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Front Pagearrow Blockaders fight with law enforcers on first day
More than 200 persons were injured as blockaders fought pitched battles with law enforcers in the capital and elsewhere yesterday on the first day of the three-day countrywide blockade called by Awami
 arrow Armed forces now desire more power
The armed forces expressed their desire to have the authority to arrest anyone from any place on the polling day without a warrant in addition to the power they already have to arrest any person within
 arrow Supreme Court holds the key
The President in a statement on Saturday late night closed the option of a Supreme Court reference about whether the 90-day time limit for election can be extended by saying no such possibility exists.
 arrow Civil admin reshuffle makes little sense
A close look at the civil administrative reshuffle done by the caretaker government (CG) reveals that although a lot of changes have been made as claimed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in her latest speech,
 arrow CG moves again to bring all parties to polls
The caretaker government (CG) yesterday initiated a fresh move to bring all the parties to the parliamentary elections, if possible by holding the polls beyond the constitutional 90-day timeframe provided
 arrow 17 more die of cold
At least 17 more died due to the cold wave in three districts raising the nationwide death toll to 118.
 arrow Huge grenade-making materials, explosives seized from JMB dens
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted several militant hideouts in Narayanganj and recovered huge amount of explosives and locally made iron cases to be used for making grenades.
 arrow PDB faces Tk 1,100cr loss this fiscal year
Because of government's wrong policy, annual loss of the Power Development Board (PDB) will shoot up to around Tk 1,100 crore in the current fiscal year (2006-07), competent sources in the power ministry
 arrow Blockade Scenario...

 arrow Iajuddin still firm on holding polls on time
President Iajuddin Ahmed said his caretaker government now has no business other than completing the process of the election scheduled for January 22.
 arrow EC to spend Tk 200cr for Jan 22 polls
Over Tk 200 crore will be spent to hold the upcoming ninth parliamentary elections and the lion's share of it would be spent on maintaining law and order, Election Commission (EC) Secretariat sourcessaid.
 arrow Polls under Iajuddin won't be allowed
The Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance yesterday reiterated that it would not allow holding of any polls under President and Chief Adviser (CA) Iajuddin Ahmed.
 arrow AL should wait for next govt to see their demands fulfilled
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the election must be held on January 22 and if the Awami League (AL) led grand alliance has any demands unfulfilled, the next government willfulfil
 arrow BB to probe Falu's defaulter clean chit
The investigation committee formed by the Bangladesh Bank to find out how the nominations of a number of loan defaulting electoral candidates including BNP ticket holder Mosaddek Ali Falu had been declared
 arrow On high alert...

 arrow HC asks govt not to harass Dr Kamal until Jan 10
The vacation bench of the High Court yesterday ordered the government not to arrest or harass noted jurist Dr Kamal Hossain, charged with involvement in vandalism at the Supreme Court, until the reopening
 arrow Port negligence makes Karnaphuli channel dangerous
The Karnaphuli channel for the country's premier seaport Chittagong has become dangerous for anchoring ships that often run aground and get stuck due to inefficiency of the pilots and negligence of the
 arrow Cold related diseases spread in capital
As a cold wave sweeps through the country, viral, bacterial and respiratory diseases have broken out in the capital affecting mostly the children.
 arrow Butenis, Anwar meet Khaleda
US Ambassador Patricia Butenis and UK High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury had a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at Hawa Bhaban yesterday evening.
 arrow Outlaws among 6 murdered in 3 dists
Criminals murdered six people on Saturday night -- two in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia, three in Laksam of Comilla and one in Kolaroa of Satkhira.
 arrow Independent candidate held in Panchagarh
Panchagarh police on Saturday night arrested an independent candidate of the January 22 election and six others as part of the ongoing mass arrests launched targeting the grand alliance's countrywideblockade
 arrow 455 DU teachers ask Iajuddin to resign
A total of 455 Dhaka University teachers in a joint statement yesterday asked President Iajuddin Ahmed to resign from the chief adviser's post and appoint a neutral person as per the constitution to save
 arrow 2 NBR officials, 19 others sued for Tk 3cr tax evasion
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed four separate graft cases against two additional commissioners of National Board of Revenue (NBR) and 19 others for evasion of about Tk 3.36 crore revenue.
 arrow 29 unidentified bodies buried
The unidentified bodies of 29 victims of Saturday's bus tragedy in Comilla were buried yesterday as the family members failed to identify the bodies of their loved ones.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade shots
Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) exchanged bullets yesterday morning near Ratnai border of Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon.
 arrow Concern over mass arrest
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has expressed concern over mass arrest and harassment by police on the pretext of maintaining law and order ahead of the blockade programme enforced by Awami
 arrow Troops raid rebel hideouts after Assam massacre
Hundreds of soldiers and policemen raided insurgent hideouts in jungles of restive state of Assam yesterday after separatist rebels killed at least 57 people in two days of coordinated strikes.
 arrow Israel has drawn up plans for nuke strike on Iran
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said.
 arrow 3,000 soldiers killed in Iraqi attacks
US military losses in Iraq touched 3,000, according to latest figures yesterday, amid reports another 20,000 troops are to be rushed to Baghdad to stabilise the violence-wracked capital.
 arrow N Korea fully prepared for 2nd nuclear test
North Korea appears fully prepared to carry out a second nuclear test but is unlikely to go ahead in the immediate future, a South Korean legislator said yesterday.
 arrow Democrats vow to fight for end to Iraq war
The new Democratic majority in the US Congress was poised yesterday for the first major policy confrontation with President George W Bush, demanding an end to the "intractable" war in Iraq.
Businessarrow Forex reserves hit new high of $3.9b
Country's foreign exchange reserves hit a new high of $ 3.9 billion yesterday as the remittance inflow marked a 30 percent growth during the first six months of the current fiscal year, according to the Bangladesh Bank (BB) sources.
 arrow Stocks slide as blockade begins
Price indices on the country's bourses dropped yesterday, the first day of the 3-day blockade programme enforced by the Awami League-led grand alliance. DSE All Share Price Index decreased by 12.
 arrow Foreign trade in China's Guangdong up $100b
Foreign trade in southern China's industrial powerhouse Guangdong province topped 500 billion dollars in 2006, up 100 billion dollars over the previous year, state press said Sunday.
 arrow NBR awards 22 tax officers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has awarded 22 tax officers a cash grant for their outstanding performance in collecting revenues in 2006.
 arrow 'Automakers must cut cost like Chinese, Indians to survive'
Carlos Ghosn, the head of the French-Japanese alliance Renault-Nissan, says automakers who want to survive should take their cue from cost-cutting in China and India, in an interview published Saturday.
 arrow Mandelson seeks new political impetus from EU, US
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson called on Saturday for a "new political commitment" between Europe and the United States to revive the stalled Doha round of world trade talks.
 arrow Tehran, KL sign gas development agreement
Iran and Malaysia have signed an agreement to develop the two offshore gas fields of Ferdos and Golshan in the southeast of Iran, state radio reported on Sunday.
 arrow Hutchison-Essar lures suitors eager for India mobile market entry
India's mobile phone market is red-hot, adding nearly seven million customers a month according to latest figures, and stirring global interest in the auction of the country's fourth-largest wirelessoperator.
 arrow GM goes electric with new concept car at auto show
Struggling auto giant General Motors Corp on Sunday revived its once-failed idea of a mass-market electric car, unveiling a new "concept" car called the Volt designed to use little or no gasoline.
 arrow Emirates to expand ME network
Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, has unveiled plans to further expand its Middle East network, according to a press release.
 arrow Malaysia to choose foreign partner for Proton
Malaysia will set aside bids by local auto firms to acquire stakes in ailing national carmaker Proton, instead first choosing German Volkswagen AG or French PSA Peugeot Citroen as a partner, a reportsaid.
 arrow Iran resumes gas exports to Turkey
Iran has resumed gas exports to Turkey after a five-day cut due to a supply crunch at home brought on by cold weather.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashud doesn't know why
Many might have doubts over his poor batting form but the man himself is not ready to accept the blame.
 arrow Football: Brothers apparently happy
Having enjoyed fabulous outings in the previous two seasons, Brothers Union might have to struggle making it three in a row.
 arrow Cricket: Premier Cricket in quagmire
The current political turmoil may jeopardise the Premier Division Cricket League that is scheduled to begin at three different venues from January 10.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 soccer trial to be delayed
The start of the open selection trials for Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) under-13 football team will be delayed due to the ongoing blockade programme.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan back at helm
Michael Vaughan returned Sunday as England captain and stated his aim was to restore the shattered confidence of the team following their 5-0 Ashes Test series whitewash to Australia.
 arrow Football: Lampard treble lifts Chelsea
Frank Lampard crushed Macclesfield's hopes of recording one of the greatest ever FA Cup shocks as his hattrick inspired Chelsea to a 6-1 victory.
 arrow Football: Gunners crack Anfield code
Two spectacular first half goals from Tomas Rosicky cost the FA Cup holders Liverpool their grip on the famous old competition at Anfield as Arsenal came away with a 3-1 third round victory.
 arrow Football: Sevilla suffer shock defeat
Sevilla opened the door for Barcelona to regain pole position in the Spanish first division when the league leaders went down 2-1 at Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Milan pip Juventus
French teenager Willy Aubameyang headed an 86th minute winner as AC Milan beat fierce rivals Juventus 3-2 to win the 16th edition of the Luigi Berlusconi trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Greg praises Sourav
India coach Greg Chappell said some senior players could be under pressure following the team's defeat in the series-deciding third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands.
 arrow Cricket: Selectors turn to Mac
Stuart MacGill is the standout choice to succeed Shane Warne in the Australian Test team, chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch indicated Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Openers make merry
Entering a tour of South Africa a solid opening partnership is a key requirement, but that has been Pakistan's major Achilles heel since the days of Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan steps into fire
Australia will attempt to exploit Michael Vaughan's lack of match fitness as the reinstated England captain during this month's triangular one-day cricket series, coach John Buchanan said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: White's second coming
Cameron White is set to make his one-day international return this month but after a disappointing 2006, the nature of his place in the side does not worry him.
 arrow Cricket: Clark climbs to riches
Stuart Clark is set to be a major financial winner out of Australia's thumping Ashes series win as Cricket Australia prepares for its biggest contractual shake-up in a decade.
 arrow Cricket: Axe hanging over India seniors
India's cricket board said on Sunday national selectors should be prepared to get tough with struggling senior players in the wake of the Test series defeat in South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Waqar quits Pakistan job
Pakistan cricket received a fresh blow as national bowling coach Waqar Younis resigned in protest at what he called "mistreatment" by the sport's authorities, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SA remain the same
South Africa named an unchanged 16-man squad for a three-Test series against Pakistan after defeating India by five wickets in the decisive third Test at Newlands Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath at sixes peak
Seasoned Sri Lankan campaigner Sanath Jayasuriya on Saturday established a world record for most career sixes during his superb half-century knock against New Zealand in their fourth one-day international
 arrow Football: Milan say no to Ronaldo
Real Madrid have offered to transfer strikers Ronaldo and Antonio Cassano to AC Milan, the Spanish press reported on Sunday, but the Italian side have turned them down.
 arrow Football: Bayern to spend heavy
Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeness revealed Sunday that the German champions are ready to go on a multi-million euro spending spree in order to compete with the top clubs in Europe for the best players.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff was no 'mistake'
Andrew Flintoff was the right man to lead England in the failed Ashes series against Australia, chief selector David Graveney said here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Adding insult to injury!
After the disappointing 2-1 Test series defeat to South Africa, more embarrassment seems to be in store for India as Cricket South Africa (CSA) is planning to send a bill claiming recovery for the damages
 arrow Tennis: Malisse clinches Chennai Open
Third seed Xavier Malisse of Belgium defeated Stefan Koubek of Austria in just an hour to win the 416,000-dollar ATP Chennai Open here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd supports WC organisers
West Indies legend Clive Lloyd believes the Caribbean can host a successful World Cup given the organisers execute their plans effectively.
 arrow Football: Mourinho's darkest hour
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho scoffed on Saturday at suggestions he was going through the toughest phase of his career.
 arrow Football: Calais stun Lorient
Tiny Calais caused the shock of the round in the last 64 of the French Cup, beating first division Lorient 2-0.
 arrow Football: Whither Roman's billions?
Roman Abramovich's billions have brought glory and silverware to English champions Chelsea, but they have done little to enhance the prospects of teenage hopefuls at the London club.
 arrow Football: Larsson frustrates Newcastle
Sebastian Lars-son grabbed a late equaliser to earn 10-man Birmingham a 2-2 FA Cup third round draw against Newcastle at St Andrews.
 arrow Football: Kahn sets quit year
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has said he will retire from football in 2008 at the end of his current contract.
 arrow Football: Ferguson rates Scholes best
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes former England midfielder Paul Scholes is playing well enough to be an early contender for Footballer of the Year.
Metropolitanarrow 6 killed in road crashes
At least six people were killed and 13 others injured in separate road accidents in Savar, Nilphamari, Patuakhali and Madaripur yesterday and on Saturday night.
 arrow Stop using children in political programmes
Human rights activists at a meeting yesterday called on all not to use children in any political programmes or violence.
 arrow CA's statement protested
Different political parties yesterday expressed resentment over the statement of President/Chief Adviser (CA) Iajuddin Ahmed regarding the election, saying that it proves the gross irresponsibility on
 arrow Ensuring fair polls only way to resolve crisis: CPB
Ensuring a free and fair election with the participation of all political parties to establish an elected government is the only way to resolve the existing crisis, said Communist Party of Bangladesh(CPB)
 arrow Cancellation of polls schedule demanded
Rajshahi unit of Awami League-led grand alliance has demanded cancellation of polls schedule, correction of updated voter list, reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) and resignation of the chief
 arrow Illegal pump house unearthed in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday unearthed an illegal pump house with a huge underground water tank for selling water in the metropolitan city.
 arrow 'Stand by distressed humanity'
Adviser for Social Welfare, Primary and Mass Education, Women and Children Affairs Yasmeen Murshed yesterday urged the rich as well as the social workers and voluntary organisations to stand by the distressed
 arrow Charges pressed against Krishak League chief Mirza Jalil, 8 others
Mohammadpur police yesterday pressed charges against Bangladesh Krishak League President Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil and eight others in a case filed under the Speedy Trial (Law and Order Disruption) Act.
 arrow Admission tests of 8 govt high schools now on Jan 12
Admission tests of eight government high schools in Dhaka city under 'B group' will now be held on January 12 instead of January 9, an official handout said yesterday.
 arrow Buet viva postponed
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has postponed the viva voce of the admission seekers due to unavoidable circumstances, a Buet press release said yesterday.
 arrow NU exams postponed
All examinations of 3rd year Honours 2005, and 6th term of 2nd year MBM examinations 2006 scheduled to be held on January 8 and examinations of Honours Part-3, 2005, 3rd term of MBM 1st year 2006 andMSc
Nationalarrow Hills disappearing fast in Cox's Bazar town
Hills are disappearing fast in the resort town of Cox's Bazar while denudation of forests is going on unabated.
 arrow No step to stop poaching of guest birds in Moulvibazar
Migratory birds are chirping and fluttering their wings at different water bodies including Hail Haor and Hakaluki Haor. This year, the number of winter birds increased substantially, experts saidhere.
 arrow Mushroom healthy for all, makes some wealthy
Mushroom cultivation has changed the lot of a young man in Sirajganj town.
 arrow 2 BNP leaders expelled from party in Moulvibazar
Two district level BNP leaders have been expelled from the party for violating party discipline.
Point-Counterpointarrow Iajuddin solely responsible
The neutrality of Prof Iajuddin's caretaker government has always been a big question, and possibly that is the root cause of the present political impasse in the country.
 arrow Perfect lab for experiment
Like me, every Bangladeshi has a humble question to the politicans, elected representatives and high-profile administrators reagrding what they are fighting or working? The constitition, democracy, economic
 arrow Victor's (in)justice
Saddam Hussein's hanging represents "victor's justice", on top of a mountain of atrocities, beginning with Iraq's illegal invasion. It presents a major challenge to the world community.
 arrow Osama bin Laden is dead, again
This time it's for real, almost. On December 17, 2006, officials announced that "Laden," as he was known, was killed by sharpshooters in the northeastern state of Assam, India.
 arrow Two littlestates in Palestine?
Hamas's victory-like language cannot hide the fact that the final outcome of its government is very negative, both at the political level and with regard to the living conditions of the Palestinian people.
Culturearrow Badal Rahman: A clarion call for children's entertainment
There are few sources of entertainment for children in Bangladesh. Badal Rahman stands apart as the name behind the first Bangladeshi movie on children, titled Emili-er Goyenda Bahini.
 arrow 'If...': Book with an anti-war message
A book with a moving message, If written by Syed Mohsin, was recently launched at the Dhaka Club.
 arrow 'Golapjan' goes to National School for Drama Theatre Festival
Theatre Art Unit's popular production Golapjan, by SM Solaiman is set to participate in the ninth New Delhi-based National School for Drama theatre festival titled Nabam Bharat Rang Mahatsov,
 arrow 'Fatema': a case study of 'Ontoraler Kotha'
TV documentary serial Ontoraler Kotha, based on real life stories, is currently running on Channel i.
Generalarrow Free all held during mass arrest
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad, a platform of lawyers, yesterday strongly condemned the mass arrest and demanded immediate release of the arrestees and payment of compensation to them.
 arrow DMCH nurse commits suicide in city
Police recovered the body of a student nurse of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and arrested her husband from Tejgaon area of the city yesterday.
 arrow 6 arms, 15 bombs recovered
Police arrested 21 criminals, including a Jubo Dal leader, and recovered six firearms, 15 explosives and ammunition from a village in Noakhali yesterday morning with the help of local people.
Internationalarrow Kashmir rebels unveil unification plan
A Kashmiri separatist leader put forward a peace plan on Saturday to unify the disputed Himalayan territory - claimed both by India and Pakistan - and give it autonomy.
 arrow LTTE bombs fuelling ethnic backlash
Sri Lanka's president yesterday accused Tiger rebels of stoking an ethnic backlash by majority Sinhalese on the minority Tamil community after 17 people died in bomb blasts on crowded buses at the weekend.
 arrow Nepal's splinter rebel group ready for talks
A splinter group of Nepal's Maoist rebels is ready for talks with the government to try to end a violent struggle in the south, its leader said.
 arrow Canadian FM assures Kabul of support
Canada's foreign minister met President Hamid Karzai Sunday on a short visit to pledge support for insurgency-battered Afghanistan, where 2,500 Canadian troops are helping to fight the Taliban.
 arrow Abbas stands firm in standoff with Hamas
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas dug in his heels in a standoff with the ruling Hamas movement yesterday, amid fears that the political tensions could again erupt into deadly factional violence in Gaza.
 arrow Yet another serial killing case in India
Police investigating the sexual murders of two labourers have stumbled on India's second serial killing case in the space of a few days, digging up nine bodies so far in Hyderabad.
 arrow Two killed in clash over West Bengal industrial hub
At least two people were killed and dozens injured in eastern India on Sunday after rival political activists hurled crude bombs and fired handguns over the acquisition of farmland for an industrial hub,
 arrow 2 babies, 2 women killed in Afghan blast
A roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing a woman, her two newborn twin babies and the children's grandmother, an official said.
 arrow Saddam was hanged in 'deplorable' way
British finance minister Gordon Brown has condemned the way Saddam Hussein was hanged as "deplorable" -- in contrast to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has so far stayed silent on the execution.
 arrow More troops for Iraq 'too little, too late'
The former commander of Nato forces in Kosovo, General Wesley Clark, said Sunday that sending more US troops to Iraq would be "too little, too late", and could worsen the situation for coalition forces.
 arrow Phillipines beefs up security for ASEAN summit
Philippines authorities have ramped up security for this week's summit of Southeast Asian leaders, saying Sunday a terror attack could not be ruled out although there was no specific threat.
 arrow Malaysia flood toll rises to 17
The death toll from floods in Malaysia rose to 17 as fresh heavy downpours forced hundreds to evacuate in the country's north and the eastern state of Sabah, authorities said yesterday.
 arrow Nobel winner made chief editor for a day in Turkey
Orhan Pamuk, the winner of the 2006 Nobel Literature prize, was made editor-in-chief for a day of a Turkish newspaper and used the opportunity to highlight the oppression of artists and intellectualsin
 arrow UN chief urges Iraq to suspend executions
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday "strongly" urged the Iraqi government to suspend imminent executions amid an international outcry over the bungled hanging of Saddam Hussein a week ago.
 arrow Sunnis protest Saddam execution
Hundreds of Sunni Arabs protested yesterday the execution of Saddam Hussein outside a revered Shiite shrine in northern Iraq that was the target of a devastating bomb attack last year.
 arrow ETA bomb marks 'full stop' in peace process
In his strongest comments since a deadly ETA bombing a week ago, Spain's prime minister said Saturday that the blast marked a "full stop" in efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the Basque region.
 arrow Iran vows to cooperate with UN atomic agency
Iran vowed on Sunday to continue cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) despite the UN Security Council sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme.
 arrow US, N Korea to hold talks on Jan 22
The United States and North Korea have provisionally agreed to hold talks on a dispute over US financial restrictions against the communist regime in the week starting Jan 22, South Korea's foreign minister
 arrow Alaska snowman has some neighbours fuming
Snowzilla may be a smash hit with shutterbugs, but the towering snowman has detractors closer to home.
 arrow 20 killed in El Salvador prison riots
Riots erupted in a maximum-security prison in western El Salvador, leaving at least 20 inmates dead, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Warsaw archbishop resigns
Self-confessed communist collaborator Stanislaw Wielgus resigned yesterday from the post of archbishop of Warsaw, hours before he was due to be formally installed in an opulent service at the Polish capital's
Editorialarrow Editorial: President's statement
After remaining conspicuously cloistered of his own volition for quite a while, President-cum-Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed came up with a statement that helped little to pave the way for a political settlement
 arrow Editorial: The accident was just waiting to happen
The festive Eid mood might not have all died down as the passengers on board a local bus on the Dhaka-Chittagong high way were reflecting on how to get back to rhythm at their work places in the portcity.
 arrow Cold winter, cold hearts and more...
Biting cold and cold hearts are conniving together at the moment in Bangladesh to make living for the common people nothing better than mere survival on a daily basis.
 arrow Blood clot
Saddam Hussein is more powerful in his grave than he ever was in his palace. Alive, he was a dictator. Dead, he is a martyr.
 arrow The looming danger of the political brinkmanship
The nation is back to the brink again with the AL-led grand alliance rejecting the election for the ninth parliament due on January 22. It has vowed to resist that election altogether.
Letters to Editorarrow Tense situation
Reports confirm that most people in both camps want peace, yet at the same time there is mounting hatred and extremism. Both sides now speak of a direct confrontation.
 arrow Country in deep crisis
Today (03/01/'07) the Awami League led grand alliance decided not to participate in the January22 election and withdrew their nomination papers.
 arrow New task for Dr. Yunus!
The triumphant return of Dr Md.
 arrow Ruling By US Chief Justice
During the US presidential election of 2000, there was some dispute about some ballots. The disputes were finally settled in the US Supreme Court.
 arrow Election boycott
I have just read the article "Factors leading to boycott decision" on the on-line edition of The Daily Star (4th January 2007).
 arrow Imposing democracy on Iraq!
Although Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who committed genocide against his own people, the way he was executed by the US-backed Iraqi government has left many questions unanswered.
 arrow Sad, indeed
It is indeed sad and painful to read about the state of affairs in Bangladesh - even in Lebanon! Almost the entire Bangadeshi community of several thousands here daily cling to the hope that some day,
 arrow Congratulations!
Congratulations to the unopposed 17 winners in the 2007 national election so far.
 arrow Favourite columnists
I take the privilege to extend my heartiest thanks to the regular columnist in my favourite daily.
 arrow Political scenario
As of today (5 January 2007), it appears the AL-led alliance will not participate in the election slated for 22 January 2007.
 arrow Political agitation
We, the people of Bangladesh, are really in a dilemma about the present political impasse. It is really difficult to predict the direction towards which the country is heading.
Star Cityarrow Heroin and yaba flood Dhaka
Lethal drugs are now so easily available in the city that even children as young as 13 are getting hooked on deadly addiction.
 arrow High voltage on rusty poles
Residents of Tejkunipara are in fear as a 200 KVA transformer of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) may collapse anytime causing a serious accident in the residential area.
 arrow Housing companies launch sales on false claim
A number of private housing companies claim that they obtained government approval for their projects while the authorities say they have not yet approved them.
 arrow Traffic police 'disappear' after 10 pm
Dhaka's traffic control mechanism goes practically non-functional after 10 at night when the traffic department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police withdraw its officials from their duty stations leaving
 arrow Land prices cause housing nightmare
At the root of the city's incessantly deteriorating housing problems are the exorbitant land prices that continue to challenge the wits of the city dwellers.
 arrow Working to keep city moving
"I am serving the people who are celebrating Eid today and performing duty is a prayer to me," this is how a dedicated sub-inspector of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Sharif Uddin, expressed his feelings
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