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Front Pagearrow Rumsfeld arrives in Dhaka today
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives in Dhaka today on a 14-hour whirlwind visit to discuss possible Bangladeshi interest in sending peacekeepers to Iraq and Afghanistan amid protests by leftparties
 arrow Arson attack on bus kills 9
Unknown assailants carried out an arson attack on a double-decker bus in front of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, killing nine passengers including a two-year-old girl and injuring 15 in one of a series of assaults
 arrow Dhaka won't send troops to fight for partisan cause: FM
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday said Dhaka would not send peacekeepers to any country to fight for a partisan cause, hours before US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's visit today to discussBangladesh's
 arrow 'Delhi promises dialogue to resolve issues with Dhaka'
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday said the new Indian government adopted a new approach to Bangladesh in which all issues between the neighbours would be resolved through bilateral dialogue rather
 arrow AL to enforce countrywide hartal today
Main opposition Awami League and its labour front Jatiya Sramik League enforce a 24-hour hartal across the country from six in the morning today.
 arrow Bangla Bhai names 4 ruling bigwigs behind operation
Vigilante operations commander Bangla Bhai in a recent telephone message to a local reporter named three ministers and a BNP lawmaker who he said assigned him to launch an anti-outlaw operation in the
 arrow Another Islamist camp unearthed in Rangunia
A training camp of Islamic militants was unearthed in Rangunia upazila at about the same time when the militant training camp in Hathazari was uncovered on Tuesday, sources said here yesterday.
 arrow Tigers in trouble
Captain Habibul Bashar became the first Bangladeshi batsman to reach 2000 runs in Test cricket on the opening morning of the second Test against the West Indies at the Sabina Park on Friday but the Tigers
 arrow Bac seizes 12CDs from Nurul Islam
A 12-strong investigation team of the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) seized 12 compact disks (CDs) from Nurul Islam, acting secretary of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) who was forced into retirement
 arrow Weary voters ready for third time
Latif Miah thinks the people of Bikrampur, specially those of Srinagar and Sirajdikhan upazilas, have become wearied of voting as this is the third time since the 2001 they are going to elect their representative
 arrow US forces to hunt for terrorists in SE Asia
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday he hoped US forces would be hunting terrorists in Southeast Asia "pretty soon," warning that Islamic extremists are targeting moderate Muslim states
 arrow SP Baten on a day's remand
A Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday placed Special Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muhammad Abdul Baten on a one-day police remand for interrogation to know the source of the money he allegedly
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Iraq bomb attack
Four US soldiers were killed and five wounded yesterday when a blast struck their convoy on the edge of the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City, the US military said.
 arrow Police assault on photojournalists
At least four photojournalists were injured as police baton-charged a group of photojournalists snapping the law enforcers' action on a Jubo League procession at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Schoolboy killed to terrorise family
Extortionists killed the 13-year-old schoolboy in Badda on Thursday night to terrorise his family, and the rickshaw-puller for urging them to spare the child.
 arrow Internal feuds spoil repeated move to hold DU syndicate election
Election of the Dhaka University's (DU) syndicate is yet to be held more than one year after expiry of its tenure.
 arrow Costly night at topless club
The husband of a diplomat has filed a lawsuit saying he has no memory of spending nearly $130,000 for drinks and other services charged to his credit cards during the seven hours he was in the Manhattan
 arrow Somnath elected Lok Sabha Speaker
Indian Lok Sabha yesterday unanimously elected Somnath Chatterjee its first communist speaker.
 arrow Second top CIA official to resign
A second top CIA official plans to announce his resignation, one day after the agency's director George Tenet said he would step down next month, a US official said Thursday.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader shot dead
A local leader of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the city last night.
 arrow Tk one crore fertiliser seized in Barisal
Police yesterday seized six marine vessels and foiled illegal transportation of 834 tonnes urea fertiliser reportedly worth about Tk 1 crore through the Kirtonkhola river.
 arrow Shrine blast: Another held in Sylhet
Police yesterday picked up one more person from city's Bagbari area on suspicion of having links to the shrine blast of May 21.
Businessarrow Make village-centric budget to reduce poverty
Speakers at a pre-budget discussion yesterday called for a village-centric and employment-generating budget for the next fiscal for cutting poverty.
 arrow Mobile Mela ends on a high
The country's first-ever exposition of cellphone sets and accessories -- 'Mobile Mela' -- ended yesterday in Dhaka amid huge enthusiasm with organisers planning to hold such fair every year.
 arrow Unhealthy competition in soft drink market as some cos evade tax
Massive tax evasion by a section of soft drink companies poses a threat to others who are contributing to the state coffer as per tax rules.
 arrow Syngenta okays 15pc dividend
Syngenta Bangladesh Limited has approved a 15 percent dividend for the shareholders.
 arrow HeidelbergCement shares to be traded thru' CDS
HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) to convert its paper shares into electronic ones for trading under the central depositorysystem
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar cares less
The international cricket fraternity is abuzz with speculations after West Indies skipper Brian Lara's dramatic declaration on Thursday that he was prepared to go as captain if his side did not beat Bangladesh
 arrow Cricket: End of CCDM?
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) looks set to cut its ties with club cricket.
 arrow Tennis: A test of friendship
When they were nine, Elena Dementieva and Anastasia Myskina played against each other for a pizza.

On Saturday in Paris, much more will be at stake in the first all-Russian final of a Grand Slamtournament.

 arrow Cricket: Fleming near century
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was on the brink of his seventh Test centutry as the tourists built a strong position on the second day of the second Test at Headingley here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Gaudio storms into final
Unseeded Gaston Gaudio of Argentina upset eighth-seeded compatriot David Nalbandian here Friday with a class display of clay-court tennis to reach the French Open men's singles final.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain: A time-bomb
Nasser Hussain's autobiography is apparently due out this autumn, and the timing could turn out to be very interesting indeed.
 arrow Cricket: Boycott takes guard
For Geoffrey Boycott, life has begun all over again -- 40 years after he made his Test debut.
 arrow Cricket: A giant in his own right
If Chris Cairns began his international career in the shade of his father, he has done everything to turn the spotlight his way.
 arrow Football: Don't drop your shorts
Chile striker Mauricio Pin-illa, who sco-red the winning goal against Vene-zuela on Wed-nesday, will miss Sun-day's World Cup qualifier with Brazil for dropping his shorts as he celebrated.
 arrow Football: Time to deliver, Totti
He may be the golden boy of Italian football, but Francesco Totti has yet to fulfil predictions of greatness on the international stage.
 arrow Football: Santini Spurs'
France coach Jacques Santini will be taking over as the new Tottenham manager after Euro 2004, the club said on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Six suspects sent to jail, three still elude police
Six suspects of April 2 biggest ever arms haul were sent to jail yesterday after the completion of their five-day remand.
 arrow Environment Day today
World Environment Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the globe to raise awareness about environmental pollution.
 arrow One killed in landslide
One person was killed and four others were injured when a huge chunk of earth collapsed on them while cutting a hill illegally at Banshkhali Upazila yesterday.
Nationalarrow 'A party destroying country's image abroad'
Post and Telecommunication Minister Aminul Huq has said an opposition political party is conspiring against the country and its people and trying to make the government a scapegoat.
 arrow Syedpur twin murder case takes a new turn
The case regarding the March 28 slaughter of a housewife and her 48 day-old daughter at Mollah Para village in Syedpur has taken a new turn after rescue of her another daughter from traffickers.
 arrow Sylhet yet to recover from shrine blast
Though normalcy is returning to Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) shrine area, people in the divisional city are yet to recover from the shocking May 21 bomb blast that killed three people and injured 70 including
 arrow 'Mastermind' held after six months
One of the two alleged masterminds in the murder of leading aviation businessman Mokhlisur Rahman has been arrested eight months after the incident.
 arrow Barisal rural health centres run without doctors
Fifty-eight per cent approved posts of doctors at upazila health centres and sub-centres are vacant for long in Barisal.

The number of vacant posts is 68 out of 117, according to official sources.

 arrow Attack on AL leader: 11 suspects held
Eleven persons were arrested as suspects of a gun attack on an Awami League (AL) leader at Noapara on Monday.
 arrow 2,000 lay siege to Satkhira WDB office
Over 2,000 people laid siege to the office of the executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Satkhira on Thursday.
 arrow Anti-dowry meeting held in Gopalganj
An anti-dowry meeting was held at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Primary School at Gobra village in Sadar upazila on Monday.

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), CCDB, Gopalganj organised the meeting.

 arrow 2 held with forged passports in Rangpur
About 120 forged Bangladeshi passports and 452 fake US dollars were recovered by DB police in a drive in a supermarket in the town on Thursday.
 arrow Fugitive arrested
A fugitive criminal and the main accused of jailor Monirul Islam assault case was arrested on Tuesday.

Patuakhali Sadar thana police arrested listed criminal Alal, 40, from his Adalatpara house here.

Point-Counterpointarrow When mob justice takes hold
Horrifying incidents of violence and terrorism stalk the country in a manner that no sensible citizenry can comprehend.
 arrow Water -- the driver of nature
Life originated from water and with given time there would be nothing that would not grow in beauty if surrounded by water.
Culturearrow Urubhangam
The Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) staged an adapted version of Bhasa's Urubhangam based on the epic Mahabharata on June 2 at the German Cultural Centre auditorium.
 arrow Bold black and white sketches
Anukul Mojumdar, in his solo exhibition at Cafe Mango, has chosen images of angels and fairies from his imagination, whom he has dressed in drapings of bygone days, bringing an out-of-this-world element
 arrow Russian crystals on display
The Russian Cultural Centre is currently holding a 10-day long Russian Crystal Fair, which will continue till June 10.
 arrow Tania Ahmed: A versatile artiste
Recently Shilpi Mahalanobish of The Daily Star spoke to Tania Ahmed, model-turned-actress who has recently started making music videos

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 arrow Palakar kids inaugurates their new batch
The aim of Palakar, the theatre school for children, is to make the children self-reliant human beings and increase their acting skills.
 arrow Megadeth plans reissues, new album
All seven studio albums recorded by thrash metal band Megadeth during its tenure with Capitol Records will be re-released by the label on July 27.
Generalarrow Cider Int'l School champions
Cider International School emerged as champions at The Daily Star-Astech Group 4th Inter-school English Debate competition that ended in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Take up garment issue with Rumsfeld
Oikya Jote of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged the government to take up the vital issue of quota-and-duty- free access of Bangladesh's readymade garments
 arrow Two killed in Comilla road crash
Two people were killed and two others injured in a head-on collision between a covered van and a mini-truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Kalakachua in Burichong Upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iraq forms polls panel, asks US troops to stay
Iraq named a team yesterday to organise its first free elections in January, the next step in establishing its independence from US military occupation.
 arrow Pope calls for return of Iraq's sovereignty
Pope John Paul called for the rapid return of Iraq's sovereignty with UN involvement during a meeting yesterday with President Bush.
 arrow No remorse from China as survivors mark Tiananmen massacre
China showed no sign of remorse yesterday on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, with the government instead muzzling survivors and their family who privately mourned the hundreds mown
 arrow KL rejects deployment of GIs in Malacca Strait
Malaysia yesterday ruled out the deployment of US Marines in the vital Malacca Strait as Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he hoped US forces would be hunting terrorists in Southeast Asia "pretty
 arrow Koreas agree to reduce tensions along border
South and North Korea agreed yesterday on a tension-reduction package after high-level talks on preventing border clashes, taking a big step towards detente on the last Cold War frontier.
 arrow Calls for CIA overhaul mount after Tenet quits
Calls for reform at the CIA gathered steam Friday following the surprise resignation of its director George Tenet and deputy director for operations amid mounting criticism over intelligence providedbefore
 arrow 'Musharraf told Sharif to move out of Kargil'
It was President Pervez Musharraf who advised former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to listen to the US proposal for withdrawing troops from Kargil, a former US General has claimed.
 arrow 13 Taliban killed in Afghanistan
Thirteen suspected Taliban were killed in a firefight with US-led coalition and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan this week, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan test fires 'Ghauri' missile
Pakistan for the second time in a week yesterday "successfully" test fired a nuclear capable missile Ghauri having a range of 1500 km that could hit most Indian cities, but said it was "not to send political
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's directives
The prime minister has addressed the perennial question of ADP implementation falling behind time and the resultant 'yearend outburst of work' that aims to make amends for the underutilisation of project
 arrow Editorial: Tigers revelling in draw
The Tigers have done it again. They have shown us that they are a formidable group of cricketers who against odds cannot only rise above mediocrity but also excel in performance.
 arrow Japan, Koizumi and Bangladesh
An editorial published on 22 March, 1897 in 'The Japan Times' noted that -- "The bulk of the Japanese have as much difficulty to understand foreigners as the latter find it difficult to understand the
 arrow Vajpayee goes unwept, unsung
STRANGE, there was no effort, no persuasion by the BJP to keep Atal Behari Vajpayee in harness.
Letters to Editorarrow Politics?
Our politics is so original that we have to coin a new word to make it stand apart. The local political culture has the typical Bengalee touch, flavour and originality. Inimitable and unworkable.
 arrow BBC poll
With regard to the views expressed by Ms.
 arrow Environmental pollution
A waste dumping spot forcibly set up in the north-western side of Road 2 in Sector 3 of Uttara model town, Dhaka, by certain undisciplined elements is creating severe environmental pollution.
Literaturearrow The Devotee
Pir Saheb was resting inside on a mattress while his associates were sitting outside on the verandah crowded with devotees, whom they were initiating into the various ways of intoning the holywords.
 arrow BookReviews
Opna Manse Horina Boiri
Rashida Sultana,
Shraban Prokashoni,
Dhaka, February 2004,
62 pages.

 arrow Dom Moraes (1938-2004): "a peculiar shiver ran down my spine..."
Last week we ran an article on Dom Moraes in our Indian Poetry in English series. Barely in time, it seems, for he died of cancer on the evening of 3rd June.