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Front Pagearrow AL, allies announce agenda for caretaker, EC reforms
The 14-party opposition line-up led by Awami League yesterday announced its agenda for electoral and caretaker government reforms expressly to ensure free and fair elections.
 arrow Reform proposals to hinder smooth election process
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuyian yesterday said the opposition's agenda for electoral and caretaker government reforms is aimed at hindering the country's
 arrow 4 killed as train rams bus in Lalmonirhat
Four people were killed and at least 45 others injured, 20 of them critically, as a passenger train rammed a bus at Mondolerhat level crossing under Lalmonirhat sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow London 'bomb-maker' caught in Cairo
The alleged bomb-maker in the July 7 London terror attacks has been arrested in Cairo, where he is being interrogated, Egyptian officials said yesterday.
 arrow 4 Indians held with grenades, arms on Sylhet border
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) nabbed four Indian nationals with three grenades, three firearms including an AK47 assault rifle, and ammunition when they intruded into Bangladesh territory through
 arrow Shahara buried amid tears
The funeral for Shahara Islam, one of the more than 50 victims of last week's London bombings took place yesterday. She was buried at a private service.
 arrow Reform agenda needs no major amendment to constitution
No major constitutional amendment is needed to carry out the electoral and caretaker government reform proposals of the main opposition Awami League and its left allies, eminent legal experts of the country
 arrow Jute and textile workers enforce dawn-to-dusk hartal today
Jute, cotton and textile mill workers have called a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country today demanding reopening of all closed mills and factories, saving the country's potential jute sector, declaration
 arrow BSF guns down youth in Panchagarh, takes away body
Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot dead a Bangladeshi youth on Darkhore border under Atoari upazila of Panchagarh district yesterday morning.
 arrow 3 robbers lynched in Chittagong
Three robbers were lynched at Technical Training Centre (TTC) at Khulshi in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow Hasina leaves for US today
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina leaves for the United States this morning by a British Airways flight.
 arrow Food, drinking water crisis in flood-hit districts
The monsoons and onrush of water from upstream India have worsened the flash flood in vast areas in several affected districts, destroying crop, washing away houses and causing untold sufferings to millions
 arrow Khaleda calls on Emperor Akihito
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday paid a courtesy call on Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace.
 arrow Suicide bomb spree kills 20 in Baghdad
Suicide car bombers blew themselves up in a series of attacks within hours across the Iraqi capital yesterday, and US forces said 20 Iraqis were killed.
 arrow Ayodhya attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, says India
Five gunmen who attacked a disputed religious site in northern India came from Pakistan and were members of a militant group fighting Indian rule in divided Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow Rain in Dhaka, Ctg causes waterlogging
Intermittent rain for the third day in a row in the city yesterday caused immense sufferings to city dwellers as temporary waterlogging obstructed traffic movement at many places.
 arrow 'Caretaker reform issue should be discussed in JS'
Canada's country mission, a member of the 'Tuesday Group' that plays a watchdog role in Bangladesh's elections, suggests that parliament is the appropriate forum to discuss issues of national importance
 arrow College student abducted in Meherpur
Criminals abducted a college student from his house at Bamunpara village in Sadar upazila of Meherpur district early yesterday and demanded ransom for his release.
 arrow CPB fears a deadlock
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday said appointment of the chief advisor of the caretaker government on the basis of consensus of all political parties, as demanded by the opposition parties,
 arrow Chemist denies any role in London blasts
An Egyptian biochemist arrested in Cairo in connection with the London subway and bus bombings taught at a British university after taking graduate courses in North Carolina.
 arrow Boy languishing in Khulna jail
An innocent teenager is languishing in prison for one year for being falsely implicated in a case and poor police investigation.
Businessarrow Revenue posts 14.5pc rise in FY05
Revenue collection by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) in the last fiscal year witnessed a 14.5 percent growth over the previous year but it fell Tk 556 crore, or 1.
 arrow Export clocks record 15pc growth in May
Export performance is back on track in May fetching a record 15 percent growth in a single month. Export earnings in May 2005 amounted to US$823.
 arrow World tea exports rise, Bangladesh slips: UN
Although the tea export of Bangladesh decreased by more than one percent during the last fiscal year over the 2003-2004 fiscal year, the world tea production last year reached a record 3.
 arrow Ghorashal power plant limps on overhaul lack
Power generation at the Ghorashal thermal power plant might stop due to want of overhauling of the plant for over three decades.
 arrow Oil prices rise with focus on Hurricane Emily
World oil prices climbed Friday as Hurricane Emily swirled through the southern Gulf of Mexico, while traders absorbed a report suggesting weaker Chinese energy demand in the years ahead.
 arrow Imported ceramic to be unloaded on BSTI approval
The High Court has directed the tax authorities to issue unloading order for imported ceramic ware only after receiving chemical test report on samples from Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution
 arrow Boeing finalises $430m China Cargo order
US aerospace maker Boeing Company said Thursday it finalized a deal with China Cargo Airlines for two Boeing 747-400ER freighters, worth about 430 million dollars at list prices.
 arrow Brazil to delay US trade sanctions over cotton subsidies
Brazil has agreed to postpone trade sanctions on the United States, which has signaled it is moving to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against its cotton export subsidy programme,the
 arrow HP holds partners' meet in Ctg
Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently organised a meeting of its premium business partners and business partners based in Chittagong.
 arrow New A310 of Emirates SkyCargo freighter takes off
The first of Emirates SkyCargo's three Airbus freighters took off on July 7 from Dresden in Germany.
 arrow New MD of Brac Concord Lands
AFM Sodrul Alam Choudhury took over as the managing director of Brac Concord Lands Ltd with effect from July 1.
 arrow Wal-Mart to open first Shanghai outlet
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to open its first store in China's biggest city, Shanghai, at the end of July, the company said Friday.
 arrow US Democrats offer new bill targeting China trade
Opposition Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced a bill Thursday aiming to cut the massive trade deficit with China by targeting what they called unfair trade practices.
 arrow Asia's forex reserves up $132b in first 6 months of 2005
Asian holdings of foreign exchange reserves rose $132 billion in the first six months of 2005 to total $2.58 trillion, led by a steep climb in China's holdings, central bank figures showed.
 arrow China denies yuan revaluation in August
China's central bank Friday denied it was planning to announce a revaluation of its currency after the Bush administration reportedly told key senators that it expects such a move in August.
 arrow Transcom Electronics, Eastern Bank sign deal
Employees of Eastern Bank Ltd will be able to buy Philips, Whirlpool, Changhong and Transtec brand electronics products from Transcom Electronics Ltd under a special easy purchase scheme.
 arrow India govt wants Airbus order re-examined
India's government wants a planned 2.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 09-July 14, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka. Demand for US dollar remained high.

Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan stay ahead
Ashraful Kader Manju sla-mmed a hatt-rick as Moha-mmedan Sporting Club ensured staying on top of the table midway through the Premier Football League with a massive 6-1 defeat of Wanderers Club at the
 arrow Cricket: A team up for it
Inspired by the main team's Natwest tri-series performance recently, the Bangladesh A side promised to put on a spirited show during their month-long tour of England.
 arrow Cricket: Windies in disorder
Hosts Sri Lanka left the under-strength West Indians gasping for survival in the first cricket Test even as bad weather ruined the third day's play here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI seeks to delay Bangladesh series
The Indian cricket board has sought postponement by a few weeks of Bangladesh's proposed Test series in India later this year because of International Cricket Council's high-profile Super Series in October.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's chances fade
Sourav Ganguly's chances of returning for the one-day series in Sri Lanka receded with the ICC's Disputes Resolution Committee setting a July 22 date for final arguments in the BCCI dispute over the process
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore returns
Bangladesh's coach Dav Whatmore returned to Dhaka on Friday from Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka fixes Tigers' tour dates
Bangladesh will play two Tests and three one-day internationals in Sri Lanka in September, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Hosts clinch title
BKSP won the BKSP Cup Under-16 football tournament title when the hosts edged Dhaka Division 3-2 in the tiebreaker after yesterday's final ended in a goalless draw at the BKSP ground.
 arrow Cricket: Marsh backs Pietersen selection
Rod Marsh believes that Kevin Pietersen is the right choice for England for the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Lee shines for Aussies
Brett Lee gave the Aussie selectors further evidence that he deserves a place in the Ashes team after taking 4-53 against Leicestershire on the opening day of their final three-day warm-up match at Grace
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir down but not out
Pakistan fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed vowed Friday to stage an international comeback after being suspended for having a suspect bowling action.
 arrow SLC awards 11 central contracts
Sri Lanka's cricket board has awarded central contracts to 11 players, including fast bowler Lasith Malinga and spinner Rangana Herath for the first time.
 arrow Football: Wenger pleads patience as Vieira goes
Arsene Wenger urged Arsenal fans to trust him after allowing captain Patrick Vieira to leave the club in a 13.7-million pound (20-million euro) deal.
 arrow Cricket: Sao Paulo best in South America
Sao Paulo won the Libertadores Cup, the South American championship for clubs, for the third time following a 4-0 victory over fellow Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Robinho's fines mount
Santos fined Robinho for a 14th consecutive day on Thursday as the striker again refused to train because of dispute with the Brazilian club over its negotiations with Spain's Real Madrid.
 arrow Cricket: Just play Warne
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has told his former teammates to forget about Shane Warne's reputation when they face the legendary leg-spinner in the upcoming Ashes Test series.
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj Div I soccer champs
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society emerged First Division Football League champions with a match in hand when they drew goalless with Badda Jagarani at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in
 arrow Tennis: Gasquet inspires France
Frenchman Richard Gasquet put France into the lead in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against hosts Russia here on Friday, beating Igor Andreev in straight sets.
Metropolitanarrow Rains further aggravate DND waterlogging
The waterlogging situation in Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam area has further aggravated following incessant rains in last two days.
 arrow Summary of reform proposals
In a major political development, the main opposition Awami League and its left-leaning allies yesterday announced three sets of proposals seeking to reform the caretaker government, the Election Commission
 arrow Cellphone sets worth Tk 1 cr seized at Zia
Cellphone sets worth about Tk 1 crore were seized at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Thursday.
 arrow Two Bangladeshis deported from Dubai
two Bangladeshi youths--M Zakir Hussein, son of Rafikul Islam and Iqbal, son of Tajul Islam--were deported by Immigration authorities at Dubai International Airport for travelling with fake passports.
 arrow BNP prepares to rig next election: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the ruling BNP of making all arrangements to rig the next general election, "perceiving that people will not vote for them.
 arrow JICA masterplan for waste management for Dhaka
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has formulated a 10-year masterplan for solid waste management (SWM) in Dhaka city through technology transfer.
 arrow Foreign diplomats visit 'unlisted' Rohingya refugees, offer aid
Western diplomats yesterday offered humanitarian assistance for "unlisted" Rohingya refugees living in makeshift and illegally developed camps in this sea resort region.
 arrow Indian timber seized in Sylhet
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in separate drives seized Indian timbers worth about Tk 15 lakh from different places of the district on Wednesday.
 arrow Call to build up science-based culture
Speakers at a publication ceremony yesterday called for simple presentation of scientific facts to help build up a science-based culture for rapid development of the country.
 arrow Robbers loot two tons of iron rods
A gang of robbers looted two metric tons of iron rods from an underconstruction building at Bangla Motor in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Sylhet Council submits memo to PM tomorrow
Sylhet Division Development Action Council will stage a black-flag demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's office tomorrow to press home its five-point demand, including compensation for Tengratila
 arrow Shamsur Rahman's anniversary of death today
Today is the fifth death anniversary of journalist Shamsur Rahman, special correspondent of the daily Janakantha and Jessore correspondent of the BBC.
 arrow BNP factions clash in Tanore: 25 injured
Some 25 people were injured as two factions of BNP were locked in a clash over a trivial issue at Tanore upazila yesterday.
Of the injured, Abdur Rashid and Mozahar were admitted to Tanore Hospital.

 arrow Two killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed five others injured in road accidents in Narayanganj and Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Indian crocodiles main attraction at Dhaka zoo
A good number of visitors throng the Dhaka zoo everyday to see five crocodiles of fresh water, imported from India.
The attraction of crocodiles among people helped the contractor increase of gate-money.

 arrow Graduation ceremony
The Aga Khan School, Dhaka (AKS, D) held its fifth graduation ceremony for the teachers who had attended the Certificate in Education: Primary Education (CE:PE) programme at the Brac Centre Auditorium
 arrow Rejoinder
Dr Mohammad Nazrul Islam, a newly appointed professor at the Department of Law, Dhaka University (DU), has sent a rejoinder to a report headlined 'DU recruits 3 law professors ignoring 'better' candidates'
Nationalarrow 98 out of 127 polling centres 'vulnerable’
With only four days left for the Sunamganj-3 by-polls, campaign has reached a high pitch with weary candidates moving door to door and holding rallies to woo voters in remote villages in Jagannathpur
 arrow New tea variety to double yield
Bangladesh Tea Research Institute (BTRI) at Srimongal has evolved a new variety of tea which will increase the yield by more than double.
 arrow Tk 500cr CHT uplift project takes off this month
Work on implementation of a Tk 500 crore Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project (CHTRDP), financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), begins this month.
 arrow Cancel accord with Niko: CPB
Manikganj unit of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) on Thursday held a protest meeting demanding cancellation of government's agreement with the Canadian company Niko which is responsible for blow-out
 arrow Protest against change in policy for women
A human chain was formed in gaibandha town on Thursday demanding cancellation of the recent amendment to the National Women Development Policy.
It was organised by Durbar Network, an NGO.

 arrow Tk 50 cr Amtali-Kalapara road approved
The Tk 50 crore Amtali-Kalapara road construction project has been approved by the Economic Relations Division (ERD) on June 26.
The 25-kilometre road is a portion of the Patuakhali-Kuakata road.

 arrow Heart Camp held in Tangail
A day-long 'heart camp' organised by Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital, was held at Rajdhani Clinic in the town on Thursday.
 arrow New executives of Moulvibazar Press Club
MA Salam, correspondent of Daily Sangbad and Channel-i and Manob Jamin Staff Reporter Sorwar Ahmed have been elected unopposed president and general secretary of Moulvibazar Press Club.
 arrow Tk 60 lakh smuggled shrimp spawns, fries seized in Satkhira
BDR recovered shrimp spawns worth Tk 42 lakh in contained in 67 boxes and five crore smuggled shrimp fries worth Tk 16 lakh from different border areas in the district in the last two days.
 arrow Body of journalist Shaikh Haroon’s ‘killer’ found
A prime suspect of Dainik Purbanchal Journalist Shaikh Haroon-ur-Rashid Murder Case was found dead in Daulatpur on Thursday morning.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshis
Bodies of two Bangladeshi youths who were killed last week by Indian BSF were handed over to BDR on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Underlying causes must be pulled up by their roots
The world has rightly condemned the ghastly bomb attack on the London sub-way and a double decker bus on July 7 that killed over 50 people and injured several hundred.
 arrow State's ferocious reach now aimed at women: Time to resist
The public -- men and women -- continue to be subject to state violence.
 arrow Many faces of foreign investment
There is very often heard loud and euphoric voices from some sections of government officials, politicians and business people in favour of inward foreign investments irrespective of their nature andpurpose.
Culturearrow Towfiqur Rehman : A dedicated and driven sculptor
Towfiqur Rehman, a contemporary sculptor nonpareil, was educated at the Fine Arts Department, Dhaka University (DU), and Japan, where he went through a Chinese scholarship.
 arrow Dhakae Nazrul
Nazrul Institute held a discussion session titled Dhakae Nazrul, followed by price distribution among the winners of a children's competition at Nazrul Institute, Dhanmondi on July 14.
 arrow Musical event by Geeti Angon
Geeti Angon organized a musical event at Bishyo Shahitto Kendro auditorium, Dhaka on July 14. Bhalo Gaaner Protisrutee (Pledge for quality songs) was the slogan of this occasion.
 arrow Jayaprada: Joining the theatre bandwagon
When film actress-turned-politician Jayaprada appeared in a lead role in a musical ballet in Bombay last month, it was not only a childhood dream come true for her but the latest instance of a Bollywood
Generalarrow 'A unique example of accountability in local govt'
Formation of standing committees at 146 Union Parishads (UPs) in 12 upazilas under Mymensingh district has set a unique example of establishing accountability in the local government.
Internationalarrow Lankan court blocks tsunami deal
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday blocked a controversial deal with Tiger rebels to share billions of dollars in tsunami aid as a fragile truce came under intense pressure and more killings were reported
 arrow 5 Hamas men killed in Israel air strikes
Five members of Islamist faction Hamas, two of them wanted leaders, were killed Friday in near simultaneous Israeli air strikes on Gaza City and the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.
 arrow US-led forces kill 24 rebels on Pak border
US-led forces killed 24 suspected militants on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border, Pakistan's military spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow UN seeks to bolster West, Islam ties
The United Nations, acting after deadly suicide bombings apparently driven by Muslim extremism hit London, launched an initiative on Thursday to build new bridges between the West and Islam.
 arrow Musharraf vows 'full' probe support
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has promised British Prime Minister Tony Blair that Pakistan will provide "fullest support and assistance" to the investigations into last week's bombings in London.
 arrow US should pull out of Iraq now
The United States should cut its losses, pull out of Iraq promptly and never again use its military might to build a nation according to its own values, former CIA chief John Deutch wrote on Friday in
 arrow Nuclear energy tops Manmohan's US trip agenda
India's prime minister visits the United States next week hoping to seal a growing friendship with Washington with a landmark deal over sharing nuclear technology and backing for a UN Security Council
 arrow Protesters storm govt office in Manila
About a hundred Philippine protesters forced their way into the agriculture department yesterday, officials said, smashing windows and chanting slogans against under-fire President Gloria Arroyo.
 arrow China ready to use nukes if US attacks it over Taiwan
A senior Chinese general has warned that China was ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States if Washington attacked his country over Taiwan, the Financial Times newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow 40 confirmed dead in Nepali boat capsize
Another 27 bodies have been recovered after a ferry boat capsized in the flooded Banganga river in southwestern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 40, police said Friday.
 arrow Bush admn overdid WMD claims: Feith
The top policy adviser to Defence Secretary Donald H.
 arrow Extremist clerics to be barred from UK
Islamic extremists barred by the United States and other countries will be barred from entering Britain under new anti-terrorist provisions, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Thai PM takes sweeping powers to fight unrest
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra took broad powers from the military yesterday, centralising control of security forces after Islamic insurgents staged a dramatic overnight attack.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Understanding with Tokyo widens
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's visit to Japan began on a symbolic note and has expectedly ended with a wider understanding on different areas of cooperation.
 arrow Editorial: Stop studying, start solving
The Dhaka city coming under deluge even with 152mm rainfall which would be the norm rather than an exception in the thick of monsoons, the deep-seated causes of water-logging are coming to light.
 arrow The United Nations: Reforms and challenges
Sixty years have passed since the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June, 1945. The United Nations, within this period, has grown and evolved into a complex international organisation.
 arrow Malfeasance of the law-enforcers
The recent arrest of a serving police sergeant on charges of robbery is a matter of heightened concern for the citizens and undoubtedly puts the entire enforcement organisation into great shame.
Letters to Editorarrow Yield curve swings up?
Rejaul Karim Byron's fairly informative story on recent interest rate hikes ("Interest yield curve swings up", DS July 10) is marred by its title. The story has nothing to do with the yield curve.
 arrow Human resource
Human resource can be made by human capital formation, which is associated with investment in man and his development as a creative and productive resource. Bangladesh is burdened with a huge population.
 arrow Load-shedding
Bangladesh is a beautiful country but it also a poor country. There are many problems in Bangladesh.
 arrow Security of small states
Concept of security of small states is used to be based on UN intervention in case of aggression by any external force. But the concept is now outdated if not invalid altogether.
StarTecharrow How much do you know about Blogs?
EVER wondered how much a web-log or 'blogs' could provide you with information as collective as a compiled book and as informative as a newspaper? Definitely your presence has not been as pleasant asa
 arrow A new hunting ground for job seekers
Jobbangla.com, the latest job portal of the country, is offering dynamic approaches toward facilitating job search for prospective job seekers.
 arrow Prepare for the future
To meet today's needs and to enable the datacenter of the future, IT organizations must focus on three key areas:
- Simplifying operations
- Improving utilisation
- Cost-effective scaling

 arrow The Robocup..

Literaturearrow A Sunday Fairytale
Every day when Hiron went out for his morning walk he would invariably run into Debu Mittir. They would walk together for about an hour and then return to their separate flats.
 arrow Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, popularly known as Begum Rokeya, needs no introduction, at least not in this subcontinent. Bangalees, to a large extent, are aware of her oeuvres.
 arrow Plight-of-an-oppressed-woman storyline
The protagonist Shakuntala of Namita Gokhale's Shakuntala: The Play of Memory is named after the fifth century dramatist Kalidasa's heroine Sakuntala.
 arrow Autumn Days Are Here
Dropping a cube of ice on a plate
Shyamol Bhattacharya begins his life story.

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