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Front Pagearrow Council yet to pick up required pace
The council of advisers to the caretaker government has yet to start functioning effectively as the advisers have not been involved so far in the process of setting up an administration competent enough
 arrow CEC reaffirms position not to resign anyway
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday cleared his position and reiterated that he will not resign anyway.
 arrow Ershad's U-turn not to join 4-party
In yet another dramatic turnabout from his earlier decision, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday decided not to join the BNP-led four-party alliance following strong opposition from his party lawmakers.
 arrow Copying curbed, quality fell
The BNP-led alliance government during its tenure won acclaim for curbing copying in public examinations but lost credibility for wholesale politicisation, patronising sub-standard madrasa education for
 arrow 33 SP-level officers transferred
The government yesterday transferred 33 police officials of SP (superintendent of police) and DC rank in another reshuffle move in the police administration.
 arrow Shift CA's office from Bangabhaban
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance yesterday demanded that President and Chief Adviser (CA) of the Caretaker Government (CG) Iajuddin Ahmed shift the CA's office from the Bangabhaban and perform
 arrow Bangladesh improves from bottom to third
Bangladesh graduated to the third place from below on the corruption perception index (CPI) 2006 prepared by Berlin-based international anti-corruption organisation -- Transparency International (TI).
 arrow Zinedine Zidane arrived

 arrow Dhaka seeks ADB nod to $450m fund
Finance Adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday requested Asian Development Bank (ADB) to approve a proposed $ 450 million fund within this fiscal year for installation of a power generation plant in Bangladesh.
 arrow 3 secretaries transferred
The caretaker government yesterday transferred three secretaries, including the secretary to the president, an official notification said.
 arrow Political recruit Mokhlesur plays twin roles
Mokhlesur Rahman Chowdhury, politically appointed press secretary to President Iajuddin Ahmed, is now functioning as the press secretary to the chief adviser as well although there are allegations of'objectionable
 arrow Vendors occupying over-bridge in Kamalapur

 arrow Nat'l Revolution and Solidarity Day today
The government and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will observe National Revolution and Solidarity Day today while Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and Col Taher Sangsad as civil-military upsurge.
 arrow C'wealth team asked to watch pre-poll env
The Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the delegation of the Commonwealth Secretariat (CS) to send election observers as early as possible to observe the pre-election environment in Bangladesh, which the
 arrow 6 Jubo Dal men bullet-hit in gun attack
Six Jubo Dal men were bullet-hit when gunmen opened fire on leaders and activists of BNP's youth wing Jubo Dal at Tantibazar in old part of the capital last night.
 arrow Arrest Nazmul Huda, Tarique for CNG scam
Bangladesh Autorickshaw Sramik League yesterday demanded arrest of former communications minister Nazmul Huda and BNP's Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman for embezzling Tk 396 crore from the CNG-run
 arrow Street market in Jatrabari

 arrow Clarification, Our Reply
Barrister Omar Sadat, the lawyer who filed a writ petition of a former district anti-corruption officer of now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac), has sent some clarifications to a Daily Star report
 arrow Shibir attacks female students of Carmichael College: 10 hurt
Ten female students of Rangpur Carmichael College were injured in an attack allegedly by Islami Chhatra Shibir on the campus yesterday.
 arrow Charge-framing against JMB men Nov 23
A Dhaka court yesterday refixed November 23 for hearing on charge framing of the first sedition case against eight Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders and activists from Dhamrai area.
 arrow 100 hurt as villagers clash with Rab
About 100 traders and villagers were injured during a clash with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Haripur Bazar under Jaintapur upazila yesterday.
 arrow Saddam may walk gallows in months
The procedure through which ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will appeal against his death sentence began yesterday, with officials saying he may face the gallows within the next few months.
 arrow DU to confer Doctor of Laws on Prof Yunus
Dhaka University will confer Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) on Nobel Peace Prize 2006 winner Professor Muhammad Yunus during the 43rd convocation of the university to be held on December 24 this year.
 arrow US elections head for hard-fought finish
US elections shaped by the Iraq war headed for a hard-fought finish Sunday, with polls favouring opposition Democrats but showing US President George W Bush's Republicans gaining ground.
 arrow HC stays BTRC tender process for 3 months
The High Court yesterday stayed for three months the operation of BTRC's invitation of applications for granting VoIP licences.
 arrow Tk 2.5 lakh cr plundered by BNP-led govt
The BNP-led 4-party alliance government plundered nearly Tk 2.5 lakh crore during its five-year tenure, alleged Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday.
 arrow Robbers loot ex-army officer's house in city
Robbers broke into a retired army official's house at New DOHS at Baridhara and made off with cash and valuables worth Tk 12.5 lakh.
 arrow BDR trades heavy gunshots with BSF at Zakiganj
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India traded heavy gunfire on Zakiganj border on Sunday night.
Businessarrow Tk43.68cr in 20 top defaulters' pocket
The amount of loans the top 20 defaulters of Arab Bangladesh Bank Ltd (AB Bank) borrowed reached Tk43.68crore, which accounts for 25 per cent of the bank's total classified loans.
 arrow Sale, purchase papers to be ready by Sunday
The sale and purchase documents for handing over the state-run Rupali Bank to its buyer Saudi prince Bandar Bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saudi is likely to be complete by next Sunday.
 arrow Import spending up 19pc in Q1
Import spendings were up 19 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period last fiscal due mainly to increased oil price and higher imports of essentials heavily
 arrow Crop diversification key to facing farm sector challenges
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for diversification of crops through application of modern technology to face the global challenges in agriculture sector.
 arrow Saarc chamber meet in Male today
The 37th executive committee meeting of the Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) begins today at Male, the capital city of the Maldives.
 arrow Call for global alliance to promote free trade
British finance minister Gordon Brown and several of the world's business leaders on Monday called for a global alliance to promote free trade and fight those who argue for increased protectionism.
 arrow Canadian university to honour BB governor
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed has been selected as the recipient of Canada's 'McMaster University 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award'.
 arrow Bangladeshi wins Asia Pacific Young Entrepreneurs Award
A young Bangladeshi entrepreneur has received 1st Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneurs Award from Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI).
 arrow Bank Asia opens branch in Rajshahi
Bank Asia Limited has opened a new branch at Rajshahi. With this, the total number of branches of the bank stands at 23, says a press release.
 arrow Banks to remain closed Nov 7
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on November 7 on the occasion of National Revolution and Solidarity Day, said a Bangladesh Bank press release.
 arrow Indonesia to set up 3 more spl economic zones
Following the success of the newly established special economic zone (SEZ) covering Batam, Bintan and Karimun islands, the Indonesian government will develop similar SEZs in another three regions, a report
 arrow China eyes free trade area with India
China is considering the possibility of establishing a free trade area with India, state media reported Monday, citing a senior official with the Ministry of Commerce.
 arrow Oil below $59
Oil prices slipped below $59 on Monday as high fuel stocks in consumer countries blunted the impact of a new attack on Nigerian oil facilities.
 arrow Mandelson in China to talk trade disputes
European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson arrived in China on Monday for a five-day visit during which the two sides will discuss their increasingly testy trade relations.
Sportsarrow Football: Bienvenue Monsieur Zidane
On the evening of May 15, 2002 in the Scottish city of Glasgow, an unassuming Frenchman in the all-whites of the team of the century unleashed a left foot ballistic missile that thumped into the backof
 arrow Football: Dhaka gears up for legend
Due to his sublime skills, Zinedine Zidane has often been referred to as a footballer from a different planet.
 arrow Football: ZZ touches down in Dhaka
Living football legend Zinedine Zidane arrived in Dhaka last night for a brief three-day stay. The Frenchman was given a warm but simple welcome on his arrival at the Zia International Airport.
 arrow Cricket: CCL final today
It would be nothing special for Sanath Jayasuriya to play against his young countryman Kumar Sangakkara when his team Acme Laboratories face off with defending champions Beximco in the final of the GrameenPhone
 arrow Cricket: Steve's Ashes regret was putting Ricky in stitches
England's pace spearhead Steve Harmison made a surprise admission Monday that his big regret from last year's epic Ashes victory was his apparent uncaring attitude towards a bloodied Australian skipper
 arrow Cricket: Jayawardene captain till World Cup
Mahela Jayawardene will lead Sri Lanka at the World Cup in the Caribbean next March, chairman of selectors Asantha de Mel told AFP on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Nikolay's maiden Masters
New world number three Nikolay Davydenko set his sights on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after claiming his first Masters title with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dominik Hrbaty in Paris on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting pretty pleased
Ricky Ponting hailed Australia's coolness under pressure after the world champions swept to their maiden Champions Trophy title on Sunday, beating holders West Indies by eight wickets in the final.
 arrow Cricket: CA calls for explanation on Hair cut
Cricket Australia (CA) Monday called for the International Cricket Council to explain its reasons for dropping umpire Darrell Hair off the ICC Elite Panel.
 arrow Football: Sevilla go on top, Real lose again
Sevilla's dream season continued here Sunday when they took command of the Spanish Primera Liga at Bar-celona's expense with a 2-0 win over Osasuna.
 arrow Football: Spurs too hot for Chelsea
Tottenham Hots-pur and England winger Aaron Lennon condemned champions Chelsea to a second league defeat of the season on Sunday when Spurs won their London derby 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
 arrow Football: Same old Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's penchant for polemics may have landed him in more trouble with the English Football Association (FA).
 arrow Football: Beckham plays the waiting game
David Beckham is waiting to see if he can regain his place in the Real Madrid first team before deciding if he will extend his contract with the club, according to the sporting director Predrag Mijatovic.
 arrow Football: Urge to change sports fed bosses
Five years ago, the then caretaker government changed the heads of sports federations immediately after taking over because the presidents of all associations were political appointments.
 arrow Football: Tickets at BNS counters from 10am
Tickets for the exhibition football match between under-16 sides of Abahani and Mohammedan in honour of French football legend Zinedine Zidane will be available at the counters of the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Athletics: Kolkata to host inaugural event
Kolkata will host the inaugural Indo-Bangla Games in the third week of January 2007.
 arrow Cricket: Asif appeals against ban
Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif Monday said he had filed an appeal against a one-year ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board for a failed drug test.
 arrow Hockey: Pillay in city
Former Indian international Dhanraj Pillay arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning to play for Abahani in the Premier Hockey League.
 arrow Cricket: Hameed, Khan given call-ups
Yasir Hameed, the opening batsman, has been recalled to Pakistan's squad for the first two Tests against West Indies while Samiullah Khan, the young left-arm paceman, has also been included.
 arrow Football: Bayern snatch late draw
Bayern Munich showed the spirit of champions coming from two goals down to secure a point in a 2-2 draw at Schalke 04 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lens stun PSG
Paris St Ger-main's hopes of remaining in the hunt for a place in Europe next season were kept in check by a 3-1 home defeat to their bogey team, Lens, here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter, Palermo march on
Inter Milan and Palermo remain tied for first place in Serie A after they both recorded 2-0 home wins on Sunday, while AC Milan suffered a humiliating defeat by the same score at Atalanta.
 arrow Football: Sorin out for a month
Hamburg SV's hopes of climbing out of relegation trouble have been hit by an injury to Juan Pablo Sorin, who is facing up to a month out with a thigh muscle strain.
 arrow Football: FA to probe coin incidents
The Football Association is to investigate two coin-throwing incidents which marred West Ham United's victory over Arsenal and Fulham's win over Everton at the weekend.
Metropolitanarrow Political will a must for improving lives of slum dwellers
Experts at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for political commitment to improving the condition of urban slum dwellers.
 arrow '50 killed in 10 day's political unrest'
Fifty people were killed from October 27 to November 5 due to violence that erupted before and immediately after the handover of power to the caretaker government (CG) by the BNP-led four-party alliance
 arrow Step back from brink of conflict
Outgoing World Bank Country Director Christine I Wallich yesterday appealed to the political stakeholders in Bangladesh to step back from the brink of conflict as she expressed concern over the present
 arrow CA must prove his neutrality
Leaders of Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a combine of seven student organisations led by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), yesterday said President Iajuddin Ahmed must give proof of his neutrality as the
 arrow 'Punish those who tried to protect killers of Bangabandhu'
Joybangla Sangskritik Oikyajote yesterday demanded removal of and punishment to the government officials who tried to protect the self-confessed killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Biman engr among 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed in separate road accidents in Savar, Sylhet and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Arrest criminals harboured by mayor, Loby
A faction of Khulna BNP led by former lawmaker M Nurul Islam demanded arrest of criminals harboured by the faction led by Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman.
 arrow RU teachers urge CA to cancel mass recruitment
The Progressive Teachers' Society (PTS), a pro-liberation war teachers' body of Rajshahi University, urged the president and the chief adviser of the caretaker government to cancel the mass recruitment
 arrow Ex-secretary Shahidul Islam joins BNP
Khandaker Shahidul Islam, former secretary to the office of the immediate-past prime minister, joined the BNP yesterday. The caretaker government had recently cancelled his contractual appointment.
 arrow 386 motorbikes seized
Police seized 386 motorbikes during a daylong drive at different parts of the city yesterday.
 arrow 7 journos get WFP Media Award 2006
World Food Programme (WFP), Bangladesh, yesterday handed over WFP Media Award 2006 to seven journalists of print and electronic media for their contribution in raising awareness about food security, hunger
 arrow Implement 14-party demand
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the President and Chief Adviser (CA) to caretaker government demanding implementation of 11-point demand by 14-party combine.
 arrow Reception to Yunus Nov 9
The diplomatic corps accredited to Bangladesh will host a reception for Prof Muhammad Yunus to celebrate his winning the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow 14-party blames Barisal mayor for unleashing reign of terror
Local leaders of 14-party combine yesterday accused Barisal City Corporation (BCC) mayor of unleashing a reign of terror by violating Section 144.
 arrow Lawyers' Demand Day Nov 9
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad would observe November 9 as 'Demand Day' calling for reconstitution of Election Commission and for caretaker government's wining of people's trust, says a press release.
 arrow 80th birth anniversary of Mahbub Ul Alam today
Today is the 80th birth anniversary of veteran poet Mahbub Ul Alam Chowdhury, famed for writing the first poem on the Language Movement, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Tk 45cr life-saving equipment lying idle in Bogra hospital
Life-saving equipment worth Tk 45 crore are lying idle in Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital here for the last two months since its establishment on August 31.
 arrow 3,600 smuggled chickens burnt in Satkhira
The district administration yesterday burnt 3,600 smuggled chickens on Sunday.
 arrow Badsha,14-party combine workers granted bail
About 55 leaders and activists of the 14-party Combine including Workers Party (WP) politburo member Fazley Hossain Badsha were granted bail in three cases on Sunday.
 arrow Training imparted to indigenous women
Weaving training is being imparted to female members of Tipra community near Lawachara National Park, says a press release.
 arrow Traditional Ras Mela postponed
The 500-year-old 'Ras Mela,' the largest fair in the sub-continent was postponed here due to 'unavoidable political situation,' police sources said.
 arrow RU BCL leader stabbed
A gang of unidentified criminals yesterday night stabbed a Rajshahi University (RU) unit leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) near the campus.
 arrow Buet student drowns
A student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) drowned while swimming at a pool here Sunday evening.
Point-Counterpointarrow The caretaker government needs intensive care
Over a week has passed since the president in effect appointed himself as his own chief adviser. The caretaker government envisaged in the constitution is a non-party caretaker government.
 arrow Branding Bangladesh versus bashing Bangladesh
I am writing this article at a time when Bangladesh has, for the first time, grabbed international headlines in the most positive light possible.
 arrow Ominous signs
What has happened to a large segment of the people we look to? Have the words such as sanity, sobriety, and propriety lost all meaning to them? Have they decided to epitomize lack of integrity? Have they
Culturearrow Chobi Mela 1V begins from November 9
CHOBI Mela is the name of a festival, which is fast becoming a culture in Bangladesh. This event, one of the largest of its kind in Asia, brings photographers and their works to the forefront.
 arrow 'Golapjan' goes to Pakistan
Theatre Art Unit is set to go to Pakistan to participate in the theatre festival with their popular production Golapjan.
 arrow Child artistes display creativity
Diwakar Sharma, 13, is truly differently abled. Despite being visually impaired he continues to hold audiences in thrall with his wonderful melodies.
 arrow Fazlul Haque Smriti Committee'06 award announced
Paying homage to Fazlul Haque, a pioneering cine-journalist of our country, the, Fazlul Haque Smriti Committee has introduced an award, says a press release.
 arrow Oprah Winfrey makes diet books a hit
The Oprah book club has been quiet for months, but the Winfrey touch remains golden. Just ask the publishers of diet doctors Michael F Roizen and Mehmet C Oz.
Generalarrow 'Switzerland keen to invest in power sector'
A three-day Swiss Festival begins at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city tomorrow to mark the 35th anniversary of friendship between Bangladesh and Switzerland.
 arrow Suspected mugger beaten to death in city
One person died at a city hospital early yesterday six hours after a mob beat him suspecting him as mugger at Katashur at Adabor in the city.
Internationalarrow Nepal set to seal arms deal with Maoists
Nepalís multi-party government and Maoist guerrillas are set to seal a long-awaited deal yesterday on supervision of rebel arms, a key move towards rescuing a faltering peace process, negotiators said.
 arrow Troops, Tigers trade fires
Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused each other of initiating artillery attacks in the island's restive east as both sides braced for a major offensive in the region.
 arrow Change West's view
The Muslim world must correct Western misperceptions created by "semiliterate clerics" about Islam as a religion that fosters militant extremism, Pakistan's president said yesterday.
 arrow ME newspapers warns of Saddam verdict fallout
Middle East newspapers were divided yesterday over the legitimacy of the death sentence imposed on Saddam Hussein but were unanimous in warning of the verdict's repercussions on an already chaotic Iraq.
 arrow Iran's military plays down US threat
The head of Iran's elite revolutionary guards, currently overseeing 10 days of war games, said he did not see the United States as currently posing a military threat to the Islamic republic.
 arrow Russia urges Europe to revise Iran sanction bid
Western countries that want to punish Iran for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment are again facing reluctance on the part of Russia and China to grant support, with Moscow demanding a softening
 arrow UN summit seeks ways to stave off climate disaster
A UN conference exploring ways of avoiding disaster from global warming opened here Monday faced with faltering efforts to cut deadly greenhouse gases.
 arrow Rare planetary treat for astronomers
Astronomers in the Americas, East Asia and Australasia will get a rare daylight treat this week when Mercury passes in a direct line between the Earth and the Sun, a "transit" that will next occur onMay
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter list
We find the Election Commission's (EC) remarks that the current voter list cannot be rectified due to lack of time totally unacceptable.
 arrow Editorial: Tax amnesty and money whitening
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), an independent think tank, has recommended that the caretaker government take certain steps with a view to making the electoral process more transparent and lessening
 arrow Some advice for the advisers
The learned advisers to the caretaker government (CG) are, reportedly, of the view that they would seek advice from different sources for smooth functioning of their short-lived government.
 arrow The Left's tightrope walk
Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat has called for a re-appraisal of the UPA's foreign and security policies in the light of the National Common Minimum Program, which promised
 arrow On prize, pride and prejudice
A surge of euphoria swept the country on October 13. Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank had been awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize for Peace.
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