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Front Pagearrow Austerity measures cosmetic, won't work
The finance ministry's austerity measures, if carried out successfully, will save the government Tk 37 crore from its current revenue expenditure, which constitutes only .
 arrow Dhaka got a bad name despite good records
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman highlighted at a Washington meet Bangladesh's good record in economic growth, poverty reduction and human development, brushing aside adverse criticisms by some quarters
 arrow Khulna 'mastermind' freed on farcical condition
Police on Friday released the schoolteacher they arrested as the 'mastermind' behind the August 17 blasts in Khulna on condition that he will help them arrest six local bombers.
 arrow JS ignores burning issues
The parliament session that was prorogued on Wednesday once again proved that important issues are not addressed in the House, it rather sits mainly to meet the constitutional obligation and pass some
 arrow Dhaka can take leadership in upholding 'real' Islam
Islamic scholars from South and Southeast Asia yesterday said Bangladesh can take the leadership role of the Muslim countries for being a model state of the Islamic world and a moderate nation with functional
 arrow Fraud grips security printing press
The state-run Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd (SPCBL) has been trapped in fraudulent practices in the supply of holographic cigarette stamps, the single largest source of government revenue
 arrow Rain paralyses Ctg, lightning kills 8
At least eight people were killed by lightning while torrential rain accompanied by gusty winds yesterday paralysed the port city with many of its areas including the city centre reeling under water.
 arrow Closed OC, family of Momin had property dispute
A police report on Friday admitted dispute between the closed officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station and the family of the slain Mirpur Commerce College student Kamrul Islam Momin.
 arrow Submission date may be deferred by one month
The deadline for submitting income tax return may be deferred by one month from the earlier fixed September 30 as the newly introduced elaborate tax return system becomes effective from this fiscal year.
 arrow No decision yet to engage Gram Sarkar, EC says
An Election Commission (EC) press release yesterday said it has not taken any decision to engage the Gram Sarkar heads to prepare the voter list.
 arrow Myanmar minister arrives in city
Myanmar Commerce Minister Major General Tin Naing Thein arrived in Dhaka yesterday on an official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Morshed calls for finding root causes of terrorism
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said the menace of terrorism cannot be countered by military means alone and stressed the need for looking into its root causes.
 arrow AL likely to ask Hanif to explain his remarks
The Awami League (AL) is likely to ask its Dhaka city unit President Mohammad Hanif to explain his recent statement on dropping secularism from party policy.
 arrow One wounded in BSF firing on Jessore border
One person was seriously injured and four people were reportedly missing after the Border Security Force (BSF) of India opened fire on the Borni border in Jessore in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Force govt to accept reforms for fair polls
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the countrymen to be strongly united for compelling the government to accept the opposition's electoral reforms
 arrow Pollution aftermath...

 arrow Rita pounds Gulf Coast, triggers floods, fires
Hurricane Rita gave the US Gulf Coast its second pounding in four weeks yesterday, felling power lines and triggering fires and floods, but apparently sparing the region a feared knockout blow after Hurricane
 arrow Where Asian workers face harsh realities
Under a blistering sun, a Pakistani worker covered in dust peers at a luxurious tower block rising from the desert sands of Dubai, an eldorado for expatriates which can turn into a life of misery forAsian
 arrow Four Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes
At least four Palestinians were killed yesterday in an Israeli airstrike in an eastern district of Gaza City, medical sources and the Palestinian interior ministry said.
 arrow Thousands join anti-war march in US, Europe
Opponents of the war in Iraq rallied by the thousands yesterday to demand the return of US troops, staging a day of protest, song and remembrance of the dead in marches through Washington and other cities
 arrow Bhuiyan suggests death penalty for loan defaulters
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the loan defaulters who plunder people's money and resort to money laundering should be punished with death penalty.
 arrow JCD men assault 5 ex-provosts of Jagannath Hall
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Dhaka University (DU) Jagannath Hall unit assaulted five former provosts of the hall yesterday.
 arrow Dinajpur BNP leader dies in mob beating
A BNP leader of Ghoraghat upazila unit was lynched by a mob at Guagachhi village early yesterday.
Witnesses said 15 to 20 armed youths came to Guagachhi village of the upazila at about 1:30am.

 arrow Fresh agitation in Rajshahi, hartal today
A fresh agitation programme was launched in Rajshahi city yesterday demanding fair trial of nine-year-old schoolgirl Mili rape and murder case.
 arrow Elderly man murdered after torture
Criminals gouged out the eyes and cut private parts of an elderly man before killing him while a mugger died, allegedly of torture, in police custody in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Severe waterlogging...

 arrow 20 injured in JCD factional clash at DU
At least 20 activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash between two groups of the ruling BNP's student wing at Dhaka University's Jasim Uddin Hall last night.
Businessarrow Bid to achieve $1000 per capita income by 2021
The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is going to launch today a national economic vision styled 'Vision 2021' to achieve US$ 1000 per capita income by 2021.
 arrow Jute industry may collapse in 3-5 yrs
Bangladesh jute industry may totally collapse within the next 3-5 years if the present alarming trend in the sector continues, jute experts feared at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh, Nepal to devise plan to push for US TRADE bill
Bangladesh and Nepal will sit together this week to find out joint strategies to lobby for duty-free market access of readymade garments to the US.
 arrow Bangladesh fair in Kathmandu begins Sept 29
Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) will jointly organise a five-day Bangladesh single country fair in Kathmandu beginning on September 29.
 arrow China firm to set up gas meter plant in Bangladesh
The government has given the nod to a proposal of a Chinese company to set up a gas meter plant in Bangladesh, official sources said.
 arrow DHL Asia Pacific CEO due today
Scott Price, chief executive officer of DHL Express (Asia Pacific), will arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit, says a press release.
 arrow IDLC Home Loan Shield launched
IDLC of Bangladesh Ltd, a multi product financial institution, has recently launched a specially designed life insurance coverage -- Home Loan Shield-- for its home loan customers.
 arrow China likely to open skies to private flyers around 2010: Report
China is likely to lift restrictions on use of its low-altitude airspace around 2010 which would open the skies to private light aircraft, a report said Saturday.
 arrow ROK mulls clearing way to FTA with US
South Korea will seriously consider resolving trade issues with the United States that are dampening efforts to forge a free-trade agreement, South Korean Deputy Prime Minister Han Duck-Soo said Friday.
 arrow China's forex reserves up
China's foreign exchange reserves rose by more than $10 billion in August, a senior official of the ruling Communist Party said.
 arrow World Bank-IMF talks face bargaining on debt relief
Financial leaders from across the world were to open annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF Saturday battling to sign off on an ambitious debt cancellation plan designed to transform the poorest nations.
 arrow G7 calls for more oil investment, issues debt pledge
Group of Seven countries, warning that soaring energy costs could threaten global growth, called Friday for stepped-up refinery investment and pledged to finance an ambitious debt cancellation schemefor
 arrow India needs more investments to raise growth: IMF
India is set to continue to grow rapidly, but will need to cut its fiscal deficit and invest more in infrastructure to sustain growth and reduce poverty, the IMF's top official for India said Friday.
 arrow Developing states dig in on IMF quota change
Developing countries piled pressure on the world's industrial powers Friday to give them more say in the running of global lenders as a David-and-Goliath rivalry heated up on the eve of the twice yearly
Sportsarrow Board against tour of Zimbabwe?
The recent debacle of the Tigers in their tour of Sri Lanka apparently forced the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to drop the idea of a trip to Zimbabwe next December.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's between coach & me'
Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said Saturday that a spat with coach Greg Chappell should stay between the two men and should not be allowed to drag down the team ahead of a busy international schedule.
 arrow Football: Dramatic Red draw
Birmingham teenager Neil Kilkenny was sent off on his Premiership debut as Liverpool grabbed a late equaliser in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Birmingham here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Injury forces Sharapova out
World number one Maria Sharapova retired injured during her China Open semifinal against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko on Saturday, completing a miserable week for tournament organisers.
 arrow Cricket: Warne has high hopes for Hants
Australian Shane Warne has set his sights high for Hampshire after leading them to a runners-up finish in county championship Division One.
 arrow Football: Kacharipara in final round
Jamalpur Kacharipara Sporting Club advanced into the final round of the Nitol-Tata National Football League when they registered a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Probaho Sangsad of Naogaon at the Jamalpur
 arrow Cricket: CCL transfer extended by a day
The two-day players' transfer for the Corporate Cricket League has been extended by a day to allow the national cricketers take part in the bourse.
 arrow Tennis: U-14 tennis meet from tomorrow
A record number of 32 boys and 12 girls from six countries will line up to hone their skills when the Asian Under-14 Tennis Series begins at the Ramna National Tennis Complex tomorrow.
 arrow Hockey: Army rout Satkhira
Bangladesh Army romped into the super league of the ABS National Hockey Championship when they rout Satkhira 12-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Emarat in last four
Emarat Hossain High stormed into the semifinals of the Pran-Cola School Football Tournament when they handed Khilgaon Model High a 4-1 defeat at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: AIUB ride on Ashraful treble
A brilliant hattrick from Ashraful helped American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB) register a massive 6-0 victory over Daffodil International University in the Stamford Private University
 arrow Football: Sheikh Russel soccer
Hazaribagh blanked Ramna 3-0 in the Sheikh Russel Under-14 Football Tournament at the Abahani playground yesterday.
Rubel netted two goals and Jumman one for the winners.

 arrow Chess: Barman finishes champion
Khokon Chandra Barman became champion in the chess competition for the blind after the final round at the BIAM Auditorium yesterday.
Ferdous Hasan finished runner-up while Abir Hossain was third.

 arrow Football: Henry going nowhere
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Thierry Henry will stay at the Premier League club and dismissed reports that his France striker was heading for Barcelona as "fantasy".
 arrow Football: Chelsea face Charlton
Chelsea face a tough first hurdle in their bid to retain the League Cup after being drawn to face Charlton in the third round of the competition.
 arrow Tennis: Federer up for Thai defence
US Open champion Roger Federer returns to ATP tennis action as top seed at next week's 550,000-dollar Thailand Open with his pride on the line in Asia.
 arrow Football: Things can only get better
Jonathan Woodgate endured a nightmare debut for Real Madrid, scoring an own goal and being sent off, but the England defender said he was just happy to have made his debut after his 17-month injury-enforced
 arrow Football: FOOTBALL SHORTS
Chelsea, criticised for making fans pay too much money to attend last week's Champions League game with Anderlecht, have apologised and say they will offer retrospective discounts worth

 arrow Cricket: Jadeja captain and coach of Rajasthan
Ajay Jadeja will take on a double role as captain and coach of Rajasthan, which has been on a downward slide, in the coming Ranji season.
 arrow New exec body of Swadheenata Krira Sangha
A 32-member executive committee of Swadheenata Krira Sangha was elected unopposed in a general meeting at its office in Khilgaon on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow One-third of all cancers caused by tobacco
One-third of all cancers are caused by tobacco and of the tobacco- related diseases 80 percent are caused by smoking, said the cancer experts at a public awareness programme on Prevention of Breast Cancer
 arrow PM renews commitment to OIC agenda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated Bangladesh's firm commitment and resolve to work unitedly within the framework of the OIC to fulfil the aspirations of the Islamic Ummah.
 arrow Formulate 'right to information act'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said media could play a vital role in persuading the policy makers to formulate a pro-poor policy.
 arrow Myanmar military delegation arrives
A 31-member delegation comprising the top brass of Myanmar Armed Forces, led by Chief of General Staff Gen Thura Shwe Mann, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh, with
 arrow Cancel appointments of new election officers
Seven opposition-backed student organisations led by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the recent appointments of Upazila Election Officers (UEO), saying
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
Five people, including three of a family, were killed in separate road accidents on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in the last two days.
 arrow Meena Day celebrated
Meena Day was celebrated yesterday with great enthusiasm among the children and adolescents across the country.
 arrow Student dies at DU hall
A student of Dhaka University (DU) died of a cardiac arrest yesterday.
Abdullah Al Mamun, a third year student of history and a resident at Salimullah Hall, suddenly felt chest pain.

 arrow SAIC governing board meeting begins today
The 19th meeting of the Governing Board of SAARC Agricultural Information Centre (SAIC) begins in the conference room of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) at Farmgate here today.
 arrow 90pc women get access to family planning services: Survey
At least 90 percent of country's women get access to family planning and childcare services within a kilometer where they live across the country.
 arrow 15 sculptures missing from Fine Art Instt
Some 15 sculptures worth about Tk three lakh have been missing from the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
 arrow Agitation continues for removal of JU teacher
Over 500 general students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus demanding immediate removal of the teacher of business administration department for his indecent
 arrow Saarc commerce ministers meet in Islamabad on Oct 22
Commerce ministers of Saarc member states are scheduled to meet in Islamabad on October 22 to review the progress of negotiations of the committee of experts to prepare a functional system for Safta which
 arrow Students misbehave with teacher
The outgoing students of Shaheed Zialur Rahman Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday misbehaved with an assistant proctor and beat up a general student when they brought out a rally to say farewell
 arrow Orientation meeting with volunteers held
Dhaka Ahsania Mission yesterday organised a half-day orientation meeting at its auditorium in the city for the people interested to join the Mission's Volunteer Service Programme (VSP).
 arrow 12th Council of Sramik Federation held in city
Leaders of Jatiya Sramik Federation (JSF) urged the government to announce wage commission including implementation of proposed labour law and to reopen all the closed factories.
 arrow China-Bangladesh photo exhibition begins today
A weeklong China-Bangladesh Friendship Photographic Exhibition and Chinese Film Show begins in Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum in the city today.
 arrow RU postpones exams
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday postponed all course system examinations, scheduled for today and tomorrow due to unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Death anniversary
The first death anniversary of Ali Akbor Khan, a prominent social worker and businessman of Jhalakathi district, will be observed today.
Nationalarrow 93 pc poor not covered under govt-NGO activities
Ninety-three percent of the poor people in monga prone areas of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha districts do not get any credit facility either by the government or by NGOs.
 arrow Protests mount as culprits yet to be arrested
Police are yet to arrest the JCD activists 20 days after they allegedly gangraped a Hindu college girl in Delduar upazila.
 arrow Jessore poultry farms face closure
Unemployed youths who started poultry farming here with government loan after taking training from the Youth Development Directorate have protested 'excessive' price hike of farm chicks.
 arrow Rugged road reduces tourists to Kuakata
The 45-kilometer Amtali- Kuakata section of the Patuakhali- Kuakata is virtually unfit for use due to lace of renovation.
 arrow Children’s Meena Mela opens in B'baria
A three-day Meena Mela for children began at the Primary Training Institute (PTI) ground here yesterday.
 arrow Pakundia BNP leaders 'boycott' Osman's public meeting
Most of the senior leaders of Pakundia thana BNP 'boycotted' Kishoreganj district BNP President and Education Minister Dr M Osman Faruq's public meeting held at Bahadia High School compound in Egarasindur
 arrow Campaign to reduce cell phone call charge
A week-long signature campaign to press reduction in cell phone call charge began in the town on Friday.
 arrow Tk 6 lakh crabs seized, four smugglers arrested
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans on Wednesday seized crabs worth Tk 6 lakh while being smuggled out to India.
Point-Counterpointarrow A historic opportunity missed
Even before the formal convening of the largest assembly of world leaders in New York last week it was apparent that lack of agreement among the member states would only produce a highly watered downdeclaration.
 arrow Industrial estate management and BEPZA
Industrial Estate Management has emerged under significant focus worldwide during last few decades. Different names of specialised industrial zones have become familiar by now.
 arrow Musharraf's handshake with Sharon
The international community raised their brows and the media took note when Pakistan president Parvez Musharraf shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with Israeli Prime minister Ariel Sharon while participating
Culturearrow When camera is the narrator
We all agree a picture is worth a thousand words. In fact, images or photographs delineate more. A photograph can leave a lasting impression on human mind.
 arrow SM Solaiman remembered
September 22 is the fourth death anniversary of theatre personality SM Solaiman. In commemoration, Theatre Art Unit arranged a discussion programme at Mahila Samity Stage on September 23.
 arrow Hassan Azizul Haque honoured
The Centre for Bangladesh Culture organised a reception for the celebrated author Hassan Azizul Haque at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club Friday last.
 arrow Children's Theatre Festival '05
A three-day children's theatre festival titled Stop Violence Against Children, jointly arranged by a children media group Ichchey and Save the Children Sweden-Denmark began on September 23.
Internationalarrow New Orleans' levee strained further
Sheets of rain from Hurricane Rita drenched parts of New Orleans yesterday, straining an already damaged levee system and threatening to spread flooding throughout the devastated but largely abandoned
 arrow Fighting surges in Iraq
Heavy fighting surged Friday in the Euphrates River city of Ramadi, police and hospital officials said, and the US military reported the deaths of two more soldiers around the militant stronghold, scene
 arrow India advises Iran to avoid 'confrontation'
As the European Union tabled a motion to refer Iran's nuclear programme to the UN Security Council, Indian Prime Minister on Friday has advised Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to adopt a "flexible
 arrow 'US troops still routinely abuse Iraqi prisoners'
Troops from the army's elite 82nd Airborne Division routinely beat and mistreated Iraqi prisoners at a base near Fallujah in central Iraq with the approval of their superior officers, a New York-based
 arrow Arabs view Bush as greater threat than Laden
A panel reporting to the US State Department has warned that President George W. Bush is seen in some Arab nations as a greater threat than al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, a US newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Foreign militants may join Thai insurgency
A veteran leader of Thailand's insurgency has issued a warning: militants from Indonesia and Arab nations might join the fight for a separate homeland if the Thai government continues a crackdown that's
 arrow Bush watches Rita batter Texas and Louisiana
President George W. Bush, eager to polish his tarnished image as a strong leader in times of crisis, watched Hurricane Rita pound the US coast yesterday from a military base high in the Rocky Mountains.
 arrow 2 killed as Taliban storm prison
An insurgent and a prisoner were killed early Saturday after suspected Taliban insurgents stormed a prison and police headquarters in southeastern Khost province, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: There must be no let-up in momentum
We note the positive direction of the investigation into the serial bombings of Aug 17th with some satisfaction.
 arrow Editorial: Rout in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka tour of our national cricket team has been an unqualified disaster. It has left us speechless.
 arrow Combating terrorism: Legal and administrative challenges
The menace of terrorism with the attendant socio-political ramifications is now a manifest reality of the Bangladesh polity.
 arrow Match point for BJP
IF ever there was an opportunity for the BJP to project its individual entity, it is now.
Letters to Editorarrow Bribe and Biman
A friend of mine travelled from Chittagong to Abu Dhabi. He, his wife and four kids had their seats reserved for the Biman flight BG027, but had to reschedule his flight due to a family problem.
 arrow Power and poverty
We all know that Bangladesh is a poor country.
 arrow Mobile call charge
As a wonder of modern science and technology mobile--the magic machine has made impossible tasks possible today. The mobile is no more a matter of luxury but a matter of necessity.
 arrow Justice systems
Chief Justice nominee of the United States John Roberts said that there is no room for ideologues in the Supreme Court, declaring an "obligation to the Constitution" and to no other cause as he concluded
 arrow Overbridge wanted
I am working in one of the top ranking private universities which is on the Mirpur Road. On one side of the road is the university and on the other side of it is a big shopping centre.
 arrow Bangladesh Pure Food (Amendment) Act
I fail to understand the very purpose of passing the Bangladesh Pure Food (Amendment) Act, 2005. I hope the declared purpose was to protect the well being of the consumers vis-a-vis the society as a whole.
Star Healtharrow Overcoming the errors and variation in pathological reports
Consider two scenarios. First, you are noticing frequent urination, thirst, loss of weight. You consulted your doctor and he advised you to do blood sugar test. Accordingly you went to a laboratory.
 arrow Advanced medical technologies offered for benefit of the patients
The Daily Star spoke to Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman and the Chief Cardiologist of Max Devki Devi Heart and Vascular Institute of New Delhi, India during his recent visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Scientists find clue to AIDS origins, new therapy
A single change in a human gene may hold the key to preventing people living with HIV from progressing to full-blown AIDS, researchers expressed.
 arrow Obesity must be treated as disease
Obesity, which already affects an alarming number people including children, must be recognised and treated as a disease with deadly complications, leading experts opined.
Star Cityarrow Private land-line phone companies eager to work in Dhaka
At least 30,000 applications for fixed telephone lines are pending with the north zone of Dhaka alone, according to Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) sources.
 arrow Wasa plans fresh drive to recover canals
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is going to launch a fresh drive to recover encroached canals soon as part of its canal restoration operation.
 arrow Freestyle movement of vehicles during hartal causes accidents
Although a small number of vehicles move in the city during the hartal hours, their freestyle movement creates a mess in the traffic.
 arrow Victims of the stench...

 arrow Illegal bus stand near second Buriganga Bridge hampers traffic
An illegal bus stand at the Nayabazar end of the second Buriganga Bridge causes traffic congestion on the bridge constructed to ease traffic from the city to Keraniganj.
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