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Front Pagearrow CA believes armed forces to cooperate in election
President, also Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government, Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said he firmly believes that the armed forces will provide all out cooperation, on demand, to his government and the
 arrow Advisers yet to find way to make EC effective
With the chief election commissioner (CEC) having refused to step down, the caretaker government advisers sat last night for the first time after distribution of portfolios but failed to thrash out aconclusive
 arrow Butenis urges Hasina to give CG more time
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday urged Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina to allow the caretaker government more time for implementing the 11-point task placed by her AL-led
 arrow BNP, Jamaat rally round CEC
In an apparent move to resist the mounting demand for reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC), a delegation of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday met the EC chief and other election commissioners,
 arrow 14-party hammers on CG's neutral role
Reiterating its demand for immediate steps to implement the 11-point task to create a congenial atmosphere for holding a free and fair election, the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine yesterday said
 arrow Tk 6,000 crore looted from power sector in 4-party's 5-yr rule
The white paper on power sector corruption published yesterday by the recently formed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said Tk 6,000 crore was looted during the five-year tenure of the immediate past BNP-led
 arrow Graft changes colour
When it came to power in 2001, the BNP-led alliance government suspended two Di-Ammonium Phosphate (Dap) fertiliser projects on grounds of corruption by the previous Awami League (AL) government.
 arrow Zidane opens food plant
Grameen Group and international dairy food giant Groupe Danone yesterday jointly launched a venture to produce nutritious yoghurts for children of Bangladesh's least well-off families who often suffer
 arrow CEC's claim untrue
The denial of chief election commissioner (CEC) about an adviser's visit to his residence apparently proved false as caretaker government Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday emphatically
 arrow Bangabhaban's political recruit feeds BSS wrong news
The claim of a "Bangabhaban source" that there has not been any political appointment at Bangabhaban--as reported by different newspapers yesterday quoting a BSS release--is not true as the president's
 arrow 46 top officials transferred
As part of the ongoing reshuffle in the administration, the caretaker government yesterday transferred five secretaries, six additional secretaries and 35 joint secretaries.
 arrow Revenue shortfall of Tk 5,000cr feared
The overall revenue collection is likely to fall short of Tk 5,000 crore from the target in the current fiscal year (FY) due to political unrest, said Dr Akbar Ali Khan, finance adviser to the caretaker
 arrow Form Supreme Judicial Council to remove CEC
The president should form a Supreme Judicial Council to remove Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz from office on charges of misconduct, political leaders and civil society members observed yesterday.
 arrow Vessel anchoring restriction goes
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has withdrawn all restrictions on anchoring new vessels at the port jetty in a bid to clear the stockpiled containers and expedite the port activities.
 arrow 33 transferred SPs asked to stay put
The government yesterday asked all 33 SP (superintendent of police) rank police officials, who were transferred Monday, not to join their new offices before November 12.
 arrow Pollution continues...

 arrow Rumsfeld to step down
President Bush said yesterday Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down and former CIA Director Robert Gates will take over at the Pentagon and in prosecuting the war in Iraq.
 arrow Suicide bombing kills 42 Pak troops
A suicide bomber killed 42 soldiers at an army base in northwest Pakistan Wednesday in an attack officials said was likely revenge for a missile strike against an al-Qaeda training camp.
 arrow 3 countries, 3 int'l bodies interested
Three international organisations and three countries have so far communicated with the Election Commission (EC) showing their interests to monitor the upcoming general election.
 arrow Winter approaching

 arrow Political leaders asked to mind their language
Two advisers of the caretaker government yesterday said that the political leaders should show a sense of responsibility while giving statements about the interim government, urging them to refrain from
 arrow Secretary gets back to ministry on ADB pressure
The government yesterday appeared to bow to pressure from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by reinstating AKM Shamsuddin as the secretary to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, sources said.
 arrow Democrats triumph on bad night for Bush
US voters rebuked President George W Bush over Iraq and political corruption, handing control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats and boosting their power in the Senate in a dramatic Washington
 arrow EU to send short, long-term poll monitoring teams
The European Union has decided to send long and short-term election observation missions to monitor the coming general election in Bangladesh, seen as the most crucial one in the country's history.
 arrow 815 SC lawyers protest Nizami's comments on eminent persons
A total of 815 lawyers of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), in a joint statement, condemned Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami's "offensive and indecent" comments about renowned
 arrow Power sector white paper soon
Power and Energy Adviser Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said he would publish a white paper on last few years' expenditures in the power sector to unearth why power generation has not been increased.
 arrow Israeli forces kill 24 more Palestinians
Eighteen Palestinians, including women and children, were killed yesterday when shells slammed into their Gaza homes as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas accused the Jewish state of destroying chances
 arrow Lanka troops kill 45 civilians
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said 45 civilians were killed and 125 hurt yesterday when army artillery fire hit a camp for internally displaced, as renewed civil war deepens.
 arrow Ortega returns to power
Nicaragua's former Marxist guerrilla leader Daniel Ortega bounced back to power on Tuesday in a presidential election victory that bolsters an increasingly assertive anti-US bloc in Latin America.
Businessarrow Graft, politicisation widen rich-poor gap
Corruption and politicisation in basic service delivery processes and mismanagement in development projects have greatly contributed to the widening gap between the rich and the poor, economists and development
 arrow Economic programme: CPD's recommendations for caretaker government
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Public Expenditure. For FY06, the GDP-public expenditure ratio was 15.5 per cent.

 arrow Home-based workers seek nat'l wage policy
Matia Banu is a housewife. She has opted for working as a home-based worker to earn some extra money for her family.
 arrow New range of Philips products launched
Electronics giant Philips has introduced some new and exclusive products, including a new four-sided Ambilight Flat TV, through its official licensee, Transcom Electronics Limited.
 arrow Swiss Festival kicks off
In a bid to increase trade volume between Bangladesh and Switzerland and strengthen bilateral relationship between the two nations, a three-day 'Swiss Festival' started in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Markets rattled by US polls
Global finance markets wobbled Wednesday on fears that a Democrat victory in the US Congressional elections could prompt less market-friendly policies in the world's biggest economy, dealers said.
 arrow Hanoi Apec summit to study 21-nation trade zone
An Asia-Pacific summit next week in Hanoi would call for a study into a massive free trade pact involving the 21 countries, which include the US, China and Japan, a newspaper said Wednesday.
 arrow US trade show in Feb
The 16th annual 3-day US trade show will be held on February 14-16, 2007 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, says a press release. The event is Bangladesh's premier trade show that exhibits US products andservices.
 arrow Rehab fair postponed
Due to unavoidable circumstances, 'Rehab Fair, Dhaka-2006', which was scheduled for November 14-18, has been postponed until further notice, according to a press release issued by Real Estate & Housing
 arrow JC Penney president in town
A top ranking delegation from the leading US retailer JC Penney, headed by Ken Hicks, the president and chief merchandising officer, arrived in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Chevron to help set up healthcare centre in Moulvi Bazar
Chevron Bangladesh and Sylhet Samaj Kalyan Sangstha (SSKS) signed an agreement on Sunday to set up a community healthcare centre near Chevron's Moulvi Bazar natural gas field at Kalapur union of Srimangal
 arrow Oil above $59
Oil was steady above $59 on Wednesday on the possibility of a deeper cut in supply from Opec in December. U.S. crude was up 20 cents to $59.13 a barrel by 0929 GMT.
Sportsarrow Cricket: No TV deal for now
Bangladesh Cricket Board's concerted effort of finding a future TV sponsor came to a grinding halt on Tuesday following a government circular that ordered the board to suspend all the activities relating
 arrow Football: Bon voyage Zidane
His arrival was like fresh air that soothed the life of people who could look elsewhere for a brief period less than 48 hours in the midst of a political stalemate.
 arrow Cricket: NCL begins today
Captain Habibul Bashar and his deputy Shahriar Nafees will not play the first round due to minor injuries when the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League begins today at three different venues
 arrow Hockey: Advantage Abahani
The first-leg finale of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League was abandoned yesterday after 58 minutes due to crowd violence and inadequate light with Abahani leading 1-0 against league leaders
 arrow Hockey: Prince ignored for Asiad
Ariful Haque Prince scored his second Premiership hattrick yesterday but it turned out to be a sad day for the Mohammedan striker who failed to find a place in the national hockey team for the comingAsian
 arrow Sourav, VVS should do more
Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman need to show more consistency if they hope to regain their place in India's one-day squad, chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: World Cup far away: Yuvraj
India's middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh who suffered a knee injury during the recently concluded Champions Trophy, is not worried by news reports that he might miss next year's World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Umrigar no more
Indian cricketing fraternity on Wednesday paid glowing tributes to former captain Polly Umrigar, describing him as a great player blessed with outstanding knowledge of the game.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer plots WI fall
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer is out to spoil West Indies skipper Brian Lara's last tour of the country by winning the upcoming Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting says sorry
Australia cricket captain Ricky Ponting offered to apologise Wednesday to any Indian officials who felt insulted by his team's victory celebrations after the Champions Trophy final this week.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly stays positive
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: Asif too simple: Lifson
Pakistan cricket physiotherapist Darryn Lifson said Wednesday that naivety led to banned paceman Mohammad Asif taking dietary supplements without realising their possible consequences.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar files appeal
Banned Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar has filed an appeal against a two-year ban imposed after he tested positive for banned steroid nandrolone, Akhtar's doctor said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng stronger now: Warne
Australian spin king Shane Warne on Wednesday rated England's underperforming Test side stronger than the one that sprang a surprise Ashes series win over Australia last year.
 arrow Football: Platini envisions more open league
Former French international Michel Platini has vowed to make the Champions League more open to less wealthy clubs if he beats his rival Lennart Johannson in their battle for the UEFA presidency.
 arrow Football: Fergie takes positives
In true Glaswegian style, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed his side's League Cup "smack in the face" from Southend could actually bolster the club's bid for glory on bigger stages this season.
 arrow Tennis: Maria starts off fine
World number one Amelie Mauresmo made a disastrous start to the end-of-season WTA Championships here on Tuesday when she lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to Nadia Petrova as the large Russian contingent
 arrow Chess: Biman ahead early
Bangladesh Biman rode on their all-star team to take solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League at the chess federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies toil in tour opener
Opener Salman Butt hit an attractive century and Yasir Hameed piled up 92 runs as West Indian bowlers toiled hard in their two-day tour opener at Bagh-e-Jinnah Stadium here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle unwell
The touring West Indies cricket team said Wednesday it hoped prolific opening batsman Chris Gayle recovered quickly from a stomach bug that forced him to miss a tour opener.
 arrow Tennis: Eyes on the ball, please!
Male models being used as ball boys at this week's end-of-season WTA Championships need to keep their minds on the job and not be distracted by the female players, world number eight Elena Dementievasaid
 arrow Tennis: Roger wishes time with Tiger
Tennis great Roger Federer said he hoped to find time for a beer with Tiger Woods while both are in Shanghai this weekend.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas retain ODI squad
South Africa have taken a wait and see approach to their one-day series against India by retaining their ICC Champions Trophy squad for the first match of the rubber.
 arrow Football: Lehmann's WC sheet to raise funds
Arsenal's German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann revealed Tuesday that he plans to sell the secret penalty shootout note from the World Cup quarter-final win over Argentina with the funds goingto
 arrow Football: Big Phil keeps Ronaldinho off list
Portugal and former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Tuesday he had left World Player of the Year Ronaldinho off his list for this year's vote.
 arrow Football: Loew not experimenting
Germany coach Joachim Low says he will not bring in any new faces for the Euro 2008 qualifier in Cyprus on November 15.
 arrow Football: Bremen keep up pressure
Werder Bremen temporarily opened up a six-point gap over reigning champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga after an impressive 2-1 win at FC Nuremberg on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Referees' chief to meet Mourinho
Keith Hackett, the referees' chief for the Premiership, is set to meet with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho "to run through a number of issues," following the English champions ill-tempered 2-1 defeat away
 arrow Football: Hamburg keep Doll faith
Hamburg SV coach Thomas Doll retains the support of the club even as the season goes from bad to worse.
 arrow Football: Kaiser favours 6-5 rule
Franz Beckenbauer, president of German champions Bayern Munich, has backed proposals for a restriction on foreigners in club football and believes forcing teams to field six homegrown players would get
 arrow Football: Betis in turmoil
Real Betis president Jose Leon tendered his resignation to the majority shareholder Manuel Ruiz de Lopera on Tuesday to set in motion a presidential election at the struggling Primera Liga club.
 arrow Football: Gazza arrested
Troubled former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday on suspicion of assault at a London nightclub, police sources said.
 arrow Football: Xavier signs Boro contract
Former Portugal defender Abel Xavier has signed a contract with Premier League side Middlesbrough until the end of the season after completing a ban for doping.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure security for religious minorities during election
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the caretaker government to create a congenial atmosphere so that 80 lakh minority voters can exercise their franchise without fear in the upcoming general election.
 arrow 'Tougher agitation if CEC not removed by Nov 11'
Different political and professional organisations yesterday threatened to enforce tougher movements if their demands for reforms in the Election Commission (EC) and removal of Chief Election Commissioner
 arrow 'Rajshahi admin still biased towards 4-party'
Local 14-party combine leaders yesterday alleged that local administrations were reluctant to recover the huge amount of arms and arrest outsider Shibir cadres residing at Rajshahi University halls for
 arrow '80pc incidents take place within family'
Eighty percent of incidents of violence against women take place within the family, and the media is mostly responsible for aggravating the situation, speakers at a workshop observed yesterday.
 arrow Expats demand reforms in EC
Bangladesh International Expatriate Welfare Association yesterday demanded that the caretaker government (CG) reform the Election Commission (EC) as well as update the voter list to hold a free and fair
 arrow Unite to resist vote rigging, says Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on all to unite to resist vote rigging in the upcoming general election.
 arrow Bomb hoax at EC
Against the backdrop of tensed political situation, a bomb-like object, wrapped in red Scotch tape, triggered panic among the employees and visitors at the Election Commission (EC) and the Planning Commission
 arrow Bus owner shot dead
A bus owner was shot dead by a gang of unidentified criminals at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hearing of Ershad's gold smuggling case resumes today
The hearing on the gold smuggling case filed against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad will resume today.
 arrow PDB chairman, 7 high officials asked to appear before HC
A High Court (HC) division bench yesterday asked the Power Development Board (PDB) Chairman ANM Rezwan and its seven high officials to appear in person before it on December 4 and explain why a contempt
 arrow HC de-lists contempt case against CEC from hearing
The High Court (HC) yesterday de-listed from hearing a contempt of court case against CEC Justice MA Aziz and three others, including election commissioners Justice Mahfuzur Rahman and SM Zakaria, for
 arrow Shibir attack on female students condemned
Different organisations yesterday strongly condemned Shibir attack on a procession of the female students of Rangpur Carmichael College.
 arrow BSF abducts 3 Bangladeshis
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted three Bangladeshi youths from Nawapara frontier of Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow 'Cancel circular'
Teachers of non-government primary schools yesterday urged the caretaker government to cancel the recently issued circular that imposed restrictions on getting salary of the teachers recruited before1992.
 arrow Deadline for TIB cartoon contest extended
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has extended the deadline till November 20 for submitting cartoons for a contest ahead of the International Anti-corruption Day on December 9, says a pressrelease.
 arrow MHE admission test postponed
Admission test of Masters in Health Economics (MHE) programme of the Institute of Health Economics, Dhaka University (DU) will be held on November 24 instead of November 10, says a press release.
 arrow Buet student drowns in pond
Hamidullah Kausar (Tanim), a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Buet), drowned in a pond in Comilla on November 4, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 63 killed by outlaws in 10 southwestern districts last month
At least 63 people were killed by the outlawed party cadres in 10 southwestern (S-W) districts last month.
 arrow Violent clashes in 3 Magura villages
Panic gripped hundreds of villagers at Shatrujitpur, Kalupara and Dharmadah villages in Sadar upazila following violent incidents of clash and plunder in the last two days.
 arrow 10 die of diarrhoea, pneumonia in Panchagarh
Ten people including three children died of diarrhoea and pneumonia which broke out in an epidemic form in Panchagarh in last seven days.
 arrow Moulvibazar AL 'inactive'
The district Awami League has become virtually inactive due to lack of its full-fledged committee for the last four months. The situation has frustrated many party leaders and workers.
 arrow Obituary
Habibunnesa Chowdhury, mother of Jamil Ahmed Chowdhury, registrar of Shahjalal University of Science and Technlogy (SUST), died of old age ailments at her 'Longla House' residence in Anbarkhana here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow CTG in the midst of political chess
Everybody was taken aback when President Iajuddin Ahmed assumed the additional responsibility of chief adviser of the caretaker government.
 arrow CEC impasse: Roadmap to solution
Perhaps the first and foremost barrier to holding a free and fair election is the present setup of the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow World export and status of LDCs
The world's real merchandise exports rose by 6.5% in 2005. In real value terms, the world merchandise exports rose by 13% to $10.1 trillion (exceeding, for the first time, the $10 trillion mark).
 arrow 1971 and the agony of a Pakistani
The Bangladesh War of Liberation has, in a good number of ways, served to give a boost to Pakistan's publishing industry. Not that the industry sprouted soon after the liberation of the Bengalis.
Culturearrow Photography festival begins today
Chobi Mela IV -- the International Festival of Photography, Bangladesh 2006 begins today. A press conference was held at Drik Gallery yesterday to address the festival.
 arrow New talk show 'Medhabi Bangaalir Golpo' on ntv
Popular TV reporter and news anchor Shupon Roy comes up with a 4-episode talk show titled Medhabi Bangaalir Golpo to be aired on November 12 at 6:50 pm. Roy is the director and host of the show.
 arrow " ...Drop this habit of jumping on the bed..." -Richi Solaiman
Over the years Richi Solaiman has become a familiar face on TV and has won many accolades for her moving performances in several serials.
Internationalarrow Nepal govt, Maoists clinch peace deal
A cloud hung over the future of Nepal's god-king Gyanendra yesterday after Maoist republican rebels and the government clinched a historic peace agreement.
 arrow '65 civilians killed in Lanka army firing'
At least 65 civilians were killed and over 100 injured yesterday in heavy shelling by government forces in eastern Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels and local residents said, marking the heaviest reported casualties
 arrow Truck plunges into river in central India, 29 dead
At least 29 people were killed and 40 injured yesterday when a truck carrying farm workers plunged into a river in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, officials said.
 arrow Iraqi Sunnis threaten to quit political process
The main Sunni bloc in Iraq's parliament threatened yesterday to abandon the political process and take up arms if the Shia-dominated government continues to ignore its calls to dismantle militias.
 arrow Hamas threatens 'acts' to avenge Gaza killing
Khaled Meshaal, the exiled political supremo of Hamas, warned Wednesday that the ruling Palestinian Islamist movement would avenge an Israeli attack that killed 18 people in Gaza.
 arrow World sees Democrats' win as Bush rejection
Democratic gains in Congress were seen around the world Wednesday as a rejection of the US war in Iraq that led some observers to expect a reassessment of the American course there.
 arrow Hillary win opens door for her White House race
Hillary Clinton easily secured reelection as New York senator, opening the door for a much talked about, but still undeclared, bid for the White House in 2008.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Vitriolic rhetoric
The bellicose rhetoric of the chiefs of the two major political parties is once again pushing the country towards great uncertainty.
 arrow Editorial: Grameen Phone's achievement
Grameen Phone (GP) subscribers have now reached a phenomenal level of 10 million, and that too within only ten years of their starting operation.
 arrow On a collision course
Even at the risk of sounding pessimistic, the best conclusion that one can come to, looking at the current state of politics in our country is that we are heading towards a collision course, inevitably
 arrow Caretaker government: Then and now
Well-meaning and concerned but dispassionate citizens are wondering as to why the present caretaker government is not displaying the now-famous admirable speed, cynics say bionic speed, of its illustrious
 arrow Whither Bangladesh?
It is very difficult in the third world to hold free and fair elections. The result is always contested by the loser. This has both political and economic repercussions for the state.
Letters to Editorarrow Who is responsible?
I have read the letter of Ajitkumer published under the heading "Who is responsible?" Unfortunately Mr.
 arrow Poverty reduction: A challenge
Though the government is claming their success in the reduction of poverty, yet it is a fact that 24% of the total population is living in abject poverty.
 arrow Politics and the Nobel laureate
I firmly believe that the time for a change has come. It is significant that at this critical moment when we need a true leader we have Dr. Muhammad Yunus among us. We have to believe that Dr.
 arrow Khaleda's pilgrimage
I live in the US. I learned from one of the Bangladeshi TV channels that Begum Khaleda Zia was on her way to Saudi Arabia for a 7-day trip to perform umra.
 arrow BNP rule
The last five years of BNP rule was the worst period in the 'life' of Bangladesh. The country has been divided into two parts-(read pro-liberation and anti-liberation, or rightist and left of centre ).
 arrow Caretaker government
The caretaker government full team is now in place. The outgoing ruling alliance has welcomed all actions of the president so far.
 arrow Opinion poll on leaders
The entire population, young and old, feels the frustration with the political leadership in Bangladesh.
 arrow National Anthem
I was watching a programme called " Let's Move " in Channel-i at 7.30pm on 31 October. In the show one girl sang our National Anthem.
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