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Front Pagearrow Once bigwigs now face poll exclusion
A good number of former ministers and lawmakers including some bigwigs who have been detained on corruption charges will not be able to contest the next parliamentary election if they fail to free themselves
 arrow Jamuna flows 85cm over danger level
The flood situations in Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Netrakona, Tangail and Manikganj further deteriorated yesterday.
 arrow Essentials prices up amid downpour
Prices of essentials rose further in the capital over the last two weeks, and retailers and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) blamed the hike on low supply due to the recent downpour.
 arrow Moral values needed for curbing graft as law alone not sufficient
Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin yesterday said society and its components will have to be educated on ethics and moral values as law alone is not sufficient to bring down corruption at a tolerable level.
 arrow Credit growth dips in banks
Growth of credit flow in the banking sector has decreased significantly in the first five months of this year despite no contraction measures taken by the central bank.
 arrow New pricing policy for acquired land on cards
The government is formulating a national policy for compensating people displaced due to land acquisition through assessing their total asset losses by "full market value" instead of just consideringthe
 arrow Peoples Jute Mill shuts August 1
State-owned Peoples Jute Mills, which went into commercial operation in 1966, will blow the final whistle at 12 midnight on July 31, throwing over 3,500 workers and employees out of jobs.
 arrow Moitree Express leaves for Kolkata today
A 14-member Bangladesh delegation leaves for Kolkata today to discuss some unresolved issues about the launching of regular passenger train service between Dhaka and Kolkata.
 arrow Writ petition today against Hasina's arrest
Lawyers for detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will file writ petition with the High Court today challenging the legality of her arrest and the 'extortion' case filed against her under
 arrow CA for more interactions among advisers, secretaries
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for formal and informal interactions between the advisers to the caretaker government and the secretaries for further expediting administrative function.
 arrow Fire damages 8th floor office at CA Bhaban
A fire gutted some furniture, documents and office equipment at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) in CA Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the capital last night.
 arrow Hasina sees her arrest as part of larger conspiracy
Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina is scared for her life and said yesterday her arrest is part of a larger conspiracy to eliminate Bangabandhu's family.
 arrow Hannan Shah says reformists have least support
Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, yesterday said not even five percent of the party councillors will support the so-called 'reformists' led by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.
 arrow 3 schoolchildren killed in Ctg road crash
Three students of a primary school were crushed under the wheels of a truck on the Chittagong-Najirhat highway at Charia under Hathazari upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow CU professor made lecturer for writing student's answer
Chittagong University (CU) syndicate yesterday downgraded a teacher from assistant professor to lecturer on charge of writing on a female student's answer script.
 arrow RU plans action against teachers who took leave
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities plan to take actions against the teachers who took a day's leave on Thursday demanding release of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Damaged roads

 arrow CA donates Tk 4 lakh more for Sabina's treatment
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has donated Tk 4 lakh more for better treatment of ailing noted singer Sabina Yasmin. Sabina is now undergoing treatment at National Cancer Hospital in Singapore.
 arrow 3 Bangladeshi students honoured
Bangladesh for the third time participated in the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), which took place at Hanoi, Vietnam, and scored 31 points.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
An outlaw was killed in an encounter with police at Charmilpara in the town early yesterday. He was identified as Dulal, 33, regional commander of Gonomukti Fouj.
 arrow Musharraf talks power sharing deal with Benazir in UAE
Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf held secret talks with opposition leader and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto about a possible power sharing deal, media reported yesterday.
 arrow US readies arms deal with Saudi Arabia
The United States is readying a major arms package for Saudi Arabia with an eye to countering a changing threat from Iran, a senior US defence official said.
 arrow Ex-Taliban lawmaker joins Korean hostage talks
Two lawmakers one of them a former Taliban member and several influential elders have joined negotiations with the hardline militia to step up pressure for the release of 22 South Korean hostages, an
Businessarrow Cellphone call charge highest Tk 2, lowest Tk 0.25
The country's telecoms watchdog has set a comprehensive tariff plan for all cellphone operators, asking them to keep call charges between Tk 2 and Tk 0.25 a minute.
 arrow WB discourages govt ownership in NCBs
The World Bank (WB) wants a proper process for privatisation of nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) so that government can retain a minimum share of its ownership in those, or, if possible, reduce such
 arrow Textile leaders demand lifting import duty, VAT from raw materials
Leaders of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) yesterday urged the government to withdraw the recently imposed import duty and VAT from textile raw materials.
 arrow FBCCI also needs institutional reforms
FBCCI also needs institutional reforms in line with the changing global business scenario, not just electoral reforms, speakers told a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Lanka bans import of live birds from India
Sri Lanka on Saturday banned imports of live birds and chickens from India following an outbreak of bird flu in the neighbouring country, an official said.
 arrow Govt urged to check inflation
Economist Abul Barkat has urged the government to adopt short and long term policies to check inflation as living cost marked a sharp rise.
 arrow US House passes farm bill
The US House of Representatives on Friday passed a massive farm bill packed with consequences for global trade, despite a veto threat from President George W. Bush.
 arrow US growth jumps to 3.4pc, but economists still cautious
The US economy ramped up to a 3.4 percent growth rate in the second quarter, the government said Friday, but analysts said the pace may not be sustained over the rest of the year.
 arrow Every country should benefit from globalisation
Former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the European Union choice to lead the International Monetary Fund, said Friday that the IMF should help every country benefit from globalization.
 arrow Brazil welcomes WTO cotton ruling
Brazil welcomed Friday a preliminary World Trade Organisation report on US subsidies to its cotton growers, saying it upheld their complaint that Washington was not abiding by trade rules.
 arrow China to step up energy efficiency drive
China has announced plans to double spending on improving energy efficiency and slashing pollution, in an effort to combat its dismal environmental record.
 arrow Bajaj in talks with Renault for partnership
Indian two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto said Saturday it was in talks with French automaker Renault for a business partnership.
 arrow Indian firms asked to go global
Finance Minister P Chidambaram Friday asked Indian companies to aspire to be among the top five global players in their respective sectors and assured them the government will help in raising capitalfor
 arrow Toshiba profits up fivefold in Q1
Japanese high-tech giant Toshiba said Friday net profit jumped more than fivefold to a first-quarter record, lifted by strong sales of memory chips used in music players such as Apple's iPod.
 arrow Airbus, Boeing set for talks in subsidy dispute
Airbus and Boeing, the world's two largest plane makers, said Friday they were prepared to hold talks on subsidy disputes filed before the World Trade Organization more than two years ago.
 arrow Suez Canal reports record revenues
Egypt's Suez Canal posted record revenues in the 2006-2007 fiscal year of more than four billion dollars, an annual increase of 17 percent, the authorities announced on Thursday.
 arrow Qatar Airways launches flight from Doha to Washington
Qatar Airways has recently launched its first flight to Washington DC from Doha as the airline unveiled its expansion plans across the USA, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: More questions than answers
Speculation on the new Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ad-hoc committee was rampant even till yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh lose in final
Bangladesh's cricket didn't get any better in Sri Lanka as the junior team succumbed to a massive 129-run defeat in the tri-nation under-19s tournament final against India at the Colts Cricket Club ground
 arrow Football: Arambagh's big victory
Arambagh Krira Sangha registered an emphatic 4-2 victory over Chittagong Mohammedan in the B.League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India in command
Dinesh Karthik built on the good work of India's attack to consolidate the tourists' strong position on the second day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Shoaib bolsters Pak chances'
Aaqib Javed believes Shoaib Akhtar's return to national colours will make Pakistan one of the favourites for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss going down
A year ago, Andrew Strauss was at the top of his profession.
 arrow The Defeated Tigers

 arrow Cricket: Cosgrove accepts Academy ban
Mark Cosgrove, the South Australia batsman suspended from the Centre of Excellence, insists he did not damage his Brisbane apartment and was punished for leaving it untidy.
 arrow Football: Korea third
South Korea battled a man short and embroiled in their third straight penalty shootout to beat Japan in a marathon play-off for third place at the Asian Cup here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Chawla stars in big win
India A cruised to a nine-wicket win against Zimbabwe Select on the final day of the opening four-day match at Harare Sports Club.
 arrow Football: Fergie out to keep Heinze
Sir Alex Fergu-son has warned Gabriel Heinze that Manchester United remain confident they will not be forced to sell him to Liverpool -- despite the Argentinian's decision to enlist Anfield solicitors
 arrow Football: Clash of contrasting styles
The best defence takes on the best attack in the tournament as Iraq and Saudi Arabia play off for the region's premier football crown in the Asian Cup final here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Terry pens new deal
Chelsea and England captain John Terry expressed his relief on Friday at signing a new five-year contract with the London club after talks had collapsed towards the end of last season.
 arrow Football: Chivu saga ends finally
Romanian international defender Cristian Chivu finally completed his 13-million euro move from Rome to Inter Milan on Friday, bringing to an end the most protracted transfer saga in Serie A this summer.
 arrow Football: 'Real need a Ballack'
Real Madrid need a Michael Ballack type player in midfield to help them defend their Spanish title, coach Bernd Schuster believes.
 arrow Football: Madrid start with a win
Bernd Schuster's reign at Real Madrid began with a 2-0 friendly win over English Championship side Stoke City on Friday with Raul and Roberto Soldado on target.
 arrow Football: Iraqis good enough for Europe
Striker Younis Mahmoud believes many Iraqi players are good enough to play in Europe, with their run to the Asian Cup final proof that they have what it takes.
 arrow Cricket: New chief's hands full
The news last week that the West Indies Cricket Board had signed a contract extension with Digicel should have provided cricket in the region with a boost at a time the game is plumbing new lows.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza marches on
Unseeded Sania Mirza of India punched her semifinal ticket at this US Open tuneup Friday with a straight-set victory over fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder.
 arrow Cricket: Weather perfect
Here's the irony of it: the Indian bowlers were always going to need conditions to be really English to have a shot at dismissing England cheaply. They got their way today.
 arrow Cricket: Stars to raise flood funds
Pakistan's top cricketers have pledged to raise funds for victims of the recent cyclone and subsequent floods that devastated the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.
 arrow Tennis: Dancevic in last four
Canadian Frank Dancevic defied rain that wreaked havoc at the ATP Indianapolis tennis championships on Friday, booking a semifinal showdown with top-seeded American Andy Roddick.
 arrow Football: Shiv joins Durham
West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has joined Durham, the English county announced Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan want lively tracks
Having complained privately over the last year about playing crucial matches on lively, green pitches, Pakistan are now hoping more of the same will be on offer in South Africa for the Twenty20 WorldChampionship
 arrow Cricket: PCB looks for assistant coach
Pakistan Cricket Board has advertised for the post of assistant coach of the national team despite a failed experimentation with this method while searching for the chief coach.
 arrow Football: Benitez unperturbed
Rafael Benitez shrugged off concerns over new-look Liverpool's firepower after they failed to find the net in the Asia Trophy loss to Portsmouth.
 arrow Football: Gilberto still skipper
Arsene Wenger says midfielder Gilberto will continue to wear the captain's armband for Arsenal this season.
 arrow Football: Blackburn snap up Santa Cruz
Bayern Munich have sold Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz to English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in a deal believed to be worth five million euros, it was announced on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ECB assesses SL security
An ECB delegation, led by director of England cricket John Carr, has flown to Sri Lanka to make a security assessment ahead of England's winter tours to the country.
Metropolitanarrow Concern over spiralling prices of essentials
Expressing deep concern over spiralling prices of essentials, speakers at an open discussion yesterday criticised the caretaker government for not taking any action against the syndicate and middlemen
 arrow Around 90pc children suffer from iron deficiency
Iron deficiency is a huge problem in the health sector of Bangladesh, affecting 70 to 90 percent children across the country.
 arrow Community-based movement can ensure good governance
Community-based movements can establish good governance in the country, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday.
 arrow 'Make Buet a centre of excellence'
Former vice-chancellors of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday called for more funds for research and modern facilities in classrooms to make it a centre of excellence
 arrow CA's directive to open flood control monitoring cell
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the authorities concerned to immediately open a Flood Coordination and Monitoring Cell at the CA's office to centrally monitor the activities of all flood
 arrow Media urged to recruit 25pc journos from women
Media organisations should recruit 25 percent of its journalists from women on the basis of their merit, said the speakers at the inaugural session of a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Collegiate School, Mohsin College, Cuet become champions
The five-day 'Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Debate Contest 2007' ended in the port city yesterday with a call for students to extend their horizon beyond academic studies and make efforts to understand
 arrow 39 schoolgirls, teacher fall sick in B'baria
Some 39 schoolgirls and a woman teacher suddenly fell sick in their school at Brahmanbaria yesterday morning. The incident took place at Ashuganj Kamaura Shaheed Smriti High School at around 10:00am.
 arrow Five killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra and Benapole yesterday.
 arrow One strangled in Tangail
A gang of robbers strangled one person at Ghatail upazila in the district in the early hours of yesterday. The victim was identified as Acchab Ali, 35, of Paharia village in the district.
 arrow Workshop on gender, sexuality begins in city
The first International Workshop on Gender and Sexuality, organised by James P Grant School of Public Health, Brac University, began at Brac Centre in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Nat'l Centenary Scout Camp starts today
The inaugural function of The National Centenary Scout Camp, organised by Bangladesh Scouts to mark the Centenary of Scouting, will be held at National Scout Training Centre at Mouchak in Gazipur today,
Nationalarrow Hundreds flee homes to evade arrest at Rajshahi village
Hundreds of villagers yesterday fled their houses at Darshanpara village in Mohonpur upazila in Rajshahi to evade arrest as five cases were filed against them in connection with the police-villagers clash
 arrow Work hard to free nation from curse of corruption
Speakers at two reception ceremonies held in Khagrachhari and Bandarban yesterday urged the GPA-5 achievers of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination to work hard to build up a corruption-free
 arrow Youths come to the aid of hapless erosion victims
A group of young men have come forward voluntarily to help poor and destitute erosion victims at Baguria village of Gideri union in Sadar upazila.
 arrow Higher edn of sacked jute workers' children now uncertain
About a hundred children of the retrenched workers of People's Jute Mills and Platinum Jute Mills could not get themselves admitted to any college here for want of money.
 arrow 10 schoolboys attacked with 'mass hysteria' in Tangail
Ten students of SK Pilot Boys' High School in Mirzapur upazila were attacked with 'mass hysteria' yesterday.
 arrow Workshop for journalists
A three-day workshop for journalists began at the VIP auditorium of Khulna Press Club on Friday.
 arrow Tk 30 lakh heroin seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday seized 300 grams of heroin from a train at Hilli railway station in Dinajpur, BDR sources said.
 arrow Flood in Districts

Point-Counterpointarrow Anti-corruption drive and searching our souls
We Bengalis are highly emotional by birth and, as part of our national characteristic, we love to swim with the tide. One of our most favourite things is daydreaming.
 arrow GOPAC in Dhaka
Corruption is considered a social disease, which is prevalent more or less in every country of the world today.
 arrow Déjà vu on campus?
University teachers in Dhaka and Rajshahi registered their protest against the interim government treatment of two top political leaders, both former prime ministers.
Culturearrow Recitation troupe Annit launched
The launching programme of 'Annit', a recitation troupe with the aim to promote global culture, was held at the National Theatre Stage on July 27.
 arrow Remembering Abdul Alim
To observe the 76th birth anniversary of folk maestro Abdul Alim, cultural organisation Uddipto Lolitokola Academy (ULA), in association with National Association of UNESCO Clubs in Bangladesh, organised
 arrow "Paital": Tea garden labourers' miseries take centre stage
Scenic beauty of the tea gardens fascinates us. But lives of the individuals, who toil everyday to keep the tea business rolling, rarely make an impact.
 arrow A fine blend of flora and fauna
Rakeeb Hassan, whose solo exhibition of oil on canvas and paper is on at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, studied fine arts at Kenya.
Generalarrow Motorcycle stolen in city
A motorcycle of a staff member of The Daily Star has been stolen from Gulshan area in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow US Cong sceptical of Indian nuke accord
Key US legislators looked sceptically at a landmark nuclear pact between the United States and India amid speculation that the terms could exceed what lawmakers would accept while Indian officials .
 arrow US Congress sends security bill to Bush
Congress sent President Bush legislation Friday to intensify anti-terror efforts in the US, shifting money to high-risk states and cities and expanding screening of air and sea cargo to stave off future
 arrow 3 Nato troops killed in Afghanistan
Three Nato soldiers and an Afghan trooper were killed along with several insurgents in Afghanistan on Friday, while a helicopter gunship made a forced landing, the alliance said.
 arrow Dozens killed as floods hit India, Nepal
Dozens of people have been killed and nearly three million hit by floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in India and Nepal, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Crisis deepens in Iraq's divided government
Iraq's dwindling Shia-led government and its largest Sunni bloc stepped up their war of words on Saturday, amid a crisis, which some lawmakers warned could bring down the ruling coalition.
 arrow IAEA team in North Korea for monitoring
A second team of UN inspectors arrived in North Korea yesterday to continue monitoring the secretive state's steps to shutdown its nuclear weapons programme, official Chinese media said.
 arrow Last campaign day ahead of Japan polls
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pleaded for support for his faltering Liberal Democratic Party on the eve of Sunday elections, saying that only the ruling bloc has the ability to turn around Japan's
 arrow SE Asia mulls tougher nuclear rules
Southeast Asian nations will look at toughening security rules for atomic energy when they meet next week to review a treaty on keeping nuclear weapons out of the region, diplomats said Saturday.
 arrow Pak bomb blast probe begins
Investigators sifted through the wreckage of a bombed-out restaurant in Pakistan's capital and scoured a government database on Saturday to try to identify the remains of a suicide attacker who killed
 arrow TV news helicopters collide in US: 4 killed
Two news helicopters covering a police chase on live television collided and crashed to the ground Friday, killing all four people on board in a plunge that viewers saw as a jumble of spinning, broken
 arrow Cleared Indian doctor to leave Australia
An Indian doctor cleared of involvement in failed British car bombings will leave Australia for his homeland Saturday after authorities handed back his passport, his lawyer said.
 arrow Indian murder suspect handed over to British police
An Indian man wanted for the rape and murder of a British teenager four years ago was handed over to British police yesterday, a jail official here said.
 arrow Violent protests kill 8 in India
Eight people were killed in southern India yesterday after police started firing on protesters demanding land for the poor, police said.
 arrow Brown due for first face-to-face talks with Bush
Gordon Brown makes his first official trip to the United States as British prime minister today, at a time many this side of the North Atlantic Ocean want clearer water between London and Washington.
 arrow Thais protest against military rule
At least 5,000 Thais rallied under tight security in Bangkok yesterday to demand an end to the country's army-backed government amid fears of a repeat of last Sunday's violence.
 arrow Asean urged to push Myanmar democracy
Southeast Asian nations must press Myanmar's military rulers to lay out a credible transition to democracy as the junta wraps up work on a long-stalled constitution, a rights organisation said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka-Yangon road link
A road connection between Bangladesh and its only other neighbour, Myanmar, has been long overdue.
 arrow Editorial: Increases in police pay and rations
Increases in pay and rations for the police force are currently being envisaged. It is our opinion that the move has long been overdue and could have been taken earlier.
 arrow Between a rock and a hard place
Bangladesh is now between a rock and a hard place.
 arrow Aid addiction
Since independence until June 30, 2006, Bangladesh received a total amount of nearly $44.83 billion of foreign aid, of which 44.7 percent was grants and 55.3 percent was loan.
 arrow The new formulae of Bangladesh politics
Writing in the Daily Times of Pakistan, Ambassador William Millam who served as US ambassador to both Pakistan and Bangladesh and now at Woodrow Wilson Center inWashington, DC, commented: "[T]he newsfrom
Star Healtharrow Dealing with mass hysteria
The problem started in Adiabad Islamia High school and College, Raipura, Narsingdi. Few days ago, at around 11 am, few girls of that school felt seriously sick.
 arrow Dengue fact sheet
Dengue fever and dengue Haemorrhagic fever (DF/DHF) is a viral disease transmitted by female Ades aegypti mosquito.
 arrow IAS conference calls for child-specific HIV drugs
4th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention was held from July 22-25 in Sydney, Australia.
 arrow Early treatment saves more HIV babies
4th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention was held from July 22-25 in Sydney, Australia.
 arrow The new ADA recommendation to prevent the epidemic of diabetes
To prevent the epidemic of diabetes, combined treatment recommendation is necessary.
 arrow Curry ingredient may fight Alzheimer's
An ingredient in curry may help stimulate immune system cells that gobble up the brain-clogging proteins that mark Alzheimer's disease, US researchers said.
 arrow Smoking marijuana ups risk of schizophrenia
Using marijuana increases the risk of one day developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia, according to a study that provides some of the strongest evidence yet linking the drug to a mental disorder.
 arrow No safe haven: Diet sodas linked with health risks
Sodas - even diet ones - may be linked with increased risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, US researchers said.
Star Cityarrow Unfit diesel-run vehicles do the damage
Air quality in the capital is deteriorating again, spoiling the significant improvement achieved through various measures including banning of two-stroke auto rickshaws and introduction of CNG-run vehicles
 arrow Death of Priyanka: Some questions unanswered
The death of Sadia Nowshin Priyanka, a shining girl full of promises, is still shrouded in mystery.
 arrow Lights of education for domestic helps
A shady old tree and a corrugated iron shed - on a sunny day, these are the classrooms of the Surovi School, located at Dhanmondi Road-5 in the city.
 arrow DC office dilly-dallies in cancelling illegal lease
The deputy commissioner's (DC) office of Dhaka is dilly-dallying over the cancellation of the illegal lease of Shankhanidhi House.
 arrow Something for DCC to cheer about
While Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is failing on most counts, it can retrieve some comfort from the successful implementation of the multi-million dollar Urban Primary Health Care Project (UPCHP), a maiden
 arrow Digging up a portion of the footpath...

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