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Front Pagearrow Moudud faces colleague wall in HR body creation
Differences of opinion among ministers are blocking the efforts to establish a national human rights commission, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday, as a donor agency representative expressed dissatisfaction
 arrow Low standards can't match high Saudi doc demand
Only 650 Bangladeshi doctors fetched employment in Saudi Arabia against a demand of over 4,000 physicians around two years back, according to officials at the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas
 arrow Million children to face severe malnutrition
Over a million Bangladeshi children will face acute malnutrition if immediate actions are not taken during post-flood rehabilitation efforts, two UN agencies warned yesterday.
 arrow Pulling it out of the hole...

 arrow Verdict on jail killing case tomorrow
A Dhaka court is set to pronounce its verdict on the historic jail killing case amid tight security tomorrow, 29 years after the assassination of four national leaders who gave political leadership to
 arrow Sircar accused of letting BNP diatribes against AL
The Awami League (AL) yesterday accused Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar of purposely allowing the treasury bench to spit venom against the main opposition during a general discussion in parliament on the August
 arrow Riyadh seeks more doctors, nurses
Saudi Arabia is keen to take in more doctors and nurses from Bangladesh, which fears a shortfall of jobs at home after a major drive to train health experts.
 arrow AmEX packing up
The American Express (AmEx) Bank is winding up its operations in Bangladesh and is in talks with two other foreign banks to sell off its stakes.
 arrow Evicted 300 indigenous people toil at shelter
At least 300 indigenous people, who have recently been evicted from their homes in Fatikchhari of Rangamati district, are living in subhuman conditions in a local community centre.
 arrow Split in four, JCD faces shake-up
The students' wing of ruling BNP, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), is reeling from lack of command due to raging factional feuds from top to toe, with a central committee shake-up looming large.
 arrow Iran refuses to stop nuke plan
Iran said yesterday it would not accept any limitations on its nuclear activities and threatened to stop allowing tough UN inspections if the issue was referred to the Security Council.
 arrow Police gun-battle with criminals in Raozan
Two cops and an alleged criminal were injured in a shoot-out with a criminal gang in a remote rubber garden in Raozan upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Dozen Turkish drivers killed or kidnapped
About a dozen Turkish truck drivers have been either killed or abducted in Sunni Muslim strongholds north of Baghdad over the past 24 hours, Iraqi police sources said yesterday.
 arrow HC orders govt to produce Partha in court
A High Court Division bench yesterday asked the government to produce Shaibal Saha Partha, arrested and being held by police on charge of emailing a death threat to Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina, before
 arrow Case shifted to speedy trial tribunal
The government yesterday transferred the Ahsanullah Master, MP murder case to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka for its quick disposal.
 arrow Youhana sees Pakistan to semifinals
Yousuf Youhana's unbeaten 81 saw Pakistan to a thrilling three-wicket win against India at Edgbaston here yesterday and a place in the Champions Trophy semifinals.
 arrow Blow up tomb of Bangabandhu
Mufti Abdul Hannan, prime accused in the sensational Kotalipara bomb plot, in a letter reportedly from Afghanistan has instructed a local madrasa teacher to blow up the tomb of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
 arrow AL's countrywide mass-contact campaign starts on Sept 25
Frontline leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) will begin a four-day countrywide in 15 teams from September 25 to in an attempt to mobilise public support for its movement to overthrow the
 arrow Police point to gas leak
The commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) suspects gas leakage was the cause of Saturday's blast in a five-storey house in Sutrapur but does not rule out any other possibilities.
 arrow 2 extortionists maimed in mob beating
A mob Saturday maimed two extortionists in the act of realising toll in Pabla under Daulatpur thana.
 arrow Petrobangla's explosives destruction in Ctg raises environmental concern
Residents of Pomra village in Rangunia upazila of the district have demanded compensation for their houses and trees damaged during destruction of date-expired seismic explosives of Petrobangla on Saturday.
 arrow Rape victim rescued, 2 held
Locals yesterday rescued a teenage girl from Badda in the capital and held two people who raped and confined her to a house.
 arrow Indian national's body recovered from hotel
The body of an Indian national was recovered from a hotel in Sukrabad in Mohammadpur yesterday.
Businessarrow Partex Sugar Mills receives largest consortium loan
Ten financial institutions yesterday arranged the largest ever syndicated loan of Tk 290 crore for a sugar refinery of Partex Group.
 arrow No immediate change in cargo handling cost
The decision by Bangladesh Master Stevedores Association (BMSA) to raise cargo handling charges by 15 pezcent will not come into force immediately as the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI)
 arrow DSE plans to raise ground floor level by three feet
In the wake of severe damage caused by last week's incessant rain, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is planning to raise level of its ground floor by at least three feet to ensure safety of the system.
 arrow Country has potential in UK spices, food market
Bangladesh has a fair chance to grab a big chunk of spices and other allied food markets in the Unitmd Kingdom (UK) if manufacturers ini|iate aggressive marketing enforts there, said Bangladeshi restaurant
 arrow Frame environment policy to retain export markets
Businessmen yesterday urged the government to formulate a comprehensive environment policy covering all sectors, as environment issues are becoming vital to compete in international export markets.
 arrow Entrepreneurs urged to invest more in chemical sector
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged entrepreneurs to invest more in chemical sector saying the sector has immense potential to become a major exportable item.
 arrow Gulf businesses feel the brunt of Iraq insecurity
Rampant violence and an escalating hostage crisis in Iraq are putting a strain on Gulf investors who, having banked on a flourishing post-Saddam Hussein neighbour are now bitterly counting their losses.
 arrow PHP exports 15,000 tonnes steel products
PHP Steel Mills in Kumira exported 15,000 |onnes of steel xroducts to 15 countries of Asia, Europe, America and Africa in 2003.
 arrow Bangladesh investment seminar in Paris on Wednesday
Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold a seminar on Bangladesh Trade and Investment on its premises in the French capi|al on Wednesday.
 arrow New DFID chief calls on Saifur
New Chief of Department for International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh David Wood ye{terday called on Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at his secretariat office here.
 arrow Pepsi rounds off promotional campaign
A countrywide promotional campaign arranged by Transcom Beverage Limited for the sellers and distributors of Pepsi ended in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow BTMA team off to Taiwan to attract more business
With a view to attracting more investment in textile sector in Bangladesh, a 15-member BTMA lelegation, led by its Chairman MA Awal left for Taiwan yesterday.
 arrow Local garments co to invest $1.4m in Dhaka EPZ
A local garments manufacturing company Featherlite Limited is going to invest US$ 1.4 million to set up a ladies intimate garments manufacturing industry at Dhaka Export Processing Zone in Savar.
 arrow Foreign traders flock to Chinese manufacturing centre
Surrounded by enormous industrial zones and hundreds of factories, the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu is hardly a favourite with tourists.
Sportsarrow Cricket: WI chase SA out
West Indies captain Brian Lara praised his side's composure and discipline after they had successfully chased 247 to beat South Africa here at the Oval and win a place in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinals
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan awaits Aussies
England captain Michael Vaughan is confident his team can put an end to their miserable losing streak against Australia when they clash with the world champions in the semifinals of the ICC ChampionsTrophy.
 arrow Cricket: TROPHY TREATS
New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden finds nothing wrong with the new umpire technology in use during the ICC Champions Trophy.

"I don't feel that it will reduce the power of an umpire on the field.

 arrow Cricket: Selectors sit today
The national selectors will try to find a way out of the present crisis Bangladesh are going through when they sit today to plan for the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu wanted to play 50 overs
Captain Marvan Atapattu believes Sri Lanka could have beaten England if the rain had not cut short their match at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison excused
Fast bowler Stephen Harmison will not face any action for boycotting England's tour to Zimbabwe, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Kuznetsova rolls on
Russian teenager Svetlana Kuz-netsova's winning streak continued Sunday as the newly-crowned US Open champion won the 225,000-dollar Wismilak International in Bali in straight sets.
 arrow Golf: USA need a miracle
Unless golf history is made, Europe will comfortably retain the Ryder Cup against a US team which has been in disarray for the first two days.
 arrow Football: All going haywire for Real
David Beckham was dropped by Real Madrid on Saturday but the Spanish giants still saw their season spiral into crisis as Espanyol handed them a 1-0 defeat just three days after they were destroyed byBayer
 arrow Football: Old Trafford the place to be
Manchester United will be looking to defender Rio Ferdinand to kickstart their season when they face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday.
 arrow Football: Inter held again
Serie A title hopefuls Inter Milan were held for the second consecutive week, drawing 1-1 at home to newly-promoted Palermo on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Keegan gets breathing space
High-flying Bolton ended Arsenal's perfect start to their Premiership title defence by twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Highbury on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Comeback from the dead
Bayern Munich scored two goals in the final two minutes to snatch a sensational 2-2 draw with arch rivals Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalen Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Becks' security breached!
Two men have been arrested over the theft of a desktop computer containing security details about England captain David Beckham and his family, police said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: It's Inzamam after Sachin
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq became the second player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals when he passed 23 in the ICC Champions Trophy Pool C match against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Asian Club Cup Hockey in Dhaka
Bangladesh will host the Asian Club Cup Hockey Championship over January 4-15 in Dhaka.
 arrow Football: Local biggies confirm trips
The heavyweights of local football will round off the 2003-04 season with tours in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
 arrow Basketball: St Gregory's in last eight
St Gregory's reached the boys' quarterfinal of the AKTEL school basketball tournament with a comprehensive 97-22 win over South Breeze at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Nat'l gymnastics from today
The 28th National Gymnastics Championship will begin today at the National Sports Council gymnasium.

Six events will be finalised on the opening day.

 arrow JU hall sports
The annual indoor sports of AFM Kamaluddin Hall of Jahangirnagar University was held on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Navy hold Army
The inter-services Football Cham-pionship 2004 got underway at the Area Sports Complex at BNS Issa Khan in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Paralympics: HK leads the way
Five world records on Sunday in preliminary swimming heats on day two of the Athens Paralympics hinted at a new era in sports for elite disabled athletes, performing at ever higher levels and in increasing
 arrow Football: Private varsity football
Northern University of Bangladesh will take on Gono Bishwabidyalaya in the opening match of the Stamford inter-private university football tournament at the Army Stadium today.
 arrow Tennis: Safin's long wait ends
Russian Marat Safin ended a 22-month title drought with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over compatriot Mikhail Youzhny in the final of the China Open on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Five get life in Toha murder
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced five people to life imprisonment for killing former general secretary of Sayedabad Terminal Bus Owners' Samity on February 4,2002.
 arrow Two-day festival for working children begins
A two-day festival began on the Bangladesh Shishu Academy premises in the city yesterday to increase awareness about working children in the society.
 arrow Free cleft lip, palate operation
Bangladesh Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (CLPF) has organised a free cleft lip and palate operation for the poor and distressed people, said a press release.
Nationalarrow Barapukuria coal still two years away
Rangpur: Coal extraction from Barapukuria coal mine will be delayed by about two years. This will also delay the coal-fired 250 MW power plant there, earlier scheduled to be commissioned next year.
 arrow Victims still displaced, lax admin steps
The administration has not taken any action against the armed UPDF activists who terrorised villagers in remote Kawkhali hills and forced about 300 of them to flee homes.
 arrow BNSB to open centre for child eye patients
A specialised eye treatment centre for children will be opened at Mulvibazar BNSB Eye Hospital in January.
 arrow Education key to AIDS prevention
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for involving educated youths and adolescents in preventing HIV in the country.

NGOs have a great role alongside government efforts in this regard.

 arrow Curb corruption for uplift, TIB chief says
Installation of newly formed Sacheton Nagorik Committee (conscious citizens' committee) units of Kurigram, Lalonirhat and Rangpur districts was held at a simple function here recently.
 arrow Healthy family can curb violence against women
Healthy family atmosphere can reduce violence against women to a great extent.
 arrow Police deployed at BSBMCH, probe team comes today
Police have been deployed at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (BSBMCH) as tension mounted following snatching of 126 appointment letters from the authorities Thursday night by some ruling
 arrow Bus strike in Chuadanga
At least 30 people were injured in a clash between Jaryitabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists and transport workers in Chuadanga town on Saturday, centring death of a JCD man on the day before.
 arrow Trifle costs a life
One person was killed and four others were injured in a clash between neighbors over a trifle at Bangila village of Barthi union under Gournadi upazila Friday night.
 arrow 2 held for murder
Police have unearthed clues to the murder of Aminul Islam, 14, son of Abul Hossain of Beuria village in Kalaroa upazilla, who was strangle at Kuti canal on the night of September 7.
Point-Counterpointarrow Flood control measures must not alter natural system
After every deluge in the country, the flood control issue comes to the limelight and draws considerable attention from the policymakers.
Culturearrow Dhali Al Mamoon's powerful visual art
Artist Dhali Al Mamoon's assertion 'Water is Innocent!' may sound outrageous especially at this time when many parts of the country are still under water after the heavy downpour of last week.
 arrow Street-theatre with aplomb
Quatre symphonie pour valise, a delectable street theatre show by four young performers from Limoges and Toulouse (France), was held on September 17.
 arrow 'Road movies' of Wim Wenders are screened
Wim Wenders is the well known contemporary German filmmaker. At the same time, he is the most 'American' of all the 'New German' filmmakers.
 arrow Zeenat to Graduate soon
She was the sizzler of the 1970s in Bollywood. But time has not withered her appeal and she is back in the news and remains close to the world of acting, be it the big screen or the theatre.
Generalarrow Dhaka to continue support for fight against terrorism
Speakers at a seminar yesterday hailed Bangladesh's support for the United Nations system to maintain a fair and multipolar world order in the 30 years of its membership.
 arrow Political influence hampers education
Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk yesterday said political influence often adversely affects the progress of education.
 arrow Mutual co-operation among Muslim states stressed
Dr Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Manea, Health Minister of Saudi Arabia, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed and prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday.
 arrow Army sergeant dies from hilltop fall
An army sergeant died on Saturday midnight after falling down from a hilltop at Roangchhari under Bandarban when he was leading a patrol team to rescue two abducted retired army personnel.
 arrow Cirdap body meet begins in Colombo tomorrow
The 20th meeting of the Technical Committee (TC-20) of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) will begin in Colombo tomorrow, says a press release.
Internationalarrow UN threatens sanctions against Sudan
A divided UN Security Council approved a resolution Saturday threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reins in Arab militias blamed for a killing spree in Darfur and ordered an investigation
 arrow Hu replaces Jiang as China military chief
Former president Jiang Zemin gave up the top job in China's military yesterday, handing over his last post to Communist Party chief Hu Jintao to complete a historic leadership transition to a youngergeneration.
 arrow Pakistan claims winning terror battle in tribal belt
Pakistan says it has Islamic militants in the rugged tribal belt bordering Afghanistan on the run after a protracted and hard-fought military campaign.
 arrow US troops threaten Ramadi offensive
US marines drove through central Ramadi yesterday ordering "terrorists" to surrender or face a crushing assault within hours, as panicked Iraqis began to flee the lawless Sunni Muslim city, an AFP correspondent
 arrow Indonesians to cast their votes today
Indonesia is putting the finishing touches on preparations for the historic presidential election runoff today, and the country appears ready for the polls despite some minor glitches.
 arrow Iran, Iraq restore full ties after 24-yr
An Iraqi ambassador took up his post in the Iranian capital on Saturday, restoring full ties 24 years after the two countries went to war, the state news agency IRNA reported.
 arrow Myanmar removes FM in cabinet shake-up
Myanmar's military regime reshuffled its cabinet Saturday, removing three long-serving members including the foreign minister, according to state-run media.
 arrow IAEA inspectors in S Korea for investigation
Inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in Seoul yesterday to conduct a second inspection of South Korea's nuclear experiments, a day after the South said it had no plans to develop or possess
 arrow Bush vulnerable to Kerry among independent voters
President Bush, who holds a sizable lead in some polls, still appears to be vulnerable to Democrat John Kerry among independent voters whose shifting loyalties could determine the winner of the November
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL should join the standing committees
DESPITE all the grievances and complaints they have, we have no doubt in our mind that the opposition Awami League should not deliberate further to decide whether to join the parliamentary standing committees.
 arrow Editorial: Fragmenting the police role
WE are more than a little confused at the report that yet another strike force of the police is awaiting government go-ahead to swing into action.
 arrow Nato trying to redefine itself
The Nato, the world's most credible military alliance was created in 1949 as a bulwark against possible Soviet thrust into Western Europe after the Second World War.
 arrow The president from tinseltown
In times long past (c.650-c.
 arrow We want immunity from our foreign debt
Our IMF friends tell us that a 'debt crisis' only occurs when a country's debt servicing reaches 50 per cent or more.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricket, cricket again
I am sorry if I sound monotonous and cynical harping on the same subject over and over again.
 arrow Water logging and housing projects
I think in future Dhaka city will be more water logged, especially during the rainy season if the housing projects in the low lying areas around Dhaka city continue their activities.
 arrow Grow old gracefully
In both western and eastern countries, we see many elderly men and women who spend their last years by living on their own.
 arrow US policy
The global resurgence of terrorism is a matter of great concern.
 arrow Sunnydale on a rainy day
I appreciate Asmat Ara Rahim's letter "Attention: Sunnydale School" (printed in the DS on September 16) and her concerns about our country's natural calamities.
 arrow JS incident and the commentary
This refers to your commentary "Honourable Speaker, you could have taken the Jatiya Sangsad to a greater height" published in your Daily of 18 September.
 arrow India above criticism?
The readers and the columnists of The Daily Star are far more critical of the policies of the United States than any other nation.
 arrow DU scene
As a student of DU, I am really frustrated about my future.
 arrow A migrant speaks
I refer to the letter 'Why I am not a migrant' from Dr. OM Ohidul Alam (DS 06/09/04).

According to Dr. Alam, educated Bangladeshi migrants are opportunists, escapists, selfish and bla bla bla.

 arrow Inhuman treatment
The news of a crime committed by a madrasah teacher in a remote village of Bogra, once again manifested the ill of unplanned, uncontrolled religious education system in our country.
 arrow Hassan's letter
I fully sympathise with Mr. Towfique Hassan (September 16, 2004 ) and for his son. I wish any of us had any answer or remedy for their plight.
 arrow Tragic indeed!
Today (17.09.04), I read a news in The Daily Star that one madrasah teacher, named Abdul Majid, cut the earlobes of twelve students who did not read the Holy Qu'ran loudly.
 arrow A misunderstood religion
What has happened in Beslan is a manifestation of the desperate acts of some desperate people -- a people who have lost more than the number of victims in the Beslan tragedy in their struggle for independence.
 arrow How long should we wait ?
After the fall of dictatorship in Bangladesh, a lot of us thought that "Okay, here comes prosperity".
 arrow Gas export
A local TV channel showed the interview of Mr. Peterson, the US deputy Foreign Secretary. In that interview he strongly criticised Bangladesh for not exporting gas to India.
 arrow Good neighbourliness
Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed's article "For friendship Bangladesh should look East" published in The Daily Star on 12 September is amateurish writing. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Mr. M.
 arrow Should we look East?
When I read Dr.
Star Cityarrow Non-existent affluent treatment plants
Toxic waste from industries and factories are polluting the rivers that run across Dhaka like the Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Sitalakhya.
 arrow Bold new items catch the eye as curtain drops on first food fair
Mushroom and spirulina energy drinks caught the attention and taste of many a visitor to the first ever three-day International Food Fair which concluded at the Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow DCC's billboard demolition drive falls into uncertainty
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) remained unable to dismantle billboards even after a year of initiating a move to clear them off from cityscapes, as the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court extended for
 arrow Snatching at speed
As a speedy mode of snatching, miscreants are using taxicabs and CNG autorickshaws. Women passengers on rickshaws are common targets of this new crime trend.

The muggers are taking two kinds of approaches.

 arrow When a park turns into a toilet
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is constructing a public toilet on a park at Jatrabari intersection although, according to the decision of a public toilet project, it was supposed to be built on unused land.
 arrow Pre-paid gas meters next year
Petrobangla expects to introduce pre-paid gas meters for domestic gas consumers by January 1, 2005.