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Front Pagearrow Govt eyes polls but many pledges still unfulfilled
The ruling coalition completes four years in office today while preparations for the next election are on with many of the pledges the BNP-led alliance had made before the last election remaining mired
 arrow Hasina, Manmohan discuss regional peace, security
Bangladesh Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed regional cooperation, poverty alleviation, and bilateral business and trade.
 arrow Indian and local criminals jointly staged Aug 17 blasts
Bangladesh Rifles chief yesterday said some "criminal elements in India" had colluded with similar groups in Bangladesh to stage the August 17 countrywide blasts.
 arrow BNP, AL should come to nation's rescue
Two senior leaders of ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed the same view that politicisation of all areas, including professionals, is bringing no good for the countryand
 arrow 3 more JMB men arrested, security alert in Panchagarh
Three more Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members were arrested in Satkhira and Bagerhat in connection with the August 17 serial blasts in the last 24 hours ending at 9:00 last night and another
 arrow Criminal, two outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two outlaws and a criminal were killed in separate incidents of 'crossfire' between police, Rab and their accomplices in Kushtia, Meherpur and Keraniganj in Dhaka early yesterday.
 arrow Khatme Nabuwat deadline to govt
Religious bigots led by International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) at a rally in the capital yesterday demanded that the government enact a law by December 23 declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.
 arrow Youths 'cheated' in Ctg in the name of job fair: 2 held
Two persons were held here yesterday allegedly for pocketing over Tk 2 lakh from more than one thousand unemployed youths in the name of "registration" in a so-called job fair.
 arrow SUST students, locals clash: 25 injured
An attempt of sexual abuse on a female student by a local led to sporadic clashes between the students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) and locals at city's Madina market adjacent
 arrow Slain Momen's house attacked
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the house of the slain Mirpur Commerce College student Kamrul Islam Momin on Thursday night.
 arrow 4 highwaymen lynched in Trishal
Four highwaymen were lynched by a mob at Signboard bus stand in Trishal upazila of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow As BNP, AL see Oct 1
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Awami League (AL) will observe October 1 from opposite standpoints as the October elections of 2001 put BNP in power sending former ruling AL to the opposition seat.
 arrow One killed as outlaws hurl bomb
One person died and another was injured when some cadres of an outlawed party hurled bombs on them at village Bharara in Kumarkhali upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Bus fares go up today
Bus operators will start taking increased fare across the country from today.
Now per kilometre fare for 52-seater bus will be Tk .80, up from pervious Tk .72 and for mini-bus it will be Tk .

 arrow Car bombs kill 110 people in Iraq
Car bombs have killed more than 110 people, 25 of them children, in a surge of violence in Iraq ahead of an October 15 referendum on a new constitution.
 arrow Chafee assures Morshed of working together
US Senator Lincoln D Chafee, Chairman of the Senate Sub-committee for Near East and South Asia of the Foreign Relations Committee, has assured Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan of working together on the
 arrow Downpour causes water-logging
Heavy shower for about two hours in the capital yesterday caused serious water logging and traffic congestion in Motijheel Shapla Chattar, Basabo, Goran, Madartek, Khilgaon (near the fly-over), Kamalapur,
 arrow Samples yet to be sent abroad for DNA test
The probe into the abduction and killing of Chittagong magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury seems to have stalled since the samples of the skeleton believed to be his were collected about one month ago.
 arrow RU yet to take action, forms probe body
The Rajshahi University authorities are yet to take any action against those involved in Thursday's gunfight on the campus between two rival factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) that left 10 including
 arrow National Girl Child Day 2005


 arrow Raids across India, 40 cases against 50 public servants
In a bid to check high-level corruption, CBI yesterday carried out raids at more than 100 places across the country and claimed to have recovered Rs eight lakh in cash from a senior Income Tax official
 arrow India unveils steps to spur people-to-people contact with Pakistan
India unveiled a slew of measures yesterday to spur people-to-people contacts with Pakistan as part of moves to boost a slow-moving peace process ahead of a trip to Islamabad by India's foreign minister.
 arrow Biman's NY flight returns today
The New York flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG-011) will arrive at Dhaka at around 9:00pm today after a delay of over 60 hours.
Businessarrow RMG competitiveness hinges on regional partnership
Speakers at a seminar yesterday in Dhaka said regional trade development and understanding regional markets are key to boosting competitiveness of garment sector in the quota-free global market.
 arrow Regional gender forum begins tomorrow
A two-day high-profile regional forum titled 'Engendering SMEs: Women in Enterprise Development' begins tomorrow at the Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka.
 arrow China-Asean trade soars 25pc in first half of 2005
Bilateral trade between China and the 10-nation Asean block soared 25 percent to $59.76 billion in the first half of 2005 amid ongoing reductions in tariffs, officials said Friday.
 arrow China, US to start fresh textiles talks
The United States and China plan another round of talks on a drawn-out battle over textiles trade this month after their latest negotiations here ended without agreement, officials said Thursday.
 arrow India hopeful of WTO breakthrough before Hong Kong summit
Indian delegates at a 10-nation Asean conference here said Friday they were hopeful of a breakthrough in global trade talks before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets in Hong Kong in December.
 arrow Indian co wins oil exploration block in Vietnam
India's search for energy security got another boost when the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) won an oil exploration block in Vietnam with an estimated in-place of oil
Sportsarrow Cricket: Perform or bust: Faruque
Unhappy with the Tigers' recent showings, chief selector Faruque Ahmed issued a warning for the national cricketers that they would face the consequences unless they perform in the coming domestic season.
 arrow Cricket: 'Ganguly must overcome flaws to stay skipper'
Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu believes skipper Sourav Ganguly was in an immediate need to overcome his weaknesses in the upcoming two home series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, if he wanted
 arrow Cricket: Lara hopes to tour down under
Brian Lara said Friday he was hopeful a protracted sponsorship dispute would not stop him taking part in the West Indies' Australian tour starting in November.
 arrow Football: A boot worthy of him
Ronaldinho may not have won the golden boot award last season but he will be taking to the Nou Camp wearing the real thing when Barcelona host Real Zaragoza in the Primera Liga on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pressure not on Flintoff's list
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff, man of the series in England's Ashes victory over Australia, says he is not under any extra pressure to reproduce that form in the World XI's matches against the same opposition.
 arrow Tennis: Sudanwa lifts boy's crown
Sitaram Sudanwa of India clinched the boy's singles crown in the Sheltech Asian Under-14 Tennis Series defeating Athore Mansingh in straight sets on Friday.
 arrow Football: Residential Model get justice
Residential Model School and College might have lost a battle but they certainly won the war when the Metropolitan School Football tournament committee overturned the result of the Pran-Cola School Football
 arrow Cricket: Bashar to attend Test captains' meeting
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar will attend an ICC meeting of Test captains to be held in Sydney on October 12.
He will fly to Australia on October 9.

 arrow Swimming: Nat'l swimming from today
The Keya Cosmetics 21st National Swimming Championships will begin today at the National Complex in Mirpur.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey semis today
The semifinals of the ABS Group National Hockey Championship will be held today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Ashraful visits Sisimpur show
Characters from Sisimpur, the children's TV show, performed live at American Centre for local school children in the city on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: There's always room for Warne
Shane Warne had plenty of cricket left and would command a place in the Australian cricket team as long as he was physically capable, captain Ricky Ponting said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin fit to return
Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar is ready to play again after undergoing surgery on his elbow.
 arrow Football: Can Celta carry on?
Few would have predicted that Celta Vigo would be the Spanish league leaders after the opening month of the season but the Galician club are hoping to consolidate pole position at Cadiz on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Target Chelsea
Singing the praises of Liverpool is not something that comes naturally in the environs of Old Trafford.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Murray march into last four
Briton Andy Murray celebrated his entry into the world's top 100 by beating US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last four of the Thailand Open on Friday.
 arrow Football: Real finally beat MU
Real Madrid said it ended Man-chester United's eight-year reign as the world's biggest soccer team by revenue after signing players such as David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.
 arrow Football: Keane's Celtic plans
Roy Keane looks set to finish his illustrious playing career at Scottish side Celtic after announcing that he plans to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
 arrow Football: It's only natural!
The match was hailed as a victory in the fight for equality -- but it was the players themselves who ended up fighting in the final of Pakistan's first women's football championship.
 arrow Football: Juve's first test
Serie A leaders Juventus face their sternest challenge of the season so far when second-placed Inter Milan visit the Delle Alpi stadium on Sunday evening.
 arrow Football: Manikganj soccer
Manikganj Sadar Upazila lifted the Manikganj inter-upazila football tournament title defeating Shivalaya by a solitary goal at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium on Friday.
 arrow Football: Advocaat lays down the law
Dutchman Dick Advocaat, with just eight months to prepare South Korea for next World Cup, warned players Friday nobody had a guaranteed place in the squad for the 2006 finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Arsenal player cleared of rape
Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack has been cleared of raping a 22-year-old girl at his home by a jury at Croydon Crown Court on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir no longer 'suspect'
Pakistani pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed's bowling action has finally been cleared by a biomechanic expert, Pakistan cricket authorities said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: PCA spares Harbhajan
After apparently apologising for his attack on Indian coach Greg Chappell, Harbhajan Singh was on Thursday let off by the Punjab Cricket Association with a warning.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal to play in India
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will be the top attraction at the season-opening 400,000-dollar ATP Chennai Open in January, organisers said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Int'l investigation into Kibria killing demanded
Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday demanded an international investigation into the gruesome murder of her husband to track down the culprits.
 arrow Govt won't restore original Nat'l Women Development policy
The government will not restore the National Women Development Policy (NWDP) of 1997 in the face of criticisms by different women's organisations for the changes made to it.
 arrow Ensure nutrition for girl children
National Girl Child Day 2005 was observed yesterday with a call to ensure nutrition for girl child.
The day is observed in the country since 2000.

 arrow 283 killed in crossfire in nine months
Odhikar, a human rights watchdog, yesterday said a total of 324 people were killed by the members of different law enforcement agencies across the country in first nine months of the year.
 arrow Roundtable on 'Biotech Communication
Participants at a roundtable discussion on 'Biotech Communication: Potential Role of Journalists' underscored the need for better understanding of the frontier science by the media people for proper dissemination
 arrow Four killed, 18 injured in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 18 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow 'Library movement a must to preserve true history'
Library movement can play a vital role in promoting the culture and literature and upholding the spirit of the liberation war, said speakers at a meeting of the representatives of Muktijuddher SmritySangrakhhan
 arrow Protest against move to shift Ramna Kali Mandir
Members of Hindu community yesterday began a road mach from capital's Ramna Kali Mandir to Narayanganj Pagalnath Temple protesting the recent government decision to shift the Ramna Kali Mandir.
 arrow Five arrested on charge of extortions
Five alleged extortionists, including two girls, were arrested by the DB police yesterday at Nabapalli under Sonadanga thana here.
 arrow US senator assures FM of working together
US Senator Lincoln D Chafee, chairman of the Senate Sub-committee for Near East and South Asia of the Foreign Relations Committee, has assured Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan of working together on the
 arrow Discharge duties rising above party lines
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday urged the teachers to discharge their professional duties sincerely rising above party affiliation and opinions.
"The teachers are engaged in the most importantprofession.

 arrow Unity Concert cancelled
A concert of musical bands, which was scheduled to be held at the Water Kingdom in Ashuliya yesterday, has been cancelled at the last minute after the government has withdrawn the permission for the event.
 arrow World Space Week begins Oct 4
The World Space Week-2005 will be observed from October 4 to 10 in the country.
Nationalarrow Unocal starts drilling of two Bibiyana wells next month
US Company Unocal will start drilling two production wells in Bibiyana Gas Field in Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj district next month.
 arrow Rural rationing in N-dists now to begin October 7
Distribution of rice to the ultra poor in eight northern districts at subsidised rate under government's Rural Rationing Programme (RRP) will now begin on October 7 instead of today, announced earlier.
 arrow Abducted brick field owner yet to be rescued
A brick field owner in Manikganj, abducted seven days ago from Uttara in the capital, is yet to be rescued.
The victim is Meer Delwar Hossain, 42, owner of Meer Bricks in Manikgonj.

 arrow Tk 3 cr of traders still unpaid by BJMC, mills
Jute purchase in the district is yet to pick up as traders have no capital because they have about Tk three crore lying outstanding with BJMC (Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation) mills.
 arrow Schoolboy kidnapped from IU campus
Criminals abducted a school student from Islamic University (IU) campus on Thursday and demanded Tk 50,000 ransom.
The victim is Al-Amin 12, a student of class V at IU Laboratory School.

 arrow AL won't go to polls without reforms: Razzak
Awami League leader and former minister Abdur Razzak MP yesterday said his party will not participate in the next parliamentary election if reforms to the caretaker system and the Election Commission(EC)
 arrow BSF kidnaps another Bangladeshi
The body of a Bangladeshi citizen who was gunned down by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday is yet to be returned while another Bangladeshi was taken away by the BSF on Thursday.
 arrow Netrakona PTI Super's removal demanded
At least 242 trainees of Netrakona Primary Training Institute (PTI) abstained from attending classes since Wednesday demanding removal of its superintendent.
 arrow Erratum
Our story 'Thousands protest open pit coal mining in Phulbari' published in The Daily Star on page 20 on September 26 quoting Asia Energy geologist Badruzzaman said 10 to 20 percent of the coal will be
Point-Counterpointarrow Equity essential for long-term growth
Last week's United Nations World Summit focused attention on the plight of poor countries.
 arrow Social development, family and elderly persons
Family is the basic institution of human society. Families existed right from the very dawn of civilisation.
 arrow Disaster within a disaster
Watching the Katrina disaster unfold, I wondered if Uncle Sam's friends around the world were as embarrassed as I was at what transpired.
 arrow Elderly care in Bangladesh: Challenges ahead
Aging, which can be defined as the proportion of elderly population aged sixty years and above, is an emerging issue in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Art camp to be held in Italy
A number of artists spoke to The Daily Star at the Bengal Foundation press conference held on the weekend. This was on the occasion of the artists' camp to be held in Italy from October 2.
 arrow Channel i celebrates its seventh year
Six years ago, the impact of satellite TV culture began to transform the lifestyle of people of this region and the role of electronic media was felt in every sphere of life.
 arrow Anniversary of Russian Cultural Centre
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of 'Roszarubezhtsentr', meaning Russian Centre for International Science and Cultural Cooperation, the Russian Cultural Centre in Dhaka organized a special programme
 arrow Clay ornaments exhibition


Internationalarrow US seeks Pak, Afghan help to fight terrorism
Pakistan and Afghanistan must intensify cooperation along their border to prevent al-Qaeda and Taliban members from finding refuge, White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley said on Thursday.
 arrow Arms ban on Nepal should continue
India should continue its suspension of arms sales to Nepal to pressure King Gyanendra to reverse his February power grab, an Indian political delegation said Friday at the end of a fact-finding mission
 arrow Fatah sees off Hamas challenge in local polls
The ruling Palestinian movement Fatah held off yesterday a challenge from the radical Islamists of Hamas in a fresh round of elections in the West Bank where more deadly violence flared.
 arrow 19 die in Kashmir violence
Nineteen people were killed in the latest violence in Indian Kashmir, four of them soldiers gunned down in a firefight with suspected rebels on the de facto border between India and Pakistan, officials
 arrow 10 students die as cops open fire in Meghalaya
Ten students were killed and 90 people injured yesterday when police opened fire during two separate clashes with thousands of protestors in India's northeastern state of Meghalaya, an official said.
 arrow Arab states push for denunciation of Israel
Arab states were pushing for a denunciation of Israel as a nuclear threat to the Middle East, on the final day yesterday of a week-long conference of the watchdog UN atomic agency.
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize tipped to go to anti-nuke arms efforts
Just days ahead of the announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, observers say organisations campaigning against nuclear proliferation are the most likely to win the prestigious award.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Preparedness against Monga
It is again a parliamentary standing committee, as the only limbering leg of an otherwise dysfunctional Jatiya Sangsad, that has called a piece of government inaction into question.
 arrow Editorial: Jail raid ending in a whimper!
The massive raid on the Dhaka Central Jail by 200 members of the police, Rab and the BDR ended with the recovery of 10gm of ganja from some inmates.
 arrow Implications of fuel price hike
Increase of fuel prices across the board on 4 September, has, as expected, generated controversy and anger among the vast numbers of low and middle class population, entrepreneurs, businessmen and farmers.
 arrow Justice sits up
The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has constituted a two-member committee to prepare draft rules and procedures for accountability of judges.
Letters to Editorarrow Failure of students in English
Failure in English is a common matter in our country whether it is SSC/HSC or degree level. There are many reasons of failure of students in English and the reasons are not far to seek.
 arrow Stop nasty politicisation
We are perplexed at the news report that 150 JCD cadres have been appointed as Upazila Election Officers through PSC. It is sad news indeed.
 arrow How appropriate is 'CDBL'?
Whenever we address someone or some thing by his/her or its name it generally depicts at least its simple identification or nature of works by its name.
 arrow Why PSC needs parental information?
I was seeing a junior friend's BCS application form and was stunned to see a question. Question No.
 arrow Students' attack on BUET VC
The first question that arises in my mind is "How dare they attack the VC?" These are the people belonging to the best institution of our country.
 arrow Whither road maintenance?
Dhaka beautification, specifically its road beautification, work is continuing, although not at a high speed.
StarTecharrow Dnet opens village info centre
PEOPLE living in the rural areas of the country must be benefited with information technology, which in term may improve the quality of their every day life and help poverty alleviation.
 arrow Microsoft Bangladesh focuses on education
SINCE its inception in Bangladesh in November 2004, Microsoft is committed to working with educators, educational organisations and industry partners to expand the world of learning through technology.
 arrow Seminars@BCS Computer Show
BESIDES attracting the youth and computer enthusiasts from all over the country with an array of innovative software and state-of-the-art computer products and accessories, the recently concluded BCSComputer
 arrow MIND TELLER


Literaturearrow English Soup*
Despite the reassuring respect shown by his family's former subjects, there was little that was truly princely left to the Rao Raja--except for the spectacular fare said to be prepared in his kitchen.
 arrow New Translation of Ghare Baire
The Tagore translation industry shows no signs of slowing down--new translations of his works can be spotted in increasing numbers by the peripatetic book store browser.
 arrow A Cool-Breeze Novel
This is a delightful, hilarious, irreverent novel, a coming-of-age chronicle of one Barun Roy, a 'Bongo' lad from a well-off family (Ma, Papa plus sister Sunam) growing up in Jodhpur Park in the Calcutta
 arrow Desperate Housewives!
This is a tale about four white women in India, married to Indians, but very much the outsiders, the memsahibs.
 arrow The Untimely Cuckoo
'Falgun' is long since gone, Tagore's aspiring
'Baishakh' has yielded to 'Jaishtha's' reprimanding eye,
it whimsically
tolls the storm's bell.

 
   
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