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Front Pagearrow Prison years lost in coordination maze
Although the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was amended three years ago to provide for deducting from the prison sentence the period spent behind bars before the judgment, many convicts have yet to
 arrow Flawed machine readable passport scheme shelved
The home ministry has finally scrapped its grossly flawed Tk 1,500 crore project on machine readable passport (MRP), visa and national identity card (NIDC) and asked the immigration and passport directorate
 arrow Campaign for honest candidates should reach grassroots level
Speakers at the regional dialogue in Rajshahi yesterday demanded distribution of parliamentary seats, ministries and the posts of standing committee heads in proportion to votes received by the political
 arrow 250 sorties, 4,000 shells onto Lebanon in 7hrs
Israel battered Lebanon yesterday with what police described as the heaviest bombardment of the 25-day-old conflict as world powers bickered over the wording of a UN Security Council call for a ceasefire.
 arrow Donors should be accountable too
Economist Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday said the donors should also practise accountability in giving loans to the developing countries.
 arrow BNP focuses on firming up party line-up
The ruling BNP is now poised to gear up organisational activities across the country as its tenure nears the end.
 arrow Four Ashuganj power units inoperative
Four of the eight units of Ashuganj Power Station remain stopped since Friday due to mechanical faults in these units and a 230 KV supply line there.
 arrow Time to expose corrupt Jamaat people in Govt
Terming the Jamaat people in the government corrupt, BNP standing committee member and former minister Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday said time has come to unveil the musk of these culprits.
 arrow Staff to get Tk 1,500 for task
The Election Commission (EC) has now planned to pay Tk 1,500 each as remuneration for 1, 35, 487 temporary staffs engaged in updating the voter list by visiting door to door.
 arrow ADB loans to kick-start vehicle testing centres
Having failed to introduce the five computerised Vehicle Testing Centres (VTC) set up in 2000 at a cost of Tk 41 crore, the BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) is now getting a loan of Tk 3.
 arrow Final ODI today
Bangladesh will play for pride when they meet Zimbabwe in the fifth and final one-day international at the Harare Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Defiant sand traders...


 arrow Muggers stab 2 in front of Gulshan bank, loot Tk 10 lakh
Muggers stabbed two employees of a distribution company and made off with Tk 9.82 lakh exploding crackers in the city's Gulshan area yesterday.
 arrow PM says opposition uncooperative in voter list update
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the opposition of non-cooperating with the Election Commission (EC) in preparing a flawless voter list.
 arrow A survivor's crusade for ban on WMD
What did the human race learn from the American atomic explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945? To respect and fear bully states or to hate war? Sixty one years later, men around the world
 arrow Tagore's 65th anniversary of death today
The 65th anniversary of death of Rabindranath Tagore will be observed across the country today, paying due tribute to the Nobel laureate poet for his contribution to Bengali literature and culture.
 arrow Moyeen Khan flings PRSP book to floor, calls it a trash
A cabinet minister threw away the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) at a seminar here yesterday, terming it a worthless document.
 arrow No charge sheet 2yrs into Sylhet grenade attack
Two years into the grenade attack near the Awami League's (AL) meeting venue in Sylhet city, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is yet to file charge sheet in the case.
 arrow Transport workers go on indefinite strike in Bogra from today
A section of transport workers of Bogra have called an indefinite strike on the routes through Bogra from today to protest filing of a criminal case against 12 workers by their rivals.
 arrow Protesting price hike...


 arrow Rallies for and against held
Ruling BNP backed Third Karnaphuli Bridge Execution Committee and 14-party opposition alliance backed Nagorik Committee held separate rallies and processions on the Karnaphuli Third Bridge issue yesterday.
 arrow Lanka to declare truce if rebels halt offensive
Sri Lanka will declare a ceasefire if the island's Tamil Tigers made good on a pledge to halt offensive operations in a town in the island's east and pull back, the military said yesterday.
Businessarrow Bimstec ministerial in Delhi from Aug 8 to review FTA progress
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves for India tomorrow to attend a 2-day Bimstec ministerial in New Delhi on August 8-9 to review the progress of the proposed seven-nation FTA.
 arrow FBCCI, Ukraine chamber to set up business council
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) yesterday signed an agreement to establish a joint business council aiming
 arrow MCCI review of economic situation (April-June 2006)
Overview
Based on the latest available data, the country's economic performance in the 4th quarter (April-June of FY06) indicates a marginally slower growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared

 arrow Centre for skills development opens in Ctg
A training centre styled as Chittagong Skills Development Centre (CSDC) was opened at the Peninsula Chittagong hotel yesterday.
 arrow Power Grid Co leases out optical fibre cable to GP
Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd (PGCB), a state-owned public limited company, leased out one pair of dark optical fibre cable from Dhaka (Rampura) to Chittagong (Hathazari) to GrameenPhone Ltd (GP),
 arrow Battle for India's beer market hotting up
The battle for India's Rs 3,000-crore beer market seems set to hot up.
 arrow Myanmar to lease out land to foreigners
Myanmar is deliberating to lease land to foreigners for the development of three proposed industrial zones to be jointly implemented by Myanmar and Thailand to mainly attract foreign investment into the
 arrow New chairman of Phoenix Ins
Mohammad Shoeb has been elected chairman of Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd, says a press release. The Board of Directors of the company at a meeting on Wednesday made him chairman.
 arrow Free trade with US to ease dire poverty
Pakistan's commerce minister on Friday pressed for talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, billing such a pact as a "powerful tool" in the battle against extremism.
 arrow Oil below $75
Oil prices slipped below $75 a barrel Friday as supply concerns eased, after a storm in the Caribbean weakened and appeared to no longer threaten Gulf coast oil facilities.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore's admission
A day after Bangladesh's dream of winning their first away series shattered in Harare, coach Dav Whatmore made a dreadful observation that the Tigers were not good enough for the job.
 arrow Cricket: SL tail wags timely
Youngsters Chamara Kapugedera and Prasanna Jayawardene sparked a Sri Lankan batting revival after South Africa threatened to run away with the second cricket Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bell belts Pakistan
Ian Bell's third hundred in as many Tests left England in a commanding position in the third Test against Pakistan at Headingley here Saturday.
 arrow WICB names ODI squad
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) bypassed the West Indies Players Association and named a 14-man squad for next month's triangular series against India and Australia.
 arrow Basketball: Office b'ball later this month
The Office Basketball League will begin in the third week of August at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium.
 arrow Football: Rash Rooney sees red again
Sir alex Ferguson hit out at Dutch referee Ruud Bossen after Wayne Rooney's second red card in 34 days marred Manchester United's 3-1 Amsterdam Tournament victory against FC Porto on Friday.
 arrow Football: Juve angry with AWOL Zlatan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's days at crisis-torn Juventus appear to be numbered after he refused to travel with the team to Friday's friendly against Lo Spezia.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters ousts Hingis
Top-seeded Kim Clijsters defeated Martina Hingis 7-5, 6-2 in a sloppy battle of former No. 1 players to advance to the semifinals of the Acura Classic on Friday night.
 arrow Abahani recalls Sheikh Kamal
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina distributed gold medals and Tk 5,000 each to the country's sports personalities at a function at the Abahani Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan enters, but as a player
Former captain Marvan Atapattu was on Saturday included in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for a limited-overs tri-series against India and South Africa starting later this month.
 arrow Football: Iraq's football under assault
Iraq's sports ministry said on Saturday it planned to build 150 small protected sports grounds around Baghdad after several recent bomb attacks killed spectators and some players in this sports-mad country.
 arrow Cricket: Greg tells boys to be serious
Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell has sought to put his players on notice ahead of important tournaments leading to the World Cup, saying any complacency on their part will leave the door open for others
 arrow Tennis: Andy not sure yet
With Andy Murray soaring into the Legg Mason Classic semifinals it might be tempting to call his new coach Brad Gilbert a miracle worker. Murray, however, is not believing that just yet.
 arrow Cycling: Landis set to lose Tour title
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis is set to become the first victor of the race to be stripped of his title after his B sample confirmed he had abnormal levels of testosterone on Saturday the sport's
 arrow Football: Real looking for Reyes of sunshine
Spanish giants Real Madrid will try and buy Malian international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra and Spanish international Antonio Reyes next week it was reported on Saturday.
 arrow Athletics: Magnini claims 100m title
Triple Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband was upstaged in the blue riband 100m freestyle at the European Swimming Championships here on Friday by Italy's Filippo Magnini.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan change hockey coach
Pakistan on Saturday appointed former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh as coach of its hockey team, replacing Asif Bajwa following a dismal performance at the Champions Trophy last month.
 arrow Football: Reuters, Nantes
Olympique Lyon began their quest for a sixth successive French title by winning 3-1 at Nantes in the kick-off of the 2005-06 Ligue 1 season on Friday.
 arrow Football: I'm petrified: O'Neill
Martin O'Neill is the new manager of Aston Villa, the beleaguered Premiership side -- mired in complex takeover talks and facing an alleged players' revolt -- announced on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ribery wants out of Marseille
French World Cup star Franck Ribery said Friday that he was determined to leave Marseille, dealing a devastating blow to the club's management on the eve of the new season.
 arrow Football: Fitness the key for Rijkaard
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard, content with the balance of his squad, says his players need to improve their fitness before launching their Primera Liga title defence.
 arrow Football: L'pool crushed in Germany
Liverpool crashed to a humiliating 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Bundesliga side Mainz here on Friday to end their pre-season preparations on a low note.
 arrow Football: CAS rejects Israeli FA appeal
The Court for Arbitration in Sport on Saturday rejected the Israeli FA's appeal against a decision by European soccer's governing body that two UEFA Cup matches should be played at neutral venues forsecurity
 arrow Football: Atletico snap up Real tyro
Atletico Madrid raided city rivals Real on Saturday signing promising young midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado on a four year contract for a fee reported to be 3million euros with the selling club having the
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib to play village match
The fastest bowler in the world is turning out for a village cricket team in the West Midlands.
 arrow Tennis: Williams out of LA Open
Venus Williams has withdrawn from next week's Los Angeles Open due to a left wrist injury, tournament organisers said on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi withdraws from Toronto
Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has withdrawn from next week's ATP Master Series tournament in Toronto, tournament organizers said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Wright admits being doubted
Indian cricketers viewed him with understandable "suspicion and doubt" since he was their first foreign coach, says New Zealander John Wright.
Metropolitanarrow Develop village info centres to improve rural lives
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday underscored the need for developing financially viable village information centres across the country so that rural people can become aware of their constitutionalrights
 arrow Nation on verge of ruination due to politicisation
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government has politicised all sectors including sports pushing the country on the verge of ruination.
 arrow Be more accountable to strengthen democracy
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the politicians to be more accountable to strengthen democracy. They stressed the need for making parliament more effective to discuss various issues constructively.
 arrow Missing baby girl found dead in city after 12 days
A minor girl aged two and a half years old, who went missing at Mohammadpur area in the city 12 days ago, was found dead yesterday.
 arrow Fresh programmes announced
National Committee for Reinvestigation and Trial of Udichi Blast Case yesterday announced fresh agitation programmes to press home its demands.
 arrow Prolonged use of skin lightening products poses health hazards
Prolonged use of skin lightening products poses health hazards such as damage to skin, nerves and kidneys, experts at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 11 RMG workers injured in stampede
At least 11 workers of a garment factory were injured in a stampede while trying to rush out of a 12-storied building at Badda in the city after a fire broke out yesterday.
 arrow Mementoes donated to Liberation War Museum
Mementoes of liberation war were handed over to Liberation War Museum at a ceremony yesterday.
 arrow DFID provides IT equipment for Amader Gram project
The Department for International Development (DFID) of the British government has provided IT equipment for Amader Gram ICT4D Project for its e-village network programme, says a press release.
 arrow Mild tremor jolts parts of country
A mild tremor jolted parts of the country last night, but there was no report of damage or casualty. The tremor was experienced in Pabna, Faridpur, Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Four killed in Noakhali road accidents
At least four people, including one child and one woman, were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents at Chatkhil and Begumganj in the district yesterday.
 arrow AL plots against 4-party alliance
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said the main opposition Awami League is hatching a conspiracy against the BNP-led four-party alliance as it has realised that the people would not votefor
 arrow Date for distribution of forms extended
Non-government Teacher Registration and Certification Authority (NTRCA) has extended the date for distribution and submission of application forms for the second teacher registration examination.
 arrow Alliance with war criminals condemned
Condemning the formation of the alliance with war criminals and autocrats, opposition Awami League lawmaker Asaduzzaman Noor at a seminar yesterday said, "Assuming power could be a target for politician.
 arrow Trawler with picnic party capsizes in Buriganga: One missing
One person remained missing after a trawler with a picnic party on board capsized in the Buriganga near Basila following a collision with a sand-laden trawler yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Security guard shot in city
Unknown extortionists opened fire at a security guard at city's Mirpur area early yesterday.
 arrow Five new police stations open in city tomorrow
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will inaugurate five new police stations approved by the government tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow More donation for AMCH
Family members of late Dr Habibur Rahman, the first child specialist of the country yesterday donated Tk 20 lakh for a five-bed ward of the 500-bed Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), says a press
 arrow Dengue spreads in Khulna alarmingly
Dengue fever, a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, has been spreading in Khulna city at an alarming rate.
Nationalarrow Khulna people threaten to stop power bill payment
Braving rains, several thousand people marched streets of Khulna city and held a big rally yesterday, where civil society leaders urged the government to resolve the persisting power crisis in south-western
 arrow 10 injured in BCL-JCD clash at Khagrachhari
At least 10 students were injured as activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed over establishing supremacy at Khagrachhari Government College yesterday.
 arrow Shibir activists confine college principal
Principal of Sylhet Government College Ataul Haque Lashkar was confined to his office for about two hours as Islami Chhatra Shibir activists locked his office to press their demand.
 arrow Diploma engrs reject power co's pay scale
Diploma engineers of Power Development Board (PDB) working under the West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) have rejected the pay scale offered by the company, terming it discriminatory.
 arrow 40 fishermen rescued in Bay
Forty fishermen were rescued by coast guards from the Bay of Bengal during an overnight rescue operation, coast guard sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow How does Safta impact Bangladesh's exports?
INDIA-Pakistan ties are accident-prone; and the tragic Bombay blasts of July 11 have surely slowed down their peace dialogue.
 arrow Whither Hiroshima: Fading memories and a changing world
THIS year marks the sixty-first anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on two Japanese cities towards the end of World War II.
 arrow Nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the way ahead
ON August 6, 1945 the US Air Force plane Enola Gay dropped the nuclear device "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima and three days later, on August 9, it detonated the "Fat Man" bomb over Nagasaki, Japan.
 arrow Bengal Legislative Assembly homage to Rabindranath Tagore
ON August 13, 1941, the Bengal Legislative Assembly (BLA) adopted a historic resolution commemorating the sad demise of Rabindranath Tagore on August 6 that year.
Culturearrow Epitomising Tagore songs
Cream? Sugar?"
That was so typical of Kalim Sharafi, or Kalim Bhai, as he is known to us. No sooner had I arrived at his Bailey Heights apartment, he'd become a busy host.

 arrow Rabindranath Tagore: Farmers' friend
Rabindranath Tagore is largely identified as a poet, writer, philosopher, educator, and artist. A less explored facet of the great bard is his philanthropy and agricultural initiatives.
 arrow Blending indigenous and European theatre
Rabindranath Tagore wrote and directed plays that are unique for their blend of the indigenous and European theatre forms -- a blend so subtle that it almost appears natural.
 arrow Multifaceted ethos in Tagore's words
"The beauty of Tagore songs is that they can be interpreted in different ways," says artiste Laisa Ahmed Lisa. Lisa is one of the most promising Tagore singers of her generation.
Internationalarrow US, France reach deal on UN ME resolution
The United States and France reached agreement yesterday on a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to the fighting between Israel and Lebanon as the first step toward a political settlement
 arrow US slaps sanctions on Indian, Russian firms
The United States has imposed sanctions against seven companies from North Korea, Russia, India and Cuba for their alleged arms dealings with Iran, a State Department official said on Friday.
 arrow Lankan refugees live under trees
Families huddled under trees and slept in bullock carts Saturday as accommodation ran out for over 15,000 Muslim men, women and children fleeing Sri Lanka's bloodiest battle in four years.
 arrow Iran bans Nobel laureate Ebadi's rights group
Iran has declared as "illegal" a human rights group headed by Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and vowed to prosecute its continued activities, local media reported yesterday.
 arrow Cuba readies troops fearing US attack
Cuba government has mobilised citizen defence militias, saying it fears a US attack during Fidel Castro's health crisis, even though the White House insists no such threat exists.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Brutalising Lebanon
NO time should be lost by the UN in ironing out the nitty-gritty of a ceasefire resolution to end the Israeli aggression on Lebanon.
 arrow Editorial: Ensure better management of jails
THE chronicles of corruption and mismanagement in Dhaka Central Jail would run into volumes if compiled.
 arrow Thin line between piety and perfidy
THIS is a country where one moment we preach piety and the next do a perfidious act of horrendous scale. Some of us seem to enjoy being on the extremes.
 arrow The difficult road ahead
THROUGHOUT the history of mankind, the desire to perpetuate power has been the avowed aim of dictators, be they wearing uniforms or professing the legitimacy of their rule through "imperfect" elections.
 arrow Post-prime minister
CANDOUR is injurious to the health of any government. This is a widely-accepted non-partisan fact.
Letters to Editorarrow Are we civilised?
We claim that we are civilised. We live in the era of modern science & technology. But we are continuing our cruel mission against mankind.
 arrow Why violent protests?
We have witnessed various kinds of movements in our country from time to time. But the sad truth is that most of the protests are registered in a chaotic, violent manner.
 arrow Demise of a hope
This is in reaction to the suicide committed by a brilliant female student of the department of English, University of Dhaka.
 arrow BNP politics
The metamorphosis of BNP that began with its founder president late Ziaur Rahman withdrawing ban on religion-based politics and allowing Jamaat Ameer Golam Azam to enter and stay in Bangladesh with aPakistani
 arrow Smoking
People know that smoking is bad, yet they smoke. Maybe, some of them do not know how bad it is. Some young men smoke for showing their smartness. They think that it's a kind of fashion.
 arrow Noble options of voluntary service
People join voluntary services as proud representatives of their businesses or professions, because, they have an ethics. Ethics is so important in everything we do, particularly is voluntary services.
 arrow CityCell-Hello 0123
CityCell is one of the major mobile phone operators of our country. Recently, a new CityCell advertisement was televised--titled City Cell Hello 0123.
Star Healtharrow Rethinking about breastfeeding
August 1-7 is being observed as World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2006 is "Code watch: 25 years of protecting breastfeeding".
 arrow Facts on dengue fever
One hundred million cases of dengue fever are reported annually by the WHO, making it one of the most important viral diseases in the world.
 arrow Research investigates electricity in wound healing
An international team of scientists has discovered two genes that enable cells to respond to electrical signals in the body to heal wounds.
 arrow Looking good after 40
Almost everybody dreads the 40's. It is the age where you are stepping into your middle ages.
 arrow Sun kills 60000 a year, WHO says
As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organisation reported recently.
 arrow Upcoming Thalassemia Events
10th International Course on Clinical Management of Thalassemia for Health Professionals
7-10 Nov 2006, Hilton park Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus

 arrow A measure to prevent dengue


 arrow Your Doctor
Send your health related queries to Your Doctor, Star Health, The Daily Star, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka 1215 or e-mail your problem to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow Old, unfit buses still running on city streets
A huge number of old and unfit buses are plying the city roads due to corruption and weak monitoring by the authorities concerned.
 arrow Another housing project moving at snails pace
Those who won the second round of lottery for plots in Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkhya's (Rajuk) Uttara Third Phase housing project are uncertain when they would be given their allotment papers becauseof
 arrow Victim of a green-eyed monster
Durjoy, barely one and half year-old, is fighting death at the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) in Banani having been fed acid by his aunt on January 19 last year.
 arrow 'Chintito' donates money to poor cancer patients
"An erudite old woman asked me who Chintito was while I went to her place to deliver the book 'A stir is born'. She asked me the same question at least 50 times.
 arrow DTCB employees' salaries yet to be paid
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) employees have not received their salaries for July yet as the board is yet to be absorbed under the revenue sector after its effectiveness ended on June 30,2006.
 arrow Time to relax


 
   
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