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Front Pagearrow US tepid about RMG free access demand
Washington responded lukewarm about a host of Dhaka's demands including duty- and quota-free access of readymade garment (RMG) and temporary movement of natural persons at the talks on the proposed Trade
 arrow Blast kills 11 at Jordan embassy in Iraq
A truck bomb exploded outside the Jordanian embassy compound in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 11 people, wounding 65 and strewing gutted cars, body parts and a severed head across the street outside.
 arrow JS body clobbers PDB as loss runs into Tk 1,600cr in six years
The Power Development Board (PDB) counted over Tk 1,600 crore in losses in the last six years and a Jatiya Sangsad body attributed this to corruption, systems loss and mismanagement.
 arrow City still suffers on power cuts
Power cuts continued to make life miserable in parts of Dhaka city yesterday as the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) failed to fix the distribution line at Ulan Sub-Station.
 arrow Govt to seek time again for upazila elections
A Supreme Court deadline for holding upazila parishad polls ended yesterday and the government will seek extension of the deadline for the 18th time.
 arrow Where birds tweet in bliss
When the cormorant was found dead and cold under the bamboo bush, Hakim Uddin stood frozen in the first morning light. He could feel the hot trail of tears rolling down his cheeks.
 arrow BCL calls off strike
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday called off an indefinite strike at Dhaka University after a 'successful' dialogue with the university authorities yesterday, ending a six-day deadlock.
 arrow Central bank seeks home ministry probe, files case against sorting firm
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the home ministry to launch an investigation into the fake notes found in its vault.
 arrow Indian water diversion plan to spell disaster, experts warn
In the wake of India's unilateral decision to divert waters of international rivers flowing through India and Bangladesh, water experts have warned that this would spell disaster far greater than that
 arrow Two killed as Topkhana offices catch fire
Fire killed two employees of as many private companies and injured four on Topkhana Road in Paltan yesterday.
 arrow Crisis over as BTTB union backs out
The stalemate at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar exchange appeared over yesterday when the CBA leaders assured the top BTTB management of not pressing for the removal of the general manager, northern region.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
Tullow Oil Plc in a rejoinder protested a news analysis headlined "Shell's quit spills slick on investment climate" published in The Daily Star Wednesday.
 arrow Cab driver gunned down at Agargaon
A cab owner and driver was gunned down at West Agargaon in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow Biman pilots threaten go-slow
The Bangladesh Airline Pilots' Association (BAPA) has threatened to put brakes on its work from Monday if the two pilots it suspended were not removed from their Biman posts.
 arrow Govt to give autonomy to BPI
The government has decided to give full autonomy to the Bangladesh Petroleum Institute (BPI) to strengthen research and training in the oil and gas sector.
 arrow Indigenous people raise 10 demands for govt to meet
Leaders of the indigenous people raised a 10-point demand at a press conference in the city yesterday on the eve of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.
 arrow Three girls of a family drown in pond in Hathazari
Three minor girls of a family drowned in a pond at village Sandipara in Hathazari Upazila yesterday.

Taslima Akhter, 7, Rosy Akhter, 8, and Nurunnahar, 10, were taking bath in the pond at noon.

 arrow US rethink on Iraq tactics
US military leaders in Iraq appear to be considering a change of strategy as two American soldiers were killed and others injured in the most recent attacks on US troops.
 arrow 8 PWD engrs suspended for corruption
Eight engineers of the Public Works Department have been suspended on charges of irregularities and misuse of public money.
 arrow 'Kaptai Dam is safe'
The officials of the Geological Survey Department yesterday claimed that the Kaptai Dam is completely safe and unlikely to be affected by earthquake measuring up to 6 on the Richter scale.
 arrow No news of abducted Ctg magnate yet
The rescue team was reinforced further as police failed to trace Chittagong businessman and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed fourteen days into his abduction.
Businessarrow NCBs likely to get advisors
In a major banking sector reform, the government contemplates appointing advisors to nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) to help improve their management skill and financial health.
 arrow Saifur asks banks to extend cheap credit to agri sector
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the commercial banks to consider slashing interest rates to farmers and agro-based industries.
 arrow Don't allow sugar import through private sector
Sugar merchants yesterday urged the government not to allow sugar import through private sector which they said would hurt local sugar industry.
 arrow Address green issues for market access
A national standing committee should be formed immediately to identify the environmental dangers that may harm Bangladesh's future trade, specially production and export of its products, speakers at a
 arrow Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan to see increased ADB lending
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Thursday that it will boost lending to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan over the next three years.
 arrow Grey sees purple patch in rural marketing campaign
Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd, a concern of Grey Worldwide Group, is going to launch a unique rural marketing campaign to further expand its market share.
 arrow ASEAN adopts road map for financial integration
Southeast Asian finance ministers agreed here Thursday to open up their capital markets further and ease money flows as part of a road map toward a single market in the region.
 arrow Korea to see Merger and Acquisition this year
Merger and acquisitions (M&A) are the hot topic of the moment in Korean financial sector.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani cross Usha barrier
Abahani Krira Chakra crossed a big hurdle in their bid to retain their Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League title when they came from behind to edge past powerful Usha Krira Chakra 4-2 in a crucial
 arrow Cricket: 'Boys will be better against Pakistan
Bangladesh will be more competitive during their three-Test tour of Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said after his team's whitewash by top-ranked Australia.
 arrow Our Correspondent, Khulna: Arambagh breeze into Super Six
Arambagh Krira Sangha stormed into the Super Six phase of the Nitol-Tata 3rd National Football League after trouncing Jagarani Club of Jamalpur 6-1 in the last Group A fixture at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Giddins quits
Former England pace bowler Ed Giddins may have to return to selling Christmas trees again after announcing his retirement from first class cricket on Wednesday.
 arrow WADA calls Warne a cheat
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants the Australian government to fully apply its anti-drugs rules to ensure that banned cricketer Shane Warne's 12-month suspension is properly enforced.
 arrow Basketball: Bryant appears in court
Sombre-looking NBA superstar Kobe Bryant on Wednesday held court at his first media-frenzied appearance before a judge on charges that he raped a 19-year-old woman at a luxury resort.
 arrow Shane no sure choice
Disgraced Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne will not be an automatic selection in the Victorian cricket team after serving his 12-month drugs ban, state coach David Hookes said on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi leads them
A trio of reigning Grand Slam champions advanced into the third round of the 2.45-million-dollar Tennis Masters Series Wednesday with the newest member of the elite group, Roger Federer, leading the way.
 arrow Football: Veron vows vengeance
Chelsea's latest recruit Juan Sebastian Veron has vowed to prove Manchester United were wrong to offload him by helping his new club dethrone the English champions off their perch.
 arrow Football: Real mixed bag
Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez apologised here Thursday after the Spanish giants committed yet another public-relations blunder on the Hong Kong leg of their gaffe-prone Asia tour.
 arrow Football: Makaay unveiled, but...
The protracted transfer of striker Roy Makaay to Bayern Munich continued to drag on Thursday despite the Dutch international taking part in a training session with his new team-mates.
 arrow Football: The missing spark
Manchester United's decision to sell both David Beckham and Juan Sebastian Veron this summer has left the club facing a creativity gap on the field and a credibility gap off it.
Politicalarrow Hasina warns against gas export
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that if the BNP-Jamaat alliance government decided to export gas, people would launch a movement to topple it.
 arrow AL leader shot dead in Sirajganj
An Awami League leader and businessman was shot dead and two others were injured with bullets by a gang of miscreants in Ullahpara Upazila on Wednesday night.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka-Agartala bus service likely this month
Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury yesterday said the Dhaka-Agartala bus service is likely to start this month.
 arrow Increase trade volume
The newly appointed Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Pietro Ballero presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka, Ankara to enhance relations
Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid yesterday called on Turkish Social Welfare Minister Guldal Aksit and held useful talks on ways of boosting bilateral ties.
Culturearrow Bangla Academy observes Tagore's death anniversary
To mark the 62nd death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangla Academy arranged a solo recital of economist, and Tagore specialist and singer Professor Anisur Rahman.
 arrow Film Festival at Dhaka
Under the banner of 'Cinema for all' Bangladesh Federation of Film societies will hold a film festival in September at Dhaka. About thirty five countries will take part in this festival.
 arrow Stars on stage
One & Only Star Search 2003 (Sylhet)The Benson & Hedges One & Only Star Search auditions in Sylhet were held at the Sonargaon Centre on July 31.
Generalarrow Powdered milk threat to breastfeeding
Powdered milk is one of the threats to breastfeeding as it is being promoted as substitute to breast milk, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow 'Seven lakh suffer from TB'
Around seven lakh people have been suffering from tuberculosis (TB) and a TB patient dies every ten minutes in Bangladesh.

And in every two minutes, one person is affected by the disease.

 arrow One held with fake Tk 500 notes in Jessore
Police on Wednesday arrested a man and recovered 200 fake notes of 500-taka denomination at Sreepur Upazila headquarters.
 arrow Any more tremor to cause huge loss of lives
Earthquake experts at a seminar yesterday warned that any more tremor similar to the one that rocked the Chittagong region recently would cause huge loss of lives.
 arrow PSA withdraws siege at CU
The Progressive Students' Alliance (PSA) has finally withdrawn its indefinite siege programme on the Chittagong University (CU) campus after the vice-chancellor assured it of meeting its demand yesterday.
 arrow Gono Bishwabidyalay teacher assaulted
The agitating students of Gono Bishwabidyalay assaulted a teacher and ransacked the offices of the vice-chancellor, registrar and controller of examinations yesterday.
 arrow SASP condemns attack on lawyers in districts
Sammilito Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad (SASP) yesterday condemned the attack on lawyers boycotting the courts in some districts of the country including Dhaka, Chittagong and Rajshahi on August 6 allegedly
 arrow Next NID Jan 18, February 29
A total of 22 million babies across the country aged up to five years would be administered polio vaccines in two rounds during the next National Immunization Day (NID).
 arrow Agreement with IFRC signed
Bangladesh yesterday signed an agreement with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under which it would enjoy special facilities and immunities as enjoyed by other diplomatic
 arrow Admission in CGAC resumes
Chittagong Government Art College (CGAC) will resume admission of students from the current session after long four years.

Admission of students was postponed in 1998 due to some legal problems.

Editorialarrow Editorial: On cutting lending rates
Early this week, there were news reports suggesting that a move has got underway to reduce the lending rates of the banks.
 arrow How free is free trade?
The so-called Washington Consensus has four key elements. They are: Free trade, free market, democracy, and development.
 arrow Laden and Bush
You can ask him anything you want, but George W. Bush isn't a man of short fuse.
 arrow Sweetened sixteen!
The smoking gun for President Bush's State of the Union plug for the invasion of Iraq was the now famous, saccharine-sweetened sixteen words: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently
Letters to Editorarrow Prevent river erosion in Hatia
Hatia is the second biggest island of Bangladesh. It is famous for its agriculture and fisheries. And the population of the island is around 4 Lakhs. The law and order situation in Hatia is rather peaceful.
 arrow Freedom she wrote
The act of violence against women are rampant in Bangladesh now. The latest victim of the abrupt growth of this abominable crime is Rumi, an intermediate 2nd year student of Chittagong.
 arrow DU impasse
We, the general students of the University of Dhaka, which was once known as the Oxford of the East, are frustrated. The JCD and BCL are practising their rituals.
 arrow A personal view
A few days ago I went to a renowned cinema theatre named Modhumita to watch a movie. They were showing two movies for the price of one. One was the Waterworld and another was Fire.
 arrow Pre-paid mobile bad!
A very good point brought up by Mr Istiaque Uddin (Rifat) of RUET -- all the mobile companies favouring the post-paid owners! The leading carrier has started this "discrimination" for more than a month
 arrow Private universities
My thanks to Mustak Hossain for his timely piece on the burgeoning of private universities in Dhaka.
 arrow Editing standards
Editing is both arts and sciences.
 arrow Learning English and The Daily Star
English language of late has become a global demand because of its universal appeal lying in every sphere of life.
 arrow IBA (DU) should change
Ms Samiha Esha spent cumbersome hours in replying to my letter, but I feel it was all unnecessary.
 arrow The blame game
Bangladesh is a country with great potentials. It has also so far received help and assistance in cash and kindness from the foreign countries since the independence.
 arrow Unionists press BTTB
This refer to a news published in DS on August 06.

It was shocking to know that Mr. Md.

 arrow Necessity of public toilet
In our daily commute from one place to another -- while walking on the street or on the footpath -- there is a chance that you might face an acrid thing.
 arrow Islamic University library
The students of the Islamic University (IU) are unable to derive any benefit from the central library as it is now plagued with many problems including shortage of books and lack of internet, e-mail and
Focusarrow The uneasy days
The BBC Bengali Section has started broadcasting a special series of radio programmes since this week built around the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
 arrow A hospital in incubator?
Often mountain produces mouse, so goes the saying. Hardly any one would believe it until a visit to a point just 15-kilometre north of metropolitan Dhaka into Uttara Model Town.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq
Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed was a many faceted personality who left an indelible impression on a vast and varied area of professional, political and social activity in his lifetime.
Environmentarrow Fifteen points for making Dhaka a city: A manifesto for a civic place
Dhaka is not a city, yet.
 arrow Natural carp breeding ground under threat
Fish is a much loved food in this country and a major source of protein for the people.
Worldarrow Bali bomber to walk gallows
In the first verdict on last year's Bali bombings, an Indonesian court on Thursday convicted and sentenced to death Amrozi bin Nurhasyim for his role in the attack that killed 202 people.
 arrow Applause, tears greet Bali bombing verdict
Tears flowed and survivors applauded in an Indonesian court yesterday as a judge sentenced Muslim militant Amrozi to death for last October's Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.
 arrow ' Asia urged to focus on 'causes' to snub terror
Asian governments cannot defeat terrorism through military means but needs political courage to address the root causes of the scourge, Malaysia said yesterday.
 arrow Manila to prosecute more soldiers
Philippines authorities plan to prosecute dozens more rebel soldiers and civilian conspirators involved in an alleged coup attempt against President Gloria Arroyo, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 'Lanka peace talks likely to resume in Sept'
Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks are expected to resume in September following a crucial internal meeting of Tamil Tiger rebels this week in Paris, the government's top negotiator said Thursday.


 arrow Protests in India over SC ban on officials' strikes
Protests erupted in India Thursday as trade unionists vowed to fight a Supreme Court ruling that bans government employees from taking part in strikes.
 arrow Bush still tied up with Iraq
One hundred days after he declared major combat in Iraq over, US President George W.
 arrow Europe continues to bake in deadly heat
Rivers and ponds were drying up, while wildfires blazed in several countries as Europe staggered through a deadly heat wave forecast to last until September.
 arrow US general sees Saddam on the run in disguise
The US general leading the hunt for Saddam Hussein around the fugitive ex-dictator's home town said on Thursday that Saddam was on the run, wearing a disguise and moving frequently to evade American patrols.
 arrow Bush terms Israeli security fencing a problem
President George W. Bush said Wednesday that Israel's construction of a West Bank security barrier is a hurdle in the Middle East process that his administration wants to overcome.
 arrow Workouts can hurt hearts
A gene linked to exercise-induced heart growth has been identified by Spanish researchers.
 arrow African peace force to move into Monrovia
West African peacekeepers were to advance into the war-battered Liberian capital on Thursday as President Charles Taylor prepared formally to announce his resignation.
 arrow Arnie says goodbye to filmdom for politics
US action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced he was giving up movies to fight for the governorship of the state of California, in a surprise twist worthy of a Hollywood script.