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Front Pagearrow Nobel hero seeks new Bangladesh amid cheers
Rapturous ovation and heartiest greetings from all walks of life marked the reception of first Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in thecapital
 arrow Hasan issue to be settled Oct 23
Wrapping up the fifth round of ongoing dialogue over electoral reforms yesterday, both BNP and Awami League (AL) expressed hope to reach a decision over Justice KM Hasan on October 23 when the talks resume.
 arrow More 'projects for polls' approved
The government yesterday approved a project for expansion of power distribution when the entire country is reeling under perennial power cuts due to huge shortfall in generation and rising demand.
 arrow FDI records 50pc growth
Bangladesh has registered a significant 50 per cent growth in foreign direct investment (FDI), the second highest in South Asia, with $692 million investment in 2005.
 arrow Outlawed parties busy recruiting new cadres
Several outlawed parties in the country's southwestern region are recruiting fresh 'cadres' in an attempt to reorganise themselves and increase their strength ahead of the next parliamentary election.
 arrow PM seeks concession on Saudi oil
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has requested Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz to provide fuel oils for Bangladesh on 365 days' credit to maintain uninterrupted development and production in various sectors.
 arrow Politicians never failed to solve any problems
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said standoff on electoral reforms will be resolved through the ongoing dialogue, saying political leaders here never failed to solve any problem
 arrow Govt warns Baira against overcharging
The government yesterday warned Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) of making government-level deal with Malaysia in managing migration following allegations of Baira's
 arrow Abbas, brother sued for killing AL leader
Public Works and Housing Minister Mirza Abbas, his brother DCC Ward Commissioner Mirza Khokan and four others were sued yesterday for killing an Awami League (AL) leader last month.
 arrow Power-starved people continue protests, clash with cops
Police last night charged truncheons on demonstrators injuring at least 40 as the protesters demanding uninterrupted electricity attacked a Palli Bidyut office at Ati Bazar in Keraniganj, UNB reports.
 arrow More world leaders hail Prof Yunus
More messages congratulating Prof Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank on winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2006.
 arrow LPG production stops as gas supply suspended
Production of LPG stopped yesterday at Petrobangla-run Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) as supply of required Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) remained suspended for the last two days, official
 arrow Eid vacation


 arrow Remanded Huji men admit to attacking UK envoy, mayor
The two members of the banned Harkatul Jihad (Huji), who were placed on remand on Sunday in connection with the grenade attack on the British high commissioner, gave confessional statements yesterday.
 arrow Two more Huji men shown held in Ramna blast case
Two more Huji (Harkatul Jihad) members arrested in connection with the bomb attack on the British high commissioner were shown arrested in the Ramna Batamul blast case and were placed on a seven-day remand
 arrow Lawmaker, 17 BNP men sued for hijacking vehicle
A case has been lodged with the Gournadi Upazila Magistrate Court in Barisal on Monday against BNP lawmaker Jahiruddin Swapan and his 17 associates from Gournadi and Agoiljhara.
 arrow Truck bomb kills 102 in Lanka
Sri Lanka suffered its worst ever suicide attack yesterday when suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a truck packed with explosives next to a convoy of sailors, killing at least 102 people and wounding
 arrow Pak bowlers Akhtar, Asif test positive
Pakistan are sending home fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy in India after the pair tested positive for nandrolone.
 arrow Police back rape charge against Israeli president
Israeli President Moshe Katsav was fighting for his political life yesterday after police recommended he be indicted on charges including rape, the most serious ever faced by a national leader.
Businessarrow New export-import policies may get nod in next cabinet meet
The government is likely to approve the export-import policies for the year 2006-09 in the next cabinet meeting.
"The drafts of the two polices will be sent to the law ministry for vetting.

 arrow Go for bilateral FTAs with India, Pakistan
As Safta is yet to make any substantial progress, speakers at a conference yesterday called upon Bangladesh government to go for bilateral free trade agreements (BFTAs) with India and Pakistan.
 arrow BB asks banks to keep major branches open Oct 24, 26
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday instructed all commercial banks to keep their major branches open on October 24 and 26 from 9am to 11am for public interests.
 arrow Eskayef receives huge response in CPhl Worldwide in Paris
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and marketer, as part of its massive business expansion plan in international market, took part in 'CPhl Worldwide 2006' held in Paris, France
 arrow Cellphone operators launch campaign for 3G technology
Twelve leading mobile operators with 620 million subscribers world-wide yesterday kicked off a campaign for a third-generation (3G) mobile services which would be cheaper, yet technologically more sophisticated
 arrow Emerging markets challenge west in global investment surge: Unctad
Global foreign direct investment rose by 29 percent in 2005 to 916 billion dollars as investors from emerging markets burst onto the scene as rivals for western multinationals, the UN trade and development
 arrow Bata introduces new shoes, sandals ahead of Eid
Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Ltd has recently introduced new models of shoes and sandals ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow StanChart launches next phase of Seeing Is Believing
Standard Chartered has launched the next phase of its 'Seeing Is Believing' programme with the aim of making a difference to the lives of 10 million people by 'World Sight Day 2010'.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif fail dope test, face 2-yr bans
Pakistan recalled fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy Monday after they tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis fly on Flemo
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming led from the front as the Black Caps snatched a dramatic 87-run victory over South Africa in the Champions Trophy here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: SL taking Pakistan seriously
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawar-dene said Monday that Pakistan would not be easy to beat even in the absence of key pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in a Champions Trophy match here.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Treats
The Pakistan team management had been skirting the doping issue for most of the day.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers return home today
Bangladesh national cricket team return home this morning from New Delhi after their campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy in India.
 arrow Cricket: B samples also test positive
The second samples of fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have also tested positive for banned drug nandrolone, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said later Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sad day for cricket: ICC
It will be a sad day for cricket if Pakistani fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif are banned for taking drugs, a top cricket official said here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Acme, Beximco cruise
Defending champions Beximco Group and title contenders Acme Laboratories recorded comfortable wins in the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Usha keep on going
Defending champions Usha Krira Chakra strolled to a 2-0 victory over Azad Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday to maintain hundred percent record in the Green Delta Insurance
 arrow Cricket: Lee in love with India
Australia's express pace bowler Brett Lee can't get enough of India, with Bollywood acting offers, burgeoning business interests and music projects in the pipeline, reports said Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Davydenko wins Kremlin Cup
Top seed Nikolay Davydenko beat Russian compatriot and two-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin here on Sunday to take the Kremlin Cup title.
 arrow Football: Eng clubs on a repair job
Manchester United and Arsenal will try to rescue English football from its post-Zagreb depression when they resume their Champions League campaigns on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Barcelona break free
Barcelona, Spanish champions for the last two years, opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Spanish first division on Sunday after their nearest rivals all faltered.
 arrow Football: Stankovic fires Inter atop
Dejan Stankovic admitted his Inter Milan side were pushed all the way by Catania in Sunday's hard-fought 2-1 victory which lifted them to the top of Serie A.
 arrow Football: Abusive entertainers!
Twin teenage female singers providing entertainment at an English second division match were arrested and fined after abusing fans.
 arrow Asif, Shoeb yet to get visa
Injured shooters Asif Hossaain Khan and Shoebuzzaman's departure for Bangkok was further delayed due to visa problem.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock claims 350th wicket
South Africa paceman Shaun Pollock has become just the fifth bowler in one-day international cricket to claim 350 wickets.
 arrow Cricket: Rogers, North's missed chance
Chris Rogers and Marcus North fell five runs short of the biggest partnership in Australian first-class cricket as Western Australia took charge of their Sheffield Shield cricket match against Victoria
 arrow Football: Wiese stokes up Bayern
Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese has lit the blue torch paper ahead of Saturday's title duel with Bayern Munich telling the reigning champions they could be on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline atthe
 arrow Football: Ancelotti calls for speed
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has put his team's run of four draws down to their slow play.
 arrow Football: Real's royal reception
Real Madrid have been given a royal welcome for their Champions League match against Steaua Bucharest, Romanian media reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: CSKA buoyant
CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzaev expressed his optimism on Monday ahead of his side's Champions' League showdown with English Premiership side Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Cech facing long lay-off
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been told he must take an extended break from football after surgery on a depressed fracture of his skull and warned that a premature return could be fatal.
 arrow Football: Diouf double clips Magpies
El-Hadji Diouf scored both Bolton's goals as they maintained their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Allardyce to probe 'bust-up'
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce will investigate an incident involving El-Hadji Diouf at the end of a game where two goals from the Senegalese international earned a 2-1 victory at Newcastle.
 arrow Football: Marseille lose more ground
Marseille drew 1-1 at 10-man Lens in a match of two penalties on Sunday which meant champions Lyon, who beat St Etienne 2-1, forged a five-point lead at the top of the French League.
 arrow Football: Jarolim sidelined for a month
SV Hamburg must do without midfielder David Jarolim for up to a month after the Czech international injured his shoulder in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Schalke 04.
Metropolitanarrow '3 cr people live in absolute poverty'
Three crore people live in absolute poverty in the country, speakers at a press conference said yesterday, quoting a study of BIDS.
 arrow Nation honours banker to the poor
1) Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Muhammad Yunus and British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury hold their hands at a mass reception accorded to the banker to the poor at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference
 arrow Attack on Ctg journos protested
Journalists at a protest rally here yesterday demanded arrest of the absconding criminals who attacked Bhorer Kagoj Chittagong Bureau Chief Omar Kaiser and others in 48 hours.
 arrow 'Cancel new labour law'
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) expressed concerns over the new labour law, as it does not protect the rights of journalists and other media workers.
Nationalarrow Kader Siddiqui's rallies attacked in Jamalpur
Rallies of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddiqui Bir Uttam MP were attacked and foiled at Sarishabari and Old Jaganathganj Ghat in Jamalpur district Sunday evening, allegedly
 arrow JP MP declared 'unwanted' in Kurigram-2 constituency
A civic body comprising leaders of both Awami League and BNP and representatives of the elite at a rally in Rajarhat upazila in Kurigram district yesterday declared local lawmaker Tajul Islam Choudhury
 arrow Fuel crisis as Baghabari depots exhausted
Most of the fuel pumps in Sirajganj twon stopped fuel sale yesterday with their owners saying that stocks were exhausted as there was no supply from three oil depots in Baghabari.
 arrow PDB office besieged in Gaibandha
People, under the banner of Nagorik Committee, brought out a procession, held a rally in the town and laid a siege to the Power Development Board (PDB) office yesterday demanding uninterrupted power supply.
 arrow BSF abducts 2
The Indian Border security force (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi nationals from Kushtia and Meherpur border points on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow How Grameen has changed the world
I was listening to the announcement from Oslo live on CNN and I felt a sense of vicarious joy.
 arrow True reform
We are pleased that the on-again, off-again dialogue between the secretaries-general of BNP and Awami League has finally started, and is continuing.
 arrow Poverty and politics
While our all-important leaders wallow in self-adulation and can't end their dialogue, with all the grandeur and media attention, that basically is about partitioning out their share of power, about 24
 arrow Children in domestic service
A large number of children and young women work as domestic help in Bangladesh. They live and work with urban families, often in complete isolation.
Culturearrow Array of art selections at Shilpangan
At the ongoing art fair at Shilpangan paintings and sketches range from that of Anukul Mojumdar's to that of Monirul Islam and Quamrul Hassan.
 arrow Timeless appeal of flowers
A fragrant and lovely flower given or taken is sure to brighten up one's celebration of Eid.
 arrow TV play 'Jaha bolibo satyo bolibo' on Channel i
TV play Jaha bolibo satyo bolibo will be aired on Channel i at 7:50pm on the day before Eid. The play is written and directed by Rezanur Rahman.
 arrow Shanta Islam's new venture
There's no stopping Shanta Islam, actress, TV anchor and director. Beginning today, her latest programme Char Deyal is ready to be aired on Rtv at 8:50 pm and repeated on Wednesday at 10 am.
Generalarrow 'Stand up against poverty'
Thousands of children and representatives from different organisations yesterday observed 'Stand Up Assembly' in the city with a call to stand up against poverty.
 arrow Husband, mother-in-law to die for killing Tania
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man along with his mother to death for killing his wife Tania Akhter Lucky for a dowry of Tk 5 lakh in June 2004.
 arrow First anniversary of MA Samad's death today
Toady is the first death anniversary of MA Samad, founder of Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC), says a press release.
Internationalarrow SC splits province claimed by Tigers
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday ordered the breakup of the restive Northeastern Province, a massive administrative region claimed by Tamil Tiger rebels as a separate state.
 arrow Nato worried about Pak-Afghan border
Nato's top military commander voiced concern yesterday about the porous Afghan-Pakistan border, which can be used by insurgents involved in deadly fighting with alliance troops in southern Afghanistan.
 arrow 28 more killed in deadly Iraqi violence
Around 28 Iraqis were killed yesterday as violence continued to wrack a country in the grip of a deadly sectarian conflict and a brutal revolt against the US-backed government.
 arrow Hamas threatens Israel with 'unforgettable lesson'
The armed wing of the ruling Palestinian movement Hamas yesterday threatened to teach the Israeli military a "lesson it will not forget" should the army expand an offensive in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow US looks to China, Japan to act on N Korea ban
The United States said yesterday it expected China to implement UN sanctions against North Korea despite misgivings, and warned Pyongyang that merely returning to nuclear talks would not be enough tohalt
 arrow 30 new countries could acquire nuclear arms
Up to 30 new countries could have the capability to build a nuclear weapon, on top of the nine current nuclear powers, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency warned Monday.
 arrow Republican senators want new Iraq strategy
Two leading Republican senators called Sunday for a new strategy in Iraq, saying the situation in getting worse and leaving the United States with few options.
 arrow 7 Thais shot dead in south
Suspected separatist insurgents have killed seven people in a spate of shootings in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said yesterday.
 arrow Quake knocks out power in Hawaii
A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake jolted residents of Hawaii awake Sunday, knocking out power and rattling windows, but officials were quick to say no tsunami was expected.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Promotion in excess of vacancy
It was not very long ago that we commented on the government's rather dubious act of dishing out promotions to the rank of deputy secretaries in a very sweeping manner.
 arrow Editorial: Visas for workers at last
The news that the Malaysian authorities have started issuing visas for Bangladeshi workers, numbering around 22,000, has brought some relief to both the job seekers and the recruiting agent.
 arrow For the people
Just when we were we down and despondent over the political conundrum the nation has been thrust into, especially with the looming fear of a possible attack on our freedom to vote in a free and fair fashion,
 arrow After the North Korean blast
North Korea has punched a big hole through the global nuclear order, changing the Asian balance of power and probably impacting Iran.
 arrow Caretaker government challenges
The BNP-led four-party government has already completed its full tenure of five years on October 10 and is scheduled to step down within two weeks of the dissolution of the current parliament.
 
   
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