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Front Pagearrow Morshed, Natwar talk a new start
In the first high-level contact after the Congress took office, India and Bangladesh yesterday discussed insurgency, interlinking of rivers and other issues in a spirit of "mutual understanding" and agreed
 arrow Ctg Islamic militant training den busted
Police in a predawn raid yesterday busted a secret arms training centre for madrasa students and arrested two suspected militants in a remote hilly village in Hathazari in Chittagong.
 arrow JP leader Didar shot dead
Unidentified gunmen killed Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Vice Chairman Golam Parvez Didar in Mohammadpur yesterday, about an hour before a trader was gunned down at Mirpur-1.
 arrow Lawyers question handling of case
Lawyers of the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate yesterday pointed out that the Supreme Court acted with rare speed in the symbol dispute case of Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Tigers fight back
The Tigers yesterday staged a fabulous fightback on way to make 253 for nine at tea, taking a huge 317-run lead on the last day of the first Test against the West Indies at the largely empty Beausejour
 arrow CEC still not sure
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed is not sure yet about which document was submitted to the court in his name for appealing against a High Court order that stayed the Dhaka-10 by-polls till June
 arrow Govt mulls new pay scale
The government is considering introducing a new pay scale for its employees in the next fiscal year, a finance ministry source said.
 arrow Employees see 39.4pc income erosion in 7 yrs
The government employees experienced an income erosion of about 39.4 percent since 1997 when the last pay scale was announced as there was no cost of living adjustment by taking note of inflation.
 arrow Rumsfeld flies in Dhaka Saturday
United States Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld is set to arrive in Dhaka Saturday afternoon on a nearly 14-hour visit to urge deployment of Bangladeshi troops in Iraq after its sovereignty is restored
 arrow Iraq governing council disbands, interim cabinet sworn in
Iraq's new interim government was sworn in yesterday at a ceremony in Baghdad to begin the task of preparing the country for elections in January next year.
 arrow AL leader survives second attempt
A local Awami League (AL) leader survived a second attempt on his life with grievous bullet injuries, as a gang fired at him in Jessore Monday night, sparking violence in an industrial town.
 arrow New probe proves DFP graft
A fresh inquiry has unearthed irregularities in the purchase of audio equipment worth Tk 23 crore at the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) and accused its director general (DG) of sealing a raw
 arrow Held outlaws name BNP MPs, leftists as godfathers
Three arrestee activists of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in their confessional statements to police yesterday gave the names of their 'godfathers and patrons' who include 'some ruling
 arrow 3 Bangla Bhai men nabbed
Naogaon police yesterday arrested three operatives of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and picked up two leaders of the Islamist outfit for interrogation.
 arrow Explosions kill 14 in Iraq
Bombs exploded yesterday in central Baghdad and near a US military base in the northern city of Beiji, killing at least 14 people as authorities in the capital announced the shape of a new governmentthat
 arrow 20 killed by law enforcers last month
Law enforcers killed as many as 20 people across the country last month, said a report on human rights by Odhikar, a coalition for human rights.
 arrow Ershad sees united JP before polls
Chairman of Jatiya Party (JP) HM Ershad yesterday expressed optimism that the JP factions would unite before the next election to contest with a renewed vigour and determination.
 arrow 30 pry teachers fall sick during hunger strike
At least 30 teachers fell sick yesterday and three of them were taken to hospital as the 72-hour hunger strike by the non-government primary teachers ran into the final phase.
 arrow KMP chief made OSD
The government yesterday transferred three deputy inspectors general (DIG) and 21 superintendents of police (SP) and made Khulna Metropolitan Police Commissioner (KMP) Mustafizur Rahman and another SP
 arrow Anti-govt leaflet prompts security build-up at Secretariat
Anti-government leafleting at the Secretariat on Sunday has prompted the law enforcers to beef up security there.
 arrow Cop's costly mistake
Police have arrested one Anwar Hossen, 25, in place of Anwarul Hoque, 45, a wanted convict, about eight years after he was sentenced in a cheating case.
 arrow National Tree Plantation Award 2003...

 arrow Family worried over Proshika VP David's health in jail
The dragged out bail granting proceedings for Proshika Vice President (VP) David William Biswas, who is partially paralysed since 1998, has virtually put him at death risk, fears his family.
 arrow Males flee homes on outlaw threat
Males of at least 25 families in three villages of Khajra union under Assassuni upazila are on the run after death threats by an outlawed outfit demanding tolls poured in.
 arrow Each Gram Sarkar to get Tk 10,000
Every Gram Sarkar will get Tk 10,000 under the next Annual Development Programme by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, sources said.
Businessarrow Govt eyes free trade deal with Malaysia
The government will form a body to work on the possibility of signing a free trade agreement (FTA) between Bangladesh and Malaysia, Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury said yesterday.
 arrow Transparent accounting, auditing systems vital for corporate governance
A positive approach towards ensuring transparency in accounting, auditing and reporting systems, and amending the Companies Act are crucial factors to improve corporate governance, chief of the country's
 arrow Shrimp export could see five-fold rise by 2008
Shrimp export could fetch Tk 10,000 crore annually, a five-fold rise from Tk 2,000 crore at present, by 2008 if the government takes certain supportive measures, speakers told a national dialogue in Dhaka
 arrow Cut economic disparity
Discussants at a roundtable yesterday called for reducing economic disparity between various segments of society and checking further marginalisation of women, children, handicapped and the minorities
 arrow Tour operators seek duty-free import of buses, cruise vessels
Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) has urged the government to allow duty free import of used, reconditioned and new air-conditioned coaches and cruise vessels for rapid growth of the tourism
 arrow FBCCI tribunal rejects petition For cancelling June 12 EGM
The FBCCI arbitration tribunal has rejected a petition filed by a general member who challenged the notice to hold extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on June 12 and sought an injunction on the notice.
 arrow Dhaka Bank loan for Esquire Electronics customers
Dhaka Bank Limited will finance the customers of Esquire Electronics Limited to purchase electronics goods under the bank's personal loan programme.
 arrow Tea sale sees good demand
The weekly tea sale here yesterday again witnessed quite a good demand, especially for better liquoring teas, with more interest from blenders and packeteers and fairly good support from the loose tea
 arrow ATDP, NCCBL sign MoU to promote agribusiness
The Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project (ATDP) and National Credit and Commerce Bank Limited (NCCBL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow HSBC unveils 'My loan' brand on city bus
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh unveiled 'My loan' branding on a city bus at a function on Friday in Dhaka.
 arrow Emirates team visits Germany to boost market
An Emirates Group delegation visited Frankfurt recently to boost the group's profile in the fast growing travel market for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).
 arrow Intel Channel Conference-1 held in Dhaka
The Intel Channel Conference-1, the first of the two yearly channel training programmes that the company arranges for Genuine Intel Dealers (GIDs) all over the Asia Pacific Region, was held at Dhaka Sheraton
 arrow EU commission concerned but not alarmed about oil price
The European Union's executive commission said Monday that rising oil prices could have a small negative impact on eurozone growth but were not a cause of undue concern.
 arrow SIA imposes fuel surcharge for all flight legs
Singapore Airlines will next week extend a fuel surcharge of five US dollars for each leg of all its flights in an effort to offset the impact of rising oil prices, the carrier said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nightmare replayed
The second innings trauma revisited the Bangladesh team as they gave away the advantage to the West Indies in the last session of the fourth day of the first Test at the Beausejour Stadium on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
The fourth day's play was in full swing at the Beausejour Stadium but the crowd didn't seem to bother.
 arrow Football: N'ganj nat'l kings
Narayanganj lifted their maiden national football title when they came from behind to beat Bangla-desh Army 2-1 in the final of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship at Natore's Adhunik
 arrow Tennis: Without Williams
Rain halted play for a second time in the French Open quarterfinal match between home hope Amelie Mauresmo, the third seed, and Russian ninth seed Elena Dementieva with both players level at 4-4 in the
 arrow Tennis: Argentina's 'four' force
David Nalbandian and Gaston Gaudio made sure of four Argentines in the last eight at this year's Roland Garros on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Throw Zimbabwe out'
Cricket's senior statesman Steve Waugh joined the growing chorus for Zimbabwe's expulsion from Test matches, saying there was no place for teams picked on colour rather than merit.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh backs Murali
Australia's legendary former captain Steve Waugh on Tuesday backed beleaguered Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, saying only the International Cricket Council (ICC) can decide if the bowler's action
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan sleeps on No 4
England captain Michael Vaughan will bat in the middle-order permanently if he decides to move down to number four in the second Test against New Zealand starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: What can BCCI do?
India cannot guarantee that South African cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje will not be probed by police on match-fixing allegations when they tour later this year, cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho ruled out
Brazil striker Ronaldinho will miss Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Argentina because of a thigh strain and has been replaced by Luis Fabiano, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ranieri exits Chelsea
The axe has finally fallen on Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, ending months of speculation over whether the Italian would be dismissed.
 arrow Football: BFF planning College football
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is planning to organise an inter-college tournament after the successful staging of the school tournament last year.
 arrow Hockey: Ctg hockey title MSC's
Mohammedan Sporting Club emerged unbeaten champions in the CJKS-JDC First Division Hockey League when they drubbed arch-rivals Abahani Krira Chakra 5-1 at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia to play 4 Tests in India
Australia will play four Tests during their tour of India in October and November this year, the Indian cricket board said on Tuesday.
 arrow Shaheb Ali no more
Former national footballer Sheikh Shaheb Ali passed away yesterday at his residence in Golapbagh. He was 91.
 arrow Handball: Asian jr h'ball in Sept
Bangladesh will take part in the Ninth Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship in Hyderabad, India from September 7-18.
Metropolitanarrow AL leader to die, 7 others get life

A Tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced one person to death and seven others to life in jail for killing Advocate Abdur Razzak under Dewanganj upazila in Jamalpur district on October 11 in 1999.

 arrow Biman engineering deptt to be upgraded: Mir Nasir
The engineering department of Bangladesh Biman will be upgraded so that it can carry out all kinds of aircraft maintenance services such as D-check, said State Minister for Civil Aviation and TourismMir
 arrow CMC teacher manhandled
Ruling party-backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal cadres and internee students manhandled a teacher of forensic department of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) yesterday.
 arrow Bus counter staff shot
Extortionists shot a bus counter employee at Shyamoli yesterday following his refusal to pay toll.
 arrow Tributes paid to Manik Mia
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid tributes to the memory of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, founder-editor of the daily Ittefaq, and recalled his contribution to journalism.
 arrow ADAB demands Release of Qazi Faruque
The Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) yesterday demanded immediate release of Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed.
 arrow Transport workers support June 5 hartal
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Union, an organisation of the transport workers, yesterday extended its support to June 5 countrywide hartal called by the main opposition Awami League.
 arrow 1521 more held, 6 arms recovered
Police arrested 1,521 people from different parts of the country on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Poverty alleviation without bank loan
Monwara Begum and Surjo Begum are now a source of inspiration for many in Payerabond in Rangpur, the birthplace of legendary Bangalee woman Begum Rokeya.
 arrow 'Ban smoking in public'
The World No Tobacco Day this year at least created an awareness among people against drugs and smoking.

This view was expressed by many people this correspondent talked to.

 arrow Maize replacing paddy, wheat on field
Maize is replacing rice and wheat on croplands in Gaibandha because it is more profitable for farmers.

Its cultivation increased from about 50 hectares in 1997 to 1,675 hectares this year.

 arrow Attack on Kolaroa AL: 13 BNP men sued
A case was filed with a magistrate court here on Monday accusing 13 leaders and activists of ruling BNP for ransacking houses and shops of Awami League men at Batra village and Batra Bazar.
 arrow AL man elected Manikganj Pourasabha Chairman
Awami League leader Md Romjan Ali was unofficially declared elected chairman of Manikganj Pourasava in the by-election held on Monday.
 arrow Forgers take away Tk 46 lakh from Rupali Bank in Barisal
A member of an gang of cheats which siphoned over Tk 46 lakh from Rupali Bank's Swarupkati and Shikarpur branches in the last few days was caught at the bank's Banaripara branch on Sunday when he tried
 arrow 200 illegal structures removed in Syedpur
The Roads and Highways Department demolished about 200 illegal structures from both sides of Syedpur-Parbotipur road at Choumuhoni Bazar near Syedpur town on Monday

R&H sources said notices were given

 arrow Lawyers want UNO's transfer
Lawyers of Gobindaganj upazila court brought out a procession and held a rally on Monday at the upazila headquarters demanding transfer of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) for his alleged interference
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh-India relations with change of guard in New Delhi
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Morshed Khan's recent telephone talks with India's new Foreign Minister Natwar Singh and his visit to New Delhi, as a special envoy of Bangladesh Prime Minister, demonstrate
Culturearrow Tale of a weaver
From time immemorial, Bangladesh has earned a reputation as the high quality producer of handloom, especially muslin.
 arrow Tabassum Shaon: Dhaka's gift to Mumbai
Back home in Dhaka from India, talented Shaon is bursting with ideas.
 arrow Commemorating Muneir Choudhury
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged a discussion session on eminent intellectual of the country Shahid Muneir Chaoudhury on May 31 at the experimental theatre hall.
 arrow Afghanistan: Blossoming from Destruction
Shankor Sawjal and Aly Zaker went to Afghanistan recently to deal with communication issues needing specialist attention.
 arrow Srijon organises songs of yesteryears
In continuation of their regular programme on the last Sundays of every month, cultural organisation Srijon arranged another show comprising songs of the yesteryears.
Generalarrow Govt makes country dys-functional
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat coalition government has been trying in a planned way to make the country dys-functional.
 arrow Plant at least two saplings for each child: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the fortnight-long 'National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair 2004' calling upon the people to plant at least two saplings for each of their children.
 arrow AusAID to provide Tk 26cr for pry education
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) will provide Tk 26 crore for the development of primary education in Bangladesh.
 arrow Mobile mela begins tomorrow
The first mobile handset exhibition 'Mobile Mela' begins in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Mosharraf gets 'No-Tobacco Global Award'
The World Health Organisation (Who) has honoured Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain by nominating him for 'No Tobacco Global Award' for his contribution to anti-tobaccocampaign.
Internationalarrow Mourners run riot after Pak mosque blast
Police clashed with rioting mourners yesterday as thousands gathered for the funerals of 19 people killed in an apparent suicide bombing of a crowded Shia Muslim mosque, the latest terrorist attack to
 arrow Indo-US strategic talks start to improve ties
India and the US yesterday began a three-day strategic dialogue, the first such interaction between the two countries after the new government assumed office here.
 arrow Advani to lead BJP in Lok Sabha
For someone long regarded within BJP as a future Prime Minister, the wheel has turned a full circle for Lal Krishna Advani when he was yesterday elected Leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party that will
 arrow US set to push for Asian maritime security
Washington will seek to win over skeptical Southeast Asia to US plans for increased security in the area's busy shipping lanes when Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visits Asia this week, analysts said.
 arrow Nuclear terrorism is gravest threat to US
Nuclear terrorism is the gravest threat the United States faces, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said yesterday as he offered a plan to secure atomic arsenals and materials around the world.
 arrow Iranian MPs warn of NPT pullout if IAEA keeps up pressure
Iran's new conservative-controlled parliament will consider pulling the Islamic republic out of a key nuclear arms control treaty if the UN's atomic energy watchdog is deemed to be too pro-American, two
 arrow Nepal still in chaos 3-yr after royal massacre
Nepal's king struggled yesterday to find a new prime minister who can end the country's political turmoil in a reminder that the dust has yet to settle three years after 10 members of the royal family
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bangla Bhai equated with other criminals!
THIS is a classic case of shooting at a moving target. What is being done with Bangla Bhai is a pantomime display with all the illusion of something being done, yet nothing happening in reality.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists allowed back in court
WE welcome the Chief Justice's waiving of the restriction on journalists in regard to covering the hearing on the appeal against the stay order pertaining to Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Time for enlightened moderation
The world is passing through a tumultuous period ever since the dawn of the 90s, with no signs of relenting.
 arrow Is Election Commission a paper tiger?
Our Election Commission (EC) is supposedly vested with adequate authority to ensure free and fair polls. EC derives its authority primarily from the constitution and the laws made under it.
 arrow A touch of al Qaeda taints the image of Bangladesh in Japan
Part One: The image of Bangladesh in Japan had generally been a favorable one as expatriate Bangladeshis, through their diligence, hard work and sincerity, were able carry the message that our country,
Letters to Editorarrow Let us live
One of the most popular Awami League leaders and MP, Mr. Ahsanullah, popularly known as Ahsanullah Master, was killed at his hometown Tongi by a group of assailants last month.
 arrow "Licensed" to do everything
The International Criminal Court was set up to try perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities genocide, mass war crimes and systematic human rights abuses.
 arrow Ban smoking in public places
Smoking is undoubtedly a dangerous habit. It causes many fatal diseases like cancer, heart attack, chronic bronchitis etc. In spite of knowing the truth, it is estimated that more than 1.
 arrow Sex workers
It is known to all that there is a licensed brothel in the heart of Tangail town. More than one thousand inmates earn their livelihood through prostitution.
 arrow Expulsion from Eden
'Non-cooperation' with the JCD leaders allegedly cost the jobs of four teachers of Eden College. The teachers stood against their illegal activities.
 arrow Load shedding
The countrywide perennial problem of load shedding is going on unabated this summer. A few days ago the situation was even worse.
 arrow Entertainment for children
In Dhaka city, there are a few parks for children. But the condition of these parks is really very pathetic . They are very dirty, and there is no proper maintenance of these parks.
 arrow Bush and Blair
The newly elected prime minister of Spain took very little time to order the withdrawal of 1,300 Spanish soldiers who were deployed in Iraq under the command of the US .
 arrow Teaching English
The latest revamp in the English teaching method (for Bengali medium) at the school level was oriented to enhancing the students' 'free-hand' writing skill.
 arrow Law and order
The law and order situation in the country is simply alarming. Despite its sincere efforts, the BNP government has failed to restore law and order to any reasonable level.
 arrow Time for a second liberation war?
It appears that the liberation struggle in 1971 has not yet emancipated us fully, even after more than one generation of crude and fine tuning.
 arrow My little guesthouse
My father had built a straw shack outside his mud house so that I could live there and study, occasionally if any relatives came to visit they too could sleep overnight.
 arrow Bangla Bhai
Who's this Bangla Bhai? What's he doing in our Bangladesh? In this world of 21st century's sensibility and affable collaboration, I can't think of men who oppose women led government and who think of
 arrow Neglected drain
The drainage system beside Road # 7/4 in Dhanmondi Residential Area is not working properly.

During the last 20 years, the design and construction of the drain was changed several times.

StarTecharrow Oracle oozes market confidence
During his visit to Dhaka, Malcom C Logan, director, Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence, Oracle Corporation, Asia Pacific Division, Australia shared with In-charge of The Daily Star Tech
 arrow Planet Venus will cross face of sun
Ben Franklin watched it. Sousa named a march after it. Crowds jammed the sidewalks of New York to see it in 1882.
 arrow Yahoo adds anti-spyware feature to browser toolbar
INTERNET media company Yahoo Inc.
Star Cityarrow Illegal blood banks mushrooming
Over 100 blood banks are operating in the city without permission of the government at risk to public health, as the health directorate apparently shut its eyes to the mushrooming business.
 arrow Novo Theatre not yet ready to take off
Dhaka Modern Novo Theatre runs the risk of missing another deadline, as it is not yet ready to open to visitors this month because of lack of machinery.
 arrow Crush Programme

 arrow Project to protect rivers around the city
The Department of Environment (DoE) and Bangladesh Environment Management Programme (BEMP) have prepared a proposal to save the rivers surrounding Dhaka city from pollution and solve water-related problems.
 arrow On fast track to porn world
Teenagers skip classes and rush to Nilkhet to buy or exchange pornographic books, CDs and photographs on their fast track to sex-addled life, as Dhanmondi Police Station, only about 400 metres away, plays
 arrow Sending CVs thru' Internet
"Revolution of the World Wide Web has brought about a cultural shift in our lives," said a prospective job seeker in the city.
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