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Front Pagearrow Floods rage in Sylhet region, road links cut
Raging floods have swept away hundreds of huts, cut road links and threatened to destroy crops on about five lakh acres, as rivers in Sylhet region burst their banks with run-off from upstream hills in
 arrow Mindless arrests on
It was beyond their imagination.

The disparate crowds of students, service-holders, job-seekers and kin of city residents came to Dhaka for their personal purposes.

 arrow 20pc of Gazipur, Savar forest land gobbled up
The forest department has lost at least a fifth of its land in Gazipur and Savar to encroachers, official sources said.
 arrow Stitching her way to success
With every revolution of the spinning wheel on Josna's sewing machine beside a growing stack of outfits, her dream of sewing to designing success takes another step into the domain of reality.
 arrow Police foil AL march bid
Police yesterday gave Awami League activists no chance to gather and take out processions in any of the eight parliamentary constituencies of the capital.
 arrow Bangabandhu Murder Case unlikely to resume before 2007
The long-drawn Bangabandhu Murder Case will not resume until March 2007 if parliament amends the constitution to extend the retirement age of Supreme Court judges by two years.
 arrow Rain disrupts traffic, chokes sewerage lines
Heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds seriously disrupted traffic movement in the city yesterday as streets were flooded with overflowing sewerage waters.
 arrow 8,000 houses levelled in N Korea train blast
The fearsome picture of devastation from the North Korean train explosions near the Chinese border took shape yesterday with more than 8,000 houses or rooms destroyed or damaged, possibly burying their
 arrow BJP-led coalition may not have easy sailing
India's Hindu nationalist led ruling coalition could struggle to retain its majority in parliament despite earlier projections it would win this month's election easily, a new survey said yesterday.
 arrow Living under the shadow of extremist terror
Politicians, professionals and businessmen of Khulna city have been living under constant threat from extremist outfits and are extremely frustrated about police's failure to clamp down on these underground
 arrow Rift in left parties eludes united role
Sharp rifts in anti-government strategies among leftist political parties have made their unity unlikely, threatening to sideline their roles in the movement to dislodge the coalition.
 arrow Dark secrets of child sex trade
Eleven-year-old Saleha was sliding on the rainbows of her childhood dreams when brute reality came crashing down on her and took away her innocence.
 arrow DU appoints 12 teachers against 8 posts
The Dhaka University authorities have appointed 12 lecturers of computer science and English against eight posts.
 arrow Lawmaker's staff strangled in Fatullah
Armed robbers allegedly strangled a personal staff of a member of parliament (MP) to death after robbing off the lawmaker's son at Bhuighar in Fatullah on Dhaka-Narayanganj link road early yesterday.
 arrow AL-JSD 72-hr no-confidence programme begins today
The first day of the 72-hour 'no-confidence' programme, called by the main opposition Awami League and its left ally Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) begins today amid fears of more arrests by police and
 arrow Two killed as BRTC buses collide
Two people were killed and 12 others injured when two Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC)-run buses collided near Engineers Institute overbridge at Ramna yesterday.
 arrow Vajpayee vows not to allow repeat of Gujarat riots
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said on Thursday that the riots in Gujarat should not have happened and asserted that repeat of the same would not be allowed.
 arrow 'Save Hatirjhil, other low-lying areas to avoid water-logging'
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon ( Bapa) yesterday demanded an end to filling up of the city's low-lying areas to avoid water-logging in the rainy season.
 arrow JS session resumes tomorrow
The 11th session of the Jatiya Sangsad will resume at 4:00 in the afternoon tomorrow after a halt of one month.
 arrow Coalition, Shia militants trade fire in Karbala
US-led coalition troops and Shia militiamen traded fire in the central holy city of Karbala yesterday, an AFP correspondent said.
 arrow Reopen laid off factories, stop privatisation
A federation of trade unions at a rally yesterday afternoon asked the government to reopen all laid off industries including Rangpur Sugar Mills and stop privatisation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
 arrow Garment workers demand holiday on May Day
National Garment Workers' Federation (NGWF) yesterday demanded that all garment factories should be closed on May 1 to commemorate the historic May Day and express solidarity with the struggle of working
 arrow Saudi forces kill 3 militants
Saudi security forces killed three militants, including two most wanted suspects, in Jeddah overnight as they stepped up their offensive against presumed terrorists after a car bomb devastated one oftheir
 arrow Mbeki reelected SA president
President Thabo Mbeki, who was re-elected to the top post by members of parliament yesterday, has dedicated his entire life to the anti-apartheid struggle and to rebuilding a new multi-racial South Africa.
Businessarrow High airfreight charges plague flower export
High airfreight charges are stymieing the growth of flower export, entrepreneurs said.

Reduction in airfreight charges can increase the flower export volume from current Tk 1.

 arrow Insurers demand income tax cut, 10pc tax rebate on dividend distribution
Insurance companies have urged the government to reduce the existing rate of 45 percent corporate income tax on banks, insurance companies and financial institutions.
 arrow Govt steps up efforts to boost light engineering
The government has stepped up its efforts to boost production of light engineering industrial units by setting up of separate industrial villages and providing training to the units.
 arrow South Asians talk telecoms problems, prospects
Delegates from South Asian countries here on Thursday discussed the problems and prospects of their telecommunications development at a US government-sponsored communication infrastructure conferencefor
 arrow ROK starts talks with US, China, others next moth
South Korea is set to start negotiations with the United States, China and seven other countries on the wider opening up of the Korean rice market next month.
 arrow Nepal becomes WTO member
Nepal became the 147th member of the World Trade Organisation on Friday and the first very poor country to join since 1995 while member-in-waiting Cambodia said it hoped to enter the trading club "soon".
 arrow NBR revenue collection drive begins today in Dhaka
In a bid to raise revenue collection , the National Board of Revenue (NBR) conducts a special drive at different business establishments in the capital today.
 arrow SIA's boarding pass privilege programme
Boarding pass privilege programme of Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to feature the airline's promotional calendar for its passengers.
 arrow S'pore to celebrate 600th anniversary of Zheng He's maiden voyage
Singapore is planning a series of activities to be held next year to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the legendary Chinese voyager, Admiral Zheng He.
 arrow EBRD officials sceptical about economic benefits
Senior officials at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) voiced scepticism Friday about whether European Union enlargement would bring immediate economic benefits.
 arrow India must trim deficit: IMF
India must trim the budget deficit, which is the single most important problem in the country, Interna-tional Monetary Fund acting managing director Anne Krueger said Thursday.
 arrow Weekly currency roundup
April 17-April 22, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was on bullish mode against Bangladeshi taka in this weak.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashundhara, GP brave rain
The Grameen Phone Corpo-rate Cricket League (CCL) was hit by rain yesterday but still two of the three scheduled games were decided.
 arrow Eyewash or belated wisdom?
The Bangla-desh Football Federation (BFF) has taken the SAF Games football debacle seriously.
 arrow Chess: Parag jr chess champ again
Mehdi Hasan Parag regained the national junior chess title capping a brilliant run in the 25th national junior championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Will the King appear?
Brian Lara is racing against the clock to be fit for this weekend's one-day international double header against England in front of his home crowd at Queen's Park Oval.
 arrow Football: Family to protect Diego
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona came off the critical list Thursday as his family and supporters vowed to take action to protect him from the "bad influences" that caused his downfall.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels study ZCU plan
Fifteen rebel white players were examining a proposal from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union on Thursday aimed at ending a dispute which has seriously weakened the national side.
 arrow Cricket: 'Doosra' deemed illegal
A biomechanics expert has confirmed that spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's 'doosra' delivery is illegal.
 arrow Cricket: England's Law option
England's chairman of selectors David Granevey has not ruled out considering Stuart Law as a Test batsman.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis SA's best
Jacques Kallis was the big winner at the inaugural South African Cricket Awards on Thursday night, as he collected four trophies including the prestigious Mutual South African-cricketer-of-the-year award.
 arrow Tennis: Safin sails, Henman fails
Former world number one Marat Safin continued his impressive return from an injury-plagued 2003 by beating Spain's Alberto Martin for the sixth time in six meetings to reach the semifinals of the Monte
 arrow Football: Ronaldo a concern
Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo is a serious doubt for Sunday's Primera Liga clash against arch-rivals Barcelona after he pulled up in training on Friday because of pain in his left thigh.
 arrow Football: Zidane the greatest!
Last month Pele misguidedly published his "FIFA 100" - a list of the 100 greatest living footballers.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo coming to Bolton?
Rivaldo's agent Peter Harrison is hopeful that the former world player of the year will be a Bolton player within the next 48 hours.
 arrow Football: Goalless all around
Valencia coach Rafa Benitez lamented his side's inability to apply the clinical finish as the Spanish giants were held to a goalless draw by the less illustrious Villarreal in their UEFA Cup semi-final
 arrow Hockey: BD hockey team down Lanka
The Bangladesh youth hockey team recorded their first victory in the fifth Asia Cup Junior (U-21) Championship defeating Sri Lanka 31 in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: U-16 cricketers defeat CAB in Shiliguri final
The visiting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Under-16 Development Squad won the one-day competition in Siliguri, India yesterday when they handed Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) a massive 95-run defeat
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib served notice
A disgruntled Pakistani cricket fan Friday served a legal notice against express pacer Shoaib Akhtar accusing him of faking an injury in the recent test series against India.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Rawtara Cricket Ekadosh defeated Abul Hossain Khan Smriti Sangsad by five runs in the last match of the first round of a cricket tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
Nationalarrow Baral dries up allegedly because of regulator
Due to unplanned construction of a regulator on the Baral river at Charghat, the entire catchment area of the river covering four districts is facing an ecological disaster, local people and experts say.
 arrow BNP 'extortionists' released after arrest swoop on complainants
Two activists of ruling BNP, a day after release from police custody, ransacked houses and shops of the complainants in the city on Thursday.
 arrow 250 blank passport books looted from Khulna office
Three armed unidentified young men stormed into Khulna passport office and looted 250 blank passport books from steal almirahs on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Build dam, fulfill polls pledge'
People of Ilisha and Kachia areas in Bhola Sadar held several demonstrations in the last one week demanding reconstruction of the embankment in the area to protect crops and homesteads from erosion by
 arrow Law and order slide in Kushtia
Seven murders, five incidents of abduction and four armed robberies took place in the since April 16.
 arrow 'I will crush terrorists and catch godfathers'
Acting Police Commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) Shaikh Sajjad Ali has sought co-operation from newsmen in his effort to "crush terrorists and contain crimes at any cost".
 arrow Woman driven out of hospital becomes mother at gate
A woman, allegedly driven out of Gaibandha Modern Hospital, gave birth to baby at the hospital gate on Thursday.
 arrow BNP leader killed by 'rivals' in Kushtia: Five arrested
A BNP leader also a former Union Parishad (UP) chairman who achieved notoriety in his area for involvement in underground activities was gunned down here on Wednesday.
 arrow Former Shanti Bahini man killed by party activists
A former member of now defunct Santi Bahini (armed wing of Parbattya Chhagram Jana Sanghati Samity) was hacked to death allegedly by fellow members at Kugurmara in Naniarchar upazila Tuesday night, police
 arrow Bangladeshi farmer killed by Indian miscreants
A Bangladeshi farmer was killed by Indian miscreants on Tuesday for resisting them from grazing cows inside the Bangladeshi territory.
 arrow 11 cops found neglecting their duty
Eleven police personnel here were found guilty of negligence of duties by an inquiry committee.
 arrow 30 hurt in clash over trifle in B'baria
At least 30 people were injured in a clash between two groups at Dogorishar village in Ashugonj upazila Tuesday night over flow of rainwater through cropland.
 arrow 4 Nalchhity JCD men expelled
Four JCD men were expelled and four others were warned for their 'involvement' in an attack on a newsman at Nalchhity in Jhalakati on April 16.
Point-Counterpointarrow Another monster is now haunting Huntington
Professor Samuel P. Huntington, the president of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies is widely respected in some conservative circles of the United States as a prophet and a scholar.
 arrow The British raj and the princely states
I seem to recall certain books that I read as an young adult with amazing clarity as I am sure do most of my generation -- a sure sign of advancing years! One of the more memorable books I read sometime
Culturearrow Splendours of the Mughals
The Mughal dynasty has long been absent in this subcontinent. 146 years have passed since the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled to Rangoon in former Burma in 1858.
 arrow Azad Abul Kalam: a commanding presence in theatre
Azad Abul Kalam is a well-known name in the theatre arena of the country. As a director and actor on stage, the young theatre activist has created a stir.
 arrow Sure-shot winner
The big budget, strong script and a dream cast make Lakshya one of the most eagerly awaited movies in recent times.
 arrow Maradona film shoot still planned
A 4m movie about Argentine football star Diego Maradona is going ahead despite his illness. A 'high-profile' Spanish or Latino actor will be named in the lead role next week, Screen Daily reports.
Generalarrow Govt to separate judiciary from executive: Moudud
The four-party alliance government would separate the judiciary from the executive, said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow 'Resist destructive politics of AL'
Mayor Sadique Hossain Khoka yesterday asserted that an elected government cannot be ousted from its office unconstitutionally.
 arrow CUTA election today
Election to the Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) will be held on the university campus today.
 arrow Ganit Utsav held in Barisal
The first ever Ganit Utsav (Mathematics Festival) of Barisal division was held at the Barisal Zila School yesterday.
 arrow 6 held with illegal electronic goods
Police seized a huge quantity of illegal electronic goods and other items and held six people in this connection on Thursday.
 arrow 15 Myanmar nationals get four years for smuggling rice
A court on Thursday sentenced 15 Myanmar nationals to four years in jail for smuggling rice.

The special tribunal also fined them Tk 500 each.

 arrow SUST admission tests on May 7, 8
Admission tests for first year honours courses in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will be held on May 7 and 8.
 arrow Outlaw beaten to death
A member of an extremist group was beaten to death at Begharia in Raninagar upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Clinic for drug addicts opens
A 30-bed specialised clinic to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts and mentally ill patients was inaugurated in the city yesterday.
 arrow One held with 340 phensidyl bottles, 10 kg hashish
A special team of narcotics control department yesterday seized 340 bottles of phensidyl, 10 kgs of hashish and arrested a drug smuggler from an inter-city train.
 arrow Poet Ruby wins Anannya award
Poet Ruby Rahman has been selected for the Anannya Literary Award - 1411, says a press release.

Two of her books are 'Je Jiban Phoring-er' and 'Bhalobasar Kabita'.

Internationalarrow N Korea regime mounts disaster cover-up
Isolated North Korea threw its customary blanket of silence yesterday over an explosion on a rail line in a northern city that may have killed or injured thousands of people.
 arrow Relatives rush to North Korean crash site
Residents of Ryongchon, where a train collision wreaked carnage, were living in tents and coping as best they could as panicky relatives rushed over the border from China to help.
 arrow Rebels attack Cong office in Kashmir
Suspected rebels launched a grenade attack against the local headquarters of India's main opposition party yesterday as election-linked violence continued in troubled Kashmir, police said.
 arrow Floods make voting uncertain in 2 Assam constituencies
Elections in two constituencies of Silchar and Karimganj in Barak Valley in southern Assam is uncertain because of the flood situation and extensive damage caused to polling stations in many parts ofthe
 arrow al-Qaeda harbourers to surrender in return for Pak amnesty
Five rebel Pakistani tribesmen protecting hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters will surrender in a ceremony near the Afghan border after striking an amnesty deal with the government, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli troops kills 3 Fatah members
Israeli troops shot dead three members of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement yesterday in a surge of violence that has claimed 25 Palestinian lives since Israel assassinated a Hamas leader last week.
 arrow 'Civil liberties trampled in name of nat'l security'
Civil liberties in many countries have been significantly undermined in the name of national security after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, according to a World Economic Forum
 arrow US contractor fired for military coffin photo
A US contractor and her husband have been fired after her photograph of 20 flag-draped coffins of American troops going home from Iraq was published in violation of military rules.
 arrow Suspected Sars case in China rings alarm bells for Asia
The possible reemergence of Sars in China has rung alarm bells across Asia but health officials meeting here said yesterday they were confident the deadly disease would be contained.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Investment scenario
The Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka, Matsushiro Horiguchi, has unhesitatingly pointed his finger at governance as the number one 'obstacle' to wooing foreign investment.
 arrow Editorial: Nepalese imbroglio
The Himalayan kingdom is in a state of flux.
 arrow EU's grim political determination
The outcome of the recent Summit meeting of the European Council in Brussels (25-26 March) can only be described as revealing.
 arrow Protecting consumers' rights
About a month ago (on 23 March, 2004) the then Commerce Minister Amir Khosu Mahmud Chowdhury disclosed to The Daily Star that the government had almost finalised the process of constituting the Consumer
Letters to Editorarrow Brutal assassinations
Israel has assassinated front line Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi, as a part of its so-called 66 targeted killings." Obviously, killing of Rantissi will have a negative impact on the roadmap forpeace.
 arrow The roadmap
Two roads diverged in a wood and

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

My letter is about the roadmap. The roadmap proposed by the USA is turning into a failure.

 arrow Poor publicity
The BTV documentary of the activities of the Forest Research Institute (April 6) was interesting.
 arrow BTTB cell-phone
Mr. A. S. Khan's article on the subject (DS: 19th April) is a factual summery of the weakness and lack of transparency in governance.

The Hon.

 arrow T and T mobile phone
The general people are happy to know that the decision to distribute the T and T Mobile is becoming a reality, which might end several ongoing ambiguities.
Literaturearrow Fun stuff from Penguin India
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne: The Magical World of Upendrakishore Roychoudhury, translated by Swagata Deb. Puffin Books. 167 pp. Rs. 199.
 arrow Fun stuff from Penguin India II

(Original: Khichuri)

A duck and a porcupine, no one knows how,
(contrary to grammar) are a duckupine now.

 arrow Fun stuff from Penguin India III