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Front Pagearrow Consensus hope fading away
The possibility of a consensus between the ruling alliance and the opposition on electoral reforms seems to be fading away, raising the spectre of confrontation on the streets ahead of the next polls.
 arrow Kansat agitators attack cops, damage vehicles
The power-starved people of Kansat yesterday attacked law enforcers, injuring 10 including an additional superintendent of police, as they continued their demonstrations and observed hartal for the second
 arrow Oli assault on criminals within party to persist
Ruling BNP stalwart Col (retd) Oli Ahmed MP says he will stick to his stance against criminals and corrupt elements in the party as his candid public remarks in this regard have triggered speculations
 arrow Patients desert hospital as Ctg interns' strike enters day 4
Services at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) virtually collapsed yesterday causing sufferings to the patients as an indefinite strike by the intern doctors entered into its fourth consecutive
 arrow Macabre livelihood
After 25 years of cutting through some 75,000 bodies, many of them decomposed, in the 20 feet by 25 feet dissection room at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue, it is time he quit, feelsSekandar.
 arrow Fire breaks out at office of speaker
Security has been tightened in an around the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban following a "mysterious" blaze in front of the speaker's office and in two other rooms yesterday morning that burned some documents.
 arrow Family hopes for state honour for martyr Matiur's remains
Family members of Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman yesterday hoped the remains of Matiur would be received with due state honour and buried at a place where the nation can pay tribute to the national hero.
 arrow Fag-end borrowing spree perils economy
The government's excessive short-term borrowing to the tune of $1 billion at the fag end of its tenure to subsidise the petroleum prices is leading the economy toward dire straits, economists, bankers
 arrow Observer status tops Dhaka meet agenda
The Saarc Standing Committee will finalise the draft of modalities for admitting Afghanistan as a new member as well as guidelines for associating observers in the organisation at its meeting in Dhaka
 arrow Tigers aim to put on better show
Showing improvement will be the key for Habibul Bashar's men when Bangladesh take on top-ranked Australia in the first of the two-match Test series at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Protester in Nepal rally killed, curfew enforced
Armoured personnel carriers with machine gun-wielding soldiers rolled into the Nepali capital of Kathmandu yesterday to enforce a curfew aimed at thwarting protests against King Gyanendra's absolute rule.
 arrow 'US ponders use of nukes against Iran'
The administration of President George W.
 arrow Extend N-deal to Pakistan to lower tension
Notwithstanding Washington's refusal, Pakistan has sought extension of the Indo-US nuclear deal to it saying this could help control the production of fissile material in South Asia and lower tensionwith
 arrow Leader Shahidul buried, cops block road to control situation
Kishoreganj police yesterday barricaded Kishoreganj-Mymensingh highway at Shadullarchar Bazar for eight hours in a bid to avoid untoward incidents as Awami League (AL) men gathered to bury slain AL leader
 arrow Cop among 5 hurt in pro-BNP workers' clash
At least five people including a policeman were injured in a clash between two factions of local Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal in Gafargaon upazila in Mymensingh.
 arrow SC hears today contempt rule on CEC, Moni
The Supreme Court hears today its suo moto contempt rule issued on Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz and ruling BNP lawmaker Nurul Islam Moni.
 arrow BSF bid to push in 16 Indians foiled
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday foiled an attempt of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to push in 16 Indian Muslims through the Meherpur border.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi citizen on Bhutipukur border in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh yesterday afternoon.
Businessarrow Power shortage hits industrial production
The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has expressed deep concern over rising import cost of essentials, industrial raw materials, intermediary goods and spare parts and its adverse impacton
 arrow Dhaka Travel Mart ends with huge response
A three-day fair styled 'Standard Chartered Dhaka Travel Mart (DTM) 2006', which began on Thursday to highlight the potentiality of tourism industry in the national economy, ended yesterday.
 arrow US, China to review trade headaches before Hu visit
Top US and Chinese officials will go over well-trodden ground when they hold an annual review of trade ties this week just ahead of a visit to the United States by Chinese President Hu Jintao.
 arrow Furniture Fair ends
The 3rd National Furniture Fair at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre received good response from the visitors on the concluding day yesterday.
 arrow GP opens service desk at Maheshkhali
GrameenPhone (GP), the largest cell phone operator in the country, has opened a service desk at Maheshkhali in Cox's Bazar, says a press release.
 arrow Indian rupee won't be made fully convertible before 2009
The Indian rupee is unlikely to become fully convertible before 2009, India's finance minister said in remarks published here Friday.
 arrow Pakistan, China to sign customs coop deal
Pakistan and China will sign a comprehensive "Customs cooperation agreement" this month to facilitate their bilateral trade as well as to check illegal commercial practices.
 arrow US economy posts robust job creation
The US economy created 211,000 more jobs in March, according to a government report that President George W. Bush said revealed an "economic resurgence.
Sportsarrow Cricket: We aren't scared, sounds Bashar
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar called for tenacious efforts from his boys to make their mark in the two-match Test series against Australia, terming it as the toughest challenge they have ever faced
 arrow Cricket: Aftab again a Test batsman!
There was no surprise when Bangladesh announced their final team yesterday for the first Test against Australia but the inclusion of dashing batsman Aftab Ahmed raised many eyebrows.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers face Aussie music
It would be a testing time for Bangladesh as Australia have decided to break the tradition of playing four bowlers by picking up five for the first Test.
 arrow Football: Sri Lanka cruise to semis
Sri Lanka cruised into the semifinal of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup when they crushed injury-hit Chinese Taipei 3-0 at the MA Aziz Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Palestine the team to beat
Palestine look like the team to bet when they take on Kyrgyzstan in the quarterfinal of the AFC Challenge Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Attal: The smiling assassin
Fahed Attal is quick to smile, but he is quicker to pounce.
 arrow Cricket: Australians no crowd-pullers!
The much revered and equally admired Australian cricket team may be in town but even the star names of Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee have not been enough to pull the people from the river port
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka A win ODI series
Sri Lanka A clinched the three match one-day series 2-1 by inflicting a massive 134-run defeat on hosts Bangladesh A in the third and final match at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Lt.
 arrow Cricket: CA bosses in city
Creagh O'Connor and James Sutherland, chairman and chief executive respectively of Cricket Australia (CA) arrived in the city yesterday as part of a ceremony to mark Australia's reign as the top Testcricket
 arrow Cricket: Umps' training camp ends
A five-day Rajshahi divisional umpires training camp ended here at the Dinajpur Stadium today afternoon. The training had started on April 4 at the same venue.
 arrow Cricket: Jones joins injury list
Injured England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones is set to miss the fifth one-day match against India at Guwahati.
 arrow Football: Spurs on course for Europe
Tottenham Hotspur pulled clear of the chasing pack as a 2-1 win over Manchester City here at White Hart Lane on Saturday kept them on course for Champions League qualification.
 arrow Cricket: Holding hits chuckers hard
Bowlers are getting away with illegal actions because umpires are afraid of calling them for political reasons, according to West Indian fast bowling great Michael Holding.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas pair punish NZ
Test veteran Neil McKenzie and promising youngster Jean-Paul Duminy punished the touring New Zealanders in an unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 248 for the Rest of South Africa on the first day of a four-day
 arrow Football: Boca fans take zeal to grave
Many fans of Argentina's most popular soccer team, Boca Juniors, pledge eternal devotion to the club. And with new Boca caskets on sale, they can put their money where their mouths are.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre defeated Sunrise Sporting Club by one wicket in the Super League stage of the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith returns for S Africa
Graeme Smith has been cleared to lead South Africa in the first Test against New Zealand, which starts next Saturday at Centurion Park.
 arrow Football: Kahn agony continues
Oliver Kahn's miserable weekend continued on Saturday, conceding three goals as German champions and league leaders Bayern Munich slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Werder Bremen.
 arrow Football: Real v Reims -- half a century on
Spanish giants Real Madrid and humble French second division outfit Reims may not have much in common these days but half a century ago it was a different story altogether.
 arrow Football: Milan derby moved forward
Next week's derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan has been brought forward a day to give AC Milan an extra 24 hours to prepare for their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Barcelona.
Metropolitanarrow Free edn up to degree level if voted to power: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has been distorting the history of the liberation war and teaching false history to children, destroying the moral
 arrow 14,200 teachers to be appointed by June
Both the government and the development partners hoped that the Primary Education Development Programme-II (PEDP-II) would bring a massive qualitative change to primary education.
 arrow Govt blamed for Kansat incident
Condemning the government for the recent Kansat tragedy, leaders of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote said it proves the autocratic attitude of the government towards people.
 arrow Arrange jobs, not relief, to mitigate monga
Speakers at a roundtable in the city yesterday stressed the need for increased institutional supports for creating agricultural or non-agricultural economic activities for the hardcore poor facing monga
 arrow 'Enact law to curb noise pollution'
Environmentalists yesterday called for enactment of a law to contain noise pollution, one of the main causes of creating health hazards in Bangladesh.
 arrow Road crashes kill one, injure 58
At least one person was killed and 58 were injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Mymensingh and Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Tk 100cr Japanese grant for safe navigation system
The Japanese government will provide about Tk 100 crore as a grant to the Chittagong Port Authority(CPA) for strengthening safe navigation system of the port and for maintaining navigability of the Karnaphuli
 arrow Husband held
Police arrested the husband of slain NGO worker on Friday night.
The arrestee was identified as Mohammad Pintu.

 arrow Lutfar to contest as JP candidate
Jatiya party yesterday nominated former lawmaker Lutfar Rahman Chowdhury to contest the upcoming Gaibandha-4 by-election.
 arrow DU Rover Scouts celebrates 40th anniversary
The youths should be involved in scouting to develop their latent inner faculties, speakers at a function said yesterday.
 arrow One killed in Habiganj clash
A man was killed and at least 20 people, including women and children, were injured in a fierce clash between two groups of villagers at Richi in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow DCC urges residents to use road's name in holding address
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has asked the residents and businessmen of Maghbazar-Malibagh road to use its name, 'Selina Parveen Road', in holding addresses.
 arrow Photography exhibition on Satyajit Ray begins tomorrow
A five-day photography exhibition of Nemai Ghosh on world famous film director Satyajit Ray begins at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala here today.
 arrow 40 rebels surrender in Pakistan
A group of about 40 rebels downed arms and surrendered yesterday to authorities in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said.
 arrow Missing factory worker found dead
Police recovered body of a teenage worker at the roadside of Madhumati Model Town under Savar Police Station early hours of yesterday.
 arrow JCD Barisal div conference today
The grassroots-level divisional conference of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) will be held at local stadium today.
All preparations for the conference have been completed.

 arrow Newspaper holiday
Newspaper offices will remain closed on Tuesday on account of Eid-E-Miladunnabi.
 arrow Proshika to operate globally
Proshika International Development Society, a global development organisation, has been registered under Society Act at Victoria in Canada, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 4 killed as nor'westers hit Tangail, Sirajganj
Four people were killed and about 200 injure when nor'westers battered several villages in Tangail and Sirajganj districts Friday evening.
 arrow Kawmi Jute Mills facing closure again for jute
Kawmi Jute Mills, the largest state owned jute mill in the northern region, is facing closure again due to crisis of raw jute.
 arrow Attempt to grab land by Jamaat leaders in Khulna
Twelve people were injured, four of them seriously, as criminals hired by land grabbers attacked residents at Ramnathpur village in Paikgachha upazila in Khulna early morning Saturday.
 arrow Hartal in Rajshahi city today for gas
Rajshahi Babosai Oykko Parisad, a trader's body, called a day-long strike in Rajshahi city today demanding supply of pipeline gas. Rajshahi Awami League has extended support to the hartal call.
 arrow Condition for power in Nilphamari
The subscribers of Nilphamari Polli Bidyut Samity in Domar upazila have brought an allegation of widespread corruption against the Samity officials.
 arrow Police file case against Khulna BNP leader
Sub Inspector Fakhruzzaman yesterday lodged an FIR with Sonadanga thana accusing advocate Mehedi Insar for 'compelling' a rickshawpuller to commit suicide on Thursday night.
 arrow 700 smuggled chicks burnt in Tangail
At least 700 chicks, allegedly smuggled from across the borer were burnt in front of Sakhipur police station Friday evening.
Point-Counterpointarrow Can the opposition reform proposal ensure level ground for election?
To ensure free and fair election, the 14-party alliance submitted a reform proposal to the parliament for consideration of the government.
 arrow Iraq invasion: Three years after
Three years ago, as America was getting ready to invade Iraq, most of its NATO allies, and friends from the region and beyond, had urged Washington to exercise restraint.
 arrow Everyday life in Iraq
On April 9, 2003 Saddam Hussein's huge -- larger than life -- statue was toppled with the help of an American tank, marking the fall of Baghdad.
Culturearrow Pata-chitra: Pride of Bengal
Among the indigenous Bangalee art forms, pata-chitra or scroll paintings stand apart in their choice of subjects, vibrant colours, unique lines and style of presentation.
 arrow Soaring to poetic heights
Poets from indigenous communities and representatives of various countries joined hands recently at the 6th Recitation Festival '06 held at Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow An evening of folk music
With Bangla Naba Barsha round the corner, the cultural scene is abuzz in Dhaka. In the midst of the festivities was a recent solo musical evening by renowned folk singer Kanon Bala Sarkar.
 arrow Bangladeshi exhibition in Maldives
President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his wife visited the ongoing Bangladeshi painting exhibition at the National Art Gallery in the Maldives capital recently.
Generalarrow 'BNP has expanded education'
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said that the BNP expanded education in the country whenever it was in power.
 arrow 50 houses gutted in Bandarban
At least 50 dwelling houses were gutted in a fire at Uzanipara in the town last night.
 arrow Djuice-Pizza Hut concert held in Ctg
A special concert titled 'Drockstars Live @ Pizza Hut' for djuice (Grameen Phone) Xtra Card holders was held at Chittagong outlet of Pizza Hut yesterday.
 arrow Govt does not want dialogue: Obaidul Quader
Acting General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government does not want dialogue on their reform proposals.
Internationalarrow Cash crisis, attacks put pressure on Hamas
Palestinian premier Ismail Haniya yesterday accused the West of blackmail after the US and EU froze badly needed aid, while president Mahmud Abbas warned that a new unilateral Israeli withdrawal would
 arrow Troops, Tigers accuse each other of attacks
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot and wounded two Sri Lankan soldiers yesterday, the army said, shortly after the rebels themselves complained they had come under fire from the military in the run-upto
 arrow 'Congress may take a year to implement Indo-US N-deal'
A top United States envoy said Friday he was confident the US Congress would approve a major civilian nuclear deal but said it could take a year to implement.
 arrow Nepal king committed 'travesty' against democracy: US
A top US envoy said Friday Nepal's king had committed a "travesty against democracy" when he seized power, as hundreds more protesters were arrested in the Himalayan kingdom during an anti-royal strike.
 arrow Iraqi Shia leader warns against civil war
One of Iraq's most powerful Shia leaders urged his followers yesterday to resist being drawn into a sectarian civil war after a triple suicide bombing killed at least 70 people at a mosque associatedwith
 arrow Tornadoes sweep thru' Tennessee: 11 killed
In the second wave of violent weather to hit the state in less than a week, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tore off roofs, overturned cars and left 11 people dead.
 arrow Suicide car bomb kills 2 outside Nato base
A suicide car bomb outside a Nato military base in a western Afghan city yesterday killed two Afghans and wounded seven others the second such attack on a foreign military base in as many days.
 arrow Bush signals opposition to automatic citizenship for illegals
US President George W.
 arrow CPI-M to review govt support after polls
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) on Friday said it would review its support for the government after state elections are out of the way next month.
Editorialarrow Editorial: More bloodshed in Kansat
What's happening in Kansat? Apparently not even deaths of innocent people these days can move the government into serious thinking.
 arrow Editorial: Unfit vessels as usual
It is a matter of concern that despite a heavy toll taken of human lives in launch mishaps in the recent years, Inland Water Transport Authority (IWTA) under the Shipping Ministry has failed to prevent
 arrow Discourse on nuclear primacy
While global attention remains focused on international flash points like continued instability in Iraq, Iran's alleged nuclear weaponization, North Korea's obdurate aberrance, and, most importantly,the
 arrow Estimating the economic price of gas
We need resources to produce the goods and services we want. But resources are limited, so we need to ensure their efficient use.
Letters to Editorarrow Fair election, honest candidates
The recently held seminar/dialogue at CPD with particular reference to fair election & competent candidates was indeed very well attended by distinguished personalities of all faculties.
 arrow Opinion poll
Opinion poll is a study of what people think or believe about a topic or question. Such surveys are usually done by questionnaire, interview, or observation or through interactive newspapers.
 arrow Physicians and privacy
I have noticed that many physicians in our country examine patients at their chambers in the presence of other patients and their relatives. It is very embarrassing and objectionable.
 arrow Mahmood Elahi's reply
Mr. Arijis writes: "And coming to crumbling infrastructure, Mr. Elahi, please come to India and see for yourself the same.
Star Healtharrow Rheumatic fever and heart diseases
Rheumatic fever is caused by only 'Group-A' Beta haemolytic Streptococci bacteria following infection in the throat.
 arrow Estimated deaths due to rotavirus in Bangladesh
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe gastroenteritis among young children. Globally, rotavirus is estimated to cause over 500,000 deaths among children aged under 5 years each year.
 arrow What you need to know before blood transfusion
Epilogue of blood transfusion is that one does not want blood, one need it. Blood is not a factory product; the human body is the only source producing blood.
 arrow What is vision impairment?
Vision impairment means that a person's eyesight cannot be corrected to a "normal" level.
 arrow Heat cramps
Heat cramps are painful, involuntary muscle spasms that usually occur during heavy exercise in hot environments.
Inadequate fluid intake often contributes to heat cramps.

 arrow A new society for child neurology, development and disability formed
A symposium on "Child Disability and a Social Movement -- Bangladesh Perspective" was held recently at Sir Salimullah Medical College (SSMC) and Mitford Hospital in the city for creating awareness about
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I have been using glasss since 2004. But I don't want it.
What can I do?
Thanks and best regards
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 arrow Clarification
In a clarification on the news published in the last issue of Star Health headlined "Eminent surgeon urged for multi-disciplinary approach for proper treatment" Prof Dr Khademul Islam said that during
Star Cityarrow Govt officers using 'easy-to-get' degrees for promotion
Administrative cadre officers with poor academic results in the past are grabbing easy-to-get degrees from different private universities to avail promotions to posts of deputy and joint secretaries.
 arrow Speed-breakers built on whims of 'high officials'
Defying expert opinions, the engineering department of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is continuing to build hundreds of speed-breakers in the city, causing great disruption in the movement of emergency
 arrow Summer fruits on sale
Mouth-watering summer fruits have already hit the city's markets but the prices are beyond the reach of the commoners.
 arrow Road as dam...

 arrow Traffic congestion at Mohammadpur
The traffic situation is hazardous and unbearable along Asad Avenue in Mohammadpur before and after school and university hours with poor traffic management and negligence of the institutional authorities.
 arrow Selling lottery tickets in banks
When Tamanna Islam, a service holder in a private company, went to the IFIC bank to cash her salary cheque, the officer at the counter forced her to buy a heart foundation lottery ticket.
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