Volume 5 Number 67 Sun. August 01, 2004    
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Diarrhoea ravages as floodwaters recede
Fifty-five die in 24 hours, deluge spread to southern districts, 2.96 crore people affected
The monsoon flooding claimed 55 more lives in less than 24 hours raising fears of an epidemic as floodwaters continued to recede from northern and central regions at a slow rate, but spread to southern
Rivals trade rigging plot blame
Gazipur goes to polls today
Gazipur-2 parliamentary constituency goes to poll today amid main opposition Awami League's (AL) fear of rigging and violence by the ruling alliance despite tight security.
BIMST-EC summit closes with economic action call
Seven leaders agree on name change of organisation, timely completion of FTA
Asian leaders representing 1.3 billion people closed their first ever summit yesterday with a united call for joint economic action but few concrete agreements other than a name change.
Dhaka floodwaters likely to subside in 10 days
Floodwaters from various parts of the city may take 10 days to recede if the water levels of the rivers around keep falling at the current pace.
Flood loss funds only after assessment
Saifur says all sectors and not only BGMEA to get help
In response to ready-made garment (RMG) manufacturers' request for a Tk 250 crore to Tk 300 crore fund to offset flood damage, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said such funds would be provided
WTO on verge of new trade deal
The World Trade Organisation is on the verge of an agreement to get stalled global trade talks back on track after key poor and rich nations struck a hard-won deal to slash farm subsidies and open markets.
Transparency key to ADP spending: IMF
The blown up spending, particularly through the Annual Development Programme (ADP), laid out in the budget for 2004-05 would be unfeasible without improved fiscal transparency and accountability, andbetter
Flood-hit Dhaka cry for drinking water
Scarcity of drinking water in many of the flood-hit areas in and around the capital is compounding the woes of the affected people more than anything else, calling for urgent supply of water purifying
Khaleda for focus on 6 key areas
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday proposed cooperation in six key areas, including communications and energy, for the economic benefit of 1.
Khaleda, Manmohan agree to resolve security concerns
Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed to resolve all outstanding bilateral issues, including security concerns of both the countries, through 'free and frank' dialogue.
Dhaka, Beijing to open road link
Work starts in next dry season
Bangladesh and China have agreed to open a road link between the two countries through Myanmar to ease transportation of goods for further expanding bilateral trade.
Battle for Asian supremacy today
Favourites India will get another chance to end their tag as 'final chokers' when they duel with hosts Sri Lanka for the title of Asian kings today.
Sudan gives in to UN sanction threat
Sudan said yesterday it would comply with a UN resolution threatening it with sanctions if it failed to restore security in the crisis-hit Darfur region.
Transport Workers Against Toll
1 killed, 100 hurt as cops fire on pickets
A Jubo League leader was killed and 100 others were injured, 25 of them critically, in a clash between pro-strike pickets and BNP activists during a transport strike here yesterday.
SC dismisses govt plea to exempt MP's brother from trial
Reazuddin Ahmed Moni, brother of Nasiruddin Pintu, MP and nine others will be tried in a double murder case as the Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the government appeal for exempting them from trial.
A one-man effort to feed the hungry
A resident of Gulshan feeds about 1,400 flood victims once a day and will continue it until the victims can return home.
Schoolgirl abducted
Abductors picked up a girl from her school gate in Gomdandi in Boalkhali upazila yesterday.
Shrine caretaker burnt to death
A Khadem (caretaker) of a shrine was burnt alive as unknown assailants set fire to his tin-shed house in Anwara upazila Friday night.
BNP MP acquitted of bomb case
A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted ruling BNP lawmaker Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anne and 31 others in a bomb explosion case filed five years ago.
Customs staff, his family sued for 'graft'
A clearing and forwarding (C&F) agent yesterday sued a customs official and three of his family on charge of misappropriating Tk 9 lakh.
JCD leader shot dead at Dhanmondi
Unknown assailants gunned down the general secretary of Dhanmondi unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student front of key ruling party BNP, near Dhanmondi Lake last night in an apparent internal conflict.
UP chairman shot dead in Rajbari
A union parishad (UP) chairman was shot dead by unknown assailants at Singa Alipur Bazar under Dadshi Union of Rajbari Sadar upazila last night.
Hartal for gas passes off in Rajshahi
The Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP) enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city yesterday demanding gas supply to the district through pipeline.

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Iraq hostage crisis sparks fresh violence in India
Angry villagers smashed windshields of buses and trucks in north India yesterday when the vehicles tried to break a highway blockade imposed in protest against the kidnapping of three Indians in Iraq.
Rab nabs 9 criminals in Khulna
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested nine criminals, including three brothers of Asaduzzaman Litu, a top terror of Khulna city, early yesterday.
3 of a family drowned
Three minors from a same family drowned in a boat capsize at Aliabad Beel under Nabingar of the district yesterday.
Tk 28 lakh robbed from Dhanmondi
Thieves stole Tk 28.24 lakh in cash, gold and valuables from a house in Dhanmondi.

Landlady Hafiza Khatun told police that the incident took place sometime between Thursday and yesterday morning.