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Front Pagearrow Gunmen for SC, HC judges
The government yesterday provided gunmen for the Supreme Court (SC) and High Court (HC) judges and tightened security at the Dhaka courts after two Jhalakathi judges were assassinated in a suicide bomb
 arrow Rout graft, violence to get more assistance
Donors yesterday told the government if it fails to eliminate corruption and violence, and to bring transparency in governance and improve it, it would be difficult for them to continue assisting Bangladesh.
 arrow Bomb materials found at assassin's house
Police yesterday recovered huge bomb-making materials, books and leaflets of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from the house of Mamun who carried out Monday's suicide bomb attack, leavingtwo
 arrow Blast probes stuck in rut as JMB top brass ducks arrest
The government and law enforcement agencies worry as the ban slapped on Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the post-August 17 massive hunt for JMB operatives across the country does not seem to
 arrow Hunt on to net JMB suicide bombers
In the wake of Monday's bomb attack in Jhalakathi that killed two judges, the law enforcers including intelligence officials are carrying out a countrywide hunt for members of the suicide squad of outlawed
 arrow London wants to fight terrorism with Dhaka
Visiting UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Kim Howells MP yesterday said the British government wants to work together with Bangladesh to combat terrorism.
 arrow Ministers, MPs feel insecure
In the wake of the brutal assassination of two judges in Jhalakathi on Monday, ministers and ruling party lawmakers said they are worried over the growing trend of bomb attacks.
 arrow Universities to have same grading system
University Grants Commission (UGC) has taken initiative to introduce a uniform grading system with provision for nine grades in all the public and private universities of the country soon.
 arrow JMB threatens to blow up Patuakhali court
The outlawed Islamic militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) threatened to blow up Patuakhali Judge Court, and a booklet sent by mail to the Rangamati municipality chairman urged the Muslims
 arrow Govt blasted for failure to protect judiciary
The 14-party opposition coalition at a meeting yesterday demanded that the BNP-Jamaat alliance government should immediately stand down for its alleged "complete failure" to provide security for the judges
 arrow BNP plans meet in wake of rifts in ranks
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party is preparing for its divisional conventions from the second week of December following the 14-party opposition coalition's grand rally on November 22 in the capital.
 arrow 3 held with M16 in Khulna, bomb found near TV station
Intelligence wing of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three people including two Jubo League leaders after they were bullet-hit in an ''encounter'' with Rab and seized a USA-made M16 rifle
 arrow BBC poll finds unemployment gravest ill
Unemployment is the most harrowing problem in the country followed by high prices of essentials, transportation, population growth and illiteracy, according to the findings of a BBC opinion poll launched
 arrow Ensure newspaper office safety
Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) and Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) have urged the government to provide adequate security at the newspaper offices following the recent bombing
 arrow Murder accused killed in Rab 'crossfire'
An accused in college student Momin murder case was killed in a 'crossfire' between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his gang in city's Kafrul early yesterday.
 arrow Iraq investigating detainee abuse at govt bunker
Iraq is investigating allegations of abuse after more than 160 detainees were found locked in an interior ministry bunker in Baghdad, many of them beaten and malnourished and some apparently tortured.
 arrow Car bomb explodes near KFC in Karachi
A car bomb exploded outside a KFC fast-food restaurant in the Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday, killing three people and wounding 15 in an attack thought to have been carried out by Islamist militants,
 arrow Bomb attack on Khulna BNP leader
A BNP leader in Khulna was badly injured in a bomb attack at about 9:30pm on Monday near his house at Ektarpur.
 arrow Correction
Our yesterday's front-page news story headlined 'Enayetullah laid to rest' inadvertently mentioned that the prime minister's parliamentary affairs adviser, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, had received journalist
Businessarrow BGMEA pushes for RMG ministry
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) leaders yesterday urged the government to establish a separate ministry for readymade garments (RMG) industry.
 arrow Bangladesh assured of continued WB support
World Bank Vice-president Praful C Patel assured the multilateral donor agency's continued support to Bangladesh in poverty reduction and other development programmes.
 arrow Summit Power debuts on bourses
Trading of Summit Power Limited (SPL) began on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday.
On the opening day the SPL share prices rose to as high as Tk 449.

 arrow EU team visits Ctg, Cox's Bazar shrimp areas
Visiting European Union (EU) Food and Veterinary Office delegation visited some fish landing stations, hatcheries and fish processing zones in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar on Monday-Tuesday and inquired
 arrow Cooperation from locals needed to boost CHT economy: Mintoo
Business people are keen to invest in the tourism and agro-based sectors in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region to boost its economy, but fear of adequate cooperation from the local authorities, saidAbdul
 arrow China sides with developing world in WTO row
China said Tuesday it stood with the developing world in a row over agriculture subsidies that threatens to derail global trade talks and next month's WTO meeting in Hong Kong.
 arrow MGH Group engages Impact as public relations agency
MGH Group, one of the country's leading supply chain specialist conglomerates having worldwide operations, yesterday engaged Impact PR as its official public relations agency.
 arrow Oil steady under $58
Oil held onto Monday's gains in early Tuesday trading, but failed to build on the rally after the Opec Oil cartel resisted calls to cut output in response to the recent price slide.
 arrow Lamy warns failure in HK would damage WTO
WTO chief Pascal Lamy warned yesterday that a failure of global trade talks in Hong Kong would damage the World Trade Organisation's credibility and make it hard to start new negotiations, an official
 arrow US, EU need to 'go further' on agriculture: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday urged the United States and the European Union to "go further" on agriculture to make a success of next month's World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Hong
 arrow China may raise Saudi crude imports by 14pc next year
China expects to raise crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia by about 14 percent next year as the world's No.
 arrow ROK licenses HSBC bank branches
South Korea's financial watchdog on Tuesday approved London-based HSBC bank's request to open three new branches here during a visit by Britain's Prince Andrew, officials said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: It's Beximco v Epyllion
Beximco and Epyllion set up the November 17 final clash in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League when they won their respective semifinals in dramatic fashion at two different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Football: Salahuddin returns to BFF
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice-president Kazi Salahuddin withdrew his resignation along with his National Team Management Committee (NTMC) associates yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff wrests back Butt initiative
Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff led a sharp and disciplined pace attack to boost England's chances of winning the opening Test against Pakistan here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: More matches in Dhaka?
Even the involvement of two ministers could not put an end to the stalemate about live telecast of National Football League (NFL) matches outside Dhaka.
 arrow Cricket: India ready for S Africa
India and South Africa clash in a five-match limited-overs series from Wednesday, hoping to build on their recent success by playing positive and aggressive cricket.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 team fly to India today
A 14-member Bangladesh Under-19 team leaves for India today to take part in the Afro-Asian Under-19 Cricket Tournament which starts in Vishakhapatnam on November 19.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani recruit five on Day 2
The second day of the Premier Division Cricket League transfers yesterday was as dull as exciting it was the day before.
 arrow Cricket: BCB gets less money for NCL
Despite cricket being a hot commodity these days, the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) unfortunately will receive less sponsorship money for the seventh edition of the National Cricket League, which begins
 arrow Dhaka Club Sports Carnival Nov 26
The second Dhaka sports carnival organised by the Dhaka Club will begin on November 26.
Dhaka Club president Geeti Ara Shafia Chowdhury yesterday briefed reporters on the carnival.

 arrow Football: Mercury rising ahead of final battles
Controversy is plaguing Wednesday's World Cup play-off second leg ties -- the final hurdle of a 26-month qualifying campaign to determine the cast list for next year's finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Cantona Premiership fans' greatest
Eric Cantona has been voted the greatest player in the history of the English Premier League in a global survey of football fans.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath adores Lara a lot
Glenn McGrath may have taken Brian Lara's wicket 14 times in Tests but the Australian pace spearhead is deeply respectful of the West Indian batting superstar.
 arrow Football: 90 booters to be vaccinated
Ninety footballers from the U-17, U-20 and national teams will be given hepatitis-B vaccines from Friday at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Bhaban.
 arrow Cricket: Butt may resolve opening problem
Pakistan's Salman Butt, who scored a career best of 122 against England in the first test on Tuesday, is confident he can resolve his country's long-standing problem of finding reliable opening batsmen.
Metropolitanarrow BNP-Jamaat alliance has direct link with militants
Leaders of the 14 opposition parties yesterday blamed the BNP-Jamaat alliance government for the killing of two judges in Jhalakathi, saying that it has a direct link with the Islamist militants.
 arrow Charge sheet against Bangla Bhai, Abdur Rahman submitted
Charge sheet against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) top leaders, Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai, was submitted yesterday for the blasts in Khulna University on August 17.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 5 Bangladeshis
BSF yesterday returned bodies of five Bangladeshi nationals beaten to death at Bongaon on October 1.
 arrow Govt urged not to create discrimination
Olama-Mashaekh Samonnoy Parishad yesterday rejected the government decision to fix airfare for non-ballottee hajj pilgrims at US $ 1150.
 arrow Climate change to increase cholera attacks
Cholera attacks can substantially increase in Bangladesh due to extreme climate changes like drought or flooding that influence the pattern of rainfall.
 arrow Case hearing begins
The hearing of the arms smuggling case filed in connection with the country's biggest arms haul at the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd on April 2 last year began here yesterday.
 arrow BBC starts Bangladesh Sanglap tomorrow
The BBC Bengali Service will broadcast the first of eight rounds of discussions titled Bangladesh Sanglap (Dialogue on Bangladesh) at 8:00pm tomorrow.
 arrow ‘Silent revolution taking place’
A six-day training programme for Upazila Women Affairs Officers began at the Regional Public Training Centre (RPTC) in the city yesterday.
 arrow Strike observed at JU
The first day of the two-day strike called by Progotisheel Chhatra Jote (PSJ) protesting the price hike of admission forms was observed at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.
 arrow Fake bombs found at Uttara Women's Medical College
Law enforcers recovered three pairs of fake bombs attached to different doors at Uttara Women's Medical College Hospital in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow HC extends Jalil’s bail in abduction case
A regular bench of the High Court (HC) yesterday extended by three months the anticipatory bail of Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil in an abduction case stemmed from a land dispute in the
 arrow JU Act challenged
Staying the operation of the transfer orders of some 15 JU teachers, the High Court yesterday issued rule upon the government to explain why the provision of the Jagannath University Act 2005 that barred
 arrow Japan, China welcome Saarc status
Asia's two major economic giants, Japan and China, have welcomed the decision of the 13th Saarc Summit to give them observer status in the regional forum and vows to strengthen ties with the regionalgrouping
 arrow Madrasa Board asked not to give money to Edn Ministry
The High Court yesterday directed the Chairman and Registrar of the Madrasa Education Board not to hand over any money to the Education Ministry and Madrasa Teachers Training Institute from the fund of
 arrow Another murder case against former OC, 25 others
Another murder case has been filed against a former officer-in-charge (OC) of Companyganj Police Station and 25 others on charge of killing five people in the locality on October 20.
 arrow Patel meets Hasina
World Bank Vice-President Praful C Patel made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city yesterday and discussed various issues of
 arrow DU asks cops to free campus from outsiders
The Provost Committee of Dhaka University at a meeting yesterday requested the law enforcement agencies to raid its dormitories on "complaint basis" to make them free from outsiders.
 arrow PM to visit foreign ministry tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tomorrow and hold meeting with senior officials.
 arrow More bodies condemn killing of judges
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) and other organisations yesterday condemned the killing of two judges in a bomb attack in Jhalakathi.
 arrow Cabinet greets PM on election as Saarc chair
The cabinet at its regular meeting yesterday extended warm felicitations to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on her election as the Saarc chairperson.
 arrow Human chain to protest NU decision in Ctg
About one hundred admission-seekers in the Masters final under the National University (NU) yesterday formed a human chain in front of Chittagong Press Club protesting a new decision of the NU authorities
 arrow Mother kills self after slaying 3 daughters
Crushed under poverty, a mother committed suicide after poisoning her three daughters to death at Jamthol village in Sariakandi upazila of the district on Monday night.
 arrow Dowry claims yet another life
A housewife who was set on fire by her husband over dowry died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in Ctg road accident
Two people were killed and another three injured in a road accident at Mirersarai upazila when two trucks collided head-on in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow SSKOP meeting tomorrow
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will hold an urgent meeting at Jatiya Press Club in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow 1,304 more held
Police arrested 1,304 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow A forgotten war hero
As in the past, the 35th death anniversary of Bir Shrestha Sepoy Hamidur Rahman passed off unnoticed this year also, without any programme by any organisation.
 arrow Punish culprits, ensure security
Political parties and lawyers brought out processions and held rallies in different district headquarters yesterday protesting Monday's bomb attack by Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) in Jhalakathi
 arrow 3 tea processing plants to be set up in CHT
Three tea processing factories will be set up in Bandarban in the private sector soon to process tea produced in small tea holdings.
 arrow Galib produced at Bogra court
Amir of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) Muhammad Asadullah Al Ghalib was produced before a Bogra Court for the hearing of his appeal for acquittal in two cases under explosive substances act.
Point-Counterpointarrow Inclusive development, reduced inequality and poverty
Following the appearance of my article "Inequality and poverty in Bangladesh" in The Daily Star on 22 September last, I have been asked by several persons to suggest how the mounting socio-economic
 arrow Ambassador Rezaul Karim
This piece is essentially a tribute from the Commonwealth Society of Bangladesh (CSB) to its president Ambassador M M Rezaul Karim, who died in Cairo recently while serving there as the country's envoy.
 arrow Reforming the madrasa curriculum
Islamic militants' November 14 attack on the judiciary was the fourth in a row in which the court and the administrators of justice have been the prime target since the country wide August 17 near synchronised
Culturearrow Jahanara Ahmed’s four decades on small screen
To TV viewers Jahanara Ahmed is synonymous with a mother figure.
 arrow Runa wings her way to Delhi
Internationally acclaimed artiste Runa Laila is set to attend a special programme of business personalities of Saarc countries in New Delhi.
 arrow The winter cakes are here
Yesterday was the first day of the Bangla month of Agrahayan. As winter approaches slowly and the time is ripe for harvesting, it brings joy and gaiety to our rural denizens.
Internationalarrow Israel, Palestinians agree on Gaza border deal
Israel and the Palestinians agreed Tuesday on a detailed arrangement for opening the borders of the Gaza Strip and allowing freer movement for Palestinians elsewhere, a significant step toward an eventual
 arrow Open Guantanamo Bay for inspection
The United States has until Thursday to confirm it will allow United Nations inspectors open access to detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred
 arrow Bush opens Asia trip in Japan
US President George W. Bush was due in Japan on a week-long trip to Asia, hoping for progress on the North Korean nuclear crisis and aiming for action against deadly bird flu.
 arrow Attack on Kashmir rally leaves 2 dead
Two people were killed and 60 wounded after militants launched a gun and grenade attack Tuesday on a political rally in Indian Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Northern Japan rattled by strong earthquake
A powerful earthquake shook northern Japan early Tuesday, and small tsunami waves struck coastal towns about 200 miles from the epicenter. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
 arrow Jordan 'bomber' had brothers killed in Iraq
An Iraqi woman who dramatically confessed on Jordanian television to her role in the deadly multiple bombings on Amman hotels last week had three brothers killed by US forces in Iraq, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Israeli PM's son pleads guilty to perjury
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son Omri pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of providing false testimony and falsifying documents at the opening of his trial before a Tel Aviv court.
 arrow China to honour ousted reformist leader
China announced it will commemorate the 90th birthday of a late Communist Party leader whose death sparked the 1989 Tiananmen uprising, with sources saying the ceremony will be Friday.
 arrow French PM visits riot-hit areas
French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin made an unexpected visit on Tuesday to a Paris suburb that has been hit by riots as parliament prepared to approve an extension of emergency powers.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Only a BNP-AL united stand can stem the extremist tide
Over the last several years the nation has seen bomb blasts at political and cultural functions resulting in many deaths; attempt on the life of the leader of the opposition in which 20 people were killed
 arrow Editorial: Dealing with Monga
Now that the Saarc summit is over, the government must turn its attention squarely to the Monga affected people in the northern parts of the country.
 arrow Dhaka SAARC Summit: An Assessment
The two-day SAARC Summit ended on 13 November with a 53-point Declaration.
 arrow Greasy deal and Natwar's stigma
IF by hurling abuses on America -- as some are doing -- and believing that they can rub off the stigma of Volcker Committee's indictment of former Foreign Minister K.
 arrow Hirok Rajar Deshey: Ray's allegory comes true
Dhaka had gone crazy over hosting the thirteenth annual Saarc Summit.
Letters to Editorarrow Roots of corruption
The article by RH Khandker coincided with the magazine leader on the way both advertisers and children can manipulate parents in order to acquire things that are a passing fashion/passion.
 arrow Shortage of natural gas
Your headline and front-page commentary of 14 Oct 2005 has very rightly highlighted the crisis created by shortage of natural gas in many sectors. From the statement of Mr.
 arrow Save The World
Once the subject matters of international politics were national politics, economy, diplomacy, defence etc. But nowadays the theme of politics has changed. It means something more.
 arrow Democracy and Bush
'My fellow Americans' major operation in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, United States and our allies have prevailed," said President George W.
 arrow Report card on ministers
I read with avid interest your Report Card on Ministers.
These reports are quite amusing but make me feel sorry for Bangladeshi people.

 arrow Remembering a footballer
After a long time, I looked for the record book that I kept during the mid 1990's. In that book I wrote the results of all the matches of Dhaka Premier Division Football League from 1994 to 1996.
 arrow Safari Park
On 31/10/05 my students (a group of 18 Bangladeshi youngsters) and I (a foreigner) went on a study tour to Dulahazra Safari Park (mentioned in your Star Holiday Eid Special of 30/10/05).
 arrow SEC's new plan
The country's capital market watchdog (SEC) is planning to introduce a new method of IPO floatation called 'book building' procedure replacing the existing lottery method.
 arrow Politics in the eyes of citizens
As a non-political citizen my views matter little to politicians and political parties. Our politicians read newspapers for three main reasons.
 arrow Governance
Governance of commissions, or governance of omissions? What is going on in Dhaka? We have not yet learned to rule ourselves, individually, collectively, and at the national levels.
 arrow Savings of villagers
Eighty-five percent people in our country live in the villages. There is no public financial institution to collect savings of the villagers.
 arrow TI's suggestion
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has declared that she has no objections to Transparency International's suggestion that she, as the opposition leader, declare her wealth but would only do so provided
 arrow BADC seed wing
Bangladesh Agricultural development Corporation is the only government organisation which is producing quality seeds to meet the demand of seeds of the farmers.
 arrow Missing Bangladesh
I miss Bangladesh more than words can say. I left Bangladesh on October 18, 1986 for a quality education and a better life in the US.
 arrow Advertisements
There is a Film Censor Board, but which authority monitors the advertisements in the press, and TV media, and takes action against unsafe advertisements, which children might imitate, with the risk of
Star Chittagongarrow Two-thirds of CNGs ply without meters
Around two-thirds of the CNG-run auto-rickshaws are plying the city streets without meter.
 arrow Saarc paediatric surgeons' confce begins Dec 8
Preparation is going on in full swing to hold the first conference of the Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons in Saarc (Fapss) in the port city on December 8.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk asks DCC to return Gulshan South parkland
In the wake of an influential private developer's alleged move to grab the Gulshan South parkland for commercial use, the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has asked the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)
 arrow Mosquitoes bite on as DCC still in holiday mood
Mosquitoes continue to create havoc in the lives of city dwellers as Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) fails to combat the menace that increased considerably in the last two weeks with the breeding seasonbeginning
 arrow Three new FM radio channels get licence
The government has given permission to set up three new frequency modulation (FM) band radio channels, raising the number of such private channels to four.
 arrow Approaching Winter

 arrow Traders fear another year of loss if winter is mild
Markets such as Bangabazaar are buzzing with warm clothes display preparations as another winter approaches.
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