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Front Pagearrow Rain threat ups flood worry
Further monsoon rains expected today threaten to worsen the floods that inundated vast swathes of land pushing the official death toll to about 400 since July 10, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centreofficials
 arrow Army deployed to save DND dam
Authorities yesterday deployed army to save Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam that has become vulnerable to rushing floodwaters, threatening to maroon more than one million people.
 arrow Opposition MPs tell of political foul play
Opposition party lawmakers from the flood-hit areas accused the government of political foul play in distributing 'insufficient' relief among the victims.
 arrow Damage assessment first before int'l appeal for aid: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government was assessing the post-flood rehabilitation work before making any international appeal for foreign assistance.
 arrow Tannery waste poses health threat to flood-hit people
While raging floods have swamped more than one-third of the capital, a vast area inside Dhaka flood protection embankment is also reeling under stagnant rainwater contaminated with huge quantities ofliquid
 arrow Living without relief
Nearly 4,000 flood-hit people keep their fingers crossed that the promised food and medical relief from the government would arrive them at the flood shelters in Goran, east of the capital, before they
 arrow India in final
Virender Sehwag shone with bat and ball as India beat Sri Lanka by four runs in their Asia Cup clash yesterday to book their place in Sunday's final against the same opponents.
 arrow Right rehabilitation to up agriculture
If the government fails to properly implement post-flood agriculture rehabilitation programme, it can push the economy off the track and greatly affect GDP (gross domestic product) growth, economistssay.
 arrow Biman takes passengers for a ride, or two!
Officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday made passengers of its Dhaka-Syedpur flight, which ran more than three hours behind schedule, twice to board the wrong aircraft.
 arrow Mortar kills Iraqi, hurt 14 soldiers
A Baghdad mortar barrage killed an Iraqi and injured 14 coalition soldiers yesterday, while a senior Egyptian diplomat returned to work a day after being released by militants.
 arrow Checking epidemics daunting task now
As floodwater recedes, a daunting task of containing epidemics and rehabilitating 43,807 flood victims awaits the authorities here.
 arrow Palestine PM ends standoff with Arafat
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie withdrew his resignation yesterday after Yasser Arafat granted him some powers to carry out reforms, easing a paralyzing leadership crisis, officials said.
 arrow Flood losses may go up to Tk 40,000cr
The losses caused by the current floods in the country would be between Tk 30,000 crore and Tk 40,000 crore, according to a preliminary estimate by the government.
 arrow Morshed differs with Manmohan on 'separatists' presence'
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday disagreed with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's reported concern about the presence of separatist and militant groups that were operating from Bangladesh.
 arrow Hasina meets Sonia
Opposition leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday met Congress President and Chairman of the ruling National Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi and other senior political leaders
 arrow 6-yr-old boy injured in bomb blast
A 6-year-old boy was severely wounded in a bomb explosion in the capital's Sabujbagh area yesterday.
 arrow WFP to provide Food assistance to flood victims
The World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations (UN) body, has committed to carry out a massive food assistance programme for the flood affected people in Bangladesh with 1.
 arrow Mob lynches Bagerhat PBCP cadre
A frenzied mob pounded to death an alleged cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) at Chitalmari upazila in Bagerhat on Monday.
 arrow Law ministry to announce decision today
The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs may today announce the government decision about the fate of 11 High Court (HC) additional judges who await confirmation as full judges.
 arrow 5 of a family drown in boat capsize
Five of a family were drowned after their boat capsized in a beel (waterbody) in Belabo upazila of Narsingdi district yesterday.
 arrow An egg a day may be too much for some women
Women who eat eggs on a daily basis may have a higher risk of dying than other women their age, study findings suggest.
 arrow HC verdict begins
The High Court yesterday began delivering judgment on the writ petition challenging the 13th constitutional amendment that provides for national election under a caretaker government.
 arrow Loyeds' ex-MD held for graft
Police yesterday arrested former managing director (MD) of The Loyeds Insurance Company Limited (LICL) from his Dhanmondi residence on charge of embezzlement of company fund.
 arrow 5 robbers held after gunfight
A patrol team of Motijheel police on Monday chased down a bus from the capital's Shantinagar area and held five alleged robbers after a gunfight with them in Mohammadpur area.
 arrow Human chain in Ctg to protest distortion of history
"Amra Muktijoddhar Santan" (we are the wards of the freedom fighters) of Chittagong district unit formed a human chain yesterday titled "wall of resistance" on the local press club premises protesting
 arrow Hundreds of bodies found as Indian floods recede
Hundreds of bodies have been found in eastern India in the last three days as waters receded from the worst flooding in more than a decade, officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow Poultry faces another crisis after bird flu
Hardly recovered from bird flu scare, Bangladesh's poultry industry is faced with yet another major crisis with half of the country's 25,000 farms submerged by flood.
 arrow Developers ask Rajuk not to act like business firm
Profiteering of the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) is pushing people to pay high price to own a living place, developers told a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Tommy Miah ventures into hospitality training institute
After success in catering venture, master chef Tommy Miah has come up with a hospitality institute to impart culinary and hotel management training in Bangladesh.
 arrow NBR urged to dispel people's apprehension about taxation
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) should take up corrective measures to dispel people's apprehension about tax department, speakers at a seminar observed yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon sign shipping protocol to enhance trade
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the Shipping Protocol under the Coastal Shipping Agreement in Yangon on Monday to increase trading between the two countries.
 arrow Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur agree to boost shipping ties
Malaysia and Bangladesh have agreed to enhance co-operation in port management and shipping services between the port authorities of the two countries.
 arrow United Leasing earns after tax profit of Tk 56.29m
United Leasing Company Limited earned after tax profit of Tk 56.29 million in the first six months of 2004, which was Tk 54.38 million during the corresponding period of last year.
 arrow National Life Declares 40pc dividends
National Life Insurance Company Limited has declared a 15 percent cash and a 25 percent stock dividends for the year 2003.
 arrow New chief of Bangla-German chamber
Ruhul Amin has been elected president of Bangladesh-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BGCCI).
 arrow Taiwanese co to set up plant at Comilla EPZ
A Taiwanese company, M/s Shepherd Electric Limited, has decided to establish an electronics industry in Comilla Export Processing Zone.

The company will invest US$ 10.

 arrow Altaf meets Myanmar chamber chief
Commerce Minister Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury along with members of his delegation had a meeting with the president and other officials of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers
 arrow Dhaka to get coconut seeds from Bangkok
Thailand will provide Bangladesh with ten million coconut seeds for plantation across the country.
 arrow Emirates to buy full-flight simulators from CAE
Emirates will purchase full-flight simulators exclusively from CAE of Montreal for the next 10 years to support the airline's flight training requirements for its new fleet of Airbus aircraft.
 arrow New chief executive of Fuchs Lubricants Bangladesh
Bazrul Rahman Khan has joined Fuchs Lubricants Bangladesh Limited as chief executive on Saturday.
 arrow Rich, poor states bargain over crucial trade compromise
Rich and poor countries in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) were still divided on Tuesday as the 147 member states began their final days of bargaining to salvage crucial talks on dismantling global
 arrow Big powers bullying poor to get world trade deal: NGOs
International aid and development groups Monday accused the United States, the European Union and Japan of using bullying and threats to get poorer countries to agree to an unfair world trade pact.
 arrow US warns of another possible setback in global trade talks
US trade officials warned Monday of another possible setback in world talks this week and said they would not accept just any deal to keep negotiations in Geneva going.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sickly Tigers!
With nothing to play for other than pride, Bang-ladesh meet Pa-kistan in their final Asia Cup match of a so far ill-fated campaign on Thursday. And ill seems to be the state of team health also.
 arrow Football: NFL 2nd leg begins today
After a damp start on an awful ground in Mymensingh the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League promises some real entertainment when the second leg of the 12-team finals begins here today.
 arrow Cricket: Odumbe to know fate soon
A tribunal hearing allegations of match-fixing against former Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe resumed here Tuesday to jeers at the International Cricket Council (ICC) legal team.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Sanath Jayasuriya emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the history of the Asia Cup during yesterday's India-Sri Lanka match here at the Premadasa Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: 'England have the edge'
England captain Michael Vaughan said his side had a "psychological edge" over the West Indies after their first Test win at Lord's on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara banking on Collymore
West Indies are banking on the experience of replacement fast bowler Corey Collymore to revive their fortunes against England in the second Test starting at Edgbaston on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Thuram says bye
France defender Lilian Thuram has decided to end his international career after 103 caps at the age of 32.
 arrow Football: Van der Lem knows it now
If in doubt, sack the boss. Asian football's impossible job -- coach of Saudi Arabia -- has claimed yet another victim.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 Test starts today
The visiting Bangladesh Under-19 will play their first 'four-day Test' against their English counterparts today at Headingley.
 arrow Chess: School chess
Saif, Mohsin, Tanveer, Sayan, Moin and Robin won their respective matches in the Baby to Class V group to earn full two points as the second round of the sixth Standard Chartered Bank School Chess Tournament
 arrow Football: Germany turn to Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann was named new Germany coach on Monday with a two-year contract to take him to the 2006 World Cup.

He replaces Rudi Voller who resigned after Germany's Euro 2004 disaster.

 arrow Chess: Rajib, Taibur win boards
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib and FIDE Master Taibur Rahman won their respective fourth round games in the Dortmund Open International Chess Tournament in Germany.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protis-than (BKSP) and Rajshahi earned their second successive wins in the ANAS 25th National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Sonali Bank last in super four
Sonali Bank Recreation Club booked the super four berth as the last team with a massive 57-31 victory over Bangladesh Air Force in the 9th Metropolis Premier Division Kabadi League at the outer stadium
 arrow Handball: Div I h'ball
Orient Sporting Club and Mansoor Sporting Club reached the super four of the Tibet 13th First Division Handball League yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Fed Cup hockey from Oct 10
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has decided to stage the Federation Cup from October 10 before the Premier Division Hockey League.
Metropolitanarrow Call for more budgetary allocation in edn sector
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for more allocation for the education sector in the national budget for its proper development.
 arrow Declare floods a nat'l disaster
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Bodruddoza Chowdhury yesterday called on the government to declare the devastating floods a national disaster and appeal to the international community for
 arrow A different campus
As much of the country are reeling under floodwaters, students of Dhaka University have come forward to mitigate the hardships of the suffering humanity.
 arrow 3 army officers promoted to major general
Three brigadier generals of Bangladesh Army have been promoted to the rank of major general.
 arrow SSKOP submits memo to NOAB president
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) leaders handed over a memorandum, containing a 7-point charter of demand, to NOAB President Mahfuz Anam in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Devastation, disease: Relief, medicine scarce
Thousands are awaiting relief on Brahmaputra Flood Control Embankment and other high places while over five lakh families are still marooned in flood affected areas of Gaibandha.
 arrow Devastation, disease: Relief, medicine scarce
Rangpur: "My wife, daughter and myself were attacked with diarrhea three days back but I did not seen any health worker anywhere in the union", said Anwar Hossen, a member of Pachgachhi Union Parishad
 arrow Marooned in haor, need food
Several thousand marooned people in Pashchim Gouripur and Poilonpur unions in Balaganj haor area can not even move to safer places by crossing the turbulent water and none visited them since the flooding
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 7 in Mymensingh
Diarrhoea killed seven people and attacked 964 in flood affected areas of Mymensingh in about a week till Monday, according to sources at the Civil Surgeon's office here.
 arrow No telephone if water rises by 7 cm
The compound of 4600-line Brahmabaria digital T&T exchange is inundated with knee deep water and that of 400-line Ashugonj exchange with two feet water.
 arrow Boat chain to press demand
A 'boat chain' disrupted communication on Tetulia river in Baufal upazila in Patuakhali district for about one hour on Monday.
 arrow Five extortionists held after gunshots with cops in Khulna
Police on Sunday arrested five extortionists after exchanging gunshots with them for half-an-hour at Mozamnagar of Dakop upazila in Khulna.
 arrow AL leader Rob murder trial ends: Verdict soon
The verdict on Awami League (AL) Mayoral candidate SMA Rob Murder Case is likely to be delivered during the first week of next month, according to the slain leader's family sources.
 arrow Edn official sued
The Deputy Director of the Primary Education Directorate, Rajshahi was sued by a primary scholarship examinee's father recently.
 arrow Dengue: Team from Dhaka in Khulna
Seven dengue patients have been detected in the city, according to Khulna Civil Surgeon Hama Jamal.
 arrow Food official scared of extortionists
The life of Morrelganj upazila food official in Bagerhat has become insecure following receipt of a death threat from extortionists.
 arrow Bomb attack: 6 held in Barisal
Barisal Kotwali Police on Monday arrested six persons for an incident of bomb attack at Barisal stadium on Sunday night.

Five persons including three BNP leaders were injured in the attack.

 arrow Woman college teacher found dead at house
Jannat Parveen Mina, 37, an assistant professor of political science at Talbaria Degree College in Jessore Sadar upazila, was found dead on Sunday morning on the floor of her rented house at the satellite
Point-Counterpointarrow Palestinians need to solve their own internal problems first
Chairman Yasser Arafat (75) faces an internal revolt against him.
 arrow AL and BNP: Two sides of the same coin
It is clear, after a third of a century of independence, and well over a decade of democracy, that Bangladesh is going nowhere.
Culturearrow Alternative art camp with a difference
Aziz Sharafi explained the motive behind the recent art camp recently held at Alliance Francaise, Chitrak and in an ongoing construction. To quote Sharafi, 'This is a camp for alternative process andthinking.
 arrow Q & A
Actor, director, columnist, talk-show host, ad-maker, and, above all, a charming personality--there seems to be no stopping Ali Zaker. His favourite role is that of actor and director.
 arrow Telefilm Bikeler Megh
The première of the telefilm Bikeler Megh was held at the Spectra Convention Centre of Gulshan on July 26. The writer of the telefilm is Mahbub Aziz and the director is Gazi Rakayet.
 arrow Prachyanaat stages Gondar to raise funds for flood victims
Theatre group Prachyanaat has come forward to organise a fundraiser for the flood afflicted people.
 arrow Save the Children-USA concert for flood affected
To improve the abysmal living conditions of flood-stricken children in the country, the members of event-management company SERSHA are organising a charity concert.
Generalarrow 2 control rooms at Ctg port for handling cargoes
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has set up two control rooms to monitor and expedite the handling of import and export cargoes in view of the current devastating floods.
 arrow Robber stabbed to death during robbery
A robber was killed and an army man was injured seriously as he tried to resist a gang of robbers during a robbery at his home at Boalkhali upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow JU first year hons classes from August 28
The first year honours classes of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin on August 28 instead of August 7 as the flood situation deteriorated.
 arrow S Asia Migration Resource Network launched
The Refugee and Migration Movements Research Unit has launched a regional network to ensure the rights of migrant workers from five South Asian countries and to share information among the scholars and
 arrow Proshika staffs' donation for flood victims
Employees of Proshika, a non-government organisation, have donated seven and a half percent of their salary for flood affected people.
 arrow Tushar, Salahuddin elected AAB president,secy
Tushar Kanti Howlader and Md Salahuddin were elected president and general secretary of the working committee of Alumni Association of BKSP (AAB) at its general meeting recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Clinton invigorates Kerry campaign
Energized by Bill and Hillary Clinton, Democrats castigated George W. Bush as a president who mishandled the economy and bungled the war on terror.
 arrow Turkey warned of 9/11 styled plane attacks
Turkey has received intelligence the al-Qaeda network may try to carry out attacks in the country similar to the plane hijackings in September 11, 2001 in the United States, the Milliyet daily said yesterday.
 arrow US war on terror is 'void' after decision to protect Mujahedeen: Iran
Iran hit out at the US decision to grant protected status to the Iraq-based People's Mujahedeen yesterday, the main Iranian armed opposition group, saying it proved Washington's war on terrorism was a
 arrow Egyptian diplomat freed
Two Iraqis were killed and more than a dozen US soldiers wounded, as Islamabad made a fresh appeal Tuesday for two Pakistanis threatened with death after an Egyptian diplomat was released by his abductors.
 arrow US using Darfur to topple govt: Sudan
Washington is using the Darfur crisis as a pretext to topple the Sudanese government, Khartoum's envoy to the African Union (AU) said yesterday.
 arrow Powell urges coalition partners to stay in Iraq
US Secretary of State Colin Powell urged Hungary yesterday to remain part of the increasingly shaky coalition of occupation forces in Iraq, saying that was the only hope for the Iraqi people.
 arrow DPRK threatens to quit talks
North Korea said yesterday it may consider pulling out of talks aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff in an angry response to the passage of a US human rights bill critical of the Stalinist state.
 arrow Tigers insist on self-rule in talks with peace envoy
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Monday called for self rule during talks with a top Norwegian envoy Monday, a day after the guerrillas killed eight rivals from a breakaway group, officials said.
 arrow Democrats vow to bag Asian votes
As the race to the White House heats up, Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry is moving aggressively to win the hearts of minority Asian Americans while keeping his foreign policy on Asia
 arrow 4 Guantanamo prisoners handed over to France
Four French detainees at the US prison complex at Guantanamo Bay who were handed over to French authorities arrived Tuesday at an airbase west of Paris, officials said.
 arrow Bomb threat forces UA flight to return to Sydney
A bomb threat found mid-flight on a United Airlines plane carrying 264 people forced an emergency return to Sydney yesterday, sparking a full alert in airspace along Australia's eastern seaboard.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Thanks to the UN
We are touched by the promptitude with which the international community have decided to come forward to help alleviate the plight of the flood-affected people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Going to world court
The news of forty British MPs requesting the UN secretary general to seek advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice, to determine the legality of the British war on Iraq should be welcomed
 arrow Floods and farmers
It is widely known that floods are a recurrent event in Bangladesh. Some people believe that most devastating floods generally occur in Bangladesh after an interval of every fifty years.
 arrow Law and misorder
You do not need to send out a circular for Delhi to become sycophancy-compliant. It comes with the union territory.

The sycophancy of Delhi's ruling class is non-partisan and non-communal.

 arrow The Kashmir conundrum
NATIONS, like individuals, look ugly when they break rules. This was the nth time that Pakistan raised Kashmir at the SAARC foreign ministers' conference in Islamabad.
Letters to Editorarrow Flood management
Two-thirds of the flood-affected people are poor and have low human development index.

Bangladesh is a major theatre of flood, and its impact is devastating.

 arrow Deforestation
Deforestation is a serious threat to our country. Our forests are being annihilated.

Some plunderers cut down trees from the forests disobeying the forest preservation law.

 arrow Sharon, Bush, Blair, each of them a slayer
The governments of Spain and the Philippines have done the right thing. We appreciate the withdrawal of their troops from Iraq.
 arrow English medium schools
This letter is in response to all the news that has surfaced in recent times regarding the tuition and annual fees increase in English medium schools.
 arrow Take care of those dogs
If you walk along any street of Dhaka it is common thing for you to see waif dogs moving about.
 arrow DCC diversions
We went to the health department of the DCC on October 25, 2003 for getting a drainage problem solved. We are now told, after nine long months, to go to another office (Conservancy) of the DCC.
 arrow Imams do good things
Last week during the Jumma Prayer, the Imam of our mosque read out two notices. The two notices were from two opposite parties.
 arrow "Shakhari Bazaar: Sustainability in the Cultural Context"
I am pleased to get a response on my above-mentioned article from an informed reader as Mr. Islam (DS: 23.07.04). He is right in noting the Shakhari Bazaar issue as a relevant one.
 arrow Gravity of the situation
Our over-enthusiastic politicians have to learn one grave lesson from the recent launch disasters. Keep your center of gravity low for stable equilibrium.
 arrow New arsenic theory
The newspapers are agog with the report of a new theory on the cause of presence of arsenic in underground water, which is causing havoc in Bangladesh (and West Bengal) for the last one decade or so.
 arrow Desensitized leaders
Personality clashes distort history. Party loyality mists the historical mirror. The nasty ego-stretching games in Dhaka tarnishes the image of contemporary political leaders.
 arrow An open letter to ICT job seekers
I could have well not written this open letter to job seekers in the information communication technology (ICT) sector in Bangladesh.
 arrow Stars disappear
Our film industry has great potential . India has a booming film industry which brings in a lot of foreign currency to its market.
StarTecharrow Innovative ventures from young scientist
LIMITATIONS in the country's IT sector and marketing ventures has not stopped young, innovative Anwar Shahadat Angur from remote Sherpur making his ideas a reality.
 arrow NSU to host ACM International Programming Contest
The department of Computer Science & Engineering of North South University (NSU) will be hosting the annual Asia Regional ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) for the fourth time on
 arrow Local software developer offers Bangla matrix screensaver
Subedar Technologies, engineered by Aftab Jahan Subedar, has launched a free version of "Matrix Bangla Screensaver", downloadable from web-address http://www.geocities.com/jahan.geo/matrix.html.
 arrow German clothier introduces wireless jacket
IF it's simply unbearable to be unable to hear music, here's something you should slip on: a jacket with a built-in MP3 player.

A new jacket from Rosner GmbH & Co.

 arrow EWU intra-university programming contest
Recently the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Club of East West University (EWU) jointly organised an intra-university programming contest, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow Govt to set up another EPZ in Ctg
The government has taken an initiative to set up another Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in the port city of Chittagong soon.

The new EPZ is likely to be set up on some 57.

 arrow Irregularities in CU appointments
Irregularities has been dominating the appointments of teachers and employees as well as their promotions at Chittagong University (CU) since the ruling BNP-backed administration took over the officein
 arrow Road in a Shambles

Star Cityarrow Down and out in flood shelters
Janu Begum could not sleep for the last two days, as she was hungry. "I do not worry much about me but my children," she said.
 arrow Hospitals fill with diarrhoea patients
Diarrhoea outbreak has taken a serious turn in the city's flood-hit areas and experts fear the worst will come when the floodwaters recede.
 arrow Prices rising with rising water
Soaring prices of most of the essential commodities over past two weeks has hit the consumers hard and has aggravated the sufferings of the flood-affected people.
 arrow When footpaths turn homes
Raging floodwaters have driven Ambia Khatun, 46, from her Kathalbagan slum last week to the footpaths of Panthapath.
 arrow Floods bond them together
Rickshawpuller Hemayet, his wife and their 13-day-old daughter took refuge on the rooftop of an under-construction building at Natun Bazar in Kamrangirchar, as his shanty went under floodwater.
 arrow DU students come to aid of distressed
Dhaka University (DU) students are frantically working round the clock to find ways of mitigating the sufferings of the flood-affected people. They are shunning their classes, examinations and even meeting-processions.