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Front Pagearrow Yunus makes nation proud
After independence in 1971 and restoring democracy in 91, Bangladesh witnessed the biggest achievement as Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank were declared yesterday to win the Nobel PeacePrize
 arrow 'Peace to last only if poverty goes'
The auspicious and historic moment came at 3:03pm yesterday when the Norwegian Nobel Committee declared Dr Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2006.
 arrow First loan he gave was $27 from own pocket
Muhammad Yunus, the visionary and developer of the unique microcredit concept, was born at an obscure village in Chittagong in June 28, 1940.
 arrow Greatest social reformer of our time
We all dream but Prof. Yunus' dream is audacious. He dreams of a world where poverty will be such a thing of the past that it will be exhibited in museums.
 arrow Nobel Prize was long overdue for Yunus
In the field of development idea, Nobel prize for Professor Muhammad Yunus was long overdue and it is in recognition that the country has something to offer to the world, top economists, researchers and
 arrow President, PM, Hasina greet Yunus
President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, socio-political and cultural organisations, professional bodies and eminent personalities warmly greeted Dr Muhammad
 arrow World leaders, campaigners hail Yunus, Grameen Bank
Development groups and political leaders around the world Friday hailed the new Nobel Peace laureate, Bangladesh's Muhammad Yunus, for his work in helping millions escape poverty with small-scale loans.
 arrow Micro-credit a tool for lasting peace
Following is the official English text of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's citation in awarding the 2006 Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided
 arrow Massive protests if power handed over without reforms
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine plans to go for a countrywide indefinite hartal and blockade programmes alongside a march towards Dhaka if the present government hands over power
 arrow 6 murdered at a house at Pallabi
Six people, a guard and five domestic helps of a house, were slaughtered in the city's Pallabi area yesterday evening.
 arrow BNP plans show of strength on power handover day
Ruling BNP yesterday asked its leaders and lawmakers to prepare to make a show of its strength in the streets across the country on the day the four-party alliance will hand over power to the caretaker
 arrow River transport workers go on strike
Noujan Sramik Federation began an indefinite strike across the country from midnight last night protesting the government's decision to issue certificates for vessel masters and drivers.
 arrow RMG workers to enforce 48-hr strike tomorrow
Different associations of garment workers have called strike at garment factories across the country on Sunday and Monday demanding re-fixing of their minimum wage, implementation of the tripartite agreement,
 arrow PM leaves for Jeddah today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka for Jeddah today on a weeklong visit to Saudi Arabia as guest of the Saudi government.
 arrow Consolation win for Bangladesh
Vice-captain Shahriar Nafees smashed his second one-day hundred as Bangladesh outclassed Zimbabwe with a 101-run victory to restore pride in their last preliminary game of the ICC Champions Trophy atthe
 arrow Plight of fire victims
With dashed hopes, Humayun Kabir now faces uncertain future as Nur Plastic Industries that he restarted only a month ago, gutted in Thursday's fire at Lalbagh.
 arrow Traders protest extortion
The traders of Bangabandhu Stadium and Bhasani Stadium markets on Thursday night barricaded the Bangabandhu Avenue for half an hour and vandalised several vehicles protesting extortion allegedly by the
 arrow UNSC reaches tentative accord on N Korea sanctions: US envoy
The UN Security Council reached a tentative agreement on a compromise draft resolution mandating wide-ranging sanctions against North Korea over its declared nuclear test and will vote on it Saturday,
 arrow Malaysia asks illegals to leave before Eid-ul-Fitr
A Malaysian minister yesterday warned hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to leave the country ahead of a major crackdown planned for early next year, state media reported.
 arrow ADB to lend $430m to improve railways
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday it will lend 430 million dollars to Bangladesh over five years to improve Dhaka's loss-making rail transport system.
Businessarrow Grameen Bank helps 38 lakh break out of poverty line
Around 66.01 lakh people, 96 percent of them are women, have so far received Grameen Bank microcredit, contributing to poverty reduction and women empowerment in Bangladesh.
 arrow US threatens new WTO action against China
The United States could pursue further WTO action against China unless the booming country allows in more foreign investment and protects copyrights, the top US trade official said.
 arrow India, EU to start talks on FTA
India and the European Union agreed here Friday to begin negotiations leading to a bilateral free-trade accord, the parties said Friday.
 arrow Oil prices rise above $59
Oil prices rose above $59 a barrel Friday after Norway ordered production shut down at two offshore platforms, reducing flows by about 10 percent from the world's third-largest oil exporter.
 arrow Pakistan posts $3.16b trade deficit in Q1
Pakistan posted 3.16 billion US dollars trade deficit in the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal year, up 31.7 percent from last year's deficit of 2.
 arrow S'pore Airlines, regional wing to lower fuel levy
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional wing SilkAir said Friday they would cut the fuel levy on tickets by two to eight US dollars following the recent declines in jet fuel prices.
 arrow World's fifth largest gold, copper reserves in Pakistan
The world's fifth largest reserves of gold and copper were discovered in Chaghi area in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province, local newspaper The News reported Thursday.
 arrow Unemployment in Australia at 30-year low
Australia's jobless rate slipped back to a 30-year low of 4.8 per cent in September, official data showed Thursday.
 arrow China forex reserves hit $987.9b
China's forex reserves, already the world's largest, rose further to hit 987.9 billion dollars at the end of September, the central bank said on Friday. The figure was up 15.
 arrow Russia may end WTO talks with US in 2 weeks
Russian Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref said Friday that Russia could conclude rocky bilateral talks with the United States on Russia's World Trade Organization (WTO) accession within
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
October 08-October 12, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD fell marginally against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees silences critics
There were whispers in the audience whether Shahriar Nafees was getting too many awards at the Bangladesh Cricket Board Award Night last month.
 arrow Hockey: MSC back to winning ways
Arrival of two Pakistani stick wielders inspired Mohammedan Sporting Club to return to winning ways in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ajax Sporting Club
 arrow Cricket: Acme, F2 share points
Rain forced Acme Laboratories and Channel F2 to share points in a group match of the GrameenPhone Corporate League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL look to cut out extras
Sri Lanka are desperate to cut down on troublesome extras as they prepare to take on the West Indies in the final qualifying showdown of the Champions Trophy on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers share joy of Nobel Prize
Cricket took a backseat at the press box of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur yesterday as Dr Muhammad Yunus's getting the Nobel Peace Prize became the talk of the day.
 arrow SKP slams Muyeed
The Sommilito Krira Paribar (SKP) criticised the National Shooting Federation (NSF) for its delay to send Asif Hossain Khan abroad for better treatment.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts' pride at stake
India hope to end a recent dismal run in one-day internationals when they open their Champions Trophy campaign against a confident England here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Crookes claims innocence
Derek Crookes, the former South African spinner, has expressed his dismay at allegations that he was involved in match-fixing in India in 2000.
 arrow Cricket: ICC is neo-colonialist: Modi
India's battle against the Inter-national Cricket Council turned nasty Thursday with the world governing body of the game accused of snooty, avaricious neo-colonialism.
 arrow Cricket: Rudi awakening for Indians
Rudi Webster, the Grenada-based psychologist, is currently with the Indian team for a short stint and is eager to carry on the interaction that began on India's tour of West Indies earlier this year.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs shifts focus to cricket
South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs turned his attention to cricket on Friday, a day after being interrogated by Indian police in a six-year-old match-fixing case.
 arrow Chess: Kramnik wins world chess title
Russian Grand Master Viktor Kramnik overpowered Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in a series of timed tie-break matches to win the World Chess Championship here Friday in a tournament billed as the reunification
 arrow Cricket: Prep delights Freddie
Skipper Andrew Flintoff was satisfied with England's 144-run defeat of Rajasthan on Thursday in their warm-up for the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Sending Gibbs a mistake: Bacher
Former South African cricket chief Dr Ali Bacher has said it was a big mistake to send Herschelle Gibbs to India for questioning by the Indian Police six years after the scandal broke out in 2000.
 arrow Football: Zidane on Fifpro shortlist
Former France playmaker Zinedine Zidane, sent off in the World Cup final in Berlin, was named on a 30-man shortlist on Thursday for FIFA's World Player of the Year award.
 arrow Football: Tricky tie for Barca
The Spanish fixtures computer has decided to pitch the unbeaten league leaders Barcelona against third-placed Sevilla on Sunday, a game that brings together the two highest scoring teams in Primera Liga.
 arrow Football: Taunts trigger Evra
Manchester United defe-nder Patrice Evra can't wait to get onto the pitch at Wigan on Saturday so he can avoid any more taunts from Sir Alex Ferguson.
 arrow Football: Palermo talking cool
High-flying Palermo have ruled themselves out of the Italian league title race, despite their lofty position in the table.
 arrow Football: England flops await axe
Under-fire England boss Steve McClaren said he will not be afraid to make widespread changes to his side in an effort to cure the ills exposed in the 2-0 defeat to Croatia.
 arrow Football: 'Podolski is a jewel'
Germany coach Joachim Loew picked out Lukas Podolski for special praise after the striker scored twice in Germany's 4-1 demolition of Slovakia on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Atletico want Maxi compensation
Atletico Madrid have said they are studying the options available to them to claim compensation for their player Maxi Rodriguez, who sustained a serious injury while on international duty with Argentina
 arrow Football: Rooney in bust-up
England striker Wayne Rooney was involved in a row with a supporter after his side's Euro 2008 qualifying defeat in Croatia, it was revealed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ray of hope for Becks
David Beckham should not rule out being recalled by Steve McClaren, according to one of the England coach's advisors.
 arrow Football: Arsenal's triple blow
Arsenal were hit with a triple injury-blow on Thursday when Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Eboue and Julio Baptista were all ruled out for the next two games.
 arrow Football: Arrest warrant for ex-Lazio boss
Italian police have issued a warrant for the arrest of former Lazio president Giorgio Chinaglia for the attempted extortion of current club chief Claudio Lotito.
 arrow Football: Anton Ferdinand arrested
West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand, the younger brother of England international Rio Ferdinand, has been arrested after an alleged assault outside a nightclub.
 arrow Football: Libya coach sacked
Libya coach Mohsen Saleh has been sacked following poor results in the two opening qualifying games for the 2008 African Nations Cup.
Metropolitanarrow Develop new coal policy
Experts at a seminar yesterday called for scrapping the proposed coal policy, saying that it would benefit only the foreign companies, not the country.
 arrow Ctg people jubilant over Yunus' success
The people of Chittagong, particularly those of the village Jobra, and Dr Muhammad Yunus' relatives and friends, were jubilant yesterday after receiving the news of his winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow Ensure security of teachers
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday urged the government to ensure security of the teachers.
 arrow Woman burnt alive in Chittagong
An elderly woman was burnt alive while 50 thatched houses and seven small factories were gutted damaging properties worth around Tk 20 lakh in a devastating fire at a slum in the city yesterday.
 arrow Odhikar project to monitor, resolve election violence
Odhikar, a rights organisation, has taken up a project to effectively monitor the upcoming election violence and find ways to resolve them.
 arrow Lone lion at Rajshahi zoo dies
The lone lion Raja of Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Central Zoo, Rajshahi died yesterday allegedly due to lack of care and negligence.
 arrow 30 Jubo League, BCL leaders sued in B'baria
Police filed a case against 30 leaders and workers of Jubo League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Thursday night on charge of attacking and ransacking the residence of Election Commissioner SMZakaria
 arrow One killed in bridge collapse in Gaibandha
One person was killed and 25 people, including a LGED engineer, were injured, when an underconstruction bridge on Bonarpara-Nakaihat road in Saghata upazila collapsed on Thursday.
 arrow RU to vacate all 15 halls during Eid
Rajshahi University Provost Council in an urgent meeting on Thursday night decided to vacate all the 15 residential halls during the Eid vacation, fearing militant attack and violence on the campus.
 arrow Three cops suspended for negligence
Three police constable of court hajat here were suspended yesterday for negligence to duties.
 arrow Six cocktails recovered from Iftar party
Police recovered six cocktails from an Iftar party arranged by Awami League (AL) at Mirpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Implement land dev rules'
Bangaldesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday formed a human chain in front of the National Museum at Shahbag in the city demanding implementation of land development rules 2004 for private housing.
Nationalarrow Newcomer Chand out to elbow out AL lawmaker Akbar
Intra-party feud in Magura Awami-League (AL) has intensified over nomination from Magura-1 (Sadar and Sreepur Upazila) in the coming parliamentary election.
 arrow Pro-AL lawyers boycott Nizami's function in Pabna
Lawyers led by Shammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad yesterday boycotted Industries Minister Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami's function marking formal inauguration Pabna judge court building in the town.
 arrow Sunamganj AL council postponed again
A council of Sunamganj district Awami League, scheduled to be held today, has been postponed again, allegedly due to intra-party feud.
Point-Counterpointarrow Commonwealth and Democracy: Bangladesh perspective
We had been going through rough waters for some time but the recent 'dialogue', many people believe, may bring a wind of change.
 arrow US election scenario
The primary election season, for selection of candidates of the Republican and Democratic Parties for the Congress which comprises of the House of Representatives and the Senate, is over.
 arrow An act of social responsibility
Drugs have become today a very crucial problem all over the world. There is hardly any nation free from the menace. It disturbs individual, familial and social life.
 arrow Dr Zohra Begum Kazi
The women who endeavoured to break through the foggy atmosphere of the then Muslim society, we must agree, are now regarded as pioneers of female education and gallant soldiers of salvation of the women.
Culturearrow Profile of a music composer
Prominent film music composer Sheikh Sadi Khan's musical works have numerous fans.
 arrow Comic book to generate awareness on TB
"Due to inadequate public awareness on tuberculosis (TB), around 70,000 people die from the disease every year in Bangladesh and about 10 million people are indirectly affected.
 arrow 'Baro Bhuter Kechchha' on Channel 1
Ghosts or spirits supposedly have their unique way that may seem strange to human beings.
 arrow Fear factor on celluloid
We all like a good scare. Whether watching with feverish excitement, or almost entire reluctance from behind screen-eclipsing fingers over eyes, horror films provide a rush of blood with unparalleledease.
Generalarrow 4 killed in road accidents
Four people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Rajbari districts yesterday.
 arrow World Standards Day today
The World Standards Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today. The theme of the day is "Standards: Big benefits for small business.
Internationalarrow New front opens in Lanka after big military losses
Sri Lanka's military and the Tamil rebels opened a new front in the east after a fierce battle in the north killed 130 soldiers, casting a shadow over peace talks later this month.
 arrow India-EU summit begins in Helsinki
India and the European Union, which are bound by a strategic partnership, opened their seventh summit in Helsinki yesterday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling the relations "extremely important".
 arrow List of Nobel Peace Prize winners since 1901
Here is the full list of Nobel Peace Prize laureates from 1901, when the prize was first awarded:
2006: Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh) and the Grameen Bank
2005: International Atomic Energy Agency

 arrow Suicide bomb kills Nato soldier, 8 Afghans
A suicide car bomb hit a Nato convoy in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar yesterday, killing a foreign soldier and eight civilians in the latest in a campaign of Taliban attacks.
 arrow 13 killed in Israeli raids on Gaza in last 24-hr
Three Hamas militants were killed yesterday in an Israeli air strike as the army pressed on with a deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip amid deadlocked efforts on forming a Palestinian unity government.
 arrow North Korean ships scramble to pack as Japan slaps ban
North Koreans crammed boats with bicycles, appliances and other goods they could get their hands on as they scrambled to leave Japan yesterday under a ban imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear test.
 arrow N Korea, Iran want talks with US
North Korea says it wants to talk. Ditto Iran.
 arrow UK troops worsen problems in Iraq
Britain's top army commander said the presence of British troops in Iraq was exacerbating security problems on the ground and they should be withdrawn soon.
 arrow Investigators seek clues in NY plane crash
Their flight path was exhilarating, south along the Hudson River, a loop around the Statue of Liberty and north, up the East River with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Prof Yunus, Grameen Bank win Nobel Peace Prize
Our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the first Bangladeshi ever to do so.
 arrow Editorial: The state of our cricket
Bangladesh by now has graduated into second stage of experience in the world of international cricket.
 arrow RMG sector still in ferment
My last article on this issue appeared four months ago.
 arrow Policeman's death on the street and unappreciated facts
The cynics amongst us may very justifiably say that the police in Bangladesh have become consummate villains with whom the society, willy-nilly, has to put up.
 arrow Reform proposal -- visualising the end
At long last perhaps the ice is melting.
StarTecharrow Building the Time Machine
After the famous science fiction, The Time Machine, written by HG Wells in 1895, the concept became a craze for the people throughout the globe.
 arrow An experience much closer to the real game
EA brings out a new FIFA game every year. Is this new one any good? Absolutely! And just like each new game in the series, Fifa 07 plays better, looks better and is a better experience than everbefore.
 arrow Taking aim at Apple, Sony unveils five new Walkmans
Sony has unveiled five new Walkman portable digital music players as the struggling electronics giant steps up efforts to catch up with Apple's phenomenally successful iPod.
 arrow Beauty and the bot

Literaturearrow Old Men*
The doctor had advised Haji Usman to stay clear of sweets, give up smoking, watch his fat intake and walk regularly.
 arrow The Magic Bus
A friend of mine once departed on a mission to Asia to find his own Shangri La.
 arrow Dhaka Publications
The publishing concern writers.ink set up by Niaz Zaman is to be commended for bringing out translations of Syed Waliullah and attempting to make his work available to a broader audience. Last year writers.
 arrow Missing
Paro's shoulders look so
frail under the bejeweled blouse
the heavy achal of her sari undulates
lengthens behind her
as she runs through the house
doors of iron and stained glass

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