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Economy needs a year to recover
UN acting resident representative says after meeting with donors
The acting UN resident coordinator expressed fears yesterday, a week ahead of the launch of the UN appeal for aid, Bangladesh would need at least a year to recover from the destruction the devastating
Post-flood Rehabilitation
Govt plans to divert 10pc ADP funds
The government plans to divert 10 percent of funds from the ongoing projects of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) to post-flood rehabilitation.
Post-flood life hurtles towards the worst
The worst is not yet over as thousands of flood victims could die of disease unless urgent precautions are taken, relief workers from the World Health Organisation and other bodies warned yesterday.
HC declares caretaker govt provision valid
A larger High Court (HC) bench yesterday declared valid the 13th amendment to the constitution that allows general elections under caretaker governments and observed the change does not distort the basic
Beximco Holdings in bankruptcy dock
ASF Rahman, Salman F Rahman, two other directors also accused by IFIC
A private commercial bank has filed a case with a bankruptcy court against Beximco Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of one of the country's largest and controversial business conglomerates -- Beximco Group,
More dengue patients crowd city hospitals
The onset of monsoon is bringing more Dengue patients to different city hospitals and clinics.
16,000km road, 285km rly links flood wrecked
The on-going flooding is feared to have already damaged about 16,000km of national road network and 285kms of railway tracks, dealing a severe blow to the economy.
Aman withers in parched lands
District agriculture offices still hopeful to meet production target
Broadcast Aman plants in some districts are withering because of heat amid a drought-like situation at a time when most regions are reeling from devastating monsoon flooding.
Rab nabs top Ctg criminals with AK-47
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two top-notch criminals and their three accomplices in the city on Tuesday night and recovered one AK-47 assault gun, one double-barrel gun and 44bullets
Floods cause respiratory trouble for children
Thousands of children under the age of five are suffering from Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) or difficulties in breathing in the flood-affected areas.
5 Khulna cops closed for dining with drug-peddlers
Two sub-inspectors (SIs) and three constables of Sonadanga Police Station were suspended and closed to the police lines yesterday as they dined with three notorious drug traffickers Tuesday night.
AL calls half-day hartal for today in Gopalganj
Local Awami League (AL) yesterday called a half-day hartal in the district for today after the main opposition party and its student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday enforced a dawn-to-dusk
14 Iraqis killed in Mosul violence
Six foreign hostages in Iraq released
At least 14 Iraqis were killed and 26 wounded in a roadside bomb blast and fierce clashes between Iraqi police and insurgents in the main northern city of Mosul, medics and police said.
Oil prices hit new record
Oil prices notched up fresh record highs yesterday, shuddering world financial markets and fanning concern that consistently high prices are denting global economic growth.
BSF, Indian criminals kill 297 in 4 yrs
As many as 297 Bangladeshis were killed inside Bangladesh territory by Indian armed hoodlums and Border Security Force (BSF) in the last four years, said a survey of Odhikar, a coalition for human rights.
Teenage girl detained for 1yr sans trial
A 14-year-old girl held under Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been detained in jail without trial for more than one year.
Man shot dead, businessman hurt in Mirpur
Unknown assailants gunned down an unidentified youth while another gang shot and wounded a businessman in the capital's Mirpur area yesterday.
2 college students drown in Badda
Two college students drowned in the floodwaters in Badda yesterday.
ANN website takes new shape
The website of the world's largest news-sharing network Asia News Network (ANN) has adopted a new look to reflect the changing times.

The ANN at www.asianews-net.

Tax Case Against Ershad
Special court to give verdict today
A special court today announces verdict in an income tax corruption case against former president HM Ershad.
EC delegation chief visits flood-hit Sirajganj today
Ambassador Esko Kentrschynskyj, head of the delegation of European Commission (EC) to Bangladesh, will visit the flood-hit areas in Sirajganj today.

Choked sewerage system...

Iraq amnesty plan won't cover killers
A long-awaited amnesty plan intended to help end the 15-month-old insurgency in Iraq will not cover fighters who have killed anyone, a government official said Wednesday.
Family to take Santosh Gupta back home
Family members of noted journalist, writer and columnist Santosh Gupta has decided to take him back home today.
BSF shootings hurt one
One person was injured as Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday opened fire on Bangladeshi nationals in the frontier village of Anantapur in Fulbari upzila in Kurigram.
Picchi Hannan to be quizzed today as HC rejects stay
Picchi Hannan, a top terror arrested in June, will be quizzed by the interrogation cell as the High Court yesterday rejected his petition for stay on remand.
70 hurt in Zimbabwe train crash
Two commuter trains have crashed in morning rush hour at the Zimbabwean capital Harare's main station, injuring 70 people including 10 seriously, government officials say.

Storage pots in line...

Polio 'to die out by end of year'
The World Health Organisation says it is optimistic that polio can be eradicated globally by the end of 2004.

The claim follows the resumption of vaccination campaigns in parts of northern Nigeria.