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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi agree to talk FTA after Oct
Dhaka and New Delhi yesterday agreed to talk free trade agreement (FTA) in October as top-level officials of two sides met on the first day of the Joint Economic Council meet.
 arrow Rivers rise relentlessly
Monsoon rains and onrush of swirling inflow of water from upstream have worsened the spell of floods and waterborne diseases have spread among hundreds of people.
 arrow Sadarghat staff get one week to put things in order
Freshly posted officials and employees of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) at Sadarghat yesterday were given one week's time to put the prime launch terminal in order.
 arrow DCC plans it big
Construction of a seven-kilometre-long flyover from Jatrabari to Gulistan at a cost of Tk 500 crore is likely to begin this November and scheduled to be complete in three years.
 arrow Army may supervise launch terminals
The government is considering deployment of special forces including army at Sadarghat launch terminal and other major terminals to help the civil administration restore discipline and ensure safety of
 arrow Sunken launch spotted 120ft deep in Meghna
The search operators traced the sunken vessel MV Nasrin-1 in the Meghna river yesterday afternoon after a six-day operation.
 arrow Govt swings between EPZ unionism and investors' threat
The government is in a dilemma over allowing trade unionism in the export processing zones (EPZs) from January 1, a deadline set two years ago, official sources said.
 arrow Daily Star editor serves legal notice on SQ Chy
The editor-publisher of The Daily Star, Mahfuz Anam, through his lawyer, Dr Kamal Hossain, has served a legal notice on Salauddin Quader Chowdhury MP for making false and defamatory statements in an article
 arrow Some JS standing bodies may be formed today
The formation of some of 34 parliamentary standing committees on different ministries is likely in today's sitting of the Jatiya Sangsad, said sources in the parliament secretariat yesterday.
 arrow State Deptt reports death threats to US citizens in Dhaka
The United States has received unverified death threats against US officials and citizens in Bangladesh and is warning Americans there to step up security precautions, the State Department said Sunday.
 arrow US forces launch offensive on pro-Saddam holdouts
Facing an increasingly organized and violent resistance, the US Army stepped up pressure on pro-Saddam Hussein holdouts Sunday with a fourth large offensive in central Iraq.
 arrow Lawyers stay out of SC for second day
The lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday boycotted the Appellate Division, protesting the appointment of Justice MM Ruhul Amin to the Division who superseded his senior colleague of the High Court Division.
 arrow Arsenic mitigation project extended one year
The World Bank-aided $44 million Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project (BAMWSP) has been extended by one year from July 1, officials said.
 arrow Audit finds misuse of Tk 26cr in postal deptt
Auditors have dug out financial irregularities to the tune of Tk 26.09 crore in the postal department over a period of three years.
 arrow Proposal on Internet telephony to be sent to cabinet soon
A proposal to legalise Internet telephony will be sent to the cabinet for approval soon, Post and Telecommunication Minister M Aminul Haque told The Daily Star recently on the sidelines of a workshoporganised
 arrow HC forbids govt from harassing drivers for extra bumpers
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government not to harass drivers with extra bumpers on their motor vehicles till disposal of a rule issued earlier in this regard.
 arrow Law denying bail to repeat offenders on the cards
The government is examining a law to restrict habitual criminals from obtaining bail, parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Army yet to go by PMO decision
The army is yet to fully open up the cantonment road to private vehicles despite a decision made last week at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 arrow SSC exams result today
The results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations of 2003 will be published today, a government handout said.
 arrow Bomb hits Indonesian parliament building
A bomb shattered glass panels at Indonesia's national parliament on Monday, just days after the arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah terror suspects who were said to be planning attacks.
 arrow Announcement
Today's edition of The Daily Star includes both Star City and your regular Lifestyle supplements. Star City will now be coming to you three times a week.
Businessarrow NCBs fetch only 16pc of total market profit
The four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) having more than 50 per cent market share fetched only 16 per cent of the total profit earned by NCBs and private commercial banks (PCBs) in six months till
 arrow Dividend warrants of Beach Hatchery bouncing
Investors of Beach Hatchery Ltd, the first listed company to introduce preferred shares, find their dividend warrants bouncing.
 arrow Local builders seek greater role
When major construction projects in Bangladesh are being implemented by foreign firms, local engineers and contractors want to play greater role in such works.
 arrow Reduced charges at Ctg port come into effect tomorrow
Reduced port charges for exportable goods in certain categories at Chittagong Port come into effect tomorrow.
 arrow Govt adopts action plan to check fuel adulteration
The government has adopted a multi-faceted action plan to check adulteration in fuel and fraudulence in its measurement, officials said.
 arrow Cabinet okays changes in insurance law
The Cabinet has approved amendment proposal to Insurance Law, 1938.
 arrow ADB initiates new country strategy programme
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has initiated the formulation of a new country strategy and programme (CSP), 2005-2007 for Bangladesh and undertaken several sector studies to provide inputs for the new CSP.
 arrow EU to make new offers on farm trade: Lamy
European chief Pascal Lamy said the 15-nation European Union would make new offers on farm commerce to drive global trade talks ahead of a key meeting in Mexico in September.
Sportsarrow Football: Draw syndrome persists
The sequence of draws continued in the Third Nitol-Tata National League as Chittagong Mohamme-dan shared points with their Sirajganj counterparts at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: GrameenPhone to sponsor Bangladesh!
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally found a sponsor for the national team.
 arrow Hockey: Victoria enter Super League
Victoria Sporting Club moved into the Super League of the Green Delta First Division Hockey League with a comfortable 5-2 victory over Bachelors Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium
 arrow Hockey: Lusai, Rana banned for life
The executive committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has extended the ban imposed on Abahani coach Jumman Lusai and captain Mahbub Ehsan Rana.

They each were handed bans for life.

 arrow Premier League hockey date shifted
The Premier Division Hockey League will start from July 20 instead of July 15 which was announced earlier.

Ten top clubs will take part in the league.

 arrow Chess: Rahul leads the board
Rahul Sangma of Bihar School maintained his solo lead with maximum eight points in the Class Six to Ten group of the Standard Chartered bank School Chess Tournament at the chess room of National Sports
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Khilgaon Government Staff Quarter High School romped into the final of the schoolgirls' Kabadi competition at the outer stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Cautious Aussies

Australia's cricket kings may have trouble lifting their game in the two-Test series against minnows Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist warned here on Monday.

 arrow ACF seeks support

Young people in war-weary Afghanistan are eagerly taking to cricket, a passion in neighbouring India and Pakistan, but are frustrated by the lack of any support.

 arrow Cricket: Gough ready
Darren Gough has almost certainly played his way into England's Test side and said on Sunday he was ready for the rigours of five-day matches against South Africa.
 arrow Tennis: Fatigued Federer loses
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer missed out on a sixth title this season when he lost the final of the 550,000-euro Swiss Open to Jiri Novak on Sunday and then admitted he needed a holiday.
 arrow Athletics: Yelena vaults to new heights
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women's pole vault when she cleared 4.82 metres at the Super Grand Prix meeting here on Sunday.
 arrow Swimming: Dmitry dives with gold
Russian legend Dmitry Sautin lived up to his title as King of Diving here Sunday when he teamed up with Alexander Dobroskok to win the men's 3-metre synchronised springboard gold on the opening day of
 arrow Football: Hosts pip young Brazil
Jared Borghetti headed home the lone goal with 10 minutes remaining Sunday to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the teams' CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.
 arrow Football: Batistuta ponders end
Veteran Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta admitted on Sunday that he is thinking of calling time on a career which yielded 56 international goals.
 arrow Football: Odds on United
Manchester United and Paris St-Germain officials will spend Monday finalising Ronaldinho's transfer, with the French club confident they can squeeze a fee of 30 million euro from Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Van der Meyde's target
Dutch international Andy van der Meyde said Monday he was hoping he would prove to be Inter Milan's talisman for the coming season as the Italian club aim to win their first league title since 1989.
 arrow Football: Carlos on Becks
England captain David Beckham will be judged on his soccer ability not his marketing image at Real Madrid, Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos said.
 arrow Football: The robot superstars
The United States and Australia facing off in the World Cup final? It seems unlikely but this is soccer as you've never seen it before.

Welcome to the world of robot football.

Metropolitanarrow 4 new city graveyards by 2005
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is to build four new graveyards in the city by 2005.

One of the graveyards will be located adjacent to the Hazaribagh Flood Control area.

 arrow 'Keep provision for children in PRSP'
Speakers at a discussion have suggested for keeping separate provision in government sponsored poverty reduction strategic papers (PRSP) to protect the rights of deprived children, says a press release.
 arrow Malaysian edn fair begins
A two-day Malaysian Education Fair-2003 began in the city yesterday with the objective to inform the students of the Malaysian education system.
 arrow Garment workers' ultimatum
Bangladesh Garments Workers' Unity Council yesterday gave an ultimatum to the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers' and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) to meet its nine-point demand by August 7.
Nationalarrow Two die of diarrhoea in Nilphamari, flood worsens in Gaibandha
Two children died of diarrhoea in Dimla upazila in Nilphamari district yesterday as waterborne diseases were spreading with gradual recession of floodwater.
 arrow PDB to have 'model company' to realise bills
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmud said here that the government would soon take steps to establish a "Model Company" to realize electricity bills across the country.
 arrow Three of a family 'killed'
Bodies of three of a family with marks of torture and injury were recovered from Kaptai lake in the rubber garden area in Khedarmara union under Baghaichhori upazila Saturday night.
 arrow Declare Gangachhara a distressed area, JP MP Mashiur demands
Jatiya Party (Ershad) lawmaker Mashiur Rahman Ranga and all the 11 Union Parishad chairmen have demanded of the government to declare flood-hit Gangachara upazila a distressed area.

Over 2.

 arrow Teesta dam may vanish, WDB official says
The entire Teesta flood control embankment will be washed away if the current spate of flooding continues for some days, an official of the Water Development Board said on Sunday.
Foreign Relationsarrow Queen shocked at river tragedy
Queen Elizabeth has expressed her deep shock at the recent river tragedy in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Chayyanot Special
With a blue and white background, the stage at the National Museum was decorated for hundreds of folk music lovers in the city.
 arrow Another fiesta from juke box
Close up juke box has once again provided the music fans with a chance to hear big name as well as the up and coming voices. Close up music wave hit the city for the eighth time.
 arrow Bangladesh Poem Festival in Japan
For the first time Japan-Bangla Poem Festival will be held on 16th August 2003 organized by Adda Tokyo, says a press release.
Generalarrow Moudud backs judge's appointment
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday referred to a High Court Division's judgement on appointment of a Judge to the Appellate Division, saying "not seniority,
 arrow Wounded FFs demand more allowance
Wounded freedom fighters yesterday demanded an increase in the allowance for them and removal of discrimination in disbursement.
 arrow 4 BITs upgraded to full-fledged universities
Parliament yesterday passed four identical bills upgrading four BITs (Bangladesh Institute of Technology) to full-fledged engineering and technology universities.
 arrow Dispute surfaces over ETV chairmanship
A dispute over the chairmanship of the Ekushey Television (ETV) has surfaced following the filing of writ petitions for return of the seized equipment and granting of fresh licence for the satellite channel
 arrow One kg heroin recovered
Detectives arrested four people with one kg of heroin at Mirpur Section-1 yesterday.
 arrow Guard beaten to death inside office of ward commissioner
A security guard was beaten to death by assailants inside the office premises of a ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) at Tejgaon yesterday.
Internationalarrow Delhi won't send troops to Iraq
The Indian government Monday announced it will not send troops to Iraq to join a stabilisation force, ending months of dithering on the politically-explosive issue.
 arrow Floods wash away schools, homes in Assam
It was school teacher Trilochan Pegu's worst nightmare -- to see the school building he used to teach in being swept away by surging floodwaters.
 arrow Iraqi council starts work as WMD fallout dogs Bush
An appointed governing council has started work in Iraq, a landmark step toward rebuilding the country and preparing the ground for democratic elections as early as next year, as US officials sought to
 arrow New bid to heal Arafat-Abbas rift as Sharon meets Blair
Further efforts were being made Monday to heal a damaging rift between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his prime minister Mahmud Abbas Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took his campaign
 arrow 10 killed in fresh Kashmir violence
Five Islamic militants, three Indian security force personnel and two civilians were killed in a fresh spate of separatist-violence in Indian Kashmir, officials said Monday.
 arrow No question of law for temple-building: Advani
Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani has said the government will not give in to pressure to enact legislation to build a Hindu temple on the site of a razed mosque in the northern Indian town ofAyodhya.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Crucial phase in the flood
The intensity of rainfall has diminished, but only if this declining trend holds for sometime that we will see an improvement in the situation.
 arrow Editorial: Attempt to discipline road-digging
The decision by Dhaka City Corporation to form a One Stop Cell three months ago to grant permission to various utility organisations for road-digging in the capital was understandably an administrative
 arrow The underlying tensions in Europe
The first question that we need to ask is whether there is really an "old versus a new Europe" situation. In this context one must be careful that one does not fall into the trap of using stereotypes.
 arrow Prop and proposition
The Indian National Congress took a great leap forward in Shimla and landed in 1967. Since half the country was not born in 1967, and the other half might not remember, this may need a bit of explanation.
Letters to Editorarrow Should we use extra bumpers or bull bars?
That is the question. Much have been said or written in favour of or against 'additional bumpers or bars' that are fitted in cars only to protect the vehicles from undue or careless hitting by other vehicles.
 arrow Responsibility for launch disasters
The news of launch disasters is nothing new for us. We have accepted this (and death of hundreds of passengers) as seasonal inevitability.
 arrow The current socio-political scenario
Things are not going well in Bangladesh these days.
Focusarrow Degree examination result debacle
If a country has to make progress in terms of social and economic development, it will have to break away from its orthodox and backward mould, and education is a vital tool to make that happen.
 arrow Pocket
There are pockets on the right and pockets on the left
There are pockets around the hips and near the breast.
For carrying the cyanide or a privy locket
One may have a pocket within a pocket.

Star Cityarrow Non-scratch rickshaws?
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) are planning to modify the design of the city's rickshaws to prevent them from scratching other vehicles on the road, according to a senior source at the DMP.
 arrow Crucial link roads problematic
Two important link roads, which are mainly used by rickshaws to connect Mirpur Road with Green Road are in a terrible condition causing plenty of sufferings for the commuters.
 arrow Illegally occupied market causing DCC a headache
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is in a dilemma over the construction of 144 shops along the footpath and the boundary wall of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Car parking turning a profit

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has earned around Tk 70 lakh in revenue within two years from temporary roadside car parking facilities on less than seven kilometers of city roads.

 arrow Five star hotels vie for car space
Providing enough parking space has become a major problem for the city's two five star hotels.
 arrow Flower fancy
Love flowers and give flowers to the ones you love, goes a popular saying. Visit Kataban or Shahbagh, you will encounter chains of flower shops.
 arrow The ghosts of Dhaka past
I behave like I'm fresh from the village. I travel around the unfamiliar city, head perilously out the window. My eyes goggle.
 arrow Ministries default on electricity bills worth Tk 6.4 crore

Sufferings from electricity related predicaments are nothing new for Dhaka dwellers and the billing system often adds to the misery.

 arrow Working at home pays more than house work
The light of dawn is hardly seen when Rahima Begum begins her day. She rushes to the kitchen to prepare foods for the family and then sends her children first to private tuition and then to school.
 arrow Paradox in architecture
The report 'An architectural oasis', Star City, July 9, 2003 deserves commendation. Architect Rafiq Azam and others like him should be given recognition and support from the civil society.