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Front Pagearrow India agrees Tibet China's Landmark deal during Vajpayee's visit
Talks between India and China yesterday led to a major improvement in relations, following a landmark agreement over the status of Tibet.
 arrow Fake drugs make inroads
Counterfeit versions of a number of life-saving medicines are being made and sold in Bangladesh, putting patients at serious risk.

The fakes are usually of no therapeutic value.

 arrow Gram Sarkar back to life from July 1
Gram Sarkar, the auxiliary body of Union Parishad the lowest tier of local government -- is set to come into being from July 1.
 arrow Jittery wait for nine additional judges
Nine additional judges waiting for confirmation of their service are keeping their fingers crossed, as indications are there that some of them might be axed.
 arrow Second record import of grains in 2 decades
Bangladesh imported 30.53 lakh tonnes of grains in the outgoing fiscal at a cost of around US$421 million (around Tk 2,500 crore), the second highest in two decades.

Only in fiscal 1998-99, 42.

 arrow 6 UK soldiers killed in Iraq ambush
Six British soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded yesterday in two separate attacks in southern Iraq. Three of the wounded are in serious condition.
 arrow Funds remain main question
With the inception of the Gram Sarkar just a week away, people working to run the system are still waiting for increased funds for the union parishad (UP).
 arrow South Asia must build its own defence shield: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday suggested that South Asian countries collectively build up a defence shield to safeguard themselves from the negative impact of globalisation as well as to tackleinternational
 arrow EC mulls e-voting
The Election Commission (EC) ponders introduction of the electronic voting system (EVS).

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Sayed yesterday told The Daily Star the EC wants the system in phases.

 arrow 'US jumped to conclusions over WMDs'
While weapons of mass destruction may yet be unearthed in Iraq, chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday that the United States had jumped to conclusions on the basis of "shaky" evidence.
 arrow Father, daughter charged with money laundering
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday charged one GM Kamal, his daughter and another person with illegal transactions of Tk 82.
 arrow Tk 10,126 crore in pockets of 325 loan defaulters
About 325 big defaulters hold Tk 10,126 crore in classified loans, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Court orders withdrawal of explosion case in Rajshahi
The District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday ordered withdrawal of the sensational bomb explosion case at Jamaat-e-Islami leader Dr Mozammel Haque's house following a home ministry notification.
 arrow Teenage bride acid-tormented
Life of a teenage bride has changed forever when an incensed suitor threw acid on her only six days after her marriage.
 arrow Siamese twins separated successfully
The Siamese twins from Khulna were separated after a successful operation at the Islami Bank Hospital (IBH) in the city yesterday.
 arrow Verdict in Sony murder case on June 29
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 yesterday fixed June 29 next to pronounce the verdict in the BUET student Sony Murder Case.
 arrow Tigress Promila gives birth to 3 cubs at Dhaka Zoo
The Dhaka Zoo saw the birth of three more tiger cubs to a tigress named Promila this month, adding to its already stretched line of feline population.
 arrow China communist party invites Mannan, Tareque
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has invited the ruling BNP to send two delegations to China to strengthen ties between the two parties.
 arrow Boy run over by 'army vehicle'
A boy aged about 10 was run over by an army vehicle on the Bangabhaban premises yesterday, hospital sources said.
Businessarrow Ensure transparency in budgetary expenditure
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the government should ensure transparency in expenses of the budgetary allocation.
 arrow Interest rates cannot be cut down forcibly
Interest rates cannot be cut down forcibly as its an issue that should be addressed through continuous market corrections and reforms, said veteran banker M Aminuzzaman.
 arrow Planner sees room for farm subsidy hike
There is a room for the government to increase subsidy in the agriculture sector as the present amount is much below the WTO limit, said Deputy Chairman of Bangladesh Planning Commission at a public lecture
 arrow Remittance increases 10pc in 11 months
The remittance flow increased by 10.09 per cent in 11 months during this fiscal year compared to the same period last year, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman told Parliament yesterday.
 arrow Indonesia moving to end IMF dependency
Indonesia will not ask for more help from the International Monetary Fund and is working on steps needed to reclaim its place among the world's most dynamic economies, the country's economics minister
 arrow EU launches new drive to reform farm subsidy today
The European Union will Wednesday launch its third attempt in three weeks to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, in the face of fierce French resistance to ending the CAP's generous subsidies.
Sportsarrow Cricket: ACC bolsters BD

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) declared a financial boost to enhance the performance of the Bangladesh cricket team.

 arrow Cricket: Coming down under itself an attainment!
Bangladesh's touring cricket squad knuckled down to work here on Tuesday preparing for next month's Test and one-day joust with the mighty Australians.
 arrow Cricket: Lillee being harsh on 'littles'
Dennis Lillee says low-ranked countries like Bangladesh should be stripped of Test status.
 arrow Cricket: Warne helps Harbhajan
Banned Australian cricket star Shane Warne has come to the rescue of fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh after the Indian was struggling to find a specialist to treat his injured finger.
 arrow Hockey: It's MSC v AKC

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Krira Chakra will clash for the Club Cup trophy tomorrow after both the Dhaka giants convincingly crossed the semifinal barriers at the Maulana Bhasani Stadiumyesterday.

 arrow Football: Brazil shown the door
Turkey made it through to the Confederations Cup semi-finals here Monday after a 2-2 draw with world champions Brazil which earned them sweet revenge for the two defeats inflicted by the South Americans
 arrow Football: Del Bosque, Hierro dumped
Real Madrid instituted a major shake-up at the club on Monday by deciding to replace coach Vicente del Bosque and also release captain Fernando Hierro just a day after clinching their 29th league championship.
 arrow Football: Santos know what's in store
Brazilian champions Santos are expecting a large dose of gamesmanship from opponents Boca Juniors when they take on the Argentines in the first leg of the South American Libertadores Cup final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Beckham taken aback!
England's superstar captain David Beckham on Tuesday expressed shock that Vincente Del Bosque is quitting as the coach of the English icon's new club Real Madrid next season.

"I am shocked.

 arrow Football: Barca overhaul
Barcelona's new board began rebuilding work at a hectic pace on Monday, appointing Frank Rijkaard as coach in place of Radomir Antic, letting centre-back Frank de Boer go and offering midfielder Philip
 arrow Wimbledon: Agassi, Serena restore order
Former champion Andre Agassi moved into the second round of the men's singles at Wimbledon on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 win in two hours over Jamie Delgado of Britain.
Croatian giant-killer Ivo Karlovic was Wimbledon king for a day in beating top seed Lleyton Hewitt on Centre Court in Monday's opening round.
Politicalarrow Switched off AL MPs walk out again
AL lawmakers stormed out of the House yesterday condemning the Speaker for switching off their microphones to bar them from speaking on the appointment of the chief justice, allegedly by superseding two
Metropolitanarrow 'Integrate migration with national poverty reduction plan'
Integrate migration issue with government's national planning for poverty reduction to help expedite its development efforts.
 arrow Laws to protect rights of consumers demanded
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded enactment of laws to protect the rights of consumers.
 arrow NDI Training on political leadership development begins today
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) will hold a two-day training programme on political leadership development for the mid-level politicians of Dhaka division at a local hotel from today.
Nationalarrow Flood hits 10 unions of Nilphamari
Water level in the Teesta river crossed the danger mark at Teesta Barrage point at Dalia on Monday, bursting its bank and flooding 10 unions of the district.
 arrow Fishy food procurement
"I can not say the rice is of low quality but some stone chips are mixed with those".
 arrow Five killed in road mishaps in Rajshahi, Faridpur, Comilla
Five people were killed and at least 37 injured in bus accidents in Comilla, Rajshahi and Faidpur on Monday.
 arrow 2 kidnapped in Kushtia for ransom
Two young men were kidnapped for ransom in two days in the district in separate incidents.
 arrow Acute accommodation crisis at RU halls
Accommodation crisis has become acute in Rajshahi University (RU) hostels, causing sufferings to students.
 arrow Student 'murder' sparks protest at AM College
Students of Geography and Environment Department at Government Ananda Mohan College brought out a silent procession in the town on Monday protesting the alleged killing of Aysha Akhtar Taslima, a preliminary
 arrow Tk 21cr budget for RHDC
Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) has announced a proposed budget of Tk 20.9 crore for fiscal 2003-4.
Culturearrow In praise of Sufia Kamal
Fareha Zeba, speaking about her recent exhibition at "Chitrak", said, "The purpose of the exhibition is to praise and project Sufia Kamal's achievements. The display began on 20th June, her birthday.
 arrow New album by Fatema Tuz Zohra
The launching of audiocassette and CD titled 'Tumi besh bodley gechho' by the eminent Nazrul singer Fatema Tuz Zohra was held at a city hotel recently.
 arrow Crystal Clear
A seven-day crystal Fair began at the Russian Culture Centre, Dhanmondi on June 20th. Several pieces of crystal items have been displayed for people to see and also to buy.
Generalarrow 19 shanties gutted down in city
Nineteen shanties were gutted in separate incidents at Mirpur and South Kamalapur yesterday.

At least 12 shanties were gutted in Pora Basti at Gudaraghat in Mirpur while seven others at South Kamalapur.

 arrow Traders strike over police failure
Traders of Nawabpur area observed a two-hour strike yesterday protesting failure of police to recover cash and machinery looted from eight agricultural machinery shops on June 16.
 arrow 'Regional co-op bogged down in internal rifts'
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has become a moribund organisation due to mutual suspicion and territorial and other conflicts, said a former secretary general of SAARC yesterday.
 arrow JS to sit twice a day to talk budget
The Jatiya Sangsad will sit twice a day from next Saturday to facilitate lawmakers to discuss the national budget for 2002-03 before its passage on June 30.
Internationalarrow Offer more power, we will revive talks: LTTE
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday said the deadlocked peace talks could be revived soon if the government offered them greater political power.
 arrow Pak troops take control of Afghan border area
Pakistan's radical Islamic parties Tuesday denounced an ongoing military operation in a northwestern tribal region, as authorities said government troops had secured almost all passes to block entry of
 arrow Sikkim border row needs time to resolve: China
China said Tuesday its territorial dispute with India over India's northeastern state of Sikkim still needed more time to be resolved, refuting reports that China has accepted Indian sovereignty overthe
 arrow US faces humiliation in finding Saddam, WMD
The US drive to find Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction suffered further embarrassment Tuesday after admission that troops clashed with Syrian border guards in an attack on a convoy,
 arrow 'Arrest of 130 Hamas men not conducive to truce
The Islamist group Hamas warned Tuesday that the capture of 130 of its militants by the Israeli army was not conducive to a truce, as hardline Palestinian factions were still mulling their response to
 arrow Breakthrough in cancer treatment
A new cancer treatment pioneered in Australia is to be put on trial by six top hospitals in Europe and the United States after being hailed a major breakthrough by a Washington conference.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police plan to checkmate robbery
The unusually high number of burglaries and thefts committed in the first 20 days of the month of June makes us sit up.
 arrow Editorial: New perks for elected high-ups
The Prime Minister, Speakers, Ministers and MPs need their perks raised; but by what margins? The proposed bill envisages 40 to 400% leap on house rents and other benefits for the lawmakers.
 arrow Seed for survival
As you sow, so you reap -- runs an adage from ancient times. Seed is the source of all crops, including rice.
 arrow No troops for Iraq: Don't sanctify US empire!
The Indian government is deviously trying to evolve a broad political "consensus" on despatching Indian troops to Iraq without saying where it itself stands.
 arrow Alternatives to foreign aid
In the National Budget 2003-2004, the honourable Finance Minister has forecast a deficit of Tk 15,809 crore out of which Tk 13,206 crore is envisaged to be met from foreign aids and the balance Tk 2,603
Letters to Editorarrow Stop killing birds, protect environment
In order to live a healthy life, a healthy environment is needed for everyone-- human beings, animals, plants and birds.
 arrow Bangladeshi troops in Iraq
After the war, it is an interesting development to observe that American government would rather welcome Bangladeshi troops to perform peace-keeping task in Iraq, which I believe, Bangladesh should consider
 arrow "People's right to know"
I have gone through Mr. Mahfuz Anam's nicely drafted and beautifully crafted commentary "People's right to know" (June 21). While agreeing with Mr.
 arrow No rationale for taxation
In my view, the government exists because it is in the best position to provide certain services.
 arrow Fox and chicken friendship!
Countries like Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are busy saving their relationship with America. They go to extraordinary length to protect their "relationship".
 arrow Doctors and Income Tax
Our Finance Minister has indeed mixed up the income tax issue of the doctors. He portrayed all the doctors as high-income professionals. We only wish it were true. But the real picture is quite the contrary.
 arrow Jamuna Bridge toll and TV license fee
The present toll for Jamuna Bridge is exorbitant and unreasonable.
 arrow Dowry and Nisha Sharma
The media hype in the case of Ms Nisha Sharma, the Indian Software Engineering student calling her the "toast of India" only goes to prove that of late newspaper reporting is more concerned with any sensational
 arrow Colin Powell and Sheikh Hasina
As per newspaper reports Collin Powel did no meet the Leader of the Opposition, as her party called for a hartal on the day he visited Bangladesh. If that is true we are happy to know that.
 arrow "Need educated leadership"
This is in reference to the letter "Need educated leadership" (June 20).

With due regard for any constructive criticism/suggestion from any person from any where we seem to forget the following facts:


 arrow Protect women
On June 6, I read a shocking news in The Daily Star. A 60-year-old woman was raped and killed.

Until now, we have always considered the older people especially women to be comparatively safe.

 arrow Quorum crisis
This is in reference to the news item "JS sessions riddled with quorum crisis". This crisis has been prevailing for a long time now.
StarTecharrow Still in incubator
YET another newfangled initiative, at least for this country if not for the 'developed' ones, is the ICT incubator in Dhaka. A widely popular and successful idea is this incubator thing, says foreignstatistics.
 arrow Being tracked down by your mobile
CARRYING a mobile phone? Then someone could be tracking your every movement and know where you are. Big Brother? Perhaps, but it could just be a Mexican restaurant wanting to invite you in for dinner.
 arrow Tech Snaps
Quiz Contest

American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) and The Daily Prothom Alo signed a contract for jointly organising quiz contest on computing technology on June 21, says a press

Star Chittagongarrow Visitors' dream vanishing
Turning the Foy's lake into an exotic amusement park-cum-tourist spot still remains a dream.
 arrow The road woes of port city
Rabindranath Tagore wrote two short stories in the fashion of autobiography on two apparently non-subject topics: The steps ("Ghater Katha" in Bangla) and the road ("Pather Katha" in Bangla), and in them
 arrow No progress in Mili murder case
The murder of schoolgirl Mili still remains shrouded in mystery although one year has passed after the incident.
Star Cityarrow 'Mismanagement' at Mahakhali
The construction of the Mahakhali Flyover will be delayed by at least six months owing to alleged 'mismanagement and corruption' of the employees of the Road and Highways Department (RHD), according to
 arrow Workable network
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is preparing a database on the underground and overhead networks of BTTB, WASA, Titas Gas and DESA lines to cut down massive financial losses and complications duringdevelopment
 arrow More rickshaw-free roads
The World Bank (WB) at a meeting on Monday proposed a further ban on rickshaws from six major routes of the city, according to three different time frames set for the Dhaka Metropolitan Traffic Police
 arrow Karwan car chaos
The bustling Karwan Bazar, one of the most important commercial hubs by any measure, is confronting problems due to lack of proper parking lots.
 arrow Indigenous beauty
They did not follow in their ancestors' footsteps. They adopted a different lifestyle. They nurture aspirations for a better future.
 arrow Thirty-fold rise in urban population over past century
We see the evidence of rapid urban expansion daily in Dhaka.
 arrow High rising house rent
Many tenants of Dhaka city have recently received notices from their landlords informing them that their rents will go up in the coming months.