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Front Pagearrow Crackdown on cross-border gunrunners kills 6
Six suspected Indian insurgents were killed early yesterday in a fierce gunfight with a joint raiding party of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on a hilltop in Kamalganj, fivekilometres
 arrow Too tough for school kids to grasp
A bulk of the 500 books the education ministry has selected as extra-curricular reading for secondary school students are on issues too hard for the target age-group to understand.
 arrow Khokon's nomination sparks violent protest
The ruling BNP yesterday nominated former Ducsu general secretary Khairul Kabir Khokon for the June 22 parliamentary by-election to Narsingdi-1 seat, prompting violent demonstrations in the constituency
 arrow GDP growth set to dip on bad crop
GDP growth this year is set to dip by 0.14 percentage point from the target because of a bad crop harvest, according to an estimate of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
 arrow Bangladesh doomed
England buried Bangladesh under tons of runs on the second day of the first Test at Lord's yesterday.
 arrow 100 injured as BNP men, traders clash
More than 100 people were injured, 25 of them critically, in clashes between ruling BNP cadres and local traders, and police action on the clashing groups in Puthia yesterday.
 arrow Putting cart before horse
The health ministry has purchased a linear accelerator (Linac), a highly sophisticated cancer treatment machine at a cost of over Tk 9.5 crore without arrangement for proper infrastructure and safetymeasures.
 arrow Road crashes kill 11 in 5 districts
Eleven people died and 90 others were injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Rangpur, Chittagong, Tangail and Barisal yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed in 'shootout' with police, Rab
An alleged robber was killed in an 'encounter' with police in Uttara in the capital and an outlaw died in 'crossfire' between his associates and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Hot spell to continue a few more days
The ongoing severe heatwave claimed three lives in Pabna while several hundred fell sick in different parts of the country.
 arrow Prof Yunus points to 3 impediments to development
Internationally renowned economist Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday said corruption, power-crisis and problems that are hindering activities of Chittagong port are the three main impediments to the economic
 arrow 20 killed in bomb blast at Pak Shia shrine
A suicide bomber set off explosives yesterday in a Shia shrine, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens gathered for a religious festival near the capital.
 arrow Iraq insurgents down US chopper: 2 GIs killed
Two US soldiers were killed when insurgents shot down their helicopter, the military said yesterday, as the Iraqi government sealed off Baghdad in a bid to quell mounting attacks on the capital.
 arrow Cinema blast in Sirajganj injures 7
At least seven people were injured in a bomb blast at a cinema in Sirajganj at about 11:00pm last night.
 arrow Protesting fuel price hike...

 arrow Baby dies in acid attack in Khulna
Eight-month-old girl child Mukta, who was critically injured in an acid attack by unidentified miscreants in Koira upazila on Thursday night, died at Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) at 2:30pm
 arrow Girl takes her life to escape teasing
A teenage girl committed suicide due to frequent teasing by local youths in Sidha Dhap village in Gobindaganj upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Jewellery shop looted in Ctg
Burglars looted gold ornaments and cash worth over Tk 16 lakh from a jeweller's in the port city's traditional business centre of Khatunganj, Bakshirhat early yesterday.
 arrow Flood situation in Moulvibazar improving
Flood situation in Moulvibazar district has slightly improved, as all the rivers of the district are flowing below the danger level.
 arrow Alliance govt set to rig next polls: Hasina
Opposition leader and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has already arranged everything to rig the next parliament elections sensing its sure defeat.
 arrow Ctg city BNP meets today
A workers' meeting of Chittagong City BNP will be held at the party office at Nasiman Bhaban this afternoon.
 arrow Ex-AL lawmaker Shamsul Huq passes away
Former lawmaker, language movement veteran and Liberation War organiser Shamsul Huq passed away yesterday at city's Birdem hospital. He was 75.
 arrow Bush praises Dhaka's achievements
US President George Bush appreciated "Bangladesh's achievements in terms of economic growth over the past several years" and "its contribution of troops to United Nations Peacekeeping operations throughout
 arrow Ahab blames Jamaat for Galib's arrest
Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh (Ahab) yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami paved ways for the arrest of its chief Asadullah Galib to cover up the party's links with militant outfits.
 arrow China grapples with fresh bird flu, foot and mouth diease
A strain of bird flu deadly to humans has killed five times the number of migratory birds in China initially reported, an agriculture official said yesterday, as scientists in the west warned of a possible
Businessarrow Aggressive Indian policy may hurt local knitwear exports
Knitwear exporters yesterday feared aggressive Indian policy may hurt Bangladesh's present strong growth in the knitwear sector in the coming days and urged the government to continue cash incentive to
 arrow Transformer makers want duty free raw material import
Manufacturers Association of Transformer and Switchgear says higher import duty on raw materials is the major impediment to the growth of the industry.
 arrow Bimstec officials to review progress of cooperation
Top foreign ministry officials of the seven-member Bimstec will meet here on May 31 to review cooperation in six priority areas as Bangladesh assumes the chair of the forum for the next one year.
 arrow 20-day long Thai fair kicks off in Dhaka
In a bid to promote Thai products in Bangladesh, a 20-day long fair kicked off in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi goods may get duty-free access to Italy
Italy is keen to give duty-free access of Bangladeshi products to its market in addition to providing GSP and rules of origin facilities.
 arrow China to keep yuan within ‘reasonable’ level
China will keep its currency stable at a "reasonable and well-balanced level" while improving the yuan's exchange rate mechanism, the central bank said Thursday in its first quarter report.
 arrow US senator vows to support TRADE bill
US Senator Edward Kennedy assured Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan of supporting the TRADE bill allowing Bangladesh to get duty-free access of its products to the US market.
 arrow Oil holds above $51
Oil prices held firm above $51 a barrel on Friday, drawing support from expectations of high U.S. gasoline demand as the summer driving season begins, but ample stockpiles limited gains.
 arrow WTO confirms France's Lamy as new leader
Former European Union trade chief Pascal Lamy of France was confirmed as the new head of the World Trade Organisation, the WTO said Thursday.
 arrow Otobi co-sponsor of HomeShow 2005
Furniture and upholstery manufacturer Otobi has beceme a co-sponsor of the upcoming HomeSho-2005 that begins from June 9.
 arrow Bayer CropScience declares 20pc dividend
Bayer CropScience Ltd, a joint venture company between Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation and German company Bayer, has declared a 20 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Banglalink's emergency recharge station inaugurated
Mobile phone operator Banglalink is installing emergency recharge stations in different public places such as hospitals, clinics, shopping malls and universities across Dhaka to allow users to recharge
 arrow Indonesia raises cigarette prices to boost revenues
Indonesia said Friday it will increase cigarette prices by up to 20 percent in July to reap new income from one of the world's few expanding tobacco markets.
 arrow Asia should have a greater role in IMF: Official
Asian nations should and will have a greater voice and representation in global institutions including the International Monetary Fund, a senior IMF official said Thursday.
 arrow US lawmakers oppose WTO deal with KSA
Members of Congress urged the Bush administration Thursday not to sign off on a deal to allow Saudi Arabia to join the World Trade Organisation because of what they called Riyadh's poor record on human
 arrow Boeing signs $4b Indonesian deal
Boeing signed on Thursday a nearly four billion dollar prospective deal with Indonesia's biggest budget carrier Lion Air for sale of 60 new generation 737 planes, saying its fuel saving aircraft would
 arrow ‘Satisfactory’ outcome reachable on China textiles: Spain
Spain believes the European Union and China can reach a "satisfactory solution" on Chinese textile exports, Industry Minister Jose Montilla said Thursday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 21-May 26, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashing as expected
"It probably couldn't get much worse," was exactly what Bangla-desh coach Dav Whatmore said while talking to reporters on Thursday after the first day's play at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Premier League kicks off today at BNS
The most anticipated domestic competition the Premier Division Football League sponsored by Premier Bank kicks off today with holders Brothers Union taking on promotees Dipali Jubo Sangha in the opening
 arrow Cricket: WI fail to build on brilliant Lara ton
A majestic 29th Test hundred from Brian Lara could not stop Pakistan from bowling out West Indies on the opening day of the opening Test.
 arrow Cricket: Missing only is the Tigers' roar
The first Test between Bangladesh and England at Lord's might have turned out to be a mismatch, but that had little bearing on the turnout of spectators.
 arrow Football: Emeka in Dhaka
Former Nigerian World Cupper Emeka along with two booters arrived in Dhaka on Thursday night to strike a deal with Mohammedan Sporting Club.
 arrow Tennis: Bangladesh Open Tennis starts
The Scandex Bangladesh Open Tennis competition began yesterday with 36 men's qualifying matches decided on the day at the National Tennis Complex.
The draw of the events was held on Thursday night.

 arrow Cricket: Champs Trophy stays
India will amend an income tax regulation to allow the cricket-obsessed nation to host the Champions Trophy limited-overs tournament as scheduled next year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Barlow blames shot-hungry batsmen
Former Bangladesh cricket coach Eddie Barlow yesterday blamed Bangladesh batsmen for their debacle in the first innings of the first Test against England at Lord's on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Welcome home champions
New European champions Liver-pool got a rousing hero's welcome from home-town fans Thursday, but behind the scenes pressure was growing on UEFA to let the club defend their title next season.
 arrow Still fighting for life
Cricket scorer Mahbubul Haque Shaheen is seen holding a cheque of 1,50,000 Taka handed over to him by representatives of fansite www.banglacricket.com on Friday.
 arrow Football: Greats rally for Liverpool
Liverpool will have to wait three weeks before they will know whether they can defend their Champions League title next season - although their bid has been backed by two of football's greatest players.
 arrow Cricket: Vegetarian Chappell!
Australian cricket legend Greg Chappell began his stint as India's national coach with a public plea against killing animals and eating meat, saying the secret of good health was to become a vegetarian.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Davenport cruise along
Top seeds Roger Federer and Lindsay Davenport took huge steps towards claiming first French Open titles on Friday as Roland Garros eagerly awaited the teenage duel between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming replaces Tendulkar as captain of MCC
New Zealand's Stephen Fleming is to replace the injured Sachin Tendulkar as captain of the MCC side to face an International XI at Lord's on June 14 in a match to raise funds for the victims of the Asian
 arrow Football: Mohahali blank Badda
Mohakhali Eleven blanked Badda Jagarani Sangsad 3-0 in a First Division Football League fixture at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly cleared to play county
Decks were cleared for Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to play for Glamorgan in the County Championship and other domestic matches in England with the Board of Control for Cricket in India giving a formal
 arrow Football: Owen isn't jealous
Former Anfield star Michael Owen has denied he is jealous of Liverpool's Champions League triumph following his move to Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Real won't sell Ronaldo for anything
Spanish giants Real Madrid said Friday their Brazilain striker Ronaldo was not for sale after sports daily Marca had reported Thursday that AC Milan were interested in acquiring his services.
 arrow Football: Unofficial holiday!
One fifth of all the workers in Liverpool called in sick or otherwise made their excuses for missing work on Thursday following celebrations after the Champions League final, business leaders in the city
Metropolitanarrow Choose prospective candidates for direct election: Dr Kamal
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the women leaders to choose prospective candidates for direct election to reserved seats for women in parliament.
 arrow Insecurity, price hike of essentials push people into uncertainty
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the alliance government of trampling humanity at every stage as insecurity and price hike of essentials are pushing the public into
 arrow Declare bird-rich areas as sanctuaries
Speakers at a ceremony yesterday urged the government to take effective measures, including declaration of the bird-rich areas as sanctuaries, to protect the species from extinction.
 arrow Prices of essentials up
Prices of a number of daily essentials, including meat, fish, sugar, pulse, oil and vegetables, have increased again in the capital.
 arrow JP to form alliance to contest general election: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said as his party has already lost its political strength to go to power independently, it has started necessary work to form an alliance with like-minded parties.
 arrow Bus strike on 10 routes in greater Barisal
The passenger buses stopped plying on 10 routes of Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakati and Barguna districts including Kuakata tourist zone from Barisal Rupatali Central Bus Terminal since yesterday morning.
 arrow Samajtantrik Archive launched
Samajtantrik Archive, a left-oriented public library, will play a vital role in freeing the future generations from the clutches of capitalism and imperialism, said left-leaning and civil society leaders
 arrow Hartal makes poorer the poorest
A top UN agency representative has deplored the hartal culture in Bangladesh, saying it causes major damage to gross domestic product (GDP) and makes poorer the poorest.
 arrow BNP programmes on Zia's death anniversary
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has drawn up a 10-day programme to observe the 24th death anniversary of its founder-chairman and president Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow Govt official found dead in Jessore Circuit House
Nausher Alam, joint director of Bangladesh Statistical Bureau was found dead in a room of Jessore Circuit House on Thursday morning.
Alam, 54, came to Jessore from Dhaka on an official tour on Wednesday.

 arrow Teenage boy killed in Dhanmondi
A teenage boy was killed after an employee of a video game shop allegedly beat him following a disagreement at Jhigatola in Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow University student shot
A mob caught three youths when they tried to flee after shooting a university student in city's Cantonment area on Thursday night.
 arrow Two extremists arrested in Khulna
Two extremists Bomaru Hannan and Rezaul Karim were arrested by Sonadanga thana police from the city's Jorhagate C&B Colony area at 10:30pm on Thursday.
 arrow Inter-university photography exhibition begins today
North South University (NSU) Photography Club organises a weeklong 'International Inter-university Photography Exhibition' beginning today at the Shilpakala Academy in the city.
Nationalarrow Thousands demand gas supply to two B'baria upazilas
The speakers at a grand rally at Kuti yesterday urged the government to supply gas to Kasba and Akhaura upazilas within six months, or 'face a tougher action.
 arrow Working children want social recognition
Working children at a big rally held in Kurigram recently have demanded due recognition of their contributions to their families and society and immediate solution to their problems.
 arrow BNP leader's bid to build market on RMCH campus slated
Drug store owners here recently submitted a memorandum to the director of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) asking to prevent a local BNP leader from constructing a market on the campus.
 arrow Shaheed Capt Bashar Gate square being beautified
Work on beautification of the spot surrounding Shaheed Captain Bashar Gate here has been progressing fast.
 arrow UNO, five others sued for illegally occupying houses
An upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), three sub-inspectors (SIs) of police and two others were sued yesterday for occupying a shop at Assassuni illegally.
 arrow 2 arrested with 'Hundi' money
Two persons were arrested and 'Hundi'money amounting to Tk 14 lakh was recovered from them by the detective branch (DB) of police here on Monday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow The 1885 Bengal Earthquake
The 1885 Bengal Earthquake, also known as Manikganj Earthquake, is one of the major earthquakes triggered in the historical past.
 arrow Season of discontent in conquistadors' spoils
For our part of the world Latin America looks like an insular another world, more precisely a backwater of the United States of America.
 arrow The Bangla-sun does not set in the world
In the civilization of the modern-day world
In the globalisation of the present-day world
The Bangla-sun does not now set in the world
Banglaspeaking people now all over the world Banglaspeaking

Culturearrow Soaring heights with scrap metal
Arham-Ul Huq Chowdhury, who has delighted his viewers with his Bangla calligraphy, furniture paintings and bonsai over the years, now stirs their sensibility with his sculpture.
 arrow Nazrul Institute celebrates Nazrul Jayanti
To mark the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's birth anniversary celebration, a discussion followed by a prize giving ceremony among children and a cultural programme took place at the Nazrul Institute
 arrow Platform for aspiring photographers
A photograph is often a vital medium of cultural exchange.
 arrow Sarat Chandra's novel on big screen again
Novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay has been a great favourite with filmmakers in all Indian languages down the ages.
 arrow Walking in a woman's high heels: Aamir Khan
Couch potatoes will have seen Aamir Khan's new persona -- that of Manno Bhabi.
Generalarrow Annan praises Dhaka
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has acknowledged the contribution of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India to peacekeeping missions worldwide as the three countries together provides one-third of UN peacekeepers.
Internationalarrow Big rally in Nepal in 'fight to finish' for democracy
Thousands of demonstrators shouting "down with autocracy" staged a rally in Kathmandu Friday where Nepal's seven main political parties vowed to wage a fight to the finish to restore democracy.
 arrow Delhi warns Islamabad not to allow rebel visit
India has cautioned Islamabad not to allow Kashmiri separatist leaders to visit Pakistan when they travel to the Pakistani zone of Kashmir by bus next month, reports said yesterday.
 arrow Truce monitors fear Tiger 'air assets' may spark new war
European truce monitors in Sri Lanka have warned that the "air assets" of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels could re-ignite war on the island and destabilise security in South Asia.
 arrow Israel seethes after Abbas-Bush summit
Israel put on a brave face yesterday after Mahmud Abbas won crucial backing from Washington, but seethed beneath the surface, blaming the Palestinian leader for not wiping out armed groups.
 arrow French EU vote battle nears end
France has entered the last day of campaigning before Sunday's referendum on the EU constitution, with both sides making final appeals to voters.
 arrow Pakistan hands over centrifuge parts to IAEA
In a major turnaround, Pakistan on Thursday confirmed it had sent some parts of an old centrifuge to the UN atomic agency to help it establish whether Iran has been secretly developing nuclear weapons.
 arrow Australian jailed for 20 years for drug smuggling in Indonesia
A young Australian woman was Friday jailed for 20 years for smuggling drugs into Indonesia, prompting her country's prime minister to appeal for calm among her outraged supporters at home.
 arrow Indian troops kill 9 rebels in Kashmir
Indian troops and police have killed nine Islamic militants in revolt-hit Indian-administered Kashmir, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADP with an eye on election!
Annual Development Programme (ADP) is a useful tool in the hands of a government to endear itself to the electorate with some solid development work.
 arrow Editorial: Food jeopardy
The call for a social movement against adulterated, fake and substandard foods and commodities made at a discussion-meet organised by the Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) on Wednesday has struck
 arrow Culpability has vanished in Bangladesh
It seems bodies do not matter in Bangladesh as long as it is not one from your own family. Then comes the second part.
 arrow The successes and failures of Pakistan's nukes
From the start Pakistan's nuclear programme was military-oriented and India-specific.
Letters to Editorarrow Widening Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to widen the strip of road from Sonargaon Hotel (Pantha Kunja) intersection to National Transmission Centre at Shahbagh of Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue.
 arrow Women football team and our expectation
Some days before the Bangladesh women football team participated in the AFC cup in South Korea. It was the feigning of a milestone in the history of country's women football.
 arrow Higher education
Cantara Wali Ruhi quite rightly said in her letter (27 April 05) published in The Daily Star, that "higher education is not for everyone".
 arrow Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait
The incident that occurred at the Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait the other day is not only very regrettable but is an eye-opener too.
 arrow Pre-budget comment
The current budget session of the parliament has to analyse the negative effects of black money, corrupt practices, and nepotism in the national economy, as pointed out by CPD, an NGO think-tank (DS May
StarTecharrow A global paperback by local tech prodigy
THIS week we have a different flavour for the StarTech geeks, specially the ones interested in ISP setup and Networking.
 arrow Schools in a nutshell
WINSOCK Corp. Ltd. (WCL), a local software farm is attempting to facilitate information on all schools of the country through their recently launched website www.school-bd.com.
 arrow Narrowing the digital gap
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be the perfect vehicle through which poverty alleviation and improvements of the socio-economic structure can be easily accomplished," said Science and
 arrow Commonwealth devises growth strategy for small ICT businesses
The Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC), the Commonwealth Secretariat's technical assistance arm, has worked with the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector of Bangladesh
 arrow Nucleus Freedom
Jim Patrick, the chief scientist of the Australian hearing implant technology company Cochlear, displays the new Nucleus Freedom bionic ear on a polymer model in Sydney, 26 May 2005.
Literaturearrow Feeqa's Death
I dreamed of Feeqa today after so many years...the message a dream brings is unique and complex each time. Feeqa's case, however, is different. I had erased both his life and death from my memory.
 arrow Setting a benchmark
A letter from India Contemporary Short Stories from Pakistan, edited by Moazzam Sheikh; Penguin India, Delhi; 2004; pp. 168; Rs 200.
 arrow On living with and learning from marginalized communities
When Randhir Khare was seven years old, his grandfather took him on his knee just a few days before he died, and pointed to the sky. "You must be like that star," he said, "bright and sparkling, but remote.
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