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Front Pagearrow AL, allies may go to polls
The Awami League-led alliance has decided in principle late last night to go to polls if the Election Commission (EC) extends the deadline for submission of nomination papers--which expires today-- by
 arrow Grand alliance not filing nominations today
Awami League (AL)-led grand electoral alliance last night did not make it clear whether it is participating in the upcoming election under the current schedule, creating confusion among its grassroots
 arrow Time again for defaulters to clean up loans
Despite the persisting stalemate on polls-related issues, a number of loan defaulters are preparing to contest the next general election either by getting High Court (HC) stay orders on classifying their
 arrow BSF kills 4 on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead four Bangladeshi cattle traders at Keragachi border under Kalaroa upazila early yesterday.
 arrow SC Bar demands punishment of IO for serving 'vested quarter'
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded punishment of the investigation officer (IO) of the November 30 vandalism at the Supreme Court (SC).
 arrow 13 jail officers harassed for steps against controversial acts
The prisons authorities are reportedly harassing 13 jail officials who took legal steps against some of the authorities' controversial steps.
 arrow Fair election possible in 90 days
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said if the caretaker government (CG) and the Election Commission (EC) were sincere, a fair election could be held within the stipulated 90-day
 arrow Manju joins BNP alliance
Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju has decided to contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections along with the BNP-led four-party alliance, apparently signalling rift in his party.
 arrow Abbas yet to know about shooting truth
Former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas now attacks the press and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina for spreading 'lies' about the shooting at the house of Mirza family on December
 arrow White panel bags most posts in Duta polls
BNP and Jamaat-backed "White Panel" won Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) election yesterday, bagging the major posts including president, vice president, treasurer and joint secretary.
 arrow 4 killed in truck crash
Four labourers died and 10 others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Sarail upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow McGrath to retire after World Cup
Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath said on Saturday he would retire from all forms of cricket after next year's World Cup.
 arrow Sanctions slapped on defiant Iran
The UN Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology, an effort to pressure Tehran to halt uranium enrichment work.
 arrow Going home

 arrow Laden's 'close aide' killed in airstrike
US-led forces have killed a close associate of Osama bin Laden in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan in a major blow to the deadly Taliban-led insurgency, a military statement said yesterday.
 arrow US generals agree to troop surge in Iraq
Top US military commanders in Iraq have decided to recommend a "surge" of fresh American combat forces, eliminating one of the last remaining hurdles to proposals being considered by President GeorgeW
 arrow UNGA approves massive renovation plan
The UN General Assembly has approved a plan for a large-scale renovation of the United Nations' crumbling New York headquarters at a revised cost of 1.87 billion dollars (1.4 billion euros).
 arrow Police step up security for Sonia
Indian police have stepped up security for the head of the ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, after reports of threats from al-Qaeda or its affiliates, police said on Saturday.
 arrow Pakistan, India agree to survey disputed estuary
Pakistan and India agreed yesterday to conduct a joint survey of a disputed estuary on their border, the latest step in a tentative peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.
 arrow N Korea warns of 'tough' action against the US
North Korea warned the United States yesterday against stepping up sanctions against the regime in retaliation for the deadlock in this week's nuclear disarmament talks, South Korean media said.
Businessarrow Amend anti-money laundering law to curb terrorist financing
As the existing anti-money laundering law does not address terrorist financing, speakers at a seminar yesterday suggested changes to the law to stop such malpractice.
 arrow Experts criticise 'proselytising' World Bank research
Much of the World Bank's voluminous research is of little worth, and relies on questionable evidence to advance its policy goals, according to a hard-hitting evaluation by outside experts.
 arrow BB chief urges CAs to up quality of financial reports
Urging chartered accountants to uphold professionalism, Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed has said many audited financial reports do not reflect the true picture of companies.
 arrow World economy witnesses strong boom in 2006
The world economy witnessed a strong boom in 2006 despite growing dangers posed by the economic downturn in the United States, soaring oil prices and rising inflationary pressure.
 arrow Google overtakes Yahoo in user visits
Google overtook Yahoo as the second most popular Internet destination for Web surfers worldwide in November, while Microsoft held on to the top spot, industry tracker ComScore reported last week.
 arrow Political scenario and impact on the economy: A wake up call
Bangladesh's current political turmoil has attracted considerable international attention.
 arrow Microcredit helps women in Indonesia rebuild lives after tsunami
Two years after the tsunami killed 168,000 in the Indonesian province of Aceh, microcredit is helping thousands of people, mostly women, rebuild their lives.
 arrow India opens up bourses to foreign direct, portfolio investments
India has opened up its stock exchanges to foreign direct and portfolio investments, a decision that had been hanging fire since long.
 arrow EU clears way for Tata Steel offer for Corus
The European Commission cleared on Thursday the proposed acquisition by the Indian steel producer Tata Steel of Corus Group, a manufacturer of carbon steel and aluminium products based in Europe.
 arrow ADB lends $320m to help Pakistan's poor
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Saturday it was lending 320 million dollars to help the poor in Pakistan obtain access to wider financial services, including microfinance.
 arrow Desh Garments approves 5pc dividend
Desh Garments Ltd has approved a 5 percent dividend for its shareholders, says a press release. The approval came at the 29th annual general meeting (AGM) of the company held on Thursday in Dhaka.
 arrow Vodafone eyes Hutchison of India
Mobile phone giant Vodafone Group Plc is considering buying a controlling interest in India's Hutchison Essar, raising the prospect of a $13-billion-plus bid battle with Reliance Communications for the
 arrow Venezuela, Iran create oil joint venture
Venezuela's state oil giant PDVSA has formed a joint venture with Iranian-owned Sadra America Latina to support offshore oil exploration and development, PDVSA said Friday.
 arrow ADB to lend India $550m for road upgrades
The As an Development Bank (ADB) said Saturday it will extend a finance facility worth 550 million dollars to India to upgrade roads in the state of Uttaranchal.
 arrow Toyota on course to overtake GM in 2007
Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. is on course to be the world's top automaker in 2007, overtaking ailing General Motors, according to figures released Friday.
 arrow Nepal woosmore foreign aid, investment
The Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (formerly known as guerilla) has reaffirmed before international donor communities that the party would not raise any objection over foreign aid and foreign investment
 arrow Aftab Auto approves 20pc cash dividend
Aftab Automobiles Ltd has approved a 20 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on August 31, 2006.
Sportsarrow Cricket: McGrath after Warne
Veteran Australian paceman Glenn McGrath, history's most successful fast bowler, announced his retirement Saturday, in a fresh blow to his team two days after Shane Warne revealed he was bowing out.
 arrow Cricket: Clubs angry at Zim tour
The decision of Bangladesh's tour to Zimbabwe next February sparked dissatisfaction among the Premier Division Cricket League clubs who believe that the absence of national players will make them suffer.
 arrow Cricket: Kalabagan 'bowl-out' Biman
Kalabagan found an unusual way to win their first match of this year's Twenty20 tournament: a bowl-out! The struggling side triumphed over Bangladesh Biman 3-2 after both sides were tied at 115 runs
 arrow Cricket: Raihan spins BKSP to title
Left-arm spinner Raihan Anas bowled BKSP to a massive 104-run victory against Dhaka to clinch the title of the National Cricket Championship at the BKSP ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF trims nat'l side
After a two-day trial, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) reduced their squad to 30 members yesterday for the home and away Olympic pre-qualifiers against Hong Kong.
 arrow Cricket: Mates have 'heartbreak'
Australia cricket boss James Sutherland led the tributes to fast bowler Glenn McGrath, who announced on Saturday he would retire after next year's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: NZ go for rotation
New Zealand cricket has adopted the All Blacks' rotation policy for their World Cup build up, with Daniel Vettori named Saturday as captain for the early stages of the Sri Lanka one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Warne facing legal action?
Spin-wizard Shane Warne could be sued by Sri Lanka's Galle International Cricket Club for not honouring a pledge of 50,000 dollars for the reconstruction of a tsunami-hit ground where he took his 500th
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff to ignore pain
England captain Andrew Flintoff will battle through painful ankle problems to play in the last two Ashes Tests.
 arrow Cricket: Three big hits away
Australian players are currently breaking a lot of records and Adam Gilchrist is on the verge of adding to his impressive collection.
 arrow Cricket: Machine grinds to a halt
Australia's Glenn McGrath made fast bowling look so simple it was easy to forget how hard he worked to get to the top.
 arrow Cricket: Tables turned on SA
South Africa are under pressure ahead of the second Test against India starting at Kingsmead on Monday. >They suffered a shock 123-run defeat in the opening encounter of the three-match series inJohannesburg.
 arrow Football: Wenger calls on spirit of '98
Arsène Wenger is defiant in his belief that his side can win the Premiership and has drawn on Arsenal's dramatic comeback in the 1998 title race as evidence to suggest that people "will be surprised at
 arrow Football: Like winning the lottery
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said the signing of Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago was like winning the lottery.
 arrow Basketball: Sunnydale lift b'ball trophy
Sunnydale lifted the Aga Khan School girls' basketball tournament when they beat Scholastica 14-6 in the final at the Aga Khan School premises yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'McGrath gap can be filled'
Bowling coach Troy Cooley is confident Australia have the young bowlers to fill the gap left when Glenn McGrath retires after the World Cup in April.
 arrow Tennis: Federer makes cricket debut!
Roger Federer swapped his tennis racket for a cricket bat on Saturday to the delight of scores of child survivors of the Asian tsunami in India.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq doubtful for SA Tests
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq said Friday he might miss Pakistan's three-Test series in South Africa next month because of a calf injury.
 arrow Cricket: Batty miss upsets Surrey
Surrey coach Alan Butcher has hit out at England's decision to overlook Jon Batty for their one-day squad.
 arrow Football: Sevilla chase Ujfalusi
Fiorentina's Czech international defender Tomas Ujfalusi is a transfer target for Spanish league leaders Sevilla, Czech newspaper Dnes said Saturday.
 arrow Football: El Gordo grows slimmer
Ronaldo's famous waistline has come under scrutiny again but this time for diminishing. Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported Saturday that the former world player of the year is lookingslimmer.
 arrow Football: Arezzo amaze Juventus
Promotion hopefuls Juventus blew the chance to claim the outright leadership of Serie B on Friday after they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Arezzo.
 arrow Theo gets Arsene's vote
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says teenage winger Theo Walcott has matured and is ready to earn an England recall next year.
 arrow Football: Ferguson calls for end to card-waving
Sir Alex Ferguson has urged referees to sanction players and managers who attempt to have opponents booked by brandishing imaginary cards, an issue which has re-emerged after Jose Mourinho's reactionto
 arrow Football: 'Saha filling Ruud role'
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Louis Saha has succeeded in the daunting task of replacing the prolific former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
 arrow Football: Geremi wants longer stay at Chelsea
Chelsea defender Geremi said Friday he was keen to have fresh contract talks with the English Premiership champions in a bid to extend his stay with the Londoners.
 arrow Football: Appeal halts WC sponsor ruling
A U.S. judge has ruled that soccer's governing body does not have to immediately comply with a court order requiring it to grant MasterCard Inc.
 arrow Football: Wycombe set for Chelsea tie
Fourth division Wycombe Wanderers earned a semifinal tie against English champions and 2005 winners Chelsea in the League Cup draw made on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fernandez tipped for Betis job
Frenchman Luis Fernandez is the favourite to take over at relegation threatened Real Betis, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser said Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Address root causes of terrorism
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for addressing the root causes of terrorism on a priority basis, saying that equipping the law enforcing and intelligence agencies properly is not enough to eliminate
 arrow Ensure transparency in dealing with water issue with India
Officials of Joint River Commission (JRC) should hold public consultation before any meeting with their Indian counterparts and disclose its outcome through a press conference with a view to ensuringits
 arrow Take a vow to build secular, democratic, poverty-free Bangladesh
Six sector commanders of the liberation war yesterday urged the new generation to take a vow to build a secular, democratic and poverty-free Bangladesh.
 arrow Constitutional provision ignored for years
The absence of separation of the judiciary from the executive has led to corruption in lower courts, delay in disposal of cases and the rise in legal costs, said Justice Mohammad Golam Rabbani yesterday.
 arrow 'Resist violence against women, children unitedly '
Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) yesterday called for united efforts to resist violence against women and children.
 arrow Vow to build secular, democratic, poverty-free Bangladesh
Six living sector commanders of the liberation war yesterday urged the new generation to take a vow to build a secular, democratic and poverty-free Bangladesh.
 arrow Resignation of 4 advisers criticised
Speakers at a roundtable discussion yesterday strongly criticised the resignation of four advisers from the caretaker government and a section of media for playing partisan role.
 arrow Alems to have right to issue fatwas
Awami League and Khelafat Majlish yesterday signed a five- point election compromise agreement .
 arrow Cargo sinks in Karnaphuli
A small cargo vessel sank in the Karnaphuli channel on Thursday night after being hit by a Singapore bound container ship.
 arrow 'Save Vobodaho from waterlogging'
Some university students yesterday formed a human chain in the city demanding proper steps to resolve the perennial waterlogging problem in Vobodaho area in the southwestern part of the country.
 arrow 'Southasian' launched
Broadcast Worldwide Limited in collaboration with participants from all over South Asia recently announced the formation of a new body styled 'Southasian', says a press release.
 arrow Bhagirathi Woman,Child Care Centre opens office
Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre (BNWCCC) opened its Representative Office in Bangladesh yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Firoz Noon passes away
Former information and research secretary of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) AKA Firoz Noon passed away at a hospital in Singapore yesterday morning at the age of 65.
 arrow JU teacher suspended
The Syndicate of Jahangirnagar University (JU) at an emergency meeting yesterday suspended Golam Mustafa, assistant professor of Bangla department, temporarily for alleged sexual harassment of a first
 arrow Indian clothes worth Tk 1cr seized in Comilla
BDR members seized huge Indian clothes worth about Tk 1 crore from a rickshaw van at Jammura in Chouddagram upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow One killed in Gaibandha road accident
One person was killed and six others sustained injuries when a speeding bus hit a rickshaw van at Fasitola on Bogra-Rangpur highway on Friday night.
 arrow 'Increase seats for women in JS for political empowerment'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for increasing the number of reserved seats for women in parliament from 45 to 100 to ensure their political empowerment.
 arrow Four women commit suicide
Four women and one man committed suicide in the city by hanging from the ceiling fan yesterday.
 arrow British Council closed from Dec 24 to Jan 2
British Council offices, libraries and teaching centres will remain closed from December 24 to January 2 for Christmas, New Year and Eid-ul-Azha.
Nationalarrow JP's joining 'grand alliance' deepens rivalry for ticket
Two renegades, who joined Jatiya Party (JP) leaving BNP and Awami League earlier, are now engaged in mudslinging over nomination from Nilphamari-2 constituency.
 arrow Charge sheet not given in 2 years
The second anniversary of murder of Rajshahi University teacher Prof. Muhammad Yunus will be observed today but the charge sheet of the case is yet to be submitted.
 arrow En-masse resignation threatened if Manju given BNP nomination
Leaders of a faction of Khulna BNP yesterday threatened to 'paralyse' the city if their leader Ali Asgar Lobi is not given nomination from Khulna-2 (Sadar and Sonadanga) in the coming election.
 arrow Hartal enforced in Kishoreganj for BNP ticket
A BRTC bus was damaged and three pickets were arrested during a half-day hartal called in Kishoreganj -3 (Sadar) constituency yesterday by followers of a disgruntled BNP nomination seeker.
 arrow 2 BNP, BJP leaders declared 'unwanted'
BNP organising secretary Principal Abdur Rashid Khan and Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) leader Naziur Rahman Manjur, also a partner of Four-party Alliance, were declared 'unwanted' on Friday.
 arrow Zainul's birth anniversary today
The 92nd birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin will be observed here today. Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (Art gallery) has chalked out a two-day programme on the occasion.
Point-Counterpointarrow Vote for...?
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed for three months a High Court order that had made it mandatory for people aspiring to contest parliamentary polls to declare their educational status, criminal records,
 arrow Our foreign friends
THE piece by defence and strategic affairs editor of this daily published on December 21 entitled: "We are under threat of sorts" has stirred the old debate on the role of our foreign friends in helping
 arrow The children of politics
THE British Raj left behind a legacy of parliamentary democracy in the region. Dynastic succession was however not to die. Rather it became a dominant feature of politics.
 arrow Remembering Kazi Golam Mahboob
FOR some time since the beginning of this year, members of the Bhasha Andolon Museum have been advocating the need to accord official recognition to the role played by Bhasha Sainik Kazi
Culturearrow A melange of arts and crafts
Banglascot Foundation, a collaboration between Scottish and Bangladeshi artistes, was formally launched at the British Council Auditorium on December 22.
 arrow Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi celebrates 30th anniversary
On December 22, a reception for eminent personalities and a cultural programme was arranged at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi
 arrow Single episode drama 'Surjo Uthar Agey' on Channel i
A special TV play based on our Liberation War was telecast on Channel i recently. Eminent writer Rabeya Khatun has penned the story of the play. Gazi Rakayet has directed the play and he is also the scriptwriter.
 arrow Poignant paintings & prints
In the superb Japan-Bangladesh venture of eight contemporary artists, GS Kabir has organised a marvellous display at Zainul Gallery 1 and 2.
Generalarrow 'Agri issues neglected in JS'
Issues relating to agriculture, land and farmers' rights are largely neglected in the discussions in parliament although 80 percent of the country's population is engaged in agriculture, speakers at a
Internationalarrow Israeli, Palestinian leaders 'to meet within days'
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is soon to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Israeli public radio reported yesterday, citing an unnamed senior official.
 arrow India, Pakistan swap prisoners
India and Pakistan started Friday a two-day swap of detained illegal fishermen and immigrants including children as part of attempts to improve ties between the nuclear rivals, officials said.
 arrow Uranium stolen in India
A container packed with radioactive material has been stolen from a fortified research facility in eastern India, prompting a major hunt and fears of contamination, officials said yesterday.
 arrow al-Qaeda offers US troops safe passage out of Iraq
The head of an al-Qaeda-dominated group in Iraq offered to give US troops a month to pull out free of attack in an audiotape posted on the Internet Friday and demanded an answer within two weeks.
 arrow Indonesian floods leave 12 dead
Twelve people were dead and dozens remained missing Saturday while more than 70,000 fled their homes as floods swept the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Discriminatory land policy
The disorder and discrimination prevailing in the land policy are contributing to the process of marginalisation of the poor in the country.
 arrow Editorial: Housing project irregularity
The controversial construction of residences of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the parliament has been tainted by another brush which is that certain irregularities have been detected in the implementation
 arrow Now more thieves and thugs can become MPs
In Bangladesh, merry bands of thieves and thugs are now jumping up and down in happiness since the major obstacles for them in contesting the election has been removed.
 arrow Diplomatic candour
Strangely, a debate has been started about the limit of concern and anxiety diplomats can express about the increasingly volatile political situation in Bangladesh on grounds of diplomatic behaviour prescribed
 arrow The 90-day constitutional confine
The grand electoral alliance led by AL has announced from the grand rally held in the capital on December 18 that they will boycott and resist any election under the current poll schedule, as the pre-requisites
Star Healtharrow Ways to restore harmony and reduce stress
It is an ongoing challenge to reduce stress and maintain harmony in our life. Finding work-life balance in today's frenetically-paced world is no simple task.
 arrow Bloodless hi-tech surgery
Inflammation of the tonsil is called tonsillitis. It is relatively a common disease. Bacteria like Streptococci, Pneumococcus and Haemophilus usually cause it.
 arrow Rheumatic fever in children
Mala, a 7- year-old girl came with fever, painful swelling of the right knee and left elbow with palpitation. She was suffering from throat sore and fever for 3 weeks.
 arrow FAQ on Triglycerides
Now-a-days people are becoming more and more concerned about their food habit especially regarding cholesterol. This is indeed a good sign.
 arrow Arteries heal after quitting smoking
Early signs of heart disease in young adult smokers may quickly dissipate soon after they kick the habit, a new study shows.
 arrow Scan detects child heart killer
A medical scan can spot which young people risk sudden death because of a weak heart.
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear doctor,
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 arrow Your Doctor
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Star Cityarrow Grabber takes over Panthakunja
A grabber has taken over a chunk of the Panthakunja, one of the last surviving parks of the city on the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue to construct a multi-storey building claiming that he had bought the piece
 arrow Child labourers bound in despair
Ten-year old Tara Mia arrived in Dhaka from Nagarpur in Tangail 15 days ago to work as a trainee in one of the bookbinding shops in Banglabazar. He starts work at 7 in the morning and continues until10:00pm.
 arrow Record earning from city cattle markets
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is set to earn a record amount of revenue this year from the lowest number of Eid cattle markets. This year the DCC will earn Tk 3.
 arrow Mismanagement creates disorder
Gross mismanagement gripped the invitation card distribution for the 43rd Convocation of Dhaka University, forcing the students to seek for their cards desperately on Thursday morning when the last date
 arrow Shortsighted plans, negligence and consequences
A group of people has embarked on constructing shops on the newly built footpath in West Kafrul and is blaming Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for grabbing private land illegally.
 arrow Mahakhali flyover lights burning for 57 days, non-stop!

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