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Front Pagearrow Immediate steps for large power projects stressed
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to float tenders for five or six large power projects immediately and pursue short-term strategies to improve the power situation to save the country
 arrow EC reform proposals ignored for 25 years
Moves to strengthen the election administration under successive Election Commissions (EC) have not seen the light of day in the last 25 years due to indifference of previous governments.
 arrow Army offers to prepare voter ID
The Bangladesh Army yesterday proposed to the caretaker government to consider its expertise in preparing the voter identity cards to be used in the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Relief goods found at Jamaat MP's house, party office
The joint forces last night recovered a good number of corrugated iron (CI) sheets of government relief fund from the house of former Jamaat lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury and a local jamaat office
 arrow Reveal names of those who whitened black money
Awami League (AL) Chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to reveal the names of people who have whitened their black money.
 arrow Poverty to be put in museums by 2030
Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus yesterday said Bangladesh can be the first country to put poverty in the museums by 2030 tapping the huge potential and natural resources it has.
 arrow BB to ask ministries to detain loan defaulters, confiscate collaterals
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) will ask the home and finance ministries to take special initiatives to detain loan defaulters and confiscate their collaterals against the loans.
 arrow Civil movement needed to stop encroaching on wetlands
Urban development experts, environmentalists and eminent citizens yesterday demanded immediate reform in Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and a civic movement to stop illegal real estate companies
 arrow Naser Rahman, others sued for demanding toll from contractor
A case has been filed against former BNP lawmaker Naser Rahman and seven others by a contractor for allegedly demanding toll from him.
 arrow 3 cops closed for bribery
A police sub-inspector and three constables were closed to the district Police Lines here yesterday on charge of bribery.
 arrow India to push forward transit issue in Saarc
India will push forward the issue of transit facilities in the Saarc region as it prepares to take over the chairmanship of the Saarc, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here yesterday.
 arrow Adviser orders urgent steps to resume generation
Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday directed the authorities concerned to resume power generation in the 71MW power plant at Baghabari river terminal repairing it on an urgent basis.
 arrow Channel S MD held in cheating case
Police yesterday arrested private television Channel S Managing Director (MD) Syed Samnadul Haque in a cheating case.
 arrow Ekushey February...

 arrow Ex-minister Sirajul Hossain Khan dies
Former minister and eminent journalist Sirajul Hossain Khan died of old-age complications at his Gulshan residence yesterday. He was 80.
 arrow 15 killed in suicide blast in Pak court
A judge and six lawyers were among 15 people killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a courtroom in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday, the city's police chief said.
 arrow Eviction drives come to a halt on govt's latest instruction
The eviction drives by different authorities came to a halt following a government directive that asked the authorities concerned to acquire prior approval from committees set up to monitor law and order
 arrow 2nd bomb in two days explodes in Iran
No one was injured in a bombing that took place near the site of an explosion that killed 11 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran this week, the country's state-run news agency
 arrow Ex-AL lawmaker Golondaz passes away
Former Awami League lawmaker Altaf Hossain Golondaz from Mymensingh-10 died last night in the capital. Golondaz, 57, had a poor heart condition.
 arrow Malaysian police suggest confining foreign workers
Malaysia's police chief suggested confining foreigners to their work premises and putting them under 24-hour surveillance to prevent crime, reports on Saturday said.
 arrow US State Dept official meets Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a defiant message to a US envoy yesterday, saying that the world would have to learn to live with a new coalition between his Fatah movement and the Islamic
 arrow Evicted...

 arrow Rice in Iraq applauds military crackdown
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Saturday, arriving as American and Iraqi troops make early gains in a new crackdown against militants in the Iraqi capital.
Businessarrow 10-year time sought for rescheduling money
Leaders of the garments manufacturing sector have sought ten years time for the sick industrial units to facilitate rescheduling of their loan money keeping interest and principal amount in a block account.
 arrow Bangladesh should try to get duty free access of all products worldwide
Laying emphasis on enhancing trade negotiation skills, speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday said Bangladesh should try to get duty free access of all products worldwide, especially in the US and EU
 arrow BB to reconsider regulating Islamic banking
Bangladesh Bank (BB) will reconsider its earlier move to regulate Islamic banking operation through a separate guideline.
 arrow New mobile phones to empower children
The dangers and opportunities of the Internet are soon to be brought to mobile phones, industry experts predicted this week, raising serious questions about how parents can control what their children
 arrow Wasteful Asians urged to modify consumption style
Newly well-off Asians are becoming more and more wasteful as they emulate the West's consumption patterns and the environment is suffering as a result, the Asian Development Bank said Friday.
 arrow Delhi to rein in rising prices
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said his government has a multi-pronged strategy to tame rising prices, hours after the prices of petrol and diesel were cut by Rs two and Rupee one per litre respectively
 arrow China looking to ratify convention against forced labour: ILO
China has begun taking measures to ratify the International Labour Organisation's convention against forced labour, an official for the Geneva-based body said on Thursday.
 arrow Indonesia to issue longer visas to draw more tourists
Indonesia is to grant foreign visitors visas for up to 120 days compared to the current 30 days in a bid to boost tourism, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Thursday.
 arrow Microcredit doesn't help economic growth
Questioning the popular notion that microfinance helps lift the poor out of poverty, a new study claims that it does not foster as much economic development and entrepreneurship as was previously thought.
 arrow Nepal to expand power grid
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) will add 630 megawatts (MW) to its power grid through construction new power plants and buying electricity from private sector, local newspaper The Kathmandu Post reported
 arrow GM may buy Chrysler
General Motors is in talks to buy all of its struggling rival Chrysler Group from German-US auto giant DaimlerChrysler AG, Automotive News said Friday.
 arrow Thailand backtracks on plan for second int'l airport
Thailand on Friday backtracked on a plan to turn Bangkok's shuttered Don Muang airport into a second international hub, after a revolt by international airlines who threatened to cut off service.
 arrow US home building at lowest level since '97
Housing construction plunged to the lowest level in nearly a decade last month as the housing industry continued to struggle with a severe slowdown. Meanwhile, wholesale prices dropped by 0.
 arrow US, Japan agree to hasten telecom equipment trade
The United States and Japan agreed Friday to remove a key non-tariff barrier to their trade in telecommunications and radio equipment worth nearly three billion dollars a year.
 arrow Google to buy Adscape
Google Inc has agreed to acquire in-game advertising company Adscape Media Inc.
 arrow Eurozone switches sharply into trade deficit in 2006
The eurozone recorded a trade deficit of 8.2 billion euros (10.8 billion dollars) in 2006 compared to a surplus of 16.2 billion the previous year, the European Union's Eurostat data agency said Friday.
 arrow Malaysia's manufacturing sales up over $138b in '06
The sales value of Malaysia's manufacturing sector expanded by 11.2 percent to 511.3 billion ringgit (138.19 billion US dollars) last year, local press reported Saturday.
Sportsarrow Tapan warns politically affiliated organisers
Sports adviser Tapan Chowdhury on Saturday urged all politically affiliated persons to step down from the posts of the different sports federations.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi fail to win
If it was not for the rain on the first day, two out of three matches were poised for results but all the sixth round matches of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League drew a blank across
 arrow Cricket: Compton comes to Eng A party
Opener Nick Compton warmed up well with a magnificent unbeaten 152 as England A cruised on the first day of their practice match against BCB National Academy XI at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj takes India home
Yuvraj Singh smashed a blistering 95 not out to guide India to a series-clinching seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth and final one-dayer here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar not looking back
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar said that his boys are professional enough to come out from the controversy regarding the World Cup squad that was announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashud drafted in BD A
Bangladesh discards Khaled Mashud, Mehrab Hossain and Mohammad Sharif were selected in the Bangladesh A team for the two four-day matches against touring England A team.
 arrow Cricket: Amjad going home
England A paceman Amjad Khan has been ruled out of the England tour of Bangladesh after suffering a swollen knee in India.
 arrow Cricket: Your Say On Tigers Selection
The exclusion of Khaled Mashud from the World Cup team has raised questions by captains like Gazi Ashraf Hossain, Akram Khan, Roquibul Hasan.

 arrow Local Snippets
Nazrul Islam Hall won the BUET annual athletic competition at the university ground on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis aim to keep it up
The New Zealand cricketers are determined to prove their 10-wicket humbling of Australia was not an aberration when they clash here Sunday in the second match of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.
 arrow Tennis: Karlovic slays Murray
Defending champion Andy Murray rallied to beat South Korea's Lee Hyung-Taik 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) here Friday and reach the semi-finals of the 416,000 ATP SAP Open.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan not worried at all
Australia coach John Buchanan has dismissed claims his team's World Cup preparations are in disarray after a third straight defeat in a week.
 arrow Cricket: Kenya settle pay row
Kenyan cricket chiefs have settled a pay row with World Cup-bound players who staged a one-day sit-in earlier this week.
 arrow Football: Reds warn Barca
Refreshed by a sunshine break in Portugal, Liverpool's strikers are in the mood to cut Barcelona's feuding superstars down to size in the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Beckham retains Real spot
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello, who last week backtracked on his decision to sideline US-bound David Beckham, has named the former England captain in his squad for Saturday's match against Real Betis.
 arrow Football: Slick Stuttgart go second
Classy VfB Stuttgart strengthened their claims to a Champions League place with a 4-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ruud slams Ferguson
Ruud van Nistelrooy has hit out at Alex Ferguson, claiming he "kicked his soul" during their major rift which saw him leave Manchester United last summer to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
 arrow Cricket: Rupali ride on Nazrul
Rupali Bank achieved a 50-run win over Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Jol plans Spurs dynasty
Martin Jol believes he can emulate Sir Alex Ferguson's success at Manchester United if he is allowed enough time to finish developing his young squad.
 arrow Football: Mancini wants to continue run
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has vowed that his side will not give an inch to rival Serie A teams as it looks to continue its 15-match unbeaten league streak.
 arrow Football: River Plate receive stadia ban
Argentine giants River Plate will not be able to play at their home ground of Monumental Stadium for five home matches after the Argentine government decided enough was enough regarding fan violence there.
 arrow Football: Lion-hearted Lyon
Brazilian international striker Fred inspired French champions Lyon to a come from behind 2-1 victory at Lille here on Friday and give them a much needed boost ahead of their Champions League clash with
 arrow Football: Clarke scotches Roman rumours
Chelsea owner Ramon Abramovich has been absent from their last six matches but assistant manager Steve Clarke scotched talk he was losing interest in the club after a reported argument with manager Jose
 arrow Football: Sir Alex slams FA Academy
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the development of young English football talent has reached crisis point.
 arrow Football: 'Beckham can forget England'
Former England captain Alan Shearer said David Beckham's decision to join American side Los Angeles Galaxy could mean he may never return to the national side and claimed top Premiership clubs did not
 arrow Football: China prepare for Australia
China's under-fire Olympic squad will be looking to put their recent troubles behind them as they prepare for Sunday's clash against the Australia Olympic team in the four-nation Lunar New Year tournament.
 arrow Football: Fergie wants tighter agent control
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he had to ban an agent from Manchester United's training ground after he was caught trying to approach players as young as 12.
 arrow Football: City seal Mpenza deal
English Premiership strugglers Manchester City boosted their ailing attack with the signing of veteran Belgian international striker Emile Mpenza until the end of the season on Friday.
 arrow Football: Porto warm up well
Porto crushed Naval 4-0 in the Portuguese Premier League on Friday as they warmed up for next week's Champions League clash with Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Vogts hires Haessler
Nigeria's German coach Berti Vogts said on Saturday he had hired former Germany midfielder Thomas Haessler as an assistant coach.
Metropolitanarrow 8 killed in road crashes
At least eight people were killed and 13 others injured in separate road accidents in different districts yesterday.
 arrow Call to bring changes to drug policy
The new drug policy formulated in 2005 could not meet the expectations of general people as well as the drug producers, speakers at the publication ceremony of a book said yesterday.
 arrow Stop hill cutting in Ctg
Speakers at a seminar in the port city yesterday urged the caretaker government to take immediate measures to stop hill cutting in Chittagong in order to protect the region from facing devastating natural
 arrow Students vow to remove darkness
With lighted candles in their hands, schoolchildren yesterday vowed to remove darkness all around in order to build a prosperous Bangladesh, as the curtain fell on the two-day prize giving ceremony of
 arrow Fake cables factories unearthed
A mobile court unearthed three fake cables and other electronics accessories factories at Nawabpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Prof Yunus' statement unfortunate
Leaders of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) and different political parties yesterday expressed dismay at the statement of Nobel laureate Prof Dr Yunus about establishing
 arrow Rajpunnah begins today in Bandarban
The two-day Rajpunnah, an annual festival of tribal Bomang community to pay annual land tax to the King, begins today in the hill district.
 arrow Miracle!
A mentally sick patient jumped from the rooftop of a four-story building at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) but escaped without any major injury in yesterday early hours.
 arrow Accomplice of 'Pichhi Hannan' held
An accomplice of killed notorious criminal 'Pichhi Hannan' was arrested yesterday during extortion at Karwan Bazar in the capital.
 arrow Raise awareness about bird flu
Health and Family Welfare Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday emphasised the need to raise mass awareness about avian influenza as the country is vulnerable to global bird flu pandemic.
 arrow 3-day open air art exhibition begins at DU tomorrow
A three-day open air art exhibition will begin on the premises of Arts Building of Dhaka University tomorrow on the eve of the International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 4 lakh looted
Armed robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and mobile phone sets worth around Tk four lakh from the residence of second officer of Kotwali Police Station at Khatiber Hat in the city yesterday.
 arrow Students postpone agitation
Agitating students of Communication and Journalism Department of Chittagong University (CU) postponed their agitation programmes till March 7.
 arrow Boy knocked down by tractor in Chandpur
A boy was run over by a tractor at Shahpur village under Faridganj upazila in the district yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Mohammad Shah Alam, 10, son of Md Fazlul Haque.
 arrow Communication disrupted for 11 hours in Jamalpur
Rail communication on Jamalpur-Mymensingh route was halted for around 11 hours as a passenger train derailed near Biddyagang Rail Station in the district Friday afternoon.
 arrow Freedom fighter dies in road accident in W Bengal
Md Iqbal Ahmed Shinu, a freedom fighter and journalist of a Dinajpur-based newspaper, died in a road accident in West Bengal, India, early yesterday.
 arrow Dr Shamsuzzoha Day today
Shaheed Dr Shamsuzzoha Day will be observed today.
Nationalarrow Farmers demand fair distribution of urea
Farmers at Dhapehat under Sadullapur Upazila continued demonstration here demanding fair distribution of fertiliser as genuine farmers are still being deprived of it despite long wait in the queue atdealers'
 arrow A different lesson for young people
It was a different day for the students of Palashpole High School in the town as teachers, students and other professionals joined hands at a discussion yesterday to protect the youths from the curseof
 arrow Rajshahi observes Zoha Day today
Zoha Day will be observed here today.
 arrow Train derails at Purbadhala rly station
Train movement on the Mymensingh-Jaria railway route via Purbadhala was disrupted since Friday afternoon following derailment of a few compartments of a passenger train near Purbadhala Railway Station.
 arrow 100 illegal structures demolished from rly land
Members of the joint forces in an eviction drive on Thursday demolished more than 100 illegal structures from the railway land stretching from Marcas Mosque to Hawkers' market area in the town.
 arrow Fake policeman arrested
A fake sub-inspector (SI) of police was arrested from Talikhai area on the Patuakhali-Barisal Road here Saturday, police said.
 arrow Poetry session at Tangail
Tangail: The Tangail Sahitya Sangsad organised its 58th poetry session here on Thursday, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Rahima Khatun, retired headmistress of Matlab Pilot Girls' High School, died of heart failure at around 11 pm on Thursday in Dhaka, said a delayed report reached here yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh: Golden opportunity
The optimism that the caretaker government has brought in with all its actions and activities is unprecedented.
 arrow Now it is up to us
Nobel laureate Dr.
 arrow An open response
This is an open response to your open letter to the citizens of your beloved country, the country which you have brought to centre-fold of pride in the international arena through your winning the much-coveted
Culturearrow Capturing images from nature
Sajal and I have both worked on nature," says Swapan Chowdhury about the receng avant-garde joint exhibit at Chitrak.
 arrow Chinese spring festival at Dhaka
Bengalis bursting into Chinese songs, performing Chinese martial arts, playing giant Chinese drums and dances -- all this and more awaited the visitor on February 15.
 arrow Much hyped 'Daruchini Dwip' goes into production
Talented playwright Humayun Ahmed's work has a distinctive style and quality.
 arrow Refining artistic skills
"I see art and other forms of cultural expression as playing an important role in connecting people and cultures.
Internationalarrow US House rebukes Bush over new Iraq strategy
The US House of Representatives denounced President George W Bush's Iraq troop buildup on Friday in a symbolic challenge to his unpopular war strategy that is expected to lead to a mighty struggle over
 arrow Pakistan urges Nato, US to do more against Taliban
Nato and US forces in Afghanistan must match Pakistan's commitment to preventing the cross-border infiltration of Taliban militants, a Pakistani provincial governor said Friday.
 arrow Palestinians begin cobbling together new government
Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniya forged ahead yesterday in efforts to form a national unity government that can appease rival factions and end a punishing 11-month long Western aid freeze.
 arrow US not seeking Iran showdown: Pentagon
Washington is not seeking a military confrontation with Tehran over its controversial nuclear programme, a senior Pentagon official told a Gulf security conference Saturday.
 arrow Japan turns down Greenpeace help on whaling ship
Japan has turned down an offer from Greenpeace to tow a whaling ship that caught fire off the Antarctic coast, recalling that activists of the conservation group had boarded the same vessel almost a decade
 arrow Nato commander rejects talks of Taliban 'spring attack'
The commander of Nato forces in southern Afghanistan rejected yesterday talks of a "spring offensive" by Taliban militants, telling reporters "we are going to take the initiative.
 arrow US expert panel doubts N Korea will give up nuke weapons
Four days after a landmark nuclear accord with North Korea, an independent US report warned Friday that the Stalinist state's leader, Kim Jong-Il, continues to distrust Washington and views US aid asa
 arrow Hugh Grant, Jemima part their ways
One of Britain's most glamorous couples, actor Hugh Grant and socialite Jemima Khan, have decided to go their separate ways, the US website People.com reported Friday.
 arrow Hunger kills 18,000 kids each day: UN
Some 18,000 children die every day because of hunger and malnutrition and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, a "terrible indictment of the world in 2007," the head of the UN
 arrow Prince Harry set for Iraq deployment
Britain's Prince Harry, an army officer and third in line to the throne, could be deployed to Iraq by the end of February, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Warmest January ever recorded in 2007
World temperatures in January were the highest ever recorded for that month of the year, US government scientists said Friday.
 arrow 'Bionic eye' offers hope to blind
People who have gone blind are a step closer to one day regaining some of their sight, courtesy of a groundbreaking "bionic eye" being developed by US scientists.
 arrow 'N-energy Iran's future, destiny'
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday described Iran's nuclear programme as its "future and destiny", lashing out at critics who have said the drive could come at too great a cost.
 arrow London suffers fresh gun murder
London suffered a fresh gun killing yesterday when a man was shot dead in a street in the east of the British capital, as the murders of three teenage boys in 11 days continued to make headlines.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eviction and demolition
The move to have the authorities acquire permission from the advisory committee on law and order before any demolition job is undertaken makes sense.
 arrow Editorial: Probing Rajuk corruption
We welcome the probe into the alleged corruption of some Rajuk officials in respect of allocation of land and approval of housing projects.
 arrow Bangladesh Grameen Party
First it was "Grameen Bank," then "Grameen Phone;" both of which became success stories for Professor Muhammed Yunus.
 arrow Déjà vu
If racism, defined as a group's unchangeable physical characteristics having a causal link with its psychological or intellectual development, has led to division and conflict within societies; then,perhaps,
 arrow War clouds over Iran
Tensions are set to escalate seriously over Iran's nuclear activities and Western efforts to cow it into halting them.
Star Healtharrow Ray of hope for the third world to combat pneumonia
Canada, Italy, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed US$1.
 arrow The impact of obesity on children
Computer or video game, fast food or junk food, lack of physical activities in schools - what is common among these things - the answer is urbanisation.
 arrow Is bad news bad for your heart?
Mrs Mita Rahaman suddenly got a shocking news and immediately began developed chest pain.
 arrow Blood donations may help donors' health
Blood donations may help keep the body's circulatory system healthy by reducing stores of iron, but the effect may not work for older people, a U.S. study suggested.
 arrow Warming to spread disease, hunger in South Asia
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 Organization said.
 arrow One billion poor suffer from neglected diseases
One billion people in tropical countries are still suffering from debilitating and disfiguring diseases associated with poverty, but many remain untreated due to official neglect, health officials said.
Star Cityarrow Homeless and miserable
About 28,000 families were evicted from over 49 slums in Dhaka through drives between 2003 and February 12, this year, according to estimation made by some human rights organisations.
 arrow DMP wakes up to ban honking, reduce noise pollution
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) finally wakes up to enforce an old law banning vehicular horns in certain areas of the capital.
 arrow DU violates building laws, construction rules
The Dhaka University authorities have violated the building rules in extending the building of Modern Languages Institute and erecting a pedestal for setting up a telephone tower on the rooftop of the
 arrow Justice delayed justice denied
"I have no other reason to live.
 arrow DCC removes illegal billboards
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), after almost a month into their announcement, has finally launched a drive to knock down hundreds of illegal mushrooming billboards all over the capital.
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