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Front Pagearrow Proposes a coalition govt, peace deal between parties
The first Bangladeshi Nobel laureate, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, urged the battling political parties to sign a peace accord, agree to participate in the coming elections and pledge themselves to form a coalition government whatever the election results.
 arrow Khaleda feels advisers working to stop free polls
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the advisers to the caretaker government of breaching oath, saying it seems that they have been made advisers to thwart free and fair election.
 arrow Key question now is whether politicians can forget differences
The United States has observed that the willingness of Bangladeshi politicians to bury their differences of opinions is the key issue for the country at present.
 arrow UN concerned about free, fair polls in Bangladesh
UN secretary general's special envoy Craig Jenness has said the United Nations is concerned about free, fair and transparent general elections in Bangladesh and urged political leadership to resolve differences
 arrow President 'happy' with EC job for polls
Election Commission (EC) Secretary Abdur Rashid Sarkar yesterday said President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed is satisfied with the EC activities for conducting the next parliamentary elections scheduled
 arrow BNP wants timely polls, AL seeks EC reforms
A BNP delegation met Finance Adviser Akbar Ali Khan and Energy Adviser Hasan Mashhud Chowdury yesterday to assure them of BNP-led four-party alliance's all out support for holding the upcoming general
 arrow 14-party sit-in today around Bangabhaban
For the second time this week, the 14-party alliance and some other political parties will stage a sit-in around the Bangabhaban today to press home their demands for cancellation of the polls schedule,
 arrow HC ruling on writ petitions likely today
The High Court might make its ruling today on the three writ petitions challenging the legality of the president's taking over as the chief adviser (CA), his 'unilateral' decisions and the Election Commission's
 arrow Iajuddin wants to open talks with alliances
In a dramatic move late last night to resolve the current political deadlock, President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed sought to initiate a dialogue with the two major political alliances led by Awami
 arrow 14-party student wing besieges Secretariat
Jubo Sangram Parishad, youth wing of 14-party alliance and like-minded parties, yesterday demanded revision of the election schedule and firing of those government officials who were involved in 'Uttara
 arrow Iajuddin curtails his portfolio
President and Chief Adviser of the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday dropped NGO Affairs Bureau and Public Service Commission out of the 11 portfolios kept under him from November 1.
 arrow Education files pile up as CA pressed for time
The country's education sector is stagnating as President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed, also in charge of the education ministry, is too busy dealing with the political
 arrow Operations resume after 17-day stalemate
Ending a 17-day stalemate, container handling with sophisticated gantry cranes resumed at Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) from 8:00pm yesterday after Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) had accepted an
 arrow Rupali handover by year-end
The government has decided in principle to handover a 67.
 arrow Traffic suffers as cops blockade roads
Police blockades on the roads in about a two-kilometre radius of the Secretariat yesterday led to a severe traffic jam, causing untold sufferings to the commuters in the city yesterday.
 arrow BNP wants probe into all incidents of bureaucrats' political links
A four-member BNP team led by former education minister M Osman Farruk yesterday met with the cabinet secretary and the establishment secretary and expressed the party's support for the caretaker government's
 arrow US deputy asst secretary due on Dec 3
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs John Gastright is expected to arrive in Dhaka on December 3 on a two-day official visit.
 arrow Why actions will not be taken for arrear phone bills
A Dhaka court yesterday asked two former BNP lawmakers to explain by December 14 why actions should not be taken against them to realise telephone bills totalling Tk 57,000 and applicable fines from them.
 arrow Keraniganj sand trader stabbed to death
A dredging businessman was stabbed to death in Keraniganj last night allegedly over business rivalry.
 arrow First ODI today in Khulna
Fresh from a comprehensive victory in the Twenty20 international, Bangladesh will meet Zimbabwe in the first match of a five-game one-day international series here today.
 arrow Butenis meets Khaleda
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Banani office yesterday evening and discussed the issues concerning the Election Commission, caretaker government and the latest political
 arrow Gono Forum man stabbed to death
A local leader of Gono Forum was killed in an attack by unidentified criminals at Pakindi here yesterday evening.
 arrow Gazipur people observe first anniversary of bomb attack
People in Gazipur yesterday observed the first anniversary of the gruesome bomb attack on the court premises amid the frustrations of the victims' families still waiting for the charge framing against
 arrow Polluting the environment

 arrow 35 hurt as AL, Jamaat clash
At least 35 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Awami League (AL) and Jamaat-e-Islami on Tarash Upazila Parishad premises yesterday.
 arrow Arrest of ex-BCL leader sparks violent protest
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a former leader of the Sylhet district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of Awami League (AL), at a restaurant in the city's Rikabi Bazarat
 arrow Robbers shoot 2 members of a family dead
Two members of a family were shot dead and another was injured by a gang of robbers at Mirzarkhil village in Satkania upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Thakurgaon frontier...

 arrow Lady mugged of Tk 3 lakh in Mohammadpur
A group of muggers snatched Tk 3 lakh from a lady in Mohammadpur area in the capital yesterday.
Locals chased and caught one of the criminals fleeing on a motorbike but failed to recover the money.

 arrow Pakistan tests nuke-capable missile
Pakistan test launched a nuclear-capable medium range missile on Wednesday, two days after South Asian rival India conducted its first trial of a new ballistic intercept system.
 arrow Sectarian violence kills 24 Iraqis
Fierce fighting between coalition forces and insurgents shut down a city north of Baghdad yesterday and gunfire crackled across the capital, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki prepared to travel to Jordan
 arrow Bush meets Iraqi leader in Jordan today
President Bush, under pressure to find a new blueprint for Iraq, on Wednesday sought to strengthen Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ability to quell rising violence amid U.S.
Businessarrow BSIA seeks law for protection of sick industries
Owners of sick industries have urged the government to publish a gazette giving a directive to the commercial banks for keeping the identified and registered sick units out of the list of loan defaulters.
 arrow 8.9pc rise in tax revenue in Q1
The total collection of tax by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) during the first three months of the current fiscal (July-September, 2006) recorded a rise by Taka 627.52 crore or 8.
 arrow Nassa Spinners to invest $25.22m in Comilla EPZ
Bangladesh and Taiwan will establish a spinning mill -- Nassa Spinners Ltd -- in Comilla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) with an investment of US$25.215 million, says a press release.
 arrow Citibank's training programme on SWIFT
In a bid to meet the needs of the clients of financial institutions, NA Bangladesh organised a 3-day training programme on 'SWIFT' (Society for Worldwide Inter-bank Financial Telecommunication) recently
 arrow India may allow FDI in higher education
Indian government is preparing a legislation, which will look at allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in higher education to help check brain drain, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath has said.
 arrow Australia's wheat monopoly to split after bribery findings
Disgraced Australian wheat exporter AWB said Wednesday it will split up and spin off its export wing in a bid to save its monopoly after it was found to have paid bribes to Saddam Hussein.
 arrow African-South American investment bank likely
African and South American foreign ministers were preparing the ground Tuesday for an inaugural summit of leaders from the two continents, home to 1.3 billion people and with a combined GDP of 2.
 arrow India cuts fuel prices
The Indian government yesterday cut petrol prices by Rs two a litre and diesel by Re one a litre.
 arrow Nepal introduces more liberal aviation policy
The Nepali government has introduced more liberal aviation policy, allowing up to 80 percent foreign investment to establish Nepal-based international airlines companies, the local daily Kantipur reported
 arrow Oil prices rise above $61
Oil prices hovered around $61 a barrel Wednesday as the market considered forecasts for colder weather in the United States and next month's Opec meeting.
 arrow Microsoft to debut Vista OS for business
Microsoft will announce availability of business versions of its long-awaited Vista operating system on Thursday, according to analysts invited to a release event in New York City.
 arrow Americans' income in 2004 below 2000 levels
Despite significant gains in 2004, the total income Americans reported to the tax collector that year, adjusted for inflation, was still below its peak in 2000, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Toyota plans to boost parts production
Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it was looking at a plan to boost its production of auto parts including engines in a response to brisk global sales.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Time for revenge
The outcome of the two sides' last meeting and the current ICC ranking definitely favour Bangladesh to start the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe as favourites but captain Habibul Bashar sounded
 arrow Cricket: Rafique near milestone
Mohammad Rafique is just two wickets shy of becoming the first Bangladeshi to scalp one hundred one-day wickets and no doubt that the stage is all set for the ace left-arm spinner to achieve the featwhen
 arrow Cricket: Ctg, Dhaka smell win
Chittagong and Dhaka brightened their chan-ces to win full points in the fourth round of the Mirzapore Ispahani Tea 8th National Cricket League yesterday but Khulna seemed to settle for four points as
 arrow Cricket: BCB to sign TV deal tomorrow
The contract signing ceremony of Bangladesh Cricket Board's worldwide marketing agency rights with Nimbus Sports International will be held tomorrow.
 arrow Chess: 14th place for Zia
British Grandmaster Nigel Short emerged unbeaten champion in the securing nine points in the Commonwealth Chess Champion-ship which concluded in Mumbai on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs takes SA to 243-8
Herschelle Gibbs' unbeaten 93 helped South Africa post 243-8 in the fourth one-day international against India in Port Elizabeth.
 arrow Cricket: Ranatunga bats for Ganguly
Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly Wednesday found support from former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who said he was amazed that the stylish left-hander was being ignored.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan scores duck on return
Despite failing to trouble the scorers in his comeback match, former England skipper Michael Vaughan hasn't ruled out a surprise Test return during the current Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: Hoggard up for the Ashes fight
Matthew Hoggard says England will have to bowl as a team and put pressure back on to the Australian batsmen if they are to stay alive in the Ashes series in Friday's second Adelaide Test.
 arrow Cricket: SL's NZ tour a WC boost
Sri Lanka's cricketers say their tour of New Zealand starting Thursday launches a 100-day confidence building mission aiming to peak at the cricket World Cup next March in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Holding's faith in Harmison
West Indies' bowling great Michael Holding believes Steve Harmison is back on track to play a major role for England in the Ashes Test series in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan in driving seat
Opener Mohammad Hafeez's painstaking half-century helped Pakistan tighten their grip on the third Test and the three-match series against the West Indies in Karachi on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: India recall beckons Ganguly
Former India captain Saurav Ganguly is likely to be recalled for next month's Test series in South Africa when the selection committee meets in New Delhi on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Cannavaro unfazed by criticism
Newly crowned European Footballer of the Year Fabio Cannavaro has said he is unfazed by criticism from several leading figures in the game about the decision to give him the prestigious award.
 arrow Football: Africa, Europe on collision course
The increasing emergence of talented, young footballers who have their roots in Africa but have been schooled in Europe is creating friction between the two continents.
 arrow Cricket: Glenn didn't bowl
Glenn McGrath did not bowl in the nets as the Australian team trained here Wednesday ahead of Friday's second Ashes Test against England at Adelaide Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Hanumant Singh passes away
Former Indian batsman Hanumant Singh died at a city hospital here on Wednesday morning after complications arising from dengue fever, a cricket board official announced.
 arrow Cricket: ECB window for Hair
Darrell Hair could still umpire first-class matches in England next season despite failing to make the full list of senior officials for the 2007 campaign announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board
 arrow Football: Magical trio in FIFA top three
Newly-crowned European Footballer of the Year Fabio Cannavaro of Italy, Brazil's Ronaldinho and retired French playmaker Zinedine Zidane have been shortlisted for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
 arrow Football: Ultimate ignominy
Donating part of his salary to charity will not have hurt Argentina striker Carlos Tevez as much as being forced to wear a Brazil shirt in training.
 arrow Football: Korea too good for Bangladesh
South Korea proved too hot to handle for Bangladesh in their opening Asian Games football match here Tuesday, running out 3-0 winners, but it was a far from convincing display.
 arrow Football: Blades clip Hornets
Danny Webber struck late against his former club Watford to earn Sheffield United a crucial 1-0 win in Tuesday's relegation struggle at Vicarage Road.
 arrow Football: Zenden set for surgery
Liverpool's Dutch international midfielder Bolo Zenden is set to undergo knee surgery Wednesday that will keep him out of action until the new year.
 arrow Football: Spurs eye Taarabt
Tottenham are targeting Lens' teenaged midfielder Adel Taarabt, sources at the French first division club revealed on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Miccoli in doubt for Man U trip
Benfica's Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli is in doubt for next week's Champions League match against Manchester United after he injured his left thigh muscle in a weekend Portuguese league match.
 arrow Football: Bierhoff backs Ballack
Under-fire Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack will not let the stinging criticism in the English media affect him one bit, according to Germany's general manager Oliver Bierhoff.
 arrow Stand closed for PSG games
The Boulogne Kop, an area of the Parc des Princes where Paris St Germain's most extreme fans traditionally assemble, has been closed on police orders until further notice following the death of a PSGfan
Metropolitanarrow Shahadat Chy pioneer of modern journalism
Speakers at a commemorative meeting yesterday paid tribute to eminent journalist and freedom fighter Shahadat Chowdhury, saying that he was a source of inspiration for all -- he inspired many people through
 arrow Political stability a must to achieve food security
Experts at a workshop yesterday stressed on political stability and commitment in achieving food security in the country.
 arrow 'Strengthen community safety nets to prevent AIDS'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday suggested strengthening community safety nets and launching a sustainable national programme on the prevention of AIDS backed by government funds.
 arrow Bangladesh for greater int'l initiatives
Expressing solidarity with the Palestinians, yesterday Bangladesh called for greater international initiatives to establish an independent Palestine before the next International Day of Solidarity with
 arrow Students urged to help curb corruption
A two-day debating competition marking International Anti-Corruption Day began in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Recognise HIV as developmental problem'
As HIV/AIDS is not only a health issue but also interrelated with other social and political issues, it is imperative to include the HIV issue in the country's health and development policy, said speakers
 arrow Death anniversaryof Mostafizur Rahman today
Today is the tenth death anniversary of former foreign minister ASM Mostafizur Rahman.
On the occasion, family members will offer munajat and fateha at his mazar.

 arrow 'Only change of schedule cannot ensure free, fair election'
Workers' Party leaders yesterday said an atmosphere to hold a free and fair election will not be created only by changing the election schedule.
 arrow 15 RMG workers hurt in boiler blast in N'ganj
At least 15 workers were injured when a boiler exploded in a garment factory at Masdair under Fatullah Police Station yesterday.
 arrow 'Observe Dec 1 as FF Day'
With a view to reviving the spirit of liberation war in the national life, leaders of National Committee for Implementation of Demands of Freedom Fighters and Freedom Fighters' Day Observance Committee
 arrow Killing of JSD activist condemned
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Huq Inu and its General Secretary Syed Jafar Sazzad in a joint statement yesterday condemned the killing of Abul Kalam Azad, environment secretary of Chuadanga
 arrow CPB demands cancellation of polls schedule
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will stage demonstrations across the country today demanding cancellation of declared election schedule and reform in the election system.
Nationalarrow New polling centres allegedly to favour certain parties
Authorities have proposed setting up of 258 new polling centres in four districts of Sylhet division and in Dinajpur. Of them, 187 would be in Sylhet division and 71 in Dinajpur.
 arrow Another JC Bose birthday set to pass off silently
Another birthday of great scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose is set to pass off today silently.
 arrow Major parties urged to field indigenous candidates
Indigenous people in northern districts have demanded nomination of candidates from their communities by major political parties in the coming election.
 arrow Rab arrests BCL leader
Rab yesterday arrested former organising secretary of Sylhet district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League Bidahn Kumar Shaha from a restaurant in the city.
Point-Counterpointarrow Contributions of home-based workers to GDP
Amina Begum (35), a mother of three children, of Sheikh Para village in Bera Upazila of Pabna earns, on an average, Tk 1,200 a month producing embroidered quilt or "nakshi kantha.
 arrow Finally, Rumsfeld is out
Finally, Donald Rumsfeld, the hawkish US defense secretary, has been compelled by circumstances of his own making to leave the corridors of the Pentagon.
 arrow The party of flawed thinking
Of Bangladesh's 35 years of existence, around 16 years have been controlled by BNP, 9 or so by Jatiya Party, and roughly 8.5 years by AL. Of the last 15 years, 10 have been ruled by BNP and 5 by AL.
Culturearrow Samiran's swirls of colour
Samiran Chowdhury belongs to the category of upcoming artists of Bangladesh. With a multitude of paintings in mixed media, water colour, pastel, oil and acrylic, his works are engaging.
 arrow "When I become angry my neck, forehead, hand, my whole body becomes stiff..." -- Mahfuz
Model, actor, director and former journalist-- Mahfuz has done it all. He will soon be seen in his own directorial venture 13th October. Mahfuz does not believe in acting in mega serials.
 arrow Talk show 'Election 2007' on Channel i
Election 2007, a talk show is being aired on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:00pm on Channel i, says a press release.
 arrow BTV's drama of the week 'Harjit'
The BTV drama of the week, titled Harjit, is set to go on air tonight. The play revolves around a miserly young man Hasnat Chowdhury and the efforts of his family to change his habit.
 arrow Bruce Lee: The Dragon lives on
November 27 marked the 66th birthday of Bruce Lee (born as Bruce Jun Fan Lee), the American-born Chinese martial artiste, instructor, actor, father of the philosophy known as 'Jeet Kune Do' and originator
Generalarrow Call not to use children in politics
Speakers at a view exchange meeting urged the political leaders not to use children in political activities.
 arrow 11 shops gutted in Tangail
Eleven shops were gutted in a fire at Potol Bazar under Kalihati upazila in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow One killed in road accident
A bicyclist was killed in a road accident in front of a school in the town yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Abdul Jabber, 45, an assistant of a lawyer.

 arrow Withdraw cases against 10 female activists
Speakers at a rally on Rajshahi University campus yesterday blamed the police for harassing activists of Pragatisheel Chhatra Jote (PCJ) in connection with October 30, 2004 violence and demanded immediate
 arrow 2 brickfields fined in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday fined two brickfields Tk 2 lakh for illegally producing and selling bricks without required licenses.
Internationalarrow Arms accord a strong start for Nepal's peace process
Nepal's "new era" of peace is off to a strong start with the central government and Maoists signing an additional accord mandating UN monitoring of the rebel army, officials and analysts said yesterday.
 arrow Tigers isolated in move for own state in Lanka
A rebel bid for an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka has run into outright international rejection with the United States leading calls for new peace talks and an end to bloodshed.
 arrow Pak court orders repatriation of Scottish girl to her mother
A Scottish schoolgirl at the centre of an international custody fight must return to her mother in Britain, a Pakistani court ruled yesterday.
 arrow Soren conviction rocks Indian parliament
Indian Parliament was in uproar yesterday over conviction of Coal Minister Shibu Soren in abduction and murder case of his private secretary as opposition BJP scolded the government.
 arrow UN extends mandate for US-led forces in Iraq
The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an Iraqi request for extending the mandate of the US-led multinational force in war-torn Iraq until the end of 2007 amid a flurry of diplomacy to
 arrow 'Israel losing patience over truce violation'
Israel warned yesterday that the Jewish state was losing patience over Palestinian rocket attacks that have continued to violate a tentative four-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Nato leaders adopt blueprint for future
Nato leaders adopted yesterday a blueprint for the military alliance's future, laying the foundation for member countries to develop their forces to deal with security threats over the next decade.
Editorialarrow Editorial: President can still stem the tide
The commonest of concerns that has the nation reeling in uncertainty is if any of the major political alliances finds it impossible to participate in the national election the electoral results to ensue
 arrow Editorial: Uttara rendezvous probe
The surprise circular from the establishment ministry with regard to launching a probe into involvement of all government officials in political meetings since 1996 smacks of attempts to cover up themisdemeanor
 arrow The irked advisers
The Daily Star's lead story of November 24 says that the irked advisers skipped office. In fact, the advisers of the caretaker government are, it would appear, not a fortunate lot.
 arrow No people's victory on horizon
In animal nature, when two dogs fight over one bone it is usually the third that runs away with it.
 arrow Problematic power sector
Power crisis is nothing new in this country. It has been estimated that the chronic power outage in Bangladesh generally results in a loss in annual industrial output of about $ 1 billion (about Tk.
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