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Front Pagearrow Gram Sarkar goes ahead
The government begins formation of Gram Sarkar units today that coincides with a High Court hearing of a writ challenging the legality of the act providing for their constitution.
 arrow Fresh aftershock jolts Rangamati
An aftershock struck Rangamati yesterday morning, opening a crack in a wall of the officers' dormitory at the Borkol upazila headquarters and sending about 40,000 people on edge.
 arrow Fate of some 8,000 SSC examinees uncertain
Uncertainty looms over the future of about 8,000 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) candidates who failed the exam of one subject in 2001 and could not register for the next examinations for bureaucratic
 arrow Persecution and poverty force them to flee home
Rakhines, an ethnic Buddhist sect with independent social and cultural heritage, were driven out of Akyab, about 400 years ago by Mughals, who after conquering new territories failed to subjugate them.
 arrow Survey ordered to resolve food yield, import jigsaw
The government is planning to conduct a survey to resolve the mind-boggling food import jigsaw in the fiscal 2002-03 despite official claims of surplus domestic yields.
 arrow Pro-peace accord activists killed our 87 men: UPDF
The United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday came up with an allegation against a pro-peace accord body of killing its 87 members in the last four years.
 arrow Oust invaders
A new audiotape attributed to Saddam Hussein aired on Al Jazeera TV yesterday urges his supporters continue the uprising against US occupation forces and keep control of former state property to use in
 arrow Brick kilns: Belching out hazard into environment
The Dhaka City and its suburbs reportedly have some 5000 brick fields most of which are fuelled by materials that have serious environmental fallout.
 arrow 150-strong police team to rescue Ctg magnate
A contingent of around 150 police led by DC (north) Mian Md Lutfur Rahman and AC (Panchlaish) Shawkat Hossain was posted in Fatikchhari to continue the operation until rescue of the abducted businessman
 arrow 4 JCD activists expelled, Tusher's room ransacked
The Dhaka University (DU) unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday expelled four activists of its Zahurul Haq Hall unit for their involvement in the attack on Hasan Jahid Tusher, the DU correspondent
 arrow BCL to enforce strike at DU from today
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will enforce an indefinite strike at Dhaka University (DU) from today protesting attacks on its leaders and activists and demanding arrest and punishment of those responsible.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
The Power Development Board (PDB) in a rejoinder to a report published in The Daily Star on July 25 under the headline "AES to get string-free plant sell-off nod" said that the report was not based on
 arrow PBCP claims responsibility for killing contractor Rezaul in Jessore
Purbo Banglar Communist Party has claimed responsibility for the killing of LGED contractor Rezaul Islam.
 arrow 'Saboteurs' blow up key Iraqi oil pipeline
Saboteurs exploded part of a key oil pipeline in northern Iraq which was still ablaze yesterday following a big blast overnight, a top oil official in the refinery town of Baiji said.
 arrow Saddam's two daughters take refuge in Jordan
Two daughters of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein arrived in Jordan accompanied by nine children Thursday and were granted official protection, a high-ranking official told the new agency.
 arrow 3 alleged accomplices of 'Kala' Jahangir held in Khulna
Police arrested three alleged accomplices of top criminal 'Kala' Jahangir from a passenger bus here Thursday night.
 arrow Suicide blast outside hospital in Russia's Caucasus kills 20
A vehicle packed with explosives blew up outside a hospital in a Russian region bordering Chechnya yesterday, killing at least 20 people and destroying the building, local officials said.
 arrow Ordeal of a newsman
A journalist was arrested by the Detective Branch (DB) of Police in Jhalakati on Thursday allegedly in the wake of his coverage of the corruption of local police officials.
Businessarrow Inter-ministerial meet today to decide SAARC cumulation
In a bid to take a crucial decision on SAARC cumulation offer, an inter-ministerial meeting will be held at the Prime Minister's Office today.
 arrow Beetles
 arrow Prices of essentials up by 5 to 10pc in one year
Prices of major essential items have increased by 5 to 10 per cent over the past one year, according to a government survey.
 arrow Larsen to build Lafarge Surma Cement plant
Lafarge Surma Cement has given green signal to Larsen & Turbo Ltd to start the construction of its cement plant.
 arrow BTTB's mobile: Please try later
Once upon a time, the engineers of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) had uniformed understanding about its analog telecom systems.
 arrow Sarina banks on boutique concept
With a new concept called 'business boutique', Hotel Sarina has come up with a promise to offer warm and caring services to its customers at reasonable prices in Dhaka's posh Banani area.
 arrow Japan budget guidelines murky as election looms
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's cabinet approved the guidelines for next year's budget Friday with promises to cut spending, but details were left murky ahead of general elections widely expected to
 arrow US Senate okays free trade pacts with Chile, S'pore
The US Senate approved free trade pacts with Chile and Singapore Thursday, giving both nations the final congressional go-ahead and ushering in what Bush administration officials hope will be a new era
Sportsarrow Cricket: No room for error
Ricky Ponting wants his world champion team to show more respect for the basics of one-day cricket when Australia take on Bangladesh in the first match of the one-day cricket series here on Saturday.
 arrow First one-dayer in Cairns today
Australia's one-day captain Ricky Ponting has warned his players to show more discipline in the limited-overs series against Bangladesh which begins today.
 arrow Cricket: Indomitable South Africa

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Captain Graeme Smith and Gary Kirsten completed individual milestones to consolidate South Africa's position shortly after tea against England in the Lord's

 arrow Cricket: Lee's bowling tips
Australia's Brett Lee has passed on some fast bowling tips to his Bangladesh rivals in a bid to help the Asian nation's pacemen reach their full potential.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain might quit cricket altogether
Nasser Hussain could retire from all cricket at the end of the summer, if not earlier, his brother believes.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist likes Tests only
Australian wicketkeeper and dynamic one-day batsman Adam Gilchrist has said that he subscribes to what he believes will be an increasing trend among international players to retire from one-day gamesto
 arrow Cricket: Second to The Don
Test cricket's second leading run-scorer Steve Waugh is the best player Australia has produced apart from Don Bradman, Zimbabwe coach Geoff Marsh said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: The Lord's prayer
South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini grew up playing cricket for the Mdingi Cricket Club in the foothills of the Amatola mountains, fifty miles from East London.
 arrow Cricket: Lillee sledges Gavaskar!
Dennis Lillee has mocked his former Indian rival Sunil Gavaskar for accusing Australia of tainting the image of cricket with sledging tactics.
 arrow Cricket: Not quite the script
Michael Vaughan admitted his first day as England Test captain had not gone to plan at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi, Roddick in qtrs
World number one Andre Agassi and second-seeded Andy Roddick cruised into the ATP Washington Classic quarterfinals here Thursday as "friend versus friend" became a theme at the 600,000-dollar event.
 arrow Football: Focus firmly on Beckham
David Beckham will take the field Saturday for his Real Madrid debut in front of 45,000 fans, a million miles from the glitz and glamour and state-of-the-art stadiums he's used to.
 arrow Football: A lesson in United
Manchester United put on an entertaining show at both ends of the field on Thursday, recording a 4-1 victory over Juventus in an international friendly.
 arrow Chess: Zia slips to third place
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman slipped to third after his second successive draw with GM Jonathan Rowson of Scotland in the tenth round of the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship in Edinburgh on
Politicalarrow Gram Sarkar won't bring any good: Opposition
The main opposition party Awami League (AL) and some smaller ones have called upon the government to give up its move to start formation of 'nominated' Gram Sarkar today, saying the new system will destroy
 arrow BNP leader slaughtered in Pabna
A local BNP leader was publicly slaughtered by a group of miscreants in Chartarapur union of Pabna on Thursday evening.

Nural Biswas, 50, was a former president of BNP Chartarapur unit.

 arrow AL to demand midterm polls if it wins Netrokona seat
Awami League is looking forward to the upcoming Netrokona-3 by-polls, winning which will make the main opposition's case for midterm elections much stronger, party sources said.
 arrow JCD attack on BCL leaders on DU campus protested
The local unit of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) brought out a procession in the town yesterday protesting the attack on the party leaders and workers on the Dhaka University campus.
Metropolitanarrow 100 more BRTC buses to be launched in phases
One hundred more BRTC buses on long and short routes will be launched in phases from this month.
 arrow 4 Indians held in Rajshahi
Bangladesh Rifles in Rajshahi caught four Indian nationals along with 11 bags of smuggled sugar from two houses at Yusufpur village in Charghat Upazila early yesterday.
 arrow RCC to set up compost plant
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has taken up a project to set up a 'compost plant' for proper management of household waste in the city.
Nationalarrow Judge gets death threat for acquitting accused
A judge has been threatened with death for acquitting some persons found not guilty in a rape case.
 arrow 3 held for Jubo League leader Rezaul murder in Jessore
Three young men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Jubo League leader Rezaul Islam.
 arrow Snarl-up at Bhomra land port
Import-export at Bhomra land port is greatly hampered due to slow unloading of goods on the Bangladesh side.

About 1,000 loaded trucks are stranded on the other side of the border, sources said.

 arrow Symbols allotted for Netrokona by-polls
After allotment of election symbols to candidates on Thursday, hectic campaign has begun for the bye-election in Netrakona-3 constituency.

The polls will be held on August 21.

 arrow Flood affects 15,000 families in Pabna
About 15,000 families have been affected by the recent flood in six upazilas of the district.
Culturearrow Benson & Hedges
The selection process of the much coveted 'One & Only Star Search Award' for 2003 is continuing in regular paces. The Chittagong auditions of the spellbinding contest were held on July 26 at Hotel Agrabad.
 arrow Award
Generalarrow Call for modern treatment of juvenile offenders
Modern treatment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders is a must for human resource development, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at a discussion in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hotels raided to nab 'hiding' criminals, none arrested
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducted raids at 18 hotels at Motijheel on Thursday night, picked up and interrogated some people but released them later.
 arrow 'Resist anti-liberation forces unitedly'
Speakers at a discussion on Thursday called for a united movement to resist the anti-liberation forces and the war criminals who are trying to destroy the spirit of War of Liberation.
 arrow CU PSA postpones siege programme
The indefinite siege programme on the Chittagong University (CU) campus has been postponed for one week.
 arrow 15 injured as train derails in Comilla
An express train derailed near Lalmai Rail Station yesterday afternoon, injuring 15 people.
 arrow Bangabandhu's name can never be erased from history: Hasina
Opposition Leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman can never be erased from the history and the new generation will "obviously find
 arrow Killing of child lifters: 3,000 villagers sued in Haluaghat
Police have filed a murder case against 3,000 unnamed villagers following the killing of three alleged child lifters in a mob beating at village Purba Narail in Haluaghat Upazila on Thursday.
Internationalarrow N Korea drops demands, agrees to six-way talks
North Korea has dropped its demand for one-one-one negotiations with the United States and has directly notified key regional players that it is ready to meet them in six-way nuclear crisis talks, South
 arrow 'Delhi cheapest city to live, but not safe'
A global survey says that the cost of living in New Delhi is low compared to other international capitals but warns expatriates that hiring security guards is essential for safety in offices and homes
 arrow Fighting stops in Liberia, talks go on Taylor's exit
West African envoys were to press Liberia's President Charles Taylor to step down and go into exile in Nigeria after a peacekeeping force is deployed yesterday as fighting stopped for the first time in
 arrow Judicial inquiry into Kelly's death begins
Prime Minister Tony Blair will be called to appear before a judicial inquiry into the death of British weapons expert David Kelly, the veteran judge conducting the probe said Friday.
 arrow US lawmakers want Pakistan to end Kashmir terrorism
Sixteen US lawmakers have urged President George W Bush to insist that President Pervez Musharraf end cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir before giving any more economic aid to Pakistan.
 arrow Vajpayee, Advani vow to build temple in Ayodhya
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani yesterday vowed that a grand Ram temple would be built at the Ram Janmasthan (birth place) and expressed hope that "obstacles" in
 arrow Tension rises as no ME breakthrough in sight
Tension was growing Friday between Israel and the Palestinians over the implementation of the peace roadmap, after back-to-back talks in Washington failed to yield a breakthrough on the main stickingpoints.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DU incidents
Campus violence, which never quite took leave of Dhaka University, manifested itself in a rabid form once more on Thursday.
 arrow Editorial: Tapping tourism
The suggestion made by the Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka, Matsushiro Horiguchi to tap our tourism industry for facilitating foreign investment, we think, should be taken quite seriously.
 arrow Netrokona-3 by-elections: A decade after 'Magura'
In 1994, the BNP had been in power for about three years. The party was a surprise winner of the 1991 general elections and its performance in governance thus far, could at best, be described as naive.
 arrow Japan's search for a non-combat zone in Iraq
Japan is desperate to join the invasion in Iraq and there is no hiding in Tokyo's ambition to become part of a new axis of 'non-evils' that the Japanese leadership sees as the driving force in an uncertain
 arrow Abu Sayeed Chaudhury
Today is the 15th death anniversary of the first constitutional President of Bangladesh Justice Abu Sayeed Chaudhury.
Letters to Editorarrow Communicative English: A failure
I have carefully read the letter of Mr. Zahid Akter published on July 13, 2003 on Daily Star, written in response to Dr. Alam's letter titled "Communicative English: A failure" published on July 07.
 arrow Where were they?
This is response to Mr. Sengupta's letter (July 30, Saddam,s sons...)

This is between two nations at war, war happens between enemies.

Literaturearrow Postmodern Bangla Short Stories: the arrival of the departure (Part I)

Having published a few English translations of Bangla short stories in this page I have of late been asked questions like 'What kind of short stories were these?' 'What did they mean?'

 arrow Reetika Vazirani (1962-2003): Indian-American poet
Poet Reetika Vazirani, who was found dead in Chevy Chase, Maryland on July 18 with her 2-year-old son, an apparent suicide, was born in India and raised in Maryland.
 arrow The Daily Star Literature Page Limerick Contest Winners

Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda agree,
That on the same side they shall never be.
H-Not one minute's rest,
K-Oh my hair, what a mess.