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Front Pagearrow Floods in relentless fury
The worst monsoon deluge since 1988 is likely to pick up pace in the central districts, including Dhaka, swamping more areas in a major humanitarian crisis that has blighted the lives of more than 25million
 arrow Drowning hopes, shrinking options
Every night Lucy goes to sleep with a false hope that the water will go down the next morning. Morning comes with more cruelty -- she finds water sloshing even higher. Her hope dies.
 arrow When highway is home
Thousands of desperate people have moved on to Sirajganj-Kalipur highway, as the water level of the river Jamuna has crossed the 1998-mark at 14.81 metres.
 arrow Deluge instils shortfall fear in exporters
Export this year may suffer a major setback due to the progressively worsening flood, caused by heavy downpour in the upstream areas, that already has submerged 42 districts.
 arrow Flood halts education
Deluge has forced as many as 14,488 out of the 14,844 schools in the flood-hit areas to shut down, with 1,389 of them turned into flood shelters, a parliamentary body disclosed yesterday.
 arrow Human wastes make it messy
Flood-hit Dhaka reeks of human waste with 2.5 million cubic metres of sewage spilling onto floodwater in five days, as the authorities have blocked all outlets to prevent the back flow of water from rivers.
 arrow JS body says farm rehabilitation funds too inadequate
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday termed the allocation for rehabilitation of the flood-hit farm sector highly inadequate, prompting Agriculture Minister MK Anwar to assure it of increasedfunding
 arrow Malik mauls India
Shoaib Malik kept Pakistan alive in the Asia Cup with a dashing 143 that propelled them to a 59-run win at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
 arrow Govt rules out state of emergency
The government yesterday ruled out the possibility of declaring a state of emergency or humanitarian crisis in the country because of the devastating floods which have submerged two-thirds of land and
 arrow WB, IMF decide $370m loan this week
Bangladesh faces a test of confidence by the World Bank and IMF this week as both donors will consider approving three loans totalling $370 million, sources said.
 arrow Fear of attack on al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli authorities fear Jewish extremists could be planning an air attack on Jerusalem's disputed mosque compound in a bid to derail plans to uproot settlers from Gaza, Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Heavy Iraq clashes leave 13 dead
Iraq's police and National Guard have killed 13 suspected militants in heavy clashes near Baghdad in one of the fiercest battles the fledgling security forces have faced since the handover of sovereignty.
 arrow Mannan asked to give undertaking not to break rule
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday asked ruling alliance candidate MA Mannan to give an undertaking that he will not violate the electoral code of conduct in future in the August 1 parliamentary by-election
 arrow HC asks returning officer to file report of rest 33 centres
The High Court yesterday asked the returning officer (RO) of the July 1 Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-polls to submit a report on army deployment in the rest 33 centres in two weeks.
 arrow Dhaka summit will speed up Saarc activity, Khaleda says
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed the hope that the 13th Saarc Summit in Dhaka will further strengthen the South Asian body to play a far-reaching role in establishing peace, carrying out
 arrow Hasina asks govt to open more flood centres
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to open more centres at the flood-hit areas and distribute adequate relief among the victims.
 arrow Govt meets with 56 NGOs today to discuss flood
The government has called a meeting of 56 leading Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) today to discuss the flood and relief operations.
 arrow US national stabbed
Unknown criminals yesterday stabbed a US national in Motijheel.
 arrow 4 cops hurt in Khulna Bomb attack
Four Policemen were severely injured in a bomb attack, second in last 12 days, early yesterday at Shantala area under Jessore Sadar Police Station.
 arrow Hasina leaves for India today
Opposition Leader and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi as she leaves for New Delhi today on a four-day visit to India.
 arrow Govt may deploy army for water supply in city
The government may deploy army personnel for betterment of water supply in the flood-hit areas in the city in a day or two if the situation does not improve.
 arrow 10-km human chain in Rajshahi for gas
People from all professions in Rajshahi yesterday formed a 10-km-long human chain demanding gas supply in Rajshahi through pipeline within this fiscal year.
 arrow 2 BNP leaders among 5 hurt in Barisal blast
Unknown assailants exploded two bombs and injured at least five people including two leaders of the ruling BNP in stadium area in the city yesterday.
 arrow Secretary Shafiqul gets extension
Secretary of the Ministry of Communications Shafiqul Islam has been given further extension of his service for one year.
 arrow Food aid returning to Sudan camps
Aid agencies are restoring food supplies to two refugee camps in Chad after operations were suspended for several days because of violence.
Businessarrow Knitwear exporters fear Tk 600cr loss
Knitwear exporters apprehend a major export slump this year as the current flooding has forced some 600 knit garment factories to stop production out of 750 units threatened by the deluge.
 arrow Little impact of flood on stock exchanges
The prevailing flood situation has had little impact on the country's bourses, although trading on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) witnessed a slight fall in the past few days.
 arrow Tanneries forced to cut 50pc production
The country's leather processing and leather goods sector is facing production shortfall due to shortage of raw hides amidst worsening floods across the country.
 arrow Agriculture key stumbling block to WTO trade accord
Agriculture is the key stumbling block to a new global trade liberalization accord, as it reveals sharp divergences among WTO members at a time when worldwide farm production is increasing faster than
 arrow Australia, Malaysia meet to assess free trade prospects
Australia and Malaysia will examine the possibility of a free trade agreement on Monday at a meeting of senior government officials, Trade Minister Mark Vaile's office said.
 arrow Janata Bank to give Tk 400cr credit to flood affected farmers
Janata Bank has earmarked Tk 400 crore in credit to rehabilitate flood affected farmers this year.

The bank is also considering disbursing farm loans for the post-flood period, says a press release.

 arrow Private bank goes bust in India
Global Trust Bank, a private bank in India with 882,000 depositors, has been ordered to freeze all withdrawals for a period of three months by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), reports said Sunday.
 arrow Siemens launches four new mobile sets
Siemens Bangladesh Limited yesterday introduced four new mobile handsets in the local market.
 arrow Renault unveils new Iranian operation
French carmaker Renault inaugurated its new Tehran headquarters on Saturday, part of its bid to establish itself as a major player in Iran's fast-growing automobile market.
 arrow JS body vents concern over BSCIC deficit
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Industries yesterday expressed concern over the deficit amounting the Tk 67 crore of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC).
 arrow US rules out one-way concessions in trade debate
US President George W. Bush's administration, gunning for reelection November 2, has all but ruled out one-way concessions to get a global free-trade deal.
 arrow US to support Vietnam's WTO bid
Deputy US Trade Representative Josette Sheeran Shiner has assured Vietnam of Washington's support for the communist nation's bid to join the World Trade Organization next year, the US embassy said.
 arrow WTO states make final push to revive trade talks
The World Trade Organization (WTO) makes a final push this week to revive stalled free trade talks aware a fresh failure could postpone for years any lowering of global barriers to commerce.
 arrow Top Japanese firms upbeat on economic recovery
Japan's top 100 companies say the economy has recovered or has entered a recovery phase, citing a rise in earnings and capital spending, according to a poll published on Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Malik flays India
Shoaib Malik hammered a blistering century to help Pakistan post a challenging 300-9 in the crucial Asia Cup super-league match against arch-rivals India at the Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan hits second ton
England captain Michael Vaughan became only the third man in history to make hundreds in both innings of a Lord's Test here Sunday before leaving West Indies a target of 478 for victory.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Cricket fans know all about Muttiah Muralitharan's off-break and the 'doosra.' But very few are aware of his 'teesra' or the helping hand.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff back firing
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff shrugged off an ankle injury to take three wickets in the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on Saturday and said he would not need to undergo surgery.
 arrow Cycling: Lance makes it his own?
With Lance Armstrong having virtually sealed a record breaking sixth victory in the Tour de France the main competitive focus of Sunday's final stage will be on the race for the green points jersey.
 arrow Tennis: All-American final
Top seed Serena Williams downed fourth seed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-6 in a semifinal showdown of the past two Grand Slam runner-ups here Saturday at a 585,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.
 arrow Football: Crazy night in Chongqing
Holders Japan came from behind to beat Thailand and book their place in the Asian Cup quarter-finals Saturday as Iran fought back to snatch a controversial draw with Oman.
 arrow Football: Japanese concern
Defending Asian Cup champions Japan called on tournament organisers to provide better security here Sunday after their team bus was rushed by hordes of rowdy Chinese fans.
 arrow Football: An Iranian shame
Three Iran players were suspended and a referee was kicked out of the Asian Cup here Sunday as officials moved to crush foul play after the three-time champions' bitterly controversial 2-2 draw with Oman.
 arrow Football: Effenberg's Thai goal
Former German midfield stalwart Stefan Effenberg has targeted 2010 as a breakout year for football in Asia and in particular Thailand, saying he has just the ticket to help them get to the World Cup finals
 arrow Football: Eriksson caught!
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson had a sexual relationship with a female secretary at the Football Association (FA), his employers confirmed Sunday after initially denying the affair.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees & Nafees pilot U-19s
The Bangladesh Under-19 team thrived on two beefy half-centuries by openers Nafees Iqbal and Nafees Ahmed to overtake an impressive ECB XI first innings total on the second day of the three-day matchat
 arrow Basketball: Kazakhstan beat hosts
Champions Kazakhstan defeated Bangladesh 79-42 in the last match of the qualifying round of the Fourth FIBA Asian Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: One of C'paul's best hundreds
West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul believes his 128 not out in the first Test against England at Lord's on Saturday is one of his best and still might not be in vain.
 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess starts today
The sixth Standard Chartered Bank School Chess tournament will start today at the hall room of the National Sports Council.
 arrow Handball: Div I h'ball
Orient Club registered an emphatic 36-15 victory over Bhratritya Samaj Kalyan Sangha in the Tibet 13th First Division Handball League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: CJKS soccer
Mohammedan Blues defeated Customs Excise and VAT Club 1-0 in the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Premier kabadi
Bangladesh Army reached the 'Super Four' of the Premier Division Kabadi League with a match to spare beating Sonali Bank 41-29 at the Outer Stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Dortmund Open chess
Fide Master Taibur Rahman Sumon earned maximum 2 points while International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib got 1.
Metropolitanarrow Non-govt pry teachers to continue strike
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers' Association yesterday vowed to continue their ongoing strike until the government accepts their demand for nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Independent judiciary a must for good governance: Saifur
An independent judiciary is a precondition for good governance, said Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at a function here yesterday.
 arrow Norway, Brac Sign contract
A contract has been signed between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFN) and Brac regarding support to the Brac Education Programme (BEP) Phase IV on July 21, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Cry for food, water in flood shelters
With waters all around, crisis of food and drinking water has deepened in flood shelters and affected areas and in Netrakona, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria.
 arrow Boropukuria Power Plant to be ready ahead of schedule
Rangpur: The much awaited coal-fired Boropukuria Power Plant is likely to be commissioned two months ahead of schedule.
 arrow 17 chargesheeted
Police pressed charges against 17 persons including Workers' Party leader and Jhikra Union Parishad chairman in Bagmara upazila Ali Khwaza for killing BNP leader Abdul Hamid Moru.
 arrow 98 acid victims in Barisal in five years
Ninety-eight persons were burnt by acid in last five years in Barisal division.

Refusal of love or marriage proposal, land related dispute and dowry were the main causes of acid attacks.

 arrow Tk 362.89 BRDB loan for poverty alleviation
The regional office of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) here disbursed about Tk 362.89 cr as loan among poor and destitute persons till June this year.
 arrow 5 held by Rab in Rajshahi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five youths in two drives here on Saturday and Sunday and recovered sophisticated arms and ammunition from their possession.
 arrow Kumarkhali newsman held on 'false' charge
Kumarkhali police on Thursday arrested a newsman and implicated him in two false cases.
 arrow Absconding convict arrested in Kishoreganj
A fugitive who was sentenced to death for double murder was arrested in Kishoreganj on Wednesday.
 arrow BNP activists attack CPB procession: 30 hurt in Natore
At least 30 persons were injured as ruling BNP activists attacked a procession of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at Mominpur in Natore recently.
 arrow Korean mine worker killed in accident at Maddhyapara
A Korean mine worker was killed in an accident in Maddhyapara Hard Rock Mine Project (MHRMP) in Parbotipur upazila, Dinajpur on Friday, official sources said.
 arrow 2 minor girls rescued from traffickers
Two school girls abducted by traffickers from here earlier, were rescued from Bahadderhat in Chittagong city on Saturday night, police said here yesterday.
 arrow Man with fake Tk 500 note held
Police on Friday arrested one person with a counterfeit note of Tk 500 from the Bahddarhat Bazaar area here.
Point-Counterpointarrow Flood mitigation through best management practices
Millions of people are experiencing severe floods this year.
 arrow Curtain officially rises on Election 2004
The four-night Democratic Party National Convention, the official curtain-raiser of the US Presidential Election, commences in Boston tonight, and will reinforce the Democrats' election theme: "Stronger
Culturearrow Baikuntho Recitation Academy
Baikuntho Recitation Academy ranks among the old and prominent recitation groups of the city. The head of the academy Shimul Mustafa recalls the history of the group.
 arrow Shahnaz Beli's solo Lalon album
Fakir Lalon Shah-- some brand him as a humanist because of his revolt against the bindings of caste and religion.
 arrow Hollywood actresses as activists
Do films and social causes go together? The answer would definitely be yes if one looks at the persona of highflying Hollywood actresses of yore. Take Elizabeth Taylor.
Generalarrow '50pc under-five children suffer from malnutrition'
About half of the children under five have been suffering from malnutrition in the country, said State Minister for Health Mizanur Rahman Sinha at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Husband kills wife
A driver allegedly killed his wife at his residence in Mohammadpur in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Different bodies start relief operation for flood victims
Different organisations have started relief operation for flood affected people.
Internationalarrow Iraq hostage crisis spirals
Two Pakistanis working for a Kuwait-based company were missing and feared kidnapped yesterday as Iraq's hostage crisis deepened, with at least 22 countries so far affected by the wave of abductions.
 arrow Tigers kill 8 rivals as Norway makes fresh peace move
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday killed eight rivals in the worst outbreak of violence in three months as Norway prepared to launch a fresh bid to save the island's peace process.
 arrow US senators sponsor bill to topple Iran regime
Iran's Foreign Ministry yesterday branded as "daydreamers" US senators who have sponsored a bill aimed at toppling Tehran's clerical rulers by supporting opposition groups inside and outside the country.
 arrow Top UK intelligence official sacked after Blair jibe on WMD
A senior British intelligence official has been dismissed after publicly accusing Prime Minister Tony Blair of misleading the public over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the Sunday Times
 arrow Rebels call for int'l troops in Darfur
A rebel movement in strife-torn Darfur called yesterday for a rapid deployment of international troops to combat the humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region.
 arrow US weighs 9/11 panel recommendations
President Bush said Saturday he wanted to "carefully examine" recommendations from the Sept. 11 commission as pressure mounted on the president to act swiftly.
 arrow al-Qaida threatens Australia with attack
An online statement by a group representing itself as al-Qaeda's European branch threatened on Saturday to turn Australia into "pools of blood" if it doesn't withdraw its troops from Iraq.
 arrow Bush leads Kerry in electoral votes
John Kerry narrowly trails President Bush in the battle for the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, as he makes his case at the Democratic National Convention this week to topple the Republican
 arrow India readies for border talks with China
India's government will have its first top-level contact with China since taking office in May, when a new round of talks on their dragging border dispute starts today, but experts warn against high expectations.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ban will be a bane
The IGP's directive to put a stop to his junior operatives talking directly to the media has come as a shock to us as indeed it must have to all those that hold the ideals the people's right to know to
 arrow Editorial: EC must translate its warning into action
Though the ravaging floods have somewhat deflected public attention away from Gazipur-2 by-election scheduled for August 1, the Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) could not simply put up with the
 arrow Shifting sands or just quicksand?
With the change of guard in New Delhi there is an unusual outpouring of optimism with regard to normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan.
 arrow The defence of Bangladesh
Any sovereign country worth its name must have defence against external aggression.
 arrow Slow-motion justice for Bhopal
The Supreme Court judgement ordering disbursal of Rs. 1,503 crores to the Bhopal toxic-gas disaster victims is a significant, if long-delayed, victory.
 arrow In need of psychotherapy
Generalisation and categorisation will always be a part of human nature just like scrutiny and comparison are.
Letters to Editorarrow Come to the rescue of flood victims
We have a dire situation now in Bangladesh because of the floods.
 arrow Look for more robust cricketers
I have watched many games of Bangladesh cricket team mostly against Pakistan and India. It gives me the impression that the opponents are physically taller and heavier in size than our players.
 arrow 'My Life" on the streets!
It is amazing that President Clinton's biography, My Life, is everywhere on the streets of Bangladesh.
 arrow International Court and Fareed Zakaria
The International Court of Justice's recent ruling on the Wall being built in Palestine is remarkable for the range and clear language of its findings regarding the illegality of Israel's actions.
 arrow Our poor children
I appreciate the view point of Md. Asadulah Khan, a BUET professional. He has written an article titled "Children -- Victim of apathy and negligence" in The Daily Star, today (July 21).
 arrow EPZ burn-out
We should be careful about premature burn-outs in our booming EPZs, learning from the past examples in Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, and other developing countries.
 arrow Good editorial
Today's (July 18) first editorial reflects the minds and agony of the majority.

It is simply very clear without any ambiguity. The message is very clear.

 arrow On absenteeism in hospitals
I read an amazing letter in these columns on July 19th "on absenteeism in hospitals" and I cannot help expressing my feelings.
 arrow Bangladeshi TV programmes in India
Many Indian TV channels including quite a few Bangla ones reach Bangladesh. But the reverse is not true.
 arrow Defining human rights
This refers to 'No human rights in country: Prof Azad' in the DS of 24 July.
 arrow OIC secretary general
Under democratic norms and practice, the elected public official becomes the representative and exercise the power outlined in the Constitution, on behalf of all the citizens.
 arrow Activate the students
Bangladesh is in the midst of a national crisis. Flood has hit the country badly. What strikes my mind is that no effective relief operations are going on to help the flood affected people.
 arrow Political intolerancea chronic malady?
I read with interest Dr. M. Ataur Rahman's article "political intolerance: How can we overcome? "( DS, July 19).
 arrow Hope for the best
In Bangladesh political parties do not function as per the expectations of people.
 arrow What's going on ?
My heart bleeds looking at the disasters striking my country on a regular basis. But our political leaders appear to be totally unmoved by the sufferings of people.

Let's talk about cricket.

 arrow Grief that makes one a terrorist
Innocent foreign civilians are being beheaded in Iraq. These incidents are really unfortunate. But the Iraqi soldiers have nothing to do with it, nobody can blame them for this.
 arrow Novera Deepita on Kheyal
In her informative article, published in The Daily Star on July, 22.2004, about Azad Rahman's innovative translation of Kheyals into Bangla, Ms.
Star Cityarrow Flood-hit Dhaka reels from water crisis
More than two million city residents are in acute drinking water crisis as supply has become contaminated with

30 water pumps of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) already inundated by rising

 arrow Two parks go to Rajuk for facelift
The city developer, Rajuk, has taken away two public parks from Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) because of its failure to maintain them, according to a recent decision.
 arrow Shops thrive on encroached land
More than 30 flower and food shops are plying their trade on encroached government land at Shahbagh intersection in alleged underhand dealings with Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials and ward commissioners.
 arrow Living on the edge
The Rayerbazar Martyr Monument is still under the threat of erosion as another monsoon season and floods have hit its delicate boundary on the bank of the river Buriganga.
 arrow Not a tilt, only a crack
The owner of the six-storey building brushed aside newspaper reports of a tilt but admitted that the building had developed a slight crack, and termed the reports a 'hoax'.
 arrow Garment workers unready for post-MFA era
Surprise and shock was evident in Fahima's eyes. "What are you talking about? Why would the garment factories get closed?" the 15-year-old inquired with a tense tone.