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Front Pagearrow Last-minute bid to woo voters
A month-long campaigning for the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections draws to a close at midnight today with the two main mayoral candidates making last-minute bids to woo voters for Monday'spolling.
 arrow Move for unsolicited deal avoiding tender
Contrary to the impression given by the state minister for power late last month that the proposed Meghnaghat-3 450 megawatt power project will be processed through open tender, the ministry last week
 arrow 600 JCD men watch Ctg election
With a bombardment of allegations, Nagorik Committee leaders yesterday asked the Election Commission (EC) for taking measures by today to ensure a free and fair Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election.
 arrow High-rises without parking lots add to traffic congestion
An alarming rise in high-rises without adequate parking facilities is hamstringing the government's ambitious drive to ease the city traffic.
 arrow Dr Kamal visits Hasina after 12 years
After more than a decade, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called on Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina at her Shudha Sadan residence and discussed a range of political issues.
 arrow 4-party rally at Laldighi today
The local unit of four-party alliance holds a public meeting at Laldighi Maidan in the afternoon today in support of Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin as the last show down before the Chittagong City Corporation
 arrow A moderate tremor to kill thousands
At least 25 to 30 percent buildings of Dhaka will collapse instantly killing thousands of people if the city is hit by a tremor of magnitude five on the Richter scale as most buildings have been constructed
 arrow Iraq war costs Blair about 100 seats
Tony Blair weathered a backlash over the Iraq war to win a historic third term as Britain's prime minister, but his Labour Party suffered a sharply reduced parliamentary majority that could weaken his
 arrow Oona King defeated
Muslim voters delivered a stinging rebuke to British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday over the Iraq war, voting a loyal member of his Labour Party out of office in favour of an anti-war candidate.
 arrow Outlaw Akkel killed in 'crossfire' hours after his confession
Outlawed leader Akkel Ali was killed in 'crossfire' between his associates and police in Madaripur in the early hours yesterday, 24 hours after he gave a confessional statement about killings of two police
 arrow Hadi-Zahid panel sweeps BMA polls
Dr Mohammad Abdul Hadi and Dr AZM Zahid Hossain were re-elected president and secretary general (SG) of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) in the triennial election held Thursday.
 arrow Blanket immunity to WB to be challenged
Alliance Against World Bank Immunity, a civil society movement, will go to the court to challenge the blanket immunity likely to be given to the World Bank (WB) at the next parliament session.
 arrow FBI asks for further investigation
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the USA termed the charge sheet submitted in the explosives case involving the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria as incomplete, sources concerned
 arrow 29 killed in new wave of Iraq bloodshed
A car bomb ripped through a busy market south of Baghdad and another smashed into a minibbus packed with policemen north of the capital yesterday, killing a total of 29 people and wounding more than 40.
 arrow Fresh al-Qaeda plot to kill Musharraf foiled
Pakistani intelligence agents have foiled a new plot by al-Qaeda militants to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf, security officials said yesterday.
 arrow Deuba faces graft charges
A powerful Nepali anti-graft body has charged former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba with siphoning off public funds for his party supporters before he was sacked by King Gyanendra in February, an official
 arrow Spectrum Sweater workers not paid Mar-Apr salaries
Six thousands workers of collapsed Spectrum Sweater Industries Ltd factory building in Savar have not been paid salaries for March and April and overtime for three months even 25 days after the April11
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina greet Blair
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday congratulated British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the historic victory of his Labour Party in the parliamentary elections held on Thursday.
 arrow Woman held with 21 dead chikens
Motijheel police arrested a woman with 21 dead chickens in the city's Gulistan area early yesterday when she was going to supply them to a hotel at Kamalapur.
 arrow BDR asks BSF to return 8 Bangladeshi criminals
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday officially sent a letter to the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) requesting to hand over eight Bangladeshi criminals arrested at a Bongaon hotel in the Indian State
 arrow Fish trader shot, Tk 3 lakh snatched
Miscreants shot a fish trader and snatched Tk 3 lakh from him at North Katia in the town yesterday morning.
 arrow Abducted driver's body recovered from river
Chuadanga police recovered the body of a microbus driver from Mathabhanga river yesterday, over a month after his abduction.
Businessarrow Emirates plans to increase Dhaka flights
Emirates, the world's fastest-growing intercontinental airline based in Dubai, is planning to increase its number of flights to and from Dhaka as it found Bangladesh a profitable market.
 arrow BTTB online cellphone form distribution resumes today
The online form distribution of Teletalk mobile phone, launched by Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), begins for the city customers from 11pm today.
 arrow Air Deccan to launch rupee 1 ticket to rope in travellers
Believe it or not, India's domestic low-cost airline Air Deccan has announced fares of one rupee on its flights.
 arrow Oil prices rise above $51 in technical Asian trade
Oil prices rose above 51 dollars in technical Asian trade Friday as traders bought back positions in the market despite a sharp rise in US gasoline (petrol) stocks, dealers said.
 arrow Pakistan wants to roll out red carpet for investors: PM
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday pledged to provide "a level playing field" in a bid to attract foreign investors to bolster his country's economy.
 arrow Onetel to use GP fiber optics network
GrameenPhone Ltd will provide transmission facility through its fiber optics network for Onetel Communications Ltd, a private fixed-phone operator, which is licensed to offer services in the northerndistricts
 arrow Thai PM slams industrial ‘cartels’ amid Japan trade talks
Thai Prime Minister Thaskin Shinawatra on Friday dismissed local business leaders critical of ongoing free trade negotiations with Japan, calling them "cartels" afraid of foreign competition.
 arrow India's tea output falls, exports up
India's tea output in the financial year 2004/05 ending March 31 fell 2.32 percent to 830.92 million kg from 850.70 million kg a year ago, the state-run Tea Board said Thursday.
 arrow S’pore, Indonesia to hold joint investment promotions
Singapore and Indonesia intend to undertake a joint mission to Japan to promote investment opportunities in the two Southeast Asian countries, the city-state's trade minister said Thursday.
 arrow Asia wants more of its forex reserve to stay in the region
Asia should plough more of its massive savings and foreign exchange reserves into regional rather than Western capital markets to guard against another 1990s-style financial crisis, Asian finance ministers
 arrow Malaysia ’04 auto sector investment rises 67pc
Total investment in Malaysia's automotive sector plunged 66.7 percent to 1.1 billion ringgit (290 million dollars) in 2004, International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz said Friday.
 arrow Experts at ADB confce see robust growth for Asia
Asian nations will enjoy robust growth in the near future, business experts, academics and multilateral institutions agreed at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual conference here Thursday.
 arrow US, Chinese financial officials to meet next week
US and Chinese financial officials will meet in Washington next week for a regular dialogue focussed on currency rates among other issues, a US Treasury official said Thursday.
 arrow Unilever Q1 profit up 8pc
The Anglo-Dutch consumer group Unilever reported an eight percent rise in first quarter operating profit Friday, after stabilizing market shares, but warned conditions remained tough in key European outlets.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Football: Mukti, Russel in semis
Muktijoddha Sangsad and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra of Dhaka reached the semifinals of the Independence Day Football Tournament winning their respective matches at the Rajshahi Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Football: DMFLC sweat over sponsor apathy
There was high hope among the country's football bosses that the sponsors will jump at the opportunity to be part of the Dhaka Premier Division football league since it was going to be held at the crowd-pulling
 arrow Cricket: Windies going slow
On an average weekday morning in Barbados the drive from Bridge-town's prestige hotel district to Kensington Oval can take 45 minutes.
The journey is less than seven kilometres.

 arrow Cricket: Team first for Dravid
Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid says he does not believe in running after the captaincy and would rather work in the interests of the team.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Rakib jt champs
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and International Master Abdullah Al-Rakib finished unbeaten to become joint champions in the active chess tournament at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Double delight for India
India lifted both the Open and women's team event titles in the Asia and Middle East Regional Bridge Championships which concluded in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: BIT, Green Herald school volleyball champions
BIT-1 clinched the boys' title while Green Herald won the girls' crown in the Shah Sports School Volleyball tournament beating their respective rivals in the final at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor
 arrow Cricket: India turn to ex-captains to find new coach
India's cricket board included three former Test captains in a committee set up on Friday to appoint a successor to New Zealander John Wright, who departed as national coach last month.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy spills the beans
Shoaib Akhtar was left out of the Pakistan squad for the tour of West Indies on disciplinary grounds, Inzamamul Haq has said.
It was widely assumed that Shoaib had been left out because he was unfit.

 arrow Cricket: SA-WI ODI series from today
West Indies paceman Pedro Collins is ready to shoulder extra responsibility in the one-day series against South Africa, which starts today in Jamaica.
 arrow Cricket: Hinds found guilty, Smith escapes
West Indies opener Wavell Hinds has been fined his entire match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth Test against South Africa.
 arrow Football: Another nervy week
Barcelona could either win the Spanish title this Sunday or find arch-rivals Real Madrid breathing down their necks depending on the results of the two teams' respective matches against Valencia and Racing
 arrow Football: Not guti-nough?
The flowing-haired, fleshy-thighed number 14 has been somewhat left out in the cold since Wanderlei Luxemburgo's arrival as coach but, introduced 56 minutes into last Saturday's must-win contest against
 arrow Football: A Lisbon - Moscow final
Sporting Lisbon scored a dramatic last minute extra-time winner to beat AZ Alkmaar on Thursday and set up a UEFA Cup final clash with CSKA Moscow.
 arrow Cricket: Friendly cricket
European Standard School (ESS) Teachers' XI defeated their Students' XI by five wickets in a friendly Twenty20 cricket match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Academy ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Semifinal hero's dilemma
AC Milan's Champions League hero Massimo Ambrosini insists he will have no axe to grind should he find himself back on the substitutes' bench for Sunday's crunch Serie A title showdown against Juventus.
 arrow Football: Race for second spot
Chelsea may have wrapped up the Premiership title but there is still plenty to play for at the top, as well as the bottom of the division - and Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp knows that better than most.
 arrow Cricket: Don, Packer honoured
Sir Don Bradman and Kerry Packer have been named as Australian cricket's most influential men of the past 100 years.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal moves into qtrs
Fifth seed Rafael Nadal remains on course for a fifth singles title this year after sweeping into the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Lampard writers' choice
Chelsea's England midfielder Frank Lampard has been named Football Writers' Association player of the year.
 arrow Football: Only top four allowed
Only the top four teams in the English Premiership will qualify for next season's Champions League, the Football Association (FA) announced Thursday dealing a fresh blow to Liverpool's hopes of playing
 arrow Football: End of a Barca legend
Barcelona's oldest paid-up fan Miquel Botey has died aged 97, the club said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Close shave for Gazzayev's moustache!
Reaching his first ever European cup final won't, after all, make CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzayev sacrifice his beloved moustache.
 arrow Football: Mourinho's shopping list
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed Friday that he has targeted three new summer signings to boost the newly-crowned Premiership champions' squad.
 arrow Football: UEFA not amused
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been slammed by European soccer's governing body UEFA for claiming the linesman "scored" Liverpool's winner in their Champions League semi-final.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt skips Hamburg Masters
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt has pulled out of next week's Hamburg Masters because of a toe injury, further disrupting his preparations for the French Open.
Metropolitanarrow 8 women, 10 children tortured to death daily during Jan-Mar
Eight women were tortured to death everyday during January to March 2005 while 22 abused in different ways on an average, said a Mass Line Media Centre (MMC) report.
 arrow 'Politicisation of trade unions leads to labour exploitation'
Politicisation of trade unions and government's apathy to implement labour laws have encouraged industrialists and businessmen in private sector to exploit 80 lakh workers in the country, said economists
 arrow Ttrade thru' Benapole suspended for 4 days
Trade between Bangladesh and India remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day yesterday through the country's biggest land port at Benapole incurring a loss of over Tk 12 crore in revenue earning
 arrow 4 killed, 30 injured in road accidents
Four people, including a retired deputy secretary, were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in the city and Jamalpur district yesterday.
 arrow Recruit qualified faculty
Speakers at a ceremony yesterday urged the private universities to recruit full time qualified faculty members to ensure quality education and uphold the image of the country.
 arrow Govt blamed for not observing state mourning
JSD President Hasanul Hoque Inu yesterday bitterly criticised the government for not observing state mourning at the death of Commander of Bangladesh-India joint forces Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora.
 arrow Tata team arrives tomorrow
Top officials of Tata group will arrive here tomorrow to discuss further course of action following submission of the pre-feasibility study on the proposed 2.5 billion US dollar investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Give indigenous people back their land
Speakers at a rally on Thursday urged the authorities concerned to give back the land of indigenous people to them by abolishing all discriminatory laws.
 arrow 'Western media portray Bangladesh negatively'
Speakers at a discussion on World Press Freedom Day recently said the western media negatively portray the developing countries like Bangladesh but frequently ignore the incidents of rights violationin
 arrow Unite to save nation from misrule of alliance govt
Awami League leaders yesterday called for solid rock unity of the progressive and pro-liberation forces to save the nation from the "misrule of this autocratic and anti-liberation government.
 arrow Robbery at expat's house in Sylhet
Armed robbers looted two British passports, air ticket, Tk50,000 in cash, 600 pounds and 20 tolas of gold ornament from the house of an expatriate at Fakirpara in Fenchuganj upazila early hours yesterday.
 arrow Get your favourite books delivered to your door!
Oitijya, a famous publishing house of the country, has taken up an initiative to reach the classical literature collections to the reader at a reasonable price with home delivery service.
 arrow Ahsanullah's anniversary of death today
Today is the first death anniversary of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow Rickshaw-van owners, workers hartal May 31
Rickshaw-Van Malik-Sramik Sangram Parishad will observe a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city on May 31 if their 10-point demand is not met by May 30.
 arrow Khelaghar celebrates 53rd founding anniversary
The 53rd founding anniversary of country's largest children and juveniles organisation Khelaghar was observed in a festive mood yesterday.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered the decomposed body of a woman wrapped in a gunnysack from Uttar Khan at Uttara in the capital on Thursday.
Nationalarrow Aspiring candidates begin mass contact programme
Aspiring candidates have begun their mass contact programmes for contesting the next by-election in Sunamganj-3 constituency although the polls schedule is yet to be announced officially.
 arrow 'Enact law to ensure right to edn of indigenous children'
Hundreds of indigenous people at a meeting held here recently have demanded enactment of law to ensure the right to education of their children and protection of their fundamental rights.
 arrow Murderer executed in Barisal jail
The death sentence of a dowry-greedy husband was executed in Barisal Central Jail on Thursday midnight.
 arrow 2 killers to die, 2 others get life term imprisonment
Two killers were sentenced to death while two others awarded life term imprisonment by a court in Kishoreganj on Wednesday.
The condemned convicts are Angur Mia and Dhanu Mia.

 arrow Tk 40 cr RCC water supply project inaugurated
Work on the Tk 40 crore Second Pure Water Supply Project of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) was inaugurated on Thursday.
RCC Mayor Mijanur Rahman Minu MP inaugurated the project work.

 arrow SI sued for arresting 2 youths in false case
A sub-inspector (SI) of police was sued on Tuesday on charge of torturing two youths after entangling them in a false case.
 arrow Press Freedom Day observed in Patuakhali
A colourful procession was brought out here marking the World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday.
Patuakhali Press Club and Mass-line Media Centre (MMC), a local NGO jointly organised the procession.

 arrow Financial aid for the blind
Eleven blind persons on Tuesday received financial aid amounting to Tk 25,000 from Bangladesh National Foundation for the Disabled, an NGO here.
 arrow Obituary
Zarina Begum, wife of Md Fayezuddin of Char Gobindapur in Sadar upazila and mother of Aminul Islam, Mymensingh correspondent of The Daily Star died at her Mymensingh town residence on Thursday.
Culturearrow Black, beauteous and brave
Says Nothing, a charity photographic exhibition for the Chhayanaut Bhaban at Zoom Gallery, is something that stirs up the mind and soul.
 arrow A singer of the masses
Like tigers growl!
Like lions roar!
Let tremendous force possess my tune

--Written, composed and sung by Kafil Ahmed

 arrow Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi celebrates 30 years with classical music
Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi, a cultural organisation of classical musicians, arranged a special three-day programme Protibha Bikash at the Biswa Shahitya Kendra auditorium recently on the occasion
 arrow A joyous presentation by the garment workers
Every year, for over a century, workers around the world mark the historic May Day with rallies and speeches, celebrations and demonstrations.
Generalarrow Govt to carry out overall land reforms: Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government has decided to carry out overall land reforms in the interest of national development and to ensure discipline
 arrow Ensure win of Mir Nasir
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain on Thursday called upon the CCC voters from greater Comilla for working hard to ensure the win of alliance nominated mayoral candidate
 arrow 'Management studies must be practice-oriented'
Speakers at a seminar in the city said management studies in the country must be practice-oriented and market-driven for better employment opportunities and professionalism in the related field.
 arrow Phensidyl seized
Demra police recovered 190 bottles of phensidyl syrup from from a bus near the Sufia Plaza on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway on Thursday.
 arrow Rab arrests one at Lalbagh
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested one person at Islambagh at Lalbagh in the city and recovered a one shooter pistol and three bullets.
Internationalarrow Blair may bow out sooner rather than later
Despite his third straight mandate, Prime Minister Tony Blair could be leaving the political stage sooner rather than later after voters dealt him a "bloody nose" over the Iraq war, experts said.
 arrow European heavyweights greet Blair
Leading members of the European Union, avoiding differences over the war in Iraq, congratulated British Prime Minister Tony Blair on his general election victory on Friday and promised to work with him
 arrow Nepal govt promises to restore democracy
Nepal's finance minister promised the Asian Development Bank (ADB) here Thursday that his country would implement all aid agreements and restore democracy in three years despite the king's takeover in
 arrow Britons hope Blair will heed warning
Many Britons hoped Friday that Prime Minister Tony Blair would "sit up and listen" after public anger over Iraq cut his Labour Party's power base while still granting him a record third term in office.
 arrow Fatah survives Hamas challenge in polls
President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah movement came out ahead in the Palestinian municipal election despite a strong showing by the Islamic militant group Hamas, unofficial final results showed yesterday.
 arrow EU pushes Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
The European Union on Friday pushed Myanmar for the immediate release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detainees in the 25-nation bloc's first ministerial talks with the Yangon junta.
 arrow Indian army under fire for putting soldiers at risk in clearing mines
The Indian army came under heavy attack yesterday for putting soldiers at risk in a gigantic operation to clear more than a million landmines laid along the border during a near-war with Pakistan in 2002.
 arrow Bush extends economic sanctions on Syria
President Bush on Thursday extended economic sanctions on Syria imposed last year and said the Arab country supported terrorism and was undermining efforts to stabilise Iraq.
 arrow 'Interrogation of al-Qaeda topgun proceeding well'
The interrogation of a captured Libyan accused of being number three in al-Qaeda's hierarchy is "proceeding well" and follow-up action is under way, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said yesterday.
 arrow Nationalists step up campaign against aid deal with Tigers
Sri Lankan nationalists yesterday warned they will step up protests against a proposed government deal with Tamil rebels for the distribution of tsunami aid amid fears for the shaky ruling coalition.
 arrow 'Lifting of EU arms ban on China could be tied to HR'
European Union president Luxemb-ourg said that a lifting of the arms embargo on China could be linked to human rights, amid caution within the 25-member bloc over ending the ban.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Historic third term for Labour
The British electorate has spoken loud and clear.
 arrow Editorial: Ordeals of expatiate workers
The painful story of Kabir Hossain, a Bangladeshi worker of a garment factory in Jordan starkly reminds us of our total apathy to the plight and hardship faced by many workers like him on foreign shores.
 arrow Bangladesh-India relations: Need to move forward
Almost every day, over the last two months, we have read reports of simmering disquiet on the Bangladesh-Indian border.
 arrow Wanted a truly pro-people budget
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman is going to present the national budget for the fiscal year 2005-06 soon. The forthcoming budget will be the 11th one formulated under his leadership.
Letters to Editorarrow Continuing dynasty rule?
Now three sons of three political parties will fight it out (DS, April 20). The latest entry is the son of the AL Chief (addressing the Chatra Dal).
 arrow Public libraries
Former Awami League (AL) Government and the present Four Party Alliance (FPA) government, undertook the programmes for increasing the number of Pourashabhas in our country.
 arrow Pronounce correctly
Still I can't understand what wrong I've done by telling to improve the pronunciation of our BTV reporters and announcers. Bad pronunciation is a problem and we need to find a solution.
StarTecharrow Bonding Bangla with the Net
AKKHORBANGLA'S contribution towards the growth of Bangla computing is definitely significant. The latest version of the software was unleashed on April 29, at the recently held Internet Fair 2005.
 arrow Toshiba and IOM rolls out a new breed of multifunctional devices
TOSHIBA Singapore and their local representative International Office Machines Limited (IOM) unveiled their newest series of E-Studio product line for the local market recently at Hotel Sheraton Ballroom.
 arrow Sort your business out online
Internet', one of the greatest gifts of modern technology can help almost anyone in some way.
 arrow End of a net-frenzy
THE net lovers' quest for more of the endless dimensions of ever growing internet and to get a glimpse of the products and services associated with it at the year's largest Net celebration 'Internet Fair
 arrow New body of BIJF formed
BANGLADESH ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF) carried out its first official election last Friday.
Literaturearrow The Parting
The black horse-drawn coach stopped before the back gate of the hospital. That gate was often locked. The doors of the carriage were shut. From the window two anxious eyes looked out.
 arrow Dizzying depths
Vertigo by Ashok Banker, Penguin India New Delhi, 2005 reprint, 392 pp, Rs. 295
 arrow Coffee Break
Last night, as the coffee turned cold,
and the buzz in the restaurant too loud,
she put the napkin over her head,
covered herself with the shroud.

 arrow Brown & Blue
Alone I slip on your kurta
Brown and blue, to prove
I could finally wear you
Without heartache
Your skin on mine
A frictionless glide
A 100% cotton slide
An asexual sheath

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