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Front Pagearrow Commissioners fail to reach CEC
The chief election commissioner (CEC) still remains incommunicado as the other two election commissioners wait for him to convene immediately an Election Commission (EC) meeting to decide on the voter list in line with the High Court's directives.
 arrow JMB man jailed for 15 yrs in first-ever verdict
In the first-ever verdict on an explosives case against a JMB operative, a court here yesterday sentenced him to 15 years' rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 2,000 or two-month jail in default.
 arrow Neighbours plan road networks bypassing Bangladesh
The government's refusal to join the Asian Highway network connecting 32 Asian countries with Europe has led to an opportunity for the neighbours to develop road network bypassing Bangladesh, said experts.
 arrow Cold claims 15 more lives
At least 15 people including six women and two children died of biting cold or cold-related diseases in the last 24 hours as the ongoing cold spell continues to sweep across the country.
 arrow A hospital in sickbed
A sophisticated 375-bed hospital in the city remains perpetually half empty due to mismanagement, corruption and reign of criminals, while every other government hospital is at the end of it's tetherin
 arrow Lower court judges start token protest
Judges of the lower courts across the country yesterday wore black badges during court proceedings protesting government inaction to meet all of their 11-point demand.
 arrow 3 Bangladeshis still missing
Three Bangladeshis in Makkah are still reported missing while the Bangladesh Hajj Mission has found 11 of the persons who had been missing until Saturday night.
 arrow Kuwait emir dies
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who rebuilt his Gulf Arab state after US-led forces drove Saddam Hussein's occupation troops from the country in 1991, died yesterday at the age of 78.
 arrow PM flies to Kuwait to offer condolences
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will leave Dhaka this morning for Kuwait to offer her deep condolences to the Kuwaiti people at the demise of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
 arrow Govt trying to snatch people's voting rights
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government is trying to snatch the people's constitutional right to franchise through manipulating the voter list.
 arrow Dhaka still in Eid hangover
The city has not yet regained its usual busy looks although the government offices resumed work yesterday after five days of Eid-ul-Azha and weekend holidays as most private offices and business houses
 arrow Saifur slams WB policy diktats
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman criticised the World Bank (WB) yesterday for proposing almost identical policy prescriptions for South Asian and African countries ignoring their different
 arrow Fog hampers road, river, air communication
A shroud of dense fog continued yesterday to hamper road, river and air communications between Dhaka and the rest of the country, causing sufferings to the passengers returning from the hajj and Eid vacation.
 arrow Saddam judge resigns from trial
Iraqi government officials are considering the resignation submitted by the chief judge at the trial of the former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Two mothers, their 2 sons die in Sylhet road mishaps
Two mothers and their two sons met tragic death in two separate road accidents in the district yesterday.
 arrow Defiant Iran calls for atomic talks
Iran said on Sunday diplomacy was the only way to resolve the impasse over its nuclear programme but that it would not reverse its widely criticized decision to resume atomic research after a break of
 arrow BNP man caught with pistol after firing 2 shots
Locals caught a district unit leader of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal with a homemade pistol as he opened fire on a leader of the transport workers' union yesterday afternoon.
 arrow US State Dept official due shortly
The United States government is sending a high official of the State Department instead of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns to Dhaka to discuss affairs between Bangladesh and US.
 arrow Extracting sand...

 arrow Little progress in Manik Saha murder case
There has been little headway in the investigation of journalist Manik Saha murder case.
 arrow Bomb hits Canadian convoy in Afghanistan
A suicide car bomb hit a Canadian military convoy in a southern Afghan city yesterday, killing two civilians and wounding 13 people, officials said.
 arrow Pakistanis protest missile attack
Chanting "Death to America," Islamic groups held nationwide protests Sunday as anger mounted over a purported CIA airstrike that Pakistan says killed innocent civilians instead of the apparent target--al-Qaeda's
 arrow Space capsule returns to Earth with comet dust
A space capsule ferrying the first comet dust samples to Earth parachuted to a pre-dawn landing in the remote desert Sunday, drawing cheers from elated scientists.
 arrow Criminals kill 1 in Uttara
An unidentified man was hacked to death by criminals in city's Uttara area yesterday afternoon, police said.
Businessarrow Operators protest BTRC order to stop free-call offers
Mobile phone operators have strongly criticised the recent order of the telecoms regulator that asked the cellphone companies to discontinue their free-call facilities late into the night.
 arrow Gainers outnumber losers in thin trade
Following a five-day Eid hibernation, stock markets resumed trading yesterday with gainers outnumbering losers on both the bourses amid thin trading.
 arrow Norway govt decries male-dominated Telenor management
Telenor, the 62 percent owner of GrameenPhone, announced a major restructure on Tuesday but the Norwegian government has sharply criticised the male-dominated hierarchical composition of its state-owned
 arrow Call money rate still high
Inter-bank call money rate still remained high yesterday with the rate ranging between 20 percent and 25 percent. The rate jumped to 52 percent on the last working day before the Eid vacation.
 arrow Jet Airways, Air Sahara in talks for strategic alliance
In what could signal the start of consolidation in the increasingly competitive civil aviation sector in India, two leading private carriers Jet Airways and Air Sahara are in talks for a strategic alliance.
 arrow Emir's death won't affect oil output: Kuwait
Kuwait's top oil executives said Sunday that the death of Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah will not affect oil production in the emirate, which pumps some 2.6 million barrels per day (bpd).
 arrow Chidambaram finance minister of 2005 for Asia: Banker
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been named the finance minister of the year 2005 for Asia by 'Banker' magazine for pushing reforms and reining in fiscal deficit.
 arrow Japan plans to woo foreign investors
Japan plans to step up measures to woo foreign firms to purchase companies or make other direct investment here in a bid to invigorate its economy, a report said Sunday.
 arrow China's forex reserves up to $818.9b in 2005
China's foreign exchange reserves reached 818.9 billion dollars at the end of 2005, up 34.3 percent year-on-year, state press announced Sunday, citing central bank figures.
 arrow China reports surge in home-made vehicle sales in 2005
China, the world's second biggest auto market, witnessed a surge in output and sales of home-made vehicles in 2005, both surpassing 5.7 million units.
 arrow Prudente to take part in Asian Aerospace 2006 Exhibition
Prudente Aviation Consultancy Ltd, a local aviation-solution providing company, will take part in the Asian Aerospace 2006 Exhibition to be held from February 21 to 26 in Singapore.
 arrow Trade officials from 30 states to resume talks this month
Top trade officials from 30 countries plan to resume talks this month on a new global treaty based on an agreement made at the World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong, India's commerce ministersaid
 arrow China for more Taiwan investment in mainland
Chinese President Hu Jintao has pledged better economic conditions for Taiwanese companies investing in the mainland and urged the island to establish direct links with China, state press said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cricketers return to action today
Cricketers will return to action today after a weeklong Eid vacation when the eleventh and final round of the Aktel Premier Division Cricket League first-leg takes place at six different venues across
 arrow Cricket: SA take first honours
South Africa drew first blood in the battle of the world's two best one-day cricket teams after a late flourish by Justin Kemp and Mark Boucher carried them to a five-wicket win over Australia in thetri-series
 arrow Tennis: Sania's Grand Slam dream
Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza oozes confidence and is even daring to dream that she will one day win a Grand Slam, motivated by being Asia's great new hope.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag shines in gloom
Virender Sehwag defied Pakistan's pace attack in murky weather to keep India's hopes alive of saving the first Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Time for Australian Open
With Kim Clijsters struggling to beat a hip injury, Lindsay Daven-port can sniff an opportunity to win the Australian Open, but she has her work cut out in a strong field.
 arrow Football: Henry treble sparks Arsenal
Thierry Henry underlined why Arsenal are so desperate to persuade him to stay as he hit a hat-trick in a 7-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Highbury here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Valencia back in contention
Valencia closed the gap on the leading pair in the Spanish first division with an efficient 2-0 win over second-placed Osasuna on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Sampdoria revive Euro hopes
Sampdoria put their push for a European place back on track with a 3-0 win at Serie A rivals Lecce on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer the man to beat
All the talk on the eve of the Australian Open is about how to prevent Roger Federer from winning his seventh Grand Slam crown.
 arrow Football: Eriksson caught by undercover reporter
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has told an undercover reporter that he would quit if his side won the World Cup in Germany this summer, even though he has two years left on his contract, accordingto
 arrow Cricket: South Asian WC bid submitted
The Asian countries on Sunday submitted their bid for the 2011 World Cup but said it was conditional since they had reservations over some of the financial policies of the International Cricket Council
 arrow Cricket: Manu no more
Freedom fighter, sports organiser, former joint secretary and director of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Mahmudul Haque Manu died of cardiac arrest while sleeping yesterday morning at his residence.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer sees a draw ahead
Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer has refused to blame the groundsmen for the flat track that has produced a plethora of runs in the first Test against India and appears headed for a dull draw.
 arrow Cricket: Sarfraz readies himself for Shabbir
Pakistan cricket authorities have prepared video footage of pacer Shabbir Ahmed's modified bowling action in a bid to get his one-year ban lifted or reduced.
 arrow Cricket: Gower fears for Gough's WC
Former England captain David Gower feels paceman Darren Gough is unlikely to play at the 2007 World Cup even if he fights his way back into the team.
 arrow Football: Putin, Blatter accuse EU of imperialism
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday criticized European Union attempts to influence European football tournaments, describing EU regulations on the game as "imperialism in football".
 arrow Football: Egypt lose to South Africa
Egypt lost their final warmup match ahead of the African Nations Cup, the tournament hosts going down 2-1 to South Africa on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow 16 killed, 130 injured in road accidents
At least 16 people, including five children, were killed and 130 injured in separate road accidents in Patuakhali, Rajshahi, Bhola, Bhairab, Sirajganj, Noakhali, Dinajpur, Joypurhat and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Arrest real killers of Manik Saha
Leaders of journalist community in Khulna demanded fair investigation and immediate arrest of the killers of Journalist Manik Saha while observing the second death anniversary of the slain journalistwho
 arrow Bodies of three girls recovered in city
Bodies of three girls were recovered in the city yesterday afternoon, police sources said.
 arrow Wife kills husband; mother murders daughter
A housewife confessed to a court in Dhaka yesterday that she and her lover hacked her husband to death inside their Shyampur house early Thursday while a man told the same court that he and his loverkilled
 arrow No plan to nationalise non-govt pry teachers' jobs now: Saifur
The government is unlikely to nationalise the services of non-government primary school teachers immediately due to pressure on the economy.
 arrow Take more programmes for deprived rural children
SOS-Kinderdorf International President Helmut Kutin made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Ministers pass day exchanging greetings
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said despite some inconveniences due to cold wave and dense fog, the people of the country celebrated the holy Eid-ul-Azha
 arrow PM's donation to Ekushe Academy Australia Inc
Bangladesh High Commissioner Ashraf-ud-Doula handed over a donation of Tk 5.
 arrow Myanmar national dies in Teknaf
A Myanmar national died of illness at Teknaf upazila health complex in Cox's Bazar in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Speaker leaves for Singapore for treatment
Speaker Barrister Jamir Uddin Sircar left Saturday night for Singapore for medical check-up following his treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) here.
 arrow Training for WHO fellows in medical education begins
Bangladesh for the first time has started training of the fellows of World Health Organisation (WHO) in medical education.
 arrow BNP to celebrate 70th birth anniversary of Zia Jan 19
BNP secretary general and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has called upon all the units of BNP and its front organisations to celebrate the 70th birth anniversary of the party's
 arrow Int'l team to survey along coastline
An international team of ornithologists are to carry out a survey on the endangered Chamuchthutho Ziria, a rare bird found along the Bangladesh coastline, a Bangladesh Bird Club statement said yesterday.
 arrow 20 hurt as villagers clash in Bhola
At least 20 people were injured in a series of clashes between the inhabitants of two villages over a trifling matter in the last two days at Kutuba village of Borhanuddin upazila in Bhola.
 arrow Drugs worth Tk 2.42 lakh seized
Detective Branch (DB) of Police seized drugs worth Tk 2.42 lakh at Bishnupur under Devidwar upazila of Comilla district yesterday.
 arrow Body recovered
Police yesterday recovered the body of an unidentified man in the city.
 arrow 952 arrested
Police arrested 952 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Momtaz Jasimuddin buried
Begum Momtaz Jasimuddin, wife of Palli Kabi Jasimuddin, was laid to rest at the beside of poet's grave under a Dalim tree at Ambikapur of Faridpur district after Zohr prayers yesterday.
 arrow Tributes paid to Babul Akhter
Speakers at a condolence meeting paid rich tributes to the newscaster of Swadhin Bangla Beter Kendro and veteran freedom fighter Babul Akhter who died on Saturday at his Munshiganj village home.
 arrow DU admission test under Ka unit re-scheduled
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have rescheduled the date of admission test for first year honours courses under Ka unit for February 17.
Nationalarrow Police camps in 5 crime prone dists unprotected
A large number of police outposts and camps in remote areas in five southwestern districts under Khulna Police Range are in bad shape, raising a serious security concern among policemen and affectingtheir
 arrow No step yet to stop tobacco cultivation in Bandarban
Despite restriction, tobacco is being cultivated illegally on about 300 acres of land in Matamuhuri reserve forest in Bandarban district, allegedly in connivance with some dishonest forest officials.
 arrow Kirtonkhola bridge uncertain
Construction of the proposed bridge on Kirtonkhola river on the eastern outskirts of Barisal city has become uncertain following a row between the Communication Mministry and the Kuwait Fund for International
 arrow Hunt for young talents
School students in a remote area in the district enjoyed an exceptional programme on science and technology. They were enthralled by the company of prominent scientists.
 arrow Hearing date now Jan 19
The Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) yesterday re-fixed January 19 for charge framing in the Jhalakathi judges' murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow Tragedy at Mecca
As if the Hajj flights fiasco, where the intending Nigerian pilgrims had to be sent home from mid-air due to the mismanagement of the Nigerian government, and the hotel building collapse where many pilgrims
Culturearrow Combining dreams with desire
Nasreen Begum, who has been drawing and painting since a child, feels that she is still learning, even though she is now an Assistant Professor at the Fine Arts Department, DU.
 arrow 9th Dhaka International Film Festival to begin
The 9th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) organised by Rainbow Film Society (RFS) will be held in Dhaka from January 17 to 25, 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Diverse interpretations of Shakespeare's Othello showcased
One of the major aspects of this year's NSD Theatre Utsav (Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2006) was showcasing different interpretations of Shakespeare's classics like Othello, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
 arrow Actress Shelley Winters passes away
Shelley Winters, the forceful, outspoken star who graduated from blond bombshell parts to dramas, winning Academy Awards as supporting actress in The Diary of Anne Frank and A Patch of Blue,
Internationalarrow New ideas, terror to figure in talks
India and Pakistan will discuss "new ideas" on promoting bilateral ties when Foreign Secretaries of the two countries meet here on Tuesday to kick off the third round of Composite Dialogue amid New Delhi's
 arrow Nepal on high alert after rebel raids
Nepali troops were on high alert on Sunday after attacks around Kathmandu by Maoist rebels killed 12 policemen, an army officer said.
 arrow Landslide kills 13 in Afghanistan
At least 13 people have been killed in a landslide while heavy snow has left hundreds of thousands of others stranded in northern Afghanistan's mountainous villages, officials said Sunday.
 arrow 'Zawahiri may not be dead in US attack'
It is not yet clear whether the deadly air strike aimed at Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, which killed 18 people, hit its target, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
 arrow Israel approves limited Palestinian vote in Jerusalem
Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved voting in Arab East Jerusalem in a January 25 Palestinian parliamentary election but said it would ban the militant Hamas group from listing its candidates on ballots
 arrow Pressure on Saddam judge to reconsider
Pressure mounted Sunday on the Iraqi judge presiding over the trial of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein to stay in the job after he submitted his resignation in the face of criticism of his handling ofthe
 arrow Japan battling deadliest winter in two decades
The death toll from heavy snow in Japan has reached at least 89, making it the deadliest winter in more than two decades as weather officials issued fresh avalanche warnings Sunday.
 arrow Controversy over freed pope assailant
Lawyers and officials continued to wrangle Sunday over the legal procedures the man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II two decades ago must undergo following his release from an Istanbul jail.
 arrow Arundhati Roy rejects Indian literary award
Novelist Arundhati Roy has turned down a national award from India's academy of letters because she opposes the government's policies, the Press Trust of India reported.
 arrow Rain, snow ground aid helicopters in quake-hit Kashmir
Rain and snow in the quake-hit Himalayan Kashmir region on Sunday grounded relief helicopters, blocked roads and compounded the misery of survivors living in tents, officials said.
 arrow Two journalists freed by US military in Iraq
The US military freed two Iraqi journalists who work for Reuters on Sunday after holding them for several months without charge.
Editorialarrow Editorial: HC directive on voter list
We are constrained to comment once again on what we consider to be the Election Commission's action or inaction regarding the preparation of the electoral roll in view of what has transpired in the organisation
 arrow Editorial: People dying in cold
We are deeply concerned at the news that 21 persons, including mostly babies, have died in the north due to the cold wave sweeping the country.
 arrow The eclipse of an invisible empire
Even as the world nervously watches the naked US aggression in the Middle East and elsewhere to fulfil the neo-cons' dream of building up a spanking new empire in its classical form, the US itself has
 arrow The politics of refutation and scapegoating
Notwithstanding the fact that there have been no suicide bombings for the last few weeks, everyone from toddlers to seniors is scared. People are fearful of getting blown up by suicide bombers.
 arrow Congress confronts a challenge
It was the chance of a lifetime. On January 7, Ms Sonia Gandhi could have begun repairing the creaky 110 year-old Congress party machine by announcing elections to its Working Committee.
Letters to Editorarrow Tipaimukh dam
In the 5th Jan.
 arrow Micro finance
Do you hail or hate micro finance? Whatever your stance towards micro finance is, you probably cannot completely discard the relevance of this question.
 arrow Blame Game
I am a great fan of The Daily Star. Living abroad it is my only means of staying connected with Bangladesh and the goings on in the country.
 arrow Saurav drama...
There was an unprecedented furore over the dropping of Saurav Ganguly from the Indian team. People of West Bengal seem to have taken it as a move directed against their very identity.
 arrow Mobile phone
In the present mobile phone business scenario, all the operators seem to hunt for new clients, rather than serve the old ones.
 arrow Teachers' service
It is aptly said that education is the backbone of the nation and teachers play a vital role in imparting education. But the issue has always been neglected by the relevant authorities.
 arrow Appeal to the education authorities
I was a student of the Department of Environmental Sciences of Sheikh Burhanuddin Post Graduate College under National University. I appeared in the honours final exam that was held in May 2005.
 arrow Common sense
Many years ago a friend of mine requested his English boss if he would consider employing a young man who is an MA and is known to him.
 arrow Comrade Moni Singh
The article on Comrade Moni Singh reminded me of those days when I was young and involved in left politics with the Urdu-speaking students who belonged to the East Pakistan Students Union.
 arrow Let my voice be heard!
Today as the sun set in the western horizon, we as a nation passed the first complete week of the year 2006.
 arrow New Year in Kolkata
On the 31st of 2005 I was on the bus with other 24 members of my greater family. We were on our way to Kolkata to attend the Boubhat ceremony of my cousin.
Star Cityarrow Mobile court drive set to end
Dhaka City Corporation's (DCC) mobile court drive against production and selling of adulterated food will not continue anymore as the magistrates who are conducting the drive will be engaged in theirjudicial
 arrow Rail lines and surroundings an eyesore
Contrary to beautified roads, medians and footpaths, the rail lines in the city are dirty, and the bad odour gives a negative impression to passengers.
 arrow Rescued babies find home at last
The two infants rescued from the Sabujbagh area on January 3 this year have found a permanent home. An army officer and his wife took them in for adoption last Monday (January 9).
 arrow Not Easy to Get Home

 arrow Commuters harassed by CNG drivers
Commuters refrain from complaining to the police control room hotlines of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) as the system has not brought effective reduction in harassment by CNG run auto rickshaw drivers
 arrow Street-dwellers feel the chill
The night was cold, and Matin covered himself with a straw mat (pati) he had, little knowing that the morning would turn out to be the foggiest in recent times.
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