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Front Pagearrow Tk 2,600cr gas set to go up in smokes
The multi-million-dollar Chhatak gas field is all set to turn into a vast wasteland as experts fear all four layers of the upturned natural gas structure at Tengratila might have crumbled following the
 arrow 'Conspiracy, foreign help' won't take AL to power
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told the main opposition Awami League (AL) in parliament yesterday that it would not be able to grab state power through "conspiracy and assistance of foreigners".
 arrow Money whitening stays, SIM tax reduced
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has finally reduced tax on cellphone SIM cards from Tk 1200 to Tk 900 in the wake of a lot of criticism.
 arrow Police sergeant held for robbing Tk 14.47 lakh
Detective police yesterday arrested a police sergeant eight hours after he had robbed Tk 14.47 lakh from a businessman in Bijoynagar area in the capital.
 arrow Wasteland jolting
Ferocity of the Tengratila gas field fire showed little change yesterday as the flames still leapt over 250 feet while leakage of burning gas through innumerable points within half a kilometre area around
 arrow AL enforces dawn-to-dusk hartal today
Awami League (AL) enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today in protest against the proposed budget for fiscal year 2005-06.
The budget will be passed in parliament today.

 arrow AL lawmakers protest budget inside JS
The main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday staged demonstration inside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban carrying black flags in protest against the proposed budget for FY 2005-06 which they termed
 arrow JS demands energy minister's statement
Both the ruling and opposition party lawmakers yesterday while discussing the proposed budget in parliament expressed concern over the blowout in Tengratila gas field and demanded a statement from the
 arrow Garment factory gutted in Savar
A devastating fire badly damaged valuables and products of six-storey Biswas Textile and Garment Factory near Rajfulbaria bus stand in Savar early yesterday.
However, there were not any reports ofcasualties.

 arrow 1,670 acres rail land gobbled up
Grabbers have occupied 1,670 acres of railway land in its two regions -- Eastern and Western -- Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday told parliament.
 arrow Dr Sitara laid to rest
Hundreds of mourners yesterday paid their last tributes to Dhaka University (DU) journalism professor Dr Sitara Parvin who was killed in a tragic road accident in the US on Friday.
 arrow Cops seek court order to probe allegation against Ershad
The investigation officer (IO) in a general diary (GD) filed against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday sought permission from a court to probe the matter.
 arrow NOAB-BSP demands cut in import duty on newsprint
Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) and Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) yesterday demanded reduction of import duty on newsprint to 5 percent from 25 percent as proposed in the budget
 arrow Rab rescues Habiganj trader from abductors
Rab yesterday rescued a Habiganj businessman from captivity at Rampura in Dhaka and arrested three abductors from the house where he had been confined to.
 arrow 13 Jubo League men jailed for picketing
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 13 Jubo League leaders and activists to two year's rigorous imprisonment for carrying out an arson attack on a rickshaw during hartal hours on February 6.
 arrow Bidisha to sue Ershad to get her son back
Bidisha, estranged wife of Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad, yesterday said she will sue Ershad in order to get back her four-year-old son Eric.
 arrow Strike at DU called for July 2-3
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and six other student organisations yesterday called a strike at Dhaka University (DU) on July 2-3 for not meeting their five-point demand.
 arrow Bhuiyan for tough laws against hartal, JS boycott
Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday suggested in parliament introduction of tough laws to stop frequent hartals and House-boycott by the
 arrow Tigers to face Aussies
Captain Habibul Bashar will go into Bangladesh's final game of the NatWest Series against Australia at St.
 arrow 20 injured as AL, BNP men attack motorcade of Kazi Siraj
Local BNP and Awami League (AL) activists attacked the motorcade of former lawmaker Kazi Siraj at Machkandi in Madhukhali yesterday, leaving at least 20 people, including nine policemen, injured.
 arrow US chopper downed with 17 GIs on board
A US military helicopter that crashed during an anti-guerrilla mission in eastern Afghanistan may have been shot down and the fate of 17 US troops aboard is not immediately known, the US military
 arrow Iran hardliners call for clampdown
Iran's ultra-conservative President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday faced calls from hardline supporters to clamp down on social freedoms allowed under the country's outgoing reformist president.
 arrow 6 killed, 20 hurt in Kashmir violence
Six people including four police were killed in two shoot-outs in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday, while separate rebel attacks left 20 people injured.
 arrow 54 Bagerhat jail guards under watch
The security guards at Bagerhat District Jail have been kept under constant surveillance following circulation of leaflets on their 10-point demand and discrimination in the recently announced pay scale.
Businessarrow Allay SME worries to spur economic growth
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to look into the problems of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), especially those run by women entrepreneurs, to create a favourable investment climate.
 arrow Dhaka asks Beijing to reduce trade gap
As a six-member Chinese delegation visits Bangladesh, Dhaka yesterday urged Beijing to reduce the existing trade gap between the two countries, which is now in favour of China.
 arrow India warns against farm subsidies of rich nations
India yesterday warned there could be no progress in negotiations on industrial tariffs between the developed and developing countries under WTO unless the industrialised world makes a substantial commitment
 arrow 24 firms line up for feasibility study on deep seaport
The government has received proposals from 24 international consulting firms to carry out a US$ 2.0 million feasibility study on a planned deep seaport in Bangladesh.
 arrow WB for roadmap to up farm productivity in Bangladesh
A soon-to-be-published World Bank report recommended Bangladesh to increase spending on agricultural research to 0.6 percent of Agriculture GDP to further improve agricultural productivity.
 arrow Four NBFIs get SEC nod to go public
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday approved proposals for allowing four non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) to go public, official sources said.
 arrow Baby toiletries of Saudi co launched
Baby toiletries of a Saudi Arabian company were formally launched in Bangladesh market yesterday.
Ubiquitous Trade, the local agent of the Saudi brand Nunu, is marketing the products.

 arrow Chairman, vice chairman of Al-Arafah Islami Bank
Md Anowar Hossain and Dr Bahauddin Mohd Yousuf have been made chairman and vice chairman respectively of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd.
 arrow StanChart opens new ATM in Ctg
Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh has opened its 27th ATM (automated teller machine) on Jamal Khan Road in Chittagong.
 arrow Karnaphuli Ins declares 12pc stock dividend
Karnaphuli Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 12 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon holds orientation programme
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd recently organised a two-day orientation programme for its newly recruited employees.
 arrow HSBC, Equity Property Management sign deal
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh and Equity Property Management Ltd, a real estate developer, have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the bank's
 arrow China advised to tread carefully in yuan change
China should take a gradual approach to currency reforms and consider the economic consequences of a rise in the yuan if it is allowed to move more freely, a state newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow FDI in Japan hits record in 2004-05
Foreign direct investment into Japan hit a record high in 2004/05, surpassing Japanese investment abroad for the first time in postwar history.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers want memorable final day in England
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said that he wanted to end the eight-week tour of England on a high note when his side takes on Australia in their final NatWest series match at the St.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh's Mr. Laptop
Ever since the famed South African coach Bob Woolmer successfully used computer technology in cricket, laptops have become an integral part of the game.
 arrow Cricket: What Brazil-Argentina?
Bangladesh is certainly abuzz with great expectations on Wednesday night as another fierce football rivalry between Brazil and Argentina unfold in Germany in the Confederation Cup final.
 arrow Football: First point for Dipali
Promotees Dipali Juba Sangha bagged their first point in the Premier Bank Premier Football League when they held Dhaka Wanderers to a 1-1 draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: The first Bangladeshi Test cricketer
Sometime during the late 1980s, while I was still at school, I read a feature in a Bangla newsmagazine about a cricketer born in Dhaka of English stock who appeared for Australia against England in the
 arrow Cricket: Dav's father no more
Davenelle Clifford, father of Bangladesh national cricket team's Australian coach Dav Whatmore, died yesterday in Melbourne due to complications following a surgery.
 arrow Football: Full marks for Agrani
Agrani Bank registered their second victory in the First Division Football League when they beat Mohakhali XI 1-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Football: Zola calls it a day
Italian forward Gianfranco Zola announced his retirement on Wednesday bringing to an end a 21-year glittering career that graced the English Premier League and Serie A.
 arrow Cricket: Storm spoils rehearsal
Rain had the final say as England and Australia's NatWest Series day-night one-day international at Edgbaston here Tuesday ended in a no-result washout.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Hewitt in last four
Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt, who have monopolised the Wimbledon title in the last three years, will clash in a potentially epic semifinal showdown on Friday.
 arrow Football: Argentina see off arch rivals
Argentina scored a goal three minutes into injury-time to condemn arch-rivals and holders Brazil to a 2-1 defeat here on Tuesday in the World Youth Under-20-Championships semi-finals.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful a possibility
The names of the 20 leading international cricketers selected for the International Cricket Council World XI Test and ODI squads for October's Johnnie Walker Super Series will be announced by the ICCon
 arrow Football: BFF's step to groom young booters
In a bid to groom juvenile footballers across the country, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to organise long-term training camps for 12-14 age group.
 arrow Cricket: ICC includes 4 new members
Slovenia, Mali and the English Channel islands of Jersey and Guernsey have been granted membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the start of a journey that could one day pit them against
 arrow Olympic champ Lewis retires
Denise Lewis, Olympic heptathlon gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Games, has quit athletics.
Metropolitanarrow Reduce rich-poor disparity to ensure sustainable dev
Minimising the disparity between the rich and the poor is a must to ensure sustainable development in the country, experts at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 16 Bangladeshi women nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
A total of 16 Bangladeshi women have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 for their contribution to peace building.
 arrow Make OIC a functional body
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, now in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a to attend the 32nd session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM), had a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts
 arrow South Asian govts spend 1pc of GDP on health
Government spending on health in South Asian (SA) countries remains at one percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), said the Human Development Report-2004 which was formally launched yesterday.
 arrow Renaming of DU hall protested
Eighteen senate members of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday protested the decision of the authorities concerned to rename the proposed Begum Sufia Kamal Hall as Begum Khaleda Zia Hall.
 arrow Resist anti-people budget thru' today's hartal: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina criticised the BNP-Jamaat coalition government for placing an anti-people budget in the parliament.
 arrow One-stop Crisis Centre in hospitals demanded
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded of the government to establish 'One-stop Crisis Centre' in all public hospitals for the street children.
 arrow 2 labourers killed
Two labourers were killed in separate accidents yesterday while they were working at their factories at Khilgaon and Lalbagh in the city.
 arrow Robber killed in Ctg gunfight
An unidentified robber was killed in a gunfight with patrol police of Khulshi Thana on Tuesday night near Pahartali Girls High School.
Police said the incident occurred at around 12.

 arrow 'Lawyers to continue movement'
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP), a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, yesterday formed a human chain on the premises of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Bhaban to press for their demands.
 arrow Teenage girl killed as truck hits rickshaw in N'ganj
A teenage girl was killed and her father and sister were injured when a speeding truck rammed into their rickshaw at Chashara in the town last night.
 arrow AL holds rallies to realise 13-pt demand
The Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday held rallies in six parliamentary constituencies in the capital to protest against the new budget and press home a 13-point demand.
 arrow '2011 train accidents took place since '02'
A total of 2011 rail accidents occurred since 2002 leaving 59 killed and 252 injured, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow Hunger Strike observed in Khulna
Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) leaders observed a token hunger strike yesterday at Shaheed Hadis Park to protesting non-allocation of fund in the national budget for
 arrow Romen Mitra passes away
Romen Mitra, a pioneer leader of the historic Tebhaga movement and communism movement, passed away at a hospital in Kolkata due to a cardiac arrest on Tuesday at the age of 91.
Nationalarrow CHT landowners start tea plantation
Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) has started implementing an ambitious programme to encourage tea plantation under small private holdings to increase its production.
 arrow Dinajpur BKSP may fall silent from tomorrow
The Dinajpur chapter of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP), which fulfilled a long cherised dream of sports lovers and fans in northern districts, will fall silent from tomorrow.
 arrow Underground explosion blamed for damage of many house walls
Crack have appeared on mud walls of a large number houses in four villages in Khalashpir in Pirganj upazila, allegedly due to underground explosions made for survey of a prospective coal mine.
 arrow Rupsha JCD men occupy mill,shop
The president of Khulna district unit of Jatiyobadi Chatra Dal (JCD), Shaikh Abu Hossain Babu, and his followers occupied a saw mill and a telecom shop on Tuesday at Senerbazar under Rupsha upazila in
 arrow Tk 472 cr budget for Sylhet City Corpn
The Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) yesterday announced a Tk 472.18 Crore budget for 2005-2006 fiscal year without imposing any new tax on the city dwellers.
 arrow Postal scam detected at upazila
In an internal audit, defalcation of about Tk one lakh from savings accounts has been detected at Sunderganj upazila post office.
Postmaster Sultan Ali is absconding since beginning of the audit.

 arrow Saidpur traders protest extortion
Traders yesterday brought out a silent procession near the railway market in Saidpur upazila town in protest against extortion and harassment allegedly by a tax official and a labour inspector.
 arrow Eviction drive resumes in Jessore
The district administration yesterday resumed its eviction drive to free the river Bhairab from the encroachers.
Point-Counterpointarrow A look into the Myanmar gas pipeline proposal
These days media is fairly loaded with news regarding transnational gas pipelines.
 arrow '3by5' disappointment stresses for more comprehensive services
The announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that the much-heralded '3by5' initiative is "unlikely" to be achieved by the end of2005,
Culturearrow Fine presentation of Kirana Gharana
The monsoon magic coupled with melody made for an enchanted evening on June 28. The occasion was a splendid rendition of classical music by Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan at the Indian High Commission auditorium.
 arrow The wonderful world of terra-cotta
Tayabuzzaman Topu, Mazharul Haque Iqbal and Shahidul Hasan had a terra-cotta exhibition recently at the Zainul Gallery.
 arrow Bengal Bikash
The deadline for submitting audio-cassettes for the Talent Hunt Bengal Bikash, launched by Bengal Foundation, has been extended till August 10.
 arrow Geeta Dutt: Too short a lifespan for a nightingale
The first thing that strikes one on hearing singer Geeta Dutt was that she never tried hard to sing. She just glided through a tune.
Generalarrow Bangla-Myanmar Friendship Road work begins next fiscal
The government has a plan to construct Bangladesh-Myanmar Friendship Road in the next fiscal year, said Communications Minister Nazmul Huda in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow BCL, JCD clash at Ctg Law College, 10 hurt
At least 10 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash on the Chittagong Law College campus yesterday over students' union election.
 arrow Udichi blast case hearing begins
Hearing in the Udichi bomb blast case began at a special tribunal here yesterday.
 arrow 30 out of 119 jute mills closed
A total of 30 jute mills out 119 are closed now, Jute and Textiles Minister Shahjahan Siraj told the House yesterday in reply to a question from Sarwar Jamal Nizam.
Internationalarrow India, US ink 10-year defence pact
Defence ministers of the United States and India signed a 10-year agreement Tuesday paving the way for joint weapons production, cooperation on missile defence and possible lifting of US export controls
 arrow OIC ministers focus on reform, Iraq
Iraq called on its neighbours yesterday to make a bigger contribution to restoring security in the face of a raging insurgency that has seen daily bombings and shootings.
"The Iraqi request is clear.

 arrow Iraq war worth it: Bush
President Bush acknowledged American doubts about his Iraq strategy but argued it was worth it in a major address on Tuesday night that sought to connect Iraq's violent insurgency to Osama bin Laden and
 arrow A key ally deserts Arroyo
A key ally of Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo broke away from the ruling coalition yesterday as opposition efforts mounted to topple the embattled president over claims she stole the 2004 election.
 arrow Australia's mandatory detention system violates HR
Amnesty International said Australia's policy of indefinitely locking up asylum seekers who arrive in the country illegally was a violation of human rights, in a report published yesterday.
 arrow Lanka finds 35 new species of frogs
Conservationists in Sri Lanka, the world's top spot for frogs, have discovered 35 new species of the amphibians -- only to find that another 19 species have died out.
 arrow Nixon called Indira Gandhi an 'old witch'
President Nixon referred privately to Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as an "old witch" and national security adviser Henry Kissinger insulted Indians in general, according to transcripts of OvalOffice
 arrow 'Prince Harry had blood test to prove Charles was father'
Britain's royal family forced the late Princess Diana to blood test her younger son, Prince Harry, to prove he was not the offspring of an affair with an army officer, according to a newspaper reportyesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Mounting uncertainties
We are concerned at Niko's helplessness, even more so when it appears to seek reprieve from the current predicament in some divine or cosmic intervention.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists at risk
This is more than an occupational hazard Mufassil correspondents of national newspapers have got used to facing on their daily rounds of news gathering and reporting.
 arrow Beyond the National Budget 2005-06
Public expenditure policies and resource mobilisation strategies adopted through annual budget are expected to reflect Bangladesh's overall development goals.
 arrow Good governance can make SAARC collectively stronger
Governance is an issue that may not be directly linked with the SAARC as such, but it is obvious that much of the progress and development of a nation is contingent upon the internal conditions of the
Letters to Editorarrow (Un) smart security of the PM
The lady was screaming at the peak of her voice. She was also trying to negotiate the man-high concrete road divider on the airport road near Nikunjo.
 arrow Mobile service
The quality of service that is being provided by a leading mobile company is as dreadful as it can get. I have been facing problems for the last few days after the evenings.
 arrow Biased recruitment at DU
A report in The Daily Star about DU recruitment has drawn my attention. The recent hide and seek and the unwarranted delay in the selection process of DU has proved that most things are politically oriented.
 arrow Ahmadiyya bombing
People of all the communities have been living peacefully in Brahmanbaria since the British days.
 arrow What are you eating?
Recently I've read in the newspaper that most of the restaurants and fast-food shops in our country serve sub standard food.
 arrow Reduce the mobile call rate
I am sure that those who are contemplating taking a cell phone are now regretting that they had not done so sooner. Price of SIM has gone up and the main sufferers are the common people. Mr.
 arrow Response to Tania Hossain Firoz's letter- 'Is this fair?'
This is in response to Tania Hossain Firoz's letter published in the Daily Star dated 26th of June 2005.
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