No drugs, no therapy at lone cancer hospital|
Most patients at the country's only cancer hospital are being deprived of chemotherapy because the hospital has had virtually no anti-cancer drugs for over six months.
Marshall wants to meet Hasina|
The 49th conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) begins in Dhaka tomorrow amid the main opposition Awami League's boycott in protest at what it said was the government's arrogant
Graft allegation against HC judge a fallout of politicisation|
Senior lawyers yesterday pegged the allegation of corruption against a High Court Division judge as the fallout of politicisation of judges' recruitment.
Dhaka to host river meet in January|
Bangladesh and India agreed to hold the next Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting in Dhaka next January after a two-day successful round in New Delhi on water share.
Delay in execution of pricing policy for petroleum bugs WB|
The World Bank (WB) has expressed 'serious concern' over delay in implementing the pricing policy for petroleum products and natural gas, under which prices would be readjusted to the rates at international
Magistrate did not salute Mirza Abbas|
Khandker Fatema Begum, magistrate at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, has refuted a UNB report published in different newspapers on September 29.
Nobel literature award goes to Coetzee|
Reclusive South African writer JM Coetzee won the 2003 Nobel Literature Prize yesterday for his writings born out of his experiences of the former apartheid system in his country.
Al-Qaeda-Pak troops clash leaves 13 dead|
Pakistani troops killed 12 al-Qaeda suspects and captured 12 militants in a dramatic siege Thursday involving helicopter gunships and ground forces in this remote northwestern area on the Afghan border.
Iraq draft resolution sees no pivotal UN role|
Trying to win over skeptics, the Bush administration revised a UN resolution that emphasises an eventual transfer of power to Iraqis but still leaves the US-led coalition in firm control.
Nukes in the making, says N Korea|
North Korea raised the stakes in the nuclear standoff yesterday, claiming it had produced enough weapons-grade plutonium for half-a-dozen atomic bombs and suggesting it was already building new weapons.
3 US troops die as violence rages in Iraq|
Three US troops were killed in a span of hours as the Americans pressed their drive to root out the Iraqi resistance to their nearly six-month-old occupation, taking the toll from attacks to 88 in five
Maintain tradition of religious harmony|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to maintain the religious harmony in order to keep the country's traditional image intact both at home and abroad.
2 primary sites picked for Padma Bridge|
Mawa-Janjira and Paturia-Goalundo sites have been primarily found 'more feasible' than two other sites for construction of the proposed Padma Bridge.
Two to die for killing driver|
A court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced two to death for killing an auto-rickshaw driver in September 2000.
Abducted Arifa to return home from Kolkata today|
Baby girl Arifa, abducted and smuggled to India nearly a month ago, is expected to return home today after the Indian authorities handed over the breast-fed two-year-old yesterday to Bangladesh mission
2 Bangladeshis held in US for claiming false citizenship|
Two Bangladeshis were arrested at Dallas in the US on September 25 for falsely claiming US citizenship in loan application.
Liakot placed on remand|
Listed top criminal Liakot Hossain Hawlader was taken on a four-day remand yesterday.
Health DG makes more surprise visits, 5 staff transferred|
Director General (DG) of health directorate Prof.
'Criminal' dies in police custody|
Body of an accused criminal was found dead in Koyra Police Station custody in Khulna yesterday.
Security beefed up for CPA meet|
Elaborate security measures have been taken in the capital ahead of the nine-day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference beginning from Saturday.
Body formed to probe killing of rly guard|
Bangladesh Railway (BR) yesterday formed a two-member committee to probe the killing of railway guard Bhashan Chandra Aich.
2 trampled to death by wild elephants in Rangamati|
Two people were trampled to death by wild elephants at Jouthokhamar in Bangalhalia union in Rangamati district on Wednesday night, the district administration said.
Child Rights Week|
Child Rights Week
Money laundering amounts to Tk 34,215cr in FY03|
Around Tk 34,215 crore has been laundered in last fiscal year (2002-03), estimated Abul Barkat, general secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA).
BB seeks progress report on downsizing PCB boards|
Suspecting reluctance from the private commercial banks (PCBs) in downsizing their boards of directors, the central bank has directed them to report on progress they have made in this respect.
BB publishes report on interest rates of banks|
Bangladesh Bank yesterday made public its first monthly report on interest rates on lending and deposits of all scheduled banks as per a decision to regularly publish such a report for the convenience
Dhaka to start preparation for Gevena talks|
In the wake of the collapse of Cancun world trade negotiations, Bangladesh is preparing for the official talks in Geneva by December 15 this year and the next ministerial meet in Hong Kong in 2005.
Asean to adopt new charter to speed up integration|
Asean leaders are to sign a new charter next week based on the three pillars of economic integration, security and social development in a move they hope will bind the grouping more tightly together.
Rich's weakness exposes developing nations to erratic growth: Unctad|
Industrialised powers are still struggling with the economic legacy of the 1990s, undermining a global recovery and hampering growth prospects for developing countries, the UN's annual report on trade
Whatmore's reality check|
Dav Whatmore warned his boys that the home series against England promises to be tougher than the just concluded tour of Pakistan.
'Fans, keep peace'|
Pakistan cricket coach Javed Miandad appealed to fans Thursday to keep peace during South African series as the country had already suffered a cricket drought over security fears.
'Security' series time|
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith said his team had put security fears to one side and were mentally ready to take on Pakistan in Friday's opening one-day game here.
Full strength Zim for Test practice|
Zimbabwe Thursday named a virtual full-strength side to clash with Western Australia from Friday in a three-day rehearsal for the first Test starting next week.
USA, Sweden in semis|
The United States, with a goal from Abby Wambach, swept aside Norway 1-0 Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Women's World Cup.
Top seed Rainer Schuettler cruised into the quarterfinals of the 860,000 dollars Japan Open with a clinical 6-3, 6-2 victory over American Robert Kendrick on Thursday.
Adam to retire, Graham isn't|
Surrey captain Adam Hollioake is to retire from first-class cricket at the end of the 2004 English season, the club announced here Wednesday.
Roman Empire rocked|
Chelsea crashed to their first defeat of the Roman Abramovich era here on Wednesday as Turkish champions Beskitas ressurrected their own Champions League campaign with a shock 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
MU stunned at Stuttgart|
Bundesliga leaders VfB Stuttgart belied their lack of European experience to inflict a 2-1 Champions League defeat on English champions Manchester United at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium Wednesday.
Cop threat to woman partly stripped during hartal alleged|
The Awami Mahila League yesterday alleged that police and intelligence agencies are harassing one of its members who was partly stripped by policewomen during the last hartal.
BNP leader, newsman reject diplomatic jobs|
A Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and a senior journalist have refused a government offer to join press counsellor post at diplomatic missions abroad saying the post is disgraceful for their
JCD man assaults Biman security man in Ctg|
Staffers at Biman's Chittagong office pass days in constant fear, as a contractor, reportedly an activist of the ruling BNP's student front, assaulted several of them over the last few months.
Clarion call for Justice|
Naila Azad directed centre for Asian Theatre's "Tarpor", a street theatre performance about violence and human rights issues recently, at Dhanmandi Mukta Mancha.
Halle Berry splits with hubby Benet|
Actress Halle Berry announced she has separated from her husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, after less than three years of marriage.
Make Muslim Ummah strong|
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday called for making position of the Muslim Ummah firm and strong to ensure its overall development by availing revolutionary progress now taking place in various
High-tech IT park being set up|
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has said the government is committed to ensuring optimum use of human resources by developing the IT sector.
Schoolboy hurt in road mishap|
A schoolboy was injured seriously when a Gabtoli-bound bus hit him in front of the Dhanmondi police station in the city yesterday.
N'ganj Telephone connections restored|
All telephone connections under Narayanganj Telephone Exchange were restored yesterday.
The main distribution frame (MDF) of the exchange was gutted by a fire on September 21.
Congress on cerebral palsy begins|
Mentally and physically challenged children should be treated in the light of their abilities instead of highlighting disabilities, speakers said at a National Congress on Cerebral Palsy in the city yesterday.
Primary teachers announce action programme|
Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers' Association (BNPTA) yesterday announced an action programme to realise the demand for nationalisation of their job.
87.06 acres to be acquired for different projects|
The Central Land Allotment Committee yesterday approved proposals for acquiring 87.06 acres of land for different projects.
Police attack on teachers' condemned|
One hundred and fifty teachers of Dhaka University yesterday condemned the police attack on teachers' procession in the city on Wednesday.
'Diversified use of jute can regain its past glory'|
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for diversified use of jute to regain its past dominance in the national and international markets.
UNDP report breathes fresh air|
A study commissioned by the UNDP to look beyond the conventional approaches to poverty reduction in the country has yielded an extraordinary report. It is featured by a certain forward-looking pragmatism.
Public trust: Building block of society|
Recently, I took part in an interesting small group discussion on public trust and confidence in Bangladesh.
Govt-Maoists dialogue in the offing ?|
There seems a silver lining in the Government-Maoists hostilities in Nepal.
Of mouse and man|
If you are already beginning to accuse me of male-chauvinism and thinking of reminding me that we have come a long way from the gender-insensitive days of John Steinbeck, the author of Of Mice andMen,
|Letters to Editor||
Rickshaw-pullers and their constitutional rights|
The proposed withdrawal of rickshaws from city roads will definitely improve the traffic movement in the main thorough fares of Dhaka city.
Conserve Malitola mosque|
First of all, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to The Daily Star and its reporters for taking into account a historical old mosque like the Haji Mainuddin Mosque of Malitola, and bringing
Blair's speech on Iraq|
I am writing about the latest speech by the PM of Britain, Tony Blair. The speech was made in the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth, UK, on 30/09/2003.
Satellite channels, especially the Hindi channels, have enormous influence on our social life. Even children can understand and speak Hindi as if it is their second language.
Daughters-in-law deserve respect|
We are all living in an era dominated by science and technology. In every sphere of our life, we are modifying gradually.
Relocate Karnaphuli naval mooring|
Accidents will occur even in the perfect world, however intelligent and competent people are in taking lessons from accidents and disasters in order to prevent the recurrence of damages from accidents.
Political gatherings worsen traffic jam|
What prompted me to write this letter is a three-hour frustrating experience in a traffic jam, thanks to the main opposition's public meeting on 22/9/03 during the rush hours.
PSC shrugs off responsibilities|
The PSC is the apex body to fulfil hopes and aspirations of the unemployed youth.
Mend the Bangbandhu National Stadium|
The other day, I was reading a news in The Daily Star about the poor condition of the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Dear Mr. Editor,|
I am really amazed to see you in silence when it comes to the opposition Awami League whereas you waste no time in criticising the government of the BNP.
On forgery at BUET|
A letter by Mr. Salim Al-Haq publsihed on 27 September 2003 with reference to another by Mr. Khalid Hasan (DS 21 September 2003) has drawn my attention for obvious reasons. The information in Mr.
GrameenPhone: Who protects consumers' rights?|
As a subscriber of a pre-paid Grameen cell phone, I cannot categorise myself as a 'happy' customer.
Defiant Israeli pilots emit hopes for mankind|
Accordingly to a BBC report, twenty-seven pilots of the Israeli Air Force, (reservists and new recruits) have sent a representation to the authorities, stating categorically that they will refuse to carry
The Mother vision of Divinity|
The world civilisation is now in a state of transition. The transition that we have to effect today, if we are to survive, is a moral and spiritual revolution which should embrace the whole humanity.
The controversy revolving around the Awami League's decision to boycott the CPA conference continues to win headlines -- at least in the first two days of the week.
My way, or the Highway|
Montreal: When America wants to see the world, it stands in front of the mirror. When the world wants to see America it takes a long shot.
Tidal river management|
The soil of this coastal region consists of silt mixed with organic matter produced by the decomposition of Sundarban detritus, stubble of crops and other vegetable matter.
Bush-Jamali talk Kashmir, war on terror|
The Jammu and Kashmir issue, Iraq, war on terrorism, bilateral relations and security on the Afghan border have figured in talks Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has had with US President
Nepali Maoists begin truce for Hindu festival|
Maoist rebels yesterday began a nine-day truce called as a goodwill gesture as Nepal celebrates its biggest Hindu festival.
Bush seeks $600m to hunt Iraqi WMD proof|
The Bush administration is seeking more than $600 million from Congress to continue the hunt for conclusive evidence that Saddam Hussein's government had an illegal weapons programme, officials said Wednesday.
France sees explosion of terrorism in postwar Iraq|
Iraq has gone from being a terrorist-free country under Saddam Hussein to seeing an "explosion" of terrorism since the US-led war this year, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said yesterday
US high-tech exports ban on India may go soon: Yashwant Sinha|
The US may lift restrictions imposed on exports of high-technology items to India, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has indicated.
Judge spells death for Bali bomber Mukhlas|
An Islamic teacher was sentenced to death by firing squad yesterday after being found guilty of giving the final go-ahead to the Bali bombings which killed 202 people.
Suu Kyi willing to work with junta: Diplomat|
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told visiting UN envoy Razali Ismail that she is willing to work with the military junta on a new national reconciliation process, diplomats said yesterday.
Annan spells out need for fundamental UN reform|
Stressing on the need for fundamental reform of the United Nations to meet new multiple challenges including terrorism, poverty, disease and climate change, Secretary General Kofi Annan has appealedto
'WB settlements, fences killing 2-state solution'|
Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jewish settlements and erect fences deep in the West Bank are killing chances for a two-state peace settlement, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat
Indian police turn up heat on Maoists|
Police in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh mounted an intensive probe yesterday into an assassination bid on the provincial chief and vowed to turn up the heat on leftist rebels blamed forthe
Curbing terrorism test case for Pak ties|
Pakistan's sincerity in curbing "cross-border terrorist activities" in Afghanistan will decide the course of bilateral relations between the two neighbours, according to Afghan Ambassador to India Masood
Turkey, US agree on 'action plan to purge Kurdish rebels|
Turkey and the United States have agreed on an "action plan", including military options, to purge northern Iraq of armed Turkish Kurd rebels, a Turkish diplomat said yesterday.
US sees new al-Qaeda terror chief in Gulf|
US officials believe they have identified a young former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden as al-Qaeda's new chief of terror operations in the Persian Gulf.