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Front Pagearrow WB for special pool of top govt officials
The World Bank (WB) is pushing the government to form a special pool of 1,200 to 1,300 bureaucrats, incorporating qualified professionals and managers from the private sector.
 arrow PM weighs in, gives nod to Aminul-backed rally
Following Wednesday's flare-up of conflict between two factions of pro-BNP lawyers, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday instructed the ruling party's lawyer ministers to let Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum
 arrow 50 tonnes of medical waste dumped a day
A lack of coordination among health agencies and hospitals, combined with outdated waste management policies, contributes to the open dumping of medical waste at city hospitals, posing a threat to public
 arrow Food joints shut for second day
The suffering of the public, including office goers, students and others who take their meals outside, peaked yesterday, the second and last day of the strike called by the food producers.
 arrow Clemency to Jhintu ignites her pain
The presidential clemency to Mohiuddin Jhintu has again ignited the unbearable pain Nilufar Yasmin has been bearing for the last 23 years after Jhintu and his thugs killed her husband Firoz Al Mamun in
 arrow Dhaka pins high hope on Natwar's visit
Bangladesh is expecting to dissolve the irritants with India and settle bilateral issues during Indian External Minister K Natwar Singh's three-day visit to Dhaka beginning tomorrow.
 arrow Hasina returns, blasts govt for hiking perks of PM, ministers
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked if the ruling alliance had that much confidence then why do they not accept the opposition's demand for reforms in electoral and caretaker government
 arrow No control on medical consultation fees
The outdated law on doctors' consultation fees, which is inconsistent with the present market situation, has been practically hindering for long the government control on the private medical practitioners
 arrow Govt not addressing media-exposed grafts
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday praised the role of the media in exposing and fighting corruption in the country and blamed the government for not taking any action against these unveiled cases ofcorruption.
 arrow Two killed in Ctg landslide
Two construction workers were killed and two others injured in a landslide at OR Nizam Road Housing Society in the port city's Panchlaish area on Wednesday, police and witnesses said yesterday.
 arrow Strike in Ctg, Mongla ports threatened
The Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) Agents' Association has threatened to impose a strike on other ports including Chittagong and Mongla from Monday if their demands are not fulfilled.
 arrow 55 fishermen missing after10 trawlers capsize in Bay
At least 55 fishermen went missing after 10 trawlers with 165 fishermen aboard capsized in the Bay on Tuesday.
 arrow 12 militants acquitted of Natore jatra blast case
The 12 Islamic militants held in Natore district were relieved of the charges for the bomb attack on a jatra show (theater) at Boraigram upazila.
 arrow BNP picks Sirajul
The ruling BNP has nominated Kazi Sirajul Islam to contest as coalition candidate the by-election to Faridpur-1 parliamentary seat that he lost for floor crossing.
 arrow US, China join hands to block expansion
The United States and China have agreed to work together to block a plan to expand the powerful UN Security Council backed by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, China's UN ambassador has said.
 arrow Withdraw Iraq troops to protect Britain
Britain must withdraw its troops from Iraq in order to prevent further terrorist attacks, London Mayor Ken Livingstone wrote in a British newspaper yesterday as thousands of police took to the streets.
 arrow Cab sticks to its claim
The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (Cab) authorities and experts again claimed yesterday that eight out of 12 brands of juice available in the market are substandard and challenged the companiesconcerned
 arrow Mamata 'quits' Lok Sabha
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee yesterday submitted her resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee after creating a commotion in the House by throwing a bunch of papers at the Speaker's
 arrow BSF kills 1
A villager was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Dangapara village near Tilahati border under the district yesterday.
 arrow Qaeda video warns US, UK of more attacks
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri warned Britain and the United States of more horror and destruction in a new videotape shown on Al-Jazeera television yesterday.
 arrow Sust reopens on Aug 14
Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) reopens on August 14 after being closed for a month.
 arrow India's airspace violation concerns JS body
The ruling BNP lawmakers yesterday at a parliamentary body meeting expressed concern over "repeated" violation of Bangladesh airspace by Indian airforce's jet planes and called for effective steps tostop
Businessarrow Financial sector needs homegrown reforms
Homegrown reforms are needed to bring discipline in the country's financial sector, speakers at a seminar said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow No verdict of hearing at arbitration board
The FBCCI arbitration board yesterday heard an appeal, which sought permission to submit nomination papers of a candidate afresh for the biennial election of the country's apex trade body, but returned
 arrow Graft, red tapes, poor infrastructure up cost of business
Corruption, poor infrastructure facilities and bureaucratic tangles in Bangladesh are increasing the cost of doing business, speakers at a seminar observed in Dhaka Wednesday.
 arrow Saifur for Dhaka-Jakarta air link to boost trade
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman has urged the Indonesian government to take steps for introducing direct air link between Dhaka and Jakarta to boost bilateral trade.
 arrow Mobile phones to reach 2b subscribers this year
The worldwide mobile phone market will cross two billion subscribers this year and be approaching three billion by the end of 2010, according to the latest edition of the Global Mobile Forecasts to 2010
 arrow SEC extends time for securities firms to become limited cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday extended the deadline for conversion of proprietorship-based securities firms into limited companies by six more months, official sources said.
 arrow Govt team visits Benapole to probe allegation of age- old truck import
A high-powered government team Wednesday visited Benapole land port to look into the allegation of import of age-old Indian trucks violating rules.
 arrow Oracle to buy majority stake of Indian I-Flex for $900m
The US software maker Oracle has announced on Tuesday a $ 900 million deal to buy out majority stake in India's blue chip financial software services company I-Flex Solutions, signalling another round
 arrow Canadian co to invest $1.289m in Adamjee EPZ
Canadian company Hy-Lan Sweater International Limited will set up a computerised hi-speed sweater manufacturing factory in Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ).
 arrow Lankan tourist arrivals up 42pc, but hoteliers unhappy
Tourism authorities say tourist numbers to the island are increasing but hoteliers and inbound tour operators say the industry is in dire straits.
 arrow ROK, S'pore ink free trade agreement
South Korea on Thursday signed a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) with Singapore, a first with an Asian country, the foreign ministry here said.
 arrow Further changes to yuan at proper time: Central bank
China's central bank said Thursday that it will make further adjustments to the yuan at an appropriate time, signalling that more changes to the currency would be forthcoming after a 2.
 arrow SingTel earnings up 14pc; regional units mixed
Au Singapore Telecommunication said Thursday its first quarter to June net profit rose 13.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC escape with a draw
Arambagh striker Mujibur Rahman Ritu set up two goals for his teammates but let Moha-mmedan Sporting Club off the hook with a couple of near misses in the dying moments of yesterday's Premier Football
 arrow Football: BFF promises Cruciani a free hand
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will give new national team coach Diego Andres Cruciani absolute freedom, said National Team Management Committee (NTMC) chairman Kazi Salahuddin after Cruciani
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee in Asian XI
Bangladesh speedster Mashrafee Bin-Mortuza was on Thursday included in the Asian XI for this month's Afro-Asia Cup to be held in South Africa after Pakistan's Rana Navidul Hassan was declared unavailable
 arrow Cricket: Tushar blooms for BD A
Tushar Imran hit a superb century as Bangladesh A fought back gallantly against Yorkshire on the second day of their three-day match at Headingley, Leeds yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff leads assault
Andrew Flintoff kept the pressure on Australia as England continued their Ashes fightback with some blistering batting on the first day of the second Test at Edgbaston here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath's misfortune
Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath was ruled out of the second Test here Thursday following a freak injury that left him with torn ankle ligaments and a major doubt for next week's third Test at OldTrafford.
 arrow Cricket: Courage his forte
From the moment he made his India debut as a cocky teenager nearly 14 years ago, Sourav Ganguly has faced criticism for both his game and attitude.
 arrow Cricket: England 407 all out
England were all out for 407 on Day One of the second Test against Australia at Edgbaston yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India to tour Zim in August
India will play two Tests in Zimbabwe after participating in a one-day competition with the hosts and Zew Zealand in a month-long tour starting August 24.
 arrow Football: Return of the Zizou
French star Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday announced that he is coming out of international retirement to help his country's flagging World Cup campaign.
 arrow Tennis: Sania shocks Petrova
India's Sania Mirza provided the upset of the second round at the San Diego Classic on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over fourth seed Nadia Petrova.
 arrow Football: Relief and joy in France
Paris might not have beaten London for the 2012 Olympics but the French were patting themselves on the back Thursday for getting the next best thing -- Zizou.
 arrow Football: Magpies fly away
Newcastle United were dumped out of Europe on Wednesday after a frustrating night that saw Graeme Souness's side lose 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna in the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup.
 arrow Football: Inter set to wrap up Figo deal
Inter Milan are set to complete the signing of Luis Figo from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the next 24 hours.
 arrow Handball: Two wins for Jessore
Jessore won both their Bengal Plastic U-19 women's handball tournament matches yesterday in the city.
 arrow Cricket: Umpire Cowie calls time
New Zealand umpire Doug Cowie has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after 20 years at first-class and Test levels.
 arrow Football: Robinho scores again for Santos
Real Madrid-bound Robinho scored his first goal for Santos since May as champions Santos moved to fourth in the Brazilian championships.
 arrow Cricket: We won't ease up: Atapattu
Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu on Thursday warned rivals his team will not relax despite qualifying for the final of the triangular one-day cricket series.
 arrow Cricket: All depends on Bond
New Zealand are banking on the return from injury of fast bowler Shane Bond for the first Test of a two-match series against Zimbabwe, starting in Harare on Sunday.
 arrow Abahani's programme on Sheikh Kamal ends today
Abahani Samorthok Goshthi's two-day programme to observe the 56th birth anniversary of the club's founder Sheikh Kamal will conclude today at their Dhanmondi club premises.
Metropolitanarrow B Chy demands inquiry
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday demanded an inquiry into the incident regarding the presidential amnesty for a BNP leader convicted in a double-murder case.
 arrow Reform labour laws to protect workers' rights
The workers in the country are subjected to oppression and deprived of their rights because of archaic labour laws and influence of businessmen over the administration, said the labour leaders and civil
 arrow 'Check corruption at land registration offices'
The newly introduced Land Registration (Amendment) Act, 2004 will play a vital role in reducing the incidents of land disputes and checking the forgery of documents of land ownership, speakers at a seminar
 arrow India keen on early settlement of boundary-related issues
India is keen on an early settlement of all boundary-related issues with Bangladesh in accordance with the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement of 1974, said Indian Minister of State for ExternalAffairs
 arrow 60,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj this yr
The government has formulated a draft Hajj policy which would be placed at the next cabinet meeting.
 arrow Abducted businessman of Dhaka rescued in Rajshahi
Police rescued an abducted businessman of Dhaka from Rajshahi on Wednesday night.
Zahurul Islam, a mobile businessman of Shah Ali Shopping Complex at Mirpur, went missing on July 24.

 arrow Keraniganj JCD leader killed in factional feud
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was killed at Aganagar in Keraniganj yesterday following a feud between two factions of the ruling party student front over establishing supremacy in the area.
 arrow Moroccan envoy lauds progress
Democracy has strengthened, the streets of the capital have become cleaner, the air quality has improved -- all this is part of tremendous advances made in various socio-economic sectors in Bangladesh
 arrow Hasina signs condolence book
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday signed the condolence book opened for King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz at Saudi embassy at Gulshan in the city.
 arrow 2 girls gangraped by JCD cadres in Keraniganj
Keraniganj police recovered the body of a victim of gang rape from the river Buriganga on Wednesday.
 arrow Bodies of 4 Bangladeshis not yet returned
The four dead bodies of Bangladeshis recovered by the Indians on Monday are still at Hashkhali police station in Nadia district of West Bengal.
 arrow Dhaka's contribution to UN activities lauded
Ibrahim Gambari, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, lauded Bangladesh's significant contribution to UN activities, including in the area of proposed reforms, at a meeting with
 arrow PBCP cadre killed in Meherpur
A top cadre of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in Meherpur early yesterday.
He was identified as Beltu alias Tariq Raj, 36, of village Bathanpara under Gangni upazila.

 arrow Banglalink Expo opens in city
A six-day-long education and career exposition fair began at Bashundhara Shopping Complex in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka dist FFs urged to work unitedly
A joint meeting of Dhaka District Unit Command of Bangladesh Muktijodhdha Sangsad was held on Monday at the Muktijoddha Sangsad office in the city with its convenor Alhaj Md Nurul Islam in the chair,says
 arrow Naziur for talks with opposition on CG, EC reform proposals
Ruling four-party alliance partner Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP-Manzur) yesterday demanded that the government discuss with the opposition parties the reform proposals on the caretaker government andElection
 arrow Prof Shamser Ali gets Khanbahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal Award
Prof Dr M Shamser Ali, an eminent nuclear scientist and Islamic scholar, was awarded Khanbahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal Award 2004 at a function in the city yesterday.
 arrow Rickshaw-van puller killed
Unidentified miscreants slaughtered a rickshaw-van puller at Puthia upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.
The victim was identified as Shariful Islam, 16, of Namajgram village.

 arrow GF convention today
The national convention of Gono Forum will be held at the Institute of Engineers in the city at 10:00am today, says a press release.
 arrow JP leader stabbed to death in Pabna
A Jatiya Party (Ershad) leader was stabbed to death by the outlaws at Sujanagar in Pabna yesterday.
 arrow JUJA anniversary on Aug 18
Jahangirnagar University Journalists Association (JUJA) will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on August 18, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow The politics of pardon and withdrawal
As of now there is widespread condemnation of the Presidential clemency shown to a convict of a double murder case.
 arrow Revaluation of Yuan
China has revalued its currency, the Yuan, for the first time under repeated calls by the United States and other Western powers for an upward revaluation.
 arrow Terrorism: America defines its targets
On September 11, 2001, the United States declared a global war against terrorism.
Culturearrow Shahiduzzaman Selim on the evolution of TV plays
Shahiduzzaman Selim's horizons are not limited to acting in TV plays. One of the leading men on the small screen, he has also been involved with theatre since the early '80s.
 arrow Ogo Shono Ke Bajae
Draped in a red-and-yellow handloom saree, wearing ethnic dokra ornaments and a batik print scarf on her shoulder, celebrated actress Subarna Mustafa looked graceful.
 arrow A touch of mysticism
Though Bangla language is unfamiliar to Mila, a Spanish girl, she was moved by the melody of the songs. And she was not alone.
 arrow Jahangirnagar Theatre stages Doshora August
Jahangirnagar Shankskritik Jote, a cultural organisation of Jahangirnagar University (JU), had arranged a three-day-long programme starting from August 2-4.
 arrow Santosh Gupta's first death anniversary
On the occasion of the first death anniversary of eminent journalist and litterateur Santosh Gupta, Agami Publishers will launch a commemorative book Santosh Gupta Smarak Grantha at the VIP lounge
 arrow Films that stir the mind
The so-called art films are not easy stuff. On a pragmatic front, one has to invest quite a few bucks to see non-traditional films because they are few and far between.
Editorialarrow Editorial: HC's momentous verdict
AS the fuller meaning of the High Court verdict declaring Gram Sarkar Act 2003 'illegal and unconstitutional', pending a likely appeal from government to the Supreme Court, settles into public consciousness,
 arrow Editorial: Requisition woes
THE revelation that Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) owes more than Tk 100 crore as compensation for vehicles they had requisitioned from various private and government organisations in the last thirty
 arrow Checkmate in Iraq?
Game over. It is becoming increasingly apparent that not just is the US losing the war in Iraq, but that it has become embroiled in a conflict that it cannot win.
 arrow Intelligent is stupid
Intelligent is perhaps the most misused word in modern times.
 arrow AL needs to do some soul-searching
I have been earnestly following the emerging scenario in our chaotic and suicidal culture of politics.
 arrow 10 greatest living Bangalees
Muktadhara (New York branch) has done a commendable job by announcing the list of 10 greatest living Bangalees (DS June 23/05).
Letters to Editorarrow Dhaka elevated railway
As a retired technocrat, I would urge the government not to go for subway railway system as a first option. A Japanese team, as per press reports, would carry the feasibility study.
 arrow "Muktijuddher Golpo"
“Muktijudher Golpo Shono"(Listen to the story of Liberation War) is really a timely initiative taken by the Muktijuddha Utsav: Bangladesh.
 arrow Food adulteration and SPA
It is good to see that The Daily Star has published a series of reports on food adulteration over the last few days. The daily also published a timely editorial on July 24, 2005 about this.
 arrow Handloom
Handloom is one of our prides. When a woman wears a handloom sari, she looks like a true Bengalee. But today the western culture has replaced many of our age-old traditions.
 arrow Dance for a while
Dance is the most captivating form of art that makes us feel excited and fulfilled both in body and soul. Whenever we listen to symphonies and songs we feel like dancing.
 arrow Muslim names
Thanks to R.H. Khandker who with his long experience abroad has had his opinion on a very simple but important aspect of our nomenclature.
 arrow Why live in a state?
Seeing this letter, people will say, "Old wine in a new battle." But I think this is high time to repeat some old topics for our people, particularly our aspiring politicians.
 arrow Mobile companies
We are living in Bangladesh. On June 24 I read the cover story"A budget without direction" in The Daly Star's weekend magazine.
 arrow Why this bluff?
Whenever we buy a can of soybean oil from a department store, we happen to confront a statement-- "100% cholesterol free". This 100% message is frequently being, telecast and advertised on mass media.
 arrow Inaugurating an old bridge!
The first Karnaphuli bridge "Kalurghat Setu" was built in 1931. Now it is a 74-year old bridge.
 arrow Revamping the railway
Bangladesh Railway (BR) might get international aid of around USD 500 million (half a billion) on fulfilling certain preconditions (press report).
 arrow Love for people
With almost one year and six months to go before the next parliamentary election, our political parties, ruling and opposition, are busy activating their supporters and adherents, reforming their regional
Worldarrow South Asia: India, Pakistan likely to clinch missile test deal
India and Pakistan are likely to formalise an agreement on advance notification of missile tests and cement understanding on other confidence building measures (CBMs) to deal with nuclear emergencieswhen
 arrow South Asia: Rains pound Karnataka
Rains which pummelled western India for a week have changed course and are now causing havoc in the southern state of Karnataka where 90 people have died and vast tracts are under water, officials said
 arrow South Asia: 'India, US not ganging up against China'
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday asserted that India's close ties with the United States were not aimed at "ganging up" against China or any other country.
 arrow South Asia: Provincial Taliban-style law is unconstitutional
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday declared unconstitutional a bill passed by a staunchly Islamic province to introduce what critics describe as a Taliban-style moral policing system.
 arrow South Asia: Top UN official meets Myanmar opposition
The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) met senior members of Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy Thursday and discussed humanitarian operations but avoided political issues, NLD
 arrow South Asia: SC confirms one death sentence in Indian parliament attack
The Supreme Court confirmed yesterday that a Muslim man convicted on charges of conspiring the 2001 attack on India's parliament would receive the death penalty.
 arrow South Asia: India, Nepal to upgrade border posts at cost of $71.8 million
India and Nepal agreed Wednesday to upgrade four border crossing points at a cost of 5.59 billion rupees (71.86 million dollars), the Indian embassy said.
 arrow South Asia: Lankan survivors to curse tsunami aid swindlers
Exasperated tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka have formed an association to "curse" officials and organisations siphoning off local and international aid, a press report said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: 7 killed in Kashmir
Seven people were killed in fresh fighting between soldiers and separatist militants in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow US still maintaining secret detentions
Two men now in a Yemeni prison appear to have been kept in secret US detention facilities in solitary confinement for more than 18 months, Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday.
 arrow China's nuclear might under US scrutiny after threat over Taiwan
China's nuclear weapons arsenal is coming under increasing American scrutiny after an influential general in Beijing warned of a nuclear strike on the United States if China is attacked over Taiwan.
 arrow Shocking headlines stir fears of unfair trial for terror suspects in UK
"Got the bastards" and "Bombers are all sponging asylum seekers" are among a raft of newspaper headlines that have sparked fears about whether the London attack suspects can receive a fair trial in Britain.
 arrow UK supplied key nuke component to Israel
Britain secretly sold Israel a key component for its then-fledgling nuclear programme in the late 1950s, not even telling key ally Washington, a report based on British archives said on Wednesday.
 arrow Mauritania calm after coup
Mauritania was calm yesterday, the day after the overthrow of President Maaouyia Ould Taya, but international pressure mounted on the 17-strong military council which seized power in the oil-rich northwest
 arrow Jordan uncovers al-Qaeda plot to attack US troops
Jordan has arrested 17 militants linked to the al-Qaeda network in Iraq and an affiliated Saudi group who were plotting to attack US military personnel in the kingdom, security sources said yesterday.
 arrow Canine cloned
Man can now reproduce his best friend -- South Korean scientists announced on Wednesday they had created the world's first cloned dog.
 arrow Brain-dead woman dies after giving birth
A brain-dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support Wednesday and died, a day after giving birth.
 
   
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