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Front Pagearrow Fuel prices hiked
The government yesterday raised the price of octane by Tk 3 and petrol by Tk 1 a litre, keeping the diesel and kerosene prices unchanged.
 arrow ZIA becomes risky
Potholes in the taxiway, cracks on the runway, missing landing lights and malfunctioning air-navigational equipment and radar systems make flying in Bangladesh a risky operation while the country's geographic
 arrow 11 militants nabbed at Rajshahi camp
Police arrested 11 suspected Islamist militants including an adherent of Bangla Bhai's Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and two Rajshahi University (RU) students from their training camp in Paba
 arrow Myanmar border sealed off to foreign criminals
Security measures have been strengthened along the border area in Bandarban while Yellow Alert has been declared sealing the 288-kilometre Bangladesh-Myanmar border since last Friday.
 arrow SC clears way for election
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected a prayer for appeal against a High Court order that upheld the 14th amendment to the constitution providing for 45 reserved seats for women in parliament andthe
 arrow Tigers launch WC campaign against India
Hosts West Indies will begin the 2007 Cricket World Cup by playing Pakistan in a Pool 4 encounter at the newly-renovated Sabina Park ground in Kingston, Jamaica on March 13.
 arrow IMF eyes 6pc GDP growth
The International Monetary Fund ((IMF) has forecast a 6 percent GDP growth and 6 percent inflation for the current fiscal year.
 arrow The encroached Shitalakhya ...

 arrow Blair calls on Muslims to confront 'evil ideology'
Prime Minister Tony Blair called on Britain's Muslim community yesterday to confront the "evil ideology" behind the London bombings following a meeting with leaders from Islamic groups in the country.
 arrow More areas go under water in 4 districts
The overall flood situation in Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Kurigram and Sirajganj districts further worsened yesterday, inundating fresh areas.
 arrow Honesty, morals to figure 30pc marks for school students
The government is going to implement school-based assessment (SBA) programme from the next year that aims at judging students' extra curricular performances along with academic education, education ministry
 arrow Left parties ask govt to initiate talks
Left 11-party alliance yesterday asked the government to take initiative for discussion with the opposition parties on reforms in caretaker government and electoral systems.
 arrow Half-day strike at drug stores called for today
Bangladesh Chemist and Druggist Association (BCDA) has called for a nation-wide half-day shutdown today in protest of continued police harassment.
 arrow Dollar price hits Tk 64.5 but BB denies scarcity
The price of dollar in the inter-bank foreign exchange market yesterday soared to Tk 64.
 arrow Sunamganj-3 by-polls today
By-election in the Sunamganj-3 constituency will be held today amid tight security measures.
The seat fell vacant at the death of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Abdus Samad Azad on April 27 this year.

 arrow Kakrail-Satrasta flyover design okayed
The Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives yesterday approved the feasibility study and final design of the proposed six-kilometre long flyover from Kakrail to Tejgaon Satrasta crossing in the capital.
 arrow Hajj pilgrims to pay $350 more each
Hajj pilgrims will have to pay additional money for Biman ticket due to price hike of jet fuel, official sources said.
 arrow Immature Hilshas...

 arrow Fight against terrorism can't be 'selective'
Asserting that the fight against terrorism cannot be "selective", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India and US must work together to counter all forms of the scourge "wherever it exists" andassured
 arrow Boy brutally beaten up for loan reminder
A Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) employee yesterday beat up on a nine-year-old boy when the child went to remind him of the debt he owed to the boy's mother.
 arrow Court warns ex-DIG's wife for filing false case
A Dhaka court has warned wife of a former deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, who filed a case accusing a doctor couple of torturing a domestic help, not to harass any other citizens by filing cases.
 arrow Camelia's body exhumed
Police yesterday exhumed the body of Shahinur Akhtar Camelia allegedly killed by her husband and in-laws on July 5 from Jurain graveyard following a petition of her mother Halima Begum.
 arrow Communications ministry comes under fire over irregularities
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday blasted the officials of the communications ministry for mismanagement and irregularities in toll and fare collections from different
 arrow 3 robberies in city
Robbers looted gold, cash and valuables worth over Tk 10 lakh in three separate incidents in Dhanmondi, Motijheel and Sutrapur within a span of two hours Monday night.
 arrow Quit Iraq in a month or face attacks
The al-Qaeda terror network warned European nations to pull their troops out of Iraq within a month or face more attacks like the London bombings, according to an Internet statement.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian border security force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi youth on Harinmari border in Baliadangi upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Correction
The amount of remittance made by expatriate Bangladeshis in January to May 2005 was mistakenly mentioned as $17.73 billion in the report titled 'Manpower export falls 19pc' in The Daily Star yesterday.
Businessarrow New wing on cards to boost foreign trade
In a bid to boost country's international trade negotiation capacity, the government is planning to create a new wing -- directorate of foreign trade -- under the commerce ministry.
 arrow BGMEA threatens BTMA with legal action
Rejecting the BTMA's remark on under-invoicing, smuggling and misuse of utilisation declaration (UD) in fabric import by garment manufacturers, leaders of the BGMEA yesterday threatened the BTMA withlegal
 arrow Experts start talks in Nepal
A two-day meeting of the Committee of Experts (CoE) of Saarc member countries began in Kathmandu yesterday to finalise of the sensitive list of commodities for Safta.
 arrow Strong local govt bodies needed to channel funds to rural areas
The International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICC-B) said it seems that the government is trying to channel huge resources to rural areas through the current fiscal measures without developing strong
 arrow Indo-Bangla working group on trade meets in Dhaka Aug 1
Bangladesh will seek measures to reduce the yawning trade deficit with neighbouring India at the third meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group on trade that will begin here on August 1.
 arrow Taiwanese keen to invest in Bangladesh
A visiting Taiwanese trade delegation here yesterday expressed interest to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Saifur wants investment in productive sectors
Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday emphasised banking investment in productive sectors, including agriculture and agro-processing, to generate employment opportunities.
 arrow DHL Motijheel centre gets highest security rating
DHL Motijheel Service Centre has been awarded Asia Category 'A' certification by the Technology Asset Protection Association (Tapa).
 arrow Butterfly to distribute RanksTel products
Butterfly Infocomm Limited will now distribute RanksTel products and services.
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo gets Italian accolades
Emirates SkyCargo has been voted 'Best Carrier to the Middle East' for the eighth successive year by the Italian Association of Air Freight Forwarders (ANAMA).
 arrow US, India establish high-level trade policy forum
The United States and India have established a new high-level forum aimed at expanding bilateral trade and investment ties, the US Trade Representative's office said Monday.
 arrow Meghna Cement signs deal with CDBL
Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd (CDBL), through its central depository system, will convert the paper shares of Meghna Cement Mills Ltd into electronic ones.
 arrow China to cut duties for six Asean nations
China will reduce duties on goods from six members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the government.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Russel the only newcomer
Left-arm paceman Syed Russel was the only new addition while Alok Kapali got yet another chance to stake a claim to be recalled when the national selectors announced a 23-member preliminary squad on Tuesday
 arrow Cricket: Handsome bonuses for cricketers
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced bonuses for national cricketers for winning the Test series against Zimbabwe at home and a one-day international against Australia in England.
 arrow Chess: School chess starts today
Over 200 youngsters will take part in the Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament that begins in the city today.
 arrow Cricket: Lee ready to be hit
Brett Lee has insisted he will not beat himself up if his 18 month Test exile doesn't end in the first Ashes encounter at Lord's starting Thursday -- but he is prepared for a thorough going over by England's
 arrow Cricket: SL tour schedule
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) released the official Sri Lanka tour schedule yesterday with the inclusion of two practice matches.
 arrow Cricket: BD A's first 3-dayer from today
After losing to British Universities by two wickets in their opening one-day game, the Bangladesh A team will play their first three-day match against Gloucestershire at Bristol today.
 arrow Football: No Ronaldo, Adriano swap
Real Madrid denied media reports on Monday they had been trying to arrange an exchange deal between Ronaldo and Inter Milan striker Adriano.
 arrow Cricket: 'Reserves the strength'
India need to improve their bench strength if they are to emulate Australia as the world's leading cricket side, according to new coach Greg Chappell.
 arrow Football: No African homeless wanted!
Five African teams have pulled out of the Homeless World Cup in Edinburgh after Britain refused visas for their players.
 arrow Football: Baros on way out?
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has indicated he is ready to sell Milan Baros after leaving the Czech striker out of Tuesday's Champions League qualifying match against TNS in Wrexham.
 arrow Football: Galacticos blank Galaxy
England captain David Beckham picked up a hamstring injury as Real Madrid concluded the U.S.
 arrow Football: Premier League resumes July 22
The start of the Premier Bank Premier Football League second leg will be delayed by a day due to preparation of the ground at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Lifters receive medals
Bangladesh weightlifters Hamidul Islam and Biddyut Kumar Roy received their silver medals and cash rewards yesterday for their success in the ninth SAF Games.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath fixes his target on Pietersen
Glenn McGrath insists Kevin Pietersen will find Test cricket a whole new ball game in more ways than one when he makes his debut in the five-day arena for England against Australia in Thursday's Ashes
 arrow Football: Now Spurs after 'The Beast'
Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign Sevilla forward Julio Baptista and have offered over 20 million euros ($24.
 arrow Football: Souness favourite to get the sack
Newcastle's Graeme Souness has won the first 'award' of the coming English Premiership season by being named by bookmakers William Hill as the favourite to become the first manager to be sacked.
 arrow Cricket: Captaincy not an extra burden, says Dravid
Newly appointed skipper Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said he did not see captaincy as an additional burden and expressed confidence he would continue to bat the way he always did.
 arrow Football: Otits friendly today
Dhaka Sonali Otit Club will play a friendly football match against hosts Narayanganj Sonali Otit Club at the Alauddin Khan Stadium today.
Metropolitanarrow Discontent over flaws in renovation work
Three newly renovated inter-district bus terminals in the city are going to open in the next seven days amid dissatisfaction among many with the flaws in renovation work.
 arrow 'Cancel amended Women's Dev Policy'
Sammilita Nari Samaj, an alliance of women's rights organisation, yesterday staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the High Court demanding cancellation of the amended Women's Development Policy (WDP).
 arrow Expat cries for recovery of money
A vested quarter, blessed by a minister, has allegedly grabbed a tea garden worth TK 20 crore at Moulavibazar in Sylhet, said an expatriate, who was the owner of the garden, yesterday.
 arrow Ensure HR protection for HIV positives
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government and non-government organisations (NGOs) to ensure human rights protection for the people living with HIV/Aids.
 arrow CCC evicts illegal land grabbers
The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) recovered lands worth about Tk 4.6 crore from illegal occupants in the city yesterday.
 arrow Protest at JU continues
Journalists and activists of different cultural and student organisations yesterday at Jahangirnagar University (JU) continued to protest the Sunday's assault on a journalist on the campus by the Jatiyatabadi
 arrow 'Govt wasting time to form wage board, says SSKOP
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP), a forum of journalists' and workers' union, yesterday said formation of the Sixth Wage Board is being delayed due to a 'conspiracy'.
 arrow Lawyers to continue movement
Supreme Court lawyers at a meeting yesterday reaffirmed the determination to continue their movement for safeguarding the judiciary.
 arrow Mijarul Quayes new envoy to Maldives
The government has appointed Director General of Foreign Ministry Mohamed Mijarul Quayes as the High Commissioner to the Maldives, said an official announcement today.
 arrow Shabab Murshid Foundation concert tomorrow
Shabab Murshid Foundation is going to organise its second fund raising concert at the STM Hall, Scholastica Uttara, in the city tomorrow.
 arrow IFJ condemns attack on journos
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a global organisation representing over 500,000 journalists worldwide, yesterday condemned the attack on journalists by political activists in Bangladesh,
 arrow 10 shops gutted at Siddhirganj
Goods and property worth about Tk 8 lakh were gutted when a fire broke out in 10 shops built on the canal near Siddhirganj Haq Supermarket here yesterday.
 arrow SC vacates HC verdict against Monju
The Supreme Court Appellate Division yesterday vacated a High Court judgement that declared invalid Anwar Hossain Monju's holding of the offices of editor, publisher, printer and executive director of
 arrow Father, son killed at Ctg
Unidentified assailants killed a father and his son at their grocery in Lohagara upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Dhira sent to jail
Jamaat leader Shahabuddin Laskar Dhira, alleged mastermind of journalist Shaikh Belaluddin murder, was sent to jail yesterday on expiry of his two-day remand in outlaw Tariqul Islam Shiplu murder case.
 arrow Father-in-law arrested
Tania Sikdar Prema, a film actress, filed a case yesterday against four people, including her husband and father-in-law, for throwing acid on her.
 arrow Husband kills wife for dowry
A man yesterday allegedly killed his wife at his Kazipara residence in the city for dowry and hung her body to show it as a suicide.
 arrow Listed criminal beaten to death
A mob beat a listed criminal to death in the city yesterday as he tried to extort money from a contractor.
The criminal, identified as Abdul Monaf alias Monaipya, 28, was an accused in about 18 cases.

 arrow 2 ships collide at Ctg port jetty
Two container vessels at Jetty No. 10 and 11 of the Chittagong Port collided yesterday afternoon, causing damage to one vessel belonging to the HRC Shipping, port sources said.
 arrow 8 more held for illegal hill cutting in Ctg
Detective Branch of Police arrested eight people on charge of illegal hill cutting and seized three trucks at Khulshi area in the city on Monday night.
 arrow Bangladeshi woman elected to world girl guides body
For the first time, a Bangladeshi woman was elected to the world board of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
 arrow Prospect of Saarc tourism discussed
Sri Lankan High Commissioner Gamini Sarath Munasinghe paid a courtesy call on State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin at the latter's Secretariat office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 1.50 looted from Grameen Bank staff in Ctg
Armed robbers looted Tk 1.50 lakh from a Grameen Bank official and ornaments of women passengers of a bus at Hathazari in the district yesterday.
Witnesses said four muggers at around 2.

Nationalarrow Govt land ‘grabbed’ for building hospital
The Islami Bank Foundation (IBF) has allegedly grabbed six acres of prime government lands worth about Tk one crore at Noapara on the outskirts of the city for building a 'medical college and hospital'
 arrow Thousands lay siege to Dc’s office for trial of culprit
Several thousand people from Palashbari upazila brought out a procession in Gaibandha town and laid a siege to the Deputy Commissioner's office yesterday demanding punishment to Mostafizur Rahman Mosta,
 arrow Satkhira BNP dogged by internal feud
Satkhira district committee of BNP can not be formed due to intra-party feud despite repeated instructions from the party high command.
 arrow Top Khulna police official summoned to Dhaka
Assistant Police Commissioner Zahurul Huq and Inspector Abdul Hamid of Detective Branch of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) were summoned to Dhaka yesterday by the Home Ministry Monitoring Cell to review
 arrow 7 outlaws get life for FF murder
Seven outlaws were sentenced to life term yesterday for killing in freedom fighter Malek murder case in Jhenidah.
 arrow Local govt fair held in Tangail
A day-long Local Government Fair-2005, organised by Democracy Watch, an NGO, was held on the premises of Bhasani Hall in the town on Monday.
 arrow Big help for a poor talent
State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon has promised to help Narayan Chandra Roy (Joy), son of a rickshaw-puller to continue studies.
 arrow Human chain to raise fund for ailing RU student
Several hundred teachers and students of Physic Department and Panchagarh District Samity at Rajshahi University jointly formed a human chain in front of the Central Library on the campus yesterday seeking
Culturearrow Living and breathing folk songs
Kiran Chandra Roy has firmly established himself as a popular folk singer.
 arrow Bengal Bikash seeks to uphold traditional Bangla songs
A discussion session was held at Bengal Shipalay, Dhanmondi recently to express views on Bengal Bikash, Bengal Foundation's talent hunt.
 arrow Pristine panoramas
The recent exhibition of photographs at the Alliance Francaise showcased the promising works of students. The display of the panoramic pictures was the quarterly exhibition of the Ecole de Cinema.
 arrow In remembrance of Rahman
The matinee idol of the '60s Abdur Rahman, popularly known as Rahman, died on Monday at the Central Hospital Dhaka. He was 68. A few years ago he suffered a stroke.
Internationalarrow Bush moves to lift nuke ban on India
President George W.
 arrow 25,000 civilians killed in Iraq in two years
Almost 25,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since US and British troops invaded the country two years ago, an average of 34 every single day, a British study said yesterday.
 arrow UK to introduce toughanti-terror laws by Dec
Britain's interior minister moved a step closer Monday to passing tough new anti-terrorism laws by December after he won "broad support" from the opposition parties in the wake of the London bombings.
 arrow Kashmir incursions won't derail peace move: Delhi
A 20-month-old peace process between India and Pakistan is not at risk from a sudden spurt of incursions by Muslim militants into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan, an Indian army general said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq, neighbours talk border control
Iraq's interior minister is demanding that his country's neighbours take stronger measures to stem the flow of money and recruits to insurgents who have been slaughtering civilians as they battle US and
 arrow Donors ask Lanka to honour truce
The key foreign backers of Sri Lanka's peace process yesterday expressed concern over escalating violence on the island and asked both the Colombo government and Tamil rebels to stop the bloodshed.
 arrow Typhoon Haitang tears through Taiwan
Nearly one million people were evacuated as Typhoon Haitang raced towards mainland China yesterday after tearing through Taiwan, where two people were killed and two feared dead from the storm.
 arrow 'June report led UK to lower terror alert'
Britain's top intelligence and law enforcement officials concluded less than a month before the London bombings that there was no group with current intent and the capability to attack the UK, the New
 arrow Musharraf calls for war against extremism
Pakistan President Pervez Musha-rraf, whose country is back in the spotlight since the London bombings, has urged a "jihad" against extremism and called on Pakistanis to reject terror.
 arrow 6 male members of a family killed in Kashmir
Suspected militants yesterday shot dead six male members of a Muslim family in southern Kashmir and four militants were killed in a gunbattle with troops in the north of the state, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Manpower export signals
Clearly, we have reached a crossroads in terms of exporting our job-seeking surplus labour force overseas.
 arrow Editorial: Taking teachers hostage
TO say the least, confinement for such long hours, and that too of teachers in a student residential hall is a reprehensible act.
 arrow The bigoted bombers
'O, to be in England
Now that April's there....

 arrow Defence agreement or Charter of Dependence?
In the 1980s, the British peace movement delightfully highlighted the skewed, unequal Anglo-American defence relationship. For the US, it said, Britain was just an "Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier.
 arrow Tengratila blaze: Combined effect of corruption, inefficiency and incompetence
It is not a criminal act to look to one's own interest. It is also not a sin to take care of the interest of family or dear and near ones.
Letters to Editorarrow Biman
It's in the news that the govt has approved a proposal to buy a few aircraft for Biman Bangladesh Airlines. I am shocked to hear the news.
 arrow Save children from drowning!
Injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability to children (under the age of 11 years) in Bangladesh, and drowning is one of the largest killers of children once they start crawling and
 arrow London bombing: few thoughts
I woke up to an e-mail from a newspaper asking for my reaction to the London blasts. I wrote back at 5:20am, Pacific Standard Time, "What blast in London? Just got up and haven't checked the BBC".
 arrow Dollar crisis and exchange rate
The banks are reporting a shortage of dollars, which is making it difficult for them to make payments for imports.
 arrow Why gas cylinders?
Our government is thinking of supplying gas in homes through gas cylinders.
 arrow Indian visa
Everyday I pass through the Gulshan Avenue in the morning on my way to the workplace. We see hundreds of people queuing up along the avenue for Indian visa.
 arrow When teachers are a problem
This has reference to Mr. Ashabuzzaman's letter 'A Sad Experience' in The Daily Star on 12 July.
 arrow Finance minister and gas
Our outspoken finance minister has blasted his fellow countrymen for wasting precious gas to save a mere match stick, and also the practice that some people use it to dry cloths.
 arrow Economic diplomacy
A news report "Dhaka energising economic diplomacy" published in The Daily Star of July 6 has drawn my attention.
 arrow Debt relief
This year G8 Summit is aimed to address poverty especially in African countries.
 arrow Love
It is known to all that of all human emotions, love is the most fundamental, which is missing in many respects in the life of majority today.
 arrow Preventing launch disaster
I have read with interest the letter written by Mr. S.A. Mansoor on the captioned subject and published in your July 10 issue.
 arrow Anti-smoking law
The other day, some of my students and I took our lunch at the BRAC restaurant, situated on the 4th floor of the BRAC-building in Mohakhali, Dhaka.
Star Chittagongarrow A unique CCC initiative
The City Corporation Pharm-aceuticals is expected to go for marketing of its products in September.
Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury inaugurated the Pharmaceuticals on July 7.

 arrow Coastal embankment develops cracks
The coastal embankment has developed cracks at several points, posing a threat to massive destruction during any tidal surge or flash flood in a huge area at Patenga and Halishahar Ananda Bazar.
Star Cityarrow No respite in police harassment
People seeking help from the police often face harassment, maltreatment and even physical abuse, reports a human rights organisation.
 arrow Passengers at the mercy of taxi drivers
Passengers who arrive at Kamlapur Railway Station have complained of harassment by CNG-autorickshaw and cab drivers.
 arrow The silent truth of child sexual abuse victims
Around 80 sexually assaulted children under the age of ten have received treatment over the last four years at the One-stop Crisis Center (OCC) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Illegal diagnostic labs mushrooming
Around 450 laboratory and diagnostic centres in the city are operating without the approval from the Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), say sources.
 arrow Shilpakala theatre halls limping for lack of manpower
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's two experimental theatre halls in the city may be shut down soon due to lack of manpower.
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