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Front Pagearrow Madrasas mushroom with state favour
Madrasa education has received more state favour than general education in the last four years, leading to the significant growth of madrasas in Bangladesh.
 arrow Food strike hurts poor ones most
Members of the public, including office goers, students, rickshaw pullers and cab drivers, suffered through the first day of a two-day strike called by food producers, since they were unable to take food
 arrow At 9:47am, time stops
Time stops at 9:47am for 24 Juliette Road.
The mobile phone rang exactly at that precise moment. A call from Shahara to her uncle's mobile.

 arrow Wealth info of spouse, kids made mandatory
From now on, taxpayers must state their dependants' wealth in income tax returns and have to pay Tk 50 tax more per square feet to buy realties with black money.
 arrow No consensus on Safta likely before Saarc summit
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said he does not expect any major breakthrough in negotiations on the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (Safta) before the upcoming Saarc Summit.
 arrow JCD leader Idul gets death
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Idul and two of his accomplices were sentenced to death in a murder case yesterday.
 arrow Pro-BNP lawyers' conflict flares up
Conflict between two groups of BNP's lawyer ministers and lawmakers flared up yesterday as Nazmul Huda-led faction dissolved the Supreme Court (SC) units of two pro-BNP lawyers' associations, prompting
 arrow Don't vote for those who don't go to Sangsad
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to elect their representatives who have worked and will work for them in future, discarding those who don't go to the parliament.
 arrow Security, trade to rule talks with Natwar
Security, bilateral trade, border management, water sharing, and UN reform issues will top the agenda during Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh's three-day official visit to Dhaka on August
 arrow India yet to hand over bodies of 4 Bangladeshis
Indian authorities did not send back the bodies of four lynched Bangladeshi citizens as of yesterday evening, while the incident has raised tension among people on the nearby border areas.
 arrow Benapole port strike enters 14th day
The indefinite strike enforced by the five organisations of port users, including the Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) Agents' Association, continued for the 14th consecutive day yesterday, paralysing export-import
 arrow Arrest warrant issued against Bidisha
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant of arrest against Bidisha after her former husband HM Ershad's personal assistant filed a case following rejection of a Tk 2.13 crore cheque she owed.
 arrow Open sale from next month
Against the backdrop of spiraling prices of rice in the market, the government yesterday decided to start open market sale (OMS) of rice and vulnerable group feeding (VGF) for the extreme poor throughout
 arrow 14 Marines killed in Iraq blast
Fourteen US marines and one interpreter were killed in western Iraq yesterday when their armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, the US military said.
 arrow Evicted at last!

 arrow All 309 survive in Air France crash
An Air France A340 jet with 309 people aboard overshot the runway at Toronto international airport and burst into flames after plunging into a muddy ravine, but with flames licking around the fuselage
 arrow EC pays no heed to EU allegation
The European Union's allegation about the unusual rise of around one crore voters on the list prepared in 2000 for the last parliamentary election of 2001 has remained unresolved for the last two years
 arrow 'Media gag' imposed on EC M Ali
A virtual restriction was imposed on Election Commissioner Mohammad Ali yesterday asking him not to speak with journalists about the ongoing affairs of the Election Commission (EC), following his disclosure
 arrow US mission hopeful of justice soon
The US Embassy in Dhaka yesterday expressed the hope that the killers of two NGO workers would be brought to justice.
Businessarrow Strong political will key to boosting trade in Saarc bloc
A strong political will is key to expediting the process of regional cooperation for boosting trade and commerce in the Saarc bloc, speakers, mostly civil society members from the region, told a seminar
 arrow Arbitration board to hear appeal today
The FBCCI arbitration board today will hear an appeal seeking permission to submit nomination for the biennial election of the apex trade body.
 arrow Govt to form body to ensure eco compliance in RMG sector
The government yesterday decided to form a national committee to ensure environment compliance in textile and garment factories.
 arrow Indian allegation of non-payment of import bills proves hollow
Indian allegation of non-payment of import bills by Bangladeshi commercial banks appears hollow as the complainants regretted their irrational complaints after checking with the bankers.
 arrow HSBC comes up with new products
HSBC Bangladesh has recently introduced 'My Future' scheme to cater to the needs of local consumers.
 arrow Oil back above $62 in Asian trade
Oil prices climbed back to near record highs above 62 dollars in Asian trade Wednesday ahead of US inventory data expected to show lower crude and gasoline stocks, dealers said.
 arrow India's financial hub back on track
India's rain-drenched city of Mumbai, where almost 1,000 people lost their lives in a week-long deluge, surged back to life Wednesday but aid workers still battling to get relief to battered areas warned
 arrow India may hike prices of octane, diesel
Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has made a strong case for raising prices of octane and diesel to help four major oil companies partially offset their cumulative cash losses estimated atRs
 arrow New DMDs of Janata Bank
Md Nazmus Salehin and Md Mizanur Rahman have recently joined Janata Bank as the deputy managing directors.
Salehin started his career in Sonali Bank in 1979.

 arrow Adidas buys Reebok for $3.8b
German sporting goods maker Adidas-Salomon is buying US rival Reebok in a 3.1 billion euro ($3.8 billion) deal to expand its reach in Nike's home market.
Shares in Reebok surged 32 percent to $58.

 arrow Indian sugar traders eye huge exports to Pakistan
Welcoming Pakistan's decision to lift a four-year ban on import of sugar from India, the Indian sugar traders are making preparation for a large scale exports to the neighbouring country.
 arrow China protests US proposal for more limits on its textiles
China protested Wednesday a US proposal to impose restrictions on the imports of five additional categories of Chinese textiles, complaining that it went against free trade principles.
 arrow Singapore, South Korea to sign free trade pact
The trade ministers of Singapore and South Korea will sign a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) on Thursday in Seoul, Singapore's trade ministry announced Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: England's moment of truth
England captain Michael Vaughan shrugged off an elbow injury to practice in the nets on Wednesday and declare himself fit to face an unchanged Australia in the second Test at Edgbaston on Thursday.
 arrow Football: It's frustration-ganj for Abahani
Almost out of the title race Abahani fielded their three foreign recruits in this season's Premier Football League match for the first time on Wednesday evening.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly 10,000 up
India's Sourav Ganguly became the third batsman to complete 10,000 runs in one-dayers, achieving the feat against Sri Lanka in a triangular series match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Jayawardene scripts dramatic win
Mahela Jayawar-dene scripted a miraculous back-from-the-dead victory for Sri Lanka in the fourth group match of the tri-series in Dambulla.
 arrow Cricket: 1981 revisiting for England?
England may have lost the first Ashes Test by the crushing margin of 239 runs at Lord's last month but as they prepare for the second match of the series against Australia some home fans still remainoptimistic
 arrow Cricket: Tigers gather for a special dinner
The national cricketers got together for a quiet dinner at a posh restaurant on Wednesday and shared some enjoyable moments away from the spotlight of the media and the fans.
 arrow Cricket: Yorkshire feast on BD A
Bangladesh A team spent an awful day on their England tour yesterday when Yorkshire openers sent the visiting team bowlers on a leather hunt on the first day of the three-day match at Headingley, Leeds
 arrow Football: Argentine coach in town
Argentine coach Diego Andre Cruciani and trainer Victor Ariel Colman arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday night to join the Bangla-desh Football Federation (BFF) as the coaching staff of the national team.
 arrow Football: Life is cruel for Celtic
Celtic crashed out of European competition for the season but Tuesday's 4-0 win at home to Slovakian champions Artmedia Bratislava restored some pride.
 arrow Cricket: Streak is back and happy
New Zealand arrived here Tuesday for the start of their controversial tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Test trio in U-19 list
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced the national U-19 squad that would start training under the High Performance programme from August 13 at the BKSP.
 arrow Cricket: Another blast is Ashes doom
Australia's cricket team could decide to abandon the Ashes tour if there are more terrorist bombings in England, fast bowler Jason Gillespie said in remarks reported Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Saquib Al Hasan to skipper BD U-17
Talented all-rounder Saquib Al Hasan will lead the Bangladesh Under-17 side that would take part in the Under-17 International Golden Hope Challenge competition in Malaysia starting from August 21.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP Cup hockey starts tomorrow
The third BKSP Cup U-18 Invitational Hockey tournament will begin tomorrow at the country's lone sports institute in Savar.
 arrow Football: Elber's striptease promise!
Borussia Monchengladbach's eccentric Brazilian striker Giovane Elber insists he will rip off all his clothes if he scores against former club Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga curtain raiser on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Introduce capital punishment for dishonest traders'
A Dhaka-based rights organisation yesterday demanded introduction of capital punishment for dishonest traders responsible for the adulteration of food items and mixing toxic chemicals with fruits, fishes
 arrow Vested quarters trying to divide nation in name of religion
The national identity of the country has been at stake as some vested quarters are trying to divide the nation in the name of religion, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Policy for fibre optic lines on rlys, roads, highways soon
The government has decided to formulate a policy guideline for setting up optic fibre lines on railways, roads and highways that aims at increasing government revenue, creating competitiveness among the
 arrow 10 language labs to be set up to help unemployed youths
The Ministry of Education is planning to set up 10 language laboratories aimed at enhancing English and Arabic language skills of pre- and post-intermediate level students and service holders to prepare
 arrow 'Marriage major reason for discontinuation'
Marriage is the major reason for discontinuation of girls' education while dowry also influences their enrolment in school, revealed a study at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 2.80 lakh suffer from low vision
There are around 2,80,000 low vision (LV) patients in the country who are generally treated as blind, said the experts at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Candidates' personal information to be made public before polls
Any aggrieved party or even a voter can file a complaint with the pre-election committee if any candidate for the upcoming Faridpur-1 by-election provides false statements regarding personal information,
 arrow Khulna city BNP factions cancel rallies on high command's order
The two rival factions of city unit BNP refrained from holding their scheduled rallies yesterday after receiving a faxed message from the central committee.
 arrow Newspaper hawkers submit memo to DMP commissioner
Leaders of Newspaper Hawkers Welfare Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd yesterday submitted a memorandum to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner demanding arrest of Sarwar Hossain and his accomplices.
 arrow 2 girls raped in N'ganj
The husband of a government shelter home employee had confined and raped a teenage girl of the home for months, while another teenage girl yesterday escaped from the clutch of a prostitution syndicate.
 arrow Security of female students demanded
Leaders of different student organisations of Rajshahi University yesterday demanded security of the female students at Munnujan Hall as there was apparently no administration at the dormitory for the
 arrow Star readers respond to 2 girls' miseries
The stories of two girls published in The Daily Star yesterday brought significant responses.
 arrow Six students warned
Dhaka University (DU) Syndicate has warned six students of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall for misbehaving with the house tutors on July 17.
 arrow SCBA demands suspension of special judge
Supreme Court Bar Council (SCBA) yesterday demanded suspension of Mohammad Rezaul Karim Khan Chunnu, special judge of Dhaka Division, for his involvement in politics.
 arrow Execution of verdict demanded
Bangladesh Awami Sangskritik Forum yesterday formed a human chain in front of Muktangan in the city demanding immediate execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Al factions clash
About 10 people were injured as two factions of Bagmara upazila Awami League clashed during the first meeting of the new committee at Bhabaniganj AL office.
 arrow Workshop on diabetics concludes
A three-day training workshop on "Diabetic Mellitus" ended yesterday at Birdem auditorium in the capital jointly organised by Diabetic Association of Bangladesh and University of Oslo, Norway, says apress
Nationalarrow Frequent power outages hit fish, textile units in Satkhira
Frequent power outage and voltage fluctuation in Satkhira are causing immense sufferings to the people and affecting production in mills and factories, fish processing units and cold storages.
 arrow Most factories in production, high demand for plots
Unlike many others in the country, Brahmanbaria BSCIC Industrial Estate is humming with activity-- factories rumbling and trucks moving in and out with raw materials or finished goods.
 arrow Demonstration for power in Haragachh
Several thousand people in Haragachh yesterday staged demonstrations in front of the municipal office protesting Tuesday's police action on ' innocent people' for demanding smooth power supply in thearea.
 arrow RU JCD leader expelled for snatching admit card
Rajshahi University authorities yesterday expelled a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader from Suhrawardi Hall for snatching his admit card for final examinations from the hall office.
 arrow 2 killed as trucks collide in Comilla
Two persons were killed in a head-on collision between two on the at Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Miaerbazar in Chouddagram upazila yesterday.
One of the victims was identified as truck driver Md.

Point-Counterpointarrow The Sunamganj-3 by-election: A failed test case
The by-election in Sunamganj-3 constituency was held on July 20, 2005.
 arrow Pax Europa: An ideal ahead of its time?
The setback at French and Dutch referendum on proposed European Union constitution shows that popular support for further European integration has not been studied well by European planners.
 arrow Turkey in Europe: The Cyprus question
Suleyman Demirel, the former President of Turkey, who for more than forty years has played a very powerful role in the political life of Turkey, stated in a TV programme today that for Europe Turkey was
Culturearrow Pristine protests against mindless modernisation
Laila Sharmeen has been an established artist for a decade. In her poetic and scintillating soft images and colours, she has taken printmaking many strides forward in Bangladesh.
 arrow Hridi Huq talks about her dreams and aspirations
Hridi Huq's life is closely linked to acting. Daughter of theatre activists, Dr Enamul Huq and Lucky Enam, she grew up in an environment that strongly encouraged the performing arts, specifically acting.
 arrow Pakistani Qawwals perform at Press Club
Gaus Mahmood Naseer Niazi Qawwal, the noted Pakistani Qawwal performed along with his group at the VIP Lounge, National press Club on August 2.
 arrow Meena Kumari: The Tragedy Queen
The late Meena Kumari was the epitome of sadness and loneliness.
Generalarrow PDB signs deal with Chinese company today
The government will sign an agreement with a Chinese company today on renovation of PDB's 28 power supply sub-stations and eight grid sub-stations in the Chittagong region for smooth supply of power.
 arrow Top criminal to organise Khulna Sechchhasebak Dal
A notorious criminal has been made the new organising secretary of Jatiyatabadi Sechchhasebak Dal of Khulna city unit.
 arrow Cops pick up sisters of journalist
Police yesterday picked up two sisters of a staff reporter of the daily Inqilab from his Daudkandi residence, as he is absconding in the face of nine criminal cases allegedly filed at the behest of aminister.
Internationalarrow Britain seeks extradition of suspect from Italy
British officials were endeavouring to get a key suspect in the London bombings removed from Italy, as Zambia agreed to deport a Briton after he was arrested in Zambia on suspicion of terrorism.
 arrow Mumbai back on its feet
India's financial capital Mumbai surged back to life Wednesday after coming to a near-standstill during week-long driving monsoon rains, but aid workers battling to get relief to flood-affected areassaid
 arrow Ahmadinejad takes office in Iran
Iran's new President Mahmood Ahmadinejad, whose country is facing an international crisis over its nuclear ambitions, took office Wednesday appealing for an end to weapons of mass destruction and pledging
 arrow Americans anxious about US foreign policy: Poll
Americans are anxious about the direction of US foreign policy and how the country is perceived overseas and a majority believes the government has been too quick to go to war, a survey released on Tuesday
 arrow Saudis pledge allegiance to new king
Saudi clerics, tribal chiefs and officials pledged allegiance to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday in a ceremony seen as a public endorsement of the new monarch of the oil powerhouse.
 arrow India to take lead in tsunami early warning system
India was Wednesday selected to take the lead in implementing a tsunami early warning system for Indian Ocean countries after the devastating December waves that killed more than 200,000 people.
 arrow Astronauts begin to repair shuttle
Two Discovery astronauts floated outside the shuttle on Wednesday for the start of a seven-hour spacewalk that will include an unprecedented repair job on the shuttle's troublesome heat shield.
 arrow Britons arrested in Dubai claim abuse
Two Britons arrested in Dubai on suspicion of involvement in the London bombings claim they were abused, threatened and deprived of sleep.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Trade talks with India
Once again the India-Bangladesh Joint Working Group on Trade Issues has ended its dialogue with little to show for the two days of discussion.
 arrow Editorial: Look, who protests?
Food traders have been observing a two-day strike to protest the government drive against sale of adulterated and rotten foods in the city's restaurants and fast food shops.
 arrow Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Names for American guilt and shame
That was the view that a leading American Catholic voice, Commonweal, took in August 1945, while editorialising on the carnage of the two Japanese cities, the sixtieth anniversary of which will be two
 arrow How to fight terrorism
While resolutely fighting terror, western leaders' talks have pronounced moderate Islam to be Islam's true face. Their determination to kill terrorists is firm enough.
Letters to Editorarrow High mobile rate
I bought a mobile phone very recently and I'm getting myself used to the phone in all cheerfulness. My set is a NOKIA 1100 and the network is mobile to mobile AKTEL pre-paid.
 arrow Teletalk
At long last, the govt-made company Teletalk offered the mobile phone named Teletalk. I am one of its proud owners.
 arrow International Islamic Relief Organisation
The Jeddah-based International Islamic Relief Organisation has been contributing immensely for the cause and welfare of the suffering Ummah around the world including Bangladesh which is very much appreciable.
 arrow ACC
We are plagued by three evils. These are: terrorism, corruption and politics of hatred. The newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission came into being to curb one of those evils--corruption.
 arrow Plot allotment
It has been more than eight years and a half since we responded to a call by the Directorate of Housing and Settlement for application for plot allotment in Mohammadpur F block from middle class andlower
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