Plan to sell gas to India shelved on flak fear|
The government has decided to shelve the move to sell gas to India during its tenure in view of high political risks.
Govt takes U-turn on DAP projects|
The government took a U-turn on its decision to ditch the di-ammonia phosphate (DAP) fertiliser projects when it approved them at a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday.
PSC prefers to wait on question leakage|
The Public Service Commission (PSC) will clarify shortly its position on the reported leakage of questions for the preliminary test of the 24th BCS examinations held Friday, PSC Chairman ZN Tahmida Begum
Indigenous people want equal rights|
The government is keeping its eyes closed to the issues of indigenous people, which is affecting their lives and livings, said speakers at a rally in the city yesterday.
SC expunges part of HC observation|
The Supreme Court yesterday expunged part of a High Court Division judgement in a bail petition, which blasted the police and the executive for implicating political rivals in criminal cases.
Cabinet body okays Rupali Bank sell-off|
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved a finance ministry proposal for reforming the management of three nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) and privatising the Rupali Bank.
Forged notes find hands as banks lack money testers|
Banks still lack the necessary equipment to detect fake notes even as reports of widespread circulation of counterfeit currencies continue to pour in from all over the country.
US base in Fallujah hit by Iraqi fire|
A US military base came under fire from guerilla insurgents on the outskirts of Fallujah, a bastion of anti-US sentiment 50 kilometres west of Baghdad, witnesses said yesterday.
Desa loss triples in six years|
Losses of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) are bouncing up at a staggering pace every year, reveals a report of the organisation.
BJP plans 'no work, no pay' rule for MPs|
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a "no work, no pay" rule for MPs as the Indian Parliament ended another week wasted through disruptions and adjournments at a huge cost to the taxpayer.
Outages to go on for 4 more days as Desa fixes glitch|
Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) will take three to four days to repair the glitch in the major power distribution cable of Ulan substation, a high official said yesterday.
Charges pressed against 19 for killing Alam, 3 maids|
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday pressed charges against 19 people for killing industrialist Mohammad Alam and his three maids in January last year.
DU back to life again|
The academic activities of Dhaka University resumed yesterday after an unscheduled weeklong closure.
Writ challenges college entry on GPA basis|
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause why its decision to allow admission of students to colleges on the basis of grade point average (GPA) instead of written test should
Two beaten to death inside Shyampur warehouse|
Two men were beaten to death inside a factory warehouse at Shyampur yesterday.
Shyamol, 35, and Rafiq, 30, who lived at Shyampur RAJUK School at road No.
Launches go on wildcat strike over fining for overloading|
All launches plying the southern routes from Dhaka went on a wildcat strike yesterday evening in protest against fining 26 launches by a mobile court.
CEC asks officials to ensure peaceful Netrokona polls|
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) M A Sayed asked the administration to ensure peaceful atmosphere for fair polls at Netrokona-3 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad.
Hostage at home|
The indigenous people are living in daily fear of losing their heritage as well as wealth.
These people, estimated to be 2.5 million, face an increasing aggression towards their land and culture.
Mugger beaten to death in Ctg|
A mugger was beaten to death and another injured in mob beating in the port city on Friday night.
901 more Gram Sarkar units formed|
Formation of Gram Sarkar (GS) gained pace as 901 units were formed in 37 districts yesterday, the highest number in a day since the process started August 2.
Govt liberalises sugar import|
In the wake of continuous price hike of sugar in the domestic market, the government yesterday decided to open sugar import to private sector.
Axe finally falls on three jute mills in Khulna|
Three state-owned jute mills in Khulna were laid off on Friday throwing over 12,000 workers and employees out of jobs.
Export recovery continues|
Bangladesh exports posted a 9.39 per cent growth in 2002-03 fiscal, thanks to a trend of recovery specially seen in the last quarter.
Export earning in FY03 was US$6.
Taka firm as dollar under pressure against euro|
The Bangladesh taka was firmer against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday as the US unit was under pressure amid a lack of US economic news ahead of Federal Reserve meeting, dealers said.
BB reins in tenure of PCB advisors|
The central bank has fixed tenure of advisors to the private commercial banks (PCBs) for a maximum one-year period specifying their duties.
No treasury chalan needed for income tax payment|
The government has decided to cancel submission of 'treasury chalan' by income taxpayers in the face of allegations of depositing fake chalan.
Revitalise stock market for interest rates reduction|
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to revitalise the stock market to give investors variety of option to invest their money and help in reduction of banks'
BTRC hopeful of opening up fixed phone market this year|
TheBangladesh Telecommunica-tions Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is optimistic about allowing new operators to run fixed-line telephone networks in the private sector by the end of this year.
Bush appoints supporter to run Iraqi corporate sector |
President George W. Bush has appointed one of his political fundraisers, Thomas Foley, to oversee the Iraqi state business sector and draw up a sweeping privatization plan.
Thailand lures India with China market, APEC meet|
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi urged Indian firms Friday to invest in his country, saying that its market access to China and the upcoming APEC meeting could increase their global reach.
S'pore economy to grow only 0-1pc this year|
Singapore's economy should grow only between zero and one per cent this year, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said Friday, further lowering the government's original estimate of between 0.5 and 2.5 per cent.
'A huge learning curve'|
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore feels that his young team's baptism of fire in Australia could be the stepping stone for a better showing in the coming away series against Pakistan.
Pak-bound Tigers' camp from Aug 12|
The Bangladesh cricket team's camp for the forthcoming tour of Pakistan will begin in the capital from August 12.
And a final list of the players to join the camp would be disclosed today.
Sonali Bank post 4th win|
Sonali Bank registered their fourth win in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they came from behind to beat Dhaka Railway 2-1 in yesterday's lone match at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium.
Ansars karate champs|
Bangladesh Ansars emerged champions in the 17th national karate competition securing nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
Three English rookies|
England's selectors named three uncapped players Saturday in their 13-man squad for next week's third Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge.
Kent need to score 334|
South Africa declared their second innings on 243 for 7 on the third and final morning of their three-day game against Kent at Canterbury on Saturday, setting the hosts a target of 334 to win.
India U-19s might not tour Pakistan|
The chances of cricketing ties resuming between India and Pakistan has suffered another setback, with reports that the Indian government is likely to refuse permission for an under-19 team to tour Pakistan.
Real Thai treat|
Some 30,000 Thai fans turned out Saturday to watch Spanish giants Real Madrid train at Bangkok's Rajamangala stadium ahead of their friendly against the Thai national side.
MU, Arsenal renew rivalry|
Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his Manchester United players to put last season's title triumph out of their minds when they square up to Arsenal in Sunday's FA Community Shield.
BATTLE WITHIN BATTLE|
Arsenal and Manchester United go head to head in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new season at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Sunday.
It's not Ruud to score|
Almost two years ago to the day, under the closed roof of the Millennium Stadium, Manchester United launched their latest star signing on an unsuspecting domestic audience.
Clijsters, Davenport in last four|
Kim Clijsters is edging closer to replacing Serena Williams as the top-ranked female player in the world, but you can't tell from talking to her.
A California jury has cleared former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman of civil claims that he drugged a woman and raped her at his Newport Beach home in 2001.
Cancel 45 JS standing bodies, demands AL|
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded cancellation of 45 parliamentary standing committees.
Defeats make BNP serious about municipal polls|
After a series of debacles in the recent municipal polls, the ruling BNP is now getting ready to revamp organisational activities and remove inner conflicts for a turnaround in its fortune in the upcoming
Three JCD men expelled from JU hall|
Three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) were expelled from their hall for beating up the canteen manager and caterer who had complained against them with the hall
BJMC closes all 6 buying centres in Rangpur as jute harvest begins|
All the six jute purchasing centres of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) in greater Rangpur have been closed abruptly while jute harvest by farmers has started in full swing.
600 landless protest eviction from khas lands in Kushtia|
About 600 landless people evicted from khash lands in Kaya Bridgepara area held put up demonstration and held a rally in front of the Kumarkhali Upazila Parishad office recently demanding their permanent
IU running with loans, donations!|
Shortage of funds is hindering development activities at Islamic University, its authorities said.
The government allocated Tk 9.11 crore in fiscal 2003-2004. Of this, Tk 7.
20 pc tube-wells arsenic affected in C'nawabganj|
Water of about 20 per cent of tube-wells in Chapainawabganj district is arsenic-contaminated, according to a recent survey conducted jointly by three NGOs.
Manmade problem multiplies miseries in CHT|
Illegal extraction of stones and boulders has aggravated landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and is destroying the ecological balance there.
Disciplined life is a key to success|
It was back in the 60s and I was very young, when I first performed on stage" says Zinnat. Everybody liked the dance I performed and I was showered with prizes and gifts.
New drama serial Rangila Manush coming soon|
The recording of 12-episode drama serial Rangila Manush was completed recently. Written and directed by Pijush Bandyapadhaya, the drama is produced by Charnik and Krishti.
An enchanting evening with Tagore songs|
The stage, decorated with Ganda flowers, a huge portrait of Tagore and green plants all over, had a soothing effect on the on lookers.
Tanusree's dance to complement Anand Shankar's melodies|
The High Commission of India will be presenting Modern Dance Performance by visiting Indian Cultural troupe led by Tanusree Shankar on 12 August at 7pm, at the Osmani Memorial Hall says a press release.
New mega drama serial Laal Neel Beguni|
A new mega drama serial is about to get on air soon this month on ATN Bangla.
Stars on stage|
The One & Only Star Search auditions in Sylhet were held at the Sonargaon Centre recently. Aspiring 'stars' strove to win the title of the Best Regional Performer.
Mother chopped, infant drowned in Sylhet|
An armed gang chopped a woman to death and drowned her infant daughter in a ditch as they did not find the head of the family at their house.
Postal operator gets 22 yrs jail in graft case|
Mohammad Masud Chowdhury, a postal operator (suspended) of General Post Office (GPO), Dhaka, has been sentenced to 22 years' rigorous imprisonment in a graft case.
Rumi hecklers still at large|
The two brothers who harried Nazirhat college student Umme Habiba Rumi to suicide are at large eight days after the incident.
26 hurt as JCD men swoop on PSTU students|
At least 26 students were injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (CD) cadres allegedly swooped on them during the home minister's visit to Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) on Friday.
Body of beheaded man found in Mohammadpur|
Decapitated body of a young garment worker was recovered from Babor Road in Mohammadpur Friday.
Proceedings of motorcade attack case stayed|
The High Court Division yesterday stayed proceedings on attack on the motorcade of Begum Khaleda Zia in June 2001 against Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP of Awami League.
2 killed in Ctg mishaps|
Two persons were killed in separate incidents here in the city yesterday.
Israel warns Syria, Lebanon over border attacks|
Israel has stepped up its pressure on Syria and Lebanon to help prevent new rocket attacks on its northern border while it works through a fragile ceasefire with Palestinian militants.
Iraqis riot in Basra over power, gasoline crisis|
British troops in riot gear deployed in Basra yesterday to quell spreading disturbances sparked by shortages of gasoline and power in Iraq's second city, a British military spokesman said.
Mahathir presses for UN reforms to lift world out of war fears|
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad pressed Saturday for democratic reforms in the United Nations (UN) so that the world would not always live in fear of war.
BJP won't 'sacrifice' govt for Ayodhya temple: Advani|
Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani Saturday said his Hindu nationalist BJP party would not "sacrifice" its government to meet the demands of hardliners seeking a temple on the ruins of arazed
BCS question paper leaked again?|
It was like a deja vu reading the headlines in almost all the national dailies on Saturday.
Dhaka city's road networks comprise a small proportion of its total land area -- roughly eight per cent.
The return of the crusaders|
Crusaders are back.
A problem with a heart|
SRINAGAR: If you want to see Pakistan, sit on your left; if you want to see the mountains sit on your right, said the pilot of Indian Airlines Flight-825 from Delhi to Srinagar. It wasn't a difficultchoice.
|Letters to Editor||
A shaky campus|
The campus of the University of Dhaka has become restive again and that is by no means an event to be overlooked.
Thanks should go to The Daily Star|
The Daily Star has a great renown for bringing social problems in focus. This newspaper acts as a mirror to the social problems.
Your article entitled "Relocate Tanneries" published in the Star City on August 4, 2003 is a timely reminder of the imperil caused by tanneries using hazardous chemical which are not only endangeringlives
In Golden Triangle|
LOOKING at the conveyor belt at the airport, you know it is Chiang Mai, fabled for the long-necked tribal people.
What you need to know about ovarian cancer|
The diagnosis of ovarian cancer brings with it many questions and a need for clear understanding.
The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female reproductive system.
Feeling dizzy? Check out your problems|
Feeling dizzy is a fairly universal human experience, but we all tend to mean slightly different things when we say that we feel dizzy.
What happened to the bumper law?|
During the afternoon rush hour of last Friday adjacent to New Market, rickshaws, CNG three wheelers, pushcarts, vans, trucks and private vehicles made an impossible traffic gridlock.
DCC transport workers protest their transfer|
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) remains in a dilemma over whether to transfer some of its drivers to garbage disposal or to solve the strike sparked off by the transfer decision.
DESA don't want wires crossed|
The Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) has asked the city's cable operators to submit a draft plan by August 15 for the proper use of electricity poles.
Single women seek homes|
If you happen to see a number of young women living under the same roof in Dhaka without any male as the head of the house, don't be surprised.
Underground tanks and reservoirs turning into death trap|
Cleaning water reservoir tanks and septic tanks has become a risk leading to death for the city's unfortunate manual labourers.
Truck stand move to reduce city jams|
As major truck stands across the city continue to create needless traffic congestion, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) last Thursday proposed relocating them to more convenient sites.
One-Stop Cell to spell less road-dig chaos?|
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will come up with 'road digging guidelines' to put an end to the chaos caused by unplanned digging in the city.