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Front Pagearrow Coalition wins by-polls
The four-party alliance candidate, Khadija Amin, was declared winner of Netrakona-3 by-polls yesterday as she took the lead with 95,251 votes in the 124 centres over her rival candidate with 69,966.
 arrow Life stops briefly in Ctg to protest crime spate
Life in the port city stopped for 10 minutes yesterday noon as the city dwellers, particularly businessmen and professionals, observed a token strike to protest the slide in the law and order.
 arrow 'Chemical Ali' caught
Ali Hassan al-Majid, a feared cousin of Saddam Hussein nicknamed 'Chemical Ali' for his use of poison gas in attacks, has been captured by US forces in Iraq, the US military says.
 arrow Girls now to get under-grad education free
The government plans to extend its free education programme for girls from HSC to degree level, aiming to empower women.
 arrow Israel missiles Gaza, Hamas cancels truce
A senior leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas was killed in an air strike in Gaza City Thursday as Israel exacted revenge for a massive suicide bomb, hammering the final nail into the coffin
 arrow Jama'atul thrived as law enforcers turned blind eye
Militants of Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh, accused of spearheading an armed Islamist revolution, have sprouted over the last two and a half years taking advantage of a laid-back approach of law enforcers,
 arrow Wasa's sewage strength 1/4th of water supply
The capacity of the sewerage lines of the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is still one-fourth of that of the water supply lines.
 arrow CEC makes secret visit
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed made his yesterday's visit to Netrokona a top secret affair.
 arrow ISPs threaten agitation if VoIP not legalised
Internet service providers (ISPs) yesterday asked the government to legalise Internet telephony by this month or face agitation.
 arrow All jostle to choose their leader
The presiding officer of Batta Primary School centre, Bahadur Ali, invited party agents to polling booths at 7:45am yesterday in the final minutes before the start of voting in the Netrakona-3 constituency.
 arrow 'US, UN working on new Iraq draft'
US and UN officials are working on a draft resolution "that might call on member states to do more" in Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday after meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi
 arrow PM warns against militancy
Underlining the importance of peace and stability for development of the tourism industry, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia called upon people to remain vigilant so that none could unleash violence in the county
 arrow Shahabuddin pays tributes to Ishtiaq
Former president and chief justice Shahabuddin Ahmed paid glowing tributes to the memory of noted jurist Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed at a meeting marking his chehlum at an auditorium in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Bus driver killed by Kala Jahangir gang
An armed gang, allegedly run by notorious criminal Kala Jahangir, abducted and later gunned down a bus driver at Senpara in Mirpur yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Islamist group claims UN bombing
A previously unknown Iraqi group claimed responsibility for the attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad this week, an Arabic television channel says.
 arrow Robbers raid Shantinagar flats, loot valuables
Robbers looted allegedly Tk 2.5 lakh in cash, 100 tola gold ornaments and other valuables from two flats of an apartment building at Shantinagar last night.
 arrow Mother and her 2 children fall off launch, drown
A mother and her two children drowned in the Shibsa river in Koira upazila on Wednesday morning as they reportedly fell off a launch into the water.
 arrow Charges to be framed against Hazari Sept 15
Additional District Magistrate's court yesterday set September 15 for framing charges against Joynal Hazari and his 12 associates in journalist Tipu Sultan assault case.
 arrow De Mello to be buried in France
The body of the UN special envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad, will be brought back to his native Brazil for a wake before burial in France, Brazil's Foreign
 arrow Six criminals held with firearms in Keraniganj
Six criminals were arrested along with a gun and ammunition in Hasnabad Mokampara area in Keraniganj upazila in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Hi-tech scanners for Ctg port, ICD to check containers
The government has decided to set up five hi-tech scanning machines to check containers at Chittagong Port and inland container depot (ICD) at Kamalapur in Dhaka aiming to prevent tax evasion as wellas
 arrow EU warns Taiwan over jet engine deal with US
The European Commission expressed concern Thursday over a reported decision by Taiwan's state-controlled China Airlines (CAL) to buy jet engines from a US rather than European producer, warning the deal
 arrow Biman to prune frill wings
In a bid to recover from weak financial condition, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has come up with a number of austerity measures which would save Tk 23 crore a year, officials at the national flag carrier
 arrow CPA floats fresh tender for four gantry cranes
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) floated fresh tender yesterday to procure four rail-mounted quay gantry cranes.
 arrow $6.5 lakh ADB grant for agribusiness development
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a Technical Assistance (TA) grant of 6.5 lakh US dollars to help the Bangladesh government for developing an agribusiness project.
 arrow Cut licence renewal fee
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the Dhaka City Corporation to lower trade licence renewal fee for factory owners.
 arrow WTO farm talks gather pace but no sign of deal
Developing countries with some tow-thirds of the world's farmer including Brazil, China and India, put forward a plan Wednesday for deep cuts in farm subsidies but rich states dismissed the call as "nothing
Sportsarrow Hosts ride on debutant ton
A century on debut by Yasir Hameed helped hosts Pakistan to take a 13-run lead over Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test at the Karachi National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hats off to Hameed
Yasir Hameed became the ninth Pakistani batsman to score a century on debut when he made 170 against Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test at the Karachi Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif on Wednesday was very impressed by Bangladesh's first innings performance. He thought it was nothing like what he had seen in their previous three meetings.
 arrow Cricket: Kirsten resists Eng
Gary Kirsten's stubborn 44 not out took South Africa to 142 for six at tea on the first day of the fourth Test against England at Headingley here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI wants WC money
India's cricket board has demanded the International Cricket Council (ICC) pay them 6.5 million dollars World Cup appearance money withheld due to a player contracts dispute.
 arrow Cricket: 'He can score ton of tons'

Australian Test captain Steve Waugh lavished generous praise on Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday, saying the Indian great was capable of smashing all batting records in the world.

 arrow Cricket: Kapil blasts government
India's cricket great Kapil Dev on Thursday joined the row over Sachin Tendulkar's duty-free Ferrari by castigating the government for adopting "double standards".
 arrow Cricket: Rameez's mission
Pakistan's top cricket official Thursday said he would press hard to revive cricketing ties with rival India when he travels to Bombay for international cricket talks in September.
 arrow US Open: It's Henman v Roddick
Top seed Andre Agassi and emerging US star Andy Roddick could meet in the final of the US Open Tennis Championships, but both will face difficult first-round matches in the final Grand Slam tournament
 arrow Tennis: Capriati battles her way thru'
After receiving a first-round bye, second seed Jennifer Capriati survived a second-round scare Wednesday at the 625,000-dollar WTA Tour hardcourt tournament here.
 arrow Hockey: Argentina rout India
Australia rewrote the record books with their highest ever 6-1 score against Germany's young development team in the men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Beckham leads England

England captain David Beckham marked his first game on home soil since his multi-million pound transfer to Real Madrid by inspiring England to a 3-1 victory over Croatia here at Portman Road on Wednesday.

 arrow Football: France at a canter

France warmed up for their Euro 2004 qualifying run-in with a comfortable 2-0 win over Switzerland here on Wednesday.

 arrow Football: Vieri makes the difference

Giovanni Trapattoni enjoyed a victorious return to German soil as his Italian side edged World Cup finalists Germany 1-0 in front of a capacity 50,000 fans at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium here Wednesday.

 arrow Football: Latin honours Argentina's

Two late goals by Walter Samuel and Andres D'Alessandro lifted Argentina to a thrilling 3-2 victory over traditional soccer rival Uruguay in a friendly match Wednesday.

 arrow Football: Zico hears the music

Japan's first home win under coach Zico has failed to silence the legendary Brazilian's critics who warn he may not be able to lead the Asian champions to new heights in the next World Cup.

Politicalarrow AL complains capture of polling centres by BNP men
The Awami League (AL) yesterday filed complaints with the Election Commission (EC) that the ruling BNP activists forcibly occupied and cast false votes in 13 polling stations in Netrokona-3 constituency
 arrow Pabna AL Leader murdered
An Awami League leader was murdered by a gang of assailants at Haludghar in Sathia Upazila Wednesday night.

The body of Hazrat Ali, 43, vice-president of AL upazila unit, was recovered yesterdaymorning.

Metropolitanarrow International Film Festival in city from Sept 18
Thirty-six countries have so far confirmed their participation in the International Film Festival to be held in Dhaka from September 18-25.
 arrow 'Eliminate discrimination against women'
Participants at a workshop yesterday underscored the need for implementation of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) in our country.
 arrow Work sincerely to make CPA confce a success
The second meeting of the Steering Committee formed for smooth holding of the 49th conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was held here yesterday.
 arrow DU hall students asked to remove ceiling fans
Students of Surya Sen Hall, Dhaka University, have been asked to remove the ceiling fans from their rooms by August 25.
Foreign Relationsarrow Ties with Norway to be strengthened, hopes president
President Iajuddin Ahmed expressed hope that the friendly relations between Bangladesh and Norway would be strengthened in the years to come.
 arrow 'Relations with US have reached new heights'
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Reaz Rahman yesterday expressed the hope that the new US ambassador would continue the sincere work of his predecessors to further the existing bond of relations between
Culturearrow Nazrul songs more popular now, says Khairul Anam Shakil
Khairul Anam Shakil is a popular name among the lovers of Nazrul Sangeet. A number of his recently recorded Nazrul songs have won the hearts of the audience.
 arrow Exclusive with Tamalika Karmokar
The Daily Star (TDS): This is the first time you got the National Film Award. Can you express your feelings to us?

Tamalika: This is a prestigious award. This is the national award.

 arrow Bonopangshul -- a theatrical display of an oppressed tribe
Dhaka theatre has displayed its 26th production "Bonopangshul" recently.
Generalarrow Bangladesh steps into 4th yr as a polio-free country today
Bangladesh steps into the fourth year today as a polio-free country and hopes to keep up the status by continuing its polio vaccination programme until the neighbouring India is declared free from the
 arrow River erosion to ease due to more sediment flow
Bangladesh would see a decrease in river erosion and an increase in land reclamation due to rising sediment flow into the major rivers, a leading morphologist said yesterday.
 arrow All CU examinations under grading system postponed
The Chittagong University (CU) syndicate has postponed all examinations and other related activities under the grading system till September 10.
 arrow Punishment to JCD cadres demanded
The Progressive Students' Alliance (PSA) and Jahangirnagar University Sangskritik Jote (JUSJ) yesterday formed a human chain jointly on the campus to press for their two-point demand.
 arrow UITS starts functioning in September
One more private university is going to launch its academic programmes in September.
 arrow Alleged thief escapes from police custody
An alleged thief undergoing treatment under police custody at Banshkhali in the district fled on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: India's mega water offensive
India's master plan to inter-link the transboundary rivers has left us dumbfounded.
 arrow How democratic is democracy?
Another key element of Washington Consensus is democracy and freedom.
 arrow Penance of love
Love came on a rainy day as he ran for a shelter and she followed him. They stood under the canopy of a shop as raindrops pattering on the ground kept dirtying their shoes.
 arrow Sergio Vieira de Mello: A tribute from a friend and colleague
In 1978, I joined the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and met a young man named Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Letters to Editorarrow Sergio Vieira de Mello
Sergio Vieira de Mello, a well-respected and world-renowned UN diplomat, died yesterday in Iraq.
 arrow Worn out notes!
We use different types of notes daily, but the irritating thing is that a good portion of these notes is either tattered or filthy.
 arrow The hidden business of war
I still remember that rally held in front of the University of Texas at Dallas Student Union Centre, I was walking out of the horrid calculus class; those cruel and unusual numbers were then dancing in
 arrow Private hospital/clinic irregularities
Does the government have any control over the performances of the private hospitals and clinics?

Most hospitals/clinics charge a lot of money from the patients but the treatment offered is far below

 arrow Fortunate candidtes
The result of the 24th BCS (Preliminary) has come out. I have come to learn it through the notice published in the notice board of the PSC. The PSC has unprecedentedly allowed at least 46 thousands candidates.
 arrow A great job!
Thanks to Ms. Zakia Rahman and Mr. S Zakir Hossain.

The write-up in DS, Star City this morning (August 18) on Armanitola and the pictures were superb.

 arrow Fake notes
One of the most alarming and shocking news of the recent days is the finding of fake notes in the vault of the Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow Gas for India
Of late there has been flood of excuses and all sorts of pretexts in favour and with same degree of vehemence against the export of gas to India.
 arrow The MagLev controversy
There has been a rising number of discussions in your newspaper about a magnetically levitated (MagLev) high speed train service for the 265km distance between Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Abduction crisis
Now a days abduction is very alarming in the country specially in Chittagong and Dhaka. The abductors are doing this as dame care ignoring of the law enforcing agencies.
 arrow Pre-paid vs post-paid
This in reference to Mr. Ishtiaque Uddin (Rifat)'s letter DS dated 6th July, 2003 about the pre-paid and post-paid subscription. In his letter Mr.
 arrow Great relief
By now, the newspaper readers must have become accustomed receiving their daily dose of disappointment at the state of the country.
Focusarrow National image and women
Within a span of three months, another young woman, Rumi, took her own life in order to escape from the relentless sexual harassment inflicted on her by two perpetrators who happen to be her neighbour's
 arrow Turkish troops in Iraq?
On 1 March last US-Turkish relations received a severe jolt because the Grand National Assembly rejected the government proposal to send troops to Iraq.
 arrow Public examination result debacle
The government, it is learnt, would launch ambitious programmes for elimination of poverty, providing health care facilities, reforming banking sector, imparting computer literacy and a host of otherdevelopment
 arrow ADB's aerobatics in gas sector
In recent months there has been rumours about selling off by the government of some remunerative public enterprises in the energy sector to private speculators. This has raised eye brows of many citizens.
 arrow Indian and Jewish Americans form lobbying alliance
First of all, on behalf of the expatriate Bangladeshis living in America, the writer would like to extend a most warm welcome to the new US Ambassador to Bangladesh, His Excellency Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
 arrow Little hands and big dreams
The BBC Bengali Section has started broadcasting a special series of radio programmes on the ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Worldarrow Nepali truce looks shaky after breakdown of talks
In this dusty town on the edge of Nepal's Maoist country, rebel activists and ordinary people alike sense the kingdom's half-year truce may be in its final days after the collapse of negotiations.
 arrow Pakistan 'not shy' of meeting of Musharraf, Vajpayee
Pakistan is not against a meeting between its president, Pervez Musharraf, and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting next month, Pakistan's envoy
 arrow Pak FM in Kabul for talks on volatile border, trade
Kabul is expected to confront Pakistan's visiting foreign minister Thursday over a series of bloody attacks it blames on Taliban insurgents hiding out in Pakistan's western tribal lands.
 arrow Libya begins transferring Lockerbie cash
Libya Wednesday began transferring 2.7 billion dollars in Lockerbie compensation to a Swiss escrow account as the UN Security Council turned its attention to the quid pro quo lifting of sanctions.
 arrow Pyongyang accuses US of plotting to foil 6-way talks
North Korea yesterday accused the United States of plotting a collapse in next week's six-nation nuclear talks to push the regional crisis to the United Nations.
 arrow US, UK urge states to help maintain security in Iraq
The United States and Britain launch separate appeals yesterday to get countries to help with security in Iraq, hoping that the devastating bomb attack against the United Nations would draw wider support
 arrow 3 more bodies pulled from UN Baghdad HQ rubble
Rescuers have pulled at least three more bodies from the ruins of the devastated United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, raising to at least 23 the number killed in a suspected suicide truck bombing.
 arrow PA backs Abbas move to crack down on militants
The Palestinian leadership backed moves proposed by prime minister Mahmud Abbas to crack down on Islamic radicals early Thursday as Israel authorised its own series of military measures to neutralisethe
 arrow US warns of new al-Qaeda threats in Yemen
The United States on Wednesday warned US citizens of the potential for new terrorist threats in Yemen as Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network seeks to re-establish itself in the country and elsewhere.
 arrow Attack on UN in Iraq disrupts aid work
A deadly attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad could disrupt humanitarian work as fears grow that aid workers have become targets in a guerrilla war against the US-led occupation.