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Front Pagearrow State minister owns 132 flats in capital
A former state minister of the previous BNP-led alliance, among the 50 people named by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) suspected to have amassed illegal wealth, owns 132 flats in Dhaka city under
 arrow 67 killed in Indian train blasts
At least 67 people, mostly Pakistani nationals, were burnt to death when two powerful bombs went off aboard a Pakistan-bound train from India Sunday night in a suspected terror attack, which the officials
 arrow Ex-private secretary spills graft beans about Khaleda
The Prothom Alo on Monday ran a revealing interview with AHM Nurul Islam, who worked as Khaleda Zia's personal secretary during her term as prime minister in 2001-2006.
 arrow Allocation of 897 Uttara plots cancelled
Housing and public works ministry yesterday cancelled allotment of 897 plots that Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) made under 'genuine and deserving' category during the allocation of 6,640 plots
 arrow Wanted ex-Jamaat MP surrenders, sent to jail
Former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker from Nilphamari-3 constituency Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, who was wanted in a criminal case, was sent to jail with one month's detention after he surrendered before a Nilphamari
 arrow 230 tonnes of milk powder seized
A mobile court yesterday raided Abul Khair Consumer Products Ltd in Chittagong and seized around 230 tonnes of milk powder to be used as ingredient in its Starship brand condensed milk.
 arrow India to allow 2m pieces of RMG a year duty free
Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday announced duty-free access for two million pieces of readymade garments to India from Bangladesh every year.
 arrow GP Telenor's most profitable venture
Grameenphone, was the most profitable part of Telenor's global mobile network in the final quarter of 2006 the Norwegian company reported, with subscribers in Bangladesh almost doubling during the year.
 arrow Resignation of PSC chief, members demanded
Civil society members at a discussion yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman and members, confiscation of their properties and bringing them to book for
 arrow Ex-MP Amini sued for 'looting' shop
A case was filed last night against Fazlul Haq Amini, a former MP and chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote, for looting a shop in the city's Lalbagh area in 2005.
 arrow Review appeal of JMB man on death row rejected
The Supreme Court yesterday summarily dismissed the review petition filed by Khaled Saifullah, one of the six condemned JMB outlaws in prison, for non-prosecution.
 arrow Evicted slum dwellers to be relocated
The government has formed a seven-member high profile committee to take steps for rehabilitating the recently evicted slum dwellers of Dhaka city.
 arrow House grabber detained, forced to pay Tk 6 lakh compensation
The army-led joint forces arrested a ward commissioner of Narayanganj municipality yesterday and forced him to pay Tk 6 lakh to a widow as compensation for grabbing her three-storied house in the town.
 arrow Tigers off to Caribbean
All went wrong for Bangladesh in the South African trip for the 2003 Cricket World Cup when the Tigers even lost to rookies Canada and returned empty handed from the game's showpiece event.
 arrow Advisory council talks reasons behind price spiral
The advisory council yesterday discussed reasons behind prices spiraling of essential commodities and also measures to check.
 arrow Top hundi trader held while fleeing to India
A top hundi trader was held at Benapole border while going to India yesterday evening.
 arrow 5 get 2007 Ekushey Padak
Five distinguished personalities have been awarded prestigious 'Ekushey Padak' for this year in recognition of their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
 arrow Judicial probe against DC Kohinur starts
A Dhaka court yesterday began judicial inquiry into a criminal case filed against 715 police personnel for attacking the then opposition Awami League activists on September 12 last year during their Prime
 arrow Why decision to cancel cop hiring not 'unlawful'
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why its decision cancelling the recruitment of 757 policemen, including sub-inspectors and sergeants, should not be declared “unlawful”.
 arrow AL gets nod to hold discussion on Mother Language Day
The caretaker government yesterday gave the go-ahead to Awami League's discussion programme scheduled for today commemorating International Mother Language Day with a condition that the party will refrain
 arrow Gunfire traded on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire at two places in Satkhira along the border with India late Sunday and early yesterday.
 arrow Manikganj cop held for bribery
The army yesterday busted an assistant sub inspector (ASI) inside Manikganj Sadar Police Station while taking Tk 2,000 bribe. The law enforcers recovered Tk 2,000 from the arrestee, ASI Delwar Hossain.
 arrow 21 killed as blasts rattle Baghdad
A string of bombings killed 10 people yesterday in the Baghdad area one day after a massive car bomb attack in a Shia area market delivered the first major blow to the US-led security crackdown.
Businessarrow Govt to lose revenue if mobile operators get VoIP licences
The government will miss out on a huge source of revenue if it allows international mobile phone operators to provide voice over internet calls (VoIP), leaders of Internet Service Providers Association
 arrow Both panels promise use of Yunus' image to gain duty-free access to US
The two panels contesting the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) election this year are promising to voters that they would use Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus' image
 arrow Rehabilitate sick garment units
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association yesterday urged the interim government to take initiative for the rehabilitation of some 1,900 sick apparel units-- a malaise not healed bythe
 arrow Stocks bounce back
Stocks bounced back yesterday following a sharp fall the previous day.
 arrow EU asks India to further open up its market
The European Union has asked India to be prepared for further opening up its market for industrial goods in return for a deal on agriculture in the WTO negotiations on Doha Round.
 arrow StanChart arranges Tk125cr for Summit Power
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has arranged Tk125 crore for Summit Power Ltd (SPL) to finance a 33.75 MW expansion unit of SPL's Savar power plant, says a press release.
 arrow UAE keen to help develop airports' ground handling
United Arab Emirates (UAE) is keen to provide necessary assistance in developing ground handling management of country's airports.
 arrow BB asks banks to follow rules strictly
The central bank has directed all commercial banks to manitain banking norms strictly due to increase in forgery regarding issuance of pay orders and similar banking instruments.
 arrow Japan's business lobby calls for freer trade with Asia
Japan must tear down barriers to trade with the rest of Asia and step up technological innovation to maintain solid growth despite a shrinking population, the head of the top business lobby said Monday.
 arrow Telenor doubles net profits
Norwegian telecoms group Telenor said its net profits for 2006 had doubled to 18.477 billion kroner (2.284 billion euros, 3.
 arrow Manufacturing sector in India clocks 13pc growth
Spurred by high growth rates of over 20 per cent in 65 segments, India's manufacturing sector has clocked a growth of 13 per cent from April to Dec 2006.
 arrow Automakers in China make $10b in '06
China's automobile industry made a profit of 76.
 arrow New chairman of Parjatan Corporation
Md Hafizur Rahman Bhuiyan, an additional secretary to the government, has recently joined Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation as its new chairman, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices fall
World oil prices fell on Monday, despite news of fresh unrest in Nigeria, Africa's biggest producer of crude. In London, the price of Brent North Sea crude for April delivery lost 47 cents to 58.
 arrow Yen slips against euro, dollar
The yen fell against the euro and the dollar on Monday as traders waited to see if the Bank of Japan would raise interest rates later this week, dealers said. The euro firmed to 1.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Forget experiments
The Bangladesh cricket team left Dhaka yesterday morning for West Indies to take part in next month's Cricket World Cup with the promise of a Tiger-like return from the game's showpiece event.
 arrow Cricket: Australia: Invincible no more
Injuries and a spectacular form lapse have the once-mighty Australians looking vulnerable favourites for next month's World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Carberry 's 100 in drawn match
Visiting England A enjoyed good batting practice on the final day of the three-day warm-up match against National Cricket Academy which ended in a draw at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: South Africa: Fielding may make difference
Jonty Rhodes, once hailed as the world's best fielder, could be South Africa's secret weapon at the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Football: B. League on schedule
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) officially announced yesterday that the B. League -- the inaugural Professional Football League -- will begin on schedule on March 2.
 arrow Cricket: NCL 7th round from today
Rajshahi host Sylhet when the 7th round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League begins today at different venues across the country.
 arrow Local Snippets
Udayan Kindergarten outplayed Rising Sun High School by 150 runs in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament at the Uttara Friends Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Four star Spurs
Robbie Keane hit a stunning brace as Tottenham marched into the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 4-0 win at Fulham on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'World Cup wide open'
New Zealand's stunning back-to-back victories over Australia have upset the cricket world's rankings and captain Stephen Fleming believes it has thrown open next month's World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Scots set small target
Victory over more experienced 'minnows' the Netherlands in their final Group A match in St Kitts would represent a successful World Cup for Scotland, making only their second appearance in cricket's showpiece
 arrow Cricket: The Dutch goal is damage limitation
The Netherlands head to the World Cup as rank outsiders and will have to dig deep to avoid utter humiliation after being drawn with the top seeds, Australia and South Africa, in the group stages.
 arrow Football: Crisis giants clash
Seven previous winners kick off the first Champions League action in 2007 on Tuesday where off-pitch hassle, goal droughts, stadium problems and injury crises have given spice to the build-up.
 arrow Football: Valencia snare Barca scalp
Spanish internationals Miguel Angel Angulo and David Silva scored twice in three minutes to give Valencia a 2-1 win over Spanish league leaders and reigning European champions Barcelona on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ruud laments goal drought
Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted on Sunday that the Spanish giants are struggling to find the net.
 arrow Football: Milan Italy's flag-bearers
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side's Cham-pions League first knockout round match against Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday could be a chance to restore the tarnished image of Italian football.
 arrow Cricket: GP Pacer Hunt Satkhira-leg concludes
The Satkhira leg of the Grameen-phone Pacer Hunt programme to find fast bowlers concluded at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Easy win for Surjo Torun
Surjo Torun thrived on half centuries by Shakil Haider and Moniruzzaman to cruise to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over CCS in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Donald happy to see Proteas atop
Fast bowling great Allan Donald believes South Africa will enjoy a huge World Cup psychological boost by having knocked Australia off the top of the one-day international rankings.
 arrow Football: Zidane in charity appearance
French football legend Zinedine Zidane, whose career ended with an infamous head-butt in last year's World Cup final, will play a charity match this weekend in Thailand, organisers said Monday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea cut losses
English Premiership champions lost 60million pounds (89million euros) pounds in the year ending June 30, 2006, but this figure was much improved from the previous year.
Metropolitanarrow SC delivers orders tomorrow
The Supreme Court delivers tomorrow its orders whether the present government made and mended the judiciary-separation rules right in compliance with the SC directives.
 arrow Hearing on bail petition Feb 26
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed February 26 for hearing on the bail petition of detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu in connection with the case filed against him for misuse of government property.
 arrow US-funded school opens in Cox's Bazar
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis yesterday opened Memorial Christian School and Flood Shelter at Malumghat in Chakaria upazila of Cox's Bazar district.
 arrow Attack on Khulna AL leader
Khulna Awami League leader Imtiaz Ahmed Bulu was attacked by a group of drug peddlers on Sunday night at Iqbalnagar Mosque Lane in the city.
 arrow Reception to language veteran Matin
Language veteran Abdul Matin was accorded a warm reception by the National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank yesterday to mark the historic February 21.
 arrow Next polls to be fair
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday apprised the Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee that the next parliamentary elections in Bangladesh would be held in a fair, peaceful and impartial manner.
 arrow Restriction on RU Ekushey programmes
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday imposed restriction on holding all sorts of cultural programmes, processions and rallies by student and cultural organisations to observe Amar Ekushey and
 arrow Kartik Pramanik wins Channel i Krishi Padak
Channel i Krishi Padak 2007 was announced yesterday.
 arrow 14 girls, teacher suddenly fell unconscious
Fourteen girls and a female teacher of Benapole High school fell unconscious at a time yesterday noon being affected by an unknown virus raising panic among the students of the entire school.
 arrow Gold of Tk18.2 lakh looted from city shopping centre
Burglars yesterday looted gold ornaments and cash worth about Tk 18.2 lakh by breaking a wall of a jewellery shop in Pallabi Shopping Centre at Pallabi in the city.
 arrow DU entrances off limits to vehicles
All the entry points of Dhaka University (DU) will remain off limits to the vehicles from 6:00am today on the occasion of Ekushey February, says a press release.
 arrow Memorial meet
A memorial meeting and classical music programme will be held at Isfendiar Zahed Hasan auditorium at Biswa Sahitya Kendra at 6:30pm on February 22 in memory of eminent journalist and music specialistWaheedul
Nationalarrow 9 Rab members face murder charge in Chuadanga
Family of a 'crossfire' victim lodged a case with a magistrate court in Chuadanga Sunday against nine members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) including a Sub-Assistant Director of Rab-6.
 arrow Schoolboy rescued in Kushtia,17 held
Police on Sunday rescued a nine-year-old schoolboy and arrested 17 persons allegedly involved in his abduction.
 arrow 4 policemen suspended for bribery
A sub-inspector (SI) of police and three constables of Sherpur Sadar Police Station were suspended for taking bribe from a college student Saturday evening, Sherpur Superintendent of Police (SP) office
 arrow Youth stabs schoolgirl to death
A young man stabbed a schoolgirl to death for refusing his love proposal at Dharabarisha of Gurudaspur upazila in Natore.
 arrow Obituary
Freedom fighter Haji Abdus Sattar died of old-age complications at his residence at Gazipura village under Tongi of the district on Sunday morning. He was 70.
Point-Counterpointarrow Let the open-letter season begin
Dear Dr Yunus: Your open letter to the people asking for their active, moral and intellectual support to your call for launching a new political party has been made at a time when the cleansing drive
 arrow Women's participation for clean politics
With the promulgation of a state of emergency in Bangladesh a new situation has emerged in the political arena.
 arrow Our Alma Mater (from Bose-Einstein to Salam Weinberg and beyond)
That the Physics Department at the University of Dhaka was no ordinary department of science is made evident by the claim made on its behalf by the editors of the book, Our Alma Mater, that itis
 arrow Rehabilitate and redistribute
Within a very short span of time, the Fakhruddin government has received accolades from all quarters for its courageous steps.
Culturearrow Arham's soothing Bangla calligraphy on display
Dr June Rollinson, director, British Council, speaking at Arham-ul-Huq Chowdhury's calligraphy exhibition at the British Council , recently, said that Arham was one of the first Bangla calligraphists.
 arrow Exhibition on Bangladesh's art in Paris coming up
Bangladesh is going to get a great global exposure when the country's rich repository of archaeology, arts, paintings, music and films will be put on international display in Paris, the citadel of art
 arrow Nirjhar's documentary screened
This is probably the first time in the country that a documentary film has been made on the making of a full-length movie.
 arrow Documentary Film Festival ends
A four-day documentary film festival 'Documenting Bangladesh 2' organised by the Bangladesh Documentary Council ended on February 19 at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Hall of the Central Public Library.
 arrow 'Kopal' to go on air
Kopal, a single episode TV play, will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:40pm. The play revolves around Shayla, a housewife from a middle class family.
 arrow Chinese film 'Tuya's Marriage' takes Berlin honours
Chinese movie Tuya's Marriage, which explores the environmental and human cost of the country's rapid economic growth through the lives of Mongolian herders, won the Berlin film festival's tophonour
Internationalarrow Train blasts won't sabotage peace
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said bomb blasts on a train in India that killed at least 67 people, most of them Pakistanis, would not be allowed to sabotage a peace process with India.
 arrow Survivors recount Indian train inferno
Survivors told yesterday how a ball of fire incinerated dozens of passengers and reduced two carriages of the India-Pakistan "Friendship Express" to charred wrecks.
 arrow Little progress in ME talks
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a rare joint meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders yesterday but achieved little concrete progress in reviving the peace process other than a pledgefor
 arrow Thailand warns of more 'terrorist' attacks
Islamic separatists could stage more "terrorist" attacks, Thailand warned yesterday, after nine people were killed in overnight strikes as many Thais began celebrating the Lunar New Year.
 arrow Nepali king defends 2005 power grab
Isolated King Gyanendra defended his short-lived grab for absolute power two years ago in a rare public statement that sparked protests from political parties that accused him of illegally meddling in
 arrow Pakistan must 'clarify its position' on Taliban: UN
The Pakistani government must clarify its position on Taliban rebels in Afghanistan after a provincial governor likened them to a liberation movement, the United Nations said yesterday.
 arrow Iran launches war games with missile tests
Iran's ideological army, the elite Revolutionary Guards, launched three days of war games yesterday with a succession of missile tests aimed at improving defensive capabilities.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Impending power crisis
We must face the facts. In so far as the power situation is concerned we are in for a very hot and dark summer.
 arrow Editorial: Parties and move against criminality
We welcome the public announcement by both the Awami League and the BNP to distance themselves from the criminal elements within their organizations.
 arrow ME peace process: Stagnated by design
In 2000, the Palestinians' anger at Ariel Sharon's swagger in Al-aqsa mosque erupted into second Intifada. With that ended the tumultuous road that started from the Madrid peace conference of 1991.
 arrow Open letter: Views from Canberra
The initiative taken by Nobel laureate Dr. Yunus to form a new political party has touched the expatriates living in Canberra.
 
   
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