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Front Pagearrow Power crisis peaks as Sangu halts on glitch
The Sangu Gas Field came to an abrupt halt yesterday, worsening the power situation in the port city, which along with the other parts of the country is already plagued by an acute shortage of electricity
 arrow Govt halts recruitment for belt-tightening
The economic crisis, donors' pressure and the need to maintain macroeconomic stability ahead of the next general elections have made the government decide not to go for any further recruitment excepting
 arrow Voters' list is too important for one person to decide
Is it believable that we should have a chief election commissioner (CEC), no less a person than a sitting judge of the highest court of the land till assuming this office, who does not talk to his two
 arrow JS limps into fifth year
Unwillingness of the ruling alliance lawmakers to attend the sessions, frequent boycott by the main opposition and reluctance of the government to discuss important issues in the House have not let the
 arrow RMG units kept out of power rationing
The power ministry yesterday backtracked on its decision to ration electricity to garment industry in the face of criticism.
 arrow Curfew-like situation planned for certain areas
The government has planned an unprecedented security net for the capital during the November 12-13 Saarc summit, creating a "curfew-like situation" in certain areas.
 arrow Govt orders careful probe to punish perpetrators
The government yesterday gave strict order to the investigators of the August 17 countrywide bomb blasts to prepare the charge sheets carefully so that conviction in each case is ensured.
 arrow High-tech security yet to make travellers feel good
Despite tight security measures including installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and metal detectors at city's bus, launch and railway terminals, homebound passengers still seem troubled
 arrow Homebound craze

 arrow 1 dies as Dhaka jail wall collapses
A woman died and four others were injured, when a 40-foot wall of the Dhaka Central Jail collapsed on the adjacent jail guard quarters yesterday afternoon.
The dead was identified as Rozina Begum,20.

 arrow Leaders of dissolved committee seek party chief's intervention
A section of leaders of the dissolved Khulna city committee of the BNP at an emergency meeting yesterday blamed some 'self-proclaimed' leaders of the BNP for the intra-party feud of the unit and appealed
 arrow No letup in onion price spiral
Price of onion has doubled in the city markets in the last few days, and traders say shortage of supply and drastic fall in import from India might push its price further up.
 arrow 3 truckloads of 'explosives' seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized a huge quantity of chemicals, suspected to be high-powered explosives, loaded in three trucks, from a village in Joypurhat.
 arrow Dutch airport fire kills 11 detainees
A fire swept through a detention centre at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport overnight, killing at least 11 people awaiting expulsion from the Netherlands, Schiphol's mayor said yesterday.
 arrow EC Ali receives death threat
Election Commissioner AK Mohammad Ali yesterday received a threat on his life by an anonymous caller.
 arrow CEC declines to comment on fresh voters' list
Chief Election Commission (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday declined to make any comment on whether a fresh voter list will be prepared or the existing one will be revised although preparatory works are going on
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi talk security, trans-border crimes
Prevention of trans-border crimes, movement of criminals across the boundary and security issues dominated the proceedings on the opening day of the home-secretary level talks between India and Bangladesh
 arrow Morshed sceptical about Safta implementation on schedule
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday expressed his doubt whether South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) will be implemented from the scheduled date of January 1, 2006 as the Saarc summit was postponement
 arrow Dumping ground

 arrow Stay on re-probe into graft case against Hasina
The High Court yesterday issued a stay order on the approval of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman to start an investigation against the former prime minister Sheikh Hasina into three cases ofcorruption
 arrow 14-party liaison body formed to gear up movement
The 14-party opposition alliance formed a liaison committee yesterday for taking policy-planning decisions regarding their planned united movement against the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government.
 arrow Huda rejects again his JAF ouster
Communications minister Nazmul Huda yesterday dismissed his expulsion from the Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) by his rival group in the feuding pro-government lawyers' association, saying there is no
 arrow Rampant graft in Rangpur public hospitals
A survey report published yesterday by the Rangpur unit of the Committee of Concerned Citizens (CCC) expressed concern over deplorable condition of medical care in all hospitals in the district including
 arrow Security beefed up at gas field, banks over JMB threat
Security has been beefed up in Beanibazar gas field and other commercial banks at upazila headquarters after the manager of Sonali Bank local branch received a letter sent by JMB, threatening bomb attacks
 arrow $230m ADB aid for development of infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said here yesterday it would lend a total of 230 million dollars to Bangladesh to expand that country's natural gas infrastructure and delivery system.
 arrow Correction
Our yesterday's news analysis headlined "Power disaster due to dubious policy" in its sixth paragraph reads: "The behind-the-scene reason for cancellation of the bid was that the chief of Summit Power
Businessarrow Special incentives for big foreign investors on cards
The government is considering introducing new laws to offer special investment incentives to big foreign investors such as India's Tata Group and United Arab Emirates' Dhabi Group.
 arrow Two more ICB mutual funds in the offing
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) will float two new mutual funds soon.
 arrow India likely to buy jute bags from Bangladesh
As part of India's initiative to push up imports from neighbouring countries, decks have been cleared for import of jute bags from Bangladesh by state-owned Food Corporation of India.
 arrow India's economy can grow beyond 8pc: PM
India's economy is poised to grow at over 7 percent this financial year and the economic environment is conducive for more than 8 percent growth in the long term, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday.
 arrow Asia struggles to fight bird flu
Governments across Asia yesterday redoubled their efforts to combat bird flu, as China insisted it had the virus under control despite concern that a girl who died from flu-like symptoms had contracted
 arrow Asia's inflation light flashes amber, not red yet
If you're a central banker in Asia these days, inflation numbers are unlikely to make for happy reading.
 arrow World trade set to grow 7pc in 2006: WTO
World Trade Organisation (WTO) economists predicted Thursday that global goods trade growth would pick up to seven percent year on year in 2006 against an expected 6.5 percent for 2005.
 arrow Oil prices rebound above $61
Oil prices recovered from overnight losses in Asian trade Thursday as the market started to focus on the northern hemisphere winter when heating-oil demand rises, dealers said.
 arrow Reliance Q2 net profit jumps 42pc
India's top private sector company, Reliance Industries Ltd., posted a better-than-expected 42 percent rise in quarterly net profit, boosted by better petrochemical prices and good refining margins.
 arrow EU to make new WTO agriculture offer soon
The European Commission will "very shortly" make a new proposal on agriculture to its partners at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said in remarks published Thursday.
 arrow China reaffirms pledge to push currency reforms
China will move ahead with currency reforms and take gradual steps to make the yuan fully convertible, the country's foreign exchange chief was quoted on Wednesday as saying, repeating a standard line.
 arrow BAT sees profits plunge 33pc
Cigarette giant British American Tobacco announced on Thursday that its pre-tax profit during the third quarter of the year plummeted by almost 33 percent due to major transactions in 2004.
Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani's boys impress
A double strike from Ariful Kabir Farhad gave Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) XI a flying start in the Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament as they thrashed China Under-23 3-1 in Yangonyesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fast paced at Mohali
India skipper Rahul Dravid said Thursday his team were set to try out various new strategies in the ongoing seven-match one-day home series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Goodwill envoys get going
The UNICEF on Thursday officially announced three Bangladeshi sports personalities table tennis legend Zobera Rahman Linu, national cricket captain Habibul Bashar and ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful asits
 arrow Cricket: Vettori calls it crucial
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has again spoken out against the 'super sub' rule in one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff ready for captaincy
Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff revealed Thursday that he would accept an offer to captain England and brushed aside suggestions there was a rift after current skipper Michael Vaughan suggested he would not
 arrow Cricket: Pathan's balancing act
Rising seamer Irfan Pathan can also bat, but the Indian team think it is too early to hand him the tag of an all-rounder.
 arrow Cricket: Unease at the BCB
There was uneasy calm at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) a day after its joint-secretary Reazuddin Al Mamun tendered his resignation.
 arrow Cricket: CAB U-17s bounce back
The visiting CAB (Cricket Associa-tion of Bengal) Under-17 team bounced back to take a 2-1 lead when they registered a six-wicket victory against Rajshahi Division Under-17s in their third limited-overs
 arrow Bangladesh to send 24 athlets
Bangladesh will send a 24-member contingent to the 18th Common-wealth Games beginning on March 15 next year in Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: BCB donation for ailing umpire
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to hand over a cheque of Tk one lakh to ailing national cricket umpire Abdul Aziz Sikdar.
 arrow Table Tennis: Brazilian coach for paddlers
Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) will hire Brazilian coach Marles Sergio Martins to conduct a two-week camp for national players and coaches.
 arrow Football: Real simply outclassed
An out-of-sorts Real Madrid missed their chance to claim the leadership of the Primera Liga when they slumped to a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at Deportivo Coruna on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Charlton knock out the mighty
League Cup holders Chelsea were knocked out of this season's competition 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out by Premiership rivals Charlton at Stamford Bridge here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Powell shows the way
Paceman Daren Powell gave the touring West Indies a fillip with four top-order wickets to help dismiss a strong Queensland lineup for 323 on the first day of their warm-up four-day game here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: The one and only Juve
Leaders Juventus won 2-0 at home to Sampdoria on Wednesday for their ninth consecutive league victory - a new record for the best start to a Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Peter Gabriel to rock Germany
He was a progressive rock star in the '70s, an MTV video icon in the '80s and a world music guru for the new millennium.
 arrow Cricket: Bracken or MacGil?
Australia have signalled Nathan Bracken might be a better option than reuniting leg-spinner Stuart MacGill with Shane Warne for next week's opening cricket Test against the West Indies in stormy Brisbane.
 arrow Football: Best gravely sick
Former Manchester United football star George Best, who was reported to be fighting for his life in a London hospital, was Thursday in stable condition but remained in intensive care, officials said.
Metropolitanarrow Politicisation destroys education sector
Politicisation, irregularities and corruption in appointing teachers in different educational institutions have destroyed the country's education sector, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Six get death in Manikganj
A court here yesterday sentenced six youths to death in sensational Biplob Murder case.

Judge Md Motahar Hossain of the Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, Manikganj handed down the sentence.

 arrow Trader beaten to death in city
A trader was beaten to death allegedly by his partners at Sutrapur in the capital on Wednesday night.
 arrow ‘Cancel decision to introduce unified edn system’
Leaders of Shikkha Andolon Mancha yesterday at a press conference in the city demanded of the government to cancel the decision of introducing so-called unified education system and initiate a dialogue
 arrow ‘Check poaching of migratory birds, raise awareness about bird flu’
The government should take effective steps to check poaching of migratory birds and to prevent smuggling of poultry birds and eggs into the country from India where low pathogenic avian influenza wasdetected,
 arrow Gulshan SI, 7 others sued for demanding toll
A man filed an extortion case against a Sub-Inspector (SI) of Gulshan Police Station and seven others with a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Int'l confce on women and development begins in Bangkok
An international conference on women and development kicked off in Bangkok yesterday with more than 1600 participants, mostly women, from all over the world.
 arrow Road User Charges to be introduced
The government is going to introduce Road User Charges (RUC) for maintenance of roads and highways as it lacks adequate funds for this purpose, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Biharis protest Pak envoy's comment
Stranded Pakistanis Geneva Repatriation Committee (SPGRC), Bangladesh yesterday protested a comment of Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar Khan, who recently in a TV talk show termed
 arrow ‘Maintain communal harmony’
Speakers at a roundtable at the Press Information Department in the city stressed the need for maintaining communal harmony and solidarity among the people for peace and development of the country.
 arrow Rab member's bail rejected for third time
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member in a rape case filed against him.
 arrow PM performs Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia performed holy Umrah yesterday and took iftar at the holy Kaba Sharif with lakhs of Muslim devotees.
 arrow DU vacation extended
Dhaka University authorities have extended vacation for six days from November 8 to 14 and postponed all the scheduled examinations during this period, says a press release.
 arrow Govt urged not to raise airfare
Tahfij-Haramine Parishad Bangladesh, a non-political organisation, yesterday urged the government not to raise airfare of intending non-ballotee Hajj pilgrims for next year.
 arrow Make Nov 15 grand rally a success: Bipu
Nasrul Hamid Bipu, assistant secretary of central sub committee of Awami League (AL) and convenor of Keraniganj upazila committee, called upon the people of Keraniganj to make November 15 grand rallya
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 arrow US embassy officials caution applicants
The US embassy yesterday cautioned the potential applicants for Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery-2007 against relying on professional agents to fill up their forms as they might cheat the applicants.
 arrow Two bombs found in bus in Khulna
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered two bombs from a passenger bus parked in front of a filling station adjacent to a bus terminal in Rupsha upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow Solace sets up Helpline with GP mobiles
Solace, an NGO working to rehabilitate the drug addicts, has started a Helpline service recently with support from GrameenPhone Ltd., says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow An open application for CTG Chief Adviser
The Honourable President of Bangladesh:
It appears that the rejection by the opposition alliance of a retired Supreme Court judge as the chief of the next caretaker government (CTG) is increasingly

 arrow Tied aid and unfair trade contrary to MDG achievement
It is now difficult to be convinced that the foreign aid plays a dominant role to improve the socio-economic conditions of the least developed and less developing countries.
 arrow Less is more
Let's be honest, this is not the best time to be a Republican in America.
Culturearrow Image of an actor
AN accomplished actor Humayun Faridee is a name to reckon with. He has contributed immensely to several media.
 arrow Social comedy Tak Jhaal Mishti ready for release
Director and scriptwriter Debashish Bishwas once again presents a social comedy film, Tak Jhaal Mishti, produced under Global Media banner.
 arrow Grooming shooting stars
A workshop on documentary photography is on at Drik Gallery. This is a part of the ongoing documentary photography exhibition, titled Tales from a Globalising World, at the same venue.
The TV channel ATN Bangla has ambitious plans to entertain viewers with a feast of programmes:
The eve of Eid
Gopal Bharer Bati Chalan: This one episode TV play will be telecast

Editorialarrow Editorial: Reach food scarcity pockets with succour
It is disconcerting to learn that food scarcity is spreading beyond the region normally associated with the seasonal unemployment problem that erodes the purchasing power of people.
 arrow Editorial: The pricey onion
Before a major festival every year, an artificial shortage would be created of one or the other essential commodity.
 arrow The trauma of truncated police training
the Daily Star' in its lead news of 23rd October last reports that half-trained cops are scheduled to report to duty posts for alleged election related functions and that the same would be made possible
 arrow Militant Islam
It seems if you dig a hole anywhere in Bangladesh, some Islamic militant is likely to pop out.
 arrow Four years of achievements and failures
It is not unusual to hear false and shameless propaganda from the military dictators' regimes because they do not rely on the people but on some chosen groups.
Letters to Editorarrow Street children's future
My letter is about one of Bangladesh's main problem- "Street children." There has been an alarming rise in the number of street children in the major cities all around Bangladesh.
 arrow Sachin Dev Burman
October 01 marked the 100th birth anniversary of one of the greatest musicians of modern times, Sachin Dev Burman.
 arrow Biman's mismanagement
It is embarrassing to read in The Daily Star of October 22,2005 that Biman could not operate their domestic flights as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation(BPC) has refused to supply them the jet fuel as
 arrow Why oil price hike?
We are told and consoled by our authorities concerned that the prices of fuel petrol, diesel, kerosene and octane have been raised proportionately to the international prices of oil.
 arrow Cultural aggression
One of the various aspects of aggression by the neo-colonists is cultural aggression.
 arrow Energy sector: poor long-term planning
Bangladesh has enough natural energy resources for internal use for decades (as also some surplus stock for eventual export); but poor long-term planning by successive regimes since early 1990s has resulted
 arrow Mobile phone
Initially, at least in a substantial number of cases, mobile phone was recognised as a source of anti-social activities.
 arrow Submarine Cable
I'm from Canada. Now I'm studying at the University of Toronto. I'm a regular reader of The Daily Star. But I've not seen any report on the progress of Submarine Cable for months.
 arrow Reporting on ministries
We are disappointed to have observed that so far all the reporting about the performance of the different ministries in the last 4 years of the present government has been negative.
 arrow Footbridge photo
The lead photo of The Daily Star's October 21 issue on the hole in Jatrabari metallic footbridge was a very catchy one.
 arrow Random thoughts
I live in Chittagong and was very ill before I flew to Bangkok for a medical checkup on 17th September, 2005.
 arrow Non-resident Bangladeshis
The report by your staff correspondence entitled 'Link among scholars will help develop nation' on 16 October was very interesting. The initiative by the New York based web site (www.scholarsbangladesh.
 arrow Fasting
Fasting is practised in all the religions. Would some reader or writer enlighten us about the 'fasting' practised in other relgions- Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc.
 arrow Corruption in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has ranked first for the fifth consecutive time in the global corruption rankings published by the Berlin based Transparency International.
 arrow Violence in DU campus
Violence on campus creates panic among the students of Dhaka University. The Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) and The Islami Chattra Shibir (ICS) were involved in a serious fight recently.
 arrow A heinous crime
I was horrified to see the October 19 story titled "When agony ends in death.
 arrow Gulshan Park
The residents of Gulshan-1 were deprived of an open space or a park where the locals could stroll with their families and children.
Worldarrow South Asia: No polls in Tigers' territory
No polling for next month's presidential ballot will take place in territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka's election chief said yesterday, but people living there would still be able to vote.
 arrow South Asia: Diseases kill survivors
Relief officials yesterday warned that world aid pledges for Pakistan's quake may be too late to save lives, while doctors said 22 people had already died of tetanus and one of measles.
 arrow South Asia: Tax men raid homes of Bollywood bigwigs
Tax officials have raided the homes of around 20 Indian film personalities and confiscated unaccounted for cash and jewellery worth millions of rupees (tens of thousands of dollars), newspapers reported
 arrow South Asia: Nepali parties call for strike to protest FM radio news ban
An alliance of Nepalese political parties called for a general strike in the capital today in a move to try to overturn a government ban on FM radio news broadcasts, a party leader said.
 arrow South Asia: Tens of thousands evacuated as rains drench S India
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated as heavy rains lashed southern India for the third straight day yesterday, triggering floods, an official said.
 arrow Israel declares all-out 'war' on Islamic Jihad
Israel declared all-out war on Islamic Jihad yesterday, launching air strikes on its Gaza Strip stronghold and putting its leaders in the crosshairs after a suicide bomber killed five in a marketplace.
 arrow US lawmakers cautious on nuke deal with India
Key US congressional leaders said on Wednesday they would resist hasty action on an agreement President George W. Bush has reached with India allowing US nuclear cooperation with the Asian state.
 arrow China, Russia oppose draft resolution
China and Russia, two veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, made clear in a first round of meetings that they would oppose a draft resolution threatening sanctions against Syria unless the
 arrow US envoy moots Iraq troop pullback
Iraqi political parties fine-tuned strategies yesterday for mid-December elections as the US envoy said political progress could allow the United States to withdraw some of its troops next year.
 arrow 15 killed in Indian bldg collapse
At least 15 people were killed and 23 injured when a two-storey building collapsed after an explosion thought caused by a leaky gas cylinder in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said yesterday
 arrow EU slams Iran president's comments on Israel
European Union leaders yesterday condemned "in the strongest terms" Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map".
 arrow Jeb Bush takes blame for slow Wilma aid
Gov. Jeb Bush took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centres distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was misdirected.
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