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Front Page arrow 4 drown, 10 missing as picnickers go berserk
Four people drowned and 10 others including a minor girl went missing in the Buriganga after clashes involving two groups of picnickers and Ansars on board a launch at Sadarghat last night.
 arrow Militants regrouping, three bodies unite under single banner
Banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres are regrouping along with the fellow militants of Insaf and Allar Dal to see through the job of establishing Islamic law in the country.
 arrow C'wealth chief urges Dhaka for roadmap to credible polls
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon has expressed his hope that political parties in Bangladesh will play a constructive role in supporting a peaceful environment for the conduct of credible elections.
 arrow Rush of patients at hospitals
An outbreak of diarrhoea and other diseases due to the scorching heat of midsummer is causing a huge rush of patients at different hospitals of the capital.
 arrow Winning a long legal battle not enough for Wahed!
Even after winning a long legal battle, an employee of the Directorate of Land Records and Survey (DLRS) is still waiting for his back pay.
 arrow CNG-run three-wheelers ignore new fare rate
CNG-run autorickshaw drivers in the capital are not following the new fare structure for these three-wheelers alleging that they are forced to pay the owners much more than the government-fixed amount.
 arrow Four university, college students feared drowned
Four university and college students were feared drowned while taking bath in the Padma at Louhojong yesterday.
 arrow Owner of Gazi Tank picked up from residence
Armed men identifying themselves as members of the joint forces picked up Gazi Golam Dastagir, owner of Gazi Tank, from his residence in the city in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow 3 bombs recovered near Chuadanga railway station
Three bombs were recovered from a spot only 100 yards from Chuadanga Railway Station yesterday.
 arrow Yunus hopes all Bangladeshis to have access to micro-credit by 2010
Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday hoped that all Bangladeshis will have access to microcredit by 2010, as he turned his full attention to his brainchild after stepping aside on Thursday fromhis
 arrow Work on foot over-bridge suspended in face of protests
The Public Works Department (PWD) has finally suspended the construction of the foot over-bridge over the Ramna Lake in the face of protests from the environmentalists.
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 arrow Roadmap okayed for stemming greenhouse gas emissions
Delegates from 120 countries approved the first roadmap for stemming greenhouse gas emissions yesterday, laying out what they said was an affordable arsenal of anti-warming measures that must be rushed
 arrow Arrested Jubo League man dies in hospital
A local Jubo League leader, who was arrested by navy personnel on Thursday, died at Teknaf Sadar Hospital in Cox's Bazar early yesterday.
 arrow Redwan's property attached
The law enforcers yesterday attached moveable properties of former state minister and LDP presidium member Redwan Ahmed from his house at Matadda village in Chandina upazila.
 arrow BSF guns down cattle trader in Kurigram
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Gaytapara border under Roumari upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Bush no more a most influential man
US President George W. Bush has been dropped from Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people for the first time, in a further sign of his flagging political fortunes.
 arrow 12 doped and robbed
At least 12 people, including a Saudi expatriate, were robbed after being drugged in the capital yesterday. All the victims were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment.
 arrow Police raids 4 DU halls
Police raided four halls of Dhaka University (DU) early yesterday in search of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men who took part in separate processions violating
 arrow Extortion case against Ilyas Ali goes to DB
The extortion case filed against former BNP lawmaker Ilyas Ali and two others has been transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) for investigation.
 arrow 13 Natore BNP men sued for 'extortion'
Natore BNP General Secretary Shahidul Islam Bachchu and 12 others have been sued on charges of extortion.
 arrow 7 JMB men got BRDB loan in Jhalakathi
A high government official yesterday acknowledged that the seven JMB top terrorists who were awarded death sentence received loans from Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB).
 arrow Depression over Bay
The well-marked low over east central Bay and its adjoining areas moved slightly north-northeastwards and intensified into a depression yesterday morning.
 arrow Royal warns of violence if Sarkozy wins
Socialist Segolene Royal warned yesterday that France could slide into violence if Nicolas Sarkozy wins the presidency as the rightwinger extended his poll lead on the final day of the hard fought campaign.
 arrow Labour suffer losses in local votes
Tony Blair, in his last electoral test as British prime minister, saw his Labour Party suffer losses in Scotland and Wales yesterday as results filtered through in local and regional elections.
 arrow Pak-Afghan 'peace jirga' set for Aug 1
About 700 tribal elders, politicians and other influential people from Afghanistan and Pakistan will meet August 1 for a traditional "jirga" on the Taliban insurgency, the Afghan president said Friday.
 arrow Ukraine rivals agree on early elections
Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych agreed Friday to hold early parliamentary elections, signalling an end to a bitter power struggle in the ex-Soviet republic.
Businessarrow RMG exporters now to pay only fixed terminal handling charges
Apparel manufacturers from now on will not be required to pay extra charges to shipping agents and vessel operators.
 arrow Tech transfer stressed to export processed foods to Japan
Speakers at a seminar on Thursday said Bangladesh can carve a niche in the lucrative Japanese processed food market by using Japan's technology in local agriculture sector.
 arrow World Bank, IMF face crisis of credibility
The World Bank and IMF grappled with internal upheaval Tuesday, rocked by a scandal that threatens the job of bank president Paul Wolfowitz and Venezuela's surprise decision to withdraw from both powerful
 arrow Indo-Pak trade under Safta can't be delinked from politics
Pakistan has suggested that strengthening trade relations with India under South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) cannot be delinked from political issues and wanted New Delhi to provide a 'level-playing'
 arrow India, China border trade reopens
Asian giants India and China have reopened trade via a famed alpine Silk Road route a month earlier than scheduled in response to demands from businesses on both sides, a local official said Thursday.
 arrow SAIF Powertec launches SMS service to locate containers on port yard
SAIF Powertec Limited, a private sector operator of Chittagong Container Terminal, has launched SMS service for locating containers on the port yard, says a press release.
 arrow Tata Group still serious about investment in Bangladesh
Far from abandoning its $3 billion investment plan in Bangladesh, the Tata Group Thursday said it would pursue the steel, power and fertiliser projects after polls to elect a new government in that country.
 arrow S'pore-Norway shipyard in Vietnam wins $250m deal
A joint venture shipyard between a Singapore firm and Norway's Aker Yards said Friday it has clinched a 250 million US dollar deal to build six specialised vessels for use in the booming oil and gas industry.
 arrow US adds 88,000 jobs in April
US employers added 88,000 jobs in April, the government said Friday in a sign of weaker-than-expected economic activity. The unemployment rate ticked up a notch to 4.5 percent from 4.
 arrow Asian finance ministers to seek deeper financial ties
Asian finance ministers meet here today to try to bolster their defences against another economic crisis but one of their loftiest goals -- a common currency -- still seems decades away at least.
 arrow Chavez may nationalise banks
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned he will nationalise the country's banks and largest steel producer in an apparent bid to strong-arm the businesses to contribute more to local industry.
 arrow Unilever to support school for poor children
Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) and Shathi Shamaj Kalyan Samity (SSKS) signed an agreement on Thursday to continue Unilever's support to the operation of a school for underprivileged children, saysa
 arrow Canada unveils million-dollar coin
The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the world's first 100-kilogram (220.5-pound) pure gold bullion coin Thursday, worth one million Canadian dollars (850,000 US), breaking a record for value.
 arrow Asian stocks rally back into the record books
Asian stocks rallied sharply higher Friday with investors following Wall Street's lead and pushing many regional benchmarks further into record territory.
 arrow Asean, EU agree to launch FTA
Southeast Asian states and the European Union agreed Friday to launch free trade negotiations, setting aside differences over alleged human rights violations in army-ruled Myanmar, officials said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
April 29-May 03, 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 in this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Spotlight on fielding
The most commonly shouted word regarding the Bangladesh cricket team is undoubtedly 'consistency'.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI softens stance
The Indian cricket board today softened its stand on the issue of contracts signing of the Bangladesh-bound Indian cricketers, saying it was not necessary that they should do so before leaving for Dhaka
 arrow Cricket: Australia to scrap Zim tour
The Australian government signalled Friday that it is likely to call on the country's world champion cricketers to cancel a planned tour of Zimbabwe this year.
 arrow Cricket: SL Academy strengthen position
Sri Lanka Academy consolidated their position in the first four-day match against Bangladesh Academy on the second day when the visitors came up with a solid batting display.
 arrow Football: Rahmatganj end losing streak
Rahmatganj earned their first point in a couple of months when they held Farashganj 0-0 in yesterday's old-Dhaka derby at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: BCB's reception to Tigers today
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will accord a reception to the national cricket team this evening at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel for their successful mission in the just concluded World Cup in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh arrange tour to NZ
Bangladesh will tour New Zealand in December and January for two Tests and three one-day internationals, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin switches back to heavy bat
India's batting star Sachin Tendulkar could switch back to using a heavy bat during the tour of Bangladesh.
 arrow Local Snippets
Rajshahi booked the last final round berth of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship when they emerged Jaipurhat zone champions.
 arrow Cricket: Life, death and pace
Whatever else is true of Shoaib Akhtar, this much cannot be denied that he has a way.
 arrow Cricket: Lee, Tait gearing up
Shaun Tait and Brett Lee could form an intimidating new-ball partnership after Ricky Ponting said they could both fit into the same side.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan rejects India job
John Buchanan will pursue a career as a "mentor coach" after turning down an indirect offer to replace Greg Chappell in India.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart join title race
Stuttgart VfB coach Armin Veh insists his side will not let last weekend's win go to their collective heads after they entered the Bundesliga title-race with a vengeance.
 arrow Football: All Spanish finale
Sevilla's remarkable season continued on Thursday as Juande Ramos's defending champions reached the final of the UEFA Cup at the expense of Osasuna.
 arrow Football: Gunners sight Chelsea scalp
Arsenal will this weekend seek to draw a line under a disappointing season by wrecking Chelsea's last remaining chance of claiming a third straight Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Banana skin for Barca
Six games to go in the tightest three-way Spanish title race for five years and reigning champions Barcelona have a single point lead over Sevilla with Real Madrid just another point back in third.
 arrow Football: Gerrard close to mega deal
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is close to signing a new four-deal at the club, believed to be worth 120,000 pounds per week.
 arrow Football: Dogfight for Flying Donkeys
Chievo, whose six-year stay in Serie A has been nothing short of remarkable given the humble club's limited resources, face a must-win clash at home to relegation rivals Parma on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Moody mulls his options
Sri Lanka's coach Tom Moody will decide his future with the World Cup runners-up later this month, a Sri Lankan Cricket official said Friday. "Tom departed for Britain on a holiday," K.
 arrow Football: BFF picks irregular players
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named seven players who have been irregular in their teams in the 20-member under-23 squad for this month's exhibition match against Oldham Athletic U-20s.
 arrow Football: Kaiser confirms Toni interest
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has confirmed the club's interest in signing Italian World Cup-winning striker Luca Toni from Serie A side Fiorentina.
 arrow Football: Berlu opens Sheva door
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi says he would gladly welcome back Andriy Shevchenko if the Ukrainian striker ever decides he wants to leave Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Crespo hoping for Inter stay
Hernan Crespo is hoping to stay on loan at recently-crowned Serie A champions Inter Milan rather than return to Chelsea to serve the final year of his contract with the English Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Lyon eyeing recruits
French champions Lyon will seek to recruit three top-level players in the off-season, president Jean-Michel Aulas said Friday, confirming that Gerard Houllier would continue to coach the club.
Metropolitanarrow Take programmes to spread edn in rural areas
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on the Lions Club to take special programmes to spread education in rural areas along with their service-oriented activities.
 arrow Concern over violation of women's rights
Speakers at a conference in The Hague recently expressed concern over the violation of women's rights in Bangladesh. They also demanded enactment and implementation of laws in order to improve thesituation.
 arrow Hasina says she is ready to face charges
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has said she will return home on Monday to face what she calls "fictitious" murder and extortion charges filed against her while she was travelling in the United States and Europe, according to a report published in The Washington Times on Thursday.
 arrow Call for preserving Halda fish resources
Stakeholders put emphasis on taking effective short and long term measures with involvement of both public and private sectors to preserve the bio-diversity and indigenous fish species of Halda river,
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
Two people were killed and 30 others injured in two separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Students dream of poverty-free Bangladesh in 2021
A number of young students yesterday said they want to celebrate the golden jubilee of the War of Liberation in 2021 in a country that would be free from poverty, corruption, communalism and militancy
 arrow Extend support to govt in war against corruption
Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has urged people to extend spontaneous support to the government in its war against corruption. "Our law enforcers are trying to curb corruption.
 arrow Islamabad wants to strengthen ties with Dhaka
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said his country attaches importance to its relations with Bangladesh, saying that there is a great scope to increase cooperation in a host of areas.
 arrow Three illegal lubricant factories unearthed
Joint forces yesterday unearthed three illegal lubricant factories and seized huge quantity of adulterated lubricants at Sitakunda upazila in the district.
 arrow 1,560 sacks of fertiliser seized in Madaripur
Some 1,560 sacks of fertiliser and a huge amount of spurious 'zarda' were recovered in separate drives in the district in the last two days.
 arrow 2 drug peddlers held with ganja, phensidyl
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested two drug peddlers and seized huge quantities of contraband ganja and phensidyl from Rangpur and Kurigram districts on Thursday, Rab and policesources
 arrow Training on refugee law begins today
A three-day residential training on refugee law begins today at the Proshika Human Resource Development Centre Trust at Koitta in Manikganj district.
 arrow 'Donate blood to save millions of lives'
Speakers at a function yesterday urged people to donate blood voluntarily to serve humanity. They said blood donation could help save millions of people affected by various diseases.
 arrow Bodies of two young girls recovered
Police recovered bodies of two young girls from separate places in the city in the last two days.
 arrow 10 fall sick after taking watermelon in Rajbari
Ten people fell sick after taking watermelon at Hugladangi village in Baliakandi yesterday.
 arrow Sonargaon programmes on Mothers Day
Pan Pacific Sonargaon has drawn up a number of programmes to celebrate International Mothers Day on May 13, says a press release.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Salam joins Shanto- Mariam University as director
Lt Col (Retd) Abdus Salam Mian has joined Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology as director recently, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 10 hurt as villagers attack REB office for power
All offices of rural electrification board (REB) in Khulna district have been brought under tight security following attack on a REB office in Batiaghata upazila on Thursday for smooth power supply.
 arrow 2 JCD leaders confess to involvement
A magistrate court in Kushtia on Thursday rejected a police prayer for remand of the two Jatyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack on a journalists' convention
 arrow Sramik Dal secretary among 10 held in Khagrachhari
Joint forces yesterday arrested Khagrachhari district Sramik Dal organising secretary Mohammad Nurul Amin and nine leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Chhatra League, student fronts
 arrow BNP leader among 10 charge-sheeted in Barisal
Police framed charges against 10 persons including a BNP leader, a ward commissioner and a brother of Barisal City Corporation (BCC) Mayor for carrying on illegal VOIP business and depriving the government
 arrow ACC sues Manikganj municipal chairman
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sued Manikganj Pourasabha chairman Ramjan Ali and its contractor Amirul Islam, also proprietor of Messrs Mahua Construction, on charge of misappropriating Tk 7,48,110
 arrow 2 journalists hurt in attack by criminals
Two journalists were injured in an attack by criminals in Kalapara upazila Thursday midnight.
 arrow BSF abducts 5 cattle traders
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted five Bangladeshi cattle traders in Kalupota border under Hasnabad Police Station of 24, Parganas in West Bengal, India opposite Shibnagar border in Debhata
 arrow Freedom fighter buried with state honour
Abdul Latif Chowdhury, a freedom fighter and a retired police official, was laid to rest with full state honour at a graveyard attached to the shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) after Zohar prayers yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Constraints of coal mining
The recent death of a British mining expert inside the Barapukuria coal mine has rekindled the question of safely in the mine.
 arrow CPI and Bangladesh
Every year Transparency International (TI) publishes a "Corruption Perception Index" CPI). Till 2005, Bangladesh was listed as the most corrupt country for consecutive five times.
 arrow Prices of essentials out of control
After the promulgation of emergency and take over by the new caretaker government led by Dr.
 arrow President Bush's paradox
A series of scandals has rocked the Bush administration. This is the third time in 6 years that it is having serious political problems.
Culturearrow Sister act: Pramila, Mridula and their love for music
It runs in the family, as the saying goes.
 arrow Shilpakala pays tribute to Khan Ataur Rahman
Department of Theatre and Film of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a discussion and a staged a play on May 3 at the National Theatre Stage to pay homage to Khan Ataur Rahman (1928-1997), a
 arrow Regional Theatre Workshop by ITI, Bangladesh held
Bangladesh Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), in association with ITI Theatre Education Committee, organised a Regional Theatre Workshop, titled Encountering Images, for young theatre
 arrow Enigmatic computerised art
Rabi Khan, who has been doing digital painting for five years, had an exhibition of his work at the Alliance Francaise, Dhaka recently. He had studied computer graphics at Montreal.
Generalarrow SSC examinee dies after fight over cricket
An SSC examinee, who suffered severe head injuries during a quarrel over a cricket match in Morelganj, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iran blames US for terror acts in Iraq
Iran accused the United States of terrorist acts in Iraq during an international meeting yesterday aimed at discussing security cooperation in the war-torn country.
 arrow No troop cut in Kashmir despite drop in killings
India should maintain massive troop levels in its part of divided Kashmir even though the daily death toll from a Muslim insurgency has fallen to an all-time low, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Lankan Airlines halts night flights
Sri Lanka's national carrier announced yesterday it was halting night flights in and out of the island's only international airport with immediate affect amid fears of more nocturnal Tamil Tiger raids.
 arrow Lanka storms leave 15 dead
At least 15 people have died following heavy monsoon rains and flash floods in Sri Lanka's capital and nearby coastal areas, police and hospitals said yesterday.
 arrow Rice, Iran official have little contact
Iran's foreign minister walked out of a dinner of diplomats where he was seated directly across from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on the pretext that the female violinist entertaining the gathering
 arrow US eyes steps to ease Israel, Palestine row
The US has submitted a document with deadlines for easing Palestinian movement and improving Israeli security, including removing Israeli roadblocks in the West Bank and halting Palestinian rocket fire,
 arrow Lifestyle changes key to fighting global warming
Individuals have an important role to play in tackling global warming, not just governments and industry, experts said here Friday as they called for people to change their lifestyles.
 arrow Turkish ruling party pushes for reforms
Turkey's ruling party has formally submitted a package of major reforms to parliament, including a proposal to elect the president by a popular vote, following a political crisis that triggered mass protests.
 arrow Army officer killed in Cuban plane hijack attempt
A pair of heavily armed Cuban soldiers seized a city bus, killed an army officer and triggered a gun battle in a foiled bid to hijack a charter flight bound for the United States.
 arrow Iran refuses to budge at nuclear meeting
Iran's refusal to budge on its objections to the agenda of a nuclear conference pushed the meeting closer to collapse Thursday, as diplomats said Tehran had set up hundreds more centrifuge machines to
 arrow Global warming could empty world's rice bowl
In Thailand, rice is more than just a food -- it is said to represent life itself.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Juvenile offenders
It is a disconcerting news that though there is a High Court order that explicitly tells the authorities to keep the juvenile accused in correction centres instead of normal jails with adult criminals,
 arrow Editorial: Why take it out on patients?
Dhaka Medical College Hospital was brought to a standstill for at least two hours on Thursday because of clashes between doctors and fourth class employees originating in what appeared to be a trivial
 arrow Politics, development, security and democracy
With advancements in science and technology, and in the principles of administration and management, new words and phrases have been added to the English language.
 arrow Why irregularities in the appointment of judges?
While speaking as chief guest at a reception accorded to senior lawyers at the Noakhali bar on April 29, Chief Justice (CJ) M Ruhul Amin said that it would take at least 20 years to correct the irregularities
 arrow Benazir's dilemma
I am not surprised at Benazir Bhutto's wanting to have an understanding with President General Pervez Musharraf.
StarTecharrow New age display technologies
Display units are an integral component of any computer system. We depend on it to see the output of any given instruction.
 arrow New toys read brain waves
A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber. But this is no chintzy Halloween costume.
 arrow Asus unveils W5Fm Notebook
The latest W5Fm model of the Asus notebook laptop has been unveiled by the Global Brand Private Limited, to offer enhanced mobile performance, new high-definition capabilities and improved battery life.
 arrow Portable Dvd Player

Literaturearrow Eternal Exiles
Many, many years ago, there was a land called Tutki. The king of Tutki was as cruel as he was evil and false. As a result, the sufferings of the people knew no bounds.
 arrow Skater Girl
In the beginning was the image.
 arrow Poet of Ease
Five Faces of Eve by Rumana Siddique; Dhaka: Writers.ink; 2007; pp. 80; Tk.
 arrow Twenty Years On
Twenty years on
I visited teenage haunts
Amazed, appalled
How same it was, the place
How different they seemed, the people
British public transport
Reliable and ruddy as ever

 arrow More on Azfar Aziz's review of Mohit Kamal's book
Dear Editor
I read the book review entitled 'Books from the Ekushey Boi Mela: On Anisul Hoque and Dr Mohit Kamal' by Mr Azfar Aziz, published in the literature page on March 17, 2007.

 arrow Second Daily Star Anthology : Date Extension
The Daily Star literature page, in order to promote English-language writing among Bangladeshis, had announced the publication of an anthology of non-fiction writing.
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