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Front Pagearrow Aziz agrees to go on 90-day leave, but doesn't say when
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday informed the president verbally that he will take a three-month leave of absence in response to the presidential initiative to resolve the political
 arrow Aziz's decision should end political crisis
President and Chief Adviser to caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed announced late last night that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz agreed to go on a leave for three months to stay aloof fromthe
 arrow 14-party to observe ‘victory’ today
Terming President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed's announcement last night of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz's going on leave "victory of the people's movement", the Awami League (AL) led
 arrow Cars start streaming on to streets
With added sufferings due to the non-stop road-rail-waterways blockade programme by the Awami league (AL)-led 14-party combine, people yesterday streamed onto the streets of the capital.
 arrow No election commissioners acceptable as acting CEC
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance will not accept any reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) by keeping the three "controversial" election commissioners and making one of them the actingchief
 arrow Bhuiyan hails president's solution to crisis
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan last night welcomed the solution given by the president in his address to the nation.
 arrow Criminals beat up Star reporter Bilu
Unidentified criminals mercilessly beat up the senior correspondent of The Daily Star in Bogra, Hasibur Rahman Bilu, and damaged his motorcycle yesterday allegedly for "reporting against the BNP.
 arrow Khaleda again presses for announcement of polls schedule soon
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the caretaker government to immediately announce the election schedule and create a congenial atmosphere for holding the next parliamentary polls in due time.
 arrow 4-party to submit memo to EC today demanding poll schedule
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday reiterated its demand for immediate announcement of the schedule for next election, and declared that it would continue its demonstrations across the countryuntil
 arrow Festivity marks day 3 of blockade
Hundreds of people in a festive mood gathered round the Mirpur10 roundabout.
 arrow Iajuddin assures advisers of an 'acceptable' EC
Finance and Planning Adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said that President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed has assured the council of advisers to appoint people acceptable to all to the Election Commission
 arrow Blockade relaxed at Chittagong Port
Delivery of goods from the premier seaport Chittagong is going to resume today on a limited scale as 14-party coalition relaxed its blockade on rail, road and waterways in Chittagong.
 arrow Accountable leadership vital for ensuring rights
Accountability and transparency of the political leadership of Bangladesh should be ensured for establishing human rights in the country, British Minister of State for Trade and Investment Ian McCartney
 arrow Changes in local admin important for fair polls
The change of chief election commissioner is not enough to hold a free and fair election, as the officials appointed under political considerations by the immediate past four-party government are controlling
 arrow Aggrieved officials meet adviser, ask for posting based on seniority
More than 100 aggrieved government officials yesterday met Dhiraj Kumar Nath, adviser to the caretaker government (CG) and administrative council member, at his office and demanded immediate postingof
 arrow BNP men chop Jubo League man to death
A Jubo League member was hacked to death yesterday by a gang armed activists of BNP in Baufal upazila town.
 arrow Australia keen to send 300 poll monitors
Australia is keen to send 300 observers to Bangladesh and assign 20 NGOs in coordination with Asia Foundation to monitor the upcoming general elections.
 arrow Movement should go on until total reconstitution of EC, says Oli
Executive President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed yesterday said the ongoing movement of different political parties should be continued even after departure of the chief election commissioner
 arrow Bogra Jubo Dal leader killed by party men
A local Jubo Dal leader was hacked to death mistakenly by party men during a rally of the BNP-led four-party alliance in the town yesterday.
 arrow Preparations for the next parliamentary polls

 arrow Bangladesh EC has to work transparently for fair polls
Visiting British Minister of State for Trade Ian McCartney said Bangladesh's Election Commission will have to work in a transparent way for holding free and fair elections in the country.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's close aide held in Bagmara
Police arrested an accomplice of notorious Bangla Bhai and one of the organisers of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Bagmara upazila yesterday.
 arrow 3 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'
Three members of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed yesterday in Sirajganj, Pabna and Kushtia in separate 'shootouts' with law enforcement agencies.
 arrow Ban on journos' entry to EC withdrawn
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday withdrew the restriction on journalists it had imposed on Monday following protests from different journalists' associations.
 arrow 4 killed in separate road crashes
Four people were killed in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday. Babu, 27, a bus helper, died after falling from a Mirpur-bound speeding bus at around 10:30am near Mirpur Circle-10.
 arrow China ready to help broker Indo-Pak peace
Chinese President Hu Jintao declared yesterday his country was ready to play a "constructive role" for peace in South Asia and that he had made his trip to India to enhance "mutual trust".
 arrow Lebanon violence could spread
The assassination of an anti-Syrian Lebanese minister has sent tremors through the Middle East, with leaders voicing fears yesterday of further unrest in Lebanon and beyond.
Businessarrow Corruption biggest barrier to FDI here
The visiting UK state minister for trade has said corruption is considered to be the biggest single barrier to greater foreign direct investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Perishable goods traders face Tk200cr loss daily
Retailers of fishes and other perishable goods in Dhaka metropolitan area yesterday said the countrywide blockade programme is causing them a loss of Tk200 crore every day.
 arrow Regional synergies needed to enhance trade, investment
The South Asian Trade & Investment Forum (SATIF) began yesterday in London with a view to exploring the regional trade and development opportunities.
 arrow Keep farm produces out of purview of agitation programme
Bangladesh Cold Storage Association (BCSA) has urged all the political parties to keep the transportation of farm produces out of the purview of siege, hartal and non-cooperation movement in the greater
 arrow WIEF eyes OIC FTA
The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) recently pledged to tap the potential of enhancing intra-OIC trade and investment to bring the Muslim world at par with the developed world.
 arrow Rahman Jute Mills goes into operation
A new private jute mill, Rahman Jute Mills Ltd, with a production capacity of 10 tonnes of jute goods per day started operations in Rajshahi on Tuesday.
 arrow US urges flexibility to break WTO deadlock
A senior US official Tuesday urged developing countries including India to show "flexibility" to break the deadlock in the World Trade Organisation talks over agricultural subsidies and market access,
 arrow HSS-USA to set up Asia Pacific HQ in Dhaka
Horizon Staffing Services (HSS-USA), a rapidly growing human capital augmentation and placement company in the US, will open its new international branch office in Dhaka soon, says a press release.
 arrow $600m ADB loan for Pak private investment
The Asian Development Bank is to lend Pakistan 600 million dollars to encourage more private sector participation in infrastructure development, the lender said in a statement Wednesday.
 arrow Nepal eyes tourism boost after peace pact
In Kathmandu's tourist hub of Thamel, where trekkers rub shoulders with Buddhist monks, the mood was optimistic Wednesday after a landmark peace pact to end a decade of bloody insurgency.
 arrow Oil eases after rally
Oil eased near $60 on Wednesday following big gains the previous day spurred by disruption of Alaskan crude exports and ahead of U.S.
 arrow Foreign luxury cars sales boom in China
Sales of luxury cars are booming in China and the world's top luxury automakers see China as an increasingly important market.
 arrow New GM of MIDAS Financing
Md Din Islam Miah has recently joined MIDAS Financing Ltd as general manager (Finance & Accounts) and company secretary, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful lights up the day
In his first match after getting a surprise axe from the national team, Mohammad Ashraful responded in the best possible way as he scored a magnificent 166 not out against Chittagong on the second day
 arrow Hockey: Title to go to first-leg leaders
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday called off the Super Five stage of the Premier Hockey League in an extra-ordinary move to end the stalemate and decided to declare the table-toppers of the
 arrow Cricket: Habibul content Zimbabwe due today
Bangladesh cricket team wrapped up their preparation for the coming home series against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia wins two out of two
Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman won his second successive match in the Commonwealth Chess Champion-ship 2006 in Mumbai on Tuesday but his Bangladeshi compatriot GM Niaz Murshed dropped points.
 arrow Cricket: Hype takes backseat
Even the colossal Mount Everest would feel a little shy when it sees the massive build-up to this year's Ashes. And as it all culminates at the Gabba, all talks would be put to rest, and test.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan fight back
Imran Farhat and Mohammad Yousuf led Pakistan's efforts to avoid defeat in the second Test Wednesday after West Indian captain Brian Lara hit an epic double century at Multan Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis lifts Proteas
Jacques Kallis struck a flawless century as South Africa made an imposing 248-8 in the second one-day international against India at Kingsmead here on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Brits to poach Aussie talent
Australian tennis is set to become the target of a poaching raid for its coaching talent by Britain's cashed-up Lawn Tennis Association, reports said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara wants a lot more
Brian Lara is already the most prolific batsman in Test cricket history, yet after scoring a magnificent 216 against Pakistan on Wednesday he still has the desire for more.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting trusts McGrath
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has restated his faith in Glenn McGrath to rise to the occasion as the ageing fast bowler goes into Thursday's Ashes opener with limited preparation.
 arrow Cricket: 'England's peak far away'
Skipper Andrew Flintoff says it is dangerous to discard England's Ashes victory last year as a one-off win by a team that has already peaked, going into the return series here Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Prime Bank Rating Chess
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil shared the lead with five other players after the third round of the Prime Bank 9th International Rating Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Lyon hold off Real
Real Madrid missed the chance to go top of group E when they were held 2-2 by Champions League rivals Lyon here at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Porto bring down CSKA
CSKA Moscow's Champions League hopes dipped dramatically here Tuesday after a comprehensive 2-0 defeat to group G rivals FC Porto.
 arrow Football: Nakamura stuns United
A sensational Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick helped Celtic make history in the Champions League with a crucial 1-0 win at home to Manchester United here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Technology on the cards
Goal-line technology will be used in next year's World Club Championship following trials this year in junior competitions run by world football's governing body, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Argentina lift ban on away fans
The Argentina Football Association (AFA) has lifted a ban which prevented away fans from attending first division games for the rest of the year.
 arrow Tennis: Paes to skip Asian Hopman Cup
India's tennis star Leander Paes has pulled out of the inaugural Asian Hopman Cup starting here on Thursday to recover from a finger injury before next month's Asian Games.
 arrow Tennis: Five confirm Adelaide participation
Five of the world's top-20 ranked tennis players have been confirmed for the Adelaide International next January, tournament organisers said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif case ruling next week
Pakistan's banned fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will learn the fate of their appeals against doping bans by next week, official said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil still on top
Brazil have maintained top spot in the latest FIFA world rankings ahead of world champions Italy and South American rivals Argentina.
 arrow Football: Ruud in disarray
Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy said he was devastated after missing a last-gasp penalty that would have earned his side a first win against Olympique Lyon in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Tugay, Ghaly appeals fail
Blackburn's Tugay and Tottenham's Hossam Ghaly have both had their claims for wrongful dismissal rejected by an independent disciplinary commission, the Football Association (FA) announced Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Odonkor set for surgery
Real Betis's German international midfielder David Odonkor is set to undergo surgery on his right knee, the national team doctor confirmed Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Greek tragedy for Milan
Brazilian striker Julio Cesar's goal in the first half and brilliant goalkeeping from Italian Stefano Sorrentino inspired Greek side AEK Athens to a 1-0 victory over Italian giants AC Milan here on Tuesday
 arrow Football: Gunners grill Hamburg
Last season's Champions League finalists Arsenal staged a dramatic late show to clinch a 3-1 win against German side Hamburg and move into pole position to qualify for the knockout stages.
 arrow Football: Rafa furious at Kromkamp
Rafael Benitez has reacted angrily to former player Jan Kromkamp's bitter criticism of the Spaniard's Liverpool side.
 arrow Football: Guti banned for two matches
Real Madrid midfielder Guti was handed a two-match ban by the Spanish Football Federation's Competitions Committee on Tuesday after being sent off against Racing Santander at the weekend.
Metropolitanarrow 'CA fails to prove his neutrality'
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) held rallies and took out processions in different areas of the city yesterday in support of countrywide blockade programme enforced by the Awami League-led 14-party alliance.
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Moulvibazar and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi suffering from acute mosquito menace
City dwellers in Rajshahi are suffering from acute mosquito menace over the last four weeks.
 arrow Resist conspiracy against polls
Leaders of Sammilita Nagarik Andolon and Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad yesterday called upon all to continue their movement for resisting any kind of conspiratorial election.
 arrow Teachers demand cancellation of conditional circular
Hundreds of teachers of non-government educational institutions staged a token hunger strike in front of the High Court Mazar Gate in the city yesterday demanding cancellation of a government circular
 arrow 4 cocktails exploded on DU campus
Four cocktails exploded at two different places on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure working women's right to franchise'
Karmojibi Nari (KN), a rights organisation, yesterday urged the caretaker government to ensure working women's right to franchise.
 arrow Ctg mayor's call to continue movement
Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday urged the 14-party workers to continue the current movement and take preparation to oust the caretaker government, if necessary.
 arrow Call to celebrate Nabanna Utsab at state level
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded that the Nabanna Utsab or Harvest Festival be observed at the state level in order to uphold the spirit of equal distribution of foodgrains among allcitizens
 arrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead in city
A Jubo Dal leader shot by unknown criminals on Tuesday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Attack on journo Bilu condemned
Journalists here yesterday condemned the attack on Bogra Correspondent of The Daily Star Hasibur Rahman Bilu and demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants.
 arrow Japanese delegation meets UGC chairman
A four-member Japanese delegation led by Takashi Nishizawa, professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Yamagata University, called on Prof M Asaduzzaman, chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of
 arrow RU employees continue work abstention
All the academic and administrative activities of Rajshahi University (RU) came to a halt as university officials and employees yesterday passed the 4th day of the five-day work abstention to press their
 arrow 'BNP, Jamaat to continue activities together until AL defeat'
BNP Joint Secretary General Abdullah Al Noman said BNP and Jamaat will continue their political activities together until Awami League is defeated.
 arrow Chandpur judge tenders resignation to contest polls
Deepan Dewan, a joint district judge in Chandpur, has tendered his resignation recently with a view to contesting the forthcoming general election from his hometown Rangamati, court sources said yesterday.
 arrow Enact law for free, fair polls
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded enactment of a law to free the election from the influence of black money, muscle power and administrative conspiracy.
 arrow One killed in boiler blast in Feni
A man was killed and four others injured as a boiler of a rice mill exploded at Dudhmukha Bazar under Dagonbhuiyan upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 8.5 lakh gutted in Ctg
At least 10 houses, a candle factory and valuables worth Tk 8.5 lakh were gutted in a fire at city's Chaktai area early yesterday.
 arrow Tamim's solo exhibition starts tomorrow
The first solo painting exhibition of young artist Jalilor Rabbi Tamim will begin tomorrow at Alliance Francaise in the city.
 arrow Boy burnt alive in city
A boy was burnt alive in a fire that ripped through scrap metal shops at Badda in the city yesterday. The victim was identified as Sameer Mia, 12, an employee of a shop.
 arrow 'Repression on women a state crisis'
Sarejamin Bangladesh in a statement yesterday said repression on women and deception with them is not only a social problem rather it has turned into a state crisis, says a press release.
 arrow MHE admission test postponed
The admission test of the Master of Health Economics (MHE) of the Institute of Health Economics of Dhaka University for 2004-05 session scheduled to be held tomorrow has been postponed.
 arrow Submission deadline for DU admission forms extended
Dhaka University authorities extended the deadline for submission of admission forms for first year honours classes under 2006-2007 sessions until November 25, a press release said.
 arrow IUB admission test date shifted
The admission test for Spring 2007 of Dhaka and Chittagong campuses of Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) will now be held on December 9 instead of November 25 due to unavoidable circumstances, says
 arrow US Embassy closed today
The American Embassy offices, including the American Centre, Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the student counseling service will remain closed today on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, a national
 arrow Obituary
Social worker Golam Sarwar Mintu, son of former chairman of greater Bakalia Ward Mostafizur Rahman, passed away due to old age complications at his residence at around 12:30am yesterday at the age of63.
Nationalarrow 112 BNP, Jamaat men join AL in Satkhira
A total of 112 leaders and activists of BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami in Keralkatha joined Awami League yesterday protesting 'misrule and widespread corruption by BNP-Jamaat government'.
 arrow 8 cops among 80 hurt as villagers clash
At least 80 people including eight policemen were injured in clashes between rival groups from Majidbari, Fazalganj and Bakai villages in bordering Gournadi and Madaripor districts Tuesday night overa
 arrow Two BNP leaders chargesheeted again
Names of two local BNP leaders, earlier dropped from the charge sheet in child Arnab murder case at home ministry's instruction during BNP-Jamaat government, have been included again.
 arrow Farmer killed, 2 more abducted for toll
Extortionists killed a farmer and abducted two others in two incidents in Kushtia Tuesday night. The incidents took place at adjoining Majdiar and Katdah villages in Mirpur upazila.
 arrow 'Ban Shibir politics in educational instts'
Khulna district unit of Bangladesh Chatra Union (BCU) has demanded ban on political activities by Islami Chatra Shibir in all academic institutions in the country, alleging that it is involved in religious
 arrow Fresh BSF move to raise fence in Ramagarh border
Tension mounted along Ramgarh border as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) tried to erect barbed wire fence on the no man's land, ignoring protest by BDR.
 arrow Jubo League activist killed
A Jubo League activist was chopped to death by Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists in Baufal town on Wednesday. The victim is Ershad, a Jubo League activist of Nazirpur union, local people said.
 arrow 3-day PCJSS council begins tomorrow
A three-day council of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) will begin here tomorrow.
 arrow PSTU admission forms to be sold till Nov 30
Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) admission forms will be sold till November 30, says a university press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Level playing field?
The go-slow tactics of the immediate-past government in resolving the political impasse has effectively been infused into the new caretaker administration headed by President Prof Dr Iajuddin Ahmed.
 arrow Perceiving corruption
People are corrupt as the system allows them to be such, and corruption takes root on a wide scale where temptation meets permissiveness.
 arrow For a true change
How Long will the nation cry in the wilderness? How long will the nation remain hostage to their whims? How many more days will they play with the future of the people and the country? How long will they
 arrow Myanmar junta still standing
I was pleased with the discussion with the Burmese leaders but the outcome of the visit depends on what concrete and positive decisions they are taking in a number of areas.
Culturearrow Images from Mexico
Mexican photographer Cristobal Trejo waxes eloquent about his work Windows Experience that was on display till November 18 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Akira Kurosawa: The master filmmaker
Who needs an introduction to famous Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910-September 6, 1998)? He is best known in the West for his popular film Rashomon, followed by Seven Samurai
 arrow "I often forget lines of my songs" -- Bannya
Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, a Tagore singer, is widely hailed in both Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.
Internationalarrow Nepal wakes up to new era of peace and hope
Nepalis woke yesterday to the promise of peace and an end to a decade of civil war, kidnappings, murders and fear, seven months after mass street protests overturned royal rule.
 arrow India, China to set up mechanism to talk river issues
India and China have agreed to set up an expert-level mechanism to discuss issues relating to their common rivers.
 arrow Musharraf wants meaningful talks with Manmohan
President Pervez Musharraf said Tuesday he is looking forward to "substantive" talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visits Pakistan.
 arrow King sits on shaky throne
Nepal's god-king Gyanendra is sitting on a shaky throne after fiercely republican Maoists and the central government signed a peace deal that involves a fundamental review of the monarchy.
 arrow Lankan govt unfazed by donor censure
Sri Lanka's government was yesterday undeterred in its battle against Tamil Tigers, despite heavy criticism dished out to the warring parties after a key international donor meeting.
 arrow Taliban vow fresh attack after Afghan winter
The Taliban are plotting a fresh offensive against foreign troops in Afghanistan when the bitter winter ends early next year, a top Taliban commander said yesterday.
 arrow 'US could bomb Iran nuke sites in 2007'
President George W Bush could choose military action over diplomacy and bomb Iran's nuclear facilities next year, political analysts in Washington agree.
 arrow Lebanon on knife-edge after assassination
Lebanon was on a knife-edge yesterday as it began three days of mourning for an anti-Syrian minister gunned down in an attack that stoked fears the country may be again torn apart by civil strife.
 arrow Iraqi civilian deaths at new high: UN
The United Nations said Wednesday that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 US invasion and another sign of the severity of Iraq's sectarian bloodbath.
 arrow Bush's daughter robbed in Argentina
US and Argentine media reported that one of President Bush's 24-year-old twin daughters had her purse stolen while being guarded by the Secret Service during a visit here.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC issue
Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz, whose obstinacy and unwillingness to accept the popular demand for his resignation created a political stalemate of the most intractable kind, is showing the samedisregard
 arrow Editorial: Return of the mayhem
A fleeing jeep belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) when it came under attack by armed cadres of BNP killed two persons.
 arrow Light at the end of the tunnel
After suffering the agonies of the political combat between what is now a polarized polity of the 14-party alliance and 4-party alliance over the last three weeks, we were heartened by the optimism conveyed
 arrow Britain and the burkha
Two separate incidents last month, involving Muslim women's clothes, have set off a fierce debate over veils in Britain, which is refusing to die down.
 arrow Inter-cultural dialogue with the C-100
C-100 stands for the "Council of 100 Leaders," an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meant to promote and sustain inter-faith dialogue.
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