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Front Pagearrow Rush for record govt procurements
The Cabinet Purchase Committee is set to consider today, approval of a record number of government procurements worth over Tk 2,447 crore many of which were rejected earlier by the government itselfwhile
 arrow Voter number rises as field-level task ends
The field-level task of updating the voter list ended yesterday with many eligible voters remaining left out. The number of voters is now over 9.
 arrow Questions left unsolved
Two years into the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally on the Bangabandhu Avenue to assassinate party chief Sheikh Hasina, many questions still remain unanswered.
 arrow Baffled, they gave up on justice
The August 21 grenade attacks in 2004 took away bread-earners of several families while scores of others became crippled, lost their eyesight or born grenade splinters never to be got out.
 arrow Govt 'unaware' of HuJi comeback
The government yesterday claimed ignorance about the Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJi) meeting in the capital on Friday despite the fact that several identified and most sought-after leaders of the banned
 arrow Govt's failure in probe draws flak
Eminent citizens and opposition political leaders yesterday termed the August 21 grenade attack on the main opposition in the parliament as the most brutal in the country's political history.
 arrow AL to mourn carnage with 2min silence
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will observe the second anniversary of the August 21 grenade attack on its rally at Bangabandhu Avenue through a two-minute silence at 5:22pm across the country today
 arrow Contesting from more than 1 JS seat challenged
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain in three weeks why the provision for one candidate contesting from more than one seat in parliament at a time should not be declared
 arrow AL won't accept updated voter list: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina said her party would not accept the updated voter list prepared by the present Election Commission (EC) as it violated High Court (HC) directives.
 arrow Hasina says govt didn't carry out proper probe
The government did not carry out proper investigation to bring persons responsible for the August 21, 2004 grenade attack to justice after repeated demands from both national and international quarters
 arrow Shahjahan looks beyond silver
Shahjahan Ali Rony might have to be content with a silver medal in the men's 100m breaststroke here yesterday, but the BKSP swimmer kept his hopes alive to strike gold in the shorter distance event later
 arrow Closed for five days...

 arrow B Chy, Kamal may launch new alliance Wednesday
Following in the footsteps of the BNP and Awami League, some small political parties are going to kick off an alliance-- the Juktafront (United Front)-- on Wednesday.
 arrow Women representatives face maltreatment in local govt bodies
Women members of Union Parishads (UP), Paurashavas and city corporations at a dialogue yesterday said humiliating treatment by the male UP members, chairmen and ward commissioners and deprivation of their
 arrow Ensure equal access to healthcare for the poor
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the health ministers of Southeast Asia to urgently find a remedy for stark inequities in access to healthcare within and among the nations and ensure medicines
 arrow US congressmen write PM for new, fully free probe
Eighteen congressmen of the United States, including the chair of Bangladesh Caucus, sent a letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia asking for a new and fully independent investigation in the August 21 grenade
 arrow Mourning of poet continues...

 arrow Lebanon truce may unravel, says UN
The United Nations said on Sunday the week-old truce between Israel and Hezbollah could easily collapse, a day after it condemned an Israeli raid on the guerrillas in Lebanon as a violation.
 arrow Ex-speaker Razzak gets death threat
Former speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Shaikh Razzak Ali received a death threat via mail at his Khulna home on Thursday.
 arrow Ex-navy officer found strangled
Criminals strangled a retired official of Bangladesh Navy inside his house at Uttara in the capital early yesterday while a security guard of a house in Mohammadpur was slaughtered.
 arrow Arrest warrant against ex-director of City Bank
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against an ex-director of City Bank Limited and three others in a graft case filed for misappropriation of Tk 1.1 crore.
 arrow Occupied territory...

 arrow 90 killed in waves of Afghan attack
A series of Taliban-linked attacks in Afghanistan this weekend killed around 90 people, including more 70 rebels killed in a major clash in the south and four US soldiers, officials said.
 arrow Snipers kill 20 Shia pilgrims in Iraq
Gunmen ambushed Shia pilgrims as they marched through Baghdad yesterday, killing 20 and wounding 300, a year after a stampede claimed nearly 1,000 lives on the deadliest day in post-war Iraq.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg train services halted for 9 hours
Train communication on Dhaka-Chittagong line was disrupted for nine-and-a-half hours yesterday following derailment of two bogies of a freight train.
 arrow Dhaka fully supports Nepal peace process
Welcoming the latest developments in Nepal, Prime Minister and current South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday extended Bangladesh's full moral support
 arrow BNP to hold nat'l standing body meeting after 4 years
BNP high command decided, after more than four years, to hold a national standing committee meeting, the highest policymaking forum of the party as per its constitution.
 arrow 7th Expert Group Consultation session today
Nagorik Committee 2006 will hold its seventh Expert Group Consultation session on the Vision 2021 for Bangladesh, Goal Seven: "To be environmentally sustainable" at Cirdap Auditorium in the capital today.
 arrow Health risk...

 arrow Highway blocked protesting power outage
People from all walks of life including students barricaded the Gaibandha-Rangpur highway at Dariyapur yesterday for three hours protesting at the continuing power outage for hours.
 arrow Iran tests tactical missile during war games
Iran test-fired a short-range missile yesterday during the second day of nationwide military exercises in a demonstration of its readiness to "respond to any threat," state television reported.
Businessarrow Tender submission deadline ends today
The deadline for tender submission to buy state-run Rupali Bank ends today with any price offerings from none of the six short-listed bidders till yesterday.
 arrow Skilled Bangladeshis can migrate to UK
Mayor of Tower Hamlets of the UK Shafiqul Haque yesterday urged the highly educated and skilled Bangladeshis to avail of the migration opportunities to the United Kingdom under a scheme of the British
 arrow Freight forwarders demand cancellation of new SRO
Freight forwarders and cargo agents yesterday demanded cancellation of a new SRO that increased license fees for foreign and joint venture players and made it mandatory for them to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow BB profit up 21pc in last fiscal
Bangladesh Bank (BB) saw a 21 per cent rise in its profit in the last fiscal year. The central bank made a profit of Tk 2,291 crore in FY 06 against Tk 1,891 crore in FY 05.
 arrow Gold investors take fright in wild central Asia
As US gold giant Newmont battles to save its operation in the deserts of western Uzbekistan, instability and threats against personnel are making much of Central Asia a no-go area for normally hardnosed
 arrow WTO to review Dhaka's trade policy next month
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will review Bangladesh's trade policy from September 13 to 15 in Geneva as part of a policy review programme for its member states.
 arrow Indonesia eyes more bio-fuel sale in 2007
Indonesia's state-owned oil/gas company Pertamina has projected the volume of bio-fuel sale in the country at 6.6 million kiloliters next year.
 arrow Asean holds economic meet this week
Southeast Asian economic ministers meet here this week under pressure to accelerate the creation of a single trade bloc and combat the rise of China and India which are drawing away foreign investment.
 arrow BSCIC industrial estate in Sylhet on verge of closure
The industrial estate of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) here is on the verge of closure, with 25 of the 71 industrial units already shutdown.
 arrow India's Air Sahara to operate Kolkata-Dhaka flights from Nov
Dhaka is one of the three international destinations India's leading private carrier Air Sahara has decided to connect this winter.
 arrow Real estate fair in Ctg from Aug 24
A three-day real estate fair begins in the port city on August 24 with a view to offering housing solutions to the city dwellers.
 arrow Infosys chief steps down
India's best-known entrepreneur N.R. Narayana Murthy stepped down on his 60th birthday Sunday as chairman of software export giant Infosys, which he founded a quarter-century ago.
 arrow Gulf Air Dhaka introduces e-ticketing
Gulf Air Dhaka introduced e-ticketing to all Gulf Air destinations effective from yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Northeast India to produce power from bamboo
A bamboo-fuelled eco-friendly power station is to come up in Mizoram to help meet the energy needs of India's northeast, according to Indo-Asian News Service Sunday.
 arrow Japan ends US long-grain rice imports
Japan has suspended imports of US long-grain rice following a positive test for trace amounts of a genetically modified strain not approved for human consumption, a news report said Sunday.
 arrow Korean Air seeks to buy S-Oil stake
Korean Air Co, South Korea's top carrier, looks set to bid for treasury stocks of the oil refinery S-Oil Corp. in a move to secure a stable fuel supply.
Sportsarrow Mixed day in kabaddi
Bangladesh got off to an impressive start in the inaugural women's kabbadi competition in the history of the South Asian Games when they edged Nepal 28-24 at the 10th edition of the regional event here
 arrow Golden opportunity
The whole Bangladesh contingent will look to Rubel Rana and Shramin Akhter when the two defend their South Asian Games gold medals in their respective events today.
 arrow Football: Cruciani wants to stay
Legendary Argentine football coach Cesar Luis Menotti had told his former assistant Diego Cruciani that he (Cruciani) would not have much chance to succeed in Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: PFL still a doubt
Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) sumptuous venture to establish the Professional Football League in the country seemed to be nipped in the bud as the participating teams have taken an opposite stance
 arrow Cricket: Rain winner in Sri Lanka
The one-day cricket series between India and Sri Lanka has been cancelled after the first two of three scheduled games were rained off, a Sri Lankan official said on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB boys bat out final day
Jahirul Islam stroked a half-century to follow his first innings ton as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Cricket Academy batted out the last day to draw the first four-day match against Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: India dismiss Aussie claims
India's cricket chiefs on Sunday dismissed suggestions in the Australian media that national coach Greg Chappell's contract will not be renewed after next year's World Cup.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer begins today
Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League kicks off today at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Football: United sound out massive warning
Wayne Rooney signed off before his controversial three-match suspension by orchestrating Manchester United's emphatic 5-1 victory over a hapless Fulham to ensure Sir Alex Ferguson's side got their Premier-ship
 arrow Football: Messi picked for Brazil clash
Londoners will witness the first appearance in international soccer of gifted teenage striker Sergio Aguero when Argentina meet Brazil in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates stadium next month.
 arrow Football: Magura alive
Magura brightened their chances to book a place in the last four of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship when they registered a 2-1 victory over Bangladesh Navy at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rooney ravages ban
England striker Wayne Rooney has threatened to stop co-operating with the Football Association's (FA) commercial deals in protest at his three-game ban, according to reports here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve start bright
Underfire Juventus began the season with a 3-0 win over third division Martina Franca in the first round of the Italian Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo can handle terrace taunts
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be strong enough to handle the terrace taunts this season.
 arrow Chess: Chess players leave for KL
Five chess players left Dhaka yesterday to take part in the IGM third Dato Arther Tan Malaysian Open Championship to be held in Kuala Lumpur over August 21-27.
 arrow Football: Porto lift Portuguese Super Cup
Portuguese double winners Porto beat Cup runners-up Vitoria Setubal 3-0 on Saturday to win the Super Cup, the new season's curtain-raiser.
 arrow Cricket: Ball-tampering at The Oval
Play in the fourth Test here at The Oval was overshadowed by a controversial decision by the umpires to penalise Pakistan five runs for ball tampering on the fourth day here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Test thrown into chaos after Pakistan's refusal to play
Pakistan risked forfeiting the fourth and final Test against England at The Oval here Sunday after refusing to come out for the last session of the fourth day after they'd been penalised for ball tampering.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis walks on
Martina Hingis reached the Rogers Cup final when Anna Chakvetadze quit during the second set Saturday because of an injured right arm.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket was hurt: Sonn
World cricket boss Percy Sonn said on Sunday he was disappointed at South Africa's decision to abandon the tour of Sri Lanka for security reasons, but declined to impose sanctions on the Proteas.
 arrow Tennis: Tennis with a difference
The tennis establishment is embracing change by allowing on-court coaching and instant replays. Anne Worcester, the longtime director of the Pilot Pen tournament, is delighted.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib gets ODI call-up
Pakistan selectors have included uncapped batsman Shahid Yousuf and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in the squad to play five one-day internationals against England.
 arrow Tennis: Andy powers into finals
Powering up his vintage serve-and-volley style, Andy Roddick overwhelmed Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday night to reach the finals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.
 arrow Cricket: Iqbal keeps up the tradition
Pakistan middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal admitted on Saturday that he's happy to carry on a family tradition of Test match backchat.
 arrow Football: Bremen leave it late
Title challengers Werder Bremen continued their perfect start to the season with a late goal from Portuguese midfielder Hugo Almeida clinching a 2-1 comeback victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Reading rallies in debut
Reading overturned a two-goal deficit Saturday and beat Middlesbrough 3-2 in their first ever English Premier League match on the opening day of the season.
 arrow Football: Marseille trounce Auxerre
Franck Ribery, who flirted with a move to champions Lyon before committing his immediate future to Marseille, helped the slumbering south coast giants to a 3-0 win over outclassed Auxerre on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger slams Domenech
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at Raymond Domenech on Saturday after the France coach played Thierry Henry for the full 90 minutes in the midweek friendly against Bosnia.
 arrow Football: Sir Bobby to have brain surgery
Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson is to undergo brain surgery to remove a tumour, he said Sunday, two weeks after being taken ill with a suspected stroke watching an English Championship game.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo stars in Olympiakos win
Two goals from Brazilian striker Rivaldo helped Olympiakos Piraeus come back from a goal down to defeat Xanthi 2-1 on Saturday in their first match in the new Greek Super League.
Metropolitanarrow No power plants could operate for corruption
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the government is nurturing terrorists and militants instead of curbing them.
 arrow Identify loopholes in laws to curb crime against humanity
Speakers from home and abroad on the second day of a two-day regional discussion yesterday stressed the need for identifying loopholes in constitutions and laws of their respective countries to curb crime
 arrow One killed, 6 army men hurt in Barisal road accident
A cyclist was killed and six army men, including a lieutenant, were injured after a pick-up of Bangladesh armed forces fell into a roadside ditch at about 12:30pm yesterday.
 arrow JS body discusses bill on cable TVs
The 19th meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Information Ministry was held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban here yesterday with committee president Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury in the chair.
 arrow 3 factors key to convince voters: Moudud
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said three factors -- commitment for peace, development and Islamic values -- would appear as the key consideration for voters in the next
 arrow Next hearing on Sept 14
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of the case filed against lawmaker Maulana Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), in connection with threatening Proshika President
 arrow Agitation continues
Teachers and students of marketing department of Rajshahi University (RU) continued to boycott their scheduled classes and examinations yesterday demanding punishment to criminals who made an attempton
 arrow Make flawless voter list under neutral EC
Speakers at a coordination meeting here yesterday demanded preparation of flawless voter lists under a neutral Election Commission for electing a credible government in the country, says a press release.
 arrow National Prof Nurul Islam hospitalised
National Professor and founder of University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) Prof Dr Nurul Islam was sent to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Dhaka from Chittagong Medical College Hospital
 arrow Minor girl pays with life for witnessing extra-marital affair
A four-year-old girl had to pay with her life for witnessing an extra-marital affair of a housewife in her neighbourhood.
 arrow 2 JMB leaders get 10 yrs' RI in Bogra
A Bogra Court yesterday sentenced two leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 50 thousand each, in default, to suffer two years more rigorous imprisonment.
 arrow Housewife burnt to death for dowry
After a three-day struggle with her burn injuries, Swapna Begum, 28, finally gave in yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt to expand UP chairmen activities'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said that the present government has taken many initiatives to consolidate responsibilities and expand areas of activities of union parishad
 arrow 3 killed in boat collision in Netrokona
Three people were killed, 30 others injured in a head-on engine boat collision at Bamarchar in Kongsa river under Mohonganj upazila in the district at about 4:00pm yesterday.
 arrow RU BCL leader stabbed by JCD cadres
A group of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres stabbed a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University (RU) unit yesterday for teasing a girl.
 arrow Appeal for help
Family and well-wishers of Anika Haroon, a 16-year-old girl, have appealed for help in her battle against osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer.
 arrow First ever health debate contest begins Aug 23
With the slogan 'Spreading the message of health through reasoning', the first ever health debate competition begins on August 23 with a view to making the students aware of the revolutionary changesin
 arrow Robbery at Tejgaon
A group of robbers looted valuables, including cash and gold ornaments from a residence at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow Shafiul new Red Crescent secy general
M. Shafiul Alam, former additional secretary and chairman of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), has joined the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society as secretary general recently, says a press release.
 arrow DU Evening Masters exam begins Aug 26
The postponed course final examinations of Evening Masters programme (Part-1)-2005 of Institute of Social Welfare and Research at Dhaka University will begin from August 26, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Highways blocked in Dinajpur, Gaibanda
Several thousand people barricaded highways Dinajpur and Gaibandha yesterday demanding smooth power supply.
 arrow Illegal extraction of sand, stone destroying Sherpur forests
Government forests are being destroyed and the ecology threatened as some local influentials are illegally lifting sand and stone indiscriminately from Jhenaigati forest areas in Sherpur.
 arrow Hartal observed protesting killing of AL leader
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed in Gopalpur upazila yesterday protesting killing of Dhopakandi union Jubo League convener Abu Sayeed. Gopalpur unit of Awami League (AL) called the hartal.
 arrow Bouncing back to 'poison-free' cuisine
Farmers in Atia union in Delduar upazila are reaping double benefits by avoiding chemical fertiliser and insecticides.
 arrow 151 RU teachers protest violation of rules by VC
One hundred and fifty one teachers of Rajshahi University in a statement yesterday protested what they called violation of the University Act of 1973 by the vice-chancellor.
 arrow Work on B'baria grid substation to begin soon
A 132/33 KV power grid substation will be built in Brahmanbaria at a cost of Tk 60 crore to ease the power crisis in the district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Shamsur Rahman: A tribute
Shamsur Rahman left us on August 17. I am writing this obituary note on the 18th, barely 26 hours after his death.
 arrow The terror of August
On Tuesday, August 8, I flew to San Francisco from London's Heathrow airport.
 arrow The Night of Ascension
The Holy Quran states: "Glory of Allah who did take His servant for a journey by night from the sacred mosque to the farthest mosque, whose precincts We did bless -- in order that We might show him some
 arrow Peace in the Middle East
Although the declared aim of Israel's disproportionately violent offensive in Lebanon was to seek the release of two soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah, in fact this was merely an excuse.
 arrow RMG sector: Survival of the largest?
The lack of external initiatives for efficient infrastructural development in power and energy sectors, a "natural" component for any finished-goods manufacturing industry, and no appropriate measures
Culturearrow Rabiroshmi celebrates eighth anniversary
The cultural organisation Rabiroshmi honoured eminent Tagore singer Fahmida Khatun at their 8th anniversary on August 19. The programme, titled Jago Antore Jago, was held at the National Museum.
 arrow Mymensingh Museum in dire need of preservation
Mymensingh museum, which once had the makings of an important regional institution for preservation of locally collected historical evidence, now lies in a desolate state.
 arrow Through the lens with eminent artistes
On the occasion of World Photography Day, photography club Deepro organised a rally, discussion and an exhibition of still photography on August 19 at DOTS, Contemporary Art Centre.
 arrow Drama serial Neel Josnaey on Channel i today
Drama serial Neel Josnaey, featuring Raisul Islam Asad, Mahfuz, Srabonti, Shanu, Oli, Apu, Mahbuba Islam Sumi and others will be aired today at 7:50 pm on Channel i.
Internationalarrow Lanka moves to lift Jaffna siege amid fighting
Sri Lankan troops backed by artillery and fighter jets are resisting a Tamil Tiger rebel advance on the Jaffna peninsula amid moves to lift a nine-day siege of the embattled region, military officials
 arrow Pak aid group probed in UK terror plot
A British government agency that oversees charities said Saturday it is looking into a report that several suspects in the alleged plot to bomb jetliners were linked by involvement with an aid group that
 arrow Indian lawyer launches crusade against rights abuses in Kashmir
It took Supreme Court lawyer Sonia Raj Sood just one visit to Indian-administered Kashmir to find her true calling in life -- to fight atrocities against Kashmiris attributed to India's security forces.
 arrow Musharraf failing to curb extremism in Pakistan: Benazir
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf needs to do more to limit the influence of religious parties and militant groups to tackle extremism, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto said in London yesterday.
 arrow Saddam's genocide trial revives Kurd anger
Iraq's ousted leader Saddam Hussein will return to the dock today to face genocide charges in a highly-charged case that has revived bitter memories among the country's Kurdish minority.
 arrow Nepal revokes fuel price hike after angry protests
Nepal's government Sunday cancelled price rises for gasoline and other fuel after two days of widespread protests crippled the capital, a minister said.
 arrow Pakistan to offer incentives to foreign firms in nuke field
Pakistan has decided to set up 'designated nuclear power parks' as an additional incentive to attract foreign investors to build and run atomic power plants in the country.
 arrow Rebels blow up gas pipeline in Pakistan
Tribal insurgents blew up a gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan's restive province of Baluchistan early yesterday, disrupting supplies in the area, officials said.
 arrow Canadian arrested in major drug bust in India
A Canadian was arrested with illegal drugs worth five million dollars in the Indian capital in what was billed as a major effort to stop narcotics being shipped to the West, police said yesterday.
 arrow 11m illegal immigrants living in US
The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States likely rose from 10.
 arrow Protests in Kathmandu over fuel price hike
Activists torched dozens of vehicles and attacked a senior politician in Kathmandu on Saturday in protest against an increase in prices of petroleum products, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Malaysia ruling party warns split could cost power
The party, which has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957 could lose power over a dispute between the current prime minister and his predecessor, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said.
 arrow Lebanon warns against truce violations
Anyone who violates a ceasefire deal by firing rockets on Israel from Lebanon will be tried for treason, Defence Minister Elias Murr said yesterday, in an implicit warning to Hezbollah and other armed
 arrow Iran defiant as nuclear deadline nears
Iran insisted yesterday that a nuclear freeze was not on the agenda and showed off its latest weaponry, two days before it is to respond to an international offer aimed at ending the long-running crisis.
 arrow Scandals rock Israel after the war
The president is locked in a sex scandal, the justice minister is quitting over a purported stolen kiss, the prime minister is haunted by a property deal and the country's top general is under fire for
 arrow US, South Korea to start military drills
US and South Korean troops start military drills today which are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nucleartest.
 arrow 'Clarify' contribution to Lebanon force
France yesterday called for a meeting of EU countries to "clarify" their troop contributions to the UN force in Lebanon, Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told AFP.
 arrow Experts call for radical re-think in global water management
With the world's population forecast to grow by 2-3 billion by 2050 and water already a scarce resource for some, there has to be a radical transformation in the management of the planet's resources of
 arrow Thackeray flays golden throne for Sai Baba
The Shirdi Sai Baba temple trust's plan to install a Rs 22-crore golden throne for the saint has evoked sharp criticism from Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who said the money should be used for welfare
 arrow 'Hillary to run for US presidency'
US Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton is quietly putting in place the infrastructure and logistics for a White House run, Time Magazine reported in its issue to hit the newsstands today.
 arrow Nepali women strip and plough to appease rain gods
Dozens of Nepali women stripped naked and ploughed their fields in west Nepal, hoping to appease the gods and get some much needed rain, a newspaper report said yesterday.
 arrow ... to appease rain gods
Dozens of women stripped naked and ploughed their fields in west Nepal, hoping to appease the gods and get some much needed rain, a newspaper report said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Two years since August carnage
It is with a tremendous sense of sorrow, outrage and trepidation that we look at the two-year long barren investigation trail left by the government since the grenade blast massacre of August 21, 2004.
 arrow Editorial: Our links to history
While there is a great theoretical emphasis on preserving archaeological sites, lack of proper maintenance has already turned most of them into historical wreckage, which can bring nothing but disgrace
 arrow Another harvest of the grapes of wrath
Ever since the founding father of Bangladesh fell to the assassins' bullets -- thirty-one years on -- the nation's collective guilt refuses to go, something profane remains stuck to our subconscienceand
 arrow An Alaska diary
Alaska, perched on the crest of the world, has the majesty of royalty. It is therefore best seen at a slight distance.
 arrow Talks turn tough in Kathmandu
Efforts for a sound understanding between the government and the radical leftists in Nepal seem to have hit a snag, with fresh fears that they may fall apart on certain crucial issues governing the pattern
Letters to Editorarrow Israel issue
President Bush made his position clear on the latest Israeli offensive against Hezbollah, accusing Lebanon of not disarming Hezbollah.
 arrow Who are the extremists?
Muslims are the people who fight for their religion. This is the image that the westerns have created.
 arrow Magic book
Mr. David Brown was an ordinary author but Vinci Code, his much talked about novel, made him famous overnight. It is an amazing book full of suspense, thrill, mystery and great finishing.
 arrow Shahrukh Khan
Very recently, several Indian movie channels broadcast a few trailers of the upcoming movie "DON", featuring one of the greatest actors of the current Indian film industry and the heartthrob of 'billions',
 arrow Football artist
Legendary footballer Zidan made an unlawful mess at the end of the final game. No excuse is enough to defend him. He was sent off but he is still the hero of France.
 arrow Banking facilities in rural areas
Banking facilities in rural areas are needed for eradicating poverty and for making people more solvent. It is usually seen that there are very few commercial bank branches in rural areas.
 arrow Politics of Tata investment
I liked the article "Govt says wait but Tata pushes on", as it brought out the true reason for not finalising the Tata investment by the present government.
 arrow Public figures and criticism
Mr. Mahmudur Rahman's actions and disrespectful comments about Dr Bhattacharya bring into question his role as our nation's representative to the foreign investors.
 arrow The trial of Colonel Abu Taher
My kudos to The Daily Star for publishing this report written by Lawrence Lifschultz.
 arrow Terror speech!
Recently the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh appealed to the Indian government to attack Bangladesh for "giving shelter to alleged militants" who are crossing over to our side
 arrow Supporting enemies
It is funny how people bring up religion in everything.
 arrow State offices
Thanks for the report on use of state offices for political purpose. The immediate government response was as usual, there is nothing wrong in it. They are just following the AL political culture.
 arrow Spreading hatred
Over the past month, conflicts in the Middle East have revealed a lot of Bangladeshi hatred for Israel and the United States. Just look at the letters page each day.
 arrow BoI chief
I am absolutely disgusted to read that Mahmudur Rahman is taking members of CPD to court over alleged defamation comments. Mr. Rahman accuses that CPD tarnished his image and the image of the country.
 arrow Brutal assault
Recently, a barbaric incident took place at Patharghata, Chittagong, between Mr. Sydney Thomas Robertson and his landlord's sons who assaulted Mr.
 arrow SMEs beyond Dhaka
Small and medium enterprises are the most vibrant and dynamic factor nowadays for the overall development of a country like Bangladesh. SMEs account for 90% of industrial structure and 25% of theGDP.
 arrow Dean Jones
It's indeed sad that Dean Jones, the former Australia Test batsman turned TV commentator, was immoderate when he called Hashim Amla a terrorist while he took the catch to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara.
 arrow Prayer and education
My mother was suddenly diagnosed with severe heart problems and told she would not live more than a few months, and on hearing this I returned to Bangladesh hurriedly on a few days' notice in 1968.
 arrow Who is a terrorist?
Terrorists mean the people whose activities are against the interest of general people as well as the whole nation.
Star Cityarrow Only bypass studded with ditches, potholes
The only bypass connecting the old part of the city with Savar road in Gabtoli is in a dilapidated state with ditches, potholes and encroachments on it.
 arrow First phase of Light and Sound Show inaugurated
It will be a fast-track historical journey in Bangladesh through light and sound, back to ancient Dhaka with the 300-year-old Lalbagh Fort in the spotlight.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What are your childhood memories of Dhaka? Prof Nazrul Islam (NI): When my elder brother and I arrived in Dhaka in December 1950 following transfer of my father, the city being
 arrow Rajuk serves second notice Sonargaon Hotel authorities
Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakhya (Rajuk) served a second notice on August 17, to the general manager and director (technical) of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel authorities asking them to show cause within
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National Press Club authorities have initiated the building of a 25-storey media complex on its own premises that could be recognised as an architectural landmark, with a monumental dimension and stand
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