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100 hurt as hartal paralyses Rangpur over Ershad's fate
Fierce clashes between police and activists of Awami League-led grand alliance marked the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the alliance in Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts yesterday while the hartal inKurigram,
Evolving Polls Situation
Grand alliance to decide today if it would contest
Hasina to talk to the press
The Awami League (AL) led grand alliance will announce today its decision whether to participate in the next parliamentary elections under the circumstances when the caretaker government is allegedlyusing
AL Candidature
Resentment over tickets to weak candidates
A number of mid- and grassroots-level leaders of Awami League (AL) are increasingly becoming frustrated at the party's nomination of several candidates with slim chance of victory over those recommended
BNP Nomination
Aggrieved left-outs clash with rivals
More and more BNP activists staged protests in the last couple of days, sometimes locking in violent clashes with rivals within the party, in different parts of the country defying their party nominees
Toxic transformer oil used for frying food
Presence of poisonous oil used in electrical transformers as coolant was found in deep fried food items sold in roadside shops in the capital.
News Analysis
Politics rule attorney general's office
The Attorney General's Office (AGO) goes into overdrive, speeding up or slowing down some court orders for the Election Commission (EC) to capitalise on the dubious moves that curiously suit the purpose
Nomination Rejection
Ershad files appeal with EC today
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad will file appeal with the Election Commission (EC) today challenging the validity of the returning officers' (RO) decisions rejecting his nomination papers for five
AL showing fresh excuses to boycott polls
Says Mannan Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan last night blamed the Awami League-led grand alliance for trying to show fresh excuses on Ershad issue to boycott or foil the January 22 general election.
Jamal, 2 others' nomination valid despite BB report on loan default
The Returning Officer's Office of Barisal did not disqualify the nomination papers of former BNP whip Shahidul Huq Jamal and two other candidates even though a Bangladesh Bank (BB) report listed themas
Thousands head for home ahead of Eid
Thousands of passengers thronged bus, train and launch terminals yesterday, the last working day of the government employees, to leave the capital in a bid to observe Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear
Nomination Rift
Show-cause notice served on BNP leader Khokon
The BNP served a show-cause notice on its former lawmaker Khairul Kabir Kokhon yesterday, asking him to explain his recent activities centring party nomination for Narshingdi-1 ignoring party decision.
Birdwatchers find 5 lakh waterfowls of 72 species
A census, conducted by Nature Conservation Committee (NCC) early this year, found 4,94,401 waterfowls of 72 species at 40 sites across the country.
Waziullah Murder
Brother files case against Tarique, Babar, cops
Brother of Awami League (AL) leader Waziullah, who was killed on November 13 during the blockade programmes, yesterday filed a murder case against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, former
12 EU election observers arrive Sunday
Twelve European Union long-term election observers (LTOs) will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday for the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on January 22.
HC orders not to harass Shamim Osman
Supporters foil 'arrest attempt'
Supporters of Awami League (AL) leader and former lawmaker Shamim Osman foiled an alleged police attempt to arrest the leader at his Chashara home in Narayanganj early yesterday.
Japan welcomes recent political developments in Bangladesh
The government of Japan has welcomed the recent political development in Bangladesh where all major political parties expressed their willingness to participate in the upcoming general elections.
Hartal observed in Khulna-Jessore industrial area
A daylong hartal was observed in Khulna and Jessore industrial areas yesterday in response to a call by a Jatiya Party election candidate to woo jute mill workers.
Cheating Case
Arrest warrant against ex-BNP MP Kaikobad
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former BNP lawmaker Kazi Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad and two others in a cheating case filed by a proprietor of a construction firm in September 2001.
Asia back to online after quake setback
But access patchy
Asia's telecommunications services were partly restored on Thursday after earthquakes off Taiwan cut undersea cables and knocked millions of users offline, but with few alternative routes, access wasslow
Victory rally

Advisory council holds up move to make PDB a holding company
The council of advisers yesterday sent back for further vetting a proposal for transforming the state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) into a holding company.
Traders' strike paralyses Sonamasjid land port
Activities at Sonamasjid land port remained halted for the second day yesterday due to the indefinite strike enforced by importers and exporters.
4 murdered in city
Four people including an eight-year-old were murdered yesterday in Lalbagh, Shyampur, Jatrabari and Gulshan areas of the capital.
Last date for depositing firearms now Jan 5
Home ministry in a circular last night extended the time for submitting licensed firearms to the police stations to January 5.
Shooting in microbus leaves 3 hurt
Unknown criminals sprayed bullets in broad daylight yesterday on a microbus at Dhupkhola in the capital injuring the owner of a manpower agency and its two staff.
Bombings kill 23 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad
4 more GIs slain, 4 Americans kidnapped
Three bombs killed 23 Iraqis in Baghdad yesterday, and the US military announced the deaths of three American soldiers.
2 AL men hurt in bomb attacks in Chuadanga
Two local Awami League (AL) leaders were injured in bomb attacks on Wednesday night.
Head-banging snakes may predict China quakes
China has come up with an earthquake prediction system which relies on the behaviour of snakes, state media said yesterday, two days after two quakes struck off neighbouring Taiwan.

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