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Front Pagearrow Fortified CEC now calls meet today
Being absolutely sanguine that his two new colleagues are all for him, the CEC yesterday called a meeting of the Election Commission today to decide its future course of action on voter listing in light
 arrow Huge arms hauled from Bandarban rebel den
Army and border guards yesterday arrested three foreign militants at a remote forest den and seized a huge cache of explosives, state-of-the-art firearms and ammunition in Naikkhongchhari Upazila here.
 arrow Opposition kicks off agitation series today
Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition kicks off a series of agitation programmes through demonstrations across the country today to protest the recent appointment of two election commissioners and
 arrow Burial of Ahmadiyya woman obstructed
Bigots yesterday forced authorities to set up a separate graveyard for Ahmadiyyas to bury a woman of the sect in Nabinagar upazila.
 arrow Zakaria now finds media fault
Newly appointed Election Commissioner SM Zakaria yesterday blasted the media for being "harmful" for the image of the Election Commission (EC) by putting the election commissioners against each other.
 arrow Bar demands rescinding appointments
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the appointment of two new election commissioners and urged the president to form a supreme judicial council for removing
 arrow PM blasts AL for resorting to hartal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday blamed the main opposition party for trying to avoid elections under caretaker government by not accepting the Election Commission, which is independent and neutral.
 arrow Aircraft Turns Eatery

 arrow Zia's birth anniversary today
Today is the 70th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
 arrow ADP implementation slower by 5pc points
Despite a massive election-year boost in funding, the government's annual development programme (ADP) implementation in the first five months of this fiscal year is slower by five percentage points than
 arrow Major demands of pry teachers still unmet
The government is still sitting on the four major demands of the non-government primary schoolteachers, including nationalisation of their jobs, although it accepted 10 of their 14 demands in principle.
 arrow Govt mulls banning minibuses from Dhaka
The government is thinking of imposing a ban on the plying of minibuses in Dhaka, replacing them with required number of CNG-run big buses.
 arrow Bangladesh to be linked in February
With the recent completion of the international SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable installation at the Cox's Bazar point, Bangladesh is all set to be connected to the global information superhighway from February.
 arrow Galib denied bail in 'jatra' blast case
A court yesterday denied bail to Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah Al Galib in connection with the Takier Bazar bomb blast case.
 arrow No more 'guns' found in trucks
Law enforcers yesterday completed a thorough search of the 20 trucks seized following the recovery of 11 'replica guns' at Chittagong Port on Monday.
 arrow Bangladeshi peacekeepers safe in Ivory Coast fight
Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers battled attackers yesterday before safely withdrawing from a western Ivory Coast town along with military observers and other United Nations staff, officials said.
 arrow Plot to kidnap Blair's son foiled
British police have foiled a plot to kidnap Prime Minister Tony Blair's 5-year-old son Leo, the Sun newspaper reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Kashmir dominates Indo-Pak peace talks on 2nd day
India and Pakistan held a second day of talks Wednesday on their bitter dispute over Kashmir, a day after saying their peace process is paying dividends and suggesting new steps to boost confidence.
 arrow Awareness campaign

 arrow 2 kids die of pneumonia
Two children died of pneumonia in Sadullapur upazila on Tuesday night while 71 others have been attacked with the disease due to a prolonged cold wave.
 arrow Four forest guards suspended
Four forest guards of Haldibunia forest camp in the Sundarbans from where pirates looted three firearms and some ammunition on Tuesday night were suspended yesterday for negligence of duty.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) was killed in 'crossfire' on Tuesday during a shootout between police and his accomplices at Mongla upazila in Bagerhat.
 arrow Abbas blames journos for 'pen terrorism'
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mirza Abbas yesterday accused journalists of carrying out 'pen terrorism'.
 arrow 175 army men off to Sudan on peace mission
A team of 175 peacekeepers of Bangladesh Army left Dhaka on Tuesday to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan.
 arrow France rejects Iran's request for talks
France rejected Iran's request for more talks on the Islamic republic's nuclear program, saying yesterday that Tehran first must suspend its atomic activities.
 arrow Abbas may resign if policies opposed
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday he might resign if the government formed after a January 25 parliament elections opposes his policies, including peace talks with Israel.
 arrow Cabinet body for anti-trafficking, punitive clauses in govt policy
A meeting of the cabinet subcommittee on manpower yesterday asked the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry to incorporate some new provisions in a draft manpower export policy before finalising
 arrow Jessore cops files another case
Police have lodged another case accusing 14 arrestees of involvement in the series bomb blasts on August 17 last year.
 arrow Illegal outfits on Ctg port property razed
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday bulldozed several illegal structures in Chaktai and Asadganj and recovered about 7.25 katha of land worth about Tk 1.5 crore.
Businessarrow RMG makers renew move for TRADE bill passage
Bangladesh's RMG makers have renewed their efforts to get TRADE bill passed in US Congress to gain duty-free access to US market following the frustrating outcomes of WTO Hong Kong ministerial.
 arrow India favours pruning negative list of items
India yesterday said it favoured pruning the negative list of items to boost trade among Saarc countries under the ambit of South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta).
 arrow Int'l RMG machinery show kicks off
In a bid to introduce the latest versions of apparel machinery to local and foreign garment entrepreneurs, a four-day international apparel and knitting machinery show started yesterday at Bangladesh-China
 arrow Oil prices rise near $67
Crude oil prices gained Wednesday as traders fretted over threats to supply if sanctions were to be made against Iran, Opec's second-largest producer, over its nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Wal-Mart talks compliance issue with BGMEA
Senior officials of retailer giant Wal-Mart yesterday discussed compliance issues, especially prohibition of child labour in garment units, with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
 arrow Top StanChart executive arrives today
Kai Nargolwala, chairman of Wholesale Bank of Standard Chartered PLC and Group executive director in charge of governance in Asia, arrives today in Dhaka to see the completion of 100 years of Standard
 arrow India needs decade to match Chinese incomes
India needs another decade for its people's incomes to match those now in China but it can achieve this by weaning its massive farm population off the land, the finance minister said Wednesday.
 arrow Citigroup workshop on foreign exchange management for exporters
Citigroup recently organised a daylong workshop on foreign exchange management for the large RMG and textile exporters of the country.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB bends the rules
Much to the disappointment of cricket lovers, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) executive committee is on the verge of breaching its constitution for the second time.
 arrow Cricket: ICC warning for India
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned India against withdrawing from the Champions Trophy one-day tournament and altering agreed tour programmes.
 arrow Tennis: An American day
With Andy Roddick's personal cheering section leading the way, it was a red, white and blue day at the Australian Open.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh go 17 places up in FIFA ranking
Bangladesh have leaped 17 places up in the FIFA World Ranking after their performance in the SAFF Championship and qualification for the Asian Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Table Tennis: Surprising BTTF councillors' list
The constitution of the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) was allegedly violated as its elected general secretary and a vice-president were not included in the draft councillors' list given by
 arrow Cricket: 34 picked for pace bowling camp
The National Pace Academy (NPA) will conduct training camps for the country's pace bowlers twice a week from next Monday at the Mirpur indoor facilities under the auspices of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Niaz share points in Delhi
Bangladeshi Grand Masters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman drew their fifth round boards in the 4th Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Football: Blatter calls for bigger African share at WC
FIFA president Sepp Blatter called on Wednesday for African countries to be given a bigger presence at future World Cup finals.
 arrow Cricket: No more a Sachin clone
India opener Virender Sehwag was Wednesday hailed as a batting genius on a par with Sachin Tendulkar after mauling the Pakistan attack in the first Test here.
 arrow Football: Owen happy at Newcastle
Michael Owen insists he is happy at Newcastle United as he continues his recovery from the fractured metatarsal he suffered in December.
 arrow Cricket: Lee to bow down to umps
Fast bowler Brett Lee believes Australian cricketers don't make frivolous appeals, but joined colleague Glenn McGrath here Wednesday in conceding they had to be more careful with the way they treatedumpires.
 arrow Cricket: Asia confident of winning WC bid
Notwithstanding Australia entering the World Cup fray, the Asian countries are confident of winning the bid to stage the sporting extravaganza in 2011.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket to see more of India and England
English cricket bosses have reached an agreement, in principle, to play India at home and away every four years.
 arrow Football: Cantona slams MU
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has rounded on the current team for its lack of attractive football.
 arrow Cricket: Chanderpaul stays skipper
Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been recommended by the West Indies selectors to be retained as captain and Ramnaresh Sarwan his deputy for the tour of New Zealand from February 16 to March 29, convenor Joey
 arrow Cricket: Kallis has to go home
All-rounder Jacques Kallis has been ruled out of the remainder of South Africa's tour of Australia because of problems with his injured elbow.
 arrow Cricket: Zim to name new skipper
Batsman Hamilton Masakadza and all-rounder Andy Blignaut are the leading candidates to take over from Tatenda Taibu as Zimbabwe captain.
 arrow Football: USA's WC tickets sold out
The U.S. Soccer Federation sold out its allocation of tickets for the Americans' first-round games at the World Cup during its presale.
 arrow Football: Italy to host Germany for friendly
Italy will play a friendly World Cup warm-up match against Germany at the Colline Fiesole stadium in Florence, the Italian football federation said on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Fisheries on the decline
The inland and marine capture fisheries are declining rapidly because of deterioration of aquatic environment and overfishing, experts said at a conference yesterday.
 arrow AL plan is to foil election
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said Awami League's ultimate plan is to foil the upcoming general election as they do not stand any chance of winning the polls.
 arrow No election can be free, fair under CEC: AL
Terming the Election Commission 'a front organisation of the ruling BNP', the main opposition Awami League and its front organisations yesterday said they would not allow any election in the country unless
 arrow Enforce ban on polybags strictly
Environmentalists yesterday called on the government to strictly enforce the law banning the polythene shopping bag and to control the use of disposable plastic products.
 arrow Involve youths in dev policy-making process
The government should involve the young generation in the process of formulating development policies in order to ensure overall development of the country, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow Launch social movement to end dowry system: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday pledged to carry forward a social movement for spreading education, halting repression and empowering women by putting an end to hated dowry system.
 arrow Two cops sued for land grabbing bid
A woman yesterday filed a criminal case against two police officials including Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Turag Police Station and 10 others on charges of trespassing, intimidation, and damaging properties.
 arrow Mother, daughter killed in road accident
An elderly woman and her daughter were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Sanarpara yesterday.
 arrow Woman succumbs to burn injuries
A pregnant woman succumbed to her burn injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the city yesterday.
 arrow Nirmul Committee founding anniversary today
Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee will observe its 14th founding anniversary today.
 arrow 'Cancel appointments of new election commissioners'
Terming the Election Commission (EC) 'a loyal body of the prime minister', Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the appointments of two new election commissioners
 arrow Tullow sells 60pc of shares to Total Gas
Tullow Oil, operating in Bangladesh to explore gas, has sold 60 percent of its shares in block 17 and 18 in the Bay of Bengal to world famous energy company, Total Gas.
 arrow Two cops get three years in robbery case
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two policemen to three years' rigorous imprisonment in a robbery case.
 arrow Seat plan for DU admission test under GA unit
Admission test for GA unit, business studies group of the first year honours under 2005-2006 session of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on Friday at 10:00am with around 28 students vying for each seat.
 arrow President, PM greet Tanzanian president
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted the Tanzanian President on his assumption of office as the President of Tanzania.
 arrow CU exam date shifted for hartal
Chittagong University (CU) authorities rescheduled the date of admission tests for first year honours courses under Ka unit (Science faculty) and Cha unit (Institute of Forestry and Environmental Science)
 arrow Man stabbed to death in city
A man was stabbed to death at Khilkhet Bazar in the city on Tuesday night over a previous enmity.
 arrow 50 shops gutted in Chittagong
At least 50 shops and valuables worth over Tk 30 lakh were gutted in a devastating fire at Patenga sea beach area of the port city yesterday.
 arrow Farmer killed by stepbrothers in Khulna
A farmer was hacked to death by his stepbrothers at Adampur village under Terokheda upazila of Khulna district yesterday.
 arrow One killed in Jessore road accident
One person was killed in a road accident at Monoharpur on the Jessore-Magura road yesterday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
The Dhaka University authorities postponed all the examinations scheduled for January 22 due to unavoidable reason. Fresh dates for the postponed exams would be announced soon, says a press release.
 arrow Dam receives National Book Centre Award
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (Dam) received the National Book Centre Award-2004 for its publication titled "Hans Chhana Pank Pank"- a book of rhyme for the young children, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Diesel price goes up in northern districts
Price of diesel has increased in retail markets in northern districts due to alleged short supply, affecting irrigation of IRRI-Boro lands.
 arrow RCCI demands 4-lane highways in N-dists
Expressing grave concern at loss of numerous lives in road accidents in northern districts, the Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) yesterday reiterated its demand for implementation of its
 arrow Journalist Balu murder trial uncertain
The fate of Journalist Humayun Kabir Balu Murder Case has become uncertain due to framing of faulty charge and lack of clue for further investigation.
 arrow 30 fishermen buy freedom
Thirty fishermen abducted by pirates two weeks ago in the Sundarbans were released yesterday on payment of Tk 3 lakh.
 arrow 4 JMB suspects held in Tangail
Tangail police arrested four JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) suspects from Delduar upazila in the district Tuesday night.
 arrow Anti-drug campaign
Residents in ward No 19 in Rajshahi City have formed a 51-member committee to eliminate drug use and peddling from the area.
Point-Counterpointarrow Mounting traffic hazards
A news item published recently in different dailies of Dhaka says that "Vehicle import increases 54.78 percent in fiscal year 2005" commenting that the country's motor vehicle import increased by 54.
 arrow Towards lasting peace in Asia
The exchange of new year's greetings between leaders of China and India is expected to pave the way for lasting peace in Asia.
 arrow Unrest in Baluchistan
Baluchistan is endowed with rich natural resources, including gas, oil, gold and copper. Strategically it has importance as well.
Culturearrow Films: A melange of cultures and communities
The 9th Dhaka Int'l Film Festival, organised by the Rainbow Film Society, began with festive fervour at the Zia Auditorium, National Museum, last evening.
 arrow Of nobility, glorious past and inspiring figures
Several organisations in our country bring out beautiful calendars to celebrate the new year.
 arrow Godhulir Alo: An upcoming TV serial
Godhulir Alo, a new TV serial, is set to be aired on ntv from January 29. The programme can be viewed on Sundays and Mondays at 9:50 pm.
 arrow Geeta Dutt's daughter to remix mother's songs
Had Geeta Dutt been alive, she would be turning 75 now. And her daughter would have the perfect gift to give her.
Internationalarrow Human Rights Watch slams US 'torture' in annual report
US counter-terrorism policies, with their deliberate use of "torture and mistreatment," put the global defense of human rights on the back foot in 2005, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report Wednesday.
 arrow Iran certain of escaping UNSC referral
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday there was only a "weak" chance of his country being referred to the UN Security Council over its disputed nuclear programme.
 arrow Empty graves found at Pak airstrike site
Pakistani investigators say they found two empty graves at the site of a controversial US airstrike, a day after officials said up to five foreign militants died in the attack.
 arrow Gunmen kill 10 security guards in Iraq
Police said gunmen killed at least 10 security guards and seized an African engineer in an ambush Wednesday in Baghdad.
 arrow "Hundreds" of suicide attackers ready
A Taliban commander said on Tuesday hundreds of his guerrillas were ready to launch suicide attacks across Afghanistan to drive out foreign forces.
 arrow UN aid flights resume in quake-hit Pakistan
United Nations helicopters resumed vital relief flights to quake-hit parts of Pakistan Wednesday after being suspended for three days by heavy rain and snow, officials said.
 arrow World pledges $1.9 billion to fight bird flu
International donors have pledged $1.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Manpower export policy
The fact that the government, after having identified the need for a comprehensive policy on export of manpower back in 2003, has not been able to formulate such a policy in the intervening two years,
 arrow Editorial: BRTC service
Often one gets to see buses of the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) plying the city roads that are in poor running condition.
 arrow Iran and disgraceful double standards
What's wrong with a country trying to perfect nuclear technology? What's wrong with a country trying to diversify its sources of energy when the existing known sources are likely to run out in not a very
 arrow Governance at stake?
The minuscule middle class in the country, just about 20 percent of its population but conscience keeper of the society, is in a state of shock and bewilderment.
Letters to Editorarrow Engaging in politics
Nowadays every educated family in our country is advising children not to enter politics. Is it a good sign for our nation? No, not at all.
 arrow Fundamentalism and we
People having different faiths have lived in harmony in Bangladesh for centuries. There is no room for extremism or fundamentalism in Islam.
 arrow BRTA
I refer to the letter of Mr. Zahir published in your daily on 9 December 2006 on the above subject. I fully agree with the views of Mr. Zahir regarding this matter.
 arrow Protect environment
I whole heartedly support the idea of my former teacher Asadullah Khan. We cannot live and prosper by destroying the echo system around us. We owe this to our country and our next generation.
 arrow Students and politics
My letter is to put some light on the letter written by Md Jashim Uddin and the photograph along with that with the heading " Students and politics" that were published in your daily on 4 January.
 arrow Filling of wetlands
We are greatly disheartened by what we have been reading in the pages of The Daily Star over the past few months concerning the government's apparent inability or unwillingness to protect Dhaka's remaining
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