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Front Pagearrow Sylhet airport swamped
Air links to Sylhet snapped yesterday cancelling seven local and international flights, as floodwaters swamped more than 4,000 feet of the MAG Osmani International Airport runway amid heavy flooding that
 arrow Women's reserved JS seats challenged
Opposition political parties and civil society members filed a writ petition with the High Court against the government, the speaker and the Election Commission yesterday, challenging the new constitutional
 arrow Farm loan recovery paused for a year
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday directed all Nationalised Commercial banks (NCBs) to suspend agriculture sector loan recovery for one year and double loans in the sector in view
 arrow Business strike tomorrow
Owners of shops and other businesses in cities and towns across the country will go on strike tomorrow despite the government stripped VAT inspectors of arrest power as demanded by them.
 arrow Tornado hits N'ganj villages: 500 hurt
Tornado lashed four villages in Araihajar upazila yesterday, leaving over 500 people wounded and innumerable houses and trees flattened.
 arrow Babar warns police of custodial death
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday cautioned police high-ups against custodial deaths.
 arrow Injured Javed to sit out next match
Bangladesh suffered a major blow before their opening second phase match against India tomorrow in the Asia Cup when Javed Omar was ruled out.
 arrow Two more cracks in DND dam plugged
The Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) flood protection embankment developed two more cracks yesterday to be plugged on an emergency basis to the relief of about a million people living on its southern side.
 arrow Suicide bombing kills 10 in Iraqi police post
A suspected suicide car bomb blew up outside a police station in southwestern Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 10 people, wounding dozens and leaving a tangled wreckage of burned out cars and destroyed
 arrow 1 more robber at Lalbagh lynched
One more alleged robber was killed in mob beating in Lalbagh in the early hours of yesterday raising the lynching death toll in the locality to four within hours.
 arrow Two more cracks in DND dam plugged
The Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) flood protection embankment developed two more cracks yesterday to be plugged on an emergency basis to the relief of about a million people living on its southern side.
 arrow Army official looks to HC for ducking court appearance
The lone army officer among four top government officials facing contempt charges for violation of court order for army deployment in Dhaka-10 by-polls will seek exemption from appearing in the High Court
 arrow JCD men make money on admission woes
Leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD)'s government college units in Dhaka have allegedly taken money from many students seeking admission to honours first year classes and influenced college authorities
 arrow Court accepts charge sheet
The Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge here yesterday accepted the charge sheet in country's biggest ever arms haul case and suggested departmental action against the first investigation officer (IO)
 arrow Authorities still to detect reason
Even after five days, a probe by authorities of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) into abrupt sickness of about 500 students failed to identify the reason behind the water-borne
 arrow BTTB cellphones to hit market by Dec
The government is all set to implement major telecoms projects like Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB)'s mobile-phones and installation of submarine cable.
 arrow Tension at NU over teachers' appointments
Appointments to two senior posts in the National University (NU) in violation of recruitment rules have sparked anger and frustration among the ranks of education sector.
 arrow Cops seal roads to AL HQ to foil siege plan
Police blocked the roads to the Awami League (AL) headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday with barbed-wire fences to foil a siege programme of the Awami Jubo League.
 arrow BNP lawmaker suggests PM to end practice
A senior BNP lawmaker has suggested the prime minister to discard the practice of contractual jobs in the civil service and change the present set-up at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 arrow 7 hurt in BCL factional clash
Seven persons were injured, two of them severely, in a clash between the two rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the MM City College campus in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow SC declares illegal DCC shopping complex
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday declared illegal the initiative of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to construct a multi-storeyed shopping complex in front of GPO near Bangabandhu Avenue.
 arrow HC acquits 7 convicts
Seven people, condemned to death by a district court, were acquitted by the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Saarc FMs' meet in Islamabad begins today
The two-day meeting of the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Coperation) Council of Ministers begins today in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, aimed at spurring trade among the South Asian
 arrow Man cashes in on in-law's death sentence
Abdus Sattar's death sentence in the Yasmin rape and murder case has put in tatters the life of his 18-year-old daughter Salma Akhter who is facing a divorce threat from her in-laws.
 arrow Sea vessel drifts away in Ctg port
A foreign cargo vessel yesterday drifted into the mainstream of the Karnaphuli river from the jetty of Chittagong port, as its anchor rope was torn by heavy current.
 arrow Ekata train rerouted for flood
Dinajpur bound Ekata Express train from Dhaka will run over the Jamuna Bridge from tomorrow (Wednesday) as Bahadurabad-Balasi ferry ghat has been flooded.
 arrow Floodwaters blow away road


 arrow Bamboo fencing to save fish


Businessarrow ADB policies draw flak from civil society group
A group of 10 non-governmental and voluntary organisations yesterday criticised Asian Development Bank (ADB) alleging that the Manila-based lending institution has systematically spawned and promotedpoverty
 arrow Bankers, businesses want 'digital law' for e-trading
Top bankers and business leaders yesterday demanded enactment of a 'digital law' to facilitate electronic trading regime in the fast-changing world.
 arrow Popular Diagnostic expands to pharmaceuticals
Popular Diagnostic Ltd, a leading diagnostic centre, is setting up a Tk 91.6 crore pharmaceutical plant on a 17-bigha land at Tongi which was bought from Fisons.
 arrow Dutch catalogue show in Ctg
With a promise to promote trade relations between Bangladesh and the Netherlands a two-day Dutch catalogue show began in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow NCBs fall 8pc short of farm loan disbursement target
Three nationalised commercial banks and two specialised banks disbursed Tk 3,705 crore agriculture loans in 2003-04, nearly 8 percent short of the target of Tk 4,025 crore.
 arrow CDBL chairman re-elected
Samson H Chowdhury has been re-elected chairman of Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL).

The election was held at the company's board meeting in Dhaka on Sunday, says a press release.

 arrow Emirates Airport Services gets ISO 9001:2000 certificate
Emirates Airport Services in Dubai has been awarded the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system accreditation.
 arrow Winners of 'Pran Chumukei Bajimat' get prizes
Pran Group has handed over prizes to the winners of its promotion campaign "Pran Chumukei Bajimat 2004".
 arrow Contract of EXIM Bank MD renewed
Board of Directors of Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Limited (EXIM Bank) Limited has renewed the contract of the bank's Managing Director Mohammed Lakiotullah for two years.
 arrow New MD of Global Ins
ABM Nurul Haq, has joined Global Insurance Limited as its managing director.

Prior to his joining the company, he was the managing director of Islami Insurance Bangladesh Ltd, says a press release.

 arrow EU welcomes draft WTO deal as good starting point
The European Commission welcomed draft WTO guidelines for liberalising world trade Monday as a good starting point but declined to say whether it expected agreement on the framework by the end of themonth.
 arrow India’s first Islamic mutual fund launched
Indian finance firm Parsoli Corp. will launch the country's first Islamic mutual fund, conforming with Islamic Sharia law which prohibits earnings from interest, a company official said Monday.
 arrow Thailand, China seek to double trade by 2010
Thailand and China are targeting a more than two-fold increase in bilateral trade to around 30 billion dollars by 2010, aided by tariff cuts, Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) said Monday.
 arrow Japan, Malaysia resume free trade talks
Japan and Malaysia began a fourth round of talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) here Monday, the Japanese trade ministry said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rallying behind Razzak
Just as he was announcing his arrival in international cricket, Abdur Razzak found himself tangled up in controversy when he was reported for having a suspect action by match referee Roshan Mahanama on
 arrow Football: Dhaka win MSC battle
There was a lot of hype ahead of the finals of the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League. But after two day's of action it has hardly been anything but football.
 arrow Football: A 4-star taste of samba
Striker Adriano scored a pair of goals and set up two others as Brazil defeated Mexico 4-0 and advanced to the semifinals of the Copa America on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bob awaits 'needle' match
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is looking forward to what he described as a "needle” encounter with India when the old South Asian rivals meet in the second round of the Asia Cup tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Bangladesh wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud has been told to wear a proper pair of gloves for the rest of the tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Jacobs ton puts Windies on top
West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs warmed up for next week's first Test against England with an unbeaten hundred on the second day of three against Sri Lanka A at Shenley on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Zoysa zaps India early
Fast bowler Nu-wan Zoysa gra-bbed three big wickets and effec-ted a crucial run-out to help Sri Lanka beat India by 12 runs in a last-over finish to the Asia Cup Group B league match here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI gives Test dates
Australia will play Test matches in Bangalore, Madras, Nagpur and Bombay on their tour of India starting in September, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday.
 arrow Five-time Devers
Gail Devers qualified for her fifth Olympics by winning the 100m hurdles at the United States Athletics Trials, opening the door for Marion Jones to possibly defend her 100m crown at Athens.
 arrow Football: Perez's goal
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the Primera Liga club will make 138 million euros from marketing this year and will outstrip Manchester United as the most valuable brand label in world sport.
 arrow Cricket: Zaheer injured
Left arm paceman Zaheer Khan is doubtful for India's next Asia Cup match against Bangladesh on Wednesday after injuring his left hamstring.
 arrow Kabadi: Premier kabadi begins today
Defending champions Bangladesh Rifles will take on Azad SC in the opening match of the 9th Premier Division Kabadi League at the Outer Stadium kabadi court today.
 arrow BCCI likely to invite Annan
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to invite Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, to attend its platinum jubilee celebrations in November.
 arrow Chess: Debaraj fifth in Nepal Open chess
Debaraj Chatterjee became fifth with eight points in the first Meehi Open International Rating Chess tournament which was held in Nepal.

Kazi Rashed Dinayet grabbed the seventh place with 7.5 points.

 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 21 for camp
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) picked 21 cricketers for a spin bowling and wicketkeeping camp.
 arrow Handball: Tibet h'ball starts today
The Tibet 13th First Division Handball League begins today at the Outer Stadium handball ground with Satirtha Club taking on Surjodoy KC in the opening match.
 arrow Football: Sweating on Saviola
Argentina will be without captain Roberto Ayala while forward Javier Saviola is still doubtful as they face Colombia in Tuesday's Copa America semi-final.
 arrow Football: Super Dario double
Striker Dario Silva scored two second-half goals as 10-man Uruguay came from behind to beat Paraguay 3-1 in their Copa America quarter-final on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Carlitos' has arrived
Carlos Tevez, who has already become a favourite at Boca Juniors, burst onto the international stage following his winning goal in Argentina's 1-0 victory over Peru in Saturday's Copa America quarter-final.
 arrow Football: Rock hard Jordan for ROK
Republic of Korea opened their Asian Cup campaign here Monday with a disappointing 0-0 draw, failing to break down a negative Jordan after dominating throughout.
 arrow Football: Velappan backtracks
Asian football chief Peter Velappan offered an apology Monday for blasting Chinese fans at the Asian Cup and questioning whether Beijing should host the 2008 Olympics.
 arrow Football: Cantona's football is English!
Former French star Eric Cantona said Monday he remained passionate about English football, but that football in France left him cold.
Metropolitanarrow Osmani Udyan to be turned into modern park in one year: Mayor
Osmani Udyan, a green space in the downtown area, will be developed as a modern and scientific park after evicting all illegal structures in the next one year, said Dhaka city Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka
 arrow Rab now in Khulna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has started functioning in Khulna Metropolitan City yesterday.

They are patrolling the crime-prone areas and gathering information about the criminals.

 arrow Apex celebrates 43rd founding anniversary
Apex Bangladesh, an international service club, celebrated its 43rd founding anniversary yesterday.

The club was first formed in Australia in 1931 and then in Bangladesh in 1961.

 arrow 'Scrap distorted part of history'
Sammilita Nagarik Samaj (SNS), a coalition of socio-cultural organisations, yesterday demanded the government scrap the 'distorted part' from the recently published Liberation War's history with regard
 arrow Sumon was tortured to death by Rab
Sumon Ahmed Majumder, a key witness in Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case, was tortured to death by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), according to an investigation by Odhikar,
 arrow BCL demands publication of probe body report
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded publication of the report of the judicial probe committee and punishment to the police personnel responsible
 arrow Dhaka Int'l Food Fair begins Sept 17
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) will arrange an international food fair from September 17 to 19 in the city to boost export of agro-processed food products.
Nationalarrow Arsenic alarming in 195 B'baria villages
Arsenic contamination of groundwater is alarming in Nabinagar upazila where all 196 villages except one are affected. The lucky village is Rasulpur in Natghar union.
 arrow An example for unemployed educated youths
The two fiends named it Dreamland Poultry Farm. It was true to its name-- materialising their dream in only two years.

Ali Hassan Pervez and Sumsuddin Sabu passed the BA examination in 2002.

 arrow Hartal observed in Uzirpur
A day-long peaceful hartal was observed in Uzirpur upazila yesterday in protest against the murder of freedom fighter Babu Lal Shil, 48, a central leader of Workers Party and upazila coordinator of 11-party
 arrow 3 attacked, KCC launches drive
The Khulna City Corporation (KCC) on Sunday launched a drive to destroy Aedes mosquito in breeding grounds in the city.
 arrow JCD men at CU stage sit-in, ask for removal of finance deptt head
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, staged a sit-in in front of the office of the vice-Chancellor (VC) of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanding cancellation of the
 arrow Zia fertiliser stops prodn
The Ashugonj Zia Fertilizer Company Limited (ZFCL) stopped production since Saturday morning for nine days due to technical fault and short supply of gas.
 arrow BTV mockery?
A news broadcast by BTV (Bangladesh Television) has become a matter of discussion in Daulatpur.
 arrow Workshop on school dropout held
A day-long workshop on Community Mobilisation and Advocacy Campaign for Implementation of School Feeding Programme was held at Tujalpur Government Primary School in Sadar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Pirojpur journos boycott BNP, Jamaat news for 6 months
Pirojpur Press Club yesterday decided not to carry reports on the district unit of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami for the next six months to protest against the alleged attempts on the life of Janakantha correspondent
 arrow Girl rescued, 5 'Traffickers' held
Chuadanga police on Sunday night rescued a teenage girl from Bondabil bus stand in Alamdanga upazila and arrested five alleged traffickers.
 arrow Autopsy report missing from case docket
Trial of the sensational Rawshan Ara murder case here was suspended as the post-mortem report of the victim is missing.
Point-Counterpointarrow Floods in Bangladesh: To be controlled or managed?
Natural disasters, espe-cially floods in Bangla-desh have been identified as one of the main obstacles in the way of achieving sustainable development.
 arrow John Edwards, a good choice, will have little impact on the presidential election
Just as no one marries the bride because of the beauty of the bridesmaid, no one votes for a candidate solely because he likes the candidate's running mate.
 arrow Dengue in the city -- oh not again!
The uncontrolled spread of Dengue has again struck the cities. The number of patients is still on the rise in the current monsoon season.
Culturearrow Misted colours in an Italian evening
It was a delightful display of pastel, tempera and water colours by Italian painters, seen recently at the Italian Ambassador's house.
 arrow Meeting a popular demand
Four video films written by Anisul Haque and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki were released on DVD and VCD.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Narak Gulzar
The play portrays the depressed proletariat
Quite often, rulers turn into oppressors. In the bargain, it is the common people who have to suffer.

 arrow A flute fusion
Ustad Captain (Rtd.
Generalarrow Reduce poverty through development of fisheries
Fisheries development programmes must aim at poverty alleviation of the fishermen through quality education and participation of women, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Class suspended till July 26, BCL leader sent to jail
Classes of Chittagong Government Commerce College (CGCC) have been suspended till July 26 following a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD)that
 arrow Khulna Jubo League leader falls sick during interrogation
Jubo League Leader Babul Majumdar arrested by Joint forces on Sunday is being intensely interrogated at the Batiaghata Joint forces camp.
 arrow Five students get AAA scholarships
The American Alumni Association (AAA) awarded scholarships of Tk 75,000 each to five students who had received admission in American universities for the coming fall semester, says a press release.
 arrow RCC accords reception to GPA-5 winners
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) accorded a reception to the students, who secured GPA-5 in Secondary School Certificate Examination this year, at a function at the City Bhaban on Sunday.
 arrow 40 die in India as bus skids off road
Forty people, most of them commuters, were killed yesterday when a crowded bus shot off a highway in torrential rains and plunged into a rain-filled ditch in West Bengal, police said.
 arrow Artist Abul Kashem dead
Kazi Abul Kashem, a pioneering Muslim artist in undivided Bengal, cartoonist and litterateur, died at National Heart Foundation in the city yesterday at the age of 93, says a press release.
 arrow 4 drug traders held in Feni
Police yesterday arrested four alleged drug traders and recovered 48 bottles of Phensidyl at Mohipal in the town.
 arrow Fantasy Kingdom celebrates birthday of Princess Lia
The birthday of Princess Lia was celebrated at the Fantasy Kingdom, a theme park at Ashulia, amid fanfare and festivities on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow 1543 more held
Police arrested 1,543 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Indo-Pak diplomats swap peace ideas
Top diplomats from India and Pakistan discussed proposals yesterday to push forward a nascent peace process between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals, but officials declined to say what they were.
 arrow Pak PM rules out probe into Kargil
Pakistan government has ruled out any probe in the Kargil episode saying it would open a Pandora's box and rejected deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's reported claim that he was not informed aboutit
 arrow Philippines completes pullout from Iraq
The Philippines said yesterday that it has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq, meeting a demand by Iraqi insurgents threatening to behead a Filipino hostage but defyingopposition
 arrow Attempt on deputy CM in Kashmir: 3 killed
Three people died yesterday when a hand grenade exploded at a public rally being addressed by Indian Kashmir's deputy chief minister, police said.
 arrow Arafat removes cousin as security chief
Backing down in the face of violent protests, Yasser Arafat asked the ousted Palestinian chief of security to return to his job yesterday, placing him in command of his controversial cousin, Palestinian
 arrow Bolivians approve gas industry nationalisation, more exports
Bolivians have overwhelmingly approved increased state involvement in the lucrative natural gas industry -- the second largest in South America -- and increase gas export royalties for multinationals.
 arrow Rajapakse talks Delhi's role in Lankan peace
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse held talks yesterday with Indian leaders on a range of issues including New Delhi's role in helping rebuild his strife-torn island nation, an official said.
 arrow Bomb kills Hizbollah leader in Beirut
A bomb killed a senior member of Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah in the southern suburbs of Beirut yesterday in an attack the group blamed on Israel.
 arrow Gunmen attack Indonesian church: Priest killed
A priest has been killed and four others wounded during an attack inside a Christian church in Indonesia.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Only 20 percent tax collected
Without tax revenue, neither can a government be run, nor will it be able to provide basic services to the citizens. Taxation, therefore, is the cornerstone of governance.
 arrow Editorial: A flood imperative
The victims of Dhunat embankment breach are in desperate need of relief.
 arrow Politics of consensus, not of confrontation
The election scenario of the Dhaka-10 constituency (July 1, 2004) unfortunately reminds us, once again, that in Bangladesh the party in power can manipulate a desired result, causing thereby a tremendous
 arrow How to be remorseless
You can't get the right answer if you ask the wrong question.
Letters to Editorarrow No face value
Our sick politics generates ideas, metaphors and similes, encouraging sarcasm and pessimism.
 arrow Academy politically controlled?
The recent DS editorial on the alleged unethical control of new admissions of students by the student fronts of political parties is very disturbing.
 arrow DV winners
Among the people, who applied for DV-2005 last year through Internet, the winners are receiving their letters in Bangladesh. After getting the first letter, the DV winners have to face some problems.