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Front Pagearrow Bogra dam-cut swamps 29 more villages
Over 3,000 people moved onto higher ground losing homes to flooding triggered by Wednesday's Bogra embankment breaching, while the hope of rescuing 60 missing people is fading as their loved ones believe
 arrow Marginal savers hit with fresh rate cut
The government yesterday cut interest rates on savings certificates by 0.5 to 1 percentage point, making the marginal savers suffer the brunt.
 arrow Govt set to seek 4 more months
The government will seek four more months to fully implement the Supreme Court (SC) directives on separation of the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Egyptian co sweeps Sheba Telecom's Malaysian stakes
An Egyptian telecom giant is set to purchase through a hush-hush deal the Malaysian stakes in Sheba Telecom, a mobile phone operator which has failed to tap the business potentials in Bangladesh mainly
 arrow Rokan's remarks rankle ministers
Communications Minister and former Supreme Court Bar Association president Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday fired a broadside at incumbent Bar President Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud and threatened him with
 arrow 10 more die as flood rages on
The raging floods in more than 30 out of 64 districts of the country left at least 10 more people killed yesterday, raising the death toll to around 47 in a week.
 arrow Asia Cup starts today
Bangladesh will hope not to encounter the similar hiccup that they suffered in the 2003 South Africa World Cup when they launch their Eighth Asia Cup campaign against lightweights Hong Kong today.
 arrow German foreign minister due tonight
German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Joschka Fischer arrives tonight on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow AL MP held for 'wife repression'
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Altaf Hossain Golondaj was yesterday arrested on charge of repression on his wife and other members of his family.
 arrow Car bomb near Iraq cop station kills 10
A car bomb killed 10 people including several Iraqi policemen in a town northwest of Baghdad yesterday, a day after a powerful blast tore through the capital and a top regional official was assassinated.
 arrow Bangladesh ranks 138th in HDI
Bangladesh ranked 138th among 177 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), moving one place up from last year's ranking.
 arrow PC becomes typewriter for poor English knowledge
Education Minister Osman Farruk yesterday sketched a glum picture of English language teaching standard in public schools and urged English language teachers to help the nation gain ground in the highly
 arrow Top Ctg 'criminal' Ahmad joins BNP
A former Jamaat-e-Islami leader of Satkania and top criminal, who faced 19 criminal cases, joined the ruling BNP yesterday along with '5,000' leaders and activists of his former party and its studentfront.
 arrow Holding tax to be self-assessed
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) introduced yesterday self-assessment holding tax procedure to perk up tax collection in a move similar to the finance ministry.
 arrow Robbers loot house, abduct expatriate
Criminals looted a house, abducted an expatriate and demanded Tk 5 lakh for his release in Adabaria village in Daulatpur upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Hasina trashes PM's history knowledge
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday dismissed what Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had said in the House Wednesday on proclamation of Bangladesh's independence and expressed wonder
 arrow 10 Mymensingh journos get death threats
Ten journalists of Mymensingh district town on Tuesday received death threats from an outlawed outfit, Janadal.
 arrow Two outlaws slaughtered
Rivals slaughtered two cadres of the Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Wednesday night and police recovered bombs and a gun and arrested a woman yesterday.
 arrow AL's Netrakona MP Momin passes away
Former minister and Awami League (AL) MP from Netrakona-2 constituency Abdul Momin died at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital early yesterday. He was 75.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader escapes bomb attack
A senior leader of the ruling Khulna city BNP, grievously injured in a bomb blast, was taken to Dhaka by helicopter for better treatment and another local BNP leader survived a bomb attack on Wednesday
 arrow Verdict on tax case against Ershad Aug 5
Judgment in the income tax corruption case against former president HM Ershad will be passed on August 5.
 arrow Bailey bridge at Shasangaon...

 arrow Indian president backs river-linking project
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday favoured going ahead with the ambitious river-linking project to avoid simultaneous recurrence of drought and flood in the country.
 arrow Banned Islamist group leader gets bail
Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki, self-proclaimed commander of the country's only banned Islamist outfit Shahadat-e- Al Hiqma, was released on bail in a sedition case Tuesday after he surrendered to the Chief
 arrow BDB submits affidavits on vote rigging to EC
The counsel for Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday submitted to the acting chief election commissioner (CEC) a set of affidavits containing, what the plaintiff terms, evidences of ballot rigging
 arrow Qulkhwani of Khurshid today
Qulkhwani of Begum Khurshid Chowdhury, wife of late president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, will be held today (Friday) after Asar Prayers at the residence of her elder son, Abul Hasan Chowdhury, Road
Businessarrow Tata bosses due shortly to identify key areas
India's Tata Group of Industries is likely to send a team of its senior officials to Bangladesh next month for a preliminary study of the potential areas of investment in the country, particularly insteel,
 arrow Make best use of strengths to face post-MFA challenges
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said Bangladesh has both strengths and weaknesses to face the challenges of post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) regime.
 arrow Poor governance retards Bangladesh's progress
Poor governance and lack of political will obstruct development in Bangladesh despite the fact that the country has capability to develop, a DFID (Department for International Development, UK) official
 arrow Rehab housing fair in New York next month
In a bid to promote the country's housing and real estate business by wooing Bangladeshis living in the US, the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) is going to organise a five-day
 arrow Tax evasion declines on Ctg customs' preventive steps
Incidents of tax evasion have declined considerably in recent years at Chittagong Customs House (CCH) due to some preventive and punitive measures.
 arrow Thai food festival ends today
The week-long Thai food festival that gives food connoisseurs a chance to taste the traditional Thai dishes and fruits concludes today.
 arrow Morshed seeks Vietnamese investment
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, now in Vietnam, has urged the Vietnamese entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh, availing of the incentives on offer for foreign investors.
 arrow Picard receives ISO 9001:2000 certificate
Picard Bangladesh Ltd, a leading manufacturer and exporter of leather goods, has received ISO 9001:2000 certificate for the company's quality products.
 arrow ACI signs deal with CDBL
Advanced Chemical Industries Limited (ACI) has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) on dematerialising the existing share certificates for electronic trading.
 arrow BASF corporate client of GP
BASF Bangladesh Limited (BBL), a leading chemical company, has become the corporate client of GrameenPhone (GP).
 arrow Japan business team keen to invest in EPZs
A Japanese business delegation has shown keen interest to invest in the Export Processing Zones in Bangladesh.
 arrow WTO set to make fresh attempt to settle agriculture rows
The World Trade Organisation will embark on mission impossible Friday with a renewed attempt to bridge the gap between its 147 member states over agriculture, just two weeks before a deadline to relaunch
Sportsarrow Cricket: Razzak ready to roll
Abdur Razzak is all set to make his international de-but for Bangla-desh against Hong Kong today in the Asia Cup after sitting out the entire tour of the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: India the team to beat
India and Pakistan will, for many peo-ple, be the centre of attention at the six-team Asia Cup after their thrilling series earlier this year.
 arrow Football: Let's do it again
It took them more than a decade to win a major domestic football title but now with the biggest prize under their belt and the pressure button relea-sed, a reborn Brothers Union is determined to makeit
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Of the six teams taking part in the Asia Cup Hong Kong is easily a muti-national team covering three continents.
 arrow Football: Wake up call for Brazil
Ten-man Paraguay upset Brazil 2-1 in the Copa America on Wednesday to force the world champions into second place in Group C and a 2,000-km trip north to face Mexico in the quarter-finals.
 arrow Cricket: WI take good lead
England fast bowler Matthew Hoggard produced a heartening display ahead of next week's first Test against the West Indies with a flurry of wickets for MCC as the tourists faltered on the second day of
 arrow Cricket: ZCU to abide by ICC
World cricket's governing body said Wednesday its proposed method of resolving the Zimbabwe player dispute had been accepted by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) and it was now just waiting to hear from
 arrow Edwards faces Olympic ban
World 100m champion Torri Edwards failed a drugs test for a banned stimulant in April, the International Association of Athletics Federation said Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Rusedski prevails
Hard-serving Greg Rusedski rallied from a first set loss to beat Karol Beck 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 at the 380,000 ATP Mercedes-Benz Cup on Wednesday for his seventh victory in a row.

Briton's No.

 arrow Tennis: Venus eases into qtrs
Venus Williams waxed fellow American Lindsay Lee-Waters, 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 585,000 dollar WTA Bank of the West Classic.
 arrow Football: Crespo loaned to Milan
Marseille expect to sell Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba to English Premiership side Chelsea by the end of the week.
 arrow Football: Lavolpe's philosophy
Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe reiterated on Wednesday that he believes his team to be serious contenders for the Copa America.
 arrow Football: Those Sino spies!
Bahrain coach Srecko Juricic has revealed that Asian Cup rivals China have mounted a globe-trotting spying mission ahead of the two teams' tournament-opener here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Hull's recognition for Collina
Italian referee Pierluigi Collina was awarded an honorary degree Wednesday by England's Hull University to mark his contribution to football.
 arrow Football: Dunfermline observe Maradona junior
Diego Maradona junior, the son of Argentina's 1986 World Cup winner, begun a two-day trial with Scottish premier league club Dunfermline Athletic on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ginola the doctor!
Former French football glamour boy David Ginola is set to swap shampoo adverts for a doctor's white coat in a BBC soap opera, it was revealed on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Sheringham at West Ham
Former England striker Teddy Sheringham joined First Division side West Ham on a one-year deal Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Get Sachin & get rich
Bowlers from the United Arab Emirates have been offered 1,000 dollars by their officials if they can dismiss India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar in the Asia Cup here on Friday.
 arrow BKSP reunion on Sept 10
The Alumni Association of BKSP (AAB) has fixed September 10, 2004 as the date for the yearly reunion of former students of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan.
Point-Counterpointarrow Shakhari Bazaar: Sustaining in the cultural context
During war, can an occupying force save a village by bombing it, to prevent its falling into enemy hands? It does not require a great deal of imagination to realise that the implications of a positive
 arrow Minor-major accidents and golden moments
Hopefully you may never have been in need of emergency treatment -- but it is always wise to know something which you can apply to someone else before a qualified doctor comes.
Culturearrow A passion for the stage
After the curtains come down, have you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes to stage a successful drama? To be honest, I was at a loss for answers once I came out from the Experimental Theatre
 arrow The quality of dance is much better than before--Kajol Ibrahim
Eminent danseuse and dance director Kajol Ibrahim is a well-known name in the cultural world.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Kalshondhya: A classic by Nagarik Natyasampradaya
Deft adaptation of an epic
Every superpower in this world falls in the end.

Generalarrow Countrywide student strike July 22
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri, a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday called a strike in educational institutions
 arrow Khaleda asks ministry to maintain authenticity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Liberation War Affairs Ministry to strictly maintain authenticity and accuracy of information while dealing with the history of the War of Liberation sothat
 arrow 'Reform legal education'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for reforms of the legal education system through introduction of updated law curriculum and a single body or institution governing all the aspects of legal education.
 arrow Stop issuing licences to unskilled drivers
Freeing footpaths from encroachment, cracking down on fake driving licences and enforcing traffic laws strictly can help ensure road safety, experts said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Interference undermines status of ups
Bureaucrats, parliament members and ministers routinely infringe upon the self-governance of the local government bodies through regardless interference in their functions and obstruct the strengthening
 arrow Couple jailed for possessing heroin
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced a couple to life in jail for possessing 48 grams of heroin at their Mugdapara residence in the city.
 arrow Four get life term
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced four youths to life in jail for killing a student of class six on May 18 in 2000.
 arrow British HC calls on Hasina
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Anwar Chowdhury yesterday paid a courtesy call on Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and discussed bilateral issues including the present state of democracy,governance,
 arrow Take long-term plan to rehabilitate flood-hit people
President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Professor AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has called upon the government to take a long-term programme for the rehabilitation of the flood victims.
 arrow Hartal observed in Rajshahi for gas
Normal life came to a halt in Rajshahi city yesterday as people observed a dawn-to-dusk hartal spontaneously demanding gas supply to their homes through pipeline within the current fiscal.
 arrow Saarc ministers' meet in Islamabad July 20-21
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves for Islamabad tomorrow to attend the Inter-Summit Session of the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Coperation) Council of Ministers July 20-21.
 arrow 2 drivers shot in city
Drivers of a cab and a CNG-run autorickshaw were shot in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Religious edn can ensure communal harmony
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for multireligious training of teachers and Imams to help maintain religious tolerance and communal harmony.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is the 34th death anniversary of Sultan Ahmed, former secretary of the then East Pakistan, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The Bar members' concerns
That statistics can speak more convincingly than words is amply illustrated by some data provided by Supreme Court Bar Association president Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud at a requisition meeting of the
 arrow Editorial: Butler report
Whether Mr. Blair accepts it or not, the Butler report is a severe indictment of his government for involving Brit-ish troops in a war based on unreliable and flawed in-telligence.
 arrow Public bureaucracy and judiciary
Professor Braibanti, a reputed scholar of public administration, has dealt with the relationship between the public bureaucracy and the judiciary in the context of Pakistan during the 1960's.
 arrow A tribute to Marlon Brando
I feel I owe it to them one by one, Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty, Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named
 arrow Is Asia going to have its own common market and currency?
At least some hopeful and encouraging signals have come out from the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) to examine the feasibility of launching a common Asian market and currency in this region
Letters to Editorarrow Tampering with history
As with most of your excellent editorials, I could not help agreeing with this one written on July 12th (Tampering with History).
 arrow Biman: Sky is just the beginning
For Biman, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh, sky is just the beginning when it comes to squandering public money and mistreating the passengers.
 arrow Indian daily soaps
The daily soaps which are aired in different Indian channels, especially the ones aired in the famous channel Star Plus, have earned much popularity these days.
 arrow MPs trade charges
In a recent heated debate in the JS, an AL legislator branded a ruling party MP as an extortionist. The MP hit back picturing the AL man as a listed smuggler and extortionist in the transportation sector.
 arrow Massacre in Bihar
The Rabidas community in Bangladesh condemns the mayhem in the Indian state of Bihar, where at least 10 low caste Hindus were massacred by the upper caste militia.
 arrow New cars
The government has a plan to stop import of used/second hand Japanese cars in phases to lessen air pollution in cities like Dhaka, Chittagong etc.
 arrow Golden education?
In my search for a destiny after my A' Level, I have been searching the internet for all the relevant information I could find and also visited student-counselling centres for both the US and Australia.
 arrow The real Brando
It is interesting to note that the obituaries for Brando (with the exception of Dave Zirin) have neatly side-stepped his political activism.
 arrow Stop politicising students
All our political parties including the government and the opposition have political student wings to bolster their presence. Public university teachers are divided along political lines e.g.
 arrow Why this fear?
Recently prominent personalities, journalists and teachers have received death threats from Islamic zealots.
 arrow Hartal
Hartal cripples the economy and takes away valuable lives. But, sadly, the government and opposition are not taking any steps to stop hartal.
 arrow Education for out-of-school children
The second lead of your daily of July 9 under "Education for-out-of school children" was a thought provoking piece.
 arrow Central bonded warehouse
I have come to know that a Central Bonded Warehouse is going to be established by the BGMEA. I fully appreciate the idea.
Environmentarrow Experts and activists apprehend drastic loss of forests and biodiversity
The remnant forests we still have are unique with myriad local flora. These can be multiplied. We do not need to plant alien or invasive species.
Worldarrow US for ending all forms of Kashmir violence
US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage called yesterday for a halt to all violence in Kashmir, reiterating that Pakistan had not yet dismantled all camps used by militants in the region.
 arrow Foreign workers in Saudi systematically abused
Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are systematically abused and exploited, some of them living in conditions akin to slavery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged yesterday.
 arrow Food stores looted by flood victims in Bihar
Desperate residents looted food stores yesterday in the flooded eastern Indian town of Darbhanga, while thousands of people perched on the roofs of their sinking homes were lashed by torrential rains,
 arrow Chaos in parliament over fresh Godhra probe
The Indian government's decision to hold a fresh inquiry into the Godhra carnage yesterday led to turmoil in both houses of Parliament with agitated opposition members accusing the Centre of trying to
 arrow 'Lanka govt, Tigers asked to ban mines or risk losing aid'
The Sri Lankan government and its main foe, the Tamil Tiger rebels, were warned Wednesday to formally ban anti-personnel mines or risk losing international financial support for demining.
 arrow US pledges to provide cheap AIDS drugs
The United States, which has severely been accused of keeping the price of HIV/AIDS drugs high through patent protection, Wednesday expressed their commitment to provide the cheapest-possible HIV/AIDS
 arrow Iraq to set up spy unit to fight insurgents
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said yesterday he will create a new intelligence body to help restore stability to the war-torn country following a series of deadly attacks.
 arrow Blair faces tough election test
Just a day after an official report found his government waged war in Iraq on the basis of flawed intelligence, British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced another stiff test yesterday with a pair of crucial
 arrow Terror attack warnings based on solid info: CIA
Warnings that terrorists are plotting "something big" against the United States are based on "very, very solid" information, the CIA's acting director said Wednesday, likening the threat reports to those
 arrow US lawmakers pursue prisoner abuse issue
The US military's prisoner abuse scandal is coming to the fore again as lawmakers press still unanswered questions on the extent of the wrongdoing and whom to hold accountable.
 arrow Palestinians play down UN envoy 'ban'
The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations has tried to play down claims that the UN envoy to the Middle East is banned from Palestinian territory.

"We are not kicking out anybody.

 arrow 'War on terror to last as long as Cold War'
The war on terrorism could last as long as the Cold War and Australians who refused to accept their country's role in the conflict were "living in a fool's paradise", Foreign Minister Alexander Downer