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Front Pagearrow Implement package offer fully within 24 hours
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition and its allies yesterday jointly issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the caretaker government (CG) to implement fully the package proposal negotiated between them,
 arrow Voter list correction starts in a loose manner
The much talked about correction on the voter list in eight days began yesterday across the country amid lack of proper guidelines, preparation, and interest among the field level staff in deleting duplicate
 arrow BNP faces tough task to please ticket seekers
The BNP might have a great difficulty nominating candidates for at least 30 constituencies with many of the aspirants already threatening not to accept decisions leaving them out of the party ticket for
 arrow Yunus leaves for Oslo to receive prize
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday left Dhaka for the Norwegian capital Oslo to receive the most prestigious award at an official ceremony tomorrow.
 arrow Advisers may sit today to resolve Zakaria issue
The team of advisers to the caretaker government, formed for talks with the political parties, may sit today to resolve the latest crisis that emerged as Election Commissioner SM Zakaria rejected theproposal
 arrow 4-paty rally in city today
The BNP-led four-party alliance will hold a rally at the capital's Muktangon today and bring out a procession form there to protest against "the vandalism in the chief justice's office and court, creating
 arrow Crimes on rise as gangsters come out of hideouts
Crimes like murder, robbery and especially mugging have increased in the capital and across the country because of, what the law enforcers say, restive political situation.
 arrow Unfit vessels allowed to operate at Ctg port
Many unfit and unsurveyed inland ships are sailing in and around the Chittagong Port channel and the Bay of Bengal misusing temporary 'tokens' issued by a section of dishonest ship surveyors in exchange
 arrow Garos celebrate Wangala
Responding to the call of nakma, a Garo tribal leader, thousands of urban Garo people yesterday gathered on a school playground in the capital to celebrate Wangala, the centuries-old harvest festival
 arrow Blueprint to rig polls will be thwarted: Oli
Executive President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday said the four -party alliance's "blueprint" to rig the elections will be thwarted through a vigorous movement jointly
 arrow Bangladesh closer to whitewash
Bangladesh showed visiting Zimbabwe no mercy to extend their lead to 4-0 in the five-match one-day series with an eight-wicket victory in the fourth game yesterday.
 arrow Road mishap at Uttara kills 3
Three people died and another was injured in a road accident at Uttara in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Recommendations on citizens' dialogue today
Citizens' Forum, a civil society initiative for accountable development, will present the recommendations emerging from the citizens' dialogues held across the country at a programme at the Bangladesh-China
 arrow Nepali Maoist chief eyes presidency
Maoist warlord turned statesman Prachanda said he is willing to serve as president of a future Nepal republic, and that only a "small, rich and corrupt clique" wants to retain the monarchy, a news report
 arrow King pays tax for first time
Nepal's King Gyanendra and his son, Crown Prince Paras, were forced to pay customs tax to collect shipped goods at the airport in a first for the embattled royal family, officials said.
 arrow US Congress completes law for Indian nuke deal
The US Congress completed final legislation for a landmark civilian nuclear deal with India, removing contentious provisions objected by the US and Indian governments.
 arrow Fiji suspended from C'wealth after coup
Fiji is to be immediately suspended from the Commonwealth following a military coup there earlier this week, ministers at an emergency meeting of the grouping in London announced yesterday.
 arrow Correction
A quote of Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid was not published correctly in a news headlined "Spoke put in advisers' EC recast wheel" in yesterday's issue of The Daily Star.
 arrow Correction
In a report titled '15000 hajj pilgrims keep fingers crossed for flights', published in The Daily Star on December 5, Syed Ahsan Hossain Kazi's name was printed as deputy general manager (public relations)
 arrow Fire at garment factory in Gazipur: 27 injured
At least 27 workers were injured in a devastating fire at a garment factory at Naujore under Gazipur Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 45 hurt as locals, Al-Baiyenat men clash in Sirajganj
At least 45 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Al-Baiyenat, an Islamist organisation, and locals in the district town yesterday afternoon.
Businessarrow Dhaka int'l trade fair draws huge crowd
Seven days into its inauguration, Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2006 yesterday experienced a huge number of visitors with participants expecting considerable turnout in the coming days.
 arrow Projects need more attention: WB
A recent World Bank (WB) study has stressed the need for more attention to help the poor benefit from the accelerated growth over the last five years in the World Bank borrowing countries, including Bangladesh.
 arrow Take services of cost and management accountants
Economist Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday urged the government to get cost and management accountants (CMAs) involved in financial management system to bring about more transparency in public sector finance
 arrow Airbus to up investment in India to $1b
Lured by the long-term growth potential of India's burgeoning civil aviation sector and resultant business prospects, European aircraft maker Airbus has said it would double investment in this country
 arrow Wheat, corn prices at 10-year highs: FAO
Wheat and corn prices have hit 10-year highs, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday, adding that global spending on foodstuffs could reach record levels this year.
 arrow WB chief looks to China to help cut African poverty
The World Bank hopes to work with China to bring development to Africa and other poverty-stricken regions, the World Bank's vice president for the Asia-Pacific said Thursday.
 arrow Oil rises near $63
Oil prices rose Friday, supported by a possible production cut by OPEC countries and amid violence in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer.
 arrow Trade friction with China may escalate, says US
The United States sees potentially escalating trade friction with China next year as Beijing is stepping up restrictions on foreign investment and recent US Congressional elections create uncertainty,
 arrow Maruti launches new model car
Maruti Udyog Limited launched Zen Estilo in Kolkata on Thursday. The car comes in three variants --Lx, Lxi and Vxi--and in eight colours.
 arrow Leading economic indicators point to growth: OECD
Leading economic indicators suggest that growth is set to continue in the world's biggest economies, the OECD said on Friday. The OECD composite leading indicator (CLI) increased by 0.2 percent to109.
 arrow US adds 132,000 jobs in Nov
US employers added 132,000 jobs in November, the government announced Friday in a report that suggests overall economic momentum remains healthy. The unemployment rate edged up to 4.
 arrow Dollar stable before US jobs data
The dollar steadied against the euro on Friday before publication of key US employment figures for November. In early European trading, the euro stood at 1.3285 dollars from 1.
 arrow Oracle offers $1.2b for India's i-flex
Oracle Corp boosted its offer for Indian banking software provider i-flex Solutions Ltd to $1.3 billion, driving up i-flex shares 17 percent to a record high.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
December 03-December 07, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Aftab getting better
Dashing Bangladesh middle-order batsman Aftab Ahmed for the first time came to a presentation dais yesterday to say something as the best performer of the match against Zimbabwe which the Tigers won by
 arrow Cricket: Fitting arena for Tigers
Seeing Bangladesh win is happiness itself but when victory comes at such a pleasant cricket ground, the feeling just goes up a notch.
 arrow Cricket: The Mashud question
Giving a player rest is nothing uncommon in international cricket because of the busy schedule that is prevalent these days.
 arrow Cricket: Reza and Rasel to play today
Bangladesh will make two changes for the fifth and last one-day international against Zimbabwe to be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today, bringing in both the players not used in
 arrow Indonesia blank Bangladesh
Bangladesh chess team crashed to their first defeat in the mixed team classical event's third round at the 15th Asian Games in Doha yesterday.
 arrow Football: Minhaj slams hattrick
Striker Minhaj slammed a hattrick to steer Batch 06 into the semifinals as they thrashed MBA 4-1 in the North South University Intra-Batch football tournament at the WAPDA ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ stay on course
New Zealand's seamers produced a devastating burst to regain control of the first Test, Sri Lanka closing day two in Christchurch 73 ahead at 125-8.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers call the shots
The Indian seam bowlers dominated the opening two sessions on the second day of the tour game against Rest of South Africa at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom.
 arrow Cricket: Voges fills Martyn void
Australia have made two changes to their squad for the third Ashes Test in Perth starting on 14 December.
 arrow Rana does it again
Typical -- you don't win a gold medal for 12 years then three come along in successive days. Not only that, but a world record too.
 arrow Cricket: England lose again
Much-hyped England spinner Monty Panesar enjoyed a day of mixed fortunes at the Lilac Hill festival match here Friday.
 arrow Football: 'Sheva not untouchable'
Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation of a rift with Andrei Shevchenko by claiming that the 30-million-pound striker has not been good enough to earn "untouchable" status at Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann declines US post
Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has decided he will not coach the US national team, which will be guided on an interim basis by American Bob Bradley, ESPN reported.
 arrow Cricket: Martyn surprises & retires
Australia batsman Damien Martyn has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
 arrow Football: Manchester, London brace for derbies
Wine-loving Sir Alex Ferguson is counting on another vintage performance from Ryan Giggs to give him cause to pull something special out of the cellar after Saturday's Manchester derby.
 arrow Football: The Eternal derby
AS Roma's players will be brimming with confidence as they prepare to face arch rivals Lazio in the Rome derby on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: ZC fined 50 grand
Zimbabwe's cricket body was on Friday fined 12.6 million dollars (50,400 US dollars) by a Harare court for breaching the country's stiff foreign exchange laws.
 arrow Football: UEFA admits Gibraltar
Gibraltar was admitted as a provisional member of UEFA on Friday.
 arrow Football: El Gordo hits back
Real Madrid's Brazilian veteran striker Ronaldo hit back at his critics on Thursday after scoring twice in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Dynamo Kiev.
 arrow Football: Bayern, G-14 differences settled
The G14 and Bayern Munich have resolved their differences with the German champions cementing their position in the group of Europe's 18 most powerful clubs, G14 chairman David Dein said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Germany ponder Nike switch
The German Football Association (DFB) has received an offer worth 56 million euros ($75 million) a year from Nike to switch allegiance from long-time equipment supplier Adidas, a German sports newspaper
 arrow Football: UEFA mulls 24-team Euro
UEFA is to consider the possible expansion of the European Championship to 24 national teams instead of the current 16.
 arrow Football: Barca favourites for Club Cup
European champions Barcelona may have to tame a prodigious Brazilian teenager known as "Alex the Duck" in order to lift the Club World Cup this month.
 arrow Football: Second face third
Real Madrid put their fine away record on the line on Saturday when they visit Sevilla's Sanchez Pizjuan, where the UEFA Cup holders have the league's only remaining 100 percent home record.
 arrow Football: Clubs deny doping charge
Reigning champions Barcelona and other top Spanish clubs have denied a report in Le Monde which alleged they used the services of doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who is at the centre of a blood doping affair
 arrow Football: Gago agrees personal terms
Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago has agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid and is waiting for the clubs to reach an agreement on his transfer.
 arrow Football: Podolski returns
Germany striker Lukas Podolski should be fit for Bayern Munich's Bundesliga match against Energie Cottbus on Saturday after six weeks off with an ankle injury.
 arrow Football: Feyenoord hit with sanction
Dutch football giants Feyenoord have been handed a hefty fine and a suspended two-match closed doors ban by European football's ruling body UEFA on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Spanish press hits back at doping claims
The Spanish press hit back on Friday at reports from Le Monde newspaper that claimed four top Spanish football clubs were linked with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes who is alleged to have masterminded a vast blood-doping
 arrow Football: Cisse fit to play
France striker Djibril Cisse has recovered from a broken leg and could resume playing for Olympique Marseille this weekend, his club said on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Include issue of dev of haors in election manifestos
Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the political parties to include the issue of development of the haor areas in their electoral manifestos in a bid to ensuring proper utilisation of thepotentials
 arrow 8 killed in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi, Brahmanbaria, Patuakhali and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Additional flights for non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims demanded
Non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims under different Hajj travel agencies yesterday urged the caretaker government to operate additional flights to ensure that they can perform Hajj in time.
 arrow Shop owners blame security lapses for gold heist
Lack of proper security measures in the Mascot Plaza shopping complex has led to the massive heist on Wednesday when burglars made off with gold ornaments and cash totaling Tk 12.
 arrow CG urged to take steps to stop repression on minorities ahead of polls
Human rights activists yesterday urged the caretaker government to take measures immediately to stop repression on minorities ahead of the general election.
 arrow Training for election monitors
Election Working Group (EWG), one of the election watchdog bodies, launched a training workshop for the district coordinators at Hotel Lake Castle yesterday.
 arrow LDP declares 'ballot war' against BNP-Jamaat
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday declared the start of "vote war" against the BNP-Jamaat alliance to win the upcoming general elections.
 arrow Begum Rokeya Day today
The nation will celebrate Begum Rokeya Day today, paying glowing tribute to the memory of the legendary woman who had played a pioneering role in establishing women's rights in the subcontinent.
 arrow 'Saarc provides platform to work together'
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) has provided a platform for the people of South Asia to work together in the spirit of friendship, trust and understanding, said acting Foreign
 arrow 24 cars without valid documents seized in city
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized 24 private cars from two garages in the city on Thursday night as the garage owners failed to produce valid documents of the cars.
 arrow Seven sector commanders concerned at present crisis
Seven sector commanders of the War of Liberation are expected to issue a clarion call today to all freedom fighters and the people from all strata to stand united at this critical juncture of the nation
 arrow Addl flights for non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims demanded
Non-ballottee Hajj pilgrims under different Hajj travel agencies yesterday urged the caretaker government to operate additional flights to ensure that they can perform Hajj in time.
 arrow RU students fail to draw scholarship money
Hundreds of meritorious students of Rajshahi University could not draw their scholarship money for negligence of the university accounts officials for the past six months.
 arrow Tribute paid to Hanif
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday paid glowing tribute to former mayor Mohammad Hanif, saying that he was a champion of clean and terrorism-free politics.
 arrow Recording of BBC Sanglap in Sylhet today
Recording of the 13th edition of BBC Bengali Service's 'Bangladesh Sanglap' will take place at the auditorium of Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Ltd in Sylhet today at 5:45pm.
 arrow Children's rally on Victory Day
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed will take salute from a children march past on the occasion of the Victory Day-2006.
 arrow 10 'porno CD makers' held
Rab personnel arrested 10 alleged porno CD makers along with firearms from a house in the city's Rampura area on Thursday.
 arrow CU admission test begins
Admission test for first year honours courses under 2006-2007 session at Chittagong University (CU) began yesterday with the tests for 'Ja' unit (Biological Science) and 'Cha' unit (Forest and Environmental
 arrow Obituary
Bazlus Sattar, a veteran politician and a close associate of Moulana Bhashani, passed away due to old-age complications at his Sattar Manzil residence in Chittagong yesterday morning at the age of 97,
Nationalarrow Jailed BNP leader's wife to contest Jamaat 'to prove her husband's innocence'
Immediate past Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker from Nilphamari-3 constituency (Jaldhaka upazila and part of Kishoreganj) faces serious opposition from 4-party alliance partner BNP in the area.
 arrow Victims yet to be rehabilitated,none punished
Netrakona tragedy is back to the memory with horrifying tales of murder of cultural activists by Islamist militant organisation Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Khelafat Majlish seeks alliance ticket from Khulna-4
Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, a component of four-party alliance has demanded nomination from Khulna-4 (Rupsha-Terokhada-Digholia) constituency.
 arrow Workers give Dec 24 deadline to meet demands
About 4,000 employees and workers of Sirajganj Quami Jute Mills under the banner of Quami Jute Mills Mojdur Union yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in the town to press their 8-point
 arrow Marking liberation of Barisal

Point-Counterpointarrow International Anti-Corruption Day
December 9 is Interna-tional Anti-Corruption Day.
 arrow Turn around in US policy may end violence in Iraq
Donald Rumsfeld, US Defense Secretary, a well-known Princeton Wrestler in his university days, finally resigned but it was too late. Damage was already done.
 arrow Vietnam calling
I left Bangladesh for Hanoi to conduct a research study on the linkage between agriculture, trade and poverty reduction in Vietnam on October 28, not an auspicious day many would now believe.
Culturearrow Homage to Matter: A garden by Hamiduzzaman Khan
The sculptures placed in the open space at British Council premises communicate with other natural elements of the surroundings.
 arrow Getting the message across with cartoons
To mark the International Anti-corruption Day (December 9), a three-day cartoon exhibition titled Durnitir Biruddey Cartoon (Cartoon Against Corruption) is going on at the Drik Gallery.
 arrow 'Sisimpur' reaches nine million Bangladeshi children
Sisimpur, an educational show for the young ones sponsored by Unilever Bangladesh Ltd (UBL) currently boasts an audience of nine million children (age between 3 to 6) in the country.
Generalarrow BCL leader Babu was killed by Rab men, not in 'encounter'
BCL leader Ahsan Habib Babu was killed not in encounter but by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), according to an investigation report of Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR).
 arrow Hotel owner stabbed to death
A hotel owner was killed by unknown assailants at Nabagram in Sadar upazila of the district on Thursday night. The victim was identified as Basiruddin, 40, owner of a hotel near Pachuria railwaystation.
 arrow Tragic
A youth met a tragic death while playing football at the city's Polo-ground yesterday morning. The victim, identified as Bijon Kumar Barman, son of Anil Kumar Barman, hailed from Panchagarh district.
Internationalarrow UN signs key Nepali arms monitoring deal
The UN representative to Nepal's fledgling peace process signed a crucial agreement yesterday that will see the world body monitor the rebel and government armies.
 arrow Norway fails to secure deal to lift Jaffna siege
Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway failed on Friday to secure an agreement to end a blockade on the Jaffna peninsula where nearly half a million people are trapped by fighting, officials said.
 arrow Japan mulls support for Indo-US N-deal
Japan, a key civilian nuclear power, is considering supporting a landmark nuclear deal between India and the US ahead of a visit by the Indian premier next week, an official said yesterday.
 arrow US Senators question Iraq panel's strategy
Senators sharply questioned an Iraq commission's call for a new US war strategy Thursday, saying the Bush administration and Congress must work urgently together to find a more effective approach.
 arrow SE Asian summits suspended
Philippine police are investigating the possibility that "terrorists" would try to poison the tap water source of Cebu, where Asian summits have been called off, an official source has said.
 arrow Musharraf says no regrets over Baluch rebel chief's death
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says he has no regrets over the killing of a top rebel leader seen by many as a hero for his long-running confrontation with the central government.
 arrow Lanka to buy MiG jets from Ukraine
Sri Lanka is to bolster its air force by buying four Mig-27s from Ukraine as its battle with the Tamil Tiger rebels intensifies, a government minister said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The last of the hitches, hopefully
Only yesterday we asked the 14-party alliance to withdraw their siege programme and go full speed for the elections and today we are once again faced with another set of inexplicable delays.
 arrow Editorial: Women arbiters settle disputes
It is refreshing to learn that trained women arbiters (shalishkars) are contributing their talent and skill in settling disputes at local levels.
 arrow Better late than never
I wonder what the Hon'ble President and the Chief Adviser sees in his mirror when he looks at it for the first time every morning and for the last time every night.
 arrow The 'best of minds' and the 'teeming millions'
It was the last sitting of India's constituentassembly. The constit ution had been passed. Chairman Rajendra Prasad was saying goodbye to members.
 arrow President as CA himself likely to undermine CTG neutrality
The concept of the CTG, although a departure from the principle of the Parliamentary form of Government, was incorporated into the constitution of Bangladesh in order to provide a bulwark against theabuse
StarTecharrow New trend in internet based services
The internet is a modern marvel, which gradually incorporated almost everything and became an integral part of our daily life.
 arrow Microsoft unveils Vista for business
Microsoft rolled out the latest version of its all-conquering Windows operating system for business customers, hoping corporate users will blaze a trail for the new Vista platform.
 arrow New Asus casing for 3D gaming
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 arrow The Bot Singer

Literaturearrow Anglo Indian Dialogue
At home and abroad I've noticed time and time again that when it comes to questions by the English and French, Indians can't muster an honest reply.
 arrow A Robust Voice
The lone puff on the back cover of this handsome collection misquotes a beguiling comment from Nissim Ezekiel's review of the second verse collections of Daruwalla and A.K.
 arrow Dhaka's Little Magazines
The lifeblood of Dhaka's literary life, an indispensable part of its literary scene, are its little magazines.
 arrow Bhat De public
We bleed and breed democracy.
We rape and bring bastards to the world
We violate and create
Deny and grant
Repress and liberate
All in a day's work in Bangladesh.

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