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Front Pagearrow 4 advisers resign in frustration
The persisting political crisis seems to have deepened further as in an unprecedented move, four advisers to the caretaker government (CG) finally resigned yesterday seething with frustration over President
 arrow No scope for work
Advisers, who yesterday submitted resignation, said they decided to quit as the present circumstances do not allow them to perform their responsibility for creating a congenial atmosphere to hold a free
 arrow Fair polls far cry
Advisers to previous caretaker governments yesterday feared the resignation of the four advisers might render the interim government dysfunctional, add to the instability, and diminish the prospects for
 arrow President dates with controversy
President Iajuddin Ahmed, who assumed the office of chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) triggering a constitutional debate, has been giving rise to incessant controversies since then by
 arrow Donors shocked, worried
Bangladesh's major development partners were shocked and worried about the functioning of the caretaker government following resignation of four advisers, halfway through the election process.
 arrow Iajuddin must quit now as chief adviser
Terming President Iajuddin Ahmed the "mastermind" of all crises, the Awami League (AL) led 14-party alliance yesterday once again firmly demanded his immediate resignation from the post of chief adviser
 arrow BNP hopes they would join again
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has expressed hope that the four advisers, who stepped down yesterday, would join their posts again and carry out their duties once the president and chief adviser
 arrow Good senses should prevail
Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday hoped that "good sense would prevail" upon every one to come out of the present political crisis in the country.
 arrow 6 advisers not giving up hope of fair polls
The six advisers to the caretaker government, who are continuing in their jobs, played down the resignations of four of their colleagues yesterday saying it will not create any constitutional crisis nor
 arrow Armed forces may launch arms recovery drive today
The armed forces personnel deployed on Monday across the country may lunch illegal arms recovery operations today.
 arrow Polls to be held in time
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman yesterday expressed hope that the upcoming general election will be held in time.
 arrow List righting limps to fourth day
A number of flaws were found in the updated voter list as correction went on for the fourth day yesterday amidst continuing allegation of further irregularities.
 arrow Hasina doubts fair polls under Iajuddin
Sheikh Hasina yesterday was noncommittal about her party's participating in the next election, and expressed doubt over holding of a fair poll under President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed as boththe
 arrow Free country from conspirators
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all political parties to participate in the upcoming general elections to maintain democratic process in the country and uphold the constitution.
 arrow Telenor urged to cede control of GP
Norway's speaker of parliament yesterday sided with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus in a dispute pitting him against Norwegian telecoms operator Telenor over control of their Bangladeshi
 arrow Contempt rule against Kamal, Amir-Ul, others
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued contempt rule against eminent jurists Dr Kamal Hossain, Amir-Ul Islam, Rokanuddin Mahmud, Abdul Baset Majumdar and nine others to explain within four weeks why they
 arrow Unauthorised medicine factory raided

 arrow The resignation not a good sign for Bangladesh
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury yesterday said resignation of the four caretaker government advisers, who are very well regarded for their integrity and professionalism, cannot
 arrow Call for sincere efforts to check waterlogging
The victims of persistent waterlogging in the country's south-western region along with the experts and donor agency representatives yesterday stressed the need for pragmatic measures to resolve the perennial
 arrow Bangladeshi group gets UN award
A Bangladeshi women's group was awarded a cash prize of $20,000 on Monday for its work in preventing the spread of HIV/ AIDS, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said.
 arrow 4 US troops killed in Iraq attacks
Some 21 people were killed in violence across Iraq yesterday including a pregnant woman and three of her children who were savagely gunned down in the north of Iraq.
 arrow Move on to introduce revised resolution
Britain and France were planning to introduce yesterday a revised UN Security Council draft resolution imposing sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and hope to put the measure
 arrow JP slates CA for failure to earn advisers' confidence
Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) leaders yesterday criticised the president and chief adviser to the caretaker government for his 'failure' to bring the advisers in confidence.
Businessarrow Propaganda against RMG sector protested
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) voiced its strong protest at the propaganda by a section of international media against the Bangladesh apparel industry, the largestforeign
 arrow DSE down sharply on advisers' resignation
Price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) declined sharply yesterday after the news of resignation by four advisers to the caretaker government spread.
 arrow Inflation, monetary policy and fiscal measures in Bangladesh
Inflation is a sensitive issue in an economy, particularly in countries such as Bangladesh where economic decisions are influenced by political pressures many a times.
 arrow Collateral-free loan sought for SMEs
Business experts at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday underscored the need for collateral-free loans along with low interest rate for the country's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector to benefit the
 arrow Trouble brewing in Lankan tea industry
Sri Lanka, one of the world's largest exporters of tea, is facing trade union action that could seriously undermine quality and quantity of the island's "green gold", officials said Monday.
 arrow C'wealth slams US, EU over WTO
The Doha round of world trade talks may yet yield a deal, Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon said Monday as he slammed the United States and Europe for holding the process to ransom.
 arrow China's WTO entry recasts economic landscape
Membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) has dramatically altered the character of the Chinese economy; and the country is ready to play a bigger role in globalization.
 arrow EC to help Bangladesh boost export of handicrafts
Ambassador of European Commission (EC) to Bangladesh Stefan Frowein yesterday said the commission will give trade-related technical assistance to boost Bangladesh's export of handicrafts.
 arrow 5 Asean leaders to attend rescheduled Jan summit
At least five Southeast Asian leaders are attending the rescheduled Asean summit in the Philippines in January, regional governments said Monday.
 arrow Asean should grow high-value exports
Asean nations should grow high-value exports and reassess strategies to further strengthen their economies, says a DHL-funded study, according to a press release.
 arrow TCB gets new chairman
Mustafa Kamal Haider, additional secretary to the government, took over as the chairman of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) on Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow India, UAE to set up Trade Policy Forum
India and UAE will set up a Trade Policy Forum as part of steps to increase bilateral trade.
 arrow Oil below $62
Crude prices were lower in Asian trade Monday ahead of an Opec meeting later this week where the oil cartel is expected to announce another round of production cuts, dealers said.
 arrow Record $1b ADB loan for India's hard-up farmers
The Asian Development Bank said Monday it is lending one billion dollars, its biggest ever regular loan, to India to improve credit facilities for its hard-up farmers.
 arrow Bank Asia, Delta Life sign health insurance deal
Bank Asia Ltd has entered into an agreement with Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd for 'Group Hospitalisation Insurance Scheme' under which members of the staff of the bank and their spouses will get insurance
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Scots want to make a mark
A spin-worry Scotland arrived in Dhaka yesterday with a hope to make a mark in the two-match one-day international series against Bangladesh.
 arrow Mithu runs with idol
Bangladesh's South Asian Games gold medallist Mahfuzur Rahman Mithu finished tenth out of 14 competitors in the men's 110m hurdles heats at the 15th Asian Games in Doha yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Caught in Enamul's web
The ball carried smoothly for the seam bowlers on a lively pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium but still, left-arm spinner Enamul Haque dominated the opening day's play of the three-day matchbetween
 arrow Cricket: Razzak 12th in ICC ODI ranking
Bangladesh's 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe helped three bowlers and a batsman get into the latest top 20 one-day rankings published by the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sakib, Brothers take spotlight on Day 2
After a starlit opening night, the Premier Cricket League transfer for the 2006-07 season turned grey yesterday in presence of mediocrity.
 arrow Cricket: King wants consistency
The West Indies need consistency ahead of next year's World Cup to keep up a recent run of good form, coach Bennett King said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Spin-friendly WACA!
WACA groundsman Cameron Sutherland thinks the wicket for the third Ashes Test could help England's spinners.
 arrow Cricket: Rana takes aim at government
India's star shooter Jaspal Rana on Monday said cricket was prospering in the country only because the government had nothing to do with it.
 arrow Tennis: Sania, Li in last four
Chinese top seed Li Na downed the Asian Games defending champion to setup a semifinal showdown against Indian darling Sania Mirza who easily won her match on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis say it's correct
The New Zealand cricket team rallied behind wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum Monday, defending him from ongoing criticism over the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran in the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie was in tears
England captain Andrew Flintoff has revealed he was moved to tears after his team's painful loss to Australia in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide last week.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds being carefree
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds knows he has just about run out of chances at Test level, but he won't be putting undue pressure on himself to perform should he get the nod for the third Ashes Test
 arrow Cricket: England look forward
England opener Alastair Cook says the tourists have shed the baggage of their horror second Test loss in Adelaide and are ready to bounce back strongly when the third Ashes Test starts here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Honours even at the Bridge
Chelsea mid-fielder Michael Essien hit a stunning late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lazio dent Roma's dreams
Inter Milan beat Empoli 3-0 on Sunday to notch up a record-equalling eighth league win in a row and open a seven-point lead in Serie A.
 arrow Football: Barca arrive in Tokyo
Club World Cup favourites Barcelona were greeted by a scrum of about 200 fans, journalists and security guards as they arrived here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Loew hails young blood
Germany coach Joachim Loew on Monday hailed the young German footballers discovered during the 2006 World Cup as the dawn of a new golden age for the national side.
 arrow Cricket: lqbal to cover for Inzamam
Pakistan Monday called up middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal as cover for injured captain Inzamamul Haq for the fourth day-night international against the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: ESPN-Star to pay $1.1b!
The Singapore-based ESPN-Star television network was awarded cricket's global media rights for the next eight years for a staggering 1.1 billion dollars, the sport's leading website reported.
 arrow Cricket: WC tickets sale right on target
The chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board is confident of meeting a target of 40 million dollars in overall ticket sales for the 2007 World Cup, which begins next March in Jamaica.
 arrow Football: Pardew gets the sack
Struggling English Premiership side West Ham on Monday sacked manager Alan Pardew.
 arrow Football: Jose taunts Arsenal
Jose Mourinho accused Arsenal of taking more satisfaction from sabotaging Chelsea's Premiership challenge than getting their own title bid back on track.
 arrow Football: Zidane comes to his roots
French football star Zinedine Zidane arrived in Algeria on Monday on his first visit to his parents' homeland since he was a boy, with the government laying on a hero's welcome for the former captainof
 arrow Football: Jacobsen joins Nuremberg
Danish international defender Lars Jacobsen on Monday agreed a deal with German Bundesliga club Nuremberg.
 arrow Football: Zaragoza on the up
Argentine striker Diego Milito scored his 11th goal of the season as he helped Real Zaragoza to a 2-0 win at Racing Santander that pushed them up into fourth place in the Primera Liga on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Lyon tame brave PSG
Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon needed two late goals to overcome a brave Paris St Germain side 3-1 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Schalke keep the pressure
Schalke 04 rejoined Werder Bremen at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 derby defeat of Borussia Dortmund on Sunday leaving the race for the honorific title of winter champions going down to the wire.
 arrow Football: Motors driven out
Club America conjured a late goal to knock Asian champions Jeonbuk Motors out of the Club World Cup and set up a semi-final with Spanish giants Barcelona on Monday.
 arrow Football: England, Germany face off in Wembley
Germany will meet England in a football friendly to inaugurate the new Wembley stadium in London on August 22 next, German coach Joachim Loew confirmed Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption outcome of failure of democratic instts: Mark Tully
Democracy is not just about election. Until the democratic institutions are counterbalanced by each other, it would not be able to deliver its fruits to the people.
 arrow 5 killed in road accident
Five people died and 40 others were injured in a bus-truck collision on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Dakkhin (South) Surma area yesterday morning.
 arrow Pak envoy calls on Khaleda
Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar called on BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at her Banani office yesterday evening.
 arrow Deployment of army condemned
Different political parties condemned the decision of army deployment and the midnight speech of the president/chief adviser and demanded reversion of the army by sending them back in the barrack.
 arrow 20 more ex-MPs asked for explanations
A Dhaka court yesterday asked 20 former lawmakers from BNP, Awami League and Jatiya Party to explain by January 11, 2007 why actions should not be taken against them to realise telephone bills totalling
 arrow 4 more secys transferred
The caretaker government yesterday shuffled and transferred four secretaries to different ministries.
 arrow Indian envoy meets Hasina
India Acting High Commissioner to Bangladesh Sarvajit Chakravarti yesterday made a courtesy call on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
 arrow Forced retirement of former IG prison stayed
The High Court yesterday stayed the forced retirement of former inspector general (prisons) Liakat Ali Khan and issued a ruling on the government why the order would not be declared illegal.
 arrow Four advisers fail to perform neutrally: Nizami
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said the four advisers to the caretaker government who have resigned have failed to perform their duties neutrally, says a party press release.
 arrow Pro-BNP bodies hail army deployment
Different pro-BNP professional bodies hailed the speech of President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed, saying that the speech is a 'guideline for the nation'.
 arrow Court orders to attach RCCI furniture
A court in Rajshahi ordered to attach furniture of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI) building worth Tk 50 lakh. The open tender of the furniture will be held on February 15, 2007.
 arrow Eight arrested
Police arrested eight people in connection with the murder of Goalkandi union council chairman Jahangir Alam yesterday while outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) claimed responsibility of the
 arrow Roni's body found 43 days after his abduction
The mutilated body of Turjo Ghosh Roni, son of a leading jewellery trader in the city, was recovered from beneath the earth at Rampura yesterday, 43 days into his abduction.
 arrow 13 Rohingya refugees to resettle in Canada soon
For the first time, 13 Rohingya refugees from the two camps in Cox's Bazar are going to be resettled in Canada soon, UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh Pia Prytz Phiri said yesterday.
 arrow Another hotel staff succumbs to his injuries
Another hotel employee shot by unknown extortionists succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow RMG worker stabbed to death in city
A garment worker was stabbed to death by muggers in the city on Sunday night. The dead was identified as Alamin Shikder, 20, of Uttar Kalshi in Pallbi.
 arrow DU admission tests rescheduled
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday rescheduled the dates of its first year honours admission tests, a press release said.
 arrow Death anniversary of 5 martyrs today
Today is the 36th death anniversary of four martyred brothers -- Mukarram Hossain Mukul, Mansur Hossain Manju, Mastaque Hossain Anju and Mosharraf Hossain Ranju and their brother-in-law Yusuf Ali, extreme
 arrow Akhter new DG of Nat'l Museum
Qazi Akhter Hossain joined Bangladesh National Museum as the Director General on Sunday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Create honest leadership with honest politicians: Oli
The newly formed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by dissident BNP leaders held big rallies at Rangamati and Khagrachhari hill towns yesterday as a show of strength. LDP Executive President Col.
 arrow Disgruntled ticket seeker revolts against party
BNP presidents and secretaries in all the 11 unions and 99 wards in Kishoreganj Sadar upazila at a largely attended party workers' meeting in the town yesterday vowed to resist any alliance nominee but
 arrow 13 houses for Mujibnagar Ansar FFs
Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) yesterday handed over 13 newly-built houses to 13 valiant Ansar freedom fighters and their families at Mujibnagar in Meherpur, says a press release.
 arrow Flare test not held at Bibiyana Gas Field
US company Chevron failed to do flare test at the north pad of Bibiyana Gas Field at a remote village in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj district yesterday and day before in face of agitation by local people.
 arrow RIB's Children Fair held in Rajshahi
About 100 children from ultra poor families in 12 northern districts joined in a day-long 'Children Fair' at Natore District Council auditorium on Sunday.
 arrow RU Admission Test
Five people were arrested for selling fake admission test question papers on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus Sunday evening, campus sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Here comes the khaki again?
It's a terrible moment to realize that your elders have clay feet, that they can make mistakes. Amar baba shob jane, went a phrase when I was growing up. Yes, our parents knew everything.
 arrow Overview of Nagorik Forum's vision paper
On December 9, a set of recommendations by the Nagorik Forum -- a vision paper for Bangladesh in 2021, and a draft of the ordinances for bringing necessary amendments to the Representation of PeopleOrder
 arrow New wave in Latin America
To the utter disdain of Washington, the continent is changing -- and changing really fast.
 arrow The Baker Boys
They're kidding, right? James Baker III and the seven dwarfs of the "Iraq Study Group" have come up with some simply brilliant recommendations. Not. Baker's Two Big Ideas are:
Culturearrow Victory Day celebration begins at Liberation War Museum
To celebrate Victory Day, the Liberation War Museum has organised a weeklong celebration programme starting from December 10 at its premises. Discussions and cultural shows will feature in the celebration.
 arrow Ann Elliott: A curator in search of excellence
The vibrancy of Dhaka and the high calibre of its artists have impressed Ann Elliott immensely.
 arrow Moklesur draws inspiration from nature
Moklesur Rahman -- who amazed the Dhaka art scenario, by bagging an Asian Biennale trophy (2001) at a young age -- is currently holding an exhibit at Kolkata(Dec 6--12).
 arrow The Pedro and Penelope show
News from Madrid, where Pedro Almodóvar has revealed his follow-up to the award-laden Volver.
Generalarrow 'Strengthen Indo-Bangla ties for mutual benefit'
Speakers at a rally yesterday recalled the contribution of India to the liberation war saying that it was not possible to free the country from the occupation of Pakistan army within only nine monthswithout
 arrow CA fails to run admin
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said four advisers to the caretaker government have resigned because of the failure of President/ Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed
 arrow 'DDT found in dry fish, water, soil'
An environmental study found traces of harmful chemicals such as DDT and PCBs in some of its samples, including food items, water, sediment and soil, collected from different parts of the country.
 arrow Ctg JCD cadre Tinku Das held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested city JCD leader Tinku Das from a hotel at Katalganj in the port city.
 arrow Durjoy Nari Sangha wins Red Ribbon Award
Durjoy Nari Sangha, a Bangladeshi local community, was awarded 'Red Ribbon Award' for their outstanding contributions to the frontline response to HIV and AIDS in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Senora help to make six acid survivors self-reliant
Six acid survivors yesterday received Tk 2,44,547 in financial assistance for their rehabilitation. Senora, a feminine brand of Square Toiletries Ltd.
 arrow RMG workers agitate for salary
Garment workers staged a demonstration in front of their factory head office in the city's Elephant Road protesting non-payment of arrears.
 arrow MoU signed between Anjuman, Uttara Association
Anjuman Mufidul Islam, a leading philanthropic voluntary service organisation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttara Welfare Association on December 4 in a bid to enhance its voluntary
 arrow US-based staffing services opens its regional HQ in city
With a view to enhancing professionals and providing human resource (HR) solutions, a US-based staffing services and HR solutions providers has set up its regional headquarters in Dhaka.
Internationalarrow Gunmen kill 3 sons of Abbas aide in Gaza
Unidentified gunmen killed three sons of a Palestinian intelligence official loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza yesterday, firing at the car as it dropped them at school, police and hospital officials
 arrow US must try to engage Iraq, Syria
The lead authors of a sweeping review of US Iraq policy stressed Sunday that Washington must engage Iran and Syria to help achieve peace and security in Iraq and the wider Middle East.
 arrow Civilian casualties pour into Lankan hospital
Dozens of civilians wounded in weekend shelling in rebel-held areas were evacuated yesterday for treatment, officials said, as the rebels placed civilian deaths at 41.
 arrow Ex-rebel wins Aceh polls
Former rebel spokesman Irwandi Yusuf has won the first direct election for governor of Indonesia's Aceh province according to an unofficial quick count, the director of the local survey group that conducted
 arrow Migrants face tough citizenship test in Australia
Migrants who want to become Australian citizens will be forced to sit an English language test and sign a commitment to the country's laws and values, Prime Minister John Howard announced yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Resignation of the advisers
We regret that four of the council of advisers to the caretaker government thought it fit to resign their post.
 arrow Editorial: Nagorik Committee's 'vision' on polls and politics
The Nagorik Committee recommendations on politics and polity were laid out to the people at a function held the other day at the capital by Nagorik Forum.
 arrow Army on the street: Will it serve the intended purpose?
It is noted that the president is empowered to call emergency under Article 141A of the Constitution and also, as he is in charge of the defense portfolio, entitled to call out the army for reasons he
 arrow Light from the advisers, plight from the president
One of the advisors of the caretaker government (CTG) had assured us of the light at the end of the dark tunnel. Another adviser reminded us of many tunnels -- not just one -- till the election is done.
 arrow Upholding the rule of law: Khaleda vs Hasina
It is an intriguing question as to how the BNP-alliance would benefit from deployment of the army when the political atmosphere was improving propitiously.
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