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Front Pagearrow Essential drugs turn costlier
Prices of 18 essential drugs are set to go up as the top 20 pharmaceuticals companies have decided not to sell the medicines below a minimum ceiling rate.
 arrow Population growth rate declines by 0.2pc
Population growth rate in Bangladesh is on the decline and the total growth by 2050 will be less than as projected, says the State of the World Population 2005 report globally launched yesterday by the
 arrow Less success, more controversy
Excepting a few routine rural infrastructure development, Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan could make no headway in fulfilling his party's electoralpledges
 arrow Call for implementing building code
The capital's key installations, such as fire service stations, hospitals and educational institutions, should immediately be made resistant to earthquakes to facilitate rescue work directly after a disaster.
 arrow Hannan barred from 'political speech'
A court inspector yesterday barred militant kingpin Mufti Abdul Hannan from giving a statement, directing him not to make any "political speech", when a Dhaka court asked the suspect of the August 17countrywide
 arrow PMs of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan to meet twice in Nov
The prime ministers of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan will meet twice in two weeks next months on the sidelines of two international gatherings.
 arrow Ecnec refers two projects to ACC for investigation
The government has decided to place two projects -- on electricity supply to 16 towns and the construction of Mymensingh Bypass -- under investigation of the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) for overexpenditure
 arrow TCB to beef up open sale of essentials
The government at a taskforce meeting on the market situation yesterday decided to increase ongoing trading of essentials through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) to reign in spiralling prices.
 arrow Diarrhoea breaks out in Rangpur
Fresh areas of Fulchhari, Shaghata and Gaibandha Sadar upazilas have gone under water as an onrush of floodwater rolled down from upstream yesterday.
 arrow Mobile courts jail 2, file 305 cases
Thirty mobile courts jailed two persons, filed as many as 305 cases and fined about Tk 12 lakh yesterday for producing and selling substandard foods in restaurants and shops and also for irregularities
 arrow 5 Shibir men injured in BCL attack
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists yesterday beat up the members of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on the Jagannath University campus, leaving five of them injured.
 arrow PM asks people to capture bombers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday apparently declared a mass resistance to militants as she asked people to capture those involved in bomb-terrorism in the name of Islam, saying that her government
 arrow Remove 'failed' ministers
Leaders of the 11-Party alliance yesterday severely criticised the prime minister's address to the nation, saying that the PM has deceived the nation by expressing mere sorrow for the failure to check
 arrow ACC to probe graft charge
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will conduct investigations regarding a number of allegations they received against Kamalapur Customs Station, ACC top officials said during a visit to Dhaka Customs
 arrow Irregularities in LC opening lead to forex smuggling
Plenty of scope for tampering with documents, from the opening of Letters of Credit (LC) to the entry of imported goods, allows the smuggling of foreign currencies, reveals a working group led by theBangladesh
 arrow Eight Libya-bound madrasa students barred from boarding flights
Immigration police at Zia International Airport (ZIA) have barred eight Bangladeshi students having madrasa background from boarding Libya-bound flights.
 arrow Quake relief reaches some in Pakistan
Four days after Zarabe Shah's home crumbled on her, rescuers pulled the dust-covered 5-year-old out of the rubble yesterday, a shot of good news as hopes faded of finding other earthquake survivors.
 arrow Pvt airlines to carry non-ballotee Hajj pilgrims
The government has decided to allow other airlines to carry Hajj pilgrims through non-governmental channels this year.
 arrow Hasina says govt has no right to cling to power
Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the ruling alliance has no right to stay in power anymore as the prime minister in her address to the nation on Monday admitted
 arrow Keeping the Padma navigable...

 arrow Durga to be immersed today
Devout Hindus will take the Durga idols to the riverbanks in processions for immersion today.
The devotees celebrated Mahanabami and Bijoya Dashami at Puja mandaps in the city with great festivityyesterday.

 arrow Bar body to shun function if 19 HC judges attend
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will boycott the annual get-together of the Supreme Court on October 17 if the "politically appointed" 19 High Court judges attend the function.
 arrow Nepal king orders for elections by 2007
King Gyanendra has issued orders for parliamentary elections to be held in Nepal by April 2007, state-run radio said Wednesday, in line with his pledge when he seized power earlier this year.
 arrow Govt to hire consultancy firm shortly
The government will appoint a reputed international consultancy firm shortly for conducting a techno-feasibility study on a deep-sea port in the country.
 arrow 10 storehouses gutted in Ctg
A fire last night gutted 10 storehouses, damaging valuables worth approximately several crore taka at East Madarbari in Chittagong.
 arrow Correction
The October 11 news headlined "Coal Mining, Power Project: Sheer neglect led to Barapukuria Disaster" inadvertently named Chinese company CMEC in place of CMC as the mine's contractor.
Businessarrow Ecnec okays 7 projects involving Tk1,781cr
Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved seven development projects involving Tk 1,781 crore.
 arrow Ericsson, Nokia to launch low frequency GSM telephony
Ericsson and Nokia are launching cost-effective cellular mobile solution for the emerging markets in order to expedite the proliferation of telecoms penetration in the emerging markets.
 arrow Snow opens tour in China focused on yuan reforms
US Treasury Secretary John Snow opened his tour of China Wednesday focused on the steps the country has taken to greater currency flexibility since Beijing revalued the yuan and pledged greater forexreform.
 arrow EU remains on bird flu alert as tests continue
The European Commission welcomed Wednesday test results showing no signs so far of bird flu in Romania, but said the EU remains on alert for the potentially deadly virus after an outbreak in Turkey.
 arrow Thai co acquires 90pc stake in Summit Petroleum
Thailand's Picnic Corp, a cooking gas distributor, said yesterday it has invested $1 million to acquire 90 percent stake in the Summit Surma Petroleum Co Ltd, a liquefied petroleum gas distributor inBangladesh.
 arrow AKTEL launches transmission network at Ghorashal
AKTEL, a cell phone operator, yesterday launched a transmission network at AKTEL's Ghorashal Transmission Centre.
 arrow EU, Thailand finalize cooperation accord
The European Union finalized a cooperation accord with Thailand Wednesday aimed at boosting economic ties and creating a "more structured" relationship, the head of the EU's executive said.
 arrow SEDF, Islami Bank sign MoU on SME financing programme
The SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) and Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Citigroup announces donation for quake victims in South Asia
Citigroup, the owning company of Citibank NA, recently announced that the company and its employees will donate up to US$3 million to assist the humanitarian aid effort following the earthquake disaster
 arrow Oil prices remain above $63
Oil prices continued rising in Asian trade Wednesday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) made a smaller-than-expected cut in its demand growth projections, dealers said.
 arrow China, US begin new round of textile talks amid doubts
China and the United States began a sixth round of talks here Wednesday aimed at settling a drawn-out dispute on China's soaring textile exports amid industry doubts of success.
 arrow EU seeks to boost internal market
European Union finance ministers pledged Tuesday to take steps to deepen the EU's huge marketplace for goods and services in order to boost economic growth and create more jobs.
Sportsarrow Football: Players loving Argentine regime
It is too early to say whether there will be a hint of Latin flare when Bangladesh start their title-defence in the SAFF champions in Pakistan next December.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul replacing Sourav?
Rahul Dravid is expected to be named India's cricket captain on Thursday, ending Sourav Ganguly's five-year reign as the country's most successful skipper, media reports said.
 arrow Football: Blatter calls football riches insane
FIFA president Sepp Blatter launched a scathing attack Wednesday on hugely wealthy players and club owners, saying the "pornographic" amounts of money available at the top tiers of football risked wrecking
 arrow Football: Manik new MSC coach
Mohammedan Sporting Club on Wednesday appointed Shafiqul Islam Manik as their new football coach till December 2006.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh open against UAE
Bangladesh will face United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening match of the ninth Asia Cup cricket to be held in Pakistan from February 16-28 next year.
 arrow Cricket: Fitness camps for cricketers
The national cricketers will have to go through fitness training camps during gaps in the domestic season.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers rewarded by Beximco
Beximco Pharmaceuticals, one of the biggest firms in the country, honoured Bangladeshi cricketers on Wednesday for their glorious victory against world champions Australia in a tri-series in England last
 arrow Cricket: It'll be you, no you
Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan Wednesday each predicted the other would take 1,000 career Test wickets as they prepared to face off at the spin-friendly Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Cricket: ACC plans special 'ODIí
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is launching a global appeal to help raise money for victims of the Pakistan earthquake.
 arrow Football: Ailing Puskas going to sell everything
Ferenc Puskas is to sell more than 100 personal mementos of his illustrious soccer career at a British auction next month.
 arrow Football: Wome called Eto'o a liar
Pierre Wome, whose missed penalty cost Cameroon a place in the World Cup finals, says he could have been killed by fans after Saturday's match and that his family is now living under police protection.
 arrow Football: Uruguay hold the edge
The tensions are mounting in some corners of the South American continent ahead of the final opportunity to secure the fifth and final World Cup ticket for Germany.
 arrow Cricket: England's tour opener may be moved
The opening match of England's forthcoming tour to Pakistan could be switched from Rawalpindi to Lahore, following the devastating earthquake that struck in the north of the country on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: No play in Colombo
The first day's play of the second four-day match between Bangladesh Development Squad (High Performance) and their Sri Lankan rivals was washed out without a ball being bowled at the Premadasa Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Lara blames lack of match practice
Brian Lara, the West Indies batsman, has blamed his dreadful performance in the one-day matches of the Super Series on the lack of match practice.
 arrow Football: Adu's no to Ghana
Freddy Adu, the Ghana-born teen prodigy who became a US citizen in 2003, has no interest in playing for his African homeland in the 2006 World Cup, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Zoro still finds 'em recists
Despite promises by the Italian football authorities to clamp down on racism, Serie A defender Marc Zoro says he constantly suffers "deplorable" insults because of the colour of his skin.
 arrow Football: Nesta operated upon
AC Milan's Alessandro Nesta underwent surgery on his injured left hand on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow 2 get death, 3 others life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two youths to death and three others to life in jail for killing a 14-year-old schoolboy eight years ago.
 arrow Amend laws to ensure fair trial of juvenile offenders
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to amend the Children Act 1974 and the Children Rules 1976 to ensure fair trial of juvenile offenders.
 arrow Economic ties to further strengthen with Germany
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina congratulated newly elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
 arrow SI, 5 informants on three-day remand
A court in Dhaka yesterday sent a policeman and five of his informants on a three-day remand to quiz them about the money embezzlement of Uttara Group of Industries on October 8.
 arrow NSPDL threatens to stop dev work
North South Property Development Limited (NSPDL), a real-estate firm, yesterday urged the government to resume the sale of forms of the proposed Bhasantek Rehabilitation Project among the interested people
 arrow 37 m people blind in world
World Sight Day will be observed today in the country as well as across the globe.
A total of 37 million people in the world are blind though 75 percent of this blindness is curable and preventable.

 arrow Woman beaten to death for alleged mugging at city puja mandap
Angry mob beat a woman to death suspecting her a mugger at Shankhari Bazar Puja Mandap under Kotwali police station in old town on Tuesday night.
 arrow Threat to blow up Proshika office
Unidentified miscreants in an anonymous letter yesterday threatened to blow up the local office of Proshika, a leading non-government organisation, demanding a toll of Tk 10 lakh within a month.
 arrow Four jockeys back to parents after 10 years
Four siblings, who were used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the last 10 years, returned to their parents at Charkakra village of Companyganj in Noakhali yesterday.
 arrow BAF plane with relief leaves for Pakistan
A C-130 cargo of Bangladesh Air Force left Dhaka for Islamabad yesterday with medicines and relief materials for the severe earthquake affected people in Pakistan.
 arrow Tk 1crore GP donation for Pak quake victims
GrameenPhone Ltd. donated Tk 1 crore for the victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Pakistan, says a press release.
 arrow Electronic goods, liquor worth Tk 18 lakh seized
The members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG), East Zone, yesterday seized huge quantity of liquor and electronic goods worth around Tk 18 lakh from a Vietnam-flag carrier at the outer anchorage of Chittagong
 arrow Foreign salt seized
Bangladesh Navy Ship Dhansiri during its routine patrol in the coastal area on Monday seized five mechanised wooden body cargo boats from the Sandwip channel and recovered one thousand tons of foreign
Nationalarrow Tea production likely to hit target this year
Tea production in the country may attain the current year's target of 57.5 million kilograms, officials in the sector hope.
A favourable weather and rainfall in the last few weeks made them hopeful.

 arrow Half of RU teachers do part-time jobs outside
Academic activities in Rajshahi University (RU) are being seriously hampered as over 400 teachers are engaged in part-time jobs or consultancy services.
 arrow Home, sweet home...
The Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has rehabilitated six camel jockeys brought home from the Middle East to their families in Lalmohan and Char Fashion upazillas in Bhola district.
 arrow Cracks develop in roads to two bridges
Road link with Dhaka has been threatened as two major cracks developed along the slope of approach roads of Birsrestho Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge at Doarika and Major M A Jalil Bridge at Shikarpur on the
 arrow Gas cylinders costlier in Sirajganj
Prices of LP gas cylinders have increased by Tk 150 to 200 in Sirajganj town in last few days.
 arrow Militants' bombs now look like cell phones!
Persons carrying cell phones in court areas are being checked in Khulna and Bagerhat. Wristwatches are not also being spared from checking by police plainclothes police.
 arrow Flag meet held in Akhaura
A flag meeting between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held on Akhaura border on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Four years of alliance rule
On October 10, 2001, the BNP led 4-party alliance after winning two-thirds majority in the parliamentary election held on October 1, 2001, took oath and formed the government to run the country for five
 arrow False hopes or achievements falsified?
Of late I have felt compelled to write this piece after a long slumber.
 arrow We need to do more to prevent blindness
Sokina (35) is a widow of Baniajuri village in Manikganj. Her husband Belayet died of tuberculosis two years ago.
Culturearrow A curtain raiser
When The Daily Star caught up with renowned theatre actor-director Aly Zaker in the rehearsal room of Nagorik Natyasampradaya he was caught up in a frenzy of activity.
 arrow Duo: An intimate experience
When or how does an artist know what her artwork should be about? For Tarana Halim, this issue was resolved when she was doing the First Part of her Masters in Sculpture; when her teachers urged her to
 arrow John Lennon: The world still remembers...
On October 9, 1940, John Winston Lennon was born into a world he would change within the next 40 years. If he were alive, John Lennon would've turned 65 this year.
 arrow North Korea opens its doors to foreign filmmakers
North Korea is commonly portrayed as the world's bad guy in Hollywood, but the country's movie-buff leader Kim Jong-Il is striking back by opening up Pyongyang's film industry to foreign participation.
Generalarrow 2 killed, 21 hurt in road accident
Two people were killed and 21 injured in separate road accidents in the district on Monday and Tuesday.
 arrow Care food rations for flood-hit
A non-government organisation has kicked off food rations to 3,500 flood-affected households in Gaibandha, Rangpur and Nilphamari districts for 15 days from yesterday.
Internationalarrow Cry for more mercy flights
Relief operations in earthquake-hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir got into full gear yesterday with the help of US and German helicopters, but hundreds of thousands of survivors were still desperate for
 arrow Rescuers race against time in Kashmir
Indian troops were fighting a race against time yesterday to deliver aid to thousands of earthquake survivors as rain and snow played havoc with the relief efforts in Kashmir, officials said.
 arrow Quake deals big blow to Kashmir rebels
Intelligence officials and former guerrillas yesterday said the giant earthquake that killed tens of thousands across divided Kashmir has dealt a blow to rebels in the Himalayan region.
 arrow 5 Afghan aid workers among 21 killed
Fighting across Afghanistan killed 10 suspected rebels, six police and five medical workers, and President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he believes the insurgents are receiving support from the nation's
 arrow Iraqi leaders clinch charter deal
A last-ditch deal aimed at ensuring the adoption of a post-Saddam Hussein constitution for Iraq in a national vote just three days away was to go before parliament yesterday, but Sunni Arab parties appeared
 arrow China launches second manned mission
China launched its second manned space mission yesterday, sending two astronauts into orbit as it opened a new chapter in its ambitious drive to become a global space power.
 arrow Quake destroyed 40,000 homes in Kashmir: Official
The earthquake that killed tens of thousands in Kashmir razed 40,720 homes and damaged nearly twice as many in the Indian zone of the Himalayan region, a top official announced Wednesday.
 arrow 'Earthquake prediction is still far off'
A prolonged attempt to help scientists predict when earthquakes will happen has ended in a sad failure, according to a study published on Thursday in Nature, the British science weekly.
 arrow Bali protesters storm jail where bombers kept
An angry crowd yesterday stormed a prison where some convicted Bali bombers are being held, shouting for their deaths on the third anniversary of the attacks on the Indonesian island.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Judicial independence and HRC still elusive
It is now admitted on all hands that in its four years of tenure the BNP-led coalition government has failed to separate the judiciary from the executive and form the Human Rights Commission (HRC).
 arrow Editorial: Option before BNP
Religion has always been an important factor in the social and political culture of the entire sub-continent. Bangladesh, too, has had its share of religion in its politics and political management.
 arrow It is time to declare Jihad
Yes, It is time to declare Jihad. And while saying this I am fully aware of the position of my tongue in relation to my cheek.
 arrow Disaster time
Last Saturday catastrophe came to Pakistan, the country was not prepared for it! Calamities always come as an unpleasant surprise.
Letters to Editorarrow Earthquake in Pakistan
I was still in Bangkok waiting to go home after my treatment, when I was greatly shocked to hear that on Saturday, 8th October 2005, Pakistan was badly battered by an earthquake of a great magnitude,
 arrow Drive against unscrupulous business
The recent drive to check adulteration of food has been hailed by all and sundry. Such practices are tantamount to mass murder and should be dealt with new, stricter laws and tough enforcement.
 arrow Ban Jamaat
The remarks made by our politicians are very annoying. Our country's security was in jeopardy following the Aug. 17 attacks and the most recent bombings in Laxmipur and Chittagong.
 arrow Earthquake preparedness
After the devastating earthquake in Pakistan on 08-Oct, one of the DS readers have rightly said about our country, "...
 arrow "Hindu extremism"
Mr. Mujib's blanket statement about Bangladeshi Hindus is another example of bigotry that still persists in the minds of some Bangladeshis.
 arrow Recreation allowance
At present all government employees get a recreation allowance equivalent to one month's salary after every three years but a few officers on contract service are not allowed this allowance even after
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