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Front Pagearrow President orders army deployment
Disregarding strong objections from the advisory council, President and Chief Adviser (CA) Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday ordered army deployment in aid of the civil administration to maintain law and order
 arrow Civil society hands over vision paper to BNP, AL
Two top leaders of main rival political alliances yesterday expressed similar views on curbing the influence of black money, terrorism and corruption in the election process to strengthen democracy.
 arrow Correction of voter list goes on at snail's pace
Some major irregularities were found in correcting the updated voter list in the capital on the second day of the massive undertaking which is supposed to be completed in only eight days.
 arrow Prof Yunus outlines social business goal
As Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Muhammad Yunus today receives the prestigious award at a ceremony in Oslo, the Grameen Bank founder yesterday outlined his future task -- popularising the new conceptof
 arrow 14-party turns down alternative EC recast offer
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition yesterday rejected an alternative proposal offered by the negotiating team of advisers in the face of an ongoing impasse in implementing the previously negotiated
 arrow War heroes offer 10 proposals to stabilise political system
Seven surviving liberation war heroes concerned over the current state of affairs in Bangladesh yesterday placed a 10-point proposal to the caretaker government and all political parties with a view to
 arrow Yunus, Telenor boss talk controlling share
Prof Muhammad Yunus, whose Grameen Telecom is embroiled in a tussle over Grameenphone's controlling share with its joint venture partner Norwegian telecoms company Telenor, yesterday had a discussionwith
 arrow Political leaders slow to change
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday said the current state of politics in Bangladesh shows the political leaders are slow to change while the young generation is changing fast.
 arrow Lobby out to make govt take inflated loans
Under the influence of a vested interest lobby of BNP leaders, the government is taking Tk 300 crore loans for the rehabilitation of three Karnaphuli hydropower units while two such brand new power units
 arrow Black money, muscle power 2 major hurdles
Elimination of the use of black money and muscle power in general elections is the most crucial instrument for establishing an effective parliament that can ensure transparency and accountability of the
 arrow HR commission bill gathers dust
International Human Rights Day is being observed in the country today while formation of a human rights commission witnessed a little progress during the last five years.
 arrow ZIA on alert over Indian tip on plane hijack
Zia International Airport (ZIA) authorities yesterday issued a high alert following information that an Indian plane may be hijacked and brought to Dhaka for landing.
 arrow Mastermind suspect out on HC bail
Prof Mia Muhammad Mohiuddin, suspected of masterminding the killing of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Prof S Taher Ahmed, was released from Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday after receiving bail fromthe
 arrow Tigers complete Zim-wash
Bangladesh completed a clean sweep against Zimbabwe but not before they recovered from middle-order jitters to record an exciting three-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-day match at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Endorse UN convention to fight graft
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) viewed that endorsing the UN convention against corruption would accelerate Bangladesh's fight against corruption and enhance the country's image.
 arrow Mugger lynched
An alleged mugger died yesterday after being severely beaten up by an angry mob at Jatrabari in the capital on Friday night. The dead was identified as Arif Khan, 25.
 arrow Moscow hospital fire kills 45 women
A fire broke out in a women's ward of a Moscow drug treatment hospital early Saturday, killing 45 women trapped by barred windows and a locked gate, officials said.
 arrow US Congress okays Indian nuke deal
The US Congress early yesterday took a major step toward permitting the sale of American-made nuclear reactors and fuel to India by giving final approval to a White House-backed bill.
 arrow Pakistan test launches short-range missile
Pakistan's military successfully testfired yesterday a short-range range, nuclear-capable Hatf III Ghaznavi missile with a range of 290 km.
 arrow Abbas decides to call early polls
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said he would dismiss the parliament and call early elections to end a political impasse with Hamas, but left open the possibility of a compromise withthe
Businessarrow Reforms to boost revenue from border customs
India and Bangladesh can earn more revenue from the border customs houses only through taking some reform measures, even though the two sides do not reach any free trade agreement (FTA), the World Bank
 arrow BTMA gets new chief
Abdul Hai Sarker, chairman of Purbani Group, has been elected president unopposed of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) for the next two-year term of 2007 and 2008.
 arrow Agriculture, infrastructure slowing growth: Indian PM
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday the country's poor farm output and decrepit infrastructure are major barriers to achieving the double-digit economic growth needed to free millionsfrom
 arrow Asean trade ministers sign pacts
Southeast Asian trade ministers hastily signed four agreements to speed up economic integration before packing up and leaving after the Philippines abruptly postponed a summit scheduled for next week.
 arrow US eyes ROK trade pact in early 2007
An ambitious US free-trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea could be in reach early next year but major hurdles still remain in automobiles and drugs, the chief US negotiator said Friday.
 arrow China to allow foreign firms in fertilizer wholesale business
China will allow foreign companies to enter its fertilizer wholesale business from December 11 in a move to further open the fertilizer industry.
 arrow Regional energy use agreed upon
A summit on energy use called by South American leaders opened here Friday, with some of the left-leaning allies of socialist Bolivian President Evo Morales among the key participants.
 arrow Local travellers urged to visit Dubai Shopping Festival
As the Dubai Shopping Festival 2006 begins on December 20, Bangladeshi travellers have been urged to visit the festival that ends February 2, says a press release.
 arrow Half of Britain's 14,500 post offices must be closed: Report
Faced with growing losses, the Royal Mail has told British government officials that half of Britain's 14,500 post offices should be closed, a newspaper reported Saturday.
 arrow Manila gets $450m ADB loan for power
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Saturday it is lending 450 million dollars to the Philippines to stabilize the country's electricity supply situation.
 arrow World won't wait forever for China's currency reform
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned Friday that world trading partners will not wait forever for China to reform its currency regime and so rebalance global commerce.
 arrow Vietnam hails US vote to normalise trade ties
The communist government of Vietnam on Saturday welcomed the normalisation of trade ties with its former enemy the United States, agreed in a late-night vote of the outgoing US Congress.
 arrow Myanmar steps up cracking down on smuggled goods
Myanmar is stepping up cracking down on smuggled or untaxed goods on a highway between Yangon and Myawaddy in Kayin state as part of the government's measure to expose tax evasion and raise state revenue,
 arrow 5.3pc inflation in India
Indian inflation declined to 5.30 percent for the weekend November 25 from 5.45 percent in the previous week, mainly due to fall in the prices of food items.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mission accomplished
After Bangladesh's four wins in a row, it seemed that only a miracle could save Zimbabwe from a whitewash yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Transfers start today
The players transfers for the Premier Cricket League of the 2006-07 season begin at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers may go to Zimbabwe in February
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has proposed to play a one-day series in Zimbabwe next February as part of the Tigers' World Cup preparation.
 arrow Poor Asiad continues
Siddik Rahman finished two under par with 142 points in the men's individual golf competition in 15th Asian Games at the Doha Golf Club yesterday. He is the lone Bangladeshi golfer in the Games.
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer shines for India
Zaheer Khan once again led the way with the ball as the Indians wrapped-up a comprehensive 96-run victory over Rest of South Africa in the tour game at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Brighter day for England
Several fringe English players put up their hands for Test selection on the opening day of the tour match against Western Australia at the WACA Ground here Friday, one of the tourists' best days in apreviously
 arrow Cricket: It'll haunt Giles 20 yrs
England left-arm spinner Ashley Giles believes he will be haunted for the next 20 years by memories of the dropped catch which changed the course of the second Ashes Test against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Warne questions Flintoff influence
Shane Warne has questioned the amount of input captain Andrew Flintoff has in selecting England's Ashes team.
 arrow Football: United go nine clear
Manchester United soared nine points clear at the top of the Premiership after a comfortable 3-1 victory over neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho dismisses Gunners
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is convinced Arsenal will not pose a significant threat to his plans for Premiership domination until they sacrifice their purist principles.
 arrow Khubbieva clinches 100m gold
Guzel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan won the women's 100 metres title here at the Asian Games on Saturday. The 30-year-old, a two-time relay silver medallist at the Games, timed 11.
 arrow Cricket: Greg, Sourav patch up?
India coach Greg Chappell and former captain Sourav Ganguly have settled their differences and reached a working relationship, it was reported in the Indian media on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Puskas laid to rest
Hungary was holding a national day of mourning on Saturday for the funeral of Ferenc Puskas, one of the greatest footballers of all time who led the "Mighty Magyars" to world dominance in the 1950s and
 arrow Football: Club WC expansion on the cards
The end-of-year Club World Cup may be expanded from six to eight teams to include a side from the host nation, a senior FIFA official said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan back and running
Former captain Michael Vaughan made his long-awaited return to the England side here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger the peacemaker
Arsene Wenger has attempted to take some of the heat out of the build-up to Arsenal's Premiership showdown with Chelsea on Sunday by praising Ashley Cole for his contribution while he was with the Gunners.
 arrow Football: Bradley USA's interim coach
US Soccer officials named Bob Bradley as interim coach on Friday as the search for a permanent replacement to Bruce Arena continues with a handful of international club managers in the frame.
 arrow Football: Comeback win for Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen got back in the race for European places on Friday when they came from behind to win 2-1 at home to wasteful Hertha Berlin.
 arrow Football: Park on the mend
Park Ji-sung is on his way back to the Manchester United first-team squad and the Korean star's recovery from a serious ankle ligament injury cannot come quickly enough for United boss Alex Ferguson.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard slams doping claims
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said Friday the Spanish giants should react firmly to accusations in a French newspaper report that the club has links to a doctor accused of masterminding a doping network.
Metropolitanarrow 'People's participation a must for free, fair elections'
The omnipotent authority for holding a free and fair election now rests solely on people, said the speakers at a view-exchange meeting yesterday.
 arrow Call to stop political violence against women
The nation yesterday observed Begum Rokeya Day paying glowing tributes to the memory of the legendary woman who had played a pioneering role in establishing women's rights in the subcontinent.
 arrow BCLT teachers, staffs seek CA's intervention for arrear salary
Teachers and staff of Bangladesh College of Leather Technology (BCLT) yesterday sought direct intervention of the chief adviser to the caretaker government for the payment of their arrear salary since
 arrow Cash, valuables worth Tk 7 lakh looted from city house
A gang of robbers broke into a house at Ahmednagar in Paikpara in the city in the early hours of yesterday and made off with cash and valuables worth Tk 7.20 lakh.
 arrow TIB distributes prizes among winners
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday distributed prizes among the winners of anti-corruption essay and cartoon competitions.
 arrow Death anniversary of Sirajuddin Hossain today
Today is the 35th death anniversary of eminent journalist Sirajuddin Hossain, a martyr of the War of Liberation.
Nationalarrow Disgruntled Sherpur-1 BNP may field rebel candidate
Most of the BNP leaders and workers are opposed to nomination of Jamaat-e-Islami central leader Mohammad Kamrauzzaman as four-party alliance candidate in Sherpur-1 (Sadar) in the coming election, party
 arrow AL besieges Mirpur thana whole night for 'safety' of two party men
Awami League (AL) and its front organisations brought out processions in Kushtia town and kept the police station in Mirpur upazila under siege for a whole night for 'safety' of two arrested party men.
 arrow Show of strength by Rangamati LDP tomorrow
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will stage a show of strength in Rangamati tomorrow.
 arrow Poor children learn while playing
Research Initiative Bangladesh (RIB) arranged a unique 'Children Fair' at the Shilpakala Academy here yesterday.
 arrow Trade through Tamabil resumes
Border trade through Tamabil land customs station resumed yesterday after four days' suspension due to a row between Indian Border Security Force and their exporters, officials said.
 arrow Boat seized with 3000 fertiliser bags
About 3000 bags of fertiliser were seized by police and local officials from a Bay-bound engine boats at Sonadiya in Cox's Bazar Friday night. Six people were arrested.
 arrow SOA to besiege CHTRC office today
Somo Odhikar Andolan (SOA), an organisation of Bengali settlers in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), will lay a siege to the CHT Regional Council (CHTRC) office today demanding removal of Juotirindriya Bodhipriya
Point-Counterpointarrow Too little, too late?
As the old adage goes, you can drag a donkey to the water but can't make it drink. The same appears to be true with our Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Who lost Turkey?
Benedict XVI stood, shoeless, side by side with the Mufti of Istanbul beneath the cavernous great dome of one-time Constantinople's famed Blue Mosque, palms upraised in the traditional Muslim gestureof
 arrow Fighting corruption in South Asia
Last year, the United Nations Convention against Corruption became the first legally binding, global anti-corruption agreement, marking a historic milestone in the fight against corruption.
Culturearrow The spirit of Liberation War in theatre
The legacy of the Liberation War is one of the major features of the plays directed by Debashish Ghosh.
 arrow Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to be aired live
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank board member and borrower Taslima Begum are in the Norwegian capital Oslo to jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow Impressive paintings by "Berger" contestants
The recent 11th "Berger" young painters' exhibit at Zainul Gallery was a definite feast for the eyes.
 arrow Theatre festival rescheduled
Today's scheduled inauguration of the theatre festival arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) has been postponed --for the second time.
Generalarrow BKSJL faction joins 4-patry
The BNP-led 4-party alliance expanded into 5-party coalition in a pre-poll polarisation with the joining of a BKSJL faction led by General Secretary Advocate Fazlur Rahman.
 arrow 'Honour peacekeepers in country'
Coalition of Local NGO's, Bangladesh (CLNB) at a rally in the city yesterday demanded state recognition and national award of 71 soldiers, who sacrificed their lives during serving at the United Nations
 arrow One killed in blast while making bomb
Police yesterday recovered the body of an unidentified youth killed in a bomb blast at a house at Ekabbarpur village under Mithapukur upazila on Friday night.
 arrow 3 killed in road accidents
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail and Natore yesterday.
 arrow JU students' memo to VC
General students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged a demonstration on the campus yesterday demanding immediate impartial investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment on a female student
 arrow BNP joint meeting today
A joint meeting of BNP will be held at 4:00pm today at its central office in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Ershad rules out joining 4-party
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said he would not join the BNP-led four-party alliance as it did not honour him.
 arrow BNP joint meeting today
A joint meeting of BNP will be held at 4:00pm today at its central office in the city, says a press release.
 arrow Buet admission test results published
Results of undergraduate admission tests of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) were published yesterday.
 arrow FSB discussion today
Forum for Secular Bangladesh (FSB) will hold a discussion on 'The contribution of India and other allies to the War of Liberation' today to mark the 35th anniversary of the victory in the liberation war.
 arrow 2 domestic helps die in city
Two domestic helps died in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow 45 killed in Lanka fighting
At least 45 people, including 15 civilians, were killed in heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tigers in northeastern Sri Lanka on Saturday, the guerrillas said.
 arrow Iran sets conditions for Iraq talks with US
Iran will only hold direct talks with the United States on Iraq if Washington announces plans to pull its troops out, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said yesterday.
 arrow 'Indo-US nuclear deal will improve ties'
Ties between New Delhi and Washington will get a new boost from their landmark civilian nuclear deal expected to be signed into law Monday by US President George Bush, Indian analysts and media said.
 arrow Bush opposes 'precipitous' withdrawal from Iraq
US President George W Bush reaffirmed Saturday his opposition to what he called a "precipitous" US troop withdrawal from Iraq, arguing that victory in Iraq was still "possible.
 arrow Amnesty warns of disaster in Palestinian territories
Mounting human rights violations in the Palestinian territories are sowing the seeds of a disaster with catastrophic consequences, Amnesty International's secretary general warned yesterday.
 arrow Europeans circulate revised Iran draft
In a fresh bid to win Russian and Chinese support, key European nations circulated a revised UN resolution Friday narrowing sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and urging negotiations
 arrow Myanmar steps up pressure on aid agencies
Myanmar is hampering humanitarian efforts by tightening restrictions on international aid agencies, further putting at risk the country's impoverished population, the International Crisis Group said.
 arrow McKinney introduces bill to impeach Bush
In what was likely her final legislative act in Congress, outgoing Georgia Rep Cynthia McKinney introduced a bill Friday to impeach President Bush.
 arrow Gunman, 3 others killed in Chicago tower
The gunman didn't work in the office but demanded to see one of the victims, police said.
 arrow DNA tests indicate driver of Princess Diana's car was drunk: BBC
DNA tests on blood samples back up initial findings that the chauffeur of Princess Diana's car was drunk on the night she died in a Paris crash in 1997, the BBC reported late Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter list correction
We are happy that at last the work for correcting the voter list has been undertaken by the relevant authorities. This was very much the call of the general public.
 arrow Editorial: Sliding law and order
We are highly concerned at the increase in crimes of all nature and dimensions.
 arrow The changing face of terrorism
If general elections are held, albeit dependant on enabling conditions demanded by the 14-party combine for holding free and fair elections, then the Bangladeshi voters will have to take a decision whether
 arrow Bullet bulletin
Geneva: The last time Switzerland went to war was over five centuries ago.
 arrow Foreign assistance for election
There is hardly any controversy that the future progress and stability of Bangladesh depends largely on the way the upcoming general election is conducted.
Star Healtharrow Zinc should be administered with ORS in diarrhoea
Zinc is an essential mineral for human body. It is the second most prevalent mineral in human body after iron.
 arrow Care of teeth for your dearest child
As we know that at the age of 8th-10th months of a child, the deciduous teeth usually start to erupt.
 arrow Controversy swirls over a live-saving drug
Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is a relatively recent addition to the list of therapies for prophylaxis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
 arrow Glaucoma risk decreases by lowering blood pressure
The results of a study involving more that 27,000 people with glaucoma suggest that high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is significantly more common in this group than in those who do not
 arrow Vegetarian diet: As good as it gets
Around us there is a growing sense of apprehension regarding the foods we take. People are becoming more concerned and conscious about their food habit. This indeed is a very positive sign.
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 arrow Your Doctor
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Star Cityarrow Kilns turn city into virtual gas chamber
With the onset of winter and thousands of brick kilns coming back to operation, city's air quality is sharply deteriorating.
 arrow Caretaker govt fails to take decisions
The caretaker government has not yet taken any tangible actions to streamline the overwhelming aberrations and violation of rules in the urban development sector.
 arrow Beware, car thieves!
Recent arrests of a number of carjackers have a little impact on the ongoing surge of such crimes as most of the criminals have already gone into hiding.
 arrow A stadium sporting addicts and squatters
Authorities' negligence has put Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur in a woeful state as poor maintenance along with illegal occupancy and antisocial activities continue to taint the
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