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Front Pagearrow Dialogue dead end may shift onus on president
As the reform dialogue seems to be heading for a cul-de-sac, the Awami League (AL)-led opposition will turn to the president for appointment of a caretaker government head other than Justice KM Hasan,
 arrow Keep vigil against creating vacuum in administration
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday in her last meeting with the top civil bureaucrats urged them to be alert against any bid to create administrative vacuum during transfer of power to a caretaker government.
 arrow Mad rush for home
The capital's railway stations, launch and bus terminals were crammed with home going city-dwellers last evening as most of them ended the last workday before the Eid holidays and headed out to celebrate
 arrow Essentials turn costlier before Eid
Prices of essential food items including liquid milk, milk powder, atta, beef and rice shot up once again ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, putting an extra pressure on the middle and low income people.
 arrow Ministers pack bags
Today is the BNP-led four-party alliance government's last working day as the Eid-ul-Fitr vacation begins tomorrow.
 arrow Huda's 'discretionary' fund allocation before departure
With a few days left of the BNP-led government's tenure, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda slashed funds for different legitimate sectors and allocated the money for his 'discretionary fund'.
 arrow Eid tomorrow if moon sighted today
The Muslims in the country will celebrate their biggest religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow if the crescent moon heralding the month of Shawal is sighted anywhere in Bangladesh today.
 arrow Reception to Prof Yunus soon after receiving Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize Winner Prof Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank Reception Committee would accord the reception to Prof Yunus and Grameen Bank immediately after he returns home receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow Hasan has no point of backing out
With political atmosphere about to heat up over Justice KM Hasan's taking charge as the chief adviser to the next caretaker government, a close family source said yesterday there is now no point of backing
 arrow Confusion over govt holidays
Serious confusion arises regarding the government holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr amid a rumour that the holidays will begin from today while the government official calendar mentioned October 24-26 as the scheduled
 arrow Butenis meets Hasan for hour
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis in a sudden move last night met former chief justice KM Hasan at his Dhanmondi residence.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Hosaf Group in a rejoinder against The Daily Star news headlined "Another Coal Zone leased to Hosaf" published on October 15 has claimed its deal is not unsolicited.
 arrow Saifur doubts contributions of Prof Yunus
Emphasising the BNP-led government's achievements, Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday cast doubt on contributions by Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and microcredit to the country's development.
 arrow Prisons directorate faces writ petitions
In a rare instance, the prisons authorities on Thursday came under High Court (HC) rulings twice in a day following writ petitions filed for its "arbitrary" and "illegal" actions.
 arrow Unfit buses, launches pressed on service ahead of Eid
Around 100 unfit launches and 300 unfit buses have been put back into service in the name of 'special Eid service' despite the government's warnings of stern actions against the people who put the lives
 arrow CPA permits berthing of large vessel flouting rules
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), violating all rules imposed earlier, gave berthing permission to a large container ship allegedly in exchange for a handsome amount of bribe.
 arrow Mufti Hannan, brother put on remand again
A Dhaka court yesterday again placed Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (HuJi), and his brother Mahibullah alias Mafizur Rahman - also a HuJi member- ona
 arrow Demand for 6th wage board award by today
Leaders of the Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikyo Parishad in a statement yesterday urged the government to announce the 6th wage board award for journalists and newspaper employees by today.
 arrow PM opens Swadhinata Stambha
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurated and laid foundation stones of four establishments, including the Swadhinata Stambha, in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Babar sees peace after power handover
State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar believed that the law and order situation will be good after handing over of the power by the present government.
 arrow Court rejects Shaniram's bail petition
A Dhaka court yesterday did not entertain the bail petition of Shaniram Mondol, an accused in the Shazneen murder case, as its proceedings were earlier stayed on an order of the High Court (HC).
 arrow 'N Korea won't stage second nuke test unless provoked'
North Korea has promised not to stage a second nuclear test unless it is "harassed" by the United States, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported yesterday.
Businessarrow Ensure 2pc lending rate for Rabi crop farmers
Government has issued a new policy guideline to provide loans for farmers at a low interest rate in order to facilitate more cultivation of Rabi crops--lentil, oil seed, spices and maize--across the country.
 arrow Suspend Baira EC, appoint administrator
The Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry yesterday asked the Commerce Ministry to suspend the executive committee of Baira accusing it of overcharging the aspirant migrant workers andrenting
 arrow RMG makers sign strategic deal with China counterparts
BGMEA has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shanghai Garment Machinery Zone (SGMZ) as Bangladesh's main export industry is going to graduate to the top class in world apparel business.
 arrow ROK set for more tough trade talks with US
South Korean negotiators -- along with thousands of police and protesters -- are readying for another tough round of free trade talks with the United States after the first three sessions made relatively
 arrow Thais reap windfall in rice trade
The global rice trade was stunned last July when US shipments bound for the European Union were found to contain genetically engineered (GE) rice.
 arrow Fears mount for war-plagued Lanka's tourism
Holidaymakers on the beaches around Sri Lanka's southern port of Galle seemed unconcerned about last week's Tamil Tiger suicide attack here, but industry professionals are shaking their heads.
 arrow Three HSBC clients to enjoy golf tournament in China
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh recently announced the names of three lucky Bangladeshi 'Premier' customers who will enjoy hospitality in Shanghai and watch HSBC
 arrow Sonargaon hotel offers Eid packages
Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel has offered special packages for Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.
 arrow New president of Gaibandha Chamber
Shahjada Anowerul Kadir has been elected president of Gaibandha Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the 19-member executive committee of the chamber was formed on Saturday.
 arrow New executive director of BB
Muhammad Abdul Matin has been promoted to the post of executive director of Bangladesh Bank, says a press release.
 arrow China urged to honour WTO commitments
The European Union, in a statement to be issued Tuesday, will call on China to adhere fully to its WTO commitments if it wants to enjoy balanced trade relations with its number one commercial partner.
 arrow Citigroup supporting Grameen Bank since 1997
Congratulating Professor Muhammad Yunus for winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Citigroup said it has been supporting Grameen Bank since 1997 through Grameen Foundation USA and Grameen Trust, the international
Sportsarrow Cricket: A welcome break
The ICC Champions Trophy took two days' break after Australia's six-wicket triumph over their traditional rivals England here on Saturday which kept Ricky Ponting's men alive in the competition.
 arrow Cricket: Martyn's b'day bash
Stylish Australian batsman Damien Martyn has more than one reason to be pleased with his match-winning performance against Ashes rivals England in a crucial Champions Trophy match.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe due Nov 23
Zimbabwe will play their first one-day international of a five-match series against Bangladesh on November 30 at Khulna, confirmed Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Asif on shortlist
Pakistani paceman Mohammad Asif has been shortlisted for an ICC award despite testing positive for a banned substance, it was announced here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria reaches final
US Open champion Maria Sharapova overcame a warning for coaching to beat Katarina Srebotnik 7-6, 6-2 to reach the final of the Zurich tournament on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie unmoved by loss
England captain Andrew Flintoff has brushed off suggestions his side will be under pressure going into next month's Ashes series after losing to Australia in the Champions Trophy tournament here.
 arrow Cricket: Pervez spoiling cricket?
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is used to domestic opposition but he has recently faced a different type of criticism -- for harming his country's cricket fortunes.
 arrow Cricket: Probe moves to UK
Suspicions of match-fixing during England's hosting of the cricket World Cup in 1999 have led Indian police to Britain only days after they formally questioned South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs.
 arrow Football: Diego downs Bayern
Werder Bremen showed they are genuine contenders to end Bayern Munich's dominance of the domestic league after defeating the reigning champions 3-1 on Saturday to stay top of the Bundesliga.
 arrow Football: Jose all praise for Sheva
Jose Mourinho lavished praise on Andriy Shev-chenko after the Ukrainian striker finally scored for Chelsea for the first time in two months in Saturday's 2-1 win over Ports-mouth at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Angel pays back Atletico
Deportivo La Coruna moved up to second place in the Spanish first division after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fergie believes in title
Alex Ferguson is convinced Manchester United's 2-0 win against Liverpool on Sunday proved his players believe they can win the Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Toulouse trounce Monaco
Monaco coach Laszlo Boloni insisted his side will rescue their dying season despite the former Champions League runners-up sinking to second from bottom of the French league.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh to play China in int'l friendly
Bangladesh are expected to play an international friendly against China next month ahead of their 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Hong Kong.
 arrow BOA honours SA Games gold medalists
The Bangladesh Olympic Associa-tion (BOA) rewarded the three South Asian Games gold medallists according to its earlier promise at its office yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Bankers post third win
Sonali Bank went into the first break of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League with a 2-1 win over Azad Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB's 25 for U-15 side
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday picked up 25 cricketers for the Under-15 Development Squad-2006 training camp.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle unhappy about fine
Dashing West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle is "disappointed" by the fine imposed on him by an ICC match referee for arguing with Australian batsman Michael Clarke as he believes such banters are part
 arrow Football: Bench heavy on Becks
Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has admitted he is sad and frustrated at being left on the sidelines by both club and country.
 arrow Cricket: Lara on the mend
Injured West Indies captain Brian Lara was fighting to get fit for Thursday's Champions Trophy encounter against India although the team management was expecting the batting superstar to recover in time
 arrow Cricket: Bell firm on bowlers
England batsman Ian Bell has played down concerns over strike bowlers Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison ahead of the Ashes.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib and Asif chargesheeted
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed drug tribunal has formally chargesheeted bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif after conducting its first hearing in Lahore.
 arrow Arthur slams Mumbai pitch
South Africa on Sunday attacked the Brabourne Stadium pitch in Mumbai once again, saying one-day cricket could not afford a track that behaved so differently in the two sessions.
 arrow Football: Lucio out for 21 days
Bayern Munich's Brazilian international defender Lucio has been sidelined for three weeks after he sustained an ankle injury in the 3-1 defeat to Werder Bremen on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juventus reach Ground Zero
A sixth consecutive victory for demoted Juventus in the Italian second division on Saturday has finally wiped out their 17-point deficit imposed at the start of the season for match-fixing.
Metropolitanarrow 6 JCD men to die, 11 get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced six Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists to death and 11 others to life in jail for killing Shafiqul Islam, also a JCD leader of Rupganj thana unit in
 arrow Banned drugs available in markets
Banned drugs prevail in the market due to negligence of the directorate of drug administration (DDA).
 arrow Elect neutral, non-partisan man as chief of caretaker govt
The President would be responsible for any kind of dire consequences in the country if he fails to elect a 'neutral and non-partisan person' as the chief of caretaker government after the current government
 arrow 4 killed in road accidents
At least four people, including two college students, were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet and Nilphamari yesterday.
 arrow 430 get plots
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday held the lottery of the applicants for the plots developed under the second phase of Kalpaloke Residential Area Development Project.
 arrow President, PM greet Muslim leaders on Eid-ul-Fitr
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia sent messages of greetings to the heads of the state and government of different Muslim countries on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow 4 sustain acid burns in city
Four people, including a woman and a minor boy of a family, sustained acid burn injuries in the city yesterday.
 arrow UN Day tomorrow
Bangladesh joins the rest of the world in celebrating the United Nations Day on October 24 marking the 61st founding anniversary of the United Nations (UN).
 arrow Hasan urged not to become CG chief
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday called on Justice KM Hasan not to become the chief adviser of the next caretaker government (CG).
 arrow Main Eid congregations in Chittagong
Two main Eid congregations, one by Chittagong Eid Jamaat Committee and the other by Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), will be held during this Eid here in the port city.
 arrow Illegal ghee factory unearthed in Chittagong
A mobile court here yesterday unearthed an illegal ghee factory and sealed it off for producing and marketing adulterated ghee.
 arrow Morshed admits using media as shield
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday said the country's foreign policy should be pursued in a transparent manner, taking the press into confidence.
 arrow Hasina returns today
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will return home today after a weeklong visit to the United States and the United Kingdom.
She will reach the capital at 5:45am, party sources said.

 arrow More greetings to Prof Yunus
British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dr Kim Howells yesterday congratulated Prof Muhammad Yunus for winning Nobel Peace Prize 2006.
 arrow Appeal for help
A father has sought financial assistance from affluent people for the treatment of his five-year-old son suffering from blood cancer.
 arrow Obituary
Veteran freedom fighter, former lawmaker and an organiser of 1969 Mass Upsurge Mokhtar Ahmad passed away at a city clinic here yesterday morning at the age of 65.
Nationalarrow Squabbles about ticket cast shadow over AL hopes
Tickt for next polls has become a bone of contention for Awami League aspirants in Patuakhali-1 constituency (Sadar, Mirzagonj and Dumki).
At least eight party men will seek ticket, sources said.

 arrow Momtaz makes a winter's gift available in summer
Momtaz Begum is now well known in Khedachhara area in Matiranga upazila.
 arrow Blindness no barrier when spirit knows no bounds
Blindness has failed to dampen Altaf's spirit. Altaf Hossain is not dependent on any body. He maintains a family of five incluidng two school going childfren by making bamboo baskets and mats.
 arrow Raising fresh hopes for handloom weavers
Zakir has raised fresh hopes among thousands of weavers at a time were about to change their ancestral profession.
 arrow Road blockade by UPDF in Khagrachhari
A half-day road blockade enforced by the anti-peace treaty United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) was observed here yesterday with sporadic clashes which left five people injured.
 arrow Outlaw killed by party rivals in Pabna
A regional leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Lal Pataka) was killed by party rivals at Tatipara in Sadar upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow A rare scene...

 arrow 10 injured as train derails in Thakurgaon
At least 10 people were injured as a goods train derailed at Motherganj of Pirgaon upazila in Thakurgaon district yesterday morning, railway sources said.
 arrow Unhygienic Lachcha Semai....

Point-Counterpointarrow Why I petitioned for Dr Yunus to be in politics
TWO days after Dr Yunus got the award, I started a world-wide collection of signatures, asking political parties and Dr Yunus to accept a formula whereby he could be the caretaker government chief toavert
 arrow Should Justice Hasan express embarrassment?
JUSTICE KM Hasan is our last retired chief justice. I have full respect for him because he has a good track record in the judiciary and has so far been widely acclaimed.
 arrow Whose court the ball lies in
IN appointing the chief adviser to the non-party, neutral caretaker government, the hands of the head of state of the People's Republic of Bangladesh are tied by the constitution provisions containedin
 arrow Error in the new electoral arithmetic
I usually read The Daily Star on the internet, and the other day I was attracted to the article: "A New Arithmetic" by Nazim Kamran Chowdhury while I was going through the post-editorial of Zafar
Culturearrow Eid Bonanza
With an end to Ramadan and the onset of Eid, it's time to unwind in front of the small screen.
Internationalarrow Israel threatens to retake Gaza-Egypt border
Several Israeli cabinet ministers called yesterday for a military operation to retake control of Gaza's southern border and prevent Palestinian militants smuggling in weapons from neighbouring Egypt.
 arrow US official admits 'arrogance' and ' stupidity' in Iraq
The Arabic news channel Al Jazeera quoted a senior US official yesterday as saying that the United States had shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in Iraq.
 arrow US, China at odds over how to handle N Korea
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to China illustrated a fundamental gap in how Washington and Beijing think the North Korean nuclear crisis can be resolved, observers say.
 arrow Iraq eyes grim holiday as US mulls strategy change
Iraqis prepared yesterday to mark a grim Eid-ul-Fitr holiday after the bloodiest month of Ramadan in four years forced the United States to weigh a change in tactics.
 arrow Evidence on ISI role in Mumbai bombing 'not clinching': India
India has good but not clinching evidence against Pakistan's spy agency for its role in the July serial bombings in Mumbai, which killed 186 people, a top security official said yesterday.
 arrow 'Tigers aiming to bully govt ahead of talks'
Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to intimidate the Sri Lankan government ahead of crunch peace talks next week by launching high-profile attacks in the island nation, the head of the state's peace agency
 arrow al-Qaeda is winning war of ideas
Britain's interior minister has warned that the government risks losing the "battle of ideas" with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper said.
 arrow Attacks on govt will not stop: Mahathir
Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad refused Sunday to end his attacks on the government, despite talks with his successor, which had raised hopes for a resolution to the damaging feud.
 arrow Nato soldiers kill 15 Taliban insurgents
Nato-led troops killed 15 insurgents in southern Afghanistan after the rebels attacked their convoy with guns and rocket-propelled grenades, the force said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli cabinet votes to change system of govt
Israel's cabinet voted yesterday to modify government from a parliamentary to a presidential system in what is seen as a move by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to expand his shaky coalition.
 arrow Sudan expels UN envoy over Darfur row
Khartoum gave the top UN representative in Sudan three days to leave the country Sunday, marking a new low in relations soured by the row over the world body's proposed role in war-torn Darfur.
 arrow 5.47-carat canary diamond found in US park
A Wisconsin man visiting a state park took home the ultimate souvenir: a 5.47-carat canary diamond.
Bob Wehle of Ripon, Wis., found the diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in MurfreesboroOct.

 arrow 5.47-carat canary diamond found in US park
A Wisconsin man visiting a state park took home the ultimate souvenir: a 5.47-carat canary diamond.
Bob Wehle of Ripon, Wis., found the diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in MurfreesboroOct.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid greetings to all
EID-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims all over the world, is here once again to beam the intrinsic message of peace, tolerance and fraternity.
 arrow Editorial: High stakes in the dialogue
THE eagerly-awaited and supposedly climactic round of talks between BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and his AL counterpart Abdul Jalil is taking place today.
 arrow Hoping for a miracle
THE quintessence of the much-touted political dialogue about the opposition's electoral reforms proposals has only been a bit of surrealism on an amorphous structure.
 arrow Some happy Diwali, Eid thoughts
THE Eureka moment came at around four in the morning in Kolkata.
 arrow Why Afzal shouldn't hang
FOR centuries, criminals in most countries used to be publicly executed to the applause of mobs drunk with revenge. It's only in the 20th century that capital punishment stopped being a spectacle.
Letters to Editorarrow The dialogue
One to one Sanglap between the secretary generals of the BNP and the AL has started.
 arrow North Korea
Before the collapse, the Soviet Union was a military superpower in every sense of the term. In fact, it had more nuclear warheads and missiles than the United States.
 arrow The Nobel Prize and a happy nation
Do you think Dr. Muhammad Yunus could be invited to address the Jatiyo Sangsad?
He will no doubt be invited to speak in learned bodies and societies the world over.

 arrow Status of women
The letter on 11 October brings out many sad points on the status of women in patriarchal societies.
 arrow Surplus OSDs !
I have an idea for the surplus OSDs at the secretariat.
 arrow Exchange value of taka
Exchange value of our taka reached an all time low during the tenure of the present government. Today, Tk 500 is a meagre sum.
 arrow Crossfire?
Every newspaper in Bangladesh usesz the word "crossfire" about incidents where some alleged criminals are killed when gunfire is exchanged between "GOOD" and "BAD" people.
 arrow Separation of judiciary
The outcome of graft cases against former president Ershad has affirmed the necessity of separation of the judiciary from the administration.
Star Cityarrow Last minute land grabbing
Half-an acre of prime land in Motijheel is now under the grip of an influential quarter backed by ministry of housing and public works and the Dhaka City Corporation in the guise of beautification bya
 arrow Does killing make sense?
Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) claim of trapping around 20,000 dogs annually does not seem to make a difference in the number of stray dogs that continue to wander about the city.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Amalesh Sen, an ex-national footballer who received national award and is the present coach of Abahani Limited football team, spoke to Wahida Mitu of Star City.
 arrow Rajuk chief engineer forced into retirement
In a last minute move, the Ministry of Housing and Public Works forced the Rajuk Chief Engineer Emdadul Islam into retirement.
 arrow Neglected and left without public transport
Dearth of adequate public transport facilities have left around million dwellers in the Demra-Shyampur region virtually detached from rest of the city.
 arrow Groundwater depletion likely to cause land subsidence, water crisis
The groundwater level in Dhaka is being depleted at an alarming rate creating scope for land subsidence and crisis in water output.
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