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Front Pagearrow Red tape leads to drug crisis in 450 hospitals
Purchase of drugs for more than 450 government hospitals has remained suspended since July 1, as the health and planning ministries got bogged down in red tape.
 arrow Navy suffered Tk 175cr loss in Ctg Port collision
The loss that the 18 navy ships suffered in a collision between two merchant ships at Chittagong Port on September 21 has been estimated at around Tk 175 crore.
 arrow CJ summons judge in bail controversy
Chief Justice KM Hasan yesterday summoned a judge of the High Court Division, accused of taking money for fixing bail, sources said.
 arrow Muslim nations want pivotal UN role in Iraq
Foreign ministers meeting in Malaysia sought the rewording of an Islamic summit resolution on Iraq yesterday to strengthen a call for a dominant role for the United Nations.
 arrow Suicide bomb explodes outside Turkish embassy in Baghdad
A suicide bomber killed himself and wounded 10 people when his car exploded outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad yesterday, while two US soldiers died in a military vehicle accident in the Iraqi capital
 arrow M-16 rifle, bullets found in Ashulia
Police recovered an abandoned M-16 rifle and 236 bullets from Ashulia in Uttara yesterday.
 arrow Scared minister skips ATP flight, drives to Syedpur
State minister for education yesterday got down from a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight at Zia International Airport knowing that the aircraft was a much-talked-about outmoded Advanced Turbo Prop (ATP).
 arrow Admission test, not GPA to count for govt universities
Students seeking enrolment in public universities this year will have to take admission tests regardless of their grade point average (GPA) in HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) exams, official sources
 arrow Looks Par Excellence
 arrow Sierra Leone president to arrive Oct 21
Dhaka and Freetown will explore the possibility of strengthening bilateral ties through investment and co-operation in various fields during the upcoming visit of Sierra Leone's President Ahmad TajenKabbah.
 arrow JS body flouts rules, holds off-the-record meeting
A sub-committee of a parliamentary standing committee yesterday set a bizarre precedence by holding an off-the-record meeting.
 arrow Arrest warrant against ex-dy IGP Chanda
Metropolitan Second Additional Sessions Judge Hussain Shahid yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Prakriti Ranjan Chanda (PR Chanda), former deputy inspector general of police, in the 'Janatar
 arrow Holcim rebuts BoI chief's remarks
Holcim (Bangladesh) Limited yesterday refuted some remarks made by Board of Investment Executive Chairman Mahmudur Rahman at a press conference on October 12 where he claimed that the BoI has noticedsome
 arrow DoE for extending air monitoring project
The Department of Environment (DoE) has proposed to extend the Air Quality Management Project (AQMP), having failed to attain the goals in scheduled time.
 arrow Biman clarifies DS report
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has come up with some clarifications on a report headlined 'Fare plight in Hajj flight' published in The Daily Star on Monday.
 arrow Mirza Azizul Islam appointed new SEC chief
Dr Mirza Azizul Islam has been appointed chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Sources said his appointment has been confirmed.

 arrow Charges framed against Hazari, 12 others in Tipu case
The Court of Additional District Magistrate (ADM) yesterday framed charges against former Awami League lawmaker Joynal Abedin Hazari and 12 of his accomplices for assaulting journalist Tipu Sultan.
 arrow River-link scheme to benefit Bangladesh: Indian taskforce chief
Bangladesh will benefit from India's proposed project of interlinking rivers, says Suresh Prabhu who heads the taskforce on the controversial multibillion-dollar plan.
 arrow UN may change US proposal on Iraq
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and countries seeking a quick handover of power to the Iraqis expressed disappointment yesterday that a new US resolution didn't give a timetable for the Americans to relinquish
 arrow Khaleda in KL
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia arrived here yesterday to attend the 10th session of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) beginning on October 16 in the Malaysian capital.
 arrow IMF happy with poverty reforms
Visiting Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Shigemitsu Sugisaki yesterday expressed satisfaction over reform measures taken up under the Interim Poverty ReductionStrategy
 arrow Laden's son takes up key al-Qaeda role
One of Osama bin Laden's oldest sons has emerged as a key player in the al-Qaeda network and is part of a small group of leaders running the group from Iran, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow Tk 25 lakh cellphones, gold haul at ZIA
The customs at Zia International Airport yesterday seized gold ornaments and mobile phone sets worth about Tk 25 lakh.

A customs team challenged Tofazzal Hossain, holder of passport No.

 arrow Quizzing of officials on over nat'l anthem fiasco
Seven days after its formation, the probe body yesterday started interrogating the officials for the alleged technical glitch that stopped playing the national anthem at the October 7 formal inauguration
 arrow Khatami warns Nobel Peace laureate
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami yesterday warned Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi to "pay attention" to Iranian interests, calling her award "not very important".
Businessarrow Dhaka 'committed' to providing transit facilities to New Delhi
Deputy High Commissioner of India Dilip Sinha yesterday underlined the need for pushing ahead with the much-debated road and rail transit issue, saying Bangladesh is committed to providing transit toIndia
 arrow Korean product fair gets positive response
The second day of the four-day South Korean product fair experienced a positive response from visitors especially business people yesterday.
 arrow Saifur lashes out at IDCOL, IIFC for lacklustre show
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has blasted two government companies engaged in promoting investment in infrastructure for poor performance.
 arrow Tea sale sees better demand
The weekly tea sale, held here yesterday, witnessed a better demand from internal markets particularly the blenders this week.
 arrow AB Bank launches school banking in Ctg today
Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited launches school banking programme in Chittagong today.
 arrow Khosru for united efforts for South Asian development
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said the bright prospect of economic uplift in the South Asia could not be utilised due to political reasons and conflict among few countries.
 arrow Pran milk
Pran Dairy Ltd, an enterprise of Pran Group, has introduced a new product -- ultra heat treated (UHT) liquid milk which does not need refrigeration.
 arrow ADB to assist in road development
Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday said that it would assist the government in the implementation of priority projects of improving road communication network with view to reducing poverty and enhancing
 arrow GTN- Junior Chamber discussion
Junior Chamber (JC) Dhaka East along with Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) held a discussion on Sunday on business opportunities provided by GTN.
 arrow Business elite forced to address global trade problems
An annual summit of the region's business elite, which is usually a celebration of the benefits of global trade, ended here Tuesday with delegates reflecting on the huge economic divide between the world's
Sportsarrow Cricket: Draw by a whisker
Last man Enamul Haque Jr.
 arrow Cricket: Result makes 'em happy
BCB President's Eleven captain Hannan Sarker was happy to earn a draw in the three-day practice match against England yesterday.

"I think we showed real character in the second innings.

 arrow Cricket: Saiful feels disgraced
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman has assured Saiful Islam that the government would take necessary steps to resolve over a piece of land in Mymensingh that the former national fast bowler
 arrow Cricket: Court summons the trio
A Pakistani court on Tuesday summoned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and two cricket officials to hear a petition demanding an apology and damages for attending a fashion show on a Muslim holy day, court officials
 arrow Cricket: India under pressure
India go into Thursday's decisive final Test against confident New Zealand looking for a match-winning performance from the bowlers to maintain their enviable home record.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for U-15 cricket team
The Bangladesh under-15 cricket team got off to a flying start in their tour of West Bengal with a comprehensive 203-run win over the Cricket Association of Bengal Under-15 (CAB) team in a three-day match
 arrow Youngsters inspire selectors
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed was impressed with the way youngsters of the BCB President's XI learnt from their first innings mistakes during the three-day match against England that ended in a draw yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Nat'l basketball begins today
The 24th National Basketball Championship, organised by the Khulna District Sports Association (KDSA) and sponsored by Barger Group and Choitee Group, begins today at the KDSA gymnasium at 8 am.
 arrow Cricket: Await changed Aussies
Australia's desire to cut out sledging is a separate issue to the art of gamesmanship, World Cup hero Andrew Symonds said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Astle blow for NZ
New Zealand will be without seasoned batsman Nathan Astle for the upcoming limited-overs tournament against India and world champions Australia due to a knee injury, it was announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Spin duo again
India are likely to rely on their main weapon, the spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, in the second and final Test against New Zealand starting on Thursday, coach John Wright has said.
 arrow Football: Training camp granted 20 lakh taka
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman yesterday announced a grant of Tk 20 lakh to continue the training camp of the under-17 football team for the AFC Under-17 Championship finals to be held
 arrow Football: Liverpool lose Owen
Former European champions Barcelona and Liverpool hope to avoid slipping on UEFA Cup banana skins on Wednesday with both sides left with work to do at home to Eastern European opposition.
 arrow Football: Heskey faces finals ban
England striker Emile Heskey could be banned from next year's European Championship finals in Portugal after video evidence revealed he threw a punch at an opponent during Saturday's tunnel brawl in Istanbul.
 arrow Football: Del Piero eyes birthday return
Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero is confident of returning to action on his birthday early next month.
 arrow Football: Trap wants Maldini U-turn
Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni said Tuesday he was still hoping to persuade AC Milan's veteran defender Paolo Maldini to come out of retirement for next year's Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.
 arrow Football: The wait has started
England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand pleaded his case in front of Football Association bosses on Monday but must wait for a decision on whether he faces a misconduct charge for failing
Metropolitanarrow DU Mourning Day today
Dhaka University Mourning Day will be observed today on the campus, remembering the tragic death of those students, employees and guests killed in a building collapse at Jagannath Hall on the night of
 arrow 3 insurance officials chargesheeted
Bureau of anti-Corruption (Bac) has pressed charges against three high officials of an insurance company for submitting fake documents during its registration.
 arrow 11-Party stages sit-in in Khulna
Left leaning 11-party yesterday staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the Khulna Newsprint Mills (KNM) demanding the reopening of laid-off KNM, Khulna Hardboard Mills and Daulatpur Jute Mills.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea claims 13 more in Nilphamari, 3 other districts
The diarrhoea situation is showing no signs of improvement in Nilphamari while the disease is spreading in Lalmonirhat, Magura and Jamalpur.
 arrow Flash flood displaces 20,000 in Jessore
At least 20,000 people have moved to safer places in Monirampur and Keshabpur upazilas in Jessore following downpour in the last five days and onrush of water from hills across the border.
 arrow 'Unite against India's river-linking plan'
A call for a greater national unity against the Indian government's move to inter-link 37 rivers adversely affecting Bangladesh environment was made by the conscious citizens in Mymensingh town on Friday
 arrow 'AL, BNP men harbour 124 listed terrorists in Chuadanga'
Awami League and BNP godfathers are harbouring 124 "listed terrorists" in Chuadanga district, according to report of a government intelligence agency.
 arrow Attack on UNO's office in Patuakhali:14 held
Fourteen peole including a woman were arrested by Sadar thana police on Sunday in connection with an incident of attack on the Sadar Upazila Nirbahi officer's office on October 2.
 arrow Police Commissioner vows crime-free Rajshahi city
Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Chowdhury Qamrul Ahsan has said he will be enable to make Rajshahi city "free of crime and other major anti-social activities".
 arrow JCD-BCL clash leaves 5 hurt at Galachipa
At least five persons were injured, two of them seriously, in a clash between JCD and BCL activists at Galachipa upazila Sadar on Friday night.
 arrow AL leader , another man killed in Netrakona
Two persons were killed in separate incidents in the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Cops suspended in Satkhira
Two constables of Satkhira Sadar thana were suspended on Sunday after an alleged thief fled from custody.

They are Hemayet Uddin and Ashraf Ali.

 arrow One 'raped' by army man
An army personnel allegedly raped a women at Murarikati village under Kalaroa thana of Satkhira Friday night, according to a case filed with Kalaro thana.
 arrow Satkhira Khetmajur Union formed
A conference of Satkhira district unit of Khetmajur Union was held on Binerpota Primary School premises on Sunday.
Culturearrow Soothing the soul with muted hues
Selina Chowdhury Mili, whose recent exhibition of woodcut prints at Alliance Francaise has fascinated the connoisseurs and even the average art lovers, spoke about her work at length, leaving no stone
 arrow Antaryatra
Antaryatra is one of the remarkable productions of Rangakarmee, one of the leading theatres in Kolkata.
 arrow Kanakchanpa Chakma awarded in Tashkent Biennial
Bangladeshi artist Kanakchanpa Chakma has received a Special Award and Diploma at the 2nd Tashkent International Biennial 2003, says a press release.
Generalarrow Morshed, Malaysian FM talk restructuring of OIC
Foreign ministers of Bangladesh and Malaysia yesterday discussed how the two countries could work together for restructuring the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Foreign Secretary Shamsher M.
 arrow Hearing resumes
Hearing in the sensational Laxmipur BNP leader Advocate Nurul Islam murder case resumed here with the deposition of two more prosecution witnesses before the Judge of the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal,
 arrow Fresh drive against polybags soon
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to involve cross-section of people including members of the civil society and NGOs to gear up the environment movement.
 arrow Reform of PSC demanded
The Jatiya Chhatra Dhara, a left-leaning student organisation at Dhaka University, took out a procession carrying a symbolic coffin of Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday demanding punishment to
 arrow Minto to die for killing businessman Nilu
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3, Dhaka Division sentenced Minto Ghosh, a listed criminal, to death in the sensational Nilkanto Sur alias Nilu murder case yesterday.
 arrow JSD forms human chain
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday formed a human chain along the highway from Gobindaganj of Gaibandha to Dinajpur protesting the 'misrule' of the alliance government.
 arrow 'Barisal Collapse Programme' today
All preparations were taken to make today's 'Barisal Collapse Programme' a success.

The programme was announced at a meeting at the Barisal Muktijodha Sangshad on October 13.

Internationalarrow Israeli tanks return to Gaza refugee camp
Israeli tanks and troops charged back into the Rafah refugee camp Tuesday, days after an operation which brought heavy criticism from the UN as 15 Palestinian prisoners faced expulsion from the West Bank
 arrow Hindu activists vow to swamp Ayodhya
Despite a security clampdown, Hindu activists vowed yesterday to press ahead with a plan to converge on the northern Indian town of Ayodhya for a campaign to build a controversial temple.
 arrow Leading Shiite factions clash in Iraq

Two leading Shiite factions clashed overnight in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala as US President George W. Bush said he is in charge of operations in the war-torn country, where turmoil still reigns.

 arrow OIC decries campaign to link Islam to terrorism
Decrying what they perceive as a Western campaign to unfairly link their religion to terrorism, Islamic nations are calling for stronger international efforts to resolve new and old frustrations suchas
 arrow Vajpayee completes 4-year as PM
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee this week clocked up four years in office -- marked by new tensions with Pakistan and a rise of Hindu nationalism but a somewhat stable and growing economy.
 arrow US troops see Saddam hiding in Tikrit
Saddam Hussein is believed to have been hiding out recently in Tikrit, influencing the anti-American insurgency, the US military said Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: HSC results
Though the success rate in the last HSC examinations is the highest compared to that of the preceding two years, it still is a matter of great concern that an appalling 60 per cent could not cross the
 arrow Editorial: An elephantine blunder
One BDR officer brutally killed an elephant at Pablakhali sanctuary in Rangamati last month having been oblivious of the fact that it is one of the most precious endangered animals in the world.
 arrow Trade policies in South Asia
The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and the World Bank (WB) jointly organised a seminar recently in the city. The subject was Trade Policies in South Asia (SA).
 arrow The anti-ism phase is over
If politics could be compartmentalised, India would be the laboratory to know how. The last two decades probably provide the answer. The first phase, beginning in the last eighties, was that of anti-Congress-ism.
 arrow Suicide bombings: Mindless martyrs
When talking about modern terrorism, the frequently evoked image is that of the fanatical Muslim suicide bomber. However, in the context of modern warfare, these attacks are not exclusive to a Muslimheritage.
Letters to Editorarrow Media hypes up good and bad news alike
In a sultry afternoon, I stood in front of a newspaper kiosk and opened a daily newspaper. The headline read; "Dhaka: City under Crime."

Look around you to see why it is so.

 arrow The world in the eyes of a utopian
With the dawn of the 21st century, the mankind has high hopes that this century would bring in a poverty free peaceful world where each one of us would help our fellow human beings.
 arrow Edward Said and his philosophy
I have lost my favourite author. Edward W Said, the Oriental expert, passed away in September 2003 at the age of 67, leaving the world to darkness and to me.
 arrow Pakistan failed to reciprocate
The Pakistan- South Africa series is on. After beating Bangladesh both in the one-day and the test series, Pakistan lovers are in hyper mood.
 arrow AL strategy self-defeating
I highly appreciate and strongly endorse the views of AZ, published under the above caption in your esteemed daily dated October,1, 2003.

To call a spade a spade needs great courage and wisdom.

 arrow Will DCC mind to repair works?
The Manik Nagar Road (Extension of Gopibagh Road) needs immediate repair and carpeting.
 arrow Democracy: Bangladesh Style!
Though the morning of 7th October was rainy, it stood out as a special occasion for Bangladesh because of the largest gathering of the parliamentarians from all commonwealth states in Dhaka.
 arrow Executives deny justice to judges
On 27.08.2003, the government appointed Mr. Justice Khondker Musa Khaled as a permanent judge of the High Court Division. 02.07.2003 was his last working day as an additional judge.
 arrow The gravity of the situation
Our over-enthusiastic politicians have to learn one lesson from the intermittent launch disasters. Keep your centre of gravity low to preserve a stable equilibrium.
 arrow CPA lesson: Leave protocol to those who know
I have followed with shame the way the parliament secretariat has handled the important CPA meeting. The mishandling was primarily in protocol arrangements.
 arrow What have we got to lose!
That Bangladesh is the most corrupt nation comes as no surprise.
 arrow Scoring a hat-trick in corruption
Bangladesh has scored a hat trick in corruption. As per the CPI 2003 of the Transparency International, Bangladesh has excelled over all the countries of the globe. Bangladesh's score is 1.
StarTecharrow Bangaliana -- all about going Bangla savvy
WILL technology put paper dictionaries out of business? It would take software with a large word database to make paper dictionaries obsolete.
 arrow Nasa runs laser-powered model plane
NASA has built and flown a remote-controlled plane powered from the ground by the beam of an invisible laser.
 arrow Oracle unleashes entry-level database for SMEs
 arrow Farewell to old, welcome to new
The graduation ceremony of the 2nd batch and orientation of the 4th batch of DIT (Diploma in Information Technology) of IT Bangla Ltd.
Star Chittagongarrow PM's gesture to mayor raises hopes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia visited Chittagong to inaugurate a new water pump at Mohra in the port city last week.

Chittagong City Mayor A. B. M.

 arrow CSE limping in the hope of happy days
It has been eight years the stock exchange in Chittagong was established.

The Chittagong Stock Exchange, popularly known as CSE, commenced its journey on October 10 in 1995.

Star Cityarrow DU students dread collapse of old buildings
At least six halls of Dhaka University, including Curzon Hall, are in a rundown condition, but the authorities reasoned out that allocation of funds in the DU budget for maintenance and repair of buildings
 arrow Public passages at national stadium 'leased out'
Almost all entryways to the playground and galleries of the Bangabandhu National Stadium have been leased or occupied by traders, evidently with a go-ahead of the National Sports Council (NSC).
 arrow Prices soar as Ramadan nears
Prices of fruits and other items, especially those used during Ramadan, are feared to soar high, as their supply to Bangladesh came to a near-stop because of the Iraq war.
 arrow Malitola mosque: Fingers crossed for protection
The Haji Mainuddin mosque at old Dhaka's Malitola should become a protected archaeological site under the Archaeology Department of the Cultural Ministry for its aesthetic value, believes Wolfgang Vollmann,
 arrow Wayside drugs at ‘fair’ prices
It is amazing that medicines and diagnostic materials are available for sale on the pavements and corners of the city.
 arrow Loud protest at noise pollution
The level of noise pollution in the city has already started taking toll.
 arrow The recycling story
The environment-friendly recycling process was at first adopted by developed world countries like the USA, Canada, UK, and nations of Europe back in the early nineties.
 arrow New WASA MD, finally
ANH Akhtar Hossain was appointed Dhaka WASA's Managing Director (MD) yesterday by WASA Board for three years. This appointment was made after a long period of speculation.