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Front Pagearrow Parties challenge in court president's becoming CA
Besides their street agitations over the issues of chief adviser's appointment and authority and the Election Commission (EC), a number of political parties yesterday joined the Awami League (AL) led14-party
 arrow EC leaves mistakes for people to correct
Reiterating its stance of announcing the election schedule this week, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday finally put the responsibility on the citizens to correct the mistakes on the updated voter
 arrow Bangabhaban sit-in today
The 14-party alliance, its like-minded political parties and alliances will stage a sit-in around the Bangabhaban today demanding depoliticisation of the administration, "meaningful" reconstitution of
 arrow Concern over delay in appointing new ECs
With the controversy over assumption of the post of acting chief election commissioner (CEC) by Justice Mahfuzur Rahman mounting, President Iajuddin Ahmed has yet to appoint the two new election commissioners
 arrow Khaleda sees plot against democracy, constitution
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said a conspiracy is being hatched against the country and the conspirators are trying to destroy the democracy, the constitution and important institutions.
 arrow Reconstitute EC, then declare polls schedule
A 14-party delegation met President and Chief Adviser (CA) of the caretaker government (CG) Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday and told him that announcement of schedules for next general election would not beacceptable
 arrow No investigation initiated yet
Criticising the officials who attended a secret meeting at former Board of Investment chief Mahmudur Rahman's Uttara office on Friday, advisers to the caretaker government said these officials shouldnot
 arrow CG should take collective decision
Finance Adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said the caretaker government should take collective decisions to keep the president's office above all controversies.
 arrow Accord with UAE soon for expatriates' welfare
Bangladesh is going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) shortly that aims at mitigating the sufferings of the Bangladeshi expatriate workers.
 arrow Ershad expels GM Quader from JP
GM Quader, presidium member of the Jatiya Party (JP), was expelled from the party by JP Chairman and his elder brother HM Ershad last night.
 arrow Mysterious incident...

 arrow Businesses seek urgent steps to resume activities
The issue of Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) deadlock is likely to be placed before the council of advisers meeting today for a policy decision after top business leaders of the country urged thegovernment
 arrow 124 police inspectors transferred in last spell
The government yesterday completed 'reshuffle' in six metropolitan police areas by transferring 124 inspector ranked officials -- mostly officers-in-charge (OC) of different police stations.
 arrow Mahmud to hold more meetings in future
Defending his controversial meeting with in-service government officials at Uttara on Friday night as a "social gathering", former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday said the news revealed by the
 arrow 4-party to hold rallies to protest 'plot' against polls
The BNP- led four-party alliance will bring out procession and hold rally in all divisional and district headquarters today and tomorrow to protest a 'conspiracy' of the Awami League led 14-party combine
 arrow Father of slain Bogra Jubo Dal leader accuses Shibir, JCD men
Father of slain Jubo Dal leader Mohon Sheikh yesterday filed a murder case accusing three BNP-backed ward commissioners and 21 leaders and activists of Jubo Dal, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Islami Chhatra
 arrow Advisory body orders fresh list of criminals
The Advisory Committee on Law and Order yesterday directed the authorities concerned to prepare a fresh list of the most wanted criminals in the country.
 arrow Manual control of vehicles movement...

 arrow Judicial probe ordered in 3 defamation suits filed by Tarique
A Dhaka court yesterday directed three metropolitan magistrates to conduct judicial probe into three separate defamation suits filed by BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman against threeAwami
 arrow Mashhud finds political situation improving
Power and Energy Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the country's political situation is gradually improving although it has not improved completely.
 arrow EU mission chief hopes for fair polls, all parties' participation
Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh Dr Stefan Frowein said the European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) expects that the upcoming election in Bangladesh would beheld
 arrow Police raid 12 DU halls, no arms recovery
Police on Saturday night raided 12 residential halls of Dhaka University (DU) but failed to recover any arms or explosives.
 arrow Security men help loot city shopping mall
Security guards of a shopping mall at Badda in the capital apparently helped burglarise ornaments, cellular phone sets, accessories, and cash worth over Tk 86 lakh in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Border guards trade gunshots in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) exchanged gunfire on Madra and Kakdanga borders in Kolaroa upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Tarique sued again for defamation
Senior Vice-president of Pabna Awami League (AL) filed a defamation case against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday for his alleged "indecent remarks" about AL chief Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Rejoinder
Ehsan Ul Fattah, secretary, food and disaster management ministry, in a rejoinder to the report "Secret meet of admin bigwigs at ex-energy adviser's office" ran on November 25, 2006 in The Daily Starclaimed
 arrow Restaurant bomb kills 15 Afghans
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 15 Afghans, as Nato said 55 rebels had died in fierce clashes that also killed one of its soldiers.
 arrow Hu to elevate strategic ties with Pakistan
Chinese President Hu Jintao ended a four-day visit to Pakistan yesterday during which he promised to work with Islamabad to elevate strategic ties to "a new high" and strengthen trade and economic cooperation.
 arrow Yemeni editor walks free after Prophet cartoons conviction
A Yemeni court sentenced a newspaper editor to one year in jail and shut his publication for reprinting offensive cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed(SM), but the attorney general freed the journalist.
 arrow Thousands protest Pope's Turkey visit
Chanting Islamist slogans and brandishing banners against Western intervention in the Middle East, thousands of people have rallied here in protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey, which starts
 arrow River linking impractical
Finance Minister P Chidambaram said here yesterday that interlinking of rivers to resolve the country's water woes would affect India's ecology.
Businessarrow Infrastructure lying neglected for fund constraints
Country's tourism sector witnessed a little infrastructure development in the last five years due mainly to government indifference, fading out the foreign tourists' attraction here, according to theindustry
 arrow West must prepare for Sino-Indo dominance
Western nations must prepare for a future dominated by China and India, whose rapid economic rise will soon fundamentally alter the balance of power, former World Bank chief James Wolfensohn has warned.
 arrow Asian currencies rise against dollar
Asian currencies rose against the dollar, which slid worldwide over concerns about the prospects for US economic growth.
 arrow ROK begins slaughtering poultry to stop bird flu virus spread
South Korean quarantine officials on Sunday began slaughtering more than 200,000 poultry after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu at a chicken farm, the agriculture ministry said.
 arrow Asean leaders to speed up economic integration
Southeast Asian leaders are to advance to 2015 the target date for integrating the region's vast economies into a single European Union-style market, a draft declaration obtained by AFP showed.
 arrow Imports threaten Vietnam garments
With import taxes on textiles and garments set to come down from 37.3 to 13.7 per cent on average as part of Viet Nam's WTO commitments, the sector will come under harsher foreign competition.
 arrow Ctg Pizza Hut receives 'Club Millennium' award
Pizza Hut Chittagong has recently received prestigious 'Club Millennium' award from the Yum! Restaurants International (YRI) of USA, the franchiser of Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, Long John Silver and A&W
 arrow Kolkata to legalise hawkers soon
Municipal Corporation yesterday moved another step towards legalising hawking, promising hawkers that they will soon be issued professional identity cards of their own.
 arrow Vietnam's seafood exports up 25pc
Seafood exports so far this year hit US$3.08 billion, an increase of 25 per cent over the same period in 2005, according to the Ministry of Fisheries earlier this week.
 arrow Djibouti seeks to be East Africa's first seaport
The tiny but strategic Red Sea state of Djibouti is working all out to become the Horn of Africa's main regional shipping terminal over the next few years.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful is back
In a surprise move the national selectors brought Mohammad Ashraful back to the national side for the first three one-day internationals against visiting Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Zim win tour opener
National captain Habibul Bashar's hopes of starting the campaign against Zimbabwe on a high note was shattered as the visitors managed a 26-run victory against a youthful BCB President XI in their tour
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi-Dhaka encounter today
It would top-of-the-table time in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League as leaders Dhaka take on Rajshahi in the fourth round match starting at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium today.
 arrow Football: BFF considers Pro-League transfer soon
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is considering announcing a fresh transfer date for the inaugural Professional Football League within a couple of days.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers flatter to deceive
Bangladesh were flattered by trampling a local Khulna Eleven by 240 runs in a warm-up game at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Niaz wins but Zia held
Bangladeshi Grandmaster Niaz Murshed won his sixth round game in the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2006 in Mumbai on Saturday but fellow GM Ziaur Rahman dropped points.
 arrow Chess: Shakil on the verge of title
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil remained on top of the Prime Bank International Rating Chess Tournament beating Taher yesterday but he will have to win today's final round match to reap harvest of goodwork.
 arrow Cricket: England live to fight another day
Shane Warne took a belting but struck back with two crucial England wickets to have Australia on the road to victory in the first Ashes cricket Test at the Gabba here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Kemp crushes India
Big-hitting Justin Kemp pounded a maiden century as South Africa came back from a horror start to gain a convincing 106-run win in the third one-day international against India at Newlands Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Stop Yousuf'
West Indian captain Brian Lara said Sunday his team was ready for make or break in the final Test against Pakistan and would stop prolific batsman Mohammad Yousuf from achieving a world record.
 arrow Tennis: India make Hopman Cup
India scored an impressive victory over Chinese Taipei in the final of the Asian Hopman Cup tournament here on Sunday to ensure a berth in the main tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Colly cool over miss
England batsman Paul Colling-wood dismissed the anguish of narrowly missing out on a century in the first Ashes Test here Sunday to revel in his team's overdue gutsy fight back against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Pressure works for him!
Justin Langer has, as he puts it, been "under the pump" for most of his 101-Test career, but he takes great delight in proving his detractors wrong and he did it again in the Gabba Ashes Test againstEngland
 arrow Football: Sheer magic
Barcelona forward Ronaldinho turned on the style as he steered his side to an emphatic 4-0 win at home Villarreal that put them four points clear at the top of the Primera Liga on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Anelka sinks Arsenal
Nicolas Anelka's first Premiership goals for Bolton condemned his former club Arsenal to a 3-1 defeat on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Maldini mellows Milan misery
AC Milan skipper Paolo Maldini grabbed the only goal of the game as AC Milan beat Messina 1-0 on Saturday to help ease the pressure on underfire coach Carlo Ancelotti.
 arrow Cricket: China given go-ahead
The Asian Cricket Council has approved special development projects to promote cricket in China, officials said Saturday. "The ACC development committee meeting has approved a budget of 5.
 arrow Cricket: Form worries Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has said he was "very much concerned" about his loss of form in their current series against the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Smith, Lorgat clash over Nel
South African cricket found itself in the middle of yet another selection row when the captain Graeme Smith and coach Mickey Arthur had a showdown with Haroon Lorgat, the convener of South Africa's selection
 arrow Football: Rooney extends United deal
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Saturday signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2012.
 arrow Football: Tevez to be fined
West Ham's Argentina international Carlos Tevez is expected to be fined after he left Upton Park following his substitution in their 1-0 win over Sheffield United.
 arrow Football: Deisler glad to be back
German international midfielder Sebastian Deisler could not hide his joy at his comeback with Bayern Munich on Saturday following a difficult eight months on the sidelines.
 arrow Football: A dream realised
Ronaldinho said that he fulfilled a childhood dream by wrapping up Barcelona's 4-0 win over Villarreal on Saturday with his spectacular overhead kick three minutes from time.
 arrow Football: Sochaux go second
A double from Anthony Le Tallec put Sochaux joint second in the French league on Saturday with an emphatic 3-1 win at Lorient as Lille, held 1-1 by Monaco, missed the chance to close the gap on runaway
 arrow Football: Benitez salutes Gerrard
Liverpool ma-nager Rafa Benitez paid tribute to inspirational mid-fielder Steven Gerrard after he scored for the first time in the Premiership this season in a hard-earned 1-0 victory over ManchesterCity
 arrow Football: Bayern keep pace
Title contenders Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen both closed the gap on surprise leaders Schalke 04 with respective wins over SV Hamburg and Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
 arrow Zanardi makes F1 return
Alessandro Zanardi got behind the wheel of a Formula One car on Saturday for the first time since he lost both legs in a high-speed crash five years ago.
 arrow Football: Diouf admits to diving
Bolton Wanderers' Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf has admitted diving to win penalties, but said it was common practice in the Premier League.
Metropolitanarrow 'Remove Zakaria to reform EC'
Leaders of Chhatra Sangram Parishad (CSP), a combine of 14-party combine backed student organisations, yesterday urged the President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed to reform the election commission through
 arrow 48,000 Bangladeshis to perform Hajj this year
The first batch of 301 Bangladeshi pilgrims left Dhaka for Jeddah yesterday by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines starting off this year's Hajj operation.
 arrow Vow to establish equal rights for women
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday called for following the ideals of poet Sufia Kamal to establish equal rights for women in the society.
 arrow HC asks govt to maintain status quo until today
A High Court Division yesterday directed the government to maintain a status quo on the MBBS admission test of 14 government medical colleges for the sessions 2006-2007 until today.
 arrow Punish bureaucrats who attended secret meet
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday demanded punishment to the bureaucrats who attended a secret meeting at Uttara on November 24.
 arrow Three killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Chittagong and Kishoreganj yesterday.
 arrow Deprived teachers' confece on December 2
National convention of the teachers who have been deprived in the last five years, organised by National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE), has been rescheduled to be held on December 2 instead of
 arrow Sit with political parties to arrest price hike
Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) urged the caretaker government to sit with the political parties to stop political demonstrations which result in price hike of essentials and hamper country's
 arrow RU teachers lay siege to VC's house
Hundreds of teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) under the banner of 'Progressive Teacher's Society (PTS)' laid siege to vice-chancellor's house, the venue of a syndicate meeting, yesterday evening demanding
 arrow 'Secret' meet indicates breakdown in admin
The conspiratorial meeting of a good number of former and in-service bureaucrats at Uttara indicates the complete break down of civil administration in the country, a Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad press
 arrow Next hearing on Jan 11
A Dhaka court yesterday refixed January 11, 2007 as next hearing date for a gold smuggling case filed against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad following a time petition by the defence
 arrow UPDF demands equal rights
United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) President Prosit Bikash Khisa demanded amendment to the constitution in order to ensure rights of all citizens of the country regardless of class, race, ethnicity,
 arrow CPB reiterates demand for reforms in EC
Criticising the president/chief adviser for his role in holding a free and fair election, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday said he has kept the same administration engineered by the BNP-Jamaat
 arrow Security guard dies in rooftop fall
A security guard died after falling from roof of a three-storied building at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Shaheed Dr Milon Day today
Today is Shaheed Dr Milon Day.
 arrow Munir Chy's birthday today
The 81st birth anniversary of Shaheed Professor Munir Chow-dhury, a pioneer of modern drama in the country, will be celebrated today, says a press release.
 arrow Removal of Savar UNO demanded
Awami League (AL) staged a demonstration at Genda bus stand in Savar yesterday demanding punishment to Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) A Z Salauddin Nagri for attending a secret meeting at Uttara hosted
 arrow Save women from repression on eve of polls
Peshajibi Nari Samaj yesterday formed a human chain on the Supreme Court premises in observance of the International Fortnight of Elimination of Violence against Women, says a press release.
 arrow Zonta celebrates UN Day
Zonta Club III celebrated its International Foundation and UN Day at the Heritage Restaurant in the city on November 18, says a press release.
 arrow Golden jubilee of DU sociology dept
The sociology department of Dhaka University will celebrate its golden jubilee in the last week of January, says a press release.
 arrow 11 fake examinees arrested
11 fake examinees were held during the admission tests under Ga unit for 2006-2007 academic session at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.
 arrow NSU convocation tomorrow
Tenth convocation ceremony of North South University (NSU) will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 10:30am tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Management Net reunion
Management Net, an organisation of ex-students of 10 batches (1983-92) of the management department, Dhaka University, will hold a daylong grand reunion on December 1 at the TSC on the DU campus, says
 arrow Appeal for help
Raihan, a minor boy of nine, has been suffering from Double Heart Valve Disease. He needs replacement with artificial heart valves which will cost Tk 5 lakh.
Nationalarrow Ahmadiyyas worried as Khatme Nabuat eyes Satkhira-5 JS seat
The International Khatme Nabuat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) may field a candidate in Satkhira-5 (Shyamnagar) in the coming parliamentary election, posing a threat to the 4-party alliance in the constituency,
 arrow BNP factions declare rival ticket seekers 'unwanted'
Intra-party feud in Shailakupa BNP has taken a new turn as former lawmaker from the party at a press conference termed his rival nomination aspirant retired secretary at former prime minister's office
 arrow Netrakona LDP body to be formed today
A 101-member convening committee of Netrakona district unit of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will be formed today at a convention, its organier advocate Siddikur Rahaman told The Daily Star.
 arrow LDP's Didar poses 'threat' to BNP in Satkhira-1
Syed Didar Bakth, who joined Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from BNP, may pose a threat to his former party in Satkhira-1 (Tala and Kalaroa upazilas) constituency in the coming election, political observers
 arrow LDP may field 8 candidates in Khulna, Jessore, Satkhira
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is likely to field eight candidates in Khulna, Jessore and Satkhira districts in the coming election.
 arrow 30 hurt in AL-BNP clashes in Tangail
At least 30 people were injured in clashes between Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at Kathhaltola Bazar in Madarganj upazila in Jamalpur district yesterday.
 arrow BNP enforces blockade in Khagrachhari
Khagrachhari district BNP enforced a road blockade in the district yesterday protesting what it called repeated attacks on party men allegedly by Awami League activists. on October 27.
 arrow Month long Sec 144!
Section 144, clamped in Banaripara upazila town in Barisal on October 29 following Awami League-BNP clashes, is yet to be lifted though the situation has returned to normalcy.
 arrow Attack on Bogra journo protested
Journalists in Sirajganj yesterday staged a demonstration demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the attackers on THE DAILY STAR Staff reporter in Bogra Hasibur Rahman Bilu.
 arrow Guest Birds...

Point-Counterpointarrow Polls, publishers and politicians
The last few weeks' political gridlock and civil strife since the installation of President Iajuddin Ahmed as the chief of the CTG has underscored a few remarkable things: (a) The people's indomitable
 arrow An overview of the president-cum-chief adviser's address
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed's address to the nation at midnight of November 22 revealed, among other things, that the Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz was going on leave for three months,
 arrow The president's ivory tower
If we needed proof that the president's actions for holding a free, fair, and credible election were just frivolous attempts, a charade, or a joke on us, the people, it was in the president's assuming
Culturearrow Familiar face on small screen
Mir Sabbir Mahmud's career on the small screen is on the upswing. His acting has won him warm reception from viewers and critics.
 arrow Musical soiree by Srijon
In continuation of their regular programme on the last Saturday of every month, cultural organisation Srijon arranged another show presenting songs of yesteryears.
 arrow 'Ontoraler Kotha': Masuma's saga
A new episode of Ontoraler Kotha, focusing on Masuma, is set to be aired on Channel i tonight at 6:20 pm. The plot: Masuma is married off to an educated service-holder with a sizeable dowry.
 arrow 'The Stream of Poems' launched
At the tender age of 11, Afeed Areifiz has a publication to his credit. Titled The Stream of Poems, a collection of his poems, was launched at Etcetera Bangladesh Dhanmondi outlet on November 25, 2006.
Generalarrow 'Appoint new CA'
Bangladesh Palli Chikitshak Samity demanded the resignation of President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed at a meeting at their central office in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow RU officials observe token hunger strike
Officials and employees of Rajshahi University (RU) under the banner of 'Officer and Karmachari Oikya Parishad' observed a four hour token hunger strike yesterday in front of the university administrative
 arrow Charmonai Pir laid to rest
Pir of Charmonai Maulana Syed Mohammad Fazlul Karim, also chairman of Islami Shashontantrik Andolon, was buried at the family graveyard of Charmonai in Barisal after a namaz-e-janaza attended by thousands
Internationalarrow China has endorsed Indo-US nuke deal
China has "endorsed" the Indo-US civil nuclear deal during the just-concluded visit of President Hu Jintao here, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said.
 arrow Lanka seeks border patrols with India
The visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday sounded out India on joint patrolling of their maritime border in a bid to halt smuggling and cross-border terrorism.
 arrow Pakistan sees progress in glacier talks
Pakistan's foreign minister said Saturday progress had been made in talks with India towards demilitarisation of Kashmir's disputed Siachen glacier, but political will was needed to clinch a final deal.
 arrow Hu eases thru' Indo-Pak political minefield
Chinese President Hu Jintao successfully negotiated the political minefield of back-to-back visits to India and Pakistan as all three nations focused on the benefits of closer trade ties, analysts said.
 arrow Tiger supremo faces deadline for war or peace in Lanka
Sri Lanka's elusive Tamil Tiger supremo marks his 52nd birthday yesterday with a self-imposed deadline to decide the course of Asia's longest-running ethnic conflict.
 arrow Nepal grants citizenship rights to millions
Nepal's parliament granted millions the opportunity to become new citizens yesterday, passing a bill that helps a migrant population on its India border get the chance to vote in national elections due
 arrow Maoists, Nepali govt fail to finalise interim constitution
A peace process aimed at ending Nepal's decade-old Maoist insurgency suffered a setback on Sunday when government and rebels failed to finalise an interim constitution and parliament as agreed in a landmark
 arrow Iran clears Khan of N-proliferation charges
Claiming its nuclear programme was indigenous, Iran has 'cleared' Pakistan, especially its disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan, of having been involved in the proliferation of nuclear technology to Tehran.
 arrow Shah Rukh Khan to host India's most popular TV show
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will replace Amitabh Bachchan, India's most famous actor, as the host of the local TV version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," a report said Sunday.
 arrow Mini-bus plunges into canal in Pakistan, 11 die
A mini-bus plunged into a canal, killing 11 passengers, including four children, in eastern Pakistan yesterday, after the steering on the vehicle snapped, police said.
 arrow Israel, Palestinians agree on Gaza ceasefire
Israel ordered restraint yesterday after Palestinian militants fired a salvo of rockets at the Jewish state, violating a fledgling ceasefire less then two hours after it took effect in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Evict occupiers
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Sunday for the peoples of the Middle East and Afghanistan to join forces in driving out foreign occupiers.
 arrow Blasts rock Baghdad despite curfew
A series of explosions rocked the Iraqi capital yesterday even as fearful civilians kept off the streets on the third day of a curfew imposed to rein in bloodletting that has killed hundreds.
 arrow AU, UN ink deal on first phase of 'hybrid' Darfur peace force
The African Union and United Nations have agreed on the first phase of transforming the cash-strapped AU peace mission in Sudan's Darfur region into a "hybrid" AU-UN force, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Folic acid can cut heart attack risk: Experts
Can taking folic acid supplements reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke? British researchers believe it can.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Media bashing in vogue again
There is a saying that those who deliberately keep their eyes closed are worse off than those who are blind.
 arrow Editorial: Sporadic violence
As the political crisis persists, reports of sporadic clashes between the supporters of the two major parties are coming from some places.
 arrow Awaiting a moment of truth
"The bullies bully not only because they want to, but also because they can.
 arrow Eyeless in India
If I was, God forbid, chief censor of world media there is one four-letter word that I would ban completely: doom. Doomsday is as dull a concept as one can imagine, for it represents the end of all action.
 arrow The West's problem with the veil
Some days ago Dutch government issued a prescription that a Muslim woman should not wear in public places veil that covers her face. This is likely to be a law in the near future.
Letters to Editorarrow Voters' dilemma
Thirty-five years has passed since Bangladesh became independent and yet our elected representatives, have failed to provide for the voters, their Constitutional right for "Democratic Government" and
 arrow An open letter to Sheikh Hasina
At the outset, let me express my unconditional apology for any remarks made in the following paragraphs and of course in case you consider my writing this letter to you an act of unwarranted audacity.
 arrow Politics of grabbing power
The country is passing through very difficult days and some political parties are threatening to destroy all the public institutions on the plea of holding a fair, free and acceptable election.
 arrow Fertilizers and environmental pollution
Environmental pollution is a global problem and is common to both developed as well as developing countries. Nowadays it is also becoming a big problem for our country.
 arrow Google Earth
A few days ago I was looking at the satellite images of Dhaka city in Google Earth.
 arrow Endangered democracy
We do have many things all right but one of them, i.e., our democracy, is deteriorating.
 arrow Atrocious behaviour
I could not keep my balance of mind when I read in your daily that " Six Imams were kicked out of a US Airways flight at Minnesota" for no valid reason and more outrageous behavior was shown whenthey
 arrow Bribing debut
I am a university student and also a young citizen of Bangladesh, I am from the generation of future leaders who are learning from the senior citizens.
 arrow Big eyewash
The CA of CG in handling the CEC standoff had really hoodwinked us.
 arrow Flawed MBBS admission test
I'm writing this letter on behalf of all those meritorious students who passed the HSC exams this year.
 arrow 'If I were justice Abdul Aziz'
On the November 19 issue of DS Mr. Maswood Alam Khan wrote a letter entitled 'If I were justice Abdul Aziz". The letter attracted many others and me for its title.
Star Cityarrow Deafening noise exposes millions to serious health hazards
The noise pollution is rising to a dangerous level exposing millions in the city to serious health hazards.
 arrow City's poor to face greater housing problem
Dhaka City dwellers struggle to negotiate with acute housing problems as the land margin of the city continues to shrink, rendering millions of people to live in subhuman conditions in slums or as floating
 arrow Gulshan Plot: Who is the legitimate owner?
Conflicting claims of a Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) plot in Gulshan has given rise to the question on its legitimate owner and Rajuk's role in it.
 arrow Dhaka: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Dr Abu Sayeed M Ahmed, Head, Department of Architecture of University of Asia Pacific, environmental activist and heritage aficionado shared his views on Dhaka with Durdana Ghias of Star
 arrow Burning 24 hours a day, for a month

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