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Front Pagearrow Ctg Port suddenly turns dynamic
Following the promulgation of the state of emergency in January this year, the efficiency of the premier port Chittagong increased 30 percent and the cost of running business there reduced by 40 percent,
 arrow Two more rules to be effective from July 1
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday decided to recommend that the government make effective the remaining two judicial service rules from July 1 as a step towards implementing the separation of judiciary
 arrow Govt once again goes for restricted tender
With the government canceling the tenders for small power project last month for lack of transparency in the process, the Power Cell has once again floated a tender restricted to 33 companies that were
 arrow Dhoni denies Tigers
Mahendra Dhoni battled with cramps to score an unbeaten 91 as India beat hosts Bangladesh by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series here at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Mamun confesses to Tk 4.89cr extortion
Detained controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, a close friend of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, yesterday confessed to a magistrate that he was involved in extorting Tk 4.
 arrow Barapukuria coal mine lacks safe working condition
The workers in Barapukuria coal mine are vulnerable to accidents due to faulty geological and hydrological designs and lack of proper working condition, said the probe body formed following the incident
 arrow Blair resigns in June
Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his resignation yesterday, ending a tumultuous decade in power as one of Britain's most successful leaders but dividing the nation over the Iraq war.
 arrow Restrictions on Hasina's movements relaxed
The military backed-caretaker government yesterday seemed to have relaxed curbs on the movements of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Police asked to place probe report in extortion case against Hasina by June 11
A Dhaka court yesterday asked police to submit probe report by June 11 in the case against Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and her personal staff Manu Majumder for extortion of Tk 3 crore.
 arrow All industries must have ETP by Oct
All industrial units polluting water and environment by releasing wastes are required to have effluent treatment plant (ETP) by October.
 arrow Khoka thinks it's time to reduce party chief's power
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday said it is the best time to reduce the BNP chairperson's power to make unilateral decisions as the party is mature now.
 arrow A fake factory...

  arrow 6 'robbers' killed in gunfight with cops
Six "robbers" were killed and seven police personnel including an officer-in-charge (OC) injured in a gunfight between the robber gang and police early Thursday at Mandarkati village of Banaripara upazila
 arrow EC yet to fix method for preparing voter roll with photo
The Election Commission (EC) is yet to finalise a methodology for preparing the new voter list with photographs.
 arrow US wants govt to move fast to hold polls
The United States has observed that Bangladesh and Bangladesh's democracy will face a setback if a non-elected government stays for an extended period of time.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Former vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor MA Hadi has sent a rejoinder to The Daily Star regarding the report titled "A Medical University Turns OrdinaryHospital:
 arrow Ex-BNP MP in Kansat sued for extortion
Prof Shahjahan Mia, a former BNP lawmaker from Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj who was criticised for his role in the Kansat tragedy in 2006, was sued again in an extortion and fraud case on Wednesday.
 arrow World powers talk Iran defiance
The United States warned Wednesday about the danger of Iran possibly withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the world's basic agreement against the spread of nuclear weapons.
 arrow Sarkozy, Chirac appear at slavery commemoration
Nicolas Sarkozy made his first public appearance as French president-elect yesterday, officiating alongside President Jacques Chirac at a ceremony in Paris to mark the end of the slave trade.
Businessarrow Foreign investors urged to tap opportunities in capital market
As the first-ever international investors' conference began in Dhaka yesterday, speakers at the inaugural session urged foreign institutional investors to avail of the opportunities lying in Bangladesh
 arrow GP wants to make sure its shares go to general public
As Grameenphone is working on to get listed on the local stock market, the country's leading mobile phone operator wants to make sure the shares go to general public.
 arrow Automatic flour mill opens in Ashulia
Ifad Multiproducts Ltd, a local company, has opened an automatic flour mill in Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka with a daily production capacity of 160 tonnes.
 arrow Asian women struggle in workplace: ILO
Women in parts of Asia still struggle to find decent jobs despite rapid economic growth, and when they do, they face discrimination and inferior pay, the UN labour rights watchdog said Thursday.
 arrow Thais urged to invest in Bangladesh
Hossain Khaled, president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce of Industry (DCCI), has urged Thai entrepreneurs to invest in different sectors of Bangladesh.
 arrow Oil up in Asia
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Thursday, picking up after losses overnight following the latest US inventory data which showed a large rise in crude and gasoline (petrol) reserves, dealers said.
 arrow BOC declares 70pc dividend
BOC Bangladesh Ltd has declared dividend at the rate of 70 percent i.e. Tk7 per ordinary share for the year 2006.
 arrow OECD sees growth slowing in major economies
The economies of leading industrialised countries should slow in coming weeks despite an improvement in a key growth indicator in March, which also showed continuing robust activity in China, the OECD
 arrow French economy perks up ahead of Sarkozy takeover
French economic prospects showed fresh signs of life on Thursday, with positive industrial and trade trends, as Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to begin a five-year presidential term promising to free up the
 arrow Diesel engine oil of Indian firm launched in local market
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), a private petroleum fuel company of India, has officially launched 'HP Milcy Turbo' brand diesel engine oil in Bangladesh market.
 arrow HSBC, Aviva to launch joint insurance venture
HSBC and Aviva, the biggest retail bank and the biggest insurer in Britain, said on Thursday that they would create a general insurance joint venture in their home market.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Blame it on Bashar
Without any doubt, Ban-gladesh badly missed their main bowling weapon Mashrafe Bin Mortaza to repeat their World Cup success against India in yesterday's match at Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: Shakib's quiet brilliance
While Javed Omar's coup de grace was a statement to the cricket fans, Shakib Al Hassan just went about his business out in the middle, batting like a hardcore professional.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan keen on Whatmore
Pakistani cricket authorities are interested in hiring outgoing Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore as a replacement for the late Bob Woolmer, an official said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafe boost for Tigers
The absence of pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was one of the main causes of Bangladesh's five-wicket defeat against India in the first one-dayer.
 arrow Football: Oldham hold Bangladesh U-23s
Oldham Athletic gave up an early lead to draw their second exhibition match 1-1 against Bangladesh national under-23 team yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer murder suspect could be named soon
A suspect in Bob Woolmer's murder may be named after a high-level meeting between the officials of Jamaican Police and Scotland Yard in London on Thursday, according to a newspaper report.
 arrow Cricket: SL drop Atapattu
Veteran batsman Marvan Atapattu has been omitted from the 15-man Sri Lanka squad for the three-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Govt may intervene
The Australian government is investigating how it can stop the national cricket team from touring Zimbabwe in September, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas pair to stay
Mickey Arthur and Graeme Smith, the South Africa coach and captain, have had their contracts renewed by the South Africa board today for a further two years.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan to start afresh
Ramnaresh Sarwan believes the tour of England is the perfect opportunity for West Indies to launch a new era.
 arrow Cricket: Sammy wants WI Test place
West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has his sights set on making his Test debut in the series against England.
 arrow Cricket: Cork wants Flintoff as captain
Andrew Flintoff is the man to replace the injured Michael Vaughan as England captain against West Indies at Lord's next week, according to Dominic Cork.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson under pressure
Lancashire's James Anderson is hoping to play his first Test on home soil since August 2004, but knows he is not guaranteed a starting place at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: In the haze of red and green
Residents of Mirpur woke up to a breathtaking sight on Thursday morning.
 arrow Football: Brothers ride on Junior treble
Elijah Junior slammed a hattrick as Brothers Union brushed aside basement side Rahmatganj 6-2 in both sides' ultimate first-leg match in the B. League yesterday.
 arrow Football: Roma hit Inter for six
Inter Milan's hopes of lifting the Italian Cup for the third consecutive year were dealt a potentially fatal blow after they were thrashed 6-2 by Roma in the first leg here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United, Chelsea exchange fire
Manchester United emerged with a 0-0 draw from a bad-tempered clash against Chelsea on Wednesday that could have ended with both sides down to 10 men.
 arrow Schumacher to make F1 return
Michael Schumacher will make his first appearance at a Formula One race since his retirement last season at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, it was revealed on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan awaits good news
England captain Michael Vaughan could yet play in the first Test against the West Indies despite a broken finger, says Yorkshire chief Martyn Moxon.
 arrow Cricket: CA to honour indigenous team
Australian cricket said Thursday it would formally recognise the 139th anniversary of its first-ever touring side, the indigenous team that travelled to England in 1868.
 arrow Tennis: Petrova into Berlin qtrs
Defending champion Nadia Petrova made light work of reaching the quarterfinals of Berlin's WTA tournament as the weather put a dampener on Thursday's battles to reach the last eight.
 arrow Cricket: Women's star Newton quits
England women's cricket vice-captain, Laura Newton, will retire from the game immediately, it has been announced. The 29-year-old said: "It has been an extremely difficult decision.
 arrow Football: Klose clean on conscience
German striker Miroslav Klose insisted on Wednesday he was not to blame for Werder Bremen's UEFA Cup exit after being linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Mourinho pours scorn on Poll
Jose Mourinho launched a bitter attack on Graham Poll after being infuriated by the referee's decisions during Chelsea's bad-tempered goalless draw against Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Owen future in doubt
The chances of Michael Owen still being a Newcastle player at the start of next season appear to have been reduced after a scathing outburst by Freddy Shepherd, the Magpies chairman.
 arrow Tennis: Federer shocked out of Rome
World number one and top seed Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out in the third round of the Rome Masters by Filippo Volandri on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Nantes relegated
Nantes, who had played 44 consecutive seasons in the French first division, were relegated on Wednesday night even though they won 1-0 at Bordeaux.
 arrow Football: Besiktas win Turkish Cup
Istanbul giants Besiktas clinched the 2007 Turkey Cup Wednesday with a 1-0 victory in overtime over league laggards Kayseri Erciyesspor in the western city of Izmir.
 arrow Football: Reds livid over ticket allocation
Liverpool officials and fans are up in arms over UEFA's insistence that there will be no increase in the 17,000 tickets they have been allocated for the Champions League final against AC Milan in Athens.
 arrow Football: Sevilla in Cup final
Sevilla, still on course for a treble of titles, beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-0 on Wednesday night to qualify for the Spanish Cup final 5-0 on aggregate.
 arrow Football: Becks quick to de-blonde
Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham appeared for training on Wednesday with close-cropped hair, less than two weeks after the former England captain unveiled a new platinum blond hairstyle.
Metropolitanarrow No scope for armed forces to go back without completing present task
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for setting up of National Security Council to help government resolve any external or internal problem.
 arrow 'Enhance capacity building in hospitals, educational instts'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for enhancing community capacity building, especially in the hospitals and educational institutions, on disaster preparedness in order to save lives in the event
 arrow Road accidents kill 5, injure 17
At least five people were killed and 17 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Comilla and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow 313 expelled on first day of HSC exams
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Alim and HSC in Business Management (BM) examinations began simultaneously across the country yesterday.
 arrow President attends office at Armed Forces Divn
President and supreme commander of the Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed attended his office at the Armed Forces Division in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
 arrow Shaheed Matiur's mother passes away
Suratunnesa, mother of Shaheed Matiur Rahman, passed away at her Sabujbag residence in the city yesterday at the age of 76.
 arrow Bullet-hit robber held after gunfight with police
A robber with bullet wounds was arrested after a brief gunfight with the police in the city's Mirpur area early yesterday.
 arrow Unilever Activation Safety Day observed
Unilever Bangladesh Limited, for the first time, observed the Activation Safety Day 2007 yesterday, aiming to ensure safe working environment for the field workers of their business partners, says a press
 arrow Local BNP leader held in Tangail
Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested a local leader of BNP from Court area in the district town on Wednesday night.
 arrow Goods worth Tk 10 lakh damaged in Khagrachhari fire
At least five shops were gutted and properties worth about Tk 10 lakh were burnt to ashes at Khagrachhari Bazaar in the hill district yesterday.
 arrow Three firearms, 19 bullets recovered
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and coastguards recovered three firearms and 19 rounds of bullets from Nandabala area in the Sundarbans early morning yesterday.
 arrow Noakhali Jubo Dal leader held with arms
A Juba Dal leader was arrested with a gun from Char Parbati village in Companiganj upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Training course for policemen
A two-day training course for the police personnel of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) ended at Special Branch (SB) Training School at Malibagh in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Essay competition on combating trafficking held
Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) organised an essay competition on 'Combating trafficking in women and children' at its training centre at Banasree in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Pragmatism prevails over utopianism
There is a section of our society who always stay on the sideline but are nevertheless infected with utopia.
 arrow Pre-budget thoughts
All budgets are: (a) estimates/projections, (b) accounts, and (c) proposals for incurring expenditures from the consolidated funds and levying taxes to meet any additional spending.
 arrow New deal for farmers
Bangladesh is a densely populated country where agriculture is the mainstay of the economy. There is no large scale mechanised farming, and the existing transportation infrastructure is inadequate atbest.
 arrow Bangladesh capital market: Expect good things to come
The future of Bangladesh capital market has taken a dramatic positive turn over the last few months, in line with the country as a whole, following developments in the political arena.
Culturearrow Illustrious career of a filmmaker
One of the leading mainstream filmmakers of the country Shibly Sadick has won appreciation for several of his movies such as Tin Konya, Achena, Nitibaan, Bheja Chokh, Dangshon, Ma Mati Desh and
 arrow Iffat Ara: A passionate follower of Tagore
Entering the spacious and airy home in Gulshan of singer and painter Iffat Ara Dewan one's sights turn to a colourful array of pottery, subjects often seen on her canvas.
 arrow 'Bangladesh Matters': European Union's development cooperation in frames
To celebrate the European Union's (EU) golden jubilee, the European Commission (EC) to Bangladesh has organised a photo exhibition -- titled Bangladesh Matters: Capturing the EU's Development Cooperation
 arrow 'Locket': Special play on ATN Bangla on Mother's day
Mother's Day-special TV play Locket will be aired tonight at 8:50pm on ATN Bangla. The story unfolds after the sudden death of Afsana's husband.
 arrow Drama 'Neel Nirjon-e' premiers today
Drama serial Neel Nirjon-e will be premiered today at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture at 6pm. The serial is written and directed by Sumon Anwar.
 arrow "I've become a spokesperson for the rural women"
A favourite with serious filmmakers, Nandita Das' most recent role is Kamakshi, a spinster, in Nitya Kanyaka, a film based on the novel by Jnanpith Award winner Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
Generalarrow Valuables worth Tk 7 lakh looted from Tangail
A daring robbery was committed at Nagarpur upazila of the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow 201 pro-BNP RU teachers demand foolproof security for Khaleda Zia
A group of 201 pro-BNP teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday in a joint statement urged the caretaker government to ensure foolproof security of BNP Chairperson and immediate past prime minister
Editorialarrow Editorial: CA's interview
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has told the BBC emphatically that it is his government and not the nation's military which runs the country. One does not disagree with him here.
 arrow Editorial: Shoring up the PSC
The new Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Saadat Hussain, has said that his mission is to restore the image of the highest agency for recruiting the Republic's officials, which lost its
 arrow This isn't 1990
For what it's worth, I have some free advice for the Awami League leadership: don't bail out the BNP.
 arrow Three gates of Busyrane
When Don Quixote attacked the windmills, he told Sancho Panza that those were ferocious giants. The moral of the story is that even the best of fights can be ludicrous if you fail to identify the enemy.
 arrow Sliding dollar and dangerous deficits
Last week, the euro rose to its all-time high against the US dollar (1.3681), with the expectation that the difference between the US and the euro-area rates will narrow in the near future.
Letters to Editorarrow Campus politics
Like everyday I was looking at The Daily Star website from my home when one of the headlines caught my attention .
 arrow Ban on indoor politics
As before, I come to you on another very important and sensitive subject.
 arrow Dr. Yunus' decision
We feel ashamed to see the political leaders being unable to accept one newcomer in politics. And we, the people, can't accept a man who wants to enter the arena of politics with a mission.
 arrow Summer cricket
As cricket fans we warmly welcome the Indian cricket team. We wish them a pleasant tour, and an enjoyable stay in Bangladesh.
 arrow Khaleda welcomes Hasina
The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Monday welcomed her arch rival Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on the latter's return home. This thing is new for the countrymen.
 arrow The subcontinent
India's claim for credit for the creation of Bangladesh can neither be questioned, nor doubted.
 arrow Thank you, Dr. Yunus
Nobel winner and Grameen Bank founder Dr. Yunus has declared that he would discontinue his plan of forming a political party.
 arrow Crossfire and some questions
In the last few years we have got lots of criminals killed in 'crossfire' by Rab, police etc.
 arrow Sangshad Bhaban area
This is to bring to your notice that on May Day we went to Sangsad Bhaban area with our small kid. But we could not enter the open field due to security reasons.
 arrow Stop smoking
Smoking is really injurious to health! Smokers are at grave risk! Smoking causes a range of diseases, even the ones never before suspected including stomach cancer.
 arrow Medical practitioners' fees
I have read with interest the recent remarks of the Hon. Adviser for Health.
 arrow Losing heart again!
Most of the peace-loving people in Bangladesh welcomed the takeover of power by the caretaker government backed by the armed forces.
 arrow Traffic congestion in Gulshan
Those who reside or work around the northern side of Banani or Gulshan experience acute traffic congestion at different times of the day at Kamal Ataturk Avenue and Road # 11 & 12 of Banani.
 arrow Better choice?
A few days ago my friends and I were wandering in the town. While walking, a shop attracted me which was decorated with some colourful cigarette ads. Some words drew my attention.
 arrow Overseas voice communication
The use of VoIP for overseas voice call has been a much talked about subject in Bangladesh.
 arrow Naming roads
It's praiseworthy that Dhaka City Corporation is naming roads after freedom fighters and sector commanders.
 arrow Rehab sales
I have seen a number of articles where people complain that real estate developers are not providing housing for the poor.
 arrow Opinion
We are impressed by the opinions expressed by Durreen Shahnaz in the Point-Counterpoint page.
 arrow A letter to chief adviser
Congratulations for your tremendous effort in the fight against corruption. Hope you will continue your fight until it is finished. It is your responsibility and a chance that must be taken.
 arrow GrameenPhone vehicles
Our attention was drawn to a letter in which a reader from Gulshan wrote about the inconvenience caused by GrameenPhone employee transport buses parked on the streets of the residential area.
Environmentarrow Disastrous impact of global warming bitterly felt now
Experts now know that the danger is shining through the sky.
 arrow Controlling surface and ground water necessary for survival
Though Bangladesh had always been thought of as an agricultural country, nowadays industries contribute a major portion of its GDP. Textile now plays a major role among other sectors.
 arrow Environment friendly HYV paddy can ensure food security
The society and civilization of human beings are about eight thousand years old. We have observed great changes in religion, dress, habitat as well as culture but without any significant ones in foodhabits.
Worldarrow Blair vows to remain on world stage
Tony Blair could make a fortune from his memoirs and speaking tours. But whatever he does, the British premier seems determined to keep busy and above all maintain his involvement in world affairs.
 arrow South Asia: Afghan lawmakers call for truce
Lawmakers angered by mounting civilian deaths have sent a sharp warning to US and Nato commanders, passing a motion for a military ceasefire and negotiations with the Taliban.
 arrow South Asia: Lanka's promise to stem bloodshed broken, says US
The United States yesterday accused Sri Lanka of going back on promises to protect human rights and said the situation in the embattled island had "deteriorated" in the past year.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan erects 1st section of fence on Afghan border
Pakistan has erected the first section of a controversial fence on the Afghan border, severing a key corridor used by Taliban militants, the chief military spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Indian PM pays tribute to 'martyrs' who fought British
India's prime minister paid tribute yesterday to the "martyrs" who battled the mighty British empire 150 years ago in what is called the country's "first war of independence.
 arrow South Asia: Search on for new Indian president
The search has begun for a new president of India amidst indications that incumbent APJ Abdul Kalam, whose tenure ends in July this year, may not get the nod of majority of political parties for a second
 arrow Israel not ready for peace, says Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday played down the prospects for Middle East peace, saying Israel's weakened cabinet was not ready and that Washington had abandoned any role as honest broker.
 arrow Turkish lawmakers back popular vote to elect president
Turkish lawmakers voted yesterday for a constitutional amendment to elect the president by popular vote, a government proposal intended to end an impasse on who will be Turkey's next head of state.
 arrow I did what I thought was right, says Blair
Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended his record in office Thursday, saying "I did what I thought was right" during his decade in power, particularly over his controversial foreign policy.
 arrow Ramos-Horta clinches E Timor presidency
Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta pledged to unite troubled East Timor yesterday after the former resistance leader clinched the election as president of one of the world's poorest nations.
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