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Front Pagearrow Pak SC reinstates CJ in a big blow to Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, battling a wave of Islamist violence, suffered another major blow yesterday when the supreme court gave a victory to his political nemesis, the country's top judge.
 arrow Coal can change economy if properly harnessed
It is coal, not natural gas, that can drastically change the country's economy if it is given proper attention.
 arrow Hasina fears she won't get justice
Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her fear that the due process of law will not be followed in her prosecution, as she apprehends that the military backed caretaker
 arrow Fresh areas flooded in Bandarban, Khagrachhari
Flood situation in Bandarban and Khagrachhari districts deteriorated yesterday as new areas were inundated due to incessant downpour forcing over one lakh people to take shelter in highlands and various
 arrow Criminals kill NSI official in city
A National Security Intelligence (NSI) official was murdered by unidentified criminals in the capital on Thursday night. He is believed to have been killed by the gang inside a running auto-rickshaw.
 arrow Tigers' missed opportunity
Bangladesh had the opportunity to salvage something for the first time in an otherwise disappointing tour but their almost chronic batting blues returned to spoil the party as the Tigers crashed to a70-run
 arrow Move likely to extend proposed road to Myanmar up to China
Dhaka, during Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu's visit next week, will push Myanmar to consider jointly approaching China to sponsor a feasibility study for extending the proposed Bangladesh-Myanmar
 arrow 16 BCL, Jubo League men sued in N'ganj
Police have filed a case against 16 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League for bringing out a procession in the town on Thursday demanding release of Awami League (AL)
 arrow Positive response for BNP council amid emergency
Pro-reform leaders of the BNP yesterday said they have contacted most of the councillors and received positive response to the plans to hold a council with the state of emergency still in force.
 arrow None involved in corruption will be spared
Coordinator of National Task Force on Prevention of Serious Crimes Lt Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury said nobody involved with corruption would be spared from legal actions.
 arrow Free Hasina, US chapter of AL urges UN chief
The US chapter of Awami League (AL) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the United Nations (UN) secretary-general, urging him to pressure the army-backed interim administration to free Sheikh Hasina immediately.
 arrow Scourge that puts victims at fatal risk
Gangs of robbers who drug their victims into unconsciousness before robbing them, popularly known as 'aggyan party', are putting the victims at risks of fatalities or permanent mental disorders with their
 arrow Korean sues 4 including Huda, Sigma
A Korean national has filed a case against former communications minister Nazmul Huda, his wife Sigma Huda and two others including chairman of a Korean company and an associate of a law firm headed by
 arrow Horror still haunts 8-yr-old daughter
Supreme Court lawyer Sayma Khanam's eight-year-old daughter Tofa is yet to get a grip on herself after her mother was brutally murdered inside her flat four days ago.
 arrow Pratibha Patil to face big challenge
Pratibha Patil, the demure-looking 72-year-old politician set to become India's first woman president, has her work cut out to win the country's confidence.
 arrow Begum's six decades in awakening women
The editor and contributors of Begum yesterday reminisced about the 60th anniversary of the country's first weekly magazine that was especially designed for women.
 arrow FFs united at Bangabandhu's call in '71,says Gen Moeen
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday called for a national unity to build Bangladesh as a prosperous nation.
 arrow Muggers kill BRTA official in Chittagong
Criminals killed an official of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) at the city's Battery Gali at around 9:30pm on Thursday.
 arrow Indian state minister for commerce due today
Indian State Minister for Commerce Jairam Ramesh will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit to hold talks on bilateral trade.
 arrow James Moriarty may become next US envoy to Bangladesh
US Ambassador James F Moriarty, who left Nepal on July 13 after completing his three-year tenure, is likely to be appointed the ambassador to Bangladesh in a couple of months.
 arrow US chapter of BNP hires lobbyists
The US chapter of BNP hired law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to manage a range of communications intended to promote democratic elections and a democratic government in Bangladesh, according to
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Power Development Board (PDB) issued a rejoinder to The Daily Star news headlined "Faulty power plant to restart without power up system" published on July 10.
 arrow Kidnappers kill trader, abduct another in Kushtia
Criminals abducted a businessman and demanded a ransom of Tk 2 lakh in Meherpur early yesterday, while another businessman was killed in Kushtia on Thursday night.
 arrow BCL call to abstain from classes
Bangladesh Chhatra League, demanding Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina's immediate release, called on students across the country to refrain from attending classes and taking examinations tomorrow (Sunday),
 arrow 7 robbers held with arms in two districts
Police arrested 17 robbers with firearms and ammunition in Narayanganj and Rajbari districts early yesterday.
 arrow Six drown as boat capsizes in Sirajganj
Six people drowned and three others went missing as an engine boat capsized in Chalan Beel under Ullapara upazila of the district yesterday noon.
 arrow Tofail hospitalised
Awami League presidium member Tofail Ahmed was admitted to Shikder Medical College Hospital at Gulshan last night with complaint of high blood pressure.
 arrow Coctails thrown at NBA office compound
Two cocktails exploded inside the office compound of the National Broadcasting Authority at Shahbagh in the capital last night. However, no casualty was reported.
 arrow Taliban claim abduction of S Koreans, Germans
The Taliban claimed responsibility yesterday for the kidnap of 18 South Korean Christians and two German nationals, and said they would only free the Germans if Berlin withdraws troops from Afghanistan.
 arrow Another suicide attack kills 4 in Pakistan
Pakistan's embattled President Pervez Musharraf Friday convened a crisis meeting over an upsurge in Islamist violence as another suicide attack killed at least four people near the Afghan border.
 arrow 5 US, British soldiers killed in Iraq
Insurgents killed three British troops and two American soldiers in a separate attacks in southern and central Iraq, coalition officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt moves to take action against errant garment factories
The government has moved to take action against garment factories, which failed to ensure minimum wage for workers within the June 30 deadline.
 arrow Two local cement firms get Indian nod to export
India has allowed two Bangladeshi companies to sell cement in its market.
 arrow China to set up trade centre
China is going to finance the setting up of a trade centre in Bangladesh under an agreement to be signed during the visit of a Chinese official delegation coming here today.
 arrow New WTO formula good basis for deal: India
India believes a new formula proposed for a deal on agriculture and industry tariffs is a good basis for negotiations to resume in the stalled Doha round of global trade talks, a report said Friday.
 arrow Japan lagging behind in overseas investment
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry is urging service sector industries, including the financial, transportation, retail and hotel categories, to expand their business overseas, saying Japan lags
 arrow Oil hits 11 months peak above $76
The price of New York crude struck a fresh 11-month high point on Friday, above 76 dollars a barrel, owing to tight US supplies, while London's Brent oil traded close to its historic high.
 arrow WB president backs WTO proposals
World Bank president Robert Zoellick backed Friday fresh proposals to drive the deadlocked round of World Trade Organization negotiations to a conclusion this year.
 arrow Rwanda makes landmark use of WTO rule on drug import
Rwanda has become the first country to resort to a four year-old rule that allows governments to waive patent protection and import more affordable generic copies of medicines to deal with major diseases,
 arrow Baratakia Enterprise to market Thai light vehicles
Monika Motors Ltd of Thailand and Baratakia Enterprise of Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which Baratakia will act as the sole distributor, importer and assembler of Monika
 arrow Citigroup Q2 profits jump 18pc
Citigroup Inc., the biggest U.S. bank, said Friday its second-quarter profit rose 18 percent after pulling in record revenues, boosted by strength in overseas operations.
 arrow Siemens brings Maximus brand handset
Siemens has launched a new brand of cell phone set in Bangladesh market recently.
 arrow IMF to revise economic forecasts amid 'global boom'
The International Monetary Fund is revising its economic growth forecasts amid a "global boom," the IMF chief economist said Thursday, suggesting a bump up in official estimates.
 arrow China bans firms from exporting goods
China said Friday it had shut down several firms at the heart of food and drug safety scares, its latest move to clean up those industries and salvage its reputation as a reliable exporter.
 arrow Quake halts Japan auto production
The mammoth earthquake that ravaged northern Japan last week did more than take lives and trigger radioactive leaks.
 arrow Dollar pulls away from record euro low
The dollar pulled further away from a record low against the euro on Friday as rising US share prices provided some respite, while the yen was dented by political worries, dealers said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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The US dollar/BDT market was liquid and USD became steady against the BDT in the week. The dollar showed little movement against the Bangladeshi Taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Batting blues curtail Tigers
If the words from the opponent camp are to be believed than Bangladesh can be said to have missed a golden opportunity to yesterday add another feather on their one-day cap.
 arrow Football: Crucial match for Mohammedan
Mohammedan will look to maintain their hundred percent record against Brothers Union this season when the two heavyweights meet in a crucial Dhaka derby today. The B.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh play India tomorrow
Bangladesh will face India in their second match of the tri-nation Under-19 Cricket Tournament tomorrow at the PSS Ground in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: Wickets tumble on Day 2
England took two early India wickets after collapsing in spectacular fashion on the second day of the first Test at Lord's here yesterday.
 arrow Swimming: Long distance swimming today
The 9th National Long Distance Swimming Championships will be held today at the River Shitalakhya.
 arrow Handball: Second win for Dhaka
Dhaka recorded their second consecutive win in the BASIC Bank 18th National Women's Handball Championship when they beat Naogaon 10-2 at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Totti shuts door on Azzurri
Italy's Francesco Totti announced his retirement from international football on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia recall Brett Lee
Australia on Friday confirmed it would field an almost unchanged World Cup winning team as its 15-man squad to contest the shorter version of the game in the Twenty20 World Championship in September.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya can contest polls
The Calcutta High Court today stayed the BCCI's suspension of Jagmohan Dalmiya and directed that he was free to contest next week's election to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
 arrow Tennis: Blake fights back
Second-seeded James Blake saved a match point en route to a three-set victory over Paul Goldstein here Thursday to book a quarterfinal berth in the 525,000-dollar ATP hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Lord's to lose Test?
The MCC and the ECB will have urgent talks to discuss worries that Lord's may lose one of its summer Tests in 2009, when the new staging agreements take hold.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss relieved
England opener Andrew Strauss was a relieved man after finally hitting form in the first Test against India Strauss, who struggled in the Ashes, at the World Cup and against West Indies, made 96 in
 arrow Chess: Prantik has the last laugh
Indian prodigy Prantik Roy of Kolkata Carmel School clinched the title in the senior group (Class VI-X) of the 9th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Eves to present ACC trophy to BCB boss
The Bangladesh women's cricket team which won the first-ever Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Women's Cricket Tournament will formally hand over the championship trophy to Bangladesh Cricket Board president
 arrow Football: All eyes on Aussie-Japan clash
Japan coach Ivica Osim rates the Asian Cup quarterfinal clash of the titans with Australia here Saturday as the toughest challenge in his time with the Blue Samurai.
 arrow Football: United thrive on Ronaldo magic
Cristiano Ronaldo enhanced his standing as arguably the most popular player in the Far East by producing a magical 45-minute display as Manchester United defeated FC Seoul 4-0 here on Friday.
 arrow Football: MU hopeful over Tevez
Manchester United chief executive David Gill said Friday he remains hopeful that their 30 million pound move for Carlos Tevez will be wrapped up before the transfer window closes on August 31.
 arrow Football: Fowler turns down Sydney
Former Liverpool ace Robbie Fowler has rejected an offer from Australian A-League side Sydney FC, the club said Friday.
 arrow Football: Dudek signs for Real
Polish goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, out of contract with English Premiership side Liverpool, on Friday signed a two-year deal with Real Madrid, the Spanish champions announced.
 arrow Football: Diarra leaves Lyon for Bordeaux
Lyon midfielder Alou Diarra moved to rivals Bordeaux in a 7.75 million euro deal on Thursday, the French champions announced.
 arrow Football: Cash incentive for Czech youngsters
The Czech Republic's Under-20 footballers will earn a share of 142,000 euros (196,000 dollars) in bonus money should they win the world title in Canada, the country's football federation said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: B'ham agree Mido fee
Birmingham have agreed a six-million-pound (12.3m dollar) fee with Tottenham for Egyptian striker Mido.
 arrow Football: Rasmussen axed
Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen has been axed from the Danish national team and told he will not take part in either the world championships or the Olympics following a row over drug testing,it
 arrow Football: Papin tipped for China job
Former French striker Jean-Pierre Papin has emerged as a top candidate to coach China's national side after the team's disastrous first-round exit from the Asian Cup, press reports said Friday.
 arrow Football: Scores injured in Bosnia clash
Twenty-seven policemen and nine fans were injured in clashes of Bosnian and Serbian fans after the UEFA Cup qualifier between Zrinjski and Partizan Belgrade in the southern town of Mostar late Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Plan to construct pvt jetties on banks of Karnaphuli
The government is going to allow the construction of private jetties on both banks of the river Karnaphuli.
 arrow Change attitude towards elderly people
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need to change attitude towards elderly people and called on the media to play an important role in this regard.
 arrow 3000 cops punished during this CG
Around 3000 policemen have been punished on charges of corruption, misuse of power, misconduct and other irregularities since the caretaker government assumed power, Inspector General of Police (IGP)Nur
 arrow Barisal journos boycott Mainul’s programme
Members of Barisal Reporters Unity (BRU) and Barisal Metropolitan Union of Journalists (BMUJ) boycotted a view exchange programme with Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein at the localcircuit
 arrow Incidents of acid attack on rise
Incidents of acid attacks have increased alarmingly in Dhaka putting it at the top position among all other districts.
 arrow GFMD to conduct study in Bangladesh
The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Belgium has selected Bangladesh for conducting a feasibility study to assess the involvement of banks and other financial institutions in lending
 arrow Reconsider decision to demolish part of buildings
Owners of the buildings, who were earlier notified by the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) to demolish some portions of their establishments, urged CDA to reconsider its decision considering their
 arrow Changes in exam system from 28th BCS to protect rights of job seekers
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is bringing changes to the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination system to protect the rights of job seekers and the changes will take effect from the forthcoming
 arrow Doctors surprised over termination
The agitating doctors of Chittagong Maa Shishu O General Hospital yesterday expressed surprise over their termination while the authorities were preparing newspaper advertisement for recruiting new doctors
 arrow Faezul Huq’s death condoled
Different socio-political organisations and individuals yesterday condoled the death of AK Faezul Huq, former state minister for jute and son of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq.
 arrow Two of a family killed, 3 injured in Brahmanbaria
Two people were killed and three others injured when a truck hit a microbus at Rampur under Madhabpur upazila in Habiganj district yesterday.
 arrow National level debate contest begins in city
Jukti Kathan, a national level debate contest organised by ATN Bangla, began on Thursday with a view to creating enlightened citizens for a better Bangladesh.
Nationalarrow 1.5 lakh marooned in five Sirajganj upazilas
Rains in last three days and onrush of water from the upstream have swelled the Jamuna further, inundating more about 150 villages in five upazilas of Sirajganj district. Over 1.
 arrow Former Satkhira BNP lawmaker sued for extortion
An extortion case was filed yesterday with Kalaroa police station against former BNP lawmaker Habibul Islam Habib and five others.
 arrow 2 boys fleeing forced labour in Dublar Char rescued
Coastguard personnel rescued two minor boys Thursday evening from Passur river. The two boys were identified as Monir Gharami, 12 and Shahidul Islam, 11 of Pirojpur district.
 arrow Joint forces seize 68 sacks fertiliser, one arrested
Joint forces in a drive on Thursday night seized 68 sacks of fertiliser from the godown of a dealer at Kamorpur Bazar in Gobindagnaj upazila for selling the fertiliser at higher price.
 arrow Kushtia trader abducted for ransom
Criminals yesterday abducted a businessman for Tk 2 lakh ransom in Meherpur and killed another one in Kushtia Thursday.
 arrow Fisheries Technology Fair-2007 begins
Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) Prof. Dr. Musharraf Hossain Miah yesterday said all out efforts should be made to protect fish varieties now becoming extinct in the country.
 arrow Two bodies recovered
Bodies of two persons, who were missing after the boat capsize in Labor Haor in Tahirpur upazila in Sunamganj Wednesday were recovered yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reforms and the military
Right thinking Bangladeshis would perhaps agree that since independence no major changes have taken place in the mode of governance, all claims and political rhetoric notwithstanding.
 arrow Kalam: They were the same
The outgoing President APJ Abdul Kalam did not find "any difference" between the previous government run by Atal Behari Vajpayee and the present one headed by Dr Manmohan Singh.
 arrow Capitalist development and governance
Capitalist development is not a monolithic discourse. As it has different accounts of outcomes and gains, so has criticisms from different perspectives.
 arrow Question of amending Article 48(3)
IT is surprising to note that our Constitution contains a unique, unprecedented chain of rise and fall of the powers and functions of the President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, which are as
Culturearrow Art works on a distinctive paper
Ten contemporary artists were invited to work on a newly imported paper from UK, "Conqueror". The results are on display at an ongoing exhibition at the Bengal Gallery.
 arrow Dhaka Padatik stages "Jalodash" today
As part of the ongoing Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07, Dhaka Padatik will stage Jalodash today at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Songs of rain from Tagore at Chhayanat's monthly musical soiree
Chhayanat's regular musical programme, "Shrotar Asar", this time brought some rain songs of Kabiguru Rabinranath Tagore to celebrate the rainy season.
 arrow Amitabh Bachchan and Sienna Miller campaign against global warming
British actress Sienna Miller, best known for her roles in films, Alfie and Factory Girls, has teamed up with Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in a campaign against global warming and climate change.
Internationalarrow Israel releases more than 250 prisoners
Israel released more than 250 Palestinian prisoners yesterday in an attempt to bolster moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his power struggle with Hamas.
 arrow Jubilant Pak lawyers call on Musharraf to quit
Lawyers for Pakistan's chief justice said yesterday that military ruler President Pervez Musharraf should quit after the country's supreme court overturned his suspension of the judge.
 arrow Heavy fighting kills 15 in Lanka
Separatist Tamil rebels attacked a military post in northern Sri Lanka with mortars and gunfire early yesterday, sparking an hourlong battle that killed at least 12 combatants.
 arrow Pakistani elders, tribal militants hold talks
A 45-member delegation of tribal elders began talks with militant leaders near the Afghan border yesterday in a bid to stem the spiralling violence that erupted after Islamic extremists scrapped a peace
 arrow Taiwan launches fresh UN membership bid
Taiwan has launched a fresh bid for membership of the United Nations, a presidential aide said yesterday, but the move met with an immediate riposte from China.
 arrow 'Logjam' broken in talks
The United States and India have broken the "logjam" in talks to forge an implementing agreement for their landmark civilian atomic deal but a final accord remains elusive, officials said Thursday.
 arrow ‘Lack of security poses threat to Nepal polls’
The United Nations says that Nepal's dismal security situation poses the biggest threat to crucial elections planned for later this year in the impoverished Himalayan nation.
 arrow Unlikely Pak hero makes a stand against Musharraf
With his rambling, legalistic speeches and his lazy eye, Pakistan's chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has become an unlikely hero for opponents of President Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow Ethiopia frees 38 jailed opposition figures
Ethiopia yesterday released 38 opposition figures, days after sparking an international outcry by slapping them with heavy jail terms over incidents that followed disputed 2005 polls.
 arrow Rowling bids her boy wizard goodbye
Harry Potter's life hangs in the balance. Millions of fans are holding their breath. Meanwhile, his creator is baking a cake and keeping her secret.
 arrow Mumbai building collapse death toll rises to 29
The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in India's commercial capital Mumbai rose to 29 yesterday as officials called off the search for more victims.
 arrow US backs call for expanded UN role in Iraq
The United States backs UN chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an expanded role for the world body in Iraq to help the strife-torn country become a "force for moderation in the region," its envoy to the UN said
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fertiliser, gas, energy prices
The move by the government to hold back a proposal for a hike in the price of urea fertiliser is welcome.
 arrow Editorial: The 'psychological' affliction
While we take some comfort from the experts' assertion that the spate of illness afflicting female students in many parts of the country is to do more with the mind than anything else, and that no one
 arrow Insurgency and instability mount in Afghanistan
More than five years have passed since the major combat operation Enduring Freedom was unleashed in Afghanistan.
 arrow A process of accountability has begun
They say that a wise man is one who learns from others' mistakes and corrects himself. And not so wise is one who waits until he himself commits mistakes and then corrects himself.
 arrow Diluvion-Alluvion Act: Need for amendment
There are some Acts and rules in our country which are not pro-poor, rather seem to be kept to deprive the poor of their rights.
StarTecharrow Biotechnology influencing pharmacy: a perspective
If you really want to understand what's going on in a disease, you have to look at the proteins," says William Rich, a biotechnology firm CEO.
 arrow Online reservation must for boosting hotel business
The internet has revolutionised our lives from the way we correspond to how we accomplish business in a quicker and more well-organised way.
 arrow HP lauds 'innovation'
Hewlett-packard (HP) Imaging and Printing Group organised a seminar -- HP Technology Leadership Seminar -- at Radisson Water Garden Hotel on July 17.
 arrow Geckel

Literaturearrow We Two
(translated by Rehnuma Siddique Sinthi)
My husband rang me from his office and said he wanted the house free this afternoon. He suggested I should go out with the children. And take the maid along.

 arrow On Humayun Azad and Pak Saar Zameen Shad Bad
Till the establishment of the caretaker government in January of this year, with violence and political chaos on the rise, Ekushey February was coming under attack from the seemingly growing Islamic
 arrow Two poems by Rumana Siddique
Red Lights
On the way back
To a room
Not worth returning to
I glance casually
Over dun-coloured buildings
Speckled with mildew and graffiti
Over desultory clumps

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