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Front Page arrow 3 airports on high alert after bomb threat
An anonymous telephone bomb threat sent all three international airports in Bangladesh on high alert and delayed flight operations at Sylhet Osmani International Airport for over four hours yesterdaybefore
  arrow Dhaka disagrees with US rating
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday reiterated that Dhaka does not subscribe to the US report that tags Bangladesh as one of the most vulnerable states of origin in human trafficking.
  arrow Sylhet police await major shakeup
The authorities have initiated a major change in police administration in Sylhet with four inspectors, eight sub-inspectors and 25 constables already on the immediate transfer list.
  arrow The swelling Brahmaputra...

  arrow Police stayed inactive despite indications
In the wake of the probe into the January 12 blast at Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine that killed five people, police had indication of possible bomb attacks on some key figures but took no steps for their security,
  arrow Pneumonia dogs kids at flood shelters
Pneumonia, an infection of the respiratory tract, has turned into a major cause of illness mostly among infants with nearly six thousand cases reported in the last 10 days in flood shelters across the
  arrow Deaths darken Rab image
An increasing number of deaths in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), raids on the houses of people including retired army and police officials and alleged misbehaviour with their family members
  arrow AL blasts govt for Rab actions
The main opposition in parliament Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed deep concern at the activities of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and accused the government of running the elite anti-crime forceagainst
  arrow 3 get death, 3 life in Rob murder case
A Rajshahi tribunal gave death sentence to three people and awarded life imprisonment to three others for killing Khulna Awami League (AL) leader SM Abdur Rob.
  arrow Khulna bigots to hold rally against Ahmadiyyas
Local chapter of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh will hold a rally at Babri Square on August 13 demanding government statement declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.
  arrow Going back home...

  arrow Lasting waterlogging looms in Dhaka
Permanent waterlogging might add to Dhaka's miseries unless the government takes immediate steps to dredge the city's water bodies and halts the illegal encroachment of their banks, speakers told a roundtable
  arrow JS body sits idle for 7 months
A parliamentary body's subcommittee tasked with investigating the corruption charge against the communications ministry in import and sale of CNG autorickshaws did not work in the last seven months.
  arrow US forces call for Najaf evacuation
US and Iraqi forces battled Shia Muslim militiamen loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr for a sixth straight day in Najaf yesterday with the violence being echoed in part of Baghdad.
  arrow Libya agrees to $35m payout
Libya has agreed to pay $35m to compensate some victims of the bombing of a Berlin nightclub in 1986.
  arrow Blasts at Turkey hotels kill two
Simultaneous explosions rocked two hotels in tourist areas of Istanbul early yesterday, killing two people and injuring up to 10, in what the city's police chief said was an apparent "terrorist" attack.
  arrow Damage repair work from next month
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday announced that post-flood rehabilitation work would start next month in a large scale to rebuild damaged houses, farms, roads and bridges and other infrastructures.
  arrow Top outlaw dies after arrest
Parimal Sikder, alleged leader of the outlawed Sarbahara gang 'Parimal Bahini', died yesterday night hours after he was arrested by a joint contingent of Barisal and Pirojpur police following a gunfight
  arrow US embassy in Lanka closed after terror threat
The US embassy in Sri Lanka was shut indefinitely yesterday due to a "security threat" after a letter containing a suspect substance was received, diplomatic sources said.
  arrow Changes in admin on the cards
The government is likely to make a major reshuffle at the top level of the civil administration soon in a bid to remove the officials allegedly working against the government.
  arrow Goss picked as new CIA chief
US President George W Bush has nominated as CIA director Porter Goss, head of the House Intelligence Committee, to replace George Tenet, who quit last month under a cloud of criticism.
  arrow Four suspects held in India
Indian police arrested four suspects in journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case from Bongaon check-point when they crossed the border on August 1, police sources at Benapole and Khulna said yesterday.
  arrow Clarification
Economic Relations Division (ERD) has come up with a clarification of a UNB news regarding Swiss aid slash in Bangladesh.
  arrow Hubble sights Milky Way's 'twin’
A stunning image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy that looks like a twin of our own.
  arrow Erratum
In an article titled "Adverse possession can be enforced against a person who does not prove a better title" and published in Law and Our Rights page of The Daily Star on August 8, the judgement was printed
  arrow 4 killed in 24 hrs in Barisal
Four people, including a Jubo Dal leader, were murdered in separate incidents in Barisal within a span of 12 hours.
  arrow Midnight murder in Madarsa
Robbers shot dead an expatriate at Madarsa in Satkania upazila on Monday midnight.
  arrow Non-stop bus strike on 20 routes
Bus owners and workers enforced indefinite bus strike on 20 routes under Khulna and Barisal division yesterday demanding cancellation of route permits of BRTC buses plying these routes under private management.
  arrow Karnaphuli bridge shut for repair
Karnaphuli bridge at Kalurghat was yesterday closed to vehicular traffic for six months for repair.
  arrow Trader abducted in Meherpur
An armed gang on Monday abducted a businessman from Gangni upazila in Meherpur as he failed to pay toll to local extortionists.
  arrow Bus plunges into roadside ditch
A Dhaka bound bus with some 40 passengers from Saturia plunged into deep water at Charkunda of Dhamrai upazila yesterday.
  arrow Father of ward commissioner files GD against MK Anwar
Father of a BNP ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation has filed a general diary (GD) with police against Agriculture Minister MK Anwar and his son Mahmud Anwar Kaiser.
  arrow Man hanged for killing wife
A man was hanged at Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday for killing his wife, five years after a Pabna court ordered death penalty to him.
Business arrow Businesses want special flood insurance scheme from govt
Business leaders yesterday urged the government to launch a special flood insurance scheme for industries through the state-owned insurance company to help them cope with the recurrence of flooding.
  arrow 30pc fruits, vegetables damaged for lack of preservation facility
In absence of proper preservation facility more than 30 percent of fruits and vegetables produced in Bangladesh is damaged annually, agricultural experts revealed at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
  arrow 3 more companies join CDS Aug 25
Three new companies will debut in the paperless trading on August 25, said an order of the capital market regulators, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  arrow Indian PM faces twin challenges
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday grappled with the twin challenges of rising inflation and the protests from Left parties, the chief prop of his coalition government, on the politically-sensitive
  arrow CityCell subscribers to get ntv news service
CityCell subscribers will be able to get news service of ntv through their cell phones.
  arrow GTCL corporate client of GP
Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL), a company of Petrobangla, has recently signed an agreement with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) to become its corporate client.
  arrow Oil prices hover around record high points
World oil prices hovered Tuesday around historic closing peaks reached a day earlier when major producer Iraq stopped pumping crude from its southern oil fields.
  arrow S America trade bloc, EU try to break free-trade deadlock
Representatives of South America's Mercosur trade bloc and EU negotiators prepared Monday to break last month's logjam to create a free-trade zone between the two blocs.
Sports arrow Cricket: Tigers get rolling
The Bangladesh cricket team began its preparation for the ICC Champion's Trophy yesterday morning.
  arrow Football: Jhenidah owe it to Pikul
A double strike by Rezaul Hakim Pikul gave Jheni-dah Mohamme-dan Sporting Club an outside chance of earning a place in the super six phase of the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League with a 2-0victory
  arrow Cricket: Gibbs boosts Proteas
South Africa go into the second and final Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground here on Wednesday with a chance of winning another series against Sri Lanka.
  arrow Olympic grannies
A sharp-shoo-ting Australian grandmother, an Indian wei-ghtlifter and stars such as Martina Navratilova and Merlene Ottey are among an array of women lining up at the Athens Olympics to prove age is no
  arrow Football: Real cool on Owen
Reports linking Michael Owen with Real Madrid were greeted sceptically in the Spanish capital on Tuesday -- a fact that will be of little comfort to Liverpool fans anxious about the England forward'spossible
  arrow Cricket: Ganguly eying coaching
Sourav Ganguly aims to stick around for four or five more years, in the hope of leading India to the forefront of international cricket, and would subsequently love to coach the Indian team, according
  arrow Football: Inzy sees only victory
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq has expressed supreme confidence in his side's ability to win the Videocon Trophy in Amstelveen, as well as the Champions Trophy in England.
  arrow A modern day tragedy
She saved him from drugs and he loved her almost to death -- it's a Romeo and Juliet tragedy updated for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
  arrow Football: World on Fergie's shoulders
Manchester United suffered plenty by finishing last season well behind unbeaten Premiership winners Arsenal, a relatively poor performance they are likely to rue again ahead of their first foray intothis
  arrow Football: Season over for Solskjaer
Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to miss another entire season due to a knee injury, the English Premiership club said Monday.
  arrow Football: Test for Asian women
Asian women are starting to worry about the consequences of the Faria Alam affair following weekend revelations about the sexual exploits of the 38-year-old Bangladeshi secretary.
  arrow Cricket: U-19s 202-8 at tea
The Bangladesh Under-19 team limped to 202-8 at tea on the opening day of the second Test against the England Under-19s at Taunton in Somerset yesterday.
  arrow Cricket: SL recall Fernando
Sri Lanka recalled paceman Dilhara Fernando to their 14-man squad on Tuesday for the ICC Champions Trophy in England next month.
  arrow Cricket: Hart quits cricket
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Robbie Hart announced his retirement from cricket on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old played 11 Tests and two one-day internationals for the Kiwis.

  arrow Cricket: Batty keeps his fingers crossed
Spinner Gareth Batty is hoping to be included on Tuesday in the England team to face West Indies in the third Test starting at Old Trafford on Thursday.
  arrow Hockey: Faridpur meet Army in final
Faridpur District Sports Association (DSA) prevented an all-service teams' final when they edged Bangladesh Navy 1-0 in the first semifinal of the ANAS Group National Hockey Championship yesterday toset
  arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
Gazipur Ekadash will take on Nawabpur KC in the opening match of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League second phase at the Kamlapur Stadium today.
  arrow Naomi will carry it too
Supermodel Naomi Campbell is among 100 celebrity torch-bearers due to carry the Olympic flame on its final stage of a round-the-world journey to the Athens Olympic stadium this week, organisers said on
  arrow Basketball: School b'ball
The AKTEL School Basketball Tournament, organised by the Bangladesh Basketball Federation and sponsored by TM International (BD) Limited, will begin on August 28 at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium.
Metropolitan arrow New oral saline hits market soon
Amid rising demands during the current floods, a new oral rehydration saline (ORS) based on an improved formula will hit the market soon, promising better results in combating diarrhoea.
  arrow Search on, no weapons found yet
Search of the detained containers at Chittagong port for smuggled weapons began yesterday, port and police sources said.
  arrow 'Resist distortion of history'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called upon the student community to come forward to resist the conspiracy of the BNP-led alliance government to distort the history of the liberation war.
  arrow Corruption prevalent at every level: Minister
The government will take initiative to build flood control embankments, bridges and culverts involving the local government engineering department (LGED) rather than floating tenders as corruption isprevalent
  arrow 5m disabled affected by flood
Some five million disabled people, mostly women and children, have been affected by flood in 43 districts across the country, according to a report released yesterday by Bangladesh Pratibandhi KalyanSamity
  arrow Coaching centre staff shot
Unknown criminals shot and injured a staff of a coaching centre at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
  arrow FM on Muslim force
Any notion of a "Muslim security force" to assist in the reconstruction of Iraq sends a wrong signal to the world that the help for the war-scarred country is only a Muslim or non-Muslim issue, Foreign
  arrow 1,404 more held
Police arrested some 1,404 people, including five listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
National arrow Syedpur BSCIC estate makes a difference
The Syedpur BSCIC industrial estate is different from others in the country.
  arrow Civic bodies demand Barisal park reopening, criticise BCC
Closure of the lone children's park in the city by the Barisal City Corpo-ration (BCC) is a talk of the town. Many people are criticising the authorities for this.
  arrow Rallies, processions in Rangpur
Leaders of different political parties and Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry have demanded arrest and punishment to the persons responsible for producing spurious medicines and adulterated fertiliser
  arrow 23 face 'death threat' from Bangla Bhai in Satkhira
Twenty-three persons of Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira were asked recently to pay Tk 10 lakh as illegal toll or 'face death'.

The threat came through postal mail with name of 'Bangla Bhai.

  arrow Awards for breast-feeding
A discussion on breast-feeding was held here on Monday.

Family Health Clinic organised the discussion marking the Breast-feeding Week-2004.

  arrow Jam at Benapole port
Imported goods have piled up at Benapole land port, creating a jam of trucks.

About 1000 Indian trucks laden with imported goods are stranded both inside the sheds and on the road.

  arrow NGOs realising loans in flood-hit Netrakona
Non-government organisations (NGOs) including some leading ones are realising micro credit loans in flood affected areas, at times with pressure, many recipients alleged.
  arrow Magura JCD leader held
Police on Monday arrested the district joint secretary of Jatiyatab-adi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Sanaul Huq Tanmoy and his cousin Abid Hossain on charge of collecting illegal toll and assaulting a transportworkers'
  arrow Sangbad newsman granted bail
A magistrate's court here on Sunday granted bail to a staff reporter of the daily Sangbad, Zahangir Alam Aakash in a defamation case filed by a BNP leader.
Point-Counterpoint arrow Of water and people
Of late, the Bangladesh government has decided to welcome international assistance through the United Nations, which is set to launch an appeal for rehabilitation of the flood victims.
  arrow Vote of minorities crucial to US presidential race
Finally the 44th Democratic Convention at Boston from 26-29th July formally nominated Kerry-Edwards team for the White House.
Culture arrow Painters call for help
Although the flood situation across the country is improving gradually, the reality is that its victims are surviving through a rising scarcity of food, drinking water, clothes, shelter and other necessities.
  arrow 'The rain inspires me to sing more passionately' -- Shama
Shama Rahman, a Tagore artiste, displays a deep affinity for the rich compositions of the poet.
  arrow Music to heal: Concert for the flood victims
All around the world, people are reaching out to help the flood stricken in Bangladesh to rise and survive.
  arrow Utsho Bangladesh celebrates 11th anniversary
Utsha Bangladesh , a social welfare organisation has been conducting a residential school for the underprivileged children for eleven years.
  arrow King Kong heroine passes away at 96
Fay Wray, who played the screaming girl kidnapped by the giant ape in the 1933 film King Kong, has died aged 96. A spokesman said the Canadian-born actress had died on Sunday in New York.
  arrow Rare Laurel and Hardy film found
A rare movie featuring comic duo Laurel and Hardy speaking in German has been found by film archivists in Russia.
General arrow US report on human trafficking motivated
The US report on human trafficking in Bangladesh is completely motivated, said the speakers at a rally yesterday.
  arrow Free main roads from non-motorised vehicles
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for an integrated urban transport policy comprising road, rail and waterways to resolve problems in the city's transport sector through short- and long-term planning.
  arrow PM receives Tk 5.43 cr for flood victims
More organisations, ministries and individuals yesterday donated Tk 5.43 crore to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-affected people.
  arrow Rehabilitation package for flood-hit weavers soon
The government will soon announce a rehabilitation package that includes financial and material support for the flood-affected 47,767 weaver families.
International arrow No Pak troops for Iraq now
President Pervez Musharraf has ruled out sending Pakistani troops to Iraq for now, despite repeated requests from the interim government there, but he said the option had not been ruled out forever.
  arrow Delhi sets conditions for talks with Kashmir rebels
India said yesterday it would press ahead with peace discussions with Kashmiri separatists but only within the constitution, prompting moderates to reject further participation in |he pathbreaking talks.
  arrow al-Qaeda plots attacks to influence US polls
al-Qaeda operatives captured in Pakistan were plotting terrorist attacks aimed at influencing the US presidential elections in November, a senior Pakistani intelligence official told AFP yesterday.
  arrow Indo-Pak officials talk steps to end Kashmir row
Pakistan and India met yesterday to confront the sensitive issue of terrorism in the latest step aimed at ending hostility over Kashmir, where India accuses Pakistan of backing extremists.
  arrow HRW accuses UN of disregarding abuses
Human Rights Watch Monday accused the UN Security Council of disregarding human right violations committed by countries combating "terrorism.
  arrow 9/11 retrial denied key witness
The US says it will not allow its al-Qaeda susxects to testify at the retrial of a man charged with helping to plot the 11 September 2001 attacks.
  arrow UK troops systematically abusing Iraqis
British forces in Iraq are systematically violating the Geneva Conventions in their treatment of prisoners, Danish Colonel Henrik Flach claimed in a daily paper here yesterday.
  arrow 'Imran Khan missed PM post for ditching ruling party'
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview yesterday that cricket-hero-turned-politician Imran Khan had missed out on becoming prime minister because he turned against the ruling party.
  arrow Singapore PM Goh resigns
Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong submitted his resignation yesterday, paving the way for his deputy Lee Hsien Loong to take over as part of a carefully engineered political transition.
  arrow Cook now trying to rally British Muslims to Blair's side
Robin Cook, who quit British Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet in protest over the Iraq war, says he now is trying to rally Muslim support for Blair's governing Labour Party in the run-up to a general
Editorial arrow Editorial: At last, protection of consumer rights
It is with a sense of relief that we note the government's endeavour to address the woes of the consumers, through legislation; reportedly, it was on the anvil since 1978 but not ironed out so far.
  arrow Editorial: Avoidable behaviour
Our deepest sympathy and condolences for the parents and fellow students of Sumon, a student of Government Titumir College who was run over by a speedy bus at the airport road on Sunday.
  arrow Detention without trial
Normally, detention without trial would mean detention of persons without any specific criminal charge.
  arrow How the UPA government is faring in India?
It is not too long that a new Indian government has taken charge of the country, following the last general elections.
  arrow Private relief operations: Some thoughts
Anumber of social, political, and cultural organizations as well as individual people are increasingly coming up with their generous support to the flood-distressed people.
Letters to Editor arrow Floods
Floods during the monsoon season cause damage, misery and suffering to all in the affected areas, regardless of social and economic status. Some losses and suffering are acute and readily visible.
  arrow Read only for pleasure
This is in response to the letter 'Not for adolescents' (Aug 2) by Mahfuzul Haque. If you like Masud Rana then you should read what you like, Mr. Haque.

Personally I dislike Masud Rana.

  arrow Development of politics
The continued non-development of politics is a hot topic of informal discussion in the drawing rooms by the voters, excluding the politicians (the approach of the latter is different).
  arrow Will Kerry beat Bush ?
John Kerry has been nominated presidential candidate of the Democrats. The convention in Boston ended in a festive manner and Kerry came through with flying colours.
  arrow Naqvi's Pakistan
One wonders if nuke attacks by India Pakistan would end up in pre-historic 'stone age' as claimed by Mr. Naqvi.
  arrow Discount on books
A discount show on sale of books was held in the compound of Public Library recently (3-13 July, 2004). I chose to purchase some books from the discount stall of a well known publishing house.
  arrow To intellectuals...
From time to time, fair criticism of national events is made by columnists like Prof.
  arrow Bimstec summit-2004
Bimstec summit, a south and south-east Asian Forum, has ended with the Bangkok declaration of mutual co-operation, free trade and endless combat against widespread terrorism.
  arrow Role of CEC
While so much controversy was raging concerning the three by-elections held recently, the absence of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on long leave is quite surprising.
  arrow Household service
The owners of houses, particularly in Dhaka city, whose main source of income is house rent , often have to bear a strain of crisis for want of service, chiefly on electricity and water.
  arrow Floating government offices
It is time, judging by the recent floods, that the government should decide to have semi-permanent floating offices in flood-prone districts, so that mobilization of the public services could be arranged
  arrow Road Safety through documents:
The Daily Star editorial of Aug 4 has rightly pointed out that paperwork, documents, and (false) certificates cannot ensure road safety and reduce the high incidence of road accidents in Bangladesh.
  arrow Where is the country's name?
This is very unfortunate and unexpected that the name 'Bangladesh' has been dropped from the T-shirts of the cricket team.
StarTech arrow Putting med-info just a click away
THE first ever doctor's and medical service portal of the nation, doctorsofbangladesh.com, has been receiving substantial responses from medical facilities and institutions despite their rough start.
  arrow Tech gala@DU next month
THE Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of University of Dhaka (DU) is going to arrange a three-day long IT festival from September 22 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the department.
  arrow Latest SCM applications help companies meet global demands
TO help companies better compete in the global marketplace and evolve their supply chains to centers of top-line growth, on August 4, Oracle Corp.
  arrow Bangladesh takes part in Bangkok International ICT EXPO 2004
A17-member team from Bangladesh led by the President of Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) S M Iqbal participated at the Bangkok International ICT EXPO 2004, held on August 04-08, says a press release.
  arrow Microsoft releases Windows XP update with tougher security
MICROSOFT has released a long-awaited update for its Windows XP operating system, fixing a number of security holes and adding protective features, company spokesman Matt Pill said Monday.
Star Chittagong arrow A subhuman camp life
As many as 30,000 stranded Pakistanis have been leading a subhuman life at seven camps in the port city for 33 years.
  arrow France keen on investment, joint collaboration
France wants to tap the potentialities for investment and joint collaboration in Chittagong, country's business hub and the second largest city, said Rasul Nizam, the honorary consul of France in Chittagong.
Star City arrow Mosquito menace increases as floodwaters recede
With floodwater receding, mosquito menace has compounded the miseries of residents in the city as stagnant water in different areas has created ideal breeding scope for the insects.
  arrow Flood shelter people in turmoil
Flood-hit people taking shelter in city schools have been asked to leave the premises by the school authorities as early as possible although many houses still reel under water.
  arrow Wholesalers cash in on artificial crisis
Rice hoarders and wholesalers are creating an artificial crisis in the market to increase prices though there is ample stock of rice in the country.
  arrow Rajuk firm on returning residential look to illegal commercial plots
Rajuk has extended the deadline for restoring illegal commercial plots to their former residential features until September 12 because of floods but sounded firm on cancelling the plot allocations inthe
  arrow The murky side of DU Pichchis
They are an essential part of Dhaka University (DU) life -- the Pichchis as they are known on the campus -- from serving students tea at stalls to cooking food at halls.