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Front Pagearrow Ershad barred from polls
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad was declared disqualified from the ballot yesterday, forcing Awami League (AL)-led grand electoral alliance to re-think whether it will compete in the upcoming parliamentary
 arrow Army rolls out to control crime from Jan 10
The armed forces will be in action, along with other law enforcement agencies, for 20 days from January 10 to maintain law and order ahead of and after the ninth parliamentary election scheduled for January
 arrow Violence erupts in north districts
Cancellation of the nomination of Jatiya Party (JP) chief HM Ershad from four constituencies in greater Rangpur and Sylhet for the upcoming general election triggered widespread protests, violent demonstrations
 arrow 264 nomination papers cancelled
The Election Commission (EC) has rejected the nomination papers of at least 264 candidates, including a number of known political leaders and industrialists because of loan defaults and other disqualifying
 arrow BNP worried by number of rebel candidates
The BNP high-up is worried by the huge number of dissident leaders across the country who filed nomination to contest the next general election without any consultation with party high command.
 arrow Internet crashes for Taiwan tremor
Internet traffic in the country slowed down yesterday while some of the places lost connectivity following a strong earthquake in Taiwan late Tuesday that damaged several submarine cables in the region.
 arrow DU stuck in session jam for politics
A whopping 600 deferred examinations at Dhaka University (DU) since the last week of October till date caused by political standoff on the campus is taking a toll on the students and dragging them into
 arrow Sacrificial cattle pricey for tight borders
Dhaka city dwellers will have to spend much higher amount this year compared to the previous years to sacrifice animals during the Eid thanks to less availability of Indian cattle in the market and the
 arrow Khelafat deal 'falsely' depicted in media: Jalil
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday alleged that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between his party and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish is being "falsely" reported to create confusion
 arrow AL's deal with bigots against Liberation War spirit
Leaders of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday said the minority communities would not vote for the political parties who take the Liberation War traitors into their folds only
 arrow Court to decide arrest warrants against accused on Jan 14
A Dhaka court will decide on January 14, 2007 whether the warrant of arrest against prominent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain and two others in a criminal case filed for vandalising on the Supreme Court (SC)premises
 arrow AL says its Islamist allies to work for 'secularism'
The Awami League (AL) yesterday justified its widely criticised move of nominating six Islamist candidates, saying that their new allies have agreed to work under the 'spirit of secularism.
 arrow Yunus among world's most talked-about persons of '06
'Banker to The Poor,' as described by the west, Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has been identified by famous weekly magazine Time as one of the most-talked-about persons of 2006.
 arrow Ex-BCL man, criminal killed in 'shootouts'
A former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and a gangster were killed during Rab claimed shootout in Jhenidah and Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Malaysia issues arrest warrant against 12 CEOs
Malaysian immigration authorities have ordered the arrest of 12 CEOs for harbouring hundreds of illegal Bangladeshi workers, reports said Wednesday.
 arrow EC asks parties to send their nominees' names, constituencies
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked the election-contesting parties to send their nominated candidates' names and constituencies and state whether they are being nominated by individual parties
 arrow A blanket of fog...


 arrow Latifur Rahman re-elected MCCI president
Leading industrialist Latifur Rahman has been re-elected the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka for 2007.
 arrow Outlaws throw bombs on AL leaders
Outlaws last night made separate bomb attacks on two Awami League (AL) leaders at their residences in Chuadanga within 75 minutes leaving four persons injured.
 arrow Iran to reduce nuclear cooperation with IAEA
Iran's parliament yesterday approved a bill obliging the government to "revise its cooperation" with the UN nuclear watchdog in retaliation for Security Council sanctions imposed on Tehran.
 arrow African Union, UAE urge Ethiopia to quit Somalia
The United Arab Emirates yesterday called on Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from Somalia, where Islamist forces are fighting government troops backed by Addis Ababa.
Businessarrow 7 firms float Tk177cr shares in 2006
Seven companies floated primary shares in the country's capital market in 2006 raising around Tk 177 crore through initial public offerings (IPOs).
 arrow One third of rural India lives on 26 cents a day
India's economy may be growing rapidly but about a third of its rural population, or more than 200 million people, still live on 12 rupees (26 cents) a day or less, said a report Wednesday.
 arrow HSBC rolls out collateral-free import credit for SMEs
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd yesterday launched a new product styled 'Tradeline' to offer collateral-free import credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 arrow India may soon allow FDI in multi-brand retail
In further liberalisation of its booming retail sector, India may soon allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in specific sectors like electronics, sports goods, stationery and building
 arrow Dollar lower amid technical glitches in Asia
The dollar was lower in afternoon Asian trade Wednesday ahead of US data, with technical problems caused by a strong off Taiwan earthquake unsettling an otherwise quiet market, dealers said.
 arrow Zamzam brand soft drinks launched
Iran's Zamzam brand soft drinks made foray into Bangladesh beverage market yesterday.
 arrow Oil prices edge ahead
World oil prices rose slightly on Wednesday, remaining above 61 dollars per barrel a day after falling heavily owing to mild weather in the United States.
 arrow Suez Canal fees to go up in 2007
The Suez Canal Authority said Wednesday it will raise transit fees for ships using the waterway by an average 2.84 percent in 2007.
 arrow More products from China to pay export tariffs
China will introduce export tariffs on more high-polluting, energy-consuming and resource-intensive products from January 1, state media said Wednesday.
 arrow DHL Express Centre opens in Adamjee EPZ
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, has opened its eighteenth express centre in Bangladesh in Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ), says a press release.
 arrow Unilever Bangladesh gets new chief
Rakesh Mohan has been made the new chairman and managing director of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd with effect from January 1, 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Bharti to invest $7b in deal with Wal-Mart
India's Bharti Enterprises, which tied up with Wal-Mart to start a nationwide chain of retail stores, said it will invest about 7.0 billion dollars in the project by 2010, a report said Tuesday.
 arrow China's ICBC overtakes HSBC in market value
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the country's largest lender, has overtaken global banking giant HSBC Holdings to become the world's third-largest bank by market value, reports said Tuesday.
 arrow Toyota, Ford chiefs meet amid tie-up speculation
The chiefs of Toyota and Ford held talks last week, officials said Wednesday, raising speculation that the fast-growing Japanese automaker will tie up with the ailing Detroit giant.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: DOHS, Mohammedan in final
There was everything but fireworks in the two semifinals of the Kai-Altech Premier Division Twenty20 League at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday where Old DOHS and Mohammedan Sporting
 arrow Cricket: Symonds, Hayden sparkle
Belligerent centuries by Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds crushed England's hopes of making a fight of the fourth Ashes Test with Australia well on the road to seizing a 4-0 series lead at the Melbourne
 arrow Cricket: Astle given all-clear
An erratic New Zealand side received a welcome boost on the eve of the first one-day cricket international against Sri Lanka here Thursday with veteran Nathan Astle cleared to play.
 arrow Tennis: Amol's double crown in V-Day tennis
Amol Roy clinched double crown in the Victory-Day tennis tournament which concluded yesterday at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna. In the men's singles final, Amol defeated Dipu Lal 6-4, 6-3.
 arrow Athletics: Athletes' camp at Tata concludes
The first group of Bangladeshi athletes completed a special training camp at the JRD Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, India on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya quits CAB
Under pressure from the Cricket Board, former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday resigned from the post of the president of Cricket Association of Bengal but promised to soon bounce back into
 arrow Cricket: Rookie given call-up
Ishant Sharma, the 18-year-old Delhi medium pacer, is likely be sent to South Africa ahead of the final Test at Cape Town.
 arrow Cricket: Brit press adores Warne
The British press heaped praise on Shane Warne after the Australia leg-spinner became the first bowler in Test history to capture 700 wickets during the first day's play of the fourth Ashes Test at the
 arrow Cricket: Mates stay alive again
In 2000, good mates Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds found themselves in the water struggling for survival, after their boat capsized while fishing near Queensland's North Stradbroke Island.
 arrow Cricket: 'Warne moment forever'
Australian media Wednesday acclaimed Shane Warne becoming the first bowler to take 700 Test wickets as Australia took an early grip on the fourth Ashes Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin lives to fight
Sachin Tendulkar played a watchful innings as India dug themselves out of early trouble before bad light brought an early end to the second day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Hughes hails McCarthy
South Africa striker Benni McCarthy won plaudits from manager Mark Hughes after scoring the decisive goal in Blackburn Rovers' 1-0 win against Liverpool here at Ewood Park.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo extends United lead
Cristiano Ronal-do's remarkable holiday period continued at Old Trafford Tuesday when he scored twice within four minutes of appearing as a half-time substitute in Manchester United's 3-1 victory over
 arrow Football: Fergie savours feud with Jose
Sir Alex Ferguson savoured scoring a psychological victory over his title rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester United moved four points clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Chelsea in pain
Jose Mourinho admits Chelsea are struggling to cope with a mid-season injury crisis after their title bid was dented by a 2-2 home draw with Reading.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar fined over logo breach
Fiery Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar was fined for refusing to wear the logo of a sponsor of the national cricket board during a domestic tournament, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies a la WI: Lara
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has said that Australia will inevitably come back to the field when Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath are gone after the current Ashes series.
 arrow Football: Head-butt inspires new fashion range
An Italian fashion designer has launched a new range of leisurewear inspired by Zinedine Zidane's infamous head-butt on Marco Materazzi in this year's World Cup final.
 arrow Football: Rovers foil Reds revival
South Africa striker Benni McCarthy scored the only goal of the game as Blackburn Rovers ended Liverpool's recent revival with a 1-0 win at Ewood Park here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Wenger still has title hopes
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not given up hope of winning the Premiership title this season after the Gunners snatched a 2-1 victory over struggling Watford.
 arrow Football: Anelka turns Bolton's touchstone
Bolton stretched their winning streak to four games with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Newcastle at the Reebok Stadium here on Tuesday with France striker Nicolas Anelka scoring the winner.
 arrow Football: Strachan salutes Nakamura
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan hailed the genius of Shunsuke Nakamura after the Japanese midfielder rescued his side's unbeaten home record.
 arrow Football: Huddlestone extends Spurs deal
Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone signed a new four and a half year contract with the Premiership club on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Pepe to become Portuguese
FC Porto's Brazilian defender Pepe is set to follow Barcelona midfielder Deco and play for Portugal after obtaining Portuguese citizenship.
Metropolitanarrow 'Form independent monitoring cell to make polls acceptable'
The caretaker government should form an independent monitoring cell to strictly observe the election and correctly count the votes so that the results of the forthcoming elections are acceptable to all,
 arrow Violence against women also affects children
Sonia (not her real name), a housewife in a middle class family, used to suffer physical torture at the hands of her husband but did not disclose her plights.
 arrow 6 killed, 68 injured in road crashes
At least six people were killed and 68 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Rajshahi and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow One to die, four get life term
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth to death and four others to life in jail for killing Rassel Chowdhury, a college student, in Tangail in April last year.
 arrow Incorporate issues of street children in poll manifestos
Speakers at a press conference yesterday stressed the need of political commitment to ensure safe night for the street children, says a press release.
 arrow Mugger lynched in city
Angry mob yesterday beat one mugger to death and severely injured two others on charge of snatching money from a vendor in the city's Jatrabari area.
 arrow Biman staffs protest move to privatise warehouse
Employees of Bangladesh Biman yesterday threatened to enforce tougher agitation if the decision to privatise its cargo warehouse and terminal management is not withdrawn by January 5.
 arrow Attack on Alamgir Kabir in Naogaon
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Alamgir Kabir came under attack by angry protesters at Kashiabari Bazar in Atrai upazila yesterday evening.
 arrow Party men guard Shamim Osman's house to thwart arrest
Supporters of Awami League (AL) leader and former lawmaker Shamim Osman guarded and encircled his Chashara house in Narayanganj to resist the law enforcers from the alleged arrest attempt.
 arrow Transport strike causes untold suffering to Ctg city dwellers
Thousands of commuters experienced untold sufferings as a result of a nine-hour transport strike enforced by drivers, workers and owners of Special City Bus Service in the port city yesterday protesting
 arrow RU plans to recruit 50 more on political consideration
Rajshahi University authorities have launched a new mission to recruit around 50 people as section officers under political consideration.
 arrow AL faction observes hartal at Bagha
A faction of Awami League, loyal to former lawmaker Raihanul Haque, observed a six-hour hartal at Bagha and Charghat yesterday demanding withdrawal of the nomination paper of city AL Secretary AHM Khairuzzaman
 arrow AL-Khelafat deal a bad news for democrats
Chairman of the International Bangladesh Foundation and Vice Chair of UK All Party Human Rights Group Lord Avebury said the reported agreement between the Awami League (AL) and Khelafat Majlish is a bad
 arrow RED staff angry over its division into two parts
The decision of dividing Rajshahi Education Board (REB) into two separate boards and shifting its fund and work force to other half triggered criticism and agitations among staffs yesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi BNP men threaten to resign en masse
BNP leaders and activists loyal to district BNP President Azizur Rahman in a press conference at Rajshahi Press Club yesterday threatened to resign en masse on January 3 if the nomination of outgoinglawmaker
 arrow Defamation suit against Manabjamin editor, publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday asked editor, publisher of the Manabjamin and its Daudkandi correspondent to appear before it on March 8, 2007 in a defamation case filed by former BNP lawmaker for publishinga
 arrow Art competitionfor children
Talent Promotion Initiative organised an art competition for Children to mark the Victory Day, says a press release.
 arrow Anis, Rahid DCAB president, secy
Anis Alamgir of Ajker Kagoj and Rahid Ezaz of bdnews24.com were elected president and general secretary of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) for 2007 yesterday.
Nationalarrow 22 injured in Khaishpur, Sirajganj clashes
At least 22 people were injured in incidents of violence in Khalishpur in Khulna and in Sirajganj as jute mill workers and employees continued agitation to press their eight-point demand including payment
 arrow Cancel ticket to ex-MP Delwar, 4 BNP aspirants demand
Four BNP nomination seekers from Mymensingh-4 (Sadar upazila) at a press conference here yesterday demanded cancellation of alliance ticket to immediate past party lawmaker from the area Delwar Hossain
 arrow 8 nomination papers cancelled in 4 dists
Nomination papers of eight candidates were cancelled in Manikganj, Pabna, Moulvibizer and Khulna after scrutiny yesterday. Of them six were alleged loan defaulters.
 arrow Hartal for AL, BNP ticketsin Barisal, Mymensing
Hartal was observed yesterday in Hizla and Muladi upazilas in Barisal and Haluaghat upazila in Mymensingh for BNP and Awami League tickets.
 arrow 84 new polling centres in Barisal
Eight-four new polling centres were set up in five constituencies of the district as per convenience of Four-party Alliance, according to an allegation of Awami League (AL)-led Grand Alliance.
 arrow Broom protest against Mannan Bhuiyan
A faction of local BNP leaders and activists yesterday brought out a broom procession and burnt BNP leader Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's effigy here protesting his nomination from Narshingdi-1 constituency.
 arrow Kader Siddiqui to fight for 5 seats
Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) president and legendary freedom fighter Abdul Kader Siddiqui Bir Uttam submitted nomination papers from five constituencies, three of them in Tangail, party sources
 arrow AL protests nomination to Gono Forum
Hundreds of Awami League (AL) activists yesterday took out a procession here protesting nomination of Gono Forum leader Mofizul Islam Khan Kamal from the grand alliance.
 arrow 'Dead' man files nomination
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) nomination seeker M Shahidullah Shahid from Mymensingh-2 (Phulpur Upazila) constituency found his name missing from the corrected voter list when he went to the Returning
Point-Counterpointarrow View from the brink
Our national politics is on the brink. That is all one can read from the two grand rallies held at the Paltan. Now it boils down to whether we have time or not.
 arrow Rupali Bank sell-off in national interest?
The Bangladesh Privatization Commission's frantic maneuver to sell-off 67.
 arrow India: Eastern or Western power?
Pundits agree: India will be the third great Asian power to emerge, after Japan and China. Japan emerged self-consciously as a Western power. China has made no pretensions in that direction.
 arrow Pakistan and Afghanistan
Amidst spiraling violence in Kabul and the Afghan countryside, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has stepped up his criticism of Pakistan's role in supporting the resurgent Taliban.
Culturearrow Children and war under he spotlight
The Children's Film Society organised a session of children's films on the Liberation War to celebrate Victory Day. The venue was the German Cultural Centre.
 arrow Cultural Programme on spirit of Liberation War
Cultural organisation Matribhumir Angikar arranged a programme titled Swadhin Deshey Haynar Anagona at the Rabindro Sarobar (open stage near Dhanmondi Lake) on December 26.
 arrow Three day programme for promising dancers
To boost young dancers, Department of Dance and Music of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has arranged a three-day programme at the plaza of National Art Gallery of BSA.
 arrow A platform for budding artists
Sixty seven young artists, many of them students of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, have the opportunity to display their works.
 arrow Awareness programme of Bangladesh Betar
A programme on 'Development of Women and Children's Activities' was organised by Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka with Abdul Aziz Talukder, Regional Director (programme) in the chair.
Generalarrow Jute workers block Dhaka-Ctg road
Hundreds of workers of four jute mills put a barricade on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Baro Awlia under Sitakunda upazila for three hours yesterday demanding implementation of their eight-points, including
 arrow Pay salary, bonus before Eid
Several labour organisations yesterday held rallies in separate places of the city demanding salaries and bonus ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow SSMC classes on Jan 10
Sir Salimullah Medical College will start introductory classes for the students of the first year MBBS course (2006-2007 session) at 10:00am on January 10 next year.
 arrow No deal with grand alliance
Islami Shashantantra Andolon yesterday protested the media report that the Awami League-led grand alliance had allocated Barisal-5 parliamentary seat to the party for the forthcoming elections following
 arrow Foreign liquor worth Tk 7 lakh seized in Ctg
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in a drive seized 2,904 can foreign beer and 48 bottles of liquor worth around Tk 7 lakh and arrested two traders from city's Jakir Hossain Road in the early hours
Internationalarrow Saddam offers self as sacrifice, calls on Iraqis to unite
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein said in a letter released yesterday that he would go to the gallows as a "sacrifice" and called on his former Iraqi subjects to unite against their enemies.
 arrow Hajj rituals start amid steps to avert any tragedy
Around two million Muslims will today begin the annual hajj pilgrimage to Makkah amid increased safety measures aimed at preventing stampedes which each year claim scores of lives.
 arrow US president who sought to heal Watergate wounds
Gerald Ford was thrown into the breach as US president in 1974 and outraged many Americans by pardoning Richard Nixon as part of a campaign to a heal national wounds caused by the Watergate scandal.
 arrow Manmohan pledgesequality for Muslims,low-caste Hindus
India's prime minister pledged yesterday to help Muslims and low-caste Hindus who face discrimination in getting jobs and finding social acceptance -- and who also represent a major vote bank.
 arrow Another Abeaide quits
Japan's embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday suffered the second resignation of a top adviser in as many weeks as a minister quit in a corruption scandal.
 arrow Pro-govt Somali troops seize Islamist town
Ethiopian-backed Somali government troops yesterday ousted Islamist forces from a key southern town and rolled closer to the capital Mogadishu as a second week of heavy fighting began, both sides said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Prof. Sen on public healthcare
Speaking at the launch of Bangladesh Health Watch's "The State of Health in Bangladesh Report 2006", Professor Amartya Sen made the observation that "privatisation limits the majority of people's access
 arrow Editorial: Clashes continue
The last day of nomination filing (Dec. 26) turned to be a violent one, as supporters of two rival candidates of the BNP and AL clashed in Segunbagicha in the city, leaving more than 300 people injured.
 arrow A counter-terrorism strategy for Bangladesh
We are still grappling with the issue of formulating a strategy for countering terrorism in Bangladesh.
 arrow Rethinking Election 2007
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. E-mail:khasru74@yahoo.
 arrow Electioneering facts or fiction
These days it is difficult to distinguish between facts and fiction.
Letters to Editorarrow Hajj 2007
As you enter the place, Al Rahman, you will see most of the guests coming from Bangladesh lying in a row so close to each other that one breathes over the other.
 arrow Democracy of two parties?
Like the other days I got up early in the morning and it's my habit to look at a glance at the headlines of 'The Daily Star' and select some special topics for reading thoroughly.
 
   
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