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Front Pagearrow Grabbers swoop on Gulshan Lake again
Fresh onslaughts on the Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake continue unabated with some 'landowners' demarcating the waterbody to fill the entire 35-acre of Banani stretch of the lake.
 arrow BB sets default loan recovery target
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has signed a second memorandum of understanding (MoU) with each of the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) dictating stricter terms on default loan recovery and providing new
 arrow Probe report on origin of poisoning today
The Biman Catering Service (BCS) is investigating whether the food poisoning, which left some 50 people sick on Friday, had an on-flight origin on the Jeddah-Dhaka route as a primary probe ruled out the
 arrow BDB challenges legality of Dhaka-10 by-polls
The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday demanded cancellation of Dhaka-10 by-election challenging its legality in an appeal to the Election Commission (EC) on the sidelines of swearing-in the ruling
 arrow More workers' bodies pile in Saudi mortuary
The number of dead bodies of Bangladeshi expatriates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lying in hospital morgues has risen to 56 from 40 around two weeks ago.
 arrow Hartal passes off without events
The dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal enforced yesterday by Awami League passed off more or less peacefully except a few stray incidents of violence, including over a dozen women activists of the main opposition
 arrow Untouchable victims of violence
Any person requiring emergency medical support in the city for stab, bullet or bomb injury has only one choice -- go to a state hospital.
 arrow Iraq tribunal outlines prosecution path
The head of the Iraqi Special Tribunal prosecuting Saddam Hussein and 11 of his lieutenants has outlined the path forward in the biggest legal case in the history of Iraq.
 arrow First-timers clash for trophy today
The surprises littering Euro 2004 and the presence of Portugal and Greece in Sunday's final should be seen as triumphs for teamwork.
 arrow 6-storey house tilts in old city
A six-storey building on Aga Sadek Road in Old Dhaka tilted by at least two inches early yesterday morning as the owner of the adjacent plot excavated his land to construct a new structure.
 arrow Saturn's rings eroding
An eruption of atomic oxygen spotted around Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft suggests that the planet's iconic rings are eroding and could be gone in 100 million years, Nasa scientists said on Friday.
 arrow Rab nabs close aide to 'Kala' Jahangir
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday night arrested the top-listed criminal of Cantonment Police Station, who is also a close aide to country's top criminal 'Kala' Jahangir.
 arrow Correction
The Daily Star news headlined "Govt ditches plan to rein in unruly bank unionists" yesterday inadvertently mentioned a maximum three-year jail term with Tk 1 lakh penalty if a trade union activist isfound
 arrow Sharapova stuns Serena to take Wimbledon title
Teenager Maria Sharapova has stunned champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final to become the first Russian to win a singles title at the championships.
 arrow Hasina for D8 effort to dispel misconception about Islam
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday proposed that delegations of the incumbent and former heads of state and government of D8 (Development-8) countries should be sent to the developed world to dispel
 arrow Cops release another Bangla Bhai man
Police yesterday freed another alleged cadre of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) whom villagers of Shikdari-Sakua in Bagmara upazila handed over to them on Friday.
 arrow Govt to table bill for TU at EPZs
The government will place a bill allowing limited trade unionism (TU) in the country's EPZs (export procession zones) in the Jatiya Sangsad today as it resumes after a three-day recess.
 arrow JS women seats to be distributed in this session
A meeting of the ruling BNP last night decided to distribute 45 reserved seats for women in parliament in the current session and finalised draft of rules for the distribution in line with the 14th constitutional
 arrow Saber takes swipe at Harris over polls remark
Awami League President's Political Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday took a swipe at Prime Minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury for his comments that newspapers ran doctored pictures
 arrow Hasina sued for graft
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) yesterday sued Awami League President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, former state minister Obaidul Kader and two others on charge of embezzling Tk 41.
 arrow President, PM greet Bush on 4th of July
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have felicitated US President George W. Bush on the occasion of his country's Independence Day, the 4th of July.
 arrow Non-government pry teachers' five-day strike begins
Non-government primary school teachers yesterday began a five-day strike across the country demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Khulna journos end protest Programme
Khulna journalists yesterday concluded their seven-day programme to protest the murder of Dainik Janmabhumi editor Humayun Kabir Balu with a mourning procession.
 arrow Bangladesh-US ties to be strengthened further: Harry
Bangladesh and the United States have a strong and continuing relationship which will be strengthened further in the days ahead, said US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday in a message on the occasion
 arrow Man charged with murders in US denied bail
A Barisal court yesterday refused bail to Iqbal Ahmed Bulbul who had been arrested by the Detective Branch police from Babuganj upazila of the district on charge of murdering three people including his
 arrow DCC to award Development Contributors
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to award individuals, journalists and organisations for their contributions towards the development of the capital city.
 arrow College student abducted as marriage proposal turned down
A rejected suitor on Thursday abducted a college student and demanded Tk 2 lakh for her release in Kamlapur village in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah.
 arrow AL hartal belies its own proposal, says Mannan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said Awami League's (AL) countrywide shutdown came on the heels of their proposal for banning hartal in the country.
 arrow Rickshawpuller killed in city road accident
A rickshawpuller was killed while another sustained serious injuries in a road accident in the city yesterday.
 arrow 17 hurt as goons try to occupy house in city
At least 17 people were injured in a clash when hired goons attacked a landowner and his tenants in an attempt to occupy his house in Dhaka's Sabujbagh yesterday, police and the landowner said.
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Businessarrow Bangladesh needs to mobilise gas for domestic growth
Renowned development economist Dr Jeffrey Sachs suggested a three-pronged formula for faster development in Bangladesh: mobilise natural gas for domestic growth rather than export, demonstrate the implementation
 arrow CityCell switches to next generation network
Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL) has awarded Motorola for supplying the very first "soft-switch" technology for expanding and upgrading its CityCell cellular mobile network by September.
 arrow 10 new companies join CDS
Ten more companies including six multinationals have joined the central depository system (CDS) dematerialising their shares, which will pave the way for paperless settlement of the securities.
 arrow Opec could back off output increase: Iran
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Saturday that current oil prices were "good" and that Opec could consider delaying a scheduled production increase when it meets later this month.
 arrow Peoples Ins declares 25pc dividend
Peoples Insurance Company Limited has declared a 25 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Asia Ins okays 10pc dividend
Asia Insurance Limited has announce a 10 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.

The dividend was approved at the 4th annual general meeting of the company held in Dhaka recently.

 arrow India sets 16pc export growth target for 04-05
India is aiming for a 16 percent growth in exports to reach 73.4 billion dollars in fiscal 2004-2005, the commerce ministry said Friday.
Sportsarrow Football: History makers either way
Portugal will trust in home advantage and the Midas touch of their Brazilian coach to secure a first major title in Sunday's Euro 2004 final and end Greece's great adventure.
 arrow Tennis: Life is beautiful
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova admits her father's gamble on her tennis talent a decade ago was pretty straight forward -- it was a win or lose chance.
 arrow Football: One language in Portugal
Portugal was burning with patriotic fervour on the eve of Sunday's Euro 2004 final as fans relish the prospect that the hosts will defeat upstart Greece and win their first-ever major football title.
 arrow Football: Scolari versus Rehhagel: masterminds
Two men, two teams, one final -- and four countries still involved.
 arrow Cricket: SL Kaspro-witched
Michael Kasprowicz bowled Australia to a thumping 149-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first cricket Test with two days to spare on a minefield wicket at Marrara Oval here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns restricts WI
West Indies threw away a promising position after being bowled out for 216 by New Zealand in their NatWest Series one-day international at Sophia Gardens here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Media games over Merk
Portugal's media on Saturday upped the ante ahead of Sunday's Euro 2004 final between the host nation and Greece by noting a long friendship between referee Markus Merk and the Greeks' German coach Otto
 arrow Football: He's got the look
His naked torso graces newspaper front pages and magazine covers. His baby face is plastered over billboards and TV ads.

Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal's pin-up and soccer's new teen heartthrob.

 arrow Football: Respect yes, friends no?
Congratulations to the Greeks for making it to the Euro 2004 final.

The way they did it, however, may not be good for the game.

 arrow Football: Klinsmann's All-star XI
Former German international striker Jurgen Klinsmann on Saturday selected his all-star Euro 2004 eleven, plumping for three Portugal stars and two Greeks among those who will star in Sunday's final.
 arrow Eves' wrestling to go on
Despite threats from Islamic fundamentalists the first ever National Women's Wrestling Competition will be held today.
 arrow Football: Panchagarh BU complete the Quorum
Panchagarh Brothers Union completed the 12-team final round line-up of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League when they eliminated Naogaon Prabaha Sangha 5-4 in tiebreaker at Natore Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: BKSP U-16 Cup from tomorrow
The BKSP Cup Under-16 Football Tournament will begin at the country's lone sports institute in Savar tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Soil nutrients critically low in N dists
Essential soil nutrients like calcium, magnesium and sulfur have dropped to an alarming level in northern districts, reducing fertility and crop yield.
 arrow Teesta devours part of Tuhin Dam in Dimla
Floodwater from Teesta river has devoured a portion of the 1.5 kilometre Tuhin Dam at Khalisha Chapani in Dimla upazila, constructed in 2002-2003 financial year.
 arrow An unusual phenomenon
Some popular indigenous fish species like Ruhi, Katal and Mrigel are yet to release spawns this year at Halda river, the main source of naturally bred fries in the country.
 arrow Nightly deluge panic Bhola people
Several thousand people of four villages in Bhola Sadar Upazila are marooned as a huge portion of the town protection embankment breached at Nasir Majhi Friday night due to heavy pressure of floodwater
 arrow BIWTC liner MV Alauddin sent for repair again
BIWTC liner MV Alauddin left Barisal port yesterday for a Chittagong dockyard for repair again.
 arrow 'Media role vital to check AIDS, trafficking'
Bangladesh is very much vulnerable to AIDS because of its porous border with India where the disease is spreading fast, speakers said at a discussion meeting here on Friday.
 arrow Proshika chief's release demanded
Fifty lawyers here yesterday in a joint statement have demanded release of Proshika and Association for Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) president Quazi Faruque Ahmed.
 arrow Principal damages wall for toll?
A group of people allegedly backed by a college principal damaged an under-construction wall on Thursday for 'non-payment of toll amounting to 20,000 taka' by the landowner.
 arrow 30 hurt in clash in Netrakona
Thirty persons were injured, five of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups at Dulli village in Kendua upazila on Friday.
 arrow 8 more Galachipa Villages under sanitation
Eight more villages in Galachipa upazila have been brought under sanitation system, according to an announcement of Galachipa upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Mezbahuddin on Friday.
 arrow Woman 'killed' by husband, in-laws
A housewife and mother of a child was burnt to death allegedly by her husband here on Friday morning.

Ill-fated Sapna Akhter, 28, was sleeping in her room at Kaliganj Talukderbari in the town.

 arrow Balu killing protested
Journalists here brought out a mourning procession in the town demanding arrest and punishment to the killers of Khulna newsman Humayun Kabir Balu.
Culturearrow A seasoned artiste
Fazlur Rahman Babu, a prominent actor, recently spoke to The Daily Star's Shilpi Mahalanobish. Here is a glimpse of the artiste's work and life.

The beginnings

I am from Faridpur.

 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Shat Ghater Kanakori
A focus on pervasive corruption in the polity
Momotazuddin Ahmed's popular play Shat Ghater Kanakori, a satire on the evil politics of Bangladesh,

 arrow Of realism, abstraction and expressionism
Vibrant colours of green, yellow and deep orange intermingle with dull shades as richly vegetated rural landscapes spring up on canvas with distinct backgrounds of dark clouds in some faraway skylineof
 arrow Eye-catching nick-nacks
The first solo exhibition of terra-cotta ornaments was recently held at the Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka.
Internationalarrow US troops bust car bomb factory in Baghdad
The US army raided an alleged car-bomb factory and several other weapons storage areas around southern Baghdad, detaining 51 people connected to a bomb-making cell, the US military said in a statement
 arrow Musharraf orders crackdown on 30 terrorist groups
In the aftermath of recurring terrorist attacks in Karachi, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has ordered a crackdown on 30 terrorist groups in the port city after security agencies presented him areport
 arrow 10 shot dead in Bihar village
The death toll in Friday night's massacre at Chakwai village in Bihar's Nawada district mounted to ten yesterday with two more people succumbing to their injuries, police said.
 arrow Commission for minorities soon
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday suggested finding effective steps to enhance the representation of minorities both in public and private sectors.
 arrow US evacuates staff from Bahrain
More than 500 American citizens based in Bahrain are to be evacuated because of the threat of terrorism.
 arrow 12 Taliban killed in US, Afghan joint operation
US-led coalition forces and Afghan army soldiers have killed at least 12 suspected Taliban militants in a joint operation, including a man thought to be a top commander of the militia, an official said
 arrow 4 US soldiers charged with Iraqi prisoner drowning
The US Army has charged four soldiers, three of them with manslaughter, after the drowning of an Iraqi prisoner who was pushed off a bridge, while a senior general criticised US military detention policies,
 arrow Lawyers seek release of Guantanamo inmates
Lawyers representing nine prisoners at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, filed lawsuits in federal court on Friday arguing their detention was unlawful and unconstitutional and seeking theirrelease.
 arrow Fresh case of Afghan prison abuse emerges
The US military said yesterday it was investigating a new allegation of prisoner abuse, the third to be examined in Afghanistan following revelations of detainee abuse in Iraq.
Editorialarrow Editorial: JMJB activists' release
The raging controversy surrounding Bangla Bhai and his men has been further deepened by the news that three JMJB activists were arrested and later released by the police.
 arrow Editorial: Trade unionism in banks
Dealing with trade unions that have become entrenched in many sectors of the economy has been problematic for successive administrations, and the current administration appears no closer to solving the
 arrow Fragile 'sovereignty' in post-handover Iraq
The stealth with which the occupying powers in Iraq transferred "sovereignty" to the Interim Iraqi Government has taken the world by surprise.
 arrow BJP's introspection
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the driving force behind the Coalition that ruled India for several years till its recent electoral debacle, has engaged itself in soul searching for the unexpected defeat
Letters to Editorarrow External interference
The US envoy's meddling in each and every local affair is becoming an interference in our internal affairs, right from his joining his post in Dhaka not too long ago.
 arrow Where are the advocates of democracy?
In the last few weeks there have been a few articles against democracy and some have even termed it as dictatorship. The arguments put forward by them are also pragmatic, neither hypothetical nor biased.
 arrow Good editorial, but...
Your very well written editorial on the visit of the Prime Minister of Singapore has attracted my attention (DS June 26th).
 arrow Regulation of English medium schools
As an alumnus of Maple Leaf International School, I read with more than a passing interest the piece about English medium schools (DS, June 26).
 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.
Star Healtharrow Ensure skilled attendants at delivery
In our country there are so many health problems. Among them high mortality and morbidity rate of mothers during delivery or immediately after childbirth is remarkable.
 arrow Chlamydia in men affects fertility
Chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease and known cause of infertility in women, can also reduce a man's chance of fathering a child, Swedish researchers found.
 arrow Worry affects fertility in women
"Don't worry, be happy" may sound like patronising advice to a woman seeking help in having a baby but it may be just what the doctor ordered, according to research.
 arrow Women born in summer have fewer children
Women with summer birthdays tend to have fewer children than those born during other months of the year, according to an Austrian study.
Star Cityarrow Book import sees alarming fall
Foreign book import has gone down alarmingly over the last few years because of widespread piracy across the country.
 arrow Getting into gridlock
Pedestrians using the stretch from Jatrabari to Sayedabad face a great difficulty walking, crossing the road and boarding buses because of runaway traffic, illegal parking and sidewalk encroachment.
 arrow Girl hounded to death, family to insanity
Her death did not end her family's tribulations at the hands of a hoodlum who chased her loved ones from one place to another in a mad rush to marry the girl that ended up in her suicide.
 arrow Power cuts dog Old Dhaka
The erratic electricity supply to Faridabad, Gandaria and Postogola in Old Dhaka has paralysed normal life as Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) has not given a new lease of life to the systemthere
 arrow Calls to 999 for police help go unanswered
Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) emergency service 999 operating since last year has often failed to serve its purpose.
 arrow A gym culture growing
Dhaka residents are becoming more and more health conscious these days and the impressive turnout at gymnasiums and fitness centres that have popped up around the city over the last couple of years bears