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Front Pagearrow Establishment grilled for failure to submit report
A parliamentary body yesterday blasted the officials of the establishment ministry as they failed to submit a report on over 4,000 vehicles being misused by government high-ups.
 arrow WB won't continue support unless use of aid improves
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for the next three years lacks a proper focus on improving political and overall governance, without which the government's aid utilisation capacity will remain
 arrow Freewheeling bigwigs
On Thursday morning, January 5, a luxurious shiny Nissan Patrol car drove to the Secretariat and a man in expensive black suit got down from it as soon as it parked on the lobby of the 20-storey building.
 arrow Eid windfall begins in ticketing
Homebound city dwellers are now purchasing tickets for buses, trains and launches at much higher prices in order to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones.
 arrow Feud over 2 pristine isles
Two ministries are at daggers drawn over the right to develop two pristine islands in the Bay in their own, quite opposing, ways.
 arrow Zim in catbird seat
Zimbabwe consolidated their position against Bangladesh in the second and final Test yesterday when a 150-run fifth wicket partnership between captain Tatenda Taibu and Brendan Taylor helped the visitors
 arrow Ahmadiyya repression a political issue
UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir yesterday said Ahmadiyya repression in Bangladesh is a political issue, not a religious one and the state of religious freedom here might follow Pakistan's if the media
 arrow Pay commission for scrapping time scale, selection grade
The National Pay Commission (NPC) has suggested scrapping the time scale and selection grade of the public servants once the new pay scale comes into effect.
 arrow Master plan soon, restriction on new structures
The government yesterday decided to formulate a master plan for development and protection of bio-diversity of country's lone coral reef island, St. Martin's Island.
 arrow Israeli army given free rein to crush militants
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday said he has ordered Israeli forces to intensify efforts to stop Palestinian attacks, adding that the military would act without restrictions until Palestinian leaders
 arrow Pre-disaster warning system to be on agenda
In the wake of the Asian Tsunami that devastated three Saarc nations on December 26, Dhaka will raise the issue of a South Asian pre-disaster early warning system at the upcoming 13th Saarc summit here
 arrow 'Criminal' killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal in police custody was killed in 'crossfire' at Malotinagar in the town yesterday.
Detectives arrested Sultan Ali from his house Saturday night.

 arrow 7 show-caused by Bagerhat court
A Bagerhat court on Saturday served a notice to seven persons including six government officials to show cause in three days why a ban should not be imposed on handing over of 3,560 tonnes of rotten rice
 arrow Half the year gone, projects untouched
The primary and mass education ministry has not spent a single penny against four of its 15 projects in the first half of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Muggers stab one to loot Tk 50,000
Muggers stabbed a man and snatched Tk 50,000 in Mohammadpur, while criminals injured another with a bomb blast at Mohakhali in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws form bomb squad, enter Jhenidah Suspect police
A group of 25 outlaws is reported to have entered the Jhenidah district with a hundred powerful bombs purchased from an Islamic militant group from the Chittagong district.
 arrow Students confine DU VC after cops harass female student
Students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday kept the vice chancellor (VC), pro-VC, treasurer, proctor, assistant proctor and some police officials confined to the proctor's office for about 40 minutes
 arrow Spellbound...

 arrow 40 hurt as Ctg-bound train derails
At least 40 passengers on the Meghna express train were injured when eight bogies of the Chittagong bound train derailed at Kongaish near Hajiganj rail station early yesterday morning.
 arrow Jalil blasts 'crossfire' deaths
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday censured the 'crossfire' deaths terming the phenomenon a part of what he said were state terrorism and corruption unleashed by the alliance government.
 arrow CPB presents electoral reforms idea
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday floated a formula that, if agreed, would provide for casting votes for the party symbols and sharing seats in parliament on the basis of proportion of the
 arrow BNP-backed panel sweeps Ruta polls
The BNP-backed White Panel has bagged 14 posts and the Awami League-backed Yellow Panel only one in the Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) election.
 arrow 2 troops die in Kashmir gunbattle
Two solders were killed as troops resumed an operation early yesterday to flush out militants who had stormed a stadium complex in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, police said.
 arrow Depression moves westwards
The depression over the southeast Bay and adjoining areas moved slightly westwards yesterday.
 arrow Hasina, Asma discuss HR situation
International human rights activist Asma Jahangir yesterday met Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and discussed the human rights situation in Bangladesh, especially the killings in 'crossfire'.
 arrow Jobs of 2,228 project staff to be regularised
The government has finalised the regularisation of 2,228 officials and employees from various development projects under the Ministry of Social Welfare.
Businessarrow Leasing cos seek refinancing in export-oriented industries
In a bid to reduce cost of capital, leasing companies have urged Bangladesh Bank to allow refinancing facilities in the export-oriented industries, housing and other priority areas to increase domestic
 arrow One stop service centre opens at Chittagong Port
A "One stop service centre" was introduced yesterday at Chittagong Port for quicker and hassle-free delivery of imported consignments.
 arrow Call money rate hits 20pc
Call money rate jumped to 20 percent yesterday, thanks to liquidity pressure before the Eid-ul-Azha and high interest in repurchase agreements.
 arrow Pursue private sector-led growth
Economists, entrepreneurs, academics and politicians yesterday asked the government to completely unleash the private sector to invigorate the growth engine.
 arrow Bay Phones to launch land phones by Feb
Bay Phones Bangladesh plans to invest Tk 200 crore to launch the country's first private land phone in the southeastern region by late February.
 arrow Media urged to promote SMEs
As small and medium enterprises remain at the core of Bangladesh's industrialisation process, experts yesterday vested the mass media with the task of creating public awareness about SME business to ensure
 arrow World steel output expected to hit new record
Worldwide steel output, powered by robust Chinese economic momentum, is expected to hit a new record this year, but the dizzying surge in prices seen in 2004 should eventually spark resistance from consumers,
 arrow BB order restricting loans from Rupali Bank stayed
The High Court yesterday stayed for 3 months the operation of the Bangladesh Bank order restricting Rupali Bank Ltd to sanction new loans to borrowers and increase lending limit to existing ones.
 arrow India framing long-term grain export policy
India, one of the world's leading grain producers, is evolving a long-term policy on export of farm goods and could soon emerge as a global player on grains, government officials said on Saturday.
 arrow India, EU taking up market access issues
India and the European Union (EU) have agreed to find areas of common interest in the ongoing negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) while ironing out trade irritants to give a new impetus
 arrow Taiwan, China charter pact can spur stock gains
A deal to allow direct charter flights between bitter rivals Taiwan and China for the first time in more than half a century could boost stock markets when trading opens today, analysts said.
 arrow Sípore Airlines steps up on Australian routes
Singapore Airlines has stepped up its battle with Australian carriers by announcing plans for extra services to Brisbane and Melbourne with increased connection opportunities between Australia and growth
 arrow EU finance chiefs to thrash out stability pact reform
European Union finance ministers will try this week to hammer out reforms to the eurozone's tattered budget rules ahead of a March summit devoted to economic reform.
 arrow China holds key to Airbus super-jumbo success
High-flying European airliner builder Airbus has already logged dozens of orders for its new giant A380 aircraft, but success will not be complete unless it can interest China, one of the world's biggest
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers can only hope
At the end of a day on which Zimbabwe had taken a firm grip on the second Test, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore conceded that his charges were left with a near impossible task just to save the match.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique will miss first one-dayer
Ace left-arm spinner Moha-mmad Rafique is destined to miss the first couple of games if not the entire five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Still Australia amble
A revitalised Pakistan posted a respectable total but world champions Australia still coasted home to a four-wicket victory in their tri-series one-day cricket match at Bellerive Oval here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh A to tour UAE, Zimbabwe
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has revealed the itinerary of the Bangladesh A team's tours of the UAE and Zimbabwe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England in charge after Proteas take slim lead
Marcus Trescothick hit a rapid half-century as England overcame the early loss of the prolific Andrew Strauss on the fourth day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer fancies a rivalry
Roger Federer won three of the four Grand Slams in 2004 and the world number one believes the chasing pack can lift him to even greater heights over the next couple of years.
 arrow Tennis: The leading ladies
Who can stop the relentless advance of Russia's 'tsarinas' is the question as an injury-hit Australian Open women's singles gets underway here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: CA seeks SA, WI dates
Australia will seek to host the West Indies and South Africa for Test series during the 2005-2006 season, Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland confirmed here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Hefty fine on Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan was Saturday fined his full match fee following criticism of the umpires during the fourth Test against South Africa at the Wanderers.
 arrow Cricket: Butcher expects fight to regain his Test spot
Injured England batsman Mark Butcher says he still thinks he has a future in test cricket but knows he faces a battle to regain his place.
 arrow Cricket: Richards fears for 50-over cricket
Sir Vivian Richards, the former West Indian batting great, has warned the cricket world against dumping 50-over matches for Twenty20 games.
 arrow Tennis: Dementieva doubtful
Russia's Elena Dementieva remains doubtful for this week's Australian Open after succumbing to 'heat illness'.
 arrow Safin's need for speed
Marathon-man Marat Safin will be a tennis player in a hurry when the Australian Open gets underway here Monday.
 arrow Football: Bolton bemuse Gunners
Chelsea have taken a huge step towards their first English title in 50 years on Saturday when a hard-fought 2-0 win at Tottenham allowed them to pull 10 points clear of nearest rivals Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Inter frustrated
Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw at Reggina on Saturday, despite having an extra man for the final 23 minutes following the sending-off of Giuseppe Colucci.
 arrow Football: Romario says sorry
Former World Cup forward Romario apologised to Pele on Saturday for telling him to put a shoe in his mouth.
 arrow Football: That's the DPRK way!
North Korea's national team is excluding Japanese media from its training sessions at a Chinese resort before a World Cup qualifier next month and amid political tensions, a report said Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Electoral reform a must to ensure fair election'
Electoral reform making the election commission (EC) transparent and accountable is a must to ensure free and fair election, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Drive against outdated vehicles, hydraulic horns after Eid
Minister for Environment and Forest Tariqul Islam on Saturday said his ministry would launch a drive against outdated transports and hydraulic horns after Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Skop's ultimatum to govt
Sramik Karmochari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday gave an ultimatum to the government to implement its demands by February 10.
 arrow Rickshawpuller gets 32 yrs for throwing acid on wife
A Dhaka court Saturday sentenced a rickshawpuller to 32 years' rigorous imprisonment for throwing acid on his wife.
 arrow BRTC Eid special bus service from today
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) introduces a 'Eid special bus service' from today to facilitate home-bound passengers on 110 routes.
 arrow Body recovered
The body of an unidentified woman was recovered from Badda in the city on Saturday evening.

On information, police recovered the body from a sand pile at Khilkhet.

Nationalarrow Bogra eyes a big boost
Bogra, once known as an industrial town, may regain its glory soon with prospects for over Tk 200 crore investments in gas-based industries and other businesses.
 arrow Bangladesh should be proud of expats in UK
Britain needs expatriates for its own interest and Bangladeshis are doing a good job by contributing to the growth of British economy.
 arrow 'Save children from bidi factories'
Chief Technical Advisor of ILO (International Labour Organisation) in Bangladesh Pracha Bassu Prasat urged Bidi factory owners to desist from engaging children in tobacco industries.
 arrow Sanitation hoax !
Baikari union was formally declared 'totally sanitised' at a function held at Baikari Bazaar on December 31 last year. But the situation was far from the reality.
 arrow Loading and unloading stop at Akhaura land port
Loading and unloading of goods at Akhaura land port is stopped since Saturday following a scuffle between two groups of C&F agents.
 arrow Tk 43cr for 3 Patuakhali bridges
The government has allocated Tk 43.36 crore for construction of three bridges on the Patuakhali-Kuakata road.
 arrow CPB does not want AL in power again
CPB General Secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim has said people of the country as well as his party do not want to see Awami League in power again.
 arrow Arrest warrant against BCC female ward commissioner
Arrest warrant has been issued against a female ward commissioner of Barisal City Corporation (BCC) in a case for toll collection and drug peddling.
 arrow Project govt's successes: Tarique
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman on Saturday asked the party leaders at grassroots level to suggest remedies of people's problem.
 arrow Tk 4 cr RAKUB loans for Dinajpur
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (Rakub) has undertaken a programme to distribute agricultural loan among farmers.
Point-Counterpointarrow Telecom moving onward
Much of the world has, at best, inadequate access to basic telephone service. Bangladesh, of course, is no exception to this tenet.
 arrow SAARC, MDGs and Bangladesh
South Asia is a densely populated region with 1.4 billion people. Majority of them are poor and illiterate. Their living standard and per capita income are very low.
Culturearrow Capturing hidden moments with a camera
People are generally interested in films and hardly stop to think about the hardship the actors, crew and the director face while filming.
 arrow Terracotta ornaments and pottery on display
What could be more telling than the decision of five couples from Jahangirnagar University campus to wear terracotta jewellery at their wedding in June? " I hope this will be a trend-setter marriageceremony
 arrow Kranti, Here and Beyond
A film with a message. This captures the essence of the cinematic work Kranti, Here & Beyond, which has been sponsored by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST).
 arrow TV plays and film on ATN Bangla
This Eid-ul-Azha, viewers are in for an entertainment bonanza. Take, for instance, ATN Bangla which will offer many special TV plays, feature films and telefilms.
 arrow Solo musical evening at Prabartana
Nari Grantha Prabartana held a solo musical soiree of Rupu Khan at its premises recently.
Generalarrow Extra-judicial killings perpetuate lawlessness, increase terrorism
Speakers at a three-day conference on human rights in the city yesterday denounced extra-judicial killings noting that such killings do not help bringing peace in the society.
 arrow DCC bulldozes Green Del International School
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) bulldozed the Green Del International School in Gulshan on Saturday evening.
 arrow Efforts to make army modern to continue: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday the government is continuing the programmes for making the Armed Forces time-befitting as its success depends on skilled manpower, strength and ability.
 arrow 18 victim families get compensation
Families of 18 fire victims of Sun Knitting and Processing Limited in Narayanganj received Tk 1 lakh each as compensation from the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday.
 arrow 8 killed daily last yr
On an average 8 people were killed everyday in road and river accidents last year, the annual report of Consumers Association of Bangladesh (Cab) said yesterday.
 arrow Mayor seeks cooperation of city dwellers
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday called upon the city dwellers to extend cooperation in carrying forward the ongoing city beautification programme.
 arrow Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed honoured
Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, an eminent personality, was honoured by Unitrend Ltd at a function in the city on January 13, says a press release.
 arrow Daily Star Press Union executives
M A Mannan and Zakir Hossain Mollah have been elected president and general secretary respectively of The Daily Star Press Sramik-Karmochari Union for 2005-06, says a press release.
 arrow Six alleged robbers held
Police arrested six alleged highway robbers responsible for Friday night's Kushtia bound bus mishap that left eleven people killed.
Internationalarrow Americans backed Iraq war at ballot box: Bush
The US electorate effectively expressed its support for the war on Iraq by re-electing George W.
 arrow Indonesia scraps foreign troop pullout deadline
Foreign forces including the US Navy will be able to continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said yesterday, as the country's confirmed death toll from
 arrow Lanka to arm itself with tough emergency laws
Sri Lanka is to arm itself with tough emergency laws before a major post-tsunami reconstruction effort backed by unprecedented international financial backing, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Graner abuse sentence too lenient, say Iraqis
Many Iraqis reacted angrily yesterday to news that US soldier Charles Graner had been sentenced to 10 years in jail for his role in prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib jail, saying he should have faced harsher
 arrow Journalist freed from US prison after 44 years
An award-winning black journalist convicted of murder three times by all-white juries in the 1961 death of a bank teller was set free after a racially-mixed jury found him guilty of manslaughter.
 arrow Romanian becomes oldest woman ever to give birth
A 67-year-old Romanian yesterday became the oldest woman ever known to have given birth, although one of her twin girls died shortly afterwards, Bucharest's Giulesti Hospital said, in a report carried
 arrow 70 million Arabs still unable to read or write
Although illiteracy rates are generally falling in Arab countries, rising populations mean that the total numbers of people unable to either read or write continue to increase, an Arab League body devoted
 arrow 80 Afghans released from US custody
Eighty Afghan detainees were released from US custody at Bagram air base near Kabul yesterday ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha as part of an attempt to bring moderate Taliban supporters infrom
 arrow Russian forces foiled 'another Beslan'
Russian security forces yesterday combed through the scene of an hours-long gunbattle with suspected pro-Chechen rebels in a southern republic who were reportedly preparing a terror attack like the Beslan
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pathetic end to a recreational trip
The tragic end to eleven lives, as a result of a highway holdup, only confirms the risk that highway travel in Bangladesh entails.
 arrow Editorial: Save the city's wetlands
It seems that filling up of wetlands, and selling or grabbing plots of them in a blatant breach of law have become rather commonplace.
 arrow The chink in the armour
This time around a year ago the US forces had just pulled out the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussain from his spider hole near Kirkuk while their top commanders trumpeted the victory they long looked
 arrow Reforming the administration
Bangladesh needs honest, efficient, disciplined and public-welfare oriented bureaucratic institutions to cover a wide range of civil services, professions, political parties, justice delivery system etc.
 arrow Angst of our time
A year has not yet passed since the deadly attack was mounted on Professor Humayun Azad. Although the strong-willed professor survived the assault for the time being, he could not finally subsist.
Letters to Editorarrow Tigers and elephants (white!)
We have Royal Bengal Tigers (in the beautiful forest), the famous Bengal black goat (best meat in the world), and white elephants in some government offices and autonomous bodies.
 arrow To banish rickshaw or not...
In my opinion, the authorities concerned should give a second thought on keeping separate lanes for the rickshaws in the city's major roads thereby allowing rickshaws to ply in Dhaka, a city which once
 arrow Better democracy
We have crossed 33 years of our independence! Democracy is maturing and slowly gaining ground in our country. At present people at large want peace, security and development.
 arrow No change!
Every year the month of victory comes and goes reminding us of the sprit of the liberation war, then come the New Year, new resolution, evolution without solution, many dreams unfulfilled.
 arrow Technology and we!
They say through technology human life has become easier, faster and more secure. None bothers to doubt this fact. The issue of the relation between man and machine has become extremely intricate.
 arrow English proficiency of cricket players
I am a little late to write on the issue. I am sorry to mention that we sometimes overlook some issues that are important.
 arrow A tribute to my father
My father left this world forever (may Allah rest his soul in peace) on December 26, 2004 in a city hospital.
 arrow Hiding good news ?
The small news was published on page 11 of DS on 15 January, 2005.
 arrow Beautification of Dhaka!
The beautification of Dhaka as conceived by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is simply a cosmetic work to deceive and divert public attention from mismanagement and mess that they have created in the city.
 arrow Those people.....
Some people said, "Bangladesh will never win against Pakistan."
Bangladesh won!
Some people said, "Bangladesh will never win against India.

 arrow Dubious lottery?
It seems the results of the lotteries that are held from time to time are not convincing. There are allegations that the organisers are not always honest and transparent.
 arrow Future of RMG sector
We are well informed that the MFA quota system was phased out on Jan 1, 2005.This has become a threat to our RMG sector as well as its export.
 arrow English learning system in rural schools
We all know that school level education is very crucial for all, because it builds a strong foundation and leads a student forward.
 arrow Small pleasure of life
Reading the morning newspaper (with a cup a tea alongside) is no longer the traditional small pleasure of life.
 arrow Withdraw ban on rickshaw
I strongly support the comment in the feature article on the editorial page of The Daily Star appearing on December 28, criticising the unfair and undemocratic restrictions (initiated by the vested rich
 arrow Narasimha Rao
My attention has been drawn to the death news of PV Narasimha Rao, the father of open market economy in India and a full five-year term prime minister from outside Nehru-Gandhi family.
 arrow Experience of a Hajji
It is said that those who go to Saudi Arab to perform Hajj are 'Guests of Allah'. I got the opportunity to perform Hajj as a non-ballotee through a package.
Star Cityarrow Contaminated Wasa water
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) and the Department of Environment (DoE) have detected coliform, a bacteria in groundwater pumped up by the Wasa, which experts say is 'alarming' for public health.
 arrow Chemically ripened tomatoes galore
The vegetable wholesale market at Karwan Bazar has been flooded with chemically ripened tomatoes.
 arrow Desa punishes 40 meter readers for corruption in 4 years
Unscrupulous meter readers constitute nearly half of the staff against whom Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) took disciplinary action in the last four years.
 arrow Sports land regained but culprits at large
The National Sports Council (NSC) is yet to take any formal action against a number of employees who had illegally leased out a prime land beside the swimming pool at Bangabandhu Naional Stadium twoyears
 arrow Paintball hits the capital
Xtreme Paintball, a new game park recently launched at Panthapath, is anticipating a rush of customers in the near future.