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Front Pagearrow Govt mulls oil price hike, 2-day holiday
The government is considering reducing revenue expenditure, raising the price of petroleum products, and introducing two-day weekly holiday as part of austerity measures to meet the economic crisis arising
 arrow Profiles show them interlinked
The confessions of the recent arrestees, intelligence reports and information gathered so far indicate most of the recent attacks on NGOs and cultural programmes and bomb blasts in the country, including
 arrow 9 more suspects brought to JIC
Nine more suspects in the Aug 17 countrywide bomb blasts were brought to the capital from Barisal and Satkhira yesterday for interrogation in the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC).
 arrow Boster Jr's letter and replies from The Daily Star editor and the author
Dear Mr.
 arrow BDR seizes 32 pistols, 5,000 bullets in CHT
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a special operation yesterday seized 32 German made pistols and 5,000 bullets in Palongchhari in Naikhangchhari upazila.
 arrow Adamjee EPZ tangled in red-tapism
With bureaucratic tangles holding back the process of vacating the Adamjee Jute Mills premises, establishment of the proposed export processing zone (EPZ) there remains a far cry even three years into
 arrow 1 billion cubic feet gas burned in 2nd blowout
The amount of gas burned in the recent blowout was more than in the previous one at Tengratila gas field during relief well digging by Niko.
 arrow India's river linking gains momentum
The process of the ambitious inter-linking of major river basins of India seems to have gained pace with the first step taken by the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Uttar Pradeshand
 arrow High imports negate rise in FDI, aid
Although foreign aid and foreign direct investment (FDI) have seen rise in the last fiscal year (FY), the huge import has caused a deficit of about half a billion dollar in the current account balance.
 arrow CMCH conducts forensic test on skeleton today
The forensic department of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) yesterday received the skeleton suspected to be of abducted magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, and formed a board to conduct
 arrow Fake medicine factory dug out
Some factories routinely mix chalk with boric acid powder to increase its quantity, posing a risk to those treated with boric acid for cut and burn injuries.
 arrow Army quizzes Maj Moin to know reasons for desertion
Although Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) had arrested former Major Moinul Islam on Friday mistaking him for Major Mozaffar, he was grilled in army custody yesterday until the evening to learn the reasonfor
 arrow Meet to finalise Safta agenda Tuesday
The Committee of Experts (COE) comprising trade officials from Saarc member countries will meet in Kathmandu on Tuesday to complete the agenda for finalising the operation of the South Asia Free Trade
 arrow Crackdown on smugglers, hundi traders soon
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will send a list of smugglers and hundi traders to the home ministry soon to take legal actions against them.
 arrow 2 cops, their 3 informants get life
A Dhaka court sentenced two policemen and their three informants to life imprisonment yesterday in an extortion case.
 arrow 36 submit nomination papers to EC
Thirty-six candidates of ruling BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and both factions of Jatiya Party yesterday submitted nomination papers to the Election Commission (EC) for election to women's reserved seats in parliament
 arrow Dhaka sees Beijing as core of 'Look East' policy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said Bangladesh and China are now witnessing a golden era in their relations and there has been unprecedented progress in the bilateral ties at every level.
 arrow Nat'l convention on terrorism Aug 30-31
A two-day national convention on terrorism titled 'Unity Against Terrorism' will be held on August 30 and 31 in the capital.
 arrow Janajuddho denies link to JMB, Aug 17 bombing
The Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has denied its connection with Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the serial bomb explosions in the country on August 17.
 arrow A waterlogged road...


 arrow Six mayors outline city govt concept
The six mayors in the country at a closed-door meeting last night formulated a draft of the much-talked-about city government to provide the city dwellers with better services from the city corporations.
 arrow US frees 1,000 Iraqis from Abu Ghraib
The US military said yesterday it had freed 1,000 detainees from Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison at the Baghdad government's request, in the largest release to date.
 arrow 2 Dhaka Central Jail inmates die
Two detainees of Dhaka Central Jail died 'from illness' yesterday.
 arrow Court orders arrest of Shamsur Rahman's widow
A Khulna court yesterday ordered arrest of Selina Akhter Lucky, widow of slain journalist Shamsur Rahman of Jessore.
 arrow Int'l forces eyeing natural resources behind blasts
The international forces that want to capture the country's natural resources might carry out the countrywide bomb attacks on August 17, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said.
 arrow Bid to douse DEPZ fire still on
Firefighters were trying to douse the smouldering fire by removing burnt materials from the Kung King Textile (BD) Co Ltd factory in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) even late in the evening yesterday.
 arrow DB starts fresh drive in Dhaka today to nab criminals
The Detective Branch (DB) of police launches today a new drive, Civil Operation, to nab criminals in the capital.
Businessarrow Dealers threaten to shut down petrol pumps
Brushing aside the allegation of petroleum adulteration against them, petroleum dealers and tank-lorry owners yesterday gave a two-week ultimatum to the government to meet their 8-point demands.
 arrow Iranians urged to invest in Bangladesh
Local businesspeople yesterday urged Iranian businesses to invest in Bangladesh and increase import from the country.
 arrow India power reforms stall
Power-hungry India faces a stifling energy crisis after a decade of halting, half-hearted reform and payment problems, contract disputes and political interference that have sent most foreign investors
 arrow Dhabi Group, BoI may sign MoU this week
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Dhabi Group, the Middle East industrial giant, and Board of Investment (BoI) is expected to be signed later this week during a visit by Dhabi Group Chairman
 arrow Pfizer, Novartis most valuable phar ma brands
A survey by the Business Week has billed Novartis as the second most valuable pharmaceutical brand after Pfizer, said a report available from the Internet.
 arrow Clothing importers push Bush for liberal China pact
US clothing importers urged the Bush administration Friday to negotiate a textile trade agreement with China that opens the US market to more Chinese clothing each year and finally puts an end to import
 arrow Indian forex reserves fall
India's foreign exchange reserves fell to $143.218 billion on Aug 19 from $144.37 billion a week earlier, the Reserve Bank of India said in its weekly statistical supplement yesterday.
 arrow Nat'l Housing to go public this year
National Housing Finance and Investment Ltd will go public within 2005 and float Tk 5 crore IPO subject to clearance from regulators.
 arrow Qatar Airways to give financial help to tsunami affected Lanka
Qatar Airways will give financial support to Sri Lanka to build more houses in a village devastated by last year's tsunami disaster.
 arrow GE eyes Japan banking unit
General Electric Co plans to enter Japan's banking market as early as next year, the head of the company's Tokyo unit said Friday.
 arrow HK economic growth strong in Q2
Hong Kong's economy grew surprisingly fast in the second quarter, easily beating forecasts, on the back of robust consumer spending, investment and solid exports, data showed Friday.
 arrow China, EU meet for day three of textile talks
China and the European Union began a third day of talks on Saturday on revising a two-month-old textile trade pact that has left huge amounts of Chinese-made garments stuck in European customs warehouses.
 arrow China-US 4th round textile talks next week
China and the United States will hold a fourth round of textile talks in Beijing next week, the commerce ministry said Saturday, with the US pushing to limit Chinese imports to protect its own industry.
 arrow Russia looks for way to be oil superpower
Russia is reaping the economic benefits of sky-high world oil prices, but appears uncertain how to translate its energy riches into lasting international political influence.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Munna: the final farce
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) election has been widely regarded as a farce even before a vote was cast.
 arrow Football: Brothers left Red-faced
Muktijoddha Sangsad threw the title race wide open when they stunned champions Brothers Union 2-1 in a vital match of the Premier Division Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Moody wants consistency
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody has warned his players to avoid complacency in the home series against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers open tour today
Bangladesh launch their campaign in Sri Lanka today when they play a limited-overs practice match against Sri Lanka A team at Moratuwa.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff hails Eng resolve
Andrew Flintoff said England's growing band of match-winners had helped put them in a commanding position at stumps on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia follow on
Justin Langer kept England at bay with a defiant half-century as Australia followed-on for the first time in 17 years, at Trent Bridge here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Work to be done, says Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly on Friday said India's top-order batsmen let the team down against New Zealand and there was "work to be done" in this regard for the matches coming ahead.
 arrow Cricket: PCB to take up Inzy's issue with ICC?
Saleem Altaf, the director of cricket operations of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), will take up the issue of Inzamamul Haq's exclusion from the Super Series squads at the ICC Chief Executive's Committee
 arrow Cricket: ASHES UPDATE
Australia crashed to 188-4 in their second innings, still 71 runs short of avoiding an innings defeat, after tea on the third day of the fourth Ashes Test yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England women win first Ashes in 42 years
England's women clinched their first Ashes series in 42 years with a six-wicket triumph over Australia in the second and final Test in Worcester on Friday.
 arrow Athletics: Bekele rewrites 10,000 history
Ethiopian running phenomenon Kenenisa Bekele destroyed the men's 10,000 metres world record at the Golden League meeting here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Super Cisse show
Djibril Cisse came off the subs bench to lead Liverpool to a 3-1 Super Cup win over CSKA Moscow on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Soccer Capsules
Former Sweden goalkeeper Magnus Hedman announced his retirement from soccer Friday.
The 32-year-old, who dropped to third-choice 'keeper at Celtic last season, played 58 games for Sweden.

 arrow Football: Maradona has no conflict of interest
Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona's television commitments are not interfering with his role as director of football at Boca Juniors, club president Mauricio Macri said on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport back on top
Lindsay Davenport reclaimed the women's world number one ranking after her straight set victory here on Friday at the 600,00-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Indians stuck in Bulawayo
Indians have stayed put in Bulawayo to nurse their wounds but it is a different matter they would treat this unwanted sojourn as adding insult to injury.
 arrow Cricket: Too late to ban Zim
Henry Olonga, the former Zimbabwe fast bowler, has criticised the British government's call for his country to be banned from international cricket, saying that such a move is "too late.
 arrow Football: Robinho could be in trouble
Real Madrid's new striker Robinho could face disciplinary action in his native Brazil after television footage showed him slapping an opponent during his last game for Santos.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI receives telecast bids
The four sports channels -- ESPN-Star, Zee, Sony and Prasar Bharti -- have submitted their bids to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for four-year telecast rights of international and domestic
Metropolitanarrow Eden girl's body recovered from college pond
The body of a female student of Eden College was recovered from a pond inside the college in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow JCD programmes to strengthen party activities
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, has taken up programmes to strengthen its activities at grassroots level to ensure victory in the upcoming national election.
 arrow JCD cadres beat up fellow activist at DU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres beat up a fellow activist at Kabi Jasimuddin Hall of Dhaka University leaving him injured yesterday.
 arrow Report on measures to mitigate arsenic crisis
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday directed the government to report on the measures taken to mitigate arsenic contamination in water.
 arrow HC stays its Aug 23 order
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed its August 23 order that directed the Supreme Court (SC) registrar to file a sedition case with Ramna Police Station against Advocate Mohammad Faridul Alam for committing
 arrow '25 pc female cancer patients suffer from cervical cancer'
One in every four female cancer patients in the country has cervical cancer, according to a hospital-based survey.
 arrow Abducted trader's body recovered from Turag
Savar police yesterday recovered the body of an abducted vegetable trader from the river Turag near Mirpur in the city.
 arrow Nazrul's death anniversary observed
The 29th anniversary of death of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as "rebel poet", was observed in the country with due respect yesterday.
 arrow Second edition of Index of Bangladesh Laws launched
The second edition of the Index of Bangladesh Laws, a guide to the existing laws, was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow Preserve JS complex as per '73 master plan
Institute of Architects Bangladesh President Mubasshar Hussain has appealed to the prime minister to take steps to preserve the parliament complex as per the 1973 master plan designed by world famousarchitect
 arrow 7-day agitation programme begins
The teachers, students and employees of Chittagong University Mass Communication and Journalism Department began a seven-day agitation programme yesterday demanding immediate renovation of the dilapidated
 arrow Domestic help dies in rooftop fall
A domestic help died falling from the rooftop of a six-storey building at Adabar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Chinese engr succumbs to his injuries at RMCH
A Chinese engineer succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda greets Bulgarian PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has congratulated Sergey Stanishev, the new Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
 arrow Five new HC judges take oath
Five additional judges of the High Court, who were regularised after completion of two-year term, sworn-in as judges yesterday.
 arrow BNP's anti-blast demonstrations today
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage demonstrations and hold rallies at divisional, district and upazila headquarters today against the August 17 countrywide serial bomb blasts.
 arrow Vietnam Cultural Week begins September 1
Vietnam Cultural Week-2005 begins in the city on September 1 on the occasion of the 60th founding anniversary of Vietnam.
 arrow JCD factions clash at CU
At least four people were injured as rival factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed on Chittagong University campus yesterday.
 arrow Govt has failed in every sector: B Chowdhury
The four-party alliance government has presented the nation with bomb and grenade attacks, widespread corruption and price spirals of essentials, said AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, president of Bikalpa Dhara
 arrow For failing to recognise them
Shahidullah hall Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders yesterday confined two house tutors to the hall for about an hour for failing to recognise them.
 arrow 'Unite to resist fanatics'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the civil society, rights and cultural organisations and political parties to unitedly resist the activities of fanatics across the country.
 arrow Bishwaser Rang to be screened at Montreal Film Festival
Bishwaser Rang (Colour of Faith), a film directed by young Bangladeshi director Saiful Wadud Helal, will be screened in the 'Documentaries of the World' section of the 29th Montreal World Film Festival
 arrow Two injured in city slum blasts
At least two people were injured in an explosion when a criminal was making bombs at a city slum at Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
A helpless parents have appealed to the generous people for financial assistance for the treatment of their son.
Golam Kibria Ziko, 18, has been suffering from blood cancer since last July.

Nationalarrow 4 journo murder cases in Khulna hang in balance
Fate of four cases for murder of journalists in Khulna now hangs in the balance due to submission of 'vague', sources claimed.
 arrow From where the leaflets come?
Three leaflets printed in offset papers have been distributed in Bandarban town and in some other areas in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in the wake of the August 17 serial bombing in the country.
 arrow Govt action against fanatics an eyewash
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president Hasanul Haq Inu has alleged that the government's action against fundamentalists is nothing but an eye-wash.
 arrow Aricha ghat may soon buzz with life again
Once busy Aricha Ghat may regain its glory and vivacity. The ferry terminal shifted from Aricha to Paturia due to deposit of silt there in 2002 may be restored to its original site.
 arrow Extortion in name of Bangla Bhai: 3 jailed
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Nilphamari on Thursday jailed three extortionists, one of them in absentia.
Tribunal judge Habibur Rahman pronounced the verdict.

 arrow Threat to blow up Barisal PDB complaint centre
An anonymous caller on Thursday threatened to blow up the Power Development Board (PDB) complaint centre on the Sadar Road here.
Point-Counterpointarrow Muslim versus Muslim
Most of the problems of Muslims are created by Muslims themselves. The conflict seems to have started right from the inception of Islam.
Culturearrow Pejgi's rough and tumble
Pejgi is an adaptation of Molière's Le medicine malgre lui by Shatwik Theatre. The play was presented on August 25 at the Alliance Francaise.
 arrow A new dimension in poetry recitation
To give poetry a different dimension, cultural organisation Manabi screened their first production Drishyakabya, (dramatisation of poetry), at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture Friday
 arrow London Film and Music School comes to town
The Faculty members and the management team of the London Film and Music School (LFMS) will be in Dhaka from August 27 to 31, 2005.
 arrow Golden jubilee of Pather Panchali celebrated
One of legendary film director Satyajit Ray's memorable works, Pather Panchali completed its 50th year on August 26. Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's novel, the movie was released in Kolkata.
 arrow Songs of the rainy season
The Music and Dramatic Department of Rajshahi University recently organised a day long colourful traditional dance with the theme of monsoon.
Internationalarrow Roadblock landmine blast kills 7 in Nepal
Seven bus passengers were killed and six injured yesterday by a landmine which exploded as they worked to clear debris blocking a road, a security official said.
 arrow Pak ruling coalition claims polls win
Government parties in Pakistan claimed victory yesterday in the second round of local elections, but the opposition Islamist alliance denounced the poll saying a fair vote was impossible under President
 arrow Lankan media, parties call for fair polls
Sri Lanka's media and political parties yesterday called for fair and peaceful elections in the conflict-torn island after a court ordered President Chandrika Kumaratunga to step down this year.
 arrow 30 nations to negotiate UN summit action plan
UN member states have agreed to let about 30 nations take the lead in trying to resolve major differences over an action plan world leaders can adopt at next month's summit.
 arrow Sunnis urge Iraqis to reject constitution
Iraq's head of parliament annou-nced yesterday that Shias and Kurds had agreed to Sunni Arab proposals for the new constitution and were awaiting a response.
 arrow 'al-Qaeda may hit US, Australia this year'
al-Qaeda has listed the United States and Australia as prime targets for attacks this year along with Britain, South Korea's spy agency has reported according to a lawmaker yesterday.
 arrow Most wanted Palestinian resurfaces in video
One of Israel's most wanted men, the Palestinian militant Mohammed Deif, has resurfaced in an Internet video released yesterday in which he promises "hell" for Israel after its pullout from the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Kashmiris reject ban on political speeches in mosques
Muslim separatists vowed yesterday to fight "tooth and nail" a ban by Indian Kashmir's government on political speeches in most of the revolt-hit region's main mosques and shrines.
 arrow Afghans slam 'lenient' US military verdicts
Afghanistan yesterday condemned as too lenient the jail terms of up to three months each for two US soldiers whose abuse of Afghan detainees led to the prisoners' deaths.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We demand adequate compensation
THE task of rehabilitating the child camel jockeys who have returned from the UAE is proving to be a difficult one, as the parenthood claims in most cases are not genuine.
 arrow Editorial: Constitution crisis in Iraq
THE Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders abandoning negotiations with Sunni representatives over the constitution that is being drafted for Iraq, the quest for consensus may have reached a dead-end and the country
 arrow What is at stake
One wonders whether the West is bent upon proving Samuel Huntington's thesis on the clash of civilisations.
 arrow Money laundering in Pakistan
Pakistan is on top of many lists, each of these could put the country in a special category considered "rogue" among the comity of nations.
Letters to Editorarrow Mobile court
We appreciate your daily reporting on the front page about the mobile courts led by a magistrate inspecting various kinds of shops selling foods such as restaurants, sweet shops, fast food shops, milk
 arrow Separation of judiciary
In endorsement of the views expressed by Barrister Md. Abdul Halim in his learned article published in your daily dated Aug 13 on Separation of the Judiciary, I would like to add the following fewlines.
 arrow Promotion of demonstrators
Lecturers of govt. and non-govt.
 arrow Child labour
How many times we have to count our children in the airport after experiencing a great ordeal in the Gulf States like the United Arab Emirates? What about the international organisations that are very
 arrow Teletalk-interconnectivity agreement
Teletalk, the state-run mobile company, recently signed interconnectivity agreement with four private operators-- GrameenPhone, Aktel, CityCell & Banglalink.
 arrow University education
As a young learner, I have a strong desire to study at a university, which is world class, recognised and prestigious where only meritorious students will get chance.
Star Healtharrow How to keep away from gallstones
You have a sharp, steady ache in your upper abdomen. It strikes right after you eat. It awakes you up at night. You go to the doctor thinking that you have got a bad case of indigestion.
 arrow Alcohol consumption: More risk than benefit
Alcohol is a small, water soluble molecule that is relatively slowly absorbed from the stomach, more rapidly absorbed from the small intestine, and freely distributed throughout the body.
 arrow Tips on exercise after childbirth
Regular exercise after childbirth offers a range of health benefits. For example, exercise helps you return to your pre-pregnancy shape and gives you increased energy to cope with the demands of new motherhood.
 arrow Curry ingredient fights skin cancer
The compound that makes curry yellow could help fight skin cancer, U.S. researchers reported.
They said curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, interferes with melanoma cells.

 arrow Anesthetic gel eases injection pain for kids
Applying a topical anesthetic half an hour beforehand reduces pain for children getting a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot, according to a report by Canadian researchers.
 arrow Can’t we go for generic name of the drugs?
There are more then 200 hundred pharmaceutical companies in our country and they are producing many drugs for us.
 arrow Smellier is better
When shopping for onions, consider the dark red/purple, stronger-tasting varieties.
Star Cityarrow Beware of Aggyan Party traps
Beware of the 'Aggyan' Party! You can be a victim of this gang of criminals any time.
 arrow Sales go down at Ghee Potti following raids, newspaper reports
Sale of ghee, creamless mawa and yogurt has fallen significantly at the decades old Ghee Potti at Patuatuli in Old Dhaka.
 arrow Cybergames competition ends today, finals in November
World Cybergames 2005 Bangladesh Championship, a three-day computer-game competition have more than 500 participants competing to win tickets to participate in the finals due to be held in Singapore in
 arrow Homeopathy Unit lacks fund, manpower
Dr Abdur Razzaq Talukdar is busy making a potion for a patient waiting in his chamber, crammed with some big glass cabinets which display an array of bottles containing homeopath medicines.
 
   
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