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Front Pagearrow Noose for Pasha
A court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced Kamal Pasha, one of the 23 top criminals listed by police, to death for killing two brothers within 30 minutes of each other in Mohammadpur on May 5, 2000.
 arrow Outlaws kill 2 Khulna cops, throw bodies into river
Gunmen of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday killed two policemen of the Rupsha Police Station at the crowded Bamandanga Bazaar, only yards from a police camp.
 arrow 150 strings for more IDA loans
The government will have to fulfil nearly 150 conditions in the next two years to get increased loans from the World Bank's soft-loan wing, the International Development Association (IDA).
 arrow Dhaka goes slow in sending troops
Bangladesh prefers to go-slow on the question of sending its troops to war-torn Iraq, with the government still scrutinising various aspects of the move.
 arrow Cache involvement by chance?
Local investigators believe the residents of Jogarpara and nearby areas in Kahalu upazila of Bogra, who have been charged with illegal possession of ammunition and explosives, had 'unknowingly' foundthemselves
 arrow IOJ gives govt 7 days to meet its demand
The Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday told the government to meet its demands in seven days or its lawmaker Fazlul Haq Amini will resign from the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow ntv goes on air
The fourth private television channel, ntv (National Television), started its journey yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
The law ministry yesterday clarified a statement of Law Minister Moudud Ahmed carried in The Daily Star Wednesday headlined, "Five additional judges of HC get job confirmation".
 arrow Fresh flare-up kills 3 Iraqis, injures 10 US soldiers
Three Iraqis were killed and 10 US soldiers wounded in four separate incidents in Iraq on Thursday, as an upsurge in violence showed no sign of abating.
 arrow Brisk Monsoon Business
 arrow Deputy speaker to reinvite AL to talks this week
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui will send another letter to Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid next week, inviting the Awami League (AL) to a dialogue to resolve the parliamentary standoff.
 arrow More areas go under water in N-dists
The flood situation in the north-west deteriorated with fresh areas being inundated due to rapid rise of Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system for last several days.
 arrow PMO to be video connected with key ministries
The government has initiated a Tk 3.
 arrow Bar body to boycott court tomorrow
The Supreme Court Bar Association will observe a day-long boycott programme in High Court and Appellate Division tomorrow protesting what they call 'politicisation of appointment and confirmation procedure
 arrow US announces $25m bounty on Saddam's head
The United States offered $25 million on Thursday for information leading to the capture of ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein or confirmation of his death.
 arrow 5 HC judges take oath
Five additional judges of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court were administered oath of office yesterday by Chief Justice K M Hasan.
 arrow Correction
Yesterday's issue of The Daily Star carried a news-story, headlined "Five arrested in connection with Pubali Bank robbery".
Businessarrow ADB estimates industrial growth at 7.3pc in FY03
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated Bangladesh's growth in industrial output at 7.3 per cent during FY2003.

The bank, in its latest economic update, has also projected a 5.

 arrow Delay in disposal of cases hinders good governance
Delay in disposal of cases is one of the main constraints to establish good governance in corporate Bangladesh, says a draft final report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 arrow Finished items can post 148pc rise in leather export earnings
Leather sector can post 148 per cent increase in earnings if the leather items are exported in finished forms, a study conducted by two associations said.
 arrow BGMEA seeks govt support to face post-MFA era
Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) leaders have urged government to help garments sector survive the tough competition of open market economy in the post-MFA era.
 arrow Quality, Internet use needed to enter US
Product quality, good packaging and adequate knowledge in Internet use are key to exporting handicrafts to the US market, an American expert told local women entrepreneurs at a workshop here yesterday.
 arrow US tourism industry appeals for easing new visa rules
The US travel industry on Wednesday launched a nationwide campaign against new "ill-advised" visa rules and regulations that it said threaten to devastate the already shaky tourism market in the United
Sportsarrow Cricket: Academy challenge BD
Batsman Matthew Innes scored an unbeaten century as Australia's Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy made the touring Bangladeshis struggle on the opening day of their three-day tour match here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Awesome Alamgir
Alamgir Kabir produced a magical spell of 8-62 as the Bangladesh Under-23 team staged a comeback on the first day of their two-day match against Max Academy of Sri Lanka at Rangri Stadium in Dambullayesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis arrive in India Sept 23
Mohali and Kanpur have again been chosen as venues for New Zealand's two-Test series when they tour India from September to November.
 arrow Cricket: SA 71 for 2 chasing Eng's 223
South Africa were looking good at 71 for two in 15 overs chasing a modest England total of 223 for seven in their Natwest triangular series day/night one-dayer at Old Trafford, Manchester yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC welcomes rivals' move
The resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan at the Under 19 and "A" levels is a welcome step along the path of resuming full cricketing contact between the two countries the International
 arrow Cricket: Caddick vows to return
Andrew Caddick has insisted he will resume his England career even though a back injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
 arrow Hockey: Dung Dung's plight
A field hockey player from India has fallen on such hard times that he wants to pawn off his Olympic gold medal to make ends meet.
 arrow Wimbledon: Serena avenges French loss
Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams swamped Belgian third seed and her French Open conqueror Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to move into the women's singles final at Wimbledon.
 arrow Wimbledon: Roddick, Federer storm thru'
Andy Roddick fully lived up to his billing as tournament favourite as he stormed into the Wimbledon semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 demolition of Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman.
 arrow Wimbledon: Serena storms into final of Wimbledon
Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams swamped Belgian third seed and French Open conqueror Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to move into the women's singles final at Wimbledon.
 arrow Wimbledon: Henman hanging by a thread
Tim Henman's bid to reach his fifth Wimbledon semi-final in six years was hanging by the finest of threads on Wednesday when rain forced play to be suspended for the night after a frustrating day forfans
 arrow Wimbledon: When it rains at All England
There wasn't any tennis at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for much of Thursday afternoon -- or any croquet either -- but for Wimbledon punters forced to wait out rain delays, there werestill
 arrow Wimbledon: Strawberries and Cream
After Greg Rusedski now Tim Henman has turned the air blue at Wimbledon.

Furious that a line judge had not seen a serve from Sebastien Grosjean which landed out a furious Henman angrily vented hisfrustration.

 arrow Boxing: Lewis seeks a rematch
British heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis wants a rematch with Vitali Klitschko before fighting rival champion Roy Jones.
 arrow Athletics: Greene going for speed
Olympic champion Maurice Greene is seeking the speed that will take him to a fourth straight world title when he runs here on Friday on the track where the World Championships begin in seven weeks' time.
 arrow Football: Boca's the best
Boca Juniors, Argentina's most popular club, won the South American Libertadores Cup for the third time in four years by beating Brazilian champions Santos 3-1 in the second leg of the final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'I lead a normal life'
England captain David Beckham looked ahead to his future as a Real Madrid player here on Wednesday in his only interview during his two days in the Spanish capital.
 arrow Russian invasion probed
The takeover of Chelsea Football Club by a Russian oil billionaire was being probed by the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday after a sharp rise in the pre-takeover share price of the club's parent company.
 arrow Football: Club comes first for Kadhafi
Perugia's new signing Saadi Kadhafi has ruled himself out of Libya's African Cup qualifier against Swaziland in Tripoli this weekend, his spokesman Gianluca Di Carlo said Thursday.
 arrow Football: A shirty landmark
England captain David Beckham broke all records for replica shirts sales on his first day as a Real Madrid player, the club told reporters here Thursday.
 arrow Football: PSG want more
Paris St Germain president Francis Graille said Thursday he was waiting for an improved bid from Manchester United for Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: Totti the joker!
A book of jokes poking fun at AS Roma and Italy striker Francesco Totti has sold more than 150,000 copies in the first two weeks of its release, taking it to number one in the Italian bestsellers chart.
Politicalarrow Hasina calls all to unite, oust BNP-Jamaat govt
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to get united for an all-out movement to oust the BNP-Jamaat government.
 arrow AL to host luncheon for foreign envoys July 6
Awami League will host a luncheon for diplomats in Dhaka on July 6

Ambassadors and high commissioners of USA, UK, France, India and Palestine have been invited to the luncheon at a restaurant in Gulshan.

Metropolitanarrow 'Speedy trial courts to help curb crimes'
Parents of Sabequnnahar Sony, who was killed in a shootout on the BUET campus last year, thanked Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for introducing speedy trial courts for disposal of sensational cases.
 arrow Call to enact law for cable operators, pvt TV channels
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for enacting laws to regulate cable operators and private television channels.
 arrow No more acid victims
 arrow 'Women's participation a must for making politics constructive'
Increased participation of women can make the politics more constructive, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Six DU JCD activists expelled
Six activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Ziaur Rahman Hall unit of Dhaka University, were expelled from the organisation for their anti-organisational activities.
 arrow Chief Justice underscores application of ADR
Chief Justice K M Hasan yesterday emphasised the need for application of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at the grassroots level to achieve the goals of quick dispensation of justice.
Foreign Relationsarrow Myanmar FM arrives tomorrow
Myanmar Foreign Minister Uwin Aung arrives in Dhaka tomorrow carrying a letter of the Myanmar head of the government for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow JEC meeting in Dhaka Soon: FS
A meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Economic Commission (JEC) will be held in Dhaka soon, Foreign Secretary Shamsher M Chowdhury told a regular weekly briefing at his office yesterday.
Culturearrow An exhibition with a difference
Anisur Rahman, a staff photographer of The Daily Star, whose two-day exhibition of 53 photos of acid victims began at the National Press Club on 3rd July, said, "This is my collection of four years and
 arrow Singing 'No to drugs'
June 26 was the 'International day for Drug Awareness and Illicit Trafficking'.
Generalarrow Hit-and-run driver still at large
Police failed to arrest even after 60 hours the car driver who knocked down a doctor from his motorbike and dragged him to death.
 arrow 2,350 tons rice for victims of natural disasters
The government has allocated 2,350 metric tons of rice worth over Tk 3.52 crore for 47 districts affected by natural disasters including flood and tornado.
 arrow Swiss company to set up factory
A Swiss company has decided to establish an interlining factory with an investment of US$ 565,000 in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Metallic bumper tragedy
Dr Shajahan Ali's tragic death by bodily dragging, remindful of medieval-age 'flogging', after his leg got tangled up in a car bumper, has broken our somnolence over a hitherto unnoticed booby-trap for
 arrow Doing justice
Crimes have been committed since Cain spilt blood. Bringing guilty persons to justice has also a long tradition.
 arrow The other side of history
History, like a coin, has a flip side to it. It's the historian's hand, which gives it a spin, and determines whether the head or the tail is going to win.
 arrow Japan gets tough on Myanmar junta
The Irish pop group U2 is known for its politically correct standing whenever the focus of attention is on the issue of human rights or sufferings of the people of the Third World.
Letters to Editorarrow The Achilles' heel of our polity
In order to ensure a sustainable democracy, there is no alternative of adhering to an honest political culture of free and fair inter-party as well as intra-party elections.
 arrow Anti-Bangladeshism?
This is a response to Mr. S. Khan's letter published on June 4, 2003.
 arrow Should we send our troops to Iraq?
Colin Powell, on his stopover in Dhaka, tacitly asked for

help in Iraq, he made a very poignant statement, "Come down and get soiled with us in Iraq".

 arrow Ammo haul in Bogra
The biggest ever haul of bullets and explosives in Bogra is a matter of great concern for the ordinary citizens of this country.
 arrow "Iron bumpers to be taken off cars"
On July 2 when I read the news about the killing of the doctor I was deeply shocked.
 arrow Jumbo cabinet
After a landslide victory in October 2001 election BNP led alliance formed a jumbo cabinet which led to a lot of criticism both at home and abroad.
 arrow Mag-lev train
We could not help but notice the article that appeared in your paper this month regarding the proposed train system and of course the letters that have been published recently.
 arrow How to improve the working of the UN
Increasingly, the United Nations and its major apparatus, the Security Council, are becoming dysfunctional.
 arrow The Daily Horror-stories!
About 2/3 years ago, I stopped reading any Bengali/English newspaper related to Bangladesh.
 arrow "Converting Muslims to Christianity"
Much has been written recently on the Christian efforts of converting Muslims into Christianity in Bangladesh. I have something to share with the respected readers.
 arrow The roadmap deceit
President Bush's recent statement that it is untenable for Palestinians to live in squalor and occupation and that Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories must stop was hailed as a "significant
Focusarrow The China syndrome
The most startling tourist distraction in China is a map of India. Seeing is disbelieving.
 arrow A tonga hitched to a star
Musharraf's Pakistan means to remain tight with the US in participating in its War on Terror and the campaign to stamp out WMDs if necessary by preemptive wars for regime changes.
 arrow Excuse me, Michael Dutt!
Mr.Michael Madhusudan Dutt!
Excuse me, Poet Michael Dutt!
Excuse me for that,
I mean for rhyming in a non-mother tongue
Particularly when like you now I am not that young.

 arrow Major General MR Choudhury
An eminent medical scientist and physician of Bangladesh, Major General Mahmudur Rahman Choudhury was born on June 1, 1928 in Sylhet. He had to his credit a brilliant academic and professional career.
Environmentarrow Sad demise of a majestic Bengal Tiger and some related questions
Tiger is the largest of the wild cats of the world. Siberian subspecies of tiger weighs about 50 kg more than the lion. We as a nation must be proud to have Bengal Tiger within our jurisdiction.
 arrow Endangered languors of Keshabpur
Bangladesh being located in the monsoon tropical region is endowed with a great diversity of fauna and flora.
Worldarrow Militants renounce truce as ME peace hopes dip
Hopes of peace were dealt a blow Thursday when a militant Palestinian group renounced its freeze on anti-Israeli attacks after one of its leaders was shot dead and a Jewish settlement was targeted bya
 arrow 'Musharraf flying home into political headache'
President Pervez Musharraf flies home from a triumphant overseas tour this week into a worsening political deadlock, with speculation rife that tough action against the rebellious parliament is high on
 arrow Is Ayodhya heading for a solution outside court?
Will it be a temple or a mosque. Or will it be both at Ayodhya in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.
 arrow Floods spell disaster for some, cash for others
For thousands of people in India's northeastern state of Assam the annual floods are a curse, but for some the seasonal deluge is just the right time to make some quick money.
 arrow 'US no longer asking India to sign NPT'
Favouring a vibrant high-technology trade relationship with India, US is no longer asking New Delhi to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is expected to liberalise its exports of dual use goods
 arrow China, India facing AIDS 'catastrophe': US expert
The world's two most populous nations, China and India, are facing an AIDS "catastrophe", one of the United States' most senior experts on infectious diseases warned here Thursday.
 arrow US, UK vow to stay on track in Iraq
The British foreign minister and American senators visiting Iraq on Wednesday played down concerns that the US-led occupation risks descending into a Vietnam-style quagmire, saying the remnants of Saddam
 arrow Bush 'exploring all options' for Liberia
President Bush has stepped up US pressure on Liberia's president to resign while holding off on a decision on possibly sending peacekeeping troops to the troubled African nation.
 arrow Schroeder demands Berlusconi's apology for his Nazi jibe
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder demanded a full apology on Thursday from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after he compared a German lawmaker with a Nazi concentration camp guard.
 arrow Campbell admits tinkering with Iraq dossier
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's top aide, Alastair Campbell, has admitted tinkering with a security report seen as bolstering the campaign for US-led action against Iraq, a confidential letter published
 arrow World corruption poll points fingers to politicians
Political corruption is the biggest scourge facing the world, but most acutely Argentina and Japan, according to a global survey of public perceptions released Thursday by an international watchdog.
 
   
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