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Front Pagearrow HC rejects Ershad's appeal, hands him 2yrs behind bars
To the utter surprise of many, the High Court (HC) handed two years' imprisonment to former dictator HM Ershad yesterday, rejecting his appeal against the trial court's verdict in a corruption case of
 arrow Advisers slow down to end EC standoff
There might not be any move before Sunday to recast the Election Commission (EC) in line with the package proposals drawn up by the council of advisers to the caretaker government 10 days ago.
 arrow Nation pays homage to martyred intellectuals
The nation observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day yesterday paying rich tribute to those illustrious sons of the soil who were brutally killed at the fag end of the Liberation War.
 arrow Time extended by 3 days
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday extended the time for the ongoing field level work of correcting the updated voter list by three days--up to December 18, but was yet to re-fix the poll date.
 arrow AL won't go to polls under this schedule
The Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) yesterday observed that the party will not take part in any election according to the current schedule. "We want to participate in the election.
 arrow EC men yet to visit scores of houses
Correction of the updated voter list enters its eighth day today but a large number of houses in different areas of the capital and elsewhere in the country have not yet been visited by the Election Commission
 arrow Wahiduddin points at good intentions
Eminent economist and adviser of two previous caretaker governments Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday said election commissioners cannot be appointed merely by abiding constitutional provisions or presidential
 arrow Guest birds chirp at JU lakes
With the arrival of winter, migratory birds of different species thronged Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus making it eloquent with the chirping of the birds.
 arrow Home, not EC, to bear expenses
The home ministry will have to bear the cost of the armed forces working to maintain law and order before the national election due to hurried deployment of the troops.
 arrow Cranes come to life after HC directive
Private company Saif Powertec Limited resumed operation of the four sophisticated gantry cranes at the Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) last night after remaining inactive for over a month due to opposition
 arrow Hasina sees Ershad verdict influenced
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has been sentenced to two years in jail as the judiciary is still being influenced with 'remote control' by the
 arrow Sonali Bank chief quits over transfer
Sonali Bank Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam resigned yesterday following a government proposal to transfer him to Agrani Bank allegedly under pressure from a powerful vested quarter.
 arrow GM Quader's expulsion order withdrawn
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday withdrew the expulsion order on GM Quader.
 arrow EC moves to ensure salary for MA Aziz
The Election Commission (EC) Secretariat has finally issued a circular to enable Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz to get his pay during leave.
 arrow Siege to district EC offices ends
At least five Awami League (AL) leaders were injured in an attack in Satkhira yesterday during the 14-party alliance's Election Commission (EC) district offices siege programme.
 arrow Jatka fishing in deep sea goes unabated
Although banned, indiscriminate netting of jatka (hilsha fry) and its sales in different markets in Cox's Bazar is going on unabated under the nose of the law enforcers.
 arrow HC bench feels embarrassed to accept Kamal's application
A High Court division bench yesterday felt embarrassed in accepting an application filed on behalf of Dr Kamal Hossain, who faces a sedition case, for hearing.
 arrow BNP to hold counter rally Dec 19
The BNP-led four-party alliance has decided to hold a grand rally on December 19, just a day after the scheduled rally of the 14-party combine, at the city's Paltan Maidan in a bid to show off its power
 arrow Murderers of intellectuals must be tried
Paying rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals, BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said their killers must be identified and brought to trial.
 arrow Rab kills over 350 in custody
Bangladesh's elite security force has killed more than 350 people in custody and could be used by the country's former ruling party ahead of next month's election, a US-based human rights group warned
 arrow Asia's greenhouse gases 'to treble' in 25 years
Fast-rising family incomes and brisk demand for cars will treble Asia's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years, according to a study backed by the Asian Development Bank and released yesterday.
 arrow Nepal's king faces the boot as talks go on
Nepal's governing parties and Maoist rebels held talks yesterday an interim constitution that could bring the rebels into government and see the monarchy suspended.
 arrow Probe finds Diana's death an accident
A British police inquiry released yesterday concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her companion in a 1997 Paris car crash were a "tragic accident" and that allegations of murder are unfounded.
 arrow US military chiefs call for shift in Iraq war
The US Joint Chiefs of Staff are recommending a shift in the military focus in Iraq from battling insurgents to strengthening Iraqi forces along with a new emphasis on resolving political and economic
Businessarrow Local light bulbs need to cut cost, up quality
Export potential of Bangladesh's light bulbs to its neighbouring Indian market would not appear promising under a free trade agreement (FTA), if cost reduction and productivity improvement of the industry
 arrow Opec to cut production by 5 lakh bpd from Feb
Opec is going to cut its output target by 500,000 barrels per day, with the reduction to take effect from February, a source close to the cartel told AFP during a ministerial meeting here.
 arrow China, US begin crunch trade talks
High-powered talks between Chinese and US economic chiefs began here Thursday as part of efforts by the United States to resolve a wide range of trade disputes between the two nations.
 arrow WTO chief says large countries signal flexibility
World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief Pascal Lamy said on Thursday that all leading WTO member states had signalled flexibility for a re-start of global trade talks, but it was not yet clear if they were
 arrow Rangs launches Mitsubishi Outlander in local market
Rangs Limited yesterday launched a new sport utility vehicle, 'Mitsubishi Outlander', in local market. Rangs Limited has fixed the price of the vehicle at Tk35 lakh per unit.
 arrow Sonali Bank gets new MD
The finance ministry yesterday appointed SM Aminur Rahman the managing director of Sonali Bank.
 arrow Cemex Cement celebrates Centenary
Cemex Cement Bangladesh Ltd (CCBL), a Mexico-based multinational building-solutions manufacturer, celebrated its centenary in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow IIDFC arranges Tk35cr syndicated term loan for RFL Plastics
Industrial & Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Ltd along with six banks has arranged syndicated term loan facility of Tk35 crore for procurement of capital machinery for a project ofRFL
 arrow Old Car Club organises car show
A 3-day festival styled Victory Fest 2006 organised by the Old Car Club of Bangladesh (OCCB) began yesterday at Gulshan Park in Dhaka, according to a press release.
 arrow Microsoft, HP target business market with $300m alliance
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard said on Wednesday they would jointly invest 300 million dollars in a three-year partnership to become the go-to source for business computer systems.
 arrow Cisco to invest $50m in China telecom firm
Global networking giant Cisco Systems inked an agreement Thursday to invest 50 million dollars in China Communications Services, Chinese state media said.
 arrow ROK unveils steps to boost services sector
South Korea Thursday unveiled tax incentives and other steps to boost economic growth and employment by rejuvenating its services sector.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts eye 7 in a row
Bangladesh will look forward to stretch their winning run to seven matches when they take on ICC associate members Scotland in the first one-day international of a two-match series at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Cricket: Tamim greets the Scots
Local hero Tamim Iqbal struck a superb hundred to send visiting Scotland crashing by 33 runs against Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Academy in a warm-up match at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey team finish 7th
Bangladesh finished seventh in 15th Asian Games men's hockey competition when they handed Taipei a 5-1 defeat in the play-off match at the Al Rayyan Hockey Stadium in Doha yesterday.
 arrow Football: Much ado about nothing
The opening day of the inaugural Professional Football League fired blank as not a single team joined the transfer scene yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Four-dayer from today
The four-day match between Bangladesh A and Zimbabwe A will begin today at the Fatullah Stadium in Narayanganj.
 arrow Cricket: V-Day cricket teams named
Sabbir Khan will lead the Shaheed Jewel XI while Mahmudullah Riyad will skipper the Shaheed Mushtaque XI in the Victory Day exhibition match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on December 16.
 arrow Samakal's sports editor loses father
Mohammed Abdul Wadud, former superintendent engineer of PDB, died of cardiac disease at the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Research Hospital yesterday. He was 63.
 arrow Monty puts Eng on frontfoot
Ashes debutant Monty Panesar spun England back into the series on the opening day of the third Test against Australia at the WACA Ground here Thursday, claiming five wickets as the home side were dismissed
 arrow Tennis: Bhupathi blasts Paes
India's Mahesh Bhupathi launched a bitter attack on doubles partner Leander Paes on Wednesday just moments after they had teamed up to defend their Asian Games title.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin ready to change
Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar concedes that his body is not of a 17-year-old anymore but says he is brave enough to accept it and use it smartly.
 arrow Cricket: Smith issues pace warning
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has warned India to expect a trial by fire in the first Test on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo brands SL selfish
The controversy surrounding Muttiah Muralidaran's bizarre run out which hastened Sri Lanka's downfall in the first cricket Test against New Zealand, flared again here Thursday on the eve of the second
 arrow Football: PSG put troubles behind
A dramatic late Lucas Neill winner gave Blackburn a last-gasp victory over Nancy on Wednesday as doubles each from Pauleta and Bonaventure Kalou saw Paris St Germain safely into the UEFA Cup knock-out
 arrow Football: Chelsea on track
Didier Drogba showed Chelsea will not give up the Premiership title without a fight as his late goal clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal clinch last-gasp win
Emmanuel Adebayor hit a dramatic late winner as Arsenal moved into the Premiership's top three after a 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Barca romp into final
A Ronaldinho-inspired Barcelona booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a classic 4-0 demolition of Mexico's America on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: India won't add cricket
India will not include cricket in the Asian Games if New Delhi wins the right to host the 2014 edition, the country's sports chief said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Perfect day for Panesar
Monty Panesar finally had his day in the Australian sun in the third Ashes cricket Test between England and Australia at the WACA Ground here Thursday -- and what a day it was.
 arrow Tennis: Lindsay to quit after child-birth
Three-times Grand Slam tournament winner Lindsay Davenport has no plans to play tennis again after giving birth to her first child next year.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho the best again?
Brazilian star Ronaldinho is set to be named FIFA's player of the year for a third successive time, according to a report in the Spanish press Thursday.
 arrow Football: 'Brazil not prepared for WC'
Internacional coach Abel Braga has raised doubts about Brazil's plan to host the 2014 World Cup, saying the country is not ready to hold the tournament.
 arrow Football: Wenger fined over bust-up
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was given a 10,000 pounds (19,626 dollar) fine and warned about his future conduct by the English Football Association (FA) on Thursday for his role in a touchline row with
 arrow Football: Real closing in on Higuain
Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain for a reported fee of 13 million euros (17.17 million dollars) from River Plate, Radio Marca said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Duck proves his worth
He may be only 17, but two goals in two games show the hype may have been justified for Internacional's Brazilian prodigy Alexandre 'The Duck' Pato.
 arrow Football: Gerrard excited about takeover
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the future is bright for Liverpool, having spoken to one of the men spearheading an anticipated 450 million pounds takeover of the club.
 arrow Football: Terry cautions United
Chelsea captain John Terry has warned Premiership leaders Manchester United that the Blues have still to get fully into their stride this season.
 arrow Football: Atletico reach last 16
Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero scored the decisive penalty in a shootout against Levante as they reached the last 16 of the King's Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: No easy way out for Owen
Bayern Munich said they will not bow to persistent pleas by England midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who wants to leave the German champions for Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Zidane given Algeria's top award
French football star Zinedine Zidane was honoured with Algeria's highest distinction on Wednesday as the country's native son continued a visit fit for a head of state.
 arrow Football: Russian complex for Abramovich
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is to fund construction of a new sports complex for Russia's national side, the Kommersant daily reported Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Voronin not happy at Leverkusen
Ukraine international forward Andrei Voronin says he wants to leave Bayer Leverkusen in January after finding himself relegated to the substitutes bench.
 arrow Football: Toffees stuck on Reo-Coker
Everton manager David Moyes is reported to be preparing a bid for unsettled West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker.
 arrow Football: La Volpe to step down
Boca Juniors coach Ricardo La Volpe said he would resign after they lost 2-1 to Estudiantes in a playoff for the Argentine championship on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Estudiantes dethrone Boca
Estudiantes beat defending champions Boca Juniors 2-1 in a play-off match on Wednesday night to win the Argentine championship title for the first time in 23 years.
 arrow Football: Zaragoza reject Milito bid
Spanish first division side Real Zaragoza have rejected a bid from French champions Lyon for Argentine striker Diego Milito, according to reports here on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow BNP now a party of 'thieves, terrorists'
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed yesterday urged the countrymen not to vote for BNP in the forthcoming general election, saying that it has now become a party of
 arrow Cop dies in road accident
An Assistant Sub Inspector of police was killed while his family members got injured in a road accident at Savar in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Pre-bid meet with 3 companies on Sirajganj power plant
The Power Cell yesterday held a pre-bid meeting with three power companies on the 450 megawatt (MW) Sirajganj power plant with the aim to close the project's tender by January 21, sources said.
 arrow Nation Pays Homage to Martyred Intellectuals

 arrow 3 Gram Police men killed
Unidentified miscreants slaughtered three Gram Police men at Fashitola village in Khatlal upazila of Joypurhat district on Wednesday night.
 arrow HC stay on MBBS test overruled
The Supreme Court yesterday overruled the order of a High Court division bench that stayed the admission process for the MBBS course at public medical colleges.
 arrow 17 Myanmar citizens held in Cox's Bazar
Seventeen citizens of neighbouring Myanmar were detained for illegally entering the country in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow 2 robbers held in Ctg
Two robbers were caught red handed while trying to commit dacoity at Noorbag under Kotwali Police Station yesterday noon.
 arrow Firearms seized
A huge quantity of firearms and ammunitions were seized and seven criminals were arrested during a countrywide raid in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday, says a police press release.
 arrow Three arrested
A team of detective branch (DB) police yesterday arrested three criminals for possessing gold bars allegedly stolen from Mascot plaza in the city.
 arrow 158 under-trial prisoners freed
The government has decided to set free 158 under-trial prisoners with minor charges, on the occasion of the Victory Day.
 arrow Death anniversary of Fazle Rabbee today
Today is the 35th death anniversary of Dr Md Fazle Rabbee, a martyred intellectual, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Aziza Khatun, the lone female freedom fighter of Bhurungamari, passed away due to cancer on Wednesday at her residence at the age of 57.
Point-Counterpointarrow Take time to fix voter roll
The electoral roll prepared earlier by the Election Commission faced challenge in the court of law as well as the court of intelligence.
 arrow When the state turns serial killer
The killing extravaganza of the government sponsored carnage squad -- the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) -- has given rise to serious concern among many of the citizens who sense that this course of action
 arrow Speaking without thinking
Pakistan government spokesmen have made it clear that General Pervez Musharraf was not making a unilateral offer when he told NDTV that Pakistan would give up its claim on Kashmir if India also agreed
 arrow Golden Bengal?
Perhaps one shouldn't be surprised that the centennial anniversary of our national anthem is about to pass by, largely without any commemoration.
 arrow A manual of 19 fool-proof steps for sure success in election
1. Increase retirement age for the chief justice to ensure that the chief of the care-taker government (CTG) will be a party loyalist.

Culturearrow Audio visual narratives of Liberation War
As part of an initiative to educate the younger generation, an innovative project titled "Phirey Dekhun Ekattur, Ghurey Darak Bangladesh" was launched on December 13 at Liberation War Museum premises.
 arrow The contribution of global personalities to our Liberation War
Besides channelising aid from the foreign countries, many renowned individuals from the West have displayed solidarity in our Liberation War.
 arrow Four-day cultural programme by Sammilito Sangskiritik Jote begins
"Chinno Koro Ondhokarer Aei Jal" was the slogan at the four-day cultural programme to celebrate Victory Day.
 arrow Liberation War in cartoons
During the Liberation War cartoons were a critical tool to voice opinions against repression and injustice. Sometimes cartoons provided inspiration to the Freedom Fighters.
 arrow Victory Day-specials on Channel i
To celebrate Victory Day, Channel i will telecast daylong special programmes. These include musical programmes, talk shows, special plays and dance programmes.
 arrow An array of programmes on Banglavision
To observe Victory Day, Banglavision will telecast special programmes including musical soirees, special plays and others.
Generalarrow Contribution of newspaper columnist praised
Opinion-editorial writers in the South Asian region need to have more exchange of views in order to create public opinion on crucial issues such as governance, anti-corruption issue and terrorism, said
 arrow Transfer order of 4 secretaries cancelled
The caretaker government (CG) on Wednesday cancelled one of its transfer orders asking four secretaries to stay at their previous ministries.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Army deployment
President Iajuddin's decision not to engage the army in operational duty immediately, instead keep them on standby or, as one adviser said, keep the army at 'rest' for the time being, vindicates fully
 arrow Editorial: Martyred Intellectuals' Day
The Martyred Intellectuals' Day has returned, once again bringing back the grief and the painful memories for those who lost their loved ones.
 arrow Time to call
Who would have thought that we would look back on the 2001 caretaker government as the model of probity and integrity.
 arrow The recoil of politics
It seems, at last, that so much investment has paid no dividends.
 arrow Washington's Iraq dilemma: Why engaging Iran is a good idea
Washington: Sometimes a wish can mobilize the will and power to make it come true.
Letters to Editorarrow Heading for a political quagmire?
We, the citizens of the republic, are much shocked to observe the dubious and controversial moves that are being taken by the president/CA.
 arrow Army in the streets of Dhaka
I am an avid reader and a big fan of The Daily Star since its birth. I think the main goal of a newspaper should be presenting unbiased news.
 arrow Vandalism in court
I would like to comment on the recent vandalism brought about by our most respected and so called eminent lawyers of our country, which has brought nothing but more shame and disrespect in people'sheart
 arrow BNP's 'No' and the nation
The whole nation is awfully and woefully on the tenterhooks at the dismal political deadlock with the national election just ahead and that is vividly reflected in the hundreds of letters appearing in
 arrow Iajuddind's address to the nation
I was eagerly waiting to listen to the much awaited address of our Honourable President to the nation on the night of 10th December. Immediately after the address an incident flashed in my mind.
 arrow A different side of Prof Yunus
I want to highlight the extraordinary teaching skills of Professor Yunus. I was his direct student for a very short period (unfortunately) in 1976.
 arrow Sorry state of shipping
A news item appeared in The Daily Star of 9.12.06 (page-16) under the heading; "underhand dealings with ship surveyors alleged".
 arrow 10 questions to the politicians
I have carefully read Janab Abu Talab Mahmudur Rahman's letter [DS-06 December 2006] written from Kuwait and have carefully noted down its content.
 arrow Congrats Bangladesh Tigers
Bangladesh cricket team has white-washed Zimbabwe in recent home series. Though Zimbabwe is not a very strong side now-a-days but the consistency, which Bangladesh team showed, is really commendable.
Urbanarrow Dhaka basements not for 'slaves' alone
We, at length, turned down a pair of stairs that led to a basement and I found myself in an eating-house somewhat better than those I had seen in passing; but that did not mean much for its excellence.
 arrow Basement use in commercial buildings: Illegal and unsafe
A long time has passed since Man come out of the cave for a living...

The purpose of inclusion of basement in building is due to economic reason.

Worldarrow Lanka vows to drive out Tigers from east coast
Sri Lanka's security forces are determined to drive the Tamil Tigers from a stretch of the east coast the rebels control under a 2002 truce, the military said yesterday, to the worry of internationalceasefire
 arrow UK, Russia see progress on Iran sanction move
Six major powers edged closer here Wednesday to agreeing UN sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work, raising hopes that the Security Council could vote on a compromise
 arrow Annan urges Bush to talk to Iran and Syria on Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday urged US President George W Bush to involve Iran and Syria in the search for a solution to the crisis in Iraq.
 arrow India 'unshakable' against nukes
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Japan yesterday for its moral authority to let his country into the club of civilian nuclear powers, boasting of "unshakable" commitment against proliferation.
 arrow India, Bhutan demarcate border after 45 years
India and Bhutan have formally demarcated their border by signing the final maps 45 years after the process of settling the boundary started, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow 'Pakistan govt wants to enslave Afghanistan'
Afghanistan's president accused the Pakistani government Wednesday of trying to turn his countrymen into "slaves", in his strongest words yet blaming Islamabad for a wave of violence.
 arrow Rahul not in hurry to take leadership torch
India's political crown prince Rahul Gandhi is showing little inclination to fill the boots of his illustrious forebears, to the increasing alarm of Congress party stalwarts, analysts say.
 arrow Israel court won't ban targeted killings
The Israeli Supreme Court decided yesterday not to issue a blanket ban against the targeted killing of Palestinian militants, ruling that some of the killings were legal under international law.
 arrow Arab League mediation on Lebanon crisis fails
Arab League chief Amr Moussa failed yesterday to broker a deal to resolve Lebanon's political crisis, a senior political source said. "Moussa's efforts to broker a deal have failed," the source said.
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