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Front Pagearrow Volatile turn in politics shadows reform talks
The prospect of a government-opposition dialogue on electoral reforms appears slim, as the government is still undecided about the composition of its negotiation team and the mainstream opposition camp
 arrow Nepal opposition rejects king's democracy pledge
At least 100 people were hurt in clashes yesterday as thousands of Nepalis defied a curfew to march on the capital to reject embattled King Gyanendra's offer to return power to the people.
 arrow US attorney confirms Sadequee's extradition
A US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, who was picked up on April 17 from the capital, is in the custody of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), BBC Bangla Service reported
 arrow 50 injured in stampede at RMG factory
A stampede caused by an electrical spark inside a garment factory in Jatrabari area of the capital yesterday left about 50 people injured as panicked people tried to escape hurriedly suspecting a fire.
 arrow ISPs lock horns with BTRC over licensing
The country's Internet service providers (ISPs) are at loggerheads with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) over licensing for the allocation of submarine cable bandwidth.
 arrow BB mulls separate pay scale for staff
Bangladesh Bank (BB) is considering a separate pay scale for its staff, and the BB Board of Directors last week asked the central bank authorities to come up with a new pay structure.
 arrow Opposition's dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today in protest against police atrocities on opposition leaders and workers during the sit-in demonstration
 arrow Emitting exhausts cloud

 arrow New US envoy hopes govt, opposition to talk out differences
The new US ambassador in Dhaka yesterday expressed her confidence that Bangladesh will once again "flourish" with its democratic tradition with the upcoming elections.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between police and his accomplices at a 'char' in river Padma under Bagha upazila in Rajshahi early yesterday.
 arrow 12 bodies found so far, 23 missing
Twelve bodies have so far been found after a bus carrying 45 people of a wedding party plunged into the river Chitra at Shimkhali ferry point in Narail on Friday.
 arrow Bandits kill Rab man in Tongi
Robbers stabbed to death a member of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and looted his house in Tongi early yesterday. The victim, Delwar Hossain, 36, a constable, was working as a driver at the Rab Headquarters.
 arrow First ODI against Aussies today
Bangladesh will take inspiration from their heroic victory against Australia at Cardiff last year when the hosts launch their one-day series campaign against the world champions today.
 arrow Shazneen's eighth death anniversary today
Today is the eighth death anniversary of Shazneen Tasnim Rahman, daughter of businessman Latifur Rahman.
 arrow Hasina urges people to join movement for reforms
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has urged people to join the current anti-government movement to realise the opposition's demand for reforming the system of caretaker government and the Election Commission
 arrow 20 hurt as AL men clash with cops
Clashes between police and the Awami League (AL) activists left at least 20 people including 10 police personnel injured at Dhonbari of Madhupur upazila under the district yesterday when the AL was preparing
 arrow 2 DU students killed in city
A student of Dhaka University (DU) died falling from a tree on the campus while another student was killed when a train hit him at Khilkhet in the city yesterday.
 arrow JCD men push reporter off second floor of Jagannath Hall
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres severely beat up Minar Baidya, staff reporter of Dainik Ajker Kagoj, and pushed him off his room window on the second floor of Jagannath Hall in Dhaka University(DU)
 arrow Electoral reforms demanded
Sushasoner Janno Nagorik (Shujon) yesterday formed a human chain across the country demanding reforms in the electoral system to ensure good governance through a free and fair election.
 arrow IOJ leaders held for hiring sex worker
Two leaders of a faction of a ruling alliance partner Islami Oikya Jote were arrested along with a prostitute from a rented house at Terokhadia area in Rajshahi city.
 arrow No talks without Jamaat, says Mujahid
Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid has said no dialogue on opposition's reform proposals will take place without participation of his party leaders.
 arrow 2 killed in nor'westers
Two people died and ten others were injured as nor'wester lashed seven villages of Mollahat, Kachua and Chitalmari upazilas of Bagerhat district and Terokheda upazila of Khulna district on Friday night.
 arrow Iraqi lawmakers end political deadlock
Iraq's president formally designated Shia politician Jawad al-Maliki to form a new government yesterday, starting a process aimed at healing ethnic and religious wounds and pulling the nation out of insurgency
 arrow Hamas courting civil war, says Fatah
The Fatah party of Mahmud Abbas accused Hamas yesterday of courting civil war, as relations between the moderate Palestinian leader and the government hit crisis point less than a month after the radical
 arrow US, India agree to share data on fighting terrorism
The United States and India have agreed to share information on a real time basis and hold joint exercises as part of counterrorism efforts, the State Department said Friday.
 arrow EC chief calls EU, Japan to boost tech cooperation
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso yesterday called for Japan and the European Union to increase cooperation in science and technology research.
 arrow BDR foils push-in bid in Kushtia
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday foiled an attempt by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to push 15 Indians into Bangladesh through Chilmari frontier in Doulatpur upazila of Kushtia.
Businessarrow Leather exporters see bright prospect in EU
Bangladeshi leather exporters see a huge potential in European market following the imposition of anti-dumping duties on leather shoes from China and Vietnam.
 arrow Joint group of customs meets in Dhaka next month
The Bangladesh-India Joint Group of Customs meets here early next month in an effort to remove the hassles facing Indian importers of Bangladeshi products on their side along the two-way trading line.
 arrow Ericsson takes a deep breath in first quarter
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, the world's largest cellular mobile network maker, has posted year-on-year sales growth in the first quarter but its recent acquisition of Marconi has predictably eroded
 arrow Brac Bank IT fair begins
A three-day IT fair began in Dhaka yesterday with an objective to promote ICT as a potential development tool.
 arrow Trust Bank approves 12pc cash dividend
The Trust Bank Limited has approved 12 per cent cash dividend for the year 2005. The dividend was approved at the 7th annual general meeting of the bank in Dhaka Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow G7 vows to resist protectionism
The Group of Seven industrialized nations pledged support Friday for the faltering Doha round of trade liberalization talks and vowed to resist protectionism.
 arrow CRISL updates Shahajalal Islami Bank's rating
Credit Rating Information and Services Limited (CRISL), a rating agency, has upgraded the rating of Shahajalal Islami Bank Limited to 'BBB-' from 'BB' in the long term and to 'ST-3' from 'ST-4' in the
 arrow LG introduces picture-frame air conditioner
LG Electronics (LG), a leading air conditioner maker , has introduced the world’s first picture-frame air conditioner as part of its new ARTCOOL range.
 arrow Qatar to invest $5b to boost oil production
Qatar's oil minister said Saturday that his gas-rich country is investing five billion dollars to boost oil production to 1.1 million barrels per day by 2009.
 arrow G-24 calls for political commitment to world trade talks
Ministers of the Intergovernmental Group of Twenty-Four (G-24) have called for renewed political commitment by rich and poor nations to make progress in thecritical global trade liberalization talks that
 arrow ADF okays debt relief to 13 African states
The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved 8.5 billion US dollars for financing debt relief to low-income countries in Africa under the fund's multilateral debt relief initiative (MDRI).
 arrow MRDI starts advocacy session for journalists
The Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) has inaugurated its first advocacy session for journalists on WTO and trade issues in Barisal yesterday.
 arrow More Chinese banks seen listing at home
Chinese banks will increasingly opt to list shares at home as China's financial markets mature, a senior banking regulator said on Saturday.
 arrow Dollar no longer absolute int'l reference currency: Russia
Russia contends that the dollar is no longer the absolute reference currency for international foreign exchange reserves, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said here Friday ahead of a meeting ofGroup
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers summon sweet Cardiff memories
To win a one-day match against mighty Australia is no longer a daydream for Habibul Bashar's men after their five-wicket win against the world champions last year.
 arrow Cricket: Warm welcome for media
A popular English proverb says that time is a great healer. But the events that transpired at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium last week will not be an easy one for the sports fraternity in the country to forget even in their entire lifespan.
 arrow Football: Kakordia, Achmita win big
Kakordia Terodal High School and Achmita George Institute recorded the biggest victories on the second day of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Cham-pionship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Speed rebukes critics
Malcolm Speed has hit out at critics who have accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of apparent indifference to player workloads, stating that they are "quite simply ill-informed and wrong".
 arrow Football: Pro League teams to be finalised by May 15
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will finalise by May 15 which teams will take part in the inaugural edition of the professional football league.
 arrow Tennis: Amal retains crown
Amal Roy retained the men's singles trophy in the MA Jabbar Memorial Tennis tournament when he defeated Ranjan Ram in the final at the Engineers Club tennis court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart nat'l school cricket
Shaheed Ramizuddin High School crushed BAF Shaheen School by 410 runs in the Standard Chartered Young Tiger National School Cricket Competition at the Iqbal Road ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Azzu set to dazzle again
Banned former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin arrived here Saturday to feature in a senior cricket series between India and Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Eriksson positive over injuries
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is confident four key players will recover from injury in time for the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Honours even at Highbury
Thierry Henry salvaged Arsenal's hopes of snatching fourth place in the Premiership as his late goal earned a 1-1 draw with Tottenham here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juve lose more ground
The Serie A title race came alive on Saturday as Juventus had their lead cut to three points after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Lazio and second placed AC Milan kept up the pressure with a 3-1win
 arrow Cricket: Large squads the solution
Sri Lanka's coach, Tom Moody, has added his voice to the growing debate about player burnout, and believes that international teams will soon have to head down the route adopted by the football Premiership,
 arrow Football: Shearer ends career
Veteran Newcastle captain Alan Shearer confirmed Saturday that his career has been finished by a knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: Hall's appeal to cricketers
Wes Hall, the former West Indies fast bowler and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, has urged the current national players to find a quick solution to the looming contract predicament.
 arrow Football: Santana passes away
Former Brazil national coach Tele Santana died on Friday at the age of 74. Santana coached Brazil at the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals and also led Sao Paulo to the Copa Libertadores in 1992 and 1993.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting wants top spot back
Ricky Ponting would look to wrest back the coveted number one spot in ODI rankings from India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni when Australia take on Bangladesh in a one-day series starting in Chittagong on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zidane to retire
World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane is almost certain to announce his retirement after the World Cup during a press conference on Wednesday, radio station Cadena Ser claimed on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Team first for Dhoni
Explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that contributing to the Indian team's victories was more important than reaching the top spot in one-day world rankings.
 arrow Football: Milan suffer triple injury
AC Milan's preparations for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal return at Barcelona suffered a blow with three players picking up injuries in the first half of their Serie A match at Messina.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs gets shocking omission
South Africa have dropped experienced batsman Herschelle Gibbs for the two remaining Tests in their home series against New Zealand.
Metropolitanarrow Accept reform proposals or face tougher movement
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine yesterday reiterated their firm demand for the reforms in electoral laws and caretaker system of government saying they would declare stricter programmes
 arrow William Carey Academy becomes champion
William Carey Academy won the champion's title in the weeklong 6th Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Inter-school English debate competition that ended here yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure security of journos'
Journalists at a seminar in the city yesterday urged the government to ensure their security in both national and local levels to carry out professional duty smoothly and freely.
 arrow Project taken to reclaim derelict urban areas
A research project has been taken up for the reclamation and environmental improvement of derelict urban areas in the capital.
 arrow DMP to train cops on responsible behaviour
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is training up its forces so that they do not misbehave with senior political leaders, journalists and women during hartal or other programme.
 arrow Dashmina UNO removed
The upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Dashmina has been removed in the face of agitation by the local people.
 arrow One robbed of pre-paid cards, cash worth Tk 5 lakh
Muggers stabbed a salesman of a private company and allegedly took away cell-phone recharge cards and cash worth Tk 5 lakh in Arambagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow Robbers stab night guard to death
A night guard of a school was stabbed to death by a gang of robbers at Sarkerhat in Hathazari early yesterday. Robbers stabbed Mohammad Selim, a night guard of Bhabanipur Govt.
 arrow Australia to consider setting up visa office in Ctg
Australia will consider setting up a visa office in Chittagong.
 arrow Rab recovers 600 Phensidyl bottles: 2 held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members recovered 600 bottles of Phensidyl syrup in separate drives in Kaliganj upazila Friday morning.
 arrow Inter-university cultural contest begins tomorrow
A three-day Inter-University Cultural Competition will begin at the National University (NU) academic building tomorrow.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All examinations of Dhaka University under course system scheduled for today and tomorrow have been postponed due to unavoidable reasons. Fresh dates for the exams will be announced soon.
Nationalarrow Quest for 'Mr Clean' in politics
The slogan raised by Prof Muhammad Yunus at a Daily Star function in the capital for nomination of honest people by political parties in next general election is gaining ground.
 arrow Nominate BNP man, not Jamaat leader from Shyamnagar
Over 1000 leaders and activists of BNP in Shyamnagar formed a human chain on Friday demanding nomination of BNP leader Syed Iftekhar Ali as a candidate of four-party alliance in the next general election
 arrow 'Punish attackers'
Shaghata Bhumiheen Samity, an association of landless people, yesterday demanded punishment to the land grabbers who swooped on fishermen belonging to minority community at Jharabarsha village to grab
 arrow AL faces rift over Kaliganj-Debhata candidature
Rift in Awami League (AL) in Kaligonj and Debhata upazilas has surfaced over nomination of candidate in the next general elections.
 arrow Agitation for reforms to continue
Central Awami League (AL) leader Mohammed Nasim MP yesterday said people who have taken to streets will not return home without realising their demands for holding a free and fair election.
Point-Counterpointarrow Political intolerance is anti-democratic
While the political parties fight among themselves for going to power or for retaining power, what do the people of Bangladesh do? Sure enough the people helplessly watch and suffer; they hardly support
 arrow US-China face-off in Latin America?
Last April 14, an important meeting took place in Washington DC between officials of the US and China, the countries with the world's biggest economies.
 arrow Kansat afterthoughts
Former Clinton administration official Dr. Susan Rice, underscoring the threat of global poverty, emphasizes that poverty "can also give rise to the tensions that erupt in civil conflict.
Culturearrow A life devoted to Nazrul songs
Mon-e porey aaj shey kon jonomey
bidaye shondhyabela
Ami daraye rohinu eparey
Tumi oparey bhashaley bhela...

When one hears these verses, one voice comes to mind.

 arrow Shefali Ghosh in a critical state
'Queen of Regional Songs', folk singer Shefali Ghosh, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, is undergoing treatment in Kolkata, India.
 arrow Bhawaiya: Folk tunes of the North resonate in Dhaka
With its roots in Rangpur and Cooch Behar of India, Bhawaiya, a genre of North Bengal folk songs, usually revolves around love and spirituality. The locals present the dialect and tune with accuracy.
 arrow Srishti O Srom: A dazzling mural
Two of Hamiduzzman Khan's magnificent creations were inaugurated in the city at Summit Centre recently.
Generalarrow They also celebrate Nababarsha the way others do
Jaowad Hossain, a seven-year old boy, woke up early in the morning yesterday, not for going to school but to attend a Bangla New Year celebration function.
 arrow Luminaries gather at Salimullah Hall reunion
A grand reunion of former students of historic Salimullah Hall of Dhaka University (DU) was held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre turning it into a colourful gathering of eminent scholars,
 arrow Fire at Ctg embroidery factory
A fire broke out at an embroidery and printing factory near the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) area in Chittagong early yesterday.
 arrow Union leaders visit injured journos
Leaders of journalists' unions yesterday visited Royal and National hospitals to see photojournalist Anurup Titu and reporter Abhijit Banik, who were injured in a police attack at the Chittagong divisional
 arrow One stabbed to death in Pabna
A young man was stabbed to death at Library Bazaar in the town yesterday morning. The police said unknown assailants stabbed Nagor, 26, son of Joynul Abedin, at about 8.45am.
Internationalarrow Russia must freeze arms deals with Iran: US
Russia must stop any arms deals with Iran and other nations must bar the sale of dual-use technologies to Tehran to put pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear programme, a senior US official said onFriday.
 arrow Tigers reject latest offer, talks still far off
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rejected a deal on transport of their commanders yesterday that could have allowed peace talks with the government to go ahead, as more violence raised fears of renewed civilwar.
 arrow Dangerous moment for Nepal king & opponents
The king's words were about democracy, but in this Himalayan land where a royal dynasty once revered as godlike is facing the whiff of open rebellion, the future appeared dangerously uncertain.
 arrow US, UN welcome Nepal king's pledge to hand over power
The international community has welcomed a pledge by Nepal's embattled king to hand power back to the country's political parties, but said more needed to be done for democracy to take hold.
 arrow No WMD in Iraq, CIA warned Bush
The Central Intelligence Agency warned US President George W.
 arrow Asian anti-terror drive risks alienating Muslims
An anti-terrorism drive by Asian governments risks alienating moderate Muslims and pushing them towards extremism, experts warned yesterday.
 arrow CIA fires employee for alleged leak to press
The CIA fired a top intelligence analyst who admitted leaking classified information that led to a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a network of secret CIA prisons, government officials say.
 arrow Naga rebels agree to extend truce
The Indian government and tribal separatist guerrillas agreed to extend a truce in the northeast by another year -- just days before it was due to expire, a rebel leader said yesterday.
 arrow Pramod Mahajan shot by brother at his home in Mumbai
A senior leader of main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shot by his brother yesterday and is undergoing emergency surgery, police said.
 arrow 4 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Four Canadian soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, local media reported yesterday.
 arrow Millions vote in leftist strongholds in India
Millions of people queued up in front of polling centres yesterday as voting began in two states, including West Bengal where the world's longest-ruling communist government is seeking another term.
 arrow Critics of outgoing Thai PM vow to disrupt by-polls
Opponents of outgoing Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have vowed disrupt by-elections today in 40 constituencies held to fill seats left vacant after snap polls earlier this month.
 arrow Frist will try anew for US immigration bill
Majority Leader Bill Frist intends to seek Senate passage of immigration legislation by Memorial Day, hoping to revive a bill that tightens border security and gives millions of illegal immigrants a chance
Editorialarrow Editorial: REB woefully over-stretched
The subscribers of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) are suffering as the REB has expanded its power distribution network without a corresponding increase in power supply.
 arrow Editorial: Atrocious!
Regrettably, police excesses are taking newer forms. This time some men members of the force were seen pouncing on women demonstrators, grabbing them indecently and hustling them without any regard for modesty during last Thursday's hartal.
 arrow Punching to promotion, Sonia, and more
Dear Minister for Household Affairs, the critics are saying that your boys are doing all sorts of "hair-raising" things in the country.
 arrow Modi doesn't give a damn
Dipti, a Narmada Bachao Andolon (NBA) activist, rang me up to inform that their office at Vadodara had been ransacked and the furniture destroyed. The police force, she said, was on the side of the vandals.
Letters to Editorarrow Police atrocities
Because of busy work schedule it was not easy for us to enjoy the Test matches between Bangladesh and Australia. So we had to depend on newspaper or online, which partially fulfilled our enjoyment.
 arrow My recent visit to Bangladesh
The purpose of this letter is to provide a brief overview of my latest visit to Bangladesh.
Star Healtharrow No reason to go abroad for cardiac care, says Dr Seth
The Daily Star spoke to Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman and the Chief Cardiologist of Max Heart and Vascular Institute of New Delhi, India during his recent visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Vitiligo views
All health information to keep you up to date

Vitiligo is a skin condition characterised by white patches resulting from the loss of skin's pigment, known as 'melanocyte'.

 arrow The care after delivery
The postpartum period, or puerperium, starts an hour after the delivery of the placenta and includes the following six weeks.
 arrow Lower-intensity exercise may melt more pounds
A brisk walk through the park might be better than a fast run when it comes to shedding pounds, a small study suggests.
 arrow Hip exercises aid common knee problem
People with chronic knee pain known as patellofemoral pain syndrome may find relief from exercises that strengthen and stretch the hip muscles, research suggests.
 arrow Seminar on Phaco Surgery
Bangladesh Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art private eye hospital and Alcon Bangladesh jointly organised a day-long seminar on latest advancement of phaco surgery on Friday last in Bangladesh Eye Hospital.
 arrow Your Doctor
On coming issue "Your Doctor" will respond to problems of nephrology (kidney diseases).
Star Cityarrow No funds to save old building
Authorities are unable to renovate the century-old building holding many fond memories, now used as the administrative section, at St. Gregory's High School in Old Dhaka due to lack of financial support.
 arrow Rides sans safety measures at Shishu park
Inadequate facilities, lax regulations, ignorance of visitors combined with indifference from the authorities pose a threat to the personal safety and health of the visitors to Shishu Park, majority of
 arrow DCC to build it with its own funds
Failing to get a sponsor to build a monument "Unoshottur" in memory of the martyrs of the 1969 mass uprising, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) at a meeting yesterday, decided t o go ahead with the project
 arrow Pvt universities running unauthorised outer campuses
A number of private universities based in Dhaka are running unauthorised outer campuses in and outside the city without approval from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
 arrow Awaiting a peaceful solution
Management problems are clouding the future of Methodist English Medium School (MEMS), located at Mazar Road, Mirpur-1, presently having around 584 students.
 arrow The Lalbagh Park...

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