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Front Pagearrow Sarwar Jamal arrested, residence searched
Members of the joint forces and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested in the port city Thursday midnight, Sarwar Jamal Nizam, a former BNP lawmaker from Chittagong 12 constituency.
 arrow AL reformists for curbing party chief's 'absolute' power
Reformist leaders of Awami League (AL) finalised their 25-point reform proposal including a few provisions for curbing the party president Sheikh Hasina's absolute power in the party.
 arrow BNP reformists may take tough line if Khaleda says 'no'
Pro-reform leaders of the BNP will take a hard line if Chairperson Khaleda Zia refuses to accept the proposals they claim are aimed to ensure intra-party democracy.
 arrow Uniform rules for all public universities on the cards
The government plans to introduce uniform recruitment and promotion rules for teachers, officials and employees of all public universities to check political appointments and ensure quality education.
 arrow Manpower export sector to undergo drastic reforms
The government is planning major reforms in manpower export sector including changes in emigration rules and procedures.
 arrow Divisions with low poverty rates get more funds!
Divisions having lower poverty rates received higher funds under the social safety net programmes (SSNP) than the divisions with higher poverty rates, the latest survey by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics
 arrow CID probing Sabbir murder and Babar's bribery
The CID is examining if any case could be filed against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar for receiving Tk 20 crore from Bashundhara Group chairman in exchange for relieving his son ofthe
 arrow Grameenphone's Thai version DTAC hits Bangkok bourse
Telenor's Thai version of Grameenphone, the DTAC, hit Bangkok securities market yesterday offering 220 million primary shares to the public, demonstrating that the Norwegian company is sensitive to local
 arrow Hawkers go berserk as pickup kills 2 colleagues
Hundreds of hawkers staged fierce demonstrations at the city's Gulistan throughout the day yesterday after two of their fellows were run over and killed by a speeding pick-up in the early hours.
 arrow Extortionists gun down trader
Criminals yesterday shot dead a 'jhoot' (garment by-products) trader inside a club at Baishtek of Kafrul in the capital apparently for refusing to pay a huge amount of money to a local criminal gang.
 arrow An unelected govt for a long time can be dangerous
Outgoing US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis yesterday said an unelected government for a long time could be dangerous for a democratic country like Bangladesh.
 arrow Flooded roads..

 arrow Mohiuddin may apply for leave to appeal Monday
The jail authorities are likely to forward the written application of Bangabandhu killer AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed to the Supreme Court by Monday for allowing him to submit a delayed leave to appeal against
 arrow Ex-state minister Salahuddin, ntv MD Bappi sent to jail
Former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed and ntv Managing Director Enayetur Rahman Bappi were sent to jail yesterday after they were produced before a Dhaka court on completion of their
 arrow Bomb found again at Ruet
Police yesterday recovered a powerful bomb in front of the main gate of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet).
 arrow Notices on 965 Ctg bldgs to remove illegal parts in 30 days
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has served notices on the owners of 965 multi-storied buildings to remove unauthorised parts of their establishments by next 30 days.
 arrow AL founding day today
The Awami League (AL) observes its 58th founding anniversary today. On this day in 1949, East Pakistan Awami Muslim League was founded at the historic Rose Garden in Old Dhaka.
 arrow Busy carpenters...

 arrow JCD cadres at JU beat up 4 students
Four students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) were yesterday injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres beat them up following filing of a case against some JCD cadres.
 arrow Some RU teachers protest UGC move to probe irregularities
Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday denounced the University Grants Commission (UGC) probe body that reached the campus to investigate all kinds of alleged irregularities,
 arrow 5 PBCP men arrested in Sirajganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five members of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in Raiganj upazila of Sirajganj district early yesterday.
 arrow Nato air strike kills 25 Afghan civilians
A Nato air strike in southern Afghanistan early yesterday killed 25 civilians, including nine women and three young children, police said amid rising concern about civilian casualties.
Businessarrow Concerns over possible labour unrest on the rise
Concerns over a possible labour unrest in ready made garment industries are on the rise as full enforcement of a tripartite deal on minimum wages for RMG workers within the deadline of June 30 remains
 arrow WTO looks to putting broken trade talks back together
All 150 members of the World Trade Organisation met Friday to assess where tortured negotiations go from here following the collapse of talks between four key players in Germany.
 arrow Indian inflation down
India's wholesale inflation fell to its lowest level in more than a year Friday on a continuing trend of lower food prices, official data showed. The weekly wholesale price index was up 4.
 arrow Seminar on leather begins
In a bid to promote export potential of leather and leather goods through the application of Total Quality Management (TQM), a two-day long seminar began yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
June 17-June 21, 2007
Local FX Market

The demand for US dollar was stable in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain ruins tour opener
Rain ruined Bangladesh's only warm-up match ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka as the tourists' three-dayer against Sri Lanka A fizzled out to a draw on the third and final day at the Colts Cricket
 arrow Football: Zaim rescues Russel
A second half strike by Nureddine Zaim bailed out Sheikh Russel with a 1-0 win over Farashganj but Russel's fellow title contenders Muktijoddha were not as much lucky as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw in
 arrow Table Tennis: Hamlet pilots Biman to top
Hamlet led Bangladesh Biman to a thrilling 3-2 win against defending champions Sheikh Russel in the AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aaqib to help GP pacer hunt bowlers
Former Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed will impart tips to the final round participants of the GrameenPhone Pacer Hunt.
 arrow Cricket: Vital time for hosts
Ireland captain Trent Johnston has said this weekend's one-day internationals against India and South Africa are of "vital importance to Irish cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Collingwood in charge
Paul Collingwood was named Friday as England's new one-day captain and put in charge of a new-look squad for the upcoming series against the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Vandort replaces Tharanga
Sri Lanka have called up Michael Vandort to replace injured opener Upul Tharanga for next Monday's first Test against Bangladesh in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Army puts players to task
They were scared at first, but Pakistan's cricketers have emerged from 15 gruelling days of army training in peak condition, instructors say.
 arrow Tennis: Difficult draw for Nadal
Rafael Nadal's bid to dethrone Roger Federer at Wimbledon faces a tough early test after the Spanish second-seed was drawn with experienced American Mardy Fish in the first round of the men's singles.
 arrow Tennis: Maria dreams of glory
Maria Sharapova has set her sights on going for an Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon.
 arrow Cricket: India embark on rocky road
Just 15 months ago, Indian one-day cricket was riding a wave the size of big Pipe in Hawaii, having brushed aside the challenge of Pakistan (4-1 away from home) and a feeble England (5-1).
 arrow Cricket: Ramdin, Morton give WI win
Despite having barely half their full side, the West Indians completed a confidence-boosting seven-wicket win against the England Lions at New Road.
 arrow Hockey: Dhaka ride on Jimmy treble
Russell Mahmud Jimmy slammed a hattrick as title aspirants Dhaka brushed aside Chittagong 8-0 in yesterday's 27th National Hockey Championship match at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Bracewell place to be reviewed
New Zealand Cricket has formed a subcommittee to determine whether John Bracewell should be retained as the national coach.
 arrow Cricket: 'Shoaib vital to success'
Coaching hopeful Geoff Lawson believes Pakistan can produce the best cricket team in the world if express paceman Shoaib Akhtar stays fit for extended periods.
 arrow Cricket: Bleach at your peril
A man who tried to bleach his hair to look like Sri Lanka's "sexiest" cricket player, Lasith Malinga, has ended up in hospital with severe burns, the Daily Mirror said here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: SA to play in Karachi
South Africa will play a Test and a warm-up match in the southwestern Pakistani city of Karachi, a venue where they refused to play over security fears four years ago.
 arrow Cricket: Joseph turns down captaincy
Sylvester Joseph, who was named by the West Indies Cricket Board as the captain of the A-team tour of Zimbabwe, has turned down the offer, according to a report in The Nation newspaper.
 arrow Football: The cream of the crop
Renowned sports journalist and broadcaster Gabriel Marcotti runs the rule over the best players on the planet. Here is his pick of the 50 best footballers today.
 arrow Football: Mixed reactions from Thais
Thais reacted to deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra's bid to take over Manchester City Friday with a mix of scepticism and pride, with some seeing it as a ploy to restore his popularity at home.
 arrow Football: Socceroos like favourites tag
Australia have never been favourites to win a football tournament before and they are revelling in it, while being cautious about underestimating any team at the Asian Cup.
 arrow Football: Riquelme, Veron back
Juan Roman Riquelme has been handed a recall to the Argentina squad.
 arrow Football: Hinkel slams Loew
FC Seville's German defender Andreas Hinkel says Germany coach Joachim Loew has ignored him while he plays his football in Spain, it was reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: USA- Mexico final
The United States and Mexico set up a Gold Cup showdown on Thursday, advancing to the final of the CONCACAF regional football tournament.
Metropolitanarrow 6 killed in road crashes
At least six people including a woman were killed in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow Lightning kills two in Gaibandha
Two farmers died and five others were injured by lightning in the district yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka Strategic Transport Plan needs amendment
Experts at a view exchange meeting yesterday called for amending the proposed Dhaka Strategic Transport Plan (STP).
 arrow Govt working for social change: Iftekhar
Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said the caretaker government is working to make a tolerant and clean society by taking various reform measures.
 arrow 'Maintain quality of pharmaceutical products'
Health and Family Welfare Adviser Major General (retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday underlined the need for maintaining proper quality of pharmaceutical products to expand foreign markets for enhancing
 arrow WB approves $100m credit to improve quality of secondary education
The World Bank on Thursday approved a US$100 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to support the government's efforts to deepen and sustain reforms in the education sector.
 arrow Teen defies early marriage
A 16-year-old girl, whose parents wanted to marry off her against her will, has managed to foil their plan with the help of the local ward commissioner and the police in the port city.
 arrow Kidney stone of 2-yr-old boy removed by PCNL method
Stone has been removed from the kidney of a two-year-old boy by applying Perceutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) method for the first time in the country, said a press release of The Barakah Kidney Hospital
 arrow Palassey Day today
Today is historic Palassey Day. On this day in 1757, the glorious sun of national independence set in Palassey on the bank of the Bhagirathi.
 arrow Housewife electrocuted in Pabna
A housewife was electrocuted in the district on Thursday night. She was identified as Aleya Khatun, a housewife of Batuan village under Bhangura upazila.
 arrow Seminar on biotechnology
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Brac University held the first of a series of seminars on Biotechnology at the department on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Four held with fake driving licences
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four persons with fake driving licences and materials used for them from South Badda of the city Thursday night.
 arrow Woman found dead in diagnostic centre in city
Police recovered the decomposed body of a woman from a diagnostic centre and clinic in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Depression crosses Andhra
The deep depression over the Bay crossed north Andhra coast near Machilipatnam at noon yesterday and lay centred as a land depression over Andhra Pradesh.
 arrow Drishti fruit festival held
Drishti, a cultural organisation, organised a fruit festival at the cafeteria of Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on Dhaka University campus yesterday with a view to upholding the culture and heritage ofthe
 arrow Father, son electrocuted
A man and his son died and three others of the family injured when they came into contact with a live electric wire in Kharkhori area under Boalia Police Station in the city on Thursday night.
 arrow HSC examinee dies in rooftop fall in Ctg
An HSC examinee died after falling from a rooftop water tank in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Public Service Day today
The International Public Service Day will be observed across the country today in a befitting manner as elsewhere in the world. This year the theme is "Building trust in government".
Nationalarrow Hunt for ex-PM's nephew Tuhin
Joint forces are raiding different villages along the border and areas close to Indian enclaves to nab former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia's nephew Shahrin Islam Tuhin, one of the 100 corrupt suspects
 arrow Join fight against corruption
Veteran lawyer Dr.
 arrow Another extortion case against Sylhet city BNP chief
Another extortion case has been filed against Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury, also a ward commissioner of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC).
 arrow RU teachers term decision 'inhuman'
The Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) at Rajshahi University yesterday criticised government's steps barring Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina from visiting recent landslide victims in Chittagong
 arrow Special zone in Sylhet soon to draw investment
Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr.
 arrow Anti-corruption body formed in Satkhira
A 10-member Satkhira district Corruption Preventive Committee was formed at a meting held at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner yesterday.
 arrow 20 hurt in Netrakona clash
At least 20 persons were injured in a clash over building a dam over 'Patkuri River' at Bajgon village under Kendua upazila in Netrakona yesterday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Needed a correct overall energy strategy
The Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a global network of pro-environment Bangladeshis, is alarmed by recent news reports indicating that the government is moving toward adoption of a coal policythat
 arrow Coal -- the energy resource for 21st century
World's population is expected to reach over 8 billion by 2030, from its current level of 6.4 billion and consequently global energy demand will grow by almost 60 percent by 2030 and rise to 16.
 arrow Renewable energy deserves proper attention
Energy is one of the most important ingredients for development. There are two major sources of energy, finite i.e., fossil fuel like gas, coal, oil etc. and renewable i.e.
Culturearrow National Music and Dance Centre opens
The much-awaited National Music and Dance Centre, the new auditorium of Department of Music and Dance, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), was opened on June 21.
 arrow Zahir Raihan and Alamgir Kabir remembered
To pay homage to the film legends of the country -- Zahir Raihan and Alamgir Kabir -- Department of Theatre and Film, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a two-day programme at the National Theatre
 arrow A medley of flamboyant paintings
The group exhibition at Radius brings together some fine works by upcoming experimental artists-- all of them being influenced by nature.
 arrow Artist Safiuddin Ahmed's 85th birth anniversary today
Veteran artist Safiuddin Ahmed's 85th birth anniversary is being celebrated today.
 arrow Programme celebrating works of Tagore, Nazrul and Sukanto
Speakers at a recent discussion in Khagrachhari said, Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Sukanto Bhattacharya are creative titans in our literature.
Internationalarrow N Korea gets ready to shut N-reactor
US envoy Christopher Hill said yesterday that North Korea is prepared to promptly close down its Yongbyon nuclear reactor in line with an agreement reached earlier this year.
 arrow Abbas mulls early Palestinian polls
In his bitter wrangling with Hamas over legitimacy, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is considering calling presidential and legislative elections to strengthen his position, a top aide said Thursday.
 arrow WHO seeks over $ 2 billion to tackle drug-resistant TB
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday it is seeking 2.
 arrow Mood turns against Musharraf
From the dusty streets of Punjab to the privileged ranks of the ruling parliamentary party, the mood in Pakistan is turning against its military leader.
 arrow Young communists prompt fears for Nepali peace
Sitaram Prasai, a rich Nepali businessman wanted by police for massive bank fraud, used to think he was above the law.
 arrow Amnesty renews calls for immediate closure of Guantanamo prison
Amnesty International on Friday renewed its call on the United States to immediately close its naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where it holds detainees from its "war on terror".
 arrow Pakistan builds third N-reactor for bombs
Pakistan appears to be building a third plutonium nuclear reactor to significantly boost its production of atomic bombs, a US research group said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka court delays hearing on eviction of Tamils
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday delayed hearing a case challenging the eviction of minority ethnic Tamils from Colombo, which police said was undertaken to root out Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow US terror charges against Iran are 'liesí
Iran rejected as "lies" Thursday US allegations that it is arming Shia extremists in Iraq, and alleged that some Nato powers are supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
 arrow Lanka slammed over press rights
International media rights activists yesterday described Sri Lanka as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists due to a worsening climate of violence and censorship.
 arrow US forces kill 17 Iraqi al-Qaeda gunmen
US helicopters armed with missiles killed 17 suspected al-Qaeda gunmen in the province of Diyala yesterday where thousands of troops have launched a crackdown on the terror group, the military said.
 arrow SC deplores HC for granting bails to influential Indians
The Supreme Court has taken a serious view of high courts exercising their "inherent powers" in granting bails to accused persons who try to "win over witnesses by using their muscle and money power.
 arrow EU summit locked in treaty deadlock
European Union leaders were locked in intense talks on the second day of a summit Friday seeking to break a deadlock with Britain and Poland over a new reform treaty.
 arrow EU team in Manila to help curb human rights abuses
A European Union delegation has met Philippine officials to help Manila address human rights abuses, including political murders blamed on the security forces, a presidential aide said yesterday.
 arrow Rushdie death Fatwa still valid
The death sentence Fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie by Iran's revolutionary leader 18 years ago is still valid and will remain so, a leading cleric said yesterday following Britain's knighting of the
 arrow Blackout traps 20,000 in Tokyo trains
Nearly 20,000 passengers were trapped yesterday for more than four hours in packed commuter trains in suburban Tokyo due to a power failure, with some 45 people falling ill, officials said.
 arrow China to build strong ties with Bangladesh
The Chinese government is committed to building strong ties with Bangladesh, which is a key part of its policy of fostering friendship and partnership with the neighbours, said Chinese Vice Foreign Minister
 arrow CIA declassifies 1970s records on illegal surveillance
Documents from the 1970s that detail more than two decades of the CIA's illegal spying activities on US soil have been declassified and are now available on the Internet, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Storms leave hundreds stranded at Frankfurt airport
Hundreds of passengers had to camp out overnight at Germany's Frankfurt airport after storms forced the cancellation of more than 240 flights, an airport spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow India sends runaway bride back to Pakistan
An 18-year-old girl who fled to Indian Kashmir over one of the world's most heavily militarised borders to escape her Pakistani husband-to-be has been sent home, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sponsoring terrorists
The nexus between the BNP-Jamaat alliance government and the JMB, which the media, including this newspaper, had exposed to public knowledge several years back, has once again been confirmed through a
 arrow Editorial: Adolescent delinquency
Little wonder, the sentencing in a Jamalpur court of one 16-year-old and another aged 17, to ten and seven-year imprisonment terms, respectively, in an arms case, has surprised legal experts and children's
 arrow Overstretching the virtues of democracy
The demand for the early lifting of the ban on indoor political activities by some quarters assumes added significance in the background of the United States ambassador's remark to the effect that delay
 arrow Russia's westpolitik and the EU's response
Russia's increasing self-confidence as an "energy power" has changed the balance in its relationship with the EU, as Moscow no longer sees itself as the union's younger partner.
 arrow Increased focus on children needed
In the backdrop of the observance of the World Child Labour Elimination Day on June 12 last, sensible citizenry in the country issued a clarion call for arresting the crimes against children especially
StarTecharrow Cutting edge mobility
No matter what your social identity is you always need to network with others in order to keep yourself informed.
 arrow A promising solution in modern computing
In this hi-tech age diversified approach in IT has compelled Microsoft to migrate to a new concept called 'interoperability' in order to make it easier for its customers to gain maximum business advantage
 arrow YouTube to stream videos to iPhones
Apple announced Wednesday that YouTube videos will stream directly to iPhones so that users of the soon-to-be launched devices can watch video clips on the go.
 arrow Humanoid

Literaturearrow The Daily Star Short Story Contest Winner
The winner of The Daily Star Short Story Contest Nuzhat Amin Mannan being presented with the Taka 5000 prize by Editor Mahfuz Anam for her winning entry 'The Meltdown'.
 arrow The Meltdown
I might be wrong, I don't know. In another lifetime these sorts of admissions would have been unthinkable... A lifetime ago, I was not afraid of being daring, crass, disingenuous...
 arrow Reading amid the load-shedding
The summer has set in and electricity failures are worse that ever since the privatization of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation.
 arrow Jamini
The latest issue of Jamini (March 2007), the international art journal published by ICE Media Limited of the Bengal Group, has a striking cover: A head smoking a cigar, black terracotta, by Alok Roy,titled
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