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Front Pagearrow Record hunt for Bangla Bhai in Kushtia
Joint forces threw a five-kilometre cordon around four villages in Kushtia early yesterday in the biggest-ever operation in recent times to arrest top brass of the banned Islamist militant organisation
 arrow EC finally decides to appeal against HC directives
With support from the newly appointed election commissioners, the chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday had the majority in the Election Commission (EC) to decide to file an appeal against the High
 arrow JCD men grab Tk 40cr bid for sports facilities
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders, allegedly with the backing of ministers, lawmakers and National Sports Council (NSC) authorities, have illegally secured tenders involving around Tk 40 crore for
 arrow 14-party demands removal of CEC, new commissioners
The 14-party opposition yesterday staged demonstrations in the capital and elsewhere in the country demanding immediate removal of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and the two newly appointed election
 arrow Prepaid mobile users face snap
The Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday asked the cellphone operators to collect personal details of the existing subscribers or snap connections in case of failure.
 arrow Bar sends resolution to president for CEC's removal
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday forwarded a copy of its meeting resolution to the president urging to form the Supreme Judicial Council to remove the chief election commissioner (CEC)
 arrow PM's visit to India, Pakistan confirmed
Ending speculations, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is finally going to both Pakistan and India on bilateral visits towards the end of February and March.
 arrow Bhuiyan offers dialogue with opposition
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the opposition to sit across the table to discuss the issue of preparing the voter list and return to parliament to discuss their reform agenda.
 arrow More arms, explosives found in Bandarban
Security forces recovered more sophisticated explosives, firearms and military equipment, including one global positioning system (GPS) and two range-finders, from remote hills of Naikkhongchhari yesterday,
 arrow Rocca arrives January 26
US Assistant Secretary of State (South Asian Affairs) Christina B Rocca will arrive on January 26 in Bangladesh on a three-day official visit.
 arrow Criminals rule as forest outposts undermanned
Forest guards in the Sundarbans with undermanned outposts and outdated arms are struggling to rein in the law and order situation in the area as they continue to fight against well-equipped criminalsand
 arrow 5-tier security planned for Biswa Ijtema
Law enforcers will set a five-layer checking system on Biswa Ijtema ground in Tongi to keep at bay troublemakers during the second largest congregation of the Muslims beginning on the bank of the Turag
 arrow 11-party won't take part in polls under present EC
The left 11-party will not participate in the next general election under the present Election Commission (EC) as, it observes, the appointments of the new election commissioners have destroyed the possibility
 arrow India, US talks nuke cooperation
India and the US yesterday held talks in New Delhi on implementation of the July 18 nuclear deal besides various other issues of mutual concern.
 arrow Nepal cracks down on politicians
Nepal's royalist government yesterday rounded up 70 activists and cut mobile phone services in a major crackdown aimed at thwarting a planned mass rally against the king, officials said.
 arrow Charge framed against 4 JMB men in Dhaka
A court yesterday framed charges against four Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members for the first time in Dhaka in connection with an August 17 bomb blast case.
 arrow Attacks on US being prepared
al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden warned that new attacks are being prepared on the United States, according to an audiotape attributed to him and broadcast on Al-Jazeera television yesterday.
 arrow US govt wants Dhaka to respond vigorously to religious violence
US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns has said the US government wants the Bangladesh government to respond vigorously to violence and religious extremism.
 arrow Probe body finds seized guns 'fake'
A probe committee in its report on the recovery of 11 guns at the Chittagong Port said the guns were decoration objects and they were not real firearms.
 arrow Cold claims 3 in Netrakona
Three people including a tribal child died of shivering cold in the last 24 hours and over 1,000 people, mostly aged and children, in Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas are suffering from cold-related diseases.
 arrow 15 hurt in Tel Aviv suicide bombing
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a restaurant at a crowded pedestrian mall near Tel Aviv's old central bus station Thursday, and at least 15 people were wounded, police said.
 arrow Experiment on to probe climate riddle
A three-week experiment to resolve the biggest riddle in climate science began in Australia yesterday.
 arrow Ctg JMB man Mohammad, his aide on fresh remand
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Chittagong divisional commander Mohammad alias Javed Iqbal was placed on a fresh 10-day remand yesterday while his accomplice Abu Zar was placed on a seven-day remand
 arrow JMB member held in Feni
Police arrested an activist of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Tangail Sari Kutir in the town yesterday.
 arrow 'Gunrunner' arrested
An alleged arms trader was arrested in Katiadi upazila of the district on Wednesday night.
Businessarrow Foreign ministry to take steps to get TRADE bill passed
The foreign ministry will take necessary steps to get TRADE bill passed in US Congress to gain duty-free access to US market before the next WTO talks to be held in Geneva in April.
 arrow StanChart eyes mass market in Bangladesh
Kai Nargolwala, chairman of Wholesale Bank of Standard Chartered Plc and Group executive director, yesterday said the bank is now focussing on the mass market aiming at the lower segment of the society
 arrow Biggest aviation deal in India
India's largest private air carrier Jet Airways has bought over loss-making Air Sahara for about $500 million in the biggest acquisition deal in the country's civil aviation industry.
 arrow India on threshold of a new era of higher growth
Eyeing a "do-able" eight percent economic growth, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday exuded confidence that India was on the "threshold of a new era of higher growth" while committing to
 arrow 1,183 items on Pakistan sensitive list
Pakistan commerce ministry has decided to maintain a sensitive list of Pakistan containing 1,183 items on which it will not allow any tariff concession to other contracting states of Saarc under the South
 arrow British trade mission arrives tomorrow
A high-profile British trade mission will arrive here Saturday on a three-day visit with its eyes on Bangladesh ceramic sector.
 arrow Beximco Pharma debuts in Lankan drug market
In a massive business expansion move in Asia, leading drug manufacturer in Bangladesh Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited has launched exports to Sri Lanka.
 arrow Local businesses urged to visit India plastic fair
Organisers of an international plastic exhibition have urged Bangladeshi industry people to visit the fair to be held from February 9 to 14 in India.
 arrow China leads Asia in productivity growth
China leads Asian productivity with an average rate of 8.7 percent since 2000, more than double than that of India at 4.1 percent, a report by a global business research firm has said.
 arrow Cairn Energy CEO due Saturday
Sir Bill Gammell, chief executive officer of Cairn Energy, shall be visiting Bangladesh from Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow Microsoft to invest $100m a year in China
Microsoft Corp will invest about 100 million dollars annually over the next three to five years in China, the world's second largest Internet market with 111 million users, state press reported Thursday.
 arrow Oil prices firmer in Asian trade
Oil prices were slightly firmer in Asian trade Thursday on persistent concerns over real and potential supply problems in key producers Iran and Nigeria, dealers said.
 arrow Three models of Toshiba notebook PC launched
Three new models of Toshiba notebook PC were launched in Dhaka.
 arrow Pubali Bank opens broker house
In a bid to perform securities trading business successfully, Pubali Bank Ltd recently opened securities trading (broker house).
 arrow Malaysia, Chile to explore FTA
Malaysia and Chile on Thursday announced moves towards a free trade agreement in what could be the first such deal for Malaysia with a Latin American country.
Sportsarrow Cricket: No matches in Dhaka!
There are very little chances to host a Test match or a one-day international in Dhaka when Sri Lanka will tour Bangladesh in February-March this year.
 arrow Cricket: Premier League Super Six begins today
Table-toppers Old DOHS start their Super-Six campaign in the Aktel Premier Cricket League today against Brothers Union at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium with a bid to not only repeat their first-leg result
 arrow Cricket: ZC suspends Test status
Zimbabwe cricket lurched into another crisis on Wednesday when Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) suspended its national team from Test matches for the rest of the year.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt, Pierce crash out
Third seed Lleyton Hewitt and women's fifth seed Mary Pierce were sent spinning out of the Australian Open Thursday, but an awesome Roger Federer glided through to the third round.
 arrow Cricket: BCB meeting on Jan 28
The much-awaited meeting of the executive committee of Bangla-desh Cricket Board will be held on January 28.
 arrow Chess: Bangladeshi chess players dominate
Bangladeshi players dominated the seventh round of the 4th Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament in Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India's NZ tour not before '08
India's cricket tour to New Zealand scheduled for early next year has been postponed until late 2008, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Milan duo cut gap on Juve
Juventus had their lead at the top of Serie A trimmed to eight points when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Chievo Verona on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Capello unfazed by points drop
Juventus coach Fabio Capello said he saw no reason to be worried after his side's lead at the top of Serie A was cut to eight points following a 1-1 draw with Chievo Verona.
 arrow Tennis: Dokic's dad will kidnap her?
Rattled tennis star Jelena Dokic distanced herself further from estranged father Damir Thursday after he reportedly threatened to kidnap her, sparking concern from tennis authorities.
 arrow Cricket: Pak pitch the focus
Rivals India and Pakistan will have one eye on the weather and the other on the pitch as they prepare for the second Test starting here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Partex brighten promotion hopes
Partex Sporting Club brightened their chances to get a place in the top flight of metropolitan cricket when they registered a 57-run victory against Gazi Tank in the First Division Cricket League at the
 arrow Tennis: ITF Jr tennis at BKSP from tomorrow
The SBSL-BKSP Fourth Inter-national Junior Tennis tournament begins tomorrow at the Tennis Complex at BKSP, Savar.
 arrow Cricket: ICC welcomes Zim decision
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has welcomed the decisions of the interim committee in charge of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to withdraw from its Test commitments until 2007, and to commission an independent
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan upbeat about India tour
England captain Michael Vaughan, who had knee surgery four weeks ago, remained upbeat about his fitness prospects on the run-up to the tour of India which starts next month.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters' fear
Second seed Kim Clijsters said Thursday she may withdraw from the Australian Open as she struggles with intense pain from a back injury.
 arrow Football: Hayatou defends timing of ANC
African football supremo Issa Hayatou has defended the timing of the African Nations Cup despite protests from many European clubs.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI at odds with the ICC
The Indian cricket board has voiced its opposition to Inter-national Cricket Council (ICC) plans of adding fresh tournaments to the calendar due to the negative impact they would have on its revenue.
 arrow Cricket: PCB wants ICC umpires to call faulty bowlers
Pakistan cricket authorities want the International Cricket Council (ICC) to encourage and back umpires to call bowlers with suspect bowling actions instead of making them go through a lengthy reviewprocess.
 arrow Cricket: Zim decision clears way for tri-series
Zimbabwe's decision to suspend its Test status for the rest of the year has given India and Pakistan a chance to firm up plans for a lucrative one-day series later this year.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies bring in new blood for SA clash
Australia will bring in two new players for their return tri-series limited-overs clash with South Africa here on Friday, naming opener Phil Jaques and bowler Brett Dorey in the team.
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya fit again
Veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya has returned to Sri Lanka's squad for the remaining triangular series matches in Australia after recovering from a shoulder injury, the selectors announced Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Formulate code of conduct to stop confrontational politics
Political scientists at a regional conference yesterday suggested formulating a code of conduct to stop confrontational politics in the country.
 arrow Date for charge framing shifted for fourth time
Barisal Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday shifted the date for framing charges in the case of murder of two judges at Jhalakati for the fourth time.
 arrow 14 injured as BNP factions clash at Sitakunda
At least 13 activists of two rival BNP groups were injured yesterday in a clash at MM Jute Mills in Sitakunda upazila of the district.
 arrow Increase trade to make relation meaningful
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday gave importance on turning the existing excellent relations between Bangladesh and Singapore into meaningful ties through increasing trade and commerce.
 arrow Reform EC for free, fair election
Leaders of the 14-party combine and members of the civil society yesterday urged all to launch a tough agitation to reform the present controversial election commission (EC) for a free and fair poll in
 arrow Tarique's comment is part of an ill intention
Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said BNP leader Tarique Rahman has admitted that the alliance government came to power through vote rigging in general election in 2001
 arrow Huda group forms central committee
Pro-BNP lawyers led by Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda announced a 301-member central committee of the Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) at its national convention yesterday.
 arrow Zia's birth anniversary observed
The 70th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was observed yesterday.
 arrow UN probe demanded
Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday demanded United Nations' (UN) investigation into the Kibria murder case.
 arrow Street children's photography exhibition begins tomorrow
For the first time, six street children are going to exhibit their own photography works titled 'Visible' at the National Museum in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Two get life for killing one in Sylhet
A Speedy Trial Tribunal here on Wednesday sentenced two people to life imprisonment in a murder case. The convicts were identified as Shalik Miah, 35, and Koyes Miah, 40.
 arrow 5 Sylhet JCD men jailed
A court in Sylhet has sentenced five cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of ruling BNP, to rigorous imprisonment of 2 and a half years each in a case of vandalism and looting a business firm
 arrow Singaporean envoy calls on Hasina
Newly appointed Singaporean High Commissioner Verghese Mathews called on Opposition Leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and discussed economic cooperation and security issues of the region.
 arrow Man jumps from footbridge, run over by truck
An unidentified youth was killed when he jumped onto a running truck from a footbridge in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Extortionist beaten to death in city
Mob beat an alleged extortionist to death yesterday while his accomplices managed to escape.
 arrow Shaheed Asad day today
Today is the 37th death anniversary of Shaheed Asad who sacrificed his life during the mass upsurge in 1969.
 arrow JMB member arrested at Bagmara
Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested a JMB member from Taherpur Bazar at Bagmara in Rajshahi.
 arrow 32 injured in Munshiganj road accident
At least 32 people were injured in collision between a bus and a truck on Dhaka-Mawa highway near Samaspur under Srinagar upazila yesterday.
 arrow CPB observes Paltan Blast Day today
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will observe 'Paltan Blast Killing Day' today. On this day in 2001, a huge bomb was exploded in a CPB rally at Paltan maidan in the city.
 arrow OIS offers Cambridge Primary Programme
Oxford International School (OIS) has become the first school in Dhaka to offer Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) for students aged between five and 11, says a press release.
 arrow NU exam dates changed
The National University (NU) has postponed all examinations scheduled for Sunday due to unavoidable circumstances. These examinations will be held at 9:30 am on January 27.
 arrow Tribal youth killed at Kalapara
A tribal youth died at Kalapara hospital here yesterday morning 11 hours after he was critically injured in an attack by a gang of hoodlums.
 arrow FEJB executives
Quamrul Islam Chowdhury and Mofizur Rahman were re-elected unopposed chairman and general secretary of the Forum of Environmental Journalists of Bangladesh (FEJB) for 2006-2007 yesterday.
 arrow CU classes suspended
Chittagong University (CU) authorities suspended classes of all departments from tomorrow up to January 28 for admission tests.
Point-Counterpointarrow The marginalisation of public servants
In many countries, such as the United States of America, the civil service is a semi-permanent body, the most senior posts of which change hands with a change in government.
 arrow Monstrous parasites!
When she first approached us for a job, we did not have a vacancy for our office.
Culturearrow Portrait of a global theatre personality
Renowned American artistic designer, Richard Schechner has been extremely active both in the USA and globally.
 arrow In quest of freedom
Sri Lankan Somaratne Dissanayake of Saroja fame, who has put in 20 years in the film industry, has been directing and writing scripts for films for 10 years.
 arrow A new voice renders Lalon's message
The audition round of Closeup 1, Faridpur: A jittery young girl from Chuadanga starts to sing a Lalon song.
 arrow Moha moja pitha fiesta at Prabartana
Based on the age-old fable of Tona-Tuni, the two little birds who had a lifetime experience of making pithas, Nari Grantha Prabartana arranged its two-day Moha Moja Pitha Festival at its
 arrow Kalyug: A dark tale of the high-tech world
Globalisation or for lack of better words, "westernisation" and technology has its share of advantages. But it has also robbed us of our innocence and simple ways of life.
 arrow American Idol returns to record season debut
More than 35 million people watched American Idol return to the Fox television network, the biggest audience yet for a season premiere of the hit talent show, Nielsen Media Research said on last
 arrow Mallika Sarabhai brings a festival to Delhi
Dancer Mallika Sarabhai, who runs the Ahmedabad-based Darpana Academy of Performing Arts along with her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai, recently brought the annual Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADP implementation picking up
On January 5 this year in a meeting presided over by Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman to review the status of ADP implementation, it was revealed that between July and October 15 percent of the ADP allocation
 arrow Editorial: An avoidable hartal
For quite sometime prior to the Eid-ul-Azha holidays, the opposition had been carrying out programmes of protest and agitation against the ruling coalition which included street marches, public meetings
 arrow More than just security
One thing that we can be thankful for in Bangladesh is that, despite the horrors of the past year, in which we saw political assassinations, coordinated series of bomb blasts, and suicide bombings, we
 arrow Greetings from the posters
It was good to see so many cordial people, who spent their own money to plaster Eid greetings on posters. Some of them gave their names and pictures along with greetings.
 arrow Telephone bugging: Strangulation of civil rights
Another intriguingly tumultuous year is out. Till the middle of 2005 the national scenario was more or less static. None appeared to have anticipated yet another crisis that was in the powers of fermentation.
Letters to Editorarrow Experience of a pilgrim
My friend went around the Mina city mainly to see how the Muslims represent themselves, who came from all over the world. As he puts it, "They very much represent the conditions of Muslims today.
 arrow Put the blame where it's due
Every Eid we see headlines in newspapers about road accidents with the number of deaths going up every year. According to studies, Bangladesh has the highest number of fatalities per km travelled.
 arrow Hapless people
Every day we find news of people dying due to cold and cold related diseases all over Bangladesh.
 arrow Lessons of Eid-ul-Azha
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, we sacrifice animals. But we never bother to think that the idea is to sacrifice the beast within ourselves and become true human beings.
 arrow Pakistan scene
If there had been any laxity towards development in Balochistan, only a few Sardars were responsible for it.
 arrow PM flies to Kuwait
The demise of anyone, be it an Emir or an ordinary citizen, is always saddening, although as a mortal being, it is also an inescapable fact of life.
 arrow Pakistan-India relations
India and Pakistan were always engaged in rivalry. However, it is good news that they have been able to make progress on the way to making peace.
 arrow NGOs and sex workers
NGOs working for the benefit of sex workers and their children employ a large number of young men and women to work with the sex workers inside or outside brothel areas.
 arrow Again a poor decision
I'm shocked to learn about the decision of not letting Bangladesh be a part of Asian Highway Network by the present government.
 arrow BTTB decision
BTTB recently announced their decision to include 15 more countries in the flat rate of Taka 7.5 calling framework.
 arrow Mobile abuse?
In a letter sent to all five of Bangladesh's networks, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission said the young were abusing the "free calls after midnight" offers.
 arrow No free-talk-time
Some sources say that "Free Talk-time" given by different mobile operators is soon going to be stopped. Reason- students are usually taking that opportunity, I should rather say "abusing" this.
 arrow Right decision
The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has just asked mobile phone operators to discontinue free-call facilities late into the night.
 arrow MDG facts and fiction
Uninitiated that I am on the mysteries and magic of statistics, Dr. Majumdar's interesting table (DS: Jan 17) raises more questions than answers for me.
Worldarrow South Asia: Mediator tones down Lankan peace hopes
Four people were killed and 40 wounded in bomb attacks in Sri Lanka yesterday as Colombo vowed "every endeavour" to revive peace moves, while a top Norwegian envoy played down hopes of a breakthrough.
 arrow South Asia: India, Pakistan agree on peace, differ on process
India and Pakistan on Wednesday made a fresh commitment to push forward a fragile peace process but the nuclear-armed neighbours reiterated their differences over ways to end nearly 60 years of enmity.
 arrow South Asia: Senior al-Qaeda figures believed killed in US strike
An al-Qaeda bomb expert with a $5 million bounty on his head and a son-in-law of the group's No.
 arrow South Asia: Suu Kyi's home security eased
Myanmar's military rulers have slightly eased security around pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's home, where she has been held under house arrest since May 2003, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan rebuilds clinics in quake zone
Pakistan has started to rebuild clinics destroyed by October's huge earthquake as harsh winter weather fuels fears of disease outbreaks, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US, EU vow to indict Tehran
The US and the EU vowed to hold Iran to account for its disputed nuclear programme but Tehran warned that it would stop cooperating with UN inspectors if a decision is taken to refer it to the UN Security
 arrow UN HQ stoned, Gbagbo's call ignored
Supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo yesterday ignored his call for an end to violent protests, manning roadblocks, stoning UN headquarters and paralysing Abidjan for a fourth day.
 arrow Twin blasts kill 16 Iraqis
Simultaneous suicide and roadside bomb blasts in the same Baghdad street killed at least 16 Iraqis and wounded 25 yesterday, police and hospital officials said.
 arrow US ties Syrian official to Iraq insurgency
The White House on Wednesday for the first time named a Syrian official as having "directly contributed" to support for the insurgency in Iraq, as the United States moved to freeze his assets.
 arrow 'UK doubts legality of CIA flights'
Britain believes the CIA's reported secret transfer of terrorism suspects to foreign countries for interrogation is illegal, according to a leaked government document published yesterday.
 arrow Iran president visits close ally Syria
Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday began a two-day visit to Syria, Tehran's only regional ally, as both countries struggle to fend off mounting international pressure.
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