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Front Pagearrow Cops go for blanket arrest as march to Dhaka starts
As activists and supporters of the 14-party opposition combine began marching in thousands towards Dhaka yesterday, the police went on blanket arrests of grassroots opposition leaders and workers as a
 arrow Saudi bus crash kills 13 Bangladeshis
Thirteen Bangladeshi workers died and 14 others were injured, eight of them critically, in a bus accident near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia yesterday morning.
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis clash with cops
Around 100 people, including 25 policemen, were wounded during a violent clash between stranded Pakistanis and police at the capital's Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow BIWTA fails to finish dredging in a month
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) failed to complete dredging of the 20km long channel from Baghabari river port to Mohanganj in a month, which was scheduled to be completed within
 arrow Mizan Chy passes away
Veteran politician, former prime minister and a leading organiser of the Liberation War Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury breathed his last at city's Birdem Hospital in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow BNP trump card to be shown in next polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday fired a salvo at the opposition for issuing so-called ultimatum and trump card to oust her elected government and declared that people would rather show them a BNP
 arrow Tk 24,000cr audit objections remain unsettled
Audit objections involving a staggering amount of Tk 24,000 crore remain unsettled and almost half of them came against the communications ministry, says the first report of the Public Accounts Committee
 arrow EC files appeal, hearing Feb 6
The full bench of Supreme Court (SC) will hear on February 6 the Election Commission's (EC) petition for leave to appeal and a stay order against the recent High Court (HC) directives on the preparation
 arrow Incoming vessels stuck abroad as Ctg port agents stop booking
The shipping agents at Chittagong Port yesterday stopped booking vessels from different international ports and threatened to suspend the operation of feeder vessels at the port if the authorities concerned
 arrow IMF-WB for making hundi trade legal
A visiting IMF-World Bank team yesterday suggested legalising the hundi business to help increase the country's legal remittance inflow.
 arrow Slippery Road.....

 arrow Sacking of SP Masud Miah seen as an eyewash
The dismissal of former Rajshahi superintendent of police (SP) Masud Miah has turned into talk of the town since it is widely believed here he was made a scapegoat for helping militant kingpins AbdurRahman
 arrow UNO withdrawn for failure to tackle situation
Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Rafiqul Islam has been withdrawn for mishandling the situation that led to the killing of nine people in police firing at Kansat.
 arrow Burned to ashes.....

 arrow Gunrunner dies in Rab encounter
An alleged arms smuggler died and two other were injured in an encounter with Rab members at Shibganj yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Khairuzzaman gets extention as NBR chairman
National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Khairuzzaman Chowdhury has got his contractual appointment to the post extended for the third time.
 arrow HC asks govt to pay arrears, 2 bonuses to teachers
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to immediately pay the due salaries and two Eid bonuses to 101 teachers and staff of 41 private colleges.
 arrow 5 ministers nominated for Ekushey Padak
Names of five ministers and fifteen others were referred to the prime minister last Wednesday for the selection of this year's Ekushey Padak nominees.
 arrow Mirza Abbas files defamation case against Prothom Alo editor, publisher
Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas yesterday filed a defamation case against the editor and publisher of Prothom Alo for running a news item on January 5.
 arrow Pak company to provide sophisticated driving licence
The government has decided to introduce high security driving licences for all kinds of vehicles within the next 15 weeks.
 arrow 4 become national professors
The government yesterday appointed four educationists as national professors for five years as per Bangladesh National Professor Resolution (appointment, conditions and facilities) 1981.
 arrow Why govt won't be asked to set up judges' courts in 3 hill dists
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to show cause why it should not be directed to establish judges' courts and tribunals in the three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow IAEA set to take Iran to Security Council
The UN nuclear watchdog met in emergency session yesterday, with Iranian allies Russia and China promising to back a resolution to take Tehran to the Security Council over its disputed nuclear activities.
 arrow New internet worm set for attack today
Security analysts are warning computer users about a new and potentially destructive Internet worm that can obliterate important documents.
 arrow US forces battle Sadr militia in Baghdad
Four Iraqis were killed in a heavy gunfight and attacks that broke out before dawn yesterday reportedly between the Mehdi Army militia of radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr and US forces in Baghdad's Sadr
 arrow US intel chief doubts Iran has nukes
US National Intelligence Director John Negroponte told Congress on Thursday that Iran probably does not yet have nuclear weapons, nor has it obtained the material central to producing them.
Businessarrow BB makes guideline to fix salaries, perks for bank CEOs
The central bank yesterday announced a guideline for private banks to determine salaries and allowances of their chief executive officers.
 arrow Limit long-term loans to ensure adequate reserve
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked bankers to be cautious about long term and big investment so as to ensure adequate reserve for fuel import for the next few months.
 arrow RMG industry advised to identify priority items
The RMG industry has been advised to identify their priority items and apprise the country's mission in Geneva so that it can pursue the inclusion of those on the duty-free list of products as decided
 arrow SEC fines 24 directors, MD of Social Investment Bank
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has fined the 24 directors, managing director and company secretary of Social Investment Bank Limited (SIBL) for violation of securities rules.
 arrow EU envoy expects US to give special trade facilities to LDCs
European Union Ambassador Stefan Frowein yesterday hoped the developed nations like the US would follow the EU in giving special trade facilities to the least developed countries (LDCs), particularlyin
 arrow Two-day micro credit fair begins in Dhaka tomorrow
A two-day 'micro-credit fair' begins in Dhaka tomorrow to popularise the micro-credit operation as an important tool in poverty alleviation.
 arrow Oil prices stable
World oil prices held steady on Thursday as traders awaited fresh news concerning Iran after volatile trade the previous day following the release of mixed US crude stocks data.
 arrow Singer sales confce held in Thailand
The five-day Sales Conference-2006 of Singer Bangladesh Ltd was held on January 18-22 in Pattaya, Thailand, says a press release.
 arrow New MD of Union Captial
Mohammad Hafiz Ahmed took over as the managing director of Union Capital Ltd on January 25.
 arrow US denies economic 'threat' from India, China
Top US officials on Wednesday painted a bleak picture of Europe's job growth and put a premium on competing with India and China, but denied that either posed a "threat" to US economic interests.
 arrow Boeing flying high as profits soar
US aviation giant Boeing Company announced Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profits more than doubled as it forecast strong growth in the next two years.
Sportsarrow Football: Booters boycott training
The top footballers of the country skipped national camp's training yesterday in demand of a clear announcement of the season's players transfer from the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar under fire
Dismayed Indian fans launched a rare attack on their favourite player Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday, a day after India suffered a crushing defeat by Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: 'Incredible fightback'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was all praise for his bowlers on Thursday, saying they wrecked India's renowned batting might in two sessions to secure a series win.
 arrow Gavaskar blasts batsmen
Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday lashed out at Indian batsmen for a spineless performance in the third and final cricket Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Lee relief for Proteas
The South African camp gave a resounding thumbs-up here Thursday to news that Australia would rest in-form strike bowler Brett Lee for their upcoming triangular series clash in Melbourne.
 arrow Cricket: Jamil wants to find the truth
Chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) Khondokar Jamiluddin showed his concerns over media reports suggesting 'foul play' during Wednesday's Premier Cricket League match between DOHS
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh U-19s warm up well
Bangladesh U-19 cricket team got the expected start they had wanted before the start of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup yesterday when Tamim Iqbal's explosive century gave them a 10-wicket win over
 arrow Cricket: DOHS take on Victoria in last match
Champions Old DOHS will take on Victoria Sporting Club in both sides' last match of the Aktel Premier Cricket League today at the Fatullah Stadium.
 arrow Football: Big guns humbled
Fifteen points clear with 14 matches left to play: Chelsea's march to a second consecutive Premiership title was left looking unstoppable despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Barca, Juve knocked out
Spanish champions and Primera Liga leaders Barcelona were knocked out of the King's Cup on Wednesday despite claiming a 2-1 victory over Real Zaragoza at the Nou Camp.
 arrow Cricket: A wise decision by Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq will only make himself available for future matches on a selective basis after a recurring back problem forced him to miss the final Test in the home series against India.
 arrow Football: Magpies sack Souness
Graeme Souness's troubled 15-month reign as Newcastle manager came to an end on Thursday when the club terminated his contract with immediate effect.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan name one-day squad
Pakistan on Thursday named a 16-man squad for the first three games of the five-match one-day series against India starting next week.
 arrow Cricket: Arshad barred by his bank
Pakistan off-spinner Arshad Khan has been ordered to break off from his role in this month's one-day series against India and return to his job in a bank.
 arrow Football: 'Drogba is not a one man team'
Cameroon have a lot more to worry about than just Ivory Coast's star striker Didier Drogba in Saturday's African Nations Cup quarterfinal, said the Indomitable Lions captain Rigobert Song on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Meril Cup semis today
Ajker Kagoj will take on Janakantha and Sangbad face Samakal in the two semifinals of the Meril Cup Media Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: 7th wins for Azad, Rupali
Azad Sporting Club and Rupali Bank both recorded their seventh wins in the First Division Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova meets Hingis in qtrs
Top seed Maria Sharapova powered past American Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-4 to join Martina Hingis in the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Int'l jr tennis from tomorrow
The weeklong Dhaka Bank International Junior Tennis Tournament (Group-3) will tomorrow at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna.
 arrow Handball: Scholastica in last four
Scholastica moved to the semifinal of the Exim Bank Inter College men's handball tournament beating Dr Shaheedullah College 8-5 at the Outer Stadium handball ground on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Drive against illegal land occupants saves Tk 23 cr'
Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on energy Sardar Shakhawat Hossain Bokul yesterday said his drive against illegal occupants of the land in the pathway of the Ashuganj-Manohardi gas pipeline
 arrow Improve quality of education
The third convocation of Jahangirnagar University (JU) was held on the campus yesterday.
 arrow Fair investigation demanded
Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday called for a fair investigation into Kibria murder case to bring the perpetrators of the killing to justice.
 arrow Politics divides FFs
Paying tributes to the freedom fighters as well as hating the collaborators of the occupation forces are equally important, said the speakers at a book publication ceremony in the city.
 arrow 'Punish Kansat killers'
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a rally yesterday said the government has no moral right to stay in power even for a minute as it has killed people who were demanding electricity
 arrow Raise awareness about wetland protection
World Wetlands Day 2006 was observed in the country yesterday with a call to raise awareness about conservation and proper use of wetlands for poverty reduction.
 arrow Injured Keraniganj Jubo League leader dies
Ruhitpur Union Jubo League President Anwar Hossain, who was injured in an attack on Wednesday, died at a hospital in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's letter to Netrakona SP?
The Netrokona superintendent of police (SP) has received a letter purportedly from JMB leader Siddikur Rahaman Bangla Bhai asking him to arrest three persons 'involved' in the August 17 and December 8
 arrow Hearing rescheduled
Defence lawyers in the case, filed in connection with the shooting, did not plead for bail for Motiur Rahman Pintu during the scheduled hearing of the bail petition yesterday.
 arrow 3 Khulna JMB cadres sent to Dhaka for joint interrogation
JMB Ehsar Hanif Munshi, 23, his father Iddris Ali Munshi and younger brother Yunus Munshi were sent to Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in Dhaka on Wednesday evening.
 arrow Mizan Chy’s death condoled
Different organisations yesterday condoled the death of Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, a veteran politician and former prime minister of the country.
 arrow Missing trader found dead in Khulna
Businessman Bidhan Chandra Saha, who had been missing since January 26, was found dead on the bank of the Atharobeki river of Rupsha upazila yesterday.
 arrow Saraswati Puja today
Saraswati Puja will be celebrated across the country, particularly in educational institutions, today with the Hindu students seeking blessings from the goddess of learning and eloquence.
 arrow JU students assault former teacher
A group of students of Department of Business Administration yesterday assaulted a former teacher on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus.
 arrow 10 women hurt in eviction drive in Rangamati
At least 10 women received injuries when the district administration demolished 20 illegal structures during an eviction drive against the grabbers of land belonging to fisheries department at Kalindipur
 arrow Dr Mallick's anniversary of death tomorrow
The 9th death anniversary of Dr AR Mallick, eminent educationist and former finance minister, will be observed tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Chhatra Union council begins tomorrow
The 31st national council of Bangladesh Chhatra Union will begin on the Dhaka University campus tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow Khulna JCD factions clash: 5 injured
Five people were injured in a clash between the two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at KD Ghose Road on Wednesday night. Five motorcycles were also badly damaged during the 20-minute clash.
 arrow Aziz Sarkar reappointed Rab director general
MA Aziz Sarkar has been reappointed Director General of the anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on contract, cancelling his LPR.
 arrow DU English dept alumni get-together now on March 3
The annual get-together of Dhaka University English Department Alumni will now be held on March 3 at 3:30pm at the Department of English, Arts Faculty Building, Dhaka University, instead of February 3
 arrow PBCP extremist demands toll from Agrani Bank manager
An extremist of PBCP Janajuddho faction demanded Tk 10,000 in toll from Abu Zafar Shikder, manager of Kajdia branch of Agrani Bank at Rupsha upazila of Khulna district on Tuesday night.
Culturearrow Zooming in on professional photographers
Dwelling on what made him create Drik, Dr Shahidul Alam, sitting in his gallery, recently, says, "It was largely a response to what was happening: I was at that time, representing an agency in London,
 arrow Cafe Transit: The saga of a woman's courage
After its formal opening on January 17, 2006, the 9th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2006, came to a successful conclusion on January 25.
 arrow Heartwarming support for Jaglul
Theatre activist Jaglul Alam is being treated for cancer in Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital.
 arrow Jatiya Potho-natyotshob '06 begins
Jatiyo Potho-natyotshob (National Street Theatre Festival) '06 was inaugurated on February 1 at the Central Shaheed Minar. The festival's slogan is, "Awaken your conscience, let darkness subside".
 arrow Photography exhibition on environment
British Council, in collaboration with Map Photo Agency, is organising a photo exhibition, titled ‘My World, My Future 2005’ from February 2 onwards.
Editorialarrow Editorial: TI comments
The Global Corruption Report, 2006 of Transparency International (TI), Berlin in its Bangladesh section appears to have focused on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)'s genesis and its dysfunctionalstate
 arrow Editorial: For a better Boi Mela
The Ekushey Book Fair originated in the pristine love for Bangla language and literature, but it has reached the water-shed from which it has to acquire a global appeal.
 arrow How about a Look North-East policy?
Perhaps what we need in Bangladesh is a Look North-East policy.
 arrow Pakistan's options in Indo-Pak peace negotiations
The third round of Indo-Pakistan composite dialogue has recently ended without yielding any substantive progress on the core issue of Kashmir.
 arrow The rise of militant Islam and the response of the ruling coalition
Fear and freedom seem to be at war with each other in today's world and our Bangladesh is not an exception to this.
Letters to Editorarrow Hamas victory
Hamas' stunning victory in Palestinian polls not only shocked the long ruling strong Fatah section but it also put the United States and European Union in an uneasy situation.
 arrow Stop piracy
I am a worker at a musical industry. Our country is topping the list of corrupt countries. Do we have any honesty? We see people trading in illegal goods, but we don't protest.
 arrow Population and transportation
We are overburdened with our huge population. This burden creates problem in every respect of our daily life. If we consider the issue of transportation during Eid holidays, we see that it's a total disaster.
 arrow Politics in the country
Why does the Awami League not join in the parliament to discuss the issues of concerns with the BNP lawmakers? Why do they take the road to creating more anarchy and impeding public movement?
 arrow Rocca's visit
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca recently visited our country.
 arrow Some thoughts on politics
Politicians as well as political parties particularly in advanced democratic countries generally try to outwit the opponents in their political campaigns. But the situation in Bangladesh is totally different.
 arrow Dreams
More or less every individual walks along the life-span with dreams and one of which only comes true to emerge another vacant. Dreams are dreamt at night but blur vision at daylight.
 arrow Happiest nation
Bangladesh is the happiest nation in the world according to the World Happiness Survey. On the other hand, Bangladesh is the most corrupt country according to the Corruption Perception Index of TI.
Worldarrow Security scare shuts Lankan parliament
A security scare shut down Sri Lanka's parliament yesterday as the government named two members of a five-man team who will hold crunch peace talks with the Tamil Tigers in Geneva later this month.
 arrow Pakistan, Saudi Arabia vow to fight terror
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia yesterday agreed to increase cooperation in fighting terrorism, money laundering and drugs trafficking.
 arrow Kashmir vital to ties with Pakistan
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday the issue of Kashmir was vital to better relations with nuclear rival Pakistan.
 arrow Police take over India airports as strike bites
Police took over much of the running of the country's two main airports yesterday as striking workers protested for a second day over threatened job cuts because of privatisation.
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 5 in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up at an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, killing five Afghans and wounding four, police said yesterday.
 arrow Amnesty calls on Nepal to release detainees
Rights group Amnesty International urged Nepal's government yesterday to free almost 900 people it said were detained in the runup to the first anniversary of King Gyanendra's seizure of power on February
 arrow Seven killed as unrest flares in Thai south
Seven people were killed in a brazen series of bombings and shootings by suspected Islamic militants in Thailand's Muslim-majority southern provinces, police said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam trial adjourned after fresh boycott
The trial of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his former cohorts on charges of crimes against humanity was adjourned to February 13 after all defendants boycotted yesterday's hearing.
 arrow Coal mine blast in N China kills 23
A blast at a state-owned coalmine in northern China killed 23 workers and injured 53 others, the government said yesterday.
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