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Front Pagearrow Provision for 'no vote', 33pc woman office bearers in parties
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday disclosed a significant proposal for introducing a system for casting "no votes" in parliamentary elections to express voters' lack of confidence in the contesting
 arrow Steps to make Biman PLC by June approved
The Council of Advisers yesterday approved some steps to turn Biman Bangladesh Airlines into a Public Limited Company (PLC) by June.
 arrow Bapex action betters Titas well situation
As the gas leakage situation at Titas field in Brahmanbaria has improved dramatically since last month's remedial action by Bapex, experts now say the government should take time to deploy the right international
 arrow Death of youth in Rab action sparks protests
Plainclothes Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel allegedly beat a youth dead and injured his family members and neighbours triggering protests at Chhoto Bongram Purbopara in Rajshahi city suburbs yesterday.
 arrow EC plays safe with voter list timeline
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) aims to prepare a credible voter list as soon as possible for holding the ninth parliamentary election.
 arrow MP privilege for duty-free cars scrapped
The council of advisers yesterday finalised the proposal to cancel the lawmakers' privilege of importing duty-free cars and also decided to form a committee to speed up the bureaucratic processes.
 arrow ISPR clarifies army's voter listing time
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) yesterday said the time requirement estimated by the military technical team on preparing voter list should not be confused with the time mentioned by the Election
 arrow Starving at safari park
Fund shortage at the country's lone safari park at Dulahazra of Chakoria in Cox's Bazar has been affecting food supply for wild animals as around 250 more animals were added to the park since Januarythis
 arrow Jalil for handing over voter registration job to army experts
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday suggested handing over of the voter registration activities to army experts.
 arrow Sachin, Sourav hit tons in Ctg Test
Only 20 overs were possible on the second day of the first Test due to overnight drizzle and heavy rain in the morning, but that did not stop prolific India batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly
 arrow Water saving rice varieties invented
Local agriculture scientists have invented 93 new varieties of paddy that could save about 33 to 50 percent water during cultivation.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A leader of an outlawed party was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Char Laxmipur village near the district town early yesterday.
 arrow Undemocratic leadership led democracy to near-collapse
Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said undemocratic politics and leadership have led the country's democracy towards near-collapse.
 arrow New scheme for employment of destitute women
The government has taken a new project to provide employment opportunities for destitute women in the rural areas by engaging them for repair and maintenance of village kutcha roads.
 arrow Cops yet to find existence of Jadid al Qaeda
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad yesterday said police are yet to find any existence of militant outfit "Jadid al Qaeda Bangladesh" that claimed responsibility for the May 1 bomb explosions
 arrow RMG workers block highway for payment of arrears
Aggrieved workers of an export-oriented garment factory in Gazipur went on a rampage yesterday blocking the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for at least an hour over unpaid monthly and overtime wages.
 arrow Bull trouble at ZIA
A runaway bull wound up being on the tarmac of the Zia International Airport early yesterday.
 arrow Hannan Shah, son sued again
Two more cases were filed against BNP leader Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah and his son Rezaul Hannan yesterday in Gazipur.
 arrow 70 Taliban men killed in attack
Nearly 70 Taliban militants were killed in an ambush by US-led forces and Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghanistan while three German soldiers were killed in bomb blast, a military commander said yesterday.
 arrow 8 more US soldiers killed in Iraq blast
Eight more American troops were killed on a single day in Iraq, the US military said yesterday, amid raging violence and a desperate search for three captured soldiers.
 arrow G8 leaves US free hand to choose Wolfowitz successor
Group of Eight finance ministers yesterday left the United States a free hand in choosing a successor to Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank, apparently to avoid transatlantic friction on the matter.
 arrow Nepal Maoists threaten strike over 'inhuman' camp conditions
Nepal's Maoists have threatened to begin nationwide protests yesterday unless the government promises to improve "inhuman" conditions at camps where former rebel fighters are housed, state media said.
 arrow Israel launches new airstrikes on Hamas
Israeli airstrikes targeted Hamas for a fifth straight day yesterday, hitting a rocket squad and two workshops in Gaza, and the defense minister warned militants who attack Israel they should be "very
 arrow Bush rushes to patch up rift with allies
President George W Bush rushed yesterday to patch up a sudden rift with his most faithful Republican allies, who have supported him on Iraq but have now revolted against a White House-backed immigration
 arrow Iran building first 'indigenous' nuclear plant
Iran has begun building a nuclear power plant using indigenous technology and know-how, the deputy head of Iran's atomic energy organisation was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow Six killed in Peru market blast
A stick of dynamite exploded during a music show at a market in southeastern Peru, leaving six people dead and 51 others injured, police said Saturday.
 arrow 18 killed in Indian bus plunge
At least 18 people were killed after a congested passenger bus plunged into a gorge in northeastern India, police said yesterday.
Businessarrow Common currency needed for balanced development in S Asia
Speakers at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday advocated for a common currency in South Asian countries to keep socio-economic development at par.
 arrow WTO key players hope for Doha deal by year-end
The EU, US, Brazil and India -- major players in the efforts to agree on the Doha round of WTO trade talks, -- said on Friday they stood by their commitment to reach a deal by the end of the year.
 arrow G8 urged to help cut debt burden of low, middle income states
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday opened a summit of G11 developing countries calling for a partnership with G8 industrialised nations and help to reduce the debt of low- and middle-income states.
 arrow US congress okays $3t budget
The Democratic-controlled US Congress on Wednesday announced it had agreed on a 2.9 trillion dollar budget for fiscal year 2008, designed to produce a 41 billion dollar surplus by 2012.
 arrow Oil price volatility and the challenges
Bangladesh, being largely dependent on import for food and fuel, could not walk away scot-free from upbeat prices in the international market.
 arrow Boards for FBCCI polls formed
The election board and the election appeal board to elect the president, first vice president, vice president and directors of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce
 arrow G8 calls for rapid deal on Doha trade talks
G8 Finance Ministers on Saturday called for agreement on the Doha round of WTO trade talks "as soon as possible".
 arrow HSBC launches home loan product for NRBs
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has recently launched a home loan product for the non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs).
 arrow Switzerland, Japan hold FTA talks
Japan and Switzerland on Friday wound up an initial round of talks on a free trade agreement which would be Tokyo's first with a European country, the foreign ministry said.
 arrow India's Essar wins Nigerian oil block
Ruias-led corporate house, Essar group has won an offshore oil block in Nigeria with reserves of up to 80 million barrels.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sachin ton for dad
If Habibul Bashar's men take the word of master batsman Sachin Tendulkar after the completion of the rain-interrupted second day's play, then there was a reason for them to have serious concern in the
 arrow Cricket: Dav drawing whose attention?
Overnight drizzle and heavy rain in the morning kept both Bangladesh and India in their team hotel until the sun appeared to make sure that there would be some overs to be bowled in the last session of
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series plans under threat
Bangladesh Cricket Board's plan to hold a triangular series involving India during South Africa's tour to Bangladesh in February next year has been dented as their Indian counterparts are not ready to
 arrow Cricket: Monty gets WI in trouble
Monty Panesar took four wickets as West Indies declined to 217 for five at tea on the third day of the first Test against England at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi blows SL away
Shahid Afridi pulled out a madcap, adrenaline-fuelled special for an adoring crowd as Pakistan presented new captain Shoaib Malik with an impressive first-game win against Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed
 arrow Cricket: Empty Abahani urge delay
Premier League leaders Abahani have asked Bangladesh Cricket Board to delay the ongoing super league matches after the India tour as they are finding it difficult to employ eleven players due to various
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to name new coach by mid-June
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that the final decision on appointing a new coach for the Indian team would be taken by the second week of June by a seven-member committee.
 arrow Football: Blue is the colour
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored a goal deep into injury time to settle the FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Revenge on Milan's mind
AC Milan are desperate to atone for their Istanbul nightmare when they face Liverpool in next Wednesday's Champions League final rematch in Athens.
 arrow Football: Kaka seeks history
AC Milan star Kaka is determined to leave his mark on the Champions League final against Liverpool by adding to the 10 goals he has already scored in the competition and steering his team to victory.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart crowned champions
Midfielder Sami Khedira was the hero as he hit the winning goal which gave VfB Stuttgart their first Bundesliga title for 15 years on Saturday after a 2-1 victory at home to Energie Cottbus.
 arrow Football: Italy still on top
World champions Italy maintained their lead at the top of the official FIFA world rankings.
 arrow Football: Barca back in for Henry?
Barcelona are in talks to sign Arsenal's star French forward Thierry Henry according to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Friday.
 arrow Football: Danone Nations Cup start today
The first phase matches of Grameen Danone Nations Cup Under 10-12 Football Championship begin today in six venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Prior credits Stewart
Matt Prior paid tribute to Alec Stewart after scoring a century on his Test debut to put England in a commanding position in their series opener against West Indies at Lord's here Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer storms into final
Roger Federer showed signs that he may be emerging from his slump with a patchy but fighting display against Carlos Moya which carried him to only his second final appearance in two and a half months.
 arrow Local Snippets
Eleven players including International Women Master Rani Hamid earned full points on the opening day of Prime Bank second Women International Rating Chess tournament at the BCF hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SLC begins coach hunt
World Cup runners-up Sri Lanka have formally started looking for a replacement for outgoing cricket coach Tom Moody, officials said here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mobarak carries Narsingdi
Mohammad Mobarak struck twice as Narsingdi outplayed Jhenidah 3-1 in the final phase of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship at Satkhira Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Zafar's death anniversary today
The third death anniversary of the former secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association Zafar Imam will be observed in a befitting manner today.
Metropolitanarrow Form commission to protect women's rights
A total of 6054 women were the victims of different forms of violence and repression across the country in last year, revealed a report of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday.
 arrow Committee starts probe
A high-powered ministerial committee yesterday started investigating the Thursday's incident at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) that led to the death of four patients in absence of treatment.
 arrow Local cautionary signal number 3 for sea ports
The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been advised again to keep hoisted the local cautionary (LC) signal Number 3 until further notice, met office said yesterday.
 arrow Political parties should undergo reforms to curb corruption
Both the leaders of the Awami League and BNP yesterday agreed, in principle, that the political parties should undergo necessary reforms to curb corruption and stop selling nominations to election candidates.
 arrow 'Preserve Shankhanidhi House'
Speakers at a press conference have called for preserving Shankhanidhi House, an elegant historical building of the city.
 arrow Ensure quality primary education for all
Expressing concern over disparities in the standards of education between the urban and rural areas and the rich and the poor, renowned educationists yesterday called on the government to give topmost
 arrow Victim rejects report as police drop names of main accused
A victim yesterday rejected final report of a rape case as police dropped the names of two main suspects, including union parishad chairman Asim Bishwas.
 arrow Pak writings on 1971 attack to be published
A book containing writings of Pakistani writers about the then West Pakistan's attack on then East Pakistan in 1971 will be published simultaneously from Pakistan and Bangladesh within a few months, Ahmad
 arrow Security guard dies in rooftop fall at Mirpur
A 17-year-old boy died after falling from the roof of a five-story building at Borobagh at Mirpur in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Mohammad Mozzammel, security guard of the residence.
 arrow Police-NGO programmes to stop repression on women
Khulna police and Rupantar, a non-government organisation, have jointly taken up different programmes to work for prevention of women repression at family level.
 arrow One killed in Tangail road accident
One person was killed and two others were injured seriously in a road accident on Dhaka-Tangail Road at Mirzapur yesterday.
 arrow Six commuters stabbed, robbed in city
A gang of robbers looted valuables worth Tk 30,000 from six passengers of a human hauler after stabbing them at Mirpur in the capital last night.
 arrow Lions Club executives
Shah Zakir Hossain of Lions Club of Dhaka Rajdhani and Md Mobarak Hossain of Lions Club of Dhaka Greater Town have been elected district governor and vice district governor of the Lions Clubs International,
Nationalarrow UGC probe into SUST irregularities begins
A high level team from University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday started probe into alleged irregularities in Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) during the past government.
 arrow Crucial meeting today on reopening mills
BJMC chairman Ataharul Islam who reached Khulna from Dhaka yesterday afternoon will hold a high level meeting at Khalishpur today with general managers and deputy general managers of eight state-owned
 arrow Arms recovered, 7 arrested in Khagrachhari
Army personnel in separate raids in Khagrachhari yesterday recovered some arms and ammunition and arrested seven alleged criminals.
 arrow 'Implement August 30 deal on Phulbari coal mine'
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday urged the government to implement the agreement on Phulbari coal mine signed on August 30 last year with the National Committee to Protect Oil and Gas Resources.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded heavy gunfire on Taluigachha border in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reforming taxes: A payer's perspective
Tax revenue as a share of GDP in Bangladesh is amongst the lowest in the world.
 arrow Islamabad becoming Taliban stronghold
After his ill-advised dismissal of the chief justice of Pakistan's supreme court ignited violent protest, President Pervez Musharraf may be banking on Islamic fanatics to create chaos in the nation'scapital,
 arrow Who can contest?
The proposed amendments to the Representation of the People Order of 1972 and the Conduct of Election Rules, 1972 have triggered wide-spread discussions throughout the country.
Culturearrow Norwegian classical and folk music in Dhaka
On May 18, a concert featuring classical and folk music of Norwegian master composer Edvard Grieg at the British Council Dhaka was a treat for Dhakaiites.
 arrow Wood works of a differently-abled artist win appreciation
Cleufa Rema, a differently-abled artist in Mymensiungh has drawn the attention of the locals as well as people from other regions in the country for his wood works.
 arrow Bangladeshi artistes perform at Rabindrasadan
Information and Cultural Department of the West Bengal Government of India and Mitali-Bharat-Bangladesh Shanskritik Sangsad jointly organised a programme titled Kobi Pronam at Rabindrasadan, Kolkata,recently.
 arrow Michael Moore Screens 'Sicko'
It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organising it all.
Generalarrow Drive against malpractices in buses
A mobile court has started special drive against different malpractices like increasing seats and realising excessive fares at passenger buses in Chittagong.
 arrow EWU freshers' orientation held
The orientation programme of the newly admitted students for Summer Semester 2007 in different undergraduate programmes of East West University (EWU) was held at the university auditorium yesterday,says
Internationalarrow Hamas, Fatah strike new ceasefire deal
Negotiators from the rival Hamas and Fatah movements reached a new ceasefire deal yesterday, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.
 arrow Militancy rising: Musharraf
President Gen Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that Islamic militancy was increasing across Pakistan and said tough measures were needed to counter it, as pro-Taliban militants had kidnapped eight government
 arrow Indian cops seek clues to mosque blast
Police sought clues on Saturday to a "sophisticated" blast at a historic mosque that killed 11 people and triggered clashes, which left five dead in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
 arrow Blair's farewell tour makes stop in Iraq
Outgoing British leader Tony Blair, whose premiership has been dominated by his unpopular decision to join the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, arrived in Iraq yesterday for his seventh and final
 arrow Lawmakers aim to revise immigration deal
The fragile coalition that produced this week's immigration deal risks being picked apart by forces across the political spectrum as the measure begins moving through Congress.
 arrow Shipwreck yields $500m coin haul
Deep-sea explorers said Friday they have hauled up what could be the richest sunken treasure ever discovered: hundreds of thousands of colonial-era silver and gold coins worth an estimated $500 million
 arrow Gunmen kidnap 3 Indians in Nigeria
Gunmen dynamited the front gate of a residential compound in southern Nigeria yesterday and kidnapped three Indians in an attack that left one Nigerian dead, the military said.
 arrow 5 family members massacred in Lanka
Five family members, including two boys aged four and eight, were hacked to death yesterday in a town just outside the Sri Lankan capital in what police said may have been a family feud.
 arrow Govts urged to ensure rights to land
The Asian Indigenous Peoples' Caucus has urged the governments to recognise and strengthen the traditional and customary laws of ethnic communities in order to protect their rights to land.
 arrow Manmohan Singh elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha, upper house of the Parliament, for the fourth consecutive term from the northeastern state of Assam.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Deaths at RMCH
The circumstances that led to the death of nine patients at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, four on Thursday and five on Friday, following the work abstention of the intern doctors are horrifying and
 arrow Editorial: Paul Wolfowitz caves in, finally
Paul Wolfowitz would have done himself and the World Bank much good if he had resigned on his own rather than as a result of pressure.
 arrow Discerning dissimilarity
One of the advisors has told the press that Bangladesh army chief and the Pakistani president (who stubbornly wants to retain his position of the army chief) are not to be compared in similar vein.
 arrow Caste stalls communalism
In one way, caste has stalled communalism in UP. In another way, the caste, which is co-terminus with class in India, has voted against those who have denied it a better life.
 arrow Sarkozy takes over
Nicolas Sarkozy took over as the sixth President of the fifth French Republic on May 16. The era of Jacques Chirac (1995-2007) came to an end on that day when he left the Elysee Palace at 11:30 am.
Star Healtharrow Understanding male subfertility and its management
If a couple faces difficulties in having children, usually the female partners see a doctor.
 arrow Today there is hope for end stage liver diseases
Liver damage is quite a common health problem throughout the world.
 arrow Lifestyle changes help protect heart postmenopause
Women can fight menopause's heart-threatening consequences by losing weight, exercising more and eating better; and these lifestyle changes may be particularly helpful to those who stop taking hormone
 arrow Totally deaf people need not stay deaf any longer
For centuries, people believed that only a miracle could restore hearing to the deaf. With the introduction of cochlear implant that belief would have been changed.
 arrow iPods can make pace-makers malfunction
iPods can cause cardiac implantable pacemakers to malfunction by interfering with the electromagnetic equipment monitoring the heart, according to a study presented by a 17-year-old high school student
 arrow Gentle yoga may aid migraine sufferers
A combination of yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation may help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, a new study suggests.
 arrow Surgery in infants with epilepsy can improve development
Epilepsy surgery can improve the developmental outcomes of affected infants, and the earlier it is performed, the better, new research shows.
 arrow Your Doctor
Send health related queries (either in English or Bangla) to Your Doctor, Star Health, The Daily Star, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka 1215 or e-mail your problem to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow Thousands to be deprived of livelihoods
Several lakh rickshawpullers are to be deprived of livelihood as Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to go tough on unlicensed rickshawpullers. The city corporation is providing only 1.
 arrow Dhanmondi chaos starts disappearing
Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) bid to smoothen flow of traffic in Dhanmondi during rush hours by imposing one-way traffic in several streets have been greeted with warm responses by the local residents.
 arrow In remembrance of a vanished home
Following a story published in Star City (on April 25) concerning Shankhanidhi House, an elegant historical edifice in Tipu Sultan Road currently under illegal occupation, Ananda Gopal Sankhanidhi,
 arrow Baby Samber dies in Dhaka Zoo
The joy of having a baby in the Samber family did not last long at Dhaka Zoo. The newborn died on Saturday at around noon. The baby was born on Thursday morning in cage 2.
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