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Front Pagearrow Govt blocks Hasina's return
Bangladesh politics wakes up to a new reality as the fate of the two leading lights of the archrivals Awami League (AL) and BNP seems to be sealed with Sheikh Hasina virtually barred from returning to
 arrow Process for Khaleda's exile almost done
The military backed caretaker government has completed almost all the formalities for sending former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Anti-graft drive lacks experience, coordination
The government's anti-corruption drive has not progressed as expected due to lack of experience and poor coordination and understanding among those involved in the process, said Maj Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury,
 arrow AL leaders Zafrullah, Ashim Ukil, BNP leader Toymur held
Joint forces yesterday detained Awami League (AL) Presidium Member and former lawmaker Kazi Zafarullah, AL Deputy Publicity Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil and BNP leader and former chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) advocate Toymur Alam Khandaker.
 arrow Govt blacks out Hasina's views
The government through its Press Information Department and other agencies has instructed all newspapers not to carry any comment of Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow BNP not losing its heart yet
Most of the BNP leaders believe the party will manage to survive due to its 'popularity' even if the military backed government forces its Chairperson Khaleda Zia into exile, although the feeling that
 arrow Press Note
Some reliable sources have informed the government that Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, now on a personal visit to the United States, might return to the country on April 23, 2007.
 arrow Moudud sent to jail in liquor smuggling case
Detained BNP leader and former law minister Moudud Ahmed was sent to jail yesterday in connection with the case filed for smuggling in contraband foreign liquors and possessing those.
 arrow UNDP offers Tk 400cr for voter list, ID card
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has assured the Election Commission (EC) of providing financial assistance for simultaneously preparing the voter list with photographs and national identity
 arrow Bangladesh's last Cup match today
Bangladesh will be trying to sign off from the Cricket World Cup on a high when they play wounded hosts West Indies in today's Super Eights match in Barbados.
 arrow SL wipe out Ireland
Farveez Maharoof and Muttiah Muralidaran shared eights wickets as Sri Lanka crushed Ireland by eight wickets after dismissing them for only 77 runs in their Super Eights match at the Grenada NationalStadium
  arrow Car bombs kill 172 in Baghdad
An avalanche of car bomb attacks on Shia districts of Baghdad slaughtered 172 people yesterday and delivered a savage blow to the credibility of two-month-old US security plan.
 arrow Farmers in despair

 arrow No change in Titas gas field
Bangladesh Gas Field Company Ltd (BGFCL) has invited an international consultant to visit the troubled Titas Gas Field, sources said.
 arrow Five JMB men, four outlaws captured
The law enforcers yesterday arrested five militants of outlawed JMB and four cadres of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi district, in Sadar upazila of Sherpur district
 arrow $250m ADB aid for better system
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will allocate $250 million to improve water supply situation in Dhaka city, as it found its pilot project in the city's Manikdi area effective.
 arrow Barapukuria power plant resumes full-scale generation
Both units of 250MW Barapukuria coal-based power plant in Parbatipur resumed full-scale power generation around midnight Tuesday.
 arrow Brief shower

 arrow Tk 6.61cr 'used' machinery seized in Ctg port
Chittagong customs officials seized 17 containers of capital machinery imported under false declaration at Chittagong Port on Tuesday night.
 arrow Wild elephants trample 2 kids to death
Wild elephants straying into a village trampled two children to death in Ramu upazila under the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow 21 killed in shootouts in Brazil
Police gun battles with suspected drug traffickers and shootouts between rival gangs in Rio de Janeiro overnight to Tuesday left at least 21 people dead, police said.
 arrow UN refugee chief hails Iraq promise to support refugees
An Iraqi pledge to help support millions of its displaced citizens has helped unlock international aid for the growing humanitarian crisis, the UN refugee chief said yesterday.
Businessarrow IMF for limiting credit to public, private sectors
The finance adviser has expressed his disagreement with an IMF (International Monetary Fund) prescription that suggests limitation in both the public and private sectors credit in order to curb inflation.
 arrow NBR to ask non-banking firms for info on suspects
Country's central tax administration in its on-going anti-graft crackdown has decided to seek information on corruption suspects also from non-banking institutions.
 arrow Citibank NA signs deal with DBBL to offer retail banking services
Citibank NA Bangladesh embarked on a new initiative to provide retail banking services of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) for the employees and owners of Citibank's corporate customers in Bangladesh.
 arrow Prime Bank plans to expand network abroad
Prime Bank Ltd, a locPrime Bank Ltd, a local private bank, plans to expand its network abroad.
 arrow Govt ratifies deals with US, Nepal, Myanmar
The caretaker government has ratified an agreement between Bangladesh and the United States on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respective Taxes on Income.
 arrow East Asia to grow 5.7pc in 2007
Economies in East Asia will grow 5.7 percent in 2007 with China spearheading the region despite slowing growth in the United States, a major market for Asian exports, a regional think-tank said Wednesday.
 arrow India's steel production set to triple by 2015
India said Wednesday it has raised its forecast for steel production, which it expects will expand threefold by 2015 as companies raise output to take advantage of surging domestic and overseas demand.
 arrow BLFCA luncheon meeting held
The quarterly luncheon meeting of Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Tesco to open in Japan
Britain's Tesco said Wednesday it will open its first own-brand mini-supermarket in Japan next week as part of a new expansion in the world's number two retail market.
 arrow BSRS gets new MD
FRM Hafiz ul Islam joined Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha (BSRS) as its managing director on Sunday.
 arrow China, India underpin Asia-Pacific growth as US slows
China, India and Japan are set to be the main drivers for Asia-Pacific economic growth in 2007 amid signs of a slowdown in the United States and Europe, a UN report said on Wednesday.
 arrow New DMD of Sonali Bank
Raihana Aneesa Yusuf Ali has been appointed deputy managing director of Sonali Bank recently, says a press release.
 arrow China likely to ink $12b mega import deals with US soon
China is likely to ink mega import deals, possibly amounting to $12 billion, with the United States during the second Sino-US strategic economic dialogue next month, in a move to narrow the trade gap.
 arrow Sonargaon's new sales Director
MA Awal has been made director of Sales of Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow ROK-EU FTA talks likely to start in May
South Korea will start talks with the European Union early next month on forging a free trade agreement, a senior official said Wednesday. "The two sides are now taking their final steps ...
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts serious about Tigers
Battered and bruised West Indies take on Bangla-desh in their penultimate World Cup match here on Thursday hoping to rescue their tarnished reputation.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan next skipper?
Middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan is all set to be na-med as the West Indies captain for their next month's tour of England replacing the under-fire Brian Lara.
 arrow Football: Russel win rematch
Sheikh Russel returned to top of the B. League table with a 2-0 win over Khulna Abahani in yesterday's rematch after their scheduled game on Tuesday was abandoned after 80 minutes.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka kept Aussies guessing
Sri Lanka's decision to keep top players from the cricket World Cup clash against Australia was a ploy sanctioned by Colombo, the island's chief selector said Thursday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Cricket Association of Bengal under-15 spinner Shoumik took four wickets to rout Rajshahi under-15 by seven wickets at the Rajshahi Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Transcom Cup golf from today
The 11th Transcom Cup golf tournament will begin at the Kurmitola Golf Club today with nearly 450 golfers from home and abroad expected to take part in the two-day meet.
 arrow Cricket: 'Prats of the Caribbean'
England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher should be sacked after England were dominated by South Africa in Bridgetown, Barbados, ending their hopes of making it to the World Cup semifinals, much of the British
 arrow Cricket: 'Drunk with success'
South African skipper Graeme Smith and his "merry men" were toasted by his country's media Wednesday after a blitz on the England team saw them burst into the cricket World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Smith sheds chokers tag
South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes his team have finally buried their chokers' tag after storming into the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan name new selectors
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named a new three-member committee to select a national team following the country's recent shock exit from the World Cup, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Poland-Ukraine to co-host Euro 2012
East European neighbours Poland and Ukraine were chosen in a shock vote by European football's governing body UEFA on Wednesday to jointly host the Euro 2012 championships.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin parts bowling tips
Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday took time out to give a few tips to Mumbai's young left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla.
 arrow Cricket: Styris wants Cup
Scott Styris believes the current New Zealand team can do something none of their predecessors managed and win the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan not quitting
Michael Vaughan insisted he will not quit after his team failed to qualify for the World Cup semifinals. "I won't be retiring from one-day cricket.
 arrow Cricket: A wake-up call
A glance at the South African team-sheet first thing in the morning was enough to remove any lingering cobwebs of sleep.
 arrow Cricket: 'Hayden an inspiration'
Matthew Hay-den's return to one-day international cricket has been hailed as inspirational by his Australia opening partner Adam Gilchrist.
 arrow Cricket: 'WI needs money'
Former captain Clive Lloyd believes West Indies cricket needs money to move forward and that technology must be embraced to help the team who are "scraping the barrel" to remain competitive.
 arrow Football: BFF polls on June 9
The election of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will be held on June 9, it was decided at an executive committee meeting of the football's governing body yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie the key player, says Jones
Fast bowler Simon Jones has defended Andrew Flintoff from the criticism the England squad is suffering following their World Cup exit on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Imran bats for Shoaib
Pakistan great Imran Khan has backed Shoaib Malik as the best choice to take over as national team captain.
 arrow Football: MU turn screw on Chelsea
Goals from Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney allowed Man-chester United to turn the screw on Chelsea with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Wenger's Arsenal dream
Arsene Wenger insists Arse-nal's fans are right to boo his team when they are below their best because he expects the Gunners to be the Premiership's top entertainers.
 arrow Football: Fergie confident of title
Sir Alex Fergu-son is confident his Manchester United squad will hold their nerve to close out the Premiership title battle after watching them edge closer to the finishing line with a clinical win over
 arrow Football: Poles celebrate triumph
Polish football fans and officials burst into enthusiastic cheers after the announcement from Cardiff that Poland and Ukraine will jointly host the Euro 2012 championships, and said winning the bid would
 arrow Football: Italy back on top
World champions Italy have moved back to the top of the FIFA world rankings ahead of Argentina and Brazil.
 arrow Football: Bayern look to Van der Vaart
German legend Franz Beckenbauer revealed Wednesday Bayern Munich are chasing Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart to fill the void left by Michael Ballack's departure to Chelsea a year ago.
 arrow Football: Maradona OK to go home
Diego Maradona has recovered enough from a relapse of hepatitis to possibly allow him to continue his treatment for alcohol abuse at home, doctors for the football great said Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Failure to take effective steps to make situation severe
Agriculture and Environment Adviser Dr CS Karim yesterday said climate change with loss of biodiversity and land degradation will put the nation into a serious problem in two to three decades, which will
 arrow Strong democratic institutions to ensure freedom of speech
Freedom of speech in the developing countries will not be ensured until the democratic institutions become strong through free flow of information, viewed a Pakistan-born US journalist yesterday.
 arrow Japan keen to help develop energy, railway sectors
Appreciating the chief adviser's address to the nation, Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Masayuki Inoue yesterday said Japan wants to cooperate with Bangladesh in all important development agendas, particularly
 arrow 'Pak parliament should adopt resolution regretting atrocities during '71'
Speakers at a conference yesterday called for resolving the thorny issues between Bangladesh and Pakistan from the past to reduce bitterness between the two countries and forge greater relations.
 arrow No decision on Asia Energy until coal policy is formulated
Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the caretaker government would not take any decision on Asia Energy until the proposed coal policy is ready.
 arrow 1Pro-women policing needed to curb violence against women
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for pro-women policing and recruitment of more women in the police service to effectively combat violence against women.
 arrow British aid for edn, ICT sectors sought
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has sought British assistance for the education sector, particularly for developing the proficiency of Bangladeshi students in English language and ICT.
 arrow 'Promote good hygiene practice at home to ensure healthcare for all'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for good hygiene practice in households as a first and foremost step to ensure healthcare for all.
 arrow BDR asks govt to reduce duty on staple food to stabilise price
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), now carrying out 'Operation Dal-Bhat-2007', has asked the government to reduce the duty on staple food in order to stabilise the upward trends of the price of essentials.
 arrow Mamun's brother Hafiz Ibrahim on one-day remand
A court here yesterday granted one-day remand for former BNP MP Hafiz Ibrahim in another case.
 arrow One killed by fellow scavenger in city
A scavenger was killed in a scuffle with one of his friends over sharing the sale of the papers they collected in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Former MPs Ani, Khayer sued for extortion
Former lawmakers Ani Chowdhury and Abul Khayer Bhuiyan have been sued for extortion and cheating.
 arrow HC refuses to hear govt's petition
The High Court yesterday refused to hear a government petition seeking modification of the High Court's interim order on ETV issue terming it a "throwaway application" and asked the government attorney
 arrow Indo-Bangla border confce begins in Ctg Apr 23
A three-day Deputy Director General (DDG)- level border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will begin in Chittagong on April 23, says a BDR press release.
 arrow Lightning kills two girls in Magura
Two young girls died and four others were injured when a lightning struck them at Mirzapur village in Sadar upazila Wednesday afternoon.
 arrow Workshop on new technologies in teaching, learning
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) yesterday organised a workshop on 'New Technologies in Teaching and Learning' on its campus in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Truck drivers' assoc leader held in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion nabbed president of Sayedabad Unit of Bangladesh Truck Drivers' Union from Mirhazaribagh area at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Girls-in-Scouts Unit Leader Workshop ends today
A three-day Youth Forum and Girls-in-Scouts Unit Leader Workshop will conclude at Mouchak in Gazipur today.
 arrow Ctg BNP leader arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top-notch criminal and local ward BNP leader in the port city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Shahidnagar massacre still haunts memory
April 19 is back again with the memory of massacre of innocent villagers by the Pakistani occupation forces in a remote village in the district.
 arrow 2 Barisal militants to be sent to Dhaka for JIC quizzing
The two arrested alleged Islamist militants belonging to Hijbe Abu Omar-- Maolana Sheikh Akramuzzaman, Imam of Saestabad mosque and Maolana Md Jobaier Sikdar, principal of Dharmadi madrasha in Barisal
 arrow Extortion case against sevenSatkhira BNP, Jubo Dal men
An extortion case has been filed against Satkhira Jubo Dal secretary Nasim Faroque Khan Mithu, former president of Satkhira town BNP Sheikh Nizam Uddin and five other leaders of the parties.
 arrow UP Chairman held while giving bribe
Joint forces on Tuesday arrested a Union Parishad (UP) chairman and two others while they were offering Tk 20,000 as bribe to complainant of a criminal case of which they are FIR-named accused.
 arrow Woman's body exhumed in Khagrachhari
Guimara police on Tuesday exhumed body of a woman from grave after seven days of burial at remote Member Para under Guimara union in Matiranga upazila, police said.
 arrow 2 outlaws hurt while making bomb: 1held
Two alleged members of an outlawed party were injured while making bombs at Fakirabad village in Bheramara upazila Tuesday night, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow New order or right order?
The present caretaker government has just completed three months in office. To commemorate this, the chief adviser addressed the nation on April 13.
 arrow Let us trust our people
The Bangladesh army chief, in a recent statement, stated that the democratic governments could not do much for the people during the last 36 years.
 arrow Don't throw out the baby with the bath water
The day before yesterday, I made it to the front page of The Daily Star. Alas, my claim to fame was not a scholastic, entrepreneurial, or industrial achievement.
 arrow Crime and punishment
It has been reported in the newspapers that Khaleda Zia, the former prime minister, and her younger son Arafat Rahman will be leaving the country for Saudi Arabia very soon (The Daily Star, April 17).
Culturearrow Promising experiments in acrylic
"Behind the interruption", a joint exhibition at the Alliance Francaise, Dhaka ended yesterday. The exhibition featured works of four promising young artists.
 arrow Boisabi festival celebrated in Rangamati
The Tangchangya community, under the banner of Sonaram Karbaripara Education and Cultural Welfare Society (SKECWS), organised a daylong cultural programme and sports competition last Sunday.
 arrow 'Dik Bhranto Nabeek': A tele-film on human trafficking
Everyday millions around the world are falling prey to illegal traffickers. Out of desperation, seeking a better life, people often adopt irregular and unsafe routes of migration.
 arrow 50th session of World Film Manifestation Programme ends
The 50th session of 'World Film Manifestation Programme', arranged by Dhaka University Film Society, ended yesterday at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture.
 arrow Edward Norton is the new 'Hulk'
Edward Norton will play Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk.
Generalarrow CG firm to implement reform agenda for credible polls : CA
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his government is committed to implementing its reform agenda to hold a free, fair and credible election.
 arrow One killed in B'baria road accident
One person was killed and five others were injured in a road accident on Nabinagar-Companyganj road at Shuhata village under Nabinagar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Antique statue worth Tk 30cr recovered
Police recovered an antique statue of lord Krishna worth about Tk 30 crore from a pond at Satpar village in Naria upazila Tuesday evening.
Internationalarrow Iran says it would 'cut hand' of any attacker
Iran yesterday warned that its armed forces would "cut off the hand" of an enemy and Tehran would consider using oil as a weapon if the Islamic republic was attacked over its nuclear programme.
 arrow Investigators probe the killer's path to murder
The US university stricken by a mass murder faced tough questions yesterday about how a South Korean student was able to press on with the massacre, after details emerged of possible missteps in the early
 arrow Anti-Musharraf protests continue in Pakistan
Nearly 1,500 Pakistanis held fresh protests against military ruler Pervez Musharraf yesterday as the country's top judge attended a hearing into misconduct charges laid by the president.
 arrow Nigerian troops kill 25 Islamic militants
Nigerian soldiers killed at least 25 Islamic militants yesterday, the second day of violent clashes in the northern city of Kano, an army spokesman said.
 arrow Lanka threatens to expel diplomats
Sri Lanka warned yesterday it may expel foreign diplomats who meddle in the island's internal affairs and said at least one unnamed envoy was being investigated.
 arrow Thailand unveils post-coup draft constitution
Thailand yesterday unveiled the first draft of its new constitution, which its authors insist will prevent graft and guide the kingdom back to democracy following last year's coup.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Urgent action needed
There is a looming catastrophe centring around the third well of Titas gas field as analysed and reported in the front page of yesterday's Daily Star issue.
 arrow Editorial: PID advice to media
The PID advice to the media has come as a great surprise and shock to us. It seems to provoke an unnecessary controversy over the role of the press.
 arrow Clear the confusions or lose credibility
The caretaker government continues to command public trust and by implication public support, still.
 arrow Diverting rice from FFW to OMS
Newspaper reports and food and disaster management ministry sources reveal that the reconstituted caretaker government (CTG) has recently decided to divert 1.
 arrow Electoral confusion in UP
A short visit to Lucknow, even after one-fourth of the polling is over, does not clear the electoral confusion that prevails in UP. The state has a population of 180 million, more than Pakistan or Bangladesh.
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