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Front Pagearrow Result improves, 50pc still fails
On an average, 50.27 out of every 100 candidates have achieved secondary schooling certificate this year, showing a notable improvement from 36.81 percent of last year and 42.18 of 2002.
 arrow 'Pichchi' Hannan nabbed hurt in Savar clinic
Elite Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) force yesterday arrested 'Pichchi' Hannan, one of the top 23 criminals on police list, and two of his operatives, one of whom died at a city hospital in circumstances
 arrow Tax list of top 100 professionals sent to JS body
For the first time, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday submitted to a parliamentary body a document listing the country's top taxpaying lawyers, doctors, engineers and architects, chartered
 arrow Hills home to militants
Islamic militant groups have set up a host of arms training camps in unprotected, isolated hilly forests in Chittagong far beyond the watch of police and forest officials, locals say.
 arrow Lawyers for full hearing
Lawyers yesterday appealed to the high court to order a full hearing of the writ petition filed by Second Speedy Tribunal Judge Shaikh Jahangir Husain against pressure and interference in his activities
 arrow No progress one year on
One year into the sensational arms haul in Bogra ends today without any tangible progress in the probe into it.
 arrow AL nominates Ahsanullah Master's son
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has decided to nominate Jahid Ahsan Russell, eldest son of slain lawmaker Ahsanullah Master, to contest the August 1 by-polls of Gazipur-2 constituency of the Jatiya
 arrow Stipend for female university students
The government will now introduce stipend for female students at university level to build on the success of the education-promotion programme for schools and colleges.
 arrow Northeast flood situation deteriorates
The state of nearly 1 lakh people marooned in flood-ravaged areas in Moulvibazar, Sylhet and Comilla remained unchanged until yesterday with continued monsoon rain submerging vast areas.
 arrow Denial of direct polls to women's reserved seats a breach of pledge
Eminent lawyer and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain said the government has pushed the 14th amendment through parliament without consulting other political parties, which goes against democraticnorms.
 arrow College teacher, son picked up for 'torturing' home help
Police yesterday picked up a government college teacher and her son on charge of torturing their eight-year-old home help.
 arrow Pakistan PM resigns
Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali tendered his resignation, party officials said.
 arrow Falu's law
A road off-limits to rickshaws became free-for-all when four-party alliance's Dhaka-10 by-polls candidate Mosaddeq Ali Falu opened it to non-motorised vehicles to woo rickshawpullers.
 arrow 31 die in Iraq ahead of power handover
Insurgents keeping up a bloody drive to derail Iraq's transition to an interim government killed six people and injured scores in a rash of attacks yesterday, a day after US jets pounded a terror mastermind's
 arrow MR Akhtar Mukul passes away
Eminent Journalist and writer MR Akhtar Mukul passed away at the Ibrahim Memorial Hospital (BIRDEM) at 6:00pm yesterday. He was 75.
 arrow AL seeks vote for Mannan
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday urged balloters of the Dhaka-10 constituency to vote for Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate MA Mannan in the July 1 by-election.
 arrow Acting CEC files petition to challenge sedition case
Acting Chief Election Commissioner Safiur Rahman filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday, challenging a sedition case lodged against him by the government for allegedly participating in the
 arrow Revolver of state minister's gunman snatched
A gang yesterday snatched a licensed revolver and its bullets from the gunman of State Minister for Environment and Forest Zafrul Islam Chowdhury at Kamlapur in Motijheel.
 arrow Not a single pass in 567 schools
All the examinees from some 567 educational institutions failed in this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations.
 arrow Top 10 schools
Viqarunnisa Noon School topped this year's nationwide Grade Point Average (GPA) 5 list with 421 of its students scoring the maximum grade on offer in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations.
 arrow Clarification and our reply
The public relations officer (PRO) to Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas on Thursday said a news item published in The Daily Star misquoted the minister.
 arrow Board websites fail result seekers
Thousands of anxious guardians failed to access the website of the education boards where results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations were posted yesterday as over six lakh people logged
 arrow Justice Mainur Reza Chy passes away
Former chief justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury died at a city clinic yesterday. He was 66.
 arrow French press in mourning
"Greek Tragedy," "The Blues' pitiful exit" or simply "The End".
 arrow 12 killed in Kashmir as Indo-Pak officials start talks today
Suspected militants have shot dead at least 12 villagers, including four children, in their sleep in Indian Kashmir today, a day ahead of talks between India and Pakistan over the disputed Himalayan region.
 arrow Rickshaws throng

 arrow Hasina again blames govt for failure to rule country
Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday once again blamed the ruling four-party alliance for its failure to run the country properly and said people now want a change through unseating the present
 arrow 9 top cops transferred
The home ministry yesterday cancelled a recent order for transfer of four senior police officials, only to re-transfer them along with five others including the commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police
 arrow JMJB engaged in political persecution
Militants of the dreaded Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in the name of resisting outlaws were only engaged in political persecution, said Taskforce against Torture (TFT).
 arrow Hearing on speaker houses June 30
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday set June 30 for hearing of the government petition in full bench seeking stay on the operation of the High Court verdict that had declared illegal the construction ofresidences
Businessarrow Indian envoy for quick solutions to trade barriers
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Veena Sikri yesterday underscored the need for resolving para-tariff and non-tariff barriers with a view to promoting bilateral trade between the two next-door neighbours.
 arrow SEC agrees to review suggestion for specie dividend
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has agreed to review a suggestion from publicly traded companies (PLCs) to allow them to declare specie dividend (property dividend) for their shareholders.
 arrow Energy regulatory body to adopt e-management
The newly constituted Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) plans to establish e-management in its administration.
 arrow NGOs want to run govt microcredit schemes
NGOs should be entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the microcredit programmes which are currently being run by government institutions, leaders of some NGOs suggested at a roundtable inDhaka
 arrow US-Australia trade pact back on track
A new free trade agreement with Australia is back on track toward congressional approval before August after a setback in the Senate this week, a US trade official said Friday.
 arrow Mohsin Jute Mills closed
Privately-owned Mohsin Jute Mills in Khulna was closed yesterday morning after the management issued the notice to shutdown the loss-ridden mill at 11:30pm on Friday.
 arrow SEC approves EXIM Bank's prospectus
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday granted permission to EXIM Bank Limited to float initial public offerings (IPO), sources at the SEC said.

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 arrow Bangladesh Lamps declares 20pc dividend
Bangladesh Lamps Limited, manufacturer of Philips electric bulbs, and official licensee of Philips Electronics NV Holland for lighting products, has declared a 20 percent cash dividend for its shareholders
 arrow Beximco Pharma declares dividend
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited has declared a 10 percent cash and a 10 percent stock dividends for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Qatar Airways celebrates its service to Tehran
Qatar Airways celebrated the start of its operations to Tehran last week after the arrival of the first flight in Iran's capital.
 arrow WTO farm talks report scant progress
The World Trade Organisation (WTO), battling to meet a looming deadline for trade accords, reported scant progress Friday at the end of intensive talks on agriculture.
 arrow Malaysia to ease rules on foreign investment
Malaysia will ease procedures for foreigners to buy property and major stakes in local companies as part of efforts to boost the country's competitiveness, reports said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: Two hattricks mark Day 2
Two separate hattricks were the highlights of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League (NFL) qualifying rounds yesterday as Ali Nagar Janakallan Sangha of Nababganj and Mohammedan Sporting Clubof
 arrow Football: Man with Midas touch
To beat Portugal in their own back yard just about registered on football's Richter scale of surprises.
 arrow Cricket: SL in with good chance
Sri Lanka were 181 runs away from victory with nine wickets in hand with a day to play in their Australian cricket tour opening match against a Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Croat adventure ends
Goran Ivanisevic walked away from tennis on Friday with a smile, a quip and just one tiny regret.
 arrow Football: Nothing wrong with Figo
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Saturday insisted he and skipper Luis Figo had not fallen out following the side's nailbiting Euro 2004 quarterfinal win over England.
 arrow Football: Danes fear Nedved most
European footballer of the year Pavel Nedved returns to the Czech Republic side for their Euro 2004 quarterfinal against Denmark and will face a familiar foe.
 arrow Football: Ctg football
Agrabad Nawjoan Club defeated Friends Club 3-1 in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Athens erupts
Greeks hailed their triumphant soccer team on Friday as "Lions" and gifts from "The Gods" for delivering to the nation what many described as one of its greatest sporting moments since the ancient Olympics.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers get a day's break
Tigers will enjoy only a day's rest before flying to Sri Lanka on June 30 to take part in next month's Asia Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Windies 39-0
West Indies were 39 without loss after 10 overs when play resumed following a rain stoppage in the one-day international against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Greek tragedy for France
Greece produced the biggest upset in European Championship history when they knocked out holders France with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory.
 arrow Football: Au revoir the champs
France's golden age of soccer is over, perhaps not for good but certainly for now.
 arrow Tennis: The centre of attraction
Russian teenager Maria Sharapova wowed Wimbledon's Centre Court for the first time on Friday.
 arrow Football: kickin'around
Michel Platini would seem to have come off the fence over his opinion of who should take over as France coach from Jacques Santini, backing his former France teammate Jean Tigana.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Islambagh Lucky Seven blanked Mirpur Football Academy 4-0 in a South zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League at the Mirpur outer stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Opposition MPs' participation to make democracy more functional
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition MPs' participation in the parliamentary standing committees would make the watchdog bodies more effective and the democracy more functional.
 arrow Find out alternatives to toxic chemicals
Scientists and academics have been asked for finding out alternatives to toxic chemicals to protect human health and environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
 arrow 'No govt tries war criminals for vested interest'
None of the successive governments since independence tried the war criminals for some kind of 'mutual understanding' with them, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 2 murdered in city
Miscreants beat an electrician to death at Badda while police recovered the slaughtered body of a fish trader from Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ratify 2 CEDAW articles
Three non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to eliminate all forms of discriminations against women.
 arrow SSKOP submits Memo to PM's office
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office demanding announcement of the sixth wage board and 60 per cent dearness allowance.
 arrow HC acquits 3 of charge
The High Court yesterday acquitted three persons convicted by a lower court in Pirojpur in the sensational Delwar murder case.
 arrow NUS's campaign against drug
With the slogan 'Say no to drug', Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS), an NGO, launched a mass campaign against drug in Dhaka and Chittagong yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 15-day painting exhibition begins
A 15-day painting exhibition with 658 selected works from 34 countries, including Asia, Africa, North America and Europe, began at the Shishu Academy yesterday.
Nationalarrow Power outage pounds tea industry in peak season
Tea production in Moulvibazar and Habigonj districts is being greatly hampered during the ongoing peak season due to load shedding in tea gardens.
 arrow 31 including officials face BAC case
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) has filed a case against 31 people including the former Gaibandha District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer and Palashbari UNO in connection with misappropriationof
 arrow 42 villages flooded in B'baria
At least 42 villages were flooded in Akhaura and Koshba upazilas affecting over one lakh people as rain-fed Haura and Saldanadi rivers rolling from Tripura hills in India burst their banks at severalpoints
 arrow 'Evolve planned shrimp culture in S-W region'
Speakers at an orientation course on Friday said the ecology and the environment are being greatly affected due to unplanned building of dams in rivers waterbodies in the south-western coastal region.
 arrow KCC-KDA stand-off over 3 prime revenue sources
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) and Khulna Development Authority (KDA) are now at loggerheads, creating a deadlock in development activities.
 arrow Amir Khosru Opens Ctg tree fair
Former commerce minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury MP inaugurated a 10-day tree fair at Laldighi Moidan in the port city on Friday.
 arrow Airport handover to threaten national security'
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury has protested the government decision to hand over management and operation of Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong to Thai Airways.
 arrow Tk 20 lakh shrimps poisoned to death
Shrimps worth about Tk 20 lakh were poisoned to death by miscreants in a farm at Hajra Kati village in Tala upazila on Friday night.
 arrow Anti-drug day observed in B'baria
Anti-drug day was observed here yesterday with various programmes including processions and discussion meetings, oganised by the district administration and different socio-cultural organisations.
 arrow New journosí body formed in Nilphamari
A new journalists' body styled Reporters Association of Nilphamari was formed here on Friday with a pledge to do constructive journalism.
Point-Counterpointarrow Disposal of hazardous medical waste
Medical waste is infectious waste generated in healthcare facilities and related service centers, which unless rendered safe, may be hazardous to humans and or animals coming in contact with them.
 arrow The Humayun Nama: Gulbadan Begum's forgotten chronicle
The Mughal rulers of India, like others before them, have left behind monuments to their reign in the beautiful gardens and splendid buildings dotted about the landscape of South Asia, but they also craved
 arrow A tribute to Helen Keller
JUNE 27, 2004 is the 124th birth anniversary of Helen Keller. Helen Keller was born near Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA on June 27, 1968.
Culturearrow Jazz by night
The French Jazz quartet Blast delighted the packed audience at Alliance Francaise recently.
 arrow Tagore's Shasti goes on celluloid
For the first time in the long 50-year history of cinema in Bangladesh, a feature film is going to be made based on a story of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow Listener's delight
The three-day programme held at Alliance Francaise, Dhaka finally came to an end recently.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Hat Hadai: a sketch of the char people
Harun ur Rashid
On the ninth day of the ongoing theatre festival at the Experimental Theatre Stage, Dhaka Theatre staged one of

Internationalarrow US, EU offer strong Nato support in Iraq
The United States and the European Union offered strong support yesterday for Iraq's urgent request for Nato help in training security forces to deal with rampant violence and foreign terrorists.
 arrow Iran risks int'l ire over push for uranium enrichment
Iran has thrown down the gauntlet by telling Britain, France and Germany it intends to resume work towards uranium enrichment, retaliating for a resolution they sponsored that criticised Tehran for failing
 arrow 3 UN polls workers killed in Afghanistan
Three people working on Afghanistan's elections were killed yesterday in a bomb attack in the country's east, the first deaths of UN voter registration workers since the process began, the United Nations
 arrow US, North Korea emerge from talks poles apart
The United States and North Korea emerged yesterday from four days of nuclear crisis talks as far apart as ever, with Washington insisting Pyongyang disclose its uranium enrichment programme.
 arrow US troops to enjoy immunity in Iraq
Troops in the US-led coalition in Iraq will remain immune from prosecution by Iraqi courts after the handover of power to an interim government on June 30, officials said Friday.
 arrow Tigers won't attend talks to review truce
Tamil Tiger rebels told Scandinavian monitors they will pull out of a meeting to review Sri Lanka's truce after the government admitted military elements supported a renegade guerrilla, an official said
 arrow UN experts call for int'l force in Palestinian territories
UN human rights experts called on Friday for the Security Council to approve an international protection force to bring an end to Israeli rights violations in the Palestinian occupied territories.
 arrow Jaya Bachchan, Anil Ambani elected to Rajya Sabha
All eleven candidates in the fray, including Anil Ambani, Jaya Bachchan and Lalit Suri, were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in the biennial elections yesterday.
 arrow India blacklists 21 NGOs
The minister of social justice and empowerment, Ms Meira Kumar, Friday said that 21 of the 1,050 NGOs working in different fields had been blacklisted by the ministry for non-utilisation of funds sanctioned
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chittagong crime
Recent reports suggest that Chittagong is becoming an increasingly difficult place in which to do business.
 arrow Editorial: Bomb blast at temple
We find no words strong enough to condemn the hurling of a bomb at a temple in Khulna.
 arrow Budgets: Correcting or creating poverty?
The words poverty alleviation appears so frequently in Finance Minister Saifur Rahman's budget speech as to incline one to wonder why.
 arrow Gunning for talks
THE army on the Indian side of Kashmir says that infiltration from Pakistan has increased.
Letters to Editorarrow SQ's defeat
It is indeed good news that the candidate of Bangladesh government, Mr.
 arrow Role of DS
It's needless to speak about the great role of The Daily Star in nation building and in shaping up democracy in Bangladesh. But I would like to make my point on a different subject here.
 arrow OIC election
It is interesting to watch the on-going debate on the OIC secretary general's election. I personally regret the defeat of Mr. SQ Choudhury, the Bangladeshi candidate.
 arrow OIC a toothless tiger
The OIC, from the very beginning, is a toothless, benign and valueless organisation which is of no use to the Muslim Ummah.
 arrow Political pride
This is the time for Bangladesh politics to show some pride, after the good example set by India.
 arrow Import duty on newsprint
New duty on newsprint import may push the costs of newspapers up. I think the existing price of a newspaper is already too much.
Star Healtharrow How to take care of your delicate skin
It keeps your insides from falling out. It helps you warm up when you are cold and can cool you off when you are hot. It lets you feel things by touch. It protects you.
Star Cityarrow Dengue catches city napping
With over 400 hand spray machines inoperative, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) runs out of steam to fight aedes mosquitoes responsible for dengue that staged a deadly comeback in the absence of surveillance.
 arrow Cars to roll through Mohakhali flyover in October
The first flyover in Mohakhali will be open to traffic in the first week of October.
 arrow Old and uncared-for
Old Dhaka is left out of facelifts and civic amenities that are provided for the new quarter of the city on a priority basis.
 arrow Showcasing Wedding Accessories

 arrow Gulshan traffic signal goes electronic today
The electronic traffic signal at Gulshan intersections will be switched on by Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka at 12:00 noon today, a Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) official said.
 arrow Burkah sale in slump
With imported items entering the local market, most businesses saw a rise in profits but the burkah sale saw otherwise.
 arrow Cashing in on funerals
Shopping is for you, you are at the centre of attraction, but you yourself are unaware of it.

You are no more.