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Front Pagearrow Tough bill against food adulteration tabled
The government yesterday introduced a bill in the Jatiya Sangsad, proposing several tough provisions against manufacturing and selling adulterated food.
 arrow Extortion cases against chief whip's 2 sons
Four extortion cases have been filed against the chief whip's sons Abdul Hamid Dablu and Akhter Hamid Paban, and six others.
 arrow More militants held with documents
Police in Narayanganj held two madrasa students and arrested three suspected militants while in Habiganj they seized computers, CDs and books from the business establishment of AHM Shamim, the arrested
 arrow Fu-Wang fined for 2nd time
A mobile court raided and fined the popular fast food producer Fu-Wang as well as luxurious restaurant Topkapi for not maintaining safety standards and also issued summons against their owners, as they
 arrow Niko stops relief well drilling as banks stop funds
Niko suspended drilling of a new relief well to seal the damaged gas reservoir of Tengratila yesterday as different banks holding its accounts refused to clear its cheques, sources said.
 arrow AL bins home report
A home ministry report on the August 21 grenade blasts placed a parliamentary body meeting repeatedly accused the Awami League (AL) of not co-operating with the probe, but AL lawmakers termed the report
 arrow Inflation rate goes up to 7.68pc
The inflation rate of both food and non-food items continues to soar almost every month and stood at 7.68 percent in general last July, increasing by .
 arrow Still no final deal on UN reform
Efforts to broker a compromise deal on reforming the United Nations were continuing early yesterday as leaders were arriving for the world's largest summit.
 arrow Tigers reeling
Muttiah Muralitharan mesmerised Bangladeshi batsmen in the second innings with two wickets in two balls in his first over as Sri Lanka turned the screws on the visitors on the second day of the firstTest
 arrow 12 killed, 40 hurt in road accidents
Twelve people were killed and more than 40 others injured in road accidents in Tangail, Netrakona and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Brokers lure away patients from Pangu Hospital
A large number of patients seeking treatment at the orthopaedic hospital in the capital are regularly hoodwinked by a section of doctors and staff into going to nearby fake or sub-standard hospitals where
 arrow Duty-free access to US unlikely
LDCs including Bangladesh are unlikely to get duty-free access to the US market as the Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies Act 2005 bill may not be passed, US Charge d' Affaires in Dhaka
 arrow Bus fares to go up today at flat rate
The new bus fares are going to be finalised today at a flat rate regardless of 'sitting', 'gate-lock', local or direct services, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said yesterday.
 arrow Kumaratunga to arrive in Dhaka on Nov 11
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will arrive in Dhaka on November 11 to attend the Saarc summit, as Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said that the 13th Summit would be held on schedule.
 arrow Minister tells JS of his ignorance
Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that he was not aware of the new charges at government hospitals and that the former health secretary discussed with him only
 arrow College student shot dead in city
Criminals shot a third year student of Mirpur Commerce College to death at Kafrul in the capital yesterday allegedly following a feud over land with an officer-in-charge (OC).
 arrow Huji became JMB, reveals militant
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the Islamist militant organisation blamed for the August 17 countrywide bomb attack, took the name in 2003, changing its previous one, Harkat ul Jihad (Huji), said
 arrow Holiday spree starts Sept 16
There will be virtually two working days (September 19 and 22) in nine days between September 16 and 24 thanks to the newly introduced two-day weekend in government offices, two hartals and a public holiday.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader killed in bomb attack
Unidentified assailants bombed a BNP leader to death in Khulna city on Monday night.
 arrow Case against Huda, others dismissed on merit
A robbery case filed yesterday by a consultant of Beximco Group of Industries against Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and 34 others was dismissed on merit soon after hearing.
 arrow 2-day freight transport strike starts today
Bangladesh freight transport owners and workers council enforces a 48-hour countrywide strike from today for realising their 18-point demand including the reduction of fuel price.
 arrow Dasmunshi arrives Sept 18
Indian Water Resources Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi will arrive in Dhaka on September 18 as head of the Indian delegation at the Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting.
 arrow Saidee protests press report
Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saidee yesterday in parliament alleged that The Daily Star has distorted his comments in a story published on Monday.
Businessarrow Islamabad pushes for FTA with Dhaka
As Bangladesh requested Pakistan to allow duty free access of its 104 products, Islamabad stressed on signing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to promote business between the two countries.
 arrow Dhaka needs 7-9pc GDP growth
A sustainable GDP growth of 7 to 9 percent will be needed if Bangladesh wants to raise the standard of living of her people, said US Chargé d'affaires in Dhaka Judith Chammas yesterday.
 arrow New rule for Nostro account reconciliation
If Nostro accounts of commercial banks are not reconciled for more than three months, the banks will have to ensure provisioning from 10-100 percent from their outstanding balance.
 arrow Bangladesh unlikely to achieve MDGs
Bangladesh will not be able to achieve the Millenium Develop-ment Goals (MDGs) by 2015 if the current pace of poverty eradication continues, said a Policy Watch report of Unnayan Onneshan, a non-government
 arrow Bangladesh trade show in London from tomorrow
In a bid to familiarise the UK businesses and buyers with wide range of Bangladeshi products and services, a three-day exhibition begins tomorrow at London's prestigious Barbican Centre.
 arrow Production of Khulna Hardboard Mill likely to resume today
Production of Khulna Hardboard Mill (KHM) is likely to resume today after around 33 months of closure.
 arrow Bank Asia scholarship for higher studies
Bank Asia has recently introduced Bank Asia Scholarship programme for higher studies.
 arrow EU lowers banana duty after WTO rebuff
The European Union Monday lowered its proposed import duty for bananas after a world trade panel ruled that the previous figure discriminated against Latin America, the victor over Europe in the 1990s
 arrow 64pc rural people in 18 countries go hungry
A global survey on millenium development goals (MDGs) has found that 64 percent village people in 18 poorest countries including Bangladesh regularly go hungry.
 arrow China signs trade pacts with Mexico
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday signed several bilateral trade agreements with Mexico to boost trade between the two developing nations and said China welcomed more Mexican products into the Asian
 arrow Gold prices up in India
A jump in gold prices has dampened buying in India, the world's top consumer, while an approaching inauspicious period will keep demand sluggish for the next two weeks, traders said Monday.
 arrow Oil prices continue lower in Asian trade
Oil prices fell further in Asian trade Tuesday as Hurricane Ophelia was downgraded to a tropical storm and on signs of slowing energy demand globally, dealers said.
 arrow 5 cos sign deal with SEDF to boost poultry industry
Five companies -- Quality Feeds Ltd, MM Agha, Paragon Group, Kazi Farms Group, and Aftab Poultry --yesterday signed a deal with SEDF for the development of poultry industry, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore, Faruque try to make sense of it
With the Tigers staring down the barren, the Bangladesh team's think-tank however conceded that the damage had already been done on the opening day of the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: London erupts
Cheering fans packed the pavements of London 20-deep on Tuesday to hail England's conquering cricketing heroes for beating arch rivals Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Late Zim resistance
Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu struck a dogged 61 to guide his side to 265 for seven at the close of the first day's play in the first Test against India on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: A typical day's Test
For those who still believe in the game uncorrupted by the influence of limited-overs cricket, it was a typical Test match day at the Premadasa Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: We're still No 1: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting refused to be panicked despite leading his side to their first Ashes defeat since 1986-87.
 arrow Cricket: English media delight
England's first Ashes triumph over Australia for almost two decades triggered widespread celebrations in the British media on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh's caution
Test cricket's most successful captain Steve Waugh Tuesday cautioned selectors against rushing into making impulsive changes to the Australian team following their Ashes series defeat to England.
 arrow Cricket: 'We must prove ourselves'
Michael Vaughan has admitted that England still have some work to do before they can claim to be top dogs in world cricket, starting with series victories in Pakistan and India.
 arrow Cricket: Bouncer found not guilty
A bouncer charged with killing former Australian cricket star David Hookes with a deadly punch outside a Melbourne pub was found not guilty on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Hometown pubs free for Flintoff
Global fame and fortune may be beckoning, but Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff insists the best thing about winning the Ashes is that he will be able to drink for free in his hometown pubs.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes reward for Fletcher
England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher has reportedly been rewarded for winning back the Ashes from Australia with a long-cherished British passport.
 arrow Cricket: Warne undecided on Test future
Shane Warne insisted he'd had no thoughts about quitting international cricket after bowing out of Test match action in England as a member of the losing side for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 38 for U-15 camp
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) picked up 38 players on Tuesday for the under-15 camp that will begin from September 26.
 arrow Football: NFL 2nd round venues finalised
The venues for the second round matches of the Nitol-Tata sixth National Football League was finalised yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Uttara Club tennis
The men's singles semifinal line-ups in the Uttara Club Open National Tennis tournament was completed yesterday.
 arrow Football: CJKS Div I Soccer Shariful scores hattrick for Shatadal
Shatadal Club thrashed Mukti-joddha Sangsad 5-0 while Madar-bari Udoyan blanked Abahani Junior 2-0 in the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Daily Star storm into last eight
The Daily Star dazzled into the quarterfinals of the Pepsi-DRU Inter-House Six-a-side cricket tournament yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania sent packing
India's controversial rising star Sania Mirza became Tuesday the first seed to be knocked out of the 225,000-dollar WTA Wismilak tennis tournament on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Metropolitanarrow Child injury prevention programme on cards
A child injury prevention programme will be launched soon in selected rural and urban areas of the country to reduce child mortality and morbidity due to various injuries.
 arrow 342 children die a day due to lack of sanitation
A total of 342 children die of diarrhoea and other pollution-related diseases every day due to lack of sanitation, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Help establish rights of disadvantaged children
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the ward commissioners, NGOs and the well-off people to come forward to establish the rights of the disadvantaged and street children and help them lead a normal
 arrow Foam factory owner burnt alive
A fire burnt down a foam factory leaving the owner dead in the city last evening.
 arrow Three more camel jockeys back to families
Three more children used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) returned to their families yesterday, bringing the total number to 26.
 arrow ADB to help set up sewerage treatment plant in Dhaka
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will extend cooperation in setting up a sewerage treatment plant in Dhaka and increasing supply of pure drinking water for the city dwellers.
 arrow Slash cellphone call charge
Leaders of the Citizens' Rights Movement yesterday demanded that the cellphone call charge be slashed to Tk 0.50 per minute immediately.
 arrow Solar eclipse on Oct 3
A solar eclipse will take place on October 3, but a partial eclipse will be seen from Bangladesh.
 arrow Wasa continues drive against bill defaulters, Tk 3.50 lakh more realised
A mobile court of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) in a drive against bill defaulters yesterday realised Tk 3.50 lakh as arrears in the city.
 arrow 4 Ctg bakeries, six hotels fined Tk 2.5 lakh
A mobile court yesterday fined four bakeries and six hotels about Tk 2.5 lakh during its drive against food adulteration and unhygienic condition in Chittagong city.
 arrow BELTA confce begins today
Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (BELTA) will organise a three-day International Conference at the British Council auditorium in the city beginning today, says a press release.
 arrow DU postpones Sept 15 exams
All the examinations of Dhaka University under its course system scheduled to be held on September 15 have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Govt arrests militants to please donors
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) held street-meeting and mass contact in the city yesterday in support of its hartal call on September 18.
Nationalarrow Paturia ferry service may not return to normal soon
Dredging of Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Nagarbari (Kazirhat) channels in the Padma has started but it can not be said when ferry operation in the two channels will become normal.
 arrow Bombs spoil life of 2 schoolboys
Eleven year-old school student Khokon may lose his left eye and his playmate Tutul may have a crippled left hand for life.
 arrow Torture in custody alleged: Case filed
A case was filed against seven policemen including three police officers with a Meherpur court yesterday for allegedly torturing a Jubo League leader to death.
 arrow Move to vacate HC stay order on cases
Postal authorities are preparing to take legal course to vacate the High Court stay order on proceedings of the two cases filed earlier in connection with the postal scam in Nilphamari Head Post Office.
 arrow Employees lock Dinajpur Medical College Hospital for salary
Angry staff of Dinajpur Medical College Hospital (DMCH) have locked the hospital since Sunday protesting non-payment of their salaries for the last 23 months.
 arrow Suspected militants...

 arrow Accused Amirul remanded
Amirul Islam, an alleged leader of outlawed Islamist militant organisation Harkatul Zihad-al-Islam, was placed on a two-day remand by a court here on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Greater Middle East Project
Last year US President George W. Bush launched his Greater Middle East Project.
 arrow Katrina has exposed the 'third world' in America
The sole superpower America is a unique country. It is the most powerful and most developed industrialised country in the world.
 arrow Preparing an accurate voters list
In his keen desire to make the voters list as accurate as possible, the Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh disregarding the suggestion of his colleagues for revision of the existing voters list
Culturearrow A discussion on Rabindrik dance
Cultural organisation Nrityanandan organised a special programme on the occasion of its 15th anniversary at the WVA auditorium Monday last. The institution promotes traditional and classical dances.
 arrow Five music albums released
Renowned music composers, pop and rock musicians such as Shujeo Shyam, Monsur Ahmed, Azam Khan, Subir Nandi, Momotaz, Hassan, Suman, Palash, Tishma, Labu and others gathered at Dhaka Ladies Club on September
 arrow Ahorokandal: First production of Janmosutra
Janmosutra, a newly formed theatre troupe, gives artistes and technicians from various theatre groups a chance to work together.
 arrow Fund raiser
Nagorik Nattyangon will stage the play Janotar Rangoshala on September 16 at 7pm at Mahila Samity auditorium.
 arrow Hema Malini to direct Rekha
Hema Malini is on a high.
Generalarrow Mosharraf rejects NIPORT report on health sector
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday rejected the NIPORT's report on "newborn care practices in rural Bangladesh," saying it has been prepared to serve the interests
 arrow Ruling party activist tortured to death in Natore
A ruling BNP activist was killed by his rival at South Bargasa area in the town yesterday over a previous enmity.
The dead was identified as Asadullah Bitaly, 22, son of Abdur Rahman of South Bargasa.

 arrow 3,000 posts created for doctors
Some 3,000 posts have been created for doctors since the present government assumed the office, Parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow JCD factions clash in Ctg
At least 10 people were injured as two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed at Bakalia Shahid MMNJ College in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Actor Dilu gets Tk 1 lakh for treatment
The government has donated Tk 1 lakh from the Prime Minister's Fund for the treatment of eminent actor and freedom fighter Mujibur Rahman Dilu now being treated at the Birdem Hospital in the city.
 arrow Gang leader arrested in Ctg
The Double Mooring police yesterday arrested the gang leader of a crime syndicate involved in robbing a businessman of around Tk 18 lakh in Chittagong on May 28.
Internationalarrow Pakistan offers to fence Afghan border
Fed up with accusations it allows Taliban fighters to cross into Afghanistan, Pakistan offered on Monday to erect a fence between the two countries to prevent incursions from either side.
 arrow All options are open
The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, fired a strong warning to Syria on Monday over help that Washington accuses the Damascus government of giving to radical groups in Iraq.
 arrow Disaster agency chief quits
President George W. Bush toured storm-wrecked New Orleans for the first time Monday, as the head of the US disaster agency quit, yielding to intense criticism over the hurricane relief effort.
 arrow Rebel arms shouldn't be seen as stumbling block to peace
The weapons being toted by Nepal's Maoists should not be seen as a stumbling block to peace in the violence-torn Himalayan kingdom, rebel leader Prachanda said in a rare interview published here yesterday.
 arrow Failure in UNSC reforms dashes African hopes
A failure to find consensus on proposed reforms of the United Nations Security Council has snuffed Africa's hopes of having its voice heard louder within the international organisation, analysts saidyesterday.
 arrow Lankan polls billed as referendum on peace
Nationalist political parties in Sri Lanka said yesterday that an upcoming presidential election had become a referendum on the peace process as talks remained on hold with Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow 11 children found caged in Ohio
Sheriff's deputies removed 11 children from a home where they were locked in cages less than 3 and a half feet high, authorities said.
 arrow UK lawmakers grill London top cop
A shoot-to-kill policy for suspected suicide bombers was reviewed following the death of an innocent Brazilian man in London but remains in place, Britain's top police officer said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cost of launching business
Anybody seriously interested in business or enterprise would do a cost-benefit analysis before taking the plunge. In the investment world, you look before you leap.
 arrow Editorial: Minister, secretary tiff
While we believe that the matter of government hospital fees should be addressed in due course of time, the point at issue today is the manner in which the whole episode of increasing hospital charges
 arrow Embarking upon the largest ever VGF programme
The Daily Star of August 29 carried a front-page story, which revealed that the government has decided to embark upon the largest ever three-month long vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme from September
 arrow Pakistan's overtures to Israel: Why?
On September 1, the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and Israel met publicly (in Turkey) for the first time, a diplomatic breakthrough, brokered by Turkey.
 arrow When perpetrators declare their identity
At last on September 8, after a lapse of 21 days following the countrywide amazingly synchronised near 500 bomb blasts in 63 districts of Bangladesh on August 17, the Prime Minister gave a kind of speech
Letters to Editorarrow Is student politics needed?
We owe a great debt to our students for their leading role in 1952 and 1971, but what about their present role? Whenever something goes wrong people tend to believe that students are responsible.
 arrow Drug addiction
Drug addiction has become a serious problem in our social life. In our country many young people take to this dreadful course. We know heroine, afim, morphine, cocaine and phensidyl are used by the addicts.
 arrow Camel jockeys
Thousands of Bangladeshi young boys worked as camel jockeys in the UAE, and they have been brought back to the country in recent times.
 arrow Street children in Bangladesh
Everybody has some idea about the street children in Bangladesh. The real picture of these street children is very pathetic. They have no place to live in. They sleep on the streets.
 arrow New SSC education system
The education ministry recently introduced a uni-track education system for SSC examinations.
 arrow Fuel price hike
I do appreciate your editorial titled "Fuel price hike-Couldn't it have been handled better?" However, you have failed to mention any alternative method that the government could have taken to minimise
 arrow Flat rate for income tax
In the United Kingdom a debate is brewing over adopting "flat rate" for income tax.
The Conservative Party is planning to include this in their next general election manifesto.

 arrow Too much homework
I would like to echo with Mr. Alfa Ahmed that now the students of primary level face too much pressure of studying which is at times unbearable for them.
 arrow River bank protection
Bangladesh territorial boundaries with India are facing threats of erosion by seven transboundary rivers due to stoppage of riverbank protection work for over a year now, thanks to objections from India.
 arrow August 17
The bomb blasts of 17 August are not only a threat to the nation but also a direct challenge to the government and the administration.
 arrow Traffic jam
Traffic jam is a problem in all towns and cities in Bangladesh. Actually it occurs where a mass of vehicles remain huddled together and movement becomes impossible for some time.
 arrow A city of mosquitoes
The population of Dhaka has increased a lot and along with it has increased the mosquito populace in the city. It is now a common joke that Dhaka is not only a city of mosques but also of mosquitoes.
 arrow Food processing
Food processing is not done scientifically in our country. We prepare foods in our house and those are safe for our health but we think that foods bought from the markets are also good and safe.
 arrow Third world business culture
It is highly unpleasant and unfortunate that "third world" business culture is yet to disappear from the telecommunications sector in Bangladesh.
 arrow Adulterated food
I do highly appreciate measures undertaken by the government against adulterated food and other consumer items.
Star Chittagongarrow Police orchard boosts innate beauty of Rangamati
‘Shukhi Nilganj', an orchard, has enhanced the innate beauty of Rangamati in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow CU Medical Centre limps
The Chittagong University (CU) Medical Centre is unable to provide health services to 25,000 students, teachers, employees and their families of the university as it is beset by manifold problems.
Star Cityarrow Passengers protest 'unfair' fare hike by pvt bus workers
On September 9, a conductor of a Route 9 bus that travels between Mirpur to Gulistan, demanded Tk three from its passengers who had boarded the transport from Kalabagan and would be getting down at Asad
 arrow CNG-run vehicles also turn costlier after fuel price hike
Badal Roy just arrived at Sadarghat from Barisal by a launch and was looking for an autorickshaw or a cab for a trip to Mohammadpur.
 arrow Fake attestations an open secret
From a grocery near the BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority)Abdus Selim had his papers attested not by any first class government official but by paying Tk 50 to the shopkeeper for the seal andsignature
 arrow Bangabazar's appeal dwindling
The Bangabazar Hawkers Market, a name once synonymous with quality garments at very affordable prices, has lost the glory it had in the nineties.
 arrow Who will run DU Mohsin Hall canteen?
The canteen of Hazi Muhammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University have seen five managers in the last three months as the managers resigned or fled from the hall one after another under pressure from the Jatiyatabadi
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