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Front Pagearrow Army has no intention to capture power
Army Chief Lt General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday categorically said the military has no intention to capture power or run the government, but they are assisting the caretaker government to put the country
 arrow Ex-state minister Mosharraf held
The army-led joint forces last night arrested former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain at his home in Mymensingh as part of its ongoing crackdown on 'corrupt' politicians.
 arrow Govt probes assets of detained politicians
The government is probing the bank accounts, assets and sources of wealth of the high-profile politicians arrested in the ongoing crackdown.
 arrow Axe to fall only on 'godfathers of graft'
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the caretaker government will take action only against the 'godfathers of corruption' because the government is trying to speed up the processes to fulfil their
 arrow Govt working to create atmosphere for fair polls
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has assured Bangladesh's major development partners that his government is working to create a congenial atmosphere for holding free, fair and credible elections, as part
 arrow Ex-graft body staff lock up his room
A group of ex-employees of the now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) who were not recruited by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) locked the office room of Commissioner Maniruddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow CG plans to put spark to vital sectors
Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the present caretaker government will set a model for future governments by creating a momentum for vital national sectors helping them
 arrow Bangladeshi cabbie in NY returns bag of diamond rings
Never mind diamonds--a New York cabbie was a Texas girl's best friend.
 arrow 10 petitions filed against politicians' detention
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued 10 separate rules on the government to explain why the 10 political leaders should not be brought to court to be convinced that they are not being detained illegally
 arrow Power import from India to be considered
Bangladesh would consider importing power from the neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal to plug any possible shortfalls in power supply during the upcoming summer, but only if there are no conditions
 arrow 1,700-yr-old Buddhist temple discovered
Around 1700-year-old ancient Buddhist temple has been discovered in "Bihar Dhap" area under Shibganj upazila in the district during a recent archaeological excavation.
 arrow Stay order on VoIP licensing vacated
The high Court yesterday vacated the stay order on granting VoIP licence to internet service providers.
 arrow Sudden winter rain...

 arrow UK wants govt to respect HR for detainees
The British government believes that the caretaker government in Bangladesh will apply due process for detainees, respect human rights and the rule of law in the country's changed context.
 arrow Impose ban on politics by teachers, students at public universities
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded ban on students and teachers' politics on public university campuses and drastic amendment to the University Ordinance 1973 to stop corruption and bring back
 arrow Ex-BNP lawmaker's stone crushing plants demolished
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), with the help of the joint forces, yesterday demolished stone crushing plants of former BNP lawmaker Giasuddin Ahmed at Shiddhirganj near KanchpurBridge
 arrow Fake insulin factory in city sealed off
A mobile court yesterday closed down a medicine factory at Basabo in the capital, which has been producing insulin illegally, and issued arrest warrants against its owners.
 arrow Yunus selected 'best Bangali' in SMS vote
The people of West Bengal and Bengali community across India voted Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus as "Shera Bangali 2006" (best Bangali 2006) through Short Message Service (SMS) over.
 arrow Defiance of rules...

 arrow UNDP ready to help EC in polls
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday at a meeting with the chief election commissioner (CEC) expressed its readiness for extending assistance to the Election Commission (EC) in holding
 arrow Ex-BIAM DG granted bail in attempted murder case
Former director general of Bangladesh Institute for Administration and Management (BIAM) and nine others yesterday obtained bail in a criminal case filed against them for attempting to murder a teacher
 arrow 2 JMB cadres placed on 10-day remand
Two members of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), arrested in connection with series bomb blasts in the capital on August 17, 2005, were placed on a 10-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Body of girl found in travel bag
Police recovered the body of a minor girl inside a travel bag dumped at a school playground at the city's Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Detained bus driver dies at hospital
A bus driver died in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Wednesday afternoon due to what his family members claim torture in army detention.
 arrow Rare turtles found dead in Cox's Bazar
Hundreds of endangered sea turtles have been found dead along Cox's Bazar coast in the past two weeks, triggering concerns about pollution and local fishing practices, an official said Thursday.
 arrow 1,646 more held, 20 arms seized
The joint forces arrested 1,646 people on various charges across the country during the last 24 hours, ending at 6:00am yesterday. They also seized 20 firearms and 35 bullets, said an official release.
 arrow Iraq minister arrested
Iraqi and US troops ramped up an operation to overrun insurgent hotbeds in Baghdad yesterday, as another 42 people were killed and dozens wounded in a string of attacks in several parts of the country.
 arrow Palestinians agree on unity govt
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed yesterday on the distribution of ministerial posts in an eventual national unity government, sources from both sides said.
 arrow Rice "cautiously optimistic" on N Korea talks
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday she is cautiously optimistic that it may be possible to begin carrying out a September 2005 agreement on ending North Korea's nuclear programs.
Businessarrow Stocks bounce back
Stocks bounced back yesterday led by shares of power and cement companies, banks and mutual funds following slumps in the previous two days. The DSE General Index ended the day at 1854.
 arrow China sees Bangladesh situation proper for more investment
China sees the prevailing situation in Bangladesh very appropriate for Chinese business houses to start investing in a bigger way in the country.
 arrow Oil prices firmer in Asia
Oil prices were firmer in Asian trade Thursday after falling sharply in US hours even as a cold snap continued to drive demand for heating oil in the world's biggest energy user, dealers said.
 arrow Apparels, fabrics, accessories show in Ctg begins
A three-day fair of apparels, fabrics and accessories kicked off yesterday here in the port city with some 16 firms showcasing a wide range of products.
 arrow Deal signed to set up seed enterprises led by women
Twenty sustainable seed enterprises led by women will be established as a result of a tri-partite agreement signed yesterday by the International Finance Corpor-ation's SouthAsia Enterprise Development
 arrow India set to become third largest economy in Asia next year
India is set to become third largest economy of Asia next year as it is expected to record 9.2 per cent growth during the current financial year.
 arrow Dollar firm in Asian trade ahead of G7 meet
The dollar held firm against the yen in Asian trade Thursday on growing expectations that world finance chiefs will refrain from voicing concern about the weakness of the Japanese unit, dealers said.
 arrow French fashion show from today
The two-day French fashion show 'Paris Comes to Dhaka' begins from today in the city. The Pan Pacific Sonargaon will host such an event for the second time, according to a press release.
 arrow HSBC warns of higher than expected loan provisions
Banking giant HSBC Holdings warned Thursday that higher provisions for its US mortgage business will make loan impairment charges and other credit risk provisions for 2006 much more than estimated.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar urges upturn
Tamim Iqbal is all set to make his international debut as Bangladesh decided to make three changes in the eleven for their third one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare today, according to team
 arrow Cricket: Crucial day for champs
Last season's top-of-the-table teams Old DOHS and Sonargaon Cricketers clash today as the 11th and final round of the Premier Cricket League's first-leg begins.
 arrow Football: Too many firsts for MSC
Mohammedan Sporting Club coach Shafiqul Islam Manik repeated yesterday he has faith that his young footballers are capable of holding aloft the club colours in the coming B. League.
 arrow Cricket: BCB-NCA XI named
Nadif Chowdhury was yesterday named captain of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) National Cricket Academy team that will take on the visiting England A side in a three-day warm-up match at BKSP fromFebruary
 arrow Chess: Aniruddah keeps lead
Aniruddah Majumder of St.
 arrow Cricket: DCS fracas probe soon
Bangladesh Cricket Board decided yesterday to put up an inquiry into the ridiculous incident that transpired during the Premier League match between Brothers Union and Partex at the Dhanmondi CricketStadium
 arrow Football: Rajshahi ride on Rakib treble
After opening day's goal drought, the 3rd JFA Cup erupted with goals as Rajshahi brushed aside Rangpur 9-0 to move into the second round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: A grand revenge
Pakistan turned the tables on South Africa when a spectacular batting performance set up a 141-run win in the second one-day international at Kingsmead Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Lankan first ODI rained off
Unseasonal rain turned into a torrential downpour, forcing the first one-day international between India and Sri Lanka to be called off here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels caught by Indian cops
Indian police have claimed to have tapped telephonic conversation between West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels and a bookie ahead of a one-day international with India in Nagpur on January 21 which allegedly
 arrow Cricket: First final today
England will try to win three straight one-dayers for the first time since 2005 when they face Australia at the MCG in Friday's first Commonwealth Bank Series final.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya clinch WCL
Opener David Obuya struck a magnificent 93 to help Kenya post an eight-wicket victory over Scotland on Wednesday to win the World Cricket League division one title.
 arrow Cricket: ICC will fight Hair
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday it would "vigorously defend" itself in legal proceedings for alleged racial discrimination brought by Australian umpire Darrell Hair, insisting they
 arrow Football: Rabbit inspires Argentina
England and France suffered morale-sapping setbacks in their Euro 2008 build-ups when they slumped to home defeats on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Football resumes at weekend
Soccer matches in Italy will resume this weekend, the football federation said on Wednesday, after the government approved a tough set of measures to fight hooliganism despite resistance by clubs.
 arrow Football: Polizia questioning teenager
Italian police are questioning a 17-year-old boy over the death of a policeman in soccer riots in Sicily last week which led to the suspension of matches all over the country, they said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: McClaren admits poor show
England boss Steve McClaren has admitted he understands why his side had been booed off the pitch after another insipid performance ended in a 1-0 friendly defeat by Spain.
 arrow Football: Spain tops money league
Spanish giants Real Madrid remain the world's wealthiest football club, although rivals Barcelona are giving them a run for their money, according to figures published Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Too much of India: Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has voiced fears that an overload of matches against India could leave Australia unable to play other nations on a regular basis.
 arrow Tennis: Ram, Mondol ousted
Ranjan Ram and Prithul Mondol were knocked out of the Dhaka Bank 21st Bangladesh International Junior Tennis competition at the Ramna Tennis complex yesterday.
 arrow Khagrachhari sports
The 36th Winter Sports for high school and Madrasa's ended with a prize giving ceremony in Khagrachhari yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP prevail in opener
BKSP survived a scare from Mirpur Government High School all-rounder Yuvraj Chandra in the opening match of the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Football: Ireland saves Republic's blushes
A last-gasp stoppage-time winner from Stephen Ireland gave Republic of Ireland a narrow 2-1 victory over European minnows San Marino in a Euro 2008 Group D qualifer here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Becks itching for action
David Beckham has said he is desperate to play for Real Madrid again despite being ostracised by coach Fabio Capello after announcing that he would join MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladeshi expats should have voting rights
The issue of participation of Bangladeshi expatriates with dual citizenship in the national elections should be clarified, eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday.
 arrow Ensure quality education to match competitive world
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the private university authorities to come forward to provide quality education so that the students can match the competitive world.
 arrow 'Promote food security, nutrition for women'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for promoting food security and nutrition for women in the country.
 arrow 285 sacks of spurious urea seized
The joint forces seized 285 sacks of spurious urea fertiliser after raiding different places in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon in the last couple of days.
 arrow Billboards removed,10 ad firms fined in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday removed hundreds of billboards and signboards set up illegally on footpaths and at different city intersections.
 arrow Carry out probe, judicial process without delay
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an international organisation of parliaments of sovereign states, has urged the caretaker government to ensure that the judicial process and investigation into the August
 arrow Family level preparedness a must
Family level preparedness activities are important to fight disaster management and the whole community should be trained in disaster management as well as the administration, speakers said in a project
 arrow BSF pushes in 9 Indians to Bangladesh
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday pushed in its nine Bangla- speaking Muslim nationals through Gobindapur border to Bangladesh.
 arrow National Poetry Festival Feb 18-19
National Poetry Festival 2007 will be held on February 18-19 on Dhaka University (DU) campus with the expected participation of around 200 poets of the country.
 arrow Two books on Bangabandhu launched
National Professor Kabir Chowdhury yesterday unveiled the cover of two books titled "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Sharakgrantha" at a simple ceremony at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on the Bangla Academy
 arrow Day-long bird fair at JU today
Zoology Department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will organise a day-long bird fair on the university campus today in cooperation with Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Birds Club and Nature
 arrow Heroin worth Tk 50 lakh seized at Savar
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 500 grams of heroin worth Tk 50 lakh and several bottles of contraband phensidyl after checking a passenger bus at Savar early yesterday.
 arrow Case against Jugantor editor
A defamation case against the editor, publisher and two journalists of the daily Jugantor was filed in the first class magistrate's court in Moulvibazar yesterday.
 arrow DU convocation on Feb 28
The 43rd convocation of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on February 28, says a DU press release.
 arrow Children's art competition
A children's art competition will be held today at the Liberation War Museum to mark the 38th death anniversary of Sergeant Jahurul Haque, a martyr of the 1969 mass upsurge, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh badly needs a credit rating
Acredit rating is a forward-looking estimate of a borrower's default probability based on a combination of historical performance and forward projections.
 arrow Simple reform is the key
Like in any other least developed country, the Bangladesh administration lacks efficiency.
 arrow Some thoughts on ACC
At last we are witnessing some real initiatives from the care-taker government led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed to make the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) effective and functional.
 arrow Upbeat Bangladesh
Thanks to God. Congratulations to the caretaker government.
Culturearrow Ekushey Book Fair: Familiar grounds, revived enthusiasm
Untimely showers have left the Bangla Academy premises with puddles of mud, but book lovers of all ages didn't seem to mind.
 arrow National Street Theatre Festival '07 ends
The weeklong Jatiyo Patho Natok Utshab '07 (National Street Theatre Festival) ended yesterday.
 arrow 'Bostrobalikara': Zooming in on 'garment girls' of Bangladesh
Tanvir Mokammel talks to Ahsan Habib about Bostrobalikara, his latest documentary on female garment workers.
 arrow Telefilm 'Andhare Ekela' premieres today
Focusing on violence against women at family and social levels, the telefilm Andhare Ekela will be premiered today at 5 pm at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library.
 arrow Valentine's Day special
Valentine's Day special play Jodio Shondha will be aired on February 14 at 9:15pm on Bangla-vision. The plot: The harmonious marriage of Mashkur and Kabori turns sour because of painful incidents.
Generalarrow 'Include adolescent issues in PRSP'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged for political commitment to include adolescent issues in the poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP).
Editorialarrow Editorial: CrPC amendment
The approval by the council of advisors of an ordinance relating to amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) may truly be considered as the removal of some big roadblocks to judicial reforms.
 arrow Editorial: Going to the root of militancy
A few arrests made recently of some known and self-confessed religious extremists should be able to lead the investigators to the secret dens of the extremist elements who are on the list of the various
 arrow Playing along
As far as the international media is concerned, the verdict is in.
 arrow We want televised trials
It was good to see what we saw last week, and the first thing that came to mind was Lyndon B. Johnson. This former U.S.
 arrow Winter of despair
The power outage has returned. Life is going on sans the sound and fury. The major players, the alliances, have gone back home.
Letters to Editorarrow Crackdown on politicians
The caretaker government led by Dr Fakhruddin must be applauded for its efforts, including the most recent detention of top politicians from both the BNP and the AL.
 arrow US role in East Asia
US policy failure in West Asia has badly affected the US fortunes in East Asia as well, where China continues to surge ahead of other great powers competing for business, while image conscious Japan,a
 arrow Caretaker government
The present caretaker government has taken a firm stand against corruption.
 arrow Political impasse
The political impasse that made our lives horrible is over and we wish it wouldn't happen again.
 arrow Great initiative
Recently, I watched news on the TV channels that Unilever organised a ceremony to honour ten honest people from different parts of the country.
 arrow Weekly holiday
The FBCCI has put forward a proposal for one-day weekly holiday on Sunday cancelling the current weekend of Friday and Saturday to keep pace with globalisation in its special meeting held on February
 arrow Get the election process right
Not only does a free and fair election, which is the mandate of the caretaker government, include the requirement of faultless voter ID cards, but also within its definition includes the guarantee that
 arrow Why this delay?
It is very upsetting that after a period of long 36 years today we are thinking about getting our administration overhauled from top to bottom.
 arrow 'Think and think tank'
What the 'think' really is, I am yet to discover. The synonym of it may, however, be close to an idea, a thought, rising in one's mind.
 arrow A case for National ID
There is a controversy whether to go for the voter's identity card or the national identity card.
 arrow Fantastic work
We can safely deduce that culprits belonging to all major parties are being nabbed.
 arrow Canada-Bangladesh relations
Canada recognised Bangladesh and established diplomatic relations with it after our independence in 1971. The Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa started its function in May 1972.
Worldarrow Iran threatens to hit back at US if attacked
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei Thursday vowed the Islamic republic would hit back at US interests worldwide if attacked, amid mounting tension with the West over its nuclear programme.
 arrow Israeli-Lebanese forces trade fire
UN peacekeepers boosted their presence on the volatile Lebanese-Israeli border yesterday after a clash between the armies of both sides, the first such incident in decades.
 arrow Syria blames US for Iraqi 'humanitarian catastrophe'
Syria's vice president yesterday blamed Washington for the "humanitarian catastrophe" caused by an outflow of refugees from war-torn Iraq, official media reported.
 arrow Nepali protesters call off road blockade
An ethnic group spearheading protests in Nepal's southeast on Thursday said it was suspending a crippling road blockade of Kathmandu to pave the way for talks with the government.
 arrow Heavy snow shuts airports, causes disruption in UK
Airline passengers were grounded on Thursday after unusually heavy snow forced the temporary closure of runways at several airports in England and Wales and caused disruption on the roads and rails.
 arrow Daughter, backers hold Saddam's Chehlum in Yemen
Saddam Hussein's daughter Raghd and several Yemeni political groups held a Chehlum (memorial ceremony) in the Yemeni capital to honour the former Iraqi leader on Wednesday, 40 days after his execution,
 arrow N Korea ready to talk nuke disarmament
North Korea expressed readiness yesterday to discuss initial steps of its nuclear disarmament, raising hopes for the first tangible progress at international talks on Pyongyang's atomic weapons programme
 arrow Ratan Tata shows steel in F-16 stunt
Indian tycoon Ratan Tata, who staked seven billion pounds to buy Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus last month, showed his risk-taking instincts extend beyond the boardroom when he flew an F-16 fighter plane
 arrow Terror law in focus as troubled Manipur votes
Tribal women wrapped in colourful shawls and men in winter coats braved rain to vote in troubled northeastern state of Manipur yesterday in polls they hope will help lift a much-reviled anti-terror law.
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