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Front Pagearrow Acting CEC quits with commissioners
The acting chief election commissioner (CEC) and four other commissioners finally resigned yesterday, following the footstep of Justice MA Aziz, and clearing the way for reconstitution of the Election
 arrow Indian firm to set up 240MW power plant
The government yesterday signed a Tk 1,133 crore deal with an Indian company to build a 240MW power plant in the country.
 arrow Hasina's APS held, freed later
Security personnel detained Dr Awlad Hossain, Assistant Personal Secretary (APS) of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, and two of her personal staffs in the capital last night but later released
 arrow Govt in hunt for tapping quick funds
The government is taking initiatives for quick release of $340 million from the World Bank under the budgetary support programme, and $330 million from the sale of 67 percent shares of the Rupali Bank
 arrow 1.75 lakh sacks of rotten wheat, other items seized
Joint forces yesterday busted a major food adulteration ring, arrested four people and seized over 1.
 arrow Yunus may join politics if 'circumstances force' him
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday said if circumstances force him he will join politics and government but made it clear that he would not like to be the president of Bangladesh as itis
 arrow Fair polls not enough for democracy
Eight former advisers of caretaker governments (CG) yesterday underscored the need for strict compliance with some rules for healthy democratic practices, saying only a free and fair election is not enough
 arrow Charge goes up by four times
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) unilaterally raised the charge for handling container through four sophisticated Quay Gantry Crane (QGC) by nearly four times for gearless vessels (ships without crane).
 arrow Revised ADP to drop unapproved new projects
Unapproved new projects under the ongoing Annual Development Programme (ADP) will not be included in the revised ADP (RADP) for the current fiscal year, according to new RADP rules and regulations.
 arrow 14-party, JP leaders sit in dinner with diplomats
Leaders of both the Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance and Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) last night held a meeting with 14 foreign diplomats at a dinner in Dhaka and discussed different issues including
 arrow Ansar-VDP occupies land ignoring HC injunction
Bangladesh Ansar and VDP yesterday allegedly occupied a 0.6584-acre land at Khilgaon Chowdhurypara ignoring a High Court injunction.
 arrow OC, 2 SIs held for taking Tk 15 lakh bribe
The joint forces on Tuesday arrested five people, including three police officers, for exchanging Tk 15 lakh as bribe inside Fatulla Police Station in Narayanganj to get released a huge amount of rotten
 arrow Businessman arrested with arms, huge ammo
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a businessman and seized three firearms, 5,373 rounds of ammunition and three walkie-talkies from his Bijoynagar residence in the capital on Tuesday.
 arrow Cop killed, 2 injured in bomb blast
A traffic police constable was killed and two others were injured when unidentified miscreants hurled a bomb at Chandna intersection in Gazipur at around 7:00pm on Tuesday.
 arrow Govt to seek 2 weeks for separation of judiciary
Law Adviser barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government will seek today two weeks' time from the Supreme Court (SC) for submitting an amended Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
 arrow Govt mulls power import from West Bengal
The government is mulling over a proposal to import electricity from the bordering Indian state of West Bengal to cut down the perennial power shortages in the country, energy ministry sources said.
 arrow Probe finds 5 cops guilty
A three-member inquiry committee accused five police officials for torturing a suspected thief at Bogra Sadar police station (PS) in its report submitted on Tuesday.
 arrow BIWTA knocks down 66 illegal structures
A team of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday knocked down 66 concrete structures of Hasnabad, Naiyatola and Mirerbagh areas located on the Keraniganj side of the river Buriganga.
 arrow Rajshahi mayor files defamation suit against Prothom Alo
Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday lodged a defamation suit with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court against the leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
 arrow HC asks why anti-graft action against officials won't be illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking for explanation why the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) action in suing Oriental Bank officials, including its former managing director CM Koyes Sami,
 arrow Cops beat one to death
A freedom fighter was beaten to death by police yesterday at Neha village under Sadar upazila of the district.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Masih Muhith Haque & Co in a rejoinder to a report titled "Oriental Bank Scam, Criminal Case Filed Against Obaidul Karim, Koyes Sami," published in The Daily Star on January 26, said their involvement
 arrow Corrections
In our report headlined 'Canadian jobs beckon Bangladeshi workers' on January 28, it was mistakenly stated that Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL) -- a state-owned recruitingagency
Businessarrow DSE turnover hits all time high at Tk158.74cr
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday hit all time high at Tk 158.74 crore with a huge number of Brac Bank's shares worth Tk 49.21 crore changing hands.
 arrow Yunus suggests separate stock market, bank to fund microcredit
Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus has suggested enacting a law to set up a separate stock market and a bank to fund the needs of microcredit.
 arrow Asian air passenger traffic up 4.5pc in '06
Airlines operating in the Asia Pacific region carried 134 million international passengers in 2006, up 4.5 percent from the previous year, an industry association said Wednesday.
 arrow EU proposes cuts in sugar quotas
The European Commission proposed to cut the sugar production quotas for the 2007-2008 marketing year by 12 percent to avert a significant surplus in the European Union (EU).
 arrow NYSE, Tokyo bourse to announce alliance
The New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the world's top two equity markets, were set to unveil a strategic alliance Wednesday spanning three continents and the world's largest economies.
 arrow Japan protects farming despite free trade stance: WTO
Japan's agricultural sector remains highly protected from foreign competition despite overall measures to open up the economy, the World Trade Organisation said Wednesday.
 arrow Int'l textile machinery show kicks off today
A four-day international textiles and garments machinery show starts at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka today.
 arrow Compliance policies to up productivity, export
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for implementing compliance policies in all industrial units of the country including readymade garment (RMG), shrimp and pharmaceutical sectors to enhance
 arrow Tata outbids CSN in Corus auction
India's Tata Steel said Wednesday it outbid Brazilian rival CSN to take over European steelmaker Corus Group PLC, offering $11.3 billion for the biggest-ever acquisition by an Indian company.
 arrow Bank Asia, Nat'l Life sign deal for credit card insurance coverage
Bank Asia Ltd recently signed an agreement with National Life Insurance Ltd for providing SafetyNet service for its clients having credit cards, says a press release.
 arrow Citibank's web-based trade seminar for customers
Citibank, NA Bangladesh recently organised a trade webinar (web-based virtual training session) on 'Understanding the Risks of Standby Letters of Credit' for customers, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices drop
Oil prices fell Wednesday as the market adjusted to a spike the day before and awaited the weekly U.S.
 arrow India raises key interest rate
The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday raised its key short-term borrowing rate by a quarter percentage point to 7.50 percent citing inflation risks as it also hiked its full-year growth forecast.
 arrow ROK mulls FTA with Gulf states
South Korea is actively considering forging a free trade agreement with six Gulf nations, its top economic official said Wednesday.
 arrow New DMD of Dutch-Bangla Bank
Ghulam Kabir has recently been appointed deputy managing director of Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL), says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers off to Harare
With a mission to erase the heartbreaking memory they are having for a few months now, Bangladesh cricket team left Dhaka to play four one-day internationals against Zimbabwe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Victoria on course
Imrul Kayes scored a patient half-century as Victoria sailed to an easy 92-run victory over struggling City Club in the Kai-Altech Premier League at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ctg Abahani aim high
Chittagong Abahani will take inspiration from their third-place finishing in successive National Football Leagues to enter the professional era.
 arrow Football: Sylhet withdraw from B. League
The B. League suffered a big blow when Sylhet District Sports Association (DSA) withdrew their name from the country's inaugural Professional Football League which is scheduled to kick off this month.
 arrow Cricket: Div cricket meet ahead
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to introduce BCB Challenge Club Cup Cricket in five divisions.
 arrow Cricket: Shuktara sinks Dhaka
Shuktara took three wickets and scored 33 invaluable runs to help Khulna win an exciting match against Dhaka by only three runs in the first-ever women's cricket tournament at the Ansar and VDP ground
 arrow Tennis: Ranjan into qtrs
Ranjan Ram moved to the quarterfinals of the Grameen -phone International Junior Tennis Tournament at the Zafar Imam tennis complex in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rezaul, Saif finish with wins
Rezaul Islam and Abdullah Al Saif won their final round games but still finished way below winner Bitan Bannerjee in the 19th The Telegraph Schools Chess tournament in Kolkata yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India win series in style
Sachin Tendulkar struck a dramatic 41st one-day century as India whipped lacklustre West Indies by 160 runs on Wednesday to win the four-match series 3-1.
 arrow Cricket: Kapil blames the media
Cricketing legend Kapil Dev on Wednesday urged the media not to sow confusion over the captaincy issue for the forthcoming World Cup by repeatedly raking the name of Sourav Ganguly as a possible candidate
 arrow Football: Ulsan Hyundai's goodwill visit
Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dockyard FC of South Korea arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday to play an exhibition football match against Bangladesh Olympic squad (Under-23).
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis plot Aussie fall
Blistering batting has propelled New Zealand to the brink of the finals of the triangular one-day series -- now they have their sights set on upsetting the unbeaten Australians.
 arrow Cricket: I know my game: Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar returned to his match-winning ways on Wednesday with a warning that he was desperate to see India lift the World Cup in April.
 arrow Cricket: NZ see off England
New Zealand all but sealed a berth in the triangular series finals with a comfortable 58-run win over England in the one-day international at the WACA Ground here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo relishing Milan challenge
Brazilian megastar Ronaldo said he hoped he could fulfil the dreams of AC Milan fans after leaving Real Madrid to join the six-time European champions on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Reds compound Hammers woes
liverpool gave West Ham a lesson in finishing at Upton Park as two brilliant goals from Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch decided this Premiership encounter 2-1 in the visitors' favour.
 arrow Football: PSG keep Cup hopes alive
Paul Le Guen's Paris Saint Germain safely booked their place in the French Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Valenciennes on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Magath gets Bayern axe
Bayern Munich have sacked coach Felix Magath and plan to replace him with former boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, according to a report by Bild newspaper on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Canary Wharf camp Phase 2 from Feb 5
The second phase of the juvenile footballers' (12-14 year) four-year training camp under the auspices of the Canary Wharf, UK will begin on February 5 at BKSP.
 arrow Cricket: DCP, Sapient win again
DCP and Sapient Club were winners of the day in the Second Division Cricket League matches at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Batting first, DCP scored 108 in 24.

 arrow Cricket: India busy after WC
The Indian cricketers have a hectic schedule after the World Cup in March-April, with a short tour of Bangladesh setting off a gruelling programme right upto the summer of 2008.
 arrow Table Tennis: Abahani deny Biman clean sweep
Hamlet and Saleha emerged champions in the men's and women's singles competitions respectively in the Federation Cup invitational table tennis tournament which concluded yesterday.
 arrow Football: Divided press
Italy's sports press have given a mixed reception to Brazilian striker Ronaldo after he completed his transfer from Real Madrid to AC Milan.
 arrow Football: A muted send-off
Three-times World Player of the Year Ronaldo was given a muted send-off by the Spanish media on Wednesday after his 7.5 million-euro ($9.72 million) move from Real Madrid to AC Milan.
 arrow Football: Tiger wishes Becks success
David Beckham's quest for super-stardom in the United States has drawn support from current top draw Tiger Woods.
 arrow Football: Real's word of gratitude
Real Madrid on Tuesday thanked Brazil international Ronaldo for the memories as they sold him off to AC Milan on an 18-month contract.
 arrow Football: Domenech no Matrix fan
France coach Raymond Domenech on Monday stuck the boot in on stricken Italy international Marco Materazzi after the centre-back was the victim of another headbutt.
 arrow Football: Big moves dominate
David Beckham's move from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy in a package that could be worth up to 250 million dollars to the player dwarfed every other transfer in the January window which closes on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern slip up again
Bayern Munich slipped to fourth place in the Bundesliga after they could manage no better than a goalless draw at home to lowly Bochum on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Blades cut down Fulham
Jon Stead opened his goalscoring account for Sheffield United as the Blades took another huge step towards Premiership survival by beating Fulham 2-0 here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool get Mascherano go-ahead
West Ham United's Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano has been given special permission by FIFA to join Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Heynckes quits M'gladbach
Former Germany international Jupp Heynckes has quit as coach of Borussia Monchengladbach after the team's failure to win a Bundesliga match in nearly four months.
 arrow Football: Zlatan snubs Sweden again
Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been left out of the Sweden squad to face Egypt in a friendly next month while Henrik Larsson has refused to change his mind about retiring from the national
 arrow Football: Maccarone's Siena switch completed
Siena have signed striker Massimo Maccarone from Premier League club Middlesbrough on a free transfer, the Serie A club said on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal.

Metropolitanarrow Declare southwest region as a 'disaster' area
Three voluntary organisations yesterday urged the government to declare the country's south-west region as a 'disaster area' since around seven million people of the region have long been suffering from
 arrow CNG auto-rickshaws rush to install meter
Hundreds of drivers and owners of CNG driven auto-rickshaws thronged the meter supplying companies here in Chittagong yesterday to install or repair meters ahead of the crack down against the vehicles
 arrow Show-cause notice on CPA
The shipping ministry yesterday issued a show-cause notice on the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to explain whether any shore handling operator was appointed without following the Public ProcurementRegulation
 arrow 3 die in road crashes
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra and Jamalpur yesterday and on Tuesday.
 arrow 38 sacks of polybags, raw materials seized
A mobile court seized a huge quantity of polythene bags, raw materials, and machinery from two polythene bag factories in old part of the city yesterday.
 arrow 3 to die, one gets life
A tribunal of Dhaka yesterday sentenced three people to death and one to life in jail for killing a businessman at Sutrapur in the city in 2005.
 arrow Amar Ekushey Book Fair begins today
The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2007, country's largest and historic book festival, will begin today on Bangla Academy premises.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader near Nitpur frontier under Porsha upazila of Naogaon district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Factory sealed off for producing unauthorised acid
The joint forces yesterday sealed off an illegal factory for producing sulphuric acid illegally at Sanarpar of Shidhhirganj in the district and arrested two people in this connection.
 arrow Rajuk knocks down illegal structures in Gulshan
Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) recovered part of a 30 feet wide road and demolished several illegal structures in the city's Gulshan area yesterday.
 arrow Rab recovers 3 revolvers, arrests three
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered three foreign revolvers and 14 rounds of bullets and arrested three people in this connection from Natore, Rangpur and Rajshahi.
 arrow Italy offers help to CG
Italian Ambassador Dr Pietro Ballero yesterday offered his country's assistance to the caretaker government whenever needed.
 arrow Maghi Purnima today
The Buddhist community of the country will celebrate Maghi Purnima, one of their major religious festivals, with traditional enthusiasm and solemn devotion today.
 arrow Deposited firearms to be kept in respective PS until Feb 28
The home ministry yesterday said the firearms (revolver and pistol) deposited earlier by their owners will be kept in respective police stations until February 28 in the wake of promulgating the state
 arrow HC issues rule on govt
The High Court yesterday issued rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to produce Shahidul Islam, executive director of Uttaran, a Satkhira-based NGO, before the court to demonstrate
 arrow Holy Ashura observed
The country observed the holy Ashura on Tuesday commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the youngest grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SM), with his followers in the Battle of Karbala 1326
 arrow One gets death
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing an expatriate at Kapasia in Gazipur district in 2004.
 arrow HC rule on govt
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain within two weeks why the detention of Dastagir Chowdhury, former deputy mayor of Chittagong City Corporation and BNP leader,
 arrow Defamation case against Jugantor
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into a defamation case against Jugantor proprietor, editor and publisher filed by Mohammad Noor Ali, managing director of Unique Eastern (Pvt) Ltd.
 arrow Masud Nizami passes away
Eminent journalist Masud Nizami passed away due to kidney disease and diabetes on Tuesday night at Millennium Hospital at Lalmatia in the city at the age of 60, says a press release.
 arrow Shamsuzzaman Khan Benu
Shamsuzzaman Khan (Benu), a cultural personality, passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest in the city on Tuesday at the age of 61.
Nationalarrow CA's action sought as justice denied by former govt
The first death anniversary of Rajshahi University teacher Dr S Taher Ahmed will be observed on the campus today, seeking action by the caretaker government for justice for the murder.
 arrow Husband turns killer while on pleasure trip to Kuakata
A wife was killed allegedly by her husband in Kuakata Tuesday night. They come to Kuakata sea beach from Dhaka on a visit two days ago.
 arrow 25 Rohingya intruders held in Teknaf
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and police in separate drives arrested 25 Rohingya intruders from border areas of Teknaf upazila in the district in two days till Tuesday.
 arrow UP chairman murdered in Jamalpur
Unidentified miscreants killed a Union Parishad (UP) chairman in Jamalpur Sadar upazila Monday night.

The victim was identified as Mohammad Salimullah, 58, chairman of Ghoradhap Union Parishad (UP).

 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire in Lalmonirhat
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) exchange fire on Jourani border in Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat district yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 die after taking spirit in Gaibandha
Two persons died and four others fell sick after taking of spirit as alcohol at Durgapur in Gaibandha Sadar upazila Tuesday night.

The dead are Lajuk Mia, 40, and Jaharul Huq, 41.

Point-Counterpointarrow Masters of self-destruction
The readers must have noticed that immediately after the state of emergency was declared by the president, the BNP high command advised its members, particularly those with criminal backgrounds, to go
 arrow Man of peace at war?
Bangladesh's man of peace, Dr Yunus, seems to have initiated a battle of sorts when he said in an interview that Bangladeshi politicians are in the game of politics not because of ideology but because
 arrow Waheedul Haque
Like many other wars in history, the Liberation War of Bangladesh had many fronts. But one of the uniqueness of the Liberation War was that it had a cultural front.
Culturearrow Recognising committed philanthropists
Last year, Unilever Bangladesh Limited launched a remarkable event, titled Shada Moner Manush to home in on individuals who are socially committed and do not hanker after fame, money and popularity.
 arrow 'Patho Natok' Festival begins today
A seven-day patho natok (street theatre festival) begins today at the Central Shaheed Minar premises.
 arrow 'Iblish' pits the proletariats against feudal lords
Since its inception on June 8, 2001, Prachyanat School of Acting and Design regularly offers a six-month certificate course in acting and design and subsequently has emerged as one of the very few institutions
Generalarrow Cooperate with CG
International Bangladesh Foundation (IBF) Chairman Lord Avebury has urged all the political parties to cooperate with Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed-led caretaker government in holding a free, fair and credibleelection
 arrow BCL leader murdered in city
Unknown criminals stabbed a reportedly Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader to death at city's Mohammadpur area yesterday.
 arrow Etc-Oitijhya book fair opens
Etcetera Bangladesh Private Limited (Etc) and Oitijhya Publications launched a month-long book fair titled 'Etcetera-Oitijhya Ekushey Boi Utshab' yesterday.
 arrow Sohel Taj demands probe
Tanjim Ahmad, a former Awami League lawmaker, yesterday called for an investigation into why he was barred from travelling to India.
 arrow Govt-allocated tin, blankets seized from Bogra BNP leader's house
The army-led joint forces recovered 3000 pieces of corrugated tin, 1000 blankets and 1000 pieces of warm clothes from a house of a BNP leader at Sonatoli in Bogra on Tuesday night.
 arrow Pistol found at DU SM Hall
Police recovered a .2 bore pistol from SM Hall of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

Sources said police found the pistol deserted in a toilet at around 1:00am.

 arrow Presidents hosts dinner for CA, advisers
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Anwara Begum hosted a dinner for the chief adviser and the advisers to the caretaker government and the chiefs of the three services at the Bangabhaban last night.
 arrow 2 KCC engrs suspended
Khulna City corporation (KCC) Executive Engineer Liaquat Ali Khan and Sub-Assistant Engineer Ajmal Hossain have been suspended for negligence in duty and corruption in the implementation of development
 arrow DU body to observe Ekushey
Dhaka University (DU) yesterday formed a committee to observe Amar Ekushey as well as the International Mother Language Day on February 21 with due respect and fervour.
Internationalarrow Nepal govt, Maoists agree to protesters' demands
Nepal's government and former rebel Maoists have agreed to demands by protesters in the southeast of the country for greater political representation in an effort to halt ethnic unrest in which nine people
 arrow British police thwart terrorism kidnap plot
Police in central England arrested eight people in a major security swoop yesterday which a defence source said involved a plot to kidnap and possibly kill a Muslim British soldier.
 arrow Over 50 killed as Iraq Shias mark Ashura
At least 56 people were killed in vicious tit-for-tat sectarian attacks in Iraq as hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims observed an annual mourning ritual that culminated on Tuesday.
 arrow Mandela for Gandhi's non-violence approach
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela joined top leaders, Nobel laureates and elder statesmen on Monday calling on the world to reinvent Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent approach to solving
 arrow Blair faces new grilling over funding scam
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure yesterday to answer more questions about a "cash-for-honours" probe threatening his government, after a key ally was re-arrested over the row.
 arrow Policewoman being quizzed over bribes
Indian detectives yesterday were grilling a policewoman who reportedly accepted bribes from a businessman charged with raping and butchering 21 people, mostly children, in his "House of Horrors.
 arrow Ex-Israeli minister Ramon found guilty
An Israeli court found ex-justice minister Haim Ramon guilty of sexual harassment yesterday in a key verdict to affect a major cabinet reshuffle planned by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
 arrow Bombings by Tigers kill 7
Six policemen and a civilian were killed in a roadside bomb attack carried out by Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's restive east, the defence ministry said yesterday.
 arrow Castro appears healthier in TV video
Emerging from months of seclusion, Cuban President Fidel Castro appeared on television Tuesday in apparent good spirits, telling his Venezuelan counterpart his recovery from surgery was "far from being
 arrow Jakarta backs Musharraf's ME peace plan
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday won Indonesian support for his new initiative of an Islamic solution to bring peace to the Middle East.
 arrow Militants torch school in Afghanistan
Insurgents burned down a primary school in southeastern Afghanistan, police said yesterday, in the second such attack this year targeting the country's struggling education system.
 arrow Indira Gandhi killer's cousin to contest state poll
India's ruling Congress party is fielding a relative of Indira Gandhi's assassin in upcoming elections in northern Punjab state, officials said yesterday

Gandhi, who led Congress for two decades, was

Editorialarrow Editorial: Government's 'yes' to free press welcome
We are heartened by the fact that the interim government has clarified its position against the backdrop of misgivings arising out of certain restrictions having been put on the media that it will not
 arrow Editorial: IGP's resolve to catch godfathers
The new Inspector General of Police has said that the law enforcers will give the godfathers a hot chase.
 arrow Terrorists' godfathers
The cat is out of the bag. If not the entire cat at least its tail has been exposed by the Prothom Alo, in revealing the nexus between some of our politicians and the Islamic terrorists in Bangladesh.
 arrow Striking at root of problem in administration
In his maiden meeting on January 23 at the Secretariat with secretaries to the ministries/divisions, the top bureaucrats in our system of administration, Dr.
 arrow The Blair doctrine
Most world leaders, who are worried about their legacies, like to leave their imprints on the future through their foreign policy doctrines.
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