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Front Pagearrow Spoke put in advisers' EC recast wheel
President and Chief Adviser (CA) to the caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed suddenly appears opposed to the sending of Election Commissioner SM Zakaria on leave as proposed by the advisory council toreconstitute
 arrow Election on Jan 23
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rescheduled the upcoming ninth parliamentary elections, setting January 23 as the polling day instead of January 21, to ensure participation of all political parties
 arrow Move on to revive controversial bid
Going out of its way, President Iajuddin Ahmed 's office has taken an initiative for reviving the controversial unsolicited bid for the Meghnaghat 450 megawatt phase-3 power project.
 arrow Hasina accuses CA of setting hurdles
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed of making the prevailing political situation more complex by hindering implementation of the package
 arrow Judges to resume work Sunday
The Supreme Court (SC) judges yesterday decided to resume court proceedings from Sunday ending their unprecedented work abstention.
 arrow Quality of voter roll update questioned
The leaders of Sujan, a civil society platform working for good governance, have questioned the quality of voter list updating as only 30 lakh forms have been sent for the purpose while there are at least
 arrow EC starts righting voter roll
The Election Commission (EC) starts correcting the mistakes in the updated voter list today through door-to-door visit by its staffs to detect the fake and duplicate names in the list, allocating eight
 arrow Just retired Abu Solaiman given new job
The immediate past Cabinet Secretary M Abu Solaiman Chowdhury was made chairman of Privatisation Commission yesterday with the rank and status of a deputy minister.
 arrow Sit-in ends in polls mood
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance wrapped up its sit-in programme around the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in the capital yesterday by launching an unofficial campaign for the next general
 arrow Ershad now mulls loose alliance with 14-party
In yet another show of ever changing political stance, Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad now mulls forging a loose alliance with the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine ahead of the next general
 arrow 8 killed, 40 hurt in road crash
Eight people died and 40 others were injured in a bus collision on the Cox's Bazar-Chittagong highway in Chakoria upazila yesterday.
 arrow Winter Festival...

 arrow Arrest corrupt ex-ministers, lawmakers
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged the caretaker government to arrest the corrupt ministers and the lawmakers of the immediate past 4-party alliance government
 arrow Rejoinder
Quazi Mesbahuddin Ahmed, member of the Planning Commission, in a rejoinder to the report "Stress on better data, tailored polices," published in The Daily Star on December 6, 2006, has denied using the
 arrow BNP interviews 207 aspirants from Rajshahi
The BNP Parliamentary Board yesterday interviewed 207 nomination seekers of Rajshahi division for 43 constituencies reserving 13 seats for other parties of the four-party alliance.
 arrow Mirpur stadium to make debut with 4th ODI
Bangladesh will go into the fourth one-day international against visiting Zimbabwe today with a whitewash on the back of the mind.
 arrow The knick-knacks...

 arrow Father, son killed in 'encounter'
An outlawed party leader and his son were killed in an encounter between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Dhanukati village in Damuddya upazila early yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills woman
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi woman and injured another in Nandial bordering area under Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat district yesterday morning.
 arrow 11 US soldiers killed in Iraq
Iraq faced the implications of the Iraq Study Group report yesterday, which bluntly declared that US strategy is not working, a fact underlined by the deaths of 11 US soldiers in a single day of mayhem.
 arrow Political parties, parliaments most corrupt
Political parties and parliaments are seen as the world's most corrupt institutions and governments are not doing enough to combat the problem, a poll by a respected global graft watchdog said Thursday.
 arrow Bush, Blair talk Iraq options
President Bush, facing urgent pressure to find a fresh strategy in Iraq, met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday, a day after a bipartisan commission report said his war policies have failed
 arrow Benazir, Sharif must be barred from polls
Hardline Islamic groups must be defeated in Pakistan's next election, President Pervez Musharraf said, but at the same time, he vowed to keep the leaders of two main moderate parties out of the polls.
 arrow 2 cops killed in Jeddah firefight
Two Saudi police officers were killed by gunmen holed up in the commercial capital of Jeddah yesterday, an interior ministry statement said.
Businessarrow Political turmoil slows Bangladesh's growth
Political turmoil in Bangladesh is slowing the country's pace of development, said ADB Country Director Hua Du yesterday.
 arrow Income gap widens despite stable growth
Although Bangladesh achieved over the last decade a GDP growth of 5.
 arrow BB relaxes directives on weekend banking
The central bank yesterday relaxed its previous orders relating to keeping all authorised dealer (AD) branches of commercial banks open on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow Grameenphone launches postpaid package Xplore
Grameenphone Ltd has introduced a new postpaid product -- Xplore -- in market, says a press release. Xplore will be available in two packages -- Xplore Package 1 and Xplore package 2.
 arrow Asean looks to nudge global trade talks
Southeast Asian leaders will call next week for a revival of global trade talks and will press nations to cut disputed farm subsidies that ran the talks off the rails, an official said Thursday.
 arrow EU seeks FTA talks with Asean, India, ROK
The European Commission sought backing from member states on Wednesday to open talks early next year with Asean, India and South Korea on hammering out free-trade agreements.
 arrow East Asian economic growth to slow down in 2007: ADB
East Asia's economic growth will slow down in 2007 to 4.4 percent from an estimated 4.9 percent this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said here Thursday.
 arrow Popular Pharma goes global
Popular Pharmaceuticals Ltd (PPL) has started exporting its products to international market, says a press release. It shipped the first commercial consignment to Nairobi of Kenya on Monday.
 arrow Hanoi partially lifts rice export ban
The Vietnamese government has approved the export of additional 53,000 tons of rice under contracts signed before its Nov.
 arrow Qatar Airways may introduce flights from Ctg
Qatar Airways may introduce direct flights from Chittagong for the benefit of port city residents.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Whitewash new target
There might be doubts over the characteristics of an unknown pitch at a new venue when Bangladesh take on Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today
 arrow Cricket: Cricket's homecoming
In spite of the Tigers' series victory being assured against Zimbabwe with two matches in hand, there was huge enthusiasm about the two sides' fourth one-dayer today.
 arrow Football: Why blast booters?
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in a press release issued yesterday condemned the 'unsporting' and 'indecent' comments made by footballers of the country towards the federation during their 'uncalled
 arrow China humble Bangladesh
Bangladesh suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of China in yesterday's men's hockey Pool B match at the 15th Asian Games in Doha.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket transfer from Dec 10
The Premier Cricket League transfer for the 2006-2007 season will begin on December 10.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy's winning return
Pakistan skipper Inzamamul Haq capped his return with an uncharacteristic unbeaten 42 to help his side beat the West Indies by two wickets in the second one-day international here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond disbands Lankans
New Zealand comfortably controlled the opening day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here Thursday after being gifted first use of the ball on a bowler's wicket.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly in the runs
Sourav Ganguly batted with a mission in raising the highest score yet by an Indian batsman on the tour so far, on the first day of the warm-up game against Rest of South Africa here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts to meet in Delhi on Monday
The officials of the four Asian countries, which would jointly host the World Cup in 2011, would meet here next week to thrash out issues related to the cricketing extravaganza.
 arrow Tragedy hits Games
China hauled in more gold medals Thursday as it neared the magic 100 mark on a day overshadowed by the death of a South Korean equestrian rider who was crushed in a fall.
 arrow Cricket: ICC slams PCB decision
The Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to lift the doping bans imposed on fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif was heavily criticised by ICC president Percy Sonn on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Panesar on call
Much-vaunted England spinner Monty Panesar says he is ready to produce if given an Ashes call-up, despite a lack of match practice on the tour.
 arrow Cricket: Watson almost out
Injury prone all-rounder Shane Watson's slim hopes of playing for Australia in the third Ashes Test all but disappeared when he was ruled out of Queensland's one-day clash with Victoria on Friday.
 arrow Football: United exact Benfica revenge
Manchester United survived a jittery start to advance to the Champions League knockout stages as winners of Group F after a 3-1 win over Benfica here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo saves Real
Ronaldo scored two goals in the last four minutes to earn Real Madrid a 2-2 draw against Dynamo Kiev in their final Champions League Group E match on Wednesday.
 arrow Rider Kim dies at Asiad
Tragedy struck the Asian Games Thurs-day when an experienced South Korean equestrian rider died after his horse threw him from the saddle then crushed him, sparking calls for a full inquiry.
 arrow Cricket: Amjad's dream may come true
Amjad Khan, a Danish fast bowler with Pakistani roots, has set his sights on winning an England cap after being told that his application for British citizenship has been accepted.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan won't return, says Fletcher
England coach Duncan Fletcher has ruled out former captain Michael Vaughan's return in this Ashes series.
 arrow Football: FIFA sets WC date
FIFA announced Wednesday that the next World Cup will take place between June 11 and July 11 2010, and granted South Africa an automatic berth as host nation.
 arrow Football: Sheva wants Italy return
Chelsea's Ukrainian striker Andrei Shevchenko has given a strong hint he may leave the English champions, saying his style of play does not suit manager Jose Mourinho.
 arrow December 5 and 6 matches

 arrow Football: Lille into last 16
Goals in either half from Peter Odemwingie and Kader Keita booked French side Lille's passage into the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Group H winners
 arrow Football: Dragao draw suits both
Last year's beaten finalists Arsenal avoided disaster with a 0-0 draw at FC Porto here on Wednesday which was enough for both teams to go through to the Champions League knockout stages.
 arrow Football: Hamburg end CSKA dreams
CSKA Moscow had to console themselves with a place in the UEFA Cup after a 3-2 defeat to SV Hamburg here on Wednesday ended their dreams of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time
 arrow Football: Newcastle, Wigan post wins
Newcastle midfielder Emre hit a late winner as his side climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 victory against Reading on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Hamburg ban Atouba
Hamburg have handed their Cameroon international defender Thimothee Atouba a two-match ban and hefty fine as punishment for his one-fingered gesture to the home fans in Hamburg's 3-2 Champions Leaguewin
 arrow Football: Robinson gaffe a diplomatic boon
A Christmas gift inspired by England goalkeeper Paul Robinson's horror own goal against Croatia has helped to boost diplomatic ties between London and Zagreb, it was reported Thursday.
 arrow Football: Bayern want to have Schlaudraff
Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in signing German international striker Jan Schlaudraff from Alemannia Aachen. "Yes we are interested.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti slates awful Milan
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti criticised his team after a 2-0 defeat to Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday saying they had never played so badly.
Metropolitanarrow Shape defence forces in tune with tech advancement: CA
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed has called for preparing military leaders and shaping the defence forces in tune with the rapid development in technology that brought about revolutionary and epoch-making
 arrow Change in intelligence soon
Adviser Dhiraj Kumar Nath has said the caretaker government will reshuffle the intelligence agencies alongside bringing about more changes in the entire police administration.
 arrow 4 killed, 66 hurt in road crashes
At least four people were killed and 66 injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Rajshahi and Pirojpur yesterday.
 arrow Cancellation of Naya Bazar cattle market sparks fierce protests
Cancellation of Naya Bazar makeshift cattle market in the city at the last moment sparked fierce protests from the bidders yesterday.
 arrow Non-govt teachers to lay siege to Shikkha Bhaban on Dec 19
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas will lay siege to Shikkha Bhaban and a hold grand rally in the city on December 19.
 arrow Trained women arbiters settle disputes successfully
When Nazma, an 18-year-old housewife, approached the village arbitration to settle her family dispute over dowry, the arbiters did not allow her to say anything. They just wanted to listen to her husband.
 arrow TIB exhibition of anti-corruption cartoons begins
To intensify public awareness and inculcate anti-corruption values in younger generation, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) launched a three-day exhibition of anti-corruption cartoons at Drik
 arrow 'Promote supportive culture to stop repression on women'
In order to stop repression on women, a supportive culture has to be promoted along with the enactment of laws, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday.
 arrow No arrest yet
Forty hours into a major gold heist in four jewellery shops at Uttara in the city, police could neither recover looted gold ornaments nor arrest any burglars who were identified through closed-circuit
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker from Cox's Bazar blamed for corruption
Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the authorities concerned to investigate alleged corruption and irregularities made by immediate past lawmaker from Moheshkhali- Kutubdia constituency in
 arrow 13 arms seized in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested two arm dealers and seized 13 foreign firearms and 13 rounds of bullets following a three-hour chase and gunfight at Babupur in Shibganj, Chapainawabganjyesterday.
 arrow Bakery staff robbed of Tk 50,000 in Moulvibazar
A gang of muggers yesterday mugged Tk 50 thousand from an employee of a bakery in the district town.
 arrow Janakantha editor sued
A lawyer from BNP filed a defamation case yesterday against the editor and one of the reporters of the daily Janakantha for running a ''defamatory'' news item about the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on
 arrow 'Netrokona Bomb Blast Day' today
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi will observe 'Netrokona Bomb Blast Day' across the country today, says a press release.
 arrow CU admission test begins today
The admission tests for first year honours courses of 2006-2007 session at Chittagong University (CU) begins today.
 arrow 'Re-fix polls day'
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad requested the Election Commission, political parties and caretaker government to re-fix the election date as it coincides with Saraswati Puja, one of the major religious
 arrow Hemayet made OIC Director General
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin has been selected for the post of OIC Director General, official sources said. A number of OIC member-countries were vying for the post.
 arrow Discussion on 'Kartini Network'
Women and Gender Studies Department of Dhaka University in cooperation with United Nations Information Centre, Dhaka, yesterday organised a discussion on 'Kartini Network' at IDB Bhaban in the city with
 arrow High-rise bldg fined for pilfering water in Chittagong
A mobile court here yesterday fined a high-rise commercial building for pilfering water through setting an illegal pump.
 arrow RU admission test begins today
Admission test for first year honours courses under session 2006-07 of Rajshahi University begins today. The examination will be held in three shifts everyday and will continue till December 23.
 arrow BCL withdraws strike at CU
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday postponed its indefinite strike on the campus enforced on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Right to govern: Leaders' pledges and voters aspirations
With the next general election knocking at the door, the celebrations of this year's Victory Day add a new dimension and significance.
 arrow Russian roulette
Alexander Litvinenko said a lot of outrageous things when he was alive. He claimed that al Qaeda's No 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was a Russian agent.
 arrow US and the new UN chief
On the very first day of next year a new Secretary General of UN will take charge and face the challenges that the world is currently confronting, with the most crucial one being the Middle East crisis,
 arrow Fixing the RMG sector
The apparel and textiles sector in Bangladesh has been at the heart of the economic activities of the country for the last two decades.
Culturearrow Celebrating Rembrandt
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) is considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.
 arrow 'Wanna': A festival of the Mandi people
The Mandi traditional festival Wanna was observed recently with great enthusiasm in the village of Chunia in Madhupur, Tangail. Music, mirth and merriment occupy a good part of Wanna.
 arrow Optimistic 'Closeup 1' finalists
As the Closeup 1-Tomakei Khujchche Bangladesh '06 talent hunt approaches its grand finale, the five remaining finalists -- Kishor Das, KM Abdullah Al Mortuza (Muhin), Salma Akhter, Nishita Barua
 arrow A musical tribute to Dr Yunus
Fakir Alamgir has earned popularity as a singer of the masses (Gono Sangeet) and also for producing songs based on leaders and visionaries such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and John Henry.
 arrow 'Priyo Parveen': A love story in 1971
A single episode TV play titled Priyo Parveen, written and directed by Shoraf Ahmed Jibon, will be telecast on Channel i tonight at 7:50 pm.
 arrow 'Shopother Gaan': TV show on Liberation War
Shopother Gaan, a documentary programme based on the Liberation War, is currently running on Channel i everyday. Divided into several segments, the show is aired everyday at 5:30pm.
 arrow 'Divine Intervention': A depiction of Palestinian-Israeli conflict
The interest in Arab-Israeli conflict in Palestine is ever increasing. Yet the world community has little, if any, cultural exposure to the embattled nation.
Generalarrow Santu demands separate voter list for CHT
Speakers at a function yesterday said the life of at least 13 indigenous communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is at stake due to illegal activities of a group of outsider settlers.
 arrow 3 JCD leaders declared unwanted at DU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), yesterday declared three of its leaders unwanted on DU campus for their alleged involvement in a nomination scandal.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Full speed towards election
Assuming that the proposed package is accepted by the alliances and nothing contrary to the positive trend so far happens, it is heartening to note that the leader of the 14-party alliance has instructed
 arrow Editorial: Induction of terror goons into politics
We are stupefied by the recent induction of Hemayetullah Auranga into the BNP, and with all the fanfare that went into the ceremony.
 arrow Forum
A couple of regular readers (they claim) of my column have been cheeky enough to point out what perhaps ran through the minds of other discerning readers last Friday (though others who might have made
 arrow Chaos in the court
Last week, there was lawlessness in the legal heartland when the familiar scene of street vandalism was enacted in the Supreme Court.
 arrow Flickering hope
From the beginning of November, all political life in the country has shrunk to a single person and single question.
Letters to Editorarrow Democracy and people
While we have been looking on in dismay at the events leading up to our election, another election has taken place on the other side of the world.
 arrow It's all about blockade
If I have got it right, then actually there are two questions that everyone is asking: 1. Was the blockade necessary?
 arrow An open letter to the president
Sir, I hope you will find a bit of your precious time to read this humble letter. Since I took my Master degree in soil science in the year 1975, we never met.
 arrow Some confusion
Is Dr Yunus is seeing only half of the whole? Certainly the answer is yes. Because, he could not see and mention about the unconstitutional steps taken by the President, i.e.
 arrow Power-hungry politicians
I am the unluckiest person, because I have no Aladdin's lamp.
 arrow When the drama will end?
Are we having so much critical problem solution of which is impossible? I think, it is not so. The only problem is the lack of positive mentality for development o our country.
Worldarrow Lanka to face backlash for crackdown: Tigers
Sri Lankans will suffer and the government will face a backlash for reinstating the island's Prevention of Terrorism Act to crack down on the Tamil Tigers and their supporters, the rebels said yesterday.
 arrow Indian arms for Myanmar fuels abuses: HR group
An Indian offer of military equipment, including helicopters, to the reclusive military regime in Myanmar could be used against civilians and rebels, and fuel abuses, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
 arrow India, Pakistan near, yet so far on Kashmir
For nearly six decades it has been one of the most intractable disputes on the planet, but these days India and Pakistan are finally talking similar language on Kashmir.
 arrow Iran cautious over US report seeking engagement
Iran has responded cautiously to proposals for the United States to engage its foe directly, as analysts say Tehran waits to see whether President George W Bush embraces the idea and what concessionsit
 arrow UN launches appeal for Palestinian aid
The United Nations led a record appeal for aid to the Palestinians yesterday, asking for more than 450 million dollars to be dispatched to counter a deteriorating humanitarian situation.
 arrow Will Bush pay heed to the Iraq report?
US newspapers gave banner headline coverage yesterday to the Iraq Study Group report, but worried that President George W Bush may find its tough recommendations too difficult to embrace.
 arrow Indo-US nuclear deal hits snag in Cong
Plans for the US Congress to approve a landmark deal that would allow India to buy US nuclear fuel and reactors hit a snag on Wednesday when Republican leaders in the House of Representatives halted action
 arrow UNGA takes initial step for conventional arms treaty
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution launching a process that could lead to a treaty to prevent arms transfers that fuel conflicts and serious human rights violations
 arrow Asean agrees on anti-terror pact
Asean nations yesterday agreed on the bloc's first legally binding pact to fight terrorism, including a provision to rehabilitate convicted terror suspects, diplomats said.
 arrow Mars water evidence excites Nasa
After decades of scouring Mars in search of geologic evidence of past water activity, scientists believe they have found stunning evidence that water may even now be flowing through the Red Planet's frigid
 arrow Final witnesses testify at Saddam genocide trial
Two final witnesses told Saddam Hussein's genocide trial yesterday of the horrors of the anti-Kurdish Anfal campaign, before the court adjourned for a week in preparation of its next phase.
 arrow Warmed-up oceans reduce key food link
In a "sneak peak" revealing a grim side effect of future warmer seas, new Nasa satellite data find that the vital base of the ocean food web shrinks when the world's seas get hotter.
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