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India will ratify land boundary agreement, PM hopes

 DHAKA, July 27, 2013  (TIMES OF BAN)  - DHAKA, Sept 18, 2014 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed the hope that India would take quick step to ratify the Land Boundary agreement with Bangladesh.

Addressing the senior officials of the land ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat here today she said a bill on the land boundary agreement now remains in the Indian parliament.

"I hope that India would ratify the agreement to resolve a long standing problem on land boundary issue," she said.

The border line between the two countries has been drawn and mapping of the zones have already been completed, she said adding, "Now the process awaits Indian parliament's approval to resolve the problem forever." More...

Two killed in a road accident in capital, 3 injured
Bangladesh to seek Indian reassurance to resolve outstanding issues: Ali

Rainfall may increase over the country
National
 Two killed in a road accident in capital, 3 injured

DHAKA, Sept 18, 2014 - Two persons were killed and three others injured when a passenger bus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Paribagh area in the city today.
The deceased were identified as Feroza Begum, 40, and her sister in-law Chan Banu, 35.The three injured were Azizul Islam, 30, cousin of Chan Banu, Akhi Akhter, 25, wife of Azizul and auto-rickshaw driver Sheikh Shahin, 30.
The accident occurred in front of Ruposhi Bangla hotel at 6 am, Mozammel Haq, Police camp in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) said.  More...

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Improving healthcare, hygiene services for mothers, adolescents stressed
Sayedee's counsel continues submitting arguments
International
Obama, Poroshenko meet as peace deal hopes rise
MOSCOW, Sept 18, 2014 (BSS/AFP) - Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko will meet with US President Barack Obama Thursday, amid hopes Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels may rebels may end after Moscow hailed an offer of self-rule for the separatists.The autonomy offer was drawn up under a peace plan backed by both Kiev and Moscow 12 days ago that has eased -- but not halted -- deadly violence around insurgent strongholds in eastern Ukraine.Moscow, echoing comments by both Washington and the European Union, said it was a "step in the right direction" towards ending a conflict that has killed almost 2,900 people and sent East-West tensions spiralling. "All of this lays the foundation for the launch of a substantial constitutional process in Ukraine including the start of dialogue with a view to facilitating national reconciliation and agreement in the country," the Russian foreign ministry said.Ukraine's lawmakers unanimously approved the "regional status" law on Tuesday just moments before ratifying a landmark EU pact that steers Ukraine away from Russia's sphere of influence.President Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace Thursday when he meets Obama in Washington, in the hope of winning a "special status" guaranteeing his troubled nation's security.It is the pro-West president's first tour of the White House since his May election.Yet Obama has been saddled with too many simultaneous crises to draw the United States into a military standoff with a nuclear-armed Russia over a country with which it is sympathetic but is not part of its strategic concerns..More...
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Economic


China, Sri Lanka launch FTA talks
BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China and Sri Lanka have begun negotiating a deal that would see favorable policies for trade between the countries, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) told Xinhua late yesterday.
Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa have signed a memorandum on the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations in Colombo, marking the official launch of the talks, said the MOC, without saying when the document was signed.
In the memorandum, the two sides have confirmed that the FTA would cover trade of goods and services, investment and economic and technological cooperation.
The negotiations were launched more than a year after a feasibility study was started in Beijing.

China-Sri Lanka trade volume has kept growing in recent years, and China has become Sri Lanka's second-largest trade partner and source of import. In 2013, trade between the two countries amounted to 3.62 billion U.S. dollars, up 14.3 percent year on year.

The news came a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping, during his visit to Sri Lanka, called on the two countries to accelerate their FTA negotiations..More...

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Sports

Men-only Saudi team 'backward step' - HRW

COLOMBO  (Time of Ban) - 

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18, 2014 (BSS/AFP) - A leading rights group slammed Saudi Arabia on Thursday for taking a "backward step" by not including women in its Asian Games team.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against women after taking a men-only squad of 202 to the event in South Korea.

"Two years after the London Olympics, the time for excuses is over," Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East and North Africa director, said in a statement.

"Saudi Arabia needs to end its discrimination against women and ensure women's right to participate in sport on an equal basis with men.

"Refusing to send women to the Asian Games casts doubts on Saudi Arabia's commitment to end discrimination and allow Saudi women to participate in future competitions."

Saudi Arabia took two women to the 2012 Olympics, 800m runner Sarah Attar and judoka Wodjan Shahrkani, after lifting a ban on women competing in the Games.

The HRW statement said Saudi Arabia's decision not to bring any women to the Asian Games was "a backward step for women's participation in sport".

It hit out at "discriminatory" policies in Saudi Arabia, where women are banned from driving and cannot get a passport, marry or enter higher education without permission from a male guardian.

The criticism of Saudi Arabia comes after two members of different teams were investigated for alleged sexual harassment at Asian Games sites.

An Iranian official had his accreditation withdrawn for verbal harassment and a Palestinian footballer was accused of groping a woman at a laundry in the athletes' village.

Meanwhile, Qatar have sent a record 55 women in its 260 strong Asian Games delegation.

"Qatar is now focusing on giving a chance to women athletes to compete to represent their country in big sports events like this," said delegation leader Khalil al Jaber.

"These 55 are not just here to take part but to be among the top places," the official added.

Qatar had two women in their London Olympics team in 2012 -- their first female Olympians -- including shooter Bahia al-Hamad, who is the top female hope for Asian Games success.
 

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District
Nine jamaat,shibir activists held in Jhalokathi

PANCHAGARH,  (Time of Ban) -   Sept 18, 2014 (BSS) - Police arrested nine jamaat-shibir activists from different parts of the town on charge of involving destructive activities on Wednesday after the verdict of Delwa... .  More...
'Increased production of micronutrient-rich small fishes stressed'Rangpur, (Time of Ban) -
FARIDPUR, Nov 26 (FNS) - Rafael Benitez has vowed to win over the Chelsea supporters who are so opposed to his arrival at Stamford Bridge that they booed his name before and during his first game in charge.

Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Premier League champions Manchester City left the Champions League holders in fourth place, a point behind West Bromwich Albion.

The Spaniard made an extraordinary claim that he had not heard the abuse that was directed at him in protest at his appointment to succeed Roberto Di Matteo, who was fired despite
leading the club to Champions League glory in May.
The supporters also sang Di Matteo's praises throughout.
"My experience in England is that when the fans are singing in the stands, I don't understand what they say," said the former Liverpool manager, whose comments about Chelsea during his time at Anfield are the root of the enmity.
"So I was just concentrating. I can understand because of the rivalry in the past.More...
Education
DU Kha-Unit admission test on Friday
DHAKA, Sept 18, 2014 - All examinations of Dhaka University including Kha-unit admission test scheduled to be held on Friday (September 19) will be held in time, a DU press release said yesterda.
Historic Nazirpur Day observed in Netrakona
RAJSHAHI  (Time of Ban) - Two fourth year students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) - Saddam Hossain and Abul Monzer- have innovated sound sen....More...

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