HSC results tick positive|
Pass percentage in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations has edged up to 38.43 this year from 27.09 last year, with 1,92,713 successful examinees under the seven education boards.
GPA goes down for question pattern|
The education ministry yesterday ascribed the low number of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinees scoring the maximum 5.
BoI chief's deal with Shinepukur violates govt's service rule|
The contract that the chairman of Board of Investment (BoI), Mahmudur Rahman, claimed to have signed with Shinepukur Ceramics to receive financial benefits from the company states that he is still rendering
Asian Highway bypasses Bangladesh|
India is constructing roads leaving Bangladesh out of the proposed Asian Highway that aims at developing traffic network among 38 Asian nations and Europe via Turkey.
OIC FMs ask US to get out of Iraq, slam Israel|
The world's Muslims opened a major conference here with calls for the United States to set a timetable for leaving Iraq, fierce condemnation of Israel and anger over their treatment since the September
Top criminals bask in blessings of BNP's young Turks|
Two of Bangladesh's most wanted criminals have returned from their overseas hideouts and are operating in the capital without hindrance -- thanks to certain young leaders of the ruling BNP who benefit
Subsidy to double for 13 types of farm industries|
The government will increase subsidy to 13 types of agro-based industries by allowing 15 percent rebate on power tariff instead of the current 7.5 percent.
Ferry service yet to get normal|
Traffic jams at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry terminals somewhat improved yesterday but navigability of the main Paturia-Daulatdia channel in the Padma remains poor as authorities struggled to open up a
Police promotion on cards ignoring court ruling|
The home ministry is once again promoting departmental officers as superintendents of police (SPs), ignoring a Supreme Court verdict and superceding Bangladesh Civil Service cadre officers.
Manpower export to Malaysia set to resume|
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is going to be signed with Malaysia next week, resuming manpower export there after seven years.
PM goes to KL today for OIC Summit|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Kuala Lumpur this afternoon to lead the Bangladesh delegation to the 10th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in the Malaysian capital from October
Malaysia keen to contest OIC secy gen post|
In a dramatic development, Malaysia yesterday showed its interest in contesting the coveted post of the OIC secretary general.
Energy ministry ponders frugal florescent option|
The energy ministry has drafted a proposal to popularise compact florescent lamps (CFLs) by withdrawing import duty what it believes will cut power consumption by 345 megawatts.
US draft sets Iraq election timetable|
A new US draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, gives Iraq's Governing Council until December 15 to develop a timetable for elections and a new constitution.
Conjoined babies born in B'Baria|
Two conjoined babies were born at Titas General Hospital in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
New office timing during Ramadan|
Office hours during Ramadan will be from 9:30am to 3:30pm through Saturday to Wednesday and 9:30am to 2:30pm on Thursday with a 15-minute break for Zohr prayers from 1:15pm to 1:30pm.
Stiglitz rips Clinton, himself|
Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is best known for his scathing critique of globalisation's effect on the world's poor, but now he has turned his ire on an unlikely new target -- himself.
Saudi Arabia to hold first ever polls|
Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, announced yesterday it would hold its first elections to choose municipal councils, in what is widely seen as the first concrete political reform in the Gulf Arab state.
In yesterday's issue of The Daily Star, the picture of a slain elephant was mistakenly credited to Star Photo. It was an IUCN picture.
7 policemen suspended in Khulna|
Seven policemen were suspended and barred from the police lines here yesterday for 'negligence of duties and for crimes'.
Battle on at Ctg Port to keep sinking ship afloat|
Chittagong Port authority is battling to keep a sinking foreign ship, brought for scrapping, afloat at outer anchorage due to a leak in its hatch since Sunday morning.
Khosru seeks duty-free access to South Korea|
Inaugurating a four-day exposition of South Korean products, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday urged the Southeast Asian country to give Bangladeshi products duty-free access to
Local firm markets new currency sorter machine|
A local company has started marketing a currency sorter machine, which the importers said, is able to detect counterfeit notes instantly.
Knowledge on shipping documents vital to ending trade disputes|
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has suggested bankers and traders to be updated with adequate knowledge on maritime transport documents for resolving international trade disputes.
Indo-Bangla trade promotion seminar in Sylhet today|
Top bureaucrats and trade leaders from Bangladesh and three northeastern Indian states attend a seminar today at Hotel Hilton in Sylhet for finding ways to boost bilateral trade relations.
Dollar steady against taka|
Dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka yesterday due to depressed dollar buying sentiment, dealers said.
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.
Ten bids of one-day tenor amounting to Tk 261.
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.
Call money rate steady|
The call money rate yesterday remained steady as the demand for short-term money was low, fund managers said.
The rate touched to its intra-high high at 8.
Dutch dredging giants to merge|
Ballast Ham Dredging (BHD) and Van Oord ACZ, two internationally reputed Dutch dredging companies, have decided to merge under the name of Van Oord NV.
Maersk now corporate client of CityCell|
Maersk Bangladesh Limited has signed a corporate agreement with CityCell Digital recently in Dhaka.
Emirates to lease 8 new aircraft|
As part of its expansion programme, Emirates will lease eight Airbus A340-300s.
S'pore for closer East Asian ties to up share in world trade|
Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong urged East Asia on Sunday to spin a web of economic partnerships that will enable the region to compete with the rest of the world.
Batsmen ruin bowlers' day|
It was a tale of two contrasting halves for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President's Eleven on day two of the three-day practice match against a full strength England side at the Bangabandhu National
Bangladesh in finals|
A second half goal from Hirak Joarder against Kyrgyzstan took Bangladesh to the final round of the Asian Under-17 championships yesterday.
Protesting the police act|
There was widespread resentment in the country yesterday following the police harassment of former national cricketer Saiful Islam in Mymensingh on Saturday.
The 'Army' is here!|
The Barmy Army is already in Dhaka.
Finally Zim give in|
The Australian juggernaut finally overcame a gallant Zimbabwe to go one up in the first Test of a two-match series Monday.
SA seek to cash in on it|
South Africa is hoping to capitalise on the momentum from their spectacular come-from-behind victory in the one-day series for the upcoming Tests against hosts Pakistan, coach Eric Simons said.
Saurav backs bowlers|
India skipper Saurav Ganguly on Sunday defended his bowlers despite their failure to take their team to victory in the drawn opening cricket Test here.
AB Bank TT|
The AB Bank Metropolis Women's Table Tennis League begins today at the NSC wooden floor gymnasium.
Former national captain resigns from DSA|
Former captain of Bangladesh national football team Arif Hossain Moon has resigned from his assistant secretary's post of Nilphamari District Sports Association in protest against alleged irregularities
Akram accorded fitting farewell|
Former Pakistan cricket brilliant all-rounder Wasim Akram stepped out in the field but neither bowled nor batted as sponsors gifted him a shining new car to mark a farewell before his home crowd.
Golden German girls|
Germany hoisted the Women's World Cup football trophy for the first time, defeating Sweden 2-1 here Sunday in the championship match on Nia Kuenzer's "golden goal" eight minutes into extra time.
Scottish hurdle for the Dutch|
Scotland drew the short straw Monday when they were matched with Holland in the play-offs to qualify for next year's European Championship finals in Portugal.
Carlos boomer does the job|
Brazil's World Cup winners had to rely on an early thunderbolt from Roberto Carlos to gain a narrow 1-0 win over a spirited Jamaica at Leicester City's stadium on Sunday.
BNP refutes Hasina's allegations|
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday dismissed the leader of the opposition's allegation of persecution of the religious minorities against the government as untrue.
Charges pressed against 8 JCD, Jubo Dal men|
Charges were pressed against eight JCD and Jubo Dal activists here yesterday for killing Madon Gopal Goswami.
Criminals shoot R & H staff|
A Roads and Highways (R&H) Department staff was shot and injured at Dakkhinpar in Gulshan yesterday for his stand against local criminals.
2 alleged PBCP activists held|
Two alleged members of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were arrested with ammunition from city's north Shyamoli under Mohammadpur Police Station in the early hours of yesterday.
Move to privatise Tabani Beverage Co protested|
The Muktijoddha Sangsad Kendriya Samonnoy Parishad yesterday protested the government's move to privatise the Tabani (Coca-Cola) Beverage Company Limited.
Bus boycott for BRTC service in Sylhet|
The people of Jaintapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas yesterday started a three-day boycott of buses and minibuses to press for resumption of the BRTC bus service on Sylhet-Tamabil-Jafflong route.
JPC membership Hearing on petition adjourned till Nov 15|
The hearing of the petition for interim injunction against new membership of the Jatiya Press Club has been adjourned till November 15.
Prices of essentials up in Rajshahi|
The prices of essentials continued to show an upward trend in the district for the last few days, causing sufferings to the low-income group.
Outlaws threaten to blow up thana, kill OC in Khulna|
The Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) has given 'death threat' to Ashraful Islam, officer-in-charge of Phultala thana, for arresting its 'regional leader' Faruque Molla along with ten cadres including a young
Barisal teachers' association office 'ransacked' by rivals|
The office of Bangladesh Shikkhok Samilty (Bangladesh Teachers Association) here was allegedly attacked and ransacked by a faction when another faction was holding a meeting there on Sunday.
Life to halt for half an hour|
With whistles sharp at 11 am tomorrow, all on the city roads will stand where they are and people in houses, shops and offices will come out on streets.
Even students and teachers will leave classes.
25 hurt in AL-BNP clash|
At least 25 people were injured, eight of them-seriously, in a clash between activists of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League at Rupdah village in Magura Sadar upazila on Sunday.
Security guard foils bank robbery bid|
An attempt to commit dacoity at the Khulna branch of Standard Bank was foiled Friday midnight by the security guard.
Shadi murder case sent to DB|
The sensational Shadi murder case was transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police on Saturday.
The transfer was made as per instruction of Netrakona Police Super (SP) Sheikh Omar Faruk.
Son gets death sentence, father life for murder|
The Bhola district judge has given death sentence to one person and life term to his father for killing a relative seven years ago over a land dispute.
Teen commits suicide|
A teenage girl committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree at Char Gobindapur village in Sadar upazila on Sunday morning.
'X-Filme': the film manufactory|
The German production Company X-Filme Creative Pool GmBH was founded in 1994 in Berlin by film producer Stefan Arndt and filmmakers Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy.
Still going strong at 61|
He has seen them all.
Jamaluddin Hossain turns 60|
An eminent drama activist and the founding general secretary of the theatre group Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble, Jamaluddin Hossain stepped into 60.
Police foil AL hartal at Galachipa|
In the face of stiff resistance by police, the daylong hartal called by local Awami League leaders at Galachipa sadar upazila in Patuakhali district, could not be held yesterday.
ID card mandatory for drivers|
In a bid to ensuring passenger security, government has made mandatory to show the identity card of all CNG three-wheelers and taxicab drivers with photograph at a prominent place of their respectivevehicle.
DU Mourning Day today|
Dhaka University will observe Mourning Day tomorrow in memory of those students, employees and guests killed in a tragic incident at Jagannath Hall on the night of October 15 in 1985.
US envoy calls on Khoka|
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas made a courtesy call on Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka at his office yesterday.
They discussed matters of mutual interests in a cordial atmosphere, said a DCC press release.
World Standards Day today|
The 34th World Standards Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today with a vow to uphold standards and quality of products aiming at improving living standards of people.
Japanese ODA team in city|
An eight-member Japanese ODA monitoring team arrived here on Sunday to evaluate the implementation of the Japanese Government's Official Devel-opment Assistance (ODA) programme.
Concern over killing of elephant|
Prakriti Foundation, an organisation dedicated to nature and wildlife conservation, yesterday expressed concern over the killing of a wild elephant by a BDR officer at Pablakhali sanctuary in Rangamati
Israeli opposition, Palestinians talk alternative peace plan|
Former Israeli and Palestinian ministers Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo held talks here yesterday with top Egyptian officials about an alternative peace plan they drafted in Jordan, an official said.
Musharraf slams Arab nations over Kashmir|
President Pervez Musharraf has criticised Arab countries for not supporting Pakistan in its dispute with India over Kashmir.
Palestinian PM hints at quitting next month|
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie suggested Sunday he would quit next month after agreeing to head a 30-day caretaker cabinet, stoking uncertainty over a US-backed plan for peace with Israel.
Pakistan to send troops to Iraq only under UN banner|
Pakistan will only dispatch troops to Iraq under a United Nations banner and if other Muslim nations agree to participate, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said yesterday.
OIC meet paints bleak picture of Islamic world|
A bleak picture of weakness and disarray in the Muslim world was painted by foreign ministers meeting here yesterday ahead of the biggest Islamic summit since the September 11 terror attacks on the United
Hold the priceline now|
The prices of daily essentials have increased markedly of late. Rice, lentil, fish, potato, onion, only to name the obvious few on the shopping list of most people, are selling dearer.
Shalish in Gazipur|
Tragic incidents concerning a young pair at Gazipur last Saturday only served to expose how the traditional form of local conflict resolution, 'shalish', was once again abused by vested quarters.
The war on terror: The mess is getting messier|
An arrogant imperial ambition when combined with the self-righteousness of Christian right to which George W. Bush and most of his advisers belong can produce a ready brew.
The prisoner of Iraq war|
London: The smiles are much broader in the departure lounge than they are on arrival at Heathrow airport but that is not particularly British.
|Letters to Editor||
The game of cricket was invented by England some one hundred and fifty years ago. Cricket is also known as the game of the lords.
Top down marketing policy|
The government's marketing policy on the development of some local products is top-down -- staring at the top apex of the triangle, without developing the base, and the middle infrastructure.
The PERC and the Maglev|
A controversy has been recently kicked up by the government plan to introduce Maglev train between Dhaka and Chittagong, on the counts of both technical acceptability and financial feasibility.
This refers to a letter by Mr. A.F. Rahman published under the above caption in your esteemed daily on 30th September 2003.
Almost everyone in our country is talking and complaining about corruption.
A good gesture|
On 5th October the PM called a high level meeting of the secretaries of the government and instructed them to adhere to various administrative norms strictly. As if they were sent back to their pavilion.
Israeli bombing in Syria|
Israeli warplanes bombed a site in Syria about 20 kilometres from its capital, Damascus, on the 5th instant.
Back to the barricades?|
Foreign Minister Kasuri has said that an armed clash with India is still possible -- and one says it may even be likely. Trend of official comment in both the countries points to this conclusion.
Turkish troops heading for Iraq!|
In a landmark vote on 7 October the Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted overwhelmingly for sending troops to Iraq. The vote was 385 in favour, 183 against while two abstained.
Bush's misguided foreign policy imperils America|
Just when one thought that President Bush could not do anything dumber, he surprised the world, yet again! As if vetoing the UN Security Council resolution asking Israel not to murder the democratically