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Front Pagearrow Tougher anti-terrorism law if need be
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought unwavering support of people for continuing present trend of success of her government in the next two years through more advances in poverty alleviation, improving
 arrow Hasina demands early polls
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to seek fresh mandate through early polls for what she said was the loss of public confidence in the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition's ability
 arrow Opposition observes Black Day with hartal
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and some left-leaning parties yesterday observed "Black Day" to mark the coalition government's three years in office, enforcing a countywide dawn-to-dusk hartalthat
 arrow German envoy for probe between bomb attacks, fundamentalists links
German Ambassador Dietrich Andreach yesterday said any possible link between fundamentalist or extremist groups and the recent spate of bomb attacks should be probed.
 arrow Flooding improves as BSF's dam-cut finally repaired
After three days of hectic efforts, hundreds of villagers and personnel of the Water Development Board (WDB) have succeeded in repairing the Bhomra-Baikari embankment cut at Khaitala point yesterday.
 arrow Full text of prime minister's broadcast speech
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

My dear countrymen,
Assalamu Alaikum.
Today marks the completion of three years of the BNP-led 4- party alliance government.

 arrow Full text of Hasina's speech
Dear countrymen,
I have come before you at a time when our beloved country is held hostage by terror, corruption, rising prices, poverty and acute insecurity and 14 million people are helpless

 arrow 156 missiles found in a drain in India
India yesterday searched cargo containers for military ordnance after stumbling across huge piles of shells and missiles imported along with scrap metal by private dealers, the army said.
 arrow Govt justifies price upswing on rains
The commerce ministry yesterday justified the unusual price spiral of essentials citing the recent floods and heavy rainfall and claimed the prices will come down on the back of the government initiatives.
 arrow Crashed F28 to remain at site until insurers complete check
State minister for civil aviation and tourism, probe committee members and insurance company officials yesterday visited the crash site of Biman's F28 aircraft beside Sylhet Osmani International Airport
 arrow Rebels hit Baghdad as Rumsfeld visits
Two blasts killed up to 18 people, including an American soldier, in Baghdad yesterday hours before Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived to gauge efforts to calm violence ahead of January elections.
 arrow Mahi refused entry to airforce community centre
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) legislator and spokesman Mahi B Chowdhury was not allowed to attend a wedding ceremony at Falcon Community Centre near Airforce Officers' Mess in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Afghan polls fair despite ink fiasco
Independent observers described Afghanistan's historic presidential election as mostly fair yesterday despite turmoil over possible multiple voting that led most of the candidates to call for a general
 arrow 4 cops hurt as robbers hurl bombs
Four policemen including an officer-in-charge (OC) and two locals were injured as robbers threw bombs at them and snatched away a rifle from a patrol police personnel in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
The Finance Division in a clarification Saturday on a report headlined "High Borrowing Fear Looms Large", which The Daily Star ran in its October 8 edition, said the report was not based on proper economic
 arrow 5 lawyers sued in Kushtia
Five lawyers including the general secretary of Kushtia Bar Association have been sued for abusing a judge, ransacking a courtroom and threatening its staff with death yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in Pak mosque blast
At least three people including a suicide bomber were killed when a powerful bomb ripped through a Shia mosque in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday, police said.
 arrow No one to help them...

 arrow More than one in three want Blair to go
More than one in three Britons say Prime Minister Tony Blair should resign over the Iraq war but a clear majority do not blame him for the beheading of Kenneth Bigley in Iraq, an opinion poll shows.
 arrow Beijing to install condom machines to fight Aids
Beijing will install about 1,000 condom vending machines in hotels, bars, universities and on construction sites in the Chinese capital this month to fight the spread of AIDS, the official Xinhua news
Businessarrow Donors upbeat on Tata investment plans
The US$2 billion investment plans by the Indian Industrial heavyweight, Tata Group, have generated interest in the donor community who finds certain projects where government was seeking donors' participation
 arrow Business issues top Chirac’s China visit
Business opportunities in one of the world's fastest-growing economies dominated the agenda as French President Jacques Chirac continued his visit to China, but sensitive political issues also edged their
 arrow Strong local demand shrinks tea exports
Strong internal demand is pushing Bangladesh tea growers and traders to turn their focus on home market, tea sector sources said.
 arrow Int'l medical exhibition concludes
The three-day international medical equipment and healthcare services exhibition MEDEXPO-2004 concluded on Saturday.
 arrow ‘Opec committed to contain sky-rocketing oil prices’
Opec is doing everything in its power to help contain sky-rocketing oil prices, with most members producing at capacity levels, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Oil Minister Obeid bin Saif al-Nassiri said yesterday.
 arrow Sri Lanka eyes petro-dollar loans to fuel recovery
Sri Lanka's foreign reserves are falling, inflation is galloping, balance of payments are in the red, but the island is banking on petroleum price boom to get out of the woods.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani rule day two
Defending Premier League champions Abahani came alive on the second day of the three-day hockey players' transfers (Premier and First Division) yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Dhaka top shooters
Dhaka Rifle Club emerged champions in the three-day National Shooting Championships that ended at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Make or break home season
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar has warned that the coming home series' against New Zealand, India and Zimbabwe will be acid tests for the Tigers.
 arrow Cricket: Wagging tail can't stop Australia's victory
World champions Australia overcame dogged resistance from India's tail-enders to win the first Test by 217 runs on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist thrilled
Adam Gilchrist led Australia to a crushing vic-tory over India in the first Test on Sunday and then told his team to keep their feet on the ground.
 arrow Cricket: Sonargoan Hotel sponsors Test series
The upcoming Test series between Bangladesh and New Zealand will be named the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Test Cricket Series, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed at a press conference at the Sonargaon
 arrow Football: Khulna keep afloat
Khulna District Sports Association kept their semifinal hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Chittagong Division in the women's football tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ZCU remains positive
Zimbabwe cricket chief Peter Chingoka said Sunday he hopes cricket will move forward in his country after a turmoil which led to the suspension of their Test status and a probe into allegations of racism.
 arrow Tennis: Asians adore her
Asia has fallen in love with Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova -- and the feeling is mutual.
 arrow Cricket: Rain dampens Zim's chance
Incessant rains threaten Zimba-bwe's last chance of finishing the tri-nation one-day tournament on a high note as they square off with Asian champions Sri Lanka at Pindi Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Novak dents Dent
Fifth seed Jiri Novak came from behind to win his first title of the year by overpowering American Taylor Dent in three sets at the Japan Open tennis tournament here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Rajshahi in final round
Rajshahi moved into the final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament with a 3-1 win over hosts Natore in the zonal final yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay wins at Amelie's cost
Lindsay Davenport closed in on Amelie Mauresmo's world number one ranking Sunday when the top seeded Frenchwoman was forced to retire injured in the final of the 650,000-dollar WTA event here.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath keen on Scottish stint
Hard-hitting Sri Lankan opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is hoping to play for Scotland next season.
 arrow Cricket: Dissent costs Sehwag
India's batsman Virender Sehwag was on Sunday fined 65 per cent of his match fees for misconduct during the first Test against Australia.
 arrow Super Schumi
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher has powered to an easy victory in the Japanese Grand Prix for his 13th win of the season.
 arrow Table Tennis: Ctg table tennis
The Royal Cement District Table Tennis League begins at the CJKS gymnasium today. The Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) is organising the competition.
 arrow Football: Only England impress
England brushed aside feeble Wales 2-0 to take another step closer to the World Cup finals on Saturday but it was a disastrous day for the continent's other big guns with Italy losing to Slovenia while
 arrow Football: Argentina cruise
Argentina scored a crushing victory in one of Saturday's World Cup qualifiers when they beat Uruguay 4-2 in Buenos Aires.
 arrow Football: Venezuela no match
Kaka and Ronaldo hit two goals apiece as Brazil hammered Venezuela 5-2 on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier twice interrupted by fans going on to the field to hug the visiting players.
 arrow Football: A Portuguese shame
Euro 2004 runners-up Portugal were roasted in the Portuguese press Sunday the morning after they were held to a humiliating 2-2 draw against minnows Liech-tenstein in a World Cup qualifier at Vaduz.
 arrow Football: Liechtenstein on cloud nine
It took 21 matches and eight years of trying but little Liechtenstein were basking Sunday in clinching their first ever World Cup point.
 arrow Football: USA almost there
The United States can make sure of their place in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup if they beat Panama on Wednesday after defeating El Salvador 2-0 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Maier gets the boot
German national goalkeeper coach Sepp Maier has been sacked for taking sides in the rivalry between first team goalies Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Promote young leadership'
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) held a course for mid-level political leaders in the city yesterday, calling for promoting the young leadership.
 arrow DU to shorten winter vacation
The academic council of Dhaka University has decided to shorten the ensuing winter vacation to make up the losses caused to students by the strike.
 arrow Youth killed in gas explosion, boy dies in wall collapse
A 10-year-old boy died in a wall collapse while a youth was killed in a gas explosion in the city yesterday.
 arrow Indian teams to present cultural evening tomorrow
The High Commission of India will present a cultural evening by troupes from Rajasthan and Tripura at the Indian Cultural Centre auditorium in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea death toll 14 in two N districts
Eleven persons died of diarrhoea in Gaibandha in a week while three patients including two children died in last three days in Nilphamari.
 arrow Flood situation in Magura worsens
Flood situation further deteriorated in seven unions in Shalikha upazila (UZ). This is because of inundation of the unions again following incessant rains during last five days.
 arrow Hard days for jobless day-labourers in three dists
Thousands of unemployed day labourers are coming to district towns in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram in search of job, but going back homes frustrated.
 arrow Lack of resources hinders uplift activities in unions
Rakhalburuj is a union situated on the Karatoa in Gobindaganj upazila, Gaibandha. People in this union are proud of their female UP (Union Parishad) chairperson, Shahida Faraz.
 arrow BM College students clash with transport workers: 20 injured
At least 20 students of Barisal Government B M College were injured in a clash with transport workers at Nathullabad on Saturday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Turkey's giant leap forward
October 6, 2004 will remain a red letter day in the Turkish calendar.
 arrow Will BJP be the bigger loser?
As campaigning for the Maharashtra Assembly elections ends, opinion polls put the Congress-led Democratic Front ahead of the Shiv Sena-BJP.
Culturearrow Farida's Matter Realism presents gripping creations
After her sojourn in Shantiniketan, Farida Yesmin is now doing research in Dhaka. And she is out to shock her viewers out of their complacency, as many young Bangladeshi post-modern artists tend to do.
 arrow Theatre Institute Chattagram: A new impetus for artists
The painters of Chittagong have established a distinctive trend which is slightly different from that of Dhaka. Most of these artists' paintings are basically figurative.
 arrow Joyonti Samantha: Breathing new life into Manipuri dance
Manipuri dance to many is a dance form wearing a Poloi (a common costume used in this genre). But to those well versed in it, there is far more to the term.
 arrow Dance programme staged by Nrityadhara
A 26-member dance troupe came from Dhaka to take part at the ongoing cultural festival arranged by TIC.
 arrow 'We will arrange another festival in December'-- Haider
Ahmed Iqbal Haider, the Director of TIC, has reason to be pleased. The first theatre of its kind in Chittagong, TIC attracted droves of culture enthusiasts to its inauguration.
Generalarrow Intensify efforts for poverty-free South Asia: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on the South Asian nations to invest all their resources and strengthen their united efforts to materialise the dream of a poverty-free South Asia.
 arrow Bogra listed criminal killed in crossfire with police
A listed criminal was shot dead at Namabala, the outskirts of Bogra town, in a crossfire between police and miscreants early yesterday.

The criminal was identified as Liakat.

 arrow Sylhet BCL leader shot dead by JCD cadres
A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was shot dead allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres at Majortila area in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow 2,000 mobile phone cards recovered in Ctg
A special team of police arrested six robbers and recovered firearms and about 2,000 pre-paid mobile phone cards worth Tk 6 lakh in Lalkhan Bazar, Kazir Dewri and Jhautala Colony areas in a nine-hour-long
 arrow College student abducted for ransom in Kushtia
A gang of criminals abducted a college student from his home at village Miton in Mirpur upazila on Saturday night after his father declined to pay them Tk 50,000 in toll.
 arrow Cuet reopens amid tight security
Classes and other academic activities of Chittagong University Engineering and Technology (Cuet) resumed yesterday amid tight security after a 14-day unscheduled closure following sporadic violence on
 arrow JU CSE deptt stalemate continues
The academic life of about 250 students of computer science and engineering (CSE) department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has become uncertain as the ongoing stalemate continued for the 16th day yesterday.
 arrow Another tornado victim dies
Another victim of tornado, that lashed Tongi Bishwa Ijtema ground on Thursday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda greets Howard
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has congratulated Australian Prime Minister John Howard for the victory of the Liberal-National Coalition in the just concluded election in Australia.
 arrow Sultan Mela at Bhagyakul today
A day-long Sultan Mela will be held in front of the WAPDA compound at Bhagyakul today in observance of the 10th death anniversary of world famous Bangladeshi artist SM Sultan.
 arrow BKSP old students' reunion held
The Alumni Association of BKSP (AAB) held the second annual reunion of former students of the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan on the campus of the country's lone sports institute in Jirani, Savaron
 arrow 1,246 more held
Police arrested some 1,246 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Computer lab set up at Faujdarhat Cadet College
The Old Faujians Association, a global organisation of the ex-cadets of Faujdarhat Cadet College, has set up a computer laboratory with 22 computers to facilitate computer education for the cadets ofthe
 arrow Zonta Club holds musical evening
Zonta Club Dhaka III organised a musical evening to raise funds at the STM Hall on Scholastica campus in Uttara on Friday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Iraqi govt in truce talks with Fallujah leaders
The Iraqi government and leaders from the rebel bastion of Fallujah were on the cusp of a breakthrough agreement to bring the city under national control before January elections, both sides said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka gets opposition nod to resume talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's main opposition, which could make or break a deal with Tamil rebels, said yesterday it was giving the Marxist-backed government "carte blanche" to revive stalled peace negotiations.
 arrow Kerry vows no reprieve for Arafat
A Palestinian was killed yesterday in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, as US Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry warned that if he wins the November 2 election there will be no reprieve for sidelined
 arrow 'US-UK made world worse with Iraq war'
History will judge that Britain and the United States made the world a worse place with their war on Iraq and its president Saddam Hussein, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter wrote in The Independent
 arrow Flash floods ravage India's northeast
Rescuers in India's flood-ravaged northeast have recovered a further 37 bodies, taking the death toll in flash floods and landslides in the region to 157 in the past five days, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Kerry trade attacks on credibility
President Bush said Saturday that Democratic challenger John Kerry had flunked "the credibility test" in their testy second debate, but Kerry charged Bush had failed to face reality or admit mistakes.
 arrow Taiwan urges China to open peace talks
Taiwan's leader called for peace talks and other "concrete actions" to reduce tensions with rival China during a National Day speech yesterday that was far more conciliatory than in years past.
 arrow Indo-US strategic partnership talks begin today
India and the US will kick off discussions in New Delhi today on the second phase of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP), covering high technology trade, civilian nuclear and space programmes
 arrow Typhoon leaves 5 dead in Japan
Five people were dead and four still missing yesterday as Japan began a clean up after the most powerful typhoon in a decade hit the Tokyo region.
 arrow Cong surges ahead in Arunachal polls
Seeking to retain power, ruling Congress established early lead yesterday in quest for majority in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.
 arrow 25 killed in US raid in Afghanistan
Twenty-five suspected militants were killed in an air strike by US-led forces and three coalition soldiers were wounded in clashes surrounding Afghanistan's presidential elections, officials said Saturday.
 arrow High turnout expected in Nov 2 US polls
Voter registration drives are gaining exceptional momentum in the runup to the US presidential elections, pointing to an unusually high turnout on November 2.
 arrow Thousands attend funeral of slain Pakistani cleric
Some 10,000 mourners yesterday said funeral prayers for a murdered Sunni Muslim leader as police clamped tight security on the volatile Pakistani port city of Karachi.
Editorialarrow Editorial: After three years, where are we?
Three years of a government's tenure is no small time-period. For, it is the afternoon of a government's term. At this point, essential signs of how the rest of its tenure will go can be read.
 arrow Editorial: People, police thwart Ahmadiyya mosque raid
We are relieved and somewhat delighted too by the quick and timely steps taken jointly by civil society, local people and most importantly law enforcing agencies to thwart a planned raid by religiouszealots
 arrow A new generation of Islamic militancy
Now an anathema but both Taliban and Al-Qaeda were once the darlings of the America's CIA under the rubric of Afghan Mujahideens fighting the Soviet occupation during the eighties.
 arrow Should the legislators be involved in development work?
Legislature is one of the three basic pillars of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the other two being executive and judiciary.
 arrow Arms purchases and developing countries
Military spending, security and economic development are interrelated variables.
Letters to Editorarrow Rickshaws and inhuman labour
We were reading the letter on rickshaws by Khan Kabir (Oct 6, 2004). We have been in Dhaka for a few years. Mr. Kabir came to visit Dhaka for one month and he gives this idealistic view of rickshaws.
 arrow Safe landing procedure violation
How the former MD of Biman convinced himself to go to the cockpit to talk to the crew during landing? And why the crew requested him to stay there?

The carelessness could cost the lives of allthe

 arrow Misinterpretations
A couple of years back I was confronted with a Pakistani who vehemently declared that all these storms, tornadoes and floods, a regular phenomenon in Bangladesh , are in fact " the curse of Allah" .
 arrow They cannot be wrong!
What would take Bush and Blair to admit the truth; that they led their countries to war on premises that did not exist at the time of invasion? First it was Keys who blew the whistle when he said there
 arrow Indian trade embargo?
A "Times of India" report said that New Delhi was considering trade embargo on Bangladesh because India thinks Bangladesh is harbouring anti-India insurgents on its soil.
 arrow Hats off to them
It is absolutely unbelievable what one can do if he really wants to do it sincerely with his heart. A small online community forum (amadergaan.
 arrow Whom should we blame?
This is in response to the letter under the caption "Israeli atrocities" written by Mr. David Cassius from Seattle, the US (DS 9 October, 2004). Many thanks to Mr.
 arrow August 21 probe
The one-man judicial probe body has submitted its report on August 21 mayhem at the AL rally.
 arrow Why the Tigers fail?
In the editorials and the web sites that promote Bangladeshi cricket, I have not seen anyone realistically analysing why the Tigers fail miserably time after time.
 arrow Flawed argument
I don't agree with Mr. Arshad Khan's argument that the French ban includes wearing all kinds of religious symbols like Islamic hijab, Jewish cap, and Christian Cross (October 8).
 arrow Are we that rich?
It is absolutely shocking that Dhaka University alone loses Tk 45 lakh a day due to strikes and political unrest (DS, October 6).
 arrow "Crime takes on terror proportion"
The report "Crime takes on terror proportion", seems to lack objectivity.
 arrow Where is your success?
It has been more than three decades since we fought and earned our independence but our politicians are still playing with this 33 years old country of ours.
 arrow Investment in telecommunication
Bangladesh may be one of the poorest countries of the world, but we pay the most for communication. Here mobile call charge is Tk 7 per minute which is the highest in the world.
 arrow Banned drug
A doctor at the DMCH prescribed a drug for me which was found to be a banned one.
 arrow We demand justice
I read the letter of Naomi published on October 6, 04. It is common in our society that women are subject to brutal torture.
 arrow India bashing, now what?
There has been quite a bit of uproar in the columns of The Daily Star recently regarding the FM's outburst against India.
 arrow Hire foreign leaders!
Ever since the independence of this country no political leader or party could deliver anything tangible to this poor nation, and I don't see they would be able to deliver in the near future, in spite
 arrow Admission problem of O/A Level students
This is in response to the letter written by Dr, Sakina Sultana, ex-Chairperson of Pharmacy Dept., Jahangirnagar University, on 'First Year Admission Tests'.
 arrow Admission tests
Through this column I would like to support the views expressed by Prof. Dr. Sakina Sultana of Jahangirnagar University in her letter 'First Year Admission Test'.
 arrow Hijab
It is difficult to comprehend our psyche --it is full of contradictions, double standard, inferiority complex, sometimes devoid of logic, an enormous mass of people with no modern invention/ discovery/
 arrow Disastrous performance
The cricket team and management must be asked a few questions. A lot of people think the team selection or management was one of the major causes for the defeats.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk's Tk 600cr road dev plan awaits Ecnec nod
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has planned to construct, widen or extend five roads in Dhaka with a total cost of more than Tk 600 crore, aiming to ease the city's severe traffic congestion.
 arrow Govt plans to construct bridge over Hatirjheel
The government has finally decided to construct a bridge over Hatirjheel wetland, instead of filling up the water body for an east-west connecting road in Dhaka city.
 arrow BRTC loses out to donors' pressure
The government has given in to pressure from donor agencies on a plan to purchase and operate 300 CNG-driven buses under the Dhaka Clean Fuel Project (DCFP) and has handed over the responsibility to private
 arrow Feasibility study on to build Moghbazar, Mouchak flyovers
The government has initiated a feasibility study for constructing two more flyovers at Moghbazar and Mouchak, two of city's most traffic congested points.
 arrow DTCB plans new route to Azimpur
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) is going to construct a road leading to Azimpur from the western side of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters instead of its eastern side as had been plannedearlier.