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Front Pagearrow Graft cases against top shots see no light
About 300 corruption cases filed against top politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and other VIPs during the last 14 years stand pending before court.
 arrow JCD cadres rule tender
A group of ruling party cadres from Jamalpur and Netrakona yesterday barred others from dropping tenders at the jute ministry in Dhaka for purchasing land and property of the now-defunct Bangladesh Jute
 arrow Rift in donor camp on tagging reforms to aid
Sharp differences of opinion have surfaced recently in the local consultant group (LCG) of donors on justification of tying non-economic issues, including electoral reforms and governance, to development
 arrow Pardon to any convict at military court okay
Rumours ran rife yesterday that Law Minister Moudud Ahmed had resigned for his role in 'manoeuvring' presidential pardon to double-murder convict Mohiuddin Ahmed Jhintu while Moudud maintained his ministry
 arrow 30 tin-roofed houses, 14 shops gutted
Thirty tin-roofed houses and 14 shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Karwan Bazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 285cr surface water project for city okayed
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) at a meeting yesterday okayed eight projects involving Tk 1,713 crore.
 arrow EC goes for preparing voter list next month
The Election Commission (EC) will start from the next month preparing a voter list, likely to be a fresh one, for the next parliamentary election with about one crore prospective voters waiting to beenfranchised.
 arrow Rally also condemns state-terrorism
The Brazilian flag reads: How can you sleep, Mr Blair? And a poster says: Police killing is no better than al-Qaeda.
 arrow CAAB warned of captain's 'unstable mental state'
Four months before the Biman DC- 10 aircraft disaster in Chittagong, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) was warned of the unstable and unreliable psychological condition of the captainconcerned,
 arrow Creating new landless to rehabilitate landless
Indigenous villagers of Baradal woke up on June 22 morning to festivities in a cheerful mood.
 arrow Links snapped for 5hrs as train derails near Bhairab
Train services on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet routes remained snapped for five hours yesterday, as the Sylhet-bound Parabat Express from Dhaka derailed near Bhairab railway station.
 arrow Three bodies recovered from the Turag
Police yesterday recovered three bodies including that of two leaders of Dhaka city unit of Jatiya Jubo Sanghati, the youth wing of Jatiya Party (Ershad), from the river Turag at Savar.
 arrow 5 trawlers sink in Bay, 27 missing
Five trawlers with 56 fishermen and crew, caught in a sudden storm in the Bay of Bengal, capsized about 150 kilometres from the Kuakata coast on Saturday morning.
 arrow Niko starts drilling observation well
Instead of the second relief well, Canadian company Niko Resources yesterday began drilling an observation well at Tengratila gas field to get a clear picture of the well structure and its reservoir.
 arrow Sircar accused of 'making JS body dysfunctional'
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions yesterday accused Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar of "making the committee dysfunctional" by not allowing the lawmakers to place
 arrow Bigots attack Jamalpur Ahmadiyyas
Ahmadiyya community at a village in Sharishabari of Jamalpur district came under attack on Friday night.
 arrow Fire at gas pipeline in N'ganj
A large quantity of gas was lost due to a fire at the national gas pipeline at Sirajuddowla Road in the town on Friday night.
 arrow 2 subcommittees formed to probe irregularities of power suppliers
A parliamentary watchdog body yesterday formed two subcommittees to enquire systems loss and irregularities of power service providers under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.
 arrow UK cops quiz four bomb suspects
British police yesterday were questioning four prime suspects behind failed bomb attacks on the London transport system, looking for any links to a wider network that authorities fear could strike again.
 arrow Suritola traders protest robbery
Several hundred traders of Old Dhaka's Suritola area yesterday took to the streets protesting looting of Tk 62,300 from the cash boxes of six shops at Suritola Madrasa Market on Friday night.
 arrow 11 industrial units penalised for pollution
Inspection teams of the Directorate of Environment yesterday took legal action against 11 industrial units for polluting environment.
 arrow Bangladesh-born Rahman fights for US in Iraq
As the Marines with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment continue their fight in the war on terror, most of them think of it as business and not personal.
 arrow Charges pressed against five robber cops
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday pressed charges against five cops and their three informers in an extortion case.
 arrow Lawyers declare four-month agitation plan
Sammilta Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP), a forum of pro-opposition lawyers, yesterday announced four-month long action programmes that include holding human chains, observing black day and exchanging
 arrow Stale fish curries...

 arrow '10th planet' detected
Astronomers in the United States have announced the discovery of the 10th planet to orbit our Sun.
 arrow 14 hurt in intra-party clash at BNP confce
At least 14 people including a police officer were injured, four of them seriously, in a clash between two rival factions of the BNP in the city yesterday.
 arrow India okays setting up of floodlights on Assam borders
The Indian home ministry has cleared a pilot project for installation of floodlights in all vulnerable areas on the Assam-Bangladesh border in an effort to boost anti-infiltration measures along the border.
 arrow Star story brings war hero in focus
'Ordeals of a deprived war hero', a July 30 report of The Daily Star on the dire distress of Arafat Ali Khan, an elderly freedom fighter, has brought quite a crowd to Ward 24 at the DMCH.
Businessarrow Ethics key to boosting private enterprises
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for maintaining ethical practice in business, saying the perception that it is not possible to become rich without being dishonest will create chaos.
 arrow Corporate governance guideline needed for developing nations
International agencies should come forward to develop a model for corporate governance to help the developing countries practise it, speakers told an international conference in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Apparel trade bodies agree to end row
The country's three main trade bodies of the apparel sector at a joint meeting yesterday agreed to put a stop to the marathon wrangle over allegations of bonded warehouse leakage and under-invoicing.
 arrow Saifur asks BB to look into Indian exporters' complaint
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the Bangladesh Bank governor to look into the complaints lodged by some Indian exporters about payments against their exports.
 arrow India wants changes to TRIPs agreement
India has sought amendments to the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) agreement to protect the traditional knowledge and bio-diversity.
 arrow Court orders FBCCI to include Bangla-China chamber on voter list
The High Court yesterday ordered the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) to include Bangladesh-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI) on voter list.
 arrow 1st meet of Social Compliance Forum for RMG sector today
The first meeting of the Social Compliance Forum for RMG will be held today in the commerce ministry.
 arrow Dhaka to attend Bangkok int'l ICT expo
Bangladesh will attend the Asia & Oceania region ICT show, the Bangkok International ICT Expo 2005, on August 03-07.
 arrow Banglalink's new sales centre opens at Motijheel
Cellphone operator Banglalink yesterday inaugurated its new sales and care centre at Motijheel in Dhaka.
 arrow Citi adjudged number one valuable financial services brand
Citi has again been ranked number 1 most valuable financial services brand in the world by Interbrand, with the results published in the latest issue of BusinessWeek, says a press release.
 arrow Oil hits $61
World oil prices jumped to 61 dollars a barrel on Friday after an explosion at a BP refinery in Texas fuelled concerns about energy supplies toward the end of the year.
 arrow US trade chief 'optimistic' despite WTO failure
The United States is optimistic that a global trade pact can be struck in Hong Kong later this year despite the failure to meet a July target for interim accords, its top trade official said Friday.
 arrow US, EU hold fresh talk on aircraft row
Washington and Brussels have held fresh talks on their dispute over subsidies for aviation giants Boeing and Airbus, but the World Trade Organisation (WTO) case will continue, US trade chief Rob Portman
 arrow Honda India agrees to rehire fired workers
The Indian unit of Japan's Honda Motors agreed Saturday to rehire fired and suspended workers after violent clashes between police and striking employees left more than 100 people injured, a report said.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani owe it to Tipu
Shahajuddin Tipu rolled back the years and earned Abahani a fortuitous 2-1 victory, their first after three matches, against Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the Premier Division football league on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB violates its constitution?
The build-up for elections in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) got off to a chaotic start on Saturday when the most demanding sports federation of the country announ-ced a list of ten former national
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya guides SL
Sanath Jaya-suriya shrugged off a shoulder dislocation on Saturday to lead Sri Lanka to a tense three-wicket victory over India in the first match of the Indian Oil Cup triangular one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Target Giles
John Buchanan has revealed Australia's plan to hit spinner Ashley Giles out of the England attack -- and pile a greater workload on to the main two strike bowlers in Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh to play in Afro-Asia U-19 cricket
The Bangladesh Under-19 team will take part in the Afro-Asian tournament to be held in Vishakhapatnam, India in November.
 arrow Asif to light torch Sept 18
Manchester Commonwealth Games gold-winning shooter Asif Hossain Khan will light the torch prior to the ceremonial Queen's Baton Relay here on September 18 marking the Melbourne Commonwealth Games'2006.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi
Kallyanpur Government Primary School registered a massive 64-15 victory over Mothertek Government Primary School to moved into the quarterfinals of the Mini Kabaddi tournament at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Indian viewers miss action
Public broadcaster Prasar Bharti Saturday failed to wrest co-telecast rights from Ten Sports for the tri-nation cricket series in Sri Lanka, leaving its viewers with only match highlights.
 arrow Chess: Active chess title Rakib's
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib became champion in the Dr Quazi Motahar Hussain Active Chess Tournament. He earned six points to clinch the title on Friday.
 arrow Football: Robinho drama over
Real Madrid and Santos have reached an agreement to end the long-running transfer saga over Robinho with the Brazilian striker poised to sign a five-year deal with the Spanish club.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist makes Jones' life difficult
England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones and Australia gloveman Adam Gilchrist have a lot in common.
 arrow Swimming: Peirsol, Jones set pool afire
Aaron Peirsol and Leisel Jones set world records to win their second gold medals at the World Championships on Friday, while Michael Phelps collected his fourth courtesy of another American relay victory.
 arrow Football: The 'Beast' in dreamland
Julio Baptista plans to form a spectacular attacking trio when he joins up with fellow Brazilians Ronaldo and Robinho at Real Madrid this season.
 arrow Football: 'Good luck Davids'
Former Holland star Arnold Muhren is backing fellow countryman Edgar Davids to be a major Premiership success at Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Rooney double does it
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United beat Japan's Urawa Reds 2-0 in the last match of their pre-season tour of the Far East on Saturday.
 arrow Gen Moeen new BOA chief
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Moeen U Ahmed was elected uncontested yesterday as president of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA).
 arrow Cricket: Collingwood's reminder
All-rounder Paul Collingwood gave the England selectors a timely nudge by scoring another century as Durham swept to victory over Somerset in the County Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Bowden for Edgbaston Test
New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden will replace Aleem Dar for the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston after Dar was forced to return to Pakistan to be with his wife following the premature birth of their baby
 arrow A-1 racing launches in Sept
Come September and motorsports lovers would be treated to a new genre of car racing -- the A-1 Grand Prix -- which will pit drivers against drivers and country against country, unlike the Formula 1.
 arrow Football: Real blank Thai U-23s
Real Madrid finished their patchy pre-season world tour on a high note on Friday with a 3-0 victory over Thailand's under-23s.
Metropolitanarrow PM asks new secretaries to work with sincerity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the secretaries to perform their duly duty with sincerity, dedication and commitment.
 arrow Regional approach a must to resolve water issue
A regional approach to management of trans-boundary rivers is crucial to resolve the water issue between Bangladesh and its neighbouring countries, said the experts at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Govt urged to increase funds for UPs
Leaders of the Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum (BUPF) yesterday urged the government to increase allocation for the union parishads (UPs) and remuneration for chairmen and members and block allocation.
 arrow '53pc consumers aware of their rights'
Only 53 percent of consumers of Dhaka Metropolitan City are conscious about their rights and it is worse in the district sadar, according to a survey report published yesterday by the Consumers Association
 arrow 66 percent women murdered mainly for dowry
Sixty-six percent of women murdered in the country this year are the victims of domestic violence mainly for failure to pay dowry, speakers said at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Ctg USTC staffs abstain from duty
The staff of the emergency and outdoor units at Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital of University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) refrained from duty for about five hours protesting students' assault
 arrow Rapist cop on two-day remand
Investigators are yet to learn about the accomplices of the rapist policeman, arrested Friday for raping a teenager in a city hotel Thursday.
 arrow Three arrestees admit their involvement
Police and crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three of the six alleged killers of a young cricketer at Rupnagar in the city during an overnight raid yesterday.
 arrow 30 injured in AL-BNP clash
A clash between activists of ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) left at least 30 people injured in Kachua upazila in Bagerhat yesterday.
 arrow German envoy leaves today with new posting in Myanmar
German Ambassador in Bangladesh Dietrich Andreas leaves Dhaka today for Myanmar to take up his new posting there.
 arrow DUDS, GoD in final
Dhaka University Debating Society-1 (DUDS) and Group of Debaters (GoD) yesterday reached the final of the Third Holy Cross-Coca-Cola and The Daily Star Debate Festival 2005 that began in the capital on
 arrow SSKOP strike called off
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) at a meeting at the National Press Club in the city yesterday called off its tomorrow's 24-hour strike in the newspapers and news agencies followingthe
 arrow Four children rescued from traffickers
Four children were rescued from alleged human traffickers in Gazipur district town Friday afternoon.
 arrow Child trafficker handed 30yr imprisonment
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to 30 years rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping two children for trafficking in January 1999.
 arrow Accused Jubo Dal leader held
An accused in Dhaka City Corporation Ward Commissioner Saidur Rahman Newton Murder Case was arrested from Ghior in Manikganj on Friday.
 arrow Khulna transport workers clash with Rab : 7 hurt
Three members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and four transport workers were injured in a clash at a place near Khulna University yesterday.
Nationalarrow No steps yet to ease Sylhet power crisis
Power outage for hours has become an every day affair in Sylhet region, causing great inconveniences to people.
As in every year, the menace began this year with the beginning of summer.

 arrow Fresh threat haunts Satkhira Ahmadiyyas
Over 5000 Ahmadiyyas in Jyotindranagar in Shyamnagar upazila are in panic following a renewed threat by Khatme Nabuat Movement Bangladesh (KNMB) that their mosque at Sundarban Bazar would be capturedon
 arrow We’ll go to JS if consensus reached on reforms
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil has said talks on electoral and caretaker reforms should be held outside parliament.
 arrow 14 fishermen missing in Bay untraced
Fourteen fishermen missing in the Bay since Friday following capsize of a fishing boat are yet to be traced.
 arrow 3 killed, 50 hurt in Mymensingh road mishap
At least three persons were killed and people 50 injured when a Bhairab bound passenger bus from Mymensingh skidded off the Mymensingh-Kishoreganj highway at Dangri in Nandail upazila yesterday.
 arrow Indigenous women demand right to husband’s property
Women representatives from five indigenous communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) have demanded equal rights in family and husband's property.
 arrow CPB procession, rally in Manikganj
Manikganj district unit of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday brought out a procession in the town and held a rally on the Press Club premises as part of the party's month-long programme
 arrow Monument for martyred Ffs in Patuakhali
A monument to remember martyred freedom fighters in Patuakhali was inaugurated on Friday.
 arrow Stand-off over JCD committee heightens tension at RU
Tension is running high on the Rajshahi University campus following the stand-off and wrangling between two rival factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhtra Dal (JCD) over formation of the new Rajshahi JCD convening
Point-Counterpointarrow The Islamist terrorist and the Islamic apologist
The terror of September 11, 2001 has produced a great deal of anger against Islam in the western world; it has also produced a crop of apologists, both among Muslims everywhere and in the west.
 arrow Great Game reloaded
In a major twist to the continuing Great Game on Central Asia's landmass, Russia and China are attempting to reclaim the dominant role in the region that they ceded to the US in the aftermath of 9/11.
 arrow Meeting our energy needs
The undeniable truth is that our world today runs on electricity. Electric power has instant availability and is the energy of choice for providing creature comfort at home and at work.
 arrow Lesson that city bombers need to learn
Terrorist bombings in London, where a great scientist by the name of Sir Isaac Newton is buried, raise important questions of morality and laws of motion.
Culturearrow Chhayanaut's musical soiree
Chhayanaut, a leading music school, has been organising fundraisers for the construction of it's new building for a year and a half.
 arrow Faridpur Theatre presents Kajol Rekha
Mymensingh-Geetika embodies numerous folklores. It is a collection of Pala by the bards and poets of greater Mymensingh region compiled by Dr Dinesh Chondro Sen.
 arrow The King of comedy is no more
Bob Hope, the legendary comedian whose quick wit, daring personality and ski-sloped nose made him an icon of 20th-century entertainment, has died. He was 100.
Internationalarrow Two Britons killed in southern Iraq
Two British civilians were killed and two Iraqi children wounded Saturday when a bomb blew up near a convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles southwest of Basra in southern Iraq, a British army officer told
 arrow Mumbai launches massive recovery operation
Workers began a massive cleanup and rescuers searched for survivors under mountains of debris in western India after record monsoon rains claimed 920 lives, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Militants killed as clash with troops ends
Two militants who fought a day-long gunbattle with security forces were killed Saturday ending an intense clash in the heart of Indian Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, police said.
 arrow Man attacked Saddam in court: Lawyers
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was attacked by an unidentified man during his appearance at a court hearing in Baghdad on Thursday, his defense team said on Saturday.
 arrow Manmohan, Pervez to meet at UNGA in New York
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in New York in September this year on the sideline of the UN General Assembly session.
 arrow Indian jet skids off rain-soaked runway
An Air India plane carrying more than 300 passengers skidded off the runway in India's monsoon-lashed commercial hub of Mumbai Saturday, an airline spokesman said, adding that all passengers were safe.
 arrow Women candidates defy election ban call in Pakistan
More than 300 women candidates have filed papers to stand in local elections in northwest Pakistan, defying a ban called by Islamic clerics in the conservative region, activists said Friday.
 arrow Arrested man confesses to bombings: Italian press
The man believed to be the fourth would-be bomber in the failed July 21 attacks said he and his accomplices wanted their attack to spread fear in London, in an apparent confession reported by Italiannewspapers
Editorialarrow Editorial: Murder of NGO workers
THE brutal killing of two men who worked for the international NGO Christian Life Bangladesh is both shocking and horrific.
 arrow Editorial: Voter list and ID card
THE majority of the political parties, which met the Chief Election Commissioner at his initiative, have demanded a new voter list for the next general election.
 arrow Presidential clemency for a convicted murderer!
For a week or so, presidential clemency granted to a convicted murderer has been in the news.
 arrow It concerns us all
WHEN President Bush introduced his wife to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said here was a person who had more Muslims than any other country except Indonesia, but none of them was the Al-Qaida type.
Letters to Editorarrow 'SIM card crisis'
To use a cellphone SIM card is a must for the subscribers. A few months ago it was available in the market and people could easily get it at a reasonable price.
 arrow Big mistake?
The Daily Star is in my view the best English newspaper in our country, but last Thursday on page four I saw an amusing advertisement. The ad was on Saifur's BBA (IBA) admission coaching centre.
 arrow Please suggest something
I am the only child of my parents. After being born, my mother's leg was paralysed. Of course my mother could walk with the help of a stick.
 arrow Ode to July
In the yearly cycle of months, we are at the fag end of July. In season's swinging mood, it weaves magic alternating in sunshine, dark clouds, drizzle and heavy shower.
 arrow Ministers' sartorial preference
I adore Mr. S Ahmed for his observation (DS 4/7/05) on the subject which has drawn my attention.
 arrow Jute mills
Our Association is surprised to read the news published in your daily on 30-06-2005 regarding the statement in the JS on 29.06.2005 by Mr Shajahan Siraj, the Minister for Textiles and Jute.
Star Healtharrow Back pain of Sciatica could be managed by self-care
The longest nerve in your body, the sciatic nerve runs from pelvis through hip area and buttocks and down each leg.
 arrow The role of physiotherapy in pregnancy
Regular exercise during pregnancy can prepare your body for the rigors of labour and help you to reach your pre-pregnancy weight goal sooner.
 arrow Cosmetic surgery: Steps you may like to consider
Cosmetic surgery -- you have seen it advertised in newspapers, featured on television programs, displayed on the faces of celebrities. It is guaranteed to shave decades off your appearance.
 arrow Vitamin E may protect against Parkinson's
Eating food rich in vitamin E may help protect against Parkinson's disease, scientists said.
Star Cityarrow The making of 'stars' in the crime world
Sagir Ahmed, alleged criminal and Old Dhaka's ruling party leader was gunned down in broad daylight on June 24. Shaon, a suspect was immediately arrested and shot dead.
 arrow Where terror holds the reins
Notorious criminal Sweden Aslam and Pichchi Hannan controlled Tejgaon. Hannan was killed in a 'crossfire' with Rab and Aslam is behind bars.

 arrow Supply crisis in timber business
Some three lakh workers directly or indirectly involved in timber business in Dhaka are living in anxiety as the price hike of raw timber has put their future at risk.
 arrow Traffic information through SMS, internet and television
To provide the commuters with updated traffic information on a daily basis, Nodi Enterprise, a private company is going to launch SMS, internet and television updating system in association with the traffic
 arrow DU authorities silent about 'dual education'
Many Dhaka University students are simultaneously studying in different colleges under the National University and private universities in violation of rules.
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