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Front Pagearrow HC asks govt to free them on bail
The High Court yesterday asked the government to free on bail thousands of detainees languishing in jails without trial in violation of their constitutional rights to get quick justice.
 arrow 30 million need food aid for five months
Up to 30 million deluge-hit people will need food aid for the next five months, Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf said yesterday, as Unicef reported an "exceptionally high"
 arrow Huge plan on to protect Dhaka from floods: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said the government is taking a massive plan to protect the capital and its adjoining areas from flood and waterlogging.
 arrow 7 banks under BB performance watch
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has put seven banks under an early warning system to keep them from being bracketed as 'problem banks' and would sign a memorandum of understanding with them to improve theirperformance.
 arrow Army man 'killed', one hurt in CHT shootout
An army man was reported killed and a warrant officer injured when feuding indigenous groups fired on them in Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati Monday night.
 arrow WFP plans massive emergency relief
World Flood Programme (WFP) is planning to launch a major emergency operation for the flood-hit people soon apart from its ongoing project to provide food to two million flood victims.
 arrow Illegal political party offices razed in Tejturi Bazaar
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday razed the unit offices of BNP, Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Kazipara in Tejturi Bazaar despite a brief agitation by ruling party
 arrow UN meets with donors, NGOs to assess flood damage
The United Nations (UN) yesterday held an emergency meeting in Dhaka with donors and major NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to assess the deluge-damage as Bangladesh braces for post-flood traumawith
 arrow Elections to 15 municipalities in September
Elections at 15 municipalities in 11 districts will be held on September 8 and 9, says election schedule declared by the Election Commission (EC) yesterday.
 arrow India defers JRC meet
India has deferred the ministerial level meeting of the Joint River Commission (JRC) which was slated to be held in Dhaka on August 17.
 arrow Cry for baby food at flood shelters
A severe crisis of baby food plagues the flood-hit people of Bhatara union on the outskirts of the capital, near posh Baridhara diplomatic enclave.
 arrow Violence rips through Iraq
Insurgent bombers killed three Iraqi national guardsmen, a police chief and a patrolman yesterday in the militants' unrelenting attacks against the country's security forces that saw saboteurs blasted
 arrow NBR intelligence cell detects tax dodgers
The Central Intelligence Cell (CIC), the newly formed wing of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) empowered to investigate and seize files of dubious income taxpayers, has detected scores of tax evasion
 arrow Injured Bangladeshi child in US dies
A four-year old Bangladeshi child died Monday in Texas, USA from injuries suffered two days earlier in an explosion at an apartment complex on Texas A&M University campus, family members and US mediareports
 arrow US ups terror alert on old intelligence info
The US administration admits that new warnings of attacks on American cities were based on information gathered by al-Qaeda up to four years ago.
 arrow US oil strikes new record above $44
US oil prices hit new record levels above $44 a barrel Tuesday after the head of the OPEC producers' cartel said there was little the group could do to cool red-hot markets.
 arrow Russell takes oath as youngest MP
Zahid Ahsan Russell, elected from Gazipur-2 constituency, took oath as the youngest lawmaker of the eighth parliament at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.
 arrow JS body asks people not to buy flats
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked all concerned not to subscribe application forms floated by the NSPDL for allotment of flats at the government initiated Bashantek rehabilitation programme
 arrow Nasa launches Mercury mission
A spacecraft named Messenger rocketed away yesterday on a 5 billion-mile journey to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun and a stranger to camera close-ups for the past three decades.
 arrow Saddam tells grandson to be a man
Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sent a letter to his grandson in Jordan telling him to be strong and care for his family, according to Al-Arabiya television Monday.
 arrow US soldiers abused Iraqis 'for fun'
 arrow Drug peddler gunned down in Uttara
A drug peddler was gunned down in Uttara last night.
 arrow Fema, Brotee claim Gazipur-2 by-poll fair
Two local election-monitoring agencies yesterday claimed that by-poll election in Gazipur-2 constituency was fair, peaceful, impartial and free from administrative interference.
 arrow Criminals' release sparks surprise
The release of two alleged criminals from the custody of detectives in Khulna four hours after arrest on Sunday afternoon prompted sharp reactions from senior police officers and other people.
 arrow Locals lynch 'mugger', beat his accomplice in Sutrapur
Angry locals yesterday pounded to death an alleged mugger and severely beat his accomplice at Sutrapur in the capital.
 arrow Students block Dhaka-Ctg highway for 2 hours
Transport workers yesterday allegedly pushed out a private university student from a running bus, prompting sophomores to put up barricade on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Sitakunda in Chittagong.
 arrow IDA okays $200m dev loans
The International Development Association (IDA), World Bank's soft-lending window, will provide $200 million equivalent to Tk 1,204 crore to Bangladesh as development-support credits.
Businessarrow Export growth hits 6-yr high
Riding on duty-free access to Canadian and Australian markets, the export earning growth hit a six-year high of 16.10 percent in the just concluded 2003-04 fiscal with both volume and prices increasing.
 arrow 3-day knitwear extravaganza to wear off post-MFA threat
With the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement) regime set to stage next year, knitwear producers are going to hold a three-day exposition in late next month in a bid to increase their market share in the
 arrow Asean urged to speed up economic integration to face China, India
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to speed up economic integration to better compete with China and India.
 arrow China says free trade deal with Singapore under threat
China may delay talks with Singapore over a free trade deal following a visit to Taiwan by Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, state media reported Tuesday.
 arrow Faulty system hinders revenue collection
Reluctance to pay tax coupled with a faulty collection system hinders revenue collection in Bangladesh, speakers observed at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Hub for no-frills airlines in Malaysia by this year
The Malaysian government's plans to set up a hub for no-frills airlines will be completed by this year, either at the KL International Airport (KLIA) or at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Airport in Subang
 arrow HSBC agrees to buy 20pc stake in China bank
HSBC has agreed to buy a 19.
 arrow Fish farming faces flood fury in Trishal
The raging floods have played havoc with fish farming at Trishal in Mymensingh, causing huge loss to farmers.

Most fish ponds at Trishal, known for farming pangas fish, have been washed away.

 arrow Habib Bank AG Zurich opens office in Dhaka
Habib Bank AG Zurich (HBAGZ) has opened its representative office in Dhaka.
 arrow Thai firm to distribute software of Technohaven
Tech Plus Company Limited will distribute Technohaven Leasing & Investment System (TeLISTM) software, a financial software application developed by Technohaven, in Thailand.
 arrow EU, Asian states voice cautious optimism on WTO farm deal
European and Asian governments voiced cautious optimism Monday to a last-ditch WTO deal that kept global trade talks from collapsing, though farm unions and non-governmental organizations were sceptical,
 arrow Indian banks head for merger wave
India's banking sector faces a consolidation wave to achieve global clout and contend with fierce local competition, with the merger of two high-profile lenders last week just the start, analysts say.
Sportsarrow Hockey: BHF signs mega deal
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) signed what is believed to be the biggest sponsorship deal in its history with Dutch-Bangla Bank yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Javagal's judgement
The defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final on Sunday will give rise to many questions about the Indian team management.
 arrow Cricket: SL look to spinning Galle
Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu Tuesday said he hoped to make full use of the spin-friendly pitch here in the first Test against South Africa.
 arrow Football: The root of 'Svengate'
A bitter woman's 10-year jealousy of secretary Faria Alam led to the email revelations that triggered the FA sex scandal.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes flames fanned
England may have been soundly beaten in the last eight Ashes series but hopes are growing that Australia will at least be given a run for their money when they tour England next year.
 arrow Little & large Asia
From mighty China who are aiming to repeat their medal-laden triumph of four years ago to war-weary Afghanistan who are just glad to be back, Asia is gearing up for the greatest sporting show on earth.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi survives Fish attack
Andre Agassi had rallied from a set down and led 4-6, 7-6, 4-1 Monday when Mardy Fish retired with a back injury to send Agassi into the second round of the 2.4 million-dollar Cincinatti Masters Series.
 arrow Football: Tamada makes Bahrain weep
A superb extra-time goal from Keiji Tamada saw Japan through to the Asian Cup final as the defending champions battled back from twice going a goal behind and a controversial red card to beat minnowsBahrain
 arrow Aftab ton puts U-19s on top
Right-handed Aftab Ahmed cracked 111 as the touring Bangladesh Under 19 amassed 466 in their first innings on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match against England Development of Excellence
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
Bangladesh Air Force and Faridpur DSA earned massive wins yesterday in their Group A encounters to enhance their chances of a place in the super league of the ANAS Group National Hockey Championship.
 arrow Chess: Sumon school chess champ
Sumon Basu of Kolkata Madiyagram High Cchool emerged unbeaten champion in the senior event of the Sixth Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sick Cordy flies home
Bangladesh national cricket team fitness trainer Justin Cordy had to leave for Melbourne on Monday after suffering a neurological problem.
 arrow Football: BFF announces team August 8
The executive committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will announce the final Bangladesh squad for next month's AFC Under-17 Football Champion-ship on August 8.
 arrow Rumee named IAAF lecturer
Nazrul Islam Rumee has been named as an International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) lecturer to conduct a Level-I coaching course to be held in Kuala Lumpur from August 5 to 18.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bangladesh, India, Pakistan should resolve water issue'
Eminent Pakistani defence expert and columnist Ikram Sehgal yesterday said Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not likely to be frozen out of India-Pakistan talks in the very interest of the South Asian giants.
 arrow Ensure proper distribution of relief materials: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the government officials to ensure proper distribution of relief among the flood-affected people.
 arrow Writ of 10 terminated BB staffs dismissed
The High Court yesterday dismissed the writ petition filed by 10 terminated officers and staff of Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow Prof Azad files fraud case against press owner
Eminent writer Prof Humayun Azad yesterday filed a fraud case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka against a printing press owner who pirated his novel 'Paksar Zamin Sadbad'.
 arrow Hasina visits ailing Santosh Gupta at Birdem
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited noted journalist-columnist Santosh Gupta who lies in coma in the city's Birdem Hospital following cerebral
 arrow World leaders concerned over flood situation
Presidents and heads of government of different countries expressed concern over the recent flood situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow New UNAFEI executive body
Dr M Enamul Huq and Khondaker Showkat Hossain have been elected president and general secretary of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute (UNAFEI) Alumni Association, Bangladesh for 2004-06, says
 arrow Ruti making programme
Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee and Bangladesh Puja Parishad jointly continued its 'ruti' (home-made bread) making programme for the flood-hit people on the second day yesterday at Dhakeswari National
 arrow 1,161 more held
Police arrested some 1,161 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow BSF bars relief drive in 18 Kurigram enclaves
Rangpur: About 20,000 flood victims in 18 Bangladesh enclaves in Kurigram district are in great misery as Indian BSF is not allowing supplies of food, drinking water and other essentials to them.
 arrow 'Barisal political leaders killed by outlaws'
Notorious outlaw Selim Sharif during interrogation revealed sensational information about political killings, arms looting and other major crimes in the southern region of the country.
 arrow Eco-Park project will be resisted, rally in Modhupur told
Netrakona: Aboriginal people will resist the government's planned Eco-Park in Modhupur forests, speakers said at a big rally held at Talki playground in Modhupur on Monday.
 arrow CUTA prepares to go to court
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) will go for legal action against all "illegal appointments" in CU made during past two years "violating the CU Act of 1973".
 arrow Tk 1 cr toll for Tk 10 cr work!
The road renovation work from Ranirhat to the district town is suspend for about 20 days as extortionists demanded Tk one crore toll from the contractor, it is alleged.
 arrow Jhalakathi poura polls result canceled
The High Court has cancelled the election of BNP leader Halim Gazi as chairman of Jhalakati municipality as he was a loan defaulter.

The election was held on May 9.

 arrow Rab operation in Barisal soon
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will start operation in Barisal region soon to curb crimes.

The operations would be conducted by the Rab unit-6, stationed in Khulna, sources said here yesterday.

 arrow Rupsha Thana OC escapes bomb attack
A police officer was luckily saved when three hand bombs exploded near his vehicle in front of Bangmara Primary School on Monday

Officer-in-Charge of Rupsha Thana Shahadat Hossain escaped unhurt when

 arrow Diarrhoea kills 10 in Mymensingh
At least 10 people died from diarrhoea and 4,000 were afflicted with the disease in the last few days.
 arrow Tarek distributes relief in Gaibandha
BNP First Joint Secretary General Tarek Rahman on Monday visited the flood affected areas in Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas.
 arrow Autorickshaws off Rangamati roads
Autorikshaws are off the roads in the hill town as their drivers began an indefinite strike Monday in protest against attack on some of them by indigenous college students.
Point-Counterpointarrow Muslim troops in Iraq: Is it a possibility?
The recent Saudi proposal to dispatch Muslim troops to Iraq has created mixed opinion both within the Muslim countries and the Bush administration.
 arrow Population control: Reaching the remaining half
IREAD " population pro-grammes and directions" by Dr. Syed Jehangir Hyder (Daily Star July 24, 2004) with great interest. Dr.
 arrow Are the floods due to climate change?
As Bangladesh faces another major flood affecting millions of people and large parts of the country the question is being asked whether these floods are caused by human induced climate change? While it
Culturearrow Moliere comes to Natmandal
The young actors and actresses who presented the story of the maiden with two suitors were fresh faced and bright eyed.
 arrow The Brahmaputra's tale
One of the greatest rivers on earth, the Brahmaputra, rises in Western Tibet and travels across three countries, namely China, India and Bangladesh.
 arrow Q & A
Our Cultural Correspondent talked to actress, Ishita. An excerpt from the conversation:

Live one day at a time. Don't harbour negative vibes for tomorrow.

 arrow Fundraising effort for the flood victims
Kranti, a cultural organisation, arranged a solo music session by a regular group member Arif Rahman. The venue was the National Museum Auditorium at 6.00 pm on August 2.
 arrow Ash heads westwards
Queen of millions, Aishwarya Rai may soon be in for a Hollywood cruise. Industry sources say that the Ex-Miss World has allocated the period from March to December 2004 for her international projects.
 arrow A new role for Tom Cruise

Generalarrow More donations to PM's Relief Fund
More organisations, ministries and institutions continued to make donations in cash and kind to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund responding to the call of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to help the flood-
 arrow Help implement Dhaka Eastern Bypass project
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday called upon the international financial institutions, donor countries and international development partners to come forward with assistance to implementthe
 arrow Donation to AL relief fund
A private TV channel and a business association yesterday donated Tk 10 lakh to the Awami League Relief Fund to carry out the party's relief activities among the flood victims.
 arrow New bed at BIRDEM
A bed in the name of Mohammad Khalilur Rahman has been introduced at BIRDEM Hospital in the city.

The bed will be used by poor diabetic and cardiac patients free of cost.

 arrow German envoy distributes food
German Ambassador Dietrich Andreas distributed food among flood-affected people at Gulshan shelter yesterday, says a press release.

About 5,000 slum-dwellers have taken shelter here.

 arrow utilise foreign relief properly: B Chy
Former president and chief of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday called for proper utilisation of relief materials received from abroad.
 arrow Jubo League launches oral saline project
Jubo League, a youth front of Awami League (AL), yesterday launched an oral saline project for flood affected people.
Internationalarrow 'Jordan considers troops for Iraq'
Jordan would consider sending troops to troubled Iraq if Baghdad made a request for an Arab force to replace the US-led coalition, King Abdullah II told Al-Arabiya satellite channel yesterday.
 arrow '40 to 50 Taliban killed in Afghan border clash'
Between 40 and 50 suspected Taliban militants have been killed in heavy fighting with Afghan forces backed by US attack helicopters and "tank buster" aircraft near the Pakistan border, the US military
 arrow Hamas threatens to rocket Israeli town
Hamas's military wing threatened yesterday to rain down rockets on an Israeli town if the occupation of a Gaza Strip village continues, in a videotaped message believed to be the first of its kind bythe
 arrow Lankan opposition quits support for peace talks
Sri Lanka's main opposition which could make or break a final peace deal between the government and Tamil rebels yesterday withdrew its unconditional support for pushing forward the stalled peace process.
 arrow Kashmir separatists fail to forge unity
Influential separatists in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir said yesterday they had failed in an attempt to unite feuding moderate and hardline factions, marking a major blow to separatist unity.
 arrow Bush policies encourage terrorism, says Kerry
Democratic candidate John Kerry accused President Bush of encouraging terrorist recruitment with policies that have made the world angry at the United States, a criticism that Bush dismissed as a "ridiculous
 arrow Terror targets remain under tight security
Under the steady gaze of police officers sporting body armour and automatic weapons, workers were confronted with ID checks and bag searches as they headed for work following the most specific domestic
 arrow 11 killed in Indian tunnel collapse
At least 11 people were killed and an as yet undetermined number injured or missing after a tunnel they were digging collapsed in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal, police said Tuesday.
 arrow World consoles Paraguay
Condolences poured into Paraguay from neighboring Brazil and Chile and from as far away as France and the Vatican on Monday, after 346 persons died in an Asuncion supermarket fire.
 arrow New team to take over Tagore's lost medal hunt
A new team will take over the investigation of the theft of litterateur Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize from Visva Bharati University.
 arrow '100 bodies found in mass graves in Ivory Coast'
Three mass graves containing at least 99 bodies have been found in northern Ivory Coast in a region under rebel control where clashes took place between rival factions last month, the United Nations mission
 arrow Sudan plans to double Darfur security forces
The authorities in Sudan have announced plans to double the number of security forces in the troubled Darfur region to 12,000 over the next four months.
 arrow India, Pakistan talk ways to boost ties
Senior officials from India and Pakistan were meeting here yesterday to discuss ways to increase cultural contacts between the two countries, an Indian official said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Disaster management pitfalls
That the flood is receding is welcome news but the news of the severe health hazards that the flood-affected people are facing is far from solace to us.
 arrow Editorial: Curbing road accidents
Late last week, the Asian Crime Prevention Foundation Bangladesh (ACPF, B) held a seminar on road safety with exhibits of accident victims presented on the sidelines designed to sensitise all concerned
 arrow Vigilance does it: Gazipur poll
By all available accounts, the by-poll in Gazipur ended without any let or hindrance. The example thus set illustrates that it is possible to hold election in a peaceful manner.
 arrow Time to say no
Although they have plenty to worry about, Pakistanis have now been forced to take pointed notice of developments in Iraq. They were aware of the murder and mayhem that Iraq has been for over a year.
 arrow Plight of the Arakanese Muslims
The Arakanese make up a significant Muslim community in Burma.
Letters to Editorarrow Holding tax self-assessment
The DCC has engaged a 4,500 strong force of NCC boys for door-to-door delivery of holding tax self-assessment forms and collection of the same after completion by the house owners.
 arrow Human trafficking
Trafficking is a global problem. No country is free from its claws. According to US officials' estimate, about 600,000 to 800,000 people are being trafficked in the whole world every year.
 arrow Parks and gardens
Dhaka is short of adequate parks and gardens. It is an irony that the military ruler Ershad built a few of the beautiful parks in the city. But successive elected governments failed to build any newpark.
 arrow Bill Clinton's book
While passing along the road near Hotel Sheraton, I found a boy shouting Bill Clinton for Tk 300. In fact, he was selling the book "My Life" written by the former president of the US.
 arrow Death of a domestic help
I read the compelling editorial "Death of Domestic Help" and I must admit I was emotionally moved and felt very angry and deeply frustrated.
 arrow Progress of happiness
In this age of fast and vast changes, the global focus is on development; in the broadcast meaning of this saleable term: regardless of its polarity, and the means employed to achieve the goals, sometimes
 arrow Friday issue
If the quality of all English dailies is examined, I believe The Daily Star will get star marks for covering all sorts of news in excellent English of international standard.
 arrow Stepmothers and godfathers
The Dhaka metropolis planners are bogged down with the inflated (self-created) problems of the city, mainly in the day to day management and administration, and in the implementation of the approved schemes.
 arrow Flood victims
Almost every year our country is hit by floods. Disastrous floods occurred in 1988 and 1998. Many people had died and lost their property during those floods.
 arrow Woes of a student
Today our main problem is flood. Bangladesh is sinking under water. According to weather forecasts, the floods will further worsen. Most of the districts in North Bengal are under water.
 arrow Relief operations and helicopters
Most parts of the country are under water. People are struggling to survive. They are dying due to snake bites and diarrhoea. It is very difficult to find a dry land to bury the dead bodies.
 arrow Unjust
It is hypocritical of the chief of the AL to leave for India when millions are suffering due to floods in Bangladesh. She left a trite advice to the GoB, to increase the number of flood relief centres.
 arrow History of independence
Independence is such an entity of a nation that must not be shaken in any way, under no circumstances.
 arrow AIDS-- a danger to human race
AIDS totally destroys the human body's protective mechanism.
StarTecharrow Facing the flood wars with foresight
TO predict oncoming floods, the Bangladesh Water Development Board's (BWDB) Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) uses a state-of-the art modeling software called Mike-11.
 arrow Spreading Net security know-how
DAFFODIL Computers Limited (DCL), a local IT company tagged along with IT Secure Software (Pvt.
 arrow HP introduces new anti-tampering seals
HP has introduced new anti-tampering stickers in Bangladesh as part of its continuous endeavor to combat counterfeit products in its local market.
Star Chittagongarrow Haywire healthcare at CMCH
The Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) could not start operation of a coronary angiogram machine at cardiology department in eight months for lack of manpower and ancillary instruments, sources
 arrow CCC drive to eliminate stray dogs
Frequent incident of dog bites prompted the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to launch a drive for putting down stray dogs from different parts of the city, official sources said.
 arrow Artistes enthrall audience with Odissi dance

Star Cityarrow Diarrhoea scourge looms in city
Garment worker Afzal Hossain was fighting diarrhoea in hospital after he was rushed there from Shaheenbagh in Tejgaon, an area that was reeling under filthy floodwater.
 arrow Deluge brings insecurity
Residents of Dhaka's Shahajadpur, Badda and Malibagh areas are living in insecurity after the current floods forced many of them to move elsewhere leaving behind household properties under locks.
 arrow Floods stall Wasa crackdown
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) postponed the scheduled early August special drive against illegal connections because of the on-going floods.
 arrow Floods halt wholesale business
The wholesale markets of Moulvibazar, Islampur, English Road and Nayabazar have suffered tremendous setbacks because of the devastating floods that swamped two-thirds of the country, virtually cutting
 arrow Neglect leaves bypass potholed
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 dilapidated condition for over a year due to alleged negligence
 arrow Not waterfalls