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Front Pagearrow New rule to bar the corrupt from polls
The government has barred corrupt people from participating in any parliamentary or local government election by amending the rules of Emergency Power Ordinance (EPO).
 arrow Intelligence gathers info on 50 defaulters
Intelligence agencies have collected information from Bangladesh Bank (BB) about top 50 loan defaulters, including detained Vice-Chairman of Beximco Group and Awami League leader Salman F Rahman.
 arrow BNP demands immediate release of leaders, workers
The BNP yesterday demanded immediate release of its leaders and workers, people's representatives at the field level as well as the general people arrested "without specific allegations".
 arrow Detention cases for petty crimes to be reviewed
The caretaker (CG) government yesterday decided to review the cases of those detained on suspicion and charges of petty crimes and to release them gradually from crammed jails.
 arrow Barapukuria lacks working capital
Faced with severe liquidity crisis that led to suspension of coal production, the Barapukuria coal mine immediately needs a minimum working capital of Tk 30 crore for its survival, a highly placed Petrobangla
 arrow Power-cut to shopping malls from next week
The government is set to halt power supply to the shopping malls during the peak hours (6:30pm to11:00pm) from next week as the business community agreed to a load management plan.
 arrow Over 1 lakh to get jobs in Malaysia
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Malaysia has given approval for recruiting over one lakh workers from Bangladesh.
 arrow 5 acid traders jailed for 6 yrs
A mobile court in the city yesterday sentenced five acid traders to six years imprisonment and fined each of them Tk 3 lakh for violating the Acid Control Act.
 arrow Sakhawat sets a rare standard
Newly appointed Election Commissioner Brigadier General (retd) Sakhawat Hossain in a rare move yesterday disclosed a detailed account of his wealth. "As a soldier, I want to set an example.
 arrow Politics poses biggest problem to policemen
Most problems of the police department will be solved if there is no interference in the force's services, senior police officials said yesterday.
 arrow Relief goods found at Jhenidah BNP office
Joint forces and local administration in Jhenidah seized over 200 pieces of corrugated iron sheets from the office of former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master, houses of two local BNP leaders and market
 arrow Falu's bail petition rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu in a case filed against him for misuse of government property.
 arrow 60 children die in a month
As many as 60 children aged between one to thirty days died in Dinajpur Sadar Hospital since January 1.
 arrow DCs asked to submit reports on law officers' performances
The law ministry yesterday instructed the deputy commissioners (DCs) to send performance reports of the government law officers to the ministry.
 arrow Railway frees 6-acre land from illegal occupancy
Bangladesh Railway (BR) authorities yesterday recovered about six acres of land in the city's Tejgaon area while Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) recovered a three-storey market at Sutrapur.
 arrow 14-day remand sought for ex-BNP MP Salahuddin
An investigation officer (IO) yesterday sought a 14-day remand to interrogate former BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed in connection with two cases filed against him for possessing illegal arms and foreign
 arrow Five killed in Mymensingh road crash
Five people, including father and son, died in a road accident on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Seed Store Bazar under Bhaluka upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Verdict in case against Ershad today
A Dhaka court will deliver today the verdict in the gold smuggling case filed 16 years back against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.
 arrow Coal mine movement leader Nuruzzaman released
Dinajpur leader of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port M Nuruzzaman, who was arrested by the army-led joint forces on Sunday, got release the next day.
 arrow Gunfight again on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Chanduria border in Kalaroa upazila and Gazipur border in Debhata upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 11 dead in car bomb on Iran elite force
Eleven people were killed yesterday when a car bomb ripped through a bus carrying members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in a sensitive southeastern border province, official media reported.
Businessarrow Govt assures importers of proper steps
The government yesterday assured that genuine importers have no reason to worry about opening LC for importing commodities as steps are being taken for smooth trading.
 arrow SEC directive on 5 firms lifted
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday withdrew the directive on trading of shares in the five companies under spot market, SEC sources said.
 arrow Exporters urged to enhance contacts for tech transfer
Technology excellence is essential for competitiveness in the rapidly globalisation of today's world economy, observed the finance and planning adviser addressing the inaugural of a 3-day US trade show
 arrow Reconditioned car importers fear loss of Tk300cr business
Importers of reconditioned cars are fearing a loss of Tk300 crore business as the Chittagong Customs House has opted for a special auction to sell out the vehicles remained unreleased at the country's
 arrow India tightens monetary policy to fight rising inflation
India's central bank tightened monetary policy on Tuesday for a second time in two weeks to fight rising inflation, hiking the amount of cash commercial banks must keep on deposit in order to mop up cash
 arrow China's growth to slow in 2007: WB
China's economic growth is expected to fall to 9.6 percent this year from 10.7 percent last year amid a mild slowdown in exports, the World Bank said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices fall
Oil prices fell on profit-taking in Asian trade Wednesday after an international energy watchdog raised its estimate for demand this year, dealers said.
 arrow AKTEL launches 'Power' package
Mobile phone operator AKTEL has launched a new package styled 'Power' under which subscribers will be able to choose as many as five FnF (friend and family) numbers from any operators.
 arrow China urged to speed up currency reform
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday the large US trade imbalance with China will remain until "structural issues" are addressed, and urged Beijing to step up the pace of currency reforms.
 arrow Singapore raises 2007 GDP forecast
Singapore on Wednesday raised its economic growth forecast after the economy expanded at a better-than-expected 7.9 percent in 2006, one of the fastest rates in Asia.
 arrow Sony shares rise on chip outsourcing plan
Sony Corp. shares rose over three percent on Wednesday after the company said it was considering outsourcing part of the production of the computer chips used in the PlayStation 3 game console.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashud not lost
Khaled Mashud welcomed the decision when he was asked to sit out the last two matches of the Zimbabwe series at home. Without asking too many questions, he let a young turk play.
 arrow Cricket: Faruque lied!
It is a mystery for seaming all-rounder Mohammad Sharif why he is not in the World Cup squad that was announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock wrecks Pakistan
Shaun Pollock took the first five wickets as South Africa bowled out Pakistan for 153 in the fifth one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: 10K-up Rahul drives India
Rahul Dravid became the sixth batsman in history to reach 10,000 one-day runs as he steered India to a series-levelling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain ruins NCL resumption
The sixth round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League began yesterday without a ball being bowled on opening day of all three four-day matches due to unexpected rain across the country.
 arrow Cricket: ICC president nominees to be weighed
The International Cricket Council Nominations Committee was to meet in Dubai on Wednesday to discuss the nominations of Sharad Pawar and David Morgan for the post of the next ICC president.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Rasulpur
PN High School and Rasulpur High School won their respective zonal matches in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: GP Pacer Hunt in Barisal
The Barisal leg of the Grameenphone Pacer Hunt programme to find fast bowlers concluded at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ACSU to ensure fair World Cup
The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will ensure the World Cup in the West Indies next month is free of match-fixing or other corrupt practices.
 arrow Local Snippets
The England A cricket team were scheduled to arrive in Dhaka in the early hours of today to play two four-dayers and three one-day matches against their Bangladesh counterparts.
 arrow Cricket: Zim, minnows give squads
Zimbabwe omitted experienced batsman Hamilton Masakadza from their World Cup squad on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels can still play
West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels will be allowed to play in next month's World Cup despite an ongoing probe of his links with an alleged bookmaker, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: England name WC squad
Chairman of selectors David Graveney said it was "my wish" that Michael Vaughan captained England after the injury-prone Yorkshire batsman was named Wednesday to lead his country in a 15-man squad for
 arrow Cricket: Aussies target Kiwis
Stung by losing their home tri-series final to England, the Australian cricketers flew into New Zealand Wednesday looking for a whipping boy.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh exit brightly
Zahid Hassan Emily's 43rd minute goal ensured Bangladesh bow out of the men's Olympic football preliminaries with distinction after a 1-0 away win over Hong Kong yesterday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o blows hot and cold
Barcelona's Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o sought Wednesday to quell tensions raised by his public criticism of the Spanish club's Dutch manager Frank Rijkaard and his Brazilian teammate Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: Wenger rubbishes Bolton jinx
Arsenal may have lost on their last three visits to Bolton's Reebok Stadium, but manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that Sam Allardyce's squad do not have some kind of psychological hold over his squad.
 arrow Cricket: Pak equipment yet to arrive!
Pakistan's preparations for the last one-day game against South Africa on Wednesday have been upset by the loss of equipment en route from Cape Town.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff not certain to be captain
Andrew Flintoff is not guaranteed to be England's captain at the World Cup in the event Michael Vaughan is injured. Flintoff led England during their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Kenyans to receive cash
Kenya's cricketers will each receive a cash payment of 5,000 dollars for their efforts in winning the World Cricket League title here this month, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Massimino closed
Catania's Massimino stadium, scene of the fan riot earlier this month in which a policeman was killed, will be closed for the rest of the Serie A season, the Italian football league's disciplinary council
 arrow Football: Natore, Sirajganj make it easy
North-Bengal sides Sirajganj and Natore cruised into the final round of the 3rd JFA Cup with crushing wins yesterday.
 arrow Football: Argentina exporting hooliganism!
Argentina's notorious football hooligans are selling their trouble-making expertise abroad, principally to Colombia and Mexico, a report in the sports daily Ole said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Schwarzer makes City pay
Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer saved two penalties as Middlesbrough won a shoot-out 5-4 against Bristol City at the Riverside to book an FA Cup fifth round tie at home to West Brom this weekend.
 arrow Football: Jewell charged over ref outburst
Wigan boss Paul Jewell has vowed to fight an improper conduct charge imposed over his outburst at the referee who was in charge of his side's controversial 2-1 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Altintop on his way to Bayern
Schalke 04's Turkish midfielder Hamit Altintop announced on Wednesday that he is to join Bayern Munich next season on a three-year contract.
 arrow Football: Roma given go-ahead
The Italian government confirmed on Tuesday that AS Roma's Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Olympique Lyon on February 21 would kick off at the scheduled time of 8.45pm (1945 GMT).
 arrow Football: Kuerten on comeback trail
Former world number one Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil won his first match in 18 months by defeating Italy's Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Brazilian Open here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Aachen players get booze ban
Two players of German first division team Alemannia Aachen have been punished by their club for being involved in a drink-driving accident, sporting director Jorg Schmadtke said.
 arrow Football: Kirkland out with injury
Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland could be out of action for up to six weeks after he announced he needed surgery on a torn finger ligament.
 arrow Football: Martins sorry for Nigeria snub
Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins on Tuesday apologised for refusing to play for Nigeria in last week's friendly against Ghana.
 arrow Football: Vieira confident about UCL chances
Patrick Vieira believes his Inter Milan side have what it takes to win the Champions League this season.
 arrow Notice
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Metropolitanarrow Allow us to run business before rehabilitation
Leaders of Bangladesh United Footpath Hawkers' Parishad, an organisation of 40 lakh hawkers, at a press conference urged the caretaker government (CG) to make temporary arrangements for them to run businesses
 arrow 'Launch drive against illegal clinics, hospitals in Rajshahi'
Rajshahi Protection Movement Council demanded drives against illegal clinics, diagnostic centres and hospitals that have no valid license and are providing low quality health care services to the people.
 arrow Danish envoy supports anti-graft drive
Appreciating the drive against corruption, Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Einar H Jehensen yesterday expressed hope that the country would secure a better position in the next corruption perception indexof
 arrow Polls after level playing field for all parties
Elections will be held after the completion of all tasks needed to create a level playing field for all parties, said Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday.
 arrow Former Ctg DC Hasan arrested
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested former deputy commissioner (DC) of Chittagong Mohammad Hasan on charges of corruption and making indecent proposal to a woman teacher.
 arrow DU postpones evening course under pressure
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday postponed its decision to launch master's programme for media professionals at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) in the wake of student
 arrow PBCP leader killed in encounter with Rab
A leader of underground outfit Purba Banglar Communist Party (Red Flag) was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Ataikhola upazila yesterday evening, a Rab official said.
 arrow World Vedic Confce begins at Shitakunda today
A three-day World Vedic Conference of the Hindus begins at Shitakunda Chandranath National Shrine in Chittagong on the occasion of traditional Hindu festival, Shiva Chaturdoshi, today.
 arrow AK-47 recovered from hilly area in Rangamati
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered an AK-47 rifle and five bullets from a remote hilly area at Baghaichhari in Rangamati.
 arrow Hasina demands arrest of 'BNP criminals'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to those "BNP criminals" who killed Sonagazi Upazila unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaderMahfuzul
 arrow Robber identified as former JCD activist
The robber caught during Tuesday's Tk 80 lakh robbery from a house on Moneshwar Road in Dhanmondi turned out to be a former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist.
 arrow Titas Gas disconnects 10 subscribers
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company yesterday disconnected ten of its commercial and industrial subscribers on charge of illegal activities in Elephant Road and Mirpur areas in the city, says
 arrow Sabihuddin's contract cancelled
The government yesterday cancelled the contract appointment of Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Sabihuddin Ahmed, as part of the ongoing administrative reshuffle.
 arrow Star reporter wins Child Sight Foundation award
Reporter of The Daily Star Muhammad Rajib Hossain has won the first prize of a journalist fellowship programme organised by Child Sight Foundation (CSF) for his report titled "Darkness to Light-working
 arrow Free entry for underprivileged children
Authorities of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) have decided to provide free entry facility to Shaheed Quamruzzaman Central Park and Zoo to the underprivileged and working street children.
 arrow Bring Journalism dept under Social Science faculty
Students of Communication and Journalism Department of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday staged a sit-in on the campus to press home their demand to bring the discipline under Social Science faculty.
 arrow Salah Uddin made additional AG
President has appointed Supreme Court lawyer Salah Uddin Ahmed as Additional Attorney General, an official handout said last night.
 arrow Book on Bangla language to be launched today
The Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD) will launch a book titled 'Bangla language, literature and culture movement' in Bengali by Prof Rafiqul Islam at Nazrul Mancha at the Bangla Academy
 arrow IUT signs MoU
Islamic University of Technology (IUT) signed an MOU with Malaysian Aviation Training Academy (MATA) yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Rationing hardly improves urea crisis in Gaibandha
Farmers in remote areas of Gaibandha and adjoining districts are facing crisis of urea while rationing of the fertiliser among dealers could make little impact on improving the situation during the peak
 arrow BSF stops road work near Chatlapur land port
Reconstruction of part of a road near the Chatlapur land port in Moulvibazar is stopped for a week due to obstruction by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
 arrow Protect Sundarbans from plunderers
The sixth Sundarban Day was observed in Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat districts yesterday with a call for effective government steps against plunder of the world's largest mangrove forest.
 arrow 100MT inedible maize dumped under soil
Bhomra Customs authorities yesterday destroyed 100 metric tonnes of inedible maize worth Tk 10 lakh by digging earth near the land port in Sadar upazila.
 arrow AL activist killed in Jhenidah
An Awami League (AL) activist was killed by criminals in Harinakundo upazila on Tuesday night, police sources said.
Culturearrow Feedback : Bringing fusion into the mainstream
Fuad Naser Babu is a familiar name in the band music arena of Bangladesh. Music composer and keyboardist of the popular band Feedback, Babu is a pioneer in the organised band music movement.
 arrow Homage to veteran singer Nilufar Yasmeen
Late singer Nilufar Yasmeen held many an audience spellbound with her versatile voice. Focusing mainly on Bangladeshi music, she was one of the country's foremost vocalists.
 arrow 'Rupantorer Gaan': Songs of transformation
An album of songs that inspired people, from the Language Movement to the Liberation War, in protests and struggles for establishing rights was launched at the National Museum recently.
 arrow Sheikh Luthfur Rahman: An illustrious composer
A man of indomitable spirit, Sheikh Luthfur Rahman was an illustrious composer, teacher, socio-cultural activist and eminent singer of our country.
 arrow Cultural evening by Bangladesh Lokosangeet Parishad
Bangladesh Lokosangeet Parishad (BLP), an organisation of folk singers, celebrated its 9th founding anniversary recently. The programme was held at the Bishwa Shahitya Kendra auditorium.
Generalarrow Shibir, BCL clash at Barisal Polytech Instt
At least 13 activists were injured in clashes between Islami Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League on Barisal Polytechnic Institute Campus yesterday.
 arrow 'Doctors should be punished for negligence of duty'
Speakers at a roundtable in Khulna city bitterly criticised the present state of affairs prevailing in public hospitals where patients do not get proper medicare services due to negligence of doctors.
 arrow 'Mutual trust a must for democratic social order'
Prof M Asaduzzaman, chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, said mutual trust is needed for democratic social order.
 arrow Housewife donates Tk 5 lakh to AMCH
Housewife Hasina Abdullah of Dhaka donated Tk 5 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), says a press release.
Internationalarrow Seoul hails nuke deal, may resume aid to Pyongyang
South Korea yesterday hailed the six-nation agreement on scrapping North Korea's nuclear programme as a "turning point" and said it plans to resume high-level talks with the North to discuss aid.
 arrow Anti-satellite weapon test not aimed at any country
China has assured India that its recent anti-satellite weapon test was not directed at any country and that it too was opposed to weaponisation of outer space.
 arrow Karzai in London as report warns Afghanistan at 'tipping point'
Afghanistan is at a "tipping point" ahead of an expected Taliban spring offensive, a think tank report warned yesterday as President Hamid Karzai was due for talks in London.
 arrow British police told to apologise for anti-terror raids
British police were told Tuesday to apologise after "aggressive" anti-terror raids last year in which two Muslims were arrested but later freed without charge, triggering protests.
 arrow Manipur votes as Punjab result hangs in balance
The remote northeastern state of Manipur went to the polls yesterday, as elections in India's breadbasket Punjab province saw the ruling Congress neck and neck with the opposition.
 arrow Dictator's aide new Turkmen president
Regime loyalist Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov was sworn in as Turkmenistan's new president at a grand ceremony yesterday amid hopes for reform in this resource-rich Central Asian nation.
 arrow Sadr flees Iraq for Iran?
Radical anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadrhas fled Iraq for Iran, a US defence official said yesterday, a claim vehemently denied by the Shiite leader's supporters.
 arrow EU wants to sanction firms that hire illegal immigrants
The European Commission will propose at the end of May draft legislation to sanction companies who hire illegal immigrants in the European Union's 27 member countries, EU officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Koirala sick with signs of hepatitis
Nepal's elderly and frail prime minister is believed to be suffering from hepatitis, his doctors said in a statement yesterday.
 arrow Shia leader shot dead in Pakistan
Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a minority Shiite Muslim leader yesterday in northwest Pakistan, sparking sectarian tensions, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Changes in police administration
The recent shake-up in the police administration should be leading to matters of a positive note.
 arrow Editorial: Relief material scam
The countrywide drive against corruption is bringing into light more and more cases of misuse and misappropriation of public goods.
 arrow We need local leaders not national personalities
From lofty policy speeches all the way down to adda over tea among friends, the big question volleys back and forth nowadays is, how do we reform politics to serve the national interest?
 arrow Climate change: A threat that unites us all
All too often the news is dominated by conflict and disagreement.
 arrow Sensing the political situation
Look at what the caretaker government is doing! It has arrested some influential politicians from the two principal political parties because of their alleged involvement in corruption, and is in theprocess
Specialarrow Response to Dr Yunus
On February 11, Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus declared his intention to join politics in an open letter to the people of the country, where he also asked for people's views.
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