have been granted honorary promotion and commission on the occasion of Independence and National Day, according to a notification issued by the Ministry ofDefence.
 arrow Programmes to observe Independence, National Day
Different political, socio-cultural and student organisations have sketched out various programmes to mark the 35th Independence and National Day today.
 arrow 6 engineers assaulted by Jubo Dal activists in Feni
Jubo Dal activists allegedly assaulted six engineers of LGRD for stopping poor road repair works at Parshuram yesterday.
 arrow Three prisoners escape from Bandarban jail
Three prisoners escaped from Bandarban district jail yesterday afternoon.
 arrow CVU scientific conference begins Tuesday
A two-day Annual Scientific Conference and the Graduation Ceremony of Chittagong Veterinary University (CVU) will begin on Tuesday on its campus in the port city.
Nationalarrow Processions, rallies at RU for arrest of teachers' killers
Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the university main gate, demanding immediate arrest and punishment to killers of Prof S Taher Ahmed and Prof
 arrow Gazipur suicide bomber identified after 4 months
The JMB suicide bomber killed in the November 29 bombing on Gazipur Bar Association office premises has been identified by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as Asadul Islam, 19, of Gaibandha.
 arrow Labourers in Moulvibazar tea gardens on strike
Tension mounted in Srimongal upazila town yesterday as labourers from different tea gardens took to the streets protesting arrest of three leaders including the president and the general secretary ofBangladesh
 arrow Jamaat is JMB's parent body, says Kader Siddiquee
Bangabir Abdul Kader Siddiquee MP, President of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami is the 'parent organisation' of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Star Readers Club workshop ends
A week-long orientation workshop on 'An Approach and Methodology for Skill-Based Learning', organised by the Rangpur unit of The Daily Star Readers Club, concluded here yesterday.
 arrow Work abstention by RU officers, employees
Officers and Employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday observed a day-long work abstention programme to press their demands which include confirmation of services of 31 employees appointed on January
Point-Counterpointarrow Recapturing the spirit of the Liberation War
[This is Part I of a 3-part series that contains the full text of a speech given by Prof. Sobhan at the Liberation War Museum on March 22.
 arrow Resilient Bangladesh
Emergence and growth of pressure groups is a very positive development in the contemporary world, not least in Bangladesh. Many of these groups can be called civil society groups in modern parlance.
 arrow One martyr's story
He was a man of great wisdom. A man of great courage and bravery. A person with no disloyalty or dishonesty towards his any responsibilities.
Culturearrow Leaving footprints on the sand of time
Mini Quadir is known as an accomplished Tagore artiste. Mini is also adept in the genre of gono sangeet (songs of the masses).
 arrow Hashem Khan's River of Blood
In 1971 Hashem Khan was a 28-year old teacher at the Institute of Fine Arts. In the non-cooperation movement, students, teachers artists and the intelligentsia as a whole were involved.
 arrow National Rabindra Sangeet festival ends
A three-day Grameen Phone 17th National Rabindra Sangeet Festival, organised by Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (RSSS) ended yesterday.
 arrow Grand finale of DRockstars held
The much-awaited grand finale of DRockstars featured a live performance at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre.
 arrow Special programmes on ATN Bangla
To mark Independence Day, ATN BANGLA will air special programmes today. The special children's programme, hosted by Fardeen Dhighe, is titled Chhonde Anonde Sadhinota.
Generalarrow Properties worth Tk 50 lakh gutted
Eleven shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Battala Market in the town early yesterday.
 arrow Dr Enamul RU proctor
Prof Dr Enamul Haque has been appointed Proctor of Rajshahi University, official sources said.
 arrow Citibank NA donations for Liberation War Museum
Citibank NA has donated Tk 1,39,000 to the Liberation War Museum for its countrywide book reading programme, which is aimed at upholding country's history and heritage, says a press release.
 arrow Road crash kills Dakhil examinee
A Dakhil examinee was killed in a road accident in Gazipura area on Dhaka-Tangail highway yesterday.
Internationalarrow US, Iran to talk Iraq
The United States will talk to Iran about Washington's accusations of Iranian destabilisation of Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday in the first public acceptance of an Iranian offer
 arrow Thousands in US protest planned crackdown on illegal immigrants
Up to 20,000 protesters marched through the southwestern US city of Phoenix on Friday in an explosion of Hispanic opposition to plans for a draconian crackdown on illegal immigrants.
 arrow Govt asks BJP to use armoured 'chariots'
The Indian government has advised Hindu nationalist leaders to use armoured vehicles during their electoral rallies next month as a precaution against terror attacks, officials said.
 arrow Hundreds of Maoists storm Orissa jail
In a daring replay of a raid in Bihar, hundreds of Maoist rebels on Friday stormed a jail in Orissa and freed about 40 prisoners after launching attacks on several police and government facilities that
 arrow New Mars probe sends back view from orbit
A high-resolution camera aboard Nasa's latest spacecraft to reach Mars sent back its first view of the Red Planet from orbit, the space agency said Friday.
 arrow Sonia to visit Rae Bareilly on Tuesday
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who resigned as member of Lok Sabha on the 'office-of-profit' issue on March 23, will visit her Rae Bareilly constituency on March 28 as a prelude to her seeking re-election
 arrow World Social Forum opens in Pakistan
More than 15,000 activists gathered late on Friday to open the World Social Forum, where anti-globalisation and peace and security issues will be discussed over the next six days.
 arrow Maoists kill 13 in landmine attack in India
At least 13 civilians were killed when Maoist rebels blew up their vehicle with a landmine, mistaking it to be a police jeep in eastern India, police said yesterday.
 arrow Excess sleep too can make you diabetic
Men who sleep too much or too little could be at an increasing risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says a study.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A day we owe so much to
As of last night thirty-five years ago a wholesale genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani armed forces on the people of Bangladesh had triggered a people's war for liberation from the clutches of the occupation
 arrow Editorial: ACC's new brain wave
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to launch its so-called "trap case drive", in an apparent bid to catch the corrupt in the act in 12 government organisations known for their high propensity
 arrow Why politicians fail to deliver political goods
A year ago this week, my first article: "The political economy of hartals" was published in The Daily Star.
 arrow The Gordian Knot must be cut
An eminent jurist's observation about whether the Bangladeshi psyche totally comprehends the concept of power in its various ramifications is profoundly intriguing.
Letters to Editorarrow Our political parties
We the general people never hoped to see that our two major political parties would talk to each other. Because they were not interested even to see the shadow of each other.
 arrow Railways
In a flood prone city like Dhaka, the railways will be costly to build and operate. The elevated monorail system will be very appropriate for Bangladesh. It should be given due consideration.
 arrow US policy on Pakistan
This is in response to the article "New phase in US relations with South Asia." It is not a surprise that the US treats Pakistan this way.
 arrow Evaluation test for class five and eight
Recently, the government introduced an assessment test for the students of class five and eight .
 arrow An appeal to WASA
Popular Housing-1 area is located at Barabag under Mirpur-2. This is a new private housing. The housing comprises of about 35-40 plots.
Star Healtharrow Bring TB patients under DOTS
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Bangladesh. The country ranks 5th on the list of 22 highest burden TB countries in the world.
 arrow WHO maps out new strategy to battle tuberculosis
The World Health Organisation unveiled a new strategy to fight tuberculosis, an infectious disease that kills about 1.7 million people worldwide each year.
 arrow Improved formula for oral rehydration salts
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef announced a new formula for the manufacture of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS).
 arrow Influence of family history on heart disease
Background family history, a well-known risk factor for coronary heart disease, represents genetic, environmental, and behavioural elements, and the interactions between them.
 arrow Foreign object swallowed
If you swallow a foreign object, it will usually pass through the digestive system uneventfully. But some objects can lodge in the esophagus, the tube that connects throat and stomach.
 arrow Dietary folate may lower pancreatic cancer risk
Increased levels of dietary folate from food, but not from supplements, appears to reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to results of a large population-based study of Swedish men
 arrow Lack of sleep leads to fewer brain cells
Skimping on sleep can slow certain types of learning, a new study in rats shows, and the difficulty seems to arise from a lack of new brain neurons.
 arrow Are you glucose intolerant?
We have all heard about the rise of diabetes, but a related disease called impaired glucoe tolenrance (IGT) has not received much recognition.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor,
I am a 43 years old man suffering from chest pain for the last couple of months. The pain increases with increased work load.

Star Cityarrow Unauthorised billboards to come under new scrutiny
The good governance committee of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has recently entrusted a non-government organisation (NGO) to carry out a situation survey on the increase of unauthorised billboards inthe
 arrow Celebrating decade of showcasing true history of independence
A headline "Lively opening of Liberation War Museum soaked in rain and tears" flashed across the newspapers on March 22, 1996 as the only museum in the country dedicated to the freedom fighters, started
 arrow Welcome to Dhaka
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in a bid to enhance the beauty of Dhaka proposes to build five "Dhaka Gate" at four entrances to the city utilising its own funds, said a DCC source.
 arrow Reuse of sharp items poses health risks
Despite the increasing danger posed by some communicable diseases in the country, numerous clinics, hospitals, dental care and other medical services, along with saloons in the city, have allegedly been
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