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Front Pagearrow Govt completes process
The long-awaited separation of the judiciary from the executive now only requires declaration of an ordinance on necessary amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the gazette notification of
 arrow ACC yet to make any move
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is yet to initiate legal steps against corrupt ministers, lawmakers and leaders of the immediate past government despite growing demands for investigation againstthem.
 arrow Ershad won't have to serve term
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad was freed yesterday from serving out the sentence given by the High Court (HC) on December 14 last year in a Japanese boat purchase case.
 arrow BCL GS, 5 other top leaders held in city
The army yesterday arrested six top leaders of Awami League's (AL) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) including its General Secretary (GS) Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury Roton in the capital.
 arrow Yunus critical of politics for money
Crisis-wracked Bangladesh's politicians are only in it for the money, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said, but refused to reveal if he intended one day to seek the helm of the embattled democracy.
 arrow Cash-strapped mine may restart in Feb
Production at the Tk 1,700 crore Barapukuria Coal Mine remains suspended since October last year due to financial constraints, forcing the Power Development Board (PDB) to import coal to run its coal-fired
 arrow Faiz Khan not made adviser
The government cancelled Faiz Khan's appointment as an adviser to the caretaker government following press reports on his dual citizenship and controversial involvement with the failed machine-readable
 arrow Portfolios of new advisers distributed
The chief adviser to the caretaker government yesterday distributed portfolios among the three advisers who took oath on Tuesday.
 arrow 4-party worried at leaders' arrests
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday expressed concern over the recent arrests of its leaders across the country and said party activists may "lose nerve" because of this action taken by the interim
 arrow EC reconstitution govt's highest priority: Mainul
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein has said the caretaker government is giving the highest priority to reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) rather than having dialogue with politicalparties
 arrow Man with criminal record dies in army custody
A trader with a criminal record died in army custody yesterday after being picked up from Mugdapara the day before.
 arrow Disturbed gas supply


 arrow One killed in crossfire in Nikunja
An alleged criminal was killed last night in 'crossfire' by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Nikunja area of the capital.
 arrow North faces 3cr litres of diesel shortage this Boro season
Sixteen northern districts are likely to face a diesel shortage of three crore litres in the current Boro season, according to a Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) report.
 arrow All ECs asked to resign
Shushashoner Janney Nagarik (Shujan) yesterday said all commissioners of the Election Commission (EC), including the chief election commissioner, should resign for the interest of a fair election acceptable
 arrow Board defends publishers
Instead of taking actions, the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) yesterday defended the publishers for errors and anomalies in the textbooks for classes IX and X saying these are 'nothingbut
 arrow Gang leader killed in Rab 'shootout'
A top cadre of the notorious gang Lalchad Bahini was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts in Daulatpur upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Muggers shoot man, loot Tk 3 lakh
A gang of snatchers mugged Tk three lakh from a rickshaw passenger after spraying bullets in the capital yesterday. The incident occurred at around 11: 30 am at Uttara sector 3 road no.
 arrow India wants credible polls in Bangladesh
Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Pinak Ranjan Chakraborty yesterday said his country wants a free, fair and credible election in Bangladesh with participation of all political parties.
 arrow 3 die after falling from train roof
Three train passengers were killed and two others injured critically as they fell from the roof of a moving train at Kulaura station here on Tuesday night.
 arrow Tilted truck


 arrow 15 die as car bomb rocks Baghdad
Bombers targeted Baghdad's volatile Shia district of Sadr City yesterday, killing 15 people a day after dozens of students and teachers were slaughtered in twin bombings outside a university.
 arrow Nepali Maoists start handing arms to UN
Nepal's once feared Maoist forces began putting their weapons under United Nations supervision yesterday, a key part of a peace deal in the Himalayan country, a Maoist leader said.
 arrow Israel military chief resigns over Lebanon war probe
The chief of Israel's armed forces has tendered his resignation after internal probes pointed to his responsibility for the setbacks of last year's Lebanon war, a military spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
 arrow Rescue work


 arrow Army arrests editor of a Kushtia daily
The army last night held Monjur Ahsan Chowdhury, the editor of Dainik Andoloner Bazar and the district correspondent for Channel-i, from his Madanpur residence in the town.
Businessarrow Manpower dearth at CMC hits monitoring
The monitoring cell, set up at the state-run promotional agency for exports, that aims to ensure implementation of the compliance issues in the units of ready made garments (RMG) sector is yet to come
 arrow DSE stock prices continue rallying
The stock prices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) continued to rally yesterday for the second consecutive day amid huge rush of investors.
 arrow Revenue collection may face setback this fiscal
The revenue collection of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is likely to face a serious setback this fiscal year due to political unrest and highly ambitious revenue target.
 arrow No immediate possibility of cut in oil output
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has indicated that there is no immediate possibility of a fresh cut in production to stem declining international crude prices and said there is
 arrow African Union adopts united front for trade talks
African Union ministers adopted a united front for global trade talks at a Tuesday summit, calling on Western countries to scrap agricultural subsidies to allow African imports to compete.
 arrow India may start border trade with Myanmar, Bhutan in a year
India would start border trade with Bhutan and Myanmar through Arunachal Pradesh within a year, junior minister for Commerce Jairam Ramesh said.
 arrow Migration could yield 'triple win': WB
Migration can benefit both sending and receiving countries and reduce poverty among migrants if it is better coordinated between countries, according to a new World Bank report released on Tuesday.
 arrow Rato fears risk of 'disorderly adjustment' in global economy
IMF chief Rodrigo Rato said Tuesday the world economy remains robust with the United States set for a "soft landing" and China extending its breakneck expansion.
 arrow Offloading of SoEs' shares soon
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the government would take fresh initiatives to offload the shares of well-performing state-owned enterprises (SoEs) identified earlier.
 arrow ADB to intensify support for SME growth
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will increase its support for enhancing the growth of the country's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) if the current pace of the ADB-aided SME development project implementation
 arrow Sonamasjid remains inoperative for three weeks
Activities in Sonamasjid Land Port in the district have remained suspended for the last three weeks due to an indefinite strike called by the importers and clearing and forwarding agents of the port just
 arrow Goldman, Citigroup to invest $52m in Indian firm
Citigroup and Goldman Sachs will invest a total of $52 million in software firm ICSA Ltd, the company said on Wednesday.
 arrow Oil steady near $51
Oil steadied near $51 on Wednesday, after falling to a 20-month low the previous session as top exporter Saudi Arabia said there was no need to worry about the market's 16 percent slide so far this month.
 arrow Hyundai union agrees to end strike
Hyundai Motor Co.'s union decided to end a strike Wednesday after the company agreed to pay full bonus payments, officials said, resolving one of the latest obstacles facing South Korea's largest automaker.
 arrow Currency


 arrow New MD of Pioneer Ins
Q A F M Serajul Islam has been recently made the managing director and chief executive officer of Pioneer Insurance Company Ltd, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Biman offload Mohammedan
Sakib Al Hasan rode on luck twice to remain 53 not out but Mohammedan Sporting Club's winning streak in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League was snapped when they crashed to a 61-run defeat to Bangladesh
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo powers through
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo exuded confidence as she cruised into the Australian Open third round Wednesday while former title holder Serena Williams' comeback campaign teetered.
 arrow Cricket: Captain Freddie is back
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been reappointed England captain after Michael Vaughan suffered yet another setback with a torn hamstring that is set to sideline him for at least a week.
 arrow Cricket: Bevan calls it a day
Former Australian one-day star Michael Bevan announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Wednesday, citing injuries and failure to make the team for the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: 39-run over!
Nazmul Hossain Milon was having just another decent day in the ground until he walked in to bowl his ninth over.
 arrow Cricket: Saeed Anwar coming
Former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar is likely to arrive in Dhaka on January 27 but do not think to play cricket in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy calls for tech support
Unhappy with some umpiring decisions during the first cricket Test against South Africa in Centurion, Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow the umpires
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly says, no captaincy
Regaining the Indian cricket team's captaincy is not a priority for Sourav Ganguly who says he just wants to concentrate on his game and win matches for his side at the moment.
 arrow Cricket: Moin freed on bail
Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan was freed on bail after a brief detention over a complaint that he beat up his wife at home, police said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond hurts back again
New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond faces an anxious wait over his immediate playing future after hurting his back in Tuesday's tri-series loss to England.
 arrow Cricket: Win relieves press
A sense of relief was palpable in the British press after England finally won its first match during its ongoing tour of Australia, a one-day triumph over New Zealand, leading one newspaper here on Wednesday
 arrow Cricket: Bari cautions Gul
Wasim Bari, Pakistan's chief cricket selector, expressed fears that the expected return of Umar Gul, the injured fast bowler, for the second Test against South Africa next week might backfire.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs to play 2nd Test
Herschelle Gibbs will be able to play in the second Test against Pakistan in Port Elizabeth starting Friday after appealing against a two-Test ban for "racially offensive" comments broadcast over a stump
 arrow Cricket: Proteas expect backlash
South Africa are expecting a stronger challenge from Pakistan in the second Test starting at St George's Park here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Roddick roll on
The 2005 champion Marat Safin squeaked through his second five-setter as top title hopes Roger Federer and Andy Roddick cruised into the third round of the Australian Open Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: 'HawkEye a nonsense'
Roger Federer says the HawkEye electronic line-calling technology is a nonsense and just puts the onus on players rather than tennis umpires to get the right calls.
 arrow Football: Calderon says sorry
Real Madrid pr-esident Ramon Calderon has apologised for his outspoken criticisms of the club's players and fans made in a speech to university students on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Viduka sees Boro thru'
Australia international Mark Viduka scored twice as Middlesbrough advanced into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a nervy 4-3 third round replay win on Tuesday against Hull, struggling at the foot of
 arrow Football: Barca ride on Saviola
Argentine striker Javier Saviola steered Barcelona into the quarterfinals of the King's Cup when he hit a hattrick in his side's 3-2 win over second division Alaves at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Gazi belongs to Russel
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra officially announced Wajed Gazi as their coach for the B. League -- the inaugural Professional Football -- League which kicks off in mid-February.
 arrow Cricket: Murali, Vaas given rest
Sri Lanka have rested senior bowlers Muttiah Muralidaran and Chaminda Vaas for a four-match ODI series against India in February.
 arrow Football: Capello to be fined
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello will be fined for his rude gestures towards two of the club's fans at the end of Sunday's 1-0 win over Real Zaragoza, the Primera Liga side said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool in Mascherano plea
Liverpool have sent a letter to FIFA asking the world football governing body to ease one of its rules so they can sign Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano on loan from West Ham, the BBC reported.
 arrow Football: Serena drops a tear
Serena Williams said she was powerless to rein in her emotions as she continued her Grand Slam comeback here Wednesday, praising the cool demeanour of big sister Venus The double Australian champion
 arrow Football: MU in for Welsh wonder
Manchester United are on the verge of capturing 17-year-old Welsh left-back Gareth Bale from Southampton in a deal that could trigger the departure of Gabriel Heinze from Old Trafford.
 arrow Football: Pearce delighted with Barton pledge
Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce said Joey Barton was a future England international after the midfielder vowed to stay with the club following their 2-1 FA Cup third round replay victory over Sheffield
 arrow Football: Marseille sale close to reality
Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar said on Wednesday he had offered about 115 millions euros (148.6 million dollars) to buy Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille and was confident his bid would be accepted.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves back in training
Manchester United target Owen Hargreaves is close to a return to action with Bayern Munich, a development that could accelerate moves towards a long-anticipated transfer to the Premiership.
 arrow Tennis: Chinese assault underway
China's assault on the Australian Open gathered steam Wednesday with victories for Li Na and Peng Shuai while Thai star Danai Udomchoke scored a big upset over 24th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero.
 arrow Football: Juventus go top
Juventus drew level with Napoli at the top of Serie B with a 2-1 win over Cesena on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: New dawn for Dwain?
Great Britain's disgraced British sprinter Dwain Chambers said he would try to compete in the world athletics championships in Osaka in August if an American football career did not take off.
 arrow Football: Vogts ready for the challenge
Berti Vogts has said his troubled tenure as Scotland coach will help him be a success in his new job as manager of the Nigerian national side.
Metropolitanarrow Adulterated fertilisers flood market
Substandard and adulterated fertilisers have flooded the local market due to lax monitoring by the law enforcement agencies.
 arrow 8 killed in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Manikganj, Bogra and Kishoreganj yesterday.
 arrow Army to help ease traffic jam in Ctg
Alongside the ongoing drive against the terrorists, the army has taken an initiative to help streamline traffic movement and ease congestion in the port city.
 arrow Hold election within three months
Some 89 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday called on the caretaker government to hold a free, fair and peaceful general election within three months after reconstituting the Election Commission,
 arrow CA's intervention sought to resolve fertiliser, seed, power crises
Karmojibi Nari, a platform of working women, has sought direct intervention of the chief adviser (CA) of the caretaker government (CG) to resolve the problems related to fertiliser, seeds and power outage
 arrow 12 UGC officers, employees promoted
The 110th meeting of the Full Commission of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh was held at the Commission Bhaban yesterday with UGC Chairman Prof M Asaduzzaman in the chair.
 arrow Listed criminal held, freed on bail in Khulna
A Khulna court yesterday released a listed criminal, shown arrested under section 54, on bail.
 arrow DU urged not to appoint teachers on political consideration
Progotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), an umbrella of left wing student organisations, yesterday demanded that authorities should stop appointment of teachers at Arabic Department of Dhaka University (DU) on
 arrow Killing of nurse condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday condemned the killing of a nurse of a hospital in the city and demanded punishment to the criminals.
 arrow CA, advisers hailed
Different social and professional organisations congratulated the chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) and other advisers for taking the charge of CG in the crucial moment of the country.
 arrow Tributes paid to Comrade Amol Sen
The fourth death anniversary of Comrade Amol Sen, former president of the Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB) and one of the veterans of Te-vaga Andolon (Movement for two-thirds share of crops for farmers),
 arrow One more injured worker dies
One more factory worker injured in Monday's boiler explosion in Shyampur area died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday, raising the death toll to two.
 arrow Antique idol worth Tk 15cr found
Workers found an antique idol of lord Vishnu worth about Tk 15 crore while digging up a land at South Betka in Munshiganj yesterday. The 51-inch idol made of black stone weighs about 150 kilograms.
 arrow RU seat rent enhanced
Rajshahi University authorities increased seat rent in the 16 residential halls to be effective from January this year. Earlier the attempt was foiled through agitation of students.
 arrow Army members arrest three muggers
Members of the army caught three muggers while they were fleeing after robbing a Grameen Bank staff of Tk 33,000 at Samspur in Srinagar yesterday.
 arrow 18 houses gutted in city
Some 18 tin-roofed houses were gutted in a fire in the city's Mirpur area yesterday. The fire broke out at Mirpur Section # 6, Block # C, at around 2:15pm and soon engulfed the area.
 arrow Bhuiyan, Nazrul Islam to act as BNP spokesmen
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Joint Secretary General Nazrul Islam Khan will act as spokesmen of the party, a party press release said yesterday.
 arrow Jalil leaves for Kolkata for check-up
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil left for Kolkata yesterday morning to have a routine check-up.
 arrow Father Gervas new Bishop of Rajshahi
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Gervas Rozario as the Bishop of Rajshahi on January 15.
 arrow NU admission test on Feb 23
The first year honours admission test of BA, BSS, B.Sc, BBS and B.
Nationalarrow Over 400 killed in 'crossfire' in 10 SW dists in 30 months
At least 401 people were killed in 'crossfire' incidents in 10 southwestern districts in two and a half years since start of the 'extra judicial killing' by law enforcers in June 2004.
 arrow 12 tonnes of urea seized in Sylhet
Twelve tones of urea fertiliser in 240 bags, lifted from Fenchuganj Natural Gas Fertiliser Factory (NGFF), were seized while allegedly being sold in the black market Tuesday evening.
 arrow Diarrhoea, pneumonia kill 4, attack 1000 in Sirajganj
Diarrhoea, pneumonia and other cold- related diseases have broken out alarmingly in rural areas of nine upazilas in Sirajganj district.
 arrow BDR,BSF trade fire in Satkhira as push-in bid foiled
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Taluigachha and Kushkhali border areas in Satkhira Sadar upazila Tuesday night after BDR foiled a BSF attempt to pushin
 arrow Outlaws threaten to kill journos, blow up press clubs in Khulna
A newly formed underground party--Purbo Banglar Mission Juddho (PBMJ)--has threatened to kill eight journalists-- six of them Paikgacha upazila correspondents of six local Bangla dailies and two of Dhaka
Point-Counterpointarrow Voter ID card: An incremental approach
The possibility of using voter ID cards in the upcoming election is being discussed heavily.
 arrow Islamophobia in America
Islam, and its role in politics, has been receiving attention in the opinion columns of many newspapers in America since the 9/11 attacks on America.
Culturearrow Bangladesh in his heart
Perhaps no other poet could make an impact to the extent of Shamsur Rahman in post-Liberation Bangladesh. Neither perhaps could any of his contemporaries enjoy the same degree of mass adulation.
 arrow 'Balcony': Of infinity and calm
Balcony, the first solo exhibition of Sanjib Barua, a young painter from Chittagong, is something to write home about.
 arrow Drama serial 'Bishokhoy' to be aired tonight
Thirteen-episode drama serial Bishokhoy will be telecast tonight at 9:45pm on ntv. The story line: Mushfiq, a PhD in Pharmacy returns to Bangladesh with the intention of serving his country.
 arrow Ismail Merchant: From Bombay to Hollywood and beyond
Ismail Merchant (December 25, 1936-May 25, 2005) was an Indian-born film producer best known for his famously long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP) and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
Generalarrow Ensure rights, dignity of persons with disability
National Alliance of Disabled People's Organisations (NADPO) has submitted a five-point proposal to BNP for ensuring the rights and dignity of the persons with disability.
 arrow President lauded for his recent decision
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the authorities concerned to create skilled human resources to face the challenges of globalisation.
 arrow 'Demolish illegal structures from all river banks around capital'
Save Environment Movement yesterday staged a sit-in in front of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) building in the city demanding demolition of all illegal structures from the bank of
 arrow 100 shanties burnt, property worth Tk 25 lakh damaged in Ctg
Some 100 tin-shed houses and a godown of Abul Khaer Group were gutted in a devastating fire damaging property worth around Tk 25 lakh at the city's Double Mooring area here in the port city in the early
 arrow CMCH employee found dead
A body of an employee of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) was recovered from the hospital area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Programme postponed
The Blue for Peace programme protesting the killings of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and other political leaders and demanding the trial of those killings has been postponed due to countrywide
Internationalarrow Lanka jets bomb Tigers as fighting flares up
Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a suspected Tamil Tiger base in the island's northeast yesterday, the military said, as troops sought to wrest control of a rebel-held area.
 arrow Pakistani forces shot at BSF, says India
Pakistani forces opened fire on Indian border guards before dawn yesterday, according to an Indian official who said it was the first violation of a 2003 ceasefire along the frontier of divided Kashmir.
 arrow Omar in Pakistan
Afghan intelligence officials said yesterday a captured Taliban spokesman had said the extremist movement's fugitive leader is hiding out in Pakistan with the protection of that country's spy agency.
 arrow PM asks Ulfa rebels to shun violence for talks
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday his government was willing to talk to rebels in the northeast blamed for killing more than 70 people this month, but only if the group rejected violence.
 arrow US wins firm Arab backing against Iran's meddling in Iraq
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended a regional tour yesterday after gaining a firm Arab stance calling on Iran not to meddle in Iraq and support for the Bush administration's new Iraq strategy.
 arrow India, China optimistic as border talks begin
India and China began yesterday a new round of border talks aimed at resolving a long-running Himalayan frontier dispute at the centre of lingering mistrust between the two Asian giants.
 arrow Abu Sayyaf leader killed in clash
The Philippines said on Wednesday that troops had killed the top planner of the country's most deadly Islamic militant group in a clash at a rebel jungle camp in the southwest.
 arrow Somali MPs sack influential Speaker
Somalia lawmakers sacked the influential speaker of parliament yesterday in a move that highlighted the deep divisions within the country's fragile interim administration.
 arrow Shah Rukh Khan to star at London's Tussauds
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will become the third Indian actor to feature in London's Madame Tussauds, with the wax museum likely to unveil his statue in April, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Separation of judiciary
There can really be no question that the move towards ensuring a separation of the judiciary from the executive is a decisive one.
 arrow Editorial: Error-ridden textbooks
Printing and distribution of textbooks for school students have almost regularly been botched up in recent years, which caused immense trouble to the students and great discomfiture to teachers, parents
 arrow Election: For whom and at what cost?
We have moved away from the precipice, at least for the time being.
 arrow The day after
The doomsday express was hurtling down the track to plunge into the abyss. In Dickensian parlance "we had nothing before us -- we were all going direct the other way.
 arrow Solving the power problem
Power generation, transmission, and distribution has not been keeping pace with increasing demand in Bangladesh.
 
   
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