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Front Pagearrow Inequality deepens
Poverty has significantly reduced in five years since 2000 by 8.
 arrow AL proposes Mahmudul as caretaker chief
At the fourth-round negotiations today, Awami League (AL) will seek the ruling BNP's view on former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury as a replacement for Justice KM Hasan to head the next caretaker
 arrow Pricey essentials, power crisis dwarf success talk
Any successes of the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government have been shadowed by failures like price hike of essentials, acute power crisis and unabated corruption during its five-year tenure.
 arrow EC to announce polls schedule next month
The Election Commission (EC) plans to announce schedule for the ninth parliament election in the last week of November while the voter list is yet to be ready for use in the polls and the political disputes
 arrow AL to observe 'Black Day' today, BNP to talk success
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will observe today as a 'Black Day'. On this day five years ago, the BNP-led coalition came to power.
 arrow Dhaka-Ctg highway blocked for power
Electricity starved people of Sonargaon in Narayanganj blockaded the Dhaka-Chittagong highway for an hour yesterday and staged a sit-in in front of a local power office while residents of Shanir Akhra
 arrow Oli gives govt ultimatum to act against corrupts
BNP standing committee member Colonel (rtd) Oli Ahmed Bir Bikram yesterday gave an ultimatum to the government to take measures against the corrupt people in the party by October 27 or face tough movement.
 arrow Negotiation body finalises its report
The secretary-level government negotiation committee on Tata's $ 3 billion investment proposal has finalised its report.
 arrow Stay alert against bid to fail talks
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged her party leaders to have patients and work to make the ongoing reforms dialogue successful while going ahead with their reforms movement.
 arrow Bangladesh at grave risk of rising seas
Millions of people could become homeless in the Asia-Pacific region by 2070 due to rising sea levels, with Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, China and Pacific islands most at risk, says Australia's top scientific
 arrow Judicial probe ordered into cop excesses
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial enquiry into the police excesses on opposition workers during September 21 hartal after an opposition leader filed a criminal case against the state minister
 arrow Only BTV to have terrestrial right
The Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal protecting the terrestrial broadcasting right only for the state-run television channel BTV, with the aim to involve people of all walks of life with national
 arrow Nothing to take place beyond constitution
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday categorically said nothing will take place beyond the constitution and the next general elections will be held under the caretaker government.
 arrow Three Biman directors removed
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism yesterday removed three top brass of Bangladesh Biman from their jobs on corruption charges.
 arrow Lanka look to win, move on
Sri Lanka are looking to raise their tempo on Tuesday in a bid to seal a qualifiers slot in the Champions Trophy main rounds with a victory over Zimbabwe.
 arrow Ex-MP's house robbed in city
Armed robbers looted around Tk 33.25 lakh in diamond and gold ornaments and cash from the house of a former lawmaker at Uttara in the capital in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshis near Nitpur border under Porsha upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow Verdicts on 3 cases against Col Faruk Nov 1
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 1 for delivery of verdict of three cases filed ten years ago against the condemned prisoner in the Bangabandhu murder case, Lt Colonel (dismissed) Syed Farukur Rahman.
 arrow Defiant North Korea conducts nuke test
North Korea said it conducted an underground nuclear test yesterday, defying a warning from the UN Security Council and opening its crippled economy to the risk of fresh sanctions.
 arrow Dhaka terms Korean N-test 'unfortunate'
Bangladesh has termed the nuclear test by North Korea very unfortunate, saying that this will make the whole region unstable. "This is very unfortunate.
 arrow US economist awarded Nobel
US economist Edmund S Phelps won the 2006 Nobel Economics Prize yesterday for work on trade-offs in macroeconomic policy, the Nobel jury said, noting that his work had improved understanding of how policy
 arrow UNSC endorses S Korean FM as next UN chief
The UN Security Council yesterday nominated South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon as its choice to succeed Kofi Annan as UN secretary general, its president for the month announced.
Businessarrow Draw more women to mainstream economy
The foreign minister has called on the businesswomen to put their intensive efforts in drawing more women to the mainstream economy.
 arrow PGCB share closes at Tk250 on debut
As the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) yesterday made its debut on the country's bourses, the state-owned company share closed at Tk 250 on both the DSE and CSE.
 arrow Bangladesh, India workers seek tough rules
Indian and Bangladeshi shipbreaking workers called on the industry's chiefs meeting in London Monday to bolster regulation to cut deaths and injuries.
 arrow ME, Central Asia growth to stay strong:IMF
Economies in the Middle East and Central Asia are set to remain strong, but a worsening of the security situation could severely dent growth, an International Monetary Fund report said Sunday.
 arrow Rangs Properties launches 'Your Eid Your Style'
With a view to attracting more customers ahead of Eid, Rangs Properties Ltd, a leading real estate developer, launched a new marketing campaign styled 'Your Eid Your Style' yesterday.
 arrow Aktel launches 'kothai kothai' mobile
Aktel has introduced 'kothai kothai', its latest Eid offer, allowing the pre-paid subscribers of the mobile phone operator to participate in a promotional campaign and win different types of Nokia handsets.
 arrow Janata Bank launches remittance service campaign
Janata Bank (JB) has introduced a service campaign for the benefits of the expatriates living abroad to send their money to Bangladesh ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Citigroup in the list of '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers'
For the 16th time, Citigroup has been named to Working Mother magazine's list of '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers', says a press release.
 arrow GP's 16 lakh pre-paid users benefit from 'Thankyou'
More than 16 lakh GrameenPhone pre-paid subscribers received free talk-time under the Thankyou Bonus scheme during the three-month period ending on September 30, 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Graft in 7 major economies remains 'huge int'l issue'
Corruption in seven major economies around the world remains a "huge international issue", according to a report published on Monday, with nearly half of all companies losing contracts because competitors
 arrow Oil rises above $60 as Opec cuts supplies
Oil climbed nearly 1 percent to above $60 a barrel on Monday as Opec was poised to cement a deal to cut 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of output.
 arrow Indian ban on child labour from today
The ban on child labour will come into force on Tuesday but there is little cheer for about 130 million working children in India as their future appears uncertain in the absence of a comprehensive rehabilitation
 arrow Singer Sewing Academy Eid fair begins today
A seven-day Eid apparel fair organised by Singer Sewing Academy begins today on the academy premises at New Eskaton in Dhaka, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Football: Aminul new captain
Aminul Haque will lead Bangladesh against Uzbekistan in tomorrow's 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan after the Bangladesh Football Federation named the goalkeeper new national football captain
 arrow Hockey: Usha too good for Bank
A brace by veteran striker Rafiqul Islam Kamal helped Usha Krira Chakra record their second consecutive win in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League when the defending champions brushed aside
 arrow Cricket: Partex shock Epyllion
Sohrawardi Shuva grabbed three vital wickets to give Partex Group a 39-run victory over a star-stu-dded Epillyon Group in yes-terday's GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
 arrow NSF delays treatment decision
The National Shooting Federation (NSF) has yet to respond to calls for taking the injured shooters abroad for better treatment.
 arrow Cricket: SL serious about Zim
Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody will raise Zimbabwe to the same league as Australia and India when they clash in Tuesday's Champions Trophy qualifier here.
 arrow Cricket: Inzi wishes Pakistan well
Banned Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq on Monday said the side was capable of winning the Champions Trophy in India without him under stand-in skipper Younis Khan.
 arrow Cricket: Shiv Sena vows to disrupt Pakistan game
A nationalist Hindu group on Sunday vowed to "go to any extent" to prevent the Pakistan cricket team from playing in the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin supports Greg's testing
Sachin Tendulkar insists coach Greg Chappell's ploy of experimenting with tactics and selection is correct.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo has fully-fit side
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming is raring to get into the Champions Trophy in India because he finally has a fully-fit team at his disposal.
 arrow Cricket: India awaits Gibbs
Six years of self-imposed banishment from India will come to an end when Herschelle Gibbs arrives for the ICC Champions Trophy this week.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch delight
Hot favourites Netherlands, the world's top-ranked team, outplayed Australia to win the women's field hockey World Cup final 3-1 here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB, Inzamam at odds?
Sacked team manager Zaheer Abbas claims regular captain Inzamamul Haq has lost the confidence of officials in Pakistan cricket following The Oval debacle.
 arrow Schumacher concedes title
An unusually philosophical Michael Schumacher admitted defeat in his quest for one last world championship on Sunday, after his first mid-race engine failure for more than six years handed Fernando Alonso
 arrow Football: Brazil revisit '58 scene
Brazil swap the heat of Kuwait for the autumnal chill of Stockholm when they face fellow South Americans Ecuador at the scene of one of their most famous triumphs on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Giants seek swift recovery
France, England and Ireland will attempt to put right damaging weekend results when they get straight back into action amid 22 Euro 2008 qualifiers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Judgment day for match-fixers
Four Serie A clubs found guilty of match-fixing will find out this week if their final appeals against their punishments have been successful.
 arrow Football: Final slots up for grabs
South Korea and Iran can secure their places at the Asian Cup finals when qualifying resumes Wednesday, but underachieving China has a fight on its hands.
 arrow Football: River thump Boca
Teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as River Plate beat arch-rivals and leaders Boca Juniors 3-1 on Sunday in the biggest match of the Argentine season.
 arrow Cricket: Steve does not buy it
Steve Harmison has dismissed as "ludicrous" suggestions Andrew Flintoff was named England captain because only he can inspire the fast bowler.
 arrow Football: Brazilians to share rooms
Brazil's players have gone back to the old practice of sharing rooms in a bid by coach Dunga to improve team spirit.
 arrow Football: Tight security for England match
Croatian police will step up security for this week's Euro 2008 "high risk" qualifier against England, police and football officials said Monday.
 arrow Football: Ljungberg out
Sweden skipper Fredrik Ljungberg is injured and will miss Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Iceland, the Swedish football association said Monday.
 arrow Football: Coupet worry for France
Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet will miss France's Euro 2008 qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Wednesday after injuring his hand in the shock 1-0 defeat to Scotland.
 arrow Football: Neville accepts blame
Gary Neville, who has never scored in 83 international appearances for England, accepted the blame on Sunday for wasting a glorious opportuntiy to break his duck.
 arrow Football: Yakubu fires Nigeria
Nigeria edged lowly Lesotho 1-0 in Maseru Sunday to maintain a perfect record in the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Football: No favours for Poles: C' Ron
Portugal will be going out to make it two Euro 2008 qualifying wins out of two against Poland on Wednesday, said Manchester United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Vinnie catching the eye
Vince Grella has developed into one of Australia's key players in the transition period after this year's World Cup, coach Graham Arnold said Monday.
 arrow Football: Roman home for Italy
Italian soccer officials are to consider making Rome's Olympic stadium the permanent home for their World Cup-winning team, ending the tradition of playing games around the country.
 arrow Football: Rio looking at Croatia return
England defender Rio Ferdinand hopes to be fit for Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Croatia despite the back problem which forced him to miss Saturday's 0-0 draw with Macedonia.
 arrow Football: Socceroos look beyond Bahrain
Australia, rebuilding after the World Cup, is looking beyond Wednesday's qualifier here with Bahrain and towards winning next year's Asian Cup.
 arrow Football: Irish president hails Cyprus
Irish President Mary McAleese praised lowly Cyprus's historic five-goal thumping of Ireland during an official visit Monday aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.
 arrow Football: Poldi to play against Slovakia
Germany international striker Lukas Podolski has been hit with a two-match friendly ban after lashing out at Blackburn Rovers' Georgian defender Zurab Khizanishvili.
Metropolitanarrow BNP favours compromise at dialogue on reforms
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said BNP wants a compromise at the ongoing secretary-level dialogue on reform proposals. "I am very happy over the dialogue...
 arrow Resolve outstanding issues thru' dialogue
President Iajuddin Ahmed suggested thrashing out differences, addressing the pinpricks and resolving the outstanding issues between Bangladesh and India through dialogue and discussion.
 arrow 'Evolve ways to combat diseases on croplands without chemical fertilisers'
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday asked the entomologists to evolve ways to combat diseases on croplands without using chemical fertilizers.
 arrow 15 injured as JCD, BCL clash at agri varsity
Some 15 activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured when the two organisations clashed at Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) yesterday.
 arrow One gunned down
A youth was gunned down at Kafrul in the city over previous enmity last night. The dead was identified as Mohammad Sumon, 26, resident of north Kafrul.
 arrow 2 restaurant staffs shot
Criminals of infamous Shahadat-Khorshed group allegedly shot and grievously injured two managers of a restaurant at Mirpur 1, just over a year into the killing of the shop owner and a local business leader
 arrow Criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A listed criminal was killed during a shootout between his accomplices and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Green Model Town in the city's Sabujbagh early yesterday.
 arrow 'Vow to resist anarchy'
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday vowed to resist any attempts of the opposition to create anarchy in the name of electoral reforms.
 arrow RMG workers call strike today
Garment Sramik Sangram Parishad, an alliance of 11 garment workers associations, will observe countrywide strike today demanding Tk 3000 minimum wage and restructuring of the pay scale while other workers'
 arrow Petrol bomb hurled at RU teacher's house
Unidentified assailants on Sunday midnight hurled petrol bomb at the residence of former president of Rajshahi University Teachers' Association, a Jamaat loyal teacher of Accounting department.
 arrow KTS fire victims get compensation
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday afternoon handed over cheques for compensation to the family members of 17 workers who were burnt alive in the worst-ever factory
 arrow Depression weakens into low pressure
The well marked low over the east central Bay of Bengal has weakened into a low pressure area moving into the north Bay, whipping up squally winds in the sea prompting the met office to ask the maritime
 arrow Sex workers demand security
Sex workers yesterday protested the attack on them during an attempt to evict them from the 150-year-old brothel at Tangail.
 arrow Malaysian team arrives October 15
A five-member Malaysian delegation led by Deputy Secretary General of the Malaysian Home Ministry Dalo Raja Azhar will arrive in Dhaka on October 15.
 arrow Three killed in Comilla road accident
Three people were killed and one was injured in a deadly triangular accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Daudkandi upazila yesterday.
 arrow AL Faridganj unit dissolved
Faridganj upazila unit committee of Awami League has been dissolved. The committee was dissolved Sunday in a letter signed by AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil.
 arrow PM attends Iftar party hosted by Jamaat
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday attended an Iftar party hosted by Jamaat-e-Islami at Hotel Sonargaon.
 arrow Obituary
Alpha Ali, daughter of late Akbar Kabir and late Selima Kabir, passed away due to a cardiac arrest in the city on Sunday at the age of 65. She is survived by her husband, daughter, son and grandson.
Nationalarrow DC halts eviction bid, to take steps for rehabilitation
Tangail Deputy Commissioner Bashir Uddin Ahmed, after a meeting with local leaders of political parties, woman rights activists, officials, journalists, clerics and representatives of the elite, yesterday
 arrow Coalition partners clash in the open for ticket
The feud between coalition partners BNP and BJP (Naziur) over nomination from Satkhira-4 (Kaliganj-Debhata Upazilas) in the coming election has intensified.
 arrow Remove Aziz, refrain from appointing Hasan: Nasim
Former home minister and central Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim MP yesterday urged the government to immediartely remove M A Aziz from the post of chief election commissioner and not to appoint KM
 arrow MP's men attack rivals' Iftar party in Gournadi
At least 20 people were injured when an Iftar party hosted by Mahmud Tuhin Foundation in Gournadi was attacked and foiled allegedly by BNP activists loyal to lawmaker Zahiruddin Swapan yesterday.
 arrow 26,000 families without relief for 4 months
At least 26,000 families at 78 cluster villages in the district are not getting government relief for the last four months.
 arrow Road blocked, PDB men assaulted in Moulvibazar
Power-hungry residents put up barricades on Shah Mostafa Road in Moulvibazar town, damaged two vehicles of Power Development Board (PDB) and beat up its officials Sunday night.
 arrow 10 hurt as AL factions clash
Clashes between two rival factions marred an extended meeting of Awami League in Mehendiganj upazila town yesterday. At least 10 party activists were injured.
 arrow 15 injured as Jubo League rivals clash
At least 15 people including a police SI were injured in a clash between two rival factions of Awami Jubo League over formation of a ward committee under Nilphamari Pourasabha Sunday night.
 arrow Sultan's death anniversary today
The 12th death anniversary of legendary artist SM Sultan will be observed here today.
Point-Counterpointarrow View from the bottom
After several meetings, the Minimum Wage Board (MWB) formed by the government has come up with much awaited figures on the minimum wage for the workers of the ready-made garments (RMG) sector.
 arrow Curtain-time for the party
It is fashionable to talk about the discerning behaviour of the electorate, and certainly a strong case may be made about collective rationality of the Bangladeshi electorate.
 arrow Congratulations to new UNSG Ban Ki Moon
All speculations are over. Ban Ki Moon, the South Korean foreign minister, is all set to take over as the new UN secretary general.
 arrow To be or not to be
It appears that Dr Abdullah A Dewan, a former BAEC scientist, has stirred up a hornet's nest with his two pieces on "the brotherhood of bureaucrats" (The Daily Star, Oct. 4).
Culturearrow Tinkling melodies of santoor
At a recent musical concert at Alliance Francaise, Salahuddin Mahmud Shantonu treated the audience to a skillful performance on the santoor, a Kashmiri folk instrument.
 arrow Three-day cultural programme by Udichi's UK unit
Prior to the seventh anniversary of Udichi Shilpi Goshti in UK, a three-day cultural programme was organised at Mile and Park Art Pavilion, East London recently, says a press release.
 arrow Special Talk Show on World Health Day
O Mon Monrey--a special talk show on World Health Day will be aired on Channel i today at 3:50pm.
Generalarrow People urged not to vote for black money holders, loan defaulters
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has stressed the need for reforms of caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) in order to ensure free and fair polls.
 arrow Three eateries fined in Ctg
A mobile court in an anti-adulteration drive here yesterday fined two hotels and one restaurant Tk 2.25 lakh for producing, preserving and selling Iftar items in unhygienic condition.
 arrow Go to madrasa if you can't afford
Students who cannot afford to buy admission forms "should not aspire to study in the university, they would rather enrol at madrasas".
 arrow RU vacation begins Oct 11
The 21-day vacation of Rajshahi University (RU) begins on October 11 covering Jamaatul Wida, Shab-e-Qadar and Eid-ul-Fitr.
Internationalarrow North Korea test more worrying than Indo-Pak blasts: Analysts
Eight years ago it was India and Pakistan who shocked the world with their underground atomic blasts, but North Korea's nuclear test yesterday is far more alarming, analysts said.
 arrow Arms remain sticking point in Nepal talks
Nepal's Maoist rebels and the government may have edged closer to a deal on the future of the monarchy but the question of disarming the guerrillas remains a sticking point in peace talks, negotiators
 arrow Low possibility of radioactive contamination
Underground explosions are usually a safe option for testing nuclear devices and North Korea's test yesterday had apparently not caused any radioactive contamination, Indian atomic scientists said.
 arrow 54 Taliban killed in clashes
A bomb ripped through a government vehicle in eastern Afghanistan yesterday and killed five people while the army and police reported they had killed 54 militants in clashes at the weekend.
 arrow US, Japan to take 'decisive action' against N Korea
The United States and Japan agreed Monday to take "decisive action" against North Korea at the United Nations Security Council following the communist state's announcement it had conducted a nuclear test.
 arrow N Korean N-test pushes Japan down military path
North Korea's announcement yesterday that it has tested a nuclear bomb is set to push Japan to expand its own military and stir debate on what was once the ultimate taboo of developing atomic weaponsitself.
 arrow Iran vows to impose retaliatory sanctions on world powers
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to impose retaliatory sanctions on world powers if Iran is penalised by the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme, state media reported.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No more lip service to poverty
Poverty as an agenda receives seasonal attention at best. It seldom occupies the centre stage of national discourses.
 arrow Editorial: Judicial inquiry to serve cause of justice
It is welcome news that a Dhaka court has ordered judicial probe into the incident in which some top shooters of the country, including the Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Asif Hossain Khan, were assaulted
 arrow On judges and judgments
Justice KM Hasan is the talk of the town nowadays. Justice Hasan is supposed to head the next caretaker government for a neutral, free, and fair election to be held in January 2007.
 arrow Of tall claims and white lies
The tsunami of publicity around Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's book hit India, too.
 arrow Sordid commentary on 8th parliament
The curtain has dropped down on the 8th parliament on October 4 after the holding of 23 sessions in 373 working days in the last five years.
Letters to Editorarrow Pervez Musharraf's memoirs
When President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan took power through a coup in October 1999 most people were suspicious of his intentions and motivations.
 arrow Religious education
The curricula of the Islamic schools in the United States and the madrassah education in Bangladesh are completely different.
 arrow Hair controversy
Ranjan Madugale seems to have drawn the curtain on the hair-raising Oval controversy of alleged ball tampering by the Pakistan cricket team.
 arrow English medium schools
The education ministry decided to set up an English medium school in each district.
 arrow Oli's stand
Mr. Oli has done a splendid job. He helped to let the cat out of the bag.
 arrow Good write-up
Khademul Islam's interaction with Granta's editor (DS: 02 Sept) presented in "Literature, whatever that is" was enjoyed by this reader.
 arrow Weather forecasting
So far my knowledge goes, the weather forecasting on radio and television started ( in all seriousness) after the devastating cyclonic storm and tidal bore on November 12, 1970.
 arrow Role of World Bank, IMF
We fail to understand the works and functions, duties and responsibilities, justification and necessity of World Bank and IMF.
 arrow A constitution amendment proposal
Considering the prevailing political circumstances and the situation that may arise in the days ahead, it may happen that the election may not be held right on time as per schedule and the president
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