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Front Pagearrow Rain injunction on life
The spell of intermittent rain continued yesterday for the fifth consecutive day, paralysing normal life in the city and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Brokers scalp advance bus tickets for Eid
Scalpers captured most of the advance tickets of inter-district buses for the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr as people could not go to bus terminals in the capital due to daylong cold drizzle yesterday.
 arrow Biman to get fuel until Eid on credit
Liquidity-strapped Biman Bangladesh Airlines got a fresh lease on life yesterday as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) agreed to sell it jet fuel on credit until Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Niko ends relief well, yet to declare it safe
Canadian company Niko has completed drilling the relief well in the Tengratila gas field, but has refrained from announcing the completion as gas bubbles keep on gushing out in low pressure, accompanied
 arrow Blacklisted firm bags Rs 100cr supply deal
The Ministry of Food and Disaster Management has awarded to a 'blacklisted' Indian company the contract to supply food grains worth of rupee 100 crore pledged by the Indian government in aid to Bangladesh.
 arrow Security beefed up in Sylhet after JMB threat
Security arrangements have been beefed up in the divisional headquarters and different upazilas of the district following a threat letter in the name of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) that theSylhet
 arrow A rare species...

 arrow ROK reluctant to hire Bangladeshi workers
The government of South Korea is hesitant to recruit fresh Bangladeshi workers, after about 15,000 such workers violated their working contracts, overstaying their visas and changing workplaces, withsome
 arrow 64 lakh names wrong, 27 lakh omitted
There were as many as 64 lakh potentially erroneous names on the 2001 voters' list, while over 27 lakh eligible voters may have been disenfranchised in the October 1, 2001 parliamentary elections as they
 arrow 5 days of drizzle make essentials even more dear
Intermittent rains in the last few days have greatly affected the normal supply of essentials to different city markets, pushing their prices further up.
 arrow Bush hails ban on HuJi in Bangladesh
US President George W Bush has appreciated Bangladesh government's banning of Islamist group Harkat-ul-Jihad Al-Islami (HuJi) by terming it 'a great decision.
 arrow 1.5 lakh tonnes of urea fertiliser to be imported
The government yesterday approved a proposal for importing 1.5 lakh tonnes of urea fertiliser at a cost of about Tk 375 crore to meet the domestic demand.
 arrow Clarification, our reply
Former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain in a clarification against The Daily Star's October 14 report headlined "Dubious Leadership, graft led gas crisis; energy sector slow on development,
 arrow Twenty girls trafficked from Monga-hit Dimla
Two out of some 20 girls, including teenagers and children, trafficked recently to the capital from the district's Monga-afflicted Dimla upazila have luckily managed to flee the dire straits awaitingthem,
 arrow Khulna BNP leader killed in bomb attack
A leader of the ruling BNP was killed in a bomb attack by unidentified assailants in front of a clinic in the city last night.
 arrow Home ministry orders arrest of Rohingyas involved in crime
The home ministry has recently issued an order to prepare a list of Rohingyas illegally living in the inaccessible hilly areas of Bandarban and to arrest those involved in criminal activities.
 arrow Plot handover may start by November
The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) will be able to start handing over industrial plots of Adamjee EPZ to foreign investors by next month, Bepza Executive Chairman Md Zakir Hossain
 arrow Drafts of 2 accords finalised
Saarc officials have so far finalised two draft agreements concerning customs management and avoidance of double taxation, while negotiations continue on two more deals expected to be signed at the 13th
 arrow Charge sheet likely today
A charge sheet in an August 17 bomb blasts case in the port city is likely to be submitted today.
 arrow The mighty Dhaleshwari...

 arrow Even beggars feel the pinch
Begging is no longer a secured source of living as it used to be until recently. The condition of the common people, which has been on an economic roller coaster, is affecting the beggars' income, too.
 arrow Nigerian plane crash kills all 117 on board
Nigerian rescuers struggled to gather and identify hundreds of severed body parts scattered yesterday amid smoking debris at the site of an airliner crash which rescuers said killed all 117 people onboard.
 arrow Wilma picks up speed, heads for Florida
Hurricane Wilma drifted northward away from the Yucatan peninsula Sunday morning but furious winds and rain were still punishing Mexico's Caribbean coastline, where the storm killed at least seven people.
 arrow Noman tells of 'adequate' steps to fight bird flu
Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Abdullah Al Noman yesterday said the government has taken adequate measures to avert possible attack of the 'bird flu', urging the nation not to be panicked by thesituation.
 arrow 18 more down with dengue
Eighteen more patients with dengue fever, a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquito, were hospitalised in the last three days in the capital.
 arrow SI jailed for 21yrs in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a police sub-inspector (SI) to 21 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing illegal firearm and ammunition while he was on duty in 2002.
 arrow 10 Jessore cops closed
Ten policemen of Jessore Kotwali Police Station have been closed for having close links with terrorists and narcotic traders.
Businessarrow SEC to amend rights issue rules
In a bid to safeguard investors' interest, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday decided to make an amendment to the Rights Issue Rules.
 arrow Ecnec okays 14 schemes involving Tk 3,314cr
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved 14 new development projects involving Tk 3,314 crore.
 arrow Talks begin on merging Japan's govt banks
The Japanese government started deliberating a plan Saturday to integrate at least six of the eight government-affiliated financial institutions into a single entity, following postal privatisation reform,
 arrow China uncovers 240 bank graft cases
China uncovered 240 cases of corruption in its state-owned commercial banks in the first half of the year, with losses totalling 1.6 billion yuan (198 million dollars), state media said Sunday.
 arrow SEC fines DSE stock dealer
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined a stock dealer Tk 2 lakh for not paying the dues to its customers.
 arrow Beximco Textiles' Yellow outlet opens in Karachi
Beximco Textiles Ltd, an export-oriented company of Beximco Group, has set up an outlet of 'Yellow', an exclusive fashion house of the company, in Pakistan Tuesday.
 arrow Wal-Mart maintains October sales forecast
Wal-Mart Stores on Saturday maintained its October sales forecast and said demand was strongest in the US Southeast, where Florida residents were bracing for Hurricane Wilma.
 arrow Japan must raise sales tax, says finance minister
Japan's 5 percent consumption tax will have to be raised by the next prime minister after Junichiro Koizumi's term ends next September, Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said Sunday.
 arrow EU has ten days to resolve internal rift
Trade officials have warned that global trade talks are close to breaking point, leaving the European Union with ten days to either resolve a bitter internal rift or convince partners in the WTO to tame
 arrow Forex rules relaxed in Vietnam
Vietnamese will no longer need to seek permission from the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) to transfer foreign currencies overseas for payment purposes, said a banking official.
Sportsarrow Football: Chunnu joins his ex-star colleagues
With just two days to go before their departure for Myanmar to play in the Grand Royal Challenge Cup four-nation invitational tournament, the national football team finds itself without a leader.
 arrow Cricket: Rain irks cricketers
National cricketers have expressed their frustration at the rain-affected GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League, which is set to resume on November 9 after the Eid break.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas go 1-nil up
A quite brilliant innings from Justin Kemp gave South Africa first blood in the five-match one-day series against New Zealand in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Khorshed Prime Bank chess champ
Khorshed Alam clinched the Prime Bank eighth International Rating Chess tournament crown when he drew with contender Syed Ejaz Hossain in the ninth and final round at the BCF hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky's tip for Shane
Ricky Ponting has defiantly told would-be suitors to his Australian Test cricket captaincy that he's staying put and not going anywhere.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh to help small nations
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh said Sunday he saw his future helping Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Kenya improve their cricket.
 arrow Football: Costly draw for MU
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to blame his side's crippling injury list for the loss of two more valuable points following a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Eto'o shapes Barca romp
Samuel Eto'o couldn't get the goals to help Cameroon to the World Cup finals two weeks ago but he hasn't stopped scoring since and he got a brace in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Akhtar at crossroads’
Pakistan's tarnished bowling star Shoaib Akhtar faces a "make-or-break" test of his fitness and commitment this week ahead of an all-important home series against resurgent England.
 arrow Tennis: Zurich Open Davenport's
Lindsay Davenport overcame Patty Schnyder 7-6, 6-3 to win the 1.3-million-dollar Zurich Open on Sunday, earning her sixth title of the season.
 arrow Cricket: Lara most dangerous
Brian Lara has been voted the most dangerous opposition batsman, ahead of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, by Australian cricketers.
 arrow Cricket: India not keen on neutral umps: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board has said India were not too keen on having neutral umpires during their tour scheduled next year in February-March.
 arrow Cricket: Malik ready to open
Pakistan's young all-rounder Shoaib Malik is confident he can resolve his team's chronic problem in finding reliable openers and take on England's fearsome pace attack in next month's test cricket series.
 arrow Football: Eusebio forgiven!
Portuguese football legend Eusebio has been officially pardonned by Slovakia - for ending the then unified Czechoslovakia's dream of playing in the 1966 World Cup.
 arrow Football: No Real-Becks talks
Real Madrid insisted Saturday they have not yet opened negotiations with England midfield star David Beckham over a new contract.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka start off on wrong foot
Sri Lanka suffered a setback ahead of a one-day cricket series in India when they lost a practice match by three wickets here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Matthaeus to make WC group draw
West Germany's 1990 World Cup winning captain Lothar Matthaeus has been handpicked by FIFA to make the group draw for the 2006 World Cup finals in Leipzig on December 9.
 arrow Football: Asian Champions League final shifted to Jordan
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Sunday took the unusual step of moving the second leg of this month's Asian Champions League final from Saudi Arabia to neutral Jordan.
Metropolitanarrow AL to make country hunger-free, if voted to power
Awami League (AL) yesterday pledged to make the country free from hunger and poverty by developing its agricultural sector if it is voted to power again.
 arrow FBCCI mobilises funds for Pak quake victims
Responding to the request of its Pakistani counterpart, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has started mobilising funds and relief materials for earthquake survivors of
 arrow 'Step up drive against food adulteration'
Environmentalists yesterday demanded that the ongoing drive against food adulteration be stepped up and extended across the country.
 arrow 'Use ICT as a tool to establish good governance’
Speakers at an international workshop yesterday called for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool to strengthen democracy, establish good governance and ensure accountability
 arrow OC Rafiq on 4-day remand
Suspended officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station AKM Rafiqul Islam, the prime accused in the college student Kamrul Islam Momin murder case, was placed on a four-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Husband, his brother get death
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man along with his brother to death for killing his wife Irin, a TV anchor in October 2001.
 arrow ‘Dhaka believes in One China policy’
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday reiterated Bangladesh's stance on 'One China' policy.
 arrow Hasina offers fateha at mazar of Bangabandhu amid tight security
Leader of the opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina offered fateha at the mazar of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj yesterday amidst
 arrow UN Day today
The UN Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today to mark the 60th anniversary of the world body.
 arrow AMCH releases poster today
Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) will release a special poster today to create awareness about breast cancer.
 arrow Workshop on autism held
The Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC) organised a workshop on 'Autism: Quality of life issues, development of communication and behavioural competence' that concluded on Saturday, says
 arrow PM leaves for S Arabia today to perform Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will leave for Saudi Arabia today in the evening on a week-long visit to perform the holy Umrah Hajj.
Nationalarrow Feasting on forestlands in greater Mymensingh
Grabbing of government forestland in greater Mymensingh, specially in Bhaluka, took a new turn in last 15 years after big companies joined the feast in the name of setting up industries.
 arrow Ruling, opposition leaders feel insecure in Khulna
Top leaders of all major political parties including BNP and Awami League feel insecure because of recent rise of Islamist extremists.
 arrow Where diarrhoea hits every family
It is hard to find any family without a diarrhoea patient in Dingding Para village of Chapra union in the Sadar upazila. All members having been attacked with the disease is also not uncommon.
 arrow Aman prospect in Sylhet bleak
Large scale pest attack has damaged Aman crops on thousands of acres of land in most upazilas if Sylhet district, worrying farmers and agriculture officials as well.
 arrow Save the monga-hit in 5 N-dists
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leaders from four northern districts at a press conference here yesterday demanded adequate government steps to save the 40 lakh monga affected poor people in the districts.
 arrow Rain subsides soil, disrupts rail link
Train communication on the Ishwardi-Sirajganj route is snapped since Saturday as a track subsided near Bhangura station after heavy rain eroded the earth from underneath.
 arrow Transport strike on Jessore-Satkhira route from today
The Bangladesh Paribahan Sangstha Sramik Samity, a local transport workers union, yesterday called a 48-hour transport strike on the Jessore-Keshabpur-Satkhira route from today in protest against registration
 arrow ‘No uplift done in Mymensingh’
Krishak Shramic Janata League (KSJL) founder president Bangabir Kader Siddiquee on Saturday said no development work was done in greater Mymensingh since independence due to lack of leadership.
Point-Counterpointarrow Indo-Pak war of 1965: Who was responsible?
Air Marshal Nur Khan of Pakistan has recently published a book on the Indo-Pak war of 1965.
 arrow The world body sustains too much of damaging blows
The world wouldn't have missed the opportunity to celebrate the United Nations (UN) Day with renewed fervour and golden colours this year, had the 'Reform package', presented by the UN Sec Gen Kofi Annan,
 arrow Informal trade in the South Asian region
The South Asian countries (Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal) have made several attempts at enhancing trade in the region.
Culturearrow Bridging friendship
At the recent opening of the exhibition "Bridge of Friendship" at Bengal Foundation, Salima Rehman, state minister for cultural affairs said that Bangladeshi culture has made a mark on the world, especially
 arrow Bango Rango stages Unmachan
Be it politics, business, media, literature, even social work corruption seems to have crept into every sphere of life in the country.
 arrow New episode of Ontoraler Kotha
TV serial Ontoraler Kotha is based on a true story. The forthcoming episode is titled Peyara Begum.
Generalarrow Uttara OC, SI asked to appear before HC Nov 11
The High Court yesterday ordered officer-in-charge (OC) of Uttra police station Md Akhteruzzaman and sub-inspector (SI) Md Abu Sayeed to appear in person before it on November 11 to explain why contempt
 arrow Hotels, food factories fined Tk 9.33 lakh
Twenty-seven mobile courts fined hotels, shops and food factories Tk 9.33 lakh during their ongoing drives against food adulteration in different areas of the city yesterday.
 arrow 50 affected owners get CNG auto-rickshaws
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday handed over ownership certificates of four-stroke CNG autorickshaw among 50 former two-stroke autorickshaw owners after they paid Tk 1,80,000 for
Internationalarrow Quake rattles eastern Afghanistan: 5 killed
An earthquake shook eastern Afghanistan near the border of quake-hit Pakistan early yesterday, with initial reports saying at least five people were killed and six hurt, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Lankan monk regrets foray into politics
A top Sri Lankan Buddhist monk legislator yesterday admitted for the first time his all-monks party had been mistaken to enter politics, but stopped short of quitting the legislature where it has nine
 arrow Israel resigned to Hamas participation in elections
Israel was increasingly resigned yesterday to Hamas standing in January's Palestinian elections after US President George W. Bush failed to voice opposition to the Islamic militant movement's participation.
 arrow US air raids kill 20 Iraqis
US forces in Iraq killed 20 insurgents on Saturday near the Syrian border while conducting raids on houses believed to be hideouts for al-Qaeda foreign fighters, the US military said.
 arrow Rice, Straw for action over Hariri killing
A UN report on the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri is "very serious" for Syria and the international community must act, the United States and Britain said on Sunday.
 arrow Rioting in Birmingham over rape rumour
An uneasy calm hung yesterday over a Birmingham neighbourhood where a night of rioting triggered by rumours that a teenager had been sexually assaulted left a man in his 20s stabbed to death.
 arrow Bldg collapses in Mumbai: 5 killed
Five people died and six were injured when a building in a suburban area of India's commercial capital Mumbai collapsed yesterday, an official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Kudos to BPC for its tough stance
NOTWITHSTANDING a last-minute trouble-shooting deal between Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Biman, Bangladesh Airlines over the huge arrear fuel bill owed by the latter to the former, we cannot
 arrow Editorial: The mentally sick need attention
WE are deeply moved by the photograph, published in our newspaper day before yesterday, of a mentally disturbed young woman chained to the waist having a bath on a riverbank.
 arrow SAARC in the third cycle: Make it functional and effective
The twice-postponed thirteenth Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will be held in Dhaka on 12-13 November 2005.
 arrow Betraying an old friend at IAEA?
In 1947 the United States welcomed an independent India in its open embrace and hailed the latter as her future ally in Asia.
 arrow Introducing unitrack secondary education
The government has decided to introduce unitrack curriculum at the secondary level (grade nine and ten) of general education. Already a lot of arguments and debates have taken place on this issue.
Letters to Editorarrow Championship in corruption
Corruption is a major obstacle to our national development. Every sector in the country is more or less beset with corruption.
 arrow Maintain sanctity of Ramadan
It is a matter of grave concern, shame and disgrace that in the holy month of Ramadan, year after year, no matter which political party, authority or person is in power, the people of our country arebeing
 arrow Begging nuisance
In the LDCs poor persons have to beg and survive. Socially it becomes a nuisance, specially in the big cites, and before special festivals.
 arrow Mother Nature hits back
Mother nature is no more affectionate to us. We are watching her rude face. Tsunami, flood, earthquake, hurricane all are giving us hints of her acute rudeness.
We did everything to irritate her.

 arrow Future of the US
There is no point in discussing the inadequacies of George Bush, they are apparent, and we hear them every time he attempts to construct a sentence in English (if that's what it is).
 arrow For orderly traffic
During this Traffic Month our drivers should be taught how to use the lanes. This is in fact the very first step towards an orderly/disciplined flow of traffic.
 arrow Ramadan
Allah has given us the Holy Ramadan for one month only. It is not too much. The Ramadan teaches us so many things. It teaches us to control our instincts.
It helps to rectify our character.

 arrow Corruption
I really appreciate your editorial with the title 'Burying our heads in the sand, living in the world of blaming others'. Very unfortunately, this will neither open their eyes, nor put them to shame.
 arrow Minorities in Bangladesh
The article written by Mr. Subir Kumar Bhattacharya (DS 11-10-05) on minorities in Bangladesh deserves a historical analysis, at the least.
 arrow An appeal
Hazi Nuruddin Ahammad High School in Rupgonj, Narayangonj, was founded in 1994. Now it is a well managed High School. The institution was given recognition in 2003 by the BISE Dhaka authority.
 arrow IOM Awards two Bangladeshis
There are some misconceptions about the capacities and potentialities of the Bangladeshis at home and abroad. However, it is proved that they could scale the Himalayas if there is a scope and opportunity.
 arrow Prize bond draw
A large number of people of our country are the clients of the prize bond (Tk 100/ denomination saving policy), conducted by the state-owned National Savings Branch (NSB).
 arrow Suggestions on caretaker government
The caretaker government emerged as a unique system of government to conduct the national election neutrally.
 arrow All pervasive corruption
I was gathering all the documents required by the US embassy. One of it was police clearance. It is a regulation inquiry.
 arrow Culture of intellectuality
Intellectuals have been regulating our schools of thought for a long time, stealthily or sometimes with our conscious acknowledgement.
Star Cityarrow Railway land at Jurain occupied by hawkers
The land adjacent to railway line near Jurain level crossing in the city has long been occupied by about 650 hawkers who pay Tk 10 lakh in toll a month to two so-called traders' associations and the police.
 arrow Safe iftar, safer health
Three features - purity, high prices and the mobile courts drive have defined this year's iftar market, creating a Ramadan atmosphere unlike any the city has seen before.
 arrow Indifference by locals and DCC alike cause suffering
Accumulated garbage and blockages in drains are causing waterlogging in certain areas in Moghbazar and Siddeshwari during continuous rainfall.
 arrow Shopping malls follow govt orders
Due to lack of close monitoring by the government some of the establishment owners are still illuminating their establishment violating the government's strong urging and announcement of taking ultimate
 arrow Little impact on kitchen market
The kitchen market adjacent to Newmarket is buzzing with people buying and selling things.
 arrow Mohakhali flyover safe from earthquakes
After 10 months, since the first installation in November 2004, all 42 shock transmission units (STU) on Mohakhali flyover have finally been installed.
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