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$1b export rise proves doomsayers wrong
$8.58b earned in FY05 despite IMF, WB's post-MFA warning
The country's exporters have put the post-MFA doomsayers to shame by fetching approximately $8.58 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2004-05 or nearly $1 billion more than $7.60 billion in FY04.
Lawyers demand free & fair judicial system
No security, no respect for constitution: Dr Kamal
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad at a grand rally of lawyers yesterday made an 18-point demand formulated on the basis of suggestions placed by lawyers to make the judiciary free from "politicisation
Phew, that was a good Thursday
At Bromley-By-Bow Underground station, the cops are a surprise to me; six of them -- two at the entrance and four on the platform -- and none of them had been there for the past few days.
Ordeals of deprived war hero
Arafat Ali Khan, a freedom fighter, has been suffering untold miseries with an amputated leg for more than a month at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
Natwar to discuss irritants in ties
Dhaka is putting finishing touches to the itineraries of the three-day official visit of Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh from August 6, which diplomatic circles expect will consolidate
Easing waterlogging at cost of canals' death
While the city's surviving natural canals urgently need excavation to get back navigability and avoid drying out, a government initiative to address the need has been diverted to cleaning drains and storm
2 NGO workers murdered
Unknown assailants hacked two NGO employees to death in Boalmari upazila of Faridpur Thursday midnight.
Suspension of BNP Body
Sylhet city tense, tight security
Security measures have been beefed up in and around the city due to a rivalry among the ruling BNP factions in the wake of Wednesday's suspension of the party's district convening committee, police said.
Rab recovers arms, bombs from Khulna outlaw
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday recovered five firearms, four powerful bombs, over 50 rounds of ammunition, and pamphlets from a top cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP).
Suicide bomber kills 25 in Iraq
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside an army recruitment centre in the northern Iraqi town of Rabia, near the Syrian border, killing 25 people and wounding 35, police said.
Banker commits suicide on his wedding day
Mystery shrouds the tragic death of a banker, who allegedly committed suicide yesterday on the day of his marriage ceremony at Mohammadpur in the city.
ARF to accept Bangladesh as its member
Foreign ministers from Asia's main security forum agreed yesterday to accept Bangladesh as the group's 26th member as they wrapped up talks in the Lao capital of Vientiane.
Cop arrested on rape charge
A policeman was arrested yesterday for raping a teenage girl at a hotel in Farmgate area on Thursday night.
Maharashtra monsoon death toll nears 900
The number of people killed in record monsoon rains in west India climbed to near 900 yesterday after a stampede sparked by rumours of a burst dam in a Mumbai shantytown and a landslide in a village,police
Babar in US explains steps to try Kibria killers, protect Ahmadiyyas
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, now on an official visit to the USA, called on Senator Edward Kennedy at the Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Int'l probe into amnesty to Jhintu demanded
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded an international probe into the controversial presidential amnesty to Mohiuddin Ahmed Jhintu, a convicted murderer sentenced to death.
Forbes ranks Khaleda as 29th powerful woman
Forbes magazine's second annual ranking of the world's 100 most powerful women has placed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at the 29th position this year.
Khaleda Zia was at the 14th position last year.

Indian jets violate airspace
Three Indian jets allegedly violated Bangladesh airspace and entered 12 kilometres inside frontier Patgram upazila in the district yesterday.
Low over Bay intensifies
The monsoon low persisting over the northwest Bay of Bengal off West Bengal and Orissa coast has intensified into a well-marked low that may increase rainfall and gusty winds in different places of the
North Korea got N-tech from Khan, says US
The Bush administration has for the first time presented North Korea with specific 'evidence' that it secretly obtained uranium enrichment technology from the founder of Pakistan's nuclear programme,senior
'Bomb blast' on Indian train kills 12
An explosion on a long distance passenger train in northern India that killed 12 people was caused by a bomb, an official said Friday.
"It is definite that it was a planted bomb that ...

Foreign students ordered out of Pak madrasas
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that foreign students attending Islamic religious colleges in the country would be ordered to leave as part of a crackdown on militant groups.
Manhunt in Britain, Italy
All four fugitive London bombers believed captured
All four fugitive suspects from the botched July 21 London bomb attacks were reported to be behind bars yesterday after a massive international manhunt culminated with dramatic raids in Britain and Italy.
Cops free 7 arrested militant suspects
Police arrested seven suspected Islamist militants near a mosque on the outskirts of Dinajpur town on Thursday night.
Doctors resolve feud at DMCH burn unit
The situation at the burn and plastic surgery unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) returned to normal after two feuding doctors resolved their differences yesterday afternoon.
Asia to have tsunami alert system by Dec
Disaster early warning towers will be in place across southeast Asia in time for the first anniversary of the Dec 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, the United Nations saidyesterday.
30 hurt as AL, BNP clash in Rajshahi
At least 30 people, including a police constable, were injured during a clash between the Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at Baneshwar Bazar under Puthia upazila of the district last night.
12 fishermen missing in trawler capsize
At least 12 fishermen went missing, as a trawler capsized yesterday afternoon in Kochikhali area near the Sundarbans, some 30 kilometres south-west of Kuakata sea beach in Patuakhali district.
Bapex rejoinder, our reply
Bapex in a rejoinder on The Daily Star news headlined "Niko skirts plan to drill relief well" published on Monday said that some points in the news item were not correct.

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