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Front Pagearrow CJ's unprecedented stay order before ruling sparks violence
In an unprecedented move, the chief justice yesterday stayed the proceedings of writ petitions challenging the legality of the president's taking over as chief adviser and his "unilateral" decisions,just
 arrow Advisers hit back, say they talk to press for free polls
Denouncing former prime minister Khaleda Zia's remark that the advisers to the caretaker government are working to thwart free and fair election, advisers yesterday said their talks with the press aim
 arrow Chief justice violated constitution: Dr Kamal
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain has not only violated the constitution but also tarnished the image of the Supreme Court by staying the proceedings of writ petitions before issuance of ruling, said
 arrow It tainted rule of law, liberty of judiciary
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-pary alliance yesterday strongly protested and condemned the incident of vandalism at the High Court, saying that it has tainted the rule of law, liberty of judiciary anddignity
 arrow Bhuiyan says violence mars country image
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday strongly condemned the attack and vandalism committed by lawyers loyal to 14-party alliance on High Court (HC) premises, saying such unprecedentedacts
 arrow Nafees ton, 9-wicket victory
Opener Shahriar Nafees struck his third consecutive hundred against his happy-hunting team as Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the five-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe witha
 arrow Foreign aid shrinks 53pc in 3 months
Foreign aid dropped by a staggering 53 percent in the first three months of the current fiscal year due to donor concern over pre-election political instability and slow implementation of foreign-funded
 arrow EC now waits for political consensus
The Election Commission (EC) now expects a political consensus on the election schedule it declared on Monday dashing the hope for a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
 arrow CJ's decision surprises jurists
Former chief justice Mostafa Kamal said in his 40 years of experience, he has never seen a chief justice exercising his authority like the way the chief justice did yesterday.
 arrow Businesses for urgent steps to end stalemate
Top business leaders of the country yesterday urged the president, also the chief adviser (CA), to urgently resolve the prevailing political stalemate to prevent the 14-party from enforcing its blockade
 arrow Another day of 14-party sit-in
Bangabhaban and its adjoining areas remained cut off from the rest of the city for several hours yesterday as a huge number of security personnel sealed off all thoroughfares around Bangabhaban during
 arrow Reshuffle didn't solve Petrobangla manpower crisis
Despite a few transfers and postings made by the caretaker government, Petrobangla continues to be dogged by manpower crisis at its top and mid levels.
 arrow EC commissioner Mudabbir had close ties with BNP
Newly appointed Election Commissioner Mudabbir Hossain Chowdhury had been maintaining ties with BNP publicly after his retirement from the government job.
 arrow JCD, BCL gunfight on DU campus
At least 10 cocktails were exploded and 15 gunshots were fired during a skirmish between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.
 arrow Leaked papers halt JU exams
Admission exams to Jahangirnagar University (JU) Economics department were postponed yesterday amid allegations of corruption and cheating after it emerged that question papers were being sold to students
 arrow Khaleda blames AL for court vandalism
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday condemned vandalism at the Supreme Court (SC) and blamed Awami League for the incident. She demanded punitive action against the perpetrators.
 arrow 10 killed in road crashes
At least 10 people died and 52 others were injured in road accidents in Faridpur and Chittagong districts yesterday. Of them, seven died in Faridpur and three in Chittagong.
 arrow BNP men attack intending LDP men; 20 hurt
At least 20 intending Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) activists were critically injured when their convoy came under Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attack at Gulipecha under Gopalpur upazila in Tangail
 arrow Goods worth Tk 5cr gutted
Goods worth about Tk 5 crore were gutted in a fire at a sweater factory at Konabari yesterday.
 arrow US panel to recommend Iraq troop withdrawal
An independent bipartisan commission will call on President George W Bush to order a measured withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, media reported yesterday amid mounting frustration at violence in the country.
 arrow Indian police file charges alleging Pakistan ties to Mumbai blasts
Police in India filed charges yesterday against 28 suspects over the Mumbai train blasts in July that killed 185 people, and alleged the attacks were linked to Pakistan's spy agency and militant groups.
Businessarrow BKMEA seeks release of cash incentives to pay workers' wages
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday urged the government to release major portion of the Tk 500 crore cash incentives to the sector.
 arrow 35 listed firms yet to declare AGM dates
Thirty-five listed companies out of 115 companies, whose financial year ended in June, are yet to declare the dates of annual general meetings (AGMs).
 arrow Ctg port witnesses busy day
With the gantry cranes resuming operations, Chittagong Port witnessed brisk activities of container handling yesterday.
 arrow DSE elected vice chairman of SAFE
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has been elected vice chairman of SAFE (South Asian Federation of Exchanges), a regional federation of stock exchanges of South Asia. Bombay Stock Exchange has been electedchairman.
 arrow Int'l medical expo now from March 22
The fourth International Medical Equipment and Healthcare Services Exposition, MEDEXPO 2006, will now be held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from March 22 to 24, says a press release.
 arrow Eastern Bank arranges Tk240cr for Samuda Chemical Complex
Eastern Bank Ltd along with 9 local and two foreign banks has arranged a total Tk240 crore for Samuda Chemical Complex Ltd to set up a plant at Gazaria in Munshiganj.
 arrow Novartis wins Scrip awards
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has won two awards of Scrip magazine, a respected source of news and information in the pharmaceutical industry, says a press release.
 arrow New vice chairman of ICC
Victor K. Fung was elected vice-chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) yesterday for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Indian economy grows faster than expected
India's economy grew a faster-than-expected 9.2 percent in the second quarter to September, official data showed Thursday, prompting concerns that overheating will require higher interest rates.
 arrow Indian left parties oppose tie-up of Bharti, Wal-Mart
A day after leading Indian conglomerate Bharti Enterprises announced a joint venture with US retail giant Wal-Mart in India, the Left parties, which provide crucial outside support to the government of
 arrow Sri Lanka inflation hits 10-year high
Sri Lanka's annual inflation rate struck 19.8 percent in November, the highest in a decade, official figures showed Thursday.
 arrow Oil rises to 2-month high
Oil climbed to a two-month high near $63 on Thursday, building on the previous session's gains after an unexpected drop in US winter fuel stocks and signs of solid economic growth in the world's top consumer.
 arrow SAFE initiates introducing regional index
SAFE (South Asian Federation of Exchanges), a regional federation of stock exchanges of South Asia, has initiated to introduce regional indices, says a press release.
 arrow Angola wants to join Opec
Angola, sub-Saharan Africa's number two oil producer, is trying to join the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) cartel, the government said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nafees goes on and on
After smashing his third unbeaten century against Zimbabwe in as many matches, Bangladesh vice-captain Shahriar Nafees issued a warning that there are lot more to come in the series.
 arrow Football: No football this year
As it had been predicted, football will not roll onto the ground this year.
 arrow Cricket: Arafat denies Chittagong
Arafat Sala-huddin struck a magnificent 139 to save Barisal from a certain defeat against Chittagong while Dhaka and Khulna both played it safe on the final day of the four-day matches in the Ispahani
 arrow Cricket: Rafique's unique double
"If you can prolong your career then records will automatically land in your account," the simple statement was made by Mohammad Rafique while he was talking about his reaching a milestone at the Khulna
 arrow Asiad starts today
Qatar started its 24-hour countdown to the Asian Games opening ceremony on Thursday and insisted its three-billion-dollar investment in the tournament will be a success despite fears over security and
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf at his modest best
Prolific scorer Mohammad Yousuf said the best thing about his world record for the most Test runs in a calendar year is his country will be mentioned whenever people talk about the new landmark.
 arrow Cricket: Caribbean show awaits
With 100 days to go to the start of the 2007 World Cup, officials in the Caribbean are frantically putting the finishing touches to arrangements for the hosting of the event.
 arrow Cricket: India shift focus
Virender Sehwag, India's stand-in captain, looked ahead to a three-match Test series after his side took a third successive pounding from South Africa's fast bowlers in the fourth one-day international
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf breaks Viv's record
Big-scoring Mohammad Yousuf broke two world records including the most runs in a calendar year to put Pakistan on the verge of winning the third Test and the series against the West Indies on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav given lifeline
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly got a chance to extend his international career when he was named in a 16-man squad on Thursday for an upcoming three-Test series in South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie banks on spirit
Captain Andrew Flintoff is expecting England to bounce back in Friday's second Test here in response to their 277-run hiding by Australia in the opening Ashes match.
 arrow Glue comes undone!
Macau's women were disqualified from the Asian Games table tennis team event Thursday for using illegal glue on their bats.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav under the cosh
Chairman of Selection Committee Dilip Vengsarkar woud leave on Thursday for Kolkata where Bengal will play their Ranji Trophy tie against Mumbai.
 arrow Football: Regueiro out for six months
Valencia's injury problems took another turn for the worse on Thursday when Uruguayan international winger Mario Regueiro tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee in training.
 arrow Football: Top dogs keep rolling
Leaders Man-chester United stayed three points clear in the Premier League by beating Everton 3-0 while Michael Ballack steered champions Chelsea to a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Big guns ride easy
Holders Sevilla breezed into the last 32 of the UEFA Cup on Wednesday with a crushing 4-0 win at Switzerland's Grasshoppers.
 arrow Football: Qatari teenager wins Asian crown
Qatari teenager Khalfan Ibrahim was Wednesday named Asian player of the year while Australia was voted Asian team of the year at a glittering awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
 arrow Football: Inter, Roma join Milan
Last year's finalists AS Roma and Inter Milan both went through to the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup after completing home wins on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rooney found not guilty
England striker Wayne Rooney will not be charged following allegations he assaulted a photographer outside a Manchester nightclub.
Metropolitanarrow '35,000 acres of hilly areas turned into plains in 20 yrs'
Environmentalists and rights activists at a rally yesterday demanded an end to hill cutting in Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Sylhet in order to prevent an environmental disaster.
 arrow Implement Saarc Convention to combat human trafficking
Willingness of the government to implement Saarc Convention on Prevention and Combating Trafficking is a must to prevent human trafficking, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Keep children away from violent political activities
Children should be kept away from violent political activities, political leaders and civil society members said at a roundtable discussion yesterday.
 arrow Lift ban on blended edible oil
Experts yesterday urged the government to lift the ban on blended edible oil, a judicious mixture of more than one kind of edible oil, as it is more heart-friendly and likely to reduce the risk of heart
 arrow Concern over CJ's stay order on writ petitions
Political parties and professional organisations yesterday expressed deep concern over the stay order on the proceedings of writ petitions challenging the legality of the president's taking over as the
 arrow Annan's envoy discusses polls with Mashhud
Craig Jenness, special envoy to the UN secretary general, called on Adviser Lt General (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury at his secretariat office yesterday.
 arrow Protesting stay order

 arrow Four to die, 3 others get life term
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people, including a listed criminal to death and three others to life in jail for killing a businessman of Tejgaon in the city in May, 2004.
 arrow Moshfeka best debater
The two-day Shadow Parliamentary Debate Competition ended in the city yesterday.
 arrow World AIDS Day today
World AIDS Day-2006 will be observed across the country as elsewhere around the globe today renewing the pledge to continue fight against the deadly disease.
 arrow FFs' Day today
Today is Freedom Fighters' Day. Different socio-political and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
 arrow Alamgir, Shahed DRU president, general secretary
Alamgir Hossain and Shahed Chowdhury yesterday have been elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) for the year 2007.
 arrow Cuet admission test postponed
The admission test for Level 1 of BSc Engineering Courses (2006-2007 session) at Chittagong University of Science and Technology (Cuet) has been deferred here yesterday.
 arrow JN varsity exam postponed
Jagannath University authorities have postponed the 2nd year examination of 2005, scheduled to be held on December 3, due to unavoidable reasons, says a press release.
 arrow 28 get EWU merit scholarships
The Merit Scholarship Awarding ceremony of East West University (EWU) for the Fall Semester 2006 was held at the university auditorium yesterday.
Culturearrow Poppy: In limelight
Sadika Parveen, better known to cine-goers in Bangladesh as Poppy, is one of the few film actresses who are breathing new hope towards the resurrection of Bangladeshi film industry, which is currently
 arrow 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Nightingale' go on stage
Two puppet-theatre performances-- Kusree Hansher Chhana and Surer Pakhi, adaptations from Danish legendary writer Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tales The Ugly Duckling and The Nightingale --
 arrow 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Moscow
A photography exhibition dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Moscow began at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on Dhaka on November 29.
 arrow Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation celebrates 26th anniversary
Cultural activists from different corners of the country gathered at Rabindra Sarobar, the open stage near Dhanmondi Lake on November 29 to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation
 arrow An innovative theatrical venture
Art imitates art in Dhaka Stage's new theatrical venture Triptych: Art in Three Acts. Apart from the unusual title, the work dovetails three one-act plays exploring artists and art.
 arrow Phiriye Ano Bangladesh Open Concert
Inspired by the success of the black badge campaign, and recognising the need for continued effort, an organisation Take Back Bangladesh is organising an open concert titled Phiriye Ano Bangladesh atthe
Generalarrow CA urged to solve crisis over 'tasria'
Most of the non-ballottee pilgrims will not be able to perform Hajj if Saudi Embassy in Dhaka does not provide them with visas without 'tasria'---documents for hiring residences in Saudi Arabia, leaders
 arrow Red Crescent to expand programmes on HIV/AIDS
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) commemorated World Aids Day through a discussion session and street dramas at national level, says a press release.
 arrow Cop's burnt wife dies after 5-day struggle
A police officer's wife, who was allegedly burnt by her husband for dowry, died in the city yesterday after five days of struggle for survival.
 arrow 3 hurt in shuttle train rooftop fall in Ctg
Three people, including a student, were injured when they fell off the rooftop of a shuttle train running between Chittagong University (CU) and the city yesterday afternoon.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Khaleda's swipe against advisers
Four-party alliance leader and erstwhile prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia has taken umbrage at the advisers' talking to the media and some of them meeting AL chief Sheikh Hasina which to her constituted
 arrow Editorial: Arson on election offices
In recent times there have been a number of arson attacks on several election offices in outlying districts. Offices at Barisal, Khulna, Jhenidah, Chuadanga and Brahmanbaria came under assault.
 arrow Take Back Bangladesh
Things do seem pretty bleak at first blush. It seems fairly apparent now that nothing is going to retrieve the political situation any time soon.
 arrow People are like water
These are not fantastic words coming from a great thinker, but filmy dialogue from a Bollywood bad guy who played the role of an incorrigibly corrupt politician.
 arrow Is fair, free and credible election possible?
During the last 59 years (1947-2006) we have passed through crisis after crisis.
Letters to Editorarrow Reforming the Election Commission
Article 118 to 126 of the Constitution of Bangladesh describe all about the election and its management body.
 arrow Foreign students' visa
Nowadays lot of foreign students, especially students from Nepal are coming over to Bangladesh to pursue higher studies in different public and private universities as well as in the medical/dental colleges.
 arrow An unexpected walk to uncertain destiny
People of this country are politically conscious as well as peace-loving.
 arrow Democracy in America
The beauty of democracy is that voters as a collective force 'usually' don't make a mistake.
 arrow Away from home forever
After the crushing defeat of Pakistan army, the new Bangladesh government in 1972 declared that it would take back all the Bengalees from Pakistan except the two collaborators - Nurul Amin and Mahmood
 arrow Don't cry for me, Dhaka!
I enjoyed the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, HE Anwar Chowdhury's "Dhaka: Home away from Home" (DS 1 November 2006).
 arrow Of Hasan and the ETV
The other day we some colleagues at the local law college frantically raised sort of a storm over the tea cup on the ceaseless talk of the country, i.e.
 arrow Force to attain peace?
BNP-Jamaat won the 2001 elections with more than two- third majority of seats. Soon after the whole country especially the villages were turned into torture chambers of the BNP-Jaamat goons.
 arrow Behind the facade
I have the opportunity of interacting with lots of members of Jamaat-e-Islam and Shibir in my professional life. They are usually well behaved, soft-spoken and possess infinite patience.
 arrow Who plays the key role for election?
During this summer while I was in Bangladesh I have seen a special complimentary page in the daily Prothom Alo on Election Commission and its activities.
 arrow Civil servants
Under the Constitution of Bangladesh every person in the service of the Republic (i.e. the civil servants) holds office under the President.
 arrow Open letter to our politicians
Once again, the country is splendidly made to stand still by your whims, which are borne out of a solemn singular desire - to reign.
 arrow I don't get it...
I don't get it why we are still debating on how to hold free and fair polls without debating on ways and means to reform the dynastic and autocratic nature of BNP and AL first? What is the point in holding
 arrow An irresponsible silence of civil society
This is in response to the unethical silence (non-response) of our self-proclaimed civil society members to the bloodiest and bone-chilling brutality demonstrated by some political activists against a
World AIDS Dayarrow Momentum building for accountability
Each year, World AIDS day is observed on the first day of December.
 arrow Prevention is better than cure
Since 1988 World AIDS Day has been observed around the world on 1st December to raise awareness about HIIV/AIDS. epidemic. People living with HIV worldwide nearly half of them are women.
 arrow Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS
Injecting of drugs is one of the major routes of spreading HIV and HIV/AIDS, along with other inevitable consequences like hepatitis B and C.
 arrow Shifting of brothels necessary for rehabilitation of sex workers
People in our country sometimes take eviction drives in brothel areas. In the wake of such drives, sex workers of Kandupatti of old Dhaka, Tanbazaar of Narayanganj etc. were evicted long ago.
Urbanarrow All work and no play...
No one knows for sure who it is who said "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.
 arrow Activate Bangladesh
A few weeks ago, Ramna Park was the scene of a, sadly, all too common occurrence.
Worldarrow South Asia: Lanka assures India of power sharing with Tamils
Sri Lanka's president assured giant neighbour India on Wednesday that he was pushing for a power-sharing deal with the Tamil Tigers to help bring peace to the island despite signs of an escalating civil
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan denies urging Nato to accept Taliban
Pakistan yesterday rejected a "distorted" British media report that its foreign minister was urging Nato countries to accept the Taliban and set up a new coalition government in Kabul.
 arrow South Asia: 3 die as Dalits riot in Maharashtra
At least three people died and dozens were hurt Thursday as low-caste Hindus rioted in the western Indian state of Maharashtra over the vandalism of a statue of their leader, police said.
 arrow Cambodia vows to end arms flow to LTTE
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised to cut off the flow of weapons from his country to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, his spokesman said on Thursday.
 arrow Abbas, Rice call for ME truce
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas united yesterday in calling for a fledgling Middle East truce to be extended into a comprehensive ceasefire.
 arrow Bodies pile up in Iraq as Bush meets Maliki
Baghdad's overflowing morgues welcomed another grim daily harvest of bullet-riddled corpses yesterday as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met US President George W Bush and vowed to halt the violence.
 arrow Palestinian problem the main ME issue
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday told US President George W.
 arrow Iran has no influence over Iraq: Maliki
Iraq's Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denied Thursday that Iran had any influence over Iraq or any part of the embattled capital Baghdad.
 arrow Thousands of civilians flee Myanmar army attacks: HR group
Thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes and trek for days after attacks by the army in military-run Myanmar's Karen state, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
 arrow US unveils citizenship test focused on values
The US government yesterday unveils a new citizenship test that focuses more on American values and principles than on historical trivia.
 arrow Red Cross 'deeply shocked' by violence against Iraqi civilians
The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday it was "deeply shocked" by the ongoing attacks against Iraqi civilians, and warned that the violence prevented it from addressing the concerns
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