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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
PBCP claims responsibility for killing contractor Rezaul in Jessore|
Purbo Banglar Communist Party has claimed responsibility for the killing of LGED contractor Rezaul Islam.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Hussain might quit cricket altogether|
Nasser Hussain could retire from all cricket at the end of the summer, if not earlier, his brother believes.
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
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.
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.
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.
Not quite the script|
Michael Vaughan admitted his first day as England Test captain had not gone to plan at Lord's here Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flood affects 15,000 families in Pabna|
About 15,000 families have been affected by the recent flood in six upazilas of the district.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
CU PSA postpones siege programme|
The indefinite siege programme on the Chittagong University (CU) campus has been postponed for one week.
15 injured as train derails in Comilla|
An express train derailed near Lalmai Rail Station yesterday afternoon, injuring 15 people.
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
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.
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
'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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Campus violence, which never quite took leave of Dhaka University, manifested itself in a rabid form once more on Thursday.
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.
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.
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
Abu Sayeed Chaudhury|
Today is the 15th death anniversary of the first constitutional President of Bangladesh Justice Abu Sayeed Chaudhury.
|Letters to Editor||
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.
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.
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?'
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.
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.