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Front Pagearrow 50 given 72 hours to submit wealth report
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday published a list of 50 persons, including three dozen former ministers and lawmakers, and top politicians and businessmen, in the first phase of publishing
 arrow EC starts close review of election laws
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday started reviewing the existing election laws to bring in massive electoral reforms, but it did not say how much time will be required to complete the task.
 arrow Relief goods seized from ex-deputy minister Dulu's village home
Law enforcers seized corrugated iron (CI) sheets of government relief fund yesterday raiding the village home of former deputy minister for land Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu in Natore and from a college
 arrow Yunus may name his party Nagarik Shakti
The political party to be floated by Prof Muhammad Yunus is likely to be styled "Nagarik Shakti" or "Citizen's Power.
 arrow Orion chief blames media for fund crisis
From his secret hideout, Orion chief Obaidul Karim in a letter to the Power Development Board (PDB) sought "some more days" for his defaulted payment for Meghnaghat-2 495 megawatt power project, thusavoiding
 arrow List of 50
On the list are former Home Minister Mohammad Nasim (AL), former Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda (BNP), former adviser to the prime minister Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury (BNP), former Works
 arrow Govt to reign in hoarders
The government has initiated steps to review the anti-hoarding regulations to set limits on the quantity of essential goods the businessmen can store for a certain period of time.
 arrow AL won't defend criminal party men
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil last night said the party will not take any responsibility for those leaders and workers who have been proven guilty of criminal offences.
 arrow Revenue collection to fall short of target
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday projected that revenue collections in the current fiscal year will see hardly a 13 percent growth against 21 percent targeted in the budget for FY 2006-07.
 arrow Over 1,000 tonnes of ghee to be burnt 25 years after import
The authorities yesterday seized around 1,065 tonnes of poisonous ghee, imported 25 years ago, from Chittagong Port and sent the consignment to Eastern Refinery to destroy it.
 arrow Govt to show no tolerance to money whitening
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government will consider whitening of black money as a corrupt practice in contradiction to taxation laws that unequivocally accept it as legal.
 arrow Moudud pulls for police aspirants
A government decision canceling the recruitment of 757 police personnel, including sub-inspectors and sergeants, was challenged in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Politicians to rescue country from current state
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance leaders at a roundtable yesterday said politicians should control politics and the politicians will rescue the country from the present situation.
 arrow Shopping malls to turn dark in evenings from Sunday
The government will stop power supply to all shops and shopping malls across the country from 7:00pm to 11:00pm every evening from Sunday next as part of its load management initiatives.
 arrow Biman won't fly to Jessore, Rajshahi from today
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to discontinue two of its domestic flights on Dhaka-Jessore and Dhaka-Rajshahi routes from today to reduce huge losses.
 arrow Pranab Mukherjee due today
Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Dhaka today to invite Bangladesh to attend the 14th Saarc summit to be held in New Delhi on April 3-4.
 arrow Revenue collection programme

 arrow 16 army camps withdrawn in Rangamati
The caretaker government withdrew 16 temporary camps of security forces from Rangamati hill district since Friday -- a measure seen as a move by the government to implement the landmark Chittagong Hill
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Two top activists of outlawed Sramajibi Mukti Andolan of Kushtia were killed in an 'encounter' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early hours Sunday at Char Ghoshpur village in Pabna sadar upazila.
 arrow Car bombs kill 56 in Baghdad market
A double car bomb attack on a crowded market in mainly-Shia east Baghdad killed at least 56 yesterday, medics in two city hospitals said, in the first blow to a major US-led security operation.
 arrow 8 US troops die in Afghan chopper crash
Eight US servicemembers were killed and 14 injured when a helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan early yesterday after a "sudden loss of power and control," the US-led coalition said.
Businessarrow RMG industrial park to be set up in Munshiganj
The long-awaited industrial park for the garment industry is going to come into being, as the government formally launched its move yesterday to relocate 390 apparel units on the outskirts of Dhaka.
 arrow Foreign portfolio investment in DSE up 200pc in Jan
Foreign portfolio investment in the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) last month shot up by around 200 percent over the previous month's investment.
 arrow Retail giants crowd into China
As Wal-Mart, Carrefour and other foreign retailers crowd into China, they are greeted with open arms by a government which, in this industry at least, shows few protectionist proclivities.
 arrow Mumbai Declaration aims to cut cost of doing business in Saarc states
Business Leaders from the Saarc countries yesterday adopted a 13-point policy reform agenda to achieve intra-regional trade of 20 billion dollars by 2010 and reduce the cost of doing business.
 arrow Rehab housing fair begins tomorrow
A five-day real estate and housing fair will begin tomorrow at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in the capital.
 arrow Spanish company to buy 37.5pc Tata firm stake
Tata Group firm Automotive Stampings & Assemblies Ltd yesterday said Spain-based Gestamp Servicios SL will acquire 37.5 per cent stake in it in a deal that could be valued at nearly Rs 36.31 crore.
 arrow Indo-Pak trade holds potential to hit $9b: WB
The World Bank said bilateral trade between India and Pakistan, now at $1 billion, could be pushed nine times to $9 billion with the removal of barriers relating to politics, infrastructure, corruption
 arrow Phone and fun industries connect in Barcelona
The mobile phone industry buzzed with talk of the "next billion" and closer ties with the entertainment business last week as more than 1,000 companies gathered here for one of the biggest telecom trade
 arrow Cash-hungry US states eye business tax
A handful of states are taking a new look at an old, often-criticized business tax to thwart what they say are too many companies avoiding their fair share of taxes.
 arrow 'Customer Mania Mindset Session' at Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Gulshan outlet held a 'Customer Mania Mindset Session' for its team members last week, says a press release.
 arrow Citigroup to list on Tokyo bourse
US financial giant Citigroup Inc. plans to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by the end of this year, making it the first American firm to do so in six years, a news report said Sunday.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Target Round Two
When almost everything to do with the Tigers is slowly emerging as fresh and new, the next World Cup mission in West Indies is proving to be no exception as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) coined a
 arrow Cricket: Solid reply by Academy
Bangladesh National Academy gave a fitting reply in their first innings when they were all out just one run shy of England A's total in the three-day warm-up match at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashud far from maddening crowd
Distressed over his omission from the World Cup squad, long-serving wicketkeeper Khaled Masud has decided to skip the two four-day Tests against touring England A.
 arrow Cricket: Ispahani to sponsor Tigers
The Bangladeshi cricketers will carry the logo of Mirzapore Tea on their jersey and gear during the coming Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.
 arrow Olympics: Local Snippets
Mizanur Rahman Manu, Bangladesh contingent's Chief de Mission for the inaugural Indo-Bangla Games, yesterday urged the team members to uphold the country's image during the five-day event.
 arrow Cricket: Double blow for Aussies
Australia were knocked from the world number one spot Sunday when New Zealand smashed a colossal 337 for five to win their one-day cricket international here and clinch the best-of-three series.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Mohammad Sajib hit 85 as Bangladesh Boys defeated Dhaka Wanderers Club by 31 runs in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Inter continue super run
Inter Milan took a huge step towards the Serie A title on Saturday after they beat Cagliari 1-0 and closest rivals Roma lost by the same score at Empoli.
 arrow Football: Dull draw for Real
David Beckham's return to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium turned sour on Saturday when the former England captain was sent off in the dying seconds of the 0-0 draw with Real Betis.
 arrow Football: There is only one Ronaldo
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed the contribution made by Ronaldo on his first start for the club in Saturday's last-gasp 4-3 win at Siena.
 arrow Football: Jose ready for crunch
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned his attention to a decisive week in his side's season after an FA Cup stroll against Norwich.
 arrow Football: Del Piero fires hattrick
Alessandro Del Piero scored a hattrick as Juventus opened up a three-point lead at the top of Serie B with a thumping 5-0 home victory over Crotone on Saturday.
 arrow Football: FA rebuff Beckham recall talks
The Football Association dismissed out of hand a report that England manager Steve McLaren held talks with senior players about a recall for former captain David Beckham.
 arrow Football: Boulahrouz dislocates shoulder
Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz will be out of action for several weeks after dislocating a shoulder in his side's 4-0 FA Cup fifth round win against Norwich on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o asks not to be picked
Barcelona's three-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o has been left out of the Spanish league leaders' team that will play at Valencia on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming hails 'amazing day'
Two thumping wins over the best team in the world and a neighbour with whom you share a spicy rivalry is reason enough for joy.
 arrow Cricket: Huge win for Kalatia
Kalatia High School buried Bir Shreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf School and College under tons of runs to secure a massive 232-run victory in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif's dope tests delayed
Pakistan completed dope tests on all but three of their World Cup 15-man squad and five reserves, but tests on Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were deferred, an official said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea win at a canter
Didier Drog-ba's 26th goal of the season helped Chelsea ease into the last eight of the FA Cup on Saturday as Arsenal and Manchester United were both forced into unwanted replays.
 arrow Football: Abolish replays: Wenger
Arsene Wenger called for the abolition of FA Cup replays after Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by dogged Blackburn.
 arrow Football: Big boys slip up
Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
 arrow Football: PSG impress against Nancy
Paris Saint Germain followed up their midweek UEFA Cup heroics against AEK Athens in the best possible way with a 3-0 win over 10-man Nancy on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Voronin agrees Liverpool deal
Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin is set to join Liverpool in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen on a four-year deal, the British Press Association reported.
 arrow Football: Impending return for Owen
Michael Owen should be fit to play for Newcastle before the end of the season, his manager Glenn Roeder said on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Hold polls in shortest possible time
Civil society members yesterday stressed the need to bring about electoral reforms on a priority basis in order to hold a free, fair and meaningful election.
 arrow 'Human development, security in S Asia at risk due to corruption'
Human development and security in South Asia is facing serious risks due to corruption, non-transparency and lack of people's participation in governance, said the academics and development experts at
 arrow Concentrate on studies to serve nation in a meaningful way
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday advised the students to concentrate on studies so that they can serve the nation in a meaningful way in future.
 arrow Two cousins drown in city
Two children drowned in a ditch at Mohammadpur in the city on Friday night. The deceased, who were cousins, were identified as Ashamony, 6, and Al Amin, 6, residents of Dhaka Uddan Housing at Mohammadpur.
 arrow Call to raise voice against corruption
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on all to raise their voice against corruption, which is eating into the vitals of the country.
 arrow Gold bar seized: One held in city
A special team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested one person and recovered a gold bar weighing 60 tola from his possession near Dania University College at Jatrabari in the city , says
 arrow Press Club cultural programme tomorrow
The Jatiya Press Club has organised a poetry recitation and cultural programme of club members on the club premises tomorrow on the occasion of International Mother Language Day and Amar Ekushey, says
Nationalarrow Rangpur town dwellers allege unfair eviction drive
Rangpur town dwellers have expressed resentment over alleged nepotism and partiality in eviction and demolition of illegal structures on either sides of Shyamasundari canal.
 arrow The unsung language heroes of Magura
Although because of their glorious movement February 21 is now being observed as the International Mother Language Day, the language veterans in Magura are still deprived of due respect.
 arrow 4 absconders held in Rangpur
Mithapukur police arrested four absconding convicts including three brothers from different places under the upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Expat's son, robber killed in Moulvibazar
An expatriate's son and an armed robber were killed and four others injured during a robbery committed at Sheoradiga village in Baralekha upazila Saturday night.
 arrow Rab seizes 271 fake notes in Rajshahi
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained Santu of village Nandanpur under Puthiya upazila of the district along with 271 fake notes of Tk 100 denomination on Saturday.
 arrow Smuggled timber recovered
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday morning recovered Indian Gajari and Chapalish timber worth about Tk 20 lakh at Balughat point in the river Kongsha under bordering Durgapur upazila of the district.
 arrow Obituary
Hayatun Nesa, mother of eminent journalist and columnist late Shamsul Huda, died of old-age complications at her Mohammadpur residence in Dhaka on Friday. >She was 85.
Point-Counterpointarrow Dr Anisur Rahman's response to Dr Yunus's open letter
Dear Dr. Yunus, Like other Bangladeshis I have been very proud at your winning the Nobel for your dedicated work on micro-credit at home and abroad.
Culturearrow Poetry on canvas
Ut pictura poesis...
(As is painting, so is poetry)
-- Horace, Roman poet
(circa 13 BCE)
It is often said that paintings are poetry on canvas.

 arrow TV play 'Biborton' on Banglavision tonight
Biborton is set to air tonight at 9:15pm on Banglavisions's slot of drama of week.
Written by Masum Shahriar and directed by Ziaul Zia, the play revolves around a married couple.

 arrow Clint Eastwood receives top French honour
Hollywood star Clint Eastwood has been presented with the highest civilian distinction in France, Legion d'honneur, at a ceremony in Paris.
 arrow Indigenous performing art festival at Shilpakala
A seven-day indigenous performing art festival, arranged by Department of Theatre and Film, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), will begin at the Experimental Theatre Stage from February 22.
Generalarrow 4 killed in road accidents
Four people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents across the country.
 arrow '6000 child cancer patients detected a year in country’
Adviser for Health and Family Welfare Maj Gen (Retd) MA Matin yesterday said paediatric hematology and oncology department would be introduced in all medical colleges to provide specialised services to
 arrow 'Ensure equal rights for students with disability’
Discussants at an installation ceremony here yesterday emphasised the need for ensuring equal rights to students with disability for the development of their talents.
 arrow Govt urged not to demolish houses of stranded Pakistanis
Defying the High Court directives, the law enforcers have demolished the houses of the stranded Pakistanis under Pallabi Police Station in their ongoing eviction drive, said the stranded Pakistanis at
 arrow Golandaz laid to rest
Former Awami League lawmaker M Altaf Hossain Golandaz was laid to rest at his family graveyard at Bagua village in Gafargaon upazila yesterday.
 arrow Ornaments, cash worth Tk 6 lakh looted from city house
A gang of robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and valuables worth Tk 6 lakh from a house at Badda in the city yesterday.
 arrow 2 RU JCD men held by Rab
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader at Binodpur near Rajshahi University (RU) campus.
 arrow Fire breaks out at city shoe factory: 3 hurt
A fire broke out in a shoe factory at Hazaribagh area in the city yesterday, injuring three workers. The fire originated from chemicals in the factory.
 arrow Jubo League urges CG not to harass its leaders
Bangladesh Awami Jubo League yesterday said there is no specific corruption charge against its president and general secretary.
 arrow Ctg-Karachi direct shipping service stressed
Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Alamgir Babar yesterday stressed the need for direct shipping service between the Chittagong and Karachi seaports to reduce transport cost.
 arrow Kuwati envoy meets Hasina
Kuwaiti Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdul Latif Ali Al-Mawash called on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her 'Sudha Sadan' residence yesterday and discussed the overall situation of the country.
 arrow Advanced course on administration begins at BPATC
The 56th Advanced Course on Administration and Development (ACAD) began at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) in Savar yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 3-day Ekushey programme of Nazrul Institute
Nazrul Institute has chalked out a three-day programme to mark Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Israel, US will shun Palestinian govt
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday he and President Bush agreed to shun a Palestinian unity government unless it accepted international demands on policy toward Israel.
 arrow Pak forces determined to seal Afghan border
Pakani troops in Lwara Fort on the Afghan border are on guard, but not for invaders from Afghanistan. They're trying to stop militants crossing in to Afghanistan to battle US-led Nato troops.
 arrow Malaysian bill aims to curtail movements of foreign workers
Malaysia will soon introduce a foreign workers bill which proposes confining foreigners to their work premises under constant monitoring to prevent rising crime, a top minister said yesterday.
 arrow UN confirms Nepali Maoists disarmed
The United Nations said Sunday it has finished registering soldiers and arms from Nepal's former Maoist rebels, a key part of a peace deal with the government to end a decade of civil war.
 arrow Syria, Iran vow unity against US plots
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was winding up his latest trip yesterday to Iran as the two allies, accused by Washington of stirring trouble in the Middle East, pledged to work even more closely.
 arrow Republicans foils Democrats' move to repudiate Bush
The Senate gridlocked on the Iraq war in a sharply worded showdown Saturday as Republicans foiled a Democratic bid to repudiate President Bush's deployment of 21,500 additional combat troops.
 arrow Thousands of British troops to return home in May
Britain will reduce its contingent of just over 7,000 troops in Iraq by almost half in May as it hands the main province of Basra over to Iraqi army and security forces, a newspaper reported Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan freezes funds of two Islamic charity groups
Pakistan yesterday froze the bank accounts of two Islamic charities and shut down their offices as part of a crackdown on militants after several recent suicide bombings in the country, officials said.
 arrow Russia moves to stop spread of deadly bird flu strain
Russian officials announced measures to prevent the spread of bird flu yesterday, a day after the discovery of the deadly H5N1 strain at two farms near Moscow.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Voter ID card
It is good news that the Bangladesh Army has offered its expertise to the caretaker government for preparing the much-discussed Voter ID Card.
 arrow Editorial: Prioritise wetland conservation
Wetland encroachment is now such a widespread phenomenon in and around the metropolis that any ad-hoc step of reclaiming the lost acreage followed by legal action against some grabbers can have onlylimited
 arrow Of Dr Yunus in politics and raised eyebrows
A good number of bushy eyebrows are permanently arched upward at the moment. Those are the eyebrows of some learned people who are totally at a loss since Dr.
 arrow Barefoot in the dark
I could have fooled you completely by noting that he wears shoes, but let me offer a few less misleading clues.
 arrow Representation without taxation is tyranny
True, the current non-democratic interregnum has presented the general public with a glimmer of hope.
Letters to Editorarrow Corruption in politics
In the third world, it is the politics and govt. machinery that are the biggest impediments to development.
 arrow Amaryta Sen's philosophy
Last December, Nobel laureate and noted economist Professor Amartya Sen visited Bangladesh. While inaugurating the Manikganj Festival 2006 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, Prof.
 arrow To Dr. Yunus
First, let me take this opportunity to congratulate you, belatedly though, for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 2006.
 arrow Weekly holiday
The fact that some Muslim countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey Pakistan etc have Sunday as their weekly holiday is no good example to be followed.
 arrow Chittagong University
The faculties and halls of the university are on the hills. The natural sight of this university can attract the visitors. It is full of natural beauty.
 arrow Sigh of relief
The people of Bangladesh have endured military rule and imperfect democracy for more than three decades. Just as it is now, an interim caretaker government has brought a sigh of relief to them.
 arrow Nepal scene
The Maoist rebels, who have been fighting since 1996 for a communist order and abolition of monarchy, have announced that they will join mainstream politics.
 arrow Chase them all!
I read almost every day the online version of DS. We are getting interesting reports on the ant-crime drive launched by the government.
 arrow Failed parties
Did the BNP, JP or AL deliver? The BNP, JP and AL ruled the country for 20, 9 and 7 years respectively. How did they do? Can they deliver in future? I doubt it very much.
 arrow Why these nondescript names?
Steps taken by the present caretaker taker government are being highly appreciated by all sections of people .
 arrow Harsh action
The news (1500 shanties on railway land removed) and the corresponding painful picture of old women, children etc. of the demolished shanties published in the DS on 25.01.2007 is in reference.
 arrow Commentary
We have gone through your commentary on the situation prevailing in the country. We expect this type of commentary from you and those who are working in the media.
 arrow Separation of judiciary
Generally, the constitution of the state reveals the appropriate allocation of powers to the institutions.
 arrow Restrictions on the media?
It may be necessary to restrict all political activities, direct or indirect, and the govt. is perhaps right in restricting the same. But the same is not applicable to the media.
 arrow Some suggestions
Here I am expressing my personal opinion regarding the permanent solution of our nasty political problems. You all know that the present interim government has saved our nation from a disaster.
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