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Front Pagearrow Over 2cr live on little food, water in 41 dists
More than two crore people in 41 districts are living their days out with a little or no food and drinking water, as floods in the central, northern and northeastern regions threaten to worsen, with most
 arrow Sonali Bank faces huge loss on risky forex deals
Sonali Bank, the largest nationalised commercial bank (NCB), incurred a loss of Tk 38.82 crore in the first six months of 2004 from foreign exchange deals.
 arrow HC asks govt, EC why provision not unconstitutional
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government, the speaker and the Election Commission why the provision of women's reserved seats in parliament put in place through the 14th amendment to the constitution
 arrow Armed Forces Div was responsible for army deployment
The principal secretary to the prime minister and the defence secretary have denied violating High Court (HC) orders and committing a contempt of court and said the Armed Forces Division was responsible
 arrow Most shops keep shutters down
Most shops in Dhaka kept their shutters down yesterday in a bid to press the government into stopping collection of VAT at import level and introducing package system in VAT payment by retailers.
 arrow Tigers go down meekly
Experiments changed little for Bangladesh when they crashed to India by eight wickets in the opening Super League match of the 8th Asia Cup at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here yesterday.
 arrow Manmohan, Khaleda's Bangkok meet set to boost bilateral ties
India and Bangladesh are set to carry forward their bilateral interaction with a series of high-level meetings in the coming weeks beginning with a summit-level meeting between prime ministers Manmohan
 arrow JS body to discuss court-martialling of 17 navy men
A parliamentary body will discuss the reported court-martialling of 17 navy officials who are accused of irregularities in the purchase of a 'low quality' frigate, later decommissioned by the coalition
 arrow Submission deadline extended to Aug 14
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday extended the deadline for submitting self-assessment of holding tax from July 31 to August 14, while Awami League issued a one-week ultimatum to the corporationto
 arrow Rab's midnight raid terrorises ex-army man's family
A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team stormed into the house of a retired army officer at New Defence Officers' Housing Society (DOHS) at Mohakhali late Tuesday night on a tip off that criminals were hiding
 arrow Westmont to add 250-MW power to national grid by December
Westmont Power (Bangladesh) Ltd has launched a $150 million expansion drive with a target to add 250-megawatt electricity to the national grid by December.
 arrow AL complains to EC about govt officials' campaign for alliance runner
Government officials are violating electoral and service rules in campaigning for the ruling coalition candidate in the August 1 by-election in Gazipur-2 constituency, alleged the main opposition Awami
 arrow 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka on Jan 9-11
The Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) foreign ministers' meeting in Islamabad concluded yesterday endorsing Bangladesh's proposal for hosting the 13th Saarc summit in Dhaka January
 arrow BCS exams postponed
The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday postponed the preliminary test of the 25th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination scheduled for tomorrow due to raging floods.
 arrow Two cases filed against Golandaj under Arms Act
Two cases were filed yesterday under Arms Act with Tejgaon Police Station in the capital and Gafargaon Police Station in Mymensingh against Awami League lawmaker Altaf Hossain Golandaj.
 arrow Oikya Mancha calls for nat'l unity to save flood-hit people
Leaders of Jatiya Oikya Mancha (National Platform for Unity) yesterday called for a national unity among political party leaders, professionals and NGO workers to save millions of people marooned by flood
 arrow UP chairmen demand more funds
Union Parishad (UP) chairmen yesterday demanded of the government direct and enhanced allocation of funds for the UPs for what they said is strengthening the local government for the sake of a strongand
 arrow Student strike today to protest history distortion
Three opposition-backed student organisations yesterday called a nationwide student strike for today to denounce what they said were the distortion of history in the reprint of the Liberation War documents
 arrow Media men slam ministry for poor BTV standards
The Ministry of Information yesterday came under sharp criticism from media people for deterioration of quality of programmes on state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV).
 arrow Natwar, Kasuri talk borderline terrorism
Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri yesterday discussed the Kashmir problem, the issue of cross border terrorism while reviewing the various
 arrow House-owners block Khoka's motorcade
Police lobbed teargas canisters and charged baton to disperse angry people who tried to block the motorcade of Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Tejgaon-Gulshan Link Road...


 arrow 6 more taken hostages by Iraq militants
A militant group said yesterday it had taken six more hostages -- three Indians, two Kenyans and an Egyptian -- and would behead them if their countries did not immediately announce the withdrawal oftheir
 arrow High cholesterol key to drugmaker profits
Pfizer Inc. yesterday posted solid quarterly earnings on surging sales of cholesterol treatment Lipitor, while results of rivals Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp.
 arrow Car bomb kills 3 in eastern Baghdad
A car bomb went off in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least three people, witnesses said.
Businessarrow NCBsí six-month profits plummet by 61pc
Pressurised by government high-ups to give low rates on loans, the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) saw their profits plummeted by a staggering 61 percent during January-June period this year, compared
 arrow Bottlers face uneven playing field on banderole labelling
Soft drink bottling companies are exposed to an uneven competition in local market as one of them has obtained a four-month stay order from the High Court on an NBR order that made it mandatory to attach
 arrow BGMEA forms cell to help flood-affected garment workers
Bangladesh Garment Manufa-cturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday formed a cell to monitor the flood-affected garment factories and help their workers.
 arrow BB relaxes CRR rules for banks
The central bank yesterday relaxed its cash-reserve ratio (CRR) regulations for commercial banks to provide them with greater flexibility in liquidity management.
 arrow US to continue support for investment
The US will continue to extend all out support for economic development of Bangladesh through bilateral trade and investment.
 arrow NBL managing director quits
Managing Director of National Bank Limited (NBL) MA Mazid Khan resigned recently on the advice of bank's board of directors.
 arrow Millenium Sweater gets ISO 9001:2000
Millenium Sweater Limited, a concern of Dynasty Group, has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certificate for its quality management system.
 arrow Chinese bio chemical plant to be set up in Mongla EPZ
A Chinese company is going to set up a bio chemical product manufacturing plant in Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ).
 arrow UPS senior VP visits Bangladesh
Senior Vice President of South Asia-Pacific of UPS, an express package delivery company, KM Liu visited Bangladesh recently to discuss strategic expansion and future of UPS Bangladesh operations.
 arrow Top Kuwait Airways agents awarded
Kuwait Airways Bangladesh awarded its top agents for their business performance at a function in Dhaka on Tuesday.
 arrow CRISL reaffirms A + to Islami Bank
Credit Rating Information and Services Limited (CRISL) reaffirms A+ rating to Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) in the long term and ST-2 rating in the short term.
 arrow Agora launches new promotional campaign
Agora, a chain superstore, is offering free items for every 50th customer under a seven-day promotional campaign that began on Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of its parent company Rahimafrooz.
 arrow Sri Lanka to let telecoms firms widen services
Sri Lanka will allow telecoms operators to offer both fixed-line and mobile services under a new licence aimed at expanding services to rural areas and reducing waiting lists for lines, officials said
 arrow India changes controversial share transaction tax
Indian Finance Minister Pala-niappan Chidambaram on Wednesday eased the impact of a controversial transaction tax, boosting the share market.

The controversial 0.

 arrow WTO compromise in trade talks draws mixed reaction
Trading nations have given a mixed reception so far to a final attempt by the World Trade Organisation to broker a compromise in deadlocked global trade talks by the end of the month.
 arrow Workers go on strike at GM Daewoo in South Korea
Workers at US-owned GM Daewoo Auto and Technology launched a two-day strike on Wednesday demanding higher pay and better working conditions, company officials said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Just looking ahead
After a comprehensive defeat to India, Bangladesh coach Dav What-more said he was now more certain of the XI to field in the remaining matches and was not prepared to throw in the towel just as yet.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Harbhajan Singh received an aggressive welcome on his return to international cricket after an eight-month injury lay-out when Bangladesh's new left-hander Faisal Hossain hoisted the off-spinner for a
 arrow Cricket: Lankans lash Pakistan
Fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa took three wickets for 29 runs to power Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory against Pakistan in an Asia Cup second round match on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sparkling Sachin
It was a satisfying day for Sachin fans after the Indian superstar displayed a rare all-round show aga-inst Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: Three cheers for Brothers
Favourites Dhaka Brothers Union got off to a good start in the Nitol-Tata National Football League when they blanked Bangladesh Air Force 3-0 in a violence-marred match at the Momenshahi Stadium hereyesterday.
 arrow U-19s start on winning note
Bangladesh under-19 team, thriving on two blazing half-centuries, started their England tour with a win against ECB Development of Excellence XI at the Loughborough University ground on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Argentina too classy
Forward Carlos Tevez scored from a free kick for the second game in a row as Argentina swept aside defending champions Colombia 3-0 in their Copa America semi-final on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh U-17 booters lose
Bangladesh Under-17 football team suffered a 2-5 defeat to Thailand Under-17 side in their first practice match yesterday at the Durakit Bandit University ground in Bangkok.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique takes Ganguly for 50th scalp
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique became only the second bowler of the country to take fifty scalps in one-day international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Eng have the trump card
It's unlikely that Michael Vaughan will threaten to make West Indies grovel during their four-Test series starting on Thursday.

It's simply not his style.

 arrow Cricket: Charitable Warne
Long a controversial figure, Australian cricketer Shane Warne has been following in the footsteps of his former captain Steve Waugh by getting involved in charity work.
 arrow Cricket: What when he's not there
West Indies captain Brian Lara said England's dependence on in-form Durham quick Stephen Harmison could be a weakness during the forthcoming four-Test series which gets underway at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Swimming: Sabura shatters three records
Sabura Khatun stole the show on the second day of the 21st National Age-group Swimming Championship when she made three national records in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo Olympiakos'?
Brazil World Cup winner Rivaldo has agreed to join Olympiakos Piraeus, the Greek club's office said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Parreira lauds Copa
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira praised playing standards at the Copa America on Tuesday, saying they were at least equal to the European championship played the previous month in Portugal.
 arrow Football: Best yet for Bielsa
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa enjoyed one of the best performances of his five-year reign as his team demolished Colombia 3-0 in Tuesday's Copa America semi-final.
 arrow Football: Look who's talking!
England skipper David Beckham says he will make his critics eat their words as Real Madrid look to shake off the hangover of last season.
 arrow Football: Iran blank Thailand
Iran's Croatian coach Branko Ivankovic said he was satisfied with his players' performance, even though it took his side 70 minutes to break the deadlock in their opening Asian Cup 3-0 win over Thailand
 arrow Mourinho wants more
Jose Mourinho wants to extend Chelsea's 70-million-pound summer spending spree with the capture of a top class central defender after completing the signing of Benfica midfielder Tiago.
Metropolitanarrow Call for closer ties among unions, labour dept, NGOs
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for closer ties among trade unions, the Department of Labour and non-government organisations (NGOs) to safeguard the rights of workers.
 arrow Non-govt teachers for an end to salary discrimination
Teachers of non-government secondary schools yesterday called for an end to salary discrimination between them and the government teachers.
 arrow Enact law to safeguard HR of ethnic groups
Speakers at a training programme yesterday called on the government to enact and enforce law to safeguard the universal human rights of ethnic groups.
 arrow Verdict in Sharifa murder today
The verdict on the sensational Sharifa Khatun murder case of Uttara Thana will be delivered by the Dhaka's Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 today.
 arrow Market demolished in Chittagong
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday demolished a market to recover its four Kanthas of land worth Tk 1 crore.
 arrow Afghan envoy meets Hasina
Afghan Ambassador in Dhaka Akmal Ghani ysterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence and discussed issues of mutual interest.
 arrow Dr Ehsan made Kuet VC
Professor Dr Ehsanul Haque of the Department of Metallurgy of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has been appointed the Vice-chancellor of Khulna University of Engineering andTechnology
 arrow 28 Wasa staff dismissed
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) dismissed its 28 employees and punished 147 others on various charges from 1996 to 2003.
 arrow Int'l confce on Poet Nazrul soon
A nine-member delegation of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam Education Trust headed by its trustee board chairman Dr Ashraf Siddique called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on waste management Studies
The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) organised a seminar on 'Waste Manage-ment Studies in Bangladesh' yesterday.
 arrow 'No logic behind calling hartals'
The government yesterday said there is no logic behind calling hartals demanding gas supply to Rajshahi as there is already a project to take gas over there.
Nationalarrow Silent revolution in a remote village
It is a children's home for the poor in a remote village.
 arrow IFS Kurigram: 7 MT rice still 'missing', 'fake' bills
Chilmari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Parimol Majumder has said seven metric tones of rice allegedly misappropriated from the allocation under the Integrated Food Security Programme (IFS) in Raniganj union
 arrow Free legal aid for the distressed
A local NGO, Sabolombi Unnayan Samity (SUS) has been rendering free legal aid to distressed people for sometime.

As many as 350 distressed people got free legal aid from here since its inception.

 arrow Bridge to be built on Karnaphuli linking road to Yangon
Commerce Minister Air Vice-Marshall (Retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury here on Tuesday a third bridge would be built on the Karnaphuli and it will be connected with the proposed road to Yangoon, capital of
 arrow Miscreants snatch ultra poor's money!
Sub Assistant Engineers of Kurigram Sadar Upazila LGED Ziaur Rahman and Khalilur Rahman on Tuesday filed a case with Kurigram Sadar police station alleging that some miscreants snatched Tk 21,409 when
 arrow LGED rejoinder
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has issued a rejoinder to a Daily Star report published on June 30 under the headline "Resources for Ultra Poor Eaten Up".
 arrow 5 killed in B'baria road accident
Five persons were killed and three others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bariura village in Sarail upazila yesterday.
 arrow Crimes up in Keshabpur
Rising incidents of crimes in different villages in Keshabpur upazila has raised a great concern among the villagers.
 arrow CPB human chain for relief
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) here formed a human chain on Tuesday protesting alleged negligence by local Water Development Board in repairing flood control embankments.
 arrow Anniversary of death
Today is the 15th death anniversary of Asir Uddin Ahmed, the first Muslim headmaster of 116-year-old Nilphamari High English School (now Government Boys' High School).
Point-Counterpointarrow Bill Clinton is back in the limelight with his best-selling autobiography
Bill Clinton is back on centre-stage after leaving office more than three and a half years ago. For the legions of Clinton-haters in America, the past several weeks have been hard to stomach.
 arrow The role of autonomous media on development and the World Bank
On the last 14th and 15th June, at the Headquarters of World Bank, situated in Washington DC, a symposium was held titled, "Symposium for Broadcasters on International Development".
Culturearrow Bangla Kheyal
Celebrated composer and singer Azad Rahman offered culture enthusiasts a virtual musical feast recently. In an innovative move, he translated Kheyals from Hindi to Bangla version.
 arrow ntv notches up one year
Shomoyer shathey agamir pothey-- with this slogan a satellite Bangla channel ntv had begun their voyage a year ago.
 arrow Farida Parveen's 'Achin Pakhi'
Orchestra, an event management organisation, is coming up with yet another musical evening.
 arrow Joy-Joyonti: A new music school
To expand the cultural horizons and tradition, especially amongst the young generation, a new musical school named Joy-Joyonti started its voyage in the city recently.
 arrow Q&A
Our Cultural Correspondent recently caught up with Bijori Barkatullah. She is a woman of many talents such as dancing, modelling and acting.
 arrow Shurjomukho
The interval of the show of Shurjomukho on July 20 at the Experimental Theatre Stage, was marred by a few members of the audience giving vent to their anger.
 arrow Azad Abul Kalam:
Azad Abul Kalam, the well-known director of stage plays, seeks to introduce unique ideas in Bangladeshi theatre. So far he has directed nine stage-plays.
Generalarrow State minister slams DoE officials
State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury yesterday came down heavily on the officials of Department of Environment (DoE) for not updating its database.
 arrow 5 to die in Keraniganj double murder case
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced five people to death for killing a man and his son on July 13 in 1993 at Barishur in Keraniganj.
 arrow Monitoring cell to check corruption in LGRD ministry
Directives have been given to keep LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry free from corruption.
 arrow 'Contraceptive usage rises amid static TFR'
Speakers at an United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA) conference yesterday said use of contraceptives has substantially increased to 54 percent in the last 10 years despite stagnation in total
 arrow JU serves show cause notice on student
The authorities of Meer Musharraf Hossain hall, Jahangirnagar University (JU), yesterday served a show cause notice on a student for his alleged involvement in the abduction of a vegetable trader.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaqmemorial foundation established
National Professor Sufia Ahmed, wife of late Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, handed over a cheque for Tk 10 lakh to President of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh Prof Emajuddin Ahamed at a simple ceremony
 arrow DU exams postponed
All examinations of Dhaka University under course and traditional systems scheduled for today have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow BRAC starts flood relief operation
The Brac, a leading NGO, has started its emergency relief operation in 24 flood-affected districts.

It has sanctioned Tk 2 crore initially for the relief work.

 arrow 1450 more held
Police arrested 1,450 people on various charges from across the country in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Israel adamant to build barrier
Israel said yesterday it was determined to continue construction of its West Bank barrier despite an overwhelming UN General Assembly resolution calling for parts to be torn down.
 arrow 8 killed in Iraqi rebel den
Seven Iraqis and a US soldier were killed in a fresh bout of violence around the rebel hotbed of Samarra yesterday as a Filipino hostage headed home amid controversy over Manila's decision to quit Iraq
 arrow American on trial for 'war on terror' claims US govt link
A US citizen appearing in court charged with running a private "war on terror" in Afghanistan yesterday claimed he and two other Americans were working with the full knowledge of US Defense SecretaryDonald
 arrow Japan, Bulgaria to keep troops despite threat
Japan vowed yesterday to keep its troops in Iraq despite an alleged threat by suspected senior al-Qaeda member Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.
 arrow Indian flood victims ransack govt offices
Villagers ransacked government offices in eastern India, accusing authorities of not supplying aid to cope with deadly floods caused by annual monsoon rains, police said yesterday.
 arrow Saudi forces kill 2 suspected militants
Saudi security forces gunned down two suspected militants in the latest shoot-out in the capital Tuesday late night, two days before the expiry of an amnesty for Al-Qaeda linked extremists to surrender.
 arrow Palestinian MPs call for new govt
Palestinian deputies called for a new government yesterday as they started debating a damning report on a spiralling security crisis highlighted by the shooting of a former minister.
 arrow Bush wants to be the 'Peace Presidentí
After launching two wars, President Bush said Tuesday evening he wanted to be a "peace president" and took swipes at his Democratic rivals for being lawyers and weak on defence.
 arrow Cold kills 46 children in Peru
At least 46 children died as extreme cold blanketed more than half of Peru, hitting 158,000 persons, Foreign Minister Manuel Rodriguez said as he announced $745,000 in UN aid.
 arrow Seven more arrested
Six government employees and an engineer were due to appear in an Indian court yesterday after being arrested over a school blaze that killed 90 children last week, police said.
 arrow NASA wants to return to moon
On the 35th anniversary of the first lunar landing, NASA struggled with money problems as it aimed to return to human space flight after the Columbia disaster and ultimately put people back on the moon.
 arrow 38 men killed in rebel attack on relief convoy in Sudan
Thirty-eight men were killed when rebels in west Sudan's Darfur region attacked a relief convoy and had a gunbattle with military escorts, a media service and an official statement said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No impending food crisis
Monsoon floods have long been among the most devastating of crises that successive Bangladesh governments have had to contend with.
 arrow Editorial: AP report
The Gauhati datelined AP report on the " killing of Indian insurgents" in Dhaka, though retracted later, has drawn our attention for obvious reasons.
 arrow SAARC leaders must come out of mental straightjacket
Having been in a state of torpor over the past several years, SAARC appears to have arisen from slumber and is about to make a move forward.
 arrow Let's think coolly and talk
The schedule of the long-stalled Composite Dialogue between India and Pakistan has been agreed. Beginning July 28, it will reach the Foreign Ministers level meeting on August 25 next.
Letters to Editorarrow Ban on faulty vehicles
A year or two back the government made much hue and cry and said that there would be no noise pollution and no emission of polluted smoke from the old vehicles.
 arrow Channelling the private way...
Private channels and package programmes are common jargons to our media people. From mancho (theatre stage) we have developed performers of high calibre.
 arrow Syllabus -- English medium schools
As a guardian I am familiar with the syllabus of English medium schools (EMS) at home and abroad. In Dhaka, my son and children of relatives have read or are reading in such schools.
 arrow By-election
The recently held by-election of Dhaka-10 constituency broke all the past records of rigging and false casting of votes.
 arrow Listen , politicians
While talking to a reporter, the former president, HM Ershad said, "Without Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman there would have been no Bangladesh ".
 arrow A strange country!
Kazi Faruque's organization Proshika worked well on poverty alleviation and social developments through decades.
 arrow The vilest form of brutality
Of late, human brutality has, perhaps, for the first time reached its height around the Iraqi captives in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.