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Front Pagearrow Spanish diplomat, 11 others die in attacks in Iraq
Triple attacks in Baghdad killed a Spanish diplomat, a US soldier and at least ten Iraqis yesterday, exactly half a year since the American troops occupied the city.
 arrow Bangladesh among 12 with no freedom of information law
Bangladesh figures on a list of 12 countries without the freedom of information law and the 'habits of secrecy' contributes to corruption that leaches away economic lifeblood, a Commonwealth rights group
 arrow Crime, corruption mar success of ruling alliance
Corruption, crime, price hike of essentials, government's indecision, excessive dependency on bureaucracy and administrative sluggishness have largely marred the achievements of the two-year-old government
 arrow BoI chief's money link with Shinepukur under question
Allegations have been raised against the executive chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI), Mahmudur Rahman, a high profile government functionary, that he continues to receive huge financial benefits
 arrow Saarc members meet Oct 14 to discuss free trade area
Seven South Asian countries will sit in Kathmandu October 14 to discuss details of the measures needed for establishing a free trade area in the region.
 arrow UN peacekeeping not enough
Reforming the United Nations has become imperative to maintain global peace, as the existing mechanisms to preserve world order are inadequate, a workshop of the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
 arrow CPA workshop denounces attack on Syria
Commonwealth lawmakers yesterday emphasised identifying and understanding the root causes of proliferation of terrorist activities for effective anti-terrorism measures across the globe.
 arrow 54 schoolgirls die in Indonesia bus inferno
At least 54 people, most of them schoolgirls returning from a holiday in Bali, were killed when their bus burst into flames after colliding with a truck and a minivan in Indonesia's East Java, officials
 arrow Bangladesh tops list of teen mothers in South Asia
Bangladesh has the highest number of teen mothers in South Asia with more than 50 percent having their first child by 19, according to a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.
 arrow Take river-diversion issue to int'l forum
Water experts at a seminar yesterday urged the government to assess immediately the impact of India's river inter-linking project on Bangladesh and place the issue before an international forum.
 arrow Role of parliamentary bodies dictates fate of democracy
The best way to achieve balance between legislative and executive branches in a parliamentary democracy is to bolster the parliamentary committee system.
 arrow Probe body fails to submit report on anthem glitch
The three-member probe body constituted to investigate the technical glitch that stopped playing the national anthem on audio at the launch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference
 arrow Inadequacies in two private universities found
The high-powered inquiry committee formed to assess the status of private universities found 'inadequacies' in both the universities it visited yesterday at Dhanmondi in the city, sources said.
 arrow Sea of death
Gulshan Lake turned into a sea of death yesterday ...
 arrow Bapex to start seismic work on Block 11 October 24
For the first time, a national company is going on a gas exploration mission on its own block.
 arrow Top criminal Sweden Asalm cleared of arms charge
A court in Dhaka yesterday acquitted listed top criminal Sweden Aslam, but sentenced his accomplice Shariful Islam to 24 years of rigorous imprisonment.
 arrow Rich nations lenders, slated for trade barriers
Commonwealth parliamentarians at a workshop yesterday criticised richer nations and international lending agencies for putting up barriers to market access and setting tough preconditions for loans.
 arrow 9-yr-old girl raped
An unknown local man raped a girl child at Balurmath in Kafrul, Mirpur yesterday.

The rapist also sent the nine-year-old victim to her aunt's residence as her condition deteriorated.

 arrow 25,000 shrimp farms washed away in rain
More than 25,000 shrimp farms in Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira districts have reportedly been washed away by heavy rains dumped by a depression in the Bay.
 arrow Three held for Keraniganj triple murder
Keraniganj police held three persons in Pargandaria area for their alleged involvement in Wednesday's fierce gunfight that left three ruling BNP adherents dead.

They are named Mujib, Sohel and Sumon.

 arrow Adel, two sons acquitted of sedition case
The former deputy mayor of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), Jahangir Mohammad Adel, and his two sons were yesterday acquitted of all charges in the sedition case, filed against them for hoisting thePakistani
 arrow 1 dies, 200 hurt in tornado
One person was killed and over 200 were injured as tornado lashed Pabna, Kushtia, Manikganj and Natore yesterday.
Businessarrow Shop registration to complete this month
With a view to increasing collection of value added tax (VAT) from shop owners under 'participatory system', a new arrangement prescribed by the business community, the registration of shops will be completed
 arrow Jobs to get tougher in Malaysia
Aiming to make the process of manpower export to Malaysia smooth and corruption free, the government is going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the East Asian country soon.
 arrow HeidelbergCement brings in composite cement
HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Ltd, a subsidiary of Germany-based Heidelberg Group, has come up with a new type of cement -- Cem II (composite cement) -- in Bangladesh market.
 arrow Thai fair pulls huge crowd
Visitors thronged to see the variety of products displayed in the Thai Grand Fair that got underway in the capital yesterday.
 arrow EC wants to assist Dhaka to face post-MFA era
European Commission wants to assist Bangladesh through capacity building both in public and private sectors to face the post-MFA situation, especially in export and production sectors.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Twelve bids of four-day tenor amounting to Tk 330.

 arrow IMF DMD due in Dhaka Tuesday
Shigemitsu Sugisaki, deputy managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), will arrive here on October 14 (Tuesday) on an official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Global trade, regional integration to dominate WEF's Asia summit
Global trade and regional integration will dominate a gathering of 800 regional business leaders and politicians at next week's World Economic Forum (WEF) East Asia summit here, its organisers said Wednesday.
 arrow Korea to speed up FTA talks with Japan, Singapore
Even as the free-trade agreement between Korea and Chile sits ungratified in the National Assembly, the Korean government said it would push ahead with talks for FTAs with Japan and Singapore 'at thefastest
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fletcher aware of Tigers
England coach Duncan Fletcher rated Bangla-desh a good Test team and said that they obviously deserved Test status.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud's captain's views
It was not sure if Khaled Mahmud would be skippering the Tigers in the home series against England.
 arrow Cricket: Ignored, unwanted
Fahim Muntasir was overlooked for both the practice matches when the selectors named the squads of BCB President's Eleven and Bangladesh A team yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain, the fear factor
Rain may prove an irritant during the course of England's maiden series against Bangladesh.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Sheikh Russell KC, Biman, Wari Club and Armanitola Jubo Sangha won their respective AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League matches at the NSC wooden floor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Niaz shares second spot
Grand Master Niaz Murshed was sharing the second position with nine players in the Parsvnath International Rating Chess Tournament now being held in Delhi, India.

Niaz earned 7 points from nine games.

 arrow Swimming: Records roll on the pool
Eight more new national records were set on the third day of the four-day 19th National Swimming Championships yesterday at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: Double-up Dravid
Fast bowler Zaheer Khan grabbed three quick wickets as India tightened the screws on New Zealand in the opening cricket Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden hammers Zim
Stately left-hander Matthew Hayden shrugged off a painful back injury to fashion a dazzling century as world champions Australia made undermanned Zimbabwe pay dearly for a major tactical blunder in the
 arrow Cricket: Cricket's new frontier
Cricket's growing global circuit is set to expand further early next year when Abu Dhabi stakes its claim to host one-day internationals at its new state-of-the-art facility.
 arrow Cricket: 'Spread the game in US'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes the United States is a huge potential market for cricket and has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to do more to promote the sport there.
 arrow Cricket: Wise Andy won't be back to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's leading run scorer Andy Flower arrived in Australia on Thursday to play state cricket and said he held out little hope of a swift return to his homeland.
 arrow Cricket: Pak-SA 4th ODI today
South African captain Graeme Smith said his side is confident about squaring the one-day series against Pakistan in Friday's fourth game in the five-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Rashid pulls out of Protea Tests
Pakistan's wicketkeeper and former captain Rashid Latif pulled out of the two-match Test series against South Africa Thursday, citing family commitments.
 arrow Cricket: ICC charges trio
South Africa captain Graeme Smith and all-rounder Andrew Hall, and Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana have been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following incidents in a recent one-dayinternational.
 arrow Tennis: Russians rush in
Elena Dementieva overcame fellow Russian Nadia Petrova and an inconsistent serve to reach the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bitter booters will play
Angry England players launched a bitter attack on the Football Association after agreeing to go ahead with Saturday's crucial Euro 2004 clash against Turkey despite their rage at the axing of Rio Ferdinand.
 arrow Football: Gunes' wry smile!
A Turkey coach Senol Gunes said on Wednesday that an English team in disarray would play into the hands of his side in the decisive Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Meikle arrested
British police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with claims by a teenaged girl she was gang raped by several English Premiership footballers in a London hotel last month.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo blasts Cuper
Real Madrid's Brazilian superstar Ronaldo reopened old wounds with his former coach Hector Cuper Wednesday by blaming him for Inter Milan's recent slump.
 arrow Football: Dutch eyes on United
Dutch television mogul John de Mol has increased his holding in Manchester United, the club said on Wednesday, a day after a pair of Irish racing tycoons sparked takeover rumours by doubling their own
 arrow Football: 150,000 pounds for Best's best
A football fan Wednesday paid more than 150,000 pounds for the European Player of the Year trophy awarded to George Best in 1968, a British auction house announced.
Politicalarrow Alliance toasts two years in power today
The BNP-led ruling alliance of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia celebrates today its two years in power, mixed with successes and failures.
Metropolitanarrow 'Create space for adolescents in planning process'
Unicef's South Asia Regional Director Sadig Rasheed praised the government for its support for the development efforts concerning children and urged for creating space for adolescents in the planningprocess.
 arrow Khaleda greets Palestine PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday felicitated Ahmed Qorei for his appointed as the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine.
Culturearrow "Karika" rushes to the rescue
Speaking at a recent press conference of an exhibit of folk art at "Karika" and stressing on the need for protecting our dying handicrafts, Parveen Ahmad, the convenor and chairperson of the Arts andCrafts
 arrow All My Sons and others
Nagarik Nattayangan Ensemble arranged a 9-day long drama festival recently at the Public Library auditorium.
 arrow Carving up a career
continued from yesterday

Reminiscing once again on his favourite topic of the Art College during his time, filled with nostalgia, Jahangir elaborated once more with feelings, "It is definitely

 arrow The pioneers themselves...

Music being one of the most imaginative genres among the popular arts of all time, it is hard to know precisely why some bands succeed and others fall short. Nevertheless, the most popular onessurvive.

Generalarrow Sufferings of patients mount as student nurses continue strike
Sufferings of the patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital (SSMCH) mount as the third day of the indefinite strike enforced by the student nurses passed
 arrow Railway faces severe repercussions
The Bangladesh Railway faces severe repercussions in the wake of detection of misappropriation of railway funds amounting to Tk seven crore.
 arrow 'Standard of pry education has deteriorated'
The standard of country's primary education has deteriorated, said the experts at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow SCB donates Tk 33.50 lakh
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) yesterday donated Tk 33.50 lakh to the Islamia Eye Hospital (IEH) to perform surgeries free of cost on the needy and underprivileged people.
 arrow Journalist Bashira Islam dead
Bashira Islam, the feature editor of the Daily Sangbad, died at her Kalabagan residence here yesterday at the age of 35.
 arrow More changes in Ctg police
Police headquarters yesterday transferred 20 more sub-inspectors (SI) from different police stations and the detective branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP).
 arrow Firm manager shot, robbed of Tk 1.50 lakh in Khulna
An official of a private firm was shot and robbed of Tk 1.50 lakh at Daulatpur yesterday.
 arrow JPC decision on membership protested
Four members of the Jatiya Press Club managing committee protested the committee's decision to accept new membership, what they said, violating the constitution of the club.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bangladesh hitting corruption abyss
We cannot sit pretty as a topper on the global corruption dossier with all the adverse publicity it brings on our image. Infamy is unsavoury, unpalatable and thus not easy to digest.
 arrow Governor Schwarzenegger
It's official. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the 38th governor of California, the largest state in the US and the sixth largest economy in the world. In the end it wasn't even close.
 arrow Bush is beating around the bush
Time to write about Iraq again, because George W. Bush has been beating around the bush. The US President was cocksure in the State of the Union Address on 28 January 2003.
 arrow Solidarity among Muslim states key to peace
The Muslims in general and the Arab Muslims in particular have been placed in a peculiar position after the 9/11 incident.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh -- third time lucky?
Once again, Bangladesh has been ranked the most corrupt country in the world in the Transparency International list("Bangladesh hits the bottom for third time", The Daily Star, October 8, 2004).
 arrow Congrats
Nobel Prize season is going on. The Swedish Academy awarded John Maxwell Coetzee the 2003 Nobel Literature Prize. On this, I felicitate Mr Coetzee for this gorgeous feat.
 arrow Terminator turns protector?
The recent allegations of Arnold Schwarzenegger's past sexual misconduct has most certainly "sexed-up" his bid to run for election in California.
 arrow Clean up the mess
Dr. S. Amin's letter (Daily Star 3/10/03) "on forgery at BUET" exposes the deep-rooted chaos in his department.
 arrow Hosting the CPA conference: A grand failure!
Much has been talked and written about the 49th conference of CPA in Bangladesh. Once again we have seen how our inept civil servants can disgrace the whole nation.
 arrow Bureaucracy needs to be liable
In Bangladesh, with the removal of any political party from power in democratic way or other movement, the mass and media always expose the irregularities, political dishonesty and scandals of the departing
 arrow The Islamic extremists
In last few months the law enforcing agencies have become aware of many hidden activities of Islamic militants in the country.
 arrow Natural gas price increase to "international" level
I refer to the continuing news items about natural gas energy price increases to International levels 'demanded' by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
 arrow Weekly holidays
I agree with the views that Mr. Jamshed Taher shared on the letter regarding weekly holidays published in The Daily Star on 5th October.
Focusarrow Ruling neo-liberalism, stumbling poverty reduction: I
This article looks at the state of play at the international level relating to concerns and strategies for poverty reduction around the world (Parts I and II) and reviews the prevailing situation in
 arrow Major parties falter on democracy within
Two news items must have drawn the attention of readers at the beginning of the week.
 arrow Edward Said: Palestine's intellectual fighter
Edward Said (68), Professor of Literature at the prestigious Columbia University, died on 25 September, after having suffered leukemia for number of years.
 arrow Ayodhya's voice
I visited Ayodhya recently along with the Magasaysay awardee Mr. Sandeep Panday who has been working here for quite some time to bring peace to this strife torn town.
 arrow Let good prevail over the evil
BNP-Jamat Coalition completes its two years of rule on 10 October, 2003. Two years may not be a long way in the life of a nation, but is not a very short period either.
Worldarrow Dozens killed in factional fighting in Afghanistan
Clashes between Afghanistan's northern warlords have left nearly 80 militiamen dead and wounded, the warring camps said Thursday, as fighting entered its second day just weeks ahead of an ambitious drive
 arrow US moves legislation for sanctions against Syria
The United States has approved a legislation that would slap diplomatic and economic sanctions against Syria over its alleged role in supporting terrorism and developing weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow Supreme Court intervenes
India's Supreme Court on Thursday intervened over the riot scarred state of Gujarat's handling of last year's communal violence following criticism of the lack of progress in prosecuting those responsible
 arrow Decide, respond: Jamali to Vajpayee
Pakistan Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has said it was up to the Indian leadership to decide how they would respond to Islamabad's "positive overtures" to normalise bilateral relations.
 arrow Pakistan blamed for failure of South Asia trade pact
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee blamed Pakistan in an interview published on Thursday for the failure of a free trade pact in South Asia while asserting that a similar agreement with Thailand is bound
 arrow Sri Lanka Muslim town under curfew after clashes
Police clamped a dusk-to-dawn curfew on a Muslim town in northeastern Sri Lanka yesterday to prevent an escalation of clashes between minority Muslims and Tamils, officials said.
 arrow Pak national indicted on terror charges
A Pakistani national Uzair Pracha has been formally indicted by US federal prosecutors on charges of terrorism, providing material support to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network and using false documents
 arrow Challenges ahead for Arnie
Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted huge challenges lie ahead after his election as governor of California.
 arrow White House denies differences with Rumsfeld on Iraq
The White House Wednesday sought to paper over any differences with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who complained he was not told of a postwar Iraq reorganisational shake-up.
 arrow Asean to get in sync with partners
In their bilateral summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday, the leaders of China, Japan, South Korea and India, expressed their support for the Bali Concord II as a
 arrow Protests rock Turkey over Iraq troop decision
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Turkey Wednesday to denounce the government's controversial decision to send troops to Iraq, with police detaining some 60 Kurdish activists.
 arrow Putin, Schroeder push for closer economic cooperation
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for stronger economic ties between their nations.