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Front Pagearrow EC to sit with political parties over voter list
The Election Commission (EC) is going to hold a series of dialogues with the political parties to seek their opinions on the voter list for the next parliamentary elections.
 arrow New pay scale may repel the best
The World Bank (WB) said the new government pay scale has awarded less remuneration and facilities to the officers than the employees, which may hinder the 'brightest and the best' candidates joiningthe
 arrow Stop crossfire killings, now
Each time a person is killed by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) or the police, the government, in effect, casts a vote of no confidence in the judiciary.
 arrow BEPZA, BJMC lock horns over disposal of Adamjee machinery
To get 29 plots ready for foreign investors at the planned Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ) by November, the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) is now locked in a tug of war with
 arrow 700 Bangladeshis sent back from Saudi Arabia
Around 700 Bangladeshi nationals returned home empty-handed from Saudi Arabia yesterday when the news reached Dhaka that Bolivian police detained 27 Bangladeshis in Santa Cruz.
 arrow Law ministry sits on president's order to resolve controversy
The law ministry is yet to act to resolve the certificate and age controversy of High Court Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee even 21 days after the president's office asked the ministry to take necessary
 arrow Latifur Rahman supports putting defence under chief adviser
Chief adviser to the last caretaker government Justice Latifur Rahman yesterday expressed his support to the 14-party opposition combine's demand to put the defence portfolio under the head of interim
 arrow Mobile court fines 30 vehicles for emitting toxic fumes
A high-tech joint mobile court fined 30 vehicles out of 38 that were checked for emitting highly toxic fumes in the capital yesterday.
 arrow BNP moves to rid leaders of criminal charges
The high-ups of ruling BNP have decided to gather information on the cases, which they termed "politically motivated", filed against BNP leaders and activists during the immediate past Awami League (AL)
 arrow 11 militants brought in Dhaka for quizzing
The 11 militants arrested from Puthiapara village in Paba upazila on Tuesday were sent to a joint interrogation cell (JIC) in Dhaka last night after a primary analysis of a recovered diary confirmed the
 arrow Five souls in dowry hell
Nupur, Sufia, Aleya, Shilpi and Shamima -- they were five young brides whose dream of a happy conjugal life has been shattered by a cruel greed for dowry of in-laws and husbands.
 arrow Bodies of 7 Bangladeshis arrive
The dead bodies of seven Bangladeshis who were killed in a recent fire accident at a sofa manufacturing factory in Saudi Arabia, reached Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh HC in Malaysia injured in road accident
Bangladesh High Commissioner in Malaysia Shafi U Ahmed was injured in a road accident in Kuala Lumpur last night.
 arrow 200 agitating workers hurt in clash with cops
Over 200 workers of a garment factory at Savar EPZ (Export Processing Zone) were injured, five of them seriously, in a police action yesterday.
 arrow 3 more districts inundated
Floods have engulfed three more districts and fresh areas of the affected ones, worsening the situation further.
 arrow Alliance aspirant leads after peaceful voting
Four-party alliance candidate Shahinur Pasha was leading in Sunamganj-3 by-election by a narrow margin until filing of this report at 10:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Dollar price climbs to Tk 64.62
Dollar price rose to Tk 64.62 yesterday from Tuesday's Tk 64.50, as the greenback crisis continued in the inter-bank foreign exchange market.
 arrow Rab nabs 2 Shibir men, seizes AK47
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have arrested two cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir and seized one AK47 assault rifle in separate raids in Chittagong.
 arrow Britain mulls global talks on terror
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday Britain was mulling an international conference on Islamic extremism following the London bombings, while Pakistan detained more than 200 suspected Islamic
 arrow 1 nabbed in Bandarban with 1,200 M16 bullets
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested an alleged criminal with 1,200 bullets of M16 riffle from Tarabunia in Naikhangchhari upazila.
 arrow Ex-cabinet secy Akbar tipped to become first tax ombudsman
Akbar Ali Khan, alternative executive director of the World Bank and former cabinet secretary, may become the first tax ombudsman of the country while incumbent Commerce Secretary Siddiqur Rahman is going
 arrow Drug traders demand removal of Mirpur cop
After observing a nationwide strike yesterday, drug store owners gave a fresh ultimatum to the government to remove Assistant Commissioner of Police Ziaul Huq Zia from his position by July 29 for hisalleged
 arrow World Bank VP Praful due today
Praful C Patel, vice-president of South Asia region of the World Bank (WB), arrives in Dhaka today on a four-day visit.
 arrow 7 journos file GD against BNP MP
Seven journalists yesterday filed a general diary (GD) against ruling BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam on charge of threatening them with death.
 arrow Octane price should be raised by another Tk 10
The price of octane should be raised by another Tk 10 a litre, Mahmudur Rahman, adviser to the energy ministry said yesterday, a day after the government raised the prices of octane and petrol.
 arrow Body formed to ensure nonstop power supply to Saarc summit
A committee was formed yesterday to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the main venue of the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit in Dhaka, scheduled for November 12-13.
 arrow Fresh autopsy performed
A second autopsy on the body of Camelia, allegedly killed by her husband and in-laws on July 5, was performed yesterday after exhuming it on Tuesday.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Hotel Purbani International Ltd yesterday contradicted a news item headlined 'Purbani Hotel fined for unsafe food' run by The Daily Star on Monday.
Businessarrow JS body's no to BR corporatisation
The parliamentary standing committee on communications ministry at a meeting here yesterday differed with finance minister's recent remarks on Bangladesh Railway, saying the state-run Railway should not
 arrow BKMEA decries BTMA
Following BGMEA's protest, the BKMEA leaders yesterday also came down heavily on the BTMA's remarks on under-invoicing, smuggling and misuse of utilisation declaration (UD) in fabric import by garment
 arrow 46 file nominations
Some 46 candidates, 29 from chamber group and 17 from association group, have submitted nominations for 38 post of directors to the executive committee of FBCCI.
 arrow Thai trade team identifies potential investment areas
The visiting trade mission of Thailand yesterday identified three most prospective areas for Thai investment in Bangladesh such as horticulture, fruit processing and halal meat to strengthen bilateral
 arrow Indian industry for shortened lists of negative items
The Indian industry has asked the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press for shortened lists of negative items from Bimstec states for the proposed Free Trade Area in the region.
 arrow Buoyant despite lower growth rate
During the mid-term appraisal of India's 10th Five-Year Plan in June, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated a growth target of 7 percent to 8 percent over the next two years.
 arrow Dhaka to hold deferred JEC meet with Islamabad next month
Dhaka plans to hold the deferred eighth Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting with Islamabad here next month.
 arrow Bank of Baroda plans overseas operations
India's state-owned Bank of Baroda (BOB) plans to make its presence in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives among a host of countries as part of its efforts to expand international operations.
 arrow US congressman assures Dhaka of action on Trade bill
Leading US Congressman Jim Kolbe has assured Bangladesh of his vigorous efforts to pursue the Congress for early action on the Trade Act of 2005 seeking duty-free access of products from least developed
 arrow Nat'l Productivity Council meets after 7 years
After a lapse of seven years, the National Productivity Council (NPC) held its seventh meeting yesterday. The previous one was held in 1998.
 arrow Greentone to distribute RanksTel products
Greentone Limited will now distribute RanksTel products and services.
An agreement to this effect has recently been signed between Greentone Limited and Ranks Telecom Limited in Dhaka.

 arrow Asean on track to achieve zero-tariff goals
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is on track to achieve a zero-tariff regime by 2015, a key ingredient for its ambitious plan to create a single market and production base by 2020, regional
 arrow WTO agrees to intervene
The World Trade Organisation agreed on Wednesday to rule on a dispute between the United States and the European Union over state aid for aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus, a trade source said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Victims could be reversed
The most eagerly awaited Ashes series of recent times finally gets underway at Lord's here Thursday with both sides upbeat about their chances.
 arrow Cricket: Gloucestershire let off the hook
Bangladesh A pacemen had Gloucestershire napping but the county side's last three wickets added exactly 160 as they recovered from a precarious 72 for seven to 232 all out shortly after tea on day one
 arrow Cricket: The legend of Ashes
Mention the word 'Ashes' to any cricket fan and they know instantly you are talking about a Test contest between England and Australia.
 arrow Football: Mid-season bourse flops
The first ever mid-season transfer for the Premier Football League ended yesterday without any activity.
 arrow Hockey: BHF names BKSP Cup teams
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday named the BHF Red and Green teams for the BKSP Cup hockey tournament which begins at the BKSP in Savar on August 5.
 arrow Football: Dhanmondi exit with a defeat
Dhanmondi Club made their exit from the First Division Football League with a 2-1 defeat to Agrani Bank at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: New Ashes man of series award
The man of the series during this Ashes will be presented with the inaugural Compton-Miller medal.
 arrow Football: It's Gerrard again
Steven Gerrard scored two goals inside sixty seconds to secure a flattering 3-0 victory for Liverpool against Welsh minnows Total Network Solutions in the Champions League first qualifying round second
 arrow Cricket: WI-Pak 2007 WC opener
Hosts West Indies and Pakistan will open the 2007 cricket World Cup after the schedule was announced here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India warn tri-series rivals
Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid sounded a warning to his rivals ahead of a triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka, saying his team was determined to win.
 arrow Tennis: Injury blow for Henin
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne has pulled out of next month's San Diego tournament with sore hamstrings and could also miss the Toronto event in an attempt to be fit for the US Open at the
 arrow Football: Shevchenko's future in Milan
AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has pledged his future to the Italian club despite his recent spat with coach Carlo Ancelotti.
 arrow Chess: School chess begins
The Standard Chartered School chess tournament began yesterday in the city with 207 students from 61 local schools and India taking part in the competition.
 arrow ERRATUM
In the report headlined 'Handsome bonuses for cricketers' in the Star Sport on Wednesday, it was mentioned that BCB president Ali Asghar was absent from a meeting of BCB advisors.
Metropolitanarrow Digital database system can reduce land disputes
Computerised land management system can reduce the incidents of land disputes in the country and increase the revenue earning with regard to land tax, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Govt will be forced to accept reform proposals
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the BNP-led coalition government would be forced to accept the electoral and caretaker government reform proposals placed by the opposition
 arrow Tap indigenous knowledge of farmers to protect biodiversity
Indigenous knowledge of farmers should be incorporated into the knowledge base of agriculture researchers to ensure conservation of biodiversity, experts at a national workshop said yesterday.
 arrow NU degree exam results published
National University (NU) yesterday published the results of the degree pass, subsidiary and certificate examinations of the year 2004.
The pass percentage of the two-year degree (pass) is 37.

 arrow Bangladeshi expats hold peace rally in London
Under the banner 'Coalition Against Terrorism', Bangladeshi expatriates organised a peace rally in London on July 15 to protest the bomb blasts that left 53 people dead.
 arrow Charge sheets soon
The charge sheets in the sensational cases of Banshkhali arson in Chittagong and the murder of headmistress Talukdar Shahnaz Kabir Lily in Dhaka will be submitted soon, a meeting of the monitoring cell
 arrow House tutors blame it on students
Ten house tutors of Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday said they resigned from their posts for being misbehaved by the female students of the hall on July 18.
 arrow Meat seller hacked to death in city
A meat seller was hacked to death by the local hoodlums at Kafrul in the city yesterday over a trivial matter.
The dead was identified as Abdus Samad, 40, a meat seller at Rajani Super Market.

 arrow Aftab removed, Wakil made NU vice chancellor
The government yesterday appointed Dr Wakil Ahmed as the new vice chancellor of National University (NU), removing Dr Aftab Ahmad.
 arrow Musical evening to raise funds for arsenic victims
A musical evening is being held in the city this evening to raise funds for arsenic victims.
 arrow Mainul's allegation against Monju
Barrister Mainul Hosein, executive director-1 and joint publisher of the Ittefaq Group of Publications, yesterday alleged that Anwar Hossain Monju has forcibly printed his name as the editor of the daily
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi will continue to work together says FM
In the fast changing world scenario, both Bangladesh and India will continue to work together for the mutual benefits of their peoples, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday.
 arrow 87 colleges go blank
The number of worst performing colleges in the degree pass, subsidiary and certificate course examinations under the National University (NU) rose by 100 percent in 2004 compared to the previous year.
 arrow Wedding festival begins today
A three-day wedding festival begins in the city today, aiming at promoting the local culture and local brand products and establishing a dowry-free society.
 arrow Protest against assault on journo at JU
Journalists and activists of student and cultural organisations of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus to protest the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) assault on journalist.
 arrow BDR chief to visit Rangpur, Dinajpur
BDR Director General Major General Md. Jahangir Alam Choudhury will start a four-day visit to Rangpur and Dinajpur today to observe border situation in the areas.
Nationalarrow 3 top CID officials visit 3 dists to ‘verify’ findings
Three top CID officials from Dhaka visited Khulna, Satkhira and Faridpur districts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday on a ‘secret mission’.
 arrow Another BSCIC estate in Jessore planned
Setting up of another industrial estate in Jessore is in the offing.
A 'plan system profile' (PSP) to this effect has already been sent to the Industries Ministry.

 arrow Rab nabs top Khulna outlaw Bappi in Dhaka
Kazi Golam Kader alias Bappi, one of the 'most notorious listed criminals' in Khulna city, was arrested in Dhaka on Tuesday by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and brought to Khalishpur RAB headquarters yesterday.
 arrow A potential cottage industry in Noakhali needs attention
Khalifar Haat, a place 12-kilometre off the district town, has much potential with Hogla (reed) industry if properly patronised.
 arrow Human chain for trial of Jubo League leader murder
A human chain was formed here yesterday demanding punishment of the killers of district Jubo League leader Mahmudur Rahman Palash.
 arrow 8 get life for robbery, murder in Tangail
A court here on Tuesday sentenced eight persons for robbery and killing of a man of a bridal party on the Jamuna river in 1994.
 arrow Scouts launch tree-plantation, sanitation week in Satkhira
An annual conference of Satkhira District Rover Scouts was held here yesterday.
The scouts launched a tree plantation and sanitation week on the occasion.

 arrow Three arrested for distorting Islam
Keshabpur police Tuesday night arrested three persons for preaching distorted versions of Islam at Altapole village.
Point-Counterpointarrow Do we need a federal system of government?
Bangladesh has a unitary political system of government based in the capital Dhaka.
 arrow Why did Ahmadinejad win?
The outcome of Iran's presidential election has surprised both inside and outside Iran.
 arrow London bombings, violence and Islam
Bombing in central London in the morning of 7th July caused terrible loss of lives and injuries to several hundreds of people.
Culturearrow Twelve acclaimed artistes honoured
An elated group of award winners thronged the Bangladesh Betar auditorium on July 19.
 arrow Indigenous peoples' struggle and landscapes on canvas
Ethnic communities in the hill tracts of the country have a rich and colourful culture.
 arrow Brihottoro Mymensingher Gunijon
Saki Anwar is a promising writer. Devoted to the country, its people and tradition, he has sought to focus on historical events in his writings.
 arrow Waheeda Rehman: An unforgettable screen presence
Who doesn't recall the incandescent beauty of Waheeda Rehman in films such as Guide, Kagaz ke Phool and Pyaasa? Well recognised in the film world for her talent as well as her looks, she has been
Generalarrow Nat'l convention on jail reforms in Nov
Most of the recommendations made by the jail commission constituted in 80s for improving the conditions in the jails were not implemented for political reasons.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned the body of Bangladeshi Youth Shahidul Haque after Company Commander level flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Tuesday night.
 arrow CPB protests fuel price hike
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Monjurul Ahsan Khan yesterday said the misrule of BNP-led four-party alliance government is leading the country to darkness.
Internationalarrow Army recruits again hit by bombs
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside an often-targeted army recruiting centre, killing at least eight people, as Iraqis nationwide held three minutes of silence to commemorate victims of two of the
 arrow 5 killed, 25 hurt in Kashmir car bomb
A car bomb claimed by Islamic rebels exploded in the heart of Indian Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar early Wednesday, killing four soldiers and a civilian and injuring 21 other people, police and medical
 arrow UK soldiers face war crimes trial
Three British soldiers are facing war crimes charges as well as criminal charges in connection with the death of a detainee in Iraq in September 2003.
 arrow One million flee as storm batters China
Heavy rain and winds forced more than one million people from their homes in southeast China on Wednesday and killed at least one, state media said, but the mainland was spared the battering that hitTaiwan.
 arrow Anti-Gaza protest fizzles out
A mass protest by thousands of diehard opponents of Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip was fizzling out Wednesday as police and soldiers again prevented them from marching on the territory.
 arrow World's largest lonely hearts club
China is set to become the world's largest lonely hearts club in coming decades, with some 23 million men of marriage age unable to find a female partner, an international population conference heardWednesday.
 arrow Pakistan tells US to respect borders in terror war
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has assured the United States of unwavering support in the war on terrorism, but said he would not tolerate violation of the country's borders by US forces, newspapers
 arrow Kashmiri pandits agree to return home
Assured of a "deeper sense of security and dignity", Kashmiri Pandits on Tuesday agreed to return to the Valley after a meeting with the Hurriyat moderate faction that also endorsed the Indo-Pak dialogue
 arrow NRIs hail Singh's US visit as sign of India's rise
Indian-Americans are celebrating the US visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as affirmation that their homeland now is seen as a force on the world stage.
 arrow Two Koreas to dismantle border propaganda
South and North Korean military officials agreed Wednesday to resume stalled work on dismantling propaganda materials on the Cold War's last frontier, officials said.
 arrow Bush picks conservative judge for Supreme Court
President George W. Bush nominated conservative judge John Roberts to the US Supreme Court, a move that could shape the outcome of battles over volatile issues like abortion for decades.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Kudos for capture
THE raid that resulted in the arrest of 11 suspected militants and the seizure of incriminating documents and materials is cause for congratulation.
 arrow Editorial: Distressed DND residents
VERY little government effort to salvage the DND area from water logging is visible.
 arrow What is behind the Indo-US 'New Framework'?
The recently concluded Indo-US defence agreement termed the "New Framework for the US-India Defence Relationship" has been characterised in many ways.
 arrow The PM's visit and the Japanese media
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has now returned to her normal busy schedule in Dhaka after completing a four-day official visit to Japan.
Letters to Editorarrow What a shame!
I was shocked to see a news item in The Daily Star dated 27-06-05 where a widow of a slain police sergeant, Mr. Farhad, protested against a hero's burial to the registered criminal Sagir Ahmed.
 arrow Lopsided claims
The official claims of 'Development' in different sectors of the society through much publicised projects is rather lopsided, missing out on many weak black holes in a system. There are many examples.
 arrow Let them speak
The newspapers may encourage writing by ex-MPs and retired politicians to regale the citizens with spicy inside stories of working, and tales of honesty within the political parties, and dedicated performances
 arrow BBC audience research project
It is encouraging to learn that the BBC world Service Trust and BBC Bengali Service are going to launch an audience research project in Bangladesh involving a series of radio debates and programmes addressing
 arrow Armed forces division and the PERC
Thanks for the comprehensive report on the activities of the Armed Forces Division (Armed Forces Division dwarfs ministry power, 5 July 2005).
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