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Front Pagearrow SC dumps its own surprise order after courtroom chaos
The Supreme Court (SC) in an unprecedented move yesterday recalled within three hours its verdict against collecting eight-point personal details of a parliamentary candidate amidst stubborn opposition
 arrow Only two submit wealth statement as deadline nears
Since the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) had published the list of 50 corruption suspects on Sunday, giving them 72 hours for submitting their wealth statements, only two former lawmakers of Jamaatand
 arrow People won't accept extra-constitutional government: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said people would not accept any extra-constitutional government and it would not be logical to delay the holding of the next elections in the nameof
 arrow Dulu surrenders, sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday sent BNP leader and former deputy minister for land Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu to jail after he surrendered before it seeking safe custody.
 arrow Nation salutes heroes of Amar Ekushey
With the clock striking a minute past midnight, thousands of people barefoot and singing paid homage to supreme sacrifice of the Language Movement martyrs on this very day of 1952 in Dhaka.
 arrow PDB sticks to Harbin
The Power Development Board (PDB) that ignored a government review panel's decision and awarded the contract for Chandpur 150 megawatt power project to blacklisted Chinese company Harbin on the plea of
 arrow Corrupt policemen, land officials upset recovery
Law enforcers and assistant commissioners (land) often take bribes from loan defaulters to help them evade legal actions, alleged officials of a bank, saying this frustrates the bank's hope to recover
 arrow Commodity prices to be checked regularly
The government from now on will carry out commodity price analysis on a regular basis in order to curb illegal syndication both at wholesale and retail levels.
 arrow Five receive Ekushey Padak
Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed has called upon all to be pledge bound and sincere about their responsibility and accountability to the people and future generation in the
 arrow Pak woman minister killed over dress
A suspected Islamic militant yesterday shot dead a Pakistani female provincial minister and supporter of President Pervez Musharraf because she was not wearing Muslim clothing, officials said.
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet against Paban
A Dhaka court accepted charge sheet of a carjacking case against Akter Hamid Paban, son of former chief whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, and three others on Sunday.
 arrow Resolve workers' wage dispute
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged garment manufacturers and exporters to self-regulate the industry by establishing a domestic compliance rating for each company.
 arrow Bhuiyan stresses 'self-correction' to strengthen party
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday stressed the need for self-correction to strengthen the party and said a big political party like BNP will not lose anything.
 arrow 2 wounded as criminals spray bullets
The son of an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) and another youth were shot by unknown assailants at Uttara in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Drive continues....

 arrow Islamabad zoo closed after bird flu outbreak
Authorities shut down a zoo in the Pakistani capital and slaughtered dozens of birds after the deadly H5N1 flu virus was found in peacocks and geese, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday sent a rejoinder to a story headlined "Ex-private secretary spills graft beans about Khaleda".
Businessarrow Developers eye booming market
Further evidence of the fast growing market for privately owned apartments was demonstrated yesterday when a record number of developers turned up to exhibit at this year's REHAB housing show.
 arrow Saudi tycoon mulls $3b investment
Saudi business tycoon Nagi Al Awad is scheduled to arrive here on March 1 with an investment proposal of US$ 3 billion.
 arrow New graduate course on apparels
A new graduate-level education aimed at creating 200 graduates a year for mid-level management positions in garment factories was launched yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Mobile phones to fuel internet growth: Google
Google vice president and chief internet evangelist Vinton G.
 arrow Society's benefit must be ensured before trade liberalisation
Trade liberalistion can boost economic efficiency, but governments must play a role in ensuring that all sections of society benefit from rising prosperity, a report said on Monday.
 arrow Member states for cut down on EU red tape
The 27 EU nations on Monday supported a move to reduce the burden of EU paperwork for companies by 25 percent by 2012, while stopping short of making promises on national bureaucracy.
 arrow Armani to sell fashion empire
Giorgio Armani, the Italian fashion designer, said in a newspaper interview published here on Tuesday that he was prepared to sell his fashion empire.
 arrow Mittal to invest $720m in Indian refinery project
Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal will invest 720 million dollars for a 49 percent stake in a refinery to be run by India's state-run Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL), the government said Tuesday.
 arrow IT fairs in Sylhet, Khulna in Feb, Mar
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) is going to organise two regional IT fairs in Sylhet and Khulna from February 23 to 25 and from March 1 to 3, says a press release.
 arrow Thailand, Japan FTA likely soon
Thailand's post-coup government said Tuesday that a long-delayed free trade pact with Japan, initially drawn up under deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, could be signed as soon as April.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Anwar steadies Dhaka
Wicketkeeper Anwar Hossain almost carried the bat throughout the day for a hundred as second-placed Dhaka got off to a solid start against Chittagong in the seventh round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea
 arrow Cricket: Tigers: A shock will do
Bangladesh will be praying for at least one shock victory in the World Cup to boost hopes of giving their best-ever performance in the mega one-day event.
 arrow Cricket: Macs seal whitewash
Craig McMillan and Brendon McCullum blasted New Zealand to a stunning series clean-sweep over Australia, negating a magnificent 181 from Matthew Hayden here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Batting holds India's key
If India manage to match their last World Cup runners-up finish in the latest edition in the Caribbean, it will be considered a big achievement considering their horror story in 2006.
 arrow Cricket: BCB lets Mashud go
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officially released Khaled Mashud from the A team and named Sahagir Hossain as his replacement for the two four-dayers against touring England A.
 arrow Cricket: Bima stun Jatrabari
Newcomers Sadharan Bima started their Kai-Altech First Division campaign with an 18-run win over big-spenders Jatrabari at the City Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Yardy puts emphasis on performance
The visiting England A team attended a press conference yesterday at the residence of the British High Commissioner to Dhaka Anwar Choudhury where captain Michael Yardy stressed the importance of thetour
 arrow Local Snippets
Faisal turned on a magnificent all-round show, carrying Mugdapara Kazi Zafar Ahmed School to an emphatic 148-run victory over high-flyers Dhanmondi Tutorial in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka: A tight unit
Sri Lanka will be keen to maintain their recently acquired reputation of doing consistently well away from home when they begin their World Cup campaign in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Not Holding minnows
Former West Indies Test star Michael Holding believes the World Cup will be devalued by the number of non-Test playing nations taking part.
 arrow Cricket: Bermuda: Nothing to lose
Bermuda collected the wooden spoon at the World Cricket League in Kenya and the signs are that the World Cup debutants will be in the same miserable position in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: 'Test and then go'
No player in the Pakistan squad will go to the World Cup without having undergone a dope test, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reaffirmed Tuesday.
 arrow Football: All eyes on Nou Camp
Barcelona and Liverpool, the last two Champions League winners, will both be trying to put their off-the-field problems behind them in their last 16 first leg encounter on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Jose's home challenge
The strength of Chelsea's recent revival faces its first real test when the English champions take on their Portuguese counterparts, FC Porto, here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Past no inspiration
Inter Milan's Ivan Cordoba believes his side's excellent record against Valencia will count for nothing when they face the Spaniards in the last 16 of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Tough task for Roma
Luciano Spalletti believes the Champions League will bring out the best in his faltering Roma team when they face Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League.
 arrow Chess: Minhaz pips Shamima to claim title
Minhazuddin Ahmed clinched the Basic Bank 28th National Junior Chess Championship at the Federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Football: Gerrard the danger man
Barcelona's Nou Camp is no stranger to staging heavyweight bouts and they don't come much bigger than Wednesday's visit by Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Larsson going back home
Swedish striker Henrik Larsson has ruled out any extension to his loan period at Manchester United and has insisted he will return home next month as planned.
 arrow Football: Just rumours!
Real Madrid have strongly denied that the Spanish giant's coach Fabio Capello had resigned on Monday.
 arrow Football: Capello's last stand!
Real Madrid may have denied that coach Fabio Capello offered to resign, despite radio reports to the contrary Monday, but the Madrid media on Tuesday prophesied that the Champions League match with Germany's
 arrow Football: Abramovich to stay with Blues
English Premiership champions Chelsea have insisted Roman Abramovich, their Russian billionaire owner, will be staying at Stamford Bridge after the London club revealed Monday annual losses for the year
 arrow Football: Spurs-Chelsea face off
Premiership champions Chelsea will face London top-flight rivals Tottenham in the sixth round of the English FA Cup after the draw for the quarter-finals was made here Monday.
 arrow Football: League more important
Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd has insisted beating Wigan in the Premiership at Vicarage Road on Wednesday is the priority for the bottom-table Hornets and not dreams of FA Cup glory.
 arrow Football: United set for Macau friendly
English Premiership leaders Manchester United are being eyed to play a friendly in southern China's Macau boomtown, a media report said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Pumpido resigns
Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Nery Pumpido resigned as coach of struggling Newell's Old Boys on Monday after they lost their first two games in the Clausura championship.
 arrow Football: Why Hassler?
Nigeria Football Association (NFA) officials have asked new coach Berti Vogts to explain his appointment of former Germany international Thomas Hassler as his assistant.
Metropolitanarrow Formulate nat'l policy to eliminate child labour
Child labour must be brought to an end to break the vicious cycle of poverty in Bangladesh, said United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Country Representative Louis Georges Arsenault at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Four jailed for using formalin in fish
Five traders in Dhaka were jailed and a factory in Chittagong was fined Tk 4 lakh for trade-related offences.
 arrow Cheating case against deputy speaker dismissed
The cheating case filed yesterday against Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui for misappropriation of Tk 12 lakh from his former gunmen on different dates was dismissed.
 arrow Foreign nationals display Bangla language skills
Foreign nationals living in Bangladesh rendered songs and delivered speeches in Bangla in a competition marking the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Appeal to probe allegations of 'misconduct' by chief justice
Journalist Mizanur Rahman Khan yesterday appealed to the President to investigate the allegations of 'gross misconduct' by Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain through the Supreme Judicial Council.
 arrow SAMF conference begins in Dhaka Feb 24
A two-day conference of 9th South Asian Management Forum (SAMF) begins here on February 24.
 arrow Hasan Mahmud Khandaker new DG of Rab
Additional Inspector General of Police Hasan Mahmud Khandaker yesterday joined the Headquarters of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) as its director general (DG), said a press release.
 arrow Ainuddin resigns from LDP
Major General (retd) Mohammad Ainuddin Bir Pratik yesterday resigned from Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
 arrow Restoration of Nat'l Women Dev Policy '97 demanded
A team of Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of country's women and human rights organisations, yesterday submitted a memorandum to Information Adviser to the Caretaker Government Barrister Moinul
 arrow Arrest of Satyabir condemned
A group of civil society members and development activists yesterday expressed deep concern over the arrest of Satyabir Dewan, general secretary of Jonosanghati Samity, says a press release.
 arrow Stern action against hill cutting lauded
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday hailed the caretaker government for taking stern action against the hill cutting in Cox's Bazar, says a press release.
 arrow CA urged to release NGO official
Trocaire, an Irish Catholic non-governmental organisation, in a letter yesterday urged Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed to release NGO official Shahidul Islam, who was arrested on January 27.
 arrow 'Recover khas lands'
Samajtantrik Sramik Front in a statement yesterday demanded recovery of governemnt khas lands in the metropolitan cities, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Gaibandha farmers besiege UNO's house for fertiliser
Hundreds of farmers from different areas crowded the dealers shops in Gaibandha town Monday, but the shops remained shut as they had no supply from the buffer stocks for the last three days.
 arrow Former Nilphamari lawmaker Amzad Sarkar on the run
Once most powerful BNP lawmaker from Nilphamari-4 (Saidpur and part of Kishoreganj) constituency Amzad Hossain Sarkar is now on the run.
 arrow Robbers kill NGO office guard
One person was killed and another injured during an armed robbery at the office of HEED Bangladesh, an NGO, at Chalna under Dakop upazila Monday midnight, police said.
 arrow Child burnt to death
A child was burnt to death and five houses were gutted in a devastating fire in Sakhipur upazila Monday night. The victim is Bibhas Sarkar, 5, only son of Anil Sarkar of Chakdaha village.
 arrow Jute seeds seized, 2 held in Khulna
Members of joint force arrested two persons in connection with the seizure of a huge quantity of jute seeds worth about Tk 21,64,800 from a warehouse during a drive in the city on Sunday.
 arrow Shaheed Minar to be built at Chowhali
Proshika, one of the country's leading NGOs, has decided to build a shaheed Minar at Sailajana under Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Are we achieving the goal of the language martyrs?
February 21 is a day of national mourning and reflection. It is the Language Martyrs' Day.
 arrow Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed's 40 days in office
Forty days have passed since Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed was sworn in as the chief of the newly constructed caretaker, more appropriately interim, government, and there is no denying that these 40 days have been
 arrow Can Nagorik Shakti deliver?
Ironically, the golden era of the Bengalis was during the heydays of the British Raj.
Culturearrow Documenting history of Language Movement
Though the spirit of Language Movement has had a great impact on our national, political and cultural history, so far no meaningful initiative has been taken at the government level to preserve and exhibit
 arrow 'Roopkatha': The estranged and ignored kin
Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, mothers used to tell children bedtime stories: of clashes and palace politics between Shuorani and Duorani, blood curdling accounts of Rakshas picking up the
 arrow Right to language
Preserving endangered languages is a vital part of securing the culture and heritage.
 arrow Folk motifs as seen in our contemporary art
Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, famous for the folk elements in his painting says," Folk elements are in profusion in the works of Zainul Abedin, Qamrul Hassan, Qayyum Chowdhury, Rashid Chowdhury and AbdusShakoor
Generalarrow 'Apply CEDAW to protect rights'
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called for using the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as guidelines for establishing women's rights.
 arrow Intra-regional trade expansion to benefit people
Pakistan High Commissioner Alamgir Babar paid a courtesy call on Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed at his office yesterday and discussed various bilateral and regional issues.
 arrow 11 killed in road accidents
At least 11 people were killed in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of polytech student
A student of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute died mysteriously at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Vow to hold Ekushey programmes
Teachers, students and different organisations of Rajshahi University yesterday strongly protested the decision of imposing restrictions on holding all sorts cultural programmes on the campus to markAmar
 arrow Admission test at Cuet today
Admission test for first year BSc engineering courses of 2006-2007 session at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) will be held at 9.30am tomorrow, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Pak team in India for peace talks
Indian police questioned a Pakistani man about blasts that killed 68 on a cross-border train as a top official arrived from Islamabad yesterday to push ahead peace talks despite the carnage.
 arrow US contingency plan for 'Iran attack' revealed
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.
 arrow Bombs kill 16 Iraqis in Baghdad
Three car bombs in southern Baghdad killed up to 16 people yesterday while nine more US soldiers died in separate attacks.
 arrow al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan to train operatives: US
al-Qaeda is believed to have established compounds inside Pakistan to train small groups of operatives for possible attacks in the West, a US official said Monday.
 arrow Abbas seeks European support for unity deal
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas left yesterday on a tour of European capitals in a bid to convince key allies to give a unity government a chance and ease a crippling aid freeze.
 arrow Ethnic group plans new Nepal blockade
An ethnic group in southern Nepal whose pro-autonomy protests earlier this year left 29 dead vowed Tuesday to renew a blockade of the capital.
 arrow Syria seeks dialogue with US on all issues
Syria is calling for talks with the United States to cover all areas of contention in the Middle East, a state newspaper said on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Recalling Ekushey
Every observance of Ekushey February is a time to reflect on the long road we have travelled since some of our brave young men died in defence of the Bengali language in 1952.
 arrow Editorial: Terror attack on friendship train
It was one of those things whose evil machinations cannot be even amply conveyed by the use of the word 'heinous'. It was outright devilish.
 arrow When diplomacy stumbles, slips and falls . .
The caretaker government appears to be reluctant about going for any more contractual appointments in the nation's diplomatic arena.
 arrow Why "Yunus samarthak goshthi?"
Over the course of the last few decades we have grown so used to seeing Bangladeshi politics turn into a hotbed of corruption, terrorism and power play that we, particularly the young generation, have
 arrow Who to vote for and why?
Election campaigning has begun. Everyone has to choose which party to vote for. This should be examined carefully in the light of the problems facing Pakistan.
Letters to Editorarrow Power shortage
May I suggest a few points to the present adviser to the ministry of energy and natural resources to cope with the power crisis.
 arrow Selection of World Cup team
First of all, I want to request the cricket fans that whatever opinions we have about the team selection we should not go overboard with them and support the team that will represent the country.
 arrow Irrigation facilities
Extending irrigation facilities by making a network of water supply canals from a neighbouring water source is possible (rivers can help farmers to cultivate in dry seasons).
 arrow Popular expectations
We are general people but aware citizens of the country. We never were completely satisfied with the activities of the previous caretaker government.
 arrow A question
We are now passing through a state of emergency. It is being considered good by the students, businessmen and peace loving people. What the caretaker government is doing is really praiseworthy.
 arrow Harmful addiction
A large number of people are becoming addicted as they use a tobacco product popularly known as 'gul'.
 arrow Dr. Yunus
All Bangladeshis felt proud and elated when Dr. Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It was a happy moment to rejoice for all of us.
 arrow Simply unacceptable!
The head of the last government called upon the children of Bangladesh to become good citizens of the country! What a farce, what an irony, that the person who was responsible for running the mostcorrupt
 arrow Stream water
A few days back I had an opportunity to attend a meeting organised by the Ministry of Agriculture for preparing the "SAARC Agricultural Vision 2020: Bangladesh perspective" document as per decision taken
 arrow State of emergency
Declaration of the state of emergency came as sigh of relief when the nation was passing through a grave crisis. Truly speaking, we should not call the present govt. a caretaker government.
 arrow Well done!
I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the new caretaker government for taking some unexpected and hitherto unseen steps to eliminate some glaring anomalies of our society.
 arrow Nomination 'business'
When somebody is buying a nomination with a huge amount of money, what will he do after getting elected as MP? Certainly, the nomination buyer will try to recover all the money along with someinterest.
 arrow Overhauling the PSC
In conformity with the address of the chief adviser to the secretaries on 23rd January,2007 and along with the reconstitution of all other constitutional bodies like, Election Commission and Anti-Corruption
 arrow Our complex relationship with politics
"Rajniti", the craft of the kings or the king of all crafts has a complex status in the psyche of Bangladeshi people.
 arrow Hillary and Iraq war
As reported by AP from Washington and published in our local press, Hillary Clinton said in a recent speech to the Democratic National Committee meeting that she would not have attacked Iraq, if she were
 arrow Corruption
The men who run the government develop certain characteristics. The thing that grows profusely with the burden of responsibility is power, but as power abounds, freedom recedes and honesty is compromised.
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