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Front Pagearrow Ganges, Brahmaputra water won't be diverted
The two-day Indo-Bangla water talks concluded in the city yesterday with no major breakthrough in sharing of Teesta water and India assuring Bangladesh of no water diversion from the Ganges and Brahmaputra
 arrow 150 JCD men made election officials
At least 150 activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling BNP, and relatives of BNP lawmakers were recruited recently as Upazila Election Officer (UEO) through the Public
 arrow Neighbours to be consulted before any river linking
Dispelling Bangladesh's deep concern over India's multibillion-dollar river linking project (RLP), Indian Minister for Water Resources Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi yesterday told The Daily Star that his country
 arrow Ex-lance corporal held on suspicion
Detectives arrested retired lance corporal of the army Harun-ur-Rashid, suspected to have trained up the bomb squad of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in city's Mirpur area early yesterday.
 arrow Over 3,000 fishermen missing in rough sea
At least 200 fishing boats with over 3,000 fishermen aboard went missing as of yesterday as the trawlers sailing from the coastal districts are believed to have capsized in the turbulent sea under the
 arrow Niko plans to drill 7 wells violating deal with Bapex
Canadian company Niko is pushing ahead plans to drill seven gas wells including an exploratory one in violation of its joint venture agreement (JVA) with Bapex, competent sources said.
 arrow Khaleda assures US of fair polls ahead
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has assured Bush administration that the next general elections in Bangladesh will be free and fair and that foreign observers will be allowed to oversee the polls.
 arrow AL enforces hartal today
The main opposition Awami League (AL), left 11-party alliance, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and National Awami Party enforce a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today demanding withdrawal of increased fuel price,
 arrow Shab-e-Barat observed
The holy Shab-e-Barat was observed across the country on Monday night, seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind.
 arrow Samaraweera, Dilshan belt Bangladesh
Bangladesh's P Sara Stadium nightmare revisited once again when Sri Lanka plundered 449 for seven in their first innings on the first day of the second and final Test here.
 arrow Meet with donors in Nov on PRSP operation
The government will have a three-day meeting with the donors, starting from November 15 in Dhaka to discuss how the latter can contribute to the implementation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
 arrow 20 killed in road crashes in dists
Twenty people including five of the same family were killed in separate road accidents during the last two days in Bagerhat, Dinajpur, Sylhet, Mymensingh and Tangail.
 arrow JS passes bill on food adulteration
The Jatiya Sangsad on Monday passed a bill incorporating several tough provisions in the existing food ordinance to deal with production and sale of adulterated food that endangers public health.
 arrow MP withdraws cases against 17 journos
BNP lawmaker of Jhenidah-3 (Kotchandpur-Maheshpur) constituency Shahidul Islam Master at last withdrew the five cases filed against 17 journalists of five newspapers on Monday.
 arrow Soaked in rain...


 arrow All acquitted in SI Farhad murder case
A Dhaka court on Monday acquitted a Jubo Dal leader, despite having specific allegations against him in the Sub-inspector (SI) Farhad murder case.
 arrow Saarc ministers discuss summit preparations
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan on Monday apprised the foreign ministers of Saarc countries of the preparations by Dhaka to host the 13th Saarc Summit scheduled for November 12-13 this year.
 arrow Basundhara chairman granted bail
A Dhaka court on Monday granted bail to Basundhara Group Chairman Akbar Sobhan in a case filed against him and his staff on charge of assaulting the wife of Sarbajit Chakraborty, Indian deputy high commissioner
 arrow Mufti Hannan's brother held
Police arrested Harkatul Jihad leader Munsi Anisuzzaman, brother of Mufti Moulana Abdul Hannan, at Kotalipara yesterday.
 arrow Motijheel OC seeks bail
A petition was filed with the vacation bench of the High Court (HC) on Monday, seeking an anticipatory bail for the officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station in a murder case.
 arrow 3 Indians held on Panchagarh border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel arrested three Indians in Kohururhat area under Chaklahat Union of Sadar upazila for illegally entering Bangladesh territory Sunday midnight.
 arrow 9 Americans killed in Iraq
Tension ran high in southern Iraq yesterday after British troops freed two undercover soldiers taken hostage by a Shia militia, as the American death toll in bomb attacks rose to nine over a two-day period.
 arrow 14 soldiers die in Manipur ambush
Fourteen soldiers were killed in an ambush by heavily-armed militants in one of the deadliest attacks in India's restive northeastern state of Manipur in years, officials said yesterday.
 arrow S Asian workers protest lack of pay in Dubai
Hundreds of Asian workers building a luxury development in Dubai demonstrated Monday to protest over months of unpaid wages, highlighting the plight of low-paid expatriate labourers in the oil-rich Gulf
Businessarrow Investment centre opens to boost SMEs
An investment centre has been launched in Dhaka for the development of Bangladesh's private sector, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), by providing them with financial and professional
 arrow GP introduces high-speed data service
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd has launched an advanced high-speed internet and data service for its mobile phone subscribers.
 arrow Pakistani minister hints at open sky deal with India
Pakistan has hinted at liberalising the civil aviation links with India and inking an "open sky" agreement between the two neighbours.
 arrow Set up monitoring cells in customs to check bird flu
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to establish monitoring cells in customs to check bird flu.
Sportsarrow Cricket: New CCL goes outside Dhaka next month
The domestic cricket season will start next month with the third edition of the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) which for the first time will be staged across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar's worst nightmare
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar's fears that they would not be able to bank on early advantages came true after the opening day of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho the best
Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho was elected the first FIFPro world player of the year on Monday from a poll of 38,000 professional players in 40 countries.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan hurts Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe were put out for only 161 runs by India at Harare Sports Club here Tuesday in their first innings of the second Test.
 arrow Football: Rangamati MSC in zonal final
Rangamati Mohammedan Sporting Club moved into the zonal final of the Nitol-Tata National Football League with a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Bangladesh Navy at the Rangamati Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Morning did not show the day
Memories of the first Test returned when Bangladesh were pushed onto the backfoot after a tremendous start on the first day of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Stadium here on
 arrow Indian minister to visit BFF Bhaban today
The visiting Indian Water Resources Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi will pay a visit to the Bangladesh Football Federation this morning.
 arrow Hockey: Solid starts for BKSP, Air Force
BKSP and Bangladesh Air Force made good starts in the ABS Group National Hockey Championship with identical 3-0 victories over their respective rivals in the opening day's matches at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Cricket: England's Ashes triumph adds the spice
England's overthrow of Australia in the Ashes has generated huge interest among cricket sponsors and fans in their tour of Pakistan starting next month, the cricket board chief said here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell blames media
India went into Tuesday's second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare with coach Greg Chappell playing down differences with captain Sourav Ganguly and blaming the media for fanning the controversy.
 arrow Cricket: Windies players accept invite?
Most of the West Indies players invited to the regional training camp ahead of the upcoming three-Test tour to Australia have made themselves available for the tour.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha DC Gold Cup champs
Dhaka Muktijoddha Sangsad KC emerged champions in the Comilla DC Gold Cup football tournament beating Dhaka Mohammedan SC by 5-3 in tiebreaker at Comilla Stadium on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh to play
As an important exercise in preparation for the U-19 World Cup, Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation (AACC) will be holding a six-nation in the Indian port city of Vishakapatnam from November 19-27, 2005.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes flops pay the price
Damien Martyn, Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz paid the price for Australia's Ashes failure Tuesday when they were axed from the Test squad to face a selection of the world's best cricketers next
 arrow Cricket: Eng reveal Pak tour party
England have called up four uncapped players including 36-year-old spinner Shaun Udal for this winter's Test tour to Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Campbell to the rescue
Sol Campbell scored twice on his first Premiership appearance of the season as Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 at Highbury on Monday night.
 arrow Football: Owen off the mark
England striker Michael Owen opened his goal-soring account for Newcastle in a 3-0 win at Blackburn and promised there's more to come.
 arrow Football: Real tension
Real Madrid's third successive defeat at the weekend has turned the visit of Athletic Bilbao on Thursday into a make-or-break match for the Spanish giants and their coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.
 arrow Football: Espanyol winner to be challenged
Real Madrid are considering the possibility of contesting the result of their 1-0 defeat at Espanyol on Monday, claiming that the winning goal should not have been allowed.
 arrow Football: Juve's tricky outing
Reigning champions Juventus, the only team in Serie A with a 100 per cent record after three matches, face a thorough examination of their title credentials away to Udinese on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Cancel river-link project
Environmentalists at a rally on Monday demanded cancellation of the Indian river-linking project, saying that it will destroy the ecology, economy and livelihood of the people and displace millions from
 arrow 'Weekly dose of zinc reduces risk of death among children'
A weekly dose of zinc can substantially reduce the risk of illness and death among the young children in developing countries, says a study published in September 17 issue of the LANCET.
 arrow Dengue fever spreads to fresh areas in city
Dengue fever is spreading to fresh areas in the capital with at least 22 patients admitted to different hospitals and clinics in the last two days.
 arrow Women BNP leaders start lobbying
More than 50 women Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders have been lobbying for getting nominations to nine vacant seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad.
 arrow Save youths from HIV/Aids
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for saving the youth from the scourge of HIV/Aids by giving them an access to awareness programme.
 arrow Programme to detect breast cancer from Sept 24
A week-long screening and consultation programme begins in the city on September 24 to create awareness and detect breast cancer.
 arrow Khulna Jamaat to boycott BNP whip's functions
Khulna district and city units of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in a meeting held at the party's Khulna office yesterday decided to boycott all political and private functions of Whip Ashraf Hossain, who
 arrow 2 murdered in city
A woman was killed after rape at the Dhaka Cantonment area while an unidentified man was found dead inside the Jagannath University on Sunday.
 arrow Photo exhibition begins tomorrow in port city
A three-day photography exhibition titled "Prio Swadesh" (Dear Homeland) will begin in the port city tomorrow.
 arrow McKinnon keen to extend cooperation
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan on Friday on the sidelines of the 60th UNGA session in New York and discussed various international issues.
 arrow 22 fishermen, crew members of 3 trawlers arrested in West Bengal
Twenty-two Bangladeshi fishermen and crew members of three fishing trawlers have landed in the custody of Indian police after a storm in the deep sea forced the trawlers to cross into Indian water.
 arrow CPB protests high-ups' pay hike
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday protested the salary hike for the president, prime minister, ministers and lawmakers, saying that the ruling party has misused its power for its own interest
 arrow Quota for disabled at RU demanded
A seven-day art workshop and competition for the disabled children concluded yesterday with a colourful function at Premtoli Girls High School playground under Godagari upazila of Rajshahi.
 arrow Two women killed for dowry in Chittagong
Two young housewives were killed for dowry in two separate incidents in Chittagong in the last two days.
 arrow International Day of Peace today
The 23rd International Day of Peace will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today in a befitting manner.
 arrow BNP-Jamaat to vanish if polls held under reformed EC, says Tofail
Awami League presidium member Tofail Ahmed said BNP-Jamaat alliance government will vanish from the soil of Bangladesh if an election is held after acceptance of the reform proposals to the caretakergovernment
Nationalarrow Hunt on for 28 JMB men on the run in Gaibandha
Police and intelligence officials have launched a massive hunt in the district for 28 absconding activists of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Muhahideen (JMB).
 arrow A boost for B’baria potters
Clay potters in Brahmanbaria now see a bright future for their producers.
 arrow All 4 were murdered in Kotchandpur to plunder Tk 60,000
The mystery behind death of four people about a week ago has started to unravel following a confessional statement by Abdul Kuddus, an arrested rickshaw-van puller.
 arrow Bridegroom drowns as trawler sinks
Bridegroom Abul Kalam, 30, drowned when a trawler carrying a bridal party capsized in the Safakhali near Kalapara in Patuakhali on Monday noon.
 arrow Cop takes away money, returns after 9 hours
A policeman snatched Tk 10,000 from a motorcyclist at Sagardighirpar on Sunday.
However, the money was realised after about 9 hours of the incident.
 arrow Preparing Durga Puja


 arrow Ctg air quality monitoring station by next year
The planned air quality monitoring station in the city will be set up at Pahartali by the end of next year.
 arrow Sylhet dist AL confce Oct 3
The long awaited conference of Sylhet district Awami league will be held on October 3.
Culturearrow High among the hills
Walk and work" is a current exhibition of five young artists from the Fine Arts Institute. The display of watercolours is being held at the Zainul Gallery.
 arrow Aharkondal: Janmasutra's first production
At midnight three assassins wait for their prey at a char. In return they will get jobs and money from the mastermind.
 arrow Dinner with real life stars


Internationalarrow N Korea rocks nuke deal with reactor demand
North Korea jeopardised a six-nation deal on giving up its nuclear arms just one day after it was struck by vowing yesterday to keep the weapons until Washington provides civilian atomic reactors.
 arrow EU for action against Iran
Europe's top three powers were yesterday pushing for Iran to be reported to the UN Security Council with a draft resolution that blasts Tehran for "breaches" of international nuclear safeguards but which
 arrow al-Qaeda takes blame for London blasts
al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a statement broadcast Monday that his terror network carried out the July 7 London bombings, marking the group's first direct claim of responsibility for
 arrow UN rights agency slams Nepal govt
Nepalese police arrested more than 400 people yesterday in protests against King Gyanendra's rule, witnesses said, as the UN rights agency in the country criticised police handling of the demonstrators.
 arrow India to fight out Maoists
India plans to combat rising Maoist violence "compassionately" by reducing poverty as well as with force, reports said yesterday.
 arrow London bombers 'staged dummy run a month ago'
The four presumed London suicide bombers who killed themselves and 52 other people on July 7 staged a "dummy run" of their devastating attack the month before, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Donors ask Lanka to keep war rhetoric down
Top foreign aid donors yesterday warned Sri Lankan political parties against undermining a fragile peace process and accused Tamil Tiger rebels of carrying out political assassinations to undermine atruce.
 arrow Intimidation in Afghan polls
The main body of observers of Afghanistan's landmark weekend parliamentary poll said yesterday it had noted some intimidation of voters, but its final assessment would only be ready later this week.
 arrow Merkel seeks support
German conservative leader Angela Merkel, wounded by her failure to get a clear majority in stalemated weekend elections, fought yesterday to keep alive party support for her ambition to be Germany'sfirst
 arrow Attack on Ahmadiyyas in Indonesia
Indonesian police have detained 35 people for vandalising mosques and houses belonging to a minority Muslim sect in West Java province, a report and police said yesterday.
 arrow Benazir faces Swiss justice officials
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Monday faced Swiss justice officials who are probing allegations that she laundered millions of dollars in bribes.
 arrow After Katrina, it's Rita
A new hurricane threat prompted New Orleans' mayor to suspend his call for people to return to parts of the flood-hit city and ask returnees to leave the city centre.
 arrow US plans new moon landing in 2018
The United States will send four astronauts to the moon in 2018 in a major return to its pioneering manned missions into space, Nasa administrator Michael Griffin announced Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opposition voice in parliament
We are disappointed that the demands of some opposition MPs to discuss issues that are indeed of immensely vital importance to Bangladesh, in the current session of the parliament, did not meet with the
 arrow Editorial: A long overdue step taken
As it is, our tax base in relation to the potential for revenue collection is ludicrously narrow.
 arrow GDP growth and income inequality
Addressing a summit-level plenary meeting of the United Nations on September 15, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, mentioned six major achievements of Bangladesh: sustained GDP growth rate of over 5 percent
 arrow Unsettled weather
Dr Manmohan Singh's government is not unstable. But it is unsettled.
After the six-year stretch of Atal Behari Vajpayee's NDA it is not possible for a Central government to be unstable anymore.

 arrow Will New Orleans vanish like Atlantis?
After the levees broke, the spilling of flood waters from Lake Pontchartrain into the large bowl-shaped site that is the historic city of New Orleans was just one effect of Hurricane Katrina that lashed
Letters to Editorarrow Extremism
Terrorists are terrorists, and extremists are extremists. It's better not to bring any religion's name in this matter.
 arrow Soaring oil prices
The third world countries have reasons to be perturbed at the rising trend of international oil prices (DS July 3).
 arrow Our image
I read the article positive press for Bangladesh in America by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed. He wrote Bangladesh, a democracy, is also known for women's empowerment.
 arrow Rickshaws at night
All over Bangladesh rickshaws use light for driving the vehicle at night, but why this exception in case of the capital city of Dhaka?
We are greatly perturbed, disturbed and disappointed as towhy

 arrow Weekend debate
With the religious bigots gaining from strength to strength, the debate on one or two day weekend and keeping Friday outside the purview of that weekend is probably going to remain out of question for
 arrow Phew!
Bus fare has gone up almost double, after the government declared the oil price raise a few days ago. Local transport owners have fixed up a new exaggerated fare schedule on the pretext of oil price hike.
 arrow Hospital fee drama
Your staff correspondent's report (12 Sept) is indeed not funny! In all aspects however it appears we have a " Boro Natokio Proshashon" which possibly by coincidence or otherwise is the acronym for the
 arrow New weekly holidays
This is about the new weekly holidays and working hours.
 arrow Dignity of Judiciary
The Judiciary is one of the indispensable organs of the state. The Judiciary becomes more important as it is the ultimate custodian of the constitution.
 arrow Response to Mr. Gomes' letter
This is in response to a letter written by Mr. Thomas Gomes Bhura. I think it would be foolhardy to assume that Dr.
 arrow English medium education
To the best of my knowledge, every English medium school still has a few things taught in Bengali.
 arrow Violation of labour law
The government has declared two days holiday effective from 10th September, 2005.
 arrow Conference on Bangladesh bombings
Recently I attended a conference on "Bangladesh bombings -a conspiracy against its people" which was held in Brady Centre in London and was organised by MAP.
Star Chittagongarrow Shah Amanat Bridge: A death trap
The Shah Amanat Bridge on the river Karnaphuli has turned into a death trap.
 arrow Where mobile courts are not active
Unsafe, unhygienic and dirty foods are being sold in open spaces in front of the schools in the port city, posing a health hazard to the young and teenage students when the countrywide drive against the
Star Cityarrow Four lakh children on city streets vulnerable to abuse, exploitation
Around 60 percent of more than four lakh street children in Dhaka are leading a vulnerable life as they are compelled to indulge in anti-social activities, according to studies conducted by a number of
 arrow Ticket counters yet to be constructed
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will set up 27 passenger sheds for Bangladesh Roads Transport Corporation (BRTC) buses in the city but no recommendation has been made for private bus companies, a DCC
 arrow Be careful with media centres
Thousands of media centres have been established in the city without the approval of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC). These institutions act as links between private tutors and students.
 arrow New methods and IT in English Language Teaching stressed
The Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (BELTA) in its effort to improve standards of English language teaching (ELT) and learning recently had its 3rd international conference 'ELT in context:
 
   
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