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Front Pagearrow Ershad likely to join 4-party by Sept
In a major political development, Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad may join the ruling coalition within the next two months.
 arrow Govt seems reluctant to dig into militant cases
The government investigation so far has failed to unearth much about the patrons, network and strength of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) other than that the banned outfit's objective, which itannounced
 arrow Record $1.8b export growth
Bangladesh saw a record $ 1.8 billion export growth raising the total to around $10.5 billion last fiscal year despite a substantial fall in prices of products in the global market.
 arrow Powerful syndicate rules ship-breaking
The entire ship-breaking sector of Sitakunda in Chittagong, which directly and indirectly involves over a quarter of a million people, is under the grip of a powerful syndicate that blatantly defies environmental,
 arrow Jamaat angered, warns of election debacle
Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key ally of the ruling BNP, yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the recent move of the government high-ups to include Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) in the four-party alliance
 arrow 'BNP out to salvage sinking ship'
Awami League (AL) yesterday termed the ruling BNP's negotiations with Ershad an attempt to keep its sinking ship afloat.
 arrow GM Quader to quit JP if Ershad joins four-party
Jatiya Party (JP) presidium member GM Quader MP has said he will resign from the party if JP Chairman HM Ershad joins the BNP-led four-party alliance.
 arrow Fourth day of road march passes off
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine's fourth-day road march from upazila to district headquarters across the country yesterday ended peacefully, and no untoward incidents were reported.
 arrow Media report on land grabbing by Bangladeshis incorrect: India
India yesterday said the news run by a section of Indian media about Bangladeshi nationals grabbing Indian land was 'incorrect'.
 arrow Risk of a disaster

 arrow Israel mobilises more reservists
Israeli planes blasted south Lebanon for a 17th day on Friday while the military mobilised thousands more reservists for the battle that the Jewish state's main backers, the United States and Britain,
 arrow Saifur finally to allocate fund for EC
In a complete "U-turn" to his earlier stand, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said he would allocate fresh fund for the Election Commission (EC) --whatever amount it will require
 arrow First ODI in Harare today
With the mission of recording their first-ever away series victory, favourites Bangladesh takes on Zimbabwe in the first one-day international of the five-match series at the Harare Sports Club ground
 arrow Biman makes its last flight to NY today
In an effort to end incurring perennial financial losses Biman Bangladesh Airlines will make its last flight to New York today amid protests from Bangladeshi expatriates in New York and Biman officials.
 arrow 2 robbers killed in encounter with Ctg cops
Two robbers were killed in an encounter with police at a bazar in Hathazari upazila of the district last night.
 arrow Teachers send letter to UN HR body
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday sent a letter to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights explaining their situation and demands to the government of Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka becomes 26th member of ARF
Bangladesh was officially admitted to the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) at the inaugural session of the 13th ministerial meeting here yesterday morning.
 arrow 9 firearms, ammo recovered in Ctg, 3 arrested
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested three people, including a woman, and recovered nine firearms and 76 bullets from their possession on Thursday night and early yesterday.
 arrow BNP programme begins today
The ruling BNP's three-day programme, in response to the continuing agitation programmes of the 14-party opposition combine, starts today.
 arrow Schoolboys hired to update voter list!
Teenage school students, one not even old enough to vote, are helping the assistant registration officer (ARO) in updating the voter list in Abhoynagar upazila, Jessore! Father of a16 year-old class
 arrow One arrested for torturing domestic help
Police yesterday arrested a security company executive for allegedly torturing a nine-year-old domestic help at Banosri residential area in the capital.
 arrow Medical board to review health condition of president today
The medical board, formed to review the health condition of President Iajuddin Ahmed, is likely to meet today at Bangabhaban, said a Bangabhaban press release.
 arrow DU student commits suicide
A female student of Dhaka University (DU) committed suicide early yesterday.
 arrow Road accidents in Rangpur kill 7, injure 45
Seven people died and 45 others were injured in two road accidents at the same point on the Dhaka-Rangpur highway under Mithapukur upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Injured city Jubo Dal leader dies
Injured by criminals 16 days ago, city ward Jubo Dal leader Monir Hossein died at BIRDEM hospital in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Security beefed up in Khulna
The Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) have beefed up security in the city apprehending threats of subversive acts by Islamic militants, particularly Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Asian security talks held without N Korea
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged North Korea to rejoin negotiations on its nuclear programme yesterday as 10 world powers held Asian security talks without the communist regime.
 arrow Asia needs $500m more to fight bird flu: India
Asian countries need half a billion dollars more to combat a possible bird flu pandemic, India's health minister said yesterday, as health and agriculture experts from 11 Asian countries met in New Delhi.
Businessarrow UAE investment team arrives tomorrow
A 10-member UAE investment and business delegation, headed by Khalifa Mohammad Al Muhairi, member of Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will arrive in Bangladesh tomorrow
 arrow India clears framework deal for free trade with 5 African states
Close on the heels of collapse of WTO trade talks, India has cleared a framework agreement for free trade with Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) as part of its policy to enhance economic engagement
 arrow Global mobile phone shipments post 22.5pc growth in Q2
The worldwide mobile phone shipments in the second quarter of 2006 posted 22.
 arrow Kallol to market Nestle Asean (Malaysia) products
Kallol Distributions Ltd, a local distribution company, yesterday signed an agreement with Nestle Asean (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to distribute its confectionaries in Bangladesh.
 arrow Hyundai Motor workers reach accord
Hyundai Motor Co. and its workers reached a tentative accord in the annual wage negotiations while Ssangyong Motor Co.
 arrow India, Bhutan sign trade, transit deal
India and Bhutan signed Friday a new accord on trade and transit that gives the landlocked Himalayan kingdom more entry and exit points for commerce, New Delhi announced.
 arrow Tokyo lifts US beef ban
The Japanese government on Thursday officially decided to lift the ban on imports of US beef, which was reinstated in January following the discovery of backbone material that could transmit mad cow disease
 arrow Oil prices dip but supply concerns remain
World oil prices eased slightly on Friday but remain supported by supply concerns in Nigeria and the United States as well as tensions in the Middle East amid strong demand, analysts said.
 arrow Citigroup named best bank in Asia for 7th Consecutive year
Citigroup has been awarded the title of the best bank in Asia by the editors of Euromoney magazine for the seventh consecutive year, says a press release.
 arrow WTO chief urges India to help break impasse in trade talks
World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said he understood India's stand in global trade talks but asked New Delhi to look at the "bigger picture" and help break the impasse in the negotiations, areport
 arrow US wants 'fair' WTO deal: Bush
President George W. Bush said Thursday the United States remained committed to a balanced world trade pact that opens up foreign markets in return for cuts to US farm subsidies.
 arrow Microsoft fails to ease investors’ fears on Windows
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 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: SL plunder Proteas
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene pulverised South Africa's bowling with double-centuries during Test cricket's second-highest partnership of 471 here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Sultan is a liar: Salahuddin
Terming president SA Sultan 'a complete liar', Kazi Salahuddin declared that he would not continue his job in the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) under Sultan's leadership. "Liar president (Sultan)....
 arrow Football: Dhaka, Navy go through
Dhaka DSA and Bangladesh Navy booked their places into the final round of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship as they became zonal champions beating their respective rivals at the different
 arrow Football: Ruud goes Real
Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy on Thursday put an end to the long-running saga over his future when he signed a three-year deal with Real Madrid, the Spanish club's official website reported.
 arrow Cricket: England build solid lead
Umar Gul gave Pakistan a foothold in the second Test against England here Friday but the hosts remained on top.
 arrow Cricket: Six-star Steve upbeat
Stephen Harmison reckoned there should "only be one winner' in the ongoing second Test against Pakistan after he'd put England in a commanding position with a fine display of fast bowling.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick defies pain
Andy Roddick defied injury to book his quarterfinal berth here Thursday, but the top-seeded American admitted his pursuit of his first title in nine months was in jeopardy.
 arrow Cricket: Utseya new Zim captain
Zimbabwe's selectors have sacked Terry Duffin and appointed Prosper Utseya as captain for the five-match one-day series against Bangladesh which starts at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
 arrow Football: AC Milan set to face Red Star or Cork
AC Milan now know who they will face if they are allowed to enter this year's Champions League after they were paired with Red Star Belgrade or Cork City in the draw for the third qualifying round onFriday.
 arrow Football: Messi couldn't bear to watch
Argentina forward Lionel Messi said on Thursday he could not face watching the rest of the World Cup after his team went out in the quarterfinals to hosts Germany on penalties.
 arrow Cricket: India finish 'secret training'
The Indian cricket team today returned after completing its gruelling three-day training at the Pegasus Institute of Excellence in Kallukottai village near here.
 arrow Chess: Liza crowned FIDE champ
BJMC's Shamima Akter Liza clinched the title of the Prime Bank First Women FIDE Rating Chess tournament with one round in hand when she beat Kishwara Shajrin Evena in the sixth round game at the National
 arrow Football: "Headbutt" a hit in France
A song called "Headbutt" written the day after the World Cup final is set to become the smash hit of the summer in France less than three weeks after its release.
 arrow Cricket: Organisers predict hit WC
Organisers of the 2007 World Cup cricket tournament in the West Indies played down Indian fan concerns about travel and accommodation saying they were confident the event would be a big hit.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar on recovery trail
Shoaib Akhtar stepped up his bid to play a part in Pakistan's Test series against England with a workout in the Old Trafford nets here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Benitez unhappy over Israel prospect
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insisted on Friday that his side should not have to play their Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa in war-torn Israel.
 arrow Football: Libertad held at home
Brazil's Internacional rode their luck to hold out for a goalless draw away to Libertad in the first leg of their Libertadores Cup semifinal on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Barcelona wary of Real
Real Madrid's new signings are giving European and Spanish champions Barcelona cause for concern as they prepare for the start of the new Primera Liga season.
 arrow Football: Shevchenko targets Champions League
Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko admitted on Friday his main target this season is to bring the Champions League to Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Juventus to lodge appeal with CONI
Juventus, who on Tuesday were stripped of the Serie A titles they won in 2005-06 and in 2004-05 and relegated to the second division with a 17-point penalty for match-fixing, are to lodge a further appeal
 arrow Tennis: Security ensured to lure Hewitt
Security guards will accompany the Australian Davis Cup team to Argentina in September to encourage Lleyton Hewitt to play in the semifinal tie, Tennis Australia (TA) said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United agree Carrick deal
Manchester United have finally reached a deal to sign England midfielder Michael Carrick from Tottenham Hotspur, British newspapers reported Friday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea in talks over Ashley
Arsenal have held talks with Chelsea over the potential sale of defender Ashley Cole to the English champions, according to the Gunners' vice-chairman David Dein on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka for regional efforts to prevent bird flu
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday called for coordinated regional efforts to keep bird flu at bay.
 arrow Sylhet dealers threaten to receive petrol from BPC depot on Aug 1
The Association of Sylhet Division Petroleum Dealers and Agents has threatened to stop receiving petroleum products from the depots of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) from August 1 to press home
 arrow Any outbreak of bird flu may cause a loss of Tk 1,525cr, says expert
The country's economy could suffer a loss of Tk 1,525 crore if the poultry industry is affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, according to a paper presented at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Call to make Skop July 31programme a success
Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra (BTUK) yesterday urged all to make the countrywide 24-hour strike and 12-hour road, rail and waterway blockades on July 31 to be enforced by Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad
 arrow No electricity bills from August 1
Khulna Citizens' Forum (KCF) has reiterated its call for stopping payment of electricity bills from August 1 if West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) fails to resolve power crisis by July
 arrow Train derails in Rajbari
A Rajshahi-bound express train derailed at a point between Goalunda and Pachuria here yesterday causing immense sufferings to the commuters but no injury.
 arrow JMB man held in Muktagachha
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Chaukikhata at village Binnakuri in Muktagachha at around on Thursday night.
 arrow Two JU female students assaulted for not wearing veils
Fundamentalists assaulted two female students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) for not covering their heads with veils on Thursday.
 arrow BAS gold medal award ceremony tomorrow
The Gold Medal Award Ceremony-2006 of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) will be held at the International Conference Centre in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Fake Rab man arrested in Mymensingh
A fake Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member was arrested while he was trying to extort money from a fax-phone shop at Jobber Ali Complex in the town on Thursday night.
 arrow Move to implicate Bangladeshis protested
Bangladesh Sacheton Nagorik Samaj leaders at a demonstration on Thursday said India is trying to implicate some Bangladeshis in recent Mumbai serial blasts.
 arrow RMCH guard held for stealing electrical cables
A security guard of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) was arrested by police for stealing electrical cables on Thursday noon.
 arrow Five bombs recovered in Khulna
Khulna police yesterday recovered two hand bombs from the city. The bombs were kept in a polythene bag beside a dustbin at Kagajibari Lane.
 arrow Tk 10,000 reward for catching robber
Chairperson of Chhengarchar Municipality Amena Begum of Matlab upazila in Chandpur yesterday said she would award Tk 10,000 to anyone who manages to catch a robber.
 arrow Minor girl raped in Rajshahi city
A minor girl was raped at court station area of Rajshahi city on Thursday morning. The critically injured girl was admitted to One Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital.
 arrow President, PM greet King of Morocco
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted the King of Morocco Mohammed VI on the occasion of the anniversary of the majesty's accession to the throne of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Nationalarrow No step yet to resolve IU deadlock
The stalemate at Islamic University (IU) is continuing even after nine days of work abstention enforced by the Islamic University Teachers Association (IUTA).
 arrow Polythene bags still used to produce saplings
Polythene bags are being used instead of environment friendly small gunny bags to produce saplings in the Forest Department nurseries here.
 arrow 'Activate CHT Land Commission'
The Land Commission is yet to be activated in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) although a bill was passed in Jatiya Sangsad by the then Awami League (AL) government on July 12 in 2001.
 arrow Bogra-Jamtoil rly track project yet to begin
The 65-kilometre Bogra-Jamtoil railway track project is yet to be started although the prime minister promised it at a meeting held at Rajshahi three years ago.
 arrow Electric transformers being stolen
Indiscriminate pilferage of electric transformers is causing severe power outage resulting in immense sufferings to the Rural Electrification Board (REB) subscribers here for the last few months.
 arrow 14-party road march in districts

Point-Counterpointarrow Tackling competitiveness constraints
[This article, the third in a series of three, is the outcome of a series of tripartite meetings among representatives of the government, the workers and the employers, facilitated by The Asia Foundation,
 arrow An unprovoked war
Israel has launched a totally unprovoked war against Lebanon. With the full support of the most powerful country on earth, the United States, the result is a foregone conclusion.
 arrow Changing goalposts
In principle I am against the bomb. When India exploded it, I paraded on the streets of Delhi, along with 5,000 people, to register protest.
 arrow How efficient is our public expenditure management?
Between 1972 and 2003, Bangladesh raised its dollar per capita income fourfold, reduced poverty by more than a third, increased life expectancy by more than 40 percent and enhanced gross primary enrollment
Culturearrow A lifelong commitment to 'palagaan'
ORIGINATING in the greater Mymensingh region, palagaan or narrative folk ballad, is usually based on the stories of the puranas and folktales.
 arrow Joy of experimenting
The joint exhibit, Untitled6 at Zainul Gallery, brings out the beauty and ugliness of life.
 arrow Nakib Khan working on his second solo album
Popular musician and vocalist of the band 'Renaissance', Nakib Khan is currently working on his second solo album. His first album Swapno Jarono was released in 1989 and was a huge success.
Internationalarrow EU calls for ME truce
The European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana said yesterday he expected a UN Security Council resolution to mandate an international stabilisation force for Lebanon to be passed soon.
 arrow Lanka truce hangs by thread
Sri Lanka's ceasefire hung by a thread yesterday as Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces traded artillery fire and Finland announced its truce observers would leave the country.
 arrow Major powers closer to Iran resolution
The six major powers held a meeting on Iran's nuclear programme on Thursday and came closer to agreeing a resolution to put to the UN Security Council, diplomats said.
 arrow Israeli army assesses tactical failures in Lebanon offensive
Faced with unexpectedly stiff resistance from Hezbollah fighters and mounting casualties on the ground, the Israeli military is scrambling to correct its tactical setbacks in the 17-day-old offensivein
 arrow Ring tone to rubble
"Is that Omar al-Mamluk? This is the Israeli army. You have only a few minutes to leave your house.
 arrow Asia to strengthen civilian-military disaster coop
Asia's top security forum, which includes the United States, China and Russia, plans to develop guidelines for civilian and military cooperation to ensure swift responses to natural disasters, officials
 arrow UN rights body asks US to shut 'secret' jails
The UN Human Rights Committee yesterday told Washington it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed
 arrow US slaps sanctions on 2 Indian firms
The Bush administration has decided to impose sanctions on two Indian firms for missile-related transactions with Iran, US officials told Reuters on Thursday.
 arrow Rice wins rave reviews for piano recital in KL
US top diplomat Condoleezza Rice won rave reviews Thursday for her musical performance at Asian security talks, despite skipping the traditional rowdy skits in favour of a sombre piano recital.
 arrow Pakistan haunted by Taliban question as Nato deploys
Almost five years after thousands of Taliban fighters fled Afghanistan to escape a US-led invasion, Pakistan is still unable to shake off suspicions that it is allowing them to operate from its soil.
 arrow As world warms, legal battles loom
Heatwaves, droughts and rising seas are likely to spur a spate of hard-to-prove lawsuits in the 21st century as victims seek to blame governments and companies for global warming, experts say.
 arrow Filipino Muslim militants kidnap two
Muslim militants abducted a bakery owner and her son on a remote southern Philippines island, a police official said yesterday, warning of a possible resurgence of kidnappings by notorious rebel group
 arrow Thousands flee Indonesian volcano
More than 3,000 villagers have fled the area around a volcano in eastern Indonesia after it started blasting out hot gas and lava, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nearly 100 dead, missing in China storm
The number of dead or missing in China from Typhoon Kaemi approached 100 yesterday, as gales and rains continued to batter the nation's densely populated eastern and central provinces, state media said.
 arrow Pakistan seeks West Bengal help to reform madrasas
Pakistan has sought the help of West Bengal to revamp its system of madrasas after accusations some of the Islamic schools teach religious hatred and are breeding grounds for militancy.
 arrow Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms
People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers saidon
 arrow Georgia rebel region vows to resist Tbilisi moves
Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia yesterday said it reserved the right to use force to stop Tbilisi setting up a local government headquarters in the Black Sea region, Interfax news agency reported.
 arrow Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms
People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers saidon
Editorialarrow Editorial: BNP's unfortunate clean chit to the EC
IT is very surprising, to say the least, that two ministers of the BNP would pay a visit to the Election Commission and give, what is to our mind, a clean chit to the CEC on its activities related tothe
 arrow Editorial: Opposition's road march
THE road march organised by the 14-party opposition alliance has so far been peaceful, with the demonstrators remaining disciplined and the law enforcers not showing their usual proclivity to pounce
 arrow Search for peace through violence?
IT has become clear over the last month that the conflict in Lebanon and the intrusion of Israeli forces into Gaza has little to do with the retrieving of three captured Israeli soldiers or the release
 arrow Controlling police and all that
DURING a recent exchange of views with the media some senior police officers of the Dhaka Metropolitan outfit have reportedly expressed the view that the police cannot perform their functions in the expected
 arrow Promoting tourism in SAARC countries
The tourism ministers of SAARC countries met in Cox's Bazar recently. The meeting was inaugurated by a person no less than the prime minister of Bangladesh herself.
StarTecharrow 'Made by Nokia' takes on 'grey' phones
The eastern coast of China has an economy high on steroids. Fuelled by massive infusions of foreign capital and technology, and guided by a single-party government determined to turn the country into a socialist superpower through dominance in manufacturing.
 arrow Satellite L30: great value against price for the locals
Toshiba Singapore Ltd. (TSL) and their local computing partner and sole distributor, International Office Machines (IOM), held a press conference at the IOM office grounds on July 18 on the occasion of launching their latest entry-level notebook, Satellite L30, which offers a blend of exceptional value for money and latest notebook mobile technology.
 arrow Intelligent cutting cure for local apparel industry
Lectra (France), considered one of the world leaders in production and development of software, CAD/CAM equipment and related services dedicated to large-scale users of textiles, including leather and
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