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Front Pagearrow Dhaka to erase West's Islam misconception
Dhaka yesterday accepted an offer from Singapore to join an eight-country Nucleus Steering Committee (NSC) to remove misperceptions of Islam in the West and agreed to take steps to co-operate in the war
 arrow Brothers freed from captors
Police yesterday rescued abducted schoolboys Sajib and Sabbir from the house of a BNP activist in Joypurhat, 72 hours after their kidnapping from Uttara and a day after freeing a trader abducted by activists
 arrow Requisition brings quick bucks to cops
Police under cover of so-called requisition use about 300 private vehicles of businesspeople a day by force to carry out anticrime sweeps in Dhaka, flouting a home ministry directive, officials said.
 arrow Charges on judiciary traded in Sangsad
Key ruling party BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) swapped allegations about interference in the judiciary in parliament yesterday.
 arrow Govt mum a month after HC deadline
The government has yet to reply to the High Court's April 27 rule that asked for a report in three weeks on names and particulars of people arrested in a wholesale sweep and the steps for their release.
 arrow Violence rages thru' Iraq cities: 85 killed

At least 85 people have died and more than 320 were wounded in Iraq as insurgents launched bloody assaults in five cities to disrupt next week's formal handover to Iraqi rule.

 arrow Cops bar locals to talk freely
Police controlled the visit of three US embassy officials to the northwest to gather information about militant activities of an Islamist outfit, the officials alleged yesterday, hours before they left
 arrow Crowley hails Bangladesh
Congressman Joseph Crowley has said India and Bangladesh are still developing and becoming strong democracies.

He was at a hearing on South Asia yesterday at the House International Relations Committee.

 arrow Ex-CJ wonders if lower courts can work freely
Former chief justice (CJ) Mahmudul Amin Choudhury yesterday expressed his surprise at the writ petition filed by a judge who complained of pressure by two public prosecutors (PP) and wondered if lower
 arrow Rivals slaughter five outlaws
Underground political operatives Wednesday night slaughtered five members of their rival faction at Naripota village under Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district, in the latest of a long line of bloodletting
 arrow Sangu gas reserve goes dry fast
The Sangu gas field reserve is depleting so fast that Petrobangla fears it will be exhausted completely by 2010.
 arrow Flash flood deluges northwest
Heavy downpour has caused flash flood in many places of the country's north-eastern region.
 arrow CEC reiterates army watch
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed yesterday said there is no alternative to deployment of army personnel at every polling centre for the Dhaka-10 by-polls to be free and fair.
 arrow Incentives to perk up poultry
The government yesterday decided to provide a range of incentives including loan facilities to reinvigorate the country's poultry sector that was hard hit by last year's public panic over bird flue.
 arrow Dhaka signs protocol today
Bangladesh signs a protocol with other BIMST-EC countries today as the prelude to striking a deal for free trade among the Bay of Bengal communities.
 arrow Cops raid DU hall, pick 20 but Tanjil
Police and detectives early yesterday raided Jahurul Haq Hall of Dhaka University but failed to net Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Tanjilur Rahman Tanjil, an accused in Sunday's cops killing.
 arrow 2-shift JS session from Sunday
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad will sit in two shifts from Sunday in line with an agreement reached by the key ruling party BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday.
 arrow Correction
The Daily Star news-story headlined "Thai Airways to manage Ctg airport" carried two inadvertent mistakes yesterday.
 arrow Voeller quits
Germany coach Rudi Voeller resigned after the three-time European champions crashed out of Euro 2004.
 arrow AL blames PM for by-polls blueprint
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has virtually come to a standstill as the prime minister is fully occupied with the Dhaka-10 by-polls.
 arrow Hasina asks AL men to canvass for Mannan
Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has asked her party's Dhaka city unit leadership to engage its activists in campaigning for Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh nominee Abdul Mannan in Dhaka-10 by-polls.
 arrow BNP asks JCD president to step down
Ruling BNP's high command yesterday asked Shahabuddin Laltu, president of the party's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), to step down.
 arrow JMJB atrocity reappears
Much in the same way as the Bangla Bhai's force, a newly formed village 'peace-keeping' body yesterday killed an outlawed political operative after publicly putting him on its hit list.
 arrow BNP men swoop on Mannan's procession, hurt 6 AL leaders
Ruling BNP adherents yesterday again attacked a procession of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate MA Mannan in Tejgaon, leaving six Awami League (AL) leaders including a lawmaker injured.
 arrow Legal work permit holders must leave US for renewing visas
Thousands of foreigners legally entitled to work in the United States, many of them Indian nationals, will soon have to leave the country if they want their expiring US visas to be reissued, the State
 arrow SSC results tomorrow
The results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations across the country will be published tomorrow, an official announcement said yesterday.
 arrow Illegal rickshaws...

 arrow F28 flight delayed for 4 hrs
The newly procured Bangladesh Biman F-28 aircraft faced technical failure once again yesterday, forcing its Chittagong flight to delay for around four hours.

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 arrow Deal signed to sell Rupali Bank
Bangladesh yesterday signed an agreement with a British consortium to prepare the sale of state-owned Rupali Bank (RB) by the end of the year to satisfy conditions attached to the World Bank (WB) andInternational
 arrow Faruque's bail rejected again
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petitions for Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed in three criminal cases including one for sedition.
 arrow 2 shot, IBBL car hijacked
Criminals yesterday in separate incidents shot a travel agency owner in Motijheel and in Mohammadpur carjacked by shooting its driver.
 arrow Expulsion will Not impede party agenda: Menon says
Expulsion of five central leaders will not hinder the Workers Party's (WPB) course on current anti-government movement and left-leaning agenda, party chief Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday.
 arrow Iran releases eight British military servicemen
Eight British servicemen were freed yesterday after three nights in the hands of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, ending a diplomatic wrangle that had threatened to inflame tensions over Britain's presence
Businessarrow BKMEA seeks govt support to face post-MFA era
Knitwear manufacturers have urged the government to pressurise the international lobby for calling an emergency meeting of the WTO (World Trade Organisation) to find out solutions to face the challenges
 arrow Leasing firms want tax rebate similar to banks
Lease financing institutions have demanded two percent tax rebate facility similar to banks arguing that banks enjoy such facility in provisioning their bad debts although the banks and leasing companies
 arrow Mahathir eyes common trading currency to spur business in Asia
Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's charismatic leader, said he would like to see a common trading currency in Asia to spur business and investment in the continent.
 arrow Bada against increase in suppl duty on cars
Bangladesh Automobiles Distributors Association (Bada) has urged the government to re-fix the supplementary duties proposed in the national budget for FY 2004-05 on the import of new vehicles.
 arrow Iajuddin seeks increased investment from Canada
President Iajuddin yesterday said there is ample scope for more Canadian investment in Bangladesh and diversification of trade between the two countries.
 arrow Citibank NA holds workshop on online banking platform
Citibank NA Bangladesh organised a workshop on "CitiDirect -- Truly Global Online Banking Platform", one of the most important platforms for all global leaders in business, yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Janata Bank’s new loan scheme for shop owners
Shop owners now can enjoy collateral-free loans up to Tk 3 lakh and with collateral up to Tk 25 lakh from Janata Bank, as the nationalised commercial bank has introduced a new scheme under its small business
 arrow StanChart, BGMEA hold seminar
Standard Chartered Bank and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) jointly organised a seminar titled 'Global Economic Outlook: Challenges & Prospects for the RMG Sector' inDhaka
 arrow Bata declares 105pc cash dividend
Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Limited has declared a 105 percent cash dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.

Of the declared dividend, 26.25 percent is final dividend, 52.

 arrow Qatar Airways may introduce regular flight to Australia soon
A delegation of Qatar Airways including Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority and the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker and General Manager (Finance and Administration) Richard Forson on Tuesday travelled to
 arrow Deal signed to set up sweater factory in Comilla EPZ
A Hong Kong-Mauritius joint venture yarn dyeing and sweater manufacturing industry will be set up in Comilla Export Processing Zone involving US$ 5.77 million investment.
 arrow Poor countries urged to unite for EU trade talks
Poor countries must press the European Union for group trade benefits and not allow themselves to be divided in economic negotiations, a group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) leaders heard Wednesday.
 arrow IMF approves $252.6m soft loan to Pakistan
The IMF said Wednesday it has approved 252.6 million dollars to Pakistan as part of a poverty busting loan facility after finding the country's economic performance satisfactory.
Sportsarrow Football: Show kicks off today
Uncertainties and threats of postponing the top football tournament of the country over, the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League finally kicks off today across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers to play in Eng tri-series
Australia will open next year's Ashes tour of England with the first ever Twenty20 international, the BBC website said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: A minnow with nothing to lose
Champions France and surprise package Greece will be subject to very different expectations when they meet in their Euro 2004 quarter-final on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Coria can smile
Third-seeded Guillermo Coria of Argentina survived a five-set, four-day marathon to defeat South Africa's Wesley Moodie 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in a Wimbledon first round match.
 arrow Cricket: Who says Langer's injured
Australian Test opener Justin Langer made light of a foot injury to flail the Sri Lankan bowlers for 151 and lead the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI to a solid score here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mercedes sent for repairs
Three-time European champions Germany became the latest big names to exit the Euro 2004 finals after going down to a 2-1 defeat against a second-string Czech Republic side.
 arrow Tennis: Wet, windy Wednesday
Wimbledon suffered its first all-day washout for five years and only the 31st in its 127 year history when torrential rain, gale force winds and biting cold wiped out any prospect of play.
 arrow Tennis: Talented yet tormented
At just 21 Slovakia's Daniela Han-tuchova can hardly be classed as a veteran but she could be excused for telling likely Wimbledon third round opponent, Russian teen Maria Sharapova, "been there, done
It wasn't a totally wasted day for the Williams sisters Venus and Serena on Wednesday, who managed to put the spare time they had on their hands to constructive use.
 arrow Olympic Day Run today
The Olympic Day Run will be observed throughout the country today.
 arrow Chess: Zia leaves for USA today
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman will leave Dhaka tonight to participate in the World Open Chess tournament in the USA.
 arrow Basketball: Six in Asian Basketball
Six teams including Bangladesh have confirmed their participation in the qualifying round of the FIBA-Asia fourth Basketball Championship that will be held in Dhaka from July 22-24.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Results of Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League matches held at different venues in the city yesterday:

West zone (Dhanmondi Club ground):
Uttaran JS beat Ramjan Football Kishore XI 4-0

 arrow Football: Abahani's Third win
Title aspirants Chittagong Abahani edged minnows Kallol Sangha 2-1 in an exciting CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League match at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Jessore third
Jessore clinched third place in the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship with a solitary goal win over Rajshahi in the play-off at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Ex-cadet soccer
Typhoon Group defeated Dhum-ketu Group 6-0 in the ex-cadet association football tournament at Marine Fisheries Academy playground here on Wednesday.

Sayem scored a hattrick for the winners.

 arrow Condolence
The Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) has condoled the death of Arunodoy Chanda, a retired government officer, who passed away on Wednesday at the Holy Family Hospital. He was 66.
 arrow Football: A Dutch piece of cake
In the end the Dutch made qualifying for the Euro 2004 quarter-finals look easy.
 arrow Football: Absorbing so far
Euro 2004 got off to a flying start with Greece's upset 2-1 win over hosts Portugal and the tournament has not looked back since.
 arrow Football: World's finest knee!
Less than 12 hours after watching from the substitutes' bench as his team mates secured a third successive Euro 2004 victory, Pavel Nedved returned to training with his usual relish on Thursday.
 arrow Football: 'Give me the job'
Former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld said he was ready to step into the shoes of Rudi Voller as German national coach just hours after the former Roma striker resigned from his post in the wake
 arrow Football: Sunshine tomorrow?
German football is at a low ebb after the national side exited Euro 2004 and coach Rudi Voller resigned, but Voller claimed on Thursday there was cause for optimism ahead of the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: kickin' around
State media in soccer-mad Vietnam has warned football fans staying up late to watch the Euro 2004 football championship could lead to psychological and digestive disorders, state media said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Sell-out first up
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces a daunting introduction to the Premiership against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the opening fixture of the 2004/5 Premiership season on August 14.
Culturearrow From Milan to Berlin
Murshida Arzu Alpana, the well-acclaimed and internationally renowned Bangladeshi artist, held two painting exhibitions in Italy and Germany recently.
 arrow Bach and Beethoven from young enthusiasts
A group of young pianists recently presented this year's selection of piano music at Alliance Francaise's Fete de la Musique.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Shadhucharan: A satire on societal follies
As part of the drama festival arranged by BGT, Pratidandi, a theatrical group staged its popular play Shadhucharan on June 23 at theExperimental

Generalarrow Sex workers hostage to police, brokers in brothels
Brothel-based sex workers are exploited and repressed by police, brokers and their house-owners over the ages, reveals a study of Piact Bangladesh, a non-government organisation.
 arrow Singapore for cooperation in ICT sector
Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said, Bangladesh has huge human resources which can be developed into an asset.
 arrow Non-fertiliser agri-inputs get poor amount
Non-fertiliser agri-inputs are getting poor amount from total agri-subsidy of the government.

The agriculture ministry was given only about Tk 31 crore out of total Tk 300 crore in current fiscal year.

 arrow Enforce law strictly to check obscenity in films
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday directed the officials concerned to keep a light rein on obscenity in the films through a stricter enforcement of laws.
 arrow Master plan for dev of haors, wetlands to be formulated
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday said a coordinated master plan would be formulated for overall development of the haors and wetlands.
 arrow FNB for safeguarding activities of Proshika
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB), an apex body of the non-governmental organisations, yesterday called on all concerned to cooperate in safeguarding the development activities of the Proshika
 arrow Ban hazardous jobs for children
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to safeguard the rights of the children in line with the Child Rights Convention of the United Nations.
 arrow AL observes hartal in Sylhet
An eight-hour hartal protesting Monday's bomb blast at an Awami League rally passed off peacefully in all four districts under Sylhet division yesterday.
 arrow Call to set up math club in every school
The two-day National Mathematics Festival ended at Notre Dame College in Dhaka yesterday with a call to set up mathematics club in every school across the country.
 arrow Abducted girl Rescued in Munshiganj
A seven-year-old girl, abducted from city's Chaktai area on Tuesday, was rescued at Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj district yesterday.

Later, police brought back the girl to Chittagong .

 arrow Folk festival begins in Rajshahi today
A three-day 'Folk festival' begins in Rajshahi today, organised by the district Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Five policemen suspended for assaulting journos
Five jail policemen have been withdrawn and suspended for torturing two journalists in Satkhira jail office, Sardar Abdus Salam, DIG (Prisons), Jessore, said here yesterday.
 arrow S'pore agrees to train Rab
Singapore, an Asian economic tiger having reputation for strict law enforcement, yesterday agreed to arrange in that country training for Bangladeshi police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to enablethem
 arrow BNP harbouring criminals: Saber
Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday expressed deep concern over the alarming rise in crimes and blamed the ruling BNP for harbouring criminals.
 arrow 3 killed in city road accidents
Three people were killed in three separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 1,553 more held
Police arrested 1,553 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ctg airport in private hands
The decision by the Cabinet Purchase Committee to entrust the Thai Airways with the responsibility of managing Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport is the first of its kind.
 arrow Editorial: Police's firepower
We have watched with trepidation that a number of policemen have been killed in encounters with criminals in recent times.
 arrow George Bush and his shadow-boxing
Do not kick a man when he is down, and George W. Bush, the US president, is down these days.
 arrow The budget and the challenges
We indeed face many daunting challenges.
 arrow Ominous signs
With the growing miscarriages of justice and continuous failures in arresting the rising spate of crimes of all forms and dimensions, one sees ominous signs for the ruling class on the horizon.
 arrow True democracy
May 2004 saw elections in the world's largest democracy.
Letters to Editorarrow Obscene
I am shocked and appalled to read the remarks of a politician holding the rank of a minister and was a candidate for OIC secretary general . I thank heaven that he was not elected.
 arrow Moral support for The Daily Star!
The British Secret Service, MI6, has just reported (no, it wasn't sexed up) that the office of The Daily Star has gone underwater. Oh dear! At this time of the year in Bangladesh, heavy rain is not unexpected.
 arrow Introduce 'rickshaw ambulance'
Your article (Star City June 20: Rescue efforts falter in Old Dhaka alleys) graphically portrays the difficulties faced by the crews of emergency vehicles when trying to reach the scene of an incident
 arrow My papa's vision
There was a time when society used to consider a girl child an economic burden and spending money to bring up a girl child as a perfect human being to face the hardcore challenges of the 20th century
 arrow For a fair poll
I am looking forward to the by-election in Dhaka-10 constituency that will be held on July 1. We do not expect any kind of allegation of rigging in the upcoming by-election.
 arrow DB men and our security
A detective branch police team led by a sub-inspector allegedly looted the house of a fish farm owner and arrested the housewife and implicated her in a false case.
 arrow Our candidate's merit
After the debacle in the election for a new OIC secretary general, our FM claimed 98% of the votes, had the voting been on the basis of a candidate's merit.
 arrow My students
The other day, my office door kept opening and closing while I was shouting down my mobile to an ex-student from Haluaghat. The shuffling and whispering indicated a deputation waiting to enter.
 arrow AL's volte-face
The political situation in Bangladesh is going to be normal again . The Awami League, the main opposition party in the Jatiya Sangsad, has joined the parliament proceedings .
 arrow Biman 'Umrah' ticket
A number of seats go vacant in almost every Jeddah flight of Biman. It is better to earn some revenue by issuing subsidised Umrah tickets to high government officials along with their spouses.
 arrow Big gainer?
Our Foreign Minister on return from the OIC meeting at Turkey mentioned that Bangladesh gained a lot, even though Bangladesh's candidate lost the election for the OIC secretary general .
 arrow Saif is right, but..
I agree with Saif. Really we badly need to be united. This is the high time.

Here, first of all, we need to pick out the injurious inborn faults we have.

 arrow The OIC debacle and our foreign office
The defeat of our candidate in the election for the post of OIC secretary general was a national humiliation, to say the least.
 arrow An overbridge needed
The main road in front of Zoar Sahara bus stand of Dhaka city is a death trap. Though this bus stand is adjacent to Dhaka Cantonment but road accidents happen here very often.
 arrow A perfect result
I was one of the happiest persons when I heard that SQ Chowdhury failed to become the general secretary of OIC.
 arrow Correction
I would like to bring an error in your June 21 issue to your attention. The mistake was in an article in the Point Counterpoint page.
 arrow OIC and democracy
It is indeed good to see that OIC has finally gone for election to choose its secretary general . I still wonder how far this organisation has been able to prove its impact on this modern complex world.
Urbanarrow Monumental moments for a monument
The Bangladesh High Court on 21 June delivered a judgement which is almost as monumental as the epic creation of one of the foremost architects the world has seen, Louis Isadore Kahn, a Russian-bornJew,
 arrow Our architect -- Louis Isadore Kahn
Bangladesh got from Kahn one of the most distinctive and memorable, and architecturally creative capitols in the world.
Worldarrow Indian PM promises peace with Pakistan
India's new Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his first address to the nation promised yesterday a "new deal" for the rural poor and sincere efforts to resolve all disputes with rival Pakistan including
 arrow Flashfloods displace thousands in Assam
Three more people died as rivers swelled through eastern India, leaving an estimated 150,000 people displaced at the start of the flood season, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka admits military backing to Karuna
Sri Lanka's government yesterday admitted that elements of the military had supported a renegade rebel commander despite warnings that capitalising on the split could push the country back to war.
 arrow Pak forces keep up al-Qaeda hunt
Pakistani forces have begun a house-to-house search in a remote tribal pocket near the Afghan border where the military carried out a massive air and ground offensive earlier this month, officials said
 arrow US, N Korea agree to rare bilateral meeting
North Korea and the United States agreed to a rare bilateral meeting yesterday on the sidelines of six-party talks, their first contact since Washington offered a new way out of the festering nuclearstandoff.
 arrow Palestinian PM talks with king on Jordan's role after pullout
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei held talks here yesterday with Jordan's King Abdullah II on security measures for the Gaza Strip after a planned Israeli withdrawal, a palace official said.
 arrow 'Vajpayee still tallest leader of BJP'
A day after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee sprang a surprise by virtually announcing his retirement from active politics, BJP yesterday asserted that he remained the party's tallest leader
 arrow US immunity in Iraq to extend past handover
The Bush administration plans to extend immunity from prosecution for US troops in Iraq beyond the handover of power on June 30, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in Istanbul blast ahead of Nato summit
Three people were killed in a powerful bomb blast in Istanbul yesterday, just days before world leaders including US President George W. Bush descend on the city for a Nato summit.
 arrow US drops quest for ICC immunity for its troops
The United States dropped its campaign to guarantee American soldiers immunity from the new International Criminal Court, a move that raised concerns Washington might veto UN peacekeeping missions.
 arrow Anti-war passions flare after slaying of Korean
Anti-war passions flared yesterday as South Korean activists vowed to block the dispatch of more troops to Iraq and the government banned a video of the beheading of a Korean national in the war-torncountry.
 arrow US senators battle over Iraq abuse memos
Republicans in the US Senate battled on Wednesday to block Democrats from demanding the Bush administration to release more documents on the treatment of enemy combatants after the prisoner abuse scandal