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Front Pagearrow Govt hospitals turn costlier by 10-400pc
The government yesterday imposed new rates for admission, consultation, diet, diagnostic tests and bed rent at all state-run hospitals except the upazila health complexes, raising the charges from ten
 arrow Militants, lawmen play hide and seek in city
Militants with suspected links to the August 17 blasts have changed their hideouts in the capital to evade capture after a huge cache of arms and explosives was recovered from two terrorist dens in the
 arrow Loan defaults down during Dec-June
The amount of the default loan has come down by 1.84 percentage points over six months from December 2004 to June this year, and stood at 15.79 percent of the outstanding loan.
 arrow News: Those who want to brand Bangladesh a 'religiously extremist country' have staged the August 17 blasts: PM

 arrow BSF yet to return victims' bodies
Border Security Force (BSF) is yet to return the bodies of four Bangladeshi nationals, who were lynched by an Indian mob on Friday.
 arrow Returning home with tales of horror
Five Ansar-Village Defence Party (VDP) women members, who went to Saudi Arabia late July this year to work as housemaids, returned home within a few days of joining the workplaces where they allegedly
 arrow World leaders meet in historic summit at UN Sept 14
World leaders will arrive in historic numbers at the United Nations for the three-day Summit beginning September 14, to reach major decisions on ending poverty, promoting human rights, fighting terrorism
 arrow Business frets over impact as city finds a quiet Saturday
While government officials were holidaying yesterday, leaders of export-oriented industries and other trade bodies spent a worrisome Saturday apprehending the impact of the newly introduced two-day off
 arrow 2 criminals killed in 'crossfire'
Two criminals --a local gang leader and a robber leader -- were killed in "crossfire" during shootouts between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the criminals in Faridpur and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Khulna gas pipeline tender early next year
Tenders for installation of gas pipeline in Khulna are expected to be invited next January or February, said Energy Advisor and Executive Chairman of Board of Investment Mahmudur Rahman.
 arrow Freight transport owners threaten 48hrs strike
Bangladesh freight transport owners and workers council yesterday said they will go on a 48-hour countrywide strike from September 14 if the government does not meet by tomorrow its 18-point demand including
 arrow 14-party shifts hartal to Sept 21
The 14-party opposition alliance has shifted their dawn-to-dusk hartal to September 21 as the September 18 shutdown coincides with the Queen's Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games which will cross Bangladesh
 arrow Businessman shot dead in Ctg
Armed criminals shot dead a businessman after calling him out of his house at Satkania in the district yesterday.
Nazim Uddin, 45, was reported to have been killed by his own nephew.

 arrow Tumbling in the mud...

 arrow Saifur off to US for WB, IMF meet
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman left Dhaka yesterday for the US on a week-long visit with a mission to secure more aid from the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and persuade them
 arrow Cops rescue 3 kidnapped kids, nab 7 abductors
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued three kidnapped children and arrested seven abductors from Motijheel and Badda in the capital and Sadarghat in Barisal on Friday.
 arrow B Chy terms PM's speech 'mere rhetoric'
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the prime minister's speech in parliament on the August 17 bomb blasts has frustrated the nation as a whole.
 arrow BSF pushes in 8 Indians thru' Panchagarh border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) pushed eight Bangla-speaking Indians, including three children, into Bangladesh through Panchagarh border early yesterday, official sources said.
 arrow Cop injured in gunfight with criminals
A police sub-inspector (SI) sustained bullet injuries during a gunfight with outlaws at village Dhala in Gangni upazila of Meherpur on Friday night.
 arrow Indian police send back 14 Bangladeshis after arrest
The Indian police sent back 14 Bangladeshi nationals after capturing them for entering Indian territory illegally.
 arrow Grim search for the dead drags on in New Orleans
Police in New Orleans continued the grisly search yesterday for those killed in Hurricane Katrina as the army said pumping the city's putrid waters would be finished sooner than first thought.
 arrow Americans mark 9/11 with questions on vulnerability
Americans mark the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks today nagged by new burning questions about their readiness to confront a major disaster after the debacle of Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow Six killed in road crashes
Six people died and 45 others were injured in road accidents in Narsingdi and Comilla yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt to set export target at $9,600m for FY06
The government is going to set a $9,600 million export target for the current financial year, sources said.
Export earnings reached $8,654.52 million in the FY2004-05, posting a $1051.

 arrow Hartal retards investment
Hartal is the main impediment to Japanese investment in Bangladesh, visiting Japanese business leader Koji Nojima said yesterday.
 arrow Policy support dearth holds back expansion of govt handicraft project
Despite business success a government-run handicraft project, Karupalli, fails to expand its activities, thanks to lack of policy support.
 arrow Bangladesh expo begins in London Sept 15
A three-day Bangladesh Expo-2005 begins in London from Thursday.
Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) is organising the fair at Barbican Centre, sources said here yesterday.

 arrow Apec for freer capital flow
Economic leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) member nations concluded their annual meeting Friday by agreeing on the urgency to tackle the challenges of ageing populations anda
 arrow Pakistan, India to sign gas pipeline deal in Dec
Pakistan and India said Friday tripartite framework agreement to build a $7 billion gas project to pipe Iranian gas to South Asia would be finalised by December 2005.
 arrow IMF again postpones decision
The International Monetary Fund's executive board Friday postponed casting judgement on whether to expel Zimbabwe as a member but pledged to revisit the issue within six months.
 arrow Chinese farmers remain marginalised
The National Bureau of Statistics vice director said he was "shocked" by the 10-year gap between the quality of life of urban residents and farmers -- the dominant force of China's gigantic 1.
 arrow Oil prices slump, gold strikes year-high
Oil prices plummeted this week after an agreement by industrial powers to release emergency crude reserves in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
 arrow ROK, Mexico to push for limited trade talks
South Korea and Mexico have agreed to discuss a limited economic cooperation after failing to open talks on a free trade agreement, Seoul's presidential office and foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow China, Canada forge 'strategic partnership'
Chinese President Hu Jintao secured a litany of trade pacts, memorandums of understandings and business deals with Canada on Friday, day two of his first official visit to North America.
 arrow EU wants US to follow farm reform lead
Europe's trade and farm chiefs will next week urge the United States to match European Union reforms on farm spending to help pave the way for global trade talks later this year, the European Commission
 arrow Oil price too high but will fall
Opec General Secretary Adnan Shihab-Eldin says current oil prices are too high and are going to fall in an interview with a German magazine to be published Monday.
 arrow ROK farmers take to street to oppose WTO deal
Thousands of angry farmers rallied here Saturday near parliament, urging the National Assembly not to ratify an international deal to increase rice imports.
 arrow US, KSA sign WTO deal
The United States and Saudi Arabia signed a bilateral agreement Friday paving the way for the world's largest oil producer and leading OPEC member to join the World Trade Organization by the end of the
 arrow Katrina losses revised up to $125b
The economic losses from Hurricane Katrina and its floods are likely to top 125 billion dollars, an economic consulting firm said Friday, revising upward its earlier estimate.
 arrow New website of Emirates SkyCargo
Emirates SkyCargo has launched a new website, www.skycargo.com, with some features for its customers.
 arrow Pakistan cotton prices ease
Pakistani cotton prices eased over the past week amid soft demand from millers, and dealers said that prices were unlikely to rise much in the coming weeks.
 arrow Two Europeans named to top WB posts
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz Friday named two Europeans to senior posts at the development lender and its private sector promotion arm, the International Finance Corp.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Troubled Tigers
Trouble always invites more trouble. That has been the case of Bangladesh on their tour of Sri Lanka so far.
 arrow Cricket: Rains stop Aussies after Langer ton
England finally saw the back of Justin Langer to break the best stand of this Ashes series on the third day of the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval here Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters, Pierce end Russian dreams
Kim Clijsters will play for the biggest purse in the history of women's sport in Saturday's US Open final after beating Russian top seed Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Three Indians hit hundreds
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid smashed centuries to give India control of the three-day tour match against a Zimbabwe Board XI on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque flies to Colombo
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed will fly to Colombo today to be by the side of the struggling Bangladesh cricket team in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Asian refs see red
A refereeing blunder that forced FIFA to void last weekend's 2006 World Cup soccer qualifier between Uzbekistan and Bahrain has further dented Asia's image after a year soured by controversy.
 arrow Football: Faria's claim dismissed
Former Football Association secretary Faria Alam, who had an affair with England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson, lost her case at a tribunal.
 arrow Cricket: Will England remain England if win Ashes?
Nature has its laws. Birds fly. Fish swim. And the Australians beat England at cricket.
But this year something unnatural may be about to happen.

 arrow Athletics: Gatlin gets 200m shock
World 200 metres champion Justin Gatlin was relegated to fourth place on the opening day of the two-day world athletics final on Friday after his teammate Tyson Gay clocked 19.
 arrow Football: Shatadal win opener
Shatadal Club blanked Rising Star 3-0 in the opening match of the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
The winners led the first half 2-0.

 arrow Cricket: Pepsi-DRU cricket starts today
The Pepsi-DRU inter-house six-a-side cricket tournament begins today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
Eight matches will be take place in the opening day of the seven-day meet.

 arrow Football: School football
The Pran-Cola school football tournament final round line-up was completed as Residential Model School and Mirpur Bangla High School confirmed their berths after beating their respective rivals at the
 arrow Football: BFF's thirty probables
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Saturday announced a 30-member preliminary squad for the AFC Under-20 football championship.
Metropolitanarrow 22 honoured with Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medals
A total of 22 distinguished personalities received Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medals at a ceremony at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow World leaders urged to keep promises
On the eve of ensuing UN Summit 2005, marginalised sections of people at a rally in the city yesterday called upon the world leaders to keep the promises they made at the Millennium Summit 2000.
 arrow Saarc paediatric surgeons' confce begins Dec 8 in Ctg
The first conference of the Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons in Saarc (FAPSS) countries will be held in Chittagong in December.
 arrow Student of Dhaka school washed away at Cox's Bazar sea beach
A student of an English medium school in Dhaka was washed away by the current during the low tide when he along with five others was taking bath in the sea beach yesterday.
 arrow Culvert-cum-rd to be built alongside Kamalapur Stadium
A culvert-cum-road will be built from Kamalapur Stadium to Maniknagar to remove water-logging problems of Motijheel, Gopibagh and Maniknagar areas of the city, Housing and Public Works Minister MirzaAbbas
 arrow Saudi industrialist Gopali calls on Hasina
Renowned Saudi industrialist and chairman of a top business organisation Al Tawah Group Mohammad Abdullah Al Gopali called on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday.
 arrow No permanent classrooms for RU applied math students
Students of the applied mathematics department of Rajshahi University yesterday demanded designated classrooms for the department.
 arrow Last phase of CPB programme begins today
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) begins a four-day-long programme from today at different parts of the country as part of its mass demand programme protesting the price hike of fuel and vowing to resist
 arrow BCU calls strike in Ctg on Sept 14
Bangladesh Chatra Union (BCU) yesterday called for student strike on September 14 in all schools in Chittagong.
 arrow One commits suicide in Ctg
A man committed suicide by taking poison at his residence at Kalurghat yesterday.
 arrow Punishment to JU JCD men demanded
Left-leaning Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men who attacked BCU convenor of Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow Goodwill team leaves for China tomorrow
A five-member delegation from the Bangladesh-China People's Friendship Association (BCPFA) will leave here for Beijing tomorrow on a nine-day goodwill visit to China.
 arrow Asthma risk higher for people with bowel disease
People with inflammatory bowel disease are 1.5 times as likely to have asthma as individuals in the general population, a large new study shows.
 arrow Animal-human transplants soon to be reality: Expert
Transplants of animal organs into people could take place within a few years because of the acute shortages of donated human organs, a leading scientist said on Friday.
 arrow Orchid exhibition...

Nationalarrow Unite to root out terrorism, communalism: Jalil
Awami League, if voted to power, will eliminate violence, terrorism and communalism from Bangladesh, said its general secretary.
 arrow Preserving aroma of the golden past
With the advent of IRRI in 1960s, most local varieties of paddy have virtually disappeared from fields, with an exception to greater Sylhet region.
 arrow Oust protectors of militants from power: Matia
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Matia Chowdhury has said time has come to dislodge the government as it is protecting 'fundamentalist forces' who are involved in acts of violence in the country inthe
 arrow Workshop for Hindu religious leaders
The Hindu Religious Welfare Trust in Gopalganj yesterday began a five-day training workshop for religious leaders to develop human resources.
 arrow Abducted trader rescued
A young businessman who was abducted from Sirajganj five days ago was rescued here on Friday night.
Nzmus Sakib, 25, was abducted from Bagorbari village under Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj.

 arrow RU Shibir holds 'closed-door' meet with VC
Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders at Rajshahi University forcibly entered the administrative building and met RU Vice-chancellor at his office yesterday.
 arrow A human chain...

Point-Counterpointarrow Super-national Islamic fundamentalism?
While the origin of the term "fundamentalism" has a fairly simple history, the movement itself has a more confused origin.
 arrow Time to take crisis seriously
On July 1, 2003, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told the parliament that no al-Qaeda men existed in Bangladesh.
 arrow Is migration inevitable?
The buzzword "immigration" has been playing a pioneering role in the socio-economic order of the country, primarily from the 1980s, though its importance remains paramount today.
 arrow Advantage to Koizumi
When Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi dissolved the lower house of the Japanese Diet on August 4 and called snap elections, analysts were puzzled by this bold step, as he went ahead with the decisiondespite
Culturearrow Under the spell of the great bard
Amusical treat awaited the audience at the National Theatre Stage, Shilpakala Academy on Friday last.
 arrow The essence of a sculptor
There is a story behind British sculptor Anish Kapoor's gargantuan installation titled Marsyas on display at London's Tate Gallery.
 arrow Terra cotta ornaments by Ashik Hasan
A weeklong exhibition on terra cotta ornaments is on at the Zainul Gallery-2.
 arrow Stars gather for hurricane relief
With the floodwaters of Katrina yet to recede, Randy Newman sang about a long-ago hurricane in Louisiana 1927 to open a benefit programme spread across dozens of television networks Friday last.
Internationalarrow Afghan minister narrowly escapes death
Afghanistan's defence minister narrowly escaped an apparent assassination attempt yesterday while another minister and the army chief survived a helicopter crash in a dramatic day of near-misses, officials
 arrow Host states count Katrina costs
State and local officials across the United States are busy saving receipts for billions of dollars in expenses for aid to Hurricane Katrina victims, expecting the federal government will pick up thewhole
 arrow Bush opens 3-day 9/11 commemorations
US President George W. Bush said Friday that the United States must defeat Islamist extremists in a global "battle of ideas," as he marked four years since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
 arrow 'War on terror diverted US resources from disaster prevention'
Four years after the September 11 attacks, the failure of the US emergency services to handle the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina is due to resources being diverted to the "war on terror," experts say.
 arrow Military bars journalists from body-filled areas
The military will bar journalists and photographers from documenting the recovery of bodies left littering New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, the army general in charge said Friday.
 arrow Lankan govt rift gets nasty over peace bid
Deep differences within Sri Lanka's government over peace moves with Tamil Tiger rebels spilled into the open yeterday with outgoing President Chandrika Kumaratunga publicly slamming her premier.
 arrow Kashmir rebels gun down 9 people
Suspected rebels in Indian Kashmir killed nine people, authorities said yesterday, amid mounting violence following high-level peace talks between New Delhi and moderate separatists.
 arrow Rice asks China, Russia, India to support UN action against Iran
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is asking Russia, China and India to support the United States in threatening Iran with sanctions for refusing to halt its nuclear programme.
 arrow Koizumi leads the way on eve of polls
Japan was to end campaigning yesterday for one of its most closely watched elections in years, with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi widely predicted to win a new mandate to push forward his economicreforms.
 arrow Hundreds evacuated as rains lash Mumbai
Hundreds of people were evacuated from low-lying areas of India's commercial capital Mumbai yesterday after a spell of heavy rains caused light flooding in some districts, officials said.
 arrow Plane crash kills 13 in DR Congo
Thirteen people were killed when an Antonov 26 aircraft crashed during a storm near Brazzaville, on its descent to Kinshasa airport across the river in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's statement on Aug 17
We had hoped that the seriousness of the serial bomb blasts that shook the nation on August 17 would have persuaded the government to acknowledge the severity of the threat to national security posedby
 arrow Editorial: Transport fare anomalies
Transport owners who called off their planned 48-hour strike on Wednesday, following the government assurance that fares would be increased from September 15, have been charging higher fares on different
 arrow Oil fallout and austerity measures
Bangladesh today is in a deep crisis, as its oil-dependent economy is bracing itself for the worst due to the skyrocketing oil prices in the international market.
 arrow It was Bhutto's war
RETIRED Air Marshal Nur Khan's disclosure about the 1965 war is correct in the sense that Pakistan imposed the war on India.
Letters to Editorarrow Outsourcing of jobs
The outsourcing of jobs from the west to countries where the cost of labour is comparatively low has been a popular method of saving money by many corporations.
 arrow Congratulations!
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone at The Daily Star for providing an excellent service, for Bangladeshi readers world-wide.
 arrow Drive against food adulteration
Better late than never, the Bangladesh government has taken a step to stop the food suppliers from serving polluted and rotten food.
 arrow Wrong response
Honest traders are also bitterly complaining about the ongoing raids siding inadvertently with the unscrupulous traders.
 arrow Warnings in London
Those of you, who have visited UK, must have noticed the outrageous amount of warning messages everywhere. Warnings for drivers, pedestrians, shoppers, visitors and so on.
 arrow Social degradation
I was really happy & surprised to see the article written by Mr. Abdul Khaleque, ex- I G & Secretary in The Daily Star on the above topic.
 arrow Ideology
If Bangladesh is renamed as " Islamic Republic of Bangladesh," it will make no difference to me, as my opposition to the move will be just a futile exercise for me.
Star Healtharrow Keep the abdominal discomforts away
All of us at one time or another have complained about indigestion. Indigestion is a term that is used regularly, yet the symptoms it describes differ from person to person.
 arrow Palpitation, a common medical symptom
An arrhythmia is any irregularity in the heart's rhythm. An unpleasant sensation in the heart, whether rapid or slow, regular or irregular, and of which one is consciously aware, is called a palpitation.
 arrow Strict diet programme may help prostate cancer
A strict vegetarian diet combined with relaxation therapy and exercise may be able to control slow-growing prostate cancer, researchers said.
 arrow Caffeine cuts nighttime diabetes problem
People with type 1 diabetes may have a new reason to appreciate a cup of coffee.
 arrow Adult lifestyle predicts bone health
A person's lifestyle as an adult, including their diet and exercise habits, and reproductive history, plays a more integral role in bone health than does his or her birth weight or other factors associated
Star Cityarrow Mirpur businesspeople held hostage by extortionists
Businesspeople of city's Mirpur area are held hostage by a gang of extortionists as the law enforcers remain inactive despite the killing of a businessman last month.
 arrow Utility agencies may delay Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover
Construction of the 7.
 arrow Poor now gets access to drug rehabilitation
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) with financial and technical assistance from Family Health International, Bangladesh inaugurated a drug rehabilitation centre for the poor and floating drug users on August
 arrow Working without pay for a 'better future'
Ten-year-old Sumon is passing a hard life for what he thinks 'a better future.' He toils eight to ten hours a day at an automobile workshop at Tejgaon but the employers pay nothing for his work.
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