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Front Pagearrow $1b export rise proves doomsayers wrong
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.
 arrow Lawyers demand free & fair judicial system
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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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).
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 2 NGO workers murdered
Unknown assailants hacked two NGO employees to death in Boalmari upazila of Faridpur Thursday midnight.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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).
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Cop arrested on rape charge
A policeman was arrested yesterday for raping a teenage girl at a hotel in Farmgate area on Thursday night.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow Indian jets violate airspace
Three Indian jets allegedly violated Bangladesh airspace and entered 12 kilometres inside frontier Patgram upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow '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 ...

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Cops free 7 arrested militant suspects
Police arrested seven suspected Islamist militants near a mosque on the outskirts of Dinajpur town on Thursday night.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow Tourist arrivals up 11pc in 2004
Bangladesh achieved an 11 percent growth in welcoming foreign visitors last year.
 arrow Traidcraft extends fair trade network to Dhaka
Traidcraft plc, a global company fighting poverty through trade, has extended its network to Bangladesh.
 arrow What's the telecoms regulator really doing?
Sudhir Mitra is one of the frustrated customers of Teletalk.
 arrow Fast food business falls amid crackdown
Business of fast food outlets has slumped in Dhaka following the ongoing crackdown on food item makers and shops by mobile courts.
 arrow WTO meet does little to boost struggling trade talks
A meeting of the 148-nation World Trade Organisation drew to a close Friday with little done to energise struggling talks on a treaty to reduce global trade barriers.
 arrow Asian currencies to rise by mid 2006
Asian currencies will rise against the dollar in the next 12 months, underpinned by strong growth and speculation China's yuan will rise further after last week's revaluation, a Reuters quarterly poll
 arrow WB Group body to give $78m in insurance to Banglalink
With Egyptian Orascom investing US$300 million in Bangladesh, a member of the World Bank Group will give $78 million in insurance to its Banglalink operation in Bangladesh.
 arrow 8 Khulna region jute mills to resume production
Eight state-owned jute mills in Khulna-Jessore industrial zone, which were closed seven months ago due to fund crisis, are expected to resume production by August 15 this year.
 arrow BMW 7 series car launched in Bangladesh
Executive Motors Limited, the sole distributor of BMW vehicles in Bangladesh, has launched BMW 7 series car in local market.
 arrow BAT first-half earnings rise 23pc
British American Tobacco, the world's second-biggest cigarette maker, posted a 23 percent rise in first-half earnings Thursday and said profit growth in four out of five regions pointed to a highly satisfactory
 arrow Green Delta Ins to introduce Takaful (Islamic) insurance
Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd has decided to introduce Takaful (Islamic) insurance facility for its clients.
 arrow DBBL increases contribution to its Foundation
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited has recently increased its contribution to Dutch-Bangla Bank Foundation (DBBF) from 5 percent to 10 percent.
DBBL Board of Directors at a meeting decided this.

 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 23-July 28, 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 9,332.

Sportsarrow Football: Muktijoddha stay alive
Paul Nwak-wuchu converted a penalty and set up another goal for substitute Kanchan as Muktijoddha Sangsad got away with a 2-0 win over Arambagh Krira Sangha in yesterday's Premier Bank Premier Football
 arrow Cricket: Ex-skippers find BCB's captain policy faulty
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) might have done a simple job when they stuck to their policy of announcing the national captain on tour-by-tour basis, but some former national skippers believed itwas
 arrow Cricket: PCB hopes for the best
England will play just one limited-overs international in Karachi after refusing to consider a five-day Test in the troubled southern city over security fears, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Eyes on the World Cup
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody will use the Indian Oil Cup one-day triangular series against India and West Indies, which starts on Saturday, to look at new players as his attention turns to the World Cup.
 arrow Swimming: Phelps on gold spree
Michael Phelps captured his third gold medal on a controversial and dramatic night at the World Championships on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Life without the legends
India wake up to a life beyond cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as they launch a new season with a triangular cricket series match against Sri Lanka here on Saturday, hoping that new coach
 arrow Cricket: 'Playing under Dravid isn't an issue'
Sourav Ganguly on Friday said he was pleasantly surprised at his ban for slow over-rates in one-day internationals being reduced from six to four matches and that he did not foresee any problem playing
 arrow Football: Big win for Farashganj
Farashganj Sporting Club returned to winning ways after five matches when they brushed aside bottom-table Dipali Juba Sangha 4-1 in the Premier Bank Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan turns to Ferguson
Australia cricket coach John Buchanan is hoping to meet up with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson for a brainstorming session.
 arrow Cricket: Mamun admits Andy link
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has got positive response from former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts to work with the national cricket team as a specialist coach ahead of the Sri Lanka tour in
 arrow Cricket: No pain, no gain
Australian bowling coach Terry Jenner says England will never discover a Shane Warne unless their youngsters work harder and the county sides are prepared to take a risk.
 arrow Football: No Merseyside derby
Everton avoided a clash with Merseyside rivals Liverpool in Friday's Champions League third qualifying round draw.
 arrow Football: Real stars meet Thai PM
Real Madrid football stars led by England captain David Beckham met Friday with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra ahead of their friendly with the Thai under-23 side on the final leg of a world tour.
 arrow Football: Bayern thrash Tokyo
German champions Bayern Munich overwhelmed J-League club FC Tokyo 4-0 on Thursday to get off to a winning start in their two-game friendly series in Japan.
 arrow Football: Woodgate not giving up
Injury-plagued defender Jonathan Woodgate believes he is ready to kick his first ball as a Real Madrid player and put behind him the nightmare start to his Spanish career.
 arrow Football: Crespo on target
English Premier League champions Chelsea rallied from a goal down to overcome DC United 2-1 in a friendly on Thursday, registering a second consecutive victory in the middle leg of a three-match US tour.
 arrow Football: Brazilian legend Jaja no more
Brazilian football legend Jair Rosa Pinto who was known as "Master Jaja" has died at the age of 84 at his home here after suffering from a lung related disease, local press reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: CBF rejects Robinho's move
Santos striker Robinho's move to Real Madrid has been rejected by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
 arrow Football: Baros too pricey for Schalke
Bundesliga runners-up Schalke 04 admit they are unlikely to sign Czech international striker Milan Baros from Liverpool claiming the seven million pound (10 million euro) asking price is too high.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi
Bagbari Government Primary School and Sabuj Biddyaniketon moved into the quarterfinals of the school kabaddi tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Roman's Med yacht summit
Chelsea edged closer to signing Ghana midfielder Michael Essien when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Friday he would meet the English champions' owner Roman Abramovich next week.
Metropolitanarrow Fate of stranded Pakistanis still hangs in the balance
The issue of repatriation of some 2,50,000 stranded Pakistanis gets complicated with the passage of time as Pakistan and relevant organisations simply ignore it and make other issues as their priority
 arrow Gender disparity a major impediment
Women having the highest technical degrees are not much involved in professional sector due to social perspective and uncongenial workplace, said the speakers on Thursday.
 arrow 'Strengthen drive against adulterated food'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for strengthening the current drive against adulterated food and unhygienic process of food preparations in different establishments.
 arrow Govt involved in Aug 21 grenade attack: Zillur
Awami Swechchhasebak League (ASL) observed a token hunger strike at Bahadur Shah Park in the city demanding fair and transparent international probe into the August 21 grenade attack on a Awami League
 arrow 3 clubs reach semifinal round
Three debating clubs reached the semifinals in the Third Holy Cross-Coca-Cola and The Daily Star Bengali Debate Festival that began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Freedom fighters narrate war experiences
Valiant freedom fighters gathered at a unique function in the city yesterday to narrate their experiences during the nin11e-month Liberation War to the new generation.
 arrow CAAB official gets demotion instead of forced retirement
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism is demoting a deputy director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), withholding its decision of forced retirement upon finding him guilty ofcorruption
 arrow JCD drives BCL men from Ruet halls
Tension has been running high at the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) as the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres attacked and drove the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) workers
 arrow MoU signed to help acid survivors
Square Toiletries Limited (STL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Acid Survivors' Foundation (ASF) on 27 July, says a press release.
 arrow NSU seminar on teaching tips for teachers
Quality teaching in higher education is a must for achieving socio-economic development in the country, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Minor domestic help beaten by daughter, son of employer
Fatema, a domestic help aged only 10 years, is undergoing treatment at Phultala Upazila Health Complex in Khulna district after being beaten severely by the son and daughter of her employer on July 27.
 arrow Ten women scientists awarded
Ten women scientists have been awarded the 'Fame of the Hall' for their contribution to science education.
 arrow Teletalk lottery deferred
The Teletalk lottery for the countrywide applicants scheduled for Friday has been postponed, sources said.
 arrow 'Make public the agreement with Niko'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called on the government to realise compensation from Niko Resources Ltd. for the blow-out at Tengratila gas field.
 arrow 4 frauds held
CID (criminal investigation department) police have arrested four alleged members of an organised gang who were cheating people pretending to be the owners of private and government lands through forged
Nationalarrow All police stations in 4 SW dists on alert
All police stations and outposts in 4 southwestern (SW) district of Kushtia, Chuadanga, Meherpur and Jhenidah have been alerted following 'threats' of sabotage given by the cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar
 arrow 'Quality pry edn must for poverty alleviation'
The speakers at a seminar here yesterday called upon the government to take effective measures to improve the standard of primary education for alleviation of poverty.
 arrow Gazikhali river reborn
They call the Gazikhali a 'blessed river'.
 arrow Freedom fighter cremated sans state honour
An incident of cremation of a freedom fighter (FF) without state honour has created commotion among the freedom fighters and conscious citizens alike.
 arrow Two journos murder cases transferred
Murder cases of two journalists were transferred to different courts in two days.
 arrow 5 JCD activists held, 7 fugitives' property seized
Five Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists were arrested on Tuesday in connection with two cases relating to arson and attack on a Christian Palli here on Saturday and Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Time for comprehensive constitutional amendment?
Agroup of political parties has finally come up with a list of suggested changes in caretaker government, election commission and electoral system.
 arrow London bombing: A critical analysis
Such a rumour as Britain would be the target of next bombing had been in the air for the last two years, particularly after the invasion of Iraq by Anglo-American forces.
 arrow We must speak with one voice
It is time to declare once and for all the absurdity of the "George Bush made me do it" excuse that is dragged out every time Muslims carry out a terrorist attack.
Culturearrow Abu Taher's interplay of line and form
Abu Taher, currently exhibiting his works at the Bengal Gallery, went ahead to study fine arts, despite the initial protests of his immediate family.
 arrow A pledge to uphold Bangla music
Amidst razzle-dazzle Citycell-Channel i Music Awards '04 was held at the Ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on July 28.
 arrow A special Let's Move
This month's episode of popular magazine show Let's Move will present star cricket players of the Bangladesh national team Khaled Mahmud Sujan and Muhammad Ashraful.
 arrow ATN Taroka, Tarokader Taroka to be aired soon
ATN Taroka,Tarokader Taroka, one of the talent hunts in the country, has been launched recently to discover and promote talented artistes.
 arrow Three-day festival to raise funds

Internationalarrow Brazilian killed by UK cops mourned
Friends and family of a young Brazilian man shot by anti-terrorist police in London remembered him, a week after his death, as investigators promised a full, independent inquiry into the bungled killing.
 arrow Nuclear programme not harmed by US deal
Indian Premier Manmohan Singh told parliament Friday that a deal for access to civilian nuclear technology reached with the United States earlier this month would not limit the country's nuclear weapons
 arrow N Ireland awakes to new era of peace
Northern Ireland woke up to the prospect of a lasting end to more than 30 years of violence after the IRA formally pledged to lay down its weapons and substitute the ballot box for the bullet.
 arrow Saddam questioned about Shias
Saddam Hussein was called to a hearing where he was questioned about repression of the Shiite uprising in 1991, which erupted after US-led forces drove the Iraqi army out of Kuwait, the chief investigative
 arrow Hate crimes 'rise after UK bombs'
The number of attacks on Asians has risen significantly since the London bombings, police and Muslim groups say.
 arrow Pakistan agrees to work with 10 SE Asia nations
Pakistan agreed Friday to cooperate with 10 Southeast Asian nations to fight terrorism, saying it needed the help of all countries to root out the menace.
 arrow France to expel 10 radical Muslims
France will expel more than 10 radical Islamists by the end of next month including an Algerian who was to be deported as early as this week, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday amid moves
 arrow Karadzic's wife calls for him to surrender
The wife of the fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic appealed Thursday for her husband to surrender to a UN war crimes tribunal to stand trial on genocide charges.
 arrow Russia summons US envoy over Basayev interview
Russia's foreign ministry summoned the US charge d'affaires Friday and expressed "strong indignation" over an interview aired on the ABC television network with radical Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ACC's going afield good idea
The Anti-corruption Commission, formed last November, and hitherto ensnared by internal dissension and governmental indifference, has started showing positive dynamism at last.
 arrow Editorial: Brave Rajibul
Let's try to imagine a horrific scene -- throat of a boy as young as eight years of age being slit by his abductor and the helpless boy desperately trying to save himself any way possible.
 arrow Problems and solutions in Afghanistan
Intensive and bloody fighting has started once again in Afghanistan over the last few weeks.
 arrow Not reform, drastic surgery
The Palestine problem at one time provided the maximum grief for Muslims to be bitter about against the west.
Letters to Editorarrow German Ambassador's message
It's interesting indeed that the outgoing German Ambassador, Dietrich Audmas , had to speak out (DS July 15) very frankly with open mind that "it is not up to the foreign ambassadors, rather it's upto
 arrow Distinction between Accounting and Finance
There is a fundamental confusion amongst the business community in Bangladesh that the discipline of accounting accountancy renders all the knowledge required for solving the financial challenges andproblems
 arrow Indian visas
I am from India and am a regular reader of "The Daily Star" . I find it to be one of the best and non-biased papers in South Asia. One interesting letter by SN Mamoon caught my eyes.
 arrow The inconsistency
Our honourable Finance and Planing Minister told the press on July 18, 2005 that the price of fuel would not increase immediately in line with high price in international market.
 arrow Whither the European union
The European Union (EU) is no longer working as a union. Now EU stands for Europe un-united.
StarTecharrow A tech mall on par with global bests
BCS Computer City, the local tech heaven for computer geeks, is keeping up it's pace with the global information technology (IT) markets.
 arrow Art expo online
Promising to keep the city dwellers updated on current and upcoming fairs and art-exhibitions, exhibitionbd.
 arrow Bdjobs turns five
Bdjobs.com, the most popular job portal of the nation, celebrated its fifth anniversary on July 28 at the Spectra Convention Centre.
 arrow Geeks meet at 'What the Hack' conference
THERE are hundreds of tents on the hot and soggy campground, but this isn't your ordinary summertime outing, considering that it includes workshops with such titles as "Politics of Psychedelic Research"
 arrow Cost-effective scaling
The combination of simplifying operations and improving utilisation allows organizations to take advantage of a third opportunitycost-effective scaling.
 arrow Discovery's nose
US space shuttle Discovery's nose landing gear door as photographed by the crew on the International Space Station is shown on July 28, as it did a pitch maneuver for tile inspection before docking.
Literaturearrow The Sound of Weeping
A flower under a tree is carefree.
Only a short while ago he had been sitting on a chair facing me and singing. Now only the depression in the chair testified to his having been with me.

 arrow The Other Americans
The document the immigration officer handed me at San Francisco airport in February of this year started: 'The United States has a proud tradition of welcoming immigrants and visitors...
 arrow The Common Man
R K Laxman (the 'R K' stands for Rasipuram Krishnaswamy) is widely regarded as India's foremost cartoonist, the creator of The Common Man.
 arrow Carnival Time
It's carnival time today
Serfs and plebeians pour into streets.

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