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Front Pagearrow New EC members throw weight behind CEC
The two new election commissioners on the very first day in office yesterday openly sided with the CEC, with one of them terming the High Court's directive for revising the existing voter is unlawfuland
 arrow It takes two years just to discuss it
The government has spent about two years just discussing the draft of a comprehensive manpower export policy while over 2.5 lakh Bangladeshis go abroad for jobs every year.
 arrow Fear, rejoice at EC
The appointment of SM Zakaria as an election commissioner has been greeted with disappointment by many in the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat while sending the camp loyal to Zakaria into triumphant
 arrow Barapukuria power plant starts trial production
The Barapukuria 250MW Power Plant, first ever coal-based plant in the country, went into trial production last Monday, with one of its two units contributing 60MW electricity to the national grid, power
 arrow Bandarban Rohingyas get into voter roll
The Rohingyas from Myanmar living illegally in different areas of Bandarban are being included in the fresh voter list, violating orders of the Election Commission and home ministry.
 arrow Rules bent to appoint ex-PDB boss as power secretary
Violating promotion rules and ignoring opposition from the Cabinet Division, the government on Monday appointed Power Development Board (PDB) Chairman ANH Akhtar Hossain as secretary-in-charge of Power
 arrow Shifting house...

 arrow Ctg arms cache was for Ulfa
Ten truckloads of arms and ammunition, seized on April 2, 2004 at the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL), were smuggled in for the rebels of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa),
 arrow Politics by teachers, students discouraged
University Grants Commission (UGC) has prepared a 20-year strategic plan for higher education that aims to discourage direct involvement of the university teachers and students with party politics, developing
 arrow Niko agrees to compensate govt's share of burned gas
Canadian Niko Resources Limited agrees to compensate government's share in the gas that was burnt in the two blowouts in Chhatak gas field, known as Tengratila.
 arrow Probe on, cops seize 10 trucks for search
Police on Monday night held 10 of the 20 trucks that had left the restricted area of Chittagong Port with imported cargo of a consignment, which was suspected as carrying more "replica weapons".
 arrow 6 former, serving PDB officials accused in ACC's first-ever case
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Monday filed a case against six retired and serving officials of the Power Development Board (PDB) and the Ashuganj Power Station Company (APSC) for wasting Tk 10crore
 arrow Court order to submit fresh charge sheet
A Chittagong court yesterday did not accept the charge sheet in a case filed for November 29 suicide blast on the Chittagong court premises, following objections from the public prosecutor (PP).
 arrow Cold claims 19 more lives in three districts
Biting cold and cold-related diseases claimed 19 more lives over the past 24 hours in Gaibandha, Thakurgaon and Kurigram districts.
 arrow Tullow sees huge oil reserve around St Martin's Island
Tullow Oil, an Irish oil and gas exploration and production company, sees an immense potential of having huge oil reserve in Bangladesh, particularly in and around St Martin's Island in Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Judges ask govt to meet demands by Jan 29
Lower court judges yesterday gave an ultimatum to the government and vowed to go for tougher movement if the government does not meet all of their demands by January 29.
 arrow Torn in places...

 arrow Charges couldn't be framed against Sunny, others
A Dhaka court could not frame charges against the military commander of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny and six others in two cases as two accused, including Sunny, were
 arrow Dhaka to seek $100m aid to fight bird flu
Bangladesh will seek more than $100 million to help fight bird flu at a two-day international donors' conference in Beijing, a senior government official said yesterday.
 arrow SC Bar asks president to form Supreme Judicial Council
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz and asked the president to form the Supreme Judicial Council for hearing
 arrow APP removed for defending Mufti Hannan
An assistant public prosecutor (APP) was relieved of his post for defending Mufti Abdul Hannan, the operations commander of the banned Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJi), in connection with an August 17 bomb blast
 arrow Pirates loot 3 firearms from forest outpost
Pirates looted three firearms and some ammunition from a forest outpost at Haldibunia in the Sundarbans early yesterday and demanded Tk 3 lakh for their return.
 arrow Natore arms loot suspect dies in Rab 'crossfire'
An alleged outlaw and suspect of Bamihal police killing and arms loot incident was killed in 'crossfire' between the members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Singra upazila of
 arrow More bird flu deaths as experts meet on crisis
Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing said yesterday the world urgently needed to amass a war chest to fight bird flu and prepare nations should a pandemic strain emerge.
 arrow Indo-Pak peace talks begin
Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Muhammad Khan began their two-day talks at the Hyderabad House yesterday where they reviewed the progress made in the previous two
Businessarrow New deadline to sell Rupali Bank
The Privatisation Commission yesterday at a meeting with the WB and IMF set August 31 deadline to privatise state-run Rupali Bank.
 arrow SEC asks DSE to explain action on Eagle Box delisting order
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday sought explanation from the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for its action on the regulators' directive to delist Eagle Box and Carton Manufacturing Company
 arrow UK proposes EU-India FTA
Britain on Monday proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between European Union and India even as New Delhi flagged its concerns over tariff and non-tariff barriers face by Indian products in EU.
 arrow CEO's challenges in a changing market

Continued from January 17

Do not allow routines to become chains.

For many of us the routines represent our own zones of comfort.

 arrow Oil hits three-month highs
World oil prices hit the highest levels for over three months on Tuesday, breaching 65 dollars in New York and 64 dollars in London, on rising geopolitical tensions in Iran and Nigeria, dealers said.
 arrow Indo-Pak trade to hit $1b this fiscal year
Annual bilateral trade between India and Pakistan is expected to touch one billion dollar during the current fiscal year, according to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) report.
 arrow Govt to change sizes of Tk 100, Tk 500 notes
The government is going to bring changes in the sizes of Tk 500 and Tk 100 notes and in their security features to stop counterfeiting.
 arrow Ministry mulls FBCCI electoral reforms
The Ministry of Commerce is actively considering bringing electoral reforms in the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex trade body of the country.
 arrow Thailand proposes $38b budget for fiscal '07
Thailand on Tuesdsay approved an outline budget worth 1.48 trillion baht (38 billion dollars) for the year starting in October, up 8.5 percent from the current financial year.
 arrow Japan welcomes record number of tourists
The number of foreign tourists to Japan in 2005 rose 9.7 percent to a record 6.73 million, the transport ministry said Tuesday.
 arrow Sípore lifts ban on US beef
Singapore on Tuesday lifted a two-year ban on US beef imports imposed after the United States detected mad cow disease.
 arrow China, US to boost í06 oil demand: IEA
A rebound in Chinese demand growth and stronger US consumption will drive up world oil demand in 2006, the IEA said on Tuesday, increasing the strain on Opec spare capacity.
 arrow Sri Lanka imports rise sharply
Sri Lanka's import bill surged in the first 11 months of last year due to high oil prices, the Central Bank here said Tuesday, which also left key interest rates unchanged.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Biman land safely
Bangladesh Biman completed the Super Six line-up of the Aktel Premier Cricket League with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Kalabagan Krira Chakra at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia to bid for WC
Australia will proceed with a bid to stage the 2011 Cricket World Cup, a Cricket Australia official said on Tuesday, despite reports from Pakistan it would defer to a joint Asian bid.
 arrow Tennis: Federer flies, Hingis thru'
Tournament favourites Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters powered into the second round of the Australian Open Tuesday on a day that saw Martina Hingis made a successful comeback to Grand Slam tennis.
 arrow Cricket: India openers miss mark
India's openers Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid missed a world record partnership by four runs as the first cricket Test against Pakistan ended in a draw here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to name squad for SL series soon
The national cricketers will not be available when the Ispahani National Cricket League resumes on February 6 across the country.
 arrow Tennis: Sania, Yan lead Asian charge
China's Yan Zi and India's Sania Mirza spearheaded Asia's charge at the Australian Open Tuesday, with five players from the region safely into the second round.
 arrow Cricket: Cally's desire
Cally, the widow of former Bangladesh cricket coach Eddie Barlow, expressed her desire to spread the ashes of her deceased husband over BKSP, the lone sports institute of the country.
 arrow Football: Wealth of African talent descends on Egypt
Fans at the African Nations Cup will get a chance to see some of Europe's top club strikers in action when players such as Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o and Obafemi Martins open hostilities in Egypt.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho heads UEFA team of year
World player of the year Ronaldinho, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and AC Milan's Andriy Schevchenko were named in UEFA's team of the year on Monday, with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho named as coach.
 arrow Cricket: SL beat SA once more
A determined Sri Lanka shrugged off a recent run of poor one-day form and humbled South Africa in the tri-series limited overs competition at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy fears crowd retreat
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has expressed fears that flat pitches which do not encourage results will eventually keep people away from Test matches in the country.
 arrow Football: Capello's mind games working for Juventus
Juventus' 17-1-1 record in the first half of the Serie A season has undoubtedly made an impact in its opponents' minds.
 arrow Cricket: UAE cricketers due on Jan 21
A 14-member UAE cricket team will arrive here on January 21 to play four limited-overs matches against two different local selections.
 arrow Football: Zidane to retire after World Cup
Real Madrid's French international midfielder Zinedine Zidane plans to retire after the World Cup, Spanish sports daily AS said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies coming to India thrice in three years
India will host Australia thrice between 2007 and 2009 in Tests and one-day internationals, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya to come here in March
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday announced that they would host Kenya next March.
 arrow Cricket: Record opening stands in Tests
List of record opening partnerships after India's Virender Sehwag (254) and Rahul Dravid (128) put on 410 runs in the first Test against Pakistan on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India won't play Champs Trophy after this year
India will not participate in the biennial ICC Champions Trophy after 2006 because it is scheduled during their peak season between October and March, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)said
 arrow Cricket: Imran's thoughts
Pakistan's iconic former skipper Imran Khan thinks that Pakistan has lost the initial psychological advantage over India in the current series following a ruthless batting display by Virender Sehwag in
 arrow Chess: Niaz wins, Zia loses
Grand Master Niaz Murshed won the fourth round board against International Master Koshy in the Fourth Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Chess: U-20 chess from Jan 20
The BASIC Bank 27th National Junior (under-20 boys and girls) Chess Championship will begin on January 20 at the federation hall room.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bangladesh to benefit from Asian Highway'
The proposed Asian Highway, once implemented, would allay Bangladesh's current political fears that the longer route linking West Bengal and northeastern India would give India political control of both
 arrow Six killed, 65 injured in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 65 others injured in separate road accidents in Jessore, Mymensingh and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers' hunger strike from February 28
Non-government primary teachers will go for indefinite hunger strike from February 28 demanding nationalisation of their services while community primary teachers will observe the same programme fromFebruary
 arrow Removal of CEC, two new commissionersdemanded
Terming the Election Commission (EC) 'a committee of the ruling BNP', the main opposition Awami League's (AL) youth front Jubo League yesterday demanded immediate removal of the chief election commissioner
 arrow TV artiste, college girl commit suicide in city
A TV artiste and a college girl have committed suicide in two separate incidents in the city.
 arrow Appointment of 2 election commissioners condemned
Leaders of different political parties yesterday condemned the appointment of two new election commissioners (ECs).
 arrow Cheating case against BNP lawmaker Mongu
A union parishad (UP) chairman yesterday filed a cheating case against ruling BNP lawmaker Mosharraf Hossain Mongu, elected from the constituency-3 of Barisal.
 arrow 9th Dhaka Int'l Film Festival begins in city
The 9th Dhaka International Film Festival began in the city yesterday. Organised by Rainbow Film Society, the festival will continue till January 25.
 arrow Kader Siddiqui adopts baby who survived miraculously
Bangabir Kader Siddiqui MP has adopted a baby girl who miraculously survived after being buried in a sand field about a couple of months ago.
 arrow Police attack on Patuakhali AL rally: 50 hurt
At least 50 Awami League (AL) leaders and activists were injured at Dashmina, a upazila town in the district, when police attacked a protest rally organised by the local unit of the party yesterday.
 arrow BSF hands over bodies of 2 Bangladeshis
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over the bodies of two Bangladeshi day-labourers to Bangladesh police here yesterday.
 arrow PM returns home
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returned home yesterday from Kuwait after offering formal condolences at the demise of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
 arrow Hasina signs condolence book
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday signed the condolence book that was opened at the death of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah at the residence of Kuwaiti ambassador in Dhaka.
 arrow One murdered in Savar
Police recovered body of an identified young man from Aminbazar Union at Savar yesterday.
 arrow 5 shops gutted at Kalapara
At least five shops were gutted in two separate fire incidents at Kalapara upazila in the district.
Two shops were gutted within municipal area of the town at about 4:00am.

 arrow Cake festival begins today
Nari Grantha Prabartana will organise a two-day Pitha Utsab (cake festival) beginning today at Prabartana Bhaban at Sir Syed Road in the city.
 arrow BAPA executives
Capt Syeed Mahbub Helal and Capt Mahbubur Rahman have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Airlines Pilots' Association (BAPA) for 2006-2007, says press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Morshedia Begum, a 22-year-old woman, has appealed for financial assistance for her treatment as both of her heart valves have been damaged, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 'Partisan' appointments protested in districts
Awami Jubo League and Bangladesh Chhatra League, youth and student fronts of opposition Awami League, yesterday rejected appointment of the two new election commissioners, saying this has been done with
 arrow Joypurhat Aug 17 case being sent to Rajshahi STT
The case filed in connection with the August 17 serial bomb blasts in Joypurhat district is being transferred to Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) as per a directive from the Home Ministry.
 arrow Kushtia hides market buoyant five days after Eid
Transactions began in Kushtia hides and skin wholesale markets yesterday, five days after the Eid-ul-Azha, as the price ceiling fixed by tanners in Dhaka was withdrawn.
 arrow 5 picked up by BSF in Kushtia not returned yet
The five Bangladeshi nationals picked up by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) from Bangladesh territory near Moheshpur border in Jhenidah on Friday are yet to be returned.
 arrow Bomb blast injures 3 children in Chuadanga
Three children including two sisters were severely injured when a bomb went off at a bamboo cluster at Shalika village in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga yesterday morning.
 arrow 133 cattle die in Satkhira in two weeks
At least 133 cattle died of an infectious disease of foot and mouth in three upazilas of the district in last two weeks.
More than 300 cattle have been attacked with the disease.

Point-Counterpointarrow Investing in science and technology for sustainable economic growth
Science and technology can play a critical role in increasing the productive capacity of an economy.
 arrow Vajpayee's swan song
Atal Bihari Vajpayee took the audience at the national convention of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Mumbai some time ago by surprise when rather unexpectedly he announced that he was quitting active
Culturearrow Rejuvenating tapestry
Tajul Islam, a tapestry expert, who has three solos to his credit -- apart from joint displays overseas -- has three entries in the coming Bangladesh Asian Biennale, arranged by the Bangladesh Shilpakala
 arrow Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet in Indian context
Many of us have watched the movie Romeo and Juliet while Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes make an effective eponymous couple to bring Shakespeare's play to a broader contemporary audience.
 arrow JU students stage Hargoj
The students of 1999-2000 academic session of Drama and Dramatics Department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged the drama titled Hargoj as an academic production of their honours final examination.
 arrow Momentous win for Brokeback Mountain at the Golden Globes
Brokeback Mountain is moseying along the Academy Awards trail, its four Golden Globe wins -- best drama among them -- positioning the cowboy love story for Oscar glory.
Generalarrow One killed, 20 injured as villagers clash in Sherpur
An old woman was killed and 20 others were injured during a clash over a land dispute at Dhobarchar village under Balaierchar union in Sadar upazila of the district, police said yesterday.
 arrow Property worth Tk 35 lakh gutted in Noakhali
Property worth about Tk 35 lakh was gutted in a fire at the Sonaimuri Cinema Hall market in Noakhali early yesterday. Sources said the fire originated from an electric short-circuit.
Internationalarrow Russia, China want talks, not sanctions on Iran
Russia and China made clear yesterday they did not favour UN sanctions to induce Iran to scale back its nuclear programme, and Tehran urged the European Union to return to the negotiating table.
 arrow Iraq accuses Iran of seizing coastguards
Iraq demanded yesterday the release of coastguards it said were seized by Iran during a clash involving suspected oil smugglers on their tidal frontier, but Iran's Baghdad embassy denied all knowledge
 arrow UN warns Lanka against return to war
The United Nations yesterday asked Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume their stalled peace talks and said a return to war was not the answer to decades of ethnic conflict.
 arrow US-Pak alliance strained
The pre-dawn airstrike purportedly aimed at Osama bin Laden's deputy has strained ties with a key US ally in the war on terror and could provoke more anti-American fanaticism in Pakistan, analysts said
 arrow Nepali parties vow to defy protest ban
Nepal's main political parties said yesterday they would go ahead with a planned anti-King rally in Kathmandu on Friday despite a ban on protests by the royalist government.
 arrow WMD attack inevitable
A terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction in a Western country is inevitable, a senior US anti-terrorism official said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Shia named new chief judge in Saddam trial
Said al-Hammashi, a member of the five-judge Iraqi panel trying Saddam Hussein, will replace the chief judge who has resigned when the trial resumes, the main prosecutor in the case said yesterday.
 arrow CNN allowed to resume work in Iran after apology
Iran on Tuesday lifted its ban on CNN after the US news network apologised for misquoting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Tehran wanted nuclear weapons, a top culture ministry official said.
 arrow Cheney holds talks with Mubarak
US Vice President Dick Cheney and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks yesterday in Cairo to discuss regional developments and bilateral relations, an official at the presidency said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A master stroke or a fell stroke?
The induction of two new commissioners in the Election Commission ostensibly for the purpose of breaking the impasse in the EC over voter list preparation may have deepened the existing controversy on
 arrow Editorial: Nepal's continuing woes
It is a sorry sight to see that the once peaceful Himalayan kingdom is in a state of political imbroglio.
 arrow Is bigger geo-economic picture being ignored?
Transportation is considered, both nationally and regionally, as a link in the supply chains between the centres of production, distribution and consumption to reduce the transit time and cost.
 arrow Pakistan's new role in Afghanistan?
Ordinary Pakistanis first heard it from the German Defence Minister last month that Pakistan was scheduled to play a much bigger role in Afghanistan from April next.
 arrow Repeated bomb blasts and persistent shielding of alleged masterminds
People's outcry against militancy has got all surging. The perpetrators have openly declared their identity.
Letters to Editorarrow Stampede tragedy at Mina
We feel extremely concerned due to Mina incidents occurring almost each year. One would expect a broader elaboration on the matter.
 arrow Control population
I would like to share my three decades experience as a General Physician and Dermatologist in a community based Hospital as to the quality of population of our country.
 arrow Rush home mired in fog
A blanket of fog disrupted road and river communications severely since January 9 playing havoc on thousands of people going to their villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Post-Sharon Israel
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel is still in a critical state after suffering a massive stroke. Mr. Sharon will not return to normal life even if he survives.
 arrow Rise of leftists in Latin America
Now the world is experiencing the United States' domination over the entire world. This country is a hard supporter of democratic rule, laissez- fair economy, individual freedom and gender equity etc.
 arrow What is being done?
The bombings in Netrakona killed six people and injured 50.
 arrow Anatomy of madrassah
I spent the Eid holidays in a village far away from a town or city. It was a delightful interlude away from the noise and pollution of Dhaka.
 arrow Zia Int'l Airport
I think Mr. Aziz Mallick spoke for the entire expatriate Bangladeshis. I hope the decision makers will understand that the Dhaka Airport is the face of the country.
 arrow Voter registration
In a democratic country, a responsible citizen directly takes part in forming a government by casting his / her vote in the election, provided the election is free & fair.
 arrow Ponting the great
If we ask someone who the best batsman in the world is, the answer is obviously not Ricky Thomas Ponting; they either mention the name of Brian Lara or Sachin Tendulkar.
Star Chittagongarrow JBIC proposes Tk 2516.30 cr projects for development of Chittagong
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) proposed seven projects of Tk 2516.
 arrow School enrolment an uphill challenge
The anxious parents and guardians are now in a frenzied race to get their wards admitted to the reputed schools in the commercial capital with the beginning of admission process ahead of the new academic
Star Cityarrow Rise in urban poor causing problems
The ever-increasing urban population, presently around five to six percent a year, will create problems in basic rights like housing, healthcare, education and employment on a massive scale in near future,
 arrow Polythene bags making a comeback
Polythene shopping bags are slowly making a comeback in the market despite the government ban on its production, marketing and use.
 arrow Nursery owners threaten to boycott national tree fair
Facing eviction and harassment in their business, nursery owners in the city have threatened to boycott the national flower and tree fairs to be held in February and June respectively, if they are not
 arrow Back to Base

 arrow Sewer overflows in Gulshan
Residents of Gulshan 1 said the stench caused by continuous sewerage water overflow at several points along the road to the Tejgaon industrial area is unbearable.
 arrow Dissappointed publishers, visitors
The incongruity among organisers, publishers and writers has made the 12th Dhaka Book Fair less appealing, although the organisers blamed the Eid festival during the fair for the low turn out.
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