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Front Pagearrow Irked advisers skip office
Seething with frustration with the way Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed has been taking his decisions unilaterally and treating them with a distant interest, five advisers yesterday refrained from attending
 arrow Justice Mahfuz makes himself acting CEC
Election Commissioner Justice Mahfuzur Rahman in a surprise move yesterday convened a meeting of the Election Commission (EC) and authorised himself to act as the chief election commissioner (CEC) for
 arrow Khaleda welcomes Iajuddin's solution 'within constitution'
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday welcomed the president's decision on Election Commission (EC) reconstitution and said the solution of political crisis under constitutional framework is victory of
 arrow Hasina sees people's victory as Aziz goes
Terming Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz's going on leave as 'victory of the people's movement', the Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the coming election is to free people
 arrow Blockaders rejoice Aziz's going on leave
The transport blockade turned into a street carnival yesterday as blockaders rejoicing the CEC's going on leave sang and danced in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Appointing a new CA only solution to crisis
Eminent jurist and President of Gono Forum Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the only solution to the existing political crisis is to appoint a new chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government CG) asPresident/CA
 arrow Ctg mayor threatens to besiege Bandar Bhaban
Tension mounted further at Chittagong Port as City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury threatened to besiege the Bandar Bhaban today demanding cancellation of the agreement with a private company for operating
 arrow CA stresses quick completion of urgent tasks
The council of advisers headed by President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed in a meeting last night underscored the need for completion of immediate tasks to prepare ground for the general elections.
 arrow Sitting idle...

 arrow Acting CEC comments on 14-party components
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman yesterday said he personally knows some 14-party men who lead political parties that comprise only themselves, and just have some tables.
 arrow Arms were recovered from acting CEC's house
Election Commissioner Justice Mahfuzur Rahman, from whose residence in the city the army had recovered arms and ammunition in 2002, took over as acting chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday.
 arrow Bogra journos demand arrest of attackers within 24 hrs
Journalists of Bogra yesterday gave the deputy commissioner (DC) of the district an ultimatum of 24 hours to arrest the criminals who attacked The Daily Star journalist Hasibur Rahman Bilu on Wednesday,
 arrow Car bombings kill 143 in Baghdad
Insurgents killed 143 people and wounded another 220 in a series of car bombings on Thursday in Baghdad's Shia district of Sadr City, security and medical sources said.
 arrow LDP wants removal of acting CEC
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday urged the president and chief adviser to remove the 'self-proclaimed' Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Mahfuzur Rahman.
 arrow Questions BTV producer style
Journalists and BNP leaders attending the BNP chairperson's press conference at Hotel Purbani last evening were speechless when a Bangladesh Television (BTV) producer made a number of unprofessional and
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
SM Wahid-uz-Zaman, former director general of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), protested a news item titled 'Govt body at core of human trafficking' ran by The Daily Star on November
 arrow Pre-poll admin reshuffle almost complete
The establishment ministry has nearly completed the reshuffle in the administration ahead of the next general election.
 arrow Bhuiyan slates 14-party 'victory' celebration
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday termed the victory rallies and processions of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance a celebration against the development and the people.
 arrow 14-party men celebrate 'partial victory'
The 14-party Bijoy Mancha (victory stage) was all about festivity and celebration, marking 'partial victory' of the combine in its 23-day agitation forcing Chief Election Commissioner MA Aziz to 'step
 arrow BNP men rough up journalists
BNP activists yesterday assaulted reporters and cameramen of three private TV channels in front of their party central office accusing their channels of "misreporting on BNP and allocating short timefor
 arrow President's address disappointed nation: SC Bar
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has rejected the Wednesday's address to the nation by President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed, saying that it disappointed the whole
 arrow Iajuddin asks Canada to send poll observers
President/Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged Canada to send election observers during the forthcoming polls in Bangladesh.
 arrow Adviser criticises agencies' failure to arrange houses for pilgrims
Information, Water Resources and Religious Affairs Adviser Mahbubul Alam yesterday blasted the hajj agencies for their failure to collect "tasria"--documents for hiring residences in Saudi Arabia--for
 arrow Aziz's going on leave a bad precedent
The way Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz has been forced to go on leave sets bad precedent for the country's democracy, said Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday.
 arrow Shujan forms human chain for EC reform
Shujan (Shushashoner Janney Nagarik), a citizens' forum, formed a human chain yesterday demanding the reconstitution and overall reform of the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Defamation case filed against Tarique
A defamation case was filed here yesterday against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman for his "indecent remarks" against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow India fears attack on nuclear plant
Terrorist threats to India's nuclear plants have increased after a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States, the home minister said on Wednesday.
 arrow India, China can dominate next century, says Hu
Asia will dominate the next century if China and India can strengthen their trade and business links, China's President Hu Jintao said yesterday at the end of a visit to the fellow Asian giant.
Businessarrow UK investment to triple by '07 if Dhaka overcomes hurdles
The United Kingdom's investment in Bangladesh will be tripled by 2007, if this country adopts some measures to ensure an investment-friendly environment by this time, said British Minister of State for
 arrow Call for boosting EU trade with S Asia
The two-day South Asian Trade & Investment Forum 2006 (SATIF) ended yesterday in London with a call for increasing British and European trade with South Asian countries.
 arrow 'Baby Zinc' launched for treatment of diarrhoea
The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) yesterday formally launched a zinc tablet named 'Baby Zinc' for the treatment of diarrhoea of babies aged between six months
 arrow Indian leather sector set to reap WTO benefit
Indian leather products, identified as a thrust area of growth, will get greater market access to developed countries under the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to Commerce and Industry Minister
 arrow Lamy seeks compromise to break deadlock
The head of the WTO urged governments Wednesday to be prepared to make compromises on their bargaining positions if they want to succeed in salvaging global trade talks.
 arrow Teletalk signs $1m service deal with India's Megasoft
Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd has signed up India's technology company Megasoft to offer a suite of mobile services in a one million dollar deal.
 arrow China asks banks to go rural
China is urging its commercial banks to spread out into the countryside, hoping to enroll the financial sector in a campaign to narrow a yawning income gap, a banking regulator said Thursday.
 arrow Two-day int'l entrepreneurs fair from today
Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES), a platform of North South University students, holds two-day 'International Entrepreneurs Fair' in Dhaka from today to promote entrepreneurship among students.
 arrow WB-funded social investment project changes life of 3m
A community driven development (CDD) approach has transformed life of about three million people of the poverty-prone northern region of Bangladesh in the last 3 years.
 arrow KL continues to promote financial sector development
Malaysian government will continue to promote the sound development of the financial sector, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said Thursday.
 arrow Dollar firmer in Asian trade
The dollar was slightly firmer against the yen and euro in Asian trade Thursday following a sell-off overnight on weaker US data but dealers said the currency remains under pressure longer-term.
 arrow IBM to pay $65m to settle overtime lawsuit
Information technology giant IBM on Wednesday said it agreed to pay 65 million dollars to settle a class action lawsuit concerning overtime pay. International Business Machines Corp.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ash slams record 263
Just to show that scoring back-to-back centuries were not enough, Mohammad Ashraful went on to hit the country's highest first-class individual score to put Dhaka in the driver's seat on the third day
 arrow Booters leave tomorrow
The first batch of Bangla-desh's Asian Games contingent will leave Dhaka tomorrow when the football team take their flight to Qatar early in the morning.
 arrow Chess: Zia crashes to Indian WGM
Niaz Murshed returned to winning ways in the Commonwealth Chess Championship but his fellow Bangladeshi Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman stumbled in the third round on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe in city
A 22-member Zimbabwe cricket team arrived in Dhaka last night to play a Twenty20 international and five one-day internationals against Bangladesh.
 arrow Chess: Shakil, Delwar share lead
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil shared the lead in the 9th Prime Bank Rating Chess Tournament with Delwar Hossain at the end of the fourth round yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Citigroup Golf gets underway
The first ever Citigroup Cup Golf Tournament teed off at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf saves Pakistan
Mohammad Yousuf's record-equalling century salvaged a draw for Pakistan and ended the West Indies' chances of a series-levelling win in the second Test at Multan stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis blows India away
Jacques Kallis struck a flawless century before South Africa's fast bowlers sealed a crushing 157-run win in the second one-day international against India at Kingsmead on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Nerves irked Harmison
Spinner Ashley Giles admitted England strike bowler Steve Harmison was paralysed with nerves after the highly-rated paceman endured a horror start to his Ashes campaign Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Relentless Ricky
Ricky Ponting sensed England's nervousness going into the most hyped Ashes Test series for generations when their strike bowler Steve Harmison spectacularly sprayed his opening delivery for a huge wide
 arrow Cricket: Barmy Army silenced
England's "Barmy Army" of supporters remained muted Thursday as Australia dominated the opening day of the most anticipated Ashes battle for generations at Brisbane's Gabba stadium.
 arrow Football: Bremen give Chelsea blues
Chelsea progressed to the knockout stages of the Cham-pions League despite losing 1-0 in their Group A clash with Werder Bremen here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Crespo sends Inter thru'
Inter Milan beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 here Wednesday to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting punishes Eng
Ricky Ponting joined Steve Waugh as Australia's greatest century-maker in Test cricket to put his team in command over England on the first day of the Ashes opener at the Gabba here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Barca keep breathing
Reigning European champions Barcelona kept their hopes of a title repeat on course on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Levski Sofia but now must beat Werder Bremen in their final group game to progress.
 arrow Football: Valencia roll over Olympiakos
Goals either side of haltime from Miguel Angel Angulo and Fernando Morientes gave injury-ravaged Valencia a 2-0 win at home to Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday that ensured them of first place in Champions
 arrow Cricket: Jones's father slams Warne
Shane Warne has been blamed for losing the Ashes in reaction to his criticism of England's Australian-raised wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, reports said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Hot spot' adds to cricket's techs
An infra-red camera reportedly designed to track fighter jets has become the latest hi-tech gadget used to cover the Ashes series between Australia and England.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan bring back Sami
Pakistan have brought back paceman Mohammad Sami for their 15-man squad for the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies, chief selector Wasim Bari said Thursday.
 arrow Football: FIFA suspends Iran
FIFA said on Thursday it had suspended Iran from all international soccer activity because of government interference in running the game in the country.
 arrow Football: Drogba, Eto'o vie for top award
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o have been nominated for the 2006 African Footballer of the Year award.
 arrow Football: Collina for tsunami charity
A leading Maldivian newspaper is auctioning World Cup memorabilia of popular Italian football referee Pierluigi Collina to help tsunami victims in the Indian Ocean atoll nation.
 arrow Football: November 21 - 22 matches

 arrow Football: Reds cruise at home
Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch struck second-half goals as Liverpool made easy work of Dutch side PSV Eindhoven to claim a 2-0 victory and top spot of Champions League Group C at Anfield on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Feisty Spartak hold Bayern
Bayern Munich still have work to do to guarantee top spot in their Cham-pions League group after being held to a 2-2 draw by Spartak Moscow here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Werder were too tall: Mourinho
Giant Germans were too much for Chelsea to handle on the set pieces, coach Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday after his side were beaten 1-0 by Werder Bremen in a Champions League Group A match.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand in nightclub brawl
West Ham United defender Anton Ferdinand was charged with assault and violent disorder on Wednesday following an incident outside a nightclub, police said.
 arrow Football: English fans riot in Germany
English football fans rioted in the German city of Cologne overnight Wednesday ahead of Tottenham's UEFA Cup match against Bayer Leverkusen, police said.
 arrow Football: Black night for Ballack
Michael Ballack suffered insult and injury on his return to Germany on Wednesday when Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat at Werder Bremen in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Nihat out for six months
Villarreal's Turkish international striker Nihat Kahveci is facing six months on the sidelines after picking up a serious knee injury, the Spanish side announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'Premiership too physical'
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez says he has been surprised by the physical side of English football since his move to West Ham United in August.
 arrow Football: Boro keep faith with Southgate
Former England defender Gareth Southgate has been allowed to stay as Middlesbrough manager until the end of the season, the Premier League said on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Teachers not paid for 17 months
Academic activities of Bangladesh College of Leather Technology (BCLT), the country's lone institution producing technologists for the leather sector, virtually came to a halt as most of its teachersand
 arrow 2.40 crore children under 5 to be immunised
Around 2.40 crore children under five will be immunised in a bid to wipe out polio from the country during the 14th National Immunisation Day (NID).
 arrow Arms factory unearthed in Noakhali
Police yesterday unearthed a firearms manufacturing factory at Begumganj and recovered 13 unassembled revolvers, five light guns, a revolver manufacturing dice and some ammunition.
 arrow 'Hold nat'l convention with all political parties'
Jukto Front leader ASM Abdur Rob yesterday called on the president/ chief adviser to hold a 'national convention' with representatives of all political and professional organisations to resolve the current
 arrow Declare 'Bangabhaban siege programme'
City Mayor and Chittagong Divisional Coordinator of AL-led 14-party combine ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury called upon Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to announce 'Bangabhaban Siege Programme' to presshome
 arrow EC launches 'Roadshow' Nov 26 to raise awareness
The European Commission (EC) will launch a 'Roadshow' from Chittagong on Sunday to explain the role and background of the forthcoming EU Election Observation Mission to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cancellation of results demanded
A number of students, who had appeared for MBBS Admission Test on November 17, have demanded cancellation of the results published on Tuesday last.
 arrow 'Support CA's decision'
Leaders of Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad yesterday said that the nation is getting rid of constitutional and political crisis following the initiative of the president/chief adviser.
 arrow Work together for fair polls
President/Ccief Adviser to Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said all would have to work together towards holding the forthcoming elections in a fair way.
 arrow Court orders fresh probe into Biltu murder
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to re-investigate the Biltu murder case.
 arrow Political parties urged to stop using children in protests
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday urged the political parties to stop using children in their agitation programmes.
 arrow Arms-free DU campus demanded
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday urged the authorities to free the campus from arms, ensure co-existence of all student organisations and bring back a congenial atmosphere.
 arrow 2 killed in city road accidents
Two people, including a woman, were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday. One fish trader was killed when a pick-up van hit him from behind at the Demra in the city yesterday.
 arrow Bari donates eyes posthumously
Abdul Bari Chowdhury, hailed from Kalihati in Tangail, donated his eyes posthumously yesterday, says a press release. He passed away yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital at the age of 75.
 arrow BBA admission test postponed
The BBA admission test of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, scheduled to be held today has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow RU classes, exams deferred until Nov 28
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday suspended all academic activities till November 28 fearing intensified political unrest on the campus.
 arrow NU LLB exam postponed
The 3rd paper LLB last part examination of 2005 under National University (NU) scheduled to be held today has been postponed due to some unavoidable circumstances.
Point-Counterpointarrow Jewel in the BNP crown
He has once again proved himself a formidable and, in the end, invincible person. He was given a brief breather through a posting to Mymensingh, away from the metropolis.
 arrow Toys then and now
There were these little plastic hens which, when pressed with your thumb, laid little white plastic eggs! Awestruck and mesmerized, we watched the little white plastic balls spill onto the table.
 arrow Reining in the rebels
Disintegration of a major party is not a big surprise in this sub-continent. During the last 59 years (1947-2006) we have seen such developments in Pakistan and India.
 arrow The not-so-dismal science
The social perception of the role of economics and of economists preaching and practicing has undergone so much change over the course of the last couple of centuries that it may really be termed as a
Culturearrow A cultural feast for Bangladeshis in Sharjah
It was a memorable evening on November 17 when the Lux Channel i Performance Award (LCPA) '05 was held at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium culminating with a glittering cultural event.
 arrow Fan Mail!
Runa Laila, an accomplished playback, ghazal and pop singer, made her music debut in 1964 by recording songs for the Pakistani movie, Jugnu at the age of 12.
 arrow Nalanda Mahavihara resurrected
About 0.5 percent of the Bangladesh population adheres to the Theravada school of Buddhism. Most of the practitioners hail from the south-eastern district of Chittagong and the surrounding hill districts.
 arrow Emdadul Haque Milon's play on Rtv
After a break popular writer Emdadul Haque Milon has written Khujey Paowa, a single episode play for the small screen. The play will be aired today on Rtv at 8:50 pm.
 arrow Tv serial 'Labonyoprobha' scores 100
The popular drama serial Labonyoprobha has crossed its 100th episode. The story of the serial centres around a ladies' hostel called Labonyoprobha.
 arrow Chhayanat Sangskriti Bhaban inauguration today
Newly built Chhayanat Sangskriti Bhaban will be inaugurated today. Artist Asma Kibria will inaugurate the new building at 9:00am, says a press release.
 arrow Saumitra Chatterjee on 'Ami Tumi R...'
Ami Tumi R... a talk show, features renowned cultural personalities from both Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. The programme will be aired at 8:05 pm.
 arrow Noted make up artiste Bangojeet Dutta's death anniversary to be observed
To observe noted make up artiste Bangojeet Dutta's 6th death anniversary (November 1), theatre group Padatik Nattya Sangsad is holding a memorial programme today at 5pm at the Experimental Hall, Bangladesh
Generalarrow Five killed in Savar road accident
Five people were killed and 15 others injured in a road accident at Savar in Dhaka in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow AL, BNP clash at Kaptai
Six Awami League (AL) leaders were injured in a clash with BNP activists over the holding of a rally in the same venue at Natun Bazar in Kaptai upazila of the district on Wednesday afternoon.
 arrow CPB protest on Nov 30
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will hold rallies and take out mass processions across the country on November 30 demanding implementation of its 53-point recommendations on the reformation of the
 arrow Parties urged not to use children in politics
Shishu Odhikar Forum yesterday urged the political parties, parents and others concerned not to use the children in political activities, says a press release.
 arrow One found dead in restaurant
Police recovered body of an old man at Keraniganj yesterday. The victim, identified as Ismail Mollah ,75, was found dead inside a restaurant at Chunkutia at Keraniganj.
 arrow NSU cultural evening
The inaugural ceremony of the two-day 12th annual cultural evening of North South University (NSU) will begin at Osmani Memorial Hall at 6:30pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Oxford Int'l School reopens tomorrow
The classes of Oxford International School, Dhanmondi will resume tomorrow, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: President's speech
President Iajuddin's much awaited speech came as a disappointment to the nation, now caught in a whirlpool of vicious politics.
 arrow Editorial: Ctg Port to resume limited operations
According to sources the 14 Party Alliance has agreed to allow movement of goods laden trucks from the port premises into the city, although the blockade will continue to the extent of the highways connecting
 arrow Death of a thousand cuts
So, the redoubtable MA Aziz is gone. Finally. Or so we are told. Since he has only gone on a 90-day leave, the door remains open for his return.
 arrow Looking for the Harvest Moon
There is a time to sow and there is a time to reap. It goes for politics as it goes for anything else. If things have come to a head, it is because we asked for it. We sowed what we sowed.
 arrow Nepal peace accord raises new hope
Finally, the multi-party democratic government and the radical leftist "Maoists" have signed a landmark peace accord that has raised hopes for permanent peace in the land- locked Himalayan country ofNepal,
Letters to Editorarrow What should we do now?
Although I am unable to support any of the political parties of our country due to their failure to think about the nation rather than their personal gains, I feel compelled to write this letter.
 arrow CEC controversy
I don't really know what's appropriate for me-- to laugh or to cry when I observe our political leaders, members of erudite society, as all of them make very assertive claims that their own opinions are
 arrow America and Iran
Recently, a top investigative reporter of America has revealed that the CIA assessment has found no farm evidence of a secret drive by Iran in developing nuclear weapons as alleged by the White House.
Environmentarrow The planet in peril
In Sweden and Norway, the treeline is marching northward and uphill as the snowline recedes. In the Arctic, the polar bear finds its habitat shrinking.
 arrow Priority for poverty reduction
The current world population is 6,420 million people. Of this 21.8 per cent lack access to drinking water and nearly one third lack access to sanitation services (4th World Water Forum Secretariat report).
 arrow Rural Tourism: Right time to contemplate
In a sense the village landscape, wildlife, community and cultural life, natural heritage are key assets that attract visitors -- and visitor revenue.
 arrow Promoting Nishorgo programme
Forest Department's Nishorgo Programme has now added a visitor's information kiosk at Satchari National Park, Hobigonj as an attempt to facilitate community led eco-tourism that would contribute to conservation
Worldarrow South Asia: Hu seeks to cement close Pakistan ties
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Pakistan yesterday for a visit that is expected to cement the old friends' "all-weather relationship" that was for decades underpinned by their mutual hostilitytowards
 arrow South Asia: Maoists build camps as Nepalis pray for peace
Nestled in dense jungle and reachable only by canoe, this Maoist rebel camp will soon host United Nations observers monitoring arms as part of Nepal's landmark peace deal.
 arrow South Asia: Terror attacks spreading in India beyond Kashmir: PM
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that terrorist attacks in the country had spread beyond Kashmir, which is in the grip of a 17-year-old Islamic separatist insurgency.
 arrow South Asia: Fresh fighting erupts in eastern Sri Lanka
Heavy fighting gripped Sri Lanka yesterday as Tamil Tiger rebels and troops blamed each other for the renewed battles and India sent a top envoy to discuss the worsening violence.
 arrow South Asia: Terminally ill Tiger peace negotiator laments fate of Tamils
Tamil Tiger peace negotiator Anton Balasingham has confirmed he has terminal cancer but that it is "minor" compared to the "immense suffering" of Sri Lanka's minority Tamils, a report said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: 2 killed in train station blast in Assam
Two people were killed and 10 injured yesterday when an explosive device went off in a railway station parking lot in the main city of India's restive northeastern state of Assam, police said.
 arrow Lebanese vent anger at pro-Syrian president
Angry slogans against Syria's Lebanese allies rang out from central Beirut yesterday as tens of thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of the latest Damascus opponent to be murdered.
 arrow 'Iraq govt to hold talks with insurgent groups'
The Iraqi government will next week hold talks with representatives of insurgent groups in the country in an effort to quell the violence that has mired Iraq, The Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Red Cross calls for stronger alliances to fight disasters
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Thursday called for stronger alliances and cooperation in the Asia Pacific to improve help for victims in the world's most disaster-prone region.
 arrow 'Unsafe abortions kill 68,000 women a yr'
Unsafe abortions in the developing world kill 68,000 women a year and lead to the hospitalisation of at least five million others for infection and other complications, a study published in this Saturday's
 arrow Israeli MP dreams up new ME peace plan
Amid increasing calls for a diplomatic breakthrough to end rampant Israeli-Palestinian violence, a prominent leader of Israel's left-wing bloc has come up with a new Middle East peace initiative.
 arrow Millions in UK tsunami aid unaccounted for
More than nine million pounds (13 million euros, 17 million dollars) of British government aid for victims of the Asian tsunami may not yet have been spent, a parliamentary committee said yesterday.
 arrow Ex-Russian spy fights for life, mystery remains over poisoning
Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was fighting for his life Thursday after his condition worsened further, doctors and friends said, as mystery deepened over what caused his condition.
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