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Front Pagearrow Cops gun down 6 'robbers' in city
Police yesterday gunned down six alleged robbers at Kazipara and Lalmatia in the capital.
 arrow Niko gets $4m illegal payment for Feni gas
A $4 million illegal payment of Petrobangla for purchase of gas from Feni gas field in April entirely went to the account of Canadian company Niko in violation of the weakly framed Joint Venture Agreement
 arrow PM lays foundation of Shaheed Minar in Tokyo
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the existing friendship between Japan and Bangladesh will be closer and more dynamic in future for the welfare of the two peoples.
 arrow Shipping authorities, owners find them 'normal' affairs
Although over 500 people have died in three major launch disasters this year, launch owners and the shipping authority, in expressions of apathy, term such disasters as "normal," saying the toll is not
 arrow Grabbers attack Ctg port eviction team
Illegal occupants of public land at Laldiarchar in the port city made a violent attack on an eviction squad of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday, leaving at least 20 people including three security
 arrow UK cops raid 6 houses in northern England
Police searched six homes in northern England yesterday as a "significant" part of the investigation into last week's London bombings, blamed on al-Qaeda, which killed at least 52 people.
 arrow EU offers help for fair polls
Ambassadors of the EU countries in Bangladesh yesterday said the next parliamentary election is crucial for the country's democracy and offered to help make it free, fair and acceptable.
 arrow Executive probe body formed
The home ministry yesterday formed an executive enquiry committee headed by a magistrate to investigate the death of Jagannath University student Iqbal Hossain Masum.
 arrow 15 to walk gallows for slaying four
A Dhaka tribunal yesterday sentenced 15 people including a union parishad (UP) chairman to death, 13 to life in jail and 12 others to two-year rigorous imprisonment for killing a former UP chairman, his
 arrow Lakhs marooned in Rangpur flash flood
Lakhs of people of two upazilas in Rangpur are living through untold sufferings due to the floods caused by ceaseless downpour for two days and rise of water level in the river Teesta.
 arrow DU standards to fall unless trend stopped
The overall standard of Dhaka University (DU) will continue to decline if the authorities do not stop appointing teachers and other staff on political considerations, said Treasurer of the universityProf
 arrow Policy guideline for foreign borrowing revised
The government has revised the policy guideline for foreign borrowing in private sector to lessen the pressure on the country's foreign currency reserve.
 arrow Indian court ruling may increase deportation of 'illegal Bangladeshis'
India's Supreme Court yesterday made a ruling that will make it easier for the northeastern state of Assam to deport Bangladeshis living illegally in the frontier region.
 arrow Govt yet to take action against graft
The government has yet to take action against the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) officials accused lately in an intelligence report of bribery and irregularities.
 arrow Galib gets bail
A Naogaon court yesterday for the first time granted bail to Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) Chief Asadullah-Al-Galib.
 arrow Energy adviser asks for detailed probe report
Adviser to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Mahmudur Rahman has asked the enquiry committee to prepare a full report detailing total loss to agriculture, fisheries, timbers and environment caused
 arrow Outlaw killed in Rab 'crossfire'
An outlaw was killed in an encounter between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Brahmmandia village of Agorpur union under Babuganj upazila of the district at about 4:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Demanding trial...

 arrow Seven killed in road crash
Seven people were killed and nine injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow BSC decides to buy vessel
Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) has decided to procure a 700-750 TEU (twenty equivalent unit) capacity new cellular container ship with its own resources.
 arrow India relaxes visa rules for foreign students
A day after announcing introduction of medical visa, India on Monday came out with a liberalised visa regime for foreign students wanting to study more than one course in the country.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks begin in Delhi
Despite reservations of the United States, India and Pakistan yesterday began talks here on a timetable for building the $ 4.
 arrow 3 cops closed for releasing criminal for Tk 1 lakh
Three policemen were suspended and closed to Boyra Police Lines on Monday on charge of releasing 'Bomaru' Faruque, a listed criminal, from Khalishpur Police Station on July 8 receiving Tk 1 lakh bribe.
 arrow 7 Indians pushed back
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) pushed back the seven Hindi speaking Muslims to India yesterday, a day after they were pushed into Bangladesh territory through Naogaon border.
Businessarrow Move to wind up 20 listed companies
The Registrar of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) has initiated measures to dissolve 20 listed companies as eight of them are not in operation and the rest 12 fail to hold AGMs regularly.
 arrow PCB operating profits up 33pc in 6 months
High growth in foreign trade, remittance and credit expansion have pushed operating profits of private commercial banks (PCBs) up by around 33 percent in the first six months of this year.
 arrow 4m workers migrate from Bangladesh in 29 years
Some four million Bangladeshi migrant workers left the country through official channels in the last 29 years.
 arrow European candy maker launches plant in Bangladesh
Perfetti Van Melle Group, an Italy-Dutch joint venture confectionery company, yesterday formally launched its manufacturing operation in Bangladesh with a view to exporting its worldwide brands to some
 arrow AirAsia to impose fuel surcharge
From Thursday, all AirAsia bookings made on or after that day will be subject to a surcharge in view of the continuing escalating jet fuel prices.
 arrow India's tea workers on strike for higher wages
About 300,000 plantation workers in India, the world's largest tea producer, began an indefinite strike from Monday for higher wages and more benefits, union leaders said.
 arrow US textile industry asks for more curbs on China imports
The US textiles industry demanded extra government intervention Monday to stem a flood of imports of cheap Chinese clothes.
 arrow Oil rises above $60, new storm gathers
Oil prices surged above $60 a barrel on Tuesday, as relief that Hurricane Dennis had passed without major disruption to oil infrastructure gave way to concern about a new Atlantic storm.
 arrow US-Thai trade talks raise ire of sugar producers
Negotiators from the US and Thailand met for free trade talks Monday, drawing the ire of US sugar producers already fighting to derail another trade pact due for a final vote in Congress this month.
 arrow G20 states meet ahead of WTO trade liberalisation talks
Ministers from the Group of 20 developing countries met Tuesday ahead of a crucial WTO ministerial meeting here to hammer out a common stance to negotiate global trade liberalization efforts with industrialized
 arrow DBBL donates 1Tk 9m to Kidney Foundation
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) yesterday donated Tk 9 million to Kidney Foundation to set up two operating theatres and one kidney transplantation ICU at the Foundation.
 arrow ROK, EFTA to sign FTA
South Korea and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have agreed to sign a free trade agreement which would go into effect next year, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Enamul raring to go
Off the field Enamul Haque Jr is an ever-smiling face. However since the Tigers' tour of England, the left-arm spinner has found it difficult to stay cheerful.
 arrow Cricket: Shepherd signs off
David Shepherd, who makes his final appearance as an international umpire at The Oval here Tuesday, said he expected technology to play an even bigger part in cricket in years to come.
 arrow Cricket: Aus keep Eng in check
Jason Gillespie returned to form by helping Australia restrict England to 228 for seven at The Oval on Tuesday and leave the world champions perfectly placed to win the NatWest Challenge one-day series
 arrow Hockey: Qamar wants to know his future
Qamar Ibrahim finally arrived in Dhaka yesterday to resume his job as Bangladesh hockey coach but the former Pakistani international was uncertain whether his visit would be successful or not.
 arrow Cricket: Narrow-minded mavericks
You can give them all the benefit of doubt you want, but the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rarely fail to disappoint.
 arrow Football: Challenge Trophy in Bangladesh?
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has proposed Bangladesh and India to jointly host a new football tournament launched by the governing body of football in Asia next year.
 arrow Chess: Zia clinches rating chess crown
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman clinched the title of the University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess tournament with one round in hand when he won the penultimate round match against FIDE Master Sheikh Nasir
 arrow Football: BKSP Cup semis today
The semifinals of the 3rd BKSP Under-16 football tournament will be held today at the BKSP.
 arrow Tennis: Graf back for a match
Steffi Graf is returning to the tennis court for the first time in six years, but don't call it a comeback.
 arrow Cricket: First Test starts today
West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has warned hosts Sri Lanka not to consider his under-strength team easy pushovers during the two-Test series starting here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Barcelona boss shows underpants!
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has apologised after he stripped to his underpants during an argument with security staff at the city's airport.
 arrow Cricket: Shamsur goes down under
Young batsman Shamsur Rahman was due to leave Dhaka last night to play in the Australian minor league in Darwin.
 arrow Football: Div I soccer
The First Division Football League match between BRTC Sporting Club and Dhanmondi Club ended in a 2-2 draw at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka needs effective steps on an urgent basis
Dhaka needs effective steps to improve its drainage system and check environmental pollution on an urgent basis, experts, urban planners and environmentalists say.
 arrow 'Corruption, politicisation undermine rule of law'
Pervasive corruption and politicisation of the services and institutions have seriously undermined the rule of law in the country, said former attorney general Mahmudul Islam in a keynote paper presented
 arrow EC claims it has complied with HC order
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday claimed it has properly followed the recent High Court (HC) directive to gather personal information of the candidates in the Sunamganj-3 by-election.
 arrow Khulna Achol programme today
The leaders of Brihattar Khulna Unnyan Sangram Samannaya Parishad yesterday demanded of the government to reopen all the closed mills and factories in Khulna Division and payment of arrears of the workers
 arrow BB to donate Tk 5 lakh for Hridoy's treatment
Bangladesh Bank (BB) will donate Tk 5 lakh for the treatment of Atiqur Rahman Hridoy, a meritorious student of Buet who has been suffering from deadly disease leukaemia.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader murdered
Unidentified assailants chopped a Jubo Dal leader to death at Sitakunda upazila of the district on Monday night.
He was identified as Mahbubul Alam, 25, son of Tajul Islam of Kadam Rasul.

 arrow 300 jobless workers receive Tk 2,000 each
Inditax, a Spanish garments buyer, yesterday gave Tk 2,000 to each of 300 workers who were rendered jobless following the collapse of a nine-storey factory building of the Spectrum Sweater IndustriesLtd.
 arrow 'Restore original Nat'l Women's Dev Policy'
Karmojibi Nari, an organisation of working women, yesterday demanded cancellation of the amended National Women's Development Policy, 2004 and restoration of the original policy formulated in 1997.
 arrow Indian team leaves Dhaka
The visiting Indian parliamentary delegation, led by State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Defence of India Bijoy Krishna Handique, left Dhaka yesterday after a four-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Road named after CR Dutta
The road stretching from Sonargaon Hotel intersection to Katabon intersection in the city has been named after sector commander CR Dutta Bir Uttam as a recognition of his great contribution to the liberation
 arrow Evict encroachers from DND area: Badruddoza
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday demanded a permanent solution to the problem of waterlogging inside the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment and eviction
 arrow 50pc deliveries of adolescent mothers end in fatality
Around 50 percent deliveries of infant born to young or adolescent mothers end in fatality, revealed an official document at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 30 schoolteachers leave for Japan
Thirty schoolteachers at primary and secondary levels left for Japan yesterday to see the teaching method there.
 arrow President okays Tax Ombudsman Bill, 2005
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to the 'Tax Ombudsman Bill, 2005' passed in the 17th session of the 8th Parliament, said an official release.
Nationalarrow Campaign heats up as Sunamganj-3 polls near
Electioneering is gaining momentum even in remote villages in Jagannathpur and South Sunamganj upazila as the date for by-election in Sunamganj-3 constituency is getting nearer.
 arrow No discrimination, says UNDP representative
UNDP Representative in Bangladesh Jorgen Lissner has said the United Nations (UN) is an organisation for masses and both Bangalee and indigenous people must be treated equally in taking up development
 arrow Road barricade for arrest of Plabonís killers
Several thousand school students, joined by their teachers and people from all walks of life, barricaded the Rangpur-Bogra highway yesterday at Palashbari for an hour demanding arrest and punishment of
 arrow Fresh probe into murders of journos demanded
Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists (KMUJ) yesterday held a rally on the press club premises demanding immediate arrest of the killers of Shaikh Belaluddin, Khulna Bureau Chief of Dainik Sangram.
 arrow Jubo League leaderís death sparks protest in Patuakhali
A Jubo League leader injured in a factional clash in the town on July 7 died Monday night while be taken to Dhaka.
The incident sparks protest in the coastal town.

 arrow 15 hurt in BNP factional clash in Satkhira
At least 15 leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash between two rival factions of BNP student front on the Mohsin College campus in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday.
 arrow AL, BCL leaders among nine chargesheeted for extortion
Nine persons including some activists of Awami League, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were chargesheeted yesterday for demanding toll from Gaibandha sub-registrar.
 arrow AIDS patient detected in Jessore
An AIDS patient has been detected at a village in Sharsha upazila.
Jessore Red Crescent Society secretary Zahid Hasan disclosed this at a press conference held here on Monday.

 arrow Road named after Manik Saha in Khulna
The Khulna City Corporation has named a road in the city after slain journalist Manik Chandra Saha.
Choto Mirjaput Road will now be called Manik Saha Road.

Point-Counterpointarrow The War of Liberation, Nixon and Kissinger
The confidential US documents pertaining to the events of 1971 have been made public by the State Department recently, thirty-four years after the independence of Bangladesh.
 arrow Hard sum of grand alliance
Power politics has by now fashioned to be, more or less, order of the world. It is cruder in developing countries and when Bangladesh is concerned, it festers into the crudest.
 arrow Take the cause out of it and terrorism will die naturally
London bombings taking innocent lives shows that terrorism lives in spite of the fall of Saddam, the rout of the Talibans in Afghanistan, and the pacification of West Bank after the election of Mahmood
Culturearrow SM Sultan
There are some personalities who have made a niche for themselves and need no introduction. Photographer par excellence, Nasir Ali Mamun firmly falls in this category.
 arrow Theatre festival ends in Sylhet
Drama festivals are frequently held in Dhaka. However, barring Chittagong, theatre does not have a strong base in the other districts of Bangladesh.
 arrow Desperate Housewives and Lost head for Emmy race
Two shows that took the TV-world by storm -- Desperate Housewives and Lost -- are now front-runners at this week's Emmy Award nominations, joining a mix of newcomers and old favorites vying
Internationalarrow Lanka invokes tough anti-terror laws
Sri Lanka invoked tough anti-terrorism laws yesterday as tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched on the capital, ending a 10-day procession from the island's south to demand early general elections.
 arrow UN reform debate drags on
The UN General Assembly opened a divisive debate Monday on a controversial draft resolution by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan to expand the powerful Security Council, an initiative bitterly opposedby
 arrow Nepali leaders give cautious welcome
Nepal's political leaders, sidelined by a royal power grab five months ago, yesterday welcomed a Maoist offer for talks on resolving the country's crisis but questioned the rebels' sincerity.
 arrow Britain urges EU to act quickly on security law
Britain's foreign minister, Jack Straw, urged the European Union yesterday to quickly pass new security legislation allowing access to telecommunications data in the wake of the London bombing attacks.
 arrow Pro-Syrian defence minister injured in Lebanon blast
Lebanon's pro-Syrian Defence Minister Elias Murr was wounded yesterday by a car bomb outside Beirut that killed at least two and injured six others in the latest attack on a leading political figure.
 arrow Long identification process for London bomb victims
British police were yesterday expected to formally identify more of the 50-plus victims of the London terrorist bombings as reports speculated that a suspect might also be named imminently.
 arrow US reviews ban on its troops in London
The US military yesterday lifted a ban on personnel entering London in the wake of last week's attacks which had angered police and politicians keen to show that life is returning to normal.
 arrow Warsaw metro closed after bomb alert
The sole metro line in the Polish capital Warsaw was closed yesterday following a bomb alert, police spokesman Marcin Szyndler said, less than a week after the bomb attacks in London's Underground system.
 arrow 'Rebels burn 39 villagers alive in Congo'
Rwandan rebels burned 39 people alive when they torched a village in eastern Congo in what some locals said was punishment for supporting United Nations peacekeepers, a UN spokeswoman said on Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Come down to reality
We are surprised by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's observation in parliament the other day that prices of essentials have not increased, these were being blown up by some newspapers 'for nothing'.
 arrow Editorial: Image vs objectivity
We wonder what motivated the newly appointed head of the Press Council, which is mandated to act as the guardian of press freedom and freedom of speech in the country, to come out with the most outlandish
 arrow Terror spreads to London
The July 7 bombings on the underground trains and the number 30 bus have killed at least 50 and left 700 injured.
 arrow Empowering the poor
Perhaps never before have the riders of a simple 47-seater bus raised as much public awareness as did the citizens' organisations which launched the just-concluded Rozgar Adhikar Yatra.
 arrow Decentralisation is the remedy
Constitution is to anchor freedom within law. If people feel suffocated the highest document stands accused in the public eyes. Proposed European constitution is a suspect and people are rejecting it.
Letters to Editorarrow Street children
The street is not a place to live in. But a huge number of children live in the streets. These children are detached from their families for various socio-economic reasons.
 arrow Beggars
Problems created by beggars are very serious in Bangladesh. The problem is not so acute in the villages as it is in the cities.
 arrow Illiteracy
Bangladesh is a small country with a huge population. But most of the people of our country are illiterate. A great number of rural people are ignorant about the necessity of education.
 arrow Live 8 concert
The Live 8 series of anti-poverty concerts for Africa took place on Saturday (02/07/05) across the globe.
 arrow Save our culture - why?
I often wonder what culture really is. The dictionary tells us that culture is the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behaviour of a nation.
 arrow Cylinder gas for kitchens
A news report appeared on July 5 issue of DS, in which our honourable finance minister, supported by our newly appointed energy advisor, said that nowhere in the world people cook rice with piped gas.
 arrow Schoolboy's death
I was shocked to read on the front page of The Daily Star the news about a schoolboy being beaten to death.
 arrow Female workers
I beg to differ with Bangladesh Ansar`s decision to send 131 women to Saudi Arabia for household works.
 arrow Saarc and Pakistan
My letter comes in response to Masood Khan's letter from the US where he states that Pakistan should not join the Saarc because it was co-founded by a Bangladeshi leader.
 arrow Traffic jam
Chittagong is a port city. The people of this city continue to suffer due to traffic jams in some busy areas.
 arrow Irreparable damage
We have been losing our valuable national wealth as the roaring gas fire goes up to a hundred feet height every day in Tengratila gas field. But Niko can't do anything.
 arrow Our image
This is in response to Mr. Syed Ali's post editorial piece "Bangladesh deserves debt relief too" (20/06/2005).
There's no denying that ours is a poor country, crippled by poverty and social problems.

 arrow No security
What country are we living in? Do we have any guarantee of returning back home every day? If we see the newspapers we will get our answer. In this country the businessmen are killed in broad daylight.
 arrow Downsizing nationalised commercial banks
Most of the nationalised banks are still incurring huge losses. To cut down losses the number of branches of nationalised banks should be reduced drastically.
 arrow Who is this man?
Sultana Rahman's report (July 6) on the unimaginable inhuman suffering of the unfortunate Nahar was a real eye opener.
The way the unfortunate girl underwent abortion may have few parallels in history.

 arrow Resisting dacoits
Nur Jahan's (letters, June 17) comments on 'Resisting dacoits' makes sense and sounds reasonable, but I find myself resenting greatly the idea of a thief just walking away with my possessions or money
 arrow DC-10 skids off
Sometime I fail to contemplate some critical matters.
 arrow Bangladesh cricket team
We are a new Test playing country in the world. We all know that Bangladesh have been struggling since entering the Test arena. Our only memorable success is that we beat Zimbabwe.
Star Chittagongarrow Construction of Access Road remains suspended for five months
The construction of the Access Controlled Toll Road remained suspended for the last five months over claim of 10 per cent toll from the Roads and Highway by the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), sources
 arrow Plane accidents: Pilots blamed
Mismanagement at control tower and adventurism of a section of pilots are responsible for most of the plane accidents at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport in the last few years, sources said.
 arrow V-signs and beating drums...

Star Cityarrow Flying: A dream job for youths
Flying courses such as private pilot licence (PPL) and commercial pilot licence (CPL) are gaining popularity in Dhaka with the growth of private airlines.
 arrow Laminated documents are no more accepted
As laminated certificates are not accepted in home and abroad, people now rush to de-lamination shops to get their important documents in original shape.
 arrow Brokers rule at Suhrawardy Hospital
A group of brokers have been harassing patients, attendants and visitors of Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital for a long time.
 arrow Expansion starts soon
The planned expansion of Azimpur graveyard is likely to start soon as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has procured 2.
 arrow Delay in plot allotment at Uttara Model Town
Some plot winners of Uttara Model Town, one of Rajuk's land development projects in the city, are frustrated as they have not been handed over plots in eight years.
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