Dhaka, Jakarta firm to stamp out terrorism|
Visiting Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated their strong stand against extremism and terrorism.
Powell arrives this afternoon|
US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives in the city this afternoon on a brief visit as part of his three-nation trip to Asia and the Middle East.
ROK to give 50pc duty rebate on 34 items|
South Korea has agreed to provide 50 per cent duty concession on 34 Bangladeshi items under the Bangkok Agreement.
8 cops suspended for 'kidnapping' Ctg businessmen|
Eight police personnel, including an inspector of the district Special Branch, were suspended here yesterday for picking up two businessmen and demanding Tk 5 lakh for their release.
Hanif, Maya retain Dhaka city AL posts|
Old guards prevailed over young aspirants yesterday for the top offices of Dhaka city Awami League, when Mohammad Hanif and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya retained their posts of president and general
AL walks out twice over allegation of tarnishing country image|
The Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out of the Jatiya Sangsad twice over a statement of the education minister and a letter circulated by the chief whip.
US soldier, 2 protesters killed in confrontation|
A US soldier has killed two protesters during a confrontation with former Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad and an American soldier has died in a drive-by shooting in the city centre.
WB, IMF boards meet today, tomorrow to decide $1b loans|
Loan proposals worth over $1 billion will be placed at the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) board meetings in Washington today and tomorrow.
Doles of relief for Dhaka jail inmates|
A touch of compassion awaits the inmates of the Dhaka Central Jail who live their prison days in squalid conditions.
For a starter, 800 ceiling fans will be provided to the 36 wards of the jail.
Forex reserves cross $2b mark after 6 years|
After long six years, foreign exchange reserves again crossed the $2 billion-mark yesterday.
The reserves reached $ 2.
Gender ratio gap narrows|
Latest census figures indicate that the social and health conditions of women in Bangladesh have improved significantly in recent years.
Key alternate health plan set to miss take-off deadline|
The Tk 9,000-crore Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP) is not taking off as per plan on July 1 as it lies unapproved with the Project Implementation Paper (PIP) of the programmeyet
Police, politicians on PBCP hitlist|
Political extremists in the south-western districts have put four police officers and seven political leaders of Jessore on their latest hitlist.
Property of three attached for rly officer murder|
Khulshi police attached movable properties of the three accused in the murder of Railway officer Shafiuddin Ahmed yesterday.
Saddam's secretary captured|
US forces in Iraq have captured Saddam Hussein's most trusted secretary Abid Hamid Mahmud, US military officials said Wednesday, in a major boost for their efforts to hunt down the oustedpresi-
3 BRTC buses, garbage truck, taxicab set on fire|
Three state-owned buses, one garbage container truck and one taxicab were set on fire by unidentified miscreants yesterday.
More protests against SQ Chy's defamation suit|
Protests against the defamation suit filed by Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury against editors of two national dailies continued to pour in.
No slot for Hasina in Powell's itinerary|
The itinerary of US Secretary of State Colin Powell does not include any meeting with Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, sources said.
Khosru warns of intervention to bridle prices|
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said the government may allow import of some essential commodities and change tariff structure for other items if the prices soar abnormally.
Silk industry seeks import duty hike on yarn|
Silk industry people have urged the government to up import duty on silk yarn to 35 per cent from existing 22 per cent to help grow domestic sericulture.
BIA for tax withdrawal|
Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) has urged the government to withdraw five per cent increase in tax rate proposed in the budget for 2003-2004 fiscal.
MCCI warily suggests FTA talks with India|
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), a leading trade association, has suggested that the government initiate a dialogue with India on a free trade agreement (FTA).
SEC suspends share transfer of German Bangla directors|
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday suspended share transfer of chairman, managing director, directors and all sponsors of German Bangla Food Ltd without prior approval of the regulators.
Trade body with Indonesia comes into being today|
Bangladesh-Indonesia Joint Business Council will be formed today in a bid to boost trade ties between the two countries.
Indian industry to push trade with China|
Indian industry is planning to use Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit to China next week to launch a push to lift bilateral trade beyond the current level of five billion dollars.
Pakistan to plead for trade privileges, debt relief|
A new trade pact and the waiver of Pakistan's remaining 1.
Abahani, MSC feast on goals|
Abahani Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club continued their goal feast in the Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.
Big win for Wanderers|
Wanderers Club of Moulvibazar got off to a flying start in the Nitol-Tata third National Football League qualifying round with a 6-0 victory over Rajnagar Eleven of Habiganj at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
Real bag Becks|
Manchester United confirmed to the London Stock Exchange Wednesday they had agreed the sale of England captain David Beckham to Real Madrid for 24.5 million pounds (35 million euros).
Samba time in Paris|
Brazil kick off their fifth Confederations Cup campaign against Cameroon at the Stade de France on Thursday determined to improve their poor record in the tournament.
Welcome to Madrid|
The label-conscious England captain David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria will have no problems replenishing their wardrobe after he formally signs for Real Madrid on July 2.
Prove your mettle|
Turkey open their Confederations Cup campaign against the United States on Thursday aiming to prove that last year's run to the World Cup semi-finals was no fluke.
Money, the final word|
Selling David Beckham might provoke an outcry from fans but for Manchester United it's just business.
Beckham is the club's best-known asset.
Only news in Spain|
Move over Juan Carlos! Spain prepared to crown a new king on Wednesday as Real Madrid's agreement to sign England captain David Beckham sent the soccer-mad country's media into a frenzy.
Tokyo gone crazy!|
Hundreds of screaming fans greeted footballing superstar David Beckham and his popstar wife Victoria as they arrived in Japan Wednesday, and the England captain declared himself happy to be moving toReal
Hafeez Pakistan's hero|
Mohammad Hafeez's one-day international best 69 was the cornerstone of Pakistan's two wicket victory, with four balls to spare, against England at Old Trafford here Tuesday.
Pitch invaders irk ECB|
English cricket chiefs are to ask the British government for new legislation to help them deal with pitch invasions after hundreds of Pakistan fans ran on to the field at Old Trafford here on Tuesdaynight.
Sisters under pressure|
Serena and Venus Williams have ruled the roost at Wimbledon over the last three years and completely dominated the Grand Slam circuit in the 12 months preceding this year's French Open.
Feeling like a champion|
It is a moment only a handful of the world's best ever get a chance to experience and Lleyton Hewitt is relishing the imminent arrival of his turn to savour it.
BCL's hartal today|
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will observe a six-hour nationwide hartal from 6:00am today protesting the killing of BCL leader Saiful Rasul Palash.
Hasina asks party men to fight back 'oppression'|
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked party workers to get ready to resist 'government oppression'.
Huda rejects proposal for train fare hike|
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday rejected a proposal for raising train fare and asked the railway authorities to improve their passenger service.
Withdraw additional taxes: Ershad|
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad criticised the government for imposing an additional tax of Tk 5,000 crore in the proposed budget for 2003-04 fiscal.
Matir Moina to be released in UK next month|
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), an internationally acclaimed film directed by Tareque Masud, is going to be released in the UK on July 4.
Two spars in Jamuna dam washed away in Sirajganj|
Over 100 metres of the 150-metre spar in at Vatpiare under Sadar pazila and another 10-meter spar at Meghai under Karipur upazila have been washed away by the Jamuna river due to onrush of water.
Teenager's suicide after gangrape evoke protests but police unmoved|
The gangrape and suicide of teenager Halima at Dewli village in Mohammadpur upazila evoked protests by local political leaders, NGOs and the local people but the culprits are allegedly still at large.
2 killed, 5 hurt in Jhenidah road mishap|
Two persons were killed and five others injured in a road accident near Mobarakganj Sugar Mills yesterday.
Pineapples in plenty but growers fear price slump|
There has been a bumper production of pineapple in the district this year due to favourable weather conditions.
Three listed Criminals held at Sherpur|
Three top criminals of the town were arrested from a private guesthouse here yesterday.
Police said the arrestees--Rana, Ripon and Sohag-are listed criminals.
Cop caught from gamblers den still on duty|
Local people led by some youths caught the police constable along with a gambler, made them sit and stand consecutively by holding ears and chased them to the nearby river.
Three killed in road mishap in Kushtia|
Three persons were killed and six injured in a road accident on the Kushtia-Rajbari road near Choraikol in Kumarkhali upazila on Tuesday.
Teenage girl raped in Rajshahi|
A 14-year-old mentally handicapped girl was raped at Hazrapukur in Shiroil area of Rajshahi town Tuesday night.
48 more Rohingyas repatriated|
Forty-eight more Rohingya refugees of eight families went back to Myanmar from Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps here yesterday, officials said.
UP member Murdered in Bagerhat|
A Union Parisad member was killed allegedly by her stepson at Rajoir village in Swarankhola upazila yesterday.
23 educational institutions 'blacklisted'|
Twenty-three educational institutions in five upazilas of the district have been 'blacklisted for debacle in last SSC examinations'.
An extravaganza of music|
In 1981 Maurice Fleuret, a director of dance and music in France, at the request of Jack Lang, wanted to bring about a change in music according to the current trends.
Stories behind photographs|
Apparently the 65 photographs project images of beauty of the country's flora, the jubilant faces and the busy everyday life of the tribal people that live amidst this peaceful greenery.
Abed Khan Bhorer Kagoj Editor|
Abed Khan, famous columnist and journalist has joined Dainik Bhorer Kagoj as Editor replacing Benzir Ahmed, the acting Editor.
Lately, he was chief of news section of Ekushey Television since its inception.
'Declare Sangsad Bhaban a nat'l heritage site'|
Participants at a seminar yesterday urged the government to declare the Sangsad Bhaban, Louis I Kahn's landmark architecture, a national heritage site as the first step towards its elevation to worldheritage.
Muggers loot Tk 8.5 lakh from private co employee|
Muggers reportedly robbed an employee of a private company of Tk 8.5 lakh at Uttara sector 13 yesterday.
Imported rice delivered on fake documents: 16 sued|
A consignment of 85 metric tons of rice imported from India has been taken away by the importer from the the Benapole land port producing fake bank documents to the customs.
Prime accused in Ctg triple murder case on remand|
A former Union Parishad chairman was arrested in the sensational triple murder case on Tuesday and was placed on a 3-day remand yesterday.
Water crisis grips SBMCH as tubewell goes out of order|
Water supply to the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) has remained severely disrupted for almost a week now as one of the two deep tubewells has stopped functioning since June 13.
Extortionists hurl bomb, 3 hurt at Karwan Bazar|
Three fruit traders at Karwan Bazar sustained injuries yesterday morning when a group of extortionists hurled bombs on them as they refused to pay tolls.
BDR,BSF agree to check cross-border smuggling|
Bangladesh and India have agreed to play effective role in checking cross-border smuggling of arms, ammunition and drugs.
Death of Israeli girl fuels more violence|
Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli girl on a road near the West Bank, feeding a cycle of violence that has battered a peace plan US Secretary of State Colin Powell will try to rescue in a new Middle
Pakistan says it's not preparing for war|
A day after Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee accused Pakistan of preparing for a fourth war, a senior Cabinet minister on Wednesday said that Pakistan wanted no such conflict, and welcomed further
India will release Peter Bleach|
India has accepted the UK government's request to release British national Peter Bleach, who is serving a life sentence for air dropping arms and ammunition for a revolutionary group in India seven years
Powell urges Myanmar to release Suu Kyi|
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday Myanmar's military rulers must release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and put the country on a path to democracy.
Asia's biggest desert reservoir dries up|
Asia's biggest desert reservoir, the Muruin, has dried up due to a four-year drought in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, state press said on Wednesday.
'Kala azar' kills 12 children in Bihar|
The dreaded kala azar, a tropical disease that attacks the liver and spleen, has struck two Bihar villages, killing 12 children and leaving 12 others critically ill.
Donkey wedding to bring in rain|
Residents of India's southern city of Bangalore have married off two donkeys, in the hope that the ancient ritual will usher in good monsoon rains.
US troops using 'excess force' in Iraq: HRW|
US soldiers used excessive force when they shot and killed 20 protesters and wounded almost 90 others in Fallujah on April 2, an investigation by the Human Rights Watch has revealed.
US 'rousing' anti-govt protests in Iran|
Hundreds of Iranians demanding more freedom demonstrated for the eighth consecutive night early on Wednesday and scores of protesters were arrested and some injured in rallies in seven cities.
'Mecca militants are al-Qaeda members'|
Seventeen suspected terrorists killed or arrested in the Muslim holy city of Mecca during the week are members of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, the Saudi interior minister said on Wednesday.
Iraq 'too dangerous to rebuild': UK minister|
British and American troops have to get a grip on Baghdad because lawlessness is hampering attempts to rebuild Iraq, the UK's international development secretary has warned.
N Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrent force|
North Korea vowed on Wednesday to strengthen its "nuclear deterrent force," dismissing the United States' call for multilateral talks as a tactic to isolate Pyongyang.
Mr. Powel's agenda and ours|
The visit of the US's Secretary of State, Colin Powel, to Dhaka takes place amid intermittent monsoon rainfall, blossom of Kadam flower, and the enhanced expectation of a nation that has always looked
Passage of supplementary budget|
The Jatiya Sangsad gave approval to an additional expenditure of over Tk 2,150 crore by passing the supplementary budget for the outgoing fiscal 2002-03 on Tuesday.
The survival of RMG beyond 2004: A big question mark|
The Readymade Garment (RMG) emerged as an export item of Bangladesh in early 80s.
Today, this industry contributes 76 per cent of the total national export earning.
The non-proliferation quest|
The way G8 zeroed in on Iran and North Korea this year at Evian and later US Under Secretary of State John Bolton explained to the House Committee on International Relations the contemplated steps his
|Letters to Editor||
Iraq: Free or occupied?|
This is reference to the letter of Mr. Mahmood Elahi (June 2, George W. Bush is a man of vision).
Yes, Saddam was a tyrant and dictator, but he and his associates were all Iraqis, not foreigners.
Indian troop deployment in Iraq|
India opposed the US led invasion of Iraq from the very beginning saying that every single action against Baghdad should be co-ordinated by the UN.
A good decision|
I was going to my native village after five years. In our boyhood we used to go there on foot, after that by rickshaws and now, by motor vehicles.
An advertisement of South-East Bank, on May 1, 2003 in The Daily Star drew my attention. It said that private universities, such as NSU, IUB, EWU would be given preference.
A maximum security prison in the Bay of Bengal|
I fully endorse the views expressed in your daily by Mr. Hasnat Alamgir and Mr Duncan Chowdhury in their letters under above caption published in The Daily Star on June 4 and 6, 2003.
Payment of income tax: Assessing the difficulties|
Primarily we shall discuss Income Tax and its administration to establish good tax system and also its governance.
Recalling the Ghughudaha land rights movement|
Land and its reform is one of the most significant issues in Bangladesh. Not less than 70 per cent of this vastly agrarian society is directly related with agricultural production.