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Front Pagearrow Tarique held at midnight
Tarique Rahman, the man who was allegedly at the centre of the rampant corruption unleashed in the last five years of the BNP-Jamaat regime and who from BNP's political office Hawa Bhaban controlled everything
 arrow National Security Council on cards
The caretaker government has made a move to reconstitute the high-powered National Security Council (NSC) to make it effective, to strengthen the ongoing crackdown on corrupt individuals, and to ensure
 arrow Tough taskforces to fight graft, crime
Aiming at curbing corruption, irregularities and criminal activities across the country, the government has formed eight central and 64 district-based task forces comprising members of the army, Rapid
 arrow Govt plans import duty cut, checking unfair business
The interim government yesterday decided to cut import duties on commodities, ensure increased supply commodities in the market and ask the joint forces to coordinate their drives targeting the corrupt
 arrow Next target
The government has prepared a list of 50 influential political leaders and businessmen for the second phase of the joint forces' anti-corruption drive.
 arrow A mini zoo at Tuku's house
The joint forces yesterday seized 34 wild animals and birds from the house of former state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku at Hosenpur in the town.
 arrow CJ vows to redeem SC's lost glory
Chief Justice (CJ) M Ruhul Amin yesterday threw a question before his audience from both the bench and the bar why the dignity and image of the country's highest judiciary could not be maintained, asa
 arrow Finance adviser justifies freeze order
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said former law minister Moudud Ahmed's bank accounts were frozen on logical grounds.
 arrow Pvt operator faces non-cooperation
The first day of taking over the charge of Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) operation by private company Saif Powertec observed disturbance in goods delivery due to 'non-cooperation' of the Chittagong
 arrow Death of women at child birth still high
The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the country stands at an alarming 3.
 arrow Tigers stun Kiwis
Bangladesh pulled off a major shock on Tuesday when they defeated New Zealand by two wickets here in a World Cup warm-up. Pace bowler Mashrafe Bin Mortaza proved to be the hero with both bat andball.
 arrow Khaleda asks women to uphold democracy
Urging women to come forward to contribute more for the welfare of the nation and the country, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said conscious women should play a key role in upholding democracy,
 arrow CG accountable to people, though not elected: CA
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the present caretaker government is not an elected one but accountable to the people and so it is carrying out reforms as per their demand.
 arrow EC Jt Secretary Zakoria made OSD
The controversial Joint Secretary of the Election Commission (EC) Mohammad Zakoria was finally made officer on special duty (OSD) yesterday as part of the move to restore the image of the EC.
 arrow SSC exams begin today
The secondary school certificate (SSC), Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations under the country's nine education boards begin today.
 arrow 2 ex-BNP MPs join LDP
Two former BNP lawmakers--Abu Yusuf Mohammad Khalilur Rahman and Abdul Gani--yesterday joined Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
 arrow Relief goods now come out of river
A fisherman yesterday netted 12 pieces of corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant for the destitute from the river Chuna by the Sundarbans.
 arrow CID resumes probe into Kibria killing
The criminal investigation department (CID) has started further investigation into the killing of former finance minister and Awami League leader SAMS Kibria.
 arrow BTRC chairman resigns
Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Muhammad Omar Farooq resigned yesterday. The reasons for his resignation, however, could not be known.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout'
A local leader of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between the joint forces and GMF cadres at Chandmari under Sadar upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow 20 injured as train derails
Three compartments of a passenger train derailed on Thakurgaon-Parbatipur route on Tuesday night, injuring 20 passengers.
 arrow Indonesian plane crash kills 23
An Indonesian passenger jet overshot the runway and burst into flames yesterday as it landed in the cultural capital of Yogyakarta, but most of the 140 people on board survived.
Businessarrow Separate bank for RMG sector sought
A separate bank is needed to facilitate apparels-related export-import process, which would contribute to the rise in ready made garments (RMG) exports, observed the outgoing chief of the apex trade body
 arrow Take Australia as future market
Bangladeshi exporters should consider Australia as a market for future exports by taking advantage of duty-free access of goods there, suggested the Australian high commissioner in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Invigorate foreign policy for trade and investment
Though a large number of countries extended preferential and duty free access to Bangladesh's numerous products, most of the products have least scope of contributing towards export growth, Dhaka Chamber
 arrow India offers to share energy technology
India yesterday offered to share its technologies with other Saarc countries in energy sector projects, particularly in renewable energy segment and suggested country-to-country electricity grid interconnections
 arrow China, US to meet over subsidy row
China will hold consultations with the United States later this month on industrial subsidies that have caused Washington to drag Beijing before the World Trade Organisation, state media said Wednesday.
 arrow Paulson sees global economy in good shape
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Wednesday the world economy was in good shape despite stock market turmoil as he began talks here expected to focus on China's tightly-managed foreign exchange
 arrow Sun servers for GP billing
As part of its plan to elevate its total system this year, Grameenphone (GP) is deploying super computer standard Sun Microsystems servers to handle its billing and data back up within June 30.
 arrow Proper implementation demanded
Different NGOs, research organisations and trade unions of the RMG sector yesterday called on the authorities concerned to implement properly and immediately the tripartite agreement signed last yearby
 arrow Dhaka Bank launches int'l credit card
Dhaka Bank Ltd has launched an international credit card, which can be used both at home and abroad.
 arrow City General Ins approves 10pc cash dividend
City General Insurance Company Ltd has approved a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow New MD of Lafarge Surma Cement
Mike Cowell has taken over as the new managing director of Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd. He has replaced Yong Ngai Chan who is taking up new assignment in China, says a press release.
 arrow Chairman of City General Ins reelected
Hossain Akhtar has been reelected chairman of City General Insurance Company Ltd and Mohd Abu Taher elected vice chairman of the company, says a press release.
 arrow Geneva Motor Show opens doors to public
The Geneva Motor Show opens its doors to the public on Thursday, giving automakers a chance to woo buyers with new designs and to show off advances in green technology.
 arrow China bans small coal based power generators
China will no longer allow new coal-based power generators with a capacity below 300,000 kilowatts to be built, hoping to alleviate pressure on the environment, state media reported Wednesday.
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Sportsarrow Cricket: A blow for Rajshahi
Rajshahi are set to lose solo lead in the points table of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League after managing a draw in the ninth round against Barisal at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium
 arrow Football: Zahid rescues MSC
Mohammedan Sporting Club began their professional football league campaign with full three points when Zahid Hossain's lone second half strike bailed out the local giants with a 1-0 win over neighbours
 arrow Cricket: Hafeez scripts Pak win
Mohammad Hafeez gave an impressive all-round performance to guide Pa-kistan to an emphatic 77-run victory over Canada in a World Cup warm-up match here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India in different Dutch
India gave further proof of the chasm between Test and non-Test-playing nations, when they crushed the Netherlands by 182-runs in their World Cup warm-up match on Tuesday at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose
 arrow Cricket: CricInfo forgets Tigers!
While the Tigers were picking up wickets and hitting sixes in Barbados, millions of fans all across the globe were sweating over their favourite team's whereabouts on Tuesday night.
 arrow Cricket: Prior pushes England A ahead
Matt Prior's better than a run-a-ball 84 not out overshadowed a century by local boy Nazim Uddin as England A cruised to a convincing five-wicket victory against Bangladesh A in the first limited-overs
 arrow Cricket: Tanvir takes ESS thru'
European Standard School (ESS) confirmed their place in the next round with a convincing win over Islambagh Ashraf High School by eight wickets in the Standard Chartered National School Cricket competition
 arrow Cricket: WC to create awareness against HIV
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership against HIV/AIDS at the Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children
 arrow Local Snippets
Orient and Kathalbagan won significant matches in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul stands by minnows
India captain Rahul Dravid still believes international cricket minnows should be playing in the World Cup despite his side demolishing the Netherlands by 182 runs in a brutally one-sided match here on
 arrow Cricket: Viv looks on bright side
Viv Richards, who played in the only two West Indies teams to win the World Cup, believes victory in the 2007 edition could help stem the exodus of the islands' leading talent to other sports.
 arrow Cricket: No sledging, no cricket
He's a trained lawyer, so Kumar Sangakkara should know when it's good to talk.
 arrow Cricket: 1999: Two winners
Bangladesh travelled to Northamptonshire to play the last match of their already successful World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31, also the final day of the group stage matches in the 1999 showpiece.
 arrow Cricket: Zim keep Aussies waiting
Reigning champions Australia made heavy going of seeing off Zimbabwe in their opening World Cup warm-up match at Arnos Vale here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ballack sends Chelsea thru'
Michael Ballack kept Chelsea's Champions League dreams alive as his late goal earned a 2-1 last 16 second leg win over Porto that booked a place in the quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Maul at the Mestalla
Valencia progressed to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a 0-0 draw here Tuesday with Inter Milan saw them home 2-2 on aggregate.
 arrow Football: Spanish dominance in last 16
A four-strong Spanish contingent led by title holders Sevilla pose the most menacing of threats in the UEFA Cup last 16 round which kicks-off on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Fire scare at team hotel
Pakistan and South African players were involved in what is believed to be a fire scare and had to file out of their Hilton hotel here early Wednesday as they were having breakfast.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI, Nimbus at loggerheads
Barely a year after signing a telecast deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India for a whopping 612 million dollars, Nimbus on Tuesday issued a notice to the BCCI threatening to pull out ofthe
 arrow Cricket: Virus affects Gillespie
New Zealand pace bowler Mark Gillespie has picked up a virus which has numbed his bowling right arm and could threaten his chances of playing in the World Cup opening games starting next week.
 arrow Cricket: Bedi predicts 'white' WC triumph
Former India captain Bishen Bedi on Wednesday ruled out an Asian team winning the World Cup, saying the sport's biggest prize will go to a "white" country.
 arrow Cricket: Tikolo wants top-class opposition
Kenya captain Steve Tikolo is the latest personality to come out swinging for the minnows attending Cricket World Cup 2007.
 arrow Football: Ferguson rules out Larsson extension
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Tuesday ruled out extending Henrik Larsson's stay at Old Trafford despite injury concerns surrounding Louis Saha.
 arrow Cricket: ICC okays Sami, Arafat for WC
Pakistan have received International Cricket Council (ICC) approval to include fast bowler Mohammad Sami and all-rounder Yasir Arafat in their World Cup squad, a Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Champs crash out
Barcelona's defence of their Champions League crown ended in a whimper here on Tuesday, Ronaldinho and company wilting before the combined passion of the Anfield crowd and a Liverpool side that refused
 arrow Football: Lyon choke again
French champions Lyon suffered more Champions League frustration here on Tuesday as Italian side AS Roma beat them 2-0 in their last 16-second leg match to prevail 2-0 on aggregate.
 arrow Football: Navarro seeks apology
Valencia's David Navarro said he regretted breaking the nose of Inter Milan's Nicolas Burdisso following their Champions League match in scenes described by the Italian press as "shameful.
 arrow Football: Deco backs Ronaldo move
Barcelona midfielder Deco would welcome a move by his fellow Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to the Spanish giants, Portuguese radio reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Celtic fan dies in Milan
A Celtic fan died during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday after an accident involving a taxi on the run-up to the Champions League clash with AC Milan, Ansa news agency reported.
Metropolitanarrow Cancel four-party govt coal policy
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday called on the caretaker government to cancel the coal policy formulated by the previous four-party alliance government and frame a new policy instead, keeping coal resources
 arrow Road caves in as pilings collapse in city
A portion of a road in Bashundhara Residential Area in the city caved in when shore protection pilings of an under-construction building of Grameenphone collapsed yesterday.
 arrow 'Start exchange programme for young journalists'
Discussants from both Bangladesh and India yesterday expressed their disappointment over the lack of cooperation between the media agencies in the two countries.
 arrow Expand activities to agri sector
Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on micro-credit providers to expand their activities to bring the farmers and the urban poor under their network.
 arrow Fake cosmetics worth Tk 1 cr seized
Mobile courts in the city yesterday seized fake cosmetics worth over Tk one crore, jailed two people, and fined five clinics and medical centres and two restaurants for irregularities.
 arrow Illegal portions of buildings at Banani demolished
The Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) eviction team yesterday demolished illegal portions of different buildings along Kamal Ataturk Avenue at Banani in the city.
 arrow Int'l Women's Day today
International Women's Day will be observed in the county as elsewhere across the world today with the theme 'Ending impunity for violence against women and girls.
 arrow 'Help eliminate corruption'
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday held a debate competition titled "Women against corruption" on the occasion of International Women's Day.
 arrow Confce on 'Dev dilemmas in S Asia' held
Delegations from six South Asian countries joined a conference in London to discuss better ways of ensuring development in conflict-affected countries.
 arrow Five killed in road crashes
At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Cox's Bazar and Patuakhali yesterday.
 arrow HC passes interim order to dispose of ETV application
The High Court yesterday ordered the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to dispose of the application of Ekushey Television (ETV) for allocation of frequency to air its programmes
 arrow Decentralisation of power must to ensure good governance
Decentralisation of power is a must to ensure good governance, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow New trip of CU shuttle train from today
Chittagong University (CU) authorities are going to introduce another trip of shuttle train between the Chittagong city and the university campus from today.
Nationalarrow Teachers to quit admin posts today as deadline ends
Teachers of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh will resign their administrative posts today and desist from academic activities as the vice-chancellor did not resign
 arrow Prime accused dropped from charge sheet, father alleges
Father of murdered school student Rezbul Huq Plabon has alleged that the prime accused have been exempted from the charge sheet. He demanded fresh investigation into the case.
 arrow 100km beach walk in Cox's Bazar begins March 23
With a view to building a prosperous nation and showcasing the beauty of the world's largest sea beach in Cox' Bazar, a 100km beach walk is going to be held in the country.
 arrow Two illegal clinics sealed in Patuakhali
Joint forces sealed two clinics, a pathological laboratory and a pharmacy and in Patuakhali town yesterday for doing business without valid papers, untrained manpower and providing poor service to patients.
Point-Counterpointarrow The truth, twisting in the wind
Major General Manzoor has been on my mind lately. The Manzoor of the morning of May 30, 1981.
 arrow Withdraw reservation from CEDAW
On this International Women's Day, the best contribution the present caretaker government could make towards women's empowerment would be withdrawal of reservation from CEDAW.
 arrow Salma grooms her own garden
Salma (33) can practice her due rights now, and has become an influential woman in her community in Zoinkathi village in Patuakhali. She has become the key to ensuring food security for her family.
Culturearrow Woman on top
Qamrun Nessa Hasan, the new Deputy Director General (DDG) since March 1, 2007, is the new face of the top management team at Bangladesh Television (BTV), the state-run key media platform.
 arrow Woman power votary
Ferdous Ara Khanam (Alieya Ferdowsi) is an icon of woman power.
 arrow Living life to its full potential
Dilruba Haider has made waves as host of the popular talk show Na bola kotha (untold words) on Channel i. The show covers a gamut of issues, particularly those relating to women.
 arrow Cinema: A paradox for women
On International Women's Day, the debate again surfaces: "Why celebrate womanhood on one day out of 365?" TV personality turned filmmaker Samia Zaman says, "Why not? Sure, the idea of celebrating womanhood
Generalarrow AL to build poverty-free Bangladesh if voted to power: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to build a Bangladesh free from hunger, poverty and unemployment, if her party is voted to power in the upcoming general elections.
 arrow Bangladesh for holistic approach to address energy crisis
Energy and Power Adviser Tapan Chowdhury, now in New Delhi to attend the Saarc energy ministers' conference, yesterday urged the regional leaders to take a holistic approach to address the energy crisis
 arrow Co-ordination among govt depts stressed
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for co-ordination among different departments of the government to effectively address the issue of environmental degradation in the country.
Internationalarrow US, N Korea end talks on optimistic note
The United States on Tuesday wrapped up initial landmark talks with North Korea on normalising ties, optimistic that the Stalinist state will stay on track in disbanding its nuclear arms programme.
 arrow Iran to take part in Iraq conference
Iran for the first time gave unequivocal confirmation yesterday it will take part in a conference on Iraq's security which will also be attended by arch foe the United States.
 arrow C'wealth soldiers fight 'racism' in British army
Soldiers from Commonwealth countries are forming a trade union to fight alleged racism within the British armed forces, the BBC reported yesterday.
 arrow Former White House aide Libby guilty in trial of CIA spy leak
Former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice Tuesday, after a trial that rocked Washington's political and media elite and probed deep into the USrationale
 arrow Indonesia revises quake death toll down to 52
Relief operations swung into gear yesterday a day after a powerful quake rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra as a senior official revised the death toll down to 52.
 arrow N Korea calls off Japan talks in Hanoi
North Korea called off scheduled talks with Japan in Hanoi set for yesterday afternoon and aimed at normalising relations between the two countries, an official at Pyongyang's embassy said.
 arrow S Korean PM resigns, may join race for presidency
South Korea's first woman prime minister, Han Myeong-Sook, formally resigned yesterday amid speculation she may join the race for the December presidential election.
 arrow Israel detains dozens in Ramallah raid
Israeli troops firing guns and grenades stormed Palestinian military intelligence headquarters in Ramallah yesterday , seizing more than 50 men, Palestinian security sources said.
 arrow N Ireland polls aim to trigger lasting self-rule
Northern Ireland's voters trudge back to the polls yesterday for what is being billed as a make-or-break chance at building a lasting power-sharing administration between Protestants and Catholics.
 arrow Nobel Prize stolen
A Nobel Prize won by late US physicist Ernest O. Lawrence in 1939 has been stolen from its display case at the University of California, Berkeley, police said Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Built-in traps of death
The fire that broke out at the Chittagong Boubazar slum area snuffed out 21in sleep at the wee hours of night, 10 of them children.
 arrow Editorial: Licence to rickshawpullers
DCC's move to resume the issuance of licence to streamline movement of rickshaws is a welcome step. Restoration of order in this area has been long overdue.
 arrow What is so special about June or July?
The CTG has a choice between holding an election and a good election. This is the choice that the CTG must make, and make it clear to the public.
 arrow Violence against women in Bangladesh
The theme of the International Women's Day for 2007 is "violence against women," which should be noted by all concerned individuals in Bangladesh.
 arrow The tragedy of Chittagong port
The recent attacks on the Nobel Laureate Dr.
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