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Front Pagearrow Modhumoti Model Town project illegal
The High Court yesterday declared the controversial Modhumoti Model Town project of Metro Makers Ltd at Aminbazar on the outskirts of Dhaka unauthorised, illegal and against public interest.
 arrow Enayetur granted anticipatory bail
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Secretary Enayetur Rahim yesterday secured anticipatory bail from the High Court in a defamation suit filed by Law Minister Moudud Ahmed.
 arrow Attacks change face of business
Londoners, in fear of more attacks, are avoiding the Underground. That should be good news for the cabbies. Not for all. Salam is contemplating to wrap up his business.
 arrow Fate of fresh voter list in doubt
The Election Commission (EC) appears to be in a quandary about preparing a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Study shows voter list grossly flawed
Two former advisers of the caretaker government yesterday described the Chief Election Commissioner's (CEC) holding dialogue with all political parties on the voter list as 'unnecessary'.
 arrow High-profile litigation drew rare congress of star jurists
The public interest litigation on Modhumoti Model Town project, which the High Court yesterday declared illegal, saw an uncommonly large array of top-ranking jurists appearing for and against the developer,
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 arrow NBR agrees to work with ACC to cut graft
Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) and National Board of Revenue (NBR) will work out a strategy for working together to root out corruption.
 arrow B Chy, Kamal unveil reform proposals
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh and Jatiya Oikya Mancha yesterday put forward a series of reform proposals for the Election Commission (EC) and the caretaker government, including appointment of a non-political
 arrow Tripartite meet to end apparel brawl
Three principal trade bodies of the country's apparel sector on Saturday will sit in a meeting convened by Jute and Textile Minister Shajahan Siraj in an attempt to hammer out a solution to their recent
 arrow Tuesday Group terms Morshed remark 'a little it strange'
Ambassador of the Netherlands Kees Beemsterboer yesterday, in response to Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan's comment on the Tuesday Group's move to hold an international conference in Dhaka, said, "Wehave
 arrow Banks to fix dollar rates to stabilise market
In a bid to stabilise dollar price, the Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB) has decided to exchange the greenback at a rate acceptable to all banks from next Monday.
 arrow India discloses plans to stop Cross-border migration
India on Tuesday announced a series of steps including completion of fencing the border with Bangladesh by next year and floating border outposts in riverine areas to check illegal cross-border migration.
 arrow British cops net four in failed blasts
British police investigating a series of failed bomb attacks in London said yesterday they had arrested four men in the city of Birmingham, and explosives experts were examining a suspect package found
 arrow Major parties boycott second day's EC talks
Only 11 parties, out of 38 invited, joined the second day's dialogue of Election Commission (EC) on voter list while the mainstream opposition parties, except Jatiya Party(Ershad), boycotted it as per
 arrow Sajna's rejoinder
Sajna restaurant has said that there were no cockroaches in its shrimp as mentioned in a photo caption of a news report carried out by The Daily Star on July 25.
 arrow 2 Myanmar nationals held after gunbattle
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday arrested two Myanmar nationals after a six-hour battle at Naikhhangchhari, seizing from their possession a US-made M-16 rifle, one G-3 rifle and ammunition.
 arrow Five Muslim Sweetmeat staff jailed
Two mobile courts yesterday jailed five employees of a sweetmeat factory and fined four other shops and factories and two restaurants Tk 58,000 in Badda in the capital.
 arrow Bravery redefined
Bravery comes in many forms, but what an eight-year-old boy showed Tuesday night is one of its kinds.
 arrow Rajshahi cops seek Home nod to file sedition case against 11 militants
As advised by the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC), the police yesterday sent a letter to the home ministry seeking an order for filing a 'weak sedition' case against 11 militants held in Rajshahi.
 arrow India landslides kill 99, bury 130 others
At least 99 people were killed and more than 100 trapped as India's worst-ever day of rainfall triggered landslides and building collapses in western Maharashtra state, an official said yesterday.
Businessarrow Saifur assures knitwear units of tax holiday
The finance minister has assured the knitwear industry of tax holiday facility.
 arrow Market access, non-tariff issues to figure
Bangladesh will seek duty free access of its products to Indian market and removal of all non-tariff barriers in the next week's joint working group meeting between the two nations, official sources said.
 arrow Experts mull energy ring for Saarc bloc to up power trade
Energy experts from Saarc countries on Tuesday formulated the terms of reference to promote energy trade and create an energy ring in the region.
 arrow ICT holds potential to emulate RMG
The ICT sector can be turned into another powerful sector like the RMG if harmony is ensured among IT professionals, private investors, government and educational institutions, speakers at a convention
 arrow Lanka Telecom ordered to revert to pre-2003 tariffs, refund millions of rupees
Shares in Sri Lanka Telecom slumped Wednesday, dragging down the Colombo bourse, after a court struck down a 2003 tariff increase and ordered it to refund customers millions of rupees, traders said.
 arrow WTO states try to bridge gaps to put trade talks on target
World Trade Organisation countries met on Wednesday at a vital stage on the tough road towards a treaty to open up global commerce, after almost four years of on-off talks.
 arrow Fix minimum monthly wage at Tk 4,500
The leaders of Dhaka tailors' union yesterday urged the garment industry owners to fix the workers' minimum monthly wage at Tk 4,500.
 arrow bdjobs.com observes 5th anniversary today
bdjobs.com, the largest job portal in the country, will hold programmes today in observance of its 5th founding anniversary.
With more than 10,000 regular visitors and 140,000 users, www.bdjobs.

 arrow EU trumpets tobacco ad ban
The European Union welcomed on Wednesday a continent-wide ban on tobacco advertising that will come into effect this week, as it prepares to phase out subsidies to growers from next year.
 arrow Honda's profit drops
Honda Motor said Wednesday its net profit fell in the first quarter to June as it incurred additional costs but it raised its full-year earning projections with sales holding strong.
 arrow Rupali Ins declares 15pc stock dividend
Rupali Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 15 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow DBBL's workshop on audit, internal control compliance
Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) organised a half-day workshop on audit and internal control compliance for its branch managers on Sunday.
Sportsarrow Football: Patrick spoils MSC's day
They had come to the Banga-bandhu Natio-nal Stadium expecting another cakewalk but Dhaka Wanderers stunned the Mohammedan Sporting Club faithful with an 86th minute equaliser from Nigerian midfielderPatrick
 arrow Cricket: Take note Mr. Boycott
Although cricket lovers in the country have generally rejected former England captain Geoff Boycott's degrading remarks about Bangla-desh cricket as a stupid outburst, former national team manager ASM
 arrow Cricket: Rain spoils 2nd day
The most of the second day's play of the three-day match between Bangladesh A and Glamorgan was ruined by rain at the Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav returns, keeps mum
With his fate as international cricketer in the hands of South African judge Albie Sachs thousands of miles away, former India cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednes-day returned here refusing to hazard
 arrow Chess: Masum closing in on title
Masum Hossain of Dharmarajik School brightened his chances to win the title for students of Class VI-X (Group B) in the Standard Chartered School Chess tournament when he posted solo lead with just one
 arrow Cricket: Rafique honoured
Ace spinner Mohammad Rafique has been named spokesperson for the USAID-funded health care programme.
 arrow Swimming: Issa Khan Navy's aquatic champs
BNS Issa Khan became champions in the annual swimming and waterpolo championships of Bang-ladesh Navy which concluded yesterday at the Naval headquarters swimming pool in Banani yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Phelps back on track
Michael Phelps left failure in his wake on Tuesday, winning his first individual gold medal of the 11th World Swimming Championships in the 200m freestyle.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff's belief
Andrew Flintoff claims England's batsmen can handle the challenge of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne despite their crushing opening Ashes defeat by Australia.
 arrow Football: Liverpool survive a scare
Champions League holders Liver-pool came from behind to beat Lithuanian champions Kaunas 3-1 in their Champions League second preliminary round first leg clash.
 arrow Cricket: 'Jones needs to improve'
England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones needs to improve to make sure of his place in the side, former Australia captain Allan Border said.
 arrow Football: Baptista not interested!
Sevilla's Brazilian forward Julio Baptista has restated his refusal to accept a move to English club Arsenal because he wants to become a Spanish citizen.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni shines as India win again
Wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni scored a stylish 88 to guide India to a 93-run victory over a Kurunegala District Invitation XI on Wednesday.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi semis today
The semifinals of the school kabaddi tournament will be held today at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan reject Multan switch?
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected a request from its English counterpart to move the first winter Test from Multan to Rawalpindi, say reports.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka doesn't harbour any int'l terrorist
The US government will continue to provide all forms of assistance and remain engaged with Bangladesh at all levels to promote understanding and fight international terrorism, says an American security
 arrow Rab changes tactics, arrests 3
On the second day of its 'new strategic' drive, the Rapid action Battalion nabbed three criminals from the capital and Tongi yesterday.
 arrow DU authorities urged not to allow Dr Aftab to join pol science deptt
The Coordination and Development (C&D) Committee of the political science department of Dhaka University yesterday recommended the university authorities not to allow Dr Aftab Ahmed, former vice-chancellor
 arrow Upgrade healthcare for victims of trafficking
Speakers at a workshop in the city yesterday stressed the need for upgrading healthcare facilities for the victims of trafficking.
 arrow Communication ministry to sue land grabbers
The National Road Transport Advisory Council at a meeting yesterday decided to file criminal cases against the illegal occupants and encroachers of lands under Roads and Highways Department and Bangladesh
 arrow Arguments on August 3
A Dhaka court yesterday completed the cross-examination of witnesses in a robbery case against four Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and their two sources.
 arrow Students say sorry, urge VC to meet demand
Students of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz yesterday urging him to withdraw the list of 21 students and meet their demands
 arrow 4 foreigners detained over distribution of religious books
The Special Branch (SB) of police yesterday detained four foreigners from Kakrail in the capital in the act of distributing copies of a religious book.
 arrow 7yr girl raped in Kushtia
A seven-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang-raped in Radhanagar village in the sadar upazila on Tuesday evening.
The girl is now fighting for life at a clinic in the town.

 arrow Six injured as prisoners clash in Dhaka Central Jail
At least six inmates of Dhaka Central Jail were injured, two of them critically, in a clash between two rival groups over drug trade on Tuesday, according to jail sources.
 arrow PM opens BCC Bhaban today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the newly constructed Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital today.
 arrow Cyber games contest from Aug 26
The World Cyber Games 2005 Bangladesh Championship, the first of its kind in the country, will kick off at the Bashundhara City Shopping Centre in Dhaka on August 26.
 arrow Ainjibi Samannay Parishad rally tomorrow
The Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad, an organisation of pro-opposition lawyers, will hold a grand rally on the Supreme Court Bar Association premises in the city tomorrow morning.
 arrow Driver gets 31 years' RI for killing helper
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a driver to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing his helper Lal Miah in 1998.
 arrow Modern device installed to detect lung diseases
For the first time in Bangladesh, a private diagnostic centre has installed a new device to detect all kinds of lung diseases.
 arrow Saiful Islam awarded Bronze Wolf
The World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM) has conferred the Bronze Wolf, the highest award for world scouting, on Saiful Islam Khan, a former bureaucrat, poet and cultural personality, says a press
Nationalarrow Road plaques commemorating Manik Shaha demolished
Unidentified miscreants on Tuesday night demolished two plaques constructed by Khulna City Corporation (KCC) to identify a road in the city renamed as Journalist Manik Saha Road.
 arrow None arrested, no move yet to reopen SUST
Law enforcers could not arrest any of the killers of SUST JCD leader Rafiqul Islam Patwary Liton two weeks after the incident while the university also remained closed.
 arrow Give us promised khas land
Several thousand landless people at a big rally in Kaliganj yesterday urged the government to fulfil the promise made by the then opposition leader Khaleda Zia to distribute government lands in the upazila
 arrow Banapole port users go on strike today
vBenapole land port user associations are scheduled to go on an indefinite strike today to realise their 12- point demand.
 arrow Section 144 in Chuadanga as 50 BNP men hurt in clashes
A tense situation is prevailing in Chuadanga town and police have been deployed following Tuesday's clashes between rival BNP factions over council of Jatyitabadi Krishik Dal that left at least 50 people
 arrow 4 Udichi blast case witnesses examined
Three witnesses in the sensational Udichi bomb blast case were examined here yesterday, the second date of hearing of the case.
Point-Counterpointarrow International assistance and development
Foreign aid can be construed as inter-social transfers of resources that are intended by all the relevant parties, especially the provider, to serve, first and foremost the recipient's needs, interests
 arrow Advani leaves in disgrace
It's only a matter of time before Mr L.K. Advani quits as Bharatiya Janata Party president or Leader of the Opposition. On July 16, the "Iron Man" meekly called RSS sarasanghachalak K.S.
Culturearrow A boost to our traditional music
Deshio Sangeeter Utkarshey. With this slogan, the much-awaited Citycell-Channel i Music Awards for the year 2004 is to be held today at the Ballroom of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
 arrow Folk musical soiree in Barisal
The artistes of the Palli Baul Samaj Unnayan Sangstha(PBSUS) organised a musical soiree recently at Barisal Zilla School, Government Girls School and Brojomohan High School.
 arrow A new face on small screen
Kairul Islam Pakhi is a promising actor of the small screen. At present, three different TV channels are telecasting serials where he performs spontaneously in diverse characters.
 arrow Gibson's Apocalypto is close
In The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson revived the Aramaic language. For his next movie, he'll give new life to an ancient Greek term.
Generalarrow 24-hr CMP ultimatum to encroachers
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in a major drive started evicting encroachers from an important city road yesterday.
Internationalarrow 600 detained in Pak militant crackdown
Pakistani security forces have rounded up about 600 suspected militants and Islamic clerics in a week-long crackdown that followed the July 7 London attacks, officials told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Iraq wants quick US withdrawal
Iraq's transitional prime minister called yesterday for a speedy withdrawal of US troops and the top US commander here said he believed a "fairly substantial" pullout could begin next spring and summer.
 arrow Blair calls for promoting 'true face of Islam' in anti-terror fight
British Prime Minister Tony Blair called yesterday for promoting "the true face of Islam" in the international battle against terrorism after talks here with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 arrow Egypt identifies body of probable bomber
Investigators identified an Egyptian as a probable suicide bomber in the weekend terror attacks at this Red Sea resort and were searching Tuesday for his suspected Islamic militant cohorts the firstbreak
 arrow 'Beyond Kyoto' pact in the offing
The United States, Australia, China, India and South Korea are likely to unveil this week a regional pact to combat greenhouse gas emissions by developing environmentally friendly energy technology, Australia
 arrow North Korea ready to dump nukes if US normalise ties
North Korea said yesterday it would dismantle its nuclear weapons if the United States promises to normalise relations and drops plans to topple its regime, according to a source at six-party talks.
 arrow Ex-US senator urges Nepali king to restore democracy
Former US senator Tom Daschle yesterday called on Nepal's King Gyanendra to reverse his February power grab and urged the release of sacked former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
 arrow 5 rebels killed as strike cripples Kashmir
Indian troops shot dead five suspected militants yesterday, the army said, as a strike gripped the Kashmir valley in a fourth straight day of protests since soldiers mistakenly killed three boys.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Registration of political parties
The somewhat comical spectacle of 114 political parties, the vast majority of which very few members of the general public had ever heard of, being invited by the EC to discuss reforms to the voter
 arrow Editorial: Fruitless juice
More and more appalling things are coming out of the government's drive against adulteration.
 arrow Is there a need for a 'good definition' of terrorism?
Whenever there is a spate of terrorist bombings around the world, this sparks a renewed flurry of activity on the part of political leaders, academics and international civil servants to devise ways and
 arrow Please stop your hate speech, Mr. Friedman
Dear Tom: You have forced me to come out of my hiatus and are making me do things I hate: being rude to and showing someone up, even in print. But, you have been impossibly difficult these past few months.
Letters to Editorarrow Human rights and crossfire
These days the movement of some human rights organisations against extra judicial killing is really eye-catching.
 arrow Changing social context
Entrenched corruption has made it easier to get something or a service without much effort. The use of money has changed. Once this road is travelled, exertion becomes a boring chore.
 arrow Adulteration
The government drive against adulteration is a praiseworthy move. Your reports have actually opened a Pandora's box.
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