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Front Pagearrow NDI concerned over public distrust of CEC
National Democratic Institute (NDI) yesterday expressed its deep concern over the widespread lack of confidence in the Election Commission (EC), specifically the chief election commissioner (CEC).
 arrow Huge cordon planned to foil PMO siege
Over 10,000 police, paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel will encircle several square kilometre areas around the Prime Ministers' Office (PMO) today to thwart
 arrow 200 Proshika offices unofficially closed as crackdown on
A government crackdown on one of the largest non-government organisations (NGO), Proshika, continued yesterday paralysing the organisation across the country.
 arrow Tk 2,000 minimum wage may be announced today
The National Wage Board is likely to announce today a minimum wage for the workers in the export-oriented garment sector with a gross salary of around Tk 2,000 for the entry-level employees.
 arrow Verdict on graft case against Ershad deferred
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the delivery of verdict on a graft case against Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad due to power failure in the court.
 arrow City wakes up to cracking thunders, sinks in showers
A low over West Bengal in India triggered heavy rains across the country yesterday, marking the season's highest rainfall in the capital where life and trade were severely disrupted on the late monsoon
 arrow Saifur shifts task to caretaker govt
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the next caretaker government will be able to take decision for off-loading shares of three nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) in the process of privatising
 arrow 11 JCD men charged with obstructing bidders
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against 11 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists arrested for preventing participants from bidding in a tender at the Construction Maintenance Management
 arrow Tk 18cr more to be spent for July-Dec fuel imports
Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase (CCPP) yesterday approved an increased premium for import of petroleum products from Kuwait.
 arrow AL walks out of JS to protest Speaker's role
The main opposition Awami League (AL) staged a walk out from the parliament last night, protesting Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar's 'discriminatory attitude'.
 arrow EU election mission arrives
A six-member European Union (EU) Election Observation Exploratory Mission arrived in Dhaka yesterday to assess the situation before a fully-fledged team of observers are sent for the upcoming parliamentary
 arrow Gulf, Israel next targets
al-Qaeda warned in a video aired on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks that US allies Israel and the Gulf Arab states would be its next target in a campaign that would seal the West's "economic
 arrow Cabinet okays draft law on female convicts
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of a new law for releasing female convicts on parole.
 arrow CEC slates NDI for comments on him
Criticising the visiting National Democratic Institute (NDI) representatives, Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz yesterday said the remarks they made about him were devoid of courtesy.
 arrow RU controversial hiring stayed
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for five weeks the process of recruitment of some 546 lower grade employees at Rajshahi University (RU).
 arrow Phulbari carnage investigation starts
The two committees to probe the August 26 incidents in Phulbari coalmine area launched their investigation yesterday.
 arrow Meat prices fixed for Ramadan
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday fixed up the prices of different kinds of fresh meat till Ramadan 26.
 arrow Saber might have critical head injuries
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, might have sustained critical head injuries, presume physicians at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.
 arrow Power minister faces criticism in parliament
State Minister for Power Anwarul Kabir Talukder came under attack from both treasury and opposition bench members in parliament yesterday for the prevailing power crisis.
 arrow 9 secretaries, 18 high officials transferred
In a major reshuffle in the administration, the government yesterday transferred nine secretaries, seven deputy commissioners (DC) and 11 additional deputy commissioners (ADC).
 arrow 3 Ctg robbers lynched
Three robbers were killed and another was injured in two separate incidents of mob beating at Banshkhali and Anowara upazilas in the district in the last two days.
 arrow BSF kills 1, abducts 10
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) of Baushpara camp shot dead a Bangladeshi citizen at Mohammadpur point early yesterday while another BSF team of Jalangi camp abducted 10 Bangladeshis from Challishpara
 arrow Tennis: Federer's US Open treble
Roger Federer claimed his third US Open title in a row with a flourish on Sunday, beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to capture his ninth Grand Slam singles crown.
 arrow Suicide blast at Afghan governor's funeral kills 6
A suicide bomber killed six people at the funeral of an assassinated Afghan politician yesterday, as Nato said the Taliban death toll from a major offensive had risen past 500.
 arrow Palestinians reach deal on nat'l unity govt
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said yesterday an agreement had been reached on a political programme for an incoming national unity government.
Businessarrow PM asks banks to lower lending rate for SMEs
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her call to commercial banks and financial institutions to take special credit programmes and lower the rate of interest as much as possible for the small
 arrow 7cr people live under poverty line
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday observed that the country's poverty ratio increased in the last few years due to adoption of the World Bank and IMF prescriptions.
 arrow WTO Brazil meet says yes to resuming Doha round of talks
Developed nations and developing countries on Sunday agreed to resume Doha round of talks after it stalled in July, but they failed to reach a consensus on a definite date for the negotiations.
 arrow Karnaphuli EPZ goes into operation today
The Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone here in Chittagong, the eighth export processing zone in the country, goes into formal operation today.
 arrow Trilateral trade potential to be tapped
The top leaders of India, Brazil and South Africa will meet in Brazil's capital of Brazil this week with aims to forge closer ties and coordination between the three major developing countries on global
 arrow A close look at Asian performance: Citigroup's economics takeout (Sept '06)

 arrow DSE okays merger of 4 Beximco textile units
As Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday approved the amalgamation of four textile units of Beximco Group -- Padma Textile, Beximco Textiles, Beximco Denims and Beximco Knitting -- shares of the companies
 arrow Bangladeshis urged to set up RMG units in Trinidad & Tobago
High commissioner-designate of Trinidad and Tobago to Bangladesh Pundit Maniedeo Persad has urged Bangladeshi garment manufacturers to set up factories in Trinidad and Tobago and utilise the TDA Act-2000.
 arrow Djuice launches WAP portal
Djuice, the youth brand of cellphone operator GrameenPhone (GP), yesterday launched a WAP portal in a bid to providing new services to its subscribers.
 arrow Unilever Bangladesh wins award
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd (UBL) has recently been awarded Unilever's prestigious Platinum "Sustained Innovation Performer" Award for the company's outstanding growth through innovation, says a press release.
 arrow New technical adviser to CRAB
Anwaruddin Chowdhury has joined the Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) Ltd as its technical adviser, says a press release.
 arrow Pizza Hut celebrates first yr in Ctg today
Pizza Hut, the world's largest pizza chain, celebrates its first anniversary in the port city today.
Pizza Hut authorities will organise a reception at the Chittagong outlet today to mark the anniversary.

 arrow CEO of Bank Alfalah due today
Mohammad Saleem Akhtar, CEO of Bank Alfalah Ltd, arrives in Dhaka today on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow DHL Customers Evening held
DHL, a leading express and logistic company in the world, organised 'Customers' Evening' at Bashundhara City shopping mall in the capital on Sunday.
 arrow Oil slides to near 6-month lows
World oil prices fell to the lowest points since late March on Monday owing to easing concerns over Iran, while markets awaited a likely output-freeze by the Opec oil-producing cartel.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Beximco play CPA in CCL opener
Defending champions Beximco will meet newcomers Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in the opening match of the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) on October 1 at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow Tennis: Fabulous Federer
Swiss superstar Roger Federer claimed his ninth major title, firing 17 aces en route to a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over former world number one Andy Roddick in the US Open final Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Australia moving up
Australia jumped up into second in their group courtesy of a 3-1 win over Japan in the men's field hockey World Cup championship here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful returns from Rainhill
Mohammad Ashraful returned home early on yesterday morning from Liverpool after completing his contract with Rainhill Cricket Club.
 arrow Football: Full points for Lalbagh
Lalbagh Torun Sangha blanked Dhaka Mahanagar JFPK 2-0 in yesterday's Pioneer Football League in the city.
 arrow Football: BDCOM BFF'sofficial online partner
BDCOM Online Ltd will be the official internet service provider (ISP) for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for one year.
 arrow Hockey: First div hockey matches drawn
Victoria Sporting Club settled for a 1-1 draw with Shishu Kishore Sangha in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Sunnydale off to flying start
Sunnydale crushed Play Pen School 17-3 on the opening day of the Sunnydale-Bexi Fabrics Boys' Mini Handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Moni upsets Rani Hamid
The Begum Laila Alam Women's FIDE Rating chess tournament got underway at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: KL meet begins today
Paceman Glenn McGrath returns to action for Australia on Tuesday raring to go after eight months away from the game.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar backs Strauss
Shoaib Akhtar has said current England captain Andrew Strauss should continue to lead the side on their Ashes tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj missing first game
Yuvraj Singh will miss India's opening game in the tri-series in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday after falling ill.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss or Flintoff?
Andrew Strauss is confident he could have done no more to convince the selectors he is the man to captain England in this winter's Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: Shane Warne beyond the cricketer
He is Australia's most controversial sportsman but he's also a marketer's dream; he appears to be doing nothing wrong both on and off the field.
 arrow Cricket: Urn touring down under
The Ashes urn is to form the centrepiece of a 94-day Ashes Exhibition tour around Australia, it was announced Monday.
 arrow Tennis: 'I'm shocked myself'
Roger Federer freely admits that he even shocks himself at times.
 arrow Athletics: Tyson's perfect finish
American Tyson Gay made the most of the fast conditions to put up the third best performance of all time in the men's 200m at the world athletics final here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SL cricketers get pay hike
Sri Lanka's domestic cricketers will get a handsome raise in match fees for the coming season in a bid to make local competition more professional, a top official announced here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: League of champions returns
Spanish giants Barcelona are looking to strike a psychological blow to the numerous challengers for their Champions League crown when the competition kicks off tonight.
 arrow Football: Ruud delight for Real
Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham rediscovered the understanding they once had at Manchester United as the Spanish giants comfortably won 4-1 at newly-promoted Levante on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Humble Magath
Four-time European champions Bayern Munich have admitted they no longer consider themselves as automatic contenders for the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Klose doubtful against Chelsea
German international striker Miroslav Klose revealed he is doubtful for Werder Bremen's Champions League Group A match against Chelsea on Tuesday due to a thigh injury.
 arrow Football: Reds lose Riise
Liverpool have been forced to leave injured defender John Arne Riise at home ahead of their trip to face Champions League group rivals PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
 arrow Football: Zola Unicef ambassador
Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola, who is currently the assistant coach for the Italian under-21 team, was made a Unicef ambassador on Monday.
 arrow Football: Aragones resignation rejected
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday said it had rejected an offer by national team coach Luis Aragones to resign.
 arrow Football: Double injury blow for Inter
Inter Milan pair Esteban Cambiasso and Julio Cruz have been ruled out of tonight's Champions League clash away to Sporting Lisbon.
 arrow Football: West Ham face Argentine dilemma
West Ham manager Alan Pardew admits he doesn't yet know how to get the best out of new signings Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
 arrow Football: Marseille ride on Ribery
Franck Ribery's name was being shouted from the Parc de Princes rafters after the France midfielder starred in Marseille's 3-1 win over bitter rivals Paris Saint Germain on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Henry bias made Cole leave
England full-back Ashley Cole has admitted that Arsenal's love for star striker Thierry Henry contributed to his decision to leave the club for Premiership champions Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Benitez keeps the faith
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been given the backing of his manager Rafael Benitez in the wake of his latest high-profile mistake.
 arrow Football: RvN rues penalty miss
Ruud van Nistelrooy was left rueing missed chances despite getting off the mark for his new club Real Madrid with a hattrick in Sunday's 4-1 win at Levante.
 arrow Football: Asamoah subject to racist chants
Gerald Asamoah, who played on Germany's World Cup team, was the target of racist taunts during a German Cup game.
Metropolitanarrow Govt should move toward reforms
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would have to play role in bringing reforms in the caretaker government system and in the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Build subway, waterway to ease traffic congestion
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for building underground railway and surface railway as well as waterway in the capital to ease the growing traffic congestion.
 arrow 2 top leaders should sit together to resolve crisis
National Unity Front leader Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the two top leaders of the ruling party and the opposition should sit together to resolve the crisis over electoral reforms.
 arrow Proper education, delayed marriage can ensure women's empowerment
Proper education and delayed marriage of adolescent girls can ensure the empowerment of women, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Biman staff give 7-day ultimatum to govt
Officials and employees of Bangladesh Biman yesterday threatened to launch fresh agitation if the government does not release the promised money to the national flag carrier within the next seven days
 arrow Tk 540 crore to be spent in five yrs
Nearly Tk 540 crore will be spent in the second phase of the Urban Primary Healthcare Project (UPHP) in the next five years up to 2011.
 arrow HC stays fresh recruitment at RU until Oct 15
The High Court (HC) in a rule nisi yesterday stayed the procedures of fresh recruitment of 573 employees till October 15 and asked the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities to show cause as to why theprocess
 arrow Skop protest Sept 16
Sramik Karmochari Oikyo Parishad (Skop), a platform of workers and employees, will hold demonstrations in Dhaka and other district head quarters on September 16 to protest the recent killing of a worker
 arrow Nasim Osman appears in N'ganj rally after 5 years
Nasim Osman, presidium member of the Jatiya Party (Ershad) and an accused in a number of cases, appeared in a public rally in Narayanganj yesterday for the first time in the last five years.
 arrow RMG worker beaten to death
A garment worker was beaten to death for his alleged involvement in stealing a frying pan of a hotel in old Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Drafts of Sylhet, Barisal Metropolitan Police Acts approved
The Cabinet yesterday approved the drafts of Sylhet and Barisal Metropolitan Police Acts 2006 to ensure public safety and law and order.
 arrow Joy visits injured AL activists
Sajib Wazed Joy, son of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday visited the party leaders and activists undergoing treatment in Pan Pacific Hospital in the city.
 arrow 8 JU students face disciplinary action
The disciplinary committee of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday recommended different levels of punishment to eight students for their involvement in anti-disciplinary activities.
 arrow Children Products, Edutainment Fair on in city
The 1st Children Products and Edutainment Fair 2006 has got underway in the capital.
 arrow Countrywide protest on Sept 17
Gonomukti Andolon and five left parties yesterday announced a countrywide protest rally on September 17 after a joint meeting at the office of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) in the city.
 arrow Teachers, staffs threaten tougher agitation
National Front for Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday announced its fresh agitation programmes demanding immediate realisation of their eight-point charter of demands including unconditional salary
 arrow Injured girl dies
A minor girl who received injuries while playing with firecrackers on Shab-e Barat night on Friday, succumbed to her injuries in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Strike observed at DU
A student strike called by opposition student alliance Chhatra Sangram Parishad was observed peacefully at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow Railway signs agreement with Indian co to modernise signalling system
Bangladesh Railway signed an agreement yesterday with Indian Company M/S. Union Switch & Signal Pvt. Ltd.
 arrow Sanjukta Sramik Fed executives
Mukhlesur Rahman and Mukaddem Hossain yesterday were re-elected as president and general secretary of Bangladesh Sanjukta Sramik Federation (BSSF), a platform of 22 labour bodies, for the next two years
Nationalarrow Zakiganj border tense again
Fresh tension gripped Zakiganj yesterday as BDR and BSF warned nationals of each other's countries not to go to their croplands near the borderline.
 arrow Jute workers start rail, road barricade today
Striking jute mill workers will enforce an indefinite rail-road barricade programme in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt from today as part of an agitation programme to press their eight-point demand including
 arrow Deadline to AL lawmaker to quit party post
Rival party men in Sreepur upazila Awami League (AL) yesterday postponed their broom procession against lawmaker Prof MS Akbar following intervention by district AL leaders and the administration, party
 arrow VC skips Sust as teachers stage sit-in
Vice Chancellor of Sylhet University of Science and Technology (Sust) could not attend office yesterday due to day-long agitation by a section of teachers in front of the registrar building demandinghis
 arrow Hartal observed in Khagrachhari
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed here yesterday amid sporadic clashes between BNP and Awami League (AL) activists leaving 15 people of both the parties injured.
 arrow UGC team reaches PSTU
A four-member delegation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) led by its chairman Prof Dr Asaduzzam arrived here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Mineral resources, Phulbari movement, and lessons from Nigeria
The government's recent decision to cancel the coal mining deal with the Asia Energy Company amidst mass protests under the leadership of National Committee to Protect Oil and Gas has set off an interesting
 arrow Light at the end of the tunnel?
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has been propagating in public meetings and armed forces darbars across the country that the Awami League is opposed to the holding of the next general election under a caretaker
Culturearrow Zinnat Barkatullah and her passion for dance
Zinnat Barkatullah is a familiar face in the cultural circuit.
 arrow Legendary Pagla Kanai and his 'Jarigaan'
Pagla Kanai (1810-1890), a mystic folk poet and musician, was born to a family of peasants in Nebutola village in Jhenidah. Though he is popular as Pagla Kanai, his original name was Kanai Sheikh.
 arrow 'Ganotantro': Talk show on parliamentary democracy
Channel i has started airing a six-episode talk show on democracy and related issues from September 9.
 arrow Venice film awards leave critics perplexed, vexed
The jury at the Venice Film Festival left critics and journalists perplexed and in some cases vexed when it awarded top prize to China's Still Life.
Generalarrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) M-L faction leader and an alleged arms trader was killed in 'crossfire' during shootouts between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Khulna and inPabna
 arrow Venom worth Tk 5 crore seized in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members recovered venom of Cobra worth around Tk five crore and held two members of a well-organised racket of smugglers here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Jute mill workers enforce blockade on Dhaka-Ctg highway today
Jute mill workers will enforce a daylong blockade programme on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Sitakunda today when the Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit Chittagong.
 arrow Retrenchment order on R&H employees protested
Hundreds of employees of Bangladesh Roads and Highways (R&H) department yesterday went on an eight-hour work abstention and staged a demonstration at the main gate of the office in protest against retrenchment
 arrow Bodies of 2 fishermen recovered
Bodies of two fishermen were recovered from a river in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
On information from an unknown caller, Ukhia police found the bodies in a river at 10:30am.

 arrow Reunion
A reunion of the SSC batch 1971-72 of Narayanganj High School will be held on the school premises and at Narayanganj Club Community Centre on September 16.
Internationalarrow Nuclear double-standard on Iran justified, says US
The United States acknowledged yesterday it was employing a double-standard in its divergent approaches to India and Iran's nuclear programmes, but said its policies were justified by the behaviour of
 arrow Moment of silence marks Sept 11 attacks
The USA began a solemn observance of the fifth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks yesterday, with sorrowful family members clutching photos of the victims at the World Trade Centre site and quiet remembrances
 arrow Tigers accuse Lanka of scuttling new peace bid
Troops and Tamil Tigers traded artillery fire across the island's northeast yesterday, a day after the guerrillas accused the government of sabotaging efforts by Norway to broker peace.
 arrow Global media abhors US response to 9/11
Newspapers across the world yesterday strongly criticised the US response to September 11, accusing the Bush administration of bungling its "war on terror" and squandering global goodwill by invadingIraq.
 arrow Al Qaeda reminds followers as West mourns
Al Qaeda's release of a videotape showing Osama bin Laden exhorting members of a suicide squad involved in the September 11 attacks was part of a media war meant to rouse Islamist militants worldwide,
 arrow Blair runs into protests on Lebanon visit
About 1,500 Lebanese protested against British Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit to Beirut on Monday, accusing him of backing Israel's 34-day war with Hezbollah guerrillas.
 arrow US calls for sanctions if N Korea rejects talks
Sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's military threat should be enforced unless it returns to six-nation disarmament talks, the US envoy to those talks said Monday.
 arrow Saddam accuser targets foreign arms merchants
A US-based Iraqi doctor, testifying in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein yesterday, demanded compensation from foreign companies she said supplied him with chemicals he is accused of using to gas Kurdish
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dialogue a casualty of cacophony?
The prospect of a dialogue between the government and the opposition on electoral reform is not congealing largely because the ruling alliance leaders have not yet taken an unambiguous stance on the issue.
 arrow Editorial: Proshika crackdown
ONE in a right frame of mind cannot but characterise the subjection of one of the biggest NGO in Bangladesh to mass arrest as an expression of persecution mentality.
 arrow Social capital Back seat or front?
THESE days we are observing a renewed interest among economists on the role of social capital in economic development.
 arrow False steps on land and capital
THE Manmohan Singh government refuses to learn from past mistakes -- either India's or others'. It is obsessively pushing through shop-worn "second-generation" free-market "reforms.
 arrow Birth of a new prince clouds succession debate
MANY in Japan were aware last Wednesday that an important announcement was to come from the Imperial Household Agency, the powerful Japanese body managing the affairs of the imperial family, about the
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