Vol. 5 Num 53 Sun. July 18, 2004    
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Power sector slumps on political prank
Load shedding may hit as high as 1,000 megawatt next year, the Power Development Board (PDB) fears, blaming lobbying by vested interest groups and politically motivated decisions for stagnation of the
Cry for food in Dhunat
Nepotism rules relief distribution among dam-cut victims
Mismanagement in inadequate relief distribution added to the woes of thousands of flood victims camping in the open on the Jamuna river in Dhunat without food and water after a dam-cut wiped their villages
Demand for By-poll Repeal
HC stays BDB petition to EC for 3 months
The High Court yesterday stayed for three months proceedings of the petition to the Election Commission (EC) Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh candidate Abdul Mannan filed for cancellation of the controversial
Dhaka non-committal about Berlin's UNSC berth
German foreign minister leaves for Sri Lanka
Bangladesh was non-committal about Germany's bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), but backed UN reforms after German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer soughtDhaka's
Fischer lauds Dhaka's role in regional coopeation
Germany has appreciated Bangladesh's role in fostering regional cooperation in South Asia and also in the United Nations (UN) through participation in peacekeeping missions in different troubled pockets
Bar sends memo to chief justice
Demands fresh criminal bench
The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday submitted a memorandum containing a six-point demand to the chief justice, which includes reconstitution of criminal motion benches of the High Court.
Sumon's Death
Witness, family tell of framing
Apparent inconsistencies between the Rapid Action Battalion's (Rab) claim of catching Sumon and two others red-handed while exacting tolls from a shop assistant in Tongi Thursday and the version of aman
Hameed stars Pak win
Memories of Bangladesh's fifth overall one-day victory were laid to rest in 24 hours when the Tigers crashed to a 76-run defeat against defending champions Pakistan in the Eighth Asia Cup here yesterday.
SL spin to victory
Muttiah Muralitharan and Upul Chandana shared seven wickets to bowl Sri Lanka to an emphatic 116-run victory over the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup Group-B league match here yesterday.
Bodies of seven aborted babies, newborn recovered
Police yesterday recovered the bodies of six premature infants from a footpath in Bakshibazar and that of a newborn girl from a garbage bin near Shankar bus stand in Mohammadpur in the city.
Sumon Killing
AL calls hartal for July 24
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday called a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country for July 24 to protest the killing of Tongi Jubo League leader, who was also a key witness to the party lawmaker
Diesel-run vehicles to be phased out
8 VIP roads to become off-limits to rickshaws
A high-powered meeting on easing the city's traffic jam yesterday decided to take a number of steps, including phasing out diesel-engine vehicles, prohibiting rickshaws on eight specific thoroughfares
Draft Manpower Export Policy
Workers to get punished for crimes, strikes abroad
For the first time, the government is framing a comprehensive manpower export policy with provisions for punitive actions against expatriate Bangladeshi workers for committing crimes and other offences,
119 illegal Structures on Buriganga demolished
The district administration and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday demolished 119 illegally set up structures on the Buriganga River on the first day of a five-day joint drive.
Old man killed in city bomb attack
4 burnt as assailants bomb house after dousing flammables
An elderly man was incinerated and four others of his family suffered severe burns when unknown assailants threw a bomb into their second floor apartment after pouring flammable liquid at Shyamoli inDhaka
Iraq justice minister escapes attack
US soldier, 2 guards killed in separate blasts
A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle as a convoy carrying Iraq's justice minister drove past in Baghdad yesterday, killing four people but not wounding the minister, police and US troops at the scene
Listed criminal and ICS cadre arrested
A joint team of Panchlaish police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a listed criminal and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) cadre from Munshi Pukur Par in Sholak Bohar Friday night.
One buys Freedom in Kushtia
Mahidul Islam, who was abducted on Thursday, bought his freedom reportedly for Tk 5 lakh in the early hours of yesterday.
Mirza Azam, Nanok get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to Jubo League leaders Jahangir Kabir Nanok and Mirza Azam MP and city Awami League (AL) leader Syed Khokan in the BRTC bus burning
Palestine in turmoil
The Palestinian government called a state of emergency yesterday and summoned the cabinet for an urgent meeting as the Gaza Strip slid into chaos, after gunmen kidnapped two security officials and four
'Criminal' shot dead on DU Campus
An alleged criminal was gunned down by his accomplices on the Dhaka University (DU) campus last night, police said.

The dead was identified as Shamsul Alam alias Shamsu.

Tiger kills Fisherman in Sundarbans
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Kachhikata in the Sundarbans Friday night.

Floodwaters for household use !

German FM meets Hasina
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer yesterday called on Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina at her Sangsad Bhaban office.
100 injured as Tornado hits Sunamganj
At least 100 people were injured and 200 houses damaged as tornado lashed six villages of the district in the early hours of Friday.
Bangabandhu Parishad protests distortion of history
Bangabandhu Parishad yesterday protested the insertion of the name of former president Ziaur Rahman as the first proclaimer of independence into the reprint of 'Bangladesher Swadhinata Juddho: Dalilpatra'.
UNFPA director arrives today
UNFPA Director for Asia and the Pacific Division Sultan A Aziz arrives in Dhaka today on a six-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Car hijacked, driver shot
Carjackers made away with a private car after shooting its driver at Lalmatia in Mohammadpur yesterday.