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Front Pagearrow Dhunat waters flood Kazipur in Sirajganj
The flooding triggered by Wednesday's Bogra embankment breaching that swamped all the 284 villages in Dhunat upazila has also hit adjacent Sirajganj district inundating entire Kazipur upazila on Thursday
 arrow Witness to Ahsanullah murder dies hours after Rab arrest
A key witness to the killing of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master died in hospital in Tongi early yesterday apparently from torture during interrogation in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow JS manoeuvring proves coalition slogan empty
The ruling alliance often asks the opposition to join parliament shunning street agitation to make it the centre of all national activities, but when the main opposition joins the Jatiya Sangsad the scenario
 arrow Bowlers make it convincing
Bangladesh all but confirmed a second-round berth in the Eighth Asia Cup after thrashing Hong Kong by 116 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground yesterday.
 arrow India school fire kills 100 children
As many as 100 junior grade and kindergarten children were killed yesterday when a fire raged through a girls' school in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, police said.
 arrow German FM arrives, talks today
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer arrived in Dhaka last night on a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart.
 arrow Dam-cut: WDB men under pressure to revoke comment
Deputy Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Asadul Habib Dulu Thursday night asked Water Development Board (WDB) officials to withdraw their comment that Wednesday's embankment disaster in Dhunat
 arrow Outlaws kill WP leader in Barisal
Underground operatives gunned down a local leader of Workers Party of Bangladesh in Uzirpur Upazila and wounded his wife and five others last night.
 arrow 4m in flood-hit areas cry for food, medicine
More than four million people in the 33 flood-hit districts are facing food, medicine and safe drinking water crises in absence of adequate relief operations.
 arrow Greece manpower export missed on ministry tussle
Bangladesh has missed the opportunity to open formal manpower export to Greece because of a tussle between two ministries over a demand placed by a private company for 159 workers.
 arrow Biman probe finds huge cargo graft
Investigators have found 'massive irregularities' in cargo operations of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman that deprived it of crores of taka in revenue.
 arrow Plastic factory fire kills 2 in Lalbagh
Two people died while another suffered severe burns in a fire at a plastic factory in old Dhaka's Lalbagh area on Thursday night.
 arrow Iraq asks 6 muslim nations for troops
Iraq's interim prime minister has asked six countries -- Egypt, Morocco, Oman, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh -- to send troops to his country as he continues to fight a violent insurgency.
 arrow No request, Iraq expressed its hope: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawai did not make any request to Bangladesh for sending troops to his country.
 arrow 5 city schools may be turned into colleges
The government contemplates upgrading at least five reputed schools into colleges in the capital to ease the possible heavy rush for admission to good colleges as the Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
 arrow Hasina accuses Jamaat of issuing death threats
Leader of Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the Jamaat-e-Islami of issuing "death warrant" to top AL leaders, country's intellectuals and progressive teachers including
 arrow Rab rounds up 5 JCD men at Nilkhet
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Dhaka University last night vandalised two cars and laid siege to the residence of the vice chancellor demanding release of their fellow activists whom theRapid
 arrow SC Bar calls general meeting
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday called a general meeting for tomorrow against the backdrop of Communications Minister Nazmul Huda's threat of legal action against SCBA President Rokanuddin
 arrow Yet another hartal called in Rajshahi to press for gas supply
Rajshahi awaits yet another hartal barely in a fortnight, as Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP) yesterday called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on July 31 demanding gas supply through pipeline.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Khulna food official's house
A powerful bomb exploded in front of a three-storey building at Babu Khan Road under Khulna Police Station last night.
 arrow 'Robber' killed in gunfight, cop hurt in Demra
An alleged robber was killed and his accomplice and a police official were injured in a gunfight between police and robbers at Majhpara in Demra on the outskirts of the capital in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Cop, his wife 'torture' domestic help
A police officer and his wife yesterday 'tortured' their domestic help and then handed her over to police allegedly for stealing a cellphone.
 arrow Smugglers confine and torture BDR men
Smugglers confined and tortured two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) men in a house in Kaikhali border area in Shyamnagar upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow 'TV-addict kids run risk of obesity'
Spending hours glued to your television screen during childhood causes an increased risk of obesity and other health problems during later life, according to research to be published in the Lancet medical
Businessarrow 3,500 reconditioned cars stranded at Ctg Port
Some 3,500 reconditioned cars have been stranded at Chittagong Port as customs authorities have stopped the process of assessment following an NBR (National Board of Revenue) order last month that created
 arrow Textile alliance can benefit both Dhaka, Delhi
Both Bangladesh and India will reap benefits if the two next-door neighbours form a strategic alliance in textile sector, said executive chairman of Board of Investment (BoI) here yesterday.
 arrow Vietnamese keen to invest in agro-processing sector
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, who returned home yesterday after a 3-day visit to Vietnam, said his talks with Vietnamese leaders and businessmen were fruitful.
 arrow India economy seen slowing this year for weak monsoon
India's $560 billion economy is expected to slow down more than previously thought this financial year as erratic monsoon rains are raising doubts about the prospects for the crucial rural sector.
 arrow Thai food festival ends on positive note
The week-long Thai food festival concluded yesterday in Dhaka on a positive note.

Organisers said about ten thousand food connoisseurs visited the festival held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

 arrow Nepalís economic growth at 3.6pc
Nepal's economy grew 3.
 arrow Electra Telecom becomes GP dealer
Electra Telecom (BD) Limited, a sister concern of Electra Group, has signed an agreement with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) to become GP dealer.
 arrow Jt venture fast food shop to be set up in Dhaka
Hassan and Associates Limited (HAL), a developer, and Jinding Industrial Investment Management Company Limited, a Chinese firm, will set up a joint venture fast food and wholesale shop at Maghbazar in
 arrow India's inflation rate soars to more than 6pc as oil prices rise
India's inflation rate has climbed to more than six percent fuelled by rising petroleum and manufactured goods prices, government figures showed Friday.
 arrow Pakistan cotton prices remain soft on dull activity
Pakistan's cotton prices have remained soft in the past week amid dull activity and will not pick up until next month, when arrivals from the new crop come into the market, dealers said Thursday.
 arrow Japanese firms coming home after expansion in Asia
More Japanese firms are returning home from Asia in an effort to keep their high-tech expertise to themselves and to cash in on Japan's economic rebound, the Cabinet Office said Friday.
 arrow Japan grants tax breaks to Mitsubishi Motors
The government Friday decided to grant tax breaks to scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in a bid to help Japan's fourth-largest carmaker regain consumer confidence and recover lost sales.
 arrow China economy grows 9.6pc in 2nd quarter
China's economy grew by 9.6 percent in the second quarter of 2004, easing slightly from 9.8 percent in the first three months, the National Bureau of Statistics announced Friday.
 arrow Citigroup Q2 net income $1.14b
Citigroup, the global financial services company and parent company of Citibank NA has reported net income (after tax) for the three months that ended June 30, 2004 of $1.
 arrow Samsung triples profits
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its net profit for the second quarter to June almost tripled to 3.13 trillion won (2.
 arrow New WTO setback may cripple global trade talk
Global trade talks will be paralysed if negotiators next week fail to reach a framework accord on areas targeted for reform including agriculture, a leading US business group warned Thursday.
 arrow UN to develop global investment guidelines
The United Nations will work with a dozen major institutional investors to develop global guidelines for responsible investment by Septe-mber 2005, the UN Environment Programme said Thursday.
 arrow WB review calls for realistic debt target
The World Bank needs to set more realistic debt targets for poor countries and limit loans to countries that are not committed to reform, an internal review made public Thursday said.
 arrow EU trims restrictions on Chinese food products
The European Union has eased restrictions on imports of Chinese food products, the EU executive commission said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Better batting please
Bangladesh warmed up for their second match of the Asia Cup with a massive win over Hong Kong yesterday and that has taken some pressure off skipper Habibul Bashar and his men who face the might of Pakistan
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
If you are touring Sri Lanka, you'll find the local cuisine difficult to swallow after just one meal.
 arrow Football: MSC: Hope springs eternal
The name sends the pulses racing for millions of die-hard fans but Moha-mmedan Sporting Club totally disappointed their loyal band of supporters last season by surrendering each of the three trophiesthey
 arrow Football: Asia gets rolling
For a country that claims to have invented football more than 2,000 years ago, China has been waiting an eternity for success in the beautiful game.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid inspires India
Rahul Dravid slammed a solid 104 to help India reach a respectable 260-6 from 50 overs against the United Arab Emirates in the Group B league match of the Asia Cup here on Friday.
 arrow Chess: CJKS chess
Mohammedan Sporting Club won their fifth round board against Bakalia Ekadash 4-0 to lead the table with 18 points in the CJKS-Progoti Insurance First Division Chess League at the CJKS gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Gavaskar in hot water
Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian batting great, has become embroiled in yet another controversy, this time with the police registering a case against him and five others for alleged fraud following a
 arrow Cricket: Windes struggle for win
A late-order collapse by MCC helped West Indies to an unconvincing 29-run win here on the final day of three.
 arrow Football: Catch Argentina with calm speed
Peru coach Paulo Autuori said his team needed more speed and less haste in attack and would have to improve their concentration in Saturday's Copa America quarter-final against Argentina.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
Jirabo Club became north zone champions in the Shinepukur 21st Pioneer Football League as the league committee's verdict over Tuesday's controversial match went in favour of them yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Marion leaps to Athens
Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones is looking like the old Marion again.

The sport's top female athlete soared an impressive 7.

 arrow Cricket: SCG's Test days over?
The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the world's third oldest Test venue, is in danger of being stripped of international matches from next year.
 arrow Football: This is where it all began
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has acknowledged that football has its roots in China, declaring it the birthplace of the glorious game.
 arrow Football: Shearer clears his position
Former England captain Alan Shearer has dismissed reports that he would quit Newcastle United if he was not given a regular place with the club.
 arrow Football: Real playing with Morientes
Spanish giants Real Madrid are dangling international striker Fernando Morientes, loaned out to Monaco last season, as bait as the 'meringues' look to make a final big signing before the new season.
 arrow Cricket: PCB to contract players
Pakistan will shortly follow the lead of other countries by offering central contracts to leading players.
Metropolitanarrow Irregularities at NU
Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri (BCM), a left-leaning student organisation, will lay a seize to the education ministry and submit a memorandum to the education minister on September 16 to protest various irregularities
 arrow Altaf Hossain Golondaj sent to jail hajat
Awami League lawmaker Altaf Hossain Golondaj, who was arrested on July 15 from Nakhalpara MP Hostel in Dhaka, was sent to jail hajat yesterday after a Magistrate's court here rejected his bail prayer.
Nationalarrow A boost to women empowerment
Ultra poor illiterate rural women, if mobilised and trained, can be good craftswomen, bread earners for their families and contributors to the national economy.
 arrow 'Food for net', interest-free loan evoke good response
The Sunamganj district administration has launched a unique programme --'food for net' -- to save fish fries in haors in the district.
 arrow 'Lease khas lands to the landless as per ministry order'
The Debhata-Kaligonj Bhumihin Sangram Committee at a press conference here on Thursday urged the district administration to take steps to lease over 618 acres of khas lands in nine villages in Debhata
 arrow Khulna Mayor fears 'attempt on life any moment'
Khulna city Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman has been fearing an 'attempt on life' any moment.

He received the last death threat from extremists over cell phone on July 4.

 arrow Bomb attack on Khulna BNP leader: 8 held as suspects
Eight persons were arrested as suspects of a bomb attack incident here on Wednesday.

Khulna city BNP senior vice president Sekhandar Zafrullah Khan Shachu,52, sustained critical injuries.

 arrow Khulna citizens asked to submit bio-data
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) asked the city people to submit their bio-data to the respective ward commissioners.
 arrow Dowry: Husband, his mother get life for murder
A husband, his mother and elder brother have been given life term for killing a housewife for dowry in Jhenidah.
 arrow 'Distortion' of history Protested
Freedom fighters here on Thursday protested the distortion of history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh by the present government.
 arrow Prize distribution of Presidency School held
The prize distribution ceremony of Presidency International School, a leading English medium school in the port city, was held at the local Muslim Hall auditorium here in Friday.
 arrow Police-miscreants clash in B'baria: 5 injured
At least five persons were injured as miscreants clash with police here on Wednesday.
 arrow 5 hurt in bomb blast
Five persons were injured, one of them critically, in a bomb blast at a kitchen room of a Hindu family at Krishnanagar village in Banchharampur upazila on Thursday morning.
Point-Counterpointarrow The sixth National Pay Commission
In his budget (2004-2005) speech on June 10, 2004 the Finance Minister said, "In the fulfilment of our election pledge, a Pay Commission will be constituted at the beginning of the next year for re-fixation
 arrow NGOs as civil society organisations
The final two decades of the twentieth century have experienced an abundant growth of civil institutions including NGOs around the globe.
Culturearrow A display that focuses on women's rights
Stop this barbarism'. A recent poster with this message attracted public attention at the British Council.
 arrow Exhibition hopes to preserve disappearing sailboats of Bangladesh
From July 2 to July 12, Frenchman Yves Marre and his Bangladeshi wife Runa staged a display in Gulshan of more than 30 handcrafted models of Bangladeshi "country boats".
 arrow Bhaddornok
What is more important for a human being--his dynasty and social status or humane qualities? 17th century French playwright Moliere in his play The Bourgeois Gentleman deals with this eternal question.
 arrow Rashid Haroon talks on his direction of Shikhandi Katha
Rashid Haroon is one of those teachers of dramatics who are trying to patronise Bangladeshi amateur theatre to give it a polished shape.
 arrow Bergman retiring
Ingmar Bergman, one of the great masters of modern film, celebrated his 86th birthday on July 14 with a sour gift for fans--an announcement that he's retiring from the stage.
Generalarrow Repeal trade association bill
The National Garments Workers' Federation yesterday demanded repeal of the Trade Association and Industrial Relations Bill, 2004, saying that the bill is not consistent with the existing labour laws.
 arrow Take legal action against those disrupting BRTC bus service
District and police administrations in Rajshahi division have been asked to take legal action against 'influential' private transport owners and workers who were creating obstacles to the state-ownedbus
 arrow Govt plans to launch massive post-flood rehabilitation
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the government will launch a massive post-flood rehabilitation programme immediately after the recession of waters from the affected areas.
 arrow Dhaka seeks greater int'l support to fight Aids
Bangladesh parliamentary delegation yesterday sought greater international and regional supports to check spread of Aids in the country.
 arrow Gates Foundation to contribute additional $ 50m
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute an additional US$ 50 million to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, raising its total contribution to US$ 150 million.
 arrow Six criminals held in Ctg
Police arrested six notorious criminals in the district in separate raids on Thursday.
 arrow Body recovered in city
Police recovered the body of a rickshaw-van puller from Mirpur Road in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Two students drown in Ghagot
Two students of Rangpur Zila School drowned in the river Ghagot at Nishbetganj on Thursday.
 arrow Over 1,900 held
Police arrested 1,911 people, including a listed criminal, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.0am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Bihar seeks more soldiers to help flood victims
The eastern Indian state of Bihar sent an SOS message yesterday to the federal government seeking more help from the army to rescue millions of people trapped in devastating floods.
 arrow Israel must quit Gaza to stay Jewish
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned that Israel needs to withdraw from the Gaza Strip to remain "Jewish and democratic", in a speech broadcast on public radio yesterday.
 arrow US House votes to block aid for Saudi Arabia
Lawmakers cheered as the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to strip financial assistance for Saudi Arabia from a foreign aid bill because of criticism that the country has not been sufficiently
 arrow More anguish for Blair
Under-fire British Prime Minister Tony Blair received another unwelcome reminder of his falling popularity yesterday as his Labour party lost a formerly safe parliamentary seat and only narrowly retained
 arrow Kerry fleshes out blueprint
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said he would set three conditions for withdrawing US troops from Iraq if he were elected, and warned that President George W.
 arrow 'US to work closely with India, Pakistan'
The United States can help India and Pakistan work together as they solve mutual problems because it is working with them individually and looks upon them as two proud nations, Secretary of State Colin
 arrow 'New Iraqi prison abuse cases uncovered'
New cases of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers have been uncovered, a US senator said Thursday, three months after US media broadcast photos of detainees being sexually humiliated at the
 arrow AIDS meet ends with calls for cash
The leaders of the world's fight against AIDS called for renewed political and financial impetus to counter its inexorable march yesterday as they expressed their shame that 38 million people were still
 arrow US opposes UNSC seat for Germany
The United States opposes Germany becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a German newspaper yesterday quoted a US diplomat as saying.
 arrow New US law gets tough on theft of identity
President Bush signed legislation on Thursday that toughens penalties against identity theft, a problem that federal officials estimate cost US consumers and businesses over $50 billion last year.
 arrow US nuclear lab loses secret data
One of America's largest nuclear weapons research laboratories has suspended its activities after secret information went missing.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sweeping powers for taxmen
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has categorically stated that the government has no plans to respond to the business community's call for whittling down the powers given to tax collectors under the new
 arrow Editorial: Beheading of hostages in Iraq
Beheading of foreign hostages in Iraq is slowly but surely taking an alarming pattern.
 arrow The case of Qazi Faruque Ahmed
It is one of the touchstones of civilised society that a person should not be punished without a trial in which he or she can hear the accusations brought by the state and proffer his or her defence.
 arrow Transforming the Arab world
The UNDP has recently published its second its second Arab Human Development Report (AHDP). An interesting document, it focuses on three fundamental pillars: freedom, women's rights and knowledge dissemination.
Letters to Editorarrow Subsidised medical diagnostic centres
Quite a number of modern medical diagnostic centers have come up in the country in the private sector, and these are doing roaring business.
 arrow Don't get sponged!
Sometime back (in Dhaka) I was sick and the family physician (GP) referred me to a specialist.
 arrow Betrayed again
The whole nation was stunned at the fashion the by-election in Dhaka 10 seat was held on 1 July.
Literaturearrow The Snake Charmer
Jakhra, a snake charmer, was playing his flute studded with white, flower-like shells. He was blowing at it so hard and playing it so loudly, it was as if he was puffing at the bellows of a blacksmith.
 arrow Brick Lane in New York
6 p.m. on the 24th of May my sister and I headed towards Barnes and Noble bookstore located at 66th Street in Manhattan.
 arrow Where on Earth am I? Confusions of a Travelling Man,
Being a travel writer must be the best job in the world. Think about it.