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Front Pagearrow Export to yield higher royalty
The Cabinet is likely to approve a new coal policy tomorrow and make it applicable to the existing unsolicited contract with Asia Energy for its $3 billion Phulbari mine operations though it might make
 arrow Free, efficient EC must for fair polls
Speakers at the regional dialogue in Chittagong yesterday observed that an independent, impartial and efficient Election Commission (EC) has to be established first for holding a free and fair election.
 arrow Education in disarray as teachers continue strike
Most of the non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas across the country remained closed yesterday as 26 organisations of teachers and employees under three platforms are on indefinite strike
 arrow Hosts clinch third place
Host nation Germany had the consolation of securing third place at the World Cup by defeating Portugal 3-1 in the play-off here yesterday.
 arrow All roads lead to Berlin
After more than two years of competition featuring 194 teams, 910 games and more than 2,600 goals, the World Cup will be decided today with either Italy crowned champions for the fourth time or France
 arrow Decision not to publish draft voter list to make entire process illegal
Former election commissioners and legal experts yesterday observed that the Election Commission (EC) is still not following the correct procedure in revising the voter list as it opts not to publish a
 arrow Hasina to get priority if she wants to meet Iajuddin
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina will get priority if she wants to meet President. Iajuddin Ahmed, said a Bangabhaban spokesman yesterday.
 arrow Cops to go into action if attacked at political events
New Inspector General of Police (IGP) Anwarul Iqbal yesterday forewarned that police would instantly go into action if any law enforcer came under attack during any political programme.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sent a rejoinder regarding the news titled "BTRC messes up mobile licence for operator" published in The Daily Star on July 1, 2006.
 arrow Frantic effort to save Chandpur
Water Development Board (WDB) is dumping over two and a half lakh concrete slabs in the confluence of Meghna and Dakatia rivers to save Chandpur town from the onslaught of fierce turbulence at the onset
 arrow Nine including Pakistanis held as suspected militants
Police arrested nine people, including two Pakistani citizens, in Jhalakathi on Friday night suspecting their link to militancy.
 arrow Bangladesh to hold opening ceremony
Bangladesh will stage the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cricket World Cup while India will host the final, said Bangladesh Cricket Board president Ali Asghar on Saturday.
 arrow Mudslide kills mom, daughter
A woman and her teen-aged daughter were buried alive yesterday when a mudslide destroyed their thatched house at Kanchana of Satkania upazila in Chittagong.
 arrow Grassroots BNP leaders worried over crime, power crisis, price hike
Grassroots level leaders of the ruling BNP yesterday expressed concern over ongoing power crisis, skyrocketing prices of essentials and rampant crime in their areas and said these could spell disaster
 arrow HC stays case against Bulu
The High Court (HC) has stayed the proceedings of a criminal case against MNH Bulu, director of Boishakhi TV Channel, pending with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court.
 arrow Woman killed after rape in Uttara
A man allegedly raped and strangled his colleague, an employee at a hospital in Uttara in the capital, on Friday night for spurning his marriage proposal.
 arrow Tigers kill 2 women in Sundarbans
Tigers killed two women in Golakhali Mathabhanga and Lotakhali areas in the Sundarbans under Shyamnagar upazila on Thursday and Friday, family sources said.
 arrow 3 US soldiers killed in Iraqi battle
Three US soldiers were killed in fighting in Al-Anbar yesterday amid reports that senior military officers could stand accused of negligence in a probe into the alleged killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by
 arrow Israeli leader rejects Palestinian truce
The Hamas-led Palestinian government called for a ceasefire in its violent two-week standoff with Israel but stopped short yesterday of offering to release an Israeli soldier held by Hamas militants.
 arrow Clarification
Asia Energy officials have given a clarification on a report published in The Daily Star on July 4 under the headline "25 lakh trees face axe for Phulbari mine.
Businessarrow FM for Bimstec economic community by 2020
Bimstec may also look towards a customs union, eventually leading to an economic community by 2020, said the minister for foreign minister at a dialogue in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Enact chartered secretaries law soon to ensure corporate governance
Speakers at an international conference in Dhaka yesterday urged the government to enact chartered secretaries act as early as possible to ensure corporate governance.
 arrow Revenue posts 13pc growth in FY06
Revenue earning registered a 13.07 percent growth as it reached Tk 33812 crore in the 2005-06 fiscal, according to NBR sources.
 arrow Govt urged to cut furnace oil price
Leaders of Bangladesh Industrial Power Gas and Furnace Oil Consumers Association yesterday urged the government to reduce the price of furnace oil to help survive thousands of furnace oil-run small and
 arrow SEDF, BGMEA to address compliance issues
SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) will provide BGMEA with financial assistance in addressing some major compliance issues facing the country's garment industry .
 arrow Indian cotton yarn, fabric show kicks off today
In a bid to project a wide range of cotton and blended textiles, a three-day Indian cotton yarn and fabric show begins at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today.
 arrow Bush to press for WTO agreement at G8
US President George W. Bush said Friday that stalled World Trade Organization talks would be part of the agenda at the Group of Eight summit next week in Russia.
 arrow Protesters march in Seoul against US trade pact
Some 4,000 people marched in the streets here Saturday urging the government to scrap free trade talks with the United States.
 arrow India's Congress battles criticism over reforms
India's ruling Congress party moved into damage control mode on Saturday after an embarrassing U-turn on privatisation sparked rumours that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quitting.
 arrow Japan to hike interest rates for first time in six years
The Bank of Japan will raise interest rates next week for the first time in nearly six years in a sign that the Japanese economy is gaining momentum, news reports said Saturday.
 arrow Thailand's top energy firm invests $680m in LNG project
Thailand's top energy firm PTT Plc said Friday it would invest 26 billion baht (680 million dollars) to expand a deep-sea port and a major liquefied natural gas terminal in eastern Thailand.
Sportsarrow Football: The final hurdle
It is a fitting tribute to a World Cup where defences have ruled that Sunday's final between France and Italy will see the two stingiest teams in the tournament go head-to-head.
 arrow Football: Zidane's last hurrah
Football's greatest artist bowing out by playing a World Cup final seems too wonderful to be true but Zinedine Zidane has set the scene for the perfect final curtain on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hunger is the key
Italy coach Marcello Lippi says sheer hunger for success will be the deciding factor in Sunday's World Cup final against France.
 arrow Football: Key Battles
Six individual contests that could be the key to deciding Sunday's World Cup final between Italy and France:

Fabio Cannavaro v Thierry Henry
Exactly what the World Cup final should

 arrow Football: WC Briefs
The number of head injuries at the World Cup has been reduced because referees have taken a tough line on elbowing, FIFA Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lippi on verge of record
Italy coach Marcello Lippi is one win away from becoming the country's most successful tactician of all time, although he will need to end a bad run of results for him in finals.
 arrow Chess: Reefat finally becomes GM
Reefat Bin Sattar's long and tedious wait to become third Grand Master of the country finally ended when the FIDE approved his Grand Master (GM) title yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo starts French party
Amelie Mauresmo became the first Frenchwoman in 81 years to win the Wimbledon singles title when she conquered a severe bout of stagefright to beat Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal & Federer to fight for supremacy on grass
King of clay Rafael Nadal will attempt to dethrone Roger Federer as the undisputed superman of grass after setting up a dream Wimbledon final against the triple champion on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Read stakes Test claim
Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read advanced his case for a Test recall by making an unbeaten century for England A here Friday against a near full-strength Pakistan attack.
 arrow Football: Final could be delayed
The World Cup organisers said they were confident the final between France and Italy would go ahead in the Olympic Stadium here on Sunday despite storms in the German capital on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Tushar leads BD A from front
An unbeaten 96 by captain Tushar Imran guided Bangladesh A to a four-wicket victory over Zimbabwe A in the second one-dayer at the Queen's Sports Club ground in Bulawayo yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon throws in the towels
Multi-millionaire tennis players, including world number one Roger Federer, are at the centre of the mystery of the missing Wimbledon towels.
 arrow Football: Gattuso fancies tired Zidane
Italy's tigerish midfielder Gennaro Gattuso said on Friday he hopes Zinedine Zidane has used up all his energy in helping France reach the World Cup final.
 arrow Cricket: ICC okays early finish to Tests
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Chief Executives' Committee has approved the recommendation that a Test match be called off on the final afternoon if there is no chance of a result.
 arrow Cricket: India, Windies to meet in Canada
The proposed series of one-day matches between India and West Indies planned for North America is back on, although all the games are now likely to take place in Canada and not in the USA as originally
 arrow Cricket: Hoggard scare for England
Matthew Hoggard gave England fresh injury scare just days before the first Test against Pakistan after sustaining a freak hand injury here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Jury considers Serie A verdict
A sports tribunal probing allegations of match fixing in Italy's top football league ended on Friday with the jury retiring to consider their verdict over the weekend.
 arrow Football: Road To The Final

 arrow Football: 'Coach handed us the keys'
France coach Raymond Domenech told his players to find the solution to their problems and the result is a place in the World Cup final, defender Willy Sagnol said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Capello after Juve boys
Former Juventus coach Fabio Capello is set to try to sign three players from the ailing Italian giants for his new club Real Madrid, it was reported on Saturday.
 arrow Football: German honour for Blatter
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has awarded the country's Grand Cross of the Order Merit to FIFA president Sepp Blatter for his role in the football World Cup.
 arrow Football: French fans arrested
French authorities have been cracking down on World Cup related violence, Friday, dishing out prison sentences to young hooligans.
 arrow Football: Eiffel Tower ready
A World Cup victory for France against Italy on Sunday will be celebrated by a spectacular all-night light show at the Eiffel Tower.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho clothes for charity
An autographed green T-shirt and matching shorts worn by Brazilian forward Ronaldinho during the taping of a television chewing gum advert has fetched 477.50 euros (608.
 arrow Football: Final under tight security
Thousands of riot police will be on duty in Paris for Sunday's World Cup final to prevent a repeat of the chaotic scenes that left five people dead during this week's celebrations, officials said.
 arrow Football: Finalists unable to train on pitch
World Cup finalists France and Italy cannot train at the Olympiastadion before Sunday's final because of the condition of the pitch, FIFA said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Rampant corruption leads country towards economic disaster
Rampant corruption is leading the country towards an economic disaster, said the speakers at a seminar here yesterday.
 arrow 'Persuade India to modify Tipaimukh Dam project'
Bangladesh should persuade India to modify the Tipaimukh Dam project in order to gain maximum benefit from it and minimise environmental damage, water experts at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Ensure access to safe water for all
Ensuring access to safe water for all is a responsibility of the state, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Arrange training for workers to resist move to rig polls
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed her party's grassroots level leaders of Rajshahi district to arrange 'electoral trainings' for the AL activists to resist the BNP-Jamaat coalition
 arrow 4 die in road accidents
At least four people, including a retired college teacher, were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail, Satkhira and Bagerhat yesterday and on Friday night.
 arrow 'Set up monitoring cell for speedy execution of verdict'
Legal experts yesterday called for establishing an active monitoring cell to ensure speedy execution of judgements in acid violence cases, so that the cases do not remain pending in the High Court.
 arrow Proper utilisation of fund demanded
Diploma engineers working for the government-sponsored biogas projects have demanded proper utilisation of Tk 100 crore allocated for the development of renewable energy.
 arrow Two traders succumb to injuries
Two traders succumbed to their injuries yesterday at Tuberculosis and Chest Disease Hospital after being stabbed in two separate incidents at Khilgaon and Demra in the city.
 arrow Mahbub Anam's fifth death anniversary today
Today is the fifth death anniversary of eminent journalist and author Mahbub Anam, former editor of the now-defunct Bangladesh Times, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladesh team leaves for Slovenia today
Four contestants from Bangladesh will participate in the 47th International Mathematical Olympiad beginning in Slovenia on July 12.
 arrow Ex-PIO Farid killed as train hits him
Farid Uddin Ahmed, former additional secretary and Principal Information Officer (PIO), was killed when a train hit him at the Pragati Sarani rail crossing at Khilkhet in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow 14-party stages countrywide protest today
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine will stage countrywide demonstration in the city today, protesting police atrocities, killing of one of its leaders during the July 4 countrywide shutdown
 arrow FOBA confce on anti-terrorism November 16
US-based organisation Federation of Bangladeshi Associations Overseas (FOBA) is going to hold a South Asian conference on anti-terrorism on November 16 in Bangladesh.
 arrow Fresh trial demanded
Rajshahi district and Rajshahi University unit Udichi Sangsad demanded fresh trial of Udichi bomb attack at Jessore at a rally yesterday.
 arrow BDR-BSF flag meeting held
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) held a flag meeting over July 6 gunfight at zero point at Bhatshala bordering village in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Garment worker gangraped at Gazipur
A garment worker was gangraped at Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on AIDS held at Bogra
A daylong Rajshahi divisional seminar on AIDS was held at National Academy for Computer Training and Research (NACTR) at Bogra yesterday.
Nationalarrow Pirates loot 75 trawlers, abduct 65 fishermen
At least 75 fishing trawlers were looted and five vessels with 65 fishermen were abducted by pirates in the Bay off Barguna and Patharghata coasts and in Swarankhola near the Sunbarbans since Friday,according
 arrow Protests on at RU, resignation of VC demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday staged a demonstration on Rajshahi University campus demanding resignation of the Vice Chancellor for allowed Shibir leader Salehi to appear at masters examination.
 arrow Retrial of Jessore Udichi blast case demanded
Rajshahi district and Rajshahi University units of Udichi yesterday demanded retrial of the bomb attack on a Udichi function in Jessore seven years ago in which 10 people were killed and over 100 injured.
 arrow 6 hurt as four bombs explode in Sirajganj
At least six people pedestrians were injured when four bombs exploded at SS Road in Sirajganj town Friday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Visiting home
FOR a jajabor (nomad), the geographic determination of home is often not easy, not to mention its philosophical and psychological aspects.
 arrow Fond memories of my friend, Maisa
WHEN I first heard my friend Maisa Karim had brain cancer two years ago, we were both living in New York City. I immediately sent her an email asking her how she was feeling and what the doctors had said.
 arrow Use of hartal and police
OF late, our otherwise ineffective parliament has seen a wave of refreshing moments as concerns and expectations were voiced and shared there by our ruling party and main opposition party stalwarts regarding
 arrow We need a civilising law for our lawmakers
THE behaviour of our lawmakers is such that we need an appropriate law for them to maintain the dignity of the parliament.
Culturearrow New light on some early inscriptions of Bengal
Dr Enamul Haque, chairperson and academic director of the International Centre for Study of Bengal Art (ICSBA), is a man with a mission -- to promote and popularise the ancient and medieval art of Bangladesh
 arrow Music for a worthy cause
Nowadays acid attacks are rampant in Bangladesh. Women, children and even men--none are spared. Most often, women are the targets of such violence.
 arrow Theatre groups from the hinterland come to Dhaka
Khowai Theatre of Habigonj staged its 39th production, Bhumiputra at the Mahila Samiti Auditorium on July 7.
Internationalarrow US ready for bilateral talks with N Korea
A US envoy expressed support for China's proposal to hold informal six-nation talks on the North Korean nuclear threat and offered to meet bilaterally with the North on the sidelines of those discussions.
 arrow Iran rejects West's timetable for talks
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, on Friday again resisted pressure from the West for a swift response to its offers of economic incentives in return for the suspension of Tehran's uraniumenrichment
 arrow India, IAEA discuss nuke safeguards
Officials of India and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met here yesterday to negotiate the proposed Safeguards Agreement, which is required to be put in place to allow the internationalcommunity
 arrow Kashmir woman leader survives attack: 5 killed
A woman politician in Indian Kashmir survived a sixth attempt on her life yesterday when suspected militants threw a grenade, but five of her supporters were killed and 45 wounded in the attack, police
 arrow Benazir, Sharif should be allowed to return
Former Pakistan prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif should be permitted to return from their exile abroad to take part in next year's general elections, US Ambassador to Islamabad Ryan C Crocker
 arrow Ramos-Horta named new E Timor PM
Nobel prize-winner Jose Ramos-Horta has been named as East Timor's new prime minister, President Xanana Gusmao announced yesterday, ending weeks of political uncertainty in the nation.
 arrow Rumsfeld sued over wrong detention
A Los Angeles filmmaker has sued US Defence Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld and many high-ranking military officials for wrongly imprisoning him for 55 days in Iraq last year.
 arrow Duma passes law to fight extremism
Russia's lower house of parliament passed an anti-extremism law yesterday that human rights defenders say could be used to hobble opposition parties and the media.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC's welcome volte-face
What was within the comprehension of a common man from the very beginning was so long beyond the intellectual capacity of the Chief Election Commissioner.
 arrow Editorial: Dengue threat looming
With the death of a dengue patient in the city, and more than 60 patients having been admitted to different city hospitals, it is obvious that the disease is spreading.
 arrow Somersaults at the EC
The citizens are being entertained by the superb performance of the athletes belonging to the country's Election Commission.
 arrow The problem in the presidency
[The President resumed his responsibilities Thursday afternoon and returns to office today.
 arrow A prescription for corruption
Lack of political and intellectual transparency is an evil that emanates from the selling or procuring of goods or services.
Letters to Editorarrow July 4 and American myths
The US Independence Day on July 4 is also an occasion to debunk some myths about America.
 arrow Tale of dying water-bodies
Living in the outskirts of Dhaka city for more than 30 years, I have noticed various ways in which water-bodies are killed every day. Let me describe a few. Divide and rule.
 arrow Hong Kong, Taiwan vis--vis China
With reference to a July 2 letter to the editor by Mr. Arthurlyx, I must affirm that I have absolutely no reason to misconstrue facts, let alone offend a loyal reader of my column under any circumstances.
Star Healtharrow Addressing three reasons that cause maternal death
Obstructed labor, hemorrhage, eclampsia and abortion are responsible jointly at least for 90 percent of deaths among pregnant women in our country.
 arrow Making weight loss a family affair
Children cannot change their exercise and eating habits by themselves. They need the help and support of their families and other caregivers.
 arrow Banishing bad breath
You lean over to whisper something to your friend and you can tell by the look on your friend's face that something is up.
 arrow Women with low vitamin D levels have small infants
Pregnant women with relatively low amounts of vitamin D in their diets tend to give birth to smaller infants, a new study suggests.
 arrow Antihistamine could fight malaria
An allergy drug pulled off the market in 1999 could work to treat malaria, US researchers reported recently.
 arrow Yellow or amber-tinted sunglasses safer
When picking out a pair of sunglasses, it is best to avoid blue-tinted lenses and instead to choose yellow- or amber-tinted lenses, advises an eye researcher.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
My doctor says I have degenerative changes in my spine.

Star Cityarrow Hartal proving dangerous for street kids
Insecurity of food, increase of violence and fear of being detained by the police force a large number of the street children to leave Dhaka on the hartal days.
 arrow Jagannath Uni without teachers
Classes for the maiden intake of Jagannath University have started without sufficient teachers or syndicate or academic council. Full syllabuses too for many departments have not been formulated yet.
 arrow Let's keep the city liveabale!
The newly framed building construction rules for Dhaka is vital to keep the city liveable, according to eminent engineers and housing association leaders.
 arrow Dhaka: yesterday, today and tomorrow
The Daily Star (TDS): Which memory of Dhaka you will always cherish?
Ramendu Majumder (RM): Right at this moment, I recall an interesting moment in the early 60s, whenI

 arrow Diet's role in curbing disease, increasing efficiency
Dieting though synonymous with figure-consciousness, few people are aware of the extent of its importance in disease prevention and work efficiency.
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