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Front Pagearrow 14-party, allies want poll date deferred by 45 days
The 14-party alliance, Jatiya Party (Ershad), Liberal Democratic party (LDP)-led Jatiya Oikya Front and several Islamic parties have taken a rigid stance against participating in the upcoming elections
 arrow V-Day back as struggle to uphold democracy on
The nation today celebrates the 35th anniversary of its glorious victory over Pakistani occupation forces in the nine-month long Liberation War in 1971 with a fresh vow to uphold the spirit of the hard-earned
 arrow EC men yet to show up in many city areas
Several thousand eligible voters at Nobhodoy Housing Project area and Gabtoli Beribandh City Colony in the capital have not yet been enrolled as voters.
 arrow US wants fair polls, AL participation
The United States has called on Bangladesh's main opposition party to participate in January elections and urged the caretaker government to ensure the polls are conducted efficiently.
 arrow Bhuiyan criticises 'statement' against verdict
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said issuing any statement against a verdict of the High Court (HC) is contempt of court.
 arrow Hajj still uncertain for thousands of pilgrims
Hajj performance of around 4,000 prospective non-ballottee pilgrims will become uncertain even if the national flag carrier arranges additional hajj flights of its own, unless foreign airlines also agree
 arrow Hasina again demands fresh polls schedule
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded fresh election schedule after the publication of an appropriate electoral roll, saying that under the previously announced polls schedule no
 arrow JP to resist polls if Ershad barred
Leaders and activists of Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday vowed not to let the next general elections be held if their chairman HM Ershad is not allowed to participate in the election.
 arrow Yunus invited to join conference marking 100 yrs of 'satyagraha'
Nobel Peace laureate and Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus has been invited by India's ruling party Congress to an international conference due next month to mark the centenary of the launch of
 arrow JU students set ablaze 2 trucks after road mishap
The angry students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) set fire to two trucks at Aminbazar in Savar yesterday following a road accident that left 15 students of the university injured.
 arrow Winter has arrived

 arrow EU concerned over army deployment
The European Parliament has expressed 'serious concern' over the recent army deployment in Bangladesh, saying it will undermine the progress made in the past towards strengthening the democratic institutions.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead in Narsingdi
A Jubo Dal leader was shot dead by unknown assailants in Ghoshpara area of the town early yesterday.
 arrow Kamal's counsel contradicts UNB report
The counsel for Dr Kamal Hossain contradicted a UNB report published yesterday that the High Court bench on Thursday felt embarrassed in accepting his application for hearing in a sedition case.
 arrow One burnt alive, 100 shanties gutted in Ctg
One person was burnt alive and over 100 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow Bombs hurled at TV producer's vehicle: 1 held
A gang of criminals threw three bombs on a microbus of Raju Alim, programme producer of Channel i, and later set it on fire in the city's Siddheshwari area yesterday morning.
 arrow Printing press owners asked to submit voter list by tomorrow
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked the owners of the printing press to submit the printed copies of the electoral roll by tomorrow.
 arrow Hamas accuses Fatah of trying to kill Haniya
The ruling Palestinian Hamas movement accused its Fatah rivals yesterday of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Ismail Haniya as the duelling factions clashed in the West Bank.
 arrow Japan creates defence ministry for first time since 1945
Japan yesterday created a full-fledged defence ministry for the first time since World War II, when the United States stripped the defeated country of its right to a military.
 arrow Nepal parties, Maoists near constitution deal
Nepal's ruling coalition and Maoists said they were nearing a deal on an interim constitution paving the way for the rebels to join the government as they resumed new rounds of talks yesterday.
 arrow Ban promises to restore trust in UN, work to resolve conflicts
South Korea's Ban Ki-moon, due to take over as the next UN secretary general in the new year, promised on Thursday to devote most of his attention to solving the immediate problem of regional conflicts
 arrow 2 major alliance's tug-of-war over Ershad on
The tug-of-war between Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition and BNP-led four-party alliance over getting Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) into their folds is still on.
Businessarrow Dhaka int'l trade fair gaining momentum
The 12th version of Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2006 is gaining momentum as it attracted a huge number of visitors yesterday, the 14th day of the trade extravaganza.
 arrow Saarc bank soon for regional food security
In a major step to ensure food security for South Asia, Saarc countries have agreed to set up a regional food bank to meet emergency needs in the region.
 arrow China, US agree to tackle global imbalances
China and the United States agreed broad steps on Friday to tackle global economic imbalances as two days of talks to ease trade and currency strains ended with good intentions but modest substance.
 arrow 2007 defining year for WTO, says Lamy
The World Trade Organisation faces a "defining year" in 2007, with more effort needed from all parties to secure a successful conclusion to the Doha round of trade talks, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy
 arrow India promises Japan to be investor-friendly
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged Friday to make India more attractive to foreign investors as he agreed to start negotiations on a free trade agreement with Asia's largest economy Japan.
 arrow Denimach to get Tk95cr syndicated loan
Dhaka Bank Ltd and The City Bank Ltd will extend Tk95 crore multi-credit facilities including Tk58 crore term loan to Denimach Washing Ltd and Denimach Ltd for setting up a 100 percent export-oriented
 arrow India to take decision on lifting ban on sugar export
India is likely to decide on whether it will lift a five-month-old ban on sugar exports amid the international price of the commodity showing a downward trend.
 arrow Adobe profit up
Adobe Systems Inc reported on Thursday that quarterly profit grew 16 percent, meeting forecasts on higher sales of design software, and it reassured investors that new products are on schedule, sending
 arrow 4-day garment,textile tech show in Dhaka from Jan 15
A four-day 'Garment and Textile Technology Show' will take place at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka on January 15-18 next year.
 arrow Dollar jumps
The dollar climbed strongly against the euro and yen on Friday, striking the highest level for almost three weeks, as the market awaited further US economic data. The euro dropped to 1.
 arrow India's Reliance in bid to buy Hutchison Essar
India's Reliance Communications, Malaysia's Maxis Communications and Egypt's Orascom Telecom have bid to buy Indian mobile phone firm Hutchison Essar, the Press Trust of India said Friday.
 arrow Opec aims for $60 oil
Opec members meeting in Nigeria this week decided to restrict their output but expand their club, sending strong signals that the cartel is targeting high prices and a tighter grip on world oil resources.
 arrow CCCI president reelected
Saifuzzaman Chowdhury has been reelected president of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI), the apex trade body in the port city.
 arrow New MD of Esquire Electronics
Arifur Rahman has been appointed managing director of Esquire Electronics Ltd, the sole distributor of Japan's General and Sharp brand home appliances.
 arrow Luxury car maker rolls out big plans for Asia
China and India are expected to form the thrust of super-luxury car marque Rolls-Royce's expansion plans in the next few years, chairman and chief executive Ian Robertson has revealed.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
December 10-December 14, 2006
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable throughout the week and USD fell slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers too good for Scots
As expected Bangladesh secured a comfortable victory against Scotland in the first one-day international of the two-match series to establish their supremacy over the visitors at the Chittagong Divisional
 arrow Cricket: A day to remember
When Scottish batsman Ryan Watson fell ungainly on his stumps to be dismissed hit wicket after being struck on the head by Mashrafee Bin Mortuza yesterday morning, the lanky fast bowler became the highest
 arrow Chess team fare well
Bangladesh rounded off their campaign in the 15th Asian Games in Doha on Thurs-day night, secu-ring an admirable seventh place out of 21 countries in the mixed team classical chess event.
 arrow Cricket: City Bank to sell tickets today
The City Bank Limited will sell tickets for tomorrow's second and final one-day international between Bangladesh and Scotland from its five city branches today in spite of a government holiday.
 arrow Cricket: Tourists start on top
Visiting Zimbabwe A took control as they batted out the entire opening day, losing only four wickets in the four-day match against hosts Bangladesh A at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Mashrafee On Top

 arrow Cricket: Sangakkara stands alone
An unbeaten century by batting machine Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka overcome an atrocious start to take first-day honours in the second cricket Test against New Zealand here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: India pin hopes on Sourav
India fought against a hostile pace attack to reach 156 for five at stumps on the first day of their first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
 arrow Cricket: ZC in deep trouble
The government-backed Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is set to read the riot act to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) after the board was found guilty by Harare magistrates of breaching the country's strict
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf reinforces Pakistan
Pakistan received a boost with the return of captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and star batsman Mohammad Yousuf for the series-deciding fifth and final one-day international against the West Indies here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Monty mania Down Under
England's Monty Panesar dominated the Australian media on Friday following the left-arm spinner's five-wicket haul on the opening day of the third Ashes cricket Test at the WACA Ground here.
 arrow Cricket: Australia take control
Australia edged closer to regaining the Ashes after another spectacular English batting collapse on the second day of the third cricket Test at the WACA Ground here Friday.
 arrow Football: Barca meet L'pool
Barcelona and Liverpool, the last two winners of the Champions League, will face each other in the first knockout round of this season's competition following the draw made on Friday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea not jittery
Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has warned Manchester United that his teammates won't crack under the pressure of trying to overhaul the Premiership leaders.
 arrow Football: Leverkusen leave it late
Former Cham-pions League finalists Bayer Leverkusen kept their European campaign alive with a late show on Thursday to reach the last 32 of the UEFA Cup.
 arrow Cricket: PCB happy with WC deal
Pakistan may have lost out on the chance to host the 2011 World Cup final to India but they are pleased with the decision to have the headquarters of the central organising committee based in Lahore.
 arrow Cricket: Kevin stands by remarks
Kevin Pietersen has refused to back down from his claim that racism in South African cricket forced him to pursue his career in England, despite being reprimanded by the ECB.
 arrow Football: Batch 04 in final again
Defending champions Batch 04 and newcomers Batch 06 reached the final of the North South University Intra-Batch Football competition at the Brothers Union ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Younis not available
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is unavailable for selection for the final one-day international against West Indies at Karachi on Saturday because of his brother's death last week.
 arrow Football: Real seal Higuain signature
Real Madrid have agreed to sign 19-year-old Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain from River Plate on a six-and-a-half year deal. "The player will join on Jan.
 arrow Football: Another feather in Cannavaro's cap
Fabio Cannavaro, who skippered Italy to victory at the World Cup, was named World Soccer's World Player of the Year on Friday -- only the second defender to win the honour in the awards' 25-year history.
 arrow Football: MU extend Van der Sar deal
Sir Alex Ferguson has billed Edwin van der Sar as Manchester United's best goalkeeper since Peter Schmeichel after handing the Dutch keeper a new contract at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Terry denies FA charge
Chelsea captain John Terry denied an English Football Association (FA) charge of improper conduct over his comments about referee Graham Poll.
 arrow Football: Nantes dismiss Blanc approach
Struggling Ligue 1 side Nantes dismissed on Friday media reports they had asked former France defender Laurent Blanc to become their coach.
 arrow Football: Qatar grab soccer gold
Hosts Qatar ended the Asian Games in style here on Friday collecting the last title on offer by beating Iraq 1-0 in the final of the men's football.
 arrow Football: Sevilla look to cash in
Sevilla are looking to take advantage of the absence of Spanish league leaders Barcelona this weekend to win at Recreativo Huelva and go to the top of the first division on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter eye new record
Italian league leaders Inter Milan go for their ninth consecutive victory against Messina at the San Siro on Sunday as they look to start the forthcoming winter break with an impressive lead.
 arrow Football: Hoyzer verdict upheld
A former referee convicted for match-fixing in Germany failed on Friday in his appeal against a prison sentence of two years and five months.
 arrow Football: Sevilla draw Bucharest
UEFA Cup holders Sevilla face a tricky trip to Romania after drawing last year's semifinalists Steaua Bucharest in the last 32 of the European competition here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Talabani cheers on booters
Iraq's President Jalal Talabani said Friday he would cancel his schedule for today to watch the football finals of the Doha Asian games in which Iraq takes on hosts Qatar.
 arrow Draw for the last 32
Zulte-Waregem (BEL) v Newcastle (ENG)
Braga (POR) v Parma (ITA)
Lens (FRA) v Panathinaikos (GRE)
Leverkusen (GER) v Blackburn Rovers (ENG)
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR) v Rangers (SCO)

 arrow Football: Ronaldinho expects tough fans
Barcelona's Brazilian striker Ronaldinho is expecting a rough ride from Brazilian fans when his side face Internacional in Sunday's Club World Cup final.
Metropolitanarrow Vow to bring war criminals to book
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at a meeting yesterday vowed to bring the war criminals to justice if AL-led 14-party combine and LDP together are voted to power in the forthcoming general election.
 arrow Deferring election date impossible: Moudud
It is quite impossible to defer the date of general election, reiterated former law minister Moudud Ahmed at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Call to ratify UN Convention on rights of persons with disabilities
Speakers at a discussion have urged the government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
 arrow 'Resist distortion of liberation war history'
Resisting the distortion of history of the War of Liberation is the responsibility of all and everybody should do this from their own position, said eminent economist Prof Muzaffer Ahmad at a discussion
 arrow Robbery in 14 buses, cabs
Armed robbers looted Tk 5 lakh, 16 mobile phone sets and other valuables from passengers of 14 buses and taxicabs on Turag-Bhakurta road in Savar on Thursday night.
 arrow 'Nirontor' wins best film award
Director Abu Sayeed's feature film 'Nirontor' (Forever Flows) won the top award at the 11th Indian International Film Festival of Kerala yesterday.
 arrow RU campus tense over holding of cultural function at same venue
The Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote yesterday protested the cancellation order of the director of the Teachers Students Cultural Centre (TSCC) to hold its scheduled function
 arrow Military hardware exhibition opens
Army paratroopers descended from the sky while air force jets staged spectacular flypasts as President Iajuddin Ahmed opened a military hardware display yesterday marking the Victory Day.
 arrow C'wealth photography competition
Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) has invited photographs for the '2006-07 Commonwealth Photographic Awards'. The theme for the award this year is 'Achievement'.
 arrow CA blamed for trying to hold polls as per BNP-Jamaat design
President of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Manjurul Ahsan Khan yesterday said the chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) is working to hold the election according to the designof
 arrow Duja convening committee formed
Dhaka University Journalists' Association (Duja) yesterday formed a nine-member convening committee with Masum Al Zaki of The Bangladesh Observer as convener and Sheikh Adnan Fahad of United News of Bangladesh
 arrow 3 arrested in Joypurhat
Police arrested three members of a notorious robbers and muggers gang from village Baroil in Akkelpur upazila of Joypurhat in the early hours of yesterday in connection with the Khetlal triple murdercase,
 arrow Robbery in 11 houses in Narsingdi
Armed robbers looted valuables worth about Tk 20 lakh from 11 houses in Kandapara area of the town in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead
A Jubo Dal leader was shot dead by unknown assailants in Ghoshpara area of the town early yesterday.
 arrow Chhadim High School students finally get back SSC certificates
Students of Madhaiya Chhadim High School at Chandina in Comilla finally got back their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) certificates and mark sheets recently, thanks to the intervention of Bangladesh
 arrow 47 Armed Forces personnel get honorary commission
A total of 47 Armed Forces personnel, 41 from Bangladesh Army and six from Bangladesh Navy, have been granted honorary commission and promotion on the occasion of the Victory Day.
 arrow Elderly woman shot dead
An elderly woman was shot dead by a gang of hoodlums in the city yesterday. The victim was identified as Mamtaz Begum, 60, a resident of Shipahibagh in Khilgaon area.
Nationalarrow UPDF to field candidates in 3 CHT constituencies
United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), an organisation of indigenous people opposed to the CHT peace accord, yesterday announced that it would field candidates in Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari
 arrow Iajuddin should quit post of president, says ex-BNP MP
Former BNP lawmaker and nomination seeker Maj (rtd) Akhteruzzaman Rajan has urged president Iajuddin Ahmed to step down to save the country from present crisis.
 arrow Invitation to Jamaat leaders in V-Day function protested
Dumuria upazila units of Awami League and Muktijoddha Sangsad have strongly protested inclusion of two Jamaat-e-Islami leaders as special guests at a function to be held today at the local college ground
 arrow 14-party calls hartal in Bagmara on Dec 19
Rajshahi 14-party combine has called for demonstrations in all 16 unions in Bagmara on Monday a day-long haral on Wednesday protesting the murder of Goalkandi Union Parishad (UP) chairman and local Awami
 arrow Bombs recovered from near Shahid Minar
Police recovered six bombs from near the Shahid Minar at Mehendiganj upazila town early yesterday.
 arrow BDR-BSF trade shots on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Padmashakhra border in Satkhira Sadar upazila Thursday night.
 arrow 17 Rohingyas held for trafficking
Rapid Action battalion (Rab) in a drive Thursday night arrested 17 Rohingya refugees from Chapolkhali village in Ukhia upazila in Cox's Bazar district on charge of involvement in trafficking and other
Point-Counterpointarrow Reminiscing about the first Victory Day
Thirty-five years ago the misty winter morning of December 16th, the day the nation now celebrates as Victory Day, brought the new found glory of Bangladesh.
 arrow What does the world know about it?
It has been three and a half decades since the people of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) suffered one of the worst genocides in history in 1971. According to Dr.
 arrow Some reflections
We are entering the 36th year of our victory, and once again I shall wake up from my bed with the sound of 21 guns heralding the day.
Culturearrow Colours of Freedom
As the mercury steadily dropped, the chill in the air felt starkly different from the fiery situation prevailing everywhere across the country. This was early February, the year 1971.
 arrow A tale of two sisters
End of August 1971: Minu and Shimul are two upcoming artistes. Minu, 17, is an enlisted dancer of TV and Shimul, 14 is enlisted in radio. They come from a culturally oriented family.
 arrow Aly Zaker A War Correspondent
Renowned theatre actor-director and a familiar face on TV, Aly Zaker, had made significant contributions to our Liberation War.
 arrow Kalyani Ghosh and her glory days
Kalyani Ghosh is an artiste with significant contribution to the War of Independence in 1971.
Internationalarrow Europe asks Iran, Syria to behave 'responsibly'
European Union leaders warned Iran and Syria yesterday against meddling in the affairs of their neighbours and demanded they adopt more "responsible" stances if they hope to improve ties with the bloc.
 arrow Death of Tamil negotiator a new blow to Lanka peace
Sri Lanka's moribund peace process suffered another setback with the death of the top Tamil Tiger negotiator who was regarded as a moderate among hardliners, analysts said Friday.
 arrow 'N Korea may stage 2nd nuclear test'
North Korea may stage a second nuclear weapons test to strengthen its hand during upcoming negotiations on scrapping its nuclear programme, South Korea's new defence minister warned yesterday.
 arrow Iran votes seen as test for Ahmadinejad
Iranians voted yesterday for local councils and a powerful clerical body in the first electoral test for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies since he swept to office in 2005.
 arrow Japan declines to back Indian nuke drive
Japan and India agreed yesterday to start talks on a free trade deal to bring the Asian democracies closer, but Tokyo declined to immediately support letting New Delhi into the civilian nuclear club.
 arrow Iraq offers olive branch to Baathists in talks
Iraqi leaders have offered an olive branch to former members of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein's ruling party in a bid to kickstart a programme of national reconciliation, lawmakers said yesterday.
 arrow Arab talks secure 'truce' in Lebanon crisis
Arab diplomacy appeared to put the brakes on any escalation in the political standoff between Lebanon's government and the Hezbollah-led opposition, the press reported yesterday.
 arrow Thousands rally for Hamas in Gaza
Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in Gaza City yesterday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Islamist movement's founding amid escalating tensions with the rival Fatah faction.
 arrow Blair under fire after Saudi arms deal probe halted
Prime Minister Tony Blair came under fire yesterday after fraud investigators stopped a probe into a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia due to concerns it would damage Britain's national interests.
 arrow US scientists unveil new quake tracking system
US scientists on Thursday unveiled a new system they hope will improve the accuracy in forecasting the likelihood of earthquakes in the long-term.
 arrow Prince William graduates from military academy
All eyes were on Prince William Friday at a parade marking his graduation from Britain's elite Sandhurst military academy, in a new coming of age for the second in line to the throne.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Victory Day
On this day in 1971 our freedom fighters aided by the allied troop of the Indian Army liberated our land from the clutches of the occupying Pakistani forces.
 arrow Editorial: Wide areas not covered yet
With the voter list correction deadline shifted only by three days, from 15 to 18 December, we are still at a loss to comprehend how the Election Commission (EC) intends to reach even close to the objectives.
 arrow It is time to fully use our potential
This month the children have been lighting candles at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka. They have been remembering the martyrs of our War of Independence, on this, the month of victory.
 arrow Victory Day -- thirty-five years later
December 16, 1971.
 arrow On denying the holocaust, and rewriting 1971
An odd sort of conference is underway in Iran.
StarTecharrow Mobile way to the future
In the wireless world, the predicted dominance of WiMAX technology is overshadowed by the recent upstart of High-Speed Downlink Packet Access or HSDPA (3.5G).
 arrow Memory chip breakthrough for electronic devices
A team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in computer memory technology that heralded more sophisticated and reliable MP3 players, digital cameras and other devices.
 arrow Smart balance between mobility and performance
The Asus R1F tablet PC notebook offers a smart balance of mobility and performance with comprehensive security features that protect with both software as well as hardware solutions, providing a secure
 arrow Robo Cup

Literaturearrow The Need of the Hour*
(abridged and translated by Farhad Ahmed)

A few days back I visited a forward camp of the freedom fighters to report about them for a newspaper. The camp commander was a very busy man.

 arrow Chittaranjan Shaha: The Story of Muktodhara
In his book A Tale of Millions: Bangladesh Liberation War -1971 Rafiqul Islam writes that our independence would have been impossible without the support and sacrifices of the entire population, thateven
 arrow 1971: A time to remember, a time to tell
For the last four years I have been reporting in the December pages of The Daily Star on our work in progress, a book of history of 1971. The task is now finished and our book is in the press.
 arrow I Remember
I remember the gate
right here,
festooned with a flowering creeper,
a tricycle on the verandah
of the house, and a young fellow
leaning at ease against the doorpost
spinning his yarns

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