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Front Pagearrow Mayhem at peaceful Karwan Bazar
An Awami League (AL) activist was killed and 50 others were injured, including one critically, when a police van drove through a group of 14-party coalition activists at Karwan Bazar in the capital on
 arrow Interim govt initiates talks to end EC crisis
As the caretaker government last night began a dialogue with the major political parties in a last-ditch attempt to resolve the ongoing political crisis, the 14-party alliance told an advisers' committee
 arrow Decision withdrawn in face of advisers' wrath
In the face of strong objection from the advisers to the caretaker government (CG), the home ministry's unilateral decision on deployment of army on Sunday without following proper procedure was cancelled
 arrow Iajuddin must trust his Advisers
The President Sunday quite inexplicably decided to deploy the army in aid of the civil administration. Later, around midnight, just as inexplicably he decided to withdraw his decision.
 arrow Economy looks down the barrel as ports stay shut
The indefinite suspension of operations at all sea and land ports including Chittagong port which is scaring off cargo carriers is set to have an adverse impact on the price of essentials in the country.
 arrow Why me worry, says Aziz; UN local chief concerned at crisis
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said he is not worried about the growing political crisis centring the demands for his immediate resignation while the United Nations (UN) local chief
 arrow Keep patience for few more days
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance yesterday urged the countrymen to bear with the heavy sufferings caused by the non-stop countrywide blockade programme a few more days as a result might come
 arrow 4-party rallies in upazilas today to protest blockade
The BNP-led 4-party alliance will hold rallies at upazila level today to protest against what it said 14-party's "acts of vandalism and creating anarchy" throughout the country by imposing blockade programme.
 arrow World's poor shown microcredit dream
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Queen Sofia of Spain and hundreds of campaigners met for a summit yesterday where they announced their lofty goal of attempting to lift 175 million of the world's
 arrow Delayed aman harvesting may prolong Monga
The ongoing Monga in five districts of greater Rangpur may continue for one month more due to delay in harvesting of aman paddy.
 arrow Street rage...

 arrow 4-party says it won't accept CG move to reconstitute EC
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday decided not to accept any caretaker government move to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC) by changing existing Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice
 arrow Mokhlesur now an adviser with state minister's rank
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appointed his controversial Press Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman Chowdhury as an adviser with the rank and status of a state minister.
 arrow Steps taken to hold fair polls, more to come
President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday told a UN official that a number of steps have already been taken and more steps are in the offing for holding a free,fair
 arrow SC remains paralysed for blockade
The Supreme Court (SC) remained paralysed for the second day yesterday as the lawyers under the banner of Sammilita Ainjibi Samannoy Parishad (SASP) abstained from attending the courts in support of the
 arrow BGMEA asks CA to take move to end political crisis
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed to take a personal initiative for ending the current
 arrow Orders to appoint 23 municipality administrators cancelled
The caretaker government yesterday cancelled its earlier orders appointing administrators to 23 newly formed municipalities and gave the charges to respective upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs).
 arrow Stranded passengers...

 arrow Govt to import 65,000 tonnes of rice, wheat
With a view to increase food grains stock, the government yesterday decided to import 65,000 tonnes of rice and wheat.
 arrow Bus bomb kills 20 in Baghdad
A bomb tore through in a minibus in a largely Shia Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 18.
 arrow Palestinians close to deal on new PM
The feuding Palestinian factions have selected academic Mohammed Shbeir to head a national unity government to replace the current Islamist-dominated administration boycotted by Western donors, sources
 arrow 20 killed in South Africa train crash
Up to 20 people were killed near Cape Town on Monday when a train smashed into a truck carrying farm workers in one of South Africa's deadliest rail accidents in years, emergency workers said.
Businessarrow Deal documents yet to be ready, talks again today
The documents of sale and purchase agreement for handing over 67.26 per cent shares of the state-owned Rupali Bank to its buyer are yet to be finalised, Privatisation Commission sources said.
 arrow Economic programme: CPD's recommendations for caretaker government
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Part- II

Some Measures Related to Election

 arrow Business Investment Gala in Karachi Feb 10
To promote the strategy of enlightened moderation through trade and culture, E-Commerce Gateway Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and Jamal Yellow Pages of Pakistan are organising the Muslims' Business Investment Gala
 arrow Be acquainted with new financial tools
The president of the Bangladesh chapter of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has underscored the need for familiarising with new financial tools to cope with the modern world competitiveness.
 arrow Expo Bangladesh begins Nov 29 in London
A four-day Expo Bangladesh 2006 will begin November 29 at Old Truman Brewery of Brick Lane in London, aiming to showcase local products abroad.
 arrow Economic decline in Asia next year feared
Asia's regional economy could see a period of contraction next year with a currency crisis, a widening wealth gap, rising protectionism and bird flu posing longer-term threats, a study by a regional think-tank
 arrow Apec states seek to flex muscle on trade talks
Asia Pacific economies will seek to flex their political muscle and press for the resumption of stalled global trade talks at an upcoming summit of world leaders, officials said Monday.
 arrow IBM to join Citigroup bid for Chinese bank stake
International Business Machines will join a consortium led by Citigroup that is bidding $3 billion for control of China's Guangdong Development Bank, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
 arrow US, China agree on more trade
China's huge trade surplus with the US should be addressed through increased US exports to China and not protectionist moves by Washington, commerce chiefs from the two sides agreed here on Monday.
 arrow China backs its shoemakers' legal action against EU
The Chinese government has thrown its weight behind domestic shoe makers who plan to file a suit against the European Union over tariffs imposed on shoe imports, state media reported Monday.
 arrow Investors seek tax reform to enable India's growth
Leading entrepreneurs and investors have sought acceleration of reforms, a more friendly tax structure and increased investments in infrastructure to enable India to continue on the high growth trajectory.
 arrow Russia-US WTO accord to be ready at Hanoi summit
A US-Russian agreement on Russia's long-delayed accession to the World Trade Organization will be ready for signing at a Hanoi summit November 18-19, Russian Trade and Economic Development Minister German
 arrow Banglalink re-launches 'Ladies, first!' with more facilities
Mobile phone operator Banglalink recently re-launched its pre-paid brand 'Ladies, first!' with some added facilities, says a press release.
 arrow Motorola wins $1.6b China cellphone orders
Motorola Inc, the world's second-largest cellphone maker, will supply China Telling Communications with $1.
 arrow Oil down 1pc
Oil fell one percent on Monday after an early rally toward $60 ran out of steam and prices returned to the middle of a six-week trading range. U.S. crude was down 69 cents a barrel at $58.
 arrow UAE fund mulls $5b investment in Pakistan
A state-managed fund in the United Arab Emirates is considering investing five billion dollars in an oil refinery in Pakistan, the federation's official WAM news agency reported Sunday.
 arrow New president of Dutch-Bangla Chamber
Asif A Chowdhury has been elected president of the 11-member executive board of Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the 2006-2008 term, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Football: Pro League transfer from tomorrow?
The transfer of the inaugural Professional Football League is due to begin tomorrow with clubs and players both advancing to the new era with caution.
 arrow Cricket: BCB running out of time
Another day passed by, but still Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was kept waiting for the much-needed government clearance to complete the formalities of the lucrative TV deal for the next six years.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts in sight of victory
Mohammad Yousuf missed a masterly double century by eight runs but guided Pakistan to a winning position against the West Indies in the first Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet reach zonal final
Sylhet moved into the zonal final of the National Cricket Championship with a 31-run victory over Jahangir-nagar University in the day's lone match at the BKSP ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India off to South Africa
India leave for South Africa Monday night praying their key cricketers deliver on the tough tour, after a string of below-par performances in recent one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: Pawar talks to Ashraf
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday sought to douse a potential conflict with its Pakistani counterpart over allotment of 2011 World Cup matches with president Sharad Pawar himself
 arrow Cricket: India wait on Yuvraj
India hope to have Yuvraj Singh fit for the World Cup despite the all-rounder's ongoing left knee problems.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI reveals WI, SL dates
India will host the West Indies and Sri Lanka for four one-day cricket internationals each early next year in the build up to the World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcedon
 arrow Tennis: Justine triumphs at Madrid
Justine Henin-Hardenne hammered home her status as world number one by beating defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France to claim the season-ending WTA Tour Championship for the first time here onSunday.
 arrow Cricket: New twist in Hair story
The International Cricket Council (ICC) might have washed its hands of Darrell Hair, but the elite umpire just won't go away as quietly as the mandarins in Dubai must have hoped he would.
 arrow Cricket: Kevin reaps the benefits
Hours spent in the nets practising how to counter short-pitched Australian bowling paid off for Kevin Pietersen here Monday with an unbeaten 80 for England against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket
 arrow Tennis: Federer credits mental strength
World number one Roger Federer credited a mental overhaul for his success after surviving an early scare at the Masters Cup.
 arrow Athletics: Sanya, Asafa IAAF's best
Jamaican world 100m record holder Asafa Powell and American 400m queen Sanya Richards were Sunday named athletes of the year by the Association of International Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the 2006
 arrow Football: Inter, Palermo roll on
A dramatic stoppage-time strike by Julio Cruz gave Inter Milan a 2-1 win at Parma on Sunday to keep pace at the top of Serie A with Palermo who enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Torino.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho magic follows Ruud rage
A magnificent Ronaldinho led Barcelona to a dramatic 3-1 comeback win over Real Zaragoza in the Nou Camp on Sunday which moved them back to the top of the Primera Liga.
 arrow Football: Liverpool Gunned down
Arsenal finally found their killer instinct to effectively end woeful Liverpool's title hopes with a 3-0 win on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Women now under BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally taken control of Indian women's cricket in the country following months of demands from the women's body to merge the governing bodies.
 arrow Chess: Biman flying high
Bangladesh Biman blanked Friends Chess Power 4-0 in the tenth round of the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League at the federation hall-room yesterday to stay on course for regaining the title.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya rout Bermuda
Kenya wrapped-up an easy seven-wicket win over Bermuda on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series between the two World Cup finalists.
 arrow Tennis: Bad year for Sania
Sania Mirza has moved three places to end what has been a below-par year for her as 66th ranked on the WTA charts.
 arrow Zee buys 50% of Ten Sports
Indian media company Zee Telefilms said Monday that it bought a 50 per cent stake in Dubai-based Ten Sports for around 57 million dollars as it seeks more sports broadcast contracts.
 arrow Football: Donadoni set to experiment
Roma's Alberto Aquilani and AC Milan's Cristian Brocchi were both rewarded for their impressive club performances this season with their first call-ups to the Italy squad on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Messi out for three months
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be out of action for three months after injuring his left foot in a league game against Zaragoza on Sunday.
 arrow Football: England lose eight
England's preparations for their friendly clash with Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday were further disrupted on Monday when Aaron Lennon withdrew from the squad.
 arrow Football: Seedorf wins Dutch recall
AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has been added to the Netherlands squad for a friendly against England on Wednesday in Amsterdam after two years out of the national side.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart topple Bremen
VfB Stuttgart replaced Werder Bremen at the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 comeback win over Hannover on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lille dump Marseille
Lille moved up to second in the French first division table after a 1-0 win over free-falling Marseille on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Germany plagued by injuries
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on Sunday pulled out of the Germany squad to face Cyprus in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier because of flu.
 arrow Football: Spanish press full of Ronnie, RvN
Barcelona play-maker Ronaldinho and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy shared top billing in the Spanish sports press on Monday after putting in commanding performances in the Primera Liga on the
 arrow Football: It's Arsenal or nothing: Henry
French striker Thierry Henry has pledged to stay with Arsenal to the end of his career.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo rolls back the years
A hattrick from Rivaldo ensured that Olympiakos Piraeus remained top of the Super League with a 5-0 thrashing of Apollon Kalamaria on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Wenger regrets Pardew spat
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Sunday he regretted his spat with West Ham United coach Alan Pardew but he had been provoked by a lack of respect.
 arrow Football: Brazil wins Beach Soccer World Cup
Brazil scored two goals in the final period to beat Uruguay 4-1 Sunday and win FIFA's Beach Soccer World Cup.
Metropolitanarrow Accept reasonable demands
Hundreds of people from different professions yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to accept the reasonable demands of people so that a free and fair election can be held.
 arrow Political leaders should take initiative to boost adult literacy
Dr Harbans Singh Bhola is currently professor emeritus at Indiana University, USA.
 arrow Judicial probe demanded
Different organisations yesterday strongly condemned the incident of a police van ploughing into agitating activists of the 14-party alliance that left at least one person dead and several others critically
 arrow Odhikar for steps to ensure public safety
Odhikar, a human rights organisation, yesterday expressed concern over the recent political violence in the country.
 arrow Second Day of Non-stop Blockade
1) Inscribing a slogan on his back, an activist of 14-party alliance joins a demonstration at Pantha Path in the city yesterday demanding removal of the chief election commissioner.
 arrow Concern over political unrest
Two hundred lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday expressed grave concern over the current political unrest and anarchic situation in the country.
 arrow 'CA busy implementing BNP-Jamaat blueprint'
Awami League backed teachers of Rajshahi University under the banner of Progressive Teacher's Society (PTS) in a statement yesterday said the chief adviser/president is busy implementing the blueprint
 arrow Seminar on 'Rise of political Islam in Bangladesh' today
An international seminar on 'The Rise of Political Islam in Bangladesh: What's at Stake in the 2007 Elections' will be held in London today.
 arrow Roundtable on adult literacy today
A literacy roundtable meeting on 'The Role of Adult Literacy in Poverty Alleviation and Bangladesh Policy Perspective' and an exhibition of easy-to-read adult literacy materials will be held at Spectra
 arrow Sher-e-Bangla Agri varsity closed sine die
The authorities yesterday declared Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) closed sine die and directed the resident students to vacate the dormitories following clashes among the student organisations
 arrow CU classes from Nov 16
Chittagong University (CU) authorities decided to resume the academic activities of the university on November 16 after the extended vacations.
Nationalarrow AL factions stage separate programmes in Shyamnagar
Two rival factions of Shyamnagar upazila Awami League (AL) brought out separate processions and held rallies yesterday and the day before to enforce the 14-party's blockade, widening the rift in the party
 arrow Factional clashes mark blockade in Gournadi
At least 20 people including two police men were injured in clashes between the two rival faction of Awami League in Gournadi centring the 14-party alliance's blockade program yesterday.
 arrow Fresh probe into Manik Shah, Balu murder cases begins
A team of five officials of KMP's detective branch (DB) started reinvestigation of journalists Manik Saha and Humayun Kabir Balu murder cases on Sunday.
 arrow BNP rift widens as party men demand 'new face' in polls race
The intra-party feud in BNP in Kushtia-4 (Khoksa-Kumarkhali) constituency has taken a new turn as a large number of party leaders and activists have urged the party high command to nominate a 'new face'
 arrow Jhalakati judges' killing day today
Today is the first death anniversary of two judges who were killed by a suicide squad of the outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Jhalakati on this day last year.
 arrow Move to shift polling centre protested
A proposal to shift a polling centre in Mirzapur upazila inhabited by Hindus has created resentment among the voters as well as the 14-party leaders.
 arrow 'Establish rights of Harijons'
Speakers at a discussion held here yesterday stressed on the need for establishment of constitutional rights of the Harijons, a lower cast of the Hindu community.
 arrow Gangni BNP leader bombed to death
A BNP leader was killed when some unidentified criminals hurled two bombs on him at Fatehpur in Gangni upazila in Meherpur Sunday night.
 arrow Rejoinder
Jamalpur BNP leader Mostafizur Rahman Babul has contradicted a report published in The Daily Star on page six on November 12, which said he may join the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by Prof.
Point-Counterpointarrow The way it is
Crawling out of the tunnel of darkness has been a never-ending process since our independence. Every time we see a light at the end, and hope rises, the exit is blocked out by falling rocks.
 arrow In the name of the people
The other day a yellow cab charged me Taka 200 for a ride from my place at Wari to Gulshan 1.
 arrow Back to basics
Many wish for a Mahathir Mohammad in Bangladesh. This is somewhat fatalistic. But, are Mahathir's visions that fatalistic? Perhaps, many remember a comment of Mahathir Mohammad when he last visited Bangladesh.
Culturearrow A blend of joy and sorrow
Presenting an individualist view through artistic works is a major criterion of romanticism.
 arrow Exchanging ideas with world famous photographers
One of the major attractions of Chobi Mela IV is the evening sessions.
 arrow 'Lux-Channel-i Performance Award '05' gears up for Sharjah
The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, is all set for the glitzy Lux- Channel i Performance Award '05 on November 17.
 arrow fan mail!
For this month's fan mail we turn the spotlight on popular music diva Runa Laila.
Generalarrow '50 lakh suffer from diabetes'
Urbanisation and change in lifestyle increase the risk of diabetes while 50 lakh people are already suffering from the disease in the country.
 arrow '50pc patients do not know they have diabetes'
Only 25 percent of total diabetic patients in the country are treated through existing infrastructure and logistics, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Abed briefs Karzai about Brac activities in Afghanistan
Brac Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the President House in Kabul on November 10, says a press release.
 arrow One killed in Keraniganj road accident
A female employee was killed and two people were injured in a road accident on Mawa Road in Abdullahpur yesterday. The dead was identified as Baby Akther, 55, an employee of Dhaka City Corporation.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered body of an unidentified young man, aged about 27, from the river Buriganga under South Keraniganj Police Station yesterday.
 arrow CPB team leaves for India
A delegation of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) left for India on November 12 at the invitation of the Communist Party of India (CPI), says a press release.
Internationalarrow US attacks within Pak borders unacceptable
Pakistan is an ally of the United States in its war on terrorism but cannot abide US strikes on militants within its borders, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan puts airports on terror alert
Pakistan has tightened security at all of its airports to prevent possible terrorist attacks following a wave of unrest in the Islamic republic, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali govt, Maoists finalise peace accord
Nepal's government and Maoist insurgents met yesterday to finalise a peace accord, due to be signed later this week, aimed at ending a decade-long civil war.
 arrow India will not reduce military spending
India, the largest arms purchaser among emerging nations, said yesterday it will not prune its military spending, because of the growing threat from terrorism and regional tensions.
 arrow Democrats call for Iraq pullout
US President George W Bush was set to meet yesterday with a bipartisan panel of foreign policy experts working on recommendations about US strategy in Iraq as leading lawmakers urge a phased withdrawal
 arrow UN initiative calls for ME peace to heal Islam-West divide
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is key to improving relations between Islam and the West, a multinational group of scholars, politicians and religious leaders said in a report presented here
 arrow Calls mount for Israeli army chief to resign over Lebanon war
Israelís army chief faced mounting calls to resign yesterday after an internal military inquiry blamed army leaders for lax discipline that allowed two soldiers to be seized in a July cross-border raid
 arrow Thailand to lift martial law within days
Thailand's military junta will lift martial law within days, the defence minister said yesterday as the country seeks to boost its international standing ahead of a meeting of Asia-Pacific nations.
 arrow Lebanon's crisis deepens as another minister quits
Lebanon's political crisis deepened yesterday as the last pro-Syrian minister quit the cabinet shortly before it was to meet to discuss the framework of a special court to try killers of a former prime
 arrow Blast kills 25 coal miners in China
Twenty-five workers were killed in a coalmine explosion in north China and nine are missing, the government said yesterday.
 arrow South Ossetia overwhelmingly votes for independence
Georgia's separatist territory of South Ossetia voted overwhelmingly for independence, according to partial results published yesterday from a referendum that critics warn could inflame regional tensions.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Second day of blockade
The second day of the countrywide blockade, enforced by the 14-party alliance, saw violence in many places in the city and at least one AL activist was knocked to death near Hotel Sonargaon by a police
 arrow Editorial: Economy under great strain
It is very distressing to see all the land and seaports brought to a complete standstill over the last two days as a part of the 14-party alliance indefinite siege programme.
 arrow Let democracy not be denied
Fifteen days is almost one-sixth of the total stipulated tenure for a caretaker government (CTG) that has a life of 90 days, as set by the constitution.
 arrow Muslims, the new underclass
The Sachar Committee (Prime Minister's High-Level Committee on the Social, Economic and Educational Status of Muslims) must be complimented for having collated stunning data from official sources.
 arrow In the spotlight
Undeniably, Bangladesh is now at the focal point both regionally and also internationally. Rather paradoxically, this focus is in a contrasting fashion.
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