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Front Pagearrow Prof Yunus gives up on political mission
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday backed down from forming a political party citing the refusal of his political backers to publicly support or join his party.
 arrow Charges pressed against Dulu
The police yesterday submitted charge sheet against former deputy minister and BNP lawmaker Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu and 93 others in a case filed for arson and looting.
 arrow It's about time for strict constitutional criteria
Incompetent persons could make it to the judiciary thanks mainly to inadequately defined constitutional criteria for appointment of judges, and more stringent qualifications should be prescribed to arrest
 arrow Patients suffer as doctors, staff clash at DMCH
A trivial matter triggered a clash between doctors and employees at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday disrupting services at the country's largest public hospital for about two hours.
 arrow CA calls for national unity to build liberal, modern Bangladesh
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for national unity to build up a liberal and modern democratic Bangladesh.
 arrow Emergency created uncertainty for journalists
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday said the prevailing state of emergency has created uncertainty for the journalists as they are struggling to find a way past the informal controls
 arrow No breakthrough yet in serial blasts probe
Intelligence officials are yet to make any breakthrough in finding out those responsible for the near-simultaneous bomb blasts at three railway stations in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet on May 1.
 arrow Mujahid sued for extortion
An extortion case was lodged against former social welfare minister and Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, former Jamaat lawmaker Moulana Farid Uddin Chowdhury and four others
 arrow Yunus writes letter to all
Dear citizens,
Regards to you all. I have written to you twice earlier. I wrote the first letter on February 11 seeking your opinions whether I should join politics.

 arrow Decision welcomed
Leaders of major political parties including the Awami League (AL) and the BNP, members of the civil society and various other professional bodies last night welcomed Dr Yunus for his 'wise decision'to
 arrow Telltale evidence of corruption at PSC
Evidence of gross irregularities in the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations points to a syndicate of corrupt officials led by the top office bearers of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow Mosharraf, Milon sued for extortion
Separate extortion cases were filed yesterday against former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister for education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon and five others.
 arrow BB seeks all banking information of Moudud, Bashundhara chairman
The central bank has asked the commercial banks to provide all banking information of former law minister Moudud Ahmed and Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan.
 arrow Hasina urges int'l community to persuade CG for early polls
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, now in London, has urged the international community to persuade the military-backed caretaker government to hold free and fair elections in the country at the
 arrow Another petition at HC seeks to know Khaleda's well-being
A petition seeking court direction on government's reported course of action surrounding former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was filed with the High Court yesterday.
 arrow EC to hold talks with editors on reforms
The Election Commission (EC) will hold talks with editors of national dailies and senior journalists in the middle of this month seeking their opinion on draft proposals for electoral reforms, the ECsecretary
 arrow Goalpara power plant shut down for 2 months
The 110-MW unit of Goalpara Power Station in Khulna was shut down for overhauling yesterday, an order from the chairman of Power Development Board (PDB) said.
 arrow Tiger found dead in Sundarbans
A 12-year-old Royal Bengal Tiger apparently died of a heart attack on the bank of a pond at Harbaria camp under Chandpai range of the east wing of Sundarbans Forest Division Wednesday.
 arrow Water crisis

 arrow SI held, OC closed for bribery
A sub-inspector (SI) of police was arrested and the officer-in-charge (OC) of Joydebpur Police Station in Gazipur was closed yesterday following allegations of taking bribe, torture and forcing a detainee
 arrow US opens talks with Syria on Iraq
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Syria's foreign minister yesterday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, hours after the chief military spokesman in Iraq said Syria
 arrow Journalists being harassed taking advantage of emergency
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ have alleged that a vested quarter within the government is harassing journalists and mass media taking advantage
 arrow Chandrika stripped of perks by Lankan SC
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday stripped former president Chandrika Kumaratunga of her official staff and 36 government cars, saying that she was not entitled to extravagant privileges.
 arrow Long queue

 arrow UK offers help in fighting terrorism
Britain wants to help enhance Bangladesh's capability of combating terrorism as both countries are working together to fight against the threat of global and internal terrorism.
 arrow Bomb strikes Afghan army bus in Kabul
A bomb struck a bus taking Afghan soldiers to work in the capital Kabul early yesterday, killing the driver and wounding 25 more people, police and the defence ministry said.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
MGH group in a rejoinder yesterday contradicted with a news item published in The Daily Star on April 28 under the headline "Tk 270cr laundered money recovered".
Businessarrow India's non-tariff barriers on Bangladesh cement may go
The non-tariff barriers (NTBs) Bangladesh cement exporters have been facing from India for long are likely to be removed soon as an experts team from the importing country will visit here to ascertain
 arrow GSP Finance to go for IPO
GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Limited has taken initiatives to go for IPO (initial public offering), says a press release.
 arrow WB to support proposed agri tech project
The government will undertake a project in order to increase agricultural productivity and farm income in Bangladesh by improving the effectiveness of the national agriculture technology system.
 arrow Indo-Bangla share trading should take place
The CSE president has suggested that Bangladesh and India should explore the scopes for cross border share trading between the bourses of the two countries.
 arrow Loan expo begins
A three-day 'Mega Loan Expo' 2007' began at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow India's trade deficit widens 40.5pc
India's trade deficit widened 40.5 percent in the fiscal year that ended in March this year to 56.
 arrow Bepza elected VP of World EPZ Assoc
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) has been elected vice president of the World Export Processing Zones Association (WEPZA), says a press release.
 arrow Sony Ericsson launches new Walkman series handset
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has launched a Walkman series mobile handset --W200i-- in local market.
 arrow DBBL okays 25pc cash dividend
Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) has declared a 25 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow New chairman of Krishi Bank
SA Chowdhury has been appointed chairman of Bangladesh Krishi Bank with effect from April 26, 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Japan, Asean hope for basics of FTA
Japan's Trade Minister Akira Amari and his southeast Asian counterparts will attempt to agree the framework of a free trade deal when they meet in Brunei on Friday, a Japanese diplomatic source said.
 arrow Jordan microcredit programme in July
Jordan's Queen Rania and actress Natalie Portman joined Wednesday in the launch of a major new microcredit programme targeting global poverty that will focus initially on the Middle East.
 arrow Prime Bank holds get-together
Prime Bank organised a get-together for its clients and patrons at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka on Monday to celebrate the bank's 12 years of operations, says a press release.
 arrow Oil above $64
Oil prices rose Thursday after reports of more attacks on oil workers in Nigeria raised worries about supplies. Light, sweet crude for June delivery rose 40 cents to $64.
 arrow Uttara Bank declares 20pc cash, 100pc stock dividends
Uttara Bank Ltd has declared a 20 percent cash dividend and a 100 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers focus on more improvement
Habibul Bashar cannot ignore the criticisms for his poor form during the Cricket World Cup over the last two months as the Bangladesh cricket captain prepares for his last one-day home series.
 arrow Football: MSC closer to top
Christina Emeka fired Mohammedan one point within leaders Muktijoddha in the B. League with a 1-0 win over Brothers Union yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hero's welcome for Champs
Australia's World Cup winning cricketers returned home to a hero's welcome Thursday, feted at breakfast by the prime minister and later by thousands of fans at a civic reception in central Sydney.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela accepts Aussie supremacy
Sri Lanka's World Cup squad returned home on Thursday to a damp welcome with skipper Mahela Jayawardene conceding they had lost the World Cup final to a superior Australian side.
 arrow Cricket: BCB in talks with Greenidge
Former West Indian opening batsman Gordon Greenidge has been approached by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for their coach post, it was learnt here.
 arrow Cricket: Flat payment for Indians in tour of Bangladesh
The Indian Cricket Board said yesterday all players picked for the tour of Bangladesh would be given a flat retainer of Rupees five lakh.
 arrow Cricket: Pigeon has no regrets
Glenn McGrath said he had no regrets or second thoughts after calling time on his international cricket career.
 arrow Cricket: India-SA set for Belfast meeting
The Irish Cricket Union has confirmed a three-match one-day international series between India and South Africa will take place in Belfast this summer.
 arrow Local Snippets
Tripti Dutta and Atiqur Rahman comfortably won gold medals on the inaugural day of the 21st National Shooting Championships yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies drop Samuels
Marlon Samuels has been dropped from the 15-man squad for the four-Test series in England which starts next week.
 arrow Football: Burglar has the last laugh
As Jose Reina was performing heroics in a penalty shoot-out to send Liverpool into the Champions League final, burglars were ransacking the Spanish goalkeeper's Merseyside home, it emerged on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Milan blow United apart to set Liverpool date
AC Milan produced a masterclass display to blow away Manchester United 3-0 here on Wednesday and reach the Champions League final for the third time in the last five seasons.
 arrow Football: Time for revenge
AC Milan are desperate to beat Liverpool in the Cham-pions League final to erase the memory of their nightmare defeat at the hands of the Merseysiders in the Istanbul final two years ago.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal wins battle of the surfaces
Spanish champion Rafael Nadal won his "battle of the surfaces" one-off exhibition clash on world number one Roger Federer here on Wednesday, the claycourt king edging the grass giant 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (12/10)
 arrow Football: Mourinho defends Robben
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Arjen Robben should be praised not damned by Chelsea fans after the Dutch winger stepped up to take the opening spot-kick in Wednesday night's shootout defeat by Liverpool.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath mum on retirement
Sri Lanka's veteran opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was non-committal Thursday about playing in the cricket World Cup's next edition in 2011, saying it was too early to mull the prospect.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib wants fitness issue sorted
Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said he wanted to get his fitness problems sorted out once and for all during the lean cricketing season to come back tougher for the home series against SouthAfrica
 arrow Football: Sheva gets libel damages
Chelsea star Andriy Shevchenko accepted libel damages from a British newspaper Thursday after it claimed that he was a "dressing room spy" for the club's tycoon owner Roman Abramovich.
 arrow Cricket: Floods disrupt SL celebrations
Two people were killed in heavy rains in Sri Lanka's capital Wednesday while flash floods caused traffic jams and disrupted ceremonies to welcome back the national cricket team.
Metropolitanarrow Portray women's glorious role in liberation war
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the mass media to highlight direct participation of women in the War of Liberation instead of portraying them as vulnerable object.
 arrow 'Enact Right to Information Act'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the caretaker government to enact the proposed 'Right to Information Act', drafted by Law commission in 2002, and to ensure security for journalists.
 arrow Rohingya crisis can be solved amicably: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed said with sincere efforts on part of both Bangladesh and Myanmar all outstanding bilateral issues, including repatriation of the Rohingya refugees and maritime demarcation, could
 arrow Call to name 2 city streets after Indira, Aurora
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the authorities to name two city streets after former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and commander of Bangladesh-India joint forces during the Liberation
 arrow HC stays BTRC action for 3 more weeks
The High Court yesterday extended its stay order by another three weeks on the BTRC action suspending terrestrial frequency for operation of Ekushey Television (ETV) programme.
 arrow Accused sent to Rajshahi central jail
Arrested Shahidullah alias Mahbub, one of the key accused in Rajshahi University Prof Yunus murder case and a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader, was sent to Rajshahi central jail yesterdayevening.
 arrow 1 held for JMB connection
Police yesterday arrested a man for his alleged connection with JMB from Kochua upazila of the district.

He was identified as Majedul Islam, 40, who hailed from Devidwar upazila of Comilla.

 arrow 16 brokers held on charge of making fake BRTA licenses
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested 16 brokers on charge of making fake BRTA licenses from Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) compound at Mirpur in the city.
 arrow Rehab denies allegations
Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) yesterday denied the allegations raised by environmental groups and human rights activists, says a Rehab press release.
 arrow Body to probe train accident
Bangladesh Railway has formed a four-member high profile committee to investigate the container train accident that took place near the Lalmai Station on May 1, says a press release.
 arrow BU film festival begins in city
A two-day film festival of Bangladesh University (BU) began on its campus in the city yesterday with a call for waging a movement against the trend of making unhealthy films.
 arrow Prof Shahed new DG of Bangla Academy
The government has appointed Prof Dr Syed Mohammad Shahed as director general of Bangla Academy. A teacher of Bangla Department at Dhaka University, Prof Shahed was appointed on one-year contract.
Culturearrow Selim-Rosey: Heart to heart
He is the perfect man -- educated, masculine, outspoken, articulate and one of the best actors of his time. She on the other hand, is a beautiful, shy, loving and carefree individual.
 arrow A niche for substantial roles
With her impressive performance in the movie Nondito Norok-e, Shumona Shoma made her presence felt in the film industry.
 arrow Camellia Mustafa in critical state
Camellia Mustafa reminds one of sparkling vibrancy and charisma that one rarely comes across. There are but a few names that come to mind when we talk about people with impressive cultural upbringing.
 arrow Combining contemporary with rural traditions
Sujan and Robin of Rupkotha Productions Ltd once again brought together some of the leading rockers in the country recently.
 arrow Buddhapurnima celebrated in Rangamati
The Buddhist community of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) observed their greatest religious occasion "Buddha Purnima" at different temples including the internationally recognised Rangamati Rajban Vihara
 arrow 'Memories Come Alive': Manna Dey's autobiography launched
If legendary singer Manna Dey, whose songs stir up numerous emotions in millions of music lovers in the subcontinent, had not been in the business of singing, he would have been a footballer or a wrestler.
 arrow Britney gives first public concert in nearly three years
Britney Spears strutted her way back to centre stage with a short, sexy set at the House of Blues believed to be her first public concert appearance in nearly three years.
Generalarrow 7000 children fall victim to cancer a year
Lack of proper healthcare services and social awareness are the major reasons behind the death of child cancer patients, experts said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow View exchange meet on children's issues
Children Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) organised a view exchange meeting with mass media at the National Press Club in the city on Wednesday, says a press release.
 arrow One killed, 15 hurt in clash over land in Sunamganj
A young man was killed and 15 others injured in a clash between two rival groups over land properties at Chhata Alagpur village of Jagannathpur upazila in Sunamganj district yesterday morning.
 arrow Former Faridpur poura chairman arrested
Members of joint forces yesterday arrested Hasibul Hassan Lablu, former chairman of Faridpur pourasava and secretary of district Awami League.
 arrow Memorial meet on Obaid tomorrow
An emergency meeting of KM Obaidur Rahman Smriti Sangsad was held at the central office of the Sangsad in the city yesterday with its convener Rejabuddaula in the chair, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Children in hazardous occupation
Out of a total of 74 lakh engaged in child labour all over the country as many as 13 lakh children are trying to make a living out of most hazardous occupation such as work in motor garages and workshops
 arrow Editorial: Events in Turkey
Politics in Turkey these days is in a state of ferment. For once in a long time, the question of secularism has come up in a country now governed by Islamists, of the mild sort.
 arrow Freedom from fear
What was the worst thing about pre-January 11 Bangla-desh? Different people will have different answers to this question: some would point to the unbridled corruption that reached its tentacles intoevery
 arrow Giornata
The carpenter sat down in a corner of the roof where the coconut fronds spread out like an umbrella.
 arrow The enormity of our political reforms
The desire and demand for substantive political reforms and, thus, a healthy and clean body-politics is understood and appreciated.
Letters to Editorarrow The Rohingya problem
The Rohingya refugee problem in Bangladesh is a long pending issue. A long period of more than a decade and a half has passed; however, there is no solution in sight.
 arrow Invincible Aussies
What will we call the Aussies now? Incomparable, incontrovertible, indefatigable, indomitable, infallible, ingenious, insuperable or invincible? I don't find the appropriate adjectives.
 arrow Wolf in sheep's clothing
George Bush has a new dog in the kennel; a bulldog joining his old pet poodle! In between Iraq is torn and shredded to pieces between the wolves and dogs of war; let loose by Bush; the dog keeper.
 arrow UK ought to be responsible
The Nicholson's report, as finally adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Union (Parliament) on 21 March and officially released on April 26 (which will go to plenary for full parliamentary
 arrow Stop audio piracy
Lack of enforcement of existing laws is giving an alarming rise to music piracy that reached such a level that more than 95 percent CDs sold in the market are found pirated.
 arrow Response to Nuruddin Kamal
My letter is in response to Mr. Nuruddin Kamal's write-up regarding the current state of affairs in the gas industry in Bangladesh. During my two-year tenure in Dhaka I always enjoyed Mr.
 arrow Interim government's performance
The joy and hope for the better days that the interim government brought to people (like me), are about to run away by worries of power abuse.
 arrow Exile plan
This concerns the attempt to send Khaleda Zia to exile and the similarly forced ostracism of the Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Pertinent questions
There has been various articles in The Daily Star on how Khaleda Zia and her family have abused power.
 arrow Badrul Ahsan's article
Mr. Badrul Ahsan has written a piece on the teaching of false history to our children, in which he suggests a fate "worse than perdition" for a nation that permits it. The main thrust of Mr.
 arrow Top two
We all know at home and abroad, what the two ladies are capable of doing to the nation, society, education sector and especially the economy! They have done it in 'collusion' with each other.
 arrow Caretaker government
I am very happy to see all the work the caretaker government is doing. So, far I trust that the government's work is based on good faith. >I live in the US now, I am originally from Barisal.
 arrow Be courageous
At last the caretaker government has withdrawn the embargo that was imposed on the arrival of Sheikh Hasina and the restriction on the immediate past prime minister.
 arrow DS Roundtable
I am delighted with The Daily Star roundtable initiative on "State of Our Polity: Views of the Young Generation" published on April 2007, where a number of successful young professionals at national level
Forumarrow The end of corruption?
If such "clean" candidates, many if not most of whom may not be particularly wealthy people, are to contest elections, they will need a level playing field where the power of money and muscle will have
 arrow The third decade of Saarc
Let me just cite a number of examples to support this argument. First is the case of poverty in South Asia.
 arrow American Mamlukes
It is a fact little known in the West, outside the circle of historians of Islamicate societies, that Islamicate states often employed soldiers and bureaucrats who were "slaves" of the king or emperor.
 arrow Bad girls and middle-class morality
In almost every Humayun Ahmed novel, the girls and women weep because of their guilt for experiencing some remote sexual desire like touching the man's face, holding his hand in the dark, coming intoa
 arrow Washington Irving and Islam
In May 1829, Irving reached Granada, the last seat of Muslim power in Spain and the most romantic city in the country.
 arrow Ensuring the people's right to know
The commission finalized its report on June 30, 1997.
Worldarrow Sarkozy, Royal battle on after heated TV debate
French presidential rivals Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal traded fresh barbs yesterday after neither delivered a knock-out blow in a heated television debate seen as a last chance to swing undecided
 arrow Olmert faces street protests after dousing party mutiny
After dousing a mutiny from his own party over a scathing Lebanon war report, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced a new battle yesterday with street protests and angry lawmakers.
 arrow Nationalists hope for independence boost
Voting got under way in Scotland yesterday, with nationalists hoping to become the largest party in the Scottish parliament and bring their dreams of independence move closer to reality.
 arrow 11 foreigners kidnapped in Nigeria
Nigerian militants yesterday kidnapped three South Korean and eight Filipino workers after a gunfight at their construction site, the South Korean foreign ministry and Nigerian police sources said.
 arrow Shetty raps Indian 'lunatic fringe'
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty yesterday blamed India's "lunatic fringe" for an uproar over enthusiastic kisses bestowed on her by Hollywood heart-throb Richard Gere at an AIDS charity event.
 arrow Gunfire near Indian PM's residence
Gunshots were fired close to the official residence of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday but the incident was a personal dispute and completely unrelated to the premier, police said.
 arrow Malaysian Hindu gets custody of children from Muslim wife
A Malaysian Hindu man forcibly separated from his Muslim wife by Islamic authorities because they are of different religions was yesterday granted custody of their children in a milestone case.
 arrow South Asia: 2 hurt in Assam bomb blast
Two people were critically wounded by a bomb blast yesterdayat a food depot in India's northeast state of Assam that police said could be linked to a ransom demand by separatist rebels.
 arrow South Asia: Curfew in Nepal town as cops, Maoists clash
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in a western Nepal border town following clashes between police and unarmed Maoist cadres that injured at least 17 people, officials said yesterday.
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