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Front Pagearrow CEC says he won't resign even if CG requests
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz has expressed his unwillingness to resign if requested by the caretaker government (CG) for reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC), putting the CG ina
 arrow CG to form 3 committees for smooth functioning
Finally, the council of advisers to the caretaker government yesterday decided to form three committees as they observed that the reshuffle of the administration and maintenance of law and order are not
 arrow BNP for 'cautious' steps in admin reshuffle
The BNP yesterday asked President and Chief Adviser (CA) to Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed not to transfer government officials having "no direct links" with the upcoming elections.
 arrow Civil society calls for EC reconstitution
Speakers in a dialogue yesterday underscored the need for an independent election commission for ensuring free and fair general elections.
 arrow Manpower market shrunk for policy failure
The Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment failed to explore new labour markets, while overseas employment to traditional markets like the Middle East experienced a sharp decline inthe
 arrow 4-party to back Aziz
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday put its weight behind the chief election commissioner (CEC) and decided to urge Chief Adviser to Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed not to interfere in the Election
 arrow 2 advisers didn't take CA's permission
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday alleged that advisers Sultana Kamal and CM Shafi Sami had met Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on Thursday without the permission of the chief
 arrow Shots fired at Moudud's house; cop injured
Unknown gunmen last night fired shots at former law minister Moudud Ahmed's residence in Gulshan in the capital, leaving an on-duty police constable injured.
 arrow State media still in control of officials backed by 4-party
The officials appointed under political considerations during the immediate past BNP-Jamaat regime are still controlling key positions of the state-run publicity organs, including Bangladesh Television
 arrow CA should not be influenced by Hawa Bhaban
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday alleged the office of the president is being controlled by "Hawa Babhan" and urged the president to show responsible attitude in running state
 arrow Oli asks 'unfit' president to leave CA post
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive President Oli Ahmed yesterday asked the president to leave the post of chief adviser, terming him physically unfit to perform two responsibilities.
 arrow Ershad waiting for Rangpur JP leaders' views
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday did not turn up at a scheduled meeting with the four-party alliance in the capital to finalise his party's joining the BNP-led alliance.
 arrow Boucher may arrive Nov 11
US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher is likely to arrive in Dhaka on November 11.
 arrow Hearing on jail appeal petitions likely today
The admissibility of the jail appeal petitions filed by six condemned JMB militants in the Jhalakathi judges' killing case seeking leave to appeal against the High Court verdict is likely to come up for
 arrow Take steps to remove uncertainties
Jatiya Party (JP Manju) yesterday urged the caretaker government to take effective steps to bring an end to the uncertainties in the political arena and hold a free and fair election in time.
 arrow 90 hurt as train derails at Laksam
At least 90 people were injured, three of them critically, as Chittagong-bound intercity train Meghna Express derailed yesterday near Laksam Railway Station.
 arrow AL man beaten to death by BNP activists
Local BNP activists beat an Awami League (AL) worker to death at Centre Bazar in Hatia on Friday night. The dead was identified as Tajul Islam, 28.
 arrow BSF guns down 3 farmers
Border Security Force (BSF) of India gunned down three Bangladeshi farmers near Bewjhari border under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district yesterday morning, BDR sources said.
 arrow Hasina invited to attend Dr Yunus' reception at Bangabhaban
President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed has invited Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to attend a reception to be hosted by him to Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus at Bangabhaban at 7:00pm today.
 arrow Judgement on Saddam today
Iraq braced itself yesterday for a violent backlash from Saddam Hussein's remaining supporters if, as expected, the ousted leader is sentenced to death in his trial for crimes against humanity.
 arrow N Korea lashes out at US, Japan
North Korea denounced US leaders as "warmongers" yesterday and called Japanese officials "political imbeciles" for saying they won't accept Pyongyang as a nuclear power.
Businessarrow Top 20 defaulters owe Tk185cr
The amount of loans the top 20 defaulters of Uttara Bank Ltd borrowed reached Tk185crore, which accounts for 51 per cent of the bank's total classified loans.
 arrow Bill on cards to regulate Indian micro-finance
As Grameen Bank of Bangladesh plans to open its liaison office in India next month, Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has said the Microfinance Regulating Bill being prepared by the government
 arrow Warid Telecom gets Tk400cr syndicated financing facility
Twenty-two banks and two non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) of Bangladesh have arranged Tk300 crore syndicated term loan facility for Warid Telecom while another bank, Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd,
 arrow Distribution channels differ across EU states
Distribution channels differ greatly across the EU member states. The UK has a high concentration of distribution, which is reflected in the relatively low market share of independent retailers.
 arrow BGMEA joins Asian Apparel Federation
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has joined Asian Apparel Federation (AAF) as one of the seven founding members to exchange strengths of one country with others andensure
 arrow US FDA approves Sanofi-aventis' Taxotere for treatment of head, neck cancer
Sanofi-aventis has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has approved Taxotere injection concentration in combination with Cisplatin and Fluorouracil for the induction treatmentof
 arrow FedEx Express to hike rate by 3.5pc from '07
FedEx Corp said on Friday it will increase rates for express delivery unit FedEx Express by 3.5 percent, effective January 1, 2007. FedEx shares rose more than 1 percent in early trade.
 arrow China pledges more trade, aid for Africa
China celebrated its relations with Africa Saturday by pledging to double aid and offering five billion dollars in loans and credits by 2009 in a summit aimed at deepening ties with the continent.
 arrow Intel betting big on India
The US chip manufacturing giant Intel is betting big on India which will be a leading user of Wimax technology, a wireless capability that provides internet connectivity without requiring a computer to
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar, Aftab fire Acme into final
Bangladesh captain Habi-bul Bashar struck a commanding half-century after a scintillating knock by his Tigers teammate Aftab Ahmed as Acme Laboratories reached the final of GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket
 arrow Cricket: 'Value your opportunity'
Kumar Sangakkara had an eye on the final of the ICC Champions Trophy but it was a pity for the leading Sri Lanka cricketer to come to Dhaka to play the Corporate Cricket League for semifinalists Beximco.
 arrow Hockey: MSC take on Usha today
Fresh from thrashing arch-rivals Abahani 3-0, Mohammedan Sporting Club take on defending champions Usha Krira Chakra in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today.
 arrow Hockey: Pillay to play for Abahani
Former Indian skipper Dhanraj Pillay will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow to play for title aspirants Abahani in the ongoing Green Delta Premier Hockey League.
 arrow Cricket: NCL from Nov 9
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced the six divisional squads for the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea eighth National Cricket League (NCL) which begins on November 9 across the country.
 arrow Athletics: Athletes go to India
Eighteen national sportsmen from three different disciplines left Dhaka yesterday to attend a month-long higher training at the Tata Sports Academy in Jamshedpur.
 arrow Cricket: Grand finale today
The West Indies are determined to cash in on their winning streak and retain the Champions Trophy when they clash with favourites Australia on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky being humble
Captain Ricky Ponting expressed surprise at being named Test Player of the Year as Australia dominated the International Cricket Council awards here.
 arrow Cricket: Hair is controversy
Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who has been sacked from the International Cricket Council's elite panel according to an unnamed ICC source, is no stranger to controversy.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting 'disappointed'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting says Darrell Hair's reported removal from the ICC elite umpiring panel is surprising and disappointing.
 arrow Tennis: Haas sends Safin packing
Germany's Tommy Haas kept up his unlikely late bid for a place in the Masters Cup on Friday when he reached the semifinals of the Paris Masters.
 arrow Cricket: Andy eyes 'best series ever'
England captain Andrew Flintoff believes that his side's upcoming defence of the Ashes in Australia could be "the biggest series ever" in cricket history.
 arrow Cricket: Equal pressure on Aus, Eng
Australia are entering this month's Test cricket series under as much pressure as holders England to win back the Ashes, according to England's World Cup-winning rugby coach Clive Woodward.
 arrow Cricket: 'Bans not for example'
Pakistan doping tribunal chairman Shahid Hamid Saturday said that bans on pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were not an attempt to set an example to the cricketing world.
 arrow Cricket: 'Asians wanted Hair cut'
Pressure from Asian nations resulted in Darrell Hair's sensational removal from the elite umpiring panel, due to be confirmed later Saturday, a highly-placed ICC source told AFP.
 arrow Football: O'Neill sets Villa ultimatum
Martin O'Neill has told his players they are playing for their futures as Aston Villa prepare to tackle Blackburn at Villa Park on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Vermeulen gets bail
Former Test player Mark Vermeulen was granted bail of 2,000 US dollars after he appeared in court Friday charged with arson attacks on the Zimbabwe cricket association's boardroom and training academy.
 arrow Cricket: Hair banned as international umpire
Australian umpire Darrell Hair has been banned from umpiring any more international matches, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Percy Sonn said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Guti believes in Real
Real Madrid midfielder Guti says the club are capable of ending a three-year trophy drought and can win Primera Liga this season, La Sexta television reported him Friday as saying.
 arrow Football: Fulham edge out Everton
A deflected second-half shot from Claus Jensen gave Fulham a 1-0 home victory over Everton in an early Premier League kick-off on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Drogba extends Chelsea stay
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him with the English champions until 2010, the club said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Silent protest from Schalke fans
Schalke 04 fans will stage a silent protest against their team during Sunday's match at home to German champions Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Sagnol to succeed Kahn
France defender Willy Sagnol believes he will take over as Bayern Munich captain when Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn retires. Right back Sagnol, 29, joined the Bundesliga side in 2000 from Monaco.
 arrow Football: Bosnia coach sacked
Bosnia's football federation said Friday it had sacked national coach Blaz Sliskovic due to poor results.
 arrow Football: Pardew under scrutiny
West Ham manager Alan Pardew may feel he has a point to prove to Arsenal when the two sides meet in the Premiership at Upton Park on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Puyol out of Depor clash
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has pulled out of Saturday's Primera Liga clash at Deportivo Coruna following the death of his father, the club said on their Web site on Friday.
 arrow Football: Bochum win battle of strugglers
Bochum climbed off the bottom of the Bundesliga thanks to a 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Hanover 96 on Friday.
 arrow Football: Hamburg without Kompany
`SV Hamburg's Belgian international defender Vincent Kompany has been sidelined with another injury that will keep him out for at least a month, the Bundesliga side said Friday.
 arrow Football: Makiadi extends Wolfsburg deal
Wolfsburg midfielder Cedrick Makiadi has extended his contract until 2010, the German first division club said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Looking For New Talent!

Metropolitanarrow Launch united movement to restore '72 constitution
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on all to launch a united movement to restore the constitution of 1972 in order to establish the sovereignty of the people.
 arrow 14-party resorted to violence to create anarchy
Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad, an alliance of professional bodies, yesterday demanded proper investigation and exemplary punishment to those who were involved in political violence across the
 arrow 'Form citizens' body to review CG activities'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for forming citizens' committee to review the activities of the caretaker government (CG).
 arrow 'Implement CHT peace accord to ensure security'
Academics and security analysts at a seminar yesterday called for speedy implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord and revision of some of its provisions, which are inconsistentwith
 arrow Remove political appointees
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) yesterday presented a 12-point demand before the caretaker government (CG) that include removal of political appointees from media outfits and immediateannouncement
 arrow Two killed in Khulna road accidents
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow JCD, Shibir vow to resist AL
Leaders of the All-Party Student Unity, a platform of student organisations backed by BNP-Jamaat coalition, yesterday vowed to resist Awami League (AL) blaming it for creating anarchy and crisis across
 arrow Arrest of JCD, Shibir cadres demanded
Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left wing student organisations, yesterday laid a siege to the office of the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU), demanding a congenial atmosphere
 arrow Withdrawal of false case against 83 doctors demanded
Shadhinata Chikitshak Parishad formed a human chain in front of the High Court in the city yesterday demanding withdrawal of the false case against 83 physicians and protesting attacks on the office room
 arrow Tea stall owner hacked to death for refusal to pay toll
Criminals hacked a tea stall owner to death near his residence at Jurain Railgate in the city when he refused to pay them toll on Friday night, police said.
 arrow Govt employees to form united body soon
Leaders of Bangladesh Civil Service Coordination Committee yesterday held a view exchange meeting in the city where they said they are going to form a united organisation of employees of the government,
 arrow Kushtia AL man succumbs to injuries
An Awami League (AL) leader, bullet-hit by BNP cadres on October 28, succumbed to his injuries at Kushtia General Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Housewife strangled over dowry
A housewife is allegedly strangled by her husband over dowry in the city's Shyampur area yesterday.
 arrow JCD men beat BCL leader on charge of mugging
A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) beat him up on Friday night for his alleged involvement in muggingon
 arrow SC reopens today
The Supreme Court reopens today after a two-week vacation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, court sources said.
 arrow Dr Wajed hospitalised
Dr Wajed Mia, a renowned nuclear scientist and husband of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, was admitted to Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital here on Friday night with chest pain.
 arrow 5 injured in Khulna BNP factional clash
A clash between two rival factions of Khulna BNP left five people injured yesterday noon.
Nationalarrow 5 Rajshahi indigenous leaders to contest polls
Five indigenous leaders will submit nomination papers for contesting in the next general elections from Rajshahi division.
 arrow Suja poses as a formidable rival of Nitai Roy
Advocate Hasan Seraj Suja of Jatiya Party (JP) has posed as a formidable rival of former minister Nitai Roy Chowdhury in Magura-1 constituency (Sadar and Sreepur upazilas) if JP joins BNP led 4-partyAlliance,
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker yet to be arrested
Former BNP lawmaker Amjad Hossain Sarker is yet to be arrested even five days after filing of a murder case against him. This has created tension among villagers in eight villages of Saidpur upazila.
 arrow Former Netrakona MP declared unwanted
Former BNP lawmaker Dr Mohammad Ali was declared unwanted in Netrakona-5 constituency (Purbadhala in Netrakona and Dhubaura in Mymensingh) due to his alleged corruption and inefficiency.
Point-Counterpointarrow Caretaker controversy
The controversy of the non-party caretaker government, in my view, largely rests on the poorly drafted constitutional provisions, incorporated under Chapter IIA by the Thirteenth Amendment Act in 1996.
 arrow Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and political responsibility (PR)
Political and economic ethics are responsible for a country or society to progress. Social norms, belief systems and practices are crucial while charting a responsible future.
 arrow Where are we on MDGs?
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) report titled "Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2006" released on October 16 identified Bangladesh and seven other countries in this region
Culturearrow A medley of craftsmanship
Dots Contemporary Art Centre has organised a crafts and ceramics exhibition from October 15-November 9 at its centre on the Tejgaon-Gulshan link road.
 arrow 'Kathin Chibar Dan Utsab' ends
The two-day Kathin Chibar Dan Utsab, a major religious festival of the Buddhist community ended at the compound of Rangamati Rajban Vihar amidst religious fervor and great enthusiasm in Rangamati
 arrow New talk show 'Ekhoni Shomoy' on Channel i
Ekhoni Shomoy, a talk show featuring renowned personalities from the cultural, sport and journalistic worlds, will be aired tonight at 9:35pm.
 arrow fan mail!
For this month's fan mail we turn the spotlight on popular music diva Runa Laila.
Internationalarrow Musharraf likely to drop charges against Benazir
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has agreed to drop all cases against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and also share power with her, according to a close Bhutto family member.
 arrow 4 killed in stampede at Indian temple
At least four people were killed and 25 injured yesterday in a stampede at a temple festival in eastern India where thousands of people had gathered to worship, officials said.
 arrow Delhi university honours 'Big B'
Delhi University (DU) yesterday honoured Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, cartoonist R K Laxman and prominent scientist C N R Rao with honorary degrees.
 arrow Russia to back limited Iran sanctions: FM
Russia's foreign minister said yesterday that Moscow would only support sanctions against Iran if they were for a limited time and spelled out a clear mechanism for lifting them, Russian news agencies
 arrow Israel keeps up deadly Gaza offensive
Israel continued its campaign of deadly air strikes in the Gaza Strip as seven more Palestinians were killed yesterday taking the death toll to 42 since its latest operation began four days ago.
 arrow Top cheerleaders of Iraq war abandon Bush
And now they have had a change of heart.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jail killing
November 3, 1975 will remain etched as an ignominious day in the history of Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Education trip
A report published in this newspaper yesterday gave an account of how an education trip to South Korea was arranged at the last moment for the schoolteachers loyal to the immediate past government.
 arrow A tale of two Moududs
The country is in the solid grip of two Moududi doctrines.
 arrow The agony of democracy
It is not easily explicable as to why a country mired in poverty but aspiring to continue on its democratic path despite obvious difficulties that a poverty stricken society bedeviled by kleptocracy suffers,
 arrow Credibility of the caretaker government
With the swearing-in of ten-member council of advisers on October 31, the fourth caretaker government (CTG), headed by President Iajuddin Ahamed begins it three-month journey towards holding the nextgeneral
Letters to Editorarrow Violation of constitution
For the past couple of days probably the most discussed word was constitution.
 arrow Death of construction workers
The unnatural deaths of construction workers while at work are on the rise at an alarming rate as per reports published in the newspapers almost everyday.
 arrow Earthquake and diplomacy
The devastating earthquake that rocked Pakistan last year had left as many as 80 thousands dead and rendered hundreds of thousands homeless, while property worth billions of dollars have been destroyed.
 arrow Some questions
Assuming that everything goes on well, free & fair elections will be held in January 2007. The losers will scream that the elections were rigged and for the next five years they will boycott the parliament.
Star Healtharrow Learn how to get rid of your obsession
It is normal to check over homework to be sure it is done right - in fact, it is a good idea. But when Faria does her homework or takes a test, she feels like she has to check each problem over and over.
 arrow Stay motivated by breaking down the barriers
It is easy to arm yourself with diabetes meal plans, exchange lists and food logs. But it's not always so easy to follow the diabetes diet - the same healthy eating plan that can benefit everyone.
 arrow Fast food could also be part of a weight-loss diet plan
Can fast food be part of a weight-loss or healthy diet plan? You might not think so. In fact, you might even think that you cannot have a meal that is both quick and healthy.
 arrow Self-care measures for headache relief
Nearly everyone experiences occasional headaches. But frequent headaches can interfere with our daily life.
 arrow Your Doctor on Psychiatry
Dear Doctor,
I am a married person, over 30 yeats. I always avoid from presentations and I always feel nervous and shy. So I think too much about it feeling I am a very weak person.

 arrow Eskayef launches new drugs
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd has launched two new FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America) approved drugs in the local market of Bangladesh in the trade name Zatral and Urokit, says
Star Cityarrow Onslaught on Buriganga Continues
Each day that passes, the 243 tanneries at Hazaribagh discharge 7.7 million liters of untreated, highly toxic liquid wastes into the river Buriganga.
 arrow Sacked Rajuk employees demand reinstatement
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is under pressure to reinstate 372 employees terminated more than four years ago in the face of violent agitation.
 arrow 'Mass arrests' bring suffering to innocents, smile to police
Bachhu Mia (55), a fisherman from Munshiganj was in tears as he sat in the rain in front the Dhaka Central Jail gate, eagerly waiting for the release of his two sons Din Islam and Hafiz Uddin and nephew
 arrow Nazrul Institute does it too!
Different institutions including government organisations have set up overhead signboards on roads narrowing the road space and footpaths in Dhaka city.
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