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Front Pagearrow Shadow on hope as Aziz talks polls with Iajuddin
Politics once again seems to be on a rough chart as the chief election commissioner (CEC) met with Chief Adviser President Iajuddin Ahmed last night to discuss election schedule, dwarfing caretaker government
 arrow Announce poll schedule regardless of parties taking part in election
Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the caretaker government to take measures to announce the election schedule without delay.
 arrow 14-party accuses Iajuddin of partisan activities
The leaders of the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance yesterday said President and Chief Adviser of the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed would be responsible if election process is hampered due
 arrow Shots fired at election commissioner's house
Despite stepped up security for the election commissioners, the Mohammadpur residence of Election Commissioner Mahmud Hasan Mansur came under fire yesterday morning.
 arrow Full operations at Ctg port yet to resume
Business activities at Chittagong Port could not resume fully yesterday as the operation of four vital gantry cranes remained suspended.
 arrow Files pile at overloaded CA's ministries
Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed has been under tremendous workload as huge number of files from the 10 ministries and divisions under his supervision await his approval on a daily
 arrow Life gets back on track
Life in the city picked up its pace again yesterday after lumbering for four days as Awami League (AL) led 14-party combine suspended its countrywide blockade programme until next Sunday.
 arrow 43 contractual appointments cancelled
The interim government yesterday cancelled contracts of 43 government officials, transferred nine and reinstated one in his post.
 arrow IMF sets 5 conditions for release of last PRGF tranche
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has set five major conditions, including introduction of uniform taxpayer identification number for the Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU), for releasing the last instalment
 arrow Deprived officials demonstrate at ministry
A group of government officials deprived of promotion and posting during last five years staged a sit-in inside and in front of the establishment secretary's office yesterday to press their demand for
 arrow Banks in business centres to remain open on Saturdays
The commercial banks at important business centres will remain open on Saturdays while covered vans and trucks will be allowed to move in Dhaka and Narayanganj during daytime until Sunday.
 arrow Traffic congestion...

 arrow BNP men lay siege to renegade Barrister Zia's residence
Several hundred BNP leaders and activists from Dhamrai in Manikganj laid siege to Dhanmondi residence of former party lawmaker Barrister Ziaur Rahman Khan for over seven hours yesterday allegedly as part
 arrow 4-party to protest 14-party 'anarchy'
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday decided to stage countrywide demonstrations on Sunday to protest the "anarchy and violence unleashed by the 14-party combine".
 arrow Croc farm sees first of eggs
Crocodile farming at the country's first ever reptile reproduction enterprise has witnessed its first success as two crocodiles laid eggs this season.
 arrow Eminent citizens fear polls won't be fair as voter list erroneous
Eleven eminent citizens of the country in an open letter to the president and chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) said the election would not be free and fair as the current voter list
 arrow Home retracts army circular for deployment
The home ministry has retracted its circular issued on November 12 on deployment of army in aid of civil administration.
 arrow Judgment on 13 top officials' contempt charges on Sunday
Judgment will be delivered on Sunday on the contempt of court charges against four secretaries and nine mid-level officers of different ministries for non-compliance with the directives of the Supreme
 arrow 14-party mourns AL man's death during blockade
The 14-party alliance yesterday brought out a mourning procession in the capital paying homage to AL leader Wajiullah and others who were killed during the blockade programmes on November 13 and October
 arrow Izharul-led IOJ faction to join 14-party
Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday said he will join Awami League-led 14-party combine within ten days.
 arrow Hearing of 6 condemned JMB men's petitions on Sunday
Turning down the time extension plea of the state defence counsel, the Supreme Court (SC) fixed Sunday for hearing the petitions of six condemned JMB militants, seeking leave to appeal against the High
 arrow 2 rapists get 30-yr jail
A Dhaka court yesterday gave 30 years' rigorous imprisonment to two people for raping a 16-year-old girl Salma in April 1997.
 arrow Outlaw killed in crossfire
A leader of New Biplabi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed in "crossfire" during a "shootout" between police and his accomplices at Bharatia of Dumuria upazila in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow 2 JP leaders meet Hasina
Two leaders of Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) last night met Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence and discussed current political issues of the country.
 arrow 6 bodies found in Barisal launch capsize spot
Six bodies were recovered from the hull of ML Mehdi-1, a small motor launch, which capsized in the Kirtankhola River near Barisal port on Wednesday afternoon.
 arrow Barrage of attacks kill 22 Iraqis, 4 US troops
A series of attacks by suspected insurgents using guns, bombs and mortar shells killed 13 Iraqis in the capital yesterday, officials said. Four US Army soldiers also died during combat missions.
 arrow Iran ready to take final step for nukes
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday said Iran was ready to take the "final step" in its nuclear programme, as he maintained his defiance in the face of possible UN sanctions against Tehran.
 arrow White House sued
Environmentalists sued the Bush administration Tuesday for failing to produce a report on global warming's impact on the country's environment, economy and public health.
 arrow Pakistan tests nuke-capable ballistic missile
Pakistan successfully test-fired an intermediate range, nuclear-capable Hatf 5 (Ghauri) ballistic missile yesterday, the military said.
 arrow Bush reassures Asia allies after polls blow
President George W Bush tried to reassure nervous Asian allies on Thursday that he remains committed to opening up global trade markets despite humiliating losses in US elections that could weaken his
Businessarrow Dollar rises 4.3pc against taka for imports in 7 days
Dollar price against taka for opening letter of credit (LC) surged by Tk 3.05, or 4.3 percent, in the last week compared to the previous week. The greenback rate for the importers was Tk 73.
 arrow GP introduces new logo
Grameenphone Limited, the largest mobile phone operator of the country, has introduced new logo effective from today, replacing the previous one.
 arrow Professionals urged to update knowledge
The International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B) has urged professionals to update their knowledge and energise skill to survive and compete in the changing scenario of the world trading system,
 arrow WTO's fresh bid to save global trade talks
The head of the WTO urged governments Thursday to put forward concrete proposals on how far they would go to open up their markets at the start of a fresh bid to save global trade talks.
 arrow US pushes idea of Apec FTA
The United States Thursday pushed the idea of a free trade zone stretching from China to Chile after Asia-Pacific nations agreed to study the idea, but some countries were sceptical of the initiative.
 arrow New China rules for foreign banks
China announced Thursday its long-awaited new rules governing foreign banks' operations in the country, as part of its World Trade Organization commitments to open up the sector to global competition.
 arrow World economy holds up in the face of US slowdown
When they convene this weekend in Australia, G-20 finance ministers from the world's leading powers can take heart at a global economy that is proving resilient in the face of a US slowdown.
 arrow SF Ahmed & Co leads int'l consultancy assignment
SF Ahmed & Co (SFACO), an affiliate of ICAB since 1958, is the leader of the consortium of international consultants formed for execution of ADB funded 3-year consultancy services to the government of
 arrow Oil prices flat
Crude prices traded flat in Asia on Thursday as the market digested a surprise drop in US stockpiles of heating fuel, dealers said.
 arrow Xian Zhu new WB country director in Bangladesh
The World Bank Board has appointed Xian Zhu the new country director for Bangladesh with effect from February 1, 2007, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka ride on Ashraful
Star batsman Mohammad Ashraful struck one of three hundreds on the day as Dhaka took charge against Barisal in the Ispahani Mirzapore 8th National Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 25 new fed bosses
The caretaker government yesterday named new presidents of 25 sports federations, removing the previous political appointments by the BNP-led four-party alliance government.
 arrow Cricket: Wunderkinder
A pair of Indian schoolboys did the unthinkable when they put on a "world record" 721 for the opening wicket off 40 overs in a one-day cricket match, the Times of India reported Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: Mariners give walkover too
Mariner Young Club followed in the footsteps of Mohammedan Sporting Club when they gave walkover in the Super Five stage of the Premier Hockey league yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Reefat hold Biman lead
Grand Master (GM) Ziaur Rahman, GM Reefat Bin Sattar, FIDE Master (FM) Mehdi Hasan and FM Rezaul Haque all won to give Bangladsesh Biman the solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank 1st Division Chess League
 arrow Football: BFF to stage U-12 meet
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will organise an under-12 football tournament to form a juvenile team which will play in the Danone Nations Cup 2007 in France.
 arrow Cricket: Aktel to go cricket
Aktel is all set to join the prestigious sponsorship list of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies increase pace
Australia have included fast bowlers Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait in a 13-man squad to keep England guessing ahead of next week's opening Ashes cricket Test in Brisbane.
 arrow Cricket: 'Act on their flaws'
England may have their problems ahead of the Ashes series against Australia but former captain Nasser Hussain believes their hosts are in even more turmoil.
 arrow Cricket: D-day for Panesar, Giles
England are likely to choose between spinners Monty Panesar and Ashley Giles when they reveal their Test side in the final warm-up against South Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer warns WI
Bob Woolmer lauded Pakistan's all-round performance in the nine-wicket win over West Indies in Lahore, but warned that the going might not be as smooth in the second Test, due to begin on November 19at
 arrow Cricket: Bread brings luck to Joyce
Ed Joyce, the Middlesex left-hander who has been summoned into England's Ashes squad to replace Marcus Trescothick, is still trying to take in his call-up but is determined to use the chance to push forward
 arrow Cricket: Onus on Flintoff: Botham
Former England skipper Ian Botham expects current captain Andrew Flintoff to lead an Ashes backlash following the sudden departure from Australia of Marcus Trescothick.
 arrow Cricket: 'I know how it feels'
Pakistan paceman Shabbir Ahmed is confident of making a successful comeback after serving a one-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for an illegal bowling action.
 arrow Football: Cypriots sting Germans
European minnows Cyprus gave another rousing performance here on Wednesday by holding footballing superpower Germany to a famous 1-1 draw in this Euro 2008 Group D qualifier.
 arrow Football: Brazil's Swiss cruise
Brazil stretched their unbeaten run under new coach Dunga to five matches on Wednesday following a hard-fought 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland.
 arrow Football: Dutch deny England
Rafael van der Vaart's late equaliser denied England a morale-boosting friendly victory over Holland here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy wants 6-day Tests
Inzamamul Haq Thursday urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play six-day Tests during the winter in Pakistan to reduce the impact of bad light and poor weather.
 arrow Carom team off to New Delhi
World number three Bangladesh left for New Delhi yesterday, to take part in the second carom World Cup.
 arrow Football: Henry threatens Platini record
Thierry Henry closed to within two of Michel Platini's French scoring record with the only goal of a 1-0 win over European champions Greece here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Basten satisfied with Seedorf
Netherlands coach Marco van Basten was satisfied with Clarence Seedorf's return to the side after a late equaliser from Rafael van der Vaart earned them a 1-1 draw at home to England in a friendly onWednesday.
 arrow Football: Friendly indeed!
Marco Materazzi's own goal gave Turkey a prestigious 1-1 draw against world champions Italy in a fiercely contested friendly in Bergamo on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Croat press salute samba star
Croatian football has a new hero according to the press on Thursday after Brazilian-born Eduardo Da Silva's hat-trick earned a 4-3 away win over Israel in a Euro 2008 qualifier.
 arrow Football: Bribe allegations investigated
European football's ruling body is set to launch an investigation following a player's claims of a corruption attempt prior to a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No respite for the Spaniards
Spain coach Luis Aragones was frustrated after his side's 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Romania on Wednesday left him with few positives to take into the return of Euro 2008 qualifying action next year.
 arrow Football: France exact Greek revenge
World Cup runners-up France were happy to gain revenge for their Euro 2004 defeat when they rounded off an eventful year with a 1-0 win over Greece in a low-key friendly on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Luque keen on Spain return
Newcastle United forward Albert Luque has said he is keen to return to Spain after struggling to establish himself in the Premier League.
 arrow Football: Merkel in Cottbus ranks!
German Bundesliga club Energie Cottbus are looking forward to having a new big name on their books next year, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel will become an honorary member.
 arrow Football: Baros saves Czech blushes
An injury-time equaliser by striker Milan Baros gave Czech Republic a 1-1 draw against Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Form Supreme Judicial Council to remove CEC
Eminent citizens at a roundtable yesterday urged the president to form Supreme Judicial Council immediately to remove the chief election commissioner (CEC) for resolving present political stalemate.
 arrow 'Forced marriage a gross violation of human rights'
Acting British High Commissioner Stephen Bridges yesterday strongly criticised the practice of forced marriage, saying that it is a gross violation of basic human rights and destroys enormous potentials
 arrow CG to hand over 8 depts to CHT council
As part of implementation of the peace accord, the caretaker government, during its tenure, will hand over eight departments to the district councils of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Adviser Lt Gen.
 arrow 4 killed, 38 hurt in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 38 injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow Call to step up movement to remove CEC
Jukta Front yesterday called on all to step up the movement to remove the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and reconstitute the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow CA urged to reform EC to resolve political impasse
Speakers at a citizens' rally yesterday urged the President/Chief Adviser to the caretaker government to deliver a peaceful solution to the current political impasse through reformation of the Election
 arrow DMP to build modern communications network by June
The entire Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) area will be brought under modern communications network by June 2007 through introducing TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) system at a cost of Tk 28 crore.
 arrow Bring peace, stability by removing CEC
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 38 women's and human rights organisation, yesterday submitted a memorandum to President/Chief Adviser to caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed to meet its 14-point
 arrow RU Shibir cadres get into militant mood
Panic gripped the students and teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday after the Islami Chhatra Shibir took out a militant procession on the campus.
 arrow 30th anniversary of Bhasani's death today
The 30th death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a veteran political leader, will be observed today.
 arrow Abducted trader found dead in Ctg
A businessman was found dead at Patiya in Chittagong yesterday three days after his abduction. The victim, Shahidul Alam, was an oil trader and proprietor of Hasina Corporation at Majhirghat in Madarbari.
 arrow Zaglul made MD, Chief Editor of BSS
Eminent journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury was appointed by the government to hold the current charge of Chief Editor and Managing Director of national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).
 arrow Caretaker govt should act as a team to hold free, fair polls
Acting British High Commissioner Stephen Bridges yesterday said the caretaker government should act as a team to play its due role in holding the forthcoming general election in a free and fair manner.
 arrow Woman killed in train mishap
A woman was killed as a speeding train ran over her at Razabari area under Kalihati upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Verdict Nov 29
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed November 29 for delivery of the verdict of the journalist GM Gaus murder case.
 arrow Nabanno Utsab on Nov 24
Nabanno Utsab will be celebrated on November 24 at Bakul Tala at Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University, says a press release.
 arrow Attack on female BCL leader condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday condemned the attack on a BCL leader by JCD activists at Badrunnessa Government Women's College on Tuesday.
 arrow 7 leaders quit BJP (Matin)
Seven senior leaders yesterday severed ties with Dr MA Matin-led Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), a partner of the BNP-led four-party alliance, on grounds of political and ideological differences.
Point-Counterpointarrow The power of one
When the President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed appointed himself the head of the non-party caretaker government, many cried foul.
 arrow Who calls the shots?
The president-cum-chief advisor (CA) to the caretaker government, Prof Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, seems to be encircled by bureaucrats who are apparently misguiding him.
 arrow The president's agenda?
President Professor Iajuddin Ahmed, an unassuming academic, is generally viewed as most unlikely person to have political ambitions.
 arrow Let our leaders be moved by the wishes of the people
The mayhem, brutalities and political uncertainties that now characterize our life need to come to an end. We, as human beings, and as a society, cannot afford to go on like this.
Culturearrow Neglected archaeological treasures
Babu Ahmed's solo photo-graphy exhibition titled 'Dilapidated Architecture of Bangladesh' is being held at University of Asia Pacific in Dhanmondi.
 arrow "Struggle makes success sweeter" -- Baby Naznin
Termed by her fans, as the 'black diamond', Baby Naznin is a renowned singer of Bangladesh. This skilled singer has other interesting talents as well.
 arrow Munem Wasif's exhibition: Tales from tea estates
There are many who view tea estates as an expression of picturesque plush green fields, healthy livestock, and grand mansions, of greenery and beauty --an image created by the mainstream media.
 arrow A new episode of Ontoraler Kotha
To generate public awareness against acid violence in the country, a new episode of Ontoraler Kotha titled Sabina will be aired on November 20 at 6:20pm on Channel i.
 arrow New show 'Shomoshomoy' on ntv
For people eager to glean knowledge of art, culture and literature there's Shomoshomoy, an informative weekly show on ntv. Shahidul Islam Ripon is the mastermind of the show and also directs the show.
 arrow 'Umrao Jaan': A lot of Aishwarya, not enough Umrao
Recreating the past is hard, and filmmakers seldom succeed in replacing the memory of the past vision with their own. The same is true of director J P Dutta's efforts, which are not nearly enough.
Generalarrow CG controlled by some quarters
The president/chief adviser to caretaker government is controlled by some quarters, said leaders of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish (BKM) at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow BNP to resist AL politics of anarchy thru' ballots
BNP leaders yesterday vowed to resist the Awami League's politics of anarchy, killing and plunder through ballots in the forthcoming general election.
 arrow LDP threatens movement
Leaders of the newly formed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday threatened to go for movement with other political parties if the caretaker chief did not meet its demands including election commission
 arrow Captain fined Tk 60,000 for recruiting fake sailors
A mobile court led by Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) magistrate yesterday fined the captain of a vessel Tk 60,000 for recruiting fake sailors.
 arrow Life returns to normal...

 arrow Parties urged not to use children in politics
Child Development Forum (CDF) yesterday urged the political parties not to use children in politics.
 arrow CU reopens amid tight security
After a 47-day vacation, the academic activities of Chittagong University (CU) resumed yesterday amid tight security.
 arrow 2 car showroom employees shot
Two employees of a car showroom were shot at Naya Paltan in the city yesterday.
 arrow Gender politics plays into Royal's hands in France
Segolene Royal's gender is proving a devastating weapon that she is both using and abusing against the men who dominate her world, analysts and politicians say.
Editorialarrow Editorial: All eyes on the president and chief adviser
Aredeeming feature in the midst of the political uncertainty is the 4-member committee set up by the CA to parley with the parties to devise a way out of the present gridlock.
 arrow Editorial: Antiquities recovered by RAB
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) the other day recovered a huge cache of antiques worth over Taka 50 crore.
 arrow Vox populi
Here we are again. One step forward and two steps back.
 arrow The parallax view
Are you ready to hear an old joke again? A man went to get a haircut on the night before his wedding.
 arrow The 11-point demand and our foreign friends
Mr Boucher, the assistant secretary of state of the US for South and Central Asia, concluded his visit to Dhaka on November 12.
Letters to Editorarrow Limping politics and lawlessness
I must and do congratulate and give all the credit to the 14-party alliance and its leader for helping to defuse the volcanic situation & thus save the country from a catastrophe by accepting President
 arrow Emerging paradigm and US efforts
I find almost no problem in the present effort of US ambassador to Bangladesh and her team towards assisting Bangladeshis in the resolution of the ongoing political dispute in a timely, result-oriented
 arrow New Middle East?
President Bush, who does not disclose the scope of US intentions about troops withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, concurrently desires that Iraq should become normal before the US led forces are called
 arrow Trust the people
Awami League, the party that led us through many struggles for 50 odd years, relied on sticks and oars instead of us. This is a public relation disaster of the highest order.
 arrow No politics, please
People from all over the world will love to respect Dr. Yunus for all time to come and we request him not to venture into politics. Our politics has become rotten and the politicians corrupt.
 arrow Injustice and prejudice
In reference to the editorial "Minority Voters" in your November 11 issue, I would like to mention that it's not only during the election time that the minorities are deprived of their rights.
 arrow Politicised doctors
The news of miscreants setting the biochemistry department at IPGM&R on fire is a pathetic example of the effects of politicisation of the health sector in Bangladesh.
 arrow Democrats win?
Off course a bit of shake in the Bush administration due to losing the midterm election. The Democrats have won majorities in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate.
Worldarrow South Asia: Lanka president asks Tigers to resume talks
Sri Lanka's president appealed to Tiger rebels yesterday to resume talks to end bloodshed on the island as a British envoy met with the guerrillas to try to jumpstart stalled peace efforts.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali Maoists, govt delay deal signing
The signing of a historic peace accord to end a decade of bloody civil war in Nepal was postponed yesterday as the government and Maoist rebels said they needed more time to finalise the document.
 arrow South Asia: US sees reinvigorated al-Qaeda in South Asia
al-Qaeda is reinvigorating its operations from havens on the Afghan-Pakistani border and poses a growing challenge to US interests in both Iraq and Afghanistan, American intelligence officials said on
 arrow South Asia: Bush hopeful about Congress nod
US President George W Bush told Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by telephone yesterday that he was "hopeful" the US Congress could soon pass the US-India nuclear deal, the White House said.
 arrow South Asia: Ulfa rebels ready for peace talks
A rebel group suspected of blowing up an oil pipeline on Wednesday in India's northeast said it would accept New Delhi's offer of fresh talks if the government sent a formal proposal.
 arrow Israeli minister threatens to kill Palestinian leaders
An Israeli cabinet minister called yesterday for stepped up "targeted killing" operations of Palestinian leaders involved in rocket attacks, one day after the first such deadly strike in more than a year.
 arrow Debate boils over Iraq as Bush demands policy review
The United States said Wednesday it had launched a nuts and bolts review of policy in Iraq, as lawmakers angry at deepening anarchy in the country roasted the top US general in the Middle East.
 arrow Climate change worsening biodiversity crisis: UN
Climate change is having an alarming impact on whales, dolphins, turtles and birds and other rare species that migrate over long distances, the UN Environment Programme said yesterday.
 arrow 'Kabila wins vote in tense Congo'
Incumbent Joseph Kabila was on Wednesday declared the winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo's bitterly contested presidential election, sparking celebrations in the east and protests from his challenger's
 arrow France bans smoking in public from February
The French government yesterday published a decree banning smoking in public places from February but giving bars, restaurants and nightclubs a reprieve till January 2008.
 arrow Insurgents urged to end attacks on Thai civilians
Human Rights Watch yesterday urged insurgents in Thailand's Muslim-majority south to end their attacks on civilians.
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