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Front Pagearrow No polls under present timetable, says Hasina
The grand electoral alliance led by Awami League (AL) yesterday announced that they will boycott and resist any election under the current poll schedule since in their view prerequisites for a free and
 arrow Govt borrowing spirals upward
Government borrowing from banks has shot up by a staggering 32 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year's same period due to low revenue income anda
 arrow Lack of voter list hampers DCs' poll preparation
Deputy commissioners (DCs), also returning officers for the upcoming general election in their districts, informed the Election Commission (EC) at a high-level meeting yesterday that their preparations
 arrow Field visits end, yet many left off list
The Election Commission's (EC) drive for correcting this year's updated voter list ended yesterday amid allegations of many eligible people's remaining out of the voter list while the field level EC staff
 arrow Political crisis to end soon
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the deputy commissioners (DCs), superintendent of police (SPs) and all concerned to take tough legal steps to maintain law and order for a peaceful
 arrow 14-party, Ershad, B Chy form largest-ever alliance
In a significant political polarisation, the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition, Jatiya Party (Ershad), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and several other parties yesterday forged the largest ever
 arrow Ershad says he was tortured for speaking against 4-party 'graft'
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said he and his party have been subjected to constant threats and torture for speaking out against what he said was unbridled corruption of the BNP-led four-party
 arrow No election without EC reconstitution
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said no election could take place in the country without reconstituting the Election Commission (EC), correcting the voter roll
 arrow Guantanamo returnee put on remand
Police yesterday took Mobarak, who was detained at Guantanamo Bay for five years for his suspected al-Qaeda connection, on a three-day remand to learn if he has any militancy links in the land.
 arrow Army captain killed in CHT ambush
Armed members of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), an anti-peace accord group, ambushed an army team at Maichchhari in Rangamati Sunday evening killing the team's commander Captain Nurul Azam Gazi.
 arrow Advisory council meet ends without decision on package proposal
The meeting of the council of advisers yesterday ended without any specific decision regarding the implementation of the "package proposal," especially the reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC).
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 arrow 4-party yet to set strategy to face new alliance
The BNP-led four-party alliance leaders seem confused and have not yet decided what they would do, if the Awami League-led grand alliance, formed yesterday, boycotted the upcoming elections, sources said.
 arrow Mirza Khokon's wife 'shot', family denies
The wife of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Commissioner Mirza Khokon, brother of former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas, was reportedly shot at her house in South Shahjahanpur in thecapital
 arrow Khaleda urges all to take part in polls
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the people to participate in the upcoming general elections to protect democracy and the constitution.
 arrow Probe body submits report
The committee probing "secret" meetings of in-service government high-ups, including the recent one at Uttara, and the 1996 Janatar Mancha incident submitted its report to the establishment ministry yesterday.
 arrow On the middle...

 arrow Fatwa victim girl saved from caning
Human rights organisations and law enforcement agencies in Sunamganj yesterday saved a girl from being caned after a teacher of a local madrasa gave a fatwa against her.
 arrow 7 killed in Sirajganj road crash
At least seven people were killed and six others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Dinajpur highway at Kalibari Bhadraghat of Kamarkhanda upazila in Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow 3 muggers die in mob beating
Three alleged muggers were killed by a mob at Batajur in Bhaluka upazila yesterday morning. Two of them were identified as Jahangir Alam Raju, 25, and Shaheed, 25.
 arrow Grameen Bank reception to Yunus today
Grameen Bank will accord a grand reception to the Nobel Peace Prize 2006 laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus today on his return after receiving the prestigious award in Oslo.
 arrow One-third polling centres in North marked as risky
The police administration identified 3,061 high-risk polling centres out of a total 8,105 in 72 constituencies of 16 northern districts.
 arrow Barrister Rokan joins AL
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday formally joined the Awami League (AL) handing over a floral bouquet to party chief Sheikh Hasina during a grand rally in the historic Paltan Maidan (ground).
 arrow N Korea spells out demands for scrapping nukes
North Korea set out sweeping demands yesterday for scrapping its nuclear arms and the United States warned that its patience was running out -- an inauspicious start to six-party talks after a year-long
 arrow Bush signs nuke deal with India
President George W Bush yesterday signed into law a nuclear deal with India in a major step toward allowing New Delhi to buy US reactors and fuel for the first time in 30 years.
 arrow Quake in Indonesia kills 7, injures 100
A moderate earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 100 early Monday, spreading panic across a large swath of the Indonesian island worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, witnesses and officials
Businessarrow Unrealised revenues of customs houses hit Tk1,661cr
The amount of unrealised revenues of the Customs Department of National Board of Revenue (NBR) reached Tk 1,661crore because of writ petitions filed by taxpayers in the last 13 years.
 arrow Indian PM questions subsidies given by West in WTO
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday questioned the subsidies given by the West in WTO regime to the detriment of developing countries and said the approach of developed nations in managingglobal
 arrow SEC issues show-cause notice on Southeast Bank high-ups
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has served a show-cause and hearing notice on the directors, managing director and company secretary of Southeast Bank Ltd for violation of securities rules.
 arrow Indian economy facing five hurdles: Manmohan
The Indian economy faces five key hurdles to double-digit growth, including an ailing rural economy and inadequate public services, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying Monday.
 arrow Iran seeks to replace dollar with euro
Iran announced Monday it would replace the dollar with the euro in foreign transactions and state-held foreign assets, in an apparent response to mounting US pressure on its banking system.
 arrow Citigroup wins final nod for China bank deal
A consortium led by Citigroup Inc has won final regulatory approval for its $3.1 billion purchase of 85.
 arrow Thailand limits currency exchange
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) on Monday made a major intervention to curb the soaring Thai baht, setting a reserve requirement on short-term capital inflows.
 arrow Toyota to be world's top carmaker in 2007
Toyota Motor Corp is expected to replace struggling US auto giant General Motors Corp. as the world's largest automaker next year amid plans to boost global output, a report said Monday.
 arrow New CEO of Kafco
Muhammad Qaiser Jamal has recently been appointed the chief executive officer of Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company (Kafco) Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow Oil holds above $63
Oil held steady above $63 on Monday, as a dense fog delayed U.S. crude shipments and traders factored in Opec's plan to further cut output. U.S. crude traded one cent up at $63.
 arrow Japan, ROK resume trade talks
Japan and South Korea on Monday resumed economic talks for the first time in two years but made no immediate breakthrough in the deadlock on free-trade negotiations, officials said.
 arrow Volkswagen to begin production in India in 2007
Audi, the luxury car arm of European auto giant Volkswagen, said Monday that it planned to start production in India next year.
 arrow Banks to remain open Dec 30
Bangladesh bank has asked all the scheduled banks to remain open on December 30 to facilitate people for transaction.
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Sportsarrow Cricket: Clubs enter Twenty20 era
Before going into the main battle of the Premier Cricket League, the Dhaka clubs will get a chance to warm-up when they lock horns in the Twenty20 tournament starting tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: India post historic win
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble took three wickets as India completed a historic triumph by beating South Africa by 123 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at the Wanderers on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe's tour ends in relief
The Zimbabweans will return home with some solace after at least avoiding defeat in one match when their second string side batted to a draw in the four-day match against their Bangladesh counterparts
 arrow Cricket: Special moment: Dravid
The Indian team Monday celebrated what captain Rahul Dravid described as a "special moment" in the country's cricket history after beating South Africa by 123 runs on the fourth day of the first Testagainst
 arrow Cricket: Quarterfinals from today
The quarterfinal stage of the National Cricket Championship will begin today at different city venues.
 arrow Cricket: Murali makes SL smile
A superb spell of spin bowling by Muttiah Muralidaran secured a comprehensive 217-run win for Sri Lanka over New Zealand in the second cricket Test here Monday to level the series 1-1.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav sets sight on WC
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said Sunday he believed he was good enough to play in next year's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Hail Hussey's meteoric rise
He was a controversial onlooker as Australia handed over the urn in 2005, but Mike Hussey capped a remarkable introduction to Ashes cricket when he was named man-of-the-match in the series clinching third
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff beaten but not bowed
The Ashes are gone but England captain Andrew Flintoff said his side would be out to regain lost pride in the last two Tests of the series.
 arrow Cricket: Boje slams selection policy
Nicky Boje, who announced his retirement from international cricket earlier in the week, has slammed South Africa's selection policies, and expressed fears that there could be something of an exodus once
 arrow Cricket: Aussies regain the Ashes
Australia regained the Ashes when they won the third cricket Test against England by 206 runs at the WACA Ground here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: England defeat inspired 'em
Ricky Ponting said on Monday that meticulous planning and more support for the players had been the major reason Australia had regained the Ashes after just three Tests.
 arrow Cricket: Melbourne awaits Shane's magnum opus
Shane Warne will get the chance to become the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 700 wickets, in the Boxing Day Test against England on his home pitch in Melbourne.
 arrow Football: Inter juggernaut rolls on
Inter Milan notched up their ninth successive win with a 2-0 defeat of Messina at the San Siro on Sunday to tighten their grip on Serie A.
 arrow Football: Sevilla grab top spot
Spanish league title contenders Sevilla added to the pain of Barcelona's World Club Cup final defeat on Sunday by knocking them off top spot with a 3-1 defeat of local rivals Recreativo Huelva.
 arrow Cricket: ECB to review Fletcher's role after WC
Duncan Fletcher's position as England coach will be reviewed after next year's World Cup following the loss of the Ashes, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif in provisional squad
Pakistan Monday recalled Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif for the preliminary 25-man squad for next month's tour of South Africa despite uncertainty over their doping cases.
 arrow Football: Cannavaro wins FIFA award?
Italy's World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is set to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year, reported Spanish radio station Cadena SER on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hammers blow for United
West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker put a dent in Manchester United's title challenge as his second-half strike earned a shock 1-0 win against the Premiership leaders on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho salutes players
Jose Mourinho insisted his players have the character to win the Premiership for the third successive season after Chelsea's stunning 3-2 victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bremen 'winter champions'
A late goal from Brazilian defender Naldo helped Werder Bremen secure top spot in the Bundesliga ahead of the six-week winter break following a a 2-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juninho brace fires Lyon
Lyon clinically snuffed out Lens' hopes of causing a French league upset with four unanswered goals which handed their hosts a first home defeat of the season Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mannschaft named team of the year
Germany's soccer team, who finished an unexpected third at the World Cup, were voted German team of the year on Sunday by the nation's sportswriters.
 arrow Football: Eriksson in line for Marseille
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson could take over as coach at French giants Marseille in the New Year, British newspapers reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: The third best club in the world
Tens of thousands of Egyptians were preparing to give a heroes' welcome to Ahly players, after the African champions clinched third place in the Club World Cup in Japan.
 arrow Football: Barca will rebound: Rijkaard
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said the European champions would bounce back from their bruising Club World Cup defeat.
 arrow Football: Zambrotta out for a month
Barcelona's Italian international fullback Gianluca Zambrotta will be out of action for around a month after tearing a muscle in his left leg, the Primera Liga side said on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Gender equality brings 'double dividend' to women, children
Women themselves are the most important catalyst for change and men can play a vital role in eliminating discrimination against women, reducing poverty and ensuring their empowerment, said a Unicef report
 arrow 'Recast process to ensure rights of migrant workers'
International Migrants Day was observed yesterday with a call to recast the whole migration process in a bid to reap more benefits and ensure the rights of migrant workers.
 arrow Election in 90 days a must to avoid constitutional crisis
The next general election must be held within 90 days of the caretaker government in order to safeguard the national flag and map, said speakers at a dialogue in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2m euros to fight human trafficking
The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement yesterday to contribute two million euros (equivalent to Tk 15.
 arrow Study links bird's brain cells to singing
Formation of brain cells in male birds is different than in female birds, which makes it possible for the male birds to sing, according to a scientific research by Timothy DeVooged, a professor of Cornell
 arrow Ershad appeals to SC for stay order
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court seeking a stay order on the High Court verdict that sentenced him to two-year imprisonment in a graft case.
 arrow Aug 17 blast accused Shah Alam arrested in B'baria
Md Shah Alam, a prime accused in August 17 bomb blast case in Brahmanbaria, was arrested at Shimrail Kandi on Sunday night.
 arrow Prospective voters stage demonstration
A group of agitated people from city's ward no-13 (Pahartali) led by its Commissioner Md Hossain Hiron staged a demonstration in front of the district election commission (DEC) office here at Jamal Khan
 arrow Shanir Akhara Sangram Parishad leader released after arrest
Mosleuddin Masud, a leader of the movement for uninterrupted supply of water and electricity in Shanir Akhara, was released on bail after the police arrested him yesterday on charge of involvement invarious
 arrow LDP blames BNP-Jamaat for manipulating elections
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday accused the BNP-Jamaat alliance of trying to capture power through manipulated elections to protect themselves from future prosecution
 arrow DAM, EC sign Tk 77cr deal
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has signed a contract with European Commission (EC) to contribute to the national programme in achieving UN MDG goals for Education for All Programme.
 arrow Lifer goes missing after jumping from ship
One of the three life-sentenced prisoners in a bid to flee away jumped into the river from the rocket steamer on Sunday night while the police escort who also jumped immediately to nab him was rescued
 arrow Victory Day celebrated in Sydney
The enduring lesson of the Victory Day is that Bangladesh can achieve anything when the people are united for that cause, says a press release.
 arrow Pro-BNP lawyers protest probe report on vandalism
About 300 pro-BNP lawyers yesterday condemned and protested the investigation report on the November 30 vandalism on the Supreme Court premises.
 arrow Khulna Girls' College student succumbs to burn injuries
A student of Khulna Govt. Pioneer Girls' College who tried to commit suicide by setting her on fire at the college hostel succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning.
 arrow BCL ransacks makeshift construction
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), yesterday allegedly vandalise and set fire to makeshift construction for holding the convocation of Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Prof Cravioto new executive director of ICDDR, B
Prof Alejandro Cravioto has been appointed executive director of ICDDR,B with effect from June 2007, says a press release. Prof Terence H Hull announced this on behalf of the Centre's Board of Trustees.
 arrow Cadet College Club executives
Major (Retd) M Taneem Hasan and Major (Retd) Imroze Ahmed were elected president and secretary general of Cadet College Club Limited for the year 2007 at its fourth annual general meeting on December15,
 arrow Rubel new jt secy of JP (Monju)
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Anwar Hossain Monju and General Secretary Sheikh Shahidul Islam selected Enamul Islam Rubel as Education and Student Affairs joint secretary of the party, says a press release.
 arrow Annual picnic
The annual picnic of the Siddheswari Boys High School (1967 batch) Old Students Association will be held in the Roads and Highways rest house compound near Nayarhat Bridge on December 22, Friday, says
Nationalarrow AL bid to please all may end in pleasing none
Possibility of joining of Ershd's Jatiya Party and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the proposed Awami League-led 'grand alliance' has posed a big challenge to AL in sharing seats in at least three out
 arrow RU authorities' pro-Shibir stance triggers protests
The Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) at Rajshahi University and students and cultural organisations yesterday protested the university authorities' decision allowing Islami Chhatra Shibir to hold cultural
 arrow RCC honours 250 freedom fighters
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) accorded a reception to 250 freedom fighters of Rajshahi Sunday night, marking the Victory Day.
Point-Counterpointarrow Time for economic leadership
The sudden, but brief call for the army to aid civil authority surprised many in the political circles, but not the people or the business community in general.
 arrow Winning hearts and minds
American occupation forces entered Iraq with the objective of winning the hearts and minds of Iraqi civilians. But they failed miserably due to the use of inappropriate strategies.
 arrow Where lies the remedy?
The country is at a critical stage. The prospect of holding a meaningful election by January 2007 is bleak. 45 valuable days, of the 90 days time limit for the election, have already passed.
 arrow Revenge of the Euro
The crowds mobbing New York's most famous toy store buzz in European accents this year. Inspired by the rise of the euro -- which shot up an additional 3 percent recently, to a 20-month high of $1.
Culturearrow History in images
Camera never lies and in that sense photography has become a major instrument in documenting history.
 arrow Programme to felicitate Atiqul Haque Chowdhury
Singing popular Tagore song Aguner poroshmoni chhoao praney, many cultural activists and cultural organisations greeted renowned TV playwright-director Atiqul Haque Chowdhury on his 75th birthday.
 arrow An evening of jazz with Wolfgang Haffner & Band
The German Club in Gulshan came alive recently. Together with the Goethe-Institut Dhaka, the club organised a concert, Globetrotter Jazz with Wolfgang Haffner & Band.
 arrow Victory Day observed by BAFA
Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA) organised a cultural evening to observe Victory Day. The programme was held at the Shishu Academy Auditorium on December 17. The event was divided in three sessions.
 arrow Tonatuni pays respects to war heroes
Tonatuni, a children's organisation, staged two musicals -- Cholo jai shobai tonatunir bari and Aha ki anondo akashey batashey -- at Rabindra Sarobar on December 16 to pay homage to theMartyrs
Generalarrow Decomposed body recovered in city
Police recovered a decomposed body of an unknown youth from Badda area in the city yesterday. The deceased aged about 30 was found floating in Noorer Chala Nawka Ghat area at 10: 30am.
 arrow Foreign liquor seized
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard in a drive seized smuggled foreign liquor worth over Tk 25 lakh from a boat at Karnaphuli estuary in the port city early yesterday.
Internationalarrow Blair meets Abbas as shaky truce holds
British Prime Minister Tony Blair met the moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday to lend him support after a shaky truce between Abbas's forces and the Hamas government took effect inthe
 arrow 'Tough talk ahead on US nuclear deal'
Tough negotiations with the United States still lie ahead over a landmark civil nuclear cooperation deal, India's prime minister said yesterday, promising the country's sovereignty would not be compromised.
 arrow Red Crescent stops work in Baghdad
Iraqi Red Crescent aid workers suspended work in war-torn Baghdad on Monday after two dozen of their colleagues fell victim to the latest mass kidnap to shock a city plagued by sectarian violence.
 arrow Castro unlikely to govern
Fidel Castro is not terminally ill and would make a public appearance shortly, but is unlikely to return to governing Cuba on a day-to-day basis, Cuban government officials told a visiting delegationof
 arrow Pre-emptive strikes if army tries to drive out Tigers: LTTE
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers warned the army yesterday they would resort to pre-emptive strikes if the military pushes ahead with a declared plan to drive them out of rebel-held territory in the island'svolatile
 arrow 10 die in fresh Afghan gunbattles
Nine Taliban rebels and an Afghan soldier were killed and 14 insurgents were captured in fresh fighting across insurgency-hit Afghanistan.
 arrow Israelis back in cleared West Bank settlement
Dozens of Jewish settlers returned under army escort to a former settlement in the occupied West Bank that was evacuated in 2005, witnesses and Palestinian security sources said yesterday.
 arrow S Korean team produces three cloned dogs
A team of South Korean scientists once led by disgraced stem-cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk said yesterday they had produced three cloned copies of a female Afghan hound.
 arrow Ex-Iraqi minister escapes from Baghdad jail
A former Iraqi cabinet minister who holds joint Iraqi-US nationality escaped from a Baghdad prison on Monday, just two months after he was jailed for corruption, a government official said.
 arrow British police arrest man over prostitute murders
British police arrested a 37-year-old man yesterday on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes, according to officers investigating one of the country's most dramatic serial killings of recent times.
 arrow Indian politician's son guilty of model murder
The son of an influential member of India's ruling Congress party was found guilty on Monday of murdering a model in 1999, in a retrial of a controversial case, which has transfixed the country.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Impact of climate change
It is disturbing to learn that we are still constrained by lack of accurate predications regarding climate change that would allow us to offset its adverse impacts.
 arrow Editorial: The curse of illegal fatwa
According to a press report, for a so-called 'fatwa' issued by a local mufti in a village in Sunamganj of Sylhet, a girl was to be caned until she bled.
 arrow A non-scientific survey
Much to the disappointment of many readers I must, once again, reiterate that I am in no way associated with Awami League. I have no friendly or familial relationship with any of their leaders or activists.
 arrow The flawed India-US nuclear deal
Few things have polarised Indian opinion as sharply as the India-US nuclear deal. To enable it, the US Congress has just passed the Henry J.
 arrow National Food Policy 2006
The immediate past BNP-led alliance government approved the National Food Policy (NFP)-2006 on August 1.
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