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Front Pagearrow Criminal case filed against Obaidul Karim, Koyes Sami
The Oriental Bank yesterday filed a criminal case against Orion Group chief Obaidul Karim, former managing director Chowdhury Koyes Sami, and 22 other present and former officials of the bank for embezzling
 arrow 6-month moratorium on Oriental functions
The government yesterday imposed a moratorium for six months on all activities of Oriental Bank except seven kinds of transactions, including limited level deposit withdrawal.
 arrow Family now hopes for fair investigation
The mastermind behind the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria remains undetected even after two years since the incident.
 arrow CPD reveals 12-point agenda for CG to hold credible polls
The non-government think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday placed a 12-point election plus economic agenda to the caretaker government for holding a credible election free from black money
 arrow Baira chief's monopoly takes toll on workers
Former BNP lawmaker and Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) President MAH Salim is monopolising the business of exporting manpower to Malaysia and extorting the emigrating
 arrow Joint forces arrest 2,110 more people
The joint forces comprising army, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police arrested 2,110 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the 24 hours preceding 10:00pm yesterday.
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 arrow Demolition drive goes on
An eviction team of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday partially knocked down two mosques and a madrasa and demolished more than 1,000 shanties at Bhasantek and at Kalsi Road in Mirpur.
 arrow Recast ACC to make it functional: TIB
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday urged a thorough reformation of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that has remained ineffective for over two years since its inception.
 arrow Govt warns against blackmailing
Hundreds of television licence seekers were seen standing in long queues in front of different branches of Janata Bank yesterday, amid rumours that police and Rapid Action Battalion were seizing unlicensed
 arrow WSF ends with call to make a better world
As the seventh World Social Forum (WSF) 2007 meet ended yesterday in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai urged participants to take actions to make a better world to live
 arrow Cops recover 17 bombs, bullets in city
Police recovered 17 homemade bombs, including 11 petrol bombs, and 350 bullets from the city's Shyampur and Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow ACC should be made free of 'clowns'
Adviser to the Caretaker Government Major General (retd) Abdul Matin yesterday said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should be made "free of clowns" since most officials of the ACC are corrupt people
 arrow Khaleda hopes people's govt will govern state soon
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped that the people's representatives would govern the state soon.
 arrow CA's office to remain open on Saturdays
The office of the chief adviser (CA) to nonparty caretaker government will remain open on Saturday, a weekly holiday, until further order.
 arrow Unhygienic restaurants fined
A mobile court raided Bashundhara City shopping mall in the capital yesterday and fined Tk 2.8 lakh to seven fast food restaurants and eleven cosmetics stores.
 arrow Hearing shifted to another HC bench
Accepting the prayer of former military ruler HM Ershad, the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered transfer of the appeal hearing against his conviction in a graft case to another High Court (HC) division
 arrow CPD accords reception to Prof Yunus
The Board of Trustee for Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) accorded a reception to Nobel Peace prize laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, a founding trustee of CPD, on Wednesday.
 arrow Polls to be held soon after creating level playing field
The next general election will be arranged within the shortest possible time after creating a level playing field to ensure participation of all political parties, Foreign Affairs Adviser IftekharAhmed
 arrow Attempted murder case filed against Pintu
A BNP man yesterday filed an attempted murder case against Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, a former lawmaker of the same party.
 arrow Govt plans to rehabilitate slum-dwellers
The caretaker government has undertaken a plan for rehabilitating slum-dwellers as a priority task, as many of them are now left without a roof over the head.
 arrow 5 more VoIP trade centres busted
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a huge number of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment raiding five unscrupulous phone service centres at Mirpur in Dhaka and also in Chittagong.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
An underground operative was killed during a "shootout" between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Nayanpur under Jhenidah Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow Russia, India call for 'weapons free' space
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called yesterday for a "weapons free outer space", after China staged a satellite-destroying weapons test.
 arrow US, Iraqi troops kill 30 militants
US and Iraqi troops battled Sunni insurgents hiding in high-rise buildings on Haifa Street in the heart of Baghdad Wednesday, with snipers on roofs taking aim at gunmen in open windows as Apache attack
Businessarrow Private sector must up efficiencies
The finance and planning adviser has remarked that private industries, which grow under state support, cannot sustain their competitiveness in a long run.
 arrow Stocks slide on profit taking
Both the price indices and turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) dropped yesterday amid profit taking. The DSE turnover came down to Tk 125.
 arrow Oil prices lower
Oil prices weakened in Asian trade Thursday as investors focused on a build-up in US reserves, dealers said.
 arrow US senators demand duty on 'subsidised' China import
Twenty-three US senators have asked the government to slap special duties on imports from China, which they claim are heavily subsidized by the state and hurting US manufacturers and workers.
 arrow India cuts duty on edible oils
Continuing its efforts to tame inflation, which hit a two-year high, India has cut customs duty on edible oils up to 12.5 percent and frozen tariff values at July last year level.
 arrow British Airways cancels flights next week over strike
British Airways announced Thursday the cancellation of all its flights for two days next week from London's Heathrow airport, and many from Gatwick, due to a planned strike by cabin crew.
 arrow US envoy assures Dhaka of making Biman profitable
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis has assured Bangladesh of helping to buy new aircraft, if necessary, to make Bangladesh Biman a profitable concern.
 arrow WTO talks heat up in Davos
Frozen world trade talks will be warmed up and tackled again in the Swiss mountains this week amid hopes that leading negotiators can narrow some of their differences in the rarefied atmosphere of Davos.
 arrow HSBC organises workshop on derivatives
Global Markets of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh recently organised a workshop titled "Derivatives Opportunities and Obstacles in Bangladesh Markets", says a press
 arrow Canon camera service centre opens
Rangs Industries Ltd, the sole distributor of Canon brand cameras in Bangladesh, yesterday launched a service centre in Dhaka to offer after sales services to customers.
 arrow New country manager of Woori Bank
Yoon, Dong Yung has recently joined the Dhaka branch of Woori Bank as its general manager and country manager for Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Pakistan plans car production boom
Pakistan's car industry aims to produce 400,000 vehicles a year by 2010, two and a half times the current level, as the South Asian country's economy grows, an industry chief said Thursday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Experience preferred
There might have been debate on whether wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud's injury made the selectors' job easier to prolong his absence from the national team but chief selector Faruque Ahmed categoricallytold
 arrow Football: Past inspires Russel, Farashganj
While Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra hope to repeat the performance of their Premiership debut when the inaugural Professional Football League kicks off next month, Farashganj Sporting Club have faith they
 arrow Cricket: 'Never say never'
He was advised by well-wishers to try his luck abroad, definitely in other professions, during his painful nine-month lay-off from cricket.
 arrow Kabadi: Bangladesh in last 8
Bangladesh emerged group champions to set a quarterfinal clash against Nepal in the second World Cup Kabaddi in India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Abahani surge ahead
Abahani extended their solo lead by four points as they dismantled Brothers Union by eight wickets in the sixth round match of the Kai-Altech Premier League at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Amateurish Russel boss
Even before start of the Professional Football League, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra president's unprofessional remark came as sheer surprise.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs ban upheld
South African Herschelle Gibbs will miss one Test match, one ODI and a Twenty20 international after the International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected his appeal Thursday against a ban imposed by ICC match
 arrow Cricket: India stave off Windies
India's spinners stopped a tense run chase by the depleted West Indies here on Wednesday to help the hosts take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Changes on the cards
Both teams are expected to make changes in crucial positions for the decisive third and final Test between South Africa and Pakistan starting at Newlands Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova blows Clijsters away
Top seed Maria Sharapova crashed Kim Clijsters' Australian Open farewell Thursday, setting up a Grand Slam final against Serena Williams after downing the Belgian 6-4, 6-2.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick Fed-exed
World number one Roger Federer has stormed into a record-equalling seventh successive Grand Slam final with a straight sets humiliation of American rival Andy Roddick at the Australian Open.
 arrow Tennis: Serena powers past Vaidisova
Serena Williams continued her astonishing comeback by powering past Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova 7-6 6-4 to reach the Australian Open final for the third time on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Barcelona take slender lead
Barcelona were confirmed Spain's 'winter champions', the unofficial honour going to the La Liga leaders after the first half of the season, despite only drawing 1-1 at lowly Real Betis on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj back in reckoning
India batsman Yuvraj Singh and veteran spin bowler Anil Kumble have been recalled for the final two one-day matches against West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin closing in on duck record
Sachin Tendulkar is fast approaching a record he would not like to be either mentioned or remembered.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya takes BCCI to court
Former Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya today challenged his expulsion for life from the BCCI in a civil suit in the Calcutta High Court.
 arrow Football: Real going all out for C'Ron
Real Madrid would be willing to make Cristiano Ronaldo their third biggest ever signing if they can lure him away from Manchester United.
 arrow Tennis: Andy feeling disgruntled
Before his torrid time against Roger Federer Thursday Andy Roddick believed the gap was closing with the Swiss king of tennis, but the mauling he received suggests the opposite.
 arrow Football: Beast delights Wenger
Arsene Wenger believes Brazilian midfielder Julio Baptista is finally ready to play a key role in Arsenal's challenge for honours.
 arrow Football: Mancini feeling Blue?
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini to replace Jose Mourinho in case the Blues manager leaves at the end of the season, according to a report Thursday.
 arrow Football: Shevchenko targets Cardiff
Andriy Shevchenko has finally rediscovered his scoring touch but he won't be content until he has savoured success at the Millennium Stadium.
 arrow Football: Defensive backing for Becks, Ron
Real Madrid's Spanish international defenders Ivan Helguera and Michel Salgado on Wednesday leapt to the defence of out-of-favour team-mates David Beckham and Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Hughes can be Fergie successor
Manchester United captain Gary Neville is glad that former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson did not become the manager at the club.
 arrow Football: Audacious Zidane bid
French star Zinedine Zidane, whose legendary career ended with an infamous head-butt in last year's World Cup final, has received a comeback offer from the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Tribune reported.
 arrow Football: German sponsor for Real?
German energy giant EON, already seeking an entry into the Spanish market with an ongoing takeover bid for Endesa, may open another Spanish door by sponsoring Real Madrid, Marca sports daily and broadcaster
 arrow Football: Nice president steps down
The president of Nice football club, Maurice Cohen, stepped down from his post after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Toulouse amid pressure from majority shareholders.
 arrow Football: Drogba named goodwill ambassador
Ivory Coast and Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba was named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme on Wednesday, joining other luminaries from the sport such as Ronaldo andZinedine
Metropolitanarrow Weak governance, judiciary root cause of human insecurity
Human security in South Asia can be advanced by addressing the root causes of insecurity and conflicts, such as economic inequality and weak governance institutions and judicial system, according to a
 arrow ICRC needs integrated approach to meet challenges
Carrying out humanitarian activities in zones of armed conflict or internal violence has always been a dangerous undertaking, and the ICRC has been dealing with this kind of risk for over 140 years, said
 arrow People with disability lag behind in different sectors
Around 1.4 crore people with disability are being deprived of their rights and lagging behind in different sectors due to the administration's indifferent attitude and bureaucratic tangles.
 arrow 'Implement new labour law to ensure workers' rights'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded implementation of the newly enacted labour law to ensure the rights of workers who constitute around one-third of the total population of the country.
 arrow AL concerned over power crisis
Acting General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader has expressed deep concern over the ongoing gas and power crisis in the country, says a press release.
 arrow 'Provide shelter for victims'
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) yesterday called on the authorities to provide shelter for the people who are being rendered homeless due to demolition of illegal structures.
 arrow Stop harassing RMG workers
Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad yesterday urged the owners of garment factories to stop harassing garment workers, says a press release.
 arrow 2,411 sacks of fertiliser seized
Joint forces led by the army during their drive against fertiliser hoarders in Sirajganj and Tangail recovered at least 2,411 sacks of fertiliser and arrested six hoarders on Wednesday night.
 arrow Doctor arrested for wrong treatment
Police arrested a woman doctor on Wednesday night in connection with the death of a pregnant woman at a clinic in the city's Hazaribagh area.
 arrow Two PWs give deposition against Moudud
Two more prosecution witnesses (PWs) of a criminal case filed against former law minister Moudud Ahmed for distorting history about the proclamation of independence in 1971 gave their deposition before
 arrow Indian national held with high quality heroin
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested an Indian national with 50 grams of costly high quality heroin from DMC char near the border in Godagari upazila yesterday.
 arrow BSF abducts two boys
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi boys from Jominpur border in Shibganj upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow RU ignores audit section suggetion
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have recently sanctioned additional Tk 55 lakh to a firm for constructing the 5th female hall due to price hike of building materials.
 arrow Dismissal of JU teacher demanded
Students at Jahangirnagar University under the banner "students against sexual harassment" yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus to press home their three-point demands including dismissal of
 arrow 'Asia Energy still hatching conspiracy'
Leaders of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday claimed that Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) is still hatching conspiracy centering the Phulbari coal
 arrow 151 application forms cancelled
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have cancelled application forms of 151 candidates for 'Kha' unit admission test for not fulfilling the requisite criteria.
 arrow Admission test for 'Ka' unit at DU today
Admission test of 'Ka' unit for the sessions 2006-2007 under Science Faculty of Dhaka University (DU) will be held today.
 arrow Ranga made JP presidium member
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad made Mashiur Rahman Ranga member of the presidium.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the ninth death anniversary of Mohammad Sohrab Hossain, one of the organisers of the War of Liberation and former minister, says a press release. He died on this day in 1998.
Point-Counterpointarrow Between despair and hope
A pall of despair set in over the nation when, on October 29, 2006, President Iajuddin Ahmed took over as the chief adviser (CA) of the non-party caretaker government.
 arrow Let there be a time frame
The grand alliance headed by Awami League chief, Sheikh Hasina, wanted President Iajuddin Ahmed to cancel the January 22 election, resign from the post of CA, appoint a neutral and non-political person
Culturearrow Heart to heart with Kanak and Mainul
Kanak Chapa met Mainul Islam Khan at a tender age when she had gone to audition for the Notun Kuri programme. He was an assistant music director for the junior section and was just 18.
 arrow Amitabh Reza: Ad-maker with an eye on filmdom
Many a TV viewer watches catchy commercials of corporate giants such as Grameen Phone, Banglalink, Citycell, Toshiba, Labaid and Apollo Hospital.
 arrow Subarna, Faridee in a special TV play 'Rodela Bikel'
Rodela Bike is a single-episode TV play based on the life and times of an aging man and woman. The play is an adaptation of the story titled A Sunny Morning by Sera Fin and Joaquin Alvarez Quintero.
 arrow Aparna Sen on tonight's 'Ami Tumi R...'
TV show Ami Tumi R... will be aired tonight at 8:05 pm on Rtv. Tonight's guest is Aparna Sen, the highly acclaimed Bengali film director and actress.
 arrow 'Aainar Shamney Live' on ATN Bangla
Aainar Shamney, a live talk show, currently runs on ATN Bangla every Tuesday at 5:10pm.
 arrow For the love of acting
Newsweek recently held its annual roundtable with six remarkable actors of 2006: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren, Penelope Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Generalarrow Ensure rights of people with disability
National Alliance of Disabled People's Organisations (NADPO) has submitted a five-point proposal to Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) with a view to ensuring the rights and dignity of the people with disability.
 arrow 'Demolish illegal structures on bank of Buriganga'
Leaders of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) demanding demolition of illegal establishments onthe
Editorialarrow Editorial: After AG's resignation
We welcome the resignation of Attorney General A.J. Mohammad Ali. Though belated, it will surely make matters easier for the country.
 arrow Editorial: Eviction without rehabilitation self-defeating
PUBLIC in general have welcomed the ongoing drive against illegal structures under the directive of the present caretaker government being carried out in the Metropolitan cities and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Hide and seek
Two weeks into the new dispensation, affairs of state in Bangladesh are still shrouded in mystery and secrecy.
 arrow Aim in life
I don't know if students still write essays on aim in life. We used to do it until we passed the tenth grade and went to college. Well, I don't remember writing about aim in life in college.
 arrow Reconstitution of the Election Commission
The establishment of an independent Election Commission is a very important part of the implementation of the principle of participatory democracy.
Letters to Editorarrow The political quagmire and caretaker govt
With reference to the above subject, I would like to suggest that whatever the duration of the caretaker government might be, certain actions should be initiated for better socio-economic development:
 arrow In support of Dr. Yunus
Dear Mr. Jalil, I am compelled to respond after reading that you held a news conference condemning Dr. Yunus' recent comments about the corrupt Bangladeshi politicians.
 arrow Army's praiseworthy role
A new dimension of Bangladesh politics has been seen following the stepping down of President Iajuddin Ahmed from the job of chief adviser of the caretaker government.
 arrow Prof. Taher
I would like to introduce myself as the son of late Prof S. Taher Ahmed. On January 17 an article on the murder of Professor S. Taher Ahmed was published in your daily.
 arrow Intra-party election
The caretaker government has made significant impact on the Judiciary, Administration, Anti-Corruption Commission and Election Commission, making these bodies free from tentacles of narrow party politics.
 arrow The power of 'names'
The human mind never was completely satisfied with things on the surface.
Specialarrow The case of voter identification
The year 2006 in Bangladesh can aptly be termed the year of the voter list.
Worldarrow South Asia: Lanka vows to crush terrorism
Sri Lanka's president yesterday vowed to crush "terrorism" as his troops dismantled a de facto separate state run by Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's restive east.
 arrow South Asia: Musharraf floats Muslim ME peace move
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday that he had agreed with five Arab leaders to develop a Muslim peace initiative for the Palestinian conflict, which he said lay at the root of worsening
 arrow South Asia: Russia, India call for dialogue, diplomacy to solve Iran crisis
India and Russia yesterday called for "diplomacy and dialogue" in the worsening dispute over Iran's controversial nuclear programme, but also urged Tehran to comply with UN demands.
 arrow South Asia: India redeploys troops in Kashmir
India has redeployed its troops in insurgency-wracked Kashmir in a bid to prevent attacks by Islamic militants during Friday's Republic Day celebrations, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Ethnic leader warns of unrest in Nepal
Nepal will face further turmoil following its decade-long Maoist revolt if the government ignores the demands of Madhesi people living in the southern plains, a protest leader from the ethnic group said.
 arrow South Asia: 'Support for Indian ruling coalition is strong'
India's ruling coalition would sweep to a landslide win if snap polls were held now, a survey released on Wednesday showed.
 arrow South Asia: Myanmar accuses US of encouraging terrorist acts
Military-run Myanmar yesterday accused the United States of plotting to install a puppet government in the country, after US President George W Bush vowed to keep pressing it for reform.
 arrow Donors pledge billions in aid to Lebanon
Saudi Arabia, the United States, France and other donors pledged more than six billion dollars in aid to Lebanon yesterday to bolster the Western-backed government in Beirut and help the country recover
 arrow Flash floods in Angola claim 71 lives
Days of flash flooding in Angola have claimed 71 lives, officials said Thursday, as authorities in the seaside capital Luanda released 10 million dollars to shelter 1,300 homeless families.
 arrow Democrats seek Republican support on Iraq resolution
US Senate Democrats won their first major vote against the Iraq war. Now they need to get some Republicans on board.
 arrow Kerry won't relaunch bid for White House
US Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate who narrowly lost to Republican President George W. Bush, announced Wednesday he will not launch a new bid for the White House.
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