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Front Pagearrow 2 die in Sylhet flood, north rail link cut
Driving rains and roiling river waters swamped more low-lying areas in the northern, northeastern and central regions, adding to a long spell of floods that killed two people in Sylhet and snapped rail
 arrow Changed history prompts stormy debates, AL's twin walkouts from JS
The main opposition Awami League (AL) walked out of parliament twice yesterday after bursts of heated exchanges, derision and chaos over new additions to Muktijuddher Dolilpatro depicting former president
 arrow Factories attacked, vehicles damaged during hartal
At least 35 people were injured in police clubbing and five factories vandalised in Dhaka during the daylong countrywide hartal and 24-hour strike enforced by trade unionists yesterday to demand reopening
 arrow Loopholes in charge sheet make govt lawyer sceptic
Inconsistencies in the charge sheet in the country's biggest ever arms haul in Chittagong continue to surface and are obviously more than the one or two 'demerits' pointed out by lawyers.
 arrow Check population boom at any cost
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday suggested massive and pragmatic efforts to achieve total success in population control and avert catastrophic effects stemmed from alarming population growth worldwide.
 arrow 5 Marines, 6 Iraqis killed in attacks
A soldier from a US task force was killed and another wounded in northern Iraq yesterday in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy that also killed an Iraqi civilian while four other US marines were killed
 arrow Doubts over vagabond's statement
A vagabond has given a judicial statement on Saturday, just a couple of hours into his arrest, linking leaders of opposition Awami League's youth wing Jubo League to the June 4 arson attack on a BRTCdouble-decker
 arrow Kushtia trader buys freedom, youth abducted
A trader in Kushtia bought his freedom for a large sum of money on Saturday and a youth was abducted in Chuadanga early Friday adding to the number of abductions in the terror-struck southwestern districts.
 arrow Kerry blasts Bush's Iraq failures
The war in Iraq moved to the forefront of the US presidential campaign Saturday as Democratic candidate John Kerry, armed with a new damning Senate report, accused President George W.
 arrow Pay commission formed, report in four months
The government has constituted National Pay Commission (NPC) headed by former cabinet secretary Mujibul Huq to frame new pay scales for officials and employees of all classes, an official announcement
 arrow Five of first authentication body say it's a gross distortion
Five members of the first authentication committee of 'Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddho -- Dolilpotra', formed back in 1979, in a statement yesterday said the changes made in the latest edition of the book
 arrow Islamist group's death threat to 10 politicians, journos, intellectuals
Ten prominent politicians, intellectuals and journalists received death threats yesterday from an Islamist militant outfit styled Mujahideen al-Islam, which accuses them of acting against Islam and its
 arrow Channel turns risky as water rushes from hills
Tidal derangement due to gushing hilly water released from the Kaptai Dam basin has put sailing along the Chittagong Port channel at high risk.
 arrow Knee-deep water sloshes on city roads
Several parts of the city briefly went under ankle to knee-deep water after an hour-long downpour yesterday evening. The meteorological office said it recorded 18mm of rainfall.
 arrow The mighty Padma in full fury...

 arrow Finance ministry okays Biman's purchase of 2 aircraft
The finance ministry yesterday okayed Biman Bangladesh Airlines' bid to buy two middle-haul aircraft -- Airbus A-330 or Boeing-737 -- to rid the national airlines of immediate crisis.
 arrow CDA marks old buildings in Chittagong
The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has so far marked about 80 century-old rundown buildings including some archaeological ones in the port city in the wake of the death of 19 people in a Shankhari
 arrow UN urges Asia to confront Aids
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned of dire economic consequences in the Asia-Pacific region unless leaders act decisively to tackle Aids.
 arrow Naser denies link to attack on Shahin
Ruling BNP lawmaker Naser Rahman yesterday lamented that his status was downgraded after joining politics as even an MP with poor education background spoke against him.
 arrow Extortionists gun down old man in city
Extortionists last night gunned down an elderly man at Rayer Bazar in the city for his refusal to pay them a toll.
 arrow Plan to make toll collection computerised
The communications ministry has decided to computerise the toll collection system of all major roads and bridges to curb corruption and irregularities at the toll plazas.
 arrow Dissident Workers Party workers form new committee
Five dissident Workers Party leaders, who were expelled from the party last month, declared a 23-member committee with Saiful Haque as its coordinator yesterday.
 arrow Cabinet talks bill on election to JS women's seats today
A bill framing the election procedure to the 45 reserved seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will be placed before the cabinet today.
Businessarrow Central bonded warehouse to result in drastic fall in export earning
The central bonded warehouse facility, a key demand of garment manufacturers and exporters, will result in a drastic decline in export earning in the quota-free era, warned textile mill owners yesterday.
 arrow India’s Balmerol lubricants launched in Bangladesh
Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd, an Indian state-owned enterprise, yesterday launched its Balmerol brand greases and lubricants in Bangladesh market.
 arrow Ten new delicacies at Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut, one of the largest pizza-chain in the world, yesterday announced launch of 10 new dishes including four non-vegetarian pizzas, three appetisers and three different types of pasta to cater to
 arrow Thai food festival pulls Dhaka gourmets
The weeklong Thai food festival that began on Saturday at Café Bazar restaurant of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel has offered the food loving people of Dhaka a great opportunity to savour mouth-wateringdishes
 arrow EU unveils improved GSP scheme
The European Commission (EU) has unveiled a system of trade preferences for the next ten years setting out new principles to guide its system of GSP facilities for developing countries.
 arrow Business team to visit India to woo more investment
In a bid to reduce trade imbalance between Bangladesh and India through attracting more Indian investment, a high-powered business delegation leaves Dhaka today on a four-day visit.
 arrow New decoration materials factory in Comilla EPZ
An Italian firm is going to set up a decoration materials manufacturing industry in Comilla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) with an investment of US$ 9.26 lakh.
 arrow India’s new budget allays foreign funds' reform fears
The much-anticipated budget from India's new, left-backed government has soothed influential foreign fund managers who say they are now looking gradually to increase exposure to Asia's worst performing
Sportsarrow Football: Argentina back on ground level
Mexico brought Argentina crashing back to earth when a brilliant Ramon Morales free kick was enough to give them a 1-0 victory in their Copa America Group B match on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka's solid reply
Sri Lanka's batsmen, led by century-maker skipper Marvan Atapattu, frustrated Australia's attempts to claim a match-winning lead in the second Test at Cazaly Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Marvellous Marvan
When Marvan Atapattu began his Test career he didn't know where his next run was coming from -- a far cry from the prestige of scoring a Test century in Australia against the world's best.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis have last laugh
Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori took career-best one-day international figures of five for 30 as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 107 runs in the NatWest Series final at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Way behind Australia'
Victorious New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was thrilled with their triangular NatWest Series win on Saturday but said his side were still a long way behind world champions Australia.
 arrow Marion misses Athens 100m
Olympic champion Marion Jones failed to make the 100 metres team for Athens after she could only finish fifth in the US trials on Saturday.
 arrow Schumacher's British treble
Six-time world champion Michael Schumacher won the British Formula One Grand Prix, the 11th round of the 18-race World Championship, for the third time here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer's Swiss success
Roger Federer filled in a small gap in his impressive career curriculum after emphatically earning his first title at home at the 544,750-euro Swiss Open here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: France, Belgium start well
Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce gave holders France an ideal start to their Fed Cup World Group quarterfinal clash against Italy in Rimini by winning their singles matches on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Pizarro's Copa over
Peru captain Claudio Pizarro is out of the Copa America after suffering a head injury during Friday night's 3-1 win over Venezuela, team doctor Ramon Aparicio said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Rehhagel not willing
Greece coach Otto Rehhagel turned down the chance of returning home to coach Germany, Franz Beckenbauer said on Saturday.

"I had a long conversation with Dr.

 arrow Football: Davids to Inter
Dutch international Edgar Davids has joined Inter Milan, the club announced on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Home calling Sven
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has expressed interest in coaching his native Sweden in the future, the Swedish daily Aftonbladet reported on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers' final Warm-up today
Bangladesh will play their last practice match today before the Asia Cup starts in Colombo on July 16.

The Tigers, who won their first warm-up match by 29 runs, saw their second match washed out.

 arrow Football: Mukti-Ctg MSC NFL opener
Muktijoddha Sangsad will start the defence of their National League title on the opening day of the first phase final rounds on July 18 at Mymensingh.
 arrow Chess: StanChart School chess July 26
The sixth Standard Chartered bank School Chess Tournament begins on July 26 at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room.

Interested school students can take part after completing entry formalities.

 arrow Football: BKSP Green Retain crown
BKSP Green won the BKSP Cup Under-16 football tournament for the second successive year when they handed Chittagong Division a 5-1 thrashing at the sports institute's football ground yesterday.
 arrow Hall of Famers get together
Fifty of the greatest players in tennis history received a royal welcome Saturday at the Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary celebration.
 arrow Premier squash
Swapan Parvez stormed to the top of the Premier Division table with 16 points when he beat Mohit Chauhan 9-3, 9-4, 9-1 in a sixth round match of the second AccessTel-AP Squash Open at the Dhaka Club yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Son, two others get death
Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced three people to death for killing Prof Nazrul Islam, vice-principal of Rajshahi City College.

One of the three convicts is his son Nazmul IslamBabu.

 arrow Tk 1cr earned from seized timbers, vehicles in Ctg
In its anti-smuggling drive, the Town Range of Chittagong South Forest Division (CSFD) earned TK 1 crore from the auction of seized timbers and vehicles used in smuggling in last fiscal year, said a press
 arrow More bodies protest distortion of history
Different organisations have continued to slate the government for distorting the country's history by naming former president Ziaur Rahman as the first proclaimer of independence in the reprint of Swadhinota
 arrow '2,674 children fall victim to violence in 6 months'
A total of 2,674 children fell victim to violence during the first six months of the current year, according to a report of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, a child rights network of NGO.
 arrow Abducted boy rescued
Police rescued a minor boy from Lalkuthi at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Nayan, 4, son of a garment worker Anwar Hossain of Bhadail, was kidnapped from Savar on July 8.

 arrow Broker held with forged passports
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a passport broker and seized forged passports from his possession in the city on Saturday.
 arrow Ishtiaque's death anniversary today
Today is the first death anniversary of prominent lawyer and advisor of caretaker government Barrister Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed.
 arrow Khurshida Chy dead
Begum Khurshida Chowdhury, wife of late President Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, died of old age complications yesterday evening at her Gulshan residence at the age of 80.
 arrow Ershad concerned over deterioration of flood situation
Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad has expressed deep concern over the deterioration of flood situation in greater Sylhet.
 arrow Photo Art Instt inaugurated
Photo Art Institute, the first ever institute in the port city to provide training on modern photography, was inaugurated yesterday.
 arrow FM goes to Vietnam tomorrow
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will pay a three-day official visit to Vietnam beginning tomorrow at the invitation of his counterpart Nguyen Dy Nien.
Nationalarrow BTMC mill earns profit at last
Rangpur: The Kurigram Textile Mills of BTMC, reopened under new terms and conditions, has started earning profit for the first time since its inception in 1986.
 arrow Statement in JS against Naser "false", says Kulaura BNP president
A tense situation is prevailing at Kulaura upazila headquarter following Saturday's clash between supporters of independent lawmaker MM Shaheen and BNP MP Naser Rahman, son of Finance Minister SaifurRahman.
 arrow Houses damaged as govt still undecided on allotment
The authorities are still in a dilemma regarding allotment of houses in the Uuttara Housing Project in Syedpur, the largest such project in the country for the poor, completed seven months ago.
 arrow Barisal-Ctg waterway link snapped
Barisal-Chittagong waterway communication via Laxmipur is disrupted as the lone BIWTC sea truck plying the route is out of order since Saturday, causing immense sufferings to intending travelers.
 arrow NGOs emerge as 'viable third sector'
NGOs have emerged as a visible 'third sector' with their microfinance becoming the largest in the world.
 arrow Tk 800 cr Rakub agri loans this fiscal
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (Rakub) will disburse Tk 800 cr agricultural loans in the current fiscal, its chairman Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference at Bogra circuit house on Thursday.
 arrow BATB to give 15 lakh saplings in Ctg
The British American Tobacco Bangladesh (Batb) would distribute 15 lakh saplings among the farmers of greater Chittagong district this year.

This is as part of Bttb's countrywide afforestation programme.

 arrow Rajshahi traders for withdrawal of VAT
Traders in Rajshahi on Friday observed an hour token strike demanding withdrawal of VAT from underdeveloped northwestern region and the power of arrest of assistant customs commissioners.
 arrow NGO executive killed by outlaws
An official of ASA , an NGO, was abducted and strangled by outlaws on Friday night.

The victim is Asim Kumar, 30, of Khalisakundi village in Daulatpur upazila.

Point-Counterpointarrow A lawyer in quest of rule of law
Without lawyers, the law might have remained essentially the servant of those in power.
 arrow A personal remembrance
Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed said good bye to us and left for his heavenly abode on July 12, 2003. Barrister Ishtiaq was the husband of my first cousin National Professor Sufia Ahmed.
 arrow Lest we forget a patriot
Sitting in the home of my second daughter, who lives in the city of Troy, Michigan, USA, suddenly, the face of the late Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed flashed at the back of my mind.
 arrow Memories of a good man
I heard the news from Dhaka on July 12, 2003 morning (Washington time), within a few hours of the death of my dearest friend Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed.
Culturearrow Aamar Bahanno: Reinventing the roots
With the techno-savvy young generation enthusiasts the theatre practice seems to be gaining novelty.
 arrow Experimental and enigmatic
Experimenting and coming up with new ideas and notions is the 15th Young Artists' Art Exhibition at the Shilpakala Academy. It is definitely a progress in style and theme.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
A microscopic view of rural society
Asadullah Farazi's play See-Morag does not deal with the legendary bird See-Morag which depicts a lover, crossing the oceans

 arrow Banderas gets behind camera!
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is gearing to get into directorial shoes. He gets behind the camera for the movie The Englishmen's Tale.
Generalarrow Dhaka firm to eliminate violence against women
Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Khurshid Jahan Haque said Bangladesh has expressed its solidarity with and commitment to almost all the international instruments related to women's advancement.
 arrow Fresh initiative to set up 17 small power plants
The government has taken a fresh initiative to allow installation of small power plants with 20 to 30 megawatts capacity, reviving an earlier decision in view of the growing demand for electricity, energy
 arrow Nat'l Hajj Policy soon
The government will soon announce the National Hajj Policy-2005 with provisions of various facilities for the pilgrims.

The work for preparing a draft on it has already been completed.

 arrow 'Kidney dialysis centres to be opened at div hospitals'
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government plans to open kidney dialysis centres in the divisional hospitals.
 arrow Allowance for elderly people raised to Tk 165
Monthly allowance for the senior citizens has been raised to Tk 165 per person in this fiscal from Tk 150 in the last fiscal, said Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mujahid yesterday.
 arrow Kishoreganj team submits memo to president
A team of newly-elected chairman and commissioners of Kishoreganj Pourasabha along with noted citizens of the district called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 'Relaunch family planning programmes'
Speakers at a discussion meeting in the city yesterday warned that the population boom in the country was ticking away like a time bomb.
 arrow Hundreds of Pak women fall victim to 'honour killing'
Pakistani doctors Amnat and Ghulam Mustafa are on the run, in fear of their lives, for falling in love and getting married.
 arrow Govt to take action against those disrupting BRTC services
The government will take legal action against the persons responsible for disrupting the services of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) in the south and northern region of the country, saysa
 arrow Recruitment of fellows begins today
The recruitment of the fellows of Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship 2005 begins today.
 arrow Chief Whip hospitalised
Chief Whip Khondkar Delwar Hossain was admitted to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) yesterday as he complained pain in the chest and abdomen.
 arrow PM to hand over cheques among youth bodies tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to hand over cheques of grant among youth organisations for the fiscal 2003-'04 at a function at Osmani Memorial Hall in the city tomorrow.
Internationalarrow Assam floods leave millions homeless
At least 40 people packed into a wooden boat drowned in northeastern India after torrential annual rains and swollen rivers set off floods that have left millions homeless, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Sharon blames Tel Aviv attack on ICJ ruling
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pointed the finger yesterday at a world court ruling against his government's West Bank barrier after Palestinian militants carried out their first deadly attack inside Israel
 arrow 'Iraq's daily death toll much higher than reported'
No one knows how many Iraqi civilians die every day in the attacks and military errors, which have scarred the country since the US-led invasion last year.
 arrow Bhutan mulls erecting wall along India border to keep out rebels
Bhutan is considering erecting a concrete wall along its border with India to prevent infiltration of Indian separatists into the Himalayan kingdom, a report said.
 arrow 'Damning Senate report won't alter US strategy'
Now that a Senate committee has concluded the CIA falsely claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, expect more caution on Capitol Hill the next time a president seeks approval for pre-emptive military
 arrow Blair in the line of fire
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faces a potentially pivotal moment this week when an inquiry reports on whether his government fought the Iraq war on the basis of false intelligence about Baghdad'sweapons
 arrow Five killed in Afghan blast
At least five people were killed and 21 others injured yesterday when a bomb ripped through a shopping street in the western city of Herat in the latest attack in a wave of pre-election violence in Afghanistan,
 arrow India to become most populous nation by 2035
India's population stands at over 1 billion and by 2035 it will overtake China as the world's most populous nation if present trends continue, India's census office said.
 arrow President's party wins Lankan local polls
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's leftist coalition swept key local council elections which were marked by an unusually low turnout, officials here said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Tampering with history
We are at a loss to comprehend the logic of creating another controversy regarding proclamation of independence of Bangladesh, as if there are not enough controversies already to divide the nation.
 arrow Editorial: Blanket threat to journalists
The latest threat to 22 journalists in various parts of the country, including one in the capital, should not come as a surprise.
 arrow Strategic dimension of Indo-Bangladesh relations
India got involved in Bangladesh liberation movement ... also for meeting India's own political and strategic interests.
 arrow Needless crisis in NE Asia
It is a triumph of Chinese diplomacy that both North Korea and the US have started giving hopeful signals.
 arrow Introducing seal of quality for shrimp industries
Our export performance in shrimp industries is indeed highly appreciable. In 1973, there were only 15 shrimp industries and the export earnings were $3.17 million.
Letters to Editorarrow Israel's cruel attitude
I was reading the news of the brutal attack on a Palestinian father and his son by the Israeli soldiers and I was simply shocked. The situation in that part of the region is just immutable.
 arrow Carry on, cricketers
Soon the Tigers will take part in the Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka. At the moment the Tigers have everything including a dynamic coach like Dev Whatmore to play better.
 arrow A true picture
I thank Mr. Feroz M. Hasan for his write-up which draws a true picture of what 90% of our citizens wants.
 arrow Dream of an IT Village
Computer Science has become a buzzword nowadays. The present government has been putting a lot of emphasis on computer and technology through speeches since the day it took office.
 arrow Letter from Europe
General strikes and political unrest have made it impossible for foreign companies to invest money in Bangladesh. If this situation continues further there will be an economic disaster in Bangladesh.
 arrow EC officials
The position of election commissioners is very important and one who takes the responsibility of these posts is regarded to have integrity, accountability and other qualities that are humanly possible
 arrow Boisterous leaders!
There is absolutely nothing wrong on the part of Mr. Suranjit Sengupta, MP of the AL, asking for foreign minister Mr.
 arrow EC's credibility
Your very well written editorial in the Dhaka-10 by election (DS July 8th) has attracted my attention.
 arrow Education
Bangladesh is a developing country. We have scarcity of resources and therefore optimum output should be taken from the limited resources that we have in order to create a prosperous nation.
 arrow Election mockery
It was a shameless act of mockery by the BNP when they won the Dhaka-10 by polls by vote rigging.
 arrow Cooking made easy !
Unlike the past, our mothers today do not like to confine their daughters to the precincts of the household.
 arrow When judges cry for justice
It seems the coalition government is moving heaven and earth to seal the victory of their nominated contestant in the Dhaka-10 by polls.
 arrow Management of airport
The decision to hand over the management of Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong to Thai Airways is an absolutely pragmatic one.
Star Cityarrow Child abduction for ransom rising
Sixteen-year-old Sumon came back home after days in captivity, the latest in a long line of abductions since January 2000 that underline insecurity of schoolchildren in Dhaka.
 arrow Cops asked to behave with visitors
Imagine yourself entering a police station in the city which has politeness written all over it.
 arrow Victims of speeding time

 arrow Menace of obscene movie posters
Obscene posters of movies currently screening in different cinema halls have captured the walls of the city and are even pasted in front of schools.
 arrow Vendors occupy sidewalks in busy business hub
Vendors are back to re-occupy sidewalks and parts of the roads in Motijheel-Dilkusha, the city's busiest area, where fish, meat, vegetables and kitchenware are sold.
 arrow WB to provide fund for one more year
The World Bank (WB) will be bankrolling the air quality management project of the Department of Environment (DoE) until December 2005, according to a recent decision on fund extension.