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Front Pagearrow Tarique remanded in extortion case
Clad in a black bullet proof jacket inscribed with 'RAB' in yellow and a helmet, arrested Tarique Rahman, son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, was yesterday brought to a Dhaka court under heavy security
 arrow EC wants power like HC to punish for contempt
The Election Commission (EC) has made a move for reviving the power to punish any person for contempt of the EC similar to that the High Court Division enjoys.
 arrow How could BNP come to this stage?
Nobody represents the rot that ate away into the very vitals of BNP more dramatically than Tarique Rahman.
 arrow Taskforces handed enormous power
The government plans to hand the still-unofficial taskforces enormous authority to crack down on corrupt people and culprits.
 arrow Complete ban on all sorts of political activities
The caretaker government has slapped a complete ban on all sorts of political activities, including indoor politics, processions and meetings, across the country until further order.
 arrow Fast completing structures only show the nexus
A vast swath of expensive land in the posh section of Banani in the capital, popularly known as 'BNP Palli' (BNP village), is bristling with under construction multi-storey residential buildings although
 arrow BNP demands release of Tarique, others
With the arrest of her elder son Tarique Rahman and a number of top ranking party leaders, immediate past prime minister BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia now seems a bit worried about the future of her party.
 arrow Many people happy at arrest
Terming the arrest of Tarique Rahman, BNP's senior joint secretary general, an expected action, a cross section of people yesterday urged the government to ensure exemplary punishment of the corrupt regardless
 arrow The mayor's shenanigans
Having enjoyed popularity as the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayor for a long time, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury suddenly became a different person after being elected to the post for the third timein
 arrow AL terms raid on Sudha Sadan 'unfortunate'
Terming the midnight search at Awami League (AL) President Shiekh Hasina's Sudha Sadan residence 'unfortunate and undesirable', AL leaders yesterday said the government should bring the real criminals,
 arrow Purchase body scraps controversial bids
The advisory council committee on purchase yesterday cancelled controversial tenders for seven small power projects and asked the Power Development Board (PDB) to invite fresh tenders.
 arrow Coal production resumes on test after 6 months
After six months of suspension, coal production at Barapukuria coal mine resumed on Wednesday night on a test basis, energy ministry sources said.
 arrow Open market sale of essentials from March 18
In a bid to rein in the spiralling prices of essentials throughout the country, the government is launching open market sale (OMS) from March 18.
 arrow Bangladesh restrict Scotland to 152-9
Bangladesh maintained their impressive run in the build up to the Cricket World Cup when they restricted Scotland to 152-9 in 50 overs on Thursday in the last warm-up match ahead of the cricket's showpiece
 arrow 13 killed as bus hits microbus in Comilla
Thirteen people died and five others were injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Dotla in Chandina upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow International Women's Day...


 arrow Indo-Bangla dialogue ends with call to foster cultural cooperation
A three-day Indo-Bangladesh dialogue that concluded yesterday recommended stronger cooperation in the field of media and culture to remove suspicions and mistrust between the two neighbouring nations.
 arrow Hasina hopes for free, fair polls soon
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she hopes that a free and fair election will be held soon to restore democratic and constitutional process.
 arrow Bibiyana gas comes to national grid
Experimental gas transmission from Bibiyana Gas Field (block 12) to the national grid began yesterday.
 arrow 41 birds, animals seized from BNP man's house
The joint forces seized 41 animals and birds from the house of SK Farid Ahmed Manik, a BNP leader and business partner of Arafat Rahman, youngest son of Khaleda Zia, in Chandpur town yesterday.
 arrow People happy over Mohiuddin's arrest
People of the port city yesterday expressed mixed reactions to the news of arrest of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, among other "corrupt" politicians.
 arrow Beautification project...


 arrow 73 expelled on first day of SSC exams
Seventy-three students were expelled for cheating in the English first paper examination yesterday, the first day of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examinations.
 arrow 1 shot dead by muggers in city
Armed muggers shot dead an NGO executive and took away Tk 6 lakh from his possession in broad daylight at Dhanmondi in the capital yesterday.
 arrow HC stays NBR order for Moudud's bank transaction record
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for a month the National Board of Revenue (NBR) directives to the banks concerned to furnish information about banking transactions by former law minister Moudud Ahmed,
 arrow 50 sacks of old papers of ACC office sold
More than 50 sacks of old papers from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) headquarters were reportedly sold on Wednesday night, but those were brought back to the commission's office yesterday.
 arrow Court summons Prothom Alo editor, publisher
A Rajshahi metropolitan magistrate yesterday summoned daily Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, Publisher Mahfuz Anam and Reporter Kamrul Hasan to appear before the court on April 19.
 arrow UN atomic agency okays drastic cut in aid to Iran
The UN atomic watchdog unanimously approved yesterday a cut of almost half its aid programmes to Iran as part of UN sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme, an IAEA spokesman said.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks yield positive results
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday peace talks with rival Pakistan had brought "positive results.
Businessarrow SEC body for allowing merchant banks to do brokerage, dealership
The Consultative Committee of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will recommend to the Commission to allow merchant banking wings of financial institutions to do brokerage or dealership activities
 arrow Govt examining de-linking BB compensation package from civil services
A proposal of de-linking Bangladesh Bank's salary and compensation package from the civil services is now under active consideration of the government as an initiative for effective regulatory systemfor
 arrow Indian growth needs to embrace poor: PM
India must adopt "inclusive growth" to lift people from grinding poverty, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday, as he forecast the economy would expand by over nine percent this fiscal year.
 arrow Firms dealing with Iran may face US sanctions
In an effort to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, a leading US Congressman will this week introduce a legislation which will require the administration to impose sanctions on companies and countries, including
 arrow Microcredit fair ends
As the four-day microcredit fair concluded yesterday Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), the state run microcredit funding organisation, has decided to make the show an annual event.
 arrow Lanka keen to invest in EPZs
Sri Lanka is keen to invest in the export processing zones (EPZs) of Bangladesh. Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Dhaka V.
 arrow HeidelbergCement launches web, SMS-based ordering system
Customers of HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Ltd will now be able to order for RubyCement and ScanCement brand cements of the company through mobile phone and internet round the clock.
 arrow Asia's environmental woes threaten economic growth
Asia's stellar economic growth could come to a grinding halt unless governments tackle environmental problems arising from the region's rapid industrial development, the UN and the OECD said Thursday.
 arrow Japan's forex reserves hit record high
Japan's foreign exchange reserves rose to an all-time high of 905.05 billion dollars at the end of February, up 9.67 billion dollars from January, the finance ministry said Wednesday.
 arrow Deep reforms in China markets stressed
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called on China Thursday to push through ambitious reforms of its financial markets a week after heavy losses on the Shanghai bourse roiled global equities.
 arrow Etihad Airways wins top airline award
Etihad Airways has won the top airline hospitality award 2007 from Resorts Web magazine, beating a host of global airlines in the newly introduced 'Top Airline Hospitality' category, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices up in Asia
Oil prices climbed in Asian trade Thursday on news of an across-the-board decline in US energy stockpiles, dealers said.
 arrow India plans cutting import duties on alcohol
Under pressure from the US and European Union, India has said it is considering cutting import duties on wine and spirits to avoid having the matter settled by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
 arrow Thai baht hits new nine-year high
The Thai baht hit a new nine-year high against the dollar on Thursday amid growing speculation that the army-backed government will soon lift controversial currency controls, dealers said.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Football: Abahanis clash today
The second week of the B. League starts today with an interesting clash in Chittagong where two Abahanis from Khulna and the local boys are pitted against each other.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka catch Rajshahi
Dhaka joined Rajshahi on top of the points table at the end of the ninth round of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist backs bowlers
Adam Gil-christ belie-ves aggressive batsmen like himself won't have it all their own way at the World Cup despite fellow Australia opener Matthew Hayden's prediction that a landmark score of 500 runs
 arrow Cricket: Flipside of World Cup
The Cricket World Cup, due to start next week and last almost two months, could hit Britain's economic productivity by 270 million pounds (397 million euros, 521 million dollars), according to an independent
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan feel at home
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and his teammates stunned passers-by with their calm reaction their evacuation from the plush Trinidad Hilton on Wednesday. "We were not scared about anything.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds recovering
Australia's concern over Andrew Symonds continues to ease after he began throwing for the first time since tearing a biceps in Sydney last month.
 arrow Cricket: Jamil stars in Jatrabari win
A five-wicket haul by Hasan Jamil gave Jatrabari KC their second win in four matches when they defeated CCS by 56 runs in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Sharmin Sultana Shirin shared lead with defending champion IWM Rani Hamid in the Aromatic Gold 28th National Woman's Chess Championship with maximum four points.
 arrow Cricket: 2003: Distinct African flavour
Africa displayed its true colour and spirit as they hosted their first, and the eighth cricket World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Bracewell sounds caution
New Zealand coach John Bracewell said his team had received a timely "wake-up call" after their winning streak was snapped by Bangladesh in a World Cup warm-up match.
 arrow Cricket: Hall has a holistic role
All-rounder Andrew Hall is happy to be South Africa's man for a crisis.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid banking on middle-order
India skipper Rahul Dravid believes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly as well as himself will be key to whether or not his side win the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj exudes confidence
Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh wants to excel with both bat and ball at the World Cup after overcoming an injury that almost sidelined him for the showpiece event starting in West Indies next week.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan to play against Aus
England coach Duncan Fletcher did his best to downplay concerns over the fitness of captain Michael Vaughan as his side prepared for their second and final World Cup warm-up match against reigning champions
 arrow Football: Bayern dump Real
Bayern Munich booked their place in the Champions League's last eight as their 2-1 win sent Real Madrid crashing out and created a small piece of competition history here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Kaka ends Celtic resistance
Milan beat Celtic 1-0 here on Wednesday to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but they needed extra-time before breaking the Scottish side's brave resistance.
 arrow Football: Fergie fancies Athens glory
Sir Alex Ferguson defiantly predicted that Manchester United can cope with a mounting injury crisis as his side chase a repeat of their 1999 treble of Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League trophies.
 arrow Football: Champions League Result


 arrow Cricket: Kalindi, St Joseph's win big
St Joseph's amassed 415 runs in 49.1 overs on way to a 244-run victory against Ali Ahmed High School in yesterday's Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Border under investigation
Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border on Thursday admitted authorities were investigating his tax affairs but insisted he had done nothing wrong.
 arrow Football: Henry injured again
Thierry Henry faces several weeks out of action after suffering stomach and groin injuries during Arsenal's Champions League exit against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Dislocated shoulder ousts Silvestre
Manchester United have confirmed that defender Mikael Silvestre suffered a dislocated shoulder in their Champions league win over Lille at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Capello staying put
Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic said on Wednesday that coach Fabio Capello would stay at the helm despite his side crashing out of the Champions League on away goals following a 2-1 return
 arrow Football: Metzelder set for Real Madrid?
Borussia Dortmund's German international defender Christoph Metzelder will join Real Madrid on a four-year contract at the end of the season, Bild newspaper reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: United commit Larssony
Henrik Larsson bowed out of Old Trafford on Wednesday with a reminder of why Manchester United had been so desperate to keep him until the end of the season as Sir Alex Ferguson's side stumbled into the
 arrow Football: Berlusconi backs Milan
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi insisted his side were now favourites to win the Champions League, despite seeing them scrape into the quarterfinals with a 1-0 extra-time victory over Celtic.
 arrow Football: PSV end Arsenal dream
PSV Eindhoven manager Ronald Koeman saluted Alex for the match-winning display that knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League, then rubbed salt into the wounds by revealing the Brazilian is actually
 arrow Football: Benitez praises Carragher
Jamie Carragher's contribution in Liverpool's Champions League victory over Barcelona drew rare high praise from manager Rafael Benitez, a man more comfortable praising team efforts.
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld works his magic
Bayern Munich's veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld could barely disguise his excitement after the club he returned to a month ago reached the Champions League quarter-finals at Real Madrid's expense.
 arrow Football: Eidur curses lack of spirit
Dethroned Champions League titleholders Barcelona lacked team spirit as they went out to Liverpool in Tuesday's last 16 clash, the Catalan's Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen said.
 arrow Football: Police look to net trophy thief
The stolen replica of the European Cup that France's only winners of the trophy Marseille made after their 1993 victory appeared on an internet auction site on Wednesday, according to police sources.
 arrow Football: Maradona in tax probe
Legendary football genius Diego Maradona appeared to be in trouble again Wednesday as Argentina's central bank announced it is probing him over possible financial irregularities.
 arrow Football: 10 second Makaay creates history
Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay scored the fastest goal in Champions League history when he put the Germans ahead after just 10 seconds against Real Madrid here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chinese advisor quits
Germany's Eckhard Krautzen has stepped down as technical advisor to China's women's football team citing health problems, six months ahead of the World Cup, media reports said Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Microcredit success shows Bangladesh can confront
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said the 'clockwork efficiency' and dedication of micro-credit lending officials and borrowers show that Bangladesh has nothing to fear in confronting anychallenges.
 arrow Buet develops electronic voting machine
The Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has developed an electronic voting machine (EVM) to make the voting process
 arrow 'Increase registration fee of luxurious cars in budget'
Society for Urban Environmental Protection (SUEP) yesterday urged the caretaker government to increase registration fees of the luxurious cars, which are above 1300cc and worth about Tk 52 lakh, in the
 arrow Director of drug rehab centre jailed
Director of a drug rehabilitation centre was jailed and three canteens at Dhaka University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) were fined during separate drives by six mobile
 arrow 'Protect children from undue harassment'
Juvenile offenders should be treated as per law and with utmost care so that their behaviour is corrected in future, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow 15 teachers of Bhasani varsity quit positions
Fifteen teachers of Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) at Santosh yesterday quit their administrative posts as the university vice-chancellor (VC) did not resign by the 72-hour
 arrow 1 gets death, 4 life
A court in Chittagong has sentenced one person to death and four others to life imprisonment for the murder of Kazi Zahir that took place in Brahmanbaria in 2005.
 arrow UNGA president lauds Dhaka's role in promoting gender equality
President of the United Nations General Assembly Haya Rashed Al Khalifa appreciated the role of the government of Bangladesh in promoting gender equality and empowerment of women.
 arrow Korean envoy calls on foreign affairs adviser
Outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Seong-ung Park paid a farewell call on Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday morning.
 arrow Cattle trader slaughtered
A trader was slaughtered at Asmankhali Naodapara when he was returning home from Alamdanga cattle market after selling cattle on Wednesday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow A litmus test for caretaker government's cleansing actions
There are obvious questions on people's minds: should the caretaker government (CG) stay on longer and carry out the cleansing actions, or handover power after the scheduled election? Currently, the
 arrow Women trafficking in Bangladesh
Yesterday was International Women's Day. Every year we celebrate this day with lots of hope to change the world into a better place for discriminated, vulnerable women. But the days remain the same.
 arrow Time to pull the trigger
Upazila Parishad election, to be or not to be, is a widely discussed issue across the country.
 arrow Who should foot the bill on climate change?
As the human influence in changing the global climate has become clearer, identifying who should take the lead with action has become murkier.
Culturearrow Qayyum's cascading colours
Qayyum Chowdhury, whose 75th birthday is being celebrated with an exhibition at the Bengal Gallery today, inhabits a world of his own. It is full of lines, colours, passions, emotions and dreams.
 arrow National Theatre Festival
With the slogan Katbe Andhar Nobin Praner Srijon Tane, after many years a National Theatre Festival has been arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) in association with Bangladesh
 arrow Lalon's tunes reverberate...
The three-day Dol Purnima (full moon of Bangla month Phalgun) festival ended recently at Chheuria, popularly known as Lalon Akhra (the den) in Kushtia.
 arrow An evening of mystic music at JU
Humanist Lalon Shain's outlook to life has been the source of spiritual regeneration or inspiration for the human race against Epicureanism.
 arrow 'Ekhono Mirzafar': a social drama
Many contemporary playwrights in Bangladesh have lampooned the rehabilitation of the Pakistani collaborators during the Liberation War.
 arrow Udichi's cultural evening and discussion
On March 6 cultural organisation, Udichi staged a discussion session and cultural evening at Shoparjito Swadhinota premises in front of TSC, Dhaka University.
 arrow 'Nouroton' goes on air
ATN Bangla will air Nouroton, a single episode TV play tonight at 8:45pm. The drama focuses on the ups and downs of life and the universal quest for happiness despite ubiquitous unhappiness.
 arrow 'Jolbalika' staged
On the same evening, Padatik Natya Shongstha (Bangladesh) staged Jolbalika at the National Theatre Stage as part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival.
Generalarrow Call to ensure equal rights for women
International Women's Day was observed yesterday with a call to ensure equal rights for women. This year the theme of the day was 'Ending impunity for violence against women and girls.
 arrow Two killed in road accident in Kishoreganj
Two people were killed and one critically injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Kishoreganj Highway in Pirojpur area at Bajitpur in Kishoreganj district yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: More arrests
The arrests of a number of powerful individuals in the latest phase of the government's crackdown on corruption is indicative of its determination to get to the bottom of the malaise afflicting the country.
 arrow Editorial: The issue is women's empowerment
International Women's Day was observed in Bangladesh on 8 March with the expected fervour by women rights activists and various social and UN organizations.
 arrow The rise and fall of Tarique Rahman
"Khaleda Zia is our leader
Ziaur Rahman is our philosophy
Tarique Rahman is our future"


This particular gem that has been ubiquitous on walls in the capital Dhaka for the past five

 arrow A judge in the tennis court
At last it is clear as daylight that a man with false credentials is sitting in the High Court.
 arrow Slavery: A terrible institution
Slave trade was probably the most shameful and cruel method used by a group of human beings to degrade and exploit others over a prolonged period.
Letters to Editorarrow Drive against illegal structures
Yesterday I was going to Pallabi when I noticed all the shattered furniture shops.
 arrow Begum Rokeya's Dream
Women had to fight a lot for restoring their basic human rights so that they could be treated equally with men. Ironically, the ground situation is always giving a bleak picture for women.
 arrow History of Liberation War
I am a Bangladeshi national living in the UAE for the last 30 years. In early May 1971 , I fled East Pakistan via Afghanistan to Germany.
 arrow DS award giving ceremony
I heartily congratulate you for giving these O & A level students some media exposure. There were some meaningful speeches made on this occasion which I would like to share with all.
 arrow Why blame them?
I'm often amazed by the amount of negativity that people have against English Medium schools.
 arrow Three cheers for government
The present caretaker government's drive to nab the corrupt politicians and government officials has come as a divine blessing to save Bangladesh once more from the hands of some power hungry moneymongers
 arrow No tears for politicians!
This is in reference to the editorial published in your daily on March 1, 2007.
 arrow Dr. Yunus
Your vision on poverty alleviation through micro credit facilities for the poor people has become a tool in micro economics.
 arrow Fight against corruption
To rescue the country from pervasive corruption the lone organisation named TIB has been fighting in various ways to reach its message to the entire populace that the beloved nation has been pestilence-stricken
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's comments
It is observed that Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has been quite brash about a few things. Her pejorative comments about Prof. Yunus and micro credit are insensitive and lack civility.
 arrow Awami League's demand
A group of Awami League (AL) leaders visited the Election Commission office to demand election in June. The leader of the party, Sheikh Hasina, has made statements in support of an early election.
Environmentarrow Water, poverty reduction and economic growth: The key linkages
Water is central to human existence. It's a key factor in reducing poverty, improving livelihoods, and promoting economic growth.
 arrow Coping with water scarcity
From December to May, five months in a year the dwellers of Shreepure village under Jamalpure district do not get-driven water from their hand tube-wells.
Worldarrow US terror suspects to face hearings from today
The alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks and 13 other suspected terrorists will face hearings before US panels for the first time beginning today after having been held for years in secret CIA
 arrow N Korea-Japan talks end early, amid acrimony
North Korea and Japan traded accusations of blame yesterday after talks held under the terms of a landmark nuclear accord ended early amid acrimony and finger-pointing.
 arrow Militants shell Pak paramilitary base near Afghan border
Suspected pro-Taliban militants fired rockets on a Pakistani paramilitary base near the Afghan border yesterday causing damage to the building but no casualties, local officials said.
 arrow US charges ex- navy man with spying for al-Qaeda
A former US Navy sailor was arrested Wednesday for supplying a pro-al-Qaeda website with information on US ship movements and vulnerabilities, the Justice Department said.
 arrow Sadr renews demand for US forces to leave Iraq
Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose whereabouts remain a mystery three weeks after US commanders said he had fled to Iran, renewed his demand yesterday that US forces should leave Iraq.
 arrow Lankan troops launch major attack on Tiger base
Thousands of Sri Lankan government troops have begun advancing towards a strategic Tamil Tiger rebel jungle base in the island's restive east, military sources said yesterday.
 arrow US astronaut fired a month after kidnap attempt
NASA on Wednesday fired a female US astronaut who made national headlines when she was arrested for driving halfway across the country in a diaper to confront a love rival.
 arrow Mukhtaran Mai demands more women's rights
Gang-rape victim Mukhtaran Mai, who has become a symbol of courage for women, expressed dissatisfaction over women's rights in Pakistan as the country marks International Women's Day.
 arrow Laos confirms human death from bird flu
Laos on yesterday announced its first confirmed human death from bird flu, a 15-year-old girl, days after reporting that the virus was believed to have killed an adult woman.
 
   
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