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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Yangon ink deal for direct road link
Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday signed a deal to construct a 25-kilometre road connecting the neighbours to boost trade and people-to-people interaction.
 arrow Flood closes in on Dhaka
The capital is on the threshold of being flooded as the major rivers surrounding the city are rising fast with the possibility of approaching danger levels in two to three days.
 arrow Dilly-dally in okaying Hasina's petition alleged
Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday again expressed her apprehension that she will be denied justice while the party's Acting President Zillur Rahman accused the caretaker government
 arrow Suicide blast near Pak Red Mosque kills 14
A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of policemen during clashes at the Red Mosque in Pakistan's capital yesterday, killing at least 14 people, most of them police, officials said.
 arrow Extortionists still rule Mawa ferry points
Despite the ongoing clampdown on extortionists and other criminals across the country, Mawa and Char Zanazat ferry ghats remain in the grip of organised gangs, who are extorting lakhs of taka every day
 arrow One killed, 63 hurt as storm lashes four districts
Tornadoes lashed four districts--Tangail, Barisal, Chandpur and Shariatpur--yesterday, killing one person and injuring 63 others.
 arrow Huge response for changing party constitution
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said they are getting huge positive response from party councillors as well as from outside the party to their proposals to bring changes in partyconstitution.
 arrow Charges against 4 to be framed tomorrow
The District and Sessions Judge's Court will frame charges tomorrow against the four accused of grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury on the premises of Hajrat Shahjalal's shrine
 arrow Biman now has only 4 aircraft operating
With the expiry of the lease of a DC10-30 aircraft, the number of running aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has come down to four. Leased in January 2000 for $1.
 arrow Saifur meets son at Dhaka jail
Former finance minister M Saifur Rahman along with four other family members met his detained son Naser Rahman at the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow Some are out to blackmail politically, says Hannan Shah
Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah, adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, called upon the party activists to remain united and "not be misled by the troublemakers".
 arrow Rains festival...

 arrow Verdict against JMB patrons celebrated
Happy with the punishment of JMB patrons barrister Aminul Haque and Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, many people in Rajshahi now want to see more JMB patrons, especially bigwigs of Jamaat-e-Islami, face justice.
 arrow Jute worker dies after court upholds his dismissal order
A discharged employee of People's Jute Mills and Joint Secretary of Khulna-Jessore Regional Committee of Patkal Sangram Parishad (PSP) died of a massive cardiac arrest hours after a court turned downhis
 arrow Prisoner dies at B'baria hospital
An inmate of Brahmanbaria District Jail died in a Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital bed Thursday night after becoming sick.
 arrow Emirates flight fails to take off on schedule
A Dubai bound Emirates flight at Zia International Airport (ZIA) failed to take off on schedule last night due to technical glitches.
 arrow Gede station in India to do customs and immigration check
With the Kolkata-Dhaka train service expected to start in a couple of months, this sleepy border station has shot into prominence as the designated immigration and customs checkpoint on the Indian side.
 arrow NPP launches unit in Ctg
The newly floated National People's Party (NPP) launched its Chittagong unit yesterday.
 arrow Fugitive convict in Natore arms looting case held
An accused, sentenced to life imprisonment for looting firearms from Gurudaspur Police Station in Natore after killing a constable in 1987, was arrested in the city's Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow 40 Afghan civilians killed in airstrikes
Nato and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents and called in airstrikes, killing at least 50 suspected militants and dozens of civilians, local officials and villagers said yesterday.
 arrow Nasa shaken by sabotage
America's space agency was shaken Thursday by two startling and unrelated reports: One involved claims that astronauts were drunk before flying.
 arrow Taliban give more time for S Korean hostage talks
The Taliban said yesterday it had given Afghanistan more time to allow an envoy from Seoul to join talks for the release of 22 South Korean hostages but again threatened to kill them all.
 arrow US troops, Mahdi Army clashes in Karbala
Clashes erupted between the US military and the Mahdi Army militia in Iraq's Shia shrine city of Karbala yesterday, killing nine people and wounding several more, security officials and medics said.
Businessarrow Ensure financial discipline to make economy sustainable
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged cost and management accountants (CMAs) to ensure financial discipline in public and private organisations to make the economy sustainable.
 arrow Dollar hits back against euro
The dollar rose on Friday to the highest level against the euro for more than two weeks, as the market awaited publication of important US economic growth data.
 arrow China insurers to invest $39b abroad
More than 300 billion yuan (US$39.5 billion) is ready to flow into the international market with China's insurance companies getting government approval to invest abroad.
 arrow Nepal's handicraft export dips
After registering a marginal growth for three consecutive years, handicraft exports from Nepal recorded a decline of 5.7 percent in the last fiscal year, compared to 2005/06.
 arrow EU welcomes German move to open up labour market
The European Union's employment chief welcomed on Thursday that Berlin has begun considering lifting employment restrictions on workers from EU member states in eastern Europe.
 arrow US farm bill faces Bush veto
A massive US farm bill packed with consequences for global trade is moving through the Democratic-controlled Congress in the face of a veto threat by President George W. Bush.
 arrow Dubai firm to buy Singapore shipyard
A Dubai government firm is set to acquire full ownership of a Singaporean shipyard for around 430 million US dollars, the company said on Thursday.
 arrow US stock market sees further losses
The bruised US stock market saw further losses in early trade Friday as Wall Street mulled the implications of the housing slump and a potential credit crunch that led to a rout a day earlier.
 arrow Mittal firm on plans of $20b steel plant in India
World's largest steelmaker Arcelor Mittal has said it is firm on course in setting up two steel plants in India with a total capacity of 24 million tones at an investment of about 20 billion dollars.
 arrow WTO not that far away from trade deal, says Lamy
Negotiators working to agree on a new global deal to reduce trade barriers are moving closer to an overall accord, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said here Friday.
 arrow India's IT industry cries foul as rupee strengthens
India's IT industry, the flag bearer of a resurgent economy, wants the government to step in and check the rupee's unprecedented rise to nine-year highs in an effort to protect their earnings.
 arrow India cuts 5pc duty on palm oil
The Indian government on Thursday clarified that its had cut the customs duty on palm oil by five per cent, and not 10 per cent as notified earlier.
 arrow Vietnam targets $7b in RMG exports in'07
Vietnam is estimated to export textiles and garments worth over 4.2 billion US dollars in the first seven months of this year, compared with nearly 3.
 arrow Apollo Hospitals, Paradise Group sign corporate deal
Apollo Hospitals Dhaka will provide medical services and corporate benefits for the staff of Paradise Group at special rates, says a press release.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 22July 26, 2007
Local FX Market

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 Football: B. League Abahani's
Dark clouds overhead and an expectedly muddy ground after daylong showers gave the Bangabandhu National Stadium a gloomy look but the conditions could not spoil Abahani's championship party as they lifted
 arrow Football: A sporting treble
Amalesh Sen had done it before during his long association with Abahani as player and coach. He has done it again.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh face India in final today
Bangladesh under-19 cricket team take on their Indian counterparts in the final of the tri-nation tournament at the Colts Cricket Club ground in Colombo today.
 arrow Cricket: Eng struggle in rain-hit 2nd Test
England were 94-3 at tea on the opening day of the rain-hit second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday after being put into bat by Indian captain Rahul Dravid.
 arrow Cricket: Mali greets Twenty20
New International Cricket Council supremo Ray Mali hailed Twenty20 as the game of the future Thursday at the official launch for September's inaugural world championships in South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Get back, says Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan believes Marcus Trescothick may have salvaged some chance of playing international cricket again by making himself unavailable for the whole of the team's 2007-08 tourprogramme.
 arrow Football: Samba behind it all
Brazilian coaches Jorvan Vieira and Helios dos Anjos have been through the grinder these past three weeks getting their Iraqi and Saudi Arabian teams through to Sunday's Asian Cup final here.
 arrow Football: Asia Trophy Pompey's
Goalkeeper David James was the hero as Portsmouth withstood a Liverpool barrage before snatching the Asia Trophy title 4-2 on penalties here on Friday.
 arrow Football: MU end with a win
Manchester United new boy Nani wrapped up the club's Far East tour with a stunning goal in a 3-0 win against Guangzhou Pharmaceutical in China on Friday.
 arrow Ferrari furious at McLaren escape
Ferrari reacted with fury last night after an emergency hearing into the Formula One spy row resulted in McLaren Mercedes escaping without punishment.
 arrow Football: Simao signs for Atletico
Benfica captain Simao Sabrosa, who had been targeted by Liverpool, was officially unveiled on Friday as a player of Spanish Primera Liga side Atletico Madrid for the next four seasons.
 arrow Football: City rope in Petrov
Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson vowed to carry on spending after signing Bulgarian international winger Martin Petrov for 4.7 million pounds from Atletico Madrid.
 arrow Football: Partizan booted from UEFA Cup
UEFA decided on Thursday to ban Serbia's Partizan Belgrade from European competitions for a one-year period due to violence at last week's UEFA Cup qualifier in Bosnia, the club said in a statement.
 arrow Football: Bayern sweat on Ribery
Bayern Munich face a race against time to have French midfield star Franck Ribery fit for Saturday's German League Cup final against Schalke 04, the German giants admitted on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ICL gaining edge
The chatter is louder than Matt Prior in full flow: Brian Lara is on board, Shane Warne has expressed his desire to jump on and is that Glenn McGrath in the distance? There's a possibility that thesethree,
 arrow Tennis: Blake makes another quarterfinal
James Blake reached his third quarterfinal in his past four events on Thursday with an efficient 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ricardo Mello at the Indianapolis tennis championships.
 arrow Cricket: Lights on at Lord's
Lord's Cricket Ground is to stage its first floodlit match in September, owners Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne eager to sign
Shane Warne says he is keen to take part in the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL), which has already signed Brian Lara for its inaugural multi-million dollar Twenty20 tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland make it to U-19 WC
Ireland qualified for the 2008 ICC U19 World Cup in Malaysia after beating Scotland by six wickets in Belfast to win the round-robin European qualifier.
 arrow Badmintorn: Jr badminton from today
The junior and sub-junior badminton tournaments will begin at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium today.
 arrow Tennis: Sania, Peer advance
Sania Mirza and Olga Govortsova posted upsets here Thursday to book their quarterfinal berths in the 600,000-dollar WTA Bank of the West Classic.
Metropolitanarrow Open deptts in hospitals for elderly people
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the caretaker government to introduce ageing registration system and provide additional opportunities in health and transport sectors for elderly people.
 arrow Counselling begins after 18 months
Against the backdrop of four incidents of suicide by female students at Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU) in one and a half years, the authorities have taken up special counselling measures at thedormitory
 arrow BSF assures BDR of maintaining peace
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday assured Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) of all possible cooperation for maintaining peace along the common frontiers.
 arrow SMF-BTEB coordination a must to produce skilled medical technologists
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for coordination between State Medical Faculty (SMF) and Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) to produce skilled medical technologists.
 arrow No headway in Jessore BNP leader murder case
There has been no breakthrough in the investigation into Jessore BNP leader Abdar Faruque murder case.
 arrow 42 Bangladeshis win Erasmus Mundus scholarship
Forty-two Bangladeshi graduates have won Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the years 2007-2008, says a press release. Erasmus Mundus is an exchange and scholarship programme run by the European Commission.
 arrow RU Chhatra Dal cadre arrested
Police arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadre of Rajshahi University (RU) in Kajla area near the university campus yesterday.
 arrow Raisul Islam gets Novera Memorial Scholarship
Novera Deepita Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Md Raisul Islam, a student of mass communication and journalism department of Dhaka University, at a programme marking the first death anniversary of
 arrow BUET to celebrate 60 years of engineering edn in Bangladesh
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate 60 years of engineering education in Bangladesh beginning from today.
 arrow Bangladesh championship begins
The three-day World Cyber Games (WCG) 2007 Bangladesh Championship, the biggest computer gaming tournament in Bangladesh, kicked off at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
 arrow Final round of Mutual Trust Bank-Daily Star Debate today
The final round and prize giving ceremony of the 'Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Debate Contest '07' will be held in Chittagong today.
 arrow Need for water quality monitoring stressed
A seminar on the 'Medium-term Operational Plan for Strengthening Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance System in Bangladesh' was held in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Robbery at house in Narsingdi
Armed robbers looted cash and valuables from a house at Raipura in Narsingdi after injuring 10 people in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 2 youths found slaughtered in Gazipur
Police recovered bodies of two youths from Bhabanipur area in Gazipur yesterday.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The BBC World Service kicks off the third series of the 'BBC Bangladesh Sanglap' at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today.
 arrow Dr Wazed shifted to Square Hospital
Ailing nuclear scientist Dr Wazed Miah, husband of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, was shifted to Square Hospital in the city from Bangladesh Medical College Hospital on Thursday night.
 arrow Buet team develops four robots to contest Robocon 2007
Bangladesh-made robots are set to vie with robots from other Asia-Pacific countries in Robocon 2007 competition beginning in Hanoi, Vietnam, on August 26.
 arrow Boy killed as house collapses in Comilla
A boy was killed and his brother and sister were critically injured as a thatched house collapsed on them at Sithilpur village in Burichang upazila during heavy rain on Thursday night.
Nationalarrow Police-villagers clash leaves 30 injured atRajshahi village
At least 30 people were injured in police-villagers clash at Darshanpara in Mohonpur upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow 2,526 fall victims to acid violence in eight years
About 2,526 people fell victim to acid violence across the country during a period from May 1999 to June 2007. This was revealed at a press conference held here on Wednesday.
 arrow Ex- Jhenidah lawmaker faces 2 more extortion cases
Two more extortion cases have been filed against former lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master, elected from Jhenidah-3 constituency and his 21 close associates.
 arrow Satkhira villagers remove silt from Betna river on self-help basis
It was a different day for people at Shalley village in Sadar upazila when hundreds of villagers in seven adjoining villages joined hands to remove silt from the riverbed of the Betna on Thursday.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots on Dinajpur, Satkhira borders
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday traded heavy gunshots on Dinajpur and Satkhira borders.
 arrow 1,400 LGED project staff not getting salaries
Over 1,400 staff of the Rural Infrastructure Development Project -26 under the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) are not getting salaries for about one and a half years due to fund constraint,
 arrow Reception to GPA-5 achievers
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Conscious Citizens Committee gave a reception to 50 students of Jhenidah sadar upazila on Wednesday for getting GPA-5 in the SSC examinations.
 arrow Job opportunities to be created for youths
Joint forces have taken up a training programme for unemployed youths of the district on urgent basis aimed at eliminating 'monga' (poverty like situation) through creation of job opportunities.
Point-Counterpointarrow Police reform: Speed is the need
The subject of police reforms has attracted large-scale media attention, and is believed to be one aspect of the regulatory administration in which the chief executive has evinced considerable interest.
 arrow Secondary level education: Analysing the anomalies
The result of the just announced SSC examinations have come as a disappointment to the nation once again. Much to our dismay, the average percentage of pass this year has declined to 57.
 arrow Reform appointment procedures of constitutional bodies
Present caretaker government has taken extraordinary initiatives for creating a level playing field for all citizens in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow A modern celebration of indigenous culture
The traditional dance performances by Bandarban hill people were held at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture on July 26.
 arrow Certificate giving programme by Kanthasheelan
Cultural organisation 'Kanthasheelan' provided certificates to its students of 59th, 60th and 61st batch (primary) as well as and 58th, 59th and 60th batch (applied) at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium,
 arrow OBE for Dr. June Rollinson
Omni Bookstore felicitated Dr. June Rollinson, director of British Council, at its Dhanmondi branch on July 26. The programme was held to celebrate the OBE (Order of British Empire) conferred to Dr. Rollinson.
 arrow Saving the vision of tomorrow
Self Salvation Bangladesh (SSB), an NGO, organised a charity dinner with ghazals at the Spectra Convention Centre in Gulshan on July 26.
 arrow "Simpsons Movie" unites show's past, present
For a cartoon comedy dependent on how much ruination one homely yellow family can cause, there's an awful lot of drama behind The Simpsons.
Generalarrow Increase canalsí width to end Ctg waterlogging
Experts at a seminar in the port city yesterday underscored the need for increasing the width of the existing canals and removal of illegal encroachments on its banks to address the city's waterlogging
 arrow BDR Inter-Sector Azan, Qirat contest ends
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Inter-Sector Azan and Qirat Competition-2007 ended at Peelkhana Central Mosque in the city yesterday.
 arrow Abhoynagar UNO receives death threat
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Shahidul Islam of Abhoynagar in Jessore has been provided with police security as he received a death threat from criminals over cellphone on Thursday morning.
Internationalarrow Musharraf firmly rejects US strike threats
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday firmly rejected US threats to strike militants holed up near the Afghan border, saying that American forces will not be allowed to operate in the area.
 arrow US, India adopt nuclear accord
The United States and India have reached a "historic milestone" by adopting an operating agreement for a landmark nuclear deal, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced yesterday.
 arrow Australia drops terror charges against Indian doctor
Australia dropped charges against an Indian doctor accused of involvement in failed British car bombings and released him from custody yesterday, admitting mistakes were made rushing the case to court.
 arrow 'Gates planning draw down of US forces '
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said in a letter made public Thursday he is actively involved in planning for a draw down of US forces in Iraq.
 arrow Nepal starts work on 'truth commission'
Nepal said yesterday it had started work on a South Africa-style truth commission to deal with the rights abuses of a decade of civil war, but the UN voiced concern that offenders will go unpunished.
 arrow Thailand to deploy 1,400 troops around Bangkok
At least 1,400 soldiers will be deployed around Thailand's capital this weekend to reinforce security amid fears of fresh violence during anti-coup protests, a junta spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow US plays down talk of tension with Saudis
The White House yesterday called relations with Saudi Arabia in the US war on terror on "very strong" despite a report saying Washington is deeply frustrated with Riyadh over its role in Iraq.
 arrow Evidence of city beneath Alexandria
Alexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name amid his quest to conquer the world -- but his was apparently not the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.
 arrow Israel, Palestinians set sight on peace agenda
Israelis and Palestinians are setting their sights on talks to finalise the status of the West Bank based on an Israeli pullout from most of the occupied territory after seven years of stalemate.
 arrow US Senate okays nat'l security bill
The Senate on Thursday night approved a package of security measures recommended by the 9/11 Commission, shifting more federal money to high-risk states and cities and requiring more stringent screening
 arrow IAEA team on the way to N Korea
A second team of UN nuclear experts arrived in Beijing yesterday on their way to North Korea to monitor the shutdown and sealing of the country's sole plutonium-producing reactor.
 arrow Commanders advise Musharraf to quit
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been advised by his top military commanders to quit in the wake of the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar M Chaudhry, a daily reported on Friday.
 arrow Bomb plotter Memon to die
An anti-terror court in India yesterday sentenced to death one of the main conspirators behind serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993 that killed 257 people, prosecutors said.
 arrow Expelled Russian diplomats leave
Four Russian diplomats expelled from Britain in a stand-off over Moscow's refusal to extradite the murder suspect in the Litvinenko affair have left the country, the Russian embassy said yesterday.
 arrow Sacred bull killed in Britain
A sacred bull seized from a Hindu monastery in Wales because he tested positive for tuberculosis has been slaughtered, officials said Friday.
 arrow Blair to set out ME plans within months
Tony Blair, who is meeting international officials in London yesterday to discuss his Middle East peace envoy role, intends to set out "concrete proposals" within months, his spokesman said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Verdict against militancy
The conviction of former minister Barrister Aminul Haque and 24 others to a long prison sentence is clearly a historic judgment.
 arrow Editorial: Flood worsens across country
We note with concern that the major rivers in the country continue to register a rise thereby threatening the adjacent lands with inundation.
 arrow Nuclear energy and Bangladesh
It has recently been indicated by the present caretaker government that it is likely to invite international tenders for setting up three large independent power producer (IPP) plants each with 450 MW
 arrow Pakistan's finest hour
After a long time the judiciary in Pakistan has something to be proud about.
 arrow Reflections on extortion, big business and reform
Over the past few days an intriguing question has been spinning in my head: What particular purpose shall be served for the people making allegations of extortion against the political leaders belonging
StarTecharrow All about search engines
Imagine yourself inside a big library wherein you are frantically searching for a reference book in order to prepare your assignment. You could see it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
 arrow Lawsuit seeks to shut down Facebook
The owners of a rival social networking Web site are trying to shut down Facebook.com, charging in a federal lawsuit that Facebook's founder stole their ideas while they were students at Harvard.
 arrow Oracle Applications Day observed
Software giant Oracle observed 'Oracle Applications Day' in Dhaka on July 25.
 arrow Tech Jargon
In today's digital era, it's quite easy to find yourself in situations where you're bombarded with hi-tech jargon that you've heard many times, but have no idea what they mean.
 arrow World's First Bionic Hand

Literaturearrow Striped Lightning*
Question 1: How swift is a tiger's attack?
Question 2: How powerful is a tiger's blow?
If I answer that a tiger attacks 'with lightning speed' or 'in the twinkling of an eye' or 'in a split second'

 arrow Shikar tales from the Sunderbans
I was born in Sialkot, in what used to be called West Pakistan. As a boy I lived for some time during the early 1960s in Chittagong due to my father being deputed to then East Pakistan.
 arrow Tenzin Tsundue: poet of Tibetan resistance
I came to know about Tenzin Tsundue back in 2003, when the-then writer of 'Letter from Katmandu' Ajit Baral proposed an interview with a Tibetan refugee poet in India.
 arrow Mothers Wade To Work
(translated by Farhad Ahmed)

The rains come.
The city's grand mansions wetted
into safe field-mice nests.

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