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Front Pagearrow BNP men foil Rangpur meet of B Chy, Kamal
At least 30 people were injured when aktivists of ruling BNP's front organisations allegedly swooped on the audience at a mass dialogue of Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) at Rangpur
 arrow AL finally joins JS bodies
The main opposition Awami League (AL), in a significant development in its political strategy, has finally started joining the parliamentary standing committees in the face of mounting pressure from the
 arrow Ashraful saves hosts' blushes
A responsible innings by Mohammad Ashraful helped Bangladesh recover from a familiar collapse to reach 165 for six at stumps against New Zealand on the opening day of the first Test at the Bangabandhu
 arrow 70 wounded in JCD, Shibir clash at Islamic University
At least 70 people were injured in a series of clashes between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) in and around Islamic University yesterday.
 arrow Verdict in Jail Killing Case today
A Dhaka court passes the judgement in the historic Jail Killing Case today, having deferred it twice last month.
 arrow Planned OMS has no price impact yet
The government's announcement to start open market sale (OMS) of rice from tomorrow had no impact on its prices in retail market until yesterday, although the commerce minister has claimed rice prices
 arrow Durga Puja begins
Hindus celebrate Mahasaptami, the nirst day of Durga Puja, today at Puja Mandaps across the country.
Mahasaptami Puja will be offered at 9:00am.

 arrow Khatunganj onion triders strike against Rab action
Onion dealers of Khatunganj in the port city yesterday observed strike and staged demonstration rallying and bringing out a procession to protest Monday's drive by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Chittagong
 arrow Robbers loot 4 rifles from launch ansars
Robbers looted money in cash and other valuables from the passengers of a launch and four rifles and ammunition from on-duty ansars on the river Ghorautra in Kishoreganj on Monday night.
 arrow 6 Iraqis, American contractor killed
Four Iraqi national guards, two Iraqis and a US contractor were killed and 89 people wounded in two mortar attacks in and around Baghdad and Samarra yesterday in the latest deadly strike against US and
 arrow Court rule raises suspension fears
A conflict between local and foreign feeder service operators from Chittagong and Mongla ports has surfaced in the wake of a High Court (HC) ruling in favour of local ship owners, raising fears of suspension
 arrow India's top bandit Veerappan killed
India's most wanted criminal Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, accused of more than 100 murders and on the run for decades, has been shot dead after driving into a police trap, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Dal leader's bail petition rejected
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday rejected bail petitions of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Nurul Islam Sarker and five others accused in the Ahsanullah Master MP murder case.
 arrow Bomb threat to GMG flight triggers panic
A bomb threat triggered panic and a thorough search of the aircraft and passengers of Barisal-Dhaka flight of GMG Airlines yesterday afternoon but the threat turned out to be a hoax.
 arrow BDR pushes back nine Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) pushed back nine Indian Muslims through Panchagarh border early yesterday.
 arrow A mockery of the Traffic Week

 arrow Pvt university students agitate
Students of several private universities yesterday staged demonstrations in the wake of the high-powered evaluation committee's report recommending closure of eight of the 52 private universities in the
 arrow Mobile courts in dilemma on lack of co-ordination
The mobile courts formed ahead of Durga Puja and Ramadan to provide instant punishment to law-breakers are facing problems due to lack of co-ordination among the officials of different government agencies
 arrow 1 killed in bomb blast, another beaten dead in Kushtia
One person was killed and another injured when two bombs blasted in front of a ruling BNP lawmaker's house in Chuadanga, while in Kushtia an angry mob beat a gang member to death on Monday night.
 arrow Pvt firms may get vehicle fitness certificate job
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the government is planning to hand over the responsibility of issuing technical fitness certificates of vehicles to the private sector.
 arrow Industry ministry won't stop gas to urea plants
The industries ministry would not entertain the energy and mineral resources ministry's request for stopping and, in some cases, reducing gas supply to the urea fertiliser factories across the country.
 arrow 3 killed in Ctg road crash
Three people were killed and 22 others injured, 10 of them seriously, in a bus-truck collision on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Sona Pahar area of Mirersarai upazila yesterday.
 arrow 'Myanmar PM sacked, arrested for corruption'
Myanmar's prime minister General Khin Nyunt -- among the most reformist of the military regime's leaders -- has been sacked and placed under house arrest for alleged corruption, a Thai government spokesman
Businessarrow Pursue Tata to go for initial public offerings
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged the Board of Investment (BoI) to encourage Tata Group to go public while considering its US$2 billion investment proposal in Bangladesh.
 arrow Farm exports to UK hinge on supply chain streamlining
Bangladesh can reap the benefits of the largely untapped British agricultural market by streamlining its supply chain and increase investment in the farm sector, Mike Connor, head of the South Asian Section
 arrow Farm output to suffer blow
A government plan for rationing gas supply to fertilizer factories can deal a further blow to the already-affected agricultural production.
 arrow WB terms infrastructure of BSCIC estates poor
The World Bank (WB) has termed the infrastructure of industrial estates in Bangladesh very poor.
 arrow Trade bodies urged to help develop market
The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam here on Monday said that trade bodies in the country could play a vital role in expanding the capital market as the SEC has no effective
 arrow Asean, India, China, Japan, Korea can create Asian powerhouse
India's premier on Tuesday proposed the creation of an Asian community grouping Asean and the countries of northeast Asia saying it would create an "arc of advantage" to rival the European Union (EU).
 arrow SEDF-IFC workshop on sustainable finance begins
An international workshop on sustainable finance for professionals of banks and financial institutions began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bank of Ceylon to collect GP bills thru' internet banking
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited (CBCL) will collect GrameenPhone bills, advances and security deposits from its accountholders through internet banking by end of this month.
 arrow Oil prices drop below $53, but market expects rebound
World oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday, dropping below 53 dollars in New York on profit-taking, but analysts said the fall was likely to be brief on a market worried about supply disruptions.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A mixed day
It was a picture of frustration at the beginning of the Bangla-desh innings yesterday. But at the end of the day, they can be reasonably satisfied with 165-6 from the desperate 5-3 at one stage.
 arrow Cricket: The global Kiwi
Passion for his nation's sport takes Sonny Shaw across the globe.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
It was indeed a painful day for Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar. The premier batsman of the county was all smiling while hitting a few balls after close of play on Day One of the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' away series safe
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday hit back at a section of media reports that the away series of the newest Test playing nation would be drastically reduced.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin back to batting
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar ba-tted at the nets for the first time in two months on Tuesday but his chances of playing in next week's third Test against Australia remain uncertain.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka aim at hattrick
Sri Lanka must overcome the absence of talismanic spinner Muttiah Muralitharan if they are to achieve a rare hattrick of wins in Pakistan here Wednesday as the two-Test series gets underway.
 arrow Cricket: Stuart calls it a 'joke'
Ex-Zimbabwe cricketer Stuart Carlisle has described the decision to clear the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) of accusations of racism as "a joke".
 arrow Football: San Siro the place to be
A heavyweight clash fit to grace any European Cup final dominates this Wednesday's raft of Champions League group matches -- AC Milan v Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Cocaine-caught Mutu
Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has owned up to taking cocaine in an apparent attempt to escape a lengthy ban.
 arrow Football: Glazer family is serious
The family of US sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer moved a step closer to seizing control of Manchester United Tuesday, raising its stake in the club to 28.1 percent, making it almost the largest shareholder.
 arrow Football: Booters' bourse likely in Dec
All the Premier and First Division clubs have agreed to take part in the footballers' transfers in December, but they were against the idea of handing over tokens to the players in first week of November
 arrow Chess: Both men andwomen lose
The Bangladesh men's team lost 3-1 to Slovenia in the fourth round of the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain yesterday.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup final round kicks off today
The final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament begins today with Rajshahi taking on Barguna in the opening match at the Bir Sheshthra Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Hockey: Club Cup Hockey from tomorrow
The season's hockey curtain-raiser, the Club Cup tournament, kicks off tomorrow at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.
Two matches will be played every day.

 arrow Cricket: Atapattu rejects selector's claim
Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu on Tuesday brushed aside complaints by chief selector Asantah de Mel that the team management is hindering the development of young players.
Metropolitanarrow Saber blames govt for creating confusion
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, yesterday accused the government of creating confusion among the people about the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League
 arrow Wife beaten to death by husband
A husband allegedly beat his wife to death at Mohortuli in the city on Monday.
She was identified as Nargis Akhter, 24, wife of a cable trader Mohammad Aslam, who resides at 33/1 Abul Hasnat Road.

 arrow Verdict Oct 26
A tribunal in Khulna yesterday refixed October 26 for pronouncing the judgement of the sensational industrialist SM Farhad Hossain murder case .
 arrow Rab nabs BNP leader in Barisal
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a leader of Babuganj upazila unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) under arms act in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in Mirersarai road accident
Three people including one woman were killed and twenty others injured in a road accident at Mirer Sarai in the district yesterday.
Nationalarrow Barisal city protection work to begin soon
Work on the Tk 40.
 arrow 100 pc sanitation, pipeline water in 2 CHT villages
Rangamati: Two remote hill villages Kaptai upazila, inhabited by indigenous people, have been brought under cent percent sanitation coverage and supply of safe water.
 arrow Court summons food secretary, DC, 8 others
The Nilphamari Sub-Judge Court has summoned the Secretary of the Food Ministry, Nilphamari Deputy Commissioner and eight others to appear before the court today and clarify their position in the matter
 arrow Tk 25 cr green chilli damaged by flood in Magura
Flood and incessant rains have damaged green chili on 956 hectares of land in four upazilas, according to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials.
 arrow Notorious criminal Azad held in Rangpur
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday arrested Abul Kalam Azad, an alleged notorious criminal, from Rangpur town.
Azad is also secretary of Rangpur Vehicle Workers Union.

 arrow Rajshahi Rab nabs 2 drug lords
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) members on Sunday arrested two drug lords and three notorious criminals in a raid in Fateh Muhmmadpur area of Iswardi municipality in Pabna.
 arrow 8 babies die of pneumonia in Gopalganj
Eight children died of pneumonia in five upazilas in 10 days as the disease is spreading very fast.
About 817 children were attacked with the deadly disease.

 arrow Robbery in guise of Rab
An armed gang robbed two houses in guise of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) at Sultanpur village in Mirpur upazila on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Why the world wants Senator Kerry to beat President Bush
If non-Americans were voters in the US Presidential election, Senator John Kerry would handsomely win the Presidential election on November 2.
 arrow The first fifty days
After a relatively smooth transition, Shaukat Aziz completed his first 50 days in office on 15 October, time enough to assess the trend of his governance mode and analyse what we can expect (of him and
 arrow Power crisis--now and ahead
Energy is a pre-requisite for economic growth and technological progress. About 90 percent of electricity generation of our country is based on natural gas.
Culturearrow Durga Puja with T-shirts
There was a time when apparels like Dhoti-Punjabi and brilliant red-white saris was the first choice for the traditional Bangalees during Durga Puja.
 arrow 'Appointment' at Shilpangan
The ongoing exhibition, 'Appointment' at Shilpangan is memorable indeed.
 arrow 'I enjoy paying my dues' -- Mamun
Popular drama personality Mamunur Rashid is now busy making a drama serial titled The New Shobuj Opera for ATN Bangla.
 arrow In remembrance of Sabir Ahmed Chowdhury
Surma Shanskritik Kendra recently arranged a musical programme featuring songs on Mystic poet, lyricist and social worker Sabir Ahmed Chowdhury, says a press release.
 arrow Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon...

Generalarrow Protest against price spiral of essentials continues
Different political, social and business organisations continued to protest the price spiral of essentials in the city yesterday.

 arrow Month-long festival in December
A month-long celebration in December will mark the 90th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin featuring exhibition of his artworks, seminar and cultural events.
 arrow Bangladesh makes progress despite various hurdles
People of Bangladesh are making enormous progress despite various hurdles, said AH Mofazzal Karim, Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK.
 arrow Attack on mass dialogue condemned
Different political organisations condemned the attack on the mass dialogue programme of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB)and Jatiya Oikyamancha (JO) in Rangpur Town Hall yesterday.
 arrow 'Fanaticism poses threat to press freedom'
Journalists are being tortured by vested quarters for exposing injustice and corruption and the religious fundamentalism has now emerged as a threat to objective journalism, speakers said at a memorial
 arrow Hawker Ata on fresh remand
Akhteruzzaman alias Ata arrested for his alleged involvement in the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League (AL) rally, was placed on a three-day fresh remand yesterday.
 arrow Extra allowance for workers during weekly holidays ahead of Eid
Workers have to be paid extra allowances and compensatory leave for doing their duties during weekly holidays ahead of Eid.
 arrow Nat'l Computer Programming Competition
A two-day National Computer Programming Competition will be held on December 3 and 4,on the International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) campus in Chittagong.
 arrow PM hosts iftar for senior officials
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hosted an iftar for senior civil and military officials and judges.
 arrow Robber beaten to death in Mymensingh
An alleged robber was beaten to death by a mob at village Narangi in Bhaluka upazila of Mymensing yesterday.
Internationalarrow Maoists, Andhra govt agree to retain truce
The first round of peace talks between India's southern Andhra Pradesh state and Maoist rebels has ended with both sides agreeing to meet again and to continue their ceasefire, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Most blacks likely to vote for Kerry
African Americans are expected to vote overwhelmingly for Democrat John Kerry in November, and a high turnout by blacks could decide the razor-thin presidential election.
 arrow Few glitches reported in early Florida voting
Voters began casting ballots Monday in Florida, encountering long lines at the polls and a few ballot box glitches four years after the 2000 presidential election fiasco.
 arrow Bodo rebels offered safe passage for Delhi talks
The government of India's troubled northeastern state of Assam yesterday offered free passage to leaders of a tribal separatist group so they can travel to New Delhi for possible peace talks.
 arrow US, Iraq opposes Saudi plan for all-Muslim force
The Iraqi government and US military commanders both rejected a Saudi plan for an all-Muslim force to protect UN election staff in Iraq, the White House said Monday.
 arrow India, Lanka finalise defence accord
India and Sri Lanka finalised a draft defence agreement yesterday that would boost military cooperation between them, an official said.
 arrow 2m Asian maids in Gulf without legal cover
Some two million Asian maids working in Gulf Arab states without proper legal cover face various forms of maltreatment, including sexual abuse and non-payment of salary, according to an official study.
 arrow Veerappan shot dead
India's most wanted criminal Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, accused of more than 100 murders and on the run for decades, has been shot dead after driving into a police trap, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Mahathir predicts 'liar' Bush's victory
Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad, in remarks published Tuesday, predicted US President George W.
 arrow Bird flu kills 23 tigers at Thai zoo
A Thai tiger zoo housing hundreds of the big cats was shut down yesterday as bird flu tests confirmed 23 tigers had died of the virus and another 30 had fallen ill.
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL can't turn its back to JS anymore
The opposition Awami League's half-hearted approach to joining the upcoming parliament session and participating in the committee meetings is as inexplicable as it is untenable. On the whole, it is unsustainable.
 arrow Editorial: State of our private universities
We welcome the report of the high-powered evaluation committee led by the chairman of the University Grants Commission, set up to evaluate the performance of fifty or so private universities.
 arrow The fallout from August 21
The debate on the August 21 grenade attack continues. After the Joynal Abedin Commission report, a lot of views have been articulated by and through the media.
 arrow Why Ohio and Florida will decide who wins in 2004
One criticism of America's presidential election is that American voters do not elect their President directly.
 arrow Excuse my ignorance
In an academic matrix where every credentialed developmentally minded social scientist has something to say on development, this mere effort by an unlicensed lowbrow philistine might raise the hackles
Letters to Editorarrow Failed state?
Now it is beginning to become a fashion to debate whether Bangladesh is a failed state (DS Oct 8). It will continue unless the leaders wake up and stem the tide.
 arrow F28 landing
While landing in heavy downpour Biman's F28 aircraft with 82 passengers and crew skidded off the runway at Sylhet Osmani Airport on the morning of October 8 and hit the edge of a brook 200 ft away.
 arrow Keith Miller
It was indeed sad to hear about the demise of Keith Miller, a cricket legend.
Tall, handsome and well-built, Miller was likened to a Hollywood macho-star.

 arrow Great deluge
Following the country's worst flood there was incessant rain recently in the capital city of Dhaka.
 arrow 'In the name of Allah'?
The recent column titled as above by Brig. Gen. Jahangir Kabir, nds, psc. was an eye-catching one , to say the least. First of all, I would like to condemn the Beslan tragedy and those behind it.
 arrow Cosmetic global economy
The commentary "Global Economic Conundrum" (DS Oct 8) provided the lay readers with a peep show on how the US dollar is artfully and artificially maintaining its hold as the number one global currency;
 arrow Two leaders
The nation can hardly conjure up the vision of a dialogue between the two top political leaders since 1990, when they took part in the movement against an autocratic ruler.
 arrow Cultural arena
There was a time when demand for stage play was not at all appreciable. A very small audience used to be seen in the cultural arena. But these days we are lucky enough that we could educate the people.
 arrow GM foods
It was sad to read in The Daily Star that anti-GM hysteria is being stirred up in Bangladesh.
In his first paragraph, Mr.

 arrow Don't be misled
This is in response to the letter under the caption " Misinterpretations" written by Ms Ayesha Hossain Shanila (DS 11 October, 2004).
 arrow Three distinct trends
As a reader I am reacting to the article 'A liberal Muslim goes to America' (DS Oct 6).
 arrow Boring politics
Why political news, whether at home or at the international level, has become so widespread, monotonous and boring (asks a citizen riddled with problems in daily life which are suspected to have political
 arrow Elections in Australia
I have witnessed a few parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. Every Election Day was festive.
 arrow Liberation of women
In Bangladesh, prostitution has been legalised and it is said that the rate of abortion among girls between 15 and 49 is 28/1000. The rape rate is also very high .
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis
Whatever the political or social background may be, the issue of stranded Pakistanis (Bihari) in Bangladesh should be resolved forthwith.
StarTecharrow Ekush OS, an alternative to MS Windows
EKUSH Operating System (OS), a projected alternative to Microsoft Windows and a clone to Windows NT, is in its early stages of development.
The new system will be based on open source codes.

 arrow Google's new PC search tool poses risks
PEOPLE who use public or workplace computers for e-mail, instant messaging and Web searching have a new privacy risk to worry about: Google's free new tool that indexes a PC's contents for quickly locating
 arrow The birthplace of the World Wide Web turns 50
A European laboratory that was the birthplace of the World Wide Web and home of Nobel prize-winning developments in the quest to understand the makeup of matter wished itself a happy 50th birthday Tuesday.
 arrow New planets may take longer to evolve
IT may take much longer than scientists have thought for violent turbulence to turn grains of space dust into new planets.
Star Chittagongarrow Karnaphuli Paper Mills struggles for survival
Irregular supply of raw materials poses a threat to the existence of Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KPM) when it strives to emerge as a profit-making one and avoid disinvestment.
 arrow CMCH runs without ambulance!
Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) has been running without ambulance for long, causing immense sufferings to thousands of patients.
 arrow Auto-rickshaws Occupy Laldighi Maidan

Star Cityarrow Traffic woes: reasons known, no action
Dhaka Metropolitan Traffic Police (DMTP) blamed the inflow of the poor to the city, footpath encroachment and damaged roads because of the recent downpour for the present traffic chaos on city roads.
 arrow 30 minutes of annoyance, misery
It was late in a Ramadan morning and the sun was blazing with all its rages. Samina sat helplessly inside a CNG three-wheeler with all soaked in sweat.
She was on her way to university.

 arrow Traffic jam takes toll on commuters
Jamal Hossain needs more than an hour to reach his office at Motijheel and another hour to back home at Mohammadpur, which should have been hardly a 20-minute ride by bus.
 arrow A day in the life of a driver
It's 8:20 in the morning. I am late, terribly late. I am yet on the way. School begins at 8:20 am.
 arrow Bus stops anywhere and everywhere!
Most buses in the city pull up anywhere on the road to take or drop passengers in the absence of proper bus stops.
 arrow Put the blame on indifference
There are 26 foot-overbridges and three underpasses in the city but very few people use them.
 arrow Tales from the Traffic (Jam) Week
What happened in the city during Traffic Week?
"Kichhui Na," is the general observation by majority of autorickshaw drivers. "Nothing."
Traffic Week, the second this year, came and went.

 arrow Where is the rule?
Maintaining traffic rules in the city has become more of an accident
than a rule nowadays because of the ignorance of traffic police about the rules themselves as one incident a couple of days agoshows.