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Front Pagearrow Blaze rages with same fury, no Niko move yet
The blaze triggered by a blowout at Tengratila gas field continued with the same fury for the second day yesterday, sending the flames up to 150 feet high amid a moderate rainfall throughout the day.
 arrow BNP top brass mourn 'criminal' Sagir
Law enforcers are hesitating to take action against notorious criminals holding portfolios of ruling BNP and its front organisations as many ministers, including prime minister herself, showed sympathetic
 arrow Int'l concern can't stop persecution
Zealots carrying out countrywide violent campaigns against Ahmadiyyas once again disregarded the concern of world rights community by attacking the sect members with bombs and setting fire to their mosque
 arrow Gas goes to Bogra
Petrobangla completed on Thursday installation of a 60km gas pipeline between Nalka in Sirajganj and Bogra, bringing several important areas in the energy-starved northern region, including Pabna, Baghabari
 arrow Writ petition bares SIM tax anomaly
The government's proposal to slap Tk 1,200 in VAT and supplementary duty on a cellphone SIM card is based on the arbitrary fixing of its untaxed price at Tk 2,172 although each such card costs between
 arrow Blowout scapegoats
Energy ministry Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday blasted Petrobangla along with Bapex for not monitoring Canadian company Niko's operation in Tengratila while the government's exceptional contract with
 arrow Boy carries his twin inside him for 16yrs
Believe it or not, a 16-year-old boy was carrying its twin brother inside his body!
Doctors at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday operated on the boy named Abu Raihan

 arrow Bidisha gets 2 months' bail
The High Court yesterday granted two months' bail to Bidisha, the estranged wife of former military ruler and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, in a money laundering case filed by the government.
 arrow 200 killed by law enforcers in 5 months
Two hundred people were killed by law enforcement agencies across the country from January to June this year, a report of Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) said yesterday.
 arrow HC upholds stay on 546 RU staff recruitment
The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld an order of an assistant judge of Rajshahi imposing injunction on appointment of 546 third and fourth-class employees in Rajshahi University (RU) and providing their
 arrow US under secy arrives today
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas R Burns arrives in Dhaka today on a brief visit for discussion on political climate and bilateral issues of mutual interest with government officials,
 arrow Qatar rolls out plan for recruitment
Qatar yesterday reiterated its decision to recruit huge manpower of different categories, import items like cement and medicine from Bangladesh and come up with investment here as the two countries agreed
 arrow 6 new police stations opens tomorrow
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) opens six new police stations tomorrow to deal better with the increasing population and crime in the capital, one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world.
 arrow More areas flooded in N districts
Flash flood triggered by heavy rains and onrush of waters from hills across the border inundated more areas in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Rangpur and Nilphamari districts yesterday.
 arrow 40 Indian crocs released
Forty freshwater crocodiles of an endangered species brought from India were released at Dulahazara Safari Park in Chakaria upazila, Dhaka Zoo and Khan Jahan Ali Mazar in Bagerhat yesterday.
 arrow Spin tames Tigers
Andrew Symonds completed a memorable seven days for both himself and Australia as the world champions thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets in Saturday's NatWest Series one-day international here at Old Trafford.
 arrow Maoists storm Nepal army check post
Hundreds of Maoist rebels stormed an army check post in Nepal's far southwest, sparking fierce clashes which left at least three people dead, the army said yesterday.
 arrow DU teacher Sitara's body arrives tomorrow
The body of Dr Sitara Parvin, professor of mass communication and journalism department at Dhaka University, will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow.
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 arrow Ershad sees BNP victory in next polls
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman H M Ershad yesterday said the BNP-led alliance will get the majority seats while the Awami League will occupy the second position in the next parliament elections.
 arrow Lawyers against using contempt law to suppress criticism
To establish the rule of law, the contempt law should be applied against the government for defaming court, and not to suppress movement and criticism, said leaders of the Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad
 arrow Tk 7.45 lakh looted from Agrani Bank
Burglars have looted cash and prize bonds worth Tk 7.45 lakh from the Agrani Bank's Uttara branch in the capital.
 arrow Recruitment of 4 DU teachers postponed amid protest
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday postponed the selection committee meeting scheduled for today to recruit four lecturers at the Department of Political Science following serious protest
 arrow Youth nabbed for sending threat mails
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a man who claimed himself as an al-Qaeda member and gave email threat to blow up two embassies, the American Center and the Rab headquarters in Dhaka.
 arrow Iran hardliner sweeps to presidency
Ultra-conservative Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a landslide win in presidential elections yesterday, spelling a possible end to Iran's fragile social reforms and tentative rapprochement with
 arrow Influential makeshift shops...

 arrow Court orders to run circular for fugitives
A court here yesterday asked the prosecution to publish a circular in the media about the two fugitive accused in former finance minister Shah ASM Kibria murder case.
 arrow 11 submit nomination papers
A total of 11 candidates yesterday submitted nomination papers to contest the by-election in Sunamganj-3 constituency.
Businessarrow Govt mulling to turn Co-operative Bank into commercial bank
A proposal to turn the Co-operative Bank into a full-fledged commercial bank is under consideration, LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said yesterday.
 arrow FBCCI election Aug 21
The biennial election to the Board of Directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will be held on August 21 this year.
 arrow Shoe import probe causes trade friction: China
China on Saturday expressed strong opposition to an EU investigation into its shoe exports and accused Brussels of manipulating trade figures and causing trade friction.
 arrow Rise in oil prices hits airline tickets
The latest rise in oil prices, taking the price of a benchmark barrel past the 60-dollar mark for the first time, is having an impact on airline ticket prices as carriers slap on fresh fuel surcharges.
 arrow Green Line launches Scania buses today
Green Line Paribahan Limited, a private road transport company, is going to introduce Scania brand luxurious bus on Dhaka-Chittagong route from today.
 arrow Nestle launches new brand powdered milk
Nestle Bangladesh Limited yesterday launched a new product -- NIDO Growing up Milk -- for children aged between two and four.
 arrow Meghna Cement approves 25pc dividend
Meghna Cement Mills Ltd, a concern of Bashundhara Group, has declared a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Intech Online okays 15pc bonus share
Intech Online Ltd has declared a 15 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow US finds 2nd case of mad cow disease
The US government Friday confirmed its second case of mad cow disease, prompting consumer groups to call for broader testing of cattle as the meat industry defended existing safeguards.
 arrow Humbert named Airbus chief
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has named Germany's Gustav Humbert the head of the aircraft maker Airbus.
 arrow Russia aims for WTO entry deal this year
Russia thinks it can reach a deal to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by the end of the year, but its trade partners must accept reasonable terms, Economy Minister German Gref said Friday.
 arrow Jago Corporation declares 5pc dividend
Jago Corporation Ltd, a Bangladesh-Taiwan joint venture company, has declared a five percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Oil prices, yuan top agenda of EU-Asia finance meet
Asia and Europe's finance ministers are planning to call for stable oil prices in the face of surging oil costs which threaten global economic growth, delegates to a meeting said Saturday.
 arrow Rich-state must end cotton subsidy: IMF
Rich countries must end subsidies to their cotton producers if African countries which grow the crop are to lift themselves from the spiral of poverty, the head of the IMF said Friday.
 arrow IBM to hire 14,000 in India
US tech giant IBM plans to increase its payroll in India this year by 14,000 workers as it cuts up to 13,000 jobs in Europe and the United States, a labor group said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh miss Whatmore
The Bangladesh cricket team woke up on Saturday morning only to learn that their beloved coach Dav Whatmore was very anxious to take the first available flight to Melbourne so that he could be by theside
 arrow Cricket: Lankan tri-series brought forward
Sri Lanka Cricket says it has agreed to a request to reschedule the forthcoming triangular one-day series to allow India's players to participate in a proposed Afro-Asian contest in August.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Sharapova on course
Roger Federer twice rallied from a service break down in the final set Saturday and beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 in the third round at Wimbledon.
 arrow Football: Marquez boost for Latin showdown
Captain Rafael Marquez will make a welcome return on Sunday when Mexico, shaken by a doping case involving two of their players, face Argentina in Hanover for a place in the Confederations Cup final.
 arrow Football: Wari earn full points
Shipon Barua struck twice as Wari Club came back from a goal down to register their second consecutive victory in the First Division Football League when they handed a 3-2 defeat to second-placed Mohakhali
 arrow Cricket: Tres hails rising Trem
Stand-in captain Marcus Tresco-thick has hailed fast bowler Chris Tremlett as one of the bright stars of England's future after his emergence in the Triangular Series.
 arrow Football: Another goalless finish
Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool and Wanderers Club shared points in the Premier Bank Premier Football League yesterday when the two relegation-zone sides drew goalless at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow S Asian Games in April 2006
The 10th South Asian Games, the biggest sports carnival of the region, will be held in Sri Lanka over April 18-28 next year.
 arrow Football: Eriksson lied to FA?
England soccer coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was described as a "seagull" with a "roving eye" on Friday amid evidence alleging sexual harassment and lies within the Football Association (FA).
 arrow Football: 'Three Tenors' for 2006 WC
The 'Three Tenors' could join up again to mark the 2006 Football World Cup in Germany, 16 years after they brought opera to the masses with their first concert at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome.
 arrow Cricket: Now Gough wants to scare the Australians
England fast bowler Darren Gough has promised to haunt Australia in more ways than one after the hosts suffered their first defeat of the NatWest Series.
 arrow Football: Sorry Carlos!
Brazilian soccer star Roberto Carlos was giving a radio interview on his cellular phone on Friday when he said armed robbers approached the car in which he was traveling and robbed the driver.
 arrow Football: Owen marries sweetheart
England and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen on Friday married his childhood sweetheart Louise Bonsall.
 arrow Cricket: Frustrating day for Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly struggled to find form and was out for a duck as Glamorgan suffered a seven-wicket loss to Gloucestershire in the Twenty20 Cup Championship at Bristol on Friday.
 arrow Football: Park a Red Devil
South Korea midfielder Park Ji-sung said on Saturday that he was proud to be joining Manchester United and pledged to make himself a better player at the English club.
 arrow Cricket: Jones returns for England
Glamorgan fast bowler Simon Jones rejoined England's NatWest Series squad Saturday following a week's rehabilitation on a knee injury.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
The Greenwich University FIDE Rating Chess tournament will begin on July 5 at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
 arrow Football: Spurs, Chelsea agree Arnesen deal
Tottenham have accepted a "significant" cash settlement from Chelsea that allows sporting director Frank Arnesen to move to Stamford Bridge.
Metropolitanarrow Oust govt to safeguard independence
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday called upon the people to take fresh vow to unseat the government for safeguarding the country's independence.
 arrow Huda blames police for not enforcing traffic laws
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday came down heavily on police for not paying due attention to the issue of safety of pedestrians and passengers.
 arrow Tk 108 cr DU budget to be placed tomorrow
Amid allegations of financial anomalies, the Dhaka University (DU) is going to place its annual budget of Tk 108.13 crore for 2005-06 fiscal tomorrow.
 arrow Ensure safe food for good public health
Experts at a training programme yesterday called upon the government to ensure safe food to help maintain good public health.
 arrow 'Free society from drug abuse'
The International Day against drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking will be observed today in the country as elsewhere in the world, with a call for freeing society from the menace.
 arrow 10 criminals held, two stolen bikes recovered in Ctg
Police in separate drives arrested 10 criminals and recovered two stolen bikes from their possessions in the city in last three days.
 arrow Akhter made PDB chairman
ANH Akhter Hossain of Dhaka Wasa was appointed new chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB).
 arrow Use biotech properly for economic development
Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk yesterday called for proper application of biotechnology to bring about economic development.
 arrow Int'l Day in Support of Victims of Torture today
The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the globe.
 arrow Jahanara Imam's 11th anniversary of death today
The 11th death anniversary of 'Shaheed Janani' Jahanara Imam will be observed today.
 arrow 1,751 more held
Police arrested 1,751 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Khulna grenade cases put in cold storage
Police could not make any headway in investigation who brought the 14 grenades recovered in last 18 months from different areas in Khulna district and city.
 arrow Security for Khulna leaders
Top local leaders of major political have become panicked in the wake of sudden rise in terrorist activities in South-Western districts.
 arrow Ershad’s quest for footing
Jatiya Party Chairman H M Ershad yesterday said his party will form a separate alliance excepting Awmi League and BNP.
 arrow Caretaker laws were framed as per AL demand: Milon
State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon yesterday said, Awami League, sensing a bleak performance in the next parliamentary election due to government's massive developing work, is now spearheading
 arrow 'Transfer Balu murder case to speedy trial tribunal’
Journalist leaders here on Thursday have urged the government to transfer the Humayun Kabir Balu Murder Case to Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal as per resolution of the 42nd meeting of monitoring cell of
 arrow Ferry service on Brahmaputra to continue
The railway authorities have revised an earlier to withdraw ferry service between Teestamukh Ghat and Bahadurabad Ghat.
Culturearrow Tagore and Nazrul songs in the spotlight
The Department of Dance and Music of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) held a four-day long musical soiree at the plaza of National Art Gallery at BSA premises, that ended on June 24.
 arrow Nazlee's works capture rootlessness and oppression
Nazlee Laila Mansur comes from a family where all the siblings were keen on drawing and painting. Her mother too made ornate designs for her needlecraft.
 arrow Golap Keno Kalo on mini screen
Golap Keno Kalo, a 13-episode serial by Arun Chowdhury, will start from Wednesday next.
 arrow The year of the queen -- Rani reigns
Rani Mukerji is having a great year. This year has seen her ruling the box-office with films like Black and Bunty Aur Babli.
Generalarrow A testimony to alarming extremism: Saber
Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the latest bomb attacks and arson on the Ahmadiyya community in Brahmanbaria is a testimony to alarming extremism under the four-party alliance
 arrow Rangpur Kalyan Samity executives
Md Nazrul Islam and Md Rezaul Karim Ranju have been elected president and secretary general of Greater Rangpur Kalyan Samity, Dhaka, says a press release.
Internationalarrow India evicts Myanmar rebels from Mizoram
India has evicted hundreds of Myanmarese guerrillas from well-entrenched bases in Mizoram in a weeklong military operation, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Kashmiri rebels ready to resume talks with Delhi
Kashmiri separatist leaders, freshly returned from talks in Pakistan, said yesterday they wanted to resume suspended discussions with New Delhi.
 arrow Ahmadinejad victory deals final blow to reformers
Hardliners have grabbed an unchallenged stranglehold on Iran with Mahmood Ahmadinejad's election victory, completing a long-running rout of reformers who are squeezed out of every position of power.
 arrow Lankan Muslims boycott tsunami aid deal
Sri Lanka's main Muslim party said yesterday it will boycott a landmark tsunami aid-sharing deal between the government and rebels that is seen as a prelude to resuming stalled peace negotiations.
 arrow Israeli settler killing hits ME truce hard
Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish settler and wounded several more in a West Bank drive-by shooting on Friday in a new blow to a faltering Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire.
 arrow Bush admn asks Japan to extend Iraq mission
The United States has reportedly asked Japan to extend its humanitarian mission in Iraq, while President George W.
 arrow China issues flood emergency
China's president has ordered government bureaus to step up emergency flood control and relief efforts after torrential rains left 732 people dead or missing ahead of the traditional rainy season.
 arrow Bush acknowledges 'grim' images of daily Iraq violence
President George W. Bush yesterday acknowledged the "grim" daily images of violence in Iraq but again insisted that US efforts to stabilise the troubled country are working.
 arrow Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'
Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.
 arrow Descendant of Mughal emperors stakes claim to Taj Mahal
A descendant of India's Mughal emperors has staked a claim to ownership of the world's most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal, amid a row between Hindus and Muslims over its custody, a report said
Editorialarrow Editorial: Blowout again!
As it is, one explosion in a gas field is a disaster, and two, within less than six months in the same gas field is totally unacceptable.
 arrow Editorial: A patently irreligious act
The Ahmadiyyas have come under attack again. This time in a more virulent form.
 arrow Furnishing personal details of candidates to EC
The Election Commission (EC) of Bangladesh, it is learnt, has very recently approved a format of affidavit in line with the eight-point directive of the High Court, in which the candidates for the parliamentary
 arrow Hurriyat's trip up
THERE must have been a communication gap between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his minister of state Prithvi Raj Chouhan.
Letters to Editorarrow Star Cineplex reply
This is in reply to Nayeem Islam's "Cineplex disappointment" that appeared on Friday, 24th June in the Daily Star.
 arrow Pakistani visa
We refer the letter above by a Mr. Jafar published in your daily on 21/04/2005.
 arrow Religion is not a private matter
India's popular actor and politician Sunil Dutt is no more. Obituary notes and reports on the life and work of the late hero were published in different newspapers and magazines.
 arrow Is this fair?
I am writing about the TV advertisement of a cardiac hospital, which has become very popular recently.
 arrow BTV -- the media fossil
The incident that rocked the University of Dhaka was tragic and a direct result of negligence of the authorities.
Star Healtharrow The right complimentary feeding for infants
After birth, a newborn baby continues to get nourishment from the mother for a significant period as s/he used to get it from her in the uterus via the placenta.
 arrow IHFEC 2005: Creating world class healthcare delivery
The International Healthcare Facilities Exhibition & Conference 2005, (IHFEC 2005) which will be held in Singapore from 31 August to 2 September this year, is an event providing latest information, trends
 arrow Environment may be linked to Leukemia
Pesticides or chemicals in the environment may be behind the steady rise in cases of childhood leukemia, which have increased five-fold since the early 1900s, scientists said.
 arrow Chickens lay anti-cancer drugs in eggs!
Investigators have developed genetically engineered hens that lay eggs containing high levels of anti-cancer antibodies.
 arrow Science-fiction moved a step closer to reality
Science-fiction moved a step closer to reality when robots nicknamed "Sister Mary" and "Doctor Robbie" started work at a London hospital.
Star Cityarrow Missing children in traffickers' web
Lives of children yet to be traced are at a higher risk of falling prey to the hands of traffickers, fear experts though most of them have been located and brought back to the city.
 arrow No protection from rain for commuters
Commuters are in for a miserable time during the monsoon as a good number of passenger sheds at bus stops have been removed by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Hotel management courses gaining popularity
Hotel management and catering courses are gaining popularity in Dhaka with the growth of tourism and hospitality industry.
 arrow Chaotic parking Indira Road's bane
Haphazard and illegal parking at Indira Road is causing severe traffic congestion in the busy Farmgate intersection.
 arrow Work on Wasa's bottled water plant delayed
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) could not start work on its bottled water plant this month as the land is yet to be prepared for setting up the plant which will be run commercially.
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