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Front Pagearrow 8pc growth possible if graft, political feuds go
Bangladesh can achieve even an 8 percent GDP growth a year instead of the present 5 percent, if corruption and confrontational political culture are contained, observed visiting World Bank (WB) President
 arrow Cops try to decode Arabic phone call
Investigators are trying to decipher a telephone conversation in Arabic mixed with Bangla tapped Saturday to check if there is any clue to the August 17 countrywide terror bombings that still remaina
 arrow Morshed says it's too early to speculate
The remarks made by Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami blaming Indian and Israeli intelligence agencies for the countrywide serial bomb attacks on August 17 is not thestatement
 arrow Foreign funding, local business keep them going
From outward appearance they were doing social works as welfare organisations, building mosques and setting up madrasas for the underprivileged children, many of whom are orphans.
 arrow Top boss of Kuwait-based RIHS leaves in a hurry
A top official of the Kuwait-based NGO Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) accused of funding Islamist militants in Bangladesh has left the country yesterday, cutting short his trip drastically
 arrow 10 cops suspended as arrestee flees from custody
Ten policemen of Dighinala Police Station were suspended yesterday as an Ansar member arrested for his link to the Jama'atul Mujahideen fled from custody.
 arrow Turning into a militant
Rubel, a boy of Dharampur in the city, went missing just after registering for SSC examinations in 2002.
 arrow Militants' diaries describe bomb techniques
Rajshahi police have found similarity between the way bombs blasted here on August 17 and the techniques described in the diaries and notes of the 11 militants held from Paba upazila last month.
 arrow Thousands march streets to remember Aug 21
Thousands of people yesterday marched through the streets in the capital and elsewhere in the country, mourning those who died in the August 21 grenade attacks.
 arrow Govt assures int'l community of actions against extremism
The government yesterday assured the international community of severe actions against "extremism and violence," saying no stones will be left unturned to prevent extremism in the country.
 arrow 14 more held in four dists
Police arrested 14 suspected activists of Islamist militant groups Harkat-ul-Jihad and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Pabna, Khulna, Gaibandha and Satkhira districts yesterday.
 arrow Govt condemns 4 days after blasts
It took the government four days to officially condemn Wednesday's near-simultaneous blasts that rattled the entire nation and drew notes of strong disapproval from all over the world.
 arrow WB support to continue
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz yesterday said the World Bank (WB) would continue to support Bangladesh for implementing Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) to alleviate poverty and for carrying
 arrow BDR, BSF call peace
The two-day border skirmish at Bholahat in Chapainawabganj ended yesterday in a "successful and cordial" regional flag meeting between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), while
 arrow US expert in Dhaka to help probe bombing
A US explosives expert arrived in Dhaka yesterday to assist the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) in investigating the August 17 countrywide bomb blasts.
 arrow India contradicts press reports
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday contradicted the Bangladesh media reports that BSF was entirely responsible for the recent border incidents and that BSF personnel fired hundreds of shots
 arrow Rotten eggs on sale
A mobile court yesterday exposed a large-scale trade in rotten eggs following a raid on a wholesaler in the Sukrabad area of the city.
 arrow US army plans four more years in Iraq
The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq well over 100,000 for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday.
 arrow India rejects allegation of Nizami
India yesterday denied involvement of its intelligence agency RAW in the August 17 explosions across Bangladesh as alleged by Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami.
 arrow Govt-backed religious fanatics behind blasts
Main Opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said religious fanatics backed by the government are carrying out repeated bomb attacks across the country for political gains in the
 arrow Wolfowitz for bringing Aug 21 blast culprits to books
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz yesterday emphasised the need for bringing the culprits of last year's August 21 carnage to justice.
 arrow BSP, Noab for tax withdrawal on newsprint
Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) yesterday protested the price hike of local newsprint and urged the government to withdraw all kinds of taxes
 arrow BDR man, four smugglers hurt in shootout
Four smugglers and one BDR member were injured in a shootout between the border guards and drug peddlers on Hili border yesterday.
 arrow JS body blames govt for not bolstering intelligence wings
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence Ministry yesterday termed the August 17 countrywide bomb blasts a large-scale threat to the national security and said the government has not taken initiatives
 arrow Galib denied bail again
A Naogaon court yesterday denied bail to militant kingpin Dr Asadullah Al Galib and three of his cohorts.
 arrow 'al Qaeda letter' threatens grenade attacks
Unidentified people in a letter posted to Gaibandha Press Club in the name of al-Qaeda have threatened to carry out grenade attacks on several people and institutions including the press club in a week.
 arrow Clarification
In reference to The Daily Star story headlined "Women's seat in JS: BNP aspirants find nominations costly" and published on August 16, BNP Vice-president Begum Sarwari Rahman sent the following clarification:
 arrow Japan to give up bid for UNSC berth
Japan will give up its bid to secure a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the time being after it failed to win enough international support, a daily said yesterday.
Businessarrow Send trade teams abroad, attend fairs to boost export
Honorary consul generals in Bangladesh yesterday said Dhaka can send trade missions abroad and participate in international fairs to boost its trade.
 arrow DSE upgrades automated trading system
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday launched its upgraded automated trading system, facilitating up to 100,000 transactions a day and allowing the investors to trade from across the world through
 arrow BB differs with ADB advice
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has differed with an Asian Development Bank (ADB) advice on establishing asset management company (AMC) to recover the non-performing loans, official sources said.
 arrow Summit signs Tk 390cr loan deal with IIDFC
Summit Industrial and Mercantile Corporation (Pvt) Ltd (SIMCL) yesterday signed a Tk 390 crore loan agreement with Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd (IIDFC) to build smallpower
 arrow Dhaka seeks more market access to Pak market
Foreign Secretary Hamayetuddin has met Pakistan's acting Commerce Secretary Syed Asif Shah in Islamabad and sought more market access for Bangladeshi products.
 arrow Sristy Hometex gets $5 lakh export offer at Formland fair
Sristy Hometex Limited, a leading Bangladeshi exporter of home textile products, has received a spot order of around US$500,000 at the recently held Formland fair in Denmark.
 arrow 2 Emirates flights on Dhaka-Dubai-NY route daily from Nov 7
The Emirates Airline will operate two flights everyday from November 7 on the Dhaka-Dubai-New York route.
 arrow StanChart wraps up purchase of Amex business in Bangladesh
Standard Chartered Bank has successfully completed the purchase of business and branches of American Express Bank Ltd (Amex) in Bangladesh.
 arrow Soaring prices of commodity hurt ROK industries
Hefty price increases of raw materials coupled with runaway oil prices are making a deep impact on South Korean industries because of their high dependence on imported raw materials.
 arrow Citigroup global director of microfinance due today
Robert Annibale, Citigroup's global director of microfinance, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
 arrow Dhabi Group chairman arrives in Dhaka Aug 29
Dhabi Group Chairman and Education Minister of UAE Shaikh Mubarrak Al Nahian will arrive in Dhaka on August 29 to discuss the group's planned investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Huge effort key to WTO success
European Union Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said Sunday a "huge effort" is needed if the upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong is to be a success.
 arrow Ecuador declares end to oil strike
Ecuador has deployed army troops to its oil-producing Amazon region and declared an end to a six-day strike there that had sent jitters through the industrial world.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Put a price on your wicket'
When the Tigers leave for Sri Lanka at the end of this week to play three one-day internationals and two Tests the biggest challenge for coach Dav Whatmore would be to put a price tag on the wicket of
 arrow Lively cricket seminar
Organisers, cricketers, umpires and journalists stressed on the need to work sincerely from their respective platforms for the development of cricket during a seminar titled "Our cricket: Today and tomorrow"
 arrow Football: Russel all over Wanderers
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra recorded their sixth win in the Premier Football League when they downed Dhaka Wanderers 3-1 in yesterday's match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Africa lose their way
Asia XI opening bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Zaheer Khan exploited helpful conditions to wreck the Africa XI batting in the third and final Afro-Asia Cup match at Kingsmead on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim no joy ride for Sourav
Sourav Ganguly embarks on a make-or-break tour of Zimbabwe on Monday hoping to end a frustrating run drought that threatens to end his reign as India's most successful cricket captain.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies in decline'
Australia legend Dennis Lillee believes the current side are "losing their stranglehold on the Ashes".
"They are a team in decline, suffering from the ageing process," he told the Mail on Sunday.

 arrow Services kabaddi
Bangladesh Army A registered a comfortable 57-21 win against Bangladesh Army B in yesterday's services kabaddi championship at the outer stadium.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 cricketers crush Malaysia
Tamim Iqbal smashed a century as Bangladesh Under-17s got off to a flying start in the International Golden Hope Challenge one-day triangular series with a massive 198-run defeat of hosts Malaysia atthe
 arrow Handball: Rifles win Orient Bread h'ball title
Bangladesh Rifles retained their Orient Bread Cup handball title with a 36-21 victory over Bangladesh Police in the final at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Spurs bury Boro
Jermain Defoe buried his midweek Copenhagen misery to help fire Tottenham to a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday and top spot in the English Premiership.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asian finale set up
Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sanga-kkara and Mahela Jayawardene hit polished half-centuries as the Asia XI levelled the Afro-Asia Cup series against an Africa XI at Kingsmead Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Boss behind Jones
England chairman of selectors David Graveney launched a spirited defence of wicketkeeper Geraint Jones after naming an unchanged squad for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia starting at Trent Bridge
 arrow Football: Barca start with silverware
League champions Barcelona claimed their first trophy of the new season despite losing 2-1 at home to an under-strength Real Betis in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'Be prepared to fight'
Brazil striker Robinho will have to "fight for his place" when he completes his move to Real Madrid at the end of next week, says coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe to retire end of season
Graham Thorpe announced Sunday he would be quitting all first-class cricket at the end of the current English season.
 arrow Football: Veron Inter's Super Cup hero
Inter Milan won the Italian Super Cup on Saturday with a 1-0 extra-time win over league champions Juventus at a rain-drenched Delle Alpi stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar optimistic
Sachin Tendulkar has said that his recovery from injury could happen earlier than anticipated.
 arrow Cricket: Too much of Indo-Pak cricket!
Frequent cricket exchanges between India and Pakistan have reduced its charm and the coming series between the arch-rivals would not deliver the same financial bonanza like the one last year, according
 arrow Cricket: New ban threat for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is facing another threat to its international cricket future.
Metropolitanarrow PM's China visit 'highly successful', cements ties
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday described the visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to China as "highly successful", saying that the visit not only cemented the existing strong and friendly ties
 arrow Rab to quiz Shahid chairman, Sobhan, Kala Mahbub today
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will get Shahid Chairman, the prime suspect in Chittagong business magnate Jamaluddin abduction case, face to face with Sobhan and Kala Mahbub, two other suspects, for interrogation
 arrow IDUs spread HIV/Aids at alarming rate
A comprehensive treatment alone can contain the spread of HIV/Aids through injecting drug users (IDU), said the experts at the inaugural function of a Free Drug Addiction Treatment and RehabilitationCentre
 arrow Eight killed, 82 injured in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and 82 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow Bombs recovered from Ctg college, Sunamganj school
Police recovered a bomb on Saturday night from city's Haji Muhammad Mohsin College campus that was identical to the bombs used in Wednesday's countrywide explosions.
 arrow Foil all evil attempts against country: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday made a clarion call for all patriotic forces, including political parties, to stand united to foil all evil attempts against the country and national interest.
 arrow Criminal case against 2 Narcotics Control officials, 16 others
A woman filed a criminal case yesterday against two assistant directors of Narcotics Control Department and 16 others, accusing them of trespassing, torture, molestation and attempt to murder.
 arrow EC to provide Tk 60.06 cr for CHT dev
The European Commission (EC) will provide 7.5 million euros (Tk 60.06 crore) to the UNDP projects implementing under Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility Programme.
 arrow Wife gets death for killing husband
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a woman to death for killing her husband at Pirerbagh in Mirpur in the city in April 2003.
The court also sentenced four others to life in jail for the same charge.

 arrow 477 Dohar AL men get bail
Some 477 leaders and workers of Dohar thana Awami League and its front organisations were granted anticipatory bail by the two division benches of the High Court in a rioting and vandalism case yesterday.
 arrow CPB protests visit of WB president
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday protested the visit of World Bank (WB) President Paul Wolfowitz to Dhaka, saying that the bank has deliberately destroyed the industrial and agricultural
 arrow Nex for UNDP projects to be launched today
National Execution (Nex) Manual for UNDP assisted projects will be launched today with a view to promoting national ownership, accountability, national capacity development, and sustainability of UNDP
 arrow Khulna tense as BNP factions plan separate rallies today
Tension has been running high in the city as two rival factions of BNP are going to hold separate rallies at separate venues today.
Nationalarrow 12 more 'JMB operatives' identified in Satkhira
Police and intelligence agencies have so far identified over a dozen operatives of banned Jamaatul Mujahidin, Bangladesh (JMB) who were involved in the August 17 bomb blasts in seven points in the district.
 arrow Probe into 'theft' of medicine from govt hospitals stalled
Official probe into alleged theft of medicine worth about Tk one crore from Satkhira government hospitals has been stopped on orders from higher authorities in Dhaka.
 arrow Erosion makes 250 families homeless in Tangail
River erosion has taken a serious turn in nine unions of Bhuapur upazila in Tangail.
 arrow Indigenous weavers at Birishiri cry for help
Colourful dresses made by indigenous women from handloom fabrics have good export potential but they can not utilise the scope for lack of patronisation either from government or from NGOs.
 arrow Special combing operation in Bandarban
A 'special combing operation' by army and BDR to nab criminals and recover illegal arms began in bordering areas of Bandarban hill district Saturday night.
 arrow Mother demands punishment to daughter's killers
A mother has appealed for justice and demanded exemplary punishment to killers of her daughter.
 arrow 2 train accidents in Mymensingh: Communication snapped for hrs
Train communication on Mymensingh-Bhairab, Mymensingh-Zaria Zanjail and Mymensingh-Mohanganj routes was disrupted as five compartments of two goods trains derailed in two accidents Saturday evening and
 arrow 'Listed terrorist' Nuru of Khulna held in Dhaka
Noor Shaikha alias Nuru, an armed cadre of outlawed party PBCP (M-L), was arrested by police Thursday evening from Badda in Dhaka city, police said here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Nuclear showdown with Iran
The nuclear showdown with Iran has now reached a more acrimonious stage after the thirty-five member governing body of the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) unanimously adopted a resolution last week
 arrow Ushering in an access regime in Bangladesh
Civil society in India, the largest country in South Asia, is in a jubilant mood following the central government's enactment of its national Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005.
 arrow Learning from Lincoln
Here is what Congressman Abraham Lincoln had to say about President Polk and the Mexican War. It may sound to some that history is repeating itself today.
"Let him answer, fully, fairly, and candidly.

Culturearrow Exploring new dimensions
The self-effacing Moha-mmed Eunus is not smug about his Grand Prize at the National Exhibition at the Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Getting to know Shirin Shila
Shirin Shila, newscaster, entrepreneur, consultant, social activist and Tagore singer dropped into The Daily Star office one morning.
 arrow First day, first take
It was way back in 1970 when we went to Madhabkundu of Sylhet to shoot for the film Binimoy. In the shot I was supposed to walk up to a high hilltop.
 arrow Duratta in Fukuoka Film Archive
Scripted by celebrated author Humayun Ahmed and directed by Morshedul Islam, Duratta has been collected by the Fukuoka City Public Film Archive authority recently, says a press release.
Generalarrow 9 tonnes date-expired vermicelli seized
A mobile court of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday seized nine metric tonnes date-expired 'lachha semai' (vermicelli) at a well-known flour mill and fined its owner Tk 1.6 lakh.
 arrow Trial begins on Aug 27
Trial of Jessore Janakantha Journalist Shamsur Rahman Murder Case will begin on August 27.
 arrow Murder of 2 women condemned
Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) yesterday condemned the murder of two housewives for dowry in the city.
Internationalarrow Israel okays West Bank pullout
The Israeli cabinet gave the final green light yesterday for the evacuation of four small settlements in the northern West Bank as well as for the last three Jewish communities in Gaza, officials said.
 arrow UK cops foiled gas attack on parliament
British police believe they have foiled a nerve gas attack by the al-Qaeda terrorist network on the British parliament, the Sunday Times reported.
 arrow Manmohan asks Naxals to give up arms, contest polls
Asserting that no society could pardon killing of innocent people, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday urged Maoists to give up arms and propagate their cause by fighting elections.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Afghan attack
Four US soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan yesterday, the US military said.
 arrow Police who tailed Brazilian didn't think he was a threat
Police who followed an innocent Brazilian shot dead on suspicion of being a suicide bomber did not believe he was an immediate threat, The Observer newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Iran's new president says 'no' to liberalism
Iran's new hardline President Mahmood Ahmadinejad presented his proposed cabinet to parliament yesterday, lashing out at the West and liberalism and vowing a culture that "promotes virtue and prohibits
 arrow Help defeat terrorism
Pope Benedict, in his first major address to Muslim leaders, said on Saturday they had a duty to help defeat terrorism and turn back the "wave of cruel fanaticism" that falsely uses religion to instigate
 arrow Bush defends cost of Iraq war
US President George W. Bush, besieged at his ranch by relatives of US soldiers killed in Iraq, launched a five-day campaign on Saturday to defend the war to an increasingly sceptical US public.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arrested extremists going scot-free
We are troubled by the report appearing in a leading Bangla daily stating that many Islamic militants who were arrested repeatedly, some of them red-handed, have been let off every time they were arrested.
 arrow Editorial: New low in police discipline
We are extremely concerned over the seizure of some smuggled AK47 rifles, linked to the yet unresolved Chittagong arms haul, biggest-ever in the country, from two police sergeants who have been takeninto
 arrow The EU in disarray
The European Union has so far survived crisis after crisis on sheer brinkmanship.
 arrow August 17 our last wake-up call
What happened on August 17, 2005 in Bangladesh was the manifestation of the internal fragility of a country, which is divided on political ideology.
 arrow The politics of belief and truth
Has anyone seen, have you seen in your own eyes, that man landed on the moon?" The Maulavi Shahib (an Islamic teacher) asked me somewhat angrily shortly after the lunar landing in 1969.
 arrow Connivance or incompetence ?
That a particular group avowing seeping social change in the name of religion could pull off a coordinated series of bomb blasts in 63 of 64 districts strikes one as another serious lapse in governance
Letters to Editorarrow August 15
August 15, 1975 is a cruel and dark episode in our history. The undisputed leader of this nation was assassinated along with his family members on this day.
 arrow Bomb blasts and fundamentalism
As a Bangladeshi living abroad it's shocking for me to see the surge in fundamentalism in Bangladesh in recent years.
 arrow Humayun Azad
The obscurantist forces attacked Dr. Humayun Azad. They could not kill him but he remained their target. He was not allowed to live.
 arrow War against terrorism
War against terrorism is now a much talked about issue all over the world. Everybody knows that it commenced after the 9/11 terrorist attack and its purpose was to eliminate terrorism.
 arrow Blair's target
I was appalled going through a feature by Chintito in the last issue of SWM. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently taken some measures against terrorism in the UK.
 arrow The 'unresolved' past
It was really shocking and disturbing to learn about the probable CIA link to the killing of Bangabandhu as revealed in the series of articles by journalist Lawrence Lifschultz.
 arrow A little adulteration!
While the whole adulteration movement isn't exactly perfect, I am glad something drastic has been done and has caught people's attention.
 arrow Licence to hit?
Do we beat a prisoner in jail for being a murderer? Do we beat a mammal, which doesn't understand our language? So why do we support the way children are beaten in schools and houses? To many, beating
 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 An insipid parliament
In the past eminent lawyers, doctors, educationists and intellectuals manned our parliament and its proceedings were full of substance, commensurate with parliamentary norms.
 arrow Studying religion
As many of you know that all students at US colleges/universities can take for credits course(s)on Bible study and such courses are regularly offered, often as part of the general education curriculum.
Star Cityarrow Dwellers question security system in the city
City dwellers are still in shock after last week's countrywide bomb attacks including the capital.
 arrow Pongu hospital paralysed by bungling
Patients are being deprived of proper treatment at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR), popularly known as Pongu Hospital, due to mismanagement and shortage of
 arrow Legalising illegal power connections
Hawkers in the city pilfer around 2.5 lakh units of electricity through illegal connections, causing the government a loss of Tk 25 lakh per month, a Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) estimate says.
 arrow Traffic Division gets tough on motorcycle riders
The Traffic Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) had filed 618 cases against motorcyclists and realised fines amounting some Tk 1.67 lakh last month for not wearing helmets.
 arrow UCEP fulfilling dreams of the uncared
Rafiqul Islam started working as a shop assistant in his early childhood as his rickshawpuller father was unable to maintain the family of five. At that time he could not even think of going to school.
 
   
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