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Front Pagearrow $93.6m fighters turn $117.9m
The 16 fighter planes, first claimed to have been purchased for $93.6 million from China, are now revealed to be costlier by $24.3 million, kicking up controversy over the defence purchase.
 arrow 20 journos hurt in cop attack at Ctg stadium
Cricket took a back seat on the opening day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Australia as police swung into an uncalled for action against the on-duty journalists, injuring at least 20 media-men
 arrow Kansat cheers peace deal, turns normal
The inflamed Kansat yesterday started on its way back to normalcy with the demonstrators withdrawing their strike as the government bowed to all their demands except one, resignation of the local BNPlawmaker.
 arrow AL sends names of 5 representatives
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday sent a letter to the BNP secretary general, naming its five representatives and asking him to form the proposed 10-member committee to discuss
 arrow Clean candidate now a national demand
The Citizens' Committee 2006, a platform of a group of civil society members, yesterday said nominating "clean" candidates for the next general election has now become a national demand.
 arrow Mujibnagar Day today
The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today, commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government at the Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur on this day in 1971.
 arrow Tk 142cr bribes exacted in 2yrs
Businessmen have to pay bribes at fixed rates at 30 different points at Benapole land port and seven points at Teknaf land port to release consignments.
 arrow $21b economic benefits over 30 years claimed
Phulbari Coal Project will generate economic benefits worth over $21 billion for the country over its 30-year life, besides adding one per cent to the GDP a year, claims a study commissioned by the project
 arrow CID quizzes BD Foods MD
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday grilled BD Foods Limited Managing Director Badrul Haider Choudhury about his alleged involvement in smuggling 75kg heroin to the UK.
 arrow Mobile court comes under attack
Workers and employees of Nabisco Biscuit Factory, a concern of Bhaiya Group, assaulted the members of a mobile court and two photojournalists when the court went there to conduct a drive yesterday.
 arrow Navy kills 3 'pirates' in Ctg, locals call them innocent
Three persons were killed and another injured at Char Patharghata on the bank of the river Karnaphuli in Chittagong city as the navy personnel opened fire on them during an anti-smuggling drive on Saturday
 arrow Writ petition filed in HC against govt
A writ petition was filed yesterday in the High Court over the failure of the authorities concerned in taking proper action against those who had tortured the religious minorities after the 2001 general
 arrow Dhaka to ask for cuts in barriers
Dhaka will ask the first South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) Ministerial Council meeting here on April 20 to reduce non-tariff and para-tariff barriers among the member countries.
 arrow Editor, publisher of Prothom Alo get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to the editor of the Prothom Alo, its publisher, a senior reporter, and a columnist in a defamation suit filed by Chief Whip Khondaker Delwar Hossain.
 arrow Charges framed against top JMB leaders
As a special tribunal in the district town yesterday framed charges in explosives and murder cases against JMB top brass Abdur Rahman, Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and Ataur Rahman Sunny, and their 12 sidekicks,
 arrow Jamaat leader held for JMB link
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday afternoon arrested a Jamaat-e-Islami leader at Dinajpur Railway Station Bazar for his alleged links with Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Food, fuel shortages hit Kathmandu hard
Nepal's capital was at a near-standstill yesterday with food and fuel in short supply and prices rising as protests continued for the 11th straight day against King Gyanendra's absolute rule.
 arrow Easter Sunday observed


 arrow PM returns home
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia returned home early yesterday ending her four-day visit to Turkey.
 arrow Calling from land phone to mobile to cost Tk 1.50 a minute
Making calls to mobile phones from Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) land phones is getting costlier as the state-owned operator will charge Tk 1.50 per minute from April 19.
 arrow US analysts detail war plans against Iran
The United States began planning a full-scale military campaign against Iran that involves missile strikes, a land invasion and a naval operation to establish control over the Strait of Hormuz even before
Businessarrow Pharmaceuticals export doubles in two years
Bangladesh's pharmaceuticals export grew by around 11 per cent during July-February period of the current financial year and has been double in just two years.
 arrow Slow progress in ADP projects under communications ministry
Only forty per cent work of this year's ADP projects under the Ministry of Communications has been implemented so far. The progress is five per cent less than that of the corresponding period last year.
 arrow Sony Ericsson looks better, brightens outlook
World's fifth largest mobile phone maker, Sony Ericsson, has exceeded the analysts forecast by tripling its net income during first quarter while its 151 million euros (US$183.
 arrow Poultry imports from 7 more countries to be banned
The government is going to ban poultry imports from another seven bird flu-hit countries to check outbreak of the virus in the country.
 arrow China GDP grows 10.2pc in Q1
China's gross domestic product grew by 10.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year on the back of fast-paced trade growth, Chinese President Hu Jintao said in a televised speech.
 arrow Jetro gets new representative
Tomohiro Kinomoto has been appointed new representative of Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) in Dhaka, replacing Sotaro Nishikawa. He joined the Dhaka office on April 1, says a press release.
 arrow Islami Bank recommends 25pc stock dividend
The board of directors of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited has recommended 25 per cent stock dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow ROK economy may grow 5.3pc in '06
South Korea's economy is expected to expand 5.3 per cent this year on strong exports and a recovery in consumer spending, a state-run economic think-tank said Sunday.
 arrow G7 powers meet as oil prices smash new highs
Finance ministers from the powerful G7 club of nations convene here this week to tackle headaches posed by surging oil prices and global currency rates as China's leader comes to town.
 arrow China blamed for Asian forex distortions
A decade ago, China was hailed Asia's saviour for stoutly defending its currency peg to the US dollar and containing the region's worst financial crisis.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Our apology to readers
Dear readers, opening the newspaper you must have been first taken by surprise, then by anger.
 arrow Football: Tajikistan's maiden title glory
The AFC Challenge Cup went to Central Asia as Tajikistan lifted their first ever title at the continental level with a 4-0 drubbing of Sri Lanka in an anticlimax final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Football: A deserving victory for Nazarov's boys
As soon as Iranian referee Hedayat Mombini blew the final whistle, Tajikistan footballers went into wild celebration on the pitch at the Bangabandhu National Stadium following their 4-0 triumph over Sri
 arrow Cricket: Puzzling police press note
As it has often been the case with a press note from police, the latest one from the Chittagong Police Commissioner's Office yesterday about the happenings at the Divisional Stadium was once again anaberration
 arrow Cricket: Oram steadies NZ
All-rounder Jacob Oram led a fightback after New Zealand's top order batting failed on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion Park Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan off to Amman
National league champions Mohammedan Sporting Club left Dhaka yesterday for Jordan to play their AFC Cup Group C opener against Al Wihdat. The match will be played in Amman tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Fabio saves Juve blushes
A header from Fabio Cannavaro five minutes into injury time earned Juventus a dramatic 1-1 draw at Cagliari on Saturday, leaving the Serie A champions five points clear of AC Milan with four games remaining.
 arrow Football: Bayern stay clear
Michael Ballack has been labelled a mercenary for negotiating a free transfer to English champions Chelsea but he showed his loyalty still lies with Bayern Munich, scoring a vital opening goal in their
 arrow Football: Fowler boosts L'pool
Robbie Fowler strengthened Liverpool's bid for second place in the Premiership and his own case for a new contract after scoring the winner in the Reds' 1-0 win away to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Parkhere
 arrow Cricket: Fletch uncertain on Vaughan
Duncan Fletcher has said England captain Michael Vaughan faces a tricky decision over whether to quit one-day internationals in order to extend his Test match career.
 arrow Cricket: Gough targets WC comeback
Darren Gough has insisted there is still time for him to bowl himself back into a place in England's squad for next year's World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Football: Lyon win record fifth crown
Lyon were crowned French champions for a record fifth successive year on Saturday after their closest pursuers Bordeaux were beaten 3-2 at Lille.
 arrow Football: Mourinho awaits Ballack decision
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Sunday that Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack must decide if he wants to join the English champions before this summer's World Cup finals.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison in doubt for SL Test
England paceman Steve Harmison revealed Sunday that he is unlikely to be fit for next month's first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.
Metropolitanarrow Turkey to consider duty-free access for Bangladeshi goods
Turkey will consider duty-free access for Bangladesh products to its market and has agreed to enhance trading and economic cooperation between the countries, Foreign Secretary Hemayet-uddin said yesterday.
 arrow Force govt to accept reforms: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government will not implement the opposition's reform proposals
 arrow Poor get only 3pc of govt health services
Accountability will have to be ensured in private and public healthcare centres so that the poor people can get proper health services there, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Reforms in political parties stressed
Good governance demands political party reforms in terms of structural, behavioural and values changes, and accountability to the people, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 3 in 2 days
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down three Bangladeshi citizens at Baghadanga border point in Chuadanga and Wahedpur in Chapainawabganj in the last two days.
 arrow Shanta submits naraji petition
Shahin Sultana Shanta, victim of police brutality during a protest programme by the 14-party opposition alliance on March 12, yesterday filed a naraji (no-confidence) petition against the opinion
 arrow Hartal in Rajshahi tomorrow
Rajshahi Gas Andolon Parishad will now observe dawn-to-dusk hartal tomorrow instead of today.
 arrow Writ petition filed in HC against govt
A writ petition was filed yesterday in the High Court over the failure of the authorities concerned in taking proper action against those who had tortured the religious minorities after the 2001 general
 arrow 12 get life for killing schoolboy
Twelve people were awarded life term imprisonment for killing a schoolboy of Morgram village in Sirajganj Sadar upazila.
 arrow Four bodies recovered
Police recovered four bodies in the city yesterday.
Lovely Rahman, 24, was found dead at a residential hotel at Jailkhana Road under Kotwali Police Station.

 arrow Jamaat, Shibir sue Inqilab editor, reporters
Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir filed two separate defamation cases yesterday against the editor and three reporters of the daily Inqilab for what they said was running false
 arrow Training centre for English medium schoolteachers launched in city
With a view to meeting growing demands of quality teachers for the English medium schools, a training centre was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Homeopathy can cure arsenicosis'
Homeopathic treatment can cure patients affected by arsenic, claimed a homeopath of Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Stalemate over teacher's removal continues
Stalemate at fisheries department of Dhaka University (DU) over the demand for removal of a teacher continued yesterday.
 arrow Butenis to work hard to improve US-Bangladesh relations
The new US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday said she will work hard to further improve the Dhaka-Washington relations. "I am very delighted to be in Bangladesh.
 arrow EC delegation chief visits Drik library
Dr Stefan Frowein, head of the delegation of European Commission in Dhaka, visited Drik Picture Library and Pathshala and South Asian Institute of Photography, educational wing of Drik.
 arrow Affected people demand compensation
The people of Saestabad and Charmonai unions here staged sit-in and observed token hunger strike demanding compensation from Unocal for losses due to explosions during the geological survey in the area.
 arrow Training course on PR from Apr 23
Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR) will hold a two-week training course titled "Public Relations and Modern Techniques of Public Relations" beginning April 23,
 arrow 11 honoured
Ayojan, a cultural organisation, has given Honourary Awards 2006 to eleven personalities for outstanding contribution in their respective fields, says a press release.
 arrow 1,169 more held
Police arrested 1,169 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tea output may slide due to severe drought
Tea output may fall by around 25 percent this year due to prolonged drought in tea producing areas in Moulvibazar and Chittagong, industry sources and experts said.
 arrow Kansat killings spark more protests
Teachers and students from Chapainawabgang in Rajshahi University and different institutions in the city yesterday brought out a mourning procession and held a rally protesting Kansat killings and demanding
 arrow 3 criminals killed in 'shootout' with cops
Three alleged criminals were killed in crossfire in Kushtia and Cox's Bazar on Friday and Saturday respectively.
 arrow Tomatoes Rotting
Huge quantities of tomato are rotting in Dinajpur due to lack of storage and preservation facilities. Tomato cultivation increased in the district in recent years.
 arrow Aziz's worthy New Year gift
Every Pahela Baishakh (Bangla New Year day), a large number of people including women and children come to the house of Abdul Aziz for fruit saplings. He gives away those while exchanging new yeargreetings.
 arrow A wonder organic fertiliser
Farmers in Khaserhat in Sadar upazila use a wonder organic fertiliser.
 arrow Launch fares increase by 25-45 pc
The state owned Bangladesh Inland Water Transports Corporation (BIWTC) has increased fares on different river and coastal routes.
 arrow 5 alleged JMB men arrested in Gaibandha
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five suspected activists of outlawed Jama'atul Mujanideen, Bangladesh (JMB) from different areas of Gaibandha district on Thursday.
 arrow Workers protest termination at Uttara EPZ
Workers of a foreign-owned sweater factory at Uttara Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Nilphamari staged a demonstration in front of the EPZ gate yesterday protesting alleged termination of some workers
 arrow Dying Surma...


Point-Counterpointarrow The combative cops and terms of endearment
The hard-hitting policemen are attracting adverse media attention once again in our volatile polity.
 arrow The PM's visit to Turkey
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia has just completed her official visit to Turkey.
 arrow Hiring lobbyists to boost image
The government of Bangladesh has hired lobbyists to boost its image in the United States.
 arrow A dissenting view
I have noted the continuing debate between Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud and Mr. Alan Rosling.
Culturearrow A celebration with verve
To provide a venue for Baishakhi celebrations for Dhakaiites living in Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Jowar Sahara, Rampura, Badda and other North Dhaka neighbourhoods, Bengal Foundation has beenholding
 arrow The eternal conflict between haves and have-nots
Bidrohi Padma, ntv's maiden feature film, was released recently. Widely publicised, the movie directed by Badol Khandokar is claimed to be a quality production.
 arrow Artistes honoured by Shilpakala Academy
The Department of Music and Dance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) honoured seven eminent artistes for their contribution to music and dance recently.
 arrow djuice turns one
On April 15, djuice (Grameen phone's brand for youngsters) celebrated its first anniversary with well-attended performances by the rock artistes of the country.
 arrow Close up 1 stars on the move
The Close Up 1 team staged a successful concert in Rangpur recently.
Internationalarrow Blasts dim Lankan peace hopes
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday wounded two soldiers with a landmine attack in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula, the defence ministry said, the latest in a series of blasts which have killed
 arrow King no longer sacred in Nepal
For centuries, the Shah kings of Nepal have swung from being absolute monarchs to titular figureheads and back again, usually after horrific violence.
 arrow War with Iran will do US more damage
A US conflict with Iran could be even more damaging to America's interests than the war with Iraq, former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke wrote in Sunday's New York Times.
 arrow Taliban storm police posts: 14 killed
Taliban fighters attacked three police posts in Afghanistan overnight, leaving 14 rebels dead or wounded, while soldiers killed four more in separate battles, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Left parties expected to win more seats
Millions will vote for state assembly seats in India's West Bengal under tight security as opinion polls predict communist parties would beat rivals and emerge stronger on the national scene.
 arrow Olmert lays out plan to redraw Israeli borders
Acting Israeli premier Ehud Olmert's Kadima party presented its draft government programme to the centre-left Labour Sunday as negotiations to form a new coalition inched closer to resolution.
 arrow Pakistan reports third bird flu outbreak
Pakistani authorities yesterday reported the country's third outbreak of deadly H5N1 bird flu strain at a chicken farm near the capital Islamabad.
 arrow Nepali aristocrat linked to royal massacre to marry Indian
Nepal's Devyani Rana, once the girlfriend of crown prince Dipendra who shot dead nine members of his family and himself in a spectacular regicide in 2001, will marry into an Indian political dynasty,reports
 arrow Ahmadinejad to end up like Saddam
Israeli veteran statesman Shimon Peres, responding to the latest verbal attack on the Jewish state by Iran's president, said on Saturday that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would end up like Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
 arrow 20 killed in Iraq attacks
At least 20 people were killed in a string of attacks in Iraq on Sunday, including bombings against a market and a minibus, as talks on the shape of the new government remained deadlocked over the post
 arrow Hu calls for talks with Taiwan
Chinese President Hu Jintao, in a speech given days before he travels to Washington, called Sunday for dialogue with Taiwan but under preconditions that Taipei is unlikely to accept.
 arrow White Britons deserting Blair for far right
White, working-class Britons feel so furious about immigration that they are deserting Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party for the far right, a key Blair ally told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
 arrow Pentagon issues memo to counter critics
The US Defence Department has issued a memorandum to former military commanders and civilian analysts that offers a direct challenge to the criticism made by retired generals about Defence Secretary Donald
 arrow Tension between Chad & Sudan mounts
Tensions between Chad and Sudan rose further on Saturday following a rebel attack that observers say could yet lead to the fall of Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and plunge the country into chaos.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pull-back from Kansat
Kansat is quiet at last and one hopes that the turn of events is for the better.
 arrow Editorial: Polio campaign
A nationwide special polio immunisation programme began yesterday covering two crore children all over the country.
 arrow The aftermath of Bush's South Asian jaunt
Pakistan's addiction to an American connection is almost proverbial.
 arrow The prophet motive
The RSS chief, Mr KS Sudarshan, has made the very interesting suggestion that Muslims should accept Lord Krishna "as one of the prophets" sent by Allah.
 arrow Euphoria but not without blame
The nation heaved a long sigh of relief at the surrender/capture of Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, the two kingpins of the Islamist terrorism in Bangladesh thanks to the super
Letters to Editorarrow Kansat tragedy
What has happened at Kansat is unprecedented violation of human rights and totally unacceptable bloodletting. It has laid bare the real face of our democracy and civility.
 arrow Fate of farmers
Recently, several reports on the crisis that the farmers in the North Bengal are facing have been published.
 arrow We are proud of them
Congrats young Tigers, you have made us proud.
 arrow Student politics
Once upon a time student politics was the backbone of any political party. Because student bodies could easily spread political ideology they have the ability to think deeply about any important issue.
 arrow 'Boishaki' feeling
I was sleeping when the sunlight was entering my room and falling on my face through the window.
 arrow Business negotiations
I read with keen interest the article on the captioned subject by Mr. Nizam Ahmad and published in the 10th April 2006 issue of your daily. I agree with most of what the author has to say.
 arrow Why call him Bangla Bhai?
The name Bangla Bhai has become so familiar to all of us. Even a school going student can fling some words to the name with great contempt. The real name of Bangla Bhai is Siddikul Islam.
 arrow Justice taking its course
My attention is drawn to a news item in your April 12, 2006 issue that a ruling party MP was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court, for a relatively lighter offence.
 arrow PR agency in US
Usually, I am a strong critic of the present government - that is my democratic right. But, I actually support the move to retain a public relations agency in the US.
 arrow Some suggestions
I am a reader of The Daily Star for the last one year. I think I have improved my knowledge of English to some extent by going through this daily regularly. I have three suggestions to make.
 arrow Lagging behind
We are Bangladeshis, but do we feel proud to claim so ubiquitously? No. It's most unfortunate for my country. I am abroad for a few years in the UK for academic reasons.
 arrow Solar energy
Solar panel kits for rural houses and cottage industries appear to be a viable development activity.
Star Cityarrow Beautification of Sangsad Bhaban lawn raises questions
A division of the Public Works Department (PWD) started decorative landscaping work on the lawn of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban last Wednesday without the knowledge of the PWD chief engineer and other officials
 arrow Candle prices on rise amid load-shedding
Prices of all types of candles have increased in the capital as severe power disruptions hit the city as well as other parts of the country.
 arrow Security in and around ZIA tightened
Although the main threat to security and organised management within the building is over looked, total concentration has been made to cordon visitors to the Zia International Airport (ZIA) area, said
 arrow Working amid dearth of manpower, equipment
The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) is struggling to cope with the number of projects and other tasks that have uncontrollably increased with the limited manpower, equipment and raw materials
 arrow Speakers at seminar emphasise on English for ICT, literature
A rising compulsion in study of English as a mean of transferring knowledge and skill instead of serving mere colonial purposes has resulted in new tensions and concerns in the South Asian region, said
 
   
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