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Front Pagearrow City bursts into violence to protest power cuts
Thousands of people infuriated by severe power crisis set fire to power distribution offices in some parts of the capital, including the Desco headquarters at Mirpur, and elsewhere in the country, and
 arrow AL ready to compromise, not on Hasan, Aziz
In the event of talks, the opposition might compromise on some of its reform proposals but not on its objections to Justice KM Hasan as the caretaker government chief and MA Aziz as the chief election
 arrow Bangla Bhai ready to appeal today
Despite repeated refusals to accept the 'worldly courts' during trial, yet another top militant yesterday filed an application seeking permission to appeal in the Supreme Court while Siddiqul Islam alias
 arrow Chaotic scenario in power sector
A chaotic scenario prevails in the country's power generation sector as 20 power units have remained shut and the Power Development Board (PDB) can't say exactly when eight of these could resume operation.
 arrow Powerful lobby bringing Chinese firms for digital phone exchange
The Economic Relations Division (ERD) yesterday signed a massive 211-million-dollar "buyer's credit" agreement with China for a digital telecom exchange project under Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone
 arrow Chair rejects talks in JS on power crisis
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday staged a walkout from parliament for two minutes as the deputy speaker rejected its request to hold a discussion on severe power crisis and people's movement
 arrow Reform proposals pretext for creating constitutional crisis
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday termed the opposition's electoral reform proposals a new pretext for creating constitutional crisis and asked her opponents why they did not reform the caretaker system
 arrow Durga Puja begins
Hindu devotees are all set to invoke goddess Durga, daughter of the majestic Himalayas, with the Mahasaptami puja at some 19,000 puja mandaps across the country today.
 arrow 3 units collapse spelling darkness in north
Three power units with a total capacity of 171 megawatts at Baghabari river-port station collapsed suddenly last night, throwing 16 northern districts into darkness.
 arrow Govt delaying reforms in fear of polls defeat
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat four-party coalition government is making delay in carrying out the proposed electoral reforms fearing defeat in the upcoming
 arrow Outraged by outage
 arrow No Khaleda, no Hasina from Oct 10
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina will be out of the country from October 10.
 arrow 6 Hijbut Tawhid men held with books, leaflets
Six activists of Hijbut Tawhid, an Islamist group, were arrested in Gangni upazila of the district yesterday while they had been preaching their dogma.
 arrow 40 tortured bodies found in Baghdad
The bodies of 40 men who were shot and had their hands and feet bound have been found in the capital over the past 24 hours, police said yesterday.
 arrow ISI backs Islamist extremism, UK report says
British authorities have sought to head off expected protests by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf over a report alleging that his country's intelligence service backs Islamist extremism.
 arrow Mufti Hannan's brother remanded again
Banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad's (Huji) operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan's brother Mohibullah alias Mofizur Rahman was placed on a three-day fresh remand yesterday for the third time inconnection
Businessarrow Agrani Bank posts 29pc achievement in bad loan recovery in Jan-June
Recovery of bad loans from top twenty defaulters by Agrani Bank was remarkably high during the January-June period of the calendar year 2006 as it realised Tk 5.
 arrow Nitrofuran detector to be commissioned next month
Frozen food exporters have long last imported a nitrofuran detecting machine, which is expected to be in operation next month and solve the problem regarding presence of the antibiotic in export consignments,
 arrow Natural gas engines to be built in Bangladesh thru' joint venture
Malaga-based Advanced Engine Components (AEC) has announced plans to assemble natural gas (NG) engines in Bangladesh, after signing a memorandum of understanding with Inter Baraka Holdings Motors Ltd.
 arrow MRDI organises advanced training for journalists
A two-week long advanced training for journalists on WTO and Bangladesh Trade Policy concluded at the CCDB Hope Centre in Savar on Wednesday.
 arrow Doha Round could still be a success in 2007: Lamy
Frozen talks on reducing barriers to global commerce could be revived and brought to a successful conclusion by the end of 2007, World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said on Thursday.
 arrow India seeks UN intervention for reforms in IMF
Within weeks of losing its campaign to block greater powers to China in the International Monetary Fund, India on Wednesday demanded UN intervention for quota reforms in the multilateral funding agency
 arrow Citibank NA gets top ratings from Moody's
Moody's Investors Service, the leading provider of independent credit ratings, has upgraded the ratings of Citibank NA to Aaa for long-term deposits and to A for financial strength (both ratings are at
 arrow US Q2 GDP growth slows
A cooling housing market helped slow US economic growth more steeply than expected in the second quarter, the government reported on Thursday, while corporate profits grew feebly.
 arrow Etihad voted world's leading new airline
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been voted the world's leading new airline for the third consecutive year.
 arrow WTO to rule whether US is out of line
The World Trade Organisation decided on Thursday to examine whether the United States had fallen into line with an earlier order to remove its contested subsidies for cotton producers.
 arrow Oil steadies near $63
Oil steadied near $63 a barrel on Thursday, holding onto the previous day's gains supported by investment fund buying and speculation that Opec could trim output to bolster prices.
 arrow BB, banks to remain closed Monday
Bangladesh Bank (BB) and all scheduled banks will remain closed Monday on the occasion of Durga Puja (Bijaya Dashami), said a BB release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain curtails Tigers' return
Rain saved the blushes of the Tigers as the practice match between Bangladesh seniors and the second string side was washed out at the BKSP ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCL now from Oct 7
The Corporate Cricket League (CCL) is all set to begin on October 7, after the latest delay, with defending champions Beximco scheduled to take on new boys Chittagong Port Authority in the opening match.
 arrow Chess: GM Zia on top despite draw
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman stayed on course for title when he maintained solo lead in the 2nd University of Greenwich FIDE Rating Chess Tournament despite a draw in yesterday's seventh round.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy cleared of ball-tampering
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq was cleared Thursday of ball-tampering but found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute over his side's refusal to play during last month's fourth Test against
 arrow Cricket: Legends slam ICC decision
Pakistan legend Imran Khan on Thursday called for action to be taken against Australian umpire Darrell Hair after Inzamamul Haq was cleared on ball-tampering charges.
 arrow Football: Uzbekistan to play in Sylhet
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has given the Bangladesh Football Federation green signal to host the 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan in Sylhet.
 arrow Hockey: Wari Div I hockey champs
Wari Club became the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League champions with one match to spare when they edged Farashganj Sporting Club 1-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Red Sun KC beat Lalbagh Torun Sangha 2-1 in a super league match of the Pioneer Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza takes sweet revenge
Top seed Martina Hingis crashed out of the Korea Open in spectacular fashion on Thursday, losing to India's Sania Mirza in the second round 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
 arrow Cricket: No Hair in Champions Trophy
Controversial Australian umpire Darrell Hair will not officiate in next month's Champions Trophy in India because of security concerns.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam cool on appeal
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq Thursday said he was unlikely to appeal against a four-match ban for bringing the game into disrepute, effectively ruling him out of next month's Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: We're Aussie nemesis: Akthar
Fit-again paceman Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday said world champions Australia are beatable in next month's Champions Trophy as well as in next year's World Cup and that Pakistan can be their nemesis.
 arrow Cricket: Vengsarkar talks the talk
Indian cricket's new chief selector, Dilip Vengsarkar, on Thursday backed Sourav Ganguly's bid to return to the national team, saying no player would be discriminated against.
 arrow Football: Drogba puts Sofia to the sword
A hattrick by Ivory Coast international striker Didier Drogba inspired English Premier-ship champions Chelsea to a 3-1 victory over Levski Sofia in their Champions League group clash here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Reds Crouch Galatasaray
Peter Crouch scored twice, the second a stunning volley, as Liverpool held off an extraordinary second-half fightback to beat Galatasaray 3-2 in their Champions League Group C clash here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern end Italian jinx
Inter Milan's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League hang in the balance after they lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Messi magic saves Barca
Argentine international Lionel Messi scored a vital late equaliser as Champions League holders Barcelona snatched a 1-1 Group A draw with Werder Bremen here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie gets Ashes jibe
Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has launched into the Ashes mind games, querying whether it will be possible for Andrew Flintoff to bat and bowl well while captaining England.
 arrow Cricket: Asif again sidelined
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif was sidelined with back trouble as India's Uttar Pradesh reached 268 for seven against Sialkot on the opening day of a four-day game between the national champions.
 arrow Tennis: Henman reaches qtrs
Tim Henman won his second all-British battle in a row Thursday as he shrugged off a pair of poor line calls to defeat Alex Bogdanovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 for a place in the quarterfinals at the Thailand Open.
 arrow Football: PSV down Bordeaux
A second half goal from Mika Vayrynen kept Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven on course for the next round of the Champions League with a 1-0 win at Group C rivals Bordeaux on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho keeps faith with Sheva
Jose Mourinho has vowed to keep faith with Andriy Shevchenko for as long as it takes for the out-of-form Ukrainian striker to hit the goal trail for Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand reveals trophy torment
Rio Ferdinand admits his career will remain unfulfilled if he fails to add to his solitary Premiership title triumph with Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Eto'o faces lengthy layoff
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is facing up to three months on the sidelines after sustaining a bad knee injury in the Champions League game against Werder Bremen on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Moratti denies spying allegations
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti has denied allegations that the club hired private investigators to spy on disgraced referee Massimo De Sanctis.
 arrow Football: Vieira ban upheld
Inter Milan's appeal against the three-match Serie A ban given to their French midfielder Patrick Vieira has failed, the Italian football league's disciplinary council said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Bayern exact German revenge
Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath said his team's 2-0 Champions League victory over Inter Milan on Wednesday had been a triumph for the whole of Germany after poor recent results on Italian soil.
 arrow Football: West Ham fans arrested in Palermo
Italian police have arrested 20 West Ham United supporters after overnight clashes with Palermo fans in Sicily before Thursday's UEFA Cup match.
 arrow Football: Inter suffer media mauling
Italian media pilloried Inter Milan for their lack of self-control on Thursday after the Italian champions had two men sent off in a 2-0 Champions League defeat by rivals Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Carbone to play for Sydney
Italian striker Benito Carbone will start a four-week guest stint with Australian A-League champions Sydney FC next week, the club said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Form information commission to ensure good governance
Politicians, legal experts and civil society members at a dialogue yesterday suggested forming an independent information commission for proper enforcement of the proposed right-to-know law in order to
 arrow 'Foil evil bid to establish distorted history'
People of Bangladesh, unparallel in vigour and valour, will foil any evil attempt to establish a distorted history 36 years after their glorious victory in the War of Liberation in 1971, said the leaders
 arrow Protest Against Load-shedding
Residents of different areas of the city go berserk yesterday in protest against unbearable power outages, resulting in clashes with the police. (1) Agitating people go on rampage in Mirpur section-10.
 arrow Jubo League man stabbed to death, mugger lynched
A Jubo League activist was stabbed to death at Motijheel in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow JJ in city to promote brotherhood
Jeffrey Rony Polnaja, who is on a world tour on motorbike, said he hopes that his visit to Bangladesh would stir up the spirit of brotherhood and peace in the hearts of Bangladesh people.
 arrow Khaleda invites Hasina to iftar
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has invited Awami League president and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina to an iftar party at the Prodhanmantri Bhaban on October 1.
 arrow RU controversial recruits allowed to work until Dec 13
After new tactics for assuring the jobs of 544 controversially recruited employees turned futile, the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have hastily allowed them to work for four months.
 arrow Depression in Bay
The well-marked low over the Bay moved northwestwards and intensified into a depression.
 arrow Beggar tortured by retired army officer in Barisal
An elderly woman beggar became unconscious after a retired army officer tortured her in his house in Battala area of the city yesterday morning.
 arrow UK Chief Secy to Treasury arrives tomorrow
The UK's Chief Secretary to the Trea-sury, Stephen Timms MP, will arrive here tomorrow on a four-day visit.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Prof Aftab today
Qulkhwani of Prof Aftab Ahmed, a teacher of Political Science Department of Dhaka University (DU) and former vice-chancellor of National University, will be held at DU central mosque after Asr prayers
 arrow Book launching ceremony
The launching ceremony of a book titled 'Understanding Terrorism in South Asia: Beyond Statist Discourse' edited by Prof Imtiaz Ahmed will be held at the BIISS Auditorium at 1/46 Elephant Road, Eskaton
Point-Counterpointarrow Government action too little, too late
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has stepped in for combating the price spiral in the aftermath of the commerce minister washing his hands of his responsibility. Principal Secretary Dr.
 arrow Short-lived honeymoons
Martial law has only a short-lived honeymoon. It fails to woo people permanently. These sentences by an ex-Brigadier (Brig.
 arrow Another black chapter in Pakistan's history?
Gen. Musharraf has opened a black chapter in Pakistan's history by brutally killing a popular tribal leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was branded as a "terrorist" creating "trouble for Pakistan.
 arrow Bangladeshi movies at the Oscars?
For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamt that one day a Bangladeshi would be able to produce a film which would make a profound impact at the Oscars.
 arrow They also serve
The World Health Organization puts the number of disabled people in Pakistan at around 10 per cent of the total population while the government's estimate is far lower -- three per cent of the population.
Culturearrow Hyder Husyn and his candid, razor sharp words
Keuba gorey shonar Bangla, keu swanirbhor Bangladesh
Keuba gorey notun Bangla, goragorir neiko shesh
Keuba daye vote-er adhikar, keuba khawar daal-bhat
Shobai abar ek shurey koy shoirachari

 arrow In search of greener pastures
Actor-turned-director Shahidu-zzaman Selim has produced well-appreciated mega serials Sporsher Bairey, Rangchhut, Agontuk, Gourochandrika and some single episode plays.
 arrow Shiropa's "Five finger puppets"
Speaking at the inauguration of eight year-old Shiropa Purna's film "Five Finger Puppets" at the Bengal Gallery, her father, Khaled Mahmud Mithu said that Shiropa has an ideal setting for her work at
 arrow fan mail
In this month's issue of fan mail, Razzak, our featured artiste answers your questions

Why are the offspring of hugely popular movie actors/actresses never as successful as their

 arrow Jake and Reese's Egyptian "Rendition"
Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon are in final negotiations to star in New Line Cinema's Middle East political thriller Rendition.
 arrow Shakira bags 6 Latin Grammy nominations
Colombian yodeller Shakira scooped six Latin Grammy nominations last Tuesday, including record and album of the year, vying with newcomers and established stars of the Spanish language music world.
Generalarrow 'Law and its proper enforcement needed to ensure right to know'
Not only a law but also its proper enforcement is a must for ensuring people's right to information, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws kill UP member
Outlawed Jonojuddho, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), chopped a Union Parishad (UP) member to death at Rishkhali Bazar in Harinakundu upazila in Jhenaidah on Wednesday night.
 arrow Concern over frequent power outage
Different political parties yesterday voiced concern over frequent power cuts and condemned police atrocities on demonstrators in the city.
 arrow RMG, leather workers' strike Oct 15
Bangladesh National Council of Textile, Garments and Leather Workers will enforce a 24-hour strike at all the textile, garment, leather and jute mills and factories on October 15 demanding review of the
 arrow Distortion of history protested
Two hundred and one teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday in a statement protested telecast of a documentary in the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) that distorts history of liberation war
 arrow One dies in Ctg road mishap
One person was killed and two others injured in a road accident at Choumuhuni in the port city on Wednesday night.
 arrow BFUJ, DUJ demand 300pc salary hike
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) expressed their deep concern at the dilly-dallying by Information Ministry and Wage Board chairman in announcing the
 arrow Death threat to JU teacher
Some unidentified miscreants yesterday threatened to kill a teacher of Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow 5 Bangladeshis arrested in Jammu
Five Bangladeshis who were trying to crossover to Pakistan have been apprehended by security forces in RS Pura sector of Jammu division, officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow US Mission closed on Oct 2
US Embassy offices, including The American Centre, Archer K Blood American Centre Library, and the student counselling service will be closed on October 2 on the occasion of Durga Puja, a Bangladeshinational
Editorialarrow Editorial: Right to information
International Right to Information Day passed off yesterday. It is a day of great significance and relevance to Bangladesh, especially in the prevailing status of various basic rights.
 arrow Editorial: KEPZ receives the nod
After five years in hibernation, the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) is warming up with the government having taken a decision to provide it with the licence to operate.
 arrow More democracy, not less
I'll let you into a little secret that I have learned traveling the world. Wherever you go, people are all the same. They all want more or less the same thing.
 arrow They drowned, we sank
When a cow rolls its tail in its own dung, we call it a mess. When someone wallows in the mud of his own mistake we call it shame. But politics is the name of the game with a different twist.
 arrow Abe takes the helm
The Japanese Diet in an extraordinary session has voted Shinzo Abe, the newly elected leader of the country's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), to the post of prime minister to succeed Junichiro
Letters to Editorarrow Ramadan and moon sighting
Ramadan "is far beyond sighting the moon," The purpose of Ramadan is to develop self-restraint.
 arrow Nightmare in Ramadan
It was 2nd Ramadan. I left the office at 4.00pm. I was trying to hire a CNG for returning home, which would cost me 5 times more than the normal bus fare. However, I failed to hire one.
 arrow Iftar party
With due respect to the solemnity of Ramadan, I want to raise a few questions regarding Iftar parties organised with tax payers' money. We have seen the first one organised for high officials.
 arrow Filthy note
We, the common people, have to suffer a lot because of the worn-out two taka notes.
 arrow Assassination of Prof. Aftab
Former vice-chancellor of the National University (NU) Prof. Aftab Ahmed died after struggling for life since assailants shot him in his residence on Saturday last.
 arrow Attention: vegetable exporters
I am an expatriate Bangladeshi, working in Sri Lanka since 2005. I have found prices of vegetables too high in Sri Lanka, especially in Colombo and suburban towns.
 arrow Muslims and the world at large
Syed Badrul Ahsan's write-up should help Muslims understand why they lag behind the followers of other religions. Having said that, I want to answer a question that Mr.
 arrow Cox's Bazaar
An unusual calm prevails after sunset. Few visitors are seen loitering at the beachside market. Rest retire for gossip in the hotel rooms or slowly creep into the restaurants.
 arrow World Maritime Day
September 28 is the World Maritime Day, celebrated all over the world.
 arrow E-governance
E-governance or electronic governance may be defined as delivery of government services and information to the public using electronic means.
 arrow Corrupt politicians
I fully agree with Mr Syed Husain that this is the high time to stand against the misguided politicians.
Environmentarrow Finding life for the lifeline of the city
During the last two decades the country has experienced phenomenal urban growth.
 arrow Sanitation scenario since SACOSAN 2003
The first South Asia Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) was held in Dhaka from October 21 to 23, 2003, and was organised and hosted by Bangladesh.
 arrow Phylogeny for plant life
Phylogeny is the history of the evolution of a species or group, especially in reference to lines of descent and relationships among broad groups of organisms.
Worldarrow South Asia: Nepali Maoists slam govt as peace talks delayed
Nepal's Maoist rebels accused the multi-party interim government on Thursday of reneging on promises and setting new conditions in a bid to hold on to power as formal peace talks between them were further
 arrow South Asia: Lankan military, rebels violate truce: Monitors
Sri Lanka's military and the Tamil Tigers have grossly violated a 2002 ceasefire in the past two months, Nordic truce monitors said yesterday, accusing both sides of hampering their work.
 arrow South Asia: India to double troops along Bhutan border
India will more than double troops guarding its border with Bhutan to prevent rebels setting up bases in the tiny kingdom to launch deadly attacks across the border, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan doesn't supports terrorism, says Musharraf
President Pervez Musharraf denied allegations made in a British military policy paper that Pakistan had indirectly supported terrorism, and said he would bring up the matter in discussions with PrimeMinister
 arrow South Asia: Ulfa envoys pull out of peace process
Representatives of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) said yesterday they had pulled out of a year-old peace process with the government, accusing New Delhi of being insincere.
 arrow South Asia: Pak easy visa policy excludes Indians
Pakistan will be issuing visas on arrival to visitors from more than 20 countries, but not from neighbouring India, Tourism Ministry officials said yesterday, clarifying a report by the state-run news
 arrow South Asia: Afghan offensive killed 300 rebels
Around 300 insurgents have been killed in a US-led coalition and Afghan military operation that has been under way along the border with Pakistan for weeks, the coalition said yesterday.
 arrow Bush urges Pak, Afghan allies to unite in terror war
Before they sat down with President Bush for a peacemaking dinner at the White House, the bickering leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan shook hands with their host but not with each other.
 arrow Syria defies US threat, still backs Hezbollah
Syria will keep supporting Hamas and Hezbollah despite US threats to impose more sanctions on it, a government newspaper said on Thursday.
 arrow Iran-EU 'positive' talks fail to reach accord
Talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana failed to produce an accord but were positive and constructive, both men said yesterday.
 arrow Olmert hopes to meet Abbas in coming days
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he hoped to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas within days for a summit the international community believes could help revive peace talks.
 arrow No damage after Samoa quake generates small tsunami
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of up to 7.0 hit near the South Pacific nation of Samoa on Thursday and triggered a small tsunami but there were no reports of damage, officials said.
 arrow Gunman kills hostage, self in US standoff
A gunman took six girls hostage at the high school in this mountain town Wednesday, using them as human shields for hours before he shot and fatally wounded a girl and then killed himself as a SWAT team
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