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Front Pagearrow Flood to wane next week before it may rage again
Weathermen yesterday predicted a lull in rain in the next seven days leading to an improvement in floods that blighted about 30 million people in Bangladesh and fuelled a rampage of waterborne diseases
 arrow EC drops 14 'biased' officials, army deployed
The Election Commission yesterday decided to drop 14 polling officials with alleged bias towards a political party, relocate 22 swamped polling centres and the authorities deployed army in Gazipur-2 constituency,
 arrow Rain brings more miseries to Dhaka
Rain and further swelling of the rivers around worsened the deluge in the capital yesterday, compounding the miseries of around half a million people cramming flood shelters or living on housetop andlakhs
 arrow Food relief not enough: Donors
Flood victims are getting inadequate food relief from the government and other organisations, representatives of donor agencies in Bangladesh said in a flood assessment report yesterday.
 arrow Loan recovery from flood-hit industries to be suspended
The government will suspend loan recovery from the flood-hit industrial sectors, including garments, textiles, poultry, and shrimp.
 arrow Each Bogra flood victim gets Tk 0.6
Bogra district administration has allocated Tk 0.6 and 98 grams of rice for a victim brought to their knees by weeks of monsoon flooding.
 arrow Another defeat for Tigers
Bangladesh ended their Asia Cup campaign on the losing note when they suffered a six-wicket defeat against outgoing champions Pakistan at the Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
 arrow US refuses to give diplomatic status to press minister
The government is in an embarrassing situation over the appointment of a Bangladeshi-born US citizen as minister (press) at the Bangladesh embassy in Washington as the US government has refused to give
 arrow Dairy industry faces flood wrath
The rising floodwaters came as the worst nightmare for most people of Baghabari union under Shahjatpur upazila in Sirajganj, as instead of seeking to save themselves, they first rushed to save the cattle
 arrow Khaleda in Bangkok for BIMST-EC summit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was accorded a warm reception on her arrival here last night to attend the two-day BIMST-EC summit beginning in the Thai capital today.
 arrow More aid pours in
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $210 million for the flood-hit people in Bangladesh and the European Commission (EC) chips in with euro 2.
 arrow IMF okays $87m loan
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved Wednesday tranches of two loans worth about $87 million although Bangladesh failed to fulfil some of its pre-conditions.
 arrow Outlaws bomb to death two JCD leaders
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Janajuddho) in a bomb attack killed two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and injured another at Hardi bazar of Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district onWednesday
 arrow Cop hurt in Khulna bomb attack
A police sergeant was injured in a bomb attack by unidentified assailants in the city last night.

The victim, Amirul Islam, was admitted to police hospital with splinter injuries.

 arrow Ayub Quadri shifted again, more changes at top level
The government has brought fresh changes to the top level of civil administration.
 arrow Qaeda group vows war on Europe
Muslim militants claiming links to al-Qaeda have vowed in a statement to launch a "bloody war" on Europe and say Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is their first target.
 arrow Pakistan, India express sympathy
Pakistani president offered his assistance while the Indian prime minister expressed his sympathy yesterday to the flood-hit people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Iraq PM calls for Muslim troops
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has called on Muslim nations to join a proposed force of Islamic troops in Iraq which the United States said might help protect the United Nations.
 arrow Tk 614cr fish lost to deluge
The current devastating flood has so far damaged fisheries worth about Tk 613.55 crore, inundating 6.56 lakh ponds.
 arrow Fresh clash leaves 15 hurt, gate gives in to gushing water
Fresh violence erupted in Sayedabad yesterday as residents of North and South Jatrabari clashed over opening of a sluice gate to release floodwaters in Sayedabad yesterday left at least 15 people wounded.
 arrow 38 children detained in Dhaka jail
Thirty-eight children below 16 years of age are now under detention in Dhaka Central Jail although the Children Act 1974 forbids such detention.
 arrow Govt schemes to rig Gazipur by-polls: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the government of plotting to rig Gazipur-2 by-polls in connivance with polling officials biased towards the key ruling party BNP.
 arrow Floating on rushing floodwaters...

 arrow Policeman hurt in gunbattle with criminals
A police sub-inspector (SI) was bullet-hit in a shootout between police and criminals in Zahuri Mohalla in Mohammadpur yesterday.
 arrow AL leader gunned down, hotelier shot
Criminals gunned down a ward unit leader of the Awami League (AL) in Ulan in Khilgaon late Wednesday night and a wayside hotel manager was shot in Shankar in Moha-mmadpur yesterday.
Businessarrow ADB suggests full automation of Chittagong Port activities
Projecting a four-fold traffic growth by 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has called for massive infrastructure development in Chittagong Port including deepwater facilities and enhanced capacity
 arrow ICB announces dividends on eight mutual funds
The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) yesterday announced dividends on its eight mutual funds and on unit fund for the year 2003-2004.
 arrow US co plans to set up zipper factory in Bangladesh
Ideal Fastener Corporation, USA, a leading zipper manufacturer, plans to set up a joint venture plant in Bangladesh, a high official of the company has said.
 arrow US retailers urge Bush not to delay textile quota end
US retailers urged the Bush administration Wednesday not to give into textile industry pressure to delay phasing out import restrictions on clothing from China and other suppliers.
 arrow Weak monsoon threatens to hobble Indian economy
India's economy, one of the fastest-growing in the world last year, may run out of steam with annual monsoon rains bypassing large swathes of its key food-growing regions, economists said.
 arrow NCC Bank declares 20pc dividend
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Ltd has declared a 20 percent dividend (10 percent cash and 10 percent bonus share) for the year 2003.
 arrow Ericsson to give equipment to Warid Telecom, Pakistan
Ericsson will provide a complete turnkey GSM solution comprising the supply of core and radio network equipment to Warid Telecommunications Pvt Limited (Warid Telecom) to build a green-field nationwide
 arrow Emirates signs deal for inflight Entertainment system
Emirates has signed an agreement with Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation (MAS) for the eX2 inflight entertainment system for the airline's new Airbus fleet.
 arrow New DMD of Phoenix Insurance
Pirjada Saifullah Chowdhury has been promoted to the post of deputy managing director (DMD) of Phoenix Insurance Com-pany Ltd.

He joined Phoenix Insurance in 1987, says a press release.

 arrow Closed door talks by big five spark outrage at WTO
Some members of the World Trade Organisation are outraged at secret debates among five key players on how to salvage global trade talks, with one delegate warning on Thursday that a price would be paid.
 arrow India's biggest IT firm floats IPO
Leading Indian software services giant, Tata Consultancy Services, launched Thursday an initial public offering expected to raise up to 1.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Poor the Tigers remain
The wickets at the Premadasa Stadium are best when the batsmen use it first and it was no surprise when Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar appeared with a big smile on his face to take the right decision
 arrow Cricket: Trescothick turns up heat
Marcus Trescothick's first Test hundred against the West Indies took England to 204 for three after the tourists fought back at Edgbaston here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Saiful saves Mukti
A double strike by Saiful Islam gave holders Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra a hard fought 2-1 victory over Nar-singdi Kararchar Krira Chakra in their first second leg match of the fourth Nitol-TataNational
 arrow Cricket: Umps to be wired
Umpires in September's ICC Champions Trophy will wear earpieces wired to stump microphones so they can better hear edges.
 arrow Cricket: Nadif brings jr Tigers back
Left-arm spinner-pacer Nadif Chowdhury grabbed a five-for, his second on the tour, to stop England Under 19s from taking control on day two of the first Test at Headingley yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SA to start from SL
South Africa have identified their tour of Sri Lanka as a launching pad for their bid to challenge Australia for top spot in the world Test rankings.
 arrow Boxing: Tyson pumped up
Mike Tyson has turned his back on the past and is in upbeat mood for his fight against British heavyweight Danny Williams on Friday, when he climbs back into the ring for the first time in 17 months.
 arrow Cricket: 6 more with Odumbe
The estranged wife of former Kenya cricket captain Maurice Odumbe has implicated six other players in the corruption scandal involving her husband at an international Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal here
 arrow Kabadi: Rifles-Army title fight
Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Army maintained their all-win record in the super four of the ninth Metropolis Premier Division Kabadi League at the outer stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: BKSP storm into Hockey super league
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) romped into the super league of the ANAS 25th National Hockey Championship eliminating Rajshahi 3-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: School chess
Minhazuddin Ahmed, Imran Ali, Sumon Basu and Sheikh Shahid Ahmed were sharing the lead in the Sixth Standard Chartered Bank School Chess Tournament with four points each after the fourth round at thefederation
 arrow Handball: Div I h'ball
Orient Sporting Club and Suriyadoy KC made good start in the super league of the Tibet First Division Handball that began at the outer stadium ground yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Magura h'ball
New Star Club and Eagles Club earned comfortable wins in the Econo Handball League at the local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rajib stays 2nd
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib shared point in the sixth round with a local player in the Dortmund Open International Chess Tournament in Germany.
 arrow Football: Real in the end
Star-studded Real Madrid shrugged off a slow start in their first match on tour in Japan here Thursday as they stormed back from an early goal down to beat local club JEF United Ichihara 1-3.
 arrow Football: Iraq still weeps
Iraq's war-weary footballers were struggling to keep their minds on Friday's Asian Cup quarter-final with China after the latest explosion of bloodshed in their shattered homeland.
 arrow Football: Hosts have all the worries
Hosts China will be under enormous pressure to beat Iraq when they meet in the Asian Cup quarter-finals, Iraqi coach Adnan Hamd said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo plans to marry?
Those playboy binges and extra pounds of weight might be about to end for Real Madrid's Brazilian star Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Van Basten the boss
Marco van Basten has agreed to become the new Netherlands coach, the Dutch football association (KNVB) announced on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Zidane prepared to wait
French captain Zinedine Zidane was tightlipped about his future with the national side, but paid tribute to Lilian Thuram after the defender brought his own international career to an end.
 arrow Football: Iran united
The extraordinary on-field bust-ups which threatened to wreck Iran's Asian Cup campaign have galvanised the squad as it bids for an unprecedented fourth title, their coach said.
Point-Counterpointarrow Flood victims: Women and children deserve priority attention
Women suffer more than men during flood. In fact women and children are the worst sufferers during any natural calamity.
 arrow Flood control measures steeped in neglect?
That flood is a seasonal occu-rrence in Bangladesh is a fact. But we need to repeat this in black and white because who knows whether this fact of flood, made worse by monsoon rain, gets noticed.
Culturearrow Dokra: Revival of a lost wax metal craft
Nomadic tribes who roam the earth restlessly--what permanence do they leave us with, as a mark of their passage? The Dokra or Dhokra group of tribal craftsmen who range through the landscapes of WestBengal,
 arrow Joyjatra: Tauquir behind the lens
Come December and Tauquir Ahmed's film titled Joyjatra (Journey to victory) will hit the silver screen. Though well known as an actor and playwright, this is his first directorial venture.
 arrow Bangladesh fair in New York

Generalarrow 60-year-old to die, 6 get life term
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced a sixty-year-old man to death and six others to life imprisonment for killing a motor parts trader at Amin Bazar in Savar on March 8 last year.
 arrow Depoliticise police
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said police often harass general people in violation of code of conduct.
 arrow Enforce law to check vulgarity in films
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for strict enforcement of law to check vulgarity in films.
 arrow BRTC launches website
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday launched its website to bring transparency in its service.
 arrow Police prevent non-govt relief collection in city
Police yesterday prevented different political and non-governmental organisations from raising funds and collecting relief materials for flood affected people in the city.
 arrow ADB keen to fund in Dhaka eastern bypass
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday expressed its interest in constructing Dhaka eastern bypass for the protection of Dhaka city from massive flooding in future.
 arrow Pichchi Hannan confesses about SI murder
Pichchi Hannan, one of the 23 top listed criminals, yesterday in a confessional statement to a magistrate said one of his accomplices Anai killed Sub-Inspector (SI) Humayun Kabir during a shoot-out with
 arrow Two rapists get life
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced two youths to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year- old girl at Kandulbagh under Savar thana on April 26 in1999.
 arrow 'Scrap distortion of history'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded the scrapping of the reprint of 'Swadhinata Juddher Dalilpatro' by providing exemplary punishment to the members of the authentication committee.
 arrow Charges framed against Jamuna Group chief
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Chairman of Jamuna Group Nurul Islam Babul in an attempted rape case.
 arrow Prof Mazhar Ali Quaderi passes away
Prof Mazhar Ali Quaderi, former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), died of multi-organ failure on Wednesday night at the age of 80.
 arrow Mayor distributes relief
Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka yesterday visited the flood-hit Madartek and Khilgaon areas of the city.
 arrow No meeting held at Audit Bhaban on Sept 15 in 2001: Report
No government officials or employees held any meeting on the Audit Bhaban premises on September 15 in 2001, according to the reports of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) and the City Special Branch
 arrow Madrasa teacher held on charge of raping girl
A madrasa teacher was sent to jail on charge of raping a minor girl in Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Publication ceremony postponed
The publication ceremony of "Smriti Katha" and "Ganit Sastrer Itihas" by Dr.
 arrow GP donates medicine to Red Crescent
GrameenPhone Ltd. donated medicines worth Tk 5 lakh to Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Citibank staffs'donation for flood victims
Citibank Bangladesh employees have joined hands with Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women, an NGO, to mobilise relief funds for the flood-affected people, says a press release.
 arrow Banker Mohammad Khaled
Eminent banker and founding Managing Director of the Pubali Bank Mohammad Khaled died at Birdem Hospital on Wednesday night at the age of 80.
 arrow Karmojibi Nari distributes relief
Karmojibi Nari, an organisation for working women, distributed relief materials among the flood-affected women workers at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj on Wednesday, says a press release.
 arrow Birth anniversary of Qazi Motahar Hossain today
Today is the 107th birth anni-versary of Dr Qazi Motahar Hoss-ain, an eminent educationist, litterateur, philosopher and chess player, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Trading on human misery at its worst
The report from Manikganj, which gives a dismal account of relief operations -- particularly the quantity and quality of the distributed relief materials, is cause for great concern.
 arrow Editorial: For credible poll at Gazipur
The Gazipur election is only a couple of days away. True, the floods have been a major distraction. Yet, it can hardly dilute the importance inherent in the upcoming event.
 arrow Rapid Action Battalion: Rationale and reality
The creation of Rapid Action Battalion in recent times has attracted widespread public attention for obvious reasons. Some comments on the activities of RAB have been less than satisfactory.
 arrow A seaside chat
I have just returned from the sea, sitting on the edge of water for three afternoons and three evenings. I watched the water rise from its belly, swell into waves and thrash on the beach.
 arrow My wish list
We all believe that life will be better if certain events do or do not take place and certain countries and people do or do not do certain things.
Letters to Editorarrow Flooding and government (in)action!
The attitude and conduct of the government regarding the rampaging flood has been odd, negligent and extremely baffling.
 arrow AIDS: a looming menace
HIV, Human Immune-deficiency Virus, destroys the immune system of human body. The infected drift into death , posing a looming threat to mankind as a whole.
 arrow History rewritten
In a country like Bangladesh, where everything is possible, the declarer of the liberation war has been changed after 32 years of independence.
 arrow Paradox in the land of poverty
In the late 1940s, our English third paper text for matriculation was "Our India" written by Mino Masani, a renowned Indian economist.
 arrow Rein in the RAB
The custodial deaths at the hands of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is another clear proof of this government's lack of ability to run any operation professionally.
 arrow ICT job seekers and professionals
This letter is in response to the letter "An open letter to ICT job seekers" by the Vice President of Southtech Limited published on 28 July, 2004.
 arrow About JEC meeting
I want to draw the attention of the government to the fact that whenever we discuss about bilateral trade with India they bring the transhipment and transit issues on the table.
 arrow Shocking indeed
As I browsed through your online news edition, pictures of helpless Bengalees affected by the flood caught my eyes. My heart was broken.
 arrow Why now?
When Bangladesh is floating on water Sheikh Hasina went on a pleasure trip.(This type of adventure is on her past records as well).
 arrow Saudi paradox
Congratulations to Mr. Mohaiemen (DS: 27th July) for an incisive article supported by historical facts and figures. He depicts the unnatural and immoral attitude of the Arabs .
 arrow WASA's decision
I read a report today about sealing the storm sewerage system by WASA to prevent back flow of flood water into the Dhaka city. That decision is good for prevention of flood.
 arrow Maritime piracy
While most of us in Bangladesh today are passing through the anguish of a terrible flood , the news of piracy at sea or in territorial waters may not seem to be very significant .
 arrow IGP's directive
I am surprised to know that the inspector general of police issued orders to his subordinates not to give interview to the media without permission.
 arrow NTV and a grinning politician
Not a single day goes by without Mosaddek Ali Falu being shown on NTV.
 arrow University teachers
As I have seen in the end of his paper titled "The sixth National Pay Commission: Some thoughts" which appeared in The Daily Star on 17th July that Mr.
Urbanarrow Kudos to BGMEA, but no room for complacency
Garment manufacturing in Bangladesh has been a silent revolution. That has been said before.
 arrow Fire safety in garments factories: An overview of the present status
The garments industries in Bangladesh have contributed extensively to the economy and development of Bangladesh.
Worldarrow Lanka willing to talk Tigers' self-rule demand
Sri Lanka's government took a key step toward restarting stalled peace talks with Tamil rebels yesterday when it dropped a longstanding refusal to discuss the guerrillas' self-rule proposal, a day after
 arrow Coalition failures turn Iraq into al-Qaeda battleground
The US-led coalition's failure to restore security has turned Iraq into a battleground for the likes of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, a British parliamentary committee said yesterday.
 arrow Kerry seeks to restore US world image
His moment at hand, John Kerry claims the Democratic presidential nomination and asks Americans for the chance to build a country "stronger at home and respected in the world.
 arrow Rockets fired at Israel in ME violence flare-up
Three Palestinian militants, including a local military leader, were killed in a flare-up of violence yesterday, which also saw the firing of two rockets at a town in southern Israel.
 arrow Iraqi Nat'l Conference postponed
A major political conference to plot Iraq's future, due to start tomorrow, has been postponed until next month, a source on the preparatory committee said.
 arrow Iran defies pressure, Resumes N-plant test
Iran has defied international pressure and resumed testing a facility for converting uranium, a key part of the process of enriching the element for use as fuel or in a nuclear bomb, diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow Maoists rally in Andhra as ban is lifted
Thousands of Maoists and their supporters began gathering in a southern Indian town Wednesday for their first public rally since an eight-year ban on them was lifted last week, police said.
 arrow Nato battles for accord on Iraq mission
Nato diplomats continued intensive negotiations yesterday to resolve differences over a pledge to train Iraqi security forces, hoping to overcome resistance notably from France, diplomats said.
 arrow US should give up 'delusional hope' of Iraqi WMD: Kay
US officials should give up the "delusional hope" that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction so they can move forward with reform, David Kay, who once led the US hunt for banned weapons, said on Wednesday.
 arrow Ugandan army Claims killing 120 LRA rebels in Sudan
The Ugandan army claimed yesterday that it had killed 120 rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters during fighting Wednesday in southern Sudan and narrowly missed capturing the insurgents' leader.
 arrow Laughing UK Troops tortured Iraqis
Laughing British soldiers tortured Iraqi detainees by beating and kicking them, pouring freezing water on their heads and forcing them to recite names of English and Dutch football stars, a court heard