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Front Pagearrow Tk 240cr revenue loss in 11 months
A section of dishonest businessmen allegedly abused the bonded warehouse facility in readymade garment and backward linkage industries, causing the government a revenue loss of about Tk 240 crore this
 arrow Mosharraf's fate fixed two months ago
AKM Mosharraf Hossain, ousted state minister for energy, had fallen from grace within the government about two months ago for a number of reasons, including persistently holding a stand for gas export
 arrow CPD identifies six major challenges
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has pointed out six major challenges for the Bangladesh economy in the next fiscal year and said macroeconomic stability will depend on how the government tacklesthe
 arrow 2 JCD men held after mugging Tk 12 lakh
Police yesterday arrested two Dhaka College students and pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of the college unit and seized a car on charge of mugging Tk 12 lakh in Motijheel.
 arrow Volatile politics drives away Japan investors
Japanese investors have refrained from pumping new investment in to Bangladesh mainly because of the country's unstable political direction, hartals, tender manipulation and lack of drive to ensure infrastructure
 arrow Mixed reaction within BNP
Mixed reactions swept the rank and file of the ruling BNP over the removal of state minister for energy and mineral resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain.
 arrow Bidisha denied bail again
A Dhaka court yesterday again rejected the ad-interim bail petition of former military ruler HM Ershad's estranged wife Bidisha in the money laundering case.
 arrow 40 Indian crocodiles for Ctg safari park, mazar
Forty freshwater crocodiles of a rare species, collected from Crocodile Bank Trust of Madras in India, will reach Zia International Airport at 11:00pm tomorrow by an Al Italian flight.
 arrow 2 grenades, arms seized in Feni, Rangamati
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday in separate raids recovered grenades, firearms and ammunition from different areas of Feni and Rangamati districts.
 arrow Shaheed Minar to be erected in Tokyo
Shaheed Minar, a monument to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement for establishing the dignity of the mother tongue, Bangla, will be erected at Ike Bukuro Nishiguchi Park at the city centre.
 arrow 4 jailed for 33 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people including the victim's driver to 33 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing Obaidul Haq Babul, an Awami League leader, in October 1996.
 arrow Baghdad restaurant bomb kills 20
A suicide bomber killed up to 20 people including five policemen and many plain-clothes security guards at a Baghdad restaurant close to the Green Zone government compound yesterday, several police sources
 arrow 3 lynched in Khulna
Two extortionists were lynched by an angry mob yesterday in front of Baitun Noor mosque under Sonadanga thana of Khulna city, while an extremist was also lynched in a separate incident at Sonakhali under
 arrow Arrival of Interpol team uncertain
Arrival of an Interpol team to probe the grenade attacks on an Awami League rally on August 21 last year has become uncertain following disagreement over the terms of their operations in Bangladesh, official
 arrow Pietersen flays Aussies
Kevin Pietersen's unbeaten 91 took England to a three-wicket victory with 15 balls to spare in their triangular series one-day international against Australia here yesterday.
 arrow VAT on Teltalk SIM challenged at HC
The levying of Tk 1,200 as VAT on the Teletalk SIM cards has been challenged in the High Court (HC).
Hearing on the matter may take place today.

 arrow Cops accused in murder case threaten to kill complainant
Policemen and an informer accused in a murder case are frequently threatening over the phone to kill complainant Fatema Khatoon in Khulna.
 arrow Women ansars going to Saudi Arabia to do household jobs
As many as 170 female ansars will be sent to Saudi Arabia 'soon' in the first batch of the auxiliary lawenforcement agency's lady members to do household jobs.
 arrow Cracks appear in Narail village
Cracks have developed on land in Simakhali village in sadar upazila after similar cracks were witnessed in Jessore and Jhenidah.
The cracks are 18 to 25 feet deep and about 600 feet long.

 arrow Speaker's 'no' to discussion on Aug 21 grenade attack
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar in a ruling yesterday said the August 21 grenade attack case is a sub judice and he cannot allow any discussion on the matter in the House.
 arrow Mahi barred from entering Bagerhat
The pre-scheduled meeting of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) could not be held at the Bagerhat Pourasava auditorium yesterday as the pourashva chairman cancelled the BDB's booking of the auditorium and
 arrow Disappointment over HC Karim's statement
Lord Avebury, a House of Lords member, yesterday expressed disappointment over the statement of Bangladesh High Commissioner to UK about the June 17 European human rights conference on Bangladesh in London.
 arrow Turbine blast halts output for 7 hours
An electric turbine blew up on Saturday near the country's oldest paper industry, Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KPM), suspending production for more than seven hours.
 arrow Correction
Yesterday's Daily Star report headlined "Mosharraf quits on car scam" on the resignation of AKM Mosharraf Hossain, state minister for energy, erroneously mentioned that the minister received a Tk 1 crore
Businessarrow Dhaka prepares negative list for Bimstec FTA
Bangladesh has prepared an indicative negative list of 1,322 items to place at the 5th Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) meeting of the Bimstec countries in Sri Lanka next month in the run-up to a free
 arrow SIM card sale not satisfactory
The ongoing Banglalink cellphone fair in the capital's Bashundhara City shopping mall is pulling huge crowd everyday, but the sale is unsatisfactory.
 arrow LDC businesses talk US trade bill tomorrow
Representatives of top business bodies from the least developed countries (LDCs) will meet here tomorrow to discuss the US Trade Bill-2005 concerning duty-free access of LDC products to the US market.
 arrow Japan-Thai FTA almost a reality
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday expressed confidence that Thailand would reach a basic free-trade agreement (FTA) with Japan by the end of next month, following his meeting with
 arrow India on aircraft buying spree
Indian companies were among the biggest spenders at the Paris air show, indicating a dramatic expansion in its aviation industry fuelled by the budget travel boom, officials say.
 arrow Muslim world comes to grips with poverty at Malaysia meet
Finance ministers and business leaders from the Muslim world will meet in the Malaysian capital this week to devise ways to lift their countries out of poverty by unleashing their untapped economic potential.
 arrow Tourism fair begins Nov 22
This year's tourism fair will be held November 22-25, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) announced yesterday.
 arrow BADA seeks duty cut on imported cars
Bangladesh Automobiles Distributors Association (BADA) yesterday demanded withdrawal of the proposed supplementary duty on motor cars (850cc-1649cc) to make them affordable to the middle-income group.
 arrow FBCCI team off to Malaysia to attend OIC trade forum
A-26 member trade delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday went to Malaysia to participate in the trade forum of the Organisation of Islamic Conference
 arrow Bangla-Pak JEC meet likely in Nov
The 8th Bangladesh-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting is likely to be held in November prior to the proposed Saarc summit.
 arrow Rajshahi mango, silk festival ends
The three-day Mango and Silk Festival ended here yesterday.
 arrow Cosmic Air ups Dhaka flights
Cosmic Air, a leading domestic airline in Nepal, added two more flights to its Kathmandu-Dhaka route from June 6.
The airline will operate the new flights on Monday and Wednesday each week.

 arrow Progressive Life distributes performance awards
Progressive Life Insurance Company Ltd conferred this year's "Shafat A Chaudhuri Gold Medal" on Bashanti Rani Ojha, assistant vice president of the company, at a function in Dhaka on Thursday.
 arrow Venezuela to supply oil to China for 1yr
State oil company PDVSA said Saturday that it had signed a contract with Petrochina Oil to supply China with 30,000 barrels per day of fuel oil for a year.
An initial batch of some 1.

 arrow Feud over India's Reliance group ends in split
The curtain came down on months of bitter acrimony over ownership of the Rs 100,000-crore Reliance group of companies--India's biggest private sector business conglomerate--with the Ambani brothers Mukesh
 arrow India stocks may cross record 7,000 mark on Reliance
India's benchmark stock index may cross a record 7,000 points in the coming week after the settlement of a row over control of the country's largest private group and revived annual monsoon rains, analysts
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers catch their imagination
As dawn breaks on Sunday in the tranquil city of Cardiff this reporter was desperately looking for a newspaper stand and after walking around the Welsh capital for a while he finally got one.
 arrow Cricket: Still feels like a dream
"It was amazing, incredible and unbelievable," was the reply from every cricketer after Habibul Bashar and Co.
 arrow Cricket: Miracles still happen
Great things come in small packets. And truth beheld Bangladesh delivered the sweetest gift of the year when the 11 crouching tigers unleashed a hidden dragon on Australia on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha blank Abahani
Nigerian forward Ernest Jeremiah struck two second-half goals to keep Muktijoddha Sangsad afloat in the Premier Football League title race with a 2-0 win over Abahani at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon starts today
Roger Federer insists he's living in a pressure-free zone as he returns to the All England Club on Monday bidding to move another step closer to smashing Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds gets 2-match ban
Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds was given a two-game ban Sunday for staying out late before the world champions' shock five-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Argentina ride on Figueroa
Argentina beat Australia 4-2 with a hat-trick from Luciano Figueroa on Saturday to ensure they and Germany qualify for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: No problems for hosts
Three goals in the final 16 minutes moved hosts Germany to within touching distance of the Confederations Cup semi-finals after a 3-0 win over Tunisia here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: House hails the Tigers
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday congratulated all the players, coach and officials of Bangladesh cricket team for their win over world champions Australia in Cardiff as the greatest ever success in sports.
 arrow Cricket: Beximco's cash reward for Bashar's men
Mohammad Ashraful, who scored a defiant century to lead Bangladesh to their maiden victory against world champions Australia on Saturday, will be honoured by Beximco Pharmaceuticals who will also recognise
 arrow Football: Harmison harms Australia
Stephen Harmison took five wickets in a one-day international for the first time as England kept the pressure up on world champions Australia in their triangular NatWest Series match at the County Ground
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 tsunami relief match today
Some of the world's best players including Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag of India will get their first taste of Twenty20 cricket when they play on Monday in a match between an Asian XI and International
 arrow Cricket: Pataudi's first night in jail!
Former India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, in police custody on charges of killing an endangered black buck, spent his day in jail answering questions by police and then retiring to a nondescript
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi nat'l volleyball
The Pepsi National Volleyball Championships begin today at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza ready for Wimbledon
Sania Mirza says she is no more bothered by an ankle injury that has troubled for most of the year and is prepared to give her best shot to the Wimbledon tennis tournament starting in London on Monday.
 arrow Football: Div I soccer return-leg begins today
The return-leg of the First Division Football League will start today with leaders Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society taking on bottom-side Dhanmondi Club at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium
Metropolitanarrow Recruit skilled crew, master to check launch accidents
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for recruiting skilled crew and master in launches to check launch disasters.
 arrow Call to change political culture
Country's political culture needs a change to ensure the rights of indigenous people, said Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Mani Swapan Dewan yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh's future in youths' hands
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday said Bangladesh's future is not in the hands of the prime minister or the opposition leader, it's in the hands of the youths.
 arrow 'Evolve new agri technologies'
Speakers at a book publication ceremony yesterday called for evolving new technologies to face the challenge of growing more crops on less land and reaching the technologies to farmers.
 arrow Child Parliament urges Saifur to consider its proposal
Child Parliament Bangladesh, a mock parliament of children, yesterday urged Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman to consider its recommendations before passing the budget for FY 2005-06.
 arrow 'Remove illegal fish markets'
Fish and kitchen market traders yesterday demanded immediate removal of illegal fish markets from different places of the city.
 arrow Zaker Party to donate Tk 5cr to DRU Fund
Zaker Party Chairman Mostafa Amir Faisal Mujaddedi yesterday announced that he will donate Tk 5 crore to the Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) Welfare Fund.
 arrow Suu Kyi's release demanded
Speakers at a discussion demanded immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's opposition leader who turned 60 years yesterday.
 arrow Mosharraf's resignation unconstitutional
Opposition lawmaker Kader Siddiqui yesterday raised questions about the process of resignation of immediate past state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain and termed it unconstitutional.
 arrow HC rule on Biman MD, five others
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the managing director (MD) and five others of Biman Bangladesh Airlines for contempt of court.
 arrow Workers' Party demands trial of Mosharraf
The Workers' Party yesterday demanded immediate arrest and trial of AKM Mosharraf Hossain who resigned as state minister for energy over Tk 1 crore Lexus car scam.
 arrow World Refugee Day today
World Refugee Day is being observed in the country today as elsewhere in the world.
 arrow BDR-BSF meet today
A high-level conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will be held at Banglabandha border today.
Nationalarrow Trader buys freedom, another bombed, robbers kill youth
A businessman bought freedom by paying ransom in Kushtia on Saturday while another was injured when a gang hurled a bomb on him after failing to abduct him in Meherpur on the previous night.
 arrow Encroachers back away from Bhairab riverbanks
Eviction of illegal occupants from the Bhairab riverbanks in Jessore town began yesterday morning.
Deputy Commissioner Moha-mmad Abdul Wazed led the drive.

 arrow Govt misrule, not opposition tarnishes image
Awami League Presidium member and former minister Motia Chowdhury yesterday said the government, by its misrule, has tarnished the image of the country abroad but is shifting the blame on opposition leaders.
 arrow Buy a chocolate from Akash, keep his hopes alive
Minor boy Akash will pronounce Bangla and English language alphabets for you if you only buy a chocolate from him.
 arrow Human chain protesting erratic power supply
Several hundred people from all walks of life formed a human chain with lighted candles in hand and laid a siege to the Satkhira PDB (Power Development Board) office Saturday night protesting irregular
 arrow KMP stops production for 7 hours
Production at Karnaphuli Paper Mill (KPM) was interrupted for about seven hours from about 5:30 pm on Saturday following an explosion in the electric turbine.
 arrow Ex-JCD leader arrested with smuggled goods
Former president of Domar upazila unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was arrested with smuggled goods at Chilahati border on Saturday.
 arrow Hunger strike by hospital staff in Dinajpur
Forty employees of Dinajpur Medical College Hospital yesterday began a fast unto death to press their two-point demand.
 arrow ‘Bangla Bhai cadre’ held in Rajshahi
Police yesterday arrested a Bangla Bhai cadre while extorting money from a senior government official here.
 arrow Sharsha OC, 4 cops stand-released
The officer in-charge (OC) of Sharsha Police Station, Mosharaf Hossain and four other constables of various police stations were stand-released on Friday by the deputy inspector general (DIG) of Khulna
Culturearrow Ranjit’s works are pristine yet thought-provoking
Ranjit Das, 50,who won the Grand Prize in the National Exhibition in 1995, has proved beyond doubt, that he is a proficient painter in Bangladesh.
 arrow Designing for dwelling in the delta
The prize distribution ceremony of the student design competition "Dwelling in the Delta" was organised by the German Embassy and sponsored by ScanCement at the Goethe Institut recently.
 arrow First day, first take
It was back in mid 1990s. I acted in the television play Baro Rakom Manush, my first drama serial on television.
 arrow Did you know?
In the last scene of the movie, Titanic, when Rose reunites with Jack in the balcony, in a dream or afterlife, the clock says 2:20, the time when the Titanic sank.
Generalarrow Ensure standard of higher education
A delegation of Bangladesh University Council called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday and apprised him of the latest situation of public universities.
 arrow 2 get death, one life
A court here sentenced two young men to death and another life term yesterday for killing a co-villager in Gangni upazila three years ago.
 arrow 2 women stabbed to death in Cox's Bazar
A mother and her daughter were stabbed to death at Mehesh-khaliapara in Teknaf upazila yesterday.
 arrow 10 robbers held in Narayanganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-3) members arrested 10 robbers at Adamjee Jute Mills area in Siddirganj thana on Saturday night while they were preparing to commit a robbery.
 arrow ‘2 salvage ships to be procured’
The government has a plan to procure two salvage ships in the backdrop of rising launch accidents in the country, Shipping Minister Lt Col (retd) Akbar Hossain told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow ‘Attack’ banned
The Bangladesh Film Censor Board yesterday cancelled the censor certificate of Bangla film "Attack" for showing obscene and vulgar scenes.
Internationalarrow EU grapples to stay united
EU leaders scrambled yesterday to pick up the pieces after an acrimonious summit left their grand European project in tatters, divided on its funding and adrift over its entire future direction.
 arrow Israel, Palestinians firm on Gaza pullout
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed Jewish settler homes in the Gaza Strip will be destroyed as part of Israel's pullout from the area, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.
 arrow Rafsanjani allies seek unity for run-off vote
Iranian reformists urged their dejected supporters to rally behind pragmatic cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to prevent his surprise hard-line challenger Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from winning a presidential
 arrow US air raids kill up to 20 Taliban in Afghanistan
United States warplanes killed 15 to 20 suspected Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan in the latest attack in a renewed wave of violence to hit the country, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Anti-junta protests mark Suu Kyi's birthday
Opponents of Myanmar's military junta marked the 60th birthday of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday with solemn protests across Asia, including a 500-strong gathering in the capital of
 arrow Aid may help resurrect Lankan peace talks
Sri Lanka's plan to share $3.
 arrow Reformers cry foul over Iranian election
The shock presidential election showing by Tehran's right-wing Mayor Mahmood Ahmadinejad was the result of an elaborate plot to rig the polls, defeated reformist contenders claimed Saturday.
 arrow Malaysia tightens security for OIC meetings
Thousands of police will guard finance ministers and business leaders from the Islamic world who are gathering in Malaysia for a range of meetings this week, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Bullied S Korean soldier runs amok, kills 8 comrades
A South Korean soldier who suffered bullying took his revenge on Sunday, hurling a handgrenade among sleeping comrades and then opening fire on them, killing eight, the Defence Ministry said.
 arrow Seoul sees breakthrough from talks with Kim
Last week's meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and a South Korean minister was a "breakthrough" and added momentum to the diplomatic process for Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons, a senior
 arrow Lebanese vote in final phase
Voters flocked to the polls in northern Lebanon yesterday in the final phase of the country's election, with a Muslim-led anti-Syrian coalition seeking to clinch a clear majority in the next parliament.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bravo, cricketers!
Congratulations to our cricketers on their emerging from the doldrums and providing the countrymen with something very invigorating and refreshing. It's a mind-lifter.
 arrow Editorial: All for a car!
Apparently the cost of a portfolio is Tk 85 lakhs. At least that was what cost the State Minister for Energy his job.
 arrow Showdown over the choice of next UN chief?
Although nineteen more months have yet to go before Kofi Annan, the incumbent Secretary General of the United Nations will complete his second five-year term in December 2006, the race for the UN chief's
 arrow Bangladesh deserves debt relief too
At the G-8 Finance Ministers Conference in London last Friday, the top industrialised countries of the world, in a historic move, decided to write off $55 billion debt owed by 18 countries (14 in Africa
 arrow Foul play of power
Of all earthly activities that religion approves the most hated one is divorce.
Letters to Editorarrow Rock Songs in 'Banglish’
I have read with interest the responses (DS, 19.5.05) from Naveed Ahmed and Asifur Rahman Khan on my letter (DS, 9.5.05) on some local rock musicians' performance.
 arrow Fuel price progress
The quick march of fuel prices is no surprise, considering the spiralling crude oil prices. No wonder the government has to subsidise fuel prices at the consumer end.
 arrow Rainy season
The rainy season is here. It is a beautiful season when everything looks so fresh, flowers in particular. I am a fan of this season.
But the roads of Dhaka become muddy and dirty during this season.

 arrow Job seekers
In response to your editorial "dangerous desperation" (published May 18, 2005), I was dismayed not to find any mention about the culpability of the people who are showing this desperation.
 arrow Frustrating situation
We are very much frustrated with the present situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Grameen Phone
Calling it "djuice", they have introduced a new connection for Tk 300. On it they have given some pulse and reduced call rate and some SMS facilities.
 arrow Indian journey
What Mr.
 arrow No more hullabaloo
We came to know that the PSC is going to amend the curriculum of the BCS examinations. It is good news for us who have a huge crush on civil bureaucracy.
 arrow Law and order
Everyday, we are getting familiar with the term "law and order" as safeguard for people.
 arrow No tax for speeches!
I'm very sorry to say that those people, who can't differentiate between sports and politics, have no right of watching sports programmes at all.
 arrow Attention: British Council
O' and A' level examinations started from the first week of May. On an average 6,000 students from English medium schools were appearing in this exams.
 arrow DU students
The DU authorities must not neglect the security of the students. They must act in a rational way to reduce the number of accidents that could be prevented.
 arrow GED: A trend in education
These days when you walk on the street you can see various posters of GED. I am working for an education consulting firm and many people come to me to know about this system of education.
 arrow Cricket
It seems that some of your sports reporters have developed the habit of criticising whenever our cricket team is not doing well without getting the facts right. Let me give you an example.
 arrow My university
It was not unusual manifestation of anger on the cruel death of Shammie from students of my university.
Star Cityarrow Mayuree gets permission under pressure
Although the government has decided not to encourage small vehicles in the capital city, a new three-wheeler "Mayuree" hits the city roads under the influence of a top-ranking leader of the ruling BNP,
 arrow No monitoring: courier services transport illegal goods
Monitoring drawbacks by authorities over courier and parcel services have now given rise to a new fear brewing among city dwellers.
 arrow Emergency electric pumps to be set up near DND dam
The Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) plans to install at least 15 electric water pumps at four important points around the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam as an emergency measure ahead of the upcoming
 arrow Pay scale, budget push prices of essentials up
The announcements of the new pay scale and the national budget have fuelled the price hike of essential commodities in the city.
 arrow Living with water crisis
Water crisis is nothing new for residents of Jigatola, Hazaribagh, Lalbagh, Nababganj and adjoining areas.
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