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Front Pagearrow JMB patron Aminul jailed
Former post and telecommunications minister barrister Aminul Haque and 24 others were yesterday sentenced to 31 years and six months' imprisonment in the first-ever judgment of a case for patronisingIslamist
 arrow MK Alamgir handed 13 years over graft
A tribunal designed to try the graft cases yesterday sentenced former state minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir to 13 years in prison and fined him Tk 10 lakh.
 arrow Dulu given 8 years for arson, looting
A Natore court yesterday sentenced former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu to eight years in prison for guiding and abetting arson and damage of houses at three villages in Naldanga
 arrow JMB ruled supreme with their blessings
Barrister Aminul Haque, ex-BNP minister sentenced to a 31-year term yesterday, not only blatantly patronised Islamist militants using the police and administration during the BNP-Jamaat-led coalitiongovernment
 arrow Electoral talks with parties to start in September
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) will definitely start holding talks with the political parties on electoral issues in September and hoped
 arrow Fugitive Dipjol gets 17 yrs in arms case
A special tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced Dhaka City Corporation's pro-BNP ward commissioner and film actor Monwar Hossain Dipjol to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment for possessing illegal firearms
 arrow More areas go under flood waters
The flood situation across the country worsened yesterday as heavy rain continued raising the water level in almost all the major rivers including the Jamuna and Padma.
 arrow Justice delivered
With nine bolts and a stainless-steel rod inside his legs and all fingers broken and permanently bent, Fazlur Rahman still suffers the pain but the justice he received yesterday gave him some consolation.
 arrow Bangladesh can become middle income country by 2016, says WB
Bangladesh can develop into a middle-income country (MIC) by 2016 if it liberalise trade further, increase energy prices, privatise selected state-owned enterprises and maintain its past record of economic
 arrow Go back home, get new job permit
South Korea has urged the irregular Bangladeshi workers there to return home voluntarily so that they can take advantage of Employment Permit System (EPS), a new recruitment plan for the foreign workers
 arrow Hasina gets a week to submit wealth report
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday extended the deadline by another seven working days for submitting wealth statement of detained Awami League President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Bush welcomes roadmap to polls by 2008
US President George W Bush has welcomed the roadmap to general elections in Bangladesh and praised the caretaker government's commitment to hold the elections in 2008.
 arrow Tragic death of a schoolboy
A speeding bus on the wrong side of the road ran over a nine-year-old schoolboy at Kuril on Progati Sarani yesterday killing him on the spot.
 arrow Circular for NGOs to spend 50pc fund in visible dev cancelled
The government yesterday cancelled a circular of Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Affairs Bureau issued on July 17 directing NGOs to ensure transparency in receiving and spending foreign funds.
 arrow Manju, family sued for graft
Two graft cases have been filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against former communications minister Anwar Hossain Manju, his wife Tasnima Hossain, their daughter Shima Hossain and another person.
 arrow Charges pressed against Minu in extortion case
Charges have been pressed against Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor and former BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu and ten others in an extortion case.
 arrow Zillur sceptical about justice
Awami League (AL) acting President Zillur Rahman yesterday said he was unhappy at the way party presidium member Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir has been punished.
 arrow Ex-CCF Gani, wife sued for giving false info about wealth
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against detained Chief Conservator of Forest Osman Gani and his wife Mohsen Ara Gani for giving false wealth statement to the commission.
 arrow Stagnant rainwater

 arrow Islamic Economic Forum confce in Dhaka in Nov
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday welcomed and assured his government's full support for holding the first regional conference of World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Dhaka November 5-6this
 arrow Army kicks off anti-graft drive in CHT
Bangladesh army launched a new military operation titled "Alor Sondhane" (in search of light) with a view to curb corruption in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Teacher shot dead in city
Criminals shot dead a teacher inside the office room of a coaching centre at Kalabagan in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh-bound railway line

 arrow 3 cops jailed for mugging
Three policemen and their informers were yesterday sentenced to four years' rigorous imprisonment for mugging Tk 14 lakh from a businessman in August last year.
 arrow Heavy Traffic

 arrow Afghan, US forces kill 60 Taliban
Afghan and US-led forces killed more than 50 Taliban in a 12-hour battle in the country's opium-growing heartland, while ten rebels and a policeman died in separate fighting, officials said.
 arrow HC declares detention of Selim illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the detention of Awami League presidium member and former minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim.
 arrow 50 Iraq football fans killed in car bombs
The death toll from two car bomb attacks on Iraqi football fans celebrating their side's Asian Cup semi-final win has risen to at least 50 dead and 90 wounded, according to the US military yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan tests cruise missile
Pakistan said it successfully test-fired a cruise missile yesterday capable of delivering nuclear warheads deep into India.
Businessarrow Mittal hopes to end formalities by 2008
Even as the three billion investment proposal awaits the nod of Bangladesh government, India's Mittal Group, promoted by P K Mittal and V K Mittal, has said it is confident of completing formalities within
 arrow WIEF regional forum meet in Dhaka Nov 3-5
The private sector must take the lead in integrating economies among the region's Muslim-majority nations who are part of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), which is due to hold its first regional
 arrow Int'l confce on accountancy kicks off today
Aiming to find out more transparent way to ensure accountants' services to the stakeholders, a two-day long international conference styled 'Transparency, accountability and the accountant' begins today
 arrow Rich states criticised for 'failure' to allocate funds for achieving MDGs
Journalists and media personalities from South Asian countries have criticised developed nations for their 'failure' to allocate the funds they earlier promised for achieving the millennium development
 arrow East Asian growth robust: ADB
Economic growth in emerging East Asia was stronger than expected in the first half this year but soaring capital inflows have become a big concern, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Thursday.
 arrow US, developing states criticise WTO proposals on industrial trade
The United States and prominent developing nations on Wednesday dampened hopes of swift progress in stuttering global trade talks by sharply criticising proposals for cuts in barriers to industrial goods
 arrow 4-day textile machinery expo begins
A four-day international exhibition of textile and garment machinery, accessories, fabrics and related services started at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Italy-Bangla jt venture plant in Karnaphuli EPZ soon
A joint venture company of Italy and Bangladesh will set up a plant for producing rolling shutter and accessories in Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (EPZ).
 arrow Local businesses urged to visit expo in S'pore
Organisers of an international exhibition in Singapore have urged Bangladeshi businesspeople to visit the fair scheduled for August 15 -19.
 arrow Telekom Malaysia's half-yearly profit jump 30pc
Telekom Malaysia on Thursday announced a 29.8 percent jump in half-year net profit on improvements in its domestic operations and boosted by a one-off gain.
 arrow China to unseat Germany as exports champion
China will dethrone Germany as the world's leading export nation next year, according to a survey published by the DIHK German federation of chambers of commerce on Thursday.
 arrow S'pore Airlines' first A380 flight to be sold for charity
Singapore Airlines, the first airline in the world to fly the new Airbus A380, is preparing for the first commercial flight of the new double-decker jumbo jet, from Singapore to Sydney and return in October
 arrow Rupali Ins declares 20pc stock dividend
Rupali Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 20 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Real or rumour?
After Wednesday's midnight drama that saw almost all the private TV channels prominently displaying a new ad-hoc committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the government kept everyone guessingyesterday
 arrow Football: Khulna Abahani break Mohammedan heart
Khulna Abahani did a favour to their more illustrious Dhaka wing when the bottom-table side held visiting Mohammedan to a 1-1 draw in yesterday's crucial B. League match at the Khulna Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers return tomorrow
The Bangladesh cricket team will return from their shambolic tour of Sri Lanka on Saturday evening.
 arrow Football: Teams for Nehruand Merdeka tourneys
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday confirmed Bangladesh's opponents in the two international football tournaments to be played next moth in Malaysia and India.
 arrow Moeen urges clean sports arena
Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed on Thursday called upon all to come forward to free the country's sporting arena from corruption, nepotism, politics and drugs.
 arrow Cricket: England wary of backlash
India's much lauded middle-order quartet may have failed to score a fifty between them during the drawn first Test but England fast bowler Chris Tremlett believes that could change come the second match
 arrow Cricket: Fleming, Bond approached
New Zealand Test captain Stephen Fleming has been approached to play in a multi-million dollar rebel Twenty20 series in India later this year, an Australian media report said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: CSA gets players on board
Cricket South Africa (CSA), the South African Cricketers Association (SACA), and the country's six professional franchises have agreed on a business model expected to make professional players "genuine
 arrow Football: Iraq seek a fairytale ending
Iraq's beleaguered soccer team are pinning their hopes on a fairytale ending to their Asian Cup story after logistical blunders and slapdash preparations plunged their campaign into disarray even before
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld not going berserk
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld insisted on Thursday he is refusing to get carried away despite his "dream team" reaching Saturday's German League Cup final in Leipzig.
 arrow Football: Crouch assured of Reds role
Liverpool striker Peter Crouch on Thursday said he was confident of playing a key role this season despite intense new competition for places.
 arrow Cycling: Le Tour de Farce
Shaken to its core and its future in doubt, the Tour de France was beginning its final swing toward the finish in Paris -- stripped of its race leader, unceremoniously sent home under a cloud of doping
 arrow Football: Rafa side-steps Jose barbs
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez refused to be drawn into a new dispute with Jose Mourinho on Thursday after the latest verbal salvo from the Chelsea boss.
 arrow Montoya set for Indy hattrick
Colombian racer Juan Pablo Montoya will become the first driver to start Formula One, Indy-car and stock car events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he takes to the track here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Italian Cup revamped
The Italian Cup has been revamped for the forthcoming season in an attempt to increase its diminishing popularity, the Italian Football League (Lega-Calcio) announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick advances at Indianapolis
Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals of the Indianapolis tennis championships on Wednesday while boyhood friend Mardy Fish bowed out after one set with a knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: Tremlett grateful to Warne
Chris Tremlett said the experience of playing alongside Australia duo Shane Warne and Stuart Clark had played a major role in his elevation to the England Test side.
 arrow Cricket: Five kept out of T20 WC
The international Cricket Council Thursday announced the umpires and match referees for the inaugural Twenty20 world championships, excluding five involved in April's shambolic World Cup final.
 arrow Tennis: Osterloh shocks Bartoli
Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli of France crashed out of the 600,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here Wednesday, falling in three sets to Lilia Osterloh.
Metropolitanarrow Amend constitution for balance of power
Political leaders and academicians at a seminar yesterday stressed the need to amend the constitution in order to ensure decentralisation of power and maintain balance of power.
 arrow Constitutional rights of indigenous people demanded
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of indigenous people.
 arrow US$3m SDC support to strengthen local govt
The Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) yesterday launched a technical assistance programme worth US$3 million for local governance support project (LGSP) of the government.
 arrow BNP leader murdered in Jessore
A BNP leader was stabbed to death at Sheikhhati in Jessore town on Wednesday night.
 arrow Illegal Ctg biscuit factory, Bonoful Co fined
A mobile court in separate anti-adulteration drives in the port city yesterday unearthed an illegal biscuit factory and fined Bonoful and Company Tk 30000.
 arrow Third series of BBC Sanglap begins tomorrow
The third Series of the 'BBC Bangladesh Sanglap', an open discussion and debate programme to further strengthen the democratic practice and culture in Bangladesh, begins tomorrow.
 arrow $16m WB support to fight bird flu
The government yesterday signed an agreement worth 16 million dollars with the International Development Association (IDA) to support the country's efforts to minimise the threat and risk of Highly Pathogenic
 arrow Prof Muzaffer, Dr Abdul Matin elected Bapa president, secy
Prof Muzaffer Ahmad and Dr Md Abdul Matin have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) respectively for the next two years, says a press release.
 arrow Govt to ensure transparency at all levels: Law adviser
Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said the main principle of the present caretaker government is to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of the administration.
 arrow 200 RU teachers go no leave demanding Hasina's release
Some 200 teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) under the banner of Progressive Teachers' Society went on a day's leave en masse yesterday in an extraordinary move to demand the release of Awami LeaguePresident
 arrow Fruit seller killed
A fruit seller was killed in front of hundreds of people at the court intersection of Jessore town on Wednesday.
 arrow Circulation Managers' Assoc executives
Md Mosleh Uddin of the Daily Ittefaq and Md Billal Hossain of the Dainik Dinkal were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Newspaper Circulation Managers' Association recently, says apress
 arrow Novera's first anniversary of death today
Today is the first death anniversary of Novera Deepita, a reporter of The Daily Star, says a press release.
 arrow Tornado lashes 2 upazilas in Comilla
A tornado lashed some nine villages under two upazilas in the district yesterday damaging over 147 thatched houses and uprooting a large number of trees. Power supply in the areas was also disrupted.
 arrow Orbis Student Ambassadors leave Dhaka
Orbis Student Ambassadors, a delegation of Orbis International, left Bangladesh yesterday after a three-day visit.
 arrow Two robbers arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two accomplices of Shahin Shikder, a notorious gang leader of robbers, with bullets and lethal weapons from Kafrul in the city early yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Why must Khalishpur die?
Last week, I accompanied members of the "Jatiyo Tran Committee" (a voluntary group headed by Justice Gholam Rabbani, formed to provide assistance to distressed citizens) who had collected funds to help
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's arrest and its aftermath
Sheikh Hasina's arrest has sparked off a spate of comments, mainly accusing the government of being unnecessarily harsh on her, if the post-arrest news commentaries and the talk shows on TV are any guide,
 arrow Are they being banished or embellished?
Although the government's activities are geared to executing the "minus two" formula, some of its tactics seem to be working, by default, in favour of the two ladies.
 arrow Modern slavery
Slavery is as old as human civilisation. The world's great founding cultures, including those of Mesopotamia, China, Egypt and India accepted slavery as a fact of life.
Culturearrow Grooming young talents in classical music
AT a recent workshop on classical music, two young disciples of Begum Shipra Khan -- known to her students as 'Guru ma' -- presented a collection of ragas to the assembled audience of music lovers.
 arrow Cultural Etiquette: Gone Amiss?
As a visitor to the country, I enjoy going to the cultural events occasionally.
 arrow Shomoy-er Kotha: Discussion series on crucial issues
Talking about discussion series "Shomoy-er Kotha", Syed Munir Khasru, the moderator of the show, says, "When I was approached by BTV authorities to plan an unbiased discussion programme on the current
 arrow Musical evening at Bengal Café
Matrix Solutions arranged a solo musical programme featuring Lopa Hossain at Bengal Café on July 25.
 arrow Songs of National Poet at Nazrul Institute
Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad's monthly programme "Bulbul" was held at Nazrul Institute Auditorium on July 25.
 arrow "Brishtir Phool": Film adaptation of Shamsur Rahman's novel
In the tele-film Brishtir Phool, Professor of Philosophy Jamil Akther is a middle-aged bachelor who, much to his reluctance, finds himself in a developing relationship with a smart, much younger
 arrow Matt Damon sides with Bourne over Bond
Matt Damon's amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne shares initials with another notorious screen operative. But other than that, Damon doesn't see any similarities between Bourne and Bond.
Generalarrow 'Enforce ban on punishment at educational instts'
Speakers at a roundtable in the port city yesterday urged the authorities of all educational institutions to enforce a ban on all sorts of physical and mental punishment.
 arrow Argument in 2 cases July 30
Argument in two cases related to series bomb blasts will now be held at Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on July 30.
 arrow Muggers kill day labourer in Bogra
A day labourer was stabbed to death by a gang of muggers at Mokamtala area under Shibaganj upazila here on Wednesday night. The victim was identified as Momin, 35.
 arrow Commodore Mustafiz promoted to Rear Admiral
Commodore Mustafizur Rahman was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral yesterday, says an ISPR release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Corruption and the Jamaat
Communications Adviser M.A. Matin's observations on the involvement or otherwise of the leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami in corruption have surprised us.
 arrow Editorial: For an ad hoc PAC
With the parliamentary oversight of government accounts through public accounts committee (PAC) missing, an alternative arrangement has to be worked out to scrutinise state sector accounts and evaluate
 arrow Praying for rain
It isn't only struggling cricket teams that pray for rain.
 arrow Teaching the teachers
To say it in the words of Gabriel Garcia Marquez a whirlwind is setting down roots, not in the center of the town as he writes in Leaf Storm, but in the heart of our politics.
Letters to Editorarrow Poverty
I was reading in newspaper the other day that in India a newborn baby was found in a field when a farmer was plowing the soil, the child was still alive as God saved it.
 arrow Global warming
According to the campaigners, global warming will force out more than 1 billion people from their homes before 2050, as they warn in a new report. Climate change will create a world of many Darfurs.
 arrow Biman PLC - some suggestions
It is interesting to note that Biman is now a Private Limited Company (PLC).
 arrow Rainwater
We all know that water is one of the Earth's most essential resources and life depends on it. A proper management system should be developed to capture rainwater.
 arrow Power generation
Sabrina Rashid's letter on the matter (23 July) is fairly premature. Planning to generate "x" megawatt of power, and making it available in the grid are two separate matters.
 arrow Comments
"Command economy" failed in the long run, that is for sure, but it gave the USSR and others a boost that could not have been possible in any other way.
 arrow A coincidence?
Is it a mere coincidence that the governments of all the major countries of the Indian sub-continent are now being headed by former World Bank officials? Unless we can break free from the clutchesof
 arrow Dhaka University teachers
In several newspapers today (21 July), I find the report that some teachers of the Dhaka University are going to protest the arrest of Sheikh Hasina and the confinement of Khaleda.
 arrow Reform issue
This refers to the article 'Reforms and the Military' by Mr. Nurul Huda.
 arrow State of our education
The current state of education in Bangladesh is very deplorable. The maintenance of quality education is a challenging issue. The education in Bangladesh is mainly theoretical and memory based.
 arrow Teachers in distress
The present caretaker government is taking many effective steps in each and every sector for the greater interest of the nation, which have been appreciated highly at home and abroad.
 arrow Law and order slide
The caretaker government despite making serious efforts apparently could not make much headway in two sectors e.g. improvement of law and order and arrest of the price hike.
Environmentarrow Forest crisis and the exclusion of the poor
On the 1.53m hectares of land under statutory authority of the Forest Department, current government policy restricts the role of the rural poor both in improving forests and in benefiting from them.
 arrow Low flow in the Ganges, its adverse impacts and the proposed barrage
The writer read in The Daily Star dated 24th June, 2007 about the Kushtia Dialogue on the problems faced in the southwestern region of the country as a result of low flow in the Ganges and its distributaries
 arrow Coal: Facts and findings
Coal is a combustible, sedimentary, organic rock formed from ancient vegetation, transformed by the combined effects of temperature, pressure and microbial action over a considerable time period.
Worldarrow Alarm in Nepal as Maoists build up new clout
Nepal's Maoists are cementing their new found political clout by establishing unions that could cripple the country and undermine a fragile peace deal, industry figures have warned.
 arrow British FM urges support for Pak terror fight
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called yesterday for international support for Pakistani President Pervez's efforts to combat al-Qaeda and Taliban militants along the Afghan frontier.
 arrow US tries to smooth Pak al-Qaeda row
The United States Wednesday stressed it was acutely concerned about infringing Pakistani sovereignty, after Islamabad bristled at its threats of strikes against al-Qaeda in restive tribal areas.
 arrow Iraq's neighbours grapple with war refugee influx
Countries hosting hundreds of thousands of Iraqis uprooted by war met yesterday in Jordan to grapple with the social and economic burdens amid appeals for help from rights groups.
 arrow Bush wants ME deal within this yr: Abbas
US President George W Bush is looking to reach a final status Israeli-Palestinian agreement before he leaves office, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Group of US lawmakers threatens to block nuke deal with India
A bi-partisan group of lawmakers warned Wednesday that Congress could block a landmark US-India nuclear cooperation deal if it sidesteps safeguards to prevent military uses of the technology.
 arrow S Korea seeks to break hostage deadlock
With the lives of the 22 remaining South Korean hostages hanging in the balance, the Seoul government yesterday dispatched a presidential envoy to the area to pick up the failed negotiations.
 arrow Explosion at Syrian ordnance depot kills 15 soldiers
An explosion went off at an ordnance depot inside a military complex outside the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, killing at least 15 soldiers and wounding 50 others, the state news agency said.
 arrow Democrats push new Iraq pullout bill
House Democrats have drafted new Iraq legislation they hope will appeal to Republicans fed up with the war: Start withdrawing troops in two months but leave it up to President Bush to decide when to complete
 arrow Lankan court allows appeal against eviction of Tamils
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court allowed a challenge yesterday to the eviction of nearly 400 minority ethnic Tamils from Colombo carried out during an anti-rebel drive.
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