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Front Pagearrow 25 killed as storm lashes coastal belt
At least 25 people, including a naval officer, were killed while some 2,000 fishermen went missing as around 500 trawlers, boats and a navy patrol ship capsized in the Bay when a violent storm hit the
 arrow KM Hasan was involved in BNP politics in 1979
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said in the parliament yesterday that former chief justice KM Hasan was involved with the politics of BNP in 1979.
 arrow Dhaka blockaded for reforms
Transport was disrupted for sometime at many places during the opposition's six-hour countrywide road-rail-waterways blockade programme yesterday while demonstrators' clashes with the law enforcers and
 arrow Board members admit taking Tk 175cr fake loans
Some members of the dissolved board of directors of Oriental Bank have admitted to the charge of obtaining Tk 175 crore from the bank using fake accounts.
 arrow IMF may release 6th tranche of PRGF loan by mid October
Removing all uncertainties, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday gave green signal to release the sixth instalment of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) and the Trade IntegrationMeasure
 arrow Indo-Bangla border river problems to be solved in next JRC meet
A meeting between the water resources ministers of Bangladesh and India yesterday failed to reach any consensus on issues relating to the border rivers.
 arrow Thai coup leader pledges new PM in 2 weeks
Thailand's new military ruler pledged yesterday to resign from power in two weeks and restore democracy in a year, after sweeping aside Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup.
 arrow Citizens' body besieges N'ganj power office
Civil society members under the banner of Narayanganj Nagarik Committee yesterday besieged a Narayanganj electricity office and demanded relief from the severe power outages before the Ramadan and Durga
 arrow Govt indifference brings boon for deer poachers
Poaching of deer in the conserved mangrove forest of the Sundarbans is going on unabated as the forest department suffers from severe lack of necessary financial, material and manpower allocations for
 arrow Witnesses now know nothing about gold smuggling
After six years and a half, two prosecution witnesses (PWs) of the gold smuggling case filed against former president HM Ershad appeared and gave their deposition before a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Huji activist gives info on Ramna Batamul blast
The investigation officer (IO) of the Ramna Batamul carnage case yesterday told a Dhaka court that an activist of banned Harkatul Jihad (Huji) gave important information about the bomb blasts.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers start strike today
Teachers of around 23,000 non-government primary schools across the country are going on a seven-day strike from today demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow EU mission visits Ctg, meets mayor, election officials
The visiting European Union (EU) Observation Exploratory Mission met district election officials and the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayor yesterday to discuss election related issues.
 arrow Jamaat sits Oct 8 to strategise electoral politics
Majlish-e-Shura of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh will meet on October 8 to discuss the political climate including possible entry of Ershad into the ruling alliance, the prime minister's recent proposalfor
 arrow Outlaw killed in crossfire
A member of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed early yesterday in a 'shootout' between the police and his cohorts at Sahebnagar under Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district.
 arrow 'Unhappy' AL leaders might not take to streets during hartal
Many of the senior leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) refrained from taking part in yesterday's countrywide road-rail-waterways blockade programme as they were deprived of the scope of addressing
 arrow Shinzo Abe set to become Japan's prime minister
Outspoken conservative Shinzo Abe easily won his party's support yesterday to replace veteran Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and embarked on an agenda that includes rewriting the pacifist constitution.
 arrow Chavez calls Bush 'the devil'
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his verbal battle with the United States to the floor of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, calling President Bush "the devil.
 arrow Father, 2 sons electrocuted in Natore
A father and his two sons were electrocuted at Panch Pakia village in Singra upazila of Natore district yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Central banks to work for close integration
Central bank governors from the Saarc countries had a meeting on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings here yesterday and decided to work for closer integration of the region's monetarysystem.
 arrow Export diversification, port efficiencies needed
Diversifying exportable products, improving efficiency at ports, cutting production time at factories and aggressive marketing are some of the factors Bangladesh needs to address for doing better in the
 arrow Winners of Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards '06
It was a special occasion for the three exceptional personalities and two non-governmental organisations when they received Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards 2006 for their individual and organisational
 arrow IMF still faces uncertain future after reform step
With a sweeping reform plan the International Monetary Fund has restored some of its credibility but still faces questions over its relevance in a rapidly shifting economic landscape.
 arrow Batexpo-2006 kicks off today
The three-day Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo-2006) kicks off today in the capital to showcase products of the textile and garment industry to the foreign buyers.
 arrow Thai economy faces limited impact after coup
Thailand's business sector anticipates short-term negative impact from the coup d'etat, but the economic direction should be clearer with diminishing divisiveness in society and that should be in favour
 arrow New 10-taka note hits market today
Bangladesh Bank will issue a new 10-taka note with a changed size today. The new note will be of 123X60 mm in size instead of its previous size of 130X60 mm, said a Bangladesh Bank press releaseyesterday.
 arrow SEC fines Fine Foods MD, directors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined managing director and all directors of Fine Foods Limited for violation of securities rules.
 arrow $2-5b US investment in Pakistan soon
Minister of State for Investment, Omer Ahmed Ghumman on Tuesday expressed the hope about the prospects for pouring of $2-5 billion investment from US businessmen into Pakistan in next one-two years.
 arrow US chides EU on trade as WTO calls for big picture approach
The United States launched a fresh attack on European Union trade policies Wednesday, as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) urged negotiators to set aside petty squabbles and address the big picture.
Sportsarrow Football: Can footballers go to Asian Games?
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally got the assurance for fund to send the national team to this year's Asian Games in Doha but the football's ruling body of the country was yet to get the nod
 arrow Football: Dhaka champs in women's soccer
Dhaka became champions in the inaugural Inter-district Women's Football Tournament with a comfortable 2-0 win over Rajshahi in the final at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees is the best
Bangladesh vice-captain Shahriar Nafees became the Cricketer of the Year in the Bangladesh Cricket Awards at the China-Bangladesh Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB selects teams for practice ties
Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday named the two teams that will play two practice matches as part the national team's preparation for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in India.
 arrow Kabadi: Kabaddi finals tomorrow
Both the boys' and girls' finals of the 14th NZ Textile Mills School kabaddi tournament will be held at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Ground inspection committee named
The Bangladesh Football Federa-tion (BFF) yesterday announced the 11-member committee which will be responsible for inspecting the Bangabandhu National Stadium and set tentative dates for transfer and
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan inspires India
An inspiring all-round show from Indian spinner handed India an unexpected victory after a dismal batting collapse from West Indies in their DLF Cup one-day international at the Kinrara Oval in KualaLumpur.
 arrow Cricket: Darrel set to return
Controversial umpire Darrell Hair is set to make a sensational return to international cricket at the Champions Trophy next month, reports said Wednesday, in a move expected to anger Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Punish Hair too: Akram
Cricket legend Wasim Akram Wednesday said Australian umpire Darrell Hair should also be penalised if Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq is banned for his role in the Oval Test fiasco.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan stays with England
England captain Michael Vaughan has been awarded a new England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) contract despite missing the whole of 2006 through injury.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas smash Zimbabweans
Mark Boucher smashed the Zimbabwe bowling attack to bits with an unbeaten 147 runs as South Africa posted the third highest score in a one-day international in the third and final match of the seriesagainst
 arrow Cricket: Midge a huge find: Lee
Brett Lee, one of the world's fastest bowlers, says new find Mitchell Johnson has raw pace that will make him a formidable asset in an Australian attack already boosted by the return of Glenn McGrath.
 arrow Athletics: Zelezny hangs up his javelin
Czech javelin legend Jan Zelezny announced on Tuesday he will not be able to compete in what would have been his final ever meeting at Yokohama on Sunday as he is suffering from a painful Achilles.
 arrow Football: Arsenal's coffers swelled
Arsenal's best-ever European Cup campaign helped the London soccer club's footballing turnover hit a record 132 million pounds ($248.5 million) in the year to end-May.
 arrow Tennis: 'We don't like Hewitt'
Former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian stirred the seeds of animosity ahead of the Davis Cup semifinal clash between Argentina and Australia by claiming his teammates don't like Lleyton Hewitt.
 arrow Golf: Storm may help Europe
The stormy conditions that have hit the Ryder Cup could work to Europe's advantage, team captain Ian Woosnam said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Lid lifted on corruption
English football authorities are set to launch an investigation into allegations that Bolton manager Sam Allardyce took bribes to agree transfers.
 arrow Football: Managers' association slams claims
England's League Managers Association (LMA) on Wednesday dismissed a BBC investigation into alleged illegal payments to coaches, saying the programme had a complete lack of evidence to back up its claims.
 arrow Football: FA promises exhaustive enquiry
The Football Association and Premier League today promised an "exhaustive and thorough" inquiry into the "serious allegations" made by BBC Panorama programme: Undercover: Football's Dirty Secrets.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza starts off solidly
Indian star Sania Mirza survived a bad day for seeded players to advance to the second round of the 175,000-dollar WTA Kolkata Open here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Britain's soccer scandal at a glance
Britain's sports minister Richard Caborn said on Wednesday that allegations of illegal payments in English soccer should be thoroughly investigated.
 arrow Football: Rummenigge blasts Magath
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath received a broadside from the German giants director-general Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Tuesday over what he saw as poor excuses for their shock 2-1 loss to Arminia Bielefeld
 arrow Cricket: Gayle hails Tendulkar
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is the latest addition to Sachin Tendulkar's fan club after he described the Indian as "league apart" from other players.
 arrow Table Tennis: Men's singles TT title Hamlet's
Hamlet lifted the men's singles title of the Dayang Open Table Tennis Tournament yesterday, winning a cliffhanger final against Pappu 4-3 at the NSC Woodenfloor gymnasium.
 arrow Football: MSC off to flying start
Mohammedan Sporting Club brushed aside Win Star Sporting Club 6-0 in the opening match of the BOOST First Division Football League at the local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya to run in BCCI polls
Complaining of harassment, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday said he was contemplating putting up a challenge in the Board elections scheduled
 arrow Cricket: Holding hits Gordon hard
Michael Holding has reacted angrily to comments made by Ken Gordon, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chairman, regarding his recent resignation from the board's cricket committee.
 arrow Football: Slump frustrates Rooney
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admitted on Tuesday that he is frustrated by his recent poor form.
 arrow Football: Benitez will play Gerrard wherever
Rafael Benitez last night issued a vehement defence of his use of Steven Gerrard this season, insisting he will continue to deploy the England midfielder in positions he feels will best benefit Liverpool
 arrow Football: Pizarro warns of Bayern exit
Peruvian international forward Claudio Pizarro has warned German champions Bayern Munich that he could leave for nothing at the end of the season.
 arrow Football: Exit door ajar for Torres
Spain striker Fernando Torres signed his one-year contract extension with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, though the door was left ajar for a possible move away from the Primera Liga club with a reduced buy-out
 arrow Football: 'Aragones not the problem'
Spain midfielder David Albelda has said simply replacing Luis Aragones as coach will not improve his country's chances of success on the international stage.
 arrow Football: Kahn slams Bayern tactics
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn has criticised the gung-ho tactics employed by the German champions this season and says it would be wiser for the team to sometimes slow their game down.
Metropolitanarrow Create atmosphere for credible polls
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the BNP-Jamaat alliance government to create atmosphere for holding a free, fair and credible election by implementing the opposition's proposals for reforms.
 arrow Call for new vision of regional cooperation
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has called upon the South Asian countries to forge a new vision of cooperation for social and economic development of the region.
 arrow Rab accused of killing 14-year-old boy
Family members of a 14-year-old boy who allegedly died in a shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the city on Tuesday, have accused the elite anti-crime forces of shooting him down deliberately
 arrow Verdict in Aug 17 bomb blast case against Sunny now on Sept 25
Judgement of the August 17 bomb blast case filed against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and five others was not delivered, as the conducting judge was on leave
 arrow 375 digital telephone exchanges set up in 5 yrs
Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque yesterday said the government has set up 375 digital telephone exchanges in different upazila across the country.
 arrow 2 injured in truck-train collision
Two people were injured when a train collided with a truck near Dhirasram Railway Station at Bishwa Road bypass in the district yesterday.
 arrow 'Govt move to execute militants hastily a trick'
Forum for Secular Bangladesh in a statement condemned the government initiative to execute the death sentence verdict of the militants before disclosing their patrons, sources of arms and funds.
 arrow ICT Bill 2006 passed in JS
The Jatiya Sangsad passed the 'Information and Communication Technology Bill, 2006' last night.
 arrow Domestic help commits suicide
A domestic help allegedly committed suicide in the city on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Suchona Akhter, 12, who hailed from Kotiyadi upazila in Kishoreganj district.
 arrow One arrested over Duja blast
A youth was arrested from the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday in connection with Tuesday's cracker blast in front of the Dhaka University Journalists' Association (Duja) office.
 arrow Women's team goes on Everest expedition
A two-member women's team left Dhaka yesterday on a 25-day Everest Base Camp Expedition in the Himalayans. The members of the team are Aupar Ahmed and Salma Khan.
 arrow Rail workers to enforce strike October 11
Nine trade unions under Bangladesh Railway Sramik Karmachari Parishad will enforce a twelve-hour strike on October 11 protesting government's move to convert Railway department into a corporate entity,
 arrow Iajuddin, Khaleda greet Malta president, PM
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have greeted their counterparts of Malta on the occasion of the Independence Day of that country.
 arrow President assents to two bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to two bills passed in the ongoing 23rd session of parliament.
 arrow Office timing during Ramadan
The government has announced new office timing for all government, semi-government and autonomous offices during the month of holy Ramadan.
Nationalarrow Govt misinterprets caretaker provisions in Constitution
Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the caretaker system and Election Commission must be reformed to protect the Constitution and hold a fair election.
 arrow 5 PBCP bomb squads in Khulna city to retaliate crossfire
Five 'bomb squads' of Janajuddha faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) are in Khulna city to retaliate killing of outlaws in 'crossfire', according to intelligence sources.
 arrow Hartal observed in Kalaroa to protest journo murder
A half-day hartal was observed peacefully in Kalaroa upazila town yesterday protesting murder of journalist Belal Hossain and demanding arrest and punishment of his killers.
 arrow 12 rescued from traffickers in Satkhira
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) rescued 12 Bangladeshis from different border areas in the district while they were being trafficked to India in the last two days.
 arrow Bomb hurled for toll
A bomb exploded on the corridor of the house of retired customs superintendent MA Samad in Nirala residential area under Khulna Sadar thana Tuesday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Governing in crisis proves the mettle of leadership
With less than one-and-a-half months left for the transfer of power to the CTG, the entire nation is tensely waiting for a dialogue to be held, and a consensus arrived at, for holding a free, fair, peaceful
 arrow Story of two good guys
When Saber Hossain Choudhuryand Asaduzzaman Noor were getting beaten lying down the other day, that was symbolically a picture of today's Bangladesh -- the good guys taking it lying down.
 arrow Sky rocketing prices
"Augmentation (in the quantity of money) has no other effect than to heighten the price of labour and commodities." - David Hume, 1742.
 arrow Helping the poor earn their livelihood
The government failed to extirpate illegal possessors from public land. Yes government after government.
Culturearrow Linking classical music and classic Bengali songs
The wailing of esraj, steady tempo of tabla, droning of tanpura, unmistakable melody of sitar and tinkling notes of santoor along with mastery of vocals made for anenchanting
 arrow Musings with emerging artiste Rupam
Upcoming artiste Rupam is adept in genres like adhunik (modern) and folk. Three solo and six mixed (with other artistes) albums of Rupam have been released so far.
 arrow Yasujiro Ozu: A master filmmaker
The films of Yasujiro Ozu examine the basic struggles that we all face in life: the cycle of birth and death, the transition from childhood to adulthood, and the tension between tradition and modernity.
Generalarrow 'Identify cops involved in repression of women during PMO siege'
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of some rights organisations, yesterday urged the government to identify the members of the law enforcement agencies involved in repression of women during thePrime
 arrow Int'l Day of Peace today
The International Day of Peace will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world today to remember the victims of wars and to build a safe, peaceful and more just world.
 arrow CMP makes list of 321 terrorists
Chittagong police are preparing list of terrorists to bring them to book before the next general election, sources said. Initially, they have prepared a list of 321 terrorists from six police stations.
 arrow BSC afloat officers defer agitation programme
The afloat officers of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) deferred their agitation programme till September 28 after getting assurance from the BSC authorities.
 arrow Gaza youths have little to celebrate at Ramadan
Ramadan is bringing little cheer to the Palestinian youths of Gaza this year. In years past, Ramadan meant ice-cream, toys and game-playing for youngsters after a day of fasting and worship.
Internationalarrow Thailand's new military rulers tighten control
Thailand's new military rulers tightened their grip yesterday after an overnight coup, imposing strict controls on the media and banning public gatherings in what they said was a bid to restore order.
 arrow Saddam expelled from court by chief judge
The new chief judge in the genocide trial of Saddam Hussein immediately stamped his mark on proceedings yesterday by expelling the former Iraqi leader from court during a stormy hearing which also saw
 arrow Onus now on coup leaders to restore trust of people
They proclaimed to be doing it in the name of democracy, to wipe out rampant corruption and to rehabilitate a badly divided nation. Now the coup makers have to prove their intent.
 arrow Allies lead a wary US into fresh talks with Iran
Months of tough-talking US diplomacy on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons programme faded from view yesterday after Washington formally endorsed a new round of negotiations with Tehran following talkshere
 arrow Gen Sonthi was handpicked by Thaksin himself
Thailand's apparent coup leader, General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, is known as a soft-spoken and pragmatic career military man handpicked as army chief by the very prime minister he has deposed.
 arrow Iran-EU talks next week
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani will hold a new round of talks in Europe next week with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Larijani's office said yesterday Larijani and Solana "agreed
Editorialarrow Editorial: Development held hostage by politics
Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief Hua Du states the obvious when she says that Bangladesh's economy has been adversely affected by the recurring political conflicts.
 arrow Editorial: Mass arrests, no bail
The report that majority of the mass arrest victims have not been granted bail obviously does little to assuage the hard feelings of their family members and all concerned citizens.
 arrow Final session of 8th parliament: Need for extending time
The 8th parliament of Bangladesh went into its 23rd and final session on 10 September with lawmakers of the main opposition AL staying away from the opening day's sitting.
 arrow Good, but far more is needed
President of Pakistan and the Indian Prime Minister met in Havana the other day.
 arrow Let's get the voters' list right
Democratic election systems require a good Electoral Roll, which is ideally prepared following certain criteria and mechanism for identifying eligible voters and preventing ineligible persons from voting.
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