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Front Pagearrow Leaders join hands to fight terrorism
The 13th South Asian summit raised the curtain here yesterday morning with the leaders of the Saarc countries agreeing to fight terrorism unitedly and take bold steps to promote regional economic cooperation.
 arrow Khaleda for actions on economic, political fronts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said last two decades' lessons have led the South Asian leaders to one conclusion that factors constraining effective regional cooperation are the mindsets and perceptions
 arrow Stresses reciprocal transit, zero tolerance on terrorism
Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh yesterday called for the Saarc member states to exercise zero tolerance for terrorism and suggested enhancing reciprocal transit facilities between the countries.
 arrow Shaukat calls for moving toward conflict resolution
Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz urged the South Asian leaders to renew their faith in Saarc's noble vision of promoting peace and development in political and economic spheres in the region.
 arrow Manmohan wants to resolve any issues in friendly way
During a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 13th Saarc Summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday made it clear that India was ready to resolve all outstanding issues with Bangladesh amicably
 arrow Forge economic integration for political harmony
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has emphasised establishing a common market of the Saarc countries to forge economic integration of the region which, she hoped, will pave the way
 arrow Gayoom for investment in education, human resources
Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has underscored the need for achieving the Saarc's principal objective of higher levels of economic and social development in order to improve the quality of life
 arrow Safta should herald economic union
Nepalese King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev said Safta should serve as a forerunner of a more ambitious and deeper economic integration to eventually realise the goal of a South Asian Economic Union.
 arrow Member states must act to boost Saarc
Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup yesterday called on South Asian leaders to act holistically for realising the dreams of "founding fathers" of Saarc to strengthen the two-decade-old regional
 arrow Leaders retreat for declaration, deals today
The second day's programme of the Saarc Summit starts with a retreat arranged for the Saarc leaders at state guesthouse Jamuna in the capital today.
 arrow Tarique receives 1st Saarc Award for Zia
The first Saarc Award 2004 was conferred posthumously on the late president Ziaur Rahman yesterday as the dreamer of Saarc, who had first mooted the idea of regional cooperation in South Asia.
 arrow Cross-border terrorism to stop first before demilitarisation
The prime ministers of India and Pakistan yesterday held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the 13th Saarc Summit and discussed the peace process but India said there will be no demilitarisation or further
 arrow Leaders pay homage to '71 martyrs
Leaders of the seven South Asian countries yesterday paid homage to the martyrs of Bangladesh's War of Independence at the National Memorial at Savar.
 arrow China to be asked to act as cooperation partner
Saarc delegates are soon to invite China to join the South Asian forum as a cooperation partner until it gets observer or dialogue partner status, Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said yesterday,expressing
 arrow Jamaat man held after bomb blasts
Following two powerful bomb blasts near the Naruamala bridge in Gabtoli upazila of the district early yesterday, police arrested a local Jamaat-e-Islami leader for his suspected links with the incidents.

 arrow Hasina meets Singh, Shaukat today
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will meet six Saarc leaders between Sunday- Monday on the sidelines of the 13th Saarc Summit.
 arrow Nepal's king pledges polls by 2007
King Gyanendra, who sacked Nepal's elected government earlier this year, yesterday reiterated his pledge to hold parliamentary elections in 2007 and urged his country's Maoist rebels to put down their
 arrow Mob beats 3 criminals to death
Angry mobs beat three criminals to death while seriously injuring four others in two separate incidents in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Kumaratunga bids farewell to her Saarc colleagues
Sri Lanka's outgoing President Chandrika Kumaratunga bids farewell to regional politics at the 13th Saarc Summit here today but retains the honour of being one of the longest serving regional leaders.
 arrow Woman gang-raped at high security Karwan Bazar
A woman was gang-raped allegedly by several employees of Karwan Bazar wholesale market, now closed for security reasons during the Saarc summit, on Friday night.
 arrow China reports new bird flu outbreak
China yesterday reported its eighth outbreak of bird flu in less than a month, as Thai authorities rushed to investigate the first confirmed human infection in the capital Bangkok.
 arrow Only 2 former presidents attend opening
Only two of the former presidents attended the inaugural session of the 13th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit yesterday.
 arrow Unveiling a plaque...

Businessarrow High registration cost of flats retards real estate growth
High registration cost is heavily discouraging buyers from registering their flats, holding back the overall growth of real estate sector.
 arrow Asia can survive high fuel prices, say experts
Asian countries will be able to withstand escalating fuel prices because the region's economies centre on China's hot market and their overall increase in household income, said energy experts.
 arrow US, EU to hold new transatlantic air traffic talks
The United States and European Union will renew a dogfight next week in negotiations to throw their skies open to unregulated competition among their airlines.
 arrow Production in Karnaphuli Paper Mill suspended
Production in Karnaphuli Paper Mill was suspended following a fire that damaged valuable machinery of the mill Friday.
 arrow Singapore's Temasek scraps Indian air investment
Singapore state investment agency Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd said yesterday it has scrapped its plan to invest in Indian airline company Spicejet Ltd due to a disagreement on terms.
 arrow Malaysian Air says financial performance precarious
National carrier Malaysian Airline System is accelerating a cost-cutting drive, including pay cuts for senior managers, to help its precarious financial performance, the carrier said in a note to itsstaff
 arrow Pakistan cotton prices firm on high domestic demand
Pakistani cotton prices rose over the past week and are likely to remain firm as millers buy aggressively amid slow supplies, dealers said.
 arrow US must tackle current account gap: IMF
International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato said on Thursday it was increasingly urgent for the United States to tackle its current account deficit to avoid eventually hurting investment and growth.
 arrow US presses China on software purchase pledge
The United States wants China to prove it is honoring a pledge to only buy legitimate software for government agencies by revealing how much it plans to spend, a top US trade official said Thursday.
 arrow WTO deadlock, bird flu figure in Apec meet
Asian and Pacific nations worked Saturday to ease the deadlock in troubled global trade talks and agreed joint measures to help prevent a possible bird flu pandemic.
 arrow Use forex reserves for investment abroad
Developing countries should use some of their foreign exchange stockpiles to help domestic savers invest some savings overseas without triggering massive capital flight, the International Monetary Fund's
 arrow Japan needs higher consumption taxes
Japan should raise its consumption taxes to bridge a still-burdensome budget deficit, a top International Monetary Fund official said.
 arrow Korean firm drops antitrust charges against Microsoft
Microsoft Corp will pay US$30 million to Korea's Daum Communications Corp in return for dropping antitrust charges against the US-based software giant, Daum said in a statement Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Last four finalised
The semifinal line-up of the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League was completed after fancied Beximco thrashed Jamuna Bank and Gazi Tanks survived a scare before pulling off an exciting four-run victory
 arrow Cricket: Harmison, Flintoff give England the edge
Two wickets apiece off and Steve Harmison neutralised Pakistan's early advantage and left England in the ascendancy at the end of Day One of the opening Test in Multan.
 arrow Cricket: Local Pathan the hero
Home favourite Irfan Pathan produced a fine all-round performance as India notched up an easy five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the seventh and final one-dayer to wrap up the series 6-1.
 arrow Cricket: West Indies in tatters
The West Indies continued to struggle Saturday against Victoria, desperately needing to rediscover some kind of form ahead of next week's second Australia Test in Hobart.
 arrow Football: Born again Maradona
A year ago, Diego Maradona was said to be near to a drug-induced death as a tarnished football legend.
 arrow Football: United dressing room bugged?
Manchester United's dressing room was bugged during their 1-0 win over English Premiership leaders Chelsea, a British newspaper reports.
 arrow Football: Football ownership goes global
Within the next few days an established Serie A club will for the first time be owned by a non-Italian when Spaniard Lorenzo Sanz finally takes control of Parma.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf's Muslim innings
When Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf returns to international cricket in the first Test against England this weekend, it will be with a new name and a new religion.
 arrow Football: Spain easy on stars
In contrast to other, less glamorous applicants, top footballers such as Real Madrid's Brazilian star Ronaldo have been motoring down the express lane to obtain Spanish citizenship.
 arrow Cricket: India ready to play Test in Karachi?
India are set to agree to play a Test match and one-day international in Karachi on their tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan eyes second Test
Injured England captain Michael Vaughan said Saturday he had not given up hope of playing the second cricket Test against Pakistan as he was trying hard to regain fitness.
 arrow Cricket: India unchanged for first three SA ODIs
Indian cricket selectors Saturday retained their squad for the first three matches of a five-match one-day series against South Africa starting on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith sounds confident for Indian ODIs
South African captain Graeme Smith said Saturday his team was ready to take on India after a superb recent run in the one-day form of the game.
 arrow Boxing: Tyson to face trial for assault
A judge has ordered Mike Tyson to return to Brazil in March to face trial for allegedly assaulting a cameraman in a Sao Paulo nightclub.
 arrow Football: Now smell like Beckham
England and Real Madrid soccer star David Beckham hopes to increase his appeal off the pitch by releasing a men's fragrance.
 arrow Football: Respecting the cop the German way
The French policeman violently assaulted by German fans at the 1998 World Cup has received an invitation from the German football federation (DFB) to attend next year's finals.
 arrow New Wembley faces freeze threat
A spell of freezing weather this winter could wreck plans for the rebuilt Wembley stadium to host the 2006 FA Cup final in May, the head of the company that will run the venue has admitted.
Metropolitanarrow AL criticises govt for holding Saarc summit during monga
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday criticised the BNP-led coalition government for holding the Saarc summit at a time when the country is experiencing a devastating monga (a famine-like
 arrow UN to continue to support Saarc states for peace, dev
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said the United Nations (UN) will continue to support the Saarc nations in pursuit of peace and development throughout the region.
 arrow India's $100m go to Saarc Dev Fund
India's $100 million contribution for the Saarc Poverty Alleviation programme will be used under the umbrella of Saarc Development Fund (SDF) for various development and welfare schemes in member countries.
 arrow Pak PM’s wife visits her old school
Many memories visibly crowded her mind as Rukhsana, the Pakistan prime minister's spouse, got back four classmates when she visited Holy Cross High School and College in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Nine killed, 15 injured in road accidents
Nine people were killed and 15 others injured in two road accidents in Narayanganj and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow ‘Ensure same airfare for all Hajj pilgrims’
Hajj Jatri Kalyan Sangstha Bangladesh here yesterday demanded removal of 'discrimination' between the ballotees and non-ballotees by ensuring same airfare of US$ 950 for all Hajj pilgrims.
 arrow Rash Mela begins today
The Sundarbans' security is on high alert for the three-day Rash Mela which begins today at Alorkole of Dublarchar.
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis begin fast unto death
A section of stranded Pakistanis began fast unto death on Friday demanding a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz now attending the Saarc summit in the capital to resolve their citizenship
 arrow Injured gold trader dies
Gold trader Goutam Kumar Das succumbed to bomb injury at 8:30am yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow DHL provides logistical support to Pak quake victims
Since the South Asian earthquake hit almost a month ago, DHL has been providing aid and other support to Pakistan as the country copes with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, says a press release.
 arrow Lawyers demand visa-free movement in Saarc region
Democratic Lawyers' Association of Bangladesh (DLAB) yesterday in a statement urged the leaders of the Saarc countries to allow visa free movement of the lawyers in the Saarc region.
 arrow Photo contest for young photographers
The British Council, British High Commission and DFID in cooperation with Map Photo Agency have organised a photo competition titled 'My World, My Future' for young photographers.
 arrow Russia pursues Iran nuclear compromise
The head of Russia's Security Council was in Tehran yesterday to sound out Iranian officials on a deal aimed at averting an escalation in Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.
 arrow BFUJ condemns deportation of Nepalese journalist
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) yesterday protested the deportation of a Nepalese journalist from Bangladesh one day before the Saarc summit.
 arrow CPA mobile court fines 85 vessels
The mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in a ten-day drive till Thursday fined 85 vessels Tk 17 lakh for violating the port and maritime acts.
 arrow 35 shops gutted in Narayanganj
A devastating fire gutted 35 shops at Shiddhirganj in the district disrupting traffic on Dhaka-Chittagong highway for about an hour.
Nationalarrow Waive agri loan in Monga-hit areas
Awmi League President Shiekh Hasina yesterday urged the government to waive agriculture loans in Monga-hit northern districts and to grant fresh loans to farmers immediately.
 arrow Woman dies after operation at Satkhira illegal clinic
A housewife died yesterday at an unregistered private clinic at Kalaroa upazila headquarters, allegedly due to 'faulty' caesarian operation.
 arrow BNP men shut gruel kitchen, AL alleges
Awami League leaders in Rangpur yesterday alleged that BNP activists forcibly closed the gruel kitchen opened by AL chief Sheikh Hasina at Godownerhat in Gagnachhara upazila on Friday.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 16 in Netrakona in a week, spreads in Satkhira
Diarrhoea has taken a serious turn in Netrakona and Satkhira districts in the last one week.
 arrow ‘Enayetullah Khan glorifies Barisal’
A pall of gloom has descended at Baherchar-Khudrokati village in Babuganj, the native village of departed eminent journalist Enayetullah Khan.
 arrow 4 crew rescued, 4 pirates held
A joint force of coast guards and police in a raid conducted near Maheshkhali in the Meghna estuary under Tajumuddin Police Station in Bhola on Thursday recovered a hijacked trawler after a two-hour gunfight
 arrow Jubo League leader shot dead
Kamrul Hasan Ripon, 30, a leader of Shariatpur district committee of Jubo League, was gunned down by unidentified terrorists Thursday midnight at Barho Kandi Durgahat under Razia upazila of the district.
 arrow Bogra Sramik Dal leader held
Bogra Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal general secretary Doulatuzzaman Dulu was arrested in Chengrabandha border area on Tuesday with Tk 20 lakh in his possession. He was going to Nepal.
 arrow Barisal BCL leader Monaem sent to jail
Safiullah Monaem, former cultural secretary of Barisal district Chhatra League, arrested in Dhaka by Rab on Tuesday, has been over to Barisal police.
 arrow Katyani Puja in Magura ends
The five-day Katyani Puja of the Hindu community ended Friday night in Magura. It was observed with great religious fervour and festivities.
Culturearrow Tying the invisible knot...
During the late '70s, acclaimed singer Runa Laila created a sensation when veteran Indian columnist Khushwant Singh commented, "Give us Runa Laila and we will give you your share of Ganges.
 arrow "I have a very good impression of Bangladeshi theatre" -- Amal Allana
Chairperson of the New Delhi-based National School of Drama (NSD) Amal Allana is in town.
 arrow Special musical programmes on TV for Saarc
To commemorate the 13th Saarc Summit, local TV channels have arranged special musical programmes for Saarc.
Generalarrow More cars torched in France overnight
The number of cars torched overnight in France climbed slightly over the previous night to 502 in a 16th night of unrest that took its heaviest toll on the French provinces, police said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal court refuses to block media law
Nepal's Supreme Court refused Friday to block a widely-criticised law that bans radio news programs and introduces large fines and jail terms for those who say bad things about the royal government.
 arrow N Korea insists on end to US sanctions
North Korea insisted yesterday that the United States lift sanctions against eight companies controlled by the Stalinist regime as South Korea voiced optimism the row would not sidetrack six-way nuclear
 arrow Pakistan needs $5.2b for quake aid: Donors
Multi-lateral donor agencies estimate that Pakistan needs $5.2 billion for relief operations and reconstruction works in earthquake devastated areas, a government adviser said on Friday.
Internationalarrow US takes aim at Syria over human rights
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took aim at Syria yesterday over its human rights record, stepping up Washington's bid to isolate Damascus internationally.
 arrow Another Kashmir crossing opens, but not for people
India and Pakistan opened a third crossing point on their de facto border dividing the earthquake hit region of Kashmir yesterday, but as with earlier openings this week both sides exchanged relief supplies
 arrow India seals Nepal border
India has sealed the border with Nepal in the lawless northeastern state of Bihar ahead of assembly elections there to prevent cross-border violence by Maoist rebels, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Annan visits Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan made his first visit to Iraq since the March 2003 US-led invasion, arriving yesterday amid tight security as a car bomb ripped through a Baghdad market, killing at least
 arrow German parties seal 'grand coalition'
Germany's main political parties sealed an agreement on Friday to create a coalition government of traditional rivals under the leadership of conservative Angela Merkel.
 arrow Lanka's daughter of destiny departs
Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who steps down as president next week after serving her maximum two terms, leaves her parents' party in turmoil and the country at a crossroads.
 arrow Bush forcefully attacks critics
President Bush strongly rebuked congressional critics of his Iraq war policy Friday, accusing them of being "deeply irresponsible" and sending the wrong signal both to America's enemy and to US troops.
 arrow Lebanon president grilled by UN probe
UN investigators probing the murder of Lebanon's former billionaire premier Rafiq Hariri have interrogated pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, heightening pressure on the embattled regime in Damascus.
 arrow Senior Saddam aide Izzat Ibrahim dies
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's deputy, Izzat Ibrahim, has died, Al Arabiya satellite television quoted a Baath party statement as saying on Friday.
 arrow Militants slay 2 senior Afghan leaders
Militants pulled a deputy provincial governor from his car and shot him dead and killed a former district chief while he prayed in a mosque in the latest attacks on supporters of Afghan President Hamid
 arrow Japanese princess bids farewell to family
Japan's Princess Sayako, the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, yesterday made her farewells to her family and ancestors in the latest ritual ahead of her wedding set for next week.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Some thoughts on today's retreat
The opening day of the 13th Saarc summit has come to a close and significant progress has been made on a number of key issues.
 arrow Editorial: Journalists' free movement
In what we view as a significant development, the foreign ministers of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have agreed to 'lobby' for visa-free movement of journalists within the Saarc region.
 arrow Trade and development: A complex future
There is a positive association between open markets and growth in developed countries. It is however not so straight-forward in the case of trade and poverty. This latter relationship is complex.
 arrow Need for morality-driven international relations
Whether the question of the justice of the Iraq invasion by the Anglo-American military combine has to be left to history, because no redress against the aggressors can be taken, has become debatable.
Letters to Editorarrow One-child family
One-child family is being encouraged officially.
The long-term psychological implications of one isolated child may be examined carefully (plenty of documentation available).

 arrow November 7
To commemorate 7th November 1975 through national celebrations on the occasion is nothing but very right.
 arrow Traffic jam
Traffic jam is an ever-growing chronic problem of Dhaka city. Moreover, traffic jam during the month of Ramadan exceeded all limits of tolerance and patience.
 arrow Islam
This refers to a recent article by one of your learned columnists wherein the writer tried to initiate some discussion on the subject-- but the response has been rather cold.
 arrow Israel and Arab world
In the letter "Tony Blair's comments", Mr. Tawfique Zunayeed from Gulshan-2, Dhaka, wrote that the whole Muslim Ummah had bad relations with Israel.
 arrow Monga: What are we doing?
From my childhood I'm hearing about this monga quite perennially. But no govt, neither Awami League nor BNP, even not Ershad, did anything substantial about this problem.
 arrow Saarc Summit
Bangladesh can duly be proud of the role that it had played in the formation of Saarc. Now it is admitted on all hands that Saarc can play a vital role in regional development.
Star Specialarrow 'The concept of Saarc is a very good one. South Asia has a great deal of human talent and potential, and together there is much we can acco
After a glittering thirty year career in international finance, in which he rose to the positions of Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the Asia Pacific Region, Citicorp, Managing Director,
 arrow 'People level contacts should be achieved very easily. So there is so much for us to achieve through Saarc, and I do believe there is futur
Upon completion of his studies in 1976, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup joined the Bhutanese Foreign Service.
Star Healtharrow Rise of good cholesterol can reduce cardiovascular risks
Cholesterol is a waxy fat (lipid) carried through blood by lipoproteins. The two main types of lipoproteins are high density lipoproteins (HDLs) and low density lipoproteins (LDLs).
 arrow Where will you go for laboratory tests?
Now a days diagnosis of diseases depend mostly on different laboratory and imaging tests apart from the clinical history, physical examination of the patient because of complexity of disease and its diversifying
 arrow WHO urges protective clothing for poultry workers
Poultry workers, cullers and veterinarians should wear special clothing and take antiviral drugs to protect them from bird flu, the World Health Organizstion (WHO) said.
 arrow Music: The secret of getting to sleep
Having trouble sleeping? Don't bother with a cup of cocoa or counting sheep -- listening to music at bedtime is the way to get a restful night, Taiwanese researchers have found.
 arrow Findings on epidemiology of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infections in the country
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infections result in serious morbidity and mortality, especially among pregnant women.
 arrow Bone density test: Measure your risk of osteoporosis
Years ago, the only time osteoporosis -- the disease that causes bones to become more fragile and likely to break could be detected was after someone broke a bone.
 arrow Bone health poor in anorexic girls with depression
Depression appears to further increase the likelihood that girls with anorexia will develop the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, according to a report from Australia.
Star Cityarrow Save timeworn St. Gregory's school
Old buildings of St Gregory's High School and the adjacent bell tower of the Holy Cross Church are under threat of collapse, but the diocese of Dhaka cannot raise sufficient funds to save the historical
 arrow Bird flu fear fails to dampen chicken prices, consumption
The consumption of chicken in Dhaka remained almost unaffected despite a fear of avian flu, which is spreading fast in a number of Asian and European countries.
 arrow Steps against tremor come first
A few experts termed updating the building code's earthquake resistant measures crucial, others emphasized on making the code legally binding first, but together agreed that a review of the earthquake
 arrow No let-up in sublet culture
Nearly half of the flats for officers and employees in government colonies in the city have been remodelled and rented out illegally.
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