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Front Pagearrow Decision to deploy army keeping advisers in dark, late night reversal
In a sudden unilateral move, keeping his advisers in the dark, President and Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday decided to deploy army across the country in aid of thecivil
 arrow Blockade stops life in mid-track
Normal life and business activities came to a standstill as an indefinite blockade programme enforced by the 14-party alliance demanding implementation of its 11-point task started yesterday across the
 arrow 14-party demands new chief adviser
A hitherto undertow in the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition's movement rose to prominence yesterday as the coalition demanded that President Iajuddin Ahmed relinquishes the office of the chief
 arrow BNP threatens counter programme if 14-party blockade continues
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday threatened to enforce counter programme if Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance continues the ongoing countrywide blockade.
 arrow Situation doesn't call for army deployment
The AL has expressed its surprise at the decision to deploy the army and said no such situation has arisen in the country that necessitates army deployment in aid of the civil administration.
 arrow CG plans EC reforms in couple of days
The caretaker government plans to bring some reforms in the Election Commission (EC) in a couple of days as it believes the upcoming election will not get legitimacy if any major political party optsout
 arrow Goods pile up at ports on political gridlock
Business activities at the country's sea and land ports came to a halt yesterday due to countrywide non-stop blockade by Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance.
 arrow CG, EC must respect their neutral roles
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher yesterday said the caretaker government and the Election Commission must respect their neutral roles under the constitution in
 arrow Advisers fail to find EC reforms answer, sit again today
The council of advisers to the caretaker government (CG) last night discussed how to make the election commission (EC) acceptable but failed to reach a conclusion.
 arrow Aziz wants to announce polls schedule Nov 25
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz remains nonchalant about the growing crisis in the political arena centring demands for his immediate resignation and is preparing to declare the schedules for
 arrow Move on to list political appointees
The caretaker government is likely to cancel the appointments in finance and sports sectors made by the immediate past four-party alliance government, allegedly on political considerations.
 arrow Blockade adds to sick industries' woes: BGMEA
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday expressed its grave concern over the future of the country's garment industry, as countrywide blockade began yesterday adding
 arrow Teachers find loss in govt's salary hike
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas will actually suffer financial loss due to the October 31 circular announcing the government salary increase to 100 per cent as it put the
 arrow Technical glitches in gas wells up power shortage
The country again reels under acute power shortage as two gas wells face technical glitches in supplying gas to power plants.
 arrow Saudi prince eyes rest govt shares in Rupali for $134m
Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saudi has offered in principle $134 million to buy the remaining 26 per cent government-owned shares of Rupali Bank, Privatisation Commission sources
 arrow 4 criminals killed in 'shootouts' with cops
Four listed criminals including a leader of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) and a robbers' gang leader were killed in two separate incidents of shootout between the police and the criminals
 arrow Iajuddin sits at CA's office today
President and Chief Adviser Prof Iajuddin Ahmed will do his official work sitting at his Tejgaon office today as the head of caretaker government.
 arrow Steps soon to resolve Bhabadah waterlogging problem
Information, Water Resources and Religious Affairs Adviser Mahbubul Alam yesterday said he will soon take steps to solve waterlogging problem caused by Bhabadah sluice gate in Abhoynagar, Monirampur and
 arrow Huji leader Hannan, brother remanded
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (Huji), his brother Huji member Mahibullah alias Mafizur Rahman and their close associate
 arrow Suicide bombers kill 35 Iraq cop recruits
Two suicide bombers attacked a Baghdad police commando base yesterday, killing 35 young men waiting to join the force, as premier Nuri al-Maliki called for a cabinet reshuffle to stem the bloodshed.
 arrow US vetoes UN draft resolution to condemn Israel
The United States Saturday vetoed an Arab-sponsored draft resolution in the UN Security Council that would have condemned Israel's deadly attack in the Gaza Strip, calling the text "unbalanced" and "biased.
 arrow Japan hopes for free, fair polls in Bangladesh
Japan yesterday hoped that the current political developments in Bangladesh would move in an orderly manner to ensure free and fair general election. "We believe democracy is firmly in place in Bangladesh.
Businessarrow Dhaka can initiate to resume global trade talks: MCCI
As Bangladesh has been selected the coordinator of the least developed countries (LDCs), it has an opportunity to take an important role for resuming the global trade talks, said Metropolitan Chamberof
 arrow Economic programme: CPD's recommendations for caretaker government
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Part- II

Sectoral Development

Agriculture Crop Sector

Low rainfall during the early months of Aman season had negatively affected sowing of the Amanrice.

 arrow Asean untapped by int'l investment community
Despite a potential market of some 600 million people, the Asean region is still largely untapped by the international business community, business leaders say.
 arrow BB dy governor Rumi Ali resigns
Bangladesh Bank (BB) Deputy Governor Mohammad A (Rumi) Ali has submitted resignation letter to the government recently.
 arrow Asia-Pacific forum kicks off with focus on trade
Communist Vietnam kicked off its biggest ever diplomatic event Sunday as officials from more than 20 Asia-Pacific economies opened wide-ranging talks with a focus on free trade and North Korea.
 arrow GP, Warid sign interconnectivity agreement
Warid Telecom International Ltd recently signed an interconnectivity agreement with GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd, the leading cellphone operator in Bangladesh, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: TV deal at a crossroads
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is desperately seeking a government clearance to strike the biggest TV deal worth nearly 400 crore taka (56.88 million dollars) for the next six years.
 arrow Cricket: Trio saves Sylhet
A superb final wicket stand between Sylhet's Nazmul Hossain and Enamul Haque and Tapash Baisya's four-wicket burst forced Chittagong to play out a draw on the fourth and final day in the Ispahani Mirzapore
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf steadies Pakistan
Stylish middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf hit a magnificent century to help Pakistan take command of the first Test against the West Indies at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: MSC, Mariners demand justice
Mohammedan Sporting Club defended their decision not to turn up for last Saturday's Super-Five match of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League against Usha Krira Chakra that put the popular club
 arrow Cricket: Robin stars for Barisal
Robin took four wickets as Barisal defeated Bagerhat by 65 runs in the National Cricket Championship at the Barguna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Biman remain on top
Bangladesh Biman continued their dominance as they remained on top of the Dutch-Bangla Bank 1st Division Chess League at the Chess Federation Hall room yesterday.
 arrow BD fail to reach podium
Bangladesh finished fourth both in the men's and women's groups of the ten-nation Commonwealth Archery Championship in Jamshedpur that took place on November 7-11.
 arrow Cricket: Phil a thorn in Eng flesh
England are becoming sick of the sight of Phil Jaques after the Australian Test opener-in-waiting's second consecutive century against the tourists playing for New South Wales here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib, Asif hearing on Nov 14
A three-member appellate committee would Tuesday hear appeals against the doping bans on Pakistan pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced.
 arrow Cricket: WI, SL to tour India
India will host back-to-back one-day series against the West Indies in January and Sri Lanka in February.
 arrow Tennis: Winning start for Federer
World number one Roger Federer came from a set down to demolish defending champion David Nalbandian 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, while Andy Roddick won a tight match with Ivan Ljubicic as the Masters Cup opened onSunday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria delighted with season
Russian pin-up Maria Sharapova said she was delighted with her season despite seeing it ended in the WTA Championships semi-finals here against Justine Henin-Hardenne.
 arrow Cricket: PCB ignores Malik
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has overlooked former captain Salim Malik, who is serving a life ban for match-fixing, for a seminar to discuss the state of the game in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Jones over Read: Fletcher
Geraint Jones has ousted Chris Read as England's preferred wicketkeeper for this month's opening Ashes cricket Test against Australia, coach Duncan Fletcher said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Drogba delights Chelsea
A Didier Drogba hattrick kept Chelsea snapping at the heels of Manchester United in the Premiership title race on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Totti compounds Milan's misery
AS Roma's bid for the Serie A title gathered momentum when Francesco Totti scored twice to give them a 2-1 win over AC Milan on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo, Henin rematch in Madrid
Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne and France's Amelie Mauresmo set up their third major showdown of the season by advancing to the finals of the WTA Tour Championships here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Sven breaks his silence
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has spoken out about his time as England manager, claiming he was right to take untested teenager Theo Walcott rather than Jermain Defoe to the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Christmas could be decisive: Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Manchester United's impressive start to the current Premiership campaign has set up a crucial Christmas period.
 arrow Cricket: 'Final's venue of WC not yet fixed'
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf says India is not certain to host the 2011 World Cup final, despite claims to the contrary.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf shows sympathy for bowlers
Pakistan's prolific batsman Mohammad Yousuf on Sunday had kind words for bowlers, whom he has been punishing all through the year, saying they deserved better wickets.
 arrow Cricket: SLC's noble donation
Sri Lanka Cricket handed over the keys to 94 houses to victims of the devastating December 2004 tsunami in the southern town of Matara on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: PM appeases Panesar
Amid concerns that Monty Panesar could face racial abuse in the upcoming Ashes series, Australian Prime Minister John Howard has assured the England spinner that there was nothing to be afraid of.
 arrow Cricket: Jaques talks reality
Aussie batsman Phil Jaques knows his Test chances are bleak despite his two tons in three days against England.
 arrow Cricket: PCB protests Kaul claims
Pakistan has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to investigate allegations made by an Indian security officer about the behaviour of Pakistani players during the Champions trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain slates Harmison
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has flayed Steve Harmison for his recent lacklustre performances saying the fast bowler had only himself to blame and should work harder in his preparation.
 arrow Football: Loew fearful of Cyprus
Germany coach Joachim Loew says Cyprus are their most difficult opponents to date in the 2008 European championship qualifiers ahead of Wednesday's trip to Nicosia.
 arrow Football: Pardew banking on Tevez
West Ham manager Alan Pardew has called on Argentinian misfit Carlos Tevez to solve his club's goalscoring puzzle after the Londoners drew yet another blank on their travels.
 arrow Football: Schalke on par with Bremen
Schalke 04 moved level on points with Werder Bremen at the top of the Bundesliga after a convincing 4-0 home win over strugglers Mainz 05 on Saturday.
 arrow Boxing: Klitschko retains heavyweight title
Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko knocked out previously unbeaten American Calvin Brock in the seventh round here Saturday to retain the International Boxing Federation heavyweight world title.
 arrow Football: Llorente steal Valencia's meat
Valencia surrendered their 100 percent home record this season when a last-minute equaliser from Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente earned the beleaguered Basque side a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla
 arrow Football: Lowly Lorient stun Nancy
In-form Nancy slumped to a 2-0 clumsy defeat at promoted Lorient on Saturday to let runaway leaders Olympique Lyon maintain a 12-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
 arrow Football: Egypt waiting on Mido fitness
Egypt are hoping Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido recovers in time from a knee injury to play against South Africa in London on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: I deserve to be number one: Henin
Battling Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne warned Saturday that she was not finished yet after claiming the year-end world number one spot despite a series of health worries.
 arrow Football: Greed leading to burn-out?
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf has hit out at the international fixture list claiming there are excessive matches borne out of greed rather than necessity.
Metropolitanarrow Free, fair polls a must to uphold independence
Adviser for Science and ICT, Industries, Textiles and Jute Sultana Kamal yesterday said free and fair election is a must to uphold the country's glorious and hard-earned independence.
 arrow LDP to continue sit-in
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday announced to continue observing non-stop sit-in programme throughout the capital until their eight-point demand, including resignation of the chief election commissioner
 arrow BNP wants free, fair polls
BNP Chairperson and immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party wants a free, fair and transparent general election in time according to the Constitution, as hassles over the polls
 arrow First Day of Non-stop Blockade
1) Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil speaks at a press conference at the party's Dhanmondi office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Deprived officials seek posting, promotion
A group of government officials who were deprived of promotion and posting in the last five years met the establishment secretary at the Secretariat yesterday and placed a five-point demand, including
 arrow CNG turns turtle as pickets chase: One dies
An accountant of Public Works Department (PWD) was killed and a CNG driver injured following a chase by the pickets in the city yesterday.
 arrow 6 BCL boys hurt in clash with JCD, Shibir men
Six Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists were injured in a clash with Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Shibir activists at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in the city yesterday.
 arrow President took over as CA due to 14-party┐s obstinacy: Nizami
Jamaat Ameer Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the president had to take the charge of caretaker chief due to the stubbornness of the AL-led 14-party combine and now they are talking about violation
 arrow Two killed in road mishaps
Two persons, including a housewife, were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur and Dinajpur in the last two days.
 arrow CA urged to perform duty neutrally
Bangladesh Manobadhikar Samonnoy Parishad (BMSP) yesterday formed a human chain at Manik Mia avenue in the city demanding a free and fair election in a peaceful manner.
 arrow Call to exempt edn instts from blockade
The Teachers-Employees' Oikya Jote yesterday called for keeping academic institutions out of the purview of the siege programme as the test for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary
 arrow 1,171 more held
Police arrested 1,171 people and seized some firearms from various parts of the country in the last two days.
 arrow Call to unite to overcome political crisis
Bangladesh Sanjukta Sramik Federation yesterday expressed grave concern over the prevailing political unrest and urged all including the political parties and professional bodies to be united to overcome
 arrow Fruit vendor stabbed to death in city
One fruit vendor was stabbed to death allegedly by his nephew at West Raja Bazar under Tejgaon Police Station in the city in the early ours of today.
 arrow Wild elephants kill 1 in Sherpur
Wild elephants held a poor farmer by tusk and trampled him to death and wounded another at a bordering village of Sribordi upazila yesterday night.
 arrow WP hails people
Workers Party yesterday congratulated people for making the first day of the indefinite blockade a success.
 arrow Arrest protested
Women for Women, a rights organisation yesterday condemned the arrest of six activists of Peshajibi Nari Samaj in front of the Election Commission (EC) secretariat on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow JU exams postponed
Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have postponed all examinations till November 16 due to unavoidable circumstances.
Nationalarrow Minu's 'Jamaat affection' worries Rajshahi BNP
Mizanur Rahman Minu, former BNP lawmaker from Rajshahi-2 constituency, is facing criticism from his party men and a section of local people for what they called his 'loyalty' to alliance partner Jamaat-e-Islami.
 arrow Renegade BNP leader to pose threat to party candidate
Defiant and ambitious SM Safi Mahmud, who joined Jatiya Party (Ershad) from BNP, may pose a threat to his former party in Brahmanbaria-1 (Nasirnager upazila) the coming electoral battle, political analysts
 arrow Amon harvest begins in Rangpur, Dinajpur
Amon harvest has started in some areas of greater Rangpur and Dinajpur, much to the relief of monga affected people who spent hard days without work for about three months.
 arrow Tala BNP demands arrest of former party lawmaker
A large number of BNP leaders and activists, joined by local people, brought out a procession and held a rally in Tala upazila town yesterday demanding arrest of Satkhira district BNP convenor and former
 arrow 4 BCL leaders 'tortured' by Rab in Sirajganj
Four local Chhatra League (BCL) leaders who were tortured by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) after their arrest are now fighting for life in two local clinics.
 arrow Arms sent to Jubo League leader thru' courier service
Two pipe guns was sent to the address of an Awami Jubo League leader here through courier service yesterday.
 arrow Shibir leader threatens Khulna journo with death
President of Phultala upazila unit of Islami Chatra Shibir Md Ajmol Hossain has threatened journalist Shamsul Alam Khokon with death.
 arrow 138 AL, BNP men sued by rival parties in Patuakhali
Awami League (AL) and BNP on Friday sued each other's activists on charge of ransacking respective party offices on October 28.
 arrow Trader killed by outlaws for toll
A businessman was killed by the outlawed Sharbahara Party cadres for failure to pay illegal toll amounting to Tk 1 lakh at Nadani village of Dulai union in Suzanagar upazila Saturday night.
 arrow Roundtable on TB held
A roundtable on 'Tuberculosis Control Programme : Assistance from Mass-Media', jointly organised by the Health and Family Planing Ministry, Brahmanbaria Press Club and BRAC, was held here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let's take a stand for a change
Can we be non-partisan and still take a stand on an issue? It's a sign of political maturity when one can indifferently judge the facts and based on sound reasoning, can come up with a clear stand on
 arrow Thank you, America!
If the American voters had returned the Republicans to power in the congressional elections of last Tuesday, I would have lost confidence in the American people.
 arrow Solving the EC conundrum
The Election Commission is a constitutional body. It consists of the chief election commissioner and such number of election commissioners as the president may from time to time direct.
 arrow Dr Iajuddin is not Hercules
The honourable president, without exhausting all the means provided in the constitution, surprised the nation by assuming himself the duties of the chief adviser to the caretaker government.
Culturearrow Rhythm of Bangladesh
Khalid Mahmood Mithu's latest documentary titled Rhythm of Bangladesh has been recently released. The documentary is a compilation of dance performances.
 arrow Rajrupa Sen's sarod performance at Bengal Shilpalaya
Promising Indian sarod player Rajrupa Sen performed at the Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi. The event took place on November 11. Arindam Chakravarty accompanied her on the tabla.
 arrow 'A Company of Wayward Saints' staged at American Int'l School
The audience at a recent theatre production of A Company of Wayward Saints, were in for a theatrical surprise.
 arrow "Goya's Ghosts": Film shows Spain's dark side
Fans of double Oscar-winner Milos Forman might be expecting his first film for seven years, Goya's Ghosts, to provide an examination of revolutionary Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya.
 arrow Oscar winner Jack Palance dead at 87
Actor Jack Palance, who won an Oscar with his comedic self-parody in 1991's City Slickers, died last Friday.
Generalarrow 'Remove CEC, reform EC'
Sammilita Nagorik Andolon and Peshajibi Samannay Parishad yesterday demanded removal of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and reconstitution of the Election Commission in order to pave the way for
 arrow CPB to continue demonstrations until CEC resigns
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday staged demonstrations and held rallies across the country demanding removal of the chief election commissioner (CEC), reconstitution of the Election Commission
 arrow Guard against threats of evil forces
Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) urged the caretaker government to guard against threats from all evil forces to continue the democratic and constitutional process.
 arrow 'AL conspires to foil polls'
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum yesterday in an urgent meeting said the Awami League (AL) is conspiring to foil the upcoming election through their ill efforts to make the president 'controversial'.
 arrow One beaten to death in C'nawabganj
A man was beaten to death and a teenage boy was injured by a gang of unidentified assailants in Farimari beel area in Bholahat upazila on Saturday night.
 arrow 38th Foundation Training Course begins at BPATC
The 38th Foundation Training Course began at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) at Savar yesterday.
 arrow Guardians' Forum submits memorandum to president
Bangladesh School and College Guardians Forum organised a silent rally in the city yesterday in protest against the threat given by a political alliance to bring the whole country into standstill through
 arrow JU meetings postponed
Meetings of the academic council, the board of ordinance studies and a committee for elections affairs of Jahangirnagar University (JU) scheduled for November 13 have been postponed, a JU press release
Internationalarrow Grim prospect for Lankan peace as violence spirals
Sri Lanka faces the grim prospect of more tit-for-tat violence between security forces and Tamil rebels despite foreign pressure to avert full-scale war, diplomats and analysts say.
 arrow Little expectation as Indo-Pak talks resume tomorrow
India and Pakistan aim to revive their peace process through a new joint anti-terrorism mechanism this week, but they will do well to avoid another round of mud-slinging, analysts say.
 arrow Suu Kyi in good health, but needs more medical visits: UN
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health but needs more regular medical visits, top UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari said yesterday after meeting the detained democracy leader in Yangon.
 arrow Nepal govt, rebels to sign truce accord
Nepal's multi-party government and Maoist rebels will sign a permanent ceasefire deal as part of a comprehensive peace accord on Thursday, the chief of the state's peace committee said yesterday.
 arrow Peace still a distant dream in Afghanistan
Five years after US-led forces drove the Taliban from Kabul, peace remains a distant dream in Afghanistan with militant attacks at an all-time high, a despondent population and widespread corruption.
 arrow Assam rebels blow up gas pipeline
A bomb planted by suspected rebels destroyed a stretch of a natural gas pipeline in India's restive and resource-rich northeast Assam state, police said yesterday.
 arrow Uttar Pradesh says tigers getting run over by trains
At least four endangered tigers have been run over by trains in a reserve in north India in the past three years, local officials said, renewing calls to railway authorities to find an alternate route.
 arrow Migrant workers seriously abused in UAE
Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday slammed the United Arab Emirates' record of abuse against migrant construction workers, urging the government to keep its promise to enforce labour laws.
 arrow Major powers to resume Iran sanctions move
Six major powers today will resume attempts to agree on how to censure Iran for refusing to suspend sensitive nuclear fuel work, as Russia hinted Tehran might be willing to return to negotiations.
 arrow Hezbollah, allies quit Lebanon cabinet
All five Shia ministers from Hezbollah and ally Amal have quit the Lebanese government, including the foreign minister who will miss an Arab League meeting on Sunday, but the premier has said they must
 arrow Thai PM urges Thaksin to stay away
Thailand's ousted prime minister should not return home until after elections scheduled to be held a year from now because his reappearance could ignite clashes, the head of the country's post-coup government
 arrow 'Blair, Bush talk changes to Iraq strategy'
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush have talked at length over the telephone about changes for the US-led military coalition in Iraq, a newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Democrats now look to sustain majority
It's the question Democrats would rather not ask in their moment of revelry: Are their new majorities in the House and Senate sustainable? What if the war in Iraq is over by 2008? Or what if it isstill
 arrow 13 killed as Somali Islamists take town
Islamist gunmen stormed a town in central Somalia on Sunday, seizing it in fierce fighting from a warlord allied with the weak government, as the lawless nation slipped closer to all-out war.
 arrow Olmert in US for talks with Bush in new political climate
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in the United States early Sunday for talks with President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Blockade passes off peacefully
We express our relief at the peaceful passing of the first day of country-wide non-stop blockade programme of the 14-party alliance.
 arrow Editorial: ADB withholds grant
The Asian Development Bank has withheld a grant of $46.5 million for Bangladesh's Power Sector due to the prevailing political unrest in the country. In Bangladesh Takas this amounts to taka 3200 crores.
 arrow Opposition staying the course?
An out-maneuvered Awami League, willy-nilly, accepted a caretaker arrangement craftily put in place by the BNP and its appointed president, Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, through a typical palace intrigue last month.
 arrow Hollow triumphs
George Bush is still president of America, so who or what has been defeated in the electoral upsurge that gave Democrats a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week? The shift
 arrow Reforming the UN
At the end of the Second World War, most of Europe and many other parts of the world lay in ruins.
Letters to Editorarrow CEC issue
Like most Bangladeshis, I am deeply concerned to see the grave political crisis prevailing in the country.
 arrow Accountability of our politicians
I commend your editorial (November 1, issue on Politics of retaliation and violence must cease, Tolerance is the need of the day).
 arrow US Ambassador
The US ambassador appears to be acting in an undiplomatic and unacceptable way.
 arrow Real owner of the country
This is the truth, and this is reality. Or is this only a dream and a fantasy? Something that does not exist at all.
 arrow US Congress election 2006
I am not a voter in the US.
 arrow Midnight tamasha at Zia
Five Days back, we were coming from Malaysia. We landed at Zia International Airport at 12.30 in the night.
 arrow Beggars with babies
We often see beggars, mostly women in different busy intersections in the cities and towns, begging with sick and rickety babies. The women are generally young and their faces reflect distress.
 arrow Report on education
I was reading the article "Education copying curbed, quality fell" in The Daily Star. It's really surprising to see how the journalist saw nothing good in our education system in the last 5 years.
Star Cityarrow Turag for the grabbing
Like other rivers around the city, the Turag is constantly under the greedy eyes of encroachers.
 arrow Take a breath, ride a rickshaw
It was literally rickshaws that took over the Dhaka streets and dominated all the thoroughfares as the lone means of transport during yesterday's Dhaka blockade programme enforced by the 14-party alliance.
 arrow Children exploited into drug peddling
Drug peddlers are using children in their illegal and dangerous trade in the city as child labour is cheap and safe for the business.
 arrow Soaring house rents hurt the poor
Middle and lower middle class families in the city are struggling to adjust their family expenses to their limited income due to rapid acceleration of house rents.
 arrow No respite from load shedding in winter months
The gravest power deficiency surge in the country's history is most likely to continue even in the upcoming winter.
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