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Front Pagearrow Rab seizes Harris Chy's luxury SUV
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) owned by Harris Chowdhury, former political secretary to immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia, and arrested histwo
 arrow ACC list of 15 graft suspects sent to govt
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sent a list of 15 graft suspects to the Cabinet Division and home ministry to initiate the process of confiscating their properties.
 arrow Khaleda's house under watch for Tarique aides
Security personnel yesterday stepped up surveillance around former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's residence on Moinul Hossein Road in Dhaka Cantonment.
 arrow Formalin fish back in city markets
The supply of fish from Myanmar to the wholesale markets in the capital has returned to almost "normal" just five days after the biggest ever drive against formalin-laden fish at three large fish markets.
 arrow AL for June polls after credible voter list
The Awami League (AL) at a meeting with the chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday demanded holding of the parliamentary election by June after preparing a credible voter list with photographs instead
 arrow 500 more CI sheets of relief seized
The joint forces arrested two local leaders of BNP and its youth wing Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal for possessing corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant for relief in Netrakona and Lalmonirhat and recovered 497 such
 arrow Chief justice retires with controversy at heels
With a number of controversies surrounding him, Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain retired yesterday without receiving a traditional farewell from the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).
 arrow Death for terrorism
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the upcoming Anti-terrorism Ordinance 2007 would allow capital punishment be awarded to anyone found guilty of terrorism.
 arrow Yunus tells of new goals for students
Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged Dhaka University students to be more original in their thought and be more innovative in finding ways to take advanced technology to the poor.
 arrow President for steps against harmful sides of student politics
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the politicians to build up a knowledge-based society by taking steps against the harmful sides of student politics.
 arrow Power plant chokes with imported coal
The country's lone coal-based power plant at Barapukuria is now facing difficulties in generating electricity due to use of imported coal with high sulphur content and excessive clay and sand, plant sources
 arrow Gias Kamal blasts the powerful for looting relief
Acting President of The Bangladesh Society For The Enforcement Of Human Rights (BSEHR) Gias Kamal Chowdhury yesterday blasted some powerful people of the immediate past government for 'taking undue money
 arrow Crack develops in burned building
A crack was found yesterday on the ninth floor of Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) Bhaban after a devastating blaze burned the 11-storey building two days ago at the teeming KarwanBazar
 arrow Fake $8 crore in 100-dollar notes seized in city
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered some 8,00,000 fake 100-dollar notes along with dollar-minting materials at SA Paribahan counter in the capital's Mohakhali area last night.
 arrow Army foils bid by Mamun's brother to withdraw Tk 1cr from bank
The army yesterday foiled an attempt for drawing Tk 1 crore from a bank account of arrested former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim with Dutch-Bangla Bank at Siddhirganj of the district.
 arrow Lease, sale of govt land without tender declared illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared unlawful any lease, sale or transfer of government land to any person merely on applications without following a transparent process like tender or auction.
 arrow 3 Rajuk staff arrested for cheque forgery
A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team yesterday arrested three Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) officials for their alleged involvement in cheque forgery.
 arrow Dhanmondi yesterday's demolition target
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday knocked down more than 50 illegal structures, most of those partly, in Dhanmondi area.
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 arrow Patients with cold related diseases crowd hospitals
Public and private hospitals in the city have been grappling with a huge rush of children suffering from pneumonia and bronchiolitis for the last couple of weeks.
 arrow Hasina asks govt not to delay election
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the interim government not to deprive the people of their democratic rights to vote by procrastinating in the name of reforms.
 arrow Babul's bail petition rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition of detained Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul in a case field against him for anti-state activities and illegally possessing public and private properties.
 arrow Kamal Majumder's detention valid as SC stays HC order
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for five days the operation of the High Court (HC) verdict that declared illegal the detention of former Awami League lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder and three others.
 arrow OC closed, 3 SIs suspended
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Katiadi Police Station in Kishoreganj was closed to District Police Lines yesterday while three sub-inspectors (SI) were suspended in connection with detaining people and forcing
 arrow Newmooring terminal to be operated under SOT system
The council of advisers yesterday decided to operate the Newmooring Container Terminal at Chittagong Port under SOT (service, operation and transfer) system.
 arrow 2 fake Rab men held for snatching
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two fake Rab members for snatching TK 2 lakh from a businessman in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
An underground operative was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members in the town early yesterday. Identity of the dead could not be known.
 arrow Increased power tariff comes into effect today
A five percent increase in electricity tariff for urban consumers comes into effect today.
 arrow Reduced ISD call charges for 30 countries from today
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) will reduce call charges for land and fixed phones and also mobile phones under its economy ISD call charge facilities with 30 countries from today.
 arrow Car bomb kills 10 in Baghdad market
A car bomb killed 10 people and wounded 21 near a vegetable market in Baghdad yesterday, Iraqi police said, as insurgents kept up a campaign of bombings despite a security crackdown backed by US reinforcements.
 arrow US shifts policy to join Iran, Syria in Iraq talks
In a potential policy shift, the United States said Tuesday it would join a conference with Iraq's neighbours which could see senior US officials hold direct talks with foes Iran and Syria.
 arrow Ailing Castro breaks public silence
In his first live broadcast since falling ill last July, Cuban leader Fidel Castro called Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's daily radio talk show to say he was feeling "more energetic.
 arrow Serbia makes new arrests for Kosovo killings
Serbia has arrested four suspects in the killing in 1999 of three jailed U.S.-Albanian brothers who had joined a guerrilla war in the breakaway Kosovo province, Serbia's war crimes prosecutor said yesterday.
Businessarrow SEC body for merger rules for Z category firms
An advisory committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday recommended for formulating rules for merger of the similar companies presently listed with the stock exchanges under Zcategory.
 arrow Bangladesh holds capacity to find its development path
World Bank Country Director Zhu Xian has assured Bangladesh of providing financial support, expertise and analyses to support the country's development in a rapid and inclusive manner.
 arrow Adapt with rules of cross border transactions
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-Bangladesh yesterday urged the central bank to adapt with the rules of cross border business transactions in tandem with the developed countries.
 arrow Day care centres to up female workers' skills, boost economy
Both the business leaders and rights bodies at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday suggested that setting up of day care centres in workplaces would enhance efficiencies of the female workers.
 arrow Reforms in L/C rules soon
Government will shortly constitute a committee that will review the existing rules on opening letters of credit (L/C) and recommend necessary reforms in them, Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul
 arrow Experts for training of board members
Speakers at a roundtable emphasised the need for corporate governance reforms in the baking sector and called for introduction of mandatory training for the board members.
 arrow Businesses for self-correction
Businesses here yesterday called for self-correction.
 arrow Nokia to set up 22 customer care centres by June
Mobile handset producer Nokia is going to set up 22 more customer care centres across the country by June to offer better services to its customers.
 arrow Buet team wins djuice project contest
Labdhi, a team of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) won the championship of the youth talent hunt programme, D Youth, arranged by djuice, the youth brand of Grameenphone.
 arrow India steps up war on poverty as unveils budget
India stepped up its war on poverty in a budget on Wednesday that used revenues from robust economic growth to boost farm output and raise spending on education and health.
 arrow Oil prices slump
Oil prices plunged in Asian trade Wednesday in reaction to steep falls in the Chinese stock market Tuesday and declines in bourses worldwide, said traders.
 arrow Emirates to incorporate fuel surcharge into fares
Emirates Airline has announced its plans to incorporate fuel surcharges into the published fares for all tickets sold in Bangladesh with effect from 1st March, says a press release.
 arrow New MD of Dhaka Ins
KAM Ferdous has recently joined Dhaka Insurance Ltd (formerly The Loyeds Insurance Company Limited) as its managing director.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Fatullah tie taking shape
The run riot continued in the Chittagong Divisional Stadium when Imran Ahmed and Arafat Salahuddin smashed hundreds for Barisal on the third day of the eighth round Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National
 arrow Cricket: How the BCB pays
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the most affluent sports body in the country, spends a large amount of money as salary of its staff, players and foreigners to run the show as was found in a salary statement
 arrow Football: Last gasp preparation
All the big guns will complete formalities of registering their footballers for the B. League before the deadline ends today.
 arrow Cricket: 1987: A new World Cup
Cricket went truly global with the 1987 Cricket World Cup being held in India and Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath still up there
Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jaya-suriya may be in the twi-light of his one-day ca-reer but re-mains as prolific as ever and this is not good news for bowlers ahead of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Shakib steadies Bangladesh
Captain Habibul Bashar and Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh's recovery from a precarious position to reach 158-3 in 36 overs against Canada in their second warm-up tri-series match at the Antigua Recreation
 arrow Cricket: Rafique senses quake!
Wily all-rounder Mohammad Rafique was the only Tiger who sensed the earthquake that shook Antigua and Trinidad.
 arrow Cricket: Tushar wants better batting Second 4-dayer from today
Captain Tushar Imran wants much better batting performance from his boys to level the four-day series against visiting England A when the second and final Test begins today at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium
 arrow Indo-Bangla Games end
Bangladesh finished the first Indo-Bangla Games with a haul of 82 medals, including 30 golds, while West Bengal excelled in the friendship competition with a collection of 104 medals which includes 38
 arrow Local Snippets
Sabuj Vidyapith snuck a one-wicket victory over Adarsha Vidyapith in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament at the Uttara Friends Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sangakkara's time
Whether behind the stumps or in front of them, it is just difficult to ignore Kumar Sangakkara whose value to the Sri Lankan team has been growing with each year.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela can turn around
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene goes to the World Cup in the Caribbean hoping to erase bitter memories of the previous tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Nixon for Vaughan
England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon said it was vital for their World Cup chances to have skipper Michael Vaughan fit from the off in the West Indies.
 arrow Football: MU overcome Reading
Three goals in the first six minutes helped Manchester United beat Reading 3-2 in an enthralling FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday and earn a place in the quarterfinals.
 arrow Cricket: ODIs grow and grow
When a rain-ruined Test between Australia and England in 1971 resulted in the first one-day international at Melbourne, few believed that this new form of cricket would become a global, money-spinning
 arrow Cricket: 'We are tough to beat'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting warned Wednesday that despite some recent poor form the world champions will be "extremely hard to beat" at the upcoming cricket World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Nine fined for dissent
Nine Rajshahi players were fined for stopping play for nine minutes during their crucial National League tie against Dhaka at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Bangladesh stay alive
Bangladesh brightened their chances to move into the second round when they upset top seed Malaysia 2-1 in the Junior Davis Cup Asia/Oceania zone pre-qualifiers yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Soma, Rumi lift doubles title
Bangladesh Ansar maintained their impressive run in the Palolic 28th National Table Tennis Championships when they added the women's double title yesterday to previous success in the men's and women's
 arrow Chess: GM Niaz joins Rajib in table
Enamul Hossain Rajib remained unbeaten in the Kolkata Open 07 Grandmaster Chess Tournament but the Bangladeshi International Master dropped points in the fourth round on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Foysal seeks help
Mir Foysal Ali Dollar, a fast bowler taking part in the GrameenPhone Pacer Hunt, is fighting for his life after his kidney failed during the talent hunt programme.
 arrow Cricket: Boys sneak home
Lower order batsmen Mohammad Sajib and Rezwanul Islam made sure Bangladesh Boys won by one wicket against Dhaka Mariners Youngs Club at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Quakes shake West Indies
Antigua and Trinidad, two countries that will host Cricket World Cup 2007 matches, were jolted on Tuesday by an early morning earthquake. A quake with a magnitude of 5.
 arrow Hockey: Army have the last laugh
Bangladesh Army upset a star-studded strong SBSL side 3-1 yesterday to lift the Holybest Energy Bulb Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament title at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Rokon loses his father
Mohammed Sohrabuddin, father of national cricketer and stylish batsman Al Shahriar Rokon, died of old age ailments yesterday. He was 75.
 arrow Football: Veron in Argentina camp
Midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, who has not played for Argentina since 2003, has been included in a squad of locally-based players named by coach Alfio Basile for a training camp.
 arrow Football: Jan Ullrich retires
Germany's former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich announced his retirement from cycling here Monday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o rested for Cup tie
Barcelona said on Tuesday they will rest three-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto'o in their Spanish Cup quarterfinal return leg on Wednesday against Real Zaragoza on medical advice.
 arrow Football: MU to take on rest of Europe
David Beckham will return to Old Trafford next month when Manchester United take on the best of European football in a special match celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which set up
 arrow Football: Nantes, Marseille in semis
Former France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was the hero for new club Nantes as he helped them reach the French Cup semifinals on Tuesday with a 6-5 win on penalties over Sedan, as his former club Marseille
 arrow Tennis: Nadal survives Baghdatis test
World number two Rafael Nadal, playing his first match since finishing the Australian Open injured last month, survived a tough first round test against Marcos Baghdatis at the Dubai Open on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson hails United firepower
Sir Alex Ferguson has seen virtually everything during his long and successful career but even the Manchester United manager was stunned by his side's early goal spree in their FA Cup win at Reading.
 arrow Football: Fowler considering MLS switch
Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is considering joining former England teammate David Beckham in the United States, New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol claimed.
 arrow Football: Takahara lifts Frankfurt
Naohiro Takahara struck twice to lead Eintracht Frankfurt through to the semi-finals of the German Cup in a 3-0 derby win away to Kickers Offenbach on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Milan mired in injuries
AC Milan are faced with a crisis ahead of their crucial Serie A match away to Palermo on Wednesday with eight defenders ruled out through injury and suspension.
 arrow Football: Keane appeal rejected
Tottenham's Robbie Keane has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected by the Football Association (FA) on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bring systematic change to society to cut poverty'
Speakers at the publication ceremony of a book yesterday observed that poverty cannot be alleviated only through microcredit programme, rather a systematic change in politics and society is needed toreduce
 arrow People's participation a must to deliver health services to all
People's participation is the only way to deliver health care services to vulnerable groups in the society, which will help the nation achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in health sector, health
 arrow Case filed against city clinic for irregularities
A mobile court filed a case against Medi-stopes Clinic at the Elephant road in the city, as it failed to show certificate of the Department of Health and trade license from the City Corporation.
 arrow 'Around 50 lakh people suffering from diabetes in Bangladesh'
Around 50 lakh people across the country have been suffering from diabetes that is preventable and the main reasons of diabetes are changes in food habit, lack of physical exercise and obesity, the experts
 arrow President receives PSC annual report
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the members of Public Service Commission will have to perform their duties with more sincerity in selecting fittest, meritorious and talented candidates for the
 arrow 60 creative people from remote areas honoured
Prothom Alo and GrameenPhone yesterday honoured 60 people from remote areas who have been contributing to socio-economic advancement of the country.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade gunfire in Benapole
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Putkhali border area in Benapole yesterday evening after two Bangladeshi cattle traders were wounded in BSF firing.
 arrow Pro-AL teachers, student bodies boycott DU convocation
The 43rd convocation of Dhaka University was held at its central playground yesterday with due spontaneity and enthusiasm.
 arrow CA's support to ailing journo
The government yesterday provided Tk one lakh to ailing journalist Quddus Afrad, Dhaka Bureau chief of Chittagong-based daily Purbokone.
 arrow HR bodies concerned
Several human rights organisation and professional groups yesterday expressed deep concern over the eviction of Shat Tola Bosti (slum) dwellers at Mohakhali in the city violating the High Court directives.
 arrow 465 killed in 2 months
A total of 465 people were killed in different incidents across the country in last two months --from January 1 to February 28 -- this year. On an average 7.
 arrow Arif, Moyun on remand
Sylhet Kotwali Police yesterday took city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Moulvibazar Pourashava Chairman Foyzul Karim Moyun on one-day remand for interrogation in the case filed by contractor Nuruzzaman.
 arrow Bogra deputy jailer suspended
Fazlul Haq, deputy Jailer of Bogra Jail, was suspended yesterday for negligence of duty and an investigation into departmental case against sub-inspector Saiful Islam started.
 arrow 5,000 NGOs seek MRA licences
Around 5,000 NGOs sought licences from the Micro-credit Regulatory Authority (MRA) as the deadline for submission of applications ended on Monday.
 arrow Education UK Exhibition begins today
The 9th Education UK Exhibition 2007, organised by the British Council, begins at Hotel Sheraton in the city today.
 arrow Mahmudul Haq wins S M Sultan Padak
Eminent artist Mahmudul Haq has won S M Sultan Padak, says a press release.
 arrow Reception to Yunus today
The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh will accord a reception to its Fellow Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus at its auditorium at 4:00pm today, says a press release.
 arrow Memorial meet on Waheedul Haque today
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) jointly organise a memorial meeting today to pay tribute to eminent journalist and Tagore song specialist Waheedul Haque
 arrow Shaheed Comrade Tajul Day today
Shaheed Comrade Tajul Day will be observed in the country today, marking the 23rd death anniversary of Shaheed Tajul Islam, one of the pioneers of the country's workers' movement.
Nationalarrow 25 out of 79 UP chairmen on the run in Satkhira
At least 25 out of 79 Union Parishad (UP) chairmen belonging to BNP, Awami League (AL) and Workers Party (WP) are on the run to evade arrest by law enforcers.
 arrow Pipes, jeep, seized after CBA leader's arrest
Acting on statements of arrested CBA leader Mashuque Ahmed of Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Systems, joint forces Tuesday night recovered about 1000 pieces of pipes worth over Tk 30 lakh,
 arrow Agitation for VC's removal continues
Students of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) continued agitation yesterday on the campus to press their 16-point demand including removal of Vice-chancellor Dr Mohammad Khalilur
 arrow Khulna BNP leaders warn newsmen
Former general secretary of Khulna city BNP Nazrul Islam Manju came down heavily on journalists for what he called writing reports against him and other leaders of his party.
 arrow Admission scam alleged against headmaster
Headmaster of Barisal Zila School is on the run as gross irregularities in admission to the school allegedly in exchange of money triggered protests guardians. The headmaster--Syed Md.
 arrow Fake spices factory sealed in Tangail, two held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday unearthed a fake spices factory in Tangail municipal area and seized 50 sacks of adulterate spices.
Point-Counterpointarrow March 1971 and growth of Bengali militancy
When General Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan, Pakistan's military ruler, announced on March 1, 1971, the postponement of the session of the newly elected National Assembly in Dhaka, Pakistan's eastern province
 arrow Yunus, politics and interest rates
One would imagine that anyone with even a hint of objectivity, if left to simply choose between the politicians and Professor Yunus, would pick the latter.
 arrow Waheedul Haque: In heartfelt remembrance
Dearest Kaku,
I remember a night in 1987, when I saw you from afar.

 arrow Winter sallies
In season's rhythmic cycle, winter is presently on sabbatical. Lighter woolies, however, are yet to be retired to the closets. Winter's balmy and caressing sunshine has whizzed by.
Culturearrow Behula-Lakhindar's myth staged through 'Royani Gaan'
Bangladeshis are well acquainted with the legend of Behula-Lakhindar.
 arrow Beauty in beads
Miniature painting was Nurun Nahar Papa's major at the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, and she switched on to mural painting for her MFA from the MF University of Baroda, India.
 arrow MF Husain puts his dot on the universe
At the ripe old age of 91, artist Maqbool Fida (MF) Husain still goes strong. Recently he held forth on his latest muse, actress Amrita Rao. "She has entered my canvas.
 arrow 'Amar Chhobi' on channel-i
A magazine programme Amar Chhobi, highlighting information about the country's film industry, will be telecast on Channel i at 6:20 pm tonight.
Generalarrow Bullet-hit Ctg trader dies at DMCH
A businessman who was shot and wounded at a residential hotel in the city on Tuesday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning.
 arrow Dismissal of 34 RDA employees stayed
A court yesterday stayed the dismissal order of 34 employees of Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA).
 arrow Reuters makes video documentary on works of Shykh Seraj
Reuters has made a video documentary on the works of development activist and media personality Shykh Seraj, says a press release.
 arrow Public-private partnership needed for better healthcare
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday emphasised the need of a public-private partnership in healthcare service sector for providing a better health service.
 arrow ORBIS celebrates 25th anniversary today
ORBIS International, a non-profit humanitarian developmental organisation striving to eliminate avoidable blindness, will celebrate its 25th anniversary today, says a press release.
 arrow Ctg-Barisal Coastal Service of BIWTC resumes after 7 yrs
The Chittagong-Barisal Coastal Service of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BITWC) resumed its operation again after being suspended for seven years, says a BIWTC press release.
 arrow New timetable of Liberation War Museum
The Liberation War Museum will now remain open from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily for the visitors as per its summer schedule effective from today, says a press release.
 arrow Road crash kills 1
A man was killed and four others were injured in a road accident at Berarpar on Moulvibazar-Srimangal road yesterday.
Internationalarrow Two Koreas raise aid, disarmament at talks
South Korea yesterday called for nuclear disarmament and North Korea stressed humanitarian projects as the two sides held their first high-level talks since the North tested an atomic weapon.
 arrow 18 killed as land and sea battles erupt in Lanka
Sri Lanka escalated sea and land attacks against Tamil Tigers and killed at least 18 people yesterday, a day after the rebels shelled helicopters carrying diplomats and a minister, officials said.
 arrow Canada scraps post 9/11 anti-terrorism measures
The Canadian parliament scrapped Tuesday controversial anti-terrorism measures adopted after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, saying they breach civil rights.
 arrow Naked, chained and isolated for 2 years in secret CIA cell
Nude, chained and isolated in a tiny cell in an unknown place, Marwan al-Jabour survived over two years in a secret CIA jail as a US "war on terror" prisoner, Human Rights Watch reported.
 arrow Israel kills three Jihad men in West Bank raid
Israeli troops yesterday killed three gunmen from the radical Islamic Jihad militant group in Jenin as the army relaunched a crackdown on militants in the north of the occupied West Bank.
 arrow Militants behead another 'US spy' in Pakistan
Pakistani militants decapitated an Afghan cleric accused of spying for US forces and making recordings of anti-Taliban speeches, tribal officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Election timetable
No less a person than the chief of the interim caretaker government Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed has made it clear that no specific timeframe for the polls can be given right now.
 arrow Editorial: Crocodile in the city
Strange things are happening these days across the country.
 arrow How prepared are we to face a disaster?
We have gotten off rather lightly this time. And one does not want to make light of the four deaths in the inferno at the BSEC Bhaban Monday last.
 arrow The AL and its reform agenda
It is no secret any more that, out of the BNP's election-related debacle and the subsequent movement led by the AL during the caretaker government headed by the president, the AL's credibility remains
 arrow America's China Worries
The decision by the Bush administration to bring a case before the World Trade Organization against China's alleged subsidies of its industries is the most aggressive and potentially most significanttrade
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