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Front Pagearrow Violence flares up in tense Kansat
Tension in and around Kansat continues to rise as protesting local people in groups carried out fresh attacks on the law enforcers and vandalised their vehicles amid chase and counter-chase on the fourth
 arrow Tigers serve Australia second day stunner
Bangladesh continued to surprise Australia and the world audience alike with yet another dream day's cricket at the Fatullah Stadium on Monday.
 arrow Harbin hid actual cost to get Tongi plant deal
The Chinese builder of the under-performing Tongi 80 megawatt power plant, Harbin Powers, apparently won the plant's contract by quoting a low price that excluded prices of a large number of essential
 arrow Dhaka to seek free access of goods to Turkey
Dhaka will seek duty free access of Bangladesh products to the Turkish market and pursue increased exports of pharmaceuticals, ready-made garment, ceramic and leather goods during Prime Minister (PM)Khaleda
 arrow Blaze kills 100 at Indian trade fair
At least 100 people were killed yesterday when fire swept through large tents packed with shoppers at a trade fair in north India, police said.
 arrow BNP stalwarts blamed for Kansat crisis
Expressing the fear of being killed in 'crossfire', Kansat Palli Bidyut Unnayan Sangram Parishad convenor Golam Rabbani accused local BNP stalwarts of repeatedly cheating the power-starved people that
 arrow FM defends appointing US lobbyist
The government yesterday strongly defended the appointment of a US lobbyist to counter alleged adverse campaigns that try to portrait Bangladesh as a fundamentalist state influenced by the Talibans and
 arrow Probes of most money laundering cases stalled
The central bank identified 79 bank transactions as suspected acts of money laundering but only four cases were filed under the Money Laundering Prevention Act 2002.
 arrow 20yr higher edn plan discourages politics
An expert committee yesterday submitted to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia a long-term education plan recommending the government to discourage teacher and student politics.
 arrow CEC appeals to SC to expunge HC directives
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to expunge two of the High Court's directives on voter list, arguing that they contravene the law.
 arrow Power minister blames it on bureaucracy
The existing power crisis in the country is due to procrastination of the bureaucracy and lengthy procurement process, State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood said.
 arrow Miladunnabi today
Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and death anniversaries of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed today across the country.
 arrow BNP MP jailed for contempt of court
A court at Devidwar upazila yesterday sentenced ruling BNP lawmaker Manjurul Ahsan Munshi and the principal of a college to six months' imprisonment for contempt of court.
 arrow Traders protest JCD attack, keep shops closed
Tension mounted in and around Chandrima Super Market in the city yesterday as a big traders' protest rally was held near it and the market was kept closed and heavily guarded fearing further attacks by
 arrow Gas supply to Rajshahi, Khulna not possible in govt's tenure
There is no possibility of implementing the government's electoral pledges to supply gas through pipelines to Rajshahi and Khulna divisions during its present tenure.
 arrow Unaware

 arrow AL parliamentary team to place its finds in next JS session
A six-member opposition parliamentary team led by Whip Bir Bahadur yesterday visited Joysen Para and Sabru Karbari Para in the district where BNP cadres allegedly raped two indigenous girls and tortured
 arrow Two kids die after falling from roof
A young girl and an infant died after they fell from the roof of a five-storey building at Tilpapara in the capital's Khilgaon area last night.
 arrow EU mulls sanctions on Iran over nukes
The European Union could consider slapping sanctions on Iran, including a visa ban, if current UN-centred diplomatic efforts fail, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said yesterday.
 arrow Interns call off strike at CMCH
The intern doctors of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday called off their strike following an assurance from the authorities to fulfil their demand.
 arrow 1 killed as train hits tractor
A train rammed a tractor and killed its driver at Bagjana level crossing in Hili in the district yesterday.
 arrow 120 feared dead in Ghana boat capsize
Some 120 people were feared drowned after a boat packed with passengers and goods capsized on Ghana's Lake Volta, police in the West African country said yesterday.
 arrow Salman jailed for 5 years for poaching
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday after he was convicted of poaching endangered Indian gazelles almost a decade ago, officials said.
 arrow Two jailed in Sylhet
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet Division yesterday sentenced two people to 31 and 17 years' rigorous imprisonment in two sensational arms and explosives cases.
 arrow Clarification
Care Bangladesh in a clarification of a report published in The Daily Star on April 8 said slain NGO worker Baby Begum was never a staff of CARE Bangladesh as mentioned in the report headlined "Female
 arrow Myanmar bird flu worse than thought: UN
UN officials expressed grave concern yesterday over the bird flu situation in Myanmar, which they said is more serious than previously thought.
Businessarrow BTRC to reduce licence fee, govt royalty
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday decided to reduce licence acquisition fee, annual government royalty and revenue sharing obligation for the private land phone operators
 arrow 7 multinational, 3 local firms line up to buy Rupali bank
Seven multinational and three local financial institutions have lined up to buy the state-run Rupali Bank, the Privatisation Commission (PC) said yesterday.
 arrow Corporate governance: Does human resources have a role?
Human Resources (HR)'s role has often been seen as peripheral when it comes to corporate governance.
 arrow SEC lifts directive on making full payment
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday withdrew an earlier directive for investors to make full payment against share purchase orders before their execution.
 arrow 'Auditors can help reduce corruption’
Auditors can play the pivotal role to reduce corruption and uphold the image of the country, Commerce Secretary M Abdul Karim observed.
 arrow ASA rated best micro-finance institution in the world
Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX), a US based international rating agency, has selected Association for Social Advancement (ASA), a local NGO (non-governmental organisation) as the best microfinance
 arrow Road show on migration to SWIFT net held
A road show on migration to SWIFT net (phase-2) was organised by Syscom Ltd held at the head office of Oriental Bank Ltd in Dhaka recently.
 arrow China to set up Asia's largest offshore oil platfrom
The giant support structure of an offshore drilling platform, the largest ever launched in Asia, has commenced its voyage from Shenzhen city in South China's Guangdong Province, the state media reported
 arrow New BKMEA office-bearers
Incumbent President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Fazlul Haque has been re-elected the president of the association for the year 2006-07.
 arrow Japan reopens free trade talks with Asean
Japan resumed talks Monday to reach a free trade deal with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) after an eight-month stalemate, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow Oil prices rebound in Asian trade
Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Monday as geo-political concerns and tight US gasoline supplies overshadowed news that Nigeria would recover production lost due to militant attacks, dealers said.
 arrow Lamy urges effort on trade talks as deadline approaches
World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy urged the United States, European Union and emerging countries to make efforts to reach a trade agreement before an April 30 deadline, in comments publishedMonday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dav savours best day
The cricket world will be watching intently as proceedings unfold over the next three days at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
RAJIN Saleh and Khaled Mashud battled well in the morning to see the new ball off and although they were a bit slow, their approach served Bangladesh's purpose to reach a total about 430 runs.
 arrow Football: Booters crash out
Bangladesh crashed out of the AFC Challenge Cup when Tajikistan handed them an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC okays 4 Indian venues
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved four Indian venues where Champions Trophy matches will be played later this year, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Nepal-Sri Lanka first semifinal tomorrow
Surprise-pack Nepal will take on Sri Lanka in the first semifinal of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup at the MA Aziz Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill shine in gloom
Despite an off day from the usually imperious Australian team, there were two shining lights in terms of performances as both Stuart MacGill and Adam Gilchrist gave the men from Down Under reason to smile.
 arrow Cricket: Zoysa back in SL fold
Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Monday recalled seamer Nuwan Zoysa for the upcoming Test tour of England but captain Marvan Atapattu remained an uncertain starter.
 arrow Football: United blank Gunners
Wayne Rooney kept Manchester United in the hunt for the Premiership title with a brilliant individual performance to inspire Sir Alex Ferguson's team to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford here
 arrow Cricket: Guwahati's fate in Roshan's hands
The future of Indian city Guwahati as an international cricket venue will be determined by Sri Lankan match referee Roshan Mahanama, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Kahn accepts reserve role
Oliver Kahn has moved to quell speculation over his future by insisting that he wants to be part of Germany's World Cup squad despite being told he is no longer first-choice goalkeeper.
 arrow Football: Milan pounce on Juve lapse
Juventus struggled to shake off their Champions League hangover as they drew 1-1 with Fiorentina on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia awarded officially
Australia have received a cheque for 500,000 dollars for being this year's top side in the LG ICC Test Championship and LG ICC ODI Championship.
 arrow Football: Barca struggle at Santander
Lowly Racing Santander gave Barcelona a fright on Sunday before the Primera Liga leaders came back to draw 2-2 and restore their 11-point lead at the top of the table.
 arrow Football: Wayne blames Owen
The tabloid revelations over Wayne Rooney's gambling habits have sparked a rift between the Manchester United star and his England teammate Michael Owen, reports said Monday.
 arrow Football: Zidane aims at WC triumph
France midfielder Zinedine Zidane said Monday he wants to end his international career in July with a second World Cup triumph in Germany.
Metropolitanarrow 'BNP-Jamaat govt violates constitution'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said those who don't recognise Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the proclaimer of independence and the proclamation by the Mujibnagar government should be considered
 arrow Opposition to be alienated if hinders progress: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the opposition would be alienated if they take any step to obstruct the country's march towards progress.
 arrow PM, Speaker behind JS fire incident: AL
Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar to explain why the fire had broken out at the Sangsad Bhaban.
 arrow Formulate pro-poor health policy
Experts at a regional seminar yesterday called for formulating health and drug policies focusing on the poor and disadvantaged groups to ensure their easy and regular access to health services.
 arrow Drying up of wetlands at JU threatens biodiversity
Due to sedimentation over the years and lack of proper maintenance, wetlands at Jahangirnagar University (JU) have been drying up, jeopardising the biodiversity and panoramic beauty on the campus.
 arrow 'Bring culprits to book'
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday demanded that the persons responsible for the killings at Kansat in Chapainawabganj be brought to book immediately.
 arrow 5 JMB men to appear before court April 30
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to produce five Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members before it on April 30 in connection with three cases.
 arrow 15-yr WB programme for agri-development
The World Bank (WB) is going to take a 15-year programme for agriculture development in Bangladesh.
 arrow 1st anniversary today
Today is the first anniversary of Spectrum Sweater Industry Tragedy in which 65 garment workers were killed and 85 others injured.
 arrow 'Govt has no right to spend public money for party interest'
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the government is now spending public money to cover up its corruption, failures and non-democratic activities by hiring
 arrow CHT census indicators to enhance dev work launched
Local Government Engineering Development (LGED) yesterday launched a publication on 'Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Census Indicators 2001 and Trends' to help the policy makers to set precise goal for future
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Brahmanbaria on Sunday night.
 arrow AL to observe Mujibnagar Day on Apr 17
A meeting of Mujibnagar Day Observance Committee was held to observe the historic Mujibnagar Day on April 17.
 arrow 3 murdered in city
Police recovered bodies of two men and one woman from the city's Demra and Uttara areas yesterday.
Police could not ascertain identities of the victims as of 8:00pm yesterday.

 arrow Detainee dies at hospital
A detainee was declared dead when Jail police brought him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with mark of injuries on his body.
 arrow 14 young men, women held at cyber cafe in city
Police arrested 14 young men and women during a raid on a cyber cafe at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday as they were found in an objectionable situation.
 arrow Cirdap signs MoU with ICIMOD
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) was signed
 arrow BDR DG to visit CTg, Rangamati tomorrow
Director General of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Major General Shakil Ahmed will visit Chittagong and Rangamati sector area tomorrow.
 arrow BFUJ Conference tomorrow
Biennial representatives' conference of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) will be held at Jatiya Press Club tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Equip youths to remove poverty
Prof Mohammad Yunus has said the young generation has to take the responsibility to remove poverty and illiteracy from society. For that, they should be properly equipped with knowledge and expertise.
 arrow 1,000 homeless in Bogra tornado
About 1,000 tornado-hit people of three villages in Dhunat upazila are passing their days in great misery under the open sky for the last three days.
 arrow 4 Harkatul Jihad cadres get 20-yr RI in Khulna
Four alleged cadres of Islamist outfit Harkatul-Jihad were jailed here Sunday.
 arrow Govt out to shirk reforms fearing polls defeat: AL
The government is reluctant to reform the caretaker system and the Election Commission as it knows it will not retain power if the next general election is held in a free and fair manner, said Awami League
 arrow Bangla Bhai's wife remanded again
Wife of JMB second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, Fahima Chowdhury, was placed on a 10-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Transport strike in Gaibandha threatened
Gaibandha Motor Malik Samity and Motor-Truck Sramik Union on Sunday threatened to go for an indefinite transport strike from April 16 if the authorities did not meet their three-point demand by April15.
Point-Counterpointarrow The women of war
There is a wealth of writing on World War II but unfortunately some very interesting titles particularly about the work of the Special Operatives Executive (the SOE) are out of print.
 arrow The last and the greatest
On this auspicious day of Eid-e-Miladunnabi we celebrate the birthday of the holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) whose chequered life has a special significance not only to the world of Islam but
 arrow SAARC needs to be dynamic
As the Standing Committee of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meets in Dhaka, first time after the last 13th summit of the seven-nation forum in November in Dhaka, the committee
 arrow Two bright aspects of the Prophet's (pbuh) eventful life
VOLUMES will be required to write on various aspects of the eventful and chequered life of a personage like Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) for, he was not only an extraordinary person, but
Culturearrow Back to the roots
From a tryst of Krishna-Radha to vignettes from the life of warrior-saint Gazi Pir to other folklore, mythology and everyday life--there's a host of pata (scroll) paintings on display at Galleri
 arrow Plays with hard hitting themes
After completing a six-month course on theatre, the successful students of the Nagorik Nattyangan Institute of Drama (NNID) staged two plays Utshob and Suranga.
 arrow Baishakhi-special play on Rtv
Ariful Islam Patwari, a novelist arrives at Shahebganj at the invitation of the local literary organisation (Shahittya Parisad).
 arrow Rundown on "ATN Taroka"
The talent hunt show ATN Taroka, Tarokader Taroka currently running on ATN Bangla, aims to promote upcoming talents from all over the country.
Generalarrow 'Create jobs for indigenous people in nursing'
Employment opportunity should be created for indigenous people in nursing profession.
 arrow 9 shops gutted in Jamalpur
Nine shops were gutted in a fire at Baushi Bazar in Sarishabari upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Press photo contest held
Photojournalist Anisur Rahman of The Daily Star won the first position in a competition of press photographs published in 2005.
Internationalarrow Donors meet Tigers to save peace talks
Envoys from Sri Lanka's international donors went yesterday to meet Tamil Tiger rebels in a bid to keep peace talks due to be held in Switzerland from April 19 on track, officials said.
 arrow Assam votes in final leg of elections
A schoolteacher was killed and a paramilitary soldier abducted from a polling station in India's insurgency-hit Assam yesterday as the second stage of a state assembly election ended.
 arrow Israel tightens squeeze on Hamas govt
Israel followed up its pledge to cut all contacts with the new Hamas-led Palestinian Authority by ordering the symbolic closure yesterday of a security liaison office in the West Bank town of Jericho.
 arrow Delhi, Kabul ink 2 accords to boost ties
India yesterday announced a 50 million dollar aid to Afghanistan and the two countries signed two agreements on cooperation in education and rural development after visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai
 arrow Hospital blast kills 17 in China
A powerful explosion at a hospital complex in northern China's Shanxi province yesterday killed at least 17 people with up to a dozen more missing, state media and local police reported.
 arrow US may be playing up Zarqawi's role in Iraq
The US military is exaggerating the role of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, possibly to help tie the war to the group blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks, The Washington Post
 arrow 4 doctors killed in Taliban attacks
Fresh attacks linked to Taliban insurgents killed eight people in insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said Monday, with four of the dead working as doctors in a remote province.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The Prophet of Islam
Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and death anniversaries of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), is being celebrated in the Islamic world with great solemnity and fervour.
 arrow Editorial: Simmering Kansat
The tense situation in Kansat may have been artificially defused due to the imposition of a ban on public gatherings, but as an astute action on the part of the High Court in a public interest litigation
 arrow No more Spectrums!
Last year on April 11, 2005, 73 workers died and 84 were reported to have been grievously injured in Polashbari, Savar, following the collapse of the building housing the Spectrum Sweater Industries.
 arrow Rough ride in US Congress
Just two weeks ago, the India-United States nuclear deal appeared "set to sail through" the Senate.
Letters to Editorarrow Blurred image of politics
The government appears to be too lenient with the city corporations.
 arrow Why are we poor?
This is in response to Miraz Ahmed's opinion on "Why are we poor?". The last sentence "Is there anyone to help us?" attracted me most.
 arrow What does it mean?
I came across a banner in the lobby of a hospital in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Bird flu
The bird flu now in neighbouring India is sure to be here, if not already here, unknown to us. However the disease, which is air and contact borne, is a danger, which comes from live chicken.
 arrow Preserve, don't distort
The article on Shat Gambuj Mosque published in The Daily Star on 5 April 2006 has drawn my attention.
 arrow Frankly speaking...
As a regular subscriber of your daily that champions 'people's right to know'. I was simply disappointed to glance on the front page of the 29 March issue.
 arrow Look into it
I have heard a rumour that a new hospital is encouraging new mothers not to breastfeed their babies but to use artificial baby food - and that a company has 'influenced' them to do so...
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