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Front Pagearrow Suicide bombing in Quetta mosque kills 44, injures 65
At least 44 people were killed and 65 injured in a suicide bombing at a Shiite Muslim mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta yesterday, sparking riots that forced the government to impose
 arrow Unocal mulls international consortium for gas export
US oil company Unocal is now examining the idea to develop an international gas consortium involving other oil companies and donors-lenders to make its gas export proposal more politically acceptable.
 arrow US troops kill eleven Iraqis in ambush
US troops killed 11 Iraqis who attempted to ambush a patrol north of Baghdad yesterday, a US military spokesman said, adding that there were no US casualties.
 arrow AL demands judicial, parliamentary probe into ammo haul
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has demanded a judicial inquiry and a parliamentary probe into the biggest ever ammunition and explosives haul at Kahalu in Bogra.
 arrow Lakhs marooned in northern dists, fresh areas flooded
Several lakh people in the northern regions were marooned as swollen rivers swamped fresh areas, but the flood situation improved slightly in Sylhet areas.
 arrow Another coalition partner pushes for power share
Another minor partner in the four-party coalition government has renewed pressure on the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to carve a niche in the cabinet..
 arrow Another 500 bullets recovered in Kahalu
Police and paramilitary BDR in a joint raid yesterday recovered some 500 bullets from a drain at Jogarpara village in Kahalu in Bogra district.
 arrow Bodies of Khulna cops found: 47 picked up for quizzing
Bodies of the slain policemen of Rupsha police station were recovered from the Atharobaki river yesterday.
 arrow Arsenic removal plants yet to get go-ahead
Chemical-based arsenic removal plants have been waiting for approval from the authorities for the last one year.
 arrow Minister's 'no' to AL demand
The government yesterday said it would not launch any judicial or parliamentary investigation into the ammunition and explosives haul in Bogra, demanded by the Awami League (AL).
 arrow Jihad cells formed across Iraq: Saddam
Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite television station yesterday brodacast what it said was a taped message from ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein dated June 14.
 arrow Indiscriminate parking adds to traffic jam
Of late, the city's parking problems have been growing at an alarming rate, adding to the frightening traffic situation fraught with irregularities and indiscipline one could possibly imagine.
 arrow Verdict in Ratna Murder Case today
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 will pronounce the verdict in the Ratna Murder Case here today.

Judge Shahed Nooruddin will deliver the judgement at 12:30pm, court sources told BSS here yesterday.

 arrow How ammo was smuggled out of factory?
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP-Jamaat government for destroying what she said "the three pillars of the state" -- the judiciary, legislature and the executive.
 arrow Police version of ammo haul
Police said yesterday the ammunition and explosives recovered from Bogra were smuggled into the country to cause deterioration of law and order, destabilise the situation and put the government in apickle.
 arrow Bush picks six to face military tribunal
President Bush designated six prisoners to become the first people who could be tried before military tribunals, drawing renewed criticism from defense lawyers of the secretive special courts.
 arrow Floods: Seven more drown in Assam, Tripura
Another seven people have drowned in India's northeastern states, taking the toll to 13 since a fresh wave of flooding and mudslides engulfed the region a week ago, police said yesterday.
Businessarrow Bureaucracy stands in way of awarding NRBs
The government has so far failed to fulfil its commitment to award commercially important person (CIP) status and regular remitter card (RRC) to eligible non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) due to bureaucratic
 arrow Bangladesh operation of Gulf Oil launched
Gulf Oil has launched its Bangladesh operation through a joint venture company in partnership with Oil Bangladesh Limited.
 arrow Regulator's missed-call in million mobiles
The telecom regulator has dragged itself into a controversy on mobile tariff. Speculations hit the roof and the market went baffled when the regulator announced tariff reduction by Grameenphone.
 arrow Auditors' compromise blocks good corporate governance
Auditors' compromise with their professional independence by entertaining management desire to conceal information necessary for a fair presentation of financial statement stands in the way of establishing
 arrow Leather sector counts $150m loss a year, says study
Lack of scientific preserving and processing system and improper flaying of hides and skins cause $150 million loss in leather sector per year.
 arrow Pak businesses urge India to ease transport bottlenecks
Pakistani businessmen visiting Delhi amid a thaw in relations between the nuclear arch rivals Friday urged India to ease transport bottlenecks in the flow of goods across its borders.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Saber fears for future
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Saber Hossain Chowdhury has expressed his deepest concerns for the future of the game in the country.

"There's no leadership in the present Board.

 arrow Cricket: Ton eludes Bashar
Habibul Bashar missed out by one run on becoming Bangladesh's first century-maker on their Australian cricket tour against the Common-wealth Bank Cricket Academy here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Bracewell gets NZ job
Gloucestershire's director of cricket John Bracewell was named as New Zealand's new coach on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis, Rudolph power SA
Jacques Kallis and Jacques Rudolph's unbroken stand of 145 guided South Africa to a seven wicket win over England in the triangular series day-night one-day international at Old Trafford here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Thanks Australia'
West Indies captain Brian Lara conceded Friday that world champions Australia had played a key role in the recent improvement in his young cricket team's performances.
 arrow Cricket: Jacques praises Jacques
Jacques Kallis was full of praise for Jacques Rudolph's innings in South Africa's seven-wicket triangular series day/night one-day international win over England at Old Trafford here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Follow him
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said Friday his side could learn from the example of in-form South Africa batsman Jacques Kallis.
 arrow Wimbledon: Scuds his way through
Mark Philippoussis of Australia put two years of injury hell behind him on Friday, beating France's Sebastien Grosjean 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-3 to reach the men's singles final at Wimbledon for the first time
 arrow Wimbledon: Federer enters Wimbledon final
Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer bludgeoned US fifth seed Andy Roddick 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 43min Friday to race into the final of the men's singles at Wimbledon, setting up a meeting with Australia's
 arrow Wimbledon: A family reunion
Those, including their rivals, who had hoped that one or the other would not last the pace and succumb to outside interests have been disappointed at Wimbledon -- because the Williams show will be the
 arrow Wimbledon: Navratilova's record attempt thwarted
Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Japan's Ai Sugiyama denied 46-year-old Martina Navratilova a chance of a 20th Wimbledon title on Friday, beating the veteran and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
 arrow Wimbledon: Over and out?
Like the player himself, Britain's press was in no doubt Friday that Tim Henman may never have a better chance of winning Wimbledon after being dumped out of this year's competition at the quarter-final
 arrow Football: Star fail to shine
Although title-contenders The Daily Star finished unbeaten that was little consolation as they still made a premature exit from the Bashundhara-DRU football tournament after being held to a goalless draw
 arrow Football: Abramovich targets big
Chelsea's new billionaire owner Roman Abramovich wants to install Fabio Capello as coach of the English Premiership club, according to Friday's Corriere dello Sport.
 arrow Football: Lyon service for Foe
Over one thousand people attended a funeral mass here Thursday for Marc-Viven Foe, the Cameroon international who collapsed and died playing for his country in the Confederations Cup last week.
 arrow Football: The man who gave them light
The Cameroonian village of Nkolmeyang 1 is nursing a collective grief at the death of its favourite son, footballer Marc-Vivien Foe, who first saw the light of day here 28 years ago.
 arrow Football: Tevez stole the show
Carlos Tevez was registered as Boca Juniors' number 11 for this year's South American Libertadores Cup.
 arrow Football: What's the Real story?
Paris Saint Germain's Brazil midfielder Ronaldinho will be transferred to Real Madrid in 2004 but will remain at the French capital club next season, AS sports newspaper reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: Madrid today, Moon tomorrow!
England captain David Beckham, who recently signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid, has told of his desire to travel to the moon once his playing days are over, a British newspaper reported Friday.
 arrow Football: Djemba indebted
Cameroon midfielder Eric Djemba Djemba, who joined Manchester United on Thursday, says the late Marc-Vivien Foe urged him to sign for the English champions.
Politicalarrow AL plans to wrap up thana, district councils by Sept
The Awami League (AL) plans to complete the councils of its district and thana units by September after missing the second deadline on June 30, party sources said.
 arrow Dy speaker will again invite AL to talks in a couple of days
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddique will send his second letter to Awami League in a couple of days as part of his initiative to bring the main opposition back to the parliament.
 arrow Matin Master, Roy Ramesh Sramik League president,secy
A 101-member committee of Jatiya Sramik League, workers front of Bangladesh Awami League, has been formed with Abdul Matin Master as president and Roy Ramesh as general secretary.
Metropolitanarrow Diploma medical schools to be made training instts: Mosharraf
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the diploma medical schools would be turned into medical training institutes to develop skilled and efficient health service
 arrow 'Birth registration can help improve health services'
Health services could be provided for the rural mothers and children in a better way under the existing government budget if births are registered timely and expectant women undergo check-up regularly,
 arrow Tk 1.2 lakh Japanese donation for six NGOs
Sho-Ko-Kai, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Dhaka, recently donated Tk 1.20 lakh to six non-government organisations (NGOs).
Nationalarrow Flood turns serious in Sirajganj, Nilphamari
Flood situation in Sirajganj and Nilphamari deteriorated yesterday with onrush of waters from upstream areas in India.
 arrow Debacle for Barisal colleges in degree examinations
Only twenty percent of examinees from government and non-government colleges in Barisal passed the degree examinations held in 2002 under the National University.
 arrow Flood makes aman prospect bleak in Barisal
Flood has made prospect of the next aman crop bleak in Barisal as most of croplands and seedbeds are under water.
 arrow Rally for release of Juba League leader
Awami League (AL) held a rally on the deputy commissioner (DC) office premises on Thursday demanding release of district unit Juba League General Secretary Arunangshu Dutta.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka to send 1276 peacekeepers to Congo
Bangladesh will send 1,276 men of armed forces to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a major contribution to the UN peacekeeping operation there.
 arrow Myanmar FM arrives today
Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung arrives in Dhaka tonight carrying a letter of the Myanmar head of government for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
Culturearrow Promoting the flare for photography
Drik Gallery began in 1996 when the World Press Photo was first brought to Bangladesh.
 arrow Khelaghar observes birth anniversaries of three legends
Children's organisation Kendrio Khelaghar Ashor organised a discussion programme and a cultural show to mark the birth anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Shukanto Bhatacharyaat
Generalarrow Bill to appoint PPs thru' PSC in next JS session: Moudud
The government has undertaken a plan to appoint pubic prosecutors (PPs) in different courts through Public Service Commission (PSC), said Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed.
 arrow 'Introduce Braille education'
National Forum of Organisation Working with the Disabled (NFOWD)

yesterday urged the government to introduce special computer for visually impaired and cerebral palsy affected people so that they can

 arrow Rare snake found in Srimongal forest
Experts of the ICUN, the World Conservation Union, have detected a rare and smallest snake known as slender coral in Lauachchara forest of Srimongal upazila in Sylhet.
 arrow Fish trader, night guard murdered in Khulna
Two persons were murdered in Rupsha and Batiaghata of Khulna district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 15 feared dead in motor boat capsize in Meghna
Fifteen passengers are feared dead after a motor boat with about 70 passengers on board capsized in the Meghna off Hizla in Barisal Thursday afternoon, survivors and locals said.
 arrow Housewife gangraped in Feni: 2 arrested
Police Thursday night arrested two people for raping a housewife who went on a river trip to see the flood condition in Chhagalnaiya upazila.
Internationalarrow Palestinian authorities battle to keep hardliners in check
Palestinian authorities battled to keep the fledgling peace process afloat Friday by arresting the alleged perpetrators of a rocket attack on a Jewish settlement and holding talks with the radical Hamas
 arrow No let-up in Iraqi attacks for US Independence Day
Independence Day saw no respite for US troops from the ongoing violence in Iraq as one soldier was killed and 10 were injured in separate incidents overnight.
 arrow Musharraf reaffirms desire to reconsider ties with Israel
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday reiterated his intention to reconsider Islamabad's ties with Israel, saying any decision would hinge on the success of the fledgling Middle East peace process.
 arrow 'Pakistan not facing US pressure to snub nukes'
Pakistan is not facing any US pressure to freeze its nuclear programme, the country's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mohammad Kasuri said in Islamabad on Friday.
 arrow US breaching Geneva Conventions over Iraq N-plant: Greenpeace
Environmental group Greenpeace accused US-led authorities in Iraq Friday of breaching international law and refusing to allow United Nations experts to assess contamination at a nuclear plant near Baghdad.
 arrow 'US intelligence relied on old data on WMDs'
A CIA internal review panel has concluded that US intelligence analysts lacked new, hard information about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction after UN inspectors left Iraq in 1998 and relied on data from
 arrow US slaps sanctions on Chinese, DPRK firms for arms sales to Iran
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Chinese firms and a North Korean company for arms sales to Iran that it said could "make a material contribution to weapons of mass destructionor
 arrow Another'earth' in Milky Way?
Astronomers say they have found a Jupiter-like body circling a distant star in a planetary system like earth.
 arrow Liberian leader refuses to quit
Liberian President Charles Taylor refused to stand down until a US-led peacekeeping force is deployed in his war-torn west African country, as Washington said it would send an assessment team to the nation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on police
Police are clearly finding it difficult to contain the latest wave of attacks on them by the criminals operating in the southern region in the name of an outlawed political party.
 arrow Editorial: Stalemate at ZIA
The four-hour long stalemate at Zia International Airport on Wednesday bringing all its activities to a standstill can only be condemned, if nothing more.
 arrow The Mid-East thicket and the US
The war weary world has watched with great concern the faltering and hesitant steps that have been taken since Taba (24 September 1995) by Israel and the PLO in their quest for a just peace.
 arrow Is Sri Lanka slipping back to war?
Rather unexpectedly, fears now loom large that Sri Lanka, ravaged by nearly two decades of civil war, may again slip back to hostilities ending the peace efforts that have been continuing for last several
Letters to Editorarrow Thank you CITYCELL!
On July 2, The Daily Star published a letter "Who shall save the cellular telephone users from sufferings?".
 arrow Kibria visits Saifur
'Politics took backseat as Kibria visits ailing Saifur' was the heading for the news on the subject. A former finance minister may visit the present finance minister who is ill.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's baseless utterances
Sheikh Hasina is doing it again.
 arrow DA for pensioners
The Government has announced 10 per cent dearness allowance for the officials, which will give them some relief although this will not match inflation since the last pay-hike.
 arrow More catholic than the Pope
This is in response to the latest letters by Mahmood Elahi published in this page. Though his letters lack substance, I must admit and admire his imagination emerging from preoccupied thoughts.
 arrow At the mercy of CNG drivers
Is there anybody or authority to check deception on the public? I think there is none in the true sense of the term. For only occasionally some govt. deptt.
Literaturearrow Rain
To most Dhakaites it's a bucket of piss.
 arrow Travel Ain't Fun
Seasonal Migrants

As land is scarce in hilly villages most of the villagers cannot live solely on their land; even those who have greater tracts of land cannot, for the cost of crop production