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Front Pagearrow Safta still on track for timely kickoff
The agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) is still expected to be kicked off within the first quarter of 2006 despite prevailing doubt as a committee of experts has decided to forward the draft
 arrow Leaders urged to have positive mindset to strengthen Saarc
Prominent economists, politicians, former ministers, diplomats, bureaucrats and civil society members have urged the leadership of South Asian region to make the Saarc effective and take up programmes
 arrow $3,000 tax-free income package for scholars on cards
The 13th Saarc summit is expected to strike accords to form a regional development fund, fight money laundering and offer a tax-free income package up to $3,000 for researchers, scholars and academicians
 arrow DMP revises traffic movement plan
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has revised its schedule of restrictions on traffic movement on certain city roads from November 11 to 14 as part of the security measures for the Saarc summit.
 arrow Manmohan for energy co-op in S Asia
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the Saarc countries should examine the possibilities of energy cooperation among the member states.
 arrow Saarc parliament needed to boost actions
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has proposed a parliament for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) to boost its activities for the sake of the region's common people.
 arrow Safta key to effective Saarc
One of the crucial and integral steps towards making the Saarc an effective organisation is the implementation of Safta (South Asia Free Trade Area), observed Abul Hasan Chowdhury, former state minister
 arrow Leaving narrow national interest vital for Saarc
Wholehearted commitment of the member states to implementing the decisions and an attitude of discarding narrow national interests for larger regional advantages are necessary to make Saarc effective,
 arrow $1.3m budget proposed for Saarc secretariat
The Saarc programming committee has proposed a $1.3 million budget for its secretariat while recommending the agenda for the 13th Saarc Summit.
 arrow Nov 13 govt holiday for Dhaka
All government and semi-government offices and autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies in the capital will remain closed on Sunday for the 13th Saarc Summit, an official announcement said yesterday.
 arrow Passengers won't face trouble, says ZIA authorities
Air passengers will have no difficulties taking their flights from Dhaka between November 11 and 14 when the Zia International Airport (ZIA) will be under orange alert as part of beefed-up security for
 arrow Foreign secys begin pre-summit informal talks
Ahead of 31st meeting of the Saarc Standing Committee today, the foreign secretaries of the seven member states held informal talks yesterday to examine the drafts of various documents to be signed by
 arrow AL to skip summit programmes
Awami League (AL) will not participate in the Saarc programmes while opposition leader Sheikh Hasina's meetings with Saarc leaders are uncertain, as she will not be in Dhaka during the summit.
 arrow Security beefed up in Ctg
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have beefed up security measures in the city ahead of the 13th Saarc Summit.
 arrow EU-UN team decries lack of hygiene, schooling
A high-profile team of EU diplomats and UN officials yesterday expressed grave concerns at the highly unhygienic living conditions it had seen at two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar and the lack
 arrow Minorities vulnerable despite religious freedom in Bangladesh
A US report has generally appreciated the religious freedom in Bangladesh, but said religious minorities are vulnerable due to their relatively limited influence with political elite.
 arrow Pakistan to back Kabul's entry
Pakistan yesterday said it would propose the inclusion of neighbour Afghanistan into Saarc, while Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Adviser Reaz Rahman has said Dhaka "is open-minded" about granting observer
 arrow Asia's top terror suspect killed in Indonesian shootout
Master bomb-maker and Islamic radical Azahari Husin, one of Asia's top terror suspects and most wanted men, blew himself up after being cornered by Indonesian police on Wednesday, local TV said.
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 arrow First signs of slowdown in French violence
For the first time in nearly two weeks France saw a clear fall in the number of overnight attacks yesterday, raising cautious hopes that the worst wave of urban unrest since May 1968 might be receding.
 arrow ACC becoming inactive body
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury has said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is yet to start functioning properly, becoming an almost ineffective body.
 arrow Blair defeated over terror laws
Tony Blair has suffered his first defeat after MPs rejected his plan to allow police to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 90 days.
 arrow Japan vows support for Saarc
Japan has vowed to continue support for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) and its member countries in various fields and wished good outcomes from November 12-13 summit.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Regional Director of Bangladesh Betar at Rangamati radio station, Suraiya Bilkis, has protested a news item headlined "Threat to blow up radio station in Rangamati" published in The Daily Star onNovember
 arrow BFUJ convention postponed as booking of venue cancelled
The national convention against torturing journalists, terrorism and militancy organised by Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) will not take place tomorrow as the Institute of Diploma Engineers
Businessarrow Remittance clocks 28pc growth in four months
Remittance inflow continued to maintain a strong growth as it rose by 28 percent during July-October period of the current financial year.
Non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) sent US$1,446.

 arrow Farm subsidy withdrawal by the rich won't hurt economy
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said if the developed and developing nations lift agricultural subsidy as part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations Bangladesh's economy
 arrow Commerce advisor seeks support from US lawmakers
Commerce Advisor Barkat Ullah Bulu has urged influential congressmen, the state administration and non-government organisations (NGOs) in the United States to support Bangladesh for duty-free access of
 arrow Sino-US textile to stabilise trade but industry skeptical
China said Wednesday a tough trade deal to curb its soaring textile exports to the United States will make trade more predictable and stable but industry experts reacted to the accord with skepticism.
 arrow World Bank seeks $1b war chest for bird flu
Health and veterinary officials from across the world hope to clinch a global plan for tackling bird flu, funded by a $1 billion World Bank war chest, at a conference yesterday.
 arrow ‘Tata to play role in Bangladesh's development’
Tata Sons will play a role in the economic development of Bangladesh as it plans to invest in that country, its chairman Ratan Tata said on Wednesday.
 arrow BCCI liquidators abandon $1b claim against Bank of England
The English liquidators of BCCI have finally abandoned US$1 billion claim against the Bank of England, says a press release.
 arrow EU team visits labs, shrimp processing plants in Khulna
The visiting European Union team yesterday visited laboratories run by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and some shrimp processing plants in Khulna region.
 arrow New chairman of BGIC
Towhid Samad has been made chairman of Bangladesh General Insurance Company Ltd (BGIC).
He was elected at a board meeting of the company held on November 2, says a press release.

 arrow WTO talks turn to needs of developing nations
Developing countries pressed rich fellow members of the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to keep their interests at the core of negotiations to liberalise global commerce, saying the success of a
 arrow Citibank, Alico sign group insurance plan for NRBs in KSA
Citibank NA Bangladesh has embarked on a new initiative to provide insurance coverage to Bangladeshi nationals living in Saudi Arabia who remit funds to their beneficiaries in Bangladesh through Citibank
Sportsarrow Cricket: Biman almost there
Bangladesh Biman outclassed Orion Group to brighten their chance for a semifinal berth in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League with a massive 187-run win at Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: NFL draw today
Bangladesh national football team's Argentine coach Diego Cruciani will be one the many to grace today's draw of the final round of the Nitol-Tata Fifth National Football League.
 arrow Cricket: Rookie Rudra routs SL
Teenager Rudra Pratap Singh wrecked Sri Lanka's batting to lead India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the sixth one-day international here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Wasim warns Pakistan
Former cricket great Wasim Akram warned Pakistan not to be lulled into a false sense of security by England's poor form in the lead-up to the first Test at Multan starting from Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan's absence to benefit Pakistan: Inzy
Pakistan cricket captain Inzama-mul Haq said that his side would benefit in the first Test in Multan starting Saturday if England skipper Michael Vaughan is ruled out by a knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar won’t change
Sachin Tendulkar says he will continue to bat aggressively despite a spate of wear and tear injuries in the last few years.
 arrow Football: Rajani in, Zahed out of SAFF squad
The national football team's final preparation for next month's SAFF Football Championship in Pakistan will start on November 12 at BKSP with 24 footballers.
 arrow Football: Socceroos on way to hostile land
Australia coach Guus Hiddink has played down the hostility which has continued to fester between his team and Uruguay since their last meeting in a World Cup qualifier four years ago.
 arrow Football: More than a friendly
England skipper David Beckham can't wait to have another crack at Argentina when two of the biggest rivals in world football clash in Geneva on Saturday.
 arrow Football: French booters blame govt
Top French soccer players, reacting to riots in major cities, have urged authorities to address the problems of disaffected youths growing up in the suburbs.
 arrow Football: Salahuddin to return
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice-president Kazi Salahuddin is expected to withdraw his resignation after the Saarc Summit, sources said on Wednesday.
 arrow Dhaka-Kolkata Games in Dec!
Bangladesh has agreed to an Indian proposal to participate in the 'Dhaka-Kolkata Games' in Decem-ber this year, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow S Asian archery in Bangladesh next year
Bangladesh will host the inaugural South Asian Archery Champion-ship from February 10 to 15 next year.
 arrow Football: Liverpool a la MU!
Rick Parry, the chief executive of Liverpool, has held talks with American billionaire Robert Kraft as the English Premiership club pursues new investment to fund its planned new stadium.
 arrow Cricket: No rift with Flemo, says NZ coach
New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell has denied any rift with captain Stephen Fleming over the decision not to select all-rounder Chris Cairns for the just completed one-day series against South Africa.
 arrow Football: FIFA lifts ban on Yemen
FIFA has provisionally lifted the suspension imposed on Yemen's football association (YFF) in August.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo up against Zidane
Brazil striker Ronaldo and France midfielder Zinedine Zidane have invited some of the world's best players to take part in the third 'Game against Poverty', next month.
 arrow Cricket: SL to exempt ICC from tax
The Sri Lankan government announced Tuesday that all International Cricket Council (ICC) events held in this cricket-mad island will be given total tax exemptions.
 arrow Cricket: India announce SL Test dates
The first match of the three-Test series between Sri Lanka and India will be held at Chennai from December 2 to 6.
 arrow Football: Euro 2012 short-list in Dec
UEFA announced on Tuesday that bids from Italy, Croatia/Hungary and Poland/Ukraine would be short-listed to host the 2012 European football championships.
 arrow Cricket: NSW crush WA in biggest win for 43 years
New South Wales posted its biggest Sheffield Shield cricket victory over Western Australia here for 43 years Wednesday, winning by eight wickets.
Metropolitanarrow Declare northern districts as disaster area
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the government to declare northern districts as the disaster area where thousands of people are passing their days without any foods.
 arrow Mystery deepens over death of woman
An unidentified woman claiming to be the sister of a female patient, who died due to alleged wrong treatment at a private hospital, took away her body from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) without
 arrow Low birth weight main nutrition problem of newborns
Low birth weight and inadequate breast-feeding are the main nutrition problems of newborn infants in the country, said the experts at a conference yesterday.
 arrow PM asks BEPZA to fill up all vacant posts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) to fill up all the vacant posts under its jurisdiction soon.
 arrow DU teacher commits suicide
A Dhaka University (DU) professor allegedly committed suicide yesterday, hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence.
 arrow ‘Set up Saarc disaster management fund’
Former minister Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nooruddin Khan yesterday called for establishing an information cell and a disaster management fund for the Saarc countries to tackle natural disasters, such as earthquake.
 arrow SPGRC seeks meet with Pak PM
Stranded Pakistanis yesterday demanded a meeting with Pakistan prime minister during the Saarc summit with a view to resolving the issue of their citizenship.
 arrow Court orders judicial probe into Gulshan land grab
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into a case filed against Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkho (Rajuk) chairman, managing director (MD) of Mercantile Bank Ltd and seven others for forging documents
 arrow Noor Hossain Day today
Shaheed Noor Hossain Day will be observed across the country today.
On this day in 1987, Noor Hossain, a young pro-democracy activist, sacrificed his life to oust the autocratic regime of HM Ershad.

 arrow Former JCD leader shot dead in N’ganj
Criminals on Tuesday night gunned down a former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of Dhaka University unit in front of Bhulta Police Camp at Rupganj.
 arrow Lawyers condemn selection of Zia for Saarc Award
A total of 651 lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday condemned the selection of former president Ziaur Rahman for 'Saarc Golden Award' to be awarded in the upcoming Saarc Summit scheduled for November
 arrow JS mosque imam held on rape charge
The imam of Jatiya Sangsad Dakkhin Plaza Jame Mosque was arrested allegedly for raping a woman in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow One killed, 70 injured as villagers clash in Narsingdi
A man was killed and some 70 people were injured in a series of inter-village clashes in Raipura upazila in the last two days.
 arrow Two die after taking spurious alcohol in Kushtia
Two people died after taking spurious alcohol at Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia on Tuesday.
 arrow One to die, 3 others get life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth to death and three of his friends to life in jail for burning Sonia Swapna to death in Manikganj in November last year.
 arrow SAFMA confce begins today
SAFMA leaders will meet for the second time with a view to realising their demand to ensure free flow of information and establishing a media university in addition to launching of a common website and
 arrow HC asks cops not to torture ETV chairman's assistants
The High Court yesterday directed the government and police not to torture Ziaur Rahman Zia and Faizul Karim, two assistants of Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam, during their remand.
 arrow Buet admission tests today
Admission tests of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) for 2005-2006 academic session will be held on the campus today.
 arrow Fugitive JCD robber arrested
Detectives arrested a former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader, also a convict in a robbery case in Motijheel, from Jhenidah town in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow JPC children's programmes begin today
To mark the 51st founding anniversary of Jatiya Press Club, a two-day programme for the children of the club members begins at 3:00pm today.
 arrow Publication ceremony of 'Bangladesh Wins Freedom' tomorrow
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Bangladesh Wins Freedom' by Musa Sadik, a distinguished columnist and writer and war corespondent of Swadhin Bangla Betar, will be held at the TSC of Dhaka University
 arrow Cadet collage exam date for lecturers' shifted
Due to unavoidable circumstance, the written test for appointment of lecturers in the cadet colleges will be held on November 25 instead of November 11, a press release of Inter-Service Public Relations
 arrow Maulana Akbar passes away
Hafij Maulana Akbar Ali, Khatib and Pesh Imam of the Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) shrine mosque, passed away due to old age complications at the Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital on Tuesday
 arrow 1,540 more held
Police arrested 1,540 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending yesterday.
Nationalarrow Biman's flight suspension sparks protest in Barisal
Bangladesh Biman's suspension of Barisal-Dhaka flights during the coming winter season triggered protests in the town.
 arrow Several marks of injury, sister-in-law arrested
The body of human rights activist and former employee of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Dilruba Huq Papiya, 29, was exhumed from Barisal Muslim Graveyard in presence of Magistrate Munim
 arrow Declare Monga-hit northern dists as distressed area
Two left parties have urged the government to declare the Monga-affected northern districts as distressed area and to increase food allocations under VGF programme and food sale at subsidised rates.
 arrow ‘Media role needed to save Kobadak’
Speakers at a seminar held here on Tuesday stressed on greater media role to raise awareness among people for protection of the Kobadak.
 arrow UP Chairman sent to jail for rape
A Union Parishad chairman was sent to jail custody yesterday for allegedly raping a school teacher of a minority family.
 arrow Kathin Chibor Dan festival begins today in Rangamati
Danuttam Kathin Chibor Dan, the biggest religious festival of Buddists in the region, will begin today at Rajbonbihar (a temple) in the town amid tight security.
Point-Counterpointarrow Electoral malpractices: Problems and prescriptions
Most elections in independent Bangladesh have experienced various kinds of malpractices.
 arrow Rezaul Karim: My tributes
Death is inevitable. Yet, when a senior and affectionate colleague suddenly dies, one is gripped with shock and grief.
 arrow Securing Saarc, proving one-self
The stakes for the Bangladesh government, currently hosting the 13th Saarc meeting, are considerably higher than usual for such gatherings due to the public image considerations.
 arrow Treasongate: Anatomy of a scandal
The moment that the Bush administration has been dreading for months finally arrived on October 28 when Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald indicted Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney'schief
Culturearrow Cultural programmes for the Saarc summit
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is organising cultural programmes to entertain the dignitaries of the 13th Saarc summit taking place in Dhaka.
 arrow ntv specials for Saarc
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) was established when its Charter was formally adopted on December 8, 1985 by the Heads of State or Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,
 arrow Familiar issues, unusual expressions
Mon kijey chai bolo is still fondly remembered by the generation growing up in the '90s.
 arrow Cultural programme by child artistes
A cultural programme and painting exhibition was organised by the Brahmanbaria Shishu Nattyam recently. The venue: the playground of Brahmanbaria Industrial School.
Internationalarrow Pakistan, India reopen main Kashmir crossing
Old rivals Pakistan and India reopened the main border crossing in divided Kashmir yesterday to help survivors of last month's earthquake that devastated the region.
 arrow Chandrika gets Saarc summit send off and dubious honour
Sri Lanka's outgoing president bids farewell to regional politics at a South Asian summit this week but retains the honour of being the longest serving head of a regional body that scored high marks for
 arrow Murder of defence lawyer threatens Saddam trial
The murder of a second defence lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial threatens to unravel the proceedings of the US-supported court and raises questions about the legitimacy of the process, experts say.
 arrow Hamas ready to hold talks with Israel
Hamas said yesterday it was prepared to consider holding talks with Israel but vowed not to disarm, two months before the radical Islamist group contests its first Palestinian legislative elections.
 arrow UN extends mandate of US-led force in Iraq
The UN Security Council, acting at the request of Iraq's government, on Tuesday unanimously adopted a one-year extension of the mandate of the US-led force in Iraq.
 arrow India did not act fast enough in Gujarat
While the Indian constitution provides for freedom of religion, the government occasionally has not acted fast enough to prevent religious violence, says a State Department report on International Religious
 arrow Anger, not religion, drives French rioting
For the young Muslims who live in the gritty Merisiers apartment blocks in this town to the west of Paris, the riots that have affected their neighbourhood and dozens of urban areas across the country
 arrow Terrorist training camp found in Indonesia
Anti-terror police discovered a recently abandoned jungle training camp where militants taught bomb-making skills to scores of extremists, security officials said Wednesday, weeks after suicide attackers
 arrow 'Kashmir militant confesses to Delhi bombing’
A Kashmiri militant has confessed in detention to planting one of three bombs that exploded in New Delhi and killed 62 people last month before a Hindu festival, the Indian army said yesterday.
 arrow First signal from Europe's mission to Venus
The first space mission in over 10 years to Earth's closest neighbour Venus emitted its first signal after a successful launch from the Russian cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
 arrow Ex-Indian president Narayanan no more
Former Indian president Kocheril Raman Narayanan died in an army hospital yesterday, after being admitted almost two weeks ago with acute pneumonia, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Wake-up call for France
The two weeks of continuous riots in more than 300 localities across the length and breadth of France has reached such a state that President Jacques Chirac has been forced to declare a state of emergency,
 arrow Editorial: St. Martin's Island
At least 1,500 tourists were stuck at Teknaf on Tuesday as the local administration stopped travelling to St. Martin's Island by sea-truck as there is no jetty there for the vessels.
 arrow Deliberative democracy versus decisionist democracy
Democracy is basically about taking into account collective views in making decisions by the government or any of its agencies entrusted to carry out the functions of the government.
 arrow How feasible is the idea of a SAARC parliament?
The 13th summit of the South Asian leaders under the aegis of the seven-nation regional forum SAARC is taking place in Bangladesh capital Dhaka.
Letters to Editorarrow Onslaught of nocturnal beings!
In order to restore the original Gulshan South Park, the only park for the dwellers of Gulshan-1 (south), the DCC and RAJUK with the active cooperation of Gulshan Society members have successfully vacated
 arrow Hindu marriage law
The Hindu marriage law should be updated. There is no legal evidence of Hindu marriage in Bangladesh. The marriage should be registered for the sake of legal record.
 arrow Biman, epitome of failed public sector
You see Bangladesh Airlines flying planes, but I see those as the begging pans of the panhandlers. Let me explain.
 arrow Project our culture
Unlike some 19-year-old youngsters in Bangladesh, I was not rejoiced to see the announcement of bringing in Indian Idols as part of Eid special programmes in a reputed channel, neither was any Bangladeshi
 arrow Why this delay?
It is learnt from your report that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Defence Ministry is deliberating on the issue of AFD and MoD.
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