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Front Pagearrow Floodwaters eddy down to centre, recede from north
Floodwaters continued to roll down to the centre of Bangladesh, swamping much of the capital and pushing the official death toll to 329 yesterday as river waters started receding from northern and northeastern
 arrow World responds to flood plights
The world has responded to the humanitarian plight of about 30 million flood victims in Bangladesh with the United Nations (UN) set to appeal to the international community for urgent assistance.
 arrow Living by selling out everything
In Kamrangirchar, close to the capital, the flood has not only made poor old women like Asiya Begum homeless, but it is forcing them to sell their last resources such as cattle and poultry for survival.
 arrow Diarrhoea epidemic breaks out
Diarrhoea outbreak in the flood-affected areas has reached an epidemic proportion although the health ministry is yet to admit it.
 arrow 150km embankments under deluge threat
Flooding so far has caused an extensive damage to 700 kilometre of embankment that will need Tk 120 crore for repair, said an assessment by water resources ministry yesterday.
 arrow Sirajganj weavers live on thin line
Stranded by floodwaters, thousands mainly from the weaving community in Sirajganj are living close to starvation.
 arrow 12 lakh farmers marked for help
Agriculture ministry yesterday decided to provide 12 lakh flood-hit farmers with seeds, saplings, fertiliser and pesticides to recover damages in the agriculture sector.
 arrow Dhaka gets digital map next year
A digital map of Dhaka City through aerial photography will be available from early next year and it aims to help utility agencies better coordinate their work and take up disaster management schemes.
 arrow Manikganj reeling
The district headquarters and all seven upazilas of the district have been flooded with thousands forced to leave their inundated houses and lakhs still marooned, all facing miseries due to crisis offood
 arrow 4 killed in a span of four hours in city
Local criminals stabbed dead a Dhaka University (DU) student in Demra while separate gangs gunned down a grocer at Kalyanpur, a garment employee in Mohammadpur and a local criminal in Badda in a spanof
 arrow Stuck on a wet tin roof
Perched on the rooftop of her submerged house in Bachhila, Mohammadpur, 60-year-old Jobeda Begum stares at the raging waters of the river Turag since floodwaters swamped the area 15 days ago.
 arrow PM monitors flood round the clock
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has started round-the-clock monitoring of overall flood situation through a monitoring cell opened at her office for properly guiding rescue and relief operations across the
 arrow Traffic snarls up as city roads go under water
Commuters in the capital yesterday witnessed severe traffic congestion as some roads in Tejgaon and Gulshan submerged by knee-deep floodwaters.
 arrow Five to die for Lalbagh triple murder
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five to death in the Lalbagh triple murder case.
 arrow Proshika chief Qazi Faruque freed on bail
Proshika chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed was released on bail yesterday, 66 days after he was arrested in fund embezzlement and cheating case.
 arrow India play for survival today
Riding on a bonus point earned against Pakistan in Sunday's defeat, India will get their last shot at reaching the Eighth Asia Cup final when they take on hosts Sri Lanka today.
 arrow Top Iraq official gunned down
Four people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a US base in northern Iraq while two women shot dead in Basra.
 arrow Cellphone cos strive to maintain network
Cellular phone operators are struggling to keep alive their networks as the raging floods forced to cut off power supply to many base stations mainly in the country's eastern and northern zones, industry
 arrow NGOs seek cheap food supply, logistics for relief operation
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday sought food supply at 'reasonable prices' and logistic support from the government for conducting relief operation in remote areas.
 arrow Kushtia schoolgirl raped, another kidnapped
One schoolgirl was violated in Kushtia while another one was kidnapped in Jhenidah in two separate incidents on Sunday.
 arrow HC declares re-tender illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the water resources ministry's controversial decision to re-tender the installation of a massive irrigation system in the Ganga-Kobadak (GK) project area.
 arrow 48 out of 90 DCC wards flood-hit
The raging flood has affected 48 out of 90 wards in Dhaka as the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has started its own relief programme yesterday.
 arrow Abducted Ctg businessman rescued
Police yesterday rescued a businessman and a woman, who was used as bait, from the grip of abductors from Demsa village in Satkania upazila.
 arrow US war brought terrorism to Iraq Says UN envoy
The US-led invasion brought terrorism to Iraq and caused more problems than it solved, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said in an interview published yesterday by the Austrian daily Salzburger Nachrichten.
 arrow Hasina meets Monmohan
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday met Indian Prime Minister Monmohan Singh in New Delhi and discussed relations between the two next-door neighbours as well as regional developments.
 arrow Flood forecast for tomorrow

Businessarrow Floods put business to a pause
Engulfed by floodwaters and crippled by absence of workers, over 50 percent industrial units in the low-lying parts of Savar have been forced to stop production.
 arrow Blow to fresh water shrimp farmers
The raging flood has dashed hopes of shrimp farmers in Mymensingh to turn the district into the first non-coastal area to cultivate fresh water lobsters.
 arrow Raging flood casts shadow on knitwear industry
Knitwear manufacturers yesterday forecast an alarming outlook for the industry apprehending a possible loss of Tk 1,000 crore because of the current flooding that has inundated several hundred factories
 arrow Export from EPZs posts 12.83pc growth
Export earnings from the export processing zones (EPZs) marked 12.83 percent growth in the last fiscal, thanks to low production cost.
 arrow Agrani Bank to disburse 100cr more credit
Agrani Bank will disburse agricultural and rural credit of Tk 100 crore supplementing Tk 400 crore earmarked earlier among the farmers handicapped by the recent flood.
 arrow BKB halts loan recovery drive
Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) has held up recovery of agricultural credit until the next crops harvesting in view of the prevailing flood situation.
 arrow Queens Garden to use Holcim cement in its projects
Queens Garden will use Holcim brand cement in all its future projects including Queens Garden Homes and Queen Garden Plaza.
 arrow New MD of Eskayef Bangladesh
AM Faruque has been appointed managing director of Eskayaf Bangladesh Limited with effect from July 15.

Prior to this, he was executive director of the company, says a press release.

 arrow EU puts final touches to WTO talk stance
European Union (EU) foreign ministers met Monday to finalise their negotiating position at crunch World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks which open in Geneva this week.
 arrow Farmer groups from EU, Japan, Canada voice concern
Farmer groups from the European Union, Japan and Canada said Monday they were very worried about the way talks on bringing down global trade barriers were heading.
Sportsarrow Football: Copa dances to samba
Brazil scored an equaliser with the last kick of the game to draw 2-2 and then beat arch-rivals Argentina on penalties to win an astonishing Copa America final on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Javed still not fit
Bangladesh won't risk including opening batsman Javed Omar for their final Asia Cup super league match against Pakistan despite the player making a considerable recovery.
 arrow Cricket: Do-or-die for India
Looking ahead to Tuesday's crucial Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka, India captain Sourav Ganguly said that he preferred to think about the performances of the last two years, as opposed to the defeats
 arrow Cricket: England beat WI easily
Ashley Giles sparked a collapse that saw England beat West Indies by 210 runs to win the first Test of a four-match series at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: Bob finds rules flawed
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer questioned the bonus points system adopted for one-day cricket after his team's fate in the ongoing Asia Cup was left at the mercy of rivals Sri Lanka and India.
 arrow Cricket: 'We went for bonus point'
India had deliberately sought to gain just a bonus point rather than push for victory after their run chase fell away in their Asia Cup super league match against Pakistan on Sunday, captain Sourav Ganguly
 arrow Awesome Armstrong
President Bush on led the praise for six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong by calling his fellow Texan's efforts "awesome".
 arrow Football: Ronaldo has a match!
Anyone who has to fight with Ronaldo for a place in the team needs to do well when he is given a chance.
 arrow Football: No team like Brazil
There is only one team in the world which can afford the luxury of resting high profile players such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Roberto Carlos and still win a major tournament.
 arrow Football: 'It's pure bad luck'
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa said his side were unlucky to lose after they were beaten on penalties by Brazil in Sunday's Copa America final.
 arrow Football: Overmars gives in to injury
Dutch international Marc Overmars announced his retirement from football on Monday, blaming the decision on persistent injury problems.
 arrow Football: Home in football
The second football World Cup for the homeless got under way Sunday in the west Swedish city of Gothenburg with teams from 28 countries competing for the prize.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s cruise to victory
A massive 173-run opening stand between Nafees Ahmed and Shamsur Rahman steered Bangladesh Under-19 team to a nine-wicket victory against ECB XI in the three-day warm-up match at the Loughborough University
 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess starts
The sixth Standard Chartered Bank School Chess tournament got underway at the hall room of National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday with 72 players winning their first round boards.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters lose again
The visiting Bangladesh Under-17 football team suffered another heavy defeat in Thailand when they went down 4-2 against Phanit-chayakan Ratdammnoen College Under-17 team in their third practice match
 arrow Table Tennis: Open TT postponed
The second Global Insurance Open Table Tennis competition was postponed yesterday due to devastating flood the country has been experienced for last couple of days.
 arrow Hockey: Army enter super league
Bangladesh Army became the first team to move into the super league of the ANAS Group 25th National Hockey Championship when they blanked Patuakhali 4-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Pioneer football
The super league of the Shinepukur Ceramics 21st Pioneer Football League will begin on August 1 at the Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur with Dhaka Gazipur Ekadosh taking on Nawabpur KC in the
 arrow Kabadi: Premier kabadi
Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Army moved into the super four of the Premier Division Kabadi League beating their respective rivals at the outer stadium kabadi court yesterday.
Nationalarrow Scanty relief in flood affected areas
Flood affected people are passing days virtually without food in many areas in Fenchuganj in Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Bogra and Sirajganj districts, according to reports by out correspondents.
 arrow Blackout in B'baria any moment
Power supply from the Datiara 33 KV PDB sub-station in Brahmanbaria may stop any moment if the flood situation deteriorates, PDB officials said yesterday.
 arrow 2 journos, municipal chairman among 14 chargesheeted
Jhalakati District and Sessions Judge Asgar Ali on Sunday issued a warrant of arrest against 14 absconding accused including the newly elected chairman of Jhalakathi municipality and two journalists in
 arrow 'Rajshai will not get gas soon'
The government has no immediate plan to supply gas to Rajshahi.

Rajshahi people have already observed a day's hartal and called another dawn to dusk hartal on July 31 for gas supply.

 arrow No JCD activist in new list of top criminals in Ctg
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has finalised a new list of top criminals of 12 thana areas in the metropolis.

But there is no Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist on the list, sources said.

 arrow Tobacco worker Bayazid gets GPA-5
Tobacco worker Bayazid Bostami got GPA-5 in SSC examination this years in Jessore board. Now he wants to go ahead, but on his own.

Son of a hawker, Golam Mustafa, Bayazid does not want other'shelp.

 arrow Tk 109.28 cr PDB bills unrealised in Rajshahi
Different state-owned and private organisations in eight districts of Rajshahi owed Tk 109.28 cr arrears electricity bills to the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
 arrow Student bodies collect relief goods for flood victims
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Saturday brought out a silent procession and organised a meeting on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus to collect money for the flood affected people.
 arrow Extortionists want illegal toll from Jumm cultivators
Extortionists have demanded illegal toll from Jumm cultivators in the district.

They asked for sending extortion to their hidden dens by July 26 or 'face dire consequence.

Point-Counterpointarrow Projects of Mass Destruction
Facing another flood, another experience of human disaster, where should we look? People in general are taught to consider floods as a curse of fate.
 arrow Slaves in Saudi
On July 15, Human Rights Watch issued a report on the condition of Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia.
Culturearrow A posthumous exhibition for Sanatan
He made all arrangements for his first ever solo exhibition. Just prior to the event, he went home to his village of Hurka in Bagerhat--to see his parents, maybe to get their blessings.
 arrow Mehmood passes away
From being a chauffeur and doing some errands to earn a living to the status of a superstar comedianit had been a long and arduous journey for film actor and Hindi film industry's most popular comedian
 arrow Star Search Dhaka auditions
Over the years, the Benson & Hedges Star Search has become an important music event, especially with the younger generation of musicians.
Generalarrow Call for popular use of renewable energy
Energy experts at a meeting yesterday called for popular use of renewable solar energy and efficient power consumption to address power shortage and the growing need for electricity.
 arrow Follow AL steps to face floods
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday suggested the government to follow the programmes taken by her government during 1998 devastating flood to
 arrow Brac, Asa expand relief programmes
Brac and Asa, two non-governmental organisations, have decided to expand their relief programmes in view of the severity of floods wreaking havoc across the country.
 arrow Karmasangsthan Bank MD forced into retirement
MA Yusuf, managing director of Karmasangsthan Bank, was forced into retirement yesterday.
 arrow More bodies help flood victims
With more areas going under floodwaters, various organisations and individuals have come forward to step up relief operation for affected people across the country.
 arrow Pak PM shocked at floods
Pakistan Prime Minister Chaudhury Shujat Hosain yesterday expressed his shock at the devastating floods in Bangladesh.
 arrow '2,000 die of rabies a year'
Around 2,000 people die of rabies every year in the country, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.
Internationalarrow Hostage-takers threaten to kill 2 Pakistanis
Al-Jazeera television carried a statement yesterday in which an armed group in Iraq calling itself the Islamic Army threatened to kill an Iraqi and two Pakistani hostages it said it was holding.
 arrow British MPs call for World Court ruling on Iraq war
Forty British parliamentarians have asked UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to seek the opinion of the UN's International Court of Justice on the legality of the Iraq war, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported
 arrow Democrats open convention
US Democrats gathered here yesterday to kick off a four-day political pageant to crown John Kerry as their man to battle Republican President George W. Bush for the White House in November.
 arrow Ex-general wins Indonesian polls
Ex-general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won the first round of Indonesia's presidential election and will battle incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in the second round in September, an election commission official
 arrow Peep at Saddam's prison life
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is passing his time in solitary confinement by reading the Koran, writing poetry, gardening and snacking on cookies and muffins, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported
 arrow No turning back on Gaza pullout: Sharon
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said there is no turning back on his Gaza withdrawal plan, even after 100,000 Israelis mounted the biggest mass protest against evacuating Jewish settlements in the territory.
 arrow US, Europe threaten sanctions on Sudan
The United States and Europe Sunday stepped up warnings of sanctions unless Sudan halts a conflict in its Darfur region, and Australia said it was likely to contribute troops to any UN peacekeeping mission.
 arrow Israel behind Kennedy's Killing, says Vanunu
In a startling accusation, nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has alleged that Jerusalem was behind the assassination of US President John F Kennedy, who was exerting pressure on the then Israelihead
 arrow 10 drown as boat sinks in Assam
Ten people drowned and four were reported missing after a boat capsized Sunday in the flood-hit northeastern Indian state of Assam, police said.
 arrow Indo-China Border talks begin
India and China on Monday held third round of crucial talks between their Special Representatives (SRs) aimed at expediting resolution of the vexed border question, first since the UPA Government came
 arrow Militants kill 8, troops gun down 5 rebels in Kashmir
Suspected Kashmiri rebels killed eight people, three by beheading, and injured 30 others, while Indian troops gunned down five militants in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sloth in relief distribution
Reports from different parts of Dhaka, mid-region of the country and other flood-affected swathes give us the impression that the relief operation as a whole needs to be geared up to the level of efficiency
 arrow Editorial: Crops loss substantial
We agree with the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry that an astonishingly meagre sum of Tk 48 crore has been allocated for the mitigation of crop loss due to floods.
 arrow Home textiles: An unsung growth sector
There are many amongst us who make a trip abroad and return home with a piece of home textiles -- be it a bed cover or a terry towel, curtains, or something else.
 arrow Now is the time to act!
Across our nations, crores of our people are heroically battling the worst flooding in many years. By available estimates, at least 2.5 crore people in 41 districts are fighting for their survival.
 arrow Think about your mistakes and learn to say sorry
The term "ruminate" means to meditate. Like a cattle chewing on regurgitated food! Most English dictionaries state the term "ruminate" by likening it to the act of chewing by cattle.
Letters to Editorarrow Seeking divine Blessings
In my mohalla, in Dhaka metropolis, there are many mosques within a radius of 250 yards from my flat.
 arrow NRBs at gunpoint!
The press reports reveal an alarming new security risk in the Bangladesh society: many NRBs (Bangladeshi nationals residing or working abroad) are reluctant to take a trip home on a short holiday, asterrorist
 arrow Current affairs analysis by a lay citizen
Our political parties are fighting without preliminary exercises.

The critics and analysts are lost high up in the branches and leaves. First, the right approach has to be pointed out.

 arrow AL returns to JS
I agree with your editorial (July, 14) that Awami League should not have run to the foreigners with written explanation to prove its innocence, as a prelude to its joining the deliberations of the parliament
 arrow Peace Corps
"Peace Corps" is an organisation lead by the US. It is a humanitarian organisation. Its agents visit Bangladesh three times a year.