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Front Pagearrow Battle for ballot begins
The battle for ballot between the two major political alliances kicks off today as the candidates of the Awami League (AL)-led grand electoral alliance file their nominations for the election slated for
 arrow AL's dicey acts confuse leaders
The Awami League (AL), still deep in dilemma about whether to contest the election despite filing nomination papers, has spread confusion and frustration among its central and grassroots leaders.
 arrow AL goes for damage control, still faces ally ire
AL General Secretary and 14-party alliance Convenor Abdul Jalil yesterday asserted the alliance's 'firm commitment to secularism', as a frantic damage control effort over the highly controversial five-point
 arrow Amartya Sen hails role of women's agencies
Bengali Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen yesterday hailed the women's agencies for playing active role in broadening the campaign for better treatment of women to equal rights for all.
 arrow JP claims it got 50 seats from grand alliance
Jatiya Party (JP) led by HM Ershad has claimed to have got nominations for its candidates in 50 constituencies, including 20 out of the 22 seats in greater Rangpur, to contest the upcoming election under
 arrow LDP yet to decide poll participation
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is yet to decide about taking part in the upcoming polls, while the deadline for filing the nomination papers ends today.
 arrow Eminent citizens worried over AL deal with bigots
Eminent citizens of the country yesterday expressed concern over the deal signed between Awami League's (AL's) and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish on Saturday.
 arrow Xmas celebrated
The Christian community of the country yesterday celebrated Christmas with pledges to work for peace and humanity following the ideals of Jesus Christ.
 arrow Joint forces swing into action soon
Joint forces will launch a massive drive to arrest criminals and recover illegal firearms to improve law and order ahead of the January 22 parliamentary elections.
 arrow Prof Sen falls sick at dinner
Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen fainted at a dinner party at a restaurant in the city last night for a few minutes.
 arrow BNP, Jamaat yet to finalise seats
BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami last night failed to reach an agreement over the share of seats issue in the upcoming general elections, sources said. They did not release the list of their candidates.
 arrow Shah Moazzem, others join BNP
Some Jatiya Party (Ershad) central leaders, led by presidium member and former deputy prime minister Shah Moazzem Hossain, yesterday joined the BNP.
 arrow Candidate list of AL, allies finalised
The Awami League (AL) yesterday finalised nominations of all the candidates of the party and its allies.
 arrow SC hears Ershad's leave to appeal today
The vacation bench of the Supreme Court will hear today former president HM Ershad's leave to appeal against his conviction in the Japanese boat purchase case.
 arrow Iran's N-drive linked to looming oil crisis
Iran's nuclear ambitions are motivated not just by a desire for regional supremacy but by a potentially devastating crisis in its oil industry, a US researcher said in a report made public yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A commander of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) Lal Pataka faction was killed in a 'shootout' with police at Sukurkandi village under Gangni upazila in Meherpur early yesterday.
Businessarrow Japanese plan $550m investment in car parts, interior goods
Japanese entrepreneurs are eying about US$550 million investment in car parts and car interior goods industry in Bangladesh, according to official sources.
 arrow Cellphone operators attract visitors
Mobile phone operators have announced special discounts and gifts at their stalls at the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2006, attracting a large number of visitors.
 arrow Subsidy net to cover China's rural poor
For the first time the country's entire rural residents living in abject poverty can expect the State to cover their subsistence allowances, thanks to the government's latest move to narrow the disparities
 arrow Japan keeps view that economy is recovering
The Japanese government kept its assessment of the economy unchanged in a monthly report on Monday, after downgrading it for the first time in almost two years last month.
 arrow HK overtakes NY in attracting IPOs
Hong Kong surged past New York this year and became the world's second most popular place after London for companies to float new stock listings.
 arrow Credit climate in Asia very favourable: StanChart chief
Standard Chartered plc chairman Mervyn Davies believes the credit environment in Asia is very positive with no credit bubble in sight. This is contrary to what some experts say.
 arrow China to keep yuan stable
China will keep its currency, the yuan, at a stable and reasonable level, the central bank said Monday after its last key policy-making meeting before 2007.
 arrow Thai central bank admits currency control error
The Bank of Thailand said Monday it had underestimated the impact of its draconian currency controls on the stock market, which is reeling from last week's record losses.
 arrow Pakistan to go ahead with Iran pipeline project
Pakistan will go ahead with a project to build a pipeline to carry Iranian gas even if India decides not to join it, President Pervez Musharraf has said.
 arrow Malaysia, Oman set to develop economic cooperation
There is a huge potential to develop economic and investment relations between Oman and Malaysia for mutual benefit.
 arrow China okays local incorporation of 9 foreign banks
China's banking regulator said Monday it had approved applications from nine foreign banks to incorporate their China operations locally, giving them easier access to millions of retail clients.
 arrow US retailers count on post-Xmas sales
Bargain hunters and latecomers flocked to stores this weekend as the retail industry made its last big push for pre-Christmas sales with increased discounts and other come-ons.
 arrow Emirates demands compensation for Airbus 380 delay
Dubai-based carrier Emirates, the single largest client for Airbus's delayed A380 superjumbo aircraft, has demanded compensation from the European manufacturer, its president said in comments published
 arrow Anlima Yarn Dyeing approves 5pc dividend
Anlima Yarn Dyeing Ltd has approved a 5 percent dividend for its shareholders, says a press release.
 arrow Yearly Currency Roundup-2006
Local foreign exchange market
2006 was an eventful year for the local foreign exchange market.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Marvellous Mashrafee
While Zunaed Siddiqe and Mohammad Ashraful delighted the Dhanmondi crowd, Mashrafee bin Mortuza took charge at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium to take Abahani to the semifinals, beating Indira Road Krira
 arrow Cricket: A spectators' delight
If the Twenty20 cricket is a show of batsman then its provided maximum entertainment at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday where Mohammedan Sporting Club won a high-scoring thriller against Sonargaon
 arrow Cricket: Sakib injured
National all-rounder Sakib Al Hasan will be out of action for the next three weeks after he broke a bone in his right hand during the ongoing Premier Division Twenty20 League.
 arrow Football: Naimur, Joy to run in polls
Two celebrated sports personalities are going to contest in the upcoming national elections to be held on January 22.
 arrow Hockey: V-Day hockey
BKSP beat Bangladesh Navy by 2-1 in the opening match of the Victory Day Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ take it as a test
New Zealand will aim to use Tuesday's second Twenty20 game in Auckland as a final warm-up for a packed one-day schedule over the next two months.
 arrow Cricket: Murali can take 1,000 wickets
Spin bowler Muttiah Muralidaran believes he can take 1,000 Test wickets for Sri Lanka before retiring.
 arrow Cricket: India to get back Patel
Pace bowler Munaf Patel is set to win back his place in the India team for the second Test against South Africa in Durban on Tuesday after recovering from an ankle injury.
 arrow Cricket: Irfan's mission World Cup
Indian Fast bowler Irfan Pathan will leave South Africa early to ensure he rediscovers his form in time for next year's World Cup, captain Rahul Dravid said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Avoid whitewash
England will be looking to stave off the first Ashes whitewash since 1920-21 when the fourth Test starts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day today.
 arrow Cricket: Khan's self-satisfaction
Younis Khan, the Pakistan vice-captain, believes that the possible comeback of three key fast bowlers including Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif would make Pakistan the best bowling team in the world,even
 arrow Cricket: Lara might quit ODIs
Brian Lara, the West Indies captain, has said that he could prolong his Test career till the age of 40, at the same time also indicating that his one-day career could end after the World Cup next year.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas under pressure
Careers will be on the line when South Africa take on India in the second Test in Durban, beginning on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Huge Test for us: Pollock
Shaun Pollock, the local hero who picked up his 400th Test victim in the first Test at the Wanderers, admitted that South Africa would need to lift their game by at least "20 to 30 per cent" if they were
 arrow Cricket: It's Ashes time again
The emotion and hype surrounding Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath's pending farewells is threatening to distract Australia in the build-up to the fourth Ashes Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket
 arrow Football: Mourinho sets his sights
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted the reigning champions will be "much stronger" in the second-half of the season.
 arrow Football: Charlton turn to Pardew
Former West Ham manager Alan Pardew was on Sunday named as the new manager of struggling Premiership side Charlton replacing Les Reed who had only been in charge since November.
 arrow Tennis: V-Day tennis
Ranjan Ram advanced to the semifinals of the men's singles in the Pacific Pharmaceutical Victory Day tennis competition beating Majharul Islam by 7-6, 6-4 sets in the quarterfinal at the Ramna TennisCourt
 arrow Cricket: Ramprakash dances to glory!
Mark Ramprakash has proved that he can cut it on the big stage after all when he was crowned BBC TV's Strictly Come Dancing champion on Saturday night.
 arrow Cricket: Barmy Army flock to Test
Thousands of England fans are expected in Melbourne, as part of a record crowd of 100,000 for the first day of the fourth Ashes Test.
 arrow Cricket: Botham hails 'greatest' Warne
Legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham believes Shane Warne is the greatest player to have set foot on a cricket field.
 arrow Football: Hahnemann plots Chelsea upset
Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann believes his team can stun champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Cahill vows strong return
Hobbling Ever-ton mid-fielder Tim Cahill believes he will return from his lengthy, injury-enforced absence a better player.
 arrow Football: Keeper row resurfaces
Chelsea have been ice-cool in their pursuit of a third consecutive Premier-ship title but Tuesday's meeting with Reading here at Stamford Bridge promises to test their temperament to the limit.
 arrow Football: Wenger hails Walcott
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott is ready to play for England even though the teenage forward has failed to secure a regular starting place for the London giants.
 arrow Football: Hughes wary of Bellamy
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes fears old-boy Craig Bellamy could increase the pressure on his struggling Rovers side when the Wales striker returns to Ewood Park with Liverpool on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: South America's plight
South America's top clubs have to sell off their best players to cure an economic crisis caused by bad management and stayaway fans, a survey in the Brazilian O Globo newspaper claimed on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Viduka wants Boro stay
Veteran Australian striker Mark Viduka says he wants to sign a new deal to stay with English Premiership side Middlesbrough. The 31-year-old's current three-year deal runs out at the end of the season.
 arrow Football: Jose blasts int'l schedule
National teams are required to play far too many matches, Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.
 arrow Football: Betting arrests in Vietnam
Police in Vietnam have arrested at least 14 people accused of illegal online betting on international football matches, police and state media said Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Make pledges on land, agri reforms in polls manifesto
Speakers at a seminar on Sunday urged political parties to make specific pledges on land and agricultural reforms and include them in their election manifesto.
 arrow Distribution of khas land key to agri dev
Identification and distribution of khas land among the landless peasants is the key to development of agricultural sector in the country, said the speakers at a seminar on Sunday.
 arrow 30 hurt as BNP factions clash at Patuakhali
At least 30 people, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between two factions of BNP in the town yesterday evening.
 arrow 'Introduce FWP to ensure food for Vabodaho people'
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded immediate introduction of food for work programme (FWP) for the people of waterlogged Vabodaho to ensure their food and employment.
 arrow 'Update madrasa education to enter modern job market'
Independent education department and curriculum board will have to be set up for updating madrasa education to enter modern job markets, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow 'Arrest Shibir cadres within 48 hours'
Journalist leaders gave an ultimatum to the Chittagong University (CU) authorities and the police yesterday demanding that the Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres involved in the attack on photojournalist Amran
 arrow DCC urged to build monument in memory of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) authorities to construct a monument in the capital in memory of those members of the armed forces who made supreme sacrificesduring
 arrow 'Keep space in newspapers for issues on adolescents'
Speakers at a workshop recently stressed the need for a separate page in newspapers for adolescents that will focus on issues related to them.
 arrow Rajbari Govt College VP killed in attack
Nasiruddin Ahmed Nasir, vice-president of Rajbari Government College Student Union and a JCD leader, was killed in an attack yesterday, triggering violent protests.
 arrow Govt urged to strengthen local govt bodies
Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK) yesterday organised an orientation and planning workshop in the city with a view to increasing organisational activities at local government level and setting advocacy issue and
 arrow Prof DeVoogd completes lecture tour
Professor Timothy DeVoogd of Cornell University, USA, has recently completed a week-long lecture tour in Bangladesh under the auspices of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation, says a press
 arrow Jukta Front won't join any of 2 alliances
Jukta Front will contest the upcoming national election separately without joining any of the two big alliances.
 arrow $20,000 for visually impaired children
Asha Menon, managing director of Target Sourcing Services (TSS)/AMC, USA donated 20,000 US dollar for educational expenses of 70 visually impaired children of seven sponsored hostels of Assistance for
 arrow Duta demands cancellation of AL-bigots deal
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday demanded cancellation of the electoral agreement signed between Awami League and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish.
 arrow Cops record statement of Mirza Abbas' sister-in-law
Police yesterday recorded a written statement of Mirza Abbas' sister-in-law Masuda for the second time in which she clarified her earlier statement on receiving of one bullet by both herself and her husband
 arrow Comrade Moni Singh Fair begins Dec 27
A five-day fair will begin at Susang Durgapur in Netrokona from December 27 to mark the 16th death anniversary of Comrade Moni Singh, says a press release.
 arrow CIDA office besieged in Kamrangirchar, 5 injured
Hundreds of pro-BNP activists yesterday laid a siege to an office of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) at Kamrangirchar in the city.
 arrow Fertiliser worth Tk 55000 looted in Bogra
At least 180 bags of fertiliser worth Tk 55000 have been allegedly looted from a fertiliser shop at Moroil Bazar at Adamdigi in the district in the early hours of Sunday. A case was filed in this connection.
 arrow Tofail's mother passes away
Fatema Khanam, mother of Awami League (AL) presidium member Tofail Ahmed, passed away due to old age complications at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 94.
Nationalarrow LDP body to be announcedin Moulvibazar before Eid
Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) will be formed in Moulvibazar soon with several front ranking BNP and Jatiya Party leaders joining it along with a large number of supporters.
 arrow Ershad's JP is no factor for me
Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad's former wife Bidisha yesterday filed nomination paper to challenge JP in Gaibandha-1 constituency in coming election as an independent candidate.
 arrow Dilemma for AL in Kushtia-2
Leaders and activists of 14-party alliance in Kushtia-2 (Mirpur-Bheramara) constituency are in great suspense over who will be the candidate for the coming election there.
 arrow Em masse resignation if AL man denied ticket inSatkhira-2
Leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday threatened to paralyse the Satkhira town if district AL general secretary Nazrul Islam is not given nomination from Satkhira-2
 arrow AL to resist Proshika chief Kazi Faruque
Awami League in Khulna Sadar and Sonadanga thana will reject Kazi Faruque Ahmed, chief of Proshika, an NGO, if nominated as a candidate of grand alliance from Khulna-2 constituency.
 arrow Hartal observed to protest ticket for Ranga
A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed peacefully in Gangachara upazila town yesterday.
 arrow Ultimatum for Lobi's ticket from Khulna-2
A BNP faction here yesterday gave an ultimatum to party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia till 3 pm today to field former lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi in Khulna-2 constituency to contest the forthcoming election
 arrow Dowry claims doubly
A 70-year-old woman died instantly after hearing the death news of her five-month-old pregnant granddaughter for dowry by husband at Juniadah village in Mirpur upazila Sunday night.
 arrow PCJSS leader abducted in Rangamati
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday protested abduction of its leader Sneh Kumar Chakma by the armed cadres of anti-peace treaty United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Hasina's ulu dhoni moment
I hate giving people a chance to say, "I told you so." So imagine the chorus after reports of an AL 5-point "understanding" (soon to be denied as "misunderstanding") with the Khelafat Andolan gang emerged.
 arrow An "Islamic Civil War"
The war that Western powers -- primarily the US, Israel and Britain -- began against the Islamic world after September 11, 2001, is about to enter a new more dangerous phase as their early plans for "changing
 arrow Tsunami 2004: The aftermath
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I was waiting to cross the street at 28th street and Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York. A city bus moved in front me.
Culturearrow Ethnic Diversity Council
Afive-day theatre festival titled Ethnic Diversity Council, featuring the diverse cultural heritage of the ethnic minorities spread over different corners of the country, will begin from January
 arrow Reception for Abu Sayeed, cast and crew of 'Nirontor'
A reception was held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on December 24 to felicitate Abu Sayeed, director of the award-winning film Nirontor (Forever Flows), the cast and crew.
 arrow Premiere show of 'Anya Gazir Anya Kissa'
The premiere show of theatre troupe Natyajan's latest production Anya Gazir Anya Kissa by Alok Basu was staged at the Experimental Theatre Stage on December 24.
 arrow 'Godfather of Soul' James Brown passes away
Singer James Brown, the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Soul," who billed himself as the hardest working man in show business, has died at age 73, CNN reported on yesterday.
 arrow Promising art endeavours at Nandan Mela
The Nandan Mela, which was held for two days recently in Dhanmandi, included the works by the students of Swapan Chowdhury.
Generalarrow Cattle traders robbed of Tk 3 lakh
A gang of robbers looted about Tk 3 lakh from cattle traders who were travelling in a bus near Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow US forces net 2 Iranian officials in Iraq
The Iraqi government protested yesterday after US forces arrested a number of Iranian officials in Baghdad, allegedly because they were planning to incite attacks in the already war torn country.
 arrow Israel eases West Bank restrictions
Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz yesterday announced an easing of restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank, including dismantling roadblocks and allowing more people to cross into Israel forwork.
 arrow Indian opposition warns govt on Kashmir
An opposition leader accused India's government Sunday of trying to settle the half-century old dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir by backing away from New Delhi's long held position that the Himalayan
 arrow UN sanctions not to affect Pak-Iran ties
Pakistan has said the UN Security Council resolution slapping sanctions on Iran will not affect economic ties between the two countries.
 arrow Ethiopian plane bombs Mogadishu airport
Ethiopian warplanes yesterday bombed airports in Somalia's capital and a southern town a day after Addis Ababa acknowledged its military was fighting the Islamist forces in the lawless nation.
 arrow Asia remembers tsunami victims
Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car in an
 arrow Pope appeals for 'just, lasting ME peace'
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday made a fresh appeal for a "just and lasting peace" in the Middle East during his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.
 arrow Manmohan greets Vajpayee on his birthday
In a gesture fraught with political implications, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday went to the residence of his predecessor and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee to felicitate the latter
 arrow Bihar low caste girl pays bloody price for hunger
A hungry 10-year-old girl from India's lowest Hindu caste had all the fingers of her right hand chopped off by an upper-caste landowner for taking a few spinach leaves from his field, the Hindustan Times
Editorialarrow Editorial: Election finally
It is a matter of great satisfaction that the 14-party alliance has decided to participate in the election, at last.
 arrow Editorial: Parties stooped too low
Now that the major parties have decided to test their strength in the election, instead of continuing the murderous politics of confrontation, the question that arises is whether the end to the political
 arrow Outsourcing free and fair election
Chief Adviser Iajudddin Ahmed's recent claim that all reforms issues were resolved reminds me of a high school arithmetic problem with which I once struggled: How long would it take for a monkey to climb
 arrow The con in congruent
America is the oldest, rather than the youngest, country of the modern world. My definition of modern hinges on a great modern concept, democracy. There were faults in American democracy.
 arrow The Maulana has said it all
Maulana Fazlur Rahman, chief of Jamiate Ulmai Islam and MMA's general secretary, has said that it is he who holds the key to peace in many areas: FATA, NWFP, Balochistan, and he seems to have had in mind,
Letters to Editorarrow The unfair 'oborodh'
The photograph of the tired girl waiting at Zia International Airport for a ride home ( The Daily Star, November 14) drives home the price people are paying for the madness of a few.
 arrow Going by the constitution?
BNP and AL leaders are telling again and again that everything should be done according to the constitution. I agree with them but I have some questions as well.
 arrow Nolok Babu
I voted for Nolok Babu in last year's Closeup 1 contest on TV, for I truly liked his performance. He would be one of the gems of our society that's what I expected.
 arrow Our garment products in UK
In July last, I was preparing myself for my PhD viva examinations. My English supervisor told me to buy all new dresses for that event.
 arrow A difficult situation
Although I am unable to support any of the political parties of our country due to their failure to think about the nation rather than their personal gains, I feel compelled to write this letter.
 arrow Pitfalls of CTG
Many politicians try to prove that the Caretaker Government system is an innovative political idea. But to me, the system seems to be a great setback to democracy in our country.
 arrow Yunus' formula
Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus advocated a 'coalition government' formula in his speech delivered at a civic reception at the Sangsad Bhaban premises organised by the Dhaka City Corporation.
 arrow Security providers
We have recently seen a rise in the number of security companies and those who are running these companies say they are in the field to complement and supplement the government's law enforcing mechanism.
 arrow Pertinent questions
We have accepted Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed, who had become president with the support of a political party, as the Chief Advisor (CA) and also gave him time to prove his neutrality.
 arrow Our moral values
As conscious citizens we are all aware that our moral values in general and respect for the righteousness in particular have fallen to its lowest level in recent times.
 arrow Why this trouble?
The whole nation is experiencing a lot of trouble under the non-party caretaker government.
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