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Front Pagearrow Bogra village devastated as saboteurs cut dam
At least five people, including four children, drowned and 60 others went missing as suspected saboteurs cut open an embankment along the fierce-flowing Jamuna river that deleted a village of over 800
 arrow Appoint efficient judges or stop it, Bar asks CJ
The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday asked the chief justice to appoint efficient judges to the High Court or stop appointing judges if does not find competent people.
 arrow Half the importers dodge VAT, tax
Nearly half the importers do not pay any VAT and other taxes.
 arrow PM questions Mujib's independence call
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia last night questioned in parliament how independence was proclaimed by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 26, 1971 as he was arrested a day before, a statement that incensed main
 arrow Withdraw distorted documents: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to withdraw the recently reprinted Swadhinata Juddher Dalipatra immediately for what she said was distorting history to depict former
 arrow 15.5pc higher export target set for FY05
The commerce ministry yesterday set an export target of $8.57 billion for the current fiscal year, 15.5 per cent up from last fiscal year.
 arrow Polluted water at Buet halls make 500 sick in a week
More than 500 students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) dormitories contracted various water-borne diseases, mostly typhoid and diarrhoea, in the last seven days.
 arrow Kahn's son appeals not to deform design
Louis I Kahn's son Nathaniel Kahn in an email to The Daily Star from the United States expressed deep concern over the construction of structures at the parliament complex and said such structures were
 arrow BNP, AL agree to talk end to hartal
The garments exporters' move to initiate a dialogue between the ruling and main opposition parties for bringing an end to destructive hartal culture got a momentum as the BNP yesterday agreed to givethe
 arrow Saifur's 'no' to traders demand of cutting taxmen's power
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday ruled out giving in to businessmen's opposition to vesting tax officials with what they termed discretionary powers, and said, "Hartals or strikes will not bring
 arrow JS session prorogued
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad was prorogued yesterday without including lawmakers of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in 45 parliamentary standing committees formed a year ago.
 arrow Biman's rejoinder, our reply
Biman Bangladesh Airlines in a rejoinder has clarified a part of a report headlined "Bought a month ago, Biman now wants to get rid of F28s" The Daily Star ran on Sunday.
 arrow Diseases spread fast in flooded districts
Waterborne diseases are spreading fast in the 25 districts reeling from monsoon flooding that picked up fierce pace six days ago and has so far killed at least 37 people and stranded close to three million
 arrow Philippines pulls out troops Bulgarian hostage beheaded
The Philippines government yesterday said it started withdrawing its troops in line with demands by Iraqi militants holding a Filipino hostage after suspected suicide car bombing killed 11 people andwounded
 arrow British envoy meets PM, lauds democracy
The British high commissioner in Dhaka has appreciated Bangladesh's vibrant democracy and said the country can give a further boost to its economic growth by utilising its potentials.
 arrow India's river-link plan to impact Bangladesh
Speakers at a regional conference yesterday slammed India for its planned river linking project saying it will create serious impact on Bangladesh.
 arrow Robbers kill trader, cabby beaten to death
Robbers chopped and shot dead a trader in Kalyanpur in Mirpur and a taxicab driver was beaten to death in Uttara yesterday.

Abdul Kader, 35, owner of Shahi Books and Stationary at road No.

 arrow Dengue menace grips city
Dengue is spreading in the city at an alarming rate, bringing increasing number of people to hospitals with infection.
 arrow AL calls 6-hr hartal for Aug 15
Awami League (AL) has called a six-hour countrywide hartal for August 15 demanding state recognition of the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated as a national mourning day.
 arrow For them, the difference between night and day blurs...

 arrow BNP leader, 5 others hurt in bomb attacks
At least six people, including a local BNP leader, were injured in bomb attacks in Khulna and Noakhali last night and the night before.
 arrow Dhaka Saarc meet to set new tone: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit due in Dhaka next year will give new guidelines to the seven-nation regional forum for itsfuture
 arrow Kaliganj journos receive death threat
A newly floated political organisation on Tuesday threatened to kill five journalists of Kaliganj Press Club under Satkhira.
 arrow 30 hurt as cops attack JSD march
At least 30 people were wounded as police intercepted a protest procession of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) against distortion of facts in the Muktijuddher Dolilpatro by the alliance government.
 arrow Zealots threaten to blow up Khulna School
An unknown political organisation on Monday threatened to blow off Khulna Zilla School in the southern district town.
 arrow Hartal called in Rajshahi for gas supply
Residents of Rajshahi are enforcing a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city today demanding supply of gas through pipeline within this fiscal year.
 arrow Walk through floodwaters...

 arrow Correction
In our July 11 report, headlined 'Sacked Judge stripped of bar licence,' it was mistakenly written that the Bangladesh Bar Council (BBC) stripped the bar licence of sacked judge Syed Shahidur Rahman.
Businessarrow Apply for GSP derogation to qualify for EU market
Garment exporters yesterday said Bangladesh should apply to the European Union (EU) for getting GSP (generalised system of preferences) derogation, although little time is left.
 arrow Exports cross11-month target despite dull US market
The country's export earning crossed the target for July-May period of FY2003-04 by one percent despite the fact that earnings from the US, the single largest importing country of Bangladeshi products,
 arrow Curtail discretionary power of tax officials
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged the government to curtail discretionary power of tax officials to protect taxpayers from harassment and check corruption in tax administration.
 arrow Abacus eyes larger slice of local air travel market
Abacus, a distribution solution company for airlines and travel agencies, aims to double its share in the growing air travel market in Bangladesh, a top official of the company has said.
 arrow Ctg businesspeople observe token strike
Transactions at all shopping malls and other roadside shops in Chittagong city came to a standstill for two hours yesterday as the business community went to an unprecedented token strike, protestingwhat
 arrow New look Parachute oil hits local market
Parachute brand coconut oil is now available in new packs.

The tamper-proof and flip-top packs were launched at a function held in Dhaka on Monday.

 arrow Bashundhara Tissue products to be exported to Nepal
Tissue and sanitary napkin of Bashundhara Tissue Industries Limited, an enterprise of Bashundhara Group, will be exported to Nepal.
 arrow Amex TRS signs MoU with Hertz licensee IPSSL
American Express Bank Ltd TRS (Travel Related Services) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hertz licensee IPSSL Group recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Surya Baja launches new brick building machine
PT Surya Baja Sentral Anugerah, a leading manufacturer of building materials machinery in Indonesia, has recently launched a new model of "Multi Block Machine" in Bangladesh.
 arrow New DMD of Al-Arafah Islami Bank
Md Abdul Malek has recently joined Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd as deputy managing director.

Prior to his new assignment, Malek was senior executive of Social Investment Bank Ltd.

 arrow Southtech made local distributor of Chinese ATM manufacturer
China's ATM manufacturer GRG Yuntong (Guangdong) Banking Equipment Company Limited has appointed Southtech Limited as its distributor in Bangladesh.
 arrow World trade gloom grows as poor nations stand firm
Poor nations insisted Tuesday on special treatment for cotton in global trade talks, signaling a tough stance in key negotiations later this month on liberalising world commerce.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Preparations over, it's showtime
The eighth Asia Cup promises some high-octane cricket when it begins in Sri Lanka tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Manik: Making a mark
When the going gets tough Sha-fiqul Islam Manik gets going.
 arrow Cricket: Captivated by foreigners
If any proof is needed that cri-cket officials in Asia have lost faith in home-grown coaches, look no further than the six-nation Asia Cup starting here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: WC finale in Barbados
Barbados will host cricket's 2007 World Cup final at the Kensington Oval, organisers announced.

Chris Dehring, managing director of ICC World Cup West Indies 2007 Inc.

 arrow Football: Argentina fix date with hosts
Argentina set up a Copa America quarterfinal against hosts Peru after their 4-2 win over neighbours Uruguay on Tuesday, while Mexico sent unhappy Ecuador packing.
 arrow Cricket: Lara tunes up well
West Indies captain Brian Lara cruised into form ahead of the forthcoming Test series against England with a blistering 89-ball century on the opening day of the tourists' match against the MCC here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shifting focus on India
Shane Warne says he's ready to make up for his great disappointments in India and help Australia to break through their last remaining cricketing challenge.
 arrow Football: COPA SALSA
In-form Brazil striker Adriano and experienced Paraguay defender Carlos Gamarra will put their friendship aside in the Copa America on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Velappan attacks Europe
Asian football's top players have been urged to beware exploitation by European clubs as they prepare to show off their skills in the shop window of the continent's most prestigious tournament.
 arrow Football: 'Ask him again'
Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld should be asked to reconsider his refusal to take over Germany's national team, a top soccer official suggested Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Drogba is hot!
Marseille president Christophe Bouchet revealed Tuesday that the French side snubbed a 28-million-euro (34.5-million-dollar) offer from English Premiership bigspenders Chelsea for striker Didier Drogba.
 arrow Football: Golden boys asked to stay
Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) president Gilberto Madail urged national skipper Luis Figo and key midfielder Rui Costa not to quit international football.

"I'm hopeful," said Madail.

 arrow Cricket: Talha's tour in doubt
Bangladesh Under-19 team's fast-medium bowler Talha Jubaer will not be leaving for England today with the squad on their first ever official tour as he is yet to recover from a back injury suffered during
 arrow Football: MSC test for U-17s today
The Bangladesh Under-17 football team will take on Dhaka giants Mohammedan Sporting Club in a practice match today at the Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Chess: CJKS chess
Defending champions Moha-mmedan Sporting Club led the table with eleven points after the end of the third round games in the CJKS-Progoti Insurance First Division Chess League at the CJKS gymnasium hall
Metropolitanarrow 13 chargesheeted in Kohinoor murder
The Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday pressed charges against 13 people in connection with the incident of burning to death of a young girl at Pallabi in the city on March 11.
 arrow 'Govt runs dual admin'
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the opposition leader and organising secretary of Awami League, yesterday accused the government of running dual administration in the country.
 arrow GTF Secy Gen meets Tariqul
Secretary General of International Tiger Conservation Agency Global Tiger Forum (GTF) SC Dey called on Environment and Forests Minister Tariqul Islam at his secretariat office yesterday.
 arrow US girl in city to create mass awareness about diabetes
Clare Rosenfeld, an 18-year-old student of the United States, arrived in the city on Tuesday to create mass awareness about diabetes in Bangladesh by urging authorities concerned to be more active inpreventing
Nationalarrow 'Comilla EPZ in criminals' grip'
The Comilla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) had a good start but now dented by extortionists, criminals and muggers in the area.

One factory -- Al Kashem and Fuji Corporation (BD) Ltd.

 arrow 15 hurt in attack on landless in Shyamnagar
At least 15 landless people were injured, four of them seriously, in an attack by miscreants allegedly led by a ruling BNP leader at Phoolbaria in Shyamnagar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Diarrhoea: One dies, 25 attacked in Bandarban
Diarrhoea has claimed one person in Ramri Mro area here, according to official sources.

Bandarban civil surgeon has confirmed the death.

Twenty-five others have been attacked by the water-bornedisease.

 arrow Dacoity at Babuganj Agri Research Instt
A gang of about 50 armed miscreants, identifying themselves as Sarbaharas (outlaws), looted the Agricultural Research Institute at Rahamatpur in Babuganj upazila in the early hours of Tuesday.
 arrow AL man slaughtered in Meherpur
Three persons including an Awami League leader were killed in separate incidents in Meherpur, Chuadanga and Rajbari on Tuesday.
 arrow 174 RU teachers protest 'move to distort history'
One hundred and seventy four teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) on Monday protested the government move to distort the history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
 arrow 17 held, granted bail
Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the alleged arms looting from Charfession police during Sunday's clash.
 arrow Hindu family evicted by 'BNP men' in Satkhira
A house of a Hindu family on 15 decimals of land at Parandah village in Sadar upazila was occupied by some ruling BNP men after forcibly evicting the family members, according to the victim, Ananda Kumar
 arrow Arrest warrant against Ershad Shikder?
A PDB (Power Development Board) court here has issued a warrant of arrest against a dreaded criminal who was hanged to death two months back.
 arrow Dacoity being investigated
A four-member committee was formed on Monday to probe into a dacoity incident at Sardaha railway station in Rajshahi on Sunday night.
 arrow Youth rescued from dormitory
The Kotwali police rescued one Ashrafuddin, 26, from room No 304 of Shahid Alamgir Hall of Barisal Government Hatem Ali College on Tuesday after he was beaten there.
 arrow Seminar on rights held
Niskrity, a primary health care organisation in Rajshahi on Monday organised a day-long seminar on rights on natural resources at its office in Rajshahi city.
 arrow Wife, son beaten to death
A housewife and her son were beaten to death by her jobless husband at Dakhsinpara village in Sadar upazila on Monday night. The deceased are Kanchan Khatun, 23, and her son Rahen.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is Nepal seeking Chinese help to subdue Maoist insurgency?
While the Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba constituted his cabinet on July 5 with the approval of King Gyanendra, the chief of the Royal Nepal Army, General Pyar Jung Thapa, returned from aweek-long
 arrow Reaching Out-of-School Children
A new 390 crore taka primary education project to serve 2 million out-of-school children, with World Bank and Swiss Development Corporation grant has been announced.
Culturearrow A long journey to promote Tagore songs
Cultural personalities in the city often establish groups of truly committed artistes. This practice is very common in the case of the noted singers, especially Tagore singers.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Over the years, many Bangladeshi theatre groups have presented 17th century French dramatist Moliere's adapted plays on stage.
 arrow ATN Bangla steps into its 8th year
One of the earliest private channels in the country, ATN Bangla celebrates its 8th birthday today.
 arrow 'I never plan ahead'
First ever performance
It was a live performance in the mid-1980s at the Biswa Sahitya Kendra. Among the audience were Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Asad Chowdhury and KM Harun who appreciated my performance.

Generalarrow S Asian govts urged to combat violence against women
Governments in South Asia must combat violence against women to ensure their effective participation in good governance, said the participants of a regional workshop at a press conference in the city
 arrow Steps taken to halve poverty by 2015: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday that the government has taken steps to reduce the rate of poverty by 50 per cent by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
 arrow 'Sanitary latrines for all by 2010'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said sanitary latrines are expected to be provided for all by 2010.
 arrow Govt trying to implicate our leaders: Jubo League
Awami Jubo League, youth wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday alleged that the government is trying to implicate its leaders in the double-decker bus arson case on the basis of the
 arrow campaign for Bishwasahitya Kendro
Citibank N A yesterday made a second donation of Tk 1,05,200 to Bishwasahitya Kendro, says a press release.
 arrow Show cause on Maple Leaf authorities
The First Assistant Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday issued show cause notice on the authorities of Maple Leaf International, an English medium school, as to why the enhanced annual enrollment fee and monthly
 arrow Toll collector held in city
Locals caught and beat one of the five toll collectors when they went to extort money from a hotel at Karwan Bazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Jannat Ara Happy, a student of class nine of Chittagong, has been suffering from blood cancer.
Internationalarrow Israel demolishes homes of wanted Palestinians
The Israeli army demolished yesterday the family homes of two Palestinians supected of involvement in deadly attacks, military sources and witnesses said.
 arrow White House refuses to provide intelligence report on Iraq
The White House and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) have refused to give the Senate Intelligence Committee a one-page summary of intelligence report on Iraq prepared for US President George Bush
 arrow Iraq tops agenda in US-India talks
US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage held talks with India's new leaders yesterday, with the situation in Iraq topping the agenda, Indian and US officials said.
 arrow US denies strip searching Indian minister
The US embassy in Delhi has denied that former Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes was strip-searched while entering the US last year.
 arrow I was tortured at Guantanamo
A Swede released from Guantanamo Bay last week said he had been tortured by exposure to freezing cold, noise and bright lights and chained during his 2-1/2-year imprisonment.
 arrow Six nations sign pact for cheap AIDS drugs
Six nations facing serious HIV/AIDS epidemics have forged a pact promoting low-cost drugs, officials at the world AIDS forum said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anti-crime drive
THE ever deteriorating law and order certainly warrants an all-out drive against crime. So, the on-going operation by the joint forces in the city should be welcomed in general terms.
 arrow Editorial: Combating Aids
SPEAKING at the International Aids Conference in Bangkok, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged the US to lead the fight against Aids, and suggested that it show the same commitment to combating Aidsas
 arrow Tear down this wall, Mr. Bush!
The International Court of Justice has spoken its mind on what has come to be ter-med as the "Apartheid Wall" by a majority of 14-1 verdict, the lone abstention being the member of the Court from theUnited
 arrow Is the peace process in Sri Lanka suffering setbacks?
The peace process for a negotiated settlement of the long running civil war in the South Asian island state of Sri Lanka seems to have suffered setbacks in recent times.
 arrow Weaving others' fortune with the yarn of own life
Garments is a highly labour intensive industry in Bangladesh. Presently there are as many as 2,900 export oriented garments factories where more than 1.
Letters to Editorarrow TV news
It is high time somebody should teach our TV newscasters in all the Bangladeshi channels the difference between the words starting with letters "G", "J", and "Z" and how to pronounce the names and other
 arrow Stem cell bank
The world's first stem cell bank opened recently in Britain.

Genetic science has great potential for either serving or degrading humanity.

 arrow We condemn
The shrine blast killed four people and the British High Commissioner, fortunately, escaped the worst.
 arrow Frustrated with democracy
We are frustrated with democracy. We are tired of listening that sovereignty belongs to the people. We are tired and frustrated of hearing that actual democracy has never been practised in Bangladesh.
 arrow An appeal
I would like request the GrameenPhone management to extend the validity of Easy Pre-paid cards to one month after loading on GP cellphones.
 arrow Bikolpo Dhara or Ekei Dhara?
I congratulate Capt (retd) Shahid Helal for being able to see through the curtain that nearly 96% of us , the educated and literate people, are not able to see, let alone the rest of the educated and