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Front Pagearrow CPA meet begins today amid opposition boycott
The 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference opens in Dhaka today amid boycott by the main opposition party despite last-ditch efforts by the CPA headquarters to bring it to the grand meet
 arrow No WMDs found in Iraq: Kay report
The initial report of US weapons hunter David Kay says he found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but possible evidence of covert programmes to make them.
 arrow Petrobangla getting go-ahead for 5 self-funded gas projects
Responding to repeated pleas, the government is finally allowing Petrobangla to undertake five self-financed gas projects.
 arrow End of abduction ordeal
Carefree-looking Arifa flew back home yesterday after more than a month in 'exile' in India, thanks to an end to a cross-border legal battle over her return and abduction ordeal.
 arrow Irregularity in DU teacher recruitment
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities recently appointed five teachers in violation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) embargo in a process tainted by irregularities, DU sources alleged.
 arrow World oil and gas 'fast running out'
Global warming will never bring a "doomsday scenario" a team of scientists says -- because oil and gas are running out much faster than thought.
 arrow Power outages cost $778m in lost industrial output
Power outages cost Bangladesh $778 million in lost industrial production a year, said the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) after a study of the country's electricity supply situation.
 arrow Kuril water crisis hits a new low
A severe water crisis in School Road area near Kuril road crossing in Dhaka persists for more than a month, causing unbearable sufferings to local residents.
 arrow Road accidents kill RU teacher, 9 others
A Rajshahi University professor and nine others were killed in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Sirajganj yesterday and and the day before.
 arrow Bombs, arms recovered from 2 CHT districts
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and army personnel recovered five bombs weighing 1.
 arrow Steady growth of residential hotels in Dhaka city
Residential hotels have mushroomed in the city mainly due to a large number of new arrivals looking for temporary accommodation in the bustling metropolis while hunting for jobs.
 arrow Bush defends decision to attack Iraq
US President George W Bush yesterday defended his decision to go to war against Iraq, brushing off doubts from Americans and citing what he said was preliminary evidence from the top CIA weapons hunter
 arrow Denied of justice for rape, she takes her life
Denied of justice by village elders, a young housemaid committed suicide after being raped by her employer's son at Matikata village in Rajshahi on Wednesday, the victim's family said.
 arrow Police informant shot dead in Khulna
Police informant Bellal Hossain, 35,was gunned down by unidentified assailants near Islamia Hospital at Boyra under Sonadanga Police Station last night.
 arrow Listed criminal held after gunfight with police in Ctg
A listed criminal, the leader of a notorious criminal gang, was held after a gunfight with police at Boalkhali upazila in the district here yesterday.
 arrow Doctor abducted in Chittagong
A physician was kidnapped from Satkania upazila in the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Two Iraqis killed in Kirkuk blast
The US military said yesterday that two Iraqis were killed by an explosion in the northern city of Kiruk, but would not confirm reports by local officials they were suicide bombers.
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize contenders
The Nobel committee chose Monday the winner of the 2003 Peace Prize amid top secrecy, and while speculation was rife ahead of next week's big announcement, observers said there was no clear favouritethis
 arrow 7 killed in blast near US base in Afghanistan
At least seven people were killed and six others injured on Friday in an explosion at a house outside the US-led military coalition's main base in Afghanistan, witnesses said.
 arrow Two students drown in Korotoa
Two students of Government Azizul Huq College in Bogra drowned in the Korotoa river on Thursday.
 arrow 2 gunmen attack bus in Karachi: 5 Shiites killed
Two gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shiite Muslim worshippers in the Pakistani port city of Karachi yesterday, killing at least five people and wounding seven, police said.
 arrow Kumari Puja
Kumari Puja
 arrow Arnie apologises for 'bad behavior'
Entering his final campaign push on a wave of surging poll numbers, Arnold Schwarzenegger shifted into damage-control mode, apologizing for "bad behavior" toward women and saying he couldn't imagine ever
 arrow Advani given benefit of doubt in mosque demolition case
Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani was acquitted by an Indian court last month for his role in the demolition of an ancient mosque on the basis of conflicting witness statements, court papers
Businessarrow Foreigners to receive work permits from single office
The government is going to introduce a new system of awarding permission to foreign companies to set up their branches and affiliates in Bangladesh and issuing work permits to foreign citizens from one
 arrow Commerce minister seeks more investment in health sector
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday called for more investment in health sector for setting up modern private hospitals to prevent patients from going abroad for treatment.
 arrow BB starts same-day cheque clearing service today
The Bangladesh Bank today starts same day clearance of cheques amounting to Tk 5 lakh and above in order to ensure quicker service.
 arrow US trade deals hurting Pak exports: Jamali
Pakistan's prime minister complained Thursday that a rising number of US trade agreements and preference programmes have put his country at a "severe disadvantage" in trade with the United States.
 arrow Deadline looms for France in EU budget row
France was on collision course with the European Union Friday over its refusal to heed the budget rules governing the 12-nation euro zone.
 arrow EU wants WTO intervention in Australian quarantine dispute
The European Union formally asked the World Trade Organisation on Thursday to set up a panel of experts to rule on its simmering trade dispute with Australia on quarantine measures restricting imports
 arrow EU renews US sanction threat over trade law
The United States must do more to scrap a disputed system of tax breaks for exports if it wants to avoid up to $4.
 arrow World Bank for effort to restart trade talks
A senior World Bank official Thursday urged the European Union and the United States to express strong commitment to world trade talks as part of steps to help relaunch negotiations which failed in Cancun.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Gym on day off
Bangladesh's preliminary cricket squad for the coming home series against England had a gym session at the Sonargaon Hotel yesterday morning.
 arrow Cricket: Malik calls the shots
Young all-rounder Shoaib Malik hit an explosive unbeaten 82 off just 41 balls to take Pakistan to a respectable 277-6 in the first day-night limited-overs international at the Gaddafi Stadium here onFriday.
 arrow Tennis: Baishakhy, Roy clinch crowns
Shifat Nusrat Baishakhy and Amal Roy lifted the women's and men's singles crowns on the final day of the Philips National Tennis Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Brothers Union, Armanitola Jubo Sangha, Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra and Bangladesh Biman won their Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Premier Division table tennis league matches at the wooden floor gymnasiumyesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: BDR win in style
Defending champions Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) started their 25th National Kabadi Championship campaign in style when they drubbed Satkhira District Sports Association (DSA) 101-31 in the opener at Dhaka
 arrow BCB's new chief executive arrives
Macky Dudhia, the newly appointed chief executive of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), arrived in the capital yesterday to assume his role.
 arrow Cricket: Wishart whacks WA
An unconquered 93 by Craig Wishart rescued Zimbabwe on the first day of a three-day clash against Western Australia at the WACA Ground here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ramesh-driven India A
Opener Sadagoppan Ramesh slammed a fine century as India A reached 216-4 in reply to New Zealand's 375-7 declared on the second day of a three-day tour game here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sentimental Hollioake
England cricketer Adam Hollioake on Friday said his brother Ben, who was killed in a car accident, would have been "proud" as he set off on a 2,000-mile charity trip.
 arrow Football: Chelsea star the key?
A teenage girl's allegations she was gang raped by at least seven professional soccer players in a luxury London hotel is threatening to rock English football with its worst-ever "players behaving badly"
 arrow Football: Anfield centre of England
Gerard Houllier's bid to reshape Liverpool into a more attacking side goes on trial when Arsenal visit Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Football: All eyes on Hildebrand
Vfb Stuttgart, remarkable 2-1 conquerors of Manchester United in the Champions League midweek, can write a piece of Bundesliga history on Saturday if they deny bottom-of-the table Cologne a goal.
 arrow Football: It's that time of the year
Inter Milan host AC Milan on Sunday determined to erase the painful memories of last season's cruel Champions League semi-final defeat inflicted upon them by their city neighbours.
 arrow Football: Black beast in Barcelona
Barcelona fans sometimes refer to Valencia as the black beast, the persistent nightmare which always returns, and the 11-man league leading monster will be back in the Nou Camp on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Canada do the unthinkable
Charmaine Hooper scored off a header in the seventh minute as Canada stunned China 1-0 on Thursday and advanced to their first ever berth in the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-finals.
 arrow Football: Sun sets
The captain of China's women's national soccer team and one of the game's greatest players, Sun Wen, announced her retirement Thursday following China's devastating 1-0 quarter-final loss to Canada in
Politicalarrow AL again misses council deadline
The Awami League (AL) has failed to complete long overdue councils of its district and thana units by the end of September, the third deadline set by it.
 arrow AL activist shot dead in Khulna
An Awami League activist was gunned down by unidentified assailants near Daulatpur Sub Registrar's office on Thursday night.
Metropolitanarrow Project development activities of govt
Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA) yesterday accorded a reception to its former members at the Teachers Students Centre (TSC).
 arrow 2 young women commit suicide
An HSC examinee and a domestic help allegedly committed suicide at Mugda and Azimpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Govt inaction encourages miscreants, says LDF
The 11-party central steering committee yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government's appeasement policy towards communal elements and criminals encourages miscreants to damage image of Durga at
 arrow PM to lay foundation of Mohra Water Supply Project Oct 6
The prolonged water crisis of the people of port city is expected to be over to a great extent with the completion of Mohra Water Supply Project (MWSP) undertaken by the Chittagong Water and Sewerage
 arrow 60 arrested in Chittagong
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested 60 people on various charges and recovered 197 bottles of contraband phensidyl syrup from different parts of the city during the last 24 hours ending at 6
Nationalarrow Erosion threatens power supply in Barisal divn
Power supply in Barisal division is threatened due to erosion by Kirtonkhola and Sugandha rivers in Dapdapia in Barisal district.
 arrow 'No alternative to strengthening local govts'
It was a different day for them when Union Parishad chairmen and members from across the district met and discussed ways to strengthen local governments to consolidate democracy in the country.
 arrow RCC sells 5 deer from zoo
Rajshahi City Corporation authorities on Thursday sold five deer from the Shaheed Kamaruzzaman Zoo to an NGO at the rate of Tk 10,000 each.
 arrow 1 killed, 3 hurt as bandits open fire on villagers
One person was killed and three others were injured severely when armed robbers opened fire on them at Gobardia village under Sadar thana in Bagerhat district in the early hours of Wednesday.
 arrow Police file case against Barisal AL leader
The Kotwali police have filed a case against Barisal city Awami League Convener Showkat Hossain Hiron and seven others in connection of the death of a minor girl after she fell from the marry-go-round
 arrow Drug peddlers beat narcotics control official in Rajshahi
Five drug dealers beat an official of the Narcotics Control Directorate (NCD) in front of Shah Mokhdum College in the city on Wednesday night for seizing four bottles of Phensidyl.
Culturearrow Bangladeshi Novels go cyberway
The literature of the country has gone on the net! Not the literary pieces themselves, but essays and discussions about them; not all the literary genres, only the novels.
 arrow An artistic effort to discover the truth
Folk tales are always a source of immense attraction to the viewers. However, at times behind each folk-tale there lies a huge falsehood.
 arrow Bonsai trees rest in BRAC
Born in China, brought up in Japan since 200 B.C., Bonsai has been one of the most elegant plants on earth.
 arrow All that jazz
The origins of jazz history go back to the 20th century unique American musical composition.
Generalarrow Girl abducted from Comilla rescued in city
A 12-year-old girl abducted from Comilla four days ago was rescued by police from a house at Tilpapara in Khilgaon of the city yesterday and the alleged abductor was arrested.
 arrow Three shot by robbers at Jurain
Three people were shot by robbers in the city's Jurain area last night.

The injured -- Nazim, Sharif and Manik -- are now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

 arrow Three outlaws held in Khulna
Three armed cadres of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) were arrested in Gallamari area of the city at midnight on Thursday.

The arrestees are Shahidul, 30, Oli 28, and Aditya, 32.

Internationalarrow US fails to win over UN sceptics on Iraq
The United States failed to convince sceptics on the UN Security Council Thursday as it spelled out a draft resolution that diplomats said did not match their vision of how to run post-war Iraq.
 arrow Pakistan test-fires its nuke-capable missile
Pakistan test-fired an indigenous short-range nuclear-capable missile early yesterday, the military announced, its first test since peace overtures began with rival nuclear power India six months ago.
 arrow No surprises in Iraq WMD report, says Blix
Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said yesterday there were no surprises in the report by the US-led team hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
 arrow Pakistan not desperate for peace talks: Musharraf
Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said his country was not desperate for talks with India but still wanted to resolve Kashmir dispute peacefully.
 arrow Most Americans now believe Iraq war was unjustified
Most Americans now believe the Iraq war was not worth it, according to CBS News/New York Times poll released on Thursday which showed a sharp fall in public confidence in President Bush's ability to handle
 arrow US forces face tenacious Iraqi resistance
US forces dug in for a protracted struggle yesterday against what they conceded was a deadlier, more tenacious Iraqi resistance after a new spate of attacks on troops and a flurry of explosions in the
 arrow Pak troops end al-Qaeda hunt in tribal belt
Pakistani forces have wrapped up one of their fiercest battles with al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters on the tribal-dominated northwest border with Afghanistan, killing eight militants and capturing 18, the
 arrow Judge bars prosecutors from seeking death for Moussaoui
In a stinging rebuke to the government's case, a US judge on Thursday barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in
 arrow Sole power keeps elderly on their feet
Vibrating insoles, inserted into shoes, could help elderly people keep their balance, American researchers suggest in Saturday's issue of The Lancet.
 arrow Pakistan should give up dream of annexing Kashmir: US expert
A leading US expert on South Asia says Pakistan should give up its "dream" of annexing Kashmir by force and the dispute with India over the region should be treated as one of people rather than territory.
 arrow Tamil child soldiers start demobilisation
Sri Lanka's first foreign-backed bid to demobilise hundreds of child soldiers got underway Friday in this battle-scarred northern town with Unicef taking in 49 youngsters released by Tamil Tiger rebels.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rly guard's tragic murder
The train service screeched to a halt on Wednesday after the brutal murder of a railway guard, Bashan Chandra Aich (50), the night before.
 arrow Editorial: New move by health authorities
It is heartening to learn that the government has decided to be tough on the truant doctors.
 arrow Post-Cancun development agenda and trade policies
After five days of wrangling, negotiations aimed at changing the face of trade recently collapsed in Cancun.
 arrow On the nomination trail
Is Wesley Clark for real? That's the question on everyone's lips following Clark's tossing of his 4-star general's cap into the ring by announcing his intention to run for the Democratic nomination for
 arrow Concept of Durga Puja
From the days of remote antiquities Hindus worshipped the creator of the universe in two aspects, first as the 'father-mother', the sole primordial existence 'elan vital'.
Letters to Editorarrow CPA and Bangladesh
The CPA (Commonwealth Parliamentary Association) conference will start from October 4th. It will be attended by 522 delegates from 154 parliaments of 48 countries and Bangladesh is proud to be one ofthem.
 arrow High-rises in rise
This is in reference to two articles published in The Daily Star (September 29) .
 arrow "Post of MLLS"
This refers to letter of Md. Saquee Hussain, Dy. Manager (Admin), TSP Complex Ltd, Chittagong (Sept 26).
Literaturearrow EDWARD SAID, 1935-2003
The news of Edward Said's death did not reach me courtesy of The Daily Star on Friday morning as it should have, but when Farhad and Fayeza, my ex-students in America, emailed to tell me that the
 arrow Orientalism: A Quick Look
Yet none of this Orient (European construction of the East) is merely imaginative. The Orient is an integral part of Europe's material civilization and culture.
 arrow A Novel In Benglish:

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