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Front Pagearrow Cop bombed to death, 2 more killed in shootout
Unknown assailants with suspected ties to underground operatives bombed an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police to death and critically wounded another ASI in Jhenidah on Thursday night, while robbers
 arrow Raging floods ravage 15 dists
Monsoon flooding triggered by days of torrential rains and raging torrents cascading down hills across the border marooned several lakh people, displaced many more and destroyed crops in the fields in
 arrow Govt sits on hand as SC deadline expires July 19
The government will seek more time to fully implement the Supreme Court (SC) directives on separation of the judiciary as it has yet to complete the tasks the court asked it to complete by July 19.
 arrow Paying too big a price
Hostile social environment is forcing thousands of female garment workers in Konabari Union of Gazipur district to live with fake husbands, leading to spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and
 arrow 'Criminal' held by Rab dies at DMCH
An alleged criminal who was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) with two firearms from Rifles Square in Dhanmondi Tuesday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning.
 arrow Ahsania Mission-The Daily Star- Prothom Alo raises Tk 6cr for cancer hospital
In its pursuit to build the biggest cancer hospital in the country under private sector initiatives, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (Dam) continues its fund-raising campaign with the assistance of country's two
 arrow Senate body slates US spy agencies for false reports
US intelligence agencies overstated the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and ignored contrary evidence in the run-up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, a Senate committee reported yesterday.
 arrow Landless thousands shoved out of Noakhali shoals
Most of 20,000 acres of government char land in Noakhali has been grabbed by businessmen, politicians, union chairmen, religious leaders and local strongmen ruthlessly trying to elbow out thousands of
 arrow The dying art of bronze, brass of C'nawabganj
The traditional cottage industries producing a wide range of bronze and brass goods, once the pride of Chapainawabganj, are now on the verge of extinction as costs of raw materials have multiplied, resulting
 arrow Govt under fire for warping history
Academics and political leaders including Abdul Jalil and Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday lambasted the government for distorting the country's history by naming Ziaur Rahman as the first proclaimer of its
 arrow Ten feared drowned in Meghna boat capsize
Ten people were feared drowned in a boat capsize in the river Meghna yesterday.
 arrow World court rules West Bank barrier illegal
The separation barrier that Israel is building on the occupied West Bank is illegal under international law, the world court said in a non-binding ruling yesterday.
 arrow Imam lets muezzin beat his wife
An imam of a city mosque let his underling beat his wife black and blue right before him Tuesday night for her failure to meet his dowry demands and not giving nod to his intended second marriage.
 arrow 2 GIs, 2 Iraqi truck drivers killed in attacks
Two US soldiers and two Iraqi truck drivers were killed in fresh violence in Iraq, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Unemployment poses serious threat to Asian growth
Unemployment in Asia is set to rise as the modernisation of agriculture displaces farmers who will have to seek work elsewhere, threatening to cloud prospects for regional economic growth, the Asian Development
 arrow Laden aims to attack US this year: NY Times
Osama bin Laden, believed to be hiding along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, is directing an al-Qaeda effort to launch an attack in the United States sometime this year, The New York Times reported yesterday,
 arrow 'Pichchi' Hannan says Babul requested him to help BDB candidate
Notorious criminal 'Pichchi' Hannan yesterday told investigators Awami Jubo League leader Babul Mia had called him to a house at Uttara on instruction from a former opposition lawmaker and requested him
 arrow Trader rescued, four alleged kidnappers held
Demra police last night rescued a trader of Satkhra from the city's Sayedabad area and arrested four alleged kidnappers.
 arrow Grave threat to the environment...

 arrow 11 including Pakistani jailed for life
An Indian court yesterday sentenced 11 people, including a Pakistani, to life in prison over a series of blasts in Mumbai's railway system in 1998.
 arrow India cuts aid to Bangladesh
The Indian budget for 2004-5 presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament Thursday slashed aid to Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
 arrow Road accident kills five of a family, 2 others
Seven people, five of a family, were killed and two injured in a road accident at Bawar Kumarjani in Mirzapur upazila yesterday.
 arrow UK immigrants to face tougher English test
Britain is expected to introduce tougher English tests for new immigrants as a row broke over the Home Secretary David Blunkett's fresh attempt to outlaw incitement to religious hatred.
Businessarrow Siemens plans to boost brand acceptance in Bangladesh
Inspired by growth in geometric proportion in cellular telecommunications sector, Siemens plans to adopt an aggressive marketing strategy in Bangladesh soon, taking advantage of its unique handsets launched
 arrow Pharma companies invest big on export prospects
New and old pharmaceutical companies are making investments in a big way in the sector, seeing immense export prospects of their products.

New investors are also making ventures in the thrust sector.

 arrow For sale: An 800-page textbook for $0.00
Matt Basham is a professor of Information Technology and IT Security at St. Petersburg College in Florida, USA.
 arrow Shahjalal Islami Bank extends Tk 3cr loan to Vanik Bangladesh
Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited has extended Tk 3 crore investment facility to Vanik Bangladesh Limited against financing lease assets.
 arrow Commercial Bank, Jamuna Bank sign repurchase deal
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited and Jamuna Bank Limited signed a master repurchase agreement recently in Dhaka.
 arrow National Bank launches ETM service
National Bank Limited has introduced E-cash maintenance software 'ETM' for its ATM cardholders to do transactions in E-cash shared-ATM network.
 arrow India sees economy growing near 7pc in 2004-05
India's finance minister said Friday he expected the economy to grow close to 7 percent, at the low end of official forecasts, as analysts questioned his first budget's revenue forecasts and commitment
 arrow Riyadh plans new efforts to reduce high unemployment
Saudi Arabia plans to increase efforts to replace foreign workers with Saudi nationals to reduce high unemployment which analysts say is fuelling a wave of violence by al-Qaeda militants.
 arrow Zimbabwe gets extra 6 months to pay IMF dues
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday gave Zimbabwe an extra six months to pay its IMF dues before being expelled.
 arrow Indian budget unveils measures for textiles
The Indian budget for 2004-05 has unveiled a number of measures for the textile sector to help it prepare for the quota free regime from next year and the growing competition from falling prices of Chinese
 arrow Pakistan's forex reserves drop
Pakistan's forex reserves dropped to $12.218 billion in the week ended July 3, down $137 million from the previous week, the State Bank of Pakistan said.
 arrow Oil prices ease back as Opec reassures markets
Oil prices fell back slightly on Friday as two Opec ministers reaffirmed the cartel's commitment to raise output next month, though terrorism fears saw prices hold above 40 dollars a barrel in New York.
 arrow Farm still dogging WTO talks
Nearly a year after the collapse of WTO talks in Cancun, Mexico, the liberalisation of agriculture markets remains at the heart of sticky WTO negotiations as key members gather here for weekend talks.
 arrow Unemployment poses serious threat to Asian growth, ADB warns
Unemployment in Asia is set to rise as the modernization of agriculture displaces farmers who will have to seek work elsewhere, threatening to cloud prospects for regional economic growth, the Asian Develo-pment
 arrow US, China settle semiconductor row at WTO
China will end tax breaks to its domestic microchip industry to settle a US claim of unfair trade practices at the World Trade Organization, US Trade Repres-entative Robert Zoellick said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB defends advance trip
Heavy rain washed out Bangla-desh's second practice match in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Of two great builders
The focus on building partnerships rather than individual scores is behind the outstanding success of trailblazing Australian opening combination Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.
 arrow Football: Last gasp Brazil
World champions Brazil reluctantly took the stage at the Copa America on Thursday and ground out a 1-0 win over Chile in arguably the worst game of the tournament so far.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns warns WI pacers
New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has said the Black Caps will hope to take advantage of the West Indies' inexperienced pace attack in Saturday's NatWest Series final at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies enjoy run feast
Openers Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden amassed their sixth double-century partnership to build an imposing platform for Australia to bat Sri Lanka out of the second cricket Test here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Cricket losing its charm'
Last week, thousands of miles away from his teammates, who were limbering up for the second Test against Australia, Muttiah Muralitharan, a temporary Test outcast, continued his battle to prove the fairness
 arrow Football: NFL draw today
The draw for the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League final round will take place at Sheraton Hotel in presence of yesteryear footballers and some celebrities of the silver screen.
 arrow Football: Ctg, BKSP Green final
Chittagong Division and BKSP Green moved into Sunday's BKSP Cup Under-16 football final.
 arrow Football: Some solace for Abahani
Chittagong Abahani finished runners up in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League when they managed a 1-0 victory against Chittagong City Corporation Ekadash in the play-off match at the
 arrow Cricket: Kumble upbeat
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Thursday said India had a good chance of regaining the Asia Cup since it was going in to the tournament with a full-strength team that had bowlers capable of getting quick breakthroughs.
 arrow BSWA award ceremony held
The Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) distributed its sports awards for the years 2000, 2001 and 2003 yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer survives distraction
Wimbledon winner Roger Federer erupted with anger as a television helicopter hovered overhead at a critical point during his match against Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic, but recovered composure to earna
 arrow Football: COPA SALSA
Furious at a tabloid headline claiming a pre-match drinking binge was behind their disappointing opening performance in the Copa America, hosts Peru gave reporters the cold shoulder on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Boro land Hasselbaink
Middlesbrough signed former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on Friday, the Premier League club's third major recruit in four days.
Metropolitanarrow Duta blames threats to teachers on rise of fundamentalists
Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) yesterday said DU teachers are receiving death threats due to the rise of fundamentalist forces in the country.
 arrow 'Promote VoIP technology to create job opportunities'
The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology should be accessible to all for its extensive use in the country, the speakers said at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Robbers loot valuables worth Tk 4 lakh from house in Ctg
Armed robbers looted 35 tolas of gold ornaments and other valuables worth over Tk 4 lakh and Tk 15,000 from the house of a real estate businessman at South Khulshi in the city early yesterday.
 arrow CMP prepares new list of criminals
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) is preparing a new list of top criminals in the port city, sources said.
 arrow BUET launches e-learning programme
The Directorate of Continuing Education (DCE) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has recently launched an e-learning (electronic learning) programme for the professionals and
 arrow 8 lawyers join BDB
Eight members of Sirajganj Bar Association and teachers of different colleges of the district joined Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) after a meeting with its Chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury in the city
 arrow Young housewife found dead
A young housewife died mysteriously inside her home at Ranabhola village on the outskirts of the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow A successful woman entrepreneur
Afroza Rahman is an example how a helpless woman can be a successful entrepreneur by dint of hard work, devotion and talent.

She had started dressmaking at home.

 arrow Cashing in on patients' woes
Rozina Begum of Borodargah under Pirgachha upzila had gone to Dr. Omor Ali at Rangpur Medical College Hospital with pain in the abdomen.
 arrow Criminal case filed against arrested Barguna Islamists
Police at last filed a criminal case against the "Islamic militants" arrested in Barguna last week.
 arrow Traffickers threaten woman for complaint
Traffickers are threatening a woman, her husband and parents with death as she lodged a complaint to Satkhira Police Superi-ntendent Abdur Rahim after returning home from a brothel in Calcutta, sold there
 arrow Cash award for rescue of missing Coast Guard
Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard yesterday continued their search for missing Coast Guard Saifuddin and the trawler that sank in Kocha river at Darul Huda under Bhandaria police station in Pirojpur district
 arrow Extortion: Two local govt leaders among 25 sued in Satkhira
Twenty five persons including two local government leaders were sued here on Thursday in two separate incidents relating to toll collection.
 arrow Arms recovered in Bandarban
Army personnel in a drive seized two foreign made revolvers, two home made guns and three barrels of guns in an abandoned condition from Amtoli area in Sadar upazila in the early hours of Wednesday.
 arrow Man killed by outlaws in Kushtia
One person was killed allegedly by outlawed criminals on Thursday night at Moslempur village in Daulatpur upazila.

The dead was Galim Uddin, 35, son of Huzur Ali.

 arrow Seven trees sold in Rajshahi saying 'dead ones'
Two employees of Rajshahi district administration sold seven trees showing those as dead ones much below the actual price.
 arrow None passes in 18 schools
Not a single examinee came out successful in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination in 18 high schools here this year.

Only one candidate passed from 19 schools each.

Point-Counterpointarrow Saddam's trial and its political fallout
Iraq's trial of the century had its opening volley with the appearance of the fallen dictator before a young investigating judge in a court in Iraq.
 arrow Supplying arsenic free water to rural areas
Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water in Bangladesh. High concentration of arsenic (above WHO safe standard level of 0.05mg/l) is detected in this ground water.
Culturearrow Raktokarabi: Nagorik's landmark production
50th show of a play is not really a big deal for the big names in our theatre arena: a number of groups have attained that feat with at least one of their productions till date.
 arrow Madhobi
Famous American poet Adrienne Rich illustrates in her poem Diving into the Wreck that the world's mythologies are male-dominating and gods have oppressed women to fulfill their desires.
 arrow Kamaluddin Kabir: Laurels for the set designer
Journalist Kamaluddin Kabir is not a regular member of any theatre group.
 arrow KS Firoz: Memorable performances on the small screen
Television viewers surely remember the role of the manager played by celebrated actor K S Firoz in Ayomoy, a very popular drama serial by Humayun Ahmed.
Generalarrow BCL protests death threat to Hasina
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of main opposition Awami League (AL), held a rally in the city yesterday protesting the death threat to Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and AL President
 arrow Asia faces spectre of chemical terrorism
Asia's growing chemical industry and links between local terrorist groups and the al-Qaeda network raise the spectre of a chemical attack in the region, experts warned yesterday.
 arrow Ferry service on Paturia-Doulatdia route suspended for seven hours
Ferry movement on Paturia-Doulatdia route remained suspended for about seven hours as three ferries ran aground at shoals in Padma.

The ferries were Bir Shrestha Jahangir, Keramat Ali and Shah Paran.

 arrow Prof Ameen memorial scholarship to be introduced
Chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Prof. Zubaida Gulshan Ara said her family will introduce 'Prof. Mahmud-ul-Ameen Memorial Scholarship' at Dhaka University.
 arrow Two killed in road crash
Two people were killed when their motorcycle crashed into a bus at Pakhipara in Kalapara upazila yesterday.
 arrow Photo Art Instt to be opened in Ctg
Photo Art Institute, the first ever institution in the port city to provide training on modern photography, will be inaugurated tomorrow.
 arrow Youth stabbed to death
A youth was stabbed to death on the outskirts of the town on Thursday.
 arrow 50 hurt as storms lash three dists
At least 50 people were injured and over 400 houses damaged as storms lashed Nagaon, Jaypurhat and Bogra district on Thursday.
 arrow Death anniversary of Humayun Rasheed today
Today is the third death anniversary of former Speaker Humayun Rasheed Chowdhury, says a press release.
Internationalarrow 'Terrorism' holding Muslim world hostage: Musharraf
Islamic "terrorism" is holding the Muslim world hostage, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday a visit to the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.
 arrow US asks Tigers to give up 'terrorism'
The United States yesterday asked Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers to give up "terrorism," saying a suicide bombing in the capital Colombo had the hallmarks of the rebels despite their denial.
 arrow India struggles to fight floods
India struggled yesterday to contain floods which have claimed at least 73 lives since the onset of the monsoon in mid-June, officials said.
 arrow N Korea to get 'surprise’ rewards if it scraps nukes, says Rice
US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said yesterday North Korea would be surprised at "how much will be possible" if the Stalinist state abandons its nuclear ambitions, South Korean officials
 arrow Kidnappers threaten to behead Bulgarians, Filipino in Iraq
Militants in Iraq held a Filipino and two Bulgarians under death threat yesterday to press demands for Manila's troops to go home and for prisoners to be freed.
 arrow Iraq insurgency larger than thought: US army
Contrary to US government claims, the insurgency in Iraq is led by well-armed Sunnis angry about losing power, not foreign fighters, and is far larger than previously thought, American military officials
 arrow Defectors' reports on WMD embellished
Reports by Iraqi defectors on weapons of mass destruction were embellished to make Saddam Hussein a more attractive target for the United States, an Iraqi exile told The New York Times.
 arrow Two killed in Lebanon clash involving relatives of US Marine
Two people were killed and two wounded when a relative of a US marine who resurfaced in Beirut after 18 days' missing in Iraq opened fire close to the family home, security sources said yesterday.
 arrow 'Bush's military service files were destroyed'
The Pentagon says military records related to President Bush's service in the National Guard more than 30 years ago were inadvertently destroyed, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Tenet leaves behind crisis of confidence in intelligence
George Tenet, whose seven-year run as head of the CIA comes to a stormy end this week, leaves behind a crisis of confidence in US intelligence as the United States struggles with Muslim insurgents and
Editorialarrow Editorial: Burdened by carryover projects
The Tk 22,000 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) for fiscal 2004-05 has a total of 1,199 projects, out of which 455 are in the 'unapproved' category, which cannot but raise a question: how projects
 arrow Editorial: DCC's shoe-string budget
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka has announced a budget for the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) that is as cash-strapped as the pervious editions have been in recent years.
 arrow Portugal's hour has come in Europe
One of the smaller states of Europe, Portugal has since the Second World War, lived in the shadow of her bigger neighbours France, Spain, Britain, Italy and Germany.
 arrow Who will benefit from agriculture subsidy?
"Yes, we will do anything for the poor man, anything but get off his back.
Letters to Editorarrow Arab and now Arab Muslims
The inner conflicts in the society in Saudi Arabia were well spotlighted by a visiting Muslim professor from the USA (Opinion in the DS June 28.
 arrow Alert for BGMEA
Looting of cash on way from bank to offices of garment factories is becoming a regular feature in these days of hold-ups, and terrorism.
 arrow Remilking the cow
A foreign Muslim analyst pointed out (as a visitor to Saudi Arabia; see DS June 28) that the fundamentalist institutions in the Arab world were 'remilking the cow.
 arrow Dhaka-10 by-polls and the govt
To defy the HC's order of deploying army at all polling centres was a pre-planned conspiracy (will not be wrong to say) of the ruling party to win the most important Dhaka-10 seat through rigging.
 arrow Disgraceful indeed
Dhaka-10 bye election has again proved BNP's most corrupt, autocratic and ruthless nature, which has surpassed any other rigged election in the past.
 arrow Peace loving or piece loving?
Killing of innocent people and chopping of dead bodies have become a fashion! A human body being cut into hundreds of pieces! These gruesome incidents are creating fear in people's mind.
Literaturearrow At The End Of The Day
Barber Roti's house was beautifully located: the river Kamda in the east, in the west an orchard, bamboo groves to the north, and as far as the eye could see, crop fields in the south.
 arrow Dark places, well lighted skies
Burrow by Manzu Islam. London: Peepal Tree Press; 2004; pp. 295; 9.95 pounds.

IT'S not everyday that one gets to review a book written by a namesake, for Manzu Islam, a.k.a.