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Front Pagearrow BCS questions 'leaked' again: 4 arrested
Questions for the preliminary test of the 24th BCS examinations, which was cancelled earlier for leakage, were reportedly leaked out again Thursday night.
 arrow Defence ministry tops audit defaulters
The defence ministry tops the list of 20 ministries that had audit objections raised in the fiscal 2000-2001, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General's Office (CAG) said.
 arrow Businessman gunned down in front of city market
A businessman and a young man were gunned down in two incidents at Elephant Road and Mohammadpur in Dhaka last night, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Tongi industrial zone now a virtual dead city
If you are planning to set up an industry in Bangladesh, avoid the Tongi industrial zone because it has become a virtually dead city.
 arrow Two women of a family burnt alive in Patiya
Two women of a family were burnt alive as miscreants allegedly set fire to a house in Patiya in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Quake fear still stalks people in Ctg zone
A spectre of death and destruction haunts the people of Chittagong region in the wake of a moderate tremor on July 27, but the government appears sluggish to study the damage caused by the quake to prepare
 arrow Landline phones in private sector unlikely this year
The BangladeshTelecommuni-cations Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is unlikely to allow new telecoms operators to run fixed line networks in the private sector this year due to red tape.
 arrow US troops kill six Iraqis in Tikrit
Five Iraqi men and a child were killed by US gunfire early yesterday in a street market in the town of Tikrit, the director of the main hospital in Saddam Hussein's hometown north of Baghdad told the
 arrow Funds to set up observatories remain stalled
No funds were allocated in the last two financial years for completion of three under-construction seismic observatories in different parts of the country and for modernisation of the existing one atChittagong.
 arrow Some ministers back UPDF men: Larma
President of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma has said, "Backed by some ministers, the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) is tryingto
 arrow US$1.72 lakh seized from Iraqi diplomat at ZIA
A huge amount of dollars was seized from the third secretary of the Iraq embassy in Delhi at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow Architectural conservation in Dhaka City
Of late, the new concept of architectural conservation centring, among other things, on future proposals, problems and prospects of conservation study of Dhaka has aroused public interest.
 arrow Bus collision kills 5 in Manikganj
Five people, three of a family, were killed and 23 others injured in road accidents on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow Robbery at Uttara
Armed robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Tk 6 lakh from a house at Uttara on Thursday night.
 arrow 976 developers showcaused for Building Code violation in Ctg
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has served show cause notices upon owners of 976 under-construction structures in the city for violating the Building Code.
 arrow Joint forces scaled down in Bagerhat
Activities of the joint forces here have been curtailed and authorities have withdrawn some members of the force from nine camps in Mollarhat and Fakirhat upazilas of the district yesterday.
 arrow Businessmen call hartal at Comilla Aug 12
The business community here announced a three-day action programme, including a day-long hartal, protesting the closure of some shops in the Police Complex Supermarket.
 arrow Charge sheet in Alam murder case today
The charge sheet in the industrialist Mohammad Alam muder case will be submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, today, sources said


 arrow Tap water becomes 50pc dearer in Barisal
Barisal City Corporation (BCC) has raised the price of tap water by 50 per cent following a decision at a meeting at Nagar Bhaban convened by BCC Mayor Majibur Rahman Sarwar on Thursday.
 arrow Death toll in Jordanian embassy blast rises to 17
At least 17 people were killed by Thursday's truck bomb attack on the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, an official at the hospital where the bodies were taken said.
Businessarrow Delay in sugar import pushes price up
Retail sugar dealers alleged the government has failed to keep sugar price steady as it delays decision on the mode of sugar import.
 arrow 64 in FBCCI polls fray
Sixty-four hopefuls now remain in the FBCCI election fray as 10 aspirants have withdrawn their candidatures.

Thursday was the last day for withdrawing candidature.

 arrow List of candidates
Following is the list of candidates contesting in the FBCCI election:

Names of the candidates the Association Group are Abu Alam Chowdhury of Advertising Agencies Association of Bangladesh; Md Giasuddin

 arrow SAARC Chamber EC meets Monday
Executive Committee (EC) meeting of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will be held on Monday at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow ASEAN keeps rosy forecast despite terror shadow
Southeast Asian finance ministers appealed to investors Thursday not to abandon the region despite the shadows cast by a deadly bomb attack in Jakarta.
 arrow US productivity up sharply, jobless claims wane
US worker productivity surged in the second quarter at more than twice the first-quarter clip, the government said Thursday, boosting hopes for stronger economic growth to generate more jobs.
 arrow EU studying new US farm proposal
The European Union is studying a new US proposal aimed at breaking a logjam in farm trade talks before a World Trade Organization meeting next month in Mexico, an EU official said Thursday.
 arrow EU regrets US action at WTO over GM foods
The European Union said Friday it regretted a US-led challenge at the WTO over an EU ban on bio-engineered foods, insisting its rules were "clear and non-discriminatory".
Sportsarrow Football: Tapu pulls Ctg MSC thru'
The Nitol-Tata National Football League Super Six line-up was completed when Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club became the last team to qualify after they beat Bangladesh Army 3-1 at the Khulna Stadium
 arrow Hockey: Goal crazy MSC
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club demolished Bangladesh Sporting Club 10-0 in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to appoint CEO next week
The Bangladesh Cricket Board will appoint a chief executive officer (CEO) after interviewing two candidates in Dhaka next week. BCB advisor Mahabubul Anam confirmed it yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne hits back
Shane Warne told the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to mind their own business on Friday as debate continued over the issue of allowing the Australia leg-spinner to play in charity matches while serving
 arrow Cricket: Kallis clicks immediately
South Africa's Jacques Kallis dispelled any doubts about both his form and focus as he hammered a run-a-ball 77 against Kent on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: All on his shoulders
In December 2000, on a Goodyear Park pitch that died as the match wore on and with attention focused squarely on Allan Donald's quest for his 300th Test wicket, Makhaya Ntini all but upstaged the great
 arrow Tennis: Kim, Lindsay in qtrs
Top seeds Kim Clijsters and Lindsay Davenport both prevailed with hard-fought three-set victories on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the 635,000 dollar WTA Los Angeles event.
 arrow Tennis: Mac ventures into politics?
Three-time men's Wimbledon champion John McEnroe, famed for his temper tantrums and rows with umpires, said he is considering becoming a politician in an interview published Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer moves on
Wimbledon winner Roger Federer found his serving form to take a win 6-4, 6-3 win over Tommy Robredo into the quarterfinals of the 2.45-million-dollar Masters Series on Thursday.
 arrow Athletics: Tim vows to bounce back
World 100m record holder Tim Montgomery vowed Thursday to prove his poor showing in Stockholm earlier this week was just a temporary glitch when he competes in the Super Grand Prix meet at Crystal Palace
 arrow Football: Veron, Cole promise fireworks
Chelsea's new midfield signing Juan Sebastian Veron insists he will regain the form that helped his Lazio side win the Italian double in 2000.
 arrow Football: Fergie's faith in Kleberson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that Brazilian midfielder Kleberson can fill the gap left by Juan Sebastian Veron's departure to English Premiership rival's Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Lucio sees long Leverkusen future
Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen are trying to secure Brazilian defender Lucio with an extended contract offer which could one day see him become a coach at the club.
 arrow Football: Real romp past HK
Two goals from Ronaldo helped Real Madrid record a comfortable 4-2 victory over a Hong Kong XI on the latest leg of the Spanish giants' Asian tour here Friday.
 arrow Football: Can you resist the Bundesliga?

Free showers, cheaper drinks and more toilets are some of the measures German clubs have come up with to persuade fans to attend Bundesliga matches this weekend despite the heatwave sweeping the country.

 arrow Football: Barca bank on history
Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano admitted Friday the Catalan giants and former European champions have enormous debts - but insisted their history and loyal fan base would see them through.
Metropolitanarrow NGOs need to improve auditing system for accountability: WB
The World Bank (WB) has suggested greater involvement of government and professional institutions in ensuring financial accountability of NGOs in view of their growing role in the development process.
 arrow Mason stabbed to death
A mason was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants at Amin Bazar in Savar on Thursday.
Nationalarrow That's how a Gram Sarkar is born
A Jamaat-e-Isami worker in Itakhola union, Fazlur Rahman Sadhin, read out 15 names one by one.

With a feeble applause from the small audience, the 15 became Gram Sarkar members without any voting.

 arrow 23 chargesheeted after five years
Twenty-three people have been chargesheeted in the sensational Lupu murder case, five years after the incident.
 arrow Barisal BM College to be made varsity soon:UGC
The Barisal Government Brojomohan College will be upgraded to a full-fledged public university soon.
 arrow Joint forces pick up 768 in 24 hrs
Outlawed PBCP (Jana Juddho) has claimed responsibility for murdering Rupsha fish trader Azhar Fakir, terming him a 'class enemy and traitor'.
 arrow Contractors muscled out in bidding
Musclemen including a cadre of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist party (PBCP) prevented contractors from dropping tenders invited for construction of teachers quarters on the Khulna University campus at
 arrow Rally, meeting for arrest of Giasuddin's killers in Barisal
Madrassah teachers, students and Imams of mosques brought out a huge procession in city and held a meeting on the premises of Aswani Kumar Hall on Thursday demanding arrest and punishment of the killers
Culturearrow Cassettes have promoted Tagore songs to the remotest parts: Sadi Mohammad
Sadi Mohammad is a household name in the country amongst those who enjoy Tagore songs. Sadi is the Head of the Department of Tagore Songs of the Government Music College in Dhaka.
 arrow Under privileged children's life on screen
Rezanur Rahman has completed a drama serial titled Chhera Pata on the life of under privileged children of the country.
 arrow Tagore's death anniversary at Shilpa Kala Academy
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy observed Rabindranath's 62nd death anniversary on 6 August.
 arrow Bollywood on location in Berlin
Anew Bollywood film about the Indian independence fighter Subhash Chandra Bose is being shot in Germany.
Generalarrow IDEB suggests new site for Padma bridge
When opinions of millions are divided over the site for construction of the proposed Padma Bridge, the Faridpur chapter of Institute of Diploma Engineers of Bangladesh (IDEB) has suggested a newer site
 arrow Women's alliance demands arrest, trial of culprits
Sammilito Nari Samaj yesterday demanded arrest and trial of those responsible for the premature death of Umme Habiba Rumi of Nazirhat College under Fatikchhari Police Station in Chittagong.
 arrow 'Forge unity to resist imperialist designs'
Responsibilities of leaders, intellectuals, professionals and the people of small nations have increased many times in the wake of occupation of Iraq, speakers said at a discussion on Thursday.
 arrow Govt mulls proposal to set up ICDs under pvt initiatives
The government is considering a proposal to set up inland container depots (ICDs) under private initiatives.
 arrow Shrimp certification course
The first shrimp certification training course in Asia begins in Cox's Bazar on Monday.
 arrow Schoolgirl raped in Kushtia
A schoolgirl was raped at village Kantinagar in Kumarkhali upazila in the district Thursday evening.
 arrow Hasina's daughter awarded
Sayma Wazed Hossain (Putul), daughter of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, has received the prestigious 'Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Student Research
 arrow Indigenous People's Day programme
The Tribal Welfare Association (TWA) has taken up elaborate programme here to observe the International Day of Indigenous People today.

The programme includes rally, discussion and cultural functions.

Internationalarrow US now to rely more on Iraqi forces for security: Powell
With American troops under constant fire in Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday the US-led military coalition may want to "stand back a little" and rely more on local forces to maintain
 arrow 'Militants form 4 suicide squads for Independence Day attacks in Kashmir'
Two hardline militant groups have formed four suicide squads to disrupt India's Independence Day celebrations next week in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said.


 arrow Hamas threatens to end truce to avenge killing
The Palestinian group Hamas threatened to avenge Israel's killing of a militant yesterday, as Lebanese police said Israeli aircraft bombed Hezbollah posts in south Lebanon, in the most turbulent day in
 arrow US equipment for India's navy, special forces
In a major development, the US has agreed to supply India with equipment for its special forces and a submarine rescue system for the navy.
 arrow Asian cooperation on terrorism inadequate
The bombing of a luxury hotel in Jakarta showed Southeast Asia's cooperation in the war on terror was inadequate, Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri said on Friday in her first public comments
 arrow 'Flight 93 on Sept 11 crashed following uprising in cabin'
A September 11 hijacker in the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93 instructed terrorist-pilot Ziad Jarrah to crash the jetliner moments before it slammed into a Pennsylvania field because of a fierce
 arrow SC orders protection for Gujarat carnage witness
India's Supreme Court yesterday ordered the western state of Gujarat to provide protection for the star witness to the murder of 12 Muslims during communal riots last year.
 arrow Missiles, rockets seized in Pakistan
Pakistani paramilitary forces yesterday seized, a cache of missiles, rockets and ammunition smuggled from Afghanistan into northern Pakistan, an official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome return to normality
The BCL decision to call off the strike on the Dhaka University campus has put an end to the crisis that brought everything to a standstill for six days at the country's premier seat of learning.
 arrow Editorial: Fracas in court premises
It was with disquiet and trepidation that we witnessed a most unfortunate episode of violent behaviour within the precincts of the District and Sessions Judges Court on Wednesday.
 arrow The convention on the future of Europe: An assessment
If the reform of the European Union has failed to match the critical challenges it faces at home and in the outside world, these failures are not primarily institutional.
 arrow Matir Moyna premiere; civil liberty infringement?
Imissed the premiere-cum-Press Show but managed to catch the first public screening of the film on 4th July at the prestigious ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) auditorium in South-West London.
Letters to Editorarrow US bi-standard
During the time of US invasion in Iraq, when Saddam Hossain administration showed snapshot of the dead US troops men to the media the US Bush administration, especially defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld
 arrow How is the millionaire metre reader?
The Daily Star published a sensational report on the Titas Gas and the scrupulous metre reader Mahbub.
 arrow Bangladesh cricket team
The Bangladesh cricket team has just ended its Australia tour. In many ways, it was a great experience for the young team.
 arrow "Kamal Das Gupta:The legend lives on"
I read the above mentioned write-up of Shafin Ahmed published in your daily on July 20, 2003.
 arrow The bumper tragedy
I must congratulate The Daily Star on its dogged follow up of the bumper killer. It is quite a welcome change.
Literaturearrow Postmodern Bangla Short Stories: the arrival of the departure (Part II)
Western canons, emanating out of anti-nature episteme, had far-reaching consequences on native Bangla life/world.
 arrow Daily Life
Early morning knock on the door I race to open it
Nothing there just flowers nodding in the empty wind
A fleeting fog dewdrops on the vast fields at night
Pieces of paper left behind by somebody