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Front Pagearrow AL focused on chief adviser
The much-awaited dialogue over electoral reforms between ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) began yesterday with the AL asking for resolving first the issue of appointment of the chief adviser
 arrow Bangladesh closes trade deficit with India by 14pc
The country's trade deficit with India narrowed by around 14 percent in the last financial year when exports rose sharply and imports declined moderately.
 arrow RMG workers' minimum wage fixed at Tk 1,662
The Minimum Wage Board yesterday announced the final pay structure for the workers in the readymade garment (RMG) sector fixing Tk 1,662.
 arrow Malaysia again bans Bangladeshi workers
The Malaysian government once again imposed a ban on recruiting Bangladeshi workers--only two months after lifting a similar ban--as the agencies concerned failed to send 21,988 workers who had been allowed
 arrow JS draws more attention than before
Leaders and lawmakers of the ruling BNP, opposition Awami League (AL) and their allies, journalists and commoners thronged the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Bhaban yesterday as the crucial talks between the two
 arrow US, EU, UK hail talks
The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union yesterday welcomed the initiation of dialogue between BNP and Awami League (AL), saying that it would pave the way for free and fair elections
 arrow Sportsmen for trial of cops before Eid
Sportsmen and officials of the arena yesterday threatened to boycott sports and go for tougher programmes if the government does not put policemen involved with assaulting shooter Asif Hossain Khan and
 arrow Ecnec rejects revised budget proposal, asks for re-tender
The Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) Wednesday rejected a proposal to approve revised budget for the 150-megawatt (MW) Chandpur power scheme -- which was already all set to beawarded
 arrow PM accuses opposition of lacking patriotism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia again said the next general elections will be held on time and the trend of democracy and development will continue in the country.
 arrow Comilla Jubo League man murdered
A Jubo League activist was murdered after abduction allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir activists in Chouddagram upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Board rejects BB probe report, claims innocence
The board of directors of the Oriental Bank yesterday rejected the Bangladesh Bank (BB) investigation report about embezzlement of huge sums of money and claimed that no member of the board was involved
 arrow CEC holds 5-hr meeting with commissioners
The chief election commissioner (CEC) and the other three election commissioners held a marathon meeting yesterday while the ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) were discussing electoral reforms
 arrow 2 major power units resume operations from Oct 15
The grim power situation of the country is expected to improve slightly from October 15 as two major power units -- one at the 450MW Meghnaghat power plant and a 210MW unit at Ghorashal -- are likelyto
 arrow Khatme Nabuwat to lay siege to Ahmadiyya mosque at Tejgaon today
Anti-Ahmadiyya outfit International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh will lay siege to Nakhalpara Ahmadiyya mosque at Tejgaon in the capital after Juma prayers today.
 arrow Rockets, blast spark fresh fears for Musharraf
Bomb disposal experts defused two rockets near President Pervez Musharraf's residence and the Pakistani parliament in Islamabad yesterday, hours after a blast in a park near his army home.
 arrow Pressure builds for sanctions on Iran
Foreign ministers from the six major powers seeking to defuse the Iran nuclear crisis were expected in London today, diplomats said, amid growing pressure for sanctions to be slapped on Tehran.
 arrow 10 killed in 26-hour Kashmir gunbattle
Ten people, including seven policemen and two militants, were killed in a 26-hour gunbattle as security forces fought gunmen holed up in a hotel in the heart of Kashmir's main city, police said yesterday.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A listed criminal was killed in an 'encounter' between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Alamganj Ghat of Sutrapur in the capital early yesterday.
Businessarrow Shrimp hatcheries at stake
Ignorance in natural conservation and use of additional antibiotic by technicians, most of whom are foreigners, in hatching shrimp fry have made the country's Tk 500 crore hatchery industry unstable,industry
 arrow Tata investment to help raise export to India to $1b a year
Bangladesh's exports to India will increase to $1billion a year, if it approves Tata's investment proposals, said Veena Sikri, the outgoing Indian high commissioner in Dhaka, yesterday.
 arrow China, Vietnam shoe industries to be hit hard
China slammed European Union anti-dumping measures on imports of leather shoes as illegal Thursday and threatened retaliation.
 arrow DSE price indices up, turnover down
Although share price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday shot up following a downtrend for three consecutive days, turnover in terms of value dipped.
 arrow Opec to cut output 4pc to up prices
The Opec cartel has agreed informally to cut oil output by one million barrels a day or 4.
 arrow New 5-taka note hits market Sunday
Bangladesh Bank will issue Sunday a new five-taka note in reduced size compared to the existing one.
 arrow Dhaka calls for free access of all LDC products to global market
Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, called for ensuring duty- and quota-free market access of all products of the least developed countries
 arrow RanksTel, TeleBarta sign agreement on interconnectivity
Private PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) operator Ranks Telecom Limited yesterday signed an inter-connectivity agreement with another PSTN operator TeleBarta Limited, the owning company of Jubok
 arrow Tata eyes Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston
In its continued overseas acquisition spree, the Tata Group plans to buy the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston, US, for 170 million dollars in a move that will help the leading Indian business house expand
Sportsarrow The Black Monday horror through their eyes
The events that transpired during the afternoon hours of Monday, the second of October can be described as nothing short of heinous.
 arrow Cricket: SL discomfort delights Tigers
Bangladesh think-tank was not worried with the pacey wicket at Mohali where they will play their opening game in the preliminary round of the ICC Champions Trophy against in-form Sri Lanka tomorrow.
 arrow Hockey: Club Cup Mohammedan's
Maksud Alam Habul set an equaliser and struck a 71st minute golden goal to dethrone Abahani as Club Cup champions and gave Mohammedan Sporting Club their third title with a 2-1 victory in the final of
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Treats
The Tigers were not only impressed by the sector based city of Chandigarh but also its cricket facilities, especially when they have arrived from a city where the main stadiums are under piles of construction
 arrow Cricket: ESPN-STAR's unfriendly offer
ESPN-STAR Sports on Thursday expressed its desire to extend its broadcasting partnership with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for the next six-year cycle.
 arrow Cricket: GP stays CCL sponsors
Country's leading cellular phone operator GrameenPhone has for the fourth consecutive time become sponsors of the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) that begins tomorrow in the city.
 arrow Cricket: Delhi cops to quiz Gibbs
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs is likely to be questioned by Indian police over a 2000 match-fixing scandal during the Champion's Trophy which starts Saturday, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: Don't take 'em lightly
Defending champions West Indies and 2002 joint-winners Sri Lanka consider themselves strong contenders to win the Champions Trophy -- provided they qualify for it.
 arrow Cricket: Khan resigns as captain
Batsman Mohammad Yousuf will lead Pakistan in the Champions Trophy after Younis Khan dramatically refused to captain the side, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Thursday.
 arrow Hate the police acts
The country's sports fraternity yesterday came in unison to protest last Monday's brutal police assaults on national shooters and employees of the National Shooting Federation (NSF).
 arrow Cricket: India won't sign MPA
India on Thursday reiterated it would not sign a key commercial contract with cricket's world governing body despite threats it could lose the right to stage the 2011 cricket World Cup as a result.
 arrow Football: Anelka back in France fold
Controversial striker Nicolas Anelka was welcomed back to the France squad on Thursday by his teammates.
 arrow Football: Lucky Seven ride on Mandal treble
A hattrick by Mandal helped Lucky Seven Jubo Sangha drub Moha-mmadpur Sonali Sangha 8-0 in yesterday's Pioneer Football Super League match at Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan eyes Ashes return
Injured England captain Michael Vaughan said Thursday he was hopeful of being fit to play a part in the Ashes series this winter.
 arrow Cricket: Styris cleared for Trophy
New Zealand cricket all-rounder Scott Styris has been cleared to play in the Champions Trophy tournament after coming through a training camp unscathed over the last week.
 arrow Football: Oliveira's sister kidnapped
The sister of AC Milan's Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira has been kidnapped in Sao Paulo, her husband has revealed.
 arrow Football: Materazzi gives up on Zidane
Italy defender Materazzi says he is getting tired of trying to make up with Zinedine Zidane following their clash at the World Cup final in July.
 arrow Football: Sheva doubtful for Italy clash
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin said Chelsea striker Andrei Shevchenko may miss the Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Dein elected G14 president
Arsenal chairman David Dein was on Wednesday named the new president of the G14 group which represents 18 of Europe's richest clubs.
 arrow Football: Perrotta a question
Italy's Simone Perrotta is doubtful for their crucial 2008 European championship qualifying matches against Ukraine and Georgia after suffering a double injury in training.
 arrow Cricket: Maharoof makes Lankans smile
Sri Lanka geared up for the upcoming Champions Trophy one-day tournament with a comfortable 84-run victory in a practice match here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: England seeks compensation from Pakistan
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked Pakistan to compensate it for the loss of revenues in the cancelled fourth Test at The Oval in August, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said
 arrow Football: Spain wary of Swedish air assault
Spain have been working on countering Sweden's aerial threat in the build up to Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Solna.
 arrow Football: Neville tipped for ton
Rio Ferdinand has tipped his fellow Manchester United defender Gary Neville to become only the fifth England player to win 100 caps.
 arrow Football: Crouch keen to partner Rooney
Peter Crouch says he will be the perfect partner for the returning Wayne Rooney when England play Macedonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea hit back at Calderon
Chelsea on Thursday hit back at claims by Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon that the Blues spending power was over-inflating the transfer market for other European clubs.
 arrow Football: Croatia suffer Srna blow
Croatia's preparations for next Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against England were dealt a severe blow yesterday when the playmaker Darijo Srna limped out of training.
 arrow Football: Quaresma promises Eriksson return
Benfica presidential candidate Carlos Alberto Quaresma has promised that if elected he will try and lure former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson back to the Portuguese giants for a third time.
 arrow Football: UEFA delays Gibraltar decision
European soccer's governing body UEFA has delayed a controversial decision to grant membership to Gibraltar -- despite being ordered to do so by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Metropolitanarrow Make education free from politicisation
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for making the education sector free from politicisation.
 arrow '80pc workers won't benefit from new labour law'
The Bangladesh Labour Law 2006, passed in parliament last month, would not protect the interests of the workers, rather it would serve the interests of the owners, said Karmojibi Nari (KN) President Shirin
 arrow Coordination among govt bodies needed to cut loss
Coordination among the authorities concerned is a must to reduce loss of lives and properties in coastal areas during the natural calamities, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Law & order situation better than anytime in the past: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said, "We have fulfilled our pledge to the countrymen about curbing crime and improving the law and order situation.
 arrow Ensure quality teachers for quality education
Quality education cannot be ensured in the country without quality teachers, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Two cases filed against PM, her son, nine others
The 'Janatar Adalat' (people's court), set up by the 14-party opposition combine in Chittagong, heard two cases against 11 people, including Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman, yesterday.
 arrow MoU signed with US co to conduct feasibility study
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and American Transport System Corporation (ATSC) here yesterday to conduct feasibility study on construction of elevated
 arrow Jubo League leader murdered in Comilla
A Jubo League leader of Chouddagram upazila was killed allegedly by his rivals at Payerkhola village on Wednesday night.
 arrow Veena Sikri meets Speaker
The outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Veena Sikri yesterday made a courtesy call on Speaker Mohammad Jamiruddin Sircar at his Sangsad Bhaban office.
 arrow Schoolgirl killed in wall collapse in city
A schoolgirl was killed and three others including two children were injured when a wall of an under-construction building collapsed on a tin-roofed house in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tk 1.10 crore ASA loan for monga-hit people
ASA, a micro finance institution, has started a special flexible loan programme for the monga (famine-like situation) affected people of greater Rangpur, says a press release.
 arrow Suspected mugger beaten to death
A mob beat a suspected mugger to death and injured another critically at Moghbazar in the city in the early hours of yesterday. The dead was identified as Mizan, 25, and the injured as Rahim.
 arrow Japanese envoy meets Ershad
The newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Masayuki Inoue yesterday made a courtesy call on Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad at his Banani office.
 arrow BSF kills one
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead Bangladeshi a farmer near Matua border under Chhagalnaiya upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Clarification
The Birdem Officers' Welfare Association in a clarification on a report headlined 'Implement new organisational structure at Birdem' published in The Daily Star on September 24 said that speakers at the
Culturearrow Jaya-Faisal: Heart to heart
One of the leading TV models of Bangladesh, Faisal comes from the nawab family of Dhaka.
 arrow Swani Zubayeer's 'Ajossro Kobita'
Though ghazals originated in Persia and later attained popularity in North India after being adapted into Urdu, they have always had an ardent clan of admirers in our country.
 arrow Website on Shah Abdul Karim launched
www.shahabdulkarim.tk -- a website dedicated to Baul Shah Abdul Karim, was launched recently, says a press release.
 arrow Special TV play on Eid
TV play Ja kichhu chai ei jibone, written by Faria Hossain and directed by Chayanika Chowdhury, will be aired on ntv on coming Eid.
 arrow Special cookery show during Ramadan
Amader Ranna Ghor, a special cookery show for Ramadan, is being aired daily at 3:00 pm and 6:40pm in Banglavision.
 arrow 'Woh Lamhe': An ode to Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi: The very mention of the name conjures images of a star who made news when alive and hit headlines when she met with an isolated, solitary demise.
 arrow Georgia mom seeks ban on Harry Potter
A suburban county that sparked a public outcry when its libraries temporarily eliminated funding for Spanish-language fiction is now being asked to ban Harry Potter books from its schools.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We welcome the dialogue
Ending all speculation set off by the last-minute fiasco centring around a tea party invitation to the US ambassador's residence, the much-awaited dialogue between BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan
 arrow Editorial: Violence against power outage
People angered by power outage blocked traffic in two important areas of the city, namely, Tejgaon Industrial Area and Jatrabari.
 arrow Endgame
In chess, the stages of the game are divided into the opening, the middle game, and the endgame. Different players differ in their ability to master each of these stages.
 arrow Moths and butterflies
Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu extremist. Liaqat Ali Khan was killed by an assassin's bullet. Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards.
Letters to Editorarrow Power generation scenario
The recent violent agitation has shown how frustrated people are with shortage of electricity.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
I find it interesting to go through the serial on the above subject in your issues of Star City.
 arrow Meena Day
I, to my utter delight, came to notice that Meena Day (Meena cartoon on TV) has been observed in the country.
 arrow Caretaker government
Almost all our political leaders are well established and rich.
 arrow Emphasis on spoken English
Compared to our neighbouring country India, we are lagging far behind in the field of spoken English.
 arrow Exams in Buet and related problems
Buet students are no doubt meritorious. Most of them have a Bengali medium background. But here in Buet the medium of instruction is English because of the presence of foreign students.
 arrow Not really surprising
Asia Energy's plight in Phulbari was perhaps not very surprising for experienced observers. It is a company that is solely based on a single project in Bangladesh.
 arrow 'The voting right'
I strongly disagree with the views expressed in the letter 'The voting right' by Mr. Shaifur Rahman, London, UK, which was published on October 2.
 arrow Dhaka University
The word "insecure", which is applicable to Dhaka University, is really a matter of great regret and alarm.
 arrow Ramadan and Muslim fraternity
Everything contains something special and so does the Hijri Calendar. Ramadan is a significant month for the Muslim community, which symbolises fraternity and fellow feeling.
 arrow Too many acronyms!
It is hard to keep track of the bewildering plethora of organisations lending their voice to the din leading up to the elections.
 arrow Ramadan and Muslim fraternity
Everything contains something special and so does the Hijri Calendar. Ramadan is a significant month for the Muslim community, which symbolises fraternity and fellow feeling.
 arrow Accept popular demand
There have been enough writings in the print media and enough discussions in the electronic media as well as in the various national level seminars & meetings on the acceptability of Justice KM Hasanas
Worldarrow South Asia: Fighting flares up despite Lankan peace pledges
Sri Lanka's Air Force bombed Tamil Tiger bases for a third day yesterday, and suspected rebels clashed with government soldiers, after the foes agreed to crunch talks aimed at halting renewed civil war.
 arrow South Asia: Airports step up security over hijack fears
Security has been stepped up at a string of major Indian and Nepali airports after warnings that a flight to or from Nepal could be hijacked, a security official said.
 arrow South Asia: Nato takes command of Afghan peace forces
Nato assumed responsibility for security across the whole of Afghanistan on Thursday when it took command in the east of the country from US-led coalition forces.
 arrow Japan, US push divided UN to punish N Korea
Japan called yesterday on a divided UN Security Council to impose tough sanctions on North Korea if it tests an atom bomb, but Pyongyang warned it would not back down unless the United States compromises.
 arrow US, EU warn Israel over closure of Gaza border
US and European security officials have told Israel that European states may withdraw their monitors from the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt unless Israel agrees to keep it open.
 arrow UN European HQ faces terrorist alert
The United Nations boosted security at its European headquarters yesterday after receiving warnings of a possible terrorist attack, according to an internal document obtained by AFP.
 arrow Nobel winner Kornberg hails his son's award
Arthur Kornberg, the 1959 Nobel Medicine Prize co-laureate, basked in his son Roger's Nobel chemistry honour Wednesday, saying he long thought his son deserved it, but warned a decline in US government
 arrow Pakistani earthquake town stuck in squalid limbo
Their town sits right on an active geological fault skirting the western Himalayas.
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