Mass arrest put on hold until Oct 3|
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued an injunction against the ongoing blanket arrests of opposition adherents and apolitical people alike under Section 86 of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Ordinance
Bribes eat away 3pc sales of businesses|
Almost all Bangladeshi companies are subject to pay bribes and the volume is almost 3 percent of their total sales, a World Bank (WB) survey reveals.
Throttling democratic dissent will lead to hartals|
We have never failed to condemn the opposition for calling hartals. We did so when the Awami League (AL) called it during '91-'96 and also when the BNP followed suit during '96-'01 period.
Rayerbazar monument drifting into ruin|
Threatened by land erosion and subsidence, the Martyred Intellectuals' Monument at Rayerbazar is falling into ruin as the authorities are sitting on measures to protect it.
Flood rehabilitation needs $1.43-1.6b|
A draft aide memoire of the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has put the post-flood recovery needs at $1.43 billion to $1.6 billion against a damage estimate of $2.2 billion.
Court orders arrest of witness|
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered arrest of an octogenarian witness in the historic Jail Killing Case whose inability to give a statement before court is delaying verdict on the high-profile political case.
Toilet at monument protested|
Hundreds of locals and civil society members yesterday formed a human chain protesting construction of a public toilet in front of the Martyred Intellectuals' Monument in Rayerbazar in Mohammadpur.
Police HQ denies it as mass arrest|
The police headquarters yesterday categorically said the present scale of arrest could in no way be termed 'mass arrests' as the daily average of 1,216 persons caught this year is less than the figures
Sudhangshu Shekhar Halder passes away|
Former lawmaker and Awami League (AL) leader Sudhangshu Shekhar Halder died at the Birdem Hospital in the city last night. He was 68.
Halder was suffering from liver cancer.
The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed across the country tonight with due solemnity and religious fervour.
Judicial commission to 'answer agonising questions'|
Justice Joynul Abedin yesterday said the one-member judicial commission tried to answer in its report all the agonising questions that haunt the patriotic citizens of Bangladesh on the August 21 grenade
Khilgaon SI, 2 others sued on extortion charge|
Three cases were filed yesterday against as many persons, including a policeman, with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka on charges of extortion and intimidation.
Alliance plans rally Oct 9 to celebrate 3yrs in power|
The BNP-led ruling alliance will celebrate its three years in power by holding rallies and bringing out processions across the country on October 9.
Dhaka examines co-ordinated border patrol with Delhi|
Bangladesh on Tuesday said it was working on India's proposal for coordinated patrols along the borders between the two countries to stem illegal cross-border movement and drug smuggling.
Clampdown on port pirates soon|
The police, navy, coastguards and airforce will soon start a joint clampdown on the pirates operating in the river Karnaphuli and outer anchorage of the Chittagong port, official sources said.
Rebel strike grips Nepal on day two|
A strike called by Maoist rebels shut down much of Nepal for the second day on Wednesday as the government considered calling a ceasefire to jumpstart talks to end the bloody conflict.
AL, allies gear up for Oct 3 showdown|
Politics is set to be stoked up further with the October 3 grand rally of Awami League in the city's Paltan Maidan, from where Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina would announce fresh agitation programmes,
Dhaka jailer, others face torture charge|
A criminal case was filed against the superintendent, jailer and two officials of Dhaka Central Jail with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka yesterday for torturing a prisoner.
Third convict walks gallows|
Amrita Lal, the third policeman convicted with death in the sensational Yasmin rape and murder case, was hanged in Rangpur Central Jail in the early hours today.
Rein in rickshaws|
Three SUST teachers get death threat|
Three teachers of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) received death threats on Tuesday.
Natwar assures Morshed of full support for Saarc Summit|
Indian Foreign Minister K Natwar Singh assured his Bangladesh counterpart M Morshed Khan of India's fullest co-operation for successful completion of the upcoming Saarc Summit to be held in Dhaka in January
Road accident kills six in Narsingdi|
Six people were killed in a road accident in Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi yesterday morning.
700-gram heroin seized in Benapole|
Police recovered 700 grams of heroin worth Tk 80 lakh from a rickshaw-puller in Benapole landport Tuesday night.
Flurry of hostage releases while violence kills nine|
In a rare flurry of good news in Iraq, up to 10 hostages were freed, including two Italian women aid workers, raising hopes Wednesday for a captive Briton faced with a death threat and two kidnapped French
Bangladesh trade fair likely in Germany|
A single country trade fair may be held in Germany to generate interest among German businesspeople about Bangladeshi products.
Oil prices fall from $50 as crude stocks swell|
Oil prices dropped from record highs above $50 a barrel on Wednesday as weekly US inventory data showed a surprise increase in crude stocks, easing fears over stretched international supplies.
Kenya Airways eyes tourists from Bangladesh|
In a bid to expand its business in Bangladesh, Kenya Airways held a product presentation in Dhaka on Tuesday.
HSBC opens Customer Service Centre in Ctg|
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh opened its first-ever Customer Service Centre in Chittagong yesterday.
Aktel phone card's validity extended to 30 days|
Aktel pre-paid phone subscribers will now enjoy the validity period of Tk 300 refill cards up to 30 days instead of previous 21 days, says a press release.
BHF aims at facelift|
The U-21 Challenge Cup invitational hockey tournament kicks off in Dhaka today in an effort to give the game a facelift in the country.
'Don't rule me out'|
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday hinted he may be fit for next week's first Test against Australia, saying the tennis elbow injury was showing "tremendous improvement".
Kapali to lead BCB XI|
The enigmatic Alok Kapali was given an early opportunity to show that he has put his lean time with the bat behind him when he was yesterday named captain of the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) XI that
Night of the Rs|
Manchester United may have no money left after signing Wayne Rooney but it was well worth it if his debut was anything to go by as the teenage star hit a hat-trick to see his team to a 6-2 trouncing of
England's Zim decision|
England's cricketers will not attend any state functions during their tour of Zimbabwe in November, England Cricket Board (ECB) chairman David Morgan said on Tuesday.
Australia may hide Warne|
Shane Warne is likely to be kept under wraps when the tourists begin their Indian tour with a three-day match against national champions Mumbai here on Thursday.
JFA Cup from October 2|
The JFA Cup under-16 football tournament, sponsored by Japan Football Association (JFA) and organised by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), begins at different venues across the country on October2.
Pakistan take the lead|
Ace penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas scored Pakistan's winning goal moments before the end of play to give the home team a hard fought 3-2 victory over India in their third match at the Lala Ayub
Asian University knock NSU out|
Masud Khan Johnny slammed four goals as Asian University stormed into the final of the Stamford Inter-Private University Football Tournament when they dumped North South University 5-1 in the second semifinal
Div I kabadi|
Sinha Sangsad outplayed Suruj-Jamal Smriti Sangsad 65-35 with five lonas in the First Division Kabadi League at the outer stadium yesterday.
The winners dominated the first half by 33-19.
Rowangchari Upazila and Sangu Boys Club shared points in the Bandarban Football League yesterday at the local stadium.
The match ended 2-2.
National Day for Girl Child today|
The National Day for Girl Child will be observed today to create awareness about the rights of girl children.
The theme of the day is 'Our Commitment and Girl Child Rights'.
DU world religions deptt admission test|
Admission test for a two-year master's degree programme in the Department of World Religions of Dhaka University will be held on October 22, says a press release.
Dislodge govt to save country|
Front ranking Awami League leader and former home minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday called upon the people to launch a mass movement against the "failed" BNP-Jamaat government.
Bad results from reputed colleges|
Most of the renowned colleges in Barisal except the Barisal Cadet College did frustrating results in the HSC examination this year, which has created resentment among guardians and examinees as well.
Resist 'conspiracy', Tariqul tells JCD rally|
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam has said the government is determined to probe all blasts in Sylhet as well as the August 21 grenade blast in Dhaka, but Awami League does not want it.
Jamaat men smuggle in arms, says Motia|
Awami League Presidium member and former agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury held Jamaat-e-Islami responsible for the 21 August grenade attack on the AL rally in Dhaka.
Criminals flee hill village in Sherpur|
Netrakona: Peace has returned to the five villagers in bordering Jinaigathi upazila in Sherpur district following vigilance by BDR and police.
Sangu in CHT dying |
Experts have suggested dredging the hilly Sangu river to keep it navigable and check floods and erosion by it.
Govt deceived of Tk 50 cr revenue in 5 years|
The government is being deprived of huge amounts of revenue every year as some unscrupulous vehicle owners are assembling buses and minibuses with old parts and equipment imported from India in the name
Three grenades hurled at Talu Spinning Mill|
Three grenades were tossed on the compound of Talu Spinning Mill in Chuadanga, owned by ruling BNP lawmaker Haji Mojammel Haq at about 11pm Tuesday.
Angiogram facility at CMCH|
Fifty-five-year old Sayeed Noor from Chandanaish is very lucky. He is the first man to avail angiogram facility introduced at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Tuesday.
Join Oct 3 rally: Tofail|
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday called upon all pro-liberation forces to get united to free the country from the clutches of 'fundamentalists and communal forces.
Tk 25 lakh duty deception bid foiled at Benapole port|
Benapole Customs on Sunday foiled a duty deception bid amounting to Tk 25 lakh.
Three importers of Dhaka imported Indian goods by 24 trucks, which carried goods in excess.
Women and death from hunger|
On July 24, 2003, The Daily Star published a report entitled "When death looks greener than starvation.
Almost everybody in Bangladesh celebrates Lailat-ul-Baraat as an auspicious night.
The Night of Salvation|
Our holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has laid emphasis on the meticulous observance of Shab-e-Baraat or the night of salvation.
'Bangladesh Festival' in Mumbai begins|
On September 26, TARA TV, the flagship Bangla television channel of Broadcast Worldwide Limited, held a fashion show bringing together eminent designers of Bangladesh at The Regal Room, Hilton Towers.
Nijhum Dwip: Far from the madding crowd|
Solitude prevails over the small island raised from the heart of the Bay of Bengal and on the estuary of the Meghna.
Channel i steps into 6th year|
Channel i celebrates its founding anniversary on October 1. The channel has come a long way in its journey as the first ever digital satellite channel of the country.
Joys and sorrows of violin notes|
It is rare nowadays to see live performances of instrumental music in the country. Young violinist Nusrat Mumtaz Ruposhi, however has broken new ground with her commitment to her art.
Sheikh Ishtiaq: Homage to the singer|
Today is Sheikh Ishtiaq's 5th death anniversary. On this occasion, Soundtek is releasing a VCD containing 12 of Ishtiaq's popular numbers.
ETC Book Fair 2004|
'Book: A garden carried in a pocket'
Etcetera is the obvious stop for those who believe in this popular Arabian maxim, as well as book worms and book collectors.
20,000 intravenous drug users in country|
Speakers at a multi-sectoral meeting yesterday called for raising awareness among the intravenous drug users (IDUs) to prevent spread of HIV.
The IDUs are most vulnerable to HIV infection, they said.
Raise awareness to promote cultural heritage: Unesco|
The Unesco yesterday called for raising mass awareness about the rich cultural heritage sites in the country.
pollution related diseases claim 340 children a day: Bhuiyan|
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the number of families using hygienic latrines would reach 40 percent by December.
$1.2b Padma bridge to have rail track|
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the government would construct the proposed four-lane Padma Bridge at an estimated cost of 1.
Brig (Retd) Malik gets Rotary Seed Award|
Brig (Retd) Prof Abdul Malik was named as the recipient of Rotary SEED Award for 2003-04 for his outstanding contribution to prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
CHT to be brought under SAP|
The government has decided to extend the Social Afforestation Programme (SAP) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with the financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
World Maritime Day today|
World Maritime Day will be observed today as elsewhere across the globe.
Train services disrupted|
Train services on Dhaka-Chittagong route were disrupted for nearly two and a half hours following derailment of a goods-carrying bogie of a passenger train at Rasulpur railway station yesterday.
Italy celebrates release of hostages in Iraq|
Italians celebrated Wednesday the release of two female aid workers who had been held hostage in Iraq with the country's two leading newspapers expressing the relief felt nationwide with the headline"They're
Labour struggles to shift focus from Iraq|
Britain's ruling Labour Party was struggling Wednesday to shift the pre-election focus to domestic politics, as Prime Minister Tony Blair was called on yet again to defend the war in Iraq.
Two al-Qaeda men to die for bombing USS Cole|
A Yemeni court Wednesday sentenced to death two al-Qaeda militants for the October 2000 bombing of the US Navy destroyer Cole which claimed the lives of 17 US sailors.
7 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops|
Seven Palestinians, including three teenage boys and two militants, were killed by Israeli fire in the occupied territories Wednesday as the army pressed on with a massive raid into the northern GazaStrip
US troops arrest militants trapped by Pakistan|
US-led troops in Afghanistan captured 15 Taliban militants when they were trapped on the border with Pakistan after attacking a coalition patrol, a US military spokesman said Wednesday.
'Rebel attacks in Iraq are wider than told'|
Rebel violence in Iraq affects nearly every major population center and is more widespread than Iraqi government officials describe, according to a study by a private security company with access to US
Jailed 'American Taliban' seeks early release|
John Walker Lindh, serving 20 years in jail for fighting alongside the Taliban, asked the US government on Tuesday to lessen his sentence after it decided to release a second American captured in Afghanistan.
Brother hoping for release of British hostage|
The release of two Italian women hostages in Iraq has given the family of British hostage Ken Bigley hope that he may also be freed soon, his younger brother said in remarks published Wednesday.
Brunei changes constitution, opens door to elections|
The Sultan of Brunei on Wednesday cleared the way for the oil-rich kingdom's first elections in more than 40 years, but said pro-democracy reforms should be implemented with caution.
Chittagong port rip-off|
It has been common knowledge for a long time that corruption and inefficiency are rife at Chittagong port, but the extent catalogued in the recently released TIB report is truly mind-boggling.
Rowdy post-accident behaviour|
Students went on the rampage at Rokeya Sarani, near the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, on Monday last, following a road accident that left one of their fellow students critically wounded.
Elusiveness of constitutional governance|
During the past few years, there has been a continuing debate on political and constitutional reforms.
India's Security Council bid: There's no shortcut to glory|
India has thrown its hat in the ring for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. It's coordinating its bid with Brazil, Germany, and Japan (collectively, the G-4).
|Letters to Editor||
The political leaders (All are leaders, who are the followers and workers) should realise that they are committing hara kiri, i.e.
Computerised police station!|
Can't believe the news report that we are going to have computerized thanas (police stations).
Admission into law|
The National University has decided that those who have passed all examinations in third division will not be eligible to be admitted into LL.B first part.
Project: SAU development|
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), Dhaka has completed the 3rd year of its establishment.
Hardened and petty criminals|
Every day newspapers are coming with reports of killing, hijacking, snatching etc. The persons involved are known to be involved in many killings and criminal cases.