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Front Pagearrow Legality of unilateral move questioned
The activities to prepare a fresh voter roll for the next parliamentary election have been questioned on legal grounds, as the decision to that effect had been taken unilaterally by the chief election
 arrow Vegetables dearer on crops damage by rain
Prices of vegetables in the city markets rose sharply in the last three days due to a supply shortage as intermittent rains recently damaged standing vegetable crops in different parts of the country.
 arrow Blood gets scarce in Ramadan
Septuagenarian Rabeya Khatun of Ward 23 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) was scheduled to undergo a surgery on her nose last Saturday.
 arrow Grafts hurting FDI
Newly appointed European Union Ambassador to Dhaka Dr Stefan Frowein has described corruption in Bangladesh as dangerous for development and cautioned that it may hamper the flow of foreign direct investment.
 arrow Eid ticket scalping fans out to launches, trains
Scalpers and influential persons affiliated with the ruling party had already captured most of the advance tickets of the inter-district launches and trains for the days preceding the Eid-ul-Fitr although
 arrow High alert for all police stations in Rajshahi div
All police stations in Rajshahi division have been put on high alert after Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday threatened to launch another simultaneous bomb attack on police, reports ourstaff
 arrow Petrobangla boss Osmani removed under 'pressure'
The government yesterday removed Petrobangla chairman SR Osmani under pressure from a business lobby, sources said.
 arrow Onion Price Hits Tk 50

 arrow Jamaat mother body of 58 militant groups
Terming the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh the 'mother organisation' of 58 militant groups in the country, the Awami League (AL) yesterday said the government is protecting militancy as Jamaat is its coalition
  arrow Plan to make antiviral drug available in 3 months
The Bangladesh branches of Roche and Novartis, two multinational companies, may form a joint venture to produce the Tamiflu vaccine for treating human cases of bird flu in Bangladesh, although commercial
 arrow Bribery at 10 levels to get medicare
A patient in Rajshahi City has to spend up to Tk 5,000 on bribes for obtaining their fundamental rights to medical care at government hospitals in the city, including Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
 arrow Pak envoy terms 'em Bangladeshi Biharis
The Pakistan envoy to Dhaka yesterday denied Pakistan nationality of the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh and called them "Bangladeshi Biharis".
 arrow Huda blames passengers for extra bus fares
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday pinned the blame on the passengers for paying extra bus fares instead of taking actions against the bus operators.
 arrow Indo-Bangla home secy-level talks begin tomorrow
Security issues, cross-border crimes and infiltration will be on top of the agenda at the home secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh beginning here tomorrow.
 arrow Secretariat goes slow as PM, top ministers abroad, sick
Works at the secretariat have slowed down in the absence of the prime minister and a number of senior ministers who are staying abroad. The situation has worsened further as some other ministers are sick.
 arrow Huda trashes his expulsion decision by Aminul faction
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) led by Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque yesterday said they will hold the central conference of the pro-BNP lawyers' body by February next year.
 arrow Uttara OC, 7 others sued for murder
A woman sued the officer-in-charge (OC) of Uttara Police Station and seven others at a Dhaka court yesterday on charge of murdering her husband.
 arrow All 16 PBCP men acquitted
Sixteen operatives of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) M-L faction, including one of its commanders Nuruzzaman Laltu, were acquitted yesterday in the sensational Chuadanga nine-murder
 arrow Saarc secretariat putting finishing touches to meet preparations
The secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) is taking all preparations for holding the 13the summit of the regional forum in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.
 arrow Endangered species...

 arrow Sangsad goes into session Nov 20
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into the 19th session on November 20, stepping onto the fourth year of its tenure.
 arrow HC orders not to arrest, harass ETV chairman till Nov 20
The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government not to arrest or harass Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam until November 20 in a women repression case filed with Kafrul Police Station
 arrow Dinajpur-1 by-polls Dec 5
The by-election in Dinajpur-1 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad will be held on December 5.
The Election Commission (EC) announced the election schedule yesterday through a gazette notification.

 arrow Clarification
Incidin Bangladesh, a non-government organisation (NGO), has protested the news item headlined "Conspiracy on to destroy RMG sector" published in The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow New outbreak in China, 4th person dies in Indonesia
A virulent strain of bird flu has broken out again in China, officials said Tuesday, as the human toll from the virus rose and Europe mulled a ban on wild bird imports to help avert a feared human pandemic.
Businessarrow 10 cos submit proposals to be 6th cellphone operator
Some ten local and international companies have so far participated in the open bidding to become the sixth cellphone operator in Bangladesh, a lucrative mobile business hub in South Asia.
 arrow Govt urged to review cash incentive policy on farm product export
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to review the policy of offering cash incentive to agri-product exporters, as farmers are not benefited from the incentive.
 arrow Indian Oil team visits Dhaka next month
A team of officials of state-owned Indian Oil Corporation will travel to Dhaka next month to discuss expansion of diesel trade between the two countries, co-operation in revamp of Chittagong refineryand
 arrow Ericsson acquires Marconi for $2.1b
Swedish Ericsson acquired most of the business units of British Marconi Corporation plc yesterday. Ericsson has paid $2.
 arrow Saifur off to S'pore
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman left for Singapore Monday midnight both for medical checkup and official purposes.
 arrow Banks asked to attain IT security standards by May 2006
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked all commercial banks to maintain security standards with regards to their adoption of information technology in banking by May 15, 2006 to check frauds in e-banking.
 arrow India's central bank tightens policy, raises growth forecast
The Reserve Bank of India tightened a key money market interest rate Tuesday in an effort to head off inflation driven by soaring oil prices while also raising its growth forecast for the current year.
 arrow India to import onions from China, Pakistan
India will import onions, a key ingredient in its food, from China and Pakistan to tide over a domestic shortage caused by a poor crop yield due to heavy rains and floods, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil holds over $60
Oil steadied above $60 a barrel Tuesday, with traders shifting their attention to the next set of clues about US oil demand after hurricane Wilma bypassed oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
 arrow HK denies WTO meeting cancellation fears
Hong Kong dismissed Tuesday suggestions that a crucial World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit scheduled here for December could be cancelled or delayed, saying such reports were "purely speculation".
 arrow EU trade chief seeks farm flexibility in WTO talks
The European Union must open its farm sector to greater foreign competition as part of world trade talks which are "on a knife edge," EU trade chief Peter Mandelson warned Monday.
 arrow Vietnam misses first date with WTO
This December should have been a historic month for Vietnam but instead, celebrations have been put on hold after it became clear Southeast Asian country would not be joining the World Trade Organisation
Sportsarrow Football: Bon voyage booters
A 30-member Bangladesh football team under the banner of 'BFF XI' left Dhaka yesterday afternoon to play in the Grand Royal Four-Nation Invitational International Football Tournament in Myanmar.
 arrow Cricket: Asghar strikes secret deal
When the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) awarded WorldTel exclusive TV rights five years ago, allegations were made that it did not serve the best interest of the most affluent federation of the country.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar back & bangs
Sachin Tendulkar smashed 93 off 96 balls on his return from an elbow injury as India whipped Sri Lanka by 152 runs on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan's caution
England captain Michael Vaughan has insisted there will be no 'Ashes let-down' for his side when they play Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Salahuddin ponders U-turn?
Celebrated footballer Kazi Salah-uddin may reconsider withdrawing his resignation from the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Football: Div selectors named
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday named the selection panels for six divisions to take part in the seventh National Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi thrash CAB U-17s
The Rajshahi Divisional Under-17 team recorded a thumping seven-wicket win over visiting CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) U-17s in a limited-overs match at the Jagannath Hall ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke suits No 4 fine
Australian batsman Michael Clarke has hit back at critics who say his swashbuckling style is unsuited to number four on the Test batting line-up.
 arrow Football: Be champs not chumps: Benitez
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez admits his European champions are playing like chumps in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Juve stare at record
Leaders Juventus will set a new record for the best ever start to a Serie A season if they win at home to Sampdoria on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: MU not strong enough
Edwin van der Sar fears Manchester United's squad is not strong enough to cope with the injury crisis which has all but wrecked their Premiership title hopes.
 arrow Football: 'Winning, winning unreal'
England football star Frank Lampard, who saved Chelsea with an equaliser against Everton at the weekend, said winning every match this season had never been a realistic goal.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan ready for resurgent England
Pakistani captain Inzamamul Haq has vowed to salve his country's earthquake wounds with an exciting Test series against a resurgent England, who arrive Wednesday on a high from their Ashes triumph.
 arrow Cricket: Simmons doesn't know what to do
Four days after being served a 24-hour deportation notice by the Zimbabwe immigration authorities, West Indian cricket coach Phil Simmons is still waiting to hear whether he must catch a plane out.
 arrow Cricket: Under-fire stars put NSW atop
Embattled Australian Test stars Simon Katich and Michael Clarke both smashed centuries Tuesday to put New South Wales on top at stumps on the first day of the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia.
 arrow Football: Eriksson backs red Beckham
England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has come out in support of his captain David Beckham despite his weekend red card for Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Roma fined
The Italian football league on Tuesday fined Serie A club Roma 25,000 euros (30,000 dollars) after referee Gianluca Paparesta was hit in the face by a coin during Sunday's derby against Lazio.
 arrow Cricket: Ward quits
Former England batsman Ian Ward has announced his retirement from first-class cricket to concentrate on his fledgling media career.
 arrow Football: Adriano suffers injury
Inter Milan's Brazilian international Adriano, injured during their 1-0 victory at Udinese over the weekend, has suffered a dislocated right shoulder, the Italian first division club said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Udal relishes 2nd chance
Shaun Udal is determined to make the most of his England recall 10 years after his international career looked to have come to a shuddering halt.
Metropolitanarrow Hold national dialogue to forge consensus on electoral reforms
Jatiya Oikya Manch and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday called for an immediate national dialogue to forge a consensus on electoral reforms, saying reforms are a must to ensure a truly impartial
 arrow Help build a people-oriented information society in world
ICT experts from home and abroad at a workshop in the city yesterday adopted the 'Dhaka Declaration' with a call to help build a people-oriented information society in the world at large.
 arrow 'Create special facilities for breast cancer treatment'
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (Dam) yesterday urged the government to help create special facilities for breast cancer detection and treatment in the country.
 arrow 'Ensure social justice to curb violence against women’
Ensuring social justice is a must to curb violence against women, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
They also called for use of information as a tool to challenge the repression of women.

 arrow 'Migration from villages causes unplanned urbanisation’
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said with the growing poverty in the villages people are rushing towards the capital with their families, leading to an unplanned and unregulated urbanisation.
 arrow EU lauds PRSP but unhappy over lack of full political participation
The European Union (EU) lauded publication of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) portraying a realistic picture of the development challenges in Bangladesh.
 arrow Non-govt teachers to get salary before Eid
Salary of the non-government teachers and employees for the month of October will be disbursed before the coming Eid and government portion of their monthly pay will be provided regularly by the 10thof
 arrow Cancellation of revised women's rights policy demanded
Speakers at a workshop in the city yesterday demanded of the government to cancel the revised policy on women's rights.
 arrow Save quake victims in Pakistan, India Two NGOs appeal to France, EU
Frères des Hommes- France and Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) have jointly urged the European Parliament and the French government to take necessary diplomatic and political
 arrow 3 get 30 yrs' RI for forcing two girls into prostitution
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three people, including a pimp, to 30 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for forcing two minor girls to prostitution nine years' ago.
 arrow JS sectt official remanded again
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Abu Taleb alias Babul Ansari, assistant security officer of the parliament secretariat, on a three-day fresh remand in connection with the August 17 serial bomb blasts case.
 arrow HC orders govt to pay salaries to 112 college teachers, staffs
The High Court ordered the government to pay the unpaid salaries of 112 teachers and staffs of 39 non-governmental colleges.
 arrow Verdict today
Judgement of the mugging case against three pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders of Dhaka College unit will be given today.
 arrow Two Ctg police officials accused of attempted rape
A case was filed against two police officials of Halishahar Police Station in Chittagong yesterday, accusing them of taking bribe and attempting to violate a housewife on remand.
 arrow Bomb explodes at house in Khulna, one arrested
A powerful bomb exploded on the premises of a three-storied building at Pabla Hajipara in Khulna city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Women burned to death for dowry in city
A housewife in the city yesterday was burned to death for dowry allegedly by her husband.
 arrow Sher-e-Bangla’s anniversary of birth today
Today is the 132nd birth anniversary of Bengle's great leader Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque, says a press release.
 arrow Soul Dance opens 4th outlet in Sylhet
Soul Dance, an international male fashion shop, opened its 4th outlet in Sylhet City, says a press release.
 arrow National Church Council executives
The 54th election to the executive committee of the Bangladesh National Church Council was held recently, says a press release.
Nationalarrow AL to resist polls without caretaker reforms
Central leaders of Awami League (AL) yesterday once again accused the ruling alliance of conspiring to hold a stage managed general election and vowed to resist any such move.
 arrow Under-construction railway bldg collapses in Rajshahi
A portion the fourth floor roof of the under-construction main building of Tk 15 crore Rajshahi Railway Station Remodeling Project collapsed yesterday.
 arrow Chaotic traffic, tailbacks kill hours
Traffic jams in Rajshahi city has not eased despite installation of electronic traffic signal systems at most of the busy points.
 arrow Charge framing in Balu murder case today
Charge in journalist Humayun Kabir Balu murder case will be framed today in Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Bomb explodes in Chuadanga
A bomb exploded when a dog was toying with it on the yard of businessman's house at Alukodia in Chuadanga Sadar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow A different day for tiny tots
It was a veritable festival for children. They sang, staged drama, recited poems, did paintings and wrote essays on different topics at a competition in the town yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Germany after elections
Truth is, without doubt, sometimes stranger than fiction. Thirty years ago, I had crossed from East Berlin to West Berlin on a shopping trip with my wife and our little son.
 arrow Implementing PRSP
The euphoria over the approval of PRSP in the ECNEC meeting held on October 16 may be short lived unless the entire administration has understood the enormity of the task or made an introspection as to
 arrow The Lawrence Franklin affair
Plenty of interesting and headline grabbing news stories have been coming out of Washington DC in recent weeks.
 arrow Have a Nice Day
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Food: Facts not fictions

Culturearrow Abdur Razzaque, a master sculptor passes away
Professor Abdur Razzaque, a leading artist, passed away on October 23. He died of cardiac arrest in Jessore.
Razzaque was basically an abstract and geometric artist in his sculptural work.

 arrow Abu Sufian’s TV plays on three channels
Abu Sufian has written three TV plays on the occasion of this Eid, for different channels: BTV, ATN Bangla and Channel i. Joutukachar will be telecast on BTV on the second day of Eid.
 arrow Roszarubezhtsentr: Alive and kicking at 80
The evening of October 23 was auspicious for Roszarubezhtsentr or the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. On this day the organisation, with branches in 66 countries, turned 80.
 arrow 25 years in music
From Torey putuler moto korey shajiye to O doctor, Kumar Bishwajit's musical journey of 25 years has been interesting. Bishwajit is currently one of the most sought after singers in ourcountry.
Internationalarrow Lankan rivals for bipartisan peace approach
Sri Lanka's president and her main political rival have agreed for the first time to forge a bipartisan approach to the island's peace process aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed, officials on
 arrow Agencies scramble to deliver aid
Pakistan and international relief agencies scrambled to deliver much-needed aid to remote parts of the quake-hit country yesterday as experts said a narrow fair-weather window was closing rapidly.
 arrow Iraqi charter adopted
Iraq's constitution has been adopted despite opposition of the country's disaffected Sunni Arab minority, electoral officials announced yesterday amid an upsurge of violence across the country.
 arrow US, EU want Russia on their side
The United States and the European Union will hold off taking Iran before the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme until they get Russia to back them and may even allow Tehran to do some nuclear
 arrow Tension mounts in Gaza after attacks
Tensions mounted in the Gaza Strip yesterday after Israel launched air and artillery strikes following Palestinian rocket attacks to avenge the killing of a militant.
 arrow 6m without power after Wilma lashing
Beginning an agonising, all-too-familiar process, Floridians lined up for generators, chain saws and other clean-up supplies only hours after Hurricane Wilma cut a costly, deadly swath across the peninsula.
 arrow UK MP Galloway challenges US
British MP George Galloway challenged the United States on Tuesday to charge him with perjury after he was accused of lying to a Senate committee over the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq.
 arrow 'Most Americans now feel Iraq war was wrong'
For the first time, a majority of Americans believe the Iraq war was the "wrong thing to do", according to a poll published yesterday in The Wall Street Journal.
 arrow UNSC split on how to handle Syria
While the US and France are seeking a resolution to pressure Syria to cooperate with an investigation into the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, other members are asking for more time, The
Editorialarrow Editorial: The Rohingya concern
The repatriation of the remaining 20,000 or so Rohingya refugees languishing in the Cox's Bazar camps has become a matter of pressing urgency for Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: The appalling tragedy in Pakistan
The enormity of the damages wrought by the earthquake in Pakistan exceeds the worst apprehensions expressed in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy striking the country.
 arrow Unfair trial could make Saddam a hero
Former President Saddam Hussein al- Majid al-Tikriti (68) has been put on trial in Baghdad on 19th October before a court of five Iraqi judges, established by the US authorities.
 arrow India, Pakistan fail the quake test
The Muzaffarabad earthquake highlights a simple truth: India-Pakistan border is a politically determined entity.
 arrow Impacts of corruption
While studying impacts of corruption most emphasis is often given to the economic dimensions specially on growth prospects.
Letters to Editorarrow Unite the nation
At this moment Bangladesh is in great danger because of violation of human rights, lack of women's empowerment, serial bomb blasts of 17th August and persistent political violence.
 arrow Iraq situation
I read the article "Exploiting rifts in the insurgency" by Fared Zakaria published recently in your daily.
 arrow Supporters do matter!
The other day I chanced to visit DU Arts building and was amazed to educate myself of some intriguing aspects of present times, thanks to the exuberance of the modern generation of Bangladeshis.
 arrow Politics and Islam
It is a matter of regret that some militants of the so called political parties are creating anarchy all over the country in the name of establishing Islam.
 arrow SC directives
The time extension game that the government is playing with the SC directives, as you have rightly pointed out in your editorial, shows that it is not at all interested in separating the judiciary from
 arrow A good report
"Report Card on Ministers" is indeed an example of courageous journalism. As a reader of DS I must say it has enhanced my respect further for this paper. Ironically, ministers are untouchable in our country.
 arrow I wish...
I wish I lived in Husain's world. I wish all problems could be resolved by simply appealing to long, cumbersome and unused words ("hegemon").
 arrow Killers at large
More than two years ago, On July 2003, Chittagong business magnate Jamal Uddin was abducted at night on the way to his home from the business place.
 arrow BNP and AL
Sheikh Hasina has said that she has no objection to TIB's recommendation that she, as the opposition leader, declare her wealth but would only do so provided the Prime Minister does the same.
 arrow Rezz
Mr. Habibur Rahman, former Charge de Affairs of Bangladesh in Afghanistan, passed away in a London hospital on Friday, the 14th of October 2005. At the time of his death he was 69.
 arrow BNP's options
BNP might have to go it alone during the next general election, judging by the reactions reported in the press of the conference of the dist chiefs held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Weakened leadership
As a senior citizen I wonder why the current leadership depends so much on past names. We know what the latter did; what we want to see is what the contemporary leaders can do, and how they do it.
 arrow A well-timed commentary
Your commentary on Oct 21 captures our collective angst and frustrations over the rampant corruption in Bangladesh.
 arrow Substitute teachers
I am a student of a big English medium school, well-known for its size and strength, situated in Dhanmondi. My annual exam is in December, 2005.
Star Chittagongarrow Poor roads, drainage may create bad impression on EC team
Non-development of the roads and drainage system in the surrounding areas of the fish processing plants in the port city is likely to create a bad impression on the European Commission (EC) delegation
 arrow Eid market in a frenzy
With barely nine days to go, Eid shopping gains momentum in the port city.
All the shopping malls, arcades and markets have been bustling from morning to late in the night.

Star Cityarrow Bad traffic, worse signals in city
The signal light glows bright in red, yet the train of vehicles does not stop, and the flow of traffic from the opposite direction closes in, clogging the roads.
 arrow Ministry sleeps on UGC recommendations
It has been a year since a high-powered committee submitted an evaluation report on the standard and performances of the private universities, but the government is yet to act against the errant institutions
 arrow Mohakhali Flyover now 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.
 arrow Elderly beggars increase in Ramadan in the city
The old man was looking for shelter from the drizzle. Caused by the low pressure in the bay, the drizzle cost him the coin he has been trying to earn since 10am in the morning.
 arrow Free talk-time: blessing or nuisance?
Free talk time at night is the latest rage in the ever expan-ding roster of mobile phone promotional deals, with a number of telecom players offering cost free chatting between 10pm 6am or 11pm - 7am.
 arrow Stop it, Now...!

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