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Front Pagearrow V-Day celebrated
Jubilation overshadowed political turmoil yesterday as the nation celebrated the 35th anniversary of victory in the nine-month Liberation War in 1971.
 arrow 'Informal' move initiated to revive package proposal
A few advisers to the caretaker government have re-initiated negotiations with the two major political alliances about recasting the Election Commission (EC) in line with the advisory council's package
 arrow Tax exemption facilities misused to make profit
A number of welfare organisations in Bangladesh misuse tax-exemption facilities by operating profit-driven programmes that do not serve any socio-economic goal but encourage 'corruption-based activities',
 arrow Show of alliance strength
BNP-led four-party alliance and Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition are set to show off their strengths as both the alliances will hold grand rallies in downtown Dhaka.
 arrow Thousands in Kamrangirchar left off voter roll
"Please register my name on the voter list," Sekandar Ali (65), a resident of ward no 5 in Kamrangirchar in the capital requested The Daily Star correspondent mistaking him for a field level ElectionCommission
 arrow Latifur Rahman protests false campaign by Falu's media
Latifur Rahman, chairman and managing director of Transcom Group sent the following rejoinder to Amar Desh, ntv, Rtv in response to the false and malicious reports involving him and his business.
 arrow JP calls hartal in 5 northern dists today
Jatiya Party (JP) enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal in five districts of greater Rangpur today protesting the High Court verdict on Thursday that sentenced JP Chairman HM Ershad to two years' imprisonment
 arrow Kofi Annan asks caretaker govt to ensure level playing field
Outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged the Bangladesh caretaker government to ensure a level playing field, particularly through restoration of confidence in the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Bangabandhu never granted amnesty to war criminals
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangabandhu had never granted general amnesty to the war criminals and collaborators.
 arrow 80 hurt as parties clash on V-day
At least 80 people were injured as BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir activists clashed with Awami League (AL) and its student front Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men in
 arrow Diplomats meet BNP top brass at Babar's house, talk polls
Diplomats of three western countries had a meeting with BNP leaders at former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar's residence in Gulshan last night.
 arrow Barren landscape...

 arrow Military hardware show stampede kills one
One person was killed and two others injured in an incident of stampede at the military hardware show at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
 arrow CPJ concerned at attacks on journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sent a letter to President Iajuddin Ahmed on Friday asking him to do everything in his power to ensure that threats and assaults against journalists are investigated
 arrow Mushrooming brickfields threaten hill air, farming
Mushrooming brickfields in Khagrachhari with the connivance of corrupt officials of different government departments concerned pose a serious threat to the environment and agriculture in the entire region.
 arrow Looming fund crisis may make RU staff salaries uncertain
Some 3,300 staff of Rajshahi University might not get their pay cheques at the end of this fiscal year as the university is likely to suffer a severe fund crisis soon due to wastage of money through 'illegal
 arrow Call for unified movement to wipe out war criminals
Muktijoddha Gono Parishad leaders yesterday urged to forge a unified movement once again to wipe out the traitors of the liberation war from Bangladesh.
 arrow 2 buried alive in Ctg
Two persons were buried alive and 10 others injured when a huge chunk of earth fell on them during illegal hill cutting in Chandanaish upazila yesterday.
 arrow Nepal parties, Maoists okay draft constitution
Nepal's ruling alliance and Maoist rebels yesterday approved the draft of an interim constitution, a key step to implement their landmark peace deal ending a conflict which has killed thousands, negotiators
 arrow Abbas calls for early election in Palestine
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called for early presidential and parliamentary elections yesterday, prompting the ruling Hamas movement to accuse him of staging a coup d'etat.
 arrow Bhutan's king abdicates
The king of the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan has abdicated in favour of his Oxford-educated son, a royal official said yesterday, stunning the tiny Buddhist nation.
 arrow Chavez denies Castro cancer claim
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dismissed suggestions that Cuban leader and ally Fidel Castro has cancer, but said he was fighting a serious illness.
 arrow India missed chance to resolve Kashmir row in 1972
Senior BJP leader L K Advani yesterday maintained that India had lost an opportunity to resolve the Kashmir issue in the wake of the surrender of more than 90,000 Pakistani troops in the 1971 Bangladesh
 arrow Zambian U-turn on protests ban
The Zambian government has withdrawn a ban on all political gatherings just hours after it was announced. It now says political parties are free to hold rallies according to the law.
 arrow US health advisers suggest restricting antibiotic
Benefits of an antibiotic linked to rare reports of severe liver problems, including several deaths, outweigh its risks in treating pneumonia but not less serious bacterial infections like bronchitisand
 arrow V-Day celebrated at missions abroad
Bangladesh missions abroad yesterday observed the Victory Day.
Businessarrow Govt to provide 20pc subsidy for meat exporters
The government has decided to provide 20 percent subsidy to the exporters of halal meat in order to encourage its export.
 arrow China hosts first energy summit, urges oil consumers to unite
China, hosting its first major energy summit on Saturday, urged top oil consumers to join together in the face of resurgent producer power and sought to paper over differences on how best to achieve energy
 arrow Phone, cable companies to battle in 2007
Vonage tanked after its IPO. It's not entirely clear anymore why eBay paid $2.6 billion for Skype.
 arrow Dollar extends gains as market shakes off inflation report
The dollar extended its modest rally Friday as investors shook off a tame inflation report, focusing instead on data showing strong capital inflows and improving industrial output.
 arrow India's growth prospects strong
Globalisation could spur faster growth in average incomes over the next 25 years than during 1980-2005, with developing countries playing a central role, a World Bank report has said.
 arrow China regrets US assessment
China's commerce ministry on Friday expressed regret over the United States' harsh assessment of its compliance with its WTO promises, saying the criticisms were not objective.
 arrow Dhaka Phone offers handset, connection at Tk2000
Dhaka Phone (DP), a PSTN (public switched telephone network) operator, has recently offered a package to its clients at competitive prices, says a press release.
 arrow Equity Partners, German firm sign co-op deal
DEG, a German investment and development company, has recently entered into a cooperation agreement with one of the Bangladesh's leading merchant banks, Equity Partners Limited (EPL), according to a press
 arrow Siemens Water Tech plans $50m global water centre in S'pore
Siemens Water Technologies, a leader in products, systems and services for water and used water treatment, formally announced Thursday that it is planning to set up a US $50 million global water research
 arrow Indian Bank IPO likely soon
Indian Bank is likely to hit the capital market with its 85,950,000 shares by January-end after necessary approvals from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).
 arrow Kuwait revenues jump 17pc
Kuwait's revenues in the first eight months of the current fiscal year topped 37 billion dollars, a 17-percent increase over the same period last year, on the back of high oil prices, a report said Saturday.
 arrow Hyundai may build plants in S America, SE Asia
Hyundai Motor Co, which is currently developing low-priced vehicles targeting Southeast Asian and South American markets, may build production plants there, the automaker's vice chairman Kim Dong-jinsaid
 arrow Japan to continue ODA to India
Japan on Friday said it will continue to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) to India on a priority basis for strengthening their partnership and supporting New Delhi's efforts to accelerate
 arrow Nepal to unveil tourism master plan
The Nepali government is going to introduce Nepal Tourism Master Plan, 2006, aimed at maintaining regional balance and alleviating poverty by developing Nepal a destination of natural beauty and quality
 arrow US okays probe into China subsidy to exporters
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday approved the first U.S.
 arrow Citibank opens branch at Dhanmondi
Citibank, NA, Bangladesh opened a new branch on Satmasjid Road at Dhanmondi in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Walton launches energy saving power tiller
RB Group of Companies Ltd, a local marketing firm of electrical, electronics and automobile products, recently introduced Walton energy saving power tiller in Bangladesh market, says a press release.
 arrow Office bearers of Crop Protection Assoc
Kazi Ali Hossain of Padma Oil Company Ltd and Md Shoaib Choudhury of SAMP Ltd have been elected chairman and general secretary of Bangladesh Crop Protection Association (BCPA).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers eye winning end
Fresh from a six-wicket rout of Scotland, Bangladesh go into the second and final one-day match today in a bid to finish this year in style at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Javed back in business
Forgotten man Javed Omar turned back the clock as he scored a hundred to put Bangladesh A on top on the second day of the four-day match against visiting Zimbabwe A at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Victory Day match held
Mahmudullah Riyad of Shaheed Mushtaque XI played a captain's innings, propelling his side to a three-wicket win over Shaheed Jewel XI in the Victory Day exhibition match here at the Dhanmondi CricketStadium
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan win in style
Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal hit half-centuries to power Pakistan to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international against the West Indies here on Saturday to
 arrow Cricket: Sreesanth fells Proteas
Indian opening bowler Shantha-kumaran Sreesanth claimed his first Test five-wicket haul as South Africa crashed to 84 all out on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Duncan hoping against hope!
Coach Duncan Fletcher is still hoping that England can attain the mammoth 557 needed to win the third Ashes Test.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam to stay skipper
Inzamamul Haq was expected to be retained as captain when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ad-Hoc committee meets tomorrow to announce the captain, manager and a media manager for the tour as well asthe
 arrow Cricket: World Cup safe from malaria in Jamaica
A senior officer in the Jamaican ministry of health said the Jamaican leg of the ICC World Cup Cricket would not be affected by the malaria outbreak in the Caribbean island.
 arrow Cricket: Lankans strangle hosts
Sri Lanka took a firm grip on the second Test against New Zealand here Saturday as they built an overall 363-run lead with five wickets remaining in a confident second innings batting spree.
 arrow Football: Chelsea focusing on UCL
Chelsea go into Sunday's match at Everton with striker Arjen Robben claiming that winning the Champions League has become more important to the London club than defending their Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Adams, Campbell in attendance
Arsenal's home clash against Portsmouth on Saturday will have former players in attendance in the figures of Sol Campbell and Tony Adams.
 arrow Cricket: Hurricane Gilchrist
Australia were on the verge of regaining the Ashes after their batsmen, led by a devastating Adam Gilchrist, smashed England all over the park on Day Three of the third Test at an oppressively hot WACA
 arrow Cricket: Because of mis-signal
Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist revealed a bungled communication with the dressing room was the catalyst for his extraordinary batting blitzkrieg against England at the WACA ground here
 arrow Football: Greatness beckons Barcelona
Frank Rijkaard's feared Barcelona can lay claim to greatness on Sunday by winning the team's first Club World Cup.
 arrow Football: Reds down Charlton
Liverpool's recent resurgence gathered pace as they produced a ruthless display to defeat Charlton 3-0 at The Valley on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Batch 06 lift title
New boys Batch 06 clinched the North South University intra-batch football competition with a 2-1 victory over defending champions Batch 04 in the final at the Banani WAPDA ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Case closed: Pak board
Pakistan cricket authorities Saturday seemed unfazed by the World Anti-Doping Agency decision to challenge the lifting of bans on pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI expels Dalmiya
Former world cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya was on Saturday expelled from the Indian cricket board on charges of misappropriation of funds.
 arrow Football: Fearless Internacional
Internacional coach Abel Braga on Saturday said he was not losing sleep over the Club World Cup final with Barcelona and taunted the favourites over their Champions League form.
 arrow Football: Small consolation for Henry
Thiery Henry may have missed out on the World and European Footballer of the Year awards but the Arsenal striker can at least draw comfort from being named the best player in Europe by a Croatia newspaper.
 arrow Football: Fergie wise to Jose's mind games
If Jose Mourinho thought he could destabilise Manchester United's renewed assault on the Premiership title by playing mind games with Sir Alex Ferguson he may have to think again.
 arrow Football: Makaay wants Real revenge
Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay said Friday they will be ready to avenge a double setback to Real Madrid when they meet the Spanish giants over two legs in the last 16 of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Eternal City trip delights Lyon
French champions Lyon were given a Champions League boost when they were drawn with Serie A side Roma for the knockout phase of the competition on Friday.
 arrow Football: Minute silence for Juve players
A minute's silence will be observed on Italian soccer pitches at the weekend and all players will wear black armbands in memory of two teenagers from the Juventus youth team who drowned on Friday.
 arrow Football: Benitez relishing Barca clash
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez admitted his side could scarcely have had a tougher Champions League draw after the Reds were paired with reigning champions Barcelona in the second round.
 arrow Football: Frings blasts 'boring' Bayern
Werder Bremen's German international Torsten Frings has taken a swipe at title rivals Bayern Munich saying they are dull to watch and do not score enough goals to entertain their own fans.
 arrow Football: Sheva a 'lap dog': Berlusconi
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has been quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport internet site as making fun of Ukrainian striker Andrei Shevchenko concerning his relationship with his wife.
 arrow Football: Porto unfazed by Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's return to former club FC Porto for the last 16 of the Champions League will be treated like any other match, the Portuguese side's current coach Jesualdo Ferreira said Friday.
 arrow Football: Dong cleared to play for United
China international striker Dong Fangzhou will finally get the chance to line out with English Premiership leaders Manchester United after securing a work permit.
Metropolitanarrow Don't give up hope
While most people perceive cancer as an incurable deadly disease, 43 cancer survivors have demonstrated that cancer can be cured if diagnosed and treated early and the patients fight courageously against
 arrow Nation Pays Homage to Liberation War Martyrs
Different socio-political organisations and individuals place wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar yesterday to pay homage to the martyrs of the War of Liberation on the occasion of the Victory Day.
 arrow Victory Day celebration at Bangabandhu Stadium

 arrow Duta elections Dec 23
Teachers of both White and Blue panels have started campaigning ahead of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) election to be held on December 23.
 arrow AL celebrates Victory Day
Awami League (AL) yesterday took out a colourful procession in the capital marking the Victory Day.
 arrow Bijoy TV starts test transmission
Bijoy TV, the first private satellite TV channel of Chittagong, started its test transmission yesterday.
Nationalarrow FFs boycott Victory Day functions
Awami League and Muktijoddha Sangsad boycotted Victory Day programmes at Dumuria college ground in Khulna yesterday protesting presence of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists there.
 arrow 71-strong Netrakona LDP body formed
A 71-member convening committee of Nertrakona district Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was announced here yesterday with advocate Siddiqur Rahaman as its convener.
 arrow Jamaat's podium dismantled in Pabna
People vandalised the podium erected by Jamaat-e-Islami in the town marking the Victory Day yesterday.
 arrow BNP factions hold separate programmes
Two factions of Khulna BNP held separate programmes in the city yesteday in observance of the Victory Day.
 arrow Shibir throws away Shaheed Minar wreaths
Islami Chhatra Sibir activists at Carmichael College threw away wreaths placed at the Shaheed Minar on the college campus as a mark of respect to martyrs of the Liberation war.
Point-Counterpointarrow Is 90 days written in stone?
ARTICLE 123(3) of the Constitution mandates: "A general election of members of Parliament shall be held within ninety days after Parliament is dissolved, whether by reason of the expiration of its term
 arrow 'There are many more miles to go'
Sheikh Sabiha Alam: We understand that you have been very close to Bangladesh and it feels good to have you back.
 arrow The battle of Baghdad
It is a winter of despair for President Bush. The Democrats have taken control of Congress. Baghdad is bleeding. America's verdict is clear: find the way out of Iraq.
Culturearrow Victory Day celebrations around Dhaka
Every year the Liberation War Museum organises a weeklong function to observe Victory Day.
 arrow An array of programmes by Sammilito Sangskritik Jote
With the slogan Chhinna karo ondhakarer aai jaal, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) celebrated the 36th Victory Day with different programmes.
 arrow Rolex Awards '06: Runa Khan Marre does Bangladesh proud
In a grand ceremony in Paris on December 5, one of the most prestigious awards in Europe was given to Runa Khan Marre.
 arrow Kendriyo Kochi Kachar Mela's cultural extravaganza
Kendriyo Kochi Kachar Mela (KKKM), one of the oldest children's organisations in the country, held a two-day cultural programme to celebrate Victory Day.
 arrow Asian Film Mela begins today
The third Asian Film Mela organised by Dhaka Film Society (DFS) will be inaugurated today at 5:00pm, says a press release.
Generalarrow Nation far behind in attaining goals
The nation is still far behind in attaining the goals for which the freedom fighters took part in the liberation war. This was stated by the freedom fighters at a reunion in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iraqi PM asks Saddam-era soldiers to join new army
Iraq's embattled prime minister offered an olive branch to former supporters of Saddam Hussein yesterday, calling for them to join the country's new leaders in a national peace process.
 arrow India's top scientists oppose US N-deal
India's top nuclear scientists have repeated their fears that a landmark nuclear deal with the United States will place limitations on the country's weapons programme, the media reported Saturday.
 arrow Russia hopes for UN consensus on Iran by year's end
Consensus in the UN Security Council on Iran's nuclear programme can be reached in the next two weeks if negotiators take "a realistic approach," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday, RIA Novosti
 arrow 'Karzai's outbursts strengthen Taliban'
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's incendiary claims that the Pakistani government is backing the Taliban have harmed ties between the key US allies and could boost the Islamist militia, analysts say.
 arrow US to hold bilateral talks with N Korea in Beijing
US chief negotiator Christopher Hill said Saturday he will meet with his North Korean counterpart in Beijing ahead of the opening of next week's six-way nuclear disarmament talks.
 arrow US must not quit despite 'ugly' combat: Rumsfeld
Outgoing Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a lightning rod for critics of the Iraq war, urged the United States on Friday not to retreat in the face of "the agonies and ugliness of combat.
 arrow US legislators in Cuba to jump start dialogue
The largest delegation from the US Congress to visit Cuba since 1959 arrived in Havana on Friday seeking to open a dialogue with the communist government of acting President Raul Castro despite WhiteHouse
 arrow Chief judge on Saddam panel steps down
The chief investigator on the 10-judge panel that sentenced Saddam Hussein to death said Saturday that he has relinquished that role, allowing another judge to take over the post for the Iraqi High Tribunal.
 arrow Iran hails elections as message to West
Iran hailed nationwide elections to local councils and a powerful clerical body as a success on Saturday and said healthy voter turnout would help the Islamic Republic confront its Western foes.
 arrow British prostitute killer hunt focused on 5 suspects
Police in Britain hunting a killer dubbed the "Suffolk Strangler" after the deaths of five prostitutes are focusing on five key suspects, media reports said yesterday.
 arrow Windstorm leaves 1m Americans in the dark
The worst windstorm in more than a decade tore through the Pacific Northwest, leaving more than a million people without power Friday and killing at least six.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Inertia in finding a solution
Suddenly all actions related to the resolution of the political impasse by carrying through the package deal to overcome the impediments to the holding of the parliamentary election seem to have ground
 arrow Editorial: Hajj uncertain for some
Though Hajj is a regular yearly phenomenon, yet the authorities every year put up a pathetic show of incompetence in performing their responsibilities right from the outset.
 arrow Where do we stand?
Would it be a credible proposition to proffer that President Bush's Iraq invasion was in fact a part of the continuing attempt by a section of orthodox Christians to continue the Crusades and the millennial
 arrow Nagorik Committee's recommendations
Nagorik Committee, a civil society initiative for responsible development, presented a set of recommendations on polls and political reforms at a crowded function held on December 9 at the Bangladesh-China
 arrow Many histories of Bangladesh
I had an occasion to attend a seminar in Singapore with people from the Bombay film industry.
Star Healtharrow How to prevent cold and flu
The winter months present plenty of opportunities for viruses to spread. Chilly weather keeps more of us indoors at the same time and brings together family members of all ages.
 arrow Heart diseases: Risk at old age
Age is the strongest predictor of heart disease. Coronary heart disease increases with age in both men and women. The older we get, the greater our risk of disease.
 arrow Dangers of eating raw or undercooked foods
Eating unwashed produce, such as spinach, lettuce or green onions, or undercooked beef, can increase the risk of infection with Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.
 arrow Talk therapy may be best for depressed people
Talk therapy may beat medication for older adults' depression, particularly when therapists work along with the patient's primary care doctor, a research review suggests.
 arrow Breast cancer screening under 50 questioned
Screening women under 50 years old for breast cancer does not significantly reduce deaths from the disease, British researchers said.
 arrow Pakistani boy leads to pain discovery
A young Pakistani street performer and members of three related families have enabled scientists to make a genetic breakthrough that could lead to more effective painkillers.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
I am 70 years old and my eyes are constantly tearing. What may cause this? How can I get rid of this problem? Kindly advise me.
Saiful Islam
Hajigonj, Chandpur.

 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor,
My 19-month-old son has had several episodes of wheezing and coughing over the last few days. I have consulted with a doctor.

Star Cityarrow Once again spirit of victory comes alive
The city woke up at dawn with the echo of the gun salute to celebrate the glorious Victory Day. Once again the sprit of the victory came alive.
 arrow "We fought for a common dream"
Like thousands of other freedom fighters Sadeque Hossain Khoka too joined the Liberation War without telling his parents about his mission.
 arrow University authority still defiant
The authorities of Jagannath University (JNU) are still defiant to carry out demolition and construction of buildings without approval of Rajuk ignoring the notice issued and General Diary (GD) filedby
 arrow Rajakar (collaborator) free Bangladesh

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