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Front Pagearrow Natwar rules out talks without Dhaka
Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh yesterday proposed to resume talks on the Myanmar-India-Bangladesh tri-nation gas pipeline, and lift ban on yarn import from India through land port.
 arrow They produce oral saline at will
Even the life-saving oral saline can be dangerous for life as unscrupulous people are producing saline in unhygienic environment violating the safety standard and posing serious threat to life.
 arrow Let's forget past, look forward
Bangladesh and India at their foreign ministry-level meeting yesterday agreed to remove the irritants in the bilateral ties through dialogues and work together to harness the enormous potential for mutual
 arrow Blair's anti-terror plans strain consensus in UK
Prime Minister Tony Blair's sweeping anti-terrorism plans could jeopardise the political consensus forged after deadly London bombings, opposition politicians warned yesterday.
 arrow Lobbying on to get nod for new banks
Though the central bank has no plans to give go-ahead for setting up new banks, lobbying by the ruling party-blessed quarters for the permission has been going on, said a government source.
 arrow EC still in dilemma over voter list
Apparently bogged down in legal details, the Election Commission (EC) is yet to decide whether the voter list will be prepared afresh or be revised for the next parliamentary elections.
 arrow 2 held in CHT with AK-47
Army personnel on Friday night arrested two members of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Khagrachhari area and recovered an AK47 rifle with 30 bullets and a Chinese rifle from their possession.
 arrow No charge sheet yet, one year into Sylhet AL rally blast
CID investigators are yet to submit charge sheet in the case of the grenade attack on an Awami League meeting in Sylhet, a year into the incident.
 arrow Ministry fails to take actions on probe body suggestions
The education ministry could not take any action recommended by a judicial probe body against the sub-standard private universities due to its lengthy investigation procedures.
 arrow Medical tests turn costlier
Diagnostic tests at private laboratories have become costlier in the capital since the beginning of this month, as the diagnostic centre owners' association has raised charges for most of the tests.
 arrow Khulna Jubo Dal leader beaten dead
Omar Faruque, joint secretary of ward-1 unit of Jubo Dal, was beaten to death yesterday evening by a group of miscreants at Maheswarpasha under Daulatpur thana of Khulna city.
 arrow 22 fishermen missing in Bay
Twenty-two fishermen are missing after a sudden storm hit the Bay of Bengal on Friday.
The storm left 286 fishermen in the water after drowning 18 fishing trawlers.

 arrow BNP rebel, 6 others file nomination
Seven candidates, including rebel BNP leader Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar, submitted their nomination papers yesterday for contesting the August 30 Faridpur-1 by-election.
 arrow 300 Khasias in Sylhet live on nerves
The forest department officials aided by several hundred Bangla-speaking people destroyed betel leaf gardens on some100-acre land inhabited by indigenous Khasias at Notul Choilta punjee (Khasia village)
 arrow Bidisha granted bail in cheque dishonour case
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim bail to former dictator HM Ershad's divorced wife Bidisha in a case filed by Ershad's personal staff three days ago.
 arrow Time ticks away as US, UK join hands to rescue Russian sub
British and US teams joined the Russian navy yesterday in a desperate race to save the seven crew members of a Russian mini-submarine trapped with dwindling oxygen supplies on the Pacific Ocean floor.
 arrow Robber killed, 3 cops hurt in gunfight
A robber was killed and seven, including three policemen, were injured in a gunfight at a village in Sujanagar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Clean-up drive...

 arrow Foundation stone to be laid next March
The foundation stone of the Padma Bridge, which is going to be the country's longest river bridge, will be laid in March next year.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Nestle Bangladesh Limited (NBL) responding to a story headlined "Baby health in danger" carried in The Daily Star on August 1 said that all 13 brands of its Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS) productshave
 arrow Britain's former anti-Iraq war foreign secy Cook dies
Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook died yesterday after collapsing while walking on a mountain in northern Scotland, police said. He was 59.
Businessarrow Exports grow 14pc in FY05
The country's export earnings amounted to US$8.65 billion in 2004-05 fiscal year, posting around 14 percent growth over the previous fiscal year.
The exports surpassed the target by more than $88.

 arrow July remittance up 22pc
Remittance inflow in the country witnessed a robust 22 percent boost in July, the first month of the current financial year.
The non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) sent US$349.

 arrow 19 new candidates file nominations
As the biennial election of the country's apex trade body has been rescheduled for September 10, a total of 19 new candidates submitted their nomination papers to the FBCCI election board yesterday.
 arrow Basis demands separate fund for software sector
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (Basis) yesterday requested the government to constitute a separate fund for developing the country's potential and flourishing software industry.
 arrow Bush underscores US economic health
US President George W. Bush on Saturday welcomed US economic progress, pointing out that more than 200,000 jobs had been created in the country just in July.
 arrow Pakistan okays bidders in sale of two oil firms
Pakistan has approved a total of 11 potential bidders to participate in the privatisation of two state-run oil companies, the government said Friday.
 arrow Asian inflation comeback throws up policy dilemma
For the first time since the Asian financial crisis, inflation is haunting Asian policy makers, forcing some to reluctantly raise interest rates even as their economies cope with a soft patch.
 arrow Saifur dismisses reports on crude oil import from Indonesia
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman Friday night dismissed reports that he had talks with his Indonesian counterpart on import of crude oil from Indonesia.
 arrow Wintel launches new scheme for telecoms dealers
Wintel Ltd, a local IT firm, yesterday launched a new programme titled "TeleKiosk" for telecoms dealers aimed at providing them with various facilities including loans and equity for business.
 arrow Body on jute pulp use for paper to meet soon
A committee to decide the future of the project to make pulp from green jute and kenaf will seat within a couple of weeks to formulate its recommendations.
 arrow Real estate fair begins in Ctg Aug 11
With a view to offering housing solutions to Chittagong city dwellers, a three-day real estate fair begins in the port city on August 11.
 arrow Citigroup places Bangladeshis in its int'l network
Citibank NA has recently posted a few young Bangladeshis to the global Citigroup network.
 arrow Dell eyes Asia Pacific to hit $80b global revenue
Dell Inc is focusing on the Asia-Pacific market and non-traditional personal computer-related product segment in order to achieve its targeted US$80bil in worldwide revenue in three to four years, president
 arrow Indian team to visit China for oil talks
An Indian delegation will head to China next week to explore ways to cooperate in acquiring foreign energy assets to meet the soaring fuel needs of their fast-growing economies, a report said Saturday.
 arrow WTO urges politicians to take direct role in talks
World Trade Organisation chief Supachai Panitchpakdi called for politicians of member countries of the Geneva-based WTO to become more directly involved in the negotiations on breaking down more global
 arrow Indian rupee virtually pegged to dollar: Study
The Indian rupee, contrary to market perceptions, is virtually pegged to the US dollar, according to a study presented by two economists on Friday The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) says it follows a "managed
 arrow Southtech, Bhutan firm sign deal
Southtech Limited, a local software developer company, has recently signed an agreement with Bhutan Development Finance Corporation Limited (BDFCL), a state-owned finance institution of Bhutan.
 arrow Philippines eyes $1.85b ROK investments
The Philippines is expecting as much as 1.85 billion dollars in new investments from South Korea, the government announced Saturday following a visit by South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan.
Sportsarrow Football: Hard-fought Reds win
Muktijoddha Sangsad put behind the 4-0 blues by Sheikh Russel in the previous game when they returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win against Farashganj Sporting Club in the Premier Football League atthe
 arrow Cricket: Windies stay alive
West Indies kept alive their chances of making it to the final of the Indian Oil Cup triangular series with a 33-run victory against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff, Warne acts
Andrew Flintoff's gutsy 73 helped England set Australia 282 to win the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston here Saturday.
At tea, on the third day, England had been bowled out for 182.

 arrow Cricket: Sehwag will hit: Dravid
Indian captain Rahul Dravid said Saturday he hoped struggling opener Virender Sehwag would return to his big-scoring ways in the remaining matches of the ongoing Indian Oil Cup triangular one-day series
 arrow Cricket: BCB goes to polls Aug 27
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will hold its much-talked about elections on August 27.
 arrow Cricket: BD A-Durham 1-dayer today
The Bangladesh A team will play English county Durham in their fourth and final one-day match at the Riverside today.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricket selectors meet
The newly introduced super-sub issue was a hot topic when national selectors met yesterday to begin preliminary discussions on the tour party for this month's visit to Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies look down barrel
Australia were 134 for five in their second innings about half-an-hour before close of play on the third day of the second Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India's eyes on tri-series final
Seasoned leg-spinner Anil Kumble is all set to return to the fold as India look to seal a place in the triangular Indian Oil Cup cricket series final by beating a depleted West Indies here on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Mixed fortunes for local teams
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) Red team crushed Myanmar 10-1 in the North Bengal-CA Third BKSP Cup Invitational Interna-tional (Under-18) Hockey Tour-nament at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Panchgarh clinch h'ball crown
Panchgarh won the Bengal Plastic Under-19 Women's Handball Tournament beating Jessore DSA 25-18 goals in the final at the Outer Stadium handball ground on Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Amrito Lal chess
Fourteen players shared the lead in the fifth Amrito Lal Dey Interna-tional Chess Tournament with maximum points at the end of the second round at the Kalibari Road Auditorium, here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: It's Community time in England
Chelsea and Arsenal kick-off the new English season on Sunday locked in a familiar war of words over spending power and with lingering bitterness over the Ashley Cole affair still splitting the London
 arrow Football: Figo's fury
Former world player of the year Luis Figo was unveiled by his new club Inter Milan on Saturday but could not resist a parting shot at his former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin sails, Kluft toils
Olympic champion Justin Gatlin eased into the 100 metres quarterfinals here on Saturday on the first day of the athletics World Championships.
 arrow Cricket: 1st NZ-Zim Test from today
New Zealand are determined not to be distracted by the controversy surrounding their cricket tour to Zimbabwe, captain Stephen Fleming said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 10-man Bayern off the mark
German champions Bayern Munich began the defence of their Bundesliga crown with a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengadbach here on Friday, despite playing over half of the match with ten men.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI gets in touch with Pak board
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally responded to the proposed itinerary sent to them by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the Indian team's tour of Pakistan starting in January
Metropolitanarrow Introduce city government for development
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for introducing city government in big cities to ensure better coordination among urban bodies and provide better services to the citizens.
 arrow 30 lakh tonnes fish production by 2008 : Noman
The government has taken up seven new projects to raise country's fish production to 30 lakh metric tons by 2008, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman at a press conference in the city
 arrow STP team suggests underground, sky railway for Dhaka
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communication Ministry at a meeting yesterday with Strategic Transport Planning (STP) team suggested designing of a transport plan for Dhaka.
 arrow I want to serve people as Bangabandhu
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's son Sajib Wajed Joy said with a great heart like Bangabandhu's I want to serve the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow 6 killed, 54 injured in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 54 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Moulvibazar, Rangpur and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow 'Implement electoral reform proposals'
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged the four-party alliance government to implement electoral reform proposals through consultation with other political parties.
 arrow Existence of indigenous people at stake
Right to self-determination as well as to land is a prerequisite for the emancipation of the indigenous people, said Chairman of the CHT Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma
 arrow Rab nabs 3 former JCD leaders
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders with a pistol and ammunition from Shahbagh in the city.
 arrow Eight USTC students expelled
The University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) expelled eight students on charges of assault on an assistant registrar, creating anarchy, and destruction of university property.
 arrow 3 sweetmeat shops shut down in Ctg
Angered by the ongoing drive against adulterated food, a top Chittagong businessman has decided to shut down his three sweetmeat shops styled as Sweetmax and the factory rendering about 300 workers unemployed.
 arrow Australian Edn Exhibition begins
A two-day Australian Education Exhibition began yesterday at Sheraton Hotel in the city, says a press release.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi
The body of a Bangladeshi youth killed by Indian border guards, BSF, at the Bhangapara border point of Chilhati in the district was handed over to BDR personnel on Friday night.
 arrow General Aurora Foundation Trust Board formed
The Board of Trust of Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora Foundation was formed at a meeting of its convening committee on August 4, says a press release.
 arrow Cop on duty dies of heart attack
Mohammad Sekander, a sub inspector of Satkania thana passed away due to heart attack at 1:30 on Friday night while he was on duty.
 arrow Swabhumi launched
Swabhumi, an organisation of writers and artists, has been launched in the city with a view to upholding the spirit of the Liberation War and promoting the literary and cultural heritage.
 arrow Man stabbed by in-laws
A high official of an insurance company was stabbed and robbed off cash and valuables worth around Tk 2 lakh by his in-laws at Bashabo in the city yesterday.
 arrow Jalil protests raid on Haji Selim's house
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday protested police raid on the residence of former lawmaker and AL Dhaka city unit leader Haji Mohammad Selim.
 arrow 8 USTC students expelled
The University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) expelled eight students on charges of assault on an assistant registrar, creating anarchy, and destruction of university property.
Nationalarrow Chilahati tense as BSF reinforces strength
A tense situation is prevailing at Chilahati border in Domar upazila as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel dug trenches and increased their strength following killing of a Bangladeshi youthon
 arrow Sylhet AL blasts govt inaction
Senior Awami League leaders at a press conference in Sylhet yesterday blasted government's alleged failure to nab the culprits involved in grenade and bomb attacks in the district last year.
 arrow Modhupur pineapple yield marks fall
Pineapple farmers in Madhupur upazila in Tangail district are not getting a reasonable price of their product due to lacks of good transportation and preservation facilities.
 arrow Culprits move freely under cops' nose
Police are yet to arrest any of the culprits involved in beating of a Ahamadiyya Muslim Jamaat man and threatening the community at Bishnupur village in the Sadar upazila in the district on Thursday.
 arrow One killed by highwaymen
One person was killed by highway robbers posing as passengers near Mokamtola on the Rangpur-Bogra highway Friday night.
Three persons boarded a microbus near Bogra town to go to Pirganj in Rangpur.

 arrow Landless in Satkhira to get lands soon, DC tells rally
Government lands will be distributed among landless people in nine villages in Kaligonj and Debhata upazilas within a month, Satkhira Deputy Commissioner Md Elias said at a big rally of landless people
 arrow 15 hurt as JCD factions clash at RU
At least 15 activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a factional clash on the Rajshahi University campus yesterday.
 arrow Karnaphuli grabbers...

Point-Counterpointarrow Caretaker government reform redux
After the publication of our article (DS, August 1) on the above captioned topic, we received several inquiries seeking clarification.
 arrow Among the Scholars
On July 15-17 weekend, there was a reunion of Rhodes Scholars at the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Assembled was a glittering array of scholars, excelling in their area of expertise.
 arrow The atomic bomb and fading memories
A day after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the imperial headquarters in Tokyo issued its first statement reflecting the official position of Japan concerning the attack.
 arrow The true faith
The fallout of the recent London bombings has been a renewed suspicion of Muslims, manifested by severe security measures all over Europe, such as random person-searching and DNA testing.
Culturearrow Musical soiree by eminent artistes
To commemorate Bishwakobi, Rabindranath Tagore's 64th death anniversary, Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Shangstha (RSSS) held a musical soiree at the Shishu Academy Auditorium on August 5.
 arrow Preserving Tagore's legacy
For the last 17 years Tapan Mahmud has been involved with the highly active Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Shangstha (RSSS) as the secretary of the organisation.
 arrow Protiti's musical presentation
On the evening of August 4, a musical programme was held to commemorate Tagore's 64th death anniversary at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy.
 arrow Solo recitation by Rafiqul Islam
Recitation is a well-recognised art form in the Indian subcontinent. Many organisations such as Muktadhara Shankskritik Charcha Kendra have been practicing the discipline in Bangladesh.
 arrow Concert for Hridoy at BUET
Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) organised a concert titled Save Hridoy on August 4 at the BUET campus to rasie funds for Hridoy, a BUET student sufferingfrom
Generalarrow Asia-Pacific states pledge to cut poverty
Ministers and high-level representatives from 40 countries have pledged in Jakarta to translate their broad acceptance of the world's anti-poverty goals into concrete national financing plans in a new
 arrow 3 kids killed in city accidents
One child died yesterday after he sustained injuries in a road accident, while two others were killed in two separate train accidents in the city on Friday.
Internationalarrow Indo-Pak officials hold talks to cut N-war risk
India and Pakistan held a second day of talks yesterday aimed at building military trust and avoiding an accidental nuclear war between the rivals, a foreign ministry official said.
 arrow British press splits down the middle
Britain's leading national newspapers were split down the middle yesterday on Prime Minister Tony Blair's new measures against terrorism in the wake of the London bombings.
 arrow Hiroshima grief still too much for many to bear
For 65-year-old Nobuyoshi Saeki, who was just 800 meters (yards) from the centre of the 1945 explosion that killed 140,000 people in his city, the grief is still too much to bear in public.
 arrow India airlifts food to blockaded Manipur
India airlifted tonnes of food and medicines yesterday to the remote northeastern state of Manipur where tribesmen campaigning for a separate homeland have blocked roads and cut off supplies for nearly
 arrow Crisis looms as Iran defies EU warning
An international crisis loomed yesterday after Iran rejected an EU deal to abandon its sensitive nuclear work as hardline new President Mahmood Ahmadinejad warned at his swearing in ceremony that Tehran
 arrow AU's decision won't derail UNSC expansion: G-4
Co-sponsors of a resolution moved by India, Japan, Germany and Brazil on UN Security Council expansion have firmly denied that African Union's decision not to pursue a joint resolution with the Groupof
 arrow Who will be deported & who decides?
Who is likely to be deported as a result of the new measures?
"New grounds (for deportation and exclusion) will include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person's beliefs or justifying

 arrow Pakistan to close Afghan refugee camps
Pakistan has decided to close down Afghan refugee camps in tribal districts along the Afghanistan border and move some 60,000 refugees out of the capital by the end of month, the UN said yesterday.
 arrow More terror charges as London stays on alert
Three more men were remanded in custody yesterday over last month's terrorist attacks in London, as the British capital remained on high alert almost exactly a month after the first deadly bombings.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Britain's new approach
It is a sad day for the UK and for the rest of us as well when Prime Minister Tony Blair unveils a series of proposals intended to counter terrorism in the country, but which go decidedly against thegrain
 arrow Editorial: Hospital in ruins
The hospital for Freedom Fighters (FFs), Trust Adhunik Hospital, set up in 1991 with a view to attending to the medical needs of FFs, has not been functioning for the last six years, despite having the
 arrow The rising price of rice
Since the beginning of the new fiscal year, the price of rice and other essential commodities has been spiralling.
 arrow Commercialisation of the press
MANY years ago, Krishna Menon, who later became Defence Minister, said that it was the jute press that India had. The remark generated a lot of heat. It was not a wild one.
Letters to Editorarrow Murderers escape
In my very first year in the BUET I eye witnessed a gunfight on my campus between criminals who were so-called students of my university and the neighbouring Dhaka University.
 arrow Role of media
The Point-Counterpoint article by Mr. A.N.M. Nurul Haque addresses a serious issue in our country.
 arrow Terrorism and its roots
Peoples all around the world express their grief and sympathy for the people who lost their lives in suicide bomb attacks in London and Sharm-al-sheikh, Egypt.
 arrow Let his soul return to his land
You are in deep, divine, eternal sleep. Above you the vast blue sky. Isn't this the sky that you wanted to conquer ? Passing over this sky you wanted to reach your dreamland-- Bangladesh.
Star Healtharrow Mass awareness needed to prevent Hepatitis C
Hepatitis is the inflammatory condition of hepatic (liver) cells. Hepatitis C is a dreadful liver disease caused by Hepatitis C virus.
 arrow The importance of good foot care for the diabetics
Diabetes care is in large part self-care.
 arrow New approach to tackle dengue fever
Over 380,000 people have been protected from dengue fever in Vietnam thanks to a community approach to mosquito control.
 arrow Management practice about childhood diarrhoea in Bangladesh
Diarrhoea is a leading cause of childhood death, killing nearly 2 million children under age 5 every year.
 arrow Speedy ways to ease itching
From the medicine cabinet
Toothpaste produces a cooling sensation that distracts from the itching. Rub the tiniest dab over a bite.
Liquid soap may neutralise the toxins in an insect bite.

Star Cityarrow Consumers demand continuous drive
"Food shops called a strike on August 3-4. We will call strike on August 5-6. Don't buy anything on these two days. Please pass this message to at least 10 people to protect us all from food contamination.
 arrow Nagar Jadughar craves for visitors
Despite having a rare collection of artifacts, photographs and items of bygone eras, the Nagar Jadughar (City Museum) has failed to attract visitors.
 arrow Robbery on the rise as new gangs appear in scene
Burglars and low-profile criminals are now forming gangs to commit robbery in the city which is on the rise despite recent tightening of law enforcement to curb crime.
 arrow Lotkon and kambranga flood the market

 arrow Students flock to education fair at Bashundhara City
The ongoing Banglalink 5th EDiMExpo 2005, an education fair, attracts a large number of students seeking admission to academic institutions abroad as the participants offer a wide range of options inforeign
 arrow They cry for water
Water crisis is nothing new for residents of Ashkona, Gaoaeer, Uttarkhan, Dokhinkhan, Mollartek and adjoining areas that house over six lakh people.
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