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Front Pagearrow Army deployed at supply points as city seethes with rage
The army were deployed at different pumps and water treatment plants in the city to assist the civil administration in water supply management as opposition workers demonstrated yesterday at Mirpur and
 arrow Slim talk chance stokes up street agitation options
With the possibility of holding dialogues on electoral reforms receding, the country's politics is set to generate much heat in coming days as both ruling and opposition alliances are considering agitation
 arrow Latifur yet to vacate govt house after 4½ years
Former chief adviser to a caretaker government, Justice Latifur Rahman, is still living in a government residence with 'special considerations' from the prime minister after four and a half years of his
 arrow Stamford, Darul Ihsan face students' anger
Students of Stamford University yesterday went on rampage on two of its six campuses in the city during a daylong demonstration to drive a six-point demand home, prompting a three-day closure of the university.
 arrow SUST, private medical college closed sine die
Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) and Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College (JRRMC) in Sylhet were declared closed sine die yesterday following a series of clashes between the students
 arrow Caretaker govt to land in tough fiscal time
The next caretaker government is likely to face fiscal strains resulting from excessive release of funds in the first quarter of FY07 against an over-ambitious budget, feared economist Zaid Bakht.
 arrow Political parties should create honest candidates
A regional dialogue in Jessore yesterday demanded elimination of anomalies in the electoral system, declaration of educational qualifications of candidates, transparency and democratic practices within
 arrow Cabinet united about fuel price hike
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said petroleum prices will certainly be hiked since there is no opposition in the cabinet to increasing fuel prices.
 arrow Mega water project uncertain if deals not signed by this month
Implementation of the 45 million litre per day (MLD)-capacity Madunaghat Water Supply Project for the port city would be uncertain if the government fails to sign two agreements this month with the Italian
 arrow Jalil warns govt against ignoring people's crises
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday warned the BNP-Jamaat ruling alliance saying that the day is not far away when agitations like those in Kansat and Shanir Akhra will be transformed
 arrow Dhaka firm on protecting its maritime boundary
Bangladesh is determined to protect its rights within its economic zone and maritime boundary, Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin yesterday said as newspapers reported that India and Myanmar are exploring
 arrow Not a single soul lives, yet 2,200 on voter list
The abandoned Ashrayon Project of Char Motukpur in Gangachara upazila in Rangpur shows 2200 voters on the draft voter list even though nobody lives there anymore.
 arrow Over 6,000 new polling stations this time
Over 6,000 new polling stations will be set up to enable the 1.65 crore new voters to exercise their voting rights in the next parliamentary election.
 arrow HSC exams start today
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent Alim and Business Management examinations under seven educational boards, Madrassa Education Board and Technical Education Board begin today.
 arrow Children form human chain for power, water
Hundreds of children formed a human chain in front of the Chittagong Press Club yesterday demanding smooth power and water supply in the city.
 arrow Kamal, B Chy for electing honest people
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain and Bikalpa Dhara chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury have called for electing honest people to next parliament.
 arrow 30 hurt in Jubo League, police clash in Bogra
At least 30 people including eight policemen were injured in a clash between Jubo League, Chhatra League and police in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow SC hears CEC's appeal against HC verdict on voter list today
The Supreme Court is likely to hear today the chief election commissioner's appeal against the High Court judgment on the voter list, which drew a sharp criticism since the publication of draft roll a
 arrow 5 killed, 40 injured in road crash
Five people died and 40 others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Daudkandi yesterday.
 arrow Lanka at war with Tigers
Sri Lanka's military and the island's Tamil Tiger rebels are locked in a low intensity war despite a ceasefire that still technically holds on paper, the head of the unarmed Nordic truce monitors said
 arrow European offer must recognise nuke right
Iran yesterday warned that new European incentives to find a deal over its atomic programme would only be of interest if the offer recognised the country's right to uranium enrichment.
Businessarrow D-8 states sign deal to cut import tariffs, trade barriers
The D-8 members have signed the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) to cut import tariffs and remove non-tariff and para-tariff barriers to boost trade among the member countries.
 arrow Poor nations victim of unfair trade
Third world countries including Bangladesh are a victim of unfair trade due to the terms and conditions imposed by rich countries, speakers observed at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Recent turbulence in money market: Few learning points
A latest incident in the money market of Bangladesh has caught the attention of many. Media reported call money rates shot up to 150 per cent on March 30, 2006.
 arrow BGMEA teams inspect 169 more factories
The BGMEA surveillance teams last week inspected another 169 garment factories in Dhaka and its adjoining areas to monitor fire safety measures.
 arrow 3-day IT fair ends in Ctg
The three-day regional information technology (IT) fair titled 'IT Mela 2006' ended here yesterday amid huge response from IT users.
 arrow German, local firms sign MoU to set up bicycle plant
German-based Schminke International GmbH and a local company --Power Trade Engineering Ltd-- will jointly set up an export-oriented bicycle plant in Bangladesh to make European-standard bicycle accessories
 arrow Indian markets to correct further on overseas funds sell-off
Indian shares are seen weakening further next week, led by a slowdown in overseas fund flows and redemption pressure on domestic funds, dealers said Friday.
 arrow Energy trade dominates EU-LatAm summit
Bolivian President Evo Morales moved to reassure investors Friday at an EU-Latin American summit dominated by his warning that foreign firms would not be compensated for nationalized oil and gas resources.
 arrow Pak trade deficit doubles in first 10 months
Pakistan has suffered the highest trade deficit of 9.427 billion US dollars in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (July 2005-April 2006) against 4.
 arrow 'DBH Property Services' launched
Delta Brac Housing (DBH) Finance Corporation Ltd yesterday launched 'DBH Property Services' to help its clients buy and sell new and existing apartments easily in Dhaka city.
 arrow UAE, ROK ink oil stockpiling deal
The United Arab Emirates and South Korea signed a series of accords Saturday, including a memorandum of understanding on stockpiling Emirati oil in South Korea, on the second day of a visit by the South
 arrow India may enact law for job quota in private sector
The Indian government has said it may bring a law to ensure reservation in private sector jobs if the industry failed to come out with "adequate" voluntary response on affirmative action for "all inclusive"
 arrow Thai exports grow 18pc
Thailand's exports grew more than 18 percent in March despite the appreciation of its currency, according to the latest report of the Bank of Thailand (BOT).
Sportsarrow Football: Sweden 1958: Europe Dances To Samba Beat
For the first time in a World Cup there was no outright favourite -- and no certainty that a great team was going to emerge.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
"Germany must prepare for Klinsmann exit"
Afp, Berlin

West Germany's 1974 World Cup victor Franz Beckenbauer says his country should start thinking about possible successors to

 arrow Football: Scars of history run deep
The past is another country, as the saying goes, and nowhere is that more true of Germany as it gears up to host next month's World Cup, 32 years after hosting it for the first time.
 arrow Hockey: Oman win a classic
Oman brightened their chance to book their place in the final round with a stunning 5-4 victory over favourite Hong Kong while Sri Lanka beat Iran 2-0 in the Jamuna Bank Asian Games qualifying round tournament
 arrow Cricket: Two new faces in nat'l fold!
The Under-19 players are all set to move up to the senior fold and a couple of them were under serious considerations to win a place in the preliminary camp for the national team.
 arrow Cricket: Jupiter spins into action
Bagerhat cruised to a comfortable 116-run win against Jhenidah in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Championship at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Thumbs up from ten teams
Ten teams including big guns Abahani, Mohammedan and Brothers Union have yesterday consented to take part in the first-ever professional football league.
 arrow Football: Brothers off to Mumbai
Brothers Union left Dhaka yesterday for India to play their last AFC Cup match against Mahindra United to be held at Mumbai on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Schools soccer
Hajiganj Pilot High School qualified to the final round of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship with a 2-0 victory over Baburhat High School yesterday.
 arrow Nat'l sports awards today
The National Sports Award for the year 2005 will be distributed at the international conference centre of the Prime Minister's secretariat on Sunday.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin sets new WR
Justin Gatlin insisted that breaking the 100 metres world record would not change him at all and that the impact of doing so had yet to really hit him.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans follow on
Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara restored some pride for Sri Lanka as they defied the England attack on the third day of the first Test at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Time to win, says Dravid
Indian captain Rahul Dravid has acknowledged his side still have plenty of respect for the West Indies, but believes it's time for India to dominate in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan may miss entire Lanka series
England captain Michael Vaughan has suffered a setback in his recovery from a longstanding knee problem and now looks set to miss the whole of the Test series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: From scandal to Scudetto
After a week dominated by a scandal surrounding tapped telephone conversations, Juventus turn their focus back to the pitch on Sunday and the securing of their 29th title on the final day of the season.
 arrow Football: Barthez to leave Marseille
France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will leave Olympique Marseille at the end of the season, club chairman Pape Diouf was quoted as saying on Saturday. "Fabien will leave at the end of the season.
 arrow Football: Ronnie keen on Henry move
As followers of English football read their tea-leaves in an attempt to predict Thierry Henry's future, Ronaldinho has dropped another hint that Barcelona will steal the Arsenal striker.
 arrow Football: C Ron hits back at media
Manchester United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has slated media coverage of his life, particularly during the difficult period that followed the death of his father in September.
 arrow Football: Totti demands tough action
Roma captain Francesco Totti has demanded stiff sanctions for those found guilty in the ever-widening Italian football scandal that has tarnished the country's favourite game.
 arrow Football: Pires close to Arsenal exit
Arsenal's French international Robert Pires could quit the Champions League finalists if the London club does not offer him a new two-year deal.
 arrow Football: Buffon fearful of losing place
Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pleaded his innocence on Saturday after Italian media reports linked him with suspected illegal betting on Serie A matches last season.
 arrow Cricket: Lara to miss Sachin
Skipper Brian Lara says Sachin Tendulkar's absence would deprive the younger players in the West Indies team a chance to learn from the Indian batting genius.
 arrow Tennis: Federer seeks revenge
World number one Roger Federer set up a Rome Masters semi-final clash against David Nalbandian to give him a chance of revenge over the man who snatched his Masters Cup crown in 2005.
 arrow Swimming: Manaudou breaks freestyle record
French swimmer Laure Manaudou broke the 400m freestyle world record Friday at the French Championships in Tours. Manaudou, who was already the European record-holder, set a new mark of 4min 03.
 arrow Cricket: Trueman diagnosed with cancer
Fred Trueman, the former England and Yorkshire fast bowler, has been diagnosed with small cell carcinoma (lung cancer) and is to undergo a 15-week course of treatment.
 arrow Football: Chelsea in lieu of Torpedo?
Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich tried to acquire Russian club Torpedo Moscow before he bought the English Premier League side, according to his close friend and former business partner German
 arrow Football: Mexico down Congo
Francisco "Kikin" Fonseca scored twice as Mexico defeated Congo 2-1 in a friendly match on Friday. Fonseca opened scoring three minutes into the match, when he headed in a pass.
 arrow Football: Scotland lift Kirin Cup
Scotland sealed victory in the Kirin Cup mini-tournament on Saturday with a 0-0 draw with World Cup hopefuls Japan.
 arrow Football: Bayern to play Red Bulls
German champion Bayern Munich will play an exhibition game against Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls on May 27 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford.
 arrow Football: T&T name squad
Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker has unveiled his final squad of 23 for the World Cup, axing utility player Anthony Rougier from his preliminary line-up named last month.
 arrow ERRATUM
Dear readers, due to technical difficulties, The Daily Star World Cup Poll could not be published in its proper form yesterday. We regret the inconvenience.
Metropolitanarrow Govt has politicised key public institutions
Speakers at a seminar yesterday blamed the government for politicising key public institutions including the Election Commission.
 arrow Reforms in EC, CG a must for free, fair polls
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday told a foreign human rights leader that there is no alternative to reform of the caretaker government system and the Election Commissionfor
 arrow Angry people ransack clinic in Sirajganj
Angry people ransacked a private clinic as a pregnant woman died due to wrong treatment and neglect allegedly by doctors at Seba Private Clinic in Shahzadpur of Sirajganj on Friday night.
 arrow Road accidents cause over 3000 casualties a year
Road accident casualties eat up more than 1.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) every year in the country, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 130 Netrokona AL activists sued
Netrokona police filed three cases with the Speedy Trial Tribunal accusing 130 Awami League (AL), Jubo League and Chhatra League activists in connection with AL's siege programme of District Commissioner's
 arrow AL calls hartal in Bogra tomorrow
Awami League has called for a daylong hartal in Bogra town tomorrow protesting arrest and police action against the party activists.
 arrow 4 lakh new Teletalk SIMs by November
Teletalk, the state-owned mobile telephone company, will release 400,000 fresh SIMs by November this year. The company has already sold 264,000 SIMs.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 3.15 lakh stolen from city house
Valuables, gold ornaments and cash worth Tk three lakh and 15 thousand were stolen on Friday night from a house in the city's Badda area.
 arrow Body recovered
Demra police yesterday recovered a body of an unidentified youth at a ditch from Sayedabad area in the city.
 arrow Panni laid to rest
Former Deputy Speaker Humayun Khan Panni was laid to eternal rest at his family graveyard at Tangail yesterday. He died on May 11 at a city hospital due to old-age complications.
 arrow 33 injured as villagers clash over harvesting paddy in Sirajganj
At least 33 people were injured, five critically, in a clash between two groups over harvesting paddy at Rashidpur village in Kazipur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Photo exhibition in Ctg today
A daylong exhibition of photo features begins here in the port city today.
 arrow Tributes paid to Nasreen Huq
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday termed Nasreen Pervin Huq, late country director of ActionAid, as 'Mother Teresa of Bangladesh' for her contribution to the welfare of distressed people in the
 arrow Project on prevention of HIV/AIDS launched
A project on "Prevention of HIV/AIDS among Young People in Bangladesh" Phase 2 was launched at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel recently, says a press release.
 arrow Journo Ayub passes away
Mohammad Ayub Hossain, former president of Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ) and Khulna bureau chief of the Dainik Ittefaque, passed away yesterday at Garib Newaz Clinic in the city at the age of 65.
Nationalarrow 15-day workers' agitation begins from tomorrow
Workers and employees of Khulna jute mills will begin a fortnight long agitation programmes tomorrow to realise their eight-point demand including reopening of eight government owned jute mills.
 arrow Agitation mounts for repair of road to Burimari land port
Traders, joined by different organisations and cross-sections of people in Jaldhaka, continued agitation for the fourth day yesterday demanding repair of the 88 kilometre Burimari-Paglapir road, connecting
 arrow Civic bodies give 2-week deadline
Leaders of different socio-cultural and professional organisations here yesterday gave the government a two-week ultimatum to announce a final decision to set up an education board in Rangpur, promised
 arrow 6 outlaws held in Jhenidah
Police Friday night arrested six cadres of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) at Bonpara village under Kortchandpur upazila in Jhenidah.
Point-Counterpointarrow Jamaat should stand down
JAMAAT-e-Islami (Bangladesh) should stand down. The opposition parties' refusal to discuss their reform proposals on caretaker government, election commission and electoral laws with people who opposed the creation of Bangladesh, collaborated with the Pakistani occupation army in 1971, and some of whose leaders are possibly guilty of crimes against humanity, is a defensible position.
 arrow Tourism in Saarc countries
Tourism is the largest industry in the present-day world in terms of its total annual turn out as well as in terms of employment created.
 arrow Plundering of the public exchequer
The High Court in a verdict on April 27 directed the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) to take appropriate measures to realise outstanding telephone bills of Tk 60,000,000 from the 427 defaulting
 arrow Quest for clean candidates
Some civil society members have recently floated a citizens group to campaign for electing honest and competent candidates to the next parliament.
Culturearrow Amidst glitz and glamour
MERIL-Prothom Alo Award 2005 was held on May 12 at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference centre to honour and inspire talents in the arenas of music, television, filmmaking and modeling.
 arrow A Japanese production of Ghosts staged
Bold and spontaneous performance of the actors can overcome language barrier. This was evident during the Japanese presentation of Henrik Ibsen's play Ghosts.
 arrow A Midsummer Night's Dream staged by students of Dawn Grammar School
Students of Dawn Grammer School staged A Midsummer Night's Dream, a popular romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, on May 12 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.
 arrow Iraq's suffering captured on canvas
How does one capture a nation's suffering and pain in a single expression? This has been Iraqi artist Suad Al Attar's mission since the beginning of the first Gulf War in 1991.
Internationalarrow Nepali Maoists offer roadmap for peace
Nepal's Maoist rebel chief put forth a peace plan yesterday that seeks the release of political prisoners, the dissolution of parliament and the constitution and the restructuring of the national army.
 arrow EU slams Tigers for sea battle
The European Union criticised Sri Lankan rebels Saturday for staging a deadly sea attack this week and warned that the escalation in violence could wreck any chance of returning to peace talks.
 arrow Indian coalition gets polls boost
The result of Thursday's assembly elections in five Indian states has set off new political equations that were expected to cement relations between Congress party and its crucial backer -- the Left parties
 arrow Hamas willing to talk with Israel to avert humanitarian crisis
Hamas said yesterday it was willing to talk to Israel in order to solve a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories after a Western aid freeze left the government in severe financial crisis.
 arrow Don't get nervous
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad advised Western nations yesterday that they should not be nervous of Tehran's controversial nuclear program and instead have fun.
 arrow US hindering drive against terror
A top Chinese official accused the United States Friday of hindering the global anti-terror campaign by refusing to hand over five Chinese Muslims released from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
 arrow UN driver, Afghan doctor killed in rocket attack
A local driver and a doctor with a German-based group were killed in Afghanistan when suspected Taliban attacked their Unicef vehicle with rockets, officials said Saturday.
 arrow 23 killed as storm lashes Philippines
A typhoon whipped through the northwestern Philippines on Saturday, killing at least 23 people in stormy seas and leaving more than 10,000 people stranded as air and ferry services were suspended.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Power supply outcry
The erratic power situation with frequent countrywide outages and low voltage supply has brought into sharp focus the government's extremely limited capacity to resolve the crises.
 arrow Editorial: Resounding verdict in West Bengal
The electoral victory of the Left Front in West Bengal for the seventh time in a row is definitely a triumph of the progressive and secular forces in India.
 arrow Shanir dasha at Shanir Akhra
In Bengali, Shanir dasha is said when one is having a series of bad luck in life because of the ominous influence of planet Saturn.
 arrow The man who rescued dogma from dogmatism
Buddhadeb Bhatta-charjee has buried the ghost that hovered over Jyoti Basu's table for two decades -- that his remarkable run of victories was tainted by rigging.
Letters to Editorarrow Anti-kidnapping manual
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently launched a manual to help nations handle the scourge, which often results in the death of victims.
 arrow Misuse of public funds
Recently, I had an opportunity to see a newly built Upazila Complex at Matlab North.
 arrow Job quota
It refers to Mr. Mainul Quadery's letter entitled "Quota in government job" published in the May 6, 2006 issue of The Daily Star. I cannot really support the views of Mr. Mainul.
 arrow On 'Stoic bliss'
Recently the music veteran 'G Series' has brought out 'Light Years Ahead', a hip-hop album in both mixed up English and Bengali from a US based band 'Stoic Bliss'.
 arrow Election -2007
It is apparent that the people of Bangladesh are much more aware about the electoral system than before. All the media are playing a very important role in this regard.
 arrow Enact "clean" laws!
Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance-William Shakespeare Human being is the most dishonest, corrupt and insidious among all living creatures on this planet.
Star Healtharrow Where should a patient seek initial treatment
With the change of lifestyle and dietary habits of the people, the incidence of breast cancer in our country has been increasing at an alarming rate.
 arrow Radio frequency ablation therapy may be helpful in cancer treatment
Radio frequency ablation (RFA) is a new technique that employs high-energy radio frequency waves to destroy non-small cell lung cancer.
 arrow The misunderstood disease
All health information to keep you up to date

After consuming huge, oily meal or a full packet of spicy 'chanachur' you often experience a burning pain in your chest and sometimes in the

 arrow Protein supplement may speed bedsore healing
A liquid protein supplement may help heal the bedsores that often develop in sick or disabled, and especially elderly, patients, researchers have found.
 arrow Type D personality boosts heart disease risk
People with coronary heart disease and a type D personality -- a propensity to experience negative feelings - have a considerably increased risk of having a heart attack, needing heart surgery or dying
 arrow Chemical splash in the eye
If a chemical splashes into your eye, take these steps immediately:
 arrow Your Doctor
On coming issue "Your Doctor" will respond to problems of urology. Send your questions to Your Doctor, Star Health, The Daily Star, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka 1215 or e-mail your problem to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow Lowland turns marshy swamp
A vast swamp in Mirpur with poisonous water and waste has become an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, polluting environment and causing sufferings to the locals.
 arrow To have or not to have
Water supply situation has improved in city's Shanir Akhra and its adjacent areas since violent demonstrations for water and power on May 5, but the residents of other surrounding areas in Demra and Shyampur
 arrow Rise in price puts brakes on gold sales
Gold jewellery sales are seeing a sharp fall with the increase in gold prices in the international market, goldsmiths alleged. In the local market, 22-carat gold is selling Tk 18,229 a bhori (11.
 arrow It's magic!
At the first glance he would be hardly visible but once you take a look at his visiting card you could be taken aback.
 arrow Work on city's drainage systems to start soon
The government will finally accept World Bank's (WB) rehabilitation policy to restore drainage and sewerage systems under a master plan to work out a permanent solution to the city's water logging problem,
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