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Front Pagearrow 6 get death sentence
A tribunal yesterday sentenced six of the seven accused to death in the sensational Shazneen Tasnim Rahman rape case.
 arrow Claps greet verdict
As the judge passed the death sentence on all the six accused in the sensational Shazneen rape case yesterday, hundreds of people present at the court greeted it with roaring claps.
 arrow Chronicle of a crime
The much-talked-about and eagerly awaited judgement on the Shazneen rape case was delivered yesterday five years four months and ten days after the brutal killing and rape of the victim.
 arrow Teacher dearth hangs fate of 9 tech universities in balance
Uncertainties have clouded the launch of nine science and technology universities as the education ministry stopped implementation of the project.
 arrow Tigers eye to avert clean sweep
Bangladesh have decided to rest fast bowler Mashrafee bin-Mortuza for the third and final Super Asia Test against Pakistan that starts in Multan today and will try a new pace combination.
 arrow RPC's new power project to worsen gas situation
The Rural Power Company (RPC), generator of the costliest gas-fired electricity in the country, is setting up yet another similar 450MW plant in Savar by next year which might compound the gas supplysituation,
 arrow Dhaka to urge rich nations to cut farm subsidies
Bangladesh, coordinator of the 49 least developed countries (LDCs), will urge the developed economies to cut farm subsidies to carve a niche for the LDCs in greater market share of agricultural commodities,
 arrow Wave of revenge attacks in Kashmir kills 15
Fifteen people, including a rebel on a suicide mission, were killed and 25 others injured yesterday in Indian Kashmir as militants vowing revenge for the slaying of a commander attacked Indian troopsin
 arrow Car bomb kills Iraqi cop, 2 US soldiers die in mine blast
A car bomb exploded yesterday at a police station in Baghdad's main police compound in the Rasafa district, killing one policeman, a US military spokesman said.
 arrow Bashir jailed for four years for treason
Indonesian judges yesterday found Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir guilty of taking part in a plot to overthrow the government and jailed him for four years, but said there was no proof that he headed a
 arrow Tension runs high in admin over rumour of forced retirement
Tension runs high in the civil administration over speculations that officials of a particular batch, who were already discriminated against in promotion and superseded by their juniors, would be given
 arrow Boy dies as gunmen spray bullets on workers in Badda
A boy was shot dead and a young man sustained bullet wounds yesterday at Khilkhet Namapara, Badda when a group of assailants sprayed bullets on cargo vessels.
 arrow Army to control foreigners' entry into CHT
Entry of foreigners into three districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is soon going to be brought under army control.

Highly placed sources said traffic movement will also be controlled there.

 arrow Six elevated addl secys get postings
The government yesterday gave postings to six more newly promoted additional secretaries to different ministries and departments.
 arrow Polluting the green
 arrow Corrigendum
The High Court Division had issued a rule upon the director and three doctors of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and also the officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station to show cause why they should not
 arrow Giant asteroid heading for Earth, but...
A giant asteroid is heading for Earth and could hit in 2014, US astronomers have warned British space monitors.
Businessarrow Bangladesh-Myanmar border trade grinds to halt on strike
In protest against "extortion and harassment" by police and border forces, traders enforced an indefinite strike at Taknaf on Monday, halting border trade between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
 arrow Tourism hinges on infrastructure

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday put accent on infrastructure development for tourism growth, saying construction of hotels and motels and improvement of facilities are needed to boost the industry.

 arrow BGMEA seeks IMF aid for ailing factories

Garment exporters have sought assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the recovery of some 1,500 ailing apparel factories.

 arrow Ship shortage keeps 2,000 tonnes of tea at bay

Tea export to Pakistan is facing a setback as over 2,000 tonnes of tea remained stuck up at different warehouses in Chittagong due to shipment problem.

 arrow Govt forms 15 working groups for Cancun meet

The government has formed 15 working groups to participate in different meetings of the 5th WTO ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, scheduled to be held this month.

 arrow Govt to hire consulting firm for Rupali Bank

The government will hire a consulting firm to work as the financial advisor of state-owned Rupali Bank for expediting its privatisation process.

 arrow NBR chairman meets Ctg businessmen today

National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Dr Shoaib Ahmed will hold a meeting with the business community of Chittagong today aiming to motivate them to pay value added tax (VAT).

 arrow Eastern Bank launches three deposit products for consumers
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) recently launched three new consumer deposit products.

They are EBL Savings Insurance Account, Monthly Deposit Plan and Monthly Income Plan.

 arrow Rupali Bank cuts interest rate

Rupali Bank has reduced the rate of interest of agricultural and rural credit.

The bank took the decision to cut the interest rate recently, says a press release.

 arrow WTO drug deal brings farm issues into focus
A weekend deal on granting access to generic drugs for poor countries lifts a major hurdle to a wide-ranging trade accord and puts agriculture back at the center of focus ahead of a WTO summit in Cancun,
Sportsarrow Football: Kanchan KOs Abahani

A dream goal by Rukunuzzaman Kanchan enabled Mohammedan Sporting Club to win the season's first battle-royale against bitter rivals Abahani Krira Chakra 1-0 to book their tickets to the final of the

 arrow Football: Alfaz ends Wanderers
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra ended the dream run of Moulvibazar Wanderers with a hard-fought 1-0 win to mark their maiden appearance in the final of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at theSher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket: Tigers for more fight
The objective remains the same for Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Raring to spin
Saqlain Mushtaq is happy returning to play in international cricket for his country after a six-month lay-off.
 arrow Cricket: Mushfiq for one-dayers

Bangladesh team management has decided to drop opener Javed Omar, left-arm seamer Monjurul Islam and right-arm paceman Anwar Hossain Monir for the five-match one-day series against Pakistan.

 arrow Hockey: Premier Hockey League 'final' today

The Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League could not have asked for a better finish as archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Krira Chakra meet in the virtual final today.

 arrow BNCC assault journalists
Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) members who were on duty at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium during the Nitol-Tata National Football League second semifinal match between Mohammedan and Abahani
 arrow Cricket: Latif advises BD to be positive

Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has criticised Bangladesh for adopting a negative strategy in the Test arena, and believes they can only improve if they change tactics.

 arrow Football: Khulna soccer

Mahesharpasha Club blanked Digalia YMA 2-0 in the 15th DSA Cup football tournament at the local stadium yesterday.

Both the goals were scored in the first-half.

 arrow Cricket: Dravid could keep again

Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid, who kept wickets at this year's cricket World Cup, could don the gloves again in a one-day triangular series against Australia and New Zealand next month.

 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj plots NZ fall using Flemo's tips!

India's Yuvraj Singh is planning to use tips picked up from New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming against the Kiwis on their tour of India next month.

 arrow Cricket: Teammates make Gary to play on

South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten has shelved plans to retire from Test cricket after being urged by teammates to reconsider his decision.

 arrow Tennis: Henin, Capriati in qtrs
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and three-time Grand Slam winner Jennifer Capriati weathered scattered showers and two rain interruptions each to reach the US Open quarterfinals here Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Rain makes men wait
US Open officials postponed to Tuesday all men's matches scheduled here Monday at the year's final Grand Slam tennis event, including Thai 11th seed Paradorn Srichaphan's encounter with Australian sixth
 arrow Football: Shevchenko Milan's hero

European champions AC Milan opened their league campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win at newly-promoted Ancona on Monday.

 arrow Football: Target Pele!

Ronaldo aims to beat Pele's goalscoring record for the Brazilian national team, the Real Madrid striker said on Monday after announcing another advertising deal.

 arrow Football: Ronaldo laughed at England!

David Beckham fears England lost their best chance ever of winning the World Cup last year and he might not get such a good chance again.

 arrow Football: Makelele has high hopes

Claude Makelele believes Chelsea can outshine nine-times European Cup winners Real Madrid and English Premiership rivals Arsenal and Manchester United this season.

 arrow Football: Roque Junior joins Leeds

Leeds United have signed AC Milan's Brazilian international defender Roque Junior on a season-long loan, the English Premiership club said Monday.

 arrow Football: Owen set for fresh contact

England striker Michael Owen is ready to extend his stay at Liverpool but he wants the club to prove it can overtake Manchester United and Arsenal.

 arrow Football: Barthez to wait and see

French international goalkeeper Fabien Barthez said Monday that he would stick with Manchester United despite being dropped to number three choice 'keeper at the English champions.

Politicalarrow AL won't join CPA meet
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will not join the Common-wealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference accusing the government of politicising it.
 arrow Khulna city BNP bigwig wants PM to form neutral convening body
Sekandar Zafrullah Khan Shacchu, a senior vice-president of the Khulna city BNP, has sought intervention of the party chairperson, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, to form a convening committee under neutral
 arrow 'Arrest real killers of Imam'
Khulna Sadar thana unit of Awami League (AL) has demanded immediate withdrawal of all cases filed against several AL leaders and activists 'falsely implicating' them in the murder of city AL president
Metropolitanarrow Hartals bring disaster to economy: US envoy
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas Jr called on Information Minister Tariqul Islam at his office yesterday and discussed with him matters of mutual interest.
 arrow Implement CEDAW immediately
Leaders of the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday urged the government to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) without further delay.
 arrow BTRC petitions for stay on HC Division order regarding JTV
The Bangladesh Telecomm-unications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court for a stay on the operation of a High Court Division order that had directed the BTRCto
 arrow Gender, Media Monitoring Forum formed
A new organisation styled "Gender and Media Monitoring Forum" was floated here yesterday with the objective to stop mistreatment of women in media.
Nationalarrow Hospital waste in Rajshahi becoming cause of concern
A ten-point recommendation was adopted for effective medical waste management in Rajshahi city on conclusion of a two-day workshop here recently.
 arrow RU to celebrate golden jubilee in December

Preparations are underway to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Rajshahi University (RU) in December this year.

 arrow A Rajshahi daily changes hand, name overnight!
Prothom Provat, a Rajshahi-based popular Bengali daily turned into 'Natun Provat' overnight without any prior notice much to astonishment of local people.
 arrow Accused in Shafi murder case aTrrested
One accused in Shafi Uddin murder case was arrested in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow BNP silver jubilee celebrated in dists
The silver Jubilee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was celebrated on Monday in a befitting manner all over the country.
Culturearrow Four decades of Benegal
Rich compliments rained on Shyam Benegal, one of the most outstanding film-makers in India's parallel cinema circuit, on the evening of August 29.
 arrow Profile of the Underground
Acacophony of noise; the heavy music slicing the skin; its cold metallic texture crawling down one's body; building an alternation of music.
 arrow Actor Charles Bronson dies
Charles Bronson, a former coal miner who became the "tough guy" star of action movies such as The Dirty Dozen, the war dramas The Great Escape and Death Wish, died on August 30 at
Generalarrow Oct 5 polls a step towards solution to Chechen issue
The upcoming presidential elections in Chechnya would be an important step towards the comprehensive political solutions to the Chechen issue, a top Russian diplomat said here yesterday.
 arrow Implement 9-pt demand
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) yesterday urged the government to implement its nine- point demand.
 arrow Asia, Pacific CJ confce begins in Tokyo
The 10th conference of the Chief Justice of Asia and Pacific began on Monday in Japanese capital of Tokyo to discuss inter alia issues related to the judicial system and the court administration.
 arrow Appeal for help
Parents of Nishat, a child of three years and eight months, who has been suffering from thalassaemia, seeks financial assistance for her treatment.
Internationalarrow Israel declares war on Hamas, threatens to expel Arafat
Having declared all-out war on the radical Hamas movement, Israel on Tuesday threatened to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as hopes plummeted that the "roadmap" plan for peace would achieve its
 arrow World resists US request for Iraq reconstruction funds
Many foreign governments are offering stiff resistance to a United States drive to win funds to rebuild Iraq, The Washington Post said yesterday, quoting diplomats and aid officials.
 arrow Asia faces AIDS doom: UN
Asia-Pacific leaders must take drastic measures to combat the regional HIV/AIDS crisis if they are to avoid the disaster gripping African nations, a United Nations envoy said yesterday.
 arrow Kelly widow's testimony puts pressure on Hoon
The widow of weapons expert David Kelly on Monday testified he had felt betrayed by Britain's defence ministry for exposing him as the source of a disputed BBC report alleging that Prime Minister Tony
 arrow Kurdish rebels end truce with Turkey
Kurdish rebels have announced the end of their five-year cease-fire with Turkey because of Ankara's failure to match the truce, a news agency close to the guerrillas said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Japanese investors' distress
The Japanese investors in Bangladesh have made it known that their discomfiture with the situation prevailing at the field level is based on some specific instances of irregularities and corruption in
 arrow Editorial: What a way to treat our cricketers!
We feel so strongly about the conduct of the Pakistani Cricket Board towards the Bangladeshi players that we simply can't accept it.
 arrow The trauma of Gujarat is far from over
The bitter memories of a human tragedy of the dimension of Gujarat carnage refuse to go off the nation's collective conscience.
 arrow Gaps in logic do matter
The six-nation -- North and South Koreas, the US, Japan, China and Russia -- conference that ended on August 29 in Beijing was not entirely a wash out, even if it failed to resolve the crisis surrounding
Letters to Editorarrow Article on the history of BNP
The Daily Star published an article on history of BNP on September 1in recognition of 25 years of BNP's formation. However, the research behind the article was incomplete and it lacked details.
 arrow A freedom fighter and his son
Those who participated in the liberation war of Bangladesh are called freedom fighters. No wrangling and question about it.
 arrow Volcano
There is a god in Roman myth named Vulcan. He is a blacksmith by profession with a lot of servants to help him in his works. Everything he builds is made of gold. Vulcan had a big factory ground under.
 arrow Our cricket performance in Karachi
Before our cricket team started for Pakistan, our captain, in an interview, said that his ultimate object was to play for five days in the test.
Focusarrow Preparedness is the best defence against an earthquake disaster
Of all the frightening things of the nature, none is so frightful as an earthquake.
 arrow Professor Ahmad Husain
The contribution of two personalities can never be forgotten in respect of what Bangladesh has achieved in the sphere of development of library science and for the safeguard of interest of the librarians.
 arrow Reconstruction of Iraq possible only under UN supervision
Unethical and illegal invasion of Iraq by the so-called US-UK alliance to (i) destroy weapons of mass destruction, (ii) contain international terrorism, (iii) liberate the people of Iraq from the clutch
StarTecharrow Better manage data the Sony way
YOU are in the middle of an important job and just when you think things are going pretty smooth, your system gets a glitch.
 arrow Oracle launches e-business suite special edition for mid-market Asia-Pacific companies
ORACLE Asia Pacific, a division of Oracle Corp.
 arrow HP expands personal printing solutions
HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced a new line of photo-quality printing solutions for home and office users, on August 27 at a local restaurant.
Star Chittagongarrow Vibrant vegetable markets


 arrow Awaiting final closure
Production at the Chittagong Chemical Complex (CCC) at Barabkunda in Sitakunda Upazila has been suspended since December 15 last year following the government decision on its privatisation.
 arrow Save Parabon
The district administration on August 28 ordered eviction of the illegal occupants from the "Parabon" (man-made forest), a tourist zone of Sonadia and Ghatibhanga under the offshore upazila of Moheshkhali
Star Cityarrow Karwan Bazar's businesses suffer neglect
Ten years after declaring Karwan Bazar as one of the commercial zones of the city, the authorities are still confronted with thousands of illegal shops totally or partially blocking all major
 arrow Over-population affecting city's sanity
Nearly one and a half million people in the city are suffering from different types of mental disorder.
 arrow The word on the street...
Are you on a bus crammed with passengers and stuck in traffic jam? Then cast your eyes to those words that appear before you but go unnoticed almost every time.
 arrow A working policy on child labour
Al-Amin came to Dhaka with his family six years ago when their village home was swallowed up by the river.
 arrow Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover fails to take off
The opening of Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover may be delayed as the Road and Highways Department (RHD) and the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are at loggerheads over how to handle the one kilometre road and
 arrow Teachers in confusion
Two groups of teachers under the same banner of Bangladesh Non Government Primary Teachers Association, are at loggerheads over whether to launch an agitation program for nationalisation of the non-government
 arrow Mishuk drivers demand a fair rate of pay
With the ultimatum expiring on August 1, most mishuks, the four-stroke locally made three wheelers have not bothered to install any meters.