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Front Pagearrow Be tough, proactive
Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Mohammad Yunus yesterday urged the president and chief of the caretaker government to be tough and proactive in running the country.
 arrow Mistake rectification not possible for time pressure
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday informed the caretaker government chief that it is not possible to correct the mistakes in the controversial updated voter list due to constraints of time.
 arrow 14-party asks BNP not to pressurise CG
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday urged opponent BNP-led four-party coalition not to pressurise the caretaker government but help it create a congenial atmosphere for holding the upcoming
 arrow Saddam, half brother sentenced to hang
A visibly shaken Saddam Hussein was found guilty of crimes against humanity yesterday and sentenced to hang by the US-sponsored court that has been trying him in Baghdad for the past year.
 arrow CA orders security beef-up
President and Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Prof Iajuddin Ahmed directed security officials to beef up security measures to maintain law and order for holding free and fair elections.
 arrow Nothing to be done beyond constitution
President and Chief Adviser Prof Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday categorically said that nothing is to be done beyond the constitution regarding the Election Commission.
 arrow Disclose names of those who whitened money
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) recommended to the caretaker government that it should instruct the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to disclose the names of those electoral candidates who had taken
 arrow Party opposition puts Ershad in double mind
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad changed his mind not to join the BNP-led four-party alliance immediately as he has been facing tremendous opposition from a number of senior party leaders including
 arrow Moudud accused of 'distorting history'
Moudud Ahmed, law minister of the immediate past four-party alliance government, omitted from the constitution the Proclamation of Independence and several chapters that dealt with provisions for declaring
 arrow BNP divided over EC reconstitution
The BNP leaders are divided over asking the chief election commissioner (CEC) and other election commissioners to resign for holding a free and fair election, sources said.
 arrow 29 contractual jobs cancelled
The interim government last night cancelled contractual government jobs of 29 officials including the jobs of three secretary-rank officials, and made 19 changes in deputy secretary level posts.
 arrow SC defers hearing for a week
The Supreme Court yesterday adjourned for a week the hearing on the admissibility of petitions filed by six outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders sentenced to death by the lower court
 arrow CG to disburse fund for priority projects only
Fund disbursement to the new projects, taken in the current fiscal year despite not fulfilling 'strict economic criteria', would be suspended until the next government assumes office, Finance Adviserto
 arrow TIB may be asked to back up graft report
Adviser for Power and Energy Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday hinted that he might invite the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to substantiate their reports on corruption in the country'spower
 arrow EU asks parties to support CG in holding polls
German Ambassador Frank Meyke who holds the current presidency of EU has urged all political parties to offer their support to the caretaker government in its effort to address the key electoral issues
 arrow Khaleda's portrait at last removed from EC
Portraits of former prime minister Khaleda Zia was finally taken down yesterday afternoon from the conference room of the Election Commission (EC) seven days into the power handover by the BNP-led four-party
 arrow Oli asks Iajuddin to relinquish post of CA
Executive President of Liberal Democratic Party Col (retired) Oli Ahmed yesterday urged President Iajuddin Ahmed to relinquish the post of the chief adviser.
 arrow JMB man rues missed chance to kill Suranjit
An operative of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has told a Sunamganj court that he would have been very happy if he had killed Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Suranjit Sengupta.
 arrow 2 cases against Prothom Alo editor, publisher discharged
Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and Publisher Mahfuz Anam were yesterday discharged from two defamation cases -- one filed by former chief whip Khondaker Delwar Hossain and the other by a leader of Islami
 arrow Why UP polls won't be held within certain time
A High Court (HC) bench yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause within four weeks as to why it shall not be directed to hold Upazila Parishad elections within a stipulated time.
 arrow Zidane flies in today
Zindedine Zidane, arguably the most influential footballer in the post Pele-Maradona era, will arrive in Dhaka tonight by a Singapore Airlines flight.
 arrow 14-party leaders get bail in Jamaat case
The High Court yesterday granted ad-interim anticipatory bail to some 37 leaders and workers of the Awami League-led 14-party combine accused of murders in a case filed by Jamaat-e-Islami following the
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down an unidentified person yesterday at Bashalgaon near the Indian border under Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon, according to witnesses and BDR sources.
 arrow Cold causes massive blackout in Europe
A sudden weekend surge in demand for electricity in Germany due to freezing weather plunged much of Europe into blackness as France and other power exporting countries found their grids overtapped.
Businessarrow GP reaches 10m subscribers
GrameenPhone Limited, the leading cellular company of the country, has crossed 10 million subscribers mark and the operator now hopes to double the number within a span of 15 months.
 arrow Grameen Danone Foods opens Wednesday
Grameen Danone Foods Ltd, a joint venture between four Grameen companies and France-based global leader for nutritional food products Groupe Danone, will be opened at a function in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Handover date likely to be set today
The Privatisation Commission is likely to fix the handover date of state-run Rupali Bank today.
 arrow Govt urged to amend age-old insurance act
Eastland Insurance Company chief has urged the government to accelerate the process to amend the age-old Insurance Act 1938 to meet today's market challenges.
 arrow DSE All Share Price Index sheds 33.95pts
Share indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) continued declining yesterday for the fourth consecutive day as DSE All Share Price Index dropped by 33.95 points or 2.65 percent to close at 1246.
 arrow China deepens trade links with Africa as summit ends
China and Africa Sunday signed trade deals worth 1.9 billion dollars on the final day of a historic summit that saw the Asian giant deepen economic and political ties with the resource-rich continent.
 arrow Potential threat to Bangladesh's ready-to-wear garments
During a recent workshop held at the Ministry of Textile and Jute conference room a question was risen regarding the refusal of some printed and dyed apparels due to the chemical stuff used during the
 arrow Asia's 40-yr dream of 'Iron Silk Road' comes closer to reality
Asian transport ministers meeting in South Korea this week will take a major step towards making a decades-old dream a reality -- integrating the entire continent into a single rail network.
 arrow Indian cities emerge as best offshoring sites
Seven Indian cities have emerged as the most favored outsourcing destinations globally, beating out rivals such as Manila, Shanghai and Moscow, according to a report by a US-based consultancy.
 arrow 2nd Bangladesh knitwear expo in Munich from today
The second two-day exposition of Bangladeshi knitwear starts from today in Munich of Germany following a huge success of the first one held in Duseldorf on November 2-3 last year, says a press release.
 arrow AKTEL's quiz contest ends tomorrow
The SMS-based quiz contest styled 'AKTEL-e Umrao Jaan Premier-e Dubai Jan', launched by the mobile phone operator for all its subscribers, comes to a close tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow US wants Apec-wide FTA
The United States has sounded out its Asian and Pacific partners on the possibility of creating a regional free trade agreement as a "middle- and long-term" objective, a press report said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sangakkara charms on Dhaka debut
Kumar Sanga-kkara made his presence felt on his Dhaka debut as he took Be-ximco into the final of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League with a convincing 61-run victory over Partex in the second semifinal
 arrow Hockey: Usha going great guns
Mostafizur Rahman Dinar scored in the dying seconds to give Usha Krira Chakra solo lead in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League as the defending champions edged Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0
 arrow Cricket: Australia clinch maiden Champs Trophy in style
World number one Australia wrested the Champions Trophy from the West Indies with an eight-wicket victory in a disappointing rain-hit final here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Acme come up with Sanath surprise
This year's final of the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League now has another added attraction as veteran Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya arrives here today to play for Acme Laboratories.
 arrow Cricket: Unlucky 13
Thirteen bowlers cannot appear in the forthcoming National Cricket League and the Dhaka Premier League as their actions were deemed illegal in a report submitted by the bowling advisory committee of Bangladesh
 arrow Chess: Div I chess from today
The Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League begins today at the federation hall-room.
 arrow Football: Stage set for ZZ
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has completed all preparations to accord a rousing reception to Zindedine Zidane, who lands in Dhaka tonight.
 arrow Cricket: Asia taking over?
Asia took a vice-like grip on cricket's administration after umpire Darrell Hair was sacked and a life ban on Pakistani match-fixing accused Ataur Rehman was revoked.
 arrow Cricket: England down under
England's cricket squad arrived here Sunday as captain Andrew Flintoff said his players come to Australia without bearing the scars of previous heavy Ashes Test defeats.
 arrow Cricket: Rehman thanks ICC
Former Pakistan paceman Ataur Rehman Sunday thanked the world cricket authorities for lifting a ban on him, saying they had given back the missing half of his life.
 arrow Cricket: India honours Azhar
Mohammad Azharuddin was freed from the stigma of disgrace after India's cricket chiefs honoured the banned former captain for his services to the sport.
 arrow Cricket: PCB claims 'victory'
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has hailed Darrell Hair's removal from the panel of international umpires as ďa victory for cricket".
 arrow Football: Bremen held by Cottbus
League leaders Werder Bremen wasted the chance to put pressure on their championship rivals Bayern Munich after only managing a 1-1 home draw with promoted Energie Cottbus on Saturday.
 arrow Football: United celebrate in style
Manchester United celebrated 20 years under Alex Ferguson's command with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Portsmouth to stay top of the Premier League on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barca stutter at Deportivo
Spanish champions Barcelona gave their title challengers a sniff of hope after dropping two precious points in a 1-1 draw away at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI & ICC reach truce
Doubts over India's hosting of the 2011 World Cup have been eased after a new contract was agreed with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe could return to Test next year
Zimbabwe could resume playing Test cricket in November 2007, the International Cricket Council (ICC) says.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting cries foul
Australian captain Ricky Ponting wants the International Cricket Council to take action against the West Indies cricketers for giving a miss to the ICC Awards' function hours before their Champions Trophy
 arrow Tennis: Blake cashes in on Haas injury
America's James Blake became the eighth and last Masters Cup qualifier on Saturday when Germany's Tommy Haas was forced to retire from the Paris Masters.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo still too fat: Capello
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo still needs to lose more weight before he can attempt to return to top form, his coach Fabio Capello said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lyon fall at Rennes
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas launched a broadside at French league officials who he feels are against his five-times consecutive champions.
 arrow Football: Rafa confident of Reds revival
Rafa Benitez refuses to concede that his team is out of contention for this season's Premiership title after a 2-0 victory over Reading at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Siena salvage a point
Albanian striker Erjon Bogdani scored twice in the last 13 minutes as Siena fought back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Parma on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin's scalp a boost, says McGrath
Taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in Champions Trophy has boosted the confidence of Glenn McGrath who feels he owes Australia an Ashes win this time around.
 arrow Cricket: SA look at WC preps
After being knocked out of the Champions Trophy in the semifinals by the West Indies, South Africa are now aiming to get back to winning ways when they take on India and Pakistan in separate home series
 arrow Tennis: Maria aiming at win
Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne aim to depose Amelie Mauresmo as world number one at the WTA Championships but reaching the end of the season in one piece is also high on their wish lists.
Metropolitanarrow CG should do what it thinks right for free, fair polls
Rising above all debates, the caretaker government should do what it thinks is right for a free and fair election, legal experts and civil society members said at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow 'Fair election depends on EC reforms'
Panellists at a BBC programme have said the caretaker government can arrange a fair election but much still depend on reforms of the Election Commission (EC), says a press release.
 arrow AL for neutrality in state-run media
Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to ensure neutrality in state-run media to help create an atmosphere favourable for free and fair
 arrow JCD, BCL clash in front of Dhaka College
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday locked horn in front of Dhaka College causing damage to around 10 vehicles and traffic disruption for about 30
 arrow $1.4m Goldman Sachs Foundation grant for AUW
The Asian University for Women (AUW) announced a $1.4 million grant from The Goldman Sachs Foundation to fund its first academic programme on its new campus being built in Chittagong, says a press release.
 arrow Three handed over to police
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday handed over three people to police on suspicion of having involvement in admission forgery raising a question about the transparency in admission process.
 arrow BSF returns bodies of 3 Bangladeshis
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned the bodies of three Bangladesh farmers after a flag meeting at Bewjhari bordering area under Banliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon yesterday, BDR sources said.
 arrow CEC's removal demanded
Samajik Protirodh Committee formed a one-hour human chain in front of the High Court in the city yesterday demanding free and fair general election.
 arrow 50 pro-AL docs get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to 50 pro-Awami League (AL) doctors, including president and secretary general of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad, in five cases filed against them for attacking the
 arrow Sacked BSS staffs demand reinstatement
Thirty-four employees of state-owned news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), who were sacked by the immediate past four-party alliance government immediately after assuming office in 2001, yesterday
 arrow 25 houses gutted in city
At least 25 houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Swamibag in Sutrapur area in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow 70 DAB members join LDA
A group of doctors yesterday joined the Liberal Doctors Association (LDA), a front organisation of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Nationalarrow 4 former ministers likely to face tough fight in Tangail
Nominations of four former BNP ministers as Four-party Alliance candidates from Tangail-2, 3,4 and 6 constituencies are almost confirmed.
 arrow 12 newcomers out to elbow out elderly politicians in Nilphamari
At least 12 new faces are seen active in the election fray in the district this year. They are retired civil and military officers, technocrats, businessmen and industrialists.
 arrow Nitai Roy 'persona non grata' in Magura
Intra-party feud in Magura BNP took a new turn yesterday following announcement of its central leader Advocate Nitai Roy Choudhury persona non grata in the district.
 arrow 5,000 Khagrachhari BNP men join LDP
Over 5,000 BNP leaders and activists joined the newly floated Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at a simple function held here yesterday.
 arrow 3-day Ras mela begins in Kuakata
The 150 year-old Ras Mela, the biggest festival of the Hindu community in the southwestern region began at Kuakata beach here on Saturday. Several thousand Hindus thronged here to celebrate the festivities.
 arrow PBCP leader killed in Sirajganj
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was slaughtered to death by his rivals after abduction from his house in Kamarkhanda upazila Friday night.
 arrow 8 arrested on charge of looting
Eight people were arrested here yesterday on charge of looting money and goods worth over half a crore taka from three business establishments in Saidpur town recently.
 arrow 2-day Kathin Chibar Dan concludes
A two-day festival of Kathin Chibar Dan concluded here Saturday with due religious fervour.
 arrow 15 shops gutted
Property worth Tk 50 lakh was gutted in a devastating fire in Jaldhaka upazila on Ssturday, traders said. Five people were also injured when a big crowd thronged the spot to extinguish the fire.
Point-Counterpointarrow Stop this farcical reshuffle
The reshuffle in the civil and police administration so far has been absolutely a part of a sinister design to befool the countrymen and rig the upcoming the general elections.
 arrow All in the family
The extraordinary political crisis that engulfed the country on the eve of handover of power to caretaker government has established a simple fact of political reality: our political leadership has agreed
 arrow Republican machine can be beaten
In less than a week, Americans will go to the polls.
 arrow Between hell and high-water
The turmoil, trauma and mayhem in the last few days evoked the distant, or maybe not too distant, memories of 1971.
Culturearrow Seasoned music composer on his kaleidoscopic journey
Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul ranks among the few film music composers in the country whose compositions have been box-office hits.
 arrow Habib's latest album 'Shono'
Habib Wahid, better known as Habib, has established himself as one of the most successful musicians in the current music scene.
 arrow Talk show 'Purush' on Rtv tonight
Divided into several segments, a talk show titled Purush is currently running on Rtv. The programme features discussions on contemporary and past issues that predominantly concern men.
 arrow Dali framed for "Surreal" movie
Lord of War director Andrew Niccol is attached to shoot a movie on Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
Generalarrow Polls to be held in peaceful manner
Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Barbara Richardson yesterday expressed the hope that the next general election in Bangladesh would be held in a peaceful manner.
 arrow 'Reform EC to hold free, fair election'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded reformation of the Election Commission (EC) to hold a free and fair election.
 arrow Provide 100 pc salary without condition
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday called for providing 100 percent salary to them without attaching any condition.
 arrow T&T employee stabbed, robbed of Tk 1 lakh
A gang of muggers stabbed and robbed of Tk 1 lakh from a T&T employee at Motijheel in the city yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka Book Fair Dec 1-16
National Book Centre (NBC), an organisation under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, will hold the 13th Dhaka Book Fair (DBF) from December 1 to 16 on the premises of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the
 arrow Burnt CNG driver loses fight for life
A CNG driver, who sustained burn injuries during a procession at Dholaipar, died yesterday morning after fighting for his life for nine days at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Sheikh Shahid visits Dr Wazed
Sheikh Shahidul Islam, secretary general of Jatiya Party (JP-Monju), visited ailing nuclear scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah at Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital on Saturday night, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Upsurge in Lankan violence inevitable
Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels are again accusing each other of gearing up for war after peace talks collapsed in Switzerland, with analysts saying an upsurge in violence is inevitable.
 arrow Pakistan must seal its border, Nato send more troops, says Dutch FM
Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot pressed Pakistan Saturday to seal its border with Afghanistan to stop the infiltration of militants and also called on Nato nations to send more troops.
 arrow Twin blasts kill 8 in Assam
At least eight people, mostly shoppers, were killed and more than 20 injured in two simultaneous bomb attacks yesterday in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Rebels kill pro-govt Pak tribal leader
Suspected pro-Taliban militants shot dead a pro-government tribal leader in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, the latest killing in the lawless belt on the Afghan border, a security official said yesterday.
 arrow Israel vows to press on with Gaza offensive
Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians including a policeman and kept up the shelling of militant targets in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday, residents and medical officials said.
 arrow Saddam verdict deepens Iraq's sectarian divide
Iraqi Shias broke into wild celebration yesterday after Saddam Hussein was sentenced to hang, but his fellow Sunnis paraded through the former dictator's hometown chanting, "We will avenge you Saddam.
 arrow Was Saddam's trial fair?
Before Saddam Hussein's trial for crimes against humanity even began, his case was beset by debate over who should try him and whether those who did would be genuinely impartial.
 arrow Iraq war protagonists hail Saddam verdict
Iraq war protagonists the United States and Britain yesterday led those welcoming the death sentence handed to ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, but other nations and groups were more guarded, voicing
 arrow Amnesty condemns death sentences
Amnesty International yesterday condemned the death sentences handed to Saddam Hussein and two of his senior allies, describing their trial as a "shabby affair".
 arrow Saddam expected death, morale high
Saddam Hussein had expected to be sentenced to death but his morale is high and "made of steel", his defence team said Sunday, adding that they will appeal the verdict.
 arrow Democrats seek gains in Republican territory
Long locked out of power, Democrats appear poised to win control of the House and possibly the Senate in midterm elections this week amid a national clamour for change after four years of war in Iraq.
 arrow Episcopalians install female leader
Katharine Jefferts Schori took office Saturday as the first female leader of The Episcopal Church and the first woman priest to head an Anglican province, two landmarks that could quickly be overshadowed
 arrow 50 held for attempt on Musharraf
Several young officers with the Pakistani Air Force with access to President Pervez Musharraf's innermost security circle were among 50 people arrested for trying to assassinate him soon after he returned
Editorialarrow Editorial: An alarming sign
It is with trepidation that we look at the news of shots being fired at the former law minister Moudud Ahmed's residence barely within a week of the formation of the caretaker government. Mr.
 arrow Editorial: State media role
Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar (radio) have earned a bad name for themselves over the decades for working as vehicle to publicise the agenda of the government of the day, caring little
 arrow Back to square one
In yet another masterstroke, the BNP-Jamaat alliance has caught its opponent off-guard.
 arrow The Bangla heroine
The collective noun is a poor cousin of the proper; the singular belongs to a higher caste than the plural. There was a crucial omission from this year's list of Nobel Prize winners.
 arrow Then and now
Many of my friends who read my column regularly and take ardent interest in Bangladesh politics opened a discourse the other day about Baksal.
Letters to Editorarrow The Nobel Prize and a nation in distress
In my humble opinion, it is high time we had a new set of political leaders as well as parties, since the major political parties-while promising a makeover for the sake of the citizens with reforms and
 arrow Our country, their war
There are many countries around the globe that are, unfortunately, under foreign occupation.
Star Cityarrow A banyan tree cries for help
The historical banyan tree in Goran Chadbari under the ownership of the National Botanical Garden in Mirpur is facing certain death due to gross negligence of the National Botanical Garden authorities.
 arrow Mosquito menace adds to people's woes
The sudden surge of mosquito menace in the city over the last few weeks continues to aggravate the woes of city dwellers.
 arrow Legal notices served on real estate developers
Certain organisations of environmentalists, lawyers and human right activists yesterday served three different legal notices on the country's three prominent real estate developers for developing projects
 arrow DCC's bizarre trade with public footpaths
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has kept an entire stretch of footpath blocked for the construction of a market and is also illegally setting up 20 shops on it.
 arrow On duty on holidays
People were glued to their TV sets as news won over entertainment during Eid this year.
 arrow HC bench stays forced retirement of Rajuk chief engineer
A High Court bench yesterday issued a rule nisi on the Ministry of Housing and Public Works to show cause as to why an order for forced retirement of the Rajuk chief engineer Emdadul Islam should notbe
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