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Front Pagearrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow Sumptuous meals await dignitaries
Host Bangladesh has arranged about 100 delicacies, mostly Bangladeshi cuisine, for the Saarc leaders during the summit today and tomorrow.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
  arrow Bid for a fresh look

 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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".
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Saarc snippets
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.
Businessarrow 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.
 arrow 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).
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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"
 arrow 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".
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Demand for US dollar remained steady. USD eased slightly in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Almost semifinals
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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Tennis: 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.

 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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
 arrow Boxing: Typical Tyson!
It doesn't pay to tangle with Mike Tyson, a Brazilian reporter has learned.
Metropolitanarrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Enayetullah Khan's death condoled
Journalist leaders of southern region have condoled the death of Enayetullah Khan, a veteran journalist of the country.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Bangladesh now world's top peacekeeper
Bangladesh is now the largest troop contributing country to the UN peacekeeping operations.
 arrow 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.

Nationalarrow 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.
 arrow '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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Point-Counterpointarrow 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.
 arrow 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
Culturearrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Preserving Garo songs
Santana Rangsa, music teacher of Birishiri Tribal Cultural Academy is a preserver of traditional Garo songs.
 arrow 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.
Generalarrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow Commonwealth team to watch Lankan polls
The Commonwealth has sent an expert team to observe the Sri Lankan presidential election scheduled for November 17.
Internationalarrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
Editorialarrow Editorial: I3th SAARC Summit
The curtain rises on the 13th SAARC Summit today, almost nine months after its original schedule, having been postponed twice.
 arrow Editorial: 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.
 arrow On a flourishing SAARC
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, in his P. N.
 arrow 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 Editorarrow Visa for Saarc countries
The Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh has stopped issuing visas to Bangladeshi nationals for reasons best known to them.
 arrow Saarc premonition
The lack of unity and presence of invisible walls within the Saarc members, specially the neighbours, is a misfortune haunting us all for decades.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
StarTecharrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow THE Salt

Literaturearrow Chameleon Girl
*-*-* Trenchcoat fall, 39F *-*-*
Not all of us can gather
our insides into one package
that comes out the same every time

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
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