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Front Pagearrow Series of talks soon to resolve disputes
The foreign secretary level consultation between Bangladesh and India, which concluded in New Delhi Wednesday, apparently failed to bring any tangible development as no concrete decision was taken toresolve
 arrow 2 JCD cadres killed in city 'crossfire'
Two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men, one allegedly a close aide to dreaded criminal Emon, died in Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) action in Savar early yesterday.
 arrow AL celebrates 56th founding anniversary
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday celebrated its 56th founding anniversary with a call to strengthen the party's integrity to remove injustice and repression on people and build a happyand
 arrow Power minister's power curtailed
The government has virtually curtailed the powers of State Minister for Power Iqbal Hasan Mahmud and assigned Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Kamal Uddin Siddiqui to spearhead various decisions
 arrow Political, religious violence raised in House of Lords
The House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, yesterday discussed the state of political and religious violence in Bangladesh, hot on the heels of the London human rights conference on
 arrow Bidisha asked about 'money source, India contacts
The charge of investigation into the money laundering case against Bidisha, the estranged wife of military ruler HM Ershad, has been handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
 arrow BCL returns to DU after 24 days
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men yesterday returned to Dhaka University (DU) after 24 days since rival Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) declared to resist them entering the campus following a bomb blast
 arrow Building research instt in limbo on fund crisis
The Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI) has fallen into stagnancy due to a lack of proper government support, resulting in a halt of research works in recent years.
 arrow 40 killed as Iraq reels from blasts
Nearly 40 people have died in a rash of car bombings in Iraq's capital over a 12-hour span, including two coordinated blasts early yesterday that killed 17 and wounded 28 more in a central Baghdad shopping
 arrow BB staff suspended for bond forgery
An assistant manager at Bangladesh Bank's (BB) Motijheel office, Abdus Salam Sikdar, has been suspended for alleged involvement in forgery of bonds worth Tk 3.95 crore.
 arrow 15 die in Nepal violence
At least eight Maoist rebels and seven security force members were killed in a gun battle in eastern Nepal while 12 soldiers were kidnapped by rebels, police said yesterday.
 arrow 15 die in Nepal violence
At least eight Maoist rebels and seven security force members were killed in a gun battle in eastern Nepal while 12 soldiers were kidnapped by rebels, police said yesterday.
 arrow Naser against scope for money whitening
A treasury bench lawmaker yesterday in parliament criticised the budgetary provision for whitening black money at 7.5 percent interest rate and the tax on mobile SIM card.
 arrow 3 die, 40 hurt as bus plunges into river
Three people died and 40 others were injured when a Dhaka-bound night coach from Naogaon plunged into a river, breaking the railing of a bridge at Aminbazar early yesterday.
 arrow Qatar minister due today
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for increasing manpower export and air links is likely to be signed between Bangladesh and Qatar tomorrow when top officials of the two countries meet in the capital.
 arrow 40 crocs arrive tonight from India
Forty freshwater crocodiles of an endangered species arrive tonight in the capital from Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in India.
 arrow Keeping a keen watch...

 arrow Akhtaruzzaman tells press today about decision
Former BNP lawmaker Major (retired) Akhtaruzzaman will hold a press conference today to make a formal announcement regarding his desertion of the ruling party and the possibility of joining Awami League
 arrow Interpol, FBI men talk with investigators
The visiting Interpol and FBI members yesterday held talks with the investigators concerned and top officials of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police regarding the August 21 carnage at an
 arrow Defeated candidate asks CEC to quit
The defeated independent candidate Shahadat Hossain Munna has demanded cancellation of the results of Narsingdi-1 by-election and resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
 arrow CEC not credible enough to hold fair election
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid yesterday said "rigging" in the Narsingdi-1 by-election has proved that the present Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz is not credible enough to hold
 arrow Army to give Tk 50,000 to family of killed girl
Army authorities will give Tk 50,000 to the family of a four-year-old girl who was killed during an army firing exercise in Savar Wednesday afternoon.
 arrow Two muggers lynched in Ctg
A mob lynched two unidentified muggers in Chawk Bazar in the city on Wednesday night.
Businessarrow Dhaka may drop more items from sensitive list for Safta
Bangladesh is likely to drop 324 more products from the sensitive list for India for the proposed South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) besides 37 for Sri Lanka, 119 for Nepal and 63 for Bhutan.
 arrow Hearing resumes after nine years
After a break of nine years, the hearing of the share scam case against Imtiaz & Company filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) resumed yesterday with deposition of the plaintiff.
 arrow Budgetary measures to hurt software industry
Ten percent income tax and discontinuation of tax holiday will hinder the growth of software industry, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Oil prices soar to $60
Oil prices traded higher Thursday after a two-day retreat, staying within sight of $60 a barrel after US data showed demand in the world's largest energy consumer running strong in spite of ballooning
 arrow US, Indonesia tackle copyright theft in trade talks
US and Indonesian trade officials have discussed intellectual property rights and investment along with efforts to fight corruption and illegal logging in the Asian country, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Russian bid to join WTO runs into trouble
Talks on Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organisation ran into trouble on farm trade and other issues during a "frosty" meeting on Wednesday, trade sources said.
 arrow Greenspan, Snow warn against China sanctions
Imposing punitive trade sanctions against China may slow the drive to persuade Beijing to adopt a more flexible currency and won't protect US jobs, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Treasury
 arrow Auction of T&T Treasury Bond on June 28
Auction of three-year term "T&T Treasury Bond-2008" will be held on June 28 to finance the "10 lakh T&T Mobile (1st phase 2.5 lakh) Project" and setting up 2.
 arrow AKTEL launches GPRS facility for post-paid subscribers
The mobile phone operator AKTEL has introduced GPRS (general packet radio service) facility for its post-paid subscribers.
 arrow Malaysia says no timetable for new Islamic bond issue
Malaysia has no immediate plans to issue a second global Islamic bond sale despite a successful 600 million dollar issuing in 2002, Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop said Thursday.
 arrow Safko Spinning Mills okays 5pc cash dividend
Safko Spinning Mills Ltd has declared a five percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Jamuna Bank to collect bills of Banglalink subscribers
Subscribers of mobile phone operator Banglalink will be able to pay their bills in any of the 19 online branches of Jamuna Bank Ltd.
 arrow IDB approves projects worth $437m
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), a lender set up by Muslim countries, said Thursday it has approved financing for development projects worth 437 million dollars.
The payments include 17.

 arrow India invites French co to make aircraft spares
French aerospace group Snecma, which supplies engines for Indian military helicopters, received the government's nod Thursday to build spare parts for civilian planes in collaboration with a domesticaircraft-maker,
 arrow Malaysian PM calls for creation of Islamic common market
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday urged Muslim nations to tear down tariff barriers and move towards forming an Islamic common market.
 arrow Chinese bank supports Hyundai Motors's push in China
The Bank of China has pledged its "utmost" support for a push by South Korea's Hyundai Motor to become the top maker in the Chinese market, officials for the automaker said Thursday.
 arrow Saudi oil revenue to rise 15pc in 2005: NCB
Saudi Arabia's oil revenues will grow 15 percent this year to 398 billion riyals ($106 billion) on the back of high global prices, setting the stage for a record budget surplus, a leading Saudi bank said.
Sportsarrow Football: Muktijoddha survive Russel onslaught
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra strikers wasted half a dozen sitters to let Muktijoddha Sangsad off the hook in yesterday's incident packed Premier Football League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar's toss fear
Habibul Bashar is by far the most successful Bangladesh captain with seven wins in the last 15 months under his belt and the triumph against Australia at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff in the NatWest Series
 arrow Tennis: Leading the way
Sania Mirza may have suffered a heartbreaking end to her Wimble-don dream but she believes her battling Centre Court appearance can strike a blow for the sporting aspirations of other Muslim women inIndia.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova breezes thru
Title-holder Maria Sharapova needed just 45 minutes to move regally into the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday showing no mercy to 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva.
 arrow Football: Brazil in semis the hard way
World champions Brazil thwarted a late Japan fightback to claim a nail-biting 2-2 draw on Wednesday and line up a Confederations Cup semifinal against Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy against sending pacers to India
Captain Inzamamul Haq has disapproved Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to send four upcoming fast bowlers to India for training under former Australian pace-bowling legend Dennis Lillee.
 arrow Volleyball: Army-Rifles final
Bangladesh Army set up a final clash with Bangladesh Rifles in the Pepsi National Volleyball Championships.
 arrow Cricket: New Zealand may ban Zimbabwe cricketers
New Zealand may ban a planned tour by the Zimbabwe cricket team scheduled for December because of "appalling abuses of human rights" under President Robert Mugabe's government, Foreign Minister Phil Goff
 arrow Football: Victoria climb
Victoria Sporting Club kept their hopes alive to return to the Premier League when they climbed to third place in the First Division Football League standings with a 1-0 win over Agrani Bank yesterday.
 arrow Football: Parriera enjoying it
Carlos Alberto Parreira left no one in any doubt that Brazil were intent on playing the role of party wrecker when they take on hosts Germany on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lucio can't wait
Brazilian international defen-der Lucio is determined to defeat Germany in Saturday's Confederations Cup semi-final to win bragging rights in the Bayern Munich dressing room.
 arrow Cricket: Tremlett taught by Warne
Shane Warne, ever since bowling Mike Gatting with the 'ball of the century' back in 1993, has been a thorn in England's side.
 arrow Football: Zico's most Emotional evening
Former Brazil playmaker Zico said it was an emotional experience to lead Japan against the country of his birth in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Sabura to swim in six events
Sabura Khatun will take part in the six events of the 4th Islamic Women Games swimming competition.
 arrow Swimming: Major Atiq replaces Arun
Major Atiqur Rahman has been named as coach-cum-manager of Bangladesh Swimming team for the 11th FINA World Championships in place of Arun Kumar Nandi.
 arrow Football: Mexican duo kicked out
Indiscipline and not doping was behind the expulsion of two Mexican players from the Confederations Cup, Franz Beckenbauer stated on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Greece go out without scoring
Mexico will face Argentina in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup after a 0-0 draw against Greece in their final Group B match.
 arrow Football: Maradona to become a Boca director
Diego Maradona has accepted an offer to take on a director's role at Boca Juniors, club president Mauricio Macri said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: U-13 football camp from July 1
The Bangladesh Football Federa-tion (BFF) will launch an under-13 football camp in the city from July 1.
Metropolitanarrow Introduce Anti-Poverty Fund in Asia
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has called for introduction of Anti-Poverty Fund to mitigate the sufferings of the millions in Asia.
 arrow Improve marketing system for agri commodities
Experts at a discussion yesterday called for improving the marketing system for agricultural commodities to ensure that the farmers get the fair price of their produce.
 arrow US keen to help procure 777 Boeing
The US government is ready to give financial help to procure 777 Boeing aircraft if Bangladesh wants, said outgoing Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday.
 arrow 'Preserve reserved seats in JS for 3 terms'
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday demanded preservation of reserved seats for women in parliament for three terms and direct election to those reserve seats.
 arrow Kibria sisters vow to agitate unto justice
Sisters of slain former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria have vowed to go on with the protest programme until the real killers of Kibria are arrested and brought to justice.
 arrow Rab constable briefly detained with 2 women
A Rab constable was detained by Kotwali Police and Detective Branch on Wednesday night with two unidentified women at a residence at city's Askerdighir Par area on charge of his involvement in immoral
 arrow White panel wins CU dean election
BNP and Jamaat-backed white panel candidates won the dean election of two faculties of Chittagong University yesterday.
The faculties are Biological Science and Physical Science.

 arrow BFUNPW election on July 24
The biennial meeting and election of Bangladesh Federal Union of Newspaper Press Workers (BFUNPW) will be held at the daily Ittefaq office at 11.00am on July 24.
Culturearrow In conversation with Tania
Who can forget the strong character of a lady doctor in Humayun Ahmed's feature film Shyamalchhaya, part of a fleeing group, during the Liberation War? She holds together her co-passengers in the
 arrow Rangchhut: Slices of everyday life on small screen
Good news awaits the fans of Sporsher Bairey.
 arrow Ongkar to hit the silver screen
"I came very close to eminent writer Ahmed Chhofa in his last days. He gave me a written permission to make a movie based on his work Ongkar four years ago," says filmmaker Shahidul Islam Khokon.
 arrow When the world needs a heroine...
As children we had a certain hero that we all looked up to. These heroes are often real people who we aspire to emulate.
 arrow Special attractions
On the occasion of the second anniversary of ntv, the channel will telecast different programmes ranging from TV plays, a premiere movie to documentary and magazine shows from July 2-4.
 arrow ByDeshi comes to town
ByDeshi, a new fashion line, held its first fashion show recently in Dhaka's Sonargaon Hotel. The aim was to raise funds for Zonta International Club of Dhaka 1, says a press release.
 arrow Mehreen and Bannya Mirza generate HIV/AIDS awareness
The Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), supported by Unicef, held a campaign recently, to generate awareness about HIV/AIDS- related issues.
 arrow Bangladesh Day at the Japan Exposition 05
A cultural team from Bangladesh, comprising 11 artistes, recently participated at the World Exposition-'05 at Aichi of Japan.
Generalarrow Staffs deprived of salaries for 14 months
About 1,200 teaching and administrative staffs at five newly built medical colleges have resorted to demonstration and work abstention demanding immediate payment of salaries.
 arrow Enact new laws to stop spread of HIV/Aids
Lawmakers at a discussion yesterday called for enacting new laws to help stop spreading of HIV/Aids and protect the victims.
 arrow Another dies at CMCH
Another UPDF supporter succumbed to his injuries at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday morning raising the death toll to three in Wednesday's gunfight in Rangamati.
 arrow 'Cancel anti-people agreements to save nat'l resources'
Tel-Gas Lunthon Pratirodh Chhatra-Jubo Andolan, (a movement of student and youth to resist plundering of oil and gas) yesterday demanded trial of AKM Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister for energy
 arrow 18 get life in Gopalganj
A court here yesterday convicted 18 people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment in the sensational Baharul Islam Bachchu murder case.
 arrow Janajuddho claims responsibility
The BNP enforced a half-day hartal in Chuadanga yesterday in protest of the killing of BNP leaders Noor Ali and Zillur Rahman.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Positive talks in Delhi
The positive note on which the long overdue Foreign Secretary level meeting between Bangladesh and India concluded in New Delhi on Wednesday is a welcome development.
 arrow Editorial: Narsingdi by-election
Since the main opposition party Awami League did not take part in the Narsingdi by-poll, conflict and violence on the election day were the least anticipated turn of events.
 arrow The fallen and the fusty
Sensational happenings emanating from the alleged Ershad-Bidisha feud that crossed the limits of the household and in the process engaged and occupied substantial time and space in both the electronic
 arrow A deal on the wheels
There was a time when you could draw a line between opposites. Good was good and bad was bad. Innocent was innocent and guilty was guilty. Then politics came along and made a jumbled mess of everything.
 arrow Black money
At present, a lot of debates and discourses are going on at various societal levels as to whether or not the country should allow, in the next fiscal year (2005-06), the continuation of the provisionfor
 arrow Price of fuel and essentials
Reports in the media early this month said that some transport operators had increased the transport fare by around 25 per cent following the fuel price-hike announced by the government.
Letters to Editorarrow Hartal and a few alternatives
In general term 'hartal' means suspension of work and business for political protest.
 arrow Saltwater irrigation
Irrigation by application of sweet waters is commonly understood. Saline waters are also used in production of solar salts and cultivation of irrigated shrimps.
 arrow What a win !
Can you believe it? Bangladesh have won against mighty Australia. When Bangladesh wins any memorable match I cannot help but write to the DS to express my emotions.
 arrow Cineplex disappointment
Star Cineplex, the first multiplex cinema theatre in our country has thoroughly disappointed us.
 arrow Donald standards!
Donald Rumsfeld, in a recent speech in Singapore, lectured China about its military spendings.
 arrow Tareq Zia's US trip
It is with utmost embarrassment that we saw Mr. Tarek Zia's recent trip to the United States as an unofficial representative of the Bangladesh government.
 arrow Agartala Conspiracy Case
I have been living in Toronto, Canada since 1981. I read the on-line version of your newspaper to keep up to date with the news of Bangladesh on a regular basis.
 arrow A nice ad
This is in response to the letter of Rafiqul Islam Rime published in The Daily Star on 21 May.
 arrow Save the teens
Teenagers today are growing up in a dangerous environment. I am a student of an eminent English medium school and witnessing this destruction taking place first hand.
 arrow Concerned persons
It is a pity that only the affected and aggrieved citizens of our beloved country complain, speak and write about the menace of corruption in Bangladesh.
Environmentarrow Creating public awareness for waste management
It has been said time and again that public awareness is imperative for proper management of city wastes.
 arrow Environmental auditing
There have been notable strides in the field of environmental auditing within the International Organisation of the Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) since the establishment of the Working Group on
 arrow Mammals at peril
The notion of wildlife protection and conservation is still something that sounds unfamiliar and unappealing to the teeming millions of Bangladesh.
 arrow Noise pollution: Needs immediate attention
Pollution is the undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities.
Worldarrow South Asia: US, Afghan forces ring 4 Taliban commanders
Afghan and US forces have killed 132 Taliban militants and surrounded four of the ousted regime's top commanders after a three-day battle in the south of the country, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Lanka set to enter aid deal with Tigers
Sri Lanka is on the verge of clinching a deal with Tamil Tiger rebels on sharing foreign aid for post-tsunami reconstruction, official sources said yesterday, as Norway kept up shuttle diplomacy to save
 arrow South Asia: US spyplane crashes after Afghan mission
The pilot of a US Air Force U-2 spy plane was killed on Wednesday when the plane crashed after a reconnaissance mission over Afghanistan, the US military said.
 arrow South Asia: Militants move to woo Hindus back to Kashmir homes
Moderate Kashmiri separatists in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir will try to persuade Hindus to return to the homes they fled at the start of the anti-Indian insurgency, a separatist leader said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Tsunami relief effort in critical phase
Six months after the tsunami that battered countries around the Indian Ocean, the unprecedented international relief effort spurred by the disaster is in a critical phase, aid agencies said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali writer seeks to unravel woes of homeland
Writer Manjushree Thapa was only 21 when she returned to her Nepalese homeland after attending college in the United States and found herself in the midst of the heady "Spring Awakening of 1990".
 arrow South Asia: Chhattisgarh villagers turn against Maoists:10 killed
At least 10 people have been killed as villagers in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region have turned against Maoist guerrillas, accusing them of blocking development work.
 arrow South Asia: Asia heat wave toll hits 390
A blistering heat wave has been blamed for at least 390 deaths across India and Pakistan, but officials said yesterday that monsoon rains could bring relief next week.
 arrow South Asia: Parents fail to claim freed Pak camel jockeys
They have finally returned home from a brutal life in the United Arab Emirates, but 22 Pakistani children who worked as camel jockeys have still not been claimed by their parents.
 arrow South Asia: Pak sex workers in India to learn about HIV prevention
Pakistani sex workers have toured the brothel district of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata for tips on how to organise and to protect themselves against HIV/Aids, a spokeswoman for a local sex workers'
 arrow South Asia: Indian crime reporter held over car thefts, burglaries
An Indian crime reporter who allegedly used his journalistic contacts to move stolen goods has been arrested over a spate of car thefts and burglaries, press reports said yesterday.
 arrow G8 FMs rally round Afghanistan
Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight nations began a one-day meeting in London yesterday with a pledge to remain committed to Afghanistan beyond the war-shattered country's elections in September.
 arrow Blair asks EU to change or fail
The European Union faces a "crisis in political leadership" and must change to win back public support, Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Euro MPs.
 arrow Floods ravage China
At least 97 people were dead and over 60 missing after torrential rains and floods pounded southern China, sending some 1.4 million evacuees fleeing for higher ground, the government said yesterday.
 arrow Rafsanjani moves to thwart hardliners
Iranian regime veteran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani faces the hardline Tehran mayor today in a presidential election that could hand the anti-Western right unchallenged power but whose outcome is too close
 arrow Thailand aims to 'kill' rebels as violence rages on in south
Thailand plans to declare "violent zones" in Muslim southern provinces where security forces will seek to hunt down and kill Islamic insurgents blamed for a surge of deadly attacks, the defence minister
 arrow New Saddam novel to hit market soon
A novel said to have been penned by ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein telling the story of an Arab warrior who saves a town from a plot to overthrow its ruler is to be published soon, a newspaper reported
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