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Front Pagearrow Ministers, MPs took all benefits depriving others
The grassroots level leaders of the ruling BNP yesterday accused the ministers and party lawmakers of enjoying all the 'benefits' since the four-party government's assuming office, depriving the field
 arrow Security teams from India, Maldives start arriving from today
Advance security teams from India and the Maldives will start arriving in Dhaka from today to check the security arrangements for the upcoming 13th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
 arrow Controversies, graft charges plague Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda has been at the centre of controversies and allegations of corruption time and again in the last four years of the coalition government.
 arrow Media: Whipping boy of every unsuccessful government
Ironically both M Saifur Rahman and Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan are singing the same song that some Awami League leaders sang during the last year of their tenure.
 arrow JS body questions Armed Forces Division's functioning under PMO
The parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry yesterday questioned the functioning of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the parliamentary system
 arrow Ex-Motijheel OC Rafiq surrenders, sent to jail
Suspended officer-in-charge of Motijheel Police Station AKM Rafiqul Islam was sent to jail yesterday as he surrendered to a court seeking ad interim bail in the Dhaka Commerce College student Kamrul Islam
 arrow Jamaat man linked to militants freed on political pressure
Netrakona police have released a Jamaat-e-Islami-turned-BNP leader, bowing to political pressure despite clear evidence that he had helped the August 17 bombers of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Top IOJ leader killed in Ctg
Unidentified criminals on Saturday night brutally murdered a top Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ-Amini) leader Iqbal Bin Yakub in Chittagong.
 arrow Bomb-like object, threat note sent to Gopalganj judge
Police yesterday recovered from the district and sessions judge's residence in Gopalganj a bomb-like object and a note threating to take action against the judge if he does not conduct court proceedings
 arrow Govt seeks 21st extension of deadline today
The government makes today the 21st appeal to the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for separation of the judiciary with the expiry of the last six-month-long extension to this end.
 arrow NEC okays PRSP
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday approved the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) entitled "Unlocking the Potential: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction" at the eighth
 arrow All cases go to speedy court by month-end
All the cases filed in August 17 countrywide blasts will be brought under the Speedy Trial Tribunal within this month and trials should begin in a week, state minister for home told the press yesterday.
 arrow Old city dwellers protest water crisis
Residents of the city's old town area took to the street yesterday protesting frequent disruptions of water supply for last two months.
 arrow Bar body won't meet SC judges if Faizee is present
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will boycott a conventional courtesy call on the Supreme Court judges today if controversial judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee remains present there.
 arrow Nurturing plants...

 arrow Meeting on gas rationing today
A high-level working committee sits again today to make a decision on introduction of a gas rationing system in a bid to meet the existing energy crisis after a failed meeting on Thursday.
 arrow 15 hurt as JCD, BCL clash with Shibir at DUET
At least 15 Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders and activists were injured in a clash between the ICS and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Dhaka University of Engineering
 arrow Strike at Ctg port ends
The agitating owners and workers of lighter vessels withdrew the indefinite strike enforced in the early hours of Friday and resumed work yesterday at the Chittagong Port.
 arrow Prisoners to get only 3 newspapers
From today, prisoners will not be allowed to read or carry any newspaper other than three dailies -- the Amar Desh, the Manabzamin and the New Age, a senior jail official told The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow One killed in 'crossfire'
A criminal was killed in a 'crossfire' between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang of robbers early yesterday.
 arrow Rice gives London total support over Iran
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday gave full backing to Washington's key ally London over its handling of Iran, accused of developing nuclear weapons and involvement in insurgent attacks
 arrow Blacks march in US amid anger over Katrina response
Tens of thousands of African-Americans rallied on Saturday against lingering inequalities in the United States, cheering speakers who accused the US government of "negligence" in its response to Hurricane
 arrow 8 cops, 6 robbers hurt in shootout
Eight policemen and six robbers were wounded yesterday in a shootout in Sailerteba in Ukhia upazila as the cops foiled a robbery attempt at an expatriate's home.
 arrow Eleven die of diarrhoea in Gaibandha
Eleven people including seven children died of diarrhoea in different parts of Gaibandha district in last two days.
Businessarrow Spending on IT up 9pc in 2004: Study
Bangladesh's domestic information technology market is growing as a study reveals spending on IT amounted to $235 million in 2004, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.
 arrow Tata an icon of industrial harmony
The Indian conglomerate Tata has set a record of 77 years of industrial harmony as none of its 87 concerns faced any strike since 1928.
 arrow EU seeks united front as WTO crunch talks loom
EU foreign ministers will try this week to smooth over threatening cracks in their common position on high-stakes world trade negotiations, as a crunch December deadline looms.
 arrow The economics of oil price adjustment in Bangladesh
(Continued from Oct 16)
The main point to note here is that the substantial terms of trade shock from the oil price increase means Bangladesh has to transfer an additional $700 million for the

 arrow Airlines on alert over bird flu scare
With a potentially lethal bird flu virus causing worldwide anxiety as it spreads from Asia to Europe, the world's airlines have gone on special alert, while cautioning against over-reaction.
 arrow Banglalink mobile phone fair extended
The Banglalink mobile phone fair that started on Saturday at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka has been extended for another two days.
 arrow Indian co to buy tea business of Britain's Premier Foods
After Tata Tea, the Kolkata-based Appejay Surendra Group has firmed up a deal to acquire the tea business of Britain's Premier Foods Plc for 80 million pound (about $140 million) in an all-cash deal.
 arrow New CEO of Citibank NA
Citigroup recently announced William (Bill) R Rhodes as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Citibank NA and president of Citicorp Holdings Inc, both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries
 arrow Three-gigabyte memory cellphone set
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Sunday launched a cellular phone with a three-gigabyte memory, the world's largest data storage capacity ever applied to mobile handsets.
 arrow Foreign buyers bring buzz to S’pore property market
Singapore's tallest condominium project will only be ready in 2009 at the earliest but that has not stopped Asian buyers from joining the rush for one of the most prestigious addresses in town.
 arrow G20 calls for freeing up world trade
The Group of 20 most industrialized and largest developing countries on Sunday called for greater efforts by the international community to free up trade in order to reduce poverty and ensure global economic
Sportsarrow Cricket: Same old pool
The national selectors dropped the idea to increase the number of national pool players for the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee back to training
Mashrafee bin Mortuza started his rehabilitation under the supervision of physio Paul Close on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies collapse yet close to winning
The World XI must face the twin leg-spin menace of Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill to conjure a come-from-behind victory against Australia in the Super Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan aware of the Pakistan task
Captain Michael Vaughan says adjusting quickly to conditions in Pakistan will hold the key to England's chances.
 arrow Cricket: No spat between Sachin & Sourav
Reacting angrily to a media report suggesting ego clashes between them, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar have sought an apology and also threatened to take legal action if such "misleading" reports
 arrow Football: MSC confirm three guest players
Mohammedan Sporting Club have confirmed three guest footballers for the coming National Football League to make up for the absence of nine regulars.
 arrow Football: It's all Ronaldo
Ronaldo grabbed two goals but left the field on a stretcher in Real Madrid's 3-0 derby victory over local rivals Atletico on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Unstoppable Chelsea
Chelsea's marauding start to the Premier League season continued as they came from behind to thrash Bolton Wanderers 5-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: India looks to 'The Wall’
New captain Rahul Dravid will need all his batting consistency and cool ability to keep controversy at bay if he is to lead India out of the doldrums and back to the top of world cricket.
 arrow Football: Juve owe it to Abbiati
Juventus coach Fabio Capello singled out goalkeeper Christian Abbiati for special praise after his last minute heroics in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Messina.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff thinks they can do it
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes the World XI can chase 355 and win the Super Test against Australia in Sydney.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath warns pace rivals
Australia's Glenn McGrath believes it could be a long time before anyone surpasses his record for the number of Test victims claimed by a paceman.
 arrow Cricket: A tame draw
The two-day match between CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-17s and their Rajshahi counterparts ended in a tame draw at the Jagannath Hall ground on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble happy with Dravid selection
Terming as "a good call" the selection of Rahul Dravid as Indian captain for the ODI series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Sunday said the former would make good use
 arrow Football: Ref lets Bayern down
German champions Bayern Munich were left cursing referee Michael Weiner as Schalke 04 used a dubious penalty three minutes into stoppage time to secure a 1-1 home draw on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ballack's future talks in three days
German international captain Michael Ballack has revealed that he will sit down with Bayern Munich chiefs on Wednesday to confirm whether or not he will accept their lucrative four-year contract extension.
 arrow Tennis: Kremlin Cup Pierce's
Third seed Mary Pierce of France won the 2.3-million dollar Kremlin Cup for the second time on Sunday with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-3 win over Italy's Francesca Schiavone.
 arrow Football: Dying with Chile!
A Chilean football supporter was so distraught by the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup that he tried to kill himself by swallowing rat poison, local press reported on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow AL to nationalise pry teachers' jobs if voted to power: Hasina
Describing the next national election as a "great chance to serve the nation", Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that if elected she would nationalise the jobs of all non-governmentprimary
 arrow 4 more bodies recovered, bus salvaged
Four more bodies were recovered from the Gangnaei river in Bogra early yesterday, raising the death toll to 22 in a bus plunge that took place on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow Check Monga: CPB
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) staged countrywide sit-in demonstrations yesterday with the slogans titled 'Resist monga, reduce price and save life.
 arrow US Coastguard team visits Ctg port
A four-member team of the USA Coastguard, who are also members of International Port Security, yesterday arrived at Chittagong and inspected the port activities.
 arrow Mobile courts fine Tk 11 lakh
Thirty mobile courts yesterday conducted drives at different parts of the city and realised over Tk 10.
 arrow Permanent solution to Monga demanded
Speakers at a press briefing yesterday demanded a permanent solution to Monga (a famine like situation) crisis in the northern region of the country.
 arrow Appeal for help
Mukta Akhter, a 16-year-old student, has been suffering from aplastic anaemia, a disorder of bone marrow leading to low count of blood cell, for the last one year, says a press release.
 arrow Trader killed in road accident
A young trader died yesterday evening in the city when a bus ran him over at Motijheel in the city, prompting the passers-by attack on several buses in the area.
 arrow 1,456 arrested
Police arrested 1,456 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00pm yesterday.
Nationalarrow August 17 blasts take toll on tourism
The August 17 serial bomb blasts in the country has started taking its toll on tourism in the hill districts.
 arrow Flowers bring fortune
Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) has taken a laudable initiative.
 arrow Floating vegetable gardens help stave off monga
Unlike others, Tara Begum and her family are not affected by monga (famine-like situation). Once destitute, they have changed their lot by raising floating vegetable gardens on the Brahmaputra waters.
 arrow Swapan backtracks, alleges distortion of statement
Intelligence agencies are probing recent statements made by BNP lawmaker Zahiruddin Swapan in which he allegedly threatened to beat journalists. He is a lawmaker from Barisal-1 constituency.
 arrow 3 chargesheeted in schoolboy murder case
Three persons including a housewife have been chargesheeted in schoolboy Touhidul murder case.
The charge sheet was submitted to a magistrate court here yesterday.

 arrow Barisal market demolished, owners allege political revenge
The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) demolished a market with 35 shops at Fishery Road in the city yesterday.
 arrow Withdraw UNO, demands BNP lawmaker
Several thousand BNP activists led by local lawmaker Akhtaruzzaman yesterday laid a siege to Chichirbandar UNO office from 11 am to 2 pm demanding withdrawal of what they called the false case filed by
 arrow Probarona Purnima in Bandarban
Indigenous Marma community will celebrate Probarona Purnima, a Buddhist festival, here today.
However, the festival was celebrated yesterday in many parts of the country.

Point-Counterpointarrow Dr. ElBaradei's Nobel Peace Prize is politically motivated
The media has spun the news of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its chief, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, as a slap in the face of the Bush administration.
 arrow Economy under threat?
Bangladesh is now being tested for its ability to maintain floating exchange rate regime.
 arrow Fears about the next national election
Recent comments by a senior diplomat of a very influential country that aired apprehensions about peaceful holding of the next general election, likely to be held by the end of next year or in early 2007,
Culturearrow An expert in various genres of art
Syful Islam has done many portraits. Sometimes these paintings have been commissioned and at times they were created out of his own interest.
 arrow A versatile artiste
It is a warm welcome that greets the visitor to the spacious and airy home of Ruxana Anwar in Gulshan.
 arrow New TV show Antoraler Kotha
To generate public awareness against gender violence in our country, United Network Limited (UNL) has produced several documentaries and other television programmes based on human rights issues.
Generalarrow Khaleda keen to work with Merkel to strengthen ties
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted Ms Angela Merkel on her election as the new Chancellor of the Federal republic of Germany.
 arrow Agriculture faces challenges due to price hike of inputs
With the continuous price hike of seed, irrigation, fertiliser and technology, country's agriculture is facing both internal and international challenges, said Agriculture Minister MK Anwar at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2 SCF leaders injured in Shibir attack on CU campus
Two leaders of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) were injured in an attack by the Islami Chhatra Shibir on the Chittagong University (CU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Ershad leaves for London today
Jatiya Party Chairman and Former President HM Ershad leaves Dhaka for London today to visit his daughter and grandson.
 arrow Price hike of drugs protested
Leaders of the Post Graduate Doctors' Association (PGDA) yesterday protested the price hike of similar medicines of different brands by 20 pharmaceuticals in the name of keeping their price level equal.
Internationalarrow Cancelled flights leave millions in waiting
Heavy rains forced the cancellation of nearly all helicopter aid flights yesterday, leaving millions of destitute and drenched earthquake survivors waiting in the Pakistani mountains for aid that could
 arrow Politicians divert quake relief
Earthquake survivors in Indian Kashmir, where the delivery of relief supplies remains patchy in remote villages, complained yesterday that political parties have disrupted distribution efforts.
 arrow 'Sunni Arab province rejects constitution'
The Sunni Arab dominated province of Salaheddin has voted by 71 percent against Iraq's draft constitution according to preliminary results reported Sunday by the chief provincial election officer.
 arrow Polls date fails to break deadlock in Nepal
Nepal's political parties are insisting King Gyanendra restores democratic rule suspended for nine months and holds talks before they will agree to take part in elections scheduled for early 2007.
 arrow Washington to talk Gaza's future
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas was due in Paris today ahead of a visit to the White House in a bid to try and turn Israel's withdrawal from Gaza into a springboard for resurrecting negotiations to end
 arrow 'Fair trial at risk in Saddam's case'
An international human rights group warned yesterday that the court established to try former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and his associates runs the risk of violating international standards for fair
 arrow White supremacists riot in Ohio
Protesters at a white supremacists' march threw rocks at police, vandalised vehicles and stores and cursed the mayor for allowing the event.
 arrow Kashmir politicians call for border opening
Politicians in the Indian and Pakistani zones of Kashmir yesterday called for the militarised ceasefire Line of Control to be opened for relief operations in the earthquake-hit state.
 arrow Migration the only solution for some quake victims
The last time teacher Arif Kiyani was getting ready for school, he was having his morning shave when the earth opened underneath him, engulfing his children.
 arrow 37 dead, 40 missing as boat sinks in UP
At least 37 people died and about 40 were missing after an overcrowded boat carrying farm labourers capsized on the Ganges River in northern India, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Afghan polls staffers fired for fraud
A UN-backed election commission has dismissed about 50 of its staff for suspected fraud in last month's legislative polls, officials said Sunday, raising fears for the legitimacy of Afghanistan's final
 arrow 'Russia ready for arms tech transfer to India'
Russia yesterday said it was ready to provide India with latest weapons technology and hoped that the two countries would conclude an agreement on military intellectual property right (IPR) by the year-end
 arrow Five killed in S Thailand violence
Five people, including two teenagers and a monk, were killed on Sunday in separate shootings and a suspicious fire at a Buddhist temple in Thailand's restive south, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BNP bosses' make-believe world
Neither hollow words nor meaningless palliatives will cut ice with the public. This was the loud and clear message delivered by the grassroots level leaders of the BNP to their bosses in Dhaka.
 arrow Editorial: Easy prey to trafficking
Though less talked about, it is one of the major issues of human rights facing Bangladesh today.
 arrow The nation at a cross-road
Whoever masterminded the August 17 attack by exploding 500 bombs in 63 districts did it consciously and with a purpose.
 arrow Very private sector
The family reunites at least twice in a lifetime, once to celebrate a birth, and again to mourn a death and comfort the living. A tragedy beyond our control can become an opportunity within our means.
 arrow An appeal to the Islamic scholars of Bangladesh
The International Conference of Islamic Scholars held in Dhaka (September 23-25) was a commendable effort by the organisers to highlight the humane face of Islam and condemn the violent trend that isattempting
Letters to Editorarrow Islam at stake in Bangladesh!
Islam is a peaceful religion and this is true about the other religions also. No religion allows killing of innocent people.
 arrow Impending water crisis
We all are aware of global warming.
 arrow Alarming news
Recently, a highly sensational news has been published in a Bengalee daily, that the North Pole is melting rapidly. Needless to say that the news is a matter of great concern.
 arrow A letter to the PM
This letter is addressed to the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh. I am writing this letter in regard to the "Enemy Property Act", otherwise known as the "Vested Property Act".
 arrow Life and politics
We are at it again. We all know that we have a problem and are in deep trouble.
 arrow OMS & upazila education officers
An Upazila Education Officer (UEO) is the most important official to implement compulsory primary education programme in the field level.
 arrow Real charity!
Bangladesh is a developing state and its population is huge in terms of land area of the country.
Interestingly, power and money has been going together in this developing nation since 14 August 1947.

 arrow Are you his lawyer?
I was returning to my home one afternoon (11.10.
 arrow Traffic Jam & Scholastica
This is in reference to the letter by Ms. Itrat M. Rahman, Management Staff of Scholastica, published in The Daily Star on 12 October 2005.
 arrow "Fame Gurukul's wonder boy Qazi Touqeer"
India's number one reality drama show "Fame Gurukul" is slowly coming to its end & at this stage of the competition, it's getting even hotter! This show has also become a household name in Bangladeshtoday
 arrow "Failed state", again
According to the Foreign Policy, (July/August 2005) "U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that "ignoring failed states creates problems that sometimes come back to bite us.
 arrow Bomb blasts and extremists
While I was watching BBC news thousands of miles away from home here in London, I was extremely astonished to see a shocking news on the unprecedented scale of terror attacks throughout Bangladesh.
 arrow Air pollution
Air pollution in Dhaka city has crossed the limits of tolerance.
The matter deserves immediate attention as we are heading for a disaster.

Star Cityarrow Truckers victims of rampant extortion by cops
Truck drivers pay the traffic police Tk 100 to 500 in toll at different points in the city, sources in the Bangladesh Truck Drivers Union (BTDU) alleged.
 arrow Hawker-free streets before Saarc summit
Dhaka streets will be hawker-free next month as the home ministry, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have joined hands to execute the task ahead of the 13th Saarc Summit
 arrow Shumon’s return from the dark world
The tale is not about the boy becoming Tokai Shagor, Pichhi Hannan or any notorious characters, but a 'come back to life' determination from rough existence.
 arrow The pet doctor and his clinic
As you move up the stairs on the building at the rear end of the DCC market at Gulshan 2, you would be taken aback by the sight of a lying dog or any other animal being injected with saline..
 arrow Biman losing trust of C&F agencies
Smaller freight forwarding agencies of the city have started preferring foreign carriers to Biman Bangladesh Airlines reportedly due to the rampant corruption in the national flag carrier.
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