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Front Pagearrow 88 killed in Egypt car bombs
At least 88 people, including nine foreign tourists, were killed early yesterday in a string of bombings in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, medical and police sources said.
 arrow BRTA accused of corruption frenzy
Rampant corruption, irregularities and mismanagement in the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has deprived the government of more than Tk 250 crore as revenue from the transport sector in last
 arrow 99 political parties invited for talks
The Election Commission's (EC) unprecedented initiative to hold a series of dialogues on the voter list with as many as 99 political parties and alliances in three days may end up in chaos, fear the EC officials.
 arrow VoIP not legalised 20 months after nod
Legalising Internet telephony is still hanging in the balance even after more than 20 months of the cabinet decision to authorise it.
 arrow WB warns of 4 fiscal risks
The World Bank has identified four major risk factors in the financial state of Bangladesh and said unless properly addressed these may adversely affect the country's fiscal sustainability.
 arrow Power outage cripples Ctg
A severe power crisis hit the port city yesterday after a transformer at Khulshi power substation tripped due to technical fault.
 arrow Owners of two factories fined for packaging tap water
A mobile court yesterday fined owners of two factories in the capital Tk one lakh for packaging tap water in the polythene bags and selling those as mineral water.
 arrow Flood grips Manikganj, Khulna villages
The flood situation in Gaibandha deteriorated further, while two more districts--Khulna and Manikganj--came under the onslaught of flood.
 arrow World enraged
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice led international condemnation yesterday of bombings in the popular Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that killed at least 83 people, including foreign tourists.
 arrow Dhaka slates suicide blasts
Dhaka has strongly condemned the blasts at the Egyptian Red Sea resort that killed at least 88 people, terming those responsible for such attacks around the globe enemies of humanity.
 arrow Independent EC secretariat first need for fair polls
An independent secretariat free from government control is the first need for the Election Commission (EC) to hold a free and fair election, Election Commissioner AK Mohammad Ali said yesterday.
 arrow Rab asks police, BDR to take back 3 members
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recommended the police and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) authorities to take back three of their men--now with the Rab--for torturing a garment factory owner on July 15.
 arrow Manhunt on for London bombers
British police have arrested a second man as a massive manhunt for four would-be suicide bombers gained pace yesterday and new security scares kept Londoners on nervous alert.
 arrow Anti-personnel mines, rocket shells seized at Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in two separate operations at Naikongchhari and Thanchi upazilas recovered firearms and ammunition, including four anti-personnel mines, rocket shells and SBBL guns yesterday evening.
 arrow Ring Shine resumes production today
The second largest company at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), Ring Shine, reopens its industrial units today, after a four-day lay-off amidst workers' unrest.
 arrow Patel assures PM of more WB assistance
World Bank (WB) Vice-President for South Asia Praful C Patel yesterday assured Bangladesh of the multilateral donor agency's continued assistance in implementing the programmes under the Poverty Reduction
 arrow Niko dealings dubious, cancel contract
The government's non-transparent awarding of the contract of the Tengratila gas field to Canadian company Niko Resources has undermined the interest of the nation in all aspects, the Awami League's (AL)
 arrow Bidisha sues Ershad
Bidisha yesterday filed a case against her former husband HM Ershad for withdrawal of money from her account through blank cheques bearing her signature.
 arrow 7 Indians pushed in
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday pushed seven Bangla-speaking and a Hindi-speaking Indians into Bangladesh territory through Bamanpara border in Sapahar upazila of Noagaon district.
 arrow Bangladeshis among 25 arrested in Slovakia
Slovakian police said on Friday they had arrested a group of 25 Afghan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani illegal immigrants overnight near the border with Ukraine.
 arrow Fiscal council sits at last
A high-powered fiscal co-ordination council at last holds its first meeting today, two-and-a-quarter years after its formation, with some pressing issues including inflation and dollar crisis on the agenda.
 arrow PM leaves for Beijing Aug 17
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will leave Dhaka for Beijing on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on August 17.
 arrow No trace yet of missing PBCP leader
The whereabouts of the missing outlaw leader, who was in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), was still unknown until yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Govt to resume 5-year scheme to boost export
In a bid to boost the country's export earnings and diversify the export basket, the government is going to reintroduce the five-year Export Development Strategy.
 arrow Grameen One IPO sees 9 times oversubscription
Grameen One, the first scheme of the Grameen mutual fund, has received applications worth Tk 423.1 million against the public offering of Tk 45 million, an oversubscription by more than nine times.
 arrow Backstage talks on to reach consensus
With nearly a month left for the FBCCI biennial election, a section of business leaders are now busy doing backstage negotiations to reach a consensus and avoid the election.
 arrow Govt, exporters to work on social compliance in garment sector
The government and private sector yesterday agreed to form a national body to formulate guidelines on social compliance in garment sector.
 arrow Looking for a better second-half
Hit by a triple whammy of slower exports, shrinking investment and slower consumer spending in the first quarter of this year, the Singapore economy is now looking forward to better prospects in the second
 arrow New MD of Holcim Bangladesh
PN Iyer took over as the new managing director of Holcim (Bangladesh) Ltd with effect from July 1.
 arrow Licences of 8 moneychangers cancelled
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has cancelled the licences of 8 moneychangers for breaching rules.
 arrow Uttara Finance fails to get SEC nod to issue rights shares
Uttara Finance and Investments Ltd has failed to receive the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval to issue rights shares.
 arrow US pharma giant resumes India operations
US pharmaceutical giant Merck and Company on Friday announced its return to India two decades after having its exited saying change in Indian patent laws has made the domestic market lucrative.
 arrow Egypt bombings threaten tourism bonanza
Multiple bombings that killed at least 83 people in Egypt's largest Red Sea resort Saturday could deal a fatal blow to Egypt's vital tourism industry, as thousands of shell-shocked holidaymakers fledthe
 arrow Nat'l Life declares 20pc cash, 15pc stock dividends
National Life Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 20 percent cash and a 15 percent stock dividends for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Bush creates new post to fight global piracy
President George W Bush has created a new senior-level position to fight the global piracy and counterfeiting of American products ranging from Hollywood movies to Detroit auto parts, Commerce Secretary
 arrow China raises oil price after yuan revaluation
China increased the price of gasoline and diesel Saturday for the second time this year, state media announced, two days after revaluing the yuan to allow it to appreciate by 2.1 percent.
 arrow China slams new US textile curb after yuan revaluation
Beijing Saturday protested new US restrictions on textile imports from China a day after it revalued its yuan currency in a move likely to make Chinese exports more expensive.
 arrow China, Vietnam conclude talks on market access
Vietnam and China have successfully concluded negotiations on bilateral market access, smoothing the way for Hanoi to enter the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a joint communique said Friday.
 arrow Free service week for Mitsubishi vehicles begins
Rangs Workshop Ltd, the authorised service centre of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, yesterday launched a seven-day long free service programme for all Mitsubishi brand vehicles in the country.
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers follow MSC
Victor Edward slammed a hattrick as Brothers Union launched their second-leg of the Premier Division Football League with a 3-1 thrashing of Dhaka Wanderers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India arrive in SL
India arrived here on Saturday with a new cricket captain and coach confident of winning an upcoming triangular one-day series despite the absence of star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
 arrow Cricket: Eng after stiff target
Simon Katich struck a composed 67 to enable Australia to set England an imposing victory target of 420 on the third day of the first Ashes Test at Lord's on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: SL batting sanity returns
Sri Lanka's batting finally blossomed to leave the hosts in command of the second cricket Test against the West Indies here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath key man: Clarke
Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath holds the key to the outcome of the first Test against England here at Lord's, according to teammate Michael Clarke.
 arrow Cricket: Stumper Mushfiq coming home
Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim will return home from England after he suffered an injury during the three-day game against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers start training tomorrow
After a 21-day break, the Bangla-desh cricket team will get back to business tomorrow to prepare for their next assignment against Sri Lanka in August-September.
 arrow Football: Badda bag runners-up spot
Badda Jagarani finished runners-up in the First Division Football League when they drew 1-1 with Victoria Sporting Club in the last match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur
 arrow Cricket: England 144-5
England were staring at defeat when they slumped to 144-5 with 12 more overs to go after Australia set them a stiff 420 to win on the third day of the first Ashes Test at Lord's yesterday.
 arrow Chess: School chess
Five players secured maximum points in the Class VI-X group of the Seventh Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament to share the lead after the fourth round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dong delivers on MU debut
Chinese signing Dong Fangzhuo had a dream debut for Manchester United, with his second half goal giving the Red Devils a 2-0 win over a spirited Hong Kong as they overcame a rusty start in the opening
 arrow Football: Robinho deal in danger
Robinho's move from Santos to Real Madrid was in danger of falling through on Friday when the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said they would not authorise the transfer under current conditions.
 arrow Football: Hiddink's mission down under
Guus Hiddink has steered the Nether-lands and South Korea to the last two soccer World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Football: Inter cancel England trip
Inter Milan have cancelled a pre-season England tour because of safety fears after the London suicide bombing campaign, the Italian club said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Five bid for Euro 2012
Five candidates have bid to stage the 2012 European championships, UEFA said Friday.
 arrow Football: Real lose image case
A French court has rejected a lawsuit by Real Madrid seeking to stop online betting firms from using its name and images of its soccer players, three of the companies said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Experts blame it on wild parking
Car parking in designated places is among other measures to improve the shabby state of transport system in the capital, said the experts of Strategic Transport Plan (STP) at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Construct Ganges Barrage to offset adverse impacts of Farakka
Water experts yesterday called for speedy completion of the procedures and modalities for constructing the proposed Ganges Barrage across the Padma river in order to counter the effects of Farakka Barrage
 arrow Export through Benapole suspended since Thursday
Export from India through Benapole land port remained suspended since Thursday morning due to an indefinite strike enforced by the Indian truckers.
 arrow Take rehabilitation programme for rickshawpullers
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon the government to stop eviction of rickshaws from the capital with a view to rehabilitating 20 lakh people engaged in the profession.
 arrow 'Withdraw false cases against garment workers'
Leaders of the Garments Sramik O Shilpa Rokkha Jatiya Mancha, a national platform for the garments workers, yesterday demanded immediate release of the arrested workers of Ring Shine Garment at the Export
 arrow 5 Kushtia journos get bail
Five journalists of Kushtia, implicated in extortion cases, were granted anticipatory bail for three months by the High Court (HC) yesterday.
 arrow Students deny allegation of misbehaviour
Female students of Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday said they neither misbehaved nor bared their house tutors from using the washrooms on July 17 night when they kept themconfined
 arrow Donations for Ahsania Cancer Hospital tax-free
The government has recently granted tax exemption on donations to be made for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital.
 arrow Eviction of indigenous people from their lands protested
The Uttarbanga Adivasi Unnayan Parishad yesterday protested the eviction of indigenous community from their lands in Dinajpur and demanded immediate rehabilitation of the displaced people.
 arrow Stop harassment of DEPZ workers
The leaders of the Karmojibi Nari, a women's rights organisation, yesterday urged the police administration to stop harassment of the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) workers.
 arrow 10 injured in JCD-BCL clash at IU
At least 10 people were injured in a clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on the Islamic University campus yesterday following leak out of question
 arrow 30kg marijuana seized, 3 held
Police seized 30kg marijuana worth about Tk 3 lakh from a truck and arrested three drug traders in Mohammadpur in the capital on Friday.
 arrow Charges framed against 3 JCD muggers
A Dhaka Court yesterday framed charges against the three Dhaka College unit JCD leaders, who mugged Tk 12 lakh from a jewellery shop employee on June 19.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 12 lakh from city house
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth around Tk 12 lakh from a businessman at Namupara in Shyampur in the early hours yesterday, while mob held five alleged robbers at Gendaria under the same police
 arrow Teletalk 2nd phase lottery draw held
Teletalk is providing SIMs to 20,000 more lottery winners in the Dhaka Zone in the second phase.
 arrow Father threatens daughters to withdraw case
A man, who reportedly killed her wife at Satkhira on June 30, is threatening her four daughters and their children to withdraw the case they filed against him, alleged the daughters at a press conference
 arrow Officers' Club executives
The election to the 22-member executive committee of the Officers' Club Dhaka for 2005-2007 was held at the club in the city on July 21, says a press release.
 arrow Students stage sit-in before RU VC's office
Students of the Department of Applied Mathematics of Rajshahi University yesterday staged a sit-in in front of the vice chancellor's office to press the RU authorities to meet their five-point demand.
 arrow New Swiss envoy meets FM
New ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Dr. Dora Rapold paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan at the Foreign Office yesterday.
 arrow Pizza Hut hosts programme for autistic children
Pizza Hut Gulshan hosted a programme for the autistic children on Thursday noon, says a press release.
 arrow Communications secretary gets extension for third time
The government yesterday extended the service of Communications Secretary Shafiqul Islam for one more year on contract from today, according to an official notification.
Nationalarrow Outlawed parties recruiting slum boys, street urchins
Underground parties in the crime-prone south-western region are recruiting new members, mostly unemployed youths and teenagers, for criminal activities at 'minimum risk', police sources said.
 arrow 25 acre govt land recorded in influentials' name
About 25 acres of prime government land worth about Tk 12 crore have been recorded in favour of some influentials in Nilphamari town and in the Sadar upazila illegally by a section of corrupt land officials.
 arrow Drilling of second relief well to be delayed by a week
Drilling for the second relief well at Tengratila gas field will be delayed by at least a week for different reasons including change of the site, an official working at the gas said on Friday July25
 arrow Fresh probe into one case, another sent for speedy trial
Dainik Runner Editor Saiful Alam Mukul Murder Case will be reinvestigated and Dainik Janakantha Journalist Shamsur Rahman Murder Case has been transferred to Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal (KSTT), according
 arrow Quest to cut irrigation cost, increase yield
The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) has evolved irrigation and water management technologies which will reduce cost of crop production, increase yield and supply arsenic-free water.
 arrow An alliance partner made govt to arrest Ghalib
Acting Ameer of Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh, Dr. Muhammad Muslehuddin, has said a partner in the ruling alliance misguided the government into arresting its chief Dr. Asadullah Al Galib.
 arrow Primer on Marma language developed
A primer of Marma language has been developed with a view to introducing it in schools for Marma indigenous students in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow Akhaura land port earns Tk 74 lakh revenue last fiscal
Akhaura land port earned Tk 73,67,000 revenue in the last fiscal year against a target of Tk 81,82,000 despite various problems that kept the port inoperative for about five months.
 arrow Army destroys criminals' den in Bandarban
Army personnel destroyed a den of criminals in Chakma Jiri area under Roangchhari upazila early Friday, army sources said.
 arrow Sangbad Editor, two others sued in Satkhira
The Publisher, Editor and a Staff Reporter of Dainik Sangbad have been sued by a local BNP leader.
 arrow Two held with wireless sets in Satkhira
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans on Tuesday arrested two criminals and recovered two wireless sets from their possession at Niraya village in Kaliganj upazila.
The arrested persons are Fazar Ali andKrishnapada.

 arrow 15 hurt in attack inside mosque
At least 15 people were injured when some activists of ruling BNP attacked on some people inside a mosque here on Friday.
The attack was made when Friday's prayer was going on.

 arrow Pirates loot Hilsa
One person was injured and hilsa fish worth Tk 3 lakh was looted by pirates from two fishing trawlers at Haldikhali in Dakop upazila in the early hours of Friday.
 arrow 'Listed' criminal held in Bagerhat
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday night arrested a 'listed' criminal from Baniakhali village in Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Making democracy work
The pros and cons of the caretaker government (CTG) reform proposals made by the opposition alliances merit open-minded review.
 arrow Lessons for the Islamic world
Since the terrorist bombing in London on July 7, there have been a number of articles published dealing with the causes and effects of the bomb attack.
Culturearrow Celebrating monsoon
Jakhon Brishti Namlo, a musical soiree to celebrate the monsoon, was arranged by the cultural group Nandan Friday last.
 arrow Sculpture's untold dialogue
Maynul Islam Paul's present sculpture exhibition "Silent Discourse" at the Alliance Francaise gallery has fresh and new elements. Paul says, "There have not been many sculptors of repute in Bangladesh.
 arrow Live Now II at STM Hall
Last Friday marked the first time that 20 underground bands performed on the same stage.
 arrow Jolbalika to be staged for Mujibur Rahman Dilu
On the occasion of the silver jubilee show of Jalbalika, a stage play by Padatik Natya Sangsad, the theatre group has arranged a three-day festival titled Jalbalikar Rajat Jayanti ManchayanUtshob.
Internationalarrow Holiday turned nightmare in Egyptian resort
"They are mad.
 arrow Rice hails progress on Gaza pullout
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday reported progress in efforts to coordinate the Israeli pullout from Gaza, as she urged Israel not to seal off the territory after its departure.
 arrow Blast rocks Beirut hours after Rice's surprise visit
A bomb blast rocked central Beirut Friday evening just hours after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to pledge her support for the "new Lebanon" ushered in by Syria's Apriltroop
 arrow US equates war on terror with major world conflicts
The administration of US President George W.
 arrow Iraq war radicalising young Muslims
The Muslim Council of Britain on Friday called for the government to recognise the role that the Iraq war is playing in radicalising young Muslims, in the wake of the London bombings.
 arrow East London Muslims fear backlash
At a mosque in east London's run-down Whitechapel district, Muslims fear a growing hostility towards them in the wake of a second wave of bomb attacks in the city by suspected Islamic extremists.
 arrow G4, AU fail to agree on UNSC expansion
United Nations ambassadors of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil and African Union (AU) failed to find a common position on expansion of the Security Council and decided to return the issue to their foreign
 arrow Nepal jails six peacekeepers for sex abuse in Congo
Six Nepali soldiers have been jailed for sexual abuse in Congo where they were serving as United Nations peacekeepers, an army officer said on Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terror attacks multiply
The series of deadly attacks at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik, killing at least 60 and injuring over 100, has come on the heels of a second round of bombings in London, thankfully causing
 arrow Editorial: Kid-glove jab won't do
Reports carried by this newspaper over the last few days have made it amply clear that adulteration of foods has assumed menacing proportions, with big brand names and well known restaurants featuring
 arrow Enacting law for appointing judges
The Law Minister disclosed to The Daily Star on July 7 that the government was "pondering over introducing a law on the qualifications of judges.
 arrow A despicable act
Calling the recent London blasts "a despicable act" is understating a calumny of the worst kind.
Letters to Editorarrow Open manholes
It is interesting that the name of the city is Dhaka, which means "covered" in Bengali, but it is full of open manholes. There is hardly any road without open manholes.
 arrow Baseless news
A couple of days ago a sensational news item was carried by one of the local newspapers.
 arrow Objective stories
Recently in a press release, Justice Abu Sayeed Ahmad, chairman of Bangladesh Press Council, called upon newspaper owners, editors and journalists to refrain from running even objective stories thatmay
 arrow MBA admission in JU
It has been a very timely decision that the Jahangirnagar University is going to introduce eleven more departments for higher studies from this year.
 arrow Dialect
As Sylheti people we feel proud. We have lots of natural treasures and heavenly landscape. We have a different dialect. Language is one of the main four elements of culture.
 arrow My 2 cents on hartal
I read your paper on the web every day. This is a major source for me to know the news of the country.
Star Healtharrow Important features to mark at baby's first checkup
Most babies have their first medical checkup within the first few weeks after birth. Even when things are going well, frequent checkups during the first year are important for monitoring your baby's well-being.
 arrow Lack of coordination is the main barrier for eye care, poverty is not a big issue -- Adam Zayan
ORBIS is an international, non-profit, humanitarian organization committed to preserving and restoring sight in the developing world through hands-on training of medical personnel and by strengthening
 arrow Treatment of mal-aligned teeth:Bringing back hope and dignity
Unattractive dental and facial appearances have adverse effects upon an individual's psychological development.
 arrow Dual screen best for women with breast cancer risk
Combining an MRI scan and a mammogram is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in women with a high risk of the disease, scientists said.
 arrow 4 Problems you can cure with food
Disinfect a wound
Pour a dab of honey on a cut before covering it with a bandage. Honey has powerful anti-bacterial properties.

 arrow Don't drink milk if you have a cold!
Milk makes mucus, goes the conventional wisdom. Yet few studies have tested milk's effect on cold sufferers.
However, Australian researchers took up the challenge in 1990.

Star Cityarrow SMS, Internet and e-mail make telegraph service obsolete
Only 20 years ago telegram was the quickest means of communication for the common people. Now the technology is almost out of date.
 arrow Shop owners protest deal to construct 24-storey building
Shop owners and the executive committee of Shantinagar kitchen market are locked in a serious dispute over a project to construct a multi-storeyed building in the marketplace.
 arrow Festival to promote dowry-free wedding drew many
'Enchanted' would you be as the gala Wedding Festival 2005 at the Spectra Convention Hall in the city takes you up the aisle of the entire range of wedding accessories and services.
 arrow Stick and whistle force makes Katabon businesses secure
The businessmen of Katabon Road have formed a security force armed with sticks and whistles.
 arrow DCC's road development that never happens
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) allegedly misuses crores of Taka every fiscal year in the name of developing and improving roads which tend to go back to their previous states in no time.
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