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Front Pagearrow All but 4-party say yes to CEC's ouster
All major political parties -- except BNP and its allies -- participating in the talks with the caretaker government advisers have strongly recommended reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) for
 arrow Election commissioners unwilling to continue job
Three election commissioners are not willing to continue in their posts amid growing political crisis but the chief election commissioner (CEC) still remains rigid on his stance that he will not resign
 arrow Blockade continues to cripple life
The third day of the countrywide indefinite blockade enforced by 14-party coalition passed peacefully yesterday, unlike on Monday, continuing to cripple normal life for three consecutive days in the capital
 arrow Home secy's transfer halted mysteriously
A move to transfer Home Secretary SM Jahurul Islam to the education ministry has halted midway for a mysterious reason.
 arrow BNP protests 'killings, anarchy' by 14-party
BNP yesterday demonstrated in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country protesting, what it said, 'killings, terrorism, anarchy and conspiracy against the upcoming election by 14-party coalition'.
 arrow Blockade to be relaxed on CG's positive decision
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance may relax the ongoing blockade programme if the caretaker government (CG) gave a "positive" decision over the reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Controversial cop Kohinoor sent to CHT
Controversial Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Kohinoor Mia, held responsible for Monday's killing of an Awami League (AL) leader at city's Karwan Bazar, was transferred to Rangamati yesterday.
 arrow Shop owners won't sell to Aziz, family
Shop owners of the capital have declared to stop selling products to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and his family if he does not step down by Friday.
 arrow Ctg port operations partially resume
Limited operations resumed at the Chittagong Port yesterday after two days' complete inactivity.
 arrow 100 vehicles damaged, 30 hurt in Ctg
The supporters of the four-party alliance clashed with the activists of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine at Barik Building crossing in the port city yesterday afternoon, damaging about 100 vehicles,
 arrow Butenis against street violence, behind-the-scenes manipulation
Apparently referring to both Awami League- and BNP-led alliances, US Ambassador in Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday asked all political parties to stop "pressuring" and "influencing" the caretaker
 arrow Crisis to end 'very soon'
President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday expressed his hope to settle the ongoing political crisis very soon when a delegation of businessmen called on him at Bangabhaban.
 arrow Judges again ask govt to ensure their security
The Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA) yesterday again urged the government to ensure their security and meet its 11-point demand.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'
Two members of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) and Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) were killed in two separate 'shootouts' between the criminals and law enforcement agencies in Kushtia
 arrow Ershad picks 2 teams to talk alliance with BNP, AL
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has formed two teams to negotiate simultaneously with two big political alliances to choose one for joining before the election. "We are on two boats at a time...
 arrow World Bank ignores planet's poorest
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus urged the World Bank on Monday to change course by focusing more directly on the billion people living in the direst poverty.
 arrow Police protection to be provided for carrying essentials
Adviser to the caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said necessary support will be provided for the businessmen in carrying all kinds of goods, including vegetables and export-import goods, across
 arrow DMP specifies separate spots for arch rivals' rallies
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday assigned specific spots for the 14-party alliance and the four-party alliance to hold their political programmes in a bid "to avoid clashes and loss of public
 arrow 'Political men' to be removed from school, college bodies
An education ministry circular yesterday directed the authorities concerned to withdraw all the political personalities from the school management committees and college governing bodies.
 arrow Ctg port chief's contract cancelled
The establishment ministry yesterday cancelled the contractual appointment of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Chairman Sahadat Hossain, transferred five high-ranking officials and 58 upazila nirbahi officer
 arrow 7 JMB militants jailed for 80 yrs
A special tribunal in the district yesterday sentenced seven militants of banned Jama'tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 80 years rigorous imprisonment each for possessing arms and ammunition.
 arrow GP to fund excavation of Narsingdi heritage site
Mobile phone operator GrameenPhone (GP) Limited yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in regard to sponsoring the excavation work of 2,500 years old Wari-Bateshwar heritage site in Narsingdi.
 arrow 30 killed in attacks, 150 abducted in Baghdad
Police and medical workers said at least 30 Iraqis were killed in clashes and bomb blasts yesterday in Baghdad and Ramadi, where US ground troops and warplanes have conducted a series of operations over
 arrow Focus on anti-terror panel as talks start
Top diplomats from archrivals India and Pakistan began talks for the first time in nearly a year in a bid to revive a peace process that was halted by deadly train bombings in Mumbai in July.
Businessarrow Microfinance in Bangladesh: Challenges and prospects
Bangladesh micro-finance sector is regarded as the largest and most efficient in the world. We still lead the global microfinance industry both in terms of its sheer size and productivity.
 arrow Dollar surges to Tk72.95
Dollar price against taka surged again yesterday in the inter-bank foreign exchange market and Bangladesh Bank (BB) asked all commercial banks to be cautious so that the situation could not be volatile.
 arrow July-Sept exports grow 31.49pc
Export earning in the first three months of current fiscal year 2006-07 reached US$ 3251.84 million, registering 31.
 arrow China favours FTA with India
Ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to India from November 20, India is more keen about a regional trading arrangement with other countries than a free trade accord as favoured by China.
 arrow Apply int'l practice of corporate governance in SoEs
International practices of corporate governance should be applied in the state-owned enterprises (SoEs) of the country for ensuring accountability and efficiency, speakers suggested at a roundtable in
 arrow Apec to call for flexibility to revive WTO talks
Apec leaders will order their negotiators to be flexible in order to jumpstart stalled global trade talks, warning of "grave" consequences if they fail, according to a draft communique obtained Tuesday.
 arrow DSE indices up as trading resumes
After a two-day break trading on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) took place yesterday with price indices going up.
 arrow Sultana for efforts to expand local jute market
Adviser for Textile and Jute Sultana Kamal yesterday said that efforts have to be made to expand local market of jute and jute goods side by side with its export to develop the jute industry.
 arrow Saudi investors due in Dhaka Dec 15
A team of entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia will arrive in Dhaka on December 15 with considerable investment proposals.
 arrow Nilufar attends microcredit summit in Canada
Nilufar Yasmin, one of the five winners of the 2006 Citigroup Microentrepreneurship Awards programme, is attending the Global Microcredit Summit at Halifax, Canada with the team from Bangladesh, saysa
 arrow Transcom Electronics annual meet
Transcom Electronics Limited, a concern Transcom Group, held its annual meet in Dhaka on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices up
Crude-oil futures rose Tuesday as markets remained concerned about supplies heading deeper into the Northern Hemisphere winter.
Sportsarrow Cricket: With regret Lobi leaves
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally got the government approval to strike the TV deal with Nimbus Sports International but not before its president Ali Asghar Lobi had stepped down from the hot
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan take lead
Pakistan overcame Brian Lara's defiant 33rd century to record an easy nine-wicket victory over the West Indies in the first Test at the Gaddafi Stadium here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Selector back on sticky wicket
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally cleared their position yesterday about the allegations against a national selector regarding players' sponsorship deal with Reebok and said that they officiallyreprimanded
 arrow Football: Transfer delayed again
As expected, the transfer of the inaugural Professional Football League will not begin today due to the ongoing political unrest.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka-Barisal tie abandoned Revised games Nov 16
Dhaka had to be content with four points rather than having a crack at the Barisal lower-order after the match was declared as abandoned due to the ongoing blockade that prevented the completion of the
 arrow Hockey: BHF boss takes the hard line
The Bangladesh Hockey Federa-tion (BHF) will resume the Premier Hockey League as soon as protection is available, said federation's acting general secretary Khwaja Rahmatullah yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi in zonal final
Rajshahi moved to the zonal finals after sneaking past hosts Natore by two wickets in the National Cricket Championship at the Natore Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng falter on the field
England's fielding horrors returned Tuesday as their three-day practice match with New South Wales petered out to a tame draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 arrow Cricket: India vow to turn round
India coach Greg Chappell backed his team to banish the demons of their recent poor form Tuesday by using the tour of South Africa as a launchpad for its challenge in next year's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Jimmy to fight for place
James Anderson had the first Ashes Test in Australia well off his radar as he spent six weeks in a corset to cradle a stress back fracture last English summer.
 arrow Cricket: Tired Tres quits tour
England Test opener Marcus Trescothick late Tuesday flew home and pulled out of the Ashes series against Australia after a recurrence of a stress-related illness, a team spokesman said.
 arrow Tennis: Roger survives Andy assault
Roger Federer survived a furious onslaught by Andy Roddick to put one foot in the Masters Cup semifinals on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Intriguing int'l ties
Germany have been scoring for fun in Euro 2008 qualifying but coach Joachim Loew must deal with an injury crisis in negotiating a tricky test away at Cyprus on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Cyprus seek to upset odds
A Germany team beset by injuries must rouse themselves for one final endeavour in Cyprus on Wednesday, or risk seeing a wonderful year end in embarrassment.
 arrow Football: England need a lift
After being shaken by mediocre performances against Macedonia and Croatia last month, England go into Wednesday's friendly against Holland in need of some stirring.
 arrow Football: Clubs fear stars' injuries
Ask Manchester United fans if they'd be happy for England to beat the Netherlands on Wednesday if it meant Wayne Rooney leaving the game with a broken leg.
 arrow Cricket: No let off for Akhtar, Asif?
Banned fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif may not get reprieve from the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) new appeals committee, which started its hearing Tuesday, with the World Anti-Doping Agency
 arrow Chess: Biman meet Leonine in clash of Gms
Top-of-the-table Bangladesh Biman face defending champions Leonine in a crucial 11th round tie today in the Dutch-Bangla First Division Chess League.
 arrow Cricket: Lara wishes Akhtar well
West Indian captain Brian Lara said he had dinner with his friend Shoaib Akhtar and offered his best wishes after the Pakistan fast bowler was banned for doping.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock may quit Tests
South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock will rethink his Test career after the series with India so that he could concentrate on the shorter version of the game which beckons him with a unique doubleof
 arrow Football: Wrong number!
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Paul Freier almost missed his summons as a last-minute replacement in Germany's squad for Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Cyprus because of a wrong number.
 arrow Football: Edmilson woe for Brazil
Brazil coach Dunga, already without star strikers Ronaldo, Adriano, and defender Lucio, was dealt another blow on Monday when Edmilson was forced to pull out of Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland
 arrow Football: Reina concedes title
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina admits last year's European champions have no chance of ending their long wait to win the Premiership title this season.
 arrow Football: Real seal Marcelo deal
Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Fluminense's Brazil fullback Marcelo, club president Ramon Calderon said on Tuesday. "He is an important signing for us.
 arrow Football: Trezeguet sidelined
Juventus and France striker David Trezeguet will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a thigh muscle injury, his Serie B club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Charlton sack Dowie
Charlton, anchored at the foot of the Premiership, on Monday parted company with their manager Iain Dowie after only 15 games in charge.
 arrow Football: Aquilani credits Roma
Alberto Aquilani has thanked his club Roma for maintaining a belief in their youth policy after he won his first call-up to the Italy squad.
 arrow Football: Julio starting to Cruz
For years the super-sub tag has hung like an albatross around Julio Cruz's neck.
 arrow Football: Hefty payday for Becks
Former England captain David Beckham may be miserable at his faltering career but he can console himself with his whopping salary, The Sun newspaper said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Evra loves United
Manchester United's French defender Patrice Evra has painted a grim picture of life in England - catastrophic food, awful weather, macho football - but he wouldn't swap it for the world.
Metropolitanarrow Take up long-term project to promote adult literacy
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for serious policy advocacy among the government and all the stakeholders to build an effective adult literacy campaign.
 arrow CA promoting partisan staffs
Sammilita Nagarik Andolon and Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad yesterday called for removal of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz and his associates in a bid to free the nation from the
 arrow 2 commit suicide over family feud
Two people including a man and a woman committed suicide in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Take constitutional steps to end crisis
Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad, an organisation of the pro-BNP professionals, yesterday urged President/Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed to take constitutional measures
 arrow Concern over political unrest
A total of 456 pro-BNP teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday expressed grave concern over the current political unrest and anarchic situation in the country, says a press release.
 arrow Duta not allowed to submit memo to CA
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction and resentment, as police did not allow them to submit a memorandum to the president/chief adviser to the caretaker
 arrow NGOs demand peaceful solution
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) yesterday urged the caretaker government to take necessary measures to ensure a peaceful solution to the ongoing political unrest, says a press release.
 arrow JU to formulate code of conduct for student bodies
The tripartite meeting between the leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Monday night has apparently failed
 arrow Take steps for free, fair election
Leaders of Sammilita Karmakarta-Karmachari Oikya Parishad in a meeting yesterday urged the caretaker government to take necessary initiatives for creating a congenial atmosphere for holding a free and
 arrow CMC students go on rampage
Some students of the 45th batch of the Chittagong Medical College (CMC) here yesterday staged a demonstration keeping the academic building of the college under lock and key demanding cancellation ofthe
 arrow Deadline for submissions to TIB debate extended
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has extended the deadline for submissions to its debate competition until November 20 due to unavoidable reasons.
 arrow Involvement of children in political activities condemned
Children Justice Network, a coalition for child rights organisations and individuals, yesterday expressed grave concern over the involvement of the children in the current political activities and movement
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 35th death anniversary of Shaheed Dr Azharul Haque and Shaheed Dr Humayun Kabir of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, says a press release.
 arrow Police team off to Congo
A contingent of 125 police personnel left Dhaka on Monday night to join the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Congo (MONUC).
 arrow Polls to be free, fair, hopes India
India has expressed the hope that the general elections in Bangladesh due in January will be free and fair.
 arrow 'No scope for delay in removing CEC'
Workers' Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said there is no scope for delay in removing the Chef Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz because it is not a constitutional problem,
 arrow Wild elephants trample one to death
Wild elephants trampled a farmer to death and injured three of his family members at Thinkhali of Ukhiya upazila in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Classes, exams postponed
Bangladesh University authorities yesterday have postponed all the classes and examinations until the blockade programme ends, says a press release.
 arrow Rajshahi Dev Forum executives
Engr Monwar Hossain Chowdhury and MA Salam were elected president and general secretary of Rajshahi Divisional Development Forum at its conference at Officers' Club in the city recently, says a pressrelease.
 arrow DU extends time
Sale and submission of admission forms of Dhaka University (DU) for first year honours courses for the session 2006-2007 will continue until November 20 instead of November 16, a press release said.
Nationalarrow BNP factions hold separate rallies in Patuakhali, Khulna
Rival factions of 4-party alliance yesterday held separate programmes in Patuakhali and Khulna to protest the countrywide blockade enforced by the 14- party alliance.
 arrow BJP leaders' somersault for ticket?
The BNP rank and file in Satkhira-4 (Kaligonj- Debhata) constituency are 'determined' not to accept any nominee other than a party leader in coming election as former 4-party alliance lawmaker and BJP
 arrow Four land ports idle in Satkhira, Dinajpur
The import and export activities at three land ports in greater Dinajpur and one land port in Satkhira district remained stopped for the last three days following continuous blockade programme enforced
 arrow Effigy of CEC Aziz 'hanged', brunt in Khagrachhari
Fourteen-party activists yesterday 'hanged' and burnt an effigy of Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz, protesting his obstinate stand not to step down in the face of 'people's demand'.
 arrow No election officers in 5 Khagrachhari upazilas
Election-related activities are being hampered in five upazila election offices due to absence of election officers, said Sadar upazila election officer Nurul Hasan Bhuiyan who is also the acting district
 arrow 8 injured in fire
Property worth Tk 10 lakh was gutted in a devastating fire at Niz Sundor Khata village in Dimla upazila Monday night. Eight people were injured.
 arrow BSF kills one
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Bhaigar border under Birampur upazila yesterday morning, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) officials and villagers said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Don't punt on the troops issue
Press accounts of its deliberations suggest that the much-anticipated Baker-Hamilton report will make some intelligent recommendations.
 arrow Disintegration of BNP?
The country and the month of October 2006 witnessed three events unlikely to replicate ever again in one month.
 arrow Caught in a jam
The concept of caretaker government was conceived to rid the country of confrontational politics, and give it a break from unremitting violence and lingering pessimism.
 arrow We need to focus on SMEs
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are those industries whose headcount, or turnover, falls below a certain level which varies from country to country.
Culturearrow Historic temples in shambles
Shree Shree Anandamoyee Shiva mandir and Anandamoyee Kali mandir in Muktagacha upazila are two of the four temples which are some 200 years old. They were categorised as cultural heritage sites in 1993.
 arrow In a woman's world
Women, perhaps the greatest source of under-utilised power in the world, have made their mark in Chobi Mela IV, despite photography being still regarded as a predominantly male arena.
 arrow 'Bindur Chhele' to be premiered on Channel i
World premier of the movie Bindur Chhele, an adaptation of the classic by Bengali literary genius, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, will be aired on Channel i on November 24.
 arrow Justin Timberlake working on new Duran-Duran album
Justin Timberlake is working on Duran Duran's new album, along with superproducer Timbaland, who created recent smash hits for both Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, the British band said.
 arrow 'Stranger than Fiction': Strangely entertaining
Insurance investigators are a dime a dozen in the movies, but one can count the number of heroic IRS agents on the fingers of one hand.
Generalarrow Mass awareness a must to control diabetes
Experts at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for mass awareness to control diabetes.
 arrow 49 to vie for one seat
About 49 students are likely to vie for one seat at the admission tests to be held from November 19 to December 2 under 2006-2007 academic sessions at Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow NU exams postponed
The timetable for 3rd year Honours Part-3 examination under National University scheduled to start from November 16 has been cancelled due to some unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
 arrow Buet exams begin Nov 20
All the undergraduate examinations of all levels/terms of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will begin from November 20 instead of November 18, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Nothing expected from Indo-Pak talks: Geelani
Advocating the need to involve Kashmiris in the Indo-Pak dialogue to solve the Kashmir issue, the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference said on Tuesday that bilateral talks had failed to address
 arrow Thousands of Nepali children missing in conflict, says UN
Thousands of Nepali children separated from their families during a decade-old conflict between government forces and Maoist rebels remain missing, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) said.
 arrow India, China in spat over border row
China reaffirmed its claim over the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Tibet yesterday , sparking a diplomatic row between the Asian giants less than a week before Chinese President HuJintao
 arrow New unity govt won't recognise Israel
The ruling Islamic militant group Hamas said yesterday a planned Palestinian unity government would not recognise Israel or accept a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.
 arrow 6 powers hold another exploratory meeting on Iran sanctions
Six major UN powers wound up another exploratory meeting Monday on proposed sanctions against Tehran over its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear fuel work and agreed to meet again on Wednesday.
 arrow US panel on Iraq to quiz Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair faced questioning by a top-level US panel on Iraq yesterday , as Britain and the United States grapple for a way forward in the violence-wracked country.
 arrow Lebanon govt 'will go,' says Hezbollah
The Western-backed government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora will soon be ousted and replaced by a "clean" cabinet, the leader of pro-Syrian Hezbollah was quoted yesterday as saying.
 arrow 'Global warming could cause bird extinctions'
Unchecked climate change could force up to 72 per cent of bird species in some areas into extinction but the world still has a chance to limit the losses, conservation group WWF said in a report yesterday.
 arrow Int'l lawyers file suit against Rumsfeld in Germany
An international grouping of lawyers yesterday filed a lawsuit in Germany against outgoing US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his alleged role in sanctioning torture, one of the lawyers said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Caretaker government's latest initiative
Reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) has been the most contentious issue that led to the ever-growing political unrest all over the country in recent times.
 arrow Editorial: Political appointees must leave on their own
It is not uncommon for governments to appoint people of choice in various positions in government and semi-government organisations.
 arrow The general, the CEC and the story of lies
Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz has, rather disappointingly, not had anything to say about General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury's pithy remark on lies.
 arrow A political likelihood?
Although general elections are a whole year away, main political actors are already in election mode, examining and re-examining their strategies.
 arrow Diplomacy, Dhaka-style
Many people in Bangladesh are surprised and puzzled as to why foreign diplomats, especially from the US and the European countries, have been involved in election matters that are essentially an internal
Letters to Editorarrow Country heading towards disaster
The reason that I have chosen this topic is the current situation of our country. Bangladesh is heading towards more destruction and disaster. I would not completely blame the politicians for this.
 arrow Police atrocities
Just now (13 Nov, 1400Hrs) I got furious to see the video clips of ATN Bangla news.
 arrow Think neutrally
I was really astonished to read the letter titled "Tragic indeed" by Mr. Tarek, published in "The Daily Star" on November 12, 2006.
 arrow Menon's comment
In some newspapers, I have read Mr. Rashed Khan Menon's comment on Dr. Yunus forming a political party to pursue decent candidates for parliament. Mr. Menon's question about Dr.
 arrow Manpower export to Malaysia
The fate of the poor people will never change. Who are the people that will pay the hefty amount of Tk.
 arrow Eid and extravagance
Myriad programmes were telecast on all the Bangladeshi channels on the occasion of the Muslims' most important festival, Eid-ul- Fitr.
 arrow 'Puthee' recitation
Puthee Path (Recitation) is a very popular form of our traditional folk performance. Everywhere it is known as "Puthee Path".
Star Chittagongarrow CCC men plan project for their own benefit
The city dwellers fear immense sufferings due to waterlogging in the next rainy season as the renovation and concrete soling of Chaktai Khal have been stopped midway.
 arrow Split smears Anwara BNP
Split and division smear Anwara upazila BNP as a large number of renegades join the newly formed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and two other factions show no-confidence in the immediate past party lawmaker
Star Cityarrow Juvenile shield in line of fire
Political parties continue to use children and juveniles in the street agitation and fighting against their opponents and the law enforcers, alleged child rights activists.
 arrow Approach road in syndicate's grip
As the construction of the third Buriganga bridge at Basila continues in full swing, authorities are now worried about the approach road at the end of Satmasjid Road, which remains under the grip of a
 arrow Decreasing number of foreign participants
This year's Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) is going to start on November 18 with the lowest number of foreign participants comparing to the last five years.
 arrow Dhaka botanical garden fighting for survival
The National Botanical Garden, one of the richest storehouses of plants and wildlife in the city, is loosing its ecological features day by day as a housing complex built besides it is inflicting enough
 arrow Hajj camp readying for the devotees
The preparation to receive pilgrims at the Hajj Camp at Ashkona near Zia International Airport is going on in full swing with the target to inaugurate this year's camp on November 22.
 arrow Law acknowledged, execution poor
The ban on smoking in public earlier last year stirred up a surge of awareness among the majority of the smoking population, but the law itself remains far from being properly executed.
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