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Front Pagearrow Half-trained cops to go into ballot fields
The police administration has reduced the training period for a few thousand policemen of different ranks in a desperate bid to make sure they are working in the field during the next general election.
 arrow BNP stagnates at grassroots level
The ruling BNP is suffering from stagnation, a severe shortage of fresh blood at various levels and leadership crisis in all its 11 front organisations due to lack of democratic practices and grooming
 arrow UN rejects Dhaka's bid to change chief
Bangladesh might lose the helm of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan as the government insists on having the present force commander replaced by another senior army officer, against the policy of the
 arrow No jet fuel to Biman if deal not struck today
If Bangladesh Biman suffering from an acute liquidity crisis misses today's deadline for striking a deal to clear its dues to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), it may run dry from tomorrow, as the
 arrow Hectic preparations on for Saarc summit
The government has stepped up all-out preparations for the November 12-13 summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), as officials of the ministries concerned have been working
 arrow Investigators focus on Khulna arrestee
Investigators in Khulna keep quizzing Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member Shahidullah alias Lokman with hope to get the whereabouts of militant kingpins JMB chief Abdur Rahman and Jagrata Muslim
 arrow 3 lost kids end up in DMCH
Three children who had migrated to Dhaka in the face of extreme poverty ended up in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Renaming National Shishu Park

 arrow Star channel blackout in city threatened from today
Bangladesh Satellite Cable Network Owners Association (SCNOA) and Dhaka Cable Operators Forum (DCOF) have threatened to suspend relaying all TV channels run by Star Group cable network in the city from
 arrow Call for UN resolution on victims of power abuse
The Commonwealth Law Ministers' Meeting (CLMM) has called for adoption of the United Nations Resolution on victims of crime and abuse of power.
 arrow Bird flu found in Britain, Croatia as virus spreads
The global battle against outbreaks of bird flu was expanding yesterday after officials confirmed cases of the virus in a parrot in British quarantine and among swans at a Croatian lake.
 arrow Govt to seek donors' help to fight avian flu
The government will seek assistance from the donor agencies to implement a project aimed at preventing the outbreak of bird flu in the country, official sources said.
 arrow Japan national rescued, three abductors held
Law enforcers yesterday rescued a Japanese citizen from a guesthouse in Banani in the capital and arrested three people in connection with his abduction on Friday morning.
 arrow Sun may shine tomorrow
The three-day intermittent rainfall that caused water logging in different parts of the country and disrupted public life is likely to come to an end tomorrow, officials in the meteorology departmentforecasted
 arrow Tender floated for feasibility study
The government has floated tender for the short-listed international consulting firms for carrying out a feasibility study of a deep-sea port in Bangladesh.
 arrow Defying the daylong drizzle

 arrow Companiganj OC, SI suspended
An officer-in-charge (OC) and a sub-inspector (SI) were suspended yesterday following the killing of five people by police.
 arrow PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in “crossfire” during a shootout between his accomplices and police in Sirajganj early yesterday.
 arrow Ex-JCD leader arrested for tender snatching
Savar police on Thursday arrested a former leader of Salimullah (SM) Hall unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling BNP, for assaulting a contractor and snatching the schedule
 arrow West Bengal floods maroon thousands
Tens of thousands of people were marooned by flooding in West Bengal yesterday after three days of torrential rains that killed at least 10 people, officials said.
 arrow 9 Afghan cops killed in ambush
Nine policemen and a journalist were killed in troubled Afghanistan, officials said yesterday, in the latest attacks in a deadly insurgency blamed on militants loyal to the ousted Taliban government.
Businessarrow Gold glitters to new high
Gold prices in domestic market have hit a new high with guinea (21 carat) selling at Tk 11, 800 and 22 carat at Tk 12, 360 a bhori.
 arrow Bangladesh may turn regional IT hub in 5 yrs
As US software giant Microsoft set up its first office in Dhaka a year ago, Country Director Feroz Mahmud looks back on the company's activities and forecasts much work ahead.
 arrow Reopen land ports for yarn import
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday once again urged the government to re-open land ports for import of yarn to meet the growing demand.
 arrow Hurricanes cut US Gulf exports 15.2pc in Sept
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita took a big bite out of US Gulf Coast exports in September, a US Census Bureau report showed.
 arrow Thailand, India to resume free trade talks in Nov
Thailand and India will seek to end an impasse over sensitive products when they resume bilateral free trade talks next month, a Thai negotiator said.
 arrow WTO meetings fail to do much to clear deadlock
Days of meetings at the World Trade Organisation have done little to clear the deadlock that is threatening a crucial summit in Hong Kong, now less than eight weeks away.
 arrow US airlines' international growth raises concern
US airlines are increasingly shifting flights from highly competitive domestic routes to international destinations, but some observers are worried their rush to do so could create a glut, driving fares
 arrow Dollar gets fresh momentum
The dollar swung higher against its main rivals Friday as traders eyed the possibility of stronger US economic growth in light of recent declines in energy prices.
 arrow Trade concessions needed: Wolfowitz
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said on Saturday all sides need to give some ground if the Doha Round of world trade talks is to succeed.
 arrow US closer to building natural gas pipeline
State officials agreed Friday to key terms of a contract with one of three oil companies negotiating to build a 2,100-mile natural gas pipeline from Alaska through Canada and into the Midwest.
 arrow Singapore GDP may grow up to 5pc in 2006
Singapore's economy looks set to grow by up to 5.0 percent in 2006 thanks in part to the world's thirst for oil, which is boosting the local refining and oil rig industries, the central bank said Friday.
 arrow Business team visits Uzbekistan
A three-member business delegation recently visited Uzbekistan to see cotton industry-related infrastructure facilities there.
 arrow Vietnam rounds on US over bid to join WTO
A senior Vietnamese official has rounded on the US for "making trouble" over its bid to join the World Trade Organization, which he said would not go ahead in December as had been hoped, state media said
 arrow Philippine leader says economy to ‘take off’ after tax ruling
Philippine leader Gloria Arroyo on Saturday said the country was on the verge of "economic take-off" after the approval of an expanded goods and services tax, brushing off fears it will raise inflation
 arrow Okay Airways says budget model not viable in China
Okay Airways, China’s first private airline, has ditched its low-cost business model because government restrictions have made it impossible for it to survive, state press reported Friday.
 arrow Subaru vehicles at REL Motors' new showroom
REL Motors Ltd, a concern of Rangs Group of Companies, has recently opened the company's first automobile showroom at Asad Gate on Mirpur Road in Dhaka.
 arrow China to adopt new jobless rate method in '06
China will release an unemployment rate next year calculated under a method that could double the figure from levels now reported, according to a report in the official China Daily Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: Salam also strikes
The crisis in the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) deepened yesterday as two more former national footballers joined the long queue of resignation party after legendary Kazi Salahuddin had stepped
 arrow Cricket: Waugh exposes Warne
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh says star leg-spinner Shane Warne is insecure, hits out at Ian Chappell and takes aim at the national selectors in his keenly-awaited autobiography.
 arrow Cricket: Greg's eyes on World Cup
India coach Greg Chappell's attempt to build a team for the 2007 World Cup faces a stern test as Sri Lanka and South Africa come calling for 12 one-day matches over the next one month.
 arrow Football: Rajani misses Myanmar trip
Mercurial defender Rajani Kanta Barman will not accompany the team in the four-nation football tournament in Myanmar this month.
 arrow Cricket: CCL uncertain
Persistent rain forced organisers to defer resumption of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) by two more days.
 arrow Football: 'Sonali Otit has a role to play’
Former national footballer and Water Resources Minister Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday said that Sonali Otit Club, a club for the players of yesteryears, could play an important role in development
 arrow Swimming: Mondol born to swim
Manik Chandra Mondol takes to water like a fish does to a river.
 arrow Chess: Prime Bank chess
Syed Ejaz Hossain beat Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon to jointly lead the table along with Korshed Alam at the end of the eighth round of the Prime Bank Eighth International Rating Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Kahn sees Rising Sun
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn admitted Saturday that he is considering leaving the German champions at the end of the campaign with several clubs in Japan ready to offer lucrative contracts.
 arrow Football: Pretenders to kings in three days
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho revealed that it took him just three days to turn the Premiership side into champions.
 arrow Cricket: No Bloemfontein mistake now: Fleming
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will go into the first of five one-day internationals against South Africa Sunday with a vivid memory of a mistake he made on a previous visit to Springbok Park.
 arrow Football: Where's Ballack going?
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack may have decided to postpone revealing his decision on a contract extension until the end of November but the German press are already convinced the player isheading
 arrow Football: Wenger fears Henry exit
Arsene Wenger has admitted that concerns over striker Thierry Henry's Arsenal future are likely to dog the club for some time yet.
 arrow Cricket: 5th one-dayer abandoned
The fifth and final one-day match between the visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) High Performance Squad and Sri Lanka Development Squad was washed out at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Five years enough!
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was adamant Friday he was not looking any further than the five-year duration of his current contract after the Premier League champions' billionaire Russian owner RomanAbramovich
 arrow Football: Jayasuriya okay
Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya had to retire with pain while batting in a warm-up game two days before the start of a one-day series in India.
 arrow Cricket: NZ slow bowlers set up the win
New Zealand's slower bowlers engineered a South African collapse to set up a five-wicket win for the tourists in the first Twenty20 international staged in South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Schnyder in Zurich final
Patty Schnyder ended the run of Serb teenager Ana Ivanovic to reach the final of the 1.3-million-dollar Zurich Open here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Easy win for East Zone
A fine spell of seam bowling by Shib Shankar Paul and an unbroken century partnership between Arindam Das and Vasant Saravanan helped East Zone crush North Zone by nine wickets on the third day of their
Metropolitanarrow Help save Pak quake victims
A special emissary of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) yesterday made an appeal to the business community of Bangladesh to extend its helping hand for his country's people
 arrow Road accidents, injuries leading causes of child deaths
Road accidents and injuries are the leading causes of death for the children aged between 10 and 14 years in the country, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Hanif reiterates his stance on ‘secularism'
Mohammad Hanif, president of Dhaka city Awami League, yesterday said he would continue his efforts to replace the term 'secularism' with 'freedom of religious functions' in the party's constitution.
 arrow Mita's family alleges police torture
The family of Samina Haq Mita, who was arrested in connection with the murder of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Iqbal Bin Yaqub in Chittagong, yesterday alleged that the police have been harassing and
 arrow Woman slaughtered
An unknown young woman was slaughtered at Gulshan in the city on Friday night.
 arrow PM leaves tomorrow for Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia goes to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to perform Umrah Hajj.
 arrow UN adopts Dhaka resolution
A resolution on 'Culture of Peace' tabled by Bangladesh was adopted by the General Assembly without a vote, according to a message received here yesterday.
 arrow Hasina goes to Gopalganj today
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina goes to Gopalganj today to visit her ancestral home at Tungipara.
 arrow ‘Resist unified education system’
Shikkha Andolon Mancho, an association for establishing universal education, called for a movement to resist the unified education system yesterday at a meeting at Arts Faculty of Dhaka University.
 arrow Dhaka’s proposal under UN consideration: Huda
Bangladesh's proposal to the United Nations for declaring October 22 as International Safe Highway Day is under consideration of the world body to raise global awareness against road accidents.
 arrow Withdrawal of price hike of CU admission form demanded
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), Chittagong University (CU) unit, yesterday demanded withdrawal of increased price of the admission form and immediate arrest and punishment to the Shibir men involved in
 arrow Jalil donates Tk 50,000 for treatment of journo Bashar
Mohammad Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Mercantile Bank Foundation, donated Tk 50,000 for the treatment of senior journalist Abul Bashar who has been suffering from liver cirrhosis.
 arrow Railway to sell Eid tickets from Oct 25
On the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr, Kamalapur Railway Station authorities will start selling advance railway tickets for home-bound city residents from October 25.
 arrow Journo Sheikh Rakib hopitalised
Sheikh Rakibudding, senior journalist and diplomatic correspondent of the daily Independent, was admitted to the Birdem hospital in the city due to diabetic complications yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 7th CoP begins in Nairobi Oct 24
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam left here for Kenya yesterday to attend a two-day international conference on combating desertification.
 arrow Gandhi Memorial Home to be set up in city
Journalist Syed Abul Moksud is going to set up a 'Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Home' in Dhaka, aiming to project the life, work and philosophy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the greatest apostle of non-violence,
 arrow Appeal for help
Rabeya, a two-year-old girl, has been suffering from abnormal growth of her skull (extended), which is affecting the normal functioning of her brain.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea situation in greater Dinajpur alarming: 12 die
Diarrhoea situation has taken an alarming turn in greater Dinajpur with the recession of floodwaters.
At least 12 people died and 2,000 others were attacked with the waterborne disease since Thursday.

 arrow 50pc fertiliser import thru' Mongla port may become mandatory
Government steps to reactivate the Mongla port are likely soon.
 arrow Violence for dowry up in Satkhira
Speakers at a workshop here have said the media can play a vital role in creating awareness regarding domestic violence against women.
 arrow Sylhet magnate not rescued in a year
Law enforcers failed to rescue business magnate Md. Habibur Rahman, 'missing' from for about a year. the night following 17 October last year.
 arrow Rain paralyses life in Patuakhali, Barisal
Life has been paralysed in Patuakhali and Barisal due to incessant rains for the last two days.
Our Patuakhali Correspondent reports: Most of the areas in the town and the district have gone underwater.

 arrow Two die of food poisoning in Pabna
Two persons died from food poisoning at a mess in Pabna town early yesterday.
 arrow Death anniversary of Khan Saheb Afzal on Oct 27
The 30th anniversary of death of Khan Saheb Muhammad Afzal will be observed at his village home at Khattawsher in Raninagar upazila on October 27.
Culturearrow Group E displays diversity
LAST Friday's episode of Close up1 was special for a number of reasons. It featured Group E, a team of singers who are the last of the 40 contestants chosen out of almost 40,000 hopefuls.
 arrow Fixing images in a frame
Marc Danieu is a visiting artist who had his work exhibited at the Alliance Francaise recently. It is the love of both books and paintings that made Marc an illustrator.
 arrow Sabina to perform in BTV Eid special
Renowned singer Sabina Yasmin makes a comeback on BTV this Eid-ul-Fitr. She will present five exclusive songs for the channel, such as Ey chithi taree chithi...
 arrow Qazi-Ruprekha to settle in Mumbai
They are finally on the road to fame. Qazi Tauqeer and Ruprekha Banerjee are the 'Fame Jodi' and are, "On top of the world." Says a visibly excited Qazi, "I don't know why people are crazy about me.
Internationalarrow Bush pushes for UN action against Syria
President Bush on Friday said the UN should deal quickly and seriously with a report implicating Syria in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, a killing that led to protests and withdrawal
 arrow India, US to draft plan to implement nuclear deal
India and the United States agreed on Friday to draft a plan to implement a controversial nuclear deal as Washington assured New Delhi it would not raise the bar on the landmark agreement.
 arrow Cancun flooded after Wilma hits Mexico
Sea water rushed into the Mexican resort city of Cancun early yesterday as Hurricane Wilma whipped up a massive storm surge and unleashed heavy rain and driving winds over a resort area known for itspicturesque
 arrow Pakistan makes formal proposal
Pakistan formally handed over details of President Pervez Musharraf's plan to open the border in disputed Kashmir and let people cross to help out quake-stricken relatives, the foreign ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Free world appeasing 'slave state' China
Taiwan's former president Lee Teng-hui on Friday accused China of running a "slave state" that uses the false promise of its booming economy to dupe the free world into appeasing its tyranny.
 arrow Rights group accuses Pakistan of storing aid
A US-based human rights group yesterday accused Pakistani officials of storing tents and other relief supplies instead of immediately distributing them to earthquake survivors.
 arrow US blacklists 8 North Korean entities
The United States blacklisted on Friday eight North Korean entities as proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and froze whatever assets they have under US jurisdiction.
 arrow Iraq to step up security for Saddam lawyers
Iraq's interim government said yesterday it will step up security for defence lawyers in Saddam Hussein's trial, after one was abducted and killed by gunmen disguised as security forces.
 arrow Nepali police raid pvt radio station
Police stormed into the office of a private radio broadcaster and seized satellite equipment after the government had earlier warned it to stop its transmissions to eastern Nepal, a station official said
 arrow Bush deplores 'too many' illegals
US President George W.
 arrow Communal riots in Egypt: 3 die
The usually peaceful Egyptian city of Alexandria was reeling yesterday from riots that left three dead and pitted police and Muslims protesting a play they charge is offensive to Islam.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Playing game with HC directives
The Supreme Court's rejection of the government's 21st plea for time extension for implementation of the 12-point High Court directive issued in 1999, to effect separation of the judiciary from the executive,
 arrow Editorial: Rab above law?
We find no word strong enough to express our shock and consternation at the manhandling by some Rab elements of media correspondent Atiqur Rahman in Meherpur.
 arrow Religion and politics
Perhaps both the great Arab historian Ibn Khaldun and Scottish philosopher David Hume (who greatly influenced Skepticism and Empiricism school of thought) shared oscillation theory in their observation
 arrow PRSP misses strategy to fight corruption
The much talked about Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) entitled 'Unlocking the Potential: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction' has been approved by the Executive Committee on the
Letters to Editorarrow Tourism
Our Dutch friend Twin van Leeuwen makes perfect sense in his letter on tourism (The Daily Star, 30.9.05).
 arrow Our tourism industry
I'm thankful to Mr. Twin van Leeuwen for his valuable suggestions on tourism in Bangladesh, published in the DS, 30/9/2005.We're grateful for his tips.
 arrow "False hopes or achievements falsified?"
I did not intend to be drawn in between a Major General and a fellow economist in the debate about "False hopes or achievements falsified?"
I took an exception to General's comments which state "Although

Star Healtharrow Cost of eye treatment needs stability
According to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) document, "Status Report on Macroeconomics and Health; Bangladesh", our country suffers from harrowing levels of poverty, low consumption, deteriorating
 arrow How is your hearing?
Many people suffer from partial or full hearing loss. This problem now affects about one out of three people over the age of 65.
 arrow Seven myths about fitness
Muscle turns to fat when you stop exercising -- FALSE
Muscle and fat are different types of tissue and one cannot turn into the other.

 arrow Worried about bird flu? Wash your hands
Little can be done to prevent an outbreak of bird flu if it comes before vaccine production can get started, health experts caution, but they say common sense measures can help individuals protect themselves.
 arrow Tips to control your temper
If you find that your angry outbursts are negatively affecting your relationships with family, friends, co-workers and even complete strangers, it is probably time to change the way you express your anger.
Star Cityarrow Abnormal rise in rickshaw fare
"What? That is an outrage! I can take a metered cab or CNG auto-rickshaw for that amount,"exclaimed a middle-aged commuter near Anando Cinema Hall in Farmgate.
 arrow Permanent truck stands in the offing
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is finalising the process of establishing three new permanent truck stands on the city's outskirts, while truck owners' demands to set up one in the Tejgaon industrial area
 arrow Reigning the streets

 arrow City shoppers into simple design, soft hues this Eid
With Eid round the corner, the fashion conscious people in the city are busy readying their attire. As the crowds throng the shops and boutiques, it's an opportune time to see what's in and what's out.
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