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Front Pagearrow Jealous of govt success, media doing negative reporting
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday launched a broadside at the media and the main opposition Awami League (AL), saying both are jealous of her coalition government's success.
 arrow Limited safeguard steps, diversification stressed
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday approved three-year import and export policies to be effective from this fiscal.
 arrow Dhaka will press for removing barriers
The three-day joint-secretary level talks between Bangladesh and India on a free trade agreement (FTA) start today in Dhaka.
 arrow Bac files cases against 3 cos, BSTI men
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) yesterday filed cases against three condensed milk manufacturers and officials of Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) on charge of cheating consumers by
 arrow India did 6 studies on river-link
A South Asian consultation on water issues, ending in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu yesterday, revealed India carried out six feasibility studies under a controversial river-link project in contrast
 arrow Commerce ministry graft to be curbed in 6 months: Khosru
Responding to a chamber leader's concern over corruption, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday assured the investors and businessmen of containing corruption in his ministry within
 arrow Villagers kill Royal Bengal in Bagerhat
Villagers at Chalitabuniya in Bagerhat district killed a Royal Bengal Tiger yesterday morning, forest officials said.
 arrow Emergency declared at Paturia-Daulatdia ferry terminals
The government has declared an emergency at the Patuaria-Daulatdia ferry terminals after failing to restore navigability of the main channel in Padma where heavy sedimentation at the ferry crossing point
 arrow 66 illegal structures cleared off Buriganga
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and Dhaka district administration on the first day of a drive against illegal encroachers on the Buriganga tore down 66 structures yesterday.
 arrow Kala Jahangir suspect held at ZIA
Immigration officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) last night stopped a Dubai-bound passenger from boarding plane, suspecting him to be most wanted criminal Kala Jahangir.
 arrow Macabre murder
Police yesterday recovered 18 pieces that were once the body of a young man, wrapped in polybags inside a large nylon bag near a hospital in Maghbazar.
 arrow Long march starts to save Mongla Port, Sundarbans
Tel-Gas Shampad O Bidyut-Bandar Rakkha Jatiya Committee, a national committee for protection of oil and gas resources and power and ports, yesterday began a seven-day long march towards Mongla Port in
 arrow Bangladeshi scores highest marks in English worldwide
A Bangladeshi student has bested native English speakers by fetching the highest marks in the June 2003 English language at O-level under the Cambridge University Board.
 arrow 2 Marines killed in Iraq ambush
Two US soldiers were killed and one was wounded in an ambush north of Baghdad, the military said, and insurgents attacked a convoy yesterday in this turbulent city west of the capital, setting off huge
 arrow Outlaws threaten to kill Altaf
The outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday gave death threat to none other than Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, his family and relatives.
 arrow 300,000 gather for Mother Teresa's beatification
More than a quarter-million people -- rich and poor, royal and regular -- flooded St.
 arrow Duty on onion goes
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday waived import duty on onion to curb its soaring prices.

Onion carried 22.5 percent import duty, 3 percent advance income tax and 4 percent developmentsurcharge.

 arrow HC judges' cubicles at SC Bar removed
Belongings of the additional judges of the High Court Division, who have been maintaining office in the lawyers' cubicles in the Sup-reme Court Bar, were evicted yesterday.
 arrow Government offices to go florescent
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved a proposal to save power by replacing conventional bulbs with compact florescent lamps (CFLs) at all government and semi-government establishments.
 arrow Four criminals caught in Khulna drive
Joint forces yesterday in separate drives arrested four listed criminals from different parts of Khulna Metropolitan city.
 arrow ADB funds likely for clearing govt arrears in power sector
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide funds for clearing the arrears the government incurred in the power sector, disclosed a top executive of the Power Develop-ment Board (PDB).
 arrow JS body orders probe into non-realisation of FFs' trust rent
The Freedom Fighters Welfare Trust incurred a loss of TK 2 crore in the last two years, as shop owners association of Rajdhani Supermarket did not pay rents.
 arrow 2,000 acres of armed forces land grabbed
Encroachers have taken over 2,000 acres of land of the Armed Forces Board under the defence ministry, a ministry report to a parliamentary committee said yesterday.
 arrow JU students turn to chancellor for solution to water crisis
Women students of three dormitories of Jahangirnagar University yesterday demanded that the JU chancellor takes action against its vice-chancellor for what they said was neglect of heading off a water
 arrow Tk 60 lakh looted cloths seized
Police Saturday seized looted cloths reportedly worth about Tk 60 lakh and arrested two alleged robbers from Kamarpara in Uttara.
Businessarrow LDCs to reap benefit from enlarged EU
The least developed countries (LDCs) including Bangladesh will have a good opportunity to expand trade with the European Union which is getting bigger incorporating new members, Swedish trade officials
 arrow Local software firm finds way in US
A Bangladeshi software firm has found its market in the United States as it has developed a management software for US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
 arrow Ministry issues Mirza Azizul's appointment order as SEC chief
The Ministry of Establishment yesterday issued an order appointing AB Mirza Mohammad Azizul Islam as the chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on contractual basis for a period ending February
 arrow CCCI chief focuses on joint ventures in Meghalaya
With 33 land port customs facilities on the borders of northeastern states of India, there are ample scopes for joint venture investment in coal, limestone, boulder and other mineral resources-based industries
 arrow Yemen Airways to start flights on Dhaka-Sana route
Yemen Airways will operate two flights a week on Dhaka-Sana route from October 29.
 arrow Epique Institute inaugurated
Epique Institute, which will provide education and training on food, home interior, house keeping, fashion and design, healthcare and childcare, has started its activities.
 arrow StanChart now corporate client of CityCell
Standard Chartered Bank has become the corporate client of CityCell cell phone.
 arrow Bata launches new 'Power' sandal
Bata has introduced a new Power brand sandal.

Customers will get many designs of this new brand. All Bata stores are selling these sandals, says a press release.

 arrow S'pore exports leap to boom time levels
Exports of Singapore-made goods soared last month to levels last seen in boom times three years ago.

They jumped 26 per cent in September from a year ago, to hit $10 billion.

 arrow US set to reinvigorate trade with SE Asia
The United States is set to reinvigorate its economic interests in Southeast Asia after three years of stagnation caused by terrorism, a struggling domestic economy and the lure of China, US businessleaders
 arrow Web of FTAs to enhance WTO process: Apec
The proliferation of bilateral free-trade agreements (FTAs) has sparked concern they are being forged at the expense of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) efforts to revive deadlocked global trade talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ton Tuesday!
England captain Michael Vaughan issued Bangladesh a warning that he is ready to re-discover his form and silence his critics in the two-match Test series.
 arrow Cricket: New boys push for Test spots
Young Enamul Haque has a bright chance to win his maiden Test cap when the first match against England starts at the Bangabandhu National Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow What's your problem?
Some people just don't have the decency to appreciate an emerging cricket nation's gradual rise.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman's rescue act
Venkatsai Laxman slammed a solid, unbeaten 86 to sustain India's hopes of avoiding a follow-on in the second and final cricket Test against New Zealand here.
 arrow Cricket: Adams perplexes Pakistan
Left-arm spinner Paul Adams took a career-best 7-128 as South Africa restricted Pakistan's first innings total on the third day of the first Test at Gaddafi Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bogra, Pirojpur group champs
Bogra and Pirojpur booked their places in the final round of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship by becoming champions in their respective groups yesterday at different venues in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Umar idolises Anwar
Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar, who hit a century against South Africa on Saturday, said he took his inspiration from former captain Saeed Anwar.

"Saeed has always been a big inspiration for me.

 arrow Cricket: Aussies tighten grip
Australia were closing in on a series sweep after restricting Zimbabwe to 151 for four in their second innings on the third day of the second and final cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Cricket: WI unleash new pace generation
Bowlers win matches, and in the West Indies they have traditionally had a massive influence.
 arrow Handball: Delta Life women's h'ball begins today
The 9th Delta Life Women's Handball Championship begins at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex today.
 arrow Tennis: Henin's double delight
Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne overtook compatriot Kim Clijsters as the women's world number one when she thumped Yugoslav Jelena Dokic 6-0, 6-4 in the final of the Swisscom Challenge on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Cuper out, Zacc in
Inter Milan have sacked their Argentine coach Hector Cuper and brought in former AC Milan boss Alberto Zaccheroni, the Serie A club said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea curse Cudicini
Thierry Henry ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season and fired Arsenal to the top of the Premiership on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Samba magic for Real
Brazilian World Cup winners Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos claimed a goal apiece to give Real Madrid a 2-0 victory at Celta Vigo but Deportivo became the Spanish league leaders after they also won 2-0 atBarcelona
 arrow Football: Juve stay focused
Reigning champions Juventus showed Ancona no mercy on Saturday, defeating the bottom club 3-2 to take sole possession of top spot in Serie A.
 arrow Football: Uneasy Houllier
Gerard Houllier faces a fresh crisis of confidence in his reign as Liverpool manager after a third successive defeat left the Reds a huge 12 points off the pace being set by Premiership leaders Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Old Trafford in Ronaldo's heart
Brazil's Ronaldo, reigning champion of the world for club and country, said he rated his performance for Real Madrid at Manchester United last season as one of the best of his career.
Politicalarrow Former Bagerhat BNP MP escapes bomb attacks
Former lawmaker and Vice-president of Bagerhat district BNP Shaikh Mujibar Rahman escaped bomb attacks unhurt Saturday night.
 arrow Babar refutes Jalil's allegation
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar yesterday refuted the Awami League general secretary's allegation that he was named in the chargesheet of a smuggling case during the past BNP rule, according
Metropolitanarrow Demonstration on highways in N-region today
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday urged the people of northern districts to make today's sit-in a success.
 arrow Sierra Leone president arrives tomorrow
Sierra Leone President Alhaji Dr Ahmad Tejan Kabbah arrives here tomorrow on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh to discuss entire range of bilateral relations between Dhaka and Freetown.
 arrow One-yr leasing of govt land to be reintroduced
The cabinet committee yesterday decided to reintroduce the one-year leasing system of non-agriculture land.
Nationalarrow Teachers turn down UGC proposals
Teachers of Rajshahi and Chittagong universities have rejected the proposed policy made by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for recruitment and promotion of teachers and other staff by public universities.
 arrow Heritage left to decay at CU museum
A visitor entering the Chittagong University museum will be taken aback seeing a broken shampan at the entrance.
 arrow One more dies from diarrhoea in Nilphamari
The diarrhoea situation in the district remained unchanged with fresh attacks and death of one more person on Saturday.
 arrow 7 bombs recovered from Khulna primary school
Khalishpur thana police recovered seven powerful hand bombs from two class rooms at Alamnagar Primary School in the city during school hours yesterday morning.
 arrow Forest guards, khashias clash in Sylhet: 11 hurt
Eleven persons were injured in a clash between indigenous people and forest department employees at the National Park in Magurchhara in Moulavibazar district Friday night.
 arrow One killed, 20 hurt in Netrakona clash
One person was killed and 20 others were injured, 10 of them critically, in a clash between people of two villages in Mohonganj upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Pirates kidnap 10 fishermen, toss 13 into Meghna
Pirates kidnapped 10 fishermen along with five boats and threw another 13 into the Meghna near Tajumuddin on Sunday last, according to survivors here yesterday.
 arrow 101-member Netrakona district BNP body formed
A 101- member new committee of the Netrakona district unit of BNP was formed with MA Karim Abbasi MP, as president and Advocate Mahafuzul Haque as secretary.
 arrow Kidnapped contractors released at Khagrachhari
The two tribesmen kidnapped from Khagrachhari town Friday night were released yesterday morning, their families said.
 arrow 'Police informer' killed by outlaws
One person was gunned down by outlaws Saturday night at Kalkali Bazar under Fakirhat thana in Bagerhat district.
 arrow Clash over trifle matter: 50 hurt in B'baria
At least 50 persons were injured in a clash between to rival groups at Durgapur village under Ashugonj upazila on Saturday.
 arrow Two killed by 'outlaws' in Chuadanga
Two persons were slaughtered and shot dead by extremists on Friday night at Alamdanga and Jibonnagar upazilas of Chuadanga district.
 arrow HSC result debacle in Sylhet colleges
Sixty seven per cent students could not pass the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations from Sylhet board this year.

Only 5, 907 out of 17,694 examinees passed the examination.

 arrow 4 Pirates caught by people in Bhola
Four alleged pirates were caught by people at Mirzakalu Bazar in Charfession upazila while they were selling goods looted from fishermen.

The pirates -- Md.

 arrow One missing in Ghagot boat tragedy
One person was missing as an overcrowded country boat capsized mid-stream of the Ghagot river at Gideri sluice gate ghat (terminal) on Saturday.

The small boat was ferrying passengers during themiahap.

Culturearrow From poetry to theatre
I used to recite poetry before coming into acting,' says Bijoylakshmi Barman regarding her attempt into the theatrical performance. 'I was among the juridal [chorus] in the team of Shaonli Mitra.
 arrow Penchant for peace
Talking of the new elements that she had included in her recent exhibit at Chuwa Gallery, Japan, Nazia Andaleeb Preema says that she was preparing for it for two years.
 arrow Revival of centuries old Bangla songs
Panchoshor, a newly formed cultural organisation, with the objective of working with different forms of arts like--film, music, recitation, drama and dance, organised a musical programme titled Shukhin
 arrow Abaar Aranye, a cross-over production
Two Bengali films directed by internationally-acclaimed Gautam Ghosh and Rituparno Ghosh and a Hindi movie that transports the spirit of Shakespeare's Macbeth in a story of the underworld of Bombay are
Generalarrow 3 architects win Berger award
Three architects received the Berger Young Architects' Award-2003 at the award giving ceremony at Sonargaon Hotel on Saturday.

The award was given in two categories -- industrial and special.

 arrow 3 illegal drinking water factories unearthed
A special team of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) unearthed three unauthorised drinking water factories in the city's Mirpur and Kafrul areas in a surprised raid yesterday.
 arrow CUTA observes 2-hour strike
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) yesterday observed a two-hour work abstention on the campus protesting the University Grant Commission's (UGC) proposals for the appointment of teachers
 arrow JCD cadres beat up BCL worker at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres beat up an activist of their rival organisation yesterday on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Body recovered
The body of a slain youth was recovered from Halderchar under Fatikchhari upazila in the district yesterday. He was identified as Nezam Uddin, 22, of Hidechakia.
 arrow BCU CU council begins Oct 23
The 20th annual council of the Chittagong University (CU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) will begin on October 23.
 arrow 1882 more held
Police arrested 1,882 people, including 14 identified criminals, during their countrywide in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
 arrow Roads be safe, theme for Oct 22
Bangladesh will observe its first-ever National Road Safety Day on October 22 to recall at least 5,000 deaths in road accidents that injured another 25,000 a year since 1998.
 arrow Chinese journalist team visits Jatiya Press Club
A six-member Chinese journalist delegation led by Wei Mingxiang, executive secretary of the Secretariat of All China Journalists' Association (ACJA), visited the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) yesterday.
Internationalarrow Palestinians plan new truce talks in US
Three senior officials of President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement plan to visit Washington for talks about achieving a truce with Israel in the occupied territories, they told Reuters Saturday.
 arrow Pope beatifies Mother Teresa before huge crowd
Speaking before a vast crowd, Pope John Paul beatified Mother Teresa of Kolkata yesterday, putting the "Saint of the Gutters" on the fast track to sainthood for her life of selfless help to the poor.
 arrow Laden vows more suicide attacks in new tape
Al Jazeera broadcast two audio tapes purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Saturday vowing more suicide attacks inside and outside the United States and warning that all countries backing Washington over
 arrow Bush rules out non-aggression pact with North Korea
President Bush yesterday ruled out a non-aggression treaty with North Korea as demanded by Pyongyang but left the door open to providing security assurances in another form.
 arrow VHP leaders vow to oust 'secular forces'
With their plans for a congregation in the Ram temple campaign foiled here, top VHP leaders on Saturday fired on all cylinders against all "secular forces" and vowed to oust them from power to make India
 arrow Taliban beat people for shaving their beards
A group of Taliban guerrillas briefly captured a highway in southeastern Afghanistan and punished some passengers for shaving their beards and listening to music, witnesses said on Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Combating crime
The home minister's assertion that crime cannot be contained until police attain the desired level of efficiency is a plain truth that doesn't need much elaboration.
 arrow Editorial: JU's endless tryst with problems
Academic pursuit and dormitory life at Jahangirnagar University has been disrupted by a running water crisis since September 23.
 arrow Reflections on California recall vote
Austria born, and of Conan and Terminator fame, actor turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger has been elected Governor of California replacing Gray Davis in the recently held recall vote.
 arrow Adversely tilting the balance
India and Israel appear to have reached a new dimension in their defence partnership during Ariel Sharon's recent trip to New Delhi, three Phalcon Airborne Radar Systems, estimated to be worth one billion
 arrow Unhelpful contention
According to the Transparency International, Bangladesh is the most corrupt nation in the world. However, the way our veteran Finance Minister retorted the TI report caught the nation unawares.
Letters to Editorarrow Long live Mahathir
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, an astute statesman of Malaysia, will bid farewell to politics on Oct 31,03. He was a rational critic of the occidental macho personality.
 arrow Why did Cancun summit fail?
Poor countries went to Cancun with high hopes that after years of suffering from economic-racism by rich countries, they would finally get something for their citizens.
 arrow 'Sense and Sensibility' in our life
Jane Austen is not yet out of date in the 21st century.
 arrow SOS call from students, to DU authority
Dhaka university authorities observed another mourning day for 39 bright students who died more than 18 years ago on October 15, 1985 in the collapse of Jagannth Hall.
 arrow Not only corrupt, shameless too
Vehement protests came from powerful ministers after the publication of the Transparency International (TI) report identifying Bangladesh as the most corrupt nation for the third time in a row.
 arrow Patriotism demands sacrifice
People serving in the highest ranks should stop doing illegal things first so that their juniors are forced to give up such practices (Letter to the Editor, The Daily Star, 11th October, 2003 issue).
 arrow BOI chief's press briefing backfired
The BOI chief has spilled beans all over by calling a press conference. The entire nation now knows what he did.
 arrow UN, reform it or remove it
This is in connection with the views expressed by Mr. Azad Miah (Oct 6) from Oldham, UK, about the United Nations, whether it should exist, and if yes, what for.
 arrow Getting connected with the Grameen
Since May, 2003, I have been using a Citycell line. For the first few months, every thing went well. I didn't face any difficulties to reach other companies' mobiles. I was happy.
Star Cityarrow After-dusk devils
Motijheel, the busy commercial area, slips into a nighttime frenzy after office hours, as night guards provide office space for illegal activities in exchange for money.
 arrow Worse than snail's pace
Eight years after the finalisation of the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan (DMDP), Rajuk has not yet been able to construct eight out of the 10 proposed link roads.
 arrow Let there be light...
The government loses Tk 762 crore in revenue to systems loss and uneven distribution of electricity in the capital, said participants in a candlelight demonstration.
 arrow City institutions likely to escape student crisis
The colleges and universities of Dhaka are not expected to face an enrolment crisis at honours and degree classes despite a very low pass-percentage in the last HSC examinations, believe teachers of some
 arrow DCC eyes makeshift kitchen markets at 10 city streets
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to set up makeshift kitchen markets at 10 important streets of the city including Manik Mia Avenue.
 arrow Wading through sewage in a posh area
Commuters and dwellers in and around the Gulshan Circle One are disturbed by the bad odour from the overflowing of sewage water onto the street in front of the Navana Tower building.
 arrow Access to kingdom of fun eased
Fantasy Kingdom has offered a 'fantastic' offer to people for a limited period of time.