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Front Pagearrow Hasina, ex-navy chief chargesheeted
Charges were pressed yesterday against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and five others including a former navy chief in a corruption case regarding the purchase of a Korean frigate for the Bangladesh
 arrow Exports suffer as taxmen go on with strike
The export sector suffered huge loss as the strike by customs officials, particularly at the Dhaka Customs House and the Internal Container Depot (ICD), continued.
 arrow Law takes backseat as fake notes reign supreme
Circulation of 500 and 100 taka fake notes is rising alarmingly, but the central bank and law-enforcement agencies are yet to combat the crime.
 arrow Freedom she wrote
Rumi wanted freedom and freedom she knew could come only in death.

She finally got it from the teasers when she committed suicide by hanging herself Friday.

 arrow Identify high-rises sans building code
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need for developing an adequate management system to face possible earthquakes and handle post-quake rescue operations.
 arrow Bail petition of BNP MP's brother rejected
The bail petition of Reazuddin Ahmed Monir, brother of ruling BNP MP Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and an accused in the Keraniganj double murder case, was rejected by the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Dhaka Division,
 arrow BDR major closed for 'excesses' during Khulna joint drive
A Major of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has been closed to the Khulna sector headquarters for alleged excesses at Khalishpur Nayabati in Khulna on Saturday in the name of the anti-outlaw joint operation.
 arrow 'AL man' shot dead in Savar, commissioner's son arrested
An alleged criminal, son of a ward commissioner candidate, shot a truck driver dead at Tarapur in Savar yesterday noon.
 arrow Strike takes toll on education, DU sealed off to BCL
A student strike by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) put a brake on academic activities at public universities and colleges, while the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists attacked or chased their
 arrow 52 killed as explosives go off in Pak village
More than 52 people were killed and around 70 injured yesterday when explosives used in road works caught fire and detonated in a northern Pakistan village, causing several homes to collapse, officials
 arrow Admission confusion
Students and guardians are in confusion over admission to colleges, as the government decided to enrol students on the basis of grade point average (GPA) instead of written tests.
 arrow Probe blames MV Nasrin-1 capsize on faulty design
The government probe committee submitted its report on the sinking of MV Nasrin-1 to the shipping ministry yesterday, about four weeks after the overcrowded double-decked launch went down in the river
 arrow Mob kills 4 in Ctg
Mob beat four to death and injured four others severely in separate incidents at Patiya and Sitakundu Saturday suspecting them as dacoits.
 arrow Four to die for killing SSC examinee
Four persons were sentenced to death here yesterday for killing SSC examinee Hasina Khatun in 1999.
 arrow 92 Gram Sarkar bodies formed on 2nd day
Ninety-two Gram Sarkar units were formed on the second day of the process yesterday in what is still tipped as a relaxed pace.
 arrow Banks asked to change torn, dirty notes
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday directed the commercial banks to accept and change torn and dirty notes without harassing customers.
 arrow Trembling in tremor horror
The people of Borkol upazila in Rangamati district are living under the shadow of earthquake horrors in the wake of a moderate tremor and a train of aftershocks.
 arrow US warns Niger to keep quiet on Iraq uranium
The United States has warned Niger to keep out of a row over disputed claims that Iraq sought to buy uranium from the west African state, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
 arrow MP's toll refusal leads to firing, stabbing, assault
Extortionists demanded a toll of Tk 10 lakh from a lawmaker and on refusal, assaulted his brother, at Narayanganj on Saturday.

They also shot a person and stabbed another.

 arrow Cop-villager clash over smuggled cattle leaves 1 dead
One person was killed and six others including a policeman were injured in a clash between police and locals at Raniganj Bazar on the Dinajpur-Rangpur Highway yesterday.
 arrow Razzak's return from London mission fuels speculations
The low-key visit of High Commissioner of Bangladesh in London and former speaker Sheikh Razzak Ali recently to Khulna, his hometown, has given rise to a flurry of speculations.
 arrow Barrister Rokan warns ministers against anarchy in courts
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, yesterday accused a few ministers of provocation to create a situation in the courts.
 arrow Rejoinder
Hizbut Tawheed, an Islamist political party, has protested a news-story carried by The Daily Star on July 16 under the headline, 'New outlaw groups swing into action'.
 arrow IO cross-examined for four hours
The 23rd prosecution witness, Mojibur Rahman, additional superintendent of police, CID, and investigation officer (IO) of the Shazneen case, was cross-examined for about four hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Automated secondary T-bill market on cards
The government is going to launch an automated treasury bill market with the facilities of online real-time trading.
 arrow Hefty rate cut in savings certificates likely by Dec
A move is underway to cut one-third of the interest rates on government savings certificates by December this year, aiming to create a ground for commercial banks to lower interest rates on term loans.
 arrow Turn rly into corporation
The creation of a corporate entity with legal right for Bangladesh Railway (BR) is the first essential step to bring about structural changes required for making the sector viable.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka in thin forex trade
The US dollar remained strong against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday which was depressed by holiday in the international markets, dealers said.

The dollar traded at 58.4750-58.

 arrow Hurdles hold back entry of goods into Indian market
Export of Bangladeshi food items to Indian market is being hampered due to a mandatory provision of taking health clearance certificate, the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said in
 arrow India imposes non-tariff barrier on battery plates
After slapping anti-dumping duty on Bangladeshi lead acid battery early this year, India is now imposing new non-tariff barrier on the battery plate.
 arrow CCCI delegation off to Thailand for trade talks
An eight-member Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) delegation left here for Thailand Sunday to attend a high profile international seminar on small and medium scale industrial enterprises
 arrow Rising unemployment in S'pore bodes ill for foreign workers
Rising unemployment as wealthy Singapore stumbles into hard times has rekindled a debate on the presence of about 800,000 foreigners, most of them workers, in the tiny city-state.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Demon Damien blows Bangladesh away
Powerful right-hander Damien Martyn hit a whirlwind unbeaten 92 from 51 balls Sunday as Australia thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets in a one-day clash here, wrapping up a three-match series with anunbeatable
 arrow Tigers thrashed again
Damien Martyn blasted an unbeaten 92 off 51 balls to lead world champions Australia to a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Dav dismayed
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said on Sunday he was appalled at his side's display after they collapsed for 147 from 45.1 overs to lose by nine wickets against Australia in the second one-day international.
 arrow S Africa win Lord's Test
South Africa won the second Test against England at Lord's by an innings and 92 runs on the fourth day yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Record doesn't Matter much'
Records did not enter Damien Martyn's mind as he smashed an unbeaten 92 against Bangladesh on Sunday, the Australian batsman said.
 arrow Cricket: Hansie was murdered?
The death of Hansie Cronje, South Africa's disgraced former captain who was killed in a plane crash in the Western Cape in June 2002, may have been no accident, according to a report in the latest edition
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff holds SA up
Andrew Flintoff's rapid unbeaten 84 held up South Africa's march towards an innings victory in the second Test at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Boucher won't party now
South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher promised there would be no excessive celebrations if the team won the second Test against England at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy attempts to revive career
Dumped Pakistan batsman Inzamamul Haq Sunday said he was engaged in a desperate campaign to resurrect his cricket career and shed his memories of the World Cup fiasco ahead of a busy home season.
 arrow Football: BFF names age-group officials
The team management committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has selected the managers and coaches for the under-20 and under-17 teams.
 arrow Football: BKSP runners-up at Norway Cup
The Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) under-16 team became runners-up in the Norway Cup football festival.
 arrow No success at Futsal
Bangladesh suffered their second successive defeat in the Futsal tournament in Qatar on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Khulna leg starts today
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra will take on Chittagong Moha-mmedan Sporting Club in the opening match of the last leg of the Nitol-Tata third Natio-nal Football League which begins today at the Khulna
 arrow Hockey: Usha back on track
Usha Krira Chakra registered their second win in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League with a comfortable 5-1 victory over lowly Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: A French Open final replay
Belgian rivals Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne set up a re-match of the French Open final, posting semi-final victories at the 1 million-dollar WTA Tour event here.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi slayed
Chile's Fernando Gonzalez stunned world number one Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 here Saturday, ousting his boyhood idol to reach the final of the 600,000-dollar ATP Washington Classic final.
 arrow Football: Mark the name Altintop
Schalke 04 midfielder Hamit Altintop is the talk of the Bundesliga Sunday after a fantastic double in the 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Amoroso saves Dortmund
Marcio Amoroso prevented Jupp Heynckes' return to the Bundesliga from ending in victory Saturday, as a late strike from the Brazilian helped Borussia Dortmund to share the spoils with local rivals Schalke
 arrow Football: Just one showstoppe
Superstar David Beckham arrived in Japan Sunday with Spain's champion side Real Madrid, drawing frantic screams from some 1,200 fans at the country's main international airport.
 arrow Football: Veron decision Wednesday
Manchester United have confirmed they are considering an official offer from Chelsea for their prize Argentine midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron.
 arrow Football: Bright Nonda start
Shabani Nonda kicked off Monaco's season in style by grabbing both goals in a deserved 2-0 French league triumph over Bordeaux, while Marseille left it late against Guingamp and Paris Saint-Germain froze
 arrow Boxing: Tyson files for bankruptcy
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has filed for protection in the US Bankruptcy Court, claiming his finances are in disarray.
Politicalarrow AL accuses BNP of violating code of conduct
With the parliamentary by-polls at the Netrokona-3 constituency less than three weeks away, the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the ruling BNP of violating the election code of conduct.
 arrow BCL men leave JU campus under JCD threat
Activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit are leaving the campus in the face of threat of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists.
 arrow BCL observes strike at CU
Chittagong University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday observed a strike on the campus protesting the attack on its central leaders by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres.
Metropolitanarrow Asiatic celebrates its 37th anniversary
The Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited, a leading advertising agency, celebrated its 37th founding anniversary on Friday with a manifestation of its creativity and aesthetic zeal.
 arrow No majority or minority community
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where there is no majority or minority.

"We had all fought together in the War of Liberation and made Bangladesh independent.

 arrow SSC candidates demand re-examination of answer scripts in Ctg
Hundreds of students, who appeared at the last SSC examination under Chittagong Education Board (CEB), yesterday formed a human chain demanding re-examination of their answer scripts.
Nationalarrow Rickets threatens 50,000 children in Cox's Bazar
About 50,000 children in Cox's Bazar district have been suffering from rickets and face the threat of being totally crippled.
 arrow Two slaughtered in Jhalakati, Barguna
Widow of a school teacher was slaughtered by miscreants on Thursday in Jhalakati.
 arrow Bail prayer of journalist Akkas Sikder rejected
The bail prayer of a journalist named Akkas Sikder was rejected in Shohag murder case.

Ismail Hossain, Sadar Upazila Magistrate of Jhalakati rejected the bail prayer of the journalist on Saturday.

 arrow 10 animals including lion,deer die at Ctg Zoo
At least 10 animals died at Chittagong zoo in last one week.

The oldest lion of the zoo named Apu died at 24 on Thursday, according to sources in the zoo.

 arrow Two outlaws murdered in Khulna, Kushtia
Two cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were murdered in Bagerhat and Kushtia on Saturday and Friday night.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka, Paris seal deal on military training
Bangladesh and France yesterday signed an agreement on cooperation in military training.
 arrow Manila to back Dhaka
The Philippines will extend support to Bangladesh in its bid to become member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
Culturearrow Printmakers nonpareil
When something as rare as the ongoing exhibition of pioneer printmakers of Bangladesh at "Chitrak" takes place, it is only normal that art lovers will flock to it.
 arrow Welcoming Barsha

The name Gopibagh may sound to some rather unlikely to be a venue for cultural programmes. Especially, one might be reminded of its once notoriety for mugging and political feuds.

 arrow Music Plus special on Fahmida Nabi
Music Plus, a special menu on music, telecast daily on Channel-i, will feature Fahmida Nabi, today, at 6.15 pm.

The programme will highlight an interview and songs from her recent album Yusuf Zulekha.

Generalarrow 'Empower elected women members of local govts'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for more empowerment of elected women members of local government bodies to ensure development at the grassroots level.
 arrow Acute transport crisis at RU
Students of Rajshahi University (RU) have been facing an acute transport crisis as most of the university buses have worn out.
 arrow India finds rape of Bangladeshi woman by BSF men false
A probe by the Indian authorities found false the report of rape of a Bangladeshi woman by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel.
 arrow Wife of Tawfiq Aziz Khan laid to rest
Suraiya Begum, wife of the late Tawfiq Aziz Khan, former executive editor of The Daily Star, was laid to rest at Banani graveyard yesterday.
 arrow 8 policemen transferred, three more 'robbers' held
One sub-inspector (SI), two assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) and five constables were transferred and three more alleged dacoits arrested yesterday in connection with the Bhandaria Bandar Bazar robbery.
 arrow Court boycott issue Pandemonium in lawyers meet in N'ganj
Chaos broke out at a meeting of Narayanganj District Ainjibi Samity yesterday when one of the lawyers was prevented from delivering his speech.
 arrow Channel i chief reporter's house robbed
Robbers looted cash and valuables allegedly worth Tk 90,000 from the Channel i chief reporter's house at Shewrapara yesterday.
 arrow Hill factions trade fire at Naniarchar
A series of gunfights between armed activists of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) rattled Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati Saturday.
Internationalarrow Al-Qaeda threatens US over Guantanamo detainees
An audio tape purportedly from top al-Qaeda official Ayman al-Zawahri warned the United States yesterday it would pay a high price if it harmed any of the detainees at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in
 arrow Surat building blast kills 20, injures 40
At least 20 people were killed yesterday and 40 injured when a huge blast caused a three-story building to collapse in India's western state of Gujarat, a police spokesman said.
 arrow Militants threaten to dump truce over detention
Militants linked to Yasser Arafat threatened Saturday to resume attacks on Israel and shatter a US-backed peace plan after the Palestinian president had 20 of their comrades detained in his headquarters.
 arrow No change in govt's stand on Ayodhya, says Vajpayee
Seeking to defuse a gathering storm over his Friday speech, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sunday said there was no change in Government's stand on the Ayodhya dispute which he felt could be solved
 arrow Hizbul warns of more suicide attacks
The Pro-Pakistan militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Saturday warned of intensifying suicide attacks within and outside Jammu and Kashmir and refused to acknowledge the ceasefire proposal of separatist
 arrow Sharon's Delhi trip may fuel Indo-Pak tensions: Arafat
Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat has said he believes an upcoming visit here by Israeli premier Ariel Sharon as well as India's plans to buy military hardware from the Jewish state couldworsen
 arrow Liberians brace for more battle as Taylor cedes
Liberians braced for another day of fighting in the capital Sunday, a day after President Charles Taylor promised to hand over power and just hours before African peacekeeping troops are due to deploy.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Gram Sarkar
The government has begun the process of forming Gram Sarkar (village government) as an auxiliary to the elected Union Parishad, the lowest tier of the local government, in 40,392 wards of 4,448 UnionParishads
 arrow Editorial: UN move for Liberia laudable
After weeks of hard work, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has managed to get the Security Council to approve a resolution to send multinational forces in Liberia.
 arrow A region's reconstruction
Afghanistan, nearly two years after becoming the focal point of the West's War on Terror, remains a troubled, disorderly, half-ruined land perennially on the brink of chaos.
 arrow How personal is the law?
Who said that Indian Muslims must "reinterpret the foundational legal principles in the light of their own experience and the altered conditions of modern life"? The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
 arrow Microfilm preservation: Why blame nature?
Microfilm is a wonderful invention to preserve archival documents, manuscripts, books, any records for indefinite period.
Letters to Editorarrow Sensible thinking
The initiative by the Bangladesh government is praiseworthy.
 arrow Madhupur Garos, justice denied
I am writing in support of the letter written by Shah Mushtaque Ahmed regarding the Madhupur Garo people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Job crisis
The existing condition in the job market is frustrating. And especially for the people with an arts backgroundthey really have very few scopes of getting jobs at different offices.
 arrow Card-phone sufferings
In Dhaka we have only a few card-phone booths. Unfortunately most of them are out of order. There are two types of phone-booths in the city.
 arrow A glance of history
In 1994/95 BBC Bengali service broadcast a programme on the War of Liberation, Bangladesh, 1971 and India's role. Two of former India's beaurocrats D.P. Dhar and late P.N.
 arrow Responsibilities and ministers
In parliamentary democracies ministers are responsible to the parliament and to the nation for all the deeds of their ministry -- good or bad.
 arrow A freer Iraq?
I have gone through a letter by Mahmood Elahi published on Daily Star dated July 19. I disagree with him on the following points:

-The Iraqi people will be the real beneficiary of Saddam........ouster.

 arrow Hawkers and beggars at DU
Hawkers and beggars of various kinds are gradually growing in numbers on Dhaka University campus. The arts building and its surroundings are the main target of these groups.
 arrow Bizarre system at IBA (DU)!
I came to learn (from the Daily Star letter page) that there is no waiting list system in a prestigious institute like the IBA.
 arrow Improvement examinees
The National University in spite of repeated appeals (through formal applications and appeals published in the national dailies) has not yet allowed the improvement examinees of 1994 and 1995 to pick-up
 arrow Speedy trial tribunal and Bangabandhu murder case
I am thankful to the present government as they have taken drastic measures in order to prevent crime and also for the "speedy trial tribunal".
 arrow North Korea got to be pragmatic
North Korea, billed as a "rouge state" by the USA, has now been under mountain of pressure of the international world for its atomic project that is being run to generate plutoniuman important chemical
 arrow Thanks to Mr. Ron Chepesiuk
Thanks for the excellent perception and writing on "The war on terrorism and the western media" published on 25th July, Daily Star.
 arrow Bangladesh cricket
Our cricket team has again suffered an innings defeat by the mighty Australian side. I wonder how much our cricketers have learned from their past-mistakes.
 arrow Reduction of Dhaka-Sylhet train fare
Our Communication Minister, Barrister Nazmul Huda assured immediate reduction of Dhaka-Sylhet Train fare to cope with that of Dhaka-Chittagong.
 arrow Chilli-hot terrorist-flavoured pizza?
American president says his country is willing to do absolutely anything to win this great war against terrorism and make the American people feel safe and secured.
Star Cityarrow Congestion caused by city's bus menace
The profusion and congestion of Dhaka city traffic is causing the loss of countless man-hours among the city's workers.
 arrow Tanneries retold to relocate
The Prime Minister has once again directed the authorities to expedite the relocation of Hazaribagh tanneries to Savar. The Ministry of Industries is responsible for shifting the tanneries soon.
 arrow Check on car horns
In a bid to contain noise pollutioT in the city, the government has decided to introduce strict laws to ban 'powerful' horns and to regulate all sources of sound that creates pollution, sources in the
 arrow Gangsters grabbing city's major markets
The Dhaka City Corporation is losing more than a dozen markets to grabbers and gangsters and missing out on about Tk 7 lakh in revenues a month.
 arrow Rupnagar residents robbed by officials
A deceitful group of people is grabbing lucrative plots of land at Rupnagar Residential Area (RRA) at Pallabi, in Mirpur, violating the project profile approved by the Executive Committee on the National
 arrow Investment policy for Dhaka
A high-powered committee has been formed on the directive of the Prime Minister to prepare an investment policy in the private sector for infrastructural development of Dhaka city and the rest of thecountry,
 arrow Disaster management a must for city to survive quake

The government is launching a comprehensive scheme to contend with damage caused by disasters including earthquakes, as the country is not prepared to manage any post-disaster situation.