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Front Pagearrow SSF security for Hasina, Khaleda withdrawn
The government last night withdrew Special Security Force (SSF) deployed for the security of immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia and the then leader of the opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Yunus floats party styled Nagorik Shakti
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday formally floated his political party styled Nagorik Shakti or citizen power, giving shape to his latest vision of an alternative stream of politics in
 arrow Jamuna's Babul, ward commissioner Alam arrested
Police detectives arrested Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul in the capital yesterday while BNP leader and influential DCC Ward Commissioner Chowdhury Alam surrendered to a Dhaka court that later
 arrow Lt Gen (rtd) Mashhud made ACC chief
Following two weeks of vacuum, the government, as part of its initiative to reconstitute the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), yesterday appointed former adviser to the caretaker government and army chief
 arrow Yunus' second letter
Dear Citizen,
I am writing to you again. First, let me express my salam to you. I could never imagine that I would get such massive response from the letter I wrote to you on February 11, 2007.

 arrow ACC gets ready to seize property as few report wealth
Jamuna Group chief Nurul Islam Babul and Sonali Bank CBA leader BM Bakir Hossain, who are on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) list of 50 persons, submitted their wealth statements on the second day
 arrow Ex-MP Salahuddin's super luxury Lincoln, other high-end cars seized
The joint forces yesterday seized five luxury cars, five computers, and a plasma television from the residence of former BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed in Dhaka.
 arrow Relief looted at fag end of last govt
Relief, Power and Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the government will file criminal cases against those found involved in plundering and misappropriating the relief goods.
 arrow BB cancels Litu's shares
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday cancelled 16.
 arrow Bail petition of Nazmul Huda rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of detained former communications minister Nazmul Huda in a case filed for illegal possession of local and foreign currencies.
 arrow Jt forces arrest Nuruzzaman of Sylhet
The joint forces yesterday arrested contractor Md Nuruzzaman, who had recently filed a case against former BNP lawmaker from Moulvibazar Naser Rahman, on charges of grabbing government lands and looting
 arrow Banks asked to report transactions of suspected persons
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked all financial institutions to provide information of financial transactions of suspicious people to teams from law enforcement agencies.
 arrow Rajuk demolishes...

 arrow NGO bureau yet to release Tk 198cr to Proshika
More than 26 lakh poor people and 10 thousand schoolteachers, who were benefited by the poverty eradication project of Proshika, are now deprived of planned benefits as the NGO Affairs Bureau is not releasing
 arrow Honest businessmen to get all help: CA
Chief Adviser (CA) fakhruddin Ahmed has said the government will cooperate with honest businessmen and sought cooperation from the business community to keep the wheel of economy moving.
 arrow BNP, AL both for early polls
Leaders of country's major political parties BNP and Awami League during their separate meetings with visiting US Congressman Steve Chabot yesterday urged holding of the election at an early date.
 arrow Ex-CA Habibur Rahman taken to CMH with broken hipbone
Former chief adviser to a caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman injured his left leg yesterday morning after falling down on the floor at a hotel in Chittagong.
 arrow CA tells US congressman govt working for fair polls
Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday informed a visiting US congressman that his government is working relentlessly to hold a free, fair and credible election.
 arrow Arms factory unearthed in city
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) unearthed an arms manufacturing factory in Tejgaon industrial area last night.
 arrow Ban trade...

 arrow Passenger held at ZIA with huge foreign currencies
Customs officials held a Singapore-bound passenger at Zia International Airport on Wednesday night and seized local and foreign currencies worth over Tk 25 lakh from his possession.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot dead a Bangladeshi youth on Telkupi frontier in Shibganj upazila early yesterday.
Businessarrow Rupali Bank ownership goes to Saudi prince in 4 weeks
All formalities to hand over the ownership of Rupali Bank to Saudi prince Bandar will complete in the next four weeks, said a representative of the prince yesterday.
 arrow 3 CIS nations to develop trade ties with Dhaka
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan have expressed their keenness to develop trade and economic relations with Bangladesh, according to a high-profile business delegation of the three commonwealth independent
 arrow Provision of whitening black money should be withdrawn
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged government for discontinuing the concession to whiten black money.
 arrow Strictly follow rules of loan classification
Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked the non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) to strictly follow the guidelines of loan/lease classification and provisioning to cooperate with the central bank's monitoring
 arrow Expo Bangladesh opens in London
A 4-day Expo Bangladesh 2006-07, a single country trade fair, was formally opened here Wednesday evening at International Exhibition and Conference Centre at Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane to showcase
 arrow Construction work on DSE's new bldg begins tomorrow
The construction work on Dhaka Stock Exchange's Tk 125 crore new building begins tomorrow in Nikunja area in the capital.
 arrow BGMEA talks RMG industry problems with editors
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged editors of newspapers, news agencies and electronic media to highlight the problems of the readymade garment
 arrow Ericsson, GP sign network solution deal
Ericsson has signed a major deal with Grameenphone Ltd to build and integrate a complete IP mobile phone backbone network for the introduction of layered architecture across Bangladesh.
 arrow Give highest priority to removing economic evils
The Group of 77 developing nations and China want Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to give highest priority to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed by the world leaders which seek
 arrow Etihad Airways unveils summer flying plan
Etihad Airways, the national flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, will increase its flying programme this summer by 18 percent.
 arrow Gold hits 9-month high at over $682
The price of gold has struck the highest level since May, 2006 on concern about inflation and after other metals and oil futures rallied, analysts said on Thursday.
 arrow Eastland Camellia recommends 25pc dividend
The Board of Directors of Eastland Camellia Ltd has recommended a 25 percent dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow Oil prices flat around key $60 level in Asia
Oil prices traded flat around the key 60-dollar mark in Asia on Thursday ahead of a weekly US report on energy inventories.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Sahagir salvages BD A
Sahagir Hossain and Tushar Imran showed some resistance against a strong England A pace attack as Bangladesh A recovered from a precarious position to cross the two hundred run mark in their first innings
 arrow Cricket: 1975: The Beginning
The very first World Cup has a lot in common with 20/20 cricket; only after the format was a success in England did it actually take the world by storm.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi cruise along
Table to-ppers Raj-shahi established their lead with a convincing innings and four-run victory over Sylhet on the third day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League at the Rajshahi Divisional
 arrow Football: B.League draw held
The much-awaited first-ever Professional Football League rolls onto the pitch on March 2 with a match between Dhaka giants Abahani and Muktijoddha Sangsad at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh to capitalise on early arrival
Bangladesh hope that their early arrival for the World Cup will help erase the threat of a repeat upset they suffered at the last tournament in 2003.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan up against the F-factor
Fitness and fielding hold the key if Pakistan want to turn their huge potential into success in the World Cup in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Can Caribbeans do it on home soil?
Ever since their stunning capture of the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time three years ago in England, there has been widespread optimism in the Caribbean that West Indies could be the first host
 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon banishes pay gap
Wimbledon chiefs announced Thursday that they will pay men and women equal prize money for the first time at the prestigious tennis championships this year.
 arrow Local Snippets
Aga Khan School will take on Sunnydale in the opening match of the Beximco Pharma Under-19 Girls Handball competition at the Dhanmondi Women's Complex gymnasium today.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe: Trouble is the name of the game
In early February, Zimbabwe broke a 13-match losing sequence by beating Bangla-desh, leaving their record going into the World Cup standing at 15 defeats in 16 matches.
 arrow Cricket: Star Indian quartet's last shot at glory
A quartet of India's golden generation of cricketers will aim for glory in West Indies in what is expected to be their last World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland have big-hitters
World Cup debutants Ireland will rely on their big-hitting batsmen to steer them to respectability in the Caribbean after their bowlers came under fire at the recent World Cricket League in Kenya.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies think of change
Skipper Ricky Ponting said Thursday Australia may consider batting second in one-day cricket and opt to chase scores at next month's World Cup to ease the pressure on their under-fire bowlers.
 arrow Football: 'Barca need a miracle'
'Miracle' was a word regularly used by many of the Spanish newspapers on Thursday in the wake of Euro-pean champions Barcelona's shock 2-1 defeat by their predecessors Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Sheva gains Porto draw
Chelsea emer-ged from a Champions League battle with FC Porto as favourites to reach the quarterfinals after a pulsating 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Estadio do Dragao.
 arrow Football: Bad boys lift Liverpool
Only a few days ago, Liverpool's Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise were battling each other but the pair joined forces to give Liverpool a memorable 2-1 win at Barcelona on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Henry accepts supporting role
Thierry Henry insists he understands Arsene Wenger's decision to leave him out for Arsenal's League Cup final showdown with Chelsea.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters sets wedding date
Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters announced Wednesday that she will marry US basketball player Brian Lynch on July 14. "We'll marry just after Wimbledon on July 14.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers' day out
It was a rare day of success for bowlers as all matches of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket competition featured at least one outstanding spell yesterday.
 arrow Football: Valencia win a draw
Inter Milan were left kicking themselves after being held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia in a gripping Champions League last 16, first leg tie here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Rijkaard admits to complacency
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard usually protects his players in public but he laid into them in the wake of their shock 2-1 Champions League defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Reyes joins Capello critics
Real Madrid's Spanish international Jose Antonio Reyes admitted that the Spanish giants are blundering their way through the season, Spanish radio reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Lyon lock out Roma
Roma and Lyon played out a damp squib of a 0-0 draw in rainy Rome's Olympic Stadium in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Draw satisfies Houllier
Olympique Lyon coach Gerard Houllier said he was satisfied with his team's 0-0 draw with Champions League rivals AS Roma on Wednesday. "It seems about right to me.
 arrow Football: Terry out of Cup final
Chelsea will be without John Terry for the League Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday and possibly the rest of the season after the England captain hobbled away from the Estadio do Dragao on crutches.
 arrow Football: Lille hit out at United
Lille have hit out at being forced to adopt entrenched views in the friction with Manchester United following the crowd trouble at their Champions League game which had echoes of the Hillsborough tragedy.
 arrow Cricket: Rabbi beats Wanderers
Fazle Rabbi blazed an unbeaten 96-ball 115 after taking three crucial wickets as Mariners Youngs Club won by seven wickets against Dhaka Wanderers in the Kai-Altech First Division League at the DhakaUniversity
 arrow Football: Spurs edge out Everton
Watford missed the chance to climb off the bottom of the Premier League after they were held 1-1 at home by fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Cole unscathed
Chelsea's knee-victim Ashley Cole has passed a significant test on the road back to full fitness after coming through unscathed in a midweek reserve fixture.
Metropolitanarrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people, including a woman, were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla, Noakhali, Nilphamari and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Fake fan factory unearthed, 10 held
A mobile court yesterday unearthed a fake fan factory in the city which was marketing their fans under the name of a famous brand Tongi National Fans.
 arrow CG not giving priority to early polls: Menon
Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday criticised the caretaker government for not putting much importance on early election which is a demand of the political parties.
 arrow SC decision on Feb 26
The Supreme Court yesterday could not deliver its decision on government prayer for acceptance of the four rules along with the amended CrPC ordinance for separation of the judiciary from the executive
 arrow 'Take steps to make Ctg Port free from corruption'
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday called on the caretaker government to remove the obstacles to making the Chittagong Port vibrant and freefrom
 arrow Govt firm to build up strong armed forces
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the government, despite limited resources, is determined to modernise and build up efficient and strong armed forces through better training and regular field level
 arrow 310 firearms seized in one month
Members of different law enforcement agencies recovered a total of 310 illegal firearms, 4030 rounds ammunition, 207 hand grenades, 32 cocktails, 130 cartridges, 34 locally-made arms and huge explosives
 arrow No gas supply to Ctg Power Station for 48 hrs
There will be no supply of gas to Chittagong Power Station for next 48 hours beginning from Thursday's midnight (February 23) as gas production will remain suspended temporarily at Sangu Gas Field for
 arrow Amanullah, Nabil CPU, Bangladesh Section president, secretary
A general meeting of CPU, Bangladesh Section, held at Cosmos Centre in the city yesterday elected a new committee with UNB Chairman Amanullah Khan as president, Ajker Kagoj Editor Nabil Ahmed as secretary
 arrow Rajuk demolishes over dozen structures
Rajuk bulldozers yesterday demolished different parts of many buildings at Gulshan area for not having spaces for car parking, not leaving enough space for footpath or encroaching government land.
 arrow RCC official arrested on charges of corruption
A budget-cum-accounts officer of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) was arrested by joint forces from his house Wednesday midnight on charge of corruption.
 arrow Complaint against Mirza Abbas...

 arrow Sohel Taj finally allowed to travel abroad
The caretaker government finally allowed former Awami League lawmaker Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj to go abroad.
 arrow DU urged not to invite Yunus as convocation speaker
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a combine of 14-party-backed student organisations, yesterday urged the Dhaka University (DU) authorities not to invite Nobel laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus as the convocation
 arrow BSF, BDR trade fire
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) exchanged fire across Balapara border in the district early yesterday. There was no report of injury or casualty during the firing.
 arrow NU admission test today
Admission test for first year honours of session 2006-07 under National University will be held across the country today, says a press release.
 arrow Appeal for help
Students of marketing department of Dhaka University have appealed to all to make donations for the treatment of the father of a fellow student.
 arrow Doa mahfil
A doa mahfil for Sirajul Hossain Khan, former cabinet minister and renowned journalist, will be held at Gulshan Central Mosque after Asr prayers today.
Point-Counterpointarrow Pursue solutions not a witch-hunt
Whether people are rich or poor, learned or untaught, aged or young, they are the most intelligent beings in the universe.
 arrow View of an NRB
Dear Dr. Yunus, I am a Bangladeshi-Canadian in favour of your plan to start a new political party.
 arrow Our public universities
A roundtable discussion on corruption in the public universities, organized by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on February 8, 2007, in Dhaka, attracted wide public attention and added a new
 arrow Bangladesh's development syndrome
There is an enviable constituency for Africa in the United States -- one that is designed to mobilize attention and resources to be directed towards every major issue that plagues the continent.
Culturearrow Ekushey observed with fervour
Cultural activists paid homage to Language Movement Martyrs with an array of programmes to uphold the dignity of the mother language throughout the day in the city and other district towns.
 arrow Touching on dreams and everyday life
Kalidas Karmakar's ongoing exhibition at the Bengal Gallery, titled 'Alluvial dream and reality' takes its root in his work which he began four years ago called 'Alluvial faces'.
 arrow Concert for Peace at Radisson Water Garden
"I think music in itself is healing
No matter what culture we're from
Everyone loves music,"
--pop singer Billy Joel
The truth of this verse is apparent even in today's conflict-ridden world

 arrow HSBC to celebrate 100 years of Bangla music
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh is holding a musical event titled "Shoto Borsher Bangla Gaan" for the second time to celebrate the 100 years of Bangla musicon
 arrow Books galore
In this day of the small screen and computers, it is not surprising that book reading has been relegated to the backburner.
 arrow Nescafe Gourmet Coffee Carnival
A two-day coffee festival and musical extravaganza, titled Nescafe Gourmet Coffee Carnival was held at the Kozmo Lounge, Dhanmondi, recently.
 arrow Mobile technology based TV show 'Swapner Muthophone'
ATN Bangla has launched an entertainment show, Swapner Muthophone, based on mobile phone technology.
Generalarrow 'Electoral reforms a must for free, fair election'
Speakers at a roundtable here yesterday emphasised the need of electoral reforms to hold the next general election in the shortest possible time in a free and fair manner.
 arrow KTS factory fire still haunts survivors
A year has elapsed after the worst-ever industrial fire in Chittagong, but the horrible and nightmarish experiences still haunt the survivors.
 arrow In-service faculty dev programme at Presidency University
A three-day in-service faculty development programme began at the Presidency University in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: US honour over Iraq
US Vice President Dick Cheney has reiterated his country's resolve to finish its mission in Iraq and return home with honour. There are a couple of questions which instantly arise in light of the statement.
 arrow Editorial: Shocking and bizarre incident
We are outraged at the news that a 35-year old Pakistan minister from Punjab was shot dead while in a meeting with party workers in Gujranwalla.
 arrow The counter-reformation
Sunday, February 11: Joint forces arrest S.M.
 arrow An open response
Dear Nobel laureate: I am writing in response to your open letter which was addressed to the people of Bangladesh. First of all, I would like you to know how much I admire you and the Grameen Bank.
 arrow Palestine's impending stillbirth
The two problems that Alladin's legendary genie has declared to be beyond his capacity are the Middle East and the Balkans.
Letters to Editorarrow Yunus' debut in politics
In the absence of honest and quality people in politics, a vested quarter has occupied the arena.
 arrow Politics of plundering!
With the special and timely drive by the government against the corrupt bigwigs in the country, we notice that the whole country has been perforated by a small number of people with wealth obtained through
 arrow Hidden US agenda
It is least surprising that the US-Israel combine has rejected the "unity government formula" arrived at in Mecca under the auspices of Saudi King Abdullah and being carried out by the Fatah-Hamas factions
 arrow Pilot
Dropping Khaled Mashud from the World Cup Squad was a shocking mistake by our national team selectors.
 arrow For economic development...
1. Build double track highways between Dhaka - Chittagong, Dhaka - Khulna, Dhaka- Rajshahi, Dhaka -Sylhet.
2. Build Padma bridge with railway tracks.

 arrow Prevailing situation and some thoughts
I applaud the government move to bring the corrupt to justice. It has asked many people to submit statements of wealth and more people will be served with notices.
 arrow The army and voter ID
Separation of powers (judiciary, legislative and executive) within a state puts in the checks and balances that prevent the types of excess and corruption we have seen (in the past).
 arrow Impending power crisis
I do not believe that power can be saved through reduction of "non-technical systems loss", as this non-revenue load will only become regular connected load.
Environmentarrow Floodplains: Augmenting community based fisheries
Open water bodies are the important fish production units in Bangladesh. About 44 per cent of the total fish catches in the country are from these water bodies.
 arrow Assessing earthquake and tsunami risk in Bangladesh
Bangladesh having been situated in the active plate collision zone, poses a major threat from large earthquakes. It is of major debate, however, as to when and where such major earthquake would strike.
Worldarrow Norway offers help to revive Lanka peace
Norway's top peace broker in Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, yesterday offered to go the extra mile to revive the stalled process on the eve of the fifth anniversary of a moribund truce.
 arrow India bans N-material export to Iran
India has imposed a ban on export of any material and technology to Iran that could be used in development of the Persian Gulf country's nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
 arrow Samjhauta Express blast probe widens to several states
The hunt for the bombers of a train from India to Pakistan spread to several north Indian states on Thursday as investigators said they were pursuing new clues and had detained two people for questioning.
 arrow Indonesian passenger ferry fire kills 17
A fire broke out on an Indonesian ferry carrying 300 passengers Thursday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of passengers jumping into the sea, officials said.
 arrow US-led forces face 'dirty bomb' attack in Iraq
As a joint operation by US and Iraqi troops to win control of Baghdad made more progress yesterday, their insurgent foes were fighting back with deadly new tactics, including poison gas attacks.
 arrow 'Syria moves troops to Israel border'
Syrian armed forces appear to be moving closer to the border with Israel and the military is being strengthened with Iranian help, an Israeli newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Italy president in crisis talks after Prodi quits
Italy's president holds crisis talks with political leaders on Thursday to see if Romano Prodi, who resigned as prime minister after nine months in power, can still head a government or must be replaced.
 arrow Hamas encouraged by Quartet's position
The Islamic militant group Hamas accused the United States yesterday of trying to undermine European efforts to ease an economic blockade of a new Palestinian unity government.
 arrow Prince Harry to serve in Iraq
Prince Harry will be sent to Iraq, Britain's Ministry of Defence said yesterday. He will join his regiment, the Blues and Royals, in Iraq as part of a long-planned rotation of troops.
 arrow NZ fishermen catch world's largest squid
A New Zealand fishing boat has landed what is believed to be a world record squid weighing an estimated 450 kilograms (990 pounds), officials said yesterday.
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