Donor-dictated policy puts PDB in peril|
The donor-driven government policy in the power sector in general and the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) and the Rural Electrification Board (REB) in particular are systematically ruining the
Outlaws slaughter 3 in Khulna|
Three persons were slaughtered by armed cadres of an outlawed party at Jalma union in Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district on Sunday night.
25,000 development project staff carried over to current budget in last 5 yrs|
The government's size gets bloated every year through assimilation of staff released from different completed development projects.
Couldn't care less|
16 top criminals still out of police dragnet|
Sixteen of the 23 most wanted criminals elude arrest even 17 months after law enforcers announced cash rewards for catch.
Budget session begins today amidst AL boycott|
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad opens at 7:00pm today amid boycott by the Awami League (AL) lawmakers.
Banks bank on poor security|
Robbers can sneak into most of the city's state-owned banks and walk away with their loots as nearly all the branches hardly have any effective security system.
BNP deems dialogue unnecessary to bring opposition back to JS|
The BNP would not try to talk the opposition into returning to the parliament since it is the constitutional responsibility of all members of parliament to attend parliament sessions.
Cabinet okays flag rule amendment|
A cabinet meeting last night decided to suspend for two years the rule that forces foreign flag vessels to take waiver certificates for loading and unloading cargo at Bangladesh ports.
Police club shop owners protesting Market raid|
Shop owners of the Mouchak market yesterday kept their shutters down protesting the BDR-led taskforce raid on Sunday.
Democrats accuse Bush of lying on Iraqi WMDs|
US Democratic presidential contenders moved Sunday to turn missing Iraqi weapons into an election issue, accusing the Bush administration of lying, and drawing parallels with the Watergate scandal.
Israel starts evacuation of settler outposts|
Israel has begun an operation to remove settler outposts in the West Bank under a US-backed "road map" to peace affirmed at a Middle East summit last week, an Israeli military source says.
Yashwant may lead team to JECmeet in Dhaka|
Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha is expected to arrive here on July 19, leading his country's delegation to the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting in Dhaka.
Cabinet nods to RAB|
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to form an elite law-enforcement force styled Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to combat the growing stream of crimes.
JS standing body funds remain mostly unutilised|
The budgetary allocation for parliamentary standing committees remained largely unutilised as most of the bodies still go un-constituted, 20 months into the eighth parliament's tenure.
Oman to back Bangladesh's candidature|
Oman has assured all-out support to Bangladesh's candidature for the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Saddam's new novel on fresh struggle|
Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had written a new novel but the US-led invasion of Iraq prevented its publication.
Cars roll into middle-class porch|
Car is no more an upper class luxury, rather it is now a middle-class necessity.
Exporters want duty-free raw material imports|
In the face of five-year low prices in the global market, exporters sought exemption of import duties on raw materials and spare parts and rebate on utility charges to cut production cost.
44 more moneychangers axed|
The central bank yesterday cancelled licences of 44 more money changing firms as they failed to achieve their annual transaction targets.
BB governor sees more reforms for NCBs|
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) should undergo more reforms to upgrade service standard and attain better financial health.
KCCI president asked to explain on administrator appointment|
The government has asked the incumbent president of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shaikh Nazrul Islam to explain why an administrator should not be appointed in the KCCI for ensuringfree
Incentives sought for fruit processing|
The government should give incentives to fruit processing sector to boost fruit exports, speakers at a seminar yesterday said.
More budget allocation for women demanded|
A women welfare organisation yesterday demanded an increased allocation for women in the forthcoming budget.
Privatisation Commission to sell off 4 BPC affiliates|
Privatisation Commission the government body responsible for denationalising state enterprises has decided to privatise four petroleum marketing and distribution companies run under Bangladesh Petroleum
Recommendations of the Probe Report|
After a sensational disclosure of the Findings of the Probe Report on Bangladesh's debacle in the South Africa World Cup 2003, The Daily Star Sports also deemed it necessary to publish the recommendations
Dav's 15 made up|
Coach Dav Whatmore has already finalised the 15-man Bangladesh cricket team for the maiden tour of Australia and it will be officially announced on Thursday.
"I do have the 15 in my head.
BD face NZ in opener|
Hosts Bangladesh take on New Zealand in the inaugural match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 14.
In love with Mirpur!|
The country's cricket needs a 'home' and for national coach Dav Whatmore, the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur is the best choice.
Chandana steals Lara's show|
Upul Chandana ruined Brian Lara's party with 89 as Sri Lanka stunned the West Indies by four wickets in the
second one-dayer to gain a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series here on Sunday.
Sri Lanka's feat in overhauling West Indies's total of 312 for four in Sunday's series-clinching one-day encounter came as a relief to captain Marvan Atapattu after recent personal failures.
WI stadia in crisis|
The man in charge of the 2007 World Cup says the two most famous grounds in the Caribbean, the Kensington Oval in Barbados and Jamaica's Sabina Park, are unfit to stage matches.
Australia honours Waugh, Sobers|
Australia's Test captain Steve Waugh and former West Indies skipper Garfield Sobers received Order of Australia awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours list published on Monday.
Cafu joins Milan|
Brazil full-back Cafu has signed a two-year deal with European champions AC Milan after leaving Roma as a free agent.
Rooney destined for greatness|
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson increased the expectations on teenage sensation Wayne Rooney by revealing that he believes the Everton striker has the ability to become as big a star as Italian legend
Roland Garros feels the J-force|
The French Open felt the full effect of the J-force as Juan Carlos Ferrero and Justine Henin conquered Roland Garros and snapped up the men's and women's singles crowns.
BNP blasts AL for linking it to Natore killing|
The BNP yesterday blasted the Awami League (AL) for accusing a state minister of playing a part in the murder of an AL leader in Natore.
AL demands removal of Altaf, Patal|
Declaring that politics of killing and democracy cannot go together, Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday demanded removal of the home minister and the state minister for youth and sports for their 'links'
Pro-AL UP chairman murdered in Chuadanga|
A UP chairman and local Awami League leader was stabbed to death by unknown assailants near the sadar hospital in Chuadanga Sunday night.
Ctg sugar traders, transport owners on strike|
Sugar Traders and Transport Owners Association yesterday enforced an indefinite strike in protest against alleged harassment by law enforcers during transportation of imported sugar from Chittagong to
'Provide support to adolescents'|
Adolescents should have a choice and voice in social, economic, political and cultural life, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
Final of Daily Star-Oriental Bank 3rd Inter-school Debate Contest today|
The final of The Daily Star-The Oriental Bank 3rd Inter-school English Debate Competition will be held in the port city today.
HSC exam vigilance team attacked in Jhalakati|
Miscreants swooped on a vigilance team of Barisal Education Board and damaged their car at Nolchhiti upazila headquarters here on Saturday.
3 killed, 40 hurt in road mishaps in Sirajganj, Rajshahi|
Three people were killed and at least 40 injured in three road accidents near the Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge and in Godagari in Rajshahi in the early hours of Monday and on Sunday.
Irregularities, bribery alleged|
Participants have demanded cancellation of tests for recruitment of police constables, held here on Sunday.
Shun politics of criticism: Mohiuddin|
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman on Sunday called upon the people to plant at least one sapling each in their homesteads.
Four-Party Alliance will last 25 yrs, says Noman|
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammed Nasir Uddin has said the four-party alliance will remain intact for another 25 years to serve the people.
Enhance trade ties, PM tells Russian envoy|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for full utilisation of the existing scope for enhancing the trade and business ties between Bangladesh and Russian Federation.
Aspiring for an ornamental effect|
Mizanur Rahman Fakir, whose exhibition of Oriental Art and experimentation with abstraction was recently held at Saju Art Gallery, speaking about why he originally ventured into Oriental Art, said, "I
Theatre School awards certificate|
The certificate awarding ceremony of the 13th batch of the one-year Certificate Course on Acting run by Theatre School was held on June 05, at Mahila Samity Auditorium.
4 children of a family drown in Barisal|
Four children of a family drowned Sunday in a canal at Mazh Kazirchar village in Mehendiganj upazila, Barisal.
Student strike stalls CU|
Academic activities stood still at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday because of a student strike.
10-year-old girl raped in Barisal|
A 10-year-old girl was raped on the campus of Amrita Lal Dey College at Jhautala of Barisal town on Sunday night, police said.
Robbers in guise of tenants loot residence|
Robbers in the guise of tenants looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables said to be worth over Tk 4.5 lakh from a residence at Monipuripara, Tejgaon yesterday.
Jewellery shop looted at Tongi|
Armed robbers looted 330 tolas of gold and silver and Tk 1.
Israel must give peace a chance: Likud ministers|
Senior members of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's right-wing Likud party on Sunday urged the party faithful to support the peace roadmap at a party convention in Jerusalem.
Top al-Qaeda detainees deny links to Iraq|
Two high-ranking al-Qaeda suspects currently in US custody have told CIA interrogators the terror network did not work with the government of Saddam Hussein, the New York Times reported Monday.
N Korea wants Atom bomb to cut conventional forces|
Communist North Korea said on Monday it wanted to have nuclear weapons so it could reduce the size of its huge conventional forces and divert funds into an economy foreign analysts say is close to collapse.
Bloodshed follows US troops|
The United States reaffirmed its determination Sunday to find Iraq's banned weapons as new bloodshed in Fallujah highlighted the perils facing US troops two months after the fall of the government ofSaddam
Iran urges US to stop using 'language of force'|
Iran's foreign ministry appealed to Washington to stop using the "language of force", warning Monday that US posturing would only undermine the cause of dialogue and strengthen the hand of hardlinersin
SARS vaccine unveiled|
A ground-breaking technology that may prevent and cure the severe acute respiratory syndrome, has been developed in South Korea by two local biotechnology ventures.
BioLeaders Corp. and MDLab Corp.
SC dismisses plea against Ayodhya excavation|
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal challenging a three month-old order of the Allahabad High Court directing excavation of the disputed site at Ayodhya by the Archaeological Survey of India
Colombo makes fresh offer to end impasse|
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered an interim administrative structure to Tamil Tiger rebels Monday in a bid to end the impasse in the island's Norwegian-backed peace process.
Musharaff castigates Talibanisation bid|
President Pervez Musharraf has lashed out at Islamic hardliners who last week imposed Sharia law in a province bordering Afghanistan, accusing them of attempting to Talibanise Pakistan and tarnish its
'India considering troops for Iraq'|
India is considering US request for sending troops to Iraq as part of an international peacekeeping force, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani told US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a meeting on
Asthma patients line up for fish cure|
Hundreds of thousands of asthma patients gathered in Hyderabad to swallow live sardines smeared with secret herbs, convinced the ritual will cure them.
Is it Muhuri now?|
That New Delhi has had, up its sleeves, a plan to construct an embankment on the Muhuri river, with a pump-house to boot, is disquieting.
Traffic hat on women|
The city dwellers were greeted, indeed, with a different spectacle in the streets on Sunday.
From 'on-farm' to 'non-farm'|
The role of rural non-farm sector activities (RNFA) in propelling growth and reducing poverty is well documented in the available literature.
Is Nepal heading for a political instability?|
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal seems to be heading for political instability unless the King succeeds in reaching some kind of understanding with the major political parties on the national electionsas
|Letters to Editor||
Arundhati Roy on the new American Empire|
The two quotes below are from the full text of the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)-sponsored lecture delivered by Arundhati Roy at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York, on May 13.
It's wonderful to see Bangladesh's first traffic policewoman on duty. Perhaps (men) drivers will now behave better and have more respect for the law.
Of forums, dialogues and seminars|
For quite sometime now I have been closely following the news coverage both in the print and the electronic media of the various dialogues, seminars and discussion forums taking place over the country
Genesis of the Kashmir conflict|
I beg to differ with Mr AK Azad (June 07) that Kashmir issue was a diplomatic double standard.
The All-Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference took place in October 1932 in Srinagar.
One Government goes another one comes. Each time a new government comes with a mouthful of words to quench the suffering of the general people.
Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Protection) Ordinance, 1982|
In June 1979, the member states of the United Nations met in Manila for the 5th session of UNCTAD conference.
Bapex yet to move in gas block 11 despite minister's nod|
The State Minister for Energy A K M Mosharraf Hossain deserves credit for his announcement of the decision to allocate gas block 11 to Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (Bapex).