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Front Pagearrow Non-stop blockade begins amid massive security steps
A non-stop countrywide blockade enforced by the Awami League-led 14-party alliance begins today amid heightened tension as the extended deadline given to the president/chief adviser for implementing the
 arrow Blockade to be lifted if demands fulfilled
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday once again asked the caretaker government to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC), revise the voter list and withdraw 300 politically appointed
 arrow Military intervention won't help elections
The United States yesterday said a military takeover would not help conduct a free and fair election in Bangladesh and urged the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) to act neutrally to ensure
 arrow President's clarification is heartening
We are heartened by Bangabhaban's clarification that, unnoticed to the people of Bangladesh, there has not been any change in the form of our government.
 arrow All eyes set on Ctg port
Tension heightened at the country's premier seaport Chittagong as shutting it down is to be one of the crucial moves of Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition during its programme of countrywide indefinite
 arrow 14-party asked to cancel 'unlawful' programme
The government yesterday urged the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine to cancel their "unlawful" programme like siege and instead stage peaceful procession and rally in the greater interest of the
 arrow DMP slaps ban on carrying arms, sticks in political programmes
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed an indefinite ban on carrying firearms, explosives, sticks, oars, sickles and other harmful materials in any kind of rally, demonstration, procession, siege
 arrow 22 hot spots in Dhaka
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance enforces indefinite road blockade at 22 points in Dhaka from today as part of its countrywide protest demanding removal of the chief election commissioner and
 arrow Creating the gridlock...

 arrow BNP wants free, peaceful polls
BNP Chairperson and immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party wants a free, fair and peaceful election in right time.
 arrow AL fears polls might not be free, fair
Awami League yesterday apprised US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher of its apprehensions that the upcoming general election in Bangladesh might not be held in a free and fair manner without
 arrow BPI DG in charge appointed superseding his senior official
The caretaker government has appointed principal scientific officer of Bangladesh Petroleum Institute (BPI) Anwar Hossain Khan as its director general-in-charge superseding a senior official, manifesting
 arrow 14 DCs made OSD, 23 got new posting
The interim government yesterday withdrew 14 deputy commissioners (DCs) making them OSD (officer on special duty) at the establishment ministry and appointed 23 deputy secretaries of BCS (admin) cadre
 arrow Parents throng...

 arrow CG yet to remove BNP-appointed sports body chiefs
Despite going for reshuffling in other fields, the present caretaker government of President/Chief Adviser Prof Iajuddin Ahmed has not made any move so far in the sports arena in line with its predecessors,
 arrow BGMEA for steps to end political crisis
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) urged the President and Chief of the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed and leaders of all political parties to take steps for ending
 arrow Ershad says fresh decision to come about joining any alliance
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said he will take another 15 days for a fresh decision about joining any political alliance.
 arrow Acid-fed baby defies death
Having seen the struggle for life of a baby boy after he had been fed acid at the age of only 49 days in January last year, a doctor in a Khulna hospital gave the boy a name -- Durjoy (a person who is
 arrow CA asks law enforcers to take necessary steps
President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the chiefs of the law-enforcement agencies to take all necessary measures for holding free and fair elections.
 arrow AL to be blamed if blockade hinders polls
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said Awami League (AL) would be to blame if their blockade programme hindered elections and the democratic process.
 arrow Farmers weed...

 arrow Iajuddin's comment on form of govt unpardonable
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed's comment about the present form of government is unpardonable.
 arrow Ex-servicemen concerned at possibility of political use of army
A section of retired army officials, many of whom were in Awami League's political spectrum, yesterday expressed their concern over the possibility of 'misuse' of army for political purposes.
 arrow EC ambassador for peaceful demonstrations on streets
Stefan Frowein, ambassador and head of delegation of the European Commission (EC) in Bangladesh, yesterday urged the political leaders to direct their activists to remain peaceful while demonstratingin
 arrow Non-govt teachers threaten strike from Nov 27
Leaders of National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) threatened to go for continuous strike and not cooperate in the coming general election activities from November 27 if initiatives were not taken
 arrow RU teachers demonstrate for VC's removal
The Progressive Teachers' Society (PTS) of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the ongoing mass recruitment and resignation of the vice chancellor (VC) and the pro-VC,
 arrow 5 killed in Mymensingh road crashes
Five people were killed and some 45 others were injured in two separate road accidents on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway under Bhaluka and Trishal upazilas of Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow Pentagon team reviews Iraq war strategy
Top US military leaders have begun a broad review of strategy in Iraq and other crisis areas in the Bush administration's campaign against terrorism, The New York Times reported in Saturday editions.
 arrow al-Qaeda threatens to blow up the White House
al-Qaeda's Iraq chief threatened Friday in an audio message posted on the Internet that the terror network will "blow up the White House".
 arrow Abbas sets conditions for peace with Israel
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas told Israel yesterday that it will have no peace or security until it withdraws to the border it had before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
 arrow 18 injured in AL-BNP clash in Khulna
A clash between activists of Awami League (AL) and BNP left at least 18 people injured last evening in Khalishpur Industrial Area.
 arrow Correction
The headline of a story published in our yesterday's issue says: "Huda bent rules to lease out Tk 4.16cr rly land". It should read: "Huda bent rules to lease out 4.16 acre rly land".
Businessarrow Greater private sector role needed to develop infrastructure
Private sector should play a greater role in developing the country's infrastructure to sustain the present economic growth, said speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Economic programme: CPD's recommendations for caretaker government
Part- II
Domestic Credit Expansion

Fiscal year 2006 was characterised by a high growth of domestic credit.

 arrow BB to implement int'l guideline on credit rating
Bangladesh Bank (BB) will implement an international banking settlement guideline on risk-weighted capital, supervisory review and market discipline by 2009, said Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, governor of thecentral
 arrow Quality products seen key to boosting export
Speakers at a function here yesterday underscored the importance of quality products in garments sector, the country's highest foreign exchange earner, to face the challenges of the global market to take
 arrow China's trade surplus set to reach $150b
China's trade surplus is expected to total US$150 billion this year, another big increase from last year's record of US$109.8 billion, the Ministry of Commerce revealed on Friday.
 arrow Apec members mull free-trade zone
Canada and its 20 Apec trading partners are scrutinizing a possible free-trade zone that would stretch across the vast Pacific Ocean, in lieu of further WTO talks, a senior official said Friday.
 arrow EU, China to launch new talks on trade 'gaps'
The European Union's trade chief said Saturday new talks with China next year would tackle "gaps" in Beijing's efforts to dismantle trade barriers and protect intellectual property rights.
 arrow Russia, US confirm WTO deal
A longtime economic goal of Russia entry into the World Trade Organisation moved a crucial step forward Friday as US and Russian trade negotiators reached agreement.
 arrow IEA sees tighter oil market ahead
Surging demand and lower Opec production may start to deflate world fuel stockpiles that have been filling at the fastest rate in 15 years, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.
 arrow Advocacy session on WTO, trade issues for journos
An advocacy session on the World Trade Organisation and trade issues for journalists was held yesterday in Bogra, says a press release.
 arrow CavinKare's fairness cream Fairever in Bangladesh
CavinKare, an Indian multinational in fast moving consumer goods, has started marketing its fairness cream Fairever for the customers of Bangladesh.
 arrow China aims to match domestic, int'l gas prices
China is mulling over new policies that will match its domestic gas prices with the international levels, according to sources with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
Sportsarrow Hockey: Walkover or not, MSC in trouble
Local giants Mohammedan Sporting Club face relegation from the Premier Hockey League after giving walkover to Usha Krira Chakra in yesterday's Super Five match.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts are in command
Dhaka have to wait to take five remaining Barisal wickets for an indefinite period as today's siege programme has postponed the fourth day's play at the Fatullah Stadium, after Mohammad Rafique's three-wicket
 arrow Cricket: Gul, Nazir destroy WI
Fast bowler Umar Gul took five wickets and fellow paceman Shahid Nazir grabbed three to dismiss the West Indies for 206 on the first day of the opening Test at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Booters leave for HK tomorrow
Hasanuzzaman Babloo has picked seven senior footballers for Bangladesh's last match in the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers against Hong Kong on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh finish 2nd
Bangladesh lost to hosts India by 61 runs in the final of the Special Olympics Invitational Cricket tournament in Mumbai yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rajbari, Dhaka win big
Sujon took four wickets as Comilla defeated Cox's Bazar by four wickets in the National Cricket Championship in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dehring warns slack venues
World Cup chief executive Chris Dehring told the nine venues hosting next year's Caribbean tournament that they could be stripped of matches if their preparations are not up to scratch.
 arrow Cricket: Music stops!
The Pakistan cricket team's strong influence of religion came to light again on Saturday when they forced the event managers to stop playing music during the lunch interval of the first Test against the
 arrow Tennis: Classy line-up in Masters Cup
He's described as the best player tennis has ever seen, but Roger Federer will have to show every ounce of his class to win his third Masters Cup title.
 arrow Cricket: England face tough NSW
England vice-captain Andrew Strauss says he welcomes the prospect of facing a Test-strength New South Wales bowling attack to help the tourists recover from a disastrous tour opener before facing Australia
 arrow Cricket: ICC betrays Hair?
The International Cricket Council rated Australian Darrell Hair the second-best umpire in the world before it sacked him for alleged incompetence, reports here said Saturday, citing secret documents.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe can't be sure
Former Test batsman Graham Thorpe said he is happy to sit on the fence during the upcoming Ashes cricket series as he watches his former England team mates take on Australia.
 arrow Football: Another teenager in England squad
Manchester City's teenage defender Micah Richards has been called up to the England squad for next week's friendly against Holland, barely 12 months after making his Premiership debut.
 arrow Tennis: Maria, Amelie in semis
Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo cushioned the blow of losing her world number one ranking by beating top spot rival Justine Henin-Hardenne to reach the WTA Tour Championships semifinals
 arrow Football: Lyon snatch it late
Lyon had their centre-backs to thank for salvaging a home win against plucky Valenciennes at the Stade Gerland on Friday night after coming away with a 2-1 win.
 arrow Football: Dortmund shock Bremen
Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at Bundes-liga leaders Werder Bremen on Friday to put top spot in Germany back in play.
 arrow Chess: Biman regain solo lead
Bangladesh Biman regained solo lead in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League when they edged their co-leaders of the previous round Chittagong Mohammedan 2.5-1.5 yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid blames key players
In a grim message ahead of the big engagements, including the World Cup, captain Rahul Dravid on Saturday sought to blame his "key players" for the Indian team's slump and said it was high time they delivered.
 arrow Cricket: Nilphamari sink Lalmonirhat
Nilphamari crushed Lalmonirhat by 135 runs in the BCB Young Tigers under-14 National Cricket tournament at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Boje wants to face police
Nicky Boje, the South African spinner, has said he did not have apprehensions about travelling to India for the Champions Trophy, insisting that his omission from the squad had nothing to do with therisk
 arrow Cricket: Walsh trusts Taylor
Fast bowling great Courtney Walsh believes Jerome Taylor has the potential to carry forward West Indies' glorious tradition in pace bowling.
 arrow Cricket: PCB wants more matches
Pakistan have decided to press for the right to host more matches of the 2011 World Cup which it will jointly host with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Agarkar fit to tour SA
Ajit Agarkar has passed a fitness test on his left thumb and been cleared for India's forthcoming tour of South Africa, starting in a week's time.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo out again
Real Madrid said on Friday that Brazilian striker Ronaldo would be out for up to a month after damaging ligaments in his left knee in Thursday's Spanish Cup win over Ecija.
 arrow Football: Dunga's injury worries
Brazil coach Dunga, already without star strikers Ronaldo and Adriano, was dealt another blow on Friday when Bayern Munich defender Lucio was forced to pull out of Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland
 arrow Cricket: Eden Park in doubt
The future of a debt-ridden Eden Park as a cricket venue remains in doubt with the announcement that the venue's trustees have planned a NZ$6 million upgrade for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Nalbandian confident of defence
David Nalbandian on Saturday said he was confident of defending his Masters Cup title despite a strong field led by the rampant Roger Federer.
 arrow Tennis: Scuffles in opening ceremony
The world's top tennis players looked on in amazement on Saturday as scuffles broke out between photographers at the Masters Cup opening ceremony.
 arrow Football: Stalemate at Eastlands
Manchester City squandered a series of chances to heap more misery on Glenn Roeder as Newcastle held on for a 0-0 draw at Eastlands on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Higuain to snub France call-up
River Plate forward Gonzalo Higuain is set to snub France after coach Raymond Domenech called him up to his squad for a friendly against Greece, the teenager's father said.
 arrow Football: Rafa calls for calm
Liverpool's Rafael Benitez has urged his rival premiership managers to control their emotions after last Sunday's touchline row between Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and West Ham's Alan Pardew.
 arrow Football: Rosicky sidelined
Czech captain Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined for a friendly international against Denmark in Prague on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury picked up in training, the Czech daily Sport reported Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bremen bookies' favourites
Bookmakers have made Werder Bremen the new favourites for the Bundesliga title after they moved six points clear of reigning champions Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Maradona pulls for Sanchez
Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona said on Friday it was time for former Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez, considered Mexico's best-ever player, to coach the national team.
 arrow Football: New home for Valencia
Valencia have unveiled plans to construct a 75,000-capacity stadium that they hope will be used as a venue for a Champions League final.
Metropolitanarrow 413 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in 5 years
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and hoodlums killed 479 Bangladeshis inside Bangladesh territory in last five years, said a special report of Odhikar, a rights watchdog, in the city yesterday.
 arrow Shun path of anarchy, take part in next election
BNP leaders of different city units yesterday termed activities of Awami League as 'barbaric' and warned that they would not tolerate any kind of AL anarchy and conspiracy anymore, says a press release.
 arrow Talk with EC for free, fair election
Bangladesh Sammilita Diploma Peshajibi Parishad, an alliance of diploma professionals, yesterday urged all political parties to have discussion with the Election Commission (EC) in a bid to ensure a free
 arrow 'Form network to instil democratic values in schoolchildren'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for initiating an effective network across the country to inculcate schoolchildren with democratic values and practices.
 arrow 'Sea level rise to displace 3cr people in Bangladesh'
Around three crore people of the country will be displaced if sea level rises by one metre due to global warming, environmentalists said yesterday.
 arrow Use of IT in edn sector to make things easy, interesting
Speakers at a press conference yesterday reiterated the importance of using information technology (IT) in education sector to make it easy and interesting as well.
 arrow Admission seekers throng DU to submit forms
A large number of admission seekers thronged Dhaka University (DU) yesterday while the number of regular students was thin, on the university's reopening day after month-long Eid and Puja vacation and
 arrow BDR pushes back 11 Indians
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday pushed 11 Indian Muslims into Bangladesh territory through Baikari border under Sadar upazila.
 arrow Rab-UPDF gunfight at Raozan: 4 held
Four cadres of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were arrested along with firearms after a 20-minute gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Raozan upazila bordering Chittagong Hill Tracts
 arrow Bangladesh to help foster global solidarity
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, said Bangladesh will contribute to the growth of global solidarity through sharing her development
 arrow Two killed in Narsingdi road accident
Two people were killed and 10 others injured when a bus skidded off Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Belabo upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Reinstatement of BSS journos demanded
A meeting of BSS Unit of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday demanded immediate reinstatement with continuity of service of the journalists and employees of the national news agency sacked under
 arrow 4 revolvers seized in city
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) seized four revolvers along with seven bullets during their drives in different areas of the city in the last two days.
 arrow Two labs open at Osmani hospital
Coronary angiogram and cathlab facilities were opened yesterday at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for treating heart patients.
Nationalarrow Jamalpur BNP bigwigs may join LDP with followers
Over 4,000 BNP leaders and activists including a former minister and a lawmaker from Jamalpur may join the newly formed Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by dissident BNP leaders Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury
 arrow Rangamati BNP to boycott polls if 'hired' person nominated
Rangamati district BNP and it fronts at an emergency meeting yesterday demanded nomination either for their party president Md. Nazim Uddin or its secretary M.
 arrow JCD burns BNP leader's effigy
Khulna city unit of Chhatra Dal, belonging to the BNP faction led by former lawmaker Nurul Islam burnt an effigy of rival party leader and former lawmaker Ali Asgar Lobi at Picture Palace cinema intersection
 arrow Madrasa student killed
A madrassa student was killed here allegedly by his teachers Friday night. The victim, Mohammed Abdul Walid, 12, was a student of Jamaya Asrafia Koumi Madrassa in Nasindara area in the town.
 arrow JMB death threat to Mymensingh Pourasabha chairman
Mymensingh Pourasabha chairman Advocate Mahmud-Al-Noor Tareq received a death threat allegedly from the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Accord on peace in politics
Leaders of both the 4-party Alliance and the 14-party Combine at a meeting held in Babuganj upazila town agreed on peaceful co-existence.
 arrow JCD-BCL clash at PSTU: 10 hurt
At least 10 Chhatra League (BCL) leaders were injured in an attack on a rally by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on the Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) campus Friday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Emergence of a new challenger for BNP?
Emergence of a new political party, Liberal Democratic Party, may be welcomed by the moderate thinking people of Bangladesh because such people are, truly speaking, frustrated by the activities of the
 arrow We want to believe the president
The president-cum-caretaker government head Prof Iajuddin Ahmed in an address to the senior officials of the armed forces on Wednesday said: "I firmly believe I'll be able to present a free, neutral,and
 arrow All powers belong to the people, not to the president
I just could not believe my eyes when I watched President Iajuddin Ahmed on television on Thursday assertively reading out from his written text in a meeting of secretaries of various ministries and other
 arrow Politics, good governance and ICAB
For the last couple of years, we have been confronted with the words "good governance" time and again, through newspapers, seminars, study reports, or through discussion over cups of tea.
Culturearrow Swiss Festival wraps up
Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990) is known as a leading German-speaking post-World War II dramatist.
 arrow A road less travelled
Australian photographer Trent Parke wields a sensitive camera to life around him in his well loved country.
 arrow Afzal-Subarna pair up after 23 years in 'Hridoy Theke Paowa'
Mohammed Hossain Jemmy is always on the lookout for new concepts and new vistas in visual communication. He has embarked on his next film titled Hridoy Theke Paowa, a film with a social message.
 arrow A soulful musical evening by Parveen Sultana
Cultural organisation Amra Surjomukhi organised a solo musical evening featuring Parveen Sultana on November 10 at the Public Library Auditorium.
Generalarrow CEC controversial
Most of the audience at a 'BBC Bangladesh Dialogue' yesterday viewed that the Chief Election Commissioner became controversial and expressed doubt if free, fair polls are possible under him and ProfIajuddin-led
 arrow 'Process of forming caretaker govt unconstitutional'
Dismissing the remarks of former law minister Moudud Ahmed that the constitution would not exist if the general election is not held by January, Supreme Court Bar Association President M Amir-Ul Islam
 arrow US wants free, fair, non-violent polls
The United States yesterday assured further cooperation in Bangladesh's long standing demand for greater market access and capacity building for anti-terror campaign.
 arrow Expulsion orders on 8 JU BCL activists go
The expulsion orders issued earlier on nine Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) for taking part in anti-organisational activities were withdrawn yesterday.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All the examinations of Dhaka University (DU) scheduled up to November 18 have been postponed due to unavoidable reasons, says a DU press release yesterday.
 arrow 1,453 more held
Police arrested 1,453 people, including three listed criminals, from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Training for election agents
FEMA is going to organise 40 training courses to train 1200 activists of major political parties -- BNP, Awami League, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jatiya Party (Ershad), says a press release.
Internationalarrow UN asks Nepal govt, Maoists to put focus on human rights now
The United Nations urged Nepal's multi-party government and Maoist rebels yesterday to start focusing on protecting human rights following their landmark power sharing agreement this week.
 arrow Terror tops Indo-Pak talks agenda
Curbing terrorism will top the agenda in India's peace talks with Pakistan that were put on hold after July's deadly attacks on commuter trains in Mumbai, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
 arrow Tiger faction threatens attacks on civilians
A suspected front for Tamil Tiger rebels vowed yesterday to kill majority Sinhalese civilians in southern Sri Lanka in retaliation for the army bombing of a refugee camp this week that killed dozens of
 arrow UN envoy meets Suu Kyi
Top UN official Ibrahim Gambari, on a four-day visit to press military-run Myanmar for democratic reform, met detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday for the second time this year.
 arrow Transport ministers pledge cut in Asian road crash deaths
Asian transport ministers vowed yesterday to drastically cut road deaths in the region, which the United Nations holds responsible for half of the world's traffic fatalities.
 arrow Iran vows to hit back if Israel attacks
Iran's armed forces yesterday vowed to hit back against any military strike after a top Israeli official refused to rule out attacking the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear programme.
 arrow UN urges Israel to end flights over Lebanon
The United Nations renewed a plea to Israel on Friday to stop violating Lebanese airspace with surveillance flights the Jewish state insists are needed to guard against arms smuggling from Syria.
 arrow Democrats now face test of capability to govern after win
Victorious Democrats, emerging from 12 years in the US political wilderness, now have two years to demonstrate their capacity to govern and position themselves for a wide-open race for the White House.
 arrow Move to regain contact with Mars probe
Nasa's Mars Global Surveyor has been out of contact with Earth for nearly a week and engineers tried Friday to re-establish communication with the craft, which may be showing its age after 10 years in
Editorialarrow Editorial: Back to confrontation
As the two major political parties are again going for a showdown today, we can only hope that they will be judicious enough to avoid a murderous collision course.
 arrow Editorial: Remarks of the president
We would like to think the president who is also the chief of the caretaker government has realised the confusion created by his remarks regarding the nature of the present government.
 arrow The deception points
Dan Brown's (of Da Vinci Code fame) novel Deception Point deals with one of the most important features of politics in Washington -- deception.
 arrow Verdict on Saddam
Saddam Hussein's trial and verdict could constitute a "Grotian moment"defined as a "legal development that is so significant that it can create new customary international law or radically transform the
 arrow Taking the bronze
Bangladesh has been dropped to third from the first position this year after staying on top of the corruption perception index (CPI) for the last five years.
Letters to Editorarrow Advisors of the caretaker government
At last, the 'non-party' caretaker government took oath.
 arrow Baul Shah Abdul Karim
I am not an artist, nor related to the music industry. I enjoy good Bangla music. Because there are so many options, my taste of music is changing every now and then.
 arrow Tragic indeed
I saw very few such innocent faces like that of Mujahid. In fact he was a smart and handsome guy with a smiling face. I would not be surprised if I saw him as a model or cinema hero.
 arrow Corruption at BRTA
This is to bring to the notice of Hon'ble President currently holding the responsibility of the Ministry of Home, the plight of ordinary citizens who have to go to BRTA for various purposes in connection
 arrow For a fair election...
To ensure a free and fair election, the caretaker government should have a neutral administration. But the civil administration has been politicised over the last five years.
Star Healtharrow Treatment of vitiligo
Vitiligo is a disorder of pigmentation, characterised by development of white patches over skin and mucosa after birth.
 arrow Momentum building on calls for accountability
The World AIDS Campaign has named "accountability" as the global theme for World AIDS Day 2006.
 arrow Don't use decorative contact lenses without consulting a doctor
It has been estimated that about 125 million people use contact lenses worldwide (2 percent). In Bangladesh contact lenses are well accepted by opticians as well as people due to its convenient use.
 arrow Blind mice see after retina cell transplants
British and American scientists have restored vision in blind mice by transplanting light-sensitive cells into their eyes in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments of human eye diseases.
 arrow Carpets in workplace linked to asthma risk
Being exposed to certain types of surface materials at work appears to increase adults' risk of developing asthma, a new study shows.
 arrow Bangladesh participated in live video-link session with WHO headquarter
Government of Bangladesh in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bangladesh participated in a live video-link presentation from Geneva, Switzerland on the global event of "A Year of Cleaner
 arrow Bringing back hope and dignity by restoring lives
About 5000 babies are born each year in Bangladesh with congenital abnormalities of cleft lip and cleft palate. Majority of these patients are poor.
 arrow Your Doctor on skin diseases
Dear Doctor,
How can we save us from excessive pimple in our faces? Please give me a suggestion.
Mohammad Rajja
E-mail: the_rajja@cellemail.

Star Cityarrow Dhaka Population swelling beyond control
Dhaka's population of a staggering 12 million people crowded into 2,000 square kilometres, projects around 10 percent of the country's total population, creating one of the highest urban densities inthe
 arrow Road network and transport system need overhaul
Despite a ban on major city roads for one third of the population rickshaw is the primary mode of transport, discussants at a seminar said on Thursday.
 arrow Dhaka limping, but for how long?
Dhaka as the world's fastest growing city is facing severe constraints in the process of growth in terms of overwhelming population influx, inefficient service delivery systems and corruption in centralised
 arrow Environmentalists vow to save Achin Brikkhya
Environmentalists, local residents and the National Botanical Garden authorities have finally taken initiative to save the 165-year-old banyan tree, widely known as 'Achin Brikkhya', at Goran Chadbari
 arrow DCC lingers on action against Ibn Sina
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has failed to take any action against Ibn Sina Trust, a leading healthcare provider, who chopped down over 150 krishnachura trees illegally five days into the offence.
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