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Front Pagearrow Corruption now an acceptable conduct
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain has said corruption in the society has reached such a point where it has created a national norm that corruption, especially petty corruption, is 'acceptable behaviour'.
 arrow EC unperturbed despite proofs
The Election Commission (EC) is preparing to finalise the disputed new voter list, seemingly unperturbed by the escalating number of revelations of gross irregularities in the preparation of it.
 arrow Electoral reforms needed to stop black money, criminality
Speakers at the regional dialogue in Comilla yesterday extended full support to the civil society initiative for honest and dedicated candidates in the general election to be held in 2007.
 arrow 1 killed in cop firing on garment workers
One garment worker was killed and some 200 others were injured yesterday as police baton-charged and then opened fire on a mass of rampaging workers of a garment factory in Gazipur.
 arrow JCD men vandalise buses, teachers' residences at IU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday vandalised buses, offices, and residences of teachers and officers of Islamic University (IU) for 'not awarding their expected jobs' at the university.
 arrow CID fails to submit charge sheet in 2 yrs
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has failed to submit charge sheet in the case filed after a grenade attack in Sylhet left three people killed and 70 others including British High Commissioner
 arrow Under-age madrasa students turn voters
The draft voter list for Mohammadpur area in the capital registered 122 voters under mysterious addresses specifying only the names of roads and fake businessmen under the address of an orphanage.
 arrow Human chain demands arrest of culprits
Several hundred people staged demonstration and formed a human chain in Thatari Bazar yesterday demanding immediate arrest and trial of the culprits responsible for the death of schoolboy Jisan at Sutrapur
 arrow Submarine link opens today but not for users
On the eve of the inauguration of submarine cable system that will connect Bangladesh to the information superhighway, the ISP Association of Bangladesh yesterday expressed its concerns that due to lack
 arrow Shopping malls lack adequate safety steps
Architecture students of postgraduate level at a seminar yesterday expressed deep concern over buildings and shopping complexes in the city saying that most of these run high risks of collapse in case
 arrow 3 'robbers' slaughtered
Three alleged robbers were killed at Chatmohar upazila in Pabna on Friday night by other members of their gang over shares of looted goods, police and the locals said.
 arrow FBCCI for renegotiating deal with Asia Energy
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged the government to renegotiate its agreement with UK-based Asia Energy on the development of Phulbari Coal Mine Project.
 arrow Mob, transport workers beat up 3 cops
Angry bus drivers, workers and passengers yesterday beat up three traffic policemen near Paltan in the capital after a sergeant stopped a bus and allegedly demanded bribe.
 arrow Section 144 bars Ahmadiyyas from holding religious festival in B'baria
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat could not hold their earlier scheduled religious festival 'Salana Jalsha' in the district town due to imposition of Section 144 yesterday.
 arrow 3 suspects held, AL blames BNP men
Three people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the killing of two Awami League (AL) activists on Friday night at city's Shyampur area.
 arrow Maniac mother
A mother sacrificed her beloved son to satisfy the wish of a Pir only for securing peace and plenty in her temporal life.
 arrow Water ministers to exchange trips next month
Water resources ministers of Bangladesh and India will visit each other's country next month with a view to solving the problems related to the trans-border rivers.
 arrow Iraq forms govt at last
Iraq yesterday formed its first full term post-invasion government, a unity coalition aimed at uniting a country torn by sectarian bloodshed but still lacking permanent ministers in key security posts.
 arrow Pakistan to propose relaxed visa regime
Pakistan is going to propose during the Saarc tourism ministers' meeting in Cox's Bazar today introduction of "group visa" in the seven Saarc countries as a step towards relaxing the visa regime to increase
 arrow EU offers reactors, fuel to Iran
The EU is calling on world powers to help Iran's nuclear and other industries if Tehran stops enriching uranium but wants Russia and China to join in sanctions, including an arms embargo, if Iran does
 arrow Turkish police fail to confirm Bangladeshi casualties
Turkish police could not confirm how many Bangladeshis are on the Casualty list following Friday's road accident in southern city of Osmaniye, about 600-km from Ankara.
Businessarrow Export, remittance growths lessen trade deficit
Growths in remittance and export have continued lessening Bangladesh's trade deficit in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, resulting in surplus current account balance.
 arrow Hidden subsidies distort global trading system
Hidden subsidies given by many countries to their textile and clothing sector are distorting the global trading system, Energy Ministry Adviser Mahmudur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow India unveils $1b package to revive tea industry
India announced Saturday a one billion dollar package to revive its tea industry blighted by plummetting prices and a downturn in exports.
 arrow WB experts favour Indo-Pak trade liberalisation
The normalisation and liber-alisation of trade between India and Pakistan would help both the countries tap the potential for economic integration, according the World Bank economists.
 arrow 'East Asian integration must not be at expense of globalisation'
East Asia should remain engaged with the rest of the world despite moving toward greater regional integration, Singapore elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew said in remarks published Saturday.
 arrow High-powered German business team in Dhaka
A high-powered German business delegation arrived here yesterday to explore future fields of cooperation in trade and investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh knitwear fair in Germany deferred
The single country exhibition of Bangladeshi knitwear products in Germany has been deferred again due to world cup football in Germany beginning next month.
 arrow UAE likely to shut down labour recruiting agencies
The UAE government has announced plans to shut down the labur recruitment agencies, which charge labourers heavily to arrange for jobs and visas in the country, leaving them with large debts before they
 arrow Silk Road border post with China to open in July: India
India will open 14 centres for border trade with its South Asian neighbours, including one in July to trade with China along the famed Silk Road, a minister said Saturday.
 arrow Shell ordered to pay $1.5b to ethnic Ijaws
A Nigerian court has ordered Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell to pay 1.5 billion dollars in compensation to ethnic Ijaws of the restive Niger Delta, a company spokesman said Saturday.
 arrow United Insurance declares 26pc dividend
United Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 26 per cent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Egypt warns of reform 'chaos'
Egypt warned Saturday that rushing reforms in the region could lead to "chaos," as a major economic forum attended by key Arab, Israeli and US leaders began amid tight security.
 arrow China to act to cut trade surplus with Mexico
China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing promised Friday that his government would encourage business alliances with Mexico in a bid to reduce the trade gap between the two countries.
 arrow Advocacy session on WTO issues for journalists held in Sylhet
An advocacy session on trade issues for journalists was held yesterday in Sylhet, says a press release.
 arrow 3rd raffle draw of 'Coca-Cola Fun Island' programme held
The third raffle draw of 'Coca-Cola Fun Island' under the 'Crown Program 2006' was held recently in Dhaka under the aegis of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust.
 arrow S America-Arab trade up 35pc
Trade between the Arab and South American nations had risen 35 per cent in the last 12 months, according to a study released recently by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
 arrow Nigeria, China sign $110m pact
The Nigerian government and a Chinese company, the North China Power Engineering Company, have signed a 110 million US dollars pact on power transmission line expansion.
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon launches new savings account
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd launched a new deposit product styled 'Shamriddhi' on Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Pigs out, Brazil in!
If Brazil's soccer team succeed in winning a sixth World Cup title in July, the lack of pig smells in a small Swiss village might just have something to do with it.
 arrow Football: Iran counting on Bundesliga stars
Iran skipper Ali Daei believes the Asian powerhouses' contingent of German-based stars can lead his team into an unprecedented second round World Cup spot.
 arrow Football: Nowotny the key to German youngsters
Veteran German defender Jens Nowotny will be key to how the younger German players perform at the World Cup finals claimed national coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Rooney might be fit for opener
Injured striker Wayne Rooney could be fit in time for England's World Cup opener against Paraguay, according to a reports.
 arrow Cricket: Dream run for Thakurgaon
Thakurgaon continued their impressive run in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Tournament as they moved into the group final with a thumping 144-run victory over Kurigram at the Bogra Stadium
 arrow Football: Narail toy with Shwarupkathi
Al Mamun and Sabuj slammed hattricks as Pouro Secondary School of Narail romped into the zonal final of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship with a 9-0 thrashing of Shwarupkathi
 arrow Cricket: Records roll for Dravid
For Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, the first ODI against West Indies provided more than one reason to be delighted.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas plan well ahead
South Africa have unveiled their blueprint for success at the 2007 World Cup by naming a 25-man squad to undergo specialised training and coaching.
 arrow Football: Footballers' camp starts
The national football team's month-long residential camp for the South Asian Games to be held in Colombo next August got underway at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Venus up against Martina
Former champions Venus Williams and Martina Hingis set up a grudge battle at the Rome Masters Friday as both advanced into semifinal spots.
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 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar a spent force?
Sachin Tendulkar may never again be the dominant player he once was, according to former Test batsman Arun Lal.
 arrow Tennis: Stepanek finds his feet on clay
Radek Stepanek, the world number 16 from the Czech Republic, reached only the second Masters Series final of his career when he beat Jose Acasuso of the Argentine 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) in an absorbing encounter
 arrow Football: CSKA retain Russian Cup
CSKA Moscow kept hold of the Russian Cup on Saturday after their Brazilian strikers Jo and Vagner Love swept them to a 3-0 victory over city rivals Spartak.
 arrow Football: Maniche leaves Chelsea
Portuguese international mid-fielder Maniche has ended his loan spell at Premiership champions Chelsea with the club not wishing to pay 5 million pounds to make him a permanent signing.
 arrow Football: German lesson for English fans
England supporters are heading for Germany equipped to sprechen Fussball, after limbering up for the World Cup with lessons in key footballing phrases.
 arrow Cricket: SL amass the runs
Sri Lanka's Chamara Kapugedera and Thilan Samaraweera both scored unbeaten centuries as the tourists piled on the runs on Friday in their final match before next week's second Test against England atEdgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: WI forget to win: Greg
Greg Chappell, the Indian coach, says West Indies have forgotten how to win, but he refuses to write them off for the remainder of the one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Eng selectors in Harmison dilemma
Whether or not to bring back fast bowler Stephen Harmison will be the central issue confronting England's selectors ahead of Sunday's squad announcement for the second Test against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston
 arrow Cricket: Kaif told not to change
A couple of days before the first one-day international, as the Indian team went through their paces at different parts of Kingston's Chedwin Park, Mohammad Kaif and Ian Frazer were involved in an animated
 arrow Football: National soccer from July 15
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to start the National Football Championship from July 15 across the country.
 arrow Cricket: More penalty for Read
Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read received a fresh punishment on Friday from English cricket chiefs after an extraordinary pitch-side bust-up with Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath still confident
Sri Lanka stalwart Sanath Jayasuriya is remaining positive about his prospects of a Test recall even though his chances of appearing in next week's second Test against England seemed to suffer a blowthis
 arrow Football: Wenger delighted with Henry decision
Arsene Wenger hailed Thierry Henry's decision to stay at Arsenal as more significant for the club's future than winning the Champions League would have been.
 arrow Football: Carboni in new role
Valencia's former Italy defender Amedeo Carboni has brought his playing career to an end aged 41 to become the Primera Liga club's sports director.
 arrow Football: Angola greeted by Nazi storm
Angola have arrived in Hanover airport in Germany on Saturday ahead of the World Cup finals with threats by neo-Nazis of holding a march on the day of one of their matches at the finals.
 arrow Football: Salzburg sign legend duo
Austrian league runners-up FC Salzburg have signed footballing legends Giovanni Trapattoni and Lothar Matthaus as their new management team, the club announced Friday.
 arrow Football: Micoud set for Bremen exit
French midfielder Johan Micoud is set to leave Werder Bremen after nearly four years at the Bundesliga side, he said in an interview Saturday.
 arrow Football: Glazer suffers second stroke
American business tycoon Malcolm Glazer, owner of English Premiership giants Manchester United, is back in hospital after suffering a second stroke.
 arrow Football: Blatter appalled by Italy scandal
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed his dismay about the state of Italian football as the Serie A match-fixing scandal rumbles on.
 arrow Football: Pele: The greatest of them all
Pele. The God of football. "O Rei". Whatever the name, the memory is the same - of a world-beating superstar - a record-breaking footballing icon.
 arrow Football: Owen backs himself as saviour
England will head for the World Cup knowing that supporting Michael Owen and striking at opponents from deep will be the key to success without Wayne Rooney.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
No games for Thai prisoners!
Afp, Bangkok
Thailand will ban live broadcasts of World Cup games in prisons in a bid to prevent football gambling among inmates, an official said Saturday.

Metropolitanarrow Corruption, wrong policy blamed for power crisis
Widespread corruption, wrong policy and mismanagement are responsible for the severe crisis in the power sector, speakers at a dialogue said yesterday.
 arrow LDCs make significant efforts to establish democratic rule
Despite constraints on human resources coupled with structural weaknesses, a number of poor countries have made significant efforts to establish democratic rule in the past 20 years, according to a new
 arrow 6 killed in road accidents
At least six people, including a schoolgirl, were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail, Manikganj, Jessore and Kishore-ganj yesterday.
 arrow Full implementation of CHT accord demanded
Speakers at a council yesterday demanded full implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace agreement.
 arrow 'Govt indifferent to enforcement of law'
Speakers at a press conference said the anti-tobacco law has not been enforced yet mainly for indifference and neglect of the health ministry and law enforcement agencies.
 arrow Govt staffs demand 50 percent DA
Third and fourth class government employees yesterday placed their five-point demand, including 50 percent dearness allowance and fixing of minimum pay scale at Tk 2000.
 arrow Rab man handed over to police for demanding toll in Chittagong
A member of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was handed over to police for allegedly demanding toll from a resident in Chittagong port city yesterday.
 arrow Bogra Polytech closed on clash fear
Bogra Polytechnic Institute has been closed for four days to avoid untoward clashes between locals and the students of the institution at Latifpur colony in Bogra town.
 arrow Nazrul's 107th anniversary of birth May 25
Cultural Affairs Ministry and Nazrul Institute jointly have chalked out a four-day programme to observe the 107th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on May 25 in a befitting manner across
 arrow Wasa installs complaint boxes in city
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has installed complaint boxes at the gate no 2 of Bangladesh Secretariat and Dania Ideal High School Road in Shanir Akhra to receive complaints from its consumers
 arrow Exhibition of photographs, paintings begins in Cox's Bazar
A two-day exhibition of photographs on Goa and prize-winning paintings by Bangladeshi schoolchildren on liberation war began at Niribili Orchid in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow One found dead
Police recovered the body of a youth from the city's Tipu Sultan road area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Eastern University observes third foundation anniversary
Third Foundation Anniversary 2006 of Eastern University was observed at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh auditorium in the city recently, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Half-day hartal observed in South Surma
A half-day hartal was observed in South Surma area in Sylhet city yesterday at the call of local readers' association protesting the death of Jubo League leader Ayub Ali following an attack by Jatiyatabadi
 arrow Houses demolished for protesting drug trade
About 70 landless people living on Tenguria embankment in Kalihati upazila are facing an eviction threat by a group of criminals for protesting drug trade on the embankment.
 arrow No clue to murder of Kushtia AL leader
Chuadanga police could neither find any clue to the murder of Awami League (AL) leader Zamir Uddin or arrest any of the killers six months after the incident.
 arrow 100 families evicted for Ashrayan project
Over 100 families have been evicted from a shoal in Jalisha village in Dumki upazila for setting up an Ashrayan project on about four acres of land.
 arrow Mother hands over drug addict daughter to police
Unbelievable though, a mother has handed over her drug addict teenage daughter to police in the district town.
 arrow Four killed by lightning
Lightning killed four persons and injured 10 others in Cox's Bazar and Gaibandha districts Friday night, our correspondents reported.
 arrow Tension mounts in Mohalchhari
Tension mounted among indigenous people and Bengali settlers over construction of Babna Kendra, a Buddhism research centre, on a disputed land at Maischhari in Mohalchhari upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Yasukuni debate reemerges as Koizumi prepares to leave
What is wrong with Yasukuni? The question is definitely not an easy one to answer for those who know little about Japan's imperial ambition that went miserably wrong with country's humiliating defeatin
 arrow Electro-medical equipment protection
Modern electro medical devices are critical for proper diagnostic function in healthcare practices. These equipments provide the needed diagnostic information and clue for the effective treatment of diseases.
 arrow The effects of EU and US subsidies on developing countries
There is a great emphasis on improving competitiveness in developing countries; but the reality of the situation is that subsidies to European, American and Canadian farmers are negatively impacting Third
Culturearrow An evening of melody
FRIDAY, May 19, 2006, Chhayanat, a leading cultural organisation and music institution of the country organised a musical soiree on the occasion of the 145th birth anniversary of Tagore.
 arrow Bansi Kaul: A theatre director with a unique approach
Bansi Kaul is an eminent theatre director and designer, who has developed a new idiom and performance language.
 arrow Delhi's National School of Drama present Gappu Gope Gapanggamdas
On May 19, the Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) Repertory staged Gappu Gope Gapanggamdas, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's well- known play, Peer Gynt.
 arrow Lively music and exchange of views
Bengal Bikash, the talent hunt organised by Bengal Foundation, has recently wrapped up its pre-finals.
Internationalarrow Afghan fighting rages
Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed two Afghan army convoys and US forces in the country's south, sparking gunbattles that killed at least 25 militants, five Afghan soldiers and a US soldier, coalitionforces
 arrow UN envoy meets Suu Kyi
The UN's top political official met yesterday with detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been barred from meeting foreigners for more than two years, sources close to Myanmar
 arrow Norway fears isolation over Lanka peace role
The European Union's decision to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on its list of terrorist organisations risks isolating Norway, which has played a key role in the nation's peace process,
 arrow Nepal names negotiator for talks with Maoists
Nepal has named a senior minister to hold preliminary talks with the Maoists to prepare for a direct meeting between rebel chief Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, a minister said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinian intelligence chief injured in blast
The head of the Palestinian intelligence services was seriously injured and his bodyguard killed in a blast yesterday at the services' Gaza headquarters, raising fears of a burst of internecine violence.
 arrow Typhoon kills 104 in Asia
A typhoon that raked the South China Sea has killed at least 104 people, and Vietnamese officials said yesterday that more than 160 fishermen were still missing and feared dead.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Right to information
RIGHT to information is the most fundamental of rights that the state must feel obligated to accord to its citizens.
 arrow Editorial: Environment-unfriendly activity
A report from Savar has it that industrial wastes are causing great damage to the environment. Around 300 industrial units in the area are operating without proper drainage and effluent dumping systems.
 arrow Department of election engineering, blessed heroin money...
According to my source, a "high level committee" has taken the decision to allow all the colleges and universities of the country to open a new department named the Department of Election Engineering.
 arrow Should Iran go nuclear?
The photograph front paged by The New York Times of Ahmedinejad walking over the image of the US flag printed over the street on his way to the polls which elected him President of Iran must have caused
Letters to Editorarrow Eye hospital
I am writing about a hospital not widely known in the country but silently contributing to managing an ever increasing number of eye diseases, mainly of the lower income and lower to middle income people
 arrow An interesting idea
I have gone through the article "Atmospheric electricity..." published in The Daily Star on 29.04.
 arrow "Scarcity of English newspapers"
With reference to the letter by Mr. Peerzada Syed Rafiqul Hussain (DS 1/5/06), I recall the suggestion given by one of our English professors (Dhaka College) to read English newspaper to improve English.
 arrow History forgotten
Thirty-six years have elapsed since we gained our independence, but it seems in this long period we haven't learned any lesson from history, nor do we bother to hear the growing murmur from different
 arrow Don't send wrong signals!
Everybody should admit that Bangladesh is now in a very important transition phase in the development cycle and any wrong perception regarding the economic trends would jeopardise the interests of the
 arrow A break for Ashraful
It is good news that Mohammed Ashraful , the unpredictable yet highly talented batsman, is now playing in England.
 arrow Our cricket
The recent poor performance of Bangladesh cricket team against Australia once again clearly indicated that we are highly unsuitable to compete in an international Test match, while our performance in
Star Healtharrow Treatment of piles without operation and pain
By dint of modern and sophisticates technology the developed countries of the world have achieved tremendous success in medical treatment.
 arrow 10 ways to avoid diabetes complications
You have got to take the initiative when it comes to your diabetes care.
 arrow Self-care of sty
A sty (hordeolum) is a red, painful lump on the edge or inside of your eyelid that may look like a boil or a pimple. Usually a sty is filled with pus.
 arrow The amazing world of milk
All health information to keep you up to date
Milk and other dairy products is the drink and food of life. Both children and adult need diary for different reasons. Once you are aware of itsimportance...

 arrow Care of gums helps with diabetes control
Standard treatment for moderately inflamed gums around the teeth " periodontitis " can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control, Spanish and Portuguese researchers report.
 arrow Blood test detects sickle cell anaemia prognosis
High blood levels of an enzyme called lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) predict complications in patients with sickle cell disease, a disorder in which red blood cells cannot delivery oxygen properly because
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor,
I am a 24 years old man. But I face problem with nocturnal emission. Is it normal at this age or is there any problem or is it any disease.

Star Cityarrow Darul Ihsan students suffer as conflict continues
The academic life of nearly 2,000 students of Darul Ihsan University is facing uncertainty as the two claimants to the private university's vice-chancellorship remain stick to their claim.
 arrow Students out with vengeance to kill bedtime foes
The bug menace at Dhaka University (DU) dormitories that has been continuing over the years is causing students immense discomfort and suffering, and concerned authorities are yet to take any steps to
 arrow Only 15 wreckers for four lakh vehicles!
The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is facing problem in removing faulty vehicles from the city streets due to inadequate number of wreckers.
 arrow Acupuncture: The power in needles
A bold red 'acupuncture' sign catches the eye of any passer-by along a certain road in Maghbazar.
"I don't know what that means," comments a passer-by.

 arrow Shaping present through past
A programme jointly organised by the Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) and Interna-tional Council of Museum (ICOM) in the city last Thurs-day marked International Museum Day.
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