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Front Pagearrow Ration stopped for indigenous CHT refugees
The government is not providing rice ration for 65,000 indigenous refugees, but giving the free supply to 26,000 Bangalee settlers in different cluster villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow PM asks people to keep vigil against 'a party'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has asked people to mount watch on 'deep-rooted conspiracy' against the country and a particular party that resorted to violence and asked them to politically face the 'liars
 arrow Japanese investors tell of business distresses
Japanese investors in Bangladesh accused government officials of demanding bribes for customs clearance, visa issuance, work permit, permission for selling products and other services in a recent survey.
 arrow Pakistan concedes bin Laden may be hiding in tribal belt
Pakistan conceded yesterday that al-Qaida chief and terror mastermind Osama bin Laden may be hiding in its rugged tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.
 arrow Playing hosts the Pakistan way!
The touring Bangladeshi cricketers hit out at the blatant discrimination meted out to them yesterday when they were herded into the economy class against the hosts' executive class on their flight toMultan
 arrow Hasina now thinks gas export an option
Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the United States to help conduct a survey in Bangladesh to know the actual reserves of natural gas and its domestic requirement.
 arrow Verdict on Shazneen case today
The much-awaited judgement in the Shazneen rape case will be delivered today.
 arrow Kelly felt betrayed by defence ministry
The widow of British weapons scientist David Kelly testified yesterday that her husband felt "betrayed" when the defence ministry allowed him to be named as the source of a BBC report that Prime Minister
 arrow No respite from toll-takers yet
The government initiatives to curb illegal toll collection at bus terminals saw some success only in the capital, but elsewhere it is going on with the same intensity as before.
 arrow 4 suspects' movable property seized
Police yesterday seized the movable property of four suspects in the kidnap of businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Politicisation of civil service reason for corruption
Noted economists and former top bureaucrats at a workshop yesterday identified politicisation of recruitment, promotion and transfer as one of the main impediments to delivery of better service to society.
 arrow PMO goes online this week
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will go online as part of efforts to increase transparency and accountability in administration through e-governance, PMO sources said.
 arrow Nurjahan Murshid passes away
Nurjahan Murshid, a renowned leader of women renaissance of Bengal and one of the major organisers of the War of Liberation, passed away at 4:00am at her Gulshan residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cabinet okays proposal to amend Bar Council Order'72
The cabinet has in principle approved the proposals to enact a new law -- "Private Medical Services Law- 2003", and amend the "Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Order-1972".
 arrow Ulan-Dhanmondi power cable restored
Power supply to some parts of the city was restored yesterday after Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) managed to repair a ruptured 132KV cable in the Ulan-Dhanmandi underground electric line that
 arrow Cops comb Sundarbans for criminals
A massive combing operation was launched in the Sundarbans late Sunday night by police forces of four districts of Barisal and Khulna range to nab pirates, dacoits, underground extremists, smugglers and
 arrow CID to take up Joypurhat case
Authorities have decided to transfer the case of police arms looting by the members of Jama'atul Mujahidin at Uttar Moheshpur of Khetlal in the district to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)soon.
 arrow Keeping their feet dry
 arrow Pak lawmakers asked to submit assets details
Election Commission of Pakistan has asked the members of the Parliament and provincial assemblies to submit statements of assets and liabilities with the Commission by September 30.
 arrow 4 DMCH docs, Ramna OC showcaused
The High Court Division yesterday asked the director and three doctors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and the officer-in-charge (OC) of Ramna Police Station to explain why they should not be
 arrow Border trade with Myanmar halts on trader strike
Border trade between Bangladesh and Myanmar came to a halt yesterday as traders at the frontier went on an indefinite strike to protest harassment by law enforcers while transporting goods through the
Businessarrow Abduction of businessmen to hurt investment
Experts at a workshop yesterday called for removing bottlenecks in the growth of private sector in Bangladesh.
 arrow Improve port efficiency, contain trade unionism
Discussants at a session on 'Importance of Port in Efficient Business Operation' in the BEI-WB workshop called for abolishing present system of recruiting port labourers from union-controlled boards.
 arrow Lack of political will retards ICT
Speakers at working session on 'Modern telecommunication for improving investment climate and ICT growth' identified lack of political will and bureaucratic tangles to be hindering the growth of information
 arrow Taka steady against dollar, euro eases but yen rises

The Bangladesh taka was steady against the US dollar in inter-bank trade yesterday while the euro eased slightly and yen rose supported by speculation that the US may ask Japan not to intervene market,

 arrow Ministers to add free trade, SMEs to APEC meet agenda

Finance ministers from APEC countries meeting in Thailand this week will add topics like regional free trade and fostering small businesses to their usual dose of macroeconomic talks, Japanese officials

Sportsarrow Football: NFL semis today

The focus un-doubtedly will be on the Dhaka Derby between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Krira Chakra when the semifinals of the Nitol-Tata Third Nat-ional Football League take place at the Sher-e-Bangla

 arrow Cricket: Multan haunts 'em
Bangladesh reached in Multan with two things to accomplish when they take on hosts Pakistan in third and final Test on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Reliving the hattrick

Two days after becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to claim a hattrick in Test cricket, Alok Kapali was still reliving the finest moment in his career.

 arrow Cricket: Mahmud positive

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud hopes his side can build on their improved performance at Peshawar for the third and final Test against Pakistan, which starts in Multan on Wednesday.

 arrow Cricket: Miandad finds Pakistan fine

Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said the rebuilding of his team was firmly on track after the series victory against Bangladesh.

 arrow Hockey: Msc need to draw against Abahani

Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club maintained their lead in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League with a comprehensive 6-3 victory over Ajax Sporting Club in their penultimate 'Super

 arrow Cricket: Help from all corners

India's top cricketers began a six-day training camp here on Monday that will include sessions with a software mogul, TV tycoon and world champions in badminton and billiards.

 arrow Cricket: Alec's days numbered

Alec Stewart, England's most capped player, is set to make his final international appearance on his Oval home ground when the fifth Test against South Africa gets underway here Thursday.

 arrow Cricket: End of Rhodes?

Jonty Rhodes is on the verge of retiring from cricket after Gloucestershire announced he would not be returning to the club in 2004.

 arrow Tennis: Agassi, Roddick roll on

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer must devise a way to defeat his greatest nemesis, Argentina's David Nalbandian, if he is going to make this the year he finally reaches the US Open quarterfinals.

 arrow Tennis: Clijsters cruises

If world number one Kim Clijsters is going to reach her first US Open semifinal, she is going to have to overcome the woman who ousted her here last year -- France's Amelie Mauresmo.

 arrow Athletics: Golden day for Africa
Africa brought down the curtain on the world championships with a gold medal laden series of performances here on Sunday although it could not be capped by either Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele or HichamEl
 arrow Football: Juve blaze on day one
Juventus began the defence of their Italian league title in style with a thumping 5-1 home win over Empoli on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Brought to earth by Beattie

Arsenal opened a three-point lead at the top of the early premier league standings with a 2-1 victory at Manchester City after Manchester United lost 1-0 at Southampton on Sunday.

 arrow Football: Barca at midnight!

The second round of the Spanish league programme will constitute a late show for fans of Barcelona and Seville.

 arrow Football: Finally Makelele
Chelsea have completed the 24 million euro (26.2 million dollar) transfer of French midfielder Claude Makelele from Real Madrid, the English Premiership side said Monday on the club's web site.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo getting '9' back

Real Madrid's Brazil star Ronaldo can snap up his favoured number nine shirt at the Spanish giants after Fernando Morientes was loaned out to French side Monaco.

 arrow Football: Bye, bye Brazil!

Brazilian football has been hit by an unprecedented exodus of players to foreign clubs, according to the Agencia Estado (AE) news service here on Sunday.

Politicalarrow Khulna city BNP secy may quit
The secretary of the Khulna city BNP unit, Nazrul Islam Manju, may quit the party protesting the presence of some criminals in the rally and procession organised by the four-party alliance at MaharajSquare
 arrow Ctg Polytech College closed sine die after JCD-BCL clash
Chittagong Polytechnic College was announced closed sine die yesterday following a clash between the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) that left at least 10 students injured.
 arrow DU JCD expels female activist
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Dhaka University unit, has expelled a female activist for her involvement in anti-organisational activities.
Metropolitanarrow CARE survey reveals grim picture of education, health
Despite decades of development, the inhabitants of the Southeast region of the country are still struggling to get access of basic services, says a survey report of CARE.
 arrow Mahila Parishad demands punishment to culprits
The Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) has condemned the attack on a woman judge in Narayanganj and demanded punishment to those involved.
Nationalarrow Field workers, members lay siege to NGO in Rajshahi
Hundreds of field workers and members of a Rajshahi based credit oriented non-governmental organisation (NGO) named Samaj Unnayan Karma Shangstha (SUKS) on Saturday demonstrated at its Sagorpara headoffice
 arrow Sudden rise in Teesta water damages dam

Because of sudden rise in water level in the Teesta, an embankment on Dinajpur main canal under Teesta Irrigation Project at Doani fully damaged on August 28.

 arrow BNP call to obliterate memory of JP
The biennial conference of the Nilphamari municipality unit of BNP was held after 13 years at local paurasabha auditorium on Friday.
 arrow Another mate-operated launch runs aground, disaster averted
A launch, MV Suravi-6 plying along the river Meghna from Dhaka to Barisal ran aground near North Gachhua under Muladi upazila in the early hours of Sunday.
Culturearrow Chiaroscuro of colours
Young women artists had collected for their last day's show at Novera Hall, National Museum, recently, filled with success and exhilaration --which young amateur artists oftewn feel -- having launched
 arrow Abu Sayeed talks about Kitton Khola
The Daily Star: You received the national film award recently for a film, which got awards in nine categories. How do you feel about it?

Abu Sayeed: Yes, the film Kitton Khola bagged nineawards.

 arrow Suborno Kazi acts in Nazrul play
Suborno Kazi, who has played the lead in Durdarshan serial on young Kazi Nazrul Islam (telecast on BTV last year), presented Nazrul's songs and poems on 26th August evening at Kochi Kanchar Bhaban.
Generalarrow 'Prepare earthquake map to identify vulnerable areas'
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) Chairman Major General (Retd) AAZ Amin Khan on Sunday suggested immediate preparation of an earthquake map identifying tremor-prone areas.
 arrow ICT can help alleviate poverty
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Syed Marghub Murshed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play a central role in accelerating the pace of national development.
 arrow 2000 nurses to be appointed soon
Two thousand nurses will be appointed soon for further improvement of health service, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.
 arrow Accidental shot hits rickshaw-puller
A rickshaw-puller was shot and wounded at the southwest gate of the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday when a bullet fired 'accidentally from the rifle of a bodyguard of a ward commissioner of Dhaka
 arrow DMCH staff, another killed in city road accidents
An employee of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) died after being run over by a pick-up at Satrasta in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday.
 arrow Land dispute 4 killed, 10 hurt in Naogaon
Four of a family were killed and ten others injured when their rivals launched attack on them over a land dispute in Kalaibari village under Porsha upazila of the district on Saturday.
 arrow HC rule on PIB for non-payment of salary to female officer
The High Court (HC) Sunday issued a rule nisi on the Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) to explain why non-payment of salary, audit objection and several show-cause notices served on a female officer of
Internationalarrow Iraqis get new govt as US, UK feel the heat
Iraq's transitional Governing Council named a new 25-member post-war government as the United States and Britain faced increased public pressure to start bringing some of their troops home.
 arrow Israel threatens to send troops to snub Hamas
Israel is prepared to send an infantry brigade into the Gaza Strip to stop Hamas rocket fire, Israel's army chief was quoted as saying yesterday as troops critically wounded a 15-year-old Palestinianin
 arrow Libya, French families clinch deal: Gaddafi

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said Sunday a second agreement over compensation has been reached between his country and the families of 170 victims of a French airliner that exploded in 1989.

 arrow Senators press Bush to slap price tag on Iraq

Lawmakers pressed President Bush on Sunday to spell out the cost to Americans of the occupation of Iraq, which a leading Republican said would top $30 billion over five years for operations alone.


 arrow Afghan govt opens talks with Taliban in south
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government has started negotiations with Taliban officials in several parts of the troubled southeastern province of Zabul, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported Yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Law and order nosedive hurting business
When the gut feeling in most people is one of trepidation in the face of the rising crime curve, the industry and trading community has taken issue with the government urging it to apply a brake on the
 arrow Editorial: Jamaluddin's rescue awaited with bated breath
It would be difficult to count how many raids have been conducted by the combined force in the forests of Chittagong.
 arrow Shrimp culture: Deaths or dollars?
The purpose of my visit to Khulna -- first ever in my life -- was not anything relating to shrimp culture, although I knew that greater Khulna holds the key to the culture that grew out of our dire need
 arrow Is Iraq turning out to be America's "New Vietnam"?
Perhaps it is early days yet to predict that unequivocally, but the situation in Iraq is certainly beginning to point that way.
 arrow Is it parliamentary democracy?
Ifeel tempted to quote from Churchill about the performances of the lawmakers in the House of Commons: "Parliament reassembled late in February (after the election in December 1900) and plunged immediately
Letters to Editorarrow Power minister clarifies electricity debacle
Please refer to your editorial titled "Rampant Power Failure" published in The Daily Star on August 30, 2003.
 arrow Can this problem be solved?
I always take a Premium or Nirapad bus to go to Motijheel. The fare of these buses is cheaper and the journey is very comfortable. To reach Motijheel, these buses need to cross Mohakhali.
 arrow A right decision
We are happy that the government did not to send troops to Iraq.

Defying United Nations, US and Britain attacked Iraq, which was an illegal, immoral act, solely done for their and Israel's interest.

 arrow Police harassment: When to say, "enough is enough?"
It was August 27, a beautiful Wednesday evening. I was heading towards the Wonderland, Gulshan to have the wonderful experience of watching Mars along with my school-going little cousins.
 arrow Internship honorarium
The increasing number of business graduates in the last couple of years have necessitated more internship opportunities from associated organisations.
 arrow Abductions in Chittagong
From the recent press reports it has become clear that Chittagong has always been an abductors paradise.
 arrow Promotions and...
The news regarding the promotion of officers to the posts of Joint and Additional Secretaries shows that we are far from implementing a sense of justice in handling the bureaucracy that has been politicised
 arrow Exam date and religious festival
I fully agree with the point raised by Mr. Sajol (Aug 29,2003). Our third year exam will begin from October 2.
 arrow Job eludes graduates of some private universities
With reference to the write up of Mr.
 arrow "Want to join legal profession!"
So stated the advertisement for the British School of Law (no doubt it was set up by a group of sycophantic anglophiles) on Wednesday, 27th August 2003.
 arrow The US on hartal and gas export
My writing is on the comment of the newly appointed US Ambassador, Harry K Thomas, to Bangladesh. He spoke on various issues relating to Bangladesh at his first meeting with the press.
 arrow Now his Excellencies!
Professor Anwarullah Chowdhury has been appointed as the Bangladesh Ambassador to Bahrain. Earlier he was appointed as the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University.
 arrow The Daily Star: Pages should be lessened
There is no doubt that Daily Star is a leading and an influential newspaper in the publication world of Bangladesh. It is well balanced in all its coverage.
 arrow Losing faith on doctors, like that of police\
Living a healthy life and to get proper health service is one of the basic human rights.