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Front Pagearrow Parties' Reaction to CA's Address
Long-term schemes like ID card a job of elected govt: BNP
Urging the interim government to hold the election at the 'earliest possible time', BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said it is the elected government's responsibility to do the long-term things like preparation of voter ID cards.
14-party wants arrest of corrupt, godfathers
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance yesterday expressed the hope that the caretaker government (CG) headed by Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed will take measurers to hold a free, fair and credible general election as early as possible by reconstituting the Election Commission (EC).

 arrow Sangu gas production depleting too early
The country's first off-shore gas field Sangu, also the costliest of all fields, is faced with a premature rapid depletion with its daily production already almost halved, competent sources said.
 arrow Two more commissioners ready to resign if asked
Recently appointed 'controversial' election commissioners Modabbir Hossain Chowdhury and Saiful Alam are ready to resign form their posts if the president requests them.
 arrow Death warrants for six JMB men to be issued in three days
The jail authorities will issue death warrants for the six condemned members of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) within the next three days in connection with the Jhalakathi judges murder case.
 arrow 3 officials held
Three officials of the Oriental Bank were held in the city yesterday on charge of misappropriating at least Tk 40 crore using fake accounts.
 arrow Diplomats hope election will be held soon
Encouraged by the caretaker government's agenda, foreign diplomats in Dhaka yesterday hoped that the next general elections would take place as soon as possible.
 arrow NDI for quick election
The US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) yesterday said a free and fair election with all-party participation should be held at the earliest possible time to strengthen the country's democratic
 arrow Committee formed to revitalise ACC
The council of advisers to the caretaker government (CG) yesterday formed a seven-member committee to look into legal, administrative and institutional issues of the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) to
 arrow BB plans to go tough against loan defaulters
Bangladesh Bank is actively considering tougher legal steps against bank loan defaulters, seeking cooperation of the finance ministry to amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972.
 arrow Railway land freed from grabbers
The Bangladesh Railway, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) authorities conducted eviction drive yesterday, knocking down illegal structures and boundary walls, to recover
 arrow 7 Poura commissioners among 2,166 more held
The joint forces arrested 2,166 people, including seven municipality commissioners, on various charges across the country in the ongoing anti-crime drive during the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Choking the canal...

 arrow 25 hurt as students clash with cops at Jagannath
At least 25 Jagannath University students and two policemen were injured in a clash between the students and law enforcement agencies on the campus yesterday noon.
 arrow Rights body concerned at deaths in army custody
Rights watchdog Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed grave concern at deaths of four people in army custody in 24 hours and demanded independent probe into and steps to stop recurrence of such
 arrow Twin blasts kill 88 in Baghdad carnage
At least 88 people were killed and more than 160 wounded yesterday after two nearly simultaneous bombs struck a predominantly Shia commercial area in central Baghdad in the deadliest attack in two months,
 arrow Verdict in gold smuggling case against Ershad Feb 6
Judgment of a gold smuggling case filed against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad 16 years back will be delivered on February 6.
 arrow Blaze destroys slum in capital
About 250 shanties were gutted when a fire last night engulfed a whole slum in Mohammadpur. None was reported dead till filing of this report at 12:30am today as the rescuers had yet to begin a search.
 arrow Missing Taxies...

 arrow DCC ward commissioner held during protest
Woman ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Awami League leader Shaheeda Tarek Deepti was arrested during protest against eviction drive in the city's Pallabi area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Political parties, rights bodies hail CA's address
Different political and rights organisations yesterday hailed the speech of Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed in which he expressed the caretaker government's firm determination to prepare a fresh voterroll
 arrow Canada, Denmark, EU offer support in voter ID card preparation
The envoys of Canada, Denmark and European Union (EU) yesterday met Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Mainul Husein at his office and discussed matters relating to the next general election.
 arrow Crowley for quick polls
US Congressman and Co-chairman of Bangladesh Caucus Joseph Crowley has urged the Bangladesh caretaker government to hold the national election soon.
 arrow Robbers loot goods worth Tk 23 lakh from Uttara house
A gang of robbers looted cash, gold and other valuables worth about Tk 23.65 lakh from a house in the city's Uttara area early yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots at Benapole
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded 50 rounds of bullet on Ogrobhulot border here on Sunday night.
 arrow Govt warns illegal VoIP traders
The government has warned all against clandestine overseas phoning through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) that deprives the exchequer of a huge amount of revenue.
 arrow Saraswati Puja today
Saraswati Puja will be celebrated across the country today with due religious enthusiasm and fervour.
 arrow An illegal parking lot

 arrow Iran announces new missile tests
Determined not to budge under pressure, Iran announced new tests of short-range missiles Sunday, and hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed criticism that the country's economy has been hurt
 arrow Suicide car bomber kills 5 Pak troops
A suicide car bomber blew himself up near a Pakistani army convoy in a troubled tribal zone bordering Afghanistan Monday, killing four soldiers and a woman civilian, officials said.
Businessarrow DSE turnover continues rising
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday continued rising, hitting new all time high of Tk 119.06 crore. Earlier, the highest turnover on the DSE was Tk 110.89 crore on Sunday.
 arrow Bangladesh key market for Sony Ericsson
As part of its strategy to secure the third position in the global mobile handset market, Sony Ericsson is considering Bangladesh a key strategic market.
 arrow IMF calls for 'more flexible' Chinese exchange rate
IMF managing director Rodrigo Rato called here Monday for China to be "more flexible" in setting its exchange rates, renewing a demand frequently made by Western nations.
 arrow Lanka to raise $200m from foreigners
Sri Lanka hopes to raise 200 million dollars by selling government bonds to overseas portfolio investors this year to help fund a sharp jump in the budget, the central bank chief said Monday.
 arrow Garmentech Bangladesh concludes
The sixth version of international garment and textile machinery trade show, Garmentech Bangladesh 2007, concluded yesterday, which attracted a huge local and foreign crowd related with readymade garments
 arrow SEC issues show cause notices on Southeast Bank, Ctg Vegetables
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued show cause and hearing notices on Southeast Bank and Chittagong Vegetables Oil Industries for non-compliance with rules.
 arrow Citigroup gets awards for cash management, cash solutions
FinanceAsia magazine has rated Citigroup as the best cash management bank and best cash solutions bank in Asia awards for 2006, says a press release.
 arrow EU, US closer to deal ahead of WTO talks
European and American trade negotiators are on the verge of an agreement that could restart global trade talks, the Financial Times reported on Monday.
 arrow Philips reports 87pc profit rise
Dutch electronics group Philips announced Monday that its net profit in 2006 rose 87 percent, boosted by divestments and a fall in taxes. Net profit rose to 5.4 billion euros (7.
 arrow KSA imposes check on firms hiring foreign workers
To check incidents of expatriates being denied their salaries, Saudi Arabia is planning to make it mandatory for companies to prove that they are financially viable before recruiting workers from abroad.
 arrow Emirates offers toys to onboard children
Emirates has a surprise for children travelling on board the airline's long haul flights, says a press release.
 arrow Maruti Udyog Q3 profit up 11pc
India's largest carmaker Maruti Udyog, majority owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, said Monday that third quarter net profit rose 11 percent year-on-year, in line with analyst forecasts.
 arrow Citigroup to buy ABN AMRO Mortgage
Citigroup said on Monday it will buy ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, an originator and servicer of U.S. prime residential mortgage loans that is a unit of LaSalle Bank Corp and ABN AMRO Bank NV.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Abahani cross DOHS hurdle
Stand-in skipper Tushar Imran led from the front as a depleted Abahani kept their winning record intact in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League when the title contenders overcame the Old DOHS hurdlewith
 arrow Cricket: City, Indira winners
City Club returned to winning ways after three consecutive losses when they beat giant-killers Kalabagan Krira Chakra by 18 runs in Monday's Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League but struggling Brothers Union's
 arrow Chess: GM Zia bags fourth place
Bangladeshi Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman finished fourth and International Master Abdullah Al Rakib fifth in the 5th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament which concluded at the Indira Gandhi Indoor
 arrow Football: BFF picks 25 for Indo-Bangla Games
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named a 25-member preliminary squad for the Indo-Bangla Games to be held in Kolkata from February 23-March 1.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup qualifiers at eight venues
The qualifying rounds of the third JFA Cup Under-15 football tournament will begin on February 7 across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan level with SA
Younis Khan and Kamran Akmal took Pakistan to a series-levelling win on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at St. George's Park here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly alright
Comeback hero Sourav Ganguly, who was unwell and could not take the field during the West Indies innings at Nagpur, has fully recovered and will play the second match of the series at the Barabati Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Nadal survives massive scare
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal survived a relentless challenge from Britain's Andy Murray, rallying twice from a set down Monday to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals.
 arrow Tennis: Secrets
NOTE TO SERENA WILLIAMS' FEET: Keep moving like that, and you'll get a nice gift.
 arrow Cricket: Bopara's turn now
England may be tempted to make changes for their one-dayer against New Zealand on Tuesday, with Ravi Bopara and Monty Panesar set to come into contention.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer wants Eng job
Bob Woolmer has openly declared an interest in becoming England coach. The 58-year-old is currently in charge of the Pakistan team but his current contract expires at the end of the World Cup inApril.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies beatable'
Australia's shaky performances in their last two triangular series one-day matches have boosted England's and New Zealand's belief that the home side is beatable.
 arrow Cricket: Shah lifts Kenya
Ravi Shah's fighting century proved the difference as Kenya held their nerve to beat Scotland for the second time this competition.
 arrow Football: Real ride on Reyes
A brilliant free-kick from Jose Antonio Reyes pushed all talk of crisis into the background Sunday as Real Madrid joined Barcelona and Sevilla at the Spanish league summit following a 1-0 win at RealMallorca.
 arrow Football: Henry exorcises Red Devils
Thierry Henry has always had a flair for the dramatic and the Arsenal striker picked the perfect time to make a decisive intervention in the title race.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova calls for spice
Tennis glamour girl Maria Sharapova criticised her male counterparts for their boring fashion sense Monday, urging them to "spice it up" when they take to the court.
 arrow Football: Domenech voices Platini support
France manager Raymond Domenech has backed Michel Platini over Lennart Johannson to become the new president of European football's governing body UEFA.
 arrow Football: Gunners fire stuns Fergie
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was shocked that Manchester United allowed Arsenal to blow the Premiership title race wide open with their 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch women win Champions Trophy
World champions the Netherlands scored a deserved 1-0 win over hosts Argentina late Sunday in the final of the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Gul to go home
Pakistani fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul will return home from South Africa after sustaining injuries on the tour, an official said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell comes under attack
India's cricket coach Greg Chappell was on Monday assaulted by a fan who was angry about player selection.
 arrow Cricket: Farhat escapes reprimand
Pakistan's Imran Farhat has been found not guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct during his side's ongoing second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
 arrow Football: Injury blow for Van Persie
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie suffered a broken bone in his foot while scoring his side's equaliser against Manchester United on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter extend purple patch
Inter Milan stretched their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points on Sunday after they beat Fiorentina 3-1 and second-placed Roma were held to a 1-1 draw at Livorno.
 arrow Football: Kenyon lauds 'healthy tension'
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon insisted there was a "healthy tension" at the Premiership champions amidst reports that manager Jose Mourinho has fallen out with the Stamford Bridge club's Russian
 arrow Football: Neill explains choice
Australian defender Lucas Neill on Sunday denied he chose Premiership strugglers West Ham over European contenders Liverpool because there was more cash on offer at Upton Park.
 arrow Football: Injury boost for Johnson
Fears that Andy Johnson would be ruled out for the season with a suspected broken ankle suffered during Everton's 2-0 Premiership win at Wigan appeared to be receding Sunday.
 arrow Football: Boro agree Lee deal
English Premiership club Middlesbrough said Sunday they had had agreed a deal to sign South Korea striker Lee Dong-Gook, subject to the player being granted a work permit.
Metropolitanarrow Both pasteurised, powdered milk below standard
Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) has found 100 percent pasteurised milk and 86 percent powdered milk available in the markets are below the standard set by Bangladesh Standards
 arrow One doctor for 23,750 students
The Medical Centre of Rajshahi Old Government University College has itself become sick for want of doctors, staffs and allocation of medicine.
 arrow Concern over demolition of city slums
Human rights organisation Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed deep concern over the demolition of slums in the city and hoped that the caretaker government would stop such demolition without
 arrow Land grabbing by city club alleged
A real estate company yesterday demanded return of their plot allegedly grabbed by a club.
 arrow One of arrestees confesses to crime
One of the arrestees in connection with the murder of Sub-Inspector Mizanur Rahman, yesterday confessed to a magistrate that he along with eight others killed the victim for snatching his pistol, mobile
 arrow 3 killed in road crashes
At least three people were killed and 45 others injured in separate road accidents in Noakhali, Khagrachhari and Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Jubok asked to return money to depositors
A forum of depositors has urged the government as well as Bangladesh Bank to take necessary steps to ensure that Jubok returns the money deposited by thousand of depositors for its project.
 arrow President lauds present role of Armed Forces
President Iajudin Ahmed attended his office in the Armed Forces Division at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday as part of his "routine work".
 arrow Injured Ctg journo dies in hospital
Bimalendu Barua, veteran journalist and chief sub-editor of The Daily Azadi, passed away at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka at the age of 74.
 arrow Concern over sending children to jail
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) in a statement yesterday expressed concern over the media reports that over 2006 children, including some innocent children, were sent to jail custody from police custody
 arrow Training on resource mobilisation
Development of Biotechnology and Environmental Conservation Centre (DEBTEC) organised a two-day training programme on "Capacity Building for Resource Mobilisation of an Organisation" at its head office
 arrow Husband kills wife in city
A husband allegedly killed his wife in the city yesterday. The dead was identified as Marufa Begum, 23, wife of Mohammad Hanif of Kushumbagh Juraain Commissioner Road at Shyampur.
 arrow 2,166 more held
Law enforcing agencies, in separate drives, arrested some 2,166 people on various charges across the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Jalil leaves for Singapore
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday left Dhaka for Singapore for regular health check-up, says a press release.
 arrow Applications of 1524 students cancelled
Applications of 1524 students for admission test under 'Gha' unit of Dhaka University (DU) for the sessions 2006-2007 have been cancelled, says a DU press release.
 arrow Seat plan for 'Ka' unit admission test of DU
Admission test for 'Ka' unit of the first year honours courses for the 2006-2007 sessions of Dhaka University (DU) under Science Faculty will be held on January 26 (Friday) from 10:00am to 11:45am.
 arrow Mohammed Ali's death anniversary today
Today is the 44th death anniversary of Mohammed Ali, former prime minister and also foreign minister of then Pakistan.
Nationalarrow Drive against illegal fertiliser traders, hoarders continues
The law enforcement agencies in a joint drive in the last 72 hours arrested at least 11 hoarders who were selling fertiliser without license.
 arrow 200 young girls vow to wage war against early marriage, dowry
It was a unique event when over 200 adolescent girls joined hands to raise their voices against early marriage and dowry and vowed to remove the two vices from the society.
 arrow Arms kept for robbery seized, 4 arrested
Law enforcers yesterday recovered arms and tools used for robbery in Kamalganj upazila and arrested four in this connection.
 arrow Gram, sugar & flour seized: 3 arrested in Mymensingh
Over 6,000 sacks of gram, sugar and flour were seized by army in several drives conducted at Chhoto Bazaar, New Market and Mechhua Bazaar in the district town yesterday and day before.
 arrow Diesel trader held for hoarding
An unscrupulous diesel trader was arrested from Dhansail Bazaar under Jhenaigati upazila in Sherpur district last night. The arrested is Jahangir Alam,40.
Point-Counterpointarrow Caretaker priorities
A lot of dramatic events took place in Bangladesh in the last few months.
 arrow Can this nation fulfill its mission?
The nation has been brought back from the brink where its "godfather democracy" had taken it. This nation has great talents in its people and in its youth.
Culturearrow Afzal Sharif: A penchant for comic roles
Afzal Sharif is firmly established in Bangladeshi filmdom as well as the small screen in the role of comic characters.
 arrow 'Klanto Shomoye' on Channel i
Drama serial Klanto Shomoye, centering on an aged couple on the look out for a daughter-in-law, will be aired on Channel i at 6:00 pm tonight.
 arrow A proud heritage of Chittagong Hill Tracts
The 13 minor indigenous communities of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) have a deep rooted culture. One of these is weaving.
 arrow 'Purakirtir Bangladesh': A call for preservation of heritage
Purakirtir Bangladesh, a documentary programme, is currently running on ATN Bangla.
 arrow A surreal gig for Pacino in Dali biopic
Al Pacino will play surrealist painter Salvador Dali in a movie that reunites him with the writer/director of his 2002 Hollywood satire Simone.
 arrow Call for entry in 17th National Art Exhibition
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has called for submitting art works for the 17th National Art Exhibition.
Generalarrow CMP sets up bus terminal to ease city traffic jam
As part of continued efforts to make the port city congestion free, Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has started setting up of a terminal for inter-district buses of Dhaka-Chittagong route on theoutskirts
 arrow Warm clothes for cold-hit people
Standard Chartered Bank employees contributed their one day's salary to Oxfam GB Bangladesh to provide winter clothes to the poor, says a press release.
 arrow CA's speech reflects reasonable demands of all parties
Pakistan High Commissioner (HC) to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar paid a courtesy call on Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at Baridhara in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cancel candidacy of corrupts in coming polls
Leaders of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh called on Law Adviser Mainul Hosein at his office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Recognition for noble work
As recognition to the noble work of a transport agency, police gave cash money, certificates and crests to the employees of the agency for saving the lives of the policemen critically injured during a
Internationalarrow Unrest threatens to derail Nepali peace
Nepal's prime minister convened an emergency meeting of the ruling alliance and former Maoist rebels yesterday as violent unrest threatened to derail a fast-moving peace process aimed at ending a decade-old
 arrow Talk peace or face more war
Sri Lanka's government vowed yesterday to stamp out Tamil Tigers from swathes of jungle in the island's east after capturing a key stronghold, but said the rebels could avoid more fighting if they agree
 arrow Palestinian factions set to resume unity govt talks
Palestinians were preparing yesterday to press on with efforts to form a national unity government after inconclusive talks between Khaled Meshaal, leader of the ruling Hamas movement, and president Mahmud
 arrow Senators seek support for Iraq resolution
Two leading Senate Democrats are seeking to dispel concerns that a resolution on Iraq doesn't go far enough, saying it would make a strong statement to President Bush that a troop increase is wrong.
 arrow India urges Myanmar to evict rebels
New Delhi has urged neighbour Myanmar to evict anti-India insurgent groups operating out of bases there, a foreign ministry statement here said Sunday.
 arrow US Congress under pressure to overhaul immigration laws
An unlikely mix of Hispanics, farmers and high-tech businesses has stepped up pressure on Congress to overhaul US immigration laws, boosting prospects for a bill that would allow more foreign workersinto
 arrow EU for full implementation of Iran sanctions
The European Union deplored Monday Iran's lack of cooperation over Tehran's nuclear programme and called for the full implementation of United Nations sanctions.
 arrow Russia reaffirms defence partnership with India
Russia will maintain its military links with old ally India despite New Delhi's warming ties with other countries, including the United States, Russia's defence minister was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow US envoy sees basis for N Korea talks progress
A US envoy said on Monday China could announce a date soon for a resumption of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme and he saw a basis for progress.
 arrow Musharraf seeks to unify Muslim ranks on Middle East tour
The leaders of Pakistan and Egypt said yesterday that Muslim countries should unite to buck the trend in a region plagued by violence and extremism and push for lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.
 arrow Anti-missile shield not aimed at Russia: US
The placing of a US anti-missile system on Polish and Czech soil would strengthen Europe's defence against a rogue nuclear attack, a senior US official was quoted on Monday as saying.
 arrow Hillary Clinton has big name and big baggage
As Hillary Clinton launches the most viable bid so far for a woman to become US president, she brings with her advantages of a stellar political name and drawbacks of decades of political baggage.
 arrow Retired general becomes Israel'sarmy chief
A retired general with years of experience fighting Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas has been chosen as the new chief of Israel's armed forces, Israeli media reported on Monday.
 arrow Indian police patrol riot-hit Bangalore
Federal police were deployed and schools were shut in India's technology hub of Bangalore on Monday after communal rioting between Hindus and Muslims left one 12-year-old boy dead and dozens of people
 arrow Troops open fire on Mogadishu protest: 4 die
Ethiopian troops and Somali police opened fire on Mogadishu demonstrators yesterday, killing at least four in the latest violence in parts of the capital where support for ousted Islamists ran high, a
 arrow Taliban chief in Afghanistan
Pakistan said on Monday that fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was most likely leading the Islamist movement's insurgency from Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar.
 arrow 'Castro is dead' spam email infects computers
A spam e-mail with messages including "Fidel Castro dead" and "Saddam Hussein safe and sound" contains a virus which has infected thousands of computers, Spain's Association of Internauts said yesterday.
 arrow 15 hurt in grenade attack in Kashmir
Fifteen civilians were injured yesterday when suspected Muslim rebels launched a grenade attack on an Indian army convoy in the disputed Kashmir region, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A worthy vision
The long, eagerly awaited address to the nation by Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed has placed a lot on offer before the country.
 arrow Editorial: Good-bye Aziz
Justice Aziz has resigned, at last. One would have expected it to come sooner. We would have been spared the uncertainty and the troubles and tribulations of the last several months.
 arrow Resurgence of religious extremism
The elite anti-crime force, Rab, busted several militant hideouts in Narayanganj on January 7, and seized 80 hand grenades, a huge quantity of explosives and locally made iron cases to be used for making
 arrow Congress floundering for strategy
The Hindutva parivar's opponents sometimes behave as if they were bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Take the municipal corporation elections in Maharashtra, due on February 1.
 arrow Caretaker government: Which way to move?
The newly formed caretaker government (CTG) headed by Dr Fakhrudin Ahmed, as of now, seems to be sailing well in rough weather.
Letters to Editorarrow A sigh of relief?
Our people have heaved a sigh of relief as peace has returned following the imposition of the state of emergency in the country. Now we can carry out various activities without interruption of anysort.
 arrow UK-Bangladesh relations
Bangladesh enjoys wide-ranging relations with the UK with more than 3,00,000 people of Bangladeshi origin living in that country, i.e. around 0.5% of the total population.
 arrow No aspersion meant
This is in reference to a letter by Mr. Aly Zaker that appeared in your 17th January 2007 issue. Mr.
 arrow New caretaker government
I refer to the letter " New caretaker government " published in your paper of 19 January. The selection of advisers of the CG was done through a process of consultation.
 arrow Combating corruption
It is heartening to note that the caretaker government has started taking effective measures to remove anomalies from the administration.
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