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Front Pagearrow EU envoys meet CEC on credible next polls
The European Union (EU) in Dhaka yesterday offered to provide the Election Commission (EC) with transparent ballot boxes in the next parliamentary polls to stop irregularities in voting, but the EC showed
 arrow Killing spree in 'crossfire'
Members of law enforcement agencies seem to be out in a competition to earn better record on killing people in so-called crossfire incidents that have left dead some four hundred people including several
 arrow Donors tag neutral oversight to aid
Four major development partners of Bangladesh have pinned their aid to judicial reforms, making the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) functional and appointing the heads of oversight bodies in a transparent
 arrow Flooding worsens in 35 upazilas
The flood situation has deteriorated further in 35 upazilas of seven northern districts while the situation in Netrokona, Sherpur and Mymensingh districts has slightly improved.
 arrow Killed for dowry, buried unnamed
Halima Begum is on a desperate quest to find the grave of her daughter, who she alleges had been brutally tortured and harassed for dowry and then killed by her in-laws on July 5.
 arrow Draft of new court contempt law to be placed before cabinet today
Law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry has prepared the draft of a new law of contempt of court that will be presented before the cabinet meeting today.
 arrow Purbani Hotel fined for unsafe food
A mobile court yesterday fined luxurious Purbani Hotel Tk 1 lakh for using unsafe ingredients in food.
 arrow 15 suicide bombers strike Iraq in 48 hrs
Stricken townspeople swept away the wreckage of a fuel truck bomb that killed 98 people south of Baghdad as three more suicide car bombers struck the Iraqi capital yesterday in a relentless new campaign.
 arrow UK readies new laws as cops probe blasts
Britain's government was preparing yesterday to introduce new laws to combat terrorism following the London bombings, as police hoped chilling pictures of the four attackers heading to the city wouldbring
 arrow 3 killed in blast at Ctg scrap shop
Three people were killed and four others injured, one critically, in an explosion, reportedly of an abandoned mortar shell in Hathazari upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow EC wants power to cancel candidature
The Election Commission (EC) will ask the government to amend the electoral laws to authorise the commission to cancel candidatures of the contestants in parliamentary polls for gross irregularities in
 arrow Opposition to start mass contact July 28
The Awami League (AL) and its left allies yesterday decided to launch mass contact programmes to mobilise people in favour of their 31-point reforms agenda on caretaker government and electoral system.
 arrow Yunus named for Nobel
A number of Nobel laureates from different countries have nominated Prof Muhammad Yunus for Nobel Prize of 2005 for his outstanding contribution to globally acclaimed micro-credit programmes.
 arrow PM opens gas supply to Bogra
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated gas supply to Bogra and announced the fossil fuel would reach Rajshahi soon and other northern towns gradually.
 arrow ACC to report legal, systemic defects to president
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will prepare a report listing the major loopholes and shortcomings of the country's law and legal, administrative and other frameworks in resisting corruption andsubmit
 arrow JS body to discuss Ctg ammo haul
A parliamentary body yesterday decided to discuss last year's Chittagong arms haul, the largest so far, to assess the country's security measures and the latest state of investigation into it.
 arrow PM visits China in 3rd week of August
Prime Minister Khalade Zia is expected to go on a four-day official visit to China in the third week of August at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
 arrow HC stays Rupali privatisation process
The High Court yesterday stayed the operation of a public announcement regarding divestment of government shares in state-owned Rupali Bank Limited to "an interested and eligible strategic investor.
 arrow Pak forces gun down 17 Taliban militants
Pakistani forces gunned down 17 suspected Taliban militants in Afghan border areas while 20 Taliban rebels including five foreigners were killed in a joint operation by Afghan and US-led forces in south-eastern
 arrow Tk 64 lakh forex seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized Saudi riyal worth around Tk 64 lakh from a Dubai-bound passenger at Zia International Airport (ZIA) Saturday night.
 arrow 5 Bangla Bhai men nabbed for extortion
Police yesterday arrested five extortionists on charge of collecting toll in the name of Bangla Bhai from a businessman in the city.
 arrow JCD men beat reporter at JU
Cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday assaulted a journalist at Jahangirnagar University (JU) and threatened three others with death for writing reports against them.
 arrow 24-hour strike at newspaper offices Aug 1
Journalists-Workers-Employees' Unity Council has called for a 24-hour newspaper strike on August 1 demanding implementation of their seven-point demands including formation of the sixth wage board and
Businessarrow Import expenses lead to dollar crisis
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said the country's import expenses were double than export earnings and remittances during the last couple of months, which added further to the
 arrow Share prices fall amid growing political stress
Share prices on both Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges fell sharply yesterday amid growing political tension over an opposition move to push for election commission and caretaker government reforms,
 arrow Expedite duty free access process of 129 goods
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday urged the Thai government to expedite the process of awarding duty free access of 129 Bangladeshi goods to the Thai market.
 arrow Int'l consultancy starts Bangladesh operations
A multinational business strategy consultant has started operating in Bangladesh to provide better and sophisticated business solutions for local corporate houses.
 arrow Civil society holds LDC Forum on WTO
The first meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the pre-Hong Kong Global Civil Society Forum was held at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) office in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Aveve Starch MD visits Flamingo plant in Joypurhat
A top official of Aveve Starch, an international starch importer, recently visited Flamingo Agro-Tech Ltd (FATL), a potato starch factory at Tilakpur in Joypurhat district.
 arrow Infineon top official offers to resign amid graft scam
A top manager at German semi-conductors giant Infineon, Andreas von Zitzewitz, has offered to resign amid a prosecutor's investigation into alleged corruption at Europe's second-largest computer chipmaker,
 arrow Posco to invest $900m in dedicated Indian port
Posco, the world's fifth largest steel company, will invest $900 million to set up a dedicated port at Jatadhari in Orissa. The construction of the dedicated port will be done in two phases.
 arrow UK tourism back on track after bombings
Britain's tourism industry has quickly recovered from the London bomb attacks, with visitors deciding against cancelling holidays to flock to the capital's attractions, travel organisations insist.
 arrow US trade preferences to cast wide net for exports
The spotless production floor of Pecheries Frigorifiques du Senegal is a hive of women in white coats turning fresh-caught tuna into cakes that slide into sterile foil pouches gaily printed with the labels
 arrow Pran starts mango pulping
Pran Agro Ltd has recently started mango pulping at its Natore Industrial Park.
Mango pulp is the main ingredient of mango juice.

 arrow Sudan keen to buy drug from Square Pharma
Sudan has expressed interest in importing medicines from Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd as a high-level team from health ministry of Sudan visited the company's plants in Pabna and Gazipur from July 13 to
Sportsarrow Football: Russel lose plot in a dramatic last 10 mins
Nine-man Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra gave away a two-goal lead in the last ten minutes as Brothers Union salvaged a vital point with a 2-2 draw from the last match of the first leg in the Premier Football
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to let BCB know in a week
Bangladesh will know in a week's time whether the Tigers' tour of India this year was still on.
 arrow Cricket: A team's first match in England today
The Bangladesh A team will open their England tour today with a one-day game against British Univer-sities at the Parks in Oxford.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors to pick team today
When the national cricket selectors meet today to pick the team for September's tour of Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) new additions to one-day rules will be on the back of their
 arrow Football: BRTC relegated from Div I
Agrani Bank avoided relegation to the Second Division when they edged BRTC 2-1 in a crucial First Division Football League match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: English confidence major factor in series: McGrath
Australia's top strike bowler Glenn McGrath said England's belief in themselves will be a major factor in deciding the outcome of the Ashes series, which starts at Lord's on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Biggies divided over mid-season transfer
The mid-season inter-club trans-fer of the Pre-mier Football League begins today with very few clubs interested to take part in the three-day proceedings.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid for captain?
Rahul Dravid has mastered the art of defeating anxiety.
 arrow Football: It's about winning hearts
The promotional tour started way before Real Madrid arrived at City Hall on Friday afternoon.
There was an autograph session at a sports bar in the morning.

 arrow Football: Real prevail on non-stars
Real Madrid staged a late rally to overcome Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara 3-1 in Chicago, in the opening match of their six-game friendly tour of the United States and Asia.
 arrow Football: Maradona can't pay his hospital bills!
Diego Armando Maradona will make a commercial for Swiss Medical Group of Argentina, in order to pay the debt in the hospital where he stayed for nearly a month in 2004.
 arrow Cricket: England to tour in March 2006
England would make a full tour of India for three Tests and seven one-day internationals in March-April of 2006, a top Indian Cricket Board official said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lawson reported for suspect action
West Indies bowler Jermaine Lawson has been reported for a suspect bowling action, the ICC confirmed on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya honoured
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former president of the ICC and the Indian cricket board, has been presented with the International Journal of the History of Sports Achievement award for administrative excellence
 arrow Cricket: Aussie batters hit fine form
Damien Martyn, Justin Langer and skipper Ricky Ponting all smashed centuries as Australia fine-tuned their Ashes build-up with a run glut against Leicestershire on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB's no to logo of alcohol brand
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) authorities have told the Interna-tional Cricket Council (ICC) their players will not wear or display logos of a whisky brand sponsor in the Super Series matches in October.
Metropolitanarrow 'No illegal land grabber will be spared'
A total of 1,508 acres of lands, worth about Tk 1,175 crore, have been recovered from the illegal encroachers in the last one year since the formation of the high-powered national executive committeeon
 arrow Ensure internal democracy, expel criminals
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the political parties to ensure internal democracy and expel the criminals from the parties for a free and fair election.
 arrow JCD leader gets 17 yrs' RI for keeping arms
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a ruling party student wing's leader to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Police to seek court permission to probe Rab allegation
Police will seek court permission today to probe Rab allegation against a garment factory owner of assault of a Rab official in Uttara Friday night.
 arrow Sylhet Action Council submits memo to prime minister
Sylhet Division Development Action Council yesterday submitted memorandum containing a seven-point demand to the prime minister.
 arrow Unity of Islamic forces stressed
Leaders of different Islamic fronts at a roundtable yesterday called for forging a greater unity among themselves.
 arrow '45pc school students have no knowledge about Aids'
Over 45 percent school students, teachers and guardians in the capital have no knowledge of HIV/ Aids, reveals a survey report at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Kidnapped boy rescued at Savar
Police yesterday rescued a five-year-old boy from Savar 40 hours after his abduction from Shyampur in the city.
 arrow Mild tremor jolts Ctg
A mild earthquake jolted the Chittagong city and its adjoining areas at 7:05am yesterday.
 arrow Three to die, one gets life
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced three people to death and another person to life term for killing businessman Kamal Hossain in Comilla about 18 months ago.
 arrow Construction of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital begins
The first phase of construction work of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) was formally launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow Former judge applies for revision
A former unconfirmed High Court judge yesterday filed an application to the chief justice for reviving the writ petition he had filed earlier challenging the validity of Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir
 arrow 48 lawyers made AAG
Forty-eight lawyers were appointed assistant attorney general (AAG) to the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday and most of them are allegedly loyal to the government.
 arrow Bidisha's bail extended
A Dhaka court yesterday extended the ad-interim bail of Bidisha, estranged wife of former military ruler HM Ershad, in a case filed for cheating him after marriage.
 arrow Rapist threatens victim's mother
An alleged rapist is threatening the mother of the victim for withdrawal of the case filed with Kafrul Police Station.
 arrow Prices of essentials beyond purchasing capacity
A famine-like situation has been prevailing in the country as prices of all essential commodities have gone beyond the purchasing capacity of common people, said Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, president of Bangladesh
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 7 lakh looted
A daring burglary took place at the head office of a leading import firm at the traditional business centre of Khatunganj here on Saturday night.
 arrow Signing of agreement postponed
The signing ceremony for a tripartite agreement on Foy's Lake management was postponed yesterday as the state minister for civil aviation and tourism could not turn up due to unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Appeal for help
Hadiuzzaman Shimul, 20, has been suffering from throat cancer.
Nationalarrow Sunamganj-3 vibrant with last-minute rallies
Hectic campaign in Sunamganj-3, joined by national level leaders of all political parties except from Awami League, stops at midnight today.
The bypolls will be held on Wednesday.

 arrow Rift widens in Rajshahi AL over Sardar Amjad issue
The rift in Rajshahi Awami League over joining of veteran politician Sardar Amjad Hossain in the party surfaced yesterday as the two factions held separate meetings of party's 'executive committee'.
 arrow Resist Jamaat politics
Islami Shashntantra Andolon Ameer Maulana Syed Fazlul Karim (Pir of Charmonai) has called upon the people to unite to resist the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami, saying it is "the main enemy of Islam today".
 arrow Yes to more EC funds, no to reforms
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said if the opposition wants, more funds can be allocated for the Election Commission so that it can prepare its budget independently to strengthen its activities.
 arrow ‘Nab culprits behind setting college afire’
Thousands of people, joined by political leaders, journalists, teachers and Union Parishad leaders at a grand rally at Ashuganj yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the culprits who set
 arrow 2 child traffickers get life in Dinajpur
A court here yesterday sentenced two child traffickers to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI).
The convicts are Saleha Khatun and Siddique alias Reaz Uddin of Sadar upazila.

Point-Counterpointarrow Transparency, corporate corruption and Anti-Corruption Commission
Transparency International of Bangladesh (TIB) has its parent body in Germany.
 arrow Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed
On July 12, 2003, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, a prominent lawyer and advisor to the Caretaker Government, left the world of the living.
 arrow Rainfall variability in Bangladesh
The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (henceforth, GBM) river system is the third largest freshwater outfall to the world's oceans.
 arrow Seasonal flood forecast
At present, Bangladesh has a flood forecasting lead-time of only three days or so.
Culturearrow Dhaka Padatik presents Katha 71
Ironically, some of the offspring of the freedom fighters are alienated from the spirit of the Liberation War.
 arrow Ambiance of places old and new
"Places, spaces" was a recent exhibition at the Goethe Institut by Kashef Chowdhury. This was the outcome of the photography that Kashef has done in Europe over 25 days, in nine cities.
 arrow A star-studded orientation
The Lux Channel i Super Star orientation was held at the Spectra Convention Centre recently, says a press release.
 arrow Protikriti: ATN Bangla's new magazine show
Magazine shows are a highly popular concept in Bangladeshi visual media. And satellite channel ATN Bangla is all set to telecast its brand new magazine show Protikriti for its viewers.
 arrow Did you know?
The villain in the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Random Task is actually a synonym for Odd Job, a Bond villain.
Generalarrow 3 brothers to die, two more brothers get life
A court here yesterday awarded death sentence to three brothers and life term to their two more brothers for killing a youth in the Jessore town.
 arrow Kushtia trader killed after abduction
Police yesterday recovered the body of a businessman 12 hours after he was abducted from Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga on Saturday.
 arrow Five killed, 8 injured in Tangail road accident
Five people were killed and eight others injured, two of them critically, in an accident on Tangail-Jamuna Bridget link road on Saturday.
 arrow Seminar on Islamic Online Banking Software
Millennium Information Solution Ltd (Millennium) & Bangladesh Bank jointly organised a seminar on "Islamic Online Banking Software (Ababil)" at Bangladesh Bank Training Academy to create awareness about
Internationalarrow Israel threatens ground offensive in Gaza
Israel threatened a large-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip and shot dead a Hamas commander yesterday, saying Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had failed to crack down on militants as a truce teetered.
 arrow Norway has no plan to push for Lankan peace talks now
Peace broker Norway denied yesterday a report it was planning to send envoys to Sri Lanka after a Supreme Court ruling effectively scuttled a deal to share billions of dollars in international tsunami
 arrow 'Bush approved, then scrapped plan to influence Iraq polls'
President George W. Bush approved a covert plan to influence the outcome of Iraq's January 2005 election, but dropped it amid opposition from the US Congress, the New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Advani struggles to stay put
Top leaders of India's main opposition party yesterday held a meeting among themselves as the party chief L K Advani came under pressure from within the party to resign in the wake of his praise of Pakistan
 arrow Image of London bombers released
Britain woke up yesterday to a chilling image of the four London bomb suspects as they headed together to the scene of the attacks, after a bomb blast in a Turkish tourist resort raised fears of further
 arrow US Muslims fear the enemy within
US Muslim leaders watched with foreboding as their worst nightmare played out in Britain, where home-grown suicide bombers were blamed for London's worst attacks since World War II.
 arrow Khatami hails new era in relations with Iraq
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami yesterday hailed a "turning point" in relations with Baghdad as Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari made a historic visit to Tehran aimed at strengthening ties after
 arrow Emergency in Thai Muslim provinces
Thailand declared emergency rule across virtually the whole of its Muslim south yesterday in a surprisingly tough move to reign in a raging insurgency.
 arrow 85 killed in plane crash in Equatorial Guinea
At least 85 people were killed in a passenger plane crash in Equatorial Guinea, radio reports said.
 arrow Iraqi tribunal lays charges against Saddam
Iraq's special tribunal has laid the first formal charges against Saddam Hussein for crimes committed during his 25-year rule and proceedings could begin "within days," the tribunal said yesterday.
 arrow Govt rejects claims to Taj
The Indian government has dismissed claims by a Muslim trust, the Sunni Waqf Board, that it owns the Taj Mahal.
 arrow G-4 ministers in NY for talks with Africa
Foreign Ministers of G-4 countries, including External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh, are here for crucial talks with their African counterparts during which they would try to reconcile differenceson
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opposition reform formula
WE are against any knee-jerk reaction to the wide-ranging political, electoral, election commission and caretaker government reform agenda set on the roll by the opposition and its allies.
 arrow Editorial: Show of claws
NOTHING could be a more obnoxious display of arrogance and abuse of power than that enacted by RAB on a socially well-placed civilian on Saturday.
 arrow South Asia's changing military balance
Whatever trappings are given by unequal allies to each other, they hardly embellish the other's position, and finally they know where they exactly stand vis-a-vis their opponents.
 arrow India-US détente
PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh wanted to combine his official visit to Washington with a trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session in September.
 arrow Only way to deal with terrorism is to deal with its root cause
The way the members and the representatives of the diplomatic missions are going about the affairs of Bangladesh is, to my mind, tantamount to interference in the country's internal affairs.
 arrow Naming of institutions
Naming of institutions to commemorate persons for their everlasting contribution to society, is a well accepted practice followed in every society.
Letters to Editorarrow London bombings: What should we do?
It says in Surat Al-Baqarah (Section 24, Verse 190) of the Holy Quran, "Fight for the cause of Allah/ Those who fight you/ But do not transgress limits;/ For Allah loveth not transgressors.
 arrow Water logging
My attention was drawn to your editorial titled "Stop studying, start solving" (DS, July 16, 2005) which discussed the problem of waterlogged city streets following even normal monsoon rain.
 arrow Dr. Yunus and his wish list
We (Bangladeshis) criticise for criticism's sake, as the saying goes and take all statements and comments literally as made by thinkers or politicians or those who mean business. Mr. Mohd.
 arrow Ageing Biman fleet
Bangladesh Biman's fleet of old and ageing aircraft like the DC-10s are just, in my view, a source of serious worry.
 arrow They need jobs
There is nowadays a big hue and cry regarding students' involvement in extortion and mugging.
 arrow Rab and reptiles!
I note the report on the front page of The Daily Star concerning the debate in the British House of Lords on the continuing extra judicial deaths, in which Rab seem to be, by accident of course, implicated.
 arrow National University
Every day there is some news on the National University.
The government may pretend to be unaware of what is going on here.

 arrow Dalue adivasis
Dalue adivasis have been living in the hilly areas of the greater Mymensingh districts for about 1200 years.
 arrow Sinking launches
Whenever a launch sinks there is hue and cry, but after some time everything quietens down just to prove that 'time is a great healer'.
 arrow Fake discourses!
For a long time we are struggling with fake discourses imposed upon us by the advanced countries, agencies, and groups and above all by so called globe shaping school of thought.
 arrow Load shedding
We have the right to get regular supply of electricity. But at present electricity seems to be something illusive. Many times we have to fall in great difficulty because of the absence of electricity.
 arrow Inconsistencies in tax paying
As we know, any person submits his income tax on his actual income. But in case of our diagnostic centres, they shift their tax incidence as tax burden to other people.
 arrow When shall we wake up?
Will the sleeping giant that we know as Bangladesh ever awake?
If we honestly look at ourselves, then we are poor not because of the British who raped and looted our people for generation in the past

 arrow SSC results: Some thoughts
I was watching a programme of Channel I on the reactions on SSC results on 9 July. I was shocked hearing some words said on that programme.
 arrow "Don't be wary of Bangladesh"
I was surprised at the above quoted article in the 'Opinion' column written by Md. Hasan Khaled. He can be best described as an apologist for the misdeeds of our ruling classes.
 arrow Language martyr monument in Japan
Our language movement has secured its place in the international arena. It has been observed all over the world since 2000.
 arrow Importance of English
I entirely agree with the writer on this topic (11 July) that English is now a matter of Ruti-Ruji and its learning must not be discouraged.
Star Cityarrow BSTI silent over polythene-packed drinking water
More than 15 companies are marketing polythene-packed drinking water in the country violating the government ban.
 arrow Health care in the neighbourhood
To strengthen the health of the urban poor and reduce preventable mortality, especially among women and children in areas under Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), Urban Primary Health Care Project (UPHCP)has
 arrow Architects unhappy with building owners
Architects blame building owners for the collapse of multi-storey buildings as the owners add more floors to the original structure without consulting the architects.
 arrow Mirpur commuters cry for bus service to Gulshan
Residents of Mirpur area have been demanding direct public bus service linking the suburb with Mohakhali, Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara for a long time.
 arrow 7-storied research centre to replace age-old trees
Dhaka University (DU) authorities felled 14 trees around midnight on Wednesday, July 6 along the boundary of the Institute of Modern Languages (IML) to construct a 7-storied Centre for Advance Research
 
   
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