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Front Pagearrow Dhaka hopes boost in ties as Natwar arrives today
Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh arrives today on a three-day visit at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart to discuss an entire range of bilateral issues to strengthen relations
 arrow Pro-BNP lawyers defend clemency to Jhintu
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF), a platform of the pro-BNP lawyers, yesterday defended the presidential clemency granted to ruling BNP leader Mohiuddin Jhintu, a double-murder convict sentenced to death
 arrow Hospital for FFs shut for years, tools rusting away
Valuable medical equipment and vehicles worth over Tk10 crore at the capital's Trust Adhunik Hospital, an organisation of Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust (MKT), are rusting away as the hospital has remainedclosed
 arrow Formulation of master plan for Dhaka to start in November
As a high level of ground water consumption is rapidly depleting Dhaka's water resources, the government will start formulating a master plan for Dhaka water supplies from November.
 arrow Join hands to save country from misrule
Mainstream opposition leaders and civil society representatives yesterday renewed their call for greater unity of the pro-liberation, patriotic and democratic forces to save the country from what they
 arrow Blair for extending powers to deport foreigners
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has outlined a raft of plans yesterday to extend powers to deport or exclude foreigners who encourage terrorism.
 arrow Karnaphuli to be dredged again
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) plans to dredge the river Karnaphuli for the third time to rid the lifeline of the port city of massive shoals resulting from man-made obstacles.
 arrow India, Pakistan open fresh talks on nuclear issues
India and Pakistan yesterday began a fresh round of talks aimed at building trust on military issues and avoiding an accidental nuclear war between the neighbouring rivals.
 arrow No charge sheet a year into Sylhet cinema blasts
Investigators are yet to submit charge sheet in any of the 3 cinema hall bomb cases in Sylhet city a year into the incidents.
 arrow Kennedy objects to official news release on his meeting with Babar
US Senator Edward Kennedy has expressed dissatisfaction over Bangladesh newspaper reports that he pledged support to the Trade Bill with Bangladesh and lauded Bangladesh government's actions in fighting
 arrow Japan may hold off its bid for UNSC berth
Japan indicated yesterday it may be ready to hold off on its bid to win a permanent seat on the UN Security Council after the proposal was opposed by the United States, China and the African Union.
 arrow 3 Ctg cops closed for robbery
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday closed three cops and an ansar for their involvement in a robbery.
 arrow Govt politicised every sector, even sports, says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged the alliance government has politicised all sectors of the country, including the sporting arena, to stay in power.
 arrow Tagore's death anniversary today
The 64th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore will be observed today to flash back to a literary life spanning over 60 years.
 arrow Cops torture Jubo League leader in Bagmara
Police, allegedly influenced by a BNP man, badly tortured a Bagmara upazila Jubo League leader who is also a witness in a murder case.
 arrow Top criminal arrested in Ctg
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested one top-notch criminal in Bahodderhat area of the port city on Thursday night.
 arrow Russia races to save submarine crew stuck on seabed
The Russian military raced against time Friday to rescue the seven crew of a small submarine trapped on the seabed after its propeller tangled in fishing nets off Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula,
 arrow Shab-e-Meraj on Sept 1
The holy Shab-e-Meraj will be observed on September 1 and the counting of the month of Rajab will start tomorrow.
 arrow Zafar to file nomination today
Failing to get party nomination, the ruling BNP leader Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar has decided to take part in the August 30 Faridpur-1 by election as an independent candidate.
 arrow 5 cops sued in Sreepur for murder
A murder case was filed against six people, including five policemen of Sreepur Police Station, with a magistrate court here on Thursday.
 arrow PCJSS-UPDF gunfight in CHT kills one
One person was killed and an unspecified number of people were injured in a gunfight between the activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF)
 arrow US launches offensive in western Iraq
About 1,000 US Marines and Iraqi forces launched attacks in western Iraq in an operation aimed at disrupting insurgents and foreign fighters in the Euphrates River valley, the US military said yesterday.
Businessarrow Textile sector sees Tk 715cr investment in six months
The country's textile sector witnessed around Tk 715 crore investments in the first six months of this year, industry sources said.
 arrow FBCCI polls now on Sept 10
The biennial election of the FBCCI will now be held on September 10 instead of August 21. Following a High Court order, the FBCCI election board yesterday announced the new schedule.
 arrow BKMEA to hold product fair in NY in Nov
In a bid to strengthen their global presence, knit apparel exporters are going to display their products exclusively for the US customers in November.
 arrow China for immediate BMRE of Karnaphuli Paper Mills
China will seek a clear commitment from Bangladesh government on the implementation of US$ 87 million BMRE project of Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KPM) during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit to Bejing.
 arrow India sees early sugar export deals with Pakistan
India expects to strike quick sugar deals in Pakistan which this week removed a four-year ban on imports from its old rival, traders said Thursday.
 arrow EU offers to back Iran oil pipe routes from Central Asia
Iran said on Friday the European Union had offered to support it as the main transit route for oil and gas from Central Asia as part of a package of incentives meant to persuade Iran to freeze its nuclear
 arrow Thai rice prices seen firm
Thai rice prices are expected to hold firm over the next week as exporters buy to fulfill contracts for the Middle East and Africa, traders said Thursday.
 arrow Oil nears record on US refinery snags
Oil climbed on Friday to within 50 cents of its all-time high as U.S. refinery outages hampered efforts to meet strong demand growth in the world's biggest consumer.
 arrow Job portal offers professional training
In a bid to cater to the needs of would-be professionals, jobsA1.com, a web portal offering headhunting services, is offering training.
 arrow British Airways profits soar in first quarter
British Airways announced Friday a 65-percent rise in first-quarter pre-tax profit and raised its full-year revenue outlook due to the continuing strength of the US dollar and increased fuel surcharges.
 arrow Audit Committee of IDLC formed
IDLC of Bangladesh Limited, a joint-venture multiproduct financial institution, has recently formed an audit committee to achieve better corporate governance.
 arrow India's annual inflation at 4.07pc
India's annual wholesale price inflation rose 4.07 percent in the week ending July 23, down from the previous week's 4.
 arrow Qatar Air aims to sign $15.6b jet deals by Sept
Fast-growing Qatar Airways intends to sign deals by September worth $15.6 billion for 80 Airbus and Boeing wide-body jets, its chief executive said Thursday.
 arrow Lankan tea prices up as crop quality improves
Prices of Sri Lankan teas rose at the latest auction this week thanks to the improved quality of some leaf varieties on offer, brokers said Thursday.
 arrow US economy creates 207,000 jobs in July
The US economy created 207,000 more jobs in July, well ahead of expectations and up from a revised 166,000 in June, the government said in the closely watched "non-farms payroll" report Friday.
 arrow Emirates' new sales manager for Bangladesh
Hanif Zakaria has been appointed Emirates' new sales manager for Bangladesh.
Prior to this new assignment, he was the sales manager for Dubai, says a press release.

 arrow BGIC celebrates 20th anniversary
Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC) Ltd has celebrated its 20th anniversary recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Call for Asian economic bloc
Asian economies will not be able to expand for long and will lag behind bigger players if a strong monetary union or economic bloc is not formed, finance and economics academician Prof Dr S Ghon Ree said.
 arrow US farmers unite for WTO talks
America's farm sector says it would accept smaller subsidies to gain market access to developing countries, but that straightforward position will probably meet obstacles in the complex world of trade
 arrow Can India make its great economic leap forward?
To many investors betting on India's emergence as a global powerhouse last week's Bombay floods came as a rude awakening.
 arrow Pran rules out fruit juice adulteration
Pran Group has claimed that its juices are made from real fruit pulp and those do not contain any harmful colour or preservatives.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 30- Aug 04, 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 9,602.

 arrow Pakistan forex reserves dip to $12.609b
Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves fell by $50 million to $12.609 billion in the week ending July 30, the central bank said yesterday.
Reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan dipped to $9.

Sportsarrow Football: Brothers stymie Russel with subs
Brothers Union crossed a major hurdle in their bid to retain the Premier Division football league title and more importantly, regained solo lead when they blanked Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra 2-0 at the
 arrow Cricket: Langer dominates England
Justin Langer continued to defy the England attack as the hosts made inroads into the star-studded Australian batting line-up during the second Test at Edgbaston on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Tense loss for BD A
Bangladesh A suffered a 126-run defeat to Yorkshire when they crashed to 146 all out in their second innings on the final day of their three-day match at Headingley on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath targets 4th Test return
Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath said he hoped to be fit in time for the fourth Test against England after a bizarre injury ruled him out of the second match of the series at Edgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: Half their prayers answered
It has been an English bar-room debate for almost two decades.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff rues lost runs
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was in upbeat mood ahead of the start of the second day of the second Ashes Test but couldn't help thinking his side should have scored more than the 407 all out they
 arrow Cricket: Lankan trio fit
Sri Lanka trio Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Zoysa have all passed fitness tests for Saturday's tri-series game against West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Australia 308 all out
England took a valuable 99-run lead after they dismissed Australia for 308 after tea on the second day of the second Ashes Test yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP Cup hockey
Local teams had a mixed bag on the opening day of the North Bengal-CA Third BKSP Cup Invitational International Under-18 Hockey Tournament at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Jessore, P'chagarh in final
Jessore and Panchagarh were set to clash in the final of the Bengal Plastic Under-19 women's handball tournament today at the Outer Stadium handball court.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell believes in his boys
Indian coach Greg Chappell said Friday his team could strike back after performing below their potential in early matches of the ongoing triangular one-day cricket series.
 arrow Cricket: Zim aiming for creditability
Zimbabwe hope they can restore their cricketing credentials when they face New Zealand in a two-Test series from Sunday followed by a triangular ODI series when India arrive later this month.
 arrow Athletics: World C'ships kick off today
The list of absentees might be growing by the day but in Justin Gatlin and Yelena Isinbayeva the World Championships organisers will hope they rise to the challenge and add world gold to their Olympic
 arrow Debinash's family appeals for help
Ailing footballer Debinash Sangma's family has urged the government and Bangladesh Football Federation to come forward for his treatment.
 arrow Football: Helguera sad to see him go
Luis Figo's departure from Real Madrid marks the end of an era at the club, according to centre-back Ivan Helguera.
 arrow Football: Devils'den in Jakarta!
Indonesia's legions of Manchester United fans can now sate their thirst for all things Red Devilish as the Premier League side have opened their first restaurant-bar in Jakarta just ahead of the new season.
 arrow Cricket: Warne walks on thin line
Shane Warne had his bowling hammered by England's batsmen on Thursday, and must now hope the umpires in the second Test at Edgbaston are not as unforgiving.
 arrow Tennis: Sania, Svetlana stumble
Japan's Ai Sugiyama stunned US Open champion and second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in one of several upsets in the third round of the Acura Classic on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Figo joins Inter
Inter Milan have completed the signing of Portugal international Luis Figo from Real Madrid, the Italian Serie A club confirmed Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Capital punishment demanded for food adulteration
Different human rights organisations yesterday demanded of the government to give capital punishment to those who prepare food items in unhygienic environment and sell adulterated foodstuffs.
 arrow Principals place 9-point demand
Bangladesh Principal Kalyan Parishad (BPKP) at a press conference yesterday placed a nine-point demand to solve various problems facing the approved private colleges.
 arrow Profile of Natwar Singh
If there was one ministerial portfolio on which the Indian media was unanimous as to who will get it when the Congress-led UPA government came to power in May last year, it was the seasoned diplomat-turned-politician
 arrow 6 killed, 60 injured in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 60 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Chittagong and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Santosh Gupta
Paying tribute to veteran journalist, writer and columnist Santosh Gupta, speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said he will always remain alive in the hearts of the people for his writings and active
 arrow 'Resist domestic violence against women'
Resisting domestic violence against women is a must to establish their rights, said Bangladesh Mahila Parishad General Secretary Ayesha Khanam yesterday.
 arrow Direct election a must for women's empowerment
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for political awareness to ensure proper representation of women in parliament.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 4 Bangladeshis
The bodies of four Bangladeshi youths, who had been beaten to death by Indians on Tuesday at Benipur border, handed over to to Jibonnagar thana police at 9:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Garment worker gangraped in city
A garment worker was gangraped at Mirpur in the city on Wednesday night.
The victim filed a case with Mirpur Police Station against six rapists and owner of the house where she was raped.

 arrow Two extremists beaten
Two extremists were caught and beaten up by angry mob at Rupsha upazila in the district on Thursday.
Later they were handed over to police.

 arrow Memorial meeting on poet Sikander Abu Zafar
A commemorative meeting marking the 30th death anniversary of poet Sikander Abu Zafar was held at the Bengal Shilpalaya in the city yesterday.
 arrow President returns home
President Iajuddin Ahmed returned home yesterday after attending the funeral programme of Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz.
Nationalarrow Food crisis feared in Bandarban
A drought-like situation in Bandarban is seriously affecting 'Jum' cultivation, giving an ominous sign of a possible food crisis in the hills.
 arrow Erosion: 1500 families made homeless in two weeks in Kishoreganj
Erosion by the Ghurautra river has made over 1500 families homeless in four unions in Bajitpur upazila of the district in a fortnight.
 arrow Another hartal observed in Jaldhaka for arrest of 'rapistí
Another half-day hartal was observed in Jaldhaka upazila headquarters on Thursday protesting police failure to arrest the municipality chairman who allegedly raped a housewife on July 31.
 arrow Jamaat responsible for Plabon's murder, BNP leaders claim
BNP leaders in Palashbari yesterday demanded a fair trial of the murder of meritorious school student Rajbul Huq Plabon.
 arrow Four Kushtia BNP men injured in bomb attack
Four BNP men were injured, one of them serious, in a bomb attack at Komorpur Bazar in Mujibnagar upazila in Meherpur district Thursday night.
 arrow Journos sued in Satkhira
A case was filed yesterday with a Magistrate court in Satkhira accusing the President of Editorial Board, Editor and Publisher and the local correspondent of Gramer Kagoj, a daily published from Jessore,
 arrow Indigenous UP member killed in Bandarban
Joseph Tripura, 42, an indigenous member of Balipara Union Parishad (UP) in Thanchi upazila of Bandarban, was shot dead at his Ramdo Para house by miscreants Thursday night.
 arrow PM's portrait damaged by madrasa teacher
A portrait of the Prime Minister (PM) was allegedly damaged by the principal of Pakerhat Kamil Madrasa in Khanshama upazila on Thursday, according to police and local people.
 arrow Journalists' killers will be punished, says Mujahid
Social Welfare Minister Ali Hasan Mujajid yesterday said killers of journalists Belaluddin, Manik Saha and Humayun Kabir Babu will not go unpunished.
 arrow Protest against power outage in Gaibandha
Several hundred people brought out a procession at Shaghata upazila headquarters and besieged the local Rural Electrification Board (REB) office on Thursday protesting load shedding for hours every day
 arrow Teen rescued from traffickers
Police on Thursday rescued an indigenous teenage girl from women traffickers at Amtolly village in Chirirbandar upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Sixty years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki
On August 6, 1945, at 8:50am the world witnessed one of the greatest tragedies of human history: the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima.
 arrow Is Indo-Pak peace process moving on the right track?
Is the much-talked and much-desired peace process between the two South Asian rivals -- India and Pakistan -- is moving in the right track? The answer will be at least something in affirmative since the
 arrow Whither justice?
Little Dipu, a primary school student was recently caned to death by his teachers comprising the headmistress and an assistant male teacher.
Culturearrow Self expression through Tagore songs
Professor Anisur Rahman is a noted Tagore exponent. He is known for his unique approach to rendering Tagore songs.
 arrow The maestro's palette
When Tagore came to Rajshahi and Kushtia (1890) to take charge of his property, it seemed miles away from a life he was used to. The setting was a sharp contrast to Kolkata.
 arrow Bolpurer Rabindranath
The documentary film Bolpurer Rabindranath is a record of Shakoor Majid's trip to Shantiniketan in 1994. Shakoor had taken with him his camera Canon XL1S.
 arrow Mon-e Robey ki na robey amarey
Whether I shall be remembered I really don't know.
Frequently I come to your door-step
and sing without cause.

Generalarrow Teletalk users still lack interconnectivity
Users are yet to get easy access to mobile phones between Teletalk and other private operators due to installation of weak and low capacity network exchanges.
 arrow Develop human resources to face challenges of globalisation
The 10th national quality convention began here yesterday underscoring the need for development of human resources in all sectors of national economy to face the challenges of globalisation.
 arrow Hiroshima Day today
On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day today, Bangladesh Peace Council yesterday expressed deep respect for the victims and sympathy for their families and survivors of the brutal bomb attacks
 arrow Ershad leaves for UAE
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad left Dhaka Yesterday for United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a weeklong private visit to the Gulf State.
Jatiya Party vice chairman HM Golam Reza accompanied Ershad.

 arrow Withdraw case against Mirza Kader: Jalil
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday demanded withdrawal of 'false' case filed against Mirza Abdul Kader, former chairman of Basurhat pourasava in Noakhali.
Internationalarrow Syria is 'not behaving in wise manner': Rumsfeld
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday criticised Syria's leaders for "not behaving in a wise manner" by aiding Iraqi insurgents and warned that such conduct could come back to haunt them.
 arrow Lanka seeks truce review
Sri Lanka's president has called for a review of the Oslo-brokered truce, the government said yesterday as a top Norwegian envoy made another attempt to salvage the island's troubled peace process.
 arrow Iran rejects EU nuclear offer
Iran yesterday rejected a broad package of trade and technology incentives offered by the European Union if it agreed to abandon all nuclear fuel work, risking an international crisis.
 arrow Govt proposes increase in LS, assembly seats for Indian women
In a bid to break the deadlock on the issue of reservation of seats for women in Parliament and Legisla-tures, government yesterday came out with a new proposal for an increase of number of seats by one-third
 arrow Israel braces for clashes after Jew kills 4 Arabs
Israel went on alert yesterday for a possible wave of Arab unrest after a Jewish militant shot dead four Israeli Arabs.
 arrow India reels from rural floods
Villages in western and southern India were evacuated yesterday with at least 222,000 people moved to higher ground as waters released from near-bursting dams flooded vast rural tracts, officials said.
 arrow UN slams foiled bid to repatriate Bhutanese refugees from Nepal
The UN refugee agency on Thursday slammed an attempt by a political group to repatriate around 300 of the thousands of Bhutanese refugees living in camps in southern Nepal, saying they were left stranded
 arrow Witnesses recount Hiroshima horror
A day before the United States dropped the world's first nuclear weapon on Hiroshima, Akie Yoshikawa remembered the sky was full of American B-29 bombers and they were flying like "swallows.
 arrow Discovery crew starts pack up for return
Discovery astronauts started packing up yesterday for their departure from the International Space Station after Nasa finally said the shuttle was safe enough to come home from the first flight sincethe
 arrow Two sisters charged in London blast probe
British police investigating the botched London subway attack of July 21 said Thursday they had charged two sisters for failing to disclose information under anti-terror laws.
 arrow al-Qaeda threats can't drive US out of ME
President George W. Bush vowed Thursday that al-Qaeda threats would not drive the United States out of Iraq or the Middle East.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Export buoyancy
It's a hope-giving sign around an otherwise gloomy economic outlook.
 arrow Editorial: Enhanced salary for high-ups
The people holding high public offices are going to get substantially enhanced pay packages.
 arrow Is the future of the EU in peril?
There's no denying that the European Union is currently in a political crisis.
 arrow Security imperatives
The recent London bombings, both the successful terrorist attack on July 7, 2005 (7/7) and the failed one on July 21 two weeks later, underscore the fact that public places are far more vulnerable toterrorist
Letters to Editorarrow Theft of telephone cable
Here is another example of poor governance in a deteriorating society. Our residential fixed line telephone of TNT went out of order (no dial tone) after four days of the preceding repair.
 arrow Corruption at Benapole
To a young mind as mine who did not yet leave college campus, the world of rampant corruption and bribery within the ambit of government officials was so long out of practical experience.
 arrow Use of solar energy
Why solar energy electricity generation is not picking up in Bangladesh, and getting popular like the craze for mobile telephones? The RE (renewable energy) technology has yet to make its presence felt
StarTecharrow Road to World Cyber Games
AFTER drooling over the World Cyber Games (WCG) tournament shown at Gamer Tv, the popular gaming programme on Ten Sports and various game sites, Bangladeshi game-freaks are finally getting a unique
 arrow An eventful tech fest
STATE University of Bangladesh (Sub) held a three-day IT festival for the students that started on July 2.
 arrow BASIS newsletter launched
BANGLADESH Association of Software and Information Services (Basis) launched its monthly newsletter- Basis News and Views on last Saturday.
 arrow Gigabyte introduces motherboard, graphics cards
The new GA-8I915ME-GL model GIGABYTE motherboard has hit the Bangladesh market, says a press release. Smart Technologies (BD) Ltd. - is the sole distributor for this product.
 arrow Cost-effective scaling
The datacenter of the future will be realised in phases. It is critical for organisations to focus on simplifying operations and improving utilisation to be prepared.
 arrow Jurassic dentistry
Dean Smith, a senior preparator at the Melbourne Museum puts the final touches to the teeth of a Amargasaurus dinosaur, the largest herbivore dinosaur to live, 02 August 2005, in Melbourne.
Literaturearrow Zannat
It was dusty twilight at the end of a hot summer day. I was walking into Raja's homestead, which was full of shadowy fruit-trees.
 arrow Chacha's Journeys
It breaks my heart every time when I see the face of a person who has become a refugee, specially that of a child; for it becomes a faceless face.
 arrow Raindrops
There I was standing alone,
in the street,
there I was standing outside
the city markets.
The clouds looked so united
that the sun was afraid of them
and hid itself under the noisyclouds.

 arrow "Tell Me"
To the acid burn victims,
I ask, how can you be so strong?
Where do you get the strength?
I am a woman like you.
I am Bengali like you.

 arrow Letter to the Editor
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005
From: Farida Shaikh
Subject: fifteenth anniversary2006
To: starliterature@thedailystar.

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