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Front Pagearrow AL, BNP ready for talks on reforms
The ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) might begin today or tomorrow the long-awaited dialogue to break the current political stalemate over reforms in the caretaker government and electoralsystems.
 arrow Life became difficult on many counts
Five years from now, the BNP-led four party alliance won a landslide victory in the eighth parliamentary election riding on a number of pledges, including ensuring good governance, but in reality thesituation
 arrow RMG workers ransack Uttara police station
At least 50 people including 10 policemen and three journalists were injured during a series of clashes between the law enforcers and garment workers at Uttara in the capital yesterday when the workers
 arrow Power crisis deepens for powerful quarter
The exit of the state minister Anwarul Kabir Talukder will hardly help improve the acute power crisis as the problem lies elsewhere in the government, said a number of top officials of the sector yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda pledges to solve power crisis if reelected
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blamed the opposition for resorting to destructive activities, making electricity an issue.
 arrow Protests on against outages
Violent and persistent agitation protesting erratic power supply continued across the country yesterday.
 arrow Graft, poor infrastructure pull country down
Corruption and poor infrastructure are the number one and two factors that pulled down Bangladesh in the global competitiveness index (GCI) in 2006.
 arrow PM is responsible for power crisis: Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for power crisis across the country as she holds the portfolio of the power ministry.
 arrow 16 Satkhira villages flooded
Three days of downpour coupled with the overflowing Kapotakkha river have left over 30,000 people in 16 villages of Tala upazila marooned for two weeks.
 arrow Kumari Puja observed
The Hindu devotees across the country will observe the Mahanabami at Puja Mandaps today amid due religious fervour and festivity.
 arrow Talks possibility inspires new hope
Civil society members and diplomats yesterday expressed hope that the planned dialogue between the secretaries-general of BNP and Awami League (AL) will resolve the current political dispute for a free
 arrow Brac expands programmes in Africa
After its successful operations in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh's first international non-government organisation (NGO) Brac is now expanding its programmes to Africa.
 arrow Talukder skips PM's visit to his district
Removed state minister for power Anwar Kabir Talukder was absent during the prime minister's visit to his district Jamalpur yesterday.
 arrow 500 shanties gutted in fire at city slum
At least three children are missing after a devastating fire gutted over 500 shanties, rendered 2,500 people homeless and injured 10 people at Katasur in Mohammadpur in the city last night.
 arrow Drivers beat up doctor branding him 'carjacker'
A doctor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital and his two companions were injured as rental vehicle drivers beat them up last night at Muktangon following a row over hiringof
 arrow Time limit for submission extended to Oct 19
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday extended time limit for submitting income tax return for individual category from September 30 to October 19, responding to the demand of different occupational
 arrow ISI, Lashkar behind Mumbai blasts
Indian police said yesterday they had found evidence that Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the July 11 serial blasts in Mumbai and Pakistan's military spy agency was behind the
 arrow New US sanction bill targets Iran allies
The US Congress early yesterday gave its final approval to a new set of sanctions targeting foreign countries that continue nuclear cooperation with Iran and sell it advanced weaponry.
 arrow Brazil plane crashes over Amazon with 155 aboard
A Brazilian airline passenger plane with 155 people on board disappeared over the Amazon jungle and was believed to have crashed, local officials and news reports said.
 arrow Qaeda video brands Bush a liar
al-Qaeda No 2 Ayman al-Zawahri called President Bush a failure and a liar in the war on terror in a video statement released Friday, and he compared Pope Benedict XVI to the 11th century pontiff who launched
 arrow Five injured as tank lorry explodes
A massive explosion wrecked a petroleum lorry yesterday that injured at least five people critically and damaged four buses at Mymensingh bus stand at Gaital area.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth near Roghunatpur border at midnight on Friday.
Businessarrow Rupali recovers 8.29pc loan from 20 defaulters
Rupali Bank Limited lagged far behind its annual target of recovery in bad loans from top 20 default borrowers, posting only a 8.
 arrow Bangladesh to benefit from transit to India
Bangladesh can reduce its huge trade deficit with India if the country offers transit facilities to the next-door neighbour, a Dhaka University professor told a discussion yesterday.
 arrow India's 8.9pc growth in Q1 beats most forecasts
India beat most predictions by reporting 8.9 per cent economic growth in the first quarter to June as the ruling Congress-led coalition completed half the term of its five-year electoral mandate.
 arrow Top China companies' earnings may fall in '07
Although China's largest firms are set to enjoy bumper earnings this year, the forecast for 2007 is not quite so rosy, according to a report released by global lending rating house Standard & Poor's.
 arrow WTO allows time for appeals before final GMO ruling
The WTO on Friday confirmed its partial condemnation of the European Union in a dispute with the United States, Canada and Argentina over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), giving the parties 60 days
 arrow Pak PM wants textiles to be competitive
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has called for making the textile industry viable, more competitive and sustainable in view of the paradigm changes in the industry globally.
 arrow 6-day Asian Eid fair begins today
A six-day Eid fair of goods produced by Asian women entrepreneurs begins today at National Shooting Federation, Gulshan in Dhaka.
 arrow BGMEA wants uninterrupted power to meet export deadline
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged the authorities to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for the garment factories to enable them to timely complete
 arrow New MD of Pubali Bank
Helal Ahmed Chowdhury has been appointed managing director of Pubali Bank Ltd, says a press release. Prior to this assignment he was additional managing director of the same bank.
 arrow Pakistan to fund youths for self-employment
Pakistani government has set aside a sum of 12 billion Pakistani rupees (about 200 million US dollars) as loans for self-employment of the youth in the country, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan
 arrow Kuwait headed for another year of record income
Opec member Kuwait is on course for another year of record income after a sharp rise in revenue in the first five months of the current fiscal year, a report said Saturday.
 arrow GE plans to increase investment in Indonesia
US-based General Electric (GE) plans to increase investment in manufacturing locomotive and power plant in Indonesia, the company top official said here Friday.
 arrow Lower gas prices may help auto sales
When Nelson Ropke recently replaced his Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle with a Chrysler Pacifica crossover, gasoline prices were top-of-mind.
 arrow Dollar firm on solid US data
The dollar was higher against the other major currencies Friday on data suggesting that the US economy is enjoying a soft landing, traders said. The single European currency bought 1.
 arrow Nigeria, Venezuela to cut oil output
Opec members Nigeria and Venezuela are to cut their crude oil production in the face of sliding prices, a move limited in scope and likely to have an uncertain impact on the market.
 arrow Vietnam's rice export drops
Vietnam is estimated to ship abroad over 4.1 million tons of rice valued at more than 1.1 billion US dollars in the first nine months of this year, posting respective year-on-year decreases of 8.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Target second round
Bangladesh cricket team set off for India today with one complaint against a force they can hardly dictate.
 arrow Chess: Rakib clinches Rating title
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib became champion in the senior section of the second University of Greenwich FIDE Rating chess tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: I forgive him: Inzy
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq said Saturday he would not seek legal action against Australian umpire Darrell Hair after being cleared of ball tampering charges by the ICC.
 arrow Cricket: Boycott blasts Hair
English cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott has lambasted Australian umpire Darrell Hair for attempting to "play God" in his handling of the forfeited fourth Test between England and Pakistan.
 arrow WADA to test players
Two players from each of the ten participating teams would be selected at random and subjected to dope tests by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) officials during the Oct 7-Nov 5 ICC Champions Trophy
 arrow Hockey: Germany edge out India
Unlucky India were beaten 3-2 by Germany in the women's field hockey World Cup here on Friday having briefly been in sight of victory.
 arrow Tennis: Blake sends Safin packing
James Blake denied Marat Safin a place in his first final in more than a year as he staged a comeback to pip the Russian 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) at the Thailand Open Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Ancic crashes out
Second-seed Mario Ancic was sent packing from the inaugural ATP Mumbai Open here on Friday after losing to veteran Stefan Koubek of Austria in the quarter-finals.
 arrow Cricket: Ranjan calls for diplomacy
Senior official Ranjan Madugalle has warned umpires must do their utmost to prevent another forfeited Test.
 arrow Cricket: Reverse swing legal: Jones
Simon Jones, the England fast bowler, has hit out at suggestions that reverse swing is only possible when the ball has been tampered with.
 arrow Football: A forgettable day for Reds
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina had a day to forget as Rafa Benitez saw his team suffer their third successive Premiership away defeat with a 2-0 loss at Bolton on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hanover earn Dortmund draw
Hanover 96 twice came from behind in a furious second-half spell to earn a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Friday.
 arrow Football: No place yet for Becks
David Beckham's chances of ever adding to his tally of 94 caps for England appear extremely slim after head coach Steve McClaren declined the perfect opportunity to recall the 31-year-old.
 arrow Football: Makelele settles int'l career
Wantaway France midfielder Claude Makelele said Saturday he would not extend his international career again by competing in the upcoming European championships.
 arrow Hockey: Farashganj finish 2nd
Farashganj Sporting Club ended their Green Delta Insurance Metropolis First Division Hockey League as runners-up by outplaying close-rivals Bachelors SC by 3-0 goals in their last super-four match atthe
 arrow Cricket: No WC ticket auctions
World Cup organisers are clamping down on tickets for next year's Caribbean showpiece being auctioned off on websites.
 arrow Cricket: Uttar Pradesh trounce Sialkot
Experienced batsman Rizwan Shamshad outshone promising youngsters as Uttar Pradesh thrashed Sialkot by 316 runs to lift the Mohammad Nissar Trophy here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-Test star blackmailed
A man appeared in an Australian court on Saturday charged with blackmailing former Australian Test cricketer Craig McDermott over explicit videos, local media reported.
 arrow Football: Le Guen a French spy!
Rangers boss Paul Le Guen is ready to face the wrath of Scotland by helping France coach Raymond Domenech plot the Scots' downfall in a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier next week.
 arrow Football: United abused at Benfica!
Manchester United have complained about racist abuse and monkey chants directed at some of their players during Tuesday's Champions League win at Benfica.
 arrow Football: Hungarians protest Euro 2012 bid
Hungarian fans on Friday protested against the country's bid to host the European Championships and called for their football federation to put its house in order.
 arrow Alonso takes Shanghai pole
Defending world champion Fernando Alonso was brimming with confidence after dominating qualifying session for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
 arrow Football: Saha filling Ruud void
Louis Saha has spent almost three years attempting to prove himself at Manchester United but the French striker believes he is now finally living up to his 12.6-million-pound transfer fee.
 arrow Football: English FA waging war on corruption
The English Football Association stepped up their battle against corruption on Friday by recruiting more 'bung-busters' for their compliance unit.
 arrow Golf: Woods to give rivals break
World number one Tiger Woods has vowed not to pick up a golf club for a fortnight following the current World Golf Champion-ship event here.
 arrow Football: No salary caps, says UEFA
The European Union and soccer authorities have no plans to introduce salary caps on players, the CEO of UEFA said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Rooney toiling to find form
Wayne Rooney was the last player off Manchester United's training ground on Friday as he seeks a remedy for his first slump in form in his two years at the club.
 arrow Football: Dudek dropped
Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has dropped Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek for his squad's European championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Portugal on Oct. 7 and Oct.
 arrow Tennis: Sugiyama in final
Fourth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Greece's Eleni Daniilidou routed their semifinal opponents to book a showdown in Sunday's final of the 145,000-dollar Korea Open.
Metropolitanarrow Need for common strategy to fight terrorism in S Asia underscored
Speakers at a book launching ceremony in the city yesterday underscored the need for a common strategy and extradition treaty among the countries in South Asian region to combat terrorism.
 arrow Move for dialogue a ray of hope to end political crisis
Leaders of both ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday showed positive attitude over the much-awaited dialogue on electoral reforms while civil society members and business leaders also
 arrow Strong network a must to control use of drugs
Speakers at a meeting yesterday underscored the need for building networks among law enforcer agencies to control the use of drugs and narcotics and prevent spread of HIV/AIDS in the city.
 arrow $15 b British aid to promote edn worldwide
Bangladesh will receive a substantial amount from a $15 billion British aid package designed to promote education around the world over the next 10 years, visiting Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen
 arrow Mother, daughter gangraped in Barisal
A widow mother and teenage daughter of a poor minority family were gangraped in Barisal on Friday night.
 arrow Kidnapped student rescued, 6 held
Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday rescued a kidnapped student from a dormitory of Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University and arrested six people in this connection on Friday night
 arrow Schoolboy killed in road accident
A schoolboy died in a road accident at Koddarmorh area on the Dhaka-Bogra highway in Sirajganj district yesterday noon.
 arrow Sanitation month begins today
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday said sanitation in trains, launches and low-lying areas still remains a problem despite massive success in coverage of the facility across the country.
 arrow Robbery at Mohakhali
Armed robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth around Tk 2.5 lakh from a house at Mohakhali Wireless Gate in the city during Tarabi prayers last night.
 arrow AL distributes money among families of storm victims
Tk 1 lakh given by Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina was distributed among the relatives of those died or went missing in the recent Bay storm at Moheshkhali on Saturday.
 arrow Depression crosses Orissa Coast
The depression over northwest Bay of Bengal crossed Orissa-coast on Friday midnight and lies over Orissa and adjoining area as a land depression yesterday morning.
 arrow Medical board to review President's health today
The medical board constituted to treat president Iajuddin Ahmed is to meet today at Bangabhaban to review the latest health condition, a brief statement from Bangabhaban said yesterday.
Nationalarrow Heavyweights start campaign in Sylhet-1
Sylhet-1, one of the 'most sought after' seats in country, is warming up with heavyweight candidates from rival parties campaigning for the coming election.
 arrow Saifur blasts Kamran for 'poor show' as Sylhet mayor
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran alleging his failure to ensure civic amenities for city dwellers.
 arrow AL vows to wipe out corruption if voted to power
Awami League Presidium member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the 14-party alliance would make a corruption free Bangladesh if voted to power in the coming election.
 arrow VC, cops talk steps
Rajshahi University Vice-chancellor Prof Altaf Hossain held a close-door meeting with high officials of police and intelligence agencies at his residence Friday night and discussed security of teachers
Point-Counterpointarrow Coal, gas, and peanuts
It was the World Cup final, so after dinner I switched on the BBC to catch up on the news before watching the finals.
 arrow Terror in South Asia under the microscope
Since September 11, 2001, terrorism, effects of terrorism, and ways to fight terrorism have dominated the international political landscape.
 arrow How strange this land is!
Today is the fourth day of Ramadan in Bangladesh. In other areas of the Muslim world, east or west, it is the fifth or sixth. We have a moon sighting committee.
 arrow Good FDI, bad FDI
It is true that FDI needs for any country are mainly focused on attracting capital for business. However, it is also expected to bring in the technological and domain knowledge which is not availablelocally.
Culturearrow Nitun Kundu remembered
Speaking at a commemorative programme for Nitun Kundu, held at the National Museum yesterday, Qayyum Chowdury said, "Nitun Kundu is a significant name in our cultural arena.
 arrow Channel i and its multifarious roles
Topping the list of an online opinion poll (conducted by Bangladesh Cable TV Viewers Forum), Channel i is on an all-time high. Incidentally, Channel i turns 8 today.
 arrow Special programmes on Channel i anniversary
October 1 marks the 8th anniversary of satellite television station Channel i. To celebrate the occasion, Channel i has chalked out special programmes including discussions and TV plays.
 arrow 'Borat' upsets Kazakhstan
It was certainly one of the most unusual press conferences held recently.
 arrow Ramzaner Shad.

Generalarrow 50 injured, 40 motorcycles damaged
At least 50 people were injured and 40 motorcycles damaged during a fierce clash between two rival factions of ruling BNP here yesterday.
 arrow Mere AL-BNP understanding won't end political crisis
Mere understanding between ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League cannot save the country from political crisis, speakers said at a roundtable in the city yesterday.
 arrow Rival factions clash at Ctg AL confce: 20 injured
At least 20 Awami League activists were injured in a clash between two rival factions of Chittagong south district unit at its triennial conference at the Engineers Institute auditorium here yesterday.
 arrow President, PM greet Chinese counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday felicitated their Chinese counterparts on the occasion of the 57th National Day of China today.
Internationalarrow West will fail in 'war on terror' without Pakistan
The United States and its allies will fail in the so-called "war on terror" without the support of Pakistan and its intelligence service, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday.
 arrow Indo-US nuke deal ends up as 'unfinished business' on Senate plate
The Indo-US nuclear deal ended up as 'unfinished business' on the Senate plate as the House went into recess early on Saturday for the Congressional elections.
 arrow 20 killed in Lanka battle
At least 17 Tamil Tiger rebels and three policemen were killed in Sri Lanka yesterday, the security forces said, as the worst violence since a 2002 ceasefire grinds on despite peace talk pledges.
 arrow 12 killed in Kabul bombing
A suicide bomber detonated himself next to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry yesterday, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 40, an official said.
 arrow Monica Bedi gets 5yrs jail for forgery
A Hyderabad court sentenced former Bollywood actor Monica Bedi to five years in jail on Friday for passport forgery and cheating in a high-profile case involving an underworld leader.
 arrow US Congress okays ports security bill
Congress approved a major ports security bill early yesterday, providing new steps to prevent terrorists from slipping a nuclear, chemical or biological device into one of the 11 million shipping containers
 arrow Russian spat with Georgia intensifies
Russia was evacuating its embassy in Georgia on Saturday and had halted troop withdrawals from the country amid a deepening diplomatic dustup since the arrest by Tbilisi of four Russian officers on spying
Editorialarrow Editorial: It is good augury
At last we see a ray of hope emerging out of the current oppressive political impasse. It is a good augury that the BNP and the AL are considering to sit for the much-awaited dialogue on electoral reform.
 arrow Editorial: State minister's exit
With the exit of State Minister Anwarul Kabir Talukder from the power sector which has been limping under an acute shortage of electricity, this is the second time in four months that the state minister
 arrow Let fire rage, vote us to power again ...
Golden Bengal is burning, just as Lanka burned and Rome burned in the antiquated past. Hanuman set Lanka on fire to rescue Sheeta, wife of Avatar Rama, from the clutches of Lankadhipati Raksasraj Ravana.
 arrow The view from Dhaka
The Brookings Institution and Center for Global Development, led by Dr.
 arrow A new Musharraf?
General Pervez Musharraf has staged yet another coup. He has ousted the Musharraf who was always worried about his image and concerned about the support within Pakistan.
Special Supplementarrow China makes strides in poverty alleviation in rural areas
E villagers now can drink clean tap water as urban residents do," said Zhao Caihong, with a broad smile on her face.
 arrow MESSAGE
Today is the 57th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
 arrow China plans five-year leap forward of railway development
Powerful engine pulled passenger compartments for the first time into Lhasa, the remote capital of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on July 2.
 arrow Confucius Institute: Promoting language, culture and friendliness
Two thousand, five hundred and fifty-six years after his birth in China, Confucius is reliving his mission of "touring various kingdoms".
 arrow Beijing ticking down to 2008 Olympic games
Jia Shasha, a 20-year-old student in the Beijing-based Renmin University of China, is longing to become a volunteer at the 2008 Olympic Games.
 arrow Green Olympics: A Pledge to Honor for Beijing
His eyes opened for a second and closed again. Still in bed, Wo Niu reached out for the tiny alarm clock on the desk. He squinted at its round surface. The black short hand pointed at seven.
 arrow Driving the engine of democracy in China
He nods his head and beams when others refer to him as a "public hearing expert".
 arrow China to continue active use of foreign funds in coming five years
Although China will adjust its main purposes, concepts and industrial and zonal focuses of using foreign funds to adapt to the changing domestic and global situation, it will continue to actively andeffectively
Star Healtharrow Self management plays important role in controlling epilepsy
Epilepsy is a family of more than 40 neurological conditions that share a common symptom - seizure.
 arrow Keeping safe high risk pregnancies
When a woman becomes pregnant, she herself and all her family members eagerly wait for a beautiful and healthy baby.
 arrow Introducing newer vaccines to give more protection to your child
Vaccines are for protection against different infectious diseases. Achievement of EPI programme in Bangladesh is highly praised nationally and internationally.
 arrow A backup support of contraception
Unwanted pregnancy is a major leakage of our family planning management and population control.
 arrow Rural living easier on lungs
Living in the country may be good for respiratory health, according to a study conducted in Scotland, which suggests that rural as opposed to urban dwelling is associated with a lower prevalence of asthma.
 arrow Training on modern treatment of corneal disease at Islamia Eye Hospital
Islamia Eye Hospital (IEH) has started training programme for postgraduate ophthalmologists in order to improve the quality and standard of corneal treatment in the country, says a press release.
 arrow Your Doctor on Gastroenterology
Dear Doctor,
I had my gallbladder removed. I watch my diet but continue to have diarrhoea. Is this common? What can I do about it?
Abddullah Al Mamun, Dhaka.

Star Cityarrow Poor transport planning causes havoc
Rickshaws are clogging city roads linked with rickshaw-free roads because of short-sighted and faulty transport planning worsening the traffic chaos in the city.
 arrow New waves hit the city
Two new 24-hour private channels, Radio Today and Radio Foorti, have hit the radio waves recently, stirring up the wilting trend of listening to radio.
 arrow Rajuk issues third notice to BGMEA
With the Rajuk asking again and again to pay the penalty, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) looks for ways to evade the punishment for constructing its15-storey commercial
 arrow Mitford sans OT for two decades
Mitford Hospital, one of the biggest government hospitals in the city cannot provide the least service to emergency patients as the operation theatre (OT) at the casualty department has not functioned
 arrow Archway at the New Market

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