Tougher law against land grabbers on cards|
The government yesterday identified land grabbing as a national problem and decided to make tougher laws against such acts.
CPA meet opens, efforts on to persuade Hasina|
The 49th CPA conference opened in Dhaka yesterday amid boycott by the main opposition, but the top officials of the association will try again to bring the Awami League to the meet at talks with its chief
Delhi to consult Dhaka after taskforce report|
New Delhi has assured Dhaka of consulting the mega river-link project with it after receiving the report of a taskforce headed by former Indian power minister Suresh Prabhu, Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin
18 killed as suicide bomber strikes Israeli restaurant|
A Palestinian attacker shot dead a security guard then blew himself up inside a packed beach restaurant yesterday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, according to Israeli police.
US anti-money laundering proposal under BB lens|
Bangladesh is considering a US proposal on checking money laundering and transaction of black money by international terrorist groups in and out of the country.
Expert doubts Kay's claim of Iraq plan to revive nukes|
An expert close to the UN nuclear watchdog Friday cast doubt on new US claims that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had been planning to revive its atomic weapons programme until the US invasion in March.
Bankers for reducing obligations to stash funds with BB|
The commercial banks yesterday suggested the Bangladesh Bank to reduce the size of two key funds -- statutory liquidity requirement (SLR) and cash reserve requirement (CRR) -- which the banks are bound
2 Iraqis, 1 Marine die in fresh Iraq violence|
Washington's efforts to get allies to share the burden of stabilising Iraq hits new setbacks, as two former Iraqi soldiers and one Marine have been killed in fresh spate of violence.
Flora, fauna list being charted|
The government is preparing a list of the flora and fauna to protect the endangered species.
Tk 1,000cr income tax cases pending with HC|
A total of 1,335 income tax cases involving about Tk 1,000 crore have been pending with the High Court (HC) Division, according to a recent report of the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
Police fail to rescue doctor, Jamal's fate still unknown|
Police failed to rescue till yesterday evening the physician abducted from Satkania on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway.
Six to die in two murder cases in Sylhet|
A court here yesterday sentenced six people to death and one to life imprisonment in two separate murder cases.
Hearing on charge-framing against Hasina on Oct 20|
A Dhaka Court yesterday set October 20 as the date for the charge-framing hearing in the frigate purchase case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and five other defendants.
UN rebuffs US over Iraq plans|
United Nations officials have underlined their intention to play no role in Iraq's political future unless the US revises its plans for the country.
Bijoya Dashami today|
Bijoya Dashami will be observed today to bid farewell to Goddess Durga with due religious fervour.
Today is the day when Durga sets out for Kailash, her husband's abode.
5 more Liakot associates arrested|
Rapid Action Team (RAT) of police arrested five more associates of top criminal Liakot Hossain from Ramna area yesterday.
Record applications for Bank Asia IPOs|
The initial public offering (IPO) of Bank Asia has set a new record by getting an overwhelming 5,500 percent response.
BSF killed 32 Bangladeshis, injured 54 in nine months|
Thirty-two Bangladeshi citizens were killed and 54 others wounded by Border Security Force (BSF) of India and armed Indian criminals in the last nine months, according to a report released yesterday by
Kafrul OC 'defied' court order|
The officer in-charge (OC) of Kafrul Police Station allegedly defied a court directive on registering a murder as a regular case.
Elephants kill 2 in Rangamati|
A herd of wild elephants trampled two persons to death at Chandraghona under Kaptai upazila of Rangamati district on Friday night, police said.
RU students block highway traffic protesting death of teacher|
Rajshahi University (RU) students yesterday blocked traffic on the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway for over five hours protesting the death of an RU teacher in a road accident Friday.
Dhaka seeks more Unesco sopport to check arsenic, alleviate poverty|
Bangladesh has sought increased cooperation of Unesco in preventing arsenic contamination of groundwater as it has emerged as a major problem in the country, causing serious health hazards.
British women lose embryo battle|
Two British women lost a desperate court battle yesterday to have babies using frozen embryos their former partners want destroyed.
Acquisition of foreign banks boosts investors' confidence|
Belying notions of liquidity crisis in the stock market, Bank Asia Limited's initial public offering (IPO) got an overwhelming response with 55 times over-subscription.
Int'l medical exposition pulls huge crowd|
It was a new experience for the visitors when they flocked to the international medical exposition, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
Instruments for Tk 144cr cleared on opening day|
On the first day of 'same-day clearing system' introduced by Bangladesh Bank, 106 cheques or drafts for a total amount of Tk 144 crore were cleared yesterday.
South Koreans plan to expand ventures in and outside EPZs|
Happy with the skills and behaviours of Bangladeshi workforce, many South Korean investors are planning to expand their ventures both in and outside Bangladesh's exclusive economic zones.
Dollar eases against taka|
The US dollar eased slightly against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trading yesterday, which was depressed by the weekend holiday in most overseas foreign exchange markets, dealers said.
Brazil, Argentina subverting free trade for Americas: US|
The United States accused Brazil and Argentina of subverting a Free Trade Area of the Americas, scheduled for completion by 2005.
India unveils 3 strategies to get privatisation rolling again|
The Indian government said Friday that it was working on three alternate strategies to set privatisation rolling again after the Supreme Court halted the sale of two key profit-making oil firms.
New group of developing nations hopes to push trade talks forward|
A new group of developing countries has concluded after meeting here that progress had indeed been made at a failed WTO conference in Mexico last month and was keen to push trade talks forward, diplomats
Rain irks Mahmud|
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud yesterday feared that they might be deprived of a full outdoor training at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) before the home series against England.
BCB CEO is here|
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took a first positive step towards professionalism with Maqbul Hussein (Macky) Dudhia joining as the chief executive officer (CEO) yesterday.
Hectic cricket schedule|
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a series of tours for various selections yesterday.
U-17 booters lose 'em all|
Bangladesh under-17 football team suffered a 1-2 defeat in the last practice match against their Myanmar counterparts at the Youth Foundation ground in Yangoon yesterday.
Miandad hits back at chief selector|
Pakistan's cricket coach Javed Miandad, who has come under fire from chief selector Aamir Sohail, has asked for a meeting with the national board chairman.
Simons seeks more|
South African cricket coach Eric Simons Saturday asked his side to show "more guts" to level the series after Pakistan won the first day-night limited overs international match here at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Badani ton in drawn tie|
Left-hander Hemang Badani notched up a century for India A as New Zealand's reputation suffered a few dents on the concluding day of a three-day tour game here on Saturday.
Zimbabwe doing well|
Craig Wishart completed a disciplined century and the tourists' pace attack flexed their muscles as Zimbabwe had another valuable workout against Western Australia here Saturday.
Saleh lifts JPC chess crown|
Saleh Chowdhury emerged champion in the chess tournament of the Jatiya Press Club sports competition yesterday.
The event has been organised to mark the club's 49th founding anniversary.
Pires stuns Liverpool|
Robert Pires fired in a stunning 25-yard winner as Arsenal came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Liverpool that could have effectively ended Gerard Houllier's side's Premiership title hopes barely
Germany's prolific attack, sparked by six goals from forward Birgit Prinz, will test a solid United States defence in the feature match here Sunday at the Women's World Cup semi-finals.
Becks to battle Turks|
David Beckham will be available to Sven-Goran Eriksson as he prepares England's decisive European Championship qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul in seven days' time.
'Trial by terraces'|
Police investigating the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by up to eight Premiership footballers Saturday appealed for witnesses to come forward amid growing speculation about the identity of the individuals
'Govt forces AL to boycott CPA confce'|
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday said the government forced the AL to boycott the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference.
JCD man assaults another Biman staff at Ctg|
A member of the ruling BNP-backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Ali Akbar alias Kana Akbar, assaulted another employee of Bangladesh Biman at its Chittagong office on Friday.
Every village to be eco-village|
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday expressed the hope that each of the villages would be turned into an eco-village for the protection of biodiversity.
Unemployed, student nurses' strike from Tuesday|
Bangladesh Diploma Unemployed Nurses Association (BDUNA) and Bangladesh Diploma Student Nurses Union (BDSNU) will go for indefinite strike from Tuesday protesting the health ministry's decision to recruit
PM to lead team to OIC summit|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will lead the Bangladesh delegation to the 10th Session of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit beginning on October 15 at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Widen trade ties|
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Russian Federation Oleg S Malginov presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Morshed greets Sadako Ogata|
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has congratulated Sadako Ogata on her assumption of office of the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
'DNA50' begins tomorrow|
A weeklong exhibition titled 'DNA50' begins at the British Council tomorrow to commemorate the scientific anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.
Judgement in Faisal Murder Case Oct 26|
Judgement in the college student Faisal Murder Case will be given on October 26.
CPA team visits Ramna Kali Mandir|
Some members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPA) delegation yesterday visited Ramna Kali Mandir to see the celebrations of Durga Puja by the Hindu community.
Combat diarrhoea jointly|
As diarrohoea continued to spread in Niphamari, Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Mustaq Ahmed at a meeting here called upon the district administration, health officials, political leaders, NGO and media
'CU movement a Shibir ploy to capture science faculty'|
The on-going students' movement at Chittagong University (CU) for cancellation of the grading system in examination is orchestrated by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) to reap benefit for itself and Jamaat-e-Isami
OC, IO transferred for not towing ruling party line, AL to plan agitation today|
Notorious outlaw Debprashad alias Debu of Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) has been taken on two days' fresh remand by Khulna thana for questioning in a murder case.
Bagerhat tense after JCD attack on Shibir office|
Tension is running high at Bagerhat town following an armed attack on Islami Chatra Shibir office allegedly by activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Thursday evening.
Cancel new dist body, demand Manikganj Jubo Dal men|
Hundreds of activists of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, youth wing of the ruling BNP, have been continuing their movement for cancellation of their new district unit committee, formed in a council
Girl rescued after 5 days, kidnapper arrested|
A 12-year-old schoolgirl who was abducted from Daulatpur upazila five days ago was rescued in a critical condition on Thursday from a house at Baruipara in Mirpur upazila.
'Criminal' shot dead by rivals|
An alleged criminal was gunned down by rivals at Fatikchhari on Friday.
Moslem Uddin, 31, was called out of his house at Dinejuri at about 3 pm and shot dead.
Pathfinders in print making|
The recent exhibition of contemporary printmakers at "Shilpangan" included the ones of artists abroad such as Monirul Islam and Shahid Kabir from Spain, Wakilur Rahman from Germany and Munirul Islam
The stars to be|
A very cheerful and cooperating crowd, some genuine tints of talent among the participants and, above all, the satisfactorily predictable results marked this year's Benson & Hedges Star Search Final.
14 held at ZIA with fake passports|
Immigration officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) held 14 Bangladeshi citizens for carrying forged passports yesterday.
Ministers, mayor visit puja mandops in city|
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Mayor of Dhaka Sadek Hossain Khoka yesterday visited different Puja Mandops in the city.
Diagnostic centre staff shot|
Unidentified assailants shot a diagnostic centre official at Pallabi in Mirpur yesterday.
Smuggled goods worth Tk 65 lakh seized|
Bangladesh Navy personnel in cooperation with Coast Guards, Customs and other law enforcing agencies recovered smuggled goods wroth about Tk 67 lakh from the coastal areas in September.
All 7 accused in Toma murder case acquitted|
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Rajshahi Division acquitted all the seven accused in the sensational Toma murder case.
5,882 bottles of phensidyl seized in Satkhira|
Police in a pre-dawn raid seized a truck with 5882 bottles of phensidyl at Agardari in Sadar upazila yesterday.
The phensidyl bottles were found beneath the bags of husk.
EU pledges to boost its world role|
European leaders launching talks on the European Union's first ever constitution pledged yesterday to boost its role on the world stage, a draft joint statement said.
Israel seals off Palestinian areas for holiday|
Palestinians woke yesterday to a total closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, while the United States criticized Israel's decision to erect a controversialsecurity
US urges India, Pakistan to show nuclear restraint|
Pakistan's testing of a ballistic missile that can carry nuclear weapons prompted the US to urge restraint on the part of India and Pakistan in their nuclear activities.
US forces in combat stress|
Extended tours of duty in Iraq and the ambush-styled tactics adapted by forces resisting the US-led occupation have sharpened the US military's focus on combat stress in the ranks.
Speculation heats up ahead of Nobel science prizes|
Black holes and cosmic microwave radiation studies, seeking to delve into the afterglow of the universe's creation, were two front-running fields tipped for glory on Friday for the 2003 Nobel scienceawards.
US knew Iraq had no WMD, says Mahathir|
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday expressed scepticism over US claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
"I don't believe that they didn't know.
CPA delegates welcomed|
The 49th meet of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) began yesterday in the city without the participation of the opposition lawmakers.
Durga Puja, a religious festival of great significance to the Hindu community, has always been celebrated in this country with due fervour.
UNGA session facing up to real issues|
The current United Nations General Assembly session has once again brought to the fore the basic argument relating to nation-state sovereignty vis-à-vis security.
Clark versus Dean scenario unfolding|
Arecent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows General Wesley Clark outpolling President Bush in a hypothetical presidential match-up and with a healthy 10 point margin over the rest of the Democratic fieldfor
Even though in the past week both the President and the PM crossed the Atlantic separately to meet the presently unchallenged Lord Manor of Earth, US President George W Bush Jr, and receive plaudits respectively
|Letters to Editor||
I agree with the views in Shahed Jamil's letter regarding weekly holidays published in The Daily Star on 30 September.
Few days ago, during the evening I was going through the English road in old Dhaka. I heard that some noisy speeches blaring from innumerable loud speakers.
Recently Dhaka Electricity Supply Administration in Gulshan Area has been transferred from DESA to DESCO; supposedly with a view to providing better service to the consumers.
By the river of Titas|
"THIS is Gokornoghat, the place you are looking for," said Joidul Hossain, a prominent cultural activist and lover of writings of our great novelist Addaitya Mollobarman.
National Fistula Centre set up at DMCH|
As an estimated 2.
Bed-wetting: what parents should know|
Every night so many children are turning off the lights, going to sleep, and wetting their beds.
Drinking tea may lower bad cholesterol|
Black tea consumption may lower bad cholesterol levels and could one day be used to help reduce the chance of heart disease for those at risk, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
Scientists with theU.S.
Fatty diet not linked to stroke risk|
Eating a diet high in fat does not seem to raise the odds of having a stroke, researchers said in the United States.
Pumping life out from underground|
The groundwater level in the city is receding at the rate of a metre a year due to indiscriminate extraction of water from underground by the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and private users.
Foraging for survival in the open|
Can you imagine how 10,000 years ago our ancestors foraged food for survival? Unimaginable! Yet you would be surprised to know that even in the 21st century, a modern rapidly growing city like Dhaka,still
Where have all the fences gone?|
The iron-fences on some of the medians of the Mirpur Road stretching from College Gate to Asad Gate disappeared overnight.
Home grown 'Foreign furniture'|
The furniture shops of Panthapath that claim to sell "foreign furniture" are selling nothing but local furniture.
"Most of the furniture sold in this market is made locally.
Adulterated fuel lives!|
Despite various measures taken by the government to check adulteration in petrol pumps, it is believed the practice is still going on.
Policing of lakeside extortion|
The Dhanmondi lake area opposite the Bangabandhu Museum on Road 32 has become the latest addition to the systematic extortion by policemen in the city.