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Front Pagearrow Hasan 'unwilling' to be caretaker chief
In a dramatic development late last night, former chief justice KM Hasan has indicated his reluctance to take oath as chief adviser to the caretaker government, a source close to Hasan said.
 arrow Violence flares up, houses of ministers, MPs attacked
The country plunged into a chaos yesterday as Awami League (AL) and BNP activists were locked in battles over establishing supremacy in the localities of Dhaka and other places just hours before the end
 arrow Eerie uncertainty grips nation as regime ends
As the curtain fell on the BNP-led alliance's five years in office last night, Bangladesh entered a phase of political uncertainty seldom seen before with the main two political parties -- AL and BNP--
 arrow Justice Hasan's final judgement?
Seldom have the future political events of a nation rested solely on the personal decision of a single man, former chief justice KM Hasan, as they do today.
 arrow PM calls for peace in her final speech
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday appealed to the people for maintaining peace across the country in the run-up to the next general election, as her tenure ends amid a political standoff.
 arrow BNP served a blow as rebels float new party
In a major political development the ruling BNP experienced the largest break-up in its history as a large number of dissident leaders defected from the party just two days before the scheduled date for
 arrow Titular head now turns all powerful
With the alliance government's tenure having expired yesterday, the titular head of state President Iajuddin Ahmed has become constitutionally important and the most powerful and all eyes are on him whether
 arrow Hasan stays out of public eyes
Former chief justice KM Hasan remained in an apparent seclusion out of public eyes over the last few days.
 arrow Admin put through 'political' change
The alliance government in its last five days promoted, transferred and gave forced retirements to about 300 officers at different levels.
 arrow Renegade BNP men under attack for joining LDP
As soon as the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was formed with breakaway BNP leaders and activists Thursday, enraged BNP men led a wave of attacks on the new party across the country much as a repeat show
 arrow The renegades
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and former minister Col (retd) Oli Ahmad, close aide to founder of BNP Ziaur Rahman, launched a new party with dissident BNP leaders on Thursday.
 arrow US, UK urge political parties to exercise restraint
As crisis due to the deadlock deepened in Bangladesh's political arena over handing of power to a caretaker administration, the United States and the United Kingdom yesterday urged the political parties
 arrow Political violence comes down hard on travellers
It was dark on the street. Luggage in their hands, hundreds of passengers of Dhaka-bound buses were walking down the Jatrabari-Gulistan road as there was no vehicle to take them to their destinations.
 arrow Alliance leaders lobby for relief till tenure's end
Lawmakers, influential leaders and activists of the four-party alliance government thronged the ministry of food and disaster management till the end of the government's tenure in an attempt to get allocations
 arrow LDP vows to retaliate within 48 hours
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed urged Justice KM Hasan--the natural choice as the chief adviser to the next caretaker government--not to join the administration
 arrow What their resignation letters stated
It is impossible to carry on with the BNP for any person of conscience, leaders and activists of the newly emerged Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) observed in their resignation letters to the BNP Chairperson
 arrow BNP admits to militant link as Alamgir quits
Shortly after BNP leader Alamgir Kabir's MP's resignation from the party and his joining Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Thursday, the local BNP brought out angry demonstrations in Naogaon and torched
 arrow SSF takes over Hasina's security
A 40-member Special Security Force (SSF) and some 20 members from President's Guard Regiment (PGR) was deployed around the residence of the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at zero hours last night
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'
Two underground operatives were killed during "shootouts" between the law enforcers and their accomplices in Jhenidah early yesterday and on October 23.
 arrow Govt okays purchase of fertliser hurriedly
The cabinet's purchase committee in a last minute meeting on the day before Eid holidays approved the purchase of three lakh metric tons of urea fertiliser to avert a potential crisis in December-March.
 arrow Khaleda to address rally today
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a rally in front of the BNP office at Naya Paltan in the capital this afternoon.
 arrow RMG factory owners to seek president's help
The ready-made garment factory owners will try to meet President Iajuddin Ahmed and seek his help to protect the industry from the ongoing political unrest.
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated
The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the greatest festivals of Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday.
 arrow Jai Jai Din suspends publication
The daily Jai Jai Din suspended its publications for an indefinite period yesterday for what the management claimed 'some problems with generator.
 arrow House of CEC's father-in-law ransacked
The house of father-in-law of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz in front of Shaheed Hadis Park in the city came under attack last night.
 arrow Indian police foil bid to blow up state assembly
Indian police said yesterday they foiled a plot by suspected Pakistani Islamic militants to blow up the state legislature in the high-tech southern city of Bangalore.
Businessarrow Two local airlines to kick off flights from Dhaka early next year
Two local airlines are likely to begin operation of their domestic flights from Dhaka early next year and the international flights gradually, as Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has already
 arrow Restoration of Indo-Pak direct shipping link okayed
Indian government yesterday approved a plan to restore direct cargo shipping links with Pakistan after a gap of 35 years, but only for ships from third countries, officials said.
 arrow India, US to hold talks to bridge WTO differences
India and the United States have agreed to meet in a bid to iron out differences over achieving a global trade accord, Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said Thursday.
 arrow Beijing asked to label exports for prevention
The Japanese government has asked Beijing to label its exports with certificates identifying country of origin to prevent North Korea from exporting its products through China, government sources said
 arrow Oil prices slip below $60
Crude oil futures retreated back under $60 a barrel Friday as traders took profits for a second day after a runup earlier in the week.
 arrow Green light for Vietnam's accession likely
The World Trade Organisation's 149 members will meet on November 7 formally to consider giving the green light for Vietnam's accession, the WTO said Friday.
 arrow Arcelor Mittal to take 40pc stake in Noble
Arcelor Mittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said on Friday it would acquire a 40 percent stake in Noble International Ltd in a deal combining the two firms' laser-welding operations Arcelor Mittal
 arrow Microsoft profit rises 11pc
Microsoft Corp posted an 11 percent rise in quarterly net profit on Thursday, boosted by a strong performance at its database division and shrinking losses from its Xbox 360 video game console.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ntini fires SA into semis
Makhaya Ntini grabbed 5-21 as South Africa conjured a great escape to advance into the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a dramatic 124-run win over Pakistan here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies through
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit a solid 51 to build on Ian Bradshaw's superb effort as the West Indies qualified for the Champions Trophy semifinals with a tense three-wicket victory over India here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis first in last four
Stephen Fleming's New Zealand became the first team to reach the semifinals of the Champions Trophy with a 51-run win over Pakistan here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB takes different route
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) gave a small twist in its campaign to find a future TV sponsor for all home matches.
 arrow Cricket: Competitiveness offers solace
The gloomy pictures of empty stands in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy might have painted a depressing sight of cricket's second biggest competition but the competitiveness among the teams gave the game's
 arrow Cricket: England to play for pride
England captain Andrew Flintoff says his out-of-contention side has pride at stake against a resurgent West Indies in their final Champions Trophy league match here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: India want to replace Ajit
India have sought permission to replace Ajit Agarkar with seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth for the rest of their Champions Trophy campaign, an official said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Fighting the D-factor
Australia are preparing for Sunday's key Champions Trophy clash against hosts India by practising with a wet ball to get used to the late evening dew that drenches the outfield.
 arrow Cricket: Inzi denies forcing Islam
Banned captain Inzamamul Haq Tuesday dismissed concerns about the increased influence of Islam on Pakistan's cricketers, saying he never forced anyone to pray or grow a beard.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif go on record
Pakistan bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif recorded their statements at a tribunal probing a doping scandal that forced them out of the Champions Trophy, an official said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas win pace battle
Shaun Pollock led a pack of sharp pacemen to inspire South Africa's crucial 78-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy tournament here on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in qtrs
Roger Federer glided into the quarterfinals of the home event he desperately wants to win, as Tim Henman fell victim to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka at the Swiss Indoors ATP event on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ECB turns to ICC
England has conveyed to Pakistan it wants the International Cricket Council to intervene in a compensation dispute arising from the forfeited Oval Test after the two countries failed to reach an agreement,
 arrow Golf: Bangladesh wins Bhutan Golf Championship
A two-member Bangladesh team comprising Md. Siddikur Rahman and Md. Sayum won the Championship Trophy in the Team Event of the Bhutan Amateur Golf Championship at the Thimpu Golf Club on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'McGrath's Test role remains unchanged'
Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath is still in line to open the bowling in next month's Ashes Test opener, despite his new role in one-day cricket, coach John Buchanan said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Big games, big results
It was a big-game weekend in Europe's top leagues and when the dust settled Manchester United, Real Madrid, Werder Bremen, Olympique Lyon and Ajax Amsterdam were able to celebrate wins over fierce rivals.
 arrow Football: Pole position up for grabs
Any one of three sides could find themselves top of the Premiership come full-time on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mascherano shocked at 'bite' leniency
Argentina's Javier Mascherano was surprised that Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe was not more severely punished for biting his arm in a Premier League match at the weekend, British media saidon
 arrow Football: Inter hungry for more
Inter Milan are determined to prove they are worthy Italian champions by defeating city rivals AC Milan at the San Siro on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barca look to bounce back
Reigning champions Barcelona remain at the top of the Spanish first division, although only by the slimmest of margins, and they will be looking to stay there by beating Recreativo Huelva on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lippi to return in 2007
Marcello Lippi, who resigned as Italy coach shortly after their triumphant World Cup campaign this year, says he will look for another job in 2007.
 arrow Football: FIFA ban Kenya
FIFA confirmed Wednesday that Kenya has been thrown out of international football until a 28-point plan agreed earlier this year to tackle alleged government interference and other problems is fully implemented.
 arrow Football: Best on bank notes
Former Northern Ireland and Manchester United footballer George Best is to be immortalised on one million limited edition bank notes, the Ulster Bank announced Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real to sponsor F1 car
Real Madrid will sponsor a Formula One racing car at the Spanish Grand Prix next year, club president Ramon Calderon said on Monday. "It's a great project.
 arrow Football: Mijailovic banned for five matches
Serbian defender Nikola Mijailovic was handed a five-match ban from all UEFA matches on Thursday after European football's governing body found him guilty of racist abuse against Blackburn striker Benni
Metropolitanarrow Indefinite strike in Ctg from tomorrow
Chittagong unit of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday announced that it will enforce an indefinite general strike in the port city from tomorrow protesting the government decision
 arrow 33 killed in road accidents
At least 33 people were killed in road accidents across the country during the Eid vacation.
 arrow Cops asked to thwart attacks on politicians
Inspector general of police (IGP) yesterday instructed law enforcers to prevent vengeful attacks on politicians as the numbers of such incidents shot up on the eve of government changeover.
 arrow Huji commander Hannan, brother remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (Huji), and his brother Huji member Mahibullah alias Mafizur Rahman on a five-day fresh
 arrow Five killed in city during Eid vacation
Five people were killed in separate incidents in the city in the last four days during Eid vacation.
 arrow President urged to appoint CG chief as per constitution
A total of 448 teachers of Dhaka University yesterday urged the President to appoint the chief of the next caretaker government as per the constitution.
 arrow Politics in frame
1) Leaders of Sammilita Nagorik Andolon return after submitting a memorandum to the president at Bangabhaban yesterday demanding his intervention in resolving the political impasse.
 arrow Dr Yunus calls on Japan to emulate 'micro-credit'
Bangladeshi economist Dr Muhammad Yunus called on Japan to emulate his idea of "micro-credit," or loans to the poor without collateral, which won him the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
 arrow DU extends vacation until Nov 9
Dhaka University (DU) authorities extended its vacation until November 9 in view of the mounting political tension in the country.
 arrow Morshed felicitates Pranab Mukherjee
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has congratulated Pranab Mukherjee on his appointment as external affairs minister of India.
 arrow Dr Aminul Islam new SUST VC
Dr M Aminul Islam, a professor at physics department of Rajshahi University, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) for a four-year term, says a press
 arrow Commemorative stamp on '5 years of peace and dev'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia formally released a commemorative stamp and a first day cover marking "five years of peace and development of BNP and alliance government.
Point-Counterpointarrow People taken for a ride?
Since the collapse of the much-vaunted dialogue, all sorts of things are suddenly happening in Bangladesh, most of which are not healthy for the nation.
 arrow Why be the fall guy?
It's now all down to Mr KM Hasan. It was in fact a duel between two major parties of the country. Mr KM Hasan had been catapulted into the middle by increasing the retirement age of Supreme Court judges.
 arrow Stakes could not be higher
The question at the moment is whether a free and fair election is possible under the present context, and if not, what might be the consequences.
Culturearrow 'Come on Bangladesh, just do it!' staged in Denmark
TALENTED theatre actor-director Azad Abul Kalam along with four actors has performed in a play titled Come on Bangladesh, just do it! in Denmark recently.
 arrow Stars and the festivity
Eid is the time of the year to don one's best clothes, flash the new pair of earrings and for men to show off their expensive leather shoes.
 arrow Eid-special telefilms
'Shoyombora' on ntv
Based on a short story by Dilara Hashem, telefilm Shoyombora is scripted and directed by Ejaz Munna.

 arrow 'Babel': A troubling masterpiece
Babel, The latest multistory examination of the state of mankind directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, may be a bit pretentious and facile in parts.
Generalarrow Text of prime minister's address to nation
Following is the text of Prime Minster Khaleda Zia's address to the nation on radio and television yesterday marking the end of the tenure of the four-party alliance government

Bismillahir Rahmanir

 arrow One burnt to death in Mymensingh
A man was burnt to death and five others were injured in a fire that broke out in a house at Tengragara village in Dhobaura upazila on Thursday night. The dead was identified as Ali Ahsan, 30.
Internationalarrow New Indian FM to put focus on neighbours
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed Pranab Mukherjee as the External Affairs Minister in a cabinet reshuffle on Oct 24 to put focus on neighbours.
 arrow Tigers to push for opening key road link in talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels threatened yesterday to scupper future peace negotiations if the government does not agree to open the main highway to the country's restive north at talks in Geneva this
 arrow Bomb kills 14 Afghans
Fourteen civilians were killed in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan Friday as the government said it believed around 25 were killed in fighting between Nato and Taliban this week.
 arrow Ex-Pak president Ishaq Khan dies
Former Pakistani president Ghulam Ishaq Khan died here yesterday after a protracted illness, his family said. "He was suffering from a lung infection," his son-in-law, Anwar Saifullah, told AFP.
 arrow Carter calls for US troops to quit Iraq next year
Former US Democratic president Jimmy Carter called Friday for US troops to be "totally" withdrawn from Iraq "within the next year or so".
 arrow Palestinians, Israel close to prisoner-swap deal
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and Israel said yesterday they saw progress towards a prisoner swap that would free an Israeli soldier captured four months ago and Palestinian detainees heldin
 arrow US, Russia differ with Europeans
Russia on Thursday expressed misgivings about a European draft UN resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, which the United States supports but wants to strengthen.
 arrow Independent voters shun Republicans
Independent voters, an important bloc of the divided US electorate, are shunning Republicans in favour of Democrats, providing what could be the decisive margin of victory in the November 7 midterm elections.
 arrow Bush okays Mexico border fencing
President George W Bush signed election-year legislation on Thursday to build 1120km of fencing along the US-Mexican border to combat illegal immigration, prompting a strong protest from Mexico.
 arrow Danish court acquits publishers of cartoons
A Danish court on Thursday acquitted the bosses of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper who had been sued by Muslim groups for printing 12 cartoons of the Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM) in September 2005.
 arrow 200 human remains found at Ground Zero
More than 200 pieces of human remains have been found at the World Trade Centre site since the discovery of bones by workers clearing rubble from manholes sparked a new search a week ago, an officialsaid
Editorialarrow Editorial: A concerned nation writhes
The dialogue between the BNP and the AL ended abruptly, drawing a blank and further aggravating the ongoing political crisis, so much so that people now apprehend, or even notice, a descent into chaos
 arrow Editorial: Last moment rapprochement
The much-heralded and often upbeat talks between BNP secretary-general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and his AL counterpart Abdul Jalil foundered on the rock of Justice KM Hasan's likely takeover as the chiefof
 arrow LDP steps into ring
The emergence of the LDP in the political firmament of Bangladesh is one more sign that the ground seems to be slipping out from beneath the feet of the ruling BNP.
 arrow The Bangladeshi mind
The basic frame of mind comes from the Emersonian sense of individualism where the self is a sort of metaphysical cynosure.
 arrow Celebrating achievement where failure outweighs success
It sounds like a cruel joke! When the whole country continues to be plunged into an almost infernal darkness, the prime minister tells her listeners in public meetings that if she returns to power again
Literaturearrow Before The Monsoons Come (Part II of III)
The school building had a stash, mostly used, of government-issue textbooks. Since the children couldn't read, Moni picked stories to read aloud.
 arrow Discovering One's Own (Her)story
One of the classes I teach this fall is on Women and Nationalism in the South Asian context.
 arrow Battles of Panipat
Chasing the good life is the tongue-in-cheek title of a collection of writings on being single, mostly by choice, and mostly in the two major Indian cities of Delhi and Mumbai.
 arrow Windows
'Look!
All these buildings are like ghost ships
In the gathering dark.'

'Yes, but look again,
The lights have come on,
There are people moving around.

 arrow Fishing
Children trawl knee-deep
in the mud of receded
shallow waters
for small finned things
that dart among rippling clouds

Stick figures slow-dance
with bamboo-frame nets
and claypots

 
   
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