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Front Pagearrow Twin blasts rock 2 Sylhet cinemas
Twin near-simultaneous bomb explosions in as many cinemas in northeastern Sylhet city last night killed a 10-year-old street urchin and critically injured seven others, witnesses and police said.
 arrow WFP may call for global food aid Monday
The World Food Programme (WFP) is likely to make a global appeal for food aid on Monday for flood victims ahead of the United Nations 'flash appeal' to the international community for emergency aid to
 arrow Tk 1,500cr lifeline for rural infrastructure
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday directed the ministries to immediately start rehabilitation of flood-ravaged rural infrastructure with the Tk 1,500 crore in repair funds provided
 arrow City lowlanders miss trawlers of survival
Thousands of desperate people in small boats set off for relief trawlers once they come in sight in the hope of finding something for their survival in the lowlands of Dhaka after weeks of devastating
 arrow US helicopter shot down in Iraq
Eight people were killed and a US helicopter was shot down as US troops battled Shia Muslim militiamen in Iraq Thursday, while a suicide bombing and shoot-out outside a police station left another nine
 arrow Primary education suffers Tk 166cr in flood damage
The floods could cost the primary education sector over Tk 166 crore and the education sector as much as Tk 500 crore in damage to the infrastructure and educational materials, according to preliminary
 arrow India, Pakistan start demilitarisation talk
The defence secretaries of India and Pakistan yesterday held talks in the Indian capital on military de-escalation on Siachen Glacier, the world's highest and coldest battlefield, after a break of seven
 arrow Marooned but not broken
They are very poor, their homes are submerged for weeks, crops damaged in the fields, daily income stopped, and still they are not ready to accept relief.
 arrow 40pc Bangladeshis in Britain unemployed
A British scheme offering temporary work visas to 10,000 Bangladeshis was criticised yesterday as "incomprehensible" by a conservative think-tank in London that focuses on immigration issues.
 arrow Only 6 out of 33 Islamic militants charged
Barguna police on Wednesday submitted charge sheet against only six of the 33 alleged Islamic militants who were arrested while taking arms training on June 30, 2004 in Barguna Sadar upazila.
 arrow Affected farmers to get 5kg seeds, 25kg fertiliser each for free
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the agriculture ministry to provide each flood-hit marginal farmer with 5kg seed and 25kg fertiliser for free under the first phase of Agriculture Rehabilitation
 arrow Khaleda opens Basundhara City
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated 'Basundhara City' shopping arcade in the city's Panthapath area.
 arrow 3 get life for trafficking children
Two tribunals in Dhaka yesterday sentenced three people to life for trafficking children to Dubai.
 arrow Ex-UP chairman killed, 10 abducted
Criminals yesterday in two separate incidents gunned down a former Union Parishad chairman and abducted 10 people in the district, police said.
 arrow Woman commits 'suicide', two killed in city
A housewife allegedly committed suicide at Ramna, unknown assailants stabbed dead a youth at Nakhalpara and a miscreant gunned down an illegal passport broker in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 9 cops die in raid on Kashmir camp
Nine Indian policemen were killed and eight injured in an attack on their camp by one or more Kashmiri militants in the summer capital of insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow Tagore's 63rd anniversary of death today
The 63rd death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore will be observed today to flash back to a towering literary life spanning over 60 years.
 arrow Verdict in tax case against Ershad adjourned
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the judgment in the income tax corruption case against former president HM Ershad.
 arrow A potential health risk...


 arrow Women phone operators to feel the pinch
The regulatory order that has made submission of tax identification number (TIN) mandatory to subscribe international telephone connection will badly hurt the business of women telephone operators under
 arrow Mild tremor jolts Rangpur region
A mild earthquake jolted different areas in the Rangpur region on Wednesday morning, official sources said.

The mild tremor hit Rangpur town for three seconds at 8:15am.

 arrow Bombay Sweets' Tk 12 lakh mugged
Armed muggers snatched away Tk 12 lakh of the Bombay Sweets Company from a van coming to Dhaka from Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 116 bags of sulphur seized in Bhola
Police yesterday recovered 116 sacks of sulphur and arrested three people from Radhaballav Bazar under Daulatkhan thana in Bhola.
 arrow Brother, sister electrocuted
A brother and a sister were electrocuted in Kanchpura in Dakkhinkhan, Uttara yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF agree on quiet border
Bangladesh and India have agreed to take effective measures to defuse border tension and stop all kinds of cross-border crimes.
 arrow Oil prices race higher again
Oil prices resumed their upwards march yesterday as supply fears persisted despite a lifeline for Russian energy giant Yukos and efforts by OPEC to reassure markets it still has spare output capacity.
Businessarrow Cement industry bears the brunt of flood
Squeezed by surplus production against falling consumption, the country's cement industry is now in a critical state as the current flooding has triggered a 45 percent sales drop of the key construction
 arrow British envoy praises Bangladesh's efforts towards privatisation
Britain has praised Bangladesh's privatisation efforts and assured of its continued co-operation in overall socioeconomic development of the country.
 arrow FBCCI calls for politics conducive to business
Chief of FBCCI, the country's apex business body, yesterday reiterated the business community's call for discarding the politics of confrontation and intolerance.
 arrow Green Marketing starts product promotion at Agora
Green Marketing Limited, a local company which markets kitchen cabinets and bedroom furniture made of high-density board, started a 10-day promotional campaign at Agora chain superstore at Rifles Square
 arrow YKK to inject more funds into DEPZ plant
YKK, one of the world's leading zip fastener companies, will increase its investment to over $35 million in Bangladesh.
 arrow Asia gunning for deep-sea oil, gas
Failure to find enough oil and gas onshore is pushing energy-thirsty Asia further out to sea in search of more black gold despite the higher risks.
 arrow Global economic growth this year may cross 4.6pc
Global economic growth this year could top the IMF's April forecast of 4.6 percent, despite a surge in oil prices to record levels, International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato said Wednesday.
 arrow Rural development key to India’s high growth
The development of India's 600-million-strong rural sector holds the key to sustained high growth for the vibrant but poor economy, analysts say.
 arrow WTO deal may help Americas trade talks
A new agreement that puts world trade talks back on track could also revive negotiations aimed at turning the Western Hemisphere into the world's largest free-trade zone, trade experts said Wednesday.
 arrow Australia govt ready to compromise on US trade deal
The Australian government offered to compromise with the opposition Thursday to break a deadlock threatening a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahela makes it double
South Africa put up a determined effort after Mahela Jayawardene carried Sri Lanka to a big first innings total on the second day of the first Test on Thursday.
 arrow Football: BU, Russel renew rivalry
Premier League champions Bro-thers Union will take on their bridesmaid Shei-kh Russel Krira Chakra in the opening third leg match of Nitol-Tata National Football League at the local stadium here today.
 arrow Cricket: Ajit replaces Zaheer
Seamer Ajit Agarkar was on Thursday recalled to the Indian team for the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in England after left-armer Zaheer Khan was declared unfit with a leg injury.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI against any exhibition match
While the prospect of an Indo-Pak XI taking on a Rest of the World XI might be a mouthwatering prospect for cricket fans and corporates, it may never take off.
 arrow Cricket: Shahriar Nafees' ton in drawn game
Opener Shahriar Nafees Ahmed cracked an unbeaten 116 as the touring Bangladesh Under-19 team warmed up for the second Test with a draw against Development of Excellence XI on Wednesday in a three-daymatch
 arrow Hockey: Faridpur reach super league
Faridpur became the final team to earn a place in the super league of ANAS Group National Hockey Championship with a 3-0 victory over Bangladesh Air Force at Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Sonali Otit flies to London tonight
A 22-member Sonali Otit Club leaves for London tonight to play some friendlies against Bangladeshi expatriate teams.

The organisation of former footballers will play three exhibition matches.

 arrow Tennis: Winning return for Sharapova
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova had little difficulty in her first match at the 1.3-million-dollar Montreal Cup on Wednesday, downing Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico 6-1, 6-4.
 arrow Cricket: England name side today
Champions Trophy hosts England will on Friday announce their 14-man squad for the September one-day tournament.
 arrow Athletics: Security breached?
Amid security concerns ahead of next week's Athens Olympic Games, an Aus-tralian newspaper reported Thursday its photographers easily avoided security arrangements to take what it claimed were the first
 arrow Golf: Bangladesh 3rd in SAARC Golf
Bangladesh finished second runner up in the Sixth SAARC Golf Championship held in Lahore, Pakistan recently.

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in stroke play to secure the third position.

 arrow Tennis: A women's tennis crisis?
The Athens Olympics grappled with its first sporting controversy on Thursday when women tennis players threatened to boycott next week's Games if two German players were not cleared to play.
 arrow Football: Just in case
Authorities are taking no chance that the grudge Asian Cup final between China and Japan will turn nasty, drafting in more than 1,000 extra police to keep order.
 arrow Football: Another pillar falls
French defender Bixente Lizarazu on Thursday announced his retirement from international football after a glittering career that saw him pick up winners medals at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
 arrow Football: Zidane takes time
Zinedine Zidane said he needs time to reflect on his international future after meeting new France coach Raymond Domenech here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Lyon's four in a row mission
Three-time champions Lyon set out in search of a place in the select club of French teams who have won the league title four consecutive times on Friday.
 arrow Football: Haan impressed
China coach Arie Haan, who will lead the side into Saturday's Asian Cup final against Japan, said the high level of play seen at the tournament showed that Asian football was quickly improving.
 arrow Football: Behave please!
China's foreign ministry and its football association Thursday told fans to behave at the Asian Cup final while criticising the Japanese media for inflaming animosity.
Culturearrow The legacy lives on...
Tagore's childhood in Jorashako (a locality of Kolkata) was culturally very rich. The environment was enlivened with the performances of renowned maestros and talented jatra artistes.
 arrow The pristine setting of Shantiniketan
Shantiniketan is Tagore's amar kirti, something which is unparalleled. I myself feel that I'm alive through Tagore's poetry and painting.
 arrow Theatre activists on Tagore
Since before the Liberation, theatre in Bangladesh has been dealing with Rabindranath Tagore's plays--original and adapted--at a regular pace.
Generalarrow 'Govt reluctant to execute verdict'
Speakers at a rally yesterday called for creating strong public opinion in favour of executing the verdict in Bangabandhu Murder Case.
 arrow Concerted efforts a must to stop child labour in tanneries
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for combined efforts by the owners, workers and NGOs to stop child labour in tannery industries.
 arrow Govt to make BRTC more service-oriented
The government is trying to make Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) more service-oriented, said Communications Minister Nazmul Huda at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Govt to take massive programme to control flood: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government is undertaking a massive programme to check river erosion and control flood permanently.
 arrow Independent EC a must for fair election
An independent election commission (EC) and voter identity card are the two pre-requisites for a free and fair election, said a report of the Democracywatch yesterday.
 arrow Sri Lanka, Korea concerned over loss of lives, property
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Korean Prime Minister Hai-Chan Lee have expressed their deep concern and sorrow over the loss of lives and property in flood in Bangladesh.
 arrow Swiss experts evaluating flood damage
Experts from Switzerland are evaluating the damage caused by floods and will consider providing an additional Tk 2.25 crore for the rehabilitation and reconstruction.
 arrow PM receives cheques for Tk 54 lakh for flood victims
More associations, ministries and individuals yesterday came up with donations for the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance for the flood victims.
 arrow Family to keep Santosh Gupta in hospital for another day
Family members of noted journalist, columnist and writer Santosh Gupta have decided to keep him in the hospital for another day.
 arrow Workers protest move to turn BTTB into public limited company
Bangladesh Telejogajog Sramik Karmachari Parishad protested the move to transform Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) into a public limited company.
 arrow M A Khan's death anniversary today
The 20th death anniversary of Rear Admiral Mahbub Ali Khan, a former chief of Naval Staff and minister for communications and agriculture, will be observed today.
 arrow UK relief body formed
The UK Relief Committee was formed under the aegis of the Bangladesh High Commission here for rendering relief services to the flood victims.

The committee has collected 18,000 pounds.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Rehabilitation tasks
The losses that the country has incurred due to the floods have been estimated to be a staggering Tk 30 to 40 thousand crore.
 arrow Editorial: WTO meet on textile crisis
With just about five months to go before the MFA is replaced by WTO open trading rules, the LDCs in the apparel business find themselves teetering at the edge of a survival struggle.
 arrow US Democratic Convention and election trail
The 4-day democratic Convention ended in Boston on 29 July with the fanfare and hullabaloo that are generally associated with the Conventions of the two major political parties of the USA.
 arrow The power of ideas
Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. These are not my words, but the words of wisdom from profound minds. The world is shaped by thoughts and thoughts are when ideas bloom like flowers.
 arrow World's first WMD: Who are now at it again?
In love and war, they say, everything is fair.
Letters to Editorarrow Flood
Professor AQM Sajjadur Rashid of Geography Department, Dhaka University and a specialist on disaster management has told the press a few harsh truths about flood management in Bangladesh.
 arrow Rising oil prices and the war on terrorism
The oil prices have reached over US$ 45 a barrel and is going up.
 arrow We are not honest
Readers would certainly, as far as I can understand, subject me to severe ridicule for such generalisation above. But I request you to relax and think what I say.
 arrow Credit card, too costly
It is evident that credit card brings luxury to urban life, makes life a bit easier, but the charge for this is very high.
 arrow Box of shame
If you do not have satellite channel connection, then keep yourself away from the TV set for the next 30 minutes, unless you are a blind admirer of politicians of the ruling party.
 arrow Amulet of democracy!
Democracy is a power that gives people full freedom to do whatever they want to do and definitely in a legal way. Democracy creates the sensibility to not choke someone off.
 arrow Bangladeshi pornography
I would like to bring the following matter to your attention since I cannot think of any better place to express my deepest concern.
 arrow Indian elections
Recently a general election was held in India, a nation of over one billion people.
 arrow Spreading hatred
Recently, a spate of articles espousing hatred for Muslims written by one "Mr. Will Cummings" has been published in a British newspaper, the Telegraph.
 arrow A disquieting report
I read the front page news titled 'Minority Intimidated' on 2nd August 2004.
 arrow Woes of tax-payers
I sent my driver to collect my TIN certificate yesterday - the clerk at the desk refused to receive the application unless he was paid Tk.1,000 . The clerk was downright rude and there was almost a fist-fight.
 arrow Turn to Sri Lanka
I agree with many about our getting the Test status well before we were ready--thanks to the Asian influence in ICC and kind (but not necessarily wise) support from the other fellow Asian Test playing
 arrow Due recognition
Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, on the occasion of his receiving a prestigious award, has been rightly eulogised by your staff correspondent in his report .
 arrow Poor cricket
Before the start of the Asian Cup cricket tournament, we expected from our boys that at least they would put up a good fight.
 arrow Slavery!
On July 27, Mr. Mohaiemen wrote a lot about irreverent things concerning the real facts of the so called slavery in the Arab world. He concluded by giving an unusual example.
Worldarrow Musharraf keeps option open over Iraq troops
President Pervez Musharraf left open the possibility of sending Pakistani troops to Iraq in the future, telling a newspaper yesterday that it would be "very undiplomatic" to rule it for good.
 arrow Marxists soften stand on self-rule talks with Tigers
The key partner in Sri Lanka's coalition government yesterday climbed down from its hardline stand on negotiations with Tamil Tiger rebels and said it was ready to accept talks on self-rule for the minority.
 arrow Curfew clamped as Manipur erupts again
Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, on his return from New Delhi, was greeted today with a series of agitation as students and protestors courted arrest at several places in Imphal East and West
 arrow US embassy in Delhi shuts services
The US embassy in New Delhi has shut down select departments, including visa immigration and library services yesterday due to security concerns, a TV report said.
 arrow al-Qaeda using Pak soil for terror plot: Analysts
The recent arrests of high-profile al-Qaeda suspects have revealed the terrorist network is using Pakistan as a staging post for plotting attacks across the globe, analysts said Thursday.
 arrow Firefighters join troops
The death toll from monsoon rains in India hit nearly 880 yesterday as firefighters were called in to join soldiers rescuing people marooned by floods in the western state of Gujarat.
 arrow Witness terms England undisciplined
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 arrow 13 killed in Pak army helicopter crash
A Pakistani military helicopter crashed yesterday in a nor|hwestern mountainous region, killing all 13 people on board, military said.
 arrow US can't give safety guarantee to Indians in Iraq
With efforts to secure release of three abducted Indians in Iraq still on, the US ha{ said it cannot guarantee the sifety of Indian and other South Asian workers against terrorists attack in the troubled
 arrow US allies in Iraq 'won't yield' to kidnappers
The US says all 32 countries in the multinational force in Iraq have agreed not to give in to the demands of hostage-takers.
 arrow Yemen army attack on rebels: 42 killed
About 42 people were killed and 80 wounded in 24 hours as army forces battled their way thro}gh a key stronghold of a rebel Muslim preacher in northwest Yemen, military sources said yesterday.
 arrow Freed Britons allege 'systematic brutality' at Guantanamo
Three British prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay levelled accusations of systematic abuse Wednesday in a lengthy report that civil rights groups said exposed the military facility as "a legal black
 arrow Israel moves to expand settlement defying US
Israel has begun work on a major expansion of its biggest West Bank settlement in a move certain to draw concern from a visiting White House envoy yesterday, officials said.
 arrow Russian chopper crash kills all 15 on board
A Mi-8 transport helicopter crashed in Russia's Siberia yesterday killing all 15 people on board, Russia's emergency ministry said.
 arrow 9 dead in riding school fire in France
Seven teenagers and two adults were believed to have died yesterday when a fire swept through a riding school in the Savoie department of southeast France overnight, police said.