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Front Pagearrow Heavy rain forecast rings fresh alarm
Heavy cloudbursts and a strong pull of the full moon in the coming days threaten to worsen the deluge in the central region, water and weather experts warned yesterday, while northern districts saw asignificant
 arrow PM finally seeks int'l assistance
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought international assistance for post-flood rehabilitation .
 arrow Inedible on the bowl
Around 10 lakh flood-hit people of Manikganj are in acute crisis of food and many of them are suffering from water-borne diseases.
 arrow WB okays $200m loans for reforms
The World Bank (WB) has approved a $200 million loan for reform programmes on condition that the government increase gas and power tariffs and immediately launch a fully-staffed anti-corruption commission.
 arrow Tigers take on Pakistan today
Bangladesh will get one last chance to prove that they can be competitive when the Tigers take on outgoing champions Pakistan in the final super league match of the eighth Asia Cup at the Premadasa Stadium
 arrow Suicide car bomb kills 68 Iraqis
A suicide car bomb exploded outside a police recruiting centre in central Baqouba yesterday, killing 68 Iraqis and turning the city's busy streets into a bloody tangle of twisted metal and bodies.
 arrow Inflation may rise, GDP fall
Inflation is likely to rise in the face of floods that have devastated Bangladesh's agriculture and transportation systems, Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials forecast yesterday.
 arrow Gaibandha farmers cry for seedlings
Having lost their livestock, food stocks and savings in the month long deluge without any employment, desperate farmers in the char (shoal) areas of Gaibandha are now facing severe seedling crisis.
 arrow No place to bury the dead
This is the worst time to die, if you live in Narsingdi Sadar Thana-- because there is no dry ground to bury the dead in the eight square kilometres area on the bank of the river Meghna.
 arrow Diplomatic zones swamped
Floodwaters have inundated the premises of a number of important offices and diplomatic missions as the devastating monsoon deluge has swamped nearly half of the capital and about two-thirds of the country.
 arrow Khaleda flies off to join BIMST-EC meet in Bangkok
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia flies off to Bangkok today with a strong 31-member contingent to attend the first summit of the BIMST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation),
 arrow Floodwaters in Dhaka may not recede in month
Relief and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday said floodwaters in Dhaka and its adjacent districts may not recede shortly and apprehended the flood may linger in the areas
 arrow Spurious rice saline hits the market
Adulterated rice powder saline packets are being sold in local markets which are stated to be ineffective and may lead to serious health hazard, the employees of International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases
 arrow 2 robbers die, 5 cops hurt in gunbattle
Two robbers were killed and five policemen injured in a gunfight between police and robbers yesterday at Panirchhara, a remote forest, 90 kilometres from the district headquarters.
 arrow Outlaws threaten 4 Barisal journos
Outlaws have sent letters to four journalists of Barisal with death threats yesterday.
 arrow Cops clash with mob trying to open sluice gate at Sayedabad
Police shot rubber bullets at and clubbed a mob trying to knock down a sluice gate to escape floodwaters at Sayedabad yesterday, injuring at least 17.
 arrow Teenager rapes 6-year-old girl in Noakhali
A teenager reportedly raped a 6-year-old girl at Senbagh upazilla in Noakhali yesterday.
 arrow 12,000 women workers abused in last 3 years, 37 killed
As many as 12,000 expatriate women were abused and 37 of them died from 2001 to 2003 in different countries, said the secretary of expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry.
 arrow Robbers hack truck driver, beat up helper in Demra
Robbers hacked to death a truck driver, beat up his assistant and drove away their vehicle loaded with iron rods from the capital's Demra area yesterday.
 arrow 10 addl judges appointed as HC judges
The government yesterday confirmed the appointment of 10 additional judges as judges of the High Court (HC) while another additional judge got six months extension.
 arrow Magistrate's double standards
In a blatant exhibition of double standards, a magistrate kept a photojournalist under arrest for an hour yesterday but let the driver of a government employee drive away despite being charged with the
 arrow One Biman staff suspended
The authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have suspended a ground service officer of Customer Service Directorate for mismanagement during a Dhaka-Saidpur flight on July 27 following a news item published
 arrow Another accused links Jubo League leaders
An accused in the case regarding the June 4 arson attack on a BRTC double-decker bus yesterday linked four leaders of opposition Awami League's youth wing Jubo League to the incident that killed 10 people.
 arrow EPB teams to assess loss in flood-hit RMG units
The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has formed four survey teams to assess the losses caused by the ongoing flood in export-oriented garment industries.
 arrow 6 killed in Afghan blast
Six people, including two UN election workers, have been killed in an explosion in a mosque where the United Nations was registering people for elections that Islamic militants have vowed to disrupt.
 arrow Sonargaon Museum floats...

 arrow Haircut on a boat..

Businessarrow First Islamic mutual fund on the cards
The asset management company of unbundled Investment Corporation of Bangladesh, ICB Asset Management Company Ltd, yesterday announced its plan to launch the first mutual fund based on Islamic principles.
 arrow Cash incentive for farm products raised to 30pc
The government has increased cash incentive for export of agriculture products to 30 percent from 25 percent to encourage commercial farming and processing.
 arrow Integrated power, water policies key to dev
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for coordination in power, water and irrigation sectors for sustainable development.
 arrow Sípore may reduce foreign workers in low-paid jobs
Singapore is considering ways to cut the number of foreigners working in construction, cleaning and other low-paid industries in a bid to create more work for locals, media reports said Wednesday.
 arrow Govt to go for fresh tender for exploration of beach minerals
The government will go for fresh tender for exploration of beach minerals in the country, State Minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.
 arrow Flood hits Narayanganj BSCIC Hosiery Estate hard
With roads submerged by floodwaters, owners of some 150 knit units in the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) Hosiery Estate are finding it difficult to keep their machines running.
 arrow IT use in RMG units vital to stay competitive
Proper application of information technology in apparel industry can enhance the highest export earning sector's efficiency in the global market, speakers tell a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New Close-Up toothpaste now available
New Close-Up brand toothpaste, manufactured by Lever Brothers Bangladesh Limited, is now available in local market.
 arrow Oil pushes towards 21-year high
Oil prices pushed towards fresh 21-year highs on Wednesday after bailiffs ordered beleaguered Russian oil giant YUKOS to stop sales, threatening further strain on tight international supplies.
 arrow Trade talks stumble ahead in time-honoured fashion
As 147 nations grappled with agriculture and struggled to move ahead with global trade talks at the WTO Wednesday, many in the trading community have the feeling they have seen or heard it all -- or much
 arrow Unions seek emergency talks on textile trade
Global labour unions called yesterday for the quick creation of an international forum to head off "jobs carnage" when barriers to open trade in textiles and clothing are lifted next year.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani too good for Panchagar BU
Dhaka giants Aba-hani came from be-hind to rout Pan-chagarh Brothers Union Club 4-1 in the opening match of the second leg of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Rangpur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Life in Lanka
Bangladesh team's think-tank turned to Indian batsman Rahul Dravid for some batting tips yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Second Test from today
England go into Thursday's second Test against West Indies at Edgbaston in the enviable position of knowing that they don't have to rely on just one or two players to force a victory.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul, Nazmul fightback
A 71-run unbeaten ninth wicket stand between Nazmul Hossain and captain Enamul Haq saved Bangladesh Under-19 team from embarrassment on the opening day of the first four-day Test against England Under-19
 arrow Cricket: 'Bangladesh had better players who were more committed'
Arjuna Ranatunga needs no introduction. The chubby left-hander was the hero of Sri Lanka's World Cup triumph in 1996.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters win at last
Bangladesh Under-17 football team ended their Thailand tour on a winning note when they came from behind to beat Assumsion Tonduri College Under-17 side 2-1 in the last practice match in Bangkok yesterday.
 arrow Rajib in 2nd spot
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib won his fifth round board to go into the second place in the Dortmund Open International Chess Tournament in Germany.
 arrow Chess: Nine leaders in school chess
Nine were sharing the lead in the sixth Standard Chartered Bank School Chess Tournament with maximum three points each after the third round at the chess federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Rifles, Army victorious
Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Army got off to winning start in the super league of the ninth Premier Division Kabadi League at the outer stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India win a cliffhanger
A Virender Sehwag-inspired India qualified for the Asia Cup final with a thrilling four-run win over Sri Lanka in a super league match here Tuesday despite a blistering 130 from Sanath Jayasuriya.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova sails, Serena crawls
Maria Sharapova, in her first match since winning Wimbledon earlier this month, powered past American qualifier Lilia Osterloh 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the 1.3 million dollars Acura Classic onTuesday.
 arrow Back troubles Bond again
New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has suffered a second stress fracture to his back, his manager said on Wednesday.
 arrow Fischer appeal rejected
US chess legend Bobby Fischer's plea for provisional release from detention here pending a decision on whether to deport him has been rejected by Japanese immigration officials, a friend said Wednesday.
 arrow Dravid on top
Brian Lara's twin failures in the Lord's Test against England has meant that Rahul Dravid has, for the first time in his career, taken over as the top Test batsman in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)ratings.
 arrow Chess: Fischer appeal rejected
US chess legend Bobby Fischer's plea for provisional release from detention here pending a decision on whether to deport him has been rejected by Japanese immigration officials, a friend said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Blank firing Iran, Japan thru'
Holders Japan held off a strong challenge from Iran to secure their passage into the Asian Cup quarter-finals as group winners here Wednesday as brave Oman bowed out of the competition.
 arrow Football: The best way is the way out
Sven-Goran Eriksson may soon learn what Glenn Hoddle and Terry Venables found out before him -- that embarrassing the Football Association can have more bearing on the longevity of an England managerthan
 arrow The striker in uniform
Army recruit Lee Dong-Gook, top marksman at the last Asian Cup, has come out of the wilderness to fire South Korea into the quarter-finals with a classy treble in two games.
 arrow Football: Hot cake
A CD featuring live radio broadcasts from European champions' Greece games in the Euro 2004 tournament sold out four days after its publication.
Metropolitanarrow Tortured domestic help dies at DMCH
Putul, an 11-year-old domestic help, who was tortured severely by the family members of her employer at Khulna on July 24, died at Dhaka Medical College hospital early yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure quality education at pvt universities'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for government intervention to ensure that the private universities maintain high standards of teaching and infrastructure facilities.
 arrow Australia assures more aid for flood victims
Australian High Commissioner in Dhaka Lorraine Barker has assured the government of additional assistance for the flood-hit people.
 arrow 7700 bottles of phensidyl seized: 4 arrested
A team of narcotics control department (DNC) yesterday seized 7,700 bottles of phensidyl and arrested four people for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of the contraband.
 arrow 1622 more held, 4 firearms recovered
Police arrested 1,622 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow DU expands relief operation
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities as well as different student organisations and general students expanded their relief operations on the campus yesterday.
Nationalarrow 'Dist admin played silent role, kept govt in dark'
The Moulvibazar district administration did not set up any relief camp for flood victims.
 arrow Magura Textile Mills reopens next month under new terms
The Magura Textile Mills under the BTMC (Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation) will be reopened next month under new terms and conditions.
 arrow High security alert in Khulna city
Security forces have been put on "high alert" in Khulna city following a series of powerful bomb explosions at different places since Wednesday.
 arrow Dhaka-Tangail road barricaded for release of aboriginal leaders
Netrakona: Aboriginal people in Modhupur, angered by the government's stand on the planned eco-park and recent arrest of five of their leaders, are preparing for tougher agitation against the government
 arrow Bad days for Modhupur pineapple farmers
Flood has brought hard days for pineapple farmers in Modhupur, an area well known in the country for producing very tasty varieties of the sweet summer fruit.
 arrow 'Give me something to eatí
"My son, give me something to eat", was the fervent appeal of middle-aged Tulai Bibi when this correspondent went to Shanjadpur village in a boat to see their plight yesterday.
 arrow Fake journalist held
A fake journalist was arrested on Tuesday while he was trying to blackmail a medical officer

Fake journalist Azharul Islam Milon,35, son of contractor Abdul Mannan of South Tootpara in Khulna Thanawas

 arrow Baralekha AL leader receives death threats
Former lawmaker and President of Baralekha upazila Awami League (AL) Md Shahabuddin Ahmed received death threats from unidentified hoodlums.
 arrow Saudi expatriate abducted
A Saudi expatriate youth was abducted from Tekpara area here on Sunday.

The abducted youth is Zakaria,30, son of Abul Hossain of Chapaldandi area in Sadar upazila.

Point-Counterpointarrow Mitigating flood disaster through river course stabilisation
BANGLADESH is a country of rivers over which three major continental rivers -- the Ganges, the Jamuna and the Meghna -- are flowing together with their numerous tributaries and distributaries before falling
 arrow Victims of a worsening storm
As audiences worldwide ponder the dramatic scenes in The Day After Tomorrow -- Hollywood's much-talked-about climate-change disaster movie, millions of other people in the developing world have
Culturearrow Mustafa Monwar: The modern day Geppetto
Creative' is an understatement for the artistically brilliant 66-year-old Mustafa Monwar. This dynamo of energy is an ace puppeteer, artist, director and producer of TV programmes and author of screenplays.
 arrow Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Although the musical legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is familiar to listeners all around the world, he has had a particularly good stint in Bollywood and the Pakistan film industry.
 arrow Drama show and ghazal night for the flood victims
MA final year Students of the Department of Dramatics and Music, Dhaka University, stage three shows of their play Behular Bhashan at Naat Mandal in the university premises to raise funds for the
Generalarrow 'Seek int'l aids declaring floods a nat'l disaster'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called on the government to seek international assistance declaring the devastating floods as national disaster.
 arrow Drivers responsible for 80 per cent accidents
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for enacting stringent laws to check road accidents.

Drivers are responsible for 80 per cent of road accidents, said a speaker quoting a survey report.

 arrow Make concerted efforts to tackle post-flood situation
The government will have to make concerted efforts to tackle the post-flood situation, said the experts at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow More donations to PM's fund
More organisations and individuals yesterday donated about Tk 10 crore to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-affected people.
 arrow Written test postponed
The written test for recruiting research or monitoring officers under stipend programme for primary education was postponed yesterday due to current flood, an official handout said here.
 arrow AEB to distribute 2,000 relief bags
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday called upon the professional organisations to extend their helping hands for the flood-affected people.
 arrow Written test postponed
The written test for recruiting research or monitoring officers under stipend programme for primary education was postponed yesterday due to current flood, an official handout said here.
Internationalarrow Kerry pledges more effective 'war on terror'
Democrat John Kerry said he could fight a more effective war on terror than President Bush and vowed to help keep America safe by extending the Sept. 11 commission's work for 18 months.
 arrow Norway fails to revive Sri Lanka peace talks
Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway has failed to secure an agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels to resume talks with the Colombo government, President Chandrika Kumaratunga's office said Wednesday.
 arrow US General witnessed Iraq prison abuse
The American general who headed the US military prison at Abu Ghraib personally witnessed abuses there, an Iraqi man alleged in a federal lawsuit protesting his treatment.
 arrow British court reviews Iraqi deaths
The families of six Iraqi civilians who say their relatives were unlawfully killed by British troops are beginning a judicial review.
 arrow Disease adds to woes as waters recede
Disease and fear of epidemics have added to the woes of millions of people displaced by floods in east India, even as the waters begin to recede, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow More N Korean refugees reach South
More than 200 North Koreans flew into South Korea on Wednesday, the second day of a secretive operation that has spirited refugees from the communist North from an unidentified Southeast Asian country.
 arrow MSF doctors leave over security fears in Afghanistan
International aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres said it would pull out of Afghanistan after 24 years, blaming the government for an increasingly fragile security situation.
 arrow Egypt won't join force to protect UN in Iraq
Egypt said yesterday that it would not be in favour of joining a multinational force to protect the United Nations mission in Iraq, if asked to contribute troops.
 arrow Indo-Pak talk on water dispute today
Pakistan and India will resume talks for the first time in six years this week over a 19-year water dispute as nascent dialogue between the traditional foes inches forward.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Don't politicise relief
Opposition lawmakers have complained that the government is politicising the relief distribution undertaking.
 arrow Editorial: Genocide in Sudan
It's a Muslim, more precisely, an Arabesque manifestation of double standards.
 arrow Iran Freedom Act 2004: Legitimising an illegal practice
Were it not for the mention in the bill that, "it should be the policy of the United States to support regime change for the Islamic Republic of Iran and to promote the transition to a democratic government
 arrow Dialogue and discordant notes
Pakistan-India dialogue has barely begun and discordant notes have already been struck.
Letters to Editorarrow Remove the concrete structures
It is not new but an old issue that the pedestrians cannot walk along the footpaths of Dhaka freely due to street hawkers. It is painful that our government has also failed to eradicate this problem.
 arrow Reprinted documents of liberation war
A few days go, the reprinted 15 volumes of the history and documents of our war of independence was launched.
 arrow Euthanasia
The article "The case of Euthanasia: right to die -- justice done or justice denied?" published on 11 July, 2004 in Law and Our Rights page of The Daily Star deals with an important medical and legalissue.
 arrow A new trend
It seems a kind of fashion to follow the lifestyle of "Bollywood" or "Hollywood" movies among our current generation.
 arrow Noise pollution
Like other bold decisions for the development of environment including the prohibition of the production and marketing of poly-bags and two-stroke-engine baby taxies, Mr.
 arrow Bilateral issues
SAARC is a forum created and lunched by Bangladesh. It is designed to cater to the needs of all the members. All members can meet and exchange views and ideas for mutual benefit.