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Front Pagearrow Govt to probe bureaucrats' secret date with Mahmud
The government will investigate the Friday night's incident of in-service senior civil servants attending a surreptitious party hosted by former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman at Uttara in the capital,
 arrow EC starts sending election materials
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday started sending election materials across the country in accordance with the EC's plan to announce the schedule for next general election this week without initiating
 arrow Don't bother about anymore demands
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday once again asked the caretaker government to announce the election schedule immediately and not to bother about the demands placed by the Awami League (AL) led 14-party
 arrow More agitation to get 11 tasks done
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance plans to go for a non-stop movement to compel the chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) to meet its 11-point demand.
 arrow Poll candidates' assets accounts to be probed
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will investigate the income and assets accounts of the persons who will contest the upcoming election, ACC Chairman Justice Sultan Hossain Khan told a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Rival dockers face off over gantry crane use
Two rival groups at Chittagong Port are drawn into confrontation as their 48-hour ultimatum on the question of operating four sophisticated gantry cranes by a private company at Chittagong Container Terminal
 arrow Suspend civil servants in question
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine yesterday asked the caretaker government (CG) to suspend those senior civil servants who secretly met former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman at his business house
 arrow Country runs risk of losing export orders
Bangladesh runs the risk of being identified as a 'politically unstable country' in the international market if the present political unrest persists, leading exporters of the country said yesterday.
 arrow Yunus hopes for amicable solution to ongoing crisis
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday expected a peaceful and acceptable solution to the country's current political crisis through consensus.
 arrow Mahmudur leads media mauling as Khaleda nods
Leaders of pro-BNP Association of Engineers, Bangladesh (AEB) yesterday accused the media of not writing and telecasting "neutral" and "impartial" reports on the BNP and four-party alliance and its leaders.
 arrow 10m people stare at looming disaster
Environmentalists and human rights activists are apprehending a major humanitarian disaster in the vast waterlogged area of three southern districts of the country, as livelihood of nearly10 lakh people
 arrow JCD, BCL men clash at DU, Jagannath
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Dhaka University (DU) and Jagannath University yesterday locked in clashes where at least 20 were hurt as cocktails exploded and guns
 arrow People to give befitting reply thru' ballots
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has said the people will give a befitting reply to the "unbridled corruption" of the immediate past coalition government through ballots if the election is held
 arrow Law enforcers asked to tackle 14-party sit-in with patience
The advisory committee on law and order yesterday directed the law enforcers to tackle the sit-in programme around the Bangabhaban tomorrow and Election Commission (EC) Secretariat on Tuesday with patience
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootout'
Two members of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Lal Pataka faction were killed in a 'shootout' with law enforcement agencies at Mahishkhola village under Gangni upazila in Meherpur early
 arrow Bangladesh put in category of 'flawed democracy'
Bangladesh ranks 75th among 165 democracies and is grouped in the category of "flawed democracy" in a global survey report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on November 24, as hassleshampered
 arrow Baghdad under curfew
Baghdad was under curfew for the second straight day yesterday after an explosion of violence killed hundreds of Iraqis and forced President Jalal Talabani to delay his much-anticipated visit to Tehran.
 arrow Rejoinder
Four government high officials yesterday protested a report headlined "'Secret' meet of admin big wigs at ex-energy adviser's office" which was published in The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow S Korea confirms bird flu outbreak
South Korea yesterday confirmed its first bird flu outbreak in three years after a strain of the avian virus was found in tests on dead birds.
Businessarrow 12pc fall in bank default loans in June-Sept
Volume of classified loans in the overall banking system has marked a 12 percent decline during the June-September period this year as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) rescheduled its huge amount
 arrow Saarc states eye uniform product standards
Senior government officials from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) have started preparing a homogeneous quality standard for products in the region to expedite trade and business
 arrow Competition rises as China opens banking sector
China's commercial banks have been warned that competition will sharpen after the country fully opens its banking sector to foreign-funded banks.
 arrow US for Chinese economic reforms
A high-ranking US delegation to China next month will seek economic reforms from Beijing, a US government official said Friday.
 arrow Emerging economy firms buying up western steelmakers
Steel producers from India, Brazil and Russia are investing in industrialised countries, highlighting the rising power of emerging economies in a new phase of globalisation, analysts said last week.
 arrow Japan eyes tax break to boost venture firms
The Japanese government is expected to extend a preferential tax initiative designed to encourage individuals to invest in venture firms by at least two years beyond March 2007, government sources said.
 arrow Singapore, Gulf to talk FTA
Singapore and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to start negotiations for a free trade agreement, the city-state said Saturday as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made his first visit to the
 arrow Euro soars against dollar
The euro soared against the dollar Friday in volatile trading which saw the euro surpass the 1.30 dollar mark, hitting the highest level against the US currency since April 2005, traders said.
 arrow Wal-Mart sees weak sales
Wal-Mart Stores Inc predicted a rare decline in monthly sales on Saturday, even as US bargain-hunters jammed stores in search of gifts at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season.
 arrow Volvo recalls 3.6 lakh cars for speed control bug
Volvo, a unit of Ford Motor Co, is recalling about 360,000 cars because of a problem with vehicle speed controls that can cause engines to lose power without warning, Volvo said on Friday.
 arrow Sanyo warns of full-year loss, slashes jobs
Japan's ailing Sanyo Electric Co. on Friday tore up its forecast for a return to the black this year as it axed 2,200 more jobs and flagged a possible sale of its cellphone business amid fierce competition.
 arrow FTA with EU may create 3 lakh S Korean jobs
A state research institute predicted Friday that South Korea could create up to 300,000 new jobs in the short term if it signs a free trade agreement with the European Union.
 arrow China's Chery scraps plan to sell cars in US
China's Chery Automobile has canceled plans to export cars to the United States through a joint venture with US entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin, a report and the Chinese company said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar eyes winning start
Habibul Bashar promised to set the tone from the very beginning against visiting Zimbabwe by a convincing win in the lone limited-overs warm-up match at the BKSP cricket ground today.
 arrow Cricket: BCB reveals ticket details
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced yesterday that the ticket selling for the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe series will get underway at Khulna today.
 arrow Cricket: Annihilation awaits England
Australia were digging a massive hole for beleaguered England to escape from, as the tourists faced a demoralising defeat in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba here Saturday.
 arrow Booters first to leave capital
Bangladesh football team left here for Qatar yesterday to take part in the 15th Asian Games.
 arrow Chess: Zia closer to table-top
Grand Master (GM) Ziaur Rahman won his fifth round board against Indian Arjun Tiwari in the Commonwealth Chess Champion-ship in Mumbai on Friday. Zia raised his tally to 3.
 arrow Chess: Shakil keeps lead
FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil maintained his solo lead in the Prime Bank 9th International Rating Chess Tournament when he drew his seventh round board with Monir at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pitch may suit tourists
After the hammering they got in Durban, Cape Town was perhaps the best place for India to come for some rest and recuperation and preparation.
 arrow Cricket: Glenn licking his lips
The cracks are widening both on the dry Gabba pitch and in the stressed England team as Australia close in on an expected huge victory in the first Ashes cricket Test at the Gabba.
 arrow Tennis: Hosts, Chinese Taipei reach final
Favourites India and second seeds Chinese Taipei set up a title clash in the Asian Hopman Cup with easy victories in their last league outings here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer missed India
One of the few positives to emerge from the debacle at Kingsmead was the return of one of Indian cricket's prodigal sons.
 arrow Cricket: WI aim to level series
West Indies were hoping to give Pakistan another tough fight and register a series-levelling win in the third Test which starts here from Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ian doesn't buy Ian talk
England batsman Ian Bell on Saturday rejected suggestions his side was "undercooked" going into the Ashes series, as the tourists teetered on the brink of a first Test thrashing by Australia at Brisbane's
 arrow Cricket: Media foresee calamity
England stand on the brink of cricketing calamity after just two days of their Ashes series with Australia here, local media said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Trouble follows Barmy Army
England cricket chiefs Saturday accused the Barmy Army of infringing copyright, creating another problem for the cheer squad reeling from their team's woeful form and upset by tight security.
 arrow Football: Schalke go five clear
Schalke 04 underlined their title ambitions by moving five points clear at the Bundes-liga summit with a 2-1 win over local rivals VfL Bochum here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Lampard tips Sheva to shine
Chelsea's Frank Lampard expects Andriy Shev-chenko to use Sunday's crunch clash with Manchester United to finally show the talent that made him the most feared striker in Europe.
 arrow Football: Becks a 'ticking timebomb'
With David Beckham playing an ever more peripheral role and the stalemate over his contract extension at the Santiago Bernabeu still unbroken, a Real Madrid board member has said that the club would prefer
 arrow Cricket: Rogge not a cricket fan
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge said he did not see cricket being included in the Olympic Games in the near future.
 arrow Football: Rooney quizzed
Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney was questioned by police on Friday over allegations that a photographer was assaulted outside a nightclub.
 arrow Football: Carlo cools Milan crisis
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti claimed his fallen Serie A giants were enduring more of a difficult than dramatic period.
 arrow Football: Poldi injury worse than feared
Lukas Podolski's injured ankle has not healed as quickly as expected and the Germany striker will be out for a prolonged spell, Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: A different Drogba
That the front-runner for the Footballer of the Year award is in the Chelsea attack is no surprise. It is his identity that confounds expectation.
 arrow Football: 'Give ref a chance'
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has called on players not to crowd round and intimidate referee Howard Webb in Sunday's top-of-the-table match against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Chelsea plan world domination
With a visit to Old Trafford tonight, Chelsea chose to remind Manchester United of their determination to usurp them in being recognised as the world's leading club.
 arrow Football: Iran defiant after FIFA ban
Iran's football federation (IRIFF) said the sport's world ruling body FIFA had suspended Iran on false information and defended its "independence", the state news agency IRNA reported Saturday.
 arrow Football: Nakamura in higher legion
Celtic's Japanese star Shunsuke Nakamura has been compared to David Beckham and world player of the year Ronaldinho after his sensational Champions League free-kick winner against Manchester United.
Metropolitanarrow Jubo Sangram demands CA's resignation
Kendrio Jubo Sangram Parishad during its 'Bangabhaban besiege' programme yesterday demanded resignation of President Iajuddin Ahmed as the chief adviser and acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Mahfuzur
 arrow Take action against admin big wigs who joined 'secret meet'
Sammilita Nagorik Andolon, a platform of different professionals, yesterday urged the president/chief adviser (CA) to caretaker government to take stern action against those former and in-service bureaucrats
 arrow 14 RU senate members demand cancellation of mass recruitment
Fourteen senate members out of 33 of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Professor Altaf Hossain demanding cancellation of mass recruitment and restoration ofeducational
 arrow Four killed, 25 injured in Comilla road accidents
Four people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in the district yesterday.
 arrow Bureaucrats' Secret Rendezvous

 arrow Condition of Hanif turns critical
Former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Mohammad Hanif, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals in the city, was shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) yesterday as his condition sharply deteriorated.
 arrow 2 JCD activists stabbed in RU intra-party feud
Two leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Rajshahi University (RU) unit were stabbed in an intra-party feud on RU campus on Friday midnight.
 arrow Injured BCL activist dies in Ctg
One of the five people injured in an intra-party feud of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Satkania on Friday evening succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.
 arrow 3 bus drivers held for reckless driving in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday held three bus drivers and awarded them imprisonment for one month each for reckless driving and for not having any valid licences.
 arrow Thugs set fire to bus, rob passengers
A gang of criminals allegedly robbed bus passengers and torched the vehicle near the city's Jatrabari area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Khaleda urged to withdraw remarks on price hike
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), in separate press releases yesterday, criticised the immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia who blamed the media
 arrow Charmonai Pir passes away
Pir of Charmonai Maulana Syed Mohammad Fazlul Karim passed away at his home at Charmonai village in Sadar Upazila yesterday at the age of 71. He was also the chairman of Islami Shashontantra Andolon.
 arrow Admission test at IBA Dec 1
As per revised timetable, BBA admission test of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on December 1, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All examinations under course and traditional system of Dhaka University (DU) have been postponed till December 5 due to unavoidable circumstances, a press release said here yesterday.
 arrow Little Annita needs your help
Abdus Salam, assistant professor of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Pratishthan, and Nasreen Sultana, assistant director of Teacher Students' Centre of Jahangirnagar University, have sought financial assistance
 arrow Ershad leaves for UK
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad left for the United Kingdom yesterday on a weeklong personal tour. He is scheduled to return home on December 2, said a JP press release.
Nationalarrow 101-member LDP body formed in Khagrachhari
A 101-member convening committee of Khagrachhari district Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was formed here yesterday with dissident BNP leader and municipal chairman Abul Kasem as its convener and former
 arrow 29 more polling centres proposed in Khagrachhari
Administration officials in eight upazilas have sent a proposal to the District Election Office (DEO) for setting up 29 more polling centres in 298 constituencies in the district, DEO sources said.
 arrow 26 Jamaat men sued in Sylhet
Police of Dakshin Surma police station have recorded a case against 26 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami on charge of attacking the recent peaceful blockade of 14-party alliance in the city.
 arrow 2 more Satkhira journos get death threat
Two more journalists got death threats from a former BNP lawmaker and an alleged criminal here yesterday and day before yesterday.
 arrow BCL leader killed by JCD
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader was chopped to death by an armed gang of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Kuakata in Kalapara upazila Friday night.
 arrow Abul Hasanat returns Barisal
Abul Hasanat Abdullah, Barisal district Awami League president and cousin of AL chief Sheikh Hasina and former Chief Whip, returned Barisal yesterday after five years.
Point-Counterpointarrow It's a small world after all
Parallels between countries can be banal but also illustrative. The last time I explored similarities with US history was when I wrote against the Bangladesh government's expanded surveillance powers.
 arrow Economic challenges for the next government
The oath that the people's representatives take, or had taken in the past, to uphold democratic values is, or was, mostly for economic emancipation of our people.
 arrow Rickshaws, not sports cars
Rickshaws that we see on the roads of Dhaka have essentially become a very important element of the lives of a wide range of people over the last century.
Culturearrow 20th anniversary of Bangladesh Theatre
Activists of Bangladesh Theatre, one of the members of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, gathered at the National Theatre Stage premises on Friday morning (November 24) to observe its 20th anniversary.
 arrow 'Bhelua Shundari' and 'Resurrection' staged abroad
Resurrection and Bhelua Shundari, two theatre productions of Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), were staged recently in festivals abroad-- in Nepal and India respectively.
 arrow Art exhibition outside the gallery circuit
It was an art exhibition with a difference. In the stead of the customary formal art exhibition in a gallery, an expat couple recently hosted a display of paintings in their well kept home in Dhaka.
 arrow 'Sisimpur' welcomes eight new writers to the family
They are not furry or fuzzy, but they are fantastic and fun! They are the eight new Sisimpur script-writers and they are gearing up for an original third season of the beloved children's programme, says
Generalarrow 68,660 women repression incidents occurred in 5yrs
Different rights organisations yesterday observed the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women in the country as elsewhere in the world with a call for ensuring women's rights.
 arrow Housewife injured in bomb blast
A housewife was injured by a bomb thrown by unknown miscreants at Demra in the city yesterday.
 arrow Robbers kill 1, loot Tk 12 lakh valuables
One person was killed and cash and valuables worth about Tk 12 lakh were looted in two separate robberies in village Khandaker Para of Tilagaon union under Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar district at midnight
Internationalarrow China distancing itself on Kashmir: Media
China has distanced itself from committing, at least overtly, to a "substantive" and "meaningful" role that it could play towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India, the influential
 arrow Nepal vigilantes destroy arms after peace deal
Nepali vigilantes set up to protect villagers from Maoist rebels began destroying their weapons days after a peace deal formally ended the country's decade-old civil war, a human rights official saidon
 arrow Lanka jets bomb rebel suicide fighter camp
Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a Tamil Tiger suicide fighter camp near the rebels' northern stronghold on Saturday, the military said, adding it believed it had inflicted heavy losses.
 arrow Indo-Pak FMs meet tomorrow
Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday he would hold informal talks with his Pakistani counterpart next week, the first meeting between foreign ministers of the old rivals in more than a year.
 arrow Hamas threatens third Intifada for statehood
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal warned yesterday of a third Intifada unless there is an international agreement for a Palestinian state with 1967 borders within six months.
 arrow 300 Thai schools to close amid attacks
Hundreds of schools in Thailand's restive south will shut their doors in response to increasingly vicious attacks by suspected Muslim insurgents against teachers and schools, an official said Saturday.
 arrow Britain tries to unravel mystery behind ex-Russian spy's death
British police were working out Saturday how former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko might have been poisoned with a highly toxic radioactive substance, and who could be behind it.
Editorialarrow Editorial: From rivals to partners
Chinese President Hu Jintao's recent trip to India has brought the two neighbouring countries close to a breakthrough insofar as overcoming the decades of alienation and standoff over border dispute is
 arrow Editorial: Jamaat's mischievous drive
Jamaat is out with another unique way of advancing its own programme of destroying our liberal cultural heritage.
 arrow Paparazzi and a party and...
The graphical illustration of some of the illustrious(!) people of the country on the front page of a Bengali daily yesterday and this daily today convinced the cynics that it is not only owls and jackals
 arrow A few bad men
Delay in the reconstitution of the Election Commission through deliberate delay despite the three months leave forced upon the chief election commissioner, which in any case is in total disregard of the
 arrow The intransigence of two leaders
The two top political leaders of the country, Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia, both attended a reception program at Senakunja on November 21, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day, after a long time.
Letters to Editorarrow State of politics
In all civil society "hypocrisy" is hated seriously. Persons involved in "hypocrisy" are classified as fraud.
 arrow President's role
Although some people are criticising the president for taking over the charge of Chief Adviser of the caretaker government, I think that Mr.
 arrow GrameenPhone logo
GrameenPhone, the telecommunication giant of Bangladesh, has recently changed its logo. Everywhere in the world there are examples of such changes even in the most successful businesses.
 arrow A good article
The article on EC, Voter List and Electoral Reform was a superb one. I am not an expert but having read the article I clearly understand what public confidence on the EC means.
 arrow Americans and their policies
It might have taken other empires centuries to achieve what the current world empire has achieved in decades.
Star Healtharrow Dental management after severe accident
Accidental trauma or sudden pressure on the teeth may cause lots of complicated situations.
 arrow Advances in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary loss of urine associated with a sudden increase in intra-abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, jogging, lifting, dancing, running for bus,
 arrow Healthcare project to root out malaria from CHT
The Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) in a joint initiative will initiate a one-year pilot healthcare programme to root
 arrow Rotavirus vaccine recommended to prevent diarrhoea
Rotavirus infections are a major cause of sickness in infants and young kids. Rotavirus infects 4 out of 5 children with the "stomach flu" (also known as gastroenteritis) by the age of 5.
 arrow My baby does not take any food!
What should be the ideal food for my baby, how much and how often should I feed it? These are some of the questions very frequently mothers ask physicians.
 arrow Food facts, not fictions
All health information to keep you up to date

* It is better not to cut vegetables before cooking. If you want to cut them before cooking, cut them into big pieces.

 arrow New drug for epilepsy launched
Epilim Choromo, a medicine for epileptic patient has been launched recently, says a press release.
 arrow Your ENT Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I am 53 years old. I have been suffering from hearing loss. Doctor advised me to go for stapedectomy to improve my hearing.

Star Cityarrow Grabbers threaten Gulshan lake again
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), the city planning authority, looks on as land grabbers once again continue to fill up the Gulshan Lake at the end of road 103.
 arrow BPC yet to declare Shankhari Bazar a tourist lane
The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) is yet to declare Shankhari Bazar a tourist lane, officials said.
 arrow Rajuk asks JNU to stop demolition of age-old building
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has officially directed the Jagannath University authorities to stop immediately the demolition of an age-old building within its premises to build a high-rise
 arrow Mugging on the rise
Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) claim of a downslide in the city crime rate barely reflects the soaring mugging that continues to plague the streets day-in-and-day-out, resulting in added insecurities
 arrow Dodgy documents leave Poppy helpless
Poppy, a female garments worker was screaming into a telephone on November 3, in the Rupnagar area, and seemingly getting no positive response from the other end when this correspondent caught sight of
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