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Front Pagearrow OIC leaders rally round Arafat
Muslim leaders voiced support at the opening of their summit here for beleaguered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Palestinians should stop suicide
 arrow Angry women students besiege JU VC again
Women students of Jahangirnagar University once again confined the vice-chancellor, two pro-VCs and the treasurer to the JU administrative building for 10 hours yesterday on the second day of a frenzied
 arrow 50 nurses hurt in police clubbing
Police yesterday clubbed unemployed and diploma student nurses who were gathering to stage a sit-in at the Directorate of Nursing Services (DNS) office in Motijheel, leaving at least 50 of them injured.
 arrow L/C margin on all food items waived
The central bank yesterday withdrew the letter of credit (L/C) margin on import of all food items including onion, lentil, spice and date to control their prices during Ramadan.
 arrow KL to talk with Dhaka before running for OIC post
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad yesterday said his country was thinking about fielding a candidate for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow War on terrorism a pretence for war against Islam: Mahathir
Terming the West's use of the war on terrorism a pretence for a war against Islam, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a major Islamic summit yesterday that Muslims were 'humiliated and oppressed'
 arrow Govt to float Tk 100cr fund for small NGOs
The government will float a Tk 100 crore fund to support small NGOs with no direct access to external donors.
 arrow 10 killed as ferry hits NY dock
A Staten Island ferry slammed into a pier as it was docking Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, tearing off victims' limbs and reducing the front of the mighty vessel to a tangled mass of wood, glass
 arrow Moudud keeps mum on HC judge's scam
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday declined to comment on the High Court judge who is accused of corruption, saying, "The matter is now being handled by the Supreme Judicial Council.
 arrow Shell denies plan to explore in Sundarbans
In the wake of persisting rumours and an unsubstantiated complaint, Shell Oil yesterday reiterated that it has no plans to explore in the Sundarbans, a world heritage site.
 arrow Annan warns of Islam-West rising hostility
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan warned yesterday of rising hostility between Islam and the West, describing it as "ugly, dangerous and wrong.
 arrow US sails easy at UN voting on Iraq resolution
The United States got unanimous support of the UN Security Council yesterday, after Syria joined France, Germany and Russia in backing a new resolution on Iraq's future.
 arrow For whom UK transit visa not required
Under the new stricter transit visa rules to enter the United Kingdom that took effect from yesterday, people who hold an UK visa or certain other visas and residence permits do not require to have aDirect
 arrow Star salutes O, A levels star performers today
The Daily Star holds today its Fifth Award Giving Ceremony to honour the students who achieved outstanding results in the O and A Level examinations in June 2002 to June 2003 session in Bangladesh.
 arrow Germany wants military co-op
Germany is eager to strengthen ties with Bangladesh and increase cooperation to the benefit of the two countries.
 arrow JS body for special tribunal, army deployment
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the land ministry to take up a set of tough steps, such as the constitution of special tribunals and enactment of new laws, to recover government land from grabbers.
 arrow JCD men dot BoI chief's rally, human chain
They used the banner of Sadharan Prokoushali Samaj (general engineers' forum) but all of them were leaders and activists of the Bangla-desh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) and Dhaka Uni-versity
 arrow CJ asked to probe graft charges against all judges
The National Bar Association of Bangladesh (NBAB) has demanded of the chief justice (CJ) to run a check on all the judges against whom allegations of corruption are heard.
 arrow 3 killed in separate incidents in city
A hotel supervisor was found dead inside his Elephant Road hotel room, a peon of a Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner was gunned down at Ring Road, Shyamali and an unidentified youth was beatendead
 arrow Foreign currency worth Tk 40 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (Zia) seized foreign banknotes worth about Tk 40 lakh from a Singapore-bound passenger last night.
 arrow Pakistan, Morocco to help Bangladesh win top OIC post
Pakistan and Morocco yesterday extended their total support to Bangladesh's candidature for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Businessarrow IMF suggests cut in lending rates to sustain growth
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended further lowering the lending rates in Bangladesh, saying that the economy would suffer if the cost of capital could not be reduced.
 arrow Batexpo-2003 begins Monday
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) holds its biggest apparel exposition here October 20-22 as the organisers yesterday predicted they would be able to attract more foreign
 arrow Dhaka to spend more on farm import, but gain in the long run
A cut in farm subsidy by the developed countries will negatively impact Bangladesh economy in the short run but will ultimately benefit the country, said a recent study of Bangladesh Institute of Development
 arrow Etcetera launches credit card
Etcetera Bangladesh (Pvt) Limited, a trading and distribution company, has expanded its venture with the launching of 'Etcetera Credit Card'.
 arrow Premier Bank opens Islamic banking branch
Premier Bank has opened its first Islamic Banking Branch at Mohakhali in Dhaka.

Dr HBM Iqbal, chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank, inaugurated the branch as chief guest yesterday.

 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Two bids of two-day tenor amounting to Tk 25.

 arrow Thai, US may seal free trade pact by 2005: US group
Thailand and the United States could seal a free-trade pact by 2005, paying the way for Washington to negotiate similar arrangements with the rest of Southeast Asia, a US business group said Wednesday.
 arrow Asian economic growth to pick up in 2004:WB
Asian economic growth should pick up to almost six per cent next year, boosted by an improving global economy and a sharp rise in intra-regional trade based on China's rapid growth, the World Bank said
 arrow US industry disputes govt's rosy textile report
The US textile industry Wednesday criticised a Bush administration report that indicated improved conditions for the beleaguered industry despite deepening job losses and a flood of Chinese imports.
 arrow Apec aims to reduce trade costs by 5pc
Apec's 21 economies intend to slash business transaction costs by five per cent by 2006, a move that could stimulate an additional 280 billion dollars in trade each year, the group said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees A team's spark
England were mystified by a masterful century from Nafees Iqbal on the opening day of the three-day match against Bangladesh A at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Opening record for NZ
Lou Vincent and Mark Richardson hit centuries as New Zealand grabbed the early initiative in the second and final cricket Test against India here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: 'English spinners were ordinary'
Bangladesh A's hero of the day Nafees Iqbal thought that the England spin attack was at best a moderate one.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers to be named today
The 13-member Bangladesh squad for the first Test against England will be announced today. The five-day contest will start at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium on October 21.
 arrow Cricket: Smith upbeat for 1st Test
Upbeat South African captain Graeme Smith said Wednesday that playing on the sub-continent was a massive challenge for his side.
 arrow Cricket: Sirajganj advance
Sirajganj moved into the next round of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship qualifying phase with a 68-run win over Dinajpur at the Rangpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow McInnes wins 'em over
Life it seems is changing for the better for the under-19 cricketers of the country under their new coach Richard McInnes.
 arrow Cricket: 'Motivating is nice'
South Africa's Shaun Pollock said Wednesday he was enjoying his new role as a motivator after being dumped as captain in March.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies put to test
The cricket world will get a sneak preview into Australia's future when the world champions take on Zimbabwe in the second and final Test starting on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Imran lauds SA skipper
Cricket legend Imran Khan lauded South African skipper Graeme Smith Thursday for lifting his team after its World Cup debacle, but criticised Pakistan's efforts to rebuild its side.
 arrow Cricket: Akram bids final bye
With 15,000 fans cheering his every move, Wasim Akram brought down the curtain on his career in a charity match in Lahore on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool comfortably thru'
Former European champions Liverpool, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Steaua Bucharest, put aside their embarrassment of missing out on the lucrative Champions League this season by easing into the second
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho revels
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho scored a brilliant hat-trick and captivated the Nou Camp audience as Barcelona crushed Slovak side Puchov 8-0 in their UEFA Cup first round, second leg tie on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rooney linked to Chelsea
Everton have moved swiftly to issue a "hands off" message over Wayne Rooney after fresh reports that their prize asset could be on his way to Chelsea in a British record transfer deal.
 arrow Football: Gunners get soft
The prospect of Arsenal's Premiership title challenge being wrecked by bans on key players receded Wednesday when the London club accepted reduced charges over the clashes that erupted at the end of their
 arrow Football: Spurs turn Rivaldo down
English Premiership side Tottenham have turned down a chance to sign Brazil World Cup star Rivaldo from European champions AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Iraq coach pleads to occupiers
Iraq coach Bernd Stange issued an urgent plea to American and British coalition forces to come up with cash to save football in post-war Iraq.
 arrow Football: Fergie to appear before the FA
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been summoned to appear before an FA disciplinary hearing on Monday, 48 hours before his side take on Rangers in the first leg of their Champions League Battle
Politicalarrow AL discloses names of 101 'godfathers' of coalition
The main opposition party Awami League (AL) yesterday disclosed the names of 101 people whom it called godfathers of the ruling BNP-Jamaat alliance.
 arrow BNP Feni meet foiled by chaos
The district unit conference of the ruling BNP was foiled yesterday amid chaos and conflicts that forced the party secretary general to leave the venue under police guard and return to the capital later.
Culturearrow "Shako" aims at stirring up a storm
Shako" (Bangla for bridge), a five-women painters' association, has been established at Dhaka recently. This is not the normal "grouping" as one knows that exists in the fine arts scenario in the metropolis.
 arrow Mamunur Rashid
Mamunur Rashid, a theatre worker, organiser, director, playwright and actor, is a prominent figure in our cultural arena not only because of his contributions but also because he has been a mentor toother
 arrow In search of the pre-historic
Tyrannosaurus Rex, commonly known as T-Rex, being one of the biggest and fiercest members of the prehistoric Dinosaur family, soon comes as a title character in a 13-episode television serial for thefantasy-loving
 arrow Shahrukh 'king of hearts' in Bali
Back home, Amitabh Bachchan might be the superstar of Bollywood, but here in Bali, Shahrukh Khan rules the hearts.
 arrow A new mega serial Keboli Raat Hoye Jaay
With Pranab Bhatta's theme a new mega serial Keboli Raat Hoye Jaay, directed by Aranya Anwar is scheduled to go on air from January next.
Generalarrow Diploma engineers decry industrial layoffs
The Bangladesh Diploma Engineering Student-Teacher-Professional Coordinating Council yesterday condemned the government move to close down industrial units and downsize the workforce in the name of reforms.
 arrow Bus boycott extended in Sylhet
Boycott of buses and minibuses by the people of Jaintapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas has been extended for four more days from yesterday.
 arrow Business as usual in Ctg despite hartal
It was business as usual yesterday in greater Chittagong, as the eight-hour hartal called by the Greater Chittagong Development Action Committee (GCDAC) failed to gain the support of the local people.
 arrow Hartal ends in Sylhet
The Arpita Sampatti Ain Protirodh Andalan (vested property law resistance movement), Sylhet has announced fresh agitation programmes after the end of an eight-hour hartal in the Sylhet Division yesterday
 arrow Hasina felicitates Mahathir
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and President of Bangladesh Awami League Sheikh Hasina has felicitated Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Bin Mohammad for his epoch-making speech at the inaugural
 arrow Jute worth Tk 35 lakh gutted in Chittagong
Raw jute worth over Tk 35 lakh was gutted to ashes in a fire at Victory Jute Mills in city's Pahartali area on Wednesday night.
 arrow Hasina condemns police action on nurse
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina condemned the police attack on nurses in the city yesterday, saying that the day is not far off when the 'anti-people autocratic
 arrow Concern over 'anarchic situation in judicial system'
President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday expressed deep concern over the 'anarchic situation in the judicial system' and said, "If this situation continues,
 arrow 3 cops killed in road mishap in Fatikchhari
Three constables were killed and six police and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel injured in an accident on Fatikchhari-Khagrachhari road at Paindong under Fatikchhari upazila Wednesday night.
Editorialarrow Editorial: OIC at the crossroads
The timing of the 10th OIC summit is important for three reasons: economic challenges posed by globalisation; geopolitical uncertainties sparked by the US-UK led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq; and
 arrow Transparency International 2003
The Corruption Perceptions Index-2003 of the Transp-arency International must have deeply hurt the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow The full circle of life
Does everything come full circle in life? It is a question we often ask, but seldom convinced if the answer is right. People make mistakes and they commit crimes.
 arrow Wrong lessons in politics
When I attended Georget-own University over 20 years ago, Henry Kiss-inger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, and perhaps the best known foreign policy expert, used to present occasional
Letters to Editorarrow All the difference in the world
I was recently taken mildly to task in our letters page for focusing so much of my attention on the 2004 US presidential campaign. Mr.
 arrow Overpopulation and our misery
I think the root cause of all the problems Bangladesh faces, i.e., deteriorating law and order situation, poverty, social unrest, etc, is laced with the uncontrolled population boom.
 arrow A CNG story
One has travelled on CNG autorickshaws quite often since they turned up in the city.
 arrow Too many holidays, too little output
Few decades ago a distinguished aid worker, late Dr. Winburn Thomas, saw me walking near the Dhanmondi lake at nine in the morning. He called me from his verandah workplace, and invited me for coffee.
 arrow 'Save now to buy PhD [s] later!'
My attention has been drawn to a letter written by Mr. Sajjad Waheed (from Dhaka) which appeared in the DS, Monday October 13, 2003.
 arrow 'Most corrupt' epithet is incorrect
The Transparency International (TI) has branded Bangladesh as the most corrupt nation and I disagree with that.

As a nation we are not corrupt.

 arrow Bureaucrats are image-spoiler
I refer to the letter of Rubab Abdullah on the above, published on October 10, 2003, and like to express similar opinions on bureaucracy. It is indeed imperative for a country like ours.
 arrow Oh no! Not again!
Honestly, I didn't want to write again. Last time I wrote a letter in the Letter page was when Bangladesh hit the top slot as the most corrupt country in the world.
 arrow Of pollution and population
Pollution and population is something Bangladesh has in abundance. But it is not something to be proud of. The other day, perhaps for the first time, I realised how polluted our country is.
 arrow Cigarette: Trend beckons others
Though in these days people of all class are well aware of the bad effects of smoking, the number of smokers is increasing radically day by day.
 arrow Only US can restore peace in Iraq
I read the recent New York Times editorial urging the U.S. to hand over political authority of Iraq to the UN.
Focusarrow Ruling neo-liberalism, stumbling poverty reduction: II
It has been seen in Part-I (DS October 10) of this article that the interests of the developed countries and their corporate sectors and the needs of the developing countries are divergent and that the
 arrow Mass rapid transit for Dhaka
Aprincipal reason for the accelerated growth of Dhaka's population is that the population of Bangladesh has increased substantially since its earlier days.
 arrow Criminals' ominous presence in politics
The ruling alliance claims it has run the two-year lap with a lot of vigour and verve, but the opposition sees it limping.
 arrow Have a Nice Day
Contemporary medication has put far too little stress on nutritional treatments mainly because of the failure of many professionals to grasp certain basic concepts about Nutrition.
Environmentarrow Building rules for a better city environment
The Ministry of Housing and Public Works is initiating to promulgate a set of regulations for high-rise buildings in Dhaka City.
Worldarrow China completes manned space mission
China completed its first manned space flight yesterday when the Shenzhou V capsule with astronaut Yang Liwei returned safely to Earth, sparking celebrations and a pledge of a new mission within two years.
 arrow Astronaut says 'I feel proud of my motherland'
China's first astronaut Yang Liwei said he felt proud of his country in his first words after successfully landing in Inner Mongolia yesterday following a 21-hour space flight, state television said.
 arrow Palestinians face pressure to crack down on militants
The Palestinian leadership faced tough US and international pressure yesterday to crack down on militant groups after a roadside bombing that killed three US security men in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Musharraf ready to talk to Vajpayee
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday said he was ready to meet Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee "anytime, anywhere" but was not "dying" for it.

"You can't clap with one hand.

 arrow India calls for UNSC expansion to make it more representative
Attributing the failure to reach an agreement on military action against Iraq to the lack of balanced representation in the Security Council, India has called for its expansion to make it more representative
 arrow India running terror camps in Afghanistan: Pakistan
Pakistan said yesterday India is running six terrorist training camps inside Afghanistan for subversive activities and attacks on its territory.
 arrow Swiss embassy in Delhi lodges complaint of rape
Shocked Switzerland authorities have officially lodged a complaint with the Indian government over the abduction and rape of one of their mission staff on Tuesday night.
 arrow Iran utters 'readiness' to sign NPT: ElBaradei
Iran has expressed its "readiness" to sign the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allowing tougher UN inspections of its nuclear facilities, IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei
 arrow Atomic row stalls North, South Korean talks
The rival Koreas were locked in a stalemate yesterday after communist North Korea refused to discuss the nuclear crisis that South Korea sought to be the top agenda item at ministerial talks in Pyongyang.
 arrow Blair admits being warned about al-Qaeda threat
British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged Wednesday he was warned about increased threats to Western interests from Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network in the event of war on Iraq.
 arrow Numbers of world hungry keep on growing: WFP
Donations from the international community are failing to keep pace with the needs of the world's hungry, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday in a message to mark World Food Day.