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Front Pagearrow Separation of judiciary in sight, at last
The newly appointed caretaker government in a landmark move last night published the gazette notifications of four rules relevant to separating the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow 5 more advisers in CG; 3 sworn in
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appointed five more advisers, completing the reconstitution of the council of advisers to the caretaker government headed by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed.
 arrow More raids, more arrests
A number of district-level leaders of BNP and Awami League (AL) and of their front organisations, and some ward commissioners backed by the two parties were arrested yesterday as the army, police andRapid
 arrow No plan to probe EC's flawed voter list
The caretaker government has not yet planned any investigation of the Election Commission's (EC's) making of the grossly flawed voter list, which stands as one of the key reasons for the ongoing intense
 arrow Textbooks riddled with errors
Textbooks for classes IX and X published by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) contain numerous errors and anomalies, including spelling mistakes, faulty chapter and paragraph arrangement,
 arrow BDR, BSF trade heavy fire on Joypurhat border
A heavy gunfight between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Forces (BSF) of India left at least two Indian nationals dead at Hatkhola border of Panchbibi upazila in Joypurhat early yesterdaymorning.
 arrow Hold election immediately
The Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to take measures for holding a free and fair election immediately.
 arrow Consultant of controversial MRP project to be adviser
Faiz Khan, who has been selected as one of the new advisers to the caretaker government, served the home ministry as an IT consultant through a controversial appointment allegedly to push through theoverpriced
 arrow BNP beefs up standing body
The BNP high command in a striking move yesterday rewarded a couple of its veterans by appointing them in the National Standing Committee -- the party's highest decision-making body.
 arrow EC moves to 'revive' voter ID card project
The Election Commission (EC) is now looking into the abandoned voter ID card project, six years into its cancellation, following the new caretaker government's initiative in this regard.
 arrow 200 staff recruited at RU in 3 days
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have appointed some 200 third and fourth-class employees in the last three days largely on political considerations ignoring the budgetary provisions of the university.
 arrow DU ignores rule to recruit 3 teachers
Violating university rules, Dhaka University (DU) authorities are set to appoint three lecturers at Arabic department allegedly on political consideration.
 arrow Licensed arms, illegal bullets seized from Dipjol's house
Joint forces of army and police twice raided the Mirpur house of BNP leader and film actor Monwar Hossain Dipjol in a span of 15 hours and arrested one of his brothers with unauthorized bullets and two
 arrow Ershad to surrender today
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad will surrender before the trial court today in connection with a Japanese boat purchase case.
 arrow Dismantled election camp

 arrow Energy adviser for polls after nat'l ID card
Power and Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the next general elections should take place after national ID cards are prepared even though it would take longer than for preparation of voter
 arrow Baghdad university bombing kills 65
Sixty-five people, including students and teachers, were killed yesterday in the most devastating attack this year as a suicide bomber and a car bomb wreaked havoc outside a Baghdad university.
 arrow JP asks army to close down Prothom Alo
Jatiya Party (JP) Secretary General Ruhul Amin Hawlader yesterday asked the armed forces to close down Prothom Alo following publication of a report saying JP Chairman HM Ershad took money from AwamiLeague
 arrow JP asks CG to hold election after meeting demands soon
Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday urged the caretaker government to hold the election at the earliest possible time after realising their demands including preparing a correct voter list, overhauling the Election
 arrow PCJSS activist shot dead in Khagrachhari
An activist of Jubo Samity, a youth front of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), was shot dead allegedly by the activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at Chongrachhari under
 arrow Occupying space...

 arrow Rice receives cautious Saudi backing for Iraq plan
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was due to hold more talks with Arab leaders in Kuwait Tuesday in a bid to rally support for Washington's plan to quell violence in Iraq after winning cautious Saudi
 arrow President's PS Gani sent on deputation
President's Personal Secretary Nasimul Gani has been appointed director general of NIPORT on deputation.
 arrow 15 injured in police action on farmers
At least 15 farmers, agitating for fertiliser, were injured in police action at Dharmakura Bazaar in Islampur upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Mill worker burned alive in Ctg fire
A worker of AK Khan Jute Mill was burned alive in a fire at North Kattali in the port city early yesterday.
 arrow Olmert faces criminal probe over bank deal
Israel's state prosecutor yesterday ordered a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's role in the 2005 privatisation of an Israeli bank, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
Businessarrow 25 missions miss export targets in Jul-Oct
Performance of the Bangladeshi missions abroad to reach export target has marked a slight improvement with the number of dismal performers declining to 25 from 27.
 arrow Graft costs Lanka billion dollars a year
Kick-backs and crooked deals cost Sri Lanka over a billion dollars last year amounting to about a fifth of tax revenue, the country's top official whistle-blower told AFP in an interview.
 arrow Public-private role seen key to building infrastructure
Public-private partnership is needed to develop infrastructure facilities in Bangladesh, faced with poor tax-GDP ratio and shrinking foreign aid, speakers told a function in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Brac microcredit securitisation honoured
The world's first triple A rated local currency securitisation of microcredit receivables for Brac has been recognized by the financial media as one of the most innovative and ground breaking financial
 arrow China to reduce huge trade surplus
China will encourage imports and restrict exports this year in a bid to balance trade and ease the concerns of trading partners.
 arrow First Security no more a problem bank
First Security Bank Ltd has come out from 'problem bank' status.
 arrow Next few weeks 'crucial' to strike WTO deal
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday the next few weeks will be "particularly crucial" for a deal on the stalled Doha round of World Trade Organization talks.
 arrow India urges foreign firms to invest in hydrocarbons
India invited yesterday foreign companies to invest in its hydrocarbon sector noting that a bulk of the country's oil and gas potential still remains 'locked up' in its basins.
 arrow Rumee Ali made MD of Enterprisesat Brac
Muhammad A (Rumee) Ali, former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, has been appointed managing director of Enterprises at Brac.
 arrow Banglalink TV commercial gets int'l award
A TV commercial of Banglalink, 'Din Bodol', has been nominated for 'The Global Mobile Awards 2007', the most prestigious award for mobile advertising, organised by World GSM Association, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Citigroup to rebrand with shorter name
Executives at financial giant Citigroup Inc are preparing to rebrand the company with a shorter name Citi and a new logo without the signature red umbrella, according to a published report.
 arrow New chairman of City Bank
Aziz Al-Kaiser has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of The City Bank Limited with immediate effect, says a press release. Mohammed Shoeb has also been made vice-chairman of the bank.
 arrow British Airways workers vote to strike
Thousands of British Airways employees have voted to strike following disputes centering on sick pay and pensions, union officials said Monday.
 arrow Jail term sought for Hyundai chief
Prosecutors demanded a six-year prison term against Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo for embezzlement and other charges Tuesday, adding to the woes of the largest South Korean automaker.
 arrow Gemini Sea Food approves 25pc dividend
Gemini Sea Food Ltd has approved a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2005-06.
 arrow Africa the big loser if Doha talks fail: Lamy
Africa must change its stance to prevent the failure of the Doha Round of trade opening talks or face being the big loser, World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief Pascal Lamy said Tuesday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Rabiul ton goes awry
Rabiul Karim came from nowhere to stand tall at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium with a superb hundred but it was not good enough for newcomers Young Pegasus to halt Abahani's winning streak in the Kai-Altech
 arrow Football: Reds kick off training
Professional Football League title aspirants Muktijoddha Sangsad began their training yesterday at the Police Lines ground in Uttara.
 arrow Cricket: Nadir Shah honoured
Cricket umpire Nadir Shah told yesterday that it was an honour for him to become the first Bangladeshi to be picked in International Cricket Council's neutral umpires' panel.
 arrow Cricket: Ash, Mashud fined Aftab cautioned
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took disciplinary actions against three national cricketers for breaching the code of conduct.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff leads from front
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff lifted a jittery England to a drought-breaking three-wicket win over New Zealand in the triangular series one-day international here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs banned for abuse
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs was Monday banned for two Test matches for remarks about Pakistan supporters which were picked up by a stump microphone during the first Test at Centurion Park.
 arrow Cricket: Smith blames fans
South African cricket captain Graeme Smith Monday accused Pakistan supporters of racial abuse and said his team were angry about the incidents which led to batsman Herschelle Gibbs being summoned to two
 arrow Cricket: English skipper pleased at win
England captain Michael Vaughan was pleased with his team's performance, particularly in the field, after they finally won a match in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Jones's England days are over?
While most of his teammates prepare for the upcoming World Cup, dumped English wicketkeeper Geraint Jones will see out the summer playing as a batsman for his old side in Australian grade cricket.
 arrow Tennis: Sania sizzles in Melbourne
India's Sania Mirza sizzled under the blazing Melbourne sun Tuesday to book her place in the Australian Open second round but Asian number one Lee Hyung-Taik wilted and slumped out.
 arrow Tennis: Maria struggles, others cruise
Top seed Maria Sharapova's Australian Open dream almost evaporated in the furnace of Melbourne's centre court Tuesday as Kim Clijsters showed the form that has made her a favourite for the title.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal shows the way
The jostle for pole position in the bottom half of the men's draw got into full swing on a baking second day of the Australian Open here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Calderon launches Becks broadside
Real Madrid chairman Ramon Calderon said Monday that Los Angeles-bound David Beckham had effectively misled the Spanish club as he claimed the former England star agreed his lucrative deal with Los Angeles
 arrow Cricket: First Div begins on Feb 10
A new look First Division cricket league will begin on February 10.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd again WI manager
Former captain Clive Lloyd has been reappointed manager of the West Indies cricket team during its tour of India for the four-match one-day international series starting Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: England refuse 6th Ashes Test
Australia's plan to have six Tests in their next home Ashes series looks like being scuppered by England's reluctance to agree to such a schedule.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan to undergo scans
England captain Michael Vaughan could miss his team's next tri-series match against Australia after straining his left hamstring on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard disagrees with Capello
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said he did not agree with Fabio Capello's policy of barring David Beckham from playing for Real Madrid after the midfielder decided to leave the club for LA Galaxy.
 arrow Football: Salihamidzic Juve-bound
Bayern Munich's Bosnian midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic will join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, the German club said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Deisler retires
Germany international midfielder Sebastian Deisler has retired at the age of 27 after a career blighted by five operations to his right knee and a series of bouts of depression.
 arrow Football: Johansson slams FIFA chief
UEFA boss Lennart Johansson hit back Monday at comments made by FIFA counterpart Joseph Blatter expressing his sympathy for the Swede's rival for the presidency of European football's governing body.
 arrow Football: Spalletti pens Roma renewal
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has extended his contract, the Serie A club said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo surplus at Real
Brazilian striker Ronaldo is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, club president Ramon Calderon said on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'I'm no saviour'
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o dismissed the idea that he was the key to solving the club's poor run of form when he returned to training on Monday, after over three months out with a knee injury.
 arrow Football: Leagues demand more from UEFA
Europe's top leagues will seek more power and cash from European soccer's governing body UEFA within the next 12 months, the chief executive of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) said on
 arrow Football: The softer side of LuaLua
Lomana LuaLa has always been grateful for the privileges granted by a career as one of Africa's biggest football stars.
 arrow Football: Atletico eye Cup progress
Atletico Madrid are confident their expertise away from home will help them to see off in-form Osasuna in Pamplona and progress to the quarterfinals of the King's Cup on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Wiltord out for a month
Lyon striker Sylvain Wiltord, who got injured in their weekend 2-0 defeat at Toulouse, will be out for about four weeks, the French league leaders said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Everton fail in Barton bid
Everton have failed in a transfer bid to bring Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton to Goodison Park.
 arrow Football: Pearce rules out Wright return
The chances of Shaun Wright-Phillips returning to Manchester City are slim, manager Stuart Pearce has admitted.
 arrow Football: PSG looking for Le Guen miracle
PSG players are counting on newly-appointed coach Paul Le Guen to have an immediate impact on the struggling Parisian giants when they take on Toulouse Wednesday.
 arrow Football: McLeish in for Scotland job
The Scottish Football Association (SFA) wants former Rangers and Aberdeen manager Alex McLeish to take over from Walter Smith as national team coach, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
 arrow We Regret
In an article titled 'Rule bent for Asif' that appeared in the Star Sport on Sunday, we mistakenly used the word 'unlawful' in a paragraph that read: The managerial post has been tainted with controversy
Metropolitanarrow Military role in aid of civil admin to continue
A meeting of the advisory council of the caretaker government last night approved extension of the VIP status of President, Prime Minister and Chief Adviser to the caretaker government after the end of
 arrow India to invest Tk 800cr for development of land ports
New High Commissioner of India Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Hawa Bhaban office in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow 15 muggers of 'malam party' arrested in city
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday arrested 15 muggers who allegedly belong to what is popularly known as 'malam party' and used to snatch away valuables from people applying ointment on
 arrow Bilateral issues to be resolved thru' discussion
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the bilateral issues with India, including the proposed Tipaimukh dam on the Barak river, will be resolved through discussion.
 arrow Name street after Sir Salimullah
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the authorities to name a city street after Nawab Sir Khwaza Salimullah Bahadur in recognition of his contribution to the development of Dhaka city.
 arrow 500 suffering from filariasis in Rajshahi city
Nearly 500 residents of Rajshahi City Corporation areas are suffering from filariasis, a mosquito-borne parasitic disease, according to a survey.
 arrow Three killed in road crashes
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Shamim, Nasim Osman asked to appear in court in 10 days
Narayanganj district magistrate published an advertisement in a local daily yesterday asking former Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, his brother Jatiya Party leader Nasim Osman and three others toappear
 arrow Murder case filed over mysterious death of nurse
A murder case was lodged with Mohammadpur police station in the city yesterday in connection with the mysterious death of a nurse of a private hospital.
 arrow Charges framed against Mirza Jalil, 8 others
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Krishak League President Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil and eight others in a case filed under the Speedy Trial (Law and Order Disruption) Act.
 arrow 3 get life for killing Khulna madrasa student
A Khulna court yesterday sentenced three people to life imprisonment for killing a student of Nurul Ulum Hafizia Madrasa in 2004.
 arrow Jugantor editor, publisher asked to appear in court
A Dhaka court yesterday asked Jugantor editor, publisher and its proprietor to appear before it on February 21 after former communications minister Barrister Nazmul Huda filed a defamation case against
 arrow 4 SSC examinees fall sick after eating singara
Four SSC examinees were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for falling sick after eating food from roadside vendors.
 arrow 'Emergency not solution to country's crisis'
Left leaders at a meeting yesterday said safeguarding people's interest is not possible through restricting people's democratic and basic rights, freedom of media and cancelling trade union rights, says
 arrow 'Stop extortion in transport sector'
Dhaka Road Transport Association, a platform of transport owners of Dhaka city, in a statement yesterday expressed hope that the newly formed caretaker government would be able to conduct a free and fair
 arrow Australia hails new CG, hopes for timely, fair election
The Australian government has welcomed the reconstituted caretaker government and hoped that the rescheduled elections in Bangladesh would be held timely in a free and fair manner.
 arrow 'Utilise nuclear resource to meet growing demand of power'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for implementing nuclear energy projects to meet the increasing demand of electricity in the country.
 arrow Torture on two photojournalists condemned
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday condemned the torture on two photojournalists by the authorities of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) while
 arrow 4 injured in Kushtia blasts
Two women and two children were critically injured when two bombs blasted at Abdalpur village under Sadar upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Injured worker dies in city
A factory worker, who was critically injured on Monday's boiler blast at Shyampur in the city, died yesterday. Farooq Hussain, 35, died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital at 6:00am.
 arrow Amol Sen's death anniversary today
Today is the fourth death anniversary of Amol Sen, former president of Workers Party and one of the veterans of Te-vaga Andolan (Movement to provide two-third shares of crops to the farmers), says a press
Nationalarrow Families turn to CG for justice, 'denied' by elected govt
Family members of slain Rajshahi University professors Dr S Taher Ahmed and Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the caretaker government headed by Dr Faruddin Ahmed to take steps to ensure fair and speedytrial
 arrow Illegal sand lifting makes Moulvibazar dam vulnerable
The Moulvibazar town flood protection embankment has become vulnerable as a portion of it has been cut at Barhat point to carry illegally lifted sand from Monu riverbed.
 arrow 33 held by army in four districts
At least 33 people were arrested in army drives conducted in Khagrachhari, Satkhira, Barisal and Manikganj districts yesterday and Monday night.
 arrow Launch owners continue 'rotation' on Dhaka-Barisal route
The Barisal Launch Owners Association yesterday continued its self-imposed 'rotation system' in plying vessels on Barisal-Dhaka-Barisal route, defying a BIWTA order to follow the timetable and conditions
 arrow Acid victim fights for life as accused move freely
Acid victim Kalpana Rani is fighting for life at the Acid Survivers Foundation in Dhaka for about a month while the accused are moving freely in Jaldhaka.
 arrow Gun snatched from cop in Gaibandha
A gang swooped on cops at Bairagir Hat 'police investigation centre' in Gobindaganj uuazila Monday night and snatched away a short gun.
 arrow Tk 10 lakh hides seized in Sylhet
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized hide worth Tk 10 lakh from the bank of the Kushiyara at Baro Paturia in Zakiganj upazila.
 arrow 11 sued for 'embezzling'school fund
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Commissioner Nazmul Haque Monday night filed an FIR with Sonadanga Police Station as a complainant accusing 11 persons for misappropriating over Tk 50 lakh from the fund
 arrow Outlaw killed by rivals in Kushtia
Outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) shot dead a rival belonging to New Bipplobi Communist Party (NBCP) at Durbachara village in Kushtia Sadar upazila Sunday night.
 arrow Foundation of bus terminal laid
At last the Chairman of Moulvibazar Pourasava has taken an initiative to solve the traffic jam in Moulvibazar district town by constructing a mini-bus terminal.
Point-Counterpointarrow The road ahead
The country's ninth parliamentary election, scheduled to be held on January 22, has been postponed. It might as well be cancelled.
Culturearrow Constantly In Motion
Since the beginning of cinematography, the history of experimental films has evolved as a subdivision of the history of cinema.
 arrow 'Kagojer Manush': TV series focusing on news media
Everyday newspapers bring to light stories of people around the country.
 arrow Works of Austrian painters at Chitrak
Manfred and Dagmer Chobot are here from Vienna, holding a joint exhibit of modern art at Chitrak. This includes mixed media: using paper, silk, oil, crayon and water-colour among others.
 arrow 'Babel' and 'Dreamgirls' win top honours
As the 64th annual Golden Globes unfolded last Monday (early Tuesday morning, local time) Babel won the award for best dramatic movie.
Generalarrow '72 pc students suffer from helminth infection in Khagrachhari'
Some 72 percent of students aged between 6 and 16 years in Khagrachhari are suffering from various diseases caused by helminth, a parasitic worm, according to a survey.
 arrow Food Security Fellowship for Journos
The Food Security Journalists Network (FSJN) announces two-month intensive fellowship on 'Food Security' reporting for journalists working in Bangladeshi print/broadcast media, says a press release.
 arrow Expat meets tragic death
SM Farhad Chowdhury (Rajib), son of Md Selim Chowdhury, owner of Agrani Steel Corp, died in a tragic road accident at the age of only 27 while on way to Cox's Bazar along with his friends.
Internationalarrow Sri Lanka's peace deal collapses over party defections
A landmark deal between Sri Lanka's ruling party and the main opposition to bring a political solution to the island's ethnic conflict collapsed yesterday as fighting escalated, officials said.
 arrow Troops kill 30 Tigers in fresh offensive
Sri Lankan troops backed by warplanes launched a fresh offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday, killing at least 30 guerrillas for the loss of one soldier, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Trial of 6 alleged London bombers resumes
The trial resumed yesterday of six Muslims accused of plotting to commit mass murder in London, after prosecutors said only luck stopped them unleashing a second wave of carnage in days in the city.
 arrow 31 killed as winter storms, snow, floods hit US
A powerful winter storm killed at least 31 people as it swept east across the central United States carrying snow, sleet and ice.
 arrow Death toll could reach 40in serial murder,says CBI
The death toll in a serial murder case that has shocked India may top 40 after detectives found over a dozen more skulls stashed in plastic bags, a report said yesterday.
 arrow UN and Europe condemn hanging of Saddam aides
UN and European leaders roundly condemned the hanging of two of Saddam Hussein's aides in Iraq, with even the United States questioning the manner of the execution that left one of the men decapitated.
 arrow Japan confirmsbird flu outbreak
Japan's agriculture ministry confirmed yesterday that the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is potentially deadly to humans, was behind the nation's latest outbreak of the disease.
 arrow World's response to children with AIDS 'tragically insufficient': UN
Millions of children remain at risk from HIV/AIDS and the world's response to their plight remains "tragically insufficient", a UN report said yesterday.
 arrow Kabul hails US recognition of militant havens in Pakistan
US assertions that Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters are operating out of safe havens in Pakistan vindicate Kabul's position and boost its chances of uprooting terrorism, Afghanistan said yesterday.
 arrow Castro in grave condition
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in "very serious" condition after three failed operations for mounting intestinal problems, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
 arrow Abducted South Korean returns home from North after 31 years
A South Korean fisherman returned to home soil and the tears of his family yesterday for the first time since a fishing trip in 1975 turned into a three-decade kidnap ordeal in communist North Korea.
 arrow Pakistan buys 700 missiles
Pakistan is buying 700 air-to-air missiles made by US defense group Raytheon for 284 million dollars, the company said Monday.
 arrow Britain's finance minister heads to India
Britain's finance minister Gordon Brown was set to leave for India yesterday for a three-day tour that will be watched closely at home as he edges towards becoming the country's next prime minister.
 arrow Tribesmen protest against Pak air strike
Hundreds of angry tribesmen held a rally yesterday to protest against a Pakistani air strike on a remote town near the Afghan border, saying the dead were all innocent labourers.
Editorialarrow Editorial: ID cards and voters' list
A couple of advisers in the caretaker government have let it be known that the preparation of ID cards as part of the electoral process could take a long time. That may be understandable, up to a point.
 arrow Editorial: New leaf in Nepal's history
A new chapter has commenced in the Himalayan kingdom's long and chequered history.
 arrow All the wrongs that need to be righted
Putting ANH Akhtar Hossain back to his old position is good news. Putting him in his place is better news.
 arrow Fertilizer and diesel crisis brewing
For nearly two weeks, shortage in supply of fertilizers and diesel in the country, particularly in the northern and western districts, has been in the news.
 arrow Genie out of the bottle
President Pervez Musharraf, in a recent speech, has heavily underlined the problem of sectarian strife in the Islamic world. He said that a catastrophe stares the Islamic world in the face.
Letters to Editorarrow What we must know
For the last few days I was watching with interest an ad on Bangladeshi channels paying tribute to George Harrison, one of the Beatle members who led the concert for Bangladesh at the Grand Central Park
 arrow Bande Ali Mia
One day last June (I think) I suddenly developed an urge to recite a poem which I learnt years ago. There was no particular reason, I just felt like reciting it.
 arrow We'll fight for our Bangladesh!
That's what I said to my mother when she was crying over the current state of her beloved Bangladesh.
 arrow Women's empowerment in Pakistan
The Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan, a feudal lord, is the second biggest hurdle after the Jamaat-e-Islami, in the empowerment of Pakistani women.
 arrow Muslim countries
For centuries the Muslim countries have been constantly fighting amongst themselves. The fight has either been for classification between "Shia" and "Sunni" or for leadership in their communities.
 arrow Good decision, belatedly though
As a foreigner living in Dhaka, I believe stepping down, as chief adviser to the caretaker government, is a good thing that President Iajuddin has done.
 arrow Youth and the past
I would like to draw your attention to a write up by Nazim Farhan Chowdury in Point Counterpoint section of your daily of January 13, 07. I would congratulate Farhan for his piece.
 arrow 'Delayed but necessary measure'
The briefing of AL on the resignation of the president, Professor Iajuddinn from the post of chief adviser drew my attention.
 arrow Ineffectual democracy
Our political leaders cannot sustain democracy in Bangladesh. They have no respect for democratic principles. They exercise it but don't really embrace it and that is the problem that has to be addressed.
 arrow An opportunity for reform
Declaration of emergency and subsequent appointment of a respected economist as the new caretaker chief have given the nation a window of opportunity to implement urgent constitutional, judicial and
 arrow Hopes dashed
At last President Iajuddin Ahmed resigned from the job of CA on the night of Jan. 11. Later, he addressed the nation at around 11:30.
 arrow Is education immaterial?
For every job and profession including that of a cleaner/gardener etc academic qualification bar is there.
 arrow Mass arrests
Such a drastic step by our government is nothing new.
 arrow Thoughts on politics
I am not a political critique but a conscious citizen of the country. I have rather some simple thoughts that I would like to share with you.
 arrow State of emergency
After emergency, the country breaths freely. It is a big slap to the political parties. For the first time in last 10 years, 92 crore taka was exchanged in stock market on a single day(14/01/07).
Star Chittagongarrow Chandgaon fast becoming commercial area
Chandgaon Residential Area is fast becoming a commercial zone as a section owners rent out their residential buildings and flats to traders for use for commercial purposes.
 arrow Damaged oil tanker under repair
MT Banglar Shourabh, an oil tanker damaged in a massive explosion in June last year, will start its voyage once again after repair at home by a local firm.
 arrow Natural calamity of Kaptai Lake

Star Cityarrow Eating poison with vegetables and fruits
People in this city of around ten million are virtually ingesting poison under the labels of organic edibles! Indiscriminate use of toxic chemicals to grow, ripen and make fruits and vegetables appear
 arrow Hell-bent on grabbing a 'plot'!
Land grabbers are defiantly grabbing the Gulshan Lake by earth-filling and erecting illegal structures along road 1/A as the Rajuk authorities remain dubiously silent.
 arrow Extending knowledge on world civilisations
The National Museum has inaugurated a World Civilisation Gallery featuring famous paintings and artifacts from around the world, with the aim of spreading knowledge of the globe's diverse cultures and
 arrow Negligence takes toll on memories
Most of the killing spots of the Liberation War in Dhaka are getting obliterated due to lack of proper initiatives to conserve those.
 arrow Mindless and Ugly

 arrow Announcement
The Star City will publish a four-part story on Shortage of Skilled Manpower beginning from Saturday, January 20.
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