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Front Pagearrow BB hunts Moulana Masud's accounts
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday sent letters to all banks asking them to inform it by September 10 if detained former Islamic Foundation director Moulana Fariduddin Masud and any organisations he is
 arrow Killed agency report reveals how militants got off the hook
The intelligence report has by now withered into grey memory, but back in 1999 it had forecast a grim reality that has come true today.
 arrow Govt's stance against constitution: SCBA
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday said the government has apparently taken stand against the constitution by going against the High Court verdict that declared illegal the 5th amendment
 arrow Govt mulls 10pc cut in non-dev expenditure
The government is considering a 10 percent cut in non-development expenditure to ease pressure on foreign exchange reserve, inflation and overall economic situation resulting from high petroleum prices
 arrow Ctg high official stabbed at house
Unidentified assailants made an attempt on the life of Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) of Chittagong Golam Kuddus and left him seriously injured at his house in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Moudud regrets SB move at High Court
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday expressed regret at making Justice ABM Khairul Haque leave his court because of an intelligence agency official on Wednesday.
 arrow ADB to help railway, if it is corporatised
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would provide financial assistance for the development of the railway sector provided the government corporatises the rail department and grants autonomy to its day-to-day
  arrow HC verdict unveiles historic truth
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the High Court verdict declaring the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal has unveiled the historic truth about capture of power by the army.
 arrow Bashar calls for natural game
Rather than dwelling too much on leveling the series, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was more focused on ensuring that his side played its natural game against Sri Lanka in Friday's second one-dayinternational
 arrow BNP asks AL to return to JS
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the main opposition Awami League (AL) to return to parliament and participate in democratic practices, leaving behind undemocratic
 arrow SSC exam system to be changed
The existing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations system is being refurbished with structured questions replacing the age-worn narrative questions, as part of uplifting the standard of education.
 arrow Iraq holds mass funerals for stampede victims
Mass funerals were held across Iraq yesterday for the nearly 1,000 Shia pilgrims killed in a stampede on a Baghdad bridge as thousands of grieving people continued the grim search for their loved ones.
 arrow No direct request made for foreign help in probe
Bangladesh has not made any direct request to any country for assistance in investigating the August 17 serial bomb blasts, a foreign ministry spokesperson said yesterday.
 arrow Saifur blasts media again
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday once again blasted the media for not projecting the positive news.
"You (press) always project the bad news of us...

 arrow 4 UPDF men held with AK47
Army personnel arrested four activists of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at Manikchharimukh, 25 km off Mohalchhari upazila, early yesterday and recovered arms and ammunition, including one
 arrow Danger on trolley ....

 arrow Murder case filed against 2 cops
A murder case was filed yesterday against two policemen and their three informers for killing Lalbagh Swechchhasebak League leader Sumon Hossain who police claimed to have died from electrocution.
 arrow Bomb threat to Bhorer Kagoj
A letter was sent to daily Bhorer Kagoj yesterday allegedly by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) threatening to bomb the newspaper office for using the term 'father of the nation' with the name of
 arrow Indian HC protests media report
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday protested Bangladesh media reports on August 31 firing incidents in Brahmanbaria and Thakurgaon, saying that the Indian BSF fired in self-defence, leaving
 arrow Six abducted in CHT after UPDF man hurt in shootout
Six indigenous people were abducted allegedly by the cadres of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Krishnamachhara village in Naniarchar upazila on Wednesday night, police and army sources said.
 arrow Blind eye...

 arrow Dhabi Group signs MoU with BoI
The Board of Investment (BoI) and the Abu Dhabi Group yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to proceed with the US$ 1.0 billion investment proposal in the country.
BoI member Md.

 arrow 36 candidates elected uncontested
Thirty-six candidates in the election to women's reserved seats in parliament were unofficially elected uncontested as the last date of withdrawing their candidatures expired yesterday.
 arrow Israeli, Pak FMs hold 'historic' talks
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Kasuri met here yesterday in the first-ever high level encounter between the two countries.
 arrow BNP MP sues17 Jhenidah journos
BNP lawmaker from Jhenidah-3 constituency Shahidul Islam Master yesterday sued 17 local journalists for writing against him.
 arrow Cops focus on local partners
The police in their investigation are focusing on the local business partners of Indian rice trader Majid Alam, who was gunned down at Banani on Wednesday.
 arrow Rape case filed against Rab SI
A rape case was filed with a Dhaka court yesterday against a sub-inspector (SI) of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and also his wife as his abettor.
Businessarrow Big loan defaulters remain untouched
The finance minister on Wednesday said authorities even file cases against small loan defaulters, but hardly take any step against the big shots who default on huge amount of loans.
 arrow 'Fuel price must be adjusted with that of international price'
Citigroup Country Officer, Bangladesh Mamun Rashid (MR) talks to The Daily Star (DS).
 arrow 229 firms seek to install small power plants
A total of 229 local firms submitted initial proposals for setting up the proposed 23 small power plants (SPPs) across the country.
 arrow Ecnec okays 7 projects of Tk 2,935cr
Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Wednesday approved seven development projects with an outlay of Tk 2,935 crore to gear up the rural infrastructure development and strengthen
 arrow DSE installs CCTV
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has tightened its security system by installing close circuit television (CCTV) at the various points of the bourse.
 arrow StanChart group chairman hands over CEP, debit card packs
Group Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC Bryan K Sanderson handed over corporate executive pack (CEP) and debit card welcome packs to the customers of the bank at a function at the bank's Hotel Sheraton
 arrow Real estate fair begins in Ctg
A three-day real estate fair began here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow SEDF, ERD sign deal to make co registration faster
A project to computerise the office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) is being funded and implemented by the SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), a concern of the International
 arrow Developments in Doha Round Negotiations
The independent think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue has prepared a note on the recent developments in the Doha Development Round Negotiations, a follow-up of CPD's earlierpublication

 arrow China, US fail to agree on textile deal
US negotiators headed home Thursday after failing to agree on China's surging textile shipments, a setback to efforts to showcase progress in bilateral ties when Chinese President Hu Jintao heads to Washington
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fingers crossed for Mashrafee
Watching the game from the bench is painful for any athlete. It is more upsetting if you can't even take part in the preparation on the eve of a game.
 arrow Football: 7-star Brothers
Victor Edwards slammed a hattrick as de-fending cham-pions Brothers Union displayed a trail of strength ahead of their title-deciding match against Moha-mmedan Sporting Club with a 7-0 thrashing of relegation-bound
 arrow Cricket: Moody eying whitewash
After posting an 88-run win over Bangladesh in the three-match one-series opener, the Sri Lankan cricketers were given a day's rest on Thursday to get fresh for the second match.
 arrow Cricket: Cold & flu hit India
India seem to have ridden over the fitness crisis to two of their key batsmen ahead of the critical Videocon Cup cricket tri-series clash against New Zealand here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Benaud's swan song in Eng
Richie Benaud will commentate his last Test in England at The Oval next week.
 arrow Cricket: Tait fit for final Test
Australia paceman Shaun Tait is undergoing treatment for a shoulder problem but has been cleared for next week's final Ashes Test against England.
 arrow Football: Easy victories for Titas, St Joseph's
Titas and St Joseph's recorded huge victories in the Pran-Cola school football tournament on Thursday.
 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Bangladesh Rifles continued their winning spree when they beat arch-rivals Bangladesh Police 35- 20 in the Cute Premier Division handball league on Thursday.
The winners led the first half 20-8.

 arrow Cricket: Umps to be tougher in Ashes finale
Umpire Rudi Koetzen has promised to clamp down on players leaving the field too frequently in the final Ashes Test, which begins at The Oval next Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin out of Super Series?
Sachin Tendulkar may not play in the International Cricket Council's Super Series in October due to his slow recovery from tennis elbow surgery, his doctor was quoted as saying on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng coming to India next year
England's tour of India next year will comprise three Tests and seven one-day internationals, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Only Barca for Ronaldinho
World Player of the Year Ronaldinho said he never considered leaving Barcelona, after signing a contract extension which will keep him at the Spanish champions until 2010.
 arrow Tennis: Seeds sail smoothly
French Open champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the US Open here on Wednesday with a tough 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over tenacious US teenager Scoville Jenkins.
 arrow Fazlur donates Tk one lakh
State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman donated Tk one lakh when he visited the residence of the former national footballer ailing Monowar Hossain Nannu on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bring on McGrath'
England batsman Ian Bell hopes Glenn McGrath will be fit for next week's deciding Test against Australia at The Oval even though his return could help boost the tourists' chances of retaining the Ashes.
 arrow Cricket: City honour likely for Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff could become the first person to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Preston this century.
Metropolitanarrow National security now at stake: Dr Kamal
A free and fair election is a must to establish a transparent and effective administration, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow PM seeks more investment from UAE
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to invest more in Bangladesh, taking the advantage of cheap labour and attractive incentive package.
 arrow 'Health services for street children not adequate'
The government is not doing enough to ensure health services for the street children who are suffering from various diseases, in particular sexually transmitted diseases, according to surveys carriedout
 arrow Transcom distributors' meet held
The Light and Electrical Products Distributors' Meet-2005 of Transcom Group, a leading electronics supplier in the country, was held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow 20 killed in 'crossfire' in August
A total of 24 people were killed by the members of the law enforcement agencies across the country last month, said a report of Odhikar, a human rights watchdog, yesterday.
 arrow Opposition demonstrations on Sept 4
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left allies will stage demonstrations across the country on September 4 protesting ruling alliance's interference to the judiciary and its stand in favour
 arrow Govt urged to bring bomb attackers to justice
Hundreds of people lined up along the road at Moghbazar in the city yesterday to register their protest against the bomb blasts across the country.
 arrow Perpetrators should be tried
Outgoing European Commission (EC) Ambassador in Dhaka Esko Kentrschynskyi yesterday said the perpetrators of grenade and bomb attacks, including those of the August 21 grenade attack and August 17 nationwide
 arrow JSD urges people to oust govt
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday at a discussion urged the youths and students to unite to oust the BNP led four-party alliance government immediately to save the country
 arrow Duta demands action against culprits
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday demanded immediate action against the students responsible for the confinement of teachers at Shahidullah Hall on August 27.
 arrow Prisoners clash in van: Seven injured
At least seven prisoners were injured during a clash among themselves inside a prison van while they were being taken to the Central Jail from the court on Wednesday night.
 arrow Ctg Pub School, Haji Mohsin College become champions
A four-day debate competition titled "Prothom Alo Alokito Chhattagram -Star Ship-Natua Juktir Utshab '05" concluded yesterday.
 arrow No difference between Islam and democracy
There is no basic difference between the Islam and democracy as the both want to establish peace and social justice, said a US political science teacher at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 15 lakh looted in Savar
A gang of masked robbers looted valuables worth Tk 15 lakh from a house in Savar municipal area early Thursday.
 arrow Freedom fighter appeals for help
A freedom fighter yesterday appealed to the government for financial assistance for the treatment of his heart disease.
Md Alamgir Khandaker has been suffering from heart ailment for last few months.

 arrow DU-67 celebrates 12 years of founding today
DU-67, a club of the Dhaka University graduates of 1967, will celebrate 12 years of its founding today, says a press release.
Members of the club will hold a function at Golf Club this evening.

 arrow Death threat to Menon
Islamist militant groups and armed terrorists have issued death threat to Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon and his family, said a press release of the party yesterday.
 arrow Zia Charitable Trust Bhaban foundation laid
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia laid the foundation stone of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust Bhaban in the city yesterday, marking the 27th founding anniversary of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Now I place my hand on the shoulder of possibilities'
If you happen to visit the Botanical Gardens at Mirpur on the outskirts of the city, look right as you line up at the single file entrance. You will see a tiny shop, if you can call it that.
 arrow 'Fighting poverty together'
A two-day meeting of the South Asian Parliamentarians Forum on WTO took place on August 29-30 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
 arrow The changing law of armed struggle
Major new develop-ments have muddled the right to armed struggle. The global war on terrorism openly denies that any such right exists.
 arrow Where Bangladesh stands today?
A series of more than 400 bomb blasts throughout Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka on August 17 in half an hours has caused serious concern among the people and reflected the callousness of thecoalition
Culturearrow Portrait of a rockstar
Kono ek nijhum raatey, jhauboney chander alotey
Gaan geye jai ekti chhele, ekrash bedona bukey niye
Tar shei gaan tho keu shoney na, hotashar kotha tho keu
janey na
Tobuo tar ashar prodeep

 arrow A collection of Nazrul songs by Rowshan Ara
Popular Nazrul singer Rowshan Ara Mustafiz released a new solo album on Nazrul songs Tomar Hatey Shonar Rakhi at the Begum Sufia Kamal auditorium, National Museum, Tuesday last.
 arrow Rekha: The great transformation
Rekha is as well known for her numerous films as for her metamorphosis from being a duckling to a swan.
 arrow The Pearl Fishers: Opera
Opera has made its way to India. On August 31 and September 2 in Delhi and September 8 and September 10 in Mumbai, music lovers have a date with The Pearl Fishers, a musical extravaganza.
 arrow Cross-currents
Zahid Hasan's new TV play
The shooting of the single episode TV play Pobet directed by Shahidul Islam Mintu is complete and is now on the editing table.

 arrow Exhibition
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is holding a two-week-long Art Exposition of acclaimed artist Hashem Khan titled The Sweet and the Sublime, starting from September 4 at the Bengal Shilpalaya.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Iraq tragedy
We are shocked at the death of almost a thousand Iraqi citizens in one of the most tragic, unfortunate and horrifying accidents that have taken place in Baghdad in recent times.
 arrow Editorial: We can't believe it happened!
This was an act of impropriety, plain and simple.
 arrow The intelligence fiasco and all that
According to newspaper reports there is very loud and clear anger at the allegedly widespread bomb blasts of 17th August last and the massive intelligence failure thereto.
 arrow Identifying with Islam
Last week Michael Graham, a talk show host of the WMAL radio station in the United States, got fired for calling Islam an extremist institution.
 arrow Combating religious militancy
The synchronized bomb blasts that the country witnessed in as many as its 63 district towns including the capital city Dhaka on 17 August close on the heels of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's departure that
Letters to Editorarrow A black day
The entire Bangladeshi community here in Sunway University College,
Malaysia, finds the recent bombings horrifying. The incident shows that we are facing a serious problem.

 arrow Child abuse in schools
In recent weeks The Daily Star has published several letters regarding child abuse at schools in Bangladesh.
 arrow Pope's sermon
I commend Pope Benedict XVI for his message in Germany calling on Christianity and Islam to work together to end terrorism, which he said represented "the darkness of a new barbarism.
 arrow Website for new moon
Through the courtesy of your columns, I wish to bring to the notice of the official moon sighting committee and those with Adobe-reader internet facilities, a website maintained by HM Nautical Almanac
 arrow Great going!
The religion card has always been a great winner. Mr. Bush plays it well, the BJP had a landslide and I was just beginning to wonder when we'd have the fortune to see it surfacing in our sweet home turf.
 arrow "The past is never dead"
I have been reading and avidly following the 4-part series on the events that led to the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I could not help but notice that Mr.
 arrow Djuice and us
While visiting Dhaka a couple of months back, I could not help but notice a few billboards and TV commercials on the new mobile communication service provider Djuice.
Worldarrow South Asia: Top Indo-Pak officials review progress
Top diplomats from India and Pakistan began talks in a slow-moving peace process yesterday, hours after Indian troops shot dead nine rebels trying to cross into its part of disputed Kashmir from the Pakistani
 arrow South Asia: Kashmir rebels accept Manmohan's talks offer
Kashmiri separatists agreed yesterday to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said they would "proceed with courage" to press for an end to decades of violence in the Himalayan state.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali Congress drops support for monarchy
Nepal's largest political party yesterday dropped a 60-year-old written pledge to uphold constitutional monarchy, seven months after King Gyanendra seized complete power in the impoverished Himalayankingdom.
 arrow South Asia: 'South Asians isolated in UK cities'
South Asian enclaves in British cities are growing in size and isolation, British newspapers reported yesterday, citing a study.
 arrow Sea of shoes a grim memorial to Iraqi stampede victims
Thousands of sandals were littered across a bridge in Baghdad on Wednesday in a chilling reminder of the hundreds of men, women and children who lost their lives in a stampede among crowds of panicked
 arrow Looting spirals in New Orleans
With thousands feared drowned in what could be America's deadliest natural disaster in a century, New Orleans' leaders all but surrendered the streets to floodwaters Wednesday and began turning out the
 arrow World leaders deplore Baghdad stampede
Shia Iran on Wednesday led a worldwide chorus of horror and outrage over the deaths of almost 1,000 people in a stampede as they headed to a Shia shrine in Iraq, blaming "suspicious hands" bent on causing
 arrow Israel okays historic Egypt deployment
Israel's parliament Wednesday approved an historic plan for Egyptian border guards to patrol along the Gaza border after the last Israeli troops leave the Palestinian territory next month.
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