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Front Pagearrow Three cheers for Aussies
Australia stamped their supremacy as the kings of modern day cricket in emphatic fashion, on way to completing an unprecedented treble beating Sri Lanka by 53-runs under the D/L method in the rain-affected final of the World Cup at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday.
 arrow Inflation to cross 10pc
The average price level of essential commodities will get an additional increase of 3.16 per cent due to high fuel price, leading to annual inflation rate beyond 10 percent within a year, says a study.
 arrow Emergency might stay past 120 days
The ongoing state of emergency might be prolonged past '120 days' and the possibility of lifting the ban on indoor politics soon is slim, in light of the prevailing situation.
 arrow Reforms a must but parties themselves should decide on it
Agreeing in principle to the need for brining reforms to the two major parties, leaders of Awami League (AL) and BNP yesterday emphasised on systematic reforms instead of focusing on individuals, andsaid
 arrow No headway yet
Although some reputed companies are involved in the ongoing tendering process of the Sirajganj 450 megawatt power project, the power ministry is considering a third re-tender, thus delaying its implementation
 arrow Ministries asked to ready guidelines for VoIP
The Council of Advisers yesterday assigned three ministries to come up with a specific and comprehensive guideline for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) operations in the country, which is currently
 arrow Dhaka signs accord with Yangon for direct road link
Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday signed an agreement on direct road link between the two countries, aiming to promote trade and tourism between them and beyond their frontiers.
 arrow Quality should count equally in education
Quality should be as important in improving education as literacy rates, said speakers at a policy roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Hasina for quick polls
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, now in London, has sought general election as early as possible to establish an elected government to fight poverty and corruption--two potential enemies facing
 arrow KM Hasan sees no risk of 'losing democracy'
Former chief justice KM Hasan, who opted not to become the caretaker government chief last October, yesterday said the country does not run the risk of losing democracy as its people are by nature pro-democracy.
 arrow Play starts in WC final
Australia were 16-0 at the end of the fourth over after winning the toss and electing to bat against Sri Lanka in the rain reduced 38-overs-a-side World Cup final at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown,
 arrow Destroyed crops

 arrow Khaleda yet to move freely
Restriction on the movement of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia still exists, claimed Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah yesterday.
 arrow Ex-MP Ilyas Ali, Gazi Nazrul sued for extortion
Two former lawmakers--one from BNP and the other from Jamaat--were sued for extortion in Sylhet and Satkhira on Friday night. They are Ilyas Ali of Sylhet and Gazi Nazrul Islam of Satkhira.
 arrow Legal move in HC likely today for Hasina
A writ petition might be filed with High Court (HC) today for a directive asking the authorities not to arrest or harass Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on her return from abroad.
 arrow Probe body starts work, to place report in 7 days
A three-member probe committee yesterday started investigating the reasons behind the death of British consultant Albert Banes Davis and another consultant falling ill inside Barapukuria coalmine on Thursday.
 arrow US wants to see free, fair polls in Bangladesh, Pakistan
The United States wants to see continued development of democracy in Bangladesh and Pakistan with free and fair elections, a State Department official said in Washington on Friday.
 arrow Due to negligence

 arrow Ex-AL lawmaker Rafiqul Anwar arrested
Police yesterday claimed that they arrested former Awami League lawmaker Rafiqul Anwar with a pistol raiding a residential hotel at Gulshan during the early hours.
 arrow 2 aides of top criminal Joy held with arms
Two accomplices of Khandakar Tanvir Islam Joy, one of the most wanted criminals, were arrested in the capital yesterday with two firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Bush vows to veto Iraq troop withdrawal bills
President Bush warned Congress Friday that he will continue vetoing war spending bills as long as they contain a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
 arrow 24 killed in suicide blast in Pakistan
At least 24 people were killed and 45 wounded, including a federal minister, in a powerful suicide blast at a political rally in northwest Pakistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Benazir to return to Pakistan by end of this year
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto will return to her homeland by the end of this year and hopes to hold office again, she said in a newspaper interview published yesterday.
 arrow Colombo sealed off amid attack fears
Police and security forces sealed off Sri Lanka's capital yesterday, searching every vehicle entering and leaving the city amid fears of a Tamil Tiger attack, officials said.
 arrow Congress must overhaul immigration: Bush
President Bush urged lawmakers yesterday to come together on the complex and emotional issue of immigration, calling it "a critical challenge" now before the nation.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladesh national at Enayetpur border under Biral upazila of the district yesterday.
Businessarrow Local shipbuilder wins $100m German deal
Bangladesh's main shipbuilder yesterday said it had won a 100-million-dollar contract to build eight vessels, a deal seen as helping pave the way for the nation to emerge as a major shipbuilder.
 arrow National growth likely to slow down in 2007
The national output growth is likely to slow down in 2007, according to a report prepared by the ICC-B Executive Board.
 arrow Better use of tech transfer in footwear industry stressed
Footwear manufacturers and exporters at a 'buyer-seller meet' in Dhaka yesterday underscored the need for greater connectivity between Bangladesh and India to reap best benefits from the South Asia region's
 arrow Safe workplace fair kicks off
A two-day fair on safe workplace and safety equipment began in Dhaka yesterday to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
 arrow Experts brainstorm as brand forum begins
Leading national and international brand experts started brainstorming on brands and business as the first-ever Bangladesh Brand Forum began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow EU-US Summit Tomorrow Transatlantic economic council to be set up
The European Union and the United States will set up a transatlantic economic council at their coming summit, a move to bring the world's two largest economies towards a common market.
 arrow Dhaka travel mart ends on high note
The three-day international tourism fair, 'AKTEL Dhaka Travel Mart-2007', ended yesterday amid a huge turnout of visitors.
 arrow New DMD of Agrani Bank
Khandakar Sabera Islam has been promoted as deputy managing director of Agrani Bank, says a press release. Prior to her new assignment, Sabera served as a general manager of the bank.
 arrow US economic clouds darken
The US economy weakened dramatically in the first quarter to its worst growth pace in four years, expanding at a clip of just 1.3 percent, new government figures showed Friday.
 arrow India's mangoes head to US as ban withdrawn
The United States is set to receive its first consignment of prized Indian mangoes in 18 years after lifting a ban, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Strong euro a drag on exporters, a boon to consumers
The surge in the euro to a record high against the dollar should be a boon to eurozone consumers, who are likely to see their purchasing power enhanced, and a burden to exporters trying to compete onthe
 arrow IIDFC to arrange Tk 40cr for GMG to procure plane
Industrial & Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Ltd will act as the lead arranger to provide a syndicated facility of Tk 40 crore for GMG Airlines Ltd for procurement of an aircraft for
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar makes up his mind?
Habibul Bashar is set to retire from one-day cricket after the home series against India next month.
 arrow Cricket: Thank God, it's over
It should have been a blockbuster which packed in the crowds and attracted rave reviews.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath leaving happy
Glenn Mc-Grath belie-ves he is reti-ring from cri-cket safe in the knowledge that there are plenty of fast bowlers wai-ting to take his place in the Australia side.
 arrow Football: Dhaka giants register wins
Nigerian Paul Mwachhukwu struck twice as Mohammedan Sporting Club came from one goal down to secure a 3-1 victory against Farashganj Sporting Club in a B.
 arrow Cricket: Anwar sinks SL Academy
Superb bowling from Anwar Ali propelled Pakistan Academy to a huge 88-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Academy Cup at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Hosts Patuakhali outclassed Barguna 4-0 in a zonal match of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship in Patuakhali yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A job well done
I suspect the door is about to close on John Bracewell's career as the Black Caps coach. Brace-well, whose contract is up, has done a reasonably good job.
 arrow Football: United smelling title
Manchester United moved to the brink of reclaiming the Premiership title after fighting back from two goals down to beat Everton 4-2 on a day of rollercoaster drama on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fergie over the moon
Sir Alex Ferguson promised he would treat Sam Allardyce to a hug and a kiss after Bolton held Chelsea to a draw that leaves Manchester United on the brink of reclaiming the Premiership title.
 arrow Cricket: Pigeon's secrets!
Everyone knows what a great bowler Glenn McGrath is and how he lived in a caravan when he came to play grade cricket then went on to be one of Australia's greatest ever bowlers and play 100 Tests.
 arrow Cricket: Malik assured of player backing
Desperate to move on after a horrendous World Cup campaign, Pakistan's new cricket captain Shoaib Malik said the players are ready to adjust with a new coach although they would miss Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Cricket: Colombo sealed off
Police and security forces sealed off Sri Lanka's capital on Saturday, searching every vehicle entering and leaving the city amid fears of a Tamil Tiger attack, officials said.
 arrow Football: Luca Toni Bayern's?
Bayern Munich have signed Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni from AC Fiorentina in a deal worth 18 million euros, it was reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Klose apologises for Bayern talks
Werder Bremen's top striker Miroslav Klose on Friday apologised to his club for holding talks with directors from Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Wenger faces balancing act
Arsene Wenger faces a challenge that will define Arsenal's future as he tries to balance the expectations of his star players with the need to develop his young prodigies.
 arrow Football: Gunners too tempting for Lehmann
Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann, who on Friday signed a new year-one deal with the Gunners, admits he was tempted by a move back home to Germany.
 arrow Football: Hammers keep precious points
West Ham's chances of surviving in the Premiership were increased on Friday when the east London club escaped a points deduction over the controversial signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
 arrow Football: Schalke slip up at Bochum
Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 slipped up in their bid to clinch the German title with a 2-1 loss away to Vfl Bochum on Friday.
 arrow Olympics: India to bid for 2020 Games
India will make a pitch for the 2020 Olympics after deciding not to bid for the 2016 Games, a top sports official said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juventus on threshold of Serie A
Disgraced former Italian champions Juventus moved a step closer to a swift return to the top flight with a 1-0 Serie B victory at Verona on Friday.
 arrow Football: Park out until August
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung will be sidelined until August after undergoing knee surgery in the United States.
 arrow Football: Czech consortium buys Nantes
Nantes football club has reportedly been sold by the French aviation group Dassault to a consortium from the Czech Republic for between five and 10 million euros, according to a report in France Football
 arrow Football: Neuville out injured
Veteran German international Oliver Neuville will miss the final three games of Bundesliga bottom-side's Borussia Monchengladbach's relegation battle, it was revealed on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Sunderland closer to Premiership
Carlos Edwards produced a stunning late goal to lift Sunderland to a 3-2 win over Burnley and one step closer to a return to the Premier-ship here on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Train more lawyers on mediation technique for greater success
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for training of more lawyers on the technique of mediation in order to achieve greater success of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Rajshahi, Khulna, Khagrachhari and Patuakhali yesterday and on Friday.
 arrow Respond to report on factory inspectorate
International Labour Organisation (ILO) yesterday asked Bangladesh government to respond to a criticism report on the inadequacy of manpower in the Factory Inspectorate.
 arrow Ensure right to information to curb corruption
The right to information is vital for the very existence of a country, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday. They said it helps in taking correct decisions and curbing corruptions.
 arrow Strengthen activities in monga-hit areas
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Mohammad Anwarul Iqbal yesterday called upon the non-government organisations (NGOs) to strengthen their activities in monga-hit areas side by side with government efforts.
 arrow Malaysian college launches 2 new programmes
Perdana College of Malaysia launched two new academic programmes for its Dhaka campus yesterday.
 arrow Nation commemorates victims of 1991 cyclone today
The nation today commemorates the victims of the catastrophic cyclone that lashed the country's coastal belt stretching from Bhola to Cox's Bazar on the dreadful night of April 29 in 1991, killing about
 arrow Sunken lighter vessel MV Nazim salvaged
Sunken lighter vessel MV Nazim Uddin was completely salvaged yesterday making the port channel risk-free for vessel movement.
 arrow Polybags siezed
A mobile court led by Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqul Haque recovered banned polythene bags worth Tk 30 lakh from six rooms of the first floor of 'Khan Building' at Khulna Barho Bazar last evening.
 arrow Student stabbed over trifling issue in Sylhet
A first year student of Government MC College was stabbed as a sequel to trifling matter yesterday.
 arrow First round of English debate contest held
The first round of The Daily Star 4th Inter Hall English Debate Championship, 7th Inter Hall Bangla Debate Championship and 2nd Inter University Public Speaking Competition, 2007 was held at the Teacher-Student
 arrow Dhanmondi road renamed after Justice Rahman
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has renamed Road No.
 arrow Akbar's posting as AIG won't affect probe
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) yesterday met with Inspector General of Police and discussed about the posting of a police officer who was closed following police action on journalists
 arrow DU holiday on May 2
All classes and offices of Dhaka University (DU) will remain closed on May 2 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Only classes will remain suspended today on the occasion of Fateha-e-Yazdaham.
 arrow JNU exam date changed
The examinations of Master's first part-2005 and Master's final part-2004 of Jagannath University (JNU) scheduled for May 2 will now be held on May 3, says a press release.
 arrow Prof Aslam new VC of People's University
President and Chancellor of Universities Iajuddin Ahmed has appointed Prof Aslam Bhuiyan as the vice chancellor of People's University of Bangladesh (PUB), says a press release.
Nationalarrow Teachers urge CA to make UGC probe body 'neutral'
Over 200 teachers of Rajshahi University yesterday urged the chief advisor to the caretaker government to reform the University Grand Commission (UGC) investigation committee by appointing 'neutral' persons
 arrow 'Unity of media men a must for journalism without fear, favour'
Journalists in Kushtia at a meeting here yesterday vowed to carry on their professional duties without fear or favour.
 arrow Petrobangla chief meets probe team, officials
The three-member body is probing the death of a British consultant in an accident at Barapukuria coal mine on Thursday. Petrobangla Chairman Dr.
 arrow Kurigram municipal chairman arrested
Kurigram municipal chairman and vice-president of district BNP Abu Bakr Siddique was arrested Friday night on charge of corruption and irregularities.
Point-Counterpointarrow The amnesiacs
On the morning of the first day of Baishakh I called a dear friend of mine to wish him Shubho Noboborsho.
 arrow 'In 10 years Bangladesh will be where ______ is today ...'
It is time for us Bangaldeshis to have a common goal -- a goal every citizen can relate to, every citizen can remember, and every citizen can boast to the international community about.
 arrow Economic laws
Most of us are aware that the physical world we live in obeys certain immutable physical laws of nature that operate independently of our existence or consciousness.
 arrow We elect the leaders we deserve
The honourable chief adviser has said that national elections would be held by the end of 2008, which is not too far away. Political activities will have to be started even sooner.
Culturearrow Put on your dancing shoes
Dance is the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy or simply taking delight in the movement
 arrow The danseuse with an intellectual turn
"Art is all about introspection and introspection has to start with the artiste.
 arrow In praise of dance
Tamanna Rahman, an exponent of Manipuri dance, talking about her participation for the day says, " For all dancers this day has a special significance.
 arrow Cultural evening by Ekmatra
Ekmattra, a welfare organisation for underprivileged children held a discussion programme and cultural evening at National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shipakala Academy (BSA) on April 27, marking their third
Generalarrow Compliance with Montreal Protocol hard journey for Bangladesh
Bangladesh has so far made its maximum efforts to comply with the Montreal Protocol, a global treaty to combat depletion of the earth saving Ozone layer in the atmosphere.
 arrow Eden girls put up barricade on road for an hour
Traffic on the road from New Market to Azimpur remained snapped for an hour as students of Eden Girls' College put up barricade on the road following an accident that left one of their fellow studentinjured
 arrow 2 female workers die, condition of 10 others critical
Two female workers, who received serious burns along with 10 other coworkers in a fan factory fire at Jatrabari on Wednesday night, succumbed to their injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH)
 arrow BMTC team leaves for Nepal on May 1 to explore Chulu West Mountain
A four-member team of Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club (BMTC) leaves for Nepal on May 1 to explore 21049-foot high peak of Chulu West Mountain, says a press release.
 arrow DU signs MoU with Katalyst
Dhaka University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Katalyst yesterday for the development of 'Economic and Business Reporting' course under the journalism and mass communication department,
Internationalarrow Egypt, Palestinians warn of 'explosive situation' in Gaza
Egypt and the Palestinians warned yesterday of the explosive situation in the impoverished Palestinian territories which are struggling against a devastating economic and political blockade.
 arrow Saddam's birthday observed
Insurgents killed at least 14 people in Baghdad yesterday while further north a low turnout marked a sombre ceremony on the first birthday of Saddam Hussein since his execution.
 arrow Top EU official calls for US-Iran talks
The top EU foreign policy official urged the United States Friday to engage Iran in direct negotiations about its nuclear programme and other issues to try to stabilise the Middle East.
 arrow US, Japan take hard line on North Korea
US President George W Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, holding their first US summit, warned North Korea Friday that global patience with its nuclear promises is "not unlimited.
 arrow Indo-US officials move to salvage nuke deal
India and the United States will try to iron out differences next week over a crucial civilian nuclear deal amid impatience by Washington over the slow pace of talks, officials said yesterday.
 arrow New clashes leave 23 Taliban dead
New clashes between Taliban and troops left 23 rebels and two policemen dead, officials said yesterday, as the rebels announced they freed a female French hostage but not four men taken with her.
 arrow Turkish PM defiant in face of army warning on secularism
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood firm Saturday after the army warned it would act to defend Turkey's secular system amid fears that the country's next president would favour Islam.
 arrow Taliban says French woman released
The Taliban said Saturday it has freed a French aid worker who was kidnapped more than three weeks ago along with another French citizen and three Afghan colleagues.
 arrow Bomb rocks int'l airport in Pakistan
A bomb exploded at an international airport in northwest Pakistan yesterday causing slight damage to the building, officials said.
 arrow Thwarted Saudi militant plot mirrored Sept 11 attacks
Some of the militants arrested in a terror sweep in Saudi Arabia trained to use civilian aircraft in suicide missions, an official said yesterday, detailing a plot that reflected the Sept 11 attacks on
 arrow French election sheds light on women
France has championed the Rights of Man for centuries but didn't give women the right to vote until the end of World War II decades after Turkish and Soviet women were casting ballots.
 arrow Saudi Al-Qaeda suspect held in Pakistan
Pakistani security forces yesterday arrested a Saudi national suspected of links to the Al-Qaeda terror network, police sources said.
 arrow Everest claims first victim of season
A sherpa guide fell to his death from Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, becoming its first victim of this year's summiting season, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Bones of prehistoric camel found
The bones of a prehistoric camel believed to be about 10,000 years old have been discovered at the site of a future Wal-Mart store in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, The Arizona Republic reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Recovering laundered money
Action against money laundering seems to be paying off somewhat. The news that no less than Tk.
 arrow Editorial: Manpower export to Malaysia
Shortage of flights to Malaysia and various procedural flaws are hampering our manpower export to Malaysia.
 arrow Whither Bangladesh?
The stand-off between the interim government and the two leaders of the major political parties has injected an element of uncertainty in the current political situation.
 arrow The middle ground
Requested by my friend John Defterios to participate in a panel to discuss "the shifting story of energy security and pipeline politics," it was a privilege to accept, more so because the location, Almaty,
 arrow Election code of conduct
The Election Commission (EC) has recently disclosed the draft proposals for introducing some stringent provisions in the existing election code of conduct for the political parties and the candidatesfor
Star Healtharrow Asthma epidemic kills silently
Eighteenth years ago, Sadia Kamal's first son developed asthma as in 3 years old. She and her husband felt pretty much blindsided that time.
 arrow Women should get vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer
Cancer is a yet a disease which is considered as one of the deadliest medical condition.
 arrow Road safety week underscores a major public health issue
Every day as many as 140,000 people are injured on the worlds' roads. More than 3000 die and some 15000 are disabled for life.
 arrow Catch out stress
Stress kills us day by day, perhaps more than the unhealthy food; especially in our multifaceted urban life. It unevenly strikes people from all walks of life and manifests itself in a multitude of ways.
 arrow "Glycemic load" of diet has no effect on weight loss
When it comes to losing weight, the number of calories you eat, rather than the type of carbohydrates, may be what matters most, according to a new study.
 arrow World Day for Safety and Health at Work...

Star Cityarrow City pedestrians face most hazards
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users in Dhaka -- reveals a study conducted by the World Bank. The study says pedestrians alone make up around 75 percent of road accident fatalities.
 arrow Thieves on the prowl for rickshaws
Although incidents of rickshaw theft have gone down significantly during the present interim government, rickshaw pullers are still being killed or poisoned by organised rickshaw thieves.
 arrow Rajuk to publicise approved housing projects
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is going to make public a list of approved private housing projects to make people aware of illegal projects and stop fraudulence by a section of developers who are
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