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Front Pagearrow Manpower export falls 19pc
Reluctance of many a country to hire foreign workers, militant trade unionism of expatriate Bangladeshis and the government's restrictions on undocumented overseas job-seeking have resulted in a 19 percent
 arrow Floods still rage in fury
With onrush of water from the Indian Asam hills, deteriorating flood situation in 40 upazilas of Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj districts has added to thesufferings
 arrow Zealots vandalise Ahmadiyya mosque
Local zealots yesterday vandalised an under-construction Ahmadiyya mosque in presence of police at Dakshin Khan in city's Uttara, causing panic among the sect members.
 arrow Four Chinese restaurants fined
A mobile court yesterday fined four Chinese restaurants Tk 1.6 lakh for using unsafe food ingredients and keeping their kitchens unhygienic.
 arrow Malaysian firm wants to invest Tk 6,000cr
Malaysian construction company Azimat Consortium has proposed to invest over $ 900 million (equivalent to about Tk 6,000 crore) to build 270 kilometre long Dhaka-Chittagong expressway on build, operate
 arrow Saifur hints at oil price hike
The finance minister yesterday hinted at a fresh hike in petroleum prices to check depletion of foreign exchange reserves.
 arrow Rules for use of projects cars in the offing
The government has decided to finalise the draft rules regarding the use of cars bought under different development projects.
 arrow Massive changes in foreign ministry
The government has brought massive changes in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh missions abroad by making fresh appointments and postings.
 arrow Businessman's condition worsens
The health of the garment factory owner, who suffered multiple fractures due to torture by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), deteriorated, and the elite force yesterday formed a four-member team to probethe
 arrow Bidisha finally gets back Eric
After a long 45 days' tug-of-war, Eric, the only son of Ershad and Bidisha, went back to his mother yesterday from under his father's care in the broken home.
 arrow Students keep 5 teachers confined for 14 hrs
A group of students of Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University kept five teachers confined in the TV room of the hall for almost 14 hours until yesterday afternoon to press the authorities for meeting
 arrow Film on persecution to be screened at House of Lords
The government yesterday assured the Ahmadiyyas that it will do everything necessary to uphold the democratic and fundamental rights of the sect.
 arrow Noab, BSP say wage board should be free of govt influence
Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) and Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP) yesterday said wage board for the journalists and newspaper employees should be independent of governmentinfluence
 arrow Tk 5cr wasted to pay extra Russian staff
Power Development Board (PDB) has to spend an additional Tk 5 crore a year to pay 20 extra staff of Russian engineers and technicians to operate and maintain the Russian-built Siddhirganj 210 megawatt
 arrow Case against 3 JCD muggers sent to speedy tribunal court
The case against three Dhaka College unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders for mugging Tk 12 lakh was shifted to a Speedy Trial Court, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Proposed contempt law not approved
The cabinet at a regular meeting yesterday discussed a draft new law to replace the outmoded Contempt of Court Act, but did not approve it.
 arrow Backing US in Iraq put UK at risk
Backing the United States in Iraq has put Britain more at risk from terror attacks, an authoritative think tank said yesterday.
 arrow Actress acidburnt
A film actress and her domestic help suffered burns as unknown assailants threw acid on them in Uttara in the capital last night.
 arrow Home ministry summons IO
The home ministry has summoned the Investigation officer (IO) of Journalist Belaluddin murder case.
 arrow Manmohan, Bush talk deepening Indo-US ties
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday held talks with US President George W. Bush on expanding trade and battling terrorism as he formally opened a state visit to the United States.
 arrow Muggers kill youth in Ctg
Muggers stabbed an unidentified youth to death but failed to snatch about Tk 5.78 lakh from him in Pologround in the city last night.
 arrow JS became ineffective
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the present parliament has become ineffective and urged the people to free the future parliaments from the hands of terrorists and corrupts.
 arrow Sit-in at JU for action against JCD men
Journalists and activists of different cultural and left-leaning student organisations at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday staged a token sit-in, demanding punishment of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra
 arrow CPD to prepare 'vision papers' ahead of next polls
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), as part of its series of activities ahead of next national elections, will prepare a "vision paper" by eminent citizens that will articulate strategic national goals
 arrow al-Qaeda suspect walks free in Germany after court decision
A suspected top al-Qaeda operative walked free from jail in Germany on Monday after the country's highest court blocked his extradition to Spain on a new EU arrest warrant.
 arrow HC rule upon EC to collect info on candidates' income source
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the Election Commission (EC) to show cause why it (EC) should not be directed to compel the candidates of Sunamganj-3 by-election to furnish information
 arrow BDR pushes back 5 Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday pushed back five Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims through Sapahar border in Naogaon one hour after Border Security Force (BSF) pushed them into the country.
Businessarrow Dhaka still waits for Washington approval
The US-Bangladesh double-taxation avoidance treaty signed last year is yet to come into force due to delay in getting Washington's approval for it, officials in Dhaka said.
 arrow L/C opening trend remains high
Despite the central bank's measures to tighten the wholesale opening of letters of credit (L/Cs) in recent times, the trend in the first two weeks of July remained high.
 arrow SEC may take action against rule breakers
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is preparing a list of the companies, which are violating the principles of corporate governance, SEC Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.
 arrow 'PRSP to be finalised this month'
The government will finalise the poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) this month, Kamaluddin Siddiqui, principal secretary to the prime minister, said yesterday.
 arrow Japanese keen to invest in 13 sub sectors
A group of Japanese investors have expressed keen interest to invest in 13 sub sectors in Bangladesh through foreign direct investment (FDI) and joint venture investment.
 arrow Delhi must not compromise on rules of origin
The government must not relent under any pressure from Asean countries to dilute the Rules of Origin (ROO) that India has framed before signing the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA)with
 arrow Thai fruit fair ends
A three-day Thai fruit fair concluded yesterday.
The fruit festival was part of the July 14-24 Thailand Festival 2005 at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.

 arrow Thailand seen raising rates to attract capital
Thailand's central bank will raise interest rates by 25 basis points this week underlining the authority's concern over the need to close a gaping current account deficit. On that, analysts are agreed.
 arrow Citigroup profit jumps, misses estimates
Citigroup Inc on Monday reported quarterly profit that missed analysts' estimates, as fixed-income trading revenue plunged and higher U.S.
 arrow Philips profits up 60pc in Q2
Philips, Europe's leading consumer electronics company, said Monday that net profit surged 60 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, largely due to the sale of its shares in digital map data firm
 arrow Nissan to invest $45m to boost output in Mexico
Nissan Motor will invest five billion yen (45 million dollars) to boost output capacity in Mexico amid rising competition from South Korean auto makers in the North American market, a report said Monday.
 arrow Qatar Airways' new regional manager
Dhanwanthrie Goonetilleke has been named Qatar Airways' regional manager for Bangladesh and Nepal.
He will be stationed in Dhaka, says a press release.

 arrow Malaysia May factory sales up
Malaysia's manufacturing sales in May rose 12.6 percent year-on-year to 37.5 billion ringgit (9.9 billion dollars), official data showed Monday.
 arrow China urged to refrain from steps to cool economy more
China should refrain from adopting new macro-economic control policies that could slow the pace of growth in its economy, state press reported Monday.
 arrow Brac Bank launches promotional campaign
Brac Bank has launched 'Meet the Coach' promotional campaign.
 arrow CRISL, Nat'l Housing sign credit rating deal
Credit Rating Information and Services Ltd (CRISL) will carry out the credit rating of National Housing Finance and Investment Ltd.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC Phase 1 winners
When the Pre-mier Football League began almost a couple of months earlier, nobody gave Mohammedan Sporting Club a real chance.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees Iqbal finds form
Bangladesh A thrived on a hundred from Test opener Nafees Iqbal and a half century by teenaged prodigy Mushfiqur Rahim to post a competitive 249 for six in their one-day tour opener against British Universities
 arrow Football: BFF to appoint 8 officials
In a bid to bring professionalism to football, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is going to recruit eight professionals.
 arrow Cricket: Akram's first-class recipe
Former national captain Akram Khan is convinced that the lack of a strong first-class base is the reason behind Bangladesh's slow improvement in Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers to be named today
The national selectors agreed yesterday to announce a preliminary squad of 20-22 members for Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka in September.
 arrow Football: NFL relief for Dhaka giants
The National Football League (NFL) committee which compromised last year by staging a 12-team finals, will stick to the original ten-team final round this year, said NFL tournament committee secretary
 arrow Cricket: Dravid named captain
Indian selectors Monday named two newcomers in a squad of 15 for an upcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka also featuring the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer's advice to England
Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, has asked England to target Adam Gilchrist and prevent him from taking the game away with his aggressive batting in the upcoming Ashes series.
 arrow Football: Victoria return to Premiership
Victoria Sporting Club returned to the Premier Football League when they booked the third and final promotion spot in the First Division Football League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Trescothick the 500th?
England opener Marcus Trescothick is the bookmakers' favourite to become Australian bowler Glenn McGrath's 500th wicket when the first Ashes Test begins at Lord's on Thursday.
 arrow 2 lifters to get SAF silver medals today
Bangladeshi weightlifters Hamidul Islam and Biddyut Kumar Roy will be handed their SAF Games silver medals today in a simple ceremony.
 arrow Cricket: 2007 WC cricket schedule to be revealed today
With the five qualifiers having been spotted, the International Cricket Council announces the dates and detailed schedule for the 2007 World Cup today at Trinidad.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asian Cup begins Aug 17
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation Chairman, has announced that the first of the three-match Afro-Asian Cup between Asia XI and Africa XI will take place at Supersport Park, Centurion,
 arrow Football: Mourinho certifies Wright-Phillips
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho believes Stamford Bridge-bound winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is "one of the best players in England".
 arrow Pele's thumbs down to video technology
Even Pele, the man who coined the phrase "The Beautiful Game," admits there are a few ugly blemishes on the face of modern-day soccer.
 arrow Cricket: Tour match drawn
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting believes a long, hot day in the Leicester sun will only serve to harden his team's resolve ahead of the Ashes series which gets underway at Lord's on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Galaxy meet the Real thing
Major League Soccer's winningest franchise faces one of Spain's perennial powers when the Los Angeles Galaxy plays Real Madrid on Monday night at the Home Depot Center.
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir goes to Australia
Shabbir Ahmed, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been sent to Australia by the Pakistan Cricket Board in an effort to rectify his bowling action.
 arrow Cricket: Jones expects 'Dizzy' to be dropped
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones expects the tourists to drop opening bowler Jason Gillespie for the first Ashes Test, which starts on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ will not stop Zimbabwe tour
New Zealand will not stop its national cricket team touring Zimbabwe despite an opinion poll suggesting its citizens would support a ban, Prime Minster Helen Clark said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly shines for Glamorgan
Sourav Ganguly played a match-winning role as he guided Glamor-gan to a record victory over Worces-tershire in a National Cricket League Division One match at New Road.
Metropolitanarrow 48 ministries, govt bodies owe Tk 3.5 cr to BRTC in unpaid bills
Forty-eight ministries and government and semi-government organisations owe Tk 3.51 crore to the state-owned Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) in unpaid bills, sources said.
 arrow 'Existing strategy for adolescents on reproductive health not adequate'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for expanding advocacy, healthcare services and behaviour change communication programmes for the adolescents.
 arrow Strengthen unity to oust 4-party alliance govt
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday called for strengthening the unity of like-minded 14 opposition parties to oust the four-party alliance government through a free and fair election in order to establish
 arrow Physician, his son arrested in city
Police arrested a physician and his son in the early hours of yesterday on charges of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl on Sunday night.
 arrow Introduce 'reserved wards'
The representatives of women commissioners from reserved seats of the six city corporations yesterday demanded legal steps for introducing 'reserved wards' instead of 'reserved seats' across the country.
 arrow 3 officials promoted to addl secy, two made OSD
Three joint secretary level officials have been promoted to additional secretary, according to official notifications issued yesterday.
 arrow Mere CG reform can't ensure fair election
Mere reform of the caretaker government cannot ensure a free and fair election unless the entire electoral system is reformed, said Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday.
 arrow Raise awareness to curb juvenile crimes
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called for raising awareness and proper implementation of the Probation of Offenders Act to curb juvenile crimes and help the offenders return to normal life.
 arrow Garden owners demand rubber policy
Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said Bangladesh can earn huge foreign exchange by exporting rubber.
 arrow Upendra Lal Chakma passes away
Upendra Lal Chakma, former lawmaker and advisor to the President, passed away due to cardiac arrest at Khagrachhari Sadar Hospital yesterday afternoon at the age of 80.
 arrow Newborn girl stabbed to death
Unidentified assailants yesterday stabbed a nine-day-old child to death apparently in an act of revenge in Hatgangopara Thakurpara village in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow HC orders CMP dy commissioner to appear in person Aug 1
The High Court yesterday ordered deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Mohammad Abdullah Baki to appear in person before the High Court bench on August 1 to show cause as to whya
 arrow Uttara Finance official shot
A senior official of a private financial institution was shot by two unidentified miscreants in the city yesterday.
 arrow BSTI realises Tk 4.35 lakh as fine from 23 establishments
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has realised an amount of Tk 4.35 lakh as fine from 23 establishments in the city through its mobile courts, says a press release.
 arrow 2-day programme demanding Niko's expulsion
National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas Resources and Electricity-Port will stage demonstration and take out a mass procession on July 23 and 24 respectively demanding the expulsion of the Canadian OilCompany
 arrow Essay contest
The Japanese Universities Alumni Association in Bangladesh (JUAAB) has organised an essay contest for higher secondary level students (class XI and XII), says a press release.
Nationalarrow New device to detect arsenic level below 10 microgram
A new, simple and cheaper method to detect arsenic level in water has been evolved in Kushtia by a group of foreign scientists.
 arrow Boy abducted to press for ransom in Meherpur
Criminals abducted a school boy after committing robbery in a house and demanded ransom for his release.
 arrow 7 get life for double murder in Dumuria
Seven persons have been sentenced to life term imprisonment and fined Tk 50,000 each for murder of BNP activists Abul Kashem alias Khokon Biswas and Yunus Gazi in Dumuria on May 9, 2003.
 arrow Juvenile crimes on rise in Khulna
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) are preparing lists of juvenile delinquents.
 arrow Police asked to send case to monitoring cell
Jahanara Begum murder case lodged with Shyamnagar thana has been sent to the District Monitoring Cell for placing it on the list of sensational cases.
 arrow Pirates take away 17 trawlers in Meghna
About 20 fishermen and crew were injured when armed pirates hijacked 17 fishing trawlers and looted valuables including fishing nets worth over Tk 20 lakh in the Meghna estuary in Bhola on Friday andSaturday.
 arrow Training for women entrepreneurs in Rangamati
A 4-day special training programme titled 'Women's Entrepreneurship Development', organised jointly by the Women For Women, an NGO and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) began in Rangamatiyesterday.
 arrow Jamaat leader Dhira on remand
Jamaat leader Shahab Uddin Lashkar alias Dhira was taken on remand on Sunday for two days in connection with outlaw Shiplu murder case, recorded with Khanjahan Ali thana on June 10.
 arrow A school's success in SSC exam
Bishaw Darbar High School secured second position among all the schools in Mireshsharai thana of Chittagong district in the SSC examination result.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader sued for extortion
Yusuf Haroon Majnu, a prominent leader of Khulna BNP and organising secretary of Rupsha Bus Owners' Association, has filed a case against party leader and ward commissioner Md Amanullah Aman and 11 others
Point-Counterpointarrow Chaos in the Middle East
For more than half a century the epicentre of chaos in the Middle East has been the Palestine-Israel conflict, where hope and despair live side by side.
 arrow Student politics and criminality
Students' participation in party-based politics and their involvement in various heinous crimes have become a familiar phenomenon in our country in recent days.
 arrow Cancers and some answers
All health information to keep you up to date
Did you know that in 1893 when it was found that the US president Grover Cleveland developed cancer, his doctors feared that cancer was an alieninvader.

Culturearrow Binodini in Chittagong
Like Dhaka, Chittagong, the port city of Bangladesh, has a rich theatre tradition. Established in October 7, 2004, the Theatre Institute of Chattogram (TIC) has added dynamism to the theatre scene inChittagong.
 arrow Rahman passes away
Renowned film actor Abdur Rahman popularly known as Rahman died of old-age complications on July 18 in Dhaka. He was 68.
 arrow Designers put their best foot forward
Fashion design is an art that is a melange of functionality and style. And there's more to a fashion show than just images of youthful ultra-slim models sashaying down ramps dressed in fancy designerwear.
 arrow Indian Idols regale Dhaka audience
The three Indian Idols were in town, regaling audiences with their melodious voices.
 arrow " I have a very long list of dream roles " -- Tisa
Nusrat Yasmeen Tisa, a popular TV actress of the late 1980s and 90s after a hiatus of six years, has returned to the media with a different look.
Generalarrow Enjoy press freedom with responsibility
President Iajudin Ahmed called upon all concerned to enjoy the press freedom with responsibility and help foster respect and tolerance to opinion of others.
 arrow Chinese most prone to colorectal cancer in Asia
A study spanning 14 cities across Asia has found the highest incidence of colorectal cancer among ethnic Chinese, a trend which researchers in Hong Kong on Monday blamed on a more westernised diet.
 arrow German cooperation in RMG assured
Outgoing German Ambassador to Bangladesh Deitrich Andreas yesterday called on Textiles and Jute Minister Shajahan Siraj at his office.
Internationalarrow Nepali Maoists heal rift
A senior Maoist leader in Nepal has been reinstated after several months of suspension caused by major differences with the top leader, Prachanda.
 arrow G4, AU vow to bridge differences
The first substantive meeting between foreign ministers of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil, comprising the G4, and the African Union (AU) ended on a positive note with both sides vowing to overcome remaining
 arrow Sharon gives army free hand
Israel massed troops and tanks at the Gaza frontier and gave a free hand to security forces to stop Palestinian cross-border rocket salvoes on Sunday, but suggested it would delay a major escalation of
 arrow US struggles to defend bases in Central Asia
The United States is losing its way in Central Asia where it has been pressing for democratic reforms while also wanting to maintain military bases in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
 arrow Iraq plans anti-terror pact with neighbours
Iraq plans to discuss a regional anti-terrorism agreement at a meeting here today of interior ministers of its neighbouring countries, Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Solagh said.
 arrow Tigers demand direct tsunami relief
Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels Sunday urged foreign donors to fund their tsunami relief efforts directly as peace broker Norway ruled out immediately reviving aid talks after a court ruling scuttled a crucial
 arrow Jakarta, rebels strike Aceh peace accord
Indonesia's vice president has said accommodating a key Aceh rebel demand finalising a peace agreement will require a constitutional amendment.
 arrow Sectarian violence kills 6 in Pakistan
A Sunni Muslim scholar was killed and his cleric father was wounded when gunmen ambushed their car in the southern city of Karachi while five others died in suspected sectarian violence elsewhere in Pakistan,
 arrow Greetings pour in as Mandela turns 87
Tributes poured in for South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela who turned 87 yesterday, but his birthday celebrations were clouded by an ugly legal spat over the sale of fake artwork bearing his
 arrow Afghan warlord found guilty of torture
An Afghan warlord has been found guilty of a "heinous" campaign of torture and hostage taking in his homeland after a landmark case at the Old Bailey.
 arrow Ex-British PM Heath no more
Tributes poured in yesterday for former British leader Sir Edward Heath who has died aged 89, with fellow political veteran Margaret Thatcher describing him as a "political giant" and Prime Minister Tony
Editorialarrow Editorial: Strengthening the EC
Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz's plans to request the government to amend the electoral laws to empower the EC to cancel the candidature of contestants guilty of gross irregularities during the election
 arrow Editorial: Engulfing waters
The floods have struck a bit early this year and there is reason to believe that the situation may turn critical during the rest of the monsoon, a fairly long period to brace ourselves for.
 arrow Smallholders and changing agriculture
In recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), under the aegis of South Asia initiative, held a host of seminars and workshops in various parts of the region.
 arrow The last trumpet
If Dr Manmohan Singh were mindless, one wouldn't mind so much. The troubling part is that Dr Singh has a keen mind honed by a passion for reading.
Letters to Editorarrow Tender coup!
The DCC is doing big business nowadays, forgetting its own basic business of providing conservancy and other urban services by the city's foster fathers, voted into power in good faith.
 arrow Poor parking sense
 arrow "God bless you"
Mr. Mushtaq Yosif Sultan, I just came across your letter in The Daily Star of June 10, 2005.
 arrow Nylon bristles
Nylon bristles are strictly required to be sterilised before attaching them to the toothbrush on health ground. But allegedly, this requirement is breached in a blanket fashion by our toothbrush manufacturers.
 arrow High price in highway
On the bright and sunny morning of 08 July 2005, I was once again convinced about the perfection of my short trip to Chittagong as I was travelling back to Dhaka by road.
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