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Front Pagearrow Zizou fires France into final
Zinedine Zidane fired France into their second World Cup final appearance in eight years here on Wednesday, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 semifinal victory over Portugal.
 arrow Double standard for bridge contracts
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved awarding of a contract for a bridge construction to the second lowest bidder, while it asked the authorities to investigate whether there was any irregularity
 arrow PM assures EC secy of help for flawless list
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured newly appointed secretary of the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat Abdur Rashid Sarkar of providing with all-out cooperation for preparing a flawless voter
 arrow Tata, govt to sit again July 10
The Indian conglomerate giant Tata's Bangladesh Project Director Manzer Hossain yesterday ruled out the media reports about the group's intention to withdraw the proposal for investment in Bangladeshand
 arrow Bill placed in JS to restrict use of chemical weapons
Keeping provisions for stern punishment of up to 14 years' imprisonment and fine, the government placed a bill in parliament yesterday proposing imposition of a ban on the development, production, stockpiling
 arrow India issues tariff cut notices
India has issued a series of specified tariff concession notifications to Bangladesh along with three other Least Developed Countries (LDC) on goods imported from the latter under the South Asian Free
 arrow 15 Congressmen express concern to PM
Fifteen Congressmen of the United States sent a letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia expressing concern about the adequacy of the progress made in the investigation and prosecution in the murder caseof
 arrow Grafts reported in media cost country Tk 526cr last year
The government suffered a loss of Tk 526.27 crore in 2,128 corruption incidents that were reported in the newspapers in 2005, corruption database 2005 published by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) says.
 arrow Delivery of verdict starts
A High Court (HC) Death Reference Bench yesterday started delivering its judgment on the sensational Shazneen murder case.
 arrow Opposition sure to take part in polls
Sheikh Hasina, the opposition leader, has said they will certainly take part in the upcoming general elections, as the people through a mass movement will compel the government to hold the elections in
 arrow Fresh debate in JS over health of president
Ruling BNP and opposition lawmakers once again locked in an unscheduled debate on the state of presidency in parliament yesterday when the members of the main opposition demanded to meet "ailing" Iajuddin
 arrow Non-govt teachers start fresh strike today
Teachers and employees of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas will go for indefinite strike from today demanding realisation of their 10-point demand including 100 per cent basic salary
 arrow Anwarul Iqbal new IGP
Government yesterday replaced the current Inspector General of Police (IGP) MA Quayyum and appointed Additional Inspector General of Police Anwarul Iqbal as the new IGP.
 arrow 'Deprived' freedom fighters to be awarded
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said in parliament that gallantry title will be conferred upon the valiant freedom fighters who were 'deprived' due to political envy by the post independence Awami
 arrow 13 hurt as gas cylinder explodes
At least 13 people were injured yesterday when a gas cylinder exploded and set a motor workshop afire at Nimtala under the city's Bandar Police Station.
 arrow Moudud favours door-to-door visits
The Election Commission (EC) should encourage the voters to be enlisted without any delay and also needs to visit door to door to collect information, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
The home ministry in a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined Machine-Readable Pasport Scheme: Home ministry seeks quick nod of purchase body" published on Wednesday has given its own version of
 arrow Bashundhara director murdered
Body of a Bashundhara Telecommunication Limited director, Humayun Kabir Sabbir, 30, was found stuck over the boundary fence of an apartment building at Road 104, Gulshan in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow Proceedings of defamation suit against editor by Abbas stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the proceedings of a defamation suit filed by Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas against the editor and the publisher of Prothom Alo, a leading vernacular
 arrow 50 hurt in clash over road construction
At least 50 people, including three cops, were injured in a clash between the inhabitants of two villages over construction of a road in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow North Korea fires volley of missiles
North Korea test-fired seven missiles yesterday, including a long-range Taepodong-2 capable of reaching US soil, sparking condemnation from Washington and neighboring Japan and South Korea.
 arrow Colombo preparing for war, Tigers say
Tamil Tiger rebels run a de facto state in this northern town, but face increasing isolation and deadly battles with the Sri Lankan government which they contend is preparing for war.
 arrow UN deplores Korean tests but divided over response
UN Security Council members yesterday united in deploring North Korea's missile launches, but divisions emerged over how best to censure Pyonyang over its actions.
 arrow 14-party to stage countrywide demonstration on July 9
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine will stage countrywide demonstration on July 9 and go for tougher agitation to realise its demand for electoral reform.
Businessarrow Remittance reaches $4.80b mark in FY06
Remittance inflow recorded over 25 percent growth reaching around five billion dollars in the last fiscal year due to increase in skilled labour and government's efficient move against money laundering,
 arrow GP launches community information centres
In a bid to provide internet access and other communications services to the rural people, GrameenPhone (GP) has launched a pilot project titled 'Community Information Center' (CIC) through its nationwide
 arrow Indo-Bangla jt working group meet begins
The fourth meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group (JWG) on trade began in Agartala, India yesterday aiming at raising export-import between the two close door neighbours.
 arrow Indo-China border trade resumes today
It will be the dawn of a new era in Sino-Indian bilateral ties today when border trade between the world's two most populous nations resumes through the famed Nathula pass after a gap of over four decades.
 arrow Vietnam to axe tariffs on important goods
Vietnam will slash import taxes on many important items, including garment, automobile and petroleum products, under its commitments regarding the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and free trade areas local
 arrow Nepal's RMG exports to US rise in June
Nepal's export of readymade garments to the United States increased by 28 percent in June, compared to a drop of 16 percent in the same month last year, according to the garment association.
 arrow Dhaka Telephone starts operations today
Private land phone company- Dhaka Telephone Company Ltd (DTCL)- is going to launch its services with post-paid connections in four zones in the country today.
 arrow Prime Bank to open exchange company in Singapore
Prime Bank Limited will open a subsidiary Prime Exchange Company in Singapore next Saturday, says a press release. This company will offer remittance services to Bangladeshi nationals in Singapore.
 arrow Japan urged to raise investment in EPZs
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) urged Japan, the second largest foreign investor in Bangladesh, to increase its investment here, especially in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs).
 arrow Honda Motor to invest Rs 3,000cr in India over next 10 years
Japanese automobile major Honda Motor Company announced it will invest Rs 3,000 crore in India over the next ten years, ramp up production capacity and diversify into manufacture of small cars.
 arrow Haque re-elected Mercantile Ins chairman
Abdul Haque, a member of National Council for Industrial Development and Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd, has been reelected chairman of Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd for the sixth consecutive time.
 arrow India blames US for collapse of WTO negotiations
India blamed Tuesday the United States for the face-off at the collapsed WTO mini-ministerial in Geneva and said Washington now held the key for forward movement in trade talks by agreeing to climb down
 arrow HSBC holds trade seminar
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh organised a trade seminar recently in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Football: The sky is Azzurri
Notwithstanding the country's biggest football scandal, the apparent suicide attempt of a former international, and the loss of key players to suspension and injury, Italy are in the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Revenge driving Cannavaro
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro said Wednesday the scars left by the team's failure in the past two major tournaments has been the driving force behind their march to the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Hosts howling
Germany on Wednesday wept bitter tears over the 0-2 loss to Italy but took heart in the host nation's surprisingly long run.
 arrow Football: Leading Scorers
World Cup scorers after Tuesday's Italy-Germany semifinal:
5: Klose (Germany)
3: Crespo (Argentina), Fernando Torres (Spain), Henry (France), Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina), Podolski (Germany),

 arrow Football: WC Briefs
German President Horst Kohler says he is pleased that Germans have been able to follow his example at the World Cup when it comes to flying the flag.
 arrow Football: Waiting for Klinsmann
German football fans, down in the dumps after their country's World Cup semifinal loss to Italy, were Wednesday waiting with bated breath to see if the man who has transformed the team's previously stolid
 arrow Football: 'Germany can be proud'
Germany manager Juregen Klinsmann admitted Tuesday's 2-0 World Cup semifinal loss to Italy was a bitter pill that would take some time to swallow, but lavished praise on his team saying they had donehim
 arrow Football: Party starts in Rome
The Italian capital burst into wild celebrations on Tuesday after Italy scored two late goals to beat host nation Germany in the World Cup semifinal.
 arrow Football: Rising High

 arrow Football: 'Football for a better world'
Even as this World Cup reaches a climax with Italy having booked a final spot against France or Portugal on Sunday, eyes are already turning to a South African jamboree in four years time.
 arrow Football: 'Historic Italy'
Italy's march into the World Cup final at the expense of Germany was met with banner headlines in the Italian press on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Dark side of the moon
The Italian football world was in a bittersweet state on Wednesday with the joy of reaching the World Cup final mixed with the possibility of several top clubs being relegated for match fixing.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
For those who mourned the absence of the beautiful game at the World Cup 2006 need not worry. The Latinos might have exited without showing the flair, but a new-look Italy have arrived.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss gets mate's backing
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood has backed Andrew Strauss's captaincy credentials despite the 5-0 whitewash by Sri Lanka in the one-day series.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Hewitt eye semis
Roger Federer will hope the past does not come back to haunt him on Wednesday when he faces Mario Ancic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
 arrow Cricket: Greg hails pace attack
Coach Greg Chappell has described the performance of the young pace bowlers in India's series win in the Caribbean as "outstanding" and said the team now had the bowlers to win under any condition.
 arrow Football: A few old men riding into golden sunset
Pele in 1958, Geoff Hurst in 1966, Maradona in 1986, Ronaldo in 2002.
 arrow Football: Fiorentina victims of the system!
Italy's match-fixing trial resumed on Wednesday with Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle claiming his club were victims of a system rather than part of it.
 arrow Football: Capello joins Real Madrid
Fabio Capello was confirmed as the new manager of Spanish club Real Madrid on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: The heat is on
German fans vandalised Italian restaurants and torched garbage bins after the host nation was defeated by Italy in the World Cup semifinals, police said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Deschamps favourite for Juve job
Former France star Didier Deschamps has emerged as the favourite to replace Fabio Capello as the new manager of Juventus, according to reports on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: India slide despite win
India has slipped from third to fourth in the ICC Test rankings, despite winning a series in the West Indies for the first time in 35 years.
 arrow Cycling: Fuentes accuses 'other sports'
Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor involved in cycling's blood-doping scandal in Spain, told Spanish radio on Wednesday that tennis, football and athletics were also involved.
 arrow Athletics: Budhia eyes Olympic gold
Orissa's marathon miracle Budhiya Singh, who has non-stop run a distance of 65 kms, today said he cherished a dream to earn an Olympic gold medal for the country.
 arrow Tennis: Clive for British tennis
Former England Rugby Union coach Clive Woodward has been asked to him improve Britain's young tennis stars.
 arrow Football: Autuori, Luxemburgo linked for Brazil hotseat
Paulo Autuori, coach with Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers, and former incumbent Wanderley Luxemburgo, currently with Santos, are in the frame to replace Carlos Parreira as coach of Brazil, media reports
 arrow Football: French fans kill Brazil supporter
Kenyan police said Wednesday they were searching for two men suspected of beating to death a fan of Brazil's World Cup team after the reigning football champion's weekend loss to France.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand ashamed
England centre-back Rio Ferdinand said he was embarrassed to go out in public following his country's quarterfinal exit in a penalty shootout against Portugal.
 arrow Football: Lavolpe calls it quits
Mexico's World Cup coach Ricardo Lavolpe is to stand down from the position and instead take up a managerial job in Europe, Mexican Football federation chief Alberto de la Torre said late Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bring people with disability to mainstream of dev'
People with disability must be brought to the mainstream of development to attain the country's millennium development goals (MDGs), said the speakers at a consultation meting in the city yesterday.
 arrow 200 women fall victim to violence last month
The women rights organisations expressed concern over the increasing rate of violence against women in the country.
 arrow Govt to renovate state-run sugar, fertiliser mills
The government has decided to renovate the state-owned fertiliser factories and sugar mills of the country to increase the production capacity of the units.
 arrow Security of VVIPs becomes more challenging: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the members of the President's Guard Regiment (PGR) to carry out their duties with sincerity keeping firm confidence in and maintaining loyalty to the leadership.
 arrow Asset worth Tk 6000 crore generated in 15 years thru' social afforestation
Only through social afforestation, asset worth Tk 6000 crore has been generated during the last 15 years in the country, said Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday.
 arrow Transport workers block Dhaka-Gazipur highway
Transport workers barricaded the Dhaka-Gazipur highway for one and a half hour disrupting traffic movement, following a feud with police for beating a driver yesterday.
 arrow Shibir postpones showdown as activists refuse to join rally
Rajshahi University (RU) Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday postponed its scheduled showdown on the campus with its President Mahbubul Alam Salehi, a key suspect in Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case, as many
 arrow Sust VC returns to campus amid tight security
Vice-chancellor (VC) of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) Dr Mosleh Uddin Ahmed yesterday returned to the campus amid tight security.
 arrow Cop kicks old woman to death in Savar
An old woman in Savar was killed after being kicked by a Sub-Inspector on July 2, an investigation of a rights organisation reveals yesterday.
 arrow Women journalists demand fresh autopsy
The Centre for Women Journalists of Bangladesh yesterday claimed that the death of Shanta Sultana, a staff reporter of the daily Sangbad, was not an act of suicide.
 arrow Four killed in road accident
At least four people died and 30 others were injured when a bus rammed a taxicab and skidded off the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Dautia bus stop in Dhamrai upazila yesterday.
 arrow GB to honour five eminent doctors
Gono Bishwabidyalay will award gold medals to five eminent medical teachers of the country on July 14 at PHA auditorium, Savar on the occasion of its 8th founding anniversary, says a press release.
 arrow RU celebrates 53rd founding anniversary today
The 53rd founding anniversary of Rajshahi University (RU) will be celebrated today. The university authorities have drawn up a daylong colourful programme on the occasion.
 arrow Shopkeeper found slaughtered
Unidentified miscreants slaughtered a young shopkeeper at Chandanaish upazila in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow BRTC bus service resume in SW region
BRTC buses started plying on three routes in the southwestern region yesterday 52 days after its operation remained suspended.
 arrow JICA to set up weather radar system in Moulvibazar
A minutes of discussion was signed between the government and JICA on a project titled 'Establishment of Meteorological-cum-Hydrological S-Band Doppler Radar at Moulvibazar' on Monday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Rangpur citizens observe 4-hour hunger strike
Rangpur Unnayan Parishad, a citizens' committee, yesterday observed a four-hour hunger strike programme at Rangpur Press Club demanding realisation of four-point charter of demand.
 arrow Road journey becomes hazardous in Tangail
Journey by road has become risky in 11 upazilas of the district due to broken bridges in different roads.
 arrow Madhabkunda Eco-Park fails to attract tourists
Madhabkunda Eco-Park in Baralekha upazila has failed to attract tourists in greater number even after spending crores of taka. This is because of lack of a follow-up project.
 arrow Cultural activities decrease in Bogra
Cultural activists here under the aegis of 'Amra Kajon Shilpi Goshthi' have been agitating for long for construction of a modern theatre hall in the district town.
 arrow School girl ‘tortured’ by teacher in Nilphamari
A student of Nilphamari Govern-ment Girls' High School has been hospitalised following torture by a teacher.
 arrow Jamaat lawmaker 'misuses power’
A Jamaat lawmaker in Jaldhaka has become president of a college governing committee by misusing his power, alleged founding president of the college.
 arrow Victim of police torture seeks justice from PM
A woman victim of police torture at a press conference held at Satkhira Press Club yesterday sought justice from the Prime Minister.
Point-Counterpointarrow Price hike of essentials: Crisis or manipulation?
If there is anything that sends shock-waves through the country and unnerves people as much as politics, it is unbridled price hike of essentials, especially food items.
 arrow Changing context of development: Role of CIRDAP
After 27 years of the World Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (WCARRD), FAO organised the International Conference of Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) with a slogan "AVision
Culturearrow Born to dance
Kathak and folk dancer Tabassum Ahmed lives and breathes dance. Be it performing on stage or TV, or just dancing rigorously everyday in the course of teaching dance and practice, her world completely revolves around this performing art.
 arrow A cultural extravaganza
The Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC) resounded with a cultural event on July 4, on the occasion of the third anniversary of ntv.
 arrow Yul Brynner: The exotic hero
Who doesn't recognise that bald pate of Yul Brynner seen in films such as The King and I, The Ten Commandments, Anastasia, Solomon and Sheba and The Magnificent Seven? On the actor's birth
 arrow Golam Rabbani elected GS, Int'l Federation of Film Societies
Golam Rabbani Biplob, vice-president of Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS), was elected General Secretary of International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS) at a grand assembly of the organisation
Generalarrow Probe body fails to identify JU hall intruders
A committee formed to investigate the incident of intrusion of two youths into Jahanara Imam Hall, a dormitory of female students of Jahangirnagar University (JU), has failed to identify the intruders.
 arrow Cirdap can help capacity building in rural dev
The chief of Cirdap (Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific) yesterday said the organisation can help capacity building in rural development for poverty reduction of two billion
 arrow Army launches tree plantation programme
Bangladesh Army has undertaken a massive programme to make the National Tree plantation Campaign-2006 a success.
Internationalarrow Larijani goes to Brussels today for nuke talks
Iran pushed back until today potentially pivotal talks in Brussels on its nuclear standoff despite growing pressure to quickly respond to an international offer to resolve the impasse.
 arrow 'Test-fires aimed at forcing US to hold direct talks'
North Korea's first ballistic missile test since 1998 is aimed at forcing the United States to hold direct negotiations with the isolated communist state, analysts said here Wednesday.
 arrow Another 50 years needed to reap full benefits of cloning
The British scientist who a decade ago created Dolly the Sheep cautioned Wednesday that another half-century would be needed to reap the full benefits of the cloning breakthrough.
 arrow Israeli planes strike Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza
Israeli planes attacked the Palestinian interior ministry headquarters in the Gaza Strip overnight, causing heavy damage and injuring four people as Israel kept up the pressure over an abducted soldier,
 arrow Taepodong-2 can hit targets in Alaska, Hawaii
The long-range Taepodong-2 missile at the centre of the North Korean crisis could bring the fringes of the United States into range for the first time, military experts say.
 arrow Myanmar says release of Suu Kyi 'dangerous'
Military-run Myanmar said Wednesday that freeing democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi would endanger the country and derided as "meaningless" the international outcry demanding her freedom.
 arrow Discovery astronauts start their first day in orbit
Space shuttle Discovery's seven astronauts began their first full day in orbit Wednesday, planning to test equipment and gear up for spacewalks, after a successful launch into space the day before.
 arrow Most Britons against illegal immigrant amnesty
More than seven out of 10 Britons would be opposed to an amnesty for illegal immigrants and the majority believe immigration has changed Britain for the worse, a poll showed Wednesday.
 arrow Blair's deputy PM in hot water for meeting US casino tycoon
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was plunged into fresh controversy after disclosing that he had seven meetings with a US gambling tycoon bidding to set up a super casino in London.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Teachers' desperate agitation
As the teachers' tougher movement gets underway showing all the signs of desperation, academic activities at the primary, secondary and higher secondary levels are coming to a grinding halt.
 arrow Editorial: Refusal to entertain a murder case
The other day a sixty-year old woman at Savar was kicked and beaten to death by police. The cops had gone to her residence to investigate alleged kidnapping of a girl. We are simply appalled by the incident.
 arrow Building US-Asian Muslim understanding
A group composed of several US journalists along with two members of the East-West Center in Hawaii was in town very recently, primarily as a part of their forthcoming seminar on, "Building Understanding
 arrow Technocracy versus politics
As we approach election year 2007 (or will it be early 2008), the Musharraf regime has to decide very soon what political garb it has to cast itself in to fight the elections successfully.
 arrow Sri Lanka conflict: No respite in sight
A sudden upsurge in bloodletting during the recent months has turned the overall situation in the island state of Sri Lanka close to resumption of full blown hostilities.
Letters to Editorarrow Please act sensibly
Bangladesh is going through a very menacing political crisis. This was quite expected and our country's top politicians are only to be blamed for it.
 arrow Biman - on deathbed
It's no secret that Biman, the national airlines, is inching towards death. It is seriously sick and has been diagnosed as suffering from a disease known as corruption.
 arrow My teacher Ms Milly
Suddenly, there is so much discussion about Bir Sreshtha Matiur Rahman. And rightly so. He has finally been laid to rest in his homeland.
 arrow Efficiency or ...
It just dawned on me that the politicians in Bangladesh are extremely efficient or good for nothing. Sadek Hossain (Khoka), the Hon.
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