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Front Pagearrow Tk 270cr laundered money recovered
For the first time in the country's history, the government has retrieved Tk 270 crore of illegal money from seven businessmen and is expecting to recover around Tk 3,000 crore more soon.
 arrow Bhuiyan holds one-to-one meeting with Khaleda
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan met his party chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday at her cantonment residence in the capital.
 arrow No BNP reforms in Khaleda's absence
The BNP will not initiate any reforms in the party as long as its Chairperson Khaleda Zia is kept isolated from the leaders and workers.
 arrow AL men divided over reform issues
Awami League (AL) will start working towards reforms aiming to ensure intra-party democracy and transparency immediately after withdrawal of the ban on indoor politics.
 arrow 'Party won't face any problem if Khaleda goes abroad'
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger brother Sayeed Iskandar last night said the party will not miss the leadership of the party chief if she goes abroad.
 arrow Flight shortage jeopardises jobs of thousands in Malaysia
Shortage of flights and procedural bungling are greatly hampering manpower export to Malaysia forcing thousands of job seekers to wait for indefinite periods.
 arrow Australia-Sri Lanka final at Kensington Oval today
Australia will have a World Cup treble in their sights when they meet Sri Lanka in today's final at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
 arrow EC taking steps to free its sectt from PMO
The Election Commission (EC) has taken initiatives to separate its secretariat from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), now the office of the chief adviser.
 arrow Leaders of BNP, AL encouraged sending 2 top leaders abroad
Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said leaders of the two major parties (AL and BNP) had encouraged sending their two top leaders abroad to help reform their parties.
 arrow Morning in Room#162...

 arrow Hawking's zero gravity flight without wheelchair
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking soared into weightlessness Thursday on a zero gravity flight that allowed the leading expert on gravity to escape his wheelchair for a brief period of time.
 arrow Huge number of SIM, scratch cards seized for evading Tk 90 cr VAT
In a sudden drive on Thursday, officials of value added tax (VAT) Tejgaon zone recovered huge number of SIM cards and scratch cards of mobile phone operator Banglalink from its two sister concerns atGulshan.
 arrow Nor'wester death toll rises to 3 at Malibagh
Death toll in Thursday night's nor'wester rose to three as police confirmed death of another person yesterday.
 arrow Hazari sued in sports complex collapse case
Former Awami League leader Joynal Hazari and his three associates were sued on Thursday in connection with the 1999 Feni Sports Complex building collapse that left eight labourers killed.
 arrow Dangled traffic signal lights...

 arrow Road link, other issues discussed with Yangon
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday had a meeting with Acting Prime Minister of Myanmar Lt Gen Thein Sein at his office in Nay Pyi Taw.
 arrow Complainant jailed for false case
A person has been awarded two years' rigorous imprisonment for filing a false case with a Khulna court in 2003.
 arrow Tragic death of two brothers
Two brothers died as a truck hit a pickup carrying the dead body of their father near Ashukati Proshika office on Barisal-Dhaka highway yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Mother saves son but dies from fire injury
Khorsheda Begum was able to save her seven-month-old son during a fire at her home in Jatrabari in the capital Thursday night but she herself succumbed to her injuries yesterday morning.
 arrow Two murdered in city
A housewife and a labourer were murdered in the city's Kamrangirchar area late Thursday night. The deceased were identified as Nurunnahar Rupa, 19, and Delwar Hossain, 26.
 arrow Correction
In the report headlined "Govt unwilling to free EC sectt from PMO" published in The Daily Star yesterday, Debapriya Bhattacharya's speech delivered during a dialogue at the Election Commission (EC) was
 arrow UK, Bangladesh to work together for common values
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury has said it is vital for the people of UK and Bangladesh to articulate common values of peace, tolerance, social justice, human rights and democracy.
 arrow 8 hurt as live electric wire falls on them
Eight people suffered injuries when a live electric wire from an electric pole fell on them in the city's Jurain area yesterday.
 arrow Robber killed in encounter with Rab
A robber was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Shamlapur village under Baharchara Union of Teknaf upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Democrats blast Bush over Iraq policy
Democratic presidential hopefuls flashed their anti-war credentials Thursday night, heaping criticism on President Bush's Iraq policy in the first debate of the 2008 campaign.
 arrow Lanka shuts airport fearing Tiger attack
Sri Lanka was on high alert yesterday over the threat of another Tamil Tiger air attack, the morning after a suspicious aircraft forced the closure of the island's only international airport.
 arrow Myanmar to step up fight against Ulfa
Myanmar has promised to step up military action against all Indian separatist rebels operating from its territory, an Indian official said yesterday following security talks between the neighbours.
 arrow Top al-Qaeda operative taken into US custody
A top al-Qaeda commander who led operations in Afghanistan and plotted the assassination of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has been taken into US custody, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.
 arrow Chechen rebels down helicopter: 18 killed
Up to 18 servicemen died yesterday when a Russian military helicopter was shot down in renewed violence in Chechnya, Russian news agencies quoted military officials as saying.
Businessarrow Factory owners seek 18 months to set up effluent treatment plants
Although the government wants the installation of effluent treatment plants (ETPs) in all the factories especially in the textile sector by the next six months, entrepreneurs say they need 18 months.
 arrow Airlines, tour operators offer 5-25pc discounts
Airlines and tour operators are offering attractive discounts at the three-day international tourism fair that attracted a huge turnout on its second day yesterday.
 arrow Emirates profit up 25pc to $844m
Dubai's Emirates airline posted Thursday a 25 percent surge in its annual profits to 844 million dollars in the financial year 2006-07 despite high fuel costs. The carrier's revenues totaled 8.
 arrow Citibank launches online trade solution
Citibank NA Bangladesh recently launched end-to-end online trade solution for its clients at a function in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow India becomes London's 2nd biggest source of investment
India has become the second-biggest source of new foreign investment into London, behind only the United States, a report released on Friday said.
 arrow Eastland Camellia defers AGM
The Board of Directors of Eastland Camellia Ltd at a meeting on Sunday decided to hold the next annual general meeting (AGM) of the company on July 18, 2007 instead of May 8 as decided and intimated through
 arrow Uttara Finance declares 10pc cash, 20pc stock dividends
Uttara Finance and Investments Ltd has declared a 10 percent cash dividend and a 20 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow US appears unmoved by weak dollar
The dollar's latest slide has stimulated little reaction from US authorities, with analysts saying a weak greenback may benefit Washington at a time of preoccupation with Asia, especially China.
 arrow Wolfowitz complains of shabby treatment
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz has accused the development lender's board of treating him "shabbily and unfairly" as he battles to retain his job, according to a report Thursday.
 arrow Citigroup succeeds in Nikko bid
Citigroup said Friday that it had triumphed in its massive takeover offer for Nikko Cordial, securing a majority stake in the scandal-tainted Japanese securities firm for 7.7 billion dollars.
 arrow Yahoo plans big for India
India is set to become Yahoo's hub for designing and handling of products and services in Asia and Latin America in line with its emphasis on the emerging markets.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 22-April 26, 2007
Local FX Market
The demand for US dollar was high throughout the week. Higher demand caused the USD to rise against the Bangladeshi taka this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: SL playing for the world
Sri Lanka have the chance to prove that international cricket is not simply a case of Australia and the rest when they face the double-defending champions in Saturday's World Cup final here at Kensington
 arrow Cricket: Slingers take stage
They're the youngest slin-gers in town, but Shaun Tait and La-sith Malinga know that Saturday's World Cup final shootout can produce only one winner.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela's time
When Mahela Jayawardene played his last World Cup match in 2003, he ne-ver thought that four years later he would be aiming to become the first captain to stop the Australian juggernaut.
 arrow Cricket: Murali hopes for war wounds
Muttiah Mu-ralidaran ho-pes that a Sri Lanka victory in Saturday's World Cup final against champions Australia can help heal the war wounds of his strife-torn country.
 arrow Cricket: Eleven reasons...
Australia are the favourites to win another World Cup title on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Prayers in earnest
Sri Lanka is agog with World Cup fever with even Buddhist monks, Hindu and Catholic priests and Muslim clerics rallying to seek spiritual support for the home team.
 arrow Football: Ctg Abahani's second win
Rahmatganj paid for numerous misses as Chittagong Abahani came from a goal down to beat the old Dhaka outfit 2-1 in an entertaining B. League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: The finals so far
The inaugural 1975 World Cup in England was virtually unrecognisable by modern standards, for it was not all about glamour and slam-bang batting now associated with one-day cricket.
 arrow Cricket: WC not for fans
They may be arch rivals on the cricket field but as fans they agreed on one thing: this World Cup was expensive and lacked the Caribbean flavour at the match venues.
 arrow Cricket: 'We are tough to beat'
Aussie batsman Michael Clarke says Sri Lanka will have to produce an amazing performance if they are to clinch a shock World Cup final win on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: The lucky Punter
If there is one skipper who is smiling all the way in the World Cup, it is Australian Ricky Ponting whose side have been crushing all opposition with ruthless efficiency.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath set for farewell
He was branded too old and too hittable. But like the horse who won the Derby despite being bred for a shorter distance, if someone told Glenn McGrath this was a World Cup too far, he didn't hear them.
 arrow Football: Osasuna stun Sevilla
Spanish league strugglers Osasuna turned on the style to claim a precious 1-0 home win over reigning UEFA Cup champions Sevilla in the first leg of their semifinal here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Viv declares his WC XI
Vivian Richards praised the contribution to world cricket of Muttiah Muralidaran after naming the off-spinner in his team of the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Thrilling win for Jamalpur
A brace each by Milon and Shamsul helped Jamalpur win a seven-goal thriller against Manikganj at Sherpur yesterday in the first stage of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship.
 arrow Football: Russel's regrets
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra regretted the incidents following their 1-0 loss to Arambagh in last week's B. League match.
 arrow Cricket: Bucknor gets five on five
West Indies umpire Steve Bucknor will officiate in an unprecedented fifth World Cup final on Saturday after being named by the ICC to oversee the 2007 title clash between Australia and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bounce me, if you can'
Sri Lanka's marauding opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya has thrown down the gauntlet at the Australians to bounce him if they can in Saturday's final of the cricket World Cup.
 arrow Football: New hair day for Becks
David Beckham is sporting a new platinum blonde hairstyle as he prepares to bring down the curtain on his Real Madrid career before joining American club Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.
 arrow Football: High noon for giants
Like heavyweights hauling themselves off their stools for the 12th round, Manchester United and Chelsea must find the energy to resume slugging on Saturday as their gruelling title bout edges nearer a
 arrow Football: All roads lead to Rome
With Inter Milan having clinched the Italian league title last Sunday, the Rome derby takes centre stage in Serie A this weekend as second-placed Roma take on fierce rivals Lazio.
 arrow Football: Praise premature: Fergie
Sir Alex Fergu-son claims praise for his Manchester United side is premature ahead of the final weeks of the campaign.
 arrow Football: Schalke vow title
Schalke 04's Bra-zilian midfielder Lincoln insisted on Thursday his side will do "whatever it takes" in their quest to lift their first Bundes-liga title.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann still keen on coaching
Germany boss Juergen Klinsmann revealed on Thursday he is set to return to coaching and will be spending the summer considering job offers -- from both clubs and countries.
 arrow Football: Woodgate seals Boro deal
England defender Jonathan Woodgate has handed Middlesbrough a huge boost by agreeing to transform his season-long loan move from Real Madrid into a permanent transfer.
 arrow Football: Zlatan undergoes surgery
Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone surgery in the Netherlands to strengthen his abdominal wall, the recently crowned Serie A champions said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Coal policy likely to be finalised next month
The proposed coal policy is likely to be finalised next month as the energy ministry has expedited its move to get it ready.
 arrow Six killed in road accidents
Six people were killed and 53 others, including eight army personnel, were injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday and on Thursday.
 arrow 'Debate helps bring positive changes to people's mind'
Debate is a form of art which possesses enormous power to bring positive changes to people's mind, attitude and interaction with others, said speakers at the inaugural ceremony of a debate competition
 arrow 'Reduce number of govt organisations to curb corruption'
Former adviser to the caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday suggested reducing the number of government-owned organisations in order to curb corruption.
 arrow Strengthening local govt a must for food security
Strengthening local government and increasing people's purchasing power are crucial to ensure food security of the marginalised people, participants at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Sher-e-Bangla
The 45th death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque was observed in the capital and elsewhere of the country in a befitting manner yesterday.
 arrow Country's southern zone faces severe power crisis
Twenty-one districts of Khulna and Barisal Divisions including greater Faridpur have been in the grip of severe power crisis since last four months.
 arrow Khasia leaders protest harassment by forest officials
Leaders of the Khasia community of Moulavibazar yesterday submitted a letter to the deputy commissioner urging him to protect them from "harassment" by forest officials.
 arrow BCL leader arrested in Jhenidah
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader from his residence at Adarshapara in the district town yesterday afternoon.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 28th edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Ctg Govt High School, Ctg Grammar School win quiz competition
Chittagong Government High School and Chittagong Grammar School (CGS) won the OFA-Purbokone Inter-School Quiz Competition in Bangla and English medium respectively that ended at Chittagong Press Club(CPC)
 arrow Criminal with revolver held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a leader of Jasim-Kana Salam gang of Lalbagh from Dohar yesterday.
 arrow Manpower agent arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a manpower agent along with a firearm at Segunbagicha in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on violence against women in Khulna today
Multi-Sectoral Programme on Violence Against Women (MSP-VAW) (first phase) under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs will hold a workshop at Hotel Royal International in the city today.
 arrow International Dance Day tomorrow
The International Dance Day will be celebrated tomorrow across the country. Nrityadhara, a forum of professional dancers, has taken up a special programme on the occasion, says a press release.
 arrow Dissemination seminar on 'Serve the Essentials' held
Oxfam GB, Development Wheel (DEW) and the Department of Sociology, Rajshahi University jointly organised a dissemination seminar on the report 'Serve the Essentials' at the Darbar Hall in Rajshahi onThursday,
 arrow Prof Anwar, Prof Alam new AUST VC, treasurer
Prof M Anwar Hossain and Prof Kazi Shariful Alam have been appointed as vice-chancellor and treasurer of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), sponsored by Dhaka Ahsania Mission, says
 arrow Appeal for help
Parents of Mariam Aktar, a class nine student of Khilgaon Ali Ahmed High School, have sought financial assistance for treatment of their daughter, who has been suffering from spinal cord disorder, says
Nationalarrow Pay arrears of jute mill workers
Leaders of civil society and 'Udbigno Nagorik Samaj' headed by Khushi Kabir yesterday visited three laid off state-owned jute mills in Khalishpur Industrial Area and urged the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation
 arrow Thousands of shoal children suffer from malnutrition
Abul,7-month-old son of Quayum of Arazi Joydeb char (shoal) in Gangachhara upazila died of chronic pneumonia a few days ago. Quayum took the baby to a NGO-run clinic at the village in a critical condition.
 arrow Tk 1cr timber damaging in Moulvibazar
Timbers worth about taka one crore are being damaged at five forest offices in Moulvibazar due to lengthy procedure of tender invitation to sell timbers.
 arrow Two Indians convicted in arms case
Two Indian nationals have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for different terms by a court here on charges of intrusion into the Bangladesh territory with firearms and sharp weapons in 2000.
 arrow 1,375 killed in Barisal road crashes in 5 yrs
A total of 1,375 people including children and women, were killed in 809 road accidents in six southern districts under Barisal division in the last five years.
 arrow Schoolboy killed in Chandpur
A minor boy of class VI was allegedly strangled to death at Chor Mothura village under Faridganj upazila in Chandpur on Thursday night. The deceased was identified as Mamun, son of Abdul Mannan.
 arrow 'Corrupt' REB official held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an official of Rural Electrification Board (REB) from his Dinajpur office while he was taking bribe form another officials of his office on Wednesday.
 arrow Capt Shujat Ali laid to rest
Capt (retd) Muhammad Shujat Ali, a valiant freedom fighter and former lawmaker, was laid to rest with full state honour at Debidwar in Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Arms seized
The joint forces in a sudden drive seized huge quantities of arms and ammunitions from village Palipara under Potnitola upazila in Naogaon on Wednesday, police sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Gas-coal disasters and corporate criminal liability
In recent years, particularly in the west, there has been increasing concern over the threat to public safety caused by the failure of corporations and companies to provide adequate safety standards for
 arrow Why is SAARC progressing so slowly?
We concluded the 14th SAARC Summit in New Delhi with the vision of a South Asian community that will ensure free flow of goods, services, peoples, technologies, knowledge, capital, culture and ideas in
 arrow Iraqi refugees become a headache
It seems that President Bush does not appear to have learnt any lesson during the last four years of fallacious war in Iraq.
Culturearrow Space to fill up
Is photography an art?" -- the debate continues as photography has struggled through one and half centuries to place itself as a fine art. To many, photography is a merely a reproductive medium.
 arrow 'Shui': Romance and regrets
Shui, a film on social evils by Shams Shuman, had its premiere on April 26 at the Alliance Francaise, Dhaka. The film brings to light the fears and travails of a copywriter working for an ad agency.
 arrow An evening of recitation by Konthoshilon
Konthoshilon, a cultural organisation held a recitation programme at Shaokat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Centre Public Library on April 26.
 arrow 'American Idol' charity donations top $60 million
An American Idol charity special filled with wrenching pictures of impoverished children and celebrity appeals raised more than US $60 million, Fox said last Thursday.
Internationalarrow US attack on Iran would be ‘terrible mistake’
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said a possible US attack on Iran would be a "terrible mistake", in an interview published here yesterday.
 arrow Abe meets Bush in 1st White House trip
US President George W Bush welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time at the White House Thursday, with baseball and golf coming up in their conversation at dinner.
 arrow Afghan district governor killed in Taliban attacks
Taliban violence erupted across Afghanistan yesterday with rebels killing a district governor and police chief and dozens of militants attacking Nato troops The administration and police chiefs ofGiro
 arrow Drugs cause addiction by 'remodelling' brain: Study
A heroin addict aching for a fix years after kicking the habit is not simply weak-willed but may be tormented by enduring changes in the brain caused by the drug itself, according a groundbreaking study
 arrow Congress clears Iraq bill, Bush vows veto
In a bold wartime challenge to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress cleared legislation Thursday to begin withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by Oct 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six
 arrow 'Kosovo is ready for independence'
Kosovo is ready for independence, its ethnic Albanian leaders told UN envoys visiting the disputed Serbian province on Friday to test its readiness to become the world's newest state.
 arrow Climate change heats up Arctic geopolitics
Global warming has the United States and Canada scrambling to overhaul their strategies for controlling North America's vast Arctic, as sea passage grows easier and natural gas resources beckon.
 arrow No 'serious debate' ahead of Iraq invasion
Former CIA director George Tenet says in a new book that there was no serious debate within the US administration ahead of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, according to US media reports Friday.
 arrow Doctors carry out first 'no-scar surgery' to remove gallbladder
Doctors in eastern France said Thursday they had carried out the world's first 'no-scar' surgery, using hi-tech instruments to remove the gallbladder of a 30-year-old patient via her vagina.
 arrow Terror suspects plotted air attacks on Saudi oil plant
Saudi Arabia on Friday said it had arrested 172 terror suspects, along with weapons and wads of cash, with some of the militants plotting airborne attacks on oil facilities and army bases.
 arrow 'Planet emergency 55m years ago was global warming'
Cataclysmic volcanic eruptions in Greenland and the British Isles brought on a destructive bout of global warming 55 million years ago, an international study revealed Thursday.
 arrow Immigration-related cases clog US courts
Immigration-related felony cases are swamping federal courts along the Southwest border, forcing judges to handle hundreds more cases than their peers elsewhere.
 arrow Scientists find new diabetes genetic risk factors
US and Finnish scientists have identified four new specific genetic variations linked to an increased risk of diabetes in adults, according to a report published Thursday in the United States.
 arrow 19,000 still on death row: Amnesty
Judicial executions dropped sharply in 2006, but at least 19,000 people remained on death row at the end of the year, Amnesty International said in its annual report published yesterday.
 arrow Gere apologises to Indians over Shetty kiss
Hollywood star Richard Gere, ordered arrested by an Indian court for kissing Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, offered on Friday a "sincere apology" for any offence he caused.
 arrow Rockets kill four in Pak tribal area
Four people were killed and three wounded early yesterday when rockets fired by suspected militants hit a house in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Separate EC from PMO
We fail to comprehend the logic why the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat is still under the control of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 arrow Editorial: BSMMU in distress
One is pained to learn about the dismal state of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and its hospital.
 arrow Controlling prices and improving living conditions
Consumers in Bangladesh have realised over the last year that they have very few options.
 arrow Paying for the sins of West
This God-forsaken region comprising India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives has found time to discuss everything under the sun, but never the environment, ecology or climate.
 arrow Voter ID and other thoughts
There is no doubt that the state of emergency has saved the country from chaos and destruction. The caretaker government of Dr.
StarTecharrow ICT to surmount disability
In our country, there are thousands of predicaments for a disable person. There is no such constitutional opportunity for the Person with Disability (PWD) so that they will not fall victim to discrimination.
 arrow Microsoft, D.Net to create skilled manpower
Microsoft Bangladesh and Development Research Network (D.
 arrow Nokia unveils trio of feature rich phones
Nokia unveiled three new high end models for the Bangladesh market that show how the boundaries are blurring between the internet world, mobility and the consumer electronics industry, says a press release.
 arrow Strong Enough

Literaturearrow Kaiser Haq: Forty Years' Worth of Poem
Kaiser Haq is a certified, born-and-bred Dhaka-ite--St.
 arrow Dhaka-fied, casually: poems in subcontinental english
At a local coffee shop in Kolkata, I overhear two men talking about an ex-colleague being 'Bangalored.' Unable to resist the temptation, I ask them what being 'Bangalored' means.
 arrow Experiencing Kaiser Haq's poetry
(The following is an excerpt of a talk given at the book launching of Kaiser Haq's Published in the Streets of Dhaka on 17 February, 2007.
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