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Front Pagearrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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The main opposition Awami League (AL) has withdrawn today's countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal considering current flooding and sufferings of the people.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow Black stinking sewage water mixing with floodwater

 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Businessarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Air fare in India dips as price war begins
Air travel in India no longer seems to be the monopoly of the rich.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.

 arrow Managers' confce of City Bank held
A three-day half-yearly managers conference of The City Bank Limited concluded in Dhaka recently.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 17 July 22, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar got stronger against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Sri Lankan cricket icon Muttiah Muralitharan was partying till late night yesterday at the Hotel Taj Samudra.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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
 arrow Football: CJKS soccer
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.
 arrow Handball: 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.

 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
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.
 arrow Kabadi: Premier kabadi
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.

Metropolitanarrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow $ 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.
 arrow '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,
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Obituary
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.
 arrow Khulna Motor Bus Malik Samity calls off strike
Khulna Motor Bus Malik Samity has called off its indefinite strike.
 arrow Workers' Party leader arrested
Natore police arrested a Workers' Party leader from Puthia in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw arrested in Rajshahi
A wanted outlaw belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party was arrested from a house at Bharalipara in the city yesterday.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Khulna transport owners calls off strike
Khulna Motor Bus Malik Samity has called off its indefinite strike.
Nationalarrow '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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Pirojpur ASP's house searched for cops' killer
A 15-member Rab team from Dhaka led by Maj.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 8 killers to die in Netrakona
Eight killers were awarded life term imprisonment by a court here on Tuesday in two separate cases.
Point-Counterpointarrow 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.
 arrow Population programmes and directions
We have to check population boom at any cost. Otherwise our efforts in development, progress, peace and prosperity will fail".
 arrow 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.
Culturearrow 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.
 arrow Hasina Mamtaz
The late 1960s were the golden era of our music world. Hasina Mamtaz, was a prominent singer of that time.
 arrow 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

 arrow Matt Damon, trained killer
Matt Damon is trained to kill with his bare hands.

This is not obvious from many of his film roles.

Generalarrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
Internationalarrow 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,
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow '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.
Editorialarrow Editorial: 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
 arrow Editorial: Girls' home in Nilphamari
A silent revolution it is indeed.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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 Editorarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Literaturearrow The Front
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.
 arrow Artistic Expression of the Poor
Pranmahi Bangamata by Simon Zakariya; 2004; Uttaran, Dhaka; Cover and Photographs by B. K. Shohag; 176 Pages; Tk.
 arrow 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
The sulking

 arrow Honeymoon
Short T-shirt.
When she raises her two hands over her head you can see
her belly-button.
Lips of Benaresi saffron.
Terrific body.