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Front Pagearrow Economy needs a year to recover
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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow Beximco Holdings in bankruptcy dock
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,
 arrow More dengue patients crowd city hospitals
The onset of monsoon is bringing more Dengue patients to different city hospitals and clinics.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Aman withers in parched lands
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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 14 Iraqis killed in Mosul violence
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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 2 college students drown in Badda
Two college students drowned in the floodwaters in Badda yesterday.
 arrow 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.

 arrow Special court to give verdict today
A special court today announces verdict in an income tax corruption case against former president HM Ershad.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Choked sewerage system...

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Storage pots in line...

 arrow 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.

Businessarrow Interest rate cut to help middle class buy flats
Developers yesterday proposed an ambitious 30-year housing loan scheme through which they say middle class group will be able to buy flats in instalments equivalent to the amount they pay for monthlyhouse
 arrow Rehab to host 1st overseas housing fair in NY
Hoping to rope in potential customers from non-rmsident Bangladeshis living in the US, local developers will showcase their prod}cts in a five-day housing fair in New York beginning from August 19.
 arrow EPB, exporters meet to assess flood impact
Amid fears of export slide, the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) yesterday started memting exporters as part of its to-prong steps to assess the pos{ible impact of the devastating flood on this fiscal year's
 arrow Dhaka-Delhi meet next week to settle standardisation row
Officials of Bangladesh and India will meet in Dhaka next week to resolve the issue of certification by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standard) for entry of Bangladeshi goods into Indian market.
 arrow Transcom Electronics becomes GP dealer
GrameenPhone Limited (GP) has made a dealership agreement with Transcom Electronics Limited.
 arrow WTO envoys agree textiles ‘crisis' meet for October
World Trade Organisation envoys agreed Tuesday to talks on ways to ease what may poor countries see as a looming crisis when rich states end their textile import quotas from the start of next year.
 arrow China replaces Japan as India's top regional trade partner
China has replaced Japan as India's top trading partner in the region, Indian Junior Trade Minister E.V.K.S. Elangovan said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Realistically we target 220-230'
A year into his job as chief national selector, Faruque Ahmed has conceded that the current crop of cricketers forming Bangladesh's one-day international squad are not ideally suited to take on the big
 arrow Cricket: Mahela mans Galle fort
Mahela Jayawardene struck a solid century to prop up Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at the Galle International Stadium here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Batty awaits his chance
Gareth Batty wants the chance to get his own back on West Indies captain Brian Lara at some point this summer.
 arrow Football: D-Day looms
Sven-Goran Eriksson's rollercoaster relationship with English football could come to a bitter and controversial end on Thursday after a three-and-a-half year spell where his reputation on the field has
 arrow A 'billion dollar' Indian question
It's that silly season again when India's chattering classes lament why a nation of a billion people can't win Olympic gold medals.
 arrow Tennis: Hrbaty halts Federer
Defending champion Andy Roddick saved himself from a similar fate as Roger Federer with a come-from-behind 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over Max Mirnyi Tuesday at the Cincinnati tennis.
 arrow Cricket: J'wardene hails Protea bowling
Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene Wednesday praised South Africa's bowling on the opening day of the first Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: With Asghar's consent PCB announces it?
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to entertain Sri Lanka's desire to duck the series in November.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s having batting practice
Bangladesh Under-19 cricketers opted for some batting practice ahead of their next week's second Test as they decided not to enforce the England Development of Excellence side to follow on on the third
 arrow Cricket: BCB names 18 to join pace bowling camp
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday called up 18 players to join an under-15 pace bowling camp.
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
The unimportant ANAS Group National Hockey Championship match between Comilla and Dinajpur ended in a 2-2 draw at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Half of Gunners Madrid-bound
Chelsea's midfielder Claude Makelele believes Arsenal will lose "40 percent of the team" if French international team-mate Patrick Vieira is sold to Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Iran aghast at refereeing
Disappointed Iran coach Branko Ivanovic slammed the refereeing in his side's loss to China in the Asian Cup semi-finals, saying the sending off of defender Sattar Zare was a mistake that led to Iran's
 arrow Football: Remember the time?
As Napoli ponder life in the lower reaches of the Italian leagues, it's easy to forget they were Serie A champions just 14 years ago.
Metropolitanarrow Separate budget for local govt suggested
Speakers at a function yesterday called for a separate budget for the local government institutions to strengthen their activities.
 arrow Two Ctg BCL activists to die, two others get life
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong, yesterday sentenced two Bangladesh Chhatra League activists to death and two others to life imprisonment for killing BCL leader Ataur Rahman Mamun of Islamia Degree
 arrow Corruption obstacle to quality education
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said quality of education is yet to be achieved although a large portion of national budget goes to this sector.
 arrow $ 5 lakh Unicef aid for flood victims
The Unicef yesterday released US $ 500,000 to support immediate relief assistance for the flood victims while the Care launched an appeal for US $ 1 million for South Asia floods to provide both immediate
 arrow 'Ensure rights of the disabled'
A four-day seminar ended in the city yesterday with a call to promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
 arrow 32 to get Nat'l Award-1409 in agriculture
Thirty-two farmers and researchers will be given the National Award-1409 for their special contributions in developing agriculture in the Bengali year.
 arrow Tk 90 lakh donated to PM's fund
More ministries, associations and private organisations yesterday donated over Tk 90 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-stricken people.
Nationalarrow Big hauls of spurious medicines, fertiliser in Rangpur
Detective Branch of Rangpur Kotwai police in two drives in last three days detected two illegal factories in the town and seized huge quantities of adulterated fertiliser, cement, life saving medicines
 arrow Govt urged to protect rights of indigenous people
The 22nd session of UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva has urged Bangladesh government to take steps to protect rights of indigenous people in the country.
 arrow Army pulled out of two vital Rangamati points
A sudden withdrawal of army from two strategic checkposts at Manikchhari and Rabur Bagan at the entrance of Ranamati hill district has created concern among people about deterioration in law and order.
 arrow 50 hurt in Patuakhali road accidents
At least 50 persons were injured in two separate road accidents here in two days.
 arrow Half day hartal observed for UNO's removal
A half-day hartal was observed at Sadullapur upazila yesterday at the call of an all party committee for removal of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO).
 arrow Procession for 'death' to Netrakona UNO
A procession was brought out in Netrakona town Tuesday evening demanding capital punishment to Netrakona Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Proshanta Kumar Das for allegedly torturing an office night guard
 arrow Relief for non-existent villages in Bogra
About 20 metric tonnes of relief rice have been shown supplied to six non-existent villages in Dhunat upazila, it is alleged.

The villages were devoured by the mighty Padma 15 to 20 years ago.

 arrow Bangabandhu murder: Human chain for verdict execution
Speakers at a meeting here on Tuesday demanded immediate execution of the verdict of Bangabadhu murder case.

Gaibandha unit of Awami Jubo League organised the meeting on its office premises.

 arrow Police records case 11 days after suicide
Following an order by the Police Superintendent, Satkhira thana on Monday recorded a case against four persons in connection with alleged suicide of a girl on July 22.
 arrow Land dispute: Acid attack on brother
A man threw acid on his younger brother following discord over land dispute at Tilakpara village in Sadullapur upazila on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Should Darfur intervention be supported?
Darfur tragedy in Sudan goes on with the international community paralyzed with virtual inaction.
 arrow Has trade liberalisation helped our agriculture?
The Green Revolution in the 1960s, 1970s, and after made a great contribution to increased food production in the developing countries.
Culturearrow Glories of ancient temples
Photographer Babu Ahmed considers the whole of Bangladesh to be a museum. And he has used the medium of photography to illustrate the country's rich cultural heritage, exemplified by its grand monuments.
 arrow An evening with Farida Parveen
Orchestra, the event management company, came up with yet another of its musical ventures.
 arrow The story of Tagore's lost belongings
A new team will take over the investigation of the unsolved theft of litterateur Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel prize from his home inside Visva Bharati University.
 arrow Nagarik Natyasampradaya to stage -- Raktokarabi

 arrow Flood Aid Concert by Rupokatha
Rupkatha, an event management company run by a few enthusiastic young people, will be organising a concert at the Winter Garden, Hotel Sheraton.
Generalarrow PM's directive to place 3 more areas under KCC
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has directed the Khulna Development Authority (KDA) chairman to hand over Khulna Bus Terminal, Rupsha Natun Bazar and New Market to Khulna City Corporation (KCC).
 arrow China assures help for post-flood rehabilitation
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Chai Xi yesterday assured that his government would extend help and cooperation to the post-floods rehabilitation programme.
 arrow 223 more medical teams formed
The health directorate yesterday said it had formed 223 additional medical teams for the treatment of sick people in flood affected areas.
Internationalarrow US defends 'three year-old' terror alert
The warning that US financial centers may be attacked by al-Qaeda was based largely on three-year-old information, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Tuesday, but some intelligence dated from
 arrow UK police to quiz 13 terror suspects
Detectives were preparing yesterday to question 13 men arrested in a series of anti-terrorism raids across England.
 arrow Knife attack in Beijing kills one child
A knife-wielding security guard at a Beijing kindergarten went on the rampage yesterday, slashing 15 young children and killing one of them -- a four-year-old boy, Chinese state media and medical sources
 arrow Heavy downpour disrupts life in Maharashtra
Continuous rainfall in many parts of India, particularly Maharashtra and Gujarat has led to flood situation disrupting the normal life.
 arrow Chandrika ready to talk LTTE self-rule
Sri Lanka's president said yesterday she was ready to discuss a self-rule proposal by Tamil Tiger rebels and denied state media reports that she had rejected the controversial guerrilla blueprint forpeace.
 arrow BJP will continue boycotting House
An end to the deadlock over the Parliament panel issue notwithstanding, the Opposition boycott of 'tainted ministers' in the House and the campaign against them would continue, BJP President M Venkaiah
 arrow Indian president rejects mercy plea of rapist killer
The mercy petition of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, sentenced to death for raping and murdering a school girl, has been rejected by President APJ Abdul Kalam.
 arrow Thousands protest UN resolution on Darfur
Tens of thousands of people marched on UN offices in Khartoum yesterday to protest last week's Security Council resolution on Darfur, rejecting any foreign intervention in the war-torn province.
 arrow Syria frees scores of political prisoners
Syrian authorities have released almost 100 political prisoners, including a communist leader who was incarcerated for almost 30 years, a human rights lawyer said yesterday.
 arrow NASA names Supercomputer after Kalpana Chawla
NASA has dedicated its new Altix supercomputer 'KC' to the memory of India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, one of the seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Columbia which disintegrated midair inFebruary
Editorialarrow Editorial: High Court bail ruling
THE High Court ruling asking the government to free on bail the thousands of detainees who have been languishing behind bars without trial for over 360 days is a welcome victory for the rule of law.
 arrow Editorial: Mosquitoes droning menacingly
THE city dwellers, struggling hard to overcome the impact of the floods, now find themselves pitted against mosquitoes.
 arrow BIMSTEC should be more than a small blip
The new grouping will now be known as the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation. This is not the first time that the name of the grouping has undergone a change.
 arrow Peace process heads for bumps: The PM must take charge
After Foreign Minister Natwar Singh's visit to Islamabad, it's clear that the India-Pakistan dialogue has run into stagnation. The euphoria evident only weeks ago is yielding to anxiety.
 arrow Govt college teachers: Duties and justice
As a regular reader of newspapers I have gone through the lengthy, thought provoking and valuable writing of an unknown assistant professor of a government college under the heading ' government college
Letters to Editorarrow Hasina's trip
When the news (UNB) of Indian concern about separatist and militant groups' presence in our country came out in the local dailies recently, it was no surprise to anybody .
 arrow Raging flood
On July 27, 2004 I read in The Daily Star that the death toll due to floods was 329 and in the evening BBC Bengali Service said the number had increased up to about 394.
 arrow Flood victims and the young generation
I'm a 20-year old Bangladeshi girl, studying in a private university in Dhaka . For the last couple of days, I was trying to set up a flood relief booth in my university campus and established one.
 arrow Mohakhali flyover
Mohakhali flyover is nearing completion and expected to be ready for traffic before the year is out. It will be touted as a great achievement in wisdom and capability of the present government.