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Front Pagearrow Italy break hosts' hearts
Italy scored two sensational late goals in extra-time to book their place in the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years with their 2-0 win crushing the dreams of host nation Germany early today.
 arrow Home ministry seeks quick nod of purchase body
The home ministry is seeking hurried approval of the cabinet purchase committee for a Tk 1,561 crore (1,73.54 million euro) 'programme' on machine-readable passport, visa and national identity (ID) card under the revenue budget.
 arrow Stray violence marks hartal
The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced yesterday by the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition alliance passed off quite peacefully in the capital and elsewhere in the country, except for some
 arrow 50 Savar units shut after fresh clashes
At least 50 garment factories in Savar were closed yesterday following clashes between the workers and the law enforcers that left at least 40 people injured.
 arrow Edn to suffer as teachers plan tougher agitation
Uncertainty looms large over the country's primary, secondary and higher secondary education as both non-government and government teachers are going for tough programmes including indefinite strike for
 arrow EC mulls changes in electoral laws
The Election Commission (EC) is planning to make registration of political parties mandatory, a hitherto optional provision in electoral laws, which was introduced five years ago and has been conveniently
 arrow New EC secy sceptic about updating method
The newly appointed Secretary to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat Abdur Rashid Sarkar, who was appointed to the post yesterday by the establishment ministry, expressed his doubt about the success
 arrow IMF for further fuel price hike
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may not disburse the $80 million sixth tranche of its anti-poverty loan if the government fails to take concrete steps to further reduce the losses of the Bangladesh
 arrow Shibir parties with 'mastermind' Salehi back on campus
Rajshahi University (RU) Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) staged a show of strength as its President Mahbubul Alam Salehi returned to the campus yesterday.
 arrow Iajuddin fit for light work, short meeting
Confusion has been created over "misquoting" the information given by the specialist physician about President Iajuddin Ahmed's post-operative health condition, a Bangabhaban release said yesterday, asserting
 arrow Tax ombudsman takes office in couple of days
The first tax ombudsman of the country, Khairuzzaman Chowdhury, is likely to take office in a couple of days.
 arrow Hartal defers HC verdict for today
The High Court judgment on the sensational Shazneen murder case will be pronounced today as it was not delivered yesterday due to hartal.
 arrow Govt, opposition differ on ways to make it flawless
The ruling BNP and the opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday in parliament agreed about the need for a flawless voter list, but differed on the ways to have it prepared.
 arrow Banglar Shourabh

 arrow PM distributes honorarium among language martyrs' families
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday distributed the first-ever government honorarium to families of the five martyrs of the Language Movement.
 arrow 426 fishermen missing in Bay
At least 426 fishermen aboard 33 fishing trawlers remained missing in the Bay of Bengal after the violent storm on Sunday night.
 arrow Take initiative for nat'l unity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the business community to take initiative for national unity on important issues.
 arrow Bangla Bhai man held
Police in Bagmara yesterday arrested an accomplice of the militant kingpin Bangla Bhai over a murder during the JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) operations in Rajshahi region.
 arrow Most prisons overcrowded
Most of the prisons of the country have been overcrowded, State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar yesterday informed the House.
 arrow Conjoined twins in good state
The condition of the conjoined twins born at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday is improving with the doctors expressing hope that they may grow up normally.
 arrow UN invited to monitor arms before Nepal polls
Nepal has invited the United Nations to monitor weapons held by Maoists rebels and government troops ahead of elections for an assembly that aims to map the nation's political future, an aide to the prime
 arrow Iraqi minister, 19 guards kidnapped
Gunmen abducted Iraq's deputy electricity minister and 19 bodyguards after ambushing their convoy in eastern Baghdad yesterday, police and Interior Ministry sources said.
 arrow US unveils F-16 package for Pakistan
The White House on Monday unveiled plans to sell Pakistan up to 36 F-16 fighters in a deal that could total five billion dollars and which drew an unhappy response from US ally India.
 arrow Iraq demands justice in rape-slay case
The justice minister demanded yesterday that the U.N. Security Council ensure that a group of U.S.
 arrow CIA reportedly disbands Laden unit
A CIA unit that had hunted for Osama bin Laden and his top deputies for a decade has been disbanded, according to a published report.
Businessarrow Brac launches securitisation of fund tomorrow
Brac is going to launch the world's first securitisation of a fund of US$ 180 million to provide micro-credit for small entrepreneurs tomorrow.
 arrow 30pc market penetration likely in Bangladesh by '09
Nokia Networks, one of the world's leading network infrastructure vendors, plans to strengthen its presence in Bangladesh as its mobile phone market penetration rate is likely to reach 30 per cent by2009.
 arrow SoE bad loans to put NCBs in jeopardy
Financial stability of the debt-burdened nationalised commercial banks will remain in jeopardy unless the huge amount of money the SoEs (state-owned enterprises) owed to the NCBs is resolved effectively,
 arrow GrameenPhone reaches 8.5m subscribers
GrameenPhone Ltd reached 8.5 million subscribers on June 30, 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Asia Pacific telecom firms face risks but outlook stable
Asia Pacific telecom operators face increasing risks in the near to medium term amid declining market share, higher capital spending and falling revenue from fixed-line services, Standard and Poor's said
 arrow China, India gearing up to open historic border pass
China and India on Thursday will reopen an historic trading route through Tibet that has been closed for 44 years, in a further sign of warming ties between the world's two most populous nations.
 arrow Etihad to fly to NY from Oct
Etihad Airways, national airline of the UAE, has announced that it will commence services to New York from October 26, 2006.
 arrow French retail giant fined for unfair practices in South Korea
French retail giant Carrefour's unit in South Korea has been fined 1.39 billion won (1.48 million dollars) for unfair business practices, anti-trust regulators said Tuesday.
 arrow One Bank declares 25pc dividend
One Bank Limited has declared a 25 per cent dividend -- 15 per cent cash and 10 per cent bonus dividends -- for the year 2005.
 arrow Citigroup's two senior officials due today
Sanjay Nayar, area head for Citigroup South Asia and chief executive officer, India, and Robert A.
 arrow Thai export growth seen slowing in second half
Growth in Thai exports is expected to slow during the second half of the year, restrained by a stronger baht, high oil prices, and delays in signing free trade deals, a leading think-tank said Tuesday.
 arrow UK 'disappointed' by WTO talks
British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett regretted Monday the failure of weekend WTO trade negotiations and called for the European Union to make greater concessions on agriculture.
 arrow Russia to ditch WTO rules if not admitted to body
Russia will stop adhering to rules set by the World Trade Organization (WTO) if it is not formally admitted to the group, President Vladimir Putin said here Tuesday.
 arrow Copying Western consumer culture not an option : India PM
India's reformist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says economic growth is crucial to fight poverty but that aping Western consumer culture would be a big mistake for the country.
 arrow Developing countries key to feeding world: FAO
Developing countries such as Brazil, China and India hold the answer to providing food and fuel for growing global consumption in the next decade, a study said Tuesday.
 arrow China starts building largest wind power plant
China has begun building the nation's biggest wind power plant that will generate enough electricity for 400,000 homes, state press reported Tuesday.
 arrow US consumers face challenges in debt handling
Rising interest rates and higher gasoline prices are putting the squeeze on consumers' budgets, and many are finding it harder to keep up with their bills.
 arrow India-Lanka tea pact soon
With a view to give a boost to tea trade, India and Sri Lanka would be signing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (Cepa) very soon, according to the Indian Tea Board chairman, Basudev Banerjee.
 arrow Microsoft not complying with decision: EU
An EU committee ruled on Monday that Microsoft failed to comply with a landmark antitrust decision, paving the way for fines of up to 2 million euros ($2.
 arrow Japan's central bank may raise rates soon
Japanese ministers gave conflicting signals Tuesday about what the central bank should do about interest rates amid rising speculation the Bank of Japan will raise rates next week.
Sportsarrow Football: Yellow alert at Munich
Zinedine Zidane will be walking a disciplinary tightrope as he attempts to inspire France to victory in their World Cup semifinal against Portugal here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Portugal seek revenge
Portugal are determined to beat France in their World Cup semifinal on Wednesday to avenge a defeat at the same stage of Euro 2000.
 arrow Football: Carlos calls time on Brazil
Brazilian Roberto Carlos has quit international soccer following Brazil's 1-0 quarterfinal defeat to France in which he was widely blamed for failing to mark goalscorer Thierry Henry.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Brazil and Argentina's defeats to France and Germany in the World Cup has left distraught the team's many supporters in poverty-wracked Haiti.
 arrow Football: Last galacticos standing
Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo go into battle on Wednesday not only to try and propel France or Portugal respectively into the World Cup final but also to have the honour of being the last of the galacticos
 arrow Football: Pele blames Parreira
Carlos Alberto Parreira was mainly to blame for Brazil's failure to justify their favourites tag at the World Cup finals said Brazilian legend Pele on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho statue set ablaze
Angry Brazilian football fans have destroyed a seven-metre tall statue of World Player of the Year Ronaldinho following the national team's World Cup quarterfinal exit at the hands of France.
 arrow Football: English shun Portugal as holiday resort
England fans seeking solace from their World Cup woe were shunning Portugal as a holiday destination after the national squad knocked England out of the tournament, travel agents said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Uruguayan handed whistle
Uruguayan Jorge Larrondia has been appointed referee for the potentially explosive World Cup semifinal between 1998 world champions France and Euro 2004 finalists Portugal in Munich, it was announcedon
 arrow Football: It's Hot Out There

 arrow Tennis: Belgians on a roll
Justine Henin-Hardenne won the battle of Wimbledon wives with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over French qualifier Severine Bremond to move into semi-finals at the All England Club here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Miguel wants to make people happy
Portugal must repay the faith of their people and reach their first ever World Cup finals said defender Miguel on Monday.
 arrow Football: Thuram calls for focus
Lilian Thuram has warned France of the danger of approaching Wednesday's semifinal with Portugal believing they've already reached the World Cup summit with their heroics in Frankfurt against Brazil.
 arrow Football: Mysterious phrase from French
Gloria Gaynor's iconic disco classic "I Will Survive" was used by France as their anthem on the march to the 1998 World Cup title - eight years on it's a phrase rather than a song that's inspiring Zinedine
 arrow Football: Platini disappointed at quality of play
Former French star Michel Platini has said he is disappointed with the standard of football shown at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 to play in Malaysia
The Bangladesh Under-17 team will leave on Friday for Malaysia to participate in the Under-17 Golden Hope International Cricket Challenge competition to be held from July 9.
 arrow Football: Lady luck smiles on locals
It took four rounds for The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz to find a local winner as Sumon of Chittagong ran away with the first prize of a 21-inch Toshiba Bomba Flat TV.
 arrow Cricket: SL break ODI record
Sri Lanka broke the world record for the highest one-day international total in their match against Netherlands at Amstelveen on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria's eyes on prize
Not even the appearance of a streaker on Centre Court could distract Maria Sharapova from her task as she brushed aside fellow Russian Elena Dementieva in her Wimbledon quarterfinal.
 arrow Cricket: Baggy green inspires Aussies
Australia will be seen in a "revolutionary" new green and gold uniform when the new season starts in 2007, Cricket Australia announced today.
 arrow Football: Corporate World Cup!
Although the World Cup final is still days away and the outcome anything but certain, leading makers of sportswear and equipment such as Nike, Adidas and Puma were already claiming Tuesday to be the winners
 arrow Football: Capello resigns as Juve face relegation
Juventus coach Fabio Capello resigned on Tuesday in the wake of the Italian match-fixing scandal after the club was set to be relegated at least two divisions.
 arrow Football: Cubans want WC participation
Football is suffering in Cuba because it comes low on the priority list way behind the Caribbean island's top sport of baseball, according to respected coach Roberto Hernandez.
 arrow Football: Germany favourites in Britain
In the absence of England in the World Cup semifinals, Germany were the favourites to win the tournament at British betting shops on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Neo-Nazi group banned
A German state on Tuesday banned a neo-Nazi group that made nationwide headlines for a flyer in which it targeted racist slurs against a Ghanaian-born football player for Germany's national side.
 arrow Football: USA line up Klinsmann
The United States are in talks with Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann to lead their national team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it was reported here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: All white for French
They are known as 'Les Bleus' but for the third time in a row they will play in white. France will be the only team not wearing their home colours in tonight's semifinal, FIFA said on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Combat arsenic with holistic approach
Experts at a roundtable yesterday called for holistic approach to combat arsenic contamination of soil in the country.
 arrow Networking of mental health care support providers stressed
Speakers at a meeting yesterday stressed need for building a strong network of organisations offering mental health care support to survivors of trafficking and other forms of violence to ensure standardised
 arrow 'No legal bar to conduct DNA test of ex-DIG in Dhaka’
There is no legal bar in conducting the DNA test of former DIG, his wife and their septuplets in Dhaka, opined the country's legal experts at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Charges not framed against 8 JMB leaders, activists
A Dhaka court could not frame charges of the first sedition case against eight JMB leaders and activists of Dhamrai area, as the lone accused Rafiqul Islam alias Sentu, now in jail, was not produced before
 arrow 231 Rab members punished so far
Since the formation of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), 231 of its members have been punished for different offences until June 26 this year, parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Concern over growing police torture on women
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) yesterday condemned the death of a sexagenarian woman due to police torture at Savar, near Dhaka.
 arrow Strike goes on for four days at RMCH
Strike of intern doctors in Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) has been continuing for four days aggravating sufferings of the hospitalised patients.
 arrow No garment worker killed in Savar: BGMEA
Bangladesh Garment Manufac-turers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) has contradicted a BDNEWS report published in The Daily Star on page 2 yesterday under the headline 'Garments worker killed in clash
 arrow Ershad leaves for China
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad left Dhaka yesterday for China on a seven-day visit at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
 arrow Car trader robbed of Tk14.2 lakh
A car trader was robbed of Tk14.2 lakh by a gang of armed muggers at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday. Police said Ariful Parvez Tanu, owner of Capital Motors on Road No.
 arrow Rearrangement in top civil administration
The government yesterday made some rearrangements in the top civil administration and assigned ministries to the newly promoted officials.
 arrow Bullet-hit city trader dies in hospital
A trader of Sabujbagh, who was shot by miscreants last month for refusing to pay extortion, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medial College and Hospital (DMCH) on Monday night.
 arrow Ex-husband, 3 others get 31 years' RI
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced an ex-husband and three others to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing Mazeda Begum, a housewife at Savar, in June 1998.
 arrow NFOWD discussion today
National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) in collaboration with ActionAid Bangladesh and Manusher Jonno will hold a discussion on 'Biwako Millennium Framework' (Regional framework
 arrow Agri officials asked to raise quality seed production
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday asked agriculture officials to take up more projects to increase quality seed production, expand irrigation coverage and reduce the 'yield gap'.
 arrow 'Bangladesh Dialogue' goes on air in Sept
BBC Bangla is going to introduce 'Bangladesh Dialogue' in the form of open discussion and debate to further strengthen the democratic practice and culture in the country, says a press release.
 arrow Sri Lankan HC presents credential
The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh Vadiyel Krishnamoorthy presented his credentials to Acting President Barrister Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow China presents meteorological equipment
China yesterday provided a set of meteorological satellite equipment (PCVSAT) to Bangladesh as compliment.
 arrow Cloths worth Tk 50 lakh seized
Officials of Customs Intelligence and Investigations Directorate seized cloths worth around Tk 50 lakh from Islampur and Rayerbagh in the city yesterday.
 arrow Production suspended at CUFL for lack of gas supply
Production at Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited remained suspended for around six hours on Monday due to an abrupt halt of gas supply.
 arrow Russia, China to hold 2nd jt maneuvers
Russia and China will stage joint military exercises for the second time following last year's first-ever Russo-Chinese war games, the chief of the Russian General Staff was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow 'Small states face challenge in upholding nat'l interest'
Upholding national interest is becoming a serious challenge for smaller states in the energy-starved world where globalisation has witnessed the emergence of corporate power and the corporate-political
 arrow Baluch Assembly Speaker in city
Haji Jamal Shah Kakar, Speaker of Baluchistan provincial assembly of Pakistan, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Nationalarrow 'Hilsa train' that never reaches Sylhet on time
Irregularities and delays in Bangladesh Railway (BR) services between Chandpur and Sylhet are causing serious disruption in supply of hilsa to greater Sylhet region, leaders of the hilsa traders in Chandpur
 arrow River port faces erosion due to faulty plan
Chamra river port in Karimganj, used by people of haor areas of Kishoreganj, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Netrokona and Sherpur districts, is threatened with erosion as vessels use its approach road instead
 arrow 20,000 of 18 Teesta shoals deprived of benefits
Hundreds of people of Teesta shoal in Dimla upazila yesterday brought out a procession here protesting non-inclusion of the district in an ambitious Tk 500 crore 'Char Jibikayan Project' (livelihood project
 arrow 25 out of 30 have no licence
Owners of unauthorised pathological laboratories and diagnostic centres here are doing a brisk business at the cost of patients for the last few years.
 arrow 6 JMB men in Feni jailed for life
A court here on Monday sentenced six members of the outlawed Jama'tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for life for the August 17 bombings in the district.
 arrow Goods train hits truck in Mirzapur
Train communication on the Dhaka-North Bengal route came to a halt for four hours as a train hit a truck at Dherua rail crossing in Mirzapur yesterday.
 arrow 2 die, 2 missing in Sunamganj boat capsize
Two persons died and two others remained missing when a boat capsized in Matian Haor under Taherpur upazila of the district Monday evening, police and local sources said.
 arrow Vote for ruling coalition again, urges Tarique
Senior joint secretary general of the ruling BNP, Tarique Rahman, has called upon the people to take the right decision in the coming general election and to give their verdict again in favour theruling
 arrow Extortionists demand toll over phone
Panic gripped the townspeople as unidentified telephone callers are demanding illegal toll in name of Janajuddha and Purbo Banglar Communist Party. Three people received threats on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Presidential controversy does not pay in political terms
A heated debate has been raging in the political community concerning the constitutional position of the President-in-Charge, Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar ("President-in-Charge" is reportedly the
 arrow Why BNP has not implemented its election pledge to disclose assets
On June 28, The Awami League (AL), the main opposition in parliament called for disclosure of assets by the prime minister, opposition leader, ministers and lawmakers to check the all-pervading corruption
 arrow While we were looking elsewhere
People around the world are increasingly influenced by what they see on their television screens.
Culturearrow Many moods of Haegum
As part of the cultural exchange programme between the governments of the Republic of Korea and Bangladesh, a concert featuring Kang Eun Il Haegumplus was held at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala
 arrow Loko Natyadal to celebrate silver jubilee
To celebrate its silver jubilee, Loko Natyadal will embark on a year-long programme that includes staging of new plays, a seminar, workshop, and a theatre festival on July 8 at Mahila Samity Auditorium,
 arrow New serial on ATN with a touch of mystery
Drama serial Tushar Rohoshya (Tushar's mystery), jointly directed by Kazi Jahangir and Robin Hyder Khan, is to be aired on ATN Bangla, every Wednesday at 09.30pm, beginning tonight.
 arrow Single-episode play on Channel i
The single-episode comedy, Tumi Amar Urbana written and directed by Ejaz Munna, will be aired on Channel i on July 7 at 7:50pm.
Internationalarrow Lanka steps up alert as Tigers honour suicide bombers
Sri Lanka stepped up already tight security yesterday as Tamil Tiger rebels prepared to celebrate "Black Tiger Day" honouring the 261 men and women who have staged suicide bombings, officials said.
 arrow Israel pins blame on Syria for soldier capture
Israel yesterday stepped up the pressure on arch-foe Damascus, accusing it of supporting Palestinian militants behind the capture of an Israeli soldier that has sparked a new crisis in the Middle East.
 arrow Hamas leaders in hiding as Israel tightens noose
Hiding in friends' houses with their mobile phones switched off, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and his ministers are behaving more like an underground organisation than an elected government.
 arrow EU awaits '1st response' from Iran on its offer
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana holds key talks today with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator as Europe and the United States await a response to an offer to end a growing nuclear standoff.
 arrow Govt has 'messed up'
India's Communists, allies of the ruling Congress-led alliance, said the government had "messed up" economically and announced a week-long protest against high prices and privatisation plans.
 arrow Asteroid has near-collision with Earth: Scientists
An asteroid hurtling through space came within a hair's breadth -- in astronomical terms, at least -- of crashing into the Earth early Monday, US scientists said.
 arrow Rains trigger floods in India: 24 die
Heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in eastern India, killing 24 people overnight and disrupting life in the financial hub of Mumbai for a second day yesterday, officials and residents said.
 arrow US losing 'war on terror'
Despite high-profile arrests, security operations and upbeat assessments from the White House, the United States is losing its global "war on terror," experts warn.
 arrow Western states are facing homegrown terror threat
As the London bombings and other recent arrests make clear, Western governments now face the very real threat of homegrown terrorists -- indetectable second- and third-generation immigrants totally assimilated
 arrow Activists reach North Pole in summer
Two environmentalists became the first people to reach the North Pole by canoe and on foot in summer, in an expedition aimed at drawing attention to how global warming is threatening polar bears withextinction,
 arrow EU ban on Tigers a huge mistake
The chief negotiator for Northern Ireland's main Roman Catholic party, Sinn Fein, was quoted by Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka as saying a European Union ban on the guerillas was a "huge mistake.
 arrow Maoist attacks leave 8 dead in east India
Maoist rebels have killed eight people including three policemen and a former rebel commander in two separate attacks in eastern India, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Kabul riots in May killed 17
A traffic accident involving the US military and subsequent rioting that tore through Afghanistan's capital a month ago killed 17 people and injured nearly 200, the government said Tuesday after an official
 arrow Five Afghan labourers of US base killed
Suspected Taliban militants shot and killed five Afghan labourers bringing construction supplies to a US military base in eastern Afghanistan, police said yesterday.
 arrow Nasa goes ahead with Discovery launch despite foam damage
Nasa managers hoped to make Discovery the most inspiring sight in the nation's skies yesterday as the space agency prepared for the first Fourth of July launch in history.
 arrow US stars align in anti-Iraq war hunger strike
Star Hollywood actor-activists including Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and anti-war campaigners led by Cindy Sheehan savoured a last meal outside the White House Monday before launching a hunger strike
 arrow British minister sees attack 'inevitable'
A new guerrilla attack on Britain is inevitable, a British junior minister responsible for counter-terrorism said on Monday.
 arrow US soldier charged with rape, murder in Iraq
An American was charged on Monday with raping and murdering an Iraqi teenager after killing her parents and young sister while serving as a soldier in Iraq.
 arrow 1st UK Muslim to fall in Afghanistan hailed as 'true Brit'
The first Muslim soldier in the British army to die on active duty in Afghanistan was hailed Tuesday in his adopted country's popular press as a "hero" and "a true Brit".
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hasina's remarks
We are worried at the utterances of the leader of the opposition, following the death of a party man and the police action on the 14-Party Alliance, that each death will see another day of hartal.
 arrow Editorial: Playing around with dead body
It is mind-boggling, abominable and unheard of. The very death of Golam Mostafa Milon, an Awami League volunteer group leader from tear gas shell attack topped off by merciless police beating during Sunday's opposition siege programme was a reprehensible act by itself.
 arrow Coups, killings and the militarisation of politics
General Hussein Muhammad Ershad told a questioner on television last week that he had not seized power in 1982. He had only been invited to take charge of the country by President Abdus Sattar.
 arrow Is world opinion comatose?
Israel's armed forces have bombarded undefended Palestinians, their government and what remains of Gaza's infrastructure after supposedly having withdrawn unilaterally.
 arrow Crying out for leadership
The fate of people, destinies of nations, and history itself are determined to a substantial extent by political leaders.
Letters to Editorarrow Hartal
People in general always murmur against the said peaceful, but turned out to be hostile hartal since long.
 arrow In response to 'Pele and Maradona'
There are some people who try to impose their personal thoughts on others, while everyone has the right to make his own choice.
 arrow Plight of Palestinians
Some fellows with conscience in Britain did deplore the latest Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Indo-Bangla relations
“Dhaka, Delhi must overcome narrow, parochial outlook”, Dr. Kamal told the roundtable on Indo-Bangla relations as it appeared in The Daily Star on June 29, 06.
 arrow Jute goods
Everybody talks about diversifying exports from Bangladesh but seldom encourages small exporters by giving financial incentive to them.
 arrow Anika's right
My attention was drawn to the letter entitled "Anika’s right to treatment in Canada" published on July 3, 2006. Your front page is full of gory details of crimes and all such activities.
 arrow Nominate candidate for UNSG
The Indian government has reportedly asked for our official support in favour of Mr. Shashi Tharoor, the Indian candidate for next UN Secretary General.
 arrow Who are running the country?
After coming abroad for my higher studies, I'm observing the political situation of my dear country from outside. Earlier, I used to make the same observation from inside.
 arrow PM's directive to the EC
The news carried by DS on June 29 regarding voter list is very significant.
 arrow Inoperative lifts
Two lifts/elevators out of four are inoperative since long in Jiban Bima Tower at 10 Dilkusha Commercial Area.
 arrow Voter list controversy
At present, our political leaders and chamchas are very worried about CEC and his new voter list. Their argument-- so many fake voters have been included in that list.
 arrow Diplomats and FM
This has reference to Dr. Abdullah Dewan's article published recently in the opinion columns of your daily under the caption " Diplomats, Constitution and the Foreign Minister." I have mixed feelings.
Star Chittagongarrow Unfit vessels put Sandwip commuters' lives at risk
Unfit vessels are operating between Sandwip and Chittagong, risking the lives of thousands of passengers daily as the government fails to ensure proper ferry services on the Kumira-Guptachhara route,commuters
 arrow Prenatal treatment a distant dream for women in slums
"Why shall we go to healthcare centre? Did we not give birth to our children at home when there was no such centre?" said Sakhina, mother-in-law of Rozina, a nine-month pregnant woman.
Star Cityarrow Sleazy filmmakers target children
Use of children in pornographic films is increasing alarmingly in the city in absence of effective action by the law enforcement agencies.
 arrow Playground turns parking lot
A part of playground at Golapbagh in the city has turned into a parking lot and repairing workshop for vehicles and rickshaws.
 arrow Anika wants to live
For a 16-year-old girl, life is a bed of roses. The most she would have to worry about is probably passing by her school exams with flying colours, reaching her best friend's birthday party on time, skipping classes to watch Mission Impossible III, or simply messing up the surprise dinner that she thinks of cooking for her parents for the very first time.
 arrow Wasa bottled water in market from August
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority's (WASA) bottled water project, initiated over six years back would be finally complete as the authorities say that they would begin production in August.
 arrow Minister stresses on quality in private universities
It is the government's duty to ensure quality of university education, private or public, no matter whether any quarters like it or not, said Education Minister Dr.
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