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Front Pagearrow Judge Faizee finally resigns
Justice Faisal Mahmud Faizee of the High Court division of Supreme Court (SC) who allegedly tampered with his LLB certificate resigned yesterday.
 arrow Teachers who never took any classes
Taking advantage of the lax administration of National University (NU), 86 lecturers who are supposed to take classes at different NU-affiliated colleges have allegedly never performed their duties although
 arrow Bhuiyan proposes forming national security council
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday unveiled a 13-point proposal for political and institutional reforms focusing on formation of National Security Council and a committee for bringing
 arrow BNP leader became millionaire in 5 yrs
He became a millionaire just after being elected a union parishad (UP) chairman and organising secretary of the then ruling BNP.
 arrow Speaker claims he drew medical bill in 'good faith'
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday claimed that he drew the medical bill of about Tk 28 lakh keeping in view some sections of Jatiya Sangsad Act 1994 in good faith and honest understanding of law with
 arrow Navy frigate Khalid bin Walid re-commissioned
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has urged the members of naval force to always remain alert to uphold the sovereignty of maritime territory, curb smuggling and piracy, and ensure security of sea route.
 arrow Same old Tigers
There are few things more tedious than the way the second day's play of the third and final Test wound down yesterday, as rain continued to play havoc with proceedings here at the Asgiriya Stadium.
 arrow Saarc meet in Delhi this month to fight human trafficking
High officials from Saarc countries are expected to meet in New Delhi in the last week this month to work out a coordinated rescue and repatriation effort for the victims trafficked across the Saarc nations.
 arrow Belief in rebirth might have driven them to commit suicide
The diaries of the nine people of a family who died in a suicide pact Wednesday suggest that their belief in rebirth on earth might have driven them to go for such an awful act.
 arrow BB plans to curb credit growth to tame inflation
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) plans to curb the loan-disbursing capacity of the banks to keep the inflation rate between 6.5 and 7 percent for the fiscal year 2008.
 arrow Govt plan to shift 6 commercial wings
The caretaker government is considering shifting of six commercial wings of Bangladesh missions abroad including those in Tehran and Los Angeles to other places for global geopolitical and economic factors.
 arrow Cops raid Falu's house, but could not attach his wife's property
Police yesterday raided former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu's Shahjahanpur residence to arrest his wife Mahbuba Sultana, but without any success since she was out of the house.
 arrow President flies to Singapore tomorrow for check-up
President Iajuddin Ahmed leaves for Singapore tomorrow for medical check-up.

He will undergo medical check-up at Mount Elizabeth Hospital as per previous schedule, said a Bangabhaban handout.

 arrow Aminul Haque served notice to submit wealth report in 7 days
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday served notices on former post and telecommunications minister Aminul Haque and his wife Ava Haque, asking them to submit their wealth statements within seven
 arrow Motia slams restriction on Hasina's movement
Awami League (AL) presidium member Motia Chowdhury has criticised "restriction" on free movement of party chief Sheikh Hasina and asked the government to restore her democratic and constitutional rights.
 arrow Shajahan Siraj's daughter-in-law sued for tax evasion
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Farzana Khan, daughter-in-law of former BNP lawmaker Shajahan Siraj, after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a tax evasion case against
 arrow Bus collision kills 8 in Comilla
A collision between two buses left eight people dead and 47 others injured at Raipur on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Unique way to prevent child marriage
A class eight student, who was being forced to marry against her will, was saved thanks to the courageous step taken by her classmates.
 arrow T&T staff hurt trying to escape Rab
A Telegraph and Telephone (T&T) Board employee was injured yesterday as he jumped from a building to avoid being caught red-handed taking bribe by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Five Lankan ministers due July 16
Five Sri Lankan ministers, including Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will arrive in Dhaka July 16 on a three-day trip on invitation of the foreign adviser to discuss transport connectivity, telecommunication,
 arrow CHT district councils reshuffled
The present Caretaker Government yesterday published the gazette notification of new interim councils of three Hill District Councils (HDC), dismissing existing councils formed by the past four-partyalliance
 arrow Fertiliser hungry farmers go berserk at dealer's shop
Farmers went berserk at a fertiliser dealer's shop in Bidirpur Bazar of Matikata union under Godagari upazila in Rajshahi leaving a policeman injured yesterday.
 arrow Maoists blow up TV, power stations in Andhra Pradesh
Maoist rebels destroyed TV and power sites near a major port in southeast India yesterday, less than a week after they killed 24 troops in an ambush in a nearby state, police said.
 arrow US intelligence chiefs ask Pakistan to wage war against militants
US intelligence chiefs urged Pakistan to wage a more vigorous pursuit of terrorism, warning that its lawless region bordering Afghanistan has become a sanctuary for al-Qaeda and Taliban diehards.
Businessarrow EPZs expect $300m investment in FY08
Aiming to register $800 million investment proposals in the current fiscal year, Bepza expects $300 million actual investment in the country's export processing zones (EPZs) by the end of 2007-08.
 arrow Open up international telecoms gateway
The government should open up the international telecommunication gateway to all operators for generating more revenue, says a study.
 arrow DCCI wants to turn its business institute into university
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) wants to turn its business institute into a full-fledged university for professionals.
 arrow Brazil files WTO complaint on US farm subsidies
Brazil Wednesday filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over US farm subsidies between 1999 and 2005, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
 arrow China to 'salvage' reputation on food, drug safety
China has announced fresh measures to ensure substandard drugs are stopped from reaching stores as it works to salvage its credibility following a raft of safety scandals, state press reported Thursday.
 arrow Dubai investment firm seeks Asian expansion
State-owned investment firm Dubai World is on the prowl for more investments in Asia, especially in the fast growing economies of China and India, its chairman said Thursday.
 arrow Imports up 14pc in FY07
Imports were up 14 percent to about US$ 16 billion during the last fiscal year (2006-07).
 arrow Butterfly celebrates 20th anniversary
Founded in 1987, Butterfly Marketing Ltd is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, says a press release.

The company markets LG brand products in Bangladesh.

 arrow Qatar Airways launches Doha-NY flight
Qatar Airways has recently launched its first flight to New York to become the lone Middle East carrier flying directly into the United States, according to a press release.
 arrow Italian farmers protest against Chinese imports
About 1,000 Italian farmers gathered in Rome on Thursday to protest against a growing influx of Chinese food imports such as tomato paste that are competing heavily with local produce.
 arrow DBBL, UCBL sign deal on sharing ATM network
Customers of United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) will be able to withdraw money from the ATM (automated teller machine) booths of Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) and use DBBL's POS (point of sale) network.
 arrow Islami Bank gets 'AA' grade
Credit Rating Information and Services Limited (CRISL) has upgraded Long Term rating of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) to 'AA' (pronounced as double 'A') from 'AA-' (pronounced as double 'A minus')
 arrow Beximco Pharma introduces spray for heart patients
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BPL) has recently introduced Nitrosol«, an advanced propellant-driven lifesaving Glyceryl Trinitrate (GTN) spray, in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Thai banks to vet export customers
As the baht rose to a new 10-year high of 33.18 against the US dollar yesterday (July 11), closing at 33.32-33.
 arrow Market Access, Thailand-based VERB sign MoU
Market Access Providers Ltd (MAPL), a local marketing solution provider, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Thailand-based VERB Company Ltd, an international events and activation company.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Murali slams Ashraful
Mohammad Ashraful's men had their last chance to find an answer to their reckless batting in the first innings in the series but they failed to grasp the opportunity after being bundled out for 131 runs.
 arrow Football: Arambagh stun Reds
Arambagh dented Muktijoddha's slender title hopes when they came from a goal down to upset the depleted local giants 2-1 in yesterday's B. League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar, Nafees axed from ODIs
Habibul Bashar's wretched Sri Lanka tour came to an end when he was named among five players to return home after the end of the Test series.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s in trouble
Bangladesh Under-19 team were in trouble against the Sri Lanka U-19s on the first day of the second three-day match at the Police ground in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: KP blames fatigue
England's Kevin Pietersen has blamed tiredness for his poor form in the one-day series against West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin to lead India
If the Indians happen to glance at the scorecard of the recently concluded Essex-Nottinghamshire fixture, they might think that the M20 was redirected through the centre of the County Ground in Chelmsford.
 arrow Football: Bates buys back Leeds
Ken Bates has bought back fallen English football giants Leeds United after heading up a consortium which has purchased the club from administrators.
 arrow Football: Metsu curses 'bad refereeing'
United Arab Emirates coach Bruno Metsu fears that bad refereeing has doomed the Gulf Cup champions to a fate similar to that of football giants Italy and Spain at the World Cup in 2002.
 arrow Tennis: Qureshi scaling new heights
Pakistani qualifier Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi continued to impress Wednesday, booking a quarterfinal berth in the 416,000-dollar Tennis Hall of Fame Championships.
 arrow Football: England-Russia on plastic pitch
England's potentially decisive Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia in Moscow will be played not on grass but on the artificial pitch at the 84,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium.
 arrow Tennis: Russia captain obtains Fed Cup visa
Russian Fed Cup team captain Shamil Tarpishchev has obtained a US visa for this weekend's semifinal clash with the United States after initially being refused entry, the US embassy here announced on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Roux wins right to coach
Guy Roux on Wednesday won his fight with the French football authorities who had told him that at the age of 68 he was too old to coach Lens.
 arrow Football: Fowler in talks with Sydney
Former Liverpool ace Robbie Fowler touched down in Australia Thursday for talks with A-League club Sydney FC, media reports said.
 arrow Football: Can Becks band it in US?
David Beckham's bid to redefine football's place in the US sports landscape begins in earnest on Friday, when the Los Angeles Galaxy introduce their sleek European import.
 arrow Kabadi: Women's kabaddi from today
The Spectra Group Inter-district Women's kabaddi tournament will begin at two city venues today.
 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess begins
The 9th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament got underway at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Football: 'Best yet to come for Magpies'
England striker Michael Owen has forecast good times ahead for Newcastle United after committing himself to the club under new manager Sam Allardyce.
 arrow Cricket: DRU Cricket
Daily Janakantha will take on Amar Desh while CSB face Channel i in the semifinals of the DRU-Pepsi cricket tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Smicer moves to Slavia
Czech international and former Liverpool midfield star, Vladimir Smicer, announced Thursday his return to top-flight local team Slavia Prague after an 11-year absence.
Metropolitanarrow Reforms should be brought to every sector: Badruddoza
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said reforms should be brought not only to political parties but also to other fields such as Election Commission, judiciary
 arrow Empowering women thru' entrepreneurship
Razia Amin of Satkhira is now a successful woman entrepreneur, thanks to the right decision she took 13 years ago.
 arrow Show cause on IO for discharging 2 accused
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a notice upon an investigation officer (IO) asking him to explain why a legal action would not be taken against him for discharging two accused in a case filed for causing
 arrow Launch countrywide school feeding programme
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need to launch countrywide school feeding programme in order to reduce dropout rate among primary level students.
 arrow Road crashes kill 2
At least two people were killed and 40 injured in separate road accidents in Thakurgaon and Netrakona yesterday and on Wednesday night.
 arrow Top criminal killed in 'shootout┐
A top cadre of notorious "Matin Bahini" was killed in an encounter between police and his cohorts at Char Milpara in the town early yesterday.
 arrow JMB Shura member's wife on 7-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday granted seven-day remand for Shahida Begum, wife of arrested Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Majlish-e-Shura member Anwar Hossain alias Faruq.
 arrow Charge framing on July 29
A Sylhet court yesterday fixed July 29 as the date for framing charges against four chargesheeted accused in the case of grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury at the shrine of Hazrat
 arrow Edn exhibition begins in city
The seventh Education and Immigration Exposition (EDIM Expo)-2007 began at Bashundhara City in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Compartment of train derails
A compartment of Dhaka-bound Mahanagar Pravati derailed at Kadamtali yesterday morning while it was being taken to Railway yard for a wash.
 arrow No Canadian edn instt operates off-shore campus
For international students, Canada offers an educational system of outstanding quality and academic degrees that are internationally recognised, said a statement of Canadian High Commission yesterday.
 arrow Eco-nephron keeps lubricating oil clean
Eco-nephron, a Japanese lubricating oil recycling system, will be launched in the country by December, officials of the Sustainable Habitat, Environment and Economy (SHEE), said yesterday.
 arrow Journo assaulted for protesting teasing of daughter
Miscreants assaulted a journalist at Bahirgola in Sirajganj town yesterday morning when he protested teasing of his daughter.
 arrow Nachole UNO transferred
Nachole Upazila Nirbahi Officer Manjur Morshed yesterday was transferred to Assasunia upazila in Satkhira district, district administration sources said.
 arrow BTRC action against sale of unregistered SIMs soon
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to take action soon against the sale of unregistered SIM cards by mobile companies that has been leading to mobile crimes, sources
 arrow Journo held for taking bribe
Rapid Action Battalion arrested a journalist on charges of taking bribe at Senhati Union Parishad Office under Digholia upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Concern over fertiliser crisis
Leaders of Samajtantrik Khetmojur and Krishak Front yesterday expressed grave concern over the 'severe fertiliser crisis' across the country, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Consensual and coercive stability
A Chowdhury Irad Ahmed Siddiky is a freelance contributor to The Daily Sstate is many things: a history, a group of people, a set of laws.
 arrow An alarming horizon
Energy is the backbone of our national development and economic emancipation. Energy resources like coal and natural gas are nature's gifts bestowed upon a nation.
Culturearrow Lending a shoulder to a national icon
July 11: At the lounge on the second floor of Labaid Specialised Hospital, several renowned artistes and other media personalities huddled. All concerned for the well-being of a national icon.
 arrow Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07 begins today
To celebrate its 24th anniversary, theatre troupe Mahakal Natyasampradaya has arranged Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07.
 arrow Anti-drug concert to be aired on Channel-i
Channel-i will telecast an anti-drug concert today at 4:05 pm. The concert was held recently at Foy's Lake in Chittagong.
 arrow "Naya Daur" gets coloured
Remember the image of wind in Dilip Kumar's hair, riding a tanga and serenading Vyjanthimala in the black and white Hindi classic Naya Daur? Well, good news for those into classics, the film is returning
 arrow Film screening at Australian High Commission highlighting aborigines
The Australian High Commission in Dhaka marked NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Week with a celebration of Aboriginal culture by hosting a movie night on July 11 to showcase indigenous
 arrow "Shabuj Patar Golpo" on ATN Bangla tonight
TV play Shabuj Patar Golpo will be aired tonight at 8:45 on ATN Bangla. Written by Elina Mamata, the play has been directed by Arun Chowdhury.
Generalarrow Help acid survivors lead a normal life
Former adviser to the caretaker government Advocate Sultana Kamal yesterday urged the civil society members to stand by the acid survivors and help them lead a normal life.
 arrow 72 cartons of hilsa seized in Khulna
Joint Forces seized 72 master cartons of hilsa from a cold storage of Atlas Sea Food Ltd at Rupsha Strand Road in Khulna Sadar yesterday noon.
 arrow Withdrawal of termination letters demanded
Different political parties and workers' organisations yesterday demanded reconsideration of the decision to terminate the job of the workers of People's Jute Mill in Khulna.
 arrow One held with pistol, 4 bombs
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a topnotch criminal and recovered a foreign pistol and four powerful bombs from his possession at Dholda village under Sharsha upazila in Benapole yesterday.
 arrow 10-day Oitijhya book fair begins
A ten-day book fair organised by Oitijhya began at Chittagong Studio Theatre yesterday, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Right to information act
It is heartening to note on the heels of Army Chief General Moeen suggesting that a right to information act be introduced, the Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein said that the interim government
 arrow Editorial: Death of a family under a train
The death of nine members of a family in what appears to have been a suicide pact under the wheels of a rushing train is deeply distressing for all of us.
 arrow Choices
The country had two choices on January 11. Actually, let me amend that statement. The country was not then nor has it since been offered any kind of choice as the word is generally understood.
 arrow The jail inside Jalil
So long we knew that there could be one of the two conditions of a valiant life. He who fights with courage and dies for a good cause is a Shahid, and it makes him a Ghazi if he survives.
 arrow "Silence" is deafening!
Situated almost in the centre of Islamabad, the "Lal Masjid" complex has most Federal Government offices (including the Presidency, the two Houses of Parliament, PM's Office, Supreme Court, Federal Ministries,
Letters to Editorarrow Child labour and MDGs
They have become the earning members of their families at a pretty young age, instead of going to school. Needless to say, all the child labourers are the victims of extreme poverty.
 arrow Political situation
All the democratic institutions have been deliberately destroyed in the last 15 years, while the two major parties were in power.
 arrow Bus service needed
The inhabitants of four wards under Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), ward no 25, 26, 27 and 28, are totally deprived of bus service. As a result, inhabitants of these areas are alienated from central Dhaka.
 arrow Independence of the EC
According to the constitution of Bangladesh the Election Commission shall be independent in the exercise of its functions and subject only to the constitution and any other law (Article-118(4).
 arrow Civil servants and farmers
I feel conscience-bound to write a few lines about the incident at Nachole. Unruly farmers ransacked the UNO office leaving the UNO seriously injured.
 arrow English language
English is an international language by which not only international relations but also trade and commerce are conducted.
 arrow Pipe water from Jamuna
The plan to pipe water from Jamuna may help improve water condition of Buriganga, but for a long term solution Wasa may think of some alternative model currently in use in Australia.
 arrow Who will be benefited?
It was a jubilant takeover on January 11, 2007, when BNP-Jamaat's plan to engineer the upcoming election was foiled.
 arrow Security barriers
As a resident of Road No 48, Gulshan 2, I draw your attention to the installation by the Canadian Embassy of security barriers at the front entrance and the back exit of the road.
 arrow Reform issue
It is for a long time that we from abroad have been trying to draw your attention to the fact that the present government is involved in a type of reform which is primarily directed at changing leaderships
 arrow Sheikh Hasina
American life styles are not unknown to Bangladeshis. There are couples of hundred thousand Bangladeshis living in the USA.
 arrow What an irony!
Everyone within Bangladesh and overseas was extremely happy over the takeover of the Interim Caretaker Government backed by the armed forces.
 arrow Wishful thinking
How happy we would have been if the present caretaker governmental had been entrusted to take care of us as long as they could and then taken over by others like them and so on.
 arrow Indoor politics?
Recently, in Bangladesh, the phrase 'indoor-politics' has come in vogue after many years of hibernation. What is indoor-politics by the way? There is no 'in or outdoor' as far as politics is concerned.
 arrow Politics of killing
The AL claims the credit for the independence of Bangladesh and hence calls Sheikh Mujib "The Father of the Nation".
 arrow The minus-plus game
For the last couple of months the 'minus two / three' & recently "minus them all" suggestions from politically conscious and concerned persons are being expressed in connection with the reform of thepolitical
 arrow Power pilferage
I would draw your attention to a fraudulent practice of electricity consumers. Recently, I visited Rangpur and Barisal and observed that some organisations have more than one electricity connection.
Environmentarrow Unabated pollution: People at risk
As populations in the world continue to grow and pressures on environment from land-based and marine human activities increase, land, atmosphere, river, coastal and marine living resources and their habitats
 arrow Melting ice: A global warning
Global warming and sea level rise are most discussed and debated global issue now.
 arrow Chemical fertiliser and pesticides deteriorating soil fertility
It is reported that the use of chemical fertilisers for a longer period along with pesticides may deteriorate the quality of soil and creates health hazard.
 arrow Save Dhaka lakes and waterbodies
First of all I very much appreciate the consistent efforts made by journalists and other writers in The Daily Star to prevent the rivers in and around Dhaka city, the Dhanmondi Lake, Gulshan Lake, Banani
Worldarrow Iraq report bleak as Congr targets war
A key White House report Thursday painted a bleak picture of progress in Iraq, just as President George W. Bush tried to quell a Republican revolt and thwart Democratic demands to bring troops home.
 arrow al-Qaeda urges Pakistanis to revolt against Musharraf
al-Qaeda yesterday urged Pakistanis to revolt against President Pervez Musharraf over the storming of an Islamabad mosque as officials examined the bodies of militants killed in the raid.
 arrow Pakistan's 'silent majority' welcomes mosque raid
The army raid on a pro-Taliban mosque has raised fears of an extremist backlash in Pakistan, but many in the country's so-called "silent majority" say the government was right to act anyway.
 arrow Afghan, US-led forces kill 36 militants
Afghan and US-led forces killed 36 Taliban militants in several hours of fighting in southern Afghanistan yesterday, while an Afghan policeman also died, officials said.
 arrow Tigers vow guerrilla warfare after losing stronghold
Tamil Tiger rebels have admitted losing a key stronghold in eastern Sri Lanka to government forces and said they would revert to guerrilla tactics in the troubled region.
 arrow Kashmir violence falls to record low
The average daily death toll from insurgency-related violence in Indian Kashmir has fallen to its lowest level since the revolt began nearly 18 years ago, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Bush, Manmohan talk nukes over phone
Ahead of another round of talks between India and US next week to break the deadlock over nuclear deal, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to American President George W Bush on Wednesday evening
 arrow 8 killed in two Pak bomb blasts
A suicide blast and a separate roadside bombing killed eight people in Pakistan yesterday, officials said, as a deadly army raid on militants in an Islamabad mosque sparked Islamist anger.
 arrow Pro-Taliban cleric buried in Pakistan
The Pakistani pro-Taliban cleric killed in the army raid on Islamabad's Red Mosque was buried yesterday in his native village, mourned by over 2,000 people, witnesses said.
 arrow British woman 'proud' to be married to Bin Laden son
A British grandmother who recently married a son of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is proud of her husband, who does not know where his father is, she told a Saudi daily published on Thursday.
 arrow World's tallest man weds in China
A decades-long search by the world's tallest man for a bride finally came to an end on Thursday when the Chinese herdsman married a woman who barely stands up to his elbow.

Bao Xishun, who stands 2.

 arrow US ties with SE Asia face setback
US ties with Southeast Asia are facing a setback as President George W Bush cancelled his scheduled first summit with Asean leaders and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the region for annual
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