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Front Pagearrow Civil admin getting political colour
With barely nine months left of the BNP-led ruling coalition's tenure and the general elections approaching, the government is allegedly going for large-scale promotions and appointments on 'political
 arrow Govt commits to raise fuel prices
Though the government denies any intention to increase the fuel prices, it has already committed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to do that within this fiscal year (FY).
 arrow Top district JMB men caught
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives has arrested nine Islamist militants including a divisional commander and four district commanders of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) inSaidpur
 arrow Talks with Tata end without agreement
The fourth round of negotiations between the government and the Tata Group ended yesterday without any fruitful result as they failed to reach a common platform on the gas price issue.
 arrow SC stays proceedings as trial starts in Sylhet
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for three weeks all proceedings of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case hours after its trial began in the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet through framing
 arrow 3 die while cleaning up sewerage line
Three persons died of asphyxia in an underground drain at Hazaribagh in the city as they went down to clean it up after the local commissioner refused to clear the clogged sewerage line.
 arrow PM hails AL for decision to join JS
Welcoming the main opposition party's intention to join parliament, ending a prolonged boycott, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia urged them to place their demands in the House as per rules of procedure as parliament
 arrow A gigantic shoal...

 arrow ALCWC sits today to set strategies
The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) sits today to set strategies of the party and proposals for reform in the caretaker government and Election Commission that will be placed in parliament
 arrow RU teacher held for 'planning' murder
Police yesterday arrested BNP-aligned Rajshahi University teacher Prof Mia Muhammad Mohiuddin of geology and mining department at his teachers' quarters house in connection with the killing of his colleague
 arrow Cellphone operators given 15 days to finish preparation
All the mobile phone operators have been asked to complete their preparations for fresh registration of 10 million subscribers within 15 days and start the process by February 27.
 arrow Gang guns down 4 over city rivalry
Assailants hunted down and killed four youths and injured two others over previous enmity in South Badda in the capital yesterday.
 arrow SC upholds HC injunction on mass arrest
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld with a modification a High Court (HC) order that imposed injunction on blanket arrests by the law enforcers ahead of the opposition's long march towards Dhaka on
 arrow HR bodies to form human shield to resist bigots
Human rights organisations will form a human shield to prevent the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh from attacking the Ahmadiyyas at Dhanikhola of Trishal in Mymensingh on February 10.
 arrow All 3 accused acquitted on weak evidence
Khulna Divisional Special Trial Tribunal yesterday acquitted all of the three charge-sheeted accused in journalist Shaikh Harun-ar-Rashid murder case.
 arrow Govt seeks Chinese help
The government has sought Chinese assistance for construction of the proposed Padma Bridge, LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said yesterday.
 arrow US consortium starts talks on sky train service
A US based consortium of investors yesterday started negotiations with the government to introduce sky train service in Bangladesh.
 arrow AL MPs term tele-tapping bill unconstitutional
Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday strongly protested a bill allowing intelligence and law enforcement agencies to tap telephone conversations and said the bill is against the constitution and fundamental
 arrow Hasina urges govt to stop 'politics of killing'
Charging the government with killing innocent people, including opposition activists, Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the ruling alliance to stop the politics of killing.
 arrow Awal, Sunny placed on fresh remands
Top militant leaders, Abdul Awal and Ataur Rahman Sunny, were shown arrested in two other bomb blast cases and remanded yesterday.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer on Ratnai border in Baliadanga upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 5 more bodies recovered
Rescuers yesterday recovered five more bodies and five more trucks from the Karnaphuli following Sunday's ferry capsize in the river.
 arrow A group of fruit vendors...

 arrow Blair warns Iran over global nuke concern
Iran will be making a "very, very serious mistake" if it ignores international concern over its feared development of nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday.
Businessarrow Political stability key to boosting economy
The visiting former president of Philippines, Fidel Valdez Ramos, yesterday said political stability, security, and peace are key to a country's economic development.
 arrow Tata's proposed investment to benefit Bangladesh: ADB
Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday said Indian corporate giant Tata Group's investment proposals worth US$ 2.5 billion appear broadly viable, offering potentially significant economic benefits toBangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka, Hanoi agree to up bilateral trade
Bangladesh-Vietnam Joint Commission has agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment through various measures, including holding trade fairs in either country.
 arrow Bangladeshi firms get Tk 6cr order from India leather fair
Bangladeshi entrepreneurs bagged spot and potential orders worth Tk 6 crore in the four-day 'India International Leather Fair (IILF) held in Chennai from January 31.
 arrow BKMEA signs MoU with Pak hosiery makers
Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) have agreed to work on boosting investment and commerce between the two countries.
 arrow New president of DSE
Abdullah Bokhari has been elected new president of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for the next one year.
 arrow Bank Asia's 21st branch opens in Ctg
M Syeduzzaman, chairman of Bank Asia, inaugurated the bank's 21st branch with online banking facility on Station Road in Chittagong on Monday, says a press release.
 arrow GP launches 'Business Solutions'in Khulna
GrameenPhone Ltd, the country's largest cellphone company, recently introduced its 'Business Solutions' service in Khulna, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices slip
Oil prices weakened Tuesday on easing concerns over Iran's controversial nuclear energy program, dealers said. New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in March, slid 35 cents to 64.
 arrow Indian president proposes Asia-Oceania trade bloc
Indian President Abdul Kalam on Tuesday proposed the creation of a single free trade bloc encompassing Asia and possibly Oceania, officials said.
 arrow Dollar falls against rivals
The dollar slipped Tuesday against the euro and yen on profit-taking but remained supported by expectations of further hikes to US interest rates, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Kapali set to return
A 15-member Bangladesh squad will be announced on Friday for the three-match one-day series against Sri Lanka this month, informed coach and selector Dav Whatmore during the national team's practice session
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh meet Pakistan today
Buoyed by their victory against New Zealand, Bangladesh meet Pakistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup match today at the Nondescript Cricket Club Ground in Colombo with a bid to seal their place in theSuper
 arrow Cricket: Bandara bowls SL into final
Sri Lanka's Malinga Bandara lived up to the title of super-sub as he snared 4-31 to send South Africa spiralling out of the triangular series tournament at Hobart's Bellerive Oval on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith promises to pay back at home
Australia may not have things all their own way when they head to South Africa later this month despite convincing wins over the Proteas in the Test and one-day series, Graeme Smith said here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shane sees Ricky breaking all batting records
Australian captain Ricky Ponting can top Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara and become Test cricket's greatest batsman, Shane Warne said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer accepts Inzy dismissal
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer believes the umpires correctly gave Inzamamul Haq out for obstructing the field in the win over India in the first one-dayer.
 arrow Cricket: NCL resumes today after two months
Only a few national cricketers are expected to play when the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League resume today at three venues after a two-month break.
 arrow Tennis: Viktoriya upsets Nigora
Ranjan Ram failed to reach the quarterfinal of the Dhaka Bank Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championship when he crashed to fourth seeded Rungat Christopher of Indonesia 6-2, 6-1 at the National
 arrow Football: Cruciani releases six for MSC's Thailand trip
A reluctant Diego Cruciani released six players from the national camp for Mohammedan Sporting Club's brief tour of Thailand.
 arrow Football: Drogba sinks Super Eagles
Chelsea star Didier Drogba blasted the Ivory Coast into the African Nations Cup final here on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Nigeria.
 arrow Football: Another Klinsmann surprise
A hockey coach looking after the future of German football? It sounds strange but that is what German national coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to do as he attempts to modernise the game in his own unique
 arrow Football: 'Robben acting worthy of Oscar'
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has branded Chelsea winger Arjen Robben an actor who deserves an Oscar for his performance at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Beckham to stay put
England captain David Beckham is sure that he will reach an agreement to continue at Real Madrid beyond the end of his current contract. "We'll start to talk about it before the summer.
 arrow Football: Ahn feels safe in Germany
Four years ago South Korea's Ahn Jung-hwan famously scored the golden goal that knocked Italy out of the World Cup. It also cost him his job at Italian outfit Perugia.
 arrow Cricket: 400-run Partex Div I champs
Partex Sporting Club clinched the First Division Cricket League title in style yesterday when they rewrote the record books by becoming the first team to reach the 400-mark in a limited-overs match at
 arrow Cricket: Powar to cover for Harbhajan
All-rounder Ramesh Powar will join the Indian squad for the ongoing one-day series in Pakistan as cover for the injured Harbhajan Singh, it was announced here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC warns Chappell
The International Cricket Council has apparently warned India coach Greg Chappell against making any comment on the bowling action of Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar or face disciplinary action.
 arrow Cricket: Lewis replaces McGrath
Paceman Mick Lewis will replace Glenn McGrath in Australia's squad for the best-of-three triangular one-day cricket finals this month.
 arrow Cricket: No easing off for Warne
Shane Warne says he has no plans to ease off his bowling workload as he faces another exhaustive year of cricket.
Metropolitanarrow Corruption disqualifies Bangladesh for MCA funding
A senior US official yesterday said corruption has prevented Bangladesh from qualifying for Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) funding and suggested improvement in key areas of governance to derive benefit
 arrow Capital-based movement not enough to conserve environment
Capital-based movement by the members of the civil society through Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) is not enough to conserve the environment, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting in the city
 arrow Protect child rights
Child workers narrated their plight and conditions at a view exchange meeting with the lawmakers in the city yesterday, urging them to take effective steps to protect child rights in the country.
 arrow Community pry teachers continue fast unto death
Community primary schoolteachers continued their fast unto death programme yesterday for the second consecutive day at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city to press for their demands including hundred
 arrow Discuss our problem with Pak PM
Stranded Pakistanis yesterday urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to discuss their issue with Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and President Pervez Musharraf during her Pakistan visit on February 12so
 arrow Foundation stone of Comilla University laid
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government will keep up its efforts to ensure the facilities of higher education available and improve its standard.
 arrow I was not abducted Jahanara's daughter tells court
An 18-year-old girl yesterday told a Dhaka court that she was not kidnapped by the arrestees against whom her mother filed an abduction case.
 arrow 14-party's countrywide agitation today
The 14-party opposition combine will stage demonstration across the country today in protest against blanket arrest, oppression, attacks and obstruction ahead of the long march on February 5.
 arrow FM for road link with Kunming thru' Myanmar
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday stressed the need for road communications between Kunming and Dhaka via Myanmar for exploiting huge economic potential in the region.
 arrow Some BCL men keep Liaqat, Babu confined to Madhu's Canteen
A group of BCL activists yesterday kept its president and general secretary confined to Madhu's Canteen on the Dhaka University campus for about an hour yesterday and demanded that they declare the date
 arrow 400 bottles of phensidyl seized
The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 400 bottles of phensidyl at Karwan Bazar in the city, police said yesterday. Rab also arrested three people in this connection.
 arrow 24-hr transport strike in Mymensingh
Transport owners and workers began a 24-hour wildcat strike in greater Mymensingh district at 6:00am yesterday to press home their demands, including withdrawal of the bus service of the state-owned BRTC,
 arrow Agitation begins today
The alliance of various private organisations will observe different programmes on February 8-16 at district and national levels to create public opinion against the World Bank (WB) Immunity Bill placed
 arrow Japan festival begins in city
Japan festival began in the city today under the joint auspices of the Embassy of Japan and National Museum.
 arrow Barrister Amir president candidate
Sammilito Ainjibi Samannoy Parishad, a forum of opposition-backed lawyers, yesterday nominated its Convenor barrister M Amir Ul Islam to contest for the post of president of Supreme Court Bar Association
 arrow UGC signs MoU with Monash varsity
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh and Monash University of Australia on February 6 at the UGC Bhaban in the city, says a press
 arrow DAB lottery programme launched
The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) launched its 2006 lottery programme yesterday. The lottery tickets will be available from today.
Nationalarrow Nabuat zealots hold rallies for mosque capture on Feb 10
Members of the Ahmadiyya community at Dhanikhola village in Trishal upazila are passing days in panic as the International Khatme Nabuat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) is campaigning in the area in favour
 arrow Principal, seven teachers among 50 injured
At least 50 students and teachers including the principal and some girl students of Salimpur Haji Nasir Uddin College in Kalaroa were injured in an attack yesterday, allegedly by activists of Jatiyatabadi
 arrow Three to die, four get life for killing 2 Satkhira cops
Three persons were sentenced to death and four others to life term imprisonment yesterday in the sensational case for murder of two policemen of Bakal police outpost in Satkhira Sadar in February 2003.
 arrow 2 convicts surrender to court in Barisal
Two convicts in the sensational Chanpa Murder Case have surrendered to court Monday noon, court sources said. The two convicts, Nasiruddin Jamal and Zillur Bari are brother-in-laws of the victim.
 arrow 9 chargesheeted in serial bomb blast case in Barisal
Charges have been framed against nine accused in one of the 12 cases lodged in connection with the serial bomb blasts here on August 17, 2005, court sources said.
 arrow PBCP outlaws kill JMJB cadre in Rajshahi
A JMJB (Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh) cadre was killed by PBCP (Purbo Banglar Communist Party) outlaws at Baroihati bazaar in Bagmara Sunday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Living in an age of dirty politics
Ask any sensible person in the country which subject or issues he or she finds formidably boring and invariably the answer is politics. For a country with a past as rich as Bangladesh, that's a shame.
 arrow What would Prophet Mohammed have done?
Keep to forgiveness (O Mohammed),
and enjoin kindness,
and turn away from the ignorant.

 arrow Divided we stand, united we fall
Despite what the Saarc leaders had to say while surrounded by flowers from Thailand, we do not share a common view or a common goal for our region.
Culturearrow Nupur's promising swirls
Yasmin Jahan Nupur's exhibition, "Breakfast news" opened at Alliance Francaise on February 3.
 arrow Third International Film Festival coming up
The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) is all set to hold the Third International Film Festival of Bangladesh. The festival will begin on March 1 in Dhaka.
 arrow Binodon-Fantasy Kingdom programme Swapnojuti
Fortnightly Binodon and Fantasy Kingdom are to arrange a talent hunt programme in the country. This was disclosed at a press conference on Fantasy Kingdom-Binodon Swapnajuti 2006 held recently.
 arrow Kirtibash award goes to Tarik Sujat
For the first time Kirtibash, a prestigious literary award of West Bengal has gone to a Bangladeshi-- poet Tarik Sujat.
 arrow New talk show by Shanta Islam on Rtv
Popular actress Shanta Islam comes up with another talk show to be aired Wednesdays on rtv at 6:35 pm.
 arrow Travel show on channel i
For people eager to travel the world over there's RC Travel On, a weekly show on Channel i.
Internationalarrow Clashes in Nepal ahead of polls: 7 cops killed
Nepal's Maoist rebels killed at least seven security force personnel in new clashes, the army said yesterday on the eve of local polls called by King Gyanendra as part of a pledge to restore democracy.
 arrow Tigers reject peace talks ahead of Geneva meet
Tiger rebels yesterday ruled out peace negotiations later this month with the Sri Lanka government and said only their faltering truce would be on the agenda as both sides prepared for an ice-breaking
 arrow Suicide attack on Afghan police post: 13 killed
A suspected suicide bomber blew up a guard post outside police headquarters in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killing 13 people and wounded 11, officials said.
 arrow Violence escalates in cartoon crisis
Violent protests against caricatures of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM) escalated yesterday, with four demonstrators killed during an attack on Nato troops in Afghanistan, and a renewed assault against the
 arrow 4 GIs, 9 Iraqis killed in bombings, attacks
Four US Marines died in a pair of roadside bombings in western Iraq's volatile Anbar province, the military said yesterday while nine Iraqis were killed in three separate bombings.
 arrow Hamas to call on Fatah to join government
The militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas plans to formally ask its political rival Fatah to join a new government following its shock election win last month, an official said.
 arrow Maoist attacks kill 12 cops in Chattisgarh
Maoist rebels killed 12 policemen on Monday in two separate attacks in Chattisgarh, police said.
 arrow Raj Babbar suspended, likely to join Congress
Raj Babbar was suspended on Tuesday from the Samajwadi Party's parliamentary wing following his public diatribe against its high-profile general secretary Amar Singh.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Woeful tales of victims
Yesterday we commented on 'blanket arrest' in the light of High Court injunction.
 arrow Editorial: Too many beggars
It is good to see at last that a tiny but significant step has got underway to help a few thousand amongst the teeming ultra-poor to their feet.
 arrow Bangla-Pak relations and the PM's trip to Pakistan
Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit Pakistan on February 12 at the invitation of her nominal counterpart of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz.
 arrow Manmohan sacrifices sovereignty
What is the real highlight of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's first major Cabinet reshuffle? It's not the expansion of the Council of Ministers by 19 members or the greater representation for Maharashtra,
 arrow Facing the challenge of holding credible elections
All eyes, as it appears, have been focused on Bangladesh's coming general elections.
Letters to Editorarrow Freedom of virulent speech!
It was a sad incident that people in Danish press defamed another religion.
 arrow Orientalism
Edward Said, the great scholar, was adept in holding a mirror up to western attitudes toward Islam. His thought provoking argument on western imperialistic project; 'Orientalism' is yet to be complete.
 arrow Why this brutality?
Who are you? No one. The man replied with fears on his face. He was a teacher, now he is a dead.
 arrow Short and long term gains
One of the key obstacles towards triggering any sort of dynamism in our lethargic public sector is the opposition from populist political and union leaders.
 arrow Bishwa Ijtema: Can we organise it better?
Recently held "Bishwa Ijtema" at Tongi, on the outskirt of Dhaka, was billed as the second largest gathering of Muslims in the world after the Hajj.
Star Chittagongarrow CU Botanical Garden a place for joy and education
Botanical Garden at Chittagong University might duly be regarded as something conspicuous for a wide variety of plants, scenic beauty as well as for its contribution to enhancing the knowledge among the
 arrow Brickfields defy law in Khagrachhari
Extensive use of firewood in the brickfield kilns is exerting pressure on forests as well as posing a threat to the environment in Khagrachhari.
Star Cityarrow Illegal tolls collected by mystery man
Gold traders in Tantibazar claim that they have become hostage to an 'invisible' extortionist to whom they pay regular tolls, but law enforcement agencies said the claim was baseless.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair yet to gain momentum
The much-waited Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy premises is yet to gain momentum in terms of ambiance.
 arrow Begunbari canal falls into grabbers' grip
Though earmarked as a floodplain in the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, land grabbers are occupying the city's Begunbari canal taking advantage of legal tangle and the government's reluctance tofight
 arrow The creative world of ad agencies
With flashy ads on billboards and attracting messages and slogans in newspapers and television channels becoming part of contemporary lifestyle, more and more young men and women are coming to the world
 arrow A photo exhibition on environment
"My world, My Future," a photo exhibition that was recently inaugurated at the British Council is displaying an unusual blend of aestheticism, subtleness, senti-mentality and information in the worksof
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