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Front Pagearrow Midnight crackdown on 'corrupt' politicians
The joint forces finally made a move against the hitherto untouchable corrupt bigwigs of BNP and Awami League (AL), detaining seven former ministers and several other top politicians of both the parties,
 arrow Ex-secy Shamsul Huda made CEC
The caretaker government last night appointed former secretary Dr ATM Shamsul Huda as chief election commissioner (CEC) and another former bureaucrat Mohammad Sohul Hossain as election commissioner.
 arrow Forces search for 41 political bigwigs
The joint forces are on the hunt for another 41 political bigwigs allegedly involved in corruption and criminal activities, sending a chill of panic among political leaders and a few businessmen.
 arrow Recommendation for wholesale ACC recast
An advisory council committee yesterday recommended that the government reconstitute the three-member Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to make it functional.
 arrow Litany Of Allegations
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury
Holding sway down to the grubby politics at the grassroots from the top rung of power, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has allegedly been involved in numerous crimes ranging

 arrow AL, allies for arrest of politicians on specific charges
Leaders of the Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance yesterday said the caretaker government (CG) should arrest politicians against whom specific allegations of corruption or criminal activities existand
 arrow Worried BNP wants disclosure of charges against arrestees
The BNP yesterday expressed concerns over the arrest of political leaders and urged the government to disclose the specific allegations against them.
 arrow Civil society for proper probe into graft charges
Civil society leaders and eminent citizens yesterday urged the caretaker government to initiate proper investigation into the corruption charges against political leaders and bring them to justice.
 arrow Jubilant citizens demand public trials
Expressing satisfaction over the arrests of 'corrupt' political leaders, a cross section of the people in the capital yesterday demanded immediate public trials of the detainees.
 arrow Ijtema ends with prayer for mercy
Lakhs of Muslim devotees raised their hands in a mass prayer seeking forgiveness and blessings for mankind and the Islamic world as the three-day Biswa Ijtema concluded yesterday with Akheri Munajat.
 arrow Tigers thrash Zim in series opener
Bangladesh got off to a sound start with a 45-run victory over hosts Zimbabwe in the first one-day international at the Harare Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Over 2 lakh sacks of commodities seized
Joint forces in their ongoing nationwide drive against hoarding and adulteration yesterday seized over two lakh sacks of various types of spoilt and adulterated basic commodities.
 arrow 1,519 more held as anti-crime drive continues
The army-led joint forces arrested a total of 1,519 people on different charges across the country during the last 24 hours.
 arrow Firearms, ammo seized from Dulu's house
Joint forces raided former deputy minister Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu's Natore residence as well as his village home at Ramsa, Kazipur and seized two firearms and 137 bullets early yesterday.
 arrow Jugantor owner's house raided
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel raided the Gulshan residence of Nurul Islam Babul, owner of vernacular daily Jugantor, around 1:30am Saturday.
 arrow Iraq vows action after bombings
Iraq's government yesterday renewed its pledge to crack down on militants after a massive suicide truck bomb killed 135 people in a mainly Shia area of Baghdad.
 arrow Taliban warn of bloody spring
The Taliban promised a spring offensive of thousands of suicide bombers as the United States, doubling its combat troops in Afghanistan, took over command of the 33,000-strong Nato force in the country
Businessarrow CPA introduces 3 shifts at Ctg port
In the face of a fresh container congestion-like situation, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has introduced three work shifts to ensure smooth operational activities at the country's premier seaport here
 arrow Price indices on DSE mark significant rise
Price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday posted significant rise amid continuous upward trend in those of some selective companies, mainly from banking and power sectors.
 arrow Private ICDs see slump in business
The country's private inland container depots (ICDs) see a slump in business as the Chittagong Customs House has issued an order to unload imported goods only after completing all customs procedures at
 arrow Corporatisation of NCBs -- doing it right the first time
Power corrupts and power with money corrupts absolutely.
 arrow Dubai set to sustain economic boom
The Gulf emirate of Dubai on Saturday unveiled an economic plan aimed at maintaining double-digit growth, achieving a gross domestic product of 108 billion dollars and increasing per capita GDP to 44,000
 arrow UAE weighs price of trade pact with US
The United Arab Emirates is mulling whether to make political concessions to the United States and win a market of 300 million consumers in a free trade pact that has eluded both countries for nearlytwo
 arrow China says US complaint to WTO is 'pity'
China has said it regrets a US decision to haul Beijing before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its industrial subsidies, calling Washington's move a "pity".
 arrow Key world powers take advantage of weak currencies
Three of the world's leading economic powers, China, Japan and the United States, are taking advantage of their weak currencies to spur exports and finance deficits.
 arrow S'pore firm to build container port in Vietnam
Singapore's PSA International has won a deal to build a container port project in Vietnam's southern province of Vung Tau, the port operator said.
 arrow 56 now in BGMEA polls fray
A total of 56 candidates will now contest the BGMEA polls scheduled for February 25 after the withdrawal of candidature by 62 persons yesterday.
 arrow Inter-ministerial meet soon to resolve problems of sick industries
Industries Adviser Geetiara Safiya Chowdhury asked Sunday the secretary of her ministry to convene an inter-ministerial meeting soon to look into the causes of sick industries.
 arrow US personal saving rate fell in 2006
The US saving rate for all of 2006, at a negative 1 percent, was the lowest level since the Great Depression more than seven decades ago, the Commerce Department reported recently.
 arrow President of PET flakes exporters' assoc reelected
Sarwar Wadud Chowdhury has been reelected president of Bangladesh PET Flakes Manufacturers & Exporters Association for the next two years term, says a press release.
 arrow China sold 120m cellphones in '06
Sales of mobile phones in China increased 40 percent year on year to 120 million units in 2006, Xinhua reported Sunday, quoting deputy chief of the China Mobile Communications Association Xie Linzhen.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar hits form
Nothing could have been better than the way Habibul Bashar began his campaign in Zimbabwe by leading his side from the front to a 45-run victory in the first one-dayer of the four-match series at theHarare
 arrow Cricket: Tons always don't win matches
Partex captain Rajin Saleh scored his second century in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League yesterday but his lone battle was not enough to halt Abahani's amazing winning run.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky leads from front
Ricky Ponting continued his superb summer with a century to lift Australia to victory over New Zealand in their triangular series one-day international at the MCG here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas punish Pakistan
South Africa went on a batting rampage to set up a comprehensive 164-run win over Pakistan in the first one-day international at Centurion Park Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Indira winners as Kalabagan walk out
Indira Road Krira Chakra recorded their second victory in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League under controversial circumstances when they were declared winners by 37 runs after Kalabagan Krira Chakra
 arrow Cricket: Dilip backs all-round options
Chairman of cricket selectors Dilip Vengsarkar believes all-rounders will hold the key to success at the upcoming World Cup, and Irfan Pathan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could lend balance to the Indianmiddle
 arrow Cricket: Women's cricket final today
Khulna clash with regional rivals Bhola in the final of the first ever Women's Cricket Championship at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
 arrow Tennis: Dhaka Bank Jr tennis from today
The Dhaka Bank 21st Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championships (Group 3) will begin in Dhaka today.
 arrow Cricket: My form is back: Irfan
Irfan Pathan claims he has rediscovered his form and rhythm after playing in domestic matches and hoped to do well in the forthcoming World Cup.
 arrow Football: Chelsea edge Charlton
Frank Lampard ensured Chelsea kept the pressure on Premiership pacesetters Manchester United by firing the champions to a 1-0 win over Charlton at The Valley on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wenger irate at ref
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was furious with referee Mike Riley after his team were reduced to ten men by the dismissal of Phillipe Senderos before fighting back to clinch a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.
 arrow Football: Australia courting Klinsmann
Germany's World Cup coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been sounded out by Australia to lead their 2010 World Cup campaign, reports said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Morientes weaves magic
Valencia notched up their seventh win in eight league games and moved up to third in La Liga after a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Platini backs Italian ban
Newly-elected UEFA president Michel Platini on Saturday backed the Italian football federation's decision to suspend all matches after the death of a policeman at a Serie A match.
 arrow Football: Romania to face Moldova
Romania have lined up a hastily arranged friendly against Moldova on Wednesday in place of the cancelled game against Italy next weekend.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis lifts Pan Pacific Open
Former world number one Martina Hingis on Sunday claimed a record fifth Pan Pacific Open title, beating fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2.
 arrow Cricket: A whole new ball game
How much has the limited overs game changed from the time of the first World Cup tournament in 1975? >Consider that colour television was introduced in Australia at about the same time and think of
 arrow Golf: Golf final held
The Winter Cup Final Golf Tournament was held at the Bogra Golf Club in Bogra Cantonment area on Friday evening.
 arrow Cricket: Boycott looking for his Prince!
If Sourav Ganguly is expected to bat and Geoffrey Boycott is in town, it is hard to keep him from showing up.
 arrow Football: Jose rubbishes Real talk
Jose Mourinho rubbished speculation that he has decided to join Real Madrid after watching Chelsea sustain their Premiership challenge with a 1-0 win over Charlton.
 arrow Football: Benitez attacks Everton
Rafael Benitez let his frustration at Liverpool's fading title hopes get the better of him as he launched a bitter attack on Merseyside rivals Everton.
 arrow Football: Time for action
Promises to come down hard on the football hooligans have so far fallen short, but how many more people need to die before Italy finally deals with a sickness that is killing its favourite sport?
 arrow Football: Lens go second
Goals from Eric Carriere, Seydou Keita and Issam Jemaa lifted Lens back into second place in the French league with a 3-1 win at Valenciennes Saturday as Lille were held to a goalless draw at home byNantes.
 arrow Football: Bueno scores four
Uruguayan Carlos Bueno struck four times in the second half to help Sporting crush Nacional Madeira 5-1 and leaders Porto suffered a shock home defeat by Estrela Amadora in the Portuguese Premier League
 arrow Football: Roon yet to mature: Fergie
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted that Wayne Rooney can only get better as his team target the Premiership and Champions League titles.
 arrow Football: Hertha horror for Huub
New Hamburg coach Huub Stevens failed to reinvigorate rock-bottom SV Hamburg on Saturday as the struggling Bundesliga side surrendered a one goal lead to lose 2-1 at his former club Hertha Berlin.
 arrow Football: Thailand's D-day on Tuesday
The Asean Football Federation (AFF) will convene a special meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to punish Thailand for walking off the pitch for 15 minutes against Singapore in the regional final.
Metropolitanarrow 40 per cent stalls selling pirated books
Nearly 40 per cent of 255 publication houses taking part in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair have been selling pirated books and books of other publication houses in violation of the rules and regulations of
 arrow Saarc Car Rally kicks off Mar 15
Saarc Car Rally-2007 will be flagged off ceremonially at a function in Cox's Bazar Stadium on March 15.
 arrow 'Formulate nat'l policy on childhood cancer'
World Cancer Day was observed yesterday in the country as elsewhere in the world to create awareness among the people and highlight the preventive measures.
 arrow Reconstitution of PSC demanded
Leaders of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday demanded reconstitution of the Public Service Commission and suspension of its activities carried out by present authorities.
 arrow Outlaw leader killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his cohorts at Jagannathpur village under Sadar upazila in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Five lawyers appear before CMM's court
Five lawyers, out of eight accused in a sedition case, appeared before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, yesterday.
 arrow Why ETV not be allowed to restore operation
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to allow the Ekushey Television (ETV) to restore its operation through its satellite and terrestrial
 arrow 'Revise decision to privatise public banks'
Leaders of Workers Party yesterday expressed concern over the decision of the caretaker government (CG) to turn the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs)--Sonali, Janata and Agrani--into public limited
 arrow Court directives to Jugantor proprietor, editor, publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Jugantor proprietor, editor and publisher to appear in person before it on March 13 following a defamation case filed by former BNP lawmaker MAH Selim for runninga
 arrow Youth to die for killing girl in Thakurgaon
A court here yesterday convicted a youth and sentenced him to death penalty for killing a minor girl after violation.
 arrow 7 BCL activists sued at JU
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have filed a case against seven Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists for their involvement in damaging property of Moulana Bhasani Hall during anintra-party
 arrow One killed, 30 hurt in Sylhet road accident
A man was killed and 30 others were injured in a road accident in Hazipur on Sylhet-Zakiganj road yesterday.
 arrow Bapa hails eviction drive at Jaflong
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday hailed the caretaker government for the eviction drive at Jaflong in Sylhet.
 arrow Five stolen motorbikes seized: 5 held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized five stolen motorbikes and arrested five people in this connection on Saturday. The Rab members during patrolling saw one Tajul pushing a motorbike and got suspicious.
 arrow Results of Kha unit published
Results of Kha unit admission test under the arts faculty of Dhaka University (DU) for the session 2006-07 were published yesterday, said a press release.
 arrow Fast unto death at JU from today
The students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) under the banner of 'Jahangirnagar Against Harassment (JAH)' will observe fast unto death from today to press their three-point demand including, dismissal
 arrow DAM project to protect HR of poor children, women
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) is going to launch a project to safeguard the rights of children and women from poor and ultra-poor families, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Jafflong gets a respite from plunder, ecological damage
There has been at least a respite from the mindless destruction of the ecology in Jafflong.
 arrow Grabbers occupy Tk 200cr BR Western Zone lands for long
More than Tk 200 crore lands in the Western Zone of Bangladesh Railway (BR) are under illegal possession for long.
 arrow Satu raises fish not just to fish for compliments
Satu Deo, an unmarried young girl, has proved how women can also contribute to the national economy.
 arrow Fuel supply to Baghabari stops as 11 tankers stranded on Jamuna
At least 25 Baghabari-bound vessels including 11 fuel talkers with 62 lakh litres of diesel are stranded at Kaitola point on the Jamuna river, just 20 kilometrres from Baghabari Ghat as the river lost
 arrow PBCP 'regional leader' held
Shahzadpur police yesterday arrested a 'regional leader' of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) and recovered a shutter gun from his possession at Saila Chapri village the upazila.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunshots on Satkhira border
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Saturday night traded heavy gunshots across the borders in two upazilas here.
 arrow RU students protest enhanced seat rent
Several hundred resident students of Begum Khaleda Zia Hall at Rajshahi University brought out a procession on the hall premises yesterday and submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor through the
Point-Counterpointarrow Holier than thou
The business bodies of the country are voicing their demand for doing away with the two-day holiday, and making Sunday the weekly holiday.
 arrow Stemming the rot in education
The spectacle of warehouses and barges belonging to major traders and importers full of rotten grains unsuitable for human or animal consumption being seized in Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong, Narayanganjand
 arrow Reclaiming Dhaka?
Are we getting our beloved Dhaka back in its own form? Living long with the idea "hope for the best, prepare for the worst," subconsciously we have been accustomed to coping with all sorts of unexpected
Culturearrow 'Cyclewala': In search of the elusive truth
Many of us are acquainted with world classics such as Homer's The Odyssey and Ibsen's Peer Gynt, where the master playwrights have sought the meaning of life through an arduous journey.
 arrow Dancer on the rise
At the mere age of 20, Sabrina Shafi Nisa is a name to watch for. The comely dancer combines her passion for dance with acting on TV and modeling.
 arrow Fostering the tradition of classical music
Ustad Sunil Kumar Dhar, 74, is a classical music exponent living in greater Mymensingh.
Internationalarrow Lanka asks Tiger proxies to join talks to end war
Sri Lanka marked its independence anniversary yesterday with President Mahinda Rajapakse inviting Tiger rebel proxies in parliament to join his effort to end decades of ethnic bloodshed.
 arrow Taliban leader killed in Nato airstrike
Nato-led troops killed a senior Taliban leader with a precision airstrike near a southern Afghan town overrun by militants, a spokesman for the alliance said yesterday.
 arrow 340,000 flee floods in Indonesia capital
Rescuers and volunteers yesterday struggled to help nearly 340,000 Indonesians left homeless by devastating floods, triggered by heavy rains in and around Jakarta, which have killed 20 people.
 arrow Fresh clashes in Gaza despite truce
Armed clashes flared again in the Gaza Strip yesterday as leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas struggled to enforce a ceasefire in the violence-wracked territory.
 arrow 2 ethnic protesters die in Nepali clashes
Two people died yesterday when police opened fire on a crowd protesting for political rights in southeast Nepal in continued violence that has claimed 17 lives, police said.
 arrow Half a billion Asians crammed into urban slums: Aid group
Asian countries must strive to provide decent housing for more than half a billion urban slum dwellers left behind by the region's robust but uneven economic growth, an international aid group said.
 arrow Ex-US commanders warn against Iran attack
Three former senior US military officials warn that any military action against Iran would have "disastrous consequences" and urged Washington to hold immediate and unconditional talks with Tehran.
 arrow Bush offers Democrats olive branch on Iraq war
After US intelligence painted a grim picture of George W. Bush's plan for Iraq and as a congressional rebuke loomed, the US president sought bipartisan help from Democrats on bringing the war to an end.
 arrow Iraq-Syria relations strained anew
Relations between Baghdad and Damascus that were restored just three months ago are already under strain amid allegations Syria is sheltering Iraqi fugitives but being "hostile" to genuine refugees.
 arrow Mahathir nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Bosnian groups have nominated Malaysia's former premier Mahathir Mohamad for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for helping the country after its bloody civil war, the Star newspaper reported Sunday.
 arrow Pressure piles on Blair to quit amid inquiry
Pressure grew on British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday to step down soon as a newspaper poll said that most voters want him to resign immediately.
 arrow Colombian coalmine blast kills 32
An explosion tore through a makeshift coal mine in remote northeast Colombia on Saturday, killing 32 miners, a civil defence official said.
 arrow Philippine general, aides freed
Muslim rebels released a top Philippine general, a senior government official and their aides yesterday after holding them for two nights in their camp on a remote southern island. "I'm okay.
 arrow Train crushes six children to death in Pakistan
Six children playing on a railway track were crushed to death by a train in Pakistan yesterday, police said.
 arrow India successfully tests missile
India successfully testfired a short-range ballistic missile yesterday, the head of the test operation said.
 arrow Japan calls US policy in Iraq 'naive'
Japan's foreign minister has criticised the United States policy in Iraq as "very naive" and blamed it for spiralling unrest there, in another swipe at US tactics by the key Washington ally.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cleansing operation
Yesterday we saw the first real sign of the process of accountability and answerability before the law of the land being reestablished in society.
 arrow Editorial: Biswa Ijtema
Millions of hands of the devotees went up in prayer in the Biswa Ijtema yesterday on the final day of the three-day long religious congregation.
 arrow Why not police reform?
The wind of change is blowing across the land, and people in general are now able to take deep breaths after living in a foul-smelling environment for decades.
 arrow A prattler's rattle
Deep into Dr Ashok Mitra's new book, A Prattler's Tale: Bengal, Marxism and Governance (Samya, Rs 595), I began to feel a growing sense of irritation.
 arrow Bush's dangerous illusion
Earlier, US president George Bush, in spite of being badly bruised in Iraq, wanted to stay the course.
Letters to Editorarrow Democracy and our politics
Many articles and comments have been published in various publications on this topic.
 arrow Bush and Congress
The US is ferrying democracy throughout the world and its President GW Bush became a self-declared guardian of democracy. He invaded Iraq to restore democracy.
 arrow Butenis' new assignment
Madam Patricia A Butenis US Ambassador in Bangladesh is reported to be leaving Bangladesh for Iraq to join her new assignment.
 arrow Tenure of interim government
As reported by your staff correspondent, there has appeared a ray of light in the dark political tunnel of Bangladesh.
 arrow More high schools needed
Enrolment of students in high school is a crisis Dhaka has been facing for a couple of decades. We know that high standard education is necessary to match with the present dynamic world.
 arrow National ID
Everybody will agree that preparing national ID cards is not an easy task for Bangladesh, especially when we have such a high level of illiteracy.
 arrow Diplomats
Of late diplomats of powerful countries, particularly our development partners, have been playing a facilitator's role in our national affairs.
 arrow Here is the chance...
At this point, it seems that the next parliamentary elections will not be held in the next four or five months. That means the caretaker government will be in charge for the next quarter of a year.
 arrow Rab and accountability
Most people I know in Bangladesh welcome Rab and tend to treat unfortunate "crossfire" deaths as a necessary evil that they have to live with.
 arrow Zia International Airport
A few changes in procedures would spare arriving passengers at Zia International Airport considerable hassle. When a person goes abroad he fills in both the embarkation and disembarkation cards.
 arrow Political parties sidelined
Bangladesh has recently been flooded with hypotheses, coupled with prescriptions, suggestions, demands, expectations and what not to the new caretaker government leading perhaps to a situation with anumber
 arrow A suggestion
We are now passing through the 21st century and our nation is already 35 years old! We had governments in the past pursuing ideologies like nationalism, socialism, secularism, democracy, martial law and
 arrow Fidel, we need you
Fidel Castro is ill. The moment I read this news, I was shocked and motionless for a while. Fidel is like a true living legend to me. He is a hero. Throughout his life, he battled against America's conspiracies.
Star Cityarrow DCC in shambles over public toilets
Most of the 36 public toilets built recently remain abandoned due o substandard fittings and legal tangles
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has recently constructed 36 public toilets spending crores

 arrow Moder Gorob: An ornament in Ekushey Book Fair
A spectacular sculpture named "Moder Gorob" (our pride) has become the centre of attraction at this year's Amar Ekushey Book Fair that began on Thursday.
 arrow 'Overhead arches to go soon'
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) begins a special drive tomorrow to remove illegal overhead signboards from the city roads.
 arrow Why drive fails again and again
Thousands of hawkers who have recently been evicted from city footpaths may come back again if the government fails to rehabilitate them and stop illegal toll collection by the police from them.
 arrow Locals resist developer to save playground
There is a designated playground for Block D, Section 6 at Mirpur on the map preserved at National Housing Department (NHD), but the playground is about to be wiped out from the face of the earth as a
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