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Front Pagearrow Diarrhoea ravages as floodwaters recede
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
 arrow Rivals trade rigging plot blame
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.
 arrow BIMST-EC summit closes with economic action call
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Flood loss funds only after assessment
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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Dhaka, Beijing to open road link
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Schoolgirl abducted
Abductors picked up a girl from her school gate in Gomdandi in Boalkhali upazila yesterday.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Wait for drinking water...

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

Businessarrow BB warns against illegal deposit collection
As a section of people and groups are engaged in collecting deposits from the public without authority, Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday warned them against this in violation of the existing laws related
 arrow Why are oil prices so high?
Crude oil prices have risen by about 30% this year to levels not seen since the early 1980s.

The latest rises are causing worries in importing countries about the economic cost of higher energy prices.

 arrow IMF barely trims '04 forecast for US
The IMF on Friday barely shaved its outlook for solid US economic growth in 2004 but called for "decisive action" to cut a record budget deficit.
 arrow US budget deficit to rise to $445b this fiscal
The White House said Friday the federal budget deficit will grow to $445 billion this fiscal year, a new record likely to fuel election-year wrangles about President George W Bush's economic policies.
 arrow Air India to take 20 planes on lease
India’s flagship international carrier, state-run Air India, will take 20 planes on lease to add to its fleet of 30 aircraft, an airline spokesman said Saturday.

"We are leasing 20 aircraft.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Toothless Tigers home
A bruised and battered Bangla-desh cricket team returned home yesterday but not before Habibul Bashar's men endured a bumpy ride on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok.
 arrow Football: Brothers flood Unmochan
Brothers Union bludgeoned their way to a 5-1 victory against Unmochan Club of Bagerhat in one of the two Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League matches here at the local stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'I'll always be hunted'
Sri Lanka spin king Muttiah Muralitharan fears that the stigma of being called a 'chucker' will always live with him regardless of how many times he is cleared of the charge.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to witness today's eighth Asia Cup final between India and hosts Sri Lanka as the chief guest and distribute prizes.
 arrow Cricket: Suddenly WI collapse
Ashley Giles took four wickets for five runs as West Indies collapsed to 336 all out on the third day of the second Test against England at Edgbaston here Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Arul, Saif school chess champs
Kiruba Arul of Chennai has already clinched the girls' crown while Abdullah Saif of Rose Valley School lifted the KG to V Group title with one match in each hands after the end of the sixth round games
 arrow Handball: Surjodoy lift Tibet h'ball crown
Surjodoy Krira Chakra emerged unbeaten champions in the Tibet Metropolis First Division Handball League beating Orient Sporting Club 22-21 in a nerve-biting last super four match at the Outer Stadiumhandball
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
Bangladesh Navy and Jessore kept their super six hopes alive after winning their respective matches in the ANAS Group National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara needs 20 more runs
West Indies captain Brian Lara was left just 20 runs short of become only the fourth batsman in history to score 10,000 Test runs when he was out for 95 in the second Test against England at Edgbaston
 arrow Cricket: Mentally stronger Andy
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said controlling his own aggressive instincts had been the key in his Test best score of 167 against West Indies at Edgbaston.
 arrow Football: Japan squeeze thru'
Japan defeated Jordan to reach the semifinals of the Asian Cup here Saturday after staging an extraordinary penalty shootout Houdini act.
 arrow Football: Karimi treble kills Koreans
An Ali Karimi hattrick shot Iran into the Asian Cup semifinals on Saturday as the three-time champions came through a seven-goal thriller to down South Korea 4-3.
 arrow Faria: From rags to scandal
When Faria Alam' s family fled the ravages of Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971, they travelled in the hope of making a better life for themselves.
 arrow Rajib shares second spot
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib and Andrei Orlov of Russia jointly shared the second spot with 6.
 arrow Boxing: Williams knocks Tyson out
Unheralded Briton Danny Williams has knocked out former world champion Mike Tyson in the fourth round of their heavyweight fight to produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing.
 arrow Football: Real won't renew Figo's contract
Real Madrid will not renew Luis Figo's contract beyond the end of the 2004-2005 season, he has told the Portuguese media.
 arrow Football: Porto sink Liverpool
Carlos Alberto scored in the 85th minute to earn European champions Porto a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions World Series on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow 5 get life, three 15 years
Three tribunals yesterday sentenced eight people to different jail terms on charges of trafficking in women and children in separate cases.
 arrow Govt has politicised relief operation: B Chowdhury
Former president and chief of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the alliance government has completely failed to tackle the floods and mitigate the sufferings of the affected
 arrow US to provide support to face floods: Harry
The United States of America (USA) will provide necessary support to Bangladesh to face the current flood and conduct the post-flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow Trader shot dead
Unknown assailants shot dead a trader in the old part of the city yesterday.

Police identified the victim as Bashir, 35, a polythene trader living at Urdu Road in Lalbagh.

 arrow Commissioner demands action against attackers
A ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday demanded punishment to those who attacked him during the distribution of relief materials among flood-affected people.
 arrow 125 medical teams start work today
A total of 125 medical teams of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and Primary Health Care Unit of Health Directorate will treat the patients at differentflood
 arrow Betar to relay 12 hours of BBC programmes daily
Bangladesh Betar, the national broadcaster, will now relay 12 hours of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) programmes on 100 FM frequency daily under a new agreement signed yesterday.
 arrow 1675 more held
Police arrested some 1,675 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Cry for relief: Diseases spread
As journalists entered the Madan Shahid Saranika Girls High School flood shelter, 20 to 25 women came and asked, "Have your brought relief for us?"

Middle aged Amana Begum said weeping, "We came here

 arrow Cry for relief: Diseases spread
Diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases have broken out in large scale in flood affected areas of Sylhet and Brahmanbaria.
 arrow Govt trying to withdraw cases against 19 traders
The government is examining withdrawal of four cases filed against 19 businessmen in Bogra for drawing Tk three crore from Agrani Bank through alleged fraudulent means in 2000.
 arrow Waterways risky in the south
Waterway journey in the southern region has became very risky as river are overflowing while most of the buoys, beacons and other navigation markings have either washed away by current or under wateror
 arrow SCF warns of tougher agitation at CU
The Chittagong University (CU) unit of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) on Friday threatened of tougher agitation soon if 'illegal appointment and promotion of teachers' ignoring university rules and
 arrow Attack on Manikganj journalist
A journalist was injured by criminals in Manikganj on Wednesday and two others were sued by a Jamaat leader for publishing a corruption story in a Jessore daily on Tuesday.
 arrow Khatme Nabuat holds rally in Satkhira
Speakers at a big rally here on Friday demanded of the government to declare Ahmadiyya Jamaat followers non-Muslims.
 arrow Body of Bangladeshi handed over to BDR
Body of a Bangladeshi national who was killed by the Indian BSF on Thursday was handed over to the BDR authorities on Friday.
 arrow Ward commissioner held for stealing relief, freed
Rajbari police on Wednesday released a ward commissioner who was arrested earlier along with another ward commissioner and a food dealer on charge of misappropriating relief materials.
 arrow Fugitive convict arrested
Brahmanbaria Thana police on Friday arrested a fugitive convict from a shop of Mukantapur railway station market here.

The arrested convict is Bulbul, son of Md Rahmat Ali of Kamal Mura in Sadarupazila.

 arrow Indian gets 10 yrs RI for possessing illegal revolver
An Indian national was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the District Judge Court here for possessing illegal arms on Thursday.
Culturearrow Tropa and Apon: dedicated to arts
Their nameplate on the door says 'TropApon' with a special font in blue. The occupants of the house are Tropa Majumdar and Apon Ahsan.
 arrow Ritu Abhijan- a dance drama by Nrityadhara
An enthusiastic audience turned out to see the dance drama Ritu Abhijan (A journey through seasons) last Thursday at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow The era of the musicals
For all those people in their 40s and over, musical films such as The King and I, My Fair Lady, South Pacific and Gigi still have an evergreen quality.
Internationalarrow Israel allows army to act 'at will'
Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz has given "carte blanche" to the army to prevent Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, Israeli military radio said yesterday.
 arrow al-Qaeda may be behind attack
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network may have been behind the failed attempt to assassinate the country's prime minister-designate, a senior Cabinet minister said yesterday, though investigators are still
 arrow India calls for common front against terror
The first ever BIMST-EC summit opened yesterday with India stressing the need to forge a common front against terrorism, gun-running and narcotics trafficking.
 arrow Naga rebels extend truce for a year
The Indian government and separatists from the northeastern state of Nagaland have extended a ceasefire for another year to allow further peace talks, they said in a joint statement yesterday.
 arrow 'Italy priority target for extremists'
Italy and its people have become a prime target of Islamic extremists, who are trying to get a hold of chemical weapons, according to a report by Italian security services made available yesterday.
 arrow Delhi names envoy to talk release of hostages
India has named top diplomat Talmiz Ahmad as its special envoy to negotiate the release of three Indian truck drivers taken hostage by insurgents in Iraq on July 21, a minister said yesterday.
 arrow Nato members reach deal on Iraq mission
Nato countries agreed Friday to send an advance party of officers to Iraq to "get right to work" preparing to train that country's security forces, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said.
 arrow Rebels kill 5 in Kashmir
Suspected Kashmiri rebels shot dead a Muslim couple and three former militants in Indian Kashmir after suspecting them of being police informers, police said yesterday.
 arrow 9/11 panel urges Congress to reform spy agencies
US Senators promised swift consideration of proposals to revamp the nation's intelligence structure after leaders of the Sept.
Editorialarrow Editorial: BIMSTEC Summitry
The first leadership summit of the BIMSTEC group of seven Asian nations got underway in Bangkok yesterday, and represents a step forward for regional pan-Asian cooperation that can only be of benefitto
 arrow Editorial: Eco-park project
The Modhupur eco-park issue which created quite a commotion among the Garo community, and led to the death of a young man in police firing last year, has apparently been revived with the Bangladesh Adivasi
 arrow Lessons from Anglo-American inquiry commissions
The Anglo-Americans inquiry commissions (e.g.
 arrow Confrontation just won't do
IT is official. The RSS is now guiding the BJP in formulating its political moves.
Letters to Editorarrow Public service
Ali individuals and groups apply maintenance techniques in private or public life.
 arrow English medium schools
Suddenly, this issue of excessive fees of the English medium schools has taken the centre stage of debate. Some even suggested that the government should interfere in this matter.
 arrow Sixth National Pay Commission: some suggestions
As the 6th NPC has been formed, we expect that some of the prevailing anomalies in the pay scales will be rectified in its report.
Star Healtharrow Coronary artery disease and its prevention
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major public health problem in developing countries. Incidence of CAD is the highest in South Asian countries like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Srilanka.
 arrow Zinc helps children recover quicker from pneumonia
In addition to its effects in diarrhoea, zinc speeds up recovery from severe pneumonia in young children. A recent article by ICDDR,B scientist W.
 arrow "Bone and Joint Decade" in Bangladesh kicked off
2000-2010 is declared as the "Bone and Joint Decade".
 arrow Necessary health care during flood
There are tremendous flood almost all over the country. Naturally there are some acute health hazards during the crisis moment.
Star Cityarrow Displaced streaming into city
Ayesha Begum, 36, who abandoned her submerged home in Sirajganj, managed a tiny room at a flood shelter in Bashabo.
 arrow Garment units give a hand in need
The flood affected readymade garment factories in Dhaka and adjoining areas are trying to continue their production to meet export deadline while providing shelter and food to the workers at the sametime.
 arrow What’s the task of the taskforce?
A commerce ministry taskforce to arrest price hike proves ineffective with essential prices spiralling as flood worsens.
 arrow Gasping for space
The Liberation War Museum in Segunbagicha is unable to exhibit all its collections because of space constraint.
 arrow Neglect scars Mohakhali road
About two kilometre-stretch of the road on both sides of the Tk 113-crore under- construction flyover at Mohakhali in the capital is in a poor state for over a year now.
 arrow Bikes for a better deal
After the launch of a car bazaar, the turn is now for a motorcycle market.

Bikers can wheel into Motorcycle Hut at 6/23 Block-F Lalmatia either to sell their motorcycles or buy one.