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EC decides to bar war criminals from polls

The Election Commission (EC) seeks to bar war criminals permanently from contesting parliamentary elections.

Nation pays homage to language martyrs

Flowers as a symbol of love from deep in the heart, solemn honour for supreme sacrifice and humming "Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February" is the expression of homage to the Language Movement martyrs today.

Musharraf refuses to quit

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf rejected demands to quit yesterday and called for a "harmonious coalition" as victorious opposition parties mulled a grouping that could force the key US ally from power.

BB warns of steps unless banks cut lending rates

The central bank yesterday asked all commercial banks to reduce lending rates from March to cut export and import costs and curb the soaring prices of essentials.

CA gives away Ekushey Padak

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said now is the time for people to turn around and make a fresh start on the right path to progress by taking lesson from past mistakes.

Bangladesh should have own brand of democracy

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh should have her own brand of democracy as he observed Westminster model is not truly followed by the party in power.

EC to suggest constitutional changes: CEC

The Election Commission (EC) will make recommendations to the government on some crucial issues including article 70 of the Constitution that has long been blamed for preventing lawmakers from discharging their due role in parliament.

Substandard cylinders used for CNG seized from Savar

The authorities yesterday seized five carbon dioxide cylinders from Savar that were being used for filling with compressed natural gas (CNG) as the drive against illegal CNG conversion plants and substandard cylinders continued for the second day.

Losing mother tongue

Balasree Chisim cannot speak Mandi properly and often incorporates Bangla words in his native Garo language. His elder brother Sagre and sister Aski can speak Mandi but do not use it unless someone talks to them in that language.

Charges pressed against Falu, Shahjahan Omar, Lotus Kamal

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu, his wife, former state minister for law barrister Shahjahan Omar, his wife, son and detained former Awami League (AL) lawmaker AHM Mustafa Kamal alias Lotus Kamal in three separate graft cases.

Bush wants Musharraf to stay

The Bush administration still considers Pervez Musharraf as its best choice for the president of Pakistan despite a big "no" from Pakistani voters on February 18 against the most trusted friend of the USA. Efforts are going on to bridge the gap between Musharraf and PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari who declared the president of Pakistan as the "Gorbachev", immediately after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on December 27.

Obama beats Hillary in two more states

Barack Obama pummeled Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin and Hawaii Tuesday, making it 10 wins in a row against his bitter rival in the Democratic White House race.

Khaleda denied bail

A Dhaka court yesterday summarily rejected the bail petition of detained former premier Khaleda Zia in connection with the Niko graft case, as the case was filed under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

AL asks govt to lift emergency by next month

Awami League (AL) yesterday urged the caretaker government to lift the state of emergency by next month and announce the date for holding the ninth parliamentary election immediately.

AG asked to appear in SC on Feb 26

As the government failed to comply with the Supreme Court orders, the apex court yesterday once again asked the attorney general to appear before the court on February 26 along with a gazette notification on appointment of supporting staff, including upper division (UD) clerks, for the district judicial magistracy.

BRAC Bank plans massive expansion

BRAC Bank has asked for permission to open 140 new branches this year as part of a huge expansion scheme aimed at bringing full banking services to rural areas.

Abu Zandal confesses to carrying out Aug 21 attack

Harkatul Jihad Al Islami leader Mufti Moinuddin alias Abu Zandal, now on a seven-day remand, admitted during interrogation his role in carrying out the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in 2004 to kill AL chief Sheikh Hasina.


The heritage of Ekushey

EVERY observance of Ekushey is a remembrance of the young men who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the Bangla language this day in February 1952. They did so in order for all of us to be free to speak in that language. It is thus that we pay tribute to Salam, Jabbar, Barkat, Rafiq and all those others who scaled the heights of martyrdom and in doing so left us all a legacy that we were to consistently build on. In the broader sense of the meaning, therefore, every observance of Ekushey is a recapitulation of the story of men who made the first of many sacrifices in the larger interest of the Bengali nation culminating in the emergence of independent Bangladesh through a determined, spirited war of liberation in 1971.

Verdict for change in Pakistan

THE Pakistanis have delivered the message loud and clear -- they want unconditional restoration of democracy. This is good news for the country that has been bumping along a rugged political course, as President Musharraf's plan of maintaining his grip over power clashed with the political parties' demand for a return to democratic rule.

We don't want a let off commission

WE understand that the "truth commission" (albeit under a new name -- it is good that the government has thought it fit to abandon the idea of naming it truth commission) is all but ready to be delivered to the people, whose aim it will be -- from as much as we can glean from whatever is available to the public so far (very little is made known to the public and, apparently, there is no intention on the part of the caretaker government to elicit public opinion on such an important issue either) about its substance -- to deliver the incarcerated businessmen, which will, in turn, hopefully, deliver the country from the clutches of the business syndicate.

A day of mourning, reflection and action

FEBRUARY 21 is a day of national mourning, reflection and action. It is the Language Martyrs' Day. It was fifty-six years ago that, among others, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Shafiur and Salam sacrificed their lives for the honour and preservation of our mother language, Bangla.

The end of conservatism

CONSERVATIVES are a gloomy bunch at the moment. Many believe that their party -- the Republican Party -- has lost its way and that it has done so by abandoning its principles. Aside from his foreign policy and Supreme Court appointments, conservatives find little to love about George W. Bush. His signature domestic policies include a vast expansion of government-financed health care (prescription-drug benefits), and increased funding for education while halfheartedly promoting vouchers and school choice. Bush also signed into law campaign-finance reform and supported a proposed immigration bill that would have allowed illegal aliens a path to citizenship. The Republican Congress is even worse, having indulged in an orgy of irresponsible spending. And now the party is set to nominate John McCain as its presidential nominee, a man who on several key issues has broken with Republican orthodoxy and voted with Democrats. For conservatives, a return to principles is the only way to be returned to power.


Proteas opt to train

Visiting South Africa felt the need of practice although their leading players opted out of a stint at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Limon, Ashraful shine

A cool knock from opener Ashraful Hossain and Mahmudul Hasan Limon's superb off-spin bowling helped Bangladesh thrash Ireland by eight wickets in their second group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Bayueams Oval in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

L'pool show their worth

Liverpool produced another memorable European performance on Tuesday to give hard pressed manager Rafael Benitez something to cheer about as they beat 10-man Inter Milan 2-0 in their Champions League second round first leg clash.

Old councillors for BFF's EGM

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will have to hold an extra-ordinary general meeting to ratify the FIFA statutes in its constitution with the past councillors.

Rafa defends his way

Rafa Benitez insisted he had been vindicated after Liverpool's 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan gave the Spanish coach hope of extending his Anfield reign.

BFF to appeal AFC fine

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will appeal against the fine (US dollars 4,000) imposed on it by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for fielding overaged players during last year's AFC Under-16 Championship qualifiers.

Grant dealt death threats

Anti-Semitic death threats have been sent to Chelsea boss Avram Grant in a package containing a mysterious powder, British police said Wednesday.

'Progress not granted'

Chelsea coach Avram Grant said if his team is to make the quarterfinals of the Champions League, it must be very careful in the second round second leg clash with Olympiakos in a fortnight's time after the first leg finished 0-0 here.

Theatre of Dreams haunts Roma

Roma should have been celebrating a gutsy come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League second round first leg but instead thoughts kept slipping back to a painful memory a year ago.

Schalke quietly confident

Schalke 04 see no need to alter their game plan for the second leg of their Champions League tie against Porto after a textbook display in the home leg took them close to a place in the quarterfinals.

Trio looks for success

For a country that has enjoy-ed great success in the European Cup England has not fared so well in the UEFA Cup and on Thursday three of their Premiership sides will try and edge one step closer to becoming the first English side since Liverpool in 2001 to land the title.

Dhoni top draw

India one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australian Andrew Symonds crossed the million-dollar mark as the world's top cricketers were auctioned off for the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Schools cricket

Police Line High School defeated Islamia High School by three wickets in the Standard Chartered young tigers schools cricket competition at the local stadium here yesterday.

Real rue loss

Coach Bernd Schuster said he was satisfied despite Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat at AS Roma in Tuesday's Champions League last 16 tie and is confident his side can reverse things in the second leg.

Inter draw on '65 inspiration

Inter Milan are looking to the last time they beat Liverpool to prove they can come back from Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League first leg defeat.

Who needs to be friends?

AS Roma's 2-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid on Tuesday showed team mates do not have to be the best of friends to gel on the pitch.

Milan targeting Bayern's Toni

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni is being targeted by Italian giants AC Milan as a replacement for injury-victim Ronaldo, according to a report here.

England win a tie

England snatched an unlikely tie against New Zealand after earlier staring down the barrel of defeat in a thrilling -- and historic -- fourth one-day cricket international here Wednesday.

West Bengal arrive

The dress rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games, which kicks off in Dhaka tomorrow, was spoiled yesterday due to inclement weather.

'Singles better than 4s'

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Tuesday he had embraced a more measured approach to his batting in response to his team's misfiring middle order in one-day cricket.

Sunrise topple Jatrabari

Sunrise overthrew Jatrabari from the second place in the Senior Division Football League table with a 1-0 victory at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Buchanan to sign for Kolkata

Former Australia coach John Buchanan will sign up for the Kolkata outfit of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by next week, according to media reports here.

Rakib, Nasir win in Moscow

Grand Master Abdullah Al Rakib and International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib of Bangladesh had mixed fortunes in Tuesday's sixth round of the International Chess Festival of Aeroflot Open in Moscow.

Liza lifts title

Shamima Akhter Liza drew in the last round yesterday but the half a point was enough for her to emerge unbeaten champion in the 2nd Begum Laila Alam Women's FIDE Rating chess tournament.

Sylhet, Bagerhat and Tangail in zonal finals

Sylhet and Tangail entered the zonal finals of the 4th JFA Cup qualifiers with comfortable wins yesterday but Bagerhat had to struggle to make the final.

Sanath retained for WI ODIs

Sri Lanka's veteran left-hander Sanath Jayasuriya will be retained for the one-day squad despite being dropped from Test matches against the West Indies, chief selector Asantha de Mel said.

Ronaldo recovering

AC Milan striker Ronaldo is recovering well after knee surgery, according to one of his doctors at a Paris hospital.

'Super League not too far'

Arsenal play AC Milan in the most enticing of the Champions League's second-round ties, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger predicting the teams may meet in a European Super League before too long.

Beware the Bernabeu

Real Madrid believe their impressive form at the Bernabeu will help them overturn a 2-1 first leg defeat against Roma and advance beyond the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in four years.

Grobbelaar against rotation

Former Liverpool great Bruce Grobbelaar has lashed out at Rafa Benitez's much-maligned rotation policy, saying many retired players agree that it must stop.

Hitzfeld to coach Switzerland

Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld will take over as coach of the Swiss national football team on July 1, Swiss news agency SI reported on Tuesday.

Cruyff called to revive Ajax

Footballing legend Johan Cruyff has been given the job of reviving the fortunes of his home club Ajax.


BRAC Bank plans massive rural expansion

BRAC Bank has asked for permission to open 140 new branches this year as part of a huge expansion scheme aimed at bringing full banking services to rural areas.

RMG exporters see no threat to country's competitiveness

China might not be a threat for Bangladeshi RMG (ready-made garment) market in global competition following the withdrawal of safeguard measures against China from EU and US markets since the country has a strong competitiveness, exporters told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

Maize gives work to jobless women

Maize cultivation is providing a profitable alternative to traditional crops such as wheat and paddy especially in Sherpur upazila of Bogra district, creating high hopes for women's employment.

Exports grow 13pc in Dec led by knitwear

Exports rose by 13 per cent in December on the same month a year earlier, with a strong performance in the knitwear sector helping to claw back losses from earlier in the year.

Remove hurdles for small, medium businesses

Too many hurdles are placed in the way of small and medium sized businesses, discouraging investment and preventing growth, business people told a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.

World stocks slide as oil storms to record $100.10

World share prices tumbled on Wednesday on renewed worries about a global economic slowdown as the price of crude oil surged to a record high point above 100 dollars a barrel, dealers said.

6 withdraw candidature from DSE directorship

Six candidates yesterday withdrew their candidature from the election race for the post of directors of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).

SEC fines Fareast Ins directors for defying rules

Directors of the Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company have been fined Tk1 lakh each for breaching dividend rules.

Provide loans for women entrepreneurs

The finance adviser has reiterated his call to banks and non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) to provide credit for the women entrepreneurs who have proven their sincerity in repaying loans.

TV programmes on mobile phone soon

From the middle of next month mobile phone users in Bangladesh will be able to view live and on-demand television programmes through their handsets.

Grey dhaka nominated for int'l award

Grey dhaka, one of the leading communications agencies in Bangladesh, has been nominated for the Effie, one of the most coveted advertising industry awards, says a press release.


Govt working to formulate Right to Information Act: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday formally opened Bangladesh Government Press (BG Press) website for uploading gazettes and laws for public perusal online, as the interim government has launched massive legal reforms under its agenda designed for socio-economic changes.

Stop extraction of oil, gas without people's consent

The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources and Power-Port has urged the caretaker-government to stop extraction of oil-gas in the maritime boundary of the country by floating tenders without taking people's consent.

One killed in stampede

A female garment worker was killed and nine others were injured in a stampede as the panic-stricken workers scrambled to get out of their factory at Eidgaon area in Chittagong yesterday evening when a fire broke out in it.

Hand over power to elected govt without delay: CPB

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday urged the government to bring massive changes to the electoral system and hand over power to the elected government without delay.

Constructive role of army in nation building to expand further

President Iajuddin Ahmed hoped that the innovative ideas and constructive role of the members of the Armed Forces in nation building activities would be expanded further in the days ahead.

Lawyers urged to unite to establish rule of law

Sammilito Ainjibi Samannaya Parishad yesterday called on all lawyers to unite to establish the rule of law and ensure that the people benefit from the independence of the judiciary.

Amar Ekushey programmes

Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations have chalked out separate programmes to observe Amar Ekushey February today.

Six to die for murder in Madaripur

Six people were sentenced to death in a murder case at Rajoir bazar in Madaripur two years ago.

ACC extends time for submission of wealth statement by Matin, Bakul

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday extended the time limit for submission of wealth statement by Deputy Secretary Abdul Matin and former BNP MP Sardar Shakhawat Hossain Bakul.

TIB congratulates Prof Muzaffer

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has congratulated Prof Muzaffer Ahmad, chairman of the Trustee Board of TIB, on his winning Ekushey Padak this year, says a press release.

Bengali version of 'A Golden Age' launched

A book titled 'Sonajhara Din', the Bengali version of a novel 'A Golden Age' by Tahmima Anam, was launched in the city yesterday.

'Order of Benin' for Prof Yunus

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus was decorated with the 'Order of Benin' by President of Benin Dr Boni Yayi at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Cotonou yesterday.

Action against JCD cadres demanded

Bangladesh Chhatra Union yesterday condemned the attack on its leader by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal at a hall of Jahangirnagar University.

'Increase taxes on tobacco products'

Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance (BATA) yesterday urged the government to increase taxes on the tobacco products in the coming budget to check the massive use of tobacco in the country.

Three killed in road crashes

At least three people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Sirajganj yesterday.

2 female students injured in CU dormitory fire

Two students were injured in a fire incident at a female dormitory of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday evening.

Nursing instt students lay siege to principal's office

Students of the Nursing Training Institute in Dhaka laid a siege to the office of its principal keeping her confined for around five hours yesterday to press their demands.

Death anniversary

Today is the 24th death anniversary of Joyenuddin Bagmar, one of the organisers of the Liberation War, says a press release.

JNU Ka unit admission test tomorrow

The admission test of 'Ka' unit (sciences faculty) of Jagannath University under academic session 2007-08 will be held tomorrow from 10.00am to 11.30am, says a press release.

Buet Teachers' Association executives

Prof Dr Aminul Hoque and Dr Munaz Ahmed Noor have been elected president, general secretary of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) Teachers' Association recently, says a press release.

Prof Afsar Uddin passes away

Prof Afsar Uddin Ahmed of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Sciences of Dhaka University passed away at his city residence last night at the age of 63.

Handwriting contest

National Museum organises a Bangla handwriting competition for the children to mark the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day.

Book on War of Liberation

A book on the liberation war titled 'Amader Muktijuddho' written by Aminur Rahman Khan, a freedom fighter, was launched yesterday.

Theft at travel agency office

A theft was committed at a travel agency office in the city in the early hours of yesterday.


Unsung language heroes of Chandpur

The Amar Ekushey is beck to the memory with the pride of heroic struggle of our language movement heroes who glorified our nation and the language in the world. But it also brings qualms for some of the unsung heroes in Chandpur.

Four cops suspended for graft in Barisal

Higher authorities suspended four police officials of Barisal range on different corruption charges.

Master roll staff confine Kishoreganj municipal chairman

Master roll employees of Kishoreganj Municipality yesterday kept the acting chairman confined to his office as an office order served in last month made them virtually terminated.

Hailstorm kills one, damages crops

A farmer was killed in Austagram upazila in Kishoreganj district as hailstorm hit the district on Tuesday evening. Hailstorm in Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah district caused serious damage to crops and mango buds.

12 bombs recovered in C'nawabganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 12 bombs from Dhumi Hayatpur village in Ghorapakhia union under Shibgonj upazila in Chapainawabgonj yesterday.

BSF abducts fisherman

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi fisherman from Balkchar border in Chapainawabgonj Sadar upazila yesterday noon.


Pak election a victory for democracy: Bush

US President George W Bush yesterday embraced Pakistan's elections as "a significant victory" for democracy and said he hoped the new government would "be friends of the United States."

Democratic Pakistan set to keep up 'terror' war: analysts

Western allies will anxiously eye Pakistan's new political set-up for signs of backsliding in the "war on terror", but a democratic government will likely help their cause, analysts say.

Kosovo proclamation 'gross violation' of law: Russia

Russia yesterday described Kosovo's proclamation of independence as a "gross violation" of international law and said an EU security mission to Kosovo had no legal basis.

Suicide bomber kills 10 in Iraq

Ten people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a market near the restive city of Baquba north of Baghdad yesterday, an Iraqi army officer said.

3 killed, 25 hurt in Indonesia quake

A strong 7.5-magnitude quake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province yesterday, killing three people, seriously injuring 25 others and briefly sparking a tsunami alert, officials said.

Musharraf ally sees fierce struggle in parliament

A close ally of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday predicted a fierce struggle among election-winning parties over the formation of a new government.

China happy over smooth holding of Pak elections

China said yesterday it was pleased that elections in long-time ally Pakistan went calmly and urged the nation to maintain political stability.

'Killer bus' driver offers to adopt orphaned baby

A bus driver yesterday offered to adopt a toddler whose father was run over and killed by his vehicle in the Indian capital and whose mother then committed suicide soon after.

7die in South Korean army helicopter crash

South Korea's army grounded a fleet of ageing helicopters after one of them crashed early yesterday during a medical mission, killing all seven people on board, defence officials said.

India must pass key N-deal: US senators

India must complete by July all steps needed to conclude a nuclear technology deal with Washington to ensure the US Congress approves it before the presidential polls, three US senators said yesterday.

'Music speeds up recovery from stroke'

A daily dose of one's favourite pop melodies, classical music or jazz can speed up recovery from debilitating strokes, according to a study published yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

An evening of classics with Manna Dey

A beautiful spring evening was drastically altered by an unexpected cold shower on February 19, but inside the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre, music enthusiasts had something or rather 'someone' who had the capability to take their minds off the inhospitable weather.

“A satisfactory arrangement” -- Nasiruddin Yousuff

Nasiruddin Yousuff is the Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre (BCITI). He served as the president of the Committee for Cultural Identity and Development (CIDC), a part of the ITI Worldwide Committee, three times. Currently he is the Director of CIDC. The committee focuses on promoting dramatic forms and expressions, which are essential components of cultural identity. Current CIDC projects deal with wide-ranging themes such as resolving socio-political conflicts through artistic collaboration.

“Urubhangam”: A play with an anti-war message

Nasiruddin Yousuff is the Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre (BCITI). He served as the president of the Committee for Cultural Identity and Development (CIDC), a part of the ITI Worldwide Committee, three times. Currently he is the Director of CIDC. The committee focuses on promoting dramatic forms and expressions, which are essential components of cultural identity. Current CIDC projects deal with wide-ranging themes such as resolving socio-political conflicts through artistic collaboration.

“Hridoye Mati O Manush” turns five

Hridoye Mati O Manush needs no introduction to the Bangladeshi TV audience. Hosted by media personality and agricultural activist Shykh Seraj, (Director, News, Channel i), the programme started initially on BTV as Mati O Manush in 1982, and later continued on Channel i from February 21, 2004.

Abdur Shakur Shah honoured with Sultan Medal

Rasheda K. Chowdhury, Adviser to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, said that there is no place for fundamentalism in the society. In her view, education and culture can be used as effective means against corruption.


Celebrate your language(s) on February 21

IMAGINE that you were the last person in the world who spoke your language. You would live with the knowledge that when it was your time to go, the world that lived through the words you used to speak and think and dream would be gone forever.

The end of Musharraf?

PAKISTANI voters dealt President Pervez Musharraf and his Pakistan Muslim League-Q a humiliating defeat in Monday's general elections. The opposition Pakistan People's Party of the late former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and the Pakistan Muslim League-N of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif trounced Musharraf's forces.

Languages matter

ON May16, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2008 to be the International Year of Languages and formally recognised the observance of the International Mother Language Day. To encourage all of its partners to increase and reinforce their activities in favour of the promotion and protection of all languages, particularly endangered ones, in all individual and collective contexts, Unesco launched the slogan "Languages Matter!"

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