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Front Pagearrow Saifur slams cell phone operators
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday came down heavily on the private cellphone operators for charging high call tariff.
 arrow Rotten fish, dirty plates in eateries
Rotten fish. Dirty curry. Chickens bought dead before cooked.
 arrow Ershad now denies filing cheating case
Questions swirl over the cheating case in which former military ruler HM Ershad's estranged wife Bidisha has been kept behind bars, after Ershad yesterday came up with a series of contradictory statements.
 arrow US envoy worried over political impasse
Outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas has said people may look for an alternative if the major political parties do not work together on issues of national interests, and that will not be
 arrow Talks stuck on interest rate
The first official level negotiation between Dhaka and Bangkok on constructing a 20- kilometre elevated expressway in Dhaka ended inconclusively yesterday mainly due to differences on the interest rate
 arrow Niko gifts minister luxurious car
Niko Resources, a Canadian oil company widely blamed for Tengratila gasfield disaster, has presented the State Minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain with a car worth about Tk 1 crore.
 arrow BB board rejects sacked MD's plea
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) board has rejected an appeal of removed managing director (MD) of Premier Bank Kazi Abdul Mazid and upheld the central bank's decision to remove him on charges of his involvement
 arrow PM reaches Doha
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was accorded a warm reception when she arrived at Doha International Airport yesterday.
 arrow Pop superstar Jackson found not guilty
Michael Jackson walked out of court a free man on Monday, cleared of all charges in a dramatic sex abuse trial that threatened to destroy his career and send him to prison for nearly two decades.
 arrow 30 killed in Iraq bomb attacks
At least 30 people were killed and 60 wounded yesterday in bombing attacks in northern Iraq, as the autonomous Kurdish region was set to install its first president.
 arrow Supplementary budget okayed
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday approved a Tk 4,895 crore supplementary budget for the outgoing fiscal, with local government division, agriculture ministry, food and disaster management ministry comingout
 arrow Thomas to join state dept as executive secy
US Ambassador in Dhaka Harry K Thomas, who is going to leave Dhaka very soon, has been appointed executive secretary at the US Department of State.
 arrow Some action at last
A mobile court yesterday sentenced five people to six months of jail time for spraying artificial chemicals on green mangos.
 arrow AL MP joins House to save membership
Awami League lawmaker for Habiganj-2 constituency Nazmul Hasan Zahed yesterday joined parliament, as his membership was reportedly under threat for absence for 90 consecutive days.
 arrow Law secy tells of judges' corruption
Law Secretary Alauddin Sardar yesterday said there are widespread allegations of corruption against some judges and the staff of the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge's Court.
 arrow Arman's men attack traders, extort money
Associates of detained underworld kingpin Arman Khan went on a rampage in Baramaghbazar and Pearabagh areas, vandalising several shops and beating up locals on Monday night and yesterday morning.
 arrow Rain respite sets belated monsoon in
Heavy rains in the capital and light to moderate showers at many other parts of the country yesterday made the people breathe easy after days of sultry weather, with weathermen saying it is a precursor
 arrow Eat less red meat to avoid colon cancer
Experts have recommended taking more fish but less consumption of red and processed meat to avoid risks of cancer of colon, known as alimentary canal in the small intestine.
 arrow Some Rab men engaged in crimes
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday admitted that some of the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were themselves engaged in criminal activities for their own personal interests.
 arrow 5 killed in road crash
Five people, three of a family, died and seven others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Dharmapur in Chouddagram upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow BSF kills 1 in Benapole
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi national while he was taking bath in the Ichhamati River in Daulatpur frontier area on Monday.
 arrow Supplier lodges writ petition accusing 48
The Indian supplier robbed of Tk 12 crore of wheat has filed a writ petition to the High Court accusing 48 persons, including the concerned importer and shipping agent, to get his money for the goodssupplied.
 arrow US under secy due this month
Ambassador R Nicholas Burns, under-secretary for political affairs of the US State Department, will visit Bangladesh later this month.
Burns is the third-ranking official in the State Department.

 arrow Correction
The Daily Star yesterday ran a story headlined "Export support facilities under one roof planned" in which EPB vice chairman's name was mentioned instead of Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury who
 arrow MCC spin Int'l stars to defeat
Spin trio Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble and Chris Gayle took nine wickets between them as the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) crushed an International XI by 112 runs in their 50-overs-per-side tsunami fund-raising
Businessarrow Regulatory reform hinges on political commitment
Political commitment is one of the key factors for regulatory reform, which is needed to improve competitiveness of local industries and remove red tape from the administration, speakers at a roundtable
 arrow Banglalink mobile phone fair starts tomorrow
Banglalink is going to organise a six-day mobile phone fair from tomorrow at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka where it will sell mobile phone connections without the newly imposed tax on SIM cards.
 arrow Bangladesh moves to launch diamond processing business
Bangladesh has decided to join the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to enter a fair trade in diamond processing, said the law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister yesterday.
 arrow BB finalises guideline on factoring
Bangladesh Bank has finalised the guidelines on globally acclaimed financial product 'factoring' to boost adequate cash flow to small and medium enterprises.
 arrow Asia's central banks to support growth as inflation checked
Asian central banks have rarely been so clear about their interest rate intentions.
 arrow DSE to discuss ADB proposal on merger of bourses today
The Dhaka Stock Exchange has convened an emergency meeting of its members today to discuss an ADB proposal on merger and demutualisation of the two stock exchanges, sources said.
 arrow Islamic finance ministers to meet in KL to boost trade
Finance ministers and central bankers from 55 countries that are members of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will meet in Malaysia next week to try to boost trade within the Islamic bloc.
 arrow BGMEA renews deal with Jiban Bima
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday renewed an agreement for three more years with Jiban Bima Corporation (JBC) regarding group insurance for labourers, said a
 arrow Consumer states urged to build oil refineries
Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi urged consumer countries to build more refineries to put an end to a shortage that is causing oil prices to surge.
 arrow Intel to invest $400m in India
The world's largest chipmaker Intel will invest 400 million dollars to set up a chip testing and assembly plant in India, one of several big investments by global firms expected over the next few months,
 arrow ADB chief calls for gradual forex reform in China, other economies
Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday an easing of rigid currency regimes in China and other emerging economies should be gradual to avoid any drag on regional and global growth.
 arrow Ex-Daewoo tycoon ends exile, returns to face fraud charges
The former head of South Korea's Daewoo Group, which collapsed in 1999 in one of the biggest corporate scandals in history, returned home Tuesday after six years on the run to face fraud and embezzlement
 arrow Oil prices retreat on eve of Opec meeting
World oil prices cooled on Tuesday, the day before a production meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Last minute worries
There were about ten English reporters present while the Bangladesh cricket team was training at the Brit Oval on Tuesday morning. But they were least bothered about what was happening in the middle.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming, Kallis MCC stars
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and South Africa's Jacques Kallis both scored 62 as MCC made 327 for seven in their 50 overs per side Tsunami appeal match against an International XI at Lord's here.
 arrow Football: Busy days ahead for national booters
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the first time will hold qualifiers for the Asian Cup on a home and away basis, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) general secretary Anwarul Hoque Helal confirmed
 arrow Football: Pressure from the start
Germany begin their bid for Confederations Cup glory on Wednesday when they pit their wits against Australia in the Group A match at Frankfurt's Waldstadion.
 arrow Cricket: England score first points
Seamers Darren Gough and Jon Lewis teamed up to take seven wickets for eight runs in just 20 balls as England stunned Australia to win their first Twenty20 international by 100 runs on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Hoaxers spoil Sachin, Shane show
A fund-raising event involving Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar during the tsunami appeal match on Tuesday has been cancelled because of Internet hoaxers.
 arrow Football: Abahani-MSC now meet today
Thousands of football fans returned home disappointed from the Bangabandhu National Stadium after the Premier Bank Premier League clash between local giants Abahani and Mohammedan was abandoned due to
 arrow Football: Parreira made to think
Brazil welcomed late arrival Adriano to the squad on Monday, while injury-forced changes to the defence and players suffering from fatigue overshadowed the star striker's return from club duty.
 arrow Cricket: Not an Ashes indicator
Rival captains Ricky Ponting and Michael Vaughan both played down the impact of England's 100-run Twenty20 win against Australia here, each man stressing it was no indication of how either the one-day
 arrow Football: Onus on hot favourites
Argentina go into their opening Confedera-tions Cup tie here on Wed-nesday carrying the burden of heavy favourites against underdogs Tunisia.
 arrow Cricket: Nash made an NZ selector
Dion Nash, the former New Zealand fast bowler, has been named as a national selector.
 arrow Chess: U-10 chess
The Under 10 chess tournament for boys and girls will begin today at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
Around 50 players will participate in the Swiss League tournament.

 arrow Boxing: Last day of boxing clinic
A two-week junior boxing talent hunting programme will conclude today at the Muhammad Ali Boxing Stadium.
 arrow Football: Dutch star arrested on rape charges
Arsenal's Dutch striker Robin van Persie was arrested Monday night on rape charges, prosecutors said Tuesday
"He was arrested last night and is considered a suspect following an allegation of rape,"

 arrow Cricket: India-WI opener
India will meet West Indies in the opening game of a one-day triangular series to be played in Sri Lanka from July 25 to August 7.
 arrow Cricket: Warne turns on bald patches!
Shane Warne's regrowth has always been a style issue, but his baldness has forced him to join a campaign to get back his receding hairline.
Metropolitanarrow 'File case with int'l court for compensation'
Speakers at press conference yesterday called for filing a case with the International Court to realise compensation for Magurchhara gas explosion.
 arrow 90 pc trafficked women, children are victims of river erosion
Speakers at a workshop yesterday identified river erosion as a major factor responsible for human trafficking.
 arrow 90pc garment factory buildings vulnerable to collapse
Over 90 percent garment factory buildings in the country are vulnerable to collapse at any time like the Spectrum building at Savar, revealed a report of the Sramik Karmochari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday.
 arrow Japan to help improve livelihood of people in flood-prone areas
The government will start implementation of a project from next year to improve livelihood of the people in flood-prone haor and char areas in eight districts with the assistance of Japan.
 arrow One gunned down in city
Unknown assailants shot down an alleged gunman at Mohakhali in the city yesterday.
 arrow Drive starts to demolish illegal structures on DND canals
A drive to demolish all illegal structures on the drainage canals inside the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam was launched yesterday to protect the dwellers from unusual waterlogging.
 arrow 'US to help rescue Bangladeshi victims of trafficking'
The United States is keen to help rescue Bangladeshi victims trafficked to Kuwait and other Gulf states and prosecute the traffickers.
 arrow 'Plant more trees to protect bio-diversity'
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the tree plantation programme of Bangladesh Krishak League in the city.
 arrow President opens tree plantation programme
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said country's tree resources are increasing day by day with the people taking tree plantation campaign as a family programme.
 arrow Karnaphuli Water project discussed with JBIC official
Deputy Director General of the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) Yasunori Onishi called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at his secretariat office in the city yesterday.
 arrow HC asks govt not to arrest Munna
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to refrain from harassing or arresting Shahadat Hossain Munna, independent candidate in Narsingdi1 by-polls slated for June 22.
 arrow Myanmar rebel leaders handed to police
Security forces yesterday handed over the four high ranking members of Myanmar's antigovernment guerrilla group National United Party of Arakan (NUPA) to police.
 arrow Bangladesh, 6 other states chosen for Ashden Award
Bangladesh and six other countries have been chosen for the prestigious "Ashden Award" for sustainable energy when drawn from a record number of entries from across the globe.
 arrow Koira thana OC closed
The officer-in-charge of Koira thana in Khulna was closed to police lines yesterday on charges of unfairly dealing with the acid attack case lodged by fish trader Mostafa Molla.
 arrow Traffic sergeant gets ad-interim bail
A Dhaka Court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to traffic sergeant Mahfuzur Rahman who was arrested with his brother from the Supreme Court on charge of attempting to kidnap a man at gunpoint on April
Nationalarrow Stone plunderers active again in Garo hills
Netrakona: Illegal stone extraction by organised syndicates has started again in Garo hills in Jinaigati and Nalitabari upazilas in Sherpur district, threatening ecological balance and depriving the government
 arrow Complaint of corruption stops VGD programme
Distribution of food grains under Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme is suspended in Nilphamari the Sadar upazila following a complaint of corruption lodged by a World Food Programme (WFP) official.
 arrow PSTU students boycott classes demanding more teachers
Over 200 students of Computer Science and Engineering Faculty and BBA Faculty at Patuakhali Science and Technology Uuniversity (PSTU) began an indefinite class boycott on Monday to press their demands
 arrow ‘Most wanted’ criminal joins KCC general meeting
'Most wanted' criminal Mohammod Hossain Mukta was given chance to attend the tenth special general meeting of Khulna City Corporation on Sunday as commissioner- elected from ward no. 31.
 arrow Warrant to arrest the accused
A court here yesterday accepted a 'naraji' petition and issued arrest warrant against all the FIR- named accused who were earlier relieved of charge as the Investigation Officer (IO) had submitted final
 arrow Hilsha export to India may stop again
Export of Hilsha fish from Bangladesh to India through Benapole land port may again be suspended any time.
 arrow Houses of Hindu families attacked in Dinajpur
Two members of a Hindu family were injured when some miscreants attacked them and ransacked their house in the town Monday bight.
The injured are Pankaj Kurmar Das and wife Krishna Rani.

 arrow One killed, 60 hurt in B'baria clashes
One person was killed and 60 people were injured in separate clashes in two villages in Brahmanbaria yesterday and the day before.
Culturearrow A stepping stone to Stardom
Lux has been associated with feminine beauty worldwide for decades and has been endorsed by global stars from Sophia Loren and Catherine Zeta Jones, Aishwarya Rai to our very own Subarna Mustafa and Bipasha
 arrow Life in frames
A circle of very close friends, all of them from different professions and different age groups, more interestingly they are from two different countries: Bangladesh and Iran.
 arrow Grooming young talents
Since 1990, Theatre School, a leading private institution on theatre education, has been operating a one-year certificate course on theatre.
 arrow Nine impressive singers steal the show
The three-day Close Up hunt for talent singers ended here at Rangpur Parjatan Motel on Monday with the selection of the nine best singers from greater Rangpur and Dinajpur regions.
Generalarrow Budget anti-development: AL
Awami League Sub-Committee on Industries and Trade yesterday at a meeting rejected the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2005-06.
 arrow Abandon river-link project
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday called upon the Indian government to abandon its planned river linking project as it will adversely affect the environment of Bangladesh.
 arrow Lightning kills four in Sherpur
Lightning killed four people and injured two others at Nalitabari, Nokla and Jhinaigati upazilas of Sherpur district yesterday morning.
 arrow 1,511 more held
Police arrested 1,511 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US rejects pullout timetable
The Iraqi court set up to try Saddam Hussein has released a tape showing the ousted leader being interrogated as the White House again rejected the idea of laying out a timetable for withdrawing US troops
 arrow Attacks won't sidetrack Kashmir peace talks
Pakistan and India's quest to resolve a long-running row over Kashmir will not be pushed off course by militant violence in the Himalayan region, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday.
 arrow Home-bound after 40 yrs
A US soldier who deserted his Army unit 40 years ago and fled to North Korea left his home in northern Japan on Monday for his first visit to the United States since he turned himself in late last year.
 arrow Earthquake kills 8 in northern Chile
A powerful earthquake rattled cities in Bolivia and Peru and heavily damaged mountain villages in northern Chile, killing at least eight people, officials said.
 arrow Donors warn Lanka over escalating violence
Sri Lanka's main international donors yesterday asked the Colombo government and Tamil Tiger rebels to take action to stop escalating violence and stem a wave of political killings undermining a fragile
 arrow Jackson faces tough fight to revive career
Pop icon Michael Jackson faces a tough battle reviving his stalled career and crumbling financial empire despite his acquittal Monday in the dramatic finale of his child sex trial, experts say.
 arrow South African president sacks his deputy
South African President Thabo Mbeki has dismissed his deputy, Jacob Zuma.
This comes after the trial of Zuma's financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, appeared to implicate the deputy president in corruption.

 arrow 5 farmers die as police opens fire on rally in Rajasthan
The families of five farmers gunned down by police during a water protest cremated their dead yesterday amid tight security and fears of more violence.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rumblings in the hills
Everything is not well in the hills. There is a brewing discontent noticeable in the CHT that gives us a cause for worry.
 arrow Editorial: Insanity on the street
A segment of Dhaka College students went riotous on Monday evening reacting to long hours of power black-out, euphemistically called load-shedding, in their hostels.
 arrow How long can the NPT survive?
The failure of the review conference of the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) by its188 member countries has been no surprise because of the competing interests of nuclearand
 arrow Electoral reform: Limitations of the current discourse
It is gratifying to see that the newspapers now regularly carry items on electoral reform.
 arrow To tax or not to tax?
To tax or not to tax, is not the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles.
Letters to Editorarrow Reform the police
The misuse of the police, and ideas towards a new approach to police reforms (BMRE) were well analysed by a retired IGP (DS, June 3); on the basis of his life-long experience and inside knowledge.
 arrow Desecration of Holy Koran
Desecration of the Holy Koran at the US run Guantanamo detention centre in Cuba has hurt the feelings of the Muslims all over the world.
 arrow Bidisha's fate
As a patriot, I feel sad reading the Internet edition of our newspapers today-- the private cum political episode of former President Hossain Mohammad Ershad. This news should have been downplayed.
 arrow To GW Bush
Mr President, are you feeling remorse of any sort for attacking Iraq on a false pretext and turning it into a slaughter ground? I think it is a foolish question because if you had the conscience to know
 arrow Slow policy decisions
The government's propaganda machine appears to be rusted and unprofessional.
 arrow Ramna park-sheer negligence
The Ramna Park is a gem in the heart of the city. Being the treasure house of flora, the park is also the 'lung' of the otherwise polluted and congested city.
 arrow Divine decree
We all are trying in our respective fields to become happy, prosperous and successful! Now, reaching the top of the few among the present six billion people of the world depends solely on the desire
 arrow Our cricket
When you talk about our image abroad, don't forget cricket.
We often hear the word "image" of the country abroad from our ministers.

 arrow Student politics
The history of student politics in our country is glorious. Students proved to be the vanguards in different critical phases of the country.
 arrow Violence in DU and its future
A few days ago, one of my relatives asked me, "What do you think about the violent situation in the university area? Are the neutral students safe from the violence?" I wondered that I didn't know what
Star Chittagongarrow Many abandon CDA plots for lack of utility services
The allottees of Silimpur CDA Residential Area are yet to take possession of their plots as the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) could not provide utility services after two decades of allotment.
 arrow Tea: High time to upgrade quality, quantity
Tea has continued to witness a good market as far as price and demand are concerned this season (2005-2006).
 arrow Tree Fair Begins


Star Cityarrow Where drug sells like anything else
It was a blazing hot afternoon in this summer. The Town Hall kitchen market at Mohammadpur was almost empty.
 arrow Parjatan needs funds to improve tourism sector
The enhancement of the tourism sector sees a set back as the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) fails to implement most of its plans and projects because of insufficiency of funds.
 arrow Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover close to a reality
The design for the long-awaited Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover was finalised last week with construction expected to cost some Tk 430crore. Work could start by January 2006, said project officials.
 arrow Open Air Day Care...


 arrow Unity helps them thrive day in and day out
For Salma, it is the question of survival - but for bus passengers who are compelled to buy candies from the nine-year-old girl, it is irritating.
The way Salma sells candies in running buses isunique.

 arrow DMCH's neurosurgery department lacks doctors
The emergency operation theatre of the neurosurgery department at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has failed to provide proper service for the last 14 months.
 
   
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