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Front Pagearrow City reels under rainwater
Heavy monsoon downpour yesterday caused acute waterlogging and traffic tailback across the capital, putting brakes on business and paralysing public life.
 arrow Aussie firm hired to drill relief well
Niko yesterday announced to have hired an Australian company to drill a new relief well beside the burning one in its Tengratila gas field to seal up the main well that suffered the severe blowout inJanuary.
 arrow Vast swath of land lays a wasteland
The June 24 blowout from a Niko relief well at Tengratila in Sunamganj district has wreaked irreparable environmental and ecological havoc in at least two-kilometre radius.
 arrow TCB reports price spiral, ministries see media hype
When a government agency reports that essential prices shot up substantially in a short span of time, an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday observed the price situation is not as 'exorbitant as reflected
 arrow No int'l flights for another week
Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong might remain close to the international flights at least for another week, as it would not be possible by that time to salvage the crash-landed DC-10 aircraft
 arrow Traders bribe over Tk 800cr a year
Traders bribe over Tk 800 crore to the Chittagong Port Customs a year, Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) revealed yesterday in a report.
 arrow DND damned
Several lakh residents living inside the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment area have been trapped by a fresh waterlogging after Saturday's heavy overnight downpour that continued yesterday, though
 arrow Comes water- logging, comes a committee
Waterlogging in the city turns out to be a regular event, with mere forming of high-level government committees as the problem worsens during the rainy season and practically doing very little to address
 arrow Tata investment hinges on site selection
The fate of Indian Tata Group's $2.5 billion investment now hangs on the site selection for its 4-lakh-ton steel plant at Ruppur in Pakshey near the Pakshey Nuclear Power Plant Project.
 arrow Grenade 'smuggler' killed in 'crossfire',
A person arrested on charge of grenade smuggling was killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Savar in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow ADB sets condition for assisting ACC
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has set a condition on providing technical assistance for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in its core functions and capacity building.
 arrow Govt to decide about UP polls today
The government has once again initiated steps to hold the much-talked about upazila parishad (UP) elections in an apparent bid to distract the opposition from its anti-government movement.
 arrow Egypt ambassador in Iraq kidnapped
Egypt's envoy to Iraq has been kidnapped in Baghdad, possibly in response to reports he would become the first full-ranking Arab ambassador to the US-backed Iraqi government, an Egyptian diplomat said
 arrow Top Qaeda man killed in Saudi clash
The suspected Saudi frontman of the al-Qaeda network, Yunis Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hayari of Morocco, was killed in a shootout with security forces in Riyadh yesterday, the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel
 arrow Habiganj DC obstructing probe
Family members of the slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday said the deputy commissioner (DC) of Habiganj is obstructing the investigation into the killing of Kibria and demanded his
 arrow Indefinite strike called at DU
Following two-day strike ending yesterday, seven opposition-backed student organisations led by the Awami League's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have called an indefinite strike at Dhaka
 arrow Rab crossfire a 'State-sponsored crime'
The 'crossfire' by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the name of curbing 'terrorism' itself is 'a state-approved act of terrorism', said speakers at a book launching ceremony in the city yesterday.
 arrow HC stays graft cases against Muyeed Chy
The High Court yesterday stayed for four months the proceedings of two corruption cases filed against former advisor to the caretaker government and National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Abdul Muyeed
 arrow Federer does it again
Roger Federer produced another master-class to trounce Andy Roddick in straight sets on Sunday and complete a rare hat-trick of Wimbledon wins.
 arrow Injured woman dies at DMCH
Another woman who suffered critical burns in the June 7 fighter crash died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Judiciary suffers from image problem
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said he is trying to restore the image of the judiciary as it has been suffering from an image problem for the last three and a half
Businessarrow Rains disrupt business
Heavy overnight rains that submerged many parts of the capital, including Motijheel business hub, disrupted business and economic activities yesterday with banks reporting a decline in transactions by
 arrow Body formed to assess value of Sonargaon Hotel
The government has formed a three-member committee to assess the value of the state-owned Pan Pacific Sonargoan Hotel, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow China Shipping moves hub to Malaysian port
Container shipping giant China Shipping Group has moved its regional headquarters to Malaysia from Singapore on expectations of increased activity from Port Klang, a senior official said Sunday.
 arrow Bush near big trade win as Senate clears Cafta
President George W Bush is on the verge of a major victory in his free-trade agenda following Senate passage of a controversial trade pact with Central America and the Dominican Republic.
 arrow Citibank NA raises forex buying rate
In line with the government's strive to provide incentive for the exporters and foreign currency wage earners, Citibank NA Bangladesh has decided to increase its foreign currency buying rate with effect
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo voted IFW's carrier of the year
For the second successive year, UK-based International Freighting Weekly (IFW) magazine has elected Emirates SkyCargo for its Air Cargo Carrier of the Year Award.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A different mood
When cricketers return from a long tour, fatigue is usually written on their faces.
 arrow Cricket: BCB plans tri-series to boost ICC ranking
In a bid to improve its one-day ranking before next year's ICC Champions Trophy tournament in India, Bangladesh wants to host a triangular series involving Zimba-bwe and Kenya.
 arrow Football: A team sans SAFF heroes?
It would not be surprising to see the Bangladesh national football team without SAFF Football Cham-pionship heroes like Matiur Munna, who scored a stunner in their semifinal victory over India, or defensive
 arrow Tennis: Venus puts it all behind her
Venus recovered her glow at Wimbledon on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison a class act: McGrath
Australia's Glenn McGrath, arguably the world's best fast bowler during the past decade, said he expected England's Stephen Harmison to play a major role in the forthcoming Ashes Tests after both menstarred
 arrow Basketball: Cagers off to Delhi
A 16-member Bangladesh national basketball team left Dhaka yesterday to participate in the 23rd FIBA-Asia Basketball Championship qualifiers.
The competition will be held in New Delhi from July 6-10.

 arrow Cricket: BCCI wants arbitration
Indian officials have asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to re-open the issue of captain Sourav Ganguly's six-match ban and send it to arbitration.
 arrow Football: Brothers take on Abahani tomorrow
Defending champions Brothers Union and Abahani will get an extra day to prepare for their Premier Bank Premier Football League battle after the Metropolis Football League Committee rescheduled the clash
 arrow Cricket: PCB may try out neutral umpires
Pakistan are likely to appoint two neutral umpires for their one-day series at home against England later this year.
 arrow Cricket: Please forgive me: Warne
Australian cricket star Shane Warne has begged his wife to take him back after they split over repeated sex scandals, local media reported Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen given Ashes signal
South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen looks set to make his Ashes debut for England at Lord's later this month after impressing selectors.
 arrow Cricket: Srinath likes Chappell's priorities
Former India speedster Javagal Srinath on Saturday said coach Greg Chappell's priorities were "fantastic", noting that the first thing he focused was on fast bowlers.
 arrow Football: Argentina youth masters
Argentina won the World Youth Championship on Saturday, defeating Nigeria 2-1 on Lionel Messi's two penalty kicks for a record fifth title.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies look to ODIs
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said his side would be "even keener" for their one-day series against England after Saturday's NatWest Series final between the two teams ended in a tie here at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Robinho sending a message?
Brazil striker Robinho missed training with his club Santos for the second day running on Saturday as speculation continued over a possible transfer to Real Madrid, Brazilian media said.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho warns England
Ronaldinho has warned England that Brazil have the strike power to wipe out all opposition at the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy to fathom out England
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq Sunday said he would keep a close eye on the upcoming Ashes series to gauge England's form ahead of their cricket tour here.
 arrow Tennis: Huss, Moodie make history
Stephen Huss of Australia and South Africa's Wesley Moodie made history on Saturday when they became the first qualifiers to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title.
 arrow Tennis: Black, Huber clinch doubles title
Second seeds Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of South Africa won the Wimbledon women's doubles title on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Be alert so that none can create chaos over Ahmadiyyas
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation of the Islamic scholars (ulema) to continue the trend of development and prosperity under the leadership of four party alliance government and maintain
 arrow DCC to increase taxes, fees in different sectors
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to announce its highest ever budget of Tk 1,247 crore for 2005-06 fiscal year with a revenue earning target of Tk 432 crore through increasing taxes and feesin
 arrow Awareness campaign launched
Nari Maitree, a women's rights organisation, yesterday launched an awareness campaign to resist violence against women.
 arrow Graft case against 2 cops sent for ACC approval
A Dhaka court on June 30 sent the graft case against two sub-inspectors (SI) posted at the General Recording Office (GRO) of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court to the Anti Corruption Commission
 arrow Controversially appointed RU employees demand salaries
A total of 546 employees of Rajshahi University (RU), who were appointed controversially, met the pro-vice-chancellor yesterday demanding their salaries and regularisation of their jobs.
 arrow Help uphold image of national army
The Army Headquarters (AHQ) yesterday sought cooperation of the media to uphold the image of the national army.
 arrow Two expelled students allowed in exams at JU
The two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and students of anthropology department of Jahangirnagar University (JU), expelled on June 25 during first year final examination, were allowed to sit
 arrow Sixth wage board for newspaper industry soon, says minister
The government will announce the formation of the 6th wage board for the newspaper industry very soon, said Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday.
 arrow Haji Monir arrested
Police arrested Haji Monir, another accused in the Chittagong arms haul case, from the port city yesterday.
 arrow Killers of AL leader traced
Police have claimed to have detected the killers of Awami League (AL) leader and businessman Kamrul Alam, who was gunned down at his office in Jigatola in the capital on Saturday.
 arrow Compensation for victims demanded
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday held protest rally and procession at Tengratila in Sunamganj demanding compensation from Niko for the victims of the gas blowout.
 arrow 'BNP launders thousands of crores of taka abroad'
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday alleged that BNP is laundering thousands of crores of taka abroad.
 arrow 2 killed in road accident
Two truck labourers were killed and another one was injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Buet announces Tk39.96 crore budget for FY 2005-06
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has announced Tk 39.96 crore budget for FY 2005-06.
Of the total amount, University Grants Commission will provide Tk 36.

 arrow DU Teachers' Club executives
Prof Jamal Uddin Ahmed of Finance department and Prof Mohammad Afzal Hossain of Marketing department have been elected president and general secretary respectively of the Dhaka University (DU) Teachers'
 arrow President, PM greet Bush
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted US President George W Bush on the occasion of the Independence Day of USA to be celebrated today.
 arrow British, Thai visa centres open in Ctg
The British and Thai visa centres were inaugurated in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Dr Alinoor made IU proctor
Professor Dr Alinoor Rahman of Management Department was appointed new proctor of Islamic University yesterday.
Nationalarrow Road digging starts as monsoon sets in
Has rains awakened the authorities from slumber?
This question is now being posed by many town dwellers as the two main thoroughfares in the town are virtually unusable because of random digging.

 arrow Feud in Satkhira BNP over new committee
The intra-party feud in Satkhira BNP has intensified as differences among front ranking leaders over formation of a new district committee has widened.
 arrow Once a sleepy village now abuzz with activity
Amana Begum, 30, wife of a rickshawpuller, now works in a garments factory in a village and earns Tk 100 to Tk 150 a day.
 arrow HC rule on Rangpur municipality
The High Court has issued a rule nisi on the Rangpur municipality for its new assessment for taxes on lands and holdings.
The court also stayed realisation of new taxes for six months from June 25.

 arrow Take action against Niko
The Daily Star Readers' Club, Tangail, brought out a procession and held a rally at Tangail town on Saturday, demanding steps against Niko for the blowout in the Tengratila gas filed in Sumanganj.
 arrow Jamaat will eat up BNP, says Ahab
Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) leaders at a rally at Kalaroa high school ground Saturday evening alleged that BNP-Jamaat government is bringing up "terrorists" under state protection.
 arrow Extortion: LGED invites fresh tender
Extortion has posed an obstacle to development work in Rangamati.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Public Relations office of Rajshahi University in a rejoinder yesterday termed 'partly untrue' a report published in The Daily Star on June 27 under the headline 'Agitation in front of RU VC office.
Culturearrow Abuzz with plans for the future
There are powerful social messages in works by Ferdows Ara Khanam, otherwise known as Alieya Ferdowsi.
 arrow Commemorating Pramila Nazrul
Nazrul's life and poetic works are awe-inspiring and fascinating. He showed equal dexterity in two entirely opposite fields.
 arrow First day, first take
I remember the day when Mamun ur Rashid cast me for his TV serial.
Generalarrow Allegations of corruption against Bogra judge
The Bogra District Bar Council has brought allegations of corruption against a judge and decided to file a complaint against him with the district and sessions judge, seeking steps for investigation and
 arrow Prof Kamaluddin's contributions recalled
Leading scientists and academics from home and abroad yesterday gathered at a special symposium to pay homage to Prof Kamaluddin Ahmad, a visionary scientist and an internationally reputed scholar, on
 arrow India's secret Aids anguish
"Manoj," 8, and "Lakshmi," 6, know there is something wrong with mummy and daddy. They know it's serious, but they have no idea what it is. Or that one day soon it will probably kill their parents.
 arrow College teacher murdered in Rajshahi
A college teacher was murdered by the unidentified miscreants at Meherchandi under Matihar police station in the city on Saturday, police sources said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Israeli cabinet rejects Gaza pullout delay
Israel's Cabinet on Sunday rejected a proposal to delay the planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip by six months.
 arrow Troops rescue flood-hit Gujaratis from trees
Troops yesterday rescued villagers perched in trees to escape swollen rivers in Gujarat where severe flooding has left 127 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
 arrow Accord likely on climate change at G8: Chirac
An agreement on climate change is likely at this week's G8 summit in Scotland, French President Jacques Chirac said yesterday following talks with the leaders of Russia and Germany.
 arrow Blast hits UN HQ in Kosovo capital
At least three blasts rocked the centre of Kosovo's capital on Saturday, and one targeted the UN mission headquarters.
 arrow Nasa launches probe to collide with comet
Nasa spacecraft with a Hollywood name released a probe early Sunday on a collision course with a speeding comet, an ambitious mission that scientists hope will offer the first peek inside one of these
 arrow Church takes unified stand on Gloriagate
A number of Roman Catholic bishops have begun informal talks on how the country could extricate itself out of the political crisis facing President Macapagal-Arroyo, a church prelate said Saturday.
 arrow Colombo questions impartiality of peace broker Norway
Sri Lanka's foreign minister has questioned the impartiality of peace broker Norway after earlier urging it to quit unless it can ensure democracy in areas held by Tamil Tiger rebels, a report said Sunday.
 arrow 7 militants, 2 civilians killed in Kashmir
Troops shot dead seven suspected Islamic militants in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, while two civilians were also shot and killed in the latest outbreaks of violence, police said yesterday.
 arrow Sharif requests Pakistan govt for passport
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, living in exile in Saudi Arabia, has formally requested the Pakistan government to issue passports to him and his wife.
Editorialarrow Editorial: After the galvanising concert
One would hope that the largest musical extravaganza ever produced, held across 12 time zones in ten different locations of four continents, to draw the attention of super-rich countries to the plight
 arrow Editorial: Another dastardly murder!
The gruesome murder of a businessman in broad daylight on Saturday at Jigatola, a very busy spot in the city, is clearly indicative of how active the criminal network remains, despite occasional claims
 arrow Graduating from camel jockeys to housemaids?
There was a time, probably not entirely bygone, when it was commonplace to see Bangladeshi children as little as seven years of age being used as jockeys in camel races in Arab lands for the pleasure
 arrow A Santorini diary
The cat came free. Everything else had a price, except the view, which was priceless.
 arrow Imperial diplomacy of the western media
Noam Chomsky in one of his interviews with David Barsamian(the author of Confronting Empire with Eqbal Ahmed and Culture and Resistance with Edward Said) published in Z Mag zine (July-August 2003, Vol.
Letters to Editorarrow Niko issue
On the 24th of June 2005, I saw in the TV that Tengratila gas field had exploded again and the people managing that is none other than the much talked about Canadian energy company-- Niko.
 arrow Eu and Blair
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair did some plain speaking addressing the EU ensemble, before the UK takes over the EU chairmanship (in turn).
 arrow Working children
The most common sight in the streets of our country is a child working in a shop. They are selling flowers, chocolates and many other things. Some are working in tempo or bus.
 arrow Population boom
Bangladesh is a small country of Asia and it is the most densely populated country in the world. The area of Bangladesh is too small to accommodate the vast population.
 arrow Freedom of expression
In democracy the press bring difficulties of the people to the notice of the government and give useful suggestions for removing them.
Our print media enjoys freedom.

 arrow Saarc and Pakistan
I have read now and then about Saarc, the association of South Asian countries.
 arrow Ban student politics
Students are undoubtedly the most potent resource of any country. In our history, students played a glorious role in achieving many national goals.
 arrow Welcome the resignation culture
The hardcore Dhaka residents are witnessing a new political phenomenon in the tarnished nation: the beginning of the culture of resignation (by a cabinet minister).
 arrow Black money is not black literature!
True, allowing black money to convert into white can bring some revenue earnings to the government. But the question is up to what extent it should be allowed?
Black money is not black literature.

 arrow Violation of traffic rules
Bangladesh is an overpopulated country and here traffic rules are very much essential for orderly road communication.
 arrow Law of compensation
The timeless divine Law of Compensation is working very visibly in Dhaka. It is an EWS (Early Warning System) of the shape of things to change.
 arrow Future of our politics
We the Bangladeshis have a great past, but at the same time we are not so conscious about our future, about our politics. Politics at present is full of corruption and self-seeking activities.
 arrow Ministers' sartorial preference
It is a matter of disgrace that our elected leaders, particularly of the ruling party, opt to wear three pieces English suit in these hot, sultry summer days.
 arrow What a match!
The Australians again failed to click in the batting department. The match looked like an easy one for the Englishmen. But losing five wickets for a measly 32 forced them on to the back foot.
 arrow Transparency and accountability
Finally our prime minister intervened in the much hyped and widely discussed car scam of our minister. It was a forced resignation.
 arrow No mangoes without carbide
A few days back, the news that police fined some mango-mongers for adulterating mangoes with carbide attracted my attention.
 arrow Erosion of moral values
Provision for making black money white has once again been proposed in the 2005-06 national budget of Bangladesh. The current provision expires on the 30th June 2005.
 arrow Punish them
Thanks a lot to Pinaki Roy for his health & hygiene related report on delicious sweetmeats.
Star Cityarrow Fresh water-logging grips city with continuous rain
Water logging has become commonplace in the city because of reckless and unplanned urban growth and encroachment of the water bodies that have been filled up over the years, experts said.
 arrow Modern police control room, CC cameras soon
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) plans to set up a modern control room and install a number of close circuit cameras at several points of the city soon in a bid to curb crime.
 arrow 200 seized cars left uncared-for in city police stations
About 200 seized vehicles have been left uncared-for for years in city's different police stations. Most of these vehicles are now worn out as their valuable parts are either damaged or missing.
 arrow BRTA issues fitness certificate without proper inspection
Habibul Islam met a friend at the main entrance of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office in Mirpur. "Why are you here?" his friend Sabbir Ahmed (not his real name) asked.
 arrow Banani Super Market's woes
The Banani Housing Complex, which is more popularly known as the Banani Super Market, is struggling to attract customers as anti-social elements reportedly roam freely in the area.
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