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Front Pagearrow More shipments detected
Intelligence agencies have found out that the racket that had smuggled 75 kilogram heroin to the United Kingdom also trafficked another 72kg of the drug later to the same destination.
 arrow Blasts, clashes mark bid for young BCL leadership
Clashes between the younger activists and senior leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday left at least 15 people injured as the council voted to elect new leadership for the student wing of Awami League (AL).
 arrow Commodity price hike pushes down consumption
As prices of essential commodities are on the rise, low and fixed income group people are being forced to buy or consume less than what they usually do.
 arrow WB for more fuel price hike
The World Bank (WB) yesterday urged the government to raise petroleum prices and enforce a low-cost, transparent financing plan for getting over the severe power crisis now dogging the country.
 arrow Date-expired fluid used for kidney dialysis seized
A mobile court yesterday seized a huge quantity of date-expired fluid and blood sugar tubes for kidney patients at National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology in the capital.
 arrow Shootout shrouded in questions
An outlaw was killed at Meherpur yesterday in what police claimed a 'shootout' and his family a savage cop beating for Tk 1 lakh bribe.
 arrow Oli speaks out against 'criminals' within BNP
The ruling BNP lawmaker Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday asked the party high-command to identify the "criminals" within the party and take action against them.
 arrow Future depends on IT use for job creation
Renowned economist Grameen Bank Managing Director Prof Muhammad Yunus said the future of the country depends on how it can utilise information technology (IT) for employment and development.
 arrow Bangladesh on Time cover
Time magazine has run the cover story of its current issue on Bangladesh.
 arrow 14-party drafts reply to BNP
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition coalition yesterday prepared a draft of the reply to BNP secretary general's invitation for dialogue.
  arrow Lightening kills 8
Eight people, including an army man, were killed and three others were injured as they were struck by lightning in Comilla, Brahmanbaria and Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Thai PM to step down amid political crisis
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday he will step down when parliament convenes after controversial weekend elections which the opposition boycotted.
 arrow Rain, hailstorm sweep Dhaka
Marking an end to the dry spell and sultry weather, torrential rainfall accompanied by hailstorm and gusty wind swept the capital yesterday evening.
 arrow Saarc home ministers meet in city May 11
Dhaka will host the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) home ministers' meet on May 11.
 arrow Dhaka to focus on trade with Turkey
Dhaka will focus on increasing trade and economic cooperation during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's three-day visit to Turkey on April 12.
 arrow 9 more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Nine more American troops died in Iraq, the US military reported Monday, five of them in a vehicle accident in a remote, rain-soaked western area while 19 Iraqis were killed in separate bombings, attacks.
 arrow Amini asked to appear in court
A Dhaka court yesterday directed Maulana Fazlul Haque Amini MP, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) and an accused in a criminal case, to appear before the court on May 2.
 arrow Opposition aims at unrest, not reforms
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the objective of the main opposition is not the reform of caretaker government but to create unrest in the country to halt the ongoing development activities.
 arrow JP divided over Ershad decision
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad's decision to contest the May 9 by-election in Gaibandha-4 constituency seems to have divided the party.
 arrow 71 killed by law enforcers in last 3 months
A total of 71 people were killed, of them 56 in 'crossfire,' by the law enforcers in the last three months, says a report by Odhikar, a human rights organisation.
 arrow CMCH interns go on strike for increased pay
The interns enforce an indefinite strike at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) from today demanding increased salaries as per the declaration made by the prime minister.
 arrow Additional charge sheets submitted in Satkhira
The investigation officer (IO) yesterday submitted five supplementary charge sheets for the second time at a Satkhira court in connection with the August 17 blasts in Satkhira accusing 19 people.
 arrow Charge framing against Sunny deferred again
Charges against the military commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others in two cases could not be framed yesterday as the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)did
 arrow US trains Asian experts on counter terrorism
Counter terrorism and anti-money laundering experts from South Asian nations began training with US experts in Colombo yesterday, the US embassy said.
 arrow 6 joint secys promoted
The government yesterday promoted six joint secretaries to the rank of additional secretary. More promotion at the deputy secretary level is on the cards, sources said.
 arrow Smuggled chickens destroyed
Some 4,000 out of 13,180 broiler chickens smuggled from India were burned here yesterday on suspicion that they might have been affected by bird flu.
 arrow Clarification
The China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CMEC) in a clarification on The Daily Star report headlined "Harbin's Tongi Plant: Junk for Money" published Monday said thatthe
Businessarrow Free access of local goods to Malaysia sought
Business leaders yesterday sought duty and quota-free market access of all Bangladeshi products to Malaysia to narrow the huge trade gap between the two countries.
 arrow Product diversification seen as key to export growth
Bangladesh should concentrate more on the diversification of products for its export growth, business leaders and academics said yesterday.
 arrow 3rd nat'l furniture fair kicks off
The 3rd National Furniture Fair 2006 began yesterday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka to promote locally produced furniture.
 arrow Int'l tourism fair from tomorrow
A three-day international tourism fair begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel tomorrow.
 arrow CSE-30 Index revised
The Index Committee of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday revised the composition of its CSE-30 Index with effect from next Sunday.
 arrow Int'l trade fair begins in Khulna Thursday
An international trade fair titled 'Khulna International Trade Fair' (KITF) will begin at circuit house ground here on Thursday.
 arrow IDCOL, GTZ sign deal on renewable energy scheme
Infrastructures Development Company Limited (IDCOL) and GTZ of Germany have signed a financing deal on implementing a renewable energy programme. Under the accord, GTZ will offer 1.
 arrow Japan proposes region-wide free trade pact
Japan's trade minister on Tuesday proposed talks on a region-wide free trade pact in East Asia to group 16 nations in an economic community.
 arrow Citigroup again tops Forbes 2000 list
Citigroup, the owning company of Citibank, NA, once again topped the 'Forbes 2000, a list of the world's leading companies based on a composite score for sales, profits, assets and market value.
 arrow Lamy starts India tour today to break logjam in Doha Round
As WTO Director General Pascal Lamy arrives here today for talks with Indian leaders in a bid to break the logjam in Doha round of trade negotiations, Indian corporate sector has urged him to help take
 arrow New chairman of Pubali Bank
Hafiz Ahmed Majumder has been unanimously elected chairman of Pubali Bank Limited for the next three-year term. He was elected in a board meeting of the bank held in Dhaka recently, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Oil prices fall
World oil prices dropped on Tuesday but remained above 66.0 dollars per barrel amid ongoing supply concerns. New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in May, slipped 52 cents to 66.
Sportsarrow Football: Tajikistan almost thru'
First-half goals by Odil Irgashev and Numondzhon Hakimov all but confirmed Tajikistan's chances to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup from Group D with a 2-0 win over Pakistanat
 arrow Football: Bangladesh to field 2nd team against Palestine
Rival camps have promised a mouth-watering clash when Bangladesh and favourites Palestine clash in the AFC Challenge Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today although the home side have opted tofield
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh A go in front
Tushar Imran led Bangladesh A from the front as the hosts recorded a 30-run win over Sri Lanka A in the first one-day of the three-match series at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Match officials announced
The match officials for the upcoming Test and one-day international series between visiting Australia and Bangladesh have been announced.
 arrow Cricket: Wickets go down like ninepins in Kandy
Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Asif claimed his first 10-wicket haul as Sri Lanka collapsed to 73 for eight in their second innings of the second Test on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia whitewash SA
Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz earned redemption for an Ashes-defining failure when they took Australia to a tense two-wicket win on the fifth day of the third and final Test against South Africa at
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff feels the heat
Andrew Flintoff faced calls on Tuesday to step down for the remainder of the one-day series in India after England crashed to their third consecutive defeat in Goa.
 arrow Football: Balanced on a knife-edge
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard's normally calm Dutch demeanour could be tested to the full when the Spanish league leaders play out their Champions League destiny against Benfica on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Gunners on the verge
Arsene Wenger has vowed that Arsenal will seek to add to their two-goal first leg advantage as they seek to kill off Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Success will convince Henry
Arsenal managing director Keith Edelman is hoping success in the Champions League will help persuade Thierry Henry to sign a new contract with the club.
 arrow Football: Raul confident about World Cup
Spain captain Raul believes he will be in peak form at the World Cup despite missing three months of the season with a serious knee injury and subsequently struggling to regain his place in the Real Madrid
 arrow Cricket: Hohns quits
The long-time chairman of Australia's national cricket selectors, Trevor Hohns, announced his resignation Tuesday after coming under increasing criticism over a series of controversial team choices.
 arrow Cricket: School cricket begins Apr 11
The Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket will begin across the country with the participation of under-15 school players on April 11.
 arrow Cricket: India, Aus in same group
India have been placed alongside Australia and England in Group A for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament slated to be played in India from October 7.
 arrow Cricket: Bad news for autographs hunters!
Australia's cricketers will be protected from autograph hunters by tight security when the world champions undertake their maiden Test tour of Bangladesh this week, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath exits in pain
Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya ended his Test career on a painful note on Tuesday when he suffered a thumb injury during the second Test against Pakistan here.
 arrow Cricket: India name new glovesman for Abu Dhabi ties
Wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa has been named in India's squad for two day-night matches against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, a top official announced here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Magath livid at Klinsi
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath on Tuesday hit out at German national counterpart Jurgen Klinsmann's policy of rotating goalkeepers before making a final selection for the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Brazil president backs 2014 WC bid
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has given his backing to a bid by his country to host the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian football federation (CBF) chief Ricardo Teixeira announced Tuesday.
 arrow Volleyball: Mujib Hall DU v'ball champs
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall lifted the men's title in the Dhaka University inter-hall volleyball competition when they defeated Shahidullah Hall in 3-1 sets at the University ground yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Police earn full points
Bangladesh Police defeated Dilkhusha Sporting Club in straight sets on the second day of the United Commercial Bank Limited Premier Volleyball League held at the newly built Volleyball stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Seven projects worth Tk 1,848cr okayed
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved seven projects with an outlay of Tk 1,848 crore, including Tk 112 crore in foreign aid component.
 arrow Make Air Force more dynamic: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Air Force members to be more active for making the force more disciplined and dynamic.
 arrow 'Approach MDGs from country's perspective'
Lessons from the War of Liberation -- integrity, equality, responsibility, democracy and secularity -- must be translated into actions to achieve the Millennium Develop-ment Goals (MDGs), speakers ata
 arrow Morocco keen to import Bangladeshi leather
President Iajudin Ahmed yesterday said there could be cooperation between Bangladesh and Morocco in fertiliser and leather sectors.
 arrow Disciplinary action against 16 JU students
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) syndicate has taken some disciplinary measures against 16 students at a meeting following recommendations of the University Disciplinary Board.
 arrow 2 die in road accidents
Two people, including a primary school student, were killed in two separate road accidents on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow FM begins Europe tour on April 23
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will embark on a weeklong visit to four European countries on April 23 at the invitation of his counterparts.
 arrow Bangladesh-born US citizen made attorney
Nazmul Alam, the first Bangladesh-born US citizen, who has been working here for a long time as an expert on immigration and civil and criminal affairs, has been appointed an attorney of the US Supreme
 arrow Worker dies as roof collapses in Chittagong
One worker was killed and two others injured when a roof collapsed while dismantling a dilapidated building at Chawkbazaar area in the port city yesterday morning.
 arrow Gayoom visits Bangladeshi painting exhibition
Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom visited Bangladeshi painting exhibition at the National Art Gallery in Male on Monday.
 arrow Canadian architect Safdie arrives tomorrow
Internationally acclaimed Canadian architect Moshe Safdie will tarvel to Bangladesh for a two-day visit beginning tomorrow at the invitation of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation.
 arrow Appeal for help
Shilpi Begum, a mother of two children, has appealed for financial assistance for her treatment as her heart valve has been damaged.
Nationalarrow 3 killed, 300 hurt as storm lashes Kishoreganj
Three people were killed and 300 injured when nor'westers battered Katiadi and Karimganj upazilas in Kishoreganj district Monday evening.
 arrow Trial of five JMB men begins in Patuakhali
Trial of five cadres of Jamiaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB), held for alleged involvement in the August 17 serial bombing in Patuakhali town, began yesterday in a Special Tribunal.
 arrow RU recruits teacher violating rules
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities allegedly recruited a professor and created a post of another teacher in Folklore Department violating rules.
 arrow Teachers protest JCD vandalism
Teachers of Kurigram Government College abstained from taking classes yesterday, paraded streets in the town and submitted memorandums to the Deputy Commissioner and the Police Superintendent protesting
 arrow 3 outlaws get life for killing AL leader
Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced three outlaws to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing an Awami League (AL) leader at Taherpur in Bagmara.
 arrow 13 hurt as BDR, villagers clash in Panchagarh
At least 13 people including a captain and a company commander of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and a police constable were injured in a clash with villagers at Fakirganj village in Atwari upazila, Panchagarh
 arrow Hartal called in Khulna today
The Greater Khulna Development Action Committee has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Khulna district for today to press its demands.
Point-Counterpointarrow Rebuilding Bangladesh
As Lutfozzaman Babar, Bangladesh's Home Minister, tells it, the call he'd been awaiting for months came at 3 a.m.
 arrow 'We have arrested so many'
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Khaleda Zia entered politics after the 1981 assassination of her husband General Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow 'Democracy means tolerance. We don't have that'
Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed was abroad during a 1975 coup that killed her father, independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and wiped out most of her immediatefamily.
Culturearrow An ancient mariner and his quests
YEARS before Christopher Columbus sailed the oceans in search of a route to India, the Chinese were exploring the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific with seven voyages of the "Treasure Fleet" that established
 arrow Sculptor Rasha's solo exhibition
A solo exhibition of artist Rasha's miniature paintings is being held at Arka Gallery, Banani City Corporation Market.
 arrow Chittagong hosts theatre festival from April 7
A five-day theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum, a forum of the active theatrical troupes of Chittagong, will begin on April 7 at Shilpakala Academy Auditorium, Chittagong.
Internationalarrow Nepal bans protests
Nepal's royal government yesterday banned all public gatherings in the capital, including a mass pro-democracy protest planned for Saturday, but political parties vowed to defy the order.
 arrow Hamas minister to visit China, E Asia
Palestinian Foreign Minister and senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar met yesterday in Gaza with a top Chinese diplomat and announced plans to visit China and other countries in Asia next month.
 arrow Iran claims success in war games
Iran yesterday said it successfully test-fired a new land-to-sea missile in Gulf war games that have aroused international concern amid rising tensions over its nuclear programme.
 arrow China, US near deal on repatriating 39,000 illegal migrants
The United States and China are close to an agreement on repatriating illegal Chinese migrants, the US security chief said on Tuesday at the end of a visit that also focused on aviation and ports security.
 arrow Israel fires 2 missiles into PA compound
Israeli aircraft on Tuesday fired two missiles into the compound of the Palestinian Authority (PA) headquarters in Gaza City, wounding two people, Palestinian security sources said.
 arrow By-election in Sonia's seat on May 8
India's Election Commission has announced the by-elections to northern city of Rae Bareli parliamentary seat on May 8.
 arrow Straw forces Rice to sleep on floor
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was rapped for ungentlemanly conduct Tuesday after reportedly commandeering US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's private quarters on her official jet.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Contempt rule on secretaries
The contempt rule issued by the Supreme Court (SC) on four secretaries including the principal secretary to the prime minister for not complying with the 12-point directive on separation of the judiciary
 arrow Editorial: The curse of fatwa
Of all the growing menaces in the society, we find fatwa an institutional dictate of self-proclaimed religious leaders.
 arrow Flouting electoral law
On March 26, The Daily Star ran a story under the headline: "Polls expenditure: No political party submits return.
 arrow Elections in Bangladesh and elsewhere
On the eve of the British parliamentary election to be held in 1986, I was in London on a tour. There I was staying with my cousin's family. It was an early evening; and we sat to have dinner.
 arrow Degenerating politics
Back to 15 July 2005, some nine months ago from now, Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the opposition, on behalf of the 14-party opposition alliance, first released in the public the proposals of reforms in
Letters to Editorarrow Rab and Independence Day Award
I am not astonished at the news of Rab receiving the Independence Day Award, 2006. Because our governments are very good at doing things against the spirit of the Constitution.
 arrow Why are we poor?
We have a course on Bangladesh economy this semester. One day, our course teacher told us to bring a write-up including some major reasons of poverty in Bangladesh.
 arrow Opposition's attitude
The government has formally invited the opposition political parties for a dialogue but they are making many excuses and declared that their agitation programmes will go on side by side with the dialogue.
 arrow Bring Saurav back
Indians have shown once again how vulnerable they are without their most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket.
 arrow Parliament members
Time has come for all of us to elect honest, educated, dedicated, patriotic and suitable people as the Members of Parliament in the next election, who will work selflessly for the welfare and the betterment
 arrow Same course!
The ruling party and the opposition are following more or less the same course. What difference does it make? I don't think things would've been different if the boot was on the other foot.
 arrow Independence Day Award for Betar
It is welcome news that the government has awarded the Independence Day Award 2006 to Bangladesh Betar for the memorable role it played during the War of Liberation in 1971.
 arrow Afghan man
This is in response to a letter of Mr. Hassan from Plano, TX US. In his letter he expressed his concern for an Afghan who was tried in court for converting himself from Islam to Christianity.
 arrow Allah Hafez
This is in reference to the letter "Allah Hafez" by Thomas Gomes Bhura. First I would like to ask two questions.
 arrow They are still active
This refers to the news "Sayeedi's legal notice to Shahriar Kabir resented" published in The Daily Star on 30 March, 2006.
 arrow Disgraceful!
It's happened again. The inevitable thing that few of our athletes would flee away while participating in a game did not change this time also in Melbourne. One of them disappeared from the camp.
 arrow Energy crisis
We have been passing through a great hardship. Energy crisis has made our life miserable. Being a third world and developing country it may happen, but when it reaches its peak , it becomes intolerable.
 arrow Power failure
I really do not think that Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh. I have never seen a capital of a country so saddled with all sorts of problems. Power failure is definitely one of them.
 arrow Rejuvenated postal service
Reading the article on the sad picture of the postal service on Star City (March 29th issue), I felt that the depiction was not entirely fair.
 arrow Open spaces
I too feel strongly, like Quazi Zulquarnain Islam, about the lack of public playing spaces and fear for the future of certain sports because of the lack of facilities.
 arrow Attention: CU authority
We, the third year students of anthropology department at Chittagong University, want to draw the attention of the authorities to the uncertainty that clouds our improvement exams in the current syllabus
Star Chittagongarrow Over 300 acres of CPA land occupied
Over 300 acres of land of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has been lying under illegal occupation.
 arrow Negligence clouds future of Khagrachhari Govt College
Sheer negligence of the authorities concerned forces Khagrachhari Government College to lie in a most miserable condition for decades.
Star Cityarrow Errant pvt university expands beyond city
A private university facing University Grants Commission's (UGC) recommendation for closure, continues with its unauthorised courses and issues certificates in exchange for money, according to findings
 arrow No relief to traffic jam
The Mohakhali Flyover, constructed to reduce traffic congestion in one of the prominent city intersections, is providing no relief to commuters who use the flyover or the road below it.
 arrow Was it white or red?
A shadow of doubt has clouded over the history of the original colour of the Shat Gambuj Mosque, commonly known as Shat Masjid, because of the existing controversy and tug-of-war between archaeologists,
 arrow Only Tk 5 for a meal!
The arrestees are served insufficient and substandard food during their stay at the police stations as the budget for their meal is too small.
 arrow Persistent diggings cause miseries
Afrina Ahmed, a student living in Malibagh, was already late for her class at 9 in the morning.
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