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Front Pagearrow Govt embarrassed over HC verdict
The hurried move late Monday night to have a stay on the High Court's verdict declaring illegal the constitution's fifth amendment was initiated by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia herself, concerned that it
 arrow WB tags oil price hike to credit
The government will have to scale up oil prices -- particularly of diesel and kerosene -- and improve electricity bill collection, besides meeting a set of conditions, to get the third tranche of World
 arrow Agency reports militant camps in Sundarbans
Law enforcers have started a combing operation in the Sundarbans to find out the hideouts of Islamist militants after intelligence reports revealed that militants were trained up in several training camps
 arrow 34 Islamic NGOs get over Tk 200cr from donors a year
Thirty-four foreign funded major Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGO) are registered with the NGO Bureau and around 15 of them are very active, getting over Tk 200 crore in donation every year
 arrow BSF kills 3 at two border points
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down three Bangladeshis and injured eight others at Putia village in Kosba upazila of Brahmanbaria and on Ranisangkail border in Thakurgaon yesterday.
 arrow Verdict has no value: Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the High Court verdict on the 5th amendment of the constitution does not have any value from the perspective of the state, government
 arrow JMB regrouping in Rajshahi, Rangpur
Militants of Ahle Hadith-based Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have started reorganising themselves in different northern districts, holding secret meetings in remote char areas (land mass arising
 arrow 6,300 SMG bullets seized
The members of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized around 6300 round of Sub-Machine Gun (SMG) bullets from Kamuchhari, a bordering area of Naikkhongchhari in Bandarban, yesterday evening.
 arrow Maruf Nizam, Kashem Chairman made the deal
Kala Mahbub, one of the five prime suspects of the sensational Jamal Uddin murder case, made a confessional statement accusing Maruf Nizam of orchestrating the murder.
 arrow Militant forces, absence of rule of law threat to human rights
Growth of militant forces, absence of rule of law, extra-judicial killings and impunity to criminals are posing a great threat to human rights in the country.
 arrow Hasina vows to fight terrorism
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday pledged that her party would work tirelessly to combat all types of terrorism and build Bangladesh as a country of peace, prosperity and communal harmony.
 arrow 56 killed in US air strikes in Iraq
At least 56 people were killed in multiple US air strikes in Iraq against suspected al-Qaeda hideouts near the Syrian border at dawn yesterday, an Iraqi security source said.
 arrow Hurricane kills 55, floods Mississippi
Gulf Coast residents staggered from the body-blow inflicted by Hurricane Katrina, with more than a million people sweltering without power, miles of lowlands swamped and at least 55 dead a number likely
 arrow Dhaka urges Delhi, Yangon to hunt bomb fugitives
Bangladesh has asked neighbours India and Myanmar to hunt down Islamist militants who may have fled there after carrying out serial bombings on August 17, a foreign ministry official said yesterday.
 arrow Tigers' first ODI today
Bangladesh begin the business leg of their Sri Lanka tour with the first one-day international at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Crucial Safta meet begins today
The Committee of Experts (COE) of the Saarc member-states begins a three-day meeting in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu today to give a final touch to the long-drawn negotiations on the proposed South
 arrow Dhabi Group chief arrives in Dhaka today
The chairman of the Abu Dhabi Group, Sheikh Nahiyan Mabarak Al Nahiyan, arrives in the capital today to sign a memorandum of under stating (MoU) with the Board of Investment (BoI) for going ahead with
 arrow Zafar of 4-party bags Faridpur-1 by large margin
Ruling alliance candidate Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar won the Faridpur-1 by-election by a huge margin of 44,954 votes from his nearest rival independent candidate Mufti Sharafat Hossain.
 arrow EU parliament member skips on security grounds
A member of the European Parliament has declined to attend an anti-terrorism convention in Dhaka on security grounds in the wake of the August 17 bomb blasts across the country."...
 arrow Shaikul Hadith's son, others acquitted
Despite having specific allegations, all the accused in the constable Badsha Miah murder case have been acquitted due to negligence of the prosecution.
 arrow Speaker's PS in parliamentary delegation to join CPA meet
Personal secretary to the speaker has been included in a parliamentary delegation to the upcoming Commonwealth Parliament Association (CPA) conference in Fiji while his boss Jamiruddin Sircar opts out
 arrow Bomb threat to Meherpur edn institutions
Academic activities in four educational institutions in Gangni upazila of Meherpur have remained suspended since Monday following bomb threats by unidentified criminals.
 arrow 7 journos get death threats in Bagerhat
Seven journalists of Bagerhat have received separate anonymous letters in which they have been given death threats for writing against BNP lawmaker MAH Selim, also president of the party's district unit.
 arrow Blasts, oil price hike threaten economy
The law and order situation following the August 17 blasts and the spiralling import bills for the latest hike in prices of oil and food grains threaten the country's macro-economic stability, Metropolitan
 arrow Rejoinder
Hizbut Tahrir Bangladesh (HTB) has protested The Daily Star story headlined "Inside the militant groups-7: Profiles show them inter-linked" published on August 28 and denied their involvement in militant
Businessarrow Form body to ensure unhindered imports of raw materials
Against the backdrop of dollar crisis and soaring oil prices Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday urged the government to form a high-profile committee headed by a leading economist
 arrow FDI by Indian cos on the rise
Foreign direct investment (FDI) by Indian companies is increasing and the United States is the most preferred destination, according to the annual statement of Reserve Bank of India.
 arrow BB to introduce different-sized Tk 500, Tk 100 notes
In a bid to rein in forgery, Bangladesh Bank has decided to print Tk 500 and Tk 100 denomination notes in different sizes, BB Governor Salehuddin Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Asia under pressure to curb oil use
As oil prices edge ever higher, Asian governments are under pressure to reduce consumption and explore alternatives, but citizens remain in love with their cars and calls for change are being ignored.
 arrow Bhuiyan urges entrepreneurs to invest in infrastructure
LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan urging entrepreneurs to invest in infrastructure sectors said a proper investment-friendly environment is prevailing in the country now.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh a real threat to any team: Moody
In 11 previous meetings Bangladesh have never beaten Sri Lanka and the hosts, second in the ICC's ODI rankings, will be certain favourites when they meet a Tigers side without their most potent weapon
 arrow Cricket: 100 behind the stumps
Sri Lanka holds a special place in Khaled Mashud's heart. It was there that the Bangladesh wicketkeper-batsman scored his 1,000th one-day run during the Asia Cup in 2004.
 arrow Cricket: In Murali's cobweb
Having taken more than 900 international wickets, Muttiah Murali-tharan is hungry for more.
 arrow Cricket: Lee's loving it
Australia fast bowler Brett Lee said his personal on-field battle with England all-rounder Andrew Flin-toff had been one of the highlights of the "most exciting tour I've been on".
 arrow Football: Crucial Mukti, MSC clash today
Mohammedan Sporting Club will desperately try to put behind their poor showings in the second-leg and get back to winning ways when they take on Muktijoddha Sangsad in a crucial match of the Premier Bank
 arrow Football: It's Newcastle for Owen
Real Madrid confirmed Tuesday they had agreed a deal with Newcastle for England striker Michael Owen.
 arrow Football: Collina's shock exit
The sudden resignation of referee Pierluigi Collina has left many Italians debating whether soccer's best-known match official was forced to quit.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo satisfies investigators
Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo denied to Brazilian police on Monday that he had any links to a drug ring after his name was mentioned in a taped conversation involving a jailed trafficker.
 arrow Tennis: Svetlana stumbles, Maria sails
A year after winning her maiden grand slam title at the US Open, Svetlana Kuznetsova suffered the humiliation of becoming the first defending women's champion to lose in the opening round on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies demand changes
Former Australian Test players have joined the national media in calling for changes to Ricky Ponting's team for the fifth and final Ashes Test against England at the Oval next week.
 arrow Cricket: Winning on Vaughan's mind
England captain Michael Vaughan expects his team to go all out for victory in the final Test at the Oval, despite needing just a draw to win the Ashes.
 arrow Football: Arambagh almost out of relegation
Arambagh Krira Sangha virtually saved themselves from relegation when they thumped bottom-side Dipali Jubo Sangha 4-0 in the Premier Bank Premier Division Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
 arrow Football: Dulairpar win big
Defending champions Dulairpar High made a flying start when they crushed Armanitola High 7-1 in one of the five opening day matches of the Pran-Cola Metropolis School Football Tournament at the Birsheshthra
 arrow Football: BFF hands over Tk 247,940 to Nannu
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday handed over a cheque of Tk 247,940 to ailing former national footballer Monwar Hossain Nannu.
 arrow Handball: Progati Boys baffle Mariner
Narinda Progati Boys Club recorded a 31-14 victory over Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis take on Zim today
Halfway through the cricket tri-series, New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is envisaging a key role for bowlers who can swing the ball.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 WC in SL ICC discusses Test schedule
The International Cricket Council (ICC) says it has made progress after a meeting to discuss changes to the programme of Tests and one-day matches.
Metropolitanarrow DU yet to take any step to probe the issue
An unusually high number of first classes obtained by master's degree students from the political science department of Dhaka University has raised many eyebrows, but the authorities have not yet taken
 arrow Maintain quality of edn, financial transparency in universities: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday suggested opening new departments and faculties in the institutions of higher education to catch up with the fast-changing, competitive world.
 arrow 2 illegal lube factories sealed off in Chittagong
A Chittagong City Corporation mobile court yesterday sealed off two illegal lubricant oil factories, levied fines on them, and sent two persons, including one factory-owner, to jail.
 arrow Saarc to form media dev fund
The member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) have agreed to establish a media development fund and provide a sum of US $100,000, as "seed money".
 arrow Japan to provide financial support to disaster management
Japan will provide financial support to disaster management in Bangladesh, said Charge d'Affaires of Japanese Embassy Hidetoshi Ukita at a book launching ceremony in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 10.5 lakh realised
A mobile court of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) conducted a drive against bill defaulters in the city yesterday.
 arrow JCD activist beaten for teasing female DU teacher
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was beaten up for teasing a female teacher and a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League was assaulted for keeping his girlfriend in his hall room at night yesterday.
 arrow JSD welcomes HC verdict
The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) formed a human chain in front of the Supreme Court in the city yesterday welcoming a High Court verdict that declared the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal.
 arrow Garment worker gunned down in city
Unknown assailants gunned down a garment worker at Adabar in the city last night.
Hasina Akhtar, 18, was shot while returning home from her work place in the locality at about 9:00pm.

 arrow Fistula rehabilitation centre opens
Country's first fistula rehabilitation centre was inaugurated at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday with a view to developing skills of the patients who do not get cured.
 arrow DU soil deptt trust board
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Soil, Water and Environment Department of Dhaka University Trust for the year 2005-2007 was held on August 29 at TSC auditorium on Dhaka University campus.
 arrow 80 cops to join UN mission by December
Some 80 members of Bangladesh Police will join UN peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Sudan and Liberia by December this year, according to sources at the Police Headquarters.
 arrow Govt urged to withdraw ban on telecast of djuice ads
The Advertising Agencies Association of Bangladesh (AAAB) yesterday urged the government to withdraw the ban on the telecast of advertisements of djuice, a special package of the GrameenPhone, and Flexiload,
 arrow Two girls raped in city
Two under 8 girls, raped in the city on Saturday and Sunday, are now undergoing treatment at One-Stop Crisis Centre at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow 32 houses gutted,15 people hurt in Rangamati fire
At least 32 houses were gutted and some 15 people, including a woman and a fire fighter, were injured in a devastating fire at Pathorghata in Rangamati on Monday night.
 arrow PCJSS man shot dead in CHT
An activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was shot dead by unidentified assailants yesterday morning.
 arrow Duta demands punishment to culprits
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) demanded stern punishment to the people responsible for the confinement of house tutors at Shahidullah Hall on August 27.
 arrow Col Hume dies
Lieutenant Colonel G A Hume, a Briton who was the Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Hill Tracts during Pakistan period, died of old age ailments at his Bristol residence on Sunday night at the age of90,
Nationalarrow JMB leaflets call for agitation to free activists
Jmaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB), an outlawed outfit of religious zealots, is now sending leaflets to schools, colleges, madrashas, Imams of mosques and others in Daulatpur, calling for launching agitation
 arrow Cloud of confusion over Jamal’s identity
Ordeal of Jamal Uddin's family lingers as it is yet to be confirmed if the skeleton recovered from Fatikchhari on the night of August 24 was of the abducted business magnate.
 arrow Horror still haunts villagers
August 31 is back with a horrific memory of massacre of 126 innocent villagers in Sunamganj district by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
 arrow Commercial production of coal starts next week
Gaibandha: Commercial production of coal at Baropukuria mine will start in the first week of next month.
 arrow ‘Return indigenous people's lands, try Saran’s killers’
Rajshahi: Several hundred indigenous people at a rally at Bhimpur High School playground in Naogaon district have demanded trial of the killers of Alferd Saran.
 arrow Moniswapan concerned at JMB presence in CHT
Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Ministry Moniswapan Dewan has expressed grave concern over reported activists of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and its' 'training centre'
 arrow Over Tk 3 cr stolen thru' forged LC: ‘Ringleader’ held
Sharsha police have arrested one Abdul Matin, the alleged ringleader of a syndicate on charge of misappropriation of Tk 3 crore 25 lakh through forged Letter of Credit (LC) of Agrani Bank.
 arrow Ashuganj fertiliser factory resumes production
Ashuganj Zia Fertiliser Factory resumed production on Sunday after 16 days' suspension.
The factory stopped functioning due to technical fault on August 12, according to official sources.

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Point-Counterpointarrow Infrastructure matters
[On August 29, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh Christine Wallich spoke at an international workshop on infrastructure financing in Bangladesh.
 arrow Kunming initiative needs a push
Bangladesh-China cooperation received a further boost with the recent visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to China.
Culturearrow Poetry recitation to commemorate Nazrul
On the occasion of the death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Nazrul Institute has organised a 5-day programme at the auditorium of the institute.
 arrow Tropa Majumdar awarded Dipu Smrity Padak '04
Popular theatre troupe Aranyak Natya Dal honours theatre activists for their contribution to theatre by awarding the Dipu Smrity Padak. Tropa Majumdar is the proud recipient of Dipu Smrity Padak-- 2004.
 arrow Preview of Enechhi Shurjer Hashi
'Enter-educational' (programmes combining entertainment with important social messages) drama serials have attained mass popularity in our country in the last few years.
 arrow A new episode of Citycell Let's Move
The popular entertainment game show Citycell Let's Move will be telecast tonight on channel i at 7:50pm. The programme will include lively, fun-filled games in locations throughout Bangladesh.
 arrow Pre celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bangla Films

Generalarrow Govt firm to establish good governance
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appreciated the valuable development cooperation of European Union (EU) in the field of health, human rights, democracy and economic reforms in Bangladesh.
 arrow Govt to help develop astrology
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said astrology is a human science and the government will provide all out support for its development.
 arrow President, PM greet Malaysian counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia felicitated their Malaysian counterparts on the occasion of the 48th National Day of the country.
 arrow BCL factions clash at CU, 30 injured
At least 30 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit were injured, 15 of them critically, as rival factions of BCL clashed on Chittagong-Rangamati highway near thecampus
Internationalarrow Key parties drop support for Nepal's monarchy
Leaders of two major opposition parties in Nepal abandoned Monday their support of the country's 15-year-old constitutional monarchy in anger at King Gyanendra seizure of power in February.
 arrow India, Pakistan to free hundreds of prisoners
India and Pakistan have agreed to release hundreds of fishermen and other prisoners held in each other's jails to strengthen their peace process, a joint statement and an Indian official said yesterday.
 arrow Lankan PM puts focus on ending civil war
Sri Lanka's prime minister, now a high-profile candidate in presidential elections to be held later this year, said Monday his top priority would be to end the civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow Netanyahu launches bid to oust Sharon
Former Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday he was challenging Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the leadership of the main governing Likud party.
 arrow 1.85b in Asia-Pacific live on less than $2 a day
Asia is making giant steps in fighting poverty but 1.85 billion or 57 percent of its people still live on less than two dollars (1.
 arrow Nepali army to make public detainee names
Nepal's military has for the first time agreed to make public the names of its prisoners amid concerns about the disappearance of hundreds of people in army custody, a UN rights official says.
 arrow UN envoys launch crisis talks on reform plans
Some 32 UN ambassadors began a week of crisis talks on Monday in an effort to rescue a mid-September world summit on extreme poverty, human rights, terrorism, proliferation and UN management reforms.
 arrow Don't shelter terrorists
Pakistan's president warned Islamic seminaries Monday against sheltering terrorists, and the government threatened to close religious schools unless they register with authorities by the end of the year.
 arrow Paris apartment fire fills 7 African immigrants
Flames tore through a rundown Paris apartment building where African immigrants lived, killing seven people, including three children, firefighters said yesterday.
 arrow Indian diplomats meet convicted spy in Pakistan
Indian diplomats were allowed into a jail in eastern Pakistan yesterday to meet one of their nationals sentenced to death for spying and involvement in bomb attacks.
 arrow Be prepared for early polls
Claiming that the Congress-led coalition at the Centre was becoming "increasingly unstable", former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday asked BJP MPs to be prepared for mid-term polls and remain
 arrow 'Space for religious talks must remain open'
Public space for debate about religion is important and must be maintained, says Zainah Anwar of the Malaysian organisation Sisters in Islam.
 arrow 12 dead as Pak bus hits power cable
Twelve passengers were burnt to death when a fire broke out on a crowded bus after it hit a power cable in central Pakistan yesterday, police said.
 arrow All-women rebel squads raid brothels in Kashmir
A hardline Islamic women's separatist group said yesterday it had begun raiding brothels in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir to stamp out "adultery and the flesh-trade.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Costly elections
Some of the comments made at a recent international workshop on 'Infrastructure Financing in Bangladesh' bring into focus the need for reforming our electoral laws to make elections transparent and fool
 arrow Editorial: Living with danger
This has the smack of a horror movie relived in actual life in those rows of buildings upraised dangerously close to the undersides of aircrafts whizzing in and out of Zia International Airport.
 arrow Why did Israel dismantle the Gaza settlements?
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (76), is an old war-horse but he made history by dismantling settlements and relocating 8,000 Israeli settlers from the Gaza earlier this week.
 arrow Mounting trade deficit and trade diplomacy
The mounting trade deficit with the major trading partners of Bangladesh, widened further and crossed 4.008 billion US dollars in the fiscal year (FY) 2004-05. The trade deficit -- which was 3.
 arrow Which government will smite the religious militants?
The finance and planning minister Saifur Rahman may have tried to trifle away the degree of menace of massive bomb blasts of 8/17 across the country, covering 63 districts all at a time -- 500 in a spate
Letters to Editorarrow Disgraceful
It is our disgrace that this nation which was carved out of Pakistan as an independent sovereign Bangladesh through a nine-month long liberation war, waged and fought against the Pakistani occupation
 arrow Mushrooming madrassahs
I was shocked to read the news on the alarming growth of madrassahs in our society on the front page of The Daily Star on 4 August, 2005.
 arrow Withdrawal from Gaza
Israel is withdrawing from Gaza, that's hyped news. Once they opted for those Jewish settlements and left no stone unturned to fortify them. But that led to only bloodshed.
 arrow Terrorism
The definition of terrorism depends upon which side it is coming from. Bush/ Blair's definition for incidents of rail/road bombing is terrorism.
 arrow Role of journalists
Now, the world is called a global village due to the immense development in information technology.
 arrow Iran's nuke programme
Nuclear energy is both a boon and a curse for the humanity. If we skim through history we will find the use of nuclear weapon for mass killing by the US in 1945.
 arrow Hasina's stand
Opposition leader Hasina has characteristically publicised to international community that Bangladesh is a heaven for Islamic terrorists.
 arrow Too much homework
My little niece, a student of class V in an English-medium school, came to our house one Friday afternoon bleary-eyed.
 arrow Fight against session jam
The students sniffed when they heard the name of Pharmacy Department. Very often they would pass some jarring comments.
 arrow London bombings
At first I thought suicide bombers carried on London bombings and I also wrote a letter in that vein.
 arrow International assistance & third world
I think international financial assistance is a hindrance to the development of the third world countries.
 arrow Carcinogenic sweetener?
According to a news report in The Daily Star of Aug 16, Sodivue cyclamate has been banned since 1982, as it might cause cancer.
 arrow Hiroshima Day
 arrow Worrying news
"Former Islamic Foundation director Moulana Fariduddin Masud, detained for suspected links to the August 17 blasts, accused Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahaman Nizami of involvement
 arrow Job fair
The job fair organised by Youth Employment at Osmani Auditorium on 7 August left many in doubt about its effectiveness. The fair was packed with thousands of people looking for a job on the spot.
 arrow "Enacting law for appointing judges"
The above captioned write-up appearing in the July 24 issue of The Daily Star is timely and articulate.
Appointment of Judges in the higher judiciary in recent years has stirred all concerned.

Star Cityarrow Safe within walls of shelter, but roots to be traced
Children between five and 12 years used as camel jockeys along with their parents totalling 132 were brought to Dhaka in four phases, are now kept at the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association
 arrow Motorized vehicles again on DU campus
Due to the lack of acute monitoring, sufficient security guards and supervision of the authority, motorized vehicles are plying the Dhaka University (DU) area again neglecting the order of authorities
 arrow Jatka ban effective on papers only
Fish markets in the city have been flooded with jatka (half-grown hilsha) making a mockery of the ban on selling hilsha under 15 cm in length.
 arrow Evicted slum people back in same place
People evicted from different slums of the city have started returning to their makeshift dwellings.
 arrow Where the elderly feel safe...
"I have been living here for the last five years.
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