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Front Pagearrow HC suspends all polls for 3 months
The High Court (HC) yesterday suspended conduct of all elections including the next parliamentary polls for three months and ordered the Election Commission (EC) to explain why the existing revised voter
 arrow No interference with free press
In the wake of a strong media outcry against restrictions on the media and its leaders' firm resolve to defy it, the caretaker government (CG) yesterday clarified that no restrictions have been imposed
 arrow 70pc Oriental Bank shares cancelled
The Bangladesh Bank yesterday cancelled 69.
 arrow Yunus slates 'financial apartheid' against poor
Nobel Laureate and Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus has criticised the existing international financial institutions for shutting out the world's poor from receiving their credit.
 arrow Major shakeup in police admin
Top echelons of the police administration saw a massive reshuffle last night as the caretaker government made changes to 20 top positions including inspector general of police (IGP) and commissioner of
 arrow 290 structures along Turag knocked down
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on the second day of its ongoing eviction drive yesterday demolished around 290 illegal structures on the bank of Turag river from Mohammadpur to Diabari
 arrow Polls must be interim govt's main priority
The prime job of the caretaker government (CG) is to prepare a correct and flawless voter list, and hold a free, fair and credible general election as early as possible.
 arrow Ex-secy Anisuzzaman tipped to be new CEC
Former secretary M Anisuzzaman Khan is likely to be appointed the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by President Iajuddin Ahmed, sources said.
 arrow Rajuk's CBA leaders among 2,002 held
The army-led joint forces arrested 2,002 people on various charges within 24 hours preceding 6:00pm yesterday including three influential CBA leaders of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) as part of
 arrow Envoys meet chief adviser to talk latest situation
The envoys of America, Britain, India and the European Union (EU) meet Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday and discussed Bangladesh's latest political situation.
 arrow Importers to be punished for delay in import of fertiliser
The government yesterday warned the fertiliser importers of blacklisting and stern legal actions if they failed to import fertiliser as per the scheduled time.
 arrow Holiday market planned for evicted hawkers
The caretaker government has decided to introduce 'holiday market' to rehabilitate hawkers evicted from the footpaths and illegally built markets in the capital during the ongoing joint forces' drive.
 arrow 14-party urges CG to hold polls early
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to hand over power to an elected government through holding a free and fair election in the country immediately.
 arrow Rajuk's drive...

 arrow Ashura today
The holy Ashura will be observed across the country today to commemorate the Karbala tragedy in which Hazrat Imam Hossain ® along with his family and followers embraced martyrdom.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair...

 arrow President visits army HQ
President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed visited the army headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Waheedul Haq's body donated to BSMMU
Family members of Waheedul Haq, veteran journalist, columnist and Tagore song specialist, yesterday donated his body to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for medical research, family
 arrow Advisors focus on power crisis
The council of advisers yesterday asked the Power Division to present a comprehensive energy plan for 2007 by next week to reduce power shortages during the upcoming summer.
 arrow The flames...

 arrow Generation falls to 40MW as 4 units closed
With drastic fall of water level in Kaptai lake, power generated at Kaptai Hydroelectric Power Project (KHPP) has come down to only 40 MW a day against its usual production of 230 MW.
 arrow Proceedings of graft cases against Ershad adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the proceedings of two graft cases filed against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad until February 25 following time petitions by the defence lawyers.
 arrow HC confirms death sentence of one, acquits 2 in death row
The High Court (HC) yesterday confirmed the death sentence to a man and life imprisonment to his wife in Bushra murder case, but acquitted two others in the death row.
 arrow Butenis given assignment in Iraq by year end
US Ambassador to Dhaka Patricia A Butenis will leave Bangladesh later this year to assume a senior position in the United States Embassy in Baghdad.
 arrow Traders fined for selling toxic chemicals as food colour
A mobile court yesterday raided 29 business entities in the old part of the capital and fined Tk 2 lakh 22 thousand for selling dangerous chemicals as 'food colour', marketing banned polythene and using
 arrow BNP vice-chairman Mir Shawkat quits over Jamaat issue
BNP Vice-Chairman Mir Shawkat Ali has handed in resignation to the party chairperson following differences of opinion with the party high-ups over Jamaat issue, sources said.
 arrow Bits of trash...

 arrow Death toll rises to 300 in Najaf
US and Iraqi forces killed some 300 gunmen from an apocalyptic Muslim cult in a day-long battle involving US tanks and aircraft near the Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraqi police, army and political sources
 arrow 6 more killed as factional fight rages in Gaza
Rival Palestinian factions clashed again in Gaza yesterday despite agreeing to Saudi-mediated talks to end the worst bout of internecine violence in a year that has left 30 people dead in four days.
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 3 in Israeli resort
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a bakery in Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat yesterday, killing three people in the first such attack inside the Jewish state in nine months.
Businessarrow Tk300 annual fee for BO account on cards
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is going to charge an annual maintenance fee of Tk 300 for each beneficiary owner's (BO) account in a bid to discourage use of 'shady BO accounts' in IPOs.
 arrow Bangladesh telecoms sector needs long-term tax framework
Bangladesh telecoms sector is in need of a detailed and long-term regulatory framework with regard to taxation so that foreign investors may have a clear overview and be encouraged for more investment,
 arrow Racial divides threaten Malaysia economy
Growing racial divides are undermining Malaysia and the government must act or face severe social and financial consequences, an anti-corruption watchdog warned Monday.
 arrow Oriental Bank scam: Lessons learnt
Subsequent to Om Prakash scam couple of years back, the Oriental Bank debacle again pointed finger at the missing link between core risk identification and mitigation in Bangladesh's banking industry,
 arrow Tea plantation project launched in Bandarban
Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) yesterday formally launched a project to supplement its efforts for expanding a sustainable tea plantation in vast unutilised lands in Bandarban district.
 arrow Phoenix Leasing gets new name
Phoenix Leasing Company Limited, a non-banking financial institution, has formally changed its name as Phoenix Finance and Investment Limited.
 arrow Dubai's poor work condition draws fresh criticism
A deadly blaze in a tower under construction in Dubai this month renewed concerns about the safety of foreign workers amid a spate of allegations by rights groups over labour abuses.
 arrow Stocks fall marginally
Stock prices on the Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges fell marginally yesterday for the third consecutive day mainly due to a 'profit taking selling pressure'.
 arrow British Airways strike called off
A threatened two-day strike at British Airways this week was called off Monday after the airline hammered out a last-minute deal with unions.
 arrow GP opens 80 communication info centres in Rajshahi div
Leading cellphone operator Grameenphone Ltd has so far opened 80 communication information centres in 16 districts of Rajshahi division.
 arrow IDLC, Modern Erection sign agreement
In order to conduct a pre-investment feasibility study of an industrial water and effluent treatment plant, Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Ltd and Modern Erection Ltd (MEL)
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers leave tomorrow
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar promised to make full use of the opportunity of international cricket against Zimbabwe during their four-match ODI series although there was an increasing debate about
 arrow Cricket: Jayantha inspires Sonargaon
Mohammad Ashraful did not get a chance to exercise his last opportunity to bat before flying out to Zimbabwe as Saman Jayantha's blazing hundred ensured Sonargaon Cricketers romped to an emphatic nine-wicket
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha signal title ambitions
While Dhaka giants Muktijoddha Sangsad have their eyes set firmly on the title, Chittagong Mohammedan only want to impress as far as possible in the first-ever Professional Football League that is scheduled
 arrow Cricket: Run riot in women's cricket
A scintillating hundred by Ayesha Akhter guided Dhaka to a massive 278-run victory over Narayanganj in the First Women Cricket Championship at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: U23's draw in practice match
The national under-23 football team drew 2-2 in a preparation match against Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Injury woe mounts for Eng
England is again set to be without three of its key players for the crunch triangular one-day series clash with New Zealand here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India to name WC squad on Feb 11 or 12
The Indian squad for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the Caribbean would be chosen on February 11 or 12.
 arrow Cricket: 'Irfan gets his rhythm back'
Indian cricket team's biomecha-nical expert Ian Fraser Monday expressed satisfaction over Irfan Pathan's current form, saying the left-handed paceman had found his natural rhythm back.
 arrow Cricket: Bond, Franklin set for recall
New Zealand are set to recall fast bowlers Shane Bond and James Franklin for Tuesday's crucial tri-series one-day match against England.
 arrow Cricket: Imran rues lost chance
Pakistan made too many mistakes and spoiled a golden opportunity to win their first-ever Test series in South Africa, former cricket greats said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist wants Hayden
Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist believes Matthew Hayden is the right man to partner him at the top of the order at the upcoming World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Bob blasts scheduling
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer criticised a "ridiculous" international schedule as injuries finally caught up with his team when they lost the series-deciding third and final Test against South Africa byfive
 arrow Football: Inter continue amazing run
Inter Milan maintained their 11-point lead at the top of Serie A and extended their record run of consecutive league wins to 14 matches with a 2-0 victory at 10-man Sampdoria on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Toure saves Gunners
Kolo Toure maintained Arsenal's hopes of winning the FA Cup by heading home a late equaliser against Premiership rivals Bolton to secure a 1-1 draw here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Platini confirms overhaul
Newly-elected UEFA chief Michel Platini confirmed Sunday he intends to reduce the number of clubs that England, Spain and Italy are allowed to qualify for the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Barcelona stay top
Reigning Spanish champions and league leaders Barcelona endured some difficult periods but eventually prevailed for a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bermuda to top minnows' field
Bermuda will be out to shed the tag of being the underdogs in the ICC World Cricket League Division One when they renew rivalry with Kenya in the opening match on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: No room for Ranatunga
Sri Lanka's World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has once again been ignored for a ministerial berth in the first reshuffle of President Mahinda Rajapakse's government.
 arrow Football: McLeish takes over Scotland job
Former Rangers coach Alex McLeish was named as Scotland's new manager by the Scottish FA on Monday.
 arrow Football: United's Hargreaves hopes on hold
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has admitted the Premiership leaders have next to no chance of signing midfielder Owen Hargreaves before the January transfer shuts on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Werder reach summit
Werder Bremen moved back to the top of the German first division Sunday after a comfortable 3-0 win at home to struggling Hanover.
 arrow Football: Jose keen to stay
Jose Mourinho said he believed he would see out his contract at Chelsea after his side secured their place in the FA Cup fifth round with three first-half goals in a 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest.
 arrow Football: Wenger fancies 'panic buy'
Arsene Wenger has hinted he may make a late move in the transfer market to ease the strain of Arsenal's increasingly lengthy injury list.
 arrow Football: Lens stage comeback
A combination of defensive errors and opportunistic scoring saw Champions League hopefuls Lens claim a share of the points in a dramatic 3-3 draw with St Etienne on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Psychic Morimoto
Catania's Japanese striker Takayuki Morimoto said he knew he was going to score on his Serie A debut for Sicilian side Catania.
 arrow Football: Allardyce fears for Ben Haim
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce fears Chelsea are set to make a renewed bid for Tal Ben Haim after the defender pulled out of his side's FA Cup draw at Arsenal on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Klasnic surgery unsuccessful
Croatian international striker Ivan Klasnic's kidney transplant carried out last week was not successful and he will be out of action for at least six months, his attorney said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt plans special markets on Friday
The government has decided, in principle, to open special markets at different important roads and avenues in the Dhaka Metropolis area on weekly holiday Friday to provide opportunities for shopping by
 arrow Godfathers still at large
Corrupt ministers, black money holders, criminals and their godfathers are still at large two weeks into the assumption of new caretaker government, said leaders of left leaning parties at a view exchange
 arrow CG urged to check illegal import of salt
Salt producers yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to take necessary steps to check illegal import of salt and take action against the persons responsible.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 13 lakh gutted in Chittagong
Eight houses, five shops and bakery worth around Tk 13 lakh were gutted in three separate fire incidents at different city areas yesterday.
 arrow Fire at city RMG factory
A fire broke out at a garment factory in the city yesterday; however, all inmates of the factory came out safely.
 arrow HC rule against operation of 2 fertiliser factories
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the respondents to explain why the operation of two urea fertiliser factories without having environmental clearance certificate from the authorities
 arrow Authorities urged not to harass indigenous people
Leaders of the ethnic community yesterday urged the authorities concerned not to raid the houses of indigenous people or harass them without verifying information.
 arrow Two books on Gandhi's Noakhali peace mission launched
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Home yesterday launched two books on Noakhali peace mission by the legendary apostle of non-violence.
 arrow Body to check veracity of arrestee's claim
The police yesterday formed a three-member probe committee to check the veracity of an arrestee's claim that the officer-in-charge (OC) of Kalai Police Station in Joypurhat tortured him to extract confessional
 arrow Deen Mohammad surrenders to court
Deen Mohammad, another prime accused, in the sensational Chittagong Arms Haul Case surrendered before a court here yesterday.
 arrow City School Int'l pitha festival
The City School International, an English medium school, organised a daylong international pitha festival at its premises in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Brac gets $ 25m Bill Gates Foundation grant
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Brac a grant of over US$ 25.
 arrow Ctg hawkers demand alternative job
Bangladesh Sammilita Footpath Hawkers Parishad yesterday urged the chief adviser to the caretaker government (CG) to rehabilitate or create alternative employment for the hawkers.
 arrow Police arrest 4 muggers in critical condition
Police arrested four muggers in critical condition after angry mob beat them up at Madam Bibir Hat under Sitakunda Police Station of the district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow BCL, JCD wrangle on JU campus
An uneasy atmosphere is prevailing at Jahangirnagar University (JU) as the activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) wrangled over throwing of tar on a portrait of
 arrow Etc-Oitijhya Ekushey Book fair
Etcetera Bangladesh Private Limited and Oitijhya Publications will launch a month-long ' Etcetera-Oitijhya Ekushey Boi Utshab' tomorrow.
 arrow APECE Alumni Assoc AGM Feb 2
Annual general meeting of the Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering Alumni Association (APECE Alumni Assoc) of Dhaka University will be held at the TSC auditorium on the Dhaka University
 arrow Two criminals held, bronze, brass bars seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two criminals and seized bronze, lead and brass bars weighing 40 maunds during separate raids in Rajshahi and Naogaon yesterday.
 arrow Dismissal of JU teacher demanded
Jahangirnagar University (JU) students under the banner of 'Jahangirnagar against harassment' staged a demonstration covering their face with black ribbon on the campus yesterday demanding permanent dismissal
 arrow Hand bomb recovered at RU dormitory
A handmade bomb was recovered at the ground floor of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Rajshahi University yesterday.
 arrow Reneta meets Anwarul Iqbal
UNDP Resident Representative Reneta Lock Dessallin yesterday called on LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal at his secretariat office in the city.
 arrow DU 'Ka' unit admission test results published
Results of first year honours admission test of 'Ka' unit under Science Faculty for the sessions 2006-2007 have been published yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Julmat Sheikh, a rickshaw-puller in Sirajganj town, has appealed for financial assistance for his treatment as he has been suffering from complicated heart diseases.
Nationalarrow Teachers, officials urge CA to probe 'irregularities'
Leaders of teachers and employees' associations at Hajee Dadesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) in a written statement has urged the education advisor to caretaker government to probe alleged
 arrow 3 PCJSS men killed in 2 weeks
At least three activists of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) were killed in gun fire allegedly by rival activists belonging to United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Khagrachhariin
 arrow UP chairman shot dead in Rangamati
A Union Parishad (UP) chairman was shot dead Sunday night by unidentified armed assailants in Dharmaghar area in Kutukchhari in the Sadar upazila, some 25 kilometers from the district town.
 arrow Two bombs recovered in Khulna
Police yesterday morning recovered two powerful hand bombs from the house of Gazi Kamrul Islam, a 'listed criminal' at Bandikati village in Paikgachha upazila.
 arrow One dies in jail custody in Bogra
An arrestee died here in jail custody yesterday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow Election schedule and our feudal politics
While feudalism definitely was the unfortunate experience of the not-too-distant past, one is not very sure if the Bangladesh polity has been able to extricate itself of the trappings and tentacles of
 arrow ACC needs total reform
The chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CTG) Fakhruddin Ahmed, in an address to the nation on January 21, laid down an ambitious agenda of sweeping reforms of the state's institutions.
 arrow Gandhi's message today
To commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's work in South Africa, retracing the train trip that politicized India's freedom movement icon, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rode an old stream-powered train for 30 minutes
Culturearrow Samarjit's revival of folk art
Marking 50 years of painting and celebrating his 70th birthday, Samarjit Roy Choudhury, holds his fifth solo at the Bengal Gallery.
 arrow Classical dance and instrumental programme begins at Shilpakala
"Dance gurus of Bangladesh, acquiring higher degrees from India in different classical dance genres such as Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Manipuri, are subsequently going on to develop quality disciples.
 arrow 'Tara Tin Jon' goes on air
Tara Tin Jon (Tea-master) a single episode drama, will be aired today on ATN Bangla at 8:45 pm.
 arrow Music giant OP Nayyar passes away
Legendary music director O P Nayyar, best known for classic songs like Jhumka Gira Re and Pukarta Chala Hoon Mein, died of cardiac arrest at his home on January 28 in Thane. He was 81.
Generalarrow Four killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Chittagong and Patuakhali yesterday.
 arrow Woman stabbed to death in city
A woman was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants at Sobhanbagh in the city's Mohammadpur area last night.
Internationalarrow White House defies protests, sticks to its Iraq troops plan
The White House is sticking to its plan to send extra US troops to Iraq, resisting public disapproval and opposition Democrats determined to pass a damning resolution against the strategy.
 arrow Myanmar crackdown puts Indian rebels on the run
A major military crackdown by Myanmar has sent Indian separatists fleeing and left a growing death toll, a rebel leader told AFPyesterday The junta had burnt down the general headquarters and two camps
 arrow Asians graduate in Australia 'despite bad English’
More than one-third of foreign students graduating from Australian universities, mainly Asians, have such poor English skills they should never have been admitted, research released yesterday showed.
 arrow Thousands write protest letters to Myanmar junta leader
Thousands of people have written letters addressed to Myanmar's military leader, Senior General Than Shwe, to complain about the harsh conditions in the country, activists said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal minister resigns over ethnic unrest
A Nepali minister has resigned after accusing the government of failing to stem unrest that has seen at least seven people killed and dozens injured in the country's rural southeast, he told the wireservice
Editorialarrow Editorial: Stopping wholesale arrest
The government instruction to cease mass-scale arrest of people has not come a moment too soon and we commend the caretaker government for it.
 arrow Editorial: Ashura sacrifices
The tenth day of Muharram is a defining moment in the history of Islam.
 arrow Expectations from the Fakhruddin government
The background and necessity of the installation of the Fakhruddin non-party caretaker government on January 12 does not need to be recounted here.
 arrow Development as dispossession
When ordinary mortals buy land, they search high and low for an affordable piece; hire brokers, and take bank loans repayable over 10 or 15 years.
 arrow Opposition's dilemmas
There is consensus outside the narrow ruling circle that the first task for Pakistanis is to make the army release its stranglehold on state structure for good.
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