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Front Pagearrow Iajuddin back in office
Ending all speculations about the state of the presidency and a change in it, President Iajuddin Ahmed resumed his responsibilities yesterday afternoon, and will attend office from Sunday.
 arrow Jubok asked to return money to depositors
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok), a non-government organisation, to return all its savings, deposits and other credits to its members and depositors by December
 arrow Janata Tower now linchpin to tie in Ershad
The Ministry of Housing and Public Works has been asked to immediately stop its Tk13 crore project for renovation and further construction of the controversial Janata Tower building for which RawshanErshad,
 arrow EC may reconsider procedure
The Election Commission (EC) may reconsider the procedure for updating the voter list next week in the wake of little response from the people and the newly appointed EC secretary's stance favouring door-to-door
 arrow PMO rejects costly Navy boat purchase
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday rejected Bangladesh Navy's bid to procure six high-speed patrol boats at a high cost and asked it to re-tender the procurement, sources said.
 arrow Analysing witness statements completed
The High Court (HC) Death Reference Bench on Shazneen murder case completed analysing the statements of 18 out of 22 prosecution witnesses as it continued passing the judgment in the sensational caseon
 arrow Iajuddin confined to residence
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has kept President Iajuddin Ahmed confined to his official residence Bangabhaban
 arrow Inept handling caused fire at Banglar Shourabh
Violation of international regulations and standard operational procedures coupled with equipment handling by unskilled operators were the causes of fire that killed three people aboard oil tanker The
 arrow RU set to recruit 8 teachers for 2 posts
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities are going to recruit eight teachers against two advertised posts in the Marketing Department, allegedly on political considerations.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
Labanu International Limited in a rejoinder, against a report headlined 'Costly deal to buy navy patrol boats' published in The Daily Star on June 19, claimed that the allegations against the naval boat
 arrow Non-govt teachers' strike from tomorrow
Along with the indefinite strike of pro-BNP teachers and employees of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas, the Awami League (AL) backed teachers and employees will go for indefinite strike
 arrow BDR, BSF gunfight on Satkhira border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded a hail of gunshots at Komorpur and Bhatshala border points under Debhata upazila of Satkhira district early yesterday, leaving reportedly
 arrow Help efforts for nuclear power generation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the scientists to extend cooperation to government efforts for use of nuclear power in collaboration with China to meet a growing demand for electricity.
 arrow 2 killed in 'crossfire'
Two alleged criminals, including an outlaw, were killed during 'shootouts' between their accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in two separate incidents in the capital and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow Sixth regional dialogue today at Rangamati
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Prothom Alo, The Daily Star and Channel i are jointly organising their sixth Regional dialogue on 'National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for Accountable Development'
 arrow 'Crossfire' victim's parents still seek justice
Parents of Iqbal Hossain Masum, a Jagannath University student who was killed in 'crossfire' last July, yesterday demanded immediate trial of their son's killers.
 arrow Udichi submits memo to Babar for fresh probe
Udichi Shilpi Gosthi yesterday submitted a memorandum to the state minister for home, demanding reinvestigation of the Jessore blast and punishment to the culprits in the terrorist attack carried outseven
 arrow 3 criminals killed by rivals
Criminals killed three people of their rival gang at Junaidah of Mirpur upazila in Kushtia early yesterday.
 arrow Israel reoccupies north Gaza
Israeli tanks and troops ploughed deeper into Gaza yesterday, killing 11 Palestinians and occupying three former Jewish settlements in their biggest offensive since leaving the territory last year.
 arrow Zidane in line for Golden Ball
France playmaker Zinedine Zidane, who will end his glorious career in the World Cup final against Italy on Sunday, has been short-listed for the prestigious FIFA Golden Ball award.
 arrow Zidane coming to Bangladesh
French legend Zinedine Zidane is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on November 7 for a two-day visit.
 arrow North Korea warns UN against sanctions
North Korea's UN envoy threatened "all-out countermeasures" if the UN Security Council imposed sanctions over its test-launch of several missiles, while China and Russia urged diplomacy to halt the isolated
Businessarrow BB makes credit rating mandatory for banks
Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked all commercial banks to make public their evaluation reports on financial situation through credit rating agencies from January 2007.
 arrow Brac reaches accord for Tk 12.6b micro-credit securitisation
Brac, a leading non-governmental organisation (NGO), yesterday signed an agreement with three financial institutions to launch the world's first micro-credit securitisation.
 arrow Bring freight forwarding business under licensing system in line with old SRO
Two bodies of freight forwarders and air cargo agents Wednesday demanded immediate implementation of the statutory regulatory order (SRO) issued by the country's revenue board in 2000 in order to bring
 arrow Delhi for urgent meet of Safta Ministerial Council
India has approached the Saarc Secretariat against Pakistan's decision to trade only a limited number of products with the country under the South Asian Free Trade Area and sought an urgent meeting of
 arrow Teletalk unveils new pre-paid package
State-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd yesterday announced the launch of a new pre-paid package, especially to reach telecommunications services to the rural people at a discountedrate.
 arrow Dhaka Phone starts journey
Dhaka Telephone Company Limited (DTCL) yesterday launched a new land phone service, Dhaka Phone, here.
 arrow India, China reopen Silk Road
India and China Thursday reopened a famed Silk Road pass in the Himalayas, allowing the first direct border trade between the Asian giants since their brutal frontier war 44 years ago.
 arrow Int'l confce of company secretaries tomorrow
An international conference of company secretaries on 'Corporate Management: Global Practice' will be held tomorrow at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow EU trade chief eyes summit to unblock WTO talks
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson raised the possibility Thursday that leaders from big trading nations may need to meet to unblock stalled WTO talks after ministers failed to make progress last week.
 arrow Lamy prods Japan, other WTO players to go further
World Trade Organization director general Pascal Lamy urged Japan and other key players in talks on a free trade pact to make bigger concessions to break the current deadlock.
Sportsarrow Football: French press shower praises on Les Bleus
France's reaching the World Cup final, where they will attempt to regain the trophy they won in 1998, was heralded in the country's press mirroring the euphoria of a whole nation.
 arrow Football: Domenech hails his highness
Raymond Domenech hailed the contribution made by Zinedine Zidane in firing France into the World Cup final in what will be the midfield master's last match before retirement.
 arrow Football: Scolari accepts it
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari paid tribute to France after they ended his dreams of a second successive World Cup triumph with a 1-0 semifinal defeat of his team on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Portuguese dream shattered
Portuguese football fans were left saddened Wednesday after Portugal crashed out of the race for its first-ever World Cup title with a 1-0 loss to France in the semifinal.
 arrow Football: No cheers for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, a hate figure in England after his involvement in Wayne Rooney's sending off, discovered Wednesday that the animosity has spread well beyond English shores.
 arrow Football: Klose-r to Golden Boot
Germany striker Miroslav Klose says he is desperate to win the Golden Boot title after missing out on Sunday's World Cup final in Berlin.
 arrow Football: WC Briefs
Colombian singer Shakira will perform ahead of the final at the Olympic Stadium in an 11-minute-long pre-match ceremony, organisers have revealed.
 arrow Football: English town relishes Perrotta double
A humble town in the north of England could be celebrating a World Cup double on Sunday when Italy face France in the Berlin final.
 arrow Football: Henry never had a doubt
France striker Thierry Henry said after his nation beat Portugal on Wednesday to reach the World Cup final that he had never listened to the critics who savaged the team when they made a poor start to
 arrow Football: France Allover

 arrow Football: Italy are top, says Thuram
France will be going up against the best team in the tournament when they take on Italy in the World Cup final on Sunday, according to defender Lilian Thuram.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal, Federer in semis
Rafael Nadal shrugged off a controversial doping storm to move closer to a dream Wimbledon title clash against Roger Federer with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on
 arrow Cricket: No Ashes for Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan has been ruled out of the Ashes tour of Australia after a fourth operation on his right knee, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak deputy backs Asif
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan has backed Mohammad Asif to fill the gap left by injured pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Navedul Hasan in their forthcoming Test series with England.
 arrow Tennis: Justine the victorious Belgian
Justine Henin-Hardenne won a nervy Centre Court dual with fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters to reach the second Wimbledon final of her career, earning the chance to complete a full set of Grand Slam titles.
 arrow Cricket: Sadat whacks Zimbabwe A
Opener Nazmus Sadat smacked an unbeaten century as Bangladesh A won the first one-dayer against their Zimbabwean counterparts by 26 runs at the Queen's Sports Club ground in Bulawayo yesterday.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
Deja vu, Euro 2000. We now have our two finalists -- the Azzurri and the Les Bleus (Italy and France for those not well versed in nicknames).
 arrow Football: Joy across the Mediterranean
Thousands of celebrating fans occupied the Champs-Elysees here on Wednesday as France qualified for its second World Cup final in eight years.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka maul the Dutch
Upul Tharanga top-scored with 72 as Sri Lanka piled up 313-8 in the second one-day international against the Netherlands here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC rejects replay plea
The International Cricket Council (ICC) board rejected Wednesday a recommendation to trial the process of allowing players three appeals per innings to the TV umpire if they felt a decision made by an
 arrow Cricket: Naved missing Lord's Test
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer confirmed on Wednesday that pace bowler Navedul Hasan will not feature in next week's first Test against England at Lord's.
 arrow Football: Figo fails in final quest
Portugal captain Luis Figo was desperate to crown his illustrious career with success at the World Cup, but France denied him an emotional last hurrah with victory in the semifinal on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Good WC for WAGs
England may be out of the World Cup and coach Sven-Goran Eriksson out of a job, but at least his flamboyant girlfriend Nancy Dell'Orio did not return from Germany empty-handed.
 arrow Football: Germany out to keep Klinsi
Host nation Germany may not have achieved their goal of winning the World Cup but coach Juergen Klinsmann has helped the country regain respect among their peers by guiding his team to the semi-finalwith
 arrow Football: Big Phil the winner!
Portugal may have lost Wednesday's World Cup semi-final 1-0 to France but they ran out the clear winners in the battle of the benches. The respective coaches could not be more different.
 arrow Football: Casualties of celebrations
Two French revellers died and a third was feared drowned after more than half a million football fans took to the streets early Thursday to celebrate their side's qualification for the World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Capello aims at Real revival
New coach Fabio Capello said he wanted to restore a lost spirit to Real Madrid after signing a three-year contract on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Djorkaeff in trouble again
French World Cup winning midfielder Youri Djorkaeff had a rude awakening last Saturday when he was arrested by German police over an outstanding fine for a traffic accident dating back five years according
 arrow Football: Scolari silent on future
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to discuss his future Wednesday after a 1-0 loss to France which dashed his side's hopes of appearing in a World Cup final for the first time.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo to have knee op
Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo is to have a knee operation over the close-season in order to get fit for the new campaign, Brazil team doctor Jose Luis Runco said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Happy times for ticket touts
Four days before the football World Cup final, tickets for the match in Berlin were selling on the black market for 10 times their original price.
Metropolitanarrow Micro-credit to people with disability to reduce poverty
Providing micro-credit to people with disability can reduce overall poverty in the country, said the speakers at an opinion-sharing meeting in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka to help construct new complex
Bangladesh will help Cirdap construct a new complex having an international conference centre and dormitory to accommodate any high level dignitaries, said LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul MannanBhuiyan
 arrow US floating hospital provides wide range of medical services
The USNS Mercy, an American Navy hospital ship, winds up its visit tomorrow after carrying out a weeklong humanitarian assistance mission in Bangladesh.
 arrow Invest to ensure quality edn
Without active participation of the private sector, it is not possible for the government alone to ensure quality education, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow PM unveils cover of books on War of Liberation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday unveiled the covers of two sets of books on the War of Liberation at her office and asked the authorities concerned to make those available in educational institutions
 arrow Amini to be cross-examined for 'threatening' Proshika chief
A Dhaka court will cross-examine legislator Maulana Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) faction, on August 20 in connection with threatening Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed.
 arrow Landlord ransack car showroom, loot Tk 26 lakh
The landlord of a car showroom along with around 50 people allegedly ransacked, looted Tk 26 lakh, and stole a multi-purpose vehicle from the car showroom at the city's Panthapath area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Fake magistrate among nine jailed
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced nine impostors to two years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for trying to extract money by setting up a fake mobile court to conduct an anti-adulteration campaign in March
 arrow DU Social Welfare teachers call off strike
Classes and examinations of Institute of Social Welfare and Research of Dhaka University (DU) will resume tomorrow following the withdrawal of work abstention by the faculty members.
 arrow Teachers threaten agitation
Teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday threatened to launch tougher agitation if the university authorities do not stop 'illegal' appointments of teachers and employees.
 arrow I have taken charge at a critical time
Newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Anwarul Iqbal yesterday sought cooperation from the media as well as the people, saying that he has taken charge at a crucial time when the garment sector
 arrow Recruitment of 23116 pry teachers soon
Government will soon recruit 23116 assistant teachers in the government primary schools under the 2nd primary education development programme.
 arrow Int'l confce on road safety from Aug 22
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will organise a three-day international conference titled 'Road Safety in Developing Countries' in the city from August 22-24.
 arrow Muslims in Britain enjoy greater freedoms
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury yesterday said Muslims in Britain enjoy greater freedoms than most other places in the world -- the same rights as any other British citizen.
 arrow Bomb splinter kills a woman
A woman was killed in a bomb explosion during a fight between two groups of criminals at Ershadnagar, Tongi in the city on Wednesday night.
 arrow Khulna Dev body calls hartal on August 9, 10
Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (KDACC) at its convention at the Zia hall in the city on Wednesday announced a month-long programme, including 48-hour hartal on August 9 and 10,
 arrow JU students demand exam schedule
Students of 2004-2005 academic session of Economics department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday submitted memorandums to authorities concerned to press their two-point demand including publication
 arrow Injured driver dies in hospital
A human hauler driver, who was chopped by some unknown extortionists on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Proshika signs MoU with SEDF
Proshika signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) yesterday for promotion of power-operated maize shellers and threshers in some selected areasof
 arrow President assents to 2 bills
The President has assented to two bills adopted by Jatiya Sangsad in its current budget session. These are the Public Procurement Bill 2006 and the Bangladesh Sramik Kalyan Foundation Bill 2006.
 arrow Obituary
Maissa Karim, only daughter of Iftekhar and Nasrine R Karim, passed away on July 5 at Trinity Hospice in London at the age of 31, says a press release.
 arrow Mobile court fines 19 car owners
A mobile court in a raid yesterday filed cases against 19 car owners and fined a total of Tk 55,000 for violating Environment Preservation Act 1997 and Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1983, says a press release.
 arrow TA Ganguly Debate begins
With the slogan 'Let all the social ideas be connected with logic', Archbishop TA Ganguly Debate Competition 2006 began at Tejgaon Church Community Centre in the city yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bleak prospects at WTO
At the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, the stakes are high for all those involved.
 arrow Carrying the fire
[It is 9.55 pm local time now. The countdown clock at NASA's website is showing 2 hours 40 minutes to lift-off.
 arrow Terrorism and its glorification
Nowadays, is terrorism glorified? Just recently, prominent terrorist Abu Musaab Zarqawi was killed in Iraq, and the Punjab Assembly held Fatiha responsible for his death.
Culturearrow Art within art
There is the wizardry of light and shadows, well-crafted sets and most importantly highly expressive subjects -- any photographer's dream come true, yet not a photo session in the conventional sense.
 arrow Apurbo : The up and coming actor
"I'll continue working as long as I'm satisfied, the day I feel dissatisfied I will opt out.
 arrow Celebrating silver jubilee of Loko Natyadal
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Loko Natyadal, Kanjush, a translation of Molier's satire, will be held at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) at7pm
 arrow 50th staging of Shikhandi Katha
The 50th performance of Mohakal Natyasam-pradaya's current production Shikhandi Katha will be held at the Mahila Samity Auditorium on July 14.
 arrow 'Borsha Fair' pulls in crowd
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) organised a Borsha fair recently. The hand made products caught the eye of many a visitor.
 arrow Projapati Din: A mystery unravels
Drama serial Projapati Din is set to telecast from today on Bangla-vision. The serial is written and directed by Ferdaus Hasan and produced by V-Net.
 arrow Talk show Shandhikhon on Channel 1
Shandhikhon, a new talk show on issues related to teenagers will be aired every Saturday at 9:30pm on Channel 1. Along with six teenagers, two guests (specialists) will participate in every episode.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter list odyssey
The latest to join the chorus for going door to door for preparing the voter list is the newly appointed secretary to the election commission (EC).
 arrow Editorial: Mounting corruption
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has prepared the corruption database 2005 drawing upon published newspaper reports on graft for the same year.
 arrow Policy please
Election season, or pre-election season at the very least, whichever you choose to define it as, is upon us. Both the government and the opposition are fully in pre-election mode.
 arrow More than a medium of exchange
If money is a medium of exchange, it changed hands last week in exchange for nothing. There was no business deal cut. There was no back payment settled.
 arrow Fundamentalism, extremism and Islam
After the end of the cold war, the west, including the US, has been suffering from Islamophobia. The term Islamophobia refers to a prejudice -- opposition and hostility to Islam.
Letters to Editorarrow Day of Independence, but...
I was not born 230 years ago & therefore I do not know the America of 1776. But I know today's America, the way I see it.
 arrow Santal rebellion
1st July was the 151st anniversary of the "Santal hool" (rebellion), against the British rulers and local landlords.
 arrow Hasina's trip: Unnecessary brickbats
I would like to take issue with Mr. Imam's article entitled "Hasina's trip: Unnecessary brickbats" published on July 4.
 arrow Israel issue
This is a response to a letter written by Mr. Osman on this subject. Mr.
 arrow The tempest
The government administration has broken down, judging as a reader of newspapers. There are too many daily operations & many problems which are impossible for 60 ministers to handle.
 arrow New generation
I am writing to let you know that I completely agree with the letter written to you by Md. Anwarul Kabir, Assistant Professor & Research Coordinator, on " AL politics and the new generation".
 arrow Shankhari Bazar as heritage site
As a resident of Shankhari Bazar, I wholeheartedly congratulate the authorities for taking the initiative to declare Shankhari Bazar as a historical heritage.
 arrow Sound pollution
Sound is measured by the decibel. Speech sound runs 65 to 75 decibels. Heavy traffic generates 90 decibels. By 120 decibels, sound becomes painful to the ears.
 arrow Jamaat's game plan
The Awami League (AL) vs. the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) well, that is the conventional paradigm.
 arrow Iraqi prisoners and a little girl
Imagine the next disturbing picture on the TV news: a malnourished Iraqi Muslim prisoner, carrying a stone, one-third of his own weight, has to stand next to a table of American and British soldiers,who
 arrow Rootless kids set up bank
Child workers of Bangladesh who are often termed 'rootless' have established a saving project of their own, after all the banks turned them away.
 arrow Canadian visa
I was not surprised when I read the letter on "Anika's right to treatment in Canada". I faced bitter and unexpected situations each time I had to go to the Canadian High Commission (CHC), Dhaka.
Environmentarrow How much are we ready?
The months of April and May have gone dry. The advent of monsoon is inadvertently tardy as it has not yet showered its rain as much as expected, that means we may have late monsoon.
 arrow Hybrid rice -- an alternative not an exclusive way out
Bangladesh is an agro-based country and rice is the staple food of entire population. It is Bangladesh's most important and principal crop.
 arrow Importance of geological information
Geology is the mother science that contains a wide spectrum of physical, chemical and biological sciences.
Worldarrow South Asia: I won’t contest polls, says Musharraf
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he is aware that "as a soldier" he cannot contest elections, but has rooted for the Pakistan Muslim League-Qaid (PML-Q), indicating his keen interest in political
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan raid kills 25 rebel tribesmen
Pakistani security forces killed at least 25 rebel tribesmen in a raid on a fugitives' camp in the country's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Mumbai limps back to normal
Monsoon rains lashed parts of India's east and west yesterday, taking the death toll from a week of extreme weather to 81 people, but eased over the financial hub of Mumbai after disrupting life for three
 arrow South Asia: Clashes kill coalition soldier, 12 Taliban
Gunmen attacked a patrol of US-led soldiers in eastern Afghanistan killing one member of the force, the latest foreign soldier to die in the bloodiest phase of Afghan violence since 2001.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali Maoists angry at UN arms move
Nepal's rebel Maoists reacted angrily yesterday to an announcement that the new government has formally asked the UN for assistance with arms management during the fledgling peace process.
 arrow South Asia: No military solution to Lankan conflict
There is no military solution to Sri Lanka's separatist conflict, outgoing US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead said, as daily bloodshed has raised fears of renewed war.
 arrow South Asia: India to buy Russian frigates, missiles
The Indian government yesterday approved the purchase of three Russian-built warships and multi-role missile systems to strengthen its navy, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
 arrow UN rights body slams Israeli military action in Gaza Strip
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday voted to condemn Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip and called for the release of Palestinian officials and civilians arrested during the offensive.
 arrow Iran won't give early reply
Iran defied international calls for an early reply to an offer of incentives aimed at ending a nuclear stand-off, insisting on Thursday it would use a key July 11 meeting merely to raise questions onthe
 arrow ‘Many challenges remain intact’
Britain is still facing many challenges as Londoners get ready to remember the victims of the July 7, 2005 bombings today that awoke the country to the reality of home-grown terror threat.
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