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Front Pagearrow Cops attack blockaders with brute force
Five top leaders of the Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance were injured as police assaulted them while using brute force to disperse alliance activists and leaders from around the Bangabhaban during
 arrow Advisers approach grand alliance with election deferment proposal
Amid the donors' enormous pressures for all-party polls and after getting a green signal from BNP, a team of three advisers of the caretaker government yesterday approached the Awami League (AL)-led alliance
 arrow Create conditions for fair, transparent polls
The US Department of State yesterday urged the caretaker government to create conditions for free, fair and transparent elections where all political parties can be involved in Bangladesh's democratic
 arrow Legal experts question its blanket power
The armed forces start election duties today with unprecedented authority to arrest anyone at any place without a warrant until January 29, but legal experts questioned the decision to give them the power
 arrow Extend time for holding fair polls
Seventeen eminent citizens yesterday urged President Iajuddin Ahmed to extend the time for holding polls beyond the 90-day timeframe as one of the prerequisites to hold elections -- an error-free andvalid
 arrow CG to be responsible if violence occurs on polling day
The caretaker government will have to take responsibility for any violence on the poll day of January 22, acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Adviser contradicts Bangabhaban spokesman's statement
The Bangabhaban last night issued a statement through a spokesman regarding meeting between the chief adviser and an adviser, which was contradicted by the latter.
 arrow Blockade in pictures
1. Performers of the grand alliance rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital are dispersed leaving their musical instruments on the street after police swooped on the rally ahead of their Bangabhaban siege programme yesterday.
 arrow Volatile politics worry 5,000 examinees
Some 5,000 'O' and 'A' level examinees sit their exams beginning from today with fears that they might not be able to attend all of them, as the exams might coincide with the political programmes like
 arrow Grand alliance to announce fresh agitation today
Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance holds a grand rally at Paltan Maidan in the capital today to announce its next course of agitation programmes to press home its demands for a free and fair election.
 arrow One-party poll to raise credibility question
The credibility of the upcoming polls will be questioned both at home and abroad, if it is held without the participation of all the major political parties, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of European
 arrow Officials to be on election duty worried over security
Sammilito Karmakarta Karmachari Oikya Parishad expressed concern over the security of government officials who are supposed to perform duty on the election day on January 22.
 arrow CA told Burns of constitutional compulsion
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed has apprised US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns of constitutional compulsion for holding general election within the stipulated 90 days and his caretaker
 arrow 15 more die of cold
Biting cold gripped most parts of the country again as temperature fell by one to three degrees Celsius last night.
 arrow Most victims of mass arrest not released even after bail
Most of the prisoners, held as part of the wholesale arrest drive, are yet to be free from jail custody even though they were granted bail on January 8, said relatives of the arrestees yesterday at the
 arrow Thugs demolish 50 homes of indigenous people in Dinajpur
At least 250 landless people, mostly indigenous people, are passing their days under the open sky amid the continuing cold wave in Dinajpur after miscreants dismantled and torched their homes on Sunday
 arrow Gridlock

 arrow Bangabandhu's homecoming day today
The historic homecoming day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed today. Bangabandhu returned to independent Bangladesh on this day in 1972 from a jail in Pakistan.
 arrow Security alert for UN staff in Bangladesh
The United Nations (UN) has put Bangladesh in phase-1 cautioning its international staff to travel in the country with precaution and security clearance in the wake of current political turmoil over the
 arrow Huda critical of diplomats' role over polls
Senior Vice-chairman of BNP and former communications minister Nazmul Huda criticised the foreign diplomats' role ahead of the ninth parliament elections.
 arrow Fema, Janipop urge govt to ensure all-party participation
Two leading election monitoring organisations yesterday urged the caretaker government to ensure participation of all political parties in the next national elections where citizens will have multiple
 arrow US jets strike Qaeda targets in Somalia
Many people died in a US air strike on a southern Somali village occupied by Islamists believed to be sheltering at least one al-Qaeda suspect, a Somali government source said yesterday.
 arrow Bush's Iraq plan faces Democratic challenge
President Bush is telling lawmakers that he will send thousands more US troops to Iraq's two most troubled regions, but before he can unveil the plan it is facing stiff challenges from Congress' majority
 arrow 50 militants said killed in Iraq battle
US and Iraqi soldiers, backed by American warplanes, battled suspected insurgents for hours yesterday in central Baghdad, and 50 militant fighters were killed, the Defense Ministry said.
 arrow Rejoinder
Former home secretary SM Jahrul Islam protested the information published about him in a report headlined "Civil admin reshuffle makes little sense", which The Daily Star carried on Monday.
 arrow Correction
Our yesterday's story headlined "6 secretaries transferred: No cabinet secy for over a month" contains a wrong information. The intro says "...
Businessarrow One year goes without trade under Safta
A year passed off without any trading among the Saarc-member countries after an all-side consensus on enforcement of a pact on free trade in the South Asian region.
 arrow Workers, owners contradict about implementation
Workers and owners of the readymade garment (RMG) sector contradicted each other about implementation of the minimum wage for the RMG workers.
 arrow US, EU trade chiefs see hope for Doha agreement
Trade chiefs from the United States and the European Union expressed optimism Monday for reviving stalled talks to liberalize global trade known as the WTO's Doha Round.
 arrow Thailand imposes limits on foreign investment
Thailand's military-appointed government Tuesday approved new limits on foreign investment, despite concerns about the potentially disastrous economic fallout.
 arrow US sees 'real interest' in FTA with KL, Seoul
The United States said it saw "real interest" in concluding free trade agreements with South Korea and Malaysia, as crucial talks resume in the new year to strike deals ahead of the expiry of President
 arrow Ericsson, RanksTel reach deal
Ericsson has signed a supply and delivery contract for PDH microwave radio, MINI-LINK, with Ranks Telecom, a leading PSTN operator in Bangladesh.
 arrow Global growth may continue at similar pace in 2007
Top central bankers believe world economic growth will continue this year at a similar pace to the encouraging levels achieved in 2006, European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet said on Monday.
 arrow Kuwait against new Opec meet to curb oil price fall
Oil Minister Ali Jarrah al-Sabah said Tuesday that Kuwait was opposed to holding an emergency meeting of Opec to halt the slide in world oil prices.
 arrow EU to flesh out joint energy policy plans
The European Commission is to lay out today broad plans to cut greenhouse gases and reduce the EU's dependence on foreign energy while boosting competition in the market.
 arrow Dollar mixed in Asian trade
The dollar was mixed in Asian trade Tuesday as the market waited for another batch of US economic indicators and speculated about the chances of an interest rate hike in Japan next week, dealers said.
 arrow US deficit cut to address global imbalances
Multilateral efforts by all major economies are required to address global imbalances, but the first step rests on the United States to take credible measures to reduce its fiscal deficit, experts said.
 arrow Vietnam to remove oil, petroleum price subsidies
Vietnam will remove price subsidies on some kinds of oil in mid-2007 and those on all oil and petroleum products in early 2008, newspaper Youth reported Tuesday.
 arrow First three-Zone A330-200 joins Etihad fleet
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has taken possession of its first three-Zone A330-200 aircraft, bringing to 14 the number of new aircraft that the airline has introduced
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB may name WC probables today
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed categorically said yesterday that the selection panel thinks there is no 'automatic choice' for the national team rather selection has always been on the basis of players'
 arrow Cricket: Serious cricket from today
Under threats of political turmoil and bad wea-ther, the main event of the Premier Cricket League -- the 50-overs competition -- gets underway today with defending champions Old DOHS taking on Young Pegasus
 arrow Football: Fitness main problem
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday reduced its 33-member preliminary squad to 25 for next February's Olympic pre-qualifiers against Hong Kong.
 arrow Football: Brothers' Faisal surprise
Brothers Union sprung a surprise when they had Mohammedan's Faisal Mahmud training with the club yesterday, the opening day of their camp for the inaugural Professional Football League.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies keep winning
Australia inflicted more misery on England with a record-breaking 77-run victory in their one-off Twenty20 match on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Good news for Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh, expected to be out of action till the World Cup, could make a return of sorts as early as the home one-day series against West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: King upbeat on World Cup
Coach Bennett King insists West Indies can become the first ever host team to the win the World Cup. But he admits there is still work to do to prevent Australia from winning a third successive title.
 arrow Cricket: Dilip blames batsmen
Chief cricket selector Dilip Vengsarkar has singled out the batsmen as the major reason for India's disastrous showing in South Africa where they lost both the one-day and Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan draw tour match
Off-field drama overshadowed the action on the field as the match between the touring Pakistanis and the Rest of South Africa ended in a tame draw at the De Beers Diamond Oval Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sreesanth just did it
Indian fast bowler Sreesanth revealed the story behind the famous impromptu dance after he had hit Andre Nel for a six during the first Test in Johannesburg. "It just happened.
 arrow Cricket: Rain decides NZ-SL series
New Zealand and Sri Lanka had to settle for a 2-2 draw in their one-day series after the deciding game in Hamilton was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal exit boosts Blake
James Blake strengthened his title claims with an opening victory amid the demise of top seed Rafael Nadal on a day of withdrawals at the Sydney International here Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Serena reaches last eight
Serena Williams chided her sister Venus over some misleading information before scraping into the quarterfinals of the Hobart International here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly ready to open
Sourav Ganguly is eyeing a recall into the one-day team and has reiterated his willingness to open the batting.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI smells a rat
Munaf Patel, the Indian fast bowler, has far more serious concerns than a sore ankle with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) openly questioning his integrity.
 arrow Football: Galacticos near extinction?
Crisis club Real Madrid are set to cut their losses during the transfer window and ditch their two remaining galacticos Ronaldo and David Beckham, according to Spanish newspaper AS on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Simulation worries FIFA
FIFA criticised players at the World Cup for the "deplorable habit" of faking injuries, disruptions that the governing body said marred last summer's tournament.
 arrow Football: Chelsea deny Mourinho rumours
Chelsea have insisted they will not be distracted from Wednesday's League Cup semifinal first leg away to Wycombe by talk that manager Jose Mourinho is set to quit Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
 arrow Cricket: Younis exudes confidence
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is confident his team will fare better on their South African tour than India, who lost the Test series 2-1.
 arrow Cricket: Little practice for WI, India
West Indies will play just a solitary three-day match before their Test series in England starts with back-to-back clashes in May, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday when theyconfirmed
 arrow Cricket: ICC to block Asif's return
The International Cricket Council (ICC) continues to block former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal's return to cricket officialdom.
 arrow Football: Platini slams Johansson
French legend Michel Platini has blasted UEFA chief Lennart Johansson for opposing his bid to take over the presidency of European football's governing body.
 arrow Football: Smith to take on Rangers job
Scotland manager Walter Smith was denied Monday the chance to coach Rangers after the Scottish Football Association (SFA) rejected his request to leave his contract with the national side.
 arrow Football: Italy president hails champs
Italy president Giorgio Napolitano on Monday saluted the World Cup-winning squad for restoring some pride in the nation's most popular sport after it had been tarnished by the 'Calciopoli' match-fixing
 arrow Football: Roma to sign Wilhelmsson
Roma are close to signing Swedish international Christian Wilhelm-sson from French club Nantes, the Serie A title-chasers said.
 arrow Football: A Sicilian revolution
Thirteen years ago Catania came close to extinction, but now 'The Elephants' are stampeding their way up the Serie A table and dreaming of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: A long wait for fruit to ripen
Real Madrid's two prized winter signings Fernando Gago, the midfield player, and Gonzalo Higuain, the striker were in the squad who took on Deportivo La Coruņa last night.
 arrow Football: Srnicek staying at Magpies goal
Pavel Srnicek is to remain at Premiership side Newcastle until the end of the season, the goalkeeper announced Monday.
 arrow Football: Mijatovic has faith in Real
Real Madrid's sporting director Pedrag Mijatovic claimed Monday that he feels confident the struggling club have identified the source of their problems this season.
 arrow Football: Eriksson quashes Marseille link
Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has no interest in joining Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille. "These were only rumours.
 arrow Football: Double blow for Juve
Serie B promotion hopefuls Juventus were dealt a double injury blow with defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Jean-Alain Boumsong both being ruled out for several weeks.
 arrow Football: West Ham sign Quashie
West Ham have signed West Brom midfielder Nigel Quashie in a 1.5-million-pound deal rising to two million if the struggling London side avoids relegation.
 arrow Football: Inter willing to take Cassano
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini said he would be happy to sign Real Madrid's unsettled striker Antonio Cassano, but not until the current season has ended.
 arrow Football: Lennon commits to Spurs
Aaron Lennon has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with Tottenham to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2012, the English Premier League club announced Monday.
Metropolitanarrow 50 hurt as outsiders beat up RMG workers in city
At least 50 workers of a garments factory in the city's Tejgaon Industrial Area were injured yesterday afternoon when over 200 outsiders, allegedly hired by the factory authorities, attacked the workers
 arrow Burimari land port paralysed, incurs loss of Tk 1cr
Due to countrywide blockade enforced by Awami League-led grand alliance since Sunday last, the government has incurred a loss of more than Tk 1 crore in revenue at the country's second largest land port
 arrow Govt, parties urged to take well thought out steps
Ten retired army officials yesterday appealed to the government, major political parties, the armed forces and senior retired army officials to uphold the spirit of the constitution, ensure security of
 arrow 3 killed in Chandpur road accident
Three people were killed and three others critically injured in a road accident on Chandpur-Comilla highway in Hajiganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow No credible election without participation of major parties
There cannot be a credible election without the participation of major political parties, Canadian High Commissioner Barbara Richardson said yesterday.
 arrow Cop action on women activists condemned
Women's and human rights activists yesterday strongly condemned the police atrocities on women political activists during countrywide blockade programme enforced by Awami League-led grand alliance.
 arrow Tarique files defamation case against Quader
A Dhaka court ordered judicial inquiry into a criminal case filed yesterday by a lawyer on behalf of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman against Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary
 arrow Warrants for arrest against Shamim Osman, Nasim Osman
A court here yesterday issued arrest warrants against Awami League (AL) leader Shamim Osman and his brother Nasim Osman, a Jatiya Party (JP) leader, in a theft case.
 arrow 'Grand alliance a union of masterminds'
Rajshahi City Mayor and BNP candidate for Rajshahi-2 (City and Paba upazila) constituency Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday alleged that the grand alliance of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, former president
 arrow Chittagong jolts at 5.58 on Richter scale
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.58 on the Richter scale jolted the port city and its adjacent areas yesterday. The tremor shook the city at 11:28:35am and lasted for 47 seconds.
 arrow Bombs hurled at SQ Chowdhury's residence
Unidentified miscreants last night hurled two homemade bombs from a taxicab at the Dhanmondi residence of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, former parliamentary adviser to immediate past Prime Minister Khaleda
 arrow Threat to kill Rupsha UZ journos
A newly floated underground party on Monday threatened to kill Rupsha upazila correspondents of all national and local dailies and blow up Rupsha Press Club in bomb attack.
 arrow Poush Mela on Friday
Poush Mela Celebration Council will organise the tenth Poush Mela (Winter Fair) at Ramna Batomul in the city on Friday.
 arrow CG urged to hold polls with participation of all parties
Pro-Awami League Dhaka University (DU) teachers yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) not to hold the ninth parliamentary elections without participation of all political parties.
 arrow 231 RU teachers demand CA's resignation
A total of 231 teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) in a statement yesterday demanded resignation of President Iajuddin Ahmed as chief adviser (CA) blaming him busy implementing blueprint of BNP-led four
 arrow City mayor distributes warm clothes
Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka distributed warm clothes among the destitute on Monday night in different places of the city, says a press release.
 arrow 14 houses gutted in Ctg
Fifteen houses and valuables worth Tk 10 lakh were gutted in a devastating fire yesterday. Fire service sources said the fire broke out at a house near Salt Gola Crossing at Bander areas at around8:00am.
 arrow CPB for continuous agitation
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Monjurul Ahsan Khan has called for continuous demonstration including hartals on January 21 and 22 if the farcical election is not cancelled.
 arrow German envoy meets Dhiraj
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Frank Meyke yesterday met Advisor Dhiraj Kumar Nath at his office and discussed issues of bilateral interest.
 arrow SC reopens today
The Supreme Court opens today after a 24-day winter vacation.
 arrow DU exams postponed
Dhaka University authorities yesterday postponed all the scheduled examinations under course system until January 14, says a press release.
 arrow Birth anniversary of Vivekananda today
The 145th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda will be observed at Ramakrishna Math and Mission in Dhaka today, says a press release.
 arrow Death anniversary of Badal observed
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday observed the 15th death anniversary of its leader Moniruzzaman Badal on Dhaka University campus.
Nationalarrow Poultry farms face closure in Tangail, Kishoreganj
Poultry farms in Kishoreganj and Tangail districts are facing closure threat due to various reasons including cold wave, price hike of poultry feed and political unrest.
 arrow Move to preserve bio-diversity
A new move has been taken up here to create job opportunities for indigenous people of forest areas.
 arrow Hundreds of jobless weavers employed in Sirajganj
A new wholesale market of clothes has been set up by a former lawmaker here at a cost of Tk 30 crore on 30 acres of land at Enayetpur creating job opportunities for hundreds of jobless people in shoal
 arrow 22 fertiliser loaded vessels stranded in Jamuna
At least 22 fuel and fertiliser laden water vessels were stranded at Baghabari and Kazirhat points in the Jamuna due to poor navigability of the river channel in the last few days.
 arrow Hindus campaigning for Jamaat candidate
Hindus are campaigning for a Jamaat candidate in Bogra-2 (Shibganj) constituency to resist BNP candidate and former whip Rezaul Bari Dina.
Point-Counterpointarrow Globalization and the Bangladeshi dream
Peace is achieved when people are taken out of poverty by being helped to develop businesses, thereby enabling them to take care of their families and invest in education.
 arrow Situation far from conducive for a fair election
After a staggering hesitation in taking the appropriate decision, the Awami League-led grand alliance finally withdrew from the January 22 fray.
Culturearrow Encouraging big picture
Stranded Bihari refugees in Dhaka, boats at Sandwip, children afflicted with cancer, scenes from floods in Dhaka, Kampuchean land mine victims and glimpses of Venice.
 arrow Shafin Ahmed and his new album
Shafin Ahmed's music always generates a buzz. The vocalist and bass guitarist of one of the leading bands in the country, Miles, Shafin's new solo album titled Virus has been recently released.
 arrow Postal stamp in Bimal Roy's honour
One of the greatest auteurs of Bengali cinema, late Bimal Roy has finally received due recognition from the Indian Government. A postal stamp has been issued in his honour.
 arrow Preserving the legacy of the Muktagacha zamindars
The 41-year-old Shipra Acharya Chowdhury is the wife of late Devashish Acharya Chowdhury, the last generation of the Muktagacha zamindars.
Generalarrow CNG-run microbus explodes
A gas cylinder of a CNG-run microbus exploded while refueling at a filling station at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Hold polls on time to continue democratic process'
Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad has called upon the caretaker government to hold the ninth general elections on time to continue democratic processes in the country.
 arrow Jubo League calls hartal in Munshiganj today
Jubo League, youth front of Awami League, called a half-day hartal in the town and its nearby areas today, protesting the killing of its leader Abul Kalam Azad Raja.
 arrow Motorcycle hijacked
A gang of criminals hijacked the motorcycle of a staff of The Daily Star at Dhanmondi in the city on Monday night.
 arrow President's statement hailed
A total of 468 pro-BNP teachers of Dhaka University in a statement yesterday hailed President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed's statement saying that through his speech the president gave logical explanation
 arrow CEDAW session begins Jan 15
The 37th session of the United Nations Committee on the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will begin at the UN headquarters in New York on January 15, says
Internationalarrow Crackdown in Assam after wave of killings
Troops fanned out into India's remote northeastern jungles yesterday to crackdown on separatist rebels blamed for a wave of ethnic killings that took 71 lives since the weekend.
 arrow US rules out military solution to Lankan separatist conflict
The United States yesterday urged a speedy political solution to Sri Lanka's separatist conflict as the island slipped into more violence and warned that a military solution was not possible.
 arrow US sub, Japanese ship collide
A US nuclear-powered submarine collided with a Japanese oil tanker in the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's oil supplies travel, officials said.
 arrow Pakistan to reconsider mining Afghan border
Pakistan's foreign minister said Tuesday the country would look at other options before going ahead with a plan to mine its border with Afghanistan, after talks with his Canadian counterpart.
 arrow Palestinian factions lock in war of words
Palestinian rival Fatah and Hamas factions engaged in a war of words yesterday as tensions continued to simmer in the volatile Gaza Strip, where internecine violence has killed more than 30 people inless
 arrow EU presses US before launch of climate plan
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Monday challenged the United States to join Europe's battle against climate change, days before the bloc is due to adopt a landmark energy plan.
 arrow Australians among longest living in world
Australia may be the "lucky country" but its indigenous people are not so fortunate when it comes to longevity.
 arrow Guantanamo ruins lives and a nation's reputation
Since the first prisoners in the US "war on terror" arrived at the Guantanamo naval base five years ago, the Cuba-based camp has ruined hundreds of lives and tarnished the reputation of the United States.
 arrow France drops money-laundering probe against Laden brother
French judges have dismissed a money-laundering investigation targeting Osama bin Laden's half-brother, Yeslam Binladin, for lack of evidence after five years, a judicial source said Monday.
 arrow Former Fiji PM Chaudhry joins interim govt
Fiji's former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry -- twice before deposed from government in coups -- Tuesday joined the interim cabinet formed by Voreqe Bainimarama, who overthrew the elected government
 arrow Red rose for motorcycle riders without helmets
Police in the eastern state of West Bengal gave motorcycle riders without mandatory headgear a bunch of red roses and helmets to drive home a safety campaign, officials and residents said yesterday.
 arrow Rare Asian vulture bred in captivity for 1st time
An endangered species of vulture has been bred in captivity for the first time, a conservationist group said, cheering those trying to rescue the South Asian bird from the brink of extinction.
 arrow Milk destroys health benefits of tea
Bad news for Britons: adding milk to tea ruins the health benefits of the drink, according to a Germany study published on Tuesday.
 arrow Myanmar urged to free political inmates
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Myanmar's military government on Monday to release all political prisoners including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow Taj Mahal gates to have facelift
Indian archaeologists are giving a facelift to two major gates of the country's most famous monument, the centuries-old Taj Mahal.
 arrow Taj Mahal gates to have facelift
Indian archaeologists are giving a facelift to two major gates of the country's most famous monument, the centuries-old Taj Mahal.
 arrow Manila tests security before summits
Philippines security forces brought this resort city to a halt yesterday as they geared up for two Asian summits this week that were postponed last month amid foul weather and terror alerts.
Editorialarrow Editorial: One-sided election and the 14-party siege programme
The greater majority of the people of Bangladesh acknowledge that the 22 Jan election will be bereft of any meaning and will be unable to solve the current political impasse.
 arrow Editorial: Fertilizer crisis
Farmers in the northern part of the country are once again facing a crisis due to inadequate supply of urea fertilizer despite claims made by the Bangladesh Fertilizer Association (BAFA) that there is
 arrow This tribalism we are passing through . . .
We are living through incredibly horrible times.
 arrow Might is right
Is it too naive to portray -- with oblique reference to the age-old saying: Might is right -- the current situation and the caretaker government's dogmatic attitude to hold a meaningless election?
 arrow Terror war is here
Pakistan PM Shaukat Aziz returned the other day from Kabul as empty handed as when he went there in the first place. One will not ask who told him to undertake this visit.
Letters to Editorarrow Mass arrests
Mass arrests have become the topic of discussion. It is really a matter of great regret that AL activists are the main target of this mass arrests. During the BNP rule, we saw such kind of mass arrests.
 arrow Collision course
Now that the collision course is set by AL due to the inflexibility of the BNP, it is only a matter of time before a nightmarish scenario unfolds.
 arrow Defending the constitution!!
A much talked about phrase goes on these days in Bangladesh politics which is "Protect the Constitution at any cost"!! We all love to see that the constitution is protected.
 arrow Forgive us, dear politicians
The sorrow is inexpressible. We, the general people, vote the politicians as they promise to give us a prosperous country but those politicians, soon after going to power, forget everything.
 arrow Criticising the US
Kazi Anwarul Masud, in a recent write-up, wrote on "Going Deeper", concerning the execution of Saddam Hussein, suggesting that President Bush took revenge by having him executed "on Eid day", and
 arrow Politics : AL style
We always hear lots of wonderful speeches from our politicians and that they are doing everything for the welfare of the general public and common masses of the country but did they really think evena
 arrow Conceding defeat?
By boycotting the elections, the grand alliance has conceded defeat.
 arrow Vice-chancellors
Vice-Chancellors of 21 public universities recently met the President/Chief Adviser and placed a number of demands including issuance of quick permission to go abroad for attending international events
 arrow Dr. Yunus
Just watched the CNN special from Norway with Prof. Yunus and his radiant smile, and had to write to you..
 arrow Politics in Bangladesh
The present stalemate in Bangladesh primarily revolves around the question of reforming the Election Commission. Some people call it an advantage to the BNP while others see an AL advantage in it.
 arrow Army deployment
You fail to see the need for the deployment of the army just like you were perplexed by the filing of sedition charges against the law breaking lawyers.
 arrow Can democracy survive in Bangladesh?
The US presidential elections in 2000 was mired in controversy and to this day a significant number of the losing Democratic Party supporters believe the election was stolen. In Nov.
Star Chittagongarrow Civic amenities a distant dream for North Agrabad residents
More than one lakh residents of North Agrabad area in the port city have been suffering for long due to lack of civic amenities.
 arrow Illegal logging, poaching put CHT wildlife at stake
Wild animals and birds are on the verge of extinction in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) as poaching and illegal logging are going on unabated under the nose of the administration and the forest department.
 arrow Access Control Toll Road Opens

Star Cityarrow Traditional, informal but vibrant
While the government has taken virtually no initiative to manage the waste of sacrificial animals, a traditional and informal recycling sector has emerged under private initiative that earns foreign currency
 arrow Lawlessness rules the CNG culture
Utter lawlessness has taken over the public transportation sector in Dhaka where drivers of taxicabs and three-wheelers turn off the fare metres and either refuse to take passengers to destinations they
 arrow Rajuk's dubious U-turn
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has made a sharp U-turn from its earlier stand over a claim for a piece of Rajuk land in Gulshan by a certain quarter.
 arrow A classic case of mismangement
Lack of maintenance of Mohakhali flyover is a classic example of mismanagement and coordination gap among the government departments.
 arrow Lone mobile restaurant in city faces police ban
Despite authorization, the lone mobile restaurants in the country are barred from catering at popular city spots.
 arrow Maze of wires...

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