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Front Pagearrow Caught political bigwigs detained, sent to jail
Fifteen high-ranking leaders of BNP and Awami League (AL) were sent to detention along with four others yesterday on charges of anti-state activities, sabotage and corruption.
 arrow New CEC pledges major electoral reforms
Newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said his first task would be devising an action plan for major electoral reforms in consultation with the political parties
 arrow Govt to sell its remaining shares to Saudi prince
The government yesterday approved a proposal to sell out its remaining 26 percent shares in Rupali Bank to Saudi Prince Bandar for $128 million, which would give him 93 percent ownership of the state-owned
 arrow Power price to go up by 5pc
Electricity costs in urban areas will go up by five per cent per unit above 100 units of consumption, decided the Advisers' Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday.
 arrow Ex-minister Tariqul held
The joint forces arrested BNP leader and former forest and environment minister Tariqul Islam, and another former lawmaker of the party Rashiduzzaman Millat from their houses last night.
 arrow 20,000 sacks of rotten wheat, sugar seized
The joint forces in separate drives all over the country yesterday seized over 20,000 sacks of spoilt wheat and date expired sugar and huge quantities of fake products including over 3,400 sacks of fertiliser.
 arrow Fida M Kamal made new attorney general
The government yesterday appointed Barrister Fida M Kamal as the attorney general (AG).
 arrow From Corridor of Power to Court
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 arrow Ex-BNP MP Salahuddin's house partly demolished
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday partially demolished former BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed's house beside the Buriganga river.
 arrow BNP leaders wary of Hawa Bhaban contact
Senior leaders of BNP are now avoiding their superiors, they are even hesitant to keep contact with the party chairperson's office following the recent arrests of high profile political leaders on charges
 arrow Dhaka to sign anti-graft UN convention
The caretaker government yesterday decided to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption to bring the country's anti-corruption measures up to the international standard.
 arrow Shattered, they arrive at jail gate
Most of the arrested leaders of BNP and Awami League (AL) were looking pale and jittery as they were being hauled to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday evening after a court sent them to detention.
 arrow ACC chief, 2 commissioners invited today at Bangabhban
Amidst high speculation of resignation, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Sultan Hossain Khan, two commissioners Moniruzzaman Miah and Monir Uddin Ahmed have been invited by President Iajuddin
 arrow AL welcomes new CEC
Awami League (AL) yesterday welcomed the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and an election commissioner and hoped that the new officials will play a neutral role in holding a free and
 arrow 1,482 more arrested, 20 arms seized
The joint forces arrested 1,482 people on various charges and seized 20 firearms and 26 bombs in the last 24 hours, ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow 2.2km gas pipeline laid for Bogra private firm for free
A number of Pashchimanchal Gas Company Ltd (PGCL) officials, allegedly taking bribes, installed over 2.
 arrow Tanks, troops rule Baghdad streets
Iraqi and US forces yesterday prepared to launch a massive crackdown in Baghdad to end the sectarian carnage pushing Iraq toward civil war as at least another 30 people died in a surge of violence.
 arrow ADB feels anti-graft drive to perk up economy
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Hua Du yesterday said the caretaker government's broad action to fight corruption will have positive impact on Bangladesh's economy as well as internal and
 arrow 90 acres of forestland recovered
Joint forces yesterday recovered 90 acres of forestland worth around an estimated Tk 50 crore from encroachers and demolished a number of structures in Porabari of the district.
 arrow Temporarymarkets for hawkers on weekdays
The government has decided to set up temporary markets in different parts of the city on weekdays besides Fridays to rehabilitate the hawkers.
 arrow Verdict in gold smuggling case of Ershad today
Judgement of the gold smuggling case filed against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad 16 years back will be delivered today.
 arrow Body to suggest govt ways to cash in on VoIP facility legally
The government has formed a seven-member committee to recommend how to transact overseas calls through internet in a legal way at cheaper charges.
 arrow Asia faces long fight against bird flu
Significantly reducing the risk of deadly bird flu in Southeast Asia, the region hardest hit by the virus, could take up to a decade, the UN official heading the global fight against avian influenza said.
 arrow Syrian president criticises Bush for Iraq policy
Syrian President Bashar Assad said cooperation and negotiations between Syria and the United States could be the "last chance" to avoid full-scale civil war in Iraq.
Businessarrow New import-export policies approved
The limit on sizes of engines of importable reconditioned cars under the new Import Policy for 2006-2009 will go. The Advisers Committee on Economic Affairs approved the 3-yearly policy yesterday.
 arrow Radisson earns record revenue in first year despite political turmoil
Dhaka's Radisson Water Garden Hotel has emerged as the best performing hotel in the international chain's Asia Pacific region, registering $9.5million revenue in its first year of operation.
 arrow Congestion at Kamalapur ICD eases
Operations of the lone public sector inland container depot (ICD) in Dhaka's Kamlapur area, are returning to normal, easing what had become a bottleneck for imports and exports in Bangladesh.
 arrow Beximco group, IFIC Bank shares continue to fall following arrests
Share prices of Beximco group's companies and International Finance Investment and Commerce (IFIC) Bank continued to fall for a second day yesterday following the arrest of senior company leaders early
 arrow Cellphone subscription to reach 60m by 2011
Cellular phone subscription in the country over the next five years will grow by 200 percent increasing the number of subscribers from the existing 20 million to 60 million in 2011.
 arrow 6-month exports grow 26pc
The country's export earnings increased by about 26 percent to $ 6,220 million during the first half of the current fiscal year. The export figure was also 3.
 arrow Corporatisation of NCBs not imposed by donors
Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday denied the government was corporatising the three nationalised commercial banks, to satisfy the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, insteadpointing
 arrow Experts for more effective global aid
Aid experts from the World Bank, UN and other development agencies and banks met in Vietnam Monday for a four-day conference aimed at making global development efforts more effective.
 arrow Zhu Xian takes over as WB country director
World Bank's new Country Director for Bangladesh Zhu Xian assumed his responsibilities here yesterday with an optimistic notion about Bangladesh's future.
 arrow US, Malaysia begin FTA talks
The United States and Malaysia on Monday kicked off a make-or-break fifth round of trade talks, imperilled by sensitive issues and a row over a Malaysian energy deal with US foe Iran.
 arrow New GM of Motorola SE Asia
Sabbir Ahmed Khan has recently been appointed general manger and regional director of Motorola South East (SE) Asia region, covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
 arrow Hyundai chief gets 3yrs in prison
The head of South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai Motor was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for creating a multi-million dollar slush fund to bribe politicians and officials.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Aziz for more mobility
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Mohammad Abdul Aziz said yesterday that he wants to bring more mobility in the board while observing that some of the sub-committees seemed to be inactive in recent
 arrow Cricket: Acid test for many
Two-time defending champions Old DOHS would be under an unlikely threat of missing out the Super League when they go into the penultimate round of the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League first-leg today.
 arrow Cricket: Bhola make history
In front of a small but cheering crowd Bhola clinched the title of the first ever Women's Cricket Championship with a five-wicket victory over Khulna at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Hong Kong team in town
Hong Kong Under-23 football team arrived in Dhaka in the early hours of Monday to play the first-leg of the Olympic pre-qualifier against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Second ODI against Zim today
Fresh from a convincing 45-run win, Bangladesh go into the second one-dayer of the four-match series against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Cricket: Habibul not complacent
Despite recording a comfortable victory in the first game, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar warned that they would need hard work to win the second one-day international of the four-match series against
 arrow Cricket: Breaking records in school cricket
With a record participation, the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament 2007 will begin on February 8.
 arrow Cricket: It's been a Ponting year
In a year when he defined his captaincy with a crushing 5-0 Ashes recovery, Ricky Ponting has created further history by becoming the first man to win the cleansweep of the Allan Border Medal, the Test
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan turn to Mahmood
Pakistan's forgotten all-rounder Azhar Mahmood was due to fly to South Africa Monday as the latest reinforcement for his country's injury-hit squad, selectors said.
 arrow Cricket: All-round Scots dump Kenya
Scotland capped a solid all-round performance with the ball and bat to post an emphatic 77-run victory over hosts Kenya to reach Wednesday's final of the ICC World Cricket League division one tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Speed foresees trouble at WC
Chief executive Malcolm Speed says the International Cricket Council (ICC) took on a sizeable task by agreeing to stage the World Cup on nine different Caribbean islands and has called for understanding
 arrow Cricket: Nielsen new Aussie coach
Tim Nielsen will become coach of Australia's Test and one-day cricket team when John Buchanan retires after next month's World Cup, Cricket Australia said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan available today
England skipper Michael Vaughan has declared himself available for Tuesday's crucial triangular series one-day international with New Zealand in Brisbane.
 arrow Cricket: Mumbai clinch Ranji Trophy
Mumbai rode on a rare domestic appearance by superstar Sachin Tendulkar to win India's premier first-class tournament for the Ranji Trophy here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: United dismiss Spurs
Cristiano Ronaldo's controversial penalty put Manchester United on course for a 4-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday that restored their six-point advantage at the top of the Premiership.
 arrow Football: Levante shock for Real
League Leaders Barcelona missed their chance to put daylight between themselves and the rest of the Spanish title contenders when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Crises at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid directors were due to hold their weekly meeting Monday afternoon in an atmosphere of tension after Sunday's morale-sapping home loss to struggling Levante wrecked hopes of marking the 1,000th
 arrow Football: Italy buries policeman
Italy's football industry urged government and sporting authorities meeting on Monday to lift a ban on soccer matches as the nation paused for the funeral of a policeman killed by rioting fans.
 arrow Football: Brazil out for revenge
Brazil will be driven by a thirst for revenge when the five-time World Cup winners face Portugal in a friendly international in London on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: All set to launch 3rd JFA Cup
With the view to hunt talents, the 3rd JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship kicks off tomorrow across the country with the qualifying rounds.
 arrow Football: 11 teams for B. League
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will go ahead to organise the inaugural Professional Football League with 11 clubs after Sylhet's absence confirmed.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka bank on 'X factor'
Sri Lanka will rely on unpredictable fast bowler Lasith Malinga to rattle India in the one-day series starting this week, vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o makes return
Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o ended a four-month injury nightmare and played the last five minutes of the league leader's 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Sunday.
 arrow Football: C'Ron better at Barca: Scolari
Cristiano Ronaldo should leave Manchester United for the good of his playing career and join Barcelona, Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Dutch hit by injuries
Injured defenders Urby Emanuel-son (knee) and John Heitinga (thigh) have pulled out of the Dutch squad for Wednesday's friendly international against Russia, the Dutch soccer federation (KNVB) said on
 arrow Football: Lovenkrands sinks Bremen
Former Glasgow Rangers star Peter Lovenkrands hit both goals as Schalke 04 knocked Werder Bremen off the top of the German league in a 2-0 win on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Fergie pays up to C'Ron
Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to pay his debt to Cristiano Ronaldo after the Manchester United winger inspired his side's 4-0 win at Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Italy in 'Ultras' grip
Italy will need to get tough on its 'ultras' if it is to prevent further disgraceful scenes like the ones in Catania which claimed the life of a policeman.
 arrow Football: Gerrard welcomes Barton
Steven Gerrard has told Joey Barton he will be welcomed into the England squad for Wednesday's Old Trafford friendly against Spain - despite his recent criticisms of the Liverpool midfielder and Chelsea
 arrow Football: Singapore stun Thailand
A stunning strike from substitute Khairul Amri nine minutes from full time handed Singapore the Asean football championship title as they ground out a 1-1 draw with Thailand for a 3-2 aggregate win.
 arrow Football: Lyon crash again
A last-gasp goal from Troyes playmaker Benjamin Nivet added to the mini-crisis at French champions Lyon, handing the five-time league winners their third loss of the new year on Sunday.
 arrow Football: England get Rooney boost
Wayne Rooney was on Monday given the all clear to link up with the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Spain.
Metropolitanarrow Road crashes kill 16, injure 66
At least sixteen people were killed and 66 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Manikganj, Kushtia, Chittagong, Jessore, Patuakhali, Satkhira and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow Ensure uninterrupted supply of essentials in market
Members of the joint forces here yesterday urged businessmen to ensure timely delivery of the imported goods from warehouses and help maintain steady supply of essential commodities in the market.
 arrow No embargo imposed on media
Reiterating the commitment of the caretaker government to uphold freedom of the press, Adviser for Information Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said under the emergency no embargo has been imposed on
 arrow EC envoy worried over state of HR
European Commission Ambassador Dr Stefan Frowein yesterday raised concern about human rights in the country and urged the authorities to handle it properly.
 arrow Schoolboy murdered in city
Shyampur police recovered a slaughtered body of a schoolboy from the city's Shayampur area yesterday.
 arrow 'Remove confusion over arrest of corrupt people by joint forces'
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) has urged the government to take steps to remove all confusions regarding the arrest process of the joint forces during their recent drives against corrupt people.
 arrow Deal signed to relocate RMG units from city
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Department of Environment will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to relocate all the garment factories from the capital
 arrow French fashion show begins Feb 9 in city
A two-day French fashion show titled 'Paris Comes to Dhaka 2007' will begin at Sonargaon Hotel in the city on February 9.
 arrow Fatullah police finally records case against three cops
Fatullah police finally recorded a case yesterday against the three police officers caught in the act of taking Tk 15 lakh bribe on January 30 and the two Abul Khair Group officials who gave them thebribe
 arrow Rain disrupts normal life in Ctg
The port city yesterday experienced heavy rains throughout the day, which disrupted normal life.
 arrow Who is the designer?
Who is the designer of 'Moder Garab' (our pride), a sculpture built on the Bangla Academy premises to commemorate the 1952 Language Movement? This question arose after a self-taught artist, Akhil
 arrow President visits Naval HQs
President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed visited the Naval Headquarters yesterday.
 arrow Jatiya Shishu Purushkar Protijogita begins Feb15
Jatiya Shishu Purushkar Protijogita 2007 (National Children's Award Competition), organised by Bangladesh Shishu Academy, will begin across the country from February 15, says a press release.
 arrow BSF abducts Bangladeshi
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi farmer while he was working in his paddy field near Taluigachha border under Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 3 pedestrians injured in city cocktail blast
At least three passers-by were injured in a cocktail (light homemade bomb) blast under the Second Buriganga Bridge in the city's Kotwali area.
 arrow 42 Desa lines snapped
A mobile court in a drive at city's Satmasjid area yesterday disconnected 42 electric lines of defaulters and illegal connection holders, says a press release of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa).
 arrow DU admission test under Gha unit Feb 9
The admission test for first year (Hons) courses under Gha-unit of Dhaka University (DU) for the academic session 2006-07 will be held on February 9 at 10:00am, says a press release.
 arrow Second Graduate Forum for MPH graduating class
The Brac University James P Grant School of Public Health organised the Second Graduate Forum for the MPH graduating class of 2006-07 at Sasakawa Auditorium, ICDDR,B on Saturday with Vice Chancellor Professor
 arrow Prof Rashid honoured
Prof Rashiduddin Ahmad has recently been made honorary president of the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons, the apex body of neurosurgical societies in the Asian and Australian zone,says
 arrow Prof Harun made Bangla Academy president
Prof Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid has been appoin-ted new president of Bangla Academy for two years, a press release said. He was a former director general of Bangla Academy.
 arrow Appeal for help
Wahidul Haq Murad, a resident of Mirpur in Dhaka, has sought financial help for his treatment as he has been suffering from osteomyelitis, a serious infection in bone, which results in destruction ofthe
 arrow Sonargaon programme on Valentine's Day
Pan Pacific Sonargaon has taken a number of programmes for its guests to celebrate the Valentine's Day at the hotel on February 14, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Sugarcane cultivation rises by 7 times in three years
Kaliachapra Sugar Mill inspired farmers to increase cultivation of sugarcane in Kishoreganj district after its privatisation in 2000.
 arrow Rampant theft of transformers affects farming in Satkhira
IRRI-Boro cultivation is being hampered due to rampant theft of transformers in Tala, Kalaroa and Sadar upazilas.
 arrow Younger brother of BNP central leader held with arms
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested former vice-president of students council of Chittagong Medical College Rashed-Un-Nabi Biplob and recovered firearms, bullets and explosive materials from his Rangpur
 arrow Chandpur BNP leader arrested
Acting secretary of Chandpur district BNP and former chairman of Chandpur Pourasabha Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan was taken into custody by joint forces from Chandpur Club premises Sunday night.
 arrow Khulna Citizens Forum leader threatened for refusing toll
Chairperson of Khulna Citizens Forum freedom fighter Shaikh Abdul Kayyum was threatened allegedly by an extremist Sunday night for refusing to pay toll.
 arrow 310 students get RHDC stipend
Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) yesterday awarded stipends to 310 students of class four of 10 primary schools in 10 upazilas here for their brilliant results in the annual examinations last year.
 arrow Female vet student takes life in Sylhet
Body of a girl student of Sylhet Government Veterinary College was found hanging at her room at the college dormitory yesterday afternoon.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reflections on our political culture
Someone once commented pithily that the only culture we have in Bangladesh is agriculture.
 arrow Weekly holiday: Sunday or Friday?
Making Sunday the weekly holiday will not diminish the sanctity of Friday as a spiritually significant day in the Muslim weekly calendar.
 arrow Bangladesh in a state of uncertainty
Despite the fact that the newly formed CG has been doing a great job since taking over from the erstwhile inept CG government, nevertheless there is an uncertain future looming ahead in the politicalrealm.
Culturearrow Conveying powerful social messages
A weeklong Jatiyo Patho Natok Utsab '07 (National Street Theatre Festival), arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), in association with Bengal Foundation, began at the CentralShaheed
 arrow A modest artiste with a wide repertoire
She might not be one of the most sought after artistes in the country as of yet, but her renditions are bound to appease a music enthusiast's senses.
 arrow 'Bangladesh Night' in Tokyo
To mark the 35th anniversary of bilateral relations between Japan and Bangladesh, a gala 'Bangladesh Night' was held at Tokyo recently, says a press release.
 arrow New drama serial 'Nirontor' tonight
Rtv will air new drama serial Nirontor from tonight. The play centres around a family, headed by Asfaq Shaheb. He has two daughters, Shayla and Mita and a son Ojit.
Generalarrow Hasina visits ailing AL leader Dr Abu Yusuf
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina visited ailing AL leader and former lawmaker Dr Kazi Abu Yusuf at Ibn-Sina Hospital in the city yesterday.
 arrow 8 JU students begin fast unto death
The students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) under the banner of 'Jahangirnagar Against Harassment (JAH)' yesterday began fast unto death to press their three-point demand, including dismissal of the
 arrow Pak envoy meets Oli
Pakistan High Commissioner in Bangladesh Alamgir Babar paid a courtesy call on Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive President Col (Retd) Oli Ahmed at his residence in the city yesterday, says a press
Internationalarrow Indonesian rescuers battle to reach flood victims
Indonesian rescuers, police and troops in inflatable boats yesterday helped evacuate Jakarta residents stranded in severe floods that have killed 29, as the number left homeless approached 350,000.
 arrow Kashmiri rebels urged to declare truce
Kashmir's main separatist alliance on Sunday urged militants fighting Indian rule in the Himalayan region to declare a temporary ceasefire to help resolve a decades-old dispute, which has killed tensof
 arrow UN warns Nepali cops to stop using deadly force
Nepal police must stop using deadly force to control ethnic protests in the southeast, the United Nations, which is aiding a fragile peace process in the country, said yesterday.
 arrow Hamas PM urges unity deal with Abbas
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said yesterday he hoped a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas would result in an agreement on a unity government to end a crippling Western embargo.
 arrow 'N Korea willing on nuclear freeze'
North Korea is willing in principle to freeze its Yongbyon nuclear reactor and allow UN inspections if it receives energy aid and other benefits, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Taliban warned to leave town as residents flee
Afghan authorities yesterday dropped leaflets warning Taliban rebels occupying a remote town to leave or be forced out, as thousands of residents fled fearing an offensive by Nato-led troops.
 arrow Islamic rebels plotted to attack Delhi shops
Four Islamic rebels captured after a shootout in the Indian capital planned to blow up busy shopping malls and markets, a senior police official said yesterday.
 arrow India faces delicate diplomacy in US, Iran talks
India will engage in delicate diplomacy this week during talks with Washington on a crucial civilian nuclear deal and with nuclear renegade Iran over energy and regional issues, analysts said.
 arrow Climate change to hit poor worst, says Ban
The world's poor, who are the least responsible for global warming, will suffer the most from the effects of climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told global environment ministers yesterday.
 arrow 'Military action against Iran highly dangerous’
Military action against Iran with the goal of shutting down its nuclear programme would be "highly dangerous" and "counter-productive", according to an independent British report published yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf in Iran for ME talks
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visited Tehran yesterday for a day of talks with Iranian leaders focused on his plan to find an Islamic solution to halt violence in the Middle East.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Netting the corrupt
The public reaction to the arrests of the prominent figures belonging to various groups including the two major political parties says all about the rightfulness of the attempt by the caretaker government
 arrow Editorial: Olive branch to Democrats
Nothing can be more uncomfortable for an American president than turning into a lame duck.
 arrow The caretaker government: To be or not to be
The writing on the wall is plain and simple: The caretaker government must stay on.
 arrow A humble submission to the leaders of the two main political alliances
Some people are debating over the nature of the present caretaker government. How long is it going to stay? Some have even described it as more of an interim government than a caretaker government.
 arrow People hate free-market policies
Each January, scores of Indian businessmen and ministers make a pilgrimage to the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.
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