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Front Pagearrow Tigers turn world upside down
For once Bangladesh is on the top of the world and a little Mohammad Ashraful is the darling of Cardiff where his magnificent hundred pulled off the biggest upset in the annals of one-day cricket.
 arrow Mosharraf quits over Niko car controversy
State Minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain yesterday resigned over the Tk 1 crore Lexus scam after the prime minister asked him to stand down.
 arrow Bidisha's bail plea rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Bidisha, former dictator HM Ershad's estranged wife, in a money laundering case filed under bailable section.
 arrow Why holding 2 offices will not be illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the chief election commissioner (CEC), the government and others to explain in four weeks why Justice MA Aziz's holding the office of the CEC alongside his beinga
 arrow Disqualified Chinese bidder gets nod again
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved for the second time awarding the contract to set up a 90 megawatt combined cycle power plant in Fenchuganj to a disqualified lone Chinese bidder.
 arrow PM may sign deal on SME staff training
During her July 12-15 visit to Japan, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to sign an agreement that would allow Bangladeshi employees of about 60 sectors of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to work
 arrow Trade, security, water to figure in Delhi talks
A foreign secretary-level meeting between Bangladesh and India begins in New Delhi on June 21 to review the entire range of bilateral relations.
 arrow 3 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Three criminals were killed in "crossfire" with police in two incidents in Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia and Chandina upazila in Comilla district yesterday.
 arrow Aussies recover from shock start
Bangladesh were 81 for three in 25 overs while chasing Australia's 249 in the second match of the NatWest Series at Sophia Gardens last night.
 arrow Jamaat main patron of terrorism
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the alliance government of trying to make Bangladesh a 'failed' state through patronisation of terrorism and corruption.
 arrow US under secy due June 26
US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs R Nicholas Burns will be in Dhaka on June 26 for talks with Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan on issues of bilateral interest.
 arrow MP aspirants must give personal info to EC
From now on, one willing to run for the parliamentary polls will have to submit a set of information to the Election Commission (EC) on their academic qualification, profession, source of income, andcriminal
 arrow Indian 'rebels' sent to jail
A Bandarban court yesterday sent the nine Manipuri people arrested on Friday to jail, rejecting the remand prayer.
The court passed the order when they were produced with a prayer for remand.

 arrow Big fire burns high-rise office in Motijheel
A fire burnt an office in a high-rise building downtown Motijheel, causing damage worth Tk 40 lakh and triggering panic in the commercial hub yesterday morning.
 arrow Rafsanjani in slim lead
Moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani held a narrow lead yesterday in Iran's presidential election, but was far short of outright victory, with an unprecedented run-off vote now certain, officialssaid.
 arrow 15 hurt in RMG unit stampede
At least 15 garment workers, fearing an outbreak of fire, were injured in a stampede at a garment factory at Kafrul in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Cellphone sets worth Tk 1.5 crore seized
Customs officials seized 2,592 cellphone sets worth around Tk 1.5 crore at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in the last two days.
 arrow New army chief calls on president, PM
Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday paid a courtesy call on President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
 arrow EU unity bid shattered in summit disaster
Europe's leaders tore into each other after an EU summit on long-term finances imploded Saturday, ripping away a veneer of unity to expose fundamental differences over the bloc's future.
 arrow 60 killed in Iraq violence
The US military said yesterday it killed about 50 insurgents since the start of another joint US-Iraqi operation against rebels in Iraq's western Al-Anbar province near the Syrian border while 10 Iraqis
 arrow Khulna stopped to protest poor budget fund
Normal life came to a halt due to a daylong hartal in the metropolitan city yesterday.
 arrow Shammee's killer bus' driver held
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested from his Badda residence in the capital the driver of the killer bus that struck down Dhaka University student Shammee Akhter Happy at city's Shahbagh
 arrow UP member beats up 2 govt staff
Two government staff were critically injured in Charghat upazila last night when a union parishad (UP) member and his associates beat them up with hammers.
 arrow Dhaka to counter criticism today
A day after boycotting the much-hyped European human rights conference on Bangladesh in London, the Bangladesh high commissioner to UK convenes a meeting today in East London to counter 'anti-Bangladesh
 arrow Correction
In the Friday issue of The Daily Star, a story headlined "Top trade bodies blast budgetary measures" had an inadvertent error.
Businessarrow Graft takes edge off exports
Corruption makes Bangladeshi apparels and other exportable goods less price-competitive in the world market, a World Bank report has said.
 arrow Dhaka moves to sign deal with Riyadh
Bangladesh has embarked on a negotiation with Saudi Arabia towards signing a deal on avoidance of double taxation with a view to boosting bilateral trade and investment.
 arrow Air India resumes Dhaka operations
India's state-run Air India yesterday resumed its operations in Bangladesh nearly after two decades as the airline launched flights on Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London route.
 arrow Austrians urged to invest in agro-processing plants
Local businesses yesterday urged Austrian entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh's agro-processing industry.
 arrow Bangladesh to attend LDC meet in Zambia
Bangladesh will attend the fourth meeting of the trade ministers of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Livingstone of Zambia on June 25-27.
 arrow ICC-B team off to S Africa to attend World Chambers Congress
A five-member ICC-B delegation led by its President Mahbubur Rahman left Dhaka Friday for South Africa to attend the 4th World Chambers Congress to be held in Durban from June 20 to 22.
 arrow GP SMS contest begins
Thousands of enthusiasts especially young people participated in the GrameenPhone (GP) SMS contest that began at Shilpakala Academy auditorium in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi mango, silk festival gets good response
A good number of visitors including Indonesian ambassador to Bangladesh visited the Mango and Silk Festival in Rajshahi yesterday, the second day of the three-day event.
 arrow AKTEL, Danish Distribution Network sign deal
Mobile phone operator AKTEL has recently signed a dealership agreement with Danish Distribution Network Ltd (DDNL), a sister concern of Partex Group.
 arrow Security breach may hit 40m credit cards
MasterCard International on Friday said a security breach had exposed about 40 million payment cards of various brands to potential fraud in the biggest such privacy violation ever reported, and saidsome
 arrow Oil prices set new record at $58.60
Oil prices set a new record of $58.60 a barrel Friday after the United States and other Western nations shut consulates in oil-producing Nigeria following a terrorist threat.
 arrow EU trade chief urges US approval of Cafta deal
US congressional approval of a controversial free-trade pact with Central America would significantly boost global trade liberalisation, a top European Union official said Friday.
 arrow Malaysia hopes to lure 20m tourists for 2005
Malaysia on Saturday said it is hoping to lure 20 million tourists for 2005 and earn 35 billion ringgit (9.2 billion dollars) in tourism receipts as tourism surges in the aftermath of the December 26tsunamis.
Sportsarrow Cricket: REPLY TIGER STYLE
Normally, you would not entertain the idea of a profusely sweating youngster getting into a celebratory embrace with you on a hot summer evening or a bunch of street louts spraying dirty paint all over
 arrow Cricket: Living for this moment
Nobody knows it better than chief selector Faruque Ahmed how painful it is to swallow bitter criticism, especially after Bangladesh's dismal show on the maiden Test tour in England.
 arrow Cricket: Nation hails the heroes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia hailed the Bangladesh cricket team on their scintillating victory over Australia in a one-day international in Cardiff yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Too many surprises
It was a disturbing morning for the Bangladeshi journalists at Sophia Gardens as they failed to get a seat in the small press box that could accommodate only ten reporters.
 arrow Football: Mohammedan win hard way to claim top spot
Mohammedan Sporting Club returned to the top of the Pre-mier Football League table with a scrappy 1-0 win over last year's runners-up Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: U-10 chess
Niaz Mohammad Tanveer, Aniruddah Majumdar and M A Nayem continued their winning spree to share the lead in the U-10 Boys and Girls Chess tournament at the end of fourth round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mushtaq Ali passes away
Legendary all-rounder Syed Mushtaq Ali, the first Indian to score a Test century on foreign soil, died here early Saturday morning.
 arrow Football: When style meets substance
The precocious flair of Robinho against the midfield mastery of Zinha is what's on offer when Brazil clash with Mexico in the Confederations Cup here Sunday.
 arrow Football: It's match of the day
Local powerhouses Abahani and Muktijoddha face off today in another big match in the Premier Football League with the kick-off at 5 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Tiger Pataudi surrenders
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former Indian captain embroiled in a controversy surrounding the hunting of an endangered black buck, has surrendered before a Jhajjar Court in Haryana on Friday.
 arrow Football: Injuries Euro champs' concern
European champions Greece were optimistic that two key defenders will shake off injuries in time to face Japan here on Sunday in the Confederations Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Hectic schedule awaits Pakistan
Pakistan are scheduled to play four Tests and a triangular one-day series also involving Sri Lanka when they tour England next year between May and July.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters back with a bang
Former world number one Kim Clijsters completed a happy comeback from injury when she beat Russian qualifier Vera Douchevina 7-5, 6-0 in the final of the Eastbourne WTA tournament on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Life's but a dream for Dr Runco
The Brazil team doctor was twiddling his thumbs on the look out for something to do here Friday as he pronounced his patients none the worse 24 hours after their opening Confederations Cup game.
 arrow Football: 'Pretty' Johansson goes on defensive
UEFA boss Lennart Johnsson has defended his comments on women's football saying all he wanted to do was better promote the sport.
 arrow Cricket: Jones out of English side
Glamorgan fast bowler Simon Jones left England's NatWest triangular one-day series squad on Saturday in order to rest his injured right knee.
 arrow Tennis: Suarez, Krajicek join Wimbledon casualty list
Argentina's Paola Suarez and Dutchwoman Michaela Krajicek became the latest players on Saturday to pull out of Wimbledon which gets underway on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Koukalova ends title drought
Czech Klara Koukalova recovered from a poor start to beat compatriot Lucie Safarova 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Ordina Open on Saturday, claiming her first WTA Tour title.
 arrow Football: A Confeds Cup Love Story
When the bright spark from FIFA came up with the idea of the Confederations Cup they could never have dreamt it would serve as the catalyst for a love story between two rival fans
 arrow Football: Foe always on Lemerre's mind
Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre said the Confederations Cup has brought back memories of the tragic death of his friend, Cameroon international midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, at the competition two years ago.
 arrow Football: Bad press is good press
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann claims he is not worried by the harsh media criticism of his team at the Confederations Cup saying the German press always have a negative outlook to begin with.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly scores half-century
India captain Sourav Ganguly carried forward his good work with the bat hitting a brilliant unbeaten 56 to enable Glamorgan reach 176 for three in their second innings against Middlesex in the CountyCham-pionships
Metropolitanarrow '1.5 lakh go blind every yr'
About 1.5 lakh people become blind in the country every year, said Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday at the launching ceremony of National Eye Care Plan.
 arrow 8 killed, 53 injured in road accidents
Road accidents in Tangail and Noakhali left eight people dead and 53 others injured.
 arrow Rab nabs 5 abductors, rescues 2
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday rescued two men abducted on Wednesday and arrested five abductors in Uttara in the capital.
 arrow SC adjourns hearing on reserved seat
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned for 10 days the hearing of a petition filed against the High Court (HC) order discharging three writ petitions that challenged some provisions of the 14th amendment
 arrow 'Dr Neelima will always remain as an inspiration to women'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday paid tribute to the memory of Dr Neelima Ibrahim, an eminent academic and writer, saying that she will always remain as an inspiration to women trying to establish their
 arrow 'Science edn, research most neglected areas in budget'
Science education and research remains one of the most neglected areas in the proposed budget for FY 2005-06.
Academics and researchers have expressed concern over the level of fund for this sector.

 arrow Criminal gunned down in Mirpur
Unidentified assailants yesterday gunned down a contractor and convicted criminal in Mirpur in the capital.
 arrow World Refugee Day tomorrow
The World Refugee Day will be observed in Bangladesh as also across the globe tomorrow, upholding the cause of some 17 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide at present.
 arrow 'Milk revolution can boost economy'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said economic development of the county can be achieved through milk revolution.
 arrow DU signs MoU with Microsoft
Institute of Information Technology (IIT) of Dhaka University (DU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Bangladesh Limited recently.
 arrow Workshop on crop production begins
A three-day progress review workshop on implementation programme of action plan on pulses, oilseed and spices crop production began at the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) auditorium inthe
 arrow 32 ICFM begins June 28
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will leave here for Sana, North Yemen on June 27 to attend the 32nd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) beginning June 28.
 arrow Sufia Kamal's anniversary of birth tomorrow
The 94th birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal will be celebrated tomorrow.
 arrow Obituary
Advocate Gour Chandra Bala, a former provincial minister of erstwhile Pakistan, died of a cardiac arrest at his Jheeltuli residence here yesterday at the age of 78.
 arrow Chehlum
Chehlum of Shabab Murshid, son of economist Dr KAS (Firdous) Murshid and artist Shameem Subrana, will be held today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Drive begins today to free the Bhairab from encroachers
The district administration will launch a demolition drive today to free the Bhairab riverbanks in the town from encroachers.
 arrow Question setting made easy!
Was a guidebook used for setting English First Paper objective questions in the on-going HSC examination under the Sylhet Education Board?
This question is being posed by many teachers and examinees

 arrow Low quality Indian rice stored in two Kishoreganj silos
Low quality Indian rice has been stored at Hossainpur and Pakundia upazila food godowns, it was gathered from officials at the two godowns.
 arrow Rift in Netrakona AL over leadership
Netrakona Awami League (AL) is virtually split into two rival factions, hampering party activities.
 arrow Punish killers of Mili, Parosh
A human chain was formed at Shaheb Bazaar zero point here yesterday protesting recent killing of schoolchildren Mafroza Begum Mili and Parosh in Rajshahi and all other killings of schoolchildren throughout
 arrow Human chain in Ctg protesting acute water, power crises
Different environmental and social organisations yesterday staged demonstrations demanding immediate solution to acute water and power crisis in the port city.
 arrow Warrant against BNP man for 'beating' Care staff
A Tangail Court has issued a arrest warrant against BNP leader AKM Ahsanul Taiab Zakir, Chairman of Shonatola municipality in Bogra, on charge of beating and injuring an employee of Care Bangladesh, an
Culturearrow Concert for SWID: Entertainment for a noble cause
The 42 lakh intellectually disabled in our country, deserve a better understanding. They don't understand the shrewd way of life entangled with double standards.
 arrow Kabir Babu to steer The New Shobuj Opera soon
Acclaimed director Mamunur Rashid has parted ways with his Jatra-based mega-serial The New Shobuj Opera. The young director Kabir Babu will fill in for him from next month.
 arrow A new approach to Tagore's Malyodan
Saidul Anam Tutul is directing a special TV play Malyodan, based on the story by Rabindranath Tagore. The play will be broadcast on Channel i on the death anniversary of Tagore.
Generalarrow Budget won’t bring any change to people’s fate
It has become an imperative for the nation to oust the alliance government after its proposed budget of black money, corruption and looting, said the leaders of Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday.
 arrow Prices of essentials continue to spiral in Chittagong
Prices of essentials in local markets have continued to spiral beyond the purchasing capacity of common people since the national budget for 2005-06 fiscal was placed on June 9.
 arrow Thousands protest against Phulbari coal mine project
Thousands of people from Phulbari, Birampur and Parbartipur upazilas staged demonstration in Phulbari under Dinajpur district yesterday in protest against the coal mine project under Asia
 arrow 2yr-old accused exempted from appearing before court
A court yesterday exempted two-year-old baby, Rasul Chowdhury, from appearing before it any more as an accused in a bomb attack case.
 arrow Jagannath Hall Alumni Assoc reunion held
The reunion of Dhaka University Jagannath Hall Alumni Association was held at the Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) of the university on Friday.
 arrow 'Plant trees for ecological balance’
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam said yesterday there is no alternative to planting trees to maintain ecological balance and prevent environmental degradation.
 arrow ‘Restore normalcy on DU campus’
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF), a left-leaning student forum, yesterday urged the Dhaka University (DU) authorities to take necessary steps to bring back normalcy on the campus.
 arrow Sunil Banerjee hospitalised
Senior journalist Sunil Banerjee, who suffered a heart attack over a week ago, is now recovering at Lab Aid Hospital, family sources said yesterday.
Sunil suffered the heart attack on June 10.

 arrow Buddhist Fed Executives
Biswapati Barua and Ashoke Barua have been elected president and general secretary of the Bangladesh Buddhist Federation while Prof Dr Sukomal Barua has been elected executive president, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Opsonin raffle draw held
The raffle draw of "Pick & Win" section of the quarterly Opsonin medical newsletter was held at Opsonin Bhaban in the city recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Rice prods Israelis, Palestinians to fulfil peace obligations
US Secretary of State Condole-ezza Rice kicked off her first comprehensive Middle East tour yesterday, bearing stern messages to Israel and the Palestinians to work together on the upcoming withdrawal
 arrow Crisis-hit EU faces 'weakening' role on world stage
The European Union faces a progressive "weakening" of its world role after its constitution crisis was compounded by failure to agree on its future financing, the bloc's president warned yesterday.
 arrow Pak tribesmen vow to oust US from region
Thousands of Pakistani tribesmen yesterday vowed to fight US forces as they marked the first death anniversary of a slain militant leader in a tribal region near Afghanistan.
 arrow Global protesters call for Suu Kyi's release
Global protests will be staged and thousands of birthday cards sent to draw attention to the plight of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who turns 60 today her 2,523rd day under military
 arrow Khamenei declares victory over US 'lies and deceit'
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Saturday that Iran had dealt a major defeat to the "lies and deceit" of US President George W. Bush by turning out en masse in presidential elections.
 arrow Taliban threaten to kill 13 kidnapped Afghan police & officials
Suspected Taliban rebels have taken 13 police and government officials hostage and are threatening to execute them, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Zawahri says peaceful reform impossible
al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri called for an armed struggle to expel "crusader forces and Jews" from Muslim states and said peaceful change was impossible, in a video tape aired by Al Jazeera
 arrow US is at war in Iraq for Sept 11 attacks
The United States is at war in Iraq because of the September 11, 2001 attacks, US President George W. Bush said yesterday.
 arrow Unicef to work with Tigers to tackle child soldiers
Unicef agreed yesterday to work with Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels to tackle the issue of child soldiers, a top official of the United Nations children's agency said after talks with a rebel leader.
 arrow Nepali parties vow to boycott municipal polls
Nepal's seven-party pro-democracy alliance said yesterday it would boycott municipal polls announced by King Gyanendra two months ago as part of what he called a bid to "reactivate" democracy.
 arrow Kyrgyz govt reassert control after clashes
Kyrgyzstan's authorities moved yesterday to show they were fully in control following clashes between police and protestors, and a senior official promised measures to avert disruption to a July presidential
Editorialarrow Editorial: Violence against women and children
No one would argue with the proposition that violence against women and children has reached an unacceptable level in recent times and that it is the responsibility both of the government and of every
 arrow Editorial: Highway robbery
As if to give a glimpse of the challenge facing the newly-launched highway patrol police, bus passengers were robbed of their belongings on the Comilla-Brahmanbaria road by a group of inter-district dacoits
 arrow The democratic tradition
In a recent speech to the American Foreign Policy Association, Francis Fukuyama (of The End of History fame) praised President Bush for putting democracy promotion as the centre-piece of US foreign
 arrow Scars of the emergency
SOME scars do not go away. They remind a nation of the rough period it has gone through. One ugly mark on the face of India is the emergency.
Letters to Editorarrow Don't refuse flowers
We were glad learning that Sajib Wazed Joy, son of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, accepted the bouquet sent by Tareque Rahman, son of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, when he was visiting Bogra.
 arrow Pre-paid cards for political service
Since necessity is the mother of invention, I was wondering if pre-paid cards could be issued for compensation for rendering genuine political service.
 arrow Our Test status
I fully endorse the views expressed by Architect Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed in his exclusive write-up under the above caption published on June 3, 2005.
 arrow Give them due honour
I am really astounded reading the article titled "Politics stops DU to honour Professors " in the May 27 issue of The Daily Star.
 arrow Kalpana abduction
The ninth anniversary of Kalpana abduction was observed on June 12. Kalpana Chakma was the organising Secretary of Hill Women's Federation (HWF) .
 arrow Spare parts lifters
A good number of new shining cars are nowadays seen moving in the city roads.
 arrow Withdrawal of water
I was in Bangladesh from March 2 through March 18, 2005.
Star Healtharrow Your autistic child needs support
It has been over 50 years since Dr.
 arrow Lives at risk: Malaria in pregnancy
Malaria is a threat both to the pregnant mothers and to their babies. Each year there are many newborn deaths as a result of malaria in pregnancy.
 arrow Know your medicine
Lots of studies have shown that as many as 50 per cent of patients don't take their medicine properly.
 arrow Which shoe is fit for you?
The best way to improve blood circulation to your feet is to wear comfortable shoes that fit well. There is a great significance to choose right shoes if you are a diabetic.
 arrow Chromium supplements good for diabetic heart
Chromium supplementation may be good for the heart in people with type 2 diabetes, according to study findings.
Star Cityarrow Wasa staff demands alcohol for the price of water
Wasa staff catering to the diplomatic area demand alcohol in payment for sale of water to clubs, residences and offices of expatriates, diplomats and embassies, sources allege.
 arrow Air pollution in city on the rise again
The level of air pollution in Dhaka City is rising again despite the banning of environment polluting two-stroke auto-rickshaws in 2003.
 arrow Monthly tickets on 2 routes introduced to double-decker commuters
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has introduced monthly cards for passengers travelling on its Volvo double-decker buses on the Tongi Motijheel and Mirpur Motijheel routes.
 arrow City beautification measures need proper maintenance
Lack of proper maintenance is hampering the beautification of the capital ahead of the Saarc Summit to be held in November this year as per revised schedule.
 arrow Premium Bus fighting for route permit renewal
Premium Bus Service, the first ever air-conditioned bus operators in the city, is unable to expand and improve its fleet due to complications regarding route permit.
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