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Front Pagearrow Dhaka now 110 out of 117 countries
Bangladesh has ranked 110th in the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2005-06 covering 117 countries, eight notches down from last year's ranking.
 arrow Combing operation soon in Sundarbans
Law enforcers will soon launch a combing operation against Islamist extremists hiding in the Sundarbans since the August 17 countrywide serial bomb blasts.
 arrow Peeved Tuesday Group postpones meet on polls
The Tuesday Group, a club of foreign diplomats in Bangladesh, has decided to postpone its much-talked about conference on "electoral practices" in Dhaka, expressing disappointment over government's denial
 arrow High profile Central Jail raid yields 10gm ganja
Five hundred security men, in an extensive search lasting over four hours, yesterday seized 10 grams of ganja-like substance at the Dhaka Central Jail, the largest prison house and a reputed den of drug
 arrow No steps taken yet to tackle Monga
The parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry yesterday again blasted the government for not taking any permanent measures to eliminate Monga, a near-famine situation that occurs in every
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon fail to finalise draft deal
Bangladesh and Myanmar failed to finalise a draft agreement on a proposed cross-border highway project during the three-day high-level meeting held in Yangon from September 25 due to disagreements onsome
 arrow Fuel station strike called off on govt assurance
Bangladesh Petroleum Dealers, Distributors, Agents and Petrol Pump Owners Association withdrew its strike yesterday while in Khulna a clash between police and the strikers left at least 25 people injured.
 arrow Students call off strike after Buet agrees to extend Puja vacation
Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) on Tuesday night withdrew the indefinite strike after the authorities had agreed to lengthen the Durga Puja vacation.
 arrow News reports on army men's links a fiction
The army headquarters yesterday said newspaper reports about the involvement of ex-lance corporal Harun-ur-Rashid and a number of other retired and serving army men in the August 17 bomb blasts were all
 arrow Shadhana fined for unhygienic operations
A mobile court yesterday fined Shadhana Aushadhalaya Ltd, a renowned herbal medicine producer in the country, Tk 1,20,000 for keeping huge amount of rotten stinky molasses for use as raw material forthe
 arrow Security plan taken for Durga Puja
The government has chalked out comprehensive security measures to check any untoward incidents during the Durga Puja, the biggest Hindu festival, in the second week of October.
 arrow Rejoinder
The finance division yesterday contradicted a news item headlined "WB may defer credit as no move to vacate stay" carried by The Daily Star on September 26, saying the report on the role of the finance
 arrow Buet rejoinder
The registrar of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday in a rejoinder said the vice-chancellor (VC) did not hand any student over to police on Tuesday during an altercation
 arrow Expedite process of cross-border listing
The two-day ICC-B regional seminar in the capital ended yesterday making a set of recommendations that included holding and continuing dialogues with regional and international capital markets for expediting
 arrow Update voter list with photos
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday opposed the move to prepare a fresh electoral roll ahead of the next general election but demanded inclusion of voters' pictures after updating the existing
 arrow Good aman outlook can't beat farmers' worry
The recent rise in diesel and fertiliser prices has sent a chill to otherwise happy Comilla farmers faring for a good harvest in aman crop.
 arrow Woman bomber kills 7 in Iraq army centre
A female suicide bomber blew herself up outside an army recruitment center in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar on Wednesday, killing at least seven and wounding 37, police said.
 arrow Tata final round talks from Oct 2
The final round of negotiation with the Indian industrial giant Tata Group on the proposed $ 2.5 billion investment in Bangladesh will begin from October 2.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshis--one in Chapainawabganj and the other in Brahmanbaria--yesterday.
 arrow 40 JU rooms vandalised
Five students belonging to a faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit led by its president were injured yesterday as another faction led by the general secretary attacked
 arrow 7 student bodies to lay siege to secretariat today
Seven opposition-backed student organisations will gherao the Bangladesh Secretariat today demanding punishment of the officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station who was closed for his alleged
 arrow Case against Huda to be heard on Oct 9
The District and Sessions Judge, Dhaka, yesterday admitted the accusation against Communica-tions Minister Nazmul Huda and his 35 supporters over unlawful assembly, looting and ransacking the Fazlur Rahman
 arrow Media no less than terrorists
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami has said the role of media is not less than that of terrorists.
 arrow IG (Prisons) removed
The government yesterday dismissed Inspector General (Prisons) Toufiqul Islam from his job several hours into a joint drive in Dhaka Central Jail.
Brigadier General Zakir Hossain has replaced him.

 arrow Gayeshwar refutes rumour of resignation
Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, joint secretary general of the ruling BNP, refuted the rumour of his resignation from the party before being admitted to a hospital with ill health yesterday.
 arrow Saifur returns today
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman returns this morning after attending the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in Washington.
Businessarrow Political will, media role key to boosting stock market
As the pace of stock market growth in Bangladesh is very slow compared to that of other countries in the region, political will, harmonisation of regulations and role of media are key to developing the
 arrow Vibrant capital market hinges on corporate governance
Speakers at a regional seminar in Dhaka yesterday said good corporate governance is needed for a vibrant capital market.
 arrow Three-day HSBC loan fair begins in Dhaka
A three-day loan fair styled 'My Loan Fair 2005' started yesterday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center in Dhaka.
 arrow Oil prices slip below $65
Oil prices weakened further in Asian trade Wednesday after Saudi Arabia pledged to supply the market with more crude if necessary, dealers said.
 arrow Bridging gap between business houses, media must
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for identifying gaps between the corporate sector and media for initiating effective measures to bring the two players closer for better corporategovernance.
 arrow Batexpo-2005 kicks off today
The three-day Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo-2005) kicks off today in the capital aimed at showcasing the products of local textile and garment industry to foreign buyers.
 arrow Banglalink introduces voice message service
Mobile phone operator Banglalink yesterday launched 'i'bubble', a voice message service for its subscribers.
 arrow New president of AmCham
Andrew L Fawthrop was elected new president of American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) yesterday.
 arrow Microsoft expects robust China sales growth
Microsoft, stirring to life in China after years of relative quiet, expects to chalk up sales growth of more than 30 per cent in China this fiscal year and hopes to launch its Xbox 360 game console there.
 arrow Janata Bank awarded bank of the year 2005
Janata Bank has been awarded the bank of the year 2005 in Bangladesh.
 arrow Southeast Asian nations push free trade
Southeast Asian ministers were to begin a three-day meeting in Laos on Wednesday to push for closer economic integration and forge free-trade agreements with other countries in the region.
 arrow India, China delay reopening Silk Road until next year
India and China have postponed the re-opening of the famed Silk Road for trade until next year as infrastructure is not ready, Indian officials said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahbub gives Shaheen a piece of his mind
There was no sign of the tension easing between the two high-ups of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) over the chaotic start to the inter-club cricketers' transfer for the Corporate Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab on shortlist
Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff heads the final shortlist for the prestigious International Cricket Council (ICC) player-of-the-year award, it was announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Van Nistelrooy makes it possible
Ruud van Nistelrooy's scrambled 85th minute goal earned Manches-ter United a much-needed 2-1 victory against Portugal's Benfica at Old Trafford here on Tuesday in their Champions League clash.
 arrow Hockey: Semis line-up completed
Title contenders Dhaka recorded a hard fought 2-1 win over BKSP on the second day of the Super-Six to book a semifinal berth in the ABS Group National Hockey Champion-ships on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Emarat, Dolaipar reach final
Emarat Hossain Adarsha High School set up a final clash with Dolairpar High School in the Pran-Cola School Football Tournament after the two teams won their respective semifinals on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Oriental enter CCL
Oriental Group became the last team to join the third edition of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League which begins on October 5.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho the remarkable
Ronaldinho led Barcelona to a scintillating 4-1 win over 10-man Udinese with a hat-trick in their Champions League Group C match at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Gunners edge Ajax
Arsenal, missing three forwards, won at Ajax 2-1 in a hard-fought European Champions League encounter on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Media call it an eyewash
The truce brokered by India's cricket chiefs between captain Sourav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell was on Wednesday rubbished by the media amid fears another flare-up was around the corner.
 arrow Cricket: Wright won't take side
The row between Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and the team's Australian coach Greg Chappell should never have left the dressing room, former Indian coach John Wright said Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Creating the craze
Glamour girl Maria Sharapova's meteoric rise to world number one is inspiring a new generation of Russian teenage girls to head for the courts hoping to emulate her sporting and financial success.
 arrow Tennis: Sani sent packing
Ysidora Grace Sari of Indonesia will face off India's Naik Adnyaa in today's girls' singles final of the Sheltech Asian Under-14 Tennis Series.
 arrow Football: Sheikh Russel football
Shyampur stormed into the final of the Sheikh Russel Under-14 Football Tournament with a 2-0 win over Motijheel at the Abahani ground in Dhanmondi on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly wants some rest now
A day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) brokered a compromise between him and coach Greg Chappell, skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said he was looking forward to some well deserved
 arrow Cricket: Aussies have a point to prove
Australia's cricketers are keen to face a World XI next month so they can prove they deserve to retain their number one ranking after the Ashes defeat in England, captain Ricky Ponting said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: King seeks more courage from WI
West Indies cricket coach Bennett King says he wants his players to show plenty of spirit during what will be a difficult tour of Australia.
Metropolitanarrow 'Introduce harsher punishment to check food adulteration'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for active participation of the civil society to ensure food safety.
 arrow Govt to amend censorship act to check vulgarity in films
The government is amending the Censorship of Films Act, 1963 to check vulgarity in films, said Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday.
 arrow 'Project true history to new generation'
True history of the liberation war must be projected to the new generation to infuse in them the spirit of the war, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh to continue tradition of moderate country
Canadian High Commissioner David Sproule yesterday said Bangladesh's exports to Canada increased and assured his government's continued support.
 arrow Families of 8 peacekeepers get $ 50,000 each
Families of eight peacekeepers of Bangladesh Army, killed in an ambush by the rebel militia group in Congo on 25 February, received 50,000 US dollars (equivalent to Tk 32.
 arrow Lawyers protest separation of metropolitan magistrate's court
Dhaka Bar Association is going to announce greater movement against the decision of separating the metropolitan magistrate's court.
 arrow 'The Bear' staged
Dhaka University English Department Drama Society (EDDS) yesterday staged a drama titled "The Bear", a comedy by Anton Chekhov, to welcome the first year students of the department at RC Majumder art's
 arrow Hasina seeks continued Canadian assistance
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought continued assistance from Canada for economic development of Bangladesh.
 arrow Hasina celebrates 59th birthday with followers
Hundreds of leaders and workers of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday thronged the Sudha Sadan residence of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina to celebrate her 59th birthday.
 arrow Police yet to arrest Bogra BNP leader
The police are yet to arrest a local BNP leader although a Tangail court issued an arrest warrant against him on May 3 this year on charges of assaulting a female official of Care Bangladesh.
 arrow Life term for adulteration of food demanded
Citizens' Rights Movement staged a token hunger strike on the premises of the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday demanding life imprisonment for producers, suppliers and sellers of adulterated
 arrow Quaiyum was victimised
The family of ousted BNP leader Abdul Quaiyum, now in jail as the main accused in the killing of SAMS Kibria, yesterday pleaded Quaiyum's innocence, saying he is a victim of intra-party feuding of Habiganj
 arrow Take stand in favour of Bangladesh
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday urged the Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina to take measurers to solve the problems between Bangladesh and India.
 arrow 2-day holiday on Durga Puja demanded
The Sarbajonin Durga Puja Parishad demanded the government to declare two-day vacation for Hindu community to celebrate the Durga Puja festival instead of existing one day.
 arrow 544 RU staffs meet UGC chair
The controversially appointed 544 employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday met the visiting chairman of the University Grant Commission (UGC) and demanded immediate confirmation of their jobs.
 arrow Muktijoddha Gono Parishad launches mass signature campaign
The Muktijoddha Gono Parishad launched a countrywide mass signature campaign in the city yesterday to press for its demand that the remains of Bir Sreshtha Motiur Rahman be brought back from Pakistan.
Nationalarrow BNP factions clash over party committee: 50 hurt
Section 144 was clamped at Hizla upazula headquarters after more than 50 people were injured in BNP factional clashes there yesterday.
 arrow Cancel appointment of JCD-Shibir men as polls officials: Tofail
Former industries minister and Awami League (AL) Presidium member Tofail Ahmed yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat government has appointed party men as upazila election officers to rig the next general election,
 arrow ‘Keep small businesses in N-dists out of VAT net’
Speakers at a day-long seminar here yesterday demanded withdrawal of VAT on small businesses in northern districts because people in the districts are mainly dependent on agriculture.
 arrow People will realise their demands
Former home minister and Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim has said the BNP-Jamaat coalition's dream to cling to power by politicising the administration and the Election commission will be foiled
 arrow DC stops child marriage
It came as a strong message to all parents asking them not to go for child marriage.
All religious formalities were going on well.

 arrow Two Bangladeshis taken away by BSF: One escapes
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel yesterday took away two Bangladeshi nationals from Nalguria village in Akhaura upazila.
 arrow French donor to give aid for Rajshahi
Donor agency Emmaus International of France will spend more than 45,000 Euro for different development works in Rajshahi this year.
 arrow Three honoured posthumously in Nilphamari
Three outstanding personalities of the district were honoured posthumously at a function held here on Sunday.
Culturearrow Tagore through the eyes of children
The secondary students of four international schools--International School Dhaka, Aga Khan School, Sir John Wilson School and Scholastica got together to put up a spectacular cultural show on September
 arrow Film South Asia 2005 begins
The time has come again for Film South Asia (FSA), the biennial South Asian documentary film festival held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 arrow Solo flute recital
Uchchhash Fine Art Academy, a cultural organisation promoting classical music, recently arranged a solo flute recital by Captain Azizul Islam, the eminent flautist of the country.
 arrow Theatre activist Sadrul Pasha remembered
Theatre activists in Chittagong recently organised a function commemorating the 10th death anniversary of Sadrul Pasha - a pioneering figure in the Group Theatre movement in the port city.
 arrow 'Shubhechcha Nin' touches 1000th-episode
Today Shubhechcha Nin, the daily-talk-show aired on BTV, reaches the 1000th show record, says a press release.
In today's show, actor Tony Dayes and Al Mamun will be present as guests.

Internationalarrow Israel launches fresh attacks on Gaza
Israel launched fresh air strikes against the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising, despite a pledge by militants to halt rocket attacks.
 arrow Typhoon Damrey kills 43 in Asia
A greatly weakened Typhoon Damrey wrought more destruction in its wake Wednesday after killing at least 43 people in a week-long sweep through a vast swathe of East Asia.
 arrow Philippine general defies Arroyo ban
A senior Philippine general defied a ban Wednesday by President Gloria Arroyo and appeared before a Senate hearing on electoral fraud during the May 2004 presidential election.
 arrow Tsunami could hit Mumbai coast in November
A second tsunami could hit India in November this year but this time around the killer wave could strike the Mumbai and Gujarat coastline, Indo-Canadian tsunami expert Tad Murthy says.
 arrow 'Shuttle, space station were mistakes'
The US space agency NASA lost its way in the 1970s when it focused on the space shuttle and International Space Station, NASA chief Michael Griffin told the USA Today daily.
 arrow First ever zero battle casualty in Siachen
Having led to the loss of 2,100 battle hardened troopers since its takeover in 1984, the world's highest and coldest battlefield Siachen Glacier has achieved the first ever zero battle casualty during
 arrow Blair accused of 'ethnic slur'
A police force in Wales said Wednesday it had received a complaint against Prime Minister Tony Blair for allegedly insulting the Welsh following results for Welsh Assembly elections in 1999.
 arrow Illegal immigrants on the rise in US
Despite tighter border security, the number of new illegal immigrants to the United States surpassed the number of authorised immigrants, a latest study has said.
 arrow Pakistan arrests most wanted Sunni militant
Pakistani security forces have arrested the chief of a Sunni extremist group who allegedly masterminded a string of suicide attacks that killed scores of Shias, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow 3 Nepal soldiers jailed over Maoist death in custody
A Nepal military court has jailed a colonel and two captains for six months over the death in custody of a teenage girl accused of being a Maoist guerrilla, an army official said Wednesday.
 arrow India and France to sign Scorpene Sub deal
A high-level French team is arriving here next week to ink the $3 billion deal for India's acquisition of six Scorpene submarines and also to hold parleys on the offer of transfer of nuclear technology
Editorialarrow Editorial: Nine-hour ordeal a shame for the ministry
The strike by Biman employees -- which brought all the seven airports in the country to a complete standstill for nine hours -- has raised a plethora of questions in the public mind.
 arrow Editorial: Ghost in the record room
This is rather disturbing. It is now taking place right in the middle of the administration: the tampering with and spiriting away of some vital official records in the establishment ministry.
 arrow Pure Food Ordinance
The parliament passed Bangladesh Pure Food (Amendment) Bill, 2005 on 19 September. The local government, rural development and co-operatives minister introduced the bill in the house on September 13.
 arrow Why this unending political restructuring?
There is much speculation that President Pervez Musharraf is going to convert his regime into a presidential system of government.
Letters to Editorarrow International agencies
In our country there are lots of donor agencies and international NGOs which are working in different areas.
 arrow Soul searching
As an ordinary citizen of this country, I am requesting all my fellow citizens to stop and think about the recent bombings in Bangladesh. Yes to stop accusing each other and start thinking.
 arrow A tragic incident
I am a student of class six of Maple Leaf International School. I was deeply shocked to see a news item in The Daily Star on 11 Sept.
 arrow Our foreign ministry
Bangladesh foreign ministry has a high sense of "wait and see" on any international affairs including killing of its own citizens by the BSF.
 arrow Fate of a park
The Panthakunja in front of Sonargaon Hotel used to be a large park. In recent times poor people squatter around this area due to negligence of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Disgraceful!
I was hoping that the government of Bangladesh would take some serious action against the miscreants responsible for the August 17 bombings all over Bangladesh. There were some actions too.
 arrow Graffiti galore
`Most of the creative brains gather at Dhaka University'. That is still true. Now, someone entering the campus for the first time will find the signs of their creativity on different walls of the campus.
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