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Front Pagearrow Picks and hammers start demolishing Rangs Bhaban
Picks and hammers were making relentless sound of bringing down the posh internal structures of Rangs Bhaban decorated with plush wood and expensive glasses that had made the building glitter just the
 arrow Flood-hit people in crying need for food, water
Sufferings of the flood-affected people in the north and north-eastern parts of the country increased due to shortages of food, drinking water and medicines, while most areas of the eastern part of Dhaka
 arrow Mannan-Hannan war of words heats up
The war of words between dissident and loyalist factions of BNP continued yesterday with party Chairperson's Adviser Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah saying that the party will not participate in any election
 arrow Mining with a vision for people's benefit, ecological safety
There is a lot that Bangladesh can learn from German experience in maximum utilisation of coal resources through maintaining environmental balance, efficiently handling human displacements, agricultural
 arrow Prices spiral further as road links cut
Prices of essentials, especially rice and vegetables, shot up further in the capital and elsewhere in the country during the last week due to shortage of supply caused by floods while traders and wholesalers
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi to strengthen joint fight against terrorism
Bangladesh and India yesterday strongly condemned terrorism and extremism and Dhaka agreed to expedite its approval of a draft extradition treaty in criminal matters and the bilateral agreement on combating
 arrow Pay arrear salaries now, if govt can't pay all dues
Around 5,000 laid-off workers of four state-owned jute mills in Khalishpur, Khulna, which have been shut down recently, demand that if the government is unable to pay all their dues, it should pay them
 arrow 139 Sylhet malls asked to arrange parking or face legal action
Authorities have asked the owners of 139 multistoried markets and shopping malls in Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) to arrange parking places at their business establishments immediately, otherwise their
 arrow ACC to file two more cases against Mayor Mohiuddin
The anti-corruption taskforce is going to file two more cases against detained Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on charges of illegal possession of a generator of the CCC
 arrow Rangs Group refutes some news reports
Rangs Group in a written statement sent to the media yesterday contested several news items published and telecast by a section of the media, saying that the reports were untrue, unfounded and baseless.
 arrow Former MP faces extortion charges
An extortion complaint was lodged with Bagmara Police Station against former BNP lawmaker Abu Hena yesterday evening.
 arrow Risk

 arrow 3 held on charge of cheating in guise of anti-graft men
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three people in front of Radisson Hotel in the city on charge of cheating a number of former lawmakers, businessmen, top government officials and business
 arrow Khulna power plant out of order again
The 110-megawatt (MW) power plant in Khulna went out of order early Thursday for the third time since June due to leakages in boiler tubes plunging 21 districts of the region into acute power shortages.
 arrow NBR order to freeze Hasina's bank accounts unjust: AL
Awami League (AL) yesterday termed unjust the NBR order to freeze all bank accounts of party president Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow So-called military chief of Imam Mahdi held
Police detained a man, who claimed himself as the military chief of Imam Mahdi, raiding his rented house at Ganderia in the capital's Sutrapur after midnight last night.
 arrow 300 garment workers food poisoned
At least 300 workers of a foreign garment factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) fell sick after taking "poisonous food" yesterday.
 arrow Low over Bay likely to intensify
A low that developed over north Bay and its adjoining area is likely to intensify further and moved in a northwesterly direction. Under its influence, deep convection is taking place over north Bay.
 arrow Moitree Express hits snags as security issues unresolved
An early launch of the passenger train service between Dhaka and Kolkata appears to have run into rough weather, as the two countries yesterday failed to iron out security-related issues connected with
 arrow Opposition leader freed in new blow to Musharraf
Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday ordered the release of a senior opposition leader who was jailed in 2004 on treason charges for criticising the army, party and legal officials said.
 arrow Flood in Manikganj

 arrow Nepal panel calls for legal action against king
An official report released yesterday has recommended legal action against Nepal's king for his role in suppressing massive protests that forced an end to his direct rule last year.
 arrow 100 dead in DR Congo rail crash
At least 100 people were killed when a goods train jumped the tracks in the Democratic Republic of Congo overnight Thursday, with illegal passengers thought to be among the dead.
 arrow Six mosques demolished in Islamabad
Pakistani authorities have demolished six mosques for violation of law in the federal capital, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao has said.
 arrow US, UK for boosting UN role in Iraq
The United States and Britain Thursday presented a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to enhance and expanded the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
Businessarrow NRBs still reluctant to remit money thru' official channels: ADB
The non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) are still unwilling to remit their money home through official channels, thanks to slower and cumbersome documentation process of the banks, said Asian Development
 arrow India, Pakistan to jointly fight for basmati rice
India and Pakistan have agreed to jointly fight a battle in global trade forums for basmati rice to check against patenting of the commodity by other countries, ending their dispute over the premium long-grain
 arrow US employers bracing for immigration rules
Employers across the country may have to fire workers with questionable Social Security numbers to avoid getting snagged in a Bush administration crackdown on illegal immigrants.
 arrow India inflation eases after interest rates left steady
India's inflation rate eased to 4.36 percent on falling food prices, official data on Friday showed, after the central bank held benchmark interest rates steady earlier in the week.
 arrow UAE deports striking workers
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has deported two dozen striking foreign construction workers who had been demanding a pay hike and were refusing to return to work, the Gulf News daily reported on Friday.
 arrow Sri Lanka earns more by selling less tea
Sri Lanka's tea export volumes fell by 10 percent in the first six months of this year, but earnings rose marginally by three percent, a commodity broker said Thursday.
 arrow Lanka to issue $500m int'l bond
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, is due to issue an international bond amounting to US dollars 500 million in international markets in 2007.
 arrow US job growth unexpectedly low
The US jobs market softened dramatically in July, with employers adding a weaker than expected 92,000 jobs, after 126,000 the previous month, and unemployment rising up a notch, the Labor Department said
 arrow Japan, SKorea agree on open skies deal
Japan and South Korea have reached an open skies agreement, giving the two countries' carriers the freedom to increase flights as they wish, officials said Friday.
 arrow CRAB renews deal with Indian rating agency ICRA
Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) Ltd has renewed its technical cooperation agreement with Indian rating agency ICRA for another 3 years, says a press release.
 arrow China launches food price investigation
China's government announced an investigation Friday of sharply rising food prices, accusing companies of hoarding and threatening social stability.
 arrow US, China agree on product safety plan
Beijing and Washington have agreed to cooperate more closely on product and food safety, the two governments announced. That move came as U.S.
 arrow Oil prices ease
World oil prices eased on Friday as traders paused for breath following a week which saw New York crude strike a record high 78.77 dollars per barrel on concerns over US energy supplies.
 arrow Toyota posts record 32pc quarterly profit
Toyota, on track to overtake General Motors as the world's biggest automaker this year, said Friday its April-June profit jumped 32.
 arrow Honda Malaysia sets target for 2 new models
Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd expects to sell 60 units annually of each of its newly launched Civic Type R and Civic Hybrid in the local market, managing director and chief executive officer Atsushi Fujimoto
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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The US dollar/BDT market was liquid and USD remained steady against the BDT in the week. The dollar showed little movement against the Bangladeshitaka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: PCB mulls shift
Pakistan cricket officials said Thursday they might move two matches against South Africa from Peshawar and Rawalpindi, but denied any action would be linked to security concerns.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova leads Russian charge
Maria Sharapova put aside worries over an aching shoulder on Thursday to spark a Russian charge into the quarterfinals of the San Diego Classic.
 arrow Cricket: Hard men don't boast
This week, I spoke to John Woodcock, Cricket Correspondent of this parish 1954-88, and received the first words of sense I have heard on the subject of jellybeans: "They should be forced to play their
 arrow Tennis: Roddick storms into qtrs
US top seed Andy Roddick fired 23 aces to outlast Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and reach the ATP Washington Classic quarter-finals Thursday along with fellow seeds Tommy Haas and Marat Safin.
 arrow Football: BFF plans plain B. League prize giving
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to cut expenditures of the planned gala prize giving ceremony of the recently concluded B. League in wake of country's flood situation.
 arrow Cricket: A genius clown?
A small Indian contingent waited outside the dressing room for several hours after India had sealed the second Test at Trent Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: Pity the poor opener
India must be pretty chuffed, having marked the 60th year of independence with a rare Test win in England.
 arrow Cricket: 'Behave well or don't play'
New Australia coach Tim Nielsen wants his team to be conscious of their behaviour and has suggested any lapses could have an impact on selection.
 arrow Football: Lyon's hunt begins for magnificent seventh
The French Championship gets underway on Saturday and the pressure is on champions Lyon, who are in the hunt for a record seventh consecutive title, as once again they are the team to beat.
 arrow Football: Barca land in Asia
Barcelona's stars arrived in Beijing Friday hoping to put to rest the recent controversy over whether their promotional Asia tour is the best way to get fit for the start of the season.
 arrow Football: Champs seeded 12th
Iraq may have won the Asian Cup championship last month but they have been seeded a lowly 12th in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers according to Asian Football Confederation (AFC) rankings released Friday.
 arrow Football: No friendly fire
Sir Alex Ferguson admits there is little point telling his Manchester United players to ease their way into the new season when they face Chelsea in the Community Shield.
 arrow Swimming: Ansars rule the pool
Bangladesh Ansar swimmers dominated the pool on the second day of the Keya Cosmetics 23rd National Age Group Swimming Competition with BKSP closely following after yesterday's events at the National Swimming
 arrow Cricket: Prasad's faith in Sreesanth
Venkatesh Prasad, India's bowling coach, expressed confidence in the ability of Sreesanth, following the bowler's woeful performance in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI claims ICC to look into prank
The BCCI on Friday added a new twist to the jellybean prank during the second cricket Test between India and England by claiming that the International Cricket Council had set up a committee to look into
 arrow Cricket: 'Get the experts'
Ashley Giles is urging England to be bold when they name their final squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
 arrow Football: Juninho goes down under
Brazilian midfielder Juninho Paulista was Friday named as Australian A-League side Sydney FC's marquee player for the upcoming season, in a deal reportedly worth one million dollars (859,000 US).
 arrow Cricket: Give Dhoni time: Singh
Unfazed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's less than impressive show behind the stumps so far, India fielding coach Robin Singh on Thursday said it would take time for the wicketkeeper to adapt to the tough English
 arrow Cricket: 'Play ICL and you're gone'
Pakistan's cricket authorities say any of their players who take part in the unofficial Indian Cricket League will never play for the country again.
 arrow Football: British clubs get tough draw
British clubs Liverpool, Arsenal and Celtic were all handed tough draws in the third qualifying round of the Champions League made here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Adebayor doubtful starter
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is set to miss the start of the Premiership campaign after suffering a groin injury.
 arrow Football: Tevez saga near end
Carlos Tevez is expected to complete his protracted move to Manchester United this week after his representatives finally agreed a deal with West Ham.
 arrow Football: Adu looking to play
Freddy Adu's off to Europe later this week, still the centre of attention and ready to be in the centre of the field.
 arrow Football: A Real burden
Real Madrid are heavily in debt after spending millions in new signings over the past few years, the president of the Spanish giants Ramon Calderon said Friday in a newspaper interview.
Metropolitanarrow Ctg Govt Art College faces closure
Manifold problems, including shortage of teachers, have threatened the existence of Chittagong Government Art College -- the country's lone government college for fine arts.
 arrow 'Strengthen WARPO to implement water projects'
Speakers at a dialogue have called for strengthening the Water Resources Planning Organisation (WARPO) to implement National Water Management Plan.
 arrow Dhaka urges int'l community to help address climate change
Bangladesh has urged the major global polluters to help address the challenges of climate change by setting and implementing short-, medium- and long-term global targets.
 arrow Call to observe Aug 9 to uphold dignity of indigenous people
International Indigenous Day on August nine should be observed all over the country to uphold the dignity of the indigenous people as Bangladesh is a member state of the United Nations, speakers saidyesterday.
 arrow Call to stand by flood victims
Different socio-political organisations have called upon the countrymen to stand by the flood victims and help them by every means possible.
 arrow Victims' families get Tk 32.80 lakh in compensation
The government yesterday disbursed Tk 32.80 lakh in compensation among the families of the victims of June 11 Chittagong landslide that claimed lives of 128 people.
 arrow RU teacher sued for demanding VC's resignation
The vice-chancellor (VC) of Rajshahi University (RU) has filed a defamation case against a history department teacher who recently demanded his resignation in a memorandum to the University Grants Commission
 arrow Govt yet to appoint chair, members in Labour Appeal Tribunal
The government is yet to appoint a chairman and members in Labour Appeal Tribunal although nine months have already passed since the tribunal was formed under Bangladesh Labour Law-2006, said speakers
 arrow Concern over laid-off jute mills, workers
Different socio-political organisations on Thursday expressed grave concern over laying-off the jute mills at Khalishpur in Khulna and demanded immediate payment of due salaries and arrears of the workers
 arrow Unknown people set fire to compartment of train at Kamalapur
Unknown people set fire to a train compartment at Kamalapur Railway Station in the city yesterday burning five seats and part of its ceiling. There was no casualty.
 arrow One killed in B’baria road accident
A passerby was killed when a truck knocked him down on a bridge on Chandura-Akhaura rood at Arial in Brahmanbaria Sadar yesterday. The victim was identified as Aftab Ali, 35, of the village Arial.
 arrow One stabbed, Tk 2.04 lakh looted in city
Muggers stabbed a man and snatched away Tk 2.04 lakh from his sister at Pallabi in the city on Thursday.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The second edition of BBC World Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today.
 arrow Driver shot dead in city
A car driver was shot dead at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Painting contests on Zainul
Bangla Academy Australia organised two painting competitions this year for children in memory of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin.
 arrow Appeal for help
Sarwar Hossain, 30, a database operator, has been suffering from kidney diseases.
Nationalarrow Trial of August 17 serial blasts case in Magura uncertain
Trial of the sensational August 17 serial bomb blast case has become uncertain here due to alleged lax in probe by police.
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker Habib faces another extortion case
Former BNP lawmaker Habibul Islam Habib has been facing another extortion case.
 arrow 10,000 deprived of basic amenities in 3Moulvibazar villages
About 10,000 people are living a sub-human life in three remote villages in Juri upazila because of their detachment from the main upazila town due to bad communication system.
 arrow Freedom fighter passes away
A freedom fighter belonging to the indigenous community passed away at Mohammadpur village in Pachandor union in Tanor upazila in Rajshahi on Thursday.
 arrow Flood in Dists

Point-Counterpointarrow Fish crisis looming large
Perhaps the only reason that governments around the world have been slow to respond to environmental crisis is that the earth is still producing plenty of goods -- enough fibre, grain and fish to support
 arrow Recurring floods in Bangladesh
People have observed the sufferings of millions during the two consecutive floods of 1987 and 1988.
 arrow Breastmilk can save millions of lives
Breast milk is a unique, God-given food for infants and young children. Every year August 1-8 is observed as World Breastfeeding Week worldwide.
 arrow ENSO and deviations of flood affected areas in Bangladesh
The atmospheric component of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate cycle is the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI).
Culturearrow Enigmatic experiments on paper
Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury Rony's solo exhibit of acrylic on paper speaks of determination and inspiration. The exhibition is on at Saju's Art Gallery.
 arrow "Matir Moina" released at Nandan, Kolkata
Matir Moina broke new ground as the first Bangladeshi film to be released in India with its opening at Nandan theatre in Kolkata on July 31.
 arrow "Momer Aloye Apolar Swapno": Rtv's play of the week
Rtv will air the play Momer Aloye Apolar Swapno tonight at 8:00pm.
Written by Farhad Hossain and directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim, the play follows the life of Hassan, a 40-year-old businessman.

 arrow A promising artiste and her budding career
Shamima Islam Tusti has now become a familiar face to the TV audience thanks to her role in the hugely popular mega serial Bhober Haat, currently being aired on Channel-i.
 arrow "Happily N'Ever After": A fairly tale without
Treading the same well-worn territory as Shrek, along comes Happily N'Ever After, yet another satirical-ish animated take on the traditional fairytale.
Internationalarrow France confirms major arms deal with Libya
Libya has reached a multi-million dollar arms deal with the European aerospace giant EADS, in what would be the first such purchase since a weapons embargo was lifted on Tripoli in 2004.
 arrow Opposition attacks Indo-US nuke deal, scientists satisfied
India and the United States unveiled yesterday the text of an operating agreement for their controversial civilian nuclear technology deal, with key provisions on fuel supplies and safeguards.
 arrow Flood victims desperate for food, water in India
The noise of a hovering helicopter quickly draws villagers in eastern India, desperate for food and fresh water, from their partly flooded huts.
 arrow Korean hostage talks heading towards a dead end
South Korean officials scrambled yesterday to free 21 aid workers held by the Taliban but reiterated they were in no position to meet a demand for rebel prisoners to be freed from Afghan jails.
 arrow Nepal Maoist leader rejects minister's resignation
The leader of Nepal's former rebel Maoists rejected yesterday the resignation of one of his ministers who complained of a lack of cooperation from his government partners.
 arrow 50 dead after Sierra Leone boat capsizes
At least 50 people are dead and 148 others are missing after a coastal ferry capsized overnight in rough seas off northern Sierra Leone, a port official said yesterday.
 arrow Sanjay Dutt to take 'aptitude' test for prison work
Jailed Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt will be given an "aptitude test" to decide what manual work he should perform in prison, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Rough river stymies recovery in US bridge collapse
The murky, swirling waters of the Mississippi river hampered the search for victims of a disastrous bridge collapse, amid warnings about the decrepit state of America's infrastructure.
 arrow Pakistan slams Obama for attack comments
Pakistan criticised US presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes against terrorists hiding in this Islamic country.
 arrow Glasgow terror suspect dies from burns
A man critically burned after allegedly crashing an explosive-laden Jeep into Glasgow Airport died of his injuries Thursday, Strathclyde Police said.
 arrow Indian agriculture in crisis
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned yesterday against complacency over India's booming economy, saying the dividends of growth are yet to trickle down to the rural poor and farmers are in crisis.
 arrow China arrests hundreds in ethnic Tibetan region
Chinese police have arrested hundreds of people in western China after residents there called for the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, reports yesterday.
 arrow Climate deal talks gain global support
Nearly 100 countries speaking at the first UN General Assembly meeting on climate change signalled strong support for negotiations on a new international deal to tackle global warming.
 arrow Darfur rebel factions gather for unity talks
Darfur's fractious rebel groups gathered here Friday for talks aimed at hammering out a united front, following UN approval of a beefed up peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region.
 arrow Nepal launches new king-free national anthem
Nepal launched its new national anthem yesterday, a song notably making no mention of the nation's embattled monarch, King Gyanendra.
 arrow India hikes perks for glacier warriors to end suicides
India on Thursday increased perks for troopers deployed on a frigid glacier in a bid to reduce psychological stress and a spate of suicides in the ranks, officials said.
 arrow Taliban refuse to allow medical team access to hostages
The Taliban yesterday refused to allow an Afghan medical team access to 21 South Koreans and said it would free two who are gravely ill only if the government released two imprisoned rebels.
 arrow Iran, US experts to meet on Iraq security
Iranian, US and Iraqi experts will meet next week to discuss the makeup and responsibilities of a tripartite security committee, Tehran's ambassador in Baghdad was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow US underestimated Iraq divisions: Gates
Washington underestimated the difficulty of getting Iraq's Sunnis and Shias to agree on key national reconciliation measures, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates admitted on Thursday.
 arrow Lake Superior changes mystify scientists
Deep enough to hold the combined water in all the other Great Lakes and with a surface area as large as South Carolina, Lake Superior's size has lent it an aura of invulnerability.
 arrow India's battle against polio making headway: report
India's fight against the most dangerous strain of polio appears to be making headway with a sharp fall in the number of cases reported so far this year, according to a report Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arrests of JMB cadres
Instances of militant cadres being apprehended from time to time by the law enforcing age ncies send a clear message to us, which is that the radicals are not done away with as yet.
 arrow Editorial: Chilli hotter than ever before!
Who could think green chilli would attain such phenomenal distinction, selling at the astronomical price of Tk.
 arrow Beyond the anti-corruption drive
The enormity of corrupt practices that have surfaced during the ongoing anti-corruption drive must have baffled and surprised most Bangladeshis.
 arrow Global impact of China's energy policies
Many developing countries have a lot to learn from the manner in which China is trying to manage its energy strategy.
 arrow Some proposals for stabilising food prices
In economics the theory of demand and supply prescribes that when supplies of commodities increase over demand in the market the price must come down unless there are syndicated hoardings and over-profiteering.
StarTecharrow A peek into AI
Matrix! Yes, a very popular name. It's a movie of great visuals and cinematography. But what makes it my favourite is its story or theme -- you name it. If you don't know the story, no problem.
 arrow SAP-IBM-OBT roadshow woos apparel industry
Market leaders SAP, IBM and OBT Global in association with Thakral Information Systems Pvt Ltd organised a one-day roadshow in the city on July 26.
 arrow CSL unfolds HP iPAQ 512 Voice Messenger
The leading IT vendor, Computer Source Limited (CSL), introduced HP iPAQ 512 Voice Messenger smartphone in the local market recently, says a press release.
 arrow Tech Jargon II
Welcome back readers! Hope you found last week's jargon helpful. This week we'll move our pace a little forward and learn a few words that are a wee bit tougher. Let's begin...

Literaturearrow A Formless Dark
Hello, who goes there?
It's Rifat Zayedi.
He is going in a rickshaw.
From Chankhar Pul, to the Shahbagh area.
Sutopa will be there at the Art Institute. In Mollah's canteen.

 arrow (Un)weaving a Tale: Reading Penelopiad
A man smitten by wanderlust, who is also a compulsive adventurer, a consummate liar, and a wily strategist with extraordinary survival skills.
 arrow Dhaka Book Launches: On Purabi Basu and sundry matters
Book launches are getting to be quite the thing in Dhaka these days. I think Niaz Zaman gave the process a boost after founding writers.
 arrow Notice
The Literature Page of The Daily Star will bring out a Special Eid issue of English translations of Bengali short stories.
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