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Front Pagearrow Natwar for plan to counter terrorism, fundamentalism
Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh yesterday said India and Bangladesh need to evolve positions and action plans to counter the common threats of terrorism and religious fundamentalism that
 arrow CEC decides for fresh voter list on his own
The Election Commission (EC) in a surprising move and without any further discussion yesterday decided that the voter list for the next general election will be prepared afresh at a cost of over Tk 200
 arrow Natwar meets Khaleda, hands Manmohan's invitation to visit India
Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh yesterday made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and handed her a letter from Indian Premier Manmohan Singh inviting her to visit India.
 arrow Local govt bodies to crack down on food adulterators
The city corporations, municipalities and union parishads under the local government will soon start controlling the adulteration of foods through out the country.
 arrow India offers edn help to children of war heroes
Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh yesterday offered to support the children of the freedom fighters of Bangladesh by providing them with educational facilities and scholarships.
 arrow NBR, C&F agents still at loggerheads
Eighteen days into the work abstention by clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents at Benapole land port, officials of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and C&F agents are still at loggerheads.
 arrow Media gag continues on 2 ECs
The Election Commission (EC) secretariat officials have been restraining the two election commissioners from expressing their opinions to the media for the last few days.
 arrow HC verdict stayed for six weeks
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court (HC) verdict that declared Gram Sarkar Act, 2003 illegal and unconstitutional.
 arrow Moudud moves to quell dispute
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed has initiated steps to resolve the conflict between two factions of the pro-BNP lawyers that flared up Wednesday.
 arrow Two jailed, fine of Tk 4 lakh collected
Two mobile courts yesterday sent two people to three months imprisonment, and collected Tk 4 lakh in fines from food producers and traders for selling products without expiry dates and for illegal occupation
 arrow 11,186 sacks of rotten wheat seized in N'ganj
A Narayanganj magistrate yesterday seized 11,186 sacks of rotten Indian wheat from the Nitaiganj wholesale market and arrested nine people for alleged involvement in the import process of the wheat.
 arrow Niko's latest drilling ill-conceived
Niko's latest drilling of well at the blown-out Tengratila gas field is an ill-conceived action that will lead to the abandonment of the gas field as it is not aimed at taming the fire, said energy experts
 arrow New estimate finds 572m tonnes reserves
A new estimate puts coal resources at Phulbari in northern Bangladesh at 572 million tonnes from an earlier figure of 522 million tonnes.
 arrow Dhaka-Kolkata container carrying cost can be cut by one-third
The movement of goods and people between Bangladesh and India is very costly and inefficient, according to experts, who advocate a rail link between the two countries to dramatically reduce costs.
 arrow Zambia deports UK terror suspect
A Briton arrested in Zambia two weeks ago on suspicion of terrorism was deported yesterday to Britain, where he is reportedly wanted in connection with last month's deadly bomb attacks in London.
 arrow 20km human chain formed in Gaibandha
Thousands of people yesterday formed a 20-kilometre human chain in Gaibandha to protest the rape of a schoolgirl two weeks ago.
 arrow All 7 rescued from Russian mini-sub
All seven people on board a submarine trapped for nearly three days under the Pacific Ocean were rescued yesterday after a British remote-controlled vehicle cut away the undersea cables that had snarled
 arrow Rebels kill 32 in Iraq
Insurgents killed at least 32 people in a series of attacks as Iraq's political leaders were set to meet yesterday to negotiate on issues holding up the completion of the constitution.
 arrow HC rejects Galib's bail
The High Court rejected a bail petition yesterday filed by Asadullah-al Galib, a teacher of Rajshahi University and a leader of banned Islamist outfit Ahle Hadit, in two criminal cases.
 arrow Change to govt procurement regulation okayed
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs at a meeting yesterday approved an amendment to the government's procurement regulation aiming at quick procurement of food grains.
 arrow One held while trying to snatch pistol from Rab man
An extortionist was caught red-handed while he snatched a pistol from a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member yesterday.
 arrow Court hears 2 witnesses, declares one 'hostile'
A court yesterday heard two prosecution witnesses including a police constable in the sensational 10 truckloads of arms haul case and declared one of them 'hostile' for giving 'irrelevant' and 'confusing'
 arrow Natwar to visit Gandhi Ashram in Noakhali
Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh will visit the historic Gandhi Ashram in Noakhali this morning before he leaves for New Delhi.
Singh will be arriving at Begumganj first by a helicopter.

 arrow Clarification
A Daily Star report published on July 21 under the headline 'BNP moves to rid leaders of criminal charges,' said, "After the four party alliance came in power, 628 cases were withdrawn by a selectioncommittee
Businessarrow Ban on import of rice, sugar thru' land ports goes
The government has at last lifted the ban on import of sugar and rice through land ports in order to keep the market prices of these produces stable.
 arrow Consensus in FBCCI polls unlikely
As more business leaders are submitting nomination papers everyday to join the race for FBCCI directorship, possibility of a consensus in the polls fades away.
 arrow Two-day job fair kicks off
A two-day job fair started in Dhaka yesterday with an offer of 300 jobs in different national and multinational companies.
 arrow Bangladesh maintains moderate inflation rate in South Asia: IMF
Bangladesh maintained a moderate inflation rate during last few years despite rise in prices of various commodities in the international market.
 arrow Investors asked to apply by October 20
The government is seeking applications from private investors by October 20 to set up 10-megawatt to 50-megawatt power plants in 23 locations with an aim to award licences to selected applicants by November
 arrow Tk 37 lakh fine realised from insurance firms in FY05
Office of the Chief Controller of Insurance (CCI) realised Tk 37.16 lakh in penalty from insurance companies for violation of regulations in 2004-05 fiscal year, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Private Sector Development vision team formed
As part of the government's preparation for the proposed World Bank-led multi-donor Bangladesh Private Sector Development Support Project (PSDSP), a "PSD Vision Team" has been formed to help prepare a
 arrow Bumpy ride to Pakistan's first homegrown car
Feroze Khan believes his future was already determined when his homeless mother gave birth to him on a car porch. More than half a century later, he has launched Pakistan's first home-grown automobile.
 arrow S'pore Telecom opens new frontier in South Asia
South Asia is shaping up as a new frontier for Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) as the phone giant scouts for new profit drivers while some of its regional units face stiffer competition.
 arrow Huawei in talks to buy UK's Marconi
British telecoms equipment maker Marconi Corp is in talks to be taken over by its Chinese partner Huawei Technologies for more than 600 million pounds ($1.07 billion), the Sunday Times newspaper said.
 arrow Cisco mulls buying Nokia
Cisco Systems Inc is considering buying the world's top mobile handset maker Nokia in a bid to gain its wireless infrastructure technology, the Business newspaper reported on Sunday.
 arrow Sristy Hometex to take part in Formland Fair in Denmark
Sristy Hometex Ltd, an exporter of home-textile and craft products, is going to participate in the prestigious Formland Fair to be held in Denmark from August 9 to 16.
 arrow Suzuki to launch new global model next year
Japan's top mini-vehicle maker Suzuki Motor Corp. will launch a new car that will be produced and sold worldwide next year, a newspaper said Sunday.
 arrow Citigroup Asia Pacific CEO for transaction service due today
Shayne Elliott, Asia Pacific Regional CEO for Citigroup Global Transaction Services, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
 arrow New MD of First Security Bank Ltd
AAM Zakaria has become the new managing director of First Security Bank Limited.
Prior to his new assignment, Zakaria was the deputy managing director of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited, says a pressrelease.

 arrow Southeast Asian states take yuan revaluation in stride
Southeast Asian economies have emerged unscathed two weeks after China revalued the yuan, thanks largely to Beijing's calibrated move of allowing only a modest appreciation, analysts said.
 arrow Country lacks ICT experts
Despite much hype about the development of information and communication technology for the last few years, there is still a shortage of ICT experts in the country, said Bangladesh Bank governor.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani's strong comeback
Three second-half goals inside 15 minutes helped Abahani avoid a major embarrassment as they came back from behind to beat bottom club Dipali Juba Sangha 3-1 on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar debuts as selector
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar got hot under the collar after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had dismissed his plea to appoint a long-term captain instead of a tour-by-tour appointment policy.
 arrow Cricket: Eng clinch a cliffhanger
England beat Australia by just two runs to win a dramatic second Ashes Test on the fourth day at Edgbaston here Sunday and level the series 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj takes India home
Denesh Ramdin scored a wonderful unbeaten 74 to keep West Indies in the hunt till the end, but Ashish Nehra bowled an excellent last over, conceding only four runs, as India sneaked home by seven runs
 arrow Cricket: McGrath's Ashes tour looks over
Glenn McGrath will find out in the next 48 hours whether his Ashes series is over, as he awaits news on the ankle injury he sustained on the morning of the second Test at Edgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees flays Durham
Captain Shahriar Nafees led by example as Bangladesh A amassed 299-6 against Durham in a one-day game at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Sunday.
 arrow Footballer Debinash passes away
Debinash Sangma's family had appealed for financial help from the authority only a couple of days earlier for the treatment of the ailing footballer.
 arrow Football: 'I'll be fine'
Brazilian forward Robinho believes he will have few problems adapting to European football when he makes his move from Santos to Real Madrid at the end of the month.
 arrow Cricket: McCullum, Vettori show
Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori blazed centuries to turn New Zealand's fortunes around on the first day of the first Test against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
 arrow Athletics: Ivanova sets new WR
Olimpiada Ivanova of Russia broke the women's 20 kilometres walk world record when she won the world title over the distance here on Sunday and walked away 160,000 dollars richer.
 arrow Cricket: Down under stunned
England dodged a huge bullet in their gripping two-run victory over Australia to level the Ashes cricket series, former Australian Test batsmen Dean Jones said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Thousand pound fine on Jones
England fast bowler Simon Jones was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for gesturing at Matthew Hayden after dismissing the Australia batsman Saturday during the second Ashes Test here at Edgbaston.
 arrow Football: Sahin breaks Bundesliga's age record
Borussia Dortmund's Turkish prodigy Nuri Sahin made Bundesliga history on Saturday becoming the youngest player to grace the German top-flight at the age of 16 years and 335 days.
 arrow Football: Owen turns to Eriksson
Michael Owen has asked England manager Sven Goran Eriksson for advice about how to resolve his career crisis.
 arrow Chess: Amritolal chess
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman shared the lead along with three other players in the fifth Amritolal Dey International Rating chess tournament after the fourth round at the Kalibari Road Auditorium in Barisal
Metropolitanarrow Resolve disputes thru' talks
Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh yesterday met Awami League (AL) chief Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence, where she told the Indian minister ties between two neighbouring nations
 arrow Turn fish cultivation into a social movement: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for participation of all concerned in turning fish cultivation into a social movement.
 arrow 'Strengthen anti-nuclear movement worldwide'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for strengthening the anti-nuclear movements across the world to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons.
 arrow 50 injured in concert chaos
More than 50 people including police and journalists were injured as the security guards of Bashundhara City market clubbed an impatient audience of a concert that went on the rampage at the shoppingmall.
 arrow 6 killed, 20 injured in Ctg road accident
At least six people were killed and 20 injured, four of them seriously, in a collision between two passenger buses on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway at Satkania upazila in the district yesterday evening.
 arrow 4 drown in Buriganga, Turag
Four people, including two children, drowned in the river Buriganga and the Turag yesterday.
 arrow City JCD leader shot at Mirpur
Criminals shot and wounded a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP, near his residence at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Huda's proposals for electoral reforms
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday met Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz and placed some proposals for reforms in the electoral system with a view to ensuring a credible and fair election.
 arrow Breastfeeding can save 2.5 million lives a yr
Connivance of traders with medical practitioners to promote breast milk substitutes (BMS) is a serious impediment to breastfeeding of children, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Permanent solution to waterlogging demanded
The Gonomukti and Jatiya Sampad Rakkha Sammilito Andolon (People's emancipation and concerted movement for protection of national resources) submitted a memorandum to the chairman of Bangladesh WaterDevelopment
 arrow UK envoy meets Hasina
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at the latter's residence in the city.
 arrow Three ex-JCD leaders on 3-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed three former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders on a three-day remand for interrogation.
 arrow Foundation of Gulistan Trade Centre laid
The foundation stone of Gulistan Trade Centre, a 12-storied market-cum-commercial complex, was laid down in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed in city road accidents
Two people were killed in two separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Traffic sergeant Sohel gets bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to traffic sergeant Abu Mostafa Sakawat Kabir Sohel in a criminal case filed by his wife for torturing her for dowry.
 arrow Boy sodomised by madrasa student in city
A five-year-old boy was sodomised by a madrasa student at Khilkhet in the city on Tuesday.
Nationalarrow Jute prices falling fast for lack of buyers
Smiles of jute farmers are fading as initial high prices are falling fast due to lack of sufficient buyers.
 arrow Rural Rangpur without power for two days
Frequent load shedding and voltage fluctuation in Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gibandha districts amid a humid weather have made life miserable, prompting demonstrations in different areas in the
 arrow AL meet not held in face of threat
A meeting of Patauakhali district Awami League (AL) Working Committee scheduled to be held yesterday was postponed due to alleged threat by some "miscreants".
 arrow No rift in alliance
Islamic Okkya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini MP has said there may difference of opinion among component parties over small matters but that does not mean that there is rift in the four-party
 arrow 9 fishermen missing in Paira river
Nine fishermen are missing after five trawlers, caught in a storm, sank in the Paira river Saturday night.
Twenty-five fishermen on board five trawlers were fishing in the river.

 arrow Broom procession for power
Several hundred people yesterday afternoon brought out a broom procession in the town protesting frequent load-shedding, harassment to power consumers and sale of unused goods of the Power Development
 arrow Mother with baby jumps under train
A mother along with her two year-old daughter were killed as she jumped under the wheels of Mymensingh-bound Teesta Express from Dhaka at Balashpur near the district town yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in Tangail road mishap
Two people were killed and 20 injured, 10 of them critically, when a Dhaka-bound bus from Dhanbari skidded off the Tangail-Mymensingh highway at Roktipara under Madhupur upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 Jubo Dal men held with arms
Police arrested two Jubo Dal activists along with one pipe gun and three knives from Fulkoch village in Sirajganj Sadar upazila Saturday night.
They are Al Amin and Tutol.

Point-Counterpointarrow 'Let no one be in any doubt. The rules of the game are changing.'
Since 7 July the response of the British people has been unified, dignified, and remarkable. Of course there is anxiety and worry.
 arrow A call for certifying healthcare providers
People in Bangladesh are intensely service-deprived and need more and better services from various sectors including education, healthcare, water, electricity, banking, and so on.
 arrow Good-bye, Sudan
Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army chief John Garang died just three weeks after the long-awaited Final Agreement was signed between his SPLM and the Sudanese junta led by Gen.
Culturearrow The pied piper of Bangladesh
With its superb melody, the bansi, a bamboo-crafted flute, occupies pride of place amongst the wind instruments.
 arrow Hiroshima Day observed
Hiroshima Day is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches.
 arrow Cultural Programme for mass awareness on HIV/AIDS
Let There Be Light, an social organization has started an innovative cultural programme to generate mass awareness on HIV/AIDS.
 arrow Street play on social milieu....
The Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) staged their latest street play Multobi on August 5 at Central Shaheed Minar premises.
Generalarrow CityCell Journalism Award introduced
The Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL) has introduced the 'CityCell Journalism Award' for the print and electronic media.
 arrow Next hearing Aug 24
Cross-examination of Abul Kashem, the first prosecution witness as well as complainant of the robbing case against three Dhaka College unit JCD leaders, ended yesterday.
 arrow FM condoles death of Robin Cook
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday expressed condolence over the death of former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom Robin Cook
In a message to Foreign Secretary of UK Jack Straw Morshedsaid,

 arrow 'Pond's Magical Moments' contest winners receive prizes
A prize giving ceremony of a consumer contest titled 'Pond's Magical Moments' was held in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Nepali army ineffective in containing Maoists
India's Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said yesterday he was concerned the situation in neighbouring Nepal could "go out of hand" because the Nepalese army's efforts to crush a Maoist rebellion are
 arrow Israel cabinet okays Gaza evacuations
The Israeli cabinet yesterday gave the final go-ahead for the evacuation of a first batch of Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, 10 days before the pullout is to begin, official sources said.
 arrow Iran vows no way back from nuclear move
Iran yesterday insisted there was no going back from its decision to resume uranium conversion in defiance of the European Union, despite an upcoming meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog and warnings of
 arrow British MP Galloway hails 'heroic' Iraqi insurgents
Firebrand British lawmaker George Galloway sparked further controversy yesterday, saying that insurgents fighting British and US troops in Iraq were making a "heroic decision".
 arrow Glaciers face threat of disappearing: UN
Dramatic scenarios from man-made global warming can no longer be excluded, including the complete disappearance of glaciers from entire mountain ranges, states a new UN report.
 arrow Six parties recess Korean crisis talks
The six parties at North Korean nuclear crisis talks agreed yesterday to take a three-week recess and plan to return to the table in the week of August 29, Chinese chief negotiator Wu Dawei told a news
 arrow Tributes pour in for Cook
Politicians from around the world have paid warm tribute to former Cabinet minister Robin Cook after his death, aged 59.
Cook died after collapsing while hill walking in north-west Scotland.

 arrow 13 die as plane crashes off Sicily
At least 13 people were killed and 23 injured when their Tunisair charter flight crashed into the sea near Sicily on Saturday after reporting a technical fault, emergency services said.
 arrow Discovery crew checks shuttle before landing
Discovery astronauts tested shuttle flight systems and used a laptop computer to practice landing yesterday as they prepared to return to Earth in the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.
 arrow Ulfa rebels blow up oil pipeline in Assam
Rebels in India's northeastern state of Assam blasted an oil pipeline yesterday while a militant was killed amid increasing violence before the country's Independence Day celebrations, police said.
 arrow Bush aides meet Iraq war protesters
About 70 anti-war protesters shouted "bring the troops home" from Iraq near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, prompting two White House officials to come out to meet with mothers who lost children
Editorialarrow Editorial: Natwar visit improves atmospherics
THAT the Indian Foreign Minister's visit to Dhaka is more of turning a corner than a turning point in the current stage of our bilateral relations is perhaps the only accurate characterisation that one
 arrow Editorial: Human life cheapened further
SPURIOUS life saving oral saline is being produced and marketed, needless to say, posing a grave threat to public health.
 arrow Far-right neocons: Contemplating World War IV?
It's difficult to play defence and offence the same time.
 arrow The prude and prudence
How is a film song like Ishq Ki Gali Vich No Entry (No entry into the lane of love), currently being repeated ad nauseam by Indian music channels, conceived and written?
 arrow Performance of BNP and the ruling coalition: A dent in public expectations
The general members of the public remain disillusioned with the performance of BNP. People are weary of both the mainstream political parties of the country.
Letters to Editorarrow Biman landing
I am writing this to draw your attention to the Biman crash news published in DS on 2 July 2005. The news item was full of errors.
The report mentioned that the aircraft made a belly landing.

 arrow Develop--what?
The government (or rather the political regime) should review the way it is stressing on physical and materialistic development projects.
 arrow Mass murders
Not a candle was lit, not a flower was placed, and not a second was spared for thousands of dead children, women, and men in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine.
 arrow Neglected railways
The political neglect of BR (Bangladesh Railways) is a colossal mistake on the part of the political masters, judging from the statistics published in The Daily Star of April 18.
 arrow Drive against adulteration
Mobile courts are raiding restaurants, bakeries or fruit wholesale markets to find out adulterated foods. This is a good sign for our poor nation.
It is better late than never.

 arrow "Islamic terrorism": What is at issue?
A recent editorial of Globe and Mail (Canada) states: "Like Islamism, fascism and communism rose from an unreasoning hatred of the liberal, bourgeois values of the capitalist West".
 arrow Muslims steeped in obscurantism
Ever since the benighted state of the Muslims, they have fallen prey to the rabid fanatical preaching of the Muslim clerics. As a sequel, they have become steeped in a state of obscurantism.
 arrow Political disintegration
All over the world, there are various signs of political disintegration. Dhaka is no exception, speaking locally.
 arrow We want gas meter, not cylindars
We vehemently oppose Finance Minister M. Saifur Rahman's plan to replace pipeline gas supply by cylinder gas for domestic use.
 arrow Intolerant political parties
I am very sceptical about whether our intolerant political parties would be able to reach any consensus to form a more acceptable and unbiased caretaker government.
 arrow Recycling infection through hospital waste
Food adulteration, pollution, and hygiene of eateries have become the talk of the town, thanks to the print media.
 arrow AL-BNP understanding
Your editorial on 12th July, 2005 about the understanding of Jalil-Mosharraf on annihilating black money and purging hooliganism caught my attention.
Star Cityarrow BRTC imports minibuses despite govt restriction
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has recently imported 20 new minibuses, contradicting a government policy to discourage these small vehicles on city roads.
 arrow Banglamotor not included in design for Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover
The design for the Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover has been finalised without adding the Banglamotor intersection to the plan ignoring the suggestions of the minister for LGED & Cooperatives and mayor of the
 arrow Rates go up at diagnostic centres
Patients especially from middle and low-income group are destined to suffer most as clinics and diagnostic centres have recently increased charges of all pathological tests.
 arrow Road digging by Desco in Mirpur causes public sufferings
Over 1,000 telephone lines of Mirpur section 10, 11 and Pallabi have been carelessly disconnected due to road digging by Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) in the area, sources in the Bangladesh Telegraph
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