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Front Pagearrow HuJi men holed up in other militant groups
Despite the ban on the Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HuJi), police think it will be very difficult to catch its militants as the group members have merged with other terrorist organisations and its top leaders
 arrow Judge injured in bomb attack
Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Biplob Goswami was injured in a bomb attack by a self-claimed Jama'atul Muja-hideen Bangladesh (JMB) activist in front of the judge's residence in the city
 arrow Karwan Bazar to be shut for 4 days
Karwan Bazar market, one of Dhaka's largest wholesale markets for essentials, will be kept closed for four days until the end of the upcoming 13th Saarc Summit, scheduled for November 12-13, for security
 arrow TI brands Bangladesh most corrupt for fifth time
Bangladesh got the lowest position in Transparency International (TI)'s corruption perception index (CPI) this year, becoming the champion in corruption for the fifth consecutive year.
 arrow Charge sheets accuse Rahmans, Bangla Bhai
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday submitted charge sheets against militant kingpins Abdur Rahman, Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai and Rahman's brother Ataur Rahman before magistrate courts
 arrow Huge urea crisis looms ahead
Agriculture sector is bracing for a tough time ahead with a huge mismatch between the demand for chemical fertiliser and its local supply in the upcoming Boro season.
 arrow Pollution turns severe as authorities sleep
The water in all parts of the Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake has become very stinky due to severe pollution occurring under the nose of the authorities.
 arrow Govt to set up 5 IPP plants in 7 months
The government yesterday decided to set up five independent power producer (IPP) plants, each having 50MW, in different places of the country as a quick solution to the ongoing power crisis.
 arrow HC stays move to withdraw ex-Bac staff
The High Court yesterday issued a stay order on the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) October 2 letter urging the government to withdraw the staff of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) whom
 arrow Security teams start visiting venues
Security personnel and officials of the seven South Asian countries yesterday started inspecting the venues for the upcoming 13th Saarc summit as the government has stepped up preparations for the twice-postponed
 arrow Clarification of Bhuiyan
The LGRD and co-operatives ministry in a statement yesterday said the report run by The Daily Star under the headline "Less Success: More Controversy" did not reflect the overall activities of the ministry.
 arrow Nuisance for pedestrians...


 arrow BNP, AL trade blames over TI graft tag
The ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League blamed each other for the country's becoming "the champion" in corruption for the fifth consecutive year.
 arrow Power sector survives major debacle
The power sector yesterday saved itself from a major debacle following sudden shutdown of two major power plants, as operators succeeded in restarting the plants within a few hours.
 arrow Judges' retirement age extended to pick loyal caretaker head, says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present government had extended retirement age for the judges in order for the ruling coalition to have a loyal person as the chief advisor of
 arrow 'Killer' Faruq dies in 'encounter' with cops
A top city goon Killer Faruq was killed and two policemen were injured in an 'encounter' with Detective Branch (DB) of police and members of Faruq's gang at a Nababerbagh intersection in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Rebels gun down Kashmir minister
Kashmir rebels yesterday shot dead Indian Kashmir's junior education minister and three others in a daylight attack at his home in a high-security enclave in the main city Srinagar, authorities said.
 arrow Tarique talks blasts with diplomats separately
Senior Joint Secretary General of the ruling BNP Tarique Rahman recently had meetings with a number of foreign diplomats and discussed the August 17 serial blasts and the militant activities in the country.
 arrow When agony ends in death
A 13-year-old girl, who was first raped and set on fire three days later, succumbed to her burn injuries in the early hours of October 16 in Dhamrai after suffering nine and a half months of tremendous
 arrow Hannan taken on fresh 7-day remand
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of the banned Harkatul Jihad's Bangladesh chapter, was placed on a fresh seven-day remand yesterday on charges of August 17 countrywide bomb blasts.
 arrow Saddam to go on trial in Iraq today
Saddam Hussein and seven senior members of his 23-year regime will go on trial today to face charges they ordered the 1982 killings of nearly 150 people from the mainly Shia town of Dujail following a
Businessarrow SEC mulls direct listing to woo big companies
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has initiated a move to introduce direct listing system to encourage big local, foreign and joint venture companies to get listed on the bourses.
 arrow Indo-Bangla business forum needed to boost trade
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri yesterday underscored the need for setting up a Bangladesh-India Business Forum dedicated to bilateral trade, economic and investment issues.
 arrow US ups pressure on EU for farm tariff cuts
European Union member states could derail world trade talks aimed at boosting income in developing countries unless they agree to deep agricultural tariff cuts, a top US trade official said.
 arrow UK provides Tk157cr for capacity building programme
UK Department for International Development (DFID) yesterday signed a MoU with the Bangladesh government for Bangladesh public service capacity building programme of 13.
 arrow Snow for foreign expertise to transform China market
US Treasury Secretary John Snow called Tuesday on China to bring in foreign expertise to transform its hidebound financial markets as he wrapped up a week-long tour of the booming country.
 arrow Re-fix Tk 3,180 minimum salary for garment workers
Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF) yesterday urged the government to re-fix the minimum monthly salary for a garment worker at Tk 3,180 from existing Tk 930.
 arrow Benefits of free trade lower than earlier estimate: World Bank
The World Bank has scaled back its estimate of the overall gain to the global economy from the elimination of tariffs and subsidies, an official said Monday.
 arrow China, Hong Kong expand free trade pact
Hong Kong and China have agreed to extend a free trade pact Tuesday, further liberalising measures on trade in goods and services.
 arrow Apex Tannery okays 13pc dividend
Apex Tannery Ltd has declared a 13 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on June 30, 2005.
 arrow EU seeks united front in world trade talks
EU foreign ministers sought on Tuesday to hammer out a united front on crunch world trade talks, threatened by strains between France and EU trade chief Peter Mandelson ahead of a looming deadline.
 arrow Reception to two RMG unit owners
Bangladesh Garments Sramik Oikya Prishad (BGSOP) accorded a reception to Managing Director of La Belle Sweater Riaz Bin Mahmud and Managing Director of Boney Garments Fariduddin Ahmed for being nominated
Sportsarrow Football: Babu, who else!
Amirul Islam Babu is famously infamous for creating nuisance on and off the field.
 arrow Cricket: Rain the spoiler
Rain played havoc with the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League as all the third round matches were eventually abandoned yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar confident
Sachin Tendulkar opens the second innings of his remarkable cricket career next week still hungry for success but wary of his batting prowess after a tennis elbow injury.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan reveals why
Australian cricket coach John Buchanan admitted on Tuesday that he "lost touch" with his players during the disastrous Ashes series which England won for the first time in 18 years.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill expects to face Windies
Stuart MacGill's performance in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Super Series Test has left Australia's selectors with a dilemma.
 arrow Cricket: BCB AGM to be discussed today
The executive committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will meet today to discuss preparation of its annual general meeting (AGM) to be held on October 21.
 arrow Cricket: HP Squad win again
Saqib Al Hasan slammed an unbeaten half-century as the visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) High Performance Squad defeated their Sri Lankan counterpart by five wickets in a limited-overs match atthe
 arrow Cricket: Lanka arrive in India Oct 20
Sri Lankan cricket team will arrive in here on October 20 via Chennai to play seven one-day internationals against India.
 arrow Cricket: Quake cricket match likely
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) looks set to take control of organising an international match to raise money for victims of the Asian earthquake.
 arrow Chess: 3 share lead in Prime Bank chess
Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon, Debaraj Chatterjee and Minhaz-uddin Ahmed Sagar were leading the Prime Bank 8th International Rating Chess Tournament table jointly after the end of fourth round at the BCFhall-room
 arrow Football: English duo can win and relax
England international striker Peter Crouch received the backing of Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez before Wednesday night's Champions League tie when Group G rivals Chelsea are also in action.
 arrow Football: Beckhams acting brave?
The defamation lawsuit by English football star David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria against the British tabloid News of the World will begin on December 5, the High Court said here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kirtley vows to be back
Sussex seamer James Kirtley has vowed to correct his action and return to competitive cricket next summer.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI contract renewals later
The renewal of contracts for Team India cricketers is set to be delayed at least till early next month, a top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) source said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazilian referee banned for life
Brazilian referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho has been banned for life for match-fixing by Brazilian sports' highest court.
 arrow Football: Maldini's son joins him at Milan
Paolo Maldini's son Christian has signed up as an AC Milan player, becoming the third generation of the footballing family to be on the books of the Italian club.
 arrow Football: First British booter to earn 100 pounds a week dies
Johnny Haynes, one of England's most gifted midfielders, died on Tuesday the day after his 71st birthday, his former club Fulham said.
 arrow Football: Trial of refs in match-fixing scandal starts
Two referees went on trial here Tuesday in the biggest soccer corruption scandal in Germany in more than 30 years which has overshadowed the country's preparations to hold next year's World Cup.
 arrow Football: Mourinho's sweatsuit fetches 240 dollars
A used sweatsuit jacket belonging to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fetched 200 euros (240 dollars) at a weekend charity auction in his native Portugal, but a pair of matching shorts and pants went unsold,
 arrow Football: Ballack speculations
Germany's finest player Michael Ballack could become one of the best free transfers around this summer should he decide to turn down a contract extension at Bayern Munich.
Metropolitanarrow Rise of religious extremism to hit economy adversely
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday warned the government against the rise of religious extremism saying it could take the economy to a critical situation.
 arrow 'Unite to form national govt to root out corruption’
Leaders of the opposition parties yesterday strongly criticised the government for rampant corruption, which once again earned the country the label of the most corrupt nation in the world.
 arrow Dissolve inactive parliament, hold fresh election
Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded dissolution of the 'inactive' parliament and fresh election under reformed election commission and caretaker government.
 arrow RCDS team concludes weeklong visit
A student delegation of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), an internationally renowned institution and component of the United Kingdom's National Defence Academy, concluded its weeklong visit
 arrow Cable operators seek govt intervention
Cable Operators' Association of Bangladesh (COAB) demanded of the government to help end the prevailing chaos in the cable business yesterday at a press briefing at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium.
 arrow 4 to die, woman gets life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four youths to death and a woman to life in jail for killing a garment trader in July 2003.
 arrow Develop a sustainable system to meet city water demand
Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday asked Dhaka Water Supply Authority (Wasa) to develop a sustainable system based on surface water tomeet
 arrow Italy keen to recruit more Bangladeshis
Italy is keen to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh, as Bangladeshis have been able to show good performance over there.
 arrow 1,100 bottles of phensidyl seized in city
A special squad of Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) seized 1,100 bottles of phensidyl from TT Para slum in the city yesterday and arrested one person in this connection.
 arrow HC hears petition to reinvestigate Kibria murder
The hearing of a petition challenging a lower court verdict rejecting any further investigation into the Shah AMS Kibria killing case began in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Habiganj residents demand int'l investigation
Residents of Habiganj district formed a human chain in Dhaka yesterday to press home their demand for an international investigation into the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and exemplary
 arrow Charge-sheeted accused held
A charge-sheeted accused in Chittagong arms haul case was arrested in the city's Char Bandar area at midnight on Monday.
 arrow Heroin worth Tk 3.20 cr seized
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 3.2 kgs of heroin worth Tk 3.20 crore from an inter-city train at local railway station on Monday night and arrested one person in this connection.
 arrow Golam Mohammad new envoy to Jordan
The government has decided to appoint Golam Mohammad, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
 arrow 1,692 more held
Police arrested 1,692 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00pm yesterday.
Nationalarrow Special drives fail to tame crimes in Jhenidah
Law and order deteriorated in Jhenidah in the last four years despite several special anti-crime drives.
 arrow 2 die after operations at unregistered clinics
Two housewives died at two unregistered clinics at Shyamnagar on Saturday allegedly due to faulty operations.
The incidents created an outrage in the upazila.

 arrow Jhenidah AL will now hold council Oct 25
Jhenidah district Awami League (AL) council, deferred twice earlier due to internal feud, has been rescheduled for October 25, party sources said.
 arrow Using ruling party licence to loot!
Plunder of timber and other resources from Madhupur reserve forest allegedly by some ruling party activists has become rampant.
On Friday, they even snatched away timber seized by forest guards.

 arrow 10 injured as Hindu families attacked
At least 10 people including some women were injured when a gang of criminals attacked houses of five Hindu families at Sindurhatia village in Purbadhala upazila in the district Monday evening.
 arrow 15 AL activists hurt in attack by outlaws
At least 15 Awami League (AL) leaders and workers were injured and 10 houses were damaged in two attacks allegedly by outlaws at Shyamnagar village of Kashimpur union in the Sadar upazila Saturday night
 arrow Patuakhali cops fail to nab any Aug 17 culprits
Police failed to nab any of the culprits involved in August 17 bomb blasts here although they took statements of scores of people in last two months.
Point-Counterpointarrow Deadly threat of bird flu: Regional response essential
At a recent 80-nation confer-ence on the detection and prevention of bird flu, the delegates pleaded with the world's governments not to cover up outbreaks of bird flu in their countries.
 arrow Nobel peace prize, Dr. Elbaradei and IAEA
The 2005 Noble Peace Prize was awarded to Dr.
 arrow Dr Zohra Begum Kazi
The first Bengali Muslim female doctor of the then undivided Bengal, Professor Dr Zohra Begum Kazi, was born on October 15, 1912, at Ranjangaon, Madhya Pradesh, India. Her father, late Dr.
Culturearrow Calligraphy: The beauty of letters
FOR lovers of calligraphy, a rare delight is offered at the National Museum this Ramadan.
 arrow New travel-show Step 2 Dubai
Dubai is a fine example of economic development triggering swift social changes. The local population is attuned to current global trends.
 arrow An array of t-shirts by children
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Nittya Upohar is holding a t-shirt exhibition.
 arrow Children of the Hidden World premiered
Children of the Hidden World, a docu-fiction by Emmy Award winning director Rowshan Ara Neepa was premiered recently at Bishsho Shahitya Kendra, says a press release.
Generalarrow CU teachers’ strike begins today
Chittagong University Progotishil Shikkhak Samaj, a forum of progressive teachers, will go on an indefinite strike from today to realise their seven-point demand.
 arrow DCCKS cultural week ends
The concluding function and prize giving ceremony of the education and cultural week of Dhaka Christian Chhatra Kalyan Sangha (DCCKS) was held in the city on October 14, says a press release.
 arrow Housewife donates Tk 10 lakh to AMCH
Amena Baqi, a housewife from Dhanmondi in the city, yesterday donated Tk 10 lakh for the establishment of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), says a press release.
Internationalarrow Iraq probes 'unusually high' yes vote tally
Iraq's election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating "unusually high" numbers of "yes" votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq's landmark referendum on a new constitution,
 arrow Not enough tents in world for survivors
A senior United Nations official said yesterday there were not enough tents in the world to protect refugees from the coming winter after the October 8 earthquake in South Asia.
 arrow 4 Afghan cops killed in clash with US troops
Four Afghan policemen were killed in a mistaken shootout with US troops in southern Afghanistan while two people died when a bomb hit a private US security vehicle yesterday, officials said.
 arrow No homeland for Tamils
Sri Lanka's prime minister pledged yesterday to launch a new initiative to end decades of ethnic bloodshed but ruled out a homeland for minority Tamils if he wins next month's presidential elections.
 arrow US, India sign science, technology pact
The United States and India have signed Monday an umbrella science and technology agreement to boost cooperation in areas ranging from health to space technology.
 arrow Voting starts in Bihar
Police were told to shoot troublemakers in a security crackdown during polling yesterday for Bihar assembly elections, the second bid this year to break the political deadlock in India's most lawlessstate.
 arrow Thailand extends emergency rule in Muslim south
Thailand yesterday extended emergency rule in its three mainly Muslim southern provinces by another three months, as the death toll nears 1,000 in nearly 22 months of unrest.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Banning of Harkat
We welcome the ban on the Harkat-ul Jihad (HUJI).
 arrow Editorial: Far too many rickshaws
At any given point in time, unlicensed rickshaws must be outstripping authorised ones by a ratio of at least 3 to 1.
 arrow Boasting about our leaders being women
In the USA and elsewhere, there are some people who brag about of our two leaders being women. Facts, however, would turn such ostentatious boasting into a vanity -- a personification of vainglory.
 arrow Appearance and reality
Local government elections have been completed. The real victor is the Army Chief Pervez Musharraf, who also runs the country. Parties loyal to him have won.
 arrow BNP-JI entente: Signs of crack emerging?
Like any other military dictator Ziaur Rahman established a political party to meet the challenge of the then most powerful political party the Awami League.
Letters to Editorarrow Earthquake in Pakistan
I did not expect in my lifetime to see a great calamity in the form of a mammoth earthquake, which took place in north-eastern Pakistan some days ago, causing such colossal damage to so many people in
 arrow Depletion of forests
Trees are the most essential bounties of Nature contributing to the sustenance of life on earth.
 arrow Hartal, opposition politics, and we
Raquib Shamsad's letter on October 2, 2005 DS reflects the exasperation we all feel. We have been hostage to the hartal calling opposition for the entire fourteen years of democracy.
 arrow Ineffectual Traffic Month
The ongoing Traffic Month has little visible impact. Violation of traffic rules, plying of unfit vehicles, emitting of black fumes-- everything is going on as usual.
 arrow Secularism in politics
This is to thank Mr A Mahasen for his letter under the above heading (DS-3.10.05) and congratulate ex-Mayor Hanif for the bold articulation of his views on secularism, which evinces his sagacity and pragmatism.
 arrow A divided society
Unfortunate Bangladeshis are under dual pressure now, thanks to the inefficient leadership.
 arrow Science and human life
People all over the world are now living longer than ever before one of the major triumph of scientific efforts in the twentieth century.
 arrow What can we do?
A few months back a court in Pakistan dismissed a case filed under the family law, which forbids marriage of girls below the age of sixteen.
 arrow Free and fair elections
The main opposition AL and others parties have been demanding reforms in the Election Commission and the Caretaker Government, so that the next general election can be free and fair.
 arrow Religious extremism
People in Bangladesh are living in uncertainty and insecurity.
 arrow University admission
It is really good news that the number of seats in public universities will be increased. We welcome the decision of the university authorities.
 arrow Load shedding
I think that like other basic rights, Electricity is the most fundamental right of citizens in a modern metropolis. Load shedding has become an indispensable part of our day to day life.
 arrow PM's address to the nation
I was pleasantly surprised to see our prime minister accept some failures in her recent performance, in the address to the nation on BTV.
 arrow Living with qualms
I can never forget those days, when police arrested my sister, an aunt & a cousin along with some innocent school going children from a bus when they were returning from Shaheed Minar.
 arrow New era
With the end of the Cold War, there is a horizon of new era for Muslims across the world. Let there be no grudge, hatred and ill-feelings; let there be clear understanding and forgiveness among Muslims.
 arrow Corruption
The Honourable Prime Minister, in her television speech on 10. 10.05 rightly indicated that her government has not been able to do enough to limit corruption. On 11.10.
 arrow Durga Puja & BUET
I would like to draw the kind attention of the Durga Puja celebrants who are the most promising, potential and esteemed students of the highest seat of learning in the country.
Star Chittagongarrow Hawkers rule sidewalks ahead of Eid
As the Eid draws nearer, the suffering of the commuters goes beyond tolerable limit with hawkers and makeshift shops occupying more areas of footpaths and streets everyday.
 arrow Agrasar Complex needs funds to survive
Agrasar Complex stands apart with its wide range of noble activities spanning from education to the service of distressed humanity.
Star Cityarrow Risky lanes for Eid shoppers
Market owners have identified risky spots with the introduction of new markets and shopping complexes in the city.
 arrow Fate awaiting PMO decision
Though it has been two weeks since the Gulshan south park land was freed from a two-decade long illegal occupation, authorities are yet to decide for what purpose the site will be used.
 arrow Markets, footpaths swamped with porno movies
It was a blazing hot afternoon. The footpath in front of Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium was very busy.
 arrow A Spell That Rained Around


 arrow Middlemen rule at DMCH
The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has been literally taken over my middlemen who in association with some employees are active in persuading patients out of the hospital and into private clinics.
 arrow Traditional iftar of old Dhaka still hot favourite
The ongoing drive by mobile courts against food adulteration has done little to prevent many iftar lovers from thronging some traditional iftar markets in Dhaka.
 
   
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