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Front Pagearrow Cops raid villages at night, 6 more killed
Six people including a 10-year-old boy were killed and about 300 others injured yesterday in Kansat as police went on rampage in a dozen villages in the dark of the night, vandalising and burning houses
 arrow ADP implementation pace 'frustrating'
The pace of Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation in the first eight months of the current fiscal year (FY) was slower by three percentage points than the corresponding period of FY2004-05.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade shells, bullets at Patgram
One Bangladeshi was killed and four injured in a seven-hour gunfight between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at the Patgram frontiers in Lalmonirhat yesterday.
 arrow BNP writes to AL not to interfere in its member selection
With the government high-ups having decided not to sit in a dialogue without Jamaat-e-Islami, the ruling BNP yesterday in a letter asked the Awami League (AL) not to interfere in nomination of its representatives
 arrow US, Korea to get observer status
The Saarc Standing Committee on Tuesday agreed in principle to grant the United States and South Korea observer status in the regional grouping.
 arrow Karachi suicide blast kills 57
Pakistani troops were on high alert yesterday for the funeral of a Sunni Muslim leader who was among 57 people killed in the country's worst suicide bombing for nearly two decades.
 arrow Saifur raises Dhaka's concern over barriers to regional trade
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has raised Bangladesh concerns over hurdles to trade with Nepal and Bhutan at an Eacap meeting that examined regional cooperation in infrastructure development.
 arrow Dhanmondi Club rents out playground again flouting HC order
Defying a High Court order, Dhanmondi Club authorities once again rented out the Dhanmondi playground at Road no 8 to hold a seven-day long Baishakhi Mela starting on April 14.
 arrow Tata still eager to invest
Tata Group is still eager to invest in Bangladesh as part of its plan to take part in the development initiatives in South Asia, the group's Bangladesh Project Director Manzer Hossain said.
 arrow Govt killing time in the name of talks
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government will have to meet the opposition's reform proposals to establish peoples' right to vote.
 arrow Devotees go on rampage in Ctg
People willing to join a traditional religious procession in the port city on the occasion of Miladunnabi went on rampage near Shah Amanat Bridge on the Karnaphuli here on Tuesday, setting fire to toll
 arrow HC hears IO's deposition to trial court
The High Court (HC) yesterday heard the deposition given by the investigation officer (IO) of the Shazneen rape and murder case to trial court.
 arrow Australia come back strongly
After two days of Bangladesh dominance and a third day where honours were shared, Australia bounced back with their typical iron nerves against the spirited Tigers.
 arrow SC hearing of CEC's appeal continues today
The full bench of Supreme Court (SC) decided to continue the hearing on chief election commissioner's (CEC) leave to appeal petition today following yesterday's hearing.
 arrow PM off to Turkey
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia left Dhaka yesterday for Ankara on a four-day state visit to Turkey. She will lead the Bangladesh delegation at the official talks with Turkey today.
 arrow Australian police plan to set up outpost in Bangladesh
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) plans to open an outpost in Bangladesh amidst growing concern that the South Asian country might turn into a 'haven for terrorists', reports ABC news.
 arrow Judge Chunnu quits amid political controversy
Rezaul Karim Chunnu, Dhaka divisional special judge also former Secretary General of Judicial Services Association, who is facing a High Court injunction directing him not to carry out judicial activities,
 arrow Probe body now to submit report by Apr 16
The inquiry committee on April 8 fire inside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban has failed to submit its report within the extended deadline of April 11 as the probe body is struggling to find clues.
 arrow Stones for sale

 arrow Miladunnabi observed
Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the birth and death anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), was observed across the country on Tuesday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed during a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and his accomplices at Digholia upazila in Khulna.
 arrow BSF kills 1, ransacks houses
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Tarali, a bordering village in Swarupnagar thana in 24 Pargana district of West Bengal, India on Tuesday night.
 arrow Ershad faces court on waiver order
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday filed an affidavit-in-opposition in the High Court against the writ petition to realise rest of the total amount of the fined money from him (Ershad) in Janata
 arrow 3 die as boat capsizes in Padma
Bodies of three passengers of a boat that capsized in the river Padma on Tuesday night near Paksey were found floating yesterday while seven others remained missing.
Businessarrow Set up industrial park in Sylhet to woo investment from UK
Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) yesterday urged the government to establish an industrial park in Sylhet to attract more investment from the UK-based expatriate Bangladeshis.
 arrow Ensure power to save potatoes worth Tk 1,450 crore
Bangladesh Cold Storage Association (BCSA) has urged the government to ensure uninterrupted power supply in 335 private cold storages across the country to save potatoes worth Tk 1,450 crore.
 arrow India cautious about FTAs
India favours a calibrated and cautious approach towards signing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with other countries as it cannot afford unbridled liberalisation of imports in sensitive areas like textile
 arrow Ericsson vows to fight against merger
Ericsson, the world's leading cellular mobile network maker, has ruled out any possibility of merger but remains careful about competition despite being innovative in the market.
 arrow Int'l textile workers’ body demands factory safety
The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) has expressed concern over the poor working conditions in Bangladesh's textile and clothing industry and urged Prime Minister
 arrow BB alerts banks of pitfalls
Alerting different banks of the pitfalls of negligence, the central bank has cited example of the Islami Bank, saying that its callousness in handling suspicious accounts has cost its reputation and money.
 arrow DHL announces new rates for products, services
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, yesterday announced that its rates for DHL Express in Asia Pacific would increase by an average of 4 percent from May 1.
 arrow WTO sees global trade growth quickening in 2006
Global trade may grow 7 percent in 2006, up from last year's revised 6 percent expansion, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Tuesday in a forecast it warned was uncertain.
 arrow FBCCI to look for promotion of trade in Turkey
A seven-member business delegation led by Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Mir Nasir Hossain left Dhaka yesterday for Turkey, accompanying the Prime Minister
 arrow Gold price may break record $850
Gold prices, which this week hit the highest level for over 25 years, could break the record of 850 dollars per ounce within two years on massive investment demand, metals consultancy GFMS said on Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices ease
Oil prices bounced back above 69 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Wednesday as the market remained jittery over a possible US military strike against Iran's uranium-enrichment facilities, dealers said.
 arrow Emirates to launch Dubai-Nagoya route service
Emirates is building a firm foundation before launching its services to Nagoya on June 1 with a flurry of successful road shows, business network meetings and press briefings in the central province of
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar's worst episode
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has termed his second innings dismissal as the most 'pathetic' episode of his career and admitted that they had yet to learn the second innings trick.
 arrow Football: A battle of masterminds
It would be a conflict of two old friends and similar style when a high-flying Tajikistan lock horns with neighbours Kyrgyzstan in the second semifinal of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Football: Sri Lanka in final
Nepal's AFC Challenge Cup hero Pradeep Maharajan turned a villain when he misfired two penalty kicks in the first semifinal yesterday to ease Sri Lanka's way to the final with a 5-3 victory in the tiebreaker
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
Australia really fought back on the third day and it was Adam Gilchrist's great knock which put Australia back on track. He showed why he is known as the best number seven batsman in the world.
 arrow Cricket: Bracken, Cullen coming early
Cricket Australia announced Wednesday that left-arm fast bowler Nathan Bracken and uncapped spinner Daniel Cullen would join the team ahead of the second Test on concerns that injuries would force changes
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist rates 'keeping record higher
After two days of Bangladeshi dominance, some semblance of normalcy was restored at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday as Australia wrested back the initiative after Bangladesh succumbed to a all-too-familiar
 arrow Football: Inter reach Cup final
Holders Inter Milan reached the Italian Cup final on Tuesday after a 2-2 draw at Udinese in the second leg of the semifinal. The draw earned Inter a 3-2 aggregate victory.
 arrow Football: Hope springs eternal
There are no kit bags or towels at the edges of a makeshift beachside pitch, just a couple of prostheses and a large plastic bottle of drinking water, but Sierra Leone's national amputees football team
 arrow Cricket: England win at last
England's stand-in captain Andrew Strauss limped his way to 74 as the tourists finally tasted victory in the sixth one-day match against India at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff wins top honour
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has beaten Ashes rival Shane Warne to the title of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2005.
 arrow Cricket: Chanderpaul quits WI captaincy
Shivnarine Chanderpaul announced Wednesday his resignation with immediate effect as captain of the West Indies cricket team.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav a forgotten man
The Indian cricket team is not missing former captain Sourav Ganguly as it builds for next year's World Cup, stand-in captain Virender Sehwag said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Marcus has no regrets
Marcus Trescothick insisted Wednesday that he has no regrets about his early exit from England's tour of India.
 arrow Cricket: Smith doubtful for first Test
Graeme Smith could be ruled out of South Africa's first Test against New Zealand because of a finger injury.
 arrow Football: Parreira relieved by Ronaldo injury!
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira admitted Wednesday that he was more relieved than worried by the injury suffered by star striker Ronaldo ahead of their World Cup campaign.
 arrow Football: Hiddink gets Russian job
Russian Football Union (RFU) boss Vitaly Mutko has officially confirmed Wednesday that Dutch manager Guus Hiddink will take over Russia's national squad after the end of the World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Football: Eto'o calls to curb racism
Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has called on the Spanish game to show "responsibility" in cutting out racism after twice being a victim of racist chanting in recent weeks.
 arrow Football: Heinze set for United return
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a recall for defender Gabriel Heinze as his side bid to overhaul Chelsea in the race for the English Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Drogba blasts soft signings
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Tuesday blasted manager Jose Mourinho's latest signings for lacking the mental strength for the Premiership battle.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI suspends Dalmiya
Former world cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya was on Tuesday suspended from the Indian board which he once ruled, on charges of misappropriation of funds.
 arrow Cricket: School cricket begins
Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket competition began at the Dhaka Residential Model School ground here in Dhaka on April 11.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre (GCCC) handed a crushing nine- wicket defeat to Ghagot Krira Chakra in a super league match of the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the local stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption widens rich-poor gap
Rampant corruption has widened the gap between the rich and the poor in the country, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Ensure safe workplace for garment workers
Different trade union organisations have observed the first anniversary of Spectrum Sweater Industry Tragedy through hunger strike, rallies and processions in the capital.
 arrow Inappropriate implementation to cause more waterlogging
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to make further evaluation before implementing the proposed Dhaka Integrated Flood Control Embankment cum Eastern Bypass Road Multipurpose Project.
 arrow 'Formulate policy to address needs of persons with disabilities'
Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday called for formulating a comprehensive policy on disaster management with special attention on the needs of persons with disabilities.
 arrow 83 shops gutted in fire incidents
At least 83 shops were gutted and 20 people injured in separate fire incidents in Sherpur and Bhola districts in the last three days.
 arrow JCD cadres beat 3 Jagannath Hall students
Cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, beat three resident students at Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday as they refused to give tolls.
 arrow Maj (retd) Akhter blames Tarique for involving school students in politics
Former BNP lawmaker Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman Ranjan yesterday criticised BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman for involving students, especially under-aged high school students, in politics
 arrow Doc-patient relations stressed
Speaker at an open discussion said, a positive relationship between the doctors and patients has not developed yet mainly because of the inappropriate behaviours of the doctors, which also cause people
 arrow Four killed in road crashes
At least four people, including a baby boy, were killed in separate road accidents in the capital and Brahmanbaria in the last two days.
 arrow Housewife beaten to death for dowry
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly for dowry in the city on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Khorsheda, 28, wife of Md Ali who lives in Khilkhet area.
 arrow Cop kills wife only for gold ring as dowry
A police constable killed his wife on Tuesday as her father could not present him a gold ring as dowry.
 arrow Zia Shishu Academy team meets president
A 36-member delegation of Zia Shishu Academy made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 1190 more held
Police arrested 1,190 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow British HC closed on April 16
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed on April 16 on the occasion of Easter Sunday, said a press release.
 arrow Daily Star-Trust Bank debate begins in Ctg Apr 16
A weeklong debate competition titled Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star 6th Inter-School English Debate will begin here on April 16.
 arrow Condolence meeting
A condolence meeting for Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations (IR), Dhaka University (DU), will be held today.
 arrow Arrest of killers of Badrul demanded
Teachers and students of Gazipur Cantonment Board School and College demonstrated in front of Gazipur Press Club yesterday in protest against the killing of Badrul Alam, a student of the institution.
Nationalarrow Grabbers eye Jalalabad Park
People, joined by former city fathers held a rally and formed a human chain in Sylhet protesting a move to grab the historic Jalalabad Park by influentials including some ward commissioners belongingto
 arrow Traders, activists of BNP front bodies clash in Satkhira
Three persons including a policemen were injured in clashes between traders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal (JJD) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD),youth and student fronts of ruling BNP atKalaroa
 arrow Baby killed, 75 hurt as nor'westers lash two districts
A baby was killed and at least 75 people were injured as nor'westers hit two unions in Netrakona in Tuesday and six villages in Gaibandha Monday night.
Our Netrakona Correspondent reports: One-year-old

 arrow Rangpur Nagorik Committee gives Apr 21 deadline
Rangpur Nagorik Committee has given the government a deadline till April 21 to meet its 15-point demand and threatened to launch tougher agitation for non-compliuance.
 arrow Anti-crime drive in SW region sees little success
The ongoing special drive being conducted jointly by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in the southwestern (SW) region is yet to see any major success.
 arrow Speedy Trial Tribunal goes without case
Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal has no case for trial after the delivery of its last verdict by judge Abdus Samad on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Responsibility without authority
The rule issued by the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on April 3 against four secretaries to the government, including principal secretary to the prime minister to explain why
 arrow Half a day with Hayami in Japan
Before departure, I was warned about the terrible cold in Tokyo. Meantime, Dr Kaliappa Kalirajan gave me some tips as to how to get out of the terminal and take a bus for Tokyo city.
 arrow Nepal's political woes and why
In recent days Nepal has been in political turmoil. Day curfew has been imposed in the capital city. About 120 including many politicians have been arrested on the eve of a four-day general strike.
Culturearrow Bidding farewell to last year
Today, the last day of the Bangla year, known as Chaitra Shankranti is also the last day of the traditional Chaitra Parba festival.
 arrow Sunbeams students regale viewers
Amidst the verdant surroundings of the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, a group of young artists from Sunbeams School displayed their artistic works on April 10 and April 11.
 arrow Of nature and colourful motifs
What better way to usher in the Bangla Nobo Barsho than an array of traditional arts? Yes, artist Sukumar Paul's Shora or clay pot lids are here on display at the Art & Soul Gallery in Gulshan.
Internationalarrow Undocumented US immigrants plan more protests
The recent unprecedented wave of demonstrations across the United States has given a new sense of empowerment to undocumented workers, who promise more dramatic protests in coming weeks.
 arrow Prodi vows to reunite Italy after polls win
Romano Prodi insisted yesterday that he could reunite a bitterly divided Italy as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi came under intense pressure to accept defeat after the country's closest vote in living
 arrow Lankan blasts kill 30, cast cloud over peace talks
A bomb ripped through a vegetable market in northeastern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing nine people in the latest of a series of blasts which have cast a cloud over upcoming peace talks.
 arrow Australian PM faces grilling
Australian Prime Minister John Howard was summoned for questioning yesterday at an official inquiry into the payment of sanctions-busting bribes to Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
 arrow Daytime curfew in Nepal goes but arrests continue
Nepal lifted yesterday a daytime curfew clamped on the capital but arrested more demonstrators, including 25 journalists, as protests continued against King Gyanendra's absolute rule.
 arrow Israel declares end to Sharon rule
The Israeli government signalled a formal end to the tumultuous five-year rule of Ariel Sharon on Tuesday, declaring the coma-stricken prime minister permanently incapacitated.
 arrow Trial session held without Saddam
The trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity resumed yesterday for a brief ten minute session without the deposed leader or any of the other seven defendants present.
 arrow 5 more US troops killed in Iraq
The US military reported the deaths of five more soldiers, including three killed Tuesday in a roadside bombing north of the capital.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PR campaign in US
THE first thing that we note is that appointing lobbyists is a common practice in the US.
 arrow Editorial: The tyranny of extortion must end
THE desperation of the businessmen in the city's New Market area was quite manifest when they brought out a procession on Monday to protest extortion by members of the Dhaka College JCD unit.
 arrow Neither is ignorance bliss, nor is it folly to be wise
Some hold the view that what you don't know cannot hurt you, and lexicographers suggest that the proverb encapsulates the aphorism that, not knowing something is often more comfortable than knowing it.
 arrow Oracle has been worked?
The cutting edge of the west, the UK and US administrations, are supposed to have been telling soldier-President Pervez Musharraf to hold the elections in 2007 and earlier than that he should hang uphis
Letters to Editorarrow Power and the powers that be
Is electricity issue going to be the death bell for the regime? Many of my friends and relatives replied in the affirmative when asked this question.
 arrow Corruption in medical sector
Your staff correspondent's front page report and photograph (DS: April 05) followed by your (April 06) editorial next day is a disgrace to the medical profession in general and the management of National
 arrow Scary advertisement
For a few days my son is so scared at night. We are very much worried.
 arrow Talented, but inconsistent
Mohammad Ashraful is a wonder boy of Bangladesh cricket. There is no doubt that he is extremely talented.
 arrow We must succeed
Thanks for the editorial 'Bangladesh Shining'. Whatever Mr Alex Perry thinks about Bangladesh from time to time, it does not change anything in the country.
 arrow Tajuddin's house
We read with anguish and concern regarding the state of the house of late prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed.
 arrow The two parties
It is not a conflict between two women-- Khaleda and Hasina. Rather, it is a conflict between two parties-- the Awami League and the BNP. It is a conflict between two contrasting philosophies.
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