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Front Pagearrow 10 advisers sworn in
Ten advisers to the caretaker government headed by Prof Iajuddin Ahmed were sworn in last night at Bangabhaban ending two days' speculations about the appointments.
 arrow Tough task ahead
The newly formed caretaker government has huge challenges ahead and has to prove its neutrality by reconstituting the Election Commission (EC) and make the administration neutral for a free and acceptable
 arrow Bureaucratic reshuffle seen toothless
A number of officials with reported leanings towards BNP and Jamaat, who had got quick and sometimes undue promotions during the immediate past four-party alliance regime on political considerations superseding
 arrow Major shakeup in police admin
In a major reshuffle the interim caretaker government last night transferred 16 top police officials and brought changes in the posts of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) chief and Dhaka Metropolitan Police
 arrow Reconstitution of EC can't wait anymore
Experts think that considering the prevailing political situation the Election Commission (EC) should be immediately reconstituted to gain public confidence in the caretaker government for holding a free
 arrow AL presses for drastic changes
The Awami League (AL) demanded drastic changes in both civil and police administration besides reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) as a delegation met President and Chief Adviser to the caretaker
 arrow Election, not resignation, on Aziz's mind
Brushing aside the possibility of resignation to pave the way to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC), Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said holding a free and fair parliamentary
 arrow Judiciary made to wobble
Instead of strengthening the judiciary and ensuring justice, the 4-party alliance government in its five-year rule not only weakened and severely politicised the judiciary, but also made various legal
 arrow Once transferred, Akhter made power secy again
The caretaker government yesterday cancelled transfer order of a high-ranking bureaucrat and changed that of another in less than 24 hours following pressure from the BNP, sources said.
 arrow State radio, TV still controlled by political appointees
The state-run radio and television are controlled by the officials appointed on mere political considerations during the immediate past BNP-Jamaat regime even two days after the caretaker government assumed
 arrow 5 more killed, 50 hurt in political clashes
Five more people were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes yesterday as countrywide political violence continued for the fifth consecutive day.
 arrow DMP drive brings back mass arrest memories
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) picked up over 2,000 people in their drive to restore peace in the city during the last two days, reviving memories of mass arrest by the immediate past BNP-led alliance
 arrow Shafik Rehman won't go abroad without notice
The lawyer of Shafik Rehman, editor of recently discontinued Jai Jai Din, and of his wife Taleya Rehman assured the daily's terminated employees his clients will not leave the country without prior notice
 arrow Country coming to life after forced slumber
Life in the city seems to be getting normal again as Awami League (AL) led 14-party combine has suspended its agitation programmes following President Iajuddin Ahmed's swearing-in as the chief adviser
 arrow 2 killed, 30 hurt as train derailed
Two people were killed and 30 others were injured when six compartments of a Dhaka-bound passenger train derailed at Sitakunda in the district early yesterday.
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 arrow Restriction on journos' entry to secretariat after office hrs
The newly appointed Home Secretary SM Zahirul Islam directed the law enforcement agencies not to allow journalists inside Bangladesh Secretariat after office hours.
 arrow LDP seeks removal of CEC
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leaders yesterday met chief adviser to the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmad and placed an eight-point demand that includes removal of the chief election commissioner(CEC)
 arrow Citizens group asks Iajuddin for neutral admin
A group of eminent citizens yesterday urged President Iajuddin Ahmed, also the chief adviser of the caretaker government, to perform his duty neutrally keeping aside any kind of sympathy or dislike towards
 arrow Chittagong Port resumes

 arrow Annan alarmed at spread of political violence
The United Nations and Britain have expressed concern over widespread political violence in Bangladesh and urged the interim administration to act neutrally to end the crisis and pave the way for a free
 arrow CA given enough time to do the 11 major tasks
The Awami League (AL) yesterday told the US Ambassador in Dhaka that the timeframe given to President and Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed is enough for carrying out the 11 urgent
 arrow Nagorik Committee urges CA to reconstitute EC
The Nagorik Committee 2006 yesterday urged the chief adviser to the caretaker government to implement the committee's recommendations regarding reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) and correcting
 arrow Verdicts in 3 cases against Col Faruk likely today
A Dhaka court is scheduled to deliver today the verdict of three cases filed ten years ago against Lt Colonel (dismissed) Syed Farukur Rahman -- also condemned in the Bangabandhu murder case.
 arrow Pro-AL, BNP staff demonstrate at Secretariat
Tension kept mounting at the Bangladesh Secretariat as the pro-Awami League (AL) and BNP officials and employees continued to stage demonstrations in a display of power.
 arrow Wedding car bomb kills 15 in Baghdad
A car bomb blast ripped through a wedding party in north Baghdad yesterday, killing 15 guests -- including four children -- and wounding 19 more, a security official said.
 arrow N Korea set to scrap nukes for concessions
North Korea reaffirmed during talks here yesterday a pledge made last year to scrap its nuclear weapons in return for concessions, US negotiator Christopher Hill said.
Businessarrow Top 20 defaulters owe Tk546cr to Janata Bank
The top 20 defaulters of Janata Bank (JB) are indebted for Tk 546 crore, which accounts for 33 per cent of the bank's total classified loans.
 arrow Microcredit Summit in Canada to set new goals
The Microcredit Summit 2006, due at Halifax, Canada on November 12-15, will launch new goals for 2015.
 arrow DSE trading resumes after 8-day break
Trading on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) resumed yesterday after an eight-day break with indices declining slightly.
 arrow Bangladesh knitwear show in Germany from tomorrow
In a bid to make Bangladeshi knitwear more popular in Europe, especially in Germany, an international exposition on the Bangladeshi products will begin in Duseldorf tomorrow.
 arrow Trade unions meet in Vienna to create new confederation
Delegates from 360 trade unions in 150 countries are meeting in Vienna to create a new and broader entity, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), aimed at stepping up opposition to globalisation
 arrow India central bank warns of overheating economy
India's central bank warned Tuesday of overheating in one of the world's fastest growing economies as it juggled interest rates in a mid-term policy review aimed at keeping prices in check.
 arrow China steel exports soar
China's steel exports rose steeply in the first nine months as the industry association warned it would actively defend its interests against any anti-dumping measures, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow China-Asean Free trade goal by 2010 reaffirmed
China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are determined to establish a Free Trade Area (FTA) by 2010 as scheduled, according to a joint statement issued on Monday.
 arrow UAE group plans $1b investment in S'pore
A United Arab Emirates investment group said Tuesday it plans to invest at least one billion dollars (641 million US) in a real estate development project in Singapore as part of a major expansion into
 arrow Oil prices go high
Oil prices edged higher Tuesday, after tumbling more than $2 a barrel the previous day as traders anticipated that U.S. supply data due out this week would show rising inventories of crude.
 arrow China adopts new anti-money laundering law
China's top legislature yesterday adopted an anti-money laundering law that broadens the definition of money-laundering crimes to include accepting bribes.
 arrow Dollar stages modest rebound
The dollar rose on Tuesday against the euro and the yen before a further batch of US economic numbers, and as dealers digested recent heavy losses to crude oil prices.
 arrow ADB to lend $4b to Indonesia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday it will provide four billion dollars worth of loans and grants to Indonesia over the next four years under its new assistance strategy.
 arrow Malaysia's palm oil exports to hit new high
Malaysia's palm oil exports are on track to hit a new record this year thanks to strong demand from the global food, biodiesel and oleochemicals industries, a report said Tuesday.
 arrow IBM to set up development centres in India, China
IBM , the world's largest computer services company, said on Tuesday it would set up two new IT solutions centres in India and China, underscoring the Asian countries' growing importance as a hub foroutsourcing.
 arrow Etihad launches non-stop daily flights to New York
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is continuing to expand its international network of global destinations with the launch of its daily, non-stop service between Abu Dhabi
Sportsarrow Cricket: Absence irks Bashar
Like everyone the national cricketers also keenly followed the current political situation but captain Habibul Bashar wants to put aside the affair only to concentrate on the upcoming task against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Asif, Shoeb return
Asif Hossain Khan returned home yesterday after having treatment in Bangkok but it was uncertain whether the Commonwealth and South Asian Games gold medallist shooter would be able to recover from brutal
 arrow Cricket: Eyes already on title
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has urged his team to go flat out to make their first ever Champions Trophy final when they clash with New Zealand in Wednesday's semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: SA want batters to fire
South Africa go into the Champions Trophy semifinal here on Thursday hoping the batting line-up will back up their fast bowlers against a resurgent West Indies.
 arrow Hockey: BHF picks 33 for Asiad
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday picked up a 33-member preliminary squad for the Asian Games to be held in Doha next month.
 arrow Hockey: Azad end on winning note
Azad Sporting Club ended their Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League campaign with full three points when they drubbed Sadharan Bima 4-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterdayas
 arrow Cricket: Chappell days numbered?
Coach Greg Chappell's association with Indian cricket may be over after next year's World Cup, Australian media reported on Tuesday against the backdrop of the team's early exit from the ongoing Champions
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj blow for India
India's dashing middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of next month's one-day series in South Africa, the cricket board said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Tests, ODIs of same value
England do place an equal priority upon one-day internationals as they do Test matches, chairman of selectors David Graveney has insisted.
 arrow Cricket: 'Adjustment worked'
In-form West Indies opener Chris Gayle said Tuesday that adjustment to Indian pitches was the key to his success in the ongoing Champions Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: All's not lost: Woolmer
Pakistan are still on track for next year's cricket World Cup despite their early Champions Trophy exit, but the team must learn quickly from their mistakes, coach Bob Woolmer said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Senate probes Oval Test
The Oval Test forfeiture and the long-awaited constitution were on the menu of discussion as Nasim Ashraf, the new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, faced a Senate committee on sports over the recent
 arrow Tennis: Paris suffers setback
Roger Federer blew a gaping hole in the credibility of the Paris Masters on Monday when the world number one joined Rafael Nadal in pulling out of the two-million-euro tournament.
 arrow Football: Ex-champs set to book passage
Former champions AC Milan, Real Madrid, Celtic and Manchester United, plus in-form French champions Lyon, have the chance to book their valuable last 16 ticket in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: Last 16 beckons Real
Real Madrid are poised to wrap up qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League when they host Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday despite a shaky start to their European campaign under new coach Fabio
 arrow Football: Blatter meant Italy no harm
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has denied making comments to the Australian media disparaging World Cup winners Italy for their tactics in the last 16 round game against Australia.
 arrow Football: Brazil recall Diego
Brazil recalled Werder Bremen midfielder Diego on Monday for a friendly international against Switzerland in Basle on Nov. 15.
 arrow Cricket: Drug duo may be let off lightly
Barrister Shahid Hamid, who heads the drugs inquiry tribunal probing the positive dope tests of pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, has admitted there is a point of view that they should be handed
 arrow Cricket: Poms ponder twin spin option
England should take a risk and play two spinners for the majority of the Ashes series, according to John Emburey.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann in US talks
U.S. Soccer federation president Sunil Gulati said on Monday he had talked to former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann about coaching the national team but no agreement had been reached.
 arrow Football: United seek anniversary present
Sir Alex Ferguson will field his strongest available side as Manchester United look to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a win over FC Copenhagen here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United lose trio
Manchester United trio Ryan Giggs, Louis Saha and captain Gary Neville will miss Wednesday's Champions League match against FC Copenhagen through injury.
 arrow Football: USA accepts Copa America invitation
The United States accepted an invitation to play in next year's Copa America in Venezuela, returning to the South American soccer championship for the first time since 1995.
 arrow Football: Pearce shrugs off pressure
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce shrugged off suggestions his players had secured him some valuable breathing space with Monday night's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, insisting he had never felt his job
 arrow Football: Wenger calls for ruthlessness
Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal stars they must show a ruthless streak if they want to avenge their most painful defeat this season.
 arrow Football: Raul backs Cassano suspension
Real Madrid captain Raul has backed the club in their decision to fine and ban Antonio Cassano from training with the rest of the team for insulting coach Fabio Capello after last weekend's victory over
 arrow Football: Brazil to play in Europe
Brazil will continue playing international friendlies in or near Europe as part of an agreement which will allow South America to keep its World Cup qualifying competition, the head of the national federation
 arrow Football: Dynamo brace for Lyon
Injury-hit Dynamo Kiev are bracing themselves for a tough Champions League Group E encounter away against an on-fire Lyon.
 arrow Football: Strachan talks up Nakamura
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, whose side face Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday, said Japan's Shunsuke Nakamura was becoming more and more vital as the season went on.
 arrow Football: VDV boost for Hamburg
Rafael van der Vaart is ready to make his first Champions League appearance for Hamburg SV against Porto on Tuesday but the Dutchman's return is likely to be too late to save the struggling German side.
Metropolitanarrow Call to remove controversial election commissioners
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday urged the President and Chief Adviser to the caretaker government not to act according to the blueprint of BNP-Jamaat alliance and remove the four controversial
 arrow Arrest political armed cadres
Leaders of local unit of AL-led 14-party combine in a press conference yesterday called upon the caretaker government to prove its neutrality by arresting political terrorists and disarming the armedcadres
 arrow BNP to form resistance committee in each constituency
From now on, senior BNP leaders will visit the party's central office at Naya Paltan in the city regularly and spend some time there to cheer up party workers, sources said.
 arrow Implement 11-pt of 14-party to prove neutrality
South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism and Forum for Secular Bangladesh yesterday called on President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed to prove himself to be neutral by implementing
 arrow Prove neutrality
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, a platform of cultural activists, yesterday urged the President and Chief of caretaker government to prove that he is not the representative of a political party, rather he
 arrow 'Remove officials appointed on political considerations'
Bangladesh Civil Service Samannay Committee and Cadre and Non-Cadre Engineers' Action Committee yesterday urged the President to remove the top officials appointed on political considerations and cancel
 arrow Bullet-hit AL activist dies in Barisal hospital
An Awami League (AL) activist, who received bullet injuries in his head during clashes with rival BNP activists at Borhanuddin upazila under Bhola district on Sunday, died at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 43 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Comilla and Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow JCD leader held with pistol, released
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday caught a top leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, with a pistol at a checkpoint in the city's Sabujbagh area, but released later afterexamining
 arrow Condition of Laltu stable
The condition of Shabuddin Laltu, former president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), who came under attack on Monday, is now stable, doctors said.
 arrow Hasina addresses foreign diplomats today
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will address a meeting of the foreign diplomats on the current political situation at a city hotel today.
 arrow Judicial probe begins Nov 6
The judicial enquiry of the attempted murder case against five police personnel filed by the National Shooting Federation for attacking three shooters, including the Commonwealth Games gold-medallistAsif
 arrow BNP protests violence by 14-party
Dhaka City BNP and its front organisations yesterday took out processions and held rallies in every ward in the capital protesting the "violence and rampage let loose by the 14-party opposition combine.
 arrow Revolver, six bombs recovered on DU campus
Police recovered six crude bombs from Modhur Canteen, reportedly kept by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and a revolver from Jasimuddin Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow 'Include home-based workers in statistical yearbook'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday demanded inclusion of home-based workers in the statistical yearbook record.
 arrow Arson attack on Dr Arslan's office protested
Swadhinota Chikitshak Parishad staged a demonstration on the campus yesterday protesting the arson attack on the office room of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Biochemistry Department
 arrow BDR-BSF flag meeting Nov 6
A sector commander and deputy inspector general (DIG) level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will be held on Nageswari border of the district on November
 arrow Father-in-law strangled over dowry
A man was killed allegedly by his son-in-law over dowry at Nagish village in Brahmanpara on Monday night.
 arrow CG chief urged to perform duty neutrally
Leaders of two rights organisations yesterday urged the president to appoint competent and neutral persons as the advisers to the caretaker government and to create a peaceful environment in the country.
 arrow JP (Monju) concerned
A presidium meeting of the Jatiya Party (Monju) yesterday expressed deep concern over massive political violence across the country during the transfer of power and formation of a caretaker government.
 arrow Bomb attacks on GF leaders condemned
Gono Forum (GF) and 11-party have condemned the bomb attacks on their leaders by Jamaat-Shibir activists in different districts on Monday.
 arrow Prof Yunus to address microcredit summit
Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Muhammad Yunus will speak at the Global Microcredit Summit 2006 beginning on November 12 in Canada.
 arrow Short film festival postponed
The Future Short Film Festival which was to be held at British Council auditorium from November 2 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Nationalarrow Disarm Shibir cadres to hold fair polls
Leaders of local 14-party combine at a press conference here yesterday called upon the caretaker government to prove its neutrality by arresting 'political terrorists' and 'disarming cadres of IslamiChhatra
 arrow Former BNP lawmker among 119 accused in five cases
Five cases have been filed accusing 119 people including former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam, his brother and party leader Towhidul Islam and two prospective candidates in connection with the murder of
 arrow One killed in Syedpur BNP factional clash
One person was killed and 30 others including former BNP lawmaker Amjad Hossain Sarker were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups of BNP at Sipaiganj market in Syedpur upazila Monday night.
 arrow Traders observe hartal to protest political violence
Businessmen observed a half-day hartal in Kaliganj upazila headquarters yesterday protesting alleged vandalism by political activists during clashed between Awami League and BNP in previous three days.
 arrow IO seeks deferral of journo Belal murder trial
Investigating Officer (IO) of journalist Belal murder case Abdul Hamid filed a petition on Monday with the Third Court of Additional District Judge, Khulna, praying for deferring trial of the case.
 arrow SUST reopens today
The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will reopen today with a hope of resumption of academic activities as early as possible after a long impasse on the campus.
 arrow Take steps for fair polls Manikganj AL rally demands
Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday brought out a procession here demanding steps for holding a free and fair election.
Point-Counterpointarrow An ordinary citizen
Black Saturday that engulfed Dhaka reached all parts of the world. My overseas folks started calling up.
 arrow Averting constitutional crisis
Our country faced a constitutional crisis with the end of the term of BNP government. The bone of contention was who would be the chief adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow The real weapons of mass destruction
Do weapons of mass destruction exist? Yes, I believe they do. The real weapons of mass destruction (WMD), however, are not lifeless objects such as bombs and chemical warheads, they are people.
 arrow Questionable end to the impasse
It has often been said that the human mind's capacity to face challenges is infinite, and in the game of politics the process has been more than spectacular.
Culturearrow Sculptures with a unique style
THOUGH talented artist Bhaskar Rasha does not have any institutional training, he has carved a niche for himself in the world of art.
 arrow Twenty-one day theatre festival to begin soon
Good news for theatre lovers. The Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) has arranged a 21-day theatre festival at the two theatre halls of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Bangladesh Film Institute offers 2nd film making course
Bangladesh Film Institute (BFI) will hold its 2nd filmmaking course from November 11, says a press release.
 arrow TV Watch
Surer Parampara: The programme zeroes in to the Khan family that counts in its ranks illustrious musicians like Alauddin Khan and his successors from the village of Shibpur in Brahmanbaria.
Internationalarrow Lanka to open highway if Tigers halt violence
Sri Lanka's government said yesterday that it was only willing to open a crucial highway linking the northern Jaffna peninusla and the south of the island if Tamil Tiger rebels gave up violence.
 arrow Thousands protest Pakistani airstrike
Thousands of gun-wielding Pakistani tribesmen chanting "Death to Bush" protested yesterday against a deadly air raid on an al-Qaeda-linked religious school that killed 80 people.
 arrow 15 South Asians in fray for US Senate polls
As many as 15 South Asian candidates are in the fray for the crucial elections to the House of Representatives and the Senate in November.
 arrow 3 Nato soldiers killed in Afghan bomb blast
A blast ripped through a Nato convoy in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing three troops in an attack claimed by the Taliban, as a policeman died in a suicide bombing similar to scores by the extremist
 arrow Charles switches Pakistan plans amid unrest
Britain's heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited a women's university near the Pakistani capital Islamabad Tuesday after cancelling a trip to Peshawar amid security fears.
 arrow Iran's nuke plan 'a matter of serious concern': IAEA
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday said his organisation was still unable to confirm the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme, calling it "a matter of serious concern.
 arrow Iraq orders end to Sadr City siege
Iraqi Shia militants won a major political victory Tuesday when Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered US and Iraqi units to lift a blockade around the flashpoint suburb of Sadr City.
 arrow ME peace at critical stage, warns Solana
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana warned Monday that the Middle East has reached a critical point but that ending the Israeli-Palestinian crisis could provoke movement on many stalled fronts.
 arrow Israeli jets stage mock raids over Beirut
Israeli fighter jets staged mock raids over Hezbollah strongholds in Beirut and two southern towns on Tuesday in the heaviest show of air power over Lebanon since an August cease-fire ended the war between
 arrow Malaysian ruling party debates punishment for Mahathir
An ally of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called yesterday for ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad to be stripped of all government-linked positions as punishment for scathing criticisms of his successor.
 arrow Elephants are self-aware!
If you're Happy and you know it, pat your head.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Depoliticise the administration
We commented in this column very recently that the two most important actions that the caretaker chief must take immediately are ensuring the formation of his council of advisors and taking all necessary
 arrow Editorial: Politics of retaliation and violence must cease
For several days now we have witnessed unprecedented violence leading to a number of deaths all over the country.
 arrow Beyond Iajuddin, the darkness must lift
Quite a few bizarre things have lately been happening in Bangladesh.
 arrow Light at the end of the tunnel
The assumption of the office of the chief of the caretaker government by Prof Iajuddin Ahmed, the president of the Republic, is like a breath of fresh air in the darkening horizon of Bangladesh.
 arrow Elusive opposition unity
Opposition unity in Pakistan is like will-o-the-wisp: it is now here, soon it is not here. Therefore many alliances have emerged by mergers of like-minded parties.
Letters to Editorarrow President taking oath
After reading parts of the Constitution relating to the Chief Advisor in several articles and editorials in your daily, I have just one question.
 arrow Who is responsible?
Who is responsible for the two days of loss of lives and properties in Bangladesh? To seek the answer we should go back to the days when the outgoing government raised the retirement age of the Justices
 arrow Saifur on Dr. Yunus
In his typically shortsighted outburst, Saifur Rahman has instigated questions about the credibility of Professor Yunus's historic Nobel Peace Prize, and as such slammed the Grameen Bank for its micro
 arrow Stop this drama
Every time in my leisure period my first task is to surf the Bangladeshi newspapers online. Always I look for the political situation in my country.
 arrow Justice Hasan's final judgement?
As I read with utmost interest your commentary on the subject, this morning in your daily, I spared no time to write to you on your appropriate judgment for compliments to the decision of Justice KM Hasan.
 arrow The constitution or politicians?
It is a decision of great courage that the president has agreed to assume the charge of the Chief Advisor of the caretaker government notwithstanding the chaotic situation prevailing in the country.
 arrow Is anyone listening?
I have worked to establish peace in Sierra Leone. I had the reason to be proud of the works we have done for establishing peace in Sierra Leone.
 arrow Awami League's blunder?
It is generally believed that the AL has made a blunder by rejecting Hasan and at the same time not accepting BNP's reported willingness to reform the Election Commission.
 arrow Political crisis
Today we are engaged in a final all-out battle between the BNP, Awami League and Jamaat. We would be blind to say that this is not on.
Star Chittagongarrow CUFL unlikely to achieve target
Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) is unlikely to achieve its target this financial year due to disruption of gas supply that cripples production for the second time after 1992-93 FY.
 arrow Political unrest triggers price hike of essentials
Traders here are on a frenzied spree to increase prices of essentials, including food items, taking advantage of the 'poor supply' of commodities due to political unrest.
Star City arrow Secretariat revisited
The Bangladesh Secretariat looked deserted with most of the officials out of station and absence of visitors' rush on Monday, the second working day after Eid holidays followed by two-day weekend andturbulent
 arrow Future gutted in the flame of politics
Many innocent people lost their only means of livelihood in the recent political confrontation in the city, crippling their survival.
 arrow Dhaka zoo affected too
The turbulence caused by the present political situation and continuous blocking of roads has seen a reduced number of visitors to the Dhaka Zoo.
 arrow A legacy of defiance
The two houses built within the parliament complex as official residences for the Speaker and his deputy that sparked controversy have been unused for more than a year, as both officials declined from
 arrow Untold suffering of the silent majority
Ridwan, a Bangladeshi residing in USA, came to Bangladesh along with his would-be bride for wedding ceremony at home.
 arrow Dhaka: Home away from home
The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, HE Anwar Choudhury, who has been living in Dhaka for the last two years, shared his feelings about the city with Durdana Ghias of Star City.
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