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Front Pagearrow Gunmen for judges, security in courts
In the wake of bomb attacks on courts and death threats on judges and lawyers, the government yesterday decided to provide gunmen to district judges and step up security at courthouses across the country.
 arrow Floods in a fury
The flash flood situation in the northern region further deteriorated yesterday with the inundation of more areas in Gaibandha, Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts.
 arrow Perpetrators of blasts will not be spared
Sending out a strong message to the terrorists, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the perpetrators of the recent bomb blasts will not be spared.
 arrow State minister Goutam recommended petition
A state minister and two leaders of Gopalganj BNP had recommended Mufti Hannan's application for withdrawal of case submitted to the then home minister and described the four cases filed against themilitant
 arrow Prices spiral out of control
Government efforts to sell some essentials in the capital and three other cities through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) and Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice at the district headquarters have
 arrow Durga Puja from Sunday
The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest festival of the Hindus, will begin on Sunday and the preparations of the Puja Mandaps have been completed to let hundreds and thousands of devotees across the country
 arrow Trial starts in Joypurhat
The trial of the August 17 serial blast case filed in Joypurhat began yesterday, and Khulna police will press charges in a week against leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim
 arrow Bangladesh troops rule UN missions
Bangladesh will become the largest contributor to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, beating Pakistan, as more troops are being sent to Ivory Coast and Sudan this month, sources in the army
 arrow Internet facilities to go countrywide
The government yesterday finalised the policy guidelines for laying optical fibre cables across the country by private telecom operators to expand internet facilities at district and upazila levels.
 arrow Eateries fined for using toxic colour in iftar items
A mobile court yesterday sentenced three restaurant owners in the old part of the city to two days imprisonment and fined them Tk 1,000 each for using toxic colours, chemicals and stale raw foods in different
 arrow 14-party to ask BNP to expel militant-linked alliance partners
The mainstream opposition parties are going to issue an ultimatum to the ruling BNP to expel its partners from the four-party coalition for their "link to militancy.
 arrow JMB issues death threat to 6 journos in Rajshahi
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) threatened six journalists of Rajshahi on Wednesday saying they are creating obstacles to establishing Islam.
 arrow Confusion over 5 Bangladeshis held in India
Five Bangladeshis were arrested in Kolkata a day after the August 17 serial blasts in Bangladesh, but authorities here neither informed the matter to the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi nor to
 arrow Jamaat rejoinder, our reply
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in a rejoinder on Wednesday protested a report headlined "August 17 bombers did it again: Laxmipur bomber has Jamaat link; DCs asked to up watch on courts" published in TheDaily
 arrow Criminal case filed against Dr Iqbal
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday filed a criminal case against Premier Bank Chairman Dr HBM Iqbal and eight others for opening fake accounts in a bid to grab shares worth about Tk 56
 arrow 19 more down with dengue
Nineteen more people diagnosed with dengue fever, a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquito, were admitted to different hospitals and clinics in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Britain's Howard bows out as chief of Conservatives
Michael Howard bowed out as leader of Britain's main opposition Conservatives yesterday, warning his would-be successors there was a hard road ahead if the party was to return to government.
 arrow Buying iftar

 arrow More sacrifice needed in war on terror: Bush
President George W Bush yesterday rejected critics of the Iraq war who demand a US pullout and cast the conflict as necessary to prevent Islamic militants from gaining a foothold for a sweeping empire.
 arrow Govt to revise visa policy to restrict overstay of foreigners
The government has planned to revise the country's visa policy to incorporate into it various provisions, including one that will restrict foreigners to overstay in Bangladesh.
 arrow Natwar pins high hope on Dhaka summit
Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh on Wednesday expressed his optimism that the upcoming Saarc summit will successfully address important issues putting aside the long prevalent Indo-Paktension,
 arrow Biman to offload 61pc shares
Revising its previous decision, Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday decided to offload 61 percent share of the loss-incurring national flag career.
 arrow 8 injured as JCD clashes with Shibir
At least eight students were injured in sporadic clashes between the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) at the Dinajpur Medical College hostel on Wednesday night.
Businessarrow Korean investment hinges on govt nod for KEPZ
The South Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) say that the Koreans are waiting for the government to remove the impasse of operating licence for the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) so
 arrow Diversified non-RMG goods needed to increase exports
Diversification of non-RMG products is needed, as Bangladesh has failed to up its exports of non-apparel items in the post-MFA regime, speakers observed at a project launching ceremony in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow US brands top global ranking
US brands bagged eight of the top ten ranks in 'The 100 Top Global Brands' list, which was published recently in an Indian magazine -- BusinessWeek.
 arrow Oil stays below $63 as US demand eases
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Thursday on signs that consumer demand in the United States, the world's biggest energy user, may be easing, dealers said.
 arrow S'pore PM to push for FTA talks during China visit
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Thursday he would push for the start of negotiations on a free-trade agreement with China when he visits the country later this month.
 arrow Nomination process gets good response
The Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMA) programme launched by Citigroup Foundation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Bangladesh has received substantial number of nominations
 arrow StanChart's seminar with inter-bank market players
Standard Chartered Bank's Global Markets team recently organised a seminar with the country's major inter-bank market players on " Emerging Trends in South Asia".
 arrow Moli Capita Centre shopping mall opens today
A new shopping mall, Moli Capita Centre, will be launched at Gulshan in Dhaka today, says a press release.
 arrow KL to make biofuel mandatory by '08
Malaysia, the world's top palm oil producer, will make a palm oil-based fuel a mandatory additive at petrol pumps by 2008, a newspaper said on Thursday, part of government efforts to cut its diesel subsidy
 arrow China criticizes US review of textile quotas
China Thursday voiced "firm opposition" to the US government's acceptance of an industry request to consider quotas on 13 types of Chinese textile imports.
 arrow DHL invests $110m to expand HK hub
International logistics giant DHL said Thursday it is investing 110 million US dollars to expand its Central Asia hub in Hong Kong to meet strong growth in Asia led by China.
Sportsarrow Football: BFF yet to get kicking
Although most of the federations are on the verge of starting preparation for the coming South Asian Games (formerly SAF Games) in Colombo, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will not go into action
 arrow Cricket: The heat is on
The world team must bat patiently and build more partnerships if it is to keep the one-day Super Series alive, New Zealander Daniel Vettori said here Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Latvian GM for Chess Olympiad
The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) has roped in Latvian coach Edviins Kengis to prepare the national team for next year's Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav's school of cricket
Sourav Ganguly's state-of-the-art cricket academy was inaugurated by Buddhadev Bhattacharya, the chief minister of West Bengal, on Wednesday evening in a high-profile launch in Salt Lake in Kolkata.
 arrow Cricket: Tigercricket.com launched
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) launched its official website: www.tigercricket.com at the Sonargaon Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Border doesn't like the idea
Alan Border, the former Australian great, has questioned the decision to award official Test and ODI status to the Super Series matches and considers it a "slap in the face" of all former cricketers.
 arrow Don't Rip Me Off Just Because I'm A Cricket Star Now!

 arrow Cricket: West Indies keep faith in Lawson
Jermaine Lawson has been included in West Indies' 15-man squad for the forthcoming tour of Australia despite continuing concerns over both his action and fitness.
 arrow Cricket: BCB Dev Squad in trouble
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Development Squad ran into deep trouble in their first four-day match in Sri Lanka when they lost two wickets without scoring in their first innings at close of first
 arrow Cricket: England security 'guaranteed'
The Pakistan Cricket Board says the security for the England touring party will be "air-tight".
 arrow Boxing: Boxing coaches' course ends
The two-week Olympic Solidarity Boxing Coaches' Course organised by Bangladesh Olympic Association under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity Movement concluded on Thursday at the National Sports Council.
 arrow Cricket: Bracken set to swing into Worcester
Australian swing bowler Nathan Bracken has agreed to play for Worcestershire in the 2006 English county season.
 arrow Football: To celebrate or not to...
Brazilian players Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos said on Wednesday they were baffled over the controversy surrounding their comical goal celebrations for Real Madrid.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza reaches qtrs
Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic outshone her teenage rivals and the richer men's event to reach the quarterfinals of the the Japan Open tennis tournament here.
 arrow Tennis: Henin crashes
Top seed Lindsay Davenport successfully began her title defence at the 650,000-dollar WTA Grand Prix event as reigning French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne fell at the first hurdle here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Time for a divorce?
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says his club could leave their famous San Siro home and build a new a venue in the city.
 arrow Olympics: Beijing Games eco logo unveiled
Organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have unveiled its new environmental logo to represent the city's effort to conduct a 'Green Olympics.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to be examined today
Sourav Ganguly will meet Indian team physiotherapist John Gloster on Friday in Mumbai to seek advice on his injured elbow, Cricket Board sources said here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Real still not finished article
Real Madrid director of football Arrigo Sacchi says the Primera Liga club still has a way to go before it can be considered the best side in Europe again.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe not required
Retired England Test batsman Graham Thorpe has been told by Australian Sheffield Shield champions New South Wales he's unlikely to play for them this season.
 arrow Football: Cisse warns Rafa
Liverpool's France striker Djibril Cisse warned Rafael Benitez Thursday that he would leave the Premiership side if he did not get more first team action.
Metropolitanarrow Jinnah House in Mumbai to be made Saarc cultural centre
India has decided to convert the residence of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in Mumbai into a Saarc cultural centre and clarified that it would not be handed over to Pakistan.
 arrow 3 sanctuaries to conserve pure carp species
The government is planning to establish sanctuaries at Halda river in Chittagong, Chalan Beel in Pabna and Sundarbans to conserve carp species of pure genetic quality.
 arrow 'Amend laws to eliminate hazardous child labour’
Speakers at a roundtable called on the government to take immediate steps to eliminate all forms of hazardous child labour in the country.
 arrow 3 murdered in two days
Two people were stabbed to death in the small hours of yesterday while another was murdered on Wednesday night in and around the city.
 arrow Cancel coal extraction deal with Asian Energy
Speakers at a rally yesterday asked the government to cancel the contract signed with Asian Energy Corporation to extract coal under an open pit mining system from Phulbaria upazila in Dinajpur.
 arrow One to die for killing wife for dowry
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife for dowry eight years ago at Nawabganj upazila in Dhaka district.
 arrow Wife cries for justice
Wife of a slain businessman of Bogra yesterday demanded of the government to immediately arrest and punish the murderers of her husband.
 arrow Create posts for graduate physiotherapists in govt hospitals
Bangladesh Physiotherapy Students' Union (BPSU) yesterday demanded of the government to create post for graduate physiotherapists and diploma physiotherapists in all government hospitals including thana
 arrow CPB demands permanent solution to monga
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) demanded assistance for monga (a famine like situation) affected people and creation of alternative employment opportunities to permanently address the problem
 arrow Case against Sphulinga editor, publisher
Kotwali police station yesterday lodged a case against Mia Abdus Sattar, publisher and chief editor of Daily Sphulinga, Apu, editor of the Daily and Abdul Kuddus, owner of Mollah Press, for publishing
 arrow Damaged aircraft to be turned into restaurant
The body of the F-28 craft of Bangladesh Biman, that suffered a serious accident at the Osmani International Airport in Sylhet last year, will be transported to Dhaka soon.
 arrow Hawkers to be evicted from footpaths after Eid
Hawkers will be evicted from the footpaths of main thoroughfares in the capital and vagrants and beggars forced into shelter homes after the Eid-ul-Fitr and ahead of the forthcoming Saarc summit scheduled
 arrow Road blockade on Jessore-Benapole highway
Transport workers blocked the Jessore-Benapole highway after a bus driver was assaulted by the miscreants at Gadkhali of Jhikargachha upazila in Jessore yesterady morning.
 arrow Dr Rezwan gets Extension
The contractual appointment of Dr Rezwan Hossain Siddique, Director General of Press Institute of Bangladesh, has been extended by another year, said a PID handout.
 arrow 1,379 arrested,18 arms seized
Police arrested 1,379 people from different parts of the country on various charges during anti-crime drives in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Arsenault takes over as Unicef Representative
Louis-Georges Arsenault, a Canadian national, took over charge yesterday as new Unicef Representative in Bangladesh.
 arrow US Embassy closed Sunday
The American Embassy offices, including its public affairs section, American centre library, and student counselling service, will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of the Columbus Day, an American
Point-Counterpointarrow Recognising Israel
It appears that General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military dictator since October 1999, is on a mission to legitimise Israel: and he is going about it with the zeal of a new convert.
 arrow How Bangladeshi Americans can help Bangladesh with their votes
An American friend once told me that America does not necessarily do something because it is right; many a times America does something because a pressure group within the US wants it done.
 arrow The invention of porno torture
Lynndie England, the Army private photographed holding a naked Iraqi by a dog leash, has been convicted leaving behind a nagging question: how far up does the responsibility go? By no means is Lynddie
Culturearrow Catching up with the music director
Imagine entering BTV's huge auditorium on a cool evening. With the studio lights dimmed the recording session is set to begin to the resonance of a wide variety of musical instruments.
 arrow Mollah Barir Bou: A breath of fresh air?
Since the megahit Moner Majhey Tumi, mainstream Bangladeshi films have been going through an extended drought.
 arrow BACHSHASH Awards declared
The 33rd Bangladesh Cine Journalists Award, popularly known as BACHSHASH Award, was announced recently at the Ballroom of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
 arrow The all time favourite singer actress
Who doesn't remember the singing governess of The Sound of Music, the cheerful and well loved child minder in Mary Poppins and the beautiful Gunievere in Camelot? Yes, you've gotit
 arrow Habib lends a hand to Shah Abdul Karim
Most of the songs in the two popular albums of renowned musician Habib, Krishna and Maya, are originally rendered by legendary Baul singer Shah Abdul Karim.
Generalarrow IFAD plans $41.7m project for charland regions
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations, is contemplating funding a 41.
 arrow Medexpo-2005 begins December 9
Triune Exhibition and Event Management Services (Teems) and Bangladesh Private Clinic and Diagnostic Owners Association (BPCDOA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 3, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Prices need coming down
With the coming of Ramadan, the shopper's list has expanded with the addition of fast-breaking items.
 arrow Editorial: Teacher appointment mess
The report that five teachers have been appointed by the DU authorities in violation of the principle, that merit should be the sole criterion for such appointments, is something that cannot
 arrow My party, right or wrong!
My country, right or wrong, said an American patriot and your honour this is no less true for the Germans".
 arrow What we eat is eating us away
I must admit I have been slow to react, because I failed to pick up the story earlier in the frenzy of things.
 arrow Uni-track system: Is it necessary?
The Government of Bangladesh, or rather its Ministry of Education (MoE) has taken an initiative to introduce uni-track system at the pre-SSC level of secondary education from January 01, 2006.
Letters to Editorarrow Recognising Israel
Refer to Choudhury Hasan's letter titled "Recognising Israel" in the October 3 issue of DS.
 arrow HSC results
The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate Examinations are the turning point in a student's life. With the passage of time, the results are soaring high gradually.
 arrow UN and USA
The USA manufactures and stockpiles thousands of nuclear bombs, possesses enormous quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunitions, war planes, tanks, warships, rockets, missiles, helicopter gunships
 arrow Biman flying low
What is wrong with our national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines? Lately nothing seems to be working in favour of it.
 arrow Not a failed state
In recent times, an attempt by the media to project Bangladesh as a failed state to the outer world is being clearly noticed.
 arrow Political cancer
While the political rulers wax eloquence over various forms of cancer in the human body (and mind?), they naively overlook the signs of cancerous growths in the body of politics.
 arrow Cult of ad hoc policies
The democratic regimes since 1991 are indulging in a spate of ad hoc policies to gain cheap popularity. The latest is the 2-day weekend holiday (5-day working week).
 arrow Rank cowardice
I draw the attention of the masterminds behind the August 17 bomb blasts. What exactly do you mean to establish by such a heinous act? To me your actions are just a stunt.
 arrow Nirmal Sen
Better late than never. Thanks to our Honourable Prime Minister for showing the sympathy that the veteran journalist Nirmal Sen deserves.
No one is immune to diseases.

 arrow Some suggestions
I would like to put forward some suggestions to the President of BGMEA.
 arrow Next election
For fourteen years the country was governed in a democratic system by two female prime ministers, Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow A demented cow!
The other day, I was returning home from Panthapath to Banani by a CNG scooter. As usual, I was confined by the never-ending jam in Manik Mia Avenue.
 arrow BCS and parental information
This is on the query of Mr. Ahsan on inclusion of parental information in the application forms of BCS entrance examinations. Mr.
 arrow Indo-US joint statement
US President George W Bush spoke to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on telephone on Friday and discussed bilateral ties covering the landmark nuclear deal between the two countries.
 arrow Jamuna Bridge
The Uttar Banga Janakalyan Samity (North Bengal People's Welfare Association) recently called upon the government to reduce the rate of tolls of the Jamuna Bridge in the interest of smooth and viableindustrialisation
 arrow Shifting of Ramna Kali Mandir
The protest registered by different Hindu religious organisations over this matter is fully justified.
 arrow Good report
I appreciate the courage shown by The Daily Star reporter for his investigative report, published on September 30, unearthing the corruption that has taken place in recruiting JCD leaders and workersin
Environmentarrow Water talks' aftermath
Two-day Indo-Bangla Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) water talks recently concluded in Dhaka appears to have rated as comforts.
 arrow Addressing the water crisis of Dhaka city
Though three-fourth of total surface of the earth remaining covered with water, this huge volume of water exists only to balance the natural order.
Worldarrow South Asia: Tigers may emerge as kingmakers
Sri Lanka's minority parties have aligned with the two main contenders for next month's presidential election hoping to be kingmakers, but analysts say it is the Tamil Tiger rebels who will end up calling
 arrow South Asia: Nato to send 10,000 extra troops to Afghanistan
Nato will send more than 10,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, the 26-nation group's Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Thursday, which would double its force in the insurgency-hit country.
 arrow South Asia: Norway envoy sets stage for truce talks with Tigers
Norway's ambassador to Sri Lanka met with Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday ahead of a review of Oslo's peace initiative and talks next week on salvaging a shaky truce, diplomats said.
 arrow South Asia: EU warns of Nepal's political collapse
A European delegation warned yesterday that Nepal faced political collapse in the wake of King Gyanendra's seizure of power in February unless urgent action was taken to restore democracy.
 arrow South Asia: Security tight for last stage of Pak local polls
Security was tight across Pakistan yesterday as thousands of councillors elected in two rounds of local polls in August prepared to vote for powerful district chiefs.
 arrow Blair warns Iran not to interfere in Iraq
Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Iran not to interfere in Iraq yesterday after underlining suspicion that explosives used to kill British troops there may have come from the Islamic republic.
 arrow ‘Laden to surface after new attack on US soil’
Osama bin Laden is expected to remain in hiding until he stages another attack on the United States, an ex-CIA expert who had tracked the terror mastermind for two decades warned in an interview.
 arrow Ex-Marine slams US brutality in Iraq
US military training has created troops so desensitised to violence that battleground brutality in Iraq is rampant -- and has helped fuel the bloody insurgency seen there today, a new book released Thursday
 arrow First unofficial Afghan polls results released
Election authorities announced yesterday the first few unofficial results in Afghanistan's parliamentary election.
 arrow India, France sign $3b sub purchase deal
India yesterday signed a deal with France in New Delhi for the purchase of six Franco-Spanish Scorpene submarines worth 2.4 billion euros (three billion dollars).
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