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Front Pagearrow Flood fury brings back 1998 deluge memory
Floods roll through 41 districts to ravage Bangladesh for long affecting more people in what could be the worst in memory since 1998 that saw the most devastating deluge.
 arrow 12 business bodies ask AL to withdraw hartal
Leaders of 12 leading business bodies yesterday appealed to Awami League (AL) to withdraw tomorrow's hartal considering the prevailing flood situation, however the main opposition still stuck to its stance.
 arrow EC to ask ministry to punish surgeons for seeking 4-party votes
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to ask the health ministry to initiate departmental action against two of its officials for violating the public servants' code of conduct as well as electoral
 arrow Living like Noah
All along the near submerged 12-kilometre road from Uthala to Zafarganj in Manikganj district, hundreds of men, women and children have taken shelter under the most subhuman conditions.
 arrow Red Cross to launch int'l aid appeal
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) yesterday said it would launch an international appeal to raise $3.2 million for flood victims in Bangladesh.
 arrow Massive plan taken to face situation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government is facing the current flood with adequate measures and it has a massive plan for post-flood rehabilitation in all sectors, including agriculture, health
 arrow Army was not deployed at each centre
The government did not deploy the army at each polling centre during Dhaka-10 by-election on July 1 in line with a court order, the Election Commission (EC) said in a reply to the High Court (HC) yesterday.
 arrow 23 cops down with dengue
Twenty-three policemen are now undergoing treatment for dengue fever at Rajarbagh Police Lines Hospital, indicating a full-scale comeback of the mosquito-borne viral disease in the capital.
 arrow Pass rate in Degree exams doubles
Pass rate in the Degree pass and subsidiary examinations of 2003 under the National University (NU) shot up to 41.93 percent from 24.77 percent of last year.
 arrow PM asks media men to maintain professionalism
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the media men to maintain professional honesty, responsibility and the highest level of caution.
 arrow Elect AL man to end govt misrule: Hasina
Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people of Gazipur-2 constituency to vote for her party candidate in the August 1 by-polls to protest what she said were misrule
 arrow A must-win game for Tigers today
Bangladesh will have to beat Sri Lanka today to stay alive in the Eighth Asia Cup when the two sides meet in their second Super League match at the Premadasa Stadium.
 arrow Govt warns of price hike
The commerce ministry yesterday warned of price hikes of essentials in the next few days because of the worsening floods.
 arrow New probe officer assigned
A new investigating officer (IO) yesterday took charge of the two cases filed in connection to the April 2 arms haul in Chittagong, who also will lead an investigation cell in conducting further probe
 arrow 9/11 panel blames 'institutional failings'
The Sept. 11 commission concludes that a "failure of imagination," not governmental neglect, allowed 19 hijackers to carry out the deadliest terrorist attack in US history.
 arrow 2yrs on, no action against culprits
Even in two years, the government as well as the Dhaka University (DU) authorities have not taken any actions against people responsible for the July 23, 2002 police atrocities on female students of Shamsunnahar
 arrow US Marines kill 25 Iraqi insurgents
US Marines killed 25 insurgents and captured 25 others during several hours of fierce fighting in Ramadi, a hotbed of insurgents battling US and Iraqi forces, the American military said yesterday

The

 arrow Hawking loses black hole bet, rethinks theory
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking lost one of the most famous bets in scientific history Wednesday after he rejected the 1975 black hole theory that helped make his name.
 arrow Tk 29 lakh mobile sets seized at ZIA
Customs officials yesterday seized huge quantity of cell phone sets reportedly worth Tk 29 lakh at Zia International Airport (ZIA).
 arrow All examinees of 40 colleges fail Degree exams
None of the examinees of 40 educational institutions passed this year's degree (pass, subsidiary and certificate) examinations under National University while students appearing from 29 colleges recorded
 arrow The wrinkles on the face tells her story...


 arrow Bangla Bhai media's creation, Nizami reiterates
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said some newspapers are giving shelter to Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Rasul Nizam to receive top French honour
Rasul Nizam, honorary consul of France in Chittagong, will receive the most distinguished French order Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) tomorrow for his outstanding contribution
 arrow 9/11 hijackers twice set off security alarms at airport
Some of the hijackers who crashed a jetliner into the Pentagon on Sept.
 arrow What used to be the main road of Basabo...


 arrow Mirpur student rescued from Mymensingh
Police rescued an abducted school student of Mirpur from Mymensingh and held six captors on Wednesday, two days after the abduction.
 arrow Man to die for killing wife
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for the murder of his wife while his sister received life imprisonment.
Businessarrow Businesses want to get rid of power outages
Expressing their serious dissatisfaction at the frequent power outages, over-billing and poor management of the power sector, leading businesspeople yesterday demanded immediate solutions to the problems.
 arrow Shrimp farmers see output boom on new method
He took a risk that could have seen him lose everything. But he took the gamble as, he thought, someone has to do it first.
 arrow US textile firms seek more protection from China
Chief executives from more than 100 US textile companies mounted a major lobbying effort Wednesday aimed at restricting imports from China when five-decade-old quotas expire at the end of the year.
 arrow Canada plans trade drive to China, India, Brazil
Canada plans a drive to diversify its trade flows to China, India and Brazil through large-scale high-level trade missions to those key emerging markets, Trade Minister Jim Peterson said Wednesday.
 arrow IMF research supports India's bullish economic growth
The average Indian can look forward to an eight-fold increase in incomes over the next 40 years as a slew of favourable factors combine to boost the economy's growth rate, according to new IMF research.
 arrow Thailand firm on Myanmar's inclusion in EU trade talks
Thailand refused to back down Thursday over the controversial inclusion of military-run Myanmar at key trade talks with the European Union planned for October.
 arrow BJMC reduces Loss margin by Tk 20cr in '03-04
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) reduced the margin of loss by Tk 20 crore in the last fiscal year.
 arrow Citigroup named best investment bank for 2004
Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank NA, has been chosen by Global Finance as the world's best investment bank for the year 2004.
 arrow Labour body wants govt to seek GSP derogation
A labour organisation yesterday urged the government to apply to the European Union (EU) for availing GSP derogation.
 arrow France flexes muscles to dilute WTO proposals on agriculture
French authorities have mounted a spirited bid to amend a draft WTO project aimed at salvaging floundering trade liberalization talks, insisting that in its current form it harms the interests of theEuropean
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dav talks, they listen
To refocus his boys after two heavy defeats in the Eighth Asia Cup, Dav Whatmore spent a busy afternoon yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss' Lord's love affair on
Andrew Strauss' second Test hundred guided England to a strong position of 233 for one at tea on the first day of the series opener against the West Indies at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Brazil ride their luck
Brazil, without their World Cup stars, proved their mettle in a penalty shootout against Uruguay in Wednesday's semi-final to reach the Copa America final against Argentina.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Not many Bangladeshi batsmen have so far scored runs in the Asia Cup. Even those who have scored have fallen victim to run outs.
 arrow Cricket: 'Defeat self inflicted'
Pakistan's seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in an Asia Cup super league match was self inflicted, their coach Bob Woolmer said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels accept ICC offer
Zimbabwe's rebel cricketers have agreed to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) plan for arbitration in their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU), a spokesman told this news agency here
 arrow Cricket: Pollock's Eden Gardens dream
It's been a long wait, but for Shaun Pollock, the South African all-rounder, it's been well worth it.
 arrow Football: UAE talking tough
United Arab Emirates coach Aad de Mos has dismissed South Korea's run to the 2002 World Cup semifinals as a fluke ahead of the two teams' crucial Asian Cup match here Friday.
 arrow Football: Newcastle get Kluivert
Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson believes his side will start the new season with the best strike force in the Premiership following the capture of Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert.
 arrow Football: Calling Klinsmann, Bierhoff
Germany have turned to former strikers Jurgen Klinsmann and Oliver Bierhoff to lead them to the 2006 World Cup finals which will be held on German soil, reports said here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Thrilling victory for Iraq
Iraq's war-weary footballers overcame a late fightback from 10-man Turkmenistan to breathe life into their Asian Cup campaign with a pulsating 3-2 victory here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Winning start for Benitez
Rafael Benitez has warned that Liverpool will have to adapt their style to get the best out of record signing Djibril Cisse.
 arrow Football: Becks still learning Spanish
David Beckham is still having trouble with Spanish as he prepares for his second season with Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Chinese dragon awakens
The Chinese dragon is starting to breathe fire at the Asian Cup -- and coach Arie Haan couldn't be happier.
 arrow Football: Abahani too hot for Kararchar
Dhaka Abahani made a flying start in the Nitol-Tata fourth National Football League with a convincing 4-0 victory over outsiders Kararchar KC of Narshingdi in their first appea-rance at a muddy Momenshahi
 arrow Cricket: Another win for U-19s
The touring Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team won their second warm up match ahead of their maiden series against their England counterparts when they defeated ECB Development of Excellence XI by fourwickets
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey underway
Bangladesh Army managed a solitary goal victory over Bangladesh Railway in the opening match of the ANAS Group 25th National Hockey Championship at the Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Chess: School chess from July 26
The sixth school chess tournament, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, will start at the hall room of the National Sports Council on July 26.
 arrow Swimming: Perfect Sabura
Sabura Khatun completed a perfect eleven in the 21st National age-group swimming championships here on Thursday.
 arrow Kabadi: Premier kabadi
Holders Bangladesh Rifles recorded their second consecutive 91-19 victory over Dilkusha SC with eight lonas in the ninth Premier Division Kabadi League at the outer stadium court here yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Div I handball
Surjodoy Club registered a massive 32-3 victory over Jatrabari Sports Academy in the Tibet 13th First Division Handball League at the outer stadium ground here yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: JU b'ball
Business Administration emerged champions in the Jahangirnagar University inter-department basketball championship with a 37-25 victory over Geography and Environment at the university basketball court
 arrow 4 new disciplines For 10th SAF Games
Four new disciplines, cycling, judo, ushu and archery, will make their SAF Games debut when the tenth edition of the regional event will be hosted for the second time by Sri Lanka next year.
Metropolitanarrow 'Women can play crucial role in checking birth'
Political empowerment of women could contribute enormously to reducing population growth in South Asian countries including Bangladesh.
 arrow 'Governance in Dhaka riddled with corruption'
Governance in Dhaka is riddled with both high-level and petty corruption that is on the way up. Coordination among service-providing agencies in the capital is also unsatisfactory.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla donates Tk 50 lakh for flood victims
Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd yesterday donated Tk 50 lakh to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for the flood affected people.
 arrow Tajuddin's birth anniversary today
Today is the 79th birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of independent Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow DU exams postponed
All examinations under the course and traditional systems of Dhaka University will not be held tomorrow due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.

Fresh date will be announced soon.

 arrow Students observe strike to protest distortion of history
Students of Dhaka University, Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology and some government colleges in the city observed a strike yesterday to protest the distortion of Liberation War history and
 arrow New cardiac cath lab at Sikder Medical College
A new cardiac cath lab has been installed at Sikder Cardiac Centre of ZH Sikder Women's Medical College & Hospital at Rayer Bazar, Dhanmondi, in the city, says a press release.
Culturearrow Drawing out the beauty of flowers
People have long known Iffat Ara Dewan as a reputed singer. Of late she also has established herself as an artist.
 arrow B&H Star Search kicks off with Chittagong audition
The Benson & Hedges Star Search 2004 started with the regional live auditions for Chittagong on July 21 at the Hotel Agrabad in the port city.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Daiboddho
Depiction of a society torn asunder by materialism
Popular Indian playwright Chandan Sen's Daiboddho has been staged by several theatre groups of both India

Generalarrow BCL-Shibir clash at Pabna college
A gunfight between Islamic Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League left five students injured on the Shaheed Bulbul College campus in Pabna yesterday.
 arrow 'Create mass awareness to stop smoking'
Speakers at an orientation programme yesterday called for creating mass awareness to stop smoking.

They said awareness is more needed than law to stop smoking.

 arrow 3 to die for killing woman
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a youth along with his two accomplices to death and another to life imprisonment for the killing of his stepmother.
 arrow UK aid for bridge over river Surma sought
Bangladesh has sought assistance from the British government to construct a cable bridge over the Surma river in Sylhet and implement post-flood rehabilitation programmes in the transport sector.
 arrow No scarcity of relief : Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said there is no scarcity of relief materials as the government has sanctioned adequate relief for the flood victims.
 arrow Rotary-Unicef to install safe water systems in arsenic-affected UZs
Rotary International will provide US$ 200,000 to the Unicef for installation of safe water systems in arsenic-affected villages in Kachua, Shahrasti, Sonargaon and Monir-ampur upazilas.
 arrow Govt indifferent to flood situation
The overall flood situation in the country has taken a serious turn but the government is not paying any attention to it, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow One shot dead over land dispute in Sylhet
A young man was shot dead and seven others were injured at a village in Beanibazar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow BTTB opens control room
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board has opened a control room to keep the telecommunications system operative in the face of possible disruption of the network as floods have been sweeping most parts
 arrow Bangladeshis in UK to help flood victims
Expatriate Bangladeshis living in UK will open an account with Sonali Bank in London to provide assistance for the flood-affected people in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bus owners begin strike in Khulna
Khulna Motor Bus Owners' Association began an indefinite transport strike on 18 routes yesterday in protest against the closure of ferry ghat bus stand.
 arrow Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad launched
A group of professionals floated an organisation titled 'Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad' yesterday to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War and democracy.
 arrow Fishery Fortnight programmes postponed
All programmes taken at divisional, district and upazila levels to observe the Fishery Fortnight from July 27 to August 10 have been postponed.
 arrow Khaleda greets Canadian PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia greeted her Canadian counterpart Paul Martin for his re-appointment as Prime Minister of Canada.
 arrow 1760 more held
Police arrested 1,760 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh-China Friendship Assoc executives
The biennial council of Bangladesh-China Friendship Association was held at the National Press Club auditorium in the city recently, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Call off hartal
The July 24 hartal call that the AL has refused to withdraw, despite the flood situation taking a critical turn, is a clear case of the party's narrow political vision getting the better of its concern
 arrow Editorial: RAB operations
We had previously expressed our grave concern at the conduct of operations of the Rapid Action Battalions. A number of deaths, reportedly in their custody, were primarily the reasons for our warning.
 arrow A rare breed of pragmatic leader
I met Tajuddin for the first time on January 17, 1972, when I went to his official Hare Road residence to introduce myself as Finance Secretary, and the last time on July 7, 1975 when I went to his private
 arrow An episode from history
I met Mr. Tajuddin for the first time at mid-day on March 29, 1971, when he stopped at Jhenidah on his way towards the border. He had arrived at the residence of Mr.
 arrow Is democracy going dud?
The sons, daughters, and wives are rising to power, their right to rule coming to them like inheritance. When Hafeez Al Assad of Syria died, his son took over as the country's new President.
Letters to Editorarrow Worst floods
Floods this year are set to break the record of 1988.
 arrow Bharati Mukherjee
I would like the readers to focus on the most interesting and important statements made by Bharati Mukherjee and also observe how she really is controversial or contradictory, and truly confusing.
 arrow Shankhari Bazaar: Sustainability in the cultural context
Mr. Ghafur's views in the above titled write-up (DS: Point-Counterpoint: 14/7/04) divulges on an issue that is haunting the policy planners for decades.
 arrow Myth of reconstruction in Iraq
The whole Iraq affair has been littered with false intentions and lies on the part of the coalition, who were solely interested in the strategic and economic capability of Iraq.
 arrow Political intolerance
This refers to the post-editorial article on the subject by Prof. M. Ataur Rahman (DS: 19.7.04). Thanks are due to Mr.
 arrow Life in Lanka
I beg to differ with your correspondent AL Mussabir Sadi 's comments about Sri Lankan cuisine in his column Life in Lanka (Star Sport / DS- July 17). His remarks appear to be sweeping and rather uncomplimentary.
 arrow Examination systems need restructuring
I think the systems of SSC or HSC examinations are stereo-typed serving no useful purpose in progress of merit.
 arrow Proshikha and the government
I read Zafar Sobhan's column "The case against Qazi Faruque Ahmed' with great interest (DS July 17th).
 arrow Distorted history
On 10th April 1971, the formal proclamation of independence was made terming Bangladesh as a Sovereign People's Republic and it was resolved that the order would be deemed to have come into effect from
 arrow Declaration of independence
Once again the nation is held hostage to the whims and insanity of our political leaders.

The nation woke up last week to find that our history has been changed once again.

 arrow Iraq scene
The Americans would have the world believe Iraq is a changed place, that the tyrannical regime of Saddam has been replaced by a humane regime that cares for the people of Iraq.
 arrow Who cut the dam?
This refers to your Bogra correspondent's report (DS: 17 July).
Tribute to Tajuddin Ahmedarrow A civil servant's homage
This humble birthday tribute to one of the greatest sons of Bangladesh is so titled because I knew and admired him essentially from the point of view of a civil servant. Mr.
 arrow Recalling our first Prime Minister
Throughout 1971, Mr.
 arrow Tajuddin Ahmed
1925: Born in Dardaria village, Kapasia.
1943: Joined Muslim League.
1944: Elected councilor of Bengal Muslim League.
1948: Founder member of East Pakistan Chhatra League.

 arrow An unsung hero
Although many an epithet is attached to his name describing him essentially as a lonesome, private, and introverted person, but in reality Tajuddin Ahmad was a man who was a worshipper of work and work
Worldarrow Experts blame rapid urbanisation
As floods ravage Asia in what experts say are, in some cases, the worst in memory, analysts have warned such calamities are likely to increase with rapid economic development in the region.
 arrow US admits 'bounty hunter' contact
The US military has admitted it detained an Afghan man handed over by a US citizen accused of running a freelance counter-terrorism operation.
 arrow 'Chinese military steps up war preparations'
China has stepped up its preparations for war with Taiwan in its southeastern province of Fujian, a report said Thursday.
 arrow UN asks US to forge concerted strategy
The United Nations asked the United States Wednesday to pour more resources to fighting AIDS in Asia, warning that the region was fast approaching a "critical tipping point.
 arrow Musharraf promises to help German bid to resolve Darfur crisis
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told visiting German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer yesterday he would take a personal interest in preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan.
 arrow Gujarat govt Widens scope of Godhra probe
The BJP government in Gujarat has widened the scope of a an official commission probing the burning alive of 54 people in Godhra in February 2002 that was followed by widespread riots in the state.
 arrow Andhra to end ban on outlawed Maoists
The southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday announced the end of a ban on a powerful Maoist guerrilla force active in the region for decades, as part of a "serious peace initiative".
 arrow Indian coal minister goes missing!
For perhaps the first time in the history of independent India a minister of the realm has gone "missing" with police hot on his trail, seeking to arrest him on court directions for his alleged involvement
 arrow Australia relied on 'thin, incomplete' report
Australia relied on "thin, ambiguous and incomplete" intelligence to go to war in Iraq, according to an inquiry.
 arrow UN to evacuate staff from Gaza
The United Nations plans to evacuate non-essential foreign staff from the Gaza Strip because of the deteriorating security situation, a U.N. official said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam lawyers file new complaint with human rights court
Lawyers for ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein said Thursday they had filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights calling on France to make the United States respect the Geneva Conventions.
 arrow India urges militants to set free hostages
India is trying to open channels of communication with the militant group, which abducted three of its nationals along with three Kenyans and an Egyptian on Wednesday, to secure their safe and early release,
 arrow Annan rejects Bush claim on safe world
The world is no safer than it was three years ago, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday, countering President Bush's claims he had made the world a safer place.
 arrow Teens not interested in politics: Study
Living in "the best of all possible worlds", many teens in Europe's idyllic Nordic region take no interest in politics, believing that they personally could never make a difference, according to a Swedish
 arrow Euro-MPs back Barroso as new Brussels chief
EU lawmakers yesterday confirmed the nomination of ex Portuguese premier Jose Manuel Durao Barroso as next head of the European Commission, despite criticism notably over his support for the Iraq war.
 arrow Iraq hostages plead for lives on tape
Lined up in a dark room, seven foreign truck drivers pleaded for their lives in a video tape filmed by militants holding them hostage in Iraq -- the tension broken only when an Egyptian told his mother