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Front Pagearrow JRC meet ends on good note
Bangladesh and India yesterday signed an agreed minutes after their two-day Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting, pledging to hold ministerial-level water talks every six months with high hopes to advance
 arrow Ex-army corporal confesses to training militants
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant Obaidullah Suman yesterday identified retired lance corporal Harunur Rashid as his instructor of making bombs while the former army personnel also confessed
 arrow Jamaat link to militants becomes evident
Link of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh with different Islamist militant organisations is becoming evident with the arrest of militants in connection with the attacks on different NGOs in northern districts
 arrow 50 hurt in clashes during hartal
At least 50 people, including an Awami League (AL) lawmaker and two journalists, were injured in clashes involving the police, pickets and ruling BNP activists in Dhaka and Khulna during yesterday's dawn-to-dusk
 arrow EC has nothing to do with polls officers' appointment
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice M A Aziz yesterday said upazila election officers (UEOs) are appointed through the Public Service Commission (PSC), and the Election Commission (EC) has nothing
 arrow PM stresses frequent JRC talks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday laid importance on frequent holding of Indo-Bangla Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting at high level to resolve the outstanding issues of the common rivers.
 arrow $500m Saarc fund for poverty reduction on the cards
The members of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) may set up a fund of $500 million to $1 billion for poverty eradication programmes in this region.
 arrow Market size, gas make Tata eye $3b investment
It is a very relevant question why India's industrial giant Tata is interested to come to Bangladesh for such a huge investment -- over $3 billion -- the highest ever in the country from a single group.
 arrow 9 govt agencies owe Tk 858cr gas bill to Titas
A total of Tk 858.
 arrow 180 fishermen still untraced
At least 180 fishermen with 15 fishing trawlers remained missing since Saturday as the vessels sailing from Kuakata are believed to have capsized in the rough sea under the influence of a depression.
 arrow Tigers in deep trouble
Shahriar Nafees scored his maiden Test half-century in Bangladesh's feeble fightback to avoid another innings defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the second Test at the P Sara Stadium here on Wednesday.
 arrow OMS, VGF start Sept 25
After missing the deadline twice, the food ministry is finally set to kick-start the biggest-ever countrywide food distribution on September 25 through OMS, VGF and village rationing in the wake of rising
 arrow Hurricane Rita roars with new fury
Powerful Hurricane Rita was upgraded to a category-four storm early Wednesday, as it roared into the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico, packing winds of 217 kilometers per hour, the Miami-based US National Hurricane
 arrow AL won't take part in any farcical polls
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance is conspiring to hold a farcical election ignoring the opposition's demand for reforms to the Election Commission andthe
 arrow Hasina criticises appointment of JCD men in EC
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted the chief election commissioner (CEC) as well as the BNP-Jamaat alliance government for the reported appointment of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Islami
 arrow Housewife burned to death in city
A housewife was burnt to death allegedly by her husband at Azimpur in the capital Tuesday afternoon while an angry mob beat up six robbers at Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow 52 BCF gas burned at Tengratila
Preliminary estimates show that about 51.83 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas was burnt in two blowouts at Tengratila gas field in Sunamganj.
 arrow JS session prorogued
The eighteenth session of parliament prorogued last night amid boycott by the main opposition Awami League (AL).
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar read out the prorogation order of the president at 10:20pm.

 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout'
A listed criminal was killed and two policemen were injured during a shootout between the police and a gang of criminals in Sirajganj early yesterday.
 arrow Mufti Hannan's brother remanded
Harkatul Jihad leader Mufti Hannan Munshi's brother Anisuzzaman Munshi Sagor, an accused in the case of planting bomb at the meeting venue of former prime minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina
Businessarrow Ministry has no direct mechanism to curb essentials prices
The commerce ministry does not have any direct mechanism to curb soaring prices of the essentials, but the ministry holds inter-ministerial talks to device ways to bridle the prices, Commerce Minister
 arrow Transparency key to facing economic crisis
Speakers at a symposium have observed that transparency and free flow of information can help the government not only take the right decision at the time of economic crisis but also establish the credibility
 arrow World must adjust habits to high-price energy era: IMF
The IMF raised its forecast for the price of oil next year by about 15 percent on Wednesday, and said governments and consumers would have to change their habits to adjust to an era of expensive energy.
 arrow US presses for services market openings in WTO deal
Other countries must lower barriers to US banking, insurance and other service industry firms as part of a new world trade agreement also focused on reforming global agricultural trade, the chief US negotiator
 arrow Grameen Foundation USA announces new fund for microfinance
Grameen Foundation USA announced a new global programme on September 15 that will make as much as $50 million available in credit guarantees to poverty-focused microfinance institutions that provide tiny
 arrow S'pore, China boost trade, bilateral ties
In another sign bilateral ties are firmly back on track, Singapore and China on Tuesday concluded a successful high-level meeting and agreed to work more closely on initiatives new and old.
 arrow DCCI team returns from China
A 22-member delegation of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) returned from China after a week-long visit to expand trade and business between the two countries, said a DCCI press release
 arrow New MD of Cemex Bangladesh
Daniel Saenz recently took over as the new managing director of Cemex Cement (Bangladesh) Ltd.
 arrow Pakistan okays 16 new private power plants
Energy-deficient Pakistan has approved setting up 16 private power plants with a total electricity generation capacity of 3,700 megawatts, a government official said yesterday.
 arrow New chairman of Islami Bank
Kazi Harun-ar-Rashed has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd.
He was elected at a meeting on Friday in Dhaka, says a press release.

 arrow 'Gang of Four' seeks to spur WTO talks in Paris meet
Ministers from four key players in world trade are set to gather in Paris on Friday to try to spur sluggish talks on a treaty liberalising global commerce towards a December deadline.
 arrow Siemens Medical, Anwer Khan Modern Hospital sign deal
Siemens Medical Solutions will provide all technical service supports for Modern Diagnostic Centre and Anwer Khan Modern Hospital.
 arrow Eastern Bank offers festival loan
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) on Sunday launched a new consumer loan product titled 'EBL Utshab Loan' for Eid-ul-Fitr.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Reflections on yet another sorry day
One certainly loses count of the times when Bangladesh had suffered an all to familiar batting collapse in their 40 Tests and coach Dav Whatmore, who took charge of the Tigers over two years ago, wasno
 arrow Cricket: Confidence sorely missing
Ability is nothing without performance.
 arrow Football: Ganga-Padma set to flow
The long awaited Ganga-Padma Football Tournament finally got official recognition when the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed an agreement at the newly
 arrow Cricket: Streak slows India down
Heath Streak dried up the runs and took wickets as India plodded to 318 for seven at tea on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin not fit enough
Sachin Tendulkar has not recovered sufficiently from elbow surgery to take part in next month's Super Series matches in Australia, Indian cricket board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kacharipara in zonal final
Kacharipara SC of Jamalpur blanked Muslim Renaissance Club of Tangail 2-0 to move into the zonal final of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at Jamalpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam to replace
India's Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of next month's challenge series between Australia and a World XI and is likely to be replaced by Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's present for Mandela
West Indies batsman Brian Lara traded jokes with Nelson Mandela on Wednesday and handed him the bat with which he plundered the South African bowling attack this year.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe's first class career has ended
Graham Thorpe has played his final first class match in England after Surrey went into their vital relegation tussle against Middlesex without him on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'I was shot at in India'
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's claim that he was shot at while fielding during a one-day international in New Delhi in 2002 was scoffed at by Indian cricket officials here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Watson aims to be Aussie 'Freddie'
Just as English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff spent the early years of his career striving to become the new Ian Botham, Australian Test rookie Shane Watson has now set his sights on becoming the new "Freddie".
 arrow Tennis: Sun sizzles Serena
Shambolic Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her career Wednesday night, dropping a 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) opening match to 127th-ranked Tiantian Sun at the 585,000-dollar China Open.
 arrow Football: British Asians can play
Young British Asians with hopes of playing professional football are being "discriminated out of the game" as a result of stereotyping, according to a report published on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'Iran the dark horse'
Brazil, Argentina or Holland and not Germany are the teams best placed to scoop the World Cup in Germany next year, Iran's Croatian coach Branko Ivankovic told AFP.
 arrow Football: Brazil! Brazil!
Clashes between Primera Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will have a distinctly Brazilian flavour this season.
 arrow Cricket: Not picking Shah criminal: coach
Middlesex coach John Emburey has described England's failure to pick Owais Shah for the tour of Pakistan as "criminal".
 arrow Tennis: Sania crashes out of Sunfeast Open
The fizz went out of the WTA Sunfeast Open on Wednesday as crowd favourite Sania Mirza crashed out of the tournament losing to the much lower ranked Hungarian Melinda Czink in a closely fought three setter
 arrow Football: Another 1-0 special
Bayern Munich raced five points clear at the Bundesliga summit on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt maintaining their 100 percent start to the season.
Metropolitanarrow Motijheel OC yet to be arrested
The panic-stricken family members of slain Kamrul Islam Momin, a student of Mirpur Commerce College, have kept themselves confined at their Ibrahimpur house in Kafrul fearing more attacks as the prime
 arrow 2nd housing project for journos under consideration: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government formed the Sixth Wage Board for the journalists and employees of newspapers and news agencies to enhance their salaries
 arrow Int'l photo exhibition begins in city today
An international photography exhibition titled 'Tales from a Globalising World' begins in the city today.
 arrow Foreign currency worth Tk 56 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized foreign currency equivalent to Tk 56.24 lakh from an outgoing passenger at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Monday night.
 arrow Drive against adulteration of food to continue: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the current drives against food adulteration across the country would continue in future.
 arrow Dengue attacks 8 more people
Eight more patients with dengue fever, a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquito, were admitted to different hospitals and clinics in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 3-day regional seminar on Islam begins today
Leading Islamic scholars from seven Asian countries will converge in the capital to join a three-day regional seminar on "Islam: A Religion of Peace, Progress and Harmony" beginning today.
 arrow Verdict in arms case against Arman today
Judgement in the Arms case against Arman Khan, one of the 23 most wanted criminals of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, will be given today.
 arrow Two bodies to probe draining of diesel
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday formed two separate committees to investigate Tuesday's draining of diesel into the river Karnaphuli.
 arrow Business Admin students boycott class from today
The students of department of Business Administration (DBA) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will start boycott of classes and examinations from today protesting 'indecent behaviour of a teacher with
 arrow Durga Puja begins Oct 9
Sharadiya Durga Utsab, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, will be celebrated in the country from October 9 to 13 keeping pace with the heritage of maintaining religious harmony among
 arrow Mainul Hosein's lawyer's statement
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has not decided in favour of Anwar Hossain to hold that he is the editor of the Daily Ittefaq following an appeal petition filed by him, said a press release
 arrow 10 CU BCL men get bail
The High Court on Monday granted ad-interim bail to ten leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Chittagong University unit, including its president and a central leader.
 arrow Autorickshaw strike in Ctg Sept 25
The Chittagong CNG Autorickshaw Owners-Drivers Oikya Parishad yesterday called a strike for September 25 in the port city to protest harassment of the drivers by police sergeants.
 arrow Cats Eye launches new collection tomorrow
The Cats Eye will launch a new collection of unique designer wear for men at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Convention Centre at Agargaon tomorrow.
 arrow Tk 5.2 cr Danish grant for production of safety syringes
Bangladesh will get 4.73 million Danish Kroner from Denmark in grants for training and technical assistance and a loan for equipment to support establishment of a local production of safety syringes.
 arrow One arrested in Chittagong
The police yesterday arrested one person in connection with the murder of a young housewife that took place at Patiya upazila on Monday.
 arrow Murder of cultural activist condemned
Eminent cultural activists yesterday in a joint statement condemned the murder of a cultural activist Farzana Ahmed Nila of Jhenidah and demanded immediate arrest of the killer.
 arrow Fire at Ctg EPZ factory
A fire broke out at a sportswear factory of Youngone Group at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) yesterday morning.
Nationalarrow Pest devouring amon in 8 northern dists
Massive pest attack on transplanted amon fields has worried farmers as well as agriculture officials in eight northern districts.
 arrow Tidal surge washes away Tk 5 cr shrimps in Satkhira
Shrimps worth over Tk 5 crore were washed away as at least 70 enclosures were inundated in Shyamnagar upazila due to rain and breaches in Water Development Board (WDB) embankments at Khalsibunia, Kaikhali
 arrow 6 murdered in 6 days
Two persons including a Union Parishad (UP) member were murdered in Jhenidah in the early hours of yesterday , raising the number of killings to six in the district in last six days from September 15.
 arrow Flash flood in Moulvibazar
Vast areas in eight unions in Kulaura, Kamalganj and Rajnagar upazilas have been inundated by flash flood as Monu and Dhalai rivers breached their embankments at least at five points yesterday.
 arrow Tk 9 cr govt cold storage up for sale at Tk 45 lakh
A cold storage in Lolaroa, owned by the Shilpa bank, is being sold out at a throwaway price, violating bidding rules, sources claimed.
 arrow Tangail Textile Institute in shambles
Academic and administrative activities of Tangail Textile Institute are being hampered due to various problems including lack of a full-time principal.
 arrow Recruitment of 12 RU JCD men as election officer sparks protest
At least 12 present and former leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Rajshahi University have been recruited as Upazila Election Officer (UEO) through the Public Service Commission (PSC).
 arrow A unique way to protest Pourasabha inaction
The CPB in Gpopalganj has evolved a unique way to protest alleged inaction by the municipal authorities in maintaining roads in the town.
Point-Counterpointarrow Suicide bombers: Why do they do it?
A very thought-provoking and analytical book has been released in recent days.
 arrow Delhi's electric debacle
Last fortnight, India's capital witnessed an unprecedented revolt by the upper and middle classes against a proposed 10 percent rise in electricity tariffs.
 arrow Israeli pullout from Gaza
Sunday, 11 September 2005. The blue and white Israeli standard with David's star was pulled down for the first time from a territory held by Israel for the last 38 years.
Culturearrow Forging ahead with misty, evocative themes
Gulshan Hossain's mixed media exhibition begins at the Bengal Foundation today.
 arrow Upcoming ventures
Debashish Bishwas first shot into fame as an anchor of TV show Pother Pechali on ETV in 2000 and went on to present popular shows like Closeup1 and Ispahani Pure Snax Quiz Time for
 arrow Sweden celebrates Garbo centenary
In life, Greta Garbo did her best to avoid the media limelight.
Generalarrow 3 Indians on 5-day police remand
Three Indian nationals held by the members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Sunday night from Panchagarh border, are being interrogated by Sadar thana police.
Earlier, they were taken on a five-dayremand.

 arrow 19th SAIC board meet begins Sept 25
The 19th meeting of the Governing Board of Saarc Agricultural Information Centre (SAIC) will begin in Dhaka on September 25.
 arrow Career-counselling programme begins in Ctg tomorrow
A career-counselling programme with a view to giving guidelines to the students dreaming bright career will be held tomorrow at the Institute of Engineers, Chittagong.
 arrow Japanese envoy calls on Bhuiyan
Japanese Ambassador Matsushiro Horiguchi called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at his office yesterday.
Internationalarrow Demonstration against British troops in Basra
Hundreds of Iraqis, including policemen in uniform, protested Wednesday against the presence of British troops in the southern city of Basra after a police station was stormed to free two British soldiers.
 arrow Andhra flood situation grim, toll reaches 50
The flood situation in Andhra Pradesh of India worsened on Wednesday with reports of about 50 people killed, thousands evacuated and hundreds of villages inundated as major rivers overflow their banks.
 arrow US using talks as pretext for attack
North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of using diplomatic talks to try and take away its nuclear arms so that Washington could crush the reclusive state with an atomic weapons strike.
 arrow Katrina adds to public doubts about bush
Hurricane Katrina did more than wipe out much of the Mississippi coastline and flood New Orleans.
 arrow Sri Lanka extends state of emergency
Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday extended by a further month the state of emergency imposed shortly after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
 arrow Koizumi vows more reforms
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged Wednesday to push ahead with more privatization after he breaks up the powerful post office as parliament got to work following his landslide election
 arrow Israeli army completes WB pullout
The Israeli army has announced its withdrawal from two more Jewish settlements, thus completing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's historic pullout from the Gaza Strip and a small corner of the northern West
Editorialarrow Editorial: JRC meet bears fruit
To our mind, the just-concluded two-day Indo-Bangla water talks held in Dhaka have been a success and, by past standards, a significant one.
 arrow Editorial: Tidal wave victims
Over 3,000 fishermen aboard around 200 trawlers are reported to be missing as the Bay turned very turbulent last Tuesday.
 arrow US lawmakers' outrageous demands
Nobody -- with the exception of those who don't have the good of the country at heart -- can take any delight in some US lawmakers' suggestion to their Secretary of State to take up the matters of political
 arrow Will the next summit succeed?
The Indo-Pakistan summit last Wednesday (Sept 14) only succeeded in continuing the talks and saying that terrorism and other impediments will not be allowed to derail the dialogue.
Letters to Editorarrow Cockroach and railway
A journey is supposed to be interesting and enjoyable. And when it's a train journey, the enjoyment knows no bounds. I usually go home (Brahmanbaria) by train, though bus is also available.
 arrow Naipaul & Americanism
I was appalled after going through an interview of V.S Naipaul published in a recent issue of SWM.
 arrow Jamaat MP's stand on Aug 17
The news report itself was cause for great concern to us, specially in the backdrop of the official Jamaat position on the issue, that is, RAW and Mossad were behind the Aug 17 blasts and not the JMBand
 arrow What Israelis think....
Only a few weeks ago a twenty something ex-Israeli army officer and his girlfriend helped me when I locked myself out my car -- for a fee.
 arrow Good example
Some days back, one of my favourite students, Mauree, told me an almost unprecedented story: an indigent lad somewhere at Anandapur, Savar, with great enthusiasm, was teaching his playmates, who are deprived
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