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Front Pagearrow London cops kill 'would-be bomber' at tube station
Police shot to death a man wearing a thick coat at a subway station and cordoned off a mosque yesterday, a day after the city was hit by a second wave of terror attacks in two weeks.
 arrow Economy faced with worrying time
A crunching dollar crisis, weakening macroeconomic state, increasing pressure on the balance of payment, high petroleum, food and other commodity prices, and a bleak global economic and trade scenario
 arrow ACC to seek ADB consultancy
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to seek assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in screening the staffs of the now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac).
 arrow Interpol help sought for return of 15 from India
Bangladesh has sought help of the Interpol to bring back from India some 15 top listed criminals, including three suspects of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally, said a well-placed
 arrow Duta gives 72-hr deadline to punish students
Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) has given the DU authorities a 72-hour ultimatum to deal out punishment to the students responsible for confining teachers in the TV room of FazilatunnesaMujib
 arrow Floods worsen in Gaibandha, static in 4 districts
The flood situation in Gaibandha deteriorated further, swamping fresh areas while the situation in Sherpur, Sirajganj, Naogaon and Nilphamari remained unchanged.
 arrow 80th anniversary of Tajuddin's birth today
Today is the 80th birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of independent Bangladesh.
On this day in 1925, he was born in Dardaria village under Kapasia thana in Gazipur district.

 arrow Rab to punish the 'dirty dozen'
Rapid Action Battalion command is examining the probe report into the July 15 torture on a garment factory owner by its troops and will take steps after the scrutiny against a dozen of them held responsible
 arrow PBCP leader nabbed by Rab goes 'missing'
A listed criminal and top leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion on Thursday, went missing yesterday.
 arrow Vegetable prices rise as flooding dwindles supply
Vegetables have become costlier at the city's kitchen markets this week, while the prices of other essentials including rice and spices remained unchanged excepting a slight fall in the price of green
 arrow Ctg 'criminal' lynched
A mob lynched a listed criminal and injured another after catching them in the act of extortion in the city yesterday.
 arrow PDB rejoinder, our reply
The Power Development Board (PDB) in two separate rejoinders on The Daily Star report headlined "Disqualified firm may get power contract" published on July 17 defended its selection of Chinese company
 arrow 2,000 cellphone sets seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in three separate incidents yesterday seized 2,000 cellphone sets worth around Tk 1.40 crore being smuggled into the country.
 arrow Saddam 'not allowed access' to lawyer
Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein complained that he has not been allowed sufficient access to his lawyer in a new tape aired on Thursday by an Arabic satellite television station.
 arrow 100 hurt as Jubo Dal factions in Ashuganj clash
Over 100 people were injured in a clash between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal in Ashuganj of Brahmanbaria district yesterday.
 arrow 39 killed in Yemen clashes over fuel price hikes
Calm returned to Yemen yesterday after at least 39 people were killed in two days of clashes between police and people demonstrating over a sharp rise in fuel prices in one of the poorest countries on
 arrow One robber cop still at large, ornaments yet to be recovered
Detectives are yet to recover 13.4kg silver ornaments and arrest the fifth member of a police team, which robbed of two employees of a jewellery shop on Thursday.
 arrow Goons ransack hospital, force out patients
Unknown goons ransacked Al-Rajhi Hospital at Farmgate in the capital and drove out some patients from the hospital in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan arrests 100 more militants
Pakistan security forces arrested nearly 100 more suspected Muslim militants overnight as hardliners protests yesterday against President Pervez Musharraf's response to the London bombings.
Businessarrow TCB resumes operations after over 3 years
In a bid to rein in the ongoing price spiral of the essentials, the government has revived the operations of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) after more than three and a half years.
 arrow NBR now to fix VAT on defaulting retail, wholesale outlets
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) officials have been asked to fix taxes on wholesalers and retailers who fail to pay VAT under the existing system.
 arrow Indian export to gain, import to be costlier
China's decision to revalue its currency yuan is expected to bring only marginal benefit to Indian exporters but imports of some consumer durables are likely to be costlier, industry sources said here
 arrow Economy slowing down but consumer spending on
Visit any of the big shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur on weekends and you would be greeted by traffic jams and full parking bays. Inside the mall, the aisles would throng with would-be and window shoppers.
 arrow London shooting shakes financial markets
News that police had shot a man at a London underground station a day after apparently failed bomb attacks shook financial markets on Friday, hitting stocks and raising demand for safe-haven bonds.
 arrow Ispahani Foods launches new potato chips
Ispahani Foods Limited, a concern of Ispahani Group, launched a new potato chips in the market on Thursday.
 arrow Citigroup adjudged best bank in Asia for 6th year in a row
Euromoney -- a leading journal of the global capital markets -- recently announced the winners of Awards for Excellence 2005, in its July issue and Citigroup, the holding company of Citibank, NA, wonBest
 arrow Sri Lanka lifts tax on diesel
Sri Lanka Friday removed a 15 percent tax on diesel in a bid to hold retail prices steady amid rising international oil prices, the finance minister said.
 arrow Sonargaon Textiles declares 10pc cash dividend
Sonargaon Textiles Ltd has declared a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Ericsson strong growth continues
Beating all predictions, Ericsson has reported better earnings with boost in sales during the second quarter.
 arrow Asia embraces new financial landscape after yuan move
Asia embraced a new financial landscape on Friday after China finally abandoned its decade-old peg to the dollar, with regional governments and analysts widely applauding Beijing for the move.
 arrow Ringgit revaluation a boon for economy: Analysts
Malaysia's decision to revalue its currency was applauded Friday as a boon for the economy, while exporters who stand to lose from the scrapping of the ringgit's peg said the fallout will be limited.
 arrow Oil prices rise
Oil prices rose on Friday, supported by a revaluation of the yuan currency the previous day, seen as encouraging Chinese demand for energy from the world's second-biggest consumer of crude.
 arrow HSBC awards 'Car Vendor Campaign' winners
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has recently organised a prize distribution ceremony in Dhaka for reconditioned car vendors under its 'Car Vendor Campaign'.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 16-July 21, 2005
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar remained high in the market.
Money Market
In the Treasury bill auction held on Sunday, bid for BDT 8,692.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bandara bemuses BD A
Gloucestershire's Sri Lankan leg-spinner Malinga Bandara skittled Bangladesh A for 181 as the tourists slumped to a 130-run defeat in their first three-day match at Bristol yesterday.
 arrow Football: Alfaz gets MSC going
Alfaz Ahmed squandered a penalty but scored two goals to give Mohammedan Sporting Club a flying start in the second leg of the Premier Football League with a 3-1 win over Dipali Juba Sangha yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe bows out as Thorpe
England batsman Graham Thorpe announced his retirement from Test cricket Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies press ahead
Australia were 140 for three, a healthy lead of 175, at tea on the second day of the first Test against England at Lord's here Friday.
Damien Martyn was 24 not out and Michael Clarke 22 not out.

 arrow Cricket: Vaas' perfect response
Chaminda Vaas upstaged Daren Powell as Sri Lanka hit back after being shot out for 150 on a dramatic opening day of the second cricket Test against the West Indies here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: LATEST
Australia were heading towards a sizable lead against England in the first Ashes Test at Lord's yesterday.
 arrow Football: Kang flies home today
Korean coach Man Young Kang will leave Dhaka today to join his ailing wife back home.
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj win big
Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society celebrated their First Division Football League triumph with a goal feast in their last match, drubbing Mohakhali Ekadash 5-2 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal
 arrow Cricket: ICC almost got bowled!
The International Cricket Council escaped a major embarrassment with the Pakistan Cricket Board officials rectifying in the nick of time a poster showing Afghan refugees and Maulvis taking part in a demonstration,
 arrow Cricket: BCCI refuses ECB's Twenty20 request
The Indian cricket board has refused England's request to play Twenty20 international matches on its tour of India early next year.
 arrow Cricket: Karachi a no-go For Eng
England have rejected a proposal by Pakistan to play a second one-day international in the southern port city of Karachi on their tour this year in addition to the one already scheduled.
 arrow Football: Park could perk up MU
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised South Korean newboy Park Ji-Sung Friday and said English and European clubs could expect to see many more like him as Asian football advances.
 arrow Football: Real cautious on Robinho
Real Madrid have not yet completed the signing of Brazilian forward Robinho from Santos, the Spanish club said on Friday.
"We have to be cautious," vice-president Emilio Butragueno told Real's website.

 arrow Cricket: Bond brimming with confidence
Fast bowler Shane Bond says he is back to full fitness after a series of back injuries and looking forward to forcing his way into New Zealand's team for their controversial tour of Zimbabwe next month.
 arrow Football: USA, Panama meet in final
The United States survived a scare from Honduras by scoring two late goals and will now face Panama in the Sunday's final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup football tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble's heart of teenager
The buoyancy in Anil Kumble's voice announced that the 35-year-old has not lost his enthusiasm, the boyish zeal he had shown when he was picked for the 1990 tour of England.
 arrow Cricket: Powell picked for SL tri-series
Hard-hitting batsman Ricardo Powell has been added to the touring West Indian team for the one-day series against Sri Lanka and India starting later this month, a team official said.
 arrow Chess: School chess
A total of 11 players shared the lead in Group B (Class VI to X) with three points each after the third round of the Standard Chartered school chess tournament at the National Sports Council conference
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi
The School Kabaddi Championship began at the Outer Stadium yesterday with 39 schools participating in the 12-day meet.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh has to improve governance, check corruption: Patel
Vice-President of World Bank (WB) for South-Asia region Praful C Patel yesterday said Bangladesh's poverty alleviation programmes are generally very positive and satisfactory.
 arrow Conserve pond water to get rid of arsenic contamination
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded conservation of all ponds in the city and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Denti-bus provides free check-up
A question for the students: What are the three rules for strong, healthy and germ-free teeth?
The answer comes promptly: brushing the teeth with a toothpaste, brushing after breakfast and dinnereveryday

 arrow Six killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow 'Make migration process for female workers transparent'
The Bangladesh missions abroad should play an effective role in checking abuse of female migrant workers and strengthen the capacity to provide legal support to them in case of abuse, migration experts
 arrow Form nat'l govt to free country from misrule of present regime
Speakers at a discussion have called for strengthening the movement to form a national government to free the country from the misrule of present regime.
 arrow Auto-rickshaw drivers, owners threaten strike on Aug 1 in Ctg
Owners and drivers of three-wheelers in the port city yesterday put up an eight-point demand including extension of time for meter fixing and reduction of prices.
 arrow BSF returns body of Bangladeshi
Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday handed over the body of Bangladeshi national Motiur Rahman Bhuiyan (Moti), 18, to Bangladesh Riffles (BDR) here yesterday morning after a flag meeting.
 arrow Clarification
Executive Director-1 and Joint Printer and Publisher of the Ittefaq Group of Publications Mainul Hosein yesterday said that it was premature and unfair for Anwar Hossain's lawyer to say that his client
 arrow Alcohol may increase delayed low blood sugar risk
Drinking a modest amount of alcohol with an evening meal may increase the risk of low blood sugar the following day in patients with type 1 diabetes, the results of a study published in Diabetes Caresuggest.
 arrow Navy qirat, azan competition ends
The annual Qirat and Azan Competition of Bangladesh Navy concluded at BNS Hazi Mohsin Mosque here yesterday, says an ISPR release.
 arrow Release of workers demanded
Different trade unions and human rights bodies yesterday demanded immediate arrest and trial of foreigners responsible for torturing the workers of Ring Shine Textile Mills in Savar.
 arrow Action yet to be taken against culprits
Today marks the third anniversary of the police atrocities on the female students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University, but no action has yet been taken against the persons responsible.
 arrow Dhaka Zoo to introduce 'animal talk show'
The Dhaka Zoo is going to introduce a special programme titled 'animal talk show' next month to generate interest among children and juveniles regarding animals and birds.
 arrow Mother Tongue Enriching Movement formed
Mother Tongue Enriching Movement, an organisation aiming to promote the use of the Bangla language and remove the anomalies in the language, has been launched in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Indian HC refutes Odhikar report
The Indian High Commission on Thursday admitted that Border Security Forces (BSF) had killed 265 Bangladeshis during the last five and a half years.
 arrow Domestic help steals valuables worth Tk 8 lakh
A domestic help allegedly stole gold ornaments, cash and valuables worth around Tk 8.3 lakh from a physician's residence at Uttara in the capital feeding his family sedative medicine on Thursday night.
 arrow Seminar on 'judicial reforms' begins today
A delegation of judges and lawyers from India will participate in a six-day seminar on 'judicial reforms' beginning here from today.
Nationalarrow Stop Niko's work, release White Paper on deals
Protesters, joined by political leaders, at a rally here on Thursday urged the government to immediately stop all exploration work by Canadian company Niko at Tengratila gas field.
 arrow No fresh voter list in CHT
Parbatya Bangalee Samo Adhikar Andolon has rejected a proposal of the 14-party combine for preparing a new voter list for three hill districts before the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) elections.
 arrow Clashes at Bagamara AL council
Bagmara upazila Awami League council on Thursday was marked with clashes in which about 20 leaders and activists were assaulted.
 arrow Sea truck service on Golachipa-Char Montaj route
Sea truck services on Golachipa-Char Montaj route began yesterday, fulfilling a long cherished desire of the local people.
 arrow Tk 329.56 cr BCC budget for FY2005-06
Barisal City Corporation (BCC) Mayor Advocate Majibor Rahman Sarwar on Wednesday announced a Tk 329.56 crore budget against the revised budget of Tk 37.57 crore for the 2005-'06 fiscal year.
 arrow Abducted college girl rescued, 2 arrested.
Police rescued an abducted college girl on Thursday, four days after her abduction and arrested two alleged abductors from Bazidpur in the town.
 arrow Reception to GPA-5 achievers
A reception has been given to students who got GPA-5 and A+ in this year's SSC and Dakhil examinations from different schools and madrashas in Dumki upazila in the district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tajuddin's Manila visit
Tajuddin was preparing to go to Manila to attend the Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank (ADB) when Bangladesh was inducted as its new member.
 arrow A beacon of light on poverty eradication
In 2000, the Millennium Declaration solidified a historic global commitment to end poverty and hunger. Today, in 2005, we are still very much struggling to fulfil this commitment.
 arrow Srebrenica: Reconstructing the European horror
Families of victims from all over the country converged into Srebrenica last week to commemorate the death of thousands of unarmed Bosnians at the hands of the Serb forces, ten years ago.
 arrow A question of journalistic ethics
It is human instinct to know what is happening around as well as in other parts of the world. The news media, both print and electronic, provide the information.
Culturearrow Wedding Festival by Spectra
Bangladeshi weddings have charms of their own, more so, if it's a 'monsoon wedding'.
 arrow Syeda Farhana: An eye for detail
"There is an overflow of subjects in Bangladesh," says Syeda Farhana, an indefatigable freelance photographer.
 arrow H Shahadat and his approach to art
H Shahadat is a talented artist from Bangladesh, now living and working in Paris where his family has joined him. He was born in 1955, and took a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka in 1981.
 arrow Amar Porichoy presented by Muktobak
Muktobak, an associate organisation of Shammilita Shankskritik Jote (SSJ), arranged Amar Porichoy, a recital programme, at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Shilpakala, on July 21.
Generalarrow Paris's poor struggle to find decent homes
For the last year, Fatima Louarn and her family have shared a tiny Paris hotel room because they could find nowhere else to live. Now she is pregnant and the owner wants to kick her out.
Internationalarrow World leaders stand by Londoners
World leaders have lashed out at the bombers behind the latest attacks on London, vowing to unite against terrorism and praising Londoners' grit in the face of fear.
 arrow UK cops seek tough new powers
British police Thursday night told Tony Blair that they need sweeping new powers to counter the terrorist threat, including the right to detain a suspect for up to three months without charge insteadof
 arrow Papers reflect on 'lucky escape'
London's "lucky escape" sums up the feeling in most papers after four attempted bombings brought renewed fear and chaos to the capital's streets.
 arrow London commuters on nervy return to work
London commuters showed signs of jitters yesterday, a day after apparent would-be suicide bombings on the capital's transit system suggested that the deadly July 7 attacks were not an isolated incident.
 arrow NY orders search of bags on subways
Alarmed by a new round of mass transit attacks in London, police in New York have begun random searches of bags and packages brought into the city's vast subway system and elsewhere.
 arrow London Muslim cleric predicted more terror attacks
Just hours before the latest attacks on London's transport system, one of Britain's most radical Muslim clerics predicted more violence against the country, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Rallies against Pak crackdown fall flat
An Islamist call for nationwide protests in Pakistan against a crackdown on militants after the July 7 London bombings fell flat yesterday with rallies in big cities failing to attract more than a few
 arrow 'Iraqi forces unable to cope alone'
At least nine people, five of them policemen, were killed in Baghdad yesterday as authorities hunted for two kidnapped Algerian diplomats and the Pentagon acknowledged that only a small number of Iraqi
 arrow India jails al-Qaeda suspect
An Indian court yesterday jailed a man for plotting to crash passenger jets into the House of Commons and the Tower Bridge in London on September 11, 2001.
 arrow Former Myanmar PM gets 44-year suspended jail
Former Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt received a 44-year suspended sentence after being convicted yesterday on eight charges including bribery and corruption, legal sources said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ZIA shortcomings
It is worrying news that foreign airlines have lodged more than a dozen complaints about the risk factors that, according to them, have made Zia International Airport (ZIA) unsafe for landing and take-off.
 arrow Editorial: CCTV at public places
The government decision to install closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) at important public places as part of intensifying vigilance against all sorts of subversive activities is a move in the right direction.
 arrow The Cyprus question remains unresolved
WE stand here in the north of Cyprus, at a crossroads of great historical eras and an intersection of far-ranging geographies.
 arrow US shouldn't ask for more
EXTREMISTS at Srinagar gave their reply by killing four within 24 hours of the joint resolve by the US and India to wage a global war against terrorism. In Delhi, General J.J.
Letters to Editorarrow A disease of our own making
I want to tell you about two Bangladeshi families from my area, because these families have something very similar to the political situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangla band music
I'm writing this with reference to the letter 'Distortion of Bangla' by Mahfuzul Haque published in DS several days ago.
In my opinion, 'Bangla Band Music' is a very vague term.

 arrow Attitude towards RAB
Awami League is one of the largest and oldest political parties of the country. Awami League always voiced for the welfare of the people.
StarTecharrow On air online
WHAT if you could have your own online radio station? Well, it may sound a bit crazy, but it is possible and it is happening.
 arrow Last-mile wireless tech bridges digital divide
Bridging the digital divide often comes down to the fundamental step of actually creating connections between individuals and the Internet.
 arrow Bendable electronic paper devised
JAPANESE researchers showed off a bendable electronic paper that uses almost no power whilst displaying images, making it useful for advertising on buildings and vehicles.
 arrow Improving utilisation
Underutilisation and less than optimum performance from today's server and storage systems are byproducts of two main issues.
 arrow The NEW PS3
Visitors look at a new white-coloured PSP (PlayStation portable) during the Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation Meeting 2005 in a hotel in Tokyo on July 21.
Literaturearrow The Brass Gong
For the eighth time we put our shoulders to the lorry and pushed it forward. But not even a faint murmur from the engine. The driver shook his head.
 arrow Love and Death in Provincial France
The Diary of Mademoiselle D'Arvers by Toru Dutt, translated from the French by N. Kamala, with an introduction by G. J. V. Prasad. Delhi: Penguin Books, 2005. Rs. 200.
 arrow Some don't even use the 'L' word
In our crowded, complex, layered age sometimes one wants poetry to touch its old-fashioned roots, speak directly of what it used to so voluminously: romantic love.
 arrow Short Story Contest Winner
Munjulika Rahman, who won the 2003 Daily Star Literature Page Short Story Contest, being presented with the prize money by Daily Star Publisher/Editor Mahfuz Anam on July 20.
 
   
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