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Front Pagearrow Fakhruddin new CA
Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, a former governor of the Bangladesh Bank, assumed the office of chief adviser (CA) to the non-party caretaker government yesterday based on a consensus between the two major political
 arrow Rapid raids to capture 'corrupt, godfathers'
Just hours into the declaration of state of emergency, the army raided the residences and offices of several political leaders and businessmen including former influential ministers on Thursday night.
 arrow Iajuddin's U-turn speech
The president's latest address to the nation and resignation from the post of chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) proved that earlier he did not inform the people about the real situation
 arrow EC's poll activities come to a halt
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday stopped activities for January 22 elections following the proclamation of state of emergency by President Iajuddin Ahmed on Thursday night.
 arrow Mokhles' last dirty trick
Mokhlesur Rahman Chowdhury was removed yesterday from his post of adviser to the president after he tricked the country's private television channels into suspending broadcast of their news bulletinsunder
 arrow Grand alliance calls off all programmes
The Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance has called off its action programme, including blockade and hartal, in the changed political context.
 arrow Emergency a stopgap measure: 4-party
The BNP-led four-party alliance has termed the declaration of a state of emergency a "temporary measure" and hoped for early handover of power to elected people's representatives through election.
 arrow Curfew goes
The authorities yesterday withdrew the indefinite nighttime curfew from all the metropolitan cities and district headquarters, police control room sources said.
 arrow BNP leaders frustrated
The BNP-led four-party alliance stayed away from attending the oath taking ceremony of the newly appointed chief adviser to the caretaker government, Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, yesterday evening without showing
 arrow US, UK reaction to emergency
The United States yesterday said the Bangladesh government was compelled to declare a state of emergency following political parties' failure to resolve their differences through dialogue.
 arrow Civil society hails new CA, but fears fresh problems
Congratulating the new Chief Adviser to the caretaker government (CG) Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, some civil society leaders have expressed fear that a major alliance may not support the new CG, and it may face
 arrow 7 small gas-fired power projects uncertain again
Finalisation of the seven gas-fired small power projects has once again become uncertain due to low pressure of gas supplied to the project sites as well as other issues.
 arrow Nizami believes diplomatic missions made it happen
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami considers activities of different diplomatic missions in the last one week as the main reason for declaring the state of emergency.
 arrow Journos demand withdrawal of 'censorship' on the press
Journalist leaders yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the 'censorship' and restrictions imposed on the media as part of the state of emergency declared by President Iajuddin Ahmed Thursday night.
 arrow JMB cadre held with bomb-making materials
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a cadre of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with bomb-making materials and cartridges at Karatia Bazar in Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow One burned alive, 350 shanties gutted in city
Two fires at slums in Shyampur and FDC level crossing in the capital yesterday left one person dead and at least 350 shanties gutted.
 arrow BSF guns down one, tortures two to death
Indian Border Security force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi national and injured at least seven others at Mazipara border under Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh yesterday morning while Debhata police yesterday
 arrow Ctg port returns to normal
The activities at the country's premier seaport Chittagong have started getting back normal following the sudden political change in the country, especially a new chief adviser's taking oath last night.
 arrow FBCCI hails emergency
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) yesterday welcomed President Iajuddin Ahmed's proclamation of state of emergency
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootouts'
Two underground operatives were killed in encounters with Rapid Action Battalion in Kushtia and Jhenidah early yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws gun down 2 rivals
Outlawed Gono Mukti Fouj (GMF) gunned down two of its rivals belonging to outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) at Sailogari in Kushtia Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Punish plnuderers to ensure fair polls: Oli
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed in a statement yesterday demanded arrest of the corrupt people and their punishment to ensure transparency and accountability in
 arrow 6 killed as bus rams into tempo
Six people died in a bus-tempo collision on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Dhari-Baushia under Gazaria upazila yesterday.
 arrow Bush's Iraq troops plan comes under fire in US
President George W Bush faces political warfare with the US Congress over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, with even legislators from his Republican Party resisting the strategy.
 arrow al-Qaeda rebuilding in Pakistan: US
al-Qaeda's leaders are holed up in a secure hide-out in Pakistan, from which they are revitalising their bruised but resilient network, US intelligence chief John Negroponte said on Thursday.
 arrow Rocket hits US embassy in Athens
Suspected leftist guerrillas fired a rocket at the US embassy in Athens yesterday but no one was hurt in the blast, police and government officials said.
Businessarrow Exports to India up 22pc in four months
Bangladesh's exports to India rose 22 percent during the first four months of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Egypt, Turkey unite to face East Asia textiles
Egypt and Turkey took further steps Thursday to boost their industrial cooperation, with a view to helping their textile industries compete with East Asia.
 arrow Limit imports of handloom items
Weavers have urged the government to impose restrictions on imports of handloom products to save the local handloom industry that meets 40 percent domestic clothing demand.
 arrow Oil rebounds from 19-month low
Oil bounced back from a 19-month low under $52 a barrel on Friday, drawing breath after a 15 percent slide so far this year on weak demand for heating oil and fund selling.
 arrow Malaysia, US close to signing free trade deal
The United States and Malaysia are "within striking distance" of forging a free trade pact by the end of March but are still working out differences in sensitive areas, a senior US official said Friday.
 arrow EU unveils a new energy policy
The European Union (EU) unveiled a comprehensive common European energy policy, which highlights the need to secure supply, fight climate change and build a competitive energy sector.
 arrow Vietnam's labour export stronger in 2006
Vietnam sent 78,800 local people to work abroad in 2006 up from 70,600 in 2005, according to official sources Friday.
 arrow Asean okays draft declaration on migrant workers
A convention to protect Southeast Asia's vast army of migrant workers came one step closer Friday when senior officials finally agreed on the wording of a draft declaration, a top Philippine diplomatsaid.
 arrow UK proposes extra holiday for millions of workers
Britain's government on Thursday unveiled plans to allow nearly six million low-paid workers to receive eight days' more holiday a year.
 arrow Foreign visitors to Japan hit record high in 2006
The number of foreign visitors to Japan hit a record high of 8,107,684 in 2006, led by tourists from other Asian nations, the government said Friday. The total was up 8.
 arrow India lifts ban on sugar export
India has lifted the ban on sugar exports in view of the high domestic production, projected to be about 24 million tonnes in the current season.
 arrow Dollar at 13 months highs above 120 yen
The dollar held firm at 13-month highs above 120 yen in Asian trade Friday as market fears of hard landing for the US economy subsided, dealers said. The dollar rose to 120.
 arrow Intel plans new China plant
Intel Corp, the world's top chipmaker, plans to invest in a major new plant in China to make leading-edge chips, its biggest investment in the country to date, two sources with knowledge of the plan said.
 arrow Toshiba exits Canon TV venture
Japan's Canon Inc. said Friday that it had agreed to buy Toshiba Corp.'s stake in their joint venture making a new type of flat television panel because of a legal wrangle in the United States.
 arrow Mitsubishi Motor eyes production in Russia
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors said Friday it was considering assembling cars in Russia but denied a report that it is set to partner with PSA Peugeot Citroen Group of France on the project.
 arrow ROK builders forced to disclose costs
The government will require builders to disclose construction costs in Seoul and designated speculation zones starting September in a move to further cool the overheated property market.
 arrow OECD sees continuing world growth
Industrialised countries are on course for further economic expansion, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Friday on the basis of leading indicators.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 07-January 11, 2007
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD rose slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Glamour lights up sports
Bringing the whole sporting arena under one roof seemed to be a difficult job. But that was until one attended yesterday's Grameenphone-Prothom Alo sports awards in the city.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly in, Sehwag out
Former captain Sourav Ganguly was recalled to India's one-day squad after 15 months on Friday as the selectors axed non-performing star batsman Virender Sehwag.
 arrow Cricket: Asif shines on return
Hashim Amla made a solid half-century as South Africa recovered from a poor start on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at Centurion Park Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies pile on agony
England were again outclassed by the Australians in the opening one-day international here Friday, and suffered a double blow when star batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the rest of the triangular
 arrow Cricket: DOHS take on Partex today
The second round of the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League begins today with three matches taking place at different venues.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav wants time
Staging a comeback to the one-day squad for the series against West Indies, Sourav Ganguly on Friday said he would need some time to settle down since he was returning to the shorter format after a long
 arrow Cricket: SL recall veterans
Sri Lanka's cricket selectors here Friday recalled several veteran players to its squad for this year's world cup.
 arrow Football: Inter eye more records
Inter Milan will set a new record for consecutive Serie A victories if they register their 12th straight win at Torino on Saturday as Italy's top division resumes after its winter break.
 arrow Football: From football to soccer
David Beckham will begin a new and possibly final mission in his colourful football career by quitting Real Madrid for Los Angeles Galaxy in the United States in a deal reported to be worth a staggering
 arrow Football: MU mum on Chelsea woes
Chelsea may look like a club in crisis but do not expect to hear anyone at Manchester United agree with that opinion.
 arrow Football: Posh Becks goes Hollywood
Lights! Camera! Beckham: celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles was abuzz Thursday at the prospect of welcoming David Beckham and his pop-star wife into the Hollywood jet-set.
 arrow Football: Press hails Beckham deal
British commentators Friday hailed David Beckham's US mega deal as a shrewd financial move for a footballer whose top playing days are behind him, but they teased him about his wider motives.
 arrow Football: Ferguson understands Becks
Sir Alex Ferguson revealed Friday that David Beckham's move to the United States had not surprised him because he knew the midfielder would not return to England if he could not come back to Manchester
 arrow Tennis: Tough draw for top seeds
There will be no repeat of last year's Australian Open final with top seed and defending champion Roger Federer and 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis drawn in the same quarter of the men's singles.
 arrow Cricket: Akram asks for passion
Former cricket great Wasim Akram said Friday that if Pakistan play with passion and aggression they can outdo rivals India and beat South Africa on their tough tour.
 arrow Cricket: Pietersen fractures rib
England's Kevin Pietersen will return home to focus on getting fit for the World Cup after a cracked right rib brought a premature end to his Australian tour.
 arrow Tennis: Kim clinches Sydney title
Kim Clijsters fought back from match point down to end Jelena Jankovic's unbeaten start to the year in the Sydney International final here on Friday. The Belgian world No.
 arrow Tennis: Anna wins all-Russian final
Top seed Anna Chakvetadze tuned up for next week's Australian Open by winning her third WTA tour title in an all-Russian final at the Hobart International here Friday. World No.
 arrow Football: Real aim to end rot
David Beckham's long goodbye to Real Madrid begins on Sunday with the former England skipper likely to be given a rare start as the Spanish giants seek to reignite their season.
 arrow Football: Much to do for Becks
English superstar David Beckham will leave Real Madrid hoping to achieve a feat that eluded even the legendary Pele - stoking football fever in the United States.
 arrow Football: Mourinho to quit Chelsea?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to quit the Premiership champions at the end of the season, according to reports here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Betis hold Real
Real Madrid's problems continued when they failed to break down a relegation-threatened Real Betis and had to settle for a 0-0 draw in a dull Spanish Cup last 16 first leg match on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Not all well at S Africa
South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief Trevor Phillips has slammed the disruption caused to local league matches as a result of the rush to upgrade stadia ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Cahill boosts Everton
Influential Australian midfielder Tim Cahill is expected to return to the Everton team to face Reading in the Premiership at Goodison Park on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Larsson pledges more work rate
Veteran Swedish star Henrik Larsson is determined to build on his goal-scoring debut for Manchester United when he faces Aston Villa for the second time in a week at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Emergency paves way for resuming DU activities
In the backdrop of the state of emergency, stalled academic activities of Dhaka University (DU) owing to student strike is going to be resumed in a day or two as the authorities think 'the situation has
 arrow Resist fatwa to ensure women's rights
Holding a free, fair and peaceful election soon is the first and foremost task of the nation, women's rights activists said at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 'Restriction on media to hamper democratic process'
The state of emergency curbing peoples' fundamental rights and restricting free flow of information will hamper democratic way of finding solution to political crisis, said Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal
 arrow 100 BAU admission seekers cheated
Around 100 admission seekers of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) were cheated by a fake firm that collected a large amount of money as admission test fees from the students assuring them of supplying
 arrow Implement 53-pt reform for fair polls: CPB
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday expressed satisfaction over the resignation of President Iajuddin Ahmed as the chief adviser to the caretaker government and his acknowledgement of the necessity
 arrow 4 children of a family burnt alive in Comilla
Four children of a family were burnt alive in a fire in Chandina upazila of the district on Thursday.
 arrow Two killed in Comilla road crashes
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the district yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy murdered in Burichang
Unidentified assailants slaughtered a schoolboy in Burichang upazila of the district.
 arrow Huge cache of arms recovered in Bandarban
Huge cache of arms were recovered from near Jamchharipara in Nikhongchhari upazila of the hill district early yesterday.
 arrow Brac gets SAFA Best Account Award
The South Asian Federation of Accountants (Safa) has awarded Brac with the Best Presented Account Award for the year 2005 in the "Non-Government Organisation" category.
 arrow Emergency hailed
A number of organisations yesterday hailed the declaration of a state of emergency by President Iajuddin Ahmed and his resignation as the chief adviser to the caretaker government.
 arrow Pro-BNP commissioner, 2 other top criminals held in Rajshahi
Members of Bangladesh Army and Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested three top terrorist-suspects including a ward commissioner in the city.
 arrow Tk 50 crore received for cancer hospital
Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) fund has so far received Tk 50 crore as donations and grants, says a press release.
 arrow DBBL stands by cold-hit people
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited has decided to distribute 20,000 blankets among the cold-hit people in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Joypurhat, Bogra and Sirajganj
Nationalarrow Urea rationing in Gaibandha
Short supply of fertilisers have pushed up their prices, affecting Irri-Boro and vegetable cultivation in seven upazilas of the district.
 arrow Killing in bomb attacks up in SW dists
Despite anti-crime drives and increased vigilance by law enforcers, at least 156 bomb blasts took place in ten southwestern districts last year, killing 24 people and injuring around 150.
 arrow 50 hurt as pirates loot 6 trawlers in Bay
At least 50 fishermen were injured and fish worth Tk 8 lakh was looted by pirates from six fishing trawlers on Thursday.
 arrow 'Ensure rights of indigenous people'
Speakers at a discussion at Shyamnagar yesterday said that indigenous people are yet to get their constitutional rights although they are fighting for the same for a long time.
 arrow Fish fair begins in Moulvibazar
The century old traditional 'fish fair' began at Sherpur under Moulvibazar Sadar upazila yesterday. It will continue till Saturday noon.
 arrow Beaten for micro-credit installment
Staff of a regional NGO beat and injured a micro credit recipient for failure to repay installment.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dueling politicians on the road to perdition
Students of history and law are surely aware of the fact that when William the Conqueror came to England, he introduced a system of ordeal by battle or trial by battle.
 arrow 'Act of God': A curse or a boon?
Two factors prompted me to write this article.
 arrow Our time has come
I am not going to get into the discussion about the state of emergency that prevails in the country at this moment. There are far more capable people than I to debate this.
 arrow Millions of Indians await benefits of globalisation
Does India need globalization? There are plenty of experts to tell all who listen, that globalization opens up tremendous potential for growth and poverty alleviation, and an outward-looking model frees
 arrow Overcoming the barrier of disability
Bangladesh is a small country with a big population -- about 15 crore -- of which 85 percent live below the poverty line and more than 9 percent are disabled.
Culturearrow Poush Mela: Urban winter celebration with a rural touch
Poush Mela Udjapon Parishad organised the 10th Poush Mela (Winter Fair) at Ramna Botomul in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Laura: A pop singer with classical inclination
Fariba Omar, better known as Laura to music lovers, 22, has been a professional singer for a decade. For a long time she's been composing her own songs in Bangla, guided by her emotions and experiences.
 arrow 'Preamble to Southasian' on Channel i
Southasian, an organisation constituted of cultural activists, media personalities and filmmakers from all over South Asia, and Channel i are coming up with a one-hour weekly programme on South Asianissues
 arrow R.E.M, Van Halen among Rock Hall inductees
Van Halen made a "jump" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently along with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M, the Ronettes and Patti Smith.
Internationalarrow 'Wars, instability worsen rights abuses in Asia'
Key countries across Asia suffered serious setbacks in human rights last year, with the most worrying abuses due to wars and political instability, a US-based watchdog said in its annual report.
 arrow Indo-Pak friendship treaty possible after resolution of Kashmir row: Kasuri
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said yesterday that a peace and friendship treaty suggested by India's prime minister was possible only after a dispute over Kashmir was resolved.
 arrow Nepali Maoists name 73 representatives for new parliament
Nepal's Maoists named 73 people to represent them in a new parliament due to be formed next week including minorities who have been absent from earlier legislatures, a Maoist spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Senators fear Iraq war may spread to Iran, Syria
US Democratic and Republican senators voiced strong concern on Thursday that the Iraq war could spread to neighbouring Iran and Syria if the US military were to chase militants across the border.
 arrow 16 civilians, 13 Taliban killed in Afghan strike
Nato warplanes attacked and destroyed a key Taliban headquarters in southern Afghanistan, the British military said yesterday, as police reported 16 civilians and 13 rebels were killed.
 arrow Lanka military offers amnesty to deserters
Sri Lanka's army has offered nearly 17,000 deserters an amnesty to return to ranks amid a new chapter of civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Gunmen kill seven in Pak political rivalry
A senior judicial official and six others and an attacker were killed yesterday when gunmen opened fire on his car in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police said.
 arrow US softens Myanmar resolution
The United States softened a UN resolution urging Myanmar's military government to release all political prisoners and take speedy steps toward democracy ahead of an expected Security Council vote yesterday.
 arrow India threatens to use air force against Ulfa
India on Thursday threatened to use its air force against outlawed guerrillas blamed for a wave of ethnic attacks that have killed 69 people in the northeastern state of Assam.
 arrow US Guard strained by Iraq, but ready for more
Lt Col Tony Sims is getting ready to go to Iraq with the Kentucky National Guard. He's told his pregnant wife and two daughters, age 4 and 6, and his employer, Microsoft, that he'll be gone by summer.
 arrow Ortega a changed man but still a leftist
One of a few men in history to take power first by force and later by ballot, Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega has matured since he rolled into Managua in a jeep with a rifle in hand leading a 1979 revolution.
 arrow UNSC backs Ban call
The UN Security Council on Thursday backed a call by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to set up a small UN political mission in Nepal to monitor the recent peace accord between the government and Maoist rebels.
 arrow Bangkok blasts won't delay vote: Thai junta
Deadly New Year's Eve bombings in Bangkok and the ensuing security clampdown will not delay elections promised for late this year, Thailand's military junta said yesterday.
 arrow Japan, Nato move to deepen ties
Japan and Nato took a new step forward in their relations Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledging to play a wider role in the military alliance's peacekeeping and stability missions.
 arrow US blamed for raid on Iran embassy in Iraq
A night-time swoop by US forces on an Iranian office in northern Iraq triggered strong criticism yesterday, with Kurdish leaders and even Moscow branding the raid unacceptable.
 arrow US plans to keep 2 carriers in Gulf for months
The United States plans to keep two aircraft carrier battle groups in the Gulf for months to step up the US military presence in the region, a senior US military official said Thursday.
 arrow Mediators push for breakthrough
Mediators are seeking to bring together Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and the Damascus-based leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, in a bid to defuse the deadly power struggle between their two parties,
 arrow Somali warlords agree to disarm amid deadly gunbattle
Key Somali warlords agreed yesterday to disarm their fighters and join the government, but the breakthrough was marred by a deadly gunbattle during talks that brokered the accord.
 arrow Rice warns Iran after US nabs Iranians
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran Thursday that the United States won't "stand idly by" if Tehran tries to disrupt Washington's renewed effort to stabilise Iraq.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Opportunity for a new beginning
President Iajuddin Ahmed has declared a state of emergency in the country and at the same time resigned from the post of the chief adviser of the caretaker government in a last minute attempt to stemthe
 arrow Editorial: Disturbance in garment factories again?
Ransacking of the Poly Cotton Knitting Factories Limited was carried out on Wednesday after its workers were allegedly beaten by some goons on the preceding day.
 arrow Linkages between security and peace
Unfortunately, far from being eradicated, terrorism today has morphed and evolved into a hydra-headed monster that continues to create instability.
 arrow Boosting US-Bangladesh relations
Bangladesh is the second largest Muslim democratic country in the world after Indonesia.
 arrow Separation of judiciary from executive brooks no delay
When you tell a lie, be prepared with twenty more lies to defend it" -- thus goes a great saying, a perceptual one in the negative sense. Twisted truth can turn out worse than fiction.
StarTecharrow Sites that became names in 2006
The year 2006 re-energised the online activities as several revolutionary changes took place.
 arrow Apple unveils new iPhone
Apple Computer announced its entry into the mobile phone market, proudly unveiling its "iPhone" that the company hopes will emulate the revolutionary success of the iPod.
 arrow Nothing but truth with internet lie detector
Have you ever wondered if someone you are chatting to is telling the truth? New lie detector software from high-tech powerhouse Israel says it can show you -- across the internet.
Literaturearrow Shapur the Poet
It was the thirtieth year of the reign of Shah Abbas the Great. Wonderful things were happening in Esfahan, the new capital of the Shah's empire.
 arrow Books From The Past
On The Brink In Bengal by Francis Rolt, with photographs by Peter Barker; London: John Murray, 1991.
 arrow Dawn
and she hasn't slept yet
under the hazy mosquito net
rigged so many sleepless hours ago
it's not the jetlag that keeps her up anymore
it's her polluted lungs
she imagines the nest, the home

 arrow Words Employed in Poetry
The words of poetry are the blessed ones
They arrive at the king's palace in state
Riding a chariot
A commotion is raised in the outer quarter
From the innersanctum

 arrow My Darling
When I think of you
Rain pours down
From a distant land
Lying by starlight--
There is no news of you
Nothing for such a long time;
No one writes a letter nowadays!
You too nowadays are
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