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Front Pagearrow Hasina vows to sacrifice her life for people
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to sacrifice her life for the cause of the countrymen and urged people from a grand rally in Dhaka to join the ongoing movement to overthrow theBNP-Jamaat
 arrow Hartal called for Oct 10
The mainstream opposition parties yesterday announced a fresh spell of street agitation, besides a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on the third anniversary of the ruling coalition in office, October 10,
 arrow 40 lakh affected by hepatitis C
Some 40 lakh people or 3 percent of the total population of Bangladesh are suffering from the hepatitis C virus (HCV), speakers at a seminar in Dhaka said yesterday quoting a preliminary report by the
 arrow Foreign country not named for diplomatic reasons
The judicial inquiry commission in its report has obliquely referred several times to a country which it blamed for the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, but it did not name the country
 arrow Phenomenal security
Paltan Maidan and the surrounding areas turned into a human sea yesterday afternoon as tens of thousands of people thronged there at the grand rally of main opposition Awami League held amidst an unprecedented
 arrow Bogra local daily editor beheaded
Assailants killed Dipankar Chakrabarty, a senior journalist and vice-president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), at Sanyalpara in Sherpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka loses $50m in 14 years
Antidumping measures by some countries handed Bangladesh international business losses to the tune of $50 million (Tk 300 crore) from September 1992 to June this year.
 arrow UK under-secretary due today
Sir Michael Jay, British permanent under-secretary and head of the diplomatic service at the foreign office, arrives today on a two-day official visit.
 arrow Family flees Home for fatwa
A family in a village under sader upazila of Rangpur district has fled their home after local religious extremists attacked and threatened to kill them for non-compliance with a fatwa.
 arrow Saarc officials meet today to thrash out trade issues
High-level government officials from seven South Asian nations meet in Dhaka today for a three-day negotiation on major trade issues that they need to settle for establishing a free trade area by 2006.
 arrow Modern ships to replace old ones
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government is actively considering procuring modern ships to replace the old fleets of Bangladesh Navy to enhance the naval power.
 arrow Uttara suburb without water for 8 months
An acute shortage of water has been plaguing the residents of Dakshinkhan union of suburban Uttara for more than eight months.
 arrow Rab on alert in Raozan fearing poll violence
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is likely to gear up surveillance and patrol in the crime-prone Raozan upazila amid fresh fear of violence over the upcoming October 6 municipal polls.
 arrow 19 municipalities go to polls October 6, 7
Elections of 19 municipalities of the country will be held on October 6 and 7.

Polls in eight municipalities will be held on the first day and the rest on the second, said Election Commission sources.

 arrow Substitute to vegetables...

 arrow Korean shot, mugged
Muggers shot a South Korean national and his Bangladeshi friend on Mintoo Road after the latter were returning home from a meeting with the state minister for home affairs Saturday.
 arrow Low over Bay moves n'west
The depression over southwest Bay and its adjoining areas has moved northwestward into west-central and the adjoining southwest Bay.
 arrow Blast spree goes on in Assam
A fresh wave of bombs ripped through streets and marketplaces in India's northeastern state of Assam yesterday, killing four people and wounding 40 in escalating violence blamed on tribal separatists.
 arrow Court stops earth-filling for 4 weeks
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed for four weeks operations of the September 1 High Court vacation of an August 15 injunction on earth-filling of sub-flood flow zone at Amin
 arrow Grenade attack suspect remanded
A court yesterday remanded Abdur Rahim, suspected of his involvement with the August 21 carnage on an Awami League (AL) rally, for three days more.
 arrow Gangsters slay 2, mob kills a 'mugger' in city
A police informant and a small trader were killed and two staffs of a printing press were shot while a suspected mugger died from mob beating yesterday in the city.
Businessarrow Decide fast abou| free trade deals
A consultative committee on free trade has suggested the government to make urgent political decision regarding its position on bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
 arrow DSE fines 106 errant cos
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday slapped a daily fine of Tk 500 on 106 companies for failing to submit their annual accounts to the bourse by September 30, 2004.
 arrow Present ICT policy not friendly towards growth: BTRC chief
Terming the present policy on ICT unfriendly towards growth of the sector, Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Syed Marghub Morshed yesterday said a new policy should be framed with
 arrow Plastic fair begins tomorrow
A four-day pla{tic fair begins in Dhaka tomorrow aiming to popularise use of plastic goods in everyday life.
 arrow 3-day real estate fair begins Thursday
A three-day exhibition on real estate, housing, construction and interior design materials begins in Chittagong on Thuzsday.
 arrow IMF appeals for action to maintain global recovery
With the global economy under threat from rising oil prices and sharp regional growth differences, the International Monetary Fund appealed to governments Saturday to act boldly to preserve a worldwide
 arrow Dhaka, Taipei sign deal to develop textile sector
Bangladesh and Taiwan yesterday signed a cooperation deal to develop tex|ile industries of both the countries.
 arrow Bird flu, flood may hit poultry sector hard
Setbacks from bird flu rumours first and then the devastating floods are feared to deny the potential poultry sector of Bangladesh any growth this year.
 arrow Citibank NA, The City Bank sign deal to issue Visa Citycard
The City Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Citibank NA for issuance of Visa Citycard to the corporate customers of Citibank NA.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mottau calls for concentration
Bangladesh's batting coach Owen Mottau believes that that the only way to overcome the Tigers' present slump and shut the mouths of the critics in the process is with the bat and they have to do thatin
 arrow Hockey: India amble to second win
India recorded their second successive victory in the Challenge Cup under-21 hockey invitational tournament when they handed Oman a 4-0 defeat at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'We hold the edge'
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has raised the stakes in the Test series against Australia starting on Wednesday, saying the world champions had reason to fear his team.
 arrow Hockey: Series comes to India
A band of young Indian field hockey players who were considered no-hopers till recently have raised expectations of victory over Pakistan in an ongoing Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan's narrow win
Younis Khan produced a fine all-round performance to guide Pakistan to a battling three-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second match of a triangular one-day tournament on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bring on Indian spinners
Australia's caretaker captain Adam Gilchrist is confident India's spin wizards will hold no demons for his team when the Test series starts here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond eyes comeback
Shane Bond, the New Zealand paceman who is one of cricket's most injury-prone performers, insists he could be bowling again by the end of November.
 arrow Tennis: Canas crushes Burgsmuller
Argentina's Guillermo Canas thrashed unheralded German Lars Burgsmuller in the final of the Shanghai Open on Sunday, conceding just one game in the 57-minute match.
 arrow Football: Gunners close in on magic 50
Arsenal ended a turbulent week on a high by sweeping Charlton aside to move to within two matches of a phenomenal 50-game unbeaten run in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Not so nice for Monaco
Thierry Henry's cheeky back-heeled goal against Charlton Athletic bears testament to a player at the top of his art but he will not rest on present laurels.
 arrow Football: There's more to come
Thierry Henry's cheeky back-heeled goal against Charlton Athletic bears testament to a player at the top of his art but he will not rest on present laurels.
 arrow Football: Zola turns back the years
Chievo moved up to second in Serie A on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 home victory over Lecce.
 arrow Football: IFA Shield East Bengal too hot for Muktis
Muktijoddha Sangsad crashed to a 3-0 defeat to East Bengal in their opening IFA Shield match in Kolkata yesterday.
 arrow Football: Chuadanga ride on Toriqul treble
Four-goal Toriqul Islam helped Chuadanga dump Narail out of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament with a 6-1 win in a first round match at the Meherpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Eves' soccer from today
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally launches the first ever women's football tournament in the country today after an abortive attempt earlier this year due to fundamentalists' threats.
 arrow Cricket: Bob ponders new role for Younis
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer believes batsman Younis Khan could have a future as a one-day wicket-keeper after scoring a match-winning 77 against Zimbabwe in a triangular series one-day match on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Parag, Javed win third round ties
Mehdi Hasan Parag and Moha-mmad Javed won their respective third round matches in the Piloo Modi International Chess Tourna-ment in Lucknow yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Qamar back in business
Bangladesh hockey coach Qamar Ibrahim has recovered from an illness and joined the under-21 squad's training at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Football: Yusuf becomes Russel coach
National under-20 football team coach Abu Yusuf yesterday signed a one-year contract with last year's Premier League sensation Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra.
 arrow Tennis: Federer lifts Thai Open title
World number one Roger Federer crushed Andy Roddick for the third time this season in a final, producing a 6-4, 6-0 burst of form to win the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Korea Open Sharapova's
Russia's Maria Sharapova, this year's women's singles winner at Wimbledon, won the Korea Open WTA tournament Sunday with an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Poland's Marta Domachowska.
 arrow Football: Valencia stumble
Valencia's grip on top of the Spanish league weakened Saturday after the reigning champions were held to a lacklustre 1-1 draw at Real Betis.
 arrow Football: What a kick!
Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan became a goalscorer on Saturday when he struck a bizarre equaliser against Leicester City from inside his own penalty area.
 arrow Football: Beckham stays skipper
David Beckham will remain as England skipper despite his poor recent form, national coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: An understanding club
Schalke 04 have allowed their struggling Brazilian striker Ailton a one-week holiday in his homeland for personal matters, general manager Rudi Assauer confirmed on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Police club PCJ procession at Buet
Police yesterday clubbed a procession of Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left-leaning student organisations, on the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (Buet) campus leaving at
 arrow 28 hosiery factories gutted in Narayanganj
Some 28 hosiery factories were gutted in a fire at Ukilpara in the Narayanganj town yesterday, says a press release.

The fire broke out at dead of night at Sayed Ali Market and Jakir Market.

 arrow M Zahir blames police, pleads for arrestees' release
Dr M Zahir, counsel for the petitioner who demanded and secured ad-interim injunction on Sept 29 against the mass arrest ahead of the October 3 grand rally of Awami League, blasted the police action and
Nationalarrow Social afforestation to begin in CHT at last
The social afforestation progra-mme, opposed in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) for long by leaders of indigenous people, will now be implemented following an understanding between them and the government.
 arrow Luck from litchis
Rangpur: Poor Abdul Hamid had started with only three litchi plants on the homestead.
 arrow Bhola-Laxmipur ferry service this month
Ferry service between Bhola and Laxmipur through the turbulent and risky Meghna estuary, a long felt demand of people of southern districts, is going to the introduced this month, according to official
 arrow Work abstention by govt employees
Officers and employees of all government offices here on Saturday abstained from work protesting Friday's vandalism at Jaldhaka UNO office by a group of miscreants.
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads in Rangpur
Doarrhoea has spread to different areas of the district including the town in last four days, killing one child and afflicting about 300 so far.
 arrow Rise against violence, corruption
The main agenda of Jatiya Party is people's welfare. So, people are now with us, party chief HM Ershad has said.
 arrow Army team replaced for beating fish traders
An 11-mmeber army team engaged in construction of an Ashrayan project (cluster village for landless people) in Golachipa was replaced with another team on Saturday after two of them beat two fish traders
Point-Counterpointarrow New breed of Asian leaders
There are indeed changes about.
 arrow Social enterprise in public life
The world is changing and by many. These are not just invading or liberating armies, malignant or benign governments and organisations, all somehow representing the State but individuals as well.
Culturearrow Going back to roots
Music makes the spirit rejoice. And folk music definitely dazzles the listener's heart with appealing words and tunes, local dialect and as a mirror of joys and sorrows of daily life.
 arrow The lure of beauteous nature
Roop Labonnyae Bangladesh, a yearly exhibition by gallery Chitrak, is on once again since October 3. On this occasion one sees the works of 11 artists.
 arrow Anannya Shahitya Puraskhar
The Anannya Shahitya Purashkar (Anannya Literature Award) is an annual award for talented women litterateurs.
 arrow Fokhrul Islam's exhibit in Italy
Md Fokhrul Islam, well-known in Dhaka for his superb prints, is now holding his solo exhibition in Italy.
Generalarrow probe body report not acceptable: Menon
Bangladesh Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon has said the report of the judicial probe committee on the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally is not at all acceptable as it has not divulged
 arrow Bangladesh behind race in agro-export
Bangladesh is behind the race although it has huge potential for exporting fresh, processed or semi-processed farm products, said Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday.
 arrow 'Tk 23,630m earned from fish export last fiscal'
The country earned Tk 23,630 million by exporting 54,141 metric tons of fish and fish products in last fiscal year, said Iqbaluddin Ahmed Chowdhury, secretary of the fisheries and livestock ministry yesterday.
 arrow Female student abused by JCD leader at RU
A former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader abused a female student of Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday evening that sparked off protest and anger among the teachers and students who demanded immediate
 arrow Gift for Thai queen
The saplings, sent from Bangladesh on the occasion of the 72nd birthday anniversary of Thai Queen, have been planted at an important park in Thailand.
 arrow Training course on public relations begins
A two-week training course on "Modern Techniques of Public Relations" organised by Bangladesh Institute of Communication Studies and Public Relations (BICSPR) began on October 2 at the the institute,
 arrow Sunamganj blast Judgement on October 9
A tribunal in Sylhet yesterday fixed October 9 for delivery of judgement in the sensational bomb blast case in connection with the explosion that took place in the house of the then ruling party MP Muhibur
 arrow World Habitat Day today
The World Habitat Day will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the globe highlighting the importance of treating urban and rural issues holistically for stopping migration of rural peopleto
 arrow Child Rights Week begins today
Elaborate programmes have been taken to observe the International Children Day and Child Rights Week throughout the country from today to create a greater awareness against child trafficking, child labour,
Internationalarrow Gaza raid to go on as long as necessary: Sharon
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday the army would operate to halt Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli communities ahead of a scheduled withdrawal from the Gaza Strip next year.
 arrow Kerry pulls ahead of Bush in new poll
Democrat challenger John Kerry has pulled ahead of President Bush in a poll published by Newsweek magazine showing Thursday's television debate erased the lead Bush had enjoyed for the last month.
 arrow US warplanes keep on pounding Fallujah
Two people were killed and 10 woundedafter US warplanes bombed a building on the outskirts of the rebel-held Iraqi town of Fallujah yesterday, medics said.
 arrow 'India can deal with Musharraf'
According to senior officials, the reason the Indian government has veered round to the view that the Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is someone it "can do business with" is because the recent
 arrow Iran refuses to surrender nuclear fuel technology
Iran asserted yesterday that i| has already acquired the sensitive technology to produce its own nuclear fuel and said it would be "irrational" to agree to surrender such a capability in exchange forsupplies
 arrow Lanka's latest peace bid suffers stillbirth
Sri Lanka's latest bid to revive the peace process with Tigez rebels has suffered a stillbirth with the country's main opposition calling for a boycott of the new initiative, political sources said yesterday.
 arrow Nobel prize season kicks off today
The 2004 Nobel Prize season opens today with the announcement of the prize for Medicine, kicking off a series of coveted awards culminating in the prestigious honours for Literature and for Peace.
 arrow US spy drone crashes in Pakistan
An unmanned US surveillance plane crashed yesterday near the southern Pakistani air base of Jacobabad that is used by US forces operating in neiohbouring Afghanistan, police said.
 arrow 14 people killed in Thai fireworks factory blast
At least 14 people have been killed and two injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory at Thailand's ancient capital Ayuthaya, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Make the judicial inquiry report public
THE submission of the one-man judicial committee report on August 21 grenade attack to the government has been marked by a press briefing given by Justice Abedin, who headed it.
 arrow Editorial: We express our outrage
THE ferocious and mindless attack on the Palestinians by Israeli troops in the last few days has been nothing but mass murder in cold blood.
 arrow Subversion of justice
NO discerning observers would miss a subtle pattern in the political victimisation -- so far as it relates to Awami League leadership, which led the country to independence and metamorphosed the course
 arrow Pressures for proliferation
Korean peninsula is another flashpoint today with relentless US pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme. The US had named North Korea as a member of the Axis of Evil early in2002.
 arrow What is wrong with this government?
The ruling party is on the path of self-destruction. It is my impression that to date it has very little or no major success on record for the people of the country.
 arrow Two faces of the same coin!
I am aware that many readers of The Daily Star would find the title of this write-up intriguing, disagreeable, confusing, misleading, contradictory or even an oxymoron.
Letters to Editorarrow Stop mass arrests
It is indeed sad that we, the general people of Bangladesh, are facing a lot of problems due to political instability. The ruling as well as the opposition party is responsible for this .
 arrow What is wrong?
I could not quite understand the reason behind the protest against construction of a public toilet at the site of Martyred Intellectuals' Monument in Rayerbazar.
 arrow Release all hostages
The season of hostage taking in Iraq has reached its peak; many have since been released others killed or still in captivity.
 arrow Friends and people
Some years ago, a best-seller woman writer mentioned that "the world is full of people who mean no harm and cause a great deal of it".
 arrow Third world?
From the text books since childhood we all know very well that ours is a poor, third world country.
 arrow Enemy of peace
Islam is a religion of peace and definitely Islam does not need any solicitor to save it. Because there is no question of Islam being an "unsafe" religion.
 arrow Intellectual poverty?
I speak of architecture as a part of the cultural whole and this must be read in that context.
 arrow A resilient state
I take umbrage at the remark, "Bangladesh is not a failed state but a fragile state" made by Ms. Christine Wallich, Country Director, the World Bank, at a recent meeting held in Dhaka.
 arrow Peculiar grading system
This year in both SSC and HSC examinations, the number of students getting GPA-5 is much higher than previous years. The vital cause is addition of the grade of fourth subject.
 arrow Those names!
I have noted with interest the letter on the above subject in your daily on 29 September, 2004.
 arrow Flyover boon or bane?
There are 17 railway crossings in Dhaka city.
 arrow Prejudice (brain drain)
We would like to express our views on two letters that were published on the letter page. Both the letters are based on one-sided views and prejudice.
 arrow South Indians
My visit to Chennai has opened new windows for me. A not-so-frequent visitor to India my tours have been confined mostly to Kolkata and Delhi. My information about South India has been inconsequential.
 arrow Termination of life !
At last Rahela failed to combat with death. Miscreants raped her while she was returning home from work place. The miscreants not only raped her but also cut her throat and burnt her throwing acid.
 arrow Christening Novo Theatre
Yet again another name drama has been staged. The recently inaugurated Novo Theatre which finally was named "Moulana Bhasani Novo Theatre" was renamed thrice.
 arrow Whither Bangladesh
I wish to respond to AZ's letter and certain points raised there, particularly on our history and our geopolitics (September 29th).
 arrow Think twice
Yet another anti opposition swipe was going on in the country to mangle the opposition rally yesterday. A similar drive had taken place before 30th April that was criticised at home and abroad .
Star Cityarrow Swanky Bashundhara City set to open today
Bashundhara City, the swanky shopping mall one of its kind, opens for customers today.

The mall does not only offer shopping opportunities but also different entertainment facilities to visitors.

 arrow Mugging in city on rise
Mugging is on an alarming rise in the city despite introduction of a number of crime-busting elite forces over the last few months.
 arrow WB asks for master plan to fund Eastern Bypass
The implementation of the Eastern Bypass Project awaits a master plan for the extended new city in eastern Dhaka as the World Bank (WB) has set a precondition to submit such a plan for funding the Tk2,500
 arrow Students learn business on the grounds
An inter-university business case solving contest 'Battle of the minds', the first of its kind, took place yesterday at East West University (EWU) campus jointly organised by British American TobaccoBangladesh
 arrow Canada attracting prospective migrants
Following the liberalisation of Canada's immigration policy at the end of June 2002, local consultants have experienced a growing rush of prospective clients at their business centers.