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Front Pagearrow Elections unlikely before 6 months
The next parliamentary elections may delay for at least six months as the interim government will take the time to prepare a correct voter list, advisers to the caretaker government said yesterday.
 arrow ACC looks to CG to become functional
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that has remained largely inactive since its inception in November 2004 now looks to the caretaker government for assistance in removing barriers to make itself functional.
 arrow Admin politicised: an eye-opener
The case of controversial power secretary ANH Akhtar Hossain, who has been recently demoted back to his original post with the rank of deputy secretary, stands as the biggest example of how the immediate
 arrow JCD leaders rounded up in raids
Army personnel arrested five leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in the capital yesterday as elsewhere in the country 57 people were rounded up in the ongoing anti-crime drive.
 arrow 2 more advisers take oath
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Dr Chowdhury Sajjadul Karim were yesterday sworn in as advisers, completing reconstitution of the nonparty caretaker
 arrow Controversial power projects to be on hold
The caretaker government has decided to stall the proceedings of the controversial projects under the Power Division for the time being.
 arrow Rajuk evicts lake grabbers
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished a number of illegal structures on government land as part of its ongoing drive to evict land grabbers of Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake in the
 arrow 600 dealers blamed for fertiliser crisis in North
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) and administration in several districts identified at least 600 fertiliser dealers in 16 northern districts as responsible for allegedly creating artificial
 arrow Rab busts JMB den in Savar, seizes bomb-making materials
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a huge cache of bomb-making materials from a suspected JMB den in Savar during a raid early yesterday.
 arrow No fertiliser crisis, says press note
The attention of the government has been drawn to the reports carried by a section of the print and electronic media regarding production, stock and supply of fertiliser.
 arrow EC not thinking about its reconstitution
The acting chief election commissioner and the election commissioners yesterday kept silent over their resignation although there has been a strong suggestion from among the advisers to the caretakergovernment
 arrow Fahim Munaim CA's press secretary
Syed Fahim Munaim, managing editor of The Daily Star, has been appointed press secretary to the chief adviser of the caretaker government.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Chairman of Orion Group Obaidul Karim has sent a rejoinder to three reports published in The Daily Star headlined "Oriental Bank scam probe: Orion Group pocketed Tk 596cr using unique method" (January
 arrow Iajuddin's portrait will remain in govt offices
The council of advisers to the caretaker government has decided to keep the portrait of President Iajuddin Ahmed in government offices, which is contrary to the National Portrait Law, 2001.
 arrow Advisers' wealth statements could be made public if council decides
Adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury yesterday said the council of advisers has the discretion to release statements of wealth of the advisers to the public. "I believe in democracy.
 arrow Babar sues Jugantor editor for defamation
A Dhaka court yesterday asked editor, publisher, two news editors and two chief reporters of the Bangla daily Jugantor to appear before it on February 27 after former state minister for home Lutfozzaman
 arrow 2 cops suspended for smuggling Phensidyl
A sub-inspector (SI) and a constable of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Satkhira were suspended yesterday on charge of smuggling contraband Phensidyl.
 arrow City walkways freed from hawkers
Pedestrians in the busiest areas of the capital are finally being able to walk freely on the sidewalks designated for them, thanks to an illegal street vendor eviction drive by police yesterday.
 arrow Jubo Dal man dies in police custody
A Jubo Dal activist died in police custody at Paikgachha Upazila Health Complex in Khulna district on Wednesday night.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer near Haripur border under Thakurgaon district yesterday morning.
 arrow Nepali Maoists dissolve their 'people's govt'
Nepal's Maoists yesterday were set to dissolve their "People's Government" and "People's Courts" which ruled large swathes of the country during a decade-long insurgency.
 arrow Sanctions may escalate Iran standoff: ElBaradei
The UN's nuclear chief Mohammed ElBaradei warned yesterday that international sanctions imposed last month over Iran's atomic programme could escalate the standoff between Tehran and the West.
 arrow Columnist Art Buchwald dies
Columnist Art Buchwald, who chronicled the life and times of Washington with a wry wit for over four decades and endeared himself to many with his never-give-up battle with failing kidneys, is dead at
Businessarrow DSE turnover hits Tk104cr
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday reached Tk 104.70 crore, the highest after 1996's bubble and bust, thanks to a huge rush of investors--both general and institutional.
 arrow GDP may fall behind 6.7pc in event of fresh political unrest: ICC-B
The country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the current fiscal year may fall behind last year's 6.
 arrow Govt moves to recover Tk4000cr revenue from importers
The newly formed caretaker government initiated a drive hurriedly to recover from a section of importers an amount of revenue of over Tk 4000 crore that remained stuck for a long legal fight, official
 arrow India defends its bilateral, regional trade talks
India has defended its negotiations for bilateral trade and regional trade agreements with a number of countries in Asia and Europe saying they are compatible with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
 arrow 'Serious substantive gaps' remain in WTO talks: US
Countries are still far apart on many key issues in world trade talks, but seem to share an urgent desire to reach a deal before that chance slips away, a top US negotiator said on Wednesday.
 arrow Banglalink offers Tk1.96 per minute call charge
Banglalink, owned by Egyptian telecoms giant Orascom, has offered Tk 1.96 per minute call charge under its 'desh package' from Banglalink to any operators, anytime.
 arrow India to regulate micro-finance institutions
A parliamentary bill to regulate the micro-finance institutions in India will be brought in the budget session beginning next month.
 arrow Citigroup rated best in transaction services
Global Finance magazine has awarded Citigroup the title of Best Global Corporate/Institutional Internet Bank for 2006.
 arrow China to lift ban on Japanese rice
China on Thursday agreed in principle to resume imports of Japanese rice which were banned three years ago, a report said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: New manager, why?
Even among the high-ups of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), there is disappointment over the appointment of the new national team operations manager for the coming Zimbabwe tour.
 arrow Football: Brothers, Arambagh look positive
Brothers Union officials promised to provide entertainment in the B. League although they have been heavily damaged in the transfers.
 arrow Cricket: Easy task for title chasers
Old DOHS and Abahani resume the title race when the fourth round of the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League begins today after a regulation one-day break.
 arrow Football: New committee for Pro League
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) dissolved its Professional Football League committee according to the Pro League statutes.
 arrow Tennis: Seeds stamp their class
Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis staged a race Thursday to see who could crush their hapless Australian Open opponent first, and top seed Maria Sharapova joined the fun with her own rapid demolition job.
 arrow Cricket: Smith wary of Pakistan
Try as he might, Graeme Smith will find it difficult to convince record-keepers that he has just led his side to Test wins in Kolkata and Lahore.
 arrow Cricket: Loye's chance at hand
England are considering handing a full international debut to 34-year-old opening batsman Mal Loye in Friday's triangular series one-day clash with Australia in Brisbane.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav leaves past behind
Former skipper Sourav Ganguly, back in India's one-day squad after 16 months on the sidelines, says the team's poor performance in 2006 is irrelevant.
 arrow Tennis: Mirza bites the dust
Chinese number one Li Na and Japan's Aiko Nakamura booked their places in the Australian Open third round Thursday but Indian starlet Sania Mirza bit the dust.
 arrow Cricket: It's different for Sachin
Poor form has ended sporting careers or at least forced a relegation to the bench. In Sachin Tendulkar's case, it has led to a promotion.
 arrow Tennis: Blake, Hewitt through
James Blake's winning streak stretched to seven matches as former finalist Lleyton Hewitt worked his way into the men's draw with another victory at the Australian Open Thursday.
 arrow Football: Capello eases on Beckham
David Beckham may still play for Real Madrid after manager Fabio Capello softened his stance on the English galactico appearing for the Spanish giants before he leaves for California in June.
 arrow Football: Keane the Cardiff wrecker
Robbie Keane returned from injury to lead Tottenham into the FA Cup fourth round with an influential display in his side's 4-0 win against Cardiff on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya crush Scotland
Kenya began their ICC Tri Series in comprehensive style with a 190-run win over Scotland at Mombasa on Wednesday after recording their second-highest one-day total of 328 for 5.
 arrow Tennis: Tennis meet begins Saturday
The qualifying round of the fifth BKSP International junior tennis tournament begins Saturday at the BKSP Tennis Complex in Savar.
 arrow Cricket: Bond can breathe now
New Zealand cricket breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when injury-prone star fast bowler Shane Bond was cleared of a potentially career ending stress fracture of the spine.
 arrow Tennis: Steely Sharapova
Maria Sharapova justified her top seeding at the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-3 demolition of fellow Russian Anastasia Rodionova Thursday, erasing memories of her horror start to the tournament.
 arrow Tennis: Sampras, Vicario into Hall of Fame
Pete Sampras, winner of a record 14 Grand Slam singles titles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, a three-time French Open champion, have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
 arrow Football: Ortega treated for alcoholism
Former Argentina striker Ariel Ortega is taking a break from his club River Plate to receive treatment for alcoholism.
 arrow Football: Milan dream of Ronaldo
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said Wednesday Ronaldo was a player they've dreamed of having for a long time as the Serie A club tried to persuade Real Madrid to release the unsettled striker.
 arrow Football: Le Guen's PSG falter
Paul Le Guen failed to inspire struggling Paris Saint Germain to victory as his first match in charge of the Parisian outfit ended in a goalless draw against Toulouse here on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: A North American revolution in France
North American businessman Jack Kachkar is on the verge of buying fallen European giants Marseille and potentially heralding a new era in the troubled club's history.
 arrow Football: Lucrative TV deal for Premiership
Overseas television rights to English Premiership matches for the next three seasons have been sold for more than 1.
 arrow Football: Abidal fires Lyon
A first-half goal from France international defender Eric Abidal fired Lyon into the French League Cup final on Wednesday as they overpowered Le Mans at their Gerland Stadium.
 arrow Football: Spurs chasing Rocha
English Premiership club Tottenham have expressed interest in signing Benfica defender Ricardo Rocha before the end of the January transfer window, Portuguese media reported Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Roeder blasts wingless Magpies
Glenn Roeder has told his Newcastle United players they face a watershed in their season after the 5-1 FA Cup humiliation by Birmingham City.
Metropolitanarrow City dwellers face acute gas crisis
Gas crisis took a turn for the worse in many areas of the city over the last few days due to suspension of production in two wells of Titas gas field and low pressure of gas from Sangu gas field.
 arrow BDR-BSF meet fails
A company level flag meeting between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on the issue of renovation of an embankment ended without any positive outcome yesterday.
 arrow 2 fatories gutted in city, Tongi
Three fires occurred in and around the city yesterday damaging two factories and a private house.
 arrow Outlaw gunned down in Kushtia
Members of the outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) gunned down one of their rivals belonging to outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML)-Janajuddho faction in the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
At least two people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow Trader killed in 'shootout' with Rab in city
A trader was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow UNDP aid for strengthening reforms in police sought
Inspector General of Police Khuda Baksh Chowdhury yesterday sought cooperation from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and development partners to strengthen the ongoing police reform initiative,
 arrow Businessman shot dead
A businessman was shot dead in the city's Malibagh area on Wednesday night.
 arrow Ershad's lawyers complete arguments
Defence lawyers of former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday completed the arguments in connection with the gold smuggling case implicated him 16 years ago.
 arrow Over 1000 chickens buried in Satkhira
Over 1000 broiler chickens smuggled from India were buried here yesterday on suspicion that they were affected by bird flu.
 arrow Joy selected as Young Global Leader for 2007
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, has been selected as a Young Global Leader for the year 2007 as an Information Technology (IT) specialist by the World Economic Forum,
 arrow Decentralisation of education administration a must
Adviser Ayub Quadri yesterday emphasised the need for decentralisation of the education administration to bring dynamism is the country's education system.
 arrow ASK hails move to separate judiciary
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a legal aid and human rights organisation, yesterday hailed the caretaker government for taking the initiative to separate the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Robbers loot goods worth Tk 3 lakh, kill 1 at Fatikchhari
A villager was killed and another injured when a gang of robbers were decamping with the booties at Fatikchhari upazila in the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 27 fugitive convicts among 1,968 arrested
Police arrested some 1,968 people, including 27 fugitive convicts, from across the country on various charges in the last 12 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Zia's 71st birth anniversary today
BNP will celebrate the 71st birth anniversary of its founder late President Ziaur Rahman today. He was born on this day in 1936 at Bagbari in Bogra.
 arrow Australian envoy calls on Matin
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Douglas Foskett yesterday called on the Adviser for the Ministries of Communications, Civil Aviation and Tourism, Shipping and Liberation War Affairs Maj Gen
 arrow 900 bottles of phensidyl seized, 1 held in Ctg
Narcotics Control Department (NCD) seized 900 bottles of contraband phensidyl and held a person in the port city yesterday.
 arrow 15th anniversary of Nirmul Committee today
Today is the 15th founding anniversary of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, also known as Forum for Secular Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow 'Withdraw state of emergency'
Leaders of Samajtantrik Sramik Front yesterday demanded withdrawal of the state of emergency and restoration of the basic rights of the workers including the right to have trade union, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow View from abroad
The vicissitudes of Bangladesh politics since late October 2006 surprised the most political pundits. No one could have predicted the way things have turned out in just 75 days.
 arrow The African front
New year's eve on 2007 coincided with the Muslim festival of thanksgiving, Eid-ul- Adha.
 arrow Full disclosure
Grameen Bank and its founder, Professor Mohammad Yunus, have received the Nobel Peace Prize. The micro-finance (MF) focus of the world is again spotlighted on Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Heart to heart with Tahsan-Mithila
He was a serious IBA student, from a family with PhDs and no media link whatsoever, she was a political science student from Dhaka University with a family background in the media.
 arrow Single episode drama 'Nolbaji' on ATN Bangla
Entitled Nolbaji, a single episode drama, is scheduled to be aired tonight at 8:45 pm on ATN Bangla.
 arrow More acclaims for Nazir from Krakow
Ahmed Nazir's mind-whirling prints have won accolades galore at the Krakow Triennale '07(Poland).
 arrow 'American Idol': Biggest show on TV returns
The biggest TV show in the world, American Idol returned with millions watching (over 37 million in US alone) with Randy, Simon and Paula rating the good, the bad and the unlistenable in Minneapolis
 arrow 'Ferari' on Channel i tonight
Drama serial Ferari will be aired tonight at 9:35pm on Channel i.
Generalarrow 300 shops removed from footpaths in Chittagong
In a massive drive, the authorities dismantled around 300 illegal makeshift shops on footpaths in different areas of Chittagong city yesterday in a bid to facilitate easy movement of traffic and pedestrians.
 arrow Bangladesh a country of communal harmony
A four-member delegation of Bangladesh Bouddha Krishti Prachar Sangha, led by its president Shuddhananda Mohathero, made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Indian HC meets LDP president
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday paid a courtesy call on Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury in the city and discussed bilateralissues.
 arrow Couple commit suicide in Tangail
A new couple allegedly committed suicide at Sakhipur upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Cold claims 3 more lives in Satkhira
Cold wave has claimed three more lives in the last 24 hours as of Wednesday night, raising the death toll to 15 in the district.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The EC should resign
The caretaker government has made it clear that its highest priority now is a reconstitution of the Election Commission.
 arrow Editorial: ACC's business as usual
We note with a despondent heart that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh has failed to do something worthwhile to justify the nomenclature.
 arrow Week one
The events leading up to the presidential speech of the night of January 11, when the president relinquished the post of chief adviser and declared a state of emergency, have been the subject of intense
 arrow A parrot for president
First thing first, a parable of history to set the context! When General George Armstrong Custer of the Union army lay dead after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, an American Indian woman was found sitting
 arrow Peace-time emergency
President Iajuddin Ahmed declared state of emergency in the whole of Bangladesh on January 11, to the relief of the whole nation.
Letters to Editorarrow Parleys on general election
We are extremely shocked and alarmed at the decision of the CG to invite the two large "political alliances" for dialogue in finding a solution to the current political problems.
 arrow A tribute to Saddam Hussein
I mourn the death of Saddam Hussein, the only and only undisputed leader of Arab Muslim World. I find no language to express my hatred towards those who are responsible for his death.
 arrow New caretaker government
Little hope that I had about the efficacy of the new caretaker government has been shattered after seeing the council of advisers. It seems family and friends have been taken on board by the chief adviser.
 arrow Late realisation
At last the president realised the truth and resigned from the post of CA. but the decision came too late.
 arrow We and the changing world
When we are fighting to grab political power, the world is changing at a fast pace and leaving us far behind.
 arrow Keep up the good work
Two great letters and food for thought for all of us from Mr. Mahmood Elahi and Mr. Munim Chowdhury. Thanks are not enough. Please accept my gratitude.
 arrow Disgraceful
Almost every day I receive numerous e-mails from many of my friends with queries and comments regarding the recent turmoil in Bangladesh.
 arrow A bonus to countrymen
I do welcome the changing atmosphere of our country and also welcome the new chief adviser of the caretaker government. Though it could be done two months earlier but nothing good had happened.
 arrow 'Iajuddin solely responsible'
I truly appreciate the prudent analyses of Mr. Zahid Hossain in the article 'Iajuddin solely responsible' published in your daily on January 08. I think Mr.
 arrow Voter list
The Honourable President mentioned in his speech on Jan. 11, 2007 that there are lots of anomalies in the voter list.
 arrow Bangladesh politics
The people of Bangladesh should express their deep appreciation to the diplomats in Dhaka for bringing our country back from the brink of disaster.
 arrow US strategy
By now there is hardly any doubt that the US expects a formidable challenge from any power that emerges strong in any region.
 arrow DU shutdown
Dhaka University has opened after a long 'shutdown' enforced by the AL-led Progressive Students Alliance (PSA).
 arrow The Japanese way
As a citizen with the background as one of the very elderly businessmen in international business and that mostly with the Japanese, I came across the most polite Japanese people who are very tolerant
 arrow Set things right
Now that the new caretaker government has taken control, the civil society and all concerned seem to be eager to see an election staged immediately to hand over power to the elected government.
Environmentarrow Desertification: Slow onset of an irreversible disaster
Desertification is one of the world's most alarming processes of environmental degradation.
Worldarrow Ulfa rebels warn migrants to leave
A separatist group in India's insurgency-hit northeast, blamed for killing scores of Hindi-speaking people, warned migrant workers yesterday to quit the region and threatened to step up violence.
 arrow Bipartisan US senators oppose troop boost
Trying to get President George W. Bush to reverse plans for boosting US troop strength in Iraq, senators from both political parties unveiled on Wednesday a nonbinding resolution opposing the increase.
 arrow Lanka truce monitors resume work
Ten of Sri Lanka's nearly three dozen truce monitors will be back at their posts next week in the embattled north and east after an absence of more than two weeks, a spokesman said.
 arrow Series of blasts kill 19 in Baghdad
A series of explosions and shootings rocked Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens, police said.
 arrow More protests after Bollywood star blames racism in TV row
More complaints poured yesterday over alleged bullying of Bollywood film star Shilpa Shetty, after she blamed racism for her abuse on a TV show which has sparked diplomatic and street protests in India.
 arrow Pressure mounts on Olmert to resign
Defence Minister Amir Peretz defied calls to resign and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ignored similar demands after the Israeli army chief of staff stepped down over the military's failure to stop Hezbollah
 arrow Manmohan for addressing woes of home-based S Asian workers
The Saarc countries should give high priority to women empowerment and concerns of home-based workers, majority of whom are women, to ensure the benefit of regional and international trade, Indian Prime
 arrow Residents chase, kill two rare leopards in India
Panic-stricken people chased and battered to death two rare leopards in different parts of India, highlighting increasing numbers of endangered wildlife that are killed as rapid economic development destroys
 arrow Indian papers say racism thrives in India
While condemning "racist jibes" thrown at a Bollywood star on "Celebrity Big Brother", several major Indian newspapers yesterday said the country should examine its own prejudices before expressing national
 arrow Pakistan denies Taliban leader hiding in Quetta
Pakistan Thursday dismissed claims that its intelligence service was sheltering Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in the city of Quetta as an "absurd" lie.
 arrow Nepali Maoists hand over more arms
Maoists handed over more weapons to United Nations monitors yesterday, the second day of a process that is a key element of a peace deal in Nepal, former rebel leaders said.
 arrow Runaway Scottish girl can stay in Pakistan
A Scottish girl at the centre of an international custody battle can stay with her father in Pakistan, the country's top court ruled yesterday.
 arrow ‘Abbas to meet Hamas supremo in Damascus’
A Palestinian lawmaker said yesterday that president Mahmud Abbas would meet with Hamas political supremo Khaled Meshaal this weekend in Damascus, but the encounter could not be confirmed.
 arrow Iran offers to help train, equip Iraqi forces
Tehran's ambassador to Baghdad said yesterday that Iran stood ready to help train and equip Iraqi security forces to combat what he called terrorism.
 arrow Court extends Sanjay Dutt's bail to Feb 6
A special court Thursday extended Bollywood action hero Sanjay Dutt's bail to February 6, some two months after he was convicted of illegal arms possession.
 arrow Suu Kyi faces tax evasion charge
State media yesterday accused pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi of evading taxes by spending her money from the 1991 Nobel Peace prize and other awards overseas.
 arrow Leading woman militant held in Kashmir
A leading hardline woman separatist in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir was detained as she raided a cybercafe, police said yesterday, as part of her morality crusade in the main city of Srinagar.
 arrow Pilot killed in Indian Air Force jet crash
A pilot was killed in an Indian Air Force Jaguar bomber jet crash yesterday in the northern desert state of Rajasthan, officials and witnesses said.
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