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Front Pagearrow Kansat becomes a ghost hamlet
Kansat has literally taken a deserted look as panicked locals of five unions under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj fled for life, fearing further police excesses on them.
 arrow Govt mulls special fund for 1 lakh staff
The national budget for the next fiscal year (FY) may provide for recruiting about 100,000 new government staffs, with a special allotment earmarked for that, an establishment ministry source said.
 arrow Tell us why Kansat people being killed?
We have seen a lot of brutality by the police and other law enforcers in this country. But nothing can compare to the mindless killing that has been going on at Kansat during the last four months.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh brings new hopes
Today is Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the first month of Bangla calendar year 1413. The weary sun of 1412 set last evening and took away all the sorrows of loss and melancholy of unfulfilled expectations.
 arrow Dhaka, Ankara agree to boost bilateral trade
Bangladesh and Turkey agreed to take concrete steps to expand bilateral trade, commerce and investment as Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia held formal talks with her Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan
 arrow 14-party calls hartal on Apr 20
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition alliance enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country on April 20 protesting killings in Kansat by police during villagers' demonstration demanding uninterrupted
 arrow Ceasefire at Patgram, fight at Banglabandha
Tension still prevails among the villagers near Patgram border in Lalmonirhat following Wednesday's seven-hour skirmishes between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) that killed
 arrow SC verdict on CEC's appeal Monday
The Supreme Court (SC) will deliver its verdict on Monday on the leave to appeal petition filed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz against the High Court's directives on preparing a fresh voter
 arrow Agitation turning into movement against admin
The unprecedented movement at Kansat in Chapainawabganj, claiming the lives of at least 20 people so far, is gradually turning into a movement against the administration though it began by demanding uninterrupted
 arrow Tigers stretch Aussies to the limit
Mashrafee Bin Mortuza dived desperately in the deep backward square-leg area but fell agonisingly short and Australia captain Ricky Ponting survived to defy Bangladesh earn their most-coveted win inhistory
 arrow Babar blames protesters
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday regretted the incidents at Kansat where several people were killed on Wednesday.
 arrow Two killed in bomb attack in Chuadanga
At least two people including an elderly woman were killed and four others injured when Janajuddha faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) threw bombs into a small gathering at Paka village of
 arrow PM, Hasina exchange greetings
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina have exchanged greetings on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.
 arrow IAEA chief opens tough talks with Iran leaders
The head of the UN's atomic watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei opened tough talks with senior Iranian officials yesterday to press demands the Islamic republic freeze its controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Petition to HC to stop cops' firing on people
In the wake of the Kansat carnage, a member of Bangladesh Bar Council yesterday filed a supplementary application in relation to his April 9 writ petition in the High Court (HC) seeking issuance of directive
 arrow Rahman admits to ordering killing of lawyers
JMB chief Abdur Rahman yesterday said that he had directed his followers to kill the lawyers who practise in 'worldly' courts.
 arrow AL fuelling agitation
Ruling BNP lawmaker of Kansat Prof Shajahan Mia has alleged that the opposition Awami League (AL) is patronising the agitating local people for political gain, terming the ongoing demonstration 'criminal
 arrow Former top cops blame local administration
Two former inspectors general of police (IGP) have blamed the local administration for mishandling the situation at Kansat and suggested taking immediate steps at the higher level of the government to
Businessarrow PM seeks Turkish investment in potential sectors
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday Bangladesh has successfully entered the global investment map and is eager to be a serious partner of the global economic community.
 arrow MCCI worried at fall in investments
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday said the economy is under a considerable strain because of the decline in investments, both public and private, growing trade deficit and
 arrow CCCI for duty-free import of capital machinery
As the new national budget gets closer, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has proposed duty free import of capital machinery and 7.
 arrow Dinajpur trade fair begins
A month long trade fair titled 'Dinajpur Trade fair-2006' began here at Dinajpur Bara-Moydan yesterday.
 arrow US trade deficit shrinks to $65.7b in February
The US trade deficit narrowed to 65.7 billion dollars in February as imports slumped, government data showed yesterday, but economists said the respite would prove short-lived.
 arrow French economy picks up
The Bank of France upgraded its estimate of French growth in the first quarter on Thursday and reported a strong rise of business confidence.
 arrow US-Russia deal on WTO possible before G8 summit
Washington and Moscow are in tense "endgame" negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization, with US endorsement of Russia's WTO membership bid possible before the G8 summit in July,
 arrow Oil prices slip
Oil prices fell on Thursday but remained close to 70 dollars in London owing to concerns about global supplies. In London, the price of Brent North Sea crude for June delivery lost 33 cents to 69.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers winners in defeat
Bangladesh lost yet another Test in their 44th appearance when Australia snatched a three-wicket victory at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky a relieved man
What could have happened if Australia lost the first Test against Bangladesh is now just a matter of guesswork.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
Ricky Ponting played a captain's knock to steer his team to a three-wicket win on the last day of the most memorable Test match played between the two sides.
 arrow Football: Rabiev sinks Kyrgyzstan
Two-goal Yusuf Rabiev inspired Tajikistan to reach the final of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup when they blanked their central Asian neighbours Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in yesterday's second semifinal at the Bangabandhu
 arrow Football: Millionaires' paradise to welcome Brazil
World Cup holders Brazil will plan their campaign for a record sixth title from an exclusive hotel nestled in wooded hills near Frankfurt.
 arrow Football: Espanyol win King's Cup
Espanyol won the Spanish Cup on Wednesday for the fourth time in their history, swamping Real Zaragoza, earlier conquerors of Barcelona and Real Madrid, 4-1 in the final before a 75,000 crowd at the Santiago
 arrow Football: United plan Chelsea assault
Firemen were forced to extinguish a blaze at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground this week, but Sir Alex Ferguson's team have every intention of turning up the heat on Premiership leaders Chelseaon
 arrow Football: Crunch derby in Milan
As derbies go they don't come much bigger than AC Milan and Inter but Friday's clash promises to be more electrifying than usual with as many subplots as the Da Vinci Code.
 arrow Football: Hammam to witness final
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammad Bin Hammam will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow night to witness the final of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Hopes flies in for Watson
James Hopes will fly to Bangladesh to replace the injured Shane Watson in Australia's one-day side.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi announces brief retirement
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Thursday he was retiring from Test cricket until after the 2007 World Cup to concentrate on the limited overs form of the game.
 arrow Cricket: School cricket
Kalindi High School, Badda ABN High School, Manarat Interna-tional School and KL Jubilee School all won their respective matches in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Cricket Competition at various venues
 arrow Cricket: Zulhas no more
Zulhas Khan, veteran scorer and senior member of Bangladesh Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association died of a heart attack yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha Cricket
Gaibandha Cricket Coaching Centre (GCCC) won the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League, while Sunrise Sporting Club (SSC) emerged runners-up.
 arrow Football: Shakira to close WC in Germany
Colombian pop star Shakira will close the 2006 World Cup of football at Olympic stadium in Berlin, with a show before the final match in July, her record label announced.
 arrow Football: Eriksson misled FA over Faria affair
Sven-Goran Eriksson misled the Football Association over his affair with a former secretary at the English national governing body, an Employment Tribunal ruled.
 arrow Football: French butchers have knives out
The French butchers' union has sent an official complaint to a soccer player who talked of "butchers" after a tough league match.
 arrow Football: Aimar hit by viral meningitis
Valencia's Argentine international midfielder Pablo Aimar is suffering from a form of viral meningitis, the Primera Liga club said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Moratti prepared to sell Inter
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti says he is prepared to sell the Serie A club if the right buyer comes forward.
Metropolitanarrow Next polls to be held under constitutional provision
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said next general election in Bangladesh is due in about eight months time when people will exercise their franchise under the constitutional provision.
 arrow 'Ensure women's participation in decision-making'
Empowerment of women will remain a far cry unless they are allowed to exercise their authority and actively participate in decision-making process, lawmakers and women leaders said at a dialogue yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt trying to hide its link with militants'
The government is not allowing the journalists to talk with the arrested militant kingpins for fear of disclosing the links between the militants and its ministers and lawmakers, said the participants
 arrow 35th death anniversary of five martyrs tomorrow
Tomorrow is the 35th death anniversary of five members of a family who were killed by the Pakistani occupation forces and their Bihari collaborators at Saidpur in Nilphamari, says a press release.
 arrow Govt not keen in reform talks: 14-party
Leaders of 14-party opposition combine led by Awami League (AL) yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government is not interested in sitting for a dialogue over the proposed reforms in the caretaker
 arrow Structures at Dhanmondi playground demolished
Following reports published in The Daily Star yesterday, a demolition team of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) demolished all the makeshift bamboo structures on Dhanmondi playground which were illegally
 arrow Environmentalists demand release of Medha Patkar
Environmentalists yesterday demanded immediate release of leading Indian environmentalist Medha Patkar, who has long been protesting against the construction of a dam on the Narmada river.
 arrow Leech found in vegetables dish at SCBA canteen
Agitation grew among lawyers of the Supreme Court after an advocate found a leech in a dish of vegetables at the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) canteen yesterday.
 arrow 'ASF to continue its activities until acid violence eliminated'
Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) would continue its activities until there is a single victim of acid violence in the country.
 arrow 6 more bodies found in Padma
Six more bodies were recovered from the river Padma yesterday following the boat sinking on Tuesday. The death toll has now risen to nine and two are still missing.
 arrow One held with 7 lakh Indian rupees
The paramilitary BDR arrested a man for carrying foreign currency illegally here yesterday.
 arrow Cruise ship Sarina launched
Sarina, a luxurious cruise ship, has been launched to entertain local and foreign tourists.
 arrow Tribute paid to Syed Imtiaz
Teachers and students at a memorial meeting yesterday paid tribute to late Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations, Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Anwara Syed wins Ananya Literary Award
Anwara Syed Haque, a noted novelist, has been awarded 'Ananya Literary Award 1413' for her outstanding contribution to Bangla literature.
 arrow 1st anniversary of Ananda Alo today
Ananda Alo, a fortnightly magazine published by Impress Telefilm Ltd., will celebrate its first anniversary today, says a press release.
 arrow EWU seminar
East West University (EWU) holds a two-day international seminar on 'Passages: English Studies in the region' on its premises at Mohakhali in the city from April 15 to 16.
Point-Counterpointarrow Esho hey Baishakh
AFTER writing on subjects and issues related to politics, international relations and economics for the whole year I have decided to devote this column to Baishakh, the first month of the Bangla
 arrow Combating corruption
At long last the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is about to get down to business with rather an innovative mission named "Trap Case Drive".
 arrow Bracing the brunt of challenges
MICRO-CREDIT is not a new phenomenon. It existed from the dawn of human civilization in different forms. From time immemorial there were fortunates/haves and unfortunates/have-nots.
 arrow Captain Narendra Nath Datta
April 6 was the 56th anniversary of death of Captain Narendra Nath Datta, the founder of the 'Banee-Pith' the Sreekail College and Krishna Kumar High School in the village of Sreekail in Muradnagar PS
 arrow A tribute to Imtiaz Sir
THE news came as a bolt from the blue. We simply cannot take it for granted that a young, healthy and energetic man of only 33 years left us forever.
The Daily Star would like to acknowledge photographer Shahidul Alam, whose Time magazine cover portrait of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was reproduced in the April 5 issue of The Daily Star that reprinted
Culturearrow The pulsating beats of Bangla Dhol
REMEMBER the timeless song of Sachin Dev Burman Takdum tak dum bajai Bangladesh-er dhol--? Even at the pinnacle of his glory, the folk maestro yearned for the Bangla dhol, when he movedto
 arrow The carnival of life
The planning begins about a month before Pahela Baishakh (Bangla New Year); enthusiastic workers slog at it for two weeks.
 arrow Baishakhi celebrations
To celebrate Pahela Baishakh, cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes in different venues throughout the city.
 arrow A Replica In The Making

Editorialarrow Editorial: Pahela Baishakh
The day is looked upon as the harbinger of all that is pure and clean for the people of the land, hence it is called Shuva Nababarsha or happy New Year.
 arrow Editorial: Can an elected govt behave like this?
Yet another incident of police firing at Kansat with six more deaths to the already horrendous casualty toll.
 arrow Image and reality
Enough. What exactly, one wonders, will it take before people in this country sit up and take note of the bitter and brutal armed struggle, between locals on one side, and law enforcement authorities and ruling alliance activists on the other, that has consumed Kansat (in Chapainawabganj some 250 kms north-west of Dhaka) for the past three months.
 arrow The second man
She has been asked to think again what she has been thinking again and again. It has been said that the heart must never come before the head, because what intelligence holds like riverbanks, emotion gives away in spate.
 arrow Peace in CHT: A dream or reality?
Whether peace in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), covering one tenth of the country's total area, will remain a dream or become a reality still seems a big question to be resolved.
Letters to Editorarrow TIME's coverage
TIME's April 10th cover issue on rebuilding Bangladesh should be applauded to a great extent.
 arrow Fair election
Bangladesh had three parliamentary elections under caretaker government in 1991, 1996 & 2001.
 arrow Finale at Fatullah
Fatullah is far away from Sophia Gardens.
 arrow Success, failure & crossfire
Nowadays news media is enjoying freedom and becoming credible in our country. Electronic media popularity has reached its peak. Every day lots of incidents occur here and there.
 arrow UK visa
The British High Commission (BHC) in Dhaka had taken a good decision to let a private company to handle visa applicants and set dates for interviews of applicants with the High Commission.
 arrow Spare parts for RMG industry
There is no news in the press on local manufacture of components and spares for the thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh.
 arrow Clean candidates
In our fifteen years of democracy, we are observing that all the major political parties are nominating candidates for election on the basis of their muscle power and financial clout.
 arrow Do we need politics with education?
This is with reference to the news published "Several students hurt in clashes" on metropolitan page of the Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan) on 6 April, 2006.
 arrow New power plant
A news item recently published in the Daily Amaar Desh stated that a new power station will be built at Meghna Ghat for 450 MW power generation.
 arrow Transparency begins at home
I refer to a certain German organisation that is trying to teach a 1,400-year old civilisation that corruption is bad. Nobody ever told us that, of course.
 arrow Whose baby is it?
Terrorism is one of the greatest evils of our country. All the people should say no to terrorism. But our accusatory politics is a great evil as well.
 arrow True democracy
I read the article "In praise of true democracy" by Kazi S M Khaasrul Alam Quddusi. The simplistic write up does not delve deep enough into the issues concerning governance.
 arrow Terror financing and Islami Bank
Islami Bank has been fined Tk 1 lakh for the third time for carrying out transactions in funds for terror acts.
 arrow Successful ministries!
Many thanks to Shahnoor Wahid (April 06) for reminding us of our successful government ministries. Now surely the government can't claim anymore that the media never highlights its positive achievements.
 arrow Power crisis
It is difficult to find any place where power does not go at least once a day. The crisis in our country has been increasing day by day but the solution is not in sight.
 arrow Seeking honest men
Prof. Yunus is looking for honest men. The truth is that we are passing through the worst times in our history. The truth is that this time is not to be compared with any other time.
 arrow Insurance for law breaking?
Crime doesn't pay. Meena Bazar does. Shoppers who get ticket for illegal parking on the sidewalk get the fined amount paid by Meena Bazar upon showing receipt.
 arrow SUST students
A newspaper is the voice of helpless people. People unable to do to do anything on their own knocks the door of newspapers for a helping hand.
Worldarrow War in Lanka may not be far away
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said government forces ambushed and killed two of their men yesterday, a charge the army denied, as the body count from recent violence soared and diplomats said war might
 arrow Nepali cops open fire on anti-king protests
Police fired rubber bullets at hundreds of lawyers protesting King Gyanendra's absolute rule yesterday as Nepalese awaited a broadcast by the monarch to see if he would reach out to opponents.
 arrow Coalition forces launch major anti-Taliban drive
Thousands of Afghan and coalition troops backed by US and British warplanes continued strikes yesterday on a known insurgent area, in one of the biggest operations in Afghanistan in a year.
 arrow Retired US generals rebuke Rumsfeld
The retired commander of key forces in Iraq called Wednesday for Donald H.
 arrow Pakistan to maintain nuclear deterrent
Pakistan, worried about a nuclear cooperation deal between rival India and the United States, said on Wednesday it will maintain a credible nuclear deterrent for its security.
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