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Front Pagearrow Ershad sets conditions as BNP wants JP in 4-party alliance
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad placed a host of conditions to join the four-party alliance as BNP leaders Tarique Rahman and Lutfozzaman Babar last night paid a surprise visit to Ershad's housein
 arrow HC issues suo moto rule on govt, Rab
The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto rule on the government, police and Rapid Action Battalion, asking them to explain in two weeks why they should not be directed to produce Kishore Kumar before
 arrow EC secy admits slow pace of voter list update
Seven days after the start of the task of updating the voter list by door to door visits, the Election Commission (EC) secretary yesterday admitted that the task is yet to begin in some areas.
 arrow President urged to take steps for CEC's removal
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday sent a letter to President Iajuddin Ahmed requesting him to take necessary steps through the Supreme Judicial Council to remove the Chief Election Commissioner
 arrow Rajuk's secret Gulshan plot allocation
Rajuk has secretly allocated an unspecified number of plots along Gulshan- Banani lake, for which land was extracted from the lake by filling it up partly in the name of paving footpaths.
 arrow Road march in Tangail comes under JCD attack
Ten people were injured as the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine's third day road march came under attack by armed cadres of ruling BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in
 arrow 250 shanties ravaged in fire; rescuer dies
A volunteer rescuer was killed and two others suffered injuries in a devastating fire at a camp of stranded Pakistanis at Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow Poor road work causes bumpy rides in city
Most of the roads in the capital including the VIP ones have become patchworks of potholes due to low quality of the materials used to build them and unplanned digging into the roads.
 arrow The Daily Star mourns death of its reporter
The Daily Star deeply mourns the sad and untimely death of its reporter Novera Deepita, 30, yesterday. A bright journalist with shining academic records, Novera committed suicide at her residence.
 arrow Dhaka's debut in ARF meet today
The 13th Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur today where Bangladesh will be officially admitted as ARF's 26th member.
 arrow 12-point agenda set for Indo-Bangla water transit meet
Dhaka has formulated a 12-point draft agenda for the ninth standing committee meeting of Bangladesh-India Inland Water Transit Protocol to be held in New Delhi next month.
 arrow State minister blames graft, unaccountability for failure
Unbridled irregularities, misuse of funds and lack of accountability are some of the reasons why the power sector of the country is in a vulnerable state, State Minister for Power Anwarul Kabir Talukdar
 arrow Defence purchase directorate denies role in fighter deal
In the face of allegations of corruption in procuring 16 fighters, the Directorate of Defence Purchase (DDP) yesterday said it was not involved in the purchase process, rather the government sealed the
 arrow 1st batch of 132 Bangladeshis arrives today
The first batch comprising 132 Bangladeshis evacuated from the war-torn Lebanon will arrive in Dhaka from Damascus on Sunday by a special aircraft of Qatar Airlines, a spokesman for the foreign ministry
 arrow Lebanon battles rage as talks fail to agree on truce
Fighting in Lebanon showed little sign of abating yesterday after nine Israeli soldiers were killed in running battles with Hezbollah on the Lebanese border as the conflict entered its third week marked
 arrow Comparative chart of govt anomalies placed to SC
Intervener of the judiciary separation case yesterday submitted before the Supreme Court (SC) a comparative chart depicting the anomalies the government created in implementing the 12-point SC directives.
 arrow CPA to protest ranking of Ctg port as most dangerous
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will send a letter to Kuala Lumpur based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) protesting against the labelling of Chittagong port as most dangerous port in the world
 arrow Opposition to go for greater agitation after road march
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil has said the combined opposition will announce a greater agitation programme on July 30.
 arrow Another 55 dengue patients hospitalised
Another 55 patients diagnosed with dengue fever have been admitted to different hospitals and clinics in the capital yesterday as the dengue fever monitoring by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) marks a month
 arrow 8 to die for killing UP chairman
Eight received death penalty while four others were acquitted in the sensational murder case of union parishad (UP) chairman Sheikh Mostafa Habib.
 arrow US House okays Indo-US nuke deal
The US House of Representatives gave overwhelming initial approval on Wednesday to a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation accord with India, an important but far from final step in making the agreement
 arrow al-Qaeda vows to avenge Israel attacks
al-Qaeda second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri vowed yesterday that the network would carry out attacks against Israel and its US backers to avenge the Israeli offensives against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Saddam's first trial ends, verdict on October 16
Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will hear October 16 whether he has been found guilty of crimes against humanity and is to be executed, his judge said yesterday on the last day of his trial.
Businessarrow Bangladeshi entrepreneurs urged to expand export market
Bangladeshi entrepreneurs should turn their eyes to the Saarc region for expanding their export market by taking all advantages of a free trade pact, said experts.
 arrow Banks-NGOs partnership to reduce poverty
A partnership between banks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or micro-finance institutions (MFIs) can accelerate the poverty reduction in line with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP)
 arrow Brac, StanChart sign Tk 100cr term loan agreement
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac), a leading NGO, signed an agreement yesterday with Standard Chartered Bank for a Tk 100 crore (US$15 million) term loan, which will be used to bring changes
 arrow US, Asean ink partnership deal
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Southeast Asian foreign ministers yesterday signed a five-year action plan aimed at boosting trade, investment and political ties.
 arrow WTO set to formalise Doha Round freeze
World Trade Organisation nations were poised on Thursday to suspend formally talks on lowering barriers to global commerce, rubber stamping a decision after the breakdown of negotiations earlier thisweek.
 arrow Siemens doubles net profits in third quarter
German engineering giant Siemens doubled net profits in its third quarter owing to a strong performance from its industrial sector, figures showed on Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Signs are good for Mashrafee
Pace ace Mashrafee Bin Mortuza took rest from Thursday's practice session as the Bangladesh team settled for another intense yet joy-filled session at the Harare Sports Club.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors on a sticky wicket
"It's the selectors' word against that of the media" was how the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Mahmudur Rahman described the impromptu press briefing that eventually turned into a fiasco at the National
 arrow Athletics: Relying on breaststroke
Bangladesh will look forward to regain their supremacy in the breaststroke event in the regional swimming scene during the SA Games in Colombo next month.
 arrow Football: Ball in Salahuddin's court
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named its vice-president Abdur Rahim and member Amirul Islam Babu as team leader and manager of the national team for the SA Games.
 arrow Football: DU first in finals
Dhaka University became the first team to qualify for the final round of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship when they brushed aside Jahangirnagar University 5-1 in the last league match
 arrow BOA finalises contingent for SA Games
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) yesterday finalised a 218-member contingent and six officials for next month's SA (South Asian) Games to be held in Colombo.
 arrow Chess: School chess
Nine players were sharing lead in the with maximum three points after the third round of the Class VI-X group games in the 8th Standard Chartered School chess tournament yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Usha, Abahani trade well
Defending champions Usha Krira Chakra and runners-up Abahani came alive on the opening day of the three-day Premiership hockey players' transfer at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick in round two
Top seed Andy Roddick launched his Los Angeles ATP campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Rik de Voest Wednesday, to the approval of his new coach Jimmy Connors.
 arrow Cricket: Benaud bucks England up
Richie Benaud has insisted England can mount a successful defence of the Ashes when they travel to Australia later this year despite their growing injury crisis.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas hit new low
Muttiah Muralidaran and Dilhara Fernando combined to bowl out South Africa for 169, their lowest total against Sri Lanka, on the opening day of the first cricket Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Steve too pacy for Pakistan
Stephen Harmison's pace proved too much for Pakistan to handle as the tourists collapsed to 119 all out on the first day of the second Test against England at Old Trafford here Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters crawls into quarters
Defending champion Kim Clijsters rallied for a three-set victory over Jelena Jankovic Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of this 600,000-dollar WTA Tour hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Football: Deschamps ends summer sales
Juventus coach Didier Deschamps has said that no more of his players will be leaving the club despite Tuesday's confirmation that they will be playing in Serie B next season. "No one is going anywhere.
 arrow Chess: Liza stays on top
Shamima Akter Liza maintained solo lead in the points table of the Prime Bank 1st Women's FIDE Rating chess tournament five points at the end of the 5th round yesterday at the conference-room of National
 arrow Cycling: Landis tests positive!
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has tested positive for testosterone, with the Phonak team's announcement on Thursday sending shockwaves through cycling.
 arrow Football: Copa Brasil Flamengo's
Flamengo beat 10-man Vasco da Gama 1-0 in the second leg of the final to win the Copa Brasil 3-0 on aggregate on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Emerson completes Real switch
Brazil midfielder Emerson was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho eyeing dynasty
Jose Mourinho has set a target for Chelsea to win three or four Premiership titles in the next five years to confirm their standing as the Premiership's most powerful force.
 arrow Football: Moggi still defiant
The man at the centre of Italy's match-fixing scandal, former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi, has hit out at the decision of an appeals court earlier this week to confirm the club's relegation
 arrow Football: Thuram's kids delighted with Barca move
While France defender Liliam Thuram is overjoyed with his move from Juventus to Barcelona, it is his children who are most pleased, the 34-year-old said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: McBride quits int'l football
Brian McBride, the only US footballer to score in more than one World Cup, Wednesday announced his retirement from international football.
 arrow Football: Nedved staying at Juventus
Czech international Pavel Nedved has pledged his future to scandal-plagued Italian giants Juventus, vowing to stay with the club next season despite their relegation to Serie B.
 arrow Football: Marseille to hold talks with Ribery
Marseille boss Pape Diouf vowed Wednesday to hold clear-the-air talks with unsettled star Franck Ribery in order to secure the French international's future at the club.
 arrow Football: Sevilla president accused of fraud
Sevilla's president and the mayor of Marbella are being investigated for embezzlement, fraud and maladministration.
 arrow Football: Fonseca joins Benfica
Striker Francisco Fonseca has joined Portugal's Benfica, continuing the exodus of Mexican players following the World Cup in Germany.
 arrow Football: UEFA postpones Milan decision
UEFA said it would decide by August 2 whether to allow scandal-hit AC Milan to take part in European competitions for the 2005/2006 season.
 arrow Football: Inter awarded Scudetto
Inter Milan have been awarded last season's Serie A title despite finishing third behind Juventus and AC Milan, the Italian football federation (FIGC) announced Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Maradona in and out of hospital
Argentina legend Diego Maradona was admitted to a private hospital for several hours on Wednesday for a "complete examination", his personal doctor has said.
 arrow Football: Twist in RvN saga
Ruud van Nistelrooy's expected transfer from Manchester United has taken a new twist with reports about how the negotiations are going contradicting each other.
 arrow Football: Zagallo leaves Brazil post
Former World Cup winner Mario Zagallo has left his role as Brazil's technical director as part of a restructuring of the national set-up.
Metropolitanarrow Opposition conspiring to disrupt election: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the opposition of conspiring to disrupt the general election as their pre-poll survey forecast bad results for them once again.
 arrow Education ministry still undecided
Education ministry is yet to decide if there will be a dialogue with the teachers on strike after BNP-backed Shikkhak-Karmachari Oikya Jote (SKOJ) sent invitation letters on Wednesday to the government
 arrow 78.62pc sanitation coverage achieved
Maintenance as well as checking quality of latrines being set up under the programme 'Sanitation for all by 2010' is a key challenge, said Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister AbdulMannan
 arrow Activities to be expanded at upazila level
The activities of Shilpakala Academy will be extended to all upazilas, in phases, with a view to expanding the country's own culture.
 arrow Indian HC gives projector, theatre system to DU
The High Commission of India in Bangladesh provided a multi-media projector and a home theatre system to the Department of History of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday, says a DU press release.
 arrow Dhaka denounces all forms of terrorism
Deploring the raging incidents in Lebanon, President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh denounces terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
 arrow 'Stop Israeli attack on Lebanon’
Sammilita Nari Samaj, a women's organisation, formed a human chain in the city yesterday protesting Israeli attack on Lebanon with the 'direct support' of the United States.
 arrow Probe body seeks seven days' time
The probe committee, formed to investigate the recent violent incidents at Jagannath University, sought seven days' time to submit its report.
 arrow Implementation of tripartite deal demanded
Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK), a non-governmental organisation, formed a human chain at Muktangan in the city yesterday demanding immediate implementation of the tripartite agreement signed between the government,
 arrow Tk 21.75 crore Japanese grant for Barisal city corporation
The government of Japan yesterday approved the utilisation of Japanese Counterpart Fund, amounting to Tk 21.75 crore, for a project to develop infrastructure at Barisal City Corporation.
 arrow Cultural function at JU foiled
Cultural functions in celebration of the first anniversary of 34th batch at Jahangirnagar University (JU) could not be held on Wednesday evening due to intra-party rivalry between the two groups of Jatiyatabadi
 arrow Proper compensation for victims demanded
Construction workers yesterday demanded better treatment to the injured and proper compensation for the families of the victims who were killed in Tejgaon's Phoenix building collapse on February 25.
 arrow Unity of journalists stressed
Speakers at a meeting of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) here yesterday stressed the unity of journalists.
 arrow 10 injured in JCD-BCL clash
At least 10 people were injured in a clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute yesterday.
 arrow Int'l magicians' conference from July 31
A six-day international magicians' conference styled 'Fism' will begin at Stockholm in Sweden on July 31, says a press release.
 arrow Youth killed over land dispute in Kishoreganj
A man was killed allegedly by his cousin over a land dispute at Bakarkhanda village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. The dead was identified as Bipul, 23, son of Tofazzal Hossain of the village.
 arrow 1,574 held on various charges
Police arrested 1,574 people from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Prof Habibur Rahman passes away
Prof Md Habibur Rahman, a noted educationist and vice-chancellor of Metropolitan University, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at his house in Sylhet yesterday morning at the age of 64.
 arrow Prudenté provides assistance for street children
Prudenté Aviation Consultancy Limited, a company providing solutions to the aviation industry, recently extended its voluntary charitable support towards Street Children Partners Bangladesh, a venture
 arrow Jubo Dal leader killed in road accident
A Jubo Dal leader was killed in a road accident in Pakundia upazila of the district on Wednesday night. The dead was identified as Shahan Shah, 40, a Jubo Dal leader of Pakundia upazila unit.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tripartite meetings for competitiveness in the garment industry
[This article, the second in a series of three, is the outcome of a series of tripartite meetings among representatives of the government, the workers and the employers, facilitated by The Asia Foundation,
 arrow Are we listening to their dhols?
Preface: Recently there is a huge controversy surrounding who speaks for Muslims with the government in the UK.
 arrow Syed Amir Khasru
Syed Amir Khasru passed away on July 9 2006. He was 76. At his Qul, a close friend and colleague of over 50 years rose to say a few words about him.
 arrow Good neighbours
Immediately after independence many were suspicions about the viability of Bangladesh as a sovereign independent state because it had enormous problems and very little resources and a huge food deficit
Culturearrow A documentary on the pioneering women's magazine
It takes a woman to explore and understand a woman's psyche. One example is NGO Steps Towards Development's sensitive documentary films by and on women.
 arrow 'Samapti': A coming of age story by Tagore
The premier show of telefilm Samapti, an adaptation of a short story bearing the same title by Rabindranath Tagore, was held on July 25, at Basundhara Star Cineplex.
 arrow All by myself ...
Successful rock bands manifest the concept of teamwork. Their performances are a model of complex musical interaction.
 arrow Kumar Biswajit renders Tagore song in Nashtoneer
Artistes venturing into genres other than what they're known for is fast becoming a popular trend.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Take JMB threat seriously
That the operatives of the hitherto banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) are believed to be reorganising in remote areas of the country with the intent to strike at selected targets anytime is
 arrow Editorial: Killing of UN observers
The Israeli air raids in Lebanon over the past two weeks have killed hundreds of Lebanese men, women and children, with over half a million Lebanese fleeing the country to safety for fear of their lives.
 arrow Don't know much about history
The return of American journalist Larry Lifschultz to Dhaka to present a very well received address to mark the 30th anniversary of the execution of Col Abu Taher has rekindled interest in one of theepochal
 arrow Take care of friends
If you have not talked to a friend in a while, pick up the phone and talk to him now. Friendship is coming under crunch, and you might regret if you do not take care of friends.
 arrow Saarc foreign ministers need to shape up
The foreign ministers of South Asian countries, under the aegis of the Saarc council of ministers, are meeting in Dhaka for two days from August 1 and their discussions, taking place halfway between the
Letters to Editorarrow Middle East situation
This is in response to the letters about the on-going Middle East conflict. Well, as a Muslim I can feel the pains of fellow Muslims in Palestine and Lebanon.
 arrow Gender discrimination
Gender discrimination means showing different attitudes and giving different treatment to different people on the basis of their gender. In our country the girls are the worst victims of genderdiscrimination.
 arrow JMB kingpins in a sub-jail
The sole reason for keeping the JMB leaders in a sub-jail, as it seems to me, is to prevent them from talking to other inmates about their sources who provided them financial and logistic support.
 arrow Trip to India
We, the teachers of schools, colleges and universities of Bangladesh participated in the "Train the Trainer Program in IT" in New Delhi which was sponsored by BSM Division of the Ministry of ExternalAffairs,
 arrow Writing for foreign press
I love most of the articles by the guest writers or columnists, many of who are foreigners. Their points and arguments make them so distinguished and enthusiastic reading.
 arrow Stop attacks on minorities
In the recent years, many people, especially the minorities, have been subjected to serious threats and assaults in different parts of the country, particularly in the remote village areas where hundreds
 arrow Flood affected people
On behalf of the people of Chakoria thana, I would draw your kind attention to the flood in our area. The flood has broken all the records of the past.
 arrow Humanity and international politics
The gory sight of the death and destruction unleashed on Lebanon, as bombs and missiles rain down from across the border, being flashed on the news channels, makes one wonder the plight of the Bangladeshis
 arrow Students' involvement in politics
A large number of students in our country are involved in politics. Many students are immature. They are easily misguided by clever agents of political parties.
 arrow Interpretation of the Holy Quran
I refer to various correspondences in these columns (20 July Mahfuzur Rahman, 24 July Commodore Alam BN (retd)).
 arrow Student politics
Since the introduction of student politics, it has, to be sure, always been the topic of discussion, no matter whether appreciated or censured.
Specialarrow Nuclear power for Bangladesh
By nuclear power, I mean electricity produced from nuclear reaction.
Environmentarrow Containing river erosion for poverty reduction
In the current national budget of Bangladesh 56 per cent revenue has been allocated for poverty reduction.
 arrow Arsenic in drinking water
In Bangladesh, arsenic contamination of ground water was first detected in 1993 by the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) in Chapai Nawabganj district (Barugharia Union, Sadar Upazila).
 arrow Zinc fertilizer for more crops and less harm to soil
Bangladesh is an agricultural country. But the cultivable land is decreasing day by day as the population is constantly increasing.
Worldarrow South Asia: Chopper crash kills 16 in Afghanistan
Fighting in southern Afghanistan killed 22 suspected Taliban militants, officials said Wednesday, as Nato nations approved expanding the alliance's peacekeeping force into the region.
 arrow South Asia: Lankan jets bomb LTTE airfield
Sri Lankan warplanes bombed a clandestine airfield being built by Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday, the second day of bombardment against the guerrillas, the defence ministry said.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali Maoist rebels extend truce
Nepal's Maoist rebels say they will extend a three-month-old ceasefire with the government that is due to end this week, but accused the ruling coalition of failing to push the pace of peace talks.
 arrow South Asia: No F-16s to Pakistan without security vow
Pakistan must provide written security assurances as part of a deal for $5.
 arrow South Asia: US Senate backs extending sanctions on Myanmar
The US Senate on Wednesday voted to extend economic sanctions against the government of Myanmar for three years for what lawmakers decried as the ruling regime's lamentable human rights record.
 arrow South Asia: Troops breaking truce, says Naga rebels
Naga rebels, fighting for a separate tribal homeland, said on Wednesday they were running out of patience as government forces had killed dozens of their cadres in violation of a 1997 truce.
 arrow UNSC struggles to condemn Israel
The UN Security Council was set to try again yesterday to find an acceptable way of condemning the killing of four UN observers in Lebanon, after the United States rejected any criticism of the Israeli
 arrow Beirut dailies accuse US of torpedoing truce call
Beirut newspapers accused the United States yesterday of "assassinating" an international conference in Rome, which Lebanese had hoped would issue a call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel andHezbollah.
 arrow Bombs batter Baghdad as PM ends US visit
Bombs and mortar rounds ripped through a bustling district of central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 31 civilians in a bloody riposte to a pledge from the Iraqi premier to halt the violence.
 arrow Asian powers confront Rice over Israel
Asian powers planned yesterday to confront US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over Washington's stance on Israel and the Lebanon conflict at a regional security forum here.
 arrow Congo govt signs peace deal with northeast militia
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has signed an accord to end hostilities with a militia in the northeastern Ituri region, according to a text of the pact obtained by AFP yesterday.
 arrow Gaza stinks as world focuses on Lebanon
The foul stench of untreated sewage, an invisible vapour oozing from stagnant cesspits, overpowers the approach to the Gaza Strip's forgotten waste treatment plant.
 arrow India races to vaccinate children against deadly encephalitis
Health officials in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh say they face hurdles in their race to complete a mass immunisation of children against deadly Japanese encephalitis.
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