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Front Pagearrow Iajuddin makes U-turn
In a major reversal, President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday ordered the armed forces to remain on 'stand by' but not to actively engage in law enforcement, pledging he would re-initiatemoves
 arrow Nation recalls today their supreme sacrifice
The nation observes the Martyred Intellectuals Day today, recalling the supreme sacrifice of the illustrious sons of the land to free the motherland, and pledging afresh to realise their dream of a society
 arrow AL prepares for polls despite grave doubts
The Awami League (AL) is making all-out preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections although almost all its top leaders are against contesting the polls under the caretaker government led by
 arrow AL wants it to be delayed, BNP for shifting it forward
The Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the Election Commission (EC) to defer the election date by 46 days wasted by "one person" while the BNP suggested shifting the date forward by a day or two because
 arrow New advisers hopeful of amicable settlement
Newly appointed Agriculture Adviser to the Caretaker Government Shafiqual Haque Choudhury yesterday supported President and Chief Adviser (CA) Iajuddin Ahmed's decision to deploy the army saying the police
 arrow The Daily Star exposes lies by Falu's media
The Daily Star and Mediaworld sent the following rejoinder to the Amar Desh, ntv, Rtv in response to their false reporting. We reproduce it in full.
 arrow Entire Savar village unaware of voter list correction
Many slum dwellers, members of ethnic and religious minorities and entire villages have so far been excluded from the updating of the voters list, amid allegations that field level election officers are
 arrow LDP demands polls date to be deferred
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Badruddoza Chowdhury and Executive President Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday demanded to defer the election date.
 arrow Appointment of new advisers unacceptable
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said that the political crisis would deepen further with the appointment of the new advisers, as the president, also the chief adviser, did not appoint them
 arrow NCBs attain 5pc of loan recovery target
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) in the first nine months of this year attained a meagre 5.37 percent of the target they set for recovering loans from their top 20 defaulters.
 arrow Prepare for polls alongside agitation
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to take all-out preparations for the polls alongside the ongoing movement.
 arrow 14-party wants to boycott election
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the election must be held within the constitutional framework as there is no scope to shift the election.
 arrow Delayed polls better than farcical one
Eminent citizens at a roundtable yesterday said the caretaker government lost its credibility and a delayed election participated by the major political parties is better than a 'farcical' election in
 arrow Nobel hero Yunus releases music video in Oslo
Micro-credit pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammed Yunus, who received his prestigious award in Oslo at the weekend, on Tuesday released a CD and music video to raise money for his country Bangladesh,
 arrow CA's resignation 'impractical'
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis yesterday said some political parties' demand for resignation of the president from the office of chief adviser (CA) is 'impractical'.
 arrow 14-party to lay siege to election offices at dists, upazilas today
Awami League-led 14-party combine will lay siege to all the district and upazila election offices today to press home its demands for extension of time for correcting voter list and a new election schedule.
 arrow HC rejects writ petitions on Bac staff absorption by ACC
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected two separate writ petitions filed against the decision of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) not to absorb the screened out staff belonging to former Bureau of Anti-Corruption
 arrow HC grants bail to Galib
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail for six months to Asadullah Al Galib, leader of Ahle Hadith Movement, in a bomb blast case of Bogra.
 arrow Hearing of graft case against Ershad starts
Another graft case against former president HM Ershad came into light after 14 years for hearing in the High Court (HC) following a new move by the attorney general's office.
 arrow RMG workers block road for 4 hrs to protest factory closure
More than 4,000 garment workers yesterday blockaded the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road at Fatulla Shibu Market area for nearly four hours that resulted in a severe traffic gridlock in the surrounding busy
 arrow India to end fencing border next month
The second phase of fencing along the border with Bangladesh is expected to be completed next month, Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told Rajya Sabha (upper house) yesterday.
Businessarrow Jute product sales up but sector needs support
Sales of jute products have increased at this year's Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), but companies displaying jute goods said they need better government support to boost exports made from theenvironmentally
 arrow GDP growth to slow down to 6.2pc in FY 07: WB
Bangladesh's GDP growth will slow down to 6.2 percent in the current fiscal year (2006-07) from 6.7 percent of the previous fiscal, according to a World Bank forecast.
 arrow French firms show interest in Bangladesh economy
As Bangladesh economy will grow faster in the next two years, French companies are getting more interested in the country, French Ambassador in Dhaka Jacques-Andre Costilhes said yesterday.
 arrow Novomix 30 FlexPen launched for diabetes patients
Novo Nordisk A/S Bangladesh yesterday launched Novomix 30 FlexPen, a new insulin product, for diabetes patients to offer better diabetes management.
 arrow Indian bank, insurance staff go on strike today
Around 700,000 bank and insurance workers will go on a strike Thursday to protest against privatisation and outsourcing, an employees' organisation said Wednesday.
 arrow Opec uncertain about need to boost prices
Opec members appear uncertain about the need for another cut in the cartel's output, with oil around the 60-dollar mark and concern growing about the outlook for the global economy next year.
 arrow Global economy at 'turning point': World Bank
The global economy has reached a potentially dangerous "turning point" with the United States at risk of recession if the housing market crashes, the World Bank warned Wednesday.
 arrow HSBC, StanChart, Citigroup okayed for yuan service in China
HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Citigroup have been approved to provide local currency services for Chinese citizens, state media reported Wednesday.
 arrow Dollar rallies against euro, yen
The dollar rebounded on Wednesday after overnight falls caused by Fed concerns over a weaker US economy. In early European trading, the euro fell to 1.3258 dollars from 1.
 arrow Malaysia to raise road tolls
Malaysia will impose higher toll rates from January for highways into the capital, a junior minister said Wednesday, despite strong public outcry and concerns it will fuel inflation.
 arrow Global airlines set for bigger profits in 2007
The global airline industry is expected to record a net profit of 2.5 billion US dollars in 2007, up from the previously forecast profit of 1.
 arrow New MD of Rupayan Housing
Sadat Hossain Salim has been appointed the managing director of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts win a thriller
Last batsman Mohammad Shahjada smashed leg-spinner Graeme Cremer for the winning boundary through point to ensure Bangladesh A's thrilling one-wicket victory over their Zimbabwean counterparts at theMirpur
 arrow Football: Transfer from today
The much-awaited footballers' transfer for the inaugural Professional Football League begins today after repeated delays by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Cricket: Scotland's tour opener in Ctg today
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar will get a chance to look at the Scotland cricket team today when the visitors meet a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Academy side in a warm-up match at the Chittagong
 arrow Bangladesh chess team held by Philippines
Bangladesh ended round seven of the mixed team classical chess event at the ninth place after sharing points with Philippines on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Visa to ease WC travel
Cricket fans who wish to travel to the Caribbean for next year's cricket World Cup are provided with a 'safety net' as a special, single country visa will be provided as part of a security measure taken
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka prevail to lift title
Dhaka emerged as the venue champions of National Cricket Championship when they defeated Kishoreganj by 16 runs in a low-scoring affair at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow SA Games to have cricket
The South Asian Games scheduled to be held in Bangladesh in 2008 will feature cricket for the first time, an official said here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No meeting or procession at BFF Bhaban
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) prohibited any kind of procession or meeting, unapproved by the governing body of football, to be held inside the BFF Bhaban.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels Brings WI win
Marlon Samuels hit his first century in four years to help the West Indies beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting bucks Symonds up
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has backed Andrew Symonds to deliver in the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground after his surprise Test recall was confirmed here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: SL will do it again
Opting to bat first on a bowler's track arguably cost Sri Lanka the first cricket Test against New Zealand, but they say they will do it again for the sake of Muttiah Muralidaran in the second.
 arrow Cricket: SA draw up pace plan
South Africa are set to pick an all-pace bowling attack as they seek to exploit India's frailty against the lifting ball in the first Test starting at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Give Steve new ball'
Steve Harmison must be given the new ball in the third Ashes Test if England are to get the best out of him, according to ex-Test player John Lever.
 arrow Cricket: Forget the past: Anil
Anil Kumble has happy memories of the Wanderers, and he urged his teammates to be positive -- "Let's forget about the one-day series" -- in the build-up to the first Test which starts on Friday.
 arrow Football: Internacional reach final
Brazilian wonderkid Alexandre Pato produced a dazzling display as Interna-cional beat Egypt's Al Ahly 2-1 to reach the Club World Cup final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Yokohama inspiring Ronaldinho
Barcelona's Ronaldinho returns to the scene of his greatest triumph on Thursday hoping to duplicate that success in the Club World Cup.
 arrow Football: Brazil bids for 2014 World Cup
Five-times world champion Brazil formally declared on Wednesday its bid to host the 2014 World Cup, FIFA said.
 arrow Football: Brits fight for top spot
British clubs Tottenham and Rangers will be fighting to top their UEFA Cup groups after Thursday's matches to avoid the likes of Champions League rejects Benfica and Werder Bremen in the next round.
 arrow Football: Hammers appoint Curbishley
West Ham were Wednesday set to hand Alan Curbishley the task of saving the east London club from relegation, starting with Sunday's showdown with Premiership leaders Manchester United.
 arrow Cricket: Birthday boy Yuvi beats up guest!
Star middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh was on Wednesday accused of beating up one of his guests during a scuffle at the cricketer's birthday party here.
 arrow Tennis: Zheng clinches tennis gold
China's Zheng Jie capped a sensational year on Wednesday with gold in the women's singles at the Asian Games, fighting off a challenge from Indian darling Sania Mirza.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff & co up against history
England captain Andrew Flintoff said his team was intent on creating history when it takes on Australia in the third Ashes Test starting at the WACA Ground here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: SLC's bid to get back $12m
Sri Lanka's cricket governing body is suing a private insurance company in a bid to recover nearly 12 million dollars lost when a home series was abandoned, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Henry out for the year
Thierry Henry will miss all of Arsenal's Christmas programme and is unlikely to be available until after the New Year because of a hamstring injury, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sir Bobby urges on Giggs
Sir Bobby Charlton has insisted he will be delighted if Ryan Giggs beats his record of 759 appearances for Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Heads roll at 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: The story of a Cannibal
As a small boy Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz had to sneak out of the house to play football because, with nine children to look after, his mother was fed up having to wash his mud-spattered clothes.
 arrow Football: Wenger paints bleak future
Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday he feared for the future of English soccer if Premier League clubs continued to sell up to foreign owners.
 arrow Football: Real uncertainty for Woody
Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is unsure whether Real Madrid will want him back when his one-year loan spell in the Premier League ends.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves pleads for move
Wantaway Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves has pleaded again to be allowed to leave the German champions for a club in England.
 arrow Football: Red alert for PSG game
Paris Saint Germain's high risk UEFA Cup tie against Panathinaikos at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday will be policed by 2,000 officers and part of the stadium will be shut to fans.
 arrow Football: Player's father kidnapped in Brazil
The father of Spanish side Espanyol's Brazilian midfielder Jonatas was kidnapped on Tuesday in the north eastern region of Ceara, Globo agency reported.
 arrow Football: McClaren asks for time
England manager Steve McClaren has pleaded for time to mould his squad into a team of world-beaters after a dismal qualifying campaign for the Euro 2008 so far.
 arrow Football: Real to take legal action
Real Madrid have joined Barcelona in taking out legal action against French daily newspaper Le Monde for alleging the clubs had links to the doctor at the centre of a Spanish doping investigation.
 arrow Football: Nantes make Barthez offer
Fabien Barthez, last seen on a football pitch keeping goal for France in the World Cup final in Berlin in July, has reportedly been offered a contract with French side Nantes.
Metropolitanarrow HIV/ AIDS impact on labour force severe
The impact of HIV/ AIDS on the labour force is severe as it reduces the supply of workers, slashes their incomes and raises labour costs for employers, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Nine killed in ship breaking yards this year
At least nine workers were killed in accidents in different ship breaking yards at Sitakunda in the district this year.
 arrow Call to establish allied force monument
Freedom fighters yesterday urged the caretaker government to establish an 'allied force monument' in memory of 1,477 war heroes of the force martyred during the War of Liberation in 1971.
 arrow 'Stop sand lifting from Padma'
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), Rajshahi unit, formed a human chain in the city yesterday demanding an end to sand lifting from the riverbed of Padma.
 arrow Woman UP member killed after rape
Unknown criminals slaughtered a female union parishad (UP) member allegedly after raping her in Meherpur.
 arrow Prof Amartya to attend launching ceremony of HW report
Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen will attend the launching ceremony of Bangladesh Health Watch - State of Health Report 2006 on December 26.
 arrow EC delegates visit Sylhet
As part of its election `roadshow', the European Commission delegation visited Sylhet yesterday to explain the role and background of the forthcoming EU Election Observation Mission to Bangladesh.
 arrow Criminals slaughter youth in city
A gang of criminals stabbed and slaughtered a youth at Muradpur in Shyampur in the city last night.
 arrow Army deployment condemned
Awami League and left party backed Rajshahi University Progressive Teachers' Society strongly condemned and protested the decision of deployment of army in the country.
 arrow Railway to sell advance tickets
Bangladesh Railway has taken special measures for selling advance tickets for home-bound inter-city train passengers at Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet station counters ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, says a press
 arrow GYC organises Victory Day Charity Run
Gulshan Youth Club (GYC) will organise 'Victory Day Charity Run and Walk 2006' at GYC playground on December 16, says a press release.
 arrow FF AM Ferdous passes away
Freedom fighter and language movement veteran Abu Mohammad Ferdous passed away at his Amtala residence in Khulna yesterday at the age of 83.
Nationalarrow Ex-BNP lawmaker urges Iajuddin to quit post of CA
BNP nomination seeker and former lawmaker Maj. (rtd) Akhteruzzaman Ranjan has said President Iajuddin Ahmed should resign from the post of Chief Advisor of Caretaker Government as he has became 'controversial'.
 arrow CG should make good use of political will
Head of delegation of the European Commission in Bangladesh Dr. Stefan Frowein yesterday said the EC is following events in the run up to parliamentary elections very closely.
 arrow Showdown by BNP faction in Dinajpur
A faction of Dinajpur district BNP, headed by members of now defunct district committee, staged a showdown in the town yesterday demanding nomination of party chief Khaleda Zia from Dinajpur-3 constituency
 arrow Top outlaw Khora Liton to be brought to Khulna
Outlaw Shahadat Hossain alias Khora Liton, the prime accused in Turjo murder case in Dhaka will be brought to Khulna for interrogation in ten criminal cases including five for five murders, Khulna Metropolitan
Point-Counterpointarrow They shaped the psyche of the nation
The elements that go into shaping a nation's destiny and preparing it for the ultimate goal -- freedom from the subjugation of another nation -- were evidently present in this part of Bengal.
 arrow Is 90 days written in stone?
Article 123(3) of the Constitution enjoins that a general election of the members of parliament shall be held within 90 days after dissolution of parliament. No Proviso is attached to this clause.
 arrow Using IT to correct the voter list
Going into the elections with a voter list that is flawed to the extent of 13 percent false voters, and 2.5 percent of existing voters missing from the list damages the credibility of such elections.
 arrow Voter awareness is the key
The Washington-based National Democratic Institute has asserted that the existing voter list with 1.
Culturearrow Cultural fiesta at Liberation War Museum
As part of the ongoing weeklong special programme arranged by Liberation War Museum to observe the Victory Day of Bangladesh, a book launch, recitation and musical soiree were the highlights of the third
 arrow Khan Ataur Rahman: A multifaceted Icon
Khan Ataur Rahman (1928-1997) was a true multifaceted talent. Known as an actor, singer, music composer and film director, his works mirrored the reality of his time.
 arrow Docudrama'Krishno Gohbor': Memories of Munier Choudhury
On the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day (December 14), ntv will air a docudrama at 6:50pm this evening, titled Krishno Gohbor on eminent educationist and dramatist Shaheed Munier Choudhury, martyred
 arrow 'Hridoye Ekattur' : Documentary programme on Channel i
Hridoye Ekattur, a documentary programme based on Shaheed Altaf Mahmud's life and times will be aired tonight at 9:35pm on channel i. Written by Selim Al Din, the show is directed by Afzal Hossain.
 arrow The first prize of 'Citycell Let's Move 'goes to Nisa
The first prize (a brand new car) of the 23rd episode of Citycell Let's Move went to dancer Sabrina Shafi Nisa.
Generalarrow Eight killed in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and 34 others were injured in separate road accidents in different parts of the country yesterday.
 arrow 'Build common platform to fight HIV/AIDS'
Speakers in a dialogue in the city yesterday called for a concerted effort through building a common platform to fight HIV/AIDS.
 arrow 'Launch food for edn for indigenous children'
Indigenous children of Rajshahi demanded launching of food for education programme for them. They also demanded free education and similar education facilities as like other mainstream Bangladeshinationals.
 arrow Jica to donate Tk 25cr for safe motherhood programme
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will donate Tk 25 crore for implementing a venture on improving the maternal and child health conditions in six upazilas of Narsingdi district.
 arrow Freedom fighters honoured
TeleBarta Limited, a private PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) operator, honoured the freedom fighters as part of their social responsibilities to mark the Victory Day.
 arrow Court dismisses defamation suit by Moudud
A court here yesterday dismissed the defamation suit filed by former law minister Moudud Ahmed against M Enayetur Rahim, former secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
 arrow Boy killed in Sylhet clash
A 15-year-old boy was killed and at least 50 people injured in a clash between two rival business groups over the possession of a hillock at Gowainghat yesterday afternoon.
 arrow JCD activists beat up college student
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists beat up a student of Bangladesh College of Leather Technology (BCLT) over a seat at a dormitory in the city yesterday.
 arrow Court dismisses defamation suit by Moudud
A court here yesterday dismissed the defamation suit filed by former law minister Moudud Ahmed against M Enayetur Rahim, former secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
 arrow Fire at Gazipur textile factory
A devastating fire ripped through a textile factory at Konabari in Gazipur yesterday afternoon, destroying clothes, yarns and equipment. The blaze broke out at Khadiza Knitwear Factory at about 2:30pm.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All examinations under course and traditional system of Dhaka University (DU) have been postponed till January 10, 2007 due to unavoidable circumstances, a DU press release said here yesterday.
 arrow Fake captain held in Narayanganj
A fake captain was arrested by the members of army from Deovogh area in the district on Tuesday night.
Internationalarrow Tough talks ahead as US-India nuclear deal set to become law
US President George W.
 arrow Nepal leaders, Maoists start fresh talks
Nepal's government and Maoist leaders began fresh talks yesterday aimed at hammering out an interim constitution that could result in the suspension of the monarchy.
 arrow Manmohan in Tokyo to seek support
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday started a visit to Japan to seek support from the major civilian atomic power for the controversial US-India nuclear cooperation pact.
 arrow Mizan new king of Malaysia
Malaysia's unique revolving monarchy was passed on yesterday to the youthful sultan of oil-rich Terengganu state, a keen rider who has represented his country at international equestrian events.
 arrow No trace of serial killer as death toll mounts
Police grappled yesterday with the grisly task of identifying two new bodies found near a quiet English town gripped by fears of a prostitute serial killer, as the death toll rose to five.
 arrow Pakistan drops terrorism charges against Rauf
A Pakistani court dropped terrorism charges yesterday against a British man suspected of being a key figure in an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, his lawyer said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Loan defaulters' poll participation
Loan defaulters have used many legal loopholes and clever manipulation of the law to protect themselves from prosecution and also to get further loans from banks.
 arrow Editorial: Annan's parting comments
What Kofi Annan could not say while in service as the head of the United Nations, he said in his parting speech, while commenting on issues like the Iraq War, the Middle East crisis, and the role of the
 arrow The curse of interesting times
Contrary to popular belief, "may you live in interesting times" is not a Chinese proverb but like many American concoctions it is one such fabrication, and as per records: "In a speech in Cape Town, South
 arrow The bound and blinkered advisers
The premonition of the discerning observers has come true and the inevitable has happened. The four upright and conscientious caretaker advisers have tendered their resignations on apparently cogent grounds.
 arrow Steep course to Utopia
We may recall the reception given at Bangabhaban to Nobel Laureate Dr Mohammed Yunus, by the President and Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government, Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed, in the first week of November.
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