Saarc Summit starts today amid high hopes|
Leaders of seven South Asian countries will begin a two-day summit in Dhaka today to ratify plans to reduce trade barriers starting from January and to promote economic development in the region which
FMs reach consensus on Safta implementation|
Saarc foreign ministers last night finalised the draft of Dhaka Declaration of the 13th Summit, focusing on renewed efforts for economic integration and combating poverty and terrorism in the region.
Leaders arrive to a tight security capital|
A hushed Dhaka adorned with coloured lights, flags of Saarc countries and portraits of their leaders yesterday welcomed six Saarc heads of state and government amidst unprecedented security effected for
Initiate steps to end poverty, violence|
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) urged the Saarc heads of state and government to initiate measures to eliminate poverty and violence and, for accountable systems of governance which will promotedemocracy
Day starts with paying homage to martyrs|
The seven Saarc leaders get the twice-postponed 13th Saarc Summit rolling today, amid tightest-ever security arrangements, paying homage to the martyrs of Liberation War at the National Mausoleum.
Tarique to receive award for Zia|
Late president Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh is the first recipient of the prestigious Saarc Award for his outstanding initiative for regional cooperation in South Asia.
An agenda for tomorrow's closed door retreat|
I would like to table a modest proposal as to how the gathered heads of state and government can truly move Saarc from the talking shop of the past twenty years to the entity we had all hoped that itwould
Enact laws to ensure people's right to info|
Prominent journalists of South Asia yesterday called upon the Saarc governments to enact laws to ensure people's right to information as a major step toward attaining good governance, transparency and
PM to hold 6 bilateral talks|
Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia will have six bilateral meetings with the Saarc leaders. Other Saarc leaders will also have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 13th Saarc Summit.
Sumptuous meals await dignitaries|
Host Bangladesh has arranged about 100 delicacies, mostly Bangladeshi cuisine, for the Saarc leaders during the summit today and tomorrow.
Summit to chart forward looking actions: PM|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the 13the Saarc Summit will seize the opportunity to chart a forward looking course of action to realise the shared aspiration of a peaceful, progressive and
Hasina to meet some leaders|
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina will meet a number of leaders of Saarc countries on November 13 and 14.
Pak PM to offer peace building proposals|
Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, who arrived in Dhaka yesterday to lead Pakistan's delegation at the 13th South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit, is carrying several
Bid for a fresh look|
Petroleum corp denied LCs for loan default|
The nationalised commercial banks (NCB) are refusing Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) letters of credit (LCs) to import oil, as the state-run agency owes them around Tk 8,000 crore in outstanding
Essentials prices spike as supply disrupted|
Prices of essentials in the capital have a fresh spell of hike due to shortage of supply as the city's largest wholesale kitchen market -- Karwan Bazar-- has been closed down for four days from yesterday
Cabinet body meets in hurry to show off zeal|
The cabinet subcommittee on the proposed Public Procurement Law (PPL) met even on the weekend yesterday reportedly to impress the World Bank (WB) about the government's willingness to go forward withthe
Protocol on terrorism ratified|
The additional protocol to the Saarc's Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism has come into effect with all the seven member countries ratifying it to "wage a joint war against terrorism".
3 nations agree to lobby for journos' visa free movement|
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan agreed to lobby for including the provision of visa free movements of journalists in the Saarc countries in the upcoming Dhaka declaration.
Wild elephants kill 3, hurt 20 in Sherpur|
Three people were killed and 20 others injured in an attack by wild elephants at frontier Haldi village in Jhenaigati upazila of the district yesterday.
Bhuiyan holds WB equally blameable|
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday held the World Bank (WB) equally responsible for the lack of transparency it had denounced in the procurement process of a project under his
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is travelling in the city by his bulletproof Mercedes car, which was flown in to Dhaka on November 8 from New Delhi.
Business conclave Nov 17-18 to expedite regional integration|
In a bid to make Saarc one of the fastest growing blocs, business leaders from seven South Asian countries will gather at a conclave on November 17 and 18 in New Delhi.
PRSP meet with development partners begins Tuesday|
A three-day meeting with the development partners begins here Tuesday (November 15) to review the financing and implementation process of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
Indian firms on buyout spree overseas|
Indian pharmaceutical major Dr Reddy's Laboratories said on Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire Swiss drug maker Roche's active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) business in Mexico for $59 million
China think-tank sees rising yuan|
China will see another year of strong growth and contained inflation in 2006, with the yuan gradually appreciating, a leading government think-tank said in a report published yesterday.
Commerce adviser pursues TRADE Act in US|
Commerce Ministry Adviser Barkat Ullah Bulu, now on an official visit to the Washington DC, met a number of influential senators and congressmen to solicit their support for passage of the TRADE (Tariff
Bangladesh ranked third in Saarc region|
The United Nations ranked Bangladesh third in the Saarc region in a new index measuring trade and development performance of 110 countries of the world.
WTO approves Saudi Arabia's membership|
World Trade Organization members approved on Friday Saudi Arabia's admission to the global body, a WTO spokesman said.
"The gavel has gone down", WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell said.
South Korea leaves interest rates on hold|
South Korea's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged at 3.5 percent Thursday as it continued efforts to boost a sluggish economic recovery, saying domestic demand remained fragile.
UK gender pay gap shrinks to record low|
The gap between British men's and women's pay narrowed to its smallest since records began 35 years ago in the year to April 2005, official data showed on Thursday.
No deal at Hong Kong WTO meeting: Mandelson|
European Union Trade Commi-ssioner Peter Mandelson said Friday there would be no deal at the WTO meeting in Hong Kong in December after complaining that EU offers had been rebuffed by "very aggressive"
Indian inflation quickens|
India's inflation accelerated faster than expected to an annual 4.75 percent at the end of October and the finance minister said yesterday inflation of about 5 percent was "unavoidable".
US trade gap no longer dollar's nemesis: Analysis|
There was a time when a monthly US trade deficit of $66.1 billion would have triggered a massive sell-off in the dollar.
That time, as events yesterday show, is clearly not now.
Siemens profits plunge|
German electronics giant Siemens said Thursday that bottom-line earnings tumbled in the final quarter of its business year, pulling down full-year earnings, owing mainly to one-off charges incurred with
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Demand for US dollar remained steady. USD eased slightly in the week.
The semifinal line-up of the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League was all but confirmed after Epyllion and Acme won their respective group matches at different city venues yesterday.
Vaughan-less England take on Pakistan|
England must quickly come to terms with the absence of Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan when the first Test against Pakistan begins here today.
Final five to be revealed|
The last pieces of the 2006 World Cup jigsaw will slot into place over the next few days when the identities of the final five qualifiers are decided.
India, Lanka battle for final time|
Having outplayed the visitors right through the series, India will be eager to continue to stamp their domination over Sri Lanka and finish the seven-match rubber on a rousing note in the final one-dayer
No room for Jayasuriya|
Seasoned opener Sanath Jayasuriya was on Friday dropped from Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for next month's three-Test series in India, Sri Lanka Cricket said.
Cruciani for less 'parota-mangsha’|
There will be no 'parota-mangsha' or 'mach-bhat' for the footballers when they start their final-phase preparation today for the SAFF Football Championship.
A no holds barred contest|
How to contain two of the strongest attacks at the 2006 World Cup will be the main concern of the coaches when Argentina face bitter rivals England in a friendly in Geneva on Saturday.
Owen exudes confidence|
Striker Michael Owen says England would have nothing to fear from Brazil if they had to face the holders at next year's World Cup.
A five-star friendly menu|
Some of the biggest teams in soccer will start their preparation for next year's World Cup finals on Saturday.
No controversy, please|
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq is looking forward to a controversy-free tour by England after previous series have been marked by acrimonious incidents.
Davenport stays top|
Lindsay Davenport lost to Maria Sharapova at the WTA Champions-hips, yet still won.
Davenport got help from Amelie Mauresmo, who beat Elena Dementieva, to clinch the year-end No.
Thanks but no thanks, says Maradona|
World Cup winner Diego Maradona said on Thursday he had turned down an offer to work with the Argentine national team.
Foreigners start to come|
Kenyan batsman Steve Tikolo arrived in Dhaka on Thursday night to play for Beximco in the ongoing GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League.
BWLSA workshop concludes|
A two-day workshop on 'The role of women leadership in Olympic Movement' organised by Bangladesh Women Sport Leaders Association (BWLSA) concluded yesterday at the NSC conference room.
Taibu forced into hiding|
The seriousness of the struggle for power inside Zimbabwe became all too clear with the news that Tatenda Taibu, the country's captain, was forced into hiding last night after receiving threats from an
It doesn't pay to tangle with Mike Tyson, a Brazilian reporter has learned.
Free labour mobility a must for strong Saarc economy|
Free mobility of labour along with free trade in Saarc countries has to be ensured in order to make the economy of South Asia strong, said the speakers at a seminar in the capital yesterday.
Hasina blames govt for harassing people|
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday slated the government for what she said untold sufferings and unusual harassment of people in Dhaka in the name of security measures ahead
6 out of 10 cases await final report|
Sylhet police will submit final report of six of the 10 cases of August 17 bomb blasts in the town as they could not find any clue to these incidents, said an official.
'Bangladesh Wins Freedom' launched|
Speakers at a publication ceremony of a book yesterday called on the countrymen to be united to restore the spirit of the War of Liberation.
2 die, 9 fall sick by taking Potka fish|
Two persons including a baby girl died and nine others fell sick after taking poisonous fish at Ramzan Hajir Colony slum in Dakshin Bakolia of the port city yesterday.
Enayetullah Khan's death condoled|
Journalist leaders of southern region have condoled the death of Enayetullah Khan, a veteran journalist of the country.
Journalists stage sit-in across country|
The Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday jointly staged a sit-in in front of the National Press Club in the city and in other parts of thecountry.
Bangladesh now world's top peacekeeper|
Bangladesh is now the largest troop contributing country to the UN peacekeeping operations.
Wife beaten to death for dowry in Ctg|
A husband killed his wife, mother of a 10-day son, for dowry at Ranganua in Chittagong yesterday.
The dead was identified as Asma Khatun, 18.
CHT local bodies losing people's confidence|
The three hill district councils and the CHT Regional Council are gradually loosing people's confidence as they are not elected.
'Punish killers of Papiya'|
Different socio-cultural, political and non-government organisations brought out processions in the city, formed two human chains in front of the Aswani Kumar Hall and held rallies there on Thursdaydemanding
Small aid, big relief|
Landless Mominur and his wife Lipiza of Dighirpar village in Juldhaka upazila have got a bullock to pull their indigenous mustard crushing wooden tool (ghani) to produce edible oil.
Journo faces 'false' case in Patuakhali|
Kamruzzaman Bachchu, Baufal correspondent of the Daily Janakantha, faces a 'false' case filed by a close associate of a local lawmaker alleging abduction bid.
Opposition leaders protest anomaly in recruitment|
Leaders of some opposition political parties at a rally yesterday threatened to call a hartal in Satkhira district on Sunday if action is not taken against the officials of Sundarbans Textile Mills who
UN team begins 15-day CHT tour today|
A joint team comprising specialists from UN agencies and government of Bangladesh today begins a 15-day visit to the Chittagong Hill Tracts to assess economic potentialities of the region.
Bomb found in Sirajganj|
Police recovered a bomb form the house of a cloth trader at Ruppur village in Shahzadpur upazila in the district yesterday morning.
Building trust in South Asia|
South Asia is a region of paradoxes. On the one hand it is a region of immense harmony and amity. On the other hand, it is also a region of enormous distrust and conflicts.
SAARC can play an important role in combating natural disasters|
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is undoubtedly a potential forum for bringing socio-economic emancipation of the people of the vast region extending from Himalaya to Indian Ocean
Music is his passion|
The taste for rock music in our country has evolved in the last decade and James is certainly one of our leading rock musicians.
Rafi Haque revels in graphics|
Inspired by Mohammed Kibria's works, Rafi Haque went into graphics. When he began his studies, Monirul Islam came from Spain to conduct a workshop on print making at the Shilpkala Academy.
Preserving Garo songs|
Santana Rangsa, music teacher of Birishiri Tribal Cultural Academy is a preserver of traditional Garo songs.
TV serial Sampurna Rangin scores 100|
Channel i will telecast the 100th episode of the drama serial Sampurna Rangeen on November 14 at 9:30pm.
Only Manmohan can make a fresh start in Dhaka-Delhi ties|
In his all too brief bilateral engagement with the Bangladesh leadership on the margins of South Asian Summit in Dhaka, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has a small window of opportunity to begin
US Senate demands report on 'CIA prisons'|
The US Senate demanded a classified account on Thursday of whether the CIA was running a secret prison system as it debated a bill that would regulate the Bush administration's treatment of military detainees.
Commonwealth team to watch Lankan polls|
The Commonwealth has sent an expert team to observe the Sri Lankan presidential election scheduled for November 17.
Monitors fear dampened turnout for Lankan polls|
Election monitors fear a Sri Lankan court judgement requiring rigorous identity checks for voters could put some off voting in the Nov.
Deep despair in quake zone|
Deep uncertainties and hints of resentment now characterise this destroyed and ailing valley, one month after the catastrophic earthquake that struck north western Pakistan, killing as many as 80,000people
Indian airports beef up security after terror alert|
Security was tightened at airports across India on Thursday after intelligence reports spoke of a possible suicide attack or plane-hijack bid by terrorists.
Portugal extradites Mumbai don |
Underworld don Abu Salem, who has been extradited from Portugal, was yesterday remanded to police custody till November 23 by the TADA court.
US, North Korea seek action to match words|
The United States and North Korea each insisted the other must offer more to overcome a standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons as the latest session of multiparty disarmament talks ended in Beijing
4 Iraqis carried out Amman attacks|
Four Iraqis, including a husband and wife, carried out the triple suicide bombings against luxury hotels in the Jordanian capital, al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq said in an Internet statement yesterday.
Palestinians mark the day of Arafat's death|
Palestinians were commemorating the first anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat, their iconic leader who even in death embodies their struggle for independence and statehood.
Bush not honest|
Most Americans say they aren't impressed by the ethics and honesty of the Bush administration, already under scrutiny for its justifications for an unpopular war in Iraq and its role in the leak of acovert
I3th SAARC Summit|
The curtain rises on the 13th SAARC Summit today, almost nine months after its original schedule, having been postponed twice.
Women and how they fight poverty|
A story appearing in the Star Weekend Magazine of destitute women salvaged from the morass of abject poverty to a level of decent living cannot but catch our attention.
On a flourishing SAARC|
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, in his P. N.
Energy cooperation in South Asia|
South Asia comprises over one-fifth of the world population, nearly half of which is gripped below the poverty line.
|Letters to Editor||
Visa for Saarc countries|
The Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh has stopped issuing visas to Bangladeshi nationals for reasons best known to them.
The lack of unity and presence of invisible walls within the Saarc members, specially the neighbours, is a misfortune haunting us all for decades.
Cable TV viewers|
Ershad Kamol's column on the subject gives a background of the Cable Distributors' conflict. We the unfortunate viewers are the uncalled for sufferers.
Plea for a national identity card|
Bangladesh could avoid many of her problems if she could introduce a national identity card for each and every citizen.
CEPZ and mobile network|
CEPZ is earning foreign exchanges and contributing in the national economy to a great extent. So, it is desirable that every part of it would be in the uninterrupted network coverage of all mobile operators.
e-commerce hampered by inadequate payment systems|
IT experts, banks and online vendors all agree that online payment systems need to be improved, if e-commerce should take off in Bangladesh.
Focus on funding development of ICT infrastucture at WSIS|
SPEAKERS at a press conference on Wednesday urged the Bangladesh delegation to the upcoming World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to take strong stance for narrowing the gap of information technology
Nasa telescope gets image of young stars|
A dazzling photo taken by Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope shows colossal pillars of cool gas and dust, giving scientists an intimate look at the star-forming process.
McCartney to beam concert into space|
Former Beatle Paul McCartney is to broadcast live into space from a U.S. concert to two astronauts circling the globe.
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GPS-ing to a Japanese village|
The trip had long been due, before I came here, yet when Yuko told me that she would take us to her home, it meant something special to me.
Twenty-Five Ways of Imagining India|
Pankaj Mishra's anthology, Imagining India offers us twenty-five remarkable ways of looking at India, and, inevitably, imagining it.