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Front Pagearrow High security for seaports soon
Security at the two seaports is going to be stepped up following pressure from the developed nations in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
 arrow Poor pits against rich at WTO meet today
The crucial fifth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) begins today at the Mexican resort of Cancun amid hopes and fears, particularly of poor countries like Bangladesh.
 arrow Israel offers anti-terrorism tech, Phalcons to India
Israel yesterday offered to give 'utmost support' to India in training and materials to fight terrorism.
 arrow Tigers buried under run avalanche
Bangladesh crashed to a 137-run defeat against Pakistan in the first of the five-match one-day international series at Multan yesterday.
 arrow IMF extends deadline on Agrani Bank management
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has accepted a government request to extend by five months the deadline for appointing a skilled management to the Agrani Bank.
 arrow Doubt cast over anti-graft body
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the proposed independent anti-corruption commission would not attain its objectives.
 arrow Land-filling of Jamuna stayed for a week
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for a week a High Court (HC) order that restrained Rajuk from obstructing Jamuna Builders Limited from filling Ashulia lowlands with earth for construction.
 arrow Protestors head for Cancun
Hundreds of indigenous people from southwestern Mexico were heading for Cancun to protest the upcoming meeting of the 146-nation World Trade Organisation, which they say favours the rich over the poor.
 arrow Dhaka Bar probing Saturday's attacks
The Dhaka Bar Association (DBA) yesterday formed a fact-finding committee to probe into the attacks and ransacking of the DBA office on Saturday.
 arrow Terms served out, still 19 foreigners in prison
Nineteen foreigners are yet to be released from Dhaka Central Jail even after serving out their prison terms, a human rights investigation report said yesterday.
 arrow HC verdict on quashment of Airbus purchase case against Khaleda today
The High Court will deliver judgement on the petition to quash the Airbus purchase scam case against Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today.
 arrow Abducted student, young man released in Chittagong
Kidnappers released a madrassah student of Raozan on Monday and another young man, less than 45 hours after his abduction in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala bus Inaugural run in less than two weeks
The Dhaka-Agartala bus service will begin any day between September 19 and 21, according to a decision taken at an official meeting here yesterday.
 arrow Suicide blast kills 7 near Tel Aviv army base
A Palestinian suicide bomber killed at least seven people and wounded about 30 in an attack yesterday outside a major army base near Tel Aviv, police said.
 arrow Ban on eco-hostile eucalyptus, acacia likely to be lifted
The government is reportedly planning to allow plantations of eucalyptus and acacia, two alien plant species, banned years ago in view of their damaging effects on the ecology and native plants.
 arrow Justice delayed, justice denied
The wheels of justice turn slowly, so goes the proverb. And for Hasina Begum, those wheels have turned inch by inch, all but grinding to a halt.
 arrow 45 hurt as Hizbut men clash with students
At least 45 people including two policemen were injured, 10 of them seriously, in a clash between Islamic militants belonging to the Hizbut Towhid outfit and a group of madrassah students at Poradah rail
 arrow Irri fair starts today
The two-day agricultural fair organised jointly by the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) begins at a city hotel today.
 arrow Call to save democracy
Prolonged and frequent parliament boycotts, persistent lawlessness and rise of militant fundamentalism have reduced parliamentary democracy and democratic institutions to a deplorable condition, speakers
 arrow World Bank to help introduce high speed train service
The World Bank has assured Bangladesh Railway of project assistance for introducing Dhaka-Chittagong high-speed train service and expansion and modernisation of this route.
 arrow PM to distribute film awards today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will distribute National Film Awards 1999, 2000 and 2001 among the recipients at a function at the Osmany Memorial Hall at 5:oopm today.
 arrow Pak FM arrives today
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri arrives in Dhaka today with a letter formally inviting Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to attend the Saarc summit in Islamabad.
 arrow Verdict on killing of 4 tigers today
Judgement on the killing of four tigers at the Dhaka Zoo in November 1996 will be given today.
Businessarrow Mandatory TIN on investors to deter FDI: Experts
Potential foreign investors are being discouraged due to an income tax rule making it mandatory on sponsor directors to show taxpayer's identification number (TIN) before registration of a company.
 arrow BB lists 35 agro-based areas for bank loan
As the commercial banks are giving priority to disbursing loans in agro-based industry, the central bank has identified 35 such areas for investment by the banks.
 arrow Fund crunch fails FBCCI in capacity-building projects
Due to want of financial support from government and donors, the apex trade body of Bangladesh could not embark on some institutional development projects aimed at facilitating growth of the private sector.
 arrow BGMEA leaders chased over quota distribution
Garment exporters yesterday demanded punishment of the hoodlums who "attacked" BGMEA leaders following a joint meeting of six export-oriented manufacturers' associations at the Export Promotion Bureau
 arrow Italy assures support for market access to Europe
The Italian Ambassador in Bangladesh assured all-out support for ensuring access of Bangladeshi goods in to the European market.
 arrow India to fight against farm subsidy at Cancun meet
India's government, facing elections in which rural voters form a backbone, has much to gain at home even at the risk of isolation abroad if it can nudge rich nations to cut their farm subsidies at WTO
 arrow Biggest growers pocket 71pc of US farm subsidies
The biggest American farmers received 71 per cent of US farm subsidies since 1995, environmentalists said yesterday in a report that could fuel the fight in Congress for tighter limits on farm supports.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dav praises Pakistan
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore gave full credit to Pakistan for their 137-run win at Multan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY

There was a big Bangladesh flag in between the Hanif Muhammad and Mushtaq Ahmed enclosures during the first one-day international at the Multan Cricket Stadium yesterday.

 arrow Football: Football getting serious

After an absorbing two months of National Football League action, the spotlight will focus on the Federation Cup.

 arrow Football: BFF still unsure about 2006 WC

The Bangladesh Football Federation is yet to send the entry fee for the Asian zone qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup to be held Germany.

 arrow Football: BD to host Group 5

Bangladesh will host the Group-5 matches of the AFC Under-20 Football Championship to be held on October 19-23.

Apart from the hosts, Pakistan and Nepal will be taking part.

 arrow Cricket: BCB calls up 27 age-group cricketers

The Bangladesh Cricket Board initially called up 27 under-19 cricketers yesterday to join the residential camp beginning from September 14.

 arrow Cricket: Contrasting moods
England captain Michael Vaughan hailed the best win of his career after his team came from behind to beat South Africa by nine wickets in the fifth Test at The Oval here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Bradman cap too costly!

An Australian cricket fan who paid 425,000 dollars (272,000 US) to bring Don Bradman's last baggy green cap home from England had to pay a massive tax bill Tuesday to get the memento back from airport

 arrow Cricket: PCB appreciates Indian gesture

Pakistan cricket authorities welcomed India's decision to allow its junior team to tour here in November, saying it could pave the way for a restoration of cricket ties at a senior level.

 arrow Cricket: Rasheed rallies round Rashid!

Pakistan cricket manager Haroon Rasheed Tuesday rallied behind banned captain Rashid Latif insisting the disgraced skipper was not a cheat.

 arrow Cricket: 'Hail the comeback kings'

The British press better known for slating its cricketers than praising them ran out of superlatives Tuesday after England came back from the dead to win the fifth Test and tie the series 2-2 with

 arrow Football: No room for complacency
Brazil will be determined to make sure they do not slip-up against Ecuador on Wednesday in the Amazonian city of Manaus in their latest 2006 World Cup qualifier after beating Colombia in their openerat
 arrow Football: Picture will get clearer
Euro giants France and Italy could lead as many as eight teams in booking their berths in the 16 side Euro 2004 finals on Wednesday night as they contest the latest round of qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's Kenyon coup

Shares in the world's wealthiest football club tumbled Tuesday after Manchester United lost their business supremo to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's big-spending rivals Chelsea.

Politicalarrow AL chief skips Hazari, blames BNP MPs in Feni for terror
Main opposition Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said ruling BNP lawmakers of Feni have unleashed a reign of terror there.
 arrow 2 AL, 1 JCD men killed in 3 dists
At least three political leaders, two of the Awami League (AL) and one of the ruling BNP's student wing the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), were killed in separate incidents in three districts yesterday.
 arrow Hasina refused stay at VVIP room in Ctg circuit house
Opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina was refused an overnight stay in the VVIP room at Chittagong Circuit House yesterday by the district administration, prompting street protests anda
 arrow Bhuiyan urges Hasina to stop 'misleading' campaign
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina to stop "misleading" campaigns against government and termed her statements in thepast
Metropolitanarrow Children's participation a must in formulating third action plan
Participation of children is a must in formulating the third National Plan of Action (NPA) to ensure their rights.
 arrow DCC unit to assist JICA
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has formed a unit to assist the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in conducting a study on solid waste management.
 arrow 'Inadequate budget cripples education'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said inadequate allocation of budget is crippling the country's education system.
 arrow Norwegian envoy presents credentials
Newly appointed Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Aud Lise Norheim presented her credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Nationalarrow Storm in Bay: 3 fishermen killed, 40 missing
Three fishermen were killed and at least 40 are missing as their trawlers sank in the Bay near Cox's Bazar due to storm and downpour on Sunday.
 arrow 7 die of diarrhoea, 150 attacked in Nilphamari, Rangpur
Seven people died from diarrhoea and over 150 were attacked with the disease in Nilphamari and Rangpur districts in the last three days.

The two districts were the worst affected during the recentflood.

 arrow Cracks in Friendship Bridge in Jhalakathi
Dangerous cracks have developed on the Fifth China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge at Gaabkhan on Jhalakati-Pirojpur highway.
 arrow Two 'extremists' killed in Bagerhat
Two 'extremists' were killed by unidentified gunmen on Saturday at a bazaar at Moubhog village under Fakirhat thana in Bagerhat district.
 arrow JS body visits Mahalchhari, assures victims' rehab
The Jatiya Sangsad Committee on Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs on Monday visited the fire-ravaged tribal village in Mahalchhari upazila of Khagrachhari.
 arrow AL blames BNP
The district Awami League (AL) has blamed BNP for the August 29 attack on four villages in Chartarapur union in Pabna district.
 arrow Sit-in before DC's office, rally held at Gaibandha
The Gaibandha district unit of Jatiya Sikkhak Karmachari Front (Natioanl Teacher-Employee Front) staged a sit-in in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office for about an hour yesterday to press its8-point
 arrow Hartal observed at Baniachang
An eight-hour hartal was observed at Baniachang upazila headquarter on Sunday protesting alleged irregularities and over-billing by Palli Bidyut Samity (rural electrification society) officials.
 arrow Wild elephants kill 3 in 6 days in Rangamati
Wild elephants trampled two persons to death in Baghaichhori and Longdu upazila in separate incidents on Saturday and in the early hours of Monday.

Another woman was killed on September 3 in Longdu.

Culturearrow Commemorating the death of a martyred leader
It was interesting to see the response of artists to holding an exhibition commemorating the death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Russian tragedy The Return wins Venice top prize
The Return (Vozvraschenie), a Russian film about the tragic reunion of a father with his sons after a 10-year absence, won the Venice Film Festival's top prize, the Golden Lion.
 arrow "Gangajal" troubles are over
The commercial release of eminent Indian parallel film-maker Prakash Jha's latest work Gangajal is now out of trouble.
Generalarrow Multinational seminar on Non-Lethal Weapons begins
A three-day long multinational seminar on Non-Lethal Weapons (NOLES) began at Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) at Rajendrapur Cantonment yesterday.
 arrow Lawyers continue court boycott in N'ganj
The lawyers of Narayanganj District Ainjibi Samity continued their court boycott for the second day yesterday protesting against the police assault on a lawyer at Simrail on Dhaka-Chittagong Highwayon
 arrow Principal sells gold souvenir, comes under criticism
The principal of Baneshwar College (BC) in Rajshahi has sold a gold crown kept in the college as a souvenir.
 arrow PM goes to Faridpur September 13
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to open a rehabilitation centre for women and an orphanage in the district on September 13.
 arrow BSF pushes in nine Indians
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed nine Indian citizens into Bangladesh territory through Enayetpur border in Dinajpur on Tuesday.
Internationalarrow Protests greet Sharon in his maiden India trip
Thousands of people took to the streets in Indian cities yesterday to protest a landmark trip by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon but police foiled their attempts to disrupt the Jewish leader's visit.
 arrow Pakistan wary of Sharon's India trip
Pakistan expressed concern on Monday over a visit to India by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, saying the trip to boost defence cooperation with its nuclear rival could destabilise the region.
 arrow Arabs seek timetable for pullout from Iraq
Arab countries will ask Iraq's US-appointed interim government to push for a timetable for the withdrawal of US, British and other forces occupying Iraq, an Arab diplomat said yesterday.
 arrow Blix now thinks Iraq was truthful on WMD claim
Iraq may have been truthful when it told the UN Security Council in December that it did not have chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, a former chief UN weapons inspector said late Monday.
 arrow Musharraf says 'no' to any nuke showdown
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview published here yesterday that the time of nuclear showdown between his country and archrival India had passed.
 arrow Iran is in non-compliance with nuke accords: US
Iran is in non-compliance with nuclear safeguards agreements and should be given a "last chance" to clear up all questions about its atomic program, a senior US official said Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Government lands in illegal possession
A parliamentary standing committee has given the wake-up call to the land ministry about expropriation of government lands over time.
 arrow Editorial: Plight of a toddler kidnapped across the border
Two-year-old Arifa, caught in legal and bureaucratic tangles, can't get back to her parents' -- this first sentence of a story in a Bangla daily sums up how inhuman people can get with rules and procedures.
 arrow Winning over woes
It is by now crystal clear that different agro-ecological zones need different policy prescriptions for agricultural uplift.
 arrow Litmus test for Indian secularism: Don't milk the cow politically
Would you like your government to spend Rs 18,000 crores a year -- or half the total Indian expenditure on primary education -- on 10 million aged cows and bullocks? Want a special paramilitary Central
 arrow Two regime changes, two anniversaries, and why the Iraqis hate America
August was the anniversary of two important events that have profoundly affected America's foreign and domestic policies. Fifty years ago, on August 19, 1953, the U.S.
Letters to Editorarrow The working children
Child labour is one of the main sources of income to the poor section of people in many under developed countries.
 arrow Why the discrimination?
In the third Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, the role of the umpires Ashoka De Silva, Russell Tiffin and even that of the third umpire was very controversial.
 arrow Cricket and few suggestions
First, we should congratulate the Bangladesh cricket team, which is are now touring Pakistan, for their efforts in the third Test.
 arrow Losing with a grace
The Tigers have lost the third and final Test but they have shown to the cricket world how gentlemanly they can play the game.
 arrow Rashid Latif can learn from us
During the match against Bangladesh, on the third day of the last Test match, what the Pakistani captain did was a heinous act and these are the reasons why cricket is becoming so critical these days.
 arrow Writing on the walls
"Extraordinary changes" happened in Iraq in last four months. So said Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary. Yes, extraordinary indeed.
 arrow US and Iraq
Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't it the arrogant and overtly confident G.W.
 arrow We and our bio-diversity?
This may sound cynical to many readers, but please do not read me wrong as I do not have any intention to provoke or ridicule anyone.
 arrow History and the warmongers
When president Bush decided to send in the boys to Iraq, some small-time crooks, part-time politicians and virtually unknown leaders thought this was their chance to make it a big-time event of some sort!
 arrow Entertainment news in colourful pages
This is beyond doubt that The Daily Star is the leading popular English newspaper in Bangladesh. I greatly admire those people who are working tirelessly for it.
StarTecharrow Brainstorming to explore IT windows
THE just-concluded 'National Information Technology (IT) Week 2003' was an annual event during which communities, businesses, government, teachers and students worked in partnership to communicate toBangladeshis
 arrow Happy birthday, Linux
BY the time you were 10 what had you accomplished?

To give you something to compare yourself against consider Pu Yi who by that tender age had been the emperor of China for seven years.

 arrow Dishari's 7th batch passes out
The 7th batch of Dishari-Chechua, the basic IT Education Centre of BATB (British American Tobacco Bangladesh) completed their two months course on August 30, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow Scanning system at Ctg port gets a go-ahead
The plan for introducing scanning system at Chittagong port at an estimated cost of Tk 400 crore received a 'go-ahead' from the higher authorities, official sources said.
 arrow Airport management to go into pvt hands
Process is underway to hand over management of Shah Amanat International Airport, Chittagong to private sector by this year, sources said.
 arrow Place of wonders
Shuvalong, 30km off Rangamati, is a scenic spot frequented by tourists from home and abroad. A channel branching from a river streams through hills of Shuvalong, making it a place of wonders.
Star Cityarrow Fresh eviction drive soon on Buriganga
Authorities will soon launch another eviction drive to remove nearly 600 large and small structures encroaching on the river Buriganga over an area of 17 kilometers.
 arrow Police inactive as hoodlums take over shops at Dhanmondi lake
Gangs of local hoodlums, allegedly backed by the local Ward Commissioner broke into two shops in the Dhanmondi lake area and have illegally occupied those since last month.
 arrow Benarosi weavers stagger with creativity
It has always been a dream of Bangalee women to wear Benarasi saris. The fine texture, fabulous designs and beaming colours of traditional Benarasi saris enthral a woman's heart more than any other attire.
 arrow Rental problems bug CAAB
The Civil Aviation and Airport Authority (CAAB) has failed to collect any monthly rent from 26 shops and restaurants located at different buildings of the Zia International Airport (ZIA) forthe
 arrow Instability shoots up prices of essentials
Everyday living expenses in Dhaka have increased consistently throughout the year, a survey by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) reveals an 8.52 per cent increase for the year.
 arrow Teachers for nationalising schools
Non-governmental primary schoolteachers from across the country, who had observed a 24-hour strike since September 3 amid opposition by another group in Dhaka, gave an ultimatum to the prime ministerfor
 arrow PAB blasts globalisation
People's Alliance of Bangladesh (PAB) in a press conference at the Reporters' Unity Auditorium yesterday alleged that corporate globalisation would destroy peoples' livelihood, environment, diversityof
 arrow Bookbinders cry for rights
Bookbinders at a demonstration in the city on Sunday demanded that the government cancel a tender that 'denies' their right to binding textbooks.
 
   
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