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Front Pagearrow Law Commission made ineffective 'wilfully'
The Law Commission recommended about 200 new laws and amendments since its inception in 1996, but only three or four of them were adopted during the regime of Awami League government while the immediate
 arrow Hasina faces growing pressure from within, outside party
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina seems determined to see off the present adversities while pressure on her to retire from politics builds up both within and outside the party.
 arrow Deported Mohiuddin may arrive Monday
AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, the condemned killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is likely to arrive in Dhaka on Monday, said foreign ministry officials.
 arrow Run-down tracks make train travel risky
About a third of the country's 2,792km long railway network has become run-down, making travel by train a high risk venture with over 500 accidents a year.
 arrow Gas pipeline bursts at Ashulia
An exposed old high pressure gas pipeline installed by the Turag developed a crack at Ashulia and started leaking huge gas after a trawler accidentally hit it yesterday evening.
 arrow I am not that well: Khaleda
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is virtually isolated from the rest of the leaders of the party, is not well.
 arrow Probe team to test more samples
Primary investigation into the subsidence and collapse of a six-story under-construction building at Dayaganj sweeper colony of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) found major flaws in the samples.
 arrow Family now hopeful of getting justice, charge sheet soon
Despite earlier findings of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan's son Shafiat Sobhan's involvement in the killing of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, police could not produce the probe report before court
 arrow Two contractors hacked to death
An armed gang attacked contractors of a culvert construction job leaving two dead and another injured at Char Washpur on the outskirts of the city yesterday.
 arrow Editor of Jessore weekly stabbed to death
Mostafa Kamal, editor and publisher of Jessore based "Weekly Haq Protibad' was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants at Chanchrah on Jessore-Rajganj Road under Kotwali Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow UN team due tomorrow
A high-powered UN delegation on counter-terrorism, due to arrive tomorrow, will advise the government on strengthening counter-terror legislation and its enforcement, preventing cross-border terrorism,
 arrow Faulty Biman aircraft ...

 arrow Another case filed against Nazmul Huda
Another case was filed against BNP leader and former communications minister Nazmul Huda with a police station here yesterday.
 arrow 2.6 kg heroin seized, two youths arrested
Officials of the Department of Narcotics Control seized 2.6 kg heroin worth over Tk 2.
 arrow Police foils press confce protesting govt decision
Police yesterday foiled a press conference by successful candidates of the 27th BCS to protest the government decision to cancel the viva voce results.
 arrow Rain brings much relief
Even though moderate rainfall in the capital and at many other parts of the country yesterday evening brought much relief after days of sultry weather, at least seven more people died of heatstroke across
 arrow Hasina resents govt 'inaction'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday resented the caretaker government's 'indifference' to her call for proper treatment of the party's detained General Secretary Abdul Jalil and Presidium
 arrow Valerie to remain CRP coordinator
The board of trustees of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) yesterday took a decision to reinstate Valerie A Taylor to her previous post of the coordinator, said a news release.
 arrow Security tightened...

 arrow Two of a family burnt alive
Two members of a family were roasted alive in a fire that broke out at their house at village Muskuripara under Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district on Thursday night.
 arrow Land grabbers kill 1, injures 15 in Satkhira
Armed land grabbers attacked landless people, living on a piece of government land, and killed one person and injured 15 others, three of them critically, at Bairagirchak of Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira.
 arrow No breakthrough in EU-Iran nuke talks
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani failed Thursday to break the deadlock over Tehran's nuclear programme but agreed to meet again in a fortnight.
 arrow Nato soldier among 30 killed in Afghanistan
A Nato soldier was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan yesterday while two Afghan women and a policeman died in attacks elsewhere linked to a deepening Taliban insurgency, officials said.
 arrow Tensions rise after deadly strike in Thailand's south
Tensions spiralled yesterday in Thailand's troubled south after 12 soldiers were killed in the single deadliest attack against security forces since a separatist insurgency erupted there in 2004.
 arrow Amitabh does not qualify as a farmer
Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan was dealt a setback yesterday when a court ruled he did not qualify as a farmer -- a status that entitled him to buy a 20-acre farm.
Businessarrow Govt's domestic borrowing rises 127pc in 9 months
The government's domestic borrowing went up by 127 percent during the first nine months (July-March) of the current fiscal year (2006-2007) due to cutback in revenue and foreign aid.
 arrow Country fails to tap potential of eco-friendly jute in world market
The country has failed to tap the potential of environment-friendly jute and jute goods in the international market, speakers said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Zoellick a consensus builder in trade, foreign affairs
Robert Zoellick, US President George W Bush's nominee to head the World Bank, is a former top diplomat and trade chief with a reputation for building consensus on issues ranging from German unification
 arrow WB okays $15m for rickshawpullers
The World Bank Thursday approved additional financing of US$15 million to support rickshawpullers in Bangladesh, who have been adversely affected by a ban on non-motorised transport (NMT) on certain roads
 arrow Indian economy crosses trillion dollar mark
Powered by growth in services and manufacturing sectors, coupled with an appreciating rupee, India's economy has swelled to a trillion dollar - making it the 12th nation to reach this milestone.
 arrow Indian inflation eases to 10 months low
Wholesale price inflation in India eased to a 10-month low in May led by lower prices for food staples such as cooking oil, official data showed on Friday. The weekly wholesale price index rose 5.
 arrow Volkswagen, Proton talks fail: KL
Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said talks with Volkswagen to forge a strategic alliance for national carmaker Proton have failed, as the besieged firm posted massive losses.
 arrow SriLankan halts domestic air service
Sri Lanka's national carrier is suspending its domestic air service due to deteriorating security and a drop in foreign visitors, the airline's chief executive said Friday.
 arrow StanChart to give Brac Tk100cr loan for micro-finance activities
Standard Chartered Bank and Brac, one of the largest micro-finance institutions in the world, have entered into an agreement under which the bank will extend Tk 100 crore facility to Brac as a revolving
 arrow China to allow insurers to invest in overseas equity soon
China will soon give the nod to insurers to invest in overseas equities as part of efforts to channel more excess domestic cash abroad in search for higher returns, state media said Friday.
 arrow Honda to double sale to Europe this year
Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co said Friday that it expected to export 42,000 Jazz model cars made in China to Europe this year, up sharply on last year's shipments of 24,600.
 arrow RMG employees under group insurance
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and American Life Insurance Company (Alico) have signed an agreement to bring officials and employees of all garment units under group
 arrow Canada economy leaps ahead
The Canadian economy grew 0.9 percent in the first quarter of the year, or at an annualized pace of 3.7 percent, and more than twice the rate of the prior quarter, Statistics Canada said Thursday.
 arrow Summit Power okays 20pc stock dividend
Summit Power Ltd, a private power generation company, has approved 20 percent stock dividend for the year 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Lamy urges G8 to 'just do it' on trade talks
WTO director general Pascal Lamy stressed on Friday the growing urgency of making a breakthrough in struggling free-trade talks, urging leaders of the Group of Eight richest countries to "just do it".
 arrow China blasts US paper duty
The United States' decision to impose anti-dumping duties on gloss paper imports from China, South Korea and Indonesia on Wednesday will hurt trade relations and won't help American paper manufacturers,
 arrow US adds 157,000 jobs
US employers added 157,000 jobs in May, the Labor Department said Friday in a sign of acceleration in the world's biggest economy. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent, the agency said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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The demand for US dollar was stable in the week.

Sportsarrow Football: Sultan and co gets surprising lifeline
World football governing body FIFA in a shocking decision extended the tenure of Bangladesh Football Federation's controversial executive committee for another year.
 arrow Football: Brothers' comeback hopes dashed
Four bottom-half teams in the B. League shared points on the second day of the second leg as both matches in Dhaka and Khulna ended in identical 1-1 draws yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: To be or not to be...
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will decide on national captain and vice-captain for the forthcoming Sri Lanka tour in its important executive committee meeting at a local hotel today.
 arrow Cricket: CCDM saving giants?
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) is unable to pull its weight when it comes to taking decisions that is unfavourable to powerful clubs.
 arrow Tennis: Federer strolls on
Jelena Jankovic underlined her credentials to win the French Open on Friday by overpowering Venus Williams 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in a high-quality third round tie.
 arrow Cricket: TV deal saves Ind-SA series
The India-South Africa one-day series will go ahead as scheduled next month after the Indian cricket board wriggled out of a broadcast wrangle Thursday.
 arrow Athletics: Seven selected for Asian athletics
Bangladesh will take part in the 17th Asian Athletics Championships to be held in the Lebanese capital Beirut from July 28 to August 2.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy days over?
Former captain Inzamamul Haq's fate hangs in balance as the Pakistan Cricket Board has asked the national selection committee to submit a shortlist of 30 players, 20 of whom will get the new central contracts
 arrow Cricket: Younis not considered
Younis Khan is unlikely to captain Pakistan, not at least under the current administration.
 arrow Cricket: No Tests for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe should not be allowed to return to Test cricket until the team improves its standard of performance.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist ponders ODI career
Australian vicecaptain Adam Gilchrist says he is considering retiring from oneday cricket to extend his Test career.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd's faith on Flintoff
Former England coach David Lloyd believes Andrew Flintoff will overcome his latest ankle injury setback and return as a fully-fledged all-rounder later this summer.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels in for Sarwan
West Indies have called up batsman Marlon Samuels to replace injured Ramnaresh Sarwan for the remainder of the Test series in England.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan terms situation sad
Ramnaresh Sarwan described West Indies' mammoth loss at Headingley as "really sad" and said the players needed to be in a better frame of mind to challenge England at Old Trafford next week.
 arrow Football: Heavyweights battle for supremacy
France and Ukraine go head-to-head in Paris on Saturday with top spot in Group B at stake for the winner.
 arrow Football: Spain desperate for a win
Emblematic skipper Raul and his Real Madrid teammate Guti will be missing for Spain as they go in search of the points that could revive their sagging Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
 arrow Football: Another pocketful for Germany?
They might be 190 places lower than Germany according to FIFA's world rankings, but San Marino will still face the force of Miroslav Klose in Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt winning hearts and minds?
He's fallen foul of various Argen-tinians, been tipped as the man most likely to get punched in the locker room and has routinely featured in lists of sports' most hated men.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza upbeat despite loss
India's Sania Mirza says she remains upbeat about her season despite the straight sets defeat to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Reefat shares lead with 4 foreigners
Bangladeshi Grand Master Reefat Bin Sattar regained momentum in the title race in the 8th United Insurance and United Leasing Grandmasters Chess Tournament when he joined Iranian GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan,
 arrow Cricket: ICC tweaks Powerplay rule
Teams will be allowed an additional fielder outside the 30-yard circle during the second or third Powerplay, the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee has recommended after their two-day meeting
 arrow Cricket: Sinclair could leave NZ
Mathew Sinclair is considering a move to England, Australia or South Africa after being dumped from New Zealand's list of contracted players for the second time.
 arrow Cricket: Cremer leaves club in lurch
Zimbabwe's Graeme Cremer has been slammed by an Oxfordshire club side after he failed to honour an agreement to play for them this summer.
 arrow Cricket: T20 games in Toronto
Toronto could host a Twenty20 tournament involving Pakistan, West Indies and Canada in August.
 arrow Cricket: Harvey kept waiting
The saga over Ian Harvey's application to play as a non-overseas Derbyshire player continued with the England and Wales Cricket Board standing firm.
 arrow Football: 'Brazil is more than Ronnie and Kaka'
Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva has warned England that his side don't just rely on Ronaldinho and Kaka to torment opponents.
 arrow Football: Ribery raring for Real
Marseille's emblematic midfielder Frank Ribery could be set to join Spanish giants Real Madrid, according to a report here Friday.
 arrow Football: Zurich coach heads to Berlin
FC Zurich coach Lucien Favre is moving to Hertha Berlin in Germany, the Swiss club announced Friday Favre informed Zurich's board of his decision in person on Friday morning, the club said on its website.
Metropolitanarrow Nine killed in road accidents
Nine people were killed and 46 were injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow 'Press politicians to bring changes in politics'
Paying rich tributes to veteran journalist Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, founder of the daily Ittefaq, speakers at a discussion yesterday said moral pressure should be exerted on politicians if they don't
 arrow Sonadanga made model police station
Inspector General of Police Noor Mohammad yesterday inaugurated Sonadanga Police Station in Khulna as a model police station.
 arrow 275 killed in May
A total of 275 people were killed, including 30 by law enforcers and 10 by Border Security Force (BSF) of India, across the country during the month of May, says an Odhikar report.
 arrow South Asian University to be set up in India
India will house the prestigious South Asian University and all the eight Saarc countries will have its campuses. This was decided at a two-day meeting of senior Saarc officials in New Delhi.
 arrow Probe body submits report
The probe committee investigating cases of eight alleged fake students of social work department of Rajshahi University yesterday submitted its report to the vice chancellor after two months of investigation.
 arrow 2 more trains introduced on Rajshahi-Khulna route
Two more inter-city trains were pressed into service on Rajshahi-Khulna route yesterday to meet the growing needs of passengers.
 arrow 20 vessels fined Tk 3.5 lakh at Ctg port
Twenty vessels of different local categories were fined Tk 3.5 lakh by the Magistrate Court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) for non-payment of huge outstanding mooring charges.
 arrow President, CA greet Italian leaders
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have felicitated their Italian counterparts on the occasion of the National Day of Italy today.
 arrow Eight eminent personalities win Mercantile Bank Awards
Eight eminent personalities will receive Mercantile Bank Annual Awards for their outstanding contributions to different fields this year.
 arrow 2 outlaws held in Rajshahi
Police arrested two outlaws from Taherpur and Palashi villages in Bagmara upazila early yesterday.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The 33rd edition of the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at the Ball Room of Hotel Sea Palace in Cox's Bazar at 5:45pm today.
 arrow DU cultural contest begins
The annual cultural competition 2007 of Dhaka University (DU) began at the Teacher Student Centre (TSC) auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1st Nat'l Confece on Health Rights June 14-15
The first National Conference on Health Rights (NCHR), first of its kind in the country, will be held on June 14-15 at Bangladesh Institute for Administration and Management (Biam) auditorium, says apress
Nationalarrow Move to turn Cox's Bazar into a modern resort city
An ambitious master plan has been undertaken to turn the resort town of Cox's Bazar into an ultramodern city which can be able to meet up the needs of the 21st century.
 arrow Re-excavate Kobadak
Union Parisad (UP) leaders of Satkhira, Jessore and Khulna at an opinion exchange meeting in Tala upazila yesterday urged the government to re-excavate the Kobadak river on emergency basis for the interest
 arrow Hilla still a common practice in Bogra village
Tota Mia had to part from his father Md Afsar about three months ago although he and other family members were rehabilitated in society after his mother Mosammat Aysha's Hilla marriage with neighbour
 arrow Tk 2.30 cr loss in PDB auction in Sirajganj
Iron and sundries of an abandoned diesel run power plant of Power Development Board (PDB) were auctioned incurring loss about Tk 2.30 crore in Sirajganj.
 arrow 'Uphold philanthropic acts of Bangladeshi people'
Speakers at an opinion exchange meeting in Chittagong stressed on upholding the philanthropic acts of Bangladeshi people to foreigners.
 arrow Shaheed Janoni Rizia Ahmed Memorial Scholarship
A new scholarship programme will be introduced soon in memory of Shaheed Janoni Rizia Ahmed.
 arrow A new hope among enclave people
The joint visits of a high-powered Bangladesh-India Joint Secretary level team in seven enclaves in either side of both the countries along Lalmonirhat border have ushered in a new hope among the enclave
 arrow 1 killed, 30 hurt in Netrakona clash
One person was killed and 30 others were injured in two separate clashes over land dispute in Madan and Khaliajury upazilas yesterday morning, police said.
Point-Counterpointarrow An agenda that cannot wait
Bangladesh is currently going through a political transition. The main issues being debated are the timing of the next elections, the reform of the political establishment and the anti-corruption drive.
 arrow Ayub's obiter dicta
I do not know whom General Ayub hated more, Hindus or Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Both came in for maximum derision in his "Diaries from 1966 to 1972.
 arrow Development at grassroots: UP coordination
Sustainable rural development programmes at the grassroots level have all the time felt the need for well structured institutional base.
Culturearrow View from Varendra
The ongoing exhibition "Chitral Varendra" at Bengal Gallery features artists from Rajshahi.
 arrow Homage to Nurul Momen
In remembrance of eminent playwright Nurul Momen, Department of Theatre and Film, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a programme comprising a discussion and staging of plays at the Experimental
 arrow Cultural programme by Autism Welfare Foundation
Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF), an organisation working for the well-being of autistic children, celebrated their third anniversary with a cultural programme on May 31 at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium,
Generalarrow Pedestrians' Woes at City Roads

Internationalarrow Lanka govt seeks peace talks with LTTE
Sri Lanka's president offered to open peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday even as security forces were locked in combat with the guerrillas.
 arrow Shoot-on-sight order to quell Rajasthan rioting
Police in northern India issued shoot-on-sight orders yesterday to stop arson attacks and rioting amid a week of ethnic clashes that have left at least 20 people dead.
 arrow India urges Lanka not to shop for arms in China, Pakistan
India is urging Sri Lanka not to buy weapons from China and Pakistan to fight Tamil rebels, New Delhi's national security advisor said. "We are the big power in the region.
 arrow Musharraf fighting for his political life
Pakistan's president has survived two al-Qaeda assassination attempts, faced down opposition to his alliance with the US and held onto the support of fellow generals for nearly eight years.
 arrow US, India hold 2nd day of nuke talks
Indian and US delegates met for a second day yesterday to seal a much-touted civilian nuclear deal between the two countries, officials said.
 arrow 'US in truce talks with Iraqi insurgents'
The US is discussing cease-fires with some Iraqi insurgent groups in an effort to reduce attacks on US and Iraqi government forces, the number two head of US forces in Iraq said Thursday.
 arrow 'French Spiderman' jailed for Shanghai climb
Intrepid climber Alain Robert, nicknamed the "French Spiderman", has been jailed for five days after scaling China's tallest building, police and French officials said yesterday.
 arrow Videotape of kidnapped BBC reporter surfaces
Kidnapped British reporter Alan Johnston appeared Friday in a videotape posted on an Islamic militant Web site, saying his captors had treated him well, denouncing Israel and blasting British and US Middle
 arrow Bush pushes new climate change plan
US President George W Bush said Thursday he would urge major industrialised nations at a summit next week to join a new global framework for fighting climate change after the Kyoto Protocol lapses.
 arrow Iraq won't make US neglect Asia: Gates
Robert Gates is using his first Far East Asia trip as Pentagon chief to try to convince allies and potential enemies that the Iraq war has not weakened America's commitment to the region.
 arrow Indian families seek POWs in Pakistan
A group of Indian families is travelling yesterday to Pakistan, where they will visit jails and scan their records, looking for traces of relatives in the military who went missing during the 1971 war
 arrow 'Computer programme could cut Caesarean rate'
Giving women more information about the type of birth they could have may avoid around 4,000 Caesarean sections a year in England and Wales, scientists say.
 arrow Iraqi Sunnis revolt against al-Qaeda
US troops battled al-Qaeda in west Baghdad on Thursday after Sunni Arab residents challenged the militants and called for American help to end furious gunfire that kept students from final exams and forced
 arrow Palestinian factions to hold direct talks in mid-June
Palestinian factions are to hold direct talks in Cairo later this month to shore up a more than two-week-old ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement of prime minister Ismail Haniya said yesterday.
 arrow Cot death on rise in Australia
Cot death campaigners yesterday expressed concerns that the number of babies dying unexpectedly in their sleep was on the rise in Australia.
 arrow Inter-Korean talks end without agreement
Reconciliation talks between North and South Korea ended yesterday with no agreements reached, following a row over Seoul's decision to link promised rice aid to Pyongyang's denuclearisation.
 arrow Thaksin loyalists vow to voice anger at ballot box
Heavy security blankets this Thaksin Shinawatra stronghold but the ousted prime minister's supporters say they will voice their anger over his ban from politics at the ballot box, not on the streets.
Editorialarrow Editorial: New export policy
Government has announced the National Export Policy, 2006-9 in the shape of a three-year export strategy paper without featuring any yearly projection of earnings.
 arrow Editorial: Remuneration for RMG workers
The 10-point tripartite agreement which was signed on June 10 last year by the stakeholders in the garment sector -- the owners, workers and the government -- has not yet been implemented, though almost
 arrow Democracy and women's representation in JS
The quest for a democratic order has been quite chequered in Bangladesh, to say the least. Through numerous ups and downs, mostly downs, we are now at the present juncture.
 arrow Nicolas Sarkozy's new France
A carefully choreographed and rigorously efficient US style election campaign has brought Nicolas Sarkozy the French Presidency.
 arrow The all-devouring avarice
I don't know what others feel about it, I myself have been terribly shocked at watching a proud mother in the first place, trapped in a vicious swoop.
StarTecharrow Innovation by Buet students
It is a tale of some Buet (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) students who were working on a project as part of their computer interfacing course.
 arrow SAP & Solitus to share expertise with local firms
Information technology (IT) is a top need for modern businesses to achieve strategic goals and increase efficiency.
 arrow Hasee unveils an array of products
Hasee, a Chinese innovative PC company, have launched an array of products at a very competitive price in the local market.
 arrow Microsoft puts computers on coffee tables
Microsoft on Wednesday trumpeted an unorthodox coffee-table computer design that it predicts will become a multibillion dollar portion of the hardware market.
 arrow Under Water Movies

Literaturearrow A Night to Remember
There was no bus at the stoppage; it was five-thirty in the afternoon and there should be one, I thought to myself. Maybe it had been delayed because of the heavy downpour. So I waited....
 arrow The North-East: A divided music
Ruben could not play his music. We were staying at the border town of Moreh in Manipur, inhabited by Kukis.

 arrow "Is anyone in America reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist?"
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid; Harcourt, Inc.; 2007; 184 pages; $22.
 arrow Rabindranath
What kind of darkness has settled over Bangladesh? Stillness has spellbound trees till even birds won't perch.
 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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