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Front Pagearrow AL scraps fatwa deal with bigots
Awami League (AL) yesterday cancelled the controversial five-point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over issuance of fatwas with Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish (BKM).
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Salahuddin surrenders to court
Former BNP lawmaker from Demra Salahuddin Ahmed surrendered before a Dhaka court while joint forces detained Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddiqui's brother Azad Siddiqui, a topcriminal
 arrow Loan default soars 15 pc in a year
The volume of defaulted loans in the banking system rose by 14.78 percent to stand at Tk 20,098 crore in December 2006 from Tk 17,509 crore in December 2005.
 arrow Quorum crisis costs country Tk 20cr
Around Tk 20 crore went down the drain as members of the 8th parliament did not attend the sessions in time leading to quorum crisis while the House failed to resolve audit objections involving over Tk
 arrow Yunus for Dhaka-Delhi-Islamabad highway link
Prof Muhammad Yunus has suggested building a highway network connecting India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and introducing "Saarc passports" for people of the member countries of the South Asian Association
 arrow Experts for quick step to avert blow-out
A group of eight experts recommended immediate remedial action to stop uncontrolled gas leakage from the country's biggest gas field Titas to avert a blow-out or similar disaster, a competent source said.
 arrow Govt asked to place CrPC ordinance to SC by tomorrow
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday asked the government to place the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance 2007 by tomorrow to complete the legal process of separation of the judiciary from the
 arrow Huge quantity of fake engine oil seized
Joint forces and mobile courts yesterday seized huge quantities of fake engine oil from four factories all over the country.
 arrow Allegations of cash incentives misuse to be probed
The government is likely to probe the allegations of illegal withdrawal of cash incentives from the national exchequer by some garment owners and exporters.
 arrow EU envoy backs purge of corrupt politicians
European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Stefan Frowein yesterday said the international community supports the government's crackdown on corrupt politicians, terming the recent arrests the "right
 arrow Double blow for a father in penury
Abul Sharif, a day labourer, probably had no idea that poverty would force him to do the unthinkable, until he had to hand over his 10-year old daughter's body to a charity organisation for burial declaring
 arrow Detained political leaders shifted to different prisons
The jail authorities last night shifted the detained political leaders to different jails from Dhaka Central Jail, whom the joint forces had arrested since the declaration of state of emergency on charges
 arrow Falu shown arrested in govt property misuse case
Detained former BNP lawmaker and businessman Mosaddak Ali Falu was shown arrested yesterday in a case filed against him for misuse of government property.
 arrow US team says polls critical for future
A US delegation yesterday observed that elections are critical for the future of Bangladesh and expressed their interest in providing support in this regard.
 arrow Execution of militant Saifullah stayed
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed execution of condemned militant Khaled Saifullah until February 19.
 arrow Council meeting postponed for CA's sickness
The weekly meeting of the council of advisers was postponed yesterday as Chief Adviser Fakruddin Ahmed was in indisposition.
 arrow Yunus getting people's views on his plan
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus is getting people's responses after writing an open letter on Sunday seeking views on his plan to float a political party.
 arrow Sign of the spring...

 arrow Saifur, other top BNP leaders meet Khaleda
BNP standing committee member M Saifur Rahman and other senior leaders yesterday met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at Hawa Bhaban and exchanged views on the current political situation.
 arrow Govt to start work soon on elevated roadway
The government has decided to immediately start construction of an elevated roadway from Panthapath to Rampura at a cost of Tk 530 crore to ease traffic congestion in the city.
 arrow Detained BNP leaders' bail petition to be heard March 5
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed March 5 for hearing on bail petitions by detained former communications minister barrister Nazmul Huda and nine other BNP leaders arrested for their alleged involvement in
 arrow ZIA flight operations resume after 16 hrs
Operations of flights resumed at Zia International Airport (ZIA) from around 7:00am yesterday after takeoffs and landings of aircraft were suspended for over 16 hours.
 arrow 17 held before submitting memo to CA
Twenty-two police recruits out of 757 recently discarded would be sub-inspectors (SI) and sergeants were detained yesterday when they were preparing to submit a memorandum to the chief adviser.
 arrow Seismometer installed 19yrs after lone one bogged down
A research team has finally installed a seismometer to record earthquake 19 years after the lone equipment in Chittagong went out of order.
 arrow Traffic congestion...

 arrow Rajuk knocks down 200 shops, recovers 5-bigha land
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday recovered five bighas of land from Uttara Sector-7 demolishing more than 200 illegally-built shops.
 arrow BDR seizes 15kg gold in Chuadanga
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel seized 15kg smuggled gold bars worth about Tk 2.5 crore from a truck at Loknathpur on Chuadanga-Darshana road yesterday.
 arrow OC suspended for bribery
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Shyamnagar Police Station was suspended yesterday for taking Tk 10,000 in bribe to release an innocent man picked up for alleged drug peddling.
 arrow BSF kills 2
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near Nitpur border in Porsha upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow 80 dead as bombs mock Baghdad security plan
Thunderous explosions and dense black smoke swirled through the centre of Baghdad yesterday when at least two car bombs one parked in an underground garage tore through a crowded marketplace, setting
 arrow Irani leaders arming Iraqis, says US
US military officials on Sunday accused the highest levels of the Iranian leadership of arming Shia militants in Iraq with sophisticated armour-piercing roadside bombs that have killed more than 170 troops
 arrow Former Iraq VP Ramadan sentenced to death
Taha Yassin Ramadan, executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's vice president, was himself sentenced to death Monday for crimes against humanity.
Businessarrow Dhaka for study on services sector before liberalisation
Dhaka is yet to decide on liberalisation of the services sector and will propose at Safta's forthcoming CoE (committee of experts) meeting a series of studies to assess the strength and weakness of the
 arrow Stocks placed on spot market slump
Shares in the five companies placed on the spot market by regulators on Sunday fell sharply yesterday, as investors tried to exit the stocks fearing the restrictions would continue to undermine theirvalue.
 arrow Cellphone to make it easy sending money home
Mobile communications operators and banks joined forces on Monday to make it easier and cheaper for hundreds of millions of immigrants and migrant workers to send money home by using their mobile phones.
 arrow BB reserves 10pc SME refinancing fund for women
Bangladesh Bank has reserved 10 percent of its SME sector refinancing fund for women entrepreneurs at a maximum annual interest rate of 10 percent to encourage women entrepreneurs in trade, commerce an
 arrow US trade show begins tomorrow
A three-day annual US trade show begins tomorrow at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in the capital.
 arrow Emirates adds extra flights to tap air travel boom
Emirates is to increase the frequency of its daily flights to Bangladesh in an effort to cash in on the country's rapidly growing market for air travel.
 arrow Corporate Bazaar concludes
The 3-day exhibition of corporate houses 'Corporate Bazaar 2007' concluded in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Toyota to make its lowest priced car in India
Toyota Motor Corp plans to build a new plant by 2010 in southern Indian concentrating on inexpensive, smaller model cars, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.
 arrow Adviser for hassle-free manpower export
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury asked government outfits for overseas employment to fix the demand for profession-based Bangladeshi workforce in Asia, Europe and America.
 arrow EU to propose lowering internal trade barriers
The European Commission will on Wednesday propose a package of new rules to lower trade barriers within the bloc that cost businesses as much as 150 billion euros per year, the Financial Times reported.
 arrow Indian firm to buy Canadian aluminium maker for $6b
India's largest aluminium manufacturer Hindalco Industries promoted by Adtiya Birla group, has announced the buying of the US-based Canadian firm aluminium producer Novelis for six billion dollars inthe
 arrow French trade minister for a 'pause' in WTO trade talks
French Trade Minister Christine Lagarde said on Monday that a "pause" was needed in talks at the World Trade Organisation despite recent high-level efforts to revive the stalled negotiations.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: The keeper conundrum
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar categorically mentioned that the performance of his boys in their 3-1 first-ever series victory in Zimbabwe has made the job easy for the selectors before picking the
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee exorcises his ghosts
If asked who was the most relieved man to return home after Bangladesh's 3-1 series victory in Zimbabwe Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza will surely be the first to raise his hand.
 arrow Cricket: India gamble on Sehwag
India's cricket selectors on Monday picked Virender Sehwag in India's World Cup squad despite the aggressive batsman being woefully out of touch in the run-up to the showpiece event.
 arrow Cricket: SL announce WC squad
Sri Lanka on Monday named middle-order batsmen Russel Arnold and Chamara Silva along with paceman Nuwan Kulasekara in a proven squad for the World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar vows to clear the air
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said yesterday that he will give a statement to clear his position about the comment made by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) vice-president Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen.
 arrow Cricket: Where's the trophy!
The photojournalists were frequently pressing the shutters once the Tigers appeared at the Zia International Airport yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC probing Samuels's bookie link
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday launched an investigation into Indian police claims that West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels had links with an illegal bookmaker.
 arrow Local Snippets
Half-centuries by Riaz and Sharif spearheaded Alhaj Abbasuddin High School (326) to a massive 201-run win over Government Laboratory High School (125) in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School
 arrow Football: A tribute to Munna
Azman takes after his father in many ways. Not only via facial resemblance but also in his quiet disposition and unceasing love for football.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky puts on brave face
Time will tell whether Australia's performance in the triangular one-day series finals against England was a temporary aberration, or sign of things to come at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Media post-mortem
Triumphalism has given way to anxiety as Australia's World Cup campaign has faltered with England's stunning tri one-day series victory over the once formidable Aussies, newspapers said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: All's well that ends well
England relinquished the Ashes in embarrassing fashion, but regained their dignity in unexpected circumstances by snatching the tri-series one-day title at the end of their turbulent Australian tour.
 arrow Cricket: Press praise highly
The British press on Monday euphorically set their sights firmly on the World Cup, due to begin in a matter of weeks, after England ended what was looking like a disastrous tour of Australia by claiming
 arrow Football: Ronnie puts Barca clear
Barcelona forward Ronal-dinho recaptured his form on Sunday when he struck twice to lead his side to a 2-0 win at home to Racing Santander that put them three points clear at the top of the Primera Liga.
 arrow Football: Arsenal steal it late
Tomas Rosicky maintained Arsenal's push towards Champions League qualification by sealing a controversial 2-1 victory over Wigan on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo enjoys Milan bow
Ronaldo was delighted with his AC Milan debut after coming on as a second-half substitute in Sunday's 2-1 home win against Livorno.
 arrow Football: Mancini points to history
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini said Sunday Italy should have dealt with football hooliganism years ago having had enough warnings in the past.
 arrow Football: Natore, Chittagong in zonal finals
Mostafizur Rahman and Wahid Murad both slammed hattricks as Chittagong brushed aside Laxmipur 11-0 in the zonal semifinal of the 3rd JFA Cup qualifying round at Comilla yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ex-cricketers hail Sehwag inclusion
Former cricketers today welcomed the "bold move" to include an out-of-form Virender Sehwag in India's World Cup squad, saying the swashbukling batsman had match-winning abilities and could not be ignored
 arrow Cricket: Proteas put pressure on Australians
South Africa can become the first team to topple Australia from the top spot in the ICC's ODI rankings if they beat Pakistan in the final one-dayer at Johannesburg and if Australia lose the upcoming Chappell-Hadlee
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan name WC side today
Pakistan will announce its 15-man World Cup squad on Tuesday after being assured by the International Cricket Council (ICC) it can seek replacements for any injured players, an official said.
 arrow Cricket: Australians under tax scrutiny
Australia's top cricketers including Shane Warne are being investigated for apparent tax evasion due to their alleged failure to disclose overseas earnings.
 arrow Football: Romario alive and scoring
Brazilian World Cup winner Romario shrugged off his 41 years to hit a hat-trick as Vasco de Gama beat Volta Redonda 6-1 in a league match here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter continue unabated
Leaders Inter Milan maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Chievo on Sunday as Serie A resumed after the suspension imposed following last week's riot in Sicily.
 arrow Football: Robben slams critics
Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has hit back at the critics who claim he is injured too often.
 arrow Football: Makaay ends losing streak
Bayern Munich celebrated their first victory since the appointment of Ottmar Hitzfeld as manager with a 1-0 home win against Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Marseille juggernaut halted
Lens handed out a 3-1 beating to Sochaux on Sunday to consolidate second place in the French league, 11 points adrift of leaders Lyon, to move them closer to a Champions League berth next season.
 arrow Football: Eto'o snubs Barca
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard was prepared to wait for an explanation from striker Samuel Eto'o, after the Cameroon international refused to come on as a late substitute in Sunday's Primera Liga match.
 arrow Football: Jankulovski pens new Milan deal
Czech Republic defender Marek Jankulovski has extended his contract with AC Milan until June 2011, the Serie A club said. The 29-year-old joined Milan from Udinese at the start of last season.
Metropolitanarrow Include physically challenged people in voter list
Physically challenged people must be included in voter list so that they can exercise their franchise without any hassles, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Call to preserve arts of Bengal
Speakers at an international congress yesterday urged the authorities to preserve archaeological sites, sculptures, monuments, paintings and arts of Bengal to enhance the understanding of Bengal art at
 arrow 'Save children's park at Khilgaon Chowdhurypara'
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) and Khilgaon Samajik Sangstha (KSS) yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to save the children's park at Khilgaon Chowdhurypara in the city from the encroachment
 arrow 'Disclose experts' report'
Concerned citizens yesterday urged the caretaker government to disclose the experts' report on Phulbari coalmine and take stern action against the persons who signed agreement with Asia Energy Corporation
 arrow 'Declare Bhabodaho a disaster area'
Nagorik Sanghati, a non-government organisation, yesterday demanded that 12 upazilas in Khulna, Jessore and Satkhira be declared a disaster area as 10 lakh people of the area have been suffering fromsevere
 arrow Road crashes kill 4 in Bogra, injure 11 in Gaibandha
At least four people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra and Gaibandha yesterday.
 arrow 'Take steps to improve living standard of 5 lakh tea workers'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the caretaker government to take proper steps to improve living standard of 5 lakh workers and their families, popularly known as tea-community, who had been living
 arrow CA urged not to demolish structures of Urdu-speaking people
Human rights organisations urged the chief adviser to the caretaker government not to demolish the camps and structures where the Urdu-speaking people have been living for the past several decades, as
 arrow Movement leader freed
Local leader of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources and Electricity-port M Nuruzzaman, who was arrested by the joint forces on Sunday, was released last night.
 arrow Basanta Utsab today
Jatiya Basanta Utsab Udjapan Parishad has chalked out day-long elaborate programmes to celebrate Basanta Utsab 1413 on the first day of Falgun (the first month of spring) today.
 arrow Wife files case against Air Force officer
A case was filed against an Air Force officer under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act by his wife yesterday.
 arrow Negligence of Birdem docs, staff alleged
Relatives of a patient admitted to the Birdem hospital and died later brought allegation of negligence and irregularities of the doctors as well as the hospital authorities that allegedly led to the death
 arrow IER admission schedule changed
The schedule for admission in first year honours courses of the Institute of Education and Research (IER) at Dhaka University (DU) under the academic session 2006-07 has been changed, a DU press release
 arrow IER admission schedule changed
The schedule for admission in first year honours courses of the Institute of Education and Research (IER) at Dhaka University (DU) under the academic session 2006-07 has been changed, a DU press release
 arrow One held in Ctg
Security personnel of Jamuna Oil Company Ltd caught an operator red-handed while he was trying to smuggle diesel from a lighter vessel at a jetty of the company in Guptakhal area at Patenga on Sundaynight.
 arrow Justice Khairul lauded
Karmojibi Nari yesterday hailed Justice Khairul Haque's decision to conduct proceedings of cases in Bangla, says a press release.
 arrow Seat plan of DU 'Ga' unit admission test
'Ga' unit admission test of Dhaka University (DU) for first year honours courses under Business Studies Faculty will be held on February 16 (Friday), says a DU press release.
 arrow Goons harass sacked teachers
The principal of Biam Model School and College and some teachers, who were sacked by the president of the governing body of the institute on Sunday, were allegedly harassed by hired goons yesterday as
 arrow Sundarban Day tomorrow
The Sundarban Day will be observed in Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira tomorrow, says a press release. The day will be observed with a slogan 'Love Sundarbans on the Valentine's Day' this year.
 arrow Engr suspended on charge of corruption
Executive Engineer of the Public Works Department in Patuakhali was suspended yesterday on charge of corruption, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 89 out of 114 clinics in Tangail illegal
At least 89 private clinics and nursing homes out of 114 in Tangail district are illegal. In Tangail town, there are 29 clinics, 17 of them illegal.
 arrow 'Emergency treatment not available for time being'
Most private clinics in Kishoreganj town have hung signboards: Eemergency treatment not available for time being.
 arrow Family files case challenging police claim of 'crossfire'
Family of a 'crossfire' victim lodged a case with a magistrate court in Kushtia yesterday against three police officials of Islamic University (IU) police station.
 arrow OC suspended in Satkhira
Shyamanagr thana officer-in-charge Inspector Ishaque Dukhu Mia.was suspended yesterday for picking up an innocent man and realising Tk 10,000 from him.
Point-Counterpointarrow Modhupur walls to protect wilderness or marauders?
As we walk past Gaira, a forest village of primarily Garos, in the foggy morning of Friday (Feb 2), we come across a score of labourers busy cutting sal trees and digging square holes every few feet.
Culturearrow Spring time once more
Spring is in the air. Once more Basanta Utsab (Spring Festival) will be celebrated with great enthusiasm and fanfare.
 arrow Cultural programme by Sammilito Sangskiritik Jote in full swing
Ekush Amader Ohongkar, Ekush Ghuchabe Ondhokar is the slogan at a 10-day cultural programme to observe the International Mother Language Day (Ekushey February).
Generalarrow Defamation suit against Samakal editor, publisher
Khulna City Jamaat Ameer and former lawmaker Mian Golam Parwar yesterday filed a defamation suit with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqul Haque against The Dainik Samakal Editor Abed Khan, Publisher
Internationalarrow Israel mulls suspending contacts with Abbas
Israel is considering suspending contacts with moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas if his new unity government with Hamas does not meet international demands, Israeli officials said yesterday.
 arrow India's ruling party faces tough tests today
India's governing Congress party faces the first of a string of tough mid-term tests today when Punjab state goes to the polls to elect a new state assembly.
 arrow US won't abandon Afghanistan: Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday the United States would not repeat the mistake of neglecting Afghanistan and allowing it to become a haven for Islamic militants.
 arrow 'US looking for excuse to attack Iran'
White House officials are taunting Iran into an action the United States could use as an excuse for an attack, a former security official told Newsweek, the magazine reported Sunday.
 arrow Israel carries out test of anti-missile system in 'message' to Iran
Israel carried out a successful night-time test of its Hetz (Arrow) anti-missile missile system Sunday in what public television described as a "message to Iran".
 arrow Lanka sinks rebel boat,10 Tigers killed
Sri Lanka's Navy destroyed a suspected Tamil Tiger boat and damaged another off the island's northeast coast before dawn on Monday killing around 10 rebels, officials said.
 arrow Hurry up on elections, UN tells Nepal
The United Nations mission in Nepal on Monday told the Himalayan nation's government to get a move on and organise scheduled elections crucial to the impoverished country's future.
 arrow Myanmar accused of widespread rape of ethnic minority women
Myanmar's military rulers have subjected minority ethnic Karen women to rape, sexual assault and forced labour as part of a bloody campaign against their people, a women's group said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Yunus' open letter
The Bangladesh Nobel laureate has sought the opinion and indeed support of the countrymen through an open letter for floating a new party. Dr.
 arrow Editorial: Hamas and Fatah strike deal
The recent agreement between Hamas and Fatah on the issue of the formation of a government of national unity for Palestinians adds a new and positive dimension to politics in the Middle East.
 arrow The primacy of the political
When the Transparency International (TI)'s corruption perception index placed Bangladesh at the top of the list of the world's most corrupt countries for four consecutive years, and third most corrupt
 arrow Another glorious chapter
Against the backdrop of uncertain political climate, another glorious chapter has been added to Bangladesh's history when Professor Abul Hussam, an expatriate Bangladeshi, who teaches chemistry at George
 arrow The road to sunset
One of my school friends has shifted to an old home on the outskirts of the city. The other day I went to see him, along with few other friends. We found him in good shape. He looked like a free bird.
Letters to Editorarrow Well-timed drive
The current move of the caretaker government against illegal/unauthorised establishments is being highly appreciated by all quarters.
 arrow Ekushey book fair
As usual, the Ekushey book fair--an event that has become part of our city life-- is being held on the Bangla academy premises.
 arrow Tips for the govt
The present govt should bear in mind that anything half done is nothing done. Don't go for things that you can't do but go for what you can do and do it efficiently. You know peoples' mind.
 arrow Govt on the right track
We are happy with the current caretaker government in Bangladesh. The previous government was corrupt (in our opinion) but the caretaker government is actually doing its job.
 arrow Cheating patients
In medical treatment use of technology like laboratory tests, instrumental examinations are a blessing of science & development. Of course, it involves additional costs for the patients.
 arrow Tax evasion
On last Friday morning, I was reading a newspaper article where I found the NBR chief very much concerned about tax systems loss.
 arrow Dream team
I am a Bangladeshi settled in Portland OR, minding my own business and living a happy life. Like most of the expatriates, I always keep in touch with the events in my country.
 arrow Why the negative approach?
Obviously, many a sleeping citizen is jolted into realisation how they have been taken for a ride to extreme hardship while a few benefited in the name of leadership and politics.
 arrow 'Shath manusher khojey'
Your front page news item [Feb 9] makes interesting reading when reflecting on scarcity of honest persons in this land of over 14 crore people! While the CTG is chasing the corrupt ministers and other
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