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Front Pagearrow Grand alliance finally goes to election
In a major policy shift, the Awami League (AL) led grand electoral alliance yesterday said that it will participate in the January 22 election as the Election Commission (EC) brought some changes in the
 arrow AL-bigots electoral deal stuns all
Awami League (AL) faces severe criticism from its 13 allies who yesterday said the party must scrap its Saturday's controversial deal with Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish (BKM) that shattered the promiseof
 arrow BNP leaders submit nomination papers amidst festivity
Many BNP leaders, including Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman, yesterday submitted nomination papers across the country amid festive mood although the party high-ups are facing deep trouble
 arrow AL struggles to share seats with partners
The Awami League (AL) could not finalise the constituencies it will share with its electoral alliance until 1:00am, making Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) upset.
 arrow BB sees 7.1pc GDP growth this fiscal
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday forecast an overwhelming 7.
 arrow Accord with Khelafat sparks widespread condemnation
The accord between Awami League (AL) and Khelafat Majlish sent shockwaves throughout the country yesterday as widespread condemnation of the agreement poured in.
 arrow Eminent citizens shocked
Eminent citizens yesterday expressed their utter surprise and disappointment on the much controversial deal between Awami League (AL) and Khelafat Majlish, which will allow alem (Islamic scholar) to give
 arrow Jute mill workers agitate for arrears
Jute mill workers in Khulna, Jessore and Narsingdi yesterday disrupted road and rail communications while demonstrating for realisation of their arrears and other demands.
 arrow Home ride for Eid gets 70pc costlier
Private road and river transport owners have declared 40 per cent to 70 per cent increase in the fare on different long distance routes including the Barisal-Dhaka-Barisal route for 10 rush days before
 arrow Zakaria's 42-day leave effective from Dec 21
Election Commissioner SM Zakaria took leave for 42 days effective from December 21, acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow BNP happy at 14-party poll decision
Welcoming the announcement by Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition that it will participate in the upcoming election, BNP Secretary General Abdul Manna Bhuiyan yesterday said they are very glad as
 arrow 5 leaders quit LDP over grand alliance with Ershad
Five leaders of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday resigned from the party protesting the formation of grand alliance with former dictator HM Ershad and practice of dynasty culture in the party.
 arrow Hasina sings 'secularism'
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all irrespective of their caste and creed to work for building a secular democratic Bangladesh.
 arrow Xmas today
The Christian community of Bangladesh celebrates Christmas today as elsewhere in the world in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
 arrow 30 injured in Shibir attack at CU
Armed Islami Chhatra Shibir activists at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday attacked and injured at least 30 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) and Bangladesh
 arrow Politics becomes 'if not with us, you're our enemy'
The politics of Bangladesh is going along the line of 'if you are not with us, you are our enemy,' former adviser to the current caretaker government CM Shafi Sami has observed.
 arrow Man 'commits suicide' in police custody
A leader of a criminal gang allegedly committed suicide while in police custody at Harinakunda Police Station in Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow 2 lakh tonnes of fertiliser to be imported for Boro season
The government yesterday decided to import two lakh tons of fertiliser on an emergency basis to ensure smooth supply during the next Boro season.
 arrow Top businesses hail AL decision to join polls
Top business leaders yesterday welcomed the Awami League-led grand alliance's decision to take part in the election saying it would benefit the country's economy.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshi nationals and seriously injured another in separate incidents of firing in Kushtia on Saturday night and Naogaon yesterday.
 arrow Iran refuses to cease uranium enrichment
Iran vowed yesterday to push forward efforts to enrich uranium and to change its relations with the international nuclear watchdog after the UN Security Council imposed sanctions designed to stop thecountry's
 arrow Faint hope for ME peace as Abbas, Olmert meet
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas sparked hope for the stalled Middle East peace process yesterday by meeting for the first time in six months, but observers warned
 arrow Tibet's interest lies being part of China
It was in the interest of Tibetans to be a part of China as the Asian country was an economic giant, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said yesterday.
 arrow Police records statement of Abbas' sis-in-law
A week into the incident, police yesterday recorded the statement of bullet hit Masuda -- who is the sister-in-law of former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas and wife of his brother Mirza
 arrow Tk 22cr goods gutted in Gazipur mill
A devastating fire gutted cotton and other valuables of a spinning factory in Sreepur upazila of the district early yesterday.
Businessarrow Better infrastructure at land borders to yield benefits: WB
Improvements in transportation, storage and administrative infrastructure at land borders would yield substantial benefits for Bangladesh and India in case of a pact on free trade, suggested a World Bank
 arrow IMF to quit Sri Lanka
The International Monetary Fund announced Sunday it was closing its office in Sri Lanka from next month as the embattled island no longer had a borrowing programme with them.
 arrow India must abandon laidback attitude: Manmohan
Indians must abandon their laidback attitude to improving efficiency and reducing red-tape so that Asia's fourth-largest economy can industrialise rapidly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday.
 arrow Mamun Rashid made MD of Citigroup
Citigroup Country Officer Bangladesh Mamun Rashid has recently been promoted to the post of managing director, says a press release.
 arrow State-run banks remain open today to do polls-related transactions
The central bank yesterday asked all state-run commercial and specialised banks to keep their branches open today (Monday) to perform election-related transactions.
 arrow BGMEA seeks simplified visa processing
BGMEA President S M Fazlul Hoque has urged the China embassy in Dhaka to simplify visa processing to facilitate the Bangladesh RMG makers and officials' visit to Hong Kong.
 arrow China mulls same tax rate for local, overseas firms
Chinese lawmakers on Sunday mulled a draft law that would impose a 25 percent income tax on both domestic and foreign firms, eliminating the preferential rate for overseas companies, state media said.
 arrow Major Asian currencies tend upwards against dollar
Major Asian currencies ended the past week mixed with an overall upward bias against the US dollar in thin and lacklustre pre-Christmas trading.
 arrow Organon Bangladesh now Nuvista Pharma
The name of Organon (Bangladesh) Ltd has been changed to Nuvista Pharma Ltd with effect from December 7, 2006.
 arrow ASA cuts service charges
Non-government development organisation ASA has reduced its service charges by 2 percent-2.50 percent with effect from January 1, 2007.
 arrow MIDAS Financing approves 10pc stock, 2pc cash dividends
MIDAS Financing Ltd has approved a 10 percent stock dividend and a 2 percent cash dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Growth in China economy set to slow
Growth in China's economy may slow next year due to macroeconomic controls which are curbing investment and exports, a government report said on December 22. The economy is likely to expand 9.
 arrow Japan's 2006, a year of growth
Japan's economy continued its revival in 2006 but the year was also marked by unease over social inequalities.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Aftab flays Abahani
Mohammedan Sporting Club won the sea-son's first pres-tige battle against tradi-tional rivals Abahani when they defended a small total to snatch a nine-run victory against their big-spending opponents
 arrow Football: BFF AGM tomorrow
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) executive committee is expected to present a few important propositions for approval to its councillors in tomorrow's annual general meeting.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha do it silently
While Abahani announced their presence loudly in this season's transfer scene, Muktijoddha quietly completed formalities to build the strongest team on paper for this year's Professional Football League.
 arrow Golf: Bangladesh golfers clinch Saarc men's crown
Bangladesh men's team emerged champions in the 8th Saarc Golf Championship which concluded in Lahore on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Tough draw for youth booters
Both the Bangladesh youth teams got tough draws in next year's qualifiers for the AFC Under- 16 and 19 championships.
 arrow Football: Two more for Arambagh
Arambagh registered two more footballers for the coming B.League -- the inaugural Professional Football League -- on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: KP brands Warne 'idiot'
Kevin Pietersen admitted he thought Shane Warne was an "arrogant Australian idiot of a cricketer" after the pair clashed during the first Brisbane Test of the ongoing Ashes series.
 arrow Cricket: 'Drug duo not cleared yet'
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) may be able to reinforce the ban against doping-tainted Pakistani pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, the country's anti-doping tribunal chief said on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Oldest stick earns $1.9 million!
The world's oldest ice hockey stick, a hickory shaft carved in the 1850s, sold for 1.9 million US dollars (2.2 million Canadian) here and will be displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers toil in heat
Munaf Patel picked up two wickets on his return from an ankle injury, but the Indian bowlers were made to toil on a hot and humid day at the Northwood Crusaders Ground as their two-day match against a
 arrow Cricket: Gambhir, Patel to return
Pace bowler Munaf Patel is set to win back his place in the Indian team for the second Test against South Africa in Durban on Tuesday after recovering from an ankle injury.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya sinking fast
At the working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, two more nails, perhaps the final ones, were drilled into the coffin of Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former president of the Indian
 arrow Cricket: Curran under fire
Zimbabwe's recent poor results have led to renewed calls for Kevin Curran, the coach, to be replaced and also for more effort to be made to entice leading players who have walked away from the national
 arrow Cricket: Aus plan fitting farewell
Australia go into the fourth Ashes Test beginning Tuesday seeking to remain on track for a series whitewash that would be a fitting farewell to retiring bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
 arrow Cricket: Kim sees trouble ahead
Two legendary cricketers announced their retirement from Australia's national side this week, but former captain Kim Hughes believes it is now better able to handle the loss of superstars.
 arrow Cricket: Barmy Army still cheery
England may have lost the Ashes but its Barmy Army cheer squad is still in good humour as it prepares to host its biggest ever Christmas and New Year's parties Down Under.
 arrow Football: Pacesetters keep the pace
Leaders Manchester United began their holiday fixtures with a resounding 3-0 victory at Aston Villa as the goals flowed in the Premier League on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Capello has title hopes
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has insisted his struggling galacticos can still win the Spanish title.
 arrow Football: Inter halfway home
Italian league leaders Inter Milan equalled the Serie A record of 11 consecutive wins after fighting back from a goal down to beat Atalanta 2-1.
 arrow Cricket: 'Brian ahead of Sachin'
Glenn McGrath on Sunday named West Indies legend Brian Lara as the best batsman he ever bowled to in his international career, "just slightly ahead" of Sachin Tendulkar.
 arrow Cricket: Lara to keep on playing
Retirements might be in vogue but West Indies batting legend Brian Lara appears in no mood to hang his boots now, saying he wants to play Test cricket for as long as he can.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman paddlers bag V-Day title
Bangladesh Biman clinched the men's team title in the Victory Day table tennis tournament when they blanked South East Club 3-0 in the final at the Woodenfloor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: BDR first office league champs
Bangladesh Rifles won the Design Zone First Office Handball League title defeating Bangladesh Police 32-16 in a one-sided final at the Outer Stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Berlin's name game
Berlin's historic Olympic Stadium could carry the name of a sponsor as the city's financial bosses look to maximise the cash benefits of the ground which hosted the World Cup final this summer.
 arrow Football: Lyon's winter party
Five-time French champions Lyon headed into the winter break on Saturday with a 15-point lead over their rivals despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Monaco.
 arrow Football: Roeder proud of flying Magpies
Glenn Roeder, the Newcastle United manager, heaped credit on his players after a 3-1 home victory over Tottenham which maintained the north-east club's recent climb up the Premiership table.
 arrow Football: Mourinho a relieved man
Jose Mourinho said Father Christmas must be a Chelsea fan after his side grabbed a last-gasp 3-2 win at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson hates post-match
Fiery Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded that the English Premier League scraps the traditional post-match manager's interview.
 arrow Football: Gravesen fires Celtic
Celtic extended their lead in the Scottish Premier League to 16 points with a 1-0 home win over Falkirk while Rangers moved up to second with a 2-1 victory at Aberdeen on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Vieira hails gritty Inter
Inter Milan's expensively-assembled squad have often been accused of lacking heart, but they showed a dogged determination to equal the Serie A record of 11 straight wins on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lehmann keen to Stay a Gunner
Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he would prefer to stay with English premier league Arsenal while remaining open to a move to Spain or back to the Bundesliga.
Metropolitanarrow National security council a must to fight terrorism
Security experts at a seminar yesterday recommended constituting national security council (NSC) to combat terrorism successfully.
 arrow All parties to participate in upcoming polls
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday said he is optimistic that all political alliances will participate in the upcoming elections.
 arrow 'Health inequities a major challenge to cut poverty'
Continued gap in health condition and healthcare consumption among different sections of people has become a major cause of concern, said the speakers at a press briefing yesterday.
 arrow Saber blames EC for two different voter lists in his constituency
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Awami League chief, yesterday accused the Election Commission (EC) of violating the constitution by preparing two completely different voter lists in his
 arrow Special security measures ahead of Eid
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken special security measures in cattle markets, shopping centres, railway stations and bus and launch terminals for smooth and secured movement of the people ahead
 arrow Withdrawal of case against eminent lawyers demanded
Sammilita Ainjibi Samonnoy Parishad, a platform of pro-Awami League lawyers, yesterday staged countrywide demonstration protesting what they say false and baseless case against 13 eminent lawyers of the
 arrow Anwara Syed Haq wins Anonya Literary Award
Dr Anwara Syed Haq was awarded 'Anonya Literary Award 1413 (Bangla)' yesterday for her outstanding contributions to literature.
 arrow TIB concerned
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday expressed grave concern over Supreme Court's stay order on the candidates' obligation of apprising the Election Commission (EC) with eight types of
 arrow Salim Bhuiyan elected Dhaka Club president
Salim Bhuiyan was elected president of Dhaka Club unopposed yesterday for the year 2006-2007, says a press release.
 arrow Biman staff sacked for carrying forex illegally
Biman Bangladesh authorities yesterday sacked Iqbal Ahmed Sabbir, flight steward of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in charge of carrying foreign currency illegally, Biman sources said.
 arrow Trader shot in city
Unknown assailants shot a trader at Katherpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow JNU admission test postponed
The admission test for first year courses at Jagannath University under the academic session 2006-07 has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons, a press release said.
 arrow Sultana Shaheda new Gulshan Club president
Sultana Shaheda Islam was elected president of Gulshan Club Ltd for the year 2006-2007 at its Annual General Meeting on Friday on the club premises, says a press release.
 arrow US financier Soros arrives today
George Soros, an American financier and philanthropist, will arrive in Dhaka today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Silted rivers keep fertiliser away from farmers
Farmers in northern districts including Sirajganj are facing short supply of fertiliser and fuel in the peak season of Rabi cultivation mainly due to transportation hurdles created by navigation problem
 arrow No charge sheet 2 years into murder of Prof Yunus
The 2nd death anniversary of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Muhammad Yunus was observed on the campus yesterday with a call for speedy trial of the case and punishment of the killers.
 arrow Rumblings of discontent in Sylhet JP for tickets
Jatiya Party (Ershad) leaders in Sylhet region may take a 'different stand' if they are not given seats they 'deserve' to contest in the coming election, a number of leaders told this correspondent yesterday.
 arrow BNP-BJP feud takes a new turn in Satkhira-4
The feud between BNP and its ally Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP-Naziur) took a new turn yesterday as BNP leader Dr.
 arrow 14-party co-ordination body in Rajshahi
A 17-member co-ordination committee of 14-party Combine was formed in Rajshahi at a meeting held at the city unit office of Awami League (AL) Saturday night, party sources said.
 arrow Loyalists clash as rivals seek ticket
At least 12 people were injured in Sylhet city yesterday in a clash between rival factions of BNP belonging to nomination aspirants Shafi Chowdhury and Quaiyum Chowdhury from Sylhet-3 constituency.
 arrow Jamuna Fertiliser falls silent again
Production in Jamuna Fertiliser Factory (JFF) remained suspended since Friday night due to mechanical problem, creating short supply of urea in 20 districts in its command area in the peak Bari season.
 arrow AL rejects LDP's Razzak Ali in Khulna-6
LDP Presidium member and former Speaker Shaikh Razzak Ali has been declared 'unwanted' by Koira upazila unit of Awami League.
 arrow Mohila Dal to agitate if Lobi denied ticket
Khulna city unit of Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal has threatened en- masse resignation and tough agitation if Ali Asgar Lobi is not nominated from Khulna-2 constituency as a candidate of 4-party alliance.
 arrow Zainul's birthday programme
A two-day programme marking the 92nd birth anniversary of artist Zainul Abedin began at the Shilpachariya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) yesterday with a painting competition by school children.
Culturearrow 'Tis the season to be jolly
Christmas is not just a festival for countries with an overwhelming Christian population.
 arrow Rokeya Prachy awarded at Kara Int'l Film Festival
Ontorjatra, the film by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud, has brought in another international honour for Bangladesh at the Pakistan Kara International Film Festival held from December 7 to 17
 arrow 'Muktidata' on Rtv
On the occasion of Christmas, a special programme, Muktidata will be aired tonight at 10.50 pm on RTV. On a chilly winter's night, Christ was born in Bethlehem.
 arrow 'Shahinur': A new episode of 'Ontoraler Kotha'
The forthcoming episode of the serial Ontoraler Kotha is titled Shahinur.
Generalarrow Three killed in road accidents
Three unidentified people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka city and Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Shamim Osman returns tomorrow
Former Awami League lawmaker from Narayanganj AKM Shamim Osman returns home tomorrow after living in self-exile in India for more than five years.
 arrow 3rd anniversary of Benin tragedy today
Today is the third anniversary of the Benin tragedy. On this day in 2003, 15 Bangladesh Army officers, on UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone and Liberia, were killed in an air crash in Benin.
Internationalarrow Germany freezes aid pledges to Lanka
Germany said it will not offer the Sri Lankan government new aid until the peace process in the country advances and called on other nations to increase the pressure on Colombo.
 arrow Israeli ministers ask govt to respond to rocket attacks
Israeli ministers urged a response to continuing rocket fire from Gaza yesterday, as two more rockets were fired into the Jewish state by militants inside the coastal strip in a new breach of a nearly
 arrow 94 die in Indonesia, Malaysian floods
At least 94 people were killed and dozens left missing by floods in Indonesia and Malaysia, officials said. Looting broke out in areas of Malaysia abandoned because of rising waters.
 arrow New Pentagon chief briefs Bush on Iraq
President Bush, drafting an overhaul of his faltering and unpopular war plan, heard Saturday from a Pentagon chief who had just returned from Iraq with a positive impression of Iraqi leaders' plans to
 arrow Five Taliban killed in Nato-led raid
An air strike by Nato-led forces killed five insurgents in southern Afghanistan while two other rebels were blown up when their bomb exploded prematurely, the interior ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Colombian rebels kill 14 troops in ambush
Colombian rebels ambushed an army patrol and killed 14 soldiers on Saturday in one of the worst attacks this year on troops fighting in President Alvaro Uribe's US-backed campaign to end a four-decade
 arrow Row erupts in Bhutan over transition to democracy
A row has erupted over the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan's planned transition from royal rule to constitutional monarchy, reports said yesterday.
 arrow US eyes 'opportunities' in Central Asia after death of Turkmen ruler
The United States sees opportunities for expanded cooperation in Central Asia and wants a peaceful transition of power in Turkmenistan following the death of the country's president, a senior US official
 arrow Shopping, barbecues and security worries
The day before Christmas was marked across Asia with last-minute shopping, security sweeps, transport congestion and final preparations for the holidays.
 arrow Iran has right to peaceful nuke programme: India
Nuclear-armed and energy-hungry India said yesterday that Iran had a right to pursue a nuclear energy programme, and said the crisis over Tehran's suspect ambitions should be resolved by dialogue.
 arrow North Korea vows fight against US sanction
North Korean state media praised the country's leader Sunday for standing up to its enemies a day after the army's chief of staff vowed to take action against US sanctions after nuclear disarmament talks
 arrow Search for other worlds to step up with launch of French planet hunter
A 12-year-old quest to find planets orbiting other stars gets a big boost this week with the launch of a French-made spacecraft that may help reveal a home-from-home for our descendants.
 arrow UNSC calls for an end to attacks on journalists
The UN Security Council has condemned attacks on journalists working in war zones and called on all parties to put an end to such violence.
 arrow 4 militants killed in Kashmir
Four Islamic militants have been killed and four other people, including three policemen, injured in two separate gunbattles with Indian troops in restive Kashmir, police said Sunday.
 arrow 3 shot dead after Shia scholar's funeral in Pakistan
At least three people were killed and five others injured in a gun battle in a northwest Pakistani city Sunday after the funeral of a slain Shia Muslim scholar, police said.
 arrow Bachchan is Indian of the Year
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, whose star and sex appeal remains undiminished by age, has been voted Indian of the Year, The Times of India reported on Sunday.
 arrow 3 of Egypt family test positive for bird flu
Three members of the same family in Egypt have tested positive for H5N1 bird flu, a World Health Organisation official said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka to rescue crew of Jordanian ship from north
Sri Lanka's military will mount an operation to rescue the crew of a Jordanian ship which drifted into waters near a Tamil Tiger stronghold, truce monitors said yesterday, the latest flashpoint in renewed
 arrow 7 killed as Darfur rebels, govt forces clash
Fighting between Darfur rebels and government forces near the northern town of Kutum has killed seven people and insurgents said yesterday they shot down two army helicopters in the area.
 arrow Channel Tunnel 'under threat of attack'
The Channel Tunnel is under threat of attack from Islamist militants over the Christmas holiday period, British weekly newspaper The Observer said yesterday, citing French and US security services.
 arrow Myanmar rebel leader dies after long illness
A veteran leader of Myanmar's ethnic Karen rebel movement, which is fighting one of the world's longest-running insurgencies, has died aged 79, rebel officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What a pact with Khelafat-e-Majlish!
We are dumbfounded by the once-anointed secular party the Awami League's U-turn into an inexplicable marriage of expediency signed up with Khelafat-e-Majlish, the ultra orthodox Islamist group led byShaikul
 arrow Editorial: Happy Christmas
Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is being celebrated all over the world today with due religious fervour.
 arrow Fair polls: Still a possibility
The election for the 9th Parliament is around the corner. The country's political class can be seen stretching its legs and exercising its muscles in preparation for the coming electoral bout.
 arrow Election after 90 days is permissible
A Constitution is founded on certain basic principles. The historical background plays an important part.
 arrow In search of a free and fair election
There are three prerequisites for an election under the Constitution. a) Non-party caretaker government constituted under Article 58C, and a real transfer of power to that government.
Letters to Editorarrow Top two politicians
For many years you are the two most important politicians who are shaping the fate of Bangladesh and its people.
 arrow Losing strategy
If we revisit our history we will certainly see that every political party in power strongly believes that they must have "special arrangements" to make sure that their return to power through election
 arrow Modern life
A terrible irony of modern world is that while millions of people are trying desperately to get enough to eat and face illness or death from malnourishment there are millions of others who are tryingjust
 arrow Neglected freedom fighter
My father was a Freedom Fighter. He fought for Bangladesh against Pakistan in 1971. He died on 26 May 2003. After his death we have received state honour (Rastrio Marjada) from Bangladesh police.
 arrow Campus situation
These days we are observing that Dhaka University & other public universities remain closed for political violence.
 arrow Deployment of army
Recently I have noticed some opinions of readers in DS regarding the deployment of army in the streets. Most of them have welcome the CG's decision.
 arrow Lata and Lee !
Australian fast bawler Brett Lee sang a brilliant song with legendary singer Lata Mongeshkar recently! It was amazing to listen to the duet, as the song was a beautiful mix of English and Hindi, and Brett
 arrow Voter list & journalism
After reading the recent articles regarding the voter list, I think it's time for all of us to take a breath and look back. I regularly watch television and saw the press conference of Owen Lippert.
 arrow To the journalists...
With my best regards to all the journalists, I would like to write a few words to them. Recently the journalists of different media are playing a very active role regarding the political issues.
 arrow Unsolicited advice
Recently, there have been scores of envoys and emissaries from abroad to render unsolicited advice to us on the current political situation; such as, what we should do and what we should not do etc.
Xmas Specialarrow And they will call him Immanuel
Out of the hundred and one names and titles of Jesus Christ that could be found in the Bible 'Immanuel' is one. This name is a combination of three ancient Hebrew words meaning "God with us".
 arrow Christmas and its challenging message
Today the whole world celebrates with great solemnity the Birth of Jesus, nativity of Jesus. Today is Christmas.
 arrow The star of Bethlehem
Stars occupy a very important place in the history of homo sapiens.
 arrow Into the depths of Christmas...
Christmas is recognition of every moment's joy
Realisation in a grown-up, to a child a toy
Kindness to the distressed -- a glimmer of hope
A little sympathy from the sinner or the pope For Christmas

 arrow Christmas love
The birth of love is not quite known,
Although I know it was born all alone;
The relation it creates is not quite definable,
But I can assure it is quite reliable,
The desire of one to live is

Star Cityarrow Encroachers' onslaught continues
Fresh encroachment on the Gulshan Bannai Lake at the west end of road no-6 on Friday in violation of the Wetland Protection Act of 2000 has narrowed down the water body.
 arrow Merry Christmas!
Festive vibes hit the city as the Christian Community prepares the stage for warm receptions to celebrate the Christmas Day and the birth of Jesus Christ.
 arrow DCC wakes up to find R&HD in slumber
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials yesterday started a move to take control of the Mahakhali flyover from the Roads and Highways Department (R&HD) in a bid to switch off its lights, which have been
 arrow Sonargaon Hotel's unapproved construction continues
Ignoring two notices served by Rajuk, authorities of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel are going on with their construction work in the Begunbari Canal without approval.
 arrow Modernise the BNBC: Say experts
Building and construction experts at a daylong workshop in Dhaka on Saturday called for effective implementation of the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) after necessary modification of the rules.
 arrow Urban landscape

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