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Front Pagearrow IMF sees soaring inflation ahead
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised its projection of this fiscal year's inflation to 6.
 arrow BNP activists disrupt BDB, Oikya Mancha meet in Mymensingh
The activists of ruling BNP's front organisations yet again disrupted a mass dialogue of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) and Jatiya Oikya Mancha, this time, in Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow Barisal Jubo Dal leader dies in firefight with Rab
A city Jubo Dal leader and ward commissioner was killed in a shootout last night with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) who later seized huge arms and ammunition from his house.
 arrow Black Caps eye whitewash
New Zealand will go into the second and final Test against Bangladesh eyeing another whitewash after a comprehensive innings and 99-run victory in Dhaka.
 arrow Rab activities challenged in court
A writ petition was filed in the High Court yesterday challenging the formation of the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and seeking an injunction against the activities of the force.
 arrow Contractor to get Tk 99cr in extra
The contractor of Bangladesh-UK Friendship Bridge would get Tk 99 crore in additional payment despite repeated rejection of the claim by Roads and Highways Department (R&HD) and the consultant firm, Halcrow.
 arrow Respiratory infection peaks in city
As winter approaches, acute respiratory infection (ARI), mostly among the elderly and infants, assumes enormous proportions.
 arrow Discontent brews in admin over politicisation
Discontent is brewing in the civil administration due to politicisation, wrongful punishment of many officials, denial of promotion to deserving ones and growing contractual appointments during the last
 arrow Oil crosses $55 a barrel
Oil scaled a new high above $55 a barrel Monday as a threat by Norwegian oil and gas employers to halt production from the world's third biggest exporter stoked fears of a winter supply crunch.
 arrow 14 killed in Israeli raid on Gaza
Fourteen Palestinians have been killed during a major Israeli offensive on the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical and security sources said yesterday.
 arrow Checking fraud...


 arrow New Yorker, Financial Times root for Kerry
For the first time in its 80-year history, the venerable New Yorker magazine has endorsed a presidential candidate, urging readers yesterday to vote for Democrat John Kerry in next week's election.
 arrow 5 killed, 40 hurt in bus crash
Five people were killed and 40 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and fell into a ditch in Sadar upazila of Jhenidah district yesterday.
 arrow Staff at Barisal hospital go on 3-day strike from today
Staff and workers of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) will go for a three-day strike from today demanding cancellation of appointment of some 126 new staff.
 arrow Probe body blames BSC tanker crew
A shipping ministry inquiry committee on pollution of the river Karnaphuli due to leakage of oil from a tanker vessel of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) in August this year blamed it on three crew
 arrow 50 missing in launch capsize
About 50 people went missing after a launch capsized in the Bishkhali river in Barguna last evening.
 arrow Saifur raps media for creating corrupt image
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blamed media reports for making Bangladesh's position as the most corrupt country in Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index
 arrow American Club receptionist killed
A man allegedly killed his wife, an employee of American Club in the city, and later hanged her at his Gulshan residence in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow RMCH director faces contempt charge
A Rajshahi court has charged the director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) with contempt of court for continuing recruitment of employees ignoring an injunction.
 arrow UNO beaten up
Miscreants attacked upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Bhurungamari at his office yesterday and injured him seriously.
 arrow EU split over future asylum policy
The European Union is divided over how far to go in building a common asylum system and whether to set up a common border guard to protect the bloc's vast external frontiers, an idea opposed by Home Secretary
 arrow Quake aftershocks hit north Japan
Strong aftershocks have continued to hit Japan two days after 24 people died in the country's deadliest earthquake in almost a decade.
 arrow Motorsports plane crash kills 10
One of auto racing's most successful dynasties was in mourning after a plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed in thick fog en route to a NASCAR race, killing all 10 people aboard, including the son,
 arrow Democracy only option Says Myanmar military ruler
Myanmar military ruler Senior General Than Shwe told Indian leaders yesterday the junta was committed to bringing democracy, a week after ousting a fellow general credited with setting in motion a roadmap
 arrow Erratum
The Daily Star yesterday carried a story headlined 'Inflated budget of Dhaka Eastern Bypass rejected,' in which the name of the project was inadvertently mentioned as 'Dhaka Eastern Bypass,' instead of
Businessarrow CityCell targets 27 lakh subscriber base by '05
CityCell plans to increase its subscriber base from 2.75 lakh to 27 lakh (2.7 million) by next year (2005) through an aggressive marketing strategy, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Joint programme to raise output of spices, pulses
In a bid to reduce dependency on imports, Bangladesh Krishi Bank and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) have jointly undertaken a two-year programme to increase local production of pulses, oilseeds
 arrow Global trade to grow 8.5pc despite oil price hike: WTO
The volume of world trade is set to grow by 8.5 percent in real terms in 2004 despite the impact of rising oil prices on the world economy, the World Trade Organisation said Monday.
 arrow EU bid to catch US economy Ďa big failure': Prodi
Europe's efforts to catch up to and then outpace the US economy have been "a big failure," the outgoing head of the European Union executive commission, Romano Prodi, told the Financial Times in an interview
 arrow S'pore economy on track, oil may impact next year
Singapore's economy remains on track to grow by between 8 and 9 per cent this year as forecast, but next year's growth could be hit if oil prices remain at the current high level, Trade and Industry Minister
 arrow EU to lift trade sanctions against US amid lingering doubts
The EU commission acted to ease trade tensions with the United States, saying it would lift sanctions after US President George W Bush approved a repeal of illegal corporate tax breaks.
 arrow Strong domestic sales prompt Toyota to plan for new plant
Japan's top carmaker and the world number two Toyota Motor said Monday it is reviewing domestic production in light of strong sales while reports said it will build a large engine plant in southern Japan.
 arrow Citigroup to close trust bank unit in Japan
Citigroup Inc.
 arrow Tiger Airways boss confirms resignation
Tiger Airways boss Patrick Gan, in confirming he is leaving the budget airline, said in published remarks Saturday that the decision did not stem from problems with the board of directors.
 arrow New MD of Southeast Bank
Neaz Ahmed has been appointed president and managing director of Southeast Bank Limited with effect from Thursday.
 arrow Reliance Ind Q2 profit up 39pc
Reliance Industries Ltd, the petrochemical flagship of India's largest private sector company, said Monday second quarter net profit jumped 39 percent against a backdrop of surging oil product prices.
 arrow Proton to sign assembly deal with Volkswagen this week
Malaysia's national carmaker Proton is expected to sign a deal this week to assemble cars for Volkswagen AG in a tie-up that would boost the German giant's presence in Southeast Asia's fast-growing auto
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashud cries for support
Pressure is te-lling on the Ban-gladesh team. So much so that it has prompted a rallying cry from stand-in skipper Khaled Mashud ahead of the second and final Test against New Zealand starting here today.
 arrow Cricket: Victoria dominate trading
Defending champions Victoria Sporting Club and Bangladesh Biman dominated the bourse on the opening day of the three-day inter-club cricketers' transfer that got underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Sachin, pitch take centre stage
India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his dismay and Australia's Adam Gilchrist his delight as the grassy wicket in Nagpur became the centre of attention on the eve of the third Test.
 arrow Cricket: Test-by-Test at MA Aziz Stadium
The MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong plays host to the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand that gets underway today.
 arrow Cricket: Enter Kamran, exit Moin
Pakistan have dropped wicket-keeper Moin Khan for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting on Thursday because of his indifferent form with the bat.
 arrow Cricket: Tk 800 tickets sold so far!
Two groups of youngsters were engrossed in cricket matches in the disconcertingly uneven and uncared-for patch of land adjacent to the MA Aziz Stadium known as the outer stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Cup line-up complete
Country's mobile phone operating houses maintained their impressive run in the second edition of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League as all three participants reached the Cup competition at theend
 arrow Hockey: Mariners win big again
Mariner Youngs Club recorded their second successive victory in the Club Cup hockey tournament thrashing Farashganj Sporting Club 8-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan scare for hosts India
Off spinner Harbhajan Singh is doubtful for Tuesday's third Test against Australia because of fever, adding to India's fitness worries as they try to square the four-Test series.
 arrow Chess: Men's team lose again
Bangladesh men's team suffered another defeat in the 36th Chess Olympiad at Calvia in Spain on Sunday when they went down 2.5-1.5 to Italy.
 arrow Football: Narsinghdi in last four
Narsinghdi reached the semifinal of the JFA Cup under-16 football tournament when they defeated Sirajgani 2-0 in yesterday's lone match at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Football: Gunners get Ruud shock
Ruud van Nistelrooy took his revenge on Arsenal in the sweetest possible fashion as Manchester United ended their arch rivals' 49-match unbeaten run in the Premiership with a 2-0 win in controversialcircumstances.
 arrow Football: Barca overwhelm Osasuna
Barcelona extended their unbeaten streak to eight games and maintained their five point lead at the top of the Spanish first division as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Osasuna.
 arrow Football: Honours even in Milan
Leaders Juventus were the happiest team in Serie A after title rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw in front of an 80,000 crowd at the San Siro.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart stumble
Ten-man Stuttgart fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at struggling SC Freiburg on Sunday as they missed the chance to regain top spot in the German top flight.
Metropolitanarrow Tk 609 cr needed to repair flood-hit embankments
Some 2,882km earth embankment out of 9,462km constructed by the Water Development Board have been damaged by the flood this year.
Nationalarrow No govt policy, infrastructure
Nilphamari: The government has not yet formed a policy though the Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) launched a five-year plan in 2002 to bring 300 hectares of under tea plantation in Panchagrh.
 arrow Turmeric can turn their fate
Netrakona: Soil of Modhupur forest area is very much suitable for turmeric farming.
 arrow Diarrhoea: 7 more killed, 400 attacked in Gaibandha in 2 days
Diarrhoea claimed more seven lives and attacked about 400 people in last two days in Gaibandha.
 arrow Abduction for ransom rises in Bandarban
People in remote hilly areas are leaving their homes towards Bandarban town due to rise in abduction for ransom.
 arrow Sex workers keen to return to normal life
Most of the sex workers at a brothel here want to return to normal life if they are provided with necessary financial support or employment opportunity to lead a dignified life.
 arrow 7 Indians held by BDR near Sherpur border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested seven Indians from Harirkona border area in Shreebardi upazila in Sherpur district Saturday night.
 arrow Rice prices fall
Prices of different varieties of rice have decreased significantly in local markets since launching of the Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice on Thursday.
 arrow Allegation against DIG Prison proved
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Prison) at Jessore Central Jail took several abortive attempts to sexually abuse a female jail warden .
 arrow Medical representative shot dead in Manikganj
A medical representative was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants at Gulotia village in Manikganj sadar upazila Sunday evening.
 arrow Erratum
In our story headlined Tea Plantation in Panchagarh-2, published on October 24 on page 15, the amount of loan to small farmers was mentioned as Tk 1.24 lakh instead of Tk 12.4 lakh.
Point-Counterpointarrow The future of energy security
In the aftermath of 9/11, fears of global oil disruption sent prices up by nearly 30 percent to over $30 a barrel. During June/July 2004, the price of oil hovered around $40 a barrel.
 arrow Hello, stop giving mobiles to your kids
All health information to keep you up to date
A recent study carried out by scientists in Finland suggested radiation from mobile phone causes changes in the brain.

Culturearrow The New Shobuj Opera
A huge typical jatra pandal (open air stage) is built beside the relics of the Srifal Tali zamindar palace near Kaliakoir, Gazipur.
 arrow Songs that touch the listener's heart
The songs of Miles, such as Phiriye dao, Dhiki dhiki agun joley and Neela are still fresh in the memory of millions of the band's fans.
 arrow 'Suddenly I noticed a chopped hand on my keyboard'- Tutul
SI Tutul is a popular musician, a keyboardist of the popular band LRB and recently instrumentalist-turned-singer.
 arrow Celsius 41.11-- reply to Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11
Billed as the Republican reply to Michael Moore's President Bush-bashing film Fahrenheit 9/11, the documentary Celsius 41.11 has just been released in the US.
Generalarrow I was the main target of Aug 21 grenade attack
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said here yesterday that she was the main target of August 21 grenade attack on AL rally.
 arrow No-confidence against N'ganj poura chairperson
Ten ward commissioners, out of 12, moved a no-confidence resolution against Narayanganj Pourasava Chairperson Dr Selina Hayat Ivy.
 arrow Teenage boy dies after mob beating
A teenage boy died from injuries at a city hospital yesterday, a day after he was beaten up by a mob in Arambagh area.
 arrow 'Allocate 5pc of ADP for older people'
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday called for allocating at least five percent of the annual development programme (ADP) for older people to eradicate chronic poverty from the society.
 arrow Construction of Shitalakhya bridge soon
Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday said that the construction work for the Shitalakhya bridge would start soon to make direct road link with the adjacent port and the district town.
 arrow Govt blamed for price spiral of essentials
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday blamed the ruling party-backed unscrupulous traders, hoarders and extortionists for present price spiral of essentials, rather than the natural calamities.
 arrow Ensure food for starving people in n-region: CPB
Expressing grave concern at the prevailing Monga or famine-like situation in the northern region, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday strongly criticised the alliance government for nottaking
 arrow Cabinet decides to modernise BSTI
The cabinet at a regular meeting yesterday decided to modernise Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI).
 arrow resignation of KCC mayor demanded
Khulna district and city units of Jubo Sangram Parishad (JSP) yesterday formed a human chain at Upper Jessore Road demanding resignation of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman for
 arrow 2 BNP front body leaders released
Manzoor Morshed Swapan, central organising secretary of Jatiyatabadi Sangs- kritik Sangstha, and Shajahan Shova, Jubo Dal leader, were released from Bagerhat Sadar Thana on Sunday 19 hours after their
Internationalarrow Car bombs, clashes kill 12 Iraqis
Car bombs and clashes killed 12 Iraqis Monday and three Australian troops were wounded in the first attack on their contingent since the end of the Iraq war.
 arrow 380 tons of explosives missing from Iraqi atomic site: IAEA
Nearly 380 tons of explosives are missing from a site near Baghdad that was part of Saddam Hussein's dismantled atom bomb programme but was never secured by the US military, the United Nations said yesterday.
 arrow Iran hints at agreeing to enrichment freeze
Iran's top security official yesterday suggested Tehran may agree to extend its freeze on uranium enrichment but warned it could not be forced to scrap its nuclear technology for good.
 arrow Indian top brass meet to revamp war doctrine
Indian commanders went into a huddle yesterday to cobble together a new war doctrine which is likely to recommend the handover of control of nuclear-capable missiles to the military and call for an expensive
 arrow Bush exploited Sept 11 attacks, says Carter
President Bush has exploited the Sept. 11 attacks for political gain, former president Jimmy Carter said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Kerry ridicules Bush on terrorism remark
President Bush and Sen. John Kerry stayed on the offensive in swing states Sunday as the presidential race entered its final full week.
 arrow Israel to face catastrophe if Gaza pullout fails: Peres
Opposition leader Shimon Peres warned yesterday Israel would face a catastrophe if the pullout from Gaza is blocked, saying a continued presence in the territory ran counter to national security.
 arrow Pak PM to visit India next month
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will visit India and other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations next month, the foreign office said yesterday.
 arrow India, Myanmar ink 3 accords
India, the world's largest democracy, gave a red carpet welcome yesterday to Myanmar's army leader General Than Shwe as hundreds of pro-democracy opponents of his military junta vented their anger over
 arrow Clinton to woo voters for Kerry
Former US president Bill Clinton will aim to boost Democratic contender John Kerry's White House bid by addressing a gathering in Pennsylvania on Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Flood rehabilitation to gather momentum
The donors have responded to the country's post-flood rehabilitation needs, with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank pledging $390m in the first phase of the programme.
 arrow Editorial: BB probe of Al-Haramain
The irregularities that the Bangladesh Bank has unearthed in relation to the finances of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation merit further investigation.
 arrow On water market
One of my best friends Mahfuz Anam, the editor of The Daily Star, one day expressed his surprise to me over the news of the existence of water markets in rural areas.
 arrow Message from Maharashtra: The tide has turned
The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party-led Democratic Front's victory in
Maharashtra is a political landmark.

 arrow Stray thoughts
President Bush should now devote more time in convincing the undecided voters regarding those key points Senator Kerry is terming as wrong in his (the Senator's) current campaign rhetoric.
Letters to Editorarrow "Political governance index"
It is time some of the think-tanks in Dhaka undertook a study on what might be classified as political governance index (PGI), or something to that effect.
 arrow The survival of a political party
The Awami League appears to have lost its sense of direction, and is beating about the bush. It is on a wild-goose chase, oblivious of its survival tactics in the coming years.
 arrow "Buy local products "
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has recently urged her countrymen to give preference to local products including clothes during their festival shopping to encourage local producers.