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Front Pagearrow SC rejects govtís 21st time-extension plea
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected the government's 21st appeal to extend the deadline for separation of the judiciary, expressing its disgust at the 'government's doing nothing' to this end in
 arrow Police firing kills 5
At least five people were killed and more than 50 injured when police opened fire on a mob who were demonstrating on the Companiganj Police Station premises to protest a robbery at Bashurhat Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Burying our heads in the sand, living in the world of blaming others
As the saying goes, you can help the blind but not those who decide to keep their eyes shut.
 arrow TCB, OMS anomalies fail drive to arrest hike
Irregularities in selling essentials through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) and under the Open Market Sale (OMS) programme have foiled the government's attempt to stop skyrocketing of essential
 arrow N'ganj back to normalcy
The situation at Sinha textiles at Sonargaon in the district came to normalcy as workers and employees joined work yesterday morning, one day after the fierce battle between the workers and security personnel
 arrow Another HC rule on ACC letter to govt
The High Court yesterday stayed till disposal of the rule, a letter of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) requesting the government to withdraw 263 former Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) employees who
 arrow Jails on high alert after JMB bomb threat
The banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has threatened to blow up the Tangail District Jail in seven days if police continue arresting or harassing its activists.
 arrow Deathtrap

 arrow Dhaka to ask 3 nations to back change to route
Bangladesh will approach China, Thailand and Myanmar for proposing an amendment to the Asian Highway route going through its territory on its behalf in the working group meeting of Economic and Social
 arrow Absence of stay order to question functions of lower courts
Justice Mustafa Kamal, who was the chief justice when the Supreme Court issued 12-point directive to separate the judiciary, said the court's rejection of the government plea for time means from now on
 arrow Bush says prospect for Palestinian state better than ever
President Bush heaped praise yesterday on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and said prospects for Palestinians gaining a state seem better than ever before.
 arrow Robbery case against Huda to continue
The robbery case against Communications Minister Nazmul Huda and 34 others dismissed on merit by a lower court will resume as a Dhaka court passed the order yesterday.
 arrow Army officer arrested for abduction
An army major was arrested along with three others at Mirpur in the capital on Wednesday night on charge of abducting a sexagenarian businessman at Chandina in Comilla three days back.
 arrow 2 more rainy days likely as low forms over Bay
The country yesterday experienced light to moderate rain under the influence of a low formed over the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A regional commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML-Red flag) was killed yesterday in 'crossfire' during a shootout between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his associates at Dakkhin Kuchiamora
 arrow Convicted killer of Ahsanullah Master held
The members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have arrested an assassin sentenced to death in the sensational Ahsanullah Master murder case in the city's Badda area.
 arrow Inefficacy of the Traffic Month

 arrow Rejoinder
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare yesterday protested a point of a news story headlined 'Kanchpur turns battlefield' run by The Daily Star Thursday.
 arrow Namaz-e-janaza of MA Samad today
The namaz-e-janaza of MA Samad, chairman of Bangladesh General Insurance Company Limited (BGIC) and a pioneer in the country's insurance industry, will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque in the capital after
 arrow Asia remains at heart of bird flu battle
Nguyen Thi Chuc sits perched on a stool near three cages holding pigeons, ducks and chickens which she slaughters herself for her customers. The world's mounting fears over bird flu do not faze her.
 arrow Police probe now focused on business, love affair
The police, dropping the issue of 'political feud' in the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Maulana Iqbal Bin Yakub murder case, are now concentrating on his business and extra-marital affair to unearththe
 arrow PM condoles death of Badwai's wife
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed profound shock at the death of YABhg Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
 arrow 3 UPDF men arrested with firearms
Security forces arrested three activists of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) with firearms at Batnatali of Manikchhari upazila in the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Feni cop closed for torturing robbery suspects
Mokter Hossain, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Feni Sadar Police Station, was closed yesterday on charges of torturing five alleged robbers by hanging them from a tree.
Businessarrow LDCs urged to take common stance on free market access
Commerce ministers from LDCs have been urged to take a common stance on free market access demand in the upcoming WTO Hong Kong Ministerial.
 arrow Call for securing rights, freedom of the poor
ActionAid International, an NGO working in 42 countries to alleviate poverty, yesterday called for necessary steps to preserve the rights and freedom of the people living below the poverty level.
 arrow 'HSBC Premier' banking service launched
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh yesterday launched a service titled 'HSBC Premier' for customers who have an average monthly credit balance of Tk 4 million,or
 arrow New president of Canada-Bangla chamber
Masudur Rahman, former senior vice president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the managing director of Crane Ltd, has been elected president of Canada-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 arrow Beximco Pharma makes debut on London Stock Exchange today
Trading of global depository receipts (GDRs) of Beximco Pharmaceuticals begins on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of London Stock Exchange (LSE) today.
 arrow Poor states need protection for farmers: India
India and other developing countries with large numbers of subsistence farmers must be allowed to maintain high agricultural tariffs in any new world trade deal, an Indian official said Wednesday.
 arrow Apec mining ministers agree to enhance transparency on prices
Top mining officials from Pacific Rim countries on Thursday agreed to join forces to fight price fluctuations in mineral resources through information exchanges and technology cooperation.
 arrow US urges EU to follow G20 market access offer
The United States welcomed a proposal from the G20 group of developing countries and Australia Wednesday sharply limiting the number of "sensitive" farm products that would be spared deep tariff cutsas
 arrow Tata Consultancy buys Australian firm for $26m
India's Tata Consultancy Services said Thursday it paid 26 million dollars in an all-cash deal for an Australian-based banking software firm as part of an expansion plan.
 arrow New CEO of Group 4 Securicor
Nick Buckles recently took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Group 4 Securicor plc UK.
 arrow Pfizer Q3 earnings fall
Pfizer Inc, the world's biggest drug maker, said Thursday its third-quarter earnings fell by 52 percent on acquisition-related charges and said sluggish revenue growth drove it to cut profit estimates
 arrow WTO heavyweights keep up hunt for a deal
World Trade Organisation heavyweights were keeping up the hunt Thursday for ways to solve enduring splits between rich and poor that are threatening efforts to break down barriers to global commerce.
 arrow Oil slides below $62
Oil fell below $62 a barrel Thursday deepening losses triggered by swelling US crude and gasoline inventories and fresh signs of eroding consumption.
Sportsarrow Football: Salahuddin quits BFF
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Thursday suffered a body blow when Kazi Salahuddin tendered his resignation as vice-president and chairman of the National Team Management Committee (NTMC)following
 arrow Cricket: PCB finds 2m tall pacer
Pakistan's nation-wide hunt for fast bowlers to tame England in their forthcoming home series has unearthed a six foot six inch (1.98 metre) fast bowler, coach Bob Woolmer told AFP Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Youthful WI down under
A youthful but full-strength West Indies side arrived in Australia on Thursday to begin their three-Test tour against a team that appears to have recovered from the disappointment of losing the Ashes.
 arrow Cricket: BCB AGM today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will be known as Cricket Bangladesh if the councillors as expected, approve the proposal in today's annual general meeting.
 arrow Football: Joy new natíl soccer captain
Arif Khan Joy was named national captain on Thursday for the three tournaments the national team will play this year.
 arrow Football: Lyon remain team to beat
A strike from Sidney Gouvou with two minutes to go saw Lyon make it three wins out of three with a 2-1 win over Olympiakos of Greece in the Champions League on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Woodgate's redemption night
Real Madrid bounced back after Rosenborg had taken a shock lead to comprehensively beat the Norwegian side 4-1 in their Champions League group F match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Champs, Chelsea march on
Holders Liverpool and fellow English powerhouse Chelsea set a course for the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, on seven points apiece, are favourites
 arrow Cricket: NZ-SA twenty20 today
Herschelle Gibbs, set to make a comeback as an opening batsman, has challenged some of his star teammates to regain their best form for South Africa's first 20-overs international, against New Zealand
 arrow Football: A rape charge of fantasy!
Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has strongly denied a claim that the player raped a woman in a London hotel.
 arrow Cricket: CCL matches rescheduled
The fourth round matches of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League scheduled for October 22 and 23 have been rescheduled for inclement weather.
 arrow Cricket: HP Squad win in Lanka
The Bangladesh High Performance Squad registered a five-wicket win over hosts Sri Lanka in Colombo in the fourth match of their tour on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real lose Baptista too
Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista will be out of action for up to five weeks after injuring his knee in Wednesday's 4-1 Champions League victory over Rosenborg.
 arrow Parag, Emon, Sagar share lead
Fide Master Mehdi Hasan Parag, Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon and Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar were jointly leading the Prime Bank Eighth International Rating Chess Tournament table with 5.
 arrow Cricket: Jamil, Iqbal NSC's choice
The National Sports Council has nominated Khondokar Jamil Uddin and Feroz Mahmud Iqbal as its representatives to the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Metropolitanarrow Govt fails to maintain good relations with foreign states
The BNP-Jamaat alliance government has failed to achieve the three major objectives of the foreign policy and to maintain good relations with foreign states due to its 'wrong policy and amateurish diplomacy',
 arrow Bangladesh runs high risk of quake, tsunami
Bangladesh is running a high risk of earthquake and tsunami, but it has little preparation to combat those natural calamities, said the experts at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Give emphasis on English at primary level
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the teachers to sincerely teach their students in classes to make the government's education sector programmes successful.
 arrow Seven killed, 15 injured in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 15 injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet and Natore yesterday.
 arrow Construction of deep-sea port, 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge soon
The construction of the deep-sea port and the 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge will start soon, State Minister for Communications Salahuddin Ahmed MP said on Wednesday.
 arrow Attack on Sinha Textiles workers protested
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra yesterday strongly protested the attack on the workers of Sinha Textiles Group by the security guards and ansars at Kanchpur in Narayanganj on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Launch awareness campaign about guest birdsí
The government is going to take effective measures to stop hunting and trapping migratory birds as well as prevent them from mixing with domestic fowls in order to tackle the bird flu threat.
 arrow Lighting materials removed from Ctg malls
A mobile court of Power Development Board (PDB) removed all lighting materials from five shopping malls, a good number of shops and other establishments in the port city yesterday.
 arrow One to die, four get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death and four others to life in jail for killing an office assistant of police headquarters in February 1999.
 arrow Hasina visits two ailing AL men at Birdem
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina visited two ailing party followers at the Birdem Hospital in the city yesterday.
 arrow Malaysia can invest in joint venture
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Malaysia can relocate its rubber and light-engineering industries in Bangladesh and invest in joint venture projects in its pharmaceutical sector.
 arrow Govt holidays for foreign ministry staffs cancelled
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has cancelled all government holidays, including two-day weekly holiday, of all officials and employees engaged for 13th Saarc summit to be held in Dhaka on November 12-13.
 arrow 2 get 32 yrs' RI for keeping heroin
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people to 32 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing 500 grams of heroin in June last year.
 arrow Badruddoza demands judicial inquiry
The nation now needs honest, patriotic and competent leaders to save the country from the misrule of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, said Badruddoza Chowdhury, president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh
 arrow DU female student commits suicide
A female student of Dhaka University (DU) committed suicide over love affair by taking poison at Rokeya Hall yesterday.
 arrow 1,685 more held, five arms seized
Police arrested 1,685 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Theft in city shop
Thieves stole gold ornaments, money and other valuables worth over Tk 6 lakh breaking the lock of a perfumery shop in old part of the city on Wednesday night.
 arrow All cellphone centres closed down in Bandarban
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has closed down all mobile phone centres of the district showing an excuse of security as well as checking of terrorist activities.
Point-Counterpointarrow PRSP: Ambitious or realistic?
At long last, the much-talked about and long-awaited Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), in fact a strategy for development programme has been approved by the highest planning body of the country,
 arrow Adulterated food: Thoughts from an expatriate
After a long hiatus from Bangladesh, recently along with my family I had an opportunity to spend one month in Dhaka.
 arrow Justice Maksum-ul-Hakim
Justice Maksum-ul-Hakim passed away in one of Dhaka's private hospital in the late evening of October 12. He was 78. We are all saddened at losing him.
Culturearrow A multi faceted talent
HER stellar performances in TV and stage plays have catapulted the talented and elegant Aupee Karim to fame.
 arrow Fazlul Haque Smriti Puroshkar '05 announced
Fazlul Haque will always be remembered as a pioneering cine-journalist of our country.
 arrow Film Festival in South Korea
Chinese filmmaker Zhang Lu recently won the only major jury prize awarded at the Busan International Film Festival.
 arrow Millions of viewers glued to Fame Gurukul
What's new in Sony Entertainment Television after the huge success of Indian Idol? Another music-based contest named Fame Gurukul.
Channel i is now preparing a six-day special programme for the upcoming Eid-Ul-Fitr.
 arrow Gandhis on celluloid
Apparently Perizaad Zorabian, thanks to her Parsi genes, has the nose to qualify as an 'Indira Gandhi dead ringer'.
Generalarrow Pro-mayor faction plans hunger strike
The pro-mayor activists of city BNP will stage an indefinite hunger strike after Eid-ul-Fitr to press home their two-point demand.
 arrow Arrest of writer demanded
Khulna chapter of Bangladesh Human Rights Implementation Committee (BHRIC) yesterday demanded immediate confiscation of a booklet titled 'Meye Manusher Lajja Kom' and arrest of its writer Siraj Vikrampuri.
 arrow Int'l workshop on Info Society begins Oct 23
A three-day international workshop on Building an Information Society will begin in the capital on October 23 to prepare Dhaka Declaration ahead of the World Summit on Information Society in Tunis inNovember.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Kanchpur disturbances
The series of clashes at Kanchpur between the factory workers and the police that left hundreds hurt, valuable property damaged and highway traffic blocked for hours was most regrettable as the violent
 arrow Editorial: Don't tinker with education
The more we delve into the government decision to switch from a multi-stream syllabi to a so-called unified system at the secondary level, the more dumbfounding it gets.
 arrow The legal battle against terrorism
Ideology and modern day terrorism go hand in hand.
 arrow Who gets the respect?
In1513, Niccol“ Machiavelli wrote in Il Principe that when everybody can tell you the truth, you fail to get respect. So, what does it mean? Respect is when you play hide and seek with the truth.
 arrow No more failures, please
An internationally reputed American journal, the Foreign Policy (www.foreignpolicy.com) in its Aug-Sept 05 issue published a "Failed State Index.
Letters to Editorarrow Uni-track education system
It refers to the piece published in the opinion column of your daily on 12th October, 2005 by Mr.
 arrow A month of extortion?
We are well aware of the religious importance of the Holy Ramadan. There is not much necessity to dwell upon that subject.
 arrow Solar electricity for rural areas
The BTV documentary (Oct 14) on the use of solar cells (panels; Grameen Shakti) for electric power in rural homes and small establishments is welcome.
 arrow Comparison of fuel prices
One of the local satellite TV channels has compared the fuel prices of Bangladesh with those in India.
 arrow Environmental concern
The devastation wrought by the back-to-back hurricanes along the warm Gulf of Mexico waters with more likely to follow soon were the direct consequence of the wrongs that we, the planet-dwellers continue
 arrow Our export to India
We are very much intrigued at the news that appeared in your daily captioned "Delhi's term too difficult for Dhaka.
 arrow Traffic jam near schools
This is in reference to the letter by Ms. Itrat Rahman of Scholastica School published in your daily on 12 October `05.Ms.
 arrow Corruption and incompetence
All I seem to read in the local papers is Corruption, bribe and incompetence, as the government is always saying that Bangladesh has to make itself richer in every way.
 arrow Scholastica's reply
This is in reference to Scholastica's reply to the issue of traffic congestion in front of their school published in The Daily Star dated 12th October 2005. In a word, it has shocked me.
 arrow Law must...
The former Motijheel Police Station Officer-in-Charge, Rafiqul Islam, whose name had appeared in the FIR, as being the mastermind in the killing of Dhaka Commerce College student Momin, surrendered to
 arrow Immigrants and British values
I respond to the above captioned letter by Mr. Shafi Ahmed. Not being in England in last 20 years it is perhaps presumptuous on my part to comment on the issue .
 arrow Gas crisis in Tongi
We are one of the export oriented textile industries in Konabari area of the Gazipur district. We have the backward linkage factories for both knit and woven fabrics.
 arrow Poor in the city
On October 12, 2005, two very important letters appeared in this page.
 arrow Divide and rule politics
I agree in principle with the analysis in the DS of Oct 05 (by a retd General) that the religious extremist groups have taken advantage of the 15-year old wide rift between the two major political parties,
 arrow Politicisation and terrorism
I read the letter 'stop nasty politicisation' by Molla Mohammad Shaheen published in the DS, 1/10/2005. I agree with him.
 arrow Obscene movies
Though some fine films have been made recently, the making of vulgar films has not stopped. Nowadays films are made without a storyline. They call it ''commercial'' cinema.
Environmentarrow Degrading riverine habitats
Bangladesh is a land of rivers. In the 11th century, there were 1 400 1 500 rivers, which reduced to about 700 in recent years due to various natural and anthropogenic factors.
Worldarrow South Asia: Pak quake relief situation worse than tsunami: UN
The UN's top relief official warned yesterday that the shortfall in aid for victims of the earthquake in Pakistan made the situation worse than after the Indian Ocean tsunami last year.
 arrow South Asia: Tigers turn down truce talks
Sri Lanka yesterday said Tamil Tiger rebels did not agree to a bid by peace broker Norway to restart talks on a ceasefire imperilled after the August assassination of the country's foreign minister.
 arrow South Asia: India, US set for tough talks on nuclear deal
A top US official arrived in India yesterday to push a landmark nuclear deal between the two nations, but the talks face likely hurdles over New Delhi's need for fresh reassurances from Washington.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal sets deadline to register for local polls
Nepal's Election Commission yesterday set a 30-day deadline for political parties to register for local polls early next year, state-run radio said, despite threats of a boycott.
 arrow South Asia: 'Asian tsunami survivors plagued by HR abuses'
Survivors of last year's tsunami in Asia are suffering human rights abuses including sex assaults and arbitrary arrests, as corrupt or incompetent officials mismanage relief, a US report said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: India waits for Pak proposals to open Kashmir border
India said yesterday it was still waiting for Pakistani proposals on how to allow Kashmiris to cross the de facto border that divides the Himalayan region, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.
 arrow South Asia: 10 die as roof of hospital collapses in Nepal
Ten people were killed and at least seven others injured when a hospital roof in western Nepal collapsed after heavy rains yesterday, police said.
 arrow South Asia: Rights groups ask Maldives to set free detainees
International rights groups on Wednesday demanded the release of a key Maldivian dissident jailed this week for 10 years on a "terrorism" charge for participating in a pro-democracy rally.
 arrow South Asia: 'US soldiers burned Taliban fightersí
Australian television on Wednesday broadcast footage of what it said was US soldiers burning the corpses of two dead Taliban fighters with their bodies laid out facing Mecca and using the images in apropaganda
 arrow Saddam lawyers plan next round of trial
Lawyers for ousted Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein began drafting a battle plan yesterday for his next court date after the stormy start of a trial many fear will exacerbate the country's sectarian divide.
 arrow Press freedoms slip back in West
Press freedom is being eroded in parts of the Western world, failing to advance in Iraq, but making progress in states emerging from repression, the watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reported yesterday.
 arrow Rice refuses to set a timetable for pullout
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought to reassure sceptical lawmakers on Wednesday the Bush administration had a plan for Iraq but faced strong criticism for not having a strategy to get troops
 arrow Iran 'has proof' of UK role in bombings
Iran said yesterday it has proof that Britain was involved in a double bomb attack last week that killed six people and injured more than 100 in the restive southwestern city of Ahvaz.
 arrow Wilma roars ahead
Hurricane Wilma weakened slightly yesterday as it roared toward Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and southern Florida, an "extremely dangerous" storm that already has killed 13 people and forced the evacuation
 arrow Arrest warrant issued for leading US lawmaker Tom DeLay
A Texas court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for top Republican lawmaker Tom DeLay in connection with a campaign finance probe, a move dismissed by his spokesman as "simply routine.
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