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Front Pagearrow 2 commissioners appointed to give CEC majority
In the wake of an impasse over preparing a fresh voter list, the government in a hasty move yesterday appointed two more election commissioners apparently to win the chief election commissioner (CEC)the
 arrow 14-party rejects appointments
Rejecting the appointments of two new election commissioners, the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition coalition yesterday announced a dawn-to-dusk hartal (general strike) across the country on January
 arrow Govt set to accept Tata's thorny terms
The government is set to accept some of the thorny conditions tabled by Indian giant Tata for its $2.5 billion investment proposal, though some of these will not be favourable for the country.
 arrow NBR probes frequent business travellers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is including some affluent business persons, who have travelled abroad frequently, on its list of suspected tax dodgers.
 arrow US may have to go for military strike on Iran
Republican and Democratic senators said on Sunday the United States may ultimately have to undertake a military strike to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but that should be the last resort.
 arrow EC Secretariat seeks directives on voter list work
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat has sought directives from the EC on the next course of action in light of the High Court's (HC) January 4 ruling on electoral roll.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 14
At least 14 people were killed and over 170 people injured in road mishaps across the country yesterday.
 arrow Cold claims 14 more lives in 5 districts
Fourteen more people died of cold and cold related diseases in Thakurgaon, Sirajganj, Patuakhali, Chuadanga and Dinajpur districts yesterday.
 arrow National mourning day today
The government has declared National Mourning Day today in Bangladesh at the death of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
 arrow 11 'guns' seized from truck at Ctg port
Eleven 'firearms' were recovered from a truck and a container laden with imported cargo while passing out of the restricted area of Chittagong Port yesterday.
 arrow Sunny shown arrested in 2 more cases
Ataur Rahman Sunny, military commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was shown arrested yesterday in two other cases pending with a trial court in Dhaka.
 arrow PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML-Janajuddho) was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between his gang and police in Chuadanga early yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed two Bangladeshi youths on Sunday evening.
 arrow Jamaat leader ordered attack on PM's meet in Satkhira
A Jamaat-e-Islami leader had asked a supporter to carry out a bomb attack on the prime minister's meeting scheduled to take place in Satkhira on January 8, the adherent told the press at a police station
 arrow Lower court judges continue token protest
Judges of the lower courts across the country continued to wear black badges for the second day yesterday during court proceedings protesting government inaction to meet all of their 11-point demand.
 arrow Thousands stuck for thick fog
Stranding of thousands of passengers returning from Eid vacation continued yesterday on the roads, rivers and at the airports.
 arrow Kuwait emir buried
Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the emir of Kuwait and one of the United States' closest Middle East allies, was buried in an unmarked grave Sunday in a ceremony attended by thousands of weeping citizens
 arrow Ministry in dark when new upazila is formed
The government is going to form new upazila, Titas, under Comilla district keeping the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) ministry in complete darkness about it.
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 arrow Hearing not held for illness of accused
Hearing of the smuggling case, lodged after the haul of 10 truckloads of arms and ammunition in Chittagong, could not proceed yesterday following the absence of an accused owing to his illness.
 arrow Pakistan likely to stay away from Safta
Pakistan is unlikely to ratify the Safta treaty as it would compromise its stand that talks with India on trade could go ahead only in tandem with progress on the Kashmir issue, sources said.
 arrow Foreign secy to visit Russia Jan 18-22
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin will pay an official visit to Moscow for annual bilateral consultations between Bangladesh and the Russian Federation on January 18-22.
 arrow Fish trader killed in city
Unknown assailants shot dead a fish trader in the city's Pallabi area yesterday.
 arrow Pluto mission protested
More than eight years ago, hundreds of protesters chanted anti-nuclear slogans before Nasa launched a spacecraft to Saturn carrying 72 pounds of plutonium fuel.
Businessarrow Australia keen to help Bangladesh make wool-based fabrics
The world's number one wool producing country Australia has expressed interest to export wool to Bangladesh to help the country produce fabrics made of wool and jute fibre.
 arrow WTO HK decisions to marginalise LDCs further: MCCI
Once decisions of the Hong Kong ministerial of the WTO are implemented, the least developed countries (LDCs) will be further marginalised, said MCCI, the country's leading chamber.
 arrow Int'l apparel machinery show from tomorrow
With a view to introducing latest apparel machinery to local and foreign garment entrepreneurs, a four-day international apparel and knitting machinery show begins tomorrow at Bangladesh- China Friendship
 arrow CEO's challenges in a changing market
To set the stage for today's evening let me quote Paul Valery a French poet who said, "the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
 arrow Rules of Origin issue snags Bimstec FTA talks
Negotiations for Bimstec Free Trade Area have hit a roadblock following disagreement on contentious Rules of Origin (ROO) issue.
 arrow China's record forex reserves to pressure currency
China is likely to come under renewed pressure to revalue its currency after its foreign exchange reserves soared 209 billion dollars, or 34.3 percent, in 2005, analysts said Monday.
 arrow SEC suspends brokerage house
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday suspended stock dealer M/s M Abdul Rashid & Co for 30 days for violation of securities laws regarding sale of Summit Power Ltd's shares.
 arrow Bangladesh trade fair in Colombo starts Jan 20
Bangladesh will hold a trade fair in Colombo on January 20-23 with the participation of an over 90- member delegation representing business firms, Daily News of Colombo reported Monday.
 arrow India April-Dec exports rise 18pc
India's exports jumped 18 percent in April to December, the first nine months of the fiscal year, but higher oil import costs led to a wider trade deficit, the trade minister said Monday.
 arrow China to resume IPOs this year
China is expected to resume initial public offers (IPO) no later than the second half of the year, lifting a suspension that was aimed at alleviating a liquidity crisis and spurring reform, state press
 arrow China unveils new partnership with Africa
China on Sunday unveiled plans to boost its ties with Africa, outlining a new relationship with the continent based on a "win-win" concept of economic and military cooperation.
 arrow Japan economy shows fresh signs of recovery
Japan's economy showed fresh signs of awakening from a decade-long slumber Monday with the current account surplus growing for a third straight month, industrial output picking up and deflation easing.
 arrow Pak investors eyeing property markets in India, Iraq
Pakistani real estate investors are eyeing underdeveloped property markets in India and Iraq, resulting in capital flight in the recent past, according to the industry sources.
 arrow Banks in Vietnam report hefty profits in 2005
State-owned and joint stock banks in Vietnam were much profitable last year, which may prompt some banks to issue more shares to foreign investors this year, local newspaper Vietnam News reported yesterday.
 arrow Lanka gets $160m WB aid
Sri Lanka Monday secured 160 million dollars from the World Bank to rebuild its dilapidated road network and improve education, officials said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BU, Sonargaon in Super 6
The Super-Six lineup of the Aktel Premier Cricket League was left hanging following the postponement of the Bangladesh Biman and Kalabagan Krira Chakra match at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra due
 arrow Tennis: Shock exit for Venus
Wimbledon champion Venus Williams crashed out of the Australian Open Monday, joining ninth seed Elena Dementieva as a first round flop as sister Serena narrowly avoided the same fate.
 arrow Cricket: World record beckons Indian openers
Virender Sehwag hit 247 not out and Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 128 as India blunted Pakistan's attack in the weather-hit first cricket Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag being humble
On a day when he bulldozed past several batting records, Virender Sehwag has said that Shoaib Akthar, Pakistan's strike bowler, "hasn't lived up to expectations".
 arrow Chess: Zia, Niaz both win
Grand Masters Ziaur Rahman and Niaz Murshed and four other Bangladeshi participants collected full two points after the end of the second round of the Fourth Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament
 arrow Football: Clemente too racist!
Barcelona opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the Spanish first division with a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson his latest success
England's football coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, spent yesterday making a series of apologetic telephone calls to a group of his leading players after he fell victim to an elaborate "fake sheikh" stingjust
 arrow Football: Robben's joy turns sour
Jose Mourinho refused to criticise referee Chris Foy after the official took the gloss off Premiership leaders Chelsea's 2-1 win away to bottom-of-the-table Sunderland by dismissing matchwinner ArjenRobben.
 arrow Football: Juve jive on Del Piero
Juventus coach Fabio Capello predicted Alessandro Del Piero's rich vein of scoring form would continue after his record-breaking striker scored the winner in Sunday's 1-0 home victory over Reggina.
 arrow Cricket: SA's Kemp message
South Africa have issued a warning to both Australia and Sri Lanka that they deserve respect in the tri-series one-day competition, using power-hitter Justin Kemp to deliver the message.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan stay unchanged for 2nd Test
Pakistan have named an unchanged 15-man squad for the second cricket Test against India starting at Faisalabad on Saturday.
 arrow Football: For Parreira's eyes only
Weighty files on Brazil's World Cup rivals will this week be handed over to coach Carlos Alberto Parreira in a sign that the South American champions are leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of a successful
 arrow Chess: Sujauddin new BCF president
Syed Sujauddin Ahmed was named new president of the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) yesterday.
Sujauddin, chairman of the Tariff Commission, was general secretary of the federation from 1998-2005.

 arrow Squash: Bashundhara keep winning
Bashundhara Group were on the verge of winning the Squash League title when they bagged sixth straight win on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Patuakhali win divisional title
Patuakhali clinched the Barisal Divisional Under-17 Development Cricket Tournament title defeating Perojepur by 95 runs in the final here on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Call for objective coverage of events to remove mutual suspicion
Media and cultural personalities from Bangladesh and India at a seminar here yesterday called for greater and objective coverage of happenings in the two neighbouring countries to remove mutual suspicion
 arrow Govt wants to eliminate political opponents: AL
Awami League leaders yesterday demanded an investigation into the planting of a bomb at Kabirhat Bazar in Sudharam, Noakhali, saying that it was aimed at killing the party leader Obaidul Quader.
 arrow Security to be tightened on Independence Day
The government yesterday decided to telecast the Independence Day march-past at the national parade ground live through LCD displays at various points in the city apart from radio and television.
 arrow Teachers' grand rally postponed
The grand rally of primary teachers scheduled for January 19 has been postponed due to a division among them over holding the rally.
 arrow Knitwear factory gutted at Fatullah
A devastating fire gutted an export-oriented knitwear factory at Fatullah in the district early yesterday.
 arrow 'Ratify CMS convention to conserve birds'
An international team of ornithologists begins a survey on an endangered migratory bird named Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the coastal areas of the country today.
 arrow Groom youths with modern technical knowledge
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the scholars and learned to come forward to contribute to the development and advancement of the youths and nation building.
 arrow Wasa drive resumes next month
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) will resume its drive against illegal water connections and bill defaulters in the first week of next month, officials said.
 arrow Ctg JMB leader gives confessional statement
The arrested JMB leader Rafiqul Islam, also second in command of Chittagong militant commander Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad, gave statement under 164 to the metropolitan magistrate court yesterday.
 arrow Defence lawyer's absence delays charge framing
A Bogra court yesterday could not frame charge against Abdur Razzak alias Hasan and five others in the August 17 serial bomb blast case as the lawyer of Razzak was not present in the court during thehearing.
 arrow 50 injured as launch hits cargo vessel
At least 50 passengers were injured and one went missing when a launch collided with a cargo vessel in the river Meghna at Haimchar in Chandpur yesterday.
 arrow 18 cargo vessels fined at Ctg port
A mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in a drive here yesterday awarded over Tk 2.5 lakh fines to 18 cargo vessels for violating port, inland and merchant shipping ordinance.
 arrow Australian support for survey on fisheries sought
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday sought support of the Australian government in conducting a survey on fisheries resources in the Bay.
 arrow Prof Lutfor new VC of BSMRAU
Prof Dr Lutfor Rahman Khan was appointed Vice-chancellor of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur.
 arrow Channel One begins test transmission today
Channel One, another satellite television channel, will begin its test transmission today.
 arrow Elder brother beats younger to death over land dispute
An elder brother beat his younger brother to death at a village in Chandanaish upazila of the district on Sunday night over a dispute centring land property.
 arrow Relation with Dhaka to be consolidated further in future
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Zaber al-Sabah said the existing bilateral relations between his country and Bangladesh will be consolidated further in future.
 arrow RU classes resume today
The classes of Rajshahi University will resume today after an 11-day vacation on the occasion Eid-ul-Azha.
Sources said, departments would also take scheduled examinations today.

 arrow One trampled to death by wild elephants
A farmer was trampled to death and three others were injured by wild elephants at Kalatali forest near Cox's Bazar town yesterday.
 arrow One killed in road accident
Ali Ahmed, 60, of village Chakolgram, Noyarhat, Savar died in a road accident on January 12 at Nabinagar in Dhaka-Aricha Highway, says a press release.
 arrow BCL to continue indefinite strike at CU
Chittagong University (CU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday vowed to continue its indefinite strike when the university reopens today.
 arrow JNU students’ study tour
The students of Honours Part-3, Department of Zoology (Evening), Jagannath University went on a study tour, says a press release.
Nationalarrow JMB, HuJi activists in Jhenidah regrouping
Activists of banned Islamist outfits Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) and Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJi) are regrouping in Shailakupa, Harinakundu, Kaliganj and Sadar upazilas in Jhenidah district, according
 arrow 2 'regional commanders' of JMB chargesheeted, names of 15 dropped
Police have submitted charge sheet against two JMB 'regional commanders' for their involvement in the August 17 serial bomb blasts in Gaibandha and dropped names of 15 others from the list of accused.
 arrow BNP musclemen oust RHD staff from quarters
Three Roads and Highways Department (RHD) employees and their families were forced out of their official quarters recently allegedly by the musclemen of four local BNP leaders.
 arrow Human chain in Nabiganj for gas supply
Local people joinerd by poliitcal and local government leaders formed a big human chain and held a rally at the Kibria Square at Aushkandi on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday to press their five-pont
 arrow Gun recovered, 2 PCJSS men held in Khagrachhari
Security forces on Sunday night recovered another unauthorised Belgium-made gun from Natun Cchakma Para in Guimara upazila in Khagrachhari district during their anti-crime operation.
Point-Counterpointarrow MDGs: Thoughts on ways to achieve them
At the Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a global partnersip to end hunger, poverty and related deprivations that still grip a
 arrow In the name of the warlord
On December 2, 2005, His Excellency Eng. Hussein Mohammad Farah Aideed, deputy prime minister (politics and security), minister of interior, Transitional Federal Government of the Somali Republic, called, by appointment, on India's high commissioner in Nairobi, Mr Surendra Kumar.
 arrow An emissary's memoirs
It is usual practice for retired diplomats in Europe and North America to write their memoirs. It is however unusual to do that in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow New horizons beckon the model
It is goodbye to modelling for the successful Kawshiki Tupa Nasser, better known as just Tupa.
 arrow Folk songs for the urban ears
Over the last few years, folk songs have made a major comeback in the mainstream audio market in our country, thanks to the increasing interest in the tunes of our roots among a new generation of musicians.
 arrow Jol Porey Pata Norey: A family drama
Here's a look at the storyline of the serial Jol Porey Pata Norey, directed by Azizul Hakim. Two ambitious sisters, Papia and Munia, belong to a lower middle class family.
 arrow Ontoraler Kotha: Parul¿s plight
The new episode of Ontoraler Kotha, will be aired tonight on Channel-i at 6:20pm. The forthcoming episode is titled Parul. Salah Uddin Sanwar directs the play.
Internationalarrow Maoists vow more attacks ahead of Nepali polls
Nepal's Maoist rebels said yesterday they would step up attacks in the run-up to municipal polls next month, after weekend clashes killed at least 12 police around the capital.
 arrow Breakthrough unlikely in Indo-Pak talks
India will propose fresh ideas to infuse momentum into the latest round of peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan starting today, an official said, but analysts warned that a breakthrough on Kashmir isunlikely.
 arrow Rocket fire downs US chopper in Iraq
A US helicopter crashed north of Baghdad yesterday with two pilots on board, a military spokesman said, amid reports that the aircraft was hit by rocket fire.
 arrow Killing continues in Lanka amid peace move
Two men were shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday in violence ahead of visits by US and Norwegian envoys trying to halt a slide back to civil war between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels.
 arrow Pipeline blown up ahead of Manmohan’s Assam trip
Suspected separatists blew up an oil pipeline in India's northeastern state of Assam before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled two-day visit to the region yesterday, police said.
 arrow Top Republican raises impeachment over surveillance flap
A top US Republican senator on Sunday for the first time mentioned impeachment in connection with President George W.
 arrow 24 killed in twin Afghan suicide bombings
A suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up in the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak yesterday, killing 20 people while another four killed in a separate bombing, a provincial governor said.
 arrow Zawahri missed dinner that prompted US strike
A dinner invitation to al-Qaeda's second-in-command triggered a US airstrike in Pakistan but Ayman al-Zawahri failed to show up, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday.
 arrow Indian court bans entry to French warship
The Supreme Court on Monday barred a decommissioned French warship, due for scrapping in Gujarat, from entering the country's waters until a report by a team of environment experts.
 arrow Prince Charles to assume more official functions
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, is to assume more official duties from his mother Queen Elizabeth II who will be 80 in April, The Times newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Socialist Bachelet wins Chilean presidency
A socialist doctor and former political prisoner was elected Sunday as the country's first female president, defeating a conservative multimillionaire opponent in a race that reflected Latin America's
 arrow Sharon blinks his eyes: Hospital
Ariel Sharon blinked his eyes in front of members of his family yesterday but medics treating the coma-stricken Israeli premier said it was too early to assess the significance of the development.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Asian Highway debacle
Now that the December 31, 2005 deadline for signing up to join the Asian Highway network has come and gone with Bangladesh declining to sign, it is fair to say that as far as Bangladesh and the highway
 arrow Editorial: The hospital needs resuscitation
Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital has been making news, on and off, for all sorts of negative reasons.
 arrow Real men go to Tehran
"Anyone can go to Baghdad. Real men go to Tehran.
 arrow Stemming politics of violence
Despite a tireless attempt by the state minister for home affairs Mr.
Letters to Editorarrow Saurav Ganguly
Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion on the future of the Indian Test cricketer, Saurav Ganguly. Any kind of discussion on Ganguly ought to be dictated by what he can offer to Indian cricket.
 arrow Double-tongued democrats
On May 2, 2003 Pope Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, (Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) stated: "He (John Paul II) did not impose this position ('Iraq War not necessary') asdoctrine
 arrow Glitter and glut
Weddings in Gulshan North Park (behind Wonderland) seem to take place regularly with garish display of glittering light and a glut of rich food! These are showpieces of the emerging rich families of Dhaka
 arrow IBA lapse
I appeared in the admission test for the MBA Program of IBA (Institute of Business Administration), on 6 January 2006, which I think is the most competitive exam of Bangladesh.
 arrow Telephone calls
Telephone calls were a blessing once upon a time. Every call meant so much to us. We would sit for hours to receive an important call.
 arrow Doctor's 'negligence'
I am extremely distressed to learn about the shocking incident that occurred at the NHN Saleha Memorial (Diabetic) Centre, Gulshan 2 through your newspaper report entitled "Doctor's negligence costs Shamsher
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