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Front Pagearrow HC orders army presence in all polling centres
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to deploy the army in all polling centres on the day of Dhaka-10 by-election, while voters focussed their attention on the apparently tight race tomorrow.
 arrow Duty withdrawn, cut on 5 items
The parliament yesterday passed the finance bill for FY05 with amendments to withdraw and reduce proposed supplementary and import duty on five items, a day before the budget is approved.
 arrow Budget to burden tax on people
Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the government of planning to impose extra-budgetary taxes to exploit people.
 arrow AL's positive role must for better law, order
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation from the main opposition Awami League (AL) saying its 'positive role' is a must to ensure political stability for implementing the new budget properly
 arrow HC appoints two legal experts to seek advice
The High Court (HC) yesterday appointed two senior lawyers as specialists to assist and advise the court on a writ petition challenging the validity of the 13th amendment to the constitution that allows
 arrow DB now to probe Balu murder case
The murder case of Dainik Janmabhumi Editor Humayun Kabir Balu yesterday was transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of Police and a three-member team headed by Inspector Sheikh Mohiuddin Chowdhury formed
 arrow Saddam to be handed to Iraqi custody today
Jailed former dictator Saddam Hussein and 11 top officials from his regime will be transferred to Iraqi legal custody today and his arrest warrant read out the following day, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad
 arrow Bhuiyan offers talks to end hartal culture
The ruling alliance yesterday offered Awami League (AL) dialogue to end politics of hartal, urging the main opposition party to help the government stop law and order slump.
 arrow Sacked KEPZ chief, 6 others face charges
Police yesterday pressed charges against seven people including prime suspect Abu Naser Chowdhury for the murder of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) managing director Ghulam Rabbani.
 arrow British envoy set to return to Dhaka
British envoy to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury, who was injured in a grenade attack at Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) Shrine in Sylhet, is set to return to Dhaka after medical treatment in London for over a month.
 arrow Bangladeshi major among 24 dead in UN copter crash in Sierra Leone
Twenty-four UN staff and others were killed, including a Bangladesh Army Major, Mohammed Shajahan, in a helicopter that crashed yesterday in Sierra Leone, the United Nations announced.
 arrow Anti-poverty plan lacks vision to meet MDGs
The special advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) yesterday criticised the World Bank's (WB) key strategy paper on poverty reduction in Bangladesh, saying
 arrow 250 shanties gutted in Banani blaze
A raging fire yesterday gutted over 250 shanties and injured a teenage boy at a slum in the capital's Banani area.
 arrow Roadside bomb kills 3 US troops in Iraq
A roadside bomb killed three U.S. Marines and wounded two others yesterday in the first fatal attack on American forces since the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government, U.S.
 arrow AL leader harassed for 'supporting' BDB
An elderly leader of city's Mirbagh Awami League (AL) was arrested early yesterday and later released after being coerced to sign 'a blank paper' allegedly for entertaining Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB)
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara fears massive vote rigging in Dhaka-10
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh fears massive rigging in tomorrow's Dhaka-10 by-elections, alleging the government is preparing to bring voters from neighbouring places of the capital to cast fake votes.
 arrow Dengue situation under total control: Mayor
Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday claimed the dengue situation in the capital is 'under total control'.
 arrow Govt giving free rein to Bangla Bhai
Opposition political leaders yesterday accused the government of giving a free rein to Bangla Bhai, operations commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, to carry out criminal activities in the northwest.
 arrow Hosts wary of Nistelrooy
Were it not for the "Ruud health" of one player at the peak of his form Euro 2004 hosts Portugal would be confident of stretching a 13-year unbeaten run against today's semi-final rivals the Netherlands.
 arrow Observer chief editor passes away
Professor KMA Munim, chief editor of Bangladesh Observer, died of old age complications in the city yesterday. He was 84.
 arrow US resumes diplomatic ties with Libya
The United States Monday formally restored diplomatic ties with Libya severed for 24 years and President Bush pledged to work toward a complete normalisation of relations between the two countries.
 arrow 63 Rab men rewarded
Home ministry yesterday rewarded 63 members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for their 'outstanding performance' in arresting country's one of the most wanted criminals --Picchi Hannan and his accomplices
 arrow 2.2 million jobless
The country's unemployed population was 2.2 million in 2001, according to a report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
 arrow Intelligence fails to trace zealots
Intelligence agencies, despite search for the last two days, could not yet trace any of the eight Islamist zealots who issued death sentence to three noted professors of Dhaka University (DU) on Sunday.
 arrow Trade gap with top 20 countries over Tk 30,449 crore
Dhaka's trade deficit with 20 major countries was over Tk 30,449 crore in fiscal year 2002-03.
 arrow Humayun Ahmed sued for Tk 5cr
A local Muktijoddha Sangsad commander yesterday filed a Tk 5 crore defamation suit against popular novelist Humayun Ahmed with a Pirojpur court.
 arrow Two secys get posting, another transferred
The government yesterday appointed two new secretaries following vacancies in cultural affairs and social welfare ministries while another secretary was transferred.
 arrow Khulna journos observe hartal
Local journalists yesterday observed a peaceful daylong hartal in Khulna district to protest the murder of Khulna Press Club President Humayun Kabir Balu in a bomb attack.
 arrow Rejoinder
Sheltech Private Limited, a real-estate company, yesterday protested a news item published in the June 29 issue of The Daily Star.
Businessarrow Existing economic order widening disparity
Criticising the present neo liberal paradigm in the world, Robert Hunter Wade, professor at London School of Economics and Political Science, yesterday said the economic order is widening the existing
 arrow Give autonomy to local government bodies
Speakers at a post-budget discussion yesterday demanded autonomy of local government bodies and also separate allocation in the budget for ensuring rural development, growth of democracy and poverty alleviation.
 arrow Bank Asia Approves 24pc stock dividend
Bank Asia Limited has approved a 24 percent stock dividend for its shareholders.

The approval was made at the bank's fifth annual general meeting held in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.

 arrow License of Recruiting agency cancelled
The government has cancelled the recruiting license number-423 of M/S Yellow International for taking advance money from workers through advertisement in newspapers.
 arrow 3m Bangladeshis working abroad Legally
Over three million Bangladeshi workers are working legally in different countries of the world, the parliament was told yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar full of beans
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said that his side is determined not to play the role of a B team anymore at the Asia Cup next month.
 arrow Football: Police arrest Army
National Football Championship runners-up Bang-ladesh Army cra-shed out of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League when they lost to Bangladesh Police in tiebreaker yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fabulous Franklin
New Zealand left armer James Franklin took five wickets to help dismiss a sorry-looking England for 101 in a triangular NatWest Series one-day international at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Let's talk art
Fear of further semi-final failure is all that stands in the way of a classic when slick-passing Portugal meet a fast improving Netherlands side on Wednesday with a place in the Euro 2004 final at stake.
 arrow Football: Moon landing awaits
Portuguese coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, bidding to become the only man in the history of the game to coach teams to World Cup and European Championship glory, Tuesday warned his side to beware counterpart
 arrow Football: Surviving by winning
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat had a lot on his mind 48 hours before the Netherlands' Euro 2004 semi-final against Portugal - not least just what does he need to do to win over the critics back home.
 arrow Football: Oranje sans Skipper
Dutch captain Frank de Boer will almost certainly play no further part in the Netherland's bid to win Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Henry conspired to become king?
The fallout from France's disappointing Euro 2004 campaign continued on Tuesday with a report that striker Thierry Henry was plotting along with his fellow French internationals in the Arsenal squad to
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Hewitt friendly foes
Roger Federer against Lleyton Hewitt has been developing into something of a modern-day classic and they will go at it again in the pick of the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: A header from the past!
When Jan Koller headed home the first Czech goal in the quarter-final against Denmark, it was like a scene from bygone days.
 arrow Football: Figo straight to the point
Portuguese star Luis Figo, controversially substituted in the quarter-final win over England, said Tuesday he had "nothing to prove" ahead of Wednesday's semi-final here against Holland.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova in semis
Teenager Maria Sharapova scurried into her first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon on Tuesday, outwitting Japan's Ai Sugiyama 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 with a dazzling performance on Centre Court.
 arrow Football: CJKS soccer
Underdogs Kollol Sangha stun title aspirants Chittagong City Corporation Ekadas 1-0 in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Dengu scare in Ctg
Despite a dengue scare in the port city and its surrounding areas, authorities are yet to wake up with preparedness to combat the deadly disease while experts feared its outbreak.
 arrow One to die for killing mother
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing his mother and stepsister.

Three others were awarded life imprisonment in the case.

 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have postponed all examinations scheduled for July 3 due to unavoidable circumstance.

The fresh date will be announced later, said a press release.

Nationalarrow Resources for ultra poor eaten up
RANGPUR: The second phase of Integrated Food Security (IFS) programme launched in nine upzilas in Kurigram district failed to serve its purpose due to alleged irregularities by a section of local LGED
 arrow Tanguar Haor saved from plunder
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MOEF) has extended the interim management of Tanguar haor by Sunamganj district administration for another six months in view of the "big success" in protectingthe
 arrow 'BNP believes in politics of production'
BNP believes in politics of production and is fighting to remove poverty hunger, its First Joint Secretary General Tarek Rahman has said.
 arrow More protests against Khulna editor murder
Political and socio-cultural organisa-tions and journalists' bodies continued to protest the killing of Humayun Kabir Balu, editor of Khulna-based vernacular daily, the Janamabhumi and president of Khulna
 arrow BNP front leader gets 17 yrs RI in arms case
Mawlana Abu Noman Muhammad Safiullah, president of Bhola district Jatioatabadi Ulama Dal, a front of ruling BNP, has been given 17 years imprisonment for keeping an illegal firearm.
 arrow 'RU Dy Registrar killed by PBCP'
Rajshahi University Deputy Registrar Muhammad Mustafa was murdered by the Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), Officer-in-Charge of Boalia thana Ahmed Ali told newsmenhere
Point-Counterpointarrow The voice of Mukulbhai is stilled, long live Charampatra
M.R. Akhtar Mukul, who wrote and read out Charampatra from the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro in 1971, was one of the greatest institutions that 1971 birthed.
 arrow Circles of self-interest hide the truth in Iraq
The secret manner in which power has been handed over on June 28, two days ahead of the scheduled date, to the US-picked interim government in the presence of reportedly only 30 persons in the audience
Culturearrow An electrifying musical evening at Tangail
It was raining outside; but the Bhashani Auditorium at Tangail was filled up on June 28 with mostly young band music lovers. A concert titled Live & Acoustic drew the audience in droves.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Tahader Katha
A grim reality for freedom fighers
Adapted from Komal Majumdar's short story, playwright Rezanur Rahman's drama Tahader Katha was staged by Dhaka Sarak

 arrow Shubachan Nattya Sangsad
Marking the 5th death anniversary of director, actor and theatre organiser, ASM Arzu Rahman, Shubachan Nattya Sangshad arranged a programme on June 27.
 arrow Two new serials on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla recently premiered two new drama serials at a press conference held at a local hotel recently.
 arrow Srijan's musical programme
A musical programme on Bangla songs of the yesteryears was held at the Biswa Sahittya Kendra auditorium recently. The function was arranged by Srijan, a cultural organisation and sponsored by Pepsi.
Generalarrow UN reform a must for peace, security of small states
Reform of the United Nations and democratisation of its Security Council is imperative for peace and national security of the small states, said the participants at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Improve safety standards in ship breaking industry'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for government support to improve safety and environmental standards in the ship breaking industry.
 arrow Form JS body to probe Sunamganj blast: Suranjit
Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday demanded formation of an 11-member parliamentary inquiry committee headed by the Speaker to probe the bomb blast at his public meeting at Derai in Sunamganj
 arrow Ex-army sergeant gets death, six others jailed for life
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong division, yesterday sentenced a former army sergeant to death and six others, including his two brothers, to life imprisonment for killing a Jatiyatabadi ChhatraDal
 arrow 607 gold chains seized at Ctg airport
Customs officials seized 607 gold chains worth over Tk 27 lakh from a passenger at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday.
 arrow Minister assures journalists of proper probe
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam assured the newsmen of proper investigations into the killings of all journalists.
 arrow Body recovered in city
The body of an unidentified young man was recovered from a lake in Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow UPL book exhibition
A ten-day book exhibition-cum-clearance sale, organised by the University Press Limited (UPL), begins on the Central Public Library premises at Shahbagh on July 3, says a press release.
 arrow Over 1,900 held
Police arrested 1,974 people, including one identified criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US court deals blow to Bush's war on terror
The US Supreme Court placed the first limits on President Bush's war on terrorism on Monday when it ruled that terror suspects can use the American judicial system to challenge their confinement.
 arrow US, Kuwait reestablish diplomatic ties with Iraq
One day after the handover of authority to Iraqis, Kuwait moved swiftly yesterday to announce the resumption of diplomatic relations with its northern Arab neighbour, severed since Saddam Hussein's forces
 arrow Israeli tanks seal off Gaza town
Under the cover of intense machine gun fire, Israeli tanks and bulldozers blocked roads in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday the start of what security officials said could be an extended reoccupation
 arrow US awarded contracts to clip wings of Iraq govt
The Iraqi interim government has inherited the use of billions of dollars in development funds but its powers are limited by contracts and regulations put in place by the outgoing US-led coalition.
 arrow Iraqi press hails transfer of power as historic
The Iraqi press yesterday described the transfer of sovereignty from the US-led coalition to an interim Iraqi government one day earlier as "historic" but a mere step on the path to freedom.
 arrow Afghanistan takes centre stage at Nato summit
Afghanistan took centre stage on the second and final day of the Nato summit yesterday after leaders pledged to send more peacekeepers to help the war-battered country hold its first elections since the
 arrow Rocket explodes in Karachi, another found near US consulate
A rocket exploded in Pakistan's violence-prone southern city of Karachi late Monday but caused no casualties, while an unexploded rocket and a launcher were found near the US consulate, police said.
 arrow US ran away in Iraq
Russian newspapers agreed yesterday that the United States ran away in Iraq by handing power two days earlier than expected to an interim government.
 arrow Indian PM shuns predecessor's BMWs for Ambassador
India's new Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, known for his austere ways, has shunned custom-made BMWs ordered by his predecessor and opted to ride in domestically-made Ambassador cars, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Canadian PM wins polls, but loses majority
Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin clung on to power but voters stripped his scandal-tainted Liberals of their majority, and saddled him with the country's first minority government in a generation.
 arrow 2 killed, 20 held in Kashmir
Police in Indian Kashmir said yesterday they had killed two Kashmiri militants and arrested 20 others who had been planning a series of attacks, including on India's main stock exchange in Mumbai.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The hand-over in Iraq
The hand-over of authority to the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG), hopefully, marks the beginning of a corrective process.
 arrow Editorial: Remarks of the US envoy
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas has created something of a stir.
 arrow A judge cries for justice
The celebrated Chief Justice (CJ) MR Kayani once said, "A judge may laugh." Now we have a district level judge who is crying for justice.
 arrow An imperial sleight of hand
It is already June 30, a D-day of sorts. Americans had promised transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis on this day, no less.
 arrow Some thoughts on donors and reforms
Donor countries' prescription for reforms to attain development target and our governments' achieving the implementation schedule are always at variance.
Letters to Editorarrow Bimal Roy
In your "All time greats" series covering the legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy, your cultural correspondent mentions about his first directional venture, "Udayer Pathe" and also says that the movie wasmade
 arrow Acid violence
Acid throwing is one of those heinous crimes. It is very rampant in our country. We find the news of acid throwing almost every day in the newspapers.
 arrow Gift books
I am writing this letter in response to the prime minister's plea to gift books as first priority.
 arrow Debt defaulters and tax burden
The national budget, which has to do a lot to influence peoples' life standard, for the forthcoming fiscal year has recently been passed.
 arrow Lose to win!
It is reported (DS May 17, Indian columnist) that the Indian general elections (exit polls) generated a change or loss of about Tk 55,000 crore in the Bombay share market.
 arrow Political salesmanship
I have started maintaining a private political diary (PD). Unintentionally at first. And later forced by the polluted political environment in which we are living (in Dhaka).
 arrow Watery governance!
Water, water, everywhere, but only 58 per cent of the drinking water produced is available to the citizens. The systems loss is 42 per cent officially in WASA (media report).
 arrow Of diplomats
I am writing this to register my reaction to the concluding remarks made by the ex-diplomat Muhammad Zamir in his article titled 'Good governance and economic progress' that appeared in DS recently.
 arrow Budget 2004
I am in general agreement with your staff correspondent's analysis of the income tax proposals in the budget for FY 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, except for the analysis that "a person who earns Tk 9 lakh
 arrow Poor diplomacy
The defeat in the election of OIC secretary general has exposed the weakness of our vision and diplomacy.
 arrow Why this failure?
Why has Bangladesh failed to get elected to the post of OIC secretary general? People of this country were given to understand in a sustained media campaign made by the foreign ministry that Bangladesh
 arrow Political currency
Politics in this sub-continent is based on forced personalities (not voluntary hero worshipping) since Independence (1947), as a review of political histories of India.
 arrow RJSC office
It is a most heartening and welcome news that at long last, the plight of the RJSC office in Dilkusha Commercial Area, Dhaka, has caught the attention of the law minister, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, who
StarTecharrow Making life easier for job-hunters
WITH Bangladesh struggling to meet demands of an increasingly dynamic web-propelled world, most IT firms are inclined to designing and maintaining job-based websites, aiding current job seekers as well
 arrow Microsoft exposes ASP.NET
THE ballroom of the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel came alive with approximately 300 local software developers as Microsoft held a special seminar aimed specifically at programmers entitled "ASP.
 arrow Scientist sees space elevator in 15 yrs
PRESIDENT Bush wants to return to the moon and put a man on Mars. But scientist Bradley C. Edwards has an idea that's really out of this world: an elevator that climbs 62,000 miles into space.
 arrow Apple previews next version of Mac OS X
APPLE Computer Inc. on Monday previewed the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system code-named called Tiger, which Chief Executive Steve Jobs said was far ahead of rival Microsoft Corp.
 arrow D-LINK receives WLAN Vendor Award
D-Link International Pte Ltd, one of the largest manufacturer of networking, data communications, structured cabling and digital electronic technologies, has been awarded the WLAN Vendor of the Year at
Star Chittagongarrow Tk 6.15 cr project to check unplanned growth of port city
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has taken up a project worth Tk 6.15 crore to check unplanned growth of the port city.
 arrow A taint in success
The overall result of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations under Chittagong Education Board has appeared as a matter of great joy and satisfaction to most of the schools, teachers, guardians
 arrow Illegal slums

Star Cityarrow Zoo jazzing-up still in cage
The National Zoo Modernisation Project estimated at Tk 19 crore awaits the green light from the Planning Commission to go ahead with uplift work to attract more visitors.
 arrow Landlord's relative masterminded it
A relative of the landlord of the kidnapped brothers of Uttara masterminded the abduction one and a half months ago, and his childhood friend executed the plan.
 arrow Scorched Life, Ravaged Hope
The utensil rack still singed; smoke rose in rings from the charred wood; and Asiya Khatun looked on with a stoned-heart. Her tears had dried. Here was her 'home', her own 'sweet home' a moment ago.
 arrow Electronic signals blink signs of success
Electronic traffic signals at Gulshan 1 and 2 intersections have smoothed the traffic flow there, most people believe.
 arrow DTCB Act not acting
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) Act 2001 has become virtually inactive apparently because of lack of co-operation between the city's different governing bodies.
 arrow Fakruddin comes to Gulshan
The name Fakruddin has become synonymous with mouth-watering biriyani and the restaurant is one of the most popular eateries in town.