Rail, road links with capital threatened|
Raging floods that relive the memory of the 1988 devastating deluge inundated half a kilometre of rail tracks in Brahmanbaria and part of Dhaka-Aricha Road yesterday, threatening the capital's rail links
Fresh city areas swamped|
The raging floods swamped fresh areas in the capital's eastern and western parts yesterday forcing hundreds more from the low-lying areas to move to high ground or temporary flood shelters as thousands
Turkish train disaster kills 36, injures 60|
Turkey's showcase express train derailed in the northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring about 60 after critics warned the old tracks along the Istanbul-Ankara line could not handle the newhigh-speed
Lankans outplay Tigers|
A vintage performance by Sanath Jayasuriya ensured Sri Lanka's passage into the final of the Eighth Asia Cup when the hosts overwhelmed Bangladesh by 10 wickets at the Premadasa Stadium last night.
Police club protesters of new holding tax|
Police charged baton and lobbed teargas shells as people agitating against the newly introduced self-assessed holding tax took out processions and held rallies in different parts of the capital yesterday.
AL withdraws today's hartal|
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has withdrawn today's countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal considering current flooding and sufferings of the people.
ZIA still safe, flights from Sylhet resume|
Zia International Airport (ZIA) authorities yesterday said the runway is safe from flood water and rise in water levels in adjacent swamped areas does not pose any threat yet.
'Dhaka Saarc summit to deal with realities'|
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday the 13th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in Dhaka in January next year will be the turning point in its history as
Revenue shortfall at Ctg customs house prompts secret probe|
The government has launched a secret probe into the Tk 525-crore shortfall in revenue collection by the Chittagong Customs House (CCH) in the last fiscal year (FY), despite an increase in import traffic.
Law soon to pave way for electronic business|
The government will soon introduce a law -- Information Technology Act -- to pave the way for electronic transaction and digital signature and to combat cyber crimes.
BADC to go for seed growing as it gets fund|
Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) has at last received a government allocation of Tk 100 crore to clear dues of several hundred 'contract farmers and farm workers' and start its seed-growing
2 US troops, 9 Iraqis killed in violence|
Two American soldiers were killed and one wounded when their convoy hit a roadside bomb outside the rebel city of Samarra while nine Iraqis were killed when a van hit US military tank in Baghdad, US military
DU move to recruit two lecturers violating rules|
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have allegedly taken a move to recruit two lecturers in population science department -- one lacking requisite qualifications and the other getting preference over
Rab nabs five Ctg criminals, recovers arms|
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five notorious criminals with firearms and ammunition in the city's Muradpur area early yesterday.
Bangladesh among top finishers in US visa lottery|
Bangladesh, Nigeria, Poland and Ethiopia were the top finishers in the US visa lottery, which granted 50,000 permanent residence visas, or "green cards," allowing recipients to live and work in the United
New group to transmit Star TV channels|
MGH Infocomm Limited (MIL), a sister concern of MGH Group, will distribute and transmit 11 STAR Television channels in Bangladesh.
Black stinking sewage water mixing with floodwater|
Indian parliament adjourned amid pandemonium|
India's BJP-led opposition NDA disrupted proceedings of parliament for the fourth day yesterday to press for sacking of a federal minister, accused in a 30-year-old massacre case and parliament adjourned
Small UN contingent to return to Iraq in Aug|
The new UN chief envoy for Iraq will go to Baghdad next month along with a small team to reestablish a permanent UN presence, Secretary General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.
Cop injured in scuffle with colleague|
A sub-inspector (SI) of Tejgaon Police Station was injured in a scuffle with his colleague at the police station yesterday following a dispute over distribution of duty.
FM not aware of Pak PM's private visit|
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said he was not aware of Pakistan Prime Minister Choudhry Sujaat Hossain's private visit to Dhaka next month to attend a wedding ceremony.
Jhenidah docs continue strike|
Doctors' strike in Jhenidah continued for the second consecutive day as Sadar hospital and health complexes remained inoperative much to the inconvenience of a large number of patients throughout thedistrict
2 Bangladeshis shot dead by BSF in Kushtia|
Indian border security force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshis at Udaynagar frontier in Daulatpur upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
Bollywood actor Mehmood dies|
Veteran Bollywood comedian Mehmood Ali passed away on Friday morning at Pennsylvania in US, according to his family sources in Mumbai. He was 77.
HC orders Sena, BJP to pay Rs 20 lakh each for calling bandh|
The Mumbai High Court yesterday asked the Shiv Sena and the BJP to pay Rs 20 lakh each as compensation for the bandh they called on July 30, 2003 in connection with the serial bomb blasts.
EPZ for light engineering industry on the cards|
In a bid to promote light engineering industry the government is contemplating to set up an exclusive export processing zone (EPZ) for the promising sector.
NCBs lag behind private banks in credit finance|
Despite operating 54 percent of the total bank branches, nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) lag behind private commercial banks (PCBs) in credit finance.
Air fare in India dips as price war begins|
Air travel in India no longer seems to be the monopoly of the rich.
Pakistan unveils trade policy with $13.7b export target|
Pakistan has set a target of $13.7 billion exports in the fiscal year 2004/05 (July-June), a 12 percent increase over the exports of $ 12.3 billion last year, the country's commerce minister said Thursday.
Thailand pleads with US to hold off on shrimp tariffs|
Thailand has pleaded with US trade authorities not to impose punitive anti-dumping tariffs on shrimp exported by the kingdom after Washington slapped similar duties on China and Vietnam, the Bangkok Post
Evaluation finds gap in WB's poverty programme|
The World Bank's watchdog said Thursday the bank's main poverty-reduction programme required poor countries to prepare too much paperwork that detracted from the main task of improving domestic processes.
Delta Life to convert paper shares into electronic ones|
Delta Life Insurance Company Limited has signed an agreement with Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the service provider of central depository system (CDS), to convert its paper shares into
New DMD of Uttara Bank|
Kazi Khalilur Rahman has joined Uttara Bank Limited as deputy managing director.
Prior to his new assignment, he was the senior executive vice president of IFIC Bank Limited, says a press release.
Managers' confce of City Bank held|
A three-day half-yearly managers conference of The City Bank Limited concluded in Dhaka recently.
Tough criticism of WTO trade pact makes revision inevitable|
Mediators bowed to pressure Thursday and began revising plans for farm trade reform, the centrepiece of a hoped for global trade pact, after an earlier blueprint was mauled by both rich and poor nations.
EU reassures France over farm subsidies|
The president of the EU Commission, Romano Prodi, replying to French government concerns in a letter released on Friday, said EU negotiators would fight to defend European interests in World Trade Organization
Japan, US mad cow experts end talks|
Japanese and US officials Thursday ended talks on lifting Tokyo's import ban on US beef, with reports saying both sides acknowledged tests cannot detect mad cow disease in young cattle, Kyodo news agency
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US dollar got stronger against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.
WI off to a flier|
West Indies sprinted to 101 without loss in 18 overs shortly after tea on the second day of the first Test at Lord's here Friday as they made a spirited start to chasing down England's first innings 568.
Mercury goes up in Lima|
World champions Brazil meet arch-rivals Argentina on Sunday in a perfect finale to a Copa America that has already surpassed expectations.
Life in Lanka|
Sri Lankan cricket icon Muttiah Muralitharan was partying till late night yesterday at the Hotel Taj Samudra.
Greek life starts for Rivaldo|
Former World Player of the Year Rivaldo has signed a two-year contract with Greece's Olympiakos, the Piraeus club said on Thursday.
The trouble with Kluivert|
Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson has been warned to lay down the law if he wants to get anything out of Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert.
Uzbeks first to last eight|
Uzbekistan became the first side to reach the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup Thursday, leaving three-time champions Saudi Arabia facing a crunch showdown with rivals Iraq for a place in the last eight.
Records not Daei's priority|
Iran skipper Ali Daei is putting thoughts of his goalscoring record on hold as his team look to secure their place in the Asian Cup quarter-finals against Oman here Saturday.
BAF fly over Unmochan|
Abul Hasnat and Shah Jamal struck a brace each as Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) earned a hard-fought 4-3 win over Unmochan Club of Bagerhat in yesterday's fixture of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football
Abahani Junior managed a solitary goal victory against Bakalia Ekadas in the inaugural match of the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Div I h'ball|
Prime Sporting Club outplayed Jatrabari Sports Academy 18-1 in the Tibet 13th First Division Handball League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
The winners dominated the first half 9-0.
U-17 booters Beaten again|
The Bangladesh under-17 football team continued its dismal perform when they went down 4-0 against their Thai counterparts in the second practice match in Bangkok yesterday.
PCB sticks with Woolmer|
Pakistan have pledged to keep faith with coach Bob Woolmer for the long term as he attempts to turn the team around.
Mymensingh edged past Patuakhali by a solitary goal in the ANAS Group 25th National Hockey Champion-ship at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh Army earned a massive 87-27 win over Bangladesh Air Force in the ninth Premier Division kabadi league at the Outer Stadium court yesterday.
The winners led the first half 42-13.
Make probe report public, demand DU students|
Students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded that the probe report on police atrocities on female students be made public immediately and the persons responsible be punished.
Trial begins at Speedy Trial Tribunal next month|
Trial of Journalist Manik Saha Murder Case will begin at the Speedy Trial Tribunal in the middle of next month after gazette notification of the absconding chargesheeted accused and attachment of their
$ 50,000 USAID grant for flood victims|
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the immediate provision of 50,000 dollars to assist the Bangladesh government in flood relief efforts.
'Indigenous people still facing persecutions'|
Indigenous people have been facing various forms of persecutions as they did not get constitutional recognition of their rights, said Moni Swapan Dewan, deputy minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs,
45 lakh people suffering from glaucoma|
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday called for raising awareness about glaucoma, saying that about 45 lakh people have been suffering from the disease in the country.
Clinker-laden barge capsizes in Pashur river|
A barge laden with 360 metric tons of clinkers worth over Tk 12 lakh capsized in the river Pashur on Thursday.
Dutch instt to provide fund for DU women's studies deptt|
An agreement between the University of Dhaka and the Hague-based Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Netherlands was signed here yesterday.
US Congressman urged to help ensure duty-free access for garments|
Ambassador to the United States Syed Hasan Ahmed met Congressman Charles B Rangel at his office in Washington on Wednesday.
Cancellation of all illegal appointments at CU demanded|
General Students Council against Corruption and Irregularities (GSCCI), a newly floated student forum at Chittagong University (CU), has demanded immediate cancellation of all illegal appointments including
No human rights in country: Prof Azad|
Eminent linguist and writer Professor Humayun Azad yesterday said there is no democracy or human rights in the country.
"What we have is something like monarchic democracy.
Cancer Control launched|
Bangladesh Oncology Club has launched a medical journal, Cancer Control, to help the specialists in the practical problems of treatment strategies in cancer diagnosis.
Monitoring cell at RAKUB to help flood victims|
The Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) has floated a high-level monitoring cell to help the flood victims in northwestern districts.
Sunnydale Students Guardians Forum|
A forum of guardians of the students of Sunnydale School has been formed recently with Life Chairman Kamrul Islam Sony as its president and Emdad Hossain as member-secretary, says a press release.
Prof Mohammad Hamid Ali Shah, former director general of Technical Education, died of old-age complications at his home in the city yesterday at the age of 73.
Khulna Motor Bus Malik Samity calls off strike|
Khulna Motor Bus Malik Samity has called off its indefinite strike.
Workers' Party leader arrested|
Natore police arrested a Workers' Party leader from Puthia in Rajshahi yesterday.
Outlaw arrested in Rajshahi|
A wanted outlaw belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party was arrested from a house at Bharalipara in the city yesterday.
Over 1,700 held|
Police arrested 1,729 more people on various charges during their ongoing countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Khulna transport owners calls off strike|
Khulna Motor Bus Malik Samity has called off its indefinite strike.
'Power to all villages by 2020 a dream'|
Rangpur: The target to supply power to all villages in nine upzilas of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts by 2020 would remain a dream if generation can not be increased.
SP assures of law and order in Uzirpur, Gournadi|
Amid deterioration of law and order marked by killings in outlaw infested Uzirpur, Babuganj and Gournadi upazilas, the local administrations held two public meetings on Wednesday, seeking peoples' cooperation
School dropout rate high in coastal areas|
Speakers at a seminar on Thursday said the rate of school dropout is high in coastal areas because of poverty, use of child labour in shrimp farms and lack of awareness among parents.
Was it destined?|
They were five sisters in Manikganj who became sisters-in-law following marriages with five brothers in Bhangura, Pabna. Many in the areas wonder whether it was destined.
Dowry-greedy madrassah super sent to jail|
Three persons including a madrassah superintendent were sent to jail hajat on Tuesday on charge of demanding dowry.
Tk 50 lakh fishes washed away in Patuakhali|
Fooding and downpour in the last few days washed away fishes worth over Tk 50 lakh in seven upazilas of the district.
Abductor's house set on fire after victim's rescue from Meherpur|
The house of an alleged abductor was set on fire by mob at Nawdapara village in Gangni upazila, Meherpur after rescuing a rice trader on Thursday.
Rab in Rajshahi with list|
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday started operation in Rajshahi with lists of criminals in hand and a call to the people to cooperate with them.
Pirojpur ASP's house searched for cops' killer|
A 15-member Rab team from Dhaka led by Maj.
Cop held on charge of snatching gold|
A police constable was arrested by the Sadar thana police on Wednesday on charge of snatching two gold chains worth about Tk 20,000 from a jewelry shop here.
11 UP leaders killed, 26 hurt in 9 months|
Eleven Union Parishad chairmen and 26 members were murdered in terrorist attacks and incidents of violence in the country in nine months from October last year to May this year.
8 killers to die in Netrakona|
Eight killers were awarded life term imprisonment by a court here on Tuesday in two separate cases.
North-eastern haors: Managing the floods|
Floodwaters have phenomenal linkage with water bodies. Water bodies across the country are categorised differently based on salient characteristics of their origin and location.
Population programmes and directions|
We have to check population boom at any cost. Otherwise our efforts in development, progress, peace and prosperity will fail".
Tony knows best|
No one is better qualified to review the British intelligence leading up to the war in Iraqor pass judgment on Tony Blair's style of governingthan Lord Butler.
Amadergaan.com holds get-together|
The largest and most popular forum-based web site of the country, www. amadergaan.com, will launch a 24-hour Internet radio service this fall.
The late 1960s were the golden era of our music world. Hasina Mamtaz, was a prominent singer of that time.
Dhaka Drama Festival 2004|
An attack on man's animal instinct
What is the difference between man and animal? When a human being loses rationality and humanity, does any difference remain? Absurd
Matt Damon, trained killer|
Matt Damon is trained to kill with his bare hands.
This is not obvious from many of his film roles.
US forces strike Fallujah as Allawi talks tough on terror|
US warplanes hit a suspected hideout of alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi yesterday in this Iraqi flashpoint west of Baghdad as the country's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi vowed there
Global warming melts Peruvian peaks|
The snow atop Pastoruri, one of the Andes most beautiful peaks and a big draw for mountaineers and skiers, could disappear along with many of Peru's glaciers in the next several years because of global
Humanitarian crisis looms as Afghan refugees flee Pak al-Qaeda hunt|
Aid workers and Afghan officials are struggling to avert a looming humanitarian crisis as thousands of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan pour across the border fleeing Pakistani army operations to hunt
China to boost spending to fight TB|
China plans to radically increase funding for the fight against tuberculosis, a disease that costs the lives of up to 150,000 Chinese every year, state media reported yesterday.
Arafat faces gravest Palestinian crisis|
Yasser Arafat faces the most serious domestic crisis since he came back from exile 10 years ago, threatening his Palestinian Authority with collapse and his mainstream Fatah movement with breaking apart,
Flood situation worsens in Bihar|
Another 16 people have died in raging floods in eastern Bihar state, taking India's death toll to 293, as officials warned yesterday that the situation was deteriorating across the east and northeast.
Attacks in Darfur region are genocide: US Cong|
The US Congress unanimously passed a resolution declaring the atrocities being committed in Darfur, Sudan, a genocide, and calling on the White House to intervene multilaterally or even unilaterally to
CBMs can follow only after resolving Kashmir issue|
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said there can be no headway in the confidence building measures(CBMs) to improve ties with India without the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
US has only itself to blame for 9/11 attacks: Iran|
One of Iran's most powerful clerics made a stinging rebuttal yesterday of allegations from the United States that the Islamic republic may have been linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
'War on terror limping in Afghanistan, Pakistan'|
Despite a massive manhunt and billions of dollars spent on manpower and equipment, the US war on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is still a long way from achieving its objectives, security experts
Indian hostage Families appeal for freeing their loved ones|
Anguished families of three Indian truck drivers held hostage in Iraq have appealed for their release, with one distraught father saying he will give "every penny" in exchange for his only son.
China asks US military to stop contact with Taiwan|
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing yesterday told the commander of US forces in the Pacific that military exchanges with Taiwan must stop, given the "seriousness" of the cross-strait standoff.
US Army finds 94 cases of Iraq, Afghan prisoner abuse|
A long-awaited Army report on Thursday found 94 cases of abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan but blamed "a few individuals" and not the military leadership -- a finding Senate Democrats calledhard
Bush welcomes 9/11 report|
President George W Bush has welcomed the report of the independent commission set up to investigate the 11 September terror attacks.
Indonesia court strikes down Anti-terror law|
A top Indonesian court ruled yesterday that a tough anti-terrorism law used to convict the Bali bombers was unconstitutional, a step that might open the way for fresh appeals by jailed militants.
Arroyo defiant in face of US criticism over troop pullout|
President Gloria Arroyo was defiant yesterday in the face of harsh US criticism of her decision to recall Philippines troops from Iraq to save a hostage's life, as the freed man arrived in his hometown
'France shocked and offended by Sharon remarks'|
Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said yesterday that France was "shocked and offended" by accusations of anti-semitism against it from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
International Court terms wall illegal|
The recent ruling handed down by the International Court of Justice that the four hundred and forty mile wall being erected by Israel, ostensibly for security purposes, is in contravention of international
Girls' home in Nilphamari|
A silent revolution it is indeed.
South Asian concern for effective water management|
Since the beginning of July, as expected, millions of people in this region, including Bangladesh, have been subjected not only to the onslaught of rain but also to flooding of low-lying areas.
China-Bangladesh ties can be further strengthened for mutual benefits|
Sino-Bangladesh ties is gaining importance eversince the diplomatic relations was established, and two sides seem to be sparing no efforts to improve it.
|Letters to Editor||
The image of our politics|
In this country of floods, our politics operate in water-tight compartments. The gridlock has paralysed the nation into a monomania of masterly inactivity.
The approach to hartal|
The approach to political hartal is changing. Now one major political party is indulging in hartal and enforcing it for ulterior motive; that is, to instill fear of physical, violent reprisal.
THE shadow moving in the doorway cast a tell-tale reflection on the computer screen. It was the boss. I did not turn. I was concentrating on the job.
Artistic Expression of the Poor|
Pranmahi Bangamata by Simon Zakariya; 2004; Uttaran, Dhaka; Cover and Photographs by B. K. Shohag; 176 Pages; Tk.
Abani Are You Home|
Bolting the door the neighbourhood sleeps
I keep hearing a nocturnal knock---
'Abani, are you home?'
Rain falls here twelve-month long
Here the clouds graze about like cows
When she raises her two hands over her head you can see
Lips of Benaresi saffron.