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Front Pagearrow Demands for allowing indoor politics, specific poll date growing
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's caretaker government steps into its fifth month today amidst growing demands for lifting ban on indoor politics and a clearer timeframe for general elections.
 arrow Khaleda asks leaders not to create confusion
Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, yesterday said the party chief had asked party leaders not to give any speech which might give rise to confusions in the party.
 arrow Shibir's secret training of DU students
A group of 13 Dhaka University (DU) students were awakened at dead of night on May 4 in a shabby two-storey building near the Kantaban slope in the capital to swear their allegiance to militant Islamist
 arrow Dismantling of illegal billboards begins
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken an initiative to remove all illegal billboards especially those on top of buildings and the ones that are hazardous to city dwellers.
 arrow Crucial second ODI today
Tigers' pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is expected to play in the all-important second one-day international against visiting India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
 arrow AL demands election schedule
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded that the caretaker government hold election as early as possible to hand over power to an elected government.
 arrow Evidential materials worth crores of taka decaying
Evidential materials worth crores of taka seized by police in connection with various cases and kept under supervision of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, Dhaka, are getting damaged causing
 arrow Tasneem freed
The Daily Star staff, Tasneem Khalil, picked up by the joint forces early yesterday from his residence in the city for questioning, was freed around 11 last night.
 arrow Khaleda attends dinner hosted by Reaz Rahman
BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday had dinner with former US Congressman Gregory Laughlin at the Basundhara residence of former foreign affairs adviser Reaz Rahman.
 arrow Risky life...

 arrow Locals must actively help resolve problem
Active and effective participation of the locals of Bhabadaha area in Jessore is must for the implementation of any project to solve the area's persistent water-logging problem, speakers at a seminarsaid
 arrow 4,500 domestic fowls culled in Jaldhaka
More than 4,500 four thousand five hundred domestic fowls were killed and buried from all of the 454 households of West Gulmonda Master Para village in Jaldhaka upazila on Thursday night and yesterday.
 arrow Another extortion case against Ilyas Ali
Another extortion case was filed against former lawmaker and Sylhet district BNP chief M Ilyas Ali and five others with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station yesterday.
 arrow US congressmen for fair, early election in Bangladesh
US congressmen have expressed their desire to see a free and fair election in Bangladesh at the earliest possible time.
 arrow Rental power project in Bogra may be retained
The Power Division is going to request the government's purchase committee to revoke its decision on cancellation of a 20 megawatt rental power project in Bogra to avert possible hassles of litigation.
 arrow 'Criminal' killed in encounter with Rab
A listed criminal was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Raozan upazila of the district early yesterday. The dead was identified as Wahid Murad, 28.
 arrow Bombs recovered in Satkhira
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday evening recovered eight live bombs, bomb making powder and four bullets from a house at Ellarchar in Sadar upazila.
 arrow Brown vows to learn from Iraq mistakes
Gordon Brown launched his campaign to become Britain's next prime minister yesterday, pledging to learn from the mistakes of the Iraq war while honouring "our obligations to the Iraqi people.
 arrow Mayawati's party back to power in UP
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), led by school teacher-turned-politician Mayawati, yesterday back to power in India's most populous and politically key state of Uttar Pradesh virtually on its own as Samajwadi
 arrow Pakistan arrests scores ahead of pro-judge rally
Pakistani authorities rounded up scores of opposition activists and deployed 15,000 police and paramilitary troops Friday ahead of a rally led by the country's suspended top judge, officials said.
 arrow NPT conference urges Iran to stop enriching uranium
A conference on fixing the 189-nation nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) urged Iran to comply with UN calls to stop enriching uranium, in a summary of the two-week meeting ending yesterday.
 arrow 4 more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four more US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, the military announced yesterday, as an increased pace in combat operations kept the average rate of American deaths at three per day so far this month.
Businessarrow Govt plans direct air link with Myanmar
The government plans to introduce direct flight services with Myanmar to increase exports especially of pharmaceutical products to the southeastern Asian neighbour.
 arrow Citigroup wants to help Bangladesh develop domestic bond market
A larger domestic bond market can reduce a country's dependency on short-term foreign currency borrowing and also help the country accelerate its economic activities, said a high official of Citigroup's
 arrow Why US should design an LDC-friendly duty-free, quota-free offer list
A global duty-free, quota-free (DF-QF) market access for all exports from all LDCs has been a longstanding demand of the LDCs in the context of the multilateral trade negotiations in the WTO.
 arrow Int'l investors' confce ends on high note
The first-ever international investors' conference ended yesterday with foreign institutional investors showing keen interest to invest in the country's pharmaceuticals, financial services and textiles
 arrow Last leg of safe workplace fair begins
In a bid to create awareness of safety, health and environment issues among the workers and factory owners, different safety-related products are being displayed at a two-day safe workplace and safety
 arrow US Congress, Bush clinch trade standards deal
The US Congress and the White House agreed a bipartisan trade deal Thursday that sets social and environmental standards for free-trade agreements.
 arrow US starts campaign for more foreign investment
The US government launched an initiative Thursday to show America welcomes foreign investment despite recent flaps about takeovers of US companies. The effort announced by President George W.
 arrow ROK to build 5m autos in '07
South Korea's auto production at home and overseas will surpass five million this year for the first time, Prime Minister Han Duck-Soo predicted Friday.
 arrow Dollar edges up in sluggish Asian trade
The dollar edged upward Friday in sluggish Asian trade as the market looked ahead to US data after the US and European central banks left their monetary policies unchanged, dealers said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 06-May 10, 2007
Local FX Market
The demand for US dollar was stable in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers charged up
A good game slipped away from their hands but the Bangladesh team were not ready to latch on repentance rather seemed charged up to bounce back in the three-match series against India when the two meet
 arrow Cricket: Rafique in Asian XI
Mohammad Rafique was the only Bangladeshi face in the Asian XI that will take on Africa in the second Afro-Asia Cricket Cup to be held in India next month.
 arrow Cricket: Howard 'jammed' on Zim tour
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Friday he was 'jammed' on how to stop the country's cricketers from touring Zimbabwe later this year.
 arrow Cricket: 'A shocker'!
Just better performance would not be good enough for Bangladesh to win the second match against India today. Because there is an umpire named Asoka de Silva.
 arrow Cricket: Jennings declines BCB offer
Ray Jennings, the former coach of South Africa, says he has declined an offer to coach the Bangladesh national team stating his South African loyalties as the reason.
 arrow Football: Ctg Abahani blank Farashganj
Chittagong Abahani ended the first leg of the B.League second from bottom but reduced the gap with teams above with a 2-0 home win against Farashganj yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan admits Windies 'turmoil'
Ramnaresh Sarwan believes the tour of England is the perfect opportunity for West Indies, who he admitted were "in a bit of a turmoil", to launch a new era.
 arrow Hockey: Aussies in Azlan Shah final
Olympic champions Australia extended their supremacy over Asian Games gold medallists Korea scripting a 6-2 win to enter the final of the 16th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup eight-nation hockey tournament, here
 arrow Football: Jittery Schalke on the brink
Schalke 04 stand on the brink of being crowned German champions for the first time in 49 years this weekend, but midfielder Hamit Altintop warned they must focus on clearing the final hurdles.
 arrow Cycling: Landis in shock Armstrong claim
Embattled Tour de France champion Floyd Landis said Thursday that US anti-doping officials offered early in his case to go easy on him if he provided evidence incriminating former champ Lance Armstrong.
 arrow Football: Ghaly in hot water
Tottenham boss Martin Jol has made it clear he will come down hard on Hossam Ghaly after the Egypt midfielder threw his shirt at the feet of the manager after being substituted in the club's 1-1 drawwith
 arrow Football: Getafe's wonder comeback
Getafe trounced Barcelona 4-0 on Thursday to overcome a three-goal deficit and advance to the first Copa del Rey final in their history.
 arrow Football: No favours for Hammers
Manchester United will parade the Premiership trophy to a jubilant Old Trafford on Sunday but manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists it will be business as usual as soon as the whistle goes against relegation-threatened
 arrow Night racing in Singapore
Singapore will stage a Formula One Grand Prix next year, with the race set to be the first in the sport's history to be held at night.
 arrow Football: Barca looking to history
League leaders and reigning champions Barcelona will be hoping that history repeats itself against Real Betis on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Defoe dashes Rovers dreams
A second-half equaliser from Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe ended Blackburn's hopes of a direct route entry into next season's UEFA Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Relegation battle heats up
The battle to avoid joining Ascoli and Messina on the relegation scrapheap could not be tighter with eight Serie A teams involved in the survival dogfight.
 arrow Football: Latics meet Abahani in last friendly
The youth side of Oldham Athletic will look forward to end their tour of Bangladesh with a win when they take on Dhaka giants and current B. League joint-leaders Abahani.
 arrow Cricket: Cork calls for Flintoff captaincy
Andrew Flintoff should be named as England captain if Michael Vaughan is ruled out through injury, says Lancashire teammate Dominic Cork.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni savours knock
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who defied cramps to fashion an Indian victory in the first of the three-match one-day cricket series against Bangladesh, yesterday termed his unbeaten 91 as one of the most memorable
 arrow Cricket: SL wants elected body for cricket
Sri Lanka's sports minister said Friday he wants a new committee elected to run the island's cricket administration, which is currently managed by political appointees.
 arrow Tennis: Philippoussis in US reality show
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis is reportedly set to become the star of a US reality television show as his tennis career continues to hit the skids.
 arrow Football: Zidane to visit Indonesia
French football star Zinedine Zidane will visit Indonesia in July to promote the sport among children, the tour's sponsors said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan, Pietersen boost for England
England have received a boost in the build-up to the first Test at Lord's which starts next Thursday (May 17) with the news that Michael Vaughan may recover in time to play.
 arrow Football: England call-up for Owen
Michael Owen will pull on an England shirt for the first time in 10 months as part of a 20-man squad for a 'B' international against Albania on May 25.
 arrow Football: Former star Rincon arrested
Former Colombian footballer Freddy Rincon has been arrested here by federal police at the behest of authorities in Panama as part of a probe into international drug trafficking and money laundering.
 arrow Football: Gunners sign goalkeeper
Poland international Lukasz Fabianski will be competing with Jens Lehmann for the Arsenal goalkeeping gloves next season, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal on course for Rome title
Second seed Rafael Nadal, Rome champion for the past two years, eased into the quarterfinals with a straightforward victory over Mikhail Youzhny.
Metropolitanarrow Political will needed to solve indigenous people's problems
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for political will to solve the problems of indigenous people including the problems prevailing in forest areas of the country.
 arrow Economic zone to be set up in Sylhet soon
Adviser to Foreign Affairs Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said about one thousand acres of land would be acquired soon to set up an economic zone in Sylhet where expatriate Bangladeshis will be given
 arrow Take steps to preserve wetlands
Speakers at a press briefing urged the government to take necessary steps to preserve wetlands and coastal areas of the country for the sake of ecology.
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
Five people, including two children, were killed and 36 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur, Sirajganj and Mymensingh in the last two days.
 arrow 'A Golden Age' launched
Speakers at the launching ceremony of a novel titled 'A Golden Age' by Tahmima Anam yesterday said it is the first novel published in English internationally depicting our liberation war, which will reach
 arrow BRRI develops two new hybrid varieties of rice
Scientists of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) have developed two more hybrid varieties of rice suitable for Boro season.
 arrow 1 gets life for rape
A man was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here on Thursday in a rape case.
 arrow Rape, teasing of teenaged girls condemned
Karmojibi Nari, a rights organisation, in statement yesterday condemned rape of a retarded adolescent girl in Akhaura and teasing of some derailed youths at Shyampur in the city that compels another teenaged
 arrow 'Increase budget for people with disability'
Pratibandhi Kallayan Society (PKS) in a statement yesterday urged the government to increase budget allocation for development of the physically challenged people.
 arrow 10 business establishments gutted in Habiganj
At least 10 business establishments were gutted by a devastating fire in Khoaimukh area of the district town in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Clash leaves 17 injured
At least 17 people were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups over capturing a land at west Khuksia village in Kazipur upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Anti-smoking rally...

 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 30th episode of the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today.
 arrow Four arrested with smuggled medicine
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), in a sudden drive, arrested four smugglers with huge Indian medicine from Ramchandrapur in frontier Panchbi upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Uncovered drainage line...

 arrow Three fake examinees held in Netrakona
Three false examinees were arrested at Kendua and Mohongonj in the district yesterday while they were acting as proxy for their brothers at the Mathematics exam of SSC 2006 under Open University.
 arrow Criminal held with firearm, bombs
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a suspected criminal with a firearm, three improvised bombs, two bullets and Tk 2 lakh when he went to collect tolls from a medicine market near Mitford
 arrow Mason dies as brick falls on his head
A mason died when a brick fell on his head from the top floor of a six-storied under-construction building in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Workers reject BJMC offer for voluntary retirement
Workers and employees of eight state-owned jute mills in Khulna -Jessore industrial belts have rejected a BJMC offer to go on voluntary retirement to get their arrear wages and other benefits and threatened
 arrow Tk 865 for filing GD, Tk 5,313 to avoid torture on remand
Sixty-eight per cent of complainants had to pay a bribe of Tk 865 on an average for filing a general diary (GD) with Mymensingh Kotwali police station.
 arrow Govt funds gobbled up in Gaibandha
Joint forces have detected corruption and irregularities in implementation of the ongoing Char Livelihood Programme (CLP) in Sunderganj upazila in Gaibandga district.
 arrow Property attachment of 8 ordered
A court here has ordered attachment of property of eight absconding accused including the bother of city Mayor and a BNP leader and ward commissioner in a case for alleged misappropriation of cores of
 arrow 5 AL, BNP men held in Khagrachhari
Police in separate drives yesterday arrested five activists of BNP and Awami League including Khagrachhari district Jubo Leauge office secretary for their alleged involvement in terrorism and other crimes.
 arrow UP Chairman held in Kurigram
A Union Parishad (UP) chairman of Nageswari upazila in Kurigram district was arrested with a smuggled motor cycle on Thursday night.
 arrow JMB suspect placed on 3-day remand in Habiganj
An expatriate, who was arrested for his suspected link with outlawed JMB, was granted a three-day police remand by a court here on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The awesome fight against corruption
A reputed academic cum activist of Bangladesh has very aptly remarked that fighting corruption is not a faint-hearted liberal's job and the same also is not a 'nine to five' assignment.
 arrow Change for good, or is it?
On 26th April a number of national dailies carried the news: the Government of Bangladesh has decided to turn Biman Bangladesh Airlines into a public limited company upon recommendations from the 'high-powered'
 arrow Death of a traffic police
Woe betide the country! What a bad luck!
Where the traffic police is overrun by a truck!
Who made whose life miserable?
Did the traffic police make himself insufferable?
Please tell us, please

Culturearrow A unique array of superb compositions
The ongoing group exhibition at Saju's art gallery, gathering the works of 100 artists, is indeed an impressive one.
 arrow 'The Birthday Party': An academic production
As part of their 'Western Acting Method' curriculum, MA students of Department of Theatre and Music of DU staged four shows of Nobel laureate litterateur Harold Pinter's play The Birthday Party.
 arrow Aruna Chanda: Plight of a committed theatre artiste
Aruna Chanda, 64, a popular name in the Mymensingh cultural arena, has worked in theatre for over 50 years with effect. But a brain stroke has rendered Aruna, popularly known as 'Arunadi', disabled.
 arrow Amar Chhobi celebrates 350 episodes
Weekly cine magazine Amar Chhobi, which channel-i airs at 6:30 pm on every Thursday, crossed 350th episode on May 10.
 arrow 'Ronin': Another Frank Miller creation to go on big screen
Following on from the phenomenal success of 300, Warner Bros has snapped up the rights to Frank Miller's graphic novel Ronin, with an eye to giving it the same high-gloss movie treatment.
Internationalarrow Lanka needs time to down flying Tigers
Sri Lanka needs time to neutralise the air strike capability of Tiger rebels, a state-run daily said yesterday as the international airport shut down at night fearing guerrilla air raids.
 arrow House votes to handcuff Bush on war funds
US lawmakers Thursday voted to fund the Iraq combat in instalments of just a few months, defying President George W Bush's veto vow in the latest tussle of a political feud over control of the war.
 arrow India salutes 'martyrs' who battled British rule 150 yrs ago
India paid homage with full pomp and honour yesterday to the "martyrs" who battled British rule 150 years ago in the country's "first war of independence.
 arrow 16 killed in fresh Afghan violence
Four policemen and a dozen Taliban were killed in fresh violence in southern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
 arrow Both Koreas adopt military agreement
South Korea adopted a military agreement Friday enabling the first train crossing of their heavily armed border in more than a half-century, the South's Defence Ministry said.
 arrow 'Curbing deforestation by half key to global warming battle'
Tropical developing nations can help drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming by reducing the rate of deforestation by half, climate researchers said Thursday.
 arrow Baghdad to push for US support
Worried Congress' support for Iraq is deteriorating rapidly, Baghdad dispatched senior officials to Capitol Hill this week to warn members one-on-one that pulling out US troops would have disastrous consequences.
 arrow Kosovo to become independent by end of month, says US
Kosovo could be granted independence from Serbia by the end of the month, US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said here yesterday.
 arrow India bus plunge kills 20
A bus plunged nearly 30 feet into a riverbed in eastern India early yesterday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 12, an official said.
 arrow Scientists announce cancer drug breakthrough
Australian scientists yesterday said they have developed a cancer treatment which could deliver lethal doses of drugs to tumours without the usual harmful side-effects such as nausea and hair loss.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A dynamic Chittagong port
A sudden change for the better has come into the workings of Chittagong port. We are heartened by the development.
 arrow Editorial: Faulty signalling equipment
Random malfunctioning of signals in the city is causing hindrance to movement of traffic.
 arrow Restoring policing as an institution
I have never been a member of the police force. I have however watched the functioning of this important arm of governance with great care over the last four decades.
 arrow Yes prime minister, no
I do not know why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is once again seeking entry into parliament through the back door, the Rajya Sabha. This is an Upper House.
 arrow Tata's investment proposal: A layman's observation
Tata's Dhaka office has of late been knocking the doors of the Advisers of the caretaker government to press home their demand for taking a decision on their "investment proposal".
StarTecharrow Hassle free transmission
Wow! At last the power transmission goes wireless. Yes, it is not a rumour but an astonishing fact that will embellish the existing power distribution technology in your premise.
 arrow Lenovo unveils notebooks in Bangladesh
Lenovo launched its 3000 series notebooks for the first time in the Bangladesh market on May 10 through a gala evening at a city hotel.
 arrow NSN Village Connection brings affordable connectivity to rural areas
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) recently introduced its new solution, Village Connection, for affordable rural connectivity and coverage in new growth markets.
 arrow Yahoo offers web-based instant messaging
Yahoo on Thursday launched a web-based version of its free instant messaging service for Internet users who want to stay connected while away from their home computers.
 arrow I-Unit

Literaturearrow "Ticket and Passport, Please!"
"Can I have your ticket and passport, please?"
"Yes, just give me a second."
I'm sure they are with me; otherwise, how could I have come to the airport.

 arrow Doing the MLA conference
My pet peeve is that the MLA conference always comes around Christmas. My problem is that I am usually not done with my gradings by then and thus exacerbate my stress level by traveling with a job undone.
 arrow The Wandering Jew Indianized
The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers by Sarnath Banerjee; Delhi: Penguin India; 2007; Rs. 395; 263 pp.
The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers is a graphic novel.

 arrow Pilgrims*
In biting cold began our journey,
A terribly long one too-
And at the worst time imaginable,
The roads all circuitous,
Winds sharp and blustery-
An utterly

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