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Front Pagearrow Khaleda accuses CG advisers of conspiracy
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday blasted the council of advisers to the caretaker government for meeting without the chief adviser and accused them of conspiracy.
 arrow EC may get more commissioners
More election commissioners may be appointed, a few caretaker advisers hinted yesterday as the council of advisers sits again today to find out ways to make the Election Commission (EC) more effective
 arrow Iajuddin not making interim govt effective
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that President Iajuddin Ahmed assumed the post of the chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) violating the constitution aimingto
 arrow Irregularities in voter list printing
Printing of voter list for the next general election is going on amid allegations of irregularities and wrongdoings in the process.
 arrow No cut-off time for vessels piles goods
In absence of any cut off time, the feeder vessels often spend long time for loading export items after discharging the import goods, adding to the ship congestion at the overburdened Chittagong port.
 arrow Nagorik Committee proposes amendments to RPO
Nagorik Committee 2006 prepared a set of recommendations for the caretaker government for bringing amendments to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972 in an effort to ensure transparency in
 arrow Country dances to Zizou tune
Zinedine Zidane may no longer be gracing football pitches across the world following his retirement from the game after this summer's World Cup but the legendary footballer's day-out in Dhaka yesterday
 arrow Republicans risk losing Congress as US votes
Democrats hoped to sweep Republicans out of power in the US Congress on Tuesday after a bruising campaign dominated by discontent with the Iraq war and doubts about President George W. Bush's leadership.
 arrow CA asks finance adviser to take proper measures
President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed has directed Finance and Planning Adviser Dr Akbar Ali Khan to take appropriate measures to curb the price hike of essentials.
 arrow CG functioning as per rules of business
Functions of the president and chief adviser, and all advisers to the caretaker government are being carried out as per the rules of business of the state.
 arrow No political recruit in president's office
There has been no political appointment in the office of the president, a Bangabhaban source said yesterday.
 arrow Don't transfer officials on 'political pressure'
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami has urged the president and chief adviser to the caretaker government not to transfer any official or employee in the face of political pressure.
 arrow CA failed to come out of Hawa Bhaban's influence
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the president and chief adviser to the caretaker government has failed to come out of the grip of BNP, act neutrally and gain
 arrow Ctg mayor slates CA for retaining public holiday on 7th Nov
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday accused president and chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government of being a loyalist of BNP by observing November 7 as a 'government
 arrow Mob set ablaze bus after road crash killed 2
A mob set fire to a bus on Airport Road at Chairmanbari in the city's Banani area after two garment workers were killed in separate road accidents within hours yesterday.
 arrow 7 cops among 50 hurt in BNP factional clash
At least 50 people, including seven policemen, suffered bullet and splinter wounds during a clash between two factions of BNP at Nawabganj upazila headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Ortega on brink of return to presidency
Nicaragua's former Marxist guerrilla-president Daniel Ortega is almost certain to complete a long climb back to power yesterday with an election win that could upset his old Cold War enemy, the United
 arrow Israel gearing up for 2nd war with Hezbollah
The Israeli military is preparing for a new conflict with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia if a truce that ended 34 days of war this summer does not hold, a top military commander said Monday.
 arrow Saddam back to court for second trial
Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein brushed aside a Kurdish villager's account yesterday of an alleged massacre, saying there was no proof, as he returned to court two days after being condemned tohang
Businessarrow 71.21pc in top 20 defaulters' pocket
The amount of money the top 20 defaulters of International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank Ltd borrowed has reached Tk168.35crore, which accounts for 71.
 arrow Economic programme: CPD's recommendations for caretaker government
Constitutional Mandate

The economic mandate of the caretaker government (CTG) is informed by Article 58D of the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh which

 arrow Italians keen to set up textile spl economic zone in India
Italian investors are keen on setting up a special economic zone for the textile secor in India and foraying into fashion retailing through single brand stores, the chief of a leading industry body has
 arrow India blames Pakistan for placing Safta hurdles
India's foreign minister yesterday accused regional adversary Pakistan of placing hurdles in the way of a fledgling South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta).
 arrow 3-day Swiss Festival begins today
A three-day Swiss Festival begins at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city today to mark the 35th anniversary of friendship between Bangladesh and Switzerland.
 arrow China trade barriers threaten EU ties
The European Union's top trade official warned China on Tuesday that failure to open its economy more widely to foreign imports and competition risks harming broader EU-China relations.
 arrow WTO approves Vietnam as 150th member
The World Trade Organisation on Tuesday formally approved communist Vietnam's membership of the global free trade system, opening up a new era of international commerce and investment for one of EastAsia's
 arrow Hu's Indo-Pak visit to boost trade
Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit India and Pakistan later this month, his first visits to the two countries as China's top leader, the foreign ministry announced Tuesday.
 arrow Int'l cotton confce from Dec 3
A two-day international cotton conference will begin in Dhaka on December 3.
 arrow IMF frets over Russian energy muscle
The IMF issued a warning Monday about the Russian state's muscular influence in the booming oil industry and urged Moscow to rein in fiscal excesses generated by a petrodollar bonanza.
 arrow Dollar weakens
The dollar dipped against the euro and the yen on Tuesday as market players awaited the outcome of the US mid-term elections, dealers said.
 arrow MIGA launches two new web portals
With the credit of launching the groundbreaking investment promotion network and other industry-acclaimed web services ten years back, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has once again
 arrow Microsoft to offer movies, TV shows
Microsoft Corp on Monday said it would rent movies and sell television shows through Internet downloads to its Xbox Live video game service, pitting the software giant against long-time rival Apple Computer
 arrow WTO accord possible by June 2007, says Brazilian FM
Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorin says a general agreement with the World Trade Organization (WTO) may be within reach by June of 2007, the economic daily Valor reported.
 arrow Emirates expands lounge network
Emirates Airline recently inaugurated its latest airport lounge at London Heathrow following the opening of similar passenger facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne earlier last month.
Sportsarrow Football: ZZ marked out!
It might have been easier to get past the whole Italian defence for a footballer of his stature.
 arrow Cricket: Acme's maiden title
Legendary footballer Zinedine Zidane was in the city but still the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League final turned out to be a grandiose affair as Acme Laboratories dethroned Beximco with a nerve-wrecking
 arrow Football: 'I want to help the children of Bangladesh'
A soft-spoken Zinedine Zidane smiled his way through the brief press conference held in his honour at the BFF Bhaban at the heart of the city yesterday and left a message saying that he would be proud
 arrow Cricket: Indian masters join media to blast Aus
Cricket stars Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar joined the Indian media Tuesday in lashing out at Australian players following incidents after the Champions Trophy final.
 arrow Cricket: ICC, BCCI make friends
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has paved the way for securing a billion-dollar marketing deal after ending a long dispute with its commercial powerhouse India, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly reminds again
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Tuesday he had not lost hope of playing in next year's World Cup in the Caribbean after returning to form with a century in a domestic tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Absence of Pak pace pair boosts WI chances: Lara
The absence of doping-tainted Pakistani bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will boost the chances of the West Indies in their series against Pakistan, captain Brian Lara said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj's WC in jeopardy
Injured India batsman Yuvraj Singh may require knee surgery and could be ruled out of the World Cup in March-April, a team physiotherapist said on Tuesday.
 arrow Hockey: Mariners stay on course
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club retained their second position in the first phase of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League as they beat Sonali Bank 3-1 at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: CA to inquire 'rude' team behaviour
Cricket Australia (CA) said Tuesday it would investigate reports of rude behaviour by the Australian team after its Champions Trophy win in India last weekend.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam fearful
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has admitted his team are now in "serious trouble" after the drugs bans handed out to strike fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
 arrow Football: Galaxy keen on Becks
The president of American club Los Angeles Galaxy has confirmed interest in former England captain David Beckham of Real Madrid, the BBC reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea face fresh rap
Chelsea could face another dose of disciplinary action over an onslaught on referee Graham Poll that has been seen as an attack on the official's integrity.
 arrow Football: Domenech keen on Higuain
France coach Raymond Domenech, who preselected Franco/Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain of River Plate for a friendly against Greece, said he wants to see the midfielder as soon as possible.
 arrow Football: 2.4m dollars for WC final ball
The ball used in this year's World Cup final between Italy and France has sold at auction for a staggering 2.4 million dollars.
 arrow Football: Come and get me: Lippi
Italy's former World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi said Monday he would like to reignite his career in time for the 2007/2008 season.
 arrow Football: Amauri considering Italy switch
Palermo's in-form striker Amauri would consider playing for Italy if he is overlooked by Brazil.
 arrow Football: Life ban on coach
A former coach of Russian third division club Metallurg Lipetsk has been given a life ban from the game after inciting a vicious attack on his players.
 arrow Football: Given back for Ireland
Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given is back in the Ireland squad for next week's Euro 2008 qualifier against San Marino following his recovery from a "car crash" stomach injury.
 arrow Football: Diouf arrested for beating wife
Bolton Wanderers's Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf has been arrested following an alleged assault on his wife Valerie at the weekend. The 25-year-old forward was later released on bail.
 arrow Football: Serie A attendance nosedive
Italy may well be world champions, but football fans are staying away from Serie A matches in their droves.
Metropolitanarrow 'Remove CEC, 3 commissioners for free, fair election'
Sammilita Nagorik Andolon and Peshajibi Samannay Parishad yesterday jointly submitted a memorandum to the President and Chief Adviser (CA) to caretaker government demanding immediate implementation of
 arrow 13 killed in road accidents
At least 13 people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Rangamati, Rajbari and Satkhira yesterday and on Monday night.
 arrow Acute fuel oil crisis in Rajshahi
People of Rajshahi have been experiencing acute kerosene, octane, diesel and petrol crisis for the last ten days since vendors are selling the scanty amount of fuel oil available at higher prices.
 arrow Charge sheet yet to be submitted
The charge sheet in the Prof Dr S Taher Ahmed murder case is yet to be submitted although six months have elapsed after the completion of investigation into the murder of the Rajshahi University (RU)teacher.
 arrow Nat'l Revolution, Solidarity Day observed
The National Revolution and Solidarity Day was observed yesterday across the country commemorating the sepoy-people uprising that took place this day in 1975 to protect national independence and sovereignty.
 arrow Hasina demands punishment to culprits
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday strongly condemned the rape of an AL activist's daughter by BNP cadres and demanded exemplary punishment to the persons responsible.
 arrow 12 shot as AL, BNP clash in Bhairab
Twelve people were shot during a clash between the activists of Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Bhairab upazila last night.
 arrow LDP urges C'wealth to send team to initiate talks
The leaders of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday urged the Commonwealth delegates to send a group of representatives for initiating talks on electoral reforms including Election Commission, its
 arrow Millionaire Desa storekeeper arrested in Narayanganj
The police arrested BNP leader and millionaire Desa storekeeper Abdullah Al Mamun from Hirajheel in Siddhirganj yesterday.
 arrow 24-hour ultimatum to RCC
The agitated Rajshahi citizens and cultural activists threatened to launch non-stop agitation programme including besiege of Nagar Bhaban if the Manichattar Mural is not rebuilt within 24 hours.
 arrow Death threat to Patuakhali journo
Miscreants threatened to kill Patuakhali district correspondent of the daily Bangladesh Observer Gofran Biswas Palash within the next five days after a report was published about the gangs engaged insmuggling,
 arrow Reinstatement of BSS, BTV journos demanded
Leaders of BFUJ and DUJ yesterday demanded reinstatement of the journalists terminated during the last five years from Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and Bangladesh Television (BTV).
 arrow Dhaka proposes resolution on culture of peace at UN
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, proposed adoption of a resolution on culture of peace at the UN General Assembly on Friday evening.
 arrow Menon urges army to play non-political role
Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday urged the leaders and activists of 14-party combine to prepare for tougher agitation and greater sacrifice for the sake of free and fare election.
 arrow 'Ensure participation of all parties in next polls'
The caretaker government should take effective and visible steps to ensure participation of all parties in a free and fair election, Jatiya Party (JP) (Monju) leaders observed at its presidium meeting
 arrow Hundreds of accused get bail in Barisal
Hundreds of accused in cases lodged in the district in connection with political clashes and lawlessness after the hand over of power by 4-party alliance have been granted bail.
Nationalarrow Woes of 50,000 salt producers in Cox's Bazar
About 50,000 salt producers in eight upazilas are passing difficult time as 6 lakh tonnes of salt remains unsold.
 arrow Sufferings of Monga-hit people aggravate
The sufferings of Monga (a near famine situation) affected people in Nilphamari and five other districts of greater Rangpur have aggravated manifold due to suspension of the official test relief (TR)and
 arrow Female students leave Carmichael College hostel
The resident students of Rangpur Carmichael College female hostel yesterday left their dormitory following attack on their procession by the cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir on Monday.
 arrow Home for elderly destitutes in Monga-prone area
A home for destitute elderly people titled, 'Rebecca Reyaz Probin Nibash has been built in Monga-prone Aditmari upazila.
 arrow Harassment at Sirajganj passport office alleged
Passport seekers coming from different remote areas of the district are being harassed allegedly by the brokers at Sirajganj Regional Passport Office.
 arrow 'Cancel mass recruitment at RU'
The Rajshahi University Teachers, Officials and Employees' Welfare Association yesterday demanded of the university authorities to cancel the illegal mass recruitments in the university immediately.
Point-Counterpointarrow Riding popular choice to personal ends
The outgoing prime minister said in her farewell address that our per-capita income has increased from $440 to $480. I regret to say that there is little comfort in it.
 arrow Social repair in Bangladesh
The end of the tenure of the BNP-led alliance government and the transition to a caretaker government in preparation for the parliamentary elections has not been smooth.
 arrow 13 and 300
Most of us simply look at China in awe; we view it from afar as an economic superstar without rival, but the real question is how did a country that The Economist once said would amount to nothing more
 arrow Will the real America please stand up?
If the Democrats don't grind the Republicans into the political dust Tuesday, I'm moving to Transylvania.
Culturearrow Veteran artiste on the transition of music scene
The recent talent hunt shows in the country are doing a great job, reinforcing the revival of songs many thought were long lost.
 arrow 'Ghar Phera': TV serial on drug rehab
Life in a drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment centre is the subject of the ongoing TV serial Ghar Phera, aired on Channel 1. 'Ghar Phera' is the name of a drug rehab started by MrChowdhury.
 arrow Swinging to indigenous tunes
A group of six music lovers belonging to the indigenous Garo community, living in the forests of Modhupur, Tangail have formed a music troupe'.
 arrow Alpana makes waves in Berlin
Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi artist Murshida Arzu Alpana displays her works at a three week-long solo exhibition, at the gallery Nering and Stern in Berlin, Germany.
 arrow Swiss festival begins today
A three-day Swiss festival starts today celebrating 35 years of friendship between Bangladesh and Switzerland, says a press release.
 arrow Imelda Marcos to launch fashion line
Imelda Marcos notorious for her extensive shoe collection and eye-popping jewels accrued under her husband's dictatorship is launching a jewellery collection using cast-offs from her wardrobe and, she
Generalarrow Constitution can't be a bar to removing CEC
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for the removal of Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz in order to ensure a free and fair election.
 arrow '4-party alliance conspires to bring country under military rule'
The BNP-led four-party alliance is now hatching a conspiracy to bring the country under military rule as it has realised that the alliance will not win the upcoming general election if it is held in a
 arrow 9 arrested with bomb-making materials
Joydevpur police last night arrested nine people with huge bomb-making materials.
Internationalarrow Parties upbeat as Nepali peace talks go on
Nepal's governing parties and Maoist rebels edged closer yesterday to sort out sticky differences on the role of the monarchy and arms management in peace talks to end a decade of war, officials said.
 arrow Pakistan asks India to tackle Kashmir dispute head-on
The Pakistan-India peace dialogue will end up a "futile exercise" if New Delhi refuses to tackle the thorny Kashmir dispute, Pakistan's minister for Kashmir affairs Tahir Iqbal told AFP Monday.
 arrow India launches major counter-insurgency offensive in Assam
India yesterday announced a major counter-insurgency offensive in its restive northeastern state of Assam, two days after twin blasts killed 14 and wounded 40 others.
 arrow Afghanistan rejects Pak proposal to fence border
Afghanistan said Tuesday it would "never accept" the fencing of its border with Pakistan after Islamabad renewed the proposal amid pressure to stop the crossborder movement of militants.
 arrow UK advises India on counter-terror measures
Britain will teach India how to track people behaving suspiciously on public transport systems and lend technological help to prevent attacks, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinians bury dead as Israel quits Gaza town
Israeli forces pulled out of a battered northern Gaza town yesterday after their biggest operation in the Palestinian territory in a year, leaving residents to bury their dead.
 arrow Iraq plans to reinstate ex-Baathist officials
Iraqi leaders have agreed a draft law to allow former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party back into government jobs, a top official said Monday, one day after the ousted dictator was sentenced tohang.
 arrow US watchdogs warn of polling problems
With a third of Americans voting on new equipment and voters navigating new registration databases and rules governing acceptable IDs, election watchdogs worry about polling problems Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Improved corruption perception index (CPI)
We wish we could take solace in the fact that Bangladesh has graduated to the third position in order of merit in the list of corrupt nations, according to the latest Transparency International CPI.
 arrow Editorial: Welcome Zidane
We join all the football enthusiast of Bangladesh in welcoming Zinedine Zidane.
 arrow Years ago, President Sattar had his chance
It makes sense to suggest that a fairly good number of advisors in the caretaker administration have not come by the responsibilities they could have handled with a fair degree of efficiency, if not with
 arrow Europe and Islam: Impending doom?
Voce di Tenore Josť Carreras speaks as delectably as he sings.
 arrow Crises in a dysfunctional order
North Korea test exploded a nuclear device on Octpber 9. It is regrettable.
Letters to Editorarrow Democracy on the brink
For a few days I thought that we had lost it.
 arrow Some questions
We are watching leading lawyers and media denouncing the president for a minor (if any) constitutional violation.
 arrow Where is ethics today?
We already have been informed by the national dailies that former dictator Ershad is going to join BNP-led four party alliance with a vow to contesting in the upcoming general elections.
 arrow Power supply during Eid
Your city correspondent's write up (Oct 30) on the subject is not fully accurate.
 arrow Dealing with North Korea
I am writing with reference to: "North Korea: Seeking symbolic security," by Muhammad Zamir (Oct. 21) Before its collapse, the Soviet Union was a military superpower in every sense of the term.
 arrow November 7, 1975
What happened on November 7, 1975? We need the historical record on that day straightened out.
Star Chittagongarrow Panoramic Rangamati awaits tourists
Rangamati offers a wide range of tourism potentials with its lush green hilly terrain, evergreen forests, cultural diversity, crystal clear water of the Kaptai Lake and zig-zag rivulets.
 arrow Brisk business of illegal drug addict rehabilitation centre
At least 25 medication and rehabilitation centres for the drug addicts are running in the port city without permission from the authorities concerned.
Star Cityarrow Ibn Sina fells 150 trees, says it is for beautification
Ibn Sina Trust, a leading healthcare provider, chopped down over 150 krishnachura trees on the median of Satmasjid Road yesterday in the name of beautification.
 arrow Hard work does not bring good days
Toiling day-in day-out has not helped most garment workers emerge from hardship and poverty, as negligence of most employers deprive them of their basic rights.
 arrow Martyred intellectual memorial in shabby state
Irregularities made by site officials have put Rayerbazar Martyred Intellectual Memorial in a lamentable state with the toilets illegally occupied and dirt and filth strewn all over.
 arrow Home away from home
Therese Bla nchet, Director, Drishti Research Centre, who has been working as a social anthropologist in Bangladesh for the last 28 years, shared her feelings with Durdana Ghias of Star City.
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