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Front Pagearrow Rules promulgated to curb political activity
The government has banned political and trade union activities and restricted provocative news, including talk show, in print and electronic media under the Emergency Powers Rules 2007.
 arrow CID takes case against Orion Group chief
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday took over the criminal case filed against Orion Group chief Obaidul Karim, and 23 former and incumbent officials of the Oriental Bank for misappropriating
 arrow Don't lose heart, face situation bravely, BNP men advised
In the wake of anti-crime drives that have seen a huge number of BNP loyalists held across the country, the party high command is now seeking to dispel fear among its ranks.
 arrow Fertiliser hoarders to face stern action, warns govt
Agriculture Adviser to the caretaker government Chowdhury Sajjadul Karim yesterday warned that legal steps would be taken against fertiliser traders who are creating artificial crisis by hoarding theagriculture
 arrow Police brutality

 arrow Guidelines for media
The Emergency Power Rule 2007 under the Emergency Power Ordinance 2007 spelled out some guidelines for the media on publication and broadcast of news.
 arrow Sabina's wedding night turns into nightmare
Only hours after all marriage rituals were over and newly wed Sabina and Khairul were in their room, a piercing scream ripped through the dead of night, waking up everyone.
 arrow Poor eviction victims live under open sky
Several thousand slum dwellers of all ages, who lost their shelter due to the ongoing eviction drive of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Bangladesh Railway, are passing their days amid utter suffering
 arrow Illegal party, election offices escape demolition drive
Several thousand offices, clubs and makeshift election camps constructed illegally across the capital under the banner of political parties still remain intact despite allegations that those are breeding
 arrow Equipment from another VoIP centre seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth about Tk 15 lakh raiding one more illegal business office at Jigatala in Dhanmondi early yesterday.
 arrow Kibria's second anniversary of death today
Elaborate programmes have been scheduled for today and the next couple of days to observe the second death anniversary of Awami League (AL) leader and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire across Gazipur border in Debhata upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Joint forces arrest 1,799 more
The army-led joint forces yesterday arrested the Sylhet district general secretary of Jubo League during their ongoing countrywide drive which also resulted in arrest of 1,799 persons on various charges
 arrow Yunus leaves for Delhi tomorrow
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus leaves for Delhi tomorrow to attend a two-day conference in observance of the centenary of Satyagraha movement at the invitation of Sonia Gandhi, president of All
 arrow 'Extortionist' beaten up by mob dies
An alleged toll collector beaten up by mob at Shyamoli Ring Road in the capital died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday evening, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) said.
 arrow 2 JMB men held in Tangail
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two cadres of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Kalihati upazila yesterday.
 arrow EC failed to hold polls within stipulated time
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the present caretaker government will be considered a legal government until handing over power to an elected government.
 arrow 5 cops escorting adviser hurt in accident
A police van escorting Power and Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury got entangled in a three-vehicle pile-up near Balidara Bazar on Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday that left five policemen of Dhaka Metropolitan
 arrow Russia-India summit ends with pomp but few deals
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up a two-day summit here yesterday that was marked by much pomp but little substance, as both sides said commercial ties should be much greater.
 arrow Baghdad market blast kills 15
A bomb hidden in a pigeon carrier box tore through Baghdad's famous pet market Friday, killing 15 people as part of an insurgent campaign targeting shopping areas that has killed more than 150 peoplein
 arrow Curfew in Nepal towns amid ethnic unrest
Daytime curfews were imposed on four towns in southeastern Nepal yesterday after several deaths and dozens of injuries during violent protests in the impoverished region, local officials said.
 arrow Iran ready to launch satellite, raising arms alarm
Iran is poised to launch a satellite into space, a step that could herald a new dimension in Tehran's strategic capabilities, Aviation Week and Space Technology said Thursday on its website.
 arrow Castro "almost trotting" but still unseen
Six months after undergoing surgery, President Fidel Castro might well be "almost trotting," as his Venezuelan friend and ally Hugo Chavez put it, but with little news of his condition, some Cubans remain
 arrow Suicide bomber, guard killed in hotel blast in Islamabad
A suicide bomber and a security guard were killed and four people were wounded in a blast at the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital yesterday, the interior minister and officials told AFP.
Businessarrow Buyers press for RMG compliance issue
Being much worried about Bangladesh labour compliance issues, the US apparel buyers are now putting pressure on the readymade garment (RMG) makers here to maintain highest level of compliance in the sector,
 arrow DSE turnover hit Tk 608.2cr as bullish trend persisted
Bullish trend persisted on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for the second consecutive week and the benchmark DSE General Index rose by 77.81 points, or 4.54 percent, week on week basis to close at 1791.
 arrow Doha breakthrough within a month: Mandelson
A "breakthrough" on the deadlocked Doha Round of global trade talks could come within a month, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Friday.
 arrow BenQ-Siemens'Tk1 lakh offer
Siemens Bangladesh Ltd, as part of its promotion campaign, is offering attractive cash prizes and shopping vouchers to selected buyers of BenQ-Siemens' new music phone E61, says a press release.
 arrow Internet shaking up US media industry
The Internet is causing something of an earthquake in the US media industry, which last year reported a nearly twofold increase in job cuts as more people turn to the Web as their main source for news.
 arrow Iran, India, Pakistan agree on gas pricing
Officials from Iran, India and Pakistan have agreed on a pricing formula for the export of Iranian gas to meet India's burgeoning energy demands, an Iranian oil official said Friday.
 arrow WB welcomes Indonesian move not to rely on donors
The World Bank has welcomed Indonesia's decision not to rely on its main group of Western donors, saying the country had built a strong economy.
 arrow Blair, Gates and Bono take Davos spotlight
Davos regulars Bill Gates, Tony Blair and Bono sought Friday to stir the collective conscience of the annual huddle of global leaders over the plight of the developing world.
 arrow KSA may issue 1.2m job visas for new projects
Saudi Arabia needs to issue at least 1.2 million recruitment visas to meet the requirements of contractors to carry out government projects.
 arrow Over 1b mobile phones sold globally in '06
More than one billion mobile phone handsets were sold around the world in 2006, an increase of 25 percent on sales recorded a year earlier, according to a study published Thursday in Paris by research
 arrow Israel, Palestinians, Jordan agree on economic zone
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians have agreed to create a 500-kilometre-long (310-mile) "valley of peace" common economic zone, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Thursday.
 arrow Japan, India to start FTA talks soon
Japan and India will start talks next week on a comprehensive free trade deal as the two Asian countries try to capitalise on warming political ties, officials said Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 21-January 25, 2007
Local FX Market
Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD fell slightly against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Contenders march on
Last year's runners-up Sonar-gaon Cricketers bounced back from a disappointing defeat in the previous round to trounce Young Pegasus by eight wickets in the sixth round of the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket
 arrow Football: Nitol-Tata to rescue BFF?
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) may find it hard to meet its expectation of sponsorship money for the B. League -- the inaugural Professional Football League -- which kicks off on February 15.
 arrow Kabadi: Bangladesh exit from semis
Bangladesh bowed out of the second Kabaddi World Cup when they crashed to a 48-22 defeat to hosts and defending champions India in the semifinal yesterday morning.
 arrow Cricket: Women's cricket starts today
With a view to form a national women's cricket team, the first-ever Women's Cricket Championship rolls into field today.
 arrow Tennis: U-18 tennis in Rajshahi from tomorrow
The Grameenphone International Junior (under-18) Tennis Cham-pionships will begin at the Zafar Imam Tennis Complex here tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini, Kallis on fire
Mohammad Yousuf saved Pakistan from total embarrassment as his team were bowled out for 157 on the first day of the series-deciding third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands Friday.
 arrow Cricket: India rest key men
Favourite is a position the Indian cricket team does not like being in, but by resting four key players for the third ODI against West Indies at Chennai on Saturday, the management has sent the message
 arrow Cricket: Astle retires suddenly
Veteran batsman Nathan Astle announced his retirement on Friday, shocking his New Zealand teammates and further weakening their fragile batting line-up just weeks away from the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: England hit rock bottom
England's horror tour of Australia continued Friday when the home side routed them for just 110 and beat them by nine wickets in their one-day series match at Adelaide Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs glad it's over
Herschelle Gibbs said Thursday he was disappointed that his appeal against a Test match ban failed but he was glad that he had been cleared of racism.
 arrow Football: Playmaker to reformer
As many French football fans would testify, Michel Platini cut an unlikely figure during his brief stint as coach of the national team.
 arrow Football: Platini UEFA president
French football legend Michel Platini won the vote for the presidency of UEFA here on Friday ousting long-time incumbent Lennart Johansson of Sweden with a call for reform.
 arrow Tennis: Old foes clash
A resurgent Serena Williams warned Friday her game is yet to peak as she prepares for Saturday's Australian Open final against top seeded Russian Maria Sharapova.
 arrow Tennis: Gonzalez inking fairytale
Chile's Fernando Gonzalez blasted past Tommy Haas Friday with a faultless display of tennis to power into the Australian Open final against defending champion Roger Federer.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo in Milan
AC Milan are on the verge of signing Brazil striker Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
 arrow Tennis: Indians grab tennis titles
Both the boys' and girls' singles titles in the Fifth BKSP Junior Tennis Championships (Group 4), which concluded at the Savar sports institute on Friday, went to India.
 arrow Football: Ruud calls C'Ron
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson insists he is going nowhere but former United star Ruud van Nistelrooy says Portuguese winger and former clubmate Cristiano Ronaldo would be more than welcome
 arrow Tennis: Third time unlucky
It was third time unlucky for Tommy Haas whose Australian Open semi-final jinx came back to haunt him Friday, and he admitted there was nothing he could do about it.
 arrow Football: Tensions won't split us: Drogba
Didier Drogba has admitted there are "tensions" at Chelsea but insists they won't divert the players from continuing their push for tropies under manager Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Kaiser drafte into FIFA committee
Franz Beckenbauer became the second high-profile former footballer to be elected to high office on Friday when he was voted onto the executive committee of FIFA, world soccer's governing body.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard circumspect
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard refuses to see his team as the title favourites despite history showing that the leaders at the halfway point have gone on to win the Spanish championship in 10 of the last
 arrow Football: United seek Pompey relief
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Portsmouth to expect the full force of Manchester United's frustration following last weekend's last minute defeat to Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Bremen look to consolidate
German league leaders Werder Bremen host Hanover on Sunday in their first match after the winter break with coach Thomas Schaaf hopeful German international Miroslav Klose will make the line-up.
 arrow Football: All bets off on Inter
Inter Milan face Sampdoria on Sunday aiming for a 14th successive league win and with the bookmakers so convinced of their invincibility that they've stopped taking bets on the Serie A title race.
 arrow Football: Things look up for Sheva
Andriy Shevchenko believes his Chelsea future is looking bright after he ended a ten-game goal drought to help Jose Mourinho's side into the League Cup final at the expense of Wycombe in midweek.
 arrow Football: Lyon going public
Lyon on Friday made a bid to boost its financial future -- and secure the cost of a new stadium -- when it unveiled details of its plans to become the first French football club to float on the stockmarket.
 arrow Football: Mancini keen on Premiership
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini said Friday he would not rule out a move to the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Bolton sign Slovakian pair
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed the signing of Slovakia defender Lubomir Michalik on a three-and-half-year contract.
 arrow Football: UEFA studying Scots, Irish proposal
European football's ruling body has agreed to launch a feasibility study on a proposal to increase the number of teams in the European Championship finals from 16 to 24.
 arrow Football: Bremen sign Rosenberg
Ajax Amsterdam and Werder Bremen have reached an agreement for the immediate transfer of Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg to the German league leaders, Ajax announced Friday.
 arrow Football: Roma hit back
Roma staged a thrilling comeback from two goals down to draw 2-2 at AC Milan in the Italian Cup semi-final first leg clash.
Metropolitanarrow Children's edn takes priority in Burichang
Poverty could not hold back Maya Debnath, daughter of a rickshawpuller, from continuing her education. She didn't even miss a single class at her school.
 arrow Drive against illegal rickshaws in Rajshahi
Rajshahi city has become almost rickshaw-free following the launching of a drive against illegal rickshaws by law enforcement agencies.
 arrow 7 meat traders held in Rajshahi
Joint forces of army, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police yesterday arrested seven meat traders for using faulty scales and seized cattle meat brought from India in sacks during a raid at the city's
 arrow 70,000 die of TB a year
Speakers at a daylong workshop said about 70,000 people die of tuberculosis (TB) a year --one in every 10 minutes -- and one gets infected in every two minutes in the country.
 arrow TIB invites reports for Investigative Journalism Award 2007
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has invited reports on corruption from journalists of print and electronic media for Investigative Journalism Award 2007, said a press release.
 arrow Fire at TV assembling unit in city
A fire broke out at a television assembling unit at Pallabi in the city yesterday evening, destroying all electronic equipment and tools.
 arrow Two killed in Sirajganj road accident
At least two people were killed and 15 others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Pabna highway at Moshipur in Shahzadpur Upazila of Sirajganj district yesterday.
 arrow Police recover shotgun, arrest 5 in Gaibandha
Police yesterday recovered a shotgun which was snatched by miscreants at Gobindaganj upazila of the district ten days back, and arrested five people in this connection.
 arrow 3 win MHED-Salma Amin Memorial Journalism Award
Names of the winners of MHED-Salma Amin Memorial Journalism Award 2006 have been announced.
 arrow Absconding convict held in Satkhira
Police on Thursday night arrested an absconding convict who was sentenced to life-term imprisonment by a court here in a murder case in 2001.
 arrow DU professor donates Tk 5 lakh to AMCH
Professor Nazneen Afroz of the Department of Geography and Environment of Dhaka University donated Tk 5 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday.
 arrow 29 houses, 4 shops gutted in Ctg
At least 29 houses and four shops were gutted in separate incidents of fire in the city yesterday. Valuables worth about Tk seven lakh were burnt to ashes in the fires, Fire Brigade sources said.
 arrow City AL distributes winter clothes
City Awami League (AL) yesterday distributed winter clothes among poor and cold-hit people at its office in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Mayor seeks cooperation for healthy environment
Mayor of Dhaka Sadek Hossain Khoka yesterday sought sincere cooperation from the city dwellers to make the city truly livable for the future generations.
 arrow CG urged to stop demolition of city slums
Nagorik Udyog, a human rights organisation, yesterday urged the caretaker government to stop demolition of the slums and eviction of its habitants and hawkers without providing them alternative housing
Nationalarrow Import, smuggling ruin salt industry
Salt production has started in coastal areas of Cox's Bazar with a carryover of about 6 lakh tonnes from last year's yield with farmers and traders.
 arrow 4 seismic observatories in sight without agri forecast
After over four years' uncertainty, the much talked about Tk 14 crore Seismological Service Development Project is finally going to be materialised.
 arrow ACC sues former UP chairman in Satkhira
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed four cases with Kaligonj thana yesterday accusing former chairman of Mathureshpur Union Parishad (UP) and its secretary in Kaligonj upazila for alleged embezzlement
 arrow Tk 50 lakh illegal timber seized in Moulvibazar
Juri upazila administration in a joint drive with forest department has recovered illegal timber worth about Tk 50 lakh from seven saw-mills.
 arrow Bird fair begins at RU today
A two-day bird fair, organised by Rajshahi University Institute of Environmental Science and Bangladesh Bird Club, begins today at RU.
 arrow Pistol snatched from Rab recovered
A joint force of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police has recovered a snatched pistol belonging to a Rab official from Gandhichhera tea garden in Srimongal upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let's refrain from acts of vexing it
Questions are already being raised as to when the election to the National Parliament will be held, what will be the tenure of the caretaker/interim government formed after declaration of the state of
 arrow Much to be achieved in short time
It would not be correct to put all the blames for failure of the last caretaker government on the President. All the parties concerned i.e.
 arrow Voter ID card may not serve as the magic tool without ICT in place
Although we all welcomed the caretaker government's noble intention and initiative to prepare voter ID cards for ensuring a transparent and fair election process, I would like to take a cautious and sceptical
 arrow Musharraf's predicament
General Pervez Musharraf's well-wishers had expected him to legitimize his rule, and put Pakistan firmly on the road to constitutional democracy, by holding free and fair elections in 2007.
Culturearrow Shehnai players: On the verge of extinction
The wind instrument shehnai, that can be loosely compared to an oboe, was once very popular as a band instrument played in rural areas especially at weddings.
 arrow Nurturing creativity
Biren Shome, a professional painter for over three decades, has brought out books on drawing and painting for school children.
 arrow An evening of classical music at Bishwa Shahitya Kendra
Classical music enthusiasts enjoyed a pro-gramme by Shuddho Sangeet Proshar Goshthi (SSPG), a cultural organisation, at the Bishwa Shahitya Kendra on January 25.
 arrow 'Outdoor': New drama serial on ATN Bangla
ATN Bangla is coming up with a new drama serial, Outdoor. The serial is jointly written by Arun Chowdhury and Rawnak Hasan. The story involves a group of urbanites.
 arrow Oscars: 'Long time coming' for Latinos
With Spain's Penelope Cruz and Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Adriana Barraza and Guillermo Arriaga all nabbing key Academy Award nominations, Latinos are making
Internationalarrow Nepal's Maoists urge US to remove them from 'terrorist' list
Nepal's former rebel Maoists called Friday on the United States to remove them from its list of foreign terrorist groups, accusing Washington of ignoring the country's peace deal.
 arrow Peres favourite to replace Katsav
The battle to succeed Israel's disgraced president got under way Friday, with veteran politician Shimon Peres favoured to gain the prestigious post that slipped from his grasp seven years ago.
 arrow Strike shuts Kashmir on India's Republic Day
Revolt-hit Indian Kashmir was crippled by a one-day strike Friday called by Islamic militants and separatists as the rest of the country celebrated Republic Day.
 arrow Abbas loyalist killed by rival Hamas forces
A loyalist of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party was killed overnight in northern Gaza by troops of the rival ruling Hamas movement, medics said Friday.
 arrow Developing nations dig in heels on climate
Developing countries, who stand to suffer the worst effects of climate change, said on Thursday they would not shoulder full responsibility for a problem created mainly by the rich.
 arrow Police arrest 38 as Lanka vows to fight terrorism
Sri Lanka arrested 38 people Friday during a crackdown against Tamil rebels in the president's home constituency, a day after he vowed to crush "terrorism", police said.
 arrow Global warming to speed up
A draft UN report projecting a big rise in temperatures this century is likely to add fuel to the debate about whether the world is facing dangerous global warming, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka seeks to destroy rebels, but can they win?
What started off as military push to clear Tamil Tiger artillery guns from a strategic harbour in northeast Sri Lanka has culminated in a mission to defeat the rebels completely - with no clear winner
 arrow Abe vows a 'new national identity’
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday to shake off the legacy of World War II defeat to create a "new national identity" as he tried to revive sagging public support.
 arrow Wen to visit Japan in April
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Japan in April as the Asian rivals step up efforts to improve relations, Beijing said although it also voiced concerns over lingering "sensitive" issues.
 arrow Scientists use radio waves to detect explosives
Scientists in Japan have developed a new technique for detecting explosives such as TNT in landmines or luggage using radio waves.
 arrow US asks Nato allies to boost Afghan help
The United States yesterday urged Nato allies to do more in Afghanistan, pledging more US troops and aid while warning of a "dangerous and bloody spring" offensive from an emboldened Taliban.
 arrow Traffic pollution can stunt lung development: study
Traffic pollution can prevent the lungs of children who live near busy roads from developing properly, making them more likely to suffer respiratory and heart problems later in life, US researchers said
 arrow Karzai becomes father for the first time
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's wife has had the couple's first baby, a son, after nine years of marriage, a presidential spokesman said Friday.
 arrow Indonesia calls on troops to fight bird flu
Indonesia called on the military yesterday to help fight bird flu, a day after a young girl became the country's sixth victim this month.
 arrow Pakistan ranks high in nations giving death
More than 7,000 people are on death row in Pakistan, one of the most in the world, a leading human rights group said in a report released on Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Agenda before caretaker government
Into its third week, the caretaker government needs to demonstrate a sense of direction towards fulfilling its primary goal of holding free, fair and impartial general election.
 arrow Editorial: Drive against adulterated food
It is heartening to see that special mobile courts are once again sweeping down on restaurants and manufacturers of adulterated and harmful food after a long absence.
 arrow Independent judiciary finally round the corner
Sisyphus, a character in Greek mythology, recognised universally as a symbol of patience, would have admired the extraordinary persistence of lawyers and our Supreme Court in bringing forth a Judiciary
 arrow Gandhi's dreams turn sour
Thank God, he is neither a Punjabi, nor a Muslim." The then Defence Minister Baldev Singh told Lord Mountbatten, India's first Governor General.
 arrow We want to vote
Election of course, is the foremost priority. Just to hold a fair and acceptable election we had all the political turbulence in last three months.
StarTecharrow Memories of future
Surely by this time you have become tired and at the same time frustrated as you have to upgrade your PCs memory so frequently.
 arrow Intel technology and industry leadership highlights 2006
In 2006, Intel Corporation introduced the most products in its history with industry-leading performance advantages that will change personal and business computing, says a press release.
 arrow Valuable 945G mATX solution!
The combination of Intel Core2 processor with Asus P5L-MX is great.
 arrow Living Room Pc

Literaturearrow Before You Eat
It's the dawn, and electric lines are slowly stamping themselves against the whitening sky. The dogs have awakened, and the air fills with their cries.
 arrow On the Bangladesh Diaspora and Iskandar Mirza
Uneven Octagon, by Shahidul Alam; Dhaka: writers.ink; 2007; pp. 138; Tk. 350.
Professor Niaz Zaman's publishing concern writers.

 arrow Talking with Neil Bissoondath
Neil Devindra Bissoondath lives in Quebec, Canada. He was born in 1955 in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago and is the nephew of author Sir V.S. Naipaul.
 arrow Tonguing Mother
Baroque, plateresque and rococo
are words that Indians mostly
do not know
unless they have been to a lecture
on Western (thus un-Indian)

 arrow Second Daily Star Anthology
The Daily Star literature page, in order to promote English-language writing among Bangladeshis, will publish a second anthology, this time of non-fiction writing.
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