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Front Pagearrow SC chides govt for its failure to specify time
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday took the government to task after it failed to specify the time it needs to fully comply with the court directives to separate the judiciary from the executive despite
 arrow Buriganga devours 11 Basila houses
The Buriganga river has devoured at least 11 houses, including a four-storey building, at Basila in Mohammadpur since Friday.
 arrow No plan to up fuel prices
The government has no immediate plan to increase petroleum prices in spite of the oil price rally on the international market considering the flood damages.
 arrow Fanatic tempers run high against Ahmadiyyas
Religious bigots encouraged apparently by the ban on Ahmadiyya publications intensified aggression to the religious minority sect in a desperate bid to force the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.
 arrow Phelps reignites US, Federer crashes out
The United States, led off by Michael Phelps, held off the vaunted Australian squad anchored by Ian Thorpe to win the 4x200m freestyle relay yesterday at the Athens Olympics.
 arrow 15 injured in Jessore bomb attack
Unnamed criminals hurled five bombs in and outside a teashop, leaving 15 people injured, 11 of them critically in Jessore on Monday, witnesses and police said.
 arrow United opposition movement against Islamist terror soon
The opposition political parties led by Awami League (AL) yesterday resolved to go for an immediate unified movement against the Islamist militant forces whom they hold responsible for the repeated bomb
 arrow Dhaka may request Delhi again for talks
Dhaka may send another letter to India to fix the date for holding the secretary-level Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting to reach a resolution on water-sharing of the common rivers between the neighbours.
 arrow After deluge, seed crisis plagues Narsingdi farmers
Badly hit by the monsoon deluge thousands of Narsingdi farmers now find it difficult to recoup the losses due to a looming seed crisis pushing the seed prices to an exorbitant level.
 arrow Rebels force Nepal top firms to close
Many top companies in Nepal shut down yesterday after Maoist rebels bombed a luxury hotel, raising fears for the health of the Himalayan kingdom's tourism-dependent economy.
 arrow New bird species found
A new species of flightless bird has been discovered living on a tiny island in the northern Philippines where the inhabitants formerly ate them, scientists and birdwatchers said yesterday.
 arrow 7 killed in Baghdad mortar attack
Seven people were killed, including two children, and 47 others wounded when at least one mortar bomb landed near a Baghdad police station yesterday, the health ministry said.
 arrow Probe ordered into Pakistani flag atop Dohar building
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday directed the deputy commissioner (DC) of Dhaka to investigate the incident of hoisting Pakistani flag atop Dohar Pourashaba Bhaban.
 arrow Govt positive about Tata's $2b investment plan
The government is apparently positive to a proposal from major Indian industry Tata to invest $2billion to set up a power plant, a steel mill and a fertiliser factory in Bangladesh.
 arrow DU turns down burial demand of Azad's family
Dhaka University (DU) syndicate last night turned down the demand of eminent teacher and writer Prof Humayun Azad's family to bury him on the premises of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's grave on the
 arrow Lailatul Meraj on the night of Sept 12
The holy Lailatul Meraj will be observed on the night of September 12 as the moon of the Hijri Rajab month was sighted yesterday.
 arrow Saifur rules out ballooning budget
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday ruled out forming a special fund or expanding the size of the budget and said about Tk 5,000 crore set aside for maintenance and repair would be
 arrow Court reopens 2,000 cases amid bias claim
India's Supreme Court yesterday reopened about 2,000 cases from Hindu-Muslim riots which ravaged Gujarat two years ago amid allegations of bias by the state's Hindu nationalist government.
 arrow Youths flee as cops file case against 200
Youths fled the Golambazar village in Subadda union after cops filed an assault case against 200 people, linking them with the attack on a police camp at Keraniganj over the killing of rickshaw garage
 arrow PM asks for steps to make up loss in education
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take steps to make up the losses the students suffered during the devastating floods.
 arrow Indian pirates kidnap 10 fishermen
Indian pirates kidnapped 10 Bangladeshi fishermen from Raimongal river in Sundarbans early yesterday.

They threatened to kill the fishermen if a ransom of Tk 10 lakh was not paid within 72 hours.

 arrow Reeling under stagnated water...

 arrow Administrator of UNDP visits Rangamati today
The visiting United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator reaches Rangamati today to see the progress of some UNDP-funded development work.
 arrow 837 contract pneumonia
Pneumonia continues to be the most prevalent disease in flood shelters with 837 more children reported to have contracted the infection yesterday.
Businessarrow SAFE leaders talk cross-border listing, harmonisation issues
Stock exchange leaders of South Asia yesterday started deliberation to find out ways to expand capital markets through cross-border listings as a three-day meet of South Asian Federation Of Exchanges(SAFE)
 arrow Trade licence booth opens at FBCCI office
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has set up a 'trade licence booth' at the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) building in Dhaka.
 arrow Oil easier as Venezuelan supply worries recede
World oil prices fell further away from recent record peaks on Tuesday as fears of disruptions to supplies from Venezuela eased.
 arrow India bans most meat imports on bird flu scare
India on Tuesday banned for six months all imports of birds, eggs and certain types of meat after a new outbreak of bird flu in Vietnam.
 arrow Singapore's exports grow 17.6pc in July
Singapore's non-oil domestic exports rose 17.6 percent year-on-year in July, aided by strong global orders, although the growth rate fell below June's 20.9 percent rise, government data showed.
 arrow JCI world president due today
Junior Chamber International (JCI) World President Fernando Sanchez Arias arrives in Dhaka today for the second time on a three-day visit.
 arrow Novartis to set up new plant in Singapore
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced Tuesday it will build a 180-million-US-dollar plant in Singapore to boost its global manufacturing capacity and meet growing demand for its products.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar scare for Tigers
A training ground injury to his troubled right thumb will keep Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar out of action for at least ten days.
 arrow Football: Russel cruise, BU toil
The top two sides of last season's premiership secured contrasting wins in the Nitol-Tata National Football League here at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Thorpedo hits Australia
Bleary-eyed Aus-tralians hailed swimmer Ian Thorpe on Tues-day after he won the 200 metres freestyle in Athens to become the sports-mad nation's greatest Olympian with five gold medals.
 arrow Run sans a face
Four years ago, the women's Olympic athletics programme was billed as Marion Jones's "Drive for Five".

The Athens Games, it seems, are to be burdened with "The Race without a Face".

 arrow Thank God for modern times
Athletic competition returns to Ancient Olym-pia on Wednes-day for the first time in 1619 years, when the shot put opens the athletics programme.
 arrow A point or Argentina
Iraq have already done the hard work by making the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games football tournament but on Wednesday they have one more job to do - make sure they avoid mighty Argentina in thelast
Greek basketball player Nikolaos Chatzivrettas became a father on Monday when his wife wife, Dimitra, gave birth to a boy.
 arrow Football: The sack forecaster!
The life of a football manager in the English Premiership is frantic, pressured and apt to end in sometimes arbitrary dismissal.
 arrow Cricket: The Key Englishman
Robert Key and Andrew Flintoff guided England to a seven-wicket win against West Indies on the fifth and final day of the third Test at Old Trafford here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Under-19s call the shots
Having lost the first two Tests and the series, Bangladesh U-19 cricketers hit back in the third and final Test against England when the junior Tigers shot out the home side for 185 in the first innings
 arrow Beijing bonanza
China is in the grip of a gold rush.
 arrow Golden Greeks
Hosts Greece grabbed their first gold medal of the Athens Olympics on Monday when Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis won the men's three-metre synchronised diving after the Chinese pair suffered a no-dive.
 arrow Lovesick hubby!
A Canadian husband's love for his wife has led to a tightening-up of security in all Olympic venues, Greek organisers announced here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India deals finalised
Top Indian cricketers will get five million rupees (108,695 US dollars) each annually under the first-ever contract system announced by the national board.
Metropolitanarrow 'Tolerance, edn major weapons to fight new forms of terrorism'
Tolerance and knowledge are the major weapons to combat new forms of terrorism that thrives on fear, ignorance and misunderstanding, said speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday.
 arrow 'WB cable operators obstruct access'
High business ambition of the cable operators in West Bengal is the main obstacle to the access of Bangladeshi TV channels in India, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow President seeks Dutch cooperation to tackle floods
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, CSM Beemster Boer, presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Relief activities continue in flood-hit areas
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday continued their relief activities in flood-hit areas.
 arrow Cancel lease with Thai Airways on airport:Ctg mayor
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday demanded cancellation of the agreement under which Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city was leased out to Thai Airways.
 arrow Motorcycle stolen
A motorcycle of a photojournalist was stolen from the National Press Club premises yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 1,523 more held, 12 firearms seized
Police arrested some 1,523 people, including four identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Rice bowl to remain empty?
Md Abdullah of Kashempur village in Rajnagar upazila is a rich farmer. But he is bewildered now.
 arrow Girl missing after handover to Barisal police
Suborna Mustafa Sadia, 14, a student of class eight at Oxford School at Jatrabari in Dhaka, is missing since Friday night after she was handed over to police after recovery from the house of a JCD leader.
 arrow 121 km dams damaged in Gaibandha
The Bangladesh Water Develop-ment Board (BWDB) has incurred a loss of Tk 19 cr and 60 lakh due to damage in its embankment and water outlet regulators by flood here.
 arrow Fake NGO 'director' flees with Tk 3 lakh depositors' money
The 'director' of a fake NGO --Baitul Mal Islami Society-- has allegedly fled away with Tk 3 lakh depositors' money.
 arrow Pneumonia kills 7 in two districts in a week
Pneumonia claimed two lives in Bhola on Saturday and five lives in Patuakhali last week.
 arrow Poura polls: Candidates in Nilphamari, Satkhira
Six candidates on Monday submitted nomination papers to contest for the post of chairman of Nilphamari Pourasabha, Our Correspondent Reported. The polls will be held on September 8.
 arrow BNP leader expelled from Barisal Ainjibi Samity
Advocate Majibur Rahman Nantu, former vice- president of Barisal district BNP, has been expelled from Barisal Ainjibi Samity (lawyers association) for his alleged corruption in conducting cases and misbehaviour
 arrow Convict hanged at Rangpur jail
Condemned convict Golam Mortuz was hanged Monday night at Rangpur Central Jail.

Judge of the Women and Children Repression Court sentenced Golam Mortuz to death for killing his wife.

Point-Counterpointarrow Singapore gets new prime minister
For many years, it has been widely known that Singapore's straight-talking founding Prime Minister 81-year old, Lee Kuan Yew's son, Lee Hsien Loong (52) will become Prime Minister after the present incumbent
 arrow Development and values
Aserious problem in our society happens to be a lack of honesty, and if courage is the DNA for honesty, I think there is also a massive dearth of courage in this country.
Culturearrow Colour of youth, graffiti of youth
The emerging periods have seldom been 'happy times' for different trends of art.
 arrow Q & A
Shahiduzzaman Selim a popular actor and director of TV and stage drama, spoke to the Cultural Correspondent of on different aspects of his life. Here is the conversation.
 arrow Tutul's painting exhibition for the flood affected
A fortnight long solo painting exhibition titled Painting for Flood Aid by Tutul Ahmed is on from August 10 to August 23. The venue is the UNICEF Gallery at Hotel Sheraton Annex.
 arrow Pratiti's musical concert on rainy days
Cultural organisation, Pratiti arranged a cultural programme Badal Meghe Madol Baje to celebrate the monsoon.
Generalarrow Tributes paid to Santosh Gupta
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to Santosh Gupta, a veteran journalist and columnist, for his contribution to objective journalism.
 arrow Court decision on charge-framing on Aug 29
A Dhaka court yesterday set August 29 to decide whether charges will be framed in a graft case against Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and former Petrobangla chairman SKM Abdullah.
 arrow Kala Shaheed sent to Khulna jail
Shahidul Islam alias Kala Shaheed, second-in command of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP), was brought to Khulna on Monday night.
 arrow four traffickers arrested, five rescued
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested four traffickers and rescued two children and three women only hours before their trafficking to India in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Judgement on Aug 22
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 22 for delivering the judgement in two corruption cases against former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed and former director of Welfare andResearch
 arrow Australia to provide 45,000 tonnes of wheat
The Australian government will provide 45,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh in 2004-05, says a press release.

The food aid grant worth over Tk 60.

Internationalarrow Iraq's legislature takes shape even before vote
Most members of Iraq's national council were chosen long before a scheduled vote yesterday that is supposed to appoint the interim legislative body during a conference billed as a first step towards democracy.
 arrow Sharon approves 1,000 settlements in WB
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has approved building tenders for 1,000 more homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank frozen earlier to avoid upsetting the United States, political sources said
 arrow Maldivian opposition for Indian intervention
A Maldivian opposition leader urged India to intervene to "restore some sanity" in his country following the imposition of emergency by the government to quell unprecedented protest demonstrations onMonday.
 arrow Bush announces plan for troop realignment
Two US Army divisions will leave Cold War-era bases in Germany over the next decade, and the US military will increase it presence in former Warsaw Pact countries under President Bush's reorganisation
 arrow Pak crackdown sends al-Qaeda scattering
Top al-Qaeda operatives have fled sanctuaries near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan to cities and other countries after army raids, President Pervez Musharraf was reported saying Tuesday.
 arrow Burundi army threatens to enter Congo
The Burundi army said yesterday it might cross into neighbouring Congo to pursue rebels and militia it blames for massacring 160 Congolese Tutsi refugees at a camp in western Burundi.
 arrow S Africa slams US 'anti-terror campaign'
South Africa yesterday implicitly criticised the United States and its allies for "mounting global campaigns" against perceived threats and called for a concrete response from the Non-Aligned Movement.
 arrow Cops try to quell riot over flood aid in Bihar: 2 die
At least two people died Monday as police fired on villagers who accused the government of not supplying aid to cope with deadly floods in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, police said.
 arrow 3 missing as floods wreak havoc in UK
Three people were missing early yesterday after flash floods tore through a popular coastal tourist area in southwest England, sweeping dozens of cars into the sea and leaving hundreds feared trapped.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Gender discrimination in elected bodies!
Even in our context marked by forced cohabitation of mutually exclusive concepts, one is bound to sit up and take note of the gender bias that was about to be officially built into the elected city corporations.
 arrow Editorial: Intelligence agencies without a clue!
IN expressing her indignation at the dismal output of our intelligence agencies, as reported in the press, the Prime Minister has rightly echoed the feelings of the common man at the poor progress ofinvestigation
 arrow City of shrines or blasts ?
Sylhet used to be a peaceful city in the past. It is no longer now. The shrines of all descriptions are symbols of peace.
 arrow Not by guns alone
WHEN governments resort to extra-judicial methods to rule, they compel people to rebel. A clash comes to develop between those who wield power and those who prize their rights.
 arrow Managing migration : The Berne initiative
Bangladesh participated in The Berne Initiative : Regional Consultations for Asia and the Pacific held on 29-30 July, 2004 in Guilin, China, Representatives of about 25 countries of the region and international
Letters to Editorarrow Neglected forests
I will not talk like a poet or a historian that Bangladesh is a country of lush green, but in fact it has only 6 per cent forest coverage compared to total land.
 arrow Bangabandhu's image
On the occasion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's death anniversary (August 15), may I make some observations.
 arrow Tigers will roar soon!
This letter is to appreciate and share the views of Mohammed Fahim Hara, Universal Tutorial, New Eskaton, Dhaka, who has written the letter "Tigers do take time" (DS, August 9).
 arrow Indian democracy
India, a big, strong, stable democracy , peacefully conducted the elections. It is not the only election India has managed in a democratic atmosphere.
 arrow Fenchuganj power plant
The news item published in The Daily Star on August 9, 2004, under the heading "Fenchuganj Power Plant, Canadian Senator censures government move for re-tender" attracted my attention and the contents
 arrow A cell-phone user's thought
I have found the Grameen Phone advertisement in The Daily Star describing the harms of missed calls. Good.

To me ,missed call mane 'Kemon achho tumi?'

-Missed call mane 'Bhalo achhi'.

 arrow RAB image
This refers to a news item published in your esteemed Daily of 11 August under the caption "Deaths Darken Rab Image".
 arrow Kabul scene
President Hamid Karzai surprised many in Kabul by entering the October presidential race with the brother of a martyred hero as his choice for vice-president, rather than his powerful defence minister.
 arrow Crisis of credibility
It seems the more you write editorials such as Crisis of Credibility (August 10th) and reflect across the board public opinion, the more this government becomes determined not to acknowledge that theproblems
 arrow Brittle middle-order
After the Bangladesh cricket team's dismal performance in the Asia Cup, a lot of issues came forward. Our top order ones again failed to deliver.
 arrow Accountability of judges
Bangladesh emerged as an independent country on 26 March '71 but, in fact, the glorious victory was achieved on 16 December '71 in a ceremony at Dhaka Recourse Maiden when the Pakistani occupationforces
 arrow Sweeping allegations
Our attention was drawn to your staff correspondent's coverage of a seminar on 'Participatory assessment of problems of private universities' organised by BIISS.
 arrow Terrorism
The nests of terrorism are spreading day be day all over the world.
 arrow Mr. Jinnah's intended radio broadcast
In his column, 'Between the Lines' (Pakistan and Indian Muslims, 7 August 2004) Kuldip Nayar has made some observations about Mr. Jinnah. Mr.
 arrow English medium schools
I have gone through the interview of British Council Country Examinations Manager. Mark Bartholomew, with Tahmina Shafique published in The Daily Star on 25 July, 2004.
 arrow Cricket and life
There is a definite philosophy of cricket, but it is difficult to pin it down on paper. Many are curious what type of cricket our politicians play.
StarTecharrow The pioneer mercantile information site
A private sector company has taken yet another step to further converge the country's on-going effort to join the global shift towards computerization.
 arrow Surfing for tutors made easy
With the e-commerce fever catching on to most entrepreneurs of the nation, the independent web-site developers, are coming up with innovative sites to facilitate and improve the efficiency of the day-to-day
 arrow Public concern sites from TelesoftBD
The IT related attempts of the country are continually increasing along with the private sector interests and endeavors.
 arrow Microsoft to launch low-cost version of Windows XP
Microsoft Corp.
Star Chittagongarrow Hill cutting continues unabated
Hill cutting continues unabated in the port city as Chittagong City Corporation is levelling a vast hilly area to develop a housing project.
 arrow Child labour on rise at CU
Child labour is on the rise on the Chittagong University (CU) campus in recent time.

Around 200 children are engaged in different odd jobs on the campus due to financial hardship of their parents.

Star Cityarrow Modhumita Movies heads towards closedown
A famous celluloid screen is apparently heading towards closedown because of a slump in business 37 years into entertainment.
 arrow Rajuk wants parks back
The Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) is set to take back a number of parks from Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) because of its failure to maintain their character.
 arrow Dark side of Baily Road
Baily Road and its surroundings have been a 'safe haven' for drug peddlers and addicts for the past few years and the residents of the area are too afraid to protest such activities.
 arrow Time for recreation on wheels
Amusement-starved Dhaka city dwellers are going to experience a new innovation soon that may offer them an opportunity to forget life's monotony for a while.