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Front Pagearrow Extortionists gun down trader in front of mosque
Shahidullah had just finished the noontime Jumma prayers. His son Prince was still praying. As he emerged from the local mosque, a gust of bullets served him a violent death right at the Masjid's gate.
 arrow Death shatters her dream
Hanif Miah had promised his son-in-law a job as a dowry in a bid to send his loving daughter Asma back to her in-laws', but August 21 upset everything.
 arrow AL in dilemma over party reform or anti-govt agitation
Internal feuds raging through Awami League, from the grassroots up to the highest plane, if allowed to drag on, may cost the main opposition party dearly in the coming general election, like it did in
 arrow Lankan FM shot dead
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has died in hospital after being shot by a sniper in the capital late yesterday, hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa told the news agency.
 arrow Finance wants CID cell till framing of new law
Finance ministry acting on Bangladesh Bank's advice has suggested the home ministry to form a temporary Criminal Investigation Department (CID) cell to deal with the money laundering cases now lying idle
 arrow EU cancels funding of Dinajpur project
European Union (EU) yesterday cancelled its funding of the Adarsha Gram Project--II at Baradal village under Parbatipur upazila of the district in reaction to the incident of eviction of the indigenous
 arrow Bombs hurled at Rab patrol in Chuadanga
Eight members of the elite crime busting Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) narrowly escaped unhurt when criminals hurled bombs on an on-duty patrol team near the Judge Court in Chuadanga town on Thursday night.
 arrow Textile dyes, urea invite cancer, kidney diseases
Textile dyes and urea fertiliser illegally used in food may cause grave illnesses like cancer and kidney failure, experts warn.
 arrow DCC gets only Tk 70 lakh of its targeted Tk 30 cr
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in the last two fiscal years has collected only Tk 70 lakh of its target of about Tk 30 crore from the advertisement sector due to its legal battle with some advertising firms
 arrow Polluters rule Patenga beach
Patenga sea beach at the scenic confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the river Karnaphuli is now under the grip of illegal shop owners who have set up hundreds of shops obstructing the natural views and
 arrow Bomb blasts at Akhaura shrine kill 1, injure 20
A series of bomb blasts killed one and injured 20, some of them critically, during an urs at a shrine in Akhaura last night.
 arrow 'Protect domestic interest while signing deals'
The government will have to be cautious about using mineral resources and must protect the country's interest while signing gas exploration deals with foreign companies to ensure energy security, experts
 arrow 71pc food items adulterated in city, 55pc across country
Around 71 percent of food samples collected from different shops and restaurants in the capital are adulterated while it is true for 55 percent samples across the country, sanitary inspectors said yesterday.
 arrow Wildcat strikes force BA to cancel flights
Wildcat strikes forced British Airways to cancel its flights at London's Heathrow airport for a second day yesterday, grounding over 73,000 passengers during the peak summer holiday season.
 arrow Bakri banned from returning to UK
Britain barred hardline Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed yesterday from returning to the country, part of a government crackdown on Islamic preachers it fears inspire bombers such as those who attacked
 arrow ACC to take control of Bac cases
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday announced that the commission itself will take control of about 5,500 under-trial corruption cases of now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) as the government
 arrow Security beefed up in Rajshahi
The law enforcement agencies have beefed up security measures in and around the city to fend off any untoward incident, as Maoists have just held a secret meeting in the division.
 arrow Oil prices go up further
Oil prices hit a fifth consecutive record high yesterday, topping $66 a barrel as robust U.S. economic growth keeps refiners straining to meet demand and friction over Iran's nuclear program jangles nerves.
 arrow No free trade with India until Kashmir row resolved
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said yesterday his country won't trade freely with India until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
 arrow Ctg transport strike called off
Chittagong District Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya Parishad has called off its planned 48-hour strike on all the 17 routes in Chittagong (South) district from today.
 arrow Court in London refuses to free British terror suspect in Iraq
A terrorist suspect held by British forces in Iraq without charge or access to a court lost his test case yesterday in the High Court in London over his detention.
 arrow Spacecraft blasts off to gather Mars data
A spacecraft blasted off yesterday into a golden early morning sky, beginning a mission to Mars to gather more data on the Red Planet than all combined previous missions.
Businessarrow Raw material dearth holds back drug export potential
Dearth of basic raw materials holds back the annual $500 million export potential of Bangladeshi medicines, industry people said.
 arrow Pakistan to boost export of dates to Bangladesh
Pakistan has taken up a massive step to boost its date exports to Bangladesh, eyeing the ensuing Ramadan.
 arrow Asia's forex reserves up
Asian holdings of foreign exchange reserves, excluding China's rose $1.7 billion in July to total $1.87 trillion, central bank figures showed.
 arrow SkodaAuto India to export cars to Bangladesh
In the wake of a capacity expansion at its plant, SkodaAuto India is planning to send cars from its Indian manufacturing plant to Bangladesh next month.
 arrow Huge crowd throngs housing fair in Ctg
A large number of people thronged the housing fair at Chittagong Engineers Institute yesterday, the second day of the three-day fair.
 arrow US panel seeks scrutiny of fundraising by China firms
US regulators must tighten scrutiny of Chinese state-owned firms that plan to raise funds in American markets to protect investors, members of key Congressional advisory panel said Thursday.
 arrow Bankruptcies in Japan fall
The number of Japanese corporate bankruptcies fell 8.8 percent in July from a year earlier to 1,024 cases, helped by healthy corporate earnings and strength in the economy, a research firm said Friday.
 arrow India's car sales down
Car sales dropped for the second month in a row in the Indian market this financial year and third time in 2005, going down 10.
 arrow New MD of Continental Ins
Md Hashmat Ali recently took over as the new managing director (MD) of Continental Insurance Ltd.
Prior to this new assignment, he was the MD of Prime Insurance Company Ltd, says a press release.

 arrow Pakistan's FDI to double this year, says PM
Pakistan attracted a record $1.5 billion of foreign direct investment in the fiscal year to June 2005 and is aiming for double that amount this year, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Friday.
 arrow US trade deficit up
America's trade deficit increased sharply in June as surging oil prices pushed petroleum imports to an all-time high. The politically sensitive deficit with China also set a record.
 arrow Asean, China on track to sign FTA by 2013
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Friday said a free trade agreement with China will be signed by 2013, and that Malaysia's exports to China surged 25 percent to a record high last year.
 arrow US to seek textile deal with China
The Bush administration, struggling to deal with America's surging trade deficit with China, announced Thursday it would begin negotiations aimed at broad restrictions on imports of Chinese clothing and
 arrow India's economy poised for leap
India's industrial production posted its highest growth in a decade Friday as inflation fell to a two-year low, leading analysts to forecast the economy could expand by 7.5 to 8.0 percent this year.
 arrow Agrani Remittance House to operate soon in KL
Agrani Bank will set up a remittance house under its ownership in Malaysia.
 arrow StanChart launches Visa debit card
Standard Chartered Bank on Thursday launched Visa debit card for its customers in Bangladesh.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Aug 6-11, 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 4,534.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 'No point in feeling comfortable after one or two good knocks'
The inaugural Afro-Asia Cup one-day series might have lost some glamour even before a ball had been bowled due to the last moment withdrawal of a number of top names but Bangladesh's star batsman Mohammad
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly back as captain
India's cricket selectors on Friday re-appointed Sourav Ganguly as captain, keeping faith in the country's most successful skipper despite his poor form as a batsman.
 arrow Cricket: Australia lose Langer
Australia lost opener Justin Langer on their way to reaching 73 for one, a deficit of 371, in reply to England's first innings 444 at tea on the second day of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford here
 arrow Cricket: BD A draw Surrey match
The Bangladesh A team finally ended their worrying trend of collapsing in the second innings as their three-day match against Surrey ended as a draw at The Oval on Friday.
 arrow Football: No music but Blues
Let's get one thing perfectly clear Chelsea FC will be celebrating back-to-back Premiership titles come next May.
 arrow Cricket: Fatherly Warne
When Shane Warne made history with an unprecedented 600th test wicket at Old Trafford on Thursday his first thought was for his daughter back home in Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: Australia 156-5
Australia were struggling at 156 for five on the second day of the third Ashes Test yesterday. Left-arm spinner Ashley Giles took three wickets while Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff captured one each.
 arrow Football: Fakirerpool-3, Dipali-2
Youngmens Club Fakirerpool registered their third victory in the Premier Division Football League when they beat bottom-side Dipali Jubo Sangha 3-2 at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium on Friday.
 arrow Football: Brothers demand an apology
Brothers Union club officials yesterday blasted Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan for being unable to exert control over the federation.
 arrow Athletics: Gatlin's golden double
Justin Gatlin's explosive performance in adding the 200 metres world title to his 100m one led a dominant night for the United States at the World Athletics Champion-ships on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Magpie Owen?
Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is still hoping to give the St James' Park fans and his depleted team a boost with the arrival of Real Madrid striker Michael Owen.
 arrow Football: Real tribute for the original Galactico
David Beckham and Ronaldo, among Real Madrid's $300 million soccer players are raising money for one of the Spanish club's original stars.
 arrow Football: Barca's Super chance
After ending a six-year trophy drought by winning the Spanish title last season, Barcelona are hoping for more silverware when they meet King's Cup winners Real Betis in the Spanish Super Cup.
 arrow Football: The King and the God face off
Brazilian soccer legend Pele will be the guest of honor in the new television program of ex-soccer star of Argentina, Diego Armando Maradona on Monday, local press said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Robinho plans farewell
Vila Belmiro Stadium is the place from which Robinho wants to say goodbye to Santos and start his life with Spanish club Real Madrid, said the 21-year-old player on Wednes-day.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul, Sanath also drop out
Rahul Dravid of India and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew from next week's one-day series between Asia and Africa, sending the already troubled inaugural event into a tail-spin.
 arrow Cricket: Awe-stralia!
Leg-spin great Shane Warne has shown remarkable resilience to become the first player to take 600 Test wickets, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar using lighter bat
John Gloster, the Indian team's physio, is confident that Sachin Tendulkar would return to international cricket as scheduled in September.
Metropolitanarrow Group of Debaters become champions
The Group of Debaters emerged as the champions in the Third Holy Cross-Coca-Cola-The Daily Star Debate Festival 2005 yesterday.
 arrow 6 killed, 36 hurt in road mishaps
At least six people, including three women, were killed and 36 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Chittagong and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan denies link with London blasts
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz repeated denials yesterday that his country had any links to the recent terrorist bombings in London and Egypt, saying that Pakistanis were unfairly blamed.
 arrow '50pc of youths have no idea about Aids'
A vast majority of the country's young people have no idea about how HIV/Aids is transmitted or how to protect themselves from the deadly disease, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Ensure humanitarian treatment to foreigners
UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh Christopher Beng Cha Lee urged the government to ensure humanitarian treatment to foreigners, especially to the asylum seekers and refugees in the country.
 arrow No use of seeking justice from killers: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said there is no use of seeking justice of Bangabandhu murder from the killers rather the countrymen will execute the verdict by forming a pro-people
 arrow 'Unravel mystery of Prof Azad's death'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to take necessary steps to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of eminent writer Prof Humayun Azad and arrest the culprits who stabbed
 arrow 5 stolen cars recovered
Detective police recovered five stolen cars from Comilla and arrested a gang of seven car lifters.
 arrow Election fever grips Sri Lanka, but vote in the offing?
Sri Lanka has all the symptoms of election fever: Billboards are pasted with party slogans and pictures of presidential hopefuls, political squabbling and rhetoric are reaching crescendo and ballots have
 arrow Pollution exposure linked to childhood cancer
Exposure soon after birth, or even before, to combustion gases and particularly engine exhaust, is strongly linked to the development of childhood cancers like leukemia, according to a report from the
 arrow Pak author gets life term for blasphemy
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentenced a man to life imprisonment for writing an allegedly blasphemous book about the Quran and the Islamic justice system, a lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow 10-year plan for development
Plan Bangladesh, an international NGO, has taken a 10-year plan for the development of socio-economic condition of the marginal and vulnerable people, in particular the children of Bangladesh.
 arrow Afghan refugees refuse to leave Pak camps
Thousands of Afghan refugees are defying orders to leave camps in Pakistan's tribal border region which are being closed because of security concerns, representatives said Thursday.
Nationalarrow Pre-paid meter opens new era in power distribution
The pre-paid meter system has opened a new era in power distribution system, satisfying both the consumers and the supplier.
 arrow 2 acre land grabbed in Rangpur town
About two acres of prime government land in Rangpur town valued at about Tk two crore have been grabbed by 14 people, seven of them officials and employees of the Land Settlement Department.
 arrow A different day for B'baria youths
Youths had a different day at Brahmanbaria town yesterday.
 arrow OC closed, SI suspended in Satkhira
The Officer-in-Charge of Shyamnagar thana was closed and a Sub-inspector of the same thana was suspended on Thursday for allegedly neglect to duty.
 arrow UP chairman's arrest demanded
Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad on Wednesday formed a human chain demanding immediate arrest of Banshkhali Union Parishad (UP) chairman terming him a mastermind of a barbaric carnage at village
 arrow Showcause on govt for charge against Mizanur
The High Court on Wednesday issued a 'show cause' notice on the government asking why the charge framed against Jessore Bureau Chief of Dainik Inqilab Mizanur Rahman should not be rejected in Janakantha
 arrow Prisoner dies at Nilphamari jail
A prisoner of Nilphamari District Jail died at the Sadar Hospital Thursday night, a day after his conviction.
Point-Counterpointarrow We now have to move on to the court of public opinion
Direct election of women to reserved seats in parliament is a long-standing demand of the women's movement and women's organisations.
 arrow Anatomy of a first-class school
While the Rhodes Scholars, the English-speaking world's cream of the crop, held their Reunion in mid-July at the University of Pennsylvania, the Bangladeshi version of "cream of the crop," the formerstudents
 arrow Sino-American relations in question?
In view of strong protests from the Congress and public against acquisition of American company by Chinese companies America's free market theory seems to be facing serious test.
Culturearrow Concert at BUET
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), batch '01, hosted an unplugged concert titled Shah Cement Excitement on August 11.
 arrow Shahnaz Nasrin Ila on love, devotion and nature in Tagore songs
Tagore's songs are a mirror on human emotions, ranging from joy, to pain, sadness, devotion and dejection. Tagore composed songs for a period of 68 years.
 arrow Oi Ghar Bhulano Shurey by Sabiha Mahbub
Sabiha Mahbub is a familiar name to admirers of Nazrul songs and Harano diner gaan.
 arrow Cultural programme by BAFA
To observe the 64th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bulbul Lalitokala Academy (BAFA) held a cultural programme titled, Shango Jobey Hobey Dhorar Pala at the BAFA Auditorium, Waizeghat
Generalarrow 'One in 6 US high school students has asthma'
One out of every six U.S.
 arrow 'Public safety under threat'
The 11-Party yesterday urged the opposition political parties, including Awami League, to continue united movement against four-party alliance government for its failure to provide peace and securityto
Internationalarrow UN envoy holds talks with Nepali Maoists
A UN official said yesterday Nepal's Maoist rebels had promised him they would treat humanely dozens of soldiers captured in a deadly clash with security forces last weekend.
 arrow Legal battles loom to challenge British bid to deport Islamists
Tough legal battles were looming yesterday after 10 foreigners were detained for deportation from Britain at the start of a crackdown on hardline Islamists in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings.
 arrow Tigers renew war fears over attacks
Tamil Tiger rebels have warned that the Sri Lankan government risks a return to war because of its backing of factional paramilitaries in rebel-controlled areas, a pro-rebel website said yesterday.
 arrow IAEA urges Iran to freeze N-activities
Iran bristled at a warning from the UN nuclear watchdog to suspend activities that could lead to an atomic weapon, but the agency's restrained response made clear that the West wants to give diplomacy
 arrow Israel may give up more West Bank lands
Israel could eventually relinquish more West Bank settlements, beyond the four to be dismantled in coming weeks, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suggested in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Hospitals overflow in western India
Doctors battled yesterday to treat sick patients in crowded hospitals in India's financial hub of Mumbai and surrounding areas as water-borne illnesses claimed 66 lives following heavy rains.
 arrow Iraq pullout would be wrong, says Bush
President Bush, acknowledging that some families of US soldiers serving in Iraq want to bring the troops home now, believes that would be a big mistake "Pulling the troops out would send a terriblesignal
 arrow FBI warns of possible terrorist attack in US around Sept 11
An FBI terrorism task force in Los Angeles earlier this week warned of possible al-Qaeda attacks with tanker trucks in three major US cities around September 11, The New York Times said yesterday.
 arrow Several Afghan civilians killed in US airstrikes
Afghan villagers said Thursday that US warplanes had bombed houses, killing several civilians and wounding others, including an infant. US forces suffered their sixth fatality in a week amid rising violence.
 arrow UNSC extends mandate of Iraq mission for a yr
The UN Security Council on Thursday extended by another year the mandate of the small UN mission in Iraq, a move hailed by new US UN envoy John Bolton as a "very positive sign" for developments in the
 arrow UK diplomats attacked, Pak scientist's kin detained
A son-in-law of Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan was being held in custody after an assault on two British diplomats in Islamabad, police said yesterday.
 arrow Maoists blow up Bihar police post: 2 cops die
Maoist guerrillas dynamited a police station, killing two officers in eastern India yesterday, police said, a day after New Delhi ruled out direct talks with ultra-leftist militant outfits.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Theatrics of nomination
It would not be wrong to say that the theatrics that one saw of the BNP in determining their nominee for a vacant parliamentary seat has evoked laughter if not derision from the public.
 arrow Editorial: The hopelessly ignored ones
These patients are no one's responsibility. At least that's what it seems like.
 arrow Potential for positive engagement with India
At long last, India feels reassured and confident of its pre-eminence in South Asia and the adjoining region.
 arrow Coping with terrorism
Today's suicide bombers may be mostly of Muslim origin, but terrorism has no religion or nationality.
Letters to Editorarrow Congratulations Matiur Rahman!
I am very much glad to know the name of the winners of Magsaysay Award 2005. Famous journalist Matiur Rahman who is the editor of the daily Prothom Alo is one of the winners of this award.
 arrow Top class journalism
Your front-page report by Shaheen Mollah (Deprived war hero DS-30 July) is probably the best investigative reporting that I have come across lately.
 arrow Cruelty of school teachers
I would like to thank you and your reporter Imrul Hasan for the write-up in Star City about the cruelty of schoolteachers in some renowned schools of the city.
 arrow Tata and Bangladesh
Multinationals are essential to a country's development. Recently the Indian giant Tata has shown interest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Whither low and justice?
How a law minister can support a criminal sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in killing and illegal activities is not understood by me.
 arrow Grameen Phone network
Grameen Phone subscribers of Petroleum sector, Patenga, Chittagong have been facing trouble in mobile phone communication for weak network of Grameen Phone.
 arrow Underground train for Dhaka
Bangladesh being a flood prone region underground metro railway system is not suitable for Bangladesh. Overhead monorail system is most appropriate for Dhaka.
StarTecharrow GP adopts hi-tech Business Intelligence System
IBCS-Primax Software (BD) Ltd. in association with their strategic business partner PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), India, had recently developed a Business Intelligence System for Grameen Phone (GP).
 arrow Optimal use of resources can make a difference
Insoft Limited, a local information and communi-cation technology (ICT) company, plans to launch its own Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) service by the end of this year.
 arrow NSUCC brings companies closer to academia
After running successfully for three consecutive days, the sixth annual 'SoftFair 2005', organised by the 'North South University Computer Club' (NSUCC), came to an end last Saturday at the Banshundhara
 arrow A path to get there
While there is general agreement in the technology industry that the datacenter of the future is achievable and desirable, there are two different paths as to how organisations will get there.
 arrow Little one
Computer images of a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy are pictured recently in Mount View, California.
Literaturearrow The Dying Sun*
Les Balance, a friend from my college days, arrives in town from Berkeley on a hot Thursday in July, to attend a three-day conference on intestinal disorders.
 arrow Collected Poems of Syed Khwaja Moinul Hassan
Syed Khwaja Moinul Hassan, a Bangladeshi who is Associate Professor of English at Claflin University, South Carolina, has authored five books of verse.
 arrow Kali O Kalam
In the field of folklore one would instantly recognize the name of Alan Dundes, the American folklorist. But I wonder how many of us know that folklore is a subject which needs to be studied seriously.
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