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Front Pagearrow Whirlwind move to make two parties sit
Business leaders and diplomats took massive initiatives in the last two days to bring ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) to the negotiation table over electoral reforms to break the existing
 arrow Confusion over JMB militants' execution
Supreme Court (SC) registrar yesterday categorically said its letter, following a leave to appeal petition by one of the seven condemned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants, has only stayed
 arrow Govt hurries to okay 'projects for voters'
The Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved 18 development projects worth Tk 8,746 crore as the government is in a mad rush to please voters at the fag end of its tenure.
 arrow People go berserk for power
Outraged by frequent power outages, thousands of people swooped on local power distribution offices in Islambagh, Dhalpur and Shanir Akhra areas of the capital last night and disrupted road and rail communications.
 arrow Caretaker govt can carry out reforms
Although some former advisers to caretaker governments remarked that a caretaker government enjoys 'very little power', Prof Muhammad Yunus, the micro credit guru, thinks it is sufficiently empoweredto
 arrow Nagorik Committee sets tasks for caretaker, next governments
The Nagorik Committee 2006 formed to prepare a vision paper for Bangladesh in 2021 yesterday put forward a set of 16 urgent tasks for the caretaker government and a 38-point priority action plan for the
 arrow Scuffle in court as convicted JMB militants rough up Rab
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and Gazipur unit regional commander Enayet Ullah Jewel roughed up several Rab men on the premises of a Dhaka court yesterday
 arrow Garment workers block city road for 8 hours
Several thousand of agitating workers from two garment factories barricaded Rokeya Sarani yesterday for eight and a half hours resulting in a traffic gridlock in the capital.
 arrow AL walks out of JS protesting Mujahid's bill placing
Lawmakers of the main opposition Awami League walked out of parliament again yesterday during a session protesting the placing of a bill by a technocrat minister, Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, allegingthat
 arrow Durga Puja begins today
Blowing conches, ringing bells and cymbals, and booming dhak (drums) amid high-pitched ululation, Hindu devotees today herald the five-day Durga Puja celebrations across the country.
 arrow Musharraf wept at birth of Bangladesh
Blaming the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for 1971 dismemberment of Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf says he along with his fellow soldiers wept when East Pakistan was separated to become Bangladesh and 90,000
 arrow EC ready to invite bid for printing job
The Election Commission (EC) has taken steps to invite tender for printing voter list, a task considered by the commission as the biggest one at this moment.
 arrow Clarification
The Korean EPZ authorities, in a clarification on The Daily Star report headlined "KEPZ gets licence after 5 years of wait" published yesterday, denied having approached by a powerful minister's son in
 arrow Thaksin & Co set to be banished from politics
Thai coup leaders hope probes into graft allegations against deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his cabinet will end with them banished from politics, their chief lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow Fresh suicide bombing in Kandahar as troops kill 14
A suicide car bomb exploded near a Canadian military convoy in southern Afghanistan yesterday while officials reported they had killed 14 Taliban rebels elsewhere.
 arrow Bus passenger killed, 5 injured by robbers
Robbers inside a bus killed a passenger and injured five others -- one critically -- early hours yesterday at Agargaon in the capital.
Businessarrow Design strategy to make IT available for all: Yunus
Microcredit pioneer Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the entrepreneurs of information technology to design their business strategy making the technology cheaper as much as possible and available
 arrow PGCB share trading on bourses from Oct 9
Share trading of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), a state-owned power company, will make its debut on the country's both bourses on October 9.
 arrow WEF places Bangladesh at 99th in the list
Bangladesh has moved down one place on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) list of most competitive economies to the 99th rank.
 arrow Banks asked to report on 11 importers
The Bangladesh Bank has sought detailed information on Letter of Credit (LC) opening and imports of eleven importers following allegations of money laundering.
 arrow India may process 30pc of US bank transactions by 2010
India's outsourcing industry will be able to process up to 30 per cent of US bank transactions by 2010, more than triple the current figure, the industry's main lobby group was quoted as saying Wednesday.
 arrow ROK unveils budget boosting expenses on welfare, defence
South Korea's cabinet on Wednesday approved a budget for next year designed to bolster economic growth and improve social welfare programmes. The budget for fiscal 2007 is 238.
 arrow UK economy grows by 0.7pc in Q2
The British economy grew at a slower pace than previously thought during the second quarter, official data showed on Wednesday, owing to weak output from health and gambling sectors.
 arrow Bush signs trade pact with Oman
US President George W. Bush on Tuesday signed the US-Oman Free Trade Agreement, the fifth such extensive trade pact with a Middle Eastern country since he took office.
 arrow Iran's new warning to Japan to finalise oil deal
Iran on Wednesday issued a new warning to Japan to swiftly finalize a two-billion-dollar deal to develop its onshore oil field of Azadegan or else the project will be handed to a domestic contractor.
 arrow Kuwait bans fish import from Iran, Pakistan
Kuwait issued a ban on importing fish from Iran and Pakistan Tuesday the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
 arrow Malaysia's Khazanah may issue $750m Islamic bonds
The Malaysian government's investment arm Khazanah Nasional may issue Islamic bonds worth up to 750 million dollars and investors have until Wednesday to place a bid, a report said.
 arrow Sri Lanka cuts tariffs on Indian imports
Sri Lanka has slashed tariffs by up to 70 percent on Indian goods such as cement, petroleum products and motorcycles under a bilateral trade deal.
 arrow Oil prices rebound before US data
Oil prices recovered on Wednesday, remaining above 61 dollars in New York and 60 dollars in London, as traders awaited the latest data on US energy inventories and also kept an eye over Opec, traderssaid.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani group champs
Holders Abahani emerged group champions when they kept their perfect record in the Shah Sports Club Cup hockey tournament with an exciting 4-2 win over title contenders Usha Krira Chakra at the Maulana
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' first practice match today
The ICC Champions Trophy-bound cricketers will play their first practice match at BKSP today after returning from a three-day break.
 arrow Football: BNS inspection goes in vain
The ground inspection committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday failed its deadline to give a recommendation about the transfer or the start of the inaugural Professional Football
 arrow Cricket: CCL delayed by two days
The Corporate Cricket League, curtain-raiser of the cricket season, which was scheduled to start on October 1, will now be deferred by two days.
 arrow Cricket: Oval hearing begins
Inzamamul Haq arrived at The Oval here Wednesday for the start of a hearing where the Pakistan captain will answer disciplinary charges arising from his role in the team's unprecedented forfeit of the
 arrow Cricket: Bell undaunted by Ashes
England batsman Ian Bell will head to the Ashes showdown with Australia insisting he has nothing to prove but eyeing a bagful of runs.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's final shot?
Deposed India captain Sourav Ganguly was on Tuesday given what one selector said was a "last chance" to win back his place in the non-performing national team.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy knows time is up
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, facing charges of bringing cricket into disrepute and ball-tampering, said in a newspaper interview on Wednesday that his playing days may be numbered.
 arrow Cricket: Vengsarkar new chief selector
Former Test captain Dilip Vengsarkar was elected India's chief cricket selector on Wednesday with ex-spinner Venkatapathy Raju also joining the five-man panel, officials said.
 arrow Cricket: ICC's billion-dollar dream hits India roadblock
The International Cricket Council's bid to raise a billion dollars through the sale of media and sponsorship rights met resistance Wednesday from economic powerhouse India.
 arrow Tennis: Martina eases into Round 2
Top seed Martina Hingis cruised into the second round of the Korea Open, defeating Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: More has no regrets
India's outgoing chairman of selectors Kiran More has no regrets about the controversial decision to drop ex-captain Sourav Ganguly earlier this year.
 arrow Tennis: Russians hail Tursunov
Russia have discovered a new Davis Cup hero in Dmitry Tursunov.
 arrow Tennis: Henman finally does it
British veteran Tim Henman finally saw his luck change against Andy Murray on Wednesday as he beat the teenager for the first time in four attempts, 6-4, 6-2, at the Thailand Open.
 arrow Cycling: Lance to race again
Right around the corner from Trump Tower, Lance Armstrong jogged across Madison Avenue during rush hour, dodging a police motorcade speeding to the United Nations, a bicyclist delivering Chinese takeout
 arrow Football: Crespo, Ayala return to Argentina squad
World Cup stalwarts Hernan Crespo, Roberto Ayala and Gabriel Heinze have been recalled by Argentina for their friendly international against Spain in Murcia next month.
 arrow Football: Real romp past Kiev
Real Madrid bounced back from their 2-0 mauling by Lyon in the Cham-pions League two weeks ago to inflict a 5-1 thrashing on Dynamo Kiev here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brave Lille hold Milan
Six-times Euro-pean champions AC Milan were held to a goalless stalemate by Lille in their Cham-pions League Group H game on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: United's hard-earned revenge
French striker Louis Saha gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over Benfica in Champions League Group F on Tuesday to avenge last year's defeat to the Lisbon team which knocked the English side out of the
 arrow Chess: Zia remains on top
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman was held by FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil in the sixth round but still maintained solo lead in the second University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess tournament at the Chess Federation
 arrow Cricket: Pawar elected unopposed
The 77th annual general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) starting here on Thursday is set to be a tame affair after reigning president Sharad Pawar and his three other confidantes
 arrow Football: Real winning over sceptics
Real Madrid's 5-1 demolition of Dynamo Kiev in the Bernabeu on Tuesday was a significant morale-boost for the fans and the team, Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos said.
 arrow Football: Cicinho set for March return
Real Madrid defender Cicinho is set for an earlier than anticipated return after undergoing surgery on his right knee ligaments.
 arrow Football: Super Henry shoots Porto
Thierry Henry led by example as Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 Champions League win against Porto on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Lyon maul Steaua
French champions Lyon continued their strong tradition in the Champions League with a convincing 3-0 away victory over Steaua Bucharest here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti happy despite draw
Coach Carlo Ancelotti was satisfied with AC Milan's performance despite a goalless draw away to Lille in Champions League Group H on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Boca ponder 'La Bombonera' replacement
It's nicknamed "The Chocolate Box" for its small, squarish design -- a mythic stadium that Boca Juniors inaugurated 66 years ago and still intimidates many rival teams.
 arrow Football: Reading to woo Adu
English Premiership newcomers Reading are set to swoop for Ghana-born US footballing prodigy Freddy Adu.
 arrow Football: Stadium ban for Catania
Italian Serie A newcomers Catania have been hit with a two-match stadium ban following the "unacceptable" behaviour of their rowdy fans during the Sicilian derby with Messina on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo returns
Brazil striker Ronaldo made his first appearance for Real Madrid since April when he came on as a second-half substitute in their Champions League Group E match against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow 82pc want ban on hartal
About 80 percent of people in the country want a free and fair election while about 14 percent of people are not familiar with the concept of governance, according to a national survey conducted by the
 arrow 70pc irrigated water wasted
At least 70 percent of irrigated water is wasted when farmers use 3000 litres of water on an average for producing only one kilogram of rice, said Agriculture Minister MK Anwar at a book launch ceremony
 arrow PM assures storm victims of rehabilitation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said rehabilitation work for the sea storm-affected people of the coastal districts would start soon to help them begin their life anew.
 arrow Arrest of price hike in 100 days, solution to outage in 14 months
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday said if voted to power in the upcoming parliamentary election, the combine would bring the prices of essentials within the commoners' reach
 arrow Prof Aftab laid to rest
Professor Aftab Ahmed, a teacher of Political Science Department of Dhaka University (DU), was laid to eternal rest yesterday at the martyred intellectuals' graveyard in the city after a namaz-e-janaza
 arrow Next hearing October 30
Former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad could not appear before a Dhaka court yesterday due to his personal problems in connection with two graft cases filed against him 14 years ago.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's 60th birthday today
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina steps into her 60th year today. Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born at Tungipara in Goplagonj on this day in 1947.
 arrow 'Cancel deal with Asia Energy'
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Minerals and Power-Port yesterday sent a letter to the prime minister to press their six-point charter of demand, says a press release.
 arrow USAID signs deal to continue edn programmes
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Bangladesh signed a formal agreement to continue joint development activities in the education sector, says a USISpress
 arrow Army man briefly detained for misbehaviour with cop in Ctg
An army man who was detained yesterday morning on charge of misbehaving with a traffic constable in Chittagong city was released in the afternoon following mediation by high army officials.
 arrow 11 get 14 years' RI for raping female snake charmer in N'ganj
A tribunal here sentenced 11 'bedes' (Gypsy) to 14 years rigorous imprisonment each, on Tuesday in an abduction and rape case.
 arrow Govt has a plan to ensure peaceful law & order during caretaker govt
The government has taken up a plan to ensure peaceful law and order during the tenure of the caretaker government.
 arrow Poetry workshop at Alliance Francaise
A three-month poetry workshop was inaugurated at the Alliance Francaise in Dhaka recently, says a press release. Poet Abul Hossain inaugurated the workshop.
 arrow Seminar on Industrial Maintenance tomorrow
Franco-Bangladesh Association of Scholars and Trainees (FBAST) will organise a seminar on 'Industrial Maintenance' in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Dr Nabi Alam passes away
Prof Dr M Nabi Alam, the first cardiac surgeon in Bangladesh, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at the National Cardiac Hospital in the city yesterday morning, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 2 ministers back rival BNP factions in Kishoreganj-1
Two ministers are backing two BNP contenders from rival factions for nomination from Kishoreganj-1 constituency while a former deputy minister is also in the filed.
 arrow 3 JCD men get life for killing party activist
The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced three JCD cadres to life for killing fellow JCD man in 2004.
 arrow Distortion of history protested
Rajshahi University unit of Bangabandhu Parishad unit yesterday protested distortion of history of Bangladesh, the Liberation War and role of Bangabandhu in a documentary aired by state-run television
 arrow Ancient Moulvibazar mandop full of life as puja starts today
A Durga Puja mandop (pandal) at a remote village in Moulvibazar district attracts thousands of people, even from across the border.
 arrow Ruta protests murder of Prof Aftab
Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) yesterday brought out a mourning procession on the campus in memory of Prof Aftab Ahmed.
 arrow College student slaughtered
A college student was hacked and slaughtered at Agorpur village in Babuganj upazila Tuesday night. His floating body was recovered by police from a canal yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Understanding the Thai coup
Democrats all over the world must have been shocked and disappointed at the not-very-unexpected military coup in Thailand.
 arrow Bangladesh needs a right to information law now
Today is Right to Know Day.
Culturearrow Kumar Biswajit on recent trends in music and more
Kumar Biswajit has been involved with the music industry for 26 years.
 arrow "It's embarrassing to go begging for my own money from producers" -- Aruna
Actress turned director Aruna Biswas has performed in movies, TV plays and jatra.
 arrow Making icons for Puja
"On the occasion of Durga Puja, the biggest religious occasion of the Hindu community, we supply most of the idols in the district town.
 arrow TV play Shesh Prantey to be aired on BTV
TV play Shesh Prantey revolves around two urban characters -- Ratul and Toma. Ratul plans a scam to win the love of Toma, a highly ambitious girl.
 arrow 'Rang De Basanti' is India's Oscar entry
The saga of a modern day rebellion and one of this year's biggest Bollywood blockbusters "Rang De Basanti" starring Aamir Khan has been named India's entry for this year's Academy Awards in foreign language
Generalarrow Mobile library in 42 more dists from tomorrow
With a view to spreading library facilities at the grassroots level across the country, Bishwa Sahitya Kendra expands its mobile library programme to 42 more districts.
 arrow IT expert falls to death from six-storey bldg
Zahid Parvez Babu, an IT expert and businessman, died after he fell from a sunshade of a six-storey building in Rampura Mahanagar Residential Project area in the city on Tuesday evening.
 arrow Tax offices open Sept 29, 30
All circles and offices concerned of Income Tax return recipient will remain open on September 29 and 30, despite public holiday, for convenience of taxpayers.
 arrow Concerts for expatriate Bangladeshis
Pakhi Showbiz and Orbit Multimedia will jointly organise concerts for expatriate Bangladeshis in the USA and the UK from December 26, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Abe govt wants summits with China, South Korea
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new government said yesterday it wanted to hold summits as soon as possible with China and South Korea to repair sour ties.
 arrow Iraq war 'cause celebre' for terror: US report
The Iraq war is a "cause celebre" swelling the ranks of Islamist terrorists, who are likely to grow in numbers for the next five years, according to US intelligence findings declassified on Tuesday.
 arrow Rewriting pacifist constitution on top of Abe agenda
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put rewriting the US-imposed pacifist constitution at the top of his agenda, a move that could lead to a more active military role overseas but alarm neighboring
 arrow Musharraf turns to comedy to plug his memoirs
It's not every night that the president of an Islamic republic appears on a US comedy show to joke about Osama bin Laden.
 arrow Tokyo must 'squarely address' its historical legacy, demands Seoul
South Korea will resume summits with Japan if the new administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "squarely addresses" that country's historical legacy, Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon said.
 arrow Revealing the missing details of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" originally wore a delicate maternity garment, her hair gathered up in a bun, details that have disappeared under varnish but are now visible under 3D imaging, scientists
 arrow Terror Afzal to be hanged at Tihar prison next month
A court here has set October 20 as the date for execution of a man belonging to militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed who was convicted of plotting the 2001 terror attack on Indian Parliament.
 arrow Israeli military court orders release of top Hamas official
An Israeli judge yesterday ordered the release of Palestinian deputy prime minister Nasseredine al-Shaer, who was detained as part of a crackdown on the Hamas movement, his lawyer said.
 arrow Blair's speech marks end of an era
Tony Blair's last speech as leader to Labour's annual congress here on Tuesday brings to an end 12 years in which he turned around the fortunes of the once unfashionable left-wing party.
 arrow Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi international airport opens today

Editorialarrow Editorial: Revived hope for dialogue
We are heartened by the prospect of some positive development in the political arena which has somewhat revived the almost forlorn hope of a dialogue between the two major parties.
 arrow Editorial: Traffic jam unbearable
Horrific traffic congestion, particularly during the Ramadan and the Eid, has become a yearly feature causing unprecedented suffering to the city dwellers.
 arrow All for want of a letter!
The silver lining to the cloud is perhaps starting to become apparent.
 arrow How to save democracy, and other hopeful concepts
"The #1 hot-selling item is democracy, nothing else comes close. Not religion, love, lust, hamburger, fish and chips, coca cola, beer, or Princess Diana.
 arrow Of consensus
Political parties and leaders are sought to be invariably interlinked, otherwise if there is anything wrong anywhere at any stage, the entire political system suffers for sure.
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