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Front Pagearrow 14,000 workers to lose jobs
The government has decided to shut down four state-owned jute mills and retrench 14,000 workers from 22 mills including these four as part of its three-year reform programme to revive the country's jute
 arrow None allowed to visit Hasina
The jail authorities did not allow Sheikh Hasina's close relatives and lawyers to meet her at the special jail yesterday to discuss the Anti-Corruption Commission's notice for submitting her wealth statement.
 arrow Market products in Lanka aggressively
Bangladesh will have to aggressively market its products in Sri Lanka and improve connectivity at the earliest to increase the paltry annual trade of $39 million, said Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha
 arrow Khaleda demands Hasina's release
Setting a rare example, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded immediate release of her arch political rival Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, and regretted failure of the administration
 arrow Buddha hair relic handed over to SL
Hair relics of Gautam Buddha were handed over to the representatives of Sri Lankan government at a festive ceremony at Chittagong Buddhist Monastery yesterday, marking a historic moment of sharing aninvaluable
 arrow MCCI critical of monetary policy
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has criticised the central bank's recently announced monetary policy, saying it will push up inflation and lending rate.
 arrow Panic leads to mass unconsciousness
Following an on-the-spot investigation in Narsingdi, a team of psychiatrists again termed the mysterious illness of school students "psychogenic illness" in a large scale.
 arrow Protests go on against arrest
Protest against the arrest of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and demand for her immediate release continued for the third consecutive day across the country yesterday.
 arrow 20 more top graft suspects getting ACC notice
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started serving notices on 20 more corruption suspects, including Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil, Sylhet Mayor Badruddin Ahmed Kamran, Rajshahi Mayor
 arrow Arrest warrant issued against Harris Chy
A Dhaka court yesterday placed controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun on a seven-day remand in connection with a case filed for concealing Tk 62.
 arrow Due legal process will be followed in Sigma's case
The foreign ministry yesterday assured that the legal proceedings against the detained Sigma Huda, a UN Special Rapporteur and wife of former BNP minister Nazmul Huda, would follow due process.
 arrow 3 cops among 5 jailed for bribery
A special court yesterday sentenced three police officers to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for taking Tk 14.
 arrow Draft policy on shipbreaking aims to protect environment
The government has prepared a draft policy on shipbreaking, aiming to protect the environment and prevent accidents during shipbreaking that claim many workers' lives every year.
 arrow Shipping ministry goes for Sonadia
The shipping ministry today places its recommendations to the advisers' committee on economic affairs for building the country's first deep-sea port at Sonadia island.
 arrow 4 JMB men arrested
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres and recovered 5kg power gel and 15 shells of high power hand grenade Tuesday night from Bajitpur of the district.
 arrow 5 of a family killed in gas cylinder blast
Five members of a family were killed and four others injured in a fire caused by a gas cylinder explosion at a tin-roofed bamboo made house at Jagannathpur upazila headquarters under Sunamganj district
 arrow Anti-reformists want to destroy party unity
Reformist leaders of BNP yesterday said the ones against reforms would not last in politics in the long run.
 arrow 200 feared killed in Brazilian air crash
A Brazilian passenger jet skidded off the runway after landing and burst into flames at a Sao Paolo airport on Tuesday, leaving as many as 200 people feared dead in what would be Brazil's deadliest air
 arrow 17 troops among 34 killed in Pak battles
Pakistani soldiers yesterday fought fierce gun battles with militants after two separate ambushes near the Afghan border, leaving 17 troops dead and at least the same number of rebels, the army said.
 arrow 3 top army officers transferred
Important changes have been made in Bangladesh Army by transferring three top officials.
 arrow 3 to die for '93 Mumbai bombings
An Indian anti-terror court yesterday sentenced to death three people convicted of involvement in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 which killed 257 people, court officials said.
 arrow Bhaluka UNO held for bribery
The joint forces yesterday arrested Bhaluka Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) on charges of bribery.
 arrow Rejoinder
In response to an interview published in The Daily Star yesterday under the headline "Sircar might have to refund money, says Akbar Ali Khan on Tk 28 lakh medical bill", Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar hassaid
Businessarrow BB rolls out home loans at 10pc interest rate
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday introduced a housing scheme to offer loans at highest 10 percent interest rate for low and middle-income people in urban areas.
 arrow Traders, banks asked to blacklist errant foreign buyers
The central bank governor has suggested that the trade bodies and banks should blacklist the foreign buyers who often do not make payment against their letters of credit.
 arrow Adviser calls for united stand
The labour and employment adviser yesterday underscored the need for united efforts of government, employers and workers to ensure compliance and standards in the country's readymade garment (RMG) sector.
 arrow 25,000 retrenched workers yet to be accommodated in Adamjee, Karnaphuli EPZs
As many as 25000 retrenched workers' ray of hope of being employed in the newly shaped areas of defunct Adamjee Jute Mills and Chittagong Steel Mills has now been dashed for Bepza's (Bangladesh Export
 arrow Global economy resisting high oil prices
The world economy is bounding ahead, largely unaffected by record high crude oil prices, which have quadrupled over the past six years, economists say.
 arrow Dow Jones approves Murdoch takeover deal
The board of US media firm Dow JonesCo voted to approve a five-billion-dollar takeover bid by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the target company announced late Tuesday.
 arrow GMG Airlines to fly to four new int'l routes
Private GMG Airlines will fly to four new international destinations -- Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirate and Pakistan -- by the year-end, officials announced yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow CityCell launches wireless internet
Mobile phone operator CityCell yesterday launched wireless internet service.
 arrow Indian firm buys US telecom data service provider
Reliance Communications has acquired the US telecom data services Yipes Holdings for 300 million dollars, marking the Indian company's foray into lucrative American enterprise data market.
 arrow Etihad now flies to Sydney daily
Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi to Sydney service has increased from three flights a week to daily a week, says a press release.
 arrow WTO negotiators attempt to break Doha deadlock
The WTO launched a crucial bid to break the deadlock in the Doha Round of global trade talks on Tuesday with new proposals that advocate sharp cuts in US farm support and in developing country industrial
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aftab saves blushes
Frustration loomed large with yet another top-order flop but Aftab Ahmed salvaged Bangladesh to a three-wicket victory in the build-up limited-overs game against Sri Lanka Invitational XI at the Police
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh lift ACC title
Bangladesh women's cricket team successfully launched their campaign in international cricket when they emerged champions in the ACC Women's Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sides keep faith in pace
Sourav Ganguly believes India's fast bowlers hold the key to their three-Test series against England which gets underway at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: High on passion
Sachin Tendulkar says it is a passion for cricket rather than a desire to keep adding to his already impressive list of records that provides the reason for him to extend his career.
 arrow Cricket: Ash pleased with 1st win
Only on the morning of the match, the Bangladesh team management was informed that the venue was changed again.
 arrow Chess: BCF confirms Zia for Chess World Cup
Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) yesterday confirmed world chess governing body FIDE that it will send Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman for the Chess World Cup 2007 to be held at Khanty-Mansyisk in Russia in
 arrow Football: Booters report to Nayeem
All the players except defender Saikat and GM Mamun of the 25-member national squad for the Nehru Cup reported to new coach Syed Nayeemuddin yesterday at the BFF Bhaban.
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj hold Farashganj
Rahmatganj finally managed to move from the base of the B. League table when they held fellow old-Dhaka outfit Farashganj 1-1 in yesterday's match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: That special something
On June 20, 1996 Father Michael John, the principal of St Joseph's Boys' High School in Bangalore, ended the morning assembly with an announcement: "One of our own, Rahul Dravid, will be making his Test
 arrow Football: Voronin shines on Reds debut
Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin scored twice to shine on his Liverpool debut as the Premier League side enjoyed a 3-2 friendly win over Bundesliga team Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Korea secure qtrs berth
South Korea squeezed into the Asian Cup quarterfinals with a narrow 1-0 victory over Indonesia here on Wednesday, silencing 90,000 heartbroken fans in the heaving Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
 arrow Football: Drogba delights Chelsea
Didier Drogba's 80th-minute strike lifted Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over South Korean side Suwon Bluewings here Tuesday in a friendly football match.
 arrow Cycling: Evans emerges as Vino vanquishes
Another dramatic day of racing in the thin air of the French Alps left Cadel Evans gasping for breath, but inching closer to the Tour de France yellow jersey on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil on top
Brazil and Argentina have both benefited from their surge to the final of the Copa America, with Dunga's side moving up two places to assume top spot following their victory in the competition and runners-up
 arrow Football: Ayala quits int'l football
Veteran Argentine defender Roberto Ayala, officially presented by Real Zaragoza on Wednesday, used the occasion to reveal he is quitting international football after winning a national record 115 caps.
 arrow Football: Rooney backs Tevez chase
Wayne Rooney has given the thumbs up to Manchester United's 30 million pound move for Argentina striker Carlos Tevez after admitting that he is desperate to team-up with the West Ham star.
 arrow Chess: Shaati girls' champion
Indian player Shaati Majumder emerged unbeaten champion in the girls' group of the 9th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament yesterday. The student of Kolkata Indira Gandhi School secured 6.
 arrow Football: BFF selects 41 for U-16 team
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named 41 players for the preliminary Under-16 national squad for the AFC Youth Championship qualifiers.
 arrow Handball: Eves' handball from today
Madaripur will take on hosts Dhaka in the opening match of the Basic Bank 18th National Women's Handball Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Malik stands by Lawson
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said that the Pakistan Cricket Board had made the right decision in appointing Geoff Lawson as coach.
 arrow Cricket: Powell buries own rib
It has been, not to put too fine a point on it, a hell of a few weeks for Glamorgan's Mike Powell.
 arrow Football: Roma complete Giuly signing
Roma completed the signing of Ludovic Giuly from Spanish side Barcelona on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Roche to coach Hewitt
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt on Wednesday hired compatriot Tony Roche as his coach in an attempt to return to the pinnacle of men's tennis.
Metropolitanarrow Establish right to information for accountable govt
Establishing the right to information can ensure an accountable, transparent and pro-people government, speakers at a roundtable yesterday said.
 arrow Govt mulls comprehensive law to check irregular migration
The government has undertaken a number of initiatives, including modernising the passport issuing process and strengthening Bangladesh missions abroad, to check irregular migration and prevent the sufferings
 arrow Female student strangled in city
A female student who passed SSC examination with GPA-5 from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College this year was strangled inside her flat at Moghbazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hasina could have been held in other ways
Former adviser to a caretaker government Sultana Kamal yesterday said a summon could have been issued before arresting Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow ‘Ensure efficient management for quality railway service’
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for greater investment in and efficient management of the railway in order to revive its image as the 'cheapest and quickest means of travel'.
 arrow Rab claims close to detect killer
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), investigating the killing of Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Sayma Khanum, yesterday said they are close to detect the killer.
 arrow Hair relics of Buddha handed over to Lankan representatives
The handing over ceremony of Gautam Buddha's hair relics yesterday afternoon assumed a festive look as a large number of devotees from different places of the port city and outside gathered at Chittagong
 arrow Murder of Adv Sayma Khanum condemned
Different organisations have condemned the murder of Advocate Sayma Khanum, Supreme Court lawyer and former cultural affairs secretary of Dhaka Bar Association, at her Elephant Road Apartment in the city
 arrow IGP orders probe into harassment of Narsingdi journalist
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad on Tuesday ordered investigation into allegation of harassment of a journalist by the Narsingdi police.
 arrow President visits ailing Sabina in Singapore
President Iajuddin Ahmed, now in Singapore for medical check-up, on Tuesday visited ailing singer Sabina Yasmin at National Cancer Centre of General Hospital in Singapore.
 arrow India to cut rate for Saarc, Bimstec tourists
India has decided to cut the rate of entry tickets to cultural monuments and world heritage sites for tourists from Saarc and Bimstec countries and bring them down at par with Indian nationals.
 arrow Barisal mayor sued for extortion
A construction contractor yesterday filed an extortion case against detained Barisal city Mayor Mojibor Rahman Sarwar and local BNP leader Azizul Haque Akkas.
 arrow 12 wagons of goods train derail in Mymensingh
Twelve wagons of a Jamalpur-bound goods train from Akhaura derailed near Shambhuganj Biska Railway Station in the district early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Robbery in two Keraniganj jewellery shops
Robbers looted gold ornaments and cash worth Tk 17 lakh from two jewellery shops at Nasiruddin Super Market in South Keraniganj early yesterday.
 arrow 3 manpower brokers held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three manpower brokers with Tk 4.40 lakh and seized 34 illegal passports and fake medical certificates from their possession at Paltan in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow BNP-Jamaat men become Khagrachhari hill dist council members
Four BNP-Jamaat men have been appointed members of the Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC), according to an official order issued on July 12, KHDC sources said.
 arrow Move to improve law and order situation in 16 N dists
Rajshahi Range police have undertaken a new initiative to improve the law and order situation in16 northern districts.
 arrow 'Save our academic life'
The students of Khalishpur People's Jute Mills High School at a press conference held at Khulna Press Club appealed to the chief adviser (CA) of caretaker government Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed to save theiracademic
 arrow 2 biscuits cost child's life!
Only two biscuits cost the precious life of a student of Changmari Government Primary School in Sundarganj upazila yesterday, police said.
 arrow PBCP man gets 14-year RI for keeping arms
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was sentenced to 14-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court here for keeping arms yesterday.
 arrow 8 witnesses examined
One more prosecution witness (PW) of the sensational Arnab murder case in Kaliganj upazila gave his statement before a court here yesterday.
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Point-Counterpointarrow Minus-two formula: A democratic interpretation!
The necessity of reforms in our political party systems seems to be the general consensus in the country. As part of this reform process, the minus-two formula has cropped up.
 arrow How is post 1/11 Bangladesh doing?
I was in Dhaka for ten days, just before two recent major developments: declaration of election road map and the arrest of Sheikh Hasina.
Culturearrow 17th National Art Biennale: A recap
The month-long 17th National Art Biennale ended on July 16 at the National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
 arrow Today's play "Koinna"
As part of the ongoing Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07, arranged by Mahakal Natyasampradaya to mark its 24th anniversary, Prachyanat will stage Koinna today at the Experimental Stage.
 arrow Ushering in the monsoon with song and dance
Cultural organisation Ruposhi Bangla arranged a programme to celebrate the season of Borsha at the Saifur Rahman Auditorium in Sylhet recently.
 arrow Bharati Shivaji: Revitalising a nascent art form
Indian danseuse Bharati Shivaji lives and breathes the upcoming genre of Mohiniyattam.
 arrow "Molière": Life and times of the theatre genius
Centuries before the madcap comedy stylings of Jerry Lewis, the French flocked to see the satirical plays of Molière.
Generalarrow $16m WB credit to fight bird flu
The World Bank has approved a $16 million credit for Bangladesh from the International Development Association (IDA) to support the country's efforts to minimise the threat and risk of Highly Pathogenic
 arrow 15 more fake students identified at DU
A Dhaka University (DU) probe committee yesterday primarily identified 15 more cases of forgery in admission at three departments.
 arrow Buet MME dept programme today
Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) of Bangladesh Engineering and Technology (Buet) organises a 'Meet the Deptt of MME' programme at the Buet Council Building at 9:00am today.
 arrow NU 3rd yr (Hons) results published
National University has started publishing the results of its 3rd year Honours part-3 (2005) examinations, says a press release.
 arrow Entries invited
Entries are invited from the young artists for the 12th Berger Young Painters' Art Competition (BYPAC), says a press release.
Internationalarrow N Korea willing to disable all nuclear facilities
North Korea is willing to disable all nuclear facilities this year, disarmament negotiators said yesterday, just hours after UN experts confirmed its main reactor site had been shut down.
 arrow Controversy on as India elects president today
More controversy hit the favourite to win India's increasingly bitter presidential race yesterday, a day before votes are cast.
 arrow Muslim charity accused of terror funding in US court
An organisation which was once the largest Muslim charity in the United States has gone on trial for funding terrorism in a case set to test the administration's legal weapons in the "war on terror.
 arrow Musharraf vows war on militants, rules out declaring emergency
President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday Pakistan was now in open battle with Islamic militants who have launched a spate of suicide attacks, but ruled out declaring a state of emergency.
 arrow Libya finally commutes death sentence of 6 foreign medics
Bulgaria said yesterday it had begun steps to secure the transfer from Libya of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor reprieved from death sentences over the infection of children with the AIDS
 arrow British fighters intercept Russian bombers
Royal Air Force fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers heading for British airspace, The Times said yesterday, prompting fierce denials of brinkmanship from Moscow.
 arrow US arrests top al-Qaeda man in Iraq
US forces have arrested the most senior Iraqi member of al-Qaeda in Iraq and believe he is a go-between between the group's foreign leaders and Osama bin Laden, a military spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Thailand lifts ban on new parties
Thailand lifted a ban yesterday on forming new political parties, but it remains unclear whether ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra's party can regroup in time to contest polls expected by year's end.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Strengthening local government
We note with satisfaction that the chief adviser (CA) of the caretaker government has asked an expert committee to put forward recommendations for recasting the country's local government institutions
 arrow Editorial: Unauthorised recruitment
Twelve public universities in the country have appointed 2,000 teachers and employees without due approval from the University Grants Commission (UGC), which means an annual financial burden of Tk 16crore
 arrow Corruption -- is it a systemic or human failure?
Anatomy of corruption is an enigma, or is it? Why is it that after having topped the list of the most corrupt (government I hasten to add, not the country Bangladesh) we have, until very recently, done
 arrow Coping with the backlash
After the cordoning of Lal Masjid on July 3, intercepted messages confirmed information about a likely strike in Swat to seize control of the mountainous region in and around Kanju, a fairly recentlybuilt
 arrow Film festival focuses on plight of refugees
The world is witnessing a disturbing trend of people being uprooted from their homes and forced to flee for fear of their lives.
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