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Front Pagearrow Biman paralysed for 9hrs as staff go on strike
All the seven airports in the country plunged into anarchy as agitated Bangladesh Biman employees seeking new pay scale began an indefinite strike from 6:00am yesterday that however ended at 3:00pm as
 arrow 15 pirates killed in gunfight with cops
At least 15 pirates were killed and 35 others, including five law enforcers, injured in a gunfight between the robbers and joint force of police and coastguards at Monpura in Bhola yesterday.
 arrow Military finds no militant link of army men
A quick inquiry of the military intelligence has found no evidence for the allegations against retired and in-service army personnel of having any link with Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or training
 arrow Students abuse Buet VC
Unruly students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday assaulted the vice-chancellor following an altercation over declaring the Durga Puja vacation.
 arrow Lack of venture prospect taking funds out of Asia
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the surplus funds of the Asian region are invested outside due to a dearth of investment opportunity.
 arrow Fuel station strike from today
Bangladesh Petroleum Dealers, Distributors, Agents and Petrol Pump Owners Association enforces an indefinite strike across the country from today to press home its 12-point demand.
 arrow Govt doesn't recognise Tuesday Group
The government does not recognise the existence of the so-called "Tuesday Group" and will not allow any foreign diplomat to interfere in domestic politics, including the election process, a high government
 arrow Saarc Summit groundwork on track
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin yesterday said all necessary preparations are going on in full swing to make the 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka a complete success.
 arrow 22 more jockeys return home
Twenty-two minor boys, who had been working as camel jockeys in Abu Dhabi, returned home yesterday by a Biman Bangladesh flight.
 arrow BDR, BSF agree to step up coordinated patrols
India and Bangladesh yesterday agreed to increase coordinated patrols of their shared border and drew up a set of confidence-building measures to prevent an outbreak of tensions, a report said.
 arrow Probe on into tampering with govt officials' job records
The establishment ministry has launched a departmental inquiry into the missing of and tampering with government officials' annual credential reports (ACRs), the establishment secretary told a parliamentary
 arrow Nabisco fined for 2nd time
A mobile court yesterday fined Nabisco Biscuit and Bread Factory Limited for the second time for not mentioning expiry dates on the packages of some of their biscuits and raw food products.
 arrow Iraq's al-Qaeda top man killed
Iraq yesterday claimed a major coup with the killing of al-Qaeda's number two in the country as a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police recruiting centre, leaving 10 dead.
 arrow US Gulf Coast left in rubble, floodwater
Parts of the US Gulf Coast lurched back to life on Monday after Hurricane Rita, although many areas remained under rubble or floodwater after enduring a second major storm in less than a month.
 arrow Mobile courts to up action before Ramadan
Activities of the mobile courts will be expedited throughout the country before the Ramadan to implement the new law to check adulteration of food.
 arrow JCD men as poll officials hurt EC credibility
Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (Fema), a non-government electoral watchdog, yesterday expressed concern at the recent appointment of 150 JCD activists as upazila election officers on recommendation
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with police
A wanted criminal of Fatullah was killed and two policemen were injured in a 'shootout' between the police and a gang of criminals at Kashipur Goalbandh in Fatullah early yesterday.
 arrow JCD men assault 2 RU teachers
At least three students were injured and two senior teachers, including the proctor, assaulted when two groups of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed on Rajshahi University campus yesterday.
 arrow Security to be tightened in Ramadan
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the government has taken adequate measures to maintain law and order during Ramadan and Durga Puja.
 arrow 3 JCD men to die for killing
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal of Chittagong yesterday sentenced three Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men to death and three others to life imprisonment in the Shafiqul Alam Bablu murder case.
 arrow Accused OC of Motijheel refuses to report to police lines
Rafiqul Islam, the closed officer-in-charge (OC) of the Motijheel Police Station accused in the murder of a college student, is refusing to report to the Rajarbagh Police Lines in violation of rule.
 arrow Delhi to consider Dhaka's concern, says Dasmunshi
India said on Monday it has assured Bangladesh of keeping the latter's concerns in view if and when rivers having origin in the Himalayas are taken up for linking as part of the ambitious inter-linking
 arrow Home help thrown from rooftop to death
The son-in-law of an officer-in-charge (OC) allegedly pushed a teenage home help from the roof of a four-storey building to death as the girl resisted him from raping in Mirpur in the city yesterday.
Businessarrow Public listing should be must for MNCs
The government and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should make it mandatory for the profit-making multinationals to get enlisted with Bangladesh's stock market, speakers said yesterday at
 arrow Transparency, risk management key to wooing foreign investment
Corporate responsibility, transparency and proper risk management are key to attracting foreign investment in capital market, experts said yesterday at a regional seminar in Dhaka.
 arrow Revival of sick RMG units needed to boost economy
Government representatives, noted economists, entrepreneurs and different chamber leaders yesterday called for revival of the sick readymade garment (RMG) industries to protect jobs and boost economy.
 arrow US Senator signs TRADE bill
Senator Hagel, a US lawmaker from Nebraska, has signed the 'Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies (TRADE)' bill for passing it in the US Senate and Congress to allow duty free access of the
 arrow Pak EPB to participate in Batexpo-2005
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) of Pakistan will participate with 10 stalls in Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo) 2005 beginning tomorrow at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow Bangladeshi bankers take part in seminar in Kolkata
A three-day seminar to enhance capacity building and create better understanding on issues related to trade, treasury, SMEs, and micro finance began Monday in Kolkata with the participation of 22 leading
 arrow US puts bold market access plan to WTO talks
The United States presented ambitious proposals for market access at trade talks in Paris last week, industry sources said Monday, suggesting steeper cuts in duties than those drawn up by the European
 arrow Vietnam seeks to delay Asean import duties
Vietnam is seeking a deal with member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to delay next year's reduction of import duties under the Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT),
 arrow LG to build new electronics plant in Poland
South Korea's LG Electronics said Tuesday it would build a 103 million dollar plant in Poland to produce refrigerators and liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions.
 arrow US, China launch new round of textiles battle
US and Chinese negotiators held a new round of talks Monday on controlling an upsurge in clothes exports from China that is said to be swamping the US textiles industry, officials said.
 arrow India to sell 10-20pc of Air India, Indian Airlines
India plans to sell 10 to 20 per cent of its stakes in state-owned Air India and Indian Airlines in initial public offerings (IPOs) planned for next year aimed at financing fleet expansion, a report said
Sportsarrow Cricket: Transfer ends with a bang
After two dull days of trading the three-day players' transfer came to life on Tuesday with the arrival of most of the national cricketers including captain Habibul Bashar and his two predecessors Akram
 arrow Cricket: Uneasy truce in India
India's cricket chiefs brokered an uneasy truce between captain Sourav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell on Tuesday, sternly warning both to mend their differences for the sake of the national team.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy changes his mind
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq has finally agreed to play in next month's Super Test against Australia, reversing an earlier decision to withdraw.
 arrow Cricket: Cronje a bestseller
Cricket has moved on from the dark days of its betrayal by Hansie Cronje and his death in a plane crash.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff No. 1 again
Andrew Flintoff was named the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) player-of-the-year at a glitzy dinner at London's Royal Albert Hall on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Greg rebuked in Australia itself
The embattled coach of the Indian cricket team, Greg Chappell, was Tuesday criticised by former player Paul Wilson as a "poor coach" during his five-year stint at the South Australian state side.
 arrow Tennis: Sani reaches last eight
Bangladesh's top seed Omar Faruk Sani was the lone local player to reach the boys' singles quarterfinal of the Sheltech Asian Under-14 Series Tennis tournament yesterday eliminating his compatriot Rezman
 arrow Hockey: Army thrash BKSP
Defending champions Bangladesh Army made a convincing start in the Super Six of the ABS National Hockey Championship when they handed 5-1 defeat on BKSP in the opening match at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Cricket: Sourav loses grandfather
India skipper Sourav Ganguly's maternal grandfather Sachchi-dananda Chatterjee, under whose tutelage the cricketer took his first nervous steps into the game, died at his south Kolkata residence on Monday
 arrow Cricket: 'Indo-Pak series will be friendly'
The captain of India's junior women's cricket team said Tuesday their first-ever cricket series with Pakistan will be a friendly encounter, unlike the bitter contests between their male colleagues.
 arrow ERRATUM
In yesterday's issue we mistakenly wrote a photo caption that in which Syed Rasel and Mohammad Sharif had signed for Gazi Tank in the inter-club players' transfer for the Corporate Cricket League.
 arrow Football: The challenge without 'el gordo'
Real Madrid must prove that they are capable of winning games without the help of leading striker Ronaldo when they host Olympiakos Piraeus in the Champions League at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'It was just fun'
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has defended his "cockroach" goal celebrations after Alaves president Dimitry Piterman criticised him and two team mates for behaving like clowns.
 arrow Football: United fans lambasted
Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has slammed the fans who booed manager Alex Ferguson off the pitch after their 2-1 defeat to Blackburn as stupid.
 arrow Football: A Brit invented samba!
They're some of the greatest names in Brazilian soccer -- Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Charles Miller.
 arrow Spain has a super-fast hero
Less than six years after he watched his first Formula One race, 24-year old Spaniard Fernando Alonso was crowned Formula One's youngest world champion on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Adriano extends contract
Brazil international Adriano, perhaps the best centre forward in the world, has extended his contract with Inter Milan by two years till 2010, the Italian first division club said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Counter propaganda against Islam, Muslims
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the misleading propaganda against Islam and Muslims in different quarters could be countered better through attaining supremacy in knowledge, science and technology
 arrow Moudud for press freedom with restraints
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the journalists should formulate their own code of ethics for reporting as any government initiative in this regard would be
 arrow Strengthen EC for fair elections
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for strengthening the Election Commission (EC) to hold free and fair elections in the country.
 arrow Pakistan keen to boost 2-way trade
Islamabad will give attention to boosting the two-way trade between Bangladesh and Pakistan, the newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Alamgir Babar told Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
 arrow Hasina's 59th birthday today
Today is Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's 59th birthday.
 arrow 'Victims must get compensation as right'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the victims must get adequate monetary compensation as a right and this should not be a part of punishment to the offenders.
 arrow 2 jailed for kidnapping schoolgirl
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two youths to different terms of punishment for kidnapping a 13-year-old schoolgirl for ransom in December 2001.
The convicts are Dulal and Jalal.

 arrow 'Take action against extortionists'
Owners of the engine-run boats yesterday urged the government to take stern action against the extortionists who regularly extort money from them at different spots across the country.
 arrow Changes in Jamuna Oil Company, BPC administration
Major changes in the administration of the Jamuna Oil Company Limited (JOCL) and the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in Chittagong have taken place in the wake of September 20 incident of diesel
 arrow WFP cancels contract with Globe Biscuit
The World Food Programme (WFP) Bangladesh has cancelled its contract with the Globe Biscuit Factory and dropped it from the suppliers' list to ensure quality of biscuits for the school feeding programme.
 arrow BFUJ convention in November
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFJU) will hold a national convention protesting the killing of journalists and torture on them in the capital in November.
 arrow Sanitation coverage increases to 59 pc
The sanitation coverage in the country has increased to 59 percent in the last two years from 33 percent, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow SSKOP's 3-hour token strike October 3
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oiky Parishad (SSKOP) will observe a three-hour token work stoppage at all newspapers and agencies from 11:00am to 2:00pm on October 3 demanding trial of the killers of Kamaluddin,
 arrow Photojournalist injured in attack
A photojournalist of a local newspaper was injured in an attack by criminals near Shah Amanat Bridge in the port city on Monday midnight.
 arrow 'Rescue fishermen'
The Human Rights International, Bangladesh at a meeting yesterday expressed concern over the government's failure to rescue fishermen who have been missing following the recent powerful storm in the Bay
 arrow Publication ceremony Sept 30
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Shah AMS Kibria - A Legend' will be held at the Liberation War Museum in the city at 3:30pm on September 30.
 arrow President assents to Jagannath University Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to the Jagannath University Bill 2005, passed at the 18th session of the 8th Parliament, said an official handout.
Nationalarrow Accused moving freely, threaten victims' families
None of the 31 accused in Kashimpur murder case has been arrested, two years after the incident.
 arrow RU quota for indigenous students demanded
Indigenous leaders at a function here on Monday called upon the government to form a committee to look into problems of indigenous students including those of Saontal community at different educational
 arrow Zia Parishad confce foiled by BNP faction in Jessore
A conference of Zia Parishad at Monirampur was foiled on Monday following an attack by a rival faction of BNP.
 arrow Jhowdanga culprits yet to be arrested
Police could not arrest any of the miscreants who attacked a Hindu temple at Jhowdanga in the Sadar upazila on September 4 and threatened a priest to stop religious activities there.
 arrow JMB threatens to bomb Patuakhali Govt College
Patuakhali Government College has been threatened of bomb attack by Jamaatul Mujahideen (JMB) unless coeducation is stopped.
 arrow AL leader murdered in Kushtia
An Awami League leader was hacked and killed allegedly by BNP men at Boalia village in Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia Monday night.
 arrow Netrakona AL leaders bury differences
Netrakona Awami League leaders have closed ranks after four years of internal feud and are taking up programmes jointly.
 arrow One abducted for ransom in Kushtia
Criminals abducted a fish trader from Deripara village in Kushtia Sadar upazila Monday night and demanded Tk one lakh ransom.
 arrow Businessman stabbed, robbed of Tk 5.5 lakh
Armed miscreants stabbed a businessman and took away Tk 5.5 lakh from him on Sylhet-Salutikor road on the outskirts of the city Saturday night.
 arrow College girl found dead
Dashmina police on Friday recovered the body of a college girl from a canal near Dashmina High School.
The victim is Tania, daughter of Abu Noman and a student of class XI of Dashmina Degree College.

 arrow 2 brothers drown as trawler sinks
Two minor brothers drowned and five others went missing as an overcrowded trawler capsized in the Bura Gouranga near Patua village in Kalapara upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Right to information in Bangladesh: Challenges and opportunities
Right to Information (RTI), is now considered in many countries as a central development theme and is emerging as one of the most challenging issue in Bangladesh.
 arrow Rethinking rural development
The rural economy, including agriculture, has remained the mainstay in the countries of Asia-Pacific region, in terms of both contribution to the national GDP and labour absorption.
 arrow Economy and religious fanaticism
Are there no leaders in our country who can unite the divided sections of people and courageously counter the mounting assaults on our hard earned democracy? In spite of so many unanswered questions and
Culturearrow The singer's stars are on the ascendant
Well-known folk singer Jahir Alim recently formed an organisation by the name of Bangladesh Folk Music Academy.
 arrow Tale of a family and its fallen times
A glimpse of Boral Parer Shitolai Gaon, a new drama serial for TV by Saidul Anam Tutul: The powerful and rich family of Talukdars has lost its old glory.
 arrow Meet the audience
"Discussion, criticism and exchange of thoughts are very important for the development of theatre. For this reason we are arranging a 'meet the audience' session on September 30.
 arrow Bhager Manush to be staged in Sirajganj
On September 30, Samay Shankskritik Goshthi will stage Bhager Manush at Bhashani Hall Stage in Sirajganj district.
 arrow Annual Festival 2005 and the Freshers' Day observed

Internationalarrow EU mulls banning Tigers
In a diplomatic blow to the Tamil Tigers, the European Union said yesterday it will refuse to meet visiting rebel delegations because of the group's continued terrorism in Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.
 arrow India, Pakistan hold talks on bus services, flights
India and Pakistan met yesterday to agree details of new bus services between border cities and discuss an increase in flights as a part of a peace process, officials in both countries said.
 arrow Targeted killing of Hamas men to go on: Israel
Israel vowed yesterday to continue targeted killings of members of the radical Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip as the air force carried out more overnight air raids.
 arrow India, China end border talks with little progress
Asian giants India and China ended a sixth round of border talks yesterday with no apparent progress in settling a dispute that has languished since a 1962 frontier conflict, officials said.
 arrow Protestant leader rejects N Ireland power-sharing
The head of Northern Ireland's largest Protestant party refused yesterday to share power with the Irish Republican Army's political wing, despite international findings that the militia has scrapped all
 arrow Four soldiers killed in ambush in Thai south
Four soldiers were shot dead yesterday when militants ambushed their patrol in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks on troops and police in the past week.
 arrow Iran vows retaliation as UN showdown nears
Iran on Monday threatened to restart uranium enrichment and to stop allowing UN snap inspections of its atomic facilities, if moves to send it to the UN Security Council were not reversed.
 arrow Typhoon Damrey hits Vietnam
Typhoon Damrey smashed into Vietnam yesterday after killing 16 people in China, tearing into vital networks of sea dykes on a long stretch of coastline after more than 330,000 people had been evacuated.
 arrow UK sets up 7 Muslim working groups to tackle extremism
British Home Secretary Charles Clarke has set up seven working groups to boost steps for integration and tackling extremism following the London bombings in July.
 arrow Pak SC upholds Sarabjit's death sentence
Adding to Sarabjit Singh's woes, Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence given to him in another bomb blast case in Lahore in 1990.
 arrow England found guilty of abuse at Abu Ghraib
A court-martial found US soldier Lynndie England guilty on Monday of abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in a scandal that caused international outrage.
Editorialarrow Editorial: HSC results show rising trend
We are happy at the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate examination in which 59.16 per cent of the examinees passed. Compared to only 27.09 per cent students passing in 2002, 38.
 arrow Editorial: Hurricane Rita
We are greatly relieved at the much less damage and loss of lives than feared by Hurricane Rita that hit the Gulf Coast of America earlier in the week.
 arrow How beneficial can be Bangladesh-India transit facilities?
For economic rejuvenation Bangladesh and India need to harness the benefits of transit facilities through each other's territory to ensure that 21st century is not a period of deepening inequality and
 arrow President-PM conflict causes new problem in Sri Lanka
Problems are unexpectedly cropping up between the two most important persons in Sri Lanka, which is already embroiled in the twin crisis of civil war caused by long drawn Tamil militancy and spectre of
 arrow Have we awakened, lately?
More than a month has passed since the August 17 countrywide bomb blasts. And by now developments have revealed many things including suspected links, and also the gap between what we say and what isreality.
Letters to Editorarrow Weak political base
Bangladesh politics is facing a bleak future. The political foundation is weak in depth and breadth. No dedicated home work was carried out to improve the political stability.
 arrow Thought provoking
Your article on "Garbage a resource, not waste" (The Daily Star, 25 September 2005, National section) was illustrated by a photograph of two white-shirted male officials standing over two female manual
 arrow It's not Test cricket
Bangladesh cricket team lost another Test by an innings margin. They suffered innings defeat in eight out of the last ten matches. It's really embarrassing.
 arrow Bush and Blair
Millions of people across the US, UK and some other countries of Europe rose against the war on Iraq.
 arrow JFK
Further to Mr. Kamrul Hassan's letter, I would like to dwell a little more on the broader aspect of the film "JFK".
 arrow Herbal medicine factory
We appreciate the government's recent actions against the producers of contaminated and unhygienic foods and herbal medicines.
 arrow Rape and media's role
It is the tendency of our media to focus on the raped woman instead of the rapist. They try their utmost to reveal the miseries of the victim.
 arrow Drug trafficking in Chittagong
Our government is determined to stop all kinds of illegal work going on since long and for that reason the government took the bold step of creating Rab & and they have done something with sincerity,
 arrow Education for the poor
This surprising academic study shows that the some of poorest parents in the world are choosing private education for their children, reversing the image of privilege and bringing decision-making back
 arrow Our economy
I had a chance to read through the 'Bangladesh in the twenty first century' written by A. M. A. Muhith, who is an eminent economist and development practitioner.
 arrow Future of Pakistan
Well, Pakistan hasn't done well or may I say that it hasn't progressed well in the last 10 years. As a Pakistani I see that development and industrialisation has been dormant for a long time.
 arrow Teletalk service
Teletalk has been the most sensational mobile company in Bangladesh.
 arrow Thirty marks in teacher's hand
Many experiments on education have been conducted in order to innovate such an educational system that will be suitable for the age to impart better education to students.
 arrow Session jam at science faculty
The University of Dhaka which is called the Oxford of the East is now severely affected by a malady called 'Session Jam! Filthy student and teacher politics is mainly responsible for this.
 arrow An indifferent state!
Bangladesh is not an inactive state, it is an indifferent state. We can compare Bangladesh with an indifferent family. In an indifferent family, many unexpected things occur.
 arrow Crossword Puzzle
We would be highly obliged if you kindly arrange to print "Crossword Puzzle" every day. We pass our retired life solving these puzzles printed in your daily.
 arrow Feminism
Being a student of English Literature, DU, I, along with my friends, am trying to take Feminism as a course this year.
Star Chittagongarrow Ctg Polytech bldgs may collapse any time
Chittagong Polytechnic Institute authorities evacuated two workshops and five decade-old dilapidated buildings to avoid casualties fearing collapse at any moment.
 arrow Port city struggles with waterlogging, poor drainage
The waterlogging following the six-hour incessant downpour on Saturday once again reminded the city dwellers of the miserable state of the drainage system in the port city.
Star Cityarrow Living on the lines, chancing death
One-and-half-year-old Smriti is lucky to be still alive. She fell under a running train on September 8 but because of her tiny frame she did not get seriously injured.
 arrow Karwan Bazar underpass in shabby condition
The Karwan Bazar underpass remains dirty all the time due to lack of regular maintenance by the authorities concerned.
 arrow With Ramadan comes price hike
With the month of Ramadan just days away, the prices of essentials have seen another 'traditional' hike with wholesalers allegedly creating an artificial crisis in the market.
 arrow Computers, accessories at minimal price
Students who can barely afford to buy a computer can now plan to get one at home -- thanks to the technicians at computer service centres on the city's Elephant Road.
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