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Front Pagearrow Build a mega seaport to revolutionise economy
Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday stressed the need for setting up a mega seaport, a mega airport and a transnational highway to speed up the wheel of economy and to materialise 'the dream of
 arrow Special team probing Rajuk corruption
Corruption, nepotism and irregularities of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) in approving housing projects of some influential real estate companies and allocating plots in some posh areas of thecapital
 arrow AL leader Jhontu, his brother Pintu held
The army-led joint forces detained Awami League (AL) central committee leader and former lawmaker Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhontu and his brother district Zaker Party leader Abu Asghar Ahmed Pintu on Thursday
 arrow Traffic congestion may ease but waterlogging to worsen
The government's plan to construct a 3.
 arrow All parties evade filing election spending returns
None of the 55 political parties including BNP, Awami League (AL), Jamaat-e-Islami and Jatiya Party, which contested the 2001 parliamentary election, has submitted the return of their election expenditure
 arrow Execution not held as jails get no decision on mercy petitions
The prison authorities are now awaiting the president's decision regarding the execution of six of the seven condemned militants, including Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman and
 arrow 4,000 likely to be freed to ease load on jails
Around 4,000 prisoners, who were arrested on charges of 'petty crimes', are going to be released, as the government recently decided to free them gradually in a bid to lessen the load on the crammed jails,
 arrow Hopeless mother...

 arrow Demand to rid BNP of corrupt leaders gaining ground
The demand for fighting corruption within the organisation is gaining ground among the BNP ranks as they think it will burnish the party image.
 arrow Extra carrying cost for crossing Jamuna adds to rice prices
Additional cost for carrying over the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge now adds to the rice prices that had already gone up due to lower domestic production and diminishing import at private level due to higher
 arrow Currencies, 11 cellphones seized from Salman's residence
A huge amount of local and foreign currencies and 11 mobile phone sets were seized from the Gulshan residence of industrialist Salman F Rahman when the joint forces arrested him on February 4 on charge
 arrow Muktir Utsab...

 arrow More arms recovered in Khagrachhari
Security forces seized arms and ammunition from remote Kalapahar area under Mohalchhari upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow Prior permission from advisory body needed
The government has asked the authorities concerned to take permission of the advisory committee on law and order before any eviction drive in the capital as well as in other metropolitan cities.
 arrow Indian FM to arrive Feb 19
India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will visit Dhaka on February 19 to extend the invitation to Bangladesh leaders to the 14th Saarc summit to be held here on April 3 and 4.
 arrow Development a must to weed out outlawed parties, says Anwarul Iqbal
Adviser to the Caretaker Government Anwarul Iqbal said all round development of the south-western region of the country is a must to weed out underground parties in the region once and for all.
 arrow Sohel Taj seeks permission for India tour
Former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj, who was earlier offloaded from an aircraft as he was about to travel to India, has sought government permission for going on an India tour.
 arrow Jubilant winners...

 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire at two border points
Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Haripur border of Thakurgaon and on Benapole border yesterday morning.
 arrow Poetry festival begins at DU tomorrow
The two-day National Poetry Festival 2007 begins tomorrow on Dhaka University (DU) campus with around 200 poets of the country participating. The festival has been dedicated to poet Shamsur Rahman.
 arrow Bodies of three newborn babies recovered
Police recovered bodies of three newborn babies from places in the capital yesterday and the day before.
 arrow Tiger kills one in Sundarbans
One person was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Baikari forest area near the river Chunkuri in the Sundarbans yesterday morning.
 arrow 6 bombs found in Natore
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered six bombs from Roy Amhati area on the outskirts of the town on Thursday night.
 arrow Fake engine oil factory raided in Gazipur
Joint forces, led by a magistrate, yesterday raided and sealed a factory off at Bhimbazar of Gazipur which used to produce counterfeit engine oil.
 arrow Ban on honking horns at some city points
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on honking horns by vehicles at certain places of the city.
 arrow Hamas cabinet resigns to bring Fatah in
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas faces the task of forming a new Palestinian government with the moderate Fatah, despite unresolved internal disputes and the warning of a US boycott.
 arrow US, developing nations accept Iran aid cut plan
Western and developing nations broadly accept a UN nuclear agency plan to cut almost half its aid projects in Iran, diplomats say, easing fears of a row over how strictly to apply UN sanctions against
 arrow Cleanup goes on in US after winter onslaught
National Guardsmen towed stranded vehicles from highways and officials toiled to clear roads early Friday following a monster storm that has been blamed for at least 15 deaths.
 arrow Warming to spread disease, hunger in South Asia: WHO
Millions more South Asians will suffer from diseases like malaria and cholera, or go hungry due to global warming, but governments are not fully aware of the dangers, the World Health Organisation said
Businessarrow Govt to examine scope for foreign vocational training
Bangladesh in a bid to build up itself for the Australian lucrative job market has now put its efforts in improving workers' skills through imparting them various vocational trainings in partnershipwith
 arrow WB, Indian chamber for energy trade between Saarc countries
A FICCI-World Bank research paper has suggested energy trade between Saarc countries to help overcome crippling shortage of energy in South Asia.
 arrow Turnover on both bourses fell
Turnover on the stock exchanges fell last week due mainly to the imposition of trading restrictions on shares in five companies by the stock market regulator. Dropped by 24.
 arrow US trade show ends
The three-day US Trade Show 2007 came to a close yesterday in Dhaka with many a visitors showing keen interest in telemedicine service offered by Grameenphone Ltd.
 arrow US threatens to revive WTO piracy suit against China
The United States on Thursday threatened to revive a bid to drag China to the WTO over copyright piracy if bilateral talks sought by Beijing to fend off the action do not achieve a breakthrough.
 arrow Syndicated loan of Tk101cr for RanksTel
Twelve banks and financial institutions have arranged a syndicated loan of Tk 101 crore for RanksTel, a sister concern of Rangs Group.
 arrow Pact soon with Malaysia in interest of Indian workers
An accord for protection of interests of Indian workers in Malaysia is expected to be signed soon between the two countries in the wake of complaints of their exploitation and harassment.
 arrow Standard & Poors upgrades rating for Citigroup
Standard & Poors (S&P), one of the world's foremost independent credit ratings providers, announced on Wednesday that it has raised its counterparty credit rating on Citigroup to 'AA/A-1+' from 'AA-/A-1+'.
 arrow EU energy ministers reject mandatory target for renewables
The European Union energy ministers agreed on Thursday to increase the use of renewable energy, but refused to set a mandatory target for member states.
 arrow India overtakes China as it posts record earnings growth: ABB
Global engineering giant ABB said Friday India has overtaken China as its fastest-growing market after the South Asian nation generated record profit, sales and orders last year.
 arrow African trade experts call for a single customs union
African trade experts from three regional blocs in east and southern Africa have called on the governments in the region to establish a single customs union to enhance trade.
 arrow Oil prices ease in Asia
Oil prices eased slightly in Asian trade Friday as the markets focussed on high US inventory levels and Opec left its demand growth forecast for this year unchanged, analysts said.
 arrow Dollar regains ground ahead of BoJ meet
The dollar regained ground against the yen and euro in Asian trade on Friday amid uncertainty on the outlook for interest rates in Japan, dealers said. The dollar rose to 119.
 arrow HSBC sells 27pc stake in Chinese bank
Global banking giant HSBC said Friday it will sell its 27 percent stake in Ping An Bank to a subsidiary of Ping An Insurance's parent company for 29.4 million US dollars. HSBC, which owns 19.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
February 11-February 15, 2007
Local FX Market
US dollar remained stable against Bangladeshi taka last week on back of comfortable supply.

Sportsarrow Cricket: The last mistake?
Only time will tell whether Faruque Ahmed's name shall be synonymous with another forgettable event in the history of Bangladesh cricket after he recently took the much-debated decision of leaving Khaled
 arrow Cricket: Yardy wants some runs
England A captain Michael Yardy shrugged off his miss from the World Cup squad and wanted players from his team to be prepared for bigger things to come.
 arrow Cricket: Dhiman keeps Ctg alive
Dhiman Ghosh rescued Chitta-gong with a timely century as the visitors fought back from a precarious position to brighten hopes of a draw against leaders Rajshahi in the sixth round clash of the Ispahani
 arrow Cricket: Your Say On Tigers Selection
Well, I have lost my word to say anything. Mashud is not in the team and that is a big mistake made by the selection panel. I mean he is the most experienced player in the team.

 arrow Cricket: Bond buries Australia
Australia suffered their first ever 10-wicket loss in limited-overs cricket when they were thrashed by New Zealand here Friday just weeks away from their World Cup defence.
 arrow Football: Nayeem to make Brothers a fighting unit
Ex-Indian national coach Syed Nayeemuddin said yesterday that strength of a team should not worry a coach at top level of football.
 arrow Local Snippets
Majid took five wickets to help Bakhrabad High School to a facile 85-run win over Residential School and College in the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament at the Housing Estate ground
 arrow Cricket: Fine start for Wasiur
Wasiur Rahman struck a sublime century to propel Dhanmondi to a 50-run victory over Agrani Bank in the Kai-Altech First Division at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WI keep Samuels
The West Indies have named Marlon Samuels in the 15-man squad for the World Cup they will host next month despite an ongoing probe of his links with an alleged bookmaker.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy needs pace duo
Pakistan dope-tested most of its World Cup cricket squad on Friday with the futures of key fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif hanging in the balance.
 arrow Football: Queen meets 'King Henry'
Queen Elizabeth II hosted Arsenal footballers in a teatime fixture at Buckingham Palace on Thursday to make up for her having to forfeit opening their new ground last November because of a bad back.
 arrow Football: Barca seek internal healing
Barcelona fans will be hoping that some of the dressing room wounds that were exposed this week will have healed by the time the Spanish league leaders play at Valencia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Sevilla turn on style
Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute continued his prolific season with another goal as the UEFA Cup holders underlined their class with a 2-0 victory over Steau Bucharest in Romania on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Uefa Cup Results
Results from the UEFA Cup round of 32 first leg matches played on Thursday:
At Braga, Portugal
Sporting Braga (POR) 1 (Ze Carlos 81) Parma (ITA) 0
At Moscow
Spartak Moscow (RUS)

 arrow Football: Totti not giving up
Inter Milan have won their last 15 league matches and hold an 11-point lead at the top of the table, but Roma captain Francesco Totti refuses to accept that the Italian title race is a foregone conclusion.
 arrow Cricket: No Sachin for decider
Star Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been rested for Saturday's series-deciding fourth and final one-day international against Sri Lanka due to a sore back. "It's nothing to worry about.
 arrow Football: Humble Casillas
Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas said if Barcelona were in crisis following the controversial comments of Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o then Real Madrid were really in trouble.
 arrow Football: Bayern keen on Raul
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has said that he is a huge fan of Spanish international striker Raul and would like to sign the Real Madrid captain.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard set for Barca exit?
Barcelona's Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard is to quit the team he led to the Champions League only last May, AS sports daily said on Friday, quoting "very well informed sources.
 arrow Football: Italy okays late kick-offs
The Italian interior ministry on Thursday sanctioned evening kick-offs for a handful of Serie A matches on February 24-25.
 arrow Football: Neville slams agents
Manchester United captain Gary Neville said Thursday he wanted player agents kicked out of football, insisting he did not know any good ones.
 arrow Football: Old foes for Gunners, Red Devils
Arsenal and Manchester United will find a pair of familiar faces standing in their path towards the last eight of the FA Cup this weekend.
 arrow Football: Slomka's Schalke looking up
Bundesliga lea-ders Schalke 04 have rewarded their coach Mirko Slomka with the offer of a new contract and will hope that is just the boost required to extend their unbeaten run to 13 when they travel
 arrow Football: Defining weekend for MU
Henrik Larsson believes the strength of Manchester United's squad will prove decisive as Sir Alex Ferguson's side begin a seven-day stretch that could determine whether or not they repeat their treble
 arrow Football: Thailand to play Netherlands
Thailand will play the Netherlands here in June as a warm-up for the Asian Cup, the country's football association said Friday.
 arrow Football: Brawl in Chinese match
A friendly match involving one of China's top football teams was abandoned after a mass brawl, state media said Friday, just days after a similar incident marred a Chinese visit to London.
 arrow Football: Germans sign sponsorship deal
German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom said on Thursday they would be continuing their sponsorship of the Bundesliga until 2009 but the league would not take the company's name.
 arrow Football: Nigerian clubs sanctioned
The Nigeria Football League (NFL) has ordered champions Ocean Boys to play two home games behind closed doors while another top club Wikki Tourists were banished from their home ground and fined as aresult
Metropolitanarrow Dutch govt to continue support for water sector development
The Dutch government is committed to supporting the development of the water sector in Bangladesh, said Aart van der Horst of the ministry of foreign affairs, the Netherlands, yesterday.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair draws huge number of visitors
Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2007 drew the biggest number of visitors and saw the publication of the highest number of books yesterday.
 arrow Establish rule of law, ensure accountability
Speakers at a discussion yesterday emphasised the need to establish the rule of law, ensure accountability in the administration and strengthen democracy in order to materialise the dreams of freedomfighters
 arrow Nation needs more enlightened people
The nation today badly needs more enlightened people to show lights amid darkness all around, said the speakers at a prize giving ceremony in the city yesterday.
 arrow Teenagers vow to fulfil dreams of war heroes
In a pleasant spring morning of yesterday, school-going boys and girls of the capital thronged into Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex and took oath amidst great enthusiasm to fulfil the dreams of war heroes.
 arrow BSF explodes parachute bombs on border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) exploded parachute bombs on Paksia border in Sharsha upazila early yesterday, creating panic among the locals.
 arrow Execution of verdict demanded
Police is yet to arrest some killers of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) central leader Kazi Aref Ahmed and its four other local leaders after seven years into the killings.
 arrow 51521 birds of 42 species found at Hakaluki haor in Moulvibazar
A total of 51521 birds of 42 species were found at Hakaluki haor in Moulvibazar district this year, according to a recent census.
 arrow Trader shot in Rajshahi
Muggers shot a trader on the head near Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) market on Thursday night.
 arrow Mobile court recovers port land in Ctg
A mobile court here on Thursday demolished a large number of illegal establishments from Newmooring Port area in the city.
 arrow Prisoner dies at Dinajpur
A prisoner of Dinajpur District Jail died at Dinajpur Medical College Hospital on Thursday night, jail and hospital sources said.
 arrow Hindu devotee electrocuted at Sitakunda
A Hindu devotee was electrocuted yesterday evening as she came into contact with an electric cable while returning from the Chandranath Temple at Sitakunda in Chittagong after performing Shiv Puja onthe
 arrow Ferry service on Daulatdia-Paturia route disrupted
At least 400 vehicles stranded at Daulatdia Ghat as movement of ferries on Daulatdia-Paturia route has been disrupted due to shortage of ferries for the last couple of days.
 arrow Unauthorised mini-telephone exchange unearthed
Police unearthed an unauthorised mini-telephone exchange at Sharsha and arrested a man in this connection yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in Mymensingh road accident
The driver and the helper of a truck were killed in a road accident on Mymensingh-Sherpur road in the early hours of today.
 arrow 10 US Bay Area students to visit Bangladesh
Ten Bay Area students of the USA will visit Bangladesh in April for a three-week exchange programme.
 arrow Fake certificates, cheques recovered in Ctg, two held
Rab personnel recovered 11 fake certificates, six bank cheques, two testimonials, 76 trade licences and printing materials from Shahjada Market in the city's Chakbazar area yesterday.
 arrow Science fair begins at Viqarunnisa School
The 11th science fair organised by Viqarunnisa Noon Science Club began at its bailey road centre in the city yesterday.
 arrow Kite festival...

 arrow 162 mobile sets stolen from city shop
Miscreants took away 162 mobile sets worth about Tk 12 lakh from a mobile shop at AH Tower in the city's Uttara early yesterday.
 arrow Rickshaw owners asked to put up reflective sticker
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has asked the owners of rickshaw, rickshaw van and pushcarts to put up 'reflective stickers' on the back of the vehicles by February 22 in order to avert accidents at night.
 arrow Discussion on poetry at JU
A day-long discussion titled 'Poetry Matters' will be held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) today.
Nationalarrow Political leaders in Sylhet on the run as houses raided
At least 50 leaders of different political parties, their youth fronts and student wings in Sylhet are on the run to evade arrest or harassment by law enforcers.
 arrow 9 'political appointees' sacked from Kalaroa pourasaabha
Kalaroa pourasava authorities yesterday terminated services of nine fourth class employees allegedly appointed in an irregular way.
 arrow Mysterious disease kills 3 in a Thakurgaon village
At least three people died of a mysterious disease at Belua village near the border in Haripur upazila in Thakurgaon district in 20 days.
 arrow Puja, fair begins at Adinath Mandir
The Adinath Mandir at Moheshkhali island, a place holy to the Hindu community, is once again vibrant as thousands of devotees thronged the site for the Shibchaturdashi Puja.
Point-Counterpointarrow The needful is painful
The chief of staff, Bangladesh Army, has said that the time is now propitious for effecting significantly beneficial changes in our body politic, and that such opportunities for real emancipation of the
 arrow Corruption in high places
Corruption in India, or for that matter in any country, has ceased to be big news. Governments and societies have become so tainted at every level that people, although unhappy, take scams in their stride.
 arrow Of Shiva Chaturdashi and Sitakunda
An International Vedic Conference is being held from 15th to 17th February 2007 at Sitakunda Shrine Estate in Sitakunda Chandranath Dham, Chittagong on the occasion of Shiva Chaturdarshi, a Hindu festival
 arrow Is Rice taking a back seat?
Is she losing the luster? Has she lost control and influence over her main domain -- formulation and execution of foreign policy? Is she deliberately keeping a low profile after the foreign policy fiascos
Culturearrow Blending eastern poetic prowess and western precision
His songs deal with con-temporary themes, weaving often enigmatic, often wistful or uplifting melodies. Swani Zubayeer's songs sparkle with poetic prowess -- an unmistakable trait of ghazal.
 arrow The gift of reading
Bishwa Shahitya Kendra organised its yearly prize distribution ceremony yesterday at the Institute of Fine Arts premises, Dhaka University.
 arrow Sammilito Sangskritik Jote's programme at Rabindra Sarobar begins
With the slogan Ekush amar ahonkar, Ekhush ghuchabey andhokar, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ) inaugurated their weeklong cultural programme, observing 'Ekushey', at Rabindro Sarobar premises,
 arrow Of fusion and con'fusion'
A truly delightful rendering of Shakespeare's romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream (adapted by Dr Carolyn Harper) was on till February 16.
Internationalarrow Tigers accuse troops of killing 39 civilians
Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday accused Sri Lankan security forces of killing 39 civilians and blamed them for the disappearance of 39 others in the last two weeks.
 arrow 'Taliban deploy 10,000 fighters for attack’
The Taliban have deployed 10,000 fighters for a spring offensive of "bloody attacks" against foreign troops in Afghanistan, a rebel commander said yesterday.
 arrow 'EU mulls nuclear energy cooperation with India'
The European Union yesterday said India will have to take a "few steps" like associating with NPT and CTBT before the 25-nation grouping can decide on cooperating with it in civil nuclear energy.
 arrow One million Iraqis may flee violence this year
Unrelenting violence and insecurity in Iraq could cause as many as 1 million Iraqis to flee their homes this year, the world's migration body said Friday.
 arrow Gulf states plan arms buying binge
Deep fears about the war in Iraq and growing tension between the United States and Iran are driving the wealthy oil states of the Persian Gulf to go on shopping sprees for helicopters, ships and tanks,
 arrow Billions squandered in Iraq: Auditors
About $10 billion has been squandered by the US government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses, and federal investigators warned Thursday thatsignificantly
 arrow S Korea worried about North backtracking
South Korea's president said he is worried that North Korea might backtrack on its pledge to dismantle its nuclear capability because the communist regime is "unpredictable.
 arrow Pak police detains 3 would-be bombers
Pakistani police arrested three al-Qaeda-linked would-be suicide bombers following a shootout in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, a senior police official said.
 arrow More evidence of water on Mars
An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars. Scientists long have debated whether water flowed on the red planet, with evidence increasing in recent years.
 arrow Political parties for picking Bachchan for presidency
Four political parties are considering nominating Amitabh Bachchan to run for the country's largely ceremonial post of president, media reports said yesterday.
 arrow Missed the millennium? Catch it in Ethiopia
The countdown has started on a flickering billboard high above a roundabout in Ethiopia's capital, blinking out recently in red and gold letters: only 209 days, 15 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds tothe
 arrow US to build military base in Australia
The United States is to build a new military satellite communications base in Australia, the government said on Thursday, after three years of secret negotiations between the two allies.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Servants of the republic
The Chief Advisor's (CA) call to the field level public servants to be completely free from the influence of any person, vested group or politics, to salvage the trust and respect of the people, mustbe
 arrow Editorial: Bank loan defaulters
The ongoing drive against all sorts of irregularities committed in the last decade or so has been successful so far in unveiling evidence of crimes of amazing proportion.
 arrow Reforming the electoral process
We have a new Chief Election Commissioner heading a re-constituted Election Commission. There are many problems ahead of this new team.
 arrow Mandatory registration
The reconstituted caretaker government (CTG) adviser for law, justice and parliamentary affairs Mainul Hosein has recently said that the CTG is preparing tough laws to make registration of political parties
 arrow Arms race in space
On January 11, 2006 China fired a medium range ballistic missile from the ground to destroy one of its old weather satellites which was orbiting approximately 860 kilometres above the Earth.
StarTecharrow VoIP: Future of telephony and Bangladesh
I would like to start by thanking all of them who are supporting recent movement for VoIP in Bangladesh. We know we have to embrace all the new technologies, today or tomorrow.
 arrow ICT in the heart of corporate fair
In this digital age information technology (IT) is indispensable to mission critical business activities.
 arrow TV coming to your phone ... maybe
Mobile television is taking center stage at Europe's annual wireless industry show after years of largely unfulfilled hype, though differing technology standards still blur the picture.
 arrow The Prada Phone

Literaturearrow Few Pages from an Unknown Diary
20 February, '52
...People standing on the street seem strangely lifeless. Sometime back students on a horse-driven cart had ridden through the streets announcing tomorrow's hartal.

 arrow Ekushey Boi Mela
Just like previous years, the Ekushey Boi Mela is also being celebrated this year in full flow.
 arrow An English language book from Bangla Academy
Flaming Flowers: Poets' Response to the Emergence of Bangladesh by Mohammed Nurul Huda; Dhaka: Bangla Academy; October 1986; Tk. 100; pp. 240.
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