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Front Pagearrow Mad rush for home
With the Eid-ul-Fitr only a day or two away, millions are leaving the capital for their village homes to celebrate the greatest religious festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones.
 arrow Gulshan Lake again under developer's onslaught
A developer is filling up a large portion of the Gulshan Lake along the main road next to Brac Center, claiming that it is a private property for which Rajuk has issued a 'no objection certificate' and
 arrow 'Powerless' power boss provided dark hours
The day the BNP government celebrated its fourth anniversary, the country was undergoing a power load-shedding of around 1,000 megawatts.
 arrow Road crashes kill 6 of 2 families
Nine people, including six of two families, were killed and 45 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Comilla and Habiganj yesterday.
 arrow Hasina to be invited to Saarc Summit
The government will invite Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to attend the 13th Saarc summit beginning here on November 12.
 arrow Ministries asked to make performance indicators
Ministries will have to work out a performance indicator under the medium term budget framework (MTBF) to promote transparency and accountability as the future allocations are to be made on the basisof
 arrow No Huda proof yet to discredit TIB report
A parliamentary body could not probe corruption allegations against the communications ministry as the minister did not provide it with necessary documents after a TIB (Transparency International Bangladesh)
 arrow Defying the law

 arrow Cops home in on Delhi bombers
Police have prepared a sketch of a key suspect in New Delhi's deadly bombings, Indian media said yesterday as Hindus celebrated the Diwali festival under tight security and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
 arrow Saarc Charter on terrorism ratified
Against the backdrop of allegation of involvement of Pakistan-based militant groups in the New Delhi blasts, Islamabad yesterday ratified a Saarc convention on suppression of terrorism, saying it demonstrated
 arrow Rehearsals for Saarc security launched
As part of ensuring foolproof security during the Saarc summit, the law-enforcement agencies have started their security rehearsals in different parts of the capital, sources said.
 arrow Meat prices shoot up
Meat traders of the city yesterday started selling beef, mutton and broiler at higher prices ahead of Eid violating the rate fixed by the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow 4 pirates beaten to death at Sandwip
Angry fishermen beat four pirates to death at Sandwip channel in the Bay of Bengal when the pirates attacked a fishing trawler on Sunday morning.
 arrow Babar visits shopping malls to check law, order
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday visited Eastern Plaza at Hatirpool, Metro Shopping Mall at Dhanmondi and Bashundhara Shopping City at Panthapath.
 arrow Irked Syria to cooperate with Hariri inquiry
Syria vowed yesterday to cooperate with a UN inquiry into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri after a Security Council resolution demanded that Damascus help or face the consequences.
 arrow Rezaul Karim laid to rest
Ambassador MM Rezaul Karim was laid to rest yesterday at the Banani graveyard in the capital with state honour.
 arrow 4 held with gun, explosives in Chittagong
Police in two separate drives seized a light gun (LG), 8-kg of explosives and arrested four in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Sweater factory godown gutted
A godown of a sweater factory was gutted in a fire in the city's Kafrul area yesterday.
However, no casualty was reported.

Businessarrow Indian IT giant Wipro plans to open branch in Bangladesh
Wipro, a leading Indian information technology company, plans to open a branch in Bangladesh to tap potential in telecoms and banking sectors in the country.
 arrow Traders to count loss of Tk 150cr a day
As the government has decided to close down Karwan Bazar, the capital's largest wholesale kitchen market, for four days during the two-day 13th Saarc summit, traders will have to count a loss of nearly
 arrow Trade frictions cast shadow over Chinese exports
The textile and garment export situation, in particular with the US, was not looking healthy in the 98th session of China Export Commodities Fair (CECF), according to statistics published by China's Ministry
 arrow 4 awardees selected
The four award winners of the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMA) programme launched by Citigroup Foundation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) were selected on Sunday, says
 arrow Gold sales drop in Eid shopping this year
Gold jewellery sale in the Eid-ul-Fitr shopping season this year has been affected badly due to high prices of the precious metal and poor purchasing capacity of customers, traders said.
 arrow Japan signals softer approach to gas row with China
Japan's new trade minister Toshihiro Nikai on Tuesday called for flexibility in settling a gas field row with China in the East China Sea, signalling a change from his predecessor's hardline stance.
 arrow Oil prices below $60 in Asia
Oil prices were below 60 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Tuesday on expected stronger US inventory data and as warmer weather in the United States dented demand, dealers said.
 arrow South Korean exports hit record high in October
South Korea's exports hit a record monthly high of more than 25 billion dollars in October thanks to strong overseas demand for cars, ships and machinery, government data showed Tuesday.
 arrow Tokyo Stock Exchange suffers worst-ever system crash
The Tokyo Stock Exchange was forced to suspend trading in all shares for the first time ever Tuesday after its computer system crashed in an embarrassment for Asia's largest bourse which plans to go public.
 arrow Key WTO players to meet in London to get talks on track
Five leading players in world trade are set to try once again to resolve bitter disputes that are holding up negotiations on a treaty to liberalise global commerce, diplomats said Monday.
 arrow Dollar hits a new two-year high against yen
The dollar struck a new two-year high against the yen Tuesday on the prospects of a 12th straight rise in US interest rates as the American economy weathers hurricanes and high energy costs, dealers said.
 arrow Indonesia's inflation soars after fuel price hike
Indonesia's inflation rate soared in October after a sharp fuel price hike at the start of the month, data showed Tuesday, as the central bank warned growth was likely to slow this year in Southeast Asia's
 arrow Turkey okays IMF-sought banking law
Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has signed into law a banking reform bill sought by the International Monetary (IMF), but will seek the cancellation of several provisions at the constitutional court,
 arrow China raises yuan forex limit for Hong Kong
China's central bank said Tuesday it has raised the yuan exchange limit for Hong Kong individuals to 20,000 yuan (2,470 US dollars, 19,184 Hong Kong dollars) per transaction from 6,000 yuan.
Sportsarrow Football: Mission Myanmar today
Bangladesh captain Arif Khan Joy will be the happiest man if he can lead the Bangladesh Football Federation XI to glory in the final of the Grand Royal Challenge Cup.
 arrow Cricket: ‘BCB doesn't need a broker’
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) general secretary Syed Ashraful Haque expressed his utter dismay at him being linked with a 'secret' deal that the present board president Ali Asghar struck withMalaysia-based
 arrow Cricket: England in ignominy
England's Ashes heroes face ignominious defeat in their Pakistan tour opener after collapsing for the second time against the Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer prefers same openers
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer plans to stick with the same opening pair in the home series against England in an attempt to resolve the team's chronic problem at the top of the order.
 arrow Cricket: First Test tomorrow
Bowling greats Courtney Walsh and Michael Holding differ on the chances of the West Indies making a fist of their three-Test cricket series against Australia, getting underway here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Win and join last sixteen
Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Barcelona can seal Champions League last 16 places if Wednes-day's latest batch of group matches go their way.
 arrow Football: Keane too harsh to go public
Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to comment on reports Roy Keane had castigated several team-mates in an interview that was so scathing the club's television station was ordered not to broadcast it.
 arrow Football: Vassell double for City delight
Darius Vassell scored twice against his old club Aston Villa in a 3-1 Premiership victory from an opportunist strike and then a superb piece of finishing here Monday.
 arrow Football: A Russian football dictator!
Vladimir Romanov, the tycoon whose money has revitalised Hearts as a force in Scottish football, has been accused of acting like a "dictator" after sacking the Edinburgh club's manager and chief executive
 arrow Koreas unite
North and South Korea agreed on Tuesday to compete as a single team for the first time at the 2006 Asian Games, and at the 2008 Olympic Games, a South Korean official said.
 arrow Cricket: 'Barmy Army' arriving in Pakistan
England's "Barmy Army" of cricket supporters started to arrive in Pakistan Tuesday, hoping their bawdy chants can help the team keep up its Ashes-winning form.
 arrow Cricket: England'll miss Jones, Nawaz
Former Pakistani fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, the pioneer of reverse swing, said Tuesday that the touring England team would miss seamer Simon Jones in their upcoming Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Security drill at Nehru Stadium
A security drill was conducted on Monday at the Nehru Stadium, the venue of the fourth one-day international between India and Sri Lanka on November 3.
 arrow Football: Coria suffers early setback
Argentina's Guillermo Coria suffered a setback in his bid to reach the Masters Cup in Shanghai when he was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in the Paris Masters second round on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Romania not going to Iran
Romania will not take part in a four-nation soccer tournament in Iran because of the tense political situation there, the Romania Soccer Federation (FRF) said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Best getting better
George Best's condition improved further on Monday with doctors reporting that the ailing British football legend could be out of intensive care this week.
Metropolitanarrow Security blanket thrown over s-western region
A security blanket has been thrown over the entire southwestern region of the country directing the law enforcers and intelligence agencies to remain on high alert ahead of the ensuing Saarc summit in
 arrow Jail Killing Day tomorrow
The nation will pay homage to four national leaders and independence war heroes tomorrow, marking their 30th death anniversary.
The day is known as Jail Killing Day.

 arrow AL to publish white paper
Awami League (AL) will publish white paper on corruption and irregularities of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government in the sports and cultural arena during its four-year rule.
 arrow Stomach 'can reveal who is lying’
US scientists believe they may be able to develop a more reliable lie-detector test - by listening to liars' stomachs.
 arrow Hotels, Chinese restaurant fined Tk 5.5 lakh
Mobile courts yesterday fined hotels, food shops, a bakery and a Chinese restaurant Tk 5.50 lakh in the capital during their drive against food adulteration and unhygienic condition.
 arrow BSF push-in bid foiled
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) thwarted an attempt to push-in Bangla-speaking Indian nationals by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India through Uchna border in Panchbibi upazila yesterday.
 arrow Ten camel jockeys handed over to parents
Ten children who were used as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), were handed over to their parents on Monday bringing the total number to 95.
 arrow Pry teachers to lay siege to Prodhanmantri Bhaban on Eid day
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers' Association will lay siege to the Prodhanmantri Bhaban and stage a sit-in on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr to press home its demand for nationalisation of their service.
 arrow Memorial meet on Rezaul Karim today
Council for National Agenda (CNA) will hold a memorial meeting and a special doa mahfil at Hotel Sundarban in the city at 4:15pm today in memory of Ambassador MM Rezaul Karim, says a press release.
 arrow One beaten to death in Mymensingh
Miscreants beat a man to death at Fulbaria upazila in Mymensingh early yesterday.
He was identified as Sekandar Ali, 40.

 arrow Relief collection for monga-hit people continues
Collection of relief for monga-affected people of northwestern region of the country continued in different parts of the city yesterday.
 arrow FM greets new Japanese counterpart
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan greeted newly appointed Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso and hoped that they would be able to work together to strengthen the existing excellent bilateral relations between
 arrow Rehab donation for Pak quake victims
Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) donated money for the earthquake-affected people of Pakistan, says a press release.
 arrow 14-party starts relief work in Monga-hit areas
The 14-party alliance, including the main opposition Awami League, 11 Party and JSD, is now conducting relief operation in the Monga-hit northern district of the country.
 arrow Goods train derails
Two bogies of a goods train derailed near Uthali station at Jibanngagar upazila at 1:00pm yesterday disrupting train services.
 arrow Nov 7 programmes
The cultural affairs ministry has chalked out a two-day programme to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.
 arrow N’ganj criminal arrested with arms
The Rab members caught a criminal during his attempt to collect toll from a garment factory owner at DIT road area in Narayanganj yesterday.
The arrested was identified as Abdul Ahad, 28.

Nationalarrow JMB man chargesheeted in Kishoreganj, two may be acquitted
Police of Niklee thana in Kishoreganj have submitted charge sheet against alleged JMB cadre Obaidullah Shumon in connection with the August 17 bomb blasts in the district.
 arrow Barapukuria power plant starts trial operation this month
Barapukuria coal-fired power plant will start trial operation this month and commercial power generation from next month.
 arrow 19 Maherpur BNP men chargesheeted
Gangni police on Monday submitted charge sheet accusing 19 leaders and activists of ruling BNP for attack on the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Gangni police station and torching his motorcycle on June 5.
 arrow Houses torched as AL man wins by-polls
An Awami League supported candidate won the by-election to the post of Ratnapur Union Parishad chairman in Agoiljhara, native upazila of Chief Election Commissioner Justice Abdul Aziz.
 arrow Hindus observe Dipali festival in Barisal
Shamshan Dipali, a festival of the Hindu community, was observed in Barisal Monday Night.
 arrow Katyani puja begins Nov 7
Preparation for observance of traditional Katyani Puja is going on in full swing here.
The puja is observed as the greatest religious festival of Hindu community in this region for the last 52 years.

 arrow Meeting on DHARA held in Manikganj
A district level orientation meeting on 'Developing Health, Consumer Awareness on Rights Through Advocacy' (DHARA) was held at the Deputy Commissioner's conference room in Manikganj on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dipawali -- the festival of lights
The Indian civilisation is an unending procession of festivals. Dipawali or Diwali, one of the biggest and grandest festival of Hindus, is celebrated in the month of Kartika (October-November).
 arrow Fakhruddin Ahmed: Some recollections
Fakhruddin Ahmed, one of Bangladesh's most capable and distinguished diplomats had passed away this day four years ago.
 arrow Commendable compilation
Dedicated to the memory of late Shah AMS Kibria, former Finance Minister in the past Awami League government, the book consists of articles, editorials and statements published in different journals and
 arrow Notes from Muzzafarabad
Muzzafarabad, 31st October: The bravest of child heroes now live in Muzzafarabad.
In the article "An open application for CTG Chief Adviser" by Dr. Abdullah A.
Culturearrow Tête-à-tête with the popular actress
Small screen actress Srabonti has attracted attention for her spontaneous performance and beguiling smile. Currently she has her hands full with three mega-serials, and a few other drama serials.
 arrow Theatre activists to aid the monga affected people
To help the monga affected people of the greater Rangpur region of the country, theatre activists of Dhaka city collected funds at the big shopping areas of the city yesterday.
 arrow The audio market during Eid
In the audio industry in Bangladesh Soundtek, Sargam, Sangeeta have been established production houses for years.
 arrow ITI Bangladesh to hold workshop for younger directors
Directors of our contemporary theatre are now going for several types of experiments in their productions.
 arrow Meher Nigar premiered
Meher Nigar, a film based on a story with the same title, by our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, was premiered at Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City last Monday.
Generalarrow Eating uncooked soy lowers cholesterol: Study
Two servings a day of soy protein -- such as that found in tofu, soy milk or soy powder -- can lower cholesterol levels by as much as nine percent as long as the raw soy is uncooked, a study said on Monday.
 arrow 4 arrested with arms, sulphur powder
Police yesterday arrested four criminals and recovered one firearm and sulphur powder from their possession.
 arrow Clifton Group executive strangled
Miscreants strangulated an executive of a reputed garments group at Barabkunda in Sitakunda upazila on Monday night.
 arrow Villagers beat three cops in Chuadanga
Three policemen, including a Sub-Inspector (SI), were injured when angry villagers beat them for assaulting innocent men and abusing the musallis (devotees) at Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga on Monday
Internationalarrow Israeli ministers okay Gaza border crossing
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's inner cabinet approved yesterday a proposal for a crossing to let Palestinians come and go between Egypt and Gaza following the Israeli withdrawal from the strip.
 arrow India cautious over Pak proposal to demilitarise LoC
India yesterday responded cautiously to Pakistan's suggestion that the rivals demilitarise disputed Kashmir to speed up relief efforts after last month's quake, which claimed 58,000 lives, saying thestep
 arrow Iraq can't stop US use of its soil against Syria
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said he opposed military action against neighbouring Syria but lacked the power to prevent US troops from using his country as a launchpad if it chose to do so.
 arrow 'Syria under pressure after UN vote'
The UN Security Council has sent a clear warning to Syria that it must come clean over its alleged role in the murder of Lebanon's former premier or face further international isolation, analysts say.
 arrow 'Blasts jolt Indo-Pak peace process'
The peace process between India and Pakistan has been jolted by bombings in New Delhi, which killed 62 people but remains intact despite sharp comments by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, analysts
 arrow Iran not afraid of war or sanctions
Iran is unfazed by the threat of war or sanctions over its disputed nuclear programme and mounting international pressure has only hardened its resolve, a senior official said Monday.
 arrow Kashmiris gear up for battle against cold
Shivering in the autumn chill, 12-year-old Adil Khan and his younger brother collect wood and tin sheets from a heap of rubble.
 arrow 20 killed in Kyrgyz prison riots
At least 20 inmates were killed yesterday after riots in four jails in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan sparked by the transfer of a jailed criminal gang leader, officials and rights activists told
 arrow Son of former Nepali PM abducted
Nepal's Maoist rebels have abducted the son of former prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand in the northwest of the country, the army said Monday.
 arrow Iraq asks UN to let US-led force stay
Iraq asked the UN Security Council on Monday to let a US-led multinational force remain in Iraq for another year, acknowledging its own troops could not yet assure national security.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Home secretaries talk
HELD against the backdrop of tensions on our borders the home secretary level meetings between Bangladesh and India in New Delhi, from reports appearing in the media, has gone off well, and from which
 arrow Editorial: Good sentiments are not enough
EARLY last month, Khandaker Musharraf Hossain and Tofael Ahmed, two senior-most leaders of ruling BNP and opposition AL, attending a BATEXPO seminar, struck a common note saying that their parties need
 arrow Dark days at the White House
These are dark days for the White House and some say they could get darker.
 arrow Middle East moving toward a conflagration
People will be well advised not to dismiss the extra-strong statement of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad that Israel should wiped off the map as a confirmed hardliner's extremist rhetoric.
 arrow Coruption : Misdeeds of favoured few
The editor of The Daily Star , Mr.
Letters to Editorarrow Biman's obsolete planes
After a long delay, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is gearing up to upgrade its wide-bodied aircraft fleet with brand-new Boeing and Airbus aircrafts.
 arrow Ramadan's enlightenment
We all were waiting in the lounge of a cardiac hospital at Gulshan. In our discussion my little known friend(residing in US) said, " I believe in Allah and nothing else".
 arrow Tony Blair's comments
It has indeed shocked the world; yes, I am talking about the comments made by the Iranian President Mr. Ahmadinejad. But what he did was an appreciable thing to do. Because after Mr.
 arrow Hajjis' plight
I would like to draw the kind attention of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the officials concerned to the plight of Hajjis every year.
 arrow Kashmir issue
Kashmir is again in the headlines, albeit for a different reason. A tragic earthquake struck the valley and the death toll may rise to one hundred thousand.
 arrow Load-shedding & luminosity
In the holy month of Ramadan, when people are experiencing an unbearable ordeal due to erratic power supply, there are many shopping malls in the luminous cities dazzling with overflow of lights which
 arrow Human trafficking in the US
The Hurricane Katrina left in its wake many human tragedies. However, the most distressing are the hundreds of women and children victims left without any assistance or housing.
 arrow Power struggle!
A lot is being said over the last few days about the power and energy sector.
 arrow Smoking in public places
Smoking is undoubtedly very harmful to health and it has been medically proved that smoking causes some fatal diseases like high blood pressure, cancer, heart attack, asthma etc.
 arrow BNP's performance
We have already seen the four years of the BNP led coalition govt. There are some successes and some failures, which is common for all governments.
 arrow North American degrees
Passing of the Private University Act triggered the boom of universities everywhere in the country, especially in Dhaka perhaps because of its enormous business potential.
 arrow Justification of war
Few days back the US and Britain issued blunt warnings to Iran and Syria over their alleged involvement with terrorist groups, with Tony Blair declaring there was no 'justification' for Tehran's interfering
 arrow False hopes
The letter on the aforementioned topic by Dr. Dewan from Michigan has caught my attention.
 arrow Mobile network in CEPZ
CEPZ is earning foreign exchanges & contributing to the national economy in a substantial manner.
 arrow Traffic jam and Scholastica
For years we've been hearing that Scholastica is the best school in the city. They've built this wonderful building with a swimming pool, a gymnasium, an auditorium and what not.
 arrow Adulterated food
The ongoing campaign in Bangladesh by the mobile courts to check adulterated food and hygienic conditions is indeed applauded.
 arrow Great loss
The resignation Of Kazi Salahuddin as vice-president and chairman of the National Team Management Committee (NTMC) following the appointment of a new manager of the Under-20 team is a great loss to
Star Chittagongarrow Scalpers add to troubles of homebound people
Anxiety grips the homebound people in the port city as the advance tickets for inter-city trains and inter-district buses have almost been sold out on the eve of Eid-ul Fitr, the largest religious festival
 arrow Police still clueless about Maulana Iqbal murder
Police are still clueless about the murder of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Maulana Iqbal Bin Yakub even after more than two weeks.
 arrow Death Trap

Star Cityarrow Day-night shopping starts as Eid nears
Almost all the major markets in the city are now experiencing day-night shopping spree with a huge rush of customers as the Eid-ul-Fitr is only a couple of days away.
 arrow Cable TV viewers caught in distributors' tug-of-war
The cable television viewers in the city are deprived of watching a number of popular channels due to a tug-of-war between the pay-channel distributors.
 arrow Eid flickers a ray of hope for sheltered children
Sohel was eager to spend Eid at home with his mother. His wish came true.
 arrow Outlook on Zakat changing
Well-off Muslims now prefer distributing their Zakat money or clothes among the destitute and needy people at their villages instead of inviting the poor at their city houses to collect the money or clothes.
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