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Front Pagearrow Advisers tell Zakaria to go on leave, spare Modabbir
The advisory council of caretaker government requested Election Commissioner SM Zakaria yesterday to go on leave of absence while at its request the Election Commission (EC) rescheduled the polls timetable
 arrow 9 top PDB officials sued for graft
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against nine Power Development Board (PDB) officials, including one of its former chairmen, involved in the construction of the Tongi 80 megawatt
 arrow Latest proposal of advisers rejected
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition, Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) yesterday rejected the fresh proposals of the advisers to the caretaker
 arrow Gas sale deal with Niko approved after 2 years
After two years of delay and disagreements, the government yesterday approved the gas sales purchase agreement (GPSA) with Canadian company Niko Resources for purchase of gas from the Feni marginal field,
 arrow Port performance dips for underuse of cranes
The capacity of the four sophisticated gantry cranes installed at the Chittagong Container Terminals (CCT) is being underused as they remain idle for most of the time due to weak back up services andnon-cooperation
 arrow Iajuddin 'key obstacle' to fair polls
Leaders of Awami League (AL) and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in separate meetings with the European Union (EU) election observation team yesterday described President Iajuddin Ahmed as the 'key obstacle'
 arrow Western envoys meet BNP leaders, advocate all-party participation in polls
Diplomats from several Western countries and representatives of UNDP and other donor agencies met BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday and once again raised voices for holding a free and
 arrow Roushan talks with Khaleda
A group of Jatiya Party (JP) leaders led by its Presidium Member Roushan Ershad met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night and expressed their solidarity with the BNP-led four-party alliance.
 arrow Right to pick honest candidate at stake
Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan) yesterday said people's right to choose an honest and credible candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections will be hampered since they will not be able to know
 arrow Bar parties with less than 2.5pc votes from next polls: Ex-CEC
Political parties bagging less than 2.
 arrow 9 accused in Barisal case acquitted
Barisal Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday acquitted all of the nine accused in one of the 12 cases lodged in connection with series bomb blasts at 18 places of Barisal city on August 17, 2005.
 arrow Struggle to receive...

 arrow 5,000 more Rohingyas drafted in voter list
Around five thousand more Rohingya refugees have been included in the 'corrected' voter list in six upazilas of the district while thousands of eligible voters have not been enrolled or excluded fromthe
 arrow 14-party, JP enforce hartal today
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine and Jatiya Party (Ershad) enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country today as part of their joint movement to resist any one-sided election.
 arrow Rajuk starts re-demarcation of walkway by Gulshan Lake
Rajuk, the city development authority, commenced the re-demarcation of its walkway area yesterday, incorporating a large stretch of the Gulshan Lake at the end of road-103.
 arrow 3 cattle lifters beaten to death in Ctg
A mob beat three cattle lifters to death and injured one at Syedpur in Sitakunda upazila during early hours yesterday.
 arrow Nuisance for all...

 arrow Khaleda accuses AL of grabbing Hindu property
Urging the Hindu community to vote for BNP-led four-party alliance in the coming election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the Hindus should come out of the fold of Awami League (AL).
 arrow Cop's murder linked with his investigations
Police are yet to arrest the criminals involved with Tuesday night's murder of Sub-Inspector (SI) Mizanur Rahman of Gulshan Police Station and believe that the murder may have links with the investigations
 arrow Accused lawyers furnish bail bonds
Eminent lawyers Barrister M Amir- Ul Islam and Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud and six others accused in two sedition cases furnished bail bonds to the Additional District Magistrate's (ADM) Court, Dhaka,
 arrow Arrestee admits to dumping jeweller's body
An arrestee in the jewellery trader Turya Ghosh Roni murder case yesterday confessed to a magistrate that he, along with four others, took part in the dumping of the trader's dismembered body at Rampura
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Hijaldi border in Kalaroa upazila early yesterday morning.
 arrow Outlaw leader killed in Rab 'shootout'
A regional leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Lal Pataka faction was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Debipur village under Gangni upazila in Meherpur
 arrow Bush may increase Iraq troops
Robert Gates made his first visit to Baghdad as US defence secretary yesterday to chart a fresh strategy in a war President George W. Bush has now said America is not winning.
 arrow 50 Taliban men killed in raid
Nato-led and Afghan forces have killed around 50 Taliban insurgents in a fresh anti-militant sweep in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said yesterday.
Businessarrow 22.7pc rise in Jul-Oct
Although the exports earning marked a 22.70 percent rise during the July-October period of the current fiscal as it reached $3.34billion, it slowed down from the 31.49 percent growth in September.
 arrow US asks India to adopt bold reforms
The United States asked India on Tuesday to adopt sweeping reforms, including lifting ownership caps and reducing high tariff rates, to draw foreign investments and fuel rapid growth in the world's second
 arrow Foreign ownership property rules relaxed in KL
Malaysia on Wednesday said it will allow foreign nationals to buy residential properties worth more than 250,000 ringgit (71,429 dollars) without approval in order to attract investors.
 arrow Improve productivity of RMG to sustain competitiveness
Bangladesh's garments sector should improve its productivity to sustain in the competitive world market, said Nick Taylor, the first secretary at the European Commission (EC) in Dhaka.
 arrow 4.5 lakh applicants for Brac Bank IPO
Brac Bank Limited held its lottery of applications submitted against the bank's initial public offerings (IPO) at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bush backs embattled WTO round
US President George W. Bush offered his renewed backing Wednesday for the World Trade Organization's embattled efforts to free up global commerce.
 arrow Transcom Beverage launches lemon taste soft drink Teem
Transcom Beverage Ltd, the exclusive franchise for Bangladesh from Pepsico USA, introduced a new lemon taste soft drink named 'Teem' in the local market yesterday.
 arrow Banglalink launches enterprise package
Banglalink, one of the fast growing mobile phone operators in the country, has recently launched 'banglalink enterprise', a complete telecom solution for businesses.
 arrow HSBC donates Tk 2.93 lakh to School of Hope
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) in Bangladesh has recently donated Tk 293,000 to School of Hope, an educational institute for the underprivileged children of Gulshan and Badda
 arrow Oil steady over $63
Oil prices held above $63 on Wednesday ahead of data expected to show a fall in U.S. crude stocks, adding to perception that high inventory levels that hit prices in the third quarter have been reversed.
 arrow Arcelor Mittal steps up consolidation drive
Arcelor Mittal, the world's leading steel maker, signalled its intention to pursue global steel sector consolidation Wednesday, as it annonced plans to acquire a Mexican producer and was reported to be
 arrow YouTube pledges to protect copyrights in Japan
Popular video-sharing website YouTube has agreed to take measures against copyright infringement in Japan but an industry group here said Wednesday it was not entirely satisfied.
 arrow Tata Motors announces joint venture with Thai firm Thonburi
India's biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors has entered into a joint venture with a Thailand-based assembler of automobiles Thonburi to manufacture, assemble and market pick-up trucks.
 arrow US, Panama reach trade deal
The US government said Tuesday it had virtually wrapped up a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Panama in what should be a major boost to bilateral commerce before the Panama Canal is expanded.
 arrow Citigroup senior official in Dhaka
Margaret Dawson, managing director & head of Securities and Fund Services in Citigroup Asia Pacific Region, is in Dhaka now on a 3-day visit, says a press release.
 arrow Fears of regional financial crisis recede
Asian stocks recovered from sharp falls Wednesday after Thailand's military government backed down on imposing harsh currency controls which saw Bangkok shares lose a massive 15 percent.
 arrow 'Euro is being scapegoated for economic problems'
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said Wednesday that the euro was being unjustly used as a scapegoat for economic problems in Europe.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tamim starts the party
If Twenty20 cricket is all about hitting the ball as hard as you can, then this slam-bang version of the game got off to a searing start this season with opener Tamim Iqbal smashing a superb 67, powering
 arrow Football: Abahani's happy hunting
Having built a strong football team, Abahani officials hoped that the club's trophy drought for the last five seasons would end this year.
 arrow Cricket: DCS: Cricket's hell on earth!
Paceman Nazmul Hossain was lucky enough not to receive severe injury on the face while fielding during the Twenty20 match between Old DOHS and Partex at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium (DCS) yesterday.
 arrow Football: Sumon first enrolled as a pro
Mosabbir Ahmed Sumon became the historic first footballer to be registered as a professional in the country yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ball to stop spinning
Australian spin king Shane Warne is set to announce that he will retire from international cricket at the end of the current Ashes series, Australian media reported Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Asian nations want Pawar as ICC boss
The powerful Asian bloc in world cricket will nominate Sharad Pawar of India for the presidency of the sport's governing body, a top official said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Tributes flow for Warne
Leading cricketers from Australia and English have spoken of their admiration for Shane Warne as retirement looms for Test cricket's leading wicket-taker.
 arrow Cricket: Press writes off Freddie
Andrew Flintoff's future as England captain was questioned by British media on Tuesday following his side's humbling Ashes defeat in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Greg credits seniors
The turnaround for India on the tour to South Africa began with the senior players forming a core group and initiating a process that involved carving up responsibilities -- including mentoring juniors
 arrow Football: L'pool-Arsenal tie postponed
Liverpool's League Cup quarter-final at home to Arsenal on Tuesday has been postponed because of heavy fog, referee Martin Atkinson ruled.
 arrow Football: Money talks...
If it was not Roman Abra-movich spending 30 million pounds on a 30-year-old (Andriy Shevchenko), it was Ashley Cole flouncing out of Arsenal in a hissy fit over their 'disrespectful' offer of a new contract
 arrow Football: Valencia down Mallorca
Valencia, Spanish champions twice in the last five years, notched up their third consecutive victory with an emphatic 3-1 win over a lacklustre Real Mallorca on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'United offer too good'
Henrik Larsson has admitted the prospect of joining Manchester United at a crucial stage of the season was too good a chance to turn down.
 arrow Football: Sunrise clinch soccer trophy in India
Dhaka first division football side Sunrise Krira Chakra lifted the Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup defeating BSF (Border Security Force) of India in the tiebreakers on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag, Jaffer under fire
India selectors have revealed they may make changes to the opening batting slots for the second Test against South Africa in Durban on December 26.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP, Nilphamari in semifinals
The semifinal line-ups of the National Cricket Championship were completed with Nilphamari and BKSP booking their places in the last four yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Steely Sourav delights Dilip
Selection Committee chairman Dilip Vengsarkar was happy to see that Sourav Ganguly was not "bounced out" as was expected ahead of the Wanderers Test last week.
 arrow Football: Jose says sorry
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho apologised on Wednesday for comments he made about Everton striker Andy Johnson at the weekend when he accused the England international of diving.
 arrow Football: Colombia make 2014 WC bid
Brazil and Colombia have made preliminary bids to host the World Cup in 2014, FIFA said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Gago offered to Milan, Barca
Boca Juniors president Mauricio Macri has offered his talented young midfielder Fernando Gago to Barcelona and AC Milan after failing to reach agreement with Real Madrid, the Spanish media reported on
 arrow Football: Saha extends Man Utd contract
France striker Louis Saha has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until 2010, the club said on Wednesday. Saha, 28, joined United from Fulham in January 2004 for 12.
 arrow Football: Big guns cruise
High-flying Bundesliga sides VfB Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin eased into the quarterfinals of the German cup with both sides winning by three clear goals against VfL Bochum and VfL Osnabruck respectively
 arrow Football: Asian Cup draw held
Debutants Australia were pitted Tuesday alongside Asian Games runners-up Iraq while defending champions Japan were drawn with Asiad winners Qatar in next year's Asian Cup finals.
 arrow Football: It's been a Lyon year
While the unstoppable Lyon continue to march through the French record books it was a disastrous year for two of France's other big guns during 2006.
 arrow Football: Bennie happy with justice
Benni McCarthy has praised UEFA for dishing out a five-match ban to Wisla Krakow's Nikola Mijailovic, the Serbian defender who was found guilty of racially abusing him during a UEFA Cup match in October.
 arrow Football: Bayern firm on Hargreaves
Bayern Munich have emphasised that their England international midfielder Owen Hargreaves will not be joining Manchester United or anyone else in the winter break, saying they need him to challenge for
 arrow Football: Injury woe for Dos Santos
Bayern Munich's Paraguayan international Julio dos Santos has suffered a setback with a serious leg injury sidelining him for ten weeks just after his loan move to VfL Wolfsburg was agreed.
 arrow Football: Everton get Brazilian star
Brazilian midfielder Anderson Silva de Franca has finally been cleared to play for Everton after obtaining a Spanish passport.
 arrow Football: Referee admits Old Firm mistake
Referee Kenny Clark on Tuesday admitted he made an incorrect decision in not awarding a penalty to Celtic during their weekend match at Rangers.
 arrow Football: Miyamoto signs for Salzburg
Former Japan defender Tsuneyasu Miyamoto has agreed to play for Austrian first division outfit FC Salzburg, his current club, J-League's Gamba Osaka, said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Japan expect tough road
Japan expect a tough road to win the Asian Cup for a record fourth time after the defending champions were drawn against Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
Metropolitanarrow Political greed tears apart fabric of the nation
UN Resident Coordinator Renata Dessallien yesterday urged the president/ chief adviser and the election officials to ensure a level-playing field for all the political parties so that they can contest
 arrow CA plunges nation into crisis
The forthcoming elections are of critical importance for the nation as it would determine whether democracy and the rule of law would prevail, enabling the secular forces to check the growth of extremism.
 arrow Uncertainty looms over DU convocation
The 43rd convocation of Dhaka University (DU) has become uncertain as different student organisations have been continuing their strike since November 19 and vowed to resist holding of the ceremony.
 arrow Political commitment a must to stop child trafficking
Speakers at a children convention yesterday underscored the need for political commitment to stop trafficking in children. They also demanded rehabilitation of the victims of trafficking.
 arrow 'Address issues of masculinities for a gender-neutral society'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday noted that it is imperative to address the issues of masculinities in order to form a gender-neutral society.
 arrow Shantu Larma meets Jalil over issue of indigenous candidates
President of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma alias Shantu Larma yesterday discussed with Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil the issue of nominating
 arrow Jute workers call blockade on Sunday
Pat, Suta-Bastrakal Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad, a platform of workers and employees working at country's jute and textile mills, would enforce a dawn-to-dusk blockade on Sunday and go for indefinite
 arrow Smuggled clothes worth Tk 4 cr seized, nine Indians held
Coastguard members arrested nine alleged Indian smugglers and recovered clothes worth Tk 4 crore on Shibchar River near Sundarban area early yesterday.
 arrow DU student dies in Chandpur road accident
A Dhaka University (DU) student died in a road accident at Chandina, Chandpur on December 18, says a press release.
 arrow Body to probe RU incident
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities on Tuesday midnight formed a four-member probe committee to investigate the incident of defilement of the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at TaposhyRabeya
 arrow Camp on breast cancer begins
With a view to raising awareness among women about breast cancer and hypertension, Bangladesh Mahila Samity is organising a month-long free medical camp that began at Dr Azmal Hospital Limited auditorium
 arrow Misbahuddin Khan passes away
Misbahuddin Khan, former Awami League lawmaker and father of Prof Muntasir Mamun, passed away due to a cardiac arrest on December 19 at United Hospital in the city at the age of 78, says a press release.
 arrow Beheaded body recovered
Police recovered a beheaded body of a youth from Dakkhinkhan in the city yesterday.
 arrow Non-govt teachers demand salary, bonus
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) in a statement yesterday urged the government to disburse the fund for the salary and festival bonus of non-government high school and college teachersand
 arrow FFs hail Ershad's move to join 14-party
Twenty-four former district commanders of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad in a statement greeted Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday for joining AL-led 14-party combine.
Nationalarrow Alliance with JP to sweeppolls in greater Rangpur
Most of the leaders of 14- party alliance in northern districts hailed Jatiya Party's joining the 'grand alliance' led by Awami League.
 arrow 18 BNP, Jamaat men submit nomination forms in 4 dists
Eighteen leaders of BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami submitted nomination papers to returning officers in Khulna, Gaibandha, Satkhira and Dinajpur yesterday to contest in the coming election.
 arrow Hartal observed in Bagmara
A dawn to dusk hartal, called by Awami League-led 14-party combine, was observed in Bagmara yesterday.
 arrow Shibir vandalises RU Udichi centre
Islami Chhtra Shibir activists vandalised Udichi rehearsal room at Mamtajuddin Arts Building on Rajshahi University campus and damaged instruments, display boards and posters there yesterday evening.
 arrow Hunger strike by supporters for nomination
About 200 supporters of BNP leader and Srimongal Municipality Chairman Md Ahad Mian continued heir hunger strike for three days till yesterday demanding nomination for him from Moulvibazar 4 (Srimongal
Point-Counterpointarrow A presidential ordinance for fair election
For the greater interest of the nation, and to overcome the present crisis of trust in the electoral arrangement we, the general people, can only hope that the president and the caretaker government will
 arrow Exploitation of domestic workers
Sheuli Khatun (40), an experienced nakshi-kantha maker of Bhatai Bazar of Shailokupa in Jhenidah district, gets Tk 1,500 for stitching a kantha. She takes, on an average, a month to complete a nakshi-kantha.
 arrow Annan's farewell swipe
The last few days of Kofi Annan's long stint as the seventh secretary general of the United Nations have seen an unprecedented, frantic war of words between him and the Bush administration.
 arrow Losing the war, as well as the battle
It's relatively easy these days to point out all the ways in which George W. Bush has been ill-informed, misguided and wrong about Iraq.
Culturearrow Replete with optimism
Dhaka Art Circle's (DAC) ongoing impressive painting exhibit at Shilpangan showcases 12 contemporary artists of remarkable talent and prowess.
 arrow Uday Shankar: A legacy of dance
The dance maestro, legendary Uday Shankar, is a rare jewel in the sub-continent. He was the first Bengali to introduce Indian classical dance to the western world.
 arrow Cultural programme in Dinajpur
A two-day long cultural programme to observe the 35th Victory Day ended in Dinajpur amidst festivity.
 arrow Mymensingh hums with activity
Marking the Victory Day, Bangladesh Photo Journalist Association (BPJA), Mymensingh unit held a three-day photography exhibition at the local Town Hall premises.
Generalarrow 3 killed in Savar road crash
Three unidentified passengers were killed and 35 others injured as a bus crashed into a tree at Dhamrai yesterday.
 arrow 'Tara Festival of Bengal' in Delhi from Dec 23
With a view to showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh and West Bengal, Tara TV Network, an Indian satellite Bangla channel, is going to organise 'Tara Festival of Bengal' in Delhi from December
 arrow Concert postponed
The Christmas Holiday Concert scheduled for December 21 at Canadian Indian School has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
Internationalarrow No headway as US, N Koreahold another round of talks
United States held another round of direct talks with North Korea here yesterday but the intense efforts to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arms made little headway, delegates said.
 arrow US Iraq war costs likely to top $110b this fiscal
US costs to support the Iraq war are likely to top 110 billion dollars in the current fiscal year, White House budget director Rob Portman said Tuesday.
 arrow Gates makes surprise visit to Baghdad
New US Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday to consult with US military commanders and Iraqi leaders, just two days after being sworn in.
 arrow With nuclear deal sealed, USasks India for bold reforms
The United States asked India on Tuesday to adopt sweeping reforms, including lifting ownership caps and reducing high tariff rates, to draw foreign investments and fuel rapid growth in the world's second
 arrow Magnetism mystery of Mercury explained
A German scientist believes he has resolved a three-decade mystery about why Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, has such a weak magnetic field.
 arrow Manmohan welcomes Pak ideas for peace
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said India and Pakistan should put their bitter past behind them and work towards peace and prosperity.
 arrow Rock concert stampede kills 10 in Indonesia
Ten people, mostly teenagers, were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a packed music concert in Indonesia's Central Java province, hospital workers and reports said yesterday.
 arrow Zawahiri says only jihad will liberate Palestine
Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a new video aired yesterday that only jihad, not elections, can bring about the liberation of occupied Palestinian territory.
Editorialarrow Editorial: After the rallies
With the two major political parties holding mammoth public meetings in the city, it is evident that both sides enjoy great popularity.
 arrow Editorial: Welcome Prof Yunus
Prof Muhammad Yunus returned home on Tuesday with the world's most prestigious award, the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow We are under threat of sorts
I chose the title of the article deliberately. It was not to sound alarmist by suggesting that we are under threat of physical aggression.
 arrow Trouble at the top
The nation now is in the grip of very serious problems and, undoubtedly, we need serious people to solve them. There is, however, sadly, a preponderance of preposterous actions.
 arrow Cyprus, Turkey and the EU
At a summit meeting held on December 14, the European Union (EU) endorsed an earlier decision of its foreign ministers to suspend talks on 8 of the 35 chapters under negotiation with Turkey for its possible
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