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Front Pagearrow No let-up in rising prices
In the absence of any effective government intervention to arrest spiralling prices of essentials and despite assurance from ministers, people in the low and middle-income brackets continued to have their
 arrow Tk 4.62cr graft in 9 civil surgeon's offices
A parliamentary probe body investigated irregularities in only nine civil surgeon's offices and found Tk 4.62 crore in corruption, which it says was only a partial picture.
 arrow Angry JCD men lock up Ctg hospital for 3 hours
All activities and services at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) were disrupted for nearly three hours yesterday as some unruly outsiders backed by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders andactivists
 arrow Closure of 8 pvt universities recommended
A high-powered committee to evaluate performance of the country's 53 private universities has recommended shutting down eight for violating rules and regulations.
 arrow PM asks Altaf to rein in market
In the face of unusual price hike of essentials, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury to her office and asked him to control the market strictly, sources
 arrow BNP top brass unhappy with market trend
Skyrocketed prices of essentials during Ramadan have stirred the ranks of the ruling BNP who are unhappy with the government's 'inaction' in tackling the situation.
 arrow IG says no foreign link to bomb blasts
The inspector general (IG) of police recently said no international link has been found to the recent spate of bomb blasts, a claim that contradicts the government's one-member judicial commission, which
 arrow All districts under Rab watch
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) operations were expanded in all the 64 districts since Saturday night to clamp down on crime across the country during Ramadan and Durga Puja.
 arrow LPG price shoots up in Bogra
The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has shot up by more than Tk 200 per cylinder in Bogra as soon as the month of Ramadan began.
 arrow Army to guard against theft in CHT forest
In the wake of increasing looting of forest resources in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), the government has asked the army to be on guard to stop such activities.
 arrow Back to the streets...

 arrow Import bill for oil doubles this year
The import bill for fuel may shoot up by at least 50 percent in the current fiscal because of the phenomenal rise in oil prices in the international market.
 arrow Biman to get $2.65m from insurer
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will receive $2.65 million in cash towards insurance coverage for its crashed F-28 aircraft, according to a settlement reached with Lloyds Aviation Insurance Company.
 arrow Asians want Bush ouster
Most Asians want George W. Bush voted out of office in next month's US presidential election, even though many are unaware who his challenger is.
 arrow Durga Puja starts tomorrow
The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest extravaganza of Hindus, begins tomorrow amid fanfare.
 arrow Hasina asks govt to quit on price hike
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the BNP-jamaat-led coali|ion to resign immediately for the government's 'absolute failure to control price spiral of essentials'.
 arrow Thousands march London streets demanding Iraq pullout
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of central London yesterday to protest against the Iraq war as Prime Minister Tony Blair struogled to shake-off fierce criticism of the invasionjack
 arrow 21 trainee cops dismissed for 'opposition links'
Allegations of past links to opposition political parties were cited to dismiss 21 trainee police sub-inspectors (SIs) at Sardah Police Academy here on Thursday, 15 days before they were expected to graduate.
 arrow Rejoinder
Golam Rasul and Sons has protested a photograph published in The Daily Star on page 12 on October regarding encroachment of the Turag river at Tongi.
 arrow Eviction drive...

 arrow Megawati to skip rival's inauguration
Outgoing President Megawati Sukarnoputri, criticised by the media for being a sore loser in Indonesia's first direct presidential vote, will skip this week's inauguration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as
 arrow 2 schoolboys drown in Turag
Two schoolboys drowned in the river Turag at Shekhertek in Moham-madpur yesterday.
 arrow Two shot in city
An alleged criminal was injured during a firefight with an elite Cobra team of Detective Branch (DB) in Mirpur and criminals shot a youth in Mohammadpur last night.
Businessarrow Ensure listing of foreign companies in bourses
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sought government help for mandatory listing of foreign companies operating in Bangladesh to infuse dynamism into the capital market.
 arrow Jute output set to fall 10pc short of target
Speakers at a seminar yesterday apprehended jute production to sustain 10 to 15 percent shortfall than the target set for the current year due to recent devastating flood and incessant rain.
 arrow Crab export holds bright prospect, study says
The country can boost its export earnings and minimise poverty to a great extent by expanding crab cultivation in the coastal belts.
 arrow More new jobs as Singapore turns into outsourcing hub
To many, outsourcing is a dirty word that means ""out of job''.
 arrow KL sets stage for key Islamic banking hub
With eight full-fledged Islamic banks including three Middle East players, predominantly Muslim Malaysia has set the stage to become a key Islamic financial hub in the region, analysts say.
 arrow Lanka car prices rocket ahead of new tax
Car prices in Sri Lanka rose sharply Sunday as dealers warned that they were being driven out of business by a steep increase in import taxes.
 arrow Lack of refining capacity for heavy crudes pushing oil prices higher
Oil consuming countries, and especially the United States, are struggling to refine heavy crude oil as lighter crudes become rarer, driving global oil prices higher.
 arrow Malaysia’s AirAsia buys Indonesian airline
Malaysia's budget carrier AirAsia has acquired a private airline in Indonesia and will team up with a local partner to launch new flights to tap into Southeast Asia's most populous nation, a report said
 arrow Local firm to invest $1.9m in Ctg EPZ
Section Seven Limited, a Bangladeshi owned company, will invest $1.906 million to set up a garments manufacturing industry in Chittagong Export Processing Zone.
 arrow NCC Bank opens branch at Baralekha in Moulvibazar
National Credit and Commerce Bank Limited (NCC Bank) has opened its 33rd branch at Baralekha in Moulvibazar.
 arrow Pubali Bank converts paper shares into electronic ones
Pubali Bank Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the service provider of central depository system (CDS), to convert its paper shares into electronic ones.
Sportsarrow Cricket: No Bashar in first Test?
With just only a day to go, Habi-bul Bashar's chances to play in the first Test against New Zealand looks slim as the Bangladesh captain skipped training yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: McCullum up for it

Wicketkeeping is a tough job and it becomes even more challenging for visiting stumpers to the sub-continent where the pitches produce treacherous bounce sometimes.

 arrow Cricket: It can go either way
Damien Martyn masterminded Australia's stirring fightback on Sunday to leave the second cri-cket Test against India poised for a knife-edge finish.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble confident
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble expressed confi-dence on Sun-day that his se-cond-best car-eer Test wicket haul would lead to India levelling the four-Test series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: No racism in ZCU: ICC
A special report by an International Cricket Council (ICC) inquiry commission has ruled there is no evidence of racism within the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU).
 arrow Cricket: WC triumph spurs Lanka
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu said his team's crushing tri-series final victory over Pakistan on Saturday was inspired by their World Cup victory on the same ground in 1996.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't call 'em chokers'
Pakistan's English coach Bob Woolmer Sunday admitted his cricket squad was not clicking as a unit in big games, but said such teams should not be called chokers as it was a common symptom in a team'sgrowth
 arrow Cricket: Collier finds England on sticky wicket
England have been left in an "impossible situation" over the Zimbabwe saga, England's new cricket chief David Collier said.
 arrow Tennis: Madrid Masters starts today
Tim Henman steps under the spotlight as top seed at the 2.425-million-euro Madrid Masters starting Monday, playing as number one seed in the absence of the top four players in the world.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo salvages a point
Brazilians bagged the plaudits in Spain's La Liga on Saturday as Deco, Brazil-born but a naturalised Portuguese international, fired Barcelona five points clear of the pack with the only goal in a derby
 arrow Football: Juve bring Messina down
Juventus opened up a five point lead at the top of Serie A after edging second-placed Messina 2-1 in a scrappy encounter in Turin on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bayern home invaded
Bayern Munich tasted their first home defeat of the season on Saturday with Schalke 04 grabbing a late 1-0 victory at the Olympic Stadium.
 arrow Football: Chelsea's run ends
Arsenal tightened their grip on the Premiership title on Saturday as closest rivals Chelsea slumped to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Manchester City.
 arrow Kerry scores votes!
John Kerry put the boot into President George W. Bush on Friday, teaming up with two members of the US women's Olympic gold medalist football team who back his goal of snatching the White House.
 arrow Football: Ban on booter if takes money from two
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to impose a ban on a player if he takes money from two clubs at the same time.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan name SL Test squad
Pakistan made five changes Sunday from their one-day squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka with recalls for batsmen Imran Farhat and Asim Kamal and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.
 arrow Chess: Bangladesh men lose to Czechs
Bangladesh men's team suffered a 0-4 defeat against Czech Republic in the second round of the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia in Spain on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB's open selection trials
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to conduct a series of open selection trials for the 2006 Under-19 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Kazipara Cricket Club defeated Sarkerpara Cricket Club by 21 runs in the Dana Mia Cup cricket tournament at District Eidgah ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Under-17s 272 for seven
Rakibur slammed 123 as Bangladesh Under-17 squad scored 272 for seven on the first day of the second three-day match against CAB Under-17 in Kolkata yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik's bowling action reported
Pakistan's off-spinner Shoaib Malik has been reported to the Interna-tional Cricket Council (ICC) for a suspect bowling action, an official said Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Myskina keeps Moscow title
Reigning champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia defended her title at the 2.3 million dollar Kremlin Cup on Sunday beating fifth-seeded compatriot Elena Dementieva in the first all-Russian final here.
 arrow Football: Senegal ban Diouf
Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf has been banned from playing for his country for at least six months after being kicked out of the squad ahead of last Sunday's World Cup qualifier in Liberia.
 arrow Football: Premiership booter tests positive
A footballer in the English Premiership has tested positive for a banned substance, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.
 arrow Football: Hong Kong furious
Hong Kong's football chiefs have fired an angry broadside at the game's Asian bosses after the city was warned against taking a dive against China in a match which could see the mainland team eliminated
Metropolitanarrow Fazle Hasan Abed wins UNDP Award
Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac, has been awarded United Nations Development Programme Mahbub ul Haq Award 2004 for his outstanding contribution to human development, says a press release.
 arrow Appearance of accused in court tomorrow
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed October 19 for appearance of the accused in the lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case, as Gazipur jail authorities did not take them to the court.
Nationalarrow Landless people want right over khas lands
About 3,000 landless people held a demonstration in Rajbari town on Saturday seeking help from the administration in recovering 'khas' lands from land grabbers' clutch.
 arrow Three pushed down from bus, one dies in Nilphamari
One person was killed and two others were seriously injured when a bus supervisor pushed them down from the running vehicle on Thursday.
 arrow Diarrhoea: 25 killed, 4,000 attacked in Netrakona
Diarrhoea has broken out in an epidemic form at Durgapur, Purbadhala, Mohongonj and Sadar upazila.

Twenty-five persons were killed and about 4,000 were attacked in last 10 days.

 arrow KCC contractor arrested by Rab
Members of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) on Friday arrested Eskander Ali, president of Khulna City Corporation Contractors' Welfare Association from his B K Roy Road house in Sonadanga police station in
Point-Counterpointarrow Of failing standards in our service sector
In a recent depiction of product standards, The Daily Star (Oct 16) bewailed that, "We have become hostage to ... a group of unscrupulous businessmen.
 arrow Importance of Ramadan
The Holy Qur'an was revealed in the month of Ramadan.
Culturearrow Lalon, the mystic poet
The mysticism of Lalon songs largely remains unrevealed and unexplored till date. This is so because Lalon's songs, which are countless, were passed on orally through his disciples and were mostly unwritten.
 arrow Illustration-works of eight artists displayed
Tian Keu from Cambodia, recently held a five-day workshop, the results of which are currently on display at the Alliance Francaise Gallery.
 arrow Exploring the creativity of the young
Ronger Khelay Srishtir Anondo, an abstract artwork by Amlan Faruque, a 14-year old mentally challenged boy, reminds one of the joyous creation through the splashes of colours.
 arrow Bulbul and Lisa's albums released at bengal
Artist Qayyum Chowdhury recently said that artiste Bulbul Islam fills the scarcity of male vocalists in the field of Rabindra Sangeet,. which has been dominated by female artistes until recently.
Generalarrow Wildlife Rescue Centre set up at JU
Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) has been established at Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow 14 killed, 31 injured in road accidents
At least 14 people were killed and 31 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Feni Cox's Bazar and Barisal yesterday.
 arrow Mass dialogue in Dinajpur today, Rangpur tomorrow
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Oikyamancha (JO) will jointly launch their Gono Sanglap (mass dialogue) programme in Dinajpur today to prepare Gono Ishtehar (People's Agenda).
 arrow Police club Jubo League procession
Over a dozen leaders and workers of Awami Jubo League were injured as police used batons to disperse a procession at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday.
 arrow Teacher gangraped at Bagerhat
a teacher of an adult education centre run by Bagerhat Hindu Welfare Trust and daughter of a businessman, was gangraped by a group of miscreants at the residence of her father at Nagerbazar under Bagerhat
 arrow OFA Free Friday Clinic held
The OFA Free Friday Clinic has been offering health care services with free medicine on Fridays to the suffering people of various slums in the city since its inception, says a press release.
 arrow 1,350 more held
Police arrested 1,350 people, including one listed criminal on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Two US soldiers die in helicopter collision
Three people were killed in US air raids on the Iraqi rebel bastion of Fallujah and two US soldiers were killed and two injured when a pair of helicopters collided over southwest Baghdad.
 arrow Lanka to resume peace talks next month
Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels will resume early next month, ending an 18-month deadlock in the Norwegian-backed process, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Iraq war has done little to snub terrorism: Annan
The Iraq war has done little to increase security across the world or halt the activities of international terrorists, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said yesterday.
 arrow Sharon under pressure for Gaza referendum
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faced growing pressure yesterday for a referendum on his plan for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip and political sources said he had not ruled out the idea
 arrow Bush, Kerry step up war of words in Ohio, Florida
President Bush questioned Sen. John Kerry's fitness to lead and the Democrat said Bush had ignored the middle class as they took their close presidential race on Saturday to two crucial states.
 arrow Jeb Bush ignored felon list advice
Florida Governor Jeb Bush ignored advice to throw out a flawed felon voter list before it went out to county election offices despite warnings from state officials, according to a published report Saturday.
 arrow Twins joined at buttocks successfully separated
Doctors in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi successfully separated two-year-old Sudanese twins who were joined at the buttocks in a rare case in medical history, newspapers reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Transparency in government procurement
We are at a loss to rationalise the reported resistance of some government ministries to the new policy guideline on public procurement.
 arrow Editorial: Jail grenade recovery probe
We are amazed by the news that the government is probably trying to 'bury' the probe relating to the grenade recovery incident at the Dhaka Central Jail just a day after the August 21 attack on AwamiLeague
 arrow The core values of the nation
An irresistible urge for certain way of life always propelled people seeking separate independent statehood.
 arrow The great American race
Since the only functional law of democracy places perception above facts, logic can only be a secondary guide to the fate of fortune hunters in an election. Let us attempt a new methodology.
 arrow Three-year score-card: Not a whacking success
Many of us still remember the 'decade of development' observed with lots of fanfare in Pakistan in 1968.
Letters to Editorarrow Village Women's Day
October 15 was Village Women's Day. To make this occasion effective we should ensure the welfare of the grassroots level women of the villages in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cab service
Thank you for the article on the disappointments of the taxi service.
 arrow US presidential Debates
There is no doubt in my mind that Kerry is the better candidate, he has stature and confidence. He is articulate and has his facts and figures at hand.
 arrow Mystical journey
Mysticism concentrates on spirituality, prayer, hidden meanings and truth.
 arrow Hijab
Mr. Mamoon dismisses the decision of our anonymous sister as only belonging to a minority group. He fails to see that many women don the Hijab out of choice and not because they were coerced.
 arrow I love Bangladesh
I was really overwhelmed and at the same time shocked to read the letter "India bashing, now what"(october11, 2004). I'm very happy to know that the writer has passion for our neighbour, India.
 arrow After three years....
I read your editorial "After three years where are we?" (October 11th) and agree with what you have written.
 arrow What is our future?
I am a student of a leading private university of Bangladesh. My parents gave me the opportunity to be a part of a private university where I can get proper education with modern technical support.
 arrow Interference in internal affairs
I do not mean to be rude, but it seems to me that the retired bureaucrats who write for The Daily Star are timid in their opinions, and are quick to apologise, compromise and surrender even if Bangladesh
 arrow People or World Bank?
You carried a news item on the above subject in your October 12 edition.
 arrow What was wrong in it?
In your issue of Friday, Oct. 8, I have noticed the letter from Mr. Nur Hossain of Bangshal, Dhaka, critical of the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, for weeping during her recent public meeting.
 arrow India bashing or defending Bangladesh?
I sometimes wonder about the letter writers such as Syeda Sultana (DS, October 11) and Shejuti Khan (DS , September 15).
 arrow Sweeping comments on Hijab
I was amused to see Mr. SN Mamoon (Hijab, 11th October) making such a sweeping generalisation regarding Muslim girls who wear Hijab.
 arrow Uncertainty about DU Puja vacation
As we all know, due to the recent indefinite strike called by the six opposition backed student organisations, the DU remained closed for nearly a month.
 arrow Ramna Park
Everyday a large number of people -- children, young, adult, and old-- come to Ramna Park for some fresh air and exercise. They come in the morning, midday, afternoon and evening when the weather is good.
Star Cityarrow Female garment workers not safe on city streets
Ferdousi, a young garment worker walks almost two kilometres every day to her workplace in Mirpur. On her way she faces harassment and teasing by local goons almost daily.
 arrow New security arrangement at Ramna Park attracts visitors
Ramna Park, one of the oldest parks of the city, has been experiencing a high inflow of visitors since deployment of a private security force in the park this month.
 arrow WASA plans big
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) requires Tk. 454 crore to initiate a post-flood reconstruction and rehabilitation project.

WASA has already placed two alternative budgets of Tk.

 arrow Changes coming to DTCB Act for ending dual-rule
The Ministry of Communications has initiated an amendment to the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) Act 2001 to expand its working area to other urban locations.
 arrow Treatment fraud by the roadside!
A section of quacks in the busy areas of the city are freely treating people with traditional herbal medicine despite having no certificates or permission of the country's health administration.
 arrow Gulshan neighbours to launch cleanup operation
The inability of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to meet the demand of residents to keep the locality clean has prompted the Gulshan Society to launch another 'Clean Gulshan' operation.