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Front Pagearrow Terror strikes London: 37 killed
Four blasts ripped through London during rush hour yesterday morning, killing at least 37 people and disrupting a summit of Group of Eight leaders in Scotland in attacks Prime Minister Tony Blair called
 arrow Delhi to try roping in Dhaka
India will continue its efforts to sort out the issues with Bangladesh to facilitate the laying of gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh.
 arrow No operator now at lucrative Block 9
Gas block number 9 in central Bangladesh, which posed as an apple of discord between different interested oil companies and the government since the second round block bidding, now does not have any operator
 arrow NSI men swoop on lensmen
Nine photojournalists of different national dailies were injured, three of them critically, when National Security Intelligence (NSI) personnel yesterday swooped on them in front of the NSI office atSegun
 arrow Fire shrinks but fans out to 30 cracks
The fire at Tengratila gas field fanned out some more, with burning gas leaking through some 30 cracks around the blazing relief well.
 arrow 2 teachers arrested
Police yesterday arrested two teachers of Nayatola Government Primary School including the headmistress on charge of beating up a schoolboy to death on Tuesday.
 arrow Khaleda, Saifur should quit after confessing to pervasive graft
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the prime minister and her cabinet colleagues, particularly the finance and planning minister, should resign after admitting in the House to rampant corruption
 arrow Saifur recovering
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman is recovering and resting in his hospital bed.
 arrow Europe goes on terror warning
Governments across Europe beefed up security in airports, rail stations and public transport systems yesterday following a series of deadly rush-hour bombings in London, officials said.
 arrow World leaders pledge united terror war
Leaders from around the world expressed shock and anger over the deadly explosion blasts in the heart of London yesterday and determination to crush the terrorist threat.
 arrow 'Double-decker opened like a tin of sardines'
Wounded Londoners painted a nightmarish picture of chaos and bloodshed as a string of explosions ripped through the heart of the city yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina condemn attacks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina have condemned the bomb attacks in London yesterday.
 arrow JS bodies to be formed within first 3 sessions
A parliamentary body yesterday decided to amend the rules of procedure of the Jatiya Sangsad to ensure that the formation of all parliamentary standing committees is completed within the third session
 arrow Moudud finds his hands tied
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said he feels the need for full independence and restoration of discipline in the judiciary, but it is not possible for him to implement
 arrow New discords surface
A number of discords have surfaced in the second round talks between the government and the Tata Group over the Indian giant's proposed US$2.5 billion investment.
 arrow ROK firm signs MoU for $1b investment
South Korean conglomerate Luxon Global Company yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government to invest US$1 billion in coal mining, power plant, fertiliser plant, gas transmission
 arrow Int'l flights yet to be resumed
International flight operation could not be resumed yesterday from Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport as the rescuers failed to drag the crash-landed DC-10 onto the runway due to muddy patch
 arrow 2 Pakistanis to die
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two Pakistanis to death as 24kg heroin was seized from them in 1999, the largest ever heroin haul in the country.
 arrow Amit loses his lonely battle
Amit's battle for life came to an end yesterday when he succumbed to wild polio from which he has been suffering for the last five years after his windpipe of artificial pacemaker got disconnected accidentally.
 arrow Arrest warrant against 2 editors for running story on Pintu
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrant against editors of two Bangla national dailies minutes into a ruling BNP lawmaker filed two separate defamation cases against the newspapers for publishing
 arrow Vested quarter harasses ASK for anti-Rab stance
After threatening Sultana Kamal, executive director of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), over telephone on Sunday night for questioning the Rapid Action Battalion's "extra-judicial killings", a vested quarter
Businessarrow Governance, infrastructure may figure during PM's Tokyo visit
Poor governance and infrastructure are undermining Bangladesh's development efforts and possible ways to address the problems may be discussed during Bangladesh prime minister's upcoming visit to Tokyo,
 arrow Black money frustrates honest businesses: AmCham chief
The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh yesterday said the black money holders are forcing genuine entrepreneurs and industrialists out of business.
 arrow London terrorist attacks rattle global financial markets
Global financial markets were badly shaken on Thursday after terrorists carried out deadly explosions in London, closing much of the capital's transport system.
 arrow Oil retreats from record $62
World oil prices pulled back from historic high points on Thursday, after surging past 62 dollars a barrel in New York, following a series of explosions that rocked the British capital, with fatalities
 arrow Bush calls for farm export subsidies to end by 2010
US President George W.
 arrow Dollar price hits record high
The price of US dollar rose to all time high Tk 64 in the inter-bank foreign exchange market yesterday.
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) have increased customer rate of dollar by Tk 0.

 arrow Dhaka seeks market access for LDCs
Bangladesh has called for quota-free and duty-free access of all products from all the least developed countries (LDCs), including Bangladesh, in the global market.
 arrow Qatar Airways to order Airbus, Boeing aircraft worth $ 15.2b
Qatar Airways has decided to place orders for Airbus and Boeing aircraft worth US$ 15.2 billion.
 arrow Executive Motors introduces BMW 3 series car
Executive Motors Limited, the sole distributor of BMW in Bangladesh, formally introduced a new car of BMW 3 series yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Unilever relaunches 5 Lux brand soaps
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd has re-launched five Lux brand soaps with new formulation as part of a global re-launch of the brand with the same packaging and mixture of ingredients being offered across the
Sportsarrow Football: Reds' Kottan surprise
Muktijoddha Sangsad stunned the country's football fraternity by landing former Bangladesh national coach George Kottan on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Russel back to winning
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra's mixed fortunes continued in the Premier Football League when they blanked bottom-table Dipali Juba Sangha 2-0 with first half goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England restrict Aussies
Paul Collingwood took four wickets but Australia still managed a competitive 219 for seven in their first one-day international against England at Headingley here Thursday.
 arrow PFF plans to invite Pele
Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is planning to invite Brazilian legend Pele during the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship to be held in that country in December this year, a Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: Miandad wants England to play in Karachi
Pakistani cricket authorities should cancel an upcoming series against England if they do not play a Test in Karachi, former Pakistani captain Javed Miandad said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: County improves Pathan's fitness
Indian left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan on Wednesday said his two-month stint in English county cricket for Middlesex helped him in attaining match fitness ahead of the July 30-August 9 triangular limited-overs
 arrow Cricket: SA postpone tour to Zim
South Africa's proposed trip to Zimbabwe at the end of this month, when they were slated to play three one-dayers, has been put aside for the time being and is likely to be scheduled at a later date.
 arrow Football: Victoria climb to second
Victoria Sporting Club brightened their chances for a return to the Premiership when they edged contenders Mohakhali Ekadash 1-0 in the First Division Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin has lot to offer: Kapil
Describing Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman of modern times, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev today said the player still had a lot to offer to Indian cricket.
"I have fond memories of Sachin.

 arrow Cricket: Solanki the supersub
Vikram Solanki made cricket history at 1402 GMT Thursday by becoming the first super substitute as England took on Australia at Headingley.
 arrow Chess: Reefat draws with Parag
International Master Reefat Bin Sattar stumbled to a draw in the third round but shared the lead with five other players in the University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Latest
Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss put England on course with a hardworking century opening partnership in the first of the three-match one-day series at Headingley yesterday.
 arrow Football: That Liverpool pull
It seems there is just no leaving of Liverpool for some people.
 arrow Rich in appreciation
Soccer-mad Nigeria, which last week won international debt relief after pleading extreme poverty, lavished 112,000 dollars (94,000 euros) in bonuses on its losing under-20 national side on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Crespo back with Blues
Chelsea have confirmed that Argentine striker Hernan Crespo will return to Stamford Bridge for the new Premiership season.
 arrow Olympics: Scottish in the way of all-British team
Scotland have quashed England hopes of putting a British football team into the 2012 London Olympics.
 arrow Olympics: Party can wait
Olympic celebrations will be put on hold following the deadly blasts in London on Thursday, the chief executive of the city's victorious 2012 Games bid, Keith Mills, said here.
 arrow Football: Figo set for Liverpool?
Real Madrid's Portugal forward Luis Figo is poised to join European champions Liverpool, according to sports daily Marca.
 arrow McEwen claims Stage Five
Lance Armstrong could afford to show his charitable side after the fifth stage of the Tour de France here Wednesday where Australian Robbie McEwen finally got to show his sprinting prowess ahead of Belgian
 arrow Olympics: Blair won gold
Newspapers around the world Thursday said the decision to give the 2012 Olympic games to London was a clear victory for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and a stunning political defeat for French President
 arrow Cricket: Harmison ready for Ashes
Stephen Harmison admitted Wednesday he wished the Ashes were about to begin rather than three more one-day internationals against Australia.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova to defend Pan Pacific
Russian star Maria Sharapova will return to Tokyo next January to defend the 1.3 million dollar Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament, organizers said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Robinho appears!
Disgruntled Brazil striker Robinho made a brief appearance at Santos's headquarters on Wednesday, but once again defied club directors by failing to train.
Metropolitanarrow 40 pc illegal arms in hands of young criminals
Despite the ongoing crackdown on criminals by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), the common people are still suffering from a sense of insecurity, speakers at a press conference said yesterday.
 arrow DU recruits 3 law professors ignoring 'better' candidates
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have appointed three professors at its Law Department allegedly on political considerations and depriving two aspirants with better academic and professional tracks.
 arrow JS watchdog unhappy with economic diplomacy
The parliamentary watchdog on the foreign ministry yesterday expressed disappointment at the way Bangladesh missions are currently doing economic diplomacy with other countries.
 arrow PM's intervention sought to bring Kibria killers to book
Dr Reza Kibria, son of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday stressed the need for the prime minister's intervention in bringing the killers of Kibria to justice.
 arrow 4 killed, 51 injured in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 51 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Natore yesterday.
 arrow Police open fire on Duet students: 8 hurt
Eight students of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (Duet) were injured, three by bullets, as police opened fire to disperse unruly students of the university here yesterday.
 arrow DU fells over 12 trees
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities cut down more than a dozen trees in front of the Central Library on Wednesday night.
 arrow Bangladeshi killed in Mumbai
Unidentified assailants killed a Bangladeshi national at a flat in Mumbai in India on Tuesday, family sources said.
The victim is Ferdous, 21, son of Shahidul Islam of Putuni village in Kalaroa upazila.

 arrow Keep away educational instts from politics
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk yesterday said congenial academic atmosphere and proper management of the institutions are more important than educational infrastructure in obtaining good results.
 arrow Musician Sheikh Sadi made JP vice chairman
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has appointed renowned musician Sheikh Sadi Khan as the vice chairman of the party.
 arrow Three arms smugglers held in Bandarban
Army personnel arrested three arms smugglers at a residential hotel in Bandarban town yesterday morning and recovered a gun from their possession.
 arrow Rath Jatra festival today
Hindu devotees will celebrate the Rath Jatra (chariot) festival of Lord Jagannath today.
 arrow Non-govt teachers demand pay rise
The teachers and employees of non-government schools and colleges staged a demonstration in the city with empty shopping bags in hands yesterday demanding adequate house rent, medical allowance and 10
 arrow President, PM visit ailing Saifur
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday visited the ailing Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at Apollo Hospital at Baridhara in the city.
The President spent some time beside Saifur at the hospital.

 arrow Cop, his wife stabbed in city
Muggers stabbed a police constable and his wife at Uttara in the city yesterday.
 arrow Grocer stabbed to death
An unidentified miscreants stabbed one grocer to death in his shop at Jamijuri of Dohazari under Chandonaish upazila in the district on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Budget under the microscope
Let's congratulate the finance minister and government for recognising the corrupt economy of Bangladesh! The recently passed budget officially discloses that the people of Bangladesh do not need to wait
 arrow Glimses of Pakistan
The seven-member Bangladesh delegation was an assortment of journalists, researchers, and academics.
 arrow US gift to Muslim nations
US democratisation offerings to the Muslim world supposedly carry America's good will and soft power. It is a gesture of peace and friendship.
Culturearrow In conversation with Abdur Rahman Boyati
Dayaganj Bazar, a small locality on the outskirts of Dhaka, used to be the meeting place of legendary folk singers such as Khaleque Dewan, Kobi Alauddin Boyati and many others in the late '40s.
 arrow Tagore's work Dui Bon to come alive
The entrance of the Bengal Studio, located in Gopibagh near Old Dhaka, is rather unimpressive.
 arrow Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Before there were Beyonce Knowles, Halle Berry, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams and other dazzling black superstars, there was an immensely talented singer-actress who turned every head around in 1940'sHollywood.
 arrow Aishwarya Provoked
For Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai, her next role on the reel is going to be based on the real-life story of a battered British Asian wife that had caused a sensation in the United Kingdom.
 arrow Short Takes
Kurukkhetra staged in Scotland
Celebrity couple and theatre activists Shahiduzzaman Selim and Rosy Siddiqui recently staged their new stage play Kurukkhetra in Glasgow, Scotland.

 arrow Sisimpur: Delighting young minds
Today's episode of Sisimpur embarks on its journey with a story by Halum and Shiku, says a press release. In the course of this work, children learn about democracy.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We demand a white paper
After the DC-10 accident in Chittagong on July 1, the drawn-out salvage operation is just about approaching the finishing line.
 arrow Editorial: Bravo, London!
Our heartiest congratulations to Britain on her winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympics.
 arrow The 21st century world
I have recently returned from the inaugural summit of the Forum of Young Global Leaders held in Zermatt in Switzerland from June 24-28.
 arrow Attack on pluralism
THERE are two ways of looking at the attack on the Ram Janmabhoomi-cum-Babri masjid complex in Ayodhya where a makeshift temple has stood since the demolition of the masjid some 14 years ago.
 arrow Bush policy of arrogance: More foes, few friends
It is not just the US that has changed irrevocably after the most horrendous attack on America on September 11, 2001.
Letters to Editorarrow DC-10 crash in Chittagong
It is a miracle that none of the 216 people on board Biman's Dubai-Chittagong-Dhaka service flight no.
 arrow Rural marketing network
Economist Abdul Bayes has rightly pointed out the weak structures in the rural-urban marketing networks prevailing at present in Bangladesh (DS June 28).
 arrow Some good news
In dismal Bangladesh, good news (on Bangladesh) in the press is a rarity.
 arrow Open 200 taxi stands
The DS editorial of June 17 is encouraging for the middle class taxi users (including 3-wheelers with fare meters).
 arrow Oil price
A Bangladeshi service station worker counts the cash at a fuel station in Dhaka. Oil prices remained below 60 US dollars a barrel in Asian trade but another rally was expected soon.
 arrow My country, my dream...
I didn't see our glorious liberation war in 1971, as I was a mere boy about to go to school at that time.
 arrow Looks!
On 28th June 2005, a special page of Lifestyle caught my attention. That was a report on "Looks". I appreciate Farzana Shakil's make-up book---Looks.
 arrow Jet engines and propellers
In his letter published on July 6 titled "Propellers on Jet engines!" Mr S.A. Mansoor writes that The Daily Star was wrong since jet engine cannot have propellers.
 arrow Bangladesh, India and Pakistan
I have read in your newspaper reports on trade between these three countries. Trade between India and Bangladesh should flourish. India and Bangladesh can have a good trade relationship.
 arrow IPP's generation problems
Many press reports on Independent Power Plants in the private sector are being published these days.
 arrow Think about it
I think that only those members of society who are blind, deaf, utterly clueless or uninformed would say that there is nothing wrong with Bangladesh today.
 arrow Lack of sensitivity
We are rebuked often by the Western people for our lack of social consciousness. We seem to be unable to distinguish between what is right and what is not.
Worldarrow South Asia: Pakistan to seal Afghan border
Pakistan will deploy another 4,000 troops to seal its western border ahead of elections in Afghanistan, the military said, as a soldier died and six militants were seized in a major clash.
 arrow South Asia: King parties as Nepalis struggle for peace
Nepal's King Gyanendra, who seized power in a coup five months ago, celebrated his 59th birthday yesterday with his impoverished country frozen in political crisis and revolt.
 arrow South Asia: Ayodhya attacks may affect peace process
India's prime minister has said public support for peace with Pakistan could wither if there were more attacks like this week's raid on a disputed religious site which Hindu groups have blamed on Muslim
 arrow South Asia: Myanmar releases 400 prisoners
Myanmar's military government said yesterday it had released about 400 prisoners across the country but would not identify the freed inmates, many of whom were believed to be political detainees.
 arrow South Asia: al-Qaeda returns to Afghanistan: Experts
Members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network may have returned to Afghanistan en masse to bolster Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan forces in the east and south of the country, officials and analysts
 arrow South Asia: 'Laden, Mullah Omar not in Pakistan'
Pakistan has denied allegations that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban supremo Mullah Omar are hiding in its tribal areas or militants from its territory are infiltrating into Afghanistan, reports
 arrow South Asia: Intelligence officer shot dead in Lanka
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead an intelligence officer conducting security checks in eastern Sri Lanka ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Blasts throw G8 summit into crisis
A series of apparent bomb attacks in London threw the Group of Eight summit into crisis on Thursday, forcing Britain's Tony Blair to leave the venue in Scotland to handle the emergency.
 arrow 4 nations submit plan to enlarge UNSC
Germany, Japan, Brazil and India submitted a UN General Assembly resolution on Wednesday to enlarge the 15-seat Security Council by 10 members in hopes of a vote next week, Japan announced.
 arrow Iraq inks pact with Iran
Iraq signed a military pact with Iran on Wednesday in a breakthrough with a former foe.
 arrow Travel chaos after London blast
People have been told not to travel into London after a series of explosions across the city.
 arrow Arroyo asks cabinet to resign
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo, facing a political crisis over allegations of vote fraud, said yesterday she has asked her cabinet members to step down but will not herself resign.
 arrow NY Times reporter sent to jail in CIA leak case
A New York Times reporter was jailed on Wednesday after she said she could not break her promise and reveal her confidential source to a grand jury investigating who in the Bush administration leakeda
 arrow al-Qaeda says it kills Egypt envoy
al-Qaeda group in Iraq said in an Internet statement yesterday it killed Egypt's top envoy to Iraq who it had kidnapped, claiming he represented a "tyrannical" government allied to the "Jews and Crusaders.
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