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Front Pagearrow Local or foreign group was behind JMB
A high-profile government committee formed to probe the August 17 bomb attacks across the country has opined that "a vested third party", inside or outside the country, may have worked behind the Jama'atul
 arrow Saifur's reforms miss the poor
For whatever reasons Saifur Rahman is acclaimed as a top-performing member of the alliance government's 50-plus strong cabinet, it certainly is not for improving the lot of the masses, especially thepoor,
 arrow Moudud admits failure to form HR commission, separate judiciary
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday admitted that the government is yet to succeed in forming a human rights commission and separating the judiciary.
 arrow Bomb materials, jihad books by Jamaat leaders seized in Rajshahi
Police yesterday seized bomb-making materials and books on Jihad written by Jamaat scholars from a den of the August 17 bombers in Rajshahi following statements of the militants who were arrested in Natore
 arrow PM renews stance against religious terrorism
Renewing her government's firm stance against terrorism in the name of religion, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said no religion supports terrorist acts.
 arrow Bank accounts of Bangla Bhai, Abdur Rahman found
Bank authorities have found only three accounts opened by suspected militant leaders Bangla Bhai, Abdur Rahman and Maolana Obaidur Rahman, with a total of nearly Tk 12 lakh as deposit, almost the whole
 arrow Lack of free flow of information creates room for graft
Speakers at a dialogue in the city yesterday said people are in the dark about government functioning due to the lack of free flow of information, which creates room for corruption.
 arrow Flooding in north unchanged
Overall flood situation in badly affected Gobindaganj and Palshbari upazilas is still grave as the Karotoa river was flowing much above the danger mark yesterday.
 arrow Contributing to the traffic jam...


 arrow 12 bombs seized on Sunamganj border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel seized powerful hand-bombs and explosives reportedly left behind by a fugitive Indian national on Tekerghat border in Sunamganj yesterday.
 arrow Islamabad hasn't decided to postpone Saarc summit
Pakistan on Monday said it has not yet taken any decision on postponement of the Saarc summit to be held in Dhaka next month in the wake Saturday's devastating earthquake.
 arrow Hopes for survivors fade fast
Hope was fading yesterday of finding survivors among thousands buried under houses and schools by an earthquake in northern Pakistan and rescuers pleaded for more helicopters to bring relief to remote
 arrow AL labels PM's speech total lie
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday rejected the prime minister's address to the nation and described as 'all lies' the speech which was broadcast over radio and television on Monday marking
 arrow Locked in...


 arrow HC asks cops not to arrest chief whip's sons
A vacation bench of the High Court (HC) yesterday ordered police not to harass or arrest two sons of Chief Whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain in the extortion cases pending with the Speedy Trial Tribunal,Dhaka.
 arrow Fitra fixed at Tk 33
This year's fitra has been fixed at Tk 33 per head, according to an announcement of the Islamic Foundation yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka sends relief today
A C-130 cargo aircraft of Bangladesh Airforce leaves Dhaka for Pakistan this morning with relief materials for the earthquake victims.
 arrow 2 killed in Rab, cop 'crossfire'
A district-level leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed in an 'encounter' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Comilla early yesterday while in Khulna, an outlawed party operative died in
 arrow Insurgents kill 44 Iraqis
Insurgents determined to wreck Iraq's constitutional referendum killed more than 40 people and wounded dozens in a series of attacks yesterday, including a suicide car bomb that ripped apart a crowded
 arrow JCD cadres blast bombs at Buet
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists hurled four crackers at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday in a bid to obstruct the selling of tender schedules.
 arrow Kumari Puja...


 arrow Lahmeyer sues RPCL for compensation
Lahmeyer International Palli Power Services Limited (LIPPS) has sued Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL) in an international court, seeking Tk 320 crore in compensation, sources concerned said.
Businessarrow 60 farm products to get 20-30pc export subsidy
The government is going to provide 20 to 30 percent export subsidy for 60 agro-products including vegetables.
 arrow Saarc members try to put Safta in place
The Saarc member countries have hammered out their differences on three of the four major irritants hindering Safta and they are trying hard to overcome all the differences before the Saarc summit ofthe
 arrow BKMEA renews demand for reopening Benapole port
Knitwear exporters yesterday renewed their demand for reopening of Benapole land port for yarn import from India to protect the country's highest foreign currency earner sector.
 arrow Dhaka urges int’l community to cancel debts of LDCs
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, urged the international community Monday to cancel the debts of all the Least Developed Countries
 arrow Asia's textile exporters doing better than expected
Fears that China would swallow up between a third and 50 percent of all world textile trade with the end of a global export quota system earlier this year have not materialised, the International Labour
 arrow Japan, Indonesia start 2nd round FTA talks
Japan and Indonesia started a second round of talks here Tuesday on a free trade agreement.
 arrow Fareast Finance & Investment chairman, vice chairman
MA Khaleque and Tofazzal Hossain have been re-elected chairman and vice chairman of Fareast Finance & Investment Limited (FFIL), says a press release.
 arrow Tata Consultancy 2Q net profit up
India's biggest software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services, said Tuesday its second quarter net profit rose almost 21 percent from the a year ago on new business from existing clients.
 arrow Oil prices up ahead of US inventory snapshot
Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Tuesday ahead of the release of the weekly US government report on oil inventories, dealers said.
 arrow Jamuna Bank to float IPO
The Jamuna Bank Ltd will float primary shares for raising over Tk 50 crore from capital market soon, sources at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said yesterday.
 arrow Fisons declares 50pc dividend
The annual general meetings (AGMs) of Sanofi-aventis group of companies, which are Aventis Limited, Fisons( Bangladesh) Ltd and Hoechst Marion Roussel Ltd, were held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Govt again urged to focus on SIM card tax issue
Cellphone operator AKTEL yesterday urged the government to re-focus on imposition of tax on all SIM (subscriber identity module) cards in order to accelerate the growth of the telecoms sector.
 arrow Daewoo wins $480m rig order
South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said Tuesday it has won a 480 million order to build a pair of oil drilling rigs for Singapore-based Frigstad Offshore.
 arrow Samsung to set up mobile phone plant in India
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co said Tuesday it will establish a mobile handset production unit in India to tap into the country's handset market which held high growth potential.
 arrow WTO members regroup after failed effort to kickstart talks
World Trade Organisation members regrouped Tuesday at the body's headquarters, a day after the US and EU won little support for subsidy-cutting plans aimed at kick-starting talks on liberalising international
 arrow Transcom Electronics signs deal with Ruby Cement, Scan Cement
A corporate agreement titled 'EzeeBuy' was signed between Transcom Electronics Limited and Ruby Cement, Scan Cement on Monday in Dhaka.
 arrow Bank holiday on Thursday
Bangladesh Bank and all other scheduled banks will remain closed on October 13 (Thursday) on the occasion of holy Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindus, said a press release of Bangladesh
 arrow Pizza Hut offers special Iftar
Pizza Hut, the global leader of the pizza industry, brings in special Iftar offer titled "Eat as much as you can" at Tk 299 only in Ramadan.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Smooth going on Day 2
The Corporate Cri-cket League made its nationwide de-but on Tuesday and apart from rain in-tervention at Khu-lna the other two games at Chit-tagong and Bogra were played un-der glorious sunshine.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis, Flintoff share it
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and South African batsman Jacques Kallis were named joint winners of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for international cricketer-of-the-year on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India happy that Sachin's playing
Sachin Tendulkar returned to competitive cricket on Monday night after a five-month absence due to elbow surgery, providing a ray of hope to the crisis-ridden Indian team.
 arrow Cricket: 2011 WC host to be named next year
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Tuesday a decision on the host country for the Cricket World Cup 2011 will be made next year.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo awaits tough SA
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming believes his side will find South Africa a tough nut to crack when the two sides clash in a one-day series starting next week.
 arrow Chess: Zia back on song
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman returned to winning ways in the Fifth Asian Individual Chess Championship in Hyderabad, India but International Master Reefat bin Sattar suffered defeat in consecutive rounds.
 arrow Cricket: U-15 cricketers go to India tomorrow
A 16-member Bangladesh Under-15 team will leave Dhaka tomorrow to play three two-day and as many one-day matches in India.
 arrow Cricket: HP Squad meet SL today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board Development (HP) Squad will face their Sri Lankan opponents in the second and final four-day match which starts at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today.
 arrow BOA gets land from NSC
The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) finally got a piece of land to set up its own building.
 arrow Cricket: England will tour Pakistan
England will go ahead with their tour of Pakistan despite the earthquake which has killed around 30,000 people in the south Asian country.
 arrow Cricket: Plunkett called up for Tests
Durham's Liam Plunkett has been called up to replace Simon Jones in England's Test squad for the tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Football: France, Spain playing for high stakes
France and Spain are down to their last World Cup qualifying matches, and neither is guaranteed of an automatic berth even with a win.
 arrow Football: Swiss ready for big cheese
Switzerland's national football team has been talking a lot about cheese recently -- not in an effort to confirm national stereotypes, but rather to challenge them.
 arrow Football: England-Argentina friendly Nov 12
England have confirmed they will play Argentina in a friendly international at Geneva on November 12 now both countries have qualified for the 2006 World Cup.
 arrow Football: From bullets to ball
Police will escort Bosnian fans from the border, then stand guard in riot gear to keep them separated from the Serbians. Banners and firecrackers will not be allowed.
 arrow Football: Rooney seeks samba skills
Wayne Rooney believes England must aspire to match Brazil's skill levels if they want to take the World Cup trophy off the South Americans.
 arrow Football: No time to waste for Lampard
Frank Lampard is overjoyed at England's qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany because the Chelsea midfielder did not make the English squad for the last showpiece of international football.
Metropolitanarrow Two to die, 19 get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people, including a former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, to death and 19 others to life in jail for killing former joint secretary of Gazipur district JCD
 arrow Death sentence, lifetime imprisonment demanded
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded death sentence and lifetime imprisonment for adulteration of food.
They also called for proper implementation of pure food act to check food adulteration.

 arrow Restaurateur, manager jailed for serving meat of dead cows
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a restaurant owner and his manager to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment for attempting to serve meat of dead cows to customers during last year's holy month of Ramadan.
 arrow Robber lynched in Ctg
One robber was beaten to death during a robbery at Satkania in Chittagong in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Cobra venom worth Tk 12 cr seized in city
The anti-crime force Rab yesterday recovered illegal Cobra venom worth about Tk 12 crore from Shyamoli in the city and arrested three people in this connection.
 arrow Addl SP closed, Savar OC suspended
Additional Police Super of Dhaka Amjad Hossain was closed at the police headquarters and Officer-in charge of Savar Police Station Tariq Kamal was suspended yesterday on charge of attempting to misappropriate
 arrow Mobile courts realise Tk 10.16 lakh in fine
Thirty mobile courts led by magistrates fined about Tk 10.
 arrow Consumers lay siege to Ctg PDB office
The Consumer Rights Protection Committee yesterday laid a siege to Bidyut Bhaban, office of the Power Development Board, protesting power crisis in the port city.
 arrow 'Mental health,mental disease not same' Say experts
Mental health and mental disease are not the same, specialists stressed at a seminar yesterday in the city to mark the World Mental Health Day.
 arrow JP demands withdrawal of cases against Ershad by Ramadan
Leaders of Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) yesterday at a rally demanded of the government to withdraw all false cases against the party chief HM Ershad within Ramadan otherwise they would launch a tougher movement.
 arrow Appeal for Help
When other brilliant students are making hectic efforts to get admission in good subjects in good institutions, Nasir Uddin is thinking whether he will be able to continue his higher education, says a
 arrow 1,114 arrested
Police arrested 1,114 people, including two listed criminals, from different parts of the country on various charges during anti-crime drives in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Outlaws regrouping ahead of next polls
Members of outlawed parties are regrouping and reorganising themselves ahead of the next parliament elections in Satkhira and adjoining districts.
 arrow JMB 'commander' Shamim to be shown arrested in Satkhira
JMB 'Chittagong area commander' Shamim Hossain alias Galib, arrested in Chadpur on October 6, will be brought to Satkhira soon and shown arrested in a case filed here in connection with the August 17blasts.
 arrow New aman variety to ease monga
Monga (pre-harvest joblessness) can be removed to a great extent in northern districts by cultivating BRRI Dhan-33, an aman paddy, claims the Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS), an NGO.
 arrow Magura textile mill incurs fresh loss of Tk 36.7 lakh
Magura Textile Mills (MTM) under BTMC (Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation) resumed production under new working arrangements with a hope to earn profit but it incurred a loss of Tk 36.
 arrow 2 'robbers’ lynched in B'baria
Two alleged robbers were lynched by villagers during a dacoity at Chargacha Bazaar in Koshba upazila in the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 7000 acre charlands grabbed in 7 days
Armed people from Faridpur district have grabbed around 7,000 acres of cropland in Jamuna shoals in Lesraganj union under Horirampur upazila in Manikganj district in about a week.
 arrow Kishoreganj AL leader shot dead
Shingpur union Awami League (AL) president Abdul Qaiyum,45, was shot dead by rivals in a feud over possession of Guna 'jolmahal (water body) at Niklee thana Sunday night.
 arrow Schoolboy abducted
Criminals abducted a schoolboy from Chak Shialkhol village in Sirajgonj Sadar upazila yesterday and demanded Tk two lakh ransom.
The victim is Mehedi Hasan, 12, son of Babu Mia.

Point-Counterpointarrow Should we go easy on the Two Ladies?
Politics is highly personalised here. If we cannot find a king, we look for a queen. That explains the style of governance. Presiding over affairs.
 arrow Token charity or real charity?
Since the traditional time for zakat in Bangladesh is coming up, it would be constructive to look at the Bangladeshi version of zakat a little bit more closely and without the rose-coloured
 arrow An uncomplicated faith
It has been many months since I have put pen to paper, or more accurately, fingers to keyboard for the purpose of writing this column.
Culturearrow Aneela makes waves in Delhi
Khadi as bridal dress? Unbelievable and unusual it may sound.
 arrow Commemorating the 11th death anniversary of SM Sultan
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged a discussion session on the morning of 10th October to commemorate the 11th death anniversary of legendary artist SM Sultan, says a press release.
 arrow Rickshaw-pullers: The ones who get you places
Lam Laam Jaffa from Hong Kong is having her three-day installation exhibition at the Alliance Francaise gallery. The focus of the work is on someone working in the street.
Generalarrow ‘Pay bonus to garments workers before Eid’
Karmojibi Nari, a forum for working women, on Monday demanded effective steps to bring down the prices of essentials and pay salary and bonus to garments workers before the Eid.
 arrow 40 houses, valuables worth Tk 1.5 lakh gutted in Chittagong
At least 40 tin-shed houses and valuables worth around Tk 1.5 lakh were gutted in a fire at South Kattali of Pahartali area in the port city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Victims scuffle for aid
Trucks of aid arrived in the ruined capital of Pakistan-ruled Kashmir yesterday, and victims scuffled for badly needed food and blankets three days after a devastating earthquake flattened whole communities.
 arrow Nukes safe after quake
Rivals Pakistan and India said their nuclear warheads and installations were safe after the weekend's devastating earthquake, which caused major casualties on both sides.
 arrow India sends aid for Pak quake victims
An Indian transport was to fly with 25 tons of relief supplies, including tents, food and medicines, to earthquake-hit Pakistan where a massive temblor struck last Saturday flattening villages and killing
 arrow Arrest warrant against ex-Iraqi ministers for $1b theft
Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defence minister and 27 other officials from the US-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation
 arrow Amputations, agony for child quake evacuees
On the rare occasions 12-year-old Amir Zahoor jolts awake, he starts screaming at his father to run away from the earthquake. Then there is silence as he falls back into unconsciousness.
 arrow Rebels kill 19 cops in Afghanistan
Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan and killed 19 officers, the deadliest attack ever on the fledgling police force, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Angela Merkel triumphant, but at a price
As she announced the deal that will make her chancellor, Angela Merkel looked relieved and happy, but there was little sense of triumph.
 arrow Space tourist returns to earth
A Russian Soyuz capsule touched down in Kazakhstan yesterday, bringing a Russian cosmonaut, a US astronaut and an American space tourist back to Earth, mission control said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Four years of opposition role
Yesterday we commented on the four years of the alliance rule. Today we shall dilate on the four years of opposition role in our politics.
 arrow Editorial: Our Durga Puja greetings
The Durga celebrations which began on a note of fervour and enthusiasm and eventually saw a record 20,000 mandaps set up all over the country, were interspersed, initially, with stray acts of vandalism
 arrow First decade of the WTO: Performance of the LDCs
The WTO is currently a 148 member strong organisation.
 arrow Who is doing what in Iraq?
In despair, one looked into three recent developments vis-a-vis Iraq for their implications for that country's future and that of the region.
 arrow Will the PM kindly tell us what is happening?
Honourable Prime Minister:
I am fully aware as to how busy you must be but there are a host of questions crowding my mind, which I would like to bring to your notice.

Letters to Editorarrow Slum dwellers
Famine, flood, river erosion, torture by the upper/richer classes and joblessness force the poor to leave their village homes in the rural areas of Bangladesh. Then they start living in Dhaka city.
 arrow Ramadan price hike
Prices of necessary commodities shoot up during this holy month. From oil to onion everything goes beyond the general customer's ability to purchase.
 arrow Street children
Whenever we have to stop at a signal point of the streets in Dhaka city, we always find little girls and boys ready with their goods to sell. Most of them come to us to sell flowers.
 arrow Plight of people
It is a very common scene every evening during the month of Ramadan that people returning home have to struggle a lot to get into buses.
 arrow Weekly holiday
Is it appropriate for a poor country like Bangladesh to have two-days weekend?
Like several other readers, I also believe that two-days weekly holiday cannot bring any good to our economic life.

 arrow Improve quality of printing
In the 1950's, with great pleasure and satisfaction, we used to read high class(printing wise) newspapers/national dailies containing four to six pages at a cost of two anna (equivalent to thirteen paisa)
 arrow Cyber cafe
What actually is going on in many cyber cafes under the cover of "Internet Service"? The chambers of the cyber cafes are generally fenced in such a way that nobody else can peep inside.
 arrow Patriotism
There appeared two writings in The Daily Star, one on Tuesday Group and another on Islamic extremism.
 arrow Ban on tobacco
A few months ago the parliament passed a bill which banned smoking. But how does it work? I think the law was a ban on tobacco advertisement only.
 arrow Meena Bazar and car parking
I'm writing about the news item published in your paper quoting the Meena Bazaar authorities as paying fine to the traffic police department for illegal parking of cars by customers on the footpath
 arrow Departure
In "A Mother in Manville" Jerry went off by himself to evade the departure of the writer.
When loving ones insist on departing, turning a blind eye to us, we are shocked.

 arrow Crackdown on restaurants
Recently, the authorities have started cracking down on restaurants for preparing food in an unhealthy /unhygienic environment.
 arrow A superlative Eid bonus!
A few days ago I went to the GPO at Ramna to mail an air-parcel containing a small puja gift to my brother who lives abroad.
 arrow Technical education
Recently, here in a local daily a wake up call was made with the dismay that the UK is going to be a third world country.
 arrow Secularism
Secularism becomes a debatable issue in Bangladeshi politics if we go by former mayor Hanif's comment.
 arrow Biman grounded
Biman cannot operate efficiently under government control (politics has no backbone); as has been proved time and again.
 arrow Far from gratitude
A few years ago we, the viewers of Bangladesh Television, were familiar with the song 'Ek Sagore Rakter Binimoye Banglar Shadinata Anlo Jara Amra Tomader Bhulbona…' (which was sung for the heroes of our
 arrow "Hindu extremism"
This is in reply to Mr. Shadabul Mujib's message (Hindu Extremism, The Daily Star, October 11) and his uninformed generalisations regarding Bangladeshi Hindus and several incorrect assertions.
 arrow Traffic jam and Scholastica
This is in reference to the letter by Mr. Anis Rahman of the University of Dhaka published on 5 October '05. Mr. Rahman complains about the traffic jam outside the Scholastica School in Uttara.
Star Chittagongarrow Market sprawl causes heavy loss during fires
The fire fighters are unable to do their duty during the incidents of fire as the markets in the port city have no sufficient space for exit or entry.
 arrow Maa-Shishu Hospital an example of better service
Chittagong Maa-Shishu O General Hospital started its journey with a view to providing services to the children and promoting child healthcare through immunisation, nutrition and healthcare education programmes
 arrow Shopping Malls Wear Colourful Look


Star Cityarrow Dhaka extremely vulnerable to earthquake disaster
Unplanned urbanisation and lack of rescue preparedness make the city extremely vulnerable to a disaster with colossal loss of lives and property, experts said after Saturday's devastating earthquake in
 arrow Traffic Week yet to create awareness
Nearly two weeks have passed since the Traffic Month 2005 began.
 arrow Bus operators still charge extra
Most local service buses and mini-buses are continuing to charge extra fare from commuters by violating the rate chart fixed by the government.
 arrow New five-star hotel in city by year-end
Dhaka will have another five-star hotel after a long time with the opening of Radisson Water Garden Hotel by the end of this year.
 arrow Online registration for DV lottery starts
As the US Diversity Visa (DV) lottery programme 2005 began on October 5, people have started submitting the registration form online to get permanent resident visa in the United States.
 
   
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