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Front Pagearrow Even ministers, their kin vie for BNP ticket
Aspirant BNP candidates in the September 6 elections to the women's reserved seats in parliament thronged the ruling party headquarters in the city yesterday to collect application forms for party nomination.
 arrow Nation mourns Bangabandhu today
The nation today pays tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of the nation, amid a lingering uncertainty over the trial of his killers.
 arrow The long shadow of the August 1975 coup
Was the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on August 15, 1975 merely the result of personal malice and an act out of sudden fury of some army officers?
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 arrow Jamaluddin killed one month after abduction
Shahid Chairman, prime suspect in abduction of Chittagong business magnate Jamaluddin Ahmed Chowdhury, was arrested on Saturday night, over two years after the incident.
 arrow Govt stalls process to bring killers back
The government has stalled the process of bringing back the convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who are now absconding abroad.
 arrow Criminals demand Tk 10 lakh from another Mirpur trader
Two days into the killing of businessman Kazi Shahidullah, criminals demanded Tk 10 lakh from another businessman of Mirpur.
 arrow Masum's parents for judicial probe
Parents of Jagannath University student Iqbal Hossain Masum, who was killed on August 8 in "crossfire" with crime-busting force Cheetah, have appealed to the prime minister and the home minister to form
 arrow Use of time bombs suspected
Investigators reckon time bombs were used in the attack on the Kharampur shrine in Akhaura on Friday night.
 arrow People to try alliance govt for sitting on verdict
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the people would execute the verdict of the Bangabandhu murder case as the BNP-led alliance government has sided with the killers.
 arrow Govt should explain judges' embarrassment
The state is responsible for prosecuting the killers of Bangabandhu and the government has failed to carry out this constitutional duty, Dr Kamal Hossain said in an interview with The Daily Star yesterday,
 arrow AL calls half-day hartal for today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a six-hour countrywide hartal today from 6:00am to 12:00noon, demanding immediate execution of the verdict in the Bangabandhu Murder Case.
 arrow Blasts that robbed him of livelihood
Sixty-six-year old Afaz Uddin not only lost his daughter, Rizia Begum, in the August 21 mayhem. He also lost the only means of his livelihood with her death.
 arrow 121 killed in Cypriot plane crash
A Cypriot airliner with 121 people on board crashed north of Athens yesterday, and rescuers said they had found no survivors.
 arrow 3 outlaws die in 'crossfire'
Three outlaws of Biplabi Communist Party (BCP) have been killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and law enforcers in Jessore and Kushtia.
 arrow Italy begins early Iraq withdrawal
More than 100 Italian troops whose tours in southern Iraq have ended are not being replaced, apparently marking the beginning of the country's withdrawal from Iraq ahead of schedule, a newspaper reported
 arrow Coastguards foil smuggling of 3.1 lakh litre diesel
Coastguards yesterday arrested nine people and seized a Bangladeshi tanker with 3.1 lakh litres of diesel for their attempt to smuggle the fuel to a Panama flag carrier ship.
 arrow 1 out of 12 on voter list erroneous
One out of every 12 names in the voter list is erroneous in Bangladesh, said a study conducted by Washington-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).
 arrow Weaker Tk raises revenue
While revenue collection at import level marks a sharp 17.10 percent rise in the first month of 2005-06, the government is going to lower the import duties by 0.
 arrow Rotten eggs, bananas for DMCH patients
Rotten eggs and bananas, expired bread, fly infested rice, and adulterated milk are the meals served to patients at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Scores rounded up as Lanka hunts killers
Sri Lanka yesterday rounded up scores of potential suspects during a massive hunt for Tamil Tiger rebels suspected of gunning down the foreign minister in an attack that has strained an already shakyceasefire.
 arrow 12 injured in DU hall clash
At least 12 students were injured, three of them critically, in a clash between Bangalee and indigenous students of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Attempted murder charges pressed against chief whip's son
The Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday pressed charges against Akhter Hamid alias Paban, son of Chief Whip Khondokar Delwar Hossain, in an attempted murder case.
 arrow 30 injured as JCD factions clash at IU
At least 30 students were injured in factional clashes of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the Islamic University (IU) campus yesterday noon.
 arrow Kazi Siraj, 3 others pull out of race
Four candidates, including Kazi Sirajul Islam, yesterday pulled out of the race for Fairpur-1 by-polls on August 30.
 arrow 2 bankers held for fraud
Police last night arrested two senior officials of Al Arafa Islamic Bank Ltd for embezzling Tk 7.1 lakh from a client's account.
Businessarrow Rule of law key to achieving MDGs
Bangladesh needs to establish rule of law if it wants to achieve Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, a development prescription by United Nations, said economist Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday.
 arrow GP announces special offers
GrameenPhone Ltd yesterday announced the launch of a new promotion with an offer of free airtime and other special features including first minute free incoming from BTTB call for Easy Gold subscribers.
 arrow New Delhi makes revised offer
India has made revised aggressive market offer for a series of services at the World Trade Organisation as a bargain for securing freer movement of its professionals for working in the Western countries.
 arrow Fair and Lovely Foundation's vocational training
Sumi, an undergraduate student in Dhaka, is receiving vocational training on flower decoration to start a business in future.
"I'm not going to embark on the business right now.

 arrow NBR launches hunt for tax dodgers
National Board of Revenue squads have launched a drive against tax-dodgers, starting with the search for some owners of readymade garment factories.
 arrow Tata keen to invest in tourism
Indian industrial giant Tata has shown interest to invest in Bangladesh's tourism sector.
Sportsarrow Football: League resumes Aug 17
The Premier Division Football League will resume on August 17 after the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) high-ups promised the aggrieved clubs of sincerely looking into match fixing allegations.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss stands up
Andrew Strauss' Test best-score against Australia of 57 not out helped England consolidate their advantage in the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: New Zealand unchanged
New Zealand have retained the side which beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 294 in the first Test at Harare for the second and final Test which starts at the Queens Sports Club here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies getting older
Impatient batting, sloppy fielding and Ricky Ponting's inferior captaincy have Australia on the brink of coming home from England without cricket's Ashes, Australian media said Sunday.
 arrow Athletics: A night of firsts
Extraordinary Ethiopian teenager Tirunesh Dibaba on Saturday became the first woman athlete in history to complete the 5,000m/ 10,000m double at the same World Athletics Championships.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke could be back-ed down
Michael Clarke is set to have to cope with a debilitating back injury for the rest of his career as the Australia camp continue to search for clues to the cause of his condition.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful, Mashrafee SA-bound
Bangladesh star cricketers Moha-mmad Ashraful and Mashrafee-bin Mortuza left Dhaka yesterday to represent an Asian XI team in the three-match one-day series of the Afro-Asian Cup to be held in South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: No surprises for BCB polls
After all the hype surrounding the candidature of some key posts in the ensuing Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) polls, it seems the script is going according to plan.
 arrow Cricket: BD A restrict Antigua to 180
Bangladesh A restricted Antigua to 180 in their limited-overs game at the Whitgift School, Croydon yesterday.
 arrow Football: Helal confident of hosting Asian U-17 finals in 2008
Iran will be the only country to contest Bangladesh's bid to host the AFC Youth Football Championship (Under-17) in 2008.
 arrow Football: Super Barca
League champions Barcelona made a sparkling start to the new season with a classy 3-0 win away to King's Cup winners Real Betis in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's a bit strange'
Disturbed about his exclusion from the one-day side after playing two games in the just-concluded Indian Oil Cup in Sri Lanka, Anil Kumble has asked if different standards are used to measure different
 arrow Same old start for Liverpool
It was straight back to domestic disappointment for Champions League winners Liverpool who were held 0-0 at Middlesbrough as the English Premiership kicked off on Saturday.
 arrow Handball: Rifles thrash Rajshahi
Bangladesh Rifles recorded a comfortable 33-17 win over Rajshahi City Corporation in the opening match of the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament at the Outer Stadium handball court.
 arrow Football: Gunners leave it late
Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie broke Newcastle hearts, and their incredible resistance, with a brace of goals in the last nine minutes as Arsenal won 2-0 at Highbury on Sunday.
 arrow Latest
England were 241 for four, an overall lead of 383, in their second innings with 23 overs' play for the fourth day remaining in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt violating constitution by not completing trial: Dr Kamal
The government is violating the constitution by not completing the trial of the Bangabandhu murder case after several judges expressed embarrassment to hear the case, said Gono Forum President Dr Kamal
 arrow Post-9/11 terrorist attack on US costs $40b globally
The post-9/11 terrorist attack on the US cost some $US 40 billion globally.
 arrow Chile keen to expand trade with Bangladesh
Newly appointed Ambassador of Chile Jorge Heine said his country wants to strengthen bilateral ties and expand trade with Bangladesh as it would play a significant role in the world, particularly in Asia,
 arrow Police resort to mass arrest
Incidents of mass arrest of the activists and leaders of Awami League and its front organisations by police and attacks by BNP cadres are reported from various parts of the country on the eve of the death
 arrow New Nat'l Drug Policy handed over to PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said the comprehensive new National Drug Policy will infuse dynamism into the health sector.
 arrow Under-trial prisoner 'tortured' to death
An under-trial prisoner at Dhaka Central Jail died yesterday after allegedly being tortured by the police of Ramna Police Station.
 arrow HC stays SUST decision
The High Court yesterday stayed the operation of a decision of the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) regarding the promotion of an associate professor to professor.
 arrow Biharis demand repatriation, submit memo to Pak HC
The stranded Pakistanis, popularly known as Biharis, languishing in camps for over three decades, submitted a memorandum to the Pakistani mission here demanding "immediate" repatriation as Pakistan celebrated
 arrow Condolence book opens at Lankan HC
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Dhaka has opened a condolence book on the tragic death of Lankan Foreign Minister Laksham Kadirgamar.
 arrow Expert injured while trying to retrieve bombs on DU campus
A bomb expert was injured while trying to retrieve one of three hand bombs left on the Mohsin Hall football ground of Dhaka University yesterday.
 arrow Prof Hamida passes away
Prof Hamida Rahman, former principal of Jagannath College and wife of late Siddiqur Rahman, passed away due to old-age complications at her residence in the city yesterday at the age of 82, says a press
 arrow Dr Halida new DG of FPAB
Dr Halida Hanum Akhter has joined as the director general of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB).
Nationalarrow Students demonstrate for power
Students, joined by unemployed Bidi factory workers, staged a demonstration in Haragachh and laid a siege to the municipal office for smooth power supply.
 arrow Erosion: 3000 made homeless in a week in Netrakona
Erosion by Mogra and Kongsa rivers has taken a serious turn in Netrakona Sadar, Barhatta, Atpara and Modan upazilas.
 arrow Create awareness against AIDS
Speakers at a workshop held here on Friday underscored the need for creating awareness among people to combat HIV/ AIDS.
 arrow Rly ferry on Brahmaputra yet to be restored
The railway ferry service between Balashi and Bahadurabad terminals is yet to be restored after a fortnight of its suspension.
 arrow Hartal observed in B'baria
A half-day hartal was observed in the district tow yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the persons responsible for the sensational triple murder.
Culturearrow An evening of Tagore and Nazrul songs
The High Commission of India, Dhaka paid rich tributes to Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam at a flower bedecked musical soiree arranged at the Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum on August13.
 arrow From ramps to small screen
Popular Bangladeshi model Monalisa has firm views about success. In her words, "Success is achieving what you set out to do. But I haven't got to that stage yet. Success is very important to me.
 arrow Glorifying the buffalo
S Rafi's recent exhibition at the Divine Gallery took the form of miniatures, keeping in mind the Moghul miniatures of the past, although the contents were overtly modern.
 arrow Singer Ibrahim Ferrer passes away at 78
Septuagenarian singer Ibrahim Ferrer, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of vintage Cuban performers, died Saturday last. He was 78.
Generalarrow Non-govt teachers demand house rent allowance hike
Non-government teachers yesterday demanded increased house rent allowance and residential facilities for them.
 arrow Implement river-linking project with a 'sense of urgency'
With the devastation caused by the recent floods in Maharashtra and other states fresh in memory, Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam yesterday said the ambitious project of inter-linking of rivers should
 arrow 5 killed in Naogaon road accident
At least five people were killed and five others injured when a truck skidded off the road and fell into a ditch at Moha-devpur under Naogaon early yesterday.
Internationalarrow 9 die in fresh Kashmir fighting ahead of I-Day
Nine people have died in fresh fighting in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday, as troops intensified search operations on the eve of India's Independence Day which separatists observe as a "black day".
 arrow Israel, Palestinians on alert for Gaza pullout
Israeli and Palestinian forces prepared to move into position yesterday to secure the evacuation of Jewish settlements in occupied Gaza with tension rising over the threat of disruption.
 arrow Musharraf vows to fight extremists
President Pervez Musharraf yesterday urged people to reject extremists who want "to drag Pakistan into darkness" as the nation celebrated its 58th independence day amid high security.
 arrow Iran warns Bush against attack
Iran warned US President George W. Bush yesterday that he would be making a mistake to use force against the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.
 arrow Iraq races to meet charter deadline
Iraq was racing against time to wrap up its new constitution but the ousted Sunni Arab elite played hard over federalism, raising concerns the new charter may not be ready ahead of today's deadline.
 arrow New anti-hijack policy allows India to gun down planes
India has finalised a policy to deal with the hijacking of airliners that rules out negotiations with hijackers and allows the shooting down of aircraft deemed to have been turned into "missiles", media
Editorialarrow Editorial: National mourning day
August is a black day in our history; a shameful episode that will never be blotted out from our memory.
 arrow Editorial: It's Akhaura now
The Akhaura shrine blast on Friday night only adds to the whole lot of bombing cases that have remained mysteriously unsolved to-date as something of a national shame.
 arrow The tragic hero of a distorted history
Assessing post-revolutionary political heroes is a challenging exercise.
 arrow One morning thirty years ago
Three decades ago today the newly independent Bangladesh faced the greatest tragedy of her short existence.
 arrow Recalling the colossus
What was he? A superman? An angel from heaven? He was perhaps someone beyond one's capabilities to describe. In my personal estimation it will be an exercise in futility to describe a colossus.
Letters to Editorarrow Travels in Bangladesh
I refer to the article "Travels in Pakistan: Sorry, I do not speak Urdu" published in your newspaper.
 arrow Strengthening Saarc
Mr. Ariful Islam's letter regarding strengthening Saarc -- well, may I have the liberty to disagree with his suggestion.
 arrow London bombing
There are many writing in your daily about the recent bombings in London. Essentially, these writers are justifying the bombings on the plea of US led invasion of Iraq and the Palestinian issue.
 arrow Don't beat students
Many school teachers use sticks to punish their students. I don't support it at all. I think it is a cruel way of punishment. On the other hand, it creates immense frustration among the students.
 arrow EC's laudable move
We must appreciate the move of the Election Commission to meet and discuss with the political parties the issue of general election, 2007.
 arrow "Stop studying, start solving"
Your editorial captioned "Stop studying, start solving" speaks volumes for the problems that we are facing.
The government has failed miserably to address the important issues concerning publicwelfare.

 arrow Encourage exporters
While the country is reeling under severe dollar shortage during the last few months, we were amazed to see that, none of the cabinet members had anything to say to encourage the exporters.
 arrow Education system
It's regrettable that the public education system in Bangladesh is not characterised by moderate and pragmatic concerns. It's rather conventional.
 arrow Allotment of plots in Mohammadpur
It has been more than eight years and a half since we responded to a call by the Directorate of Housing and Settlement for application for plot allotment in Mohammadpur F block from middle class and lower
 arrow Crime and crossfire
Recently, the DS has been receiving letters from some of its readers who have been congratulating the government's new force-- the Rapid Action Battalion for the so-called good work 'crossfire'.
 arrow Student politics
Among many of the problems that plague Bangladesh at this moment, one is the effect of student politics. Under the given circumstances in the country, do we need students politics...? I think not.
 arrow Jamaat politics
I do not like the Jamaat, I consider myself a patriot and I belong to the pro-liberation forces. That is why I want to see any party or alliance minus Jamaat in power after the next general election.
 arrow Smokers
It's a common misconception that cigarette makes a man look smarter and bold. The days of "rong chota jeans" and "jolonto cigarette" passed a long time ago.
 arrow City bus service
I believe it is time for the government to take steps to eradicate the old buses from our capital and introduce new ones.
 arrow Gay marriage issue
It's a reply to Mr. Zabidur Rahman's( Toronto, Canada) letter. Thanks a lot for your kind attention.
Bangabandhu And The New Generationarrow Connecting with the founder
A few days ago, in order to catch a live glimpse of Bangladesh vs Australia cricket match on the Internet, I logged on to a Bangladesh based website called bangladeshlive.net.
 arrow Waiting for Mujib
Although born in 1969, I am technically part of the "post-71 generation." The struggles, debates and emotions that animated and divided our parents are an abstraction and learned memory for us.
 arrow Bangabandhu's legacy today
1971. In a mukti camp, some freedom fighters were asked: "Why are you fighting?" Someone answers: "We are fighting for the freedom of the motherland.
 arrow Mullahism, military and Mujib
Since its birth, Pakistan has been said to be ruled by mullahism, the military, and the might of the US.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk goes tough on outdoor ad menace
Rajuk has moved to knock down rooftop billboards, signboards and transmitting towers to cut vision pollution and restore beauty to the city.
 arrow BEMP's plan to save the city
To protect the environment of the city, Bangladesh Environmental Management Project (BEMP), which is made up of experts on the field, has formulated a draft that recommends 45 solutions to some 62 environment
 arrow WRC at JU: Giving wildlife its life back
It will make you feel as if you are walking along a forest where animals are too shy to cross your way and are peeping from their hideouts.
 arrow Bus bays fail to ease traffic jam on Airport Road
Commuters still face traffic jam on the Airport Road as bus drivers do not stop their vehicles at the newly constructed bus bays. They take passengers from the roadside and even middle of the road.
 arrow DU lacks fund for buying new books
The students of Dhaka University are deprived of latest edition of books as the university authorities are unable to buy new books for the DU libraries and departments due to lack of funds.
 
   
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