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Front Pagearrow State minister's firm robbed of Tk 40 lakh in Savar ambush
In a daring daylight heist, robbers ambushed the microbus of Sanwar Habib Sinha, administrative manager of Acme Laboratories, shot him and two others, and snatched around Tk 40 lakh in Savar yesterday.
 arrow 3 to die for killing Humayun Kabir
A court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced three people to death for killing an engineer in 1999.
 arrow Three customs officials nabbed
Three customs officials were arrested yesterday after the Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) filed cases against 12 of them and two businessmen for embezzling about Tk 95 lakh in taxes.
 arrow 70 jungle bandits raid Bhandaria upazila HQ, tame police to loot
Robbers looted 11 shops at Bandar Bazar, the headquarters of Bhandaria upazila, and got away with valuables worth Tk 1.5 crore in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow PM orders BCS appointments completed by year-end
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the authorities concerned to complete appointments in various BCS cadre services by December 15 on the basis of results of 22nd BCS examination in order to
 arrow Constant vigil on city bus terminals soon
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will deploy permanent forces to five city bus terminals soon to cut extortion and harassment of transport owners, workers and passengers.
 arrow Massive hunt on for abducted magnate in Fatikchhari
Police have started intensive search in the remote areas of Fatikchhari upazila to rescue Chittagong business magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury who was abducted on Thursday.
 arrow City rain
 arrow JS body moves to recover grabbed Waqf land
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Religious Affairs Ministry has termed the Waqf Administration and the Waqf Ordinance 1962 'ineffective' and decided to recommend amendments to the ordinance torecover
 arrow Policewomen withdrawn from traffic duty
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) temporarily withdrew the first batch of traffic policewomen from the city due to lack of infrastructural facilities.
 arrow Hearing on Gram Sarkar today
The High Court Division will hear today a petition seeking stay of the formation of Gram Sarkar till disposal of a writ petition in this regard.
 arrow Judgement in Naushin murder case today
Judgement in the Naushin murder case will be given today.

Judge Hossain Shahid Ahmad of the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, will pronounce the verdict at 12.

 arrow Private firm to manage Ctg int'l airport
Security, cleaning and maintenance operations at the Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport will be handed over to private management with a view to earn more profit.
 arrow Clarification
The Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) in a clarification yesterday said its attention has been drawn to a news item published in The Daily Star on July 27 titled "Private Universities galore,
 arrow Munshiganj erosion worsens with tide
River erosion in Munshiganj and Faridpur districts has taken a serious turn with the recession of floodwaters, leaving hundreds of families homeless afresh.
 arrow BTTB cellphone tender stayed for 10 days as Chinese firm files writ
The launch of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board's (BTTB) cell phone project heads for a delay as a Chinese company filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) Division Monday, feared sources
 arrow Wife of German ambassador passes away
Marie-Luise Andreas, 59, wife of German Ambassador to Bangladesh Dietrich Andreas, died on July 23 in Bonn, Germany.

She was suffering from throat cancer.

 arrow New Saddam tape calls for Revenge
An audio tape purportedly from former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein aired on an Arab television station yesterday vowed to defeat the United States to avenge the deaths of his two sons by US forces.
 arrow Militant-troop shootout kills 7 in Kashmir
Five militants, an Indian soldier and a Muslim woman were killed in separate shoot-outs in restive Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Tuesday.
 arrow Floods recede
Overall flood situation in capital Dhaka and elsewhere the country is improving steadily and likely to improve further as all the major rivers are flowing well below their respective danger levels.
 arrow Govt official killed in city road mishap
A government official was crushed under a speeding bus on Dhaka-Mirpur road opposite NIMCO office in Kalyanpur Monday night.
 arrow White House won't declassify Sept 11 report
The White House, facing a crucial meeting Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, refused to declassify part of an intelligence report on possible links between individuals in the Saudi government
Businessarrow BoI automation by 2005
The Board of Investment (BoI) will come under complete automation by 2005 under a World Bank-financed e-governance scheme.
 arrow Social responsibility leads BATB to greater heights
'Success and responsibility go together' is the motto that has driven British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) to become one of the most successful multinational companies in Bangladesh.
 arrow BB issues guideline for primary dealership
Bangladesh Bank sent a guideline specifying modus operandi of primary dealers (PDs) in the secondary treasury bill market to banks and financial institutions yesterday.
 arrow Witdrawal of renunciation rights draws experts' flak
The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) decision to withdraw the "renunciation provision" of rights share issues is likely to have a negative impact on the small investors, capital market analysts
 arrow Export earnings from EPZs cross $1b mark
Export earnings from EPZs have crossed one billion dollar mark for the third straight year in the last fiscal year, posting a 11.42 per cent growth over the previous fiscal.
 arrow Appellate Division full bench hearing today
A full bench hearing on a government petition filed with the Appellate Division seeking vacation of the High Court stay order on operation of the SRO regarding electoral reform of the FBCCI will be held
 arrow WTO presses for flexibility to ignite stalled trade talks
The World Trade Organization's leader urged trade ministers Monday to show more flexibility in stalled talks aimed at revamping the global trade system.
 arrow Japan unemployment dips but optimism restrained
More Japanese found work in June, bringing down the jobless rate to 5.3 per cent for the first improvement in three months, but weak retail sales tempered optimism that the economy was on the mend.
Sportsarrow Football: Wanderers show character
Out to prove a point, a depleted Moulvibazar Wanderers defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club to a 1-1 draw in an important Nitol-Tata National Football League match at the Barisal Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sanwar raises eyebrows
A day after off-spinner Sanwar Hossain was reported for having a suspect action, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took the initiative to correct the orthodox slow bowler.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani ride on Tuhin treble

A hattrick by Shamsuddin Tuhin powered defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra to a 4-1 win over high-flying Sonali Bank in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National

 arrow Cricket: Asghar chooses chief selector shortly
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to form a new national selection committee very soon.

The meeting of advisory council yesterday discussed several names.

 arrow Cricket: Hussain quits captaincy

Nasser Hussain announced his resignation as England Test captain after a four-year spell in charge here on Monday.

 arrow Cricket: Media applauds him
Nasser Hussain's shock decision to quit as England captain was greeted with a mixture of surprise and regret but brought many tributes from the English media on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: BKSP reach round two

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) crossed the first round barrier in the Norway Cup football festival with a 5-0 routing of Givkat in Ekeberg yesterday.

 arrow Chess: Zia leads
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took a solo lead in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship after defeating Scottish GM Paul Motwani in the seventh round in Edinburgh, Scotland on Monday.
 arrow Football: Zidane to end in 2005

Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday reiterated his plans to retire in two years when his contract with the Spanish club expires.

 arrow Football: So far so good
David Beckham says he has settled in well with new club Real Madrid and is ready to lead the Spanish giants to Champions League glory.
 arrow Football: Cool after marriage!
Arsenal's French star Thierry Henry has revealed how married life has tamed his fiery temper and made him a better player.
Politicalarrow People have rejected govt for misrule
The days of the BNP-Jamaat government have been numbered as the countrymen have already rejected them for misrule, crimes and corruption, Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina
 arrow JP leader joins Awami League
ABM Mostakim, a Jatiya Party leader and industrialist from Ashashuni upazila in Satkhira district, has joined Awami League.
Metropolitanarrow Rich tribute to Prof Abul Fazal
Educationists, academicians and writers paid glowing tributes to renowned litterateur Prof. Abul Fazal at his birth centenary programme in Chittagong.
 arrow South Asia Court of Women begins August 11
A three-day 'South Asia Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and AIDS' begins in the city on August 11.
 arrow Govt college teachers abstain from work
Teachers of 265 government colleges including 11 Teachers' Training College and three Alia Madrassahs observed a daylong work abstention programme yesterday to press home their various demands including
 arrow 1911 more held
Police arrested 1,911 people, including six listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
 arrow 2nd round held
The second round of the Clinic Plus-Prothom Alo 11th inter-school parliamentary debate competition was held at the Shilpakala academy auditorium in the city on Saturday.
Nationalarrow Cheats continue as 'doctors'!
The authorities have not yet taken any action against the 12 persons who are cheating patients by impersonating highly qualified doctors despite the civil surgeon's official letter to the Directorateof
 arrow Four fishermen drown, 60 missing
Two fishermen drowned and at least 60 are missing as five fishing trawlers sank in the Bay on Sunday due to inclement weather, trawler owners association sources said.
 arrow Health service units should be autonomous, minister says
Health service providing units should be autonomous and government should act as a regulatory body to help improve the service, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf has said.
 arrow Vital clues found, one more held, DB says
The detective branch (DB) of police has found some vital clues to the looting of Tk 50 lakh and three rifles of Sonali Bank in Madaripur last year.
 arrow Tk 107 cr budget for Sylhet City Corpn
A Tk 107 crore annual budget of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) for 2003-2004 financial year was announced here on Monday.
Foreign Relationsarrow Laloo for giving water to Bangladesh
In his inimitable style, RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav on Tuesday asked the government to reconsider giving water to Bangladesh from Bihar.
Culturearrow Songs of yesterday
When Nazrul singer Shahin Samad came on stage, she announced, 'I will sing for you but only if you promise to sing with me," and sang the famous number Prithibi amare chay.
 arrow Nazi Al- Ali's 'cartoonic' observations
A little man, covered in rags, standing still with an indifferent look on his face, watches the demise of his country.
 arrow Bengal sweeps Indian film awards
Bengali film personalities and films asserted their supremacy at the Indian national film awards announced here last evening.
Generalarrow Bhola town flooded as dam breached
Meghna, entering through breaches in Bhola Town Protection Embankment yesterday, flooded the low-lying areas of the town and its outskirts.
 arrow 1 killed, 70 hurt in gas cylinder explosion
One got killed and 70 others were injured as a gas cylinder exploded at an ice factory at Shamraja fish trade centre under Charfashion upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Move to make T&T company protested
Bangladesh Telephone and Telegraph Protection Committee (BTTPC) Chittagong unit held a rally on the local T&T office premises in the port city yesterday protesting government move to turn the state-run
 arrow Syngenta director killed in road crash
An employee of a multinational firm died and the driver of the car was injured in an accident in Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow 1 killed in Ctg road mishap
One was killed and another injured in a road accident at Padua Dargahar crossing in Lohagara thana Monday.
 arrow 10 indicted in Bijoy Shil murder case
Police on Monday submitted charge sheet against 10 people in the sensational Bijoy Shil murder case.
 arrow Three outlaws held in Khulna
Three cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were arrested at Shaheed Hadis Park here yesterday afternoon.
Internationalarrow US forces closing in on Saddam after raids
US forces hunting Saddam Hussein in Iraq have captured three key figures loyal to the deposed dictator, including a top bodyguard, and are closing in on Saddam himself, the US army said Tuesday.
 arrow Sharon, Bush divided over Israeli security fence
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will try in talks with President Bush on Tuesday to ease his concerns about a planned West Bank security fence that Palestinians condemn as a land grab.
 arrow India steps up security after bus blast kills 4
Indian police Tuesday issued a high alert in the western state of Maharashtra after a bomb ripped through a bus packed with commuters here overnight, ahead of a massive Hindu fair beginning this week.
 arrow Red Cross meets Suu Kyi
Red Cross officials, allowed for the first time to meet detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Tuesday she was in good health and high spirits after two months in government custody.
 arrow Jagmohan-Mayawati row heats up
A row has broken out between a prominent member of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet and its ally ruling the key state of Uttar Pradesh on the issue of a controversial project nearTaj
 arrow Manila for court martial of mutineers
Court-martial proceedings are being prepared against renegade soldiers accused of mounting a failed rebellion against President Gloria Arroyo, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow US general denies talks on troops for Iraq
US military chief General Richard Myers said Tuesday that "robust" military ties had not been affected by India's decision not to send troops to Iraq and denied his current visit was aimed at changing
 arrow Crisis looms as Cambodia poll result rejected
Cambodia's opposition and royalist parties have said they reject the ruling party's claim of victory in a weekend poll, saying the election was flawed.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Road repairing scandal
The Dhaka City Corporation has spent Tk 210 crore in the last three years on road repair, but the huge spending has not changed the ground conditions-- roads in the city are in terrible shape with cracks,
 arrow Editorial: UN troops must move quickly into Liberia
The West African coastal state of Liberia has plunged deeply into a civil war. The belligerents include the rebel forces on one side and the forces loyal to the President Charles Taylor, on other.
 arrow Research for rich rice
When we talk about our self-sufficiency in rice, we generally refer to the coarse rice grown and mostly used for domestic consumption.
 arrow Time's story on evangelicalism
TIME magazine's June 30 cover story entitled "Should Christians convert Muslims?" warrants some analysis and comments. Dispassionate discussion of any subject, including religion, is the hallmark of democracy.
 arrow WB loan and poor management of SOEs
The government is about to go ahead with 40,000 job cuts this year from the different state owned enterprises (SOE) and manufacturing units, with the support of the World Bank loan of $ 300 million.
Letters to Editorarrow Madhupur Garos, justice denied!
It is painful to see the hapless indigenous Madhupur Garos being evicted to make way for a planned Eco-park.
 arrow Why billboards only?
Thanks for your timely editorial, published on 26 July, 2003, on Dhaka City Corporation's latest decision to remove the billboards.
 arrow Hookes blasts Bangladesh
Though it is only the second day of the second cricket Test between Bangladesh and Australia, it is high time for the former Australian batsman and presently a TV commentator David Hookes to come outand
 arrow PM's call for change in political culture
It was quite encouraging to hear the prime minister calling for qualitative change in Bangladesh politics as she thought it to be above everything else in the modern state mechanism.
 arrow Noise pollution
I would like to draw your attention to a serious problem that we the city dwellers face everyday. It is 'noise pollution'. I am not talking about the unbearable noise one has to bear while on the road.
 arrow Sound pollution in DU campus
The Dhaka University campus, specially the base of the Aparajeo Bangla is a popular place for gathering of the political parties.
 arrow Snatching
On July18th, 2003, between 8:00 to 8:15 p.m. while going to Mirpur by a rickshaw with my wife, a snatcher from a black taxicab suddenly snatched her handbag right in front of the BIBM.
 arrow "Saddam's sons and grandson killed-- but under what law?"
It has come to my attention regarding the above mentioned column written by Mr. Muslehuddin Ahmad duly published in the Daily Star in it's July 27,2003 issue.

I sincerely agree with Mr. M.

 arrow Anti-American
I appreciate the letter written by Azad Miah, UK under the above caption on July 23.
 arrow WmD (Weapons of minor Destruction)
The way the Iraqi dissidents are launching rocket propelled grenades on the coalition forces, with almost hundred percent success as we see in the news papers and TV screen, it now seems that insteadof
 arrow Price rise
At present the prices of essential commodities have risen high without any specific reason and continuing to go beyond the common peoples reach.
 arrow Only brotherhood
I am somewhat surprised at the comments made on the death of Saddam's sons during the firefight in the city of Mosul.
 arrow Ethos of war
The US-UK occupation forces are setting new rules in Iraq.
 arrow Security Council Resolution
When Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait in 1990, the Security Council adopted resolution 661 (1990) concerning the situation between Iraq and Kuwait.
 arrow Let's privatise peacemaking operations
The inability on the part of the international community to stop mass murder of their own people by tyrannical regimes stems from the shortcomings in the international system formed in 1945, when thegreatest
StarTecharrow Purple patch for Greenfield Toons
With a pool of innovative talents always willing to go that extra mile to provide cutting-edge 2D cartoon and 3D animation in Bangladesh, Greenfield Toons is a stylish, diverse venture that has carved
 arrow Napster to get Christmas rebirth
Music download site Napster will relaunch as a fully legitimate service in time for Christmas, its new owner has confirmed.
 arrow 2nd Notre Dame IT Fair-2003
Organised by Notre Dame Science Club the 2nd Notre Dame IT Fair 2003, will be held from the July 31 to the August 2, says a press release.
 arrow HP ProLiant Servers top rankings
HP ranked No. 1 in overall customer satisfaction score in the Intel-based server market according to a recent study from industry advisory firm Technology Business Research (TBR), says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow 60,000 cases pending in Ctg courts
About 60 thousand criminal cases await disposal in the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Courts, District and Sessions Judge's Courts and Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court in Chittagong.
 arrow BSC limping
Bangladesh Shipping Corporation's (BSC) plan for procuring a new fleet of 15 vessels remained shelved for years together, sources said.
 arrow Looks can be deceiving
Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam often comes to Chittagong to see his old mother, who is living with his elder brother.
Star Cityarrow Circular waterway project on hold
Lack of fund has slowed down the Dhaka Circular Waterway project as it awaits approval of Tk.35 crore from the Economic Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC).
 arrow Mosquito control
The decision of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to hand over mosquito control to private operators may see the light of day in September this year.
 arrow What will Shajahan's widow do?
She sat in a wooden chair in her modest one-bedroom flat at Shekertak, Adabar. She remembered the July 1 incident, her eyes full of tears.
 arrow New regulatory body for WASA
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is planning to form a regulatory body for the water and sewerage authorities, according to sources.
 arrow Adulteration goes unabated
Despite supervision by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), the adulterated food scenario in the city has not improved at all, according to DCC health department sources.
 arrow Diminishing demand for post office boxes
Post-office boxes have been a reliable medium of exchange for almost all institutions, offices, firms and so on up to the last decade, where letters, parcels, and applications have been received.
 arrow Who are the genuine beggars?
There's a tap, tap, tap on the car window. You look. Surprise! It's a beggar. Do you reach for your wallet or lock your door?

Perhaps you take a moment to consider.

 arrow Police'Help Line' waiting to help
The Help Line that Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) launched on July 23 for crisis intervention and crime prevention is yet to have regular calls from city people.