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Front Pagearrow Diseases spread fast as millions wait for relief
Rivers continued to fall in a sign of improvement in the flood situation, but the death count in monsoon flooding mounted as diarrhoea and skin diseases rampaged through new areas, including Dhaka.
 arrow Bodies on expressway, link road agreed
Bangladesh and Thailand yesterday agreed to set up a joint taskforce to start soon the work on the proposed Dhaka elevated expressway.
 arrow Gazipur by-polls tomorrow
Ruling alliance leader BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) staged huge showdowns ahead of Gazipur-2 parliamentary by-polls tomorrow.
 arrow 'Another flood spell in mid-August'
Yet another spell of devastating flood may hit the country in the middle of August before the recession of current flood waters and linger on for a month aggravating the situation further, experts warned
 arrow Asia Cup final tomorrow
Sourav Ganguly's India go into Sunday's Asia Cup final against hosts Sri Lanka determined to overcome a jinx that has seen them stumble more often than not at the last hurdle of one-day tournaments.
 arrow Pak PM designate survives suicide bomb, seven dead
Pakistan's prime minister designate Shaukat Aziz survived a suicide car bomb attack yesterday, which killed seven people including his driver and the attacker and injured 30, officials said.
 arrow Petrobangla braces to bleed for gas deal
Petrobangla may be forced to buy gas at a very high price in foreign currency from Bapex's (Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration company's) Feni marginal gas field just because it has a joint venture deal
 arrow Leather trader, youth beaten to death in city
Two persons--one at Hazaribagh and the other at Mohammadpur-- were beaten to death yesterday.
 arrow Kerry vows to restore 'trust, credibility'
Challenging President Bush by declaring that "strength is more than tough words," Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry plunged into the general election campaign aimed at convincing millions ofundecided
 arrow US troops battle insurgents, 13 Iraqis killed
At least 13 Iraqis were killed and a dozen wounded in overnight clashes between US troops and insurgents in the flashpoint of Fallujah, west of the capital, hospital sources and police said yesterday.
 arrow Suicide blasts kill 2 in US, Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan
Suicide bombers hit the US and Israeli embassies yesterday, killing at least two Uzbeks, news reports and police said.
 arrow BIMST-EC summit begins
The first leadership summit of the BIMSTEC group of seven Asian nations representing 1.
 arrow Biman flight takes off from Frankfurt after bomb scare
A passenger jet belonging to Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been searched and pronounced safe after being grounded by a bomb threat, and has taken off from Frankfurt airport, German police said yesterday.
 arrow AL men barred from carrying out relief work
Awami Leasgue (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the BNP-led alliance government of failure to face the flood disaster in the country and not allowing leaders and workers of her party to conduct
 arrow Belgian gas pipe blast kills 15
A huge blast on a leaking gas pipeline in Belgium yesterday sent giant fireballs in the air and catapulted bodies hundreds of metres in the biggest industrial disaster in the country's recent history.
 arrow Proshika wants release of its funds to aid flood victims
Proshika yesterday demanded immediate release of its funds, frozen by the government, so that it could undertake flood relief and rehabilitation programmes in the country's flood-hit areas.
 arrow BIMST-EC to be renamed BIMSTEC
BIMST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka Economic Cooperation) is set to be renamed 'Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation' (BIMSTEC).
 arrow Desperate villagers

 arrow 2 Syrians, 4 Jordanian truckers abducted
Two Syrian truck drivers were abducted from the same convoy from which four Jordanians were already reported captured this week, one of their colleagues told yesterday's Jordanian press.
 arrow 15 lakh weavers face wrath of floods
About 15 lakh weavers are passing their days in fear of financial insecurity, as the handloom industry has become apparently inert since the onset of the floods.
 arrow Saddam says no to biopsy
Blood tests and x-rays carried out by American doctors on deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein have ruled out chances of him suffering from cancer as was reported on Thursday.
 arrow Second unit of barge-mounted floating power plant arrives
The second unit of barge-mounted floating power plant to be set up in Baghabari in Sirajganj arrived at Chittagong port yesterday afternoon.
 arrow China, Lanka, Bhutan express sympathy
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, Sri Lankan President Chadrika Kumaratunga and Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuck have expressed their sympathy for the flood-hit people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Pakistan captures key al-Qaeda bombing suspect
Pakistan has captured a key suspect in the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of two US embassies in east Africa, officials announced yesterday, in a coup that officials and analysts said would weaken the terrorist
 arrow Abducted youth rescued
Police yesterday rescued a youth from Zirani in Savar 31 hours into his abduction.
 arrow Top Indian communist leader dead
One of the founder members of the communist movement in India, Hiren Mukhopadhaya passed away on yesterday at government hospital here. He was 97.
 arrow DNA pioneer Crick dies
British Nobel laureate Francis Crick, who with American James Watson discovered the double-helix structure of DNA that revolutionized genetics and spawned the ubiquitous field of biotechnology, has died
Businessarrow Floods cast shadow on tea
The rising floodwaters twined with excessive and continual rains have cast a shadow on Bangladesh's tea industry.
 arrow US slaps up to 67.8pc duties on shrimp from 4 countries
The United States slapped tariffs Thursday on shrimp from Brazil, Ecuador, India and Thailand in the second phase of a probe into a petition alleging "dumping" at artificially low prices.
 arrow China sees foreign investment remaining flat this year
China said Friday it expects total annual foreign investment flows into the country to remain flat this year, reaching around 50 billion dollars.
 arrow Oil prices hit new highs on supply fears
US oil prices hit fresh record highs Friday on fears of a disruption in supplies from world number two exporter Russia and doubts over oil cartel Opec's ability to make up for any shortfalls.
 arrow US economy cools amid shopping slowdown
The US economy braked more sharply than expected in the second quarter as shoppers curbed their free-spending ways amid a sharp advance in energy prices, government data released on Friday showed.
 arrow Chairman of Mercantile Ins reelected
Abdul Haque has been re-elected chairman of Mercantile Insurance Company Limited for the fourth consecutive year.
 arrow Karnaphuli Ins declares 16pc dividend
Karnaphuli Insurance Company Limited has declared a 16 percent dividend in the form of bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Countries barter last-ditch compromise
Trading nations were locked in renewed bargaining Friday as they grappled with the World Trade Organisation's new compromise text aimed at overcoming their resistance to a crucial deal in global trade
 arrow Economists divided over threat of oil price hike to world growth
The recent surge in the price of oil has once again raised the spectre of an economic slowdown, in particular in the United States, but its impact has divided economists who say a critical factor is the
 arrow Mandelson tipped to be new EU trade commissioner
Incoming European Commission president Jose Manuel Durrao Barroso wants Britain's Peter Mandelson as the European Union's next trade commissioner, the Independent newspaper reported Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
July 24-July 29, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar lost some ground against Bangladeshi taka throughout the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We are underachievers'
In the aftermath of a less than impressive Asia Cup, Bangladesh have plenty to think about as they prepare for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England.
 arrow Football: Rakib saves Abahani
Abahani had seasoned forward Rakib to thank for a solitary goal victory against Chandpur's Najir-para Krira Chakra in their third match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Rangpur Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Praiseful Waqar, Kambli
The Asia Cup has brought a host of former cricket stars to Colombo to work for various TV channels. And certainly they would make one of the greatest teams.
 arrow Cricket: Hoggard damages WI
Matthew Hoggard struck twice before tea to leave West Indies reeling on the second day of the second Test against England at Edgbaston here Friday

At tea West Indies were 24 for two in reply to England's

 arrow Cricket: Bonus gets on Woolmer's nerves
It was Bob Woolmer's first assignment as Pakistan coach and the Englishman was depressed the way his side, despite playing well, missed a well-deserved berth in the final of the Asia Cup.
 arrow Handball: Tibet handball
Surjadoy KC and Orient SC won their respective matches in the Tibet First Division Handball League at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
Bangladesh Navy and Jessore outclassed their respective opponents when the Group C encounters of the ANAS National Hockey Champion-ship began at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Inter-varsity football
The first ever inter private university football tournament will begin from September 20.

The interested universities are requested to entry their names by September 1 with Tk. 3,000 fee.

 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess
Shahid Ahmed of Kolkata Modern School took solo lead in the sixth Standard Chartered Bank School Chess tournament after the end of the fifth round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: BDR keeps kabadi crown
Bangladesh Rifles retained their supremacy in the Premier Division Kabadi League when they clinched the title beating Bangladesh Army 41-28 in the last match of the super league at the Outer Stadium kabadi
 arrow Chess: Rajib remains second
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib continued his impressive show in the Dortmund Open International Chess Tournament in Germany as he won the seventh round against Roman Bashylin of Ukraine tomaintain
 arrow Football: Bahrain smile on penalties
Bahrain advanced to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup here Friday with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Uzbekistan after the two sides finished extra-time level at 2-2.
 arrow Football: Giants collide
South Korea and Iran collide in a heavyweight Asian Cup quarter-final showdown Saturday as champions Japan seek to find their scoring touch against defence-minded minnows Jordan.
 arrow Football: Eriksson speaks
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said on Thursday he had never confirmed or denied to the Football Association that he had had an affair with an FA secretary.
 arrow Football: Relief first up for biggies
Former European champions Real Madrid and Manchester United avoided dangerous unseeded floaters Benfica and FC Basel in the draw for the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Cancel Madhupur Eco-Park Project, withdraw false cases
Bangladesh Forum for Indigenous People (BFIP) yesterday reiterated its call for cancellation of Madhupur Eco-Park Project in Tangail and withdrawal of 'false cases' against the indigenous people.
 arrow Ban on collecting relief materials condemned
Different political parties yesterday condemned the prohibition of collecting money and materials for flood affected people.
 arrow Help build country by using IT
Experts at a seminar have called upon the youths to come up with their full potentials to help build the country by using information technology (IT) in all spheres of national life.
 arrow AL protests sacking of 15 employees
Awami League Joint General Secretary Obaidul Kader has protested the sacking of 15 officials and employees of Bangabandhu Graveyard Complex Project at Tungipara pending their salaries and allowances for
 arrow Manpower agent flees country with Tk 50 lakh
A manpower agent has fled the country allegedly with Tk50 lakh .
 arrow Docket submitted to CMM's court
Docket of Journalist Manik Saha murder case has been submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Interventional Neurology a ray of hope for stroke patients'
The 'interventional neurology' ushered in a ray of hope for the patients vulnerable to stroke, the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer every year.
 arrow 10 people taken to custody for questioning
Ten people have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the bomb attack on Traffic Sergeant Amirul Islam of Khulna Metropolitan Police at KDA Avenue under Sonadanga thana on Thursday
 arrow 1658 more held
Police arrested some 1,658 people, including two identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Flood worsens in Barisal
The flood situation turned alarming in 71 unions in nine upazilas in Barisal district as water rolling from the central districts can not flow into the sea due to high tide under the influence of thecoming
 arrow Relief operation in dists
Major non-government organisations (OGOs) like Oxfam and CARITAS have launched relief operation in flood affected areas.
 arrow Diarrhoea: 20 killed, over 5,000 attacked in 3 dists
Diarrhoea so far claimed 20 lives and attacked over 5,000 people in flood affected areas of Comilla, Gai-bandha and Brahmanbaria.
 arrow Declare flood a national disaster: Menon
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon on Thursday called upon the government to declare the devastating flood as a national disaster.
 arrow Outlaws finally kill him
An employee of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) could not save his life even after going into hiding for the last four months.
 arrow Flood unchanged in Chandpur
The flood situation in Chandpur remained unchanged on Friday.

The Meghna at Chandpur is flowing 135cm above danger level. The entire Chandpur town is under three to four feet water.

 arrow 7 yr girl married to 13 yr boy
Local people were shocked on Thursday when they learnt about a child marriage at Kachia village in Borhanuddin upazila, Bhola on July 21.
 arrow Demand for daily Dhaka-Barisal flight
A human chain and a rally were formed in front of the Biman office in the city on Thursday demanding daily Biman flight in its Barisal-Dhaka route.
 arrow BNP leader dies in Rab custody
A BNP leader died in custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) here on Wednesday.
 arrow 5 'outlaws' held
Five 'outlaws' were arrested by Daulatpur Thana police from Satkhira road on Tuesday.

The arrested persons are Monir,30, Shumon,28, Lalon,27, Karim Molla,30, and Mizan Fakir,30.

Point-Counterpointarrow Private universities: A logical argument
In higher education, the importance of logic and philosophy can hardly be overestimated.
 arrow Improving governance, performance and state of development
The most prevalent structure of public administration at the apex has been the organisation of government activities into a number of major departments.
 arrow How the 2004 election is shaping up in USA
Things are looking good for Democratic presidential aspirant, Senator John Kerry and his running mate, Senator John Edwards.
Culturearrow Prothom Alo roundtable on condition of film industry
Nasty posters of obscene films on roadside walls might give one a hint regarding the present degraded condition of the country's film industry.
 arrow Behular Bhashan
MA students of the Department of Theatre and Music of Dhaka University, staged Behular Bhashan based on the six commandments of Padmapuran or Manoshamangal.
 arrow An authentic documentation
In early times, the hopes and dreams of Bangalee Muslim women were overshadowed by religious obstacles, familial discrimination and social superstitions.
 arrow BFFS's Hiralal Sen Memorial Lecture Series
The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has regularly been organising a monthly lecture series in memory of Hiralal Sen, pioneer film exhibitor and filmmaker of the South Asian subcontinent.
Generalarrow High school violence fear keeps many US kids home
More U.S. high school students are skipping class because they feel unsafe even though the general level of violence in schools has fallen since the early 1990s, federal health officials reported on Thursday.
 arrow One to die, 2 get life in Naogaon
A Naogaon court has sentenced a man to death and two others to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in the businessman Azimuddin murder case.
 arrow Acid thrown on woman in Khulna
Miscreants threw acid on a woman failing to rape her on Thursday night at Nasirpur village under Paikgachha upazila of the district.
Internationalarrow Indo-Pak water talks end without accord
Pakistan and India yesterday ended two days of talks without resolving a water sharing row triggered by New Delhi's decision to build a dam in disputed Kashmir, officials said.
 arrow US to stand strong in Iraq despite killings
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that Washington was determined to stand strong in Iraq, bogged down in a worsening foreign hostage crisis and persistent clashes between US troops and
 arrow China warns of war with Taiwan by 2008
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian risks war with China if he pushes for a new constitution by 2008, but can guarantee security if he recognises the island as part of China, the China Daily on Friday quoted
 arrow Kerry strategy relies on anti-Bush feelings
John Kerry heads into his electoral battle with President George W.
 arrow Saudis restore ties with Iraq
Saudi Arabia has restored relations with Iraq after a break of more than 13 years and agreed to cooperate on security, said a joint statement released here Thursday after a visit to the kingdom by Iraqi
 arrow Aid groups slam draft UN plan on Sudan
Aid groups criticised a revised US draft resolution that tempered a threat of sanctions against Sudan if the government doesn't act to stop atrocities in the western Darfur region.
 arrow Disease claims 30 lives in Assam
India's flood-ravaged northeastern state of Assam sounded a health alert yesterday after waterborne diseases killed 30 people, pushing the nationwide death toll to at least 697.
 arrow 6 SE Asian nations inch towards human trafficking pact
Senior officials from China and five Southeast Asian nations on Friday concluded their first-ever talks to thrash out a new framework for fighting human trafficking in the region.
 arrow al-Qaeda renews threat to Europe
Islamists claiming links to al-Qaeda issued another threat yesterday against European countries for supporting the policies of President Bush.
 arrow Saddam trial to be 'judicial Masquerade'
The trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein would be "a judicial masquerade," one of his French lawyers Andre Chamy said in an interview published yesterday in the regional daily L'Alsace.
 arrow Karachi put on suicide bombing alert
Security forces in Pakistan's volatile port city of Karachi have been put on high alert because of fears of suicide attacks by Islamic militants on mosques during Friday prayers.
 arrow Sharon ties disarming WMDs to ME peace
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday Israel would only reconsider the need for its "deterrent capability" when there is peace across the Middle East and its neighbors abandon weapons of mass destruction.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Receding waters
For the first time in a fortnight of surging floods, signs of a trough are being read into the latest weather bulletins. The Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC) has given a relieving piece of news.
 arrow Editorial: Death of domestic help
Barbaric, brute, inhuman -- there are no other words to describe those who beat a little girl so mercilessly that she succumbed to her injuries.
 arrow Controversial financial measures draw flak
Awash with monsoon rain and heavy discharge of water from the upstream Himalayan rivers system, the people of Bangladesh in general and the citizens of Dhaka in particular, are having to face furtherdifficulties
 arrow Will Indonesian presidential polls result lead to political unrest?
Indonesia, world's fourth largest populous nation, earlier this month went for elections to choose a president -- for the first time through direct votes -- in a remarkable step towards further democratisation
Letters to Editorarrow Problems of Mohammadpur
We the residents of Mohammadpur are facing several problems. They are as follows:


 arrow Life is more than matter and energy
Astrologers, who are persons non grata in the scientific community, are now quoting latest scientific findings to gain acceptance as recognised professionals.
 arrow Reward and punishment
Corrupt practices (graft, nepotism, rackets, commissions, threats, terrorism, godfatherism and a host of related malpractice's) in the public services (Bureaucracy, politics, and the infected business
Literaturearrow The Case of the Ghosts
The OC of Alphadanga Thana extends his hand and says, 'Come in, Mr. Humayun, please take a seat. I caught two of them and handed them in.

 arrow Dhaka Literary Life: Kaikobad at the Bangla Academy
I almost didn't go, almost reflexively flipped the invitation card from Bangla Academy into the trash basket. God, no, not a Dhaka lit seminar, I thought.
 arrow Twenty Years After Breaking Up
How do I talk with you again?
'It's very hot here'? 'Really, already it's winter there?
'Should I turn off the fan?' 'That curtain is divine'?
'Want a drink of water?' 'You were so good at making