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Front Pagearrow UN calls donors' meet for relief coordination
The severity of devastation by floods that blighted about 30 million people has stretched the government's response systems, the United Nations said yesterday.
 arrow Malaria strikes capital
Malaria has broken out in the capital and a large number of people are already infected with 'deadly malaria parasites', experts said.
 arrow Fair polls possible if government wishes
The Gazipur by-polls have once again proved that if the government is sincere to assist the Election Commission (EC) and the ruling party does not interfere in voting, it is possible to mirror people's
 arrow Banks' operating profit not so real
Tax and provisioning of classified loans eat up as much as 76 percent of the operating profits of private commercial banks (PCBs).
 arrow 300 killed in Paraguay shopping centre fire
Nearly 300 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a deadly fire raced through a shopping center on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital, police said early yesterday.
 arrow PM reiterates call for int'l help
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the international community to come forward responding to her call for assistance for the flood affected people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Gazipur by-polls no-trust in govt: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the people of Gazipur expressed no-confidence in the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition in the Gazipur-2 by-polls.
 arrow Turkish hostage in Iraq executed
Iraq blamed al-Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi yesterday for a wave of church bombings that killed at least 11 people, saying militants wanted to spark religious conflict and drive Christians out of the
 arrow Unicef launches appeal for flood victims
Unicef yesterday launched a global appeal for donations to raise US $ 13. 4 million in emergency aid to save lives of children and women in the flood-hit districts of Bangladesh, said a press release.
 arrow Prime suspect held in Dhaka
Police arrested a PBCP cadre and the prime suspect in Janmabhumi editor Humayun Kabir Balu murder case from a tea stall in Motijheel in the capital Saturday midnight.
 arrow Imam rapes 5-yr-old girl
A religious teacher raped a five-year-old girl in a mosque in Kushtia while another girl of the same age was violated in Jhenidah in separate incidents on Sunday.
 arrow Khaleda seeks Dutch help in flood control
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed the hope that the Dutch government would help Bangladesh develop a lasting flood control system and take part in post-flood rehabilitation.
 arrow Floodwaters in city to last longer
Floodwaters are unlikely to subside quickly from the capital as the rivers Shitalakhya, Balu and Meghna might flow above the danger level for another week, experts said.
 arrow Santosh Gupta in coma
Noted journalist and columnist Santosh Gupta is fighting for life at the intensive care unit (ICU) at BIRDEM hospital. He is now in coma.
 arrow Targeted US firms open under heavy security
Financial institutions identified as targets of a terrorist plot in three cities opened for business yesterday under stepped-up security and defiant words from people who said they won't be cowed by the
 arrow Nasa satellite may find ice on hottest planet
A satellite that heads off to Mercury, the hottest planet in the solar system, yesterday has Nasa scientists buzzing because it is expected to journey there and find, of all things, ice.
 arrow Rab and police nab 5 criminals, seize arms
Police and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested two listed criminals and three alleged operatives of dreaded criminal Kala Jahangir in the last two days.
 arrow Govt to take highest security measure to check threats
The government yesterday revealed plans to bring Dhaka under a blanket of security during the 13th Saarc Summit next year in a bid to check increasing security threats in the region.
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal passes off peacefully
The 12-hour dawn-to-dusk hartal in Gopalganj to protest the killing of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Rakib Hossain Tushar passed off peacefully yesterday.
 arrow Ex-UP member killed
A former union parishad (UP) member was chopped to death and 10 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups in Moheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar district yesterday.
 arrow BSF digs bunkers on border as talks start in Comilla
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has been put on high alert at Chowgacha frontier under Sharsha upazilla of Jessore district while BDR and BSF are holding border talks in Comilla.
 arrow Abdullah Abu Sayeed receives Magsaysay award
Noted littérateur and popular television anchor Abdullah Abu Sayeed has received the 2004 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.
 arrow Mugger killed in shootout
An alleged mugger was killed in a shootout with police in Rajakhali under Bakaliya thana in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow Commissioner mugged
Muggers yesterday stabbed a ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and snatched away his gold chain and cell phone set in Dhanmondi.
 arrow Faridabad High School flood centre...

 arrow US in search of new intelligence czar
US President George Bush yesterday endorsed creation of a national intelligence czar and counterterrorism center-- his first steps in revamping the nation's intelligence-gathering system to help prevent
 arrow Woman held for filing false kidnap case
Police yesterday arrested a woman claiming she had filed a 'false' abduction case against a family after hiding her daughter at a relative's house at Shewrapara in the capital.
 arrow 20 hurt in Rangamati clash
At least 20 people were injured in clashes between tribal people and settlers in and around Rangamati University College yesterday.
 arrow CD vendor gunned down in city
Unknown assailants gunned down a young man and injured a college student in the city's Jigatola area last night, witnesses and police said.
 arrow Two killed in Narayanganj incidents
Two persons were shot dead and two others injured with bullets in separate incidents in the district in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Tax Ombudsman's office to be modelled on Pakistan set-up
A committee headed by State Minister for Finance Shah Mohammad Abul Hossain has suggested establishment of the office of Tax Ombudsman with characteristics of similar administrative set-up in Pakistan.
 arrow DSE fines 27 cos
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on Sunday slapped a daily fine of Tk 500 on 27 listed companies for failing to submit their half-yearly accounts to the bourse by July 31.
 arrow Bangladesh to participate in 17 int'l trade fairs this fiscal
Local manufacturers and exporters will get the opportunity to display their products before the potential buyers by participating in 17 international fairs and five Bangladesh single country trade shows
 arrow Govt to frame policy for private investment in gas transmission
The government is formulating a business-friendly policy for private investment in the country's gas transmission sector.
 arrow Flood-affected weavers seek interest-free loans, subsidy
Hit hard by the current flood, country's handloom entrepreneurs have sought cash subsidy and interest-free bank loans for recovering their losses.
 arrow Dhaka Bank to Finance Asian Paints dealers
Dhaka Bank Limited will finance the dealers of Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Limited for procuring equipment for its Colorworld outlets.
 arrow FBCCI initiates study on new duty structure
A month after the budget was passed, FBCCI initiated a study on the impact of reorganised structure for import duties on finished products and raw materials.
 arrow IDLC net profit grows 19pc
Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Limited (IDLC) has achieved 19 percent growth in its net profit for the first six months of 2004, compared to the corresponding period of 2003.
 arrow Sulzer Corp holds seminar on CNG
Swiss multinational Sulzer Corporation organised a seminar on 'Global trends in CNG & benefits to Bangladesh" through its concern in India, Sulzer India Limited, recently in Dhaka.
 arrow WTO faces daunting task to deliver on trade promises
The World Trade Organisation (WTO), with its credibility restored and the Doha Round back on track, still faces a huge task to deliver on promises of freer global trade, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Asia told to up security, investment as shipping trade grows sharply
Asia's shipping trade is expected to grow sharply led by China and India, but the region must enhance security and invest some 27 billion dollars to build over 430 new container berths by 2011 to meet
Sportsarrow Football: Russel hold Mohammedan
Younnes headed a late goal as new Goliath in country's football Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra came from behind to hold Dhaka Moha-mmedan Spor-ting Club to a 1-1 draw in the first big match of the FourthNitol-Tata
 arrow Cricket: 'We cannot lose so many finals'
The first step to solving a problem is often to admit that it's there in the first place.
 arrow Cricket: Giles prompts Eng win
Spinner Ashley Giles took another five-wicket haul to lead England to a 256-run victory in the second Test against West Indies at Edgbaston on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali's time to go ahead
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is all set to take a lead over arch-rival Shane Warne when he returns to his favourite hunting ground Wednesday for the first Test against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Lee back in Aussie fold
Brett Lee returned to the Australian cricket squad here on Monday for the first time in five months.
 arrow Chess: Fischer may seek asylum
Fugitive US chess master Bobby Fischer may seek political asylum in Japan in a new bid to avoid being deported to the United States where he could face a lengthy jail term, his lawyer and a supportersaid
 arrow Tennis: Fantastic Federer
World number one Roger Federer has swept past Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-3 to capture the Toronto Masters and extend his winning streak to 23 matches.
 arrow Tennis: It's Davenport again
American Lindsay Davenport completed her second career "California Triple" by crushing French Open champion Anastasia Myskina 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the Acura Classic on Sunday.
 arrow Football: The first head rolls
Mark Palios on Sunday resigned as chief executive of the English Football Association, the first head to roll in the scandal over manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's affair with an FA secretary with whom Palios
 arrow Football: It suits Eriksson?
England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, reeling after revelations of his affair with an English Football Association secretary, emerged strengthened after the resignation of FA chief executive Mark
 arrow Football: Hosts' task cut out
Coach Arie Haan has mustered a plan to topple a powerful Iran brimming with confidence in the Asian Cup semi-finals -- attack from the whistle.
 arrow Football: Zico seeks calm
Japan coach Zico has appealed to Chinese fans to lay off the loud booing that has marred the champions' Asian Cup campaign ahead of Tuesday's crunch semi-final with Bahrain.
 arrow Football: Iran has historical edge
Iran has won nine and tied four of its last 15 matches against China and is hoping to use its past dominance as a psychological edge to counter homefield advantage in Tuesday's Asian Cup semi-final.
 arrow Football: I Ching, the Tao and Becks!
In the movie 'Shaolin Soccer' a bunch of down-at-heel Hong Kong footballers call on the spirit of Oriental mysticism, and a little bit of kung-fu, to overcome their arch-rivals.
 arrow Swimming: Sabura back to national duty
Controversial Sabura Khatun returned to the national side after a two-year gap when the talented swimmer was included in the six-member Bangladesh team for the upcoming long-distance swimming competition.
 arrow Cricket: Won't quit: Lara
Under-fire West Indies captain Brian Lara defiantly insisted on Sunday that he would not quit despite his team suffering another crushing defeat.
 arrow Hockey: BAF outplay Comilla
Omar Ali scored five goals including a hattrick as Bangladesh Air Force thrashed Comilla 7-1 in the ANAS Group National Hockey Cham-pionship at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Sumon stays on top
Sumon Basu of Kolkata Madiyagram High School maintained his solo lead in the Class VI to X Group of the 6th Standard Chartered Bank School Chess tournament beating his compatriot Antarip Roy in the penultimate
Metropolitanarrow Execution of verdict demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday formed a human chain on the Dhaka University campus demanding immediate execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu
 arrow 'Gazipur-2 by-election fair, peaceful'
By-election to Gazipur-2 constituency was fair and peaceful except a few minor stray incidents.
 arrow Standard Chartered donates Tk 51 lakh
Standard Chartered Bank donated Tk51 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims, says a press release.
 arrow Six British passports looted
Armed miscreants looted six British passports, six return air tickets and cash worth Tk one lakh from a travel agency manager in the city on Sunday.
 arrow Tk 1.30cr Hindu Trust budget
A meeting of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust (HRWT) yesterday approved the budget of Tk 1,29,82,000 for the 2004-05 financial year.
 arrow Progress of 'Zia Film City'discussed
A meeting of the Bangladesh Films Development Corporation (BFDC) yesterday discussed the progress of "Zia Film City" project at Kabirpur and implementation of the 'Introduction of Digital Technology'and
 arrow Directive to begin repair of roads in dry season
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday directed the engineers of Roads and Highways Department to take all preparations to implement the repair and maintenance works of roads at the beginning of
Nationalarrow Train movement through Bahadurabad uncertain
Restoration of direct train communication between northern districts and Dhaka is uncertain as the tracks between Trimohoni and Teestamuk Ghat in Gaibandha has been badly damaged by flood.
 arrow 'Protect Bhola from erosion'
A procession was brought out and a rally held in Bhola town on Sunday demanding immediate government steps to protect the people of Bhola from continues erosion by Meghna river.
 arrow Rugged roads emerge
A devastated picture of roads in Sylhet is surfacing as the flood-water is receding from different areas.
 arrow Tk 4.32 lakh LGED project stopped in Patuakhali
Extortionists obstructed work on a Tk 4.32 lakh LGED (Local Govern-ment Engineering Department) road construction project in Sadar upazila here since May 15.
 arrow Case by victim's wife not recorded: 300 villagers sued, flee homes
Police did not record any case in connection with the killing of Mong Mong Marma at Boropara village in Kaptai, the victim's wife, Sui Aung Crui, told a group of newsmen during a visit to her house on
 arrow UNO's removal demanded in Gaibandha
Ignoring sufferings from devastating flood, several hundred people brought out a procession and held a rally at Sadulapur upazila headquarters on Sunday demanding removal of the UNO within 24 hours and
 arrow Gopalganj BCL leader's killing protested
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) brought out processions and held rallies in the city and on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus on Sunday protesting the killing of BCL Gopalgang Vice-president Rakib Hossain
 arrow Girl students lock Principal's office
Hundreds of students of Patuakhali Government Women's College brought out a procession on the campus on Sunday demanding removal of their principal and a teacher.
 arrow Hawker murdered after abduction in Barisal
A hawker was murdered after abduction allegedly by his elder brother and nephew at Shibpur in Satla union of Uzirpur upazila.
 arrow JCD leader Iqbal murder: AL man arrested
An Awami League (AL) leader was arrested by joint forces from his house at Bhandarkot union on Saturday, police said.
 arrow Bomb explodes in front of Khulna JP leader's house
A powerful bomb exploded in front of the house of former lawmaker and city unit president of Jatiya Party Alhaj Abul Hossain in Nirala residential area here on Saturday.
 arrow 50 injured in B'baria clash
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Uttar Laksmipur village in Nabinagar upazila on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Why America has been so unsafe?
The bipartisan Commission on 9/11, after 19 months of investigation clearly pointed out the failures of the CIA, FBI, the Pentagon, and virtually all other government agencies including Clinton and Bush
 arrow Flood -- a natural phenomenon
Flood is not a new phenomenon for Bangladesh. During the monsoon a big part of this country each year goes under water, and very often it takes the shape of flood.
 arrow Television is more harmful than you thought
All health information to keep you up to date

Today television is the most powerful tool in each and every home.

Culturearrow Where roots create proximity
As one roams around the auditorium gallery of the National Museum, one comes across a veritable cultural feast-- an ongoing exhibition of arts and crafts from the tiny mountainous country of Switzerland.
 arrow Save the Children sponsors Rock concert
July 30:Another flood filled day for the city locals. Yet there was consolation for some music enthusiasts who braved the bad weather.
 arrow Launching ceremony of Tommy Miah's Institution of Hospitality Management.
Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi chef Tommy Miah has become a byword for popularising Bangladeshi food in the West.
 arrow Eric: The next James Bond?
Eric Bana is reportedly in talks to star as the next James Bond.
Generalarrow Abducted shrimp trader still missing in Khulna
A shrimp trader has remained missing after his abduction on July 19.
 arrow More donations to PM's relief fund
A number of ministries, educational institutions, business associations and private organisations donated over Tk 1.79 crore to the Prime Minister's relief fund yesterday.
 arrow Affluent people urged to help poor rural students
Prof Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Grameen Shikkha Board, yesterday called on the affluent people to come forward to help the poor and meritorious students in rural areas.
 arrow 'Dams in neighbouring countries create obstacle'
Construction of dams and groins by neighbouring countries is the biggest impediment to permanent solution to the country's floods, Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed said yesterday.
 arrow Ershad urges govt to take post-flood rehabilitations
Former President and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad has urged the government to take all possible preparations for post-flood rehabilitation works across the country.
 arrow Relief work continues
Different political, social and cultural organisations continued their relief operations in various flood affected areas in and outside the capital yesterday.
 arrow SCAS signs deal with Australian university
School and College for Advanced Studies (SCAS) International has signed an agreement on education facility with the University of Notre Dame, Australia, in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Mob gouges out eyes of criminal
A mob gouged out eyes of a criminal after he was caught trying to extort money from a tea stall at Dalmill road in Sonadanga on Sunday noon.
 arrow Idul placed on 10-day remand
Shahidul Islam Idul, a dreaded criminal, was placed on a 10-day remand in connection with Tofazzal murder case yesterday.
 arrow 'Waive renewal fees for pay channels for July'
Cable TV Equipment Importers, Dealers and Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (CIDACAB) requested the authorities concerned to waive the renewal fees for pay channels for the month of July on account
 arrow Dipta Sen dead
Dipta sen, former Dhaka correspondent of the Hindustan Times, died of heart failure at his Delhi residence yesterday at the age of 70.
Internationalarrow Sharon gives green light to 600 new settlements
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz have given the green light to the construction of 600 new buildings in the largest of the West Bank settlements, the defence ministry
 arrow 'Arrest of prized al-Qaeda figure led to new US alert'
The capture of an al-Qaeda computer engineer in Pakistan in mid-July led to the most recent terror alert in the United States, the New York Times reported yesterday, quoting senior US officials.
 arrow Sudan vows to fight foreign intervention
Sudan's army has vowed to fight any foreign military intervention in Darfur, even after the government reluctantly accepted a UN demand to end the killing and atrocities in the troubled region within30
 arrow Move underway to heal APHC splits
A top hardliner in Indian Kashmir was reappointed yesterday as head of a separatist group as efforts got underway to ease a split among leaders opposed to Indian rule in the Himalayan region.
 arrow Al-Qaeda at war with Pak leaders: Analysts
Three al-Qaeda-linked attempts to kill Pakistani leaders in eight months show the terror network has declared war on Islamabad as the key US ally sweeps up prize al-Qaeda terror suspects, analysts said
 arrow Iran rejects Saudi idea of 'Muslim forces'
Iran said yesterday that a Saudi initiative to send troops from Arab and Islamic states to Iraq was "not appropriate".
 arrow US set to shift 3,600 troops from S Korea
A brigade of 3,600 US troops prepared Monday to depart for Iraq from their base near South Korea's border with communist North Korea, officials said.
 arrow 11 questioned for attempt on Shaukat Aziz
Pakistani authorities are questioning up to 11 suspects over the attempted assassination of prime minister-designate Shaukat Aziz, for which an al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility, a minister
 arrow Powell testifies in CIA leak investigation
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has spoken to a grand jury probing whether Bush aides leaked the name of a CIA agent to retaliate against her husband, an Iraq war critic, the State Department saidSunday.
 arrow Iran not afraid of UN sanctions over nukes
Iran is not afraid of being referred to the UN Security Council over its suspect nuclear programme and could easily withstand economic sanctions, a top national security official said yesterday.
 arrow Schroeder bows to Warsaw Anti-Nazi heroes
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder paid tribute on Sunday to thousands of Poles killed in a failed rebellion against Nazi forces 60 years ago, making a landmark gesture of reconciliation toward a new
Editorialarrow Editorial: Gazipur people have spoken
The Gazipur by-election, which the AL candidate has won, is a clear reflection of the local people's regard and sympathy for the slain politician, Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow Editorial: Doha Round back on track
The good news is that the 147 nations of the WTO were able to strike a crucial deal at Geneva on Sunday that salvaged and reinvigorated the Doha Round of negotiations, begun in 2001 but bogged down in
 arrow Floods to wane, woes to remain
Within a span of six years or so, the devastations are at our door steps. The country is faced with devastating floods inundating 40 out of 64 districts, including two-thirds of the capital city.
 arrow Peace breaks out in South Asia?
There seems to be a genuine thaw in the relationship between India and Pakistan, a far cry from the early days of 2002 when there was eyeball-to-eyeball military confrontation with a likelihood of use
Letters to Editorarrow Bar campus politics
Last year I passed from Notre Dame College where I had never seen single political poster. But now I have to see at least two or three political procession at DU campus.
 arrow Appeal to PSC
First I would like to thank PSC for their timely and accurate decision regarding cancellation of the 25th BCS preliminary test examination scheduled for the 23th July, 2004 due to raging floods.
 arrow English medium schools
Recently there has been lot protests against unreasonable tuition and other fees charged by English medium schools.
 arrow We are in a vicious circle
We are the students of English department at Chittagong University. We entered this department with a lot of hope. But all of our hopes are going in vain.
 arrow Fixed wireless telephone
It is good that at long last the elusive BTTB is launching the mobile telephone service from coming December, at cheaper rates.

But we never hear of fixed wireless telephone system.

 arrow Naive Mayor!
As a resident of Dhaka since the 1930s, I strongly question the naivety of the DCC Mayor in proposing self-assessment of plots and holdings in the metropolis.
 arrow Regulate the Eng med schools
It is heartening to note that a group of guardians of the students in some English medium schools have joined together to campaign against the complete absence of regulations, and the regular and arbitrary