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Front Pagearrow Half-trained cops made sentinels of balloting
After curtailing the basic training programme at Sardah Police Academy last year, the government in yet another blatant move has placed 821 sub-inspectors (SI) at different police stations, ignoring field
 arrow Hope fades for over 1000 missing fishermen
Hope fades fast for more than a thousand fishermen who have remained missing since hundreds of boats and trawlers went under during the violent storm in the Bay on Tuesday.
 arrow Adviser crisis in forming caretaker govt feared
Formation of the next caretaker government is likely to prove difficult, as efficient and neutral persons might hesitate to become its advisers amid the prevailing controversy regarding the possible chief
 arrow Prices of essentials shoot up ahead of Ramadan
Prices of essentials shot up further on the eve of Ramadan, causing much trouble to the low and middle-income people.
 arrow Babar wants probes finished before govt's tenure ends
The government yesterday instructed all superintendents of police (SPs) to complete all executive inquiries into the incidents of 'encounter' between alleged criminals and law enforcers before the tenure
 arrow 14-party to opt for ‘light’ programmes in Ramadan
Having held three back-to-back major agitations this month for electoral reforms, the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine will opt for 'light' political programmes during the month of Ramadan.
 arrow EC secretariat should be separated from PMO: Rauf
Former chief election commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Rouf yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat should be separated from the Prime Minister's Office so that the EC can work "independently
 arrow 'Several more years' needed to get rid of toxic onslaught
Relocation of the tanneries of Hazaribagh will take 'several more years' to be completed since the authorities are facing various complications regarding land acquisition, setting up an Effluent Treatment
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab in old city
An alleged criminal was killed during a "shootout" between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in the city's Postagola area early yesterday.
 arrow Jhalakathi trial judge signs death warrants of 7 JMB men
The trial judge of Jhalakathi judges killing case Thursday signed and sent to the authorities concerned the death warrants of seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men including its top leadersAbdur
 arrow Concern over security during Durga Puja
Hindu leaders yesterday expressed their concern over security during the Durga Puja as incidents of vandalising the images of goddess Durga have been continuing across the country even after alertingthe
 arrow US threatened to bomb Pakistan after Sept 11
President Bush said yesterday he was "taken aback" by a purported US threat to bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age if it did not cooperate in the fight against terrorism after the Sept 11 attacks.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down a Bangladeshi farmer near Bamandanga border under Sapahar upazila of Naogaon district yesterday morning.
 arrow Ties with Thai govt to remain unchanged
Bangladesh's relations with Thailand will remain unchanged despite army take over, Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin said here yesterday.
 arrow US prepared to help resolve Kashmir issue
The United States is prepared to play any role in efforts by India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute if invited by the two nuclear-armed neighbours, Bush said yesterday Bush, speaking at a joint
 arrow Thai junta wins formal royal endorsement
Thailand's revered king gave royal blessing yesterday to the country's new military leadership as the junta forged ahead with a purge of deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government.
 arrow Hamas defies Abbas on Israel recognition
Hamas said yesterday it would not join any Palestinian unity government that recognised Israel, rebuffing President Mahmoud Abbas who told the United Nations any future coalition would do so and alsorenounce
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi for resolving river disputes
Fresh from a joint inspection of three common rivers with Bangladesh, India yesterday voiced confidence of resolving disputes over these while noting that further discussions were needed on some technical
 arrow Robbery in old Dhaka
Armed robbers looted valuables worth over Tk10 lakh from a house at Gobinda Dutta Lane in the city's Sutrapur area early yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF for effective steps to reduce border tension
Bangladesh and India have agreed to take effective steps to reduce border tension and cooperate with each other for curbing cross-border crimes.
 arrow Wall collapse kills three during rain
Three people, including two girls, were killed in wall collapse in Chapainawabganj and Natore during heavy rain yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow Iran warns of 'lightning' response to any attack
Iran warned Western powers yesterday the armed forces would hit back "like lightning" against any attack as it crowed over its military prowess and showed off firepower at a major army parade.
Businessarrow Sonali Bank misses bad loan recovery target in first half
Sonali Bank failed to achieve bad loan recovery target in the first half of this calendar year, although the state-run bank complied with the Bangladesh Bank's terms and conditions regarding growth in
 arrow Apparels fail to tap duty-free facilities
Weak backward linkage industry, complicated rules of origin issue and less diversified RMG products have stymied Bangladesh's prospects to reap benefits from duty-free facilities offered by some developed
 arrow ROK businesses oppose revision of chaebol rules
Businesses Thursday voiced objection to the Fair Trade Commission's move to revise chaebol regulations, saying the proposed measure would make it more difficult for them to invest.
 arrow New FDI policy in Indian bourses soon
India would decide within a few days whether or not to allow foreign players to hold equity shares in the country's stock exchanges.
 arrow Japan, Chile strike FTA
Japan announced Friday a framework free trade deal with Chile, in a fresh boost to Japanese auto-makers and Tokyo's efforts to secure stable supplies of natural resources.
 arrow Asia must boost infrastructure investment: ADB
Asia must dramatically boost investment in infrastructure in the next decade or risk losing its global competitive edge, the president of the Asian Development Bank warned Friday.
 arrow Lafarge Surma starts cement production
Lafarge Surma yesterday started cement production in its plant at Chhatak in Sunamganj district after successful operation of a vertical raw mill and a kiln.
 arrow TMIB signs deal with Ericsson to expand network
TM International Bangladesh (TMIB), the owning company of AKTEL, has signed an agreement with Ericsson to expand its GSM/GPRS network in Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Oil prices higher in Asian trade
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Friday in a short-term bounce after reports that world powers had handed Iran a new early October deadline to halt uranium enrichment, dealers said.
 arrow China, India jointly win bid for oil firm in Colombia
In yet another instance of India and China joining hands for overseas acquisition of energy source, the state-owned companies of the two countries have jointly won the bid for an oil firm in Colombia.
 arrow Vietnam plans to equitise over 1,500 SoEs by 2010
Vietnam has planned to equitise more than 1,500 state-owned enterprises (SoEs), including commercial banks, by 2010, local newspaper Vietnam Agriculture reported Friday.
 arrow Emirates Holidays offers Eid packages
Emirates Holidays, the tour operating arm of Dubai-based Emirates airline, is offering Bangladeshi travellers 'Super Deals' to Dubai, Cairo and Mauritius ahead of Eid ul Fitr, says a press release.
 arrow Myanmar posts $1.38b trade surplus
Myanmar gained a trade surplus of 1.38 billion US dollars with its foreign trade in the first four months of the fiscal year of 2006-07 which began in April, up 77.8 percent from 776.
 arrow Dollar losses accelerate
The dollar lost ground Thursday as a weak report on industrial activity added to pressure on the greenback a day after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady. The euro rose to 1.
 arrow FDI in Vietnam up 25.9pc in 9 months
Vietnam is estimated to lure nearly 5.2 billion US dollars of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of this year, up 25.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Sumon, Kamal notch trebles
Two hattricks marked the opening of the Shah Sports Club Cup Hockey tournament yesterday as title contenders Abahani and Usha Krira Chakra got off to satisfactory start in Group A.
 arrow Cricket: Another feather in Rafique's cap
Just a couple of days after being adjudged the Best Bowler and All-Rounder at the Bangladesh Cricket Awards night, Mohammad Rafique was voted Cricketer of the Year at the Partex Bengal Tigers CricketAwards
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' practice matches called off
The two proposed practice matches for preparation of the national cricket team for next month's ICC Champions Trophy have been postponed due to inclement weather.
 arrow Kabadi: Double delight for Rifles School
Bir Shreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf Rifles School and College lifted both the boys' and girls' titles in the 14th NZ Textile Mills School kabaddi tournament which ended yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lee storm blows India
A fiery Brett Lee bowled Australia into the DLF Cup one-day final on Friday, grabbing three late wickets to hand his side a tense 18-run victory over India at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC rejects PCB request
Pakistan's demand that Australian umpire Darrell Hair should not be appointed at next month's Champions Trophy has been rejected by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Younis 'promises' clean ball
Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis claimed in an interview Friday that the ball in the controversial tampering saga that led to Pakistan forfeiting a Test to England last month had showed no signsof
 arrow Athletics: Four athletes tested positive at 10th SA Games
Four athletes from Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs at last month's South Asian Games.
 arrow Badmintorn: Shock exit for Hidayat
Defending champion Taufik Hidayat Crashed out of the World Badminton championships on Thursday after an extraordinary defeat to Chen Hong, the sixth seed from China.
 arrow Cricket: Mushtaq spins Sussex to glory
Pakistani legspinner Mushtaq Ahmed passed 100 wickets for the season to bowl Sussex to their second Championship title.
 arrow Tennis: Russia surge ahead
Mikhail Youzhny defeated James Blake to give hosts Russia a comfortable 2-0 advantage after the opening day of the Davis Cup semi-final clash against the United States here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Svetlana breaks local hearts
Svetlana Kuznetsova denied the dream of an all domestic semifinal at China Open with her 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Li Na Friday.
 arrow Football: Henry hails 'fantastic' Wenger
Thierry Henry has described Arsene Wenger as the most influential manager in English football over the last 10 years, just as he is about to celebrate a decade in charge of Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Alonso looks to mount challenge
Xabi Alonso claims Liver-pool's home form will be crucial if they are to resurrect their title challenge after losing two of their opening five Premiership fixtures this season.
 arrow Football: Barca wary of 'black beast' Valencia
Sevilla may be leading the league but there is no doubt that the match of the weekend should be when Barcelona play host to bitter rivals Valencia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: '30 years, 30 goals'
Real Madrid's Brazilian star Ronaldo has vowed to score a goal for each year of his life this season as he joined the growing ranks of thirtysomethings at the Spanish giants on Friday.
 arrow Football: Palermo look to keep momentum
Top of the table Palermo go into Serie A's fourth round of games on Sunday with a maximum of nine points, as Sicilian football enjoys a rare moment in the spotlight.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar wicket the key: Lee
Brett Lee said Australia's game plan on Friday was centred on getting "King" Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag out cheaply and was happy that he accomplised it for his team.
 arrow Cricket: Lawson linked with Maharashtra
West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson is set to represent western Indian state Maharashtra in domestic cricket this season. "I am supposed to come there for the season.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav keen to impress
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said on Friday he was looking forward to playing in the Challenger Trophy and prove his mettle to the national selectors.
 arrow Cricket: Abbas not a witness
Zaheer Abbas, former Pakistan captain and manager on the recent tour to England, will not be attending the ICC hearing as a witness on charges laid against Inzamamul Haq for ball tampering and bringing
 arrow Golf: Europe ahead as Tiger toils
Europe made a storming start to the defence of the Ryder Cup at the K-Club on Friday as Tiger Woods once again struggled early on.
 arrow Athletics: Ottey stands for Jones
Age-defying sprint queen Merlene Ottey on Friday backed Marion Jones over her recent doping troubles and hit out at the laboratory "mistake" which returned a positive test for EPO.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza closer to Hingis tie
Indian star Sania Mirza kept in line for a semifinal clash with top seed Martina Hingis as she got past resolute German Sandra Kloesel in the WTA Kolkata Open here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Vieira slapped with ban
Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira was handed a three-match ban by the Italian football league's disciplinary council on Thursday for the red card he recieved in the Serie A match against Roma.
 arrow Football: Platini promises UEFA 'evolution'
Michel Platini vowed to implement a football evolution rather than revolution in a manifesto-style letter sent to the 52 presidents of UEFA-affiliated football associations.
 arrow Football: Bayern victims of World Cup: Rummenigge
Bayern Munich are victims of their own success with their army of international players suffering from World Cup hangovers, the club's director general Karl-Heinze Rummenigge claimed on Friday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool consider legal action
English Premiership club Liverpool are considering legal action against the BBC after they were accused of 'tapping-up' a young Middles-brough player.
 arrow Football: FA charges Babayaro
Newcastle defender Celestine Babayaro was on Friday charged with violent conduct after flooring Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt with a fist in the face at Anfield this week.
 arrow Football: Klinsi in Austria's assistance
Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann is to meet Andreas Herzog, assistant manager of Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria, to offer advice, the 1990 World Cup winning striker said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Only football on Lyon's mind
League pacesetters Lyon and Marseille continue their early season battle for supremacy this weekend amidst the backdrop of an off-field dispute involving Francois Clerc.
 arrow Football: Agent to sue over bung claims
One of the agents at the centre of the BBC's investigation into corruption in English football has denied ever making illegal payments or bungs during transfer deals.
 arrow Football: Derby stakes high for Hamburg, Bremen
SV Hamburg and Werder Bremen were mooted as title challengers at the start of the season but both need a morale-boosting win in Saturday's north German derby to kickstart their campaign.
 arrow Football: Romario in Adelaide switch?
Brazil legend Romario is mulling over a move to Australian team Adelaide United, the 1994 World Cup winner said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Bosnia coach in resignation u-turn
Bosnia's coach Blaz Sliskovic has decided to stay on despite offering to stand down after his team's defeat to Hungary in a Euro 2008 qualifier.
Metropolitanarrow Jalil demands trial of cops for attacking party men
Police yesterday again launched an unprovoked attack on a procession of Awami Swechchhasebak League in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ctg mayor to form 'People's Court'
Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday announced formation of 'People's Court' (Janatar Adalat) from October 6 protesting power and water crisis and price hike of essentials.
 arrow Six killed in road accidents
Six people, including two women, were killed in different road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow 'Increase budget to modernise defence force'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for doubling the budget for modernising the defence force.
 arrow Extension of judges' retirement age has no link with caretaker chief
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday reiterated that there is no link between the extension of retirement age of the Supreme Court judges and appointment of the caretaker government chief.
 arrow Resentment mounts among people
Power crisis has worsened in Rajshahi city and its outskirts in the last week, resulting in immense sufferings of people.
 arrow Non-govt teachers give ultimatum
Giving an ultimatum to the government, teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday said that they will enforce tougher agitations if the government circular of cent per cent
 arrow Cellphones, valuables worth Tk 13 lakh looted in Ctg
Cellular phone sets and cash worth around Tk 6 lakh were stolen in a daring burglary at a Nokia showroom in the port city while robbers looted valuables worth Tk 7 lakh at Rangunia yesterday.
 arrow Cooking oil waste can be turned into fuel
Waste of cooking oil could be turned into environment-friendly bio-diesel after recycling it with alcohol and glycerin.
 arrow Brac employee murdered in Tangail
Police recovered a body of a Brac employee in Madhupur upazila under the district yesterday.
 arrow KMP launches drive to arrest listed bombers
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) has launched a combing operation to arrest listed bombers of underground parties.
 arrow Police action on Sechchhasebak leaders protested
Sechchhasebak League of Rajshahi unit yesterday evening staged a demonstration at Shaheb Bazar protesting police action on Awami League and Sechchhasebok League leaders and activists during hartal hours
 arrow Suspected robber beaten to death in Comilla
A suspected robber was beaten to death during a robbery at Shongkuchail in Burichang upazila early yesterday. The dead was identified as Zakir, 25, son of Sundar Ali of Anandapur village.
 arrow Jute worth Tk three crore gutted in Khulna
Thirty thousand maunds of jute worth Tk three crore were gutted as one of the three godowns of NK Jute Fibre at Daulatpur caught fire due to lightning at 9:30am yesterday.
 arrow New underground party emerges in greater Khulna
A new underground party has emerged in greater Khulna.
 arrow Half-day hartal at Phultala today
Khulna Pani and Paribesh Committee has given a call to observe half-day hartal at Phultala upazila today.
Nationalarrow Outlaws swoop on market, call for boycotting polls
Armed outlaws swooped on a Kushtia market Thursday night, blasting bombs and firing indiscriminate shots, and decamped distributing leaflets urging people to boycott the coming election.
 arrow BNP seeks ticket in Satkhira Jamaat 'stronghold'
Ruling alliance partners are in a face-off over nomination from Satkhira-2 (Satkhira Sadar upazila) in coming parliamentary election.
 arrow Jukta Front launched to realise people's rights
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader ASM Abdur Rab yesterday said the Jukta Front was formed with the slogan 'unity for political reforms' only to realise rights of the commonman.
 arrow Khulna Met office run by clerk!
The post of Assistant Director of Meteorology Office at Gallamani in Batiaghata thana in Khulna is vacant for two years. The office is being run by Amirul Azad, who is in fact a clerk, the sourcessaid.
 arrow EU team visits Khagrachhari
A two-member European Union (EU) team yesterday concluded its two-day visit to Khagrachhari. The team consists of Victor Perez, 33, and Italion Fabrizio Seues, 47.
Point-Counterpointarrow Domesticating the enforcement apparatus
Well-meaning citizens must have been concerned after reading the front page report captioned "Cops tasked to survey ruling party candidate popularity" appearing in The Daily Star of 7th September last.
 arrow Sharif's disclosures and rapprochement
Afriend has brought me from Lahore the biography of Nawaz Sharif, the deposed Prime Minister of Pakistan.
 arrow Keeping the faith
I watch with increasing despair the portrayals of Islam in the mainstream Western media.
Culturearrow Quamrul's unique lines and hues
Ninety-nine paintings and sketches by Quamrul Hassan, from journalist Mizanur Rahman's collection, are on display at Bengal Gallery.
 arrow Shanjhbela scores 100
Channel 1's daily evening programme Shanjhbela aired it 100th episode yesterday. The programme is planned by Aditi Sengupta. Sharlin, Bonya and Jhumur host different episodes of Shanjhbela.
 arrow Blackout: In pursuit of dreams
Blackout, a film by Tokon Thakoor, which had its premiere recently at the Russian Cultural Centre, presented the day-to-day lives of two young friends.
 arrow Hannibal Lecter rises again
A new Hannibal Lecter novel, originally scheduled to come out last year, will be published this December.
Generalarrow 'Arrest those responsible for Masum's death'
Chittagong Light Vehicle Drivers and Workers' Union here yesterday staged demonstrations demanding arrest of those responsible for the custodial death of Masum, a microbus driver of KDS Apparel and compensation
 arrow World Heritage sites may soon be off tourism map
World Heritage sites such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Kathmandu in Nepal could be taken off the tourism map by 2020 due to the effects of climate change and too many visitors, a think tank said
Internationalarrow Pak-US relationship getting shaky
Threats of US military action inside Pakistan to counter al-Qaeda militants have highlighted the shaky relationship between these two key players in the war on terror.
 arrow Nepal tightens civilian control over the army
Nepal's interim parliament passed yesterday a new law imposing tighter civilian control over the army, which was once fiercely loyal to the nation's royal family.
 arrow Abbas seeks UN action to implement plan for Palestinian state
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to set up an "effective mechanism" to ensure an international blueprint for a Palestinian state is carried out.
 arrow Thai junta threatens to shut down media for violating new rules
Thailand's new military government threatened yesterday to shut down media that violate tough new regulations, including bans on radio call-in shows and limits on websites and text messaging.
 arrow Indian general court-martialled for stealing army booze
India's million-plus army has court-martialled one of its generals on charges of stealing liquor meant for frontline troops, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar junta leader hands over control of armed forces
Myanmar's junta leader Than Shwe has handed over control of the armed forces to one of his top deputies but will remain head of state, two sources close to the military said yesterday.
 arrow Chavez continues anti-Bush harangue
After branding President Bush as the devil at the United Nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his anti-imperialist rhetoric to Harlem on Thursday and ridiculed the Texan as a puffed-up JohnWayne
 arrow Saudis maintaining secret contacts with Israel
Israel and Saudi Arabia have been conducting secret negotiations, the top-selling Hebrew daily reported on its front page yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Border river problems
The recently held Indo-Bangla border river meeting ended inconclusively despite a visit to the erosion sites by the ministers and top officials of the two countries.
 arrow Editorial: Storm in the coastal belt
Over five hundred fishing trawlers sank in a sudden storm over Bay of Bengal the other day. As many as 46 dead bodies were recovered till Thursday.
 arrow War on terror-five years later
We have just commemorated the fifth anniversary of the despicable events of 11 September, popularly known as 9/11, and the formal start of the 'war on terror'.
 arrow Power and price
Power or electricity and price of essentials are the phenomena that impact people well-nigh always.
 arrow Karnafuly Third Bridge: Likely fallout on Ctg Port
From various newspaper reports as well as political programmes, we observe a lot of controversy has surfaced over an important issue.
StarTecharrow Rain couldn't stop deluge of tech lovers
The BCS Computer Show 2006 is scheduled to end today.
 arrow Intel unveils Core 2 Duo processor in Bangladesh
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, recently unveiled the Intel CoreTM 2 Duo processor for consumer and business desktop PCs and workstations in Bangladesh, reshaping how computers
 arrow Zune delivers connected music and entertainment experience
Marking the next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision, Microsoft Corp. on September 14 unveiled details of the first products to be released under its Zune brand, says a press release.

Literaturearrow Nightmares
I finish my magreb prayer, doing the extra nofol rakaats that I had promised my brother I would do for my niece, Shahina.
 arrow Everybody having a go in the wake of 9/11
After the fall of Berlin Wall, symbolising the defeat of communism both as a state system and as world order, a new global political polarisation began between so-called secular democracies and the forces
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