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Front Pagearrow GDP growth to fall, per capita income to rise
The country's GDP growth will fall 0.12 percentage point in the current fiscal year coming down to 6.
 arrow EC's stand raises questions
When the people of the country are eagerly waiting for the earliest possible election and when all concerned are repeatedly reassuring us that all efforts are afoot to hold one as soon as possible, the
 arrow 5 more patients die at RMCH
Five more patients died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday amid virtual work abstention of the intern doctors.
 arrow BNP men in dilemma over party reforms
The BNP seems to be in disarray with a group of senior leaders ready to go all out to reform the party while those of mid-level still keen to keep Khaleda Zia at the helm.
 arrow Shady groups active again as FBCCI election nears
A quarter, which has long been allegedly damaging the image of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) by using it in their personal interest, has again become active aheadof
 arrow Wolfowitz bows to pressure, steps down June 30
World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz bowed to weeks of pressure and agreed to step down June 30 to end a favoritism scandal that had rocked the poverty-fighting institution.
 arrow Costliest RPCL plant starts test operation
Bearing evidence of corruption in the past, the country's costliest power project -- $120 million 70 megawatt third phase Mymensingh power plant of Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL) -- has finally started
 arrow No new power generation before Sept '08
Pointing to a grim scenario of the country's power and energy sector, Energy and Power Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said no new electricity generation is coming before September 2008.
 arrow Inefficiency main bar to reaping DNA lab's benefits
When facilities for DNA profiling are available in the country to detect an accused with 100 percent accuracy, success of the technology is not properly harnessed due to law enforcers' lack of knowledge
 arrow Controversial UEOs face 'fitness test'
The military backed caretaker government yesterday gave an examination to around 300 upazila election officers (UEO), who had been appointed by the immediate past BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government on
 arrow Vulnerable condition...

 arrow Petition to take Koko's case under emergency rules accepted
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted a petition for taking the extortion case against Arafat Rahman Koko and his two brothers-in-law under provision of the Emergency Power Rules.
 arrow Salman, Sohel sued on land grabbing charge
Beximco Chairman Sohel F Rahman and his brother Salman F Rahman, vice-chairman of the same company, were sued for grabbing government land and building a business establishment on it in Gazipur.
 arrow Foreign student 'abducted' earlier leaves SBMC without notice
A Palestinian first year student of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) left the institution bag and baggage without prior notice or permission from the authorities.
 arrow Wife meets Tarique
Tarique Rahman expressed worries about his mother Khaleda Zia and younger brother when his wife and mother-in-law visited him at the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday, said family sources.
 arrow Another 1275 fowls culled in Jaldhaka
Another 1,275 fowls of indigenous species were culled in Berubon village of Shimulbari union of Jaldhaka upazila on Thursday night and Friday morning as avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, is
 arrow Sachin, Sourav thwart Tigers
Bangladesh pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza jolted the visitors with a wicket off the very first ball of the first Test but the much-vaunted Indian top-order capitalised on a batting paradise to consolidate
 arrow Arms recovered from principal's office
Joint forces last night recovered a pistol and seven bullets from the office of the principal of Dakkhin Bisil Adarsha Bidya Niketon in the city's Mirpur area.
 arrow Naser Rahman, six others chargesheeted
Police submitted charge sheet against seven people, including former lawmaker Naser Rahman, in a Tk 2-crore extortion case Thursday evening.
 arrow Bangladesh lacks real practice of secularism
Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday said democracy would be stronger in Bangladesh if it could establish a 'real secular country like India'.
 arrow 'US wants to see fully functional democracy in Bangladesh'
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher has said Washington is very keen to see a fully functional democracy in Bangladesh and is appreciative of the stepstaken
 arrow National debate contest opens
A two-day national debate competition titled "Third National NDF-BRB Cables Debate Festival-07" began in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow US legislators strike major immigration deal
Key US legislators clinched a deal with the White House Thursday on a sweeping immigration reform package that would bring 12 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows and bolster security along the
 arrow Musharraf rules out return of rivals Benazir, Sharif
Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf vowed yesterday not to allow exiled former premiers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to return ahead of upcoming general elections.
 arrow 13 killed in Indian mosque blast
A bomb ripped through a historic mosque as Juma prayers were ending in southern India, killing at least 13 people and wounding nearly three dozen, officials said.
Businessarrow ADB calls for capacity building of Dhaka-Ctg transport corridor
Improving capacity of the Dhaka-Chittagong Transport Corridor is an enormous challenge for Bangladesh, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) giving a note of warning that in case of any failure to build
 arrow Utilise duty-free access facilities to Australia
Bangadeshi businesses should take the advantage of duty-free access of products from least developed countries (LDCs) to Australia, said Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Australia M Humayun Kabir.
 arrow Major trading powers' bid to salvage WTO talks continues
Major trading powers met here Thursday for a marathon session aimed at salvaging World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks to boost global commerce, a European Union source said.
 arrow Delhi vows to curb inflation
The Indian government sought a political consensus Thursday to try and curb inflation in a bid to limit the financial pain being felt by the nation's poorest citizens.
 arrow China raises interest rates
China announced Friday it would widen the trading band of its currency and raise interest rates, apparently to counter foreign criticism of its exchange rate and rein in its runaway economy.
 arrow Toyota unveils priciest hybrid vehicle
Toyota's commitment to hybrid automobiles was on full display Thursday when it unveiled its most expensive gasoline-electric vehicle yet -- the 15 million yen ($124,000) luxury sedan Lexus LS.
 arrow Tokyo says N Korea needs Japan's economic might
Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Friday called for North Korea to cooperate with Japan, saying the communist state only stands to benefit from better ties with Asia's largest economy.
 arrow Blair could run for WB chief ?
Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair could be a contender for the new president of the World Bank, a post traditionally reserved for an American, a former bank executive said Friday.
 arrow World Bank aid to continue for communication sector
World Bank Country Director Xian Zhu on Thursday said the Bank would continue its assistance to different uplift projects in Bangladesh.
 arrow Oil prices mixed in Asian trade
Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade Friday in a market focussed on problems facing US refineries just ahead of the key US summer driving season, dealers said.
 arrow Canadian dollar hits 30-year high
The Canadian dollar surged to a 30-year high at 91.65 cents US, up 0.41 of a cent in morning trading, amid a roaring economy and a looming interest rate hike, economists said Friday.
 arrow Credit rating of Prime Bank upgraded
Credit Rating Information Services Ltd (CRISL) has upgraded the credit rating of Prime Bank Ltd to 'AA' from 'A+' in its long-term scales while reaffirmed 'ST-2' rating for the short-term obligationsof
 arrow Strengthening financial market stability aimed at
The world's most powerful finance chiefs began a two-day meeting Friday to consider steps aimed at strengthening financial market stability, supporting sound governance in Africa and regulating the 1.
 arrow HSBC warns China meltdown to have serious impact on HK
An official at global banking giant HSBC Friday warned of "serious" impact on the Hong Kong stock market if the Chinese market bubble burst, a day after a Hong Kong tycoon made similar remarks.
 arrow India to lag behind China in business innovation: Study
India will give away its lead over China as an innovative country in the next five years, even though it has emerged as the second best place for business innovation after the US, says a new study.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 13-May 17, 2007
Local FX Market

The demand for US dollar was stable in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafe shines bright
The way Bangladesh team trudged back to the dressing room after end the play, it gave clear indication as to how tough their return to Test cricket after thirteen months has been at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaon closer to top
Sonargaon Cricketers took a giant step towards the top of the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket Super League table when they thrashed contenders Mohammedan Sporting Club by six wickets yesterday to move within
 arrow Cricket: BCB waiting on Wright
The dilemma of the next coach of the Bangladesh cricket team is the most demanding question in the arena at the moment.
 arrow Cricket: 'Results don't matter'
Amid the retirements of some of the finest cricketers Australia has ever produced, the departure of coach John Buchanan was almost lost in the moment.
 arrow Cricket: Ishant in for Munaf
Ishant Sharma, the young Delhi fast bowler, will replace the injured Munaf Patel in the Indian Test squad in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Collingwood seizes chance
Paul Collingwood made West Indies pay for dropping him twice by scoring 111 as England advanced to 372 for five at tea on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Lord's here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin new deputy
The uncertainty over who will take over leadership of the Indian team if Rahul Dravid leaves the field has been answered for the moment with Sachin Tendulkar being appointed vice-captain for the two-Test
 arrow Cricket: Maharoof lifts SL
Sri Lanka recovered well to post 235-9 at the end of their 50 overs in their first ODI against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Southern districts Khulna and Kushtia won their respective matches on the opening day of the 12th NCC Bank Inter-district volleyball tournament at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium.
 arrow Football: First win for Tangail
Tangail bounced back from a humiliating 8-0 opening round defeat to BKSP when they blanked Gaibandha 3-0 in the final round of the Western Union National Youth Football Championship here yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in last four
Roger Federer's uncharacteristic struggles continued when he had to fight surprisingly hard to reach the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters with a three-set win over David Ferrer of Spain on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Cook back with bang
England opener Alastair Cook marked his return to international cricket in style by scoring 102 not out on the first day of the first Test against West Indies at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: England excite AD
South Africa Test great Allan Donald has declared an interest in joining the England coaching team. "I would love to do that job - it's a very high-profile job.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy rejects tyrant tag
Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Friday hit back at an official report that described him as a "dictator" and blamed him for the team's disastrous World Cup showing.
 arrow Football: Kewell on track
Harry Kewell's bid to make Liverpool's starting line-up for next week's Champions League final has been boosted by a combination of an injury to Bolo Zenden and a string of impressive displays in training
 arrow Football: Football back to Kashmir after 30 years
A major Indian football tournament is returning to Kashmir after nearly three decades amid a decline in insurgency-related violence, officials said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Royal invite for India, Pakistan
Charles, the Prince of Wales, has invited the Indian and Pakistani cricket teams to play a one-day international match in Glasgow in July for charity, his official residence confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan's no to twin captains
England captain Michael Vaughan revealed Thursday he'd discussed his disappointing one-day international form with new England coach Peter Moores but said he didn't want the captaincy of the Test andlimited
 arrow Football: Cup comes to Rome
Roma lifted the Italian Cup for the eighth time despite losing 2-1 to Inter Milan in the second leg of the final at the San Siro on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real edging ahead
David Beckham will make a welcome comeback from suspension with Real Madrid just four games away from claiming their first Spanish title since 2003.
 arrow Football: Wembley braces for classic
The last little piles of sawdust have been swept away, the builders have being paid off and the two biggest acts in the country have been lined up for the grand reopening.
 arrow Football: Final day climax
VfB Stuttgart's goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand admits he is bracing himself for an emotional 90 minutes on Saturday with his side just one game away from winning the Bundesliga at home to Energie Cottbus.
 arrow Football: Nesta extends with Milan
AC Milan's central defender Alessandro Nesta has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the Serie A club until 2011, the Champions League finalists said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Injury blow for Vieira
Serie A champions Inter Milan suffered a blow in the first half of their Italian Cup final tie on Thursday when midfielder Patrick Vieira hobbled off with a leg injury.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho's no to Milan
Barcelona's Brazilian star Ronaldinho on Thursday scotched rumours of a possible transfer to AC Milan, saying there was "no chance" he was moving to the Champions League finalists.
Metropolitanarrow Protect wetland to save city from waterlogging
It is necessary to ensure proper drainage of rainwater before filling up any wetland or waterbody, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Preserve country's history, heritage for next generation
International Museum Day was observed across the country yesterday as elsewhere in the world with a renewed commitment to preserving the country's thousand-year-old heritage for the next generation so
 arrow Empowering poor students with IT skills
With a philosophy of providing a platform for the financially disadvantaged students of IT education that can help them cope with job market, Dishari Basic IT Education Centre continues its efforts relentlessly.
 arrow Seven killed in road accidents
Seven people were killed in separate road accidents in Patuakhali, Munshiganj, Chittagong and Thakurgaon in the last two days.
 arrow President undergoes cataract surgery
President Iajuddin Ahmed underwent a successful cataract surgery at Birdem Hospital in the city yesterday.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 2 lakh looted
A gang of robbers looted valuables worth about Tk two lakh from the passengers of a Nababganj-bound bus and injured six others who tried to protest their activities on Thursday night.
 arrow Finance adviser off to Kazakhstan
Finance and Planning Adviser Dr AB Mirza Mohammad Azizul Islam left Dhaka yesterday for Kazakhstan to attend the 63rd annual conference of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP).
 arrow Children celebrate Mother's Day
They bloomed like flowers as it was the day to express their love and affection for their mother.
 arrow Robbers loot gold ornaments, Tk 40,000 from city house
A gang of robbers looted gold ornaments and Tk 40,000 from a house at Khilgaon in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Five CAAB employees jailed for taking bribes
A mobile court yesterday sentenced five employees of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) to two to six days' imprisonment for taking bribes from a Kuala Lumpur-bound passenger at Zia International
 arrow Prof Samad new VC of Prime University
President and Chancellor of the Prime University Iajuddin Ahmed has appointed Prof M Abdus Samad as vice chancellor of the university, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Syed Golam Mostaque, 42, an officer of United Commercial Bank Ltd, has been suffering from liver cirrhosis since last two years, says a press release.
 arrow Two bodies recovered in city
Police recovered the body of an unidentified woman in the city yesterday. On information from the locals, police rushed to Matual Mirdha Bari area at Jatrabari and found the body in a paddy field.
 arrow Yarn worth Tk 10 lakh seized in N'ganj, 3 held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 100 cartons of yarn worth around Tk 10 lakh from two godowns in the district town and arrested three people in this connection on Thursday.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 31st episode of the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Shah AMS Kibria Auditorium in Habiganj at 5:45pm today.
Nationalarrow ACC notices on ex-whip Zahed Ali, 11 other Sherpur BNP men
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sherpur on Thursday issued notices on former BNP whip Zahed Ali, his two younger brothers and a nephew and eight other political leaders to submit their statementsof
 arrow 50 shrimp farms, crops on 2000 acres damaged in Patuakhali
The tidal surge that swept the coast Wednesday night washed away shrimps from at least 50 farms and damaged crops on about 2,000 acres in 12 villages in Patuakhali Sadar and Baufal upazilas, according
 arrow 4 Satkhira Hizbut Touhid militants sent to jail
The four alleged activists of Islamist militant outfit Hizbut Touhid including three women arrested on Thursaday from Shetpur village in Kaligonj upazila were produced before court at Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow 12 SBMCH docs transferred at a time
Twelve senior doctors of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) were transferred at a time on Thursday.
 arrow 2 Wadud loyalists arrested
Joint forces on Thursday arrested two BNP cadres loyal to former lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan for their alleged involvement in crimes in Khagrachhari.
Point-Counterpointarrow Complexity over so-called student politics
Our debate over student politics, was originated by former President Shahabuddin Ahmed during 1997 and revived recently, for a permanent resolution, by the current interim government.
 arrow Reform -- yesterday and to-day
He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it.
 arrow Land reform can change the lot of the landless
Although land reform appeared to be an important agendum to the political parties in Bangladesh immediately before and after independance, it started to lose appeal in the eighties and thereafter forapparently
Culturearrow The seasoned violinist talks about his career and more
Alauddin Miah is one of the leading violinists of the country. Besides playing solos at classical music programmes, the seasoned instrument player accompanies in music, especially in films.
 arrow Denise's dream-world of earthy colours
Denise Hudon, who lives and works in Bangladesh, had an exhibition of her works at Art Club Bangladesh recently. One was acquainted with her work by her exhibition at Alliance Francaise last year.
 arrow '28 Weeks Later': A thrillingly effective sequel
28 Days Later, a zombie movie on speed, pictured the United Kingdom as a desolate wasteland just a month after a homicidal virus, known as "Rage", entered the general population.
 arrow AKTEL Money Talk on Channel-i

Internationalarrow Israeli planes pound Hamas targets
Israeli planes pounded Hamas targets and rival Palestinian factions exchanged bursts of automatic weapons fire outside Gaza City's Islamic University yesterday.
 arrow Military strike on Iran would be catastrophic
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said yesterday that a military strike on Iran over its nuclear activities would be "catastrophic" and hoped US-Iranian talks this month would reduce tensions.
 arrow 28 killed in fresh Lanka violence
At least 25 suspected Tamil Tiger rebels and three civilians have been killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Wolfowitz fall brings more bad news for Bush
The announcement by Paul Wolfowitz Thursday that he was stepping down soon as World Bank chief marked yet another blow for US President George W Bush as his Republican administration nears its end.
 arrow EU, Russia clash over democracy at summit
Russia and the European Union clashed on Friday over tolerance of political opinion in Russia during a contentious summit.
 arrow Bush threatens fresh sanction against Iran
US President George W Bush warned Thursday that the United States and Britain would push for new UN sanctions against Iran if the Islamic republic refuses to rein in its suspect nuclear programme.
 arrow Hamas ‘plot to kill’ Abbas revealed
An alleged plot by Hamas militants to assassinate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was revealed on Thursday as deadly factional fighting resumed in Gaza and Israeli air strikes targeted the violence-wracked
 arrow Indo-US nuke talks delayed
A key meeting between top negotiators of India and the US on their civilian nuclear deal delayed due to differences between the two sides on some of its provisions.
 arrow French President names new Cabinet
President Nicolas Sarkozy named his first Cabinet on Friday, radically revamping the government, with nearly as many women as men and humanitarian crusader Bernard Kouchner as France's new foreign minister.
 arrow Thailand launches media crackdown
Thailand's military-backed government launched a nationwide radio crackdown on Friday, after closing three broadcasters, which aired comments from ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
 arrow Polar ocean losing ability to soak up climate change gases
One of Earth's most important absorbers of carbon dioxide (CO2) is failing to soak up as much of the greenhouse gas as it was expected to, scientists say.
 arrow OIC members call for Iraq pullout
Foreign ministers from Muslim nations called Thursday on international forces to pull out of Iraq as soon as possible.
 arrow Breast cancer treatment breakthrough
Some women with breast cancer may be able to avoid chemotherapy by taking an extra drug, research suggests.
 arrow US forces detain six Iraqis
US forces seized six militants in the Iraqi capital yesterday accused of smuggling sophisticated explosive devices into the war-torn country from Iran, the US military said.
 arrow Pak troops deployed to fight Taliban militants
Pakistan yesterday deployed soldiers to the tense northwestern town of Tank, where earlier clashes between Taliban militants and security forces left eight people dead.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CPD findings on importers' cartel
A study conducted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has revealed that a cartel of five importers of eight essential commodities is now in a position to control or manipulate retail prices according
 arrow Editorial: Tackling water logging
Dhaka Wasa had long been struggling to keep its 250km sewerage network clean thereby helping to ease the water logging situation.
 arrow The fall-out of the Iraq invasion
The war in Iraq, to say the least, not only continues to be the source for daily casualties but also the basis for controversy. I personally do not like body counts.
 arrow Dare to dream, once more
It was December 16, 1971. The Pakistani army had surrendered. The nation was on way to greatness. Anything was possible. The country was in ruins but people were eager to make the sacrifices needed.
 arrow Act, rules and regulations are vital for coal mine operation
Coal mining countries in the world have their own coal mine Act, coal mine regulations and rules for the development and operation of coal mines.
StarTecharrow Open source lets you excel in creativity
Suppose you are running a business, having thousands of employees and several branches in different locations.
 arrow Access Technologies to assist local software biz
Access Technologies, a Japan based software solution provider, expressed their keen interest to develop a sustainable relationship with the local software industry.
 arrow Nokia opens 'Care' centre in Dhanmondi
With a vision to provide best service to customers Nokia Bangladesh launched its 24th care centre in Dhanmondi located on the 5th floor of Prince Plaza.
 arrow Researchers store data in bacteria DNA
These days, data get stored on disks, computer chips, hard drives and good old-fashioned paper. Scientists in Japan see something far smaller but more durable bacteria.
 arrow Inside The Earth

Literaturearrow Afsan Chowdhury's four-volume history of 1971
Seeing Afsan Chowdhury invariably reminds me of our student days at Dhaka University in the early '70s.
 arrow Yet Another Ghost Story
The following account is true, or, at least, it is as factual as my experience goes. The reader may take it at its face value, or may interpret it as s/he sees fit.
 arrow bangalir baishakhi pitha
it's a pitha morning.
 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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