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Front Pagearrow Cancun talks collapse over rich's rigidity
World trade talks in Cancun collapsed Sunday after rich countries refused to slash billions of dollars of subsidies they give to their farmers and rather pressed poor states to negotiate "Singapore issues",
 arrow Step down
Thousands of Awami League (AL) demonstrators took to Dhaka streets yesterday, protesting the 'misrule' of the government in the biggest showdown since the party's debacle in the last general elections.
 arrow ADP projects caught in catch-22 state
The government saw no improvement in project approval and implementation under the annual development programme (ADP), even if it laid high importance on its speedy utilisation.
 arrow Gul upends Tigers
Slow batting and some quick fall of wickets in the early overs prevented Bangladesh from putting Pakistan under pressure in the third one-day international of the five-match series at the Ghaddafi Stadiun
 arrow 4 forest staff rescued after kidnap in Ctg
Police rescued one forest official and three guards, a few hours after their kidnap by illegal loggers Sunday night in the hilly areas of Fatikchhari upazila, 58km north of the city.
 arrow AL, left parties back today's hartal call
The Jute, Cotton and Textile Mills Employees Action Committee has called a daylong countrywide hartal for today in protest against the government policy to close down mills and factories.
 arrow 40 filling stations to face music for not going CNG-proper
The government will soon take legal action against 40 filling stations in the city, which are yet to install compressed natural gas (CNG) machines.
 arrow 67 die in Riyadh prison blaze
Sixty-seven inmates died and 20 others were injured yesterday in a fire at Saudi Arabia's biggest prison, where three members of the security forces were also hurt, the prison service chief announced.
 arrow UN debates killing threat to Arafat
Israel and the Palestinians have traded blistering accusations as the UN debates Israel's threat to "remove" Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
 arrow Telecoms act faces more changes
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is likely to propose amendments to the telecoms act for more power to work as an independent regulator, in addition to the amendments sought by
 arrow Padma flowing high
 arrow Swedes say 'no' to euro
Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson faced yesterday the daunting task of healing deep divisions in his country after Swedes rejected the euro in a referendum seen as a slap in the face of Europe.
 arrow Hamas leader saved by Israeli journalists!
The Israeli army called off another plan to assassinate Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin after learning that two news crews were in the area, the Maariv daily reported yesterday.
 arrow US soldier, top Iraqi police officer killed
Deadly violence in occupied Iraq struck the capital and the volatile city of Fallujah yesterday with a US soldier killed by a grenade and a police chief gunned down in broad daylight.
 arrow HPSP set to be extended again
The five-year Health and Population Sector Programme (HPSP) is likely to be extended for another six months till June 30 next year.
 arrow Sayedee appeals against HC order
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee filed a petition with the Supreme Court yesterday to grant him permission to appeal against Sunday's High Court (HC) Division order that revoked his parliament
 arrow Found not guilty, yet jail days not over
A teenage boy continues to languish in the Juvenile Correction Centre at Tongi, Dhaka, even though the court cleared him of charges about 10 months ago.
 arrow Two caught for thievery at bank
Clients at a counter of City Bank's Islampur branch yesterday captured two for attempting a thievery.
 arrow Turag losing its foreshore
 arrow Govt ponders amending pvt varsity act
The government is considering amendment to the Private University Act 1992 in the wake of widespread allegations of their poor standard of education, financial mismanagement and recruitment of teachers
 arrow JS body blasts absentee secy
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the absence of communications secretary at its meeting, saying it was violative of the constitutional body's
 arrow Stop changes in CPC, bar council order '72, lawyers demand
Speakers at a meeting of Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad, a lawyers' body, yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) Amendment Act and the Bar Council Order 1972 Amendment
 arrow Rupali Bank directors rally behind Ibrahim
M Hafiz Ibrahim was reelected Rupali Bank's director in consultation with legal experts, a board meeting of the bank decided yesterday to reply to an explanation demanded by the central bank.
Businessarrow Trade barriers, bureaucracy harm export to India
A string of state-mandated and bureaucratic non-tariff barriers are causing serious problems to Bangladesh exports to India, observes the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
 arrow $2.5 lakh ADB aid for SASEC transport study
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted US$ 2.5 lakh to study ways of modernising transit and transport systems of SASEC countries.
 arrow EC-Bangladesh Joint Commission to meet in November
The EC-Bangladesh Joint Commission is going to meet at the end of November this year in Brussels.
 arrow The poor need savings-based services from MFIs
The poor require a wider range of financial services to manage risks and improve their welfare, a micro-finance expert said.
 arrow DSE listing regulations to undergo major changes
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is going to make some major changes in its listing regulation shortly, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DSE Salahuddin Ahmed Khan said yesterday.
 arrow Malaysia bank seeks expansion in developed ASEAN nations

Malaysia's largest bank Malayan Banking (Maybank) said Monday it aims to expand its business in Southeast Asia ahead of financial sector liberalisation, focusing on the more developed countries inthe

 arrow China, US to use WTO debacle to speed Asian free trade deals
Size matters.
Sportsarrow Football: Aminul could quit!

Country's number one goalkeeper Aminul Haq, who has been at the centre of a bitter transfer saga for the last few days, is considering quitting domestic football altogether.

 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
The Gaddafi Stadium in the Pearl City of Punjab became famous in the cricketing world when it staged the World Cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka in 1996.
 arrow Cricket: Heavy security for 4th ODI

About 1,000 policemen including those in riot gear, on horseback and others in plain clothes are to be deployed for Thursday's fourth one-day international between Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Rawalpindi

 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar battles India

Indian cricket fans will celebrate a rare moment this week when superstar Sachin Tendulkar takes on national teammates in his first major domestic match in three years.

 arrow Cricket: Ws rivalry hurt Pakistan
Former Pakistan opener Mudassar Nazar has claimed that the rivalry between Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis seriously undermined Pakistan cricket in the 1990s, and left a legacy which continues to haunt the
 arrow Athletics: Army athletes rule day one
Bangladesh Army dominated the opening day of the eighth Summer Athletics competition that began at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow C'wealth finance ministers meet today in Brunei
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed left for Brunei to attend the three-day Commonwealth Finance Ministers' Conference that begins in Bandar Seri Begawan from today.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took solo lead with maximum five points in the fifth Amrito Lal Dey International Rating Chess tournament after the fifth round at the Barisal Public Library auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL cricket board renamed

Sri Lanka's cricket board has changed its name and set up a commercial arm as part of a move to win duty-free concessions offered by the government to foreign exchange earners, officials said on Monday.

 arrow Football: Europe's best on battle front
Reigning champions AC Milan and record nine-time winners Real Madrid kick-off the new Champions League season on Tuesday as most people's bets to win the title.
 arrow Cricket: Raul rules but Deportivo atop
Spanish international striker Raul smashed through another record when he hit a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 7-2 demolition of Real Valladolid on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Top guns all win

Reigning champions Juventus came from behind to win 2-1 at Chievo on Sunday to ensure a five-way tie at the top of Italy's Serie A after the second round of matches.

Politicalarrow Asking PM, speaker to apologise not proper
The speaker yesterday gave a ruling in parliament saying that it was not proper on the part of the opposition to ask for apologies from the prime minister and the speaker.
 arrow Death threat to 4 top BNP leaders in Khulna
Four top leaders of the city BNP including Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman and lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi received death threats on Sunday.
 arrow BNP refutes hint at bureaucrats' role in putting it in power
The ruling BNP yesterday brushed aside an opposition lawmaker's allegation that some top government officials played vital roles in bringing the party to power.
Metropolitanarrow 39,768 Gram Sarkar units formed
A total of 39,768 Gram Sarkar units, out of 40,392, have been formed across the country on the last day yesterday amid opposition by political parties.
 arrow 'Hasina's comments misleading'
Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, Harris Chowdhury has termed the comments of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina about the Prime Minister's speech at Boalmari on Saturday
 arrow Tonatuni artistes call on president
Tonatuni prize winning artistes and distinguished persons made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Nationalarrow Re-excavate Kobadak river, save Satkhira
Hundreds of people led by political leaders brought a procession, held a rally and staged a two-hour sit-in on Patkelghata bridge in Tala upazila demanding steps to save the Kobadak river passing through
 arrow Outlaws disclose names of godfathers, beneficiaries
Arrested outlaws Debaprashad alias Debu and Akbar Hossain alias Aku have disclosed to police the names of their political godfathers and financial beneficiaries in police department.
 arrow Larma blames BNP MP for Mahalchhari incidents
Parbattya Chattagaram Jano Sanghati Shamity (PCJSS) chief Jotirindriya Bodhipriyo Larma alias Santu Larma has blamed Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board (CHTDB) Chairman and BNP lawmaker Wadood Bhuiyan
 arrow 4 Gaibandha upazilas flooded again
Flash flood following flow of water from across the border has again gripped low lying areas of four upazilas in the district.
 arrow Death of housewife Tia
A rally was held and a mourning procession brought out in the town on Sunday demanding proper investigation into the death of housewife Aan Karobi Adhikari Tia and punishment to the persons responsible.
 arrow Five of bridal party die in Noakhali road mishap
Five persons including two children died on the spot and seven others were injured, two of them critically, when a minibus carrying a bridal party fell into a roadside ditch Chatarpayia in Senbag upazila
 arrow OC arrested on charge of rape in Chuadanga
The officer-in-charge of Jibannagar thana in Chuadanga has been arrested on charge of raping a woman.

Shah Alam, arrested on Saturday, is in Chuadanga jail hajat now.

 arrow BCL leader abdcted by JCD men rescued
The joint secretary of Babuganj upazila unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and another BCL worker sustained serious injuries after being abducted and tortured allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal
 arrow Housewife, minor girl raped in Barisal
A housewife and a minor girl were raped in two separate incidents in Barisal on Friday.
Culturearrow It takes two to tango
Tomar jonnyo morte pari, O shundori tumi golar mala... today this is a household jingle. People of all ages are seen humming it.
 arrow Bollywood's two top action heroes to woo former Miss World
Bollywood's two top action heroes Salman Khan an Akshay Kumar will fight it out to win the heart of former Miss World Priyanka Chopra in a new comedy to be directed by ace filmmaker David Dhawan.
 arrow Adda at Prabartana
Every week, singers and poem reciters gather together at Adda situated at Asad Gate.
 arrow Film Festival in city
The International Film Festval is going to start from September 18. On this occasion, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is expected to be present as the chief guest at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
 arrow Harrison's guitar auctioned
The guitar played by George Harrison at the Beatles' last concert in 1969 fetched $434,750 in a Hollywood auction conducted live and online on Saturday.
 arrow Clarification
AR Rahman and other artistes' visit to Bangladesh was mentioned confirmed in a news published on this page on 15 September'03.
Generalarrow 'Enforce law to end gender discrimination'
Speakers at a roundtable called for proper enforcement of laws to combat gender discrimination and violence against women.
 arrow Implement 5-pt demand: PCP
Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), an organisation of indigenous students from the hills, has again called for immediate implementation of its five-point demand.
 arrow Int'l Ozone Day today
International Ozone Day will be observed in the country today in a befitting manner as elsewhere in the world with a firm commitment to protect the ozone layer of the earth.
 arrow One gets life in Magura
District and Sessions Judge's court, Magura yesterday awarded life term rigorous imprisonment to one person and fined Tk 50 thousand, in default, to suffer two years more RI for killing a man at village
Internationalarrow Powell charts course for Iraqi democracy
Visiting US Secretary of State Colin Powell outlined Iraq's path to democracy, as other US officials defended Washington's beleaguered Iraq policy and the rapidly rising pricetag for the US-led war on
 arrow Monsoon rains mount woes of Indian flood-victims
Four Indian states were yesterday facing intensified flooding with millions already affected, and experts warned swollen rivers in the region are dangerously high after the country's wettest monsoon in
 arrow Pakistan for Saarc observers on both sides of LoC
Pakistan Monday asked India for a "serious suggestion" to jointly combat terror, especially in disputed Kashmir, cautioning New Delhi against mere "point scoring.
 arrow 13 convicted for murder of missionary in India
A court in eastern India yesterday convicted 13 people, including a right-wing Hindu activist, for the 1999 murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons, aged eight and 10.
 arrow Cinema owners defy rebel ban on Hindi films
Film distributors and cinema owners in India's troubled northeastern region have decided to defy a ban by separatist rebels on screening Hindi-language movies, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unseating a lawmaker
This is the first such example of law catching up with an electoral fraud taken to the court by a defeated candidate in the last general election.
 arrow Editorial: Official decision to assassinate Arafat!
In the field of international relations, the statement of a vow by a government to kill somebody, a leader to be precise, is something unheard of.
 arrow Vertical integration and vegetable production
The share of agricultural products in total exports of Bangladesh is estimated at 0.40 per cent.
 arrow The Iraqi cauldron
The Pentagon's senior civilian hierarchy has some armchair warriors who have never heard a bullet fired in anger, they were right about the war being over in a short time, very wrong about the "the war
Letters to Editorarrow Necessity of easy academic courses
In order to meet the demand of time a number of English medium schools have been established in the country.
 arrow Organogram: How the word came?
All government and non-government offices use the word 'organogram'. But while we type the word in the computer, it denotes wrong spelling (word).
 arrow Thanks, Imzy!
Thank you Imzy for your outstanding performance in the third test against Bangladesh and your nice comment that you will sacrifice a 5-0 win in ODI series to Rashid latif against Bangladesh.
 arrow Reduce train fair on Dhaka-Sylhet route
Comparing to Dhaka-Chittagong route, the present rate of train fair is very high on other routes.
 arrow The Pakistan tour
Thank God that due to technical advancements the cricket fans now can watch all their favourite players sitting in their cosy homes thousands of miles away, following every progress of the game.
Focusarrow Of sheep and men
Dolly is dead. The most famous sheep in the world, also the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, was put down in February of this year.
 arrow TLM burial well-deserved ... But have lessons been learned?
In a press briefing on 7 September, Prof. Jahanara Begum, Adviser to the Prime Minister for Primary and Mass Education announced the decision to discontinue the Total Literacy Movement ( TLM).
 arrow Conned by the neocons!
Penitence is good for the soul, so says all the religious scriptures. President George W.
 arrow Containing coastal and estuarine erosion
Erosion is caused by the hydro-morphological inputs such as river discharges, astronomical tides, storm waves and infrequent extreme events.