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Front Pagearrow Venue complexity takes reform talks back
The formal dialogue between the ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) over electoral reforms will not start today as complexities arose at the last moment yesterday over settling a venue for the
 arrow BNP readies response to AL demands
The ruling BNP has identified 42 points from the main opposition Awami League's (AL) proposal for the reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission while their leaders are preparing
 arrow AL to place 31-point reform proposals
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil will place 31-point electoral reform proposals at the beginning of the much-awaited dialogue with the ruling BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan,
 arrow Cops maul gold medallist shooter Asif
Police yesterday severely beat up three shooters including Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Asif Hossain Khan storming into the National Shooting Federation Complex in Gulshan following a trivial argument
 arrow Automatic fuel pricing formula on cards
An automatic fuel pricing formula will be introduced by the end of the current fiscal.
 arrow Power shortage further dips
A 225 MW unit of Meghnaghat power plant was shut down yesterday, bringing down the power generation output to about 3,000 MW during the peak hours.
 arrow Unruly workers ransack garment factory, vehicles
Unruly garment factory workers yesterday ransacked a factory and over a dozen vehicles at Mirpur in the capital after the factory staff beat up some workers.
 arrow Ershad doubts success of talks
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday expressed doubt over success of the intended dialogue between secretary-generals of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) to resolve the politicalimpasse
 arrow Durga Puja ends with festivity
The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindus, ended yesterday with the immersion of Durga idols all over the country.
 arrow Sunny applies to jail authorities for leave to appeal petition
Condemned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny submitted a special prayer to the jail authorities for filing leave to appeal yesterday, four days after he said that
 arrow Nobel prize for genetic discovery
Two US scientists, Andrew Fire and Craig Mello, yesterday won the Nobel Medicine Prize for discovering how to silence malfunctioning genes, a breakthrough which could lead to an era of new therapies to
 arrow Hamas govt halts work after clash with Fatah
Three Palestinians were wounded yesterday in West Bank clashes between gunmen from the ruling Hamas faction and its rival Fatah, the day after eight were killed in factional unrest in Gaza.
 arrow Rice can't recall CIA warning of al-Qaeda attack on US
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she cannot recall then-CIA chief George Tenet warning her of an impending al-Qaeda attack in the United States, as a new book claims he did two months before the
 arrow Ex-ISI officials may be helping Taliban
Pakistan's intelligence service has not aided renegade Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, but retired intelligence officials could be involved in their support, President Pervez Musharraf told US television
 arrow Four held for ransacking puja mandap
Police arrested four goons of infamous Fazal Haq Bahini at Raozan upazila in Chittagong on Sunday night after they ransacked a puja mandap. The arrestees are Jahur, Shah Alam, Mohammad Shafi and Liton.
 arrow BNP men block road to protest cancellation of PM's visit
A faction of ruling BNP activists yesterday blockaded Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Lalabazar on the outskirts of Sylhet city for an hour and a half protesting against the cancellation of the prime minister's
Businessarrow Changes in DSE listing rules on cards
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) looks set to bring about some changes in its listing regulations in order to develop further the capital market.
 arrow Limited access to market, tech hinders women entrepreneurship: Butenis
Lack of confidence among the women entrepreneurs is the key limitation for the development of women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, Patricia A. Butenis, US Ambassador in Bangladesh said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow ADB official calls for Asia-wide FTA
Major obstacles block Asia's prospects of becoming a common market, but a region-wide free-trade area is a realistic goal, an Asian Development Bank official said Monday.
 arrow Abe sets 2.2pc growth target over 10 years
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his government was targeting economic growth of at least 2.2 percent over the next decade, emphasizing the need for innovation to achieve a steady expansion.
 arrow Thai business leaders want revamp
While Thailand waits for an interim government, businessmen say they want the temporary economic advisers chosen by the coup leaders to restructure government economic agencies to function along the lines
 arrow EU to harden airline pricing rules
The EU announced on Monday that it is stopping airlines from agreeing prices among themselves for passengers buying a single ticket for a journey within the bloc on different flights and carriers.
 arrow Oil prices up on cuts by 2 Opec nations
Oil prices fluttered around $63 a barrel Monday as traders worried about whether production cuts by two key producing nations were harbingers of further restrictions by other Opec members.
 arrow India, South Africa ink partnership pact
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and South African President Thabo Mbeki on Monday signed a sweeping pact to cement ties between the regional powerhouses which serve as spokesmen for the world's have-nots.
 arrow Dollar hits five-month peak
Dollar hit a five-month high against the yen in Asian trade Monday as the market largely overlooked an upbeat Japanese business sentiment survey and opted to wait for US data instead, dealers said.
 arrow Emergency fund for Indian workers in KSA planned
The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia is mulling setting up an emergency fund for medical treatment of Indians working in the unorganised sectors in the Kingdom.
 arrow Hanoi to slash import tax on medicines
Vietnam will gradually slash import taxes on pharmaceuticals to an average of 2.
 arrow Nokia signs licence deal with Trimble
The world's top handset maker Nokia unveiled a patent-licensing deal with navigation technology firm Trimble Navigation on Monday.
 arrow Jamuna Bank declares 1.5pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
Jamuna Bank Ltd has declared a 1.5 per cent cash dividend and a 25 per cent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon 'best bank in Lanka'
Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Sri Lanka's leading private sector bank, has again been recognised as the 'Best Bank' in the island country by Global Finance, one of the top financial publications in the USA,
 arrow Japan, KSA to launch talks on investment
Japan said Monday it will begin two days of talks with Saudi Arabian officials here Thursday on ways to strengthen investment ties with the oil-rich Gulf nation.
 arrow BAT Bangladesh receives EHS Gold Merit Award
British American Tobacco Bangladesh has recently received BAT plc's highest level recognition for excellence in the area of environment, health and safety (EHS), says a press release.
 arrow China's foreign loans stand at $298b by June
China's outstanding foreign loans had reached 297.944 billion US dollars by the end of June, up 6.01 percent or 16.
 arrow Manufacturing index falls in US
US manufacturing grew at a cooler pace in September but still reflected steady overall growth, a survey by the Institute of Supply Management showed Monday.
Sportsarrow Declare it Black Monday
Anybody who watched the different private TV channels on Monday airing footage of country's ace shooter Asif Hossain limping off the CMM's Court with marks of police brutality vivid on different parts
 arrow Cricket: Can Tigers do it now?
Bangladesh will have to strive to improve their dismal Champions Trophy record in the upcoming edition.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani amble into final
Abahani stormed into the final of the Shah Sports Club Cup Hockey Tournament with a convincing 2-0 win over Mariner Youngs Club in the first semifinal yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy gets star cast
The triumphant return of Sachin Tendulkar may not be to the taste of non-Indian bowlers, but millions of cricket fans who prayed for his recovery will look to the master batsman to set the Champions Trophy
 arrow Cricket: Nobody cares!
With Australia and England concentrating on the Ashes and the rest nervously awaiting the World Cup next March, is anyone really interested in winning the Champions Trophy? The International Cricket
 arrow Cricket: BCCI eyes ICC's global rights
India's cricket chiefs said on Monday they will bid to secure the International Cricket Council's (ICC) global media and marketing rights for the next eight years.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath sounds a caution
Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya on Monday sounded a warning to bowlers ahead of the Champions Trophy in India, saying he was confident of finishing the tournament on an impressive note.
 arrow Cricket: Akram wishes Flintoff well
Andrew Flintoff faces a difficult time as England captain in next month's Ashes in Australia, his long-time friend and former Pakistan cricket great Wasim Akram said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Bradman Museum losing appeal to young generation
The Bradman Museum, established to honour Australia's greatest cricketer Don Bradman, is facing dwindling visitor numbers and may have to be reinvented for a generation more familiar with Shane Warneand
 arrow Cricket: Gayle licking his lips
West Indies opener Chris Gayle returns to his happy hunting ground hoping he will be at his explosive best in the upcoming Champions Trophy one-day tournament in India.
 arrow Cricket: Record-happy Asians!
If statistics alone won matches, Asian teams would win every one-day tournament in the world including the Champions Trophy starting in India on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bob looks beyond Inzi
Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer Monday urged his young side to learn to live without banned captain Inzamamul Haq at this month's Champions Trophy.
 arrow Hockey: Japan hold Australia
Australia missed a great opportunity to seal the top spot in Pool B when they where held to a goalless draw by Japan in the Women's World Cup field hockey tournament here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ball-tampering hearing hurt world: Benaud
Richie Benaud says last week's International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing into ball-tampering arising from last month's forfeited fourth Test between England and Pakistan has hurt world cricket.
 arrow Football: 'Ole, Ole' for United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's double strike sunk Newcastle and put Manchester United on top of the English Premiership on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Derby ends in stalemate
The cheers in the Santiago Bernabeu that greeted Real Madrid's 5-1 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev in midweek turned to jeers on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Atletico Madrid.
 arrow Football: Roma, Palermo share lead
Roma and Palermo claimed hard-fought 1-0 wins on Sunday to share top spot in Italy's Serie A.
 arrow Football: Heroes back for Azzurri
Strikers Alessandro Del Piero, Luca Toni and Vincenzo Iaquinta all won recalls when Italy coach Roberto Donadoni named his squad here Sunday for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia.
 arrow Football: Inter appointed spy!
A lawyer acting for former Telecom Italia security chief Giuliano Tavaroli claims his client was asked by Serie A club Inter Milan to spy on disgraced Italian referee Massimo De Santis.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pakistan will accept Hair'
Pakistan would accept an ICC decision allowing controversial Australian umpire Darrel Hair to stand again in international matches, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Sunday.
 arrow Zimbabwe set for brief vigil
Zimbabwe are braced for their latest trial by fire in the heat of the Champions Trophy. Barring a miracle, their trip to India will be brief.
 arrow Football: Loew to rest stars
Germany coach Joachim Loew hinted he could rest key players in Saturday's friendly against Georgia in Rostock as he looks ahead to their Euro 2008 qualifier in Slovakia on October 11.
 arrow Football: Bommel snubs Basten call-up
Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel said Monday he no longer wants to play for the Dutch national team while Marco van Basten is in charge.
 arrow Football: Dida cuts national ties
Brazil goalkeeper Dida has effectively called time on his international career, coach Dunga said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hertha go top
Hertha Berlin shrugged off their midweek UEFA Cup disappointment to go top of the Bundesliga after a 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Torres a cheat'
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello didn't mince his words and called Atletico Madrid's Spanish international striker Fernando Torres a 'cheat' after the two clubs' 1-1 draw here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Marseille hot on Lyon's heels
Marseille notched up a 3-0 home victory over Toulouse on Sunday to keep on the heels of high-flying Lyon in the French championship.
 arrow Football: Die Mannschaft on celluloid
A top director who spent a year filming Germany's soccer team everywhere from hotel beds at dawn to shower-room entrances after matches has finished his epic documentary just in time for its premiere.
 arrow Football: Woodgate close to England recall
England manager Steve McClaren has promised Jonathan Woodgate he is on the brink of a recall to the national squad.
 arrow Football: Bent replaces Johnson
England have called up Charlton Athletic striker Darren Bent to replace the injured Andy Johnson for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia.
 arrow Football: 'C'Ron can be great'
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo can become one of his club's all-time greats.
Metropolitanarrow Nature reigns supreme in Banskhali Eco-Park
Banskhali Eco-Park, where nature reigns supreme, is located in the western edge of the Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary and 60 kilometres south of Chittagong Metropolitan City.
 arrow PM urged to relinquish charge to solve power crisis
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the prime minister (PM) to give up the responsibility of energy ministry to help solve existing power crisis in the country.
 arrow Talks on electoral reforms a 'very good' initiative
Visiting Chief Secretary to the Treasury of the UK Stephen Timms yesterday welcomed the initiative for holding a dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition, which is aimed at breaking the political
 arrow Janajuddho leader killed in 'crossfire'
A top leader of outlawed Janajuddho, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), was killed in a 'shootout' between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and his cohorts at Nilmoniganj village
 arrow 3 die in road mishaps
At least three people, including an army man, were killed in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi teens vow to resist eve teasing
The teenage boys and girls of Rajshahi in a dialogue vowed to resist the eve teasing and initiate social movement against the menace in the society.
 arrow Face natural disaster with courage
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam said the present government has provided all-out support for those affected by natural disasters including river erosion.
 arrow President hosts reception for Hindus
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Prof Dr Anwara Begum hosted a reception for the members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban yesterday on the occasion Durga Puja.
 arrow UK minister calls on Hasina
Chief Secretary to the Treasury of the UK Stephen Timms yesterday met the opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at her Shudha Sadan residence in the city and talked about a number of issues.
 arrow Ansars selling essentials at fair price
Ansars and Village Defence Party (VDP) have opened 30 outlets in different areas of the city to sell essential commodities at fair prices.
 arrow Vendor murdered in Khulna
A trader was stabbed to death allegedly by his friend at Tutpara in the city early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mintu Sheikh, 35, a chicken vendor.
 arrow Heroin worth Tk 2 crore seized in Joypurhat
BDR members seized 2.50 kg heroin worth over Tk 2 crore from a bus at Pikortoli on Mongolbari-Joypurhat road yesterday.
 arrow President, PM greet S Korean counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted their South Korean counterparts on the occasion of National Day of that country to be observed today.
 arrow PM inaugurates Arial Khan Bridge today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will formally inaugurate the Arial Khan Bridge during her whirlwind tour of the district today, officials here said.
 arrow Young man slaughtered in city
Police recovered a slaughtered body of an unidentified youth from an abandoned plot at Ranavola under Turag Police Station in the city yesterday.
 arrow President, PM greet German counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have greeted German President Horst Kohler and Chancellor Dr Angela Markel on the occasion of the National Day of that country.
 arrow Appeal for help
Mojibur Rahman, an employee of a foreign mission, has sought financial assistance from generous people for the treatment for his liver ailment.
 arrow Obituary
Muhammad Aulad Hossain, father of BS Jubayer, assistant coach of Bangladesh National Football Team, passed away due to old age complications at his Jamtala residence in Narayanganj on Sunday night atthe
 arrow Urs Mubarak
A daylong Urs Mubarak of Alhaj Hazart Mazhar-e-Asare Karim Maulana Shah Sufi Sayed Abdur Rahim Shaheed (R) will be held at 'Mia Saheber Maidan' Khankah Sharif at Laxmibazar in the city today, says a press
Nationalarrow Law and order slides in 10 southwestern districts
Law and order situation in ten southwestern districts made a nosedive last month with at least 53 people killed. The figure was 41 in August, 46 in July and 32 in June, according to police records.
 arrow BNP aspirants engaged in mudslinging
Intra-party feud in Bandarban district BNP widened further as Saturday's scheduled party council could not be held due to rival factions' stand-off.
 arrow Seven BNP men vie for ticket
Feud over nomination has shattered BNP's prospect for regaining the Jatiya Sangsad seat in Patuakhali-3 constituency.
 arrow 2 killed in Kushtia, Chuadanga
Two persons including a widow were killed in two separate incidents in Kushtia and Chuadanga yesterday and on Sunday. The widow is Banuara Khatun, 55, of Dhubail village in Mirpur upazila, Kushtia.
 arrow Rail links in 2 Mymensingh routes snapped
Train communication from Jamal-pur to Dhaka via Mymensingh and Mymensingh to Netrakona via Bhairab was disrupted as two goods train derailed here yesterday afternoon, railway sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Pope's jihad
The recent comments of Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, about jihad or holy war and the way Prophet Mohammad (sm) preached Islam created uproar around the Muslim world.
 arrow Tribute to a teacher
Dr. Aftab Ahmad, a former Vice-Chancellor of National University, and a Professor of Dhaka University, was shot on September 23 and succumbed to bullet injuries on September 26; another victim of the unhealthy political culture of the country.
Culturearrow Richi on the semblance between reality and TV plays
Richi Solaiman embarked on her acting career in the much-acclaimed mini-series Iti Amar Bon in 1992.
 arrow Delving on the less featured subjects in documentaries
Alfred Khokon is a director working with offbeat programmes on TV. He caught public attention after making Mukto Khobor, a news-based programme on children.
 arrow Mini Screen
Tonight's episode of Joyitar Joyjatra highlights women in journalism.
 arrow All hail "The Queen"
If you're expecting a soggy biopic about a monarch known for her rigid formality, snap out of it; The Queen is one of the best and liveliest movies of the year.
Generalarrow UK considers increasing aid to Bangladesh
UK Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Timms yesterday said the British government is considering to increase its assistance to Bangladesh through DFID.
 arrow Kidnapped boy rescued in Ctg: 2 held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued a minor boy and arrested two alleged kidnappers here in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Two criminals arrested with firearm in Ctg
Two criminals with a firearm were arrested by Chittagong Metropolitan Police in separate raids in the city on Sunday night.
 arrow 2 electrocuted in Mymensingh
Two people, including a schoolboy, were electrocuted at village Chakrampur in Trishal yesterday. The dead were identified as Pradip, 35, and Rubel, 15.
Internationalarrow 'Iran to suspend nuke drive if incentives are guaranteed'
Iran will suspend nuclear activities when it is guaranteed delivery of a package of incentives offered by the West, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said in an interview published Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan, US sign letter of acceptance for F-16s
Pakistan and United States have signed a letter of acceptance for a multi-billion dollar package to supply the Pakistan Air Force with F-16 warplanes, an air force spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Norway envoy moves to arrange crunch talks
Norway's peace envoy began a fresh bid on Monday to arrange crunch talks between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka's government to halt renewed violence, as sporadic shelling continued in the island's besieged
 arrow Lebanon deploys army on Israel border
The Lebanese army will confront any new Israeli "aggressions", Army Commander Brigadier General Michel Sleiman warned Monday as the military deployed along the southern borders for the first time in almost
 arrow Battle for control of US Congress intensified
President George W.
 arrow 50 bodies found in Iraq
At least 50 corpses were discovered scattered around Baghdad overnight while three marines died in separate incidents in Iraq's restive western province of Anbar, police said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal's isolated king comes out in support of peace
Nepal's King Gyanendra called for the success of a fragile peace process in the Himalayan nation on Monday, his first public comments since being forced to cede political power in April.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks may resume at month-end
Pakistan said yesterday that peace talks with India could resume in late October, and offered to take action if proof was given that Pakistani spies and militants were involved in bomb attacks in Mumbai
 arrow 17 killed as Myanmar troops, rebels clashes
Seventeen ethnic minority villagers have been killed in Myanmar in clashes between the military and an insurgent group battling the junta, state-run media reported yesterday.
 arrow Israel's Lebanon bombardment visible from space
Israel's recent bombardment of Lebanon was clearly visible with "the naked eye" from space, a Russian cosmonaut based at the time on the international space station said yesterday.
 arrow Brazil's Lula faces run-off in shadow of scandals
Battered by a string of political scandals, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva squandered what seemed to be a sure first-round election victory and now must face a run-off vote against an energized
 arrow New Thai PM a model general who shunned politics
When Thai soldiers fired on crowds of pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok in 1992, killing dozens, General Surayud Chulanont was head of special forces units seen dragging demonstrators through the lobby
 arrow Dengue kills 14 in India, affects over 400
Thousands of health workers in New Delhi went door to door yesterday spraying pesticides to stop the spread of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease that has killed 14 people in northern India in the
 arrow Grenade attack kills child, injures 16 in Assam
A young man on a motorcycle tossed a hand grenade at people celebrating a major festival in India's northeast, killing an 8-year-old child and wounding 16 others, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Speaker's sweeping rejection of notices
It is rather disquieting that the Speaker thought it fit to reject the very large number of notices from the opposition MPs for discussion on extremely important issues relating to the public interest.
 arrow Editorial: Traffic congestion and rallies
In recent times, the city dwellers have been experiencing unprecedented traffic jams causing immense suffering to them.
 arrow A window of opportunity
I welcome the development that the general secretaries of BNP and Awami League are at last meeting on behalf of their respective parties and alliances to discuss the reform proposals of the opposition
 arrow Living without land but with a ladder
Undeniably, perhaps, land is an important asset that affects rural livelihood systems.
 arrow Congress attempts course correction
Has the Congress party emerged stronger or weaker from its Chief Ministers' conclave at Nainital? And is it better prepared for the Assembly elections due in 2007 in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttaranchal,
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