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Front Pagearrow Special trial planned for Rab offenders
The draft Rab rules, if passed, will empower the elite force to constitute two kinds of special courts to try the unruly members of the force in a fashion almost identical to court martial.
 arrow Jhintu no stranger to BNP bigwigs
Convicted murderer Mohiuddin Ahmed Jhintu was not only an acquaintance of Barrister Moudud Ahmed but also met Khaleda Zia and had regular close contact with Mirza Abbas and Goyeshwar Chandra Roy before
 arrow London did not deserve it
Breda looks down at the undulated land below, from 35,000 feet it looks acrid, barren and rocky, a place no one would want to waste a minute about.
 arrow Majority opts for fresh voter list
Most of the political parties, including those in power, while taking part in the three-day Election Commission (EC) dialogue favoured a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary election, indicating
 arrow India's heaviest rain kills 786
Floods, landslides and building collapses caused by India's heaviest-ever recorded rainfall have killed at lest 786 people and brought the financial capital Mumbai to a near-standstill on Thursday, police
 arrow ACC proposes jt team with police
The Anti-Corruption Commission is pondering over forming a Joint Surveillance Team with members from the ACC and the police to clamp down on corruption of cops.
 arrow Britain detects two enemies
The power of the Internet and cross-border terrorism two things that the British government is considering seriously to counter, according to government officials.
 arrow IMF pledge holds BB back from intervening
A commitment made to International Monetary Fund keeps Bangladesh Bank (BB) from interfering in the foreign exchange market, though the dollar price is skyrocketing everyday.
 arrow Back from jaws of Rab 'crossfire'
Abdus Samad, who, mistakenly identified as outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) leader 'Lal' Samad, had been arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and later released, told journalists here
 arrow Scrap 'ineffective' laws to free vested property
Lawyers, justices and economists yesterday urged the government to cancel the two Acts about returning of vested property, saying the laws are unable to protect the victims as grabbers have already gobbled
 arrow 2 sweetmeat shop owners sent to jail
Two mobile courts yesterday collected a total of Tk 47 thousand in fines and sent a sweetmeat shop owner to one month of prison for producing food in an unhygienic environment and for using dying colour
 arrow Non-stop strike begins at Benapole port
The Benapole land port users yesterday enforced an indefinite strike to realise their 12-point demand, creating a deadlock at the country's biggest land port.
 arrow Caretaker govt issue not on Tuesday Group meet agenda
Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka David Sproule yesterday formally announced the Tuesday Group's planned international conference in Dhaka with a view to facilitating a free and fair outcome at thenext
 arrow CEC sees no problem now in preparing new voter list
The Election Commission (EC) appears to be backtracking on its earlier legal stance that a fresh voter list cannot be prepared without amending the relevant electoral laws.
 arrow 21 officials promoted to secretary
The government yesterday promoted 21 additional secretaries to the rank of secretary.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped
The rail link between Dhaka and Chittagong snapped yesterday as a relief train trying to salvage an already derailed freight train came off the track, leaving its driver killed near Lalmai Station.
 arrow Advani, 7 others indicted
India's former deputy premier Lal Krishna Advani and seven Hindu leaders were charged in court yesterday with inciting a mob to tear down a mosque, an act which sparked nationwide religious riots that
 arrow Withdraw case against SCBA secretary
Peshajibi Samannay Parishad (PSP), a platform of professionals, yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the case filed by the law minister against the secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
 arrow Probe body seeks time extension
The committee formed to investigate the cause of the second blowout at Tengratila gas field may seek further extension of its time since it is yet to complete its job.
Businessarrow ICB AMCL to float two more funds this year
After successful operation of four mutual funds, ICB Asset Management Company Ltd (AMCL) is planning to float another two funds by this year.
 arrow EPZ project hits a snag
Implementation of the Adamjee EPZ is getting delayed as the contractor has failed to remove machinery and other structures from the closed jute mill area by May 30, 2005 deadline.
 arrow Plea to submit fresh nominations rejected
The FBCCI election board yesterday rejected the petitions of nine business leaders, who appealed to the board to allow them to submit nomination papers afresh for contesting the FBCCI election scheduled
 arrow Country fails to get enough benefit from world forums
A minister and lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties yesterday said the country is failing to get enough benefit from world forums like the WTO, thanks to government inefficiencies.
 arrow India, Pakistan open land route for trade after 50 yrs
India and Pakistan opened bilateral trade across their land border for the first time in 50 years this week, marking yet another improvement in relations between the two south Asian rivals.
 arrow SEC fines 6 officials of Karim Pipe Mills
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined six top officials of Karim Pipe Mills Limited Tk one lakh each for failure to submit audited financial statements of the company for four consecutive
 arrow Citibank NA Bangladesh raises capital by $10m
Citibank NA, the banking arm of Citigroup, has increased its capital by US$ 10 million in Bangladesh.
 arrow Mumbai financial markets shut as waterlogged city recovers
India's stock, money, commodity and foreign exchange markets were shut yesterday as the country's financial capital recovers from heavy rains in the past week that left dozens dead.
 arrow DBBL gets Tk230m share certificates of Continental Hospital
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited has received share certificates worth Tk 230 million from Continental Hospital Limited, an international standard hospital being built in Gulshan, Dhaka.
 arrow Yuan move draws focus on other reforms
With the long-awaited currency revaluation behind them, China's planners are turning attention back to fine-tuning economic cooling policies and other reforms needed to cushion the impact of last week's
 arrow New MD of Premier Bank
Abu Haniff Khan took over as the new managing director of Premier Bank Ltd.
Prior to this new assignment, he was a consultant of Mercantile Bank Ltd, says a press release.

 arrow House narrowly approves Cafta
President Bush insisted that the small trade agreement with six Latin American nations would pay big dividends for security, stability and freedom in the Western Hemisphere.
 arrow Japan may impose duties on US steel
Japan is considering imposing retaliatory duties worth about $76 million on US steel and other goods by September to counter subsidies paid by Washington to companies under an anti-dumping programme ruled
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers hot on MSC's heels
Brothers Union were breathing down the neck of leaders Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday after reducing the gap to just one point with a convincing 3-0 thrashing of Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool in the
 arrow Cricket: No clear favourites
India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies head into a triangular one-day series here with each struggling to find a winning formula.
 arrow Cricket: ECB confirms Pak dates
England will play three Tests and five one-day internationals on their tour of Pakistan this winter, having finally agreed their itinerary after lengthy negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
 arrow Cricket: ICC, Lord's part today
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will cut its ties with Lord's on Friday after 96 years at the venue to start operating from new premises in Dubai on August 1.
 arrow Swimming: Hackett smashes 800m WR
Grant Hackett shattered Ian Thorpe's 800 metres freestyle record at the World Championships on Wednesday to join his Australian rival as the only swimmers to win six individual world titles.
 arrow Cricket: Which Aussie is better?
Former Australian batting great Greg Chappell begins his new innings as India coach here, only to find that he will be under as much scrutiny as his players.
 arrow Cricket: Back to square one
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday named Habibul Bashar as captain for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The Board also retained wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud as Bashar's deputy.
 arrow Hockey: BHF to serve Qamar notice
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) will serve a show-cause notice to national hockey coach Qamar Ibrahim for his 'vanishing act'.
 arrow Cricket: BD A's tour match washed out
Rain ruled again at Abergavenny as Glamorgan's tour match against Bangladesh A was abandoned as a draw yesterday.
 arrow Football: Monilal to visit Cox's Bazar today
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president Monilal Fernando will tour Cox's Bazar today to see prospects of setting up a training centre in the tourist resort.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's ban reduced to 4 ODIs
India skipper Sourav Ganguly must complete his international ban after an independent arbitrator on Thursday refused to overturn the suspension imposed for slow over-rates.
 arrow Football: Mexico pay dearly for dopers
A 480,000-euro fine has been imposed on the Mexican football federation, FIFA said in a Wednesday statement, after two players were expelled from last month's Confederations Cup following failed doping
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Surjo Tarun Cricket Club defeated Nabarun Cricket Club by 12 runs in the Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rongu Mia Cup Cricket Tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School playground yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Play me or I leave'
Real Madrid winger Luis Figo has again insisted that he will leave the club if he cannot be guaranteed regular first-team football.
 arrow Football: United baffled
English Premier League giants Manchester United slumped to the first defeat of their Asian tour on Thursday, losing 2-1 to Japanese J-League leaders Kashima Antlers.
 arrow Football: Everton fear the worst
Everton manager David Moyes fears his club will be paired with Merseyside rivals Liverpool in Friday's Champions League third qualifying round draw.
 arrow Football: Stalemate could cost Robinho Brazil place
Striker Robinho could lose his place in the Brazil team if he fails to reach an agreement with Santos or Real Madrid, says coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.
 arrow Football: A tour gone wrong
Real Madrid closed a tour of Japan with their fame on the wane, as the once invincible David Beckham left with a spat over spitting hanging over him.
 arrow Chess: Masum, Saif Clinch titles
Masum Hossain of Dharmarajik School and Abdullah Al Saif of Goran Adarsha School lifted the boys' senior and junior crowns respectively in the Standard Chartered School Chess tournament which concluded
 arrow Cricket: Shaheen's new appointment
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday made board advisor Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen the chairman of administration and management of umpiring assessment review committee.
 arrow Cricket: ESPN to inspect stadia
ESPN representatives will visit Bangladesh to inspect the broadcast facilities of the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Birsreshtho Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium (CDVS) in Chittagong and Shahid Chandu
Metropolitanarrow Advanced tech a must to build knowledge-based society
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government is giving importance to nurturing and flourishing the advanced technology to build up a knowledge-based society to cope with the global competition
 arrow Pull out of AL-led movement
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday asked the seven parties of the left 11-Party alliance to pull out from the Awami League-led movement and strengthen the Left Democratic Front.
 arrow BNP suspends Sylhet body over MP row
The ruling BNP on Wednesday withheld its Sylhet district convening committee following a long discord between Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman and other local BNP lawmakers.
 arrow Govt's inaction to bring killers to justice resented
Family members of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday expressed profound resentment at the government's inaction to bring the real killers under trial even after six months of thekilling.
 arrow Police intercept procession towards Bangabhaban
Police yesterday barred a procession towards Bangabhaban brought out by Awami Jubo League, a youth wing of main opposition Awami League (AL), protesting the Presidential amnesty to a ruling party manconvicted
 arrow US to help in capacity building of law enforcers
US Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Randy Beardsworth has appreciated the progress made by Bangladesh in improving the law and order situation and assured that the US will provide
 arrow Encroachers defy CMP ultimatum
The encroachers who were seen removing piles of heavy metals from an important road on Wednesday returned to their decade-old business yesterday, defying the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) ultimatum.
 arrow New Shitalakhya bridge to be named after Fakir Mojnu Shah
The government has decided to name the new bridge over the river Shitalakhya at Kapasia on Tok-Motkhola road after prominent spiritual leader Fakir Mojnu Shah.
 arrow Man stabs cousin to death
A man stabbed his cousin to death at Shyampur and police recovered the body of an unidentified youth at Pallabi in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Madrasa student 'tortured to death' by teacher
A madrasa student was tortured to death allegedly by his teacher at Munshipara in the town Wednesday night.
 arrow Japan internal affairs minister arrives Aug 21
Japan's Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Taro Aso will visit Bangladesh August 21-22.
 arrow Illegal structures demolished at N'ganj
Authorities demolished several illegal structures, including thatched and semi-pucca houses, and removed blockages in the Jalkuri drainage canal at Narayanganj yesterday to make the area free from waterlogging.
 arrow 40th prize bond draw on July 31
The 40th draw of the prize bond of Tk 100 will be held on July 31 at 10:00am at the conference room of the divisional commissioner of Dhaka.
 arrow Rab nabs PBCP leader, seizes 2kg heroin
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested a leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) with arms and ammunition in Chuadanga and seized two kilograms of heroin in the capital.
 arrow Bengali Debate Festival begins today
The Third Holy Cross-Coca-Cola and The Daily Star Bengali Debate Festival begins in the city today.
 arrow Take steps to bring back normalcy at Fazilatunnesa Hall: Duta
The Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday demanded that the university authorities take immediate measures to bring back normalcy at the Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall where a deadlock
Point-Counterpointarrow The squeezed middle class
Perhaps because of ill-conceived policies and lack of vision, immediately after the announcement of the 'dream budget' for the fiscal year 2005-06, prices of food stuff including vegetables and spices
 arrow A Muslim problem
It appears that Mr. Thomas Friedman has a Muslim problem.
 arrow Rising China versus rising India
How do you cope with the rise of China? Since last week, it has become very clear that a doable option is to create another rising Asian power.
 arrow The Nobel Prize and Australia
The Nobel Prize, established by Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-1896), was first awarded in 1901, a strange coincidence with the year when Australia obtained nationhood and became a federation.
Culturearrow Binodini Dasi -- A woman ahead of her times
I witnessed a most outstanding performance by Shimul Yousuff, which thrilled the audience at the Shilpakala Academy Experimental Theatre recently.
 arrow The voice that moved many
"Bangladesh offers a very favourable climate for artistes. It is a music loving country. Go to the villages or riversides, you will see the boatmen and villagers singing.
 arrow Reflecting wanderlust
Kashef's exhibition of photographs at Drik is as fascinating as his earlier one at Goethe Institut. The stark black and white is mesmerising. The presentation is semi-abstract, to go with the times.
 arrow Tarin to play Lalita in Parineeta
Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel Parineeta will shortly be seen on small screen.
 arrow Nacholer Rani at the Censor Board
Based on the life and struggle of the rebellious Santal leader Ila Mitra, the film Nacholer Rani has been forwarded to the Censor Board recently.
 arrow Closeup1 Tumake Khujchhey Bangladesh goes on air
The Closeup1 Team will start airing the programme Tumake Khujchhey Bangladesh on ntv tonight at 8:50pm, says a press release. This exciting event will be telecast on Fridays and Sundays.
 arrow Anil Kapoor: A film career on the ascendant
"I've been keeping a low profile of late because I've been wrapping up three films simultaneously," says the busy actor Anil Kapoor.
Generalarrow Two brothers brutally beaten in cop custody
Two brothers were severely beaten in the custody of police yesterday allegedly for obstructing the law enforces in the course of their duty.
 arrow Trial begins in speedy court Aug 14
Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday received the docket of Janakantha journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case and fixed August 14 for beginning the trial.
 arrow SSKOP meet tomorrow
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachary Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will hold an extended meeting tomorrow at 11:00am at Jatiya Press Club in the capital, says an SSKOP press release yesterday.
 arrow Teacher assaulted by Jamaat man
An adherent of Jamaat-e-Islami and his accomplices yesterday beat up a primary school headmaster, damaged the prime minister's portrait and set fire to documents in Puthia upazila.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The deadweight of an oversized cabinet
It has been reported in the daily Prothom Alo that at least 13 ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and advisers to the government have no specific job to perform.
 arrow Editorial: BRTA revamp in offing?
Let's commend the decision arrived at a high level meeting of the communications ministry to send a proposal to the Cabinet for providing the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) with a specialpolice
 arrow Time for a constitutional convention?
The good news is that the nation is now focused on the need for reform of the electoral process.
 arrow Changing equations in Asia
Two recent developments in Asia need to be kept in sharp focus to better understand the changing equations in Asia. The first is the growth and growth of intense affair between the US and India.
 arrow Diplomats, Constitution, and the Foreign Minister
I find it almost unbelievable that a country's foreign minister would rebuke foreign diplomats for proposing a likely seminar on election matters (most likely academic in nature) to be held in December
Letters to Editorarrow "Stop Crossfire Killings, Now"
After reading your article, I can only object to what you have written.
There is no such thing as Law and Order in Bangladesh, there is no justice for the innocent and victims of crime.

 arrow Fashion
I am a visitor from India. The article written by Ms. Subhra Saha was an interesting reading. It is heartening to know that ladies fashion is stronger in domestic market than in the exports.
 arrow Corruption
Bangladesh, our sweetest land, has been rated four times as one of the most corrupt countries in the world by the Transparency International. It is really so heartrending for people of this country.
 arrow US programme and defenceless states?
Falcon Programme allows the US to strike any country that does not comply with its dictates to exercise its global economic and political domination.
 arrow Promoter of war?
We were reading Slate and Jack Shafer's article on Judith Miller. He says that Miller had a problem of faulty reporting.
 arrow Cricket in S. Arabia
It is a matter of great joy that the International Cricket Council has given approval to Saudi Arabia to host three one-day matches between an International XI and Pakistan XI later this month which will
 arrow Decadence of Europe
Europe (and the West, and/or North) are facing sunset years, as rightly pointed out in the Perspectives column, DS, June 27. The two foster fathers.
 arrow Sunday as holiday
In this age of globalisation, in the context of Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), on the concept of regionalisation and on the question of weekly holiday, I have discovered that
 arrow "Don't be sad"
The above beautiful quote (civil service norm) by a former prime minister amazed me very much.
 arrow Politicians spoiling everything
The headline of a news report in The Daily Star has again drawn my attention.
 arrow Worst food
Do you know the definition of the worst food? If yes, you don't need to come to the canteens of the dormitories of Dhaka University, but if your answer is no, then you are most welcome to the hell ofunhygienic
Urbanarrow Save the river to save the port to save the country
That Chittagong port is vital to the economy of this country is as fundamental and common a fact as Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh.
 arrow Karnafuli river
(This is the concluding part.
Worldarrow South Asia: At least 10 killed in Indian oil blaze
Rescuers battling towering seas through the night rescued 351 workers from a blazing Indian offshore oil platform but at least 10 people died and a search was under way for several still missing, a minister
 arrow South Asia: Pearl murder suspect arrested in Pakistan
Pakistani security forces have arrested a fugitive suspect in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl during their ongoing raids against extremists, police said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Sri Lanka victims shrug off war fears
Escalating violence in eastern Sri Lanka has heightened war fears but tsunami-battered families living in this picturesque fishing village near the front line of the conflict have more pressing concerns
 arrow South Asia: Maoist leader repeats offer of alliance
The leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels on Thursday repeated an offer to work with an alliance of political parties to restore democracy, saying the insurgents would work democratically.
 arrow South Asia: US condemns jailing of ex-PM of Nepal
The United States said Wednesday the jailing of former Nepal prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for alleged corruption was another setback to democracy in the Himalayan kingdom.
 arrow South Asia: US helicopter destroyed in "hard landing" in Afghanistan
A US Chinook troop helicopter was destroyed when fire broke out during a "hard landing" in southeast Afghanistan, said the US military, which stressed hostile fire was not involved.
 arrow Train blown up in Iraq
Insurgents Thursday blew up an Iraqi train carrying petroleum products, setting off a huge blaze, as foreign governments angrily condemned the murder of two Algerian diplomats kidnapped last week in Baghdad.
 arrow Police quiz suspected London bomber
British police interrogated their first captured London bombing suspect, arrested nine more men, and poured officers into London Underground stations Thursday as chilling details emerged of a large-scale
 arrow IRA says armed campaign over
The Irish Republican Army on Thursday ordered all its militants to end their armed campaign and adopt exclusively peaceful means to end British rule in Northern Ireland, the paramilitary group said in
 arrow NASA grounds shuttle fleet
NASA grounded the space shuttle fleet after a chunk of insulation foam broke off the Discovery fuel tank on liftoff, as the Discovery crew prepared Thursday to dock with the International Space Station.
 arrow Stash of 16 bombs found in car boot
The four suicide bombers who killed 52 people in London on July 7 left a car packed with 16 bombs, newspapers said Thursday, with one claiming that the devices were made by the same person who armed a
 arrow Mrs Blair stands against husband
In an extraordinary intervention, the lawyer-wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said civil liberties must not be undermined by her husband's government even though it is responding to the UK's
 arrow Mubarak calls for Arab summit
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak called on Thursday for an extraordinary Arab summit to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh on August 3, just days after the deadly attacks in the Red Sea resort.
 
   
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