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Front Pagearrow Back home with horrifying tales
Thirty-six Bangladeshi children who were used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) returned home along with their 41 "guardians" yesterday after passing horrifying days in the oil-rich country
 arrow Muggers shoot 1, loot Tk 14.2 lakh
Armed muggers yesterday looted Tk 14.2 lakh after shooting and injuring one of the two officials of a garment factory at city's Dakkhinkhan in Uttara.
 arrow Mobile court faces obstruction in Ctg
A mobile court of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday faced obstruction and received 'threat' while raiding a fast food outlet as part of the drives against sale of adulterated food in the port
 arrow Army men in jail posts rankle officials
Militarisation of the jail administration has sparked resentment among the jail officials as the government is appointing army officers one after another to the top positions of the Prisons Directorate,
 arrow 5,050 graft cases gathering dust
Uncertainty looms large on 5,050 on-trial corruption cases filed by the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) finds that there is no clear provision in the
 arrow Trade, energy to top tour agenda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Beijing on August 17 on a five-day official visit when she will hold talks on bilateral issues, especially promoting trade and economic cooperation, and seek Chinese
 arrow Dhaka sits with S'pore, Islamabad next week for consultations
Dhaka next week sits in separate annual consultations with Singapore and Islamabad to enhance bilateral trade, investment and other economic co-operations in potential sectors.
 arrow ChevronTexaco says it completes merger
Four months after making a $17-billion bid to takeover Unocal Corporation, leading oil company ChevronTexaco yesterday announced that it has completed the merger.
 arrow Hygiene drive to spread out across the country
The ongoing mobile-court clampdown on selling of adulterated, substandard and unhygienic food will soon be expanded to cover the entire country with stepped up logistic facilities.
 arrow Biman aircraft grounded at Delhi airport
A Biman aircraft was grounded at New Delhi airport yesterday due to engine trouble that could have led to a deadly accident.
 arrow Move on to arrange walkover for Zafar
An initiative is underway to have the ruling alliance candidate elected uncontested in Faridpur-1 parliamentary by-election while the electorate already seems to have lost enthusiasm after Kazi Sirajul
 arrow Oil holds near record $65
Oil stayed within striking distance of Thursday's $65 record high after a top energy body said non-Opec output was falling short of expectations.
 arrow Migratory birds with bird flu flying in
Migratory birds with H5N1 infections or bird flu are heading towards Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan from Lhasa, capital of Tibet in China, where already 133 infected birds had died.
 arrow Tk 146cr sought for voter list
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday sought Tk 146.29 crore for preparing a fresh voter list for the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Security alert on Rajshahi border
Law enforcement agencies yesterday intensified watch along the frontier between Rajshahi division and India on reports that the Maoist forces began a secret meeting on Wednesday.
 arrow UK Muslims want sermon in English
A 65 percent majority of UK Muslims are for Imams to deliver sermons in English, suggest the findings of a recent survey conducted by MORI Social Research Institute for the BBC.
 arrow Manmohan apologises to Sikhs for 1984 riots
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday apologised to his Sikh community and the nation for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that some leaders of his Congress were accused of instigating after Indira Gandhi's
 arrow IO ignores court order in filing charge sheet
In submitting the charge sheet of the killing of a CNG-run autorickshaw driver during May 21 hartal hours, the investigating officer (IO) did not follow the court order that asked him to merge the second
 arrow Free nation of BNP-Jamaat misrule
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has urged the religious leaders to play a key role in the ongoing movement to free the country from what she said was misrule of the BNP-Jamaat coalition government.
 arrow Protests go on at Baufal
A six-member team of journalists from Patuakhali Press Club visited Baufal yesterday amid the showdown of the BNP cadres that forced most of local journalists go into hiding.
 arrow 3 of a family murdered in B'baria
Unidentified assailants killed three of a family in Medda area of the district town early yesterday.
 arrow Govt won't extend contract of envoys in London, Rome
The government has decided not to extend the politically appointed contractual services of Bangladesh envoys in London and Rome and to bring them home on completion of their tenures in October.
 arrow Rebels kill 6 US soldiers in Iraq
US forces announced the loss of six soldiers as top Iraqi leaders met separately to thrash out differences on the country's constitution as an August 15 deadline loomed.
 arrow Mild tremor in Chittagong
A mild tremor jolted Chittagong city and its adjoining areas at 11:30am yesterday.
 arrow Warne breaks 600-wicket barrier
Shane Warne became the first bowler to take 600 Test wickets when he had Marcus Trescothick caught behind on the first day of the third Test against England at Old Trafford here Thursday.
Businessarrow NBR plans to collect tax at source from more sectors
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) plans to collect tax at source from more sectors.
 arrow Local exporters watch closely Indian move on textile import
Local textile exporters are watching closely the Indian move regarding textile import from Bangladesh as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to sit in a meeting next week about removal of specific
 arrow Exports from EPZs up 14.38pc in FY05
Exports increased by 14.38 percent, employment 56.90 percent and investment 3.02 percent from the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) in the last fiscal 2004-05.
 arrow Furniture fair kicks off August 16
In a bid to familiarise local customers with the latest progress in the country's furniture industry, a five-day national furniture fair is going to start in Dhaka on August 16.
 arrow Capacity of Ctg port up but users still unhappy
Although the capacity of the Chittagong Port increased and the average period of stay of the ships reduced in the last fiscal (2004-2005), port users are unhappy with the quality of service there.
 arrow SEC cancels 28,000 fake applications
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cancelled over 28,000 applications, opened through beneficiary owners (BO) accounts by three merchant banks to purchase primary shares of the Meghna Life
 arrow US eager to assist Ctg port development
The US has expressed its eagerness to assist the development of Chittagong Port.
 arrow Pak current account swings into deficit
Pakistan's current account swung sharply into deficit in the 2004/05 fiscal year, official data showed Thursday, a result analysts said was due to high oil prices and accelerating growth raising demand
 arrow Dhaka Bank's new head of Syndications
Salahdin Imam has recently taken over as the head of Syndications and Structured Finance of Dhaka Bank Ltd.
 arrow Yahoo takes 40pc stake in China Alibaba
Yahoo Inc will pay $1 billion for 40 percent of Chinese Web auctioneer Alibaba.com, taking on eBay and search firm Baidu.com as it extends its reach in the world's second-biggest Internet market.
 arrow China launches yuan forwards trading on interbank market
China's central bank said Thursday that yuan forwards and currency swaps have been cleared for trading on the interbank market.
 arrow Pran to buy farm products of RDRS Enterprise
Pran Group, an agro-based industry, will procure agricultural commodities produced by the farmer groups formed by RDRS Enterprise Private Ltd, an organisation working for the socio-economic development
 arrow US initial jobless claims fall by 6,000
First-time filings for state unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 308,000 last week, the US Labor Department said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hopes are high: Bashar
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was confident that the Tigers have a good chance of making a mark on their tour of Sri Lanka starting on August 31.
 arrow Football: Wanderers stay alive
Dhaka Wan-derers Club's newfound form kept their hopes alive to avoid relegation from Premier Bank Premier Football League with a 3-1 win over Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Fitting of the magician
Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has been bamboozling England's batsmen ever since bowling the 'ball of the century' to dismiss Mike Gatting at Old Trafford on the 1993 tour.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan finds form
England captain Michael Vaughan led his side to 195 for two at tea on the first day of the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford here Thursday as Shane Warne became the first bowler to take 600
 arrow Cricket: Solid reply by BD A
A sparkling 70 by in-form Tushar Imran and half-centuries by skipper Shahriar Nafees and Nazimuddin inspired Bangladesh A's solid reply against Surrey in the three-day match at The Oval yesterday.
 arrow Football: BU, Youngmen's deny involvement in match-fixing
Brothers Union and Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool yesterday denied any involvement in wrong-doing after Mohammedan, Abahani and Sheikh Russel KC blamed the two clubs for playing fixed-matches.
 arrow Cricket: Bobby wins battle over Jalal
Chief election commissioner (CEC) for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Idris Miah ruled out the councilorhip of Maradipur's Golam Kabir yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell will not attend meeting to pick captain
India's cricket coach Greg Chappell would not attend Friday's selection committee meeting here to choose the captain for the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
 arrow Hockey: Hosts lift BKSP Cup
Hosts BKSP Reds lifted the North Bengal CA 3rd BKSP Cup hockey title defeating Punjab National Bank Academy 4-2 in the tiebreaker after the final ended 3-3 yesterday.
 arrow Football: Inter, Liverpool on course
Two Brazilians called Adriano made their mark on Champions League qualifying on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'Stop cursing please'
Cursing is so prevalent in English soccer that one British educator called for games to be banned from television during the daytime last season.
 arrow Football: Cafu's clone dreams of Italy
Brazil international Cicinho has admitted he would welcome a move to Italy and dreams of playing for AC Milan.
 arrow Cricket: Is it Ganguly or Dravid?
Sourav Ganguly's future as Indian cricket captain will be decided on Friday when the selectors announce their choice for the tour of Zimbabwe and possibly the rest of the season.
 arrow Cricket: WI try to bail the Kiwis out
The West Indies will play an extra Test in New Zealand early next year after the cancellation of Zimbabwe's tour in December, New Zealand Cricket said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Players letting it go
The inaugural one-day series between Asia and Africa to be held in South Africa later this month has been marred by the withdrawal of leading players.
 arrow Athletics: Tonique, Clay rule the day
Tonique Williams-Darling of Bahamas produced a performance worthy of an Olympic champion to add the world 400 metres title to her medal collection at the World Athletics Championships on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer awaits full strength England
Pakistan's English coach Bob Woolmer wants a full-strength England side to tour Pakistan later this year for a Test and one-day series.
 arrow Football: Faridpur boys win football friendly
Faridpur District seven-a-side junior team defeated the touring Indian seven-a-side junior team 6-2 in a friendly football match at the Faridpur Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure women's equal rights to politics
Women's rights activists at a roundtable yesterday called for reforms in the political and electoral systems to ensure women's equal right to politics.
 arrow 'Implement HC directives properly'
Electoral experts yesterday underscored the need for proper implementation of the High Court directives regarding personal information of the candidates in parliamentary election to help the voters elect
 arrow 'Enact tougher laws to curb adulteration of food'
The Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) yesterday called on the government to enact tougher laws including death sentence as maximum punishment in order to prevent food adulteration.
 arrow Dhaka to become uninhabitable by 2030 : Tariqul
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said the Dhaka city will become uninhabitable by 2030 if crash programmes are not taken to protect its environment.
 arrow 31pc of indigenous people do not have house
Twelve percent of indigenous households have been forced to sell their lands or tricked out of their lands by vested quarters, according to a study conducted by Care Bangladesh and Gram Bikash Kendra(GBK).
 arrow Govt protecting killers
Bringing the killers of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria to book will not be possible during the regime of the four-party alliance government, Awami League presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury
 arrow BCL leader assaulted on DU campus
Jagannath University College leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday beat up Dhaka University's (DU) Jagannath Hall unit president on the campus.
 arrow All University Fair begins
A three-day 'All University Fair-2005' began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday with the participation of some 21 local and foreign universities.
 arrow Humayun Azad's anniversary of death today
The first death anniversary of eminent writer and Dhaka University Professor Dr Humayun Azad will be observed today in the city and at his village at Rarikhal in Munshiganj district.
 arrow Journo beaten in city
A group of miscreants beat up a Dhaka University (DU) correspondent of the daily Samakal at Shahbag in the city on Wednesday night, leaving him seriously injured.
 arrow BRRI develops two new rice varieties
The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed two new rice varieties named BRRI dhan44 and BRRI dhan45 recently for cultivation in the Aman and Boro seasons, says a press release.
 arrow Elderly cultural activist killed in road crash
Shanti Ranjan Mukherjee, 70, a sports and cultural personality of the district, died in a road accident at Chamber Road in the town yesterday.
 arrow Three killed in road crash
Three people were killed and six others injured on the Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway at Harinchara in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj early yesterday.
 arrow Hasina to visit Gopalganj Tuesday
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will go to Gopalganj Tuesday on a two-day visit.
 arrow 3 ex-JCD leaders on fresh remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed the three former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders, arrested Saturday, on a two-day fresh remand for further interrogation.
 arrow Obituary
Wing Comman-der M Nazim-uddin Miah of Bangladesh Air Force died on Wednesday at the Combined Military Hos-pital (CMH) in the city at the age of 49, says an ISPR press release.
Culturearrow Celebrating 50 years of our cinema
The first 'talkie' made in this part of Bengal -- Mukh O Mukhosh -- was released on August 3, 1956. Thus this year Bangladeshi cinema turns 50.
 arrow Natyachakra's 33rd anniversary
It was a huge gathering of the leading theatre activists of the country at the National Theatre Stage at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Tini: A documentary on Mazharul Islam and his works
Mazharul Islam is known as the pioneer of modern architecture in our country and justifiably so. He emerged at a time when 'modern architecture and 'architects' were unfamiliar concepts to the masses.
 arrow Tracing our rich heritage
The images of Dhaka over the years have been presented with mastery in "Satoborsher Dhaka". In this painting exhibition at Shilpangan, 10 prominent artists have participated.
 arrow 'Miss Ellie' of Dallas, dies at 82
Barbara Bel Geddes, the winsome actress who rose to stage and movie stardom but reached her greatest fame as Miss Ellie Ewing in the long-running TV series Dallas, has died. She was 82.
 arrow From Ankur to Morning Raga
Think of Shabana Azmi and the name conjures up the superb Indian actress-cum- social activist.
Generalarrow Minister blames DOHS residents for violation of building code
State Minister for Housing and Public Works Alamgir Kabir MP of yesterday blamed the building owners of the capital's posh residential area Defence Officers Housing Society (DOHS) for violating building
 arrow Bodies of two abducted truckers recoverd
Police have recovered the bodies of a truck driver and his assistant at Keraniganj three days after their abduction with the truck from Uttara.
 arrow SUST classes resume Aug 14
Dormitories of the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) were reopened yesterday after a month while the classes will resume on August 14.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on journalists continues
The abduction, physical beating and mental torture of Monjur Morshed, the Jugantor correspondent and college teacher at Baufal, followed by terrorisation and persecution of the entire local journalist
 arrow Editorial: Ethnic groups must be empowered
We have 45 ethnic groups comprising nearly three million 'indigenous' tribal people who deserve a better deal than they are getting now.
 arrow Letting the government off the hook
Ever since the 14-party opposition unveiled their CTG and election reform agenda on July 15, the debate over the proposed reforms and what the implications are for the elections that are due to be held
 arrow The story of a living dead
It felt like death when he left, but she stayed calm until she returned home and burst into tears like a heavy sky crashing down with torrential rains.
 arrow OIC needs a thorough overhauling
The squeaking wheel gets the greese,' so goes the popular saying.
Letters to Editorarrow "Enacting law for appointing judges"
The above captioned write-up appeared in the July 24 issue of The Daily Star. It was timely and articulate.
Appointment of judges in higher judiciary in recent years have stirred all concerned.

 arrow Child labour A curse
Child labour is one of the curses of our so called civilised society. Children who suppose to have dream in their eyes and books in their hands are working in our houses and in different factories.
 arrow Non-transparency in governance
The regime may take corrective actions to maintain transparency in approving non-essential projects; and in the handling of tenders.
 arrow Still divide and rule?
A trite question for the foreign invaders of Iraq: Still believe in the divide-and-rule colonial policy? Why US-led Iraqi overtures to Iran? Oil or Shia control over part of ME?
 arrow Britons' position
Most probably the citizens of Britain think that men become genetically different according to their geographical position or religion.
 arrow Misguided terrorists
Panic is not still over. Bombings on 7 July in London that killed 52 innocent people are still fresh in the people's minds all over the world.
 arrow Who will put them to school?
It pains me to see the street children peddling Harry Potter, The Vinci Code and many such books.
 arrow Congratulations !
This is to congratulate you & thank you for the wonderful work you are doing in The Daily Star. I am your regular reader for many years.
 arrow Immortal Bangla !
This is in response to Mr.
 arrow Too much school homework
My little niece, a student of class V in an English-medium school, came to our house one Friday afternoon bleary-eyed.
 arrow Inside a bus
A few days ago I was on the way to my residence from my hall. I got on to a "Metro Link" bus from Azimpur. When the bus reached New Market it became overloaded. I was sitting on just right of the door.
 arrow League of murderers
It is very interesting to note that the people involved in food adulteration called a 48-hour strike, as the government had started catching them and exposing them through TV and newspapers.
 arrow Press Club and Peter Jennings
I think it was 1970 or 1971 that Peter Jennings visited Bangladesh and I was a student of Dhaka University living in Segun Bagicha.
 arrow Annan's good definition of terrorism
It's interesting that Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, has underscored the necessity of redefining 'terrorism' due to the recent bomb attacks in the UK and Egypt, in order that we can all live
 arrow Drive against adulteration
One of the Chittagong newspapers says that the drive against selling of adulterated food will only continue up to the Holy month of Ramadan! Can it really be so? During the fasting month, it becomes even
 arrow Presidential mercy
Only the family of the assassinated person should extend the mercy to the assassin, and the assassin must get pardon from the victim's family and unless the family of the victim extends mercy, the Head
Environmentarrow Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: Contribution of Bangladesh
Since the advent of the industrial revolution in the 1700s, humans have devised many inventions that burn fossil fuels.
 arrow Linking livelihood and governance to ecology
Land, water and air constitute the earth's biosphere. This biosphere is the habitat of living organisms -- the biological kingdom has grown here.
 arrow Suitable trees for national highways
For a healthy environment to sustain, 25 percent of the total area of country should be forested. But our densely populated country Bangladesh contains at best 8 percent of forested areas.
Urbanarrow Our future lies in the drain
Not many would associate a Scottish biologist studying the evolution of sex with the planning of Dhaka, but Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) did just that.
 arrow Dhaka floods: The need to act now
Climate change is no longer a matter for speculation.
 arrow Chronology of big floods
1781 Serious flood, which was more pronounced in the western part of Sylhet district. The cattle suffered much from the loss of fodder.
Worldarrow South Asia: Pak test fires nuclear cruise missile
Pakistan on Thursday successfully test-fired its first cruise missile and joined a select club of nations which have developed the ground-hugging projectiles, the military said.
 arrow South Asia: Deaths fuel fears of epidemic in India
At least 50 people have died from water-borne diseases plaguing India's financial hub Mumbai and other parts of the western region following the worst-ever recorded rains, health officials said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal radio stations resume newscasts
Nepal's private FM radios resumed news broadcasts on Thursday after the Supreme Court effectively stayed a ban on bulletins imposed after King Gyanendra seized power in February, a radio group said.
 arrow South Asia: Indian lawyer seeks apology from Blair
Eighty-one years after an English judge made "derogatory" remarks in his ruling against the Punjabi community of the sub-continent, an Indian lawyer is out to seek the British Prime Minister's apology.
 arrow South Asia: Avoid use of word 'minority': SC
Defining the ultimate aim of a democracy like India, the Supreme Court has said the practice of listing religious groups as 'minority communities' should be discouraged and the list gradually be doneaway
 arrow South Asia: Arrested Pakistani has no terror link, says France
A Pakistani man arrested with forged British passports at a Paris airport has no apparent link to any terrorist plot, French prosecutors said Thursday, adding that his case was now being handled as astandard
 arrow South Asia: Mumbai twin blasts accused not discharged
Despite recommendation of the POTA Review Committee, a special court in India on Thursday refused to discharge two accused held for conspiring the twin blasts in Mumbai in August 2003, on the ground that
 arrow Dangerous haze returns to haunt SE Asia
If rhetoric could douse fires, the haze that haunts Southeast Asia, endangering health, travel and tourism, would have disappeared in the late 1990s.
 arrow Britain detains ten foreigners
Ten foreigners were detained in London and other parts of Britain and face deportation on national security grounds, Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced.
 arrow UN watchdog considers EU call for solution
The UN atomic watchdog agency pursued intense talks here on an EU proposal calling on Iran to halt nuclear fuel work that has raised fears of a weapons program, while leaving the door open to furthernegotiations
 arrow Gaza pullout opponents to stage last strength
Opponents of the impending Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip were to stage a last show of strength at a mass rally in Tel Aviv on Thursday as the army finalised its preparations for the historic evacuation.
 arrow N Ireland waits for IRA disarmament
Two weeks after the Irish Republican Army pledged to down arms, the guerrilla group has yet to prove it has disposed of any weapons, disappointing hopes it would begin disarming immediately.
 arrow Saddam trial could start in 2 months
The trial of Saddam Hussein could begin within the next two months, a source close to the Iraqi Special Tribunal that will try the former dictator said Thursday.
 arrow Oklahoma man held before boarding plane with bomb
An Oklahoma man was taken into custody after he tried to carry a bomb on board an airplane on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, an FBI spokesman said.
 arrow Trip around the moon!
The company that pioneered commercial space travel by sending "tourists"up to the International Space Station is planning a new mission: rocketing people around the far side of the moon.
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