HC asks govt to free them on bail|
The High Court yesterday asked the government to free on bail thousands of detainees languishing in jails without trial in violation of their constitutional rights to get quick justice.
30 million need food aid for five months|
Up to 30 million deluge-hit people will need food aid for the next five months, Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf said yesterday, as Unicef reported an "exceptionally high"
Huge plan on to protect Dhaka from floods: PM|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government is taking a massive plan to protect the capital and its adjoining areas from flood and waterlogging.
7 banks under BB performance watch|
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has put seven banks under an early warning system to keep them from being bracketed as 'problem banks' and would sign a memorandum of understanding with them to improve theirperformance.
Army man 'killed', one hurt in CHT shootout|
An army man was reported killed and a warrant officer injured when feuding indigenous groups fired on them in Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati Monday night.
WFP plans massive emergency relief|
World Flood Programme (WFP) is planning to launch a major emergency operation for the flood-hit people soon apart from its ongoing project to provide food to two million flood victims.
Illegal political party offices razed in Tejturi Bazaar|
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday razed the unit offices of BNP, Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Kazipara in Tejturi Bazaar despite a brief agitation by ruling party
UN meets with donors, NGOs to assess flood damage|
The United Nations (UN) yesterday held an emergency meeting in Dhaka with donors and major NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to assess the deluge-damage as Bangladesh braces for post-flood traumawith
Elections to 15 municipalities in September|
Elections at 15 municipalities in 11 districts will be held on September 8 and 9, says election schedule declared by the Election Commission (EC) yesterday.
India defers JRC meet|
India has deferred the ministerial level meeting of the Joint River Commission (JRC) which was slated to be held in Dhaka on August 17.
Cry for baby food at flood shelters|
A severe crisis of baby food plagues the flood-hit people of Bhatara union on the outskirts of the capital, near posh Baridhara diplomatic enclave.
Violence rips through Iraq|
Insurgent bombers killed three Iraqi national guardsmen, a police chief and a patrolman yesterday in the militants' unrelenting attacks against the country's security forces that saw saboteurs blasted
NBR intelligence cell detects tax dodgers|
The Central Intelligence Cell (CIC), the newly formed wing of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) empowered to investigate and seize files of dubious income taxpayers, has detected scores of tax evasion
Injured Bangladeshi child in US dies|
A four-year old Bangladeshi child died Monday in Texas, USA from injuries suffered two days earlier in an explosion at an apartment complex on Texas A&M University campus, family members and US mediareports
US ups terror alert on old intelligence info|
The US administration admits that new warnings of attacks on American cities were based on information gathered by al-Qaeda up to four years ago.
US oil strikes new record above $44|
US oil prices hit new record levels above $44 a barrel Tuesday after the head of the OPEC producers' cartel said there was little the group could do to cool red-hot markets.
Russell takes oath as youngest MP|
Zahid Ahsan Russell, elected from Gazipur-2 constituency, took oath as the youngest lawmaker of the eighth parliament at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.
JS body asks people not to buy flats|
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked all concerned not to subscribe application forms floated by the NSPDL for allotment of flats at the government initiated Bashantek rehabilitation programme
Nasa launches Mercury mission|
A spacecraft named Messenger rocketed away yesterday on a 5 billion-mile journey to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun and a stranger to camera close-ups for the past three decades.
Saddam tells grandson to be a man|
Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sent a letter to his grandson in Jordan telling him to be strong and care for his family, according to Al-Arabiya television Monday.
US soldiers abused Iraqis 'for fun'|
Drug peddler gunned down in Uttara|
A drug peddler was gunned down in Uttara last night.
Fema, Brotee claim Gazipur-2 by-poll fair|
Two local election-monitoring agencies yesterday claimed that by-poll election in Gazipur-2 constituency was fair, peaceful, impartial and free from administrative interference.
Criminals' release sparks surprise|
The release of two alleged criminals from the custody of detectives in Khulna four hours after arrest on Sunday afternoon prompted sharp reactions from senior police officers and other people.
Locals lynch 'mugger', beat his accomplice in Sutrapur|
Angry locals yesterday pounded to death an alleged mugger and severely beat his accomplice at Sutrapur in the capital.
Students block Dhaka-Ctg highway for 2 hours|
Transport workers yesterday allegedly pushed out a private university student from a running bus, prompting sophomores to put up barricade on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Sitakunda in Chittagong.
IDA okays $200m dev loans|
The International Development Association (IDA), World Bank's soft-lending window, will provide $200 million equivalent to Tk 1,204 crore to Bangladesh as development-support credits.
Export growth hits 6-yr high|
Riding on duty-free access to Canadian and Australian markets, the export earning growth hit a six-year high of 16.10 percent in the just concluded 2003-04 fiscal with both volume and prices increasing.
3-day knitwear extravaganza to wear off post-MFA threat|
With the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) regime set to stage next year, knitwear producers are going to hold a three-day exposition in late next month in a bid to increase their market share in the
Asean urged to speed up economic integration to face China, India|
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to speed up economic integration to better compete with China and India.
China says free trade deal with Singapore under threat|
China may delay talks with Singapore over a free trade deal following a visit to Taiwan by Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, state media reported Tuesday.
Faulty system hinders revenue collection|
Reluctance to pay tax coupled with a faulty collection system hinders revenue collection in Bangladesh, speakers observed at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.
Hub for no-frills airlines in Malaysia by this year|
The Malaysian government's plans to set up a hub for no-frills airlines will be completed by this year, either at the KL International Airport (KLIA) or at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Airport in Subang
HSBC agrees to buy 20pc stake in China bank|
HSBC has agreed to buy a 19.
Fish farming faces flood fury in Trishal|
The raging floods have played havoc with fish farming at Trishal in Mymensingh, causing huge loss to farmers.
Most fish ponds at Trishal, known for farming pangas fish, have been washed away.
Habib Bank AG Zurich opens office in Dhaka|
Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBAGZ) has opened its representative office in Dhaka.
Thai firm to distribute software of Technohaven|
Tech Plus Company Limited will distribute Technohaven Leasing & Investment System (TeLISTM) software, a financial software application developed by Technohaven, in Thailand.
EU, Asian states voice cautious optimism on WTO farm deal|
European and Asian governments voiced cautious optimism Monday to a last-ditch WTO deal that kept global trade talks from collapsing, though farm unions and non-governmental organizations were sceptical,
Indian banks head for merger wave|
India's banking sector faces a consolidation wave to achieve global clout and contend with fierce local competition, with the merger of two high-profile lenders last week just the start, analysts say.
BHF signs mega deal|
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) signed what is believed to be the biggest sponsorship deal in its history with Dutch-Bangla Bank yesterday.
The defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final on Sunday will give rise to many questions about the Indian team management.
SL look to spinning Galle|
Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu Tuesday said he hoped to make full use of the spin-friendly pitch here in the first Test against South Africa.
The root of 'Svengate'|
A bitter woman's 10-year jealousy of secretary Faria Alam led to the email revelations that triggered the FA sex scandal.
Ashes flames fanned|
England may have been soundly beaten in the last eight Ashes series but hopes are growing that Australia will at least be given a run for their money when they tour England next year.
Little & large Asia|
From mighty China who are aiming to repeat their medal-laden triumph of four years ago to war-weary Afghanistan who are just glad to be back, Asia is gearing up for the greatest sporting show on earth.
Agassi survives Fish attack|
Andre Agassi had rallied from a set down and led 4-6, 7-6, 4-1 Monday when Mardy Fish retired with a back injury to send Agassi into the second round of the 2.4 million-dollar Cincinatti Masters Series.
Tamada makes Bahrain weep|
A superb extra-time goal from Keiji Tamada saw Japan through to the Asian Cup final as the defending champions battled back from twice going a goal behind and a controversial red card to beat minnowsBahrain
Aftab ton puts U-19s on top|
Right-handed Aftab Ahmed cracked 111 as the touring Bangladesh Under 19 amassed 466 in their first innings on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match against England Development of Excellence
Bangladesh Air Force and Faridpur DSA earned massive wins yesterday in their Group A encounters to enhance their chances of a place in the super league of the ANAS Group National Hockey Championship.
Sumon school chess champ|
Sumon Basu of Kolkata Madiyagram High Cchool emerged unbeaten champion in the senior event of the Sixth Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament yesterday.
Sick Cordy flies home|
Bangladesh national cricket team fitness trainer Justin Cordy had to leave for Melbourne on Monday after suffering a neurological problem.
BFF announces team August 8|
The executive committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will announce the final Bangladesh squad for next month's AFC Under-17 Football Champion-ship on August 8.
Rumee named IAAF lecturer|
Nazrul Islam Rumee has been named as an International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) lecturer to conduct a Level-I coaching course to be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 5 to 18.
'Bangladesh, India, Pakistan should resolve water issue'|
Eminent Pakistani defence expert and columnist Ikram Sehgal yesterday said Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not likely to be frozen out of India-Pakistan talks in the very interest of the South Asian giants.
Ensure proper distribution of relief materials: Saifur|
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the government officials to ensure proper distribution of relief among the flood-affected people.
Writ of 10 terminated BB staffs dismissed|
The High Court yesterday dismissed the writ petition filed by 10 terminated officers and staff of Bangladesh Bank.
Prof Azad files fraud case against press owner|
Eminent writer Prof Humayun Azad yesterday filed a fraud case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka against a printing press owner who pirated his novel 'Paksar Zamin Sadbad'.
Hasina visits ailing Santosh Gupta at Birdem|
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited noted journalist-columnist Santosh Gupta who lies in coma in the city's Birdem Hospital following cerebral
World leaders concerned over flood situation|
Presidents and heads of government of different countries expressed concern over the recent flood situation in Bangladesh.
New UNAFEI executive body|
Dr M Enamul Huq and Khondaker Showkat Hossain have been elected president and general secretary of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute (UNAFEI) Alumni Association, Bangladesh for 2004-06, says
Ruti making programme|
Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee and Bangladesh Puja Parishad jointly continued its 'ruti' (home-made bread) making programme for the flood-hit people on the second day yesterday at Dhakeswari National
1,161 more held|
Police arrested some 1,161 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
BSF bars relief drive in 18 Kurigram enclaves|
Rangpur: About 20,000 flood victims in 18 Bangladesh enclaves in Kurigram district are in great misery as Indian BSF is not allowing supplies of food, drinking water and other essentials to them.
'Barisal political leaders killed by outlaws'|
Notorious outlaw Selim Sharif during interrogation revealed sensational information about political killings, arms looting and other major crimes in the southern region of the country.
Eco-Park project will be resisted, rally in Modhupur told|
Netrakona: Aboriginal people will resist the government's planned Eco-Park in Modhupur forests, speakers said at a big rally held at Talki playground in Modhupur on Monday.
CUTA prepares to go to court|
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) will go for legal action against all "illegal appointments" in CU made during past two years "violating the CU Act of 1973".
Tk 1 cr toll for Tk 10 cr work!|
The road renovation work from Ranirhat to the district town is suspend for about 20 days as extortionists demanded Tk one crore toll from the contractor, it is alleged.
Jhalakathi poura polls result canceled|
The High Court has cancelled the election of BNP leader Halim Gazi as chairman of Jhalakati municipality as he was a loan defaulter.
The election was held on May 9.
Rab operation in Barisal soon|
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will start operation in Barisal region soon to curb crimes.
The operations would be conducted by the Rab unit-6, stationed in Khulna, sources said here yesterday.
Rupsha Thana OC escapes bomb attack|
A police officer was luckily saved when three hand bombs exploded near his vehicle in front of Bangmara Primary School on Monday
Officer-in-Charge of Rupsha Thana Shahadat Hossain escaped unhurt when
Diarrhoea kills 10 in Mymensingh|
At least 10 people died from diarrhoea and 4,000 were afflicted with the disease in the last few days.
Tarek distributes relief in Gaibandha|
BNP First Joint Secretary General Tarek Rahman on Monday visited the flood affected areas in Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas.
Autorickshaws off Rangamati roads|
Autorikshaws are off the roads in the hill town as their drivers began an indefinite strike Monday in protest against attack on some of them by indigenous college students.
Muslim troops in Iraq: Is it a possibility?|
The recent Saudi proposal to dispatch Muslim troops to Iraq has created mixed opinion both within the Muslim countries and the Bush administration.
Population control: Reaching the remaining half|
IREAD " population pro-grammes and directions" by Dr. Syed Jehangir Hyder (Daily Star July 24, 2004) with great interest. Dr.
Are the floods due to climate change?|
As Bangladesh faces another major flood affecting millions of people and large parts of the country the question is being asked whether these floods are caused by human induced climate change? While it
Moliere comes to Natmandal|
The young actors and actresses who presented the story of the maiden with two suitors were fresh faced and bright eyed.
The Brahmaputra's tale|
One of the greatest rivers on earth, the Brahmaputra, rises in Western Tibet and travels across three countries, namely China, India and Bangladesh.
Q & A|
Our Cultural Correspondent talked to actress, Ishita. An excerpt from the conversation:
Live one day at a time. Don't harbour negative vibes for tomorrow.
Fundraising effort for the flood victims|
Kranti, a cultural organisation, arranged a solo music session by a regular group member Arif Rahman. The venue was the National Museum Auditorium at 6.00 pm on August 2.
Ash heads westwards|
Queen of millions, Aishwarya Rai may soon be in for a Hollywood cruise. Industry sources say that the Ex-Miss World has allocated the period from March to December 2004 for her international projects.
A new role for Tom Cruise|
More donations to PM's Relief Fund|
More organisations, ministries and institutions continued to make donations in cash and kind to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund responding to the call of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to help the flood-
Help implement Dhaka Eastern Bypass project|
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday called upon the international financial institutions, donor countries and international development partners to come forward with assistance to implementthe
Donation to AL relief fund|
A private TV channel and a business association yesterday donated Tk 10 lakh to the Awami League Relief Fund to carry out the party's relief activities among the flood victims.
New bed at BIRDEM|
A bed in the name of Mohammad Khalilur Rahman has been introduced at BIRDEM Hospital in the city.
The bed will be used by poor diabetic and cardiac patients free of cost.
German envoy distributes food|
German Ambassador Dietrich Andreas distributed food among flood-affected people at Gulshan shelter yesterday, says a press release.
About 5,000 slum-dwellers have taken shelter here.
utilise foreign relief properly: B Chy|
Former president and chief of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday called for proper utilisation of relief materials received from abroad.
Jubo League launches oral saline project|
Jubo League, a youth front of Awami League (AL), yesterday launched an oral saline project for flood affected people.
'Jordan considers troops for Iraq'|
Jordan would consider sending troops to troubled Iraq if Baghdad made a request for an Arab force to replace the US-led coalition, King Abdullah II told Al-Arabiya satellite channel yesterday.
'40 to 50 Taliban killed in Afghan border clash'|
Between 40 and 50 suspected Taliban militants have been killed in heavy fighting with Afghan forces backed by US attack helicopters and "tank buster" aircraft near the Pakistan border, the US military
Hamas threatens to rocket Israeli town|
Hamas's military wing threatened yesterday to rain down rockets on an Israeli town if the occupation of a Gaza Strip village continues, in a videotaped message believed to be the first of its kind bythe
Lankan opposition quits support for peace talks|
Sri Lanka's main opposition which could make or break a final peace deal between the government and Tamil rebels yesterday withdrew its unconditional support for pushing forward the stalled peace process.
Kashmir separatists fail to forge unity|
Influential separatists in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir said yesterday they had failed in an attempt to unite feuding moderate and hardline factions, marking a major blow to separatist unity.
Bush policies encourage terrorism, says Kerry|
Democratic candidate John Kerry accused President Bush of encouraging terrorist recruitment with policies that have made the world angry at the United States, a criticism that Bush dismissed as a "ridiculous
Terror targets remain under tight security|
Under the steady gaze of police officers sporting body armour and automatic weapons, workers were confronted with ID checks and bag searches as they headed for work following the most specific domestic
11 killed in Indian tunnel collapse|
At least 11 people were killed and an as yet undetermined number injured or missing after a tunnel they were digging collapsed in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal, police said Tuesday.
World consoles Paraguay|
Condolences poured into Paraguay from neighboring Brazil and Chile and from as far away as France and the Vatican on Monday, after 346 persons died in an Asuncion supermarket fire.
New team to take over Tagore's lost medal hunt|
A new team will take over the investigation of the theft of litterateur Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize from Visva Bharati University.
'100 bodies found in mass graves in Ivory Coast'|
Three mass graves containing at least 99 bodies have been found in northern Ivory Coast in a region under rebel control where clashes took place between rival factions last month, the United Nations mission
Sudan plans to double Darfur security forces|
The authorities in Sudan have announced plans to double the number of security forces in the troubled Darfur region to 12,000 over the next four months.
India, Pakistan talk ways to boost ties|
Senior officials from India and Pakistan were meeting here yesterday to discuss ways to increase cultural contacts between the two countries, an Indian official said.
Disaster management pitfalls|
That the flood is receding is welcome news but the news of the severe health hazards that the flood-affected people are facing is far from solace to us.
Curbing road accidents|
Late last week, the Asian Crime Prevention Foundation Bangladesh (ACPF, B) held a seminar on road safety with exhibits of accident victims presented on the sidelines designed to sensitise all concerned
Vigilance does it: Gazipur poll|
By all available accounts, the by-poll in Gazipur ended without any let or hindrance. The example thus set illustrates that it is possible to hold election in a peaceful manner.
Time to say no|
Although they have plenty to worry about, Pakistanis have now been forced to take pointed notice of developments in Iraq. They were aware of the murder and mayhem that Iraq has been for over a year.
Plight of the Arakanese Muslims|
The Arakanese make up a significant Muslim community in Burma.
|Letters to Editor||
Holding tax self-assessment|
The DCC has engaged a 4,500 strong force of NCC boys for door-to-door delivery of holding tax self-assessment forms and collection of the same after completion by the house owners.
Trafficking is a global problem. No country is free from its claws. According to US officials' estimate, about 600,000 to 800,000 people are being trafficked in the whole world every year.
Parks and gardens|
Dhaka is short of adequate parks and gardens. It is an irony that the military ruler Ershad built a few of the beautiful parks in the city. But successive elected governments failed to build any newpark.
Bill Clinton's book|
While passing along the road near Hotel Sheraton, I found a boy shouting Bill Clinton for Tk 300. In fact, he was selling the book "My Life" written by the former president of the US.
Death of a domestic help|
I read the compelling editorial "Death of Domestic Help" and I must admit I was emotionally moved and felt very angry and deeply frustrated.
Progress of happiness|
In this age of fast and vast changes, the global focus is on development; in the broadcast meaning of this saleable term: regardless of its polarity, and the means employed to achieve the goals, sometimes
If the quality of all English dailies is examined, I believe The Daily Star will get star marks for covering all sorts of news in excellent English of international standard.
Stepmothers and godfathers|
The Dhaka metropolis planners are bogged down with the inflated (self-created) problems of the city, mainly in the day to day management and administration, and in the implementation of the approved schemes.
Almost every year our country is hit by floods. Disastrous floods occurred in 1988 and 1998. Many people had died and lost their property during those floods.
Woes of a student|
Today our main problem is flood. Bangladesh is sinking under water. According to weather forecasts, the floods will further worsen. Most of the districts in North Bengal are under water.
Relief operations and helicopters|
Most parts of the country are under water. People are struggling to survive. They are dying due to snake bites and diarrhoea. It is very difficult to find a dry land to bury the dead bodies.
It is hypocritical of the chief of the AL to leave for India when millions are suffering due to floods in Bangladesh. She left a trite advice to the GoB, to increase the number of flood relief centres.
History of independence|
Independence is such an entity of a nation that must not be shaken in any way, under no circumstances.
AIDS-- a danger to human race|
AIDS totally destroys the human body's protective mechanism.
Facing the flood wars with foresight|
TO predict oncoming floods, the Bangladesh Water Development Board's (BWDB) Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) uses a state-of-the art modeling software called Mike-11.
Spreading Net security know-how|
DAFFODIL Computers Limited (DCL), a local IT company tagged along with IT Secure Software (Pvt.
HP introduces new anti-tampering seals|
HP has introduced new anti-tampering stickers in Bangladesh as part of its continuous endeavor to combat counterfeit products in its local market.
Haywire healthcare at CMCH|
The Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) could not start operation of a coronary angiogram machine at cardiology department in eight months for lack of manpower and ancillary instruments, sources
CCC drive to eliminate stray dogs|
Frequent incident of dog bites prompted the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to launch a drive for putting down stray dogs from different parts of the city, official sources said.
Artistes enthrall audience with Odissi dance|
Diarrhoea scourge looms in city|
Garment worker Afzal Hossain was fighting diarrhoea in hospital after he was rushed there from Shaheenbagh in Tejgaon, an area that was reeling under filthy floodwater.
Deluge brings insecurity|
Residents of Dhaka's Shahajadpur, Badda and Malibagh areas are living in insecurity after the current floods forced many of them to move elsewhere leaving behind household properties under locks.
Floods stall Wasa crackdown|
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) postponed the scheduled early August special drive against illegal connections because of the on-going floods.
Floods halt wholesale business|
The wholesale markets of Moulvibazar, Islampur, English Road and Nayabazar have suffered tremendous setbacks because of the devastating floods that swamped two-thirds of the country, virtually cutting
Neglect leaves bypass potholed|
About two kilometre-stretch of the road on both sides of the Tk 113-crore under-construction flyover at Mohakhali in the capital is in a dilapidated condition for over a year due to alleged negligence