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Front Pagearrow Mixed reactions from govt bigwigs
The government high-ups have been contradicting their stance and statements on the opposition proposals for reforms in the caretaker government system, Election Commission (EC) and electoral laws since
 arrow AL demand for JS talks on wide issues ignored
In absence of the Awami League (AL) lawmakers, Business Advisory Committee (Bac) dominated by ruling BNP deputies yesterday side-stepped the opposition's demand for parliamentary discussions on issues
 arrow AL men, cops fight on hartal day
Yesterday's dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal enforced by the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine was marked by sporadic incidents of violence in the capital and elsewhere in the country leaving
 arrow Crack down on Proshika
The government has launched a countrywide crackdown on Proshika, one of the largest non-government organisations (NGO) in the country, ahead of tomorrow's opposition programme to lay siege to the Prime
 arrow Rice research shines light of hope against Monga
In an effort to find out a way to alleviate monga in the northern region, Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) has become successful in the research of producing hybrid rice in the shortest possibletime
 arrow Khaleda says BNP to crush 'conspiracy' against polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said BNP along with people will thwart all "conspiracies" against the upcoming election and the democratic process.
 arrow EC admits chance of fake voting
Election Commission yesterday admitted that there is possibility of fake voting as the updated electoral roll contains more names than the actual number of voters.
 arrow Acquitted of 3 cases, Ershad gets another verdict today
A Dhaka court will deliver today the verdict on the graft case against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad involving allotment of plots to 49 people when he was president.
 arrow NDI meets BNP, wants talks to settle dispute
A delegation of the Washington-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) at a meeting with the ruling BNP leaders yesterday said the current political dispute stemming from the proposed electoral reforms
 arrow Huji commander Hannan shown held in Ramna blasts, remanded
Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Harkatul Jihad's (Huji) Bangladesh chapter, was shown arrested in the Ramna Batamul carnage and placed on an eight-day remand yesterday.
 arrow RMG workers for implementation of accord by tomorrow
Fifteen garment workers' organisations yesterday urged the government and the factory owners to implement the tripartite agreement and announce minimum wages for the employees by tomorrow.
 arrow GM Quader to follow suits if AL-led alliance quits elections
Jatiya Party lawmaker GM Quader yesterday said he will follow if the Awami League-led 14-party alliance decides to boycott the forthcoming election.
 arrow Environmental pollution

 arrow Any form of gatherings around PMO banned
The authorities imposed a ban on any gathering or demonstrations in areas surrounding the Prime Minister's Office for 24 hours to avert troubles as the 14-party opposition combine plans to stage a siege
 arrow Ruling lawmakers unhappy over non -implementation of projects
Several ruling alliance lawmakers expressed frustration yesterday in parliament over non-implementation of different projects in their constituencies assured by the water resources minister during the
 arrow Driver held on mugging link dies in cop custody
A microbus driver, who was arrested in connection with mugging Tk 21 lakh of a garment factory, died in police custody at Bayezid Bostami Police Station on Friday midnight.
 arrow 7 hurt in N'ganj gunfight between Rab, criminals
Seven people, including four Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men, were injured in a gunfight between the elite force and a gang of criminals at Sonapur in the district Saturday night after abduction of two
 arrow Afghan governor dies in suicide blast
A suicide bombing killed the governor of Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province and two other people outside his home yesterday, police said.
 arrow Iran, EU see light in crucial nuke talks
Iran's nuclear negotiator and the EU foreign policy chief said yesterday that they had made progress in talks in the search for a compromise to avoid possible UN sanctions over Tehran's atomic programme.
 arrow Sharapova wins first US Open
Russia's Maria Sharapova used a big serve and powerful forehand to win the US Open women's singles title on Saturday by beating second seed Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4.
 arrow Indo-Pak leaders may hold talks in NAM summit sideline
Developing nations' leaders gather in Havana this week for a summit expected to feature talks between India and Pakistan, lobbying for Iran's nuclear programme and possible appearances by the Castro brothers.
Businessarrow Support LDC demand for free market access
Bangladesh urged G-20 member countries to support LDCs' demand for duty-free and quota-free market access under WTO.
 arrow SME fair from today
A weeklong fair of small and medium enterprises (SME) kicks off in Dhaka today focusing on establishing an effective linkage between entrepreneurs and customers to boost the potential sector.
 arrow A close look at Asian performance: Citigroup's economics takeout (Sept 2006)

 arrow 4 students of Tarail upazila get Bank Asia scholarship
Bank Asia Ltd gave away scholarships to four students of Tarail upazila of Kishoreganj on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Dhaka Int'l Mobile Phone Fair kicks off today', published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently mentioned that the fair would be held on September 10.
Sportsarrow Football: Clubs deny to join transfer in Oct
The leading football clubs continued to play negative role as the future of the first ever Professional League fell uncertain.
 arrow Cricket: Series ends all square
Sajid Mahmood starred with both bat and ball as England fell over the line to beat Pakistan by three wickets in the fifth and final one-day international at Edgbaston here Sunday and so end the series
 arrow Tennis: Maria conquers US
Maria Sharapova won the US Open on Saturday defeating Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4 with a riveting display of power-hitting.
 arrow Tennis: Federer's 'double fight'
Top-seed and defending champion Roger Fe-derer will face a do-or-die Andy Roddick and a hostile crowd in the US Open final on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 26 for U-19
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called up 26 players for a preliminary residential camp of the Bangladesh Under-19 team at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP).
 arrow Tennis: Indians favourite in ATF U-14 tennis
Indian players Sinha Vishvesh and Rana Shweta will start as favourites in the Sagufta ATF Under-14 Tennis Series which begins at the Ramna National Tennis Complex today.
 arrow Handball: Mini-handball from today
The Sunnydale-Bexifabrics fourth boys' mini-handball tournament will kick off today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex. A total of 14 matches will be played on the opening day of the 4-day meet.
 arrow Tennis: Paes ends drought
Leander Paes won his first Men's doubles title at a Grand Slam in five years by wresting the US Open crown with Martin Damm of the Czech republic here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Weary Milan edge Lazio
AC Milan, starting on minus eight points for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal, beat fellow offenders Lazio 2-1 on Sunday in their opening match of the Serie A season.
 arrow Cricket: Big-time cricket in KL
Australia, India and the West Indies tune-up for the ICC Champions Trophy at a one-day series in Malaysia this week, as international cricket has a rare outing in tropical Southeast Asia.
 arrow Athletics: Powell, Liu light up Day 1
Hundred metres world record holder Asafa Powell and China's 110m hurdles world record holder Liu Xiang made the most impressive marks on the opening day of the IAAF World Grand Prix finals here on Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: Hosts hold Dutch
South Korea have maximum points and head Pool B after Saturday's matches at the men's field hockey World Cup championship.
 arrow Football: Barcelona in cruise control
Samuel Eto'o, last season's top scorer in the Spanish first division, got two goals within half an hour as the reigning Spanish champions Barcelona romped to a 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Giggs rolls back the years
Alex Ferguson admitted he had been relieved to see his side ex-tend their winning start to four matches with a nervy 1-0 win over Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Wenger a worried man
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal must improve quickly if they are to mount a Premiership title challenge after watching his side held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Middlesbrough.
 arrow End of the race for Schumacher
Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany will retire at the end of the current season, his Ferrari team announced after his victory at Monza here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin fully fit: Greg
India coach Greg Chappell has confirmed that Sachin Tendulkar is "fully fit and in good spirits" ahead of the DLF Cup in Malaysia, a tri-series involving West Indies and Australia that's set to beginon
 arrow Football: Lyon keep up the momentum
Champions Lyon beat Troyes 2-0 at their Gerland Stadium on Saturday night to keep up their momentum for a sixth successive French league title.
 arrow Football: Mourinho unworried over Sheva goal-drought
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to give goal-shy Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko as much time as he needs to adjust to life in the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Inter survive Toni scare
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini breat-hed a sigh of relief after his side survived a rousing second-half fightback to win 3-2 at Fiorentina on Saturday, the first day of the new Serie A season.
 arrow Football: Rafa wants 'nasty' Reds
Rafael Benitez has accused his Liverpool players of being 'too nice' and demanded defensive improvements after seeing Everton overpower his team in the Merseyside derby at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Magath criticises Klinsmann
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath remained critical of Germany boss Juergen Klinsmann although the national team reached the World Cup semifinals, Bild newspaper reported on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Denilson joins Al-Nasr
Former Brazilian international Denilson has joined Al-Nasr from Bordeaux on a one-year contract for one million dollars, the Saudi Arabian club said.
 arrow Football: Lyon ready for Real
Olympique Lyon have prepared for Wednesday's Champions League opener against Real Madrid in the best way possible by beating Troyes 2-0 to go top of Ligue 1.
 arrow Cricket: India to turn to Webster
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is to use renowned sports psychologist Rudi Webster to help the team prepare for next year's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Wasim votes for Inzamam
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has said Inzamamul Haq was the right person to lead the side in the World Cup in the West Indies next year as he enjoyed the support and respect of the players.
 arrow Football: Players' chief slams Chelsea
Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has slammed Chelsea for their part in the acrimonious aftermath of William Gallas' transfer to Arsenal.
 arrow Juve held on Serie B debut
Juventus, who were banished to the Italian second division with minus 17 points for match-fixing, began their new life in Serie B with a disappointing 1-1 draw at 10-man Rimini on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bremen, Hamburg exit German Cup
Holders Bayern Munich were given a scare by third division outfit FC St-Pauli before prevailing 2-1 in extra time in the first round of the German Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lennon could face surgery
Tottenham Hotspur's teenage winger Aaron Lennon has a knee injury that could require surgery, according to Spurs manager Martin Jol.
Metropolitanarrow Fight against terrorism not against Islam
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis has lauded the people of Bangladesh for rejecting the extremists' terrorism and their conception of society saying, "They (Bangladeshis) chose freedom over tyranny
 arrow Govt has turned population into resources thru' education
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said her government has already set a unique example of success by turning the country's population into human resources through education.
 arrow Eight killed in road accidents
At least eight people, including a photojournalist, were killed and 19 others injured in separate road accident in Dhaka, Tangail and Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Seoul Declaration for building Asian Community
The International Conference on Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) held in Seoul, South Korea, has adopted a declaration calling for building an Asian Community for bringing permanent peace and stability
 arrow N'ganj city BNP divided over new body
A section of local BNP leaders yesterday held a rally in the town demanding dissolution of the city unit convening committee only three days into its formation.
 arrow NDI wants govt-opposition talks to resolve crisis: AL
The visiting National Democratic Institute (NDI) delegation yesterday expressed deep concern over the prevailing political situation in the country.
 arrow Many left out of voter list by EC
Election Commission (EC) staff left out a notable number of households and voters while updating the existing voter list, a sample survey carried out by Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (Fema) in six
 arrow C'wealth finance ministers' meet begins in Colombo today
State Minister for Finance and Planning Shah Abul Hossain left here for Colombo yesterday to attend the Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting. The minister is leading a three-member Bangladesh delegation.
 arrow Domestic help commits suicide in city
A domestic help committed suicide at Adabor in the city yesterday.
 arrow People express no-confidence in govt thru' hartal: Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina said the people expressed their total no-confidence in the government by making yesterday's dawn-to-dusk hartal an "all-out success", ignoring police repression.
 arrow Indian NDC team in city
A 21-member Indian National Defence College (NDC) team led by Air Vice Marshal GS Kochar arrived in Dhaka on a five-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
 arrow Bangladesh envoy presents credentials to Emperor Akihito
Newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Ashraf-ud-Doula presented his credentials to Emperor Akihito in traditional Japanese ceremony at the imperial palace in Tokyo recently.
 arrow Ex-Jubo Leagueleader killed in 'crossfire'
A former Jubo League leader was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Adabor in the city yesterday.
 arrow Thunderbolt kills two
Two people were killed in separate incidents of thunderbolt in Kishoreganj and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Abidur Reza
Speakers at a citizens' memorial meeting have paid rich tributes to the memory of renowned parliamentarian Abidur Reza Khan.
 arrow PM addresses Ctg public meet tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will address a public meeting at Hathazari in Chittagong tomorrow, local BNP sources said yesterday.
 arrow Inter-university debate begins today
A three-day-long 'City Bank-TIB 6th Inter-University Debate Competition 2006' begins in the city today.
Nationalarrow Plenty of food for monga-hit voters
The government this year started food distribution for vulnerable groups at least one month ahead of the usual schedule in the five monga- prone northern districts.
 arrow JP may raise spectre of rivalry for ruling BNP in Kishoreganj-1
Jatiya Party may become a formidable rival for BNP in Kishoreganj-4 constituency if it joins the BNP-led alliance, according to political circles.
 arrow Ex-JCD leader's move to elbow out incumbent BNP MP
Intra-party rift in Netrakona BNP has widened over nomination from Netrakona-1 constituency (Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas) in the coming parliamentary election.
 arrow Party rivals plan procession against AL MP
Rival party men in Sreepur upazila has declared Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Magura-1 constituency Prof MS Akbar 'unwanted' in the area.
 arrow Disease damages guava in Magura
An 'unidentified disease that attacked around 800 guava orchards has posed a big threat to growers in Magura Sadar upazila.
 arrow Rab called to nab a thief
Finally, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) had to come to make a thief descend from a coconut tree.
Point-Counterpointarrow The minimum wage and the future of RMG
The National Wage Board has already had twenty-three meetings and the deadline of September 12 is just around the corner, and there are still questions: What will be the minimum wage for this sector?Is
 arrow My tribute to Bangladeshi-American victims of 9/11
FIVE years have passed since the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I vividly remember the horrific scenes of two hijacked planes hitting the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
 arrow The post 9/11 picture
THE 9/11 attacks involved a series of coordinated suicidal terrorist attacks on the US, primarily targeting civilians, carried out on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001.
Culturearrow A rendezvous of Lalon devotees at Doshpara
THE devotees of Fakir Lalon Shah assembled at Tekerhat bat-tola (under a banyan tree) by the river Ichhamati on a moon lit night recently.
 arrow Weaving of the fantasy with reality
Dilara Begum Jolly's ongoing exhibit "Excavating Time" presents a tapestry of a fantasy world of reality and imagination.
 arrow An artist goes beyond physical limitations
"If one door closes, try another one." -- The truth of this adage is amply demonstrated by physically challenged Bimol Marandi, 20, who has dedicated himself to art.
 arrow fan mail!
In our monthly fan mail section this month we turn the spotlight on veteran film actor Razzak.
Internationalarrow 115 Tigers killed in battle
Sri Lanka said Sunday that its troops had killed scores of Tamil Tiger rebels in fierce weekend fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula that also left 28 soldiers dead.
 arrow India, Pakistan invited to join Asem
Asian and European leaders said yesterday they would invite India, Mongolia and Pakistan as well as Bulgaria and Romania to join future gatherings of Asem, a forum dedicated to dialogue between Europe
 arrow India police probe link between mosque and train bombings
Indian police said yesterday they were questioning several people in connection with blasts that killed 32 people in a western town and were investigating possible links with train bombings in Mumbaiin
 arrow Abbas ready to hold talks with Olmert
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he was ready to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as soon as possible to resume long-stalled peace negotiations.
 arrow Will US hard talk lead to war with Iran?
Increasingly shrill US rhetoric on Iran, reminiscent of the march to war with Iraq, has some Tehran watchers warning of a dangerous new phase in the nuclear showdown with the Islamic Republic.
 arrow US marks 5th 9/11 anniversary today
The United States marks the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks today with solemn ceremonies and silent tributes to the nearly 3,000 people who died, but still haunted by al-Qaeda and the war
 arrow Rebels kill 6 In Iraq
Insurgents killed at least six people and wounded dozens more in attacks across Iraq yesterday, while police found 16 bullet-riddled corpses, security officials said.
 arrow Nepali Maoists & govt accused of HR abuses
Both the Nepali government and Maoist rebels are killing people and violating human rights despite their truce, a leading rights group in the Himalayan nation said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan to send demining contingent to Lebanon
Pakistan will send a contingent of army engineers to Lebanon to undertake demining operations with the expanded United Nations peacekeeping force, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Saturday.
 arrow Putin will step down in 2008
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to step down in 2008 and said he would recommend his successor fight poverty and ensure strong economic growth, said experts who attended a lunch with
 arrow 'Crocodile Hunter' gets private funeral
A private funeral service was held for Australian TV naturalist Steve Irwin on Saturday and he will be buried at his family's zoo in the northern state of Queensland, local media reported.
 arrow Assad, Lahoud ordered Hariri murder, says ex-Syrian officer
An exiled former Syrian intelligence officer has claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese counterpart, Emile Lahoud, ordered the assassination last year of former Lebanese premier
 arrow Ailing Castro to take NAM summit spotlight
Not one to shy away from the spotlight, the ailing Fidel Castro will cast a long shadow as Cuba hosts much of the developing world, including key US foes, at a Non Aligned Movement summit in Havana this
 arrow Brown denies plotting to bring down Blair
Gordon Brown, eager to become Britain's prime minister, reiterated yesterday that it was up to Tony Blair to decide when to quit the post, as he sought to calm a week of turmoil over the leadership.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Use the parliament
THE last session of parliament during the present government's tenure has got underway.
 arrow Editorial: Bush exposed again
NOW, President Bush, whose theory of Iraq's possessing WMD was effectively quashed by the failure of his own inspectors to find anything of that kind in the country, is facing another allegation of having
 arrow The gathering storm
IT was indeed the prime minister's masterstroke to be able to keep a confused opposition in suspense for months, and then at long last throw the gauntlet by being dismissive of the latter's reforms proposal.
 arrow Pakistan: Need for a restructured federation
RECENT killing of Balochistan's separatist tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, along with his two grandsons and thirty-seven supporters by Pakistan's security forces, has deepened Islamabad's political crisis
 arrow What a fall
I first saw the Niagara as a child, in the Readers' Digest, in the form of a retro wavy-line illustration for an article on a man who jumped over the Falls in a barrel.
Letters to Editorarrow Poet Shamsur Rahman
Poet Shamsur Rahman passed away on 17 August 2006. Though he left us, he will live forever in our hearts.
 arrow Bill Gates
Bill Gates ("microsoft heart"!) has shifted (not changed) his philosophy of life (DS June 30).
 arrow Our mountaineers
A refutation published in your newspaper of a news item has drawn my attention. The news and the refutation were about the first summit on any mountain peak by Bangladeshis.
 arrow Open air schools
The column "open air schools for street children" by Imrul Hasan published on August 2 drew my attention. Thank you Imrul Hassan for presenting such good news.
 arrow Why this double standard?
I would like to bring to the Notice of the Nation that Awami League some years back had very closely worked with Jamaat-e-Islami. Now they and their allies call the party an anti-liberation force.
 arrow Learning English
There is no concealing the fact that the standard of English of our students is very low. Most of the students fail in English in the examinations. English is not our mother tongue.
 arrow David Beckham
This is a response to the letter written by Kh. Asef Safa Kabir, who expressed his discontent over some letters which were published in DS over the last few days on David Beckham.
 arrow Power crisis
At present we are passing through a critical situation.
 arrow Muslim ummah
I am writing with reference to the letter : "Muslim umma," by Beduin (August 29).
 arrow Multiculturalism and Britain
Thanks to Mr. M.Zamir for his article on British Multiculturalism. Since Britain is a purely democratic society every British citizen has a right to protest its wrong policies.
 arrow Attitude towards politics
Now it's a fashion to hate politics, so the politicians take the chance. We send Razakaars, criminals etc to the parliament. It's a national shame.
 arrow Gender discrimination
Thanks both to Rahela Yasmeen (28th July-) and Shayera Moula (3rd August) for their write-ups on gender discrimination.
Star Cityarrow DCC struggles to arrange car park at Karwan Bazar
Karwan Bazar, one of the most important commercial areas in Dhaka, becomes an example of encroaching spree of public land while Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) failed to provide any parking place for the
 arrow New traffic rules during Ramdan in Dhaka
No rallies or demonstrations will be permitted at key traffic points to allow smooth traffic flow in the city Dhaka during Ramdan and Durga puja, the home ministry decided on Monday.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): What is your first memory of Dhaka?
Zakaria Pintu (ZP): I came to Dhaka first in 1957 by train with my father to get admitted to Jagannath College.

 arrow DCC helpless: Sweepers living for 14 years
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) sweepers are occupying the first floor of its market at Doyagonj having encroached it 14 years back, causing the government a huge loss annually.
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