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Front Pagearrow Iajuddin picks 4 advisers
President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday swore in four new advisers to his cabinet, less than a day after the resignation of four advisers, but failed to take any steps to resolve the crisis
 arrow Most AL leaders say no to polls under Iajuddin
Most of the top policy makers of Awami League (AL) yesterday took a strong stance against participating in the upcoming parliamentary election under Iajuddin Ahmed's government, while a small group of
 arrow Many from minorities missing on voter roll
Several thousand members of the minority communities in Dinajpur town who were not included in the updated voter list may not be enrolled this time also due to acute shortage of voter registration forms.
 arrow Hasina makes 27 poll pledges
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday made 27 electoral pledges including controlling price hikes, solving the crisis of power supply, curbing corruption and militancy, and separation of
 arrow Prothom Alo protests lies by Falu's media
The following rejoinder was sent by Prothom Alo to ntv, Rtv and Amar Desh Monday. Neither the tv channels nor the newspaper broadcast or printed it.
 arrow Boycott won't affect holding credible polls
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday dismissed the perception that election would not be credible if any party boycotts the election.
 arrow Plot to hold farcical polls to be foiled
Leaders of the Awami League (AL) led 14-party coalition yesterday said they will seek to resist what they said was President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed's plan to hold a stage- managed election.
 arrow CA refused to make written request to 4 advisers: Dhiraj
Housing and Public Works Adviser Dhiraj Kumar Nath yesterday said the president refused to make a written request to the four advisers who resigned asking them to return to the caretaker government.
 arrow EC may extend time for voter list correction
The Election Commission (EC) may give a few more days' time for correcting the updated voter roll if needed.
 arrow No salary for MA Aziz
The office of the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) has refused to pay Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz his last month's salary as the EC Secretariat could not justify his going on a 'three-month
 arrow Ershad's appeal in graft case may be heard today
The hearing of an appeal against the conviction of former president HM Ershad by a lower court in a graft case is likely to begin today in the High Court (HC).
 arrow 7 firearms seized from city house
Police detectives last night seized seven firearms and 45 bullets raiding a flat on Bata Lane at Moghbazar in the capital.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources in a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined "Meghnaghat-3 Project; Move on to revive controversial bid" published on December
 arrow JP won't take part in polls if boycotted by any major party
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party would not participate in the elections scheduled for January 23 if any large party or alliance boycotts the elections.
 arrow Efforts to create level playing field for fair polls failed
Adviser CM Shafi Sami, who resigned Monday, yesterday said he quit the caretaker government, as their efforts to create a level playing field for a clean and participatory election had been unsuccessful.
 arrow Military must stay neutral in poll campaign
The Bangladeshi military, deployed on December 9 to "ensure security" in the run-up to national elections, must avoid partisan sympathies and respect human rights, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
 arrow BB for legal steps to prevent loan defaulters
The central bank has asked all the commercial banks to take strong legal steps to prevent the loan defaulters from exploiting various legal loopholes for contesting the upcoming elections.
 arrow Iajuddin should have resigned before taking new advisers
President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed should have resigned from the post of chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government
 arrow EC keeps eye on Bangladesh development
The European Commission (EC) is very closely following the events in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, including the changes in the composition of the caretaker government, army
 arrow Election mood absent in people's mind
Newly appointed Election Commissioner Saiful Alam yesterday said even though the poll schedule has been declared, people are not in an election mood as they are more intrigued to know whether the twoelection
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 60 in Baghdad
A suicide bomber targeting poor labourers killed 60 people in Baghdad yesterday hours before President George W Bush was to review his unpopular Iraq policy in a video teleconference with US militarycommanders
 arrow Annan raps US in farewell speech
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan took a sharp farewell swipe at US foreign policy Monday, implying America had ditched core principles in its zeal to battle global terrorism.
 arrow Israel has atom bomb: Olmert
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Monday appeared to list his country for the first time among states, which have the nuclear bomb, before his official spokesman issued a denial.
Businessarrow Distribute proportionately among 8 underwriters
As the Southeast Bank Limited offered a less number of unsold rights shares to the underwriters, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday directed the bank to distribute the all undersubscribed
 arrow Coal India eyes acquiring Bangladesh's mines
Bangladesh is one of the four countries short listed by state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) for acquiring coal mines to meet India's growing domestic demand for power plants.
 arrow Asian financial markets face volatility in '07
Asia-Pacific financial markets will remain generally strong but face greater volatility and higher risks in 2007, Standard and Poor's said Tuesday.
 arrow Opec ministers gather for talks on oil output
Opec ministers were set to arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday ahead of an official meeting later this week when the oil export group is expected to announce a further cut to its production quota.
 arrow China, India, Japan to power Asian economy in 2007
China, India and Japan will be the key motors of the Asian economy in 2007, with a potential slowdown in the United States expected to have a minimal impact on Chinese growth, S and P said Tuesday.
 arrow Tk432m term loan for Maksons Spinning arranged
Southeast Bank Limited (SEBL) as lead arranger & agent along with The City Bank Limited, National Credit & Commerce Bank Limited and EXIM Bank Limited has arranged a syndicated term loan of Tk 432 million
 arrow Dollar drops
The dollar fell against other major currencies on Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's latest decision on US interest rates.
 arrow Vietnam to join WTO January 11
Communist Vietnam will formally join the World Trade Organisation on January 11, becoming the body's 150th member, officials said here Tuesday.
 arrow Myanmar to earn $400m from fish exports
Impoverished Myanmar will earn up to 400 million dollars from fish exports this fiscal year, state media said Tuesday, labeling the sector the country's fourth largest source of foreign currency.
 arrow New chairman, vice chairman of insurance association
M Shamsul Alam, deputy chairman of Reliance Insurance Ltd, has been elected chairman of Bangladesh Insurance Association for 2007-2008, while Nizam Uddin Ahmed, chairman of Meghna Life Insurance Co, has
 arrow Singapore to manage Abu Dhabi airport
Singapore said Tuesday it had signed a 18-month contract to manage the international airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: 2011 World Cup starts in Dhaka, ends in Mumbai
Bangladesh will host the opening ceremony and inaugural match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup (CWC) while the final of the competition will be held in Mumbai.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland runs riot
The pitch at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium turned out to be batsmen's nightmare as nineteen wickets tumbled on the second day of the three-day match between Bangladesh A and Zimbabwe A yesterday.
 arrow Malaysia drub Bangladesh
Bangladesh con-ceded a heavy 6-1 defeat to Ma-laysia in the men's hockey classification match yesterday at the 15h Asian Games in Doha.
 arrow Cricket: Scots vow to be competitive
Scotland captain Craig Wright promised to play competitive cricket against Bangladesh in this month's two-match one-day international series.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket transfer ends
The Premier Cricket League transfer for the 2005-06 season concluded yesterday quietly as only 13 cricketers took part in the third and final day's procedures at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq may lead Pakistan
Injured Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq is doubtful to play at his home ground in the fourth one-day international against the West Indies here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Boje calls it quits
Nicky Boje, South Africa's leading Test spin bowler, announced his retirement Tuesday on the day he was due to join the squad for the first Test against India starting at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Security WI organisers' top priority
The organisers of next year's cricket World Cup are taking every possible step to ensure security during the event in the Caribbean next year, a top official said Tuesday.
 arrow Liu sets new Asian mark
China's Olympic champion Liu Xiang won the 110 metres hurdles title here Tuesday in a new Asian record time as drugs and controversy again enveloped the Asian Games.
 arrow Cricket: KP cheers England on
Kevin Pietersen said embattled England knows it's crunch time for its Ashes defence and expects his team to rise to the challenge when the third Test begins Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Bermuda on long, hard road to the World Cup
It's 2,500km from Hamilton to Port-of-Spain where Bermuda will open their debut World Cup campaign in March. But it may as well be a million.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky sad at Damien exit
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday admitted to being disappointed by the timing of veteran batsman Damien Martyn's shock retirement from international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: 700 in sight of Warne
The forecast of a spin-friendly WACA wicket could see champion Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne become the first bowler to claim 700 Test wickets during the third Ashes Test.
 arrow Football: Blackburn look for Euro solace
Blackburn take on French side Nancy in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday in a battle for the coveted top spot in their group.
 arrow Football: Ferguson wants treble
Sir Alex Ferguson ordered his Manchester United players Monday to win the Champions League, the English Premiership and the FA Cup if they want to be considered as a great side.
 arrow Football: Barca play down title credentials
Barcelona on Tuesday warned they faced a tough assignment to claim their first Club World Cup after arriving at the tournament late and jet-lagged.
 arrow Football: 'Don't muck with the Duck'
South American champions Internacional on Tuesday warned the media to stay away from teen prodigy Alexandre 'The Duck' Pato at the Club World Cup.
 arrow Football: Everton planning move out of Liverpool
Everton are considering a move away from Goodison Park, their home for the last 114 years, to a new stadium outside the city of Liverpool, the Premiership club confirmed on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Curbishley keen on Hammers job
Alan Curbishley has said he would be delighted to take over as West Ham coach following the sacking of Alan Pardew.
 arrow Football: Angel evades sanction
Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel will not face any disciplinary action over an incident in which he appeared to elbow Sheffield United's Chris Morgan during Monday night's 2-2 draw between the two
 arrow Tennis: Sania storms into final
Indian favourite Sania Mirza stunned Chinese top seed Li Na with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on Tuesday to secure her place in the Asian Games women's singles tennis final.
 arrow Cricket: Friends Again


 arrow Football: Zinedine Zidane in Algeria


 arrow Football: Cech eyes Jan return
Petr Cech, the Chelsea and Czech Republic goalkeeper who suffered a fractured skull during a match in October, is hopeful of returning to training in the middle of January, he said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sponsorship ruling takes toll on FIFA
FIFA has dismissed marketing director Jerome Valcke and three other employees following last week's New York court ruling against world soccer's governing body in a sponsorship case.
 arrow Football: Adu moves to salt Lake
Freddy Adu, the most recognisable name in the Major League Soccer, was traded Monday to Real Salt Lake after three seasons with DC United.
 arrow Football: Romanov fined over ref jibe
Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov has been fined 10,000 pounds (20,000 dollars) by the Scottish Football Association (FA) on Monday for comments on the club's website.
 arrow Football: Heart tests for booters
Players competing in UEFA's club tournaments from 2008 will have to undergo mandatory screening for heart disease, the Danish daily newspaper Politiken reported on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Newsmen should unite to face professional hazards
In the hour of crisis, journalists must try to find out the reasons behind the challenges they are facing and put in efforts to resolve those sensibly and accurately, said eminent journalist Mark Tully
 arrow 58 incidents of political violence from Nov 14-30
A total of 58 incidents of political violence took place mostly in Dhaka and Chittagong divisions from November 14 to 30 where Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance and BNP-led 4-party alliance clashed
 arrow 'Conduct nationwide surveillance to prevent bird flu'
Adviser to the caretaker government Dhiraj Kumar Nath yesterday stressed the need to create a proper environment to rear livestock in order to contain any possible outbreak of avian influenza.
 arrow Three on 10-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed three people, arrested on charges of killing young jewellery trader Turya Ghosh Roni, on a ten-day remand for interrogation.
 arrow Expat woman robbed after doping
Unidentified criminals drugged an expatriate woman returning from Oman and made off with her cash and valuables at Motijheel yesterday.
 arrow Book on Mughal architectures launched
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) launched 'Mughal Monuments of Bangladesh', a book containing brief descriptions and photographs of Mughal architectures in Bangladesh, atDhaka
 arrow NFTE demands competent person to run edn sector
Leaders of National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE), a platform of 11-teachers and employees' organisations, yesterday called upon the president/chief adviser to hand over the charge of education
 arrow Ctg high-rise bldg fined for pilfering water
A mobile court here yesterday fined a hotel, a community centres and a high-rise building for pilfering and wasting water and arrested four people in this connection. The court fined Tk 1.
 arrow Tania Amir gets anticipatory bail
The High Court yesterday granted ad interim anticipatory bail for six months to Barrister Tania Amir in a sedition case in connection with the November 30 vandalism on the Supreme Court premises.
 arrow 30 FFs to join Victory Day celebrations in Kolkata
A group of 30 freedom fighters will take part in joint celebrations on 'Vijay Diwas' (Victory Day) from December 15 to 17 in Kolkata, says an Indian High Commission press release.
 arrow Ittefaq Workers' Union executives
Fazley Imam and Alamgir Hossain Khan have been elected president and general secretary of the executive committee of Workers' Union of the daily Ittefaq for the term 2006-2008, says a press release.
Nationalarrow BNP aspirant calls rival an 'Awami League spy' in party
Immediate past BNP lawmaker from Kushtia-1 (Daulatpur) constituency Reza Ahmed Bachhu Mollah yesterday called his party colleague industrialist Nasir Uddin Biswas an 'Awami League spy in BNP', fielded
 arrow AL demands removal of 3 HDC chairmen, members
Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in Rangamati hill town demanding removal of chairmen and members of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari
 arrow Flare test in 2-3 days as locals suspend agitation
Local people in Bibiyana gas field area yesterday suspended their agitation on authorities' assurance that their 14-point demand would be met in phases.
 arrow Road blockade for nomination to Enam Ahmed
BNP activists put up barricades on the Sylhet-Zakiganj road at Golapganj, halting traffic for over three hours yesterday demanding alliance nomination for former Privatisation Commission chairman Enam
 arrow Bhasani's birth anniversary observed in Santosh
The 126th birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Restoring faith in the democratic process
We meet at a very critical moment in the nation's history. On the previous occasions where I have presented such reports the moment held much promise.
 arrow Electricity: Reality and the way forward
A Bangladesh without loadshedding will attain double digit growth. Bangladesh is endowed with ample resource of natural gas, the feed stock for clean, efficient generation of electricity.
 arrow Why do birds sing
Why do birds sing? Poets and lovers have long spoken of the vocal passion expressed in every garden and park, but only recently have scientists begun to study these songs.
Culturearrow Documentary on martyred intellectuals
ATN Bangla pays tributes to the illustrious sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice at the fag end of the Liberation War in 1971 through a documentary titled Muktijuddho O December 14.
 arrow 'Muktir Gaan' to be re-released
Muktir Gaan, the documentary on the Liberation War that created a buzz, is to be re-released.
 arrow Sarathi Chatterjee : Grooming young Bangladeshi musical talents
There are many eager learners in Bangladesh but there is a dearth of teachers of classical music in the country.
 arrow Of masks and men
"Masks have been there for centuries," says Saidul Haque Juisse, a renowned maker of masks, based in Dhaka.
Generalarrow Hand over charge to non-partisan CA
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) in a statement yesterday once again urged President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed to hand over the charge of the chief adviser to a non-partisan figure for
 arrow Resignation of CA demanded
Peshajibi Nari Samaj, an alliance of women in various professions, yesterday reiterated their demand for resignation of the chief adviser to the caretaker government and reconstitution of the Election
 arrow British HC visits Liberation War Museum
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury visited the Liberation War Museum on Monday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Russia praises new Iran sanctions resolution
Russia praised a European draft UN resolution imposing sanctions on Iran's nuclear materials but objected to a travel ban and wanted to ease a freeze on financial assets on Tehran officials.
 arrow Stop shelling civilians
Deadly artillery shelling of civilians by both Sri Lanka's military and the Tamil Tiger rebels is violating human rights, a deeply concerned United Nations said on Tuesday, appealing to both sides
 arrow Annan paints grim picture of ME
Outgoing UN chief Kofi Annan, in a report released Monday, painted a grim picture of Middle East turmoil, insisting that a "just and comprehensive" Israeli-Palestinian settlement was the key to resolving
 arrow Hamas gunmen open fire on Fatah protest
Hamas gunmen opened fire on demonstrators from the rival Fatah movement in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday, wounding four people in the first factional violence following the fatal shooting of
 arrow Suicide bomb, US forces kill 13 in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a governor's house in southern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing eight people, while US-led security forces shot dead four militants and a teenage girl.
 arrow Nepal seeks Indian help to resolve Bhutanese refugee crisis
Nepal is seeking Indian help to resolve the problem of Bhutanese refugees languishing in eastern Nepal for more than a decade, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam faces quick execution
Saddam Hussein and two top aides convicted with him will be executed immediately after an appeals court confirms their sentences and could be buried in secret, an Iraqi official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Mr. Iajuddin and his advisers
New advisers have been inducted in place of the four that resigned. We regret their departure. These were persons of diverse background but had gelled well as a team.
 arrow Editorial: Voter list mess
The task of correcting and updating the voter list is registering little progress with more flaws being revealed and allegations of irregularities raised about the manner in which the work is being conducted.
 arrow Everything falls, everything pales, everything palls
It does not come as any surprise, none at all, that President Iajuddin Ahmed has precipitated a grave crisis in the country through not doing what he should have done in the larger interest of the nation.
 arrow Iraq quagmire: Bush on horns of dilemma
In spite of mounting pressure on the Bush administration for finding an exit strategy, an intriguing game is being played over the Iraq issue.
 arrow Better late than never
Except the supporters of 4-party alliance all the conscious citizens of Bangladesh were unhappy about the formation of the present caretaker government only because the president, a purely BNP man decided
Letters to Editorarrow Whither leadership
The political situation in Bangladesh is worsening and public suffering increasing day by day.
 arrow Outplayed?
Awami League has proved itself extremely immature and inept in the game of politics against BNP. It should concede defeat and play the game according to the plan laid out by BNP-Jamaat.
 arrow Congrats tigers!
It is great to see that our tigers Rafique, Aftab and Nafeez have reached milestones in their respective department of the game in a fashion! Rafique has attained a coveted feat being the first to reach
 arrow Building construction rules 2006
The government has recently formulated new building construction rules for residential buildings in Dhaka, which are supposed to come into force from February 2007.
 arrow Vandalism at HC
Those of us who have not been legally trained stand as mute witnesses to the confusion that reigned recently at the High Court premises.
 arrow Who may replace Prof. Iajuddin as CA
The demand for relinquishing the post of Chief Adviser (CA) by Prof. Iajuddin is getting momentum.
 arrow Don't make it a tradition
One doesn't need to be prophet to point out the most prominent reason behind our lack of prosperity. Yes, I am talking about the corruption.
Star Chittagongarrow CU campus-a sanctuary for birds, rare plants
Chittagong University (CU) is now a sanctuary for a wide varieties of birds and rare plants, greatly enhancing the campus' attraction.
 arrow Ctg-Dohazari rail line limps along
The trains of Chittagong-Dohazari branch line of Bangladesh Railway (BR) no more attract passengers in large number as most of the tracks and stations are lying in dilapidated condition.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk turns Uttara Park into residential plots
A section of Rajuk officials have started converting a designated open park into several housing plots at the end of road-12 in sector 11 of Uttara Model Town, without the knowledge of top authorities
 arrow Unmarked speed breakers keep popping up
Instead of taking action against reckless driving and speeding, Dhaka City Corporation continues to build disproportionate speed breakers on the city streets defying rules.
 arrow Street children to march in victory parade
For the first time in nation's history, a group of underprivileged street children will participate in the national victory day parade to be held on December 16, the Victory Day at the Bangabandhu stadium.
 arrow Remembering our victory, our freedom fighters
One morning in the second week of April, 1971, a young man woke up and got ready before Fazr payers at his residence at 1/3 Dilu Road.
 arrow DCC's security wing heading nowhere
Lack of policing capability of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is causing public sufferings as well as huge loss of revenues to the corporation.
 arrow 'Nobody can rob me of my experience'
Abruptly the list of my experiences got extended. In fact I am the victim of a bad mugging. I was on the way on a rickshaw to a photo call at the head office of the Grameen Bank on November 29.
 
   
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