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Front Pagearrow EC rushes to set poll day Jan 21
In a surreptitious and hasty move threatening to pitch the country into further political turmoil, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced the schedule for the next parliamentary election, setting
 arrow Man with political goal made one of 2 ECs
The president yesterday appointed two new election commissioners -- one of them aspired to be a candidate of the four-party alliance from Habiganj-2 (Ajmiriganj-Baniachang) constituency while the other
 arrow Blockade threatened from Sunday
The 14-party alliance last night said it will enforce a countrywide non-stop blockade from Sunday if, by that time, the poll schedule was not cancelled, the voter list not corrected and the Election Commission
 arrow 14-party sit-in rejects outright polls schedule
Streaming in hundreds onto the streets leading to Bangabhaban in the capital, activists of 14-party coalition and its allies yesterday turned a scheduled sit-in into a vociferous protest against the fresh
 arrow Advisers kept in the dark
Advisers to the caretaker government (CG) fired a broadside at President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday over his apparent retreat from a promise to consult them before the appointment twomore
 arrow Eminent citizens surprised
Advisers to the former caretaker governments, retired bureaucrats, academicians, jurists and eminent citizens of the country yesterday expressed their surprise at the announcement of election schedule
 arrow EC's time constraint claim belies reality
In defence of the hurriedly announced election schedule, the Election Commission (EC) came up with the excuse of constraint of time, but it allocated more time for different stages of the electoral process
 arrow Advisers move to reopen Ctg container terminal
The council of advisers of caretaker government yesterday discussed the issue of deadlock at the Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) and did not find any valid reason to cancel the agreement with theprivate
 arrow Body to probe civil servants' secret meet
A three-member probe body was formed yesterday to investigate Friday night's meeting between former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman and serving bureaucrats, as well as bureaucrats' involvement in the 1996
 arrow Lawyers wrangle at court over hearing
An awkward commotion took place in High Court (HC) yesterday between the opposing counsels over fixing the date of hearing for three writ petitions filed against the president taking over the chief adviser
 arrow 4-party hails EC for polls schedule
The BNP-led four-party alliance leaders yesterday appreciated the Election Commission for announcing the polls schedule and said the upcoming election must be held as per the schedule.
 arrow Mohammad Hanif passes away
Veteran Awami League leader and former Dhaka City mayor Mohammad Hanif died in the early hours today at city's Apollo Hospital after a prolonged illness.
 arrow EU wants people's verdict to reflect in next polls
The European Commission (EC) feels that the political parties of Bangladesh should play their due role in preparing the field for holding a free and fair election.
 arrow Political parties say 'no' to polls schedule
Different political parties rejected the election schedule declared by the Election Commission (EC) yesterday.
 arrow GM Quader to float new party
Former lawmaker GM Quader, who was expelled from Jatiya Party (JP) on Sunday, is going to launch a new political party shortly.
 arrow Election office set on fire in Khulna
Unknown people last night set fire to an election office in Khulna city in presence of police. Two staff of the office were also on duty besides four police constables during the incident.
 arrow CG to follow liberal policy in allowing poll monitors
The caretaker government will follow a liberal policy to allow foreign election observers to ensure presence of maximum number of observers during the 9th general election.
 arrow Govt given 6 weeks more to comply with SC directives
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday gave the government another six weeks' time to separate the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow SC order today on 6 condemned JMB leaders' appeal petitions
The hearing of the petitions filed by six JMB militants seeking leave to appeal against their death sentences concluded yesterday and the Supreme Court will pass its order today.
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 arrow Aminul made acting secy to CA's office
The caretaker government yesterday appointed Kazi Md Aminul Islam as acting secretary to the Chief Adviser's Office. Prior to his new job, Islam was an acting member of the Planning Commission.
 arrow Residence problem may dash hajj hope
About 41,000 non-ballottee pilgrims under the supervision of different hajj agencies will not be able to perform hajj if their 'tasria'-- documents for hiring residence in Saudi Arabia -- are not received
 arrow Israel extends olive branch to Palestine
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert extended a vision of peace with the Palestinians Monday, offering to resume long deadlocked talks as he sought to capitalise on a fledgling new truce.
 arrow Clashes erupt in Baghdad
Three US soldiers and at least 13 Iraqi people were killed in clashes in Baghdad after authorities yesterday lifted an indefinite curfew imposed after a series of bombings killed over 200 people lastThursday.
 arrow 39 killed in Iran military plane crash
An Iranian military plane crashed shortly after takeoff at Tehran's Mehrabad airport early yesterday killing all 39 people on board, including 30 members of the Revolutionary Guards, police said.
 arrow India tests its first missile interception device
Two nuclear-capable ballistic missiles collided in mid-air off India's eastern coast yesterday in a successful test of an interception programme, a top scientist said.
Businessarrow Tk350cr Square Hospitals opens next month
Aiming to provide global standard healthcare services locally at an affordable cost, a Tk350 crore Square Hospitals is set to go into formal operation next month.
 arrow Bangladesh PC market grows 27.5pc in Q2
Bangladesh PC/server market registered a growth of 27.5 percent to 54,522 in Q2 2006 (April-June) as compared to Q2 2005, Springboard Research, a leading innovator in IT market research industry, hasannounced.
 arrow Local firms get Tk 2cr export order at Dubai IT fair
Bangladeshi companies received Tk 2 crore export order at Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2006) held between November 18 and November 22 in Dubai, says a press release.
 arrow East Asian countries to cut dependence on conventional fuels
Southeast Asian nations are to reduce their dependence on conventional fuels and explore stockpiling oil as part of a sweeping energy programme, according to details of a draft pact obtained by AFP.
 arrow China tops anti-dumping table: WTO
China remains the most frequent subject of anti-dumping inquiries by trading partners while the overall number of newly-launched probes continues to decline, according to figures for the first half of
 arrow South-south summit in Nigeria this week
African and South American heads of state and government are meeting for the first time this week in the Nigerian capital Abuja in a south-south summit expected to be dominated by the continents' respective
 arrow Oil producers robbing of 1pc Indian economic growth
India has expressed its unhappiness at the speculative surge in global crude prices and accused oil-producing countries of robbing it of one percentage point of its economic growth.
 arrow Wal-Mart to open retail stores in India
India may soon have stores displaying the Wal-Mart brand despite government rules that prevent foreign companies from operating multi-product retail chains here.
 arrow Crude prices gain in Asian trade
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Monday after further hints the Opec cartel could cut production again next month in order to support the market, dealers said.
 arrow Chinese firm develops under $200 computer
A Chinese technology company has developed a low cost computer that will be priced under 200 dollars and fitted with a home-grown microprocessor, a leading Internet portal reported Monday.
 arrow State control harming Russian economy: OECD
Expanding state ownership is a "step back" for the Russian economy, the OECD said in a report Monday that raised concerns over the sustainability of Russia's current boom.
 arrow Pakistan to celebrate '07 as tourism year
Pakistan has decided to celebrate the year 2007 as 'Visit Pakistan Year' and tourism ministry of the country has chalked out a detailed outline of events to serve the purpose, says a press release.
 arrow Euro hits 20-month high against dollar
The euro reached a 20-month high against the dollar on Monday, leading French Finance Minister Thierry Breton to urge "collective vigilance" amid concern that the cost of exports leaving the 12-nation
Sportsarrow Cricket: Old foes, new game
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe join the newest cricket bandwagon as they face off in their inaugural Twenty20 International match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg ride on Dhiman
Hosts Chittagong took the momentum away from Barisal as they passed the 300-run mark at the end of the opening day in the four-day Ispahani Mirzapore 8th National Cricket League at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Chess: Niaz, Zia held
Grand Masters (GM) Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman both drew their games in the seventh round of the Commonwealth Chess Champion-ship in Mumbai yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Shakil claims Rating title
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil won the Prime Bank 9th International Rating Chess competition at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia go one up
Australia wrapped up a crushing 277-run victory over England 90 minutes into the fifth and final day of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf fires record ton
Run-making machine Mohammad Yousuf hit a world record eighth century in a calendar year to anchor Pakistan's innings in the third and final Test against the West Indies in Karachi on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid to miss last two games
India captain Rahul Dravid will miss the last two matches of the one-day series against South Africa with a finger injury.
 arrow Cricket: Greg burns in Kolkata
Kolkata on Monday erupted in protest over Greg Chappell's comments against Indian MPs, with demonstrators burning the coach's effigy and demanding that he be sacked immediately.
 arrow Cricket: Watson out of 2nd Test
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was Monday ruled out of playing in Friday's second Ashes Test against England in Adelaide. Australian selectors said they will announce the second Test squad onTuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Subhas asks for Ganguly entry
West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty on Monday pitched for re-induction of Sourav Ganguly in the Indian cricket team in the wake of its recent poor showings.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting pretty pleased
Ricky Ponting expects Australia's winning form to carry through to this week's second Ashes Test as England search to resolve their selection issues ahead of Adelaide.
 arrow Cricket: England seek to fight
England have just three days to come up with some answers after a crushing 277-run loss to Australia in the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: MPs flay Chappell
India's beleaguered cricket coach Greg Chappell came under fire from the country's politicians on Monday for suggesting they were paid to talk and criticise.
 arrow Cricket: Warne, KP still buddies
England batsman Kevin Pietersen said he bore no grudge with Australia's Shane Warne Monday after the pair clashed during the Ashes opener at the Gabba in Brisbane.
 arrow Football: Raul saves Real
Sevilla stayed in the hunt for the Spanish league title with a comprehensive 3-1 victory away at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Pulsating draw at Old Trafford
Manchester United maintained their three-point edge over Chelsea at the top of the Premiership but a 1-1 draw with the champions here on Sunday will go down as a missed opportunity for Sir Alex Ferguson's
 arrow Football: Inter rule over Palermo
Inter Milan brushed aside title-rivals Palermo 2-1 in Sicily on Sunday as Roma skipper Francesco Totti hit back at his critics with goals in either half which lifted his side to a 4-2 win at Sampdoria.
 arrow Cricket: Hair splits nothing: Huq
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) does not see any split in the world game after the removal of Australian Darrell Hair from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite panel of umpires.
 arrow Cricket: Crowd record goes to Gabba
Cricket Australia confirmed a record attendance for the first Ashes Test between Australia and England, which wrapped up at Brisbane's Gabba ground Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania selected as tennis beauty
The Chinese media has included Sania Mirza among the world's all-time 'Top 10 Tennis Beauties' along with Russian star Maria Sharapova and former player Gabriela Sabatini.
 arrow Cricket: Kaif's house pelted
A group of people, claiming to be supporters of the Lok Janshakti Party, on Monday vandalised the house of cricketer Mohammad Kaif after his poor show in the ongoing one-day series against South Africa.
 arrow Football: Lyon half-time winners
Lyon picked up the largely honorific title of 'winter champions' with a 1-0 win at home against Auxerre on Sunday as under-fire Paris Saint Germain failed to shake off the crisis surrounding the clubwith
 arrow Football: Stuttgart go third
VfB Stuttgart moved up to third two points behind leaders Schalke 04 with a 1-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho mocks Man U
Jose Mourinho hailed his side's battling draw at Manchester United as a much better result for the champions than for their Premiership title rivals.
 arrow Football: Iran ban lifted
World football's governing body FIFA has temporarily lifted its ban on Iran so it can take part in the Asian Games football competition after frantic behind the scenes manoeuvring.
 arrow Football: Bayern threaten G-14 quit
Bayern Munich are considering pulling out of the G-14, doubting whether the lobbying group of top European clubs is achieving anything for its members or for the game as a whole.
 arrow Football: Pele moans lack of teamwork
Five-time world champions Brazil failed at this year's football World Cup in Germany because they did not play as a team, legendary player Pele said Monday.
 arrow Football: Ajax striker apologises for racist jibe
Ajax Amsterdam striker Kenneth Perez has apologised for racially abusing a linesman during the match against Twente Enschede last week. "I regret what I said...
Metropolitanarrow HC stays results for 6 weeks
The High Court yesterday stayed for six weeks the results of MBBS admission tests for 14 government medical colleges and the notice regarding the admission under 2006-07 session.
 arrow 'Ministry's approval a must for women job seekers abroad'
The government will install closed-circuit cameras to properly monitor the activities of immigration section of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Chandpur yesterday.
 arrow JU admission tests uncertain
The admission tests of Jahangirnagar University (JU) under the academic session 2006-07 have become uncertain once again as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has threatened to enforce indefinite strikeon
 arrow Scientists protest recruitment from admin cadre
Scientists of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) protested recruitment of officials from the administration cadre in the BCSIR violating the council's ordinance.
 arrow Parties reject poll schedule
Different political parties rejected the election schedule announced by the Election Commission (EC) abruptly yesterday.
 arrow MBBS admission seekers continue agitation
Both the successful and unsuccessful MBBS admission seekers yesterday formed two separate human chains at Shaheb Bazar Zero point in the city.
 arrow 'Major parties do not serve interest of CHT people'
Eminent people of three hill districts said two major parties of the country do not serve the interest of the people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), so they need to send their own representatives tothe
 arrow Saarc agriculture ministers' meet in Islamabad Dec 12
Saarc ministerial meeting on agriculture and food will be held in Islamabad on December 14.
 arrow Father gets life for killing son
A court in Tangail yesterday sentenced one person to life imprisonment for killing his seven-month-old son in 2004.
 arrow 26 candidates to vie for one seat at CU
Around 26 candidates will vie for one seat in the upcoming admission test for the first year honours courses (2006-2007 sessions) at different departments of Chittagong University (CU).
 arrow Robbery in 7 vehicles in Bogra
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth Tk 2 lakh from seven vehicles by creating barricade with stems on Bogra-Joypurhat highway near Goneshpur Bhangabridge in Shibganj yesterday.
 arrow 6th Wage Board Award soon: Mahbubul Alam
Professional excellence should get top priority in journalism. Information. Water Resources and Religious Affairs Adviser Mahbubul Alam said this while visiting Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) yesterday.
 arrow 2.64 lakh admission forms submitted to RU
Submission of first year honours admission test forms for the sessions 2006-07 of Rajshahi University ended yesterday.
 arrow Traders blame security agency
Traders of Holland Centre Shopping Complex at North Badda in the city kept their shops closed yesterday protesting the robbery that took place at the market on Sunday.
 arrow Tk 3.5cr Indian clothes seized
Smuggled Indian clothes worth around Tk 3.5 crore were seized from a sand-laden trawler in the Balu river at Demra in Dhaka early yesterday.
 arrow 2 brothers get life for killing boy in Ctg
A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced two brothers to life imprisonment for killing a teenage boy in the city in 2001.
 arrow DU 'Ga' unit test now on Jan 12
The admission test of Dhaka University (DU) under 'Ga' unit (business faculty) for first year honours courses under 2006-07 session will now be held on January 12 instead of December 1.
 arrow BSMMU admission test on Friday
The postponed admission test of MD, MS and FCPS part-1 of January 2007 under Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) will be held at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Buet)
 arrow DCC reception to Prof Yunus tomorrow
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will accord a grand reception to Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Muhammad Yunus tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Engineer Abu Bakar Siddique, a retired director (engineering) of Power Development Board, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at his residence in the city yesterday at the age of 76.
Nationalarrow 12 BNP aspirants unite against Nitai Roy
Intra-party feud in Magura BNP has taken a new turn as rival party men are determined to oppose former minister Nitai Roy Chowdhury's nomination from Magura-1 constituency (comprising Magura Sadar and
 arrow Galib's bail prayer rejected
A special tribunal here yesterday rejected the bail prayer of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah-Al-Galib, the main accused of Takierbazaar bomb blast case in Palashbari upazila.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP's punishment demanded
Journalists here yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Advisor (CA) through the Deputy Commissioner (DC) containing a demand for punishment to a former BNP lawmaker for threatening a journalist
 arrow Rangpur JP faction protests Quader's expulsion
A faction of Jaitya Party in Rrangpur yesterday reacted to expulsion of Presidium member GM Quader from the party by its chairman HM Ershad.
 arrow PCJSS council reaffirms 7-pt demand
The three-day council of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) concluded here on Sunday with a call to its members and all hill people to strengthen agitation to realise its seven-point demand
 arrow 2 JCD men held with arms
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two JCD leaders with arms in Moulvibazar town Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow The kind of Election Commission we want and need
Our Election Commission (EC), a constitutional body created for holding free, fair and impartial elections has, in recent years, become a largely discredited organization, and there is now widespreaddemand
 arrow Arbiters of morality: France and the Armenian genocide
The French have long believed in themselves as one of the supreme arbiters of the moral history of humanity, as exercising a unique civilizing mission on less fortunate parts of the world, and the ardor
 arrow Fixing the voter list
Since the next parliamentary election is due in January 2007, the existing faulty, inaccurate, and highly motivated voter list prepared by Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz and his associates,
 arrow How much more blood will be spilled in Iraq?
I sometimes wonder why our hearts don't break over Iraq, or perhaps, as I am rather sure they do, why we do not express it. Maybe it is because we do not understand the conflict in Iraq.
Culturearrow Mirroring contemporary Bangladesh
Rafiqun Nabi, one of the leading artists of the country, turns 64 today. Nabi, a professor of Department of Drawing and Painting, Institute of Fine Arts, was born November 28, 1943 in Chapai Nawabganj.
 arrow Jazz performance by Norwegian quartet Kirsti Huke
Kristi Huke Quartet, a popular Norwegian jazz band, performed at the Shaheed Ziaur Rahman auditorium of the National Museum on November 26.
 arrow Drama serial 'Lottery' on Rtv
Lottery, a drama serial will be telecast tonight at 8:50 on Rtv. Tarik Anam Khan, Suraiya Ratri, Azizul Hakim, Hillol and others act in the serial--a comedy about an ambitious and fortunate man.
 arrow Ono hopes Lennon anniversary to be a day of healing
Yoko Ono is calling for the anniversary of the death of her husband, John Lennon, to become a day of worldwide healing.
Generalarrow 2 major parties trying to take autocrat into their folds
Leaders and workers of different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday paid tributes to Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon on the occasion of his 16th death anniversary.
 arrow City contractor shot dead by extortionists
A sub-contractor was shot dead by extortionists for refusal to pay tolls in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tribute paid to Prof Aftab
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) paid a rich tribute to late Prof Aftab Ahmad, a professor of Political Science department of Dhaka University (DU) and former vice-chancellor of NationalUniversity.
Internationalarrow Indo-Pak FMs to hold substantive talks in Jan
India and Pakistan will hold "substantive talks" on January 13 when Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee travels to Islamabad to invite President Pervez Musharraf for Saarc Summit to be held
 arrow Lanka sinks arms ship
Sri Lanka's navy sank a trawler carrying a suspected Tamil Tiger arms shipment off the island's northwest coast on Monday, hours ahead of the rebel leader's annual address expected to chart the course
 arrow Nepal gives Maoists $1.3m for camps
Nepal's government approved a payment of 1.3 million dollars for Maoists to house their People's Liberation Army in camps under the terms of a landmark peace deal, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Bomber kills 2 Nato soldiers in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber killed two Nato soldiers in an attack on an alliance convoy in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar yesterday, a Nato spokesman said.
 arrow Abhishek, Ash step closer to wedding?
Bollywood sensation Abhishek Bachchan and beauty queen-turned actress Aishwarya Rai took part in pujas along with his family at the Kashi Viswanath and Sankat Mochan temples in Varanasi early this morning,
 arrow Thai junta proposes lifting of martial law
Thailand's junta leader said yesterday that he has asked the government to lift martial law across more than half the country in what would be the first easing of military rule since the September coup.
 arrow Britain blasts Iran's 'unacceptable' role in Iraq
Britain yesterday condemned Iran's behaviour in fuelling violence in neighbouring Iraq as "unacceptable," calling on Tehran to become a constructive partner with the West or face greater isolation.
 arrow Humpback whales have 'human' brain cells
Humpback whales have a type of brain cell seen only in humans, the great apes, and other cetaceans such as dolphins, US researchers reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The election schedule could have waited a few more days
Why is it that everything we do has to end up in some controversy? What should otherwise have been a routine affair has turned into a surreptitious one by both the suddenness and the manner in which it
 arrow Editorial: Price hike of essentials
The leaders of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh have urged the caretaker government to sit with the political parties with a view to arresting the price hike.
 arrow Engraving an engineered election
Justice Mahfuzur Rahman, a commissioner of the Election Commission (EC), has apparently orchestrated a legal coup to capture the chair of the chief election commissioner (CEC).
 arrow Prachanda's greatest moment: Nepal shows the way
November 21 will go down as a red-letter day in South Asian history.
 arrow Zionism: Pitting the West against Islam
It is tempting to celebrate the creation of Israel as a great triumph, perhaps the greatest in Jewish history.
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