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Front Pagearrow Wasa bleeds for power crisis
Persisting power crisis in the city has forced Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) bear a huge financial burden of Tk 10 lakh a day to pay for diesel needed to operate 297 generators to draw groundwater.
 arrow Delegates funded militants while on tour here
Investigators suspect that some delegates of foreign Islamic organisations while visiting Bangladesh at different times in the past provided Islamist militants with financial and logistic supports without
 arrow 14-party may shun talks if Jamaat on committee
The 14-party opposition combine is likely to shun the BNP-proposed government-opposition dialogue on reforms to the caretaker government and electoral systems if the government half of its proposed 10-member
 arrow Trade deficit with India up by 13pc
Bangladesh's trade deficit with India inched up by 13.23 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year from that of July to December in FY2004-05.
 arrow Body on cards for subway in capital
The government is considering setting up an independent Metro Rail Authority (MRA) to install an underground railway system in the capital.
 arrow DU printing press idle for a decade causes Tk 7cr loss
The 55-year-old printing press of Dhaka University (DU) is lying idle for more than a decade, causing financial loss to the tune of Tk 7 crore.
 arrow McKinon for unity of Khaleda, Hasina on polls reforms
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinon urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina to reach a consensus on certain national issues including reform of the electoral system.
 arrow Banned Indian chicks seized in Khulna
A hike in prices of local chicks is encouraging smugglers to bring in banned Indian chicks.
 arrow Fire again at Tongi factory
A devastating fire gutted Akiz Printing and Packaging Factory in Tongi Industrial area at midnight on Friday.
 arrow Booters make winning start in Asian carnival
The biggest football tournament the country has ever staged, the AFC Challenge Cup, got underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday amidst fanfare and with the graceful presence of none other
 arrow Toxic chemicals...

 arrow SC full bench to hear contempt rule against 9 officials today
The full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain will hear the contempt rule against nine bureaucrats for distorting its directives on
 arrow 4 workers killed in Ctg landslide
Four workers were killed in a landslide near Bamerchhara Eco Park in Banskhali upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.
 arrow Foster son kills parents, child by setting them on fire
Set on fire by their foster son, the parents and an infant of the son died at Mohammad Ali Hospital in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow RU comes to a halt on JCD strike
Rajshahi University (RU) came to a standstill yesterday as RU unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) observed the first day of the indefinite strike they called for on Thursday.
 arrow PBCP leader killed in 'shootout'
Regional commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddho faction Tapash Mistry was killed in a "shootout" between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Batiaghata upazilaearly
 arrow Official facing contempt charge becomes judge
Senior Assistant Secretary in the law ministry Mohammad Harunur Rashid, who has been facing contempt charge for distorting the High Court directive on the separation of judiciary since November 2004,has
 arrow Brazil plane crash kills 19
A Brazilian twin-engine passenger plane has crashed north of this city, killing all 19 people on board, the Team airline announced yesterday.
 arrow Farmers block highway for power, fertiliser
Several thousand farmers brought out a procession, barricaded the Satkhira-Jessore highway and held a rally at Kalaroa yesterday protesting repeated load shedding and scarcity of fertilisers in the area.
 arrow 2 die while cleaning up sewerage line
Two sweepers died of asphyxia while cleaning up an underground sewerage line at Lalbagh in the capital yesterday.
 arrow BSF abducts 2 from Kushtia border
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India kidnapped two Bangladeshi boys from the border here yesterday.
 arrow Shias call for Iraq PM to step down
Senior members of Iraq's ruling Shia Alliance bloc called publicly for the first time yesterday for Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step down as prime minister to break months of deadlock over a national unitygovernment.
 arrow Church set ablaze in Panchhari
A group of criminals on Thursday night set fire to a Church in a remote area in Panchhari upazila of the district, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Thais go to polls today amid opposition boycott
Thailand goes to the polls today in an election called by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a referendum on his leadership, but an opposition boycott has reduced the vote to a one horse race.
 arrow US cuts all contacts with Hamas-led government
The United States has suspended all contact with the Palestinian government led by Hamas, the US State Department announced Friday.
 arrow Cries for help edited out of 9/11 tapes
Emergency operators listening to trapped callers' heartbreaking pleas from the burning World Trade Centre repeatedly said help was on the way while they struggled with crashing computers, utter confusion
 arrow Bomber, Afghan lawmaker killed
A suicide attack on a coalition convoy in southern Afghanistan yesterday killed the bomber but hurt no one else. A lawmaker was shot dead the country's north, officials said.
Businessarrow Remittance, export growth lessens trade deficit
The growth of remittance and export has lessened Bangladesh's trade deficit in the first seven months of the current fiscal year, resulting in surplus current account balance.
 arrow Indian customs imposes non-tariff barriers on Bangladeshi betel nut
Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ)-based exporters yesterday said Indian customs authorities have imposed non-tariff barriers on Bangladeshi processed betel nut, violating Sapta (South Asian Preferential
 arrow Chartered accountants urge NBR to cut VAT rate
Chartered accountants at a seminar in Dhaka have urged the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to reduce value added tax (VAT) rate from existing 15 percent to 10-12 percent.
 arrow Two-day job fair begins
A two-day job fair began yesterday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka with 20 private firms offering job opportunities.
 arrow EC seeks proposals for small projects in Bangladesh
The European Community represented by the European Commission, for and on behalf of the government of Bangladesh, has sought proposals for small projects in Bangladesh to receive financial assistancefrom
 arrow GP opens service desk in Rajshahi
GrameenPhone (GP), the largest cell phone operator in the country, has opened a full-fledged service desk at Index Plaza in Rajshahi.
 arrow WTO powers rejoin battle as deadline looms
The United States and the European Union held talks here Friday, joined by Brazil as a spokesman for the developing world, in a bid to unblock the WTO's stalled agenda before an April deadline.
 arrow RanksTel, Huawei Technologies sign deal
Ranks Telecom Limited (RanksTel), a private PSTN operator, recently signed an agreement with a Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co Ltd for expansion of RanksTel network in northwest
 arrow Pubali Bank declares 1:2 stock dividend
Pubali Bank Limited has declared two bonus shares against each ordinary share as dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Clothing drives Sri Lanka economy to 5.9pc growth
Sri Lanka's economy expanded by 5.9 percent last year, up from 5.4 percent the previous year, on the back of higher garment exports, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka said Friday.
 arrow India's forex reserves up
India's forex reserves increased by US dollar 2.503 billion to stand at US dollar 148.662 billion during the week ended March 24, 2006 against USD 146.159 billion during the week ended March 17, 2006.
 arrow Bailout fails to make China state banks healthy: IMF
China's big four state banks are still far from operating healthily despite billions of dollars in government bailouts and changes to corporate governance structures, the International Monetary Fund has
 arrow ADB to lend India $300m for power sector
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Saturday it would provide up to 300 million dollars in loans to help strengthen and expand the power sector in one of India's poorest states.
 arrow Malaysia unveils $54b development blueprint
Malaysia on Friday unveiled a five-year development plan worth 54 billion dollars aimed at tackling poverty and spurring economic growth in its quest to become the first developed Muslim nation.
 arrow China's software industry earns $48.75b in 2005
China's software industry earned 390 billion yuan (48.75 billion US dollars) in 2005, a year on year surge of 40.3%, according to latest the statistics with the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry.
 arrow China to produce 98m computers this year
China will produce 98 million desktop and laptop computers in 2006, 58 million of which will be for export, the Ministry of Information Industry forecasts.
 arrow Indian airline takeover clears key hurdle in merger plan
Indian officials have cleared a key obstacle to the country's largest aviation merger between Jet Airways and Sahara Airlines following a dispute over landing rights, reports said Friday.
 arrow AKTEL sponsors premiere of Spielberg's movie
AKTEL, a leading mobile phone operator, sponsored the premiere of an international movie in Bangladesh titled 'War of the Worlds' on Wednesday.
 arrow Nokia gets new design chief
Alastair Curtis on Saturday started as new design chief at Nokia, replacing Frank Nuovo, who has been credited with being instrumental in developing mobile phones' sleek modern design.
 arrow Wipro gets $80m outsourcing deal
India's third largest software exporter Wipro Ltd has won a 80-million-dollar outsourcing deal from one of the country's top banks.
Sportsarrow Football: Palestine toy with Guam
Goals were the order of the day at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and Palestine alone got eleven of them as they racked up a double figure scoreline against the minnows from Guam.
 arrow Football: Hear it from Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter shuttled into Dhaka yesterday morning and left behind, among other things, a significant message for the sports minister of the country asking him to build a football academy
 arrow Cricket: Dav wants minimum mistakes
Dav Whatmore prefers to get going when the going gets tough. The Bangladesh coach opted to stay in the background when the Tigers bludgeoned their way to a 4-0 one-day whitewash against Kenya at home last month.
 arrow Football: Cruciani not very happy
Despite tasting their first home win in three years, Bangladesh coach Diego Cruciani was unhappy following the hosts' 2-1 victory over Cambodia on Saturday in the AFC Challenge Cup Group C match.
 arrow Cricket: A teams share honours
The second Test between Bangladesh A and Sri Lanka A petered into a tame draw at Bogra's Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: GP becomes title sponsors
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday Grameen Phone as the title sponsors for the upcoming home series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Australians not coming
When one receives a message that your opponents have cancelled their trip, being shocked is an understatement.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini hits Aussies hard
South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini wrecked Australia's top order batting on the second day of the third Test at the Wanderers Stadium Saturday, taking four wickets and putting opening batsman Justin
 arrow Cricket: Sanath's Test finale
The Sri Lankan team is hoping to give former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya a grand farewell by winning the second and final Test against Pakistan starting here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea stutter again
Birmingham City gave themselves a lifeline in their battle against relegation and revived the Premiership title race with a goalless home draw against leaders Chelsea here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Kahn blunder costs Bayern
The joke was on Oliver Kahn for April fool's day as a howler from the Bayern Munich goalkeeper allowed bottom side FC Cologne to take a point in a 2-2 draw with the league leaders on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gorshthanpara Krira Sangstha defeated Brave Heart Sporting Club by seven wickets in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin on the mend
Sachin Tendulkar could be declared fit to tour West Indies next month, having made a rapid recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery in London, according to Dr Andrew Wallace, his surgeon.
 arrow Cricket: Langer taken to hospital
Justin Langer's 100th Test was such a special occasion that his parents flew across from Perth to watch him in action - but his innings on the second day of the third Test against South Africa lastedjust
 arrow Cricket: Kenya tour on the cards
Bangladesh cricket team is likely to visit Kenya prior to their tour to Zimbabwe this July. Habibul Bashar's men are scheduled to play five one-day internationals and two four-day games in Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cycling: BJMC in pole position
BJMC reached top of the list in the four-day long 30th National Cycling Championship in Patua-khali yesterday. On the second day, two events were held.
 arrow Tennis: Federer sets up Ljubicic final
World number one Roger Federer swept aside Spain's David Ferrer 6-1 6-4 in their Nasdaq-100 Open semifinal on Friday, setting up a final clash with Ivan Ljubicic.
Metropolitanarrow BNP won't get more than 30 seats in next polls
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said more than 30 BNP lawmakers may join his party before the caretaker government takes over.
 arrow Maintain strict vigilance against bird flu
Local poultry farm owners have called for strict vigilance against possible presence of lethal bird flu virus in the country following 'rampant smuggling of Indian chicks and eggs' through the borders
 arrow Establish separate deptt of children affairs
Experts at a workshop yesterday called for establishing a separate department of children affairs to ensure better coordination among the government and non-governmental organisations for the welfareof
 arrow Body of baby girl exhumed for autopsy
Doctors of Dhaka Medical College morgue conducted a post-mortem on a ten-month old baby girl yesterday, two days after police disinterred her body from a graveyard in the city's Mirpur area.
 arrow Financial irregularities at DU Social Welfare Instt
Five teachers of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research, Dhaka University (DU), yesterday urged the authorities to take action against those responsible for financial and administrative irregularities
 arrow New sub-regional economic forum floated
In what is considered a key initiative at the Track Two level diplomacy, foreign policy think-tanks of Bangladesh and India are working on a new sub-regional economic grouping that also includes China
 arrow Ban on 7 human haulers urged
Western Motors, sole distributor of Bajaj Tempo Ltd, in Bangladesh has urged the police to impose a ban on seven passenger carrying human haulers in Gulshan and Baridhara area, which are plying without
 arrow Special bus service for women in Ctg
Women-only bus service was launched in the port city yesterday amid enthusiasm.
 arrow Prof Sitara Parvin Trust Fund set up at DU
A new trust fund titled 'Professor Sitara Parvin Trust Fund' has been established at Dhaka University.
 arrow 70 garment workers hurt in stampede
Around 70 garment workers were injured, 16 of them critically, in a stampede caused by a thick black smoke emitting from the iron section of a factory building in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Schoolteacher assaulted at Gournadi
Students and guardians of Palardi School at Gournadi here yesterday called strike for indefinite period in the school protesting indecent behaviour with a girl student and assault on a teacher.
 arrow Two-hour power outage at ministers' houses demanded
'Citizen Rights Movement' held a citizens' rally at the Institute of Fine Arts on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanding two-hour loadshedding, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, at the residential areafor
 arrow Heroin seized in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized one kilogram of heroin worth about Tk 40 lakh from a house in Purana Paltan area in the city on Thursday night and arrested two people in this connection.
 arrow Alleged smuggler arrested in Khulna
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested an alleged smuggler at the Sonadanga residential area. DB police said Shaikh Ferdaus Alam alias Feroze is a smuggler and also involved in drug trafficking.
 arrow DU teacher Imtiaz Ahmed passes away
Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University (DU), passed away due to a cardiac arrest at his Uttara residence yesterday at the age of 33.
 arrow BCDJC offers assistance to journos
Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) has been providing urgent assistance, medical treatment and legal aid to the oppressed and harassed journalists of the country since
 arrow Policeman misbehaves with player
A group of sportsmen demonstrated at Mirpur Police Station in the city last night following an altercation between a national volleyball player, who was drawn from the air force, and a police sub-inspector
 arrow Cop's punishment demanded
Rajshahi University (RU) journalists yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the central library demanding exemplary punishment to police constable who mercilessly beat Ali Asgor Khokon, university
 arrow Youth found dead in city
Police found a body of an unidentified youth, 26, in the city under Turag Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow 20 houses gutted
At least 20 houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Pramanikpara village in Domar upazila yesterday leaving five families homeless.
Nationalarrow Outlaws slip thru' dragnet
Only one out of 3,000 armed cadres and 42 top leaders of ten outlawed parties was arrested and killed since police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) launched their special combing operation in 10 south
 arrow Recognise our rights, indigenous people demand in Rajshahi
The leaders of indigenous people at a discussion held at Sundarpur in Kakhonhat of Godagari upazila on Friday have demanded constitutional recognition to their rights.
 arrow RU journos protest police attack on colleague
Journalist at Rajshahi University yesterday held a rally in front of Central Library demanding punishment to police men who beat up Ali Asgor Khokon, RU Correspondent of Daily Janata, on Thursday.
 arrow Rajshahi BNP leader held on rape charge
Hours after his suspension from ruling BNP, police Friday night arrested Shawkat Ali on charge of gangrape. Ali was president of Rajpara thana unit of BNP.
 arrow 'Govt still trying to protect militants'
Awami League Organising SSaber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said government leaders are still blaming the opposition even after JMB kingpins gave confessional statements admitting responsibility for bomb
 arrow Khulna NGOs seek protection
Offices of all non-government organisations (NGOs) in Khulna city have been asked by Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) to remain on high alert.
 arrow Section 144 at Chowhali
Section 144 was imposed at Chowhali Degree College ground as Awami Sechchashebok League and BNP called meetings at the same venue at the same time yesterday.
 arrow Two JMB men held in Bogra
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday rounded up two active members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Katabaria in Shahjahanpur, Bogra.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tata's response to Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud
[On March 22-24, The Daily Star published the full text of a report prepared by Prof.
 arrow The fight for human rights
The latest edition of the US State Department's country Reports on Human Rights is an impressive document.
 arrow Make PM's offer good
It should have been the Pakistan initiative. But some of us, Indians, took it.
Culturearrow Tejosh Halder Josh: Talented young sculptor gets recognition
Tejosh Halder Josh, a graduate student of the Department of Sculpture, Institute of Fine Arts, is the youngest winner of an award in the 12th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh.
 arrow Fida's unique and eccentric world
Fida Haq, a Sydney-based artist, who is having his solo exhibition 'Of Angels and Chariots' at the Bengal Gallery, makes strong statements about world issues, such as the relationship between men andwomen
 arrow Trekking the globe
Anchor and director Shahriar Shakil is the mastermind of an educational travel show titled RC Travel On.
Internationalarrow Haniyeh issues warning after Gaza fighting
The Palestinian prime minister said yesterday he would try to get gunmen off the streets of Gaza, warning that factional fighting provoked by the assassination of a top Hamas-linked militant had created
 arrow Manmohan to lead tough fight against Maoists
India pledged on Friday to step up the fight against Maoist rebels after several major attacks, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to chair a high level meeting on the threat in two weeks.
 arrow Thousands of Iran quake homeless seek shelter
Iranian authorities were battling yesterday to provide shelter and aid for thousands of people left homeless by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the west of the country that killed 73 people.
 arrow Polls boosts Lankan peace
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling coalition dominated local poll results on Friday, boosting his hand in a peace bid with the Tamil Tigers after his hardline Marxist allies fared worse than
 arrow Tens of thousands flee conflict in Iraq: IOM
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes in the face surging violence in recent weeks and are in desperate need of aid, the International Organisation for Migration said on Friday.
 arrow Rice meets Muslim leaders in Britain amid protests
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Muslim leaders in northwest England yesterday in a trip during which protesters expressed anger that an architect of the Iraq war was on their home turf.
 arrow Michael Jackson 'Most Foolish American'
Faded pop superstar Michael Jackson was Friday crowned as America's most foolish person in 2006, narrowly beating out trigger-happy US Vice President Dick Cheney for the title.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Nation awaits a dialogue
The proposal of the ruling party to form a committee with equal representation to undertake the solemn responsibility of organising the dialogue on electoral reforms is a positive step forward.
 arrow Editorial: Why not produce more cotton?
Cotton farming is an oft-neglected option for value addition to the textile and RMG sectors which remains critically import-dependent for input supplies.
 arrow Why US must not withdraw troops now
Over the recent months, an impassioned debate has been underway unabated in the talk-show driven TV media, print media, and all other avenues of public discourses about US troop withdrawal from Iraq.
 arrow Bangladesh Biman: A grounded airline
The history of Bangladesh Biman is replete with failure. Whosoever has traveled by Biman has invariably experienced some unpleasant situation in one form or other and perhaps it will not be an exaggeration to say that it would be difficult to find out a passenger, regular or casual, who has not undergone some kind of hassle while flying by Biman.
Letters to Editorarrow Congratulations, Bashar & Co
Many thanks for giving us this precious gift in the month of our independence. What a month to achieve this! Bangladesh proved that they are a fighting unit now. We can now beat any team on our day.
 arrow "Death for apostasy and Shariah"
The Point-Counterpoint article of March 28, 2006, entitled "Death for apostasy and Shariah" submitted by Taj Hashmi who writes from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, is the finest statementon
 arrow Privatisation of ports
According to the Privatisation Commission of Bangladesh, port and container handling is one of the foremost sectors for privatisation along with six other sectors: Power, Natural Gas and Oil Exploration,
 arrow Pornography
Day 1: In the middle of a summer vacation I went to Nilkhet book market in order to buy some books required for my study of economics.
 arrow On expressions
I would like to refer to an article published on March 28, 2006, entitled "Allah Hafez." The writer sensed that the 'new' expression came with the new government.
Star Healtharrow Stop transmission of polio once again
After more than 5 years since August 2000 Bangladesh has been infected by wild poliovirus.
 arrow FAQ on bleeding under the covering of brain
"Sudden severe headache" -- is it an emergency ?
Sudden onset of severe agonising headache in a patient should be regarded as subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) until proven otherwise.

 arrow Eminent surgeon urged for multi-disciplinary approach for proper treatment
Dr Khademul Islam, an eminent surgeon of our country recently had been suffering from severe neck pain and radiating pain down to the left upper limb affecting mostly medial aspect of arm, forearm, little
 arrow First national seminar on palliative care held in the city
A two day long workshop on palliative care (care of the terminally ill) was held at LGED auditorium, Agargaon in the capital March 31-April 1, 2006 with a call for serving the dying patient sufferingfrom
 arrow Animal bites
Domestic pets cause most animal bites. Dogs are more likely to bite than cats. Cat bites, however, are more likely to cause infection.
 arrow Beta-carotene may help keep lungs young
People with high blood levels of the nutrient beta-carotene may have better lung function as they age, new research suggests.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I have been suffering from bleeding manifestation from my teeth. I have seen few doctors, but their treatment could not give permanent relief of the problem.

Star Cityarrow CNG stations without optimum gas pressure
Car owners, who had converted the fuel system of their vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), suddenly found themselves at a long cue at most of the CNG filling stations in Dhaka.
 arrow Government Liberation War Museum to open in three months
Construction of the Liberation War Museum, initiated by the Bangladesh Government, has been completed and arrangement and display of the memorabilia will be done within the next two to three months, the
 arrow Youngsters searching for the right job
Scarcity of lucrative jobs has led numbers of fresh and post-graduates to flock the recent job fairs in the city, a scene that was proven at the two-day SKYbd Job Fair 2006, at the Bangladesh-China Friendship
 arrow DCC asked again to follow PMO order
The good governance committee of the Prime Minister's Office has once again strictly instructed the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) authorities not to go for any commercial use of the Gulshan South parkland.
 arrow Students of Fazlul Huq Hall living in danger
Students continue to live in danger at the Fazlul Huq (FH) Hall of Dhaka University (DU) as the authorities have not yet repaired the cracks developed in the age-old building.
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