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Front Pagearrow Divided America votes in election cliffhanger
After the longest and costliest campaign on record, President Bush and challenger John F Kerry remained deadlocked nationally and in key battleground states yesterday, with both sides expressing confidence
 arrow Jubo League man, 3 outlaws killed in Rab, cop action
An Awami Jubo League activist and three outlawed political operatives were killed in the last two days in 'crossfire' during three separate operations of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Narayanganj,
 arrow Polls either under caretaker govt or BNP-led coalition
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition Awami League (AL) is trying to create an issue over the caretaker government system after all its efforts to launch a movement against the government
 arrow CU moves to act against examinees
The results scandal of a High Court additional judge and 110 lawyers has prompted the Chittagong University (CU) authorities to go for action against 2,400 examinees who were found involved in tampering
 arrow Nation mourns 4 slain nat'l leaders today
The nation pays homage to the country's four national leaders and Liberation War heroes on their 29th death anniversary today, with main opposition Awami League enforcing an eight-hour countrywide shutdown
 arrow Pak PM flies in today
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz flies in today on a two-day visit as the chairman of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), a post that Prime Minister Khaleda Zia would take over
 arrow Starving people ferret out food
It was an unprecedented scene at Moubhashi village along the river Teesta in Gangachhara Upazila of Rangpur yesterday noon, as several hundred monga-stricken people rushed out of their houses to these
 arrow Mob lynches 4 'robbers', wounds 3 in Hazaribagh
A lynch mob yesterday killed four alleged robbers and critically wounded three others at Char Wazpur in Hazaribagh of the capital.
 arrow Mohakhali flyover opens tomorrow
The Mohakhali flyover in the capital, first ever of its kind in the country, will be opened for traffic tomorrow.
 arrow Bangladesh starts mine demolition
Under the compulsion of an international treaty, Bangladesh yesterday started destroying its stockpile of anti-personnel mines.
 arrow Half of last 8 years' aid remains unused
Governments in last eight years have failed to use about 49 percent of the financial aid received from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) because of slow project preparation and implementation.
 arrow Rickshaw seizure lands in vice
Seizing of illegal rickshaws in the capital has taken a surprising turn as traffic sergeants in connivance with brokers have been giving back the seized rickshaws taking Tk 500 to Tk 1,000 from the owners
 arrow Ctg magnate Jamal killed, says suspect
Kidnapped Chittagong magnate Jamal Uddin Chowdhury has been killed by listed criminal Osman, chief of notorious Osman Bahini, disclosed another criminal Kala Mahbub who was arrested by the Rapid Action
 arrow Altaf couldn't care less
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday set a bizarre example in the proceedings of parliament when he failed to respond to a call attention notice either in person or by proxy.
 arrow Cairns thumps Bangladesh
Star all-rounder Chris Cairns inspired New Zealand to a thumping 138-run win in the first one-day international of the three-match series against Bangladesh at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Moudud mum on judge's certificate tampering
Law minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday refused to comment on the alleged marks certificate tampering by Additional Judge of the High Court Faisal Mahmud Faizee.
 arrow UAE president al-Nahayan passes away
The president of the United Arab Emirates, Shiekh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, has died, state television says.
 arrow Torkel flies in next week to follow up on US concerns
Torkel L Patterson, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, is set to fly in Dhaka next week for two to three days to follow up on concerns he had expressed during his visit in September.
 arrow India withdraws antidumping measures
India has withdrawn antidumping measures on Bangladesh and gave assurance that restrictions on opening Letters of Credit (LC) in the seven northeastern Indian states would be removed to improve tradebetween
 arrow Govt interfered in Jail Killing Case
The main opposition Awami League in parliament yesterday launched a blistering attack on the government accusing it of interfering in the trial of the historic Jail Killing Case.
 arrow Partha's bail rejected again
A Dhaka Court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Saibal Saha Partha, accused in the case filed in connection with the August 21 carnage on an Awami League (AL) rally.
 arrow Saifur names 16 cos as defaulting Tk 16cr in taxes
The finance ministry has identified 16 companies that have defaulted on taxes of over Tk 16 crore, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman told the House yesterday adding steps for legal actions have already
 arrow 7 Indians pushed back
Seven Indian nationals were pushed back through Panchagarh border in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Saifur slams garment barons for 'keeping funds abroad'
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted garment exporters accusing them of depositing their savings abroad instead of investing in backward linkage industries.
 arrow DSE forms probe body to dig into technical glitch
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday constituted a high-powered committee to probe the technical glitch in its automated systems that halted trading on Monday.
 arrow Software producers term export target ambitious
Terming the $2 billion software export target by the year 2006 "lofty and unachievable", local software producers yesterday demanded revision of the target envisaged in the national IT policy.
 arrow Tata firm buys US telecom co in $130m cash deal
The Tata Group firm Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL), a leading provider of telecom and internet services, bought over Bermuda-based Tyco Global Network (TGN), one of the advanced and extensive global
 arrow S Asian women entrepreneurs for maximum trade benefit
As an Eid festival went underway yesterday in Dhaka South Asian women entrepreneurs have vowed to work side-by-side to explore maximum trade opportunities in the region.
 arrow WTO chief slams private sector for fuelling trade tensions
World Trade Organisation chief Supachai Panitchpakdi on Monday sharply criticised private companies like Airbus and Boeing, saying they were helping to fuel tensions in the global free trade system.
 arrow Bangladesh favours joint ventures with Indian cos
Bangladesh is in favour of setting up joint ventures with Indian companies to address the imbalances in bilateral trade.
 arrow EC to support private sector initiatives
The European Commission and Bangladesh yesterday signed a financing agreement on the EU-Bangladesh Economic Co-operation Small Projects Facility (SPF).
 arrow Int'l Jute Study, FAO sign MoU
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) have agreed to strengthen their co-operation through consultation and co-ordination for thedevelopment
 arrow Handloom designing centre opens under private initiative
With a view to attracting foreign buyers, Palli Enterprise Development Ltd, a local export oriented private handloom firm, yesterday opened a designing centre--Palli Check Studio, in Dhaka.
 arrow Country repays Tk 951cr a year in interest on foreign loans
Bangladesh is to repay over Tk 951 crore annually in interest on foreign loans the country receive over the years, the finance minister told the parliament yesterday.
 arrow China's major SoEs see big profit hikes
China's major state-owned enterprises maintained a sharp profit growth in the first three quarters of the year, fuelled by strong performance of oil, power and transportation sectors.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A curate's egg
It was a curate's egg at the end of the day for Bangladesh after the first one-day match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin may open bowling
India will consider playing three spinners and ask star batsman Sachin Tendulkar to open the bowling as they attempt a face-saving victory over Australia in the fourth and final Test here from Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Series Salad
It was carnival atmosphere inside the MA Aziz Stadium for the first one-day international yesterday. The home crowd nearly numbering 18, 000 sang and danced as New Zealand wickets fell with alarming regularity.
 arrow Cricket: 'Discipline is the key'
Pakistan are a talented side but need a resilient mindset and improvement in technique to face Australia at their home ground next month, the team's English coach Bob Woolmer said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pitch error costs India'
Pakistan's former captain Wasim Akram said Tuesday the Indian cricket team blundered by failing to secure a tailor-made pitch at Nagpur, where they lost the third Test to Australia last Friday.
 arrow Football: A mixed night for Capello
Italian coaching legend Fabio Capello can see his present side Juventus capture a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday by beating Bayern Munich while one of his former teams
 arrow Football: Zola receives an OBE
Former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola was made an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to football here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Argentina-Germany pick of the draw
German national coach Jurgen Klinsmann played down suggestions that the hosts were favourites to progress from Group A of the 2005 Confederations Cup following the draw here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Bennett backs Brian
New West Indies coach Bennett King has given early support to captain Brian Lara as the Australian prepares to begin his job in the Caribbean.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani edge out Mariners
Title-contenders Abahani avoided a premature clash with arch-rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Club Cup hockey tournament when they handed Mariner Youngs Club a 4-2 defeat in their last group match
 arrow Cricket: Murali calls for peace in Lanka
Sri Lanka's most successful bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan, on Tuesday urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume stalled talks to turn a truce into lasting peace after two decades of civil war.
 arrow Cricket: Warne ruled out of Mumbai Test
Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was ruled out of the final Test against India after he suffered an injury during a training session.
 arrow Hockey: Premier hockey from Nov 26
The Premier Hockey League will begin on November 26, the league committee decided at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Four share lead in Open chess
Aminul Islam, Mehdi Hassan Parag, Mohammed Javed and Saifuddin Lavlu shared the lead in the Open FIDE Rating chess tournament with full points after the end of the fourth round games at the Chess Federation
 arrow Chess: Nasir starts with win
Sheikh Nasir Ahmed defeated Spain's Diez Asonsio Jesus in the first round of the Calvia Open Chess Festival in Calvia, Spain on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow AL demands redeployment of SSF for Hasina
The Awami League yesterday demanded redeployment of Special Security Forces (SSF) for the security of Opposition Leader and AL President Sheikh Hasina who has received a series of death threats recently.
 arrow 2 stabbed to death
Two young men were stabbed to death at Shyampur in the city and at Keraniganj yesterday.
 arrow 1,210 more held, 21 arms seized
Police arrested 1,210 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Massive pest attack ahead of Aman harvest
Surviving a ravaging flood, farmers in Bhola and Patuakhali are now baffled and panicked with another calamity. There has been a massive pest attack on Aman fields ahead of the harvest.
 arrow 'Recruitment made with bribe'
Allegations of gross irregularity in appointment of people in 25 posts of third and fourth class employees in Satkhira health department have been reported.
 arrow Sweepers protest recruitment from other community
Sweepers in Rangpur town on Monday protested alleged corruption by the Civil Surgeon's office in appointment of sweepers in eight upazila health complexes.
 arrow OMS: Dealers in Sylhet show little interest
The government's OMS (open market sale of rice) programme evoked little interest among rice traders in Sylhet region.
 arrow Aman harvest begins in Gaibandha
After ravaging floods, farmers in some areas are happy at least for the time being. They are harvesting Aman paddy.
 arrow Former PDB engineer faces corruption case
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) here on Monday filed a case against former executive engineer of Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB), Satkhira for acquiring property illegally beyond his income.
 arrow Tangail BNP secretary, AL leaders among 16 sued
Delwar Hossain, father of slain Tangail district Jatiytabadi Chatra Dal (JCD) vice president Abdur Rouf, filed a case with Tangail Sadar police station accusing 16 Awami League and
 arrow Destruction of crops protested
National Adibasi Council, Joypurhat protested the atrocities committed on indigenous people (aborigines) at Gangrail village in Sadar upazila recently, says a press release.
 arrow 1,650 bullets recovered in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Monday recovered 1,650 rounds of bullets of M-16 rifles from Baishari in Naikhongchhari upazila.
 arrow 20 hurt as rivals clash
At least 20 persons were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Mozlishpur in Sadar upazila on Monday.
 arrow 2 get 17 years' RI for keeping illegal arms
The Sylhet divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal has given 17 years' RI to two persons for possessing unauthorised firearms.
 arrow Acid thrower held
One person was arrested from Bara Kupat village in Shyamnagar upazila on Monday on charge of throwing acid on his sister-in-law.
Point-Counterpointarrow President Musharraf's bold initiative
President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan has often embarked on an uncharted and unconventional way in expressing his views.
 arrow Fostering socio-economic progress in Pakistan
Pakistan has been richly endowed with resources by nature, but security threats have led to disproportionate expenditure on national defence.
Culturearrow Rejoicing with gifts
After the rigours of Ramadan, the joyous festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is around the corner.
 arrow A picturesque melange of art works
The ongoing exhibition at Art and Soul gallery does not boast of big names as the last one did.
 arrow Film for the People
December is the month for cultural events. During this period a flurry of activity such as theatre, dance, music and films will take place.
 arrow Kanika Bandopadhyay Memorial Competition
The result of the Kanika Bandopadhyay Memorial Competition was declared recently in Kolkata.
Generalarrow Shifting of hearing date sparks instant protests
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court yesterday shifted the date for hearing of bail prayer of 54 students arrested during the clashes on Rajshahi University (RU) campus on October 30, sparking instant
 arrow NGOs begin protests today
Different non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday announced a month-long programme to protest the government's move to provide immunity to the World Bank (WB) for its activities in Bangladesh.
 arrow DU okays promotion of 48 out of 73
The syndicate of Dhaka University (DU) at a meeting yesterday approved the promotion of 48 officers from a list of 73 candidates.
 arrow Trial begins
Trial of the Ahsanullah Master Murder Case began yesterday with the deposition of Matiur Rahman.
 arrow Work to meet people's aspirations
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on the field level government officials to work sincerely to fulfil people's aspirations.
 arrow AL team to visit monga-hit dists
An Awami League (AL) team will visit the Monga (famine like situation) affected areas of northwestern districts and distribute relief goods among the destitute from November 4 to 7, says a press release.
 arrow LDF threatens movement
Left Democratic Front (LDF) yesterday threatened to launch countrywide movement if the government grants immunity to the World Bank (WB).
 arrow BIWTA offers 10pc discount on launch fare
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has offered 10 percent discount on the fare for the homebound people to southern districts ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Body to create awareness against cruelty to animals formed
An organisation styled as 'Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Bangladesh' was launched in the city recently.
Internationalarrow US polling places see scattered problems
Polling places experienced scattered problems early yesterday as legions of lawyers, election-rights activists and computer scientists watched, particularly in battleground states, for any trouble that
 arrow Legal challenges may delay result for weeks
Leading US civic rights groups warned Monday that legal challenges could again delay the outcome of the US presidential election for weeks if the race is as close as opinion polls suggest.
 arrow Americans in Asia ready to party
More than one million Americans across Asia were eagerly awaiting the climax of US presidential elections yesterday, preparing to break out bunting, balloons and beer for parties to watch the resultsroll
 arrow First election day votes cast in New Hampshire
The nation's first Election Day votes were cast and counted just after midnight in a pair of mountain hamlets, with 35 votes for President Bush besting challenger John Kerry's 21.
 arrow Misleading phone calls confuse voters
Some Michigan voters have received phone calls falsely claiming that Sen. John Kerry would make gay marriage legal.
 arrow Ohio court okays voter challengers at centres
A federal appeals court has cleared the way for challengers to be present at polling places throughout Ohio, ruling early yesterday that their presence on Election Day was allowed under state law.
 arrow 8 killed in Iraq bombings
At least eight people were killed in a car bombing spree across Iraq yesterday that targeted symbols of the US-backed government, while hundreds of residents fled the rebel-held city of Fallujah after
 arrow Court issues notice to Advani, Thakeray
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court yesterday issued notices to BJP leader LK Advani, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and 18 others on a CBI petition challenging the 2001 order of the SpecialCBI
 arrow Arafat keeps on improving
Palestinian officials yesterday remained optimistic about the health of their ailing leader Yasser Arafat, and said he was following the US election with close attention.
 arrow Pak PM pledges help to Nepal in tackling Maoist revolt
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz offered help yesterday to Nepal in crushing a deadly Maoist revolt in the Himalayan kingdom.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Direct funding of UPs
It is heartening to note that the government has responded positively to a longstanding demand of the elected grassroots leaders, our development partners and local self-government experts for a direct
 arrow Editorial: Tampered mark sheet, tainted image
Of all the organs of the government and the state the judiciary is one that is held highest in public esteem in Bangladesh.
 arrow Let the opposition prove it can do better if elected
The Opposition has already lost three years of their term by boycotting the Parliament, calling repeated hartals (civil societies, trade and professional bodies pleaded for respite from hartals whichOpposition
 arrow A result we know already
It is too early to know the actual result of American Presidential and parts of parliamentary elections; in our parts, these results will start coming in early this Wednesday (today).
 arrow How the world looks at the US election?
The elections for the much-awaited presidency of the United States are just over.
Letters to Editorarrow No housing for middle class!
The government has been sleeping since 1991 and did not announce any modular long-term project for the construction of homes for the orphaned middle class (and the nationalised banks are nowhere with
 arrow A DS reader
I am a regular reader of your 'The Daily Star'.
 arrow "Weathered faces (lined in pain)"
There is a Sufi saying, "The heart sees what the eye cannot". In February, the beginning of Spring, I see the cold winter pass.
 arrow Those toiling men
On October 14, 2004, we came across the news. "WB (World Bank) keen to help 160,000 affected rickshaw-pullers," which was published in The Daily Star.
 arrow Push-in bids
I read your editorial "The push-in bids" (October 28th) with a great deal of interest. There was a BBC coverage on this issue too recently.
 arrow RAB and custodial deaths
A Frankenstein is born. The government in its attempt to curb crime is itself entangled in unlawful activities. Not even a child believes the stories of crossfire. Circumstances are too similar to believe.
 arrow Power supply problems
The commentary on the power generation scenario (DS Oct 20, by an ex-Director of PDB) makes uneasy reading.
 arrow Determined, oath-bound !
Ever since we became independent we have been listening to a particular vocabulary being incessantly used by guardians of our society.
 arrow Bumpers in vehicles
Beside the annoying and disgusting traffic congestion in the streets of Dhaka, another ugly sight is the vehicles, cars, jeeps, CNGs, cabs, micros, minis etc fitted with metal bumpers both in the front
 arrow Parking lots
While the brilliant revised master plans mature, the police may enforce some simple rules on parking with immediate effect (with low capital expenditure): a) no parking or halts on designated main roads;
 arrow Well done, RAB
We heartily thank the government for introducing the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to deal with the criminals.
 arrow Tax payers' woes
The morass of bureaucratic procedures in the income tax department of the government is vexing and time consuming for the tax payers whose nerves are taxed by the tax officials creating entanglements
 arrow Beautifying ugly projects!
The caprices of the regime and the DCC are unfathomable. Suddenly 'Beautifying Dhaka' project was launched to add lustre to the forthcoming SAARC conference in Dhaka.
 arrow Rehabilitation of toll collectors
The government has to speak out on the drugging effect on the nation of the evils of toll collection, which has now become institutionalised, because it is indirectly patronised by hidden political 'godfathers
 arrow Why medical treatment abroad?
Recently my 11-year old son had fever. Also some skin rash appeared. My family waited for 2/3 days but the fever was not coming down and they consulted a local doctor.
StarTecharrow Gearing up for large IT projects
A leading national pioneer of the ICT industry, Daffodil Computers Ltd.
 arrow Intel introduces desktop board for local market
PROMISING great quality and value Intel recently launched the D845PEMY motherboard in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Nasa scientists find surface of Titan 'Very Alien'
THE surface of Saturn's moon Titan may be covered by thick drifts of combustible organic "snow" floating on lakes of liquid methane or water and ammonia ice flows, NASA scientists said on Friday.
 arrow 'Weightless Wonder' makes final flight
THE Nasa turbojet notoriously known as the "vomit comet" for its use in training astronauts for weightlessness made its final flight Friday. Few among the two dozen seasoned passengers aboard got sick.
 arrow India's annual IT event draws 290 firms
INDIA'S information technology showcase IT.com opened in the hi-tech hub Bangalore on Monday with some 290 foreign and domestic companies participating.
Star Chittagongarrow Rab preparing list of hoarders, smugglers for crackdown
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is preparing a list of smugglers, hoarders and syndicates of unscrupulous traders operating in the port city to launch a major crackdown on them, officials said.
 arrow Eid shoppers are yet to go in full swing
Eid shopping in the port city is gaining momentum as the buyers have started crowding the markets to purchase their new clothes on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims.
 arrow Return of the hawkers....

Star Cityarrow Mohakhali flyover opens tomorrow
Mohakhali flyover opens tomorrow, although 21 shock transmission units (STUs) of 42 were not installed to make the construction complete.
 arrow Poverty rises: Monga drives poor to city
Urban poverty is increasing as hundreds of poor and destitute people from Monga-hit northwestern districts are streaming to the city in search of jobs and foods.
 arrow Government eases BFPDA's concern over interference
Film producers and distributors of the country have heaved a sigh of relief following assurance from the government that law-enforcing agencies will not interfere in their work in the name of protecting
 arrow Traders fall prey to pre-Eid extortion
Extortionists are demanding toll from shop-owners and businessmen over telephone as the government has deployed more police force in shopping centres of the city for the security of businessmen and customers
 arrow Renovations a must for overhead footbridge
The overhead footbridge at New Market demands urgent attention of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) as its damaged stairs need repair and renovations.
 arrow New law to protect waterbodies
The ministry for water resources is going to introduce a law aimed at protecting and recovering rivers, canals, waterbodies and flood zones across the country and especially in Dhaka.