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Front Pagearrow When innocents become victims
At least 14 innocent people were killed in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police either in "crossfire" or from torture by the law-enforcers since the beginning of an extra-judicial killing
 arrow Dhaka reassures Tokyo about UNSC backing
Bangladesh reaffirmed its support to Japan for becoming a member of the United Nations Security Council through the proposed expansion of the UN police body.
 arrow Mastermind identified
Millions across Europe paid silent tribute to London's dead yesterday, a week to the day since suicide attacks killed over 50 people, as police tried to track down the mastermind behind the four British
 arrow AL, allies to launch agenda today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left-leaning allies will declare the much-talked-about electoral and caretaker government reform proposals today from a joint press conference at the Jatiya
 arrow SUST closed as JCD man killed in feud
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was killed in an internal feud at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in the early hours yesterday, resulting in indefinite closure of the university.
 arrow JS body finds rice price hike for real
Prices of all varieties of rice have increased recently, a parliamentary body observed yesterday in a stark contradiction to the prime minister's recent statement on price hike in parliament.
 arrow Price hike dwarfs rise in income
A relentless price hike of essentials has pushed inflation to such a peak that dwarfs the meagre rise in the real income of people, specially the poor.
 arrow Neighbours say they're innocents, cops find no criminal records
Neighbours and relatives of three alleged robbers killed on Tuesday in police firing at Lalmatia in the city claimed yesterday that they were innocent and the police failed to find any criminal records
 arrow Flash flood turns worse
Torrential rain and onrush of water from India have resulted in flash flood throughout a vast expanse of several districts, destroying crops, washing away houses and creating untold sufferings for millions
 arrow ACC plans to set up offices at 3 ports
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided in principle to set up permanent offices at three ports for round the clock surveillance to prevent tax dodging.
 arrow Saudis 'significant source' of terror funds: US
The US government has suggested wealthy Saudi individuals remain "a significant source" of funds for Islamic terrorists around the world, despite widely-publicised efforts by the desert kingdom to shut
 arrow Checking the feasibility...

 arrow Masum's father demands judicial probe
Father of slain Jagannath University student Iqbal Hossain Masum yesterday demanded judicial inquiry into the killing of his son.
 arrow Trader burnt to death in city fire
Owner of a foam shop in Old Dhaka was burnt to death in his shop that caught fire last night.
 arrow NOAB, BSP for watch body for wage board implementation
Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) yesterday demanded that the government should take up legal procedures to form a monitoring committee forsmooth
 arrow Seven hurt as part of Wapda building collapses
While an outcry is still on over the Savar tragedy following a factory collapse, a government-owned Wapda (Water and Power Development Authority) building partially collapsed in the city yesterday, leaving
 arrow Media asked to formulate code of conduct
Press freedom cannot be curtailed through enactment of law but journalists and newspaper owners will have to formulate a code of conduct so that they can present news objectively, Minister for Law and
 arrow Fu Wang fined for selling food items without expiry dates
A mobile court yesterday fined the owner of Fu Wang Foods Tk 1 lakh after finding no manufacturing and expiry dates on the labels of their products.
 arrow Cop dies, 6 hurt as Tariqul's escort car meets crash
Although Forest and Environment Minister Tariqul Islam had a lucky escape, a police constable of his protection team died and six others were injured in a road accident near Dashuria in Ishwardi yesterday.
 arrow Charges framed against robber sergeant
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Sergeant Julfikar Ali arrested for robbing a businessman of Tk 14.47 lakh in local and foreign currencies on June 29.
 arrow 10 get life for killing two cops
A court here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to ten people out of 36 charged with killing of two policemen of Shiali camp under Rupsha upazila of the district,
 arrow Jute, textile workers call hartal for tomorrow
Jute, cotton and textile mill workers enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country tomorrow demanding reopening of all closed mills and factories, declaration of minimum wages and checking price hike
 arrow 19 Bangladeshis detained on Russian border
Nineteen Bangladeshis have been detained outside a checkpoint on the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Russian Federal Security Service's Department for the Central Federal District reported.
 arrow Saarc FMs to meet in Aug
Foreign Ministers from the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries are expected to meet in Pakistan in mid-August, reports Online news agency, according to Hindustan Times.
 arrow 'BNP won't win next polls unless HC's anti-fatwa order annulled'
Ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will not win the next general elections unless it annuls a High Court (HC) order making Fatwa illegal, said the chairman of Islami Oikya Jote yesterday.
 arrow Truce in danger as Lanka rebels pull back
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels withdrew from government-controlled areas in the restive east yesterday as diplomats and analysts warned that a three-year truce after two decades of civil war could bein
 arrow Britain reviews power to ban pro-terrorism foreigners
Britain, in the wake of the London bombings, is reviewing its power to exclude foreigners who incite terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said yesterday.
Businessarrow Leasing firm tried to swindle Tk 3.5cr out of capital market
A newly commissioned leasing company in the capital market intended to swindle Tk 3.
 arrow Political wrangling, poor infrastructure retard investment in Bangladesh
Japanese entrepreneurs see Bangladesh as a country of high investment potential after China, but they pointed out hurdles such as hartal and political instability, power shortage and port inefficiencies
 arrow FBCCI announces voter list
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) published the final voter list Wednesday for its biennial election to the Board of Directors scheduled for August 21.
 arrow China meet backs Dhaka's demand for natural person movement
The China round of WTO mini-ministerial meet agreed to push Bangladesh's motion seeking unfettered temporary movement of natural persons at the forthcoming world trade talks slated for December 13-18in
 arrow Bangladesh fair in Nepal in Sept
A five-day 'Bangladesh Single Country Fair 2005' will be held in Kathmandu from September 29 to October 3 to promote local products in the Nepalese market.
 arrow India, Pakistan to appoint consultants
Officials of India and Pakistan wrapped up their talks on a natural gas pipeline from Iran taking another step towards implementing the multi-billion dollar project by deciding to appoint separate financial
 arrow New corporate banking head of HSBC
Mahbub-ur-Rahman has been made corporate banking head of HSBC Bangladesh, says a press release.
Prior to joining HSBC in 2002, Mahbub was a senior relationship manager at Standard Chartered Bank.

 arrow Ministers call for more action after WTO talks fall short
Unless the World Trade Organis-ation moves into overdrive, the Hong Kong round of trade liberalisation talks in December will go nowhere, dealing a blow to global commerce, ministers warned Thursday.
 arrow Holcim builds houses for the poor
Holcim Bangladesh Ltd, a cement company, recently launched a programme to build houses for the poor at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj as part of the company's corporate social responsibility.
 arrow Novartis posts 9pc profit
Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis reported Thursday a nine percent rise in second-quarter net profit, to 1.64 billion dollars (1.36 billion euros), citing double-digit growth in all three divisions.
 arrow Rejoinder
GCC Approved Medical Centres' Association (Gamca) has protested a report run by The Daily Star on July 11 under the headline "Monopoly on medical of migrant workers" and said the report is not based on
Sportsarrow Handball: Scholastica best participating team
A cheerful Scholastica girls handball team returned home yesterday with the Best Participating Team trophy from the 33rd Intermania World Cup handball festival held in Teramo, Italy.
 arrow Football: Kottan's first day, first shock
George Kottan's first day in char-ge as Muktijo-ddha Sangsad coach was ruined when his charges crashed to a 2-1 loss against an under-strength Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool in the Premier Football League
 arrow Cricket: Vaas keeps SL afloat
Chaminda Vaas top-scored with 49 and grabbed two quick wickets to lead Sri Lanka's fightback in the first cricket Test against the under-strength West Indies here on Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess prizes given
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman earned Taka 18,000 as champion in the University of Greenwich FIDE Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: BHF to pay Qamar in full
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) officials yesterday assured Bangladesh's hockey coach Qamar Ibrahim that he will get his full salary very soon.
 arrow Football: Wari split points with Agrani
Wari Club and Agrani Bank shared points in the First Division Football League when the 12th round match ended in a goalless draw at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Scots clinch ICC Trophy
Scotland beat Ireland by 47 runs on Wednesday to win the ICC Trophy and celebrate qualifying for the 2007 World Cup in style.
 arrow Cricket: Suspension on Shabbir
Pakistan pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed has been suspended from bowling because of problems with his action, Pakistan cricket authorities said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi tour of Zim set to go ahead
New Zealand's cricket tour to Zimbabwe next month appears set to go ahead after the sport's international governing body said Thursday the New Zealand government would have to make the tour illegal to
 arrow Cricket: Digital India
Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell has turned to the country's leading software firm to help his squad prepare for a hectic season.
 arrow Football: Gerrard too hot to handle
Steven Gerrard rubber-stamped his long-term commitment to Liverpool with a hat-trick as the European champions launched the defence of their Champions League crown with a comfortable 3-0 win against Welsh
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen KOs Thorpe
Kevin Pietersen was handed his first call-up to an England Test squad here Thursday as the selectors named their 12-man party for next week's first Ashes Test at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Mourinho again!
The Football Association (FA) blasted Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Wednesday for his claims that Premiership rivals Arsenal received preferential treatment.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell slams Indian media
Talking tough, the Indian cricket team coach Greg Chappell on Wednesday slammed sections of the media for putting the home outfit in a "negative" light.
Metropolitanarrow Political parties, people should decide on CG
The political parties and people of Bangladesh should take the decision on reforms of the caretaker government, said outgoing German Ambassador Dietrich Andreas yesterday.
 arrow Govt, Bapex, Niko blamed for Tengratila blowout
Speakers at a seminar yesterday blamed the government, the Bapex and the Canadian company Niko Resources for the blowouts in the Tengratila gas field.
 arrow EC blamed for violating HC directives
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday accused the Election Commission (EC) of violating the directives of the High Court (HC) to collect details of the candidates and make them public ahead of the Sunamganj-3
 arrow Police on high alert
Security have been stepped up in Khulna city and around the district jail to thwart any attempt to snatch Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira, the suspected mastermind of journalist Belal murder case, from
 arrow 'Remove Habiganj DC for fair probe'
Thousands of people lined up on a road from the city's Uttara area to Tongi Bridge hand in hand yesterday, demanding the trial of the killers of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow Police on high alert
Security have been stepped up in Khulna city and around the district jail to thwart any attempt to snatch Shahabuddin Lashkar alias Dhira, the suspected mastermind of journalist Belal murder case, from
 arrow Current data not enough for precautionary measures
The country needs a fresh and detailed geological survey to specify the dangers of earthquake, said the experts at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Use ICT to enhance productivity'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for efficient use of information communication technology (ICT) to improve business and enhance productivity.
 arrow Pesker sued
A case was filed against a Dhaka court staff (pesker) on charge of concealing a file of a cheating case at the judgement stage filed against one Rahamat Ullah Farazi.
 arrow 96 tank wagons for railway inaugurated
Any decision on corporatising Bangladesh Railway (BR) would be taken keeping in view the country's as well as people's interests.
 arrow First city bus terminal inaugurated
A city bus terminal, first of its kind in the capital, was inaugurated yesterday.
 arrow Film censor appeal board reconstituted
The government yesterday reconstituted the Bangladesh Film Censor Appeal Committee with Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister as its chairman.
 arrow Robbery in city house
Armed robbers looted Tk 4.18 lakh in cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from a house in the city early yesterday.
 arrow DU exam postponed
The Dhaka University authorities have postponed all examinations scheduled for tomorrow due to unavoidable reasons, says a press release.
Fresh dates of these exams will be announced soon.

 arrow Mohajir team meets Hasina
A delegation of Urdu-speaking Mohajir Mashawarti Committee called on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her party office at Dhanmondi inthe city yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow A low-cost, environment-friendly device for augmenting rice cultivation
Chief Scientific Officer, ARD, BRRI, Gazipur Urea is one of the most important fertilisers needed in rice cultivation.
 arrow For integrated approach to rural development
The Asia-Pacific region is both most densely populated and poverty-ridden and hence calls for all round developmental efforts to improve the quality of life of the vast population.
 arrow Food: Facts not fictions
All health information to keep you up to date
*It is better not to cut vegetables before cooking. If you want to cut them before cooking, cut them into big pieces.

Culturearrow "Lyrics are the tangible reflection of emotions" -- Gazi Mazharul Anwar
It was one of those drizzly Ashaadh mornings, as we listened engrossed to the eminent lyricist, film director and producer Gazi Mazharul Anwar at our Daily Star office.
 arrow In quest of eternal moments
In Dr Noazesh Ahmed's recent exhibit "Quest for Harmony" at the Bengal Gallery we see 100 photographs spanning six decades.
 arrow New TV play Trishna on Misir Ali
Fascinating character Misir Ali, a unique creation of celebrated author Humayun Ahmed, will be seen in a new TV play Trishna today on ATN Bangla on the occasion of the ninth founding anniversary
 arrow Special telefilm Amader Rumjhum
On the occasion of the ninth anniversary of ATN Bangla, Zahid Hassan will appear in a special role in special telefilm Amader Rumjhum.
 arrow 'Close up 1' in full swing
After the successful first round venture of its 10 out of 11 district centres, Close up 1, the talent hunt to discover a singing sensation is now captivating the Dhaka crowd.
 arrow Kala Koitor: Humayun's new serial
Celebrated writer-director Humayun Ahmed is set to offer yet another new serial, Kala Koitor. The shooting of the serial is on full swing.
 arrow Aamir Khan: On the rise with The Rising
Looks like one success after another for the redoubtable Aamir Khan. His latest role in the epic Mangal Pandey and the English version called The Rising, is all set to make waves.
Generalarrow 'Enjoy press freedom with responsibility'
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the newspapers in the country are enjoying full freedom and called upon all concerned to enjoy it with responsibility.
 arrow Listed criminal arrested
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a listed criminal at Ayub Ali colony at Charerhat under Khalishpur thana yesterday morning, says a press release.
 arrow March past of 66th batch of BDR held
The concluding march past of the 66th batch of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) was held yesterday on the premises of the Rifles Training Centre and School in Chittagong.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Committee system toothless
The parliamentary standing committees, which were primarily constituted to oversee the working of the ministries with the objective of ensuring their transparency and accountability have failed to produce
 arrow Editorial: Police trap victims
Reports of policemen harassing, intimidating and picking up people either on false charges or framed up allegations and then releasing them upon receiving bribes are not rare.
 arrow Home truths
One of the striking para-doxes about commentary on the subject of terrorist attacks such as the recent atrocity in London is that so much seems to be left unsaid.
 arrow Garden of life
She had hardly walked three steps into the garden before she felt the weight of the world clinging to her legs.
 arrow Don't be wary of Bangladesh
Earlier this year, Professor Yoichi Izumida (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Tokyo University) visited Bangladesh to examine the role of microcredit in poverty reduction; and how apoor
Letters to Editorarrow "Like it or not"
Bangladesh is one of the smallest South Asian countries. It has a high population density, probably second to no other country in the world. Two thirds of its population are living below poverty line.
 arrow Stop killing animals
Animals are ingredients of environment. But it is a harsh truth that in our country killing animals is a normal matter. In the newspapers we often read how animals are being killed in our forests.
 arrow Rainfall Outlook -2005
The International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI) has prepared this experimental Climate Outlook for Asia for July - December 2005.
 arrow Gay marriage
Most probably after Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada; in the line of same sex marriage right legalisation and child adopting, Spain has done it.
In the US this demand is also on the rise and Mr.

 arrow Cricket
Our players are doing better, though the rate of progress is slow. However, I cannot agree with those who think that cricket has no future in Bangladesh.
 arrow BTTB's customer service
Telephone service is an essential service given to the citizens by any government. Our government controlled BTTB is doing a great job (?) in this regard. Here is an experience.
 arrow Assam illegal alien law
The Indian Supreme Court has recently overturned the Illegal Migrants Determination through Tribunal or IMDT Act that was introduced in 1983.
 arrow Fate of children
It is very simple and clear to all that children are the future of the country. So they should be brought up in a balanced way where no sources of frustration exist.
 arrow "My heart bleeds"
My heart bleeds too , as Mr. Delwar Hossain's (DS July 01,'05), but surprisingly no one cares in Bangladesh.
 arrow Fake bills in shopping malls
I would like to draw the attention of many buyers who go for shopping in the famous malls of the city quite frequently.
 arrow Pseudo-pious
There are few real Islamic scholars in Bangladesh. And the common people are sensitive about religious matters. Some people are taking advantage of it.
 arrow Power of words
Words are such a de-constructive vehicle by which varied form of expressions get formulated with sensible meanings and help people correspond with other in a meaningful way.
 arrow Tax administration
Recently a casual browse through scattered old issues of magazines on our library-reading table, in between my professional studies, fixed my eyes on an issue of The Economist (April 16-22, 2005).
 arrow Acknowledgement of corruption
I am in full agreement with the views expressed in the editorial of the Daily Star on July 07, 2005, regarding acknowledgement of corruption in all ministries by Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman.
 arrow RU completes 52 years
Rajshahi University has completed 52 years of its foundation and stepped into a new era of its long history of ups and down.
 arrow Outlasting Ershad
One of my British colleagues predicted Ershad to be the next president of Bangladesh at that point of time when the Sattar government was about to be active in taking measures to maintain law and order
Urbanarrow Making Karnaphuli effective
One may easily and perhaps out of ignorance quite innocently pop up the question: what is an architect doing in the middle of a river? Are not matters of training, dredging and river navigation the domain
 arrow Karnafuli river
(Part 1 appeared on this page on 1 July)
Single channel: Concept and importance
Experts have opined to maintain the flow of the river in a single channel, the banks 1900 feet apart,

Worldarrow South Asia: Pakistanis in grim search for missing relatives
Relatives desperately sought news of their loved ones yesterday as medical workers struggled to identify mangled corpses a day after around 150 people died in Pakistan's worst train crash in 15 years.
 arrow South Asia: Floods force thousands to flee homes in Assam
Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains across several parts of northeast India, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Troops closing in on Kashmiri militants
Indian troops were closing in on Islamic militants yesterday who have been shooting at them from positions high in the rugged Himalayas of northern Indian Kashmir, the army said, as seven people diedin
 arrow South Asia: Chandrika appeals for calm
Sri Lanka's president appealed for calm yesterday in the restive northeast where bomb attacks have killed four and wounded more than a dozen since the weekend, as police reinforcements were rushed tothe
 arrow South Asia: Major shake up in Maldives cabinet
Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday announced a major cabinet shakeup including the promotion of his spokesman as the Indian Ocean atoll nation's new foreign minister.
 arrow US asks Iran to keep hands off Iraq
The United States told Iran Wednesday not to resume enriching uranium, which could feed a nuclear weapon, and also cautioned Tehran to keep its hands out of Iraq's internal affairs.
 arrow Suicide barrage on Baghdad govt bldgs
Three suicide bombers attacked Baghdad's Green Zone government compound yesterday but only two bystanders were killed and police shot and captured one of the bombers before he could set off his explosives.
 arrow 'Anger over Muslim plight inspired UK bombers '
Anger against the suffering of Muslims in Iraq and other conflict zones spurred Britain's first apparent suicide bombings, and copycat attacks across western Europe are likely, experts said Wednesday.
 arrow US brands Saudis 'key source' of terror fund
The US government has suggested wealthy Saudi individuals remain "a significant source" of funds for Islamic terrorists around the world, despite widely-publicised efforts by the desert kingdom to shut
 arrow Saddam trial may begin next month: Judge
Saddam Hussein could go on trial as early as next month for his alleged role in a massacre 23 years ago, a top judge said Wednesday. He said the ousted dictator could face the death penalty.
 arrow US boosts security screening of foreigners
The US government is to boost its security screening of foreigners making their first visit to the United States, asking them to leave 10 fingerprints, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael
 arrow Pakistan helped foil UK terror plot
Pakistan's interior minister said Wednesday that a terror attack was thwarted in Britain before the May general elections in that country and arrests were made in several countries because of help from
 arrow Africans submit own draft on UNSC expansion
An African draft resolution calling for six new permanent seats with veto power on the UN Security Council, including two for Africa, was formally submitted to the General Assembly Wednesday, Africandiplomats
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