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Front Pagearrow Fuel price hike, weak taka spur inflation
Fuel price hike and devaluation of taka were the main factors that pushed up the inflation rate by .27 percentage point in October.
 arrow Politics again on collision course
Politics is set to generate much heat from the beginning of next year, the last year of the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition in office, as the ruling and opposition blocs are competing to take control of street
 arrow UGC for uniform grading in public, pvt universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday proposed a uniform grading system with a chart of nine grades for both public and private universities in the country.
 arrow EC still in strife as fresh voter listing nears
The chief election commissioner (CEC) and the two election commissioners have not yet reached a consensus about electoral roll, though the launch of preparing a fresh voters' list is just a week away.
 arrow Christmas today
The Christian community of Bangladesh, as elsewhere in the world, celebrates Christmas today in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
 arrow Tk 67 lakh looted from Ctg firm
A gang in the city early yesterday robbed over Tk 67 lakh in cash and cheques for around Tk 12 lakh from a distribution firm of British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB).
 arrow Bigots ask Babar to quit over police action
Anti-Ahmadiyya bigots yesterday demanded resignation of State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar and passing of a censure motion in parliament for Friday's police attacks on its activists.
 arrow ADB offers $315m semi-hard loan a yr
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has proposed to give a $315 million near-commercial annual loan from its Ordinary Capital Resources (OCR) Fund for the next three to five years to help the country manageits
 arrow Waiting anxiously

 arrow Rivers of poison
Acute pollution of waters of the rivers Buriganga and Turag is killing thousands of fish and other aquatic animals.
 arrow Rahman brothers, Bangla Bhai accused in Barguna case
Police submitted a charge sheet on Friday accusing 12 people including the JMB chief, his brother and Bangla Bhai of carrying out the August 17 blasts in Barguna.
 arrow Bimstec experts work out most of FTA issues
The seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) regional grouping is all set to implement the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among the member countries
 arrow 2,000 tourists stranded at St Martins
At least 2,000 tourists have been stranded at St Martins, the country's lone coral island, as the stormy weather hit the areas, making it impossible for the vessels to approach the island due to the rough
 arrow Teenager shot dead by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near Laxmipur frontier of Akhaura shot a Bangladeshi teenager dead on Friday and took his body away.
 arrow Azerbaijan plane crash kills 23
All 23 people aboard a flight from the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, bound for Kazakhstan were killed when their plane crashed overnight on the Caspian Sea coastline, the airline said yesterday.
 arrow Low-key Rajnath given BJP helm
India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has chosen a low-key team player to replace the hawkish Lal Krishna Advani as its leader, the Press Trust of India reported.
 arrow Indian firm gets Tamiflu licence
Swiss firm Roche has licensed an Indian company to make a generic version of its anti-flu treatment Tamiflu for India and other developing countries.
 arrow US monitors mosques for N-radiation
US officials have secretly monitored radiation levels at Muslim sites, including mosques and private homes, since September 11, 2001 as part of a top secret programme searching for nuclear bombs, US News
 arrow UN averts financial crisis with vote
The UN General Assembly late on Friday passed a budget with an unprecedented spending cap aimed at pressuring countries into approving management and other reforms within six months.
 arrow Qureia won't run in polls
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said yesterday he will not run in next month's parliamentary elections because of an Israeli threat to ban voting in east Jerusalem.
 arrow 5 killed in fresh SL trouble
At least five people were killed in two gun battles in Sri Lanka yesterday in the troubled northern Jaffna peninsula, officials said.
Businessarrow New insurance laws on the cards
In a bid to streamline regulations and monitor the country's insurance business more efficiently, the government has initiated steps to introduce fresh laws.
 arrow Dhaka int'l trade fair attracts visitors
As the Dhaka international trade fair is gaining momentum, visitors are showing more interest in jute and leather goods and handicrafts.
 arrow Iraq clears financial milestone with IMF deal
Iraq's economic hopes got a major lift Friday with the International Monetary Fund clearing a 685 million dollar standby loan to help the shattered country get back on its feet.
 arrow Building material show ends on low note
With little response from visitors, 'Building Material Exhibition-2005' concluded in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Air Deccan to buy 30 Airbus jets
India's low-cost private carrier Air Deccan announced Saturday it would buy thirty A320 aircraft from European consortium Airbus Industrie for 1.5 billion dollars.
 arrow Submitting daily transaction details to BB may hurt banks
Complying with the recent Bangladesh Bank's (BB) directive related to submitting daily transaction details of banks to the BB may cast a negative impact on the banks, fears Bangladesh Association of Banks
 arrow Indian economy races into 2006
Oft-derided as the slow-moving elephant of Asia, India's economy has been transformed into a star performer with booming growth and a stock market that rocketed 40 per cent in 2005.
 arrow China's toy makersí Xmas profits slump
For years, China's thousands of toy factories and busy workers have dominated much of the global toy industry but now rising costs and faltering sales have left managers crying over miserly profits.
 arrow India's Hetero Drugs to make Tamiflu for poor countries
An Indian company, Hetero Drugs, has been granted the right to produce the antiviral Tamiflu for poor countries taking measures against bird flu and a possible influenza pandemic, the Swiss pharmaceutical
 arrow Malaysia's diverse races main selling point for tourism
Malaysia's diverse races and unique cultures will be the main selling point for Visit Malaysia Year 2007 (VMY 2007), which is targeted to draw 20 million tourists.
 arrow Google founders are FT's men of the year
The founders of Internet search engine Google have been named the Financial Times men of the year, the newspaper announced Friday.
 arrow Boeing hits high on Singapore Airlines report
Boeing shares hit an all-time high Friday after a report that Singapore Airlines was leaning to the US aviation giant over European rival Airbus for a big order of long-range jets.
 arrow Asia Energy's non-executive director resigns after share scam
A non-executive director of Asia Energy PLC, which is developing Phulbari coalmine in Bangladesh, resigned after he had been fined by the British financial watchdog for a share scam involving anothercompany.
Sportsarrow Cricket: City end Victoria's run
Tushar Imran led from the front as City Club brought high-flying Victoria Sporting Club down to earth with a massive 87-run victory in the fifth round match of the Premier Division Cricket League at the
 arrow Football: Samabesh in Super Six
Samabesh Club of Munshiganj were the last team to reach the Super Six of the Fifth Nitol-Tata National Football League when they edged fellow debutants Kacharipara Sporting Club of Jamalpur 1-0 in the
 arrow Cricket: India recall Ganguly
India's national selectors Saturday recalled former skipper Sourav Ganguly and paceman Zaheer Khan to their Test team for an upcoming tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy warns his teammates
Pakistan can expect a hard and close Test series against an Indian side including their recalled former captain Sourav Ganguly next month, Pakistani skipper Inzama-mul Haq said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Fitness first for Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan has insisted that only by getting all their first-choice players fit can his side be competitive when they tour India in the New Year.
 arrow Cricket: Yorkshire gets its soul back
Headingley, the home of Yorkshire cricket, will continue to stage Test matches after Leeds City Council agreed Friday to help the county buy the ground.
 arrow Football: Six in JFA Cup zonal final
Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Jhenidah, Gazipur and Thakur-gaon moved into zonal final of the JFA Cup Under-16 football tournament on yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mizan, Monwar guide Boys
Half-centuries by Mizan and Monwar spearheaded Bangladesh Boys Club to a three-wicket win over Uttara Sporting Club in Saturday's lone First Division Cricket League match at the City Club ground.
 arrow Cricket: Kolkata rejoices Ganguly return
News of Sourav Ganguly's inclusion in the Test team for the tour of Pakistan on Saturday triggered celebrations in the former captain's hometown of Kolkata.
 arrow Cricket: India to tour Bangladesh in 2007
India are expected to tour Bangla-desh in 2007 after the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, Indian cricket chief Sharad Pawar told journalists on Friday night in Mumbai after a formal dinner at the
 arrow Football: New African colours in WC
The African football guard changed dramatically in 2005 with minnows Angola and Togo reaching the World Cup while giants Cameroon and Nigeria missed out.
 arrow Cricket: 'England took Pakistan lightly'
Former cricket great Imran Khan said Friday England underestimated Pakistan thereby losing both the Tests and one-day series, while the hosts performed better than expected.
 arrow Cricket: PCB appeals against ban on Shabbir
Pakistan are confident they can get paceman Shabbir Ahmed's one-year suspension overturned after filing an appeal with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
 arrow Football: Liverpool door open for Owen
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says former Anfield great Michael Owen could return to the club one day.
 arrow Football: Eto'o to play in African Nations Cup
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o will stand down from club commitments in order to play for Cameroon at next month's African Nations Cup, state radio quoted him as saying on Friday.
 arrow Football: Di Stefano suffers heart attack
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano has been admitted to hospital in Sagunto near Valencia after suffering a heart attack on Friday night.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket unlikely at Delhi C'wealth Games
Cricket may be excluded from the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games due to lack of action by the Indian cricket board, Games' organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ranatunga resigns
Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga Saturday resigned from the Sri Lankan board's high-profile Cricket Committee following his country's recent dismal performance in India.
 arrow Cricket: Another window closed on Chingoka
The embattled head of Zimbabwe cricket Peter Chingoka came under renewed pressure to stand down on Friday after a ban was introduced to prevent the national team from using the country's seven major cricket
 arrow Hanzala-Hasan pair lifts title
Mohammad Hanzala and Zaheed Hasan won the title in the Fazle Sobhan Bangladesh Bridge Federa-tion National Pairs Championship which concluded yesterday at the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.
 arrow Football: Booters in Karachi
A 21-member Bangladesh football team reached Karachi on Saturday to play the second-leg match of the Asian Cup pre-qualifier against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Shearer confirms retirement plan
Newcastle striker and former England captain Alan Shearer says he will stick by his decision to retire at the end of the season.
Metropolitanarrow No plan for electoral reforms
The government has no plan to bring any reform to the electoral system, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed at a book launching ceremony yesterday.
 arrow 'Fight against repression, misrule unitedly'
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the repression of minority people have started soon after the BNP-Jamaat alliance government took office.
 arrow 'Change attitude towards women'
Speakers at a national conference yesterday called for changing attitude towards women and raising social awareness to ensure gender equality.
 arrow Small change can expedite development process
The publication ceremony of a book titled ' Local Government in Bangladesh' edited by Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, principal secretary to the prime minister, was held at the Biam auditorium in the city yesterday.
 arrow AL-BNP politics not for Islam or people
The leaders of Hijbut Tahrir Bangladesh yesterday blasted both BNP and Awami League for what they said not serving interest of the Islam, people and the country.
 arrow President, Pm, Hasina greet Christians on Christmas
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in separate messages yesterday felicitated the Christian community of Bangladesh on the occasion of the Christmas Day.
 arrow Protest against move to construct apartment
Guardians of the students of a SWID-run school for the intellectually disabled yesterday held a rally on the school premises at Eskaton in the city yesterday to protest the authorities' decision to construct
 arrow JCD expels 5 DU leaders
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, yesterday expelled five of its Dhaka University leaders for their involvement in anti-organisational activities on the campus.
 arrow Shamim, Qadir Kallol new OCAB president, secy
Shamim Ahmad of United News of India (UNI) and Qadir Kallol of BBC have been elected president and general secretary of the Overseas Correspondents Association Bangladesh (OCAB) for 2006.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers demand nationalisation of jobs
Members of the Bangladesh Non-government Primary School Teachers' Association wearing shrouds staged a demonstration in the city yesterday demanding nationalisation of non-government primary schools and
 arrow Mannan re-elected Gulshan Club president
S M Abdul Mannan was re-elected president of Gulshan Club on December 23, says a press release.
Mannan is a civil engineer and founder director of Mercantile Bank and Global Insurance Company.

 arrow One stabbed to death in city
An unidentified man was stabbed to death at Pallabi in the city last night.
Police said three to four youths stabbed the man aged about 50 indiscriminately near the Islami High School at about 9:45pm.

Nationalarrow Organised grand rally in Paltan does not mean public support
Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Bangabir Abdul Kader Siddiquee, Bir Bikram yesterday said the mammoth rally organised by the four-party ruling alliance at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka does not
 arrow Xmas programmes slashed
Christian indigenous people in Madhupur region in Tangail have changed the schedule of their Christmas Day programmes.
 arrow Disease may be Viral Enkepalities
The 'mysterious' disease that killed four children and affected 20 people in a remote village in Bauphal upazila in 12 hours on Friday has been primarily identified as Viral Enkepalities, according to
 arrow Unite against protectors of militants
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) held a rally at Netrakona Central Shaheed Minar yesterday to protest the December 8 carnage by JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh) in the town.
 arrow JMB threat to blow up Khan Jahan Ali Instt
JMB militants yesterday threatened to blow up Khan Jahan Ali Science and Technology Institute.
Principal of the institute Abul Kalam Azad filed a general diary (No.

 arrow JMB 'commander' Asad on 5-day remand
Ten persons out of 12 arrested earlier in connections with the December 17 recovery of bombs, explosives and bomb-making materials from two JMB dens at Akua in the town were produced before a First Class
Culturearrow Morshedul Islam's optimistic views
Measuring up the possible success of the ongoing International Short and Independent Film Festival, director Morshedul Islam, famous for his film Chaka, said at the opening of the festival, "From
 arrow A new beginning
Hridi Huq is an actress with simplicity, in addition to being a choreographer-costume designer-scriptwriter.
 arrow PaglaGhora: A theatre of absurd
As part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Group Theatre Forum at Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong, Pritinidhi Natya Sampradaya will stage PaglaGhora today at 7 pm.
 arrow A penchant for record covers
One has heard of stamp, coin, car and painting collections, among others.
Generalarrow Protect interest of working class in election manifesto
Political parties should incorporate the issue of protecting the interests of the working class into their election manifesto as there are around six crores voters in the country who belong to the working
 arrow Dhaka, Islamabad enjoy very close relations
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said Islamabad and Dhaka enjoy very close brotherly and friendly relations and these will be further strengthened with the passage of time.
 arrow Make best use of surface water
Resource Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the need for controlling the groundwater lifting and making the best use of surface water in day-to-day activities.
 arrow Ershad sets conditions for joining alliance
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will join only that political alliance which will accept its 12-point programme to jointly contest the next general election.
 arrow Romanian National Day observed
Enayetullah Khan, Honorary Consul of Romania in Bangladesh, hosted a reception on the occasion of Romanian National Day at his residence in the city on Friday.
 arrow SSKOP emergency meeting tomorrow
An emergency meeting of Sangbadik- Sramik- Karmachary Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) will be held at 11:00am tomorrow at the National Press Club, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Diplomats rush to save Lankan truce
Diplomats from Sri Lanka's key backers held an emergency meeting with Tiger rebels yesterday amid fears the country could slip back into war after a day of violence that killed 18 people, officials said.
 arrow Tsunami survivors mark first anniversary
Survivors launched a boat laden with flowers, candles and incense in the first ceremony yesterday to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami swept away at least 216,000 lives in one of the world's
 arrow UN asks Nepali rebels to explain polls threat
A top United Nations human rights envoy has asked Nepal's Maoist rebels to explain their threat of "special action" to destroy February municipal polls.
 arrow Bhutan's people excited by move for democracy
Bhutanese are sad but excited about their King's decision to hand over power to his son and hold the tiny Himalayan kingdom's first democratic election in 2008, local newspapers say.
 arrow Iraqi president seeks to defuse election row
Iraq's top political leaders met yesterday to defuse a gathering crisis over contested general election results while the country's top Shia cleric called for setting up a national unity government.
 arrow Laden niece poses for GQ magazine
Her uncle may be the world's most elusive fugitive, but Osama bin Laden's niece is about as conspicuous as she can be in a sexy photo shoot in the January edition of the men's fashion magazine GQ.
 arrow Dutch negotiator to mediate between India, Naga rebels
A Dutch negotiator has been appointed to help save an eight-year-old ceasefire between New Delhi and a separatist group in the northeastern state of Nagaland, a rebel leader said yesterday.
 arrow 'NSA spying broader than Bush admitted'
The National Security Agency has conducted much broader surveillance of e-mails and phone calls without court orders than the Bush administration has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on its
 arrow Indonesia braces for potential terror attacks
Indonesian security forces braced yesterday for potential Christmas Eve terror attacks by extremists believed to be intent on marring the holidays in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
 arrow Egypt opposition leader sentenced to 5 years jail
Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nur was sentenced to five years in jail for forgery by the Cairo criminal court Saturday, an AFP correspondent reported.
 arrow Blair to go by next year if defeated on reforms
British Prime Minister Tony Blair will stand down next year if his ruling Labour party fails to back his public sector reforms, The Independent said yesterday, citing unnamed aides.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Merry Christmas
We extend our best wishes for a Merry Christmas to our Christian brethren on this auspicious day. We wish them a joyous and happy Christmas.
 arrow Editorial: Taking a stand against religious extremism
The law enforcement authorities in Dhaka did a fine job on Friday, for which they deserve acknowledgement and praise.
 arrow Are we really serious about Bangladesh's welfare?
Are we all really serious about our country's welfare? It seems not. This is not only the feeling of the ordinary citizens of Bangladesh, even some foreigners feel the same way.
 arrow Will 2006 be better than 1996?
Making predictions is like walking into a minefield. So I thought I would do a little research. I looked at some op-eds from this time last year to see what they had to say.
Letters to Editorarrow Blair playing Polonius!
England's Tony Blair has already acclaimed much of public ridicule at home and abroad for his queer act of following George W Bush in his acts of war.
 arrow About missed call on mobile
I would like to tell something about the missed call on mobile. I think it is one of the worst disgusting things. Now-a-days most of the people have mobile set.
 arrow Lethal drug addiction
Drug addiction is lethal to our civilization. It corrodes our life gradually. The whole world has been contaminated by the tenacious bite of drug-addiction.
 arrow An honest expression
I read the article 'The past is still present' by M B Naqvi published in DS on 17 December .
 arrow IB System
Till date the English medium schools of our country have followed the British O and A level systems of education but now some of them like the Aga Khan School are switching to the IB system.
 arrow Iran President's remark
This is in response to the letter by Aranya Syed, Queen Mary University of London, UK on Iran president's remarks.
Featurearrow The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath
Today is Christmas day! Christians all over the world observe this day as the birthday of Christ, the eternal Mind and Word of God incarnate as a human person, as Jesus of Nazareth born of the VirginMary
 arrow Christmas: Reflection, celebration and determination
Today is December 25 of the 2005th year of the Lord. Today the whole world celebrates with great solemnity the birth of Jesus, nativity of Jesus -- Christmas.
 arrow Celestial joy
The 9th Verse from Luke, Chapter 2, goes like "An angel of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified." In Bethlehem, the town of David who was Jesus' ascendant, Jesus was born.
 arrow A rose to the world
Who challenges man's existence today
Chasing him from the Artic
To the dense forests of the Amazon below?
Is it not his very own shadow?
Who's that ghost who whispers to man

 arrow Invoking Jesus
Long ago thou stepped into earthly life.
For peace and happiness instances thou set
But were crucified to death.
It couldn't overcome thy message.

Star Healtharrow How to manage and prevent scabies
Scabies is a highly contagious infectious disease of the skin caused by the itch mite. It is characterised by a sort of lesion (called papule-vesicular) along the burrows containing mites and their eggs.
 arrow Re-evaluation of Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT)
The aim of this article is to provide a perspective on Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT), based on cumulative studies for non-specialists, for those who are prejudiced against it and wish to limit or ban
 arrow Let your liver live
A lot of people take their liver for granted.
 arrow Tips on weight loss after delivery
After pregnancy, women usually experience of gaining some extra kilos. And they become very eager to shed that excess weight after the confinement. Unfortunately, those extra pounds do not disappear overnight.
 arrow New TB therapy offers potential shorter treatment
Clinical results on a new combination treatment that could dramatically shorten the length of tuberculosis (TB) treatment were presented at the 45th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents
 arrow A glass of milk a day keeps heart diseases and stroke away
Milk is the considered as an ideal balanced diet. It is a fine blend of all the nutrients necessary for growth and development of human being.
 arrow Watch your waists
An increase in waist circumference or abdominal obesity is linked to multiple cardiovascular diseases and is a predictor of future coronary heart disease.
Star Cityarrow Christmas services held under tight security
Tight security in the city ahead of the greatest feast of the Christian community has not dampened the festive mood.
 arrow Ineffective traffic signals worsen congestion
The computerised traffic signals installed at various intersections in the city are not being followed by traffic police who are struggling to control the traffic manually.
 arrow Rajuk bid to build road in Gulshan foiled
A Gulshan resident yesterday managed to stop the work of constructing a road by the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) along the Gulshan Lake, claiming the possession of the land.
 arrow Eight public toilets for 1cr people!
It is unbelievable but true that only eight public toilets are currently available for around 1 crore people in 90 wards of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Plastic Goods Fair in City

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