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Front Pagearrow Opposition goes all out against Hasan takeover
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the people to throng the capital from all over the country on the day Justice KM Hasan will assume office as the chief of the next caretaker
 arrow No respite from power crisis
The acute power crisis continues to plague the country with no sign of an immediate respite from load shedding that hovered around 2,200 megawatts yesterday.
 arrow Top 4 defaulters hold 31pc of total bad loans
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation (BTMC), Autorickshaw Samabay Samity (ASS) and Khulna Newsprint Mills (KNM) are the four top loan defaulters in 10 leading banks
 arrow No relief in arrest of 10 Mirpur crime dons
The arrest of 10 gangsters of infamous Shahadat-Khorshed group during the last few days did not bring any relief to the traders of Mirpur as the gang members who are still at large are targeting morepeople
 arrow EU team has doubt about polls, says Ershad
The visiting six-member European Union (EU) Election Observation Exploratory Mission yesterday had meetings with Jatiya Party (JP), Jamaat-e-Islami and business leaders of the country.
 arrow Hasina pledges to curb price hike, militancy if elected
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she would reduce price of everyday essentials, curb militancy, increase power production and bring real infrastructure development in the countryif
 arrow High security, no aggression
Unlike all previous 14-party alliance programmes, government yesterday ensured the security of the Awami League-led alliance's rally with an army of around 20,000 law enforcers forming a six-tier security
 arrow Paltan overflows with people
The historic Paltan Maidan seemed too small as a mammoth crowd thronged to join yesterday's grand rally organised by the 14-party opposition combine.
 arrow EU team seeks security for its observers
The visiting European Union (EU) mission yesterday sought security for its election observers who are likely to visit different polling centres across the country during the next parliamentary election.
 arrow RU students block road, vandalise VC's house
Several hundred residential students of different dormitories of Rajshahi University (RU) in a frenzy of outrage over power outages blocked traffic on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway for two hours and vandalised
 arrow AL, BNP go at each other in JS over EC
The parliament yesterday experienced a debate between the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League on the Election Commission's method of work regarding the next general election scheduled for next
 arrow People of 12 Bogra villages weave their fortune
A rapid expansion of handloom industry across 12 villages under Sonatola upazila of Bogra has made several hundred men and women financially independent.
 arrow Blind authorities

 arrow 16 killed in 2 road crashes
At least 16 people died and 47 others were injured in road accidents in Habiganj and Tangail districts yesterday. Of them, 10 died in Habiganj and the remaining six in Tangail.
 arrow 2.25kg gold statue seized in Bogra
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a 2.25kg gold statue, which they claim is worth around Tk 35 lakh, at a village in Kahalu upazila in Bogra on Sunday. Rab also arrested a man in this connection.
 arrow Judgement copy of death terms to 7 JMB men signed
Judges of the High Court (HC) death reference bench, which upheld the death sentences to seven militant leaders of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the Jhalakathi judges murder case on August31,
 arrow Drug peddler killed in Rab 'encounter'
A drug peddler was killed in an encounter with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at a residential hotel in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Oli threatens to reveal graft by ministers, MPs
The BNP standing committee member and former minister Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday declared that he would make public the details of all the corruption practised by the ministers and lawmakers of the
 arrow 23 rescued from human traffickers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel rescued 23 people from the clutches of traffickers at a village here on Sunday night.
 arrow Pope regrets to Bangladesh Muslims
Vatican ambassador to Bangladesh personally conveyed the regrets of Pope Benedict XVI to the Muslims in Bangladesh for his controversial remarks on Islam.
 arrow Bhuiyan had check-up in Singapore
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday underwent a medical check-up at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore. Consultant Cardiologist Maurice Choo supervised the check-up.
 arrow Iran threatens to pull out of talks if SC takes action
Iran warned yesterday it would cut cooperation with UN nuclear inspectors if the UN Security Council acted against it but said negotiations could still work in the crisis over Tehran's atomic ambitions.
 arrow 11 die in killing attempt on Somali president
At least 11 people, including six alleged assailants, were killed here yesterday in an unsuccessful bid to assassinate Somalia's interim president, the country's foreign minister said.
 arrow S Korea eyes gas exploration in Bangladesh
South Korea's POSCO Co. Ltd. (005490.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) and Korea National Oil Corp.
 arrow Iraq violence kills 28
At least 28 people were killed across Iraq on Monday, including four members of a Shia family shot dead by gunmen as they attempted to flee their homes north of Baghdad.
 arrow 4 cops hurt in bomb blasts
Four policemen were injured in a bomb attack in Rallygate area under Daulatpur Police Station in the city last night. The injured cops are Shah Alam, Wazed Ali, Shafi Ahmed and Shaher Ali.
Businessarrow IMF reform, WB anti-graft plan approved
The International Monetary Fund overwhelmingly approved a plan on Monday to boost the voting shares of China and three other emerging economic giants to better reflect their clout in the world economy.
 arrow NGOs question WB's legitimacy to fight corruption
International NGOs here Monday questioned the World Bank's legitimacy and moral standing in taking the lead to fight corruption, and demanded exposure of the bribe-givers who grease the wheels of corruption.
 arrow CSE 30 Index revised
The Index Committee of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) revised the performances of listed companies in the CSE and composite of its CSE-30 Index for the next term effective from today, according to apress
 arrow Rancon markets Chinese passenger car Geely
In a bid to provide car at an affordable price for the country's middle class people, Rancon Autos Ltd, a sister concern of Rangs Group, yesterday formally launched Chinese passenger car named 'Geely'
 arrow Developing horticulture, processed foods sectors key to expanding export
Speakers at a consultation meeting on Sunday called for developing horticulture and processed foods sector in order to ensure the sector's contribution to the country's economic growth and poverty reduction.
 arrow ICT fairs in Bogra, Rajshahi Sept 21-24
In a bid to create people's awareness about use of information and communication technology (ICT), Basis, a local ICT association, will organise two regional IT fairs late this month.
 arrow Fareast Finance chairman re-elected
MA Khaleque has been re-elected chairman of Fareast Finance & Investment Ltd while Md Anwer Hossain Khan elected its vice chairman, says a press release.
 arrow WB asks East Asia to address inequality, graft
East Asia's remarkable economic growth spurt has led to increasing inequality, corruption and urbanization that must be addressed to ensure continued prosperity and strengthen social cohesion, the World
 arrow Bank Asia to open branch in CEPZ
In a bid to make banking activities easier and faster for local and foreign investors, Bank Asia Ltd will open a branch at the Zone Service Complex in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).
 arrow Oil prices firmer in Asia
Oil prices were higher in Asian trade Monday as the market consolidated positions after recent sharp falls, dealers said.
Sportsarrow BOA chooses 7 disciplines
Bangladesh will participate in seven disciplines in the Asian Games in Doha this December.
 arrow Football: Eves' soccer semis today
The semifinals of the First Inter-district Women's Football Tournament will be held today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Cricket: Lara, Gayle outshine Hussey
Brian Lara and Chris Gayle put Australia to the sword Monday with a controlled display of batting that handed the West Indies a three-wicket victory in their one-day DLF Cup match here.
 arrow Tennis: Italy's first Fed Cup
Italy won the Fed Cup for the first time in their history after beating Belgium 3-2 in the final of this world women's team event here on Sunday following injury to Justine Henin-Hardenne.
 arrow Hockey: Peters out fittingly
Germany coach Bernhard Peters enjoyed a perfect end to his field hockey career by leading his team to World Cup victory over Australia on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Club Cup hockey starts tomorrow
The Club Cup hockey tournament will begin tomorrow at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Judge questions Mushtaq's job
A Pakistani judge who held a long inquiry into match-fixing allegations against the Pakistan team has expressed surprise at the appointment of leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as assistant coach for the Champions
 arrow Kabadi: School kabaddi
Siddheshwari Girls School edged Mirpur Girls Ideal School 26-25 in a keenly contested match of the 14th NZ Textile Mills School Kabaddi tournament at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe in tatters
Zimbabwe were 88 for five in 29 overs in the day-night second one-day international against South Africa at Buffalo Park in East London on Monday. The tourists won the toss and decided to bat.
 arrow Cricket: Andy full of confidence
Andrew Strauss believes England have the players to win next month's ICC Champions Trophy in India. England are currently ranked eighth in the one-day rankings and are outsiders to lift the trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Johnson dreams of Ashes
Australian bowling sensation Mitchell Johnson Monday said taking the coveted wickets of cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara had raised his hopes of taking part in this year's Ashes series.
 arrow Cycling: Vino gains revenge
Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov won his first major Tour event here on Sunday when he landed the Tour of Spain's gold jersey.
 arrow Cricket: Midge pleases Punter
Australia has a habit of turning up world-class fast bowlers and captain Ricky Ponting believes they have found another sensation in Mitchell Johnson.
 arrow Football: Barcelona march on
Spanish league rivals David Beckham and Samuel Eto'o were among the players making the headlines on Sunday -- but for distinctly opposite reasons.
 arrow Football: Adebayor sinks United
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor's late goal clinched Arsenal's first Premiership victory this season as they stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Beckham admits England fear
Former England captain David Beckham said Monday there was a possibility he may never play for his country again.
 arrow Football: Roma, Palermo on top
Roma and Palermo share top spot in Italy's Serie A after they both made it two wins in as many matches on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Wenger fires title warning
Arsene Wenger insisted his Arsenal side can win the Premier-ship this season after they ended Manchester United's 100 per cent winning start.
 arrow Football: Italy want Euro 2012
The Italian government said Monday they will do their utmost to help win the race to stage the 2012 European football championships.
 arrow Cricket: Maharashtra after Gough?
Darren Gough, the England fast bowler who is currently out of international cricket with a shin injury, is open to playing domestic cricket in India if a suitable opportunity arose.
 arrow Football: Eto'o abused again
Barcelona's Cameroonian international Samuel Eto'o was targeted by racist taunts after scoring at Racing Santander in the Spanish championship on Sunday, radio Cadena Ser reported.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo fine with bench role
Ronaldo said on Sunday that he would be happy to sit on the bench if he is recalled by Brazil and hit back at criticism of his performances at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: I respect Benitez: Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he respected Liverpool opposite number Rafael Benitez after shaking hands with him at the weekend to signal an end to their feud in public.
 arrow Football: PSG back on track
Paris Saint Germain beat Monaco 2-1 in the French league on Sunday for a first win in the Principality since 1984 which helped ease their painful start to the season.
 arrow Football: Mourinho won't punish Ballack
Jose Mourinho will not take disciplinary action against Michael Ballack for his sending off which marred Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Jol frustrated
Tottenham boss Martin Jol admitted he is being driven crazy by his side's dismal start to the season.
 arrow Football: Midweek hosts first title clash
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has warned his team not to get carried away by their good start to the Serie A season ahead of their midweek clash with champions Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: No need to panic: Magath
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath is refusing to press the panic button after Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld saying his squad of internationals need time to get going.
 arrow Football: Ballack apologises to Sissoko
Chelsea's Germany captain Michael Ballack apologised to Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko on Sunday after he stamped on the Mali midfielder's leg and was sent off during a fiery Premier League match.
 arrow Football: Owen vows to return
Michael Owen has revealed that the operation on his knee will not bring an end to his career.
 arrow Football: Roeder worried about Given
Glenn Roeder has confirmed that Shay Given's condition will be monitored closely over the next 48 hours after the stricken goalkeeper spent Sunday night in a London hospital.
Metropolitanarrow Entire nation wants electoral reforms
Leaders of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said if the prime minister hands over power to Justice KM Hasan, the probable chief of the caretaker government, without carrying
 arrow Minister calls for agreement between owners, workers
Garment owners and workers should reach an agreement on workers' monthly minimum wage creating a win-win situation for both of them, said Health Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.
 arrow Charge against Sheikh Shahid not framed
A Dhaka court could not frame charges against former education minister Sheikh Shahidul Islam and three others in connection with a graft case, as two of them were absent from the court yesterday.
 arrow Harrowing tale of false death convict
The harrowing days in a condemned cell, where a false death convict spent more than two years, still haunts him.
 arrow DU JCD declares BCL activists unwanted
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, yesterday declared 12 BCL activists unwanted, who are responsible for the attack on journalists on Dhaka University (DU) campus on Saturday.
 arrow Pry teachers to observe token hunger strike today
Teachers of non-government primary schools will observe a seven-hour token hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar today and tomorrow demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow All 260 Puja mandaps in Ctg 'most vulnerable'
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) have identified all 260 Puja mandaps in the city as 'most vulnerable' and planned a security blanket in and around the port city during the greatest religious festival
 arrow One stabbed to death, another dies of gas poisoning in Ctg
A garment worker was stabbed to death, allegedly by his brother in-law, in the city's South Halishahar area on Sunday night while a worker died of gas poisoning at an aluminium factory in Kalurghat Heavy
 arrow Death anniversary of Shaheed Zubair today
Today is the 13th death anniversary of Shaheed Zubair Chowdhury Rimu, a pioneer of anti-fundamentalist and anti-communalism movement at Rajshahi University, who was brutally killed on this day in 1993.
 arrow HC grants bail to ex-MP Iqbal, Lotus Kamal
The High Court granted bail to former Awami League lawmaker Dr HBM Iqbal and the party's Comilla district convener AHM Mostafa Kamal alias Lotus Kamal in separate criminal cases after they surrendered
 arrow CU BCL defers strike
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Chittagong University (CU) unit deferred their scheduled strike for another three days till Thursday.
 arrow Khulna jute mill workers resume work
Agitating workers and employees of eight state owned Jute mills of Khulna-Jessore industrial belt resumed their work yesterday following an agreement between the government and the Khulna regional unit
 arrow 'Install nameplate inscribing name of Nitun Kundu at its foot'
Students and teachers of sociology department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday criticised the university authorities for failing to show respect to Nitun Kundu, the sculptor of 'Sabas Bangladesh',
 arrow Doctor dies in road accident
A doctor died and another person was critically injured in a road accident at Savar in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Illegal factory unearthed in Khulna
Police yesterday unearthed an illegal factory for making spurious orsaline, hair shampoo and sugar.
 arrow Hotel boy gunned down, phone-fax shop owner shot in city
Unknown criminals gunned down a hotel boy and wounded another at a residential hotel at Banani last night. The dead is Mohammad Nazim, 30, and the injured is Mohammad Jewel, 15.
 arrow New office timing during Ramadan
The cabinet at its weekly meeting yesterday approved new office timing for all government, non-government and autonomous bodies for the month of holy Ramadan.
 arrow Young man dies in custody
A young man held by Rapid Action Battalion with a pipe gun 14 days ago died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday, police said.
 arrow Indian water resources minister arrives today
Indian Water Resources Minister Prof Saifuddin Soz arrives in Dhaka today to attend Bangladesh-India official talks aimed at resolving problems relating to common rivers.
 arrow PGDA concerned over PSC move
Post Graduate Doctors' Association (PGDA) yesterday expressed concern over the PSC's move to appoint professors directly from the lecturers in the medical colleges and institutions.
Nationalarrow Sust crisis deepens further
Hope for an end to the stalemate in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) faded yesterday with rival factions of teaches beginning sit-in on the campus, one demanding removal of he vice-chancellor
 arrow Rival Magura BNP factions hold separate councils
Intra-party feud in Magura BNP took a new turn as two rival factions of its municipality unit held separate biennial councils yesterday.
 arrow Patuakhali bus owners stop paying municipal tax
Bus owners in Patuakhali has stopped paying 'municipal tax' as their long-pressed demand for renovation of the bus terminal in the ton has not been fulfilled.
 arrow 3 JMB cadres in Tangail get 12 years RI
Three cadres of Islamist militant outfit Ja'amatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were sentenced to 12 years' rigorous imprisonment by a special tribunal in Jamalpur for possessing explosives and bomb making
 arrow JMB 'cadre' held
A Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadre was nabbed by people from a house at Batail village of Chaddashato Union in Sadar upazila and handed him over to police yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Iran and nuclear deterrence
The "pre-emptive doctrine" or "shoot first and ask questions later" -- the western cowboy mentality that is guiding the neo conservatives to punish Iran -- is reminiscent of the events of the pre-Iraq
 arrow Minorities under election threat
The elections in Bangladesh have become a tussle between army-owned political party versus people's organizations. It reminds one of the 1970 elections.
 arrow Oligarchic democracy or socialistic democracy?
Politics is a dirty game. That means this game cannot be played well by the people who like transparent dealing.
 arrow The two popes
Was Benedict's most recent provocation accidental or deliberate? The Bavarian is a razor-sharp reactionary cleric.
Culturearrow ExhibitionLight and shade in woodcuts
THE group show of eleven young artists, "Impressions of the mind", at Alliance Francaise, is interesting indeed.
 arrow Remembering Shamsur Rahman and Nitun Kundu
Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi organised a cultural evening in remembrance of poet Shamsur Rahman and artist Nitun Kundu on September 17. The event took place at Mukto Mancho, Bangladesh Shishu Academy.
 arrow Blossoming into a matured actress
"I first appeared on TV in 1991 in a musical programme titled Hashi Khushi. I was hardly six and TV world was beyond comprehension," says talented TV actress Meem.
 arrow 34th BACHSAS Award announced
The 34th BACHSAS award was announced on Saturday last, at the Bangladesh China Friendship Centre, says a press release. This year 84 artistes in the entertainment world received the award.
 arrow fan mail!
In our monthly fan mail section this month we turn the spotlight on veteran film actor Razzak.
Generalarrow Production at Ctg urea fertiliser factory suspended again
A sudden disruption in gas supply once again forced suspension of production at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) here yesterday.
 arrow Muslim world has to be integrated into mainstream of science: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the Muslim world has to be integrated into the mainstream of knowledge and science to survive and advance in this fast-changing and highly competitive world by
Internationalarrow Nepal peace talks likely to resume next week
Peace talks between Nepal's multi-party government and Maoist rebels aimed at ending a decade-old civil conflict are likely to resume next week, after a three-month lull, a cabinet minister said yesterday.
 arrow Tigers hack 11 Muslims to death in E Lanka
Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels hacked 11 Muslim labourers to death in eastern Sri Lanka at the weekend, the army said on Monday, the latest in a string of mass killings and abuses.
 arrow Chirac calls for lifting UN sanctions threat on Iran
French President Jacques Chirac yesterday urged more nuclear talks with Iran during which it would not be referred to the UN Security Council -- setting the scene for another possible clash with the United
 arrow ‘Musharraf gave explicit commitment on terror’
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that President Pervez Musharraf had assured him "Pakistan has no hand" in perpetuating recent terror acts in India and had given an "explicit commitment" to work with
 arrow 4 Nato troops killed by blast in crowd of Afghan children
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of children clamouring to get pens and books from Canadian troops in Afghanistan yesterday, killing four Nato soldiers and a number of civilians, police and
 arrow Vatican tries to calm row as militants vow war
al-Qaeda militants in Iraq vowed war on "worshippers of the cross" and protesters burned a papal effigy yesterday over Pope Benedict's comments on Islam, while Western churchmen and statesmen tried to
 arrow First female space tourist blasts off
An Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur took off Monday on a Russian rocket bound for the international space station, achieving her dream of becoming the world's first paying female space
 arrow 12 military officers killed in Nigerian plane crash
Twelve military officers, including 10 generals, were killed in an air force plane that crashed into a hill in central Nigeria, presidential spokeswoman Remi Oyo said yesterday.
 arrow US Capitol opens after brief security shutdown
The US Capitol was shut down briefly yesterday after a man was arrested for racing past security into the building, Capitol police said.
 arrow US war prisons keep 14,000 detainees beyond reach of law
In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the US military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees
 arrow World's Strongest man

 arrow Vitamin D halves pancreatic cancer risk: study
People who take vitamin D tablets are half as likely to get deadly pancreatic cancer as people who do not, US researchers reported recently.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pontiff's misjudged comment
What the Pope said to the audience at his old university was extremely unfortunate. His comment was entirely unexpected, uncalled for, and we have every reason to be deeply hurt.
 arrow Editorial: Combating corruption
What a deplorable state the fight against corruption has reached is made amply clear by the fact that a commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) itself has come up with the statement thatthe
 arrow Rice market and red alert!
IT is said that politics in our part of the world is propelled by the price of food grains, especially of rice. High price of just onion once caused a debacle for a government in India.
 arrow A turning point for terrorism?
The bombings in Malegaon, which killed over 30 people, were a gory reminder of the depths to which India has sunk under the weight of sectarian hatred.
 arrow Redeeming a nation
Mohammad Badrul Ahsan is my favourite columnist. I am always drawn to his weekly column with more than usual interest. But this time he has given an exceptional twist in his thoughts.
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