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Front Pagearrow Move on to give resident status to 26,000 Bangalee families in CHT
A move is on to give permanent resident status to 26,000 families of Bangalee settlers living in cluster villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), official sources said yesterday.
 arrow WB to provide $368m for SoE privatisation
The World Bank (WB) has agreed to lend the government $368 million to speed up the privatisation of state- owned enterprises (SoEs).
 arrow Vessel collision costs Tk 60cr
Ship movement in Chittagong Port channel resumed early yesterday morning after 12 hours of halt caused by a collision of two vessels.
 arrow BNP reaping what it sowed
Ever since its election to power, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has ignored the opposition. It has behaved as if it is almost a crime to be on the other side of the aisle.
 arrow Sangsad in limbo
Uncertainty hangs over the effective functioning of the current parliament as the main opposition Awami League (AL) is reluctant to return and the ruling alliance lacks initiative to bring them back to
 arrow Bilateralism after Cancun won't hurt Bangladesh: Khosru
After the collapse of the Fifth Ministerial Meeting at Cancun, many countries may opt for bilateral and regional trade deals, which would not pose any threat to Bangladesh, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru
 arrow Four DIGs lose job
Four deputy inspectors general (DIGs) of police were forced into retirement and a dozen additional DIGs were promoted to DIG yesterday.
 arrow Ctg rocks at Richter 5.7
A moderate earthquake jolted Chittagong and its adjoining areas in the early hours of Monday.

Met office said the magnitude of the tremor was 5.

 arrow AL defers hartal to Sept 27
The Awami League (AL) yesterday deferred its hartal schedule from September 25 to September 27 as the day coincides with Shab-e-Meraj.
 arrow Wasting state funds
 arrow Explain how Islamic militants get funds
Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the home minister to explain how the Islamic militants are collecting funds and distributing leaflets.
 arrow ADB proposes steamer service between Khulna and Kolkata
People of Bangladesh and India may travel on cross-border waterways, as the passenger service, suspended after the 1947 partition of India, is likely to revive.
 arrow Micro-medium units adds 25pc to GDP
The country's micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMES) contribute Tk 71,000 crore, equivalent to 20 to 25 percent, to gross domestic product (GDP).
 arrow Bomb blast kills 2 at UN compound in Baghdad
A car bomb exploded last morning while the vehicle was trying to approach the UN compound in Baghdad, killing at least two people and injuring eight, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Tullow urges govt to ensure drilling funds from Chevron-Texaco
Irish oil company Tullow has urged the government to ensure that Chevron-Texaco, which sold out its stake in block 9 to Niko, keeps funding the upcoming exploratory oil and gas well drillings in the block.
 arrow ISPR rejoinder
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a rejoinder to a story titled "Dhaka, Yangoon eye defence pairing" published on September 21 in The Daily Star said the part of the story regarding preparation
 arrow Cabinet okays MoU draft to send manpower to Malaysia
A cabinet meeting yesterday approved the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for manpower export to Malaysia with minor amendments, meeting sources said.
 arrow Only 1 rides first bus to Agartala
A 40-seater bus from Dhaka set out for Agartala yesterday with a lone passenger on the inaugural day of commercial service.
 arrow 'Criminal' shot dead in city
Unidentified assailants gunned down an alleged criminal on Humayun Road in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow Charge-framing hearing against Hasina Oct 4
The Special Court for Dhaka Division yesterday fixed October 4 for hearing on charge-framing against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and five others in the frigate purchase graft case.
 arrow Proceedings of Nurul murder case stayed
The High Court yesterday stayed the proceedings of advocate Nurul Islam murder case of Lakshmipur, without issuing any show-cause notice to the government. The court fixed October 20 for further hearing.
 arrow DCC chief engineer gets salary after 8 months
The chief engineer of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) got his salaries this month after an eight-month delay since his appointment.
Businessarrow Govt to offload holdings of three Z-category companies
Five years after a decision to offload government holdings in three companies, the ICB Securities Trading Ltd, a subsidiary of the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), has finally been assigned
 arrow Reforms must in both developing, developed countries: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said economic and structural reforms are essential both in developing and developed countries for the interest of the present global economic order.
 arrow Rangs launches Mitsubishi vehicles service week
Rangs Limited yesterday launched 'Mitsubishi Service Week', a two-week free service programme for Mitsubishi vehicles.
 arrow Small, medium firms face fund constraints
Infrastructure dearth and fund constraints coupled with natural calamities are hindering growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bangladesh, says a draft report of a survey on such enterprises.
 arrow Seminar for stronger trade ties with Spain
Speakers at a seminar have called for building up stronger trade relations between Bangladesh and Spain through intensive interactions between the governments and businesspeople of the two countries.
 arrow Dollar under pressure against taka
The US dollar was under pressure against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday, as it plunged against Asian currencies after G-7 meet, dealers said.
 arrow Call money rate jumps to 11pc
After a periodic lull, the call money rate jumped to its high at 11 per cent yesterday following liquidity problems of some private commercial banks, fund managers said.
 arrow Asean urged to open up to stay competitive
Southeast Asian nations must speed up efforts to integrate their economies and liberalise their markets to stay attractive to foreign investors, a business group said Monday.
 arrow EU farm ministers take stock of WTO failure
European Union farm ministers meeting here on Sunday unanimously agreed to support a multilateral approach to trade negotiations favoured by the EU, despite the collapse of WTO talks in Mexico.
 arrow US, European farm subsidies harm the poor: Aussie DPM
Australian Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson accused his nation's close ally, the United States, and European nations on Monday of having agricultural policies that harmed poorer nations.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Frankly speaking...
Coach Dav Whatmore warned against over-excitement at Bangladesh's much-improved performance in the just-concluded Test and one-day series in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Performance pleases him
Bangladesh cricket captain Khaled Mahmud Monday hailed his team's performance despite an absence of wins in its five-week Test and one-day series in Pakistan, saying the team's confidence has improved.
 arrow Cricket: PCB threatens to sue SA
Pakistan Monday threatened to sue South Africa for 3.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan thank Bangladesh
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad and captain Inzamamul Haq Monday thanked Bangladesh for leading the return of foreign cricket to Pakistan, saying the tourists proved cricketers are safe here.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis land in India
New Zealand's cricket team arrived in India on Monday determined to excel on a tour captain Stephen Fleming described as tougher than playing against world champions Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe down under
Heath Streak's depleted Zimba-bweans arrive here Wednesday to prepare for one of cricket's toughest missions a Test series against Steve Waugh's world champion Australians on their home pitches.
 arrow Football: Booters' bourse finishes today
The four-day inter-club footballers' transfer ends today at the Dhaka Metropolis Football Federation (DMFA) office at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Handball: Rifles' record fifteenth title
Bangladesh Rifles clinched the title of the Pepsi 16th national men's handball championship beating Bangladesh Police 28-19 in the final at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Umpires' course
Former Test umpire and Asian Cricket Council's coach KT Francis will conduct a ten-day Central Umpiring Course in Dhaka from September 26.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan, Japan thru'
Pakistan and Japan booked their spots in the semifinals of the 6th Men's Asia Cup with contrasting wins over their opponents at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Australia, Spain showdown
Spain and Australia will meet in the Davis Cup final for the second time in four years as both scored 3-2 semifinal victories on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick saves US
The United States ensured they will remain among the elite nations in the Davis Cup when Andy Roddick secured victory over Slovakia but Germany suffered a humiliating relegation after defeat to Belarus
 arrow Football: Sun shines for China
Sun Wen, the Golden Ball winner and leading scorer of the 1999 Women's World Cup, picked up where she left off, scoring the lone goal in China's 1-0 Group D victory over Ghana on Sunday night.
 arrow Ruud misery
Ruud van Nistelrooy smashed an injury time penalty against the woodwork as Manchester United's Premiership showdown with Arsenal ended in an acrimonious goalless draw here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Deportivo feel Real force
League leaders Deportivo La Coruna held on to their 100 per cent record but Real Madrid showed the Galicians why they can't relax by winning 3-1 at Malaga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zebina saves Roma
A rare goal from French defender Jonathan Zebina three minutes from time salvaged a point for Roma in a 2-2 draw away to Italian champions Juventus at the Delle Alpi stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Beginning of the end?
Britain's most talked about marriage, between football star David Beckham and the singer popularly known as Posh Spice, is not on the rocks, the two partners insisted Monday in a press statement released
Politicalarrow AL unmoved by proposal to drop non-MPs
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday announced that it was determined to boycott next month's conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), rejecting some last-minute concessions
 arrow AL accuses govt of harbouring militants
The Awami League yesterday alleged that the Islamic extremist groups are expanding their networks under different names under the shelter of the BNP-Jamaat government, pushing the country towards a confrontational
Metropolitanarrow Govt urged to take preparation to face challenges
The government needs to take all out preparations to face the challenges posed by the proposed India's inter-basin water transfer project, which is feared to drastically change the course of Bangladesh's
 arrow Better mobility key to improving rural life
Experts at a regional meeting here yesterday viewed that improving rural people's access to essential services requires improved mobility through transport infrastructure and services.
 arrow Bangladesh envoy to Nepal presents credentials
Bangladesh's new Ambassador to Nepal M Humayun Kabir presented his credentials to King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal at the Royal Palace at Kathmandu yesterday.
 arrow Indian NDC team in city
A 20-member delegation from Indian National Defence College (NDC) led by Sri Alok Jain arrived Dhaka on a four-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh yesterday, says an ISPR release.
Nationalarrow Police drives failed as SI leaked info for money
Haider Ali, a member of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP), made confessional statements before a court in Jessore on Saturday, revealing vital information.
 arrow Life halts for half an hour, human chains in Barisal
Life came to halt for half an hour in the divisional city on Sunday. As the clock clicked 11am, sirens blared.
 arrow Tea output to exceed target
Tea production is likely to exceed the target this year due to favourable weather with good distribution of rainfall in the main tea producing region.
 arrow Non-govt colleges on student-hunt!
Most of the non-government colleges under Chittagong Education Board (CEB) are facing acute student crisis this year due to poor pass percentage in the last Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination.
 arrow 'Larma destroying CHT peace'
Khagrachari Jote, a body of Bangalees, held a rally and burnt an effigy of Santu Larma here on Sunday, blaming him for incidents kidnapping, extortion, murder and for disrupting peace of Bangalee communities
 arrow Absconding 'outlaws' holding UP posts in Khulna!
Two absconding Union Parishad chairmen in Dumuria upazila in Khulna, who allegedly belong to outlawed BCP and are accused in cases, have neither taken oath nor their posts declared vacant.
 arrow 11 die in flood-hit Nilphamari
Eleven persons have so far died of intestinal diseases in the district as flood-affected people are taking uneatable food, district BNP secretary Anisul Arefin Chowdhury said here on Sunday.
Culturearrow Sangkranti by Arannyak
Arannyak Natyadal is staging its current production Sangkranti, arranged by Amra Bholabashi, at the public library auditorium for giving a hand to those who survived the launch disaster
 arrow The bitter-sweet world of Louis Malle
Two groups were actively working for the new movement in the French cinema of the late 1950s: the Cahiers du Cinema film critics like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer
Generalarrow Tk 13.79 cr EU-UNFPA aid for health sector
Bangladesh will receive 2.4 million US dollars equivalent to Tk 13.79 crore under the EU-UNFPA Reproductive Health Initiative for Youth in Asia (RHIYA) Programme.
 arrow Jhenidah halts for 10 mins to protest killing of Mukherjee
The town observed a 10-minute shutdown Monday morning to protest the killing of Dr S K Mukherjee, an octogenarian medical practitioner.
 arrow 2 killed, dozen feared dead in Matoail bus plunge
At least two children were killed and a dozen feared dead when a passenger bus careened off the Della Staff Quarters Road into a deep ditch at Matoail last night, police said.
 arrow Australia, Bangladesh Parliamentary Group formed
The Australia-Bangladesh Parliamentary Group has been formed in the Australia capital Canberra recently.

The group is consists of 13 members of the parliaments of both Bangladesh and Australia.

 arrow RU farewell rally postponed by Shibir threat
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities postponed the Samapony (farewell to outgoing students) rally of Sher-e-Bangla Hall yesterday following a dispute over a barricade against the rally set by the Islami
 arrow Over Tk 22 lakh spent on 3 ships for C'wealth leaders' cruise
Three passenger ships of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) have been prepared at a cost of over Tk 22 lakh for the cruise of lawmakers from the Commonwealth countries.
Internationalarrow France has no intention to veto new Iraq resolution
France does not intend to veto US proposals for a new UN resolution on Iraq, but will only vote in favor if it includes a prompt transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis, French President Jacques Chirac told
 arrow Arafat calls for total truce
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat expressed commitment to reaching a total cease-fire with Israel in talks with envoys of the "Quartet" of international peacemakers, Palestinian officials said on yesterday.
 arrow Arafat deserved Nobel Peace prize: Peres
Former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres said yesterday that beleaguered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat deserved to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow 'Sept 11 plot started with 10 planes in '96'
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, mastermind of the Sept.
 arrow Galileo mission ends
NASA's Galileo space probe made a controlled, fiery crash into Jupiter on Sunday, ending a 14-year mission that yielded dramatic discoveries about the largest planet and its moons.
 arrow Congress party dumps
After having tested the waters on "politics of coalition and alliances", the central leadership of the Congress has dumped the move at least for now.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Truancy among doctors
What the World Development Report 2004 has said about doctor absenteeism in the primary healthcare centres of Bangladesh must make one sit up and take note: 74 per cent of doctors remain absent from duty.
 arrow Editorial: Positive flashes by Bangladesh cricketers
Bangladesh cricket team has done it again, only with a string of sparks perhaps to light their way to the future.
 arrow Israel threatens to assassinate Arafat !
It seems that we live in an uncivilized world. A member state of the UN is vowing to remove, if necessary by assassination the head of another nation.
 arrow Time for paradigm shift
Following a flurry of news items about an emerging new US-Israel-India axis, rising tide of Indo-Israel military cooperation and Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's New Delhi visit, Pakistan's reaction was summed
Letters to Editorarrow Follow up on Rupali Bank story
I am surprised to see that The Daily Star did not follow up on the news report on Bangladesh Bank demanding explanation from Rupali Bank as to how Hafez Ibrahim MP had been a director of the bank forthe
 arrow US veto gives Israel licence to kill
This is in reference to the veto used by the United States torpedoing the resolution sponsored by Syria at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, September 15, which demanded that Israel would not harm or
 arrow The eighth wonder
If anything has ruined our country, it is the nexus between politicians, lower judiciary, the police, criminals and the bureaucrats. Together they are the eighth wonder if the seventh one is Tajmahal.
 arrow "New look, new waste"
The front-page pictorial in the DS (14/9) under the caption "New look, new waste" should be an eye opener to our policymakers and the general people.
Focusarrow Mass transit-- a solution to urban cholesterol
In Dhaka city, parks, streets and open spaces work as breathing space, where fresh air with less pollutant is supposed to be advantageous to our health.
 arrow The Holy Prophet's Night Journey through Seven Heavens
No Muslim can take courage in denying any saying (Hadith) of the holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) -- the greatest of all men and all times.
 arrow The folly of building peace with might
The weak submits to the strong. Might is an advantage, in the natural order of things. Generally, it gets its way. The conquest is often carried to extremity, where righteousness is treated with uglyarrogance.