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Front Pagearrow Carry out 11 tasks within Nov 3 to prove neutrality
Awami League-led 14-party alliance leaders met President and Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday and demanded that he should perform 11 urgent tasks, including reconstitution
 arrow Retaliate in similar way, if attacked
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asked people to remain alert against any move to foil the next general election and create constitutional crisis.
 arrow Will he serve the Nation or his benefactors?
At the outset, one thing must be made clear to the President, also the caretaker chief. His splendid isolation is over.
 arrow 9 secys lose jobs, 18 others transferred
In his first move after swearing in as the chief of the caretaker government, President Iajuddin Ahmed last night cancelled contractual appointments of nine secretaries and transferred 18 other high ranking
 arrow 4 killed, 300 hurt as violence continues
Four people died and around 300 people were injured following violence between activists of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance and the BNP-led four-party combine at different districts of the country
 arrow Hasina's 11 major tasks for chief adviser
The 11 major tasks which Awami League President Sheikh Hasina placed during her meeting with the president, also chief adviser to the caretaker government, yesterday:
 arrow AL takes time for proposing other advisers' names
Formation of the caretaker government is likely to take at least two more days as Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition has taken a 24-hour time to propose names for the posts of 10 advisers.
 arrow Dishonesty the power sector policy
The BNP-led alliance government's handling of the power sector reminds what Aesop had said hundreds of years ago -- 'honesty is the best policy'. In other words, dishonesty is the worst policy.
 arrow Dhaka gingerly steps into normalcy again
The capital has started coming back to life again from yesterday evening just after 14-party coalition announced withdrawal of its Dhaka siege programme.
 arrow 1,000 held as security upped
About 1,000 people have been arrested since Sunday night in the capital after security was beefed up with the deployment of a large number of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members in addition to police
 arrow Dr Kamal offers Iajuddin ways to prove neutrality
Eminent Jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said President Iajuddin Ahmed violated the constitution and has become his own chief adviser.
 arrow Legal notice served on president
A legal notice was served yesterday on President Iajuddin Ahmed to refrain from performing as chief adviser to the caretaker government, the post he assumed on Sunday night in addition to his presidential
 arrow Essentials turn costlier amid volatile politics
Prices of essentials including potato, eggs, oil, meat and fruits have once again increased even after the end of the Eid ul-Fitr, due to the volatile political situation across the country.
 arrow Tension continues to brew at secretariat
Showdown by two groups of government officials -- 'politically victimised' ones and those who were 'beneficiaries' during the last five-year BNP rule -- created an uneasy situation inside Bangladesh Secretariat
 arrow SSF, PGR take over security of Khaleda, Hasina
Special Security Force (SSF) and President's Guard Regiment (PGR) yesterday morning took charge of the security of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi residence Sudha Sadan.
 arrow Ctg port resumes operation
The country's premier Chittagong seaport resumed operation yesterday afternoon following the withdrawal of countrywide siege programme by the 14-party combine.
 arrow Two bodies found
Police recovered bodies of a listed criminal and an unidentified man from the city's Fakirapul and Sutrapur area yesterday.
 arrow Graft case proceedings against Ershad adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the proceedings of two graft cases filed against former president and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad till November 20 following time petitions by the defence lawyers.
 arrow Jamaat sues Jalil, Inu, Menon
A Jamaat leader on Sunday filed a murder case against 40 central leaders and activists of Awami League (AL), Workers Party and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) including AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil,
 arrow LDP to watch Iajuddin for 2-3 days
Newly formed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said that his party will observe the president's activities for the next 2/3 days as the chief of caretaker government
 arrow US embassy greets chief adviser
The US embassy has congratulated President Iajuddin Ahmed on his assumption of the office of chief adviser to the caretaker government, according to a statement issued by the embassy here yesterday.
 arrow SC Bar urges caretaker govt to reconstitute EC, admin
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday urged the caretaker government to reconstitute the "controversial" Election Commission (EC) and change the entire administrative set up, as left by the four-party
 arrow Over 17 lakh hits overload Star online edition
The server that hosts The Daily Star online edition temporarily shut down yesterday (from 6:00pm - 9:30pm) due to capacity overload of 17 lakh 85 thousand hits. We regret the inconvenience to the readers.
 arrow Preparatory work for polls at final stage
Preparatory works are now at the final stage to hold the ninth parliamentary elections any day in January, the secretary to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat said yesterday.
 arrow Groups for Iajuddin's neutral role
Different civil society groups, professional bodies and non-government organisations yesterday urged Chief Adviser to the caretaker government President Iajuddin Ahmed to end the ongoing political crisis
 arrow 80 militants killed in Pak madrasa raid
Pakistani helicopter gunships yesterday destroyed a madrasa used as an al-Qaeda-linked training camp near the Afghan border, killing up to 80 militants, officials and witnesses said.
 arrow Iraq bomb kills labourers as US toll passes 100 in Oct
A bomb ripped through a crowd of Shia labourers yesterday, one of six attacks in Baghdad that killed at least 36 people, as the monthly death toll for the US-led coalition in Iraq hit 105.
 arrow Climate report issues wakeup call to world leaders
World leaders must act urgently to avert a looming environmental catastrophe, the author of a major British report, which sounds a wake-up call on climate change said yesterday.
Businessarrow 561 defaulters owe Tk2,421cr to PCBs
The amount of loans defaulted by 561 loanees, who are among the listed top 20 defaulters of as many as 30 private commercial banks (PCBs), now stands at Tk 2,421 crore, which accounts for 56 percent of
 arrow Grameen Bank liaison office in Mumbai soon
Grameen Bank (GB) has completed all necessary formalities to open a liaison office in Mumbai.
 arrow China's trade surplus may hit $150b this year
China will likely see its trade surplus hit another record of 150 billion dollars this year, a ranking economic official said Monday.
 arrow Dollar weak against rival currencies
The dollar had mixed fortunes on Monday against the euro and the yen, but remained vulnerable after heavy losses last week linked to weaker-than-expected third quarter US growth data, dealers said.
 arrow Oil prices inch up
Oil prices inched up Monday in the wake of a terror alert in the petroleum-rich Gulf region last week and as traders watched for signs that Opec nations were following through on announced productioncuts.
 arrow Hyundai Motor Q3 profit plummets 47pc
Hyundai Motor Co. said yesterday its third-quarter net profit tumbled 47.1 percent to 282.8 billion won as production dwindled during the recent strike while the Korean currency strengthened.
 arrow China seeks faster work on creating free trade zone with SE Asia
China on Monday called for work to be speeded up on efforts to create a massive free trade zone with Southeast Asia that will incorporate a third of the world's population.
 arrow Nokia wins $43m network deal in China
Nokia said on Monday it had won a network expansion contract from China Mobile Group ZheJiang worth about $43 million.
 arrow Emirates cancels Airbus order
Dubai's Emirates Airline said it is canceling an order for 10 large jetliners from Airbus and will use Boeing models instead, according to a published report Sunday.
 arrow Reliance to open first stores of 'Indian Wal-Mart'
Major company Reliance Industries said Sunday it would open a series of stores here this week with the aim of building an Indian version of Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail chain.
 arrow Citigroup senior official in Dhaka
Gary L Clinton, managing director and head of Relationship Management, Citigroup Asia Pacific Global Transaction Services, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit, says a press release.
 arrow One-third of world's youths jobless: ILO
The number of unemployed 15 to 24 year-olds has risen sharply over the past decade, leaving about one-third of the world's young people without jobs or in abject poverty, the International Labour Organisation
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pleased Ponting
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting praised his team's complete display and said the six-wicket Champions Trophy victory over hosts India on Sunday had been "reasonably easy".
 arrow Cricket: Camp begins today
Although most of the cricketers were still confined to their respective homes across the country because of the political turmoil, Bangladesh national team's preparation camp for the upcoming home series
 arrow Cricket: India lambasted
Former players and the media rounded on the Indian cricket team following Sunday's defeat to Australia, a result which saw the hosts exit the Champions Trophy after the group phase.
 arrow Cricket: An Asian headache
The failure of the four Asian teams to make the semifinals of the Champions Trophy indicated trouble lay in store at the World Cup, experts said Monday.
 arrow Hockey: Ashraf arrives as advisory hockey coach
Newly appointed advisory coach of Bangladesh hockey team Kamran Ashraf has said the main problem of the Bangladeshi players is their lack of confidence, a malaise they will have to be rid off for better
 arrow Cricket: Ricky predicts few changes for WC
Australia's one-day squad will undergo few, if any, changes before the World Cup begins in March, according to the captain Ricky Ponting.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison form no worry at all
Steve Harmison will be at the top of his form by the time the Ashes begin at the end of November, England bowling coach Kevin Shine has insisted.
 arrow Tennis: Roger's dream comes true
Roger Federer fulfilled his boyhood dream with a first career title at his home Swiss Indoors on Sunday, thrashing out a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 victory over Chile's Fernando Gonzalez. The world No.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke given Ashes hope
Michael Clarke could have the edge over Shane Watson in the fight for a place in the first Ashes Test, provided Australia's bowlers are in top form coming into the match.
 arrow Cricket: WADA not happy with ICC
The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) officials have criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not making proper arrangements for the officials to carry out random drug tests on players during
 arrow Hayden ends Rossi's reign
Nicky Hayden won the MotoGP world title here on Sunday following the final race of the season the Valencia Grand Prix.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal skips Paris Masters
Double French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Sunday and immediately began a fight to be fit for the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.
 arrow Cricket: India recall Anil, Zaheer
Veterans Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan were on Monday recalled to the under-performing Indian team for five one-day internationals in South Africa next month.
 arrow Cricket: Wake-up call, says Dravid
India captain Rahul Dravid blamed inexperience but says his side will learn from the Champions Trophy after crashing out to Australia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Knockout spots at stake
As many as 11 clubs could secure a place in the knockout round of the Champions League this week if all the results went the way of the favourites when Matchday Four is played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Catalans seek revenge
Defending European champions Barcelona face Chelsea at the Nou Camp on Tuesday with revenge on their minds after slumping to defeat against the Londoners a fortnight ago.
 arrow Football: Thrilling Palermo keep pace
A last minute goal from Brazilian striker Amauri took Palermo back level with Inter Milan at the top of the Italian table on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Jose not vindictive
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho hinted Tuesday's Champions League rivals Barcelona still exert an emotional pull on him as he insisted that he simply wanted the Blues to finish top of Group A rather thanknock
 arrow Football: Sevilla go second
Sevilla came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Celta Vigo and move up to second place in the Spanish first division.
 arrow Tennis: Clisters to marry basketball player
Former world No.1 Kim Clijsters is to marry American basketball player Brian Lynch who currently plays for Belgian side Bree, press reports said on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer out of Paris meet
World number one Roger Federer on Monday pulled out of the Paris Masters, tournament organisers said, dealing another blow to an event already rocked by the absence of French Open winner Rafael Nadal.
 arrow Football: Real suspend Cassano
Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano has been suspended from training after an incident following the Primera Liga match against Gimnastic in Tarragona on Saturday, the club said in a statement on Monday.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard praises Mourinho
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has praised the ability of Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho for successfully changing the London side's style of play.
 arrow Football: Beckham staying put
David Beckham, discarded by England, insisted Monday he was going nowhere and intended to stay with Real Madrid despite spending much of this season on the bench.
 arrow Football: Schalke slump at Stuttgart
Title hopefuls Schalke 04 slipped to a 3-0 defeat away to VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday, leaving Werder Bremen the clear leaders in Germany.
 arrow Football: Imperious Lyon march on
Lyon appear in a hurry to wrap up a sixth consecutive French title before Christmas as they extended their unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions this season with a 1-0 win over Nancy at the Stade
 arrow Football: Hammers end losing streak
West Ham United ended their eight-match losing streak and scored their first goal in the Premier League for six games with a tense 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Upton Park on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Fergie wants one last triumph
Sir Alex Fergu-son, who celebrates 20 years in charge at Old Trafford in Nove-mber, wants to win the Cham-pions League one more time before he quits as Manchester United manager.
 arrow Football: Djorkaeff calls it a day
Midfielder Youri Djorkaeff has retired from football after a glittering career that saw him play in the French international teams that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
 arrow Football: Zola linked to A-League
Former Italian international Gianfranco Zola has been linked with a guest stint at several clubs in Australia's A-League, reports said Monday.
 arrow Football: Violence worries DFB chief
German Football Association (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger will meet Bundesliga chief Werner Hackmann on Tuesday to discuss a worrying rise in fan violence in the country's lower leagues.
 arrow Football: Levski being optimistic
Veteran midfielder Daniel Borimirov believes Levski Sofia can revive their Champions League fortunes by beating Werder Bremen at home on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Livorno want Europe exit
The president of Serie A club Livorno says he hopes his team get knocked out of the UEFA Cup soon so they can focus on their domestic campaign.
 arrow Football: Vieira out of Moscow trip
Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira will miss the away match against Champions League rivals Spartak Moscow on Tuesday after failing to recover from a sprained ankle.
 arrow Football: Steaua invoke past heroics
Steaua Bucharest are hoping to be inspired by the memory of past goalkeeping heroics when they face Real Madrid in the Bernabeu in Wednesday's Champions League Group E tie.
 arrow Football: Firefighter loses fingers
A fireman had two fingers blown off after bending down to pick up an agricultural bomb during the Nice-Marseille French league match on Sunday, according to Nice's chief of security Andre Bloch.
 arrow Football: Porto minus Anderson
FC Porto's Brazilian midfielder Anderson will miss Wednesday's Champions League Group G match against Hamburg after he broke his right leg in a weekend Portuguese league match, the club said Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Terminate political recruits for fair polls
Bangladesh Civil Service Samannoy Committee at a meeting in the city yesterday applauded President's speech that called upon the members of the civil service to perform their duty impartially.
 arrow Political commitment a must to check repression
Speakers at a meeting yesterday stressed the need for political commitment to check possible repression on religious minority groups and women before, during and after the upcoming general election.
 arrow 'Iajuddin must prove himself to be neutral thru' activities'
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday said President Iajuddin Ahmed must prove himself to be neutral through his activities, as the countrymen do not want to see the caretaker government as an
 arrow Third Day of Blockade Programme
1) A procession of 14-party combine passes through Zero Point area in the city yesterday, the third day of its blockade programme.
 arrow ACC plans action against former ministers, MPs
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that remained virtually dysfunctional since its inception about two years ago will take action against ministers and MPs of the immediate past government if any specific
 arrow Appoint neutral men as advisers
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the President to appoint acceptable and neutral persons as advisers to caretaker government on the basis of consensus.
 arrow Pro-AL docs' body chief's room torched
Members of pro-BNP Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB) allegedly torched the room of the chair of Biochemistry Department at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday.
 arrow AL protests Tarique's remarks
Awami League Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday protested the provocative remarks of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman. He called on Tarique to withdraw his remarks.
 arrow Noman files GD against Mohiuddin
A general diary (GD) was filed on Sunday night with Kotwali police here against Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for giving death threat to Abdullah Al Noman.
 arrow RMC reopens Nov 8
Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) authorities have extended Eid vacation up to November 6, a RMC press release said yesterday.
 arrow Obaidul Huq's 96th anniversary of birth today
Today is the 96th birth anniversary of Obaidul Huq, a veteran journalist and litterateur, says a press release. He was born at Feni on this day in 1911.
 arrow Odhikar concerned
Odhikar, an organisation working for promotion of human rights, in a statement yesterday expressed deep concern over the recent political violence that left 23 people dead and more than two thousand injured,
 arrow Rampage on BOU premises condemned
Bangladesh Open University Teachers' Association (BOUTA) yesterday condemned the incident of rampage on the BOU premises by a group of processionists who were carrying oars and sticks.
 arrow Buet classes begin Nov 18
Classes of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will begin November 18, instead of November 11.
 arrow NSU exams suspended
North South University (NSU) has suspended its graduate and undergraduate examinations until November 3 due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Shankar's Int'l Competition for children opens
Shankar's International Children's Competition in painting and writing for the year 2007 is open now, says a press release.
 arrow BSMAU admission date rescheduled
The date of admission for MS and Ph.D. courses in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMAU) has been rescheduled due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow WUB reopens tomorrow
World University of Bangladesh will remain closed up to October 31 today due to unavoidable reasons, says a press release. The normal activities will resume tomorrow.
 arrow IUB classes resume tomorrow
The management of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), has extended the Eid holiday till October 31 today, says a press release. Classes of the university will resume tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Normalcy crawls back to cities, towns
Normalcy crawled back to some cities and towns yesterday after two days of political violence.
 arrow SQ Chowdhury eyes Rangamati constituency
Rift in Rangamati district BNP has widened with a party stalwart from Chittagong joining several contenders for alliance ticket from the hill district in coming election.
 arrow Rajshahi journalist arrested, tortured
A journalist of Bagmara in Rajshahi was tortured for several hours by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) after his arrest on suspicion to be an outlaw from his house at night on Saturday.
 arrow Sec 144 in six Barisal areas
Section 144, clamped in some areas of Barisal divisional city and six upazila headquarters following political violence was in force till yesterday.
 arrow Khagrachhari AL memo for caretaker chief
Khagrachhari Awami League yesterday submitted a memorandum to the President and Chief Advisor of caretaker government Iajuddin Ahamed through the Deputy Commissioner to press its five-point demand.
 arrow PSTU vacation extended till Nov 8
The Eid vacation of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) has been extended till November 8, university sources said.
 arrow No export, import thru' Hili land port
Hili Land Port has come to a standstill due to stoppage in import and export activities following political unrest in the port area, C & F Agents Association sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow The constitutional process
Aleading weekly, The Economist, in its October 26 edition wrote an article on Bangladesh titled: "Isn't democracy wonderful?" The ironic title turned out eerily right in less then seventy-two hours, when,
 arrow Winning formula: A real solution?
Awinning formula," authored by Mr Manzoor Hasan (DS, October 29, 2006), which provides a sharp analysis of our current socio-economic situation as a result of continuing corrupt political system, failure
 arrow A regrettable decision
The much awaited sixth round of talks between BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil ended in failure on October 23.
 arrow The road ahead
We have our honourable President Iajuddin Ahmed now in charge of three institutions viz. the presidency, the caretaker government, and the armed forces.
Culturearrow A scion of the legendary 'Khan' family
Sitar player Ustad Khurshid Khan traces his lineage from the legendary 'Khan' family of Brahmanbaria.
 arrow 'Nirontor': An endless cycle
Based on Humayun Ahmed's much acclaimed novel Janam Janam, Nirontor has created a buzz after being officially selected as the Bangladeshi film to compete in the 'Foreign Language Film' category
 arrow TV Watch
A special episode of Citycell Lets Move will be aired on Channel i tonight at 7:50pm.
Internationalarrow Swiss peace talks failure pushes Lanka to abyss
Talks between Sri Lanka's warring parties here over the weekend failed to buy time to save their troubled truce, diplomats and officials said amid fears of more bloodshed at home.
 arrow Nepali Maoists ready to allow arms monitoring
Nepal's Maoist rebels said yesterday they would place their weapons under United Nations supervision if the army does the same to revive peace talks and pave the way for elections next year.
 arrow Charles thanks Musharraf for terror help
Britain's Prince Charles thanked President Pervez Musharraf for Pakistan's help in fighting terrorism at the start of a five-day royal tour of the Islamic republic yesterday, officials said.
 arrow Three killed as cyclonic storm nears Andhra Pradesh
Three people were killed and thousands evacuated as a cyclonic storm neared Andhra Pradesh, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Ahmadinejad warns of 'firm response' to any sanctions
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday warned Iran would react firmly to any UN sanctions imposed on Tehran over its contested nuclear programme.
 arrow Israel preparing extensive Gaza operation: PM
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned yesterday that the army was preparing an extensive operation in the Gaza Strip, with the government to make a decision on the offensive within days, an MP said.
 arrow Saddam lawyers clash with judge, leave court
Defence lawyers for ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein returned to court on Monday to present a list of conditions for ending their boycott of his genocide trial but left after they were rebuffed.
 arrow Suharto's son released from jail
Former Indonesian president Suharto's youngest son was conditionally released from jail on Monday, after serving a third of his original sentence for plotting the murder of a Supreme Court judge.
 arrow US biggest polluter
Greenhouse-gas emissions by the industrialised world are still rising, with the United States firmly entrenched as the biggest polluter, a UN report said yesterday.
 arrow Brazil's Lula reelected by landslide
Celebrating a landslide re-election, Brazil's leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vowed Sunday to fight for social justice while at the same time spurring economic growth.
 arrow A journey on roads of death in Iraq
When my wife and I decided to celebrate the Eid holiday with relatives in the town of Samarra, we never imagined we would spend hours praying not to die.
 arrow India enshrines Buddha's remains after 2000 years
Thousands of Buddhists gathered in Mumbai on Sunday to lay to rest part of the ashes and bones of Lord Buddha in a ceremony resurrected after almost 2000 years.
 arrow Fresh drive in Iran to expel Afghan illegals
Iran has launched a drastic plan that could send hundreds of thousands of illegal Afghan workers back to their home country in a bid to free up jobs for queues of domestic jobless, the official news agency
 arrow 12 wedding guests killed in India road accident
Twelve people on their way to attend a wedding ceremony were killed and another 42 injured when their bus overturned in northern India, police said yesterday.
 arrow Indian top cop's son to die for murder
An Indian court yesterday sentenced the son of a former top policeman to death after convicting him for the 1996 rape and murder of a law student.
 arrow Woman held for sacrificing 11-yr-old boy
Police arrested a 70-year-old woman yesterday over allegations that she sacrificed an 11-year-old boy to appease the gods and reap a better harvest, a senior police officer said.
 arrow St. Louis named most dangerous US city
A surge in violence made St. Louis the most dangerous city in the US, leading a trend of violent crimes rising much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation, according to an annual list.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Prof Iajuddin Ahmed should rise to the occasion
The President, who is also now the Caretaker Chief, is in the driving seat, whether by choice or by compulsion of circumstances. And he is carrying with him the baggage of a party affiliation.
 arrow Editorial: The AL response
The country's highly volatile political situation entered a new phase with President Iajuddin Ahmed taking charge of the next caretaker government.
 arrow The deepening crisis
The allegation is that the honourable president of the country himself violated the constitution of the country.
 arrow Burden of a Nobel laureate
In 1919, following the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Noble laureate, renounced his knighthood and wrote to Viceroy Lord Chelmsfordthat: "When badges of honour make our
 arrow Consumerism goes berserk
The furious wave of Dussehra-Diwali shopping in India has left many stunned with disbelief.
Letters to Editorarrow Please feel 'embarrassed'
I believe the problem is not with Mr. Hasan or Mr. Aziz and feeling "embarrassed" by those guys even would not help solve the present crisis created in the country.
 arrow Agricultural production
Bangladesh is a fertile land a but the agricultural production is much less than what it should be. For example, the paddy production of Australia is three times more than Bangladesh.
 arrow Fight against corruption
The nation is now passing through a critical moment due in part to the issues that have occupied the forefront in political discourse which are the end result of Mannan-Jalil meetings followed by the
 arrow Dr. Yunus in politics
I hope Dr. Yunus is not serious about joining politics, as has been recently reported.
 arrow Why only justices ?
In the constitution only the justices have been given the priority of being caretaker government chief. I think it was a wrong decision.
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