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Front Pagearrow Talks finally start today
Amid heightened hope in the public mind, the much awaited dialogue between ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) kicks off today in Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban to break the ongoing political impasse over
 arrow PM hopes reasonable solution to impasse
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said she hoped that good sense will prevail and the main opposition will agree to a reasonable solution to the impasse over electoral reforms through dialogue, not
 arrow Hasina urges Khaleda to accept reform proposals
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the prime minister to immediately implement the electoral reform proposals after reaching a consensus through a dialogue with the opposition
 arrow Final day's sitting sees healthy debate
The current parliament sat on the last workday yesterday before curtain is brought down on it after 23 days amid debates between the ruling and main opposition parties over the effectiveness of the House
 arrow Order given to arrest local operators of terrors hiding abroad
The home ministry has directed the intelligence agencies to arrest the local operators of the top terrors hiding abroad, as the authorities have information that they were planning to kill personalities
 arrow Road blocked, power office attacked again
Agitation for power continued yesterday all over the country including in Dhaka and Teknaf.
 arrow Tk 1,700 final pay package to be announced today
The Minimum Wage Board will announce today a final and single pay package for the workers in the readymade garment (RMG) sector recommending around Tk 1,700 as the minimum wage for the entry-level workers.
 arrow Karwan Bazar kitchen market to be relocated
The government is going to shift the wholesalers and retailers from the city's Karwan Bazar kitchen market to four other places in the capital with a view to introduce an improved market monitoring system
 arrow Jute mill workers block Dhaka-Ctg highway for 4hrs
Thousands of people travelling to the port city and the capital faced immense sufferings yesterday as the agitating jute mill workers in Chittagong blockaded the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at differentpoints
 arrow Federation to file case against cops
National Shooting Federation (NSF) yesterday decided to file a case against the policemen who assaulted national shooters and NSF employees at its complex in Gulshan on Monday.
 arrow Sanitation coverage goes up to 84pc in 3 years
Bangladesh made a spectacular progress in sanitation coverage from 33 per cent in 2003 to 84 per cent in 2006, a Unicef report revealed yesterday.
 arrow Fitra fixed at Tk 37
This year's fitra has been fixed at Tk 37 per head for Dhaka and its adjoining areas. For other parts of the country, the fitra has been fixed at the local market price of 1.650kg of flour or wheat.
 arrow Abbas mulls dissolving Hamas-led government
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he might opt to dissolve the Hamas-led government and that unity talks with the Islamist group had broken down.
 arrow Baghdad car bomb kills 14, wounds 75
At least 14 people were killed and 75 wounded in a car bomb attack in central Baghdad yesterday which targeted the convoy of Industry Minister Fawzi al-Hariri, Interior Ministry sources said.
 arrow DNA works earn US scientist Nobel prize in Chemistry
Roger Kornberg of the United States won the Nobel Chemistry Prize yesterday for work on a key process of life called genetic transcription, building on Nobel prizewinning discoveries by his own father.
 arrow Main accused meet mates on court building rooftop
Principal accused in 10-truckload of arms haul case Hafizur Rahman held meetings with his associates on the rooftop of Chittagong court building on Tuesday.
Businessarrow Govt set to undertake uplift projects to woo support
Availing of the aid for trade package the World Trade Organisation has offered to the globalisation-hit least developed countries (LDCs), Bangladesh government is now set to take up a number of uplift
 arrow Uncertainty looms over fixing date, sensitive lists
Fate of the Bimstec trade experts' talks has experienced a jolt as the member countries are yet to fix a suitable schedule for holding its 12th meeting, which was due in September in Myanmar, aiming to
 arrow Retail revolution in India set to hot up
Retail revolution in India is getting bigger and attracting top Indian corporate houses into the retail business.
 arrow Thai coup poses little economic threat to region: ADB
The coup in Thailand poses little threat to the Southeast Asian economies although Thai growth is set to slow after large public works projects were shelved, the Asian Development Bank's chief economist,
 arrow Vietnam's power sector lures foreign investors
Shares of companies in the electricity sector are attracting foreign investors' interest on all types of shares traded on the Ha Noi bourse, according to the Ha Noi Securities Trading Centre.
 arrow Quiet diplomacy to revive WTO: US
US trade supremo Susan Schwab expressed confidence Tuesday that a series of quiet contacts with WTO counterparts would revive a stalled drive to free up global commerce.
 arrow EU anti-dumping measures against China, Vietnam
The European Union on Wednesday adopted, by the narrowest of majorities, new anti-dumping measures to tackle imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam, a diplomatic source said.
 arrow Japanese to set up agro-based industry in Ishwardi
A Japanese company will establish an agro-based industry in Ishwardi Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$ 500,000.
 arrow Oil prices slump under $59
World oil prices sank under 59 dollars Tuesday, hitting their lowest points since mid-February as traders looked forward to healthy US inventories and lessened tensions over Iran.
 arrow Hanoi rubber export surges
Vietnam, the world's fourth biggest natural rubber exporter, shipped abroad 493,000 tons of rubber worth 946 million US dollars in the first nine months of this year, posting respective year-on-year surges
 arrow EU seeks new free trade areas
European trade chief Peter Mandelson on Wednesday presented a more liberal trade strategy for the bloc, seeking new free trade agreement (FTA) partners in areas that will benefit European exporters.
 arrow HSBC named Asia-Pacific best bank in cash management
HSBC retained the title of the 'Best Cash Management Bank in Asia-Pacific' for the fourth year in a row, according to a recent poll of Euromoney, one of the leading journals of the world's capital and
 arrow New president of ICSMB
Mohammad Asad Ullah has been elected president of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) for the term 2006-07.
 arrow African business climate changing fast: WB
Africa has the world's worst business environment but is reforming rapidly to scrap bottlenecks, red tape and antiquated laws, a World Bank report said Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Shooting in disarray
The National Shooting Federation (NFS) has decided to file a case against the policemen who were involved in assaulting national shooters and NFS employees on Monday at the National Shooting Complex in
 arrow Cricket: Perfect practice
All the worries of inadequate preparation of the Tigers is now put to rest as they made a solid start to their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a seven-wicket win over Punjab Cricket Association (PCA)
 arrow Cricket: WI look on bright side
When the West Indies won the 2004 Champions Trophy in the gloom of a London autumn, skipper Brian Lara hoped it would be the dawn of a new era for the fallen kings of one-day cricket.
 arrow Cricket: About time Kiwis flew
New Zealand has to overcome a long layoff and hope its injury prone stars stay fit if they want to repeat their 2000 victory in the Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' point to prove
Australia have won three World Cups but have come up short in the Champions Trophy, a failure that skipper Ricky Ponting wants his team to redress in this month's fifth edition in India.
 arrow Cricket: Epyllion to sponsor Tigers
Epyllion Group will sponsor the national cricket team for the ICC Champions Trophy in India, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officially announced yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar slightly happy
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said that he wants the same responsible batting from his top-order batsmen when the main event begins.
 arrow Cricket: A lazy Nafees
Vice-captain Shahriar Nafees is going to be heavily punished by the team management for being late in reaching the ground.
 arrow Cricket: Shiv Sena cautions Pakistan
A right-wing Hindu group has threatened to prevent Pakistan from playing in India in the Champions Trophy tournament scheduled to start this week, officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: MSC-Abahani final today
Abahani will face the challenge of archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club in the last attempt in defence of their Shah Sports Club Hockey Tournament title today.
 arrow Cricket: Bravery put to test
South Africa go to the Champions Trophy in India as the world's second-ranked one-day international team, determined to play the "brave cricket" pledged by coach Mickey Arthur.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch cruise into semis
The Netherlands maintained their unbeaten record in its pool games after eeking out a 0-0 draw with Germany in the women's field hockey World Cup here on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer fights to win
World number one Roger Federer found himself in a unexpected dogfight against qualifier Viktor Troicki before coming out on top in two tie-breaks to keep his Japan Open hopes alive Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Percy carps BCCI rigidity
Percy Sonn, the International Cricket Council president, has said that the Indian board's refusal to sign the Members' Participation Agreement (MPA) could put the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in jeopardy.
 arrow Football: McClaren set to tinker
Conscious that a perceived lack of tactical flexibility was one of the sticks used to beat his predecessor Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren insists he is ready to shake up England's formation on the
 arrow Football: Houllier, Domenech at loggerheads
France manager Raymond Domenech went on the defence Tuesday after being accused of lacking courtesy by Gerard Houllier.
 arrow Football: Ghana down Japan
World Cup revelations Ghana whipped hosts and Asian champions Japan 1-0 here Wednesday in a debut international friendly match for Frenchman Claude Le Roy as the Africans' coach.
 arrow Football: Becks denies quit claim
David Beckham's spokesman on Wednesday dismissed a claim made by Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon that the former England captain will quit in two years.
 arrow Football: Lampard has a point to prove
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insisted Wednesday that is determined to prove himself to new England boss Steve McClaren.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly days all but over
The Indian media on Wednesday predicted the end of Sourav Ganguly's cricket career after the former captain failed miserably in a trial one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle propels West Indies
West Indies opener Chris Gayle tuned up for the Champions Trophy with a blistering 101 off 82 balls in a practice match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Full marks to Komolkoli
Nandipara Komolkoli Shangsad drubbed Red Sun KC 3-0 in a Pioneer Football Super League match at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today (Wednesday).
 arrow Football: Dario full of gratitude
Former Uruguay striker Dario Silva expressed his gratitude on Tuesday for the support he has received since having his lower right leg amputated after a car crash last week.
 arrow Football: Bayern no option for Klose
Werder Bremen's German international striker Miroslav Klose said Wednesday that he is not interested in joining German champions Bayern Munich and if he leaves Werder it will be for a top club abroad.
 arrow Football: Kaiser apologises
Franz Beckenbauer apologised for the confusion surrounding his comments about South Africa's ability to host the 2010 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Coupet to bury WC heartache
France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet insisted Tuesday that he was ready to move on from the heartache of losing out to his old rival Fabien Barthez at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Dempsey best in the States
New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey, the only American to score a goal at this year's World Cup, was named US Soccer's national team Player of the Year here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Aussie stars set for swan song
Goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac, midfielder Stan Lazaridis and defenders Tony Vidmar and Tony Popovic are set to hang up their international boots after Australia's friendly against Paraguay on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barton escapes police charge
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has escaped a police charge after dropping his shorts in the direction of Everton supporters following their 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Collymore targeting comeback
Former England striker Stan Collymore revealed Wednesday that he is targeting a comeback. The former Liverpool and Aston Villa player has embarked on a three-week fitness programme in Tenerife.
Metropolitanarrow Volatile situation during caretaker govt if talks fail
The situation during the next three months of the caretaker government would be volatile if the proposed dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition fails to reach an agreement on electoral reforms
 arrow Form labour tribunal outside EPZ, reinstate workers
Bangladesh Centre for Workers' Solidarity (BCWS) yesterday demanded reinstatement of all suspended and terminated workers as well as convenors and members of all Workers' Representatives and Welfare Committees
 arrow 9 killed, 56 injured in road accidents
At least nine people were killed and 56 others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Jessore and Tangail on Tuesday and yesterday.
 arrow EMS can cut operation cost in super markets
Establishment of the Environment Management System (EMS) in super markets could reduce operational cost and power use, and improve corporate value.
 arrow Employees announce fresh agitation programme today
Officials and employees of Bangladesh Biman will launch a fresh movement to press for their demand for steps to resolve the financial crisis facing the national flag carrier and make it free from corruption.
 arrow 2 Ctg eateries, first food shop fined
A mobile court here yesterday in separate anti-adulteration drives fined two posh restaurants and one fast food shop around Tk 1.
 arrow 'No alternative to consensus on electoral reforms'
Jatiya Party Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju yesterday said there is no alternative but to reach a consensus over the opposition's electoral reforms to protect country's democracy and constitution.
 arrow One shot dead
One truck helper was shot dead by a gang of unidentified assailants at Shympur in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 2 RMG workers found dead in Gazipur
Police recovered decomposed bodies of two garment workers from a fish farm of Faukal village in the district. Md Helal, 20, and Al Amin,19, used to work at the Nilo knitting as sewing operators.
 arrow Constitutional committee of Sramik League formed
Humayun Kabir and Habibur Rahman Akand were made president and general secretary respectively of the constitutional committee of Bangladesh Sramik League at its bi-annual conference in the city recently.
 arrow PM takes Iftar with diplomats, judges
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday had an Iftar with diplomats, judges and former caretaker government advisors.
 arrow Journos restricted from entering RMCH
Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) authorities have imposed restriction on journalists and photojournalists from entering the hospital to perform their professional duties.
 arrow RU staffs demand job regularisation
Controversially recruited 546 Class III and IV employees of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday again asked the vice-chancellor to regularise their appointment.
 arrow Death threat to Rajshahi journo
An unknown miscreant threatened Rashed Ripon, a Rajshahi journalist, to kill him by ramming him under a truck.
 arrow RRSP lays siege to PDB chief engr's office
Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP) yesterday laid a siege to the chief engineer's office of Power Development Board in Rajshahi demanding uninterrupted power supply.
 arrow Amnesty urges PM to provide adequate security
The Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to provide adequate security to noted litterateur Prof Hasan Azizul Huq, who was threatened with death in August allegedly by
 arrow $1m for AMCH
The expatriate Bangladeshis living in the United States met in a fund raising event for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) in the Dhaka Club in New York recently and instantly collected over one million
 arrow Distortion of history protested
Forum for Secular Bangladesh, Rajshahi unit, on Tuesday evening set fire to a television set protesting disto-rtion of history in a programme telecast by state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV).
 arrow Appeal for help
The father of a ten-year-old boy, who had been suffering from congenital heart defects, has sought financial assistance for the surgery the boy underwent at a city hospital recently.
Nationalarrow BNP- BJP battle to secure PM's grace in Kaligonj
Internal feud between local leaders and activists of BNP and its coalition partner BJP (Naziur) surfaced yesterday ahead of the Prime Minister's scheduled visit to Kaligonj today.
 arrow All nine acquitted in AL leader Aboni Baroi murder case
All the nine accused in Awami League leader Aboni Baroi murder case were acquitted yesterday.
 arrow Fierce rivalry for ticket in Kishoreganj-1
Rivalry in BNP over nomination from Kishoreganj-1 constituency intensified yesterday when four front ranking local leaders of the party at a press conference said they will 'resist' political activities
 arrow BNP leader sues 5 including Rajshahi Mayor' wife
A BNP leader yesterday filed a defamation case against five persons including the wife of Rajshahi Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu Salma Sahadat, also publisher of Natun Probhat, a local daily.
 arrow Moulvibazar hospital doctors, nurses on 48-hour strike
Doctors and nurses at Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital began a 48-hour strike yesterday protest alleged insult of a doctor by some BNP activists.
 arrow BSF yet to return 2 NGO employees
Two Bangladeshi citizens who were detained by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday are yet to be returned.
 arrow Urea supply from Jamuna factory still stopped
Fertiliser transport to 19 districts remained suspended from Jamuna Fertiliser Factory for the last four days due to porters' indefinite strike since Sunday.
 arrow Acid thrower gets life in Sylhet
A court here yesterday sentenced one person to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for throwing acid on a college girl. The convict is Enamul Azam Biplob.
 arrow Bride dies in B'baria fire
A bride met the tragic end of her life in a devastating fire at a house at Sreerampur village in Nabinagar upazila Tuesday night.
 arrow Three killed in train-van crash
Three persons were killed when a train ran over a van at a level crossing at Barabkunda under Sitakunda upazila of the district yesterday (Wednesday) morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dream of an ordinary citizen
I have a dream. The dream is that of an ordinary citizen. The dream is to have the right to the basic necessities of life -- food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, etc.
 arrow Power crisis
Bangladesh is reeling under severe power load shedding -- the worst in its history. People of all walks of life are agitated.
 arrow Local government and women
Strong local government is a basic precondition for women's empowerment. But in Bangladesh we are yet to achieve this goal. Local government is the lowest tier of our administrative system.
Culturearrow Saying it with symbols
Rokunuzzaman Murshed feels that present life is like a myth -- that it is something that cannot be discarded or accepted totally, that it is full of mystery and cannot be comprehended fully.
 arrow "I never want to grow up"-- Deeghi
A cherubic baby girl came into the lives of actors Doel and Shubroto on October 26, 2001. She lit up their world with joy and happiness.
 arrow Junoon: Blending Sufism with rock music
The genesis of Pakistani band 'Junoon' (obsession or passion in Urdu) is interesting.
Generalarrow Coastal urbanisation turns oceans into garbage dump
The rapid urbanisation of coastal lands together with the dumping of waste and sewage in seas and oceans is a major source of marine pollution that could get worse as population growth continues, a UN
 arrow 'Galactic bulge' yields new class of planets
A seam of stars at the centre of the Milky Way has shown astronomers that an entirely new class of planets closely orbiting distant suns is waiting to be explored, according to a paper published lastweek
 arrow Programmes to celebrate Eid
Elaborate programmes have been taken yesterday at a high-level inter-ministerial meeting to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, in a befitting manner.
Internationalarrow Pakistan must 'walk the talk' on anti-terror vow
Pakistan has to prove it is sincere about working with India to counter terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned after police accused Islamabad of plotting blasts that killed 186 commuters in India's
 arrow Abe goes to China Sunday, South Korea the next day
Japan's new premier Shinzo Abe achieved a diplomatic breakthrough yesterday as China and South Korea agreed to resume summits, but a crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme was set to overshadow his
 arrow Tehran goes back on offer for French role
Iran went back yesterday on its offer to allow France to monitor the enrichment of uranium on Iranian soil, saying the matter had yet to be decided.
 arrow Thai junta may hold peace talks with Muslim insurgents
Thailand's new military leaders said yesterday they may hold talks with Muslim insurgents in the violence-torn south, marking a change from the policy of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
 arrow Lankan peace bid runs into new snags
Norway's latest attempt to secure agreement between Sri Lanka's warring parties has run into new snags with differences over the date and venue for talks, diplomats said yesterday Oslo's special envoy
 arrow Two killed in militant attack in Srinagar
Two police commandos were killed and seven people hurt when Islamic rebels opened fire from a hotel window in Indian Kashmir's summer capital yesterday, sending shoppers fleeing in panic, police said.
 arrow Dengue hits Indian PM's family
A major outbreak of debilitating dengue fever sweeping the Indian capital has hit the family of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reports said yesterday Two national news television channels said two of
 arrow Indians take centre stage at Frankfurt book fair
The world's biggest book fair got underway yesterday with Indian authors taking on center stage and a new scheme to protect writers' copyrights from Internet piracy creating a buzz.
 arrow All-women UN peacekeeping unit for Liberia
The United Nations and India have agreed on the deployment of 125 Indian policewomen as peacekeepers in Liberia, the first time the world body has used an all-female unit, officials said yesterday
 arrow Israel should accept Saudi peace plan
An Israeli cabinet minister from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party said yesterday that the Jewish state should accept a Saudi peace initiative to solve the conflict with the Palestinians.
 arrow US urges Thai rulers to lift martial law in 10 days
The United States yesterday urged Thailand's military coup leaders to lift martial law within seven to 10 days and to bring forward elections the generals have promised for late next year.
 arrow Century's biggest diamond
A 603-carat white diamond has been found in the tiny southern African kingdom of Lesotho, making it the biggest rock of the century and one of the world's largest, it was announced yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unprecedented banking fraud
Bangladesh Bank in their scrutiny of the Oriental Bank operations has reported siphoning of Tk 596 crore of the bank's money by a number of its influential shareholders.
 arrow Editorial: Speaker's strange ruling
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar's perception of the timeliness of the issues raised during a JS sitting on Tuesday caused a good deal of grumbling among the opposition MPs.
 arrow US National Intelligence Estimate and trends in global terrorism
The only judgment that one can make of the five years of the US war against terror, culling from the key judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), issued in April 2006 but declassified last
 arrow Collateral damage
Pakistan stands adjacent to the ground zero of terrorism. Any book by Pervez Musharraf, written well or otherwise, would be an outstanding source for much of the facts since before 9/11.
 arrow Needed qualified teachers for quality education
Today is World Teachers' Day, when more than 150 countries of the world celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of the joint UNESCO/ILO recommendation by the special inter-governmental conference
Letters to Editorarrow Fatwa and its influence
I am afraid today's Bangladesh is not the Bangladesh we dreamt of. Historically, ours promised secularism. But after around ten years the situation was totally changed.
 arrow Only justice can bring peace
I am so shocked at the ordeal of the Lebanese people that I am unable to think of anything else.
 arrow Who are the extremists?
The statement 'US President George W.
 arrow Check-post on DU campus
As a student of the University of Dhaka, I've been experiencing some unexpected events including political clash and killing inside the campus for three years.
 arrow Big hearted Beauty
I just read an article in a newspaper about the donation of Tk 50,000 for the acid victims by one of last years 'Closeup 1' winners - Beauty.
 arrow Bold resignation but...
This refers to the resignation by the state minister for power. I'm addressing the state minister who had the courage to resign.
 arrow Arsenic-free tubewell
As we look around us, we can see people living under-priviledged.
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