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Front Pagearrow Doubts deepen over all-party poll participation
With the political crisis deepening further, most advisers to the caretaker government are doubtful about holding of the next parliamentary election in line with the announced schedule with participation
 arrow EC's men yet to visit most of city houses
Field level Election Commission (EC) staff have yet to visit most of the areas in the capital and elsewhere in the country on the last day of correcting the updated voter list today.
 arrow CG has not always worked neutrally
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis yesterday said the caretaker government (CG) of President Iajuddin Ahmed has not always worked neutrally, meaning sufferings to the nation.
 arrow Bangladeshi back home after 5 years of horror at Guantanamo prison
The US authorities yesterday handed over a youth to Bangladesh police, who was held at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba for the last five years for his alleged link with al-Qaeda.
 arrow Hasina puts voter list correction first
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday once again reiterated her demand for rescheduling the election following corrections on the voter list and publication of it.
 arrow Potato farmers feel blockade pinch
Munshiganj potato farmers face a tough time this winter as seed prices have almost doubled because of frequent blockading of ports, roads and railways by the 14-party alliance since October.
 arrow BNP sees conspiracy by some parties
Thousands of leaders, activists, workers and supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday brought out a huge colourful procession in the capital on the occasion of the Victory Day.
 arrow Advance EU team in city to watch polls
A nine-member advance team from the European Union (EU) arrived in Dhaka yesterday to observe the general elections in Bangladesh slated for January 23.
 arrow JP enforces hartal in N-districts
The dawn-to-dusk hartal imposed by Jatiya Party (JP) in five northern districts passed with a few untoward incidents as party activists burnt several motorbikes and a truck in Rangpur and Lalmonirhattowns
 arrow Tk 58cr to be released in a day or two
Finance Adviser Dr Shoeb Ahmed yesterday said his ministry will release Tk 58 crore in a day or two to meet election expenditures, including the spending on correction of the updated voter list.
 arrow Khaleda calls all to stay alert against conspiracy
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all to remain alert against all kinds of conspiracies ahead of the coming general election.
 arrow Ershad goes into hiding
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was neither found at his home nor at any public place yesterday, fuelling the speculation further that he went into hiding amid tremendous pressure from the BNP-led four-party
 arrow Iajuddin sees closing gap between two alliances
President and Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday hoped that all political parties would join the next general elections as differences between the two major alliances are now 'narrowed down.
 arrow Hasina to set 5 conditions from rally today
The Awami League (AL) led 14-party combine at a grand rally in the capital today will announce that they will participate in election but not according to current schedule and under Chief Adviser andPresident
 arrow Vegetables traders start 3-day strike to protest price manipulation
Vegetables retailers of Dhaka metropolitan area yesterday started a three-day strike protesting "weight and price manipulation" by wholesalers.
 arrow Vested quarter took advantage of lawyers' fury
A vested quarter took advantage of the lawyers' anger to vandalise the Supreme Court (SC) premises that tarnished the image of the judiciary and also damaged the good relationship between the bench and
 arrow 50 vessels stuck in Jamuna shoals
About 50 cargo vessels carrying coal, fertilisers and clinkers have remained stranded on the Jamuna river in the northern region since Friday due to a sharp fall in its water level.
 arrow UAE to spend $8.3m to rehabilitate camel jockeys
The United Arab Emirates said yesterday it has set aside more than eight million dollars for the rehabilitation of children used as camel jockeys, under an accord with the UN children's fund.
 arrow 3 die after taking toxic liquor
Three people died and one fell sick after having toxic liquor at Chakpara under Shah Mokhdum thana yesterday. The dead are Fazar Ali, 35, Anwarul Islam, 40 and Abdul Hannan, 35, of the same area.
 arrow Tarique to run from Bogra-7
After his behind-the-scenes transformation into an immensely powerful leader in BNP, Tarique Rahman is finally contesting the upcoming polls to make his debut in parliament.
 arrow Derailed train snaps links with Sylhet for 7hrs
Rail communication between Sylhet and other parts of the country remained disrupted for around seven hours as a passenger train derailed at Bhanugachh station early yesterday.
 arrow LDP plans tough agitation for fair polls
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged his party men to strengthen the movement for holding a free and fair election as well as to prepare for participating
 arrow Nizami blames TVs for boosting 14-party movement
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday blamed the electronic media for helping "shape" the 14-party alliance's movement into the present form by broadcasting different incidents live onTV.
 arrow Air pollution kills 5 lakh a year in Asian cities
Air pollution is killing more than half a million people in Asian cities each year and shows no sign of improving as urban centres expand, studies by the Asian Development Bank show.
 arrow Carter's Mideast book polarises opinion
A new book by Jimmy Carter in which he compares Israel's treatment of Palestinians to South Africa's Apartheid system has sparked a bitter debate over the former US president's reputation as a peacemaker.
 arrow France to pull out special forces from Afghanistan
France has decided to pull its special forces out of Afghanistan after a NATO-led stabilisation force extended operations to the whole country, the French defense ministry said yesterday.
Businessarrow Revenue grows only 9.29pc in 5 months
Country's prime revenue collection authority has now put its efforts in exploring new avenues for reaching this fiscal's revenue target.
 arrow Forex reserves hit record $3.8b on remittance, export growths
The country's foreign exchange reserves hit a new high of $ 3.8 billion yesterday, thanks to robust remittance and export growths. Besides, the reserves have also upped the value of taka against dollar.
 arrow Experts against middlemen system
Middlemen system in the overseas employment process curtails the benefits of labour migration and causes harassment to the workers abroad, said migration experts including a government official and apeople's
 arrow DCCI gets new president
Hossain Khaled has been elected president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) for the year 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Nepal RMG makers for lobbying US
The Garment Association of Nepal (GAN) has urged the government to lobby the US government to endorse the TRADE (Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies) Act 2005, which would facilitate duty
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers seal great year
It was nothing but a mission for Bangladesh to show the difference between a highest-level side and the associate members and the Tigers made it clear after their huge 146-run victory against visiting
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee's delights
Although his only disappointment was not to claim another wicket against Scotland in the second and final one-dayer on Sunday to complete 50 scalps in a year, leading Bangladesh paceman Mashrafee BinMortuza
 arrow Cricket: Aktel wants to sponsor Tigers
Aktel, one of the leading cellular phone companies, has set a goal to earn the right of sponsoring the Bangladesh cricket team.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts trail by 19 runs
Bangladesh A still called the shots as they only trail by 19 runs on the third day of the four-day match against Zimbabwe A at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India need five wickets
South Africa ended day three on 163 for five, in their pursuit of 402 runs set by India in their second innings at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last night.
 arrow Cricket: Sreesanth keeps it up
First innings destroyer Shantha-kumaran Sreesanth struck two crucial blows for India as South Africa made a poor start in their second innings after being set to make 402 to win on the third day of the
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam to lead Pakistan in 2007 WC
Pakistan have retained Inzamamul Haq as captain of the national cricket team for next year's World Cup, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Silva makes his mark
A standout unbeaten 152 by Chamara Silva put Sri Lanka firmly in command of the second cricket Test on Sunday as New Zealand were set an improbable 504 to win.
 arrow Cricket: Duncan on sticky wicket
Duncan Fletcher has been forced to defend his dual role as England coach and selector as the media searches for a scapegoat to blame for the disastrous Ashes campaign.
 arrow Cricket: Cook's best to date
Young English opener Alastair Cook admitted to mixed emotions after scoring what he called the best century of his career against Australia at the WACA ground here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pigeon smells the urn
Fast bowler Glenn McGrath said Australia were getting ready to celebrate regaining the Ashes with just five wickets needed to wrap up the series.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis's no to anthem
South African cricket, already reeling after the national team collapsed to 84 all out in the first Test against India, found itself enmeshed in front page controversy Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Cook takes Test in Day 5
Two late wickets in three balls to veteran Glenn McGrath had Australia on the verge of reclaiming the Ashes after an intriguing fourth day of the third Test at the WACA Ground here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Barca's dream shattered
Brazil's Inter-nacional found a late winner to upset European champions Barcelona 1-0 in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Capello wants Gago, but...
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello spelt out in no uncertain terms on Saturday that he is expecting Boca Juniors' highly-rated midfielder Fernando Gago to sign with the Spanish giants.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock picks 400th victim
Cricket South Africa (CSA) will honour Shaun Pollock for his feat of taking 400 Test wickets with a special ceremony during next week's second Test against India at the all-rounder's home pitch at Kingsmead
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya to challenge BCCI ban
Claiming that he has become a victim of conspiracy, Jagmohan Dalmiya Saturday vowed to challenge in a court of law the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
 arrow Cricket: Press redefines the 'Ashes'
"Appalling Shameful Horrific England Shambles" -- that was how Britain's biggest-selling Sunday paper spelt out its view of the performance which has put England all but out of the Ashes series.
 arrow Football: Braga ecstatic
Internacional coach Abel Braga said winning the Club World Cup final was the peak of a carpet-bagging career which has seen him at the helm of most big Brazilian clubs.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard takes the blame
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard refused to blame his players for their Club World Cup defeat, saying he should have prepared them better for the tournament.
 arrow Football: Gunners earn tough draw
Emmanuel Adebayor underlined his new-found significance to Arsenal by inspiring the comeback that earned his side a 2-2 draw with Portsmouth on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Schalke topple Bremen
Schalke 04 replaced Werder Bremen and moved three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Etienne move into third
St Etienne underlined their hopes of reviving their glory days when they eased past Valenciennes 3-0 on Saturday to move up to third in Ligue 1.
 arrow Football: Lehmann's WC note fetches million
The crib sheet used by Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to help him defy Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal penalty shootout fetched one million euros (1.3 million dollars) late on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld to replace Doll?
Struggling SV Hamburg are set to sack manager Thomas Doll and bring in former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld as his replacement, according to a report in the Hamburger Abendblatt.
 arrow Football: Iran ban to be lifted
World soccer's ruling body FIFA has decided to lift its international ban on Iran, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: No amateurs inClub WC: Blatter
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Sunday said he would work to throw amateur teams out of the Club World Cup after Auckland City's goalless showing here.
 arrow Football: Wenger in trouble again
Arsene Wenger could face a touchline ban from the English Football Association after being sent off at half-time in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Portsmouth.
 arrow Football: Barthez back with Nantes
World Cup winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has gone back on his decision to retire from football and has signed with French first division strugglers Nantes.
 arrow Football: Ljungberg on the sidelines
Freddie Ljungberg has been ruled out of Arsenal's Christmas programme after limping out of the Gunners' 2-2 draw with Portsmouth on Saturday with a hamstring problem.
Metropolitanarrow Ratify UN Convention
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded immediate ratification and implementation of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) that was adopted by UN
 arrow Five killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Narsingdi on Saturday and yesterday.
 arrow SQUARE Hospital starts journey
SQUARE Hospital was formally inaugurated on December 16, the historic Victory Day, with commitment to ensure international standard healthcare services in the country, says a press release.
 arrow Annan urges govts to ratify UN Convention
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday urged all the countries to sign and ratify the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families to provide rights
 arrow Kidnapped man rescued in C'nwabganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-5 in an operation rescued a kidnapped person and captured eight alleged kidnappers from Chapainawabganj town on Saturday.
 arrow 'No alternative to continued growth in industries'
Adviser for Industries Prof M Moinuddin Khan yesterday said there is no alternative to continued growth and increased productivity in the industrial sector for changing the socio-economic condition of
 arrow Bangla website on deprived children launched
Ichchey Media Group launched a Bangla website www.ichchey.org yesterday in order to let people know more about deprived children.
 arrow Australian scholarships to help build capacity: Foskett
The scholarships to Bangladeshi students each year by Australia will help Bangladesh build capacity in key areas like education, public health, water management, gender, public policy and diplomacy, said
 arrow Lawyers protest remarks about army
Lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday condemned and protested the remarks of foreign diplomats and ambassadors about Bangladesh army and internal politics.
 arrow Warrant of arrest against Inqilab editor, 2 reporters
A magistrate's court yesterday issued warrant of arrest against editor of daily Inqilab AMM Bahauddin and two reporters for failing to appear in a case despite repeated summons.
 arrow Try war criminals, collaborators
War criminals and collaborators of the liberation war should be brought to trial, said the audiences and panelists of Bangladesh Sanglap, a discussion organised by BBC Bangla Service yesterday.
 arrow 3 die after taking rectified spirit in Rajshahi
Three men died after taking poisonous rectified spirit at Baro Bongram area in the city on Saturday night.
 arrow 4 cops, among 16 injured in Moulvibazar clash
At least 16 people, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between police and auto-rickshaw drivers at Munshibazar in Rajnagar upazila on Saturday.
 arrow Adolescent girl found dead in Rajbari
An adolescent girl was found dead in a bamboo cluster in suburban College Para area yesterday. The dead was identified as Mukti, 14, a resident of New Colony of College Para.
 arrow President's Parade at BMA Wednesday
The President's Parade marking the commissioning of the gentlemen cadet of the 55th BMA Long Course and 26th BMA Special Course will be held at the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at Bhatiary in Chittagong
 arrow Newborn found dead in city
Police recovered the body of a newborn from a dustbin in Jatrabari area in the city yesterday.
 arrow BCCW executives
Shah Alamgir and Nurul Karim Zinnah has been elected as president and general secretary of the newly formed executive committee of Bangladesh Council for Child Welfare (BCCW) for 2007-2008 year, saysa
 arrow Tayeba Khatun
Tayeba Khatun, wife of Maulana ABM Shamsul Haque and mother of Ahmed Selim Raza, senior sub-editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), passed away due to a cardiac arrest at the Birdem Cardiac Centre
Nationalarrow AL in great trouble as weak partners stake strong claim
Smaller allies in the Awami League-led 14 party alliance have demanded 11 seats out of 33 in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur districts in the coming election, causing to raise eyebrows of local AL leaders.
 arrow Bright colours, good markets too at home and abroad
Kewatkhali Horticulture Center (KHC) here has opened up a new horizon for farmers. It has successfully grown some foreign flowers which have great export potential.
 arrow Outlaws realise toll from farmers, loot paddy
As Amon harvest has started, outlaws belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) are realising tolls including paddy from farmers in the name of 'assistance tax' in four upazilas in Chalan Beelareas
 arrow RU Sangskritik Jote protests Shibir vandalism
Several hundred cultural activists under the banner of Rajshahi University unit of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) staged three-hour sit-in demonstrations in front of the Teachers Students Culture Center
 arrow Freedom fighter journos honoured
Satkhira Press Club yesterday accorded a reception to four freedom fighter turned journalists, marking the Victory Day. They are Prof.
 arrow Domestic help involved
Domestic help Renu Begum had mixed sleeping pills with curry to abet the five murders committed last month at the house of Haji Rafiqul Islam at Charchertala village in Ashuganj upazila.
 arrow School boy beaten dead in land dispute
A school boy was beaten to death at Hatalia Badghat in Sadar upazila yesterday, allegedly in a land dispute. The victim was identified as Masud, 15, a student of class eight at Latif Municipal Seminary.
 arrow Flare test begins at Bibiyana
US Company Chevron started flare tests on gas wells drilled at the North Pad of Bibiyana gas field Saturday afternoon. located at the remote village of Nabiganj upazila under Habiganj district.
Point-Counterpointarrow When pets attack
After each revolution several thousand of these corrupt elements are executed in public and burnt and the story is over. They are not allowed to publish newspapers.
 arrow Without a vision people perish
The title of this article is taken from the Hebrew secular Old Testament book of Proverbs, from Chapter 29:18.
 arrow Kentucky fried globalization
For anyone who follows the American media's treatment of Asia, coverage of President Bush's recent whirlwind visit to Vietnam was bound to trigger a sense of deja vu.
 arrow Sustainability of caretaker concept
The concept of caretaker government is a unique innovation for holding not only a truly free and fair national election, but also for maintaining and promoting good governance in every sphere duringthe
Culturearrow In quest of liberty
In all his exhibits, Hashem Khan has painted and sketched on Victory Day with passion and zeal. He works with his brush and pen to create images on his favourite theme.
 arrow More honours for Abu Sayeed and 'Nirontor'
Shortly after winning a special jury award at the 37th edition of International Film Festival of India in Goa on December 3, Abu Sayeed's Nirontor was adjudged the best movie jointly with Angel's Fall,
 arrow Cultural programme at Bangla Academy
Victory Day was celebrated across Bangladesh with utmost festivity.
 arrow 'Rater Otithi' : A satire on corruption
Utpal Dutta wrote his play Rater Atithi some 46 years back. However, the work, set against the backdrop of social milieu of Kolkata, still ranks as a social satire on corruption.
Generalarrow 'Inaccurate prediction causes huge loss of lives'
Experts at a workshop yesterday said meteorologists are still uncertain about accurate predictions on future climate changes despite immense advancement of science and technology.
 arrow Ensure safe journey by water transports during Eid
Shipping adviser M Azizul Haq yesterday called upon all concerned to undertake all out measures to ensure safe and smooth journey by water transports during Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Victory Day celebrated in Maldives
The Bangladesh High Commission in Male on Saturday celebrated the Victory Day in a befitting manner.
 arrow Sonargaon to celebrate Christmas
Pan Pacific Sonargaon, the top hospitality property in the country, has drawn up attractive programmes to celebrate the Christmas and the New Year at its three food and beverage outlets, says a pressrelease.
Internationalarrow 'Nepali king ill-placed for a comeback'
Nepal's King Gyanendra has little or no chance of making a comeback following a decision by the government and Maoist rebels to suspend the monarchy, analysts and officials say.
 arrow 30 killed in Nato's anti-Taliban raid
A Nato-led airstrike in southern Afghanistan this week killed up to 30 Taliban fighters including two commanders, the governor of the troubled Kandahar province said Sunday.
 arrow Manmohan welcomes Musharraf proposal to settle Kashmir row
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has welcomed a proposal made earlier this month by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to settle the Kashmir dispute, an Indian official said Saturday.
 arrow India not threatened by Nepal peace deal
India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said yesterday his country was not threatened by the entry of Maoist rebels into Nepal's government following a peace deal.
 arrow Sadness, gratitude in Bhutan as king quits throne
The people of the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan greeted the announcement of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck's earlier-than-expected abdication on Sunday with sadness and gratitude for his long rule.
 arrow Baghdad kidnapping sows terror
The latest in a series of mass kidnappings spread terror in Baghdad yesterday as British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to support his embattled Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki.
 arrow Ahmadinejad allies fail to sweep Iran vote
Ultra-conservatives close to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have failed to sweep Iran's twin elections with embattled moderate forces recording a respectable performance, initial results showed yesterday.
 arrow You've been named Time's person of yr
Time magazine named 'You' as its person of the year Saturday, with a mirror cover designed to reflect the importance of user-generated Internet content as a driving force in the modern world.
 arrow 27 die in Pakistani wedding tent fire
A fire erupted in a wedding tent in eastern Pakistan, triggering a stampede and the collapse of a wall that killed 27 women and children, police said yesterday. The bride was among the dead.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Kofi Annan's concern
When UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urges the Bangladesh caretaker government (CG) to ensure level playing field for all and calls on the Bangladesh army to play a neutral role during election, it reflects
 arrow Editorial: Brickfield emissions-threat to ecology
Brickfield emissions have long been polluting the environment all over the country.
 arrow Election 2007: The question of level playing field
Given the fact that many issues are yet to be resolved to ensure a level playing field for the contestants for the upcoming election -- doubts abound as to the fate of the election itself.
 arrow An Indian viewpoint
Joi Bangla was the slogan that resounded in the streets of Dhaka and outside this month 35 years ago.Once again the same slogan reverberates all over.
 arrow A Pakistani viewpoint
Comparisons with Pakistan can be odious.
Letters to Editorarrow Vote for whom?
By the grace of the partisan Election Commission my and my family members' names have been left out of the voters' list for the next election.
 arrow Party fund raising
Report in newspaper on December 08, 2006 revealed Bangladesh Economic Society's General Secretary Dr.
 arrow Isn't it unbecoming of them?
I am surprised to see the destruction done by some lawyers at the premise of law.
 arrow Camouflaged identity
As an expatriate living in Canada we all know about the Oct 28 incident (reportedly instigated by the killing of an AL activist by the student wing of the anti-liberation Jamaat).
 arrow GrameenPhone's logo
GrameenPhone's new logo resembles a screw ... a propeller screw.
 arrow Maze of history?
History is usually the stunning story about a few.
 arrow Election Commission's advertisement
Bangladesh Election Commission published an advertisement for the scrutiny and correction of the current voter list in different dailies recently. I humbly draw attention to a shortcoming of the advertisement.
 arrow For what change?
It's in reference to the article "For a true change" by Kazi S M Khasrul Alam Quddusi published in DS.
 arrow Deployment of troops
I hate filthy politics. My question to the people, politicians, media who are criticising Mr.
Star Cityarrow Independence Monument still stands sans tower
Construction of the Independence Monument (Swadhinata Stambha) that began eight years ago still lies in limbo.
 arrow Living near the political hot spots
Office goers, businessmen and residents living near the crucial political spots like Hawa Bhaban, Shudha Shadan, Purana Paltan, Bangabandhu Avenue, road-32 in Dhanmondi have been feeling extremely aggrieved
 arrow Shopping on the rail tracks...
Numerous shops at Malibagh kitchen market, one of the largest kitchen markets in the city have been running their businesses on the rail tracks, illegally occupying lands owned by the railway department.
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