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Front Pagearrow Saddam Hussein sent to gallows
Saddam Hussein was hanged at dawn yesterday for crimes against humanity, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a US invasion in 2003.
 arrow Eid tomorrow
Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow with due religious fervour and solemnity.
 arrow AL men refuse to work for 'militant' candidate
Shocked leaders of Sylhet Awami League (AL) refuse to work for AL-led grand alliance nominee in Sylhet-6 constituency Maulana Habibur Rahman, a madrasa principal with the background of working for a 'Taliban-style'
 arrow Anger forces AL to review candidature
Continuing grassroots and mid-level leaders' resentment at the Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance's election nominations forced the AL Parliamentary Board to have a marathon meeting yesterday in order
 arrow Probe on to know how defaulters escaped list
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) formed an investigation committee yesterday to find out why the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) report on known loan defaulters, who are also aspiring candidates for the nextupcoming
 arrow 6 constituencies have 14.7pc excess voters
A survey by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Brotee, in six constituencies of the country found 2,02,763 or 14.7 percent excess voters on the current voter lists of those constituencies.
 arrow Fuel pumps to run dry on last two days of Eid
The government decision to keep all oil depots closed for five days from December 29 to January 2 for Eid-ul-Azha will lead to drying up of the petrol pumps on the last two days.
 arrow EC starts hearing today on 124 appeals
The Election Commission (EC) today starts hearing of 124 appeals filed by aspirants challenging the validity of the returning officers' (RO) decision rejecting their nomination papers.
 arrow Bush hails execution
US President George W Bush late Friday hailed Saddam Hussein's execution as an "important milestone" on the road to building an Iraqi democracy but warned it will not end deadly violence there.
 arrow Defiant Saddam refuses hood
A defiant Saddam Hussein refused to wear a hood over his head before the noose was wrapped around his neck and a trap door dropped beneath his feet, eyewitnesses to Saturday's hanging said.
 arrow Explosives, Rab garb found at militant den
Law enforcers yesterday seized bomb-making materials and uniforms of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) when they busted two militant dens at Mograpara in Narayanganj and Kaliakoir in Gazipur following leads
 arrow Prices of essentials shoot up again as Eid nears
The price of essentials shot up again in both retail and wholesale markets ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha pushing the moderate-earners and the poor in distress.
 arrow Citizens' body asks AL to scrap deal with bigots
A number of eminent citizens of the country yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Awami League (AL) demanding the cancellation of the five-point deal between the AL and the Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish
 arrow Yunus for 'mega' port to boost economy
Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday emphasised the need for mega maritime port, airport, highway and railway for attracting the investors and traders to bolster the country's economy.
 arrow 3 die in Meghna launch collision
A mid-river collision between two launches on the Meghna Friday midnight at Char Jalalpur near the meeting line of Chandpur and Shariatpur districts left three people dead and at least 20 injured.
 arrow Eid observed early in many villages
More than thirty thousand people observed Eid-ul Azha yesterday in different areas of Chandpur, Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barguna, and Narayanganj.
 arrow JP won't take part in polls if Iajuddin doesn't quit
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will not participate in the upcoming general election unless President Iajuddin Ahmed resigns from the post of chief adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow Fog continues to disrupt journeys
Dense fog continued to disrupt road and river communications yesterday, causing immense sufferings to the homebound passengers of southern region ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
Businessarrow Stocks weather political turbulence in 2006
The overall capital market scenario looked stable throughout the year 2006 despite political uncertainty especially at the fag end.
 arrow Commodities mixed at end of record-breaking 2006
Crude futures tumbled in a mixed week for commodities, at the end of a year in which many raw materials saw their prices strike record highs.
 arrow France opens economy to EU newcomers
France has decided to open up seven sectors of its economy to workers from Romania and Bulgaria when the two eastern European countries officially join the EU bloc on January 1, the labour ministry announced
 arrow Bush okays US-Vietnam trade measure
US President George W. Bush on Friday signed a proclamation formally extending full US-Vietnam trade ties and made the former foe eligible for US military aid, key steps in normalizing relations.
 arrow World stock markets savour 2006 gains
World stock markets saw a return to good times in 2006, with record highs, huge profits and a whiff of the heady days not seen since the dot-com boom.
 arrow India's external debt increases
Higher external commercial borrowings, NRI deposits and short-term debt pushed up India's external debt by 3.3 percent to USD 136.5 billion in September 2006 compared to the previous quarter.
 arrow ROK-Pak trade volume stands at $843m
The volume of bilateral trade between Korea and Pakistan has amounted to 843 million dollars in the first 10 months of the current calendar year.
 arrow Slovenia ready for changeover to euro
Slovenia is ready for the changeover from the tolar to the euro on January 1 and expects to benefit strongly as the 13th member of the European Monetary Union (EMU), Slovenian Finance Minister AndrejBajuk
 arrow China to expand expressway network by 2010
China plans to expand its national expressway network by more than 50 percent by the year 2010, adding new highways as long as all those in Canada and Germany combined, state media said Saturday.
 arrow Tourist arrivals in Thailand up 18pc in 2006
Tourists shrugged off Thailand's political woes in 2006 and poured into the country in record numbers, sending arrivals up 18.5 percent to 13.65 million, the tourism authority said Saturday.
 arrow Vietnam posts 8.2pc growth
Vietnam's economy grew nearly 8.2 percent in 2006 compared to the previous year, one of the fastest rates in Asia but slightly below last year's figure, official statistics showed Friday.
 arrow India to set up $500m power plant in Lanka
India's state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Sri Lankan government to set up a 500MW coal-based thermal
 arrow Mitsubishi, GE to tie up on wind, nuclear power
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to work with US conglomerate General Electric on nuclear and wind power generation ventures, a newspaper said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A forgettable year save cricket
Cricket stood out like a beacon in an altogether miserable year for sports in the country.
 arrow We need a Tata
They are the proud owners of a full-fledged sports academy where eight sporting events are being preached to budding talents by a dedicated group of coaches, they have got a separate football academy,
 arrow A year of inevitability
It can possibly be put down to our very Third World sentiment that come sporting events of any magnitude we find solace and identification with the success of the underdog and not the superpower.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas level series
South Africa clinched a series-levelling win as India slumped on the fifth and final day of the second Test at Kingsmead Saturday. South Africa won by 174 runs after India were bowled out for 179.
 arrow Cricket: Langer hanging up boots?
Speculation is mounting that Justin Langer will join Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath in making the final Ashes Test at Sydney his last for Australia.
 arrow Cricket: New twist to Shoaib tale
If every Pakistani had a paisa for every time they heard "Shoaib Akhtar has not been considered because he is not fit", then the percentage of the entire population deemed to be below the poverty line
 arrow Cricket: Vettori wishes no slips
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori wants a vastly improved performance from his inexperienced bowling attack in Sunday's one-dayer against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: MacGill not forgotten
Despite being overlooked for the Australian squad for the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, Andrew Hilditch, Australia's chief selector, has insisted that Stuart MacGill remains in the thinking of the selection
 arrow Cricket: 'Aus weaker sans greats'
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has insisted Australia will be a "lot weaker" after the Test retirements of star bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
 arrow Cricket: Jamie keen on Tests
Jamie Dalrymple, the England offspinning allrounder, is eager to help the team avoid an Ashes whitewash in Sydney.
 arrow Cricket: Clark no surprise
Stuart Clark's stunning returns in the Ashes series have not surprised Michael Hussey, who has been regularly troubled by his current teammate's accuracy and bounce.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya playing seriously
Kenya's cricket coach Roger Harper said Friday that none of the six associate member teams would be underrated at next month's ICC World Cricket League first division tournament in Nairobi.
 arrow Cricket: Umpiring burnout?
Former Test umpire David Shepherd has warned that leading umpires face burnout unless the ICC tackles the issue and appoints more officials to its elite panel.
 arrow Football: Terry making good progress
Chelsea and England captain John Terry went jogging Friday at his club's training ground, just a day after surgery on a back injury, the English Premier League champions announced.
 arrow Football: Drogba reveals Chelsea doubts
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted he thought about leaving the English Premier League champions before the start of the current campaign.
 arrow Football: 'Crouch going nowhere'
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed reports that he was preparing to sell giant England striker Peter Crouch and bring Valencia forward David Villa to Anfield during the January transfer window.
 arrow Tennis: France upset USA
France capitalised on its late call-up for the mixed teams Hopman Cup to upset defending champions the United States in their Group A tie here Saturday.
 arrow Boxing: Tyson in trouble again
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was arrested Friday on charges of driving under the influence and possession of drugs after nearly crashing into a police car, justice authorities said.
 arrow Football: Sicilian humour
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini on Saturday expressed his disgust after a director of the Sicilian-based Serie A club was sent the severed head of a young goat.
 arrow Football: Pele's son released
Edson do Nascimento, son of Brazilian football legend Pele, has been handed a conditional release from prison where he has spent 10 months on suspicion of money laundering, his lawyer said.
Metropolitanarrow Steps being taken to hold free, fair polls
Adviser to the Caretaker Government (CG) Shoaib Ahmed yesterday said the nation will not forgive the CG, if it fails to hold a free, fair and neutral election that all could accept.
 arrow Eid joy eludes street children
Although Eid brings joy and happiness to people of almost all walks of life, the street children can hardly share this joy and happiness due to their poverty.
 arrow 12 killed in road crashes
At least 12 people were killed in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow Cattle markets abuzz with customers but price very high
The city cattle markets witnessed a flood of customers yesterday busy buying sacrificial animals with the Eid-ul- Azha knocking at the door.
 arrow JP can't take part in polls without Ershad
Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday informed the visiting election observation mission from the European Union that they could not take part in the elections without party chairman HM Ershad in the race.
 arrow World leaders greet Iajuddin
Heads of state and government of Muslim and other countries, including US President George Bush, have greeted President Iajuddin Ahmed on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha and happy New Year.
 arrow Execution of Saddam condemned
Different political parties and student organisations yesterday condemned execution of Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq.
 arrow CG to take steps to solve remaining problems
US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis has expressed the hope that the caretaker government will take measures to resolve the remaining minor problems for smooth holding of free and fair elections.
 arrow DCC initiatives to keep city clean
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken up massive programme to keep the city clean during and after the Eid-ul-Azha.
 arrow Tk 80,000 donated for preserving memories of poet Shamsur Rahman
Nibedan, a socio-cultural organisation, yesterday donated Tk 80,000 for preserving the memories of the veteran poet.
 arrow Manzur Elahi, Raquibuddin re-elected president, secy
Syed Manzur Elahi and Raquibuddin Ahmed have been re-elected president and secretary general of DU Alumni Association respectively, says a press release.
 arrow Shawkat, Sabuj elected JPC president, secy
Shawkat Mahmud and Kamal Uddin Sabuj have been elected president and general secretary of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) respectively.
 arrow Yanan, Kallol OCAB president, gen secy
Huang Yanan of Xinhua News Agency and Qadir Kallol of BBC have been elected president and general secretary of the Overseas Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (OCAB) respectively for 2007, says apress
 arrow Dissemination session of ITC
The International Training Centre (ITC), the latest venture of STS Group, held a dissemination session at Basundhara in Dhaka recently, says a press release.
 arrow Liberation War Museum closed from Jan 1 to 3
Liberation War Museum will remain closed from January 1 to 3 on account of Eid -ul- Azha , says a press release. The normal activities of the museum will resume on January 4.
Nationalarrow Disgruntled BNP men agitate for tickets
'Rebel' BNP candidates continued agitation yesterday for 4-party alliance tickets in several constituencies in different districts.
 arrow Cox's Bazar brims with life and colour
Cox's Bazar is now crammed with tourists who have flocked here to see off the last sunset of 2006 and welcome the New Year.
 arrow 20 AL, JP 'rebel' candidates in Nilphamari
'Grand alliance' nominees are facing 20 'rebel' candidates of component parties -- Awami League (AL) and Jatiyo Party (JP)-- in four constituencies in Nilphamari district.
 arrow Fuel crisis in Sylhet deepens
At least 10 filling stations in and around the city were closed yesterday due crisis of diesel and octane.
 arrow Landslide kills two in Cox's Bazar
Two people were killed and three others injured in landslide at Chadergona village of Eidgaon union in Sadar upazila here yesterday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow The message of Eid-ul-Azha
EID-ul-Azha, one of the two canonical festivals in the Islamic calendar (the other being Eid-ul-Fitr), brings for the Muslims a divine blessing, a rare opportunity not only to enjoy an auspicious dayof
 arrow Saddam's end
THE body of Saddam, as it swung from the gallows at 6 am Saturday Baghdad time, cast an ominous shadow over Iraq.
 arrow The railroading of Saddam
MANY intellectuals all over the world may agree with me that Saddam was tried in a Kangaroo court in Baghdad.
Culturearrow Eid Delights on tv
Nishwora Bhalobasha:
Selim Al Deen's play Nishwora Bhalobasha will be aired on BTV at 8:30pm on January 2.

Internationalarrow Asia worried about fallout
Key Asian nations said they respected Saddam Hussein's execution yesterday as a legal move by Iraq's new government, but worried that his hanging would worsen the bloodshed in the country.
 arrow A dictator created then destroyed by America
Saddam to the gallows. It was an easy equation.
 arrow The final hours of a tyrant
Saddam Hussein's death warrant was signed last night. It happened as the nightly curfew brought Baghdad, the city where he exercised supreme power over Iraq for a quarter of a century, to a standstill.
 arrow The questions that will live on
So why did George Bush decide to invade Iraq? Nearly four years and hundreds of thousands of casualties later, the reasons appear both as obvious and as elusive as they were in the spring of 2003.
 arrow US welcomes, Europe opposes execution
The United States joined its arch-foe Iran on Saturday in hailing the justice of Saddam Hussein's execution, but European powers opposed the use of capital punishment even though they condemned the former
 arrow Iraq's shallow justice
The imminent execution of Saddam Hussein and two other former Iraqi officials marks a further step away from respect for human rights and the rule of law in a deeply polarised and violent Iraq.
 arrow Daughters react with grief
Saddam Hussein's two older daughters, who live in Jordan, reacted with grief and stoicism Saturday to news of his hanging, one of the former Iraqi dictator's lawyers in Amman said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid-ul-Azha into the new year
MUSLIMS will celebrate their second biggest religious festival, Eid-ul-Azha, tomorrow, which also marks the heralding of a new year, with due solemnity and fervour.
 arrow Editorial: Saddam's hanging
SADDAM'S hanging on the day of Eid-ul-Azha, a day of religious festivity for the Muslims all over the world will be received more with trepidation than perhaps any sense of relief.
 arrow To participate or not to participate
FREE, fair and credible election is an essential element of democracy and an environment has to be created for all political parties to participate in the election.
 arrow Election eve Eid
EID-ul-Azha, the greatest religious festival of the Muslims will be celebrated tomorrow in Bangladesh with due solemnity.
 arrow The art of politics
FOR Machiavelli, a prudent Prince finds a convenient instrument in religion to rule the people in peace without giving them any worthwhile concessions.
Letters to Editorarrow An open letter to leaders
People and the world understand that you want free and fair election. So does everybody else.
 arrow Stop catching Jatka
Hilsha is the national fish of Bangladesh. Its unique taste and nutritional value has made it the most popular fish not only in Bangladesh but around many parts of the world too.
 arrow A success story
The pharmaceuticals industry is a big contributor to our national economy. Its contribution is increasing year by year. Twenty years ago multinational companies dominated this industry.
 arrow Quality of TV programmes
Nowadays, our country has lots of TV channels. The electronic media is growing. This is obviously good for the people as they can become aware of what is happening around.
 arrow Two different incidents
There is a lot of difference between the two happenings, the first one had taken place in broad daylight near the Jatiya Press Club in full view of the public, while the second one took place at night
 arrow Two questions
I congratulate Mr. Abu Sufiyan for realising that the BNP Is doing negative politics & that the leaders of the AL are incompetent.
Star Healtharrow Steroid overuse is harmful
Steroids (usually corticosteroids) are powerful drugs which can improve symptoms and provoke incredible results. There are potential consequences to their use though.
 arrow Healthy eating tips for coming Eid-ul-Azha
Tomorrow is Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest festivals of Muslims. It is time for religious celebrations, parties, family get-togethers and bulging bellies.
 arrow Psychological treatments ease low back pain
Pooled results from 22 clinical trials show that psychological interventions help individuals with chronic low back pain experience less actual pain, less pain-related interference with daily living,less
 arrow Change your lifestyle in 2007
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The biggest problem in the world today is not probably war or natural calamities, but ‘Today’s lifestyle’.

 arrow Teeth decay due to gastric juice
Heart burn commonly known as acidity or gastric problems develop from excessive secretion of gastric juice (mixture of hydrochloric acid, pepsin, intrinsic factor and mucus secreted by the cells of the
 arrow Optimists may have longer lives
Optimists may enjoy longer lives than people with a dimmer outlook on the future, a long-term study suggests.
 arrow Maintain Hygiene at Eid
Healthy living: Maintain hygiene issues at coming Eid-ul-Azha. Wash the blood immediately after slaughtering animal.
 arrow Seminar on childhood TB
Bangladesh Paediatric Pulmonology Forum (BPPF) arranged a seminar on "Diagnosis of Childhood TB" on December 26, 2006 at BICH Auditorium, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka - says a press release.
Star Cityarrow Dhaka sleeps over earthquake risks
No tangible progress in earthquake management and risk reduction has taken place as yet mainly due to lack of government initiatives in drawing up a strategic plan, according earthquake experts.
 arrow Rajuk officials fear encroachment during Eid holidays
Rajuk officials have expressed fear that during Eid holidays Gulshan Lake, one of the last remaining water bodies in the city, might come under the grip of the encroachers as most law enforcement officials
 arrow Police to monitor New Year celebrations
All is set to welcome the New Year 2007 amid great fanfare and jubilation with the authorities taking tight security measures to prevent any untoward incidents during the celebrations.
 arrow Organised gang after electrical transformers
A highly organized gang of criminals is stealing electrical transformers from different city areas causing huge damages and further disruption in electricity supply.
 arrow Glaring Example of Mismanagement
Karwan Bazar main road where some of the most prestigious business houses are located is a glaring example of mismanagement by the authorities.
 arrow DCC urges imams to educate mass
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has urged city imams to inform people about 'waste management of sacrificial animals' in their sermons during the Eid congregations.
 arrow Housewives not sitting idle
Homemakers are increasingly becoming a part of income source all over Dhaka. In order to fight the on going price hike they are taking over the frontline creating new ways of money making schemes everyday.
 arrow Busy Eid for city blacksmiths
The city blacksmiths are busy making and sharpening different kinds of butcher knives and other accessories on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha.
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