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Front Pagearrow 5 to swing from gallows for killing Mizan
Five are to die for killing Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan at Rampura in the city on May 29 last year.
 arrow Tk 187.35 crore audit objection to army men's foreign earnings
Auditors have found irregularities in the handling of Tk 187.35 crore earned by the army personnel as foreign allowance.

The money was not deposited with the government as required by the rules.

 arrow Truly independent anti-graft body is all that matters
Eminent citizens have praised the government for its move to set up an independent anti-corruption commission, but put an underscore on making the body truly free from the leverage of the executive wing.
 arrow Twin sisters die after surgery
The historic attempt to separate adult Iranian twin sisters joined at the head ended tragically in Singapore yesterday when Ladan and Laleh Bijani died within 90 minutes of each other after a marathon
 arrow Perks go up for PM, ministers, speaker, dy speaker
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed three bills enhancing house rent and other allowances of the prime minister, ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and allowances of the speaker and the deputy
 arrow Khaleda talks IOJ out of JS quit decision
The Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) decided yesterday not to resign from the Jatiya Sangsad following a meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia who assured it of representation to the government.
 arrow Husband handed death penalty
A tribunal yesterday handed down death penalty to a man for killing his wife.
 arrow Sudanese plane crash kills 115
A two-year-old girl was the only survivor after a Sudan Airways plane crashed on a domestic flight in Africa's largest country just after dawn yesterday, killing 115 people.
 arrow Flood status static in central part
Heavy rains and rushing upstream water caused serious erosion in Sirajganj district, but the flood situation in the central part of the country remained by and large static yesterday.
 arrow Saifur asks secys to get ADP plans going
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman directed the secretaries of different ministries to start implementing all projects under the Annual Development Project (ADP) from the beginning of the current fiscal
 arrow Human dev index ticks positive
The Human Development Index (HDI) ranking shows that Bangladesh has improved slightly as it reached 139th position among 175 countries for the year 2001. In 2000, Bangladesh held the 145th position.
 arrow Moudud urges House action against Hasina
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed last night suggested action against Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina under the House Privilege Committee for her comments against Members
 arrow 600 more bullets recovered in Bogra
Dupchachia police recovered another 600 rounds of ammunition from Nayapara village of Kahalu upazila in Bogra yesterday morning, raising the munition haul to 96,857 bullets and at least 175kg explosives
 arrow Delhi hopes talks on free trade accord with Dhaka this year
India hopes to begin talks with Bangladesh for a bilateral free trade accord by the year-end.
 arrow Criminal case against 3 cops, 2 ansars
A criminal case was filed with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday against three police personnel and two ansars.
 arrow Bank manager held for 'fund fraud'
Police arrested a bank manager in Daudkandi in Comilla yesterday on charge of embezzling money from the account of an expatriate Bangladeshi.
 arrow PSC ordered to take viva voce of 292 excluded candidates
The High Court Division yesterday directed the Public Service Commission (PSC) and others to allow 292 candidates qualified in written test in the 23rd BCS (Special Examination) 2000 to appear in viva
 arrow 22nd PW gives deposition
Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Maksudur Rahman Patwari, the 22nd prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, gave his deposition before court yesterday.
 arrow Saddam tape taunts coalition forces
Another purported audiotape from Saddam Hussein taunted coalition forces Tuesday three months after the Iraqi strongman's ouster, as attacks continued against US soldiers and their local allies eagerto
Businessarrow Saifur for higher equity to better stock markets
Banks have been advised to discourage term loans and increase equity portion of the debt-equity ratio while sanctioning loans in order to bring vibrancy in the stock markets.
 arrow DSE fails to sustain pressure of seven new IPOs
As many as seven new companies are making initial public offerings (IPOs) in quick succession with a hope to raise Tk 138 crore.
 arrow FTA negotiations begin in Sept
Bangladesh will start negotiations on signing free trade agreements (FTAs) with a number of countries and trade blocs in next September, official sources said.
 arrow Allow VoIP to increase teledensity
Bangladesh should allow Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to increase its teledensity, which is the lowest in the region, a World Bank report suggested.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday amid higher demand from importers.
 arrow Indo-Pak businesses eye jt ventures to boost trade
Firms from arch-rivals India and Pakistan are hoping to seal several joint ventures and marketing tie-ups as business leaders from the two countries talk trade, a spokesman from India's leading tradelobby
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees sparkles in drawn game
After a stumbling start the Bangladesh Under-23 team continued to impress with the progress of their tour in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Simons sings Smith song
South Africa coach Eric Simons said here Monday that captain Graeme Smith's increased composure had been a big factor in his side's march to the NatWest triangular series final.
 arrow Cricket: WICB impresses ICC
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) won praise from the sport's governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its presentation to the ICC Forum on the region's preparations for the 2007World
 arrow Cricket: Mike, Jacques' mentor
Jacques Rudolph said here Monday that he aimed to follow the advice of former England captain Michael Atherton.
 arrow Cricket: Gough's to prove himself
Darren Gough will have to prove his fitness in first-class cricket if he is to earn an England Test recall, coach Duncan Fletcher has said.
 arrow Tennis: Filling Hingis' void
One was a media superstar who retired from top flight tennis due to her injuries. The other is a down-to-earth hero whose time appears to have just begun.
 arrow Hockey: Wanderers keep on winning
Dhaka Wanderers Club continued their unbeaten run in the Green Delta Metropolis Senior Division Hockey League with a 3-1 victory over Shishu Kishore SC in the day's lone match at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Chess: 26 earn full points
Twenty-six players from Classes VI-X shared the lead after the second round of the Standard Chartered bank schools chess tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Schools football kicks off July 11
The first-ever schools football tournament will begin in the city on July 11.
 arrow Football: Jagarani on Friday
The first leg matches of the Nitol-Tata National Football League final round kicks off at the MA Aziz Stadium on Friday, devoid of any enthusiasm among the local organisers.
 arrow Football: Zola leaves a legend
When foreign footballers arrive in the Premier League, it has become customary for their manager to add the caveat: "He'll take time to settle.
 arrow Football: Ready for Real
Soccer superstar David Beckham and his Real Madrid teammates have been given the green light for their much-anticipated Hong Kong appearance, government officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Doing what he does best!
No sooner has David Beckham settled into his new job at Real Madrid than he's out in the Spanish summer heat lensing a soft-drink commercial, the Sun newspaper reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kewell very close
Australian striker Harry Kewell was expected to complete a six million pound (10-million-dollar) move to Liverpool after passing a medical at Anfield, it was reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Heart failed Foe
Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe's death was caused by a heart condition, and not drugs, France's state prosecutor announced at a press conference here Monday.
 arrow Football: Scenario suits Ronaldinho
A bid by Paris St Germain to buy Bordeaux's Portuguese striker Pauleta might open the way for their Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho to join Manchester United.
 arrow Football: The 'Bull' back home
Turkey's all-time leading scorer Hakan Sukur rejoined 2001 UEFA Cup champions Galatasaray on Monday after a troubled spell with English Premiership outfit Blackburn Rovers, the Istanbul club said on its
Politicalarrow AL refutes charge, 2 of its men held
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday refuted the allegation that it had the portrait of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia removed from the Chapainawabganj Circuit House.
Metropolitanarrow Three accused still at large
Following allegations of embezzlement of huge amount of deposited money of Chittagong Janata Bank's Ashraf Ali Road branch in Patharghata area, police raided several places, but could not trace out the
 arrow Tonni's body handed over to Anjuman-e-Mofidul Islam
Body of five-year-old Tonni, who died on Monday while 'being disciplined' by her parents at Pallabi, was handed over to Anjuman-e-Mofidul Islam for burial yesterday.
 arrow Banned poly bags seized
Police, in a surprise drive at Rajonigandha Supermarket in city's Kochukhet area, seized huge quantity of banned polythene shopping bags and arrested three people in this connection yesterday.
 arrow 'Cancel nomination of SQ Chowdhury'
Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri (BCM) yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has tarnished the country's image and dishonoured the spirit of liberation war by nominating Salauddin Quader
Nationalarrow Flood situation worsens in Sirajganj
Diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases have broken out in flood-affected areas in Nilphamari, claiming one child.

In Sirajganj, the flood situation deteriorated yesterday.

 arrow Citizen's body to make list of illegal hill-cutters
A citizens' body Hill Cutting Resistance Movement Preparedness Committeeat its meeting on Monday decided to make a list of unscrupulous people involved in illegal hill-cutting.
 arrow Prime suspect Kajol says charge against him 'false'
Having been released on bail, BNP leader Kajol Mazmadar has said he was not involved in the murder of JSD leader Mahmud Hossain Sachhu.

Kajol is the prime accused in the murder case.

 arrow 'AL deal causes Tk 450 cr loss to power sector'
The power sector has been losing Tk 450 crore annually due to the Independent Power Purchase (IPP) agreement signed by the past Awami League government,

State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan MahmudChowdhury

 arrow Tk 233 cr Barisal City Corpn Budget
The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) has announced its first budget of over Tk 233 core for fiscal 2003-4 with a target to build the new corporation as a metropolitan city.
Foreign Relationsarrow Riyadh backs Dhaka's OIC bid
Saudi Arabia yesterday threw its weight behind Bangladesh's candidature for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Culturearrow A voice in solitude

Shefali Ghose, the queen of folk songs, is a special chapter in our provincial songs. She has spread the local songs of Chittagong all over Bangladesh and has gained mass popular ity.

 arrow 34th International Film Festival of India 2003
The 34th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2003), recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), will be held in New Delhi from October 9-19, 2003, says a
 arrow Bangladesh Documentary Film Festival-2003
Palash visual communication is going to arrange a 'Bangladesh documentary film festival-2003' from September 23-25, 2003 at the German Cultural Centre, says a press release.
Generalarrow Tk 59 cr anomalies reported in projects during AL rule
Financial irregularities to the tune of over Tk 58.96 crore have been unearthed in 10 different foreign aided projects of six ministries implemented during the previous Awami League government.
 arrow Poet Subhas passes away
Eminent Bangla poet Subhas Mukhopaddhya breathed his last yesterday at Belle View Nursing Home in Kolkata. He was 84.

The poet was admitted to SSKM Hospital on June 28 with kidney and cardiac complications.

 arrow MPs have to wait longer for NAM flats
Lawmakers will have to wait longer than anticipated to get allotments of the under-construction apartment blocks in the city, resolved a meeting of the House Committee of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Prof. Amirul made Agri varsity VC
Professor M Amirul Islam yesterday has been appointed vice-chancellor of the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).
Internationalarrow Blair took war decision before parliament vote
Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday he decided war against Iraq was unavoidable "a few days" before the British parliament on March 18 gave the green light for military action on Baghdad.
 arrow Iraqi collaborators of US forces on hit list
Iraqi police came under attack in Baghdad overnight in what US-led authorities have described as a growing pattern of Iraqi strikes and threats against compatriots cooperating with the occupying forces.
 arrow Goal of halving poverty could be met by 2015
The goal of halving world poverty by 2015 is likely to be met, as a result of economic growth in China and India, but the poorest nations still need more aid and better trade opportunities, this year's
 arrow Abbas calls off meet with Sharon
Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas Tuesday scrapped a planned meeting with his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon in protest at Israel's handling of the Palestinian prisoners issue, sources said.
 arrow Indo-Pak military balance a must for peace: Musharraf
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said restoring balance of conventional and non-conventional forces between India and Pakistan is the key to ensuring peaceful resolution of issues between the two
 arrow White House admits mistake in uranium for Iraq claim
The Bush administration has acknowledged for the first time that President Bush's claim in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium from Africa was an error, The Washington
Editorialarrow Editorial: New allowances for lawmakers
The Jatiya Sangsad has passed a bill raising the perks and allowances of lawmakers by 100 to 600 per cent. Our position is, let them get all the benefits they deserve, and none should grudge it.
 arrow Editorial: Health alert
Four persons have reportedly died of diarrhoea in flood-affected parts of the country.
 arrow Has Vajpayee's visit opened a new chapter in Indo-China relations?
The five- day visit of India's Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to China from 23rd to 27th June has been hailed in many quarters as the beginning of a "new chapter" of their relations.
 arrow Fearful polarisation
It was a day of terror in Quetta on Friday July 4. Sectarian terrorists struck and struck hard.
 arrow On sending troops to Iraq
Colin Powell, on his stopover in Dhaka, tacitly asked for help in Iraq. To be in the good book of the Big Brother is a big issue for the lesser brothers.
Letters to Editorarrow How to make the UN more functional
In response to the letter by Mahmood Elahi, July 4th.

Unfortunately Arab/Mu-slim countries are not taking this important issue, as with every other issue, seriously.

 arrow Sending troops to Iraq
Should Bangladesh join the coalition troops in Iraq? That is the question on everybody's mind right now.
 arrow Bull-bars and reckless drivers
We welcome the decision of the ministry concerned to order removal of bull-bars from car bumpers in our cities.
 arrow First few hours with ntv
7The new Bengali satellite TV channel ntv has started its journey on July 3, 2003. Before starting the scheduled programmes, it aired its test transmission for a week or so.
 arrow A serious allegation
A few days back in the Jatiya Sangsad, serious charge was brought against a minister by a ruling party MP elected from Mirpur of Dhaka city in connection of setting of a CNG pump.
 arrow Converting Muslims to Christianity
There has been a lot of talk about Time's article on converting Muslims to Christianity. I am the secretary of Tauheed, the Islamic Students' Organisation here at Ohio Wesleyan University.
 arrow "Government, foreign aids and development"
I refer to the letter entitled "Government, foreign aids and development" in the Daily Star 6th July.
 arrow DUTP, Car Fair, and traffic congestion in Dhaka
If you live in Dhaka, and own a car, then you know better than me about the traffic congestion every day on the road.
 arrow We should know our Constitution
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. The entire legislative, executive, judicial activities and other laws of the state are guided and regulated by the Constitution.
StarTecharrow Mantra for high business growth
A leading IT expert at a recent seminar in the city has floated the concept of Customer Value Creation (CVC) to assist customers in evaluating/enabling IT projects to meet business needs.
 arrow ICT journalists get laurel
BANGLADESH Computer Samity (BCS), a platform of computer vendors, has awarded ICT journalists of different print and electronic media for best media coverage on the seven-day 12th BCS Computer Show 2003,
 arrow Showcasing creativity with care
CREATIVITY is the hidden talent within every human being and Arena Multimedia explored it in their students before showcasing their works at a four-day multimedia and web fair at its Gulshan centre.
Star Chittagongarrow Eco-park needs fund to conserve rare species of plants, wildlife
Eco-park and Botanical Garden at Sitakunda are yet to be developed properly for maintaining bio-diversity and conservation of wide variety of plants and wildlife due to fund constraints.
 arrow Too busy to work at office
Most of the Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) employees including scientists are busy with their private business.
 arrow Inclement weather halts fishing in Bay
Fishing in the deep sea and other potential places in the Bay under the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) remained suspended for the past one month due to rough weather and strong monsoon.
Star Cityarrow An architectural oasis
The mushrooming of high-rises and unplanned growth in Dhaka barely allows breathing space for city dwellers.
 arrow CNGs ill at ease
Harassment by police has become a new dilemma for the CNG scooter drivers in the city, most of them claim.
 arrow Traffic policy signals city improvement
There will be a serious clamp down on illegal rickshaws in the city.
 arrow Human smuggling on the rise
Dhaka city has become a major transit point for external and internal human trafficking, according to the Action Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC) Bangladesh Chapter.
 arrow Traffic police adding to traffic problems
City traffic is suffering from gross mismanagement on the street by traffic police. Lack of training and planning is creating havoc for the flow of traffic.
 arrow Karwan crisis
Roads at Karwan Bazar, a major thoroughfare of the city, have become extremely inconvenient for commuters since a large part of these roads were illegally occupied and in very bad shape.
 arrow Kamlapur operating against the odds
Kamlapur Railway Station, being the major railway link of the country has been operating persistently, over the last forty years, despite all the problems it has been facing.