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Front Pagearrow President 'pressed' for early polls schedule
President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed made the Election Commission (EC) announce the schedule for the next parliamentary elections hastily on Monday against an EC move for declaring it upon resolving
 arrow Only presidential mercy can now save JMB leaders
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected the petitions of six of the seven sentenced to death Islamist militants seeking permission to appeal against a High Court (HC) judgement upholding the sentences,
 arrow President's action adds fuel to the fire
Slowly, surely and so very sadly, our President and chief of the caretaker government is becoming more and more controversial.
 arrow Peaceful sit-in asks for EC reconstitution
The sit-in around the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday passed off peacefully with the demonstrators renewing their vow to get the polls schedule cancelled and the EC reconstituted 'meaningfully'.
 arrow Polls minus AL won't be acceptable
Two advisers to the caretaker government yesterday said parliamentary elections without participation of any major political party like the Awami League (AL) will not be accepted either at home or abroad.
 arrow Iajuddin blocking ways to fair polls
The 14-patry alliance yesterday alleged that the President and Chief Adviser (CA) Prof Iajuddin Ahmed has stopped all ways for peaceful and credible elections, made the ongoing political crisis more complicated
 arrow Advisers disown probe circular
Two caretaker government (CG) advisers yesterday said Monday's establishment ministry circular ordering a probe into all political involvements by bureaucrats since 1996 does not correspond with the council
 arrow More arson attacks on election offices
Security has been beefed up at election offices throughout the country following a spate of arson attacks that have triggered panic among field level election officers and staff.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire on Thakurgaon border, 1 killed
Heavy gunfight took place between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Thakurgaon and Satkhira borders yesterday.
 arrow Hanif laid to rest
Veteran Awami League (AL) leader and former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mayor Mohammad Hanif was laid to eternal rest yesterday at Azimpur graveyard in the capital.
 arrow Banks at ports to be open on weekends
Bangladesh Bank yesterday issued a directive to the commercial banks to keep their branches, which are adjacent to a seaport, land-port or airport, open during the weekends until further notice.
 arrow Boldly tackle blockaders
The BNP-led four-party alliance leaders at a rally at Muktangon in the capital yesterday asked the caretaker government to boldly tackle the ones out to destroy the country and its economy in the name
 arrow 4 outlaws killed in 'shootout'
Four outlaws including a regional leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Lal Pataka faction were killed in a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the criminals in two separate incidents
 arrow Rehabilitation deal with Italy today
After months of delay, the government today signs a soft loan agreement for 14.4 million euros (Tk 126 crore) with Italy for rehabilitation of the 50 megawatt third unit of Kaptai hydropower plant.
 arrow Mashrafee mauls Zimbabwe
Mashrafee Bin Mortuza once again showed his hard-hitting calibre as Bangladesh stormed to a 43-run victory against Zimbabwe in both sides' maiden Twenty20 International at the Khulna Divisional Stadium
 arrow Worried Annan to send envoy to Dhaka
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed concern at unrest in Bangladesh ahead of the upcoming election and is sending a senior UN official as his envoy today on a three-day visit.
 arrow Khaleda accuses AL of creating chaos
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said Awami League (AL) has chosen the course of "chaos" as it has no chance of winning the upcoming general election because the people will vote for the BNP dueto
 arrow 7 ex-lawmakers of BNP sued for unpaid phone bills
An accounts officer of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board yesterday filed seven cases with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, Dhaka against seven former BNP lawmakers to realise telephone
 arrow PWD engineer shot dead in broad daylight
Unidentified criminals shot dead an additional chief engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) inside his Indira Road house in the capital in broad daylight yesterday.
 arrow 3 of a family hacked to death in Narsingdi
Three members of a family were hacked to death by unknown assailants at village Musapur in Raipura upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Col Faruk gets 10-yr jail in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Farukur Rahman, also condemned in the Bangabandhu murder case, to 10 years, three months and 15 days' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an arms case.
 arrow SP's car rams into 14-party activists
A car of the district police superintendent was driven through a crowd during 14-party blockade programme in the town yesterday, injuring four activists of the alliance.
 arrow BNP to distribute nomination forms form tomorrow
BNP starts distributing the nomination forms to its prospective candidates from tomorrow that will continue to December 2.
 arrow Shahadat Chy's first death anniversary today
The first death anniversary of eminent journalist, editor and freedom fighter Shahadat Chowdhury will be observed today.
 arrow Peace process over, Tamils to have own state: Prabhakaran
Sri Lanka was yesterday facing the prospect of a return to all-out civil war after the leader of the Tamil Tigers scrapped the island's peace process and demanded full independence for his people.
 arrow Priest helps keep war memories alive
"He is no longer an Italian today, but a Bangladeshi who came here during the 50s as a priest.
 arrow Thailand decides to lift martial law partially
Thailand is to lift martial law across more than half of the country, including Bangkok, the military-installed government announced yesterday in the first easing of restrictions since September's coup.
 arrow Sanjay Dutt found guilty on weapons charge
Top Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt was convicted yesterday of illegally possessing weapons but cleared of conspiracy charges in connection with a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people in1993.
Businessarrow Sonamasjid land port now under private management
Chapainawabganj Sonamasjid port, country's second largest land port, started its operation as a full-fledged port from Monday after it was leased out to a private company for a period of 25 years.
 arrow DSE, CSE indices fall sharply
Share price indices on both the bourses in the country declined sharply yesterday with the individual investors' selling spree.
 arrow Expo Bangladesh in London now from Dec 20
The four-day Expo Bangladesh 2006 will begin on December 20 at Old Truman Brewery of Brick Lane in London instead of today.
 arrow India may cut tariffs on industrial goods if others reciprocate
India has indicated it may use cut in import tariffs on industrial goods as a bargaining tool at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) when the multilateral trade talks resume next year.
 arrow Mixed reaction over Wal-Mart's entry into India
Announcement of the entry of the world's biggest retailer Wal-Mart into India may have enthused Indian corporate behemoths but caution is the buzz word in government and manufacturing sectors, retailindustry
 arrow Fair winds for world growth but dollar dangers emerge
Leading economies will grow strongly by 3.2 percent this year but slow to 2.5 percent next year on a soft patch in the United States, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said onTuesday.
 arrow US set to overcome slowdown: OECD
The US economy, powered by strong foreign demand, lower oil rates and higher stock prices, is set to overcome a current slowdown and return to solid momentum in the near term, the OECD predicted Tuesday.
 arrow Chinese auto maker to ship 158,000 units to Europe
Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, one of the nation's top auto makers, plans to ship 158,000 cars to Europe over the next five years, it said Tuesday.
 arrow Malaysia Airlines returns to profit in Q 3
National carrier Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday it has stemmed a series of losses and returned to profit in the third quarter, after embarking on a major turnaround plan.
 arrow Deutsche Bank to sell 2b euro real estate to Fortress
DB Real Estate, the real estate arm of Deutsche Bank, is to sell 2.0 billion euros' (2.6 billion dollars) worth of German properties to investment fund Fortress, financial sources told AFP on Tuesday.
 arrow Time extended for StanChart-FE CSR awards submission
The board of trustees of Standard Chartered-Financial Express CSR Award Trust has extended the deadline for submitting nominations for CSR awards 2006 until 31 December 2006, says a press release.
 arrow Nepal unlikely to achieve 5pc growth
Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the central bank of Nepal, predicted that Nepal was unlikely to enjoy 5 percent economic growth this year as targeted by the government, local Annapurna daily reported here yesterday.
 arrow ADB provides assistance to rail project in Vietnam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has allocated a 1.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A morale booster
The presence of a small crowd might have been frustrating for the home team in their maiden Twenty20 International -- International Cricket Council (ICC)'s new version of the game -- match captain Shahriar
 arrow Cricket: Manzarul stars for Khulna
Sabbir Khan captured four wickets to keep Barisal at bay on the second day of the four-day Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League match at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Korea blank Bangladesh
Bangladesh conceded a 3-0 defeat to mighty South Korea in their opening group match of the 15th Asian Games yesterday at the Al-Gharrafa Stadium in Doha.
 arrow 25 more leave for Doha
The second batch of Bangladesh's contingent for the 15th Asian Games left Dhaka last night for Doha with hope of at least winning one medal. The Asiad begins at the Qatar capital on December 1.
 arrow Football: BFF condoles death of Hanif
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday condoled the death of its ex-president and former Dhaka City Mayor Mohammad Hanif. Hanif, who passed away on Monday, was the BFF president from 1996-2001.
 arrow Cricket: Zim bring in bowlers
Less than a week after arriving in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe's selectors have drafted two more players into the squad, calling up fast bowler Eddie Rainsford and legspinner Graeme Cremer.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Niaz stay alive
Bangladeshi pair Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman's kept their slim title hopes alive in the Commonwealth Chess Championship when both the Grandmasters won their respective matches in Mumbai on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganga repairs Gul wreck
Daren Ganga anchored the West Indies' innings in the third and final Test after Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul removed the top order at the National Stadium here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India: Win or bust
India have a perfect record of the wrong kind at Port Elizabeth -- three losses, including one to Kenya -- and with a fracture having ruled out Rahul Dravid, they face an unenviable task in trying tostay
 arrow Cricket: 'Tendulkar must bat like Lara'
Legendary Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram has suggested Sachin Tendulkar to show the same aggressive approach to his batting as West Indies' great Brian Lara.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy slates wicket
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has described the pitch for the third and final Test against West Indies as substandard.
 arrow Cricket: More work for Harmison
Steve Harmison arrived here Tuesday and went straight to the nets for remedial work as England coach Duncan Fletcher considers picking two spinners for Friday's second Ashes cricket Test against Australia
 arrow Football: Cannavaro best in Europe
Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro won recognition for his stunning World Cup performance as Italy skipper by winning the prestigious European Footballer of the Year Award (Ballon d'Or) on Monday.
 arrow Football: The golden defender
Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro gained individual recognition for his performances in this year's tournament in Germany when he was named European Footballer of the Year on Monday.
 arrow Football: George Best banknotes a hit
One million banknotes bearing the image of George Best went into circulation in Northern Ireland on Monday, the latest in a line of tributes to the late football legend.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting up with greats
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has achieved the fifth best all-time Test batting rating following his exploits in the first Ashes Test.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya to host pre-WC meet
Kenya will stage a pre-World Cup competition next year for the top six associate teams heading to the March-April tournament in the Caribbean, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher writes off Vaughan comeback
Coach Duncan Fletcher sees little chance of sidelined captain Michael Vaughan returning to help shore up England's faltering campaign to hold on to cricket's Ashes against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Bagai give Canada win
A fine partnership of 91 in 13 overs between Ashish Bagai and Sunil Dhaniram enabled Canada to bounce straight back from their defeat against Netherlands as they overturned Bermuda by five wickets atPotchefstroom.
 arrow Cricket: 'Shoaib told to change statement'
A member of the original drugs inquiry tribunal today expressed surprise at the demand of banned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's lawyer for declaring the first hearing a null and void, saying the pacemanwas
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir passes new test
Pakistan's Shabbir Ahmed has passed biomechanical tests on his bowling action and is expected to return from a 12-month ban in December.
 arrow Football: Tevez apologises for walk-out
Carlos Tevez has apologised to West Ham for leaving Upton Park in response to his substitution during Saturday's 1-0 Premiership victory over Sheffield United.
 arrow Football: Aussies stealing S Africa's WC?
Long-time rivals on the rugby and cricket pitch, South Africa is now crying foul over what it sees as a bid by Australia to snatch away the biggest sporting event of all -- the football World Cup.
 arrow Football: Magpies seek to qualify
Injury-ravaged Newcastle are in Germany this week aiming to wrap up their UEFA Cup group campaign unblemished with a fourth straight win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
 arrow Football: Chelsea invoke happy memories
Chelsea's stay in northwest England continues on Wednesday when the champions look to re-kindle some happy memories at Bolton Wanderers after their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Lyon a class apart
Olympique Lyon look far too strong for the rest of Ligue 1 and have no intention of slowing down.
 arrow Football: Fans out to welcome Daum
A crowd of over 8,000 turned out to watch second division Cologne's first training session under new coach Christoph Daum.
 arrow Football: Asian Player of the Year nominees

Metropolitanarrow Create atmosphere of quality education, confidence
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the private universities to create an atmosphere of confidence and quality education so that guardians, employers and the policymakers cannot undermine their degrees.
 arrow '4-party alliance cooks up multi-layered conspiracy'
It would be disastrous for the nation to hold the general election under the recently announced schedule, speakers at a commemorative meeting said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh reaffirms support to Palestine
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed reiterated full support of the government and people of Bangladesh for the people of Palestine and called upon the international community to do whatever is necessary
 arrow Reform EC, cancel polls schedule
The Combined Citizens Movement (CCM) yesterday enforced its Election Commission (EC) siege programme demanding reconstitution of the EC and cancellation of the election schedule.
 arrow 'Pursue constructive politics'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon all the political parties to pursue constructive politics instead of confrontational one to keep the democratic process on track and establish peace across
 arrow First anniversary of suicide bomb attack in Gazipur today
Today is the first anniversary of gruesome suicide bomb attack by Islamist militants on Gazipur Bar Library auditorium that left nine people, including four lawyers, dead and 30 others wounded.
 arrow Show cause on four IOs for dillydallying in submitting charge sheets
The District Sessions Judge here yesterday showcaused four investigation officers (IO) of five cases in connection with countrywide series of bomb attacks on August 17 last year for dillydallying andtaking
 arrow 3930 vie for 485 seats at Ruet
The first year admission test for the session 2006-07 of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) was held yesterday.
 arrow Polls schedule hailed
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) in a statement yesterday hailed the Election Commission (EC) for declaration of polls schedule.
 arrow Firearm owners asked to renew licences
Authorities have asked the firearms owners in the capital and Dhaka district to renew their licences for the year 2007 between December 3 and 31.
 arrow 2 electrocuted in Kurigram
Two people were electrocuted and another suffered serious wounds while allegedly trying to steal electric wire of Palli Bidyut Samity at Kamar Hailya village in Sadar upazila Monday night.
 arrow Police yet to arrest criminals
Despite evidences received from closed-circuit television (CCTV), police are yet to arrest the criminals involved on Sunday's massive robbery at Holland Centre shopping complex in the city three daysinto
 arrow Ex-dist judge commits suicide in city
A former joint secretary of law ministry allegedly committed suicide at the city's Adabar area yesterday.
 arrow Bank officer killed in city road accident
A bank officer was killed when a speeding bus hit his rickshaw at Jatrabari in the city yesterday morning, prompting a mob to set fire to the bus.
 arrow 31 Dhaka College JCD men get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to 31 Dhaka College Unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists in connection with an attempted murder case filed against them by a Bangladesh Chhatra
 arrow Mobile court fines 5 vehicles Tk 25000 in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday fined five vehicles Tk 25000 for reckless driving and lack of fitness.
 arrow Body found in sack
The body of an unidentified youth was found in a sack at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow Nurul Huda made BNP vice-president
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday made former State Minister Md Nurul Huda as one of the vice presidents of national executive committee of party, says a press release.
Nationalarrow BNP-Jamaat difference widens in Kushtia
The row between BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami over nomination from Kushtia-2 (Mirpur-Bheramara) constituency has widened the difference between the two allies as Jamaat is demanding ticket for a party man from
 arrow Slain Satkhira BNP leader's mother demands trial of killers
An open letter to the president/chief advisor by octogenarian Mariam Begum, mother of the slain Tala upazila BNP president ABM Altaf Hossain, published in local daily Patradut yesterday demanding arrest
 arrow 732 wagons stranded as Balashi ferry service suspeded
Railway ferry service between Balashi and Bahadurabad ghats (terminals) remained suspended for the last two weeks due to abnormal fall in water level in the Brahmaputra, railway sources said.
 arrow LDP seeks Khulna-2, 6 JS seats, AL declines
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has demanded two Jatiya Sangsad seats--Khulna-2 and 6 for--to contest in the next parliamentary election. But Awami League is reported to have declined.
 arrow PSTU teachers boycott class
Teachers of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU), brought out a silent procession on the campus and held a rally yesterday protesting attacked on Computer Science and Engineering department
 arrow Khagrachhari BNP president resigns
Khagrachhari district BNP president Rajib Roy has resigned from the party. He has submitted resignation letter to the party high command, he said to The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow Shibir declares BCL 'unwanted' at BM College
The cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) yesterday declared the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) unwanted on the Government Brojomohan (BM) College campus.
 arrow 14-Party Siege to EC Offices in Districts

Point-Counterpointarrow Where do we go from here?
Election is the king-pin of any democratic system. The people of the country are considered to be the owners of the country just as the general members are the owners of any organization.
 arrow 4-party alliance's dream march
Is this anything short of a dream march for the immediate past government or 4-party alliance? Yes, everything is taking place just as they want and, on occasion, beyond their wildest imagination.
Culturearrow Asaduzzaman Noor and Faiz Zahir bag awards
This year's Shaheed Muneir Chowdhury Award and Zakaria Smrity Padak went to Asaduzzaman Noor and Faiz Zahir respectively.
 arrow Unadulterated Keokradong
At the ongoing photography exhibition at Zainul Gallery-2, Institute of Fine Arts, images of jade green hills, picturesque indigenous settlements and sparkling cascades soothe the eye.
 arrow Recreating the magic
Granted three wishes by the Bhuter Raja (King of Ghoul), Goopy and Bagha possess magical powers.
Generalarrow Ctg mayor threatens to resist all election activities
City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday threatened to resist all election activities in the port city at any cost unless a fresh election schedule is announced.
 arrow JU admission tests hampered as pro-AL teachers observe strike
The admission tests at Jahangir-nagar University (JU) under the academic session 2006-07 were hampered due to unrest on the campus yesterday.
 arrow 'Treat all children equally'
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday called on all to treat all children equally and not to divide underprivileged children into different categories such as 'street children', 'excluded children'
 arrow Bangladeshi nominated to Congressional advocacy body
Eminent attorney on immigration laws in New York and lone Bangladeshi lawyer at the US Supreme Court, Nazmul Alam, has been nominated to the US Congressional Advocacy Committee as a representative ofthe
 arrow UPDF rejects polls schedule
United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), a regional political party of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), yesterday rejected the surreptitious declaration of election schedule on the last day of the party's
 arrow Former Sramik Fed leaders blamed for using its name
Leaders of Bangladesh Sanjukta Sramik Federation (BSSF) at a press conference yesterday blamed some of its former leaders and activists who have been creating confusion among people in the name of workers
 arrow 412 bottles of phensidyl seized in city
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 412 bottles of phensidyl, smuggled from India, at Segunbagicha in the city and arrested five people in this connection yesterday.
 arrow Boy killed in road accident in Satkhira
A boy was killed on the spot in a road accident at Banshipur under Shyamnagar upazila on Shyamnagar-Banshipur road yesterday.
 arrow Canadian HC calls on Dhiraj
Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Barbara Richardson called on Adviser for Fisheries and Livestock, Housing and Public Works and Liberation War Affairs Dhiraj Kumar Nath at his Public Works Ministry
 arrow Mahbubul Alam leaves for Saudi Arabia
Mahbubul Alam, adviser for Information, Religious and Water Recourses Ministries, left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on a four-day official visit.
 arrow NU Masters exams postponed
All examinations of Masters 1st part-2005 under National University, schedule to start from December 2, 2006, have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Internationalarrow Nepal govt, Maoists sign crucial arms accord
Nepal's government and Maoists signed an accord Tuesday mandating the United Nations to begin monitoring rebel weapons and troops, a key element in their peace process.
 arrow Lanka president calls for direct talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's president said yesterday he was ready to hold direct talks with the leader of the Tamil Tigers, the day after the rebel supremo dismissed a four-year peace process and called for an independent
 arrow Indian minister convicted of murder
A court here yesterday convicted India's coal minister and a leading tribal leader Shibu Soren of kidnap and murder of his former private secretary Shashi Nath Jha 12 years ago.
 arrow Global tithing body for Muslims proposed
Malaysia yesterday proposed launching an international tithing body which would fund social and economic programmes to address the plight of Muslims worldwide.
 arrow US-led forces must leave Iraq
Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei told visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani yesterday that US-led forces had to leave Iraq if security was to be restored in the violence-riven country.
 arrow Iraq almost in a state of civil war: Annan
UN chief Kofi Annan said Monday that Iraq was already "almost" in a state of civil war or would soon be if drastic steps are not taken to halt the spiral of deadly sectarian violence there.
 arrow Israel says ready to free prisoners
Israel is ready to release many jailed Palestinians in return for a soldier seized by militants in June, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced on Monday, saying he was reaching out for peace.
 arrow Iran must suspend enrichment before talks with US: Bush
The United States supports talks between the Iraqi government and its neighbours but will not talk directly to Tehran unless it suspends uranium enrichment, US President George W Bush said yesterday.
 arrow EU, Arab leaders voice hopes of breakthrough for ME peace
European Union and Arab leaders meeting in Finland yesterday expressed hopes of a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process following recent statements by Israel and Hamas and a three-day old ceasefire
 arrow Iraqi militants claim downing US F16
Two Iraqi militant groups claimed to have downed a US F16 plane in retaliation for what they said was the US army's killing of tens of Iraqis while 17 more people were killed in violence yesterday.
 arrow China's Great Wall? "Just a pile of earth"
Three people have been detained for digging up part of the Great Wall just days before draconian new penalties are introduced to protect China's most famous tourist attraction, Xinhua news agency said.
 arrow Allies deserting US in Iraq quagmire
A debate over whether to set a timetable for a phased withdrawal of US forces from Iraq is being preempted by key US allies who have announced plans to scale back their own forces over the next year,analysts
 arrow Flaws in Saddam trial make detention 'arbitrary'
Saddam Hussein's trial fell so far short of international standards that his detention was "arbitrary", and as such the death sentence should not be carried out, a working party of the United NationsHuman
Editorialarrow Editorial: New election commissioners
President Iajuddin Ahmed has shocked the nation by his choice of the two election commissioners that he appointed on Monday.
 arrow Editorial: Hanif's passing
We are deeply saddened by the premature death of Md Hanif, a veteran leader of Awami League and former Mayor of Dhaka. He was a close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Nightrunners of Bengal
[With apologies to John Masters]

There has hardly ever been a time when bureaucrats have scurried off from a party.

 arrow India-China relations blow hot and cold
For the last few years, both China and India have been careful to appear friendly and cordial.
 arrow Beware of visitors bearing gifts
Last week, British premier Tony Blair, US diplomacy's Man Friday, came to Islamabad bearing gifts.
Letters to Editorarrow Chittagong Mayor
I have no issue with the Chittagong mayor opposing the agreement of a private company operating gantry cranes at the port, although I think that if there's a valid and legal agreement, that agreementshould
 arrow Hasina's stand on corruption
After consecutive five years of constant anguish with the most disgracing title of the most corrupt country in the world, we finally could perform a little better.
 arrow Present crisis
Democracy, free and fair election, independent CG and EC, continuous blockade- are the common terms today.
 arrow High profile conspiracy?
It is quite an appalling fact that some government high-ups had a private meeting at former energy minister Mahmudur Rahman's private office at Uttara.
 arrow Inconsistency of our cricketers
The selectors were right to keep Ashraful away from the team for a short while. No doubt he is a promising cricketer and pathfinder for the future generation.
 arrow Grameen Model
In the last couple of weeks I have been receiving emails and SMS from friends and families about the accolade Prof. Yunus has received -- 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow Joining LDP
I have been observing that many supporters of the BNP, Awami League, Jamaat, JP are in the queue to join the newly formed political party-- LDP headed by Dr.
 arrow Forced marriage
Recently, the British High Commission launched a project on prevention of forced marriage.
 arrow How long will it continue?
The political situation of the country is worsening day by day. Our leaders are using the common people as their tool. When it's time to vote they treat the people well.
Star Chittagongarrow Poor patients bear the brunt
Patients are not getting Computed Tomography (CT) Scan service at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for the last three weeks due to 'mechanical glitch' in the machine.
 arrow Raozan Plant limps along
The Raozan Power Plant is now an everlasting 'headache' both for Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) and the people of Chittagong and the adjoining districts as the plant has never been able to reach
 arrow Authorities turn a blind eye

Star Cityarrow Bauls' desperate plea to deaf ears
Rubel Dewan dedicated himself to baul music since his childhood. At 15 he took one of most serious decisions of his life and left home to become a spiritual baul singer.
 arrow Political programs, traffic jams hit poor transport workers most
Due to frequent political programmes at several city points, the traffic department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is facing difficulties managing the traffic while the commuters also suffer for
 arrow Violators to face 7 years behind bars with hefty fines
The much talked-about Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) of 1993 has finally come into effect with a gazette notification issued on November 15.
 arrow Fewer Eid cattle markets this year in move to keep city clean
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is reducing the number of temporary Eid cattle markets again this year to just 13, as part of the Corporation's efforts to keep the city clean.
 arrow Mahakhali flyover lights continue to burn....
The streetlights on the Mahakhali flyover continue to burn day and night for the 33rd day yesterday as the DCC, the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) and the Roads and Highways Department (R&HD)
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