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Front Pagearrow 200 hurt, 100 vehicles damaged in Sreepur
Sreepur in Gazipur district yesterday burst into violence as a few thousand garment and transport workers clashed with each other following the death of a garment worker in a road accident early yesterday.
 arrow Move finally for green signal to Korean EPZ
After keeping Korean investors in limbo for more than three years, the government is finally considering giving green signal to the country's biggest and lone private Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ)
 arrow Injured Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper dies in Congo
One of the six Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers injured in Thursday's militia ambush in the Democratic Republic of the Congo died at a hospital in Bunia, principal town of the trouble-torn Ituri region, early
 arrow Nor'wester kills two, diverts Biman flights
A violent storm lashed the country yesterday evening, killing two people including a child and injuring over 50 others in Pabna and forcing three flights of Bangladesh Biman to change direction and go
 arrow Hard job, but Dhaka should not lose heart, says Rocca
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Christina Rocca, yesterday said it will be a "hard job" for Bangladesh to get duty free access to the US market.
 arrow India to join Nov 13-14 Saarc Summit
India last night confirmed its participation in the 13th Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit in Dhaka November 13-14 as proposed by host Bangladesh.
 arrow Nine Bangladeshi 'top terrors' sent to jail in India
A Bongaon court yesterday sentenced nine Bangladeshi top terrors to seven days imprisonment.
 arrow CJ should step down, says Rokanuddin
The chief justice should step down on ethical grounds as a former additional judge of the High Court (HC) has filed a case against him, raising questions about his neutrality, Vice-chairman of Bangladesh
 arrow Cases in limbo since Feb on HC order
All lower court proceedings in Bogra arms haul cases have remained suspended since end-February on a High Court rule nisi.
 arrow Vandalism, theft of signalling buoys, beacons scale up navigational risks
Persistent vandalism and pilferage of navigational aids like signalling buoys and beacons have been frustrating the attempts of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to make navigation safe
 arrow BNP MPs who bought tickets for polls prefer quick bucks to JS
Leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said ruling BNP had sold out nominations to criminals and black money holders in the last general elections who are now busy minting money instead of joining
 arrow Agitators blast failure to nab culprits
A largely attended city dwellers' rally here yesterday blasted police failure to nab the culprits even 10 days into the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in the city and blamed the local administrationfor
 arrow Fierce gunfight kills 2, injures 100
Two gangsters were killed and at least 100 others including some villagers injured in a fierce gunfight between two gangs feuding over khas land on the bank of Padma in Daulatpur upazila Thursday night.
 arrow Several top outlaws now hiding in 24 Parganas
Several top outlaws in the southwestern region, including Dumuria upazila of Khulna district, have been hiding at Moslandapur in 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, from where they infiltrate Bangladesh
 arrow 3 GIs slain, suicide attack kills 3 Iraqis
Three Iraqis were killed by a suicide car bomb north of Baghdad yesterday, capping a deadly fortnight of attacks that cast a pall over the first days of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari's cabinet.
 arrow Monsoon nuisance...

 arrow Hundreds of 'illegals' flee Assam amid threats
Hundreds of migrant workers believed to be from Bangladesh have fled a city in India's northeastern Assam state following threats against "illegal foreigners", officials said yesterday.
 arrow Cop, his friend arrested on rape charge
A police constable and his friend were arrested yesterday morning on charge of raping a girl at Gulshan in the city on Thursday.
 arrow AL forms body to devise reforms in caretaker system, EC
Main opposition Awami League (AL) has formed a committee to devise by the end of this month a combined proposal of all opposition parties for reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election
 arrow PM opens IEB convention in Ctg today
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia arrives here today to inaugurate the 49th annual convention of the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) at its Chittagong Centre as the chief guest.
 arrow Seeking refuge...

 arrow Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots reiterate threat to govt
International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) leaders yesterday threatened the government of dire consequences in the next national elections if they fail to immediately declare the Ahmadiyyas
 arrow US to close 33 major bases
The Pentagon will propose shutting 150 military installations from Maine to Hawaii, including 33 major bases, The Associated Press learned Friday, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade
 arrow Delhi orders fresh investigation into 'Tehelka scam'
The Indian government ordered a new probe yesterday into the so-called "Tehelka scam" in which top politicians and army brass were secretly filmed apparently taking bribes from reporters posing as arms
 arrow 'Killings of opposition men, alleged support to rebels straining ties with neighbours'
An "alarming" rise in assassinations of opposition political figures in Bangladesh and Dhaka's alleged support to rebels in India are straining relations between the South Asian neigbours, India saidyesterday.
 arrow No end in sight to war on terror: Pak FM
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri yesterday said that while his country had done much to smash the al-Qaeda network and destroy other militant groups, an end to the war against terror was not
 arrow Utpala Sen passes away
Eminent Bengali singer Utpala Sen, who sang for legendary music directors SD Burman, Pankaj Mullick and Raichand Baral, died at the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata yesterday. She was 81.
Businessarrow Extend year limit of old vehicle import to seven
Reconditioned vehicle importers yesterday urged the government to allow import of used vehicles up to seven years old.
 arrow Merge small, medium factories to survive in quota-free era
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for merging small and medium factories under a strong management in order to survive in the quota-free regime.
 arrow British Airways annual profit soars but warns of higher fuel costs
British Airways announced on Friday an 80-percent rise in annual pre-tax profit helped by the controlling of costs and strong demand but hiked its forecast for fuel costs during the current financialyear.
 arrow Indian cos win 5 out of 7 Golden Peacock awards
Symbolising their growing economic clout, Indian companies have won five of the seven Golden Peacock Awards instituted by World Council for corporate governance for their outstanding performance.
 arrow RFL Plastics to start export to India
RFL Plastics Ltd, which produces plastic furniture and household items, has started exporting its products to India.
 arrow Brac bank to launch ATM services
Brac Bank Ltd will introduce ATM service for its clients.
 arrow 30 travel agents of Biman trained
The certificate awarding ceremony of a weeklong course on passenger fares and ticketing organised by Biman Bangladesh Airlines was held in Sylhet on Thursday.
 arrow Senior executives of Bank Alfalah arrive in Dhaka today
Senior executives of Bank Alfalah arrive in Dhaka today in connection with opening of the bank's first branch in Bangladesh.
 arrow Lamy chosen as next WTO chief
Former European Union (EU) trade chief Pascal Lamy has been chosen as the next head of the World Trade Organization, a diplomatic source said Friday.
"There is no doubt.

 arrow Check China trade abuses, urge US senators
China's trade practices came under renewed fire from US senators Thursday amid accusations it is illegally subsidising corn exports and may use a proposed US-Central America trade agreement to benefit
 arrow African cotton traders demand end to West's farm subsidies
African cotton growers demanded an end to US and European crop subsidies on Thursday, alleging that unfair trade was condemning the families of millions of hard-working farmers to lives of crippling poverty.
 arrow Oil prices fall on stronger dollar
Oil prices fell further in Asian trade Friday following a rise in the US dollar and as US crude inventories climbed to a three-year high, dealers said.
 arrow Lankan tea prices fall
Prices of Sri Lanka teas fell at the latest auction as the poor quality on offer failed to interest buyers, brokers said.
 arrow China's trade surplus balloons to $21.18b through April
China enjoyed a trade surplus of 21.18 billion dollars for the first four months of the year based on trade valued at 414.92 billion dollars, state press reported Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 07-May 12, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers at ease
Their opponents in the tour opener might have been rather average but Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar had reasons to feel relieved after the Tigers passed their first test in England with credit.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini, Langeveldt fined
Despite staring at a clean sweep of losses, West Indies have retained faith in their 13-man squad for the final two one-day matches against South Africa in Trinidad over the weekend.
 arrow Cricket: India confirm Pakistan tour in January
Pakistan will host archrivals India for a series of three Tests and five one-day internationals in January 2006, cricket officials said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Haynes in, Patil out
Former West Indies batsman Desmond Haynes will be among four candidates to be interviewed to succeed New Zealand's John Wright as India coach, the national cricket board said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Glazer's MU bid sparks angry protests
Angry fans of Manchester United were threatening massive protests Friday after US tycoon Malcolm Glazer neared success in his bid for the celebrated English football team, a takeover supporters say is
 arrow Football: Div I soccer from May 15
The Dhaka Senior Division Football League will kick off with a first division match between Victoria Sporting Club and Agrani Bank at the Bir Sheshthar Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on May
 arrow Cricket: Inzy eyes the world
Pakistan's Inzamamul Haq wants to captain the World XI in the ICC Super Series Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in October.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh keeps on batting for Sourav
While asserting that the six-ODI ban on Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was not 'harsh', cricketing legend Steve Waugh today found fault with Ganguly's teammates for not alerting him about the slow over
 arrow Tennis: Zvonareva, Mauresmo reach semis
Vera Zvonareva spearheaded Russia's challenge at the Rome Masters by reaching the semifinals with a 7-5, 7-6 win over local favourite Francesca Schiavone on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: No cricket for Piper for two weeks
Warwickshire wicketkeeper Keith Piper has been handed an interim suspension by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until May 26 after failing a drugs test.
 arrow Cricket: PCB boss wants to bury Shoaib issue
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has sought to put a lid on the much-hyped issue of Shoaib Akhtar's fitness, saying the speedster should now concentrate on playing for Worcestershire
 arrow Football: 'Survival Sunday'
It's no surprise that this season's final round of Premiership matches has been dubbed "Survival Sunday" with all three relegation spots still to be decided.
 arrow Football: Stam seeks Parma favour
AC Milan defender Jaap Stam is hoping Parma can do his side a massive favour by denying Serie A leaders Juventus three points on Sunday.
 arrow Football: An early start to the party?
After leading the Spanish league for much of the season, Barcelona may take to the field at Levante's Ciudad de Valencia stadium on Saturday as champion.
 arrow Football: Inter get away goal
Inter Milan are well placed to reach the final of the Italian Cup after snatching a 1-1 draw away to Cagliari in the first leg of their semi-final.
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna back from exile
Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Friday agreed to represent his country on a key International Cricket Council (ICC) committee, ending a self-imposed five-year exile from the game.
 arrow Cricket: Shepherd's last bow July 12
David Shepherd confirmed Thursday he will retire from the International Cricket Council (ICC) elite panel of umpires in July.
 arrow Football: Zidane won't change plans
French World Cup winner and Real Madrid veteran Zinedine Zidane is sticking to his guns on retirement, both at club and international level, according to statements carried Thursday on Real's official
 arrow Football: Real, Carlos punished
The anti-violence commission of the Spanish Football Federation on Thursday handed down a 3,001-euro (3,813-dollar) fine to Real Madrid after a racist banner was unfurled at last Saturday's match against
 arrow Tennis: Federer on course
World number one Roger Federer swept through to the Hamburg Masters semifinals with a resilient 6-4, 7-6 victory over Argentina's Guillermo Coria on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow '100 rivers to dry out if implemented'
Environment activists at a citizens' rally yesterday demanded of the Indian government to repeal the Indian River-Linking Project considering its possible ecological unsound impact on the region.
 arrow Jamaat blames BNP for erosion of public support
The grassroots level leaders of Jamaat-e Islami Bangladesh (JIB) yesterday blamed the party hierarchy for losing the public support.
 arrow 2 DU JCD activists chopped by fellows
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, in Amar Ekushey Hall of Dhaka University chopped two fellow men leaving them seriously injured over occupation of a seat in
 arrow Mere reforms not enough to hold free, fair polls
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded introduction of proportional representation system along with the caretaker government reforms to ensure a free and fair election.
 arrow Timbers worth Tk 8 lakh seized
Members of the Coastguard seized two trucks loaded with timbers worth about Tk 8 lakh in the Bahaddarhat area of Chittagong on Wednesday.
 arrow Politics capitalising on Mujib, Zia over: Badruddoza
Former president Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said politics capitalising on the names of the late leaders is over, as BNP and Awami League have already used up their 'fixed deposits' of Zia
 arrow 6 killed in road accidents
Six people were killed in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Faridpur and Panchagarh yesterday.
 arrow Khelaghar confce begins
The two-day national conference of Khelaghar Ashor, a juvenile organisation, began at the Shishu Academy auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow Rocca enquires about victims of trafficking, camel jockeys
US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca yesterday visited a shelter home where some 153 children, adolescent, women victims of trafficking and camel jockeys were sheltered.
 arrow Jamaat leaders meet Rocca
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca had a meeting with Jamaat leaders Barrister Abdur Razzak and Shah Abdul Hannan on burning political and religious issues.
 arrow Shaukat Osman's anniversary of death today
Today is the seventh death anniversary of noted litterateur Shaukat Osman, says a press release.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Khan Shabab Murshid today
Qulkhwani of Khan Shabab Murshid will be held at his grandfather's residence at Road 121, House 21, Apt C4 at Gulshan in the city after Maghrib prayers today (Saturday), says a press release.
Nationalarrow Ashuganj power plant needs thorough overhaul
Ashuganj power plant, the second biggest electricity producing unit in the country, is gradually losing its generating capacity due lack of overhauling for long.
 arrow UP leaders boycott meeting protesting MP's 'nepotism'
Six Union Parishad chairmen walked out of the Shyamnagar Upazila Development Co-ordination Committee meeting yesterday protesting alleged allotment of development funds to Jamaat-e-Islami workers by their
 arrow 145 years of glory
It was a different day for the townspeople.
 arrow Bogra dist Adivashi confce held
The first conference of Bogra District Adivashi Committee was held at the Zila Parishad auditorium here yesterday.
It was attended by hundreds of indigenous people.

 arrow 10-month baby kidnapped from court premises
A 10-month-old baby was kidnapped from his sister's lap on Bagerhat court premises on Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow Beaten for rare honesty!
A rickshawpuller was severely beaten allegedly by a police constable when he went to Khulna thana at noon on Thursday to deposit Tk 10,000 he got on a city road.
 arrow Joint survey of Sonai river begins
Land Record and Survey Department (LRSD) officials of Bangladesh and India on Wednesday visited common Sonai river to erect pillars in the river.
Point-Counterpointarrow Nepal: Emergency withdrawn but democracy remains a far cry
The state of emergency has been withdrawn in Nepal and this appeared as a happy augury for a country which so painstakingly introduced democracy in 1990, but the last nail was driven on the fragile system
 arrow Building an Asia-Pacific community
May 14 is the EWC (East West Centre) Day.
 arrow Lessons from the rubble
When a nine-storied garment building and hundreds of human lives along with it, goes down, it brings up the terrible truth that the value of human lives in our society is almost zero.
Culturearrow Rowshan Jamil's legacy
The old woman from the village had a free life close to the nature. But when she comes to the city to see her children, she can hardly relate to her surroundings. Here she has to stay at home all daylong.
 arrow Bafa celebrates Tagore birth anniversary
The ancient edifice at 7 Waisghat in Old Dhaka with its traditional high ceilings, wide doors and the beautifully carved wooden panels bears the history of zamindars and nawabs of centuries ago.
 arrow Ntv's Ajker Shokal touches 500th episode mark
Ntv airs the 500th episode of its regular morning show Ajker Shokal at 8:30am today.
 arrow Iraqi film at Cannes for first time
For an Iraqi filmmaker on location in his homeland, one of the biggest hassles was getting hold of a key prop: a statue of Saddam Hussein.
Generalarrow Underground operatives threaten to bomb on 5 police station
Underground operatives have allegedly threatened to launch bomb attack on five police stations of the district if the law enforcers continue to arrest and torture their colleagues.
 arrow Tk 3.20 lakh looted
Acting quickly following a robbery in the house of retired army captain Zahur Ali Pathan in Muradpur area of the city in the early hours Thursday, police arrested eight members of an inter-district gang
 arrow Two madrasa students held with guns
Police shot a Jamiya madrasa student and arrested him along with another with two guns in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow JU summer vacation starts today
About half the students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have already left the campus as the month long summer vacation begins today.
 arrow Robbery at Hatirpul
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 1,89,000 from a house in the city yesterday.
They entered the fist floor of a house at 202, Hatirpul at 2.

Internationalarrow Afghans, Pakistanis keep up protests
At least six people were killed during fresh anti-US protests Friday across Afghanistan, bringing the toll from four days of unrest to 13, officials and doctors said.
 arrow Violent uprising breaks out in Uzbekistan
Thousands of people, many of them armed, took to the streets of an eastern Uzbek city yesterday, demanding freedom for 23 prominent businessmen on trial for alleged ties to an Islamic terror group.
 arrow Bomb wrapped as gift kills 3 in Kashmir
A Muslim man, his daughter and son were killed in a "gift" bomb explosion while troops shot dead seven rebels in separate clashes in restive Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali parties pledge non-violent campaign against king
Nepal's seven opposition parties Thursday pledged to engage in a non-violent campaign against King Gyanendra as they fight to restore democracy following the monarch's power grab earlier this year.
 arrow Iran open to talks with Europe on nuke issue
Iran has indicated its willingness to negotiate with European nations before deciding whether to resume its nuclear programme, The Washington Post said yesterday quoting US, European and Iranian diplomats.
 arrow Rapes provoke street protests in India
A series of brutal rapes across India in the past few months has triggered street protests and calls for better security for women in a country where rape victims often face social ostracism.
 arrow US executes serial killer
A serial killer who struggled to hasten his own death and was forced to prove he wasn't out of his mind was put to death early Friday in New England's first execution in 45 years.
 arrow Pakistani court validates marriage of 12-yr-old girl
A Pakistani court in the first verdict of its kind has declared valid the marriage of a 12-year-old girl, a lawyer and court officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A useful interaction
We wanted Christina Rocca's visit made good use of. Obviously, that expectation was ours -- nurtured from an enlightened national interest point of view.
 arrow Cricket: Does the govt know?
The death of a housewife at a private clinic in Khulna last Tuesday clearly tells us the sorry and horrifying state of our medical facilities in the small towns and mufassils.
 arrow Blair has seen the writing on the wall
The Economist' from London (in its April 30 edition) got it right when it predicted that Blair would get 'a slap in the face' in the elections but voters would still choose his Labour Party.
 arrow Blanket immunity to World Bank?
The much-talked-about bill titled "The International Financial Organisations order (Amendment) Act-2004" seeking blanket immunity for the World Bank from every form of legal process has been introduced
Letters to Editorarrow Yes! England should beat the drum for us
In response to the Guardian piece "Why England should beat the drum for Bangladesh" by Tanya Aldered, re-published in The Daily Star of April 26,2005. I can not but point out some matters of the write-up.
 arrow New era for Muslims
With the end of the Cold War there appears a horizon of new era for all Muslims of the world.
 arrow Debate on TV serials
Responding to Mr. M Haq's letter from Jeddah, I would like to extend my full support to what he has said.
 arrow Not befitting
We are disappointed by the remarks of US Ambassador who condemned the actions against the anti-government protestors and termed is as "terrible".
StarTecharrow 'Amar PC' -- a new neighbour in town
It's selling like hot cakes in West Bengal and has aspirations of becoming a national brand' -- this is how a leading Indian daily quoted Amar PC, a brand computer from the leading Indian PC manufacturer
 arrow A deshi e-Bidding ground
THE latest addition to the slow-going E-commerce assets of the nation, sheradam.
 arrow The 'Hotspot' hotel
TO meet the increasing requirements of guests in all areas of International service standards, Pan Pacific Sonargaon announced the implementation of a High Speed Broadband Internet Service throughoutthe
 arrow Microsoft unveils Xbox 360
MICROSOFT Corp. unveiled its new Xbox 360 on Thursday, taking aim at Sony Corp.
 arrow Mineburner
View of the remote-controlled device to clear landmines that kill or maim 2,000 people a month, the new "MineBurner", presented in Pretoria on May 10.
Literaturearrow Patent Medicine
It was the strict order of the mistress that the master should not step outside the house even during the day -- never mind the night. 'Whatever you have to do, do it inside the house.
 arrow Buddha, karma and tangkas
Waiting for the book I was going to review to arrive, I dreaded that this book of fiction from Bhutan, the first in English by a woman, would be 'exotic,' and perhaps for all the wrong reasons.
 arrow Figures Of Speech
It pleases me greatly that my ancestral village stands on a river
if only because running water lends itself to profound observations

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