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Front Pagearrow Kanchpur turns battlefield
At least 200 workers and security personnel of Sinha Textiles Group were injured, five of them with bullet, in a series of violent clashes between the industrial workers and ansars and guards at Kanchpur
 arrow PM asks for top security to man key installations
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked for tightening security on priority basis for the secretariat and all other important installations across the country in view of the recent terror strikes.
 arrow Bomb materials found at mosque rest house
Police recovered huge quantities of bomb materials from the rest house of a mosque in Sylhet town, 21 hours into Tuesday's bomb attack on a judge in the district, while the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
 arrow Harbin's $41m offer declared void
Responding to a formal complaint, a government review panel for the first time severely grilled the Power Development Board (PDB) for grossly violating all rules and regulations in the tender for the150
 arrow Govt to ban import from 4 more countries
The government has decided to ban import of chicks from four European countries -- Turkey, Greece, Romania and Russia -- where bird flu has broken out recently.
 arrow Dhaka wants change of route before ratifying
Bangladesh wants an amendment made to the Asian Highway's routes across its territory before ratifying the agreement on the highway connecting 42 Asian countries with Europe.
 arrow AL to rid TI tag if voted to power
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday said it will take measurers to bring back the money siphoned out of the country through massive corruption by the BNP-Jamaat coalition government if itcomes
 arrow Saarc members want a meaningful summit
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said all the leaders of the Saarc nations are determined to make the Dhaka summit "successful and meaningful.
 arrow Minister powerless to overcome power crisis
Faced with severe criticism by the ruling BNP lawmakers yesterday at a parliamentary body meeting on the acute electricity crisis, the state minister for power tried to defend by terming himself as "powerless"
 arrow Defiant Saddam pleads not guilty as trial starts
Toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein pleaded not guilty at his trial on Wednesday on charges of crimes against humanity over a 1982 massacre of Shiite villagers.
 arrow Browsing through the dresses...

 arrow Barapukuria rejoinder, our reply
The Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) in a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined, "Coal Mining, Power Project: Sheer neglect led to Barapukuria disaster", published Tuesday, differedwith
 arrow Delhi welcomes relief from Dhaka
India, which has not so far received any relief from any country after the disastrous earthquake of October 8, has decided to welcome relief aid from Bangladesh.
 arrow Trial on ‘faulty' charge sheets will mislead people
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday said the trial of the August 17 blast cases is going to start on 'farcical charge sheets' to mislead the people.
 arrow BCL leader, outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader and an outlaw were killed in 'crossfire' during separate incidents of 'shootout' between the law enforcers and the outlaws in Kushtia and Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow Hasina hails TIB call to disclose her, PM's assets
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday hailed the Transparency International Bangladesh's (TIB) call to disclose the total assets of both the prime minister and the opposition leader.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Jhenidah
A ruling BNP leader and chairman of Harinakundu municipality in the district was gunned down in front of a local police station yesterday.
 arrow JS body asks Huda to furnish documents
The parliamentary probe body formed to enquire the base of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) report that labeled communication sector the most corrupt has asked the communications minister to
 arrow 5-day remand sought for ex-OC Rafiq
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), at a Dhaka court yesterday, sought remand for the suspended officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station in the Kamrul Islam Momin murder case.
 arrow Fair probe would give a different picture of graft
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said a fair investigation following proper method would definitely give a different picture of Bangladesh's corruption.
 arrow Dr Iqbal gets bail in share scam case
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for three months to Premier Bank Chairman and former lawmaker Dr HBM Iqbal in a share scam case.
Businessarrow Smooth immigration process needed to woo foreign investors
The country's apex trade body, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), yesterday urged the government to appoint skilled officials in the immigration control to make immigration
 arrow Policy to check bird flu demanded
Poultry industry stakeholders have urged the government to formulate a bird flu policy to protect poultry sector in case of a bird flue outbreak in Bangladesh.
 arrow China fears economic shock in open markets
China is worried about the negative effects a more thorough opening of its capital markets would have on its fast growing economy, chief central banker Zhou Xiaochuan said in comments seen Wednesday.
 arrow Latin American nations join forces to fight bird flu
Latin American countries decided Tuesday to join forces to try to fight the spread of bird flu a week after it was detected in Colombia.
 arrow Regional Eid festival begins at Rifle Square
A 15-day regional exhibition and Eid festival began at Rifle Square in Dhaka yesterday with an aim to boost sales of products made by women entrepreneurs.
 arrow Lack of political commitment major obstacle to PRSP implementation
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) yesterday said lack of political commitment will deter implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), which was prepared "without participation of
 arrow Rahimafrooz CNG filling station opens in Ctg
Rahimafrooz CNG Ltd has recently opened a CNG (compressed natural gas) refuelling station and a conversion centre in Chittagong.
 arrow Opec to boost crude output by 5.5m bpd by 2009
A top Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries official said Wednesday Opec was expected to increase its production capacity by 5.5 million barrels per day by the year 2009.
 arrow Japan, Chile to begin free trade talks
Japan and Chile are likely to begin formal negotiations next year on an economic partnership centering on a free trade agreement (FTA), a newspaper said Wednesday.
 arrow WTO big hitters try to solve farm trade spat
Major world trading nations were set to mount a fresh bid Wednesday to settle differences threatening a long-awaited global accord after the European Union's top negotiator -- under fire from France --
 arrow Private sector development group' study tour to Dubai, Jordan
As part of the government's overall preparation for the proposed World Bank-led multi-donor Bangladesh Private Sector Development Support Project (PSDSP), a study tour to Dubai and Jordan has been organised
 arrow IMF says Asia needs to improve governance
Asia needs to improve governance of public and private institutions to help increase intra-regional financial integration, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said yesterday.
 arrow Japanese investors betting heavy on gold
Japanese investors, wary of inflation and natural disasters, are snapping up gold but elsewhere in Asia many jewellers have cut purchases due to volatile prices.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB's new 'perform & earn more' payroll
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced a new pay structure for the national cricketers with a slogan 'perform and earn more'.
 arrow Football: Sultan rewards Babu!
Despite verbally abusing his fellow Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) colleagues and members of the National Team Management Committee (NTMC), Amirul Islam Babu was surprisingly named as manager of
 arrow Cricket: Security Air stymie Bangla Cat
Only one match was completed in the rain-affected third round of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League on Wednesday with Security Air Express registering their maiden victory in the competition against
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's chance to prove himself
Ousted India captain Sourav Ganguly has a chance to revive his faltering cricket career from Thursday after being cleared to play following an elbow injury.
 arrow Cricket: Carlisle follows Streak
Heath Streak has retired from international cricket to captain English county Warwickshire.
Former Zimbabwe captain Streak, 31, said his decision was prompted by financial and personal considerations.

 arrow Cricket: Tigers will be given cap numbers
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to give all the international players' cap numbers according to their order of appearance.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi U-17 leave CAB struggling
Muktar Ali grabbed three early wickets for the home side as CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) U-17s struggled to 81 for four in their first innings at stumps on first day of their two-day match against
 arrow Cricket: Legal notice served on BCB
Councillors of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) showed their discontents after being denied their democratic rights to take part in the process of discussion in the board's annual general meeting, which
 arrow Cricket: ICC clears Pak pacer Shabbir
The global cricket body on Tuesday cleared Pakistani pacer Shabbir Ahmed of having a suspect bowling action and allowed him to bowl again in international matches.
 arrow Chess: Emon, Sagar share lead
Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon and Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar jointly led the table with five points each in the Prime Bank Eighth Inter-national Rating Chess Tournament after the end of the fifth round at the
 arrow Cricket: Minty reverse swing!
English bowlers regularly doctor the ball with breath-freshening mints to achieve the type of devastating reverse swing that left Australia's batsmen reeling during the Ashes series, New South Wales paceman
 arrow Tennis: Davenport poised for top spot
Lindsay Davenport can regain the world number one spot by beating Slovak Daniela Hantuchova in the second round of the Zurich Open on Thursday.
 arrow Football: King Henry to the fore
Thierry Henry became Arsenal's record scorer as he marked his return from a five-week injury layoff with a double which gave his side a 2-0 Champions League Group B win at Sparta Prague on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern's sweet revenge
Bayern Munich put themselves in the box seat to qualify as Group A winners with a 2-1 Champions League home win over Juventus here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Barca, MU fire blanks
Group B's Second-placed Ajax beat Swiss minnows FC Thun 2-0 in Amsterdam thanks to goals from Greek striker Yannis Anastasiou.
 arrow Cricket: Kapil's words of wisdom
Former India captain Kapil Dev on Wednesday lamented soured relations between Sourav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell and said clash of egos between two persons should not cost the team's interest.
 arrow Cricket: Q'land on verge of outright win
Queensland were poised to claim outright points against Tasmania at stumps in Day Three of the opening Sheffield Shield match of the Australian cricket season Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption, politicisation bring health sector to a halt
Widespread corruption, politicisation and anomalies have brought the health sector to a halt, said the Awami League leaders at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow ‘50pc children underweight'
About 50 percent children are underweight making the country one of the most severe cases of malnutrition in the world, said a keynote paper at a national workshop on food security and challenges.
 arrow Tata wants a stake in Barapukuria mine
Tata Group wants a part of Barapukuria coal mine and its adjacent area to extract the fossil fuel for its proposed power plant and other purposes.
 arrow Vow to eliminate terrorism
Speakers at an opinion exchange meeting yesterday vowed to eliminate terrorism at any cost and stressed the need for holding convention in the divisional headquarters to create awareness against the menace.
 arrow JS official on fresh remand
Abu Taleb alias Babul Ansari, assistant security officer of the parliament secretariat, was shown arrested in a case and taken on remand yesterday.
 arrow Regularisation of 7500 RHD employees demanded
Leaders of three trade unions of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) yesterday demanded immediate regularisation of 7500 irregular employees who have been working for the last 13 years.
 arrow Special arrangement for rly tickets
Bangladesh Railway yesterday announced special arrangements for selling advance tickets for inter-city trains at Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet stations from October 25.
 arrow Join politics to face secular forces
Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed yesterday urged Imams to join the Islamic parties to face the secular forces in a bid to establish Islamic rule in the country.
 arrow BRTC buses introduce half fare for the disabled
The physically challenged persons will now be entitled to travel in the BRTC buses at a 50 percent discount.
 arrow Acute water, power crises at Demra, Shyampur
The residents of Donia, Kajla, Noyapara in Demra and Shyampur in the city have been facing acute shortage of water for the last 15 days.
 arrow Investigation takes new turn
The investigation into the murder of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Maulana Iqbal Bin Yakub has taken a new turn after the police arrested a housewife on Tuesday night in connection with the killing that
 arrow Threat to censor board members
A film producer yesterday threatened censor board members with dire consequences for not giving certificate to his film.
 arrow HC grants bail to Munshiganj AL leader Mohiuddin
The High Court granted bail to Munshiganj District Awami League President M Mohiuddin along with seven other accused in Tapash murder case.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea spreading fast in Nilphamari
The diarrhoea situation deteriorated in Nilphamari as it claimed 7 more lives on Tuesday, raising the toll to 12.
 arrow Sowing love for nature at an early age
It was a different day for children. The tiny tots between 4 and 7 enjoyed a fair of plants they grew.
 arrow Seven JMB leaders to be charge-sheeted Oct 26
Seven leaders of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) will be charge-sheeted on October 26 for exploding bomb in Khulna Judges' Court compound on August 17, according to the Investigating
 arrow Another 48 likely to get ‘controversial' appointments at RU
The Rajshahi University authorities have completed the process for recruitment of 48 more teachers and officials, allegedly on political considerations.
 arrow Charge sheet submitted naming lone outlaw
Chargesheet of the case for grenade attack on Khulna city Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman filed with Khulna thana under the Explosive Substances Act was submitted to the CMM court yesterday by investigating
 arrow Convict freed on ‘bribe’
Muladi police caught a person convicted for life for a double murder but released him allegedly after taking bribe.
 arrow Court stays but BCC continues demolition
The High Court has issued a rule on Barisal City Corporation asking it to stop demolition of a market in the city owned by local Awami League leader Aftab Hossain Mridha.
 arrow 100 injured in Gopalganj clash
At least 100 people were injured as rival groups of villagers clashed at North Vennabari village in Brashi union in Gopaganj Sadar upazila yesterday on allegations of demanding toll from a shop owner.
Point-Counterpointarrow Referendum in Iraq
Referendum in Iraq has been held under the US bayonet. That was to be expected. The result is a foregone conclusion. The Iraqis will approve the constitution by a sizeable majority.
 arrow Bracing the brunt of crises
There is no denying the fact that Bangladesh is passing through one of the most critical phases of its existence since its inception back in 1971.
 arrow What is the price for the house of democracy?
Politics in Bangladesh is a rip off. Ordinary people (that means poor) have always had better antennae than the middle class in judging politicians.
 arrow Impact of trade alliances on weaker economies
Newton's 3rd law of motion says, "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Regionalism and multilateralism also have such aspects.
Culturearrow A hunt for rockstars
Music has always played an important role in Bangladeshi culture. One of the most popular forms of music, particularly among youngsters, is unarguably rock n' roll.
 arrow Bright tones from Nepal
Nepal is a country of snow-covered mountains, yaks and beautiful women with golden skin that glows like honey.
 arrow Shangkhanad goes to India
Shangkhanad has been selected for screening in five international film festivals in India.
 arrow Marlon Brando: An icon
From The water front to A streetcar named desire, The Godfather and The last tango in Paris-- Marlon Brando was a role model for many a young generation actor.
Generalarrow Ctg traders detain magistrate
Hundreds of traders of a multi-storied shopping mall in the port city yesterday detained a Power Development Board (PDB) magistrate for about an hour protesting disconnection of electricity to the market.
 arrow Construction of Dhaka-Ctg expressway begins next yr
The construction work of Dhaka-Chittagong expressway will begin next year.
This was informed at an inter-ministerial meeting at the Communications Ministry in Dhaka yesterday.

 arrow Alleged kidnapper beaten to death in Ctg
A mob beat an alleged kidnapper to death as he tried to flee from the police in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 36 ships fined
The mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in its two-week drives till yesterday fined 36 ships including two foreign vessels Tk 6 lakhs for violating law and operational discipline.
 arrow Indian sarees, lungis worth Tk 50 lakh seized
The BDR jawans seized a truck loaded with Indian sarees and lungis worth about Tk 50 lakh from Muradnagar in Chittagong on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway early yesterday.
 arrow Students donate tiffin money to cancer hospital
A group of students of Summerfield International School of Mohammadpur yesterday donated Tk ten thousands to the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) saving their tiffin money, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Pakistan, India work out Kashmir opening
Pakistan and India wrestled with the details of a historic opening of the Kashmir frontier as a series of aftershocks traumatized survivors 11 days after a devastating quake.
 arrow Secret US documents show Saddam as brutal survivor
Secret US documents declassified on the eve of Saddam Hussein's trial in Baghdad paint him as a cunning survivor who depended on guile and brutality to overcome challenges to his rule.
 arrow China, US agree to improve military ties
China and the United States agreed to improve military ties Wednesday after US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned that a rapid and secretive military buildup was sending "mixed signals" about China's
 arrow Israel plans separate roads for West Bank Palestinians
Israel was Wednesday considering the imposition of a permanent ban on Palestinians using major highways in the West Bank in a bid to improve security for settlers living in the occupied territory.
 arrow White House shrugs off sinking Bush poll numbers
With the president's job approval at its lowest ever, the White House said on Tuesday George W. Bush was not driven by public opinion polls and dismissed them as "something Washington gets caught up in.
 arrow Pakistan quake death toll rises to 47,700: Official
Pakistan's earthquake killed at least 47,700 people and injured 67,000 others, national disaster response chief Major General Farooq Ahmad Khan said Wednesday, raising the toll by more than 6,000.
 arrow Indian Kashmiris make first direct calls to Pakistan in 15 years
Indian Kashmiris Wednesday made direct phone calls to the Pakistani side of the divided state for the first time in 15 years to try to contact relatives after the devastating earthquake.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Topper in corruption again!
We are saddened by Bangladesh's ranking at the top of the Transparency International (TI) corruption perception index.
 arrow Editorial: Squeeze on gas supply
Government's plan for rationing gas supplies in a desperate bid to shore up the crisis-ridden energy sector cannot but raise questions.
 arrow AFD: To have or not to have
Twice in the last four months the Armed Forces Division (AFD) was in the news, primarily because it came in for discussion in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Defence several times
 arrow Emerging from the shadows, darkly
When Dr Manmohan Singh was sworn-in as India's Prime Minister 16 months ago, many regarded him as a political lightweight who got that job entirely because of his proximity and loyalty to Ms Sonia Gandhi.
Letters to Editorarrow Trishal-Shibganj Road
The road running from Trishal to Shibganj in Mymensingh district has been built and maintained by the LGED. It runs through thickly populous areas and is heavily used.
 arrow Help the retarded
Forty-two thousand children in Bangladesh, writes Syeda Nazma Ahmed (A Bright Girl, The Daily Star, 26.10.05), suffer from one form of mental or physical retardation or the other.
 arrow Anomalies in tax collection
Against my newly constructed two-storied building at section 11, block A, Mirpur, Pallabi, Dhaka , an amount of Tk 960/00 was imposed as annual corporation tax for the first time in 1997.
 arrow Fate of Hindus
A good friend of mine said "My village temple has been broken and burnt three times". He added, " Katrina or Rita is on the horizon for the Hindus.
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