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Front Pagearrow London blasts kill over 50
Police scrambled through dangerous rail tunnels deep underground yesterday to hunt for clues and retrieve bodies after suspected al-Qaeda bombers killed more than 50 people in London rush-hour blasts.
 arrow Opposition accord on key reform proposals
In pursuit of a common agenda for reforms in the electoral and caretaker government systems ahead of the next general elections, the Awami League (AL) and its allies have agreed on two reform proposals
 arrow Reality mocks at cylinder gas plan
While Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman announced earlier last week that cylinder gas may replace pipeline gas supply for domestic users, Bangladesh neither has enough liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tomeet
 arrow Encroachment of retention ponds worsens waterlogging
The four official rainwater retention ponds in the city have been encroached upon and as a result, have become so narrow that the modern pump houses do not have enough draft to pump water out of the city
 arrow London Muslims condemn attacks, fear backlash
The bombs that ripped through London posed a double threat for the city's large Muslim population: Not only did two of them hit heavily Muslim areas but the community now fears a backlash.
 arrow 'Islam prohibits killing of any innocent people'
The secretary general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) expressed his condolences yesterday for the bombings in London that killed at least 50 people and injured hundreds.
 arrow Bangladeshis in UK safe
None of the Bangladeshis living in the United Kingdom (UK) were injured or hurt in Thursday's bomb blasts in London, Bangladesh High Commissioner (HC) in the UK Mofazzal Karim told BDNEWS over telephone.
 arrow Touching scenes at hospitals
Hundreds of victims of the London bombings, some with burns and high-velocity puncture wounds, packed the capital's hospitals on Thursday, stretching facilities to the limit.
 arrow G-8 fails to clinch deal on global warming
World leaders, shaken by deadly bombings in London, shortened the final day of their economic summit yesterday to allow British Prime Minister Tony Blair to rush back to chair a government panel dealing
 arrow Saudi recruiter offers deal to reduce cost
Saudi Arabia National Recruitment Committee (Sanarcom) yesterday proposed its Bangladeshi counterpart Baira to sign an agreement to reduce migration cost, which has been skyrocketing due to a huge demand
 arrow Int'l flights from Ctg yet to resume
Biman's DC-10 aircraft that crash-landed on July 1 at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport with 215 passengers couldn't be salvaged even yesterday.
 arrow Shops reopen as flames sink
The main blaze at Tengratila gas field stopped roaring and shrunk to less then 15 feet by yesterday. Burning gas was still gushing through 30 to 35 cracks around the relief well, but with lesser intensity.
 arrow Khaleda's trip to boost ties, says Tokyo
Japan will strengthen economic and political ties with Bangladesh and will also seek Dhaka's support to the draft proposal for expansion of the UN Security Council during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia'svisit
 arrow Withdraw case, punish culprits
Journalists yesterday demonstrated on the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) premises demanding withdrawal of a case filed by National Security Intelligence (NSI), punishment of the responsible NSI officials for
 arrow Contractor shot dead, mugger lynched
Unknown criminals gunned down a contractor at Malibagh, while a mob beat an alleged mugger to death at Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Charges against robber sergeant likely today
Charge-sheet against Sergeant Julfikar Ali, who robbed a businessman of Tk 14.
 arrow Police pass on Kamrul killing probe to DB
Dhanmondi police last night handed over the task to investigate into the sensational murder of Kamrul Alam, a businessman and Awami League leader, to the Detective Branch (DB) of police following repeated
 arrow Dipu's body may be exhumed today
Body of schoolboy Dipu Islam may be exhumed from Azimpur graveyard today for an autopsy.
 arrow Innocent, yet languishing in jail
An unfortunate namesake of a notorious criminal chargesheeted in a murder case Zahidur Rahman Zahid, 24, has been languishing in Khulna district jail for the last one year for no fault of his own.
 arrow Security beefed up in wake of London blasts
Police authorities have beefed up security at every key points, important places and installations across the country to avert any terror strike in the wake of Thursday's bomb attacks in London that killed
 arrow SSC results today
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination results under seven education boards will be published in the afternoon today.
 arrow Rathayatra...

 arrow Man kills wife, daughter in Chittagong
A man strangled his wife and eight-month-old daughter at a village in Banshkhali upazila of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Road crash kills two women
Two people died and three others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a private car from behind on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Chandina upazila yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt to refurbish NBR to boost revenue
In a bid to increase revenue income, the government is going to overhaul the National Board of Revenue (NBR) from this year and appoint 27 consultants to serve the purpose.
 arrow Global financial markets recover from shock of London blasts
World financial markets mostly found their feet Friday, a day after terrorist bombings killed more than 50 people in London, and also in the knowledge that central bankers stand ready to ward off anythreats
 arrow Fifth WTO mini-ministerial meet begins in China July 12
A three-day WTO mini-ministerial meeting begins on July 12 in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian, as part of painstaking preparations for the coming world trade talks.
 arrow China backs Nepal's offer to become 'transit corridor'
China Thursday offered to talk to India on Nepal's offer to be the 'transit corridor' for Sino-Indian trade, while backing Kathmandu's 'efforts to maintain stability' in the country.
 arrow Russia blasts Canada over WTO negotiations row
Russia blasted Canada on Thursday over what the Kremlin described as incomprehensible Canadian conditions for supporting Russian entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
 arrow Heera Jewellers' new showroom at Banani
Heera Jewellers Ltd organised a grand jewellery and cultural show to mark the inauguration of the company's new showroom at Banani in Dhaka Thursday.
 arrow New MD of Express Ins
Mosleh Uddin Ahmad took over as the managing director of Express Insurance Ltd recently.
Prior to this new assignment, he was the MD of Loyeds Insurance Co Ltd for two years, says a press release.

 arrow G8 leaders agree $50b aid boost
World leaders announced a $50 billion boost in development aid on Friday, declaring the deal was a message of hope that countered the hatred behind the London bomb attacks.
 arrow Short-term steps to boost Thai economy
Thailand's government will announce short-term measures next week to stimulate the economy, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Friday after several economists cut their growth forecasts for 2005.
 arrow China, US unlikely to reach EU-type deal on textiles: Report
Chinese trade negotiators have largely given up hope of reaching a European Union-type agreement with the United States on resolving a simmering row over textile quotas, state press said Friday.
 arrow BFIC approves 10pc stock dividend
Bangladesh Finance and Investment Co Ltd (BFIC) has approved a 10 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Rabeya Flour Mills okays 4pc dividend
Rabeya Flour Mills Ltd, a concern of Ejab Group, has declared a 4 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 02-July 07, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Football: Kottan charms Muktijoddha
Inspired by the presence of Bangladesh's SAFF Football Championship coach George Kottan on the bench, Muktijoddha Sangsad blanked a stubborn Farashganj Sporting Club 2-0 in the Premier Football League
 arrow Cricket: Kapali's mission England
There are as many ten players with Test experience in the 15-member Bangladesh A team which is due to tour England later this month but few will have as much at stake as Alok Kapali.
 arrow Football: 'It's wonderful to be back'
George Kottan told Muktijoddha Sangsad's high officials to sleep tight after their 2-0 win over Farashganj Sporting Club in yesterday's Premier Football League match.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan's reality-check
England captain Michael Vaughan did his best to keep his emotions in check after seeing his side here Thursday achieve their biggest wickets' win against Australia in a one-day international.
 arrow Cricket: London matches on
Two major cricket matches between England and Australia in London were set to be staged as planned despite the bomb attacks that rocked the British capital on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Football ready to help cricket!
It seems the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) maybe willing to bail the Bangladesh Cricket Board out by allowing the BCB to stage a proposed tri-series at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Chess: Another blow for Reefat
Reefat Bin Sattar suffered another blow in his campaign to fulfil the desired rating points to notch the Grand Master title when he drew in the University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SA to split NZ tour
The South African board has finally reached a settlement with New Zealand Cricket regarding their impending tour, beginning in October.
 arrow Football: Badda rout BRTC
Badda Jagarani consolidated their position in the First Division Football League with a 5-0 thrashing of BRTC at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Magesh India's 12th Grand Master
Panchanathan Magesh Chandran became India's 12th Grandmaster when he tied for first place in the 180,000 dollars 33rd World Open held at Philadelphia in the United States.
 arrow Olympics: Becks catches Games fever
David Beckham has revealed his hopes for a British football team to enter the 2012 Games in London.
"It would be great if our country could have a football team in the Olympics.

 arrow Football: Terrific Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick's first one-day international hundred against Australia guided England to a nine-wicket win at Headingley here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Owen's Catalan ambition!
Michael Owen reportedly wants to move to Real Madrid's biggest rivals Barcelona.
The England striker is desperate to avoid another season warming the Bernabeu bench.

 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asian ODIs given status
The three one-day matches between an Asia XI and an Africa XI to be held next month will be accorded official status.
 arrow Football: Coach thinks he'll come
Real Madrid coach Wanderley Luxemburgo is confident Brazil star Robinho will be a Madrid player next week.
"I think he's going to come.

 arrow Football: No more undergrounds!
Tottenham's Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes says he will no longer ride the London underground in the wake of the bomb blasts that killed at least 37.
 arrow Football: Solari moves to Inter
Inter Milan said Thursday they have signed Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Santiago Solari on a three year deal.
The 26-year-old will earn a reported 2.

 arrow Lonely Italians
In the popular imagination they are rich, drive fast cars, date beautiful women and are hero-worshipped every weekend.
 arrow McEwen wins Stage Seven
Australian national champion Robbie McEwen won the Tour de France seventh stage held over 228.5km between Luneville and here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland book 2007 CWC ticket
Brothers Ed and Dominick Joyce both chalked up half-centuries to steer ICC hosts Ireland to their first-ever World Cup with victory over Denmark at Bangor.
 arrow Tennis: Venus set for Russian test
Wimbledon champion Venus Williams faces a tough weekend when she takes on Fed Cup champions Russia for a place in this season's finals.
 arrow Olympics: Softball, baseball axed from London Olympics
London 2012 will have only 26 sports instead of 28 after softball and baseball were thrown out of the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) here on Friday and no new sports were chosen
Metropolitanarrow 'Wage strong movement for safe river route'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for a strong movement for safe river routes aiming to check launch disasters.
 arrow Eclampsia major culprit for maternal death
Eclampsia is the main cause of maternal death in the country after haemorrhage, an ICDDR'B sponsored study revealed here on Thursday.
 arrow 2 Bangladeshis shot dead by BSF
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshi youths at Raghunathpur border in Jessore district early yesterday.
The incident occurred at 5.

 arrow Jail warder killed by husband
A warder of Khulna District Jail was slaughtered by her husband in her bedroom of jail staff quarters under Khulna Police Station early yesterday.
 arrow BAIRA to train domestic helps for Saudi Arabia
Following Saudi Arabia's request to increase the professionalism of the immigrant domestic helps, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) will soon open a training centre to
 arrow Reclamation of 43 city canals demanded
Paribesh Bachao Andolon (Save Environment Movement) at a rally in the city yesterday demanded reclamation of some 43 canals of the capital city to eliminate its waterlogging.
 arrow '80 pc criminals go unpunished'
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) has prepared a draft law with an aim to protect and promote the rights of victims and witnesses of crimes.
 arrow SCBA condemns attack on lensmen
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday condemned and protested the assault of photojournalists by the National Security Intelligence (NSI) men.
 arrow Jamaat trying to eradicate madrasa edn: Charmonai Pir
Islami Shasantantra Andolan Ameer Charmonai Pir Maulana Syed Fazlul Karim yesterday said that Islamic values would be trampled if Jamaat-e-Islami assumes power again as it has been trying to eradicate
 arrow Road accident kills one in Keraniganj
An unidentified rickshawpuller was killed and two others were injured when a passenger bus hit a rickshaw at Ramerkanda here yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on women's studies ends
A three-day regional curriculum development workshop of the women's studies concluded at a city hotel yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Mathematics Olympiad team leaves for Mexico today
An eight-member team leaves Dhaka for Mexico today to participate in the 46th International Mathematics Olympiad for the first time.
 arrow Saifur released from hospital
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Mahbub Anam's 4th anniversary of death today
Today is the fourth death anniversary of eminent journalist and author Mahbub Anam, former editor of the now-defunct Bangladesh Times, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Faulty R&H design has doubled their miseries
Shahjalal Bridge-3 on Surma river on Dhaka-Sylhet-Sunamganj highway on the outskirts of the city was completed long ago, but it is not yet ready for use only due to change in design of the northern approach
 arrow Wrong planning damages Tk 1.4 cr rubber dam project in Sherpur
Netrakona: Last week's flood has badly damaged of the half-done Karagao Rubber Dam-cum Project on the hilly Someshwary river at Ainakuri in Jinaigati upazila in Sherpur district.
 arrow Khulna JCD president expelled for extortion
Abu Hossain Babu, president of Khulna district Jatiyabadi Chatra Dal (JCD), has been expelled from the party for extortion and tender manipulation.
 arrow Dengue in Khulna: Steps taken by KCC
The Health Department has taken emergency measures to prevent spread of dengue following detection of a dengue patient in the city on Thursday.
The dengue patient is a schoolboy named Enamul Shikder.

 arrow Road named after journalist Shamsur Rahman
A road in Sarsha upazila has been named after Shaheed Journalist Shamsur Rahman at a meeting held at Paksia College ground yesterday.
 arrow Daily Star Readers' Club formed at Bandarban
The Daily Star Readers' Club was formed at a meeting held at Bandarban Press Club on Wednesday aimed at creating enlightened citizens.
Point-Counterpointarrow OIC and Bangladesh: Anniversary thoughts
Following the burning in 1969 of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the second holiest shrine of Islam, the Islamic world witnessed an unprecedented revulsion and the late King Hasan II of Morocco assembled
 arrow We will return
The India Pakistan Peace March from Delhi to Multan is symbolically over, but we left Pakistan with a sense of unsatisfaction. We were not allowed to march within Pakistan.
 arrow Cementing Israeli apartheid and occupation
As world leaders gather in Scotland for the G-8 summit, the Palestinian people and solidarity groups across the world will mark the first anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling
Culturearrow Faiz Ahmed and his passion for art
Faiz Ahmed, the first head of Bangladesh Shangbad Shangtha (BSS), was always fascinated by fine arts, although he himself did not study it academically.
 arrow Live Now at National Museum
Shabab Murshid Foundation (SMF) sponsored a concert titled Live Now on July 7 at Novera Hall, National Museum.
 arrow Certificate giving ceremony of Peoples Theatre Institute
Among the few organisations in the country that operate training programmes for young theatre enthusiasts, Peoples Theatre Institute (PTI) is significant.
 arrow Patar Bhela Bhashai -- Ila's album of Tagore song
Shahnaz Nasrin Ila, lecturer of the Department of Theatre and Music of Dhaka University, released her first solo album on July 7.
Generalarrow Palli Bidyut lights up faces of 21 lakh in Mymensingh
Life has changed for some 21 lakh people in Mymensingh district, thanks to Mymensingh Palli Bidyut Samity (PBS) that has set up around 3,656 kilometres of electric line over the last few years.
 arrow Hypertension Society executives
The 11th Annual General Meeting of Bangladesh Society of Hypertension was held on its the premises in the city recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Nations around world beef up security
Nations around the world tightened security yesterday after a string of deadly bombings rocked London, attacks that Britain said bore the hallmarks of Muslim militant group al-Qaeda.
 arrow Londoners head back to work
Shaken but defiant, Londoners headed to work on trains and buses yesterday barely 24 hours after a wave of deadly bomb blasts tore through the city's public transport system, but many commuters also chose
 arrow Britons wonder if attacks are price of Iraq war
As Britain reels from the worst terrorist attack in its history, one question is forming itself in the minds of many people: how much, if it all, was the country's backing for the Iraq war to blame?

 arrow S Asia leaders deplore London blasts
South Asian leaders have condemned the attacks on London that killed at least 50 people and injured many others.
 arrow Many Iraqis link London attacks to western policy in Iraq
Iraqis, who face suicide bombings on a daily basis, yesterday condemned the terrorist attacks in London saying they go against Islamic teachings, but many also blamed US and British policies for the rise
 arrow Attack a matter of when, not if, for Italians
With Italy facing renewed threats of a terrorist attack in the wake of the London bombings, the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is beefing up security, but laid-back Romans took the threats
 arrow 'No nation is immune'
The world's press called for global unity yesterday in the wake of the deadly bombings in London, warning that no country was safe from terrorism and urging a more coordinated international response.
 arrow Arroyo defies mounting calls to quit
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's hold on the Philippine presidency looked more tenuous yesterday as members of her sacked cabinet, an iconic former president and an influential business group called on her to
 arrow Lanka not bound to hold snap polls
Sri Lanka's shaky minority government said yesterday it expected to survive a crucial budget vote later this year and would not be forced to hold snap elections, despite losing the support of its main
 arrow Britons pay price for rulers' deeds
A spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents said yesterday the British people were paying the price for the evil of their rulers but the Taliban had nothing to do with Thursday's bomb attacks inLondon.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We condemn the act against humanity
No sooner had we greeted the auspicious tiding of the British bid win to stage the 2012 Olympics and settled into the G-8 summit inaugural ambience came the paranoid attention-seekers' multi-explosion
 arrow Editorial: Manpower export declines
It is worrying news that the country is losing some job markets abroad.
 arrow Combatting debt: Too little, too late?
A few days ago, an interesting news item caught my attention.
 arrow Why are we so poor?
The question "why are we so poor?" is an intriguing one that invokes sour searching by politicians, bureaucrats, and citizens at large.
Letters to Editorarrow No thrust in insurance sector
There is a black out on news and stories on the successful implementation of novel local insurance schemes in our vast RNG and agricultural sectors (crops and marketing).
 arrow Reckless driving of motor cars, trucks and buses
Reckless driving of motor cars, trucks, and buses in the streets of Dhaka Chittagong Highway is not only nuisance, but also a public danger. One day a women was knocked down at the crossing near the shop.
 arrow Student and social service
Man has three duties, duty towards God, duty towards parents and duty towards mankind. So students have certain duties to the society in which they live in.
 arrow Scholarship for female students
The title of news attracted my intense attention.
 arrow Juvenile delinquency
Juvenile delinquency means a young person who does the crime. There is a proverb that "Necessity knows no law." So, Juvenile delinquency is not a difficult tusk for our country as we live in a penuryline.
StarTecharrow Whiz student duo develops mobile banking system
THE greater prospects of mobile banking, not to be confused with the limited vista of the existing SMS banking offered by some of the local banks, has recently been worked out by two young software developers,
 arrow Of gamers and play-offs
Dhaka experienced a crazy gaming tournament as over 200 game freaks played a part at the preliminary rounds of the 'Game Craze' contest co-organised by Gigabyte and eBiz that shook the BCS City on July
 arrow Today's DataCentre
"The DataCentre of the future will be a simplified, commoditised, virtualised set of resources that is enabled by standards.
 arrow Dino Track
In this photo provided by the National Park Service 07 July, 2005, a track from a three-toed dinosaur thought to be about 70 million years old is measured in Denali National Park , Alaska.
Literaturearrow Ms. Padma
After becoming a successful lawyer Ms. Padma discovered a new experience: the emptiness of life. Considering marriage an unnatural bond, she had decided that she would remain single and enjoy life.
 arrow A Search for Truth
I could have been looking at a mind-killing mosaic of grey stone instead of at the grey waves rippling back and forth between the black rocks...
 arrow Metonymy to Metaphor*
My first encounter with the work of Amit Chaudhuri was in the pages of Alan Ross' London Magazine, which published two of his poems in 1987.
 arrow On Vizzy and Viv
The two books reviewed here have been written by sports journalists: one by an Indian and the other by a Bangladeshi. Both have been aimed at the popular market, and make for easy reading.
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