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Front Pagearrow Biman's DC-10 with 215 aboard skids off runway
A Bangladesh Biman aircraft from Dubai narrowly escaped massive loss of lives of its passengers and crew yesterday morning while landing at the Chittagong airport as it skidded off the runway after it
 arrow Too wasteful for a losing concern
A bleeding Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) has spent as much as Tk 50.
 arrow Less qualified staff reign in DU
Political affiliations and home district appear to be the main criteria for appointing officers and third and fourth class employees at Dhaka University (DU), which most often leads to appointment ofless
 arrow CPB keeps off AL's move for common reform agenda
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) is finally keeping off the Awami League (AL) and its allies' move to formulate a common agenda by July 10 for reforms in the caretaker government and electoralsystems
 arrow Airport to resume operation today, says minister
Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport will be open for landing and take off of all domestic operations by 10:00am and for international operations by late evening today, Civil Aviation and Tourism
 arrow 58 killed in 9 air crashes since '71
Fifty-eight people died so far in four of the nine air crashes in the country since independence.
 arrow No sign of let-up in fire, agitation on
There is little sign of a let-up in the raging gas field fire at Tengratila as the inferno continued for the seventh day with flames leaping up to 350 feet yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Army nabs 7 in Khagrachhari, recovers arms
Army personnel yesterday arrested seven indigenous people from Machalang with two firearms, ammunition and currencies.
 arrow Adulterated petrol, octane damaging car engines
Widespread adulteration of petrol and octane is causing serious trouble in all vehicles with the level of engine lubricant automatically rising and exposing engines to serious damage, according to automobile
 arrow Final round talks with Tata today
The final round of negotiations between Bangladesh government and Indian corporate giant Tata Group on its proposed $2.5 billion investment begins in Dhaka today at the finance ministry.
 arrow From sleepy to a bustling village
Just a couple of years ago Dadra Bazar in Phulpur of Mymensingh would shut at dusk and the residents would go to bed well before 9:00pm, having no access to electricity and kerosene beyond their easyreach.
 arrow Santals still fight for rights
The Santal community and other indigenous people are fighting for their rights for more than a century but they are yet to get those, and their fight still continues.
 arrow Another grenade recovered from Savar
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night recovered a grenade from Shalipur in Amin Bazar area under Savar Police Station.
 arrow 11 killed, 19 hurt in road accidents
Eleven people were killed and 19 others injured in five road accidents in Sirajganj, Kishoreganj and Bogra districts in last two days.
 arrow Tri-series final today
England and Australia have met four times in the past three weeks but the serious business begins in earnest with Saturday's NatWest one-day series final.
 arrow Flash floods kill 94 in Gujarat state
At least 94 people have died and some 200,000 have been evacuated due to heavy rains and flash floods in India's western coastal state of Gujarat, officials said yesterday amid warnings of worse to come.
 arrow JMJB cadres to 'free' Bagmara of journos in five years
Cadres of Bangla Bhai-led Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) have declared to have the restive Bagmara upazila free of journalists within next five years.
 arrow Law enforcers kill 236 in 6 months
Law enforcers have killed 236 people across the country in the last six months, and 209 of them met their end in 'crossfire', says a report by Odhikar, a rights organisation.
 arrow Husband knocks wife off bridge?
A housewife met her tragic end when her husband allegedly knocked her off the China-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge on the river Buriganga yesterday.
 arrow Amir's chehlum cancelled, wife forced out of brother's house
Police and several ruling party adherents yesterday forced Aklima Akhter, wife of CNG-run autorickshaw driver Amir Hossain, who died from burns sustained on the May 21 hartal, out of her brother's house
 arrow Bomber targets Iraqi PM's party office
A top aide to Iraq's Shia spiritual leader was among 18 people killed in insurgent attacks across the country yesterday, including a bombing near an office of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari's party.
 arrow 'Savar garments factory collapsed due to RCC bond failure'
Not any foundation failure, rather the failure of reinforced concrete cement (RCC) bond to grow properly had contributed to the collapse of Spectrum Sweaters Ltd building in Savar, a report of Institute
 arrow 5 Indian troops, 4 rebels killed in Manipur fighting
Five Indian soldiers and at least four separatist guerrillas have been killed in fighting in India's restive northeastern state of Manipur, police said yesterday.
 arrow Thomas leaves Dhaka today
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas Jr leaves Dhaka today ending his two-year assignment in Bangladesh.
He will replace Ambassador Karl Hofmann as executive secretary of the State Department.

 arrow Schoolboy drown, teacher sliced by train in city
A 12-year-old schoolboy drowned in a pond in Pallabi and an NGO teacher was sliced by a train in Mohakhali in the capital yesterday.
 arrow No trace yet of missing Trawlers, fishermen
A fishing trawler with nine fishermen sank on Wednesday while three others with 18 fishermen remain missing in the Bay of Bengal for the last three days.
 arrow HIV spreading fast in Asia: Experts call for urgent action
As many as 12 million people in the Asia-Pacific region could become infected with HIV over the next five years unless immediate action is taken to stop the spread of the virus, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Bodies of couple recovered in Satkhira
Mystery shrouded the death of a couple at Shyamnagar upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Bomb kills 10 Russian troops in Dagestan
A large bomb killed 10 interior ministry soldiers and wounded at least seven others Friday outside a public baths in southern Russia's volatile Dagestan republic, the local deputy prosecutor said.
Businessarrow Export diversification benefits little from trade policy reforms
Bangladesh trade policy reforms such as rationalising customs tariffs and flexible exchange mechanism yielded limited results in terms of export diversification, a report prepared by UNCTAD said.
 arrow Dhaka for free movement of natural persons
Bangladesh reaffirmed its stand against unrestrained imposition of various import tariffs by the developed countries on exports from the LDCs and called for unfettered temporary movement of natural persons.
 arrow Tax on mobile phone lacks justice
Nearly eight-year old mobile phone services have been managing our day-to-day life. By now, it has become an integral part of more than six million citizens' productivity.
 arrow Cash alone won't solve Africa's ills: IMF
As the world prepares to rock in aid of Africa, the IMF warned Thursday that cash help by itself will not transform poor nations' fortunes and may in fact set them back.
 arrow China, EU ready to explore 'open skies'
China and the European Union (EU) are set to negotiate an 'open skies' agreement to meet the growing demand for passenger and cargo air routes.
 arrow Bata declares 125pc cash dividend
Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Ltd has declared a 125 percent cash dividend comprising interim dividend of 105 percent and a final dividend of 20 percent for the year 2004.
 arrow Industrial park for Pharmaceutical industries on the cards
The government will develop a separate industrial park for the growing pharmaceutical industries aiming to reduce hazards, particularly in production and export-related activities, Commerce Minister Altaf
 arrow Green Delta Ins okays 30pc bonus share, 10pc cash dividend
Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 30 percent bonus share and a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Samsung, Motorola share cellphone technology
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it had signed an agreement with rival Motorola Inc to share mobile technology.
 arrow Daewoo founder Kim charged with fraud
South Korean prosecutors brought charges of fraud and embezzlement on Friday against former Daewoo group chairman Kim Woo-choong, once revered as an industrialist who helped build the country's economy.
 arrow China reiterates no timetable on yuan revaluation
China's central bank Friday denied it is set to announce a revaluation of its currency after two US senators said US Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan and senior administration officials believe Beijing
 arrow US Senate passes Cafta trade deal
The US Senate approved a controversial free trade pact with Central America and the Dominican Republic by a close 54-45 vote, with a battle likely at its next stage in the House of Representatives.
 arrow US to cut duties on goods from tsunami-hit states
The United States will cut import duties on $500 million worth of goods from Asian countries hit by last year's tsunami, but raise them on over $1 billion worth of imports from other developing nations,
 arrow Lanka's growth picks up in Q1 despite tsunami
Sri Lanka's economy grew 4.8 percent in the year through the first quarter, the central bank said Thursday, expanding faster than in the fourth quarter of 2004 despite the impact of December's tsunami.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 25-June 30, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Football: Abahani stay alive
Depleted Aba-hani pulled off a much-deser-ved victory to keep their title hopes alive in the Premier Football League when they inflicted 2-0 defeat on Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Let's take it from here
Some eight weeks ago, the Bangladesh team landed at London's Heathrow Airport understandably without the buzz that usually surrounds the arrival of a touring team.
 arrow Football: Faruque's consistency goal
After an eventful eight-week England tour, the Bangladesh cricket team fly home tomorrow morning bringing the memory of a famous one-day victory against world champions Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Queen without a crown
Maria Sharapova, at 18-years-old, has lost her Wimbledon crown, but she has vowed to be back better and stronger than before.
 arrow Football: Badda earn full points
Badda Jagaroni Sangsad beat bottom-side Dhanmondi Club 1-0 in the First Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport takes her place
Top seed Lindsay Davenport needed just two games on Friday to see off the challenge of France's Amelie Mauresmo and reach her first Wimbledon final in five years.
 arrow Tennis: Federer storms into final
Roger Federer ruthlessly destroyed Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) in a breathtaking Centre Court semifinal demolition to move just one win away from a third successive Wimbledon title on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Walking not a good habit
To walk or not to walk, one of cricket's most enduring questions, was given a new spin here Thursday when Adam Gilchrist gave himself out in Australia's NatWest Series victory against Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: A tasty appetiser
The brilliance of Brazil, the artistry of Ar-gentina and the guile of Ger-many were all on show at the 2005 Confederations Cup but was the tournament a success or a superfluous fixture pile-up?
 arrow Football: Reply Adriano style
Brazil striker Adriano has told Argentina to respect his nation's shirt after accusing them of making provocative gestures on the eve of Wednesday's Confederations Cup final.
 arrow Football: A brave, offensive Mercedes
Germany do not have a reputation for playing attacking football over the years but Jurgen Klinsmann seems intent on winning the 2006 World Cup by outscoring opponents.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting wants final word
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has insisted his bowlers will hit top form in this weekend's Triangular Series final after they let Bangladesh off the hook here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors ignore Lara
The Sri Lankan cricket board is disappointed over hosting a second-string West Indian side for an upcoming two-Test series and a three-nation tournament also involving India, an official said here onFriday.
 arrow Tennis: Venus flies family flag
Venus Williams believes her blistering path to her fifth Wimbledon final is the perfect response to the army of critics who had written her off as a spent force.
 arrow Football: 'Don't cry for me Santos'
Brazilian striker Robinho believes his transfer from Santos to Real Madrid is a fact and that is the reason why he sent a message on Thursday to the fans of the Brazilian club in an interview with a Brazilian
 arrow Football: Inter, Vieri part ways
Inter Milan have released Italy striker Christian Vieri a year before his contract ran out.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure free movement of workers to dev countries
Migration experts at a media campaign yesterday called for liberalisation of Mode-4 of Global Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) to ensure free movement of semiskilled and unskilled workers to thedeveloped
 arrow Boycott main obstacle to making JS effective
Boycott of parliament by the opposition party's lawmakers is the main obstacle to making the Jatiya Sangsad effective, speakers at a publication ceremony said yesterday.
 arrow 'Expel Niko after realising compensation'
Different organisations yesterday demanded expulsion of Niko after realising compensation.
 arrow Save ailing Buet student Redoy
Atikur Rahman (Redoy), a meritorious student of computer science and engineering department of Buet, has been suffering from acute lymphoblast leukemia, commonly known as blood cancer, says a press release.
 arrow Barisal Girls College students protest meal charge hike
Resident students of Barisal Government Girls College protested the sudden decision of increasing meal charge and demanded resignation of hostel superintendent.
 arrow Make world free from poverty, hunger
World White Band Day was observed yesterday with a call on the rich countries to fulfill their commitment to make the world free from hunger and poverty.
 arrow Feud over leadership of madrasa teachers
Ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami and National Committee to Resist Aggression (NCRA), backed by another coalition partner Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), are at loggerheads over the leadership of madrasa
 arrow International Co-operatives Day today
The 83rd International Co-operatives Day will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world.
The theme of the day is "Micro-finance is our business! Co-operating out of poverty".

 arrow No alternative to quality edn: Moyeen Khan
Minister for Science, Information and Communication Technology Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday said quality of education has no alternative to groom the future generation.
 arrow Hasina returns home today
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will return home today after a 13-day trip to France, Russia and the United Kingdom.
 arrow Five receive AAA Awards
Five distinguished persons have been awarded the first American Alumni Association (AAA) Awards-2005 in recognition of their outstanding contribution to different fields in the country.
 arrow Ansar VDP men urged to work with sincerity
Ansar VDP Director General Major General M Akbar Aktar on Wednesday called upon the field workers of Ansar VDP (Village Defence Party) to work with sincerity to strengthen its rural base.
 arrow Rab nabs 3
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-5 in two separate drives here arrested three alleged criminals and seized 50 bottles of phensidyle and one bottle of whisky yesterday.
 arrow Sit together to sort out problems
Chairman of Zaker Party Alhaj Mostafa Amin Faisal Muzadedi said here yesterday that his party did not believe in the politics of hartal which causes loss to national economy.
 arrow Mumbai meet agrees to form forum on harmonising energy efficiency
The representatives from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan at a two-day meeting at Mumbai in India recently agreed to establish a permanent regional forum on harmonising energy efficiency
 arrow Int'l symposium on nutrition begins tomorrow
A two-day international symposium titled "Professor Kamaluddin Ahmad: Creating and translating Nutrition & Biochemical Sciences for the benefit of mankind' will begin at Hotel Sheraton in the city tomorrow.
Nationalarrow 2nd phase of Teesta Project in abeyance?
Will the second phase work of Teesta Irrigation Project be left in abeyance after ECNEC approval?
This question is being posed by high officials of Water Development Board (WDB) and political circles

 arrow An easy remedy for root rot disease of plants
A scientist at Mymensingh Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) has found a remedy to root rot disease of plants, an endemic phenomenon which greatly affects vegetable and crop production in the country.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of housewife in Moulvibazar
Leaders of six local woman's organisation have demanded proper investigation into the recent death of young housewife Syeda Fayzun Nahar Julie at her mother in law's house at Shantibagh in Moulvibazar
 arrow Headmistress indeed!
No sooner had the school building been declared abandoned, its headmistress tore it down by her men and took the bricks, iron rods, old doors and windows to her house.
 arrow 13 cops closed for snatching in Jessore
Thirteen cops were closed to Jessore police lines yesterday on allegations of harassing Dhaka bound passenger transports from India.
 arrow Raise awareness to prevent HR violation
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday underscored the role of lawyers and journalists in protecting human rights by creating awareness among people, particularly at the grassroots level.
 arrow 4-day children’s festival ends in Moulvibazar
A four-day children's festival organised by the Bangladesh Shishu Academy concluded here on Thursday.
 arrow ‘Rape, murder case refused by Dakop OC’
The officer-in-charge of Dakop thana in the district has refused to record a rape and murder case, the victim's father alleged at a press conference at Khulna Press Club yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Rule of law and macroeconomic performance
One of the important public goods that governments provide is the 'rule of law'.
 arrow Revitalising the United Nations
In the context of necessity of global security and geographical distribution of population there is no denying the importance of reforms in the United Nations.
 arrow Build it right the first time
Today there are daily realities for a growing number of builders. The bottom line is that the level of consumer expectation for quality construction is increasing.
 arrow My country my health
All health information to keep you up to date
Bangladesh health care sector started its intricate expedition with less than insignificant health facilities in terms of human resources and hospitals/health

Culturearrow "An actor must do his homework" --Shahed
The young boy in a rocky relationship with an aging woman in Kanamachhi Bho Bho or the youngest son of the family struggling hard to get married in drama serial Ebong Biye or the long haired
 arrow More forms of rickshaw art
In the recent residency programme of Britto, three artists -- Anura Krishantha from Sri Lanka, Malak Helmy from Egypt and Imran Hossain Piplu from Bangladesh -- worked together.
 arrow 15th anniversary of Prokash Shahitya Shangskritik Shangathan
Cultural organisation Prokash Shahitya Shangskritik Shangathan yesterday celebrated its 15th anniversary with enthusiasm at the Nat Mandal auditorium, University of Dhaka.
 arrow War of the Worlds is out of this world!
In his latest movie War of the Worlds, Steven Spielberg marshals state-of-the-art tools of cinema and computerised imagery to mount eye-popping scenes of destruction, chaos and horror.
Generalarrow Seven crore people vulnerable to filariasis
At least seven crore people in 32 districts are vulnerable to lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, a debilitating disease caused by the thread-like parasitic filarial worms transmitted by
 arrow Climate change threatens humanity's cradle Africa
Climate change in Africa gave rise to modern humans.
Now experts fear that global warming linked to carbon emissions will have its worst impact on humanity's cradle.

 arrow Water supply for all city dwellers by next yr: Minu
Mayor of Rajshahi Mijanur Rahman Minu, MP, yesterday said the city-dwellers would be brought under water supply coverage by the current fiscal year.
Internationalarrow Schroeder loses trust vote
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder lost a parliamentary confidence vote he engineered yesterday, raising the prospect of early elections and a widely predicted change in government.
 arrow Security alert in Lanka after cop killings
Government forces stepped up security in Sri Lanka's restive east yesterday, a day after suspected Tiger rebels killed three soldiers and issued a two-week deadline for the government to increase their
 arrow Syria a hindrance to ME stability: US
Syria's support of Palestinian extremist groups remains an obstacle to achieving Middle East peace, a senior State Department official said Thursday.
 arrow Tax debacle adds to Arroyo agony
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo, fighting off opposition demands to quit over alleged vote-rigging, suffered a further setback Friday when the Supreme Court suspended the expansion of an unpopularconsumption
 arrow Hu, Putin vow security, cooperation at summit
The Chinese and Russian presidents held a summit yesterday aimed at strengthening security in volatile Central Asia and toughening economic ties between these two giants once seen as the West's main threat
 arrow Baghdad fire triggers water woes for millions
A fire broke out yesterday at a power station that supplies a Baghdad waterworks, shutting it down and leaving millions of residents without drinking water, officials said.
 arrow Bush wants answers on Iran leader's past
President Bush said on Thursday he wanted answers on whether Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a leader in the 1979 US Embassy siege as some former hostages have said but Iranians have denied Several
 arrow Oceans may turn into acidic water bodies
A new study has revealed that oceans around the world are fast turning into acidic water bodies.
 arrow Deal reached on Indian Ocean tsunami warning system
The United Nations scientific and cultural organisation says agreement has been reached on a tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean.
 arrow Ulfa responds to Delhi's peace move, writes to PMO
The banned militant outfit Ulfa has formally responded to the peace offer of the Centre.
 arrow Congo confirms 10 dead in rally shootings
Ten people were shot dead Thursday when police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) broke up opposition rallies in a number of cities, a senior government figure said.
 arrow Saddam's novel a bestseller despite ban
Move over Harry Potter.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Free mobility of labour
It is good news. But just like common sense being uncommon, the obvious or the self-evident has often been consigned to a state of cultivated indifference.
 arrow Editorial: Street children
The suggestion that a 'one-stop crisis centre' be opened in all public hospitals for taking the street children under its wings is a laudable one.
 arrow Constructive engagement in Indo-Bangladesh relations
It was indeed disappointing to note the scathing attack of the Chief Minister of West Bengal within two days of the conclusion of the meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of Bangladesh and India. Mr.
 arrow It's non-governance
IT is difficult to say which government harms the state more: the one that does not perform or the one that misper-forms. Both mismanage. Both betray the interests of people. Both are a failure.
Letters to Editorarrow Harry K. Thomas
US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas will be departing Dhaka for Washington on 2 July 2005 after the completion of his 2-year term in Bangladesh.
 arrow Europe in the slow lane
The constitutional tangles in EU are not surprising. These imperialists who lorded over vast colonies for centuries taste the intimations of insecurity syndromes (of lower standard of living).
 arrow Campus violence
Campus violence is a common affair in Bangladesh. There is hardly any educated man who is not acquainted with the term campus violence.
 arrow Goodbye to AKM Mosharraf Hossain
Reading The Daily Star reporting about Mr. AKM Mosharraf Hossain, ousted state minister for energy it looks to me that he is one of the men drowned in corruption.
 arrow Prof. Sitara Pervin -- a tribute
Prof. Sitara Pervin didn't strike to me as a Professor of Dhaka University at the first visit.
StarTecharrow New mindset and marketing skills can make difference
"Proper marketing of Bangladeshi Software, right methods and adequate improvement of such marketing skills and changing the existing mindset of government officials are required for overall development
 arrow Cisco impressed with Bangladesh market
It all started when a couple went desperate in trying to communicate through network and computer systems in December 1984 at Stanford University, which led to world's first multi-protocol router andsince
 arrow Clouds off from software industry
Finance minister M Saifur Rahman has withdrawn the 10 percent corporate income tax (Cit) in his wrap up speech on the proposed budget for the FY 2005-2006 last Wednesday.
 arrow World's first fuel cells robot
A Japanese company said it has developed a humanoid billed as the world's first robot powered by easy-to-replace, environmentally friendly fuel-cell batteries.
 arrow Interview With The Android
Vladimir Lenski, a reporter with Russian TV's Channel 1, interviews an android version of sci-fi writer Philip K.
 arrow The Skycar
The Moller Skycar sits on display at NextFest 2005 in Chicago, Illinois on June 24.
Literaturearrow A Barisal Winter
The pleasantest surprise I had with eggs was in Bangladesh, during my first experience of the great Muslim festival of Shab-e-Barat, night of destiny.
 arrow Poetic language effaces divisions, prose imposes them
April and May 2005 issues
For many educated people discussing 'culture' is an integral part of their lives.

 arrow Book Review
This is a superb anthology of, as is evident from the title, Indian writing on food.
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