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Front Pagearrow Reformists mull BNP council minus Khaleda
Pro-reform leaders of the BNP led by its Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan are preparing to hold the party council keeping party Chairperson Khaleda Zia away.
 arrow Curbing loans, hiking fertiliser, energy prices to hurt economy
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday criticised government plans to curb loan-disbursing capacity of the banks and increase prices of natural gas, fertiliser, power and petroleum products, bowing
 arrow When a Speaker speaks the unspeakable
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar held a press conference on Thursday last to condemn this paper's lack of ethics and shoddy journalism, and claimed that our purpose was nothing more than to denigrate him.
 arrow Errors creep into nat'l identity cards
Nilufa is married to Montazuddin, but on the new National Identity (NID) card, her husband's name is Mostafauddin.
 arrow Resignation won't save Faizee
The Supreme Court (SC) registrar will send the resignation letter of controversial judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee to the president's office today after discussion at the Supreme Judicial Council on future
 arrow 700 wkts for Murali
Muttiah Muralidaran blew away Bangladesh on way to reach the 700-wicket milestone in Test cricket as Sri Lanka swept the three-match series with an innings and 193-run victory in the rain-interruptedthird
 arrow BTTB network glitch disrupts Internet service
A large section of Internet users in the capital were being deprived of stable service from noon yesterday because of problems in the BTTB's network that acts as a gateway to the submarine cable.
 arrow EC to unveil poll 'roadmap' today
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda will announce today (Sunday) a complete road map for holding the stalled ninth parliamentary elections with specific timetable for preparing the voter
 arrow Pak Red Mosque militants hit back
At least 18 Pakistani soldiers died and 28 were wounded when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into their convoy yesterday in an Afghan border region, the military said.
 arrow 13 killed, 40 hurt as bus plunges into Ctg ditch
At least 13 people died and 40 others were injured when a bus plunged into a ditch, breaking railing of a bridge in Fatikchhari upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow VoIP tools seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a large quantity of highly sophisticated equipment used for running illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business from Westecs Bangladesh Ltd (Bay Phones) in
 arrow Main entrance of Dhaka City College...

 arrow Sajeda for immediate election
Awami League (AL) presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday called upon the caretaker government to hold parliamentary election without delay, so that a democratic government can be formed.
 arrow Sircar's rejoinder
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday protested at M Hafizuddin Khan's write-up that was published in The Daily Star on Saturday under the headline "Sircar violated basic standard of financial propriety".
 arrow Sohel F Rahman's office property confiscated
Police yesterday raided the office of Beximco Group Chairman Sohel F Rahman in Dhanmondi and confiscated his office property following a court order.
 arrow Commissioner Salu held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday detained absconding ward commissioner Salim Ullah Salu of Ward No. 42 of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) from Moghbazar in the capital.
 arrow NU clarification, our reply
The National University (NU) in a clarification to a story headlined "Teachers who never took any classes" published in The Daily Star on July 13 said the report is not based on facts and is likely to
 arrow Govt okays alternative to VoIP
The Council of Advisers yesterday decided to introduce International Long Distance Telecommunications Services (ILDTS) instead of VoIP for optimum utilisation of the capacity of the submarine cable for
 arrow Govt seeks legal opinion
After failing to make a final decision on the 100MW Chandpur power project, the power ministry has sought legal opinion of the law ministry.
 arrow Sigma Huda's physical state normal
The jail authorities through a news briefing yesterday confirmed that the physical condition of former communications minister Nazmul Huda's wife Sigma Huda is normal.
 arrow Korean sweater plant gutted
A Korean sweater factory was gutted when a raging fire broke out in the 6-storied building in the Badda area, destroying all the machinery and goods in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Sofa set seized from Harris Chy's home
Kanaighat police yesterday seized one sofa set and a rack of clothes from the village home of Harris Chowdhury, former political secretary to the former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Man dies in police custody
An accused was allegedly tortured to death in police custody in Majheepara village under Sadar upazila of the district on Friday night.
 arrow Youth shot dead in Lalmatia
A youth was shot dead in the city's Lalmatia area last night while earlier in the day police recovered body of a housewife and rescued her minor daughter from a hotel room at Motijheel.
 arrow Russia pulls out of arms-control treaty
Russia yesterday suspended its participation in a key European arms control treaty that governs deployment of troops on the continent, the Kremlin said.
 arrow Veteran Republicans warn Bush over Iraq
In the clearest sign yet of Republican anxiety over Iraq, two party elder statesmen have urged President George W Bush to begin pulling US troops out of the sectarian cross-fire by the end of the year.
Businessarrow Donors now link aid for NGOs to reforms
Donor agencies now link aid flow for Bangladesh's non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to reforms in the sector, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report.
 arrow Govt offers expats privilege for investment
Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury held out government offer of special privilege for investment back in the country by Bangladeshi expatriates.
 arrow Platform launched to share brand, marketing insights
Bangladesh Brand Forum yesterday launched 'Marketers Meet' -- a platform to share recent brand and marketing insights in Bangladesh context.
 arrow Hot money influx 'cooling down' in China
The influx of speculative money from overseas, or hot money, into China's stock market is showing signs of slowdown thanks to recent cooling-down measures by the government, analysts said.
 arrow China launches Silk Market crackdown
A notorious Beijing counterfeit-goods emporium has ousted 150 merchants in its latest anti-piracy sweep, state media said Friday, but fake goods with foreign brand names remained openly available.
 arrow Oil prices push closer to all-time highs
Crude oil futures raced closer to all-time record highs Friday as speculative buying picked up amid tight US fuel supplies, analysts said.
 arrow Sarkozy, Merkel to tackle Airbus problems
The French president and German chancellor are to meet in the hometown of European plane maker Airbus, on Monday for talks on improving the management of its politically-charged parent company, EADS.
 arrow AKTEL offers gold coins to subscribers
As part of its 10th anniversary, mobile phone operator AKTEL yesterday launched a campaign titled 'The Golden Call' to offer gold coins to customers.
 arrow Efforts to achieve MDGs losing pace in South Asia
The efforts of South Asian countries in attaining the millennium development goals (MDGs) are losing momentum, revealed the South Asia MDGs report, Nepali National News Agency, RSS reported Saturday.
 arrow WTO rules against Japanese duties on ROK chip imports
The World Trade Organisation on Friday ruled that Japan's punitive tariffs on imports of semiconductors made by South Korean firm Hynix were illegal.
 arrow US may issue tougher safety import rules
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is preparing regulatory proposals that could mandate broader inspections of imports and impose stiffer penalties for those who ignore the safety rules, The New
 arrow Canada to review foreign takeover rules
Canada said on Thursday it was creating a panel to review the government's rules on foreign takeovers, amid a flurry of bids for Canadian companies.
 arrow GE profit up
US conglomerate General Electric said Friday second-quarter net profit rose 10 percent to 5.4 billion dollars as its consumer finance and infrastructure arms offset losses from subprime mortgages.
 arrow New MD of ONE Bank
Farman R Chowdhury has taken over as the managing director of ONE Bank Ltd with effect from July 10, 2007.
 arrow IMF accepting applications for its chief until Aug 31
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday formally launched its appeal for candidates to replace managing director Rodrigo Rato and said it would accept applications until August 31.
 arrow Wall Street rides momentum to fresh record highs
Wall Street lifted to a second straight day of record highs Friday, riding momentum from a powerful rally in the prior session as investors shook off a weak US retail spending report and a spike in oil
 arrow ADB decides to create 20-year special fund for Pakistan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to help create a 20-year 'Special Fund' for Pakistan aimed at extending a long-term source of funds for capacity building initiatives of various stakeholders
 arrow Proton won't be privatised, says minister
Malaysia has no plans to privatise national carmaker Proton and the issue of a strategic foreign partner for the troubled firm will be resolved as soon as possible, a minister said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Self-belief hinders Tigers
Was there only pain, frustration and embarrassment on the faces of the Bangladesh team members after crashing to another disgraceful innings and 193-run defeat against Sri Lanka? It may sound harsh but
 arrow Football: Mohammedan ride on Emeka, Zahid
The championship race of the inaugural professional football league eventually came down to the two city rivals when Mohammedan recorded a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Farashganj yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lost in every way
Maybe losing is not as bad after all. Bangladesh have done it so many times that maybe another 50 wouldn't hurt.
 arrow Cricket: Surprise early finish
In the post-match briefing yesterday, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was asked whether he expected such an emphatic win in the third Test after rain almost halted the first two day's play.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s suffer first loss
The Bangladesh under-19 side succumbed to a six-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka under-19s on the final day of their second three-day match at the Police Park ground in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Reshma shares lead
Reshma Jebun of Aruail School in Brahmanbaria was among four girls who are on top of the points table in the StanChart 9th National Schools Chess tournament at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Teammates happy with Becks
David Beckham was officially introduced to his LA Galaxy teammates Friday and it wasn't long before they were sharing a joke.
 arrow Football: Galaxy unveil Beckham
David Beckham's bid to bring football in from the fringes of American sport began amid a burst of confetti and booming rock music Friday as he took his first bow for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
 arrow Football: MU could face charges
Manchester United could be charged with "tapping up" Carlos Tevez if they continue to push for the striker's 35m pounds transfer without the agreement of the Premier League.
 arrow Football: Fergie fires back at Jose
Sir Alex Ferguson claims that José Mourinho's dig at Manchester United's summer spending spree proves his great rival is feeling the heat at Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Milan loan out Oliveira
European champions AC Milan have sent Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira on a season-long loan to Spanish side Real Zaragoza, the Serie A club confirmed on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Iran coach hits out at ban
Outraged Iran coach Amir Ghalenoei on Saturday lashed out at his touchline ban for the crunch Group C match with China.
 arrow Football: Bremen sign Carlos Alberto
Werder Bremen on Friday said they had finally secured the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Carlos Alberto from Corinthians.
 arrow Football: Nakamura blames weather
The scorching tropical weather is to blame for Australia's lacklustre showing in their Asian Cup debut, Japan and Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura believes.
 arrow Football: Becks debut on schedule
David Beckham says with proper treatment on a swollen ankle, he will go ahead as planned and make his Los Angeles Galaxy debut against England's Chelsea in a friendly on July 21.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison 'extremely doubtful'
England fast bowler Stephen Harmison was rated "extremely doubtful" on Saturday for next week's first Test against India here at Lord's after suffering fresh hernia problems.
 arrow Cricket: 'Win changed everything'
Watching West Indies celebrate their win over England in the one-day series was special, and marked a remarkable transformation in fortunes for such a brittle side.
 arrow Cricket: Janakantha lift DRU cricket title
The Daily Janakantha lifted the title of Pepsi-DRU six-a-side cricket tournament after they romped past Channel i by five wickets at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar warms up well
Sachin Tendulkar warmed up for next week's first Test at Lord's with a hundred against England Lions here Saturday.
 arrow Kabadi: Dhaka-Tangail final today
Tangail and Dhaka moved into the final of the Spectra Group 1st inter-district women's kabaddi competition after they won their respective semifinals at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Socceroos at loggerheads
Under-siege coach Graham Arnold back-tracked Saturday on his attack on the attitude of his misfiring team, saying he made the comments to spark them for their crucial Asian Cup clash with Thailand.
 arrow Football: Malouda gives Mourinho options
Even now Jose Mourinho admits that the best football any Chelsea team have played under his management was when Arjen Robben and Damien Duff - two left-wingers - were in the same side.
 arrow Football: A New life for the Beckhams
David Beckham was wowed the first time he set eyes on his new 22 million dollar California home, which he says will make putting down roots in Los Angeles that much easier.
 arrow Football: Montella returns to Sampdoria
Veteran striker Vincenzo Montella left AS Roma on Friday to return to Sampdoria where he spent three seasons in the 1990s.
 arrow Erratum
On Friday July 13, we ran a report titled "Arambagh stun Reds" which was published on the Sports page.
Metropolitanarrow Political will a must to resolve regional water issues
Political will is needed to resolve bilateral and multilateral water resource management issues in the region, environmental experts said yesterday.
 arrow Tale of two trafficked girls
Nine-year-old Moushumi and six-year-old Rabeya alias Rabu could never realise that they were about to fall victim to trafficking when they left their home for an uncertain destination.
 arrow First-ever contest to find out country’s 7 greatest structures
With a view to upholding the country's historical and cultural heritage, Radio Foorti, a private FM radio station, has launched the first-ever contest titled 'The Magnificent 7' to find out seven greatest
 arrow Guardians urge CG not to introduce SQ method
Guardians of high school students yesterday urged the caretaker government not to introduce Structural Question (SQ) method for SSC examinations in 2009, as most teachers, guardians and students are still
 arrow Road accidents kill 3
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow $3m IDB help to set up Fistula Centre
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to provide Bangladesh $3 million for setting up a National Fistula Centre (NFC) at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) for the treatment of fistula patients.
 arrow Ivory Coast to open mission in Dhaka
Ivory Coast will open a diplomatic mission in Bangladesh once the general elections, scheduled to be held in next January, is over.
 arrow Viewers of alternate films on rise
The number of audience who prefer alternate films that reflect cultural diversity, arts and values, to high-budget studio films, is increasing, speakers at a seminar on film said yesterday.
 arrow Acid victim...

 arrow Aga Khan urges Muslims to solve their problems through consensus
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims, yesterday committed himself to support democratic processes, find means to help ultra-poor and address political and theological tensions through
 arrow University student found dead in Comilla
A BBA student of the Northern University was killed here in the town yesterday.
 arrow SingHealth-Galaxy office opens in city
With a view to sharing medical expertise between Singapore and Bangladesh, SingHealth, one of the largest healthcare groups in Singapore, and Galaxy Healthcare Services formally opened an office in the
 arrow 8 Narsingdi students shifted to DMCH
Eight students of Adiabad Islamia Multipurpose High School, who were affected by a mysterious disease yesterday morning, have been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the afternoon.
 arrow City street named after KM Shafiullah
The road from Sajal Square on Green Road to Farmgate has been named after Maj Gen (retd) KM Shafiullah Bir Uttam in recognition to his contribution to the War of Liberation in 1971.
 arrow One run over by train in Rajshahi
An unidentified person was run over by a Dhaka-bound intercity express train at Bhadra rail crossing in Rajshahi city on Friday night.
Nationalarrow Fresh move to grab Sylhet Jalalabad Park's land
Ignoring protests by citizens' groups and environmentalists and violating a High Court order, Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) has decided to construct a multistoried complex in Jalalabad Park in the heart
 arrow BCC paralysed as mayor in jail, most of his aides absconding
Activities at Barisal City Corporation (BCC) have come to a standstill while the public utility services to the dwellers seriously hampered following arrest of the mayor and consequent fund crisis.
 arrow Police find fresh clues to Magura medicine scam
Police have found new clues to the May 25 medicine scam at the store of Magura Civil Surgeon's office after quizzing arrested storekeeper Lutfar Rahman.
 arrow BJA seeks urgent govt step to resume jute export to India
Convenor of Khulna unit of Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) Sheikh Kausar Ali said that India's reluctance to import raw jute has adversely affected export of the item from Khulna region.
 arrow More 336 jute workers axed in Khulna
Axe fell on more 336 permanent workers of laid-off Crescent Jute Mill (CJM). They received their termination notices Friday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Paradigm shift or are we missing something?
This piece is not intended as a criticism of the present CTG.
 arrow Morality in politics and society
The security of the people of a country depends more on the morality of the people who run the government than on its law and the constitution.
 arrow July 14 and the French Revolution
Every year since 1790, July 14 has been celebrated in France as the National Day.
 arrow Reforms: A citizen's view
Reform is in the air. The hesitant driblets about political reforms, originating initially from the civil society after the fateful 1/11, have been picked up with gusto by politicians of all hues.
Culturearrow Growing passion for acting
Muna, one of the central characters in the TV serial Pratnonari, currently being aired on Ekushey Television, is played by Farah Alam Ruma, better known as Farah Ruma.
 arrow "Bhager Manush" staged
As part of the ongoing Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07, Samay Natyasampradaya staged Bhager Manush yesterday at the Experimental Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Tenth anniversary of ATN Bangla
Today marks the tenth anniversary of ATN Bangla, the first satellite channel in Bangladesh. Starting in 1997, ATN Bangla now airs their programmes in 137 countries.
 arrow Talk Show "Heritage" on BTV
"Talk show Heritage is thought provoking and refreshing," according to the programme's host Wali-ur Rehman.
Internationalarrow Taliban leader vows more attacks against West
A commander of Afghanistan's Taliban militant group warned Western nations in an interview broadcast on US television Friday that they can expect more attacks on their soil.
 arrow North Korean reactor to shut down within days
UN inspectors arrived in North Korea yesterday to monitor the communist country's long-anticipated promise to scale back its nuclear weapons programme, while the top US nuclear envoy said he expectedPyongyang's
 arrow Iraqi MPs bristle under US push for oil law
Iraqi lawmakers insisted yesterday they will proceed at their own pace in approving a controversial oil law -- a key plank for uniting the country's warring sects -- despite growing US pressure.
 arrow Israel blows hot and cold towards Syria
While inviting new negotiations with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gives no sign that he is prepared to withdraw from the Golan Heights -- a prerequisite for such talks to succeed.
 arrow India plans national strategy to tackle global warming
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked policymakers to come up with a detailed national plan by November to tackle the effects of global warming, his office said yesterday.
 arrow Fresh fighting erupts in Lanka
Government troops clashed with separatist Tamil Tigers in northern Sri Lanka, leaving one soldier dead and 12 others wounded, while warplanes pounded a rebel camp with airstrikes Saturday, the military
 arrow US kills 6 militants using 'human shields' in Iraq
A US air strike in Iraq's restive Diyala province killed six alleged militants who sheltered behind women and children on the rooftop of a building on Saturday, the military said.
 arrow Indian doctor charged with supporting terrorists
Australian federal police yesterday charged an Indian doctor with providing "reckless" support to a terrorist organisation by giving his mobile phone SIM card to two of the suspects accused in the failed
 arrow Senate doubles Laden bounty to $50 million
The US Senate Friday doubled the bounty on Osama bin Laden to 50 million dollars, reflecting frustration that the Al-Qaeda mastermind remains free and rising anxiety over possible future attacks.
 arrow Olmert may offer Abbas another carrot
Ehud Olmert and Mahmud Abbas are likely to meet next week as the Israeli premier mulls further measures to bolster the Palestinian president, army radio reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Faizee's resignation should have come earlier
Faisal Mahmud Faizee's decision to quit the position of a judge of the High Court may be greeted by some with a sense of relief.
 arrow Editorial: US House vote for Iraq withdrawal
One couldn't agree more with the US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that it was time for the US president to listen to the American people's view on the war in Iraq.
 arrow Exceptional illegality theory and Bangladesh
Michael Byers of Duke University advocates the principle of exceptional illegality: "In a truly exceptional situation where a serious threat exists, no invitation can be obtained, and the UN SecurityCouncil
 arrow Chasing a dream of robust remittance
The expatriate Bangladeshis have remitted $5,984 million in the just-ended fiscal year 2006-07, posting a strong 25 per cent rise over the same period in the last fiscal.
 arrow Balancing act
With a roadmap to elections to be announced by the caretaker government on July 15, the country is rife with conjecture on the form of this handover.
Star Healtharrow Sleeping pills: A prescription for better sleep?
You know the tips for a good night's sleep. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Exercise regularly. Avoid caffeine and daytime naps. Keep stress under control. Relax before bedtime.
 arrow Experts create cholera vaccine using rice protein
Japanese scientists have engineered an oral cholera vaccine encased in rice protein that has proved to be effective in mice, raising hopes it will offer humans better protection against the disease.
 arrow Dental care of children from now onwards
Babies are born with no visible teeth. The 20 primary teeth (also called baby teeth or first teeth) erupt over the age from 6 months to one year.
 arrow Eating disorders may disrupt menstruation
Any type of eating disorder can boost a woman's likelihood of having irregular menstrual periods, a new study confirms.
 arrow Social Determinants of Life
Poverty, social exclusion, poor housing and poor health systems are among the main social causes of ill health. Differences in the quality of life within and between countries affect how long people live.
 arrow Shock and dismay at Libyan death sentence
International AIDS Society (IAS), which represents more than 11,000 healthcare workers in over 170 countries, has reacted with shock and dismay at the judgment by Libyan courts, which upholds the death
 arrow Late-starters can benefit from healthy habits: study
Even in middle age, adopting a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk for heart disease and premature death within years of changing habits, researchers reported.
 arrow Small turtles may carry salmonella: CDC
In a report, investigators from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere describe several cases of salmonella infection, including one fatality, linked to exposure to small
Star Cityarrow Ramna Park dotted with territorial markings of clubs, elite groups
Ramna Park, one of the oldest open spaces of Dhaka and apparently a well-maintained greenery of the city today, has a ridiculous story behind the curtain.
 arrow DCC's new venture unveils passenger sheds
Dhaka City Corporation has finally backed down from its previous stand and decided to install new passenger sheds at bus stops considering immense commuter sufferings -- especially during the monsoon.
 arrow Ramna Children's Park Welcomes All But Children

 arrow Loudspeakers go silent, businesses face uncertainty
Loudspeaker rental businesses in the capital continue to suffer losses as rentals took a nosedive due to ban on political activities in the country.
 arrow New sculpture at DU to bolster message of peace
Teachers-Student Centre at the University of Dhaka recently added a new sculpture called Shantir Pakhi (birds of peace) to its premise.
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