River-link plan finds way to JRC agenda|
A controversial proposal to link 37 rivers in India was included in the first session of the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting in New Delhi yesterday as a "miscellaneous" item, which Bangladesh called
Poverty wanes, but pace not enough to meet goal|
The population living below the poverty line declined by one percentage point a year in the 1990s and came down to 40 per cent by 2000, but it is not enough to achieve the millennium development goal(MDG),
Series of attacks on AL workers|
Ruling BNP adherents yesterday attacked leaders and workers of the main opposition Awami League and foiled a human chain they were trying to form at Sadarghat as part of its campaign to save the Buriganga
Cops top TIB corruption list|
The police are the most corrupt institution in Bangladesh whose chronic graft problems have not been improving, an anti-corruption watchdog said yesterday.
Moni Swapan threatens quit|
Annoyed at the delay in implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Agreement, corruption in uplift efforts and a sense of being ignored, Deputy Minister for CHT Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan
CPA pins hope on talks with Hasina|
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association pins hopes on its secretary general's fresh dialogue with the leader of the opposition of bringing her party lawmakers to the CPA conference in Dhaka, said a
Bangladesh to seek more time from US|
A trade delegation will visit Washington in the middle of next month to talk to US trade officials about the thorny issue of allowing trade unions (TUs) at the six export processing zones (EPZs).
Questions leak puts PSC credibility in question|
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is yet to take effective steps to track down persons involved in alleged recurrent leak of question papers of different examinations held under it, giving rise to controversy
Ethnic Dinajpur people seek compensation, protest raw land deal|
Indigenous people of Dinajpur yesterday demonstrated against the officials of the forest department for what they said grabbing their land in the name of social forestry project and depriving them ofthe
Morshed speaks against unilateral use of int'l rivers|
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan told the UN General Assembly last night that no country should unilaterally withdraw water from international rivers, causing economic and ecological disaster to othercountries.
HC stays results of sub-registrar preliminary test|
The High Court (HC) Division yesterday stayed the results of the September 26 preliminary test for recruitment of sub-registrars for two months.
US convoys ambushed, 1 Marine killed west of Baghdad|
US forces used tanks and rocket-firing helicopters to fight their way out of ambushes yesterday as two convoys came under heavy attack west of the Iraqi capital, leaving at least one soldier dead.
Blair faces protest from anti-war members at Labour Party meet|
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced angry protests from anti-war members of his ruling Labour Party yesterday as Iraq was kept off the agenda at the toughest party conference of his leadership.
Dhaka ready for Iraq rebuilding role|
Bangladesh has called for ensuring an effective and credible role of the UN in Iraq's transition to democracy, expressing readiness to participate in the rebuilding of the war-ravaged country.
Cabinet okays amendment to CPC|
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the amendment to the amended Civil Procedure Code Ordinance, 2003 in the face of strident protest from lawyers across the country.
Verdict adjourned as lawyer doubts justice from court|
The delivery of the judgement in the corruption case against former president HM Ershad for illegal withdrawal of income tax money has been adjourned till disposal tomorrow of a petition filed by the
15 Kashmiri militants killed as peace hope erodes|
The Indian army said yesterday it had killed 15 rebels in Indian Kashmir, as nascent peace moves between India and Pakistan were engulfed by acrimony that echoed at the UN General Assembly.
White House denies Rove leaked secret information|
The White House denied yesterday that President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, was behind a leak of secret information apparently aimed at discrediting a vocal critic of prewar intelligenceon
NY-based HR body asks PM to withdraw SQ Chy from OIC race|
Bangladesh Human Rights Watch (BHRW), a New York-based organisation, in a letter yesterday asked the prime minister to withdraw Salauddin Quader Chowdhury from the race for the post of secretary general
Saifur slams SoEs for mismanagement|
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday lashed out at the management and employees of some state-owned enterprises (SoEs) for their losses, wastage and wholesale mismanagement.
Govt to work out action plan to up aromatic rice export|
In a desperate bid to widen Bangladesh's export basket, government plans to work out a time-bound action plan to give a big push to aromatic rice export from Bangladesh, the amount of which has been hovering
DBBL signs $5m credit line deal with Dutch partner|
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) signed a $ 5 million export credit line agreement with its partner Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) yesterday in Dhaka.
Malaysian food, cultural festival attracts visitors|
A six-day Malaysian food and cultural festival began at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday offering visitors an opportunity to savour delicious dishes of Malaysia and know better about the east Asiancountry.
Japanese exporters urge govt not to ban reconditioned cars|
Japanese used car exporters have urged the government not to ban the import of reconditioned vehicles which they said are affordable and environment-friendly.
Ensure labour rights to augment RMG export|
Bangladesh needs to ensure labour rights if the country wants to augment its readymade garment export, said an international trade union leader yesterday.
ATDP turns to case studies to develop agribusiness|
In a unique effort to equip agribusiness, ATDP has taken the lead in developing case studies on local agribusiness for the first time in Bangladesh.
Key farming meeting delayed after WTO deadlock|
A meeting on agriculture, one of the key stumbling blocks in the current round of talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been delayed following the collapse of negotiations in Mexico, the trade
Bari waiting for the call|
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) general secretary Shamsul Bari refused to step down after the national team's disastrous performance in the 6th Asia Cup tournament.
Tigers on spin-hunt|
The Bangladesh cricket team's think-tank is planning to strengthen the Tigers' spin attack against England for the coming home series.
Nat'l cricket deferred|
The Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship was deferred by five days due to unplayable ground condition.
Title aspirants St Gregory's and fancied Green Herald won their respective group matches of Super Six of the inter-school basketball championship at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday.
U-17 booters' opponents known|
Bangladesh under-17 football team will play their first practice match against Myanmar under-18 team at the Youth Complex in Yangoon today.
India again dominate|
India maintained their supremacy in the SAARC Countries Carrom Championship as the seventh version of the regional meet concluded at the NSC gymnasium yesterday.
Johnson in for Anderson|
Somerset's Richard Johnson will replace injured Lancashire paceman James Anderson for England's Test series in Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced here Monday.
Pakistan beat India|
The Indian Emerging XI batsmen put in their second limp batting performance in two days, sliding to a 37-run defeat against the Pakistan Emerging XI on Sunday.
Proteas leave for Pakistan|
There's no turning back now for South Africa, as they finally flew out of Johannesburg Sunday to begin their delayed tour of Pakistan.
Pakistan look beyond SA|
Pakistan Monday said "misconceptions" about security in this country would be removed after the South African cricket teams tour and clear its image for more such visits in future.
Nine-man Barca show grit|
Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by nine-man Barcelona in a frantic Primera Liga encounter at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.
Milan, Roma romp|
AC Milan and Roma joined Juventus at the top of Italy's first division on Sunday after securing comfortable 3-0 victories at home to Lecce and Ancona respectively as the nations' footballers helped lift
Liverpool's Lisbie lesson|
Liverpool's Premiership revival was stopped in its tracks on Sunday as Kevin Lisbie's first senior hat-trick gave Charlton victory in a five-goal thriller at The Valley.
Premiership stars in gang-rape probe|
Eight English Premiership soccer stars are at the centre of investigations into the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl.
Gunners have all the worry|
Injury-hit Arsenal go into their Champions League match with Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday knowing that defeat could deal a fatal blow to their hopes of qualifying from the group stage.
Gibson passes away|
Tennis champion Althea Gibson, the first black to win Wimbledon and the US Championships, died Sunday. She was 76.
BNP delegates return home|
The delegation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by its Secretary General and Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan returned home last night
AL unbending on CPA meet boycott|
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday sounded unbending on its decision to boycott the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference that opens in Dhaka on October 4.
Ensure child rights|
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged all concerned to come forward for ensuring child rights to prepare the children as worthy citizens to face the challenges of the 21st century.
Non-eligibles asked to quit Eden College dormitories|
The Eden College authorities are expelling students unlawfully occupying rooms at the dormitories, following a report published in The Daily Star on September 12.
2,794 killed in nine months|
A total of 2,794 people were killed in separate incidents of violence across the country in last nine months.
Students wary of Shibir's indefinite siege call|
Tension gripped Chittagong University (CU) as a faction of students led by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) enforced an indefinite siege programme on campus demanding cancellation of grading system.
National Day for Girl Child today|
The National Day for Girl Child will be observed toady with a fresh vow to raise awareness about the rights of girl children.
The theme of the day is 'Entity of Girl Child: Equality and Security'.
Three alleged hijackers arrested, autorickshaw recovered|
Police recovered a hijacked auto-rickshaw and arrested three alleged hijackers in less than two hours of the incident from the city on Sunday night.
Two shops gutted in Sylhet fire|
Two shops were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out in the city's Mohajanpatty area on Sunday night.
The loss is estimated at about Tk 50 lakh.
Edn minister to attend Unesco confce|
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk left for Paris on Sunday night to attend the 32nd general conference of Unesco.
Rift in Rajshahi BNP surfaces|
The rift in Rajshahi BNP has surfaced ahead of today's council of its city and district units.
A 'risky' RU dormitory|
The 30-year-old Shaheed Habibur Rahman Hall at Rajshahi University is risky for resident students.
Cement plasters often fall from roofs in most of the rooms.
'Training' of Shibir members at RU hall rooms create tension|
Nearly 200 members of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) including outsiders on Sunday concluded a three-day training styled 'Shathi Somabesh', using rooms at two Rajshahi University (RU) halls.
Diarrhoea spreads in Netrakona, tamed in Nilphamari|
There was no death from diarrhora in Nilphamari in 24 hours ending at noon yesterday but the disease killed three persons and attacked about 300 peope in Netrkona in the last three days.
BNP men bag 3 UP posts, AL 2|
BNP backed candidates bagged three chairman posts while a dissident Awami League man got one in the election held on Sunday in five union parishads in Magura Sadar upazila.
Punishment to 'rapist' UP members sought|
Hundreds of school students and people at Palashbari, 12 miles off Gaibandha town, took out a procession on Sunday demanding capital punishment to five culprits including two arrested union parishad (UP)
Dhaka ready to send troops to Liberia|
Bangladesh is ready to send a full brigade of armed forces as United Nations (UN) peacekeepers to the war-ravaged African country of Liberia.
China to help Bangladesh modernise police force|
Bangladesh and China agreed on forming a joint working group on modernisation of police, improvement of training facilities and supply of modern equipment for Bangladesh police and paramilitary forces.
Vietnamese envoy presents credentials|
The newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam to Bangladesh Ngo Van Hoa presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Hridoye Bangladesh or Bangladesh within the heart, was the slogan Channel-i began with in 1999. The slogan goes on even today. Channel-i will step into its 5th year this Wednesday.
Kotha O Kahini's tele-theatre|
Theatre in Bangladesh will be closer to the television viewers very soon.
In response to the article 'Movies of the good old days' of September 22 ,by Sadya Afreen Mallick, I would like to share my experiences as an ardent movie fan with the readers. I am an octogenarian.
Disney to shut Japan Animation Unit|
The Walt Disney Co.
BBC's 'Rights at Work' programme ends today|
An educational programme on 'Rights at Work', which the BBC World Service Trust has been airing in its Bengali service since August, ends today.
5 more villages in Khulna flooded|
Five more villages in Batiaghata upazila have been wiped out by surging water of the Kazibacha river, as the breaches in the river embankment could not be mended till yesterday.
Channel i pledges to air more pro-people programmes|
Private satellite television 'Channel i' yesterday pledged to come up with more attractive pro-people programmes to serve the nation positively.
Russia still undecided on ratifying Kyoto protocol|
Russia has yet to decide whether it will ratify the Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gases, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday at the opening of an international conference on climate change in Moscow.
China, India eye non-aggression pact with SE Asian nations|
Nuclear powers China and India and possibly Russia are to sign a non-aggression pact with Southeast Asia, laying the ground for managing potential conflicts in the region, ASEAN officials say.
'Much of Iraqi defectors' information unusable'|
A Defence Intelligence Agency internal review determined that much of the information Iraqi defectors gave to US officials could not be substantiated or was otherwise unusable, the New York Times reported
Pak leaders unimpressed with al-Qaeda appeals to oust Musharraf|
Pakistan Muslim and militant leaders rejected yesterday calls attributed to the al-Qaeda terror network's number two to overthrow President Pervez Musharraf for betraying Islam.
Israel lifts WB, Gaza closure as Qorei finalises cabinet|
The Israeli army lifted its blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip yesterday at the end of a Jewish new year that saw more bloodshed while incoming Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei put the finishing
US troops should be out of Iraq within months: France|
US troops should be withdrawn from Iraq within "months", French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Sunday.
"We think the timescale should be short," said de Villepin.
World's oldest man dies|
The world's oldest man, retired Japanese silkworm breeder Yukichi Chuganji, died in his home at the age of 114, local government officials said yesterday.
Anomalous education infrastructure|
Most of the colleges across the country are grappling with an acute shortage of admission seekers at the HSC level.
Cave darkness revisited|
The mismatch between what came upon Rome last Sunday and what had been ebulliently slated, but couldn't be pulled off, explained it all.
Biotechnology for food security: Risks and rewards|
In a recent seminar organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at the BRAC Centre, eminent economists and agricultural scientists dwelt, albeit indecisively, on the sensitive issue of biotechnology.
The mountain that brought forth a mouse|
I don't know if there is an English equivalent to the Bangla proverb "porboter mushik prosob", but all native Bangla speakers must be familiar with its purport.
|Letters to Editor||
At first I thought that Grameen Phone believes in open market and competition, but I was perhaps wrong. For it seems now to me that Grameen Phone is also one of those companies who believe in monopoly.
I was taken aback while reading stories about the millionaire metre reader of Titas, who amassed the fortune in collusion with many others.
I partially agree with the views in Rubab Abdullah's letter regarding weekly holidays published in The Daily Star on 24 September.
A bad practice|
Few days ago, I saw a very disturbing picture in The Daily Star -- two young men were vandalising a patrol pump. They were doing so in the name of protesting their fellow student's accidental death.
Smoking: Trend beckons|
Though these days people of all class are well aware of the bad effect of smoking, the number of smokers is increasing radically. This implies that one is going to smoke knowing about its dreadful effects.
Of the powerful and the weak|
After witnessing the horror and devastation of the second world war, all the countries of the world combined together in an unprecedented spirit of cooperation and genuine compassion for one another to
For a pro-poor development approach|
The problem of poverty in Bangladesh is a structural one and therefore it should be addressed through structural changes or reforms.
In Japan the prevailing concept of politicians in high governmental and party position is of people who have matured with age and a lifelong involvement in political intrigue.
As a brother and parent|
One of my very earliest childhood memories is of my elder brother, sitting, it seemed to me, permanently, in a push-chair and sometimes in a wheelchair.