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Front Pagearrow Nation parties on Nobel win
The Grameen Bank head office at Mirpur in the capital wore a festive mood yesterday as hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered there to greet Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus.
 arrow Passport seekers pay Tk 21cr in bribe a yr
Police, middlemen and a section of government officials illegally collect Tk 21 crore a year from the citizens as massive corruption and irregularities occur in issuing passports, a Transparency International
 arrow Another coal zone leased out to Hosaf
In early 2003, the alliance government in keeping with its tilt for striking unsolicited deals in energy sector secretly leased out Khalashpir coal zone in Rangpur to Hosaf group, the company that played
 arrow Skop enforces 24-hr strike today
Sramik Karmachari Oikyo Parishad (Skop) will enforce 24-hour countrywide strike today demanding implementation of different agreements in various industries in the country including readymade garment(RMG),
 arrow Yunus changed her life
Marium Bibi doesn't know what the Nobel Prize is, but she realises that Dr Muhammad Yunus, who had played a vital role in altering the course of her life, has received something extraordinary.
 arrow Grameen Bank wings clipped
The government has not approved in the last three years an amendment proposal of Grameen Bank--whose poverty-alleviation schemes through microcredit in rural areas have been successful--to start similar
 arrow Hail Yunus
Foreign leaders, NGO activists, diplomats and Bangladesh expatriates poured in their felicitations yesterday on Dr Muhammad Yunus being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow Global press sings Yunus song
A poverty-stricken nation, natural disasters, corruption, political violence and recent terrorism by Islamist militants are regular issues about Bangladesh that are projected to the international media.
 arrow Prof Yunus for EU-type Saarc union
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has forcefully suggested the creation of a European Union (EU)-type union in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
 arrow PM, family off to Saudi Arabia for Umrah
Accompanied by her family members and relatives, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia left for Saudi Arabia yesterday to perform Umrah.
 arrow Scientific edn system vital for development
Young professionals at a dialogue yesterday underscored the need for unified and scientific education system and bringing a change in the political culture for overall development of the country.
 arrow Micro-financing guru invited to Bangabhaban
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday phoned Dr Muhammad Yunus and greeted him for winning the Nobel Peace Price 2006.
 arrow PM's felicitation letter handed over to Yunus
A letter of felicitation from Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was delivered to Nobel Peace laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus last night.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi fisherman near the border under Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon district yesterday morning.
 arrow Real battle begins today
After a virtual no show in the preliminary rounds that culminated in a nine-wicket win for Sri Lanka against defending champions West India on Saturday, the ICC Champions Trophy is set for an explosive
 arrow China, Russia may delay UN resolution
Despite winning key concessions, Russia and China raised new objections that could delay a vote Saturday on a UN Security Council resolution imposing punishing sanctions on North Korea for its claimed
Businessarrow 4cr get Tk70,278cr microcredit in 29 yrs
Micro-finance institutions in the country directly and through their partner organisations have disbursed financial services to around 4 crore people across the country in the last 29 years.
 arrow PDB, Orion-Belhasa, Steag reach deal
The Power Development Board (PDB) Thursday signed the Land Lease Agreement (LLA) with Orion-Belhasa and Steag under the banner of Bon Consortium to start implementing the 2nd Meghnaghat 450 megawatt power
Sportsarrow Cricket: Maharoof mauls WI
Farveez Maharoof returned the best figures in Champions Trophy history as Sri Lanka decimated the West Indies by nine wickets in the final qualifying match here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers sign out
Bangladesh signed out from their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a convincing 101-run victory against lowly Zimbabwe at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday in a match, which had turned into a face-saving
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Treats
Opener Shahriar Nafees holds the very encouraging record of a thirty up average in both version of the game and his unbeaten 123 against Zimbabwe on Friday gave him a boost to maintain the run.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers rule the roost
Epyllion rode on a four-wicket haul by Enamul Haque to register a massive nine-wicket victory over Raju Fish Culture in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Boycott's money not on England
Former England batsman Geoff Boycott believes England have little chance of doing well at the Champions Trophy because so many top players are missing.
 arrow Cricket: Modi threatens future no-show
Lalit Modi, the vice-president of the Indian cricket board and the chairman of its marketing committee, has clarified that his statements regarding India pulling out of future ICC events were quoted out
 arrow Cricket: Bindra bats for Azhar
A former Indian cricket chief on Saturday demanded that a life ban on Mohammad Azharuddin be lifted while accusing the International Cricket Council (ICC) of hypocrisy.
 arrow Tennis: Maria seeks shorter season
Russian pin-up Maria Sharapova added her voice to calls for the women's tennis season to be slashed after figures showed an alarming rise in the number of top players hobbling out of events.
 arrow Tennis: Tamarin, Vania in final
Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn secured her place in the WTA Bangkok Open final Saturday with a win over France's Severine Bremond, while rising star Vania King took another step towards her first WTAtitle.
 arrow Cricket: India to fight Freddie
Under-pressure India go into their first Champions Trophy match here on Sunday praying charismatic England captain Andrew Flintoff does not fire against them. "He is an exciting cricketer to watch.
 arrow Cricket: Scheduling irks Dravid
Rahul Dravid has said that it's disappointing to have an 11-day gap in between India's first and second game of the Champions Trophy, adding that it was a far from the ideal situation.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani & Mariners win big
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club crushed listless Sadharan Bima 8-0 in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds sees Watson as opener
Australia's Andrew Symonds is backing fellow all-rounder Shane Watson for the role of opening batsman in one-day cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Senate calls up PCB
Pakistani cricket officials have been asked to appear before a Senate committee probing The Oval Test fiasco and the controversy leading to the resignation of board chairman Shaharyar Khan.
 arrow Cricket: PCA ignores Bhaji issue
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) distanced itself from the controversy over an advertisement by a liquor brand featuring Harbhajan Singh with his hair open. "It is Harbhajan's personal matter.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraf to reset his board
Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Dr. Naseem Ashraf has embarked on a mission to restore the democratic set-up of the board which has been run on an ad-hoc basis since the 1999 World Cup.
 arrow Sports to stop for a day
Different national sports federations have decided to abstain from all kinds of sporting activities in the country for a day to protest the police attacks on national shooter Asif Hossain Khan and others
 arrow Cricket: Inzi disallowed to visit India
The new regime in the Pakistan Cricket Board has denied Inzamamul Haq the permission to visit India and commentate on television during the Champions Trophy in line with its policy to keep tight control
 arrow Football: SS seal United win
A superb goal by Manchester United striker Louis Saha hel-ped the Premier League leaders storm back from behind to beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'Don't pressure Theo'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Theo Walcott to hit the big time but warned against billing the teenage star as the saviour of England's bruised and battered football reputation.
 arrow Football: Fergie hails Rooney revival
Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney is back to his best after the striker helped inspire Manchester United's 3-1 win at Wigan on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lazaridis pours scorn on Hiddink
Another Socceroo player has come out against former national coach Guus Hiddink, saying the Dutch maestro tried to destroy him.
 arrow Football: Everton furious with Cahill
Everton manager David Moyes has hit out at Aust-ralia's football authorities after influential midfielder Tim Cahill only returned from international duty on Friday.
 arrow Football: Pick up the phone!
Raymond Domenech took his fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger to task on Saturday, berating the Arsenal manager for never bothering to return his calls.
 arrow Football: Aachen top Bundesliga table
Promoted Alemannia Aachen moved top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Mainz on Friday as they registered a fourth victory in their last five games.
 arrow Football: Italy-Turkey for Facchetti
World champions Italy will play Turkey in a friendly on November 15 in Bergamo to honour Giacinto Facchetti, the former skipper of the national team who died in September, the Italian football federation
 arrow Football: Barton seeks protection
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton, who was fined 2,000 pounds for baring his backside at a Premiership match, believes players should be protected from the abuse they face from fans.
Metropolitanarrow Any polls under updated voter list to be illegal
Any elections under the updated voter list would be illegal, Justice Naimuddin Ahmed observed yesterday.
 arrow Nobel laureate Banker to the Poor

 arrow River transport workers call off strike
An indefinite strike enforced by Noujan Sramik Federation was called off 14-hours into its beginning yesterday following a fruitful meeting between workers, launch owners and officials of the Department
 arrow Mass reception to Prof Yunus tomorrow
A mass reception will be accorded to Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, banker to the poor, at 2:00pm tomorrow (Monday) at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city, says
 arrow Appeal for help
A schoolteacher has appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of his daughter Krishna Roy Putul, an SSC examinee from Monipur High School, who has been suffering from blood cancer since September
Nationalarrow BNP factions flex muscles on streets for ticket
The intra-party feud in Gaibandha BNP took a new turn yesterday when several hundred party activists belonging to a faction marched streets carrying sticks and chanting slogans against the party president,
 arrow RU students asked to vacate halls for Eid
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have asked the resident students of all the 15 residential halls of the university to vacate their halls during Eid vacation.
 arrow BRAC launches interest-free loan for monga victims
BRAC, a leading NGO, has launched a special credit scheme for the ultra poor in Lalmonirhat district to help them tide over monga (a pre-harvest lead period).
 arrow BNP leader murdered
A local BNP leader was murdered by miscreants at Dattopara village in Raiganj upazila on Friday night.
 arrow Bus strike on 3 Moulvibazar routes
Bus owners associations went on an indefinite strike on three routes in the district from Friday demanding closure of plying of Dhaka bound buses along the routes.
Culturearrow Doors to dreams and memories
Doors open into houses and speak of the tastes and times of the owners of these homes.
 arrow Marmas observe 'waggay' with traditional festivity
Waggay, a Marma word, means freedom. It is a traditional custom of Buddhist Banty (the chief of the Buddhist prayer hall) to stay at least three months in one place.
 arrow 'Kabir Mamu' and his shenanigans on Rtv
Special play Kabir Mamu will be aired at 1:30pm on the third day of Eid on Rtv. In the play, Kabir, a well-off young man, chooses to be unemployed. For this reason, he does not find a suitablematch.
 arrow Keramat Moula's 50 years in theatre
Actor Keramat Moula celebrated 50 years on stage on October 13 at the Theatre office. In 1956 he began his theatre career acting in Narayan Gangopadhyay's comedy Bharate Chai.
 arrow Wrong candidate for 'Man of the Year'
In Man of the Year, a late-night TV talk-show comic named Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) runs for President of the United States and wins.
Generalarrow 'Fine aspirants who daubed public places with graffiti'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called upon the authorities concerned to fine aspiring candidate Tk 10 lakh each who has daubed public places with graffiti in order to get nomination from the party.
 arrow Country savours Prof Yunus achievement
Different political, socio-cultural and human-rights organisations as well as commoners and beneficiaries of the Grameen Bank across the country continued to hail the Nobel laureate Dr Mohammad Yunusamid
 arrow 4 killed in road accidents
At least four people, including an unidentified woman, were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Satkhira, Sirajganj and Barisal on Friday night and yesterday.
 arrow Mystery shrouds 6 murders
Mystery shrouds the murder of six people in the city on Friday evening as the law enforcers and intelligence agencies are yet to find out any clues to the incident.
 arrow Gold worth Tk 1cr seized
Customs officials seized smuggled gold bars worth about Tk one crore from a toilet at Zia International Airport in the city last night.
 arrow Ctg Visa Centre of Indian HC opens tomorrow
The newly set up SBI Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) aiming at issuing visa within a day will open here in the port city tomorrow.
 arrow SAIC governing board meet begins tomorrow
The 20th meeting of the governing board of Saarc Agricultural Information Centre (SAIC) will begin in the city tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Victims demand road expansion
The victims of Thursday's Lalbagh fire incidents yesterday demanded expansion of roads in the area so that fire service vehicles can easily reach the scene during the incident.
 arrow CU students lay siege to banks today
Pragotishil Chhatra Jote, Chittagong University (CU) unit, here yesterday brought out a protest procession demanding immediate withdrawal of increased price of CU admission forms.
 arrow One murdered
Body of an unidentified person was recovered from near a drain at Babar Road at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow EU pushes for end to fighting in Lanka
The European Union yesterday urged Sri Lanka's leaders and the Tamil Tiger rebels to end fierce fighting which threatens peace talks due this month, after a week of raging violence there.
 arrow US gives assurances on Indian nuke deal
A top US official has given assurances that the United States wants to go ahead with a key civilian nuclear deal with India, easing fears for the agreement raised by North Korea's atomic test.
 arrow Iraq war worsening terrorism: Kerry
Democratic Sen John Kerry, a potential White House candidate in 2008, said on Friday the Iraq war had worsened terrorism and that the Bush administration had squandered the nation's moral authority.
 arrow Israel keeps up Gaza offensive
Seven Palestinians were killed and 18 wounded in an Israeli air raid on a Gaza refugee camp overnight, as an Israeli offensive in the territory gathered pace, Palestinian officials said Saturday.
 arrow UNGA endorses Ban as new secy general
The UN General Assembly appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon by acclamation on Friday as the next UN secretary-general, a post he will assume on January 1.
 arrow US wasted chance to improve the world
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who played a key role in ending the Cold War, said the United States had squandered an opportunity to improve global politics after the Cold War, a paper said
 arrow It's not too late to avoid sanctions
Germany's foreign minister told Iran yesterday it was not too late to avoid sanctions and urged the Islamic republic to return to negotiations over its nuclear programme.
 arrow Blair announces basis for N Ireland accord
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that the parties at Northern Ireland talks here have reached "the basis" for an agreement to be implemented in the coming months.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks likely on Nov 10
The Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks to review the third round of Composite Dialogue process may be resumed on November 10 during which Islamabad expects New Delhi to forward the evidence to back
 arrow Afghan governor survives attempt
Taliban militants planted a mine that hit an Afghan governor's convoy yesterday and then opened fire on the stricken group in an assassination bid that killed a government official.
 arrow Dengue fever outbreak in Pakistani city kills 17
Mosquito-borne dengue fever has killed at least 17 people in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi, in the past four months, five of them since the beginning of October, health officials said on Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Disposal of electoral disputes
The number of unresolved cases with the election tribunal makes very unhappy reading.
 arrow Editorial: Flurry of promotions
We cannot but be astounded at the way the incumbent government has been handling certain administrative issues at the fag end of its tenure.
 arrow Unlearn journalism
The journalists of this country sometimes can stick to a person like a "joke." But this joke has no humour attached to it, nor does it provoke laughter when one comes in close physical contact.
 arrow Role of individuals in policy making
It is generally believed that a country's foreign and domestic policies are dictated by self-interest.
 arrow Loss of faith at Kargil
I knew that the Air Force was not satisfied over the conduct of operations at Kargil. Vinod Putney, head of the Western Air Command and deputy to Air Chief AY Tipnis, ran into me twice those days.
Nobel Peace Prize Specialarrow Vision for Bangladesh
Professor Muhammad Yunus is, in the words of ex-US President Bill Clinton, "a man who long ago should have won the Nobel Prize," and the honour accorded to him on Friday by the Nobel Committeewas
Star Healtharrow Coping with breast cancer
October month is being observed as breast cancer awareness month all over the world. This is very important and timely issue which should be addressed properly.
 arrow Iodine deficiency can cause multisystem disorders
Iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) is a major public health problem for the populations, particularly for pregnant women and young children.
 arrow Overeating may be an addiction as well
The same brain circuits are involved when obese people fill their stomachs as when drug addicts think about drugs, a finding that suggests overeating and addiction may be linked, US researchers reported.
 arrow Insulin cell transplant helps control diabetes
An international study confirms that transplantation of insulin-producing pancreas cells, called islets, can help stabilise blood sugar levels in people who have hard-to-control type 1 diabetes.
 arrow Baby massage
Having a proper message is claimed and widely believed to be beneficial. Latest research now shows that babies can get benefit from massage too.
 arrow New strategies for treating falciparum malaria in Bangladesh
Malaria is a substantial public health problem in Bangladesh.
 arrow Your Doctor on ENT
Dear Doctor,
Are there any over-the-counter medications that can treat acute sinusitis?
Rakib Hossain

No over-the-counter (OTC) medications can cure

Star Cityarrow 'Never felt like it since 16 December, 71....'
As soon as the TV channels aired the news around 3:30pm on Saturday the city dwellers went wild with excitement. It was not like winning the ICC trophy or trouncing Australia in the NatWest Series.
 arrow Eid shopping starts
Prices of clothing and fabric have increased as the Eid shopping is gaining momentum.
 arrow When annoyance exceeds tolerance...
Hundreds of loud speakers installed throughout the city continue to pound on the ears of city dwellers, contributing to the already unbearable decibel level of noise as the traffic department celebrates
 arrow Rural push chokes city with rickshaws
Number of rickshaws has increased in Dhaka City ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, intensifying traffic congestion in the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Lack of parking is the culprit behind
Lack of provision for car parking was what eventually resulted in police brutality maiming the country's gold medallist shooter Asif on October 2 in the city.
 arrow Rejoionder
Unicom Urban Developments in a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined "Gold rush in the name of beautification" published on October 8, 2006 states: "We regret the fact that due to severe pollution
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