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Front Pagearrow Cave-in scare at DND dam
Rushing waters blasted a hole in Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) flood protection embankment at Demra yesterday, as driving rains and upstream overspills sent rivers around the capital except for the Buriganga
 arrow Germany threatens to pull out 45m euro
Germany is set to withdraw a 45 million euro fund earmarked for the first phase of 450-megawatt Dhaka North Power Plant (DNPP) project and a related power transmission scheme of the Rural Power Company
 arrow Money made on victims' woes
A union parishad (UP) chairman of Bogra's Dhunat upazila drew relief for 17 villages eight of which were obliterated from the map and the rest partially lost to river erosion 15 years ago, villagers alleged.
 arrow Bar meet plunges into chaos
A meeting of the Supreme Court Bar Association to protest comments of two ministers plunged into chaos yesterday after pro-government lawyers slammed its president for what they said were his objectionable
 arrow Poor NBR record vexes Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman at a meeting yesterday expressed serious dissatisfaction at the performance of the Income Tax Department (ITD) that collects only Tk 114 crore of Tk 4,500 crore in income
 arrow Professionals' tax tally unreal
Contractors are the highest taxpayers, while real estate developers and buying houses are the poorest of all, according to a National Board of Revenue (NBR) list of top taxpayers of seven professional
 arrow 'Golakata' Mujibar killed in shootout with police
Notorious gangster 'Golakata' Mujibar was killed in a shootout with police in Motijheel in the early hours today, half an hour after a mob had beaten three alleged robbers dead and injured as many inLalbagh.
 arrow Tigers missing runs
After a less than impressive start to the tournament, runs have finally started to flow in the Eighth Asia Cup.
 arrow Sri Lanka beat India
Sri Lanka held their nerves and saw off a late Indian assault to defeat them by 13 runs in their Asia Cup one-day tournament Group B match in at Rangiri International Stadium in Dambulla last night.
 arrow Govt trashes AP news
The government in a statement yesterday termed a Guahati datelined AP news story that "a group of Indian insurgents were killed in Dhaka" false, baseless and concocted.
 arrow No audit until dispute settled
The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General has stopped auditing railway division's financial activities and will not start them until 'the violation of its constitutional rights by railway officials'
 arrow Highway cops on cards to man 22,000km roads
The government is going to form a highway police force to patrol and keep law and order on around 22,000-kilometre roads.
 arrow WMD probe watered down to save Blair
Last week's damning report into British intelligence failures ahead of the Iraq war was amended at the last minute to make it less critical of Prime Minister Tony Blair, a report said late Saturday.
 arrow US airstrike kills 14 in Fallujah
A U.S. airstrike yesterday on a Fallujah neighbourhood previously targeted by American forces destroyed a house and killed 14 people, hospital and local officials said.
 arrow Govt to recruit 3,500 teachers
The education ministry has decided to recruit some 3,500 teachers for secondary and higher secondary level.
 arrow Rajshahi town living in danger
Appalling condition of the Rajshahi Town Protection Embankment along the Padma resulted from alleged misuse of maintenance fund threatens the town's safety.
 arrow Dhaka for 13th Saarc summit in January
Bangladesh will propose to host 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka in the first half of January, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday before leaving for Islamabad to attend a Saarc foreign ministers'
 arrow Drop unapproved plans from ADP
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the planning ministry not to include unapproved projects in the Annual Development Project (ADP) and drop the current ones, terming them as ingredients of financial
 arrow Flood pushes essentials' prices high
Prices of essentials have marked another round of increase due to flood and inadequate supply to the city.
 arrow 39 structures demolished
The district administration and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on the second day of the five-day demolition drive knocked down 39 illegally set up structures on the Buriganga river
 arrow Intimidators ask Sumon's family not to implicate them in case
`Anonymous callers are reported to have been intimidating family members of Sumon Ahmed Majumder into refraining from pressing any charge against them.
 arrow Tragic!
A debt-ridden family which ran a bakery in the eastern Indian port city of Kolkata committed suicide to escape creditors, police said yesterday.
 arrow Wife beating imam finally suspended
Authority of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday suspended the BSMMU mosque imam, who allegedly tortured his wife for her denial of his second marriage on July 6.
 arrow Khaleda, Manmohan may meet in Bangkok
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to meet new Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Bangkok on the sidelines of the upcoming Bimstec summit.
 arrow HC set aside graft case against Nasim
The High Court yesterday set aside a graft case pending with a lower court against former home minister Mohammad Nasim and others including his then secretary and now acting Chief Election Commissioner
 arrow JS body meets without quorum
The parliamentary standing committee on power and mineral resources ministry held a meeting yesterday with only two members present, meaning without a quorum, violating the rule of procedure (RO) of the
 arrow 15 hurt as JCD, BCL clash
Over 15 students were hurt as activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed on Government Commerce College campus in the city yesterday.
 arrow One killed in wall collapse
A fish trader was killed and at least five others were injured as a wall collapsed on them at a local market on the bank of the Buriganga river yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
The Power Development Board (PDB) in a clarification on the report headlined Power Sector Slumps on Political Prank published in The Daily Star Sunday said that the projection of 1000 megawatt load shedding
 arrow Sparking off panic...

Businessarrow ADB plans to adopt new public communication policy in '05
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will adopt a new communication policy next year, which the bank officials said will ensure more transparency and facilitate people-oriented service from the Manila-based
 arrow BGMEA seeks duty-free access to US market
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) have again requested the US government to grant duty-free access to its market.
 arrow SEC changes CDS rule
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday amended a key regulation of central depository system (CDS) to facilitate share settlement and conversion of physical shares into paperless scrips.
 arrow Rajshahi shop owners to observe half-day strike tomorrow
Shop owners of Rajshahi have called a half-day trading strike tomorrow to protest imposition of VAT (value-added tax ) on retail traders and the discretionary power of VAT inspectors to arrest tax dodgers.
 arrow Upbeat economy, easy finance drive India's growing demand for cars
If the world's giant automakers are licking their lips when they look at India, they have good reason -- so many people and so few car owners.
 arrow Pragati Life Ins holds annual conference
The fourth annual conference of Pragati Life Insurance Limited was held in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Delta Life Ins Declares 48pc dividend
Delta Life Insurance Company Limited has declared a 48 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.

The dividend was announced at the company’s annual general meeting held in Dhaka yesterday.

 arrow Transcom, Etcetra sign MoU
Transcom Electronics Limited and Etcetra Bangladesh Pvt Ltd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for selling Transcom products through Etcetra super stores.
 arrow Trade 'road map' faces rough WTO ride
A proposed deal for troubled global trade talks may get a rough ride from World Trade Organization (WTO) states on Monday, but rival camps are likely to stop short of rejecting it altogether, trade sources
Sportsarrow Cricket: Implementation the key
Bangladesh will go into the second phase of the Eighth Asia Cup knowing they will be in the middle of a war of three difficult teams fighting for pride.

Pakistan are the defending champions.

 arrow Cricket: Azharuddin speaks
Forced to leave the cricket field after being found guilty of match-fixing, former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin made a surprise appearance as a television commentator during the India-Sri Lanka
 arrow Football: Kabua bails Muktis out
Holders Muktijo-ddha Sangsad Krira Chakra was indeb-ted to a second half strike from Burun-dian booter Kabua as they launched their 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League's final round campaign witha
 arrow Football: No one off wonder
Wajed Gazi has spent 25 years as a coach and he dreamed one day that his charges would win a major domestic soccer competition.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan too hot for HK
Centuries from Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik powered Pakistan to a 173-run victory over Hong Kong in the Asia Cup Group A match here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC concerned at Azhar's media job
The International Cricket Council (ICC) queried on Sunday Moha-mmad Azharuddin's presence as a commentator at the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, saying tainted players had no place in world cricket.
 arrow Football: Tevez carries Argentina
Copa America hosts Peru were dumped out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage on Saturday when Argentina beat them 1-0 with a brilliant Carlos Tevez free kick.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters leave for Thailand today
A 20-member Bangladesh Under-17 football team leaves Dhaka today morning for Thailand to play some practice matches as part of their preparation for the AFC U-17 Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans pile up challenging score
Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene plundered 116 runs off just 88 balls to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 282-4 against India in the Asia Cup Group-B league match here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Big meets not for India?
India is unlikely to host big cricket events such as the World Cup and the Champions' Trophy unless the government relaxes its tax laws, the International Cricket Council (ICC) president said on Sunday.
 arrow Athletics: IAAF may strip Johnson's gold
Five-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson is likely to lose his final gold medal after the world governing athletics body decided to annul the results of the 4x400 metres relay final at the 2000 Sydney
 arrow Chess: MSC keep CJKS chess crown
Mohammedan Sporting Club retained the CJKS-Progoti Insurance First Division Chess League title yesterday.
 arrow Football: Turkmenistan deny Saudis
A last-gasp equaliser saw Asian Cup debutants Turkmenistan earn a well-deserved draw with three-time champions Saudi Arabia here Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Send 'em to Asia'
World football chief Sepp Blatter has called on European clubs to boost the sport in Asia by sending players to bolster the region's professional leagues.
 arrow Football: AFC Asian Cup China 2004
Philippe Troussier confirmed his decision to quit as Qatar coach at the end of the Asian Cup here Sunday after seeing his team beaten 2-1 by Indonesia in an upset opening defeat.
 arrow Football: Mourinho in charge
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has blamed Hernan Crespo's Stamford Bridge departure on former manager Claudio Ranieri.

Argentina striker Crespo was signed from Italian giants Internazionale for 16.

 arrow Football: Carvalho won't come cheap
FC Porto president Jorge Pinto da Costa said Real Madrid will have to stump up no less than 30 million euros for star defender Ricardo Carvalho.
Metropolitanarrow 4 get life in Faruq murder case
A court in Dhaka yesterday awarded life imprisonment to four persons in Arman Hossain Faruq murder case in the city.

The convicts are Rustum, Bashir, Sultan and Kamal.

 arrow Situation tense at Kuet
Tension is prevailing on the Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) campus as students have been agitating to press home their demand for removal of acting Registrar Dr ANM Mizanur Rahman.
 arrow Husband strangles wife
A husband allegedly strangled his wife inside their house at Dewan Bari Slum in Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Police recovered the body of Shefali Begum, 25, with a black stain around her neck.

 arrow 1623 more held
Police arrested 1,623 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow President assents to two bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to two bills passed in the 12th session of the 8th parliament.
Nationalarrow 30 hurt in BNP-Jamaat clashes in Nilphamari
Activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, two components of the ruling alliance, were locked in day-long intermittent clashes in Jaldhaka upazila headquarter on Saturday, leaving at least 30 people injured
 arrow PDB engineers save Tk 5 crore forex
Bangladeshi engineers have done a remarkable job by overhauling a huge gas turbine at Ashugonj Power Station, which was done by foreign engineers earlier.
 arrow Hartal, protests, black flags in Uzirpur
A day-long hartal was observed and public meetings held in Uzirpur as black flags fluttered atop houses on Saturday in protest against the murder of freedom fighter and Workers Party (WP) central leader
 arrow Police file case after 88 days of incident
Police on Thursday filed a case after 88 days of killing of businessman Golam Rabbani Mukul by the cadres of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB).
 arrow Satkhira pry teachers' rally to press demand
The Satkhira unit of Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Association brought out a procession in the town, held a rally and blocked a main road on Saturday to press their demands including payhike.
 arrow CU VC's office Locked by JCD
The office of the vice chancellor (VC) of Chittagong University (CU) was locked for an hour by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on Saturday.
 arrow 'Don't send children to tobacco factories'
Speakers at a two-day workshop on Workers' Education and Child Labour' urged the tobacco workers not to send their children to tobacco factories.
 arrow 20 injured in Kushtia clash
At least 20 people including three women were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Mirerpara village in Daulatpur upazila over land dispute on Saturday.
 arrow Reception to Talents
A reception was accorded to 200 meritorious students of the district who scored brilliant result in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination this year.
 arrow 'Readers Confce' held
The readers' conference of Dainik Samatat Barta, a local Bangla daily, was held at Sur Samrat Ustad Alauddin Sangitangan here on Thursday.
 arrow 5 JU students Expelled
Five students were expelled from Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Saturday for their involvement in illegal activities on the campus.
 arrow Founding anniversary observed
The third founding anniversary of Nabinagar Reporters Club was held at Nabinagar Upazila Auditorium recently.
 arrow Magura AL councils held
Councils of Magura Pourasava and Shalikha thana units of Awami League (AL) were held yesterday and the day before.
Point-Counterpointarrow Those police regulations and we
Bangladesh polity, as of now, witnesses heightened concern about the necessity of good governance.
 arrow Immoral and illegal
International Court of Justice at the Hague has pronounced that the barrier that Israel is building in West Bank areas, ostensibly to protect the people of Israel from Palestinians, as immoral and illegal.
Culturearrow Collage workshop at Savar
Eminent artist Monirul Islam, who conducted the collage workshop at Savar, organised by Bengal Foundation, said about the project, 'I think the endeavour is fantastic.
 arrow Megabond: A new mega serial with a difference
Ever been so annoyed with a drama serial that you just felt that you had to articulate your displeasure? Or perhaps you have noticed that certain dramas seem to take ideas from other shows, alter it,then
 arrow Nittapuran
It is well-known that in the classical epics like the Iliad, Mahabharata and others, human beings are divided by religion and caste. This fact is reflected in Desh Natak's production Nittapuran.
 arrow 'I prefer giving maximum space to the director'
M Shaiful Islam is one of the busiest backstage workers of the country. He is a set as well as light designer. The regular member of Prachyanut, M Shaiful Islam started his theatrical work in 1982.
Generalarrow Quota in cadre service for the disabled in one year
The government is going to implement one percent quota in Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) for the physically challenged on the basis of competence in next one year, said Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan
 arrow Cabinet to discuss new industrial policy today
A new industrial policy expanding the choice of locations in the country for foreign direct investment (FDI) in garment sector will be tabled at the cabinet meeting today for approval.
 arrow 'Start projects in Dec to control river erosion'
River erosion can be controlled effectively if the project initiatives are taken in dry season, said M Inamul Haque, additional chief engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), yesterday.
 arrow Britain to help develop environment sector
Britain will provide Bangladesh with technical assistance and policy support for the development of environmental sector.
 arrow 2 Khulna outlaws held
Khulna police on Saturday night held two armed cadres of an outlawed outfit from city's Gobarchaka area.
 arrow Journalist stabbed in Meherpur
Miscreants stabbed a journalist at Gangni Bazar in Meherpur on Saturday.

Nurul Huda, a local correspondent of the Bhorer Kagoj is now fighting for life at Meherpur Sadar Hospital.

 arrow EC happy with law, order
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday expressed its satisfaction over the prevailing law and order situation of the Gazipur-2 constituency and decided to deploy three companies of army personnel before
 arrow Couple commits suicide
A young couple allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves from the ceiling at East Dholaipar in Shyampur on Saturday night.
 arrow Khulna Jubo League leader arrested
Babul Majumdar, Publicity Secretary of the district Jubo League, was arrested at Shachibunia village under Batiaghata upazila here yesterday.
Internationalarrow Indian flood victims loot food stores
Another five people drowned in floods ravaging South Asia, police said yesterday, while authorities in India's eastern Bihar state called for more troops amid widespread looting of government food stores.
 arrow Palestinians angry at security overhaul
Gunmen burned down the offices of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority in Gaza yesterday, as anger spread over the Palestinian leader's overhaul of his security forces that many saw as falling shortof
 arrow Pakistan bought missile tech from N Korea
Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, said her nation bought long-range missile technology from North Korea in the 1990s, but there was no exchange of nuclear technology in return, a leading
 arrow Yemen vows to quell uprising by preacher
Yemen's president vowed yesterday his forces would stand their ground in a bloody uprising led by a Muslim preacher that has left some 300 people dead in the past month.
 arrow 'Sept 11 plotters may have passed thru' Iran before attack'
Iran acknowledged yesterday that some al-Qaeda members involved in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States may have passed through the country shortly beforehand.
 arrow Philippines to pullout all troops from Iraq today
The remaining members of the tiny Philippine police and military contingent in Iraq are to withdraw today, Foreign Secretary Delia Albert said yesterday.
 arrow 6 Pak militants among 10 killed in Kashmir
Indian troops killed 10 suspected militants in Kashmir, including six cross-border guerrillas from the Pakistani zone of the divided Himalayan territory, police said Saturday.
 arrow Japan pledges aid to Myanmar despite Suu Kyi's detention
Japan is to provide 344 million yen (3.
 arrow Nepal aims to bring Maoists to talks table
Nepal's deputy prime minister Saturday said the government's central goal was to bring Maoist rebels to the negotiating table and end a deadly revolt that has sapped the country's already poor economy.
 arrow Most Britons would not trust Blair in another war: Poll
Almost six out of 10 Britons would not trust Prime Minister Tony Blair to lead the country into another war following intelligence failures over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, a poll showed on Saturday.
 arrow Thailand resumes talks with separatists
Thai officials have resumed peace talks with a prominent separatist leader living in Malaysia, a Thai defence source said yesterday after the government scrapped plans for similar dialogue last month.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fischer's visit cements ties
German foreign minister Joschka Fischer's visit to Dhaka as part of his five-nation Asian tour has provided a fillip to Berlin-Dhaka relationship.
 arrow Editorial: Inferno in Indian school
No words can console the anguished parents of those ninety children who died in a horrific school blaze in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu last Friday.
 arrow Mission accomplished in Iraq!
After months of speculation the 'sovereignty' was at long last restored to the people of Iraq -- and that too before the scheduled 30 June last.
 arrow Political intolerance: How can we overcome?
The contemporary democratic politics in Bangladesh suffers from a seemingly inescapable paradox: leaders of political parties and activists profess a belief in the principles of democracy, but they are
 arrow Reading beyond the numbers: India's Budget 2004
The money managers both of foreign and domestic kind were apprehensive of the budget, which the new Government of Dr. Manmohan Singh unveiled on 8th July 2004.
Letters to Editorarrow Politics with strange philosophy
I live in Texas and frequently visit the Daily Star webpage.
 arrow Tale of a city
Dhaka is an old city but we are not watching any attempt to preserve its heritage. Right now, Rajuk and the City Corporation should take a two-prong initiative.
 arrow July 4
The cost was great…the effort was immense…the public display was truly colourful -- shrouded in the colours of the star spangled banner…the activities were diverse and fun-filled… the participation was
 arrow Of banners and festoons
Dhaka can now proudly boast itself as the "city of banners and festoons". The city is virtually engulfed with numerous outdated, old, tattered, discoloured and obnoxious banners and festoons.
 arrow Declaration of independence
I read with interest Dr Shawkat Ali's article "The debate on the declaration of independence" (DS July 14th).
 arrow Travelling to America
I would like to offer a tip about dealing with US airport security.
 arrow Call of Independence
I am writing this in reference to your news article captioned "PM questions Mujib's Independence Call".
 arrow DS reporting
The DS is 'Committed to People's Right to Know' as per your newspaper's motto. But 'People's Right to Know' is repeatedly infringed on when important events are not given due coverage.
 arrow On absenteeism in hospitals
In the early 80's, I had a posting as medical officer in rural Sylhet.
 arrow Bureaucrats above law?
The news item (July 14) only goes to show how egoistic our civil servants have become.
 arrow Charity begins...
Finance minister Saifur Rahman is leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to squeeze out revenue from the unfortunate sections of society, and bring transparency to the system.
Star Cityarrow Hanging on to hollow promise
Karwan Bazar has been regarded as a commercial centre of the city for quite a while now but no concrete measures have ever been taken to develop this area into a proper business hub.
 arrow Eviction ordeal of slum dwellers
The city's slum dwellers are hardly ever given prior notice of eviction although it is their legal right.
 arrow Road Digging in Rainy Season

 arrow Anti-socials keep Baldah Garden visitors away
The Baldah garden, which was once a popular recreational spot, has seen a dramatic drop in visitors of late.
 arrow Mass awareness is main tool to fight diabetes
Clare Rosenfeld, a young American patient who flew into Dhaka last week cited awareness as the first step to fight diabetes in Bangladesh.
 arrow DMCH to expand its neurosurgery ward
The shortage of space has prompted the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) authorities to prepare a proposal to increase the number of beds of neurosurgery ward No. 30 last week.