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Khaleda apologises for mistakes, if any

In a speech scathing about Awami League (AL) and its President Sheikh Hasina, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon her archrival to shun 'politics of vengeance' and work together for the country.

Shokrana guilty of hiding past

A judicial probe body has asked the Election Commission (EC) to take legal action against BNP candidate Mohammad Shokrana of Bogra-1 constituency for concealing criminal records in the affidavit attached to his nomination papers.

No revenge

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said if voted to power, her party will not seek revenge for her “sufferings during the emergency rule”.

End to vengeance

Sheikh Hasina last night made a fervent call for all political parties to do away with politics of confrontation and develop a healthy political culture for building a prosperous country.

Modern Bangladesh

The grand electoral alliance's last campaign rally led by Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at Laldighi Maidan in the port city of Chittagong yesterday turned into an ocean of people again, spilling over onto the adjacent roads and alleyways.

Bid to become PM again defended

Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera published exclusive interviews of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday. Al Jazeera asked the two leaders the same questions.

Curtain falls on polls campaign

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia spent the final hours canvassing frantically to woo voters before the deadline for electioneering expired last midnight.

Judicial magistrates won't be in field

The Election Commission (EC) has finally decided that judicial magistrates assigned to try electoral offences concerning the parliamentary polls tomorrow would do the job in their offices.

Indian ships leave Bangladesh waters

Tension over India's trespassing into Bangladeshi maritime boundary diffused yesterday morning as the three Indian oil and gas survey ships withdrew from Bangladeshi waters.

2 lakh to observe JS polls

Over two lakh local and more than 500 foreign observers will monitor the December 29 parliamentary election across the country.

Paltan packed for second day

The final showdown of BNP-led alliance turned Paltan Maidan and its adjacent areas into a human sea as tens of thousands of people joined the rally in the capital yesterday, on the last day of election campaign before the polls.

Honour the will of people

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged all political parties to demonstrate responsibility and honour the will of the people during the national elections.

Don't elect corrupt, war criminals

Nineteen prominent citizens yesterday called upon people not to vote for corrupt people, terrorists, extortionists, loan and bill defaulters and war criminals in the national election tomorrow.

No ban on private cars in metro cities

In the metropolitan areas of Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal, the Election Commission has imposed restriction on movement of taxicabs, microbuses, jeeps and pick-up vans from midnight today until December 29 midnight.

Fear of old ghosts' return to politics

Only the posters dangling from ropes in a sprinkled manner over the roads are the visual signs that an election is in the offing. Other things -- a busy weekend, buzz of hangout groups near roadside tea stalls and honking vehicles -- were all usual scenes at the TSC crossing on Dhaka University campus Friday evening.

Polls Guidelines

Polling hour: from 8:00am to 4:00pm without any break
If you are already in the queue inside the boundary of the polling station, you are allowed to cast vote regardless of the timeframe

195 killed in Isareli air strikes on Gaza

At least 195 Palestinians were killed across the Gaza Strip on Saturday in massive Israeli air strikes on the Hamas-run enclave, said the head of Gaza emergency services Moawiya Hassanein.

4-party candidate back to grabbing land in Rangpur

A four-party alliance parliamentary nominee allegedly re-encroached upon more than 11 acres of recovered public land in Rangpur, immediately after the joint forces had been withdrawn from civilian areas earlier this month.

Fresh face relief for Barisal voters

Jahangir, a rickshawpuller, shows a scar on his back caused when Awami League (AL) activists beat him up while Abul Hasnat Abdullah was a lawmaker here.

Tigers in Murali maze again

Muttiah Muralidaran worked his magical spell around the Bangladesh batsman on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium yesterday.

2 ballot boxes found in street

Two ballot boxes of the Election Commission (EC) were left abandoned at Kakoli intersection in the city's Banani area early yesterday.

Chopper to be used in remote Khagrachhari polling centres

At least 100 polling centres out of the 179 in the area have been identified as vulnerable while the election commission (EC) has decided to use a helicopter to reach four polling centres of the hill district considering the remoteness of these centres.

Finishing line of election roadmap appears

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said finishing line of the election roadmap is now appearing after all ambiguities which has become possible due to efforts made by the countrymen.

Bomb blast kills 22 at Baghdad bus stop

A massive bomb tore through a crowd gathered near a bus station in a Shia neighbourhood of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 54, security officials said.


As the nation prepares for elections . . .

THE nation is now poised to exercise its right of franchise. On December 29, more than two years after the last elected government handed over power to a caretaker government, voters will choose for the next five years a new parliament and therefore a new administration that they expect will fulfill their most basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education. In these past couple of months, especially since the lifting of the many curbs on political activities, the parties have come forth with their manifestos outlining the programmes they will undertake and implement if they are elected to power.

First-time and women voters

AS the countdown to the parliamentary election gets into the final moments, the cumulative impressions drawn from the contents of party manifestos and electioneering trends make for two conclusions: first, the two major parties have not quite focused on the new voters comprising 32 per cent of the electorate as much as they really should have. Secondly, the women voters who constitute slightly more than 50 percent of the electoral roll have not received adequate attention.

Right time to vote rightly

COUNTING down, December 29 is just a few hours away. Other things remaining the same, the nation will have a newly elected government to run the country for the next five years. No doubt, this is a much-awaited general election for reasons already known. An elected government is not necessarily a democratic government, but election is a sufficient condition for democracy.

A real con called conspiracy theory

IF you forgot the source of a quotation in our parents' generation, you could safely attribute it to Winston Churchill. Churchill smoked Cuban cigars, drank champagne for breakfast, painted for pleasure, and won wars for a living. He was the authentic hero of the age of imperialism in the English-speaking people. If you cannot recall a source now, the safest thing to do is to attribute it to Warren Buffett, who eats hamburgers, plays bridge, thinks up witticisms for a hobby, and makes money for a living. He is the authentic hero of the age of capitalism in the dollar-speaking world.

Restoring democracy

A sense of trepidation prevails among Bangladeshis as the date of election nears. Because of the overwhelming desire for a qualitative change from the past, particularly from the misrule of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government (2001-2006), in the character and behavioural pattern of the elected representatives, one can only hope that the next elected government will not be corrupt and will be accountable to the people for its actions.


Murali blasts batsmen

"Bangladesh hasn't learnt much in their batting but bowling-wise they have improved a lot". The speaker was none other than champion off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran who has every right to say this after the Tigers' batting performance on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Motto look forward

Muttiah Muralidaran doesn't dwell on the past. He takes bagful of wickets, terrorises batsmen, takes the accolades, breaks record after record and moves on and looks forward to the next day.

Siddle sizzles

Australia were winning the battle of the fast men but it wasn't Brett Lee who surged the home team back into the series. After Dale Steyn, the form bowler of 2008, stormed to five wickets in the opening session on the second of the second Test at MCG Saturday, South Africa's top-order was knocked over by Peter Siddle, a 24-year-old Victorian who is growing as a Test quick in front of his home crowd.

Aus tail wags Arthur

Wagging tails are a good sign for dog owners but not for bowling sides. There are few things more frustrating for a fielding captain than failing to rattle through the lower-order after the batsmen have been silenced, and it is a trend that has left the South Africans annoyed several times this series.

Ponting bucks up Hayden

Captain Ricky Ponting still backs Matthew Hayden to return to form but the media here predicted that the out of form opener is almost certain to get the boot if Australia lose the second Test and the series against South Africa here.

Keane fires Liverpool

Premier League leaders Liverpool were still looking down on their rivals after a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers during Friday's Boxing Day programme.

No Styris for six weeks

New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris will be out for six weeks after breaking his thumb in the opening Twenty20 match against the West Indies, New Zealand team officials said Saturday.

L'pool look to end year on top

Liverpool will finish 2008 on top of the Premier League if they beat Newcastle on Sunday.

Wilkins warns rivals

Ray Wilkins expects Chelsea to see in 2009 in style after watching them dispatch West Bromwich Albion 2-0.

FA may probe Wenger

Arsene Wenger may be facing a request from the Football Association (FA) to explain his comments following Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa after he effectively accused officials from the home club of influencing referee Lee Mason during the half-time interval.

Rio blow for United

Rio Ferdinand faces a 10-day lay-off after being forced to pull out of Manchester United's victory over Stoke City with a recurrence of a back injury.

Tie-breaker vexes Dan

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori wants tie-breakers banished from Twenty20 cricket after his side were belted into submission by the West Indies in their opening limited-over international.

Aussie bar on Zim officials

Zimbabwe's top cricket administrators have been included in an expanded list of officials of President Robert Mugabe's regime targetted by Australian sanctions, a report said Saturday.

Van Jaarsveld to join Proteas

Vaughn van Jaarsveld will join South Africa's Test squad on Sunday to cover for ongoing injuries to Ashwell Prince and Graeme Smith. Prince suffered a cracked thumb prior to the Perth Test and Jean-Paul Duminy was promoted to the starting line-up, leaving no backup batsman in the touring party.


Asian stocks mixed in year-end lull

Asian stocks were mixed on Friday, in light trading with several markets still closed for the Christmas holiday and investors bracing themselves for a grim new year, dealers said.

US stocks close higher in post-Christmas trade

US stocks closed higher in thin post-Christmas trading Friday after the US Federal Reserve threw a lifeline to the finance arm of ailing automaker General Motors.

As recession bites, Germany opens pet soup kitchens

In a sign of the times in Europe's biggest economy, poodles, pinschers, terriers and sheep dogs are queuing up for rations at Berlin's first soup kitchen for pets.

Amazon says holiday season was 'best ever'

Online retailer Inc. called this holiday season its "best ever," saying Friday that it saw a 17 percent increase in orders on its busiest day - a rare piece of good news in a season that has been far from merry for most retailers, including online businesses.

South Korean economy may contract

President Lee Myung-Bak said Saturday South Korea's economy could shrink in the first half of next year for the first time since the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

Natixis to slash 85pc jobs in Tokyo

French investment bank Natixis, severely hit by the global banking crisis, is to slash jobs at its Tokyo branch from around 100 to 15, a bank spokeswoman said Saturday.


AL for fair results, BNP alleges violation of electoral code

Awami League yesterday requested the Election Commission to declare the results of tomorrow's general elections fairly, while BNP alleged that many officials of the administration are violating the electoral code of conduct at different places of the country.

Candidates go door-to-door

Rajshahi city and nine upazilas under six constituencies were rocking with last-minute hectic campaign of the candidates yesterday who are competing the general elections tomorrow.

Tight security to avoid post-election violence

Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Shakhawat Hossain yesterday said the government has taken adequate security measures to keep any post-election violence at bay.

6,561 die of cervical cancer a year

Every year some 12,931 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the country while number of deaths due to the disease are 6,561, experts said at the launching ceremony of the 'Pilot programme for prevention of cervical cancer by HPV vaccination in Bangladesh' at a city hotel yesterday.

Candidates' best efforts to woo voters

Candidates in the December 29 parliamentary elections scurried around their constituencies in Chittagong city making last-minute campaign pitches yesterday, desperate to reach as many people as possible.

Mahmudur trains 100 BNP, Jamaat workers on fake ballot papers : AL

Awami League at a press conference yesterday said Amar Desh Publications Chairman Mahmudur Rahman in connivance with a deputy secretary of BG Press have trained up some 100 people on making fake ballot papers to use those in Monday's elections.

Thousands flock to village homes to cast votes

City dwellers flocked in their thousands to bus and launch terminals and railway stations in the capital yesterday to go to their village homes in order to cast their votes in tomorrow's parliamentary elections, as they were enrolled as voters in their respective home districts.

AL allegation against Mahmudur

Awami League at a press conference yesterday said Amar Desh Publications Chairman Mahmudur Rahman in connivance with a deputy secretary of BG Press have trained up some 100 people on making fake ballot papers to use those in Monday's elections.

Movement to materialise pledges launched

A programme titled 'Election manifesto implementation movement' was launched at a conference in the city yesterday with a view to materialising the election pledges made by the political parties in their manifestoes during the election campaign.

Elect honest candidates

Jatiya Jukta Front leader and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said people will have to be free from anarchy of the two major parties by electing honest candidates in tomorrow's elections, says a press release.

'Reject war criminals in election'

People from different professional, cultural, social and human rights organisations yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Sangsad with a call to reject the war criminals in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Debapriya resigns as permanent representative to UN office

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations office in Geneva, has submitted his resignation letter to the foreign secretary recently.

Five killed in road crash

At least five young workers were killed and 35 passengers injured when a Thakurgaon-bound bus collided with a sugarcane-loaded tractor at Rampura Square in Kaharrol upazila in Dinajpur on Saturday evening.

JU postpones admission test

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities postponed the admission test for the first year, scheduled to be held January 3, due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.

'Vote down war criminals'

Pro-liberation Students' Union for Better Bangladesh yesterday called upon people to vote down war criminals, corrupts and inefficient candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections to establish the rule of law in the country.

Salim re-elected Dhaka Club president

Sadat Hossain Salim, managing director of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, was re-elected president of Dhaka Club Limited unopposed yesterday for 2008-09, says a press release.


BNP rebels worry 4-party in 6 Sylhet division seats

The BNP-led alliance is facing trouble from rebels in 6 constituencies in Sylhet division this time, though all the seats were captured by it in 2001.

Ziaul hopes to beat Amini, thanks to feud in BNP

Conflict among the local BNP leaders about supporting the four-party alliance nominee and president of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini is brightening the prospect of AL-led grand alliance candidate Advocate Ziaul Haque Mridha winning in Brahmanbaria 2 constituency.

Wind blows against war criminal in Khulna-6

Khulna-6 will witness an all out battle between pro - and anti- liberation forces in Monday's national election, observe leaders and workers of Awami League led 14-party grand alliance.

BNP, Jamaat cook up tales about militancy

BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami candidates during election campaigns in Rajshahi constituencies have given a 'false version' of the dreadful rise of so-called Islamist militancy in the country to befool voters, civil society members alleged.

FF, war criminal to fight in Sherpur-1

Sherpur-1 (Sherpur Sadar upazila) is one of the most important constituencies in Greater Mymensingh area in the ensuing Jatiya Sangsad election as a freedom fighter and an anti-liberation candidate are contesting from this seat.

7 old faces look stronger in Moulvibazar district

Seven out of 20 candidates who are contesting from four constituencies in the district are old faces. This time they appear to be strong candidates.

15 injured as rivals attack procession of AK Khandaker

Alleged BNP cadres attacked upon an Awami League procession at 'Fakirer More' point of Sujanagar upazila under Pabna-2 constituency injuring at least 15 to 20 activists.

Tanveer Siddiqui conceals info of his jail term

Four party alliance candidate in Gazipur-1 constituency Chowdhury Tanveer Ahmed Siddiqui was convicted to 14 years in jail for corruption but did not mention it in his affidavit submitted with his nomination paper.

Two brothers contesting in Kurigram-3

Two brothers, living in the same residence, are contesting for the post of MP from Kurigram-3 constituency (Ulipur and four unions under Rajarhat upazila) in December 29 parliamentary election.

Election campaign peaks in Sylhet

The election campaign in Sylhet reached the peak as the candidates geared up their electioneering to give a finishing touch yesterday.

Tangail-6 may see triangular fight

Voters in Tangail-6 (Nagarpur-Delduar) constituency may witness a triangular fight among BNP, Awami League (AL), and independent candidates in the upcoming election.

40 hurt in poll clashes in 3 dists

Forty people were injured, several of them seriously, in clashes between opponent election activists at places in Patuakhali, Magura and Rajshahi districts in two days.

Rebel's men attack Ershad's convoy in Rangpur: 20 hurt

Campaigners of independent candidate in Rangpur-2 constituency Mohammad Ali Sarker allegedly damaged five vehicles in the motor cade of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad at Baderganj Bazar yesterday.

5,000 security men to be on poll duty

A security net has been thrown in the entire metropolitan city centring Monday's parliamentary election.

Fakir Ashraf withdraws from race

Jatiya Party leader Fakir Ashraf, grand alliance candidate for Netrakona-2 (Netrakona Sadar-Barhatta) constituency, at a press conference in Netrakona town yesterday declared withdrawal of his candidacy, paving way for district AL General Secretary Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, another candidate from the alliance.

Uzzal Chakma's promises

Independent candidate Uzzal Smrity Chakma, also a leader of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), said here yesterday he will to fight against evil forces and Bengali people who grabbed indigenous people's land at Gamaridala, Keyanghat, Sajek, Latibal, Lama, Alikadam and other places in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).


Those hapless children

It has been observed many times in many ways that every nation, whether it is civilized or not, treats its children as the most precious and gifted wealth bestowed on it, not because of the fact that they cause the population to rise but because the new faces with vitality and integrity will not only lead the nation but also show us the infinite possibility in them.

War criminals and election

There is a proverb that "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it". I was not born when this country achieved its independence. But I could not ignore the history of our liberation war as history never lies. History admits how the brave sons of this soil sacrificed their lives for our independence, how they fought for us, how mothers lost sons, how sisters lost brothers to gave us freedom. History also reveals that a few people, those known as Rajakars ( and members of Al-Badr), were against the independence of Bangladesh. These war criminals not only tried to defeat our freedom fighters but also killed so many innocent people. It makes me cry when I read the story of genocide, 1971. Now it makes me frustrated when I see that war criminals are competing in our national parliamentary election and some of us are actively working for them.

Role of media

We know it's an era of information technology. Unquestionably, it is a great thing that in an under-developed country like Bangladesh, we are enjoying the free flow of information.

Obama and future of US

'Change has come to America', were the words of the first ever African-American President-elect of USA, Barack Obama on the election night after his victory. When Obama was elected as President many people around the globe, in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, celebrated his victory. The reason-- they were hopeful to see a change in America's policy after an eight year-long rule by the warmonger Bush administration. As time for Obama to take charge of his office draws nearer, some people have become sceptical about seeing real change and have valid reasons to be so. Yet, I will tell more of this later. Before that, let us take a look at some words of Obama before the election.


I think it is high time to evaluate the nation building performance of the FBCCI group compared to the daily performance of our rural farmers we watch every day on Channel-i "Krishi Sangbad". The FBBCI is misusing its economic power by interfering in the politics openly and sometimes from behind the scene.

Politics and literature

Politics is the combination of ideas and activities that are concerned with gaining and using power in a country. By using political power and influence politicians sometimes gain personal advantage.

Wastage in education sector

I read a news report titled "Education privilege abused for politics" in DS dated 20 July, 2008. We know that more than 5,000 institutions are redundant and the government incurs a huge loss of Tk. 600 crore yearly.

Nayar's article

This refers to Mr. Kuldip Nayar's article 'Between the Lines, At least war is out of way' (DS, Dec. 20).


While they were there, the time came for Mary to give birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a Manger, because there was no room for them in the hostel.

Madrassa education

Madrassa education needs to be reformed.

Attention: DCC

Sometimes I wonder if our city fathers lack common sense.

Global warming

Melting down of ice in the Arctic zone is a confirmed sign of global warming. Scientists all over the world are very much concerned about the adverse effects of greenhouse gases on climate and overall environment. The degree of damage so far caused by the emission of greenhouse gases has yet to be calculated and confirmed. Meanwhile it has become indispensably essential to take global action to contain release of greenhouse gases into earth's atmosphere. For this, we are to move to green life-style, that is, increasing greening activities by planting more trees, using green energy sources like bio-fuels, solar power, etcetera.

Rajuk plots

Rajuk recently announced the lottery for allotment of 1,000 plots at 'Uttara' and 6,000 plots at 'Purbachal'.


EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

The French presidency of the European Union called yesterday for an immediate halt to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and rocket fire against Israel from Gaza, where Israeli air strikes were reported to have killed at least 155 Palestinians.

US presses India, Pakistan to ease tensions

The United States has urged India and Pakistan to avoid an escalation of tensions after Islamabad redeployed troops to their common border and New Delhi reviewed its security options.

Bomb blast kills 22 at Baghdad bus stop

A massive bomb tore through a crowd gathered near a bus station in a Shia neighbourhood of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 54, security officials said.

Pakistanis mark first anniversary of Benazir killing

More than 150,000 Pakistanis flocked to the mausoleum of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday after some walked hundreds of miles (kilometres) to offer flowers and kiss her grave on the first anniversary of her assassination.

Lanka steps up air attacks after heavy ground battles

Sri Lankan war planes carried out attacks against suspected Tamil Tiger strongholds in the island's north yesterday as ground forces consolidated newly captured areas, the military said.

India to ink big defence deal with US soon

Even as tensions with Pakistan persist in the wake of 26/11, India is now poised to ink its biggest-ever defence deal with US: the around Rs 8,500-crore contract for the supply of eight Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft for the Navy.

US offers Viagra to win over Afghan warlords

CIA agents are offering the potency drug Viagra and other gifts to win over Afghan warlords in the US-led war against Taliban insurgents, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Blast in central China leaves 15 dead

An explosion in central China's Henan province killed 15 people and injured nine others Saturday.

Coalition, Afghan forces kill 6 militants

Afghan and coalition forces say they have killed six militants during a patrol in southern Afghanistan's most violent region.

Arts & Entertainment

First anniversary of Guimet protest observed

On December 25, Gallery Chitrak and Palakar jointly organised a discussion and a drama presentation on the occasion of first anniversary of the movement to protect the artefacts. The programme was held at Gallery Chitrak.

Chalachchitracharya Alamgir Kabir’s birth anniversary celebrated

On the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary of the pioneer film society movement activist and filmmaker, late Alamgir Kabir (1938-1989), a discussion and screening of movies was held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library on December 26. Alamgir Kabir Film Centre (AKFC) was the organiser of the programme. Eminent cultural personalities discussed on the life and works of Alamgir Kabir at the programme.

Elections: Sunny days for makers of musical instruments

Makers of percussion instruments in Mymensingh town and in the suburbs report brisk business as the demand for instruments in the election rallies has gathered momentum.

Muktijuddher Itihaash A living testimony to our Liberation War

A special documentary on the Liberation War " Muktijuddher Itihaash" will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:pm. Designed and planned by Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman, Chairman of ATN Bangla, the documentary sheds light on several unknown facets of the War of Liberation.

Zainul’s 94th birth anniversary celebrated in Mymensingh

Marking the 94th birth anniversary of master artist Zainul Abedin, a painting competition was held at the auditorium of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangra-hashala (art gallery) on December 26. An aggregate of 89 children from various educational institutions participated in the competition in three groups. Of them, nine children were chosen as the lucky winners.

Career- based show Apnar Agami on Banglavision

Career- based programme VISA “ApnarAgami” will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 9:05 pm. Produced by Ushnish Chakrobarti and hosted by Sharmin Lucky, each episode features guidelines to diverse careers.

Rtv third anniversary observed

To celebrate the third anniversary of non-government TV channel Rtv, local journalists arranged a programme which included a colourful procession, discussion and cultural function.

Where have all the tough guys gone?

There was a time when action heroes didn't contemplate. They defeated the bad guy and let their bodies do the talking for them. How times have changed.


Choose with care

THE nation is seeking a democratic transition through the ninth parliamentary elections. Such a transition will obviously largely depend on the candidates who are nominated, especially by the major parties, and their backgrounds. However, it is hard to be optimistic from the information we have about the candidates.

For the first-time voters

A documentary film recently produced by Jagoree, a non-partisan political youth group, summed up many of the frustrations of today's youth -- many feeling that they are too insignificant a factor for change. In a Prothom Alo organised discussion with the first-time voters in Chittagong, the biggest frustration that came out of the 50 discussants was the fact that they felt that this election presented no substantial difference in the quality of candidates.

Manifestos and foreign policy

A study of the election manifestos of the two mainstream parties on foreign policy is not encouraging. Foreign policy figures separately in both documents, but not foreign policy issues. AL's manifesto says that Bangladesh's foreign policy goal is "friendship with all and malice towards none." It also speaks of developing friendly relations with all countries.

Star City

Hotels neither following rules, nor cooperating

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) plan to keep a closer eye on city hotels cannot be implemented properly due to lack of cooperation from many hotels.

Construction of Purbachal link road resumes in Jan

Work of the long-abandoned Purbachal Link Road is set to resume by mid January next year, said project officials.

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