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Front Pagearrow Prestige poll 'well managed'
The ruling alliance's intimidation of voters and polling agents, false balloting and absence of the army at every centre in violation of a High Court (HC) order marred the much-talked-about Dhaka-10 by-polls
 arrow High Court order was violated, says EC
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday said the High Court's order on army deployment at every polling centre of Dhaka-10 by-polls was violated and the election was not held up to expectations.
 arrow Poll robbed: BDB
The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) has demanded cancellation of yesterday's by-election in Dhaka-10 constituency, terming it a 'robbed election'.
 arrow Voting fair: BNP
The ruling BNP has said the by-election in Dhaka-10 constituency yesterday was free, fair and peaceful and ruled out allegations of rigging and government interference in it.
 arrow Observers tell of massive rigging
Observers yesterday said the Dhaka-10 by-polls was marred by massive rigging, enough to call into question the validity of its results.
 arrow An (s)election it really was
A 16-member team of The Daily Star went round the 103 polling centres in Dhaka-10 constituency yesterday, sometimes simply visiting a centre and at times remaining at a centre for hours.
 arrow Falu books JS berth
Ruling coalition candidate Mosaddak Ali Falu was unofficially declared elected with 78,727 votes and his key rival Bikalpa Dhara candidate Abdul Mannan, who withdrew from the race two and a half hours
 arrow Who's the liar?
Election Commissioner M Munsef Ali and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate in Dhaka-10 by-polls Abdul Mannan locked in a fierce brawl yesterday calling each other liar.
 arrow AL, others reject by-election
Main opposition Awami League (AL) and other opposition political parties yesterday rejected 'farcical' Dhaka-10 by-election on the grounds of widespread false balloting by the ruling alliance men anddemanded
 arrow Man scores 50 for Falu
A fake voter yesterday boasted to The Daily Star that he stamped at least 50 votes for ruling alliance candidate Mosaddek Ali Falu at Ispahani Girls High School and College polling centre.
 arrow Stalking leads to teen's suicide
Family of the teenage girl, who allegedly committed suicide on Monday, fled their house at Demra in the face of immense pressure of the local goons while a member of the family was still held captiveby
 arrow Hasina predicts rigged poll, flies off to Istanbul
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina said yesterday morning people would be able to witness how vote rigging could take place in the Dhaka-10 by-polls.
 arrow Saddam charged with 7 offences
Downcast but defiant, Iraq's deposed dictator Saddam Hussein has appeared before an Iraqi tribunal, but has refused to recognise its authority and says the "real criminal" is US President George W Bush.
 arrow Falu's men beat kula agents, scare off voters
Supporters of ruling alliance nominee in Dhaka-10 by-polls yesterday beat up several polling agents and supporters of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate Abdul Mannan besides scaring away votersfrom
 arrow Barguna Islamic militants charged with sedition
Barguna police yesterday filed a sedition case against 33 suspected Islamist militants arrested Wednesday at a mosque during a combat training exercise.
 arrow Thirteen killed in road crashes
Thirteen people were killed and 42 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Gazipur, Comilla and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Even going till halftime
The Czech Republic and Greece were drawing 0-0 at the end of a tense first half in their Euro 2004 semi-final at the Dragao stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cassini runs rings around Saturn
Nasa's Cassini spacecraft slipped through Saturn's rings and into orbit on Wednesday as it settled in to make the most detailed study ever of the sixth planet from the sun.
 arrow Rokan says By-polls illegal
Supreme Court Bar Association President and lawyer for Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday said the Dhaka-10 by-polls "stands illegal" as the government has violated a High Court
 arrow 13 Satkhira Newspersons receive PBCP death threat
Outlawed organisation Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) yesterday threatened to kill 13 journalists of Satkhira.
 arrow Envoy Anwar returns
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury returned to Dhaka early yesterday.
 arrow JCD, BCL clash at Ctg: 25 hurt
At least 12 students were injured at Hathazari in Chittagong as the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed yesterday.
 arrow BNP nominates Prof Mannan
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday announced former state minister Prof Abdul Mannan as the ruling four-party alliance candidate for the by-polls in Gazipur-2 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow Tk 2 lakh forest dept trees sold off 'illegally'
An alleged ruling party leader has sold off hundreds of forest department trees reportedly worth Tk 2 lakh at Tanore upazila in Rajshahi.
 arrow Hotel manager, bus driver shot dead in city
Alleged extortionists last night gunned down a hotel manager in the city's Bijoynagar area, about an hour after unknown goons shot dead a bus driver at Kalyanpur.
 arrow Expat freed after Being abducted from ZIA
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) forces freed an abducted expatriate Bangladeshi national on Wednesday, five hours after he was picked up from Zia International Airport (ZIA) upon his arrival at the airport.
 arrow Four aides of Pichchi Hannan Remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday placed four accomplices of dreaded criminal 'Pichchi' Hannan who were arrested in Uttara on a 21-day remand in three cases.
 arrow Polls and plight

Businessarrow Gas Act may be placed in next parliament session
The government has finalised a 'Gas Act' to ensure better management of the sector and it may be placed in the next parliament session, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain
 arrow Bangladesh trade show next year in London
Aiming to popularise Bangladeshi products in the UK and encourage British entrepreneurs to invest here, Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) will organise a three-day single country trade show
 arrow Indian PM meets farmers ahead of budget
With the Indian budget to be presented next week set to focus on farmers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday undertook his maiden visit outside Delhi since assuming office.
 arrow Asean, China miss first deadline for FTA
Southeast Asian nations have missed a June 30 deadline to slash tariffs on goods flowing to and from China under a far-reaching free trade agreement, but officials said today a deal could be worked out
 arrow Business sentiment in Japan at 13-year high
Japanese companies are more confident about business conditions than at any time since the bursting of the country's asset bubble in the early 1990s, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" business survey showed
 arrow EU may scrap textile duty for China, India
The EU may scrap its discount on import duties for textile exporters China and India to ensure the bloc's market stays open to some of the world's poorest fabric-producing countries, its trade chief said
 arrow Rajshahi Textile Mills resumes operation
After a year, Rajshahi Textile Mills resumed operation yesterday on the basis of 'income based expenses' to avert losses.
 arrow Indian Airlines awards best travel agents
The Indian Airlines on Wednesday awarded its top five travel agents -- three from Dhaka and two from Chittagong -- for their performances in ticket sales for the airlines.
 arrow EBL okays 20pc cash dividend
Eastern Bank Limited has approved a 20 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Hi-tech park to be set up in Kaliakoir
Science and Information and Communication Technology Minister Abdul Moyeen Khan said a hi-tech park would be set up on 231 acres of land at Kaliakoir near the capital for expanding information and communication
 arrow New tea gardens in Panchagarh, CHT planned
Government has taken up steps to develop several new tea gardens at Panchagarh and Hill Tracts to meet internal demand of tea and increase its export.
 arrow Three cos of Beximco Group hold AGMs
The annual general meetings (AGMs) of Beximco Textiles Limited, Beximco Knitting Limited and Beximco Denims Limited were held in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow New DMD of Eastern Bank
Ali Reza Iftekhar has joined Eastern Bank Limited as deputy managing director.

Prior to this position, he was deputy managing director of AB Bank Limited, says a press release.

 arrow WTO chief hopes for a draft pact within two weeks
World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief Supachai Panitchpakdi said Wednesday a preliminary deal to reform global trade was "within striking distance.
 arrow Oil slips on Saudi signal
Oil prices eased on Thursday as traders took profits from Wednesday's sharp rally when U.S. crude oil inventories fell and Saudi Arabia signaled that prices had dropped far enough.


Sportsarrow Football: Party-gal!
Cities and towns across Portugal erupted in wild celebrations Wednesday after the Euro 2004 hosts made history and reached the final of a major tournament for the first time by beating the Netherlands
 arrow Football: Genuine gold
Luis Figo, the man who said he had nothing to prove after being hauled off against England, promptly went out and proved his "galactic" status with a sterling showing to power Portugal into their first
 arrow Cricket: Tigers reach Lions' den
Bangladesh are determined to improve their dismal one-day record at the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Brain with all the answers
His demented touchline theatrics mark Luiz Felipe Scolari out as an old-style, tub-thumping manager but beneath the Brazilian's frenetic exterior lies a coach of deep footballing wisdom.
 arrow Tennis: Stunning Sharapova
Russian teenager Maria Sharapova became the second youngest woman in the Open era to reach the Wimbledon final on Thursday when she launched a stunning fightback

to defeat former champion Lindsay Davenport

 arrow Cricket: SL slip after Vaas heroics
Chaminda Vaas rose to the challenge of playing without Sri Lanka's talisman Muttiah Muralitharan to skittle Australia's all-star batting lineup on the opening day of the first cricket Test at MarraraOval
 arrow Cricket: Windies 159
Steve Harmison and James Ander-son shared six wickets between them as England bowled out West Indies for 159 in 40.1 overs in yesterday's NatWest Series match at Headingley.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe Tests postponed
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Zimbabwe will not take part in Test cricket for the remainder of 2004 after a bitter row between officials and players.
 arrow Football: Kararchar book finals berth
Kararchar Krira Chakra of Narshingdi became the first team to reach the finals of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League when they shrugged off a challenge from Jamalpur's Kacharipara Football
 arrow Football: Ctg derby today
Defending champions Mohamme-dan Sporting Club will take on arch-rivals Abahani in today's CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Football League match at the MA Aziz Stadium.
 arrow Tennis: Upstarts hope to upstage 'em
Underdogs Sebastien Grosjean and Mario Ancic plan to shatter the golden vision of a glamour title showdown between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick when the Wimbledon men's singles semifinals take place
 arrow Cricket: 'Address chucking rule'
Australian bowling expert Daryl Foster on Thursday urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to address the "silly" chucking rule.
 arrow Cricket: Shahriar set to start training
Opening batsman Shahriar Hossain is expected to start training next week after a month-long lay off due to injury.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Sharif, Jafrul and Bahadur each scored a goal apiece to help Agrani KSKP beat Dhanmondi Football Academy 3-1 in a south zone match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League yesterday at the Mirpur
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Victoria Cricket Club and Agradoot Cricket Club won their respective matches in the Shaheed Mukti-joddha Ranga Mia Cup cricket tour-nament at Shahjadpur Junior High School ground in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rambo Ronaldo!
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rarely has a good word to say about international football but on Wednesday even the fiery Scot might have raised a glass to his teenage Portuguese winger Cristiano
 arrow Football: Sour Oranje
Disappointed Dutch fans in Amsterdam tore off their trademark orange shirts and rolled up the national flags but remained philosophical about their team's 2-1 defeat against Portugal in the semi-finals
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld not ready
Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has turned down an offer to become coach of the German national side, the German football federation said in a statement on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Promise never fulfilled
The Dutch defence will not look the same without Frank de Boer, whose international career came to an end after the Euro 2004 semi-final defeat by Portugal.
 arrow Football: Ruud's heart at MU
Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has snubbed Real Madrid and insisted he will be staying at Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Bench-up frustration!
Dutch forward Patrick Kluivert expressed his bitter disappointment after seeing the Netherlands crash out of Euro 2004 after a run to the semi-final achieved with their top scorer sat on the bench throughout.
 arrow Football: Advocaat unsure
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat said he was undecided on his next move after his side lost their Euro 2004 semi-final to Portugal here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow New drug policy soon: Minister
A new drug policy is at the final stage and it will be announced soon.
 arrow Photojournalist stabbed in Ctg
A photojournalist was stabbed by muggers in front of Chittagong War Cemetery Gate at Badsha Meah Road under Kotwali Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Looted gold Recovered
Police yesterday recovered 30 tolas of gold ornaments, looted in Comilla Langolkote, from a jeweller's shop in the port city.
 arrow 7 promoted to joint chief
Seven deputy chiefs of BCS economic cadre were promoted to the post of joint chief, said a planning ministry circular yesterday.

They have also been given new postings to different departments.

 arrow Sujauddin acting secy of youth, sports ministry
Syed Sujauddin Ahmed yesterday joined the Ministry of Youth and Sports as its acting secretary, an official handout sai.

Earlier, Sujauddin was an officer on special duty at the Ministry of Establishment.

 arrow Obituary
Begum Nadera Rahman, wife of late Abu Reza Md Fazlur Rahman, retired joint secretary of erstwhile Pakistan, passed away yesterday, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Agro-imperialism: Green Revolution to biotechnology
Is the Green Revolution (GR) a curse or blessing for us? Four decades after the introduction of the GR, the time has now come to evaluate its overall impact.
Culturearrow Najma Anwar: A grassroots actress
I never thought that The Daily Star would come to my home for an interview,' says a characteristically modest actress Najma Anwar.
 arrow Shilpakala Academy upholds legends
(Continued from yesterday)
A discussion and cultural presentation on six legendary artistes was held recently at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Yesterday we featured three cultural figures.

 arrow An insight into global theatre
The 30th World Congress of. the International Theatre Institute (ITI) was held recently in the city of Tampico, Mexico. The function was held at the initiative of the ITI executive council.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Bou Bashonti
A different perspective of the Liberation War
Bou Bashonti, by Ratan Siddiqui, is set against the backdrop of the Liberation War, in 1971.

Generalarrow Establish hospital for heart patients
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the Rotarians to establish a hospital for the heart patients of international repute here and help the patients both "financially and medically.
 arrow 'Fanaticism pushing world into danger'
Muslims should follow the humanistic teachings of Islam, not the extremist line of the militant outfits spreading throughout the world, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow President assents to Finance Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed Wednesday gave assent to two bills passed in the current 12th session of the eighth Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow JCD activist to die for killing BCL man in Meherpur
A court here yesterday sentenced an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) to death and eight people to life term imprisonment for killing a Bangladesh Chhattra League (BCL) worker in 1997.
 arrow Listed criminal held in Ctg
Police arrested two criminals including a listed one, seized three firearms and recovered a stolen private car in the port city on Wednesday.
 arrow Police sergeant Stabbed
A police sergeant was stabbed at Bilshimla bypass crossing yesterday.
 arrow 1,657 more held
Police arrested 1,657 people, including one identified criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A shameless mockery
It has been a no-holds-barred recourse to devious devices, the like of which were hardly experienced before. We are dumbfounded by the trickery-ridden and orchestrated subversion of Dhaka-10 by-election.
 arrow Editorial: Hospitals in comatose
It is one of those things we have had a proverbial reputation for crafting with our huge gift of callous indifference to basics.
 arrow How much should we pay our public servants?
The following are excerpts from the budget speech of our Minister for Finance, who also happens to be the Minister for Planning: "We need a forward looking, efficient, honest and modern civil service
 arrow Three blind mice
Given that things go according to "plan", Pakistan will be blessed with three different PMs in three months after Zafarullah Khan Jamali's resignation in June.
 arrow Our troubled garment industry
Bangladesh is one of the biggest exporters of finished garments in the world market.
Letters to Editorarrow My country ...
Accepting all the unfortunate things about Bangladesh, I think there are things which we should feel proud of..


 arrow Confession
None of us is flawless. We are human beings, not angels. We might have failings. Sometimes we do something on the spur of the moment which should not be done. Later, we regret for that.
 arrow America again? No, thanks
I visited the US for the first time in 1980 at the invitation of the US government under their International Visitors Program.
 arrow Walking to a new height...
I have to cross the Bangla Motor square almost every morning on my way to work. It is always so crowded.
 arrow Time to modify the educational system
Our educational system in schools and colleges is without a logical programme capable of fulfilling the hopes of the majority of the youth.
 arrow Jewish connection?
About his defeat in the election to the prestigious post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Mr.
 arrow A balancing act!
I was a student in Bangladesh for five years after which I moved to London. I lived in Dhanmondi for most of the time.
 arrow RAB's success
Just imagine that "Bangla Bhai" is arrested for his infamous communal terrorism. In that case , our media will report the news with great enthusiasm, and rightly at that.
 arrow Our leaders
In India, the leader of the winning party decided not to become prime minister and now the recently defeated leader of the opposition in Canada is thinking about resigning after his party failed to win,
 arrow Back to square one
So we demolished the 'roundabouts of Dhaka city' (DS April 12, '04) only to be 'back to square one' (DS June 29,'04).
 arrow GPA 5 confusion
This year the number of students obtaining GPA 5 in much higher. But the total number of GPA 5 holders seem to vary from one report to another published in the newspapers.
 arrow Home truths
It is good that the US Ambassador, Herry K Thomas, finally sensed the issue of the rise of extremists under the banner of Islam in Bangladesh, the people who scandalise religion and make divisions and
Environmentarrow Why we need a Green Party in Bangladesh
In a country where politics has been lopsided since its very birth, one cannot expect balance, or, for that matter symmetry and equilibrium, in any of its sectors.
Worldarrow Pakistan to conduct 'big' missile test in 2 months
Pakistan will not roll back its nuclear weapons programme and plans to carry out another missile test within two months, President Pervez Musharraf said.
 arrow Flexibility needed to solve Kashmir row
Pakistan's ambassador to India said Wednesday both countries needed to show "flexibility" to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute.
 arrow 'Pak entry into ARF to boost Regional security'
Pakistan's admission Friday to the Asia-Pacific's only security forum is expected to ease tensions in South Asia over its rivalry with nuclear-capable neighbour India, an official said yesterday.
 arrow WB accuses S Asia of sweeping AIDS problem under the carpet
The World Bank on Wednesday accused India and other South Asian nations of sweeping the ballooning HIV-AIDS problem under the carpet, warning that they would be devastated by an African-like crisis if
 arrow Nepali PM seals deal to end political isolation
Nepal's premier sealed an agreement to end his isolation by bringing three parties into his government with a common agenda to seek peace with Maoist rebels and fully restore democracy.
 arrow 'Myanmar military forcing ethnic groups out of villages'
A US-based group campaigning against human rights abuse in Myanmar charged Wednesday that the Southeast Asian country's military regime was stepping up a brutal campaign against ethnic groups.
 arrow Asean, Australia sign anti-terror accord
Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) yesterday signed a declaration agreeing to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.
 arrow Israeli troops kill 2, detain 30 Palestinians
Israeli troops detained more than 30 suspected militants in Jericho yesterday, accusing the Palestinian Authority of allowing the sleepy West Bank town of becoming a "shelter for terrorists".
 arrow Iraqi ministry official, 2 staff killed in blast
A senior finance ministry official and two of his staff were killed and two others wounded in a roadside bombing in the Iraqi capital while seven people were killed in a US-led military strike on a suspected
 arrow Stress disorders hit US troops in Iraq: Study
Nearly a fifth of US troops returning from the war in Iraq may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, but many are not seeking treatment, according to a study released
 arrow 'Bush's credibility on Iraq slipping'
US President George W. Bush's credibility on Iraq has dropped, with a new poll Wednesday showing more Americans now believe that he misled the public about the threat posed by Iraq in the lead-up to war.
 arrow Annan wants progress in Darfur within 48-hr
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan told Sudan's government that he wants to see progress within 48 hours resolving a bitter conflict in the Darfur region, which his officials say has led to the world's worst
 arrow UK, Iran talk tough as 'sailor' row brews
London and Tehran stuck to their guns yesterday as a diplomatic spat over whether British servicemen encroached or were forced into Iranian waters threatened to become a full-blown row.