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Front Pagearrow Car bomb kills Sylhet AL leader, mayor unhurt
A car bomb in Sylhet killed an Awami League (AL) leader and injured 30 others, but Mayor Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran, apparently the prime target of the attack, escaped unscathed last night, 47 hours after
 arrow IMF sets fresh conditions for NCB reforms
The IMF has set new time-bound conditions for the government to reform the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) for releasing the next tranche of loan under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility,scheduled
 arrow SC asks govt to specify time to fully implement its directives
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered the government to specify in 10 days the time it needs to fully implement the court directives given way back in 1999 for separation of the judiciary from theexecutive.
 arrow Extra $45m needed to address health care
Despite intensified efforts to reach medical aid to victims, nearly 13,000 people overnight contacted diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases with further recession of water on flood-hit areas.
 arrow Confessors retract statements, allege police torture
Two accused of the June 4 arson attack on a BRTC double-decker, who in their confessional statements had implicated four leaders of Awami League and its front organisations in the crime, retracted the
 arrow RO to submit document to HC "manipulating poll officials' reports"
The returning officer (RO) of controversial Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-election has submitted a document to the High Court manipulating the reports of 32 presiding officers on deployment of army in the
 arrow Santosh Gupta cremated
Esteemed journalist, writer and columnist Santosh Gupta was cremated with state honour yesterday.
 arrow Illegal structures on canals, rivers to be demolished
An inter-ministerial committee yesterday decided to demolish illegal structures from 26 canals and rivers in and around the capital for smooth functioning of the drainage system.
 arrow Prosecution lawyers wrap up arguments
Prosecution lawyers yesterday completed arguments on the much-talked-about Jail Killing Case in the Court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge which is trying the accused for killing four national leaders
 arrow Politics in relief

 arrow Iraq offers amnesty to insurgents for a month
Iraq's amnesty provisions for people involved on the margins of the country's continued insurgency were signed into law yesterday, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi told a Baghdad news conference.
 arrow 2 Palestinian ministers tender resignation
Two Palestinian cabinet ministers have tendered their resignations, political sources said yesterday, in a new blow to a government beset by militants demanding reform in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
 arrow Two Ctg robbers, extortionist beaten dead
Lynch mob beat two robbers and one extortionist to death in two separate incidents at Anwara and Raozan upazila of the district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Private fish sector loses Tk 990cr in floods
The flooding has damaged fish resources of 1.66-lakh acre water bodies in the private sector worth Tk 990.
 arrow Household goods of Ctg militant camp chief seized
Police yesterday confiscated all furniture, household goods and appliances found in the home of Mir Anis, cousin of a state minister and the alleged mastermind behind the Islamist militant training camp
 arrow BSF gives BDR fresh list of '195 ultra camps'
The BSF authorities have handed over to its Bangladesh counterpart a fresh list of 195 camps of Indian insurgents in the neighbouring country with a request to dismantle them.
 arrow 'Pichchi' Hannan's daughter alleges murder by Rab
Daughter of 'Pichchi' Hannan yesterday alleged that Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members had shot her father dead following dictate of a ruling party lawmaker.
 arrow Cloth trader shot dead
Unknown assailants gunned down a cloth trader in Keraniganj near the second Buriganga Bridge last night.
 arrow 2 more abducted in Kawkhali, 7 freed on pledge of ransom
Two men were abducted yesterday from remote Panchhari area under Kawkhali upazila, raising the number of abducted people in last week from the district to 13.
 arrow DB constable suspended
A constable of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) was suspended yesterday for extorting toll from drug peddlers and neglect of duty.
 arrow Non-government teachers miss govt benefits for 2 months
The government has not disbursed salary benefits among about 2.5 lakh non-government teachers for the last two months to their utter misery.
 arrow Antioxidants don't protect heart of male smokers
Neither vitamin E nor beta-carotene supplements protect male smokers against heart disease. The antioxidants may actually be harmful, cardiologists report in the European Heart Journal.
 arrow India bans religious riot movie
Award-winning documentary Final Solution, which looks at religious rioting between Hindus and Muslims, has been banned in India.
Businessarrow Remittance clocks 11pc growth in July
The floods have brought positive impact at least on one sector.
 arrow Oil prices slip as Yukos gets another lifeline
World oil prices set new all-time highs before retreating as a Russian court threw another financial lifeline to troubled oil giant Yukos.
 arrow Interest rates, oil to write script for US stocks
Wall Street's focus will be squarely on the Federal Reserve's interest-rate decision next week after weak jobs data raised questions about the pace of future hikes, while concerns about oil prices near
 arrow Kerry hopes to cut US dependence on foreign oil
Presidential hopeful John Kerry said Friday he would diversify US energy sources and cut US dependence on foreign oil.
 arrow Brazil central bank chief under fire over personal accounts
Brazilian Central Bank President Henrique Meirelles said Friday he will not resign over a report he deposited 50,000 dollars in a New York bank account controlled by suspected money launderers in 2002.
 arrow Uttara Finance achieves Tk 6cr half-yearly profit
Uttara Finance has earned a half-yearly net profit of Tk 6 crore.

The after tax profit is 13.85 percent higher than the profit of Tk 5.27 crore for the corresponding period of last year.

 arrow HSBC confce for Retailers of 'My Loan' held
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) Bangladesh recently held a conference for retailers of its 'My Loan' in Dhaka.
 arrow New industry in Ishwardi EPZ to produce garment accessories
An industrial unit for manufacturing garment accessories and plastic products will be set up in the Ishwardi Export Processing Zone under a Bangladesh-India joint venture.
 arrow Korean Air avoids strike through deal with union
Trade unionists and management at Korean Air said Saturday they had struck a deal on wage hikes, avoiding a feared strike in the busy vacation season.
 arrow Sony-Rangs starts new sales campaign
Rangs Electronics Limited, widely known as Sony-Rangs, has launched a new sales campaign titled 'Sony-Days '04-Tak Lagano Offer'.
 arrow Indian state-run aeromaker HAL wins $84m deal with Airbus
India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has won a multimillion-dollar contract to export supplies to European air giant Airbus, a statement said Saturday.
 arrow Kodak growing in digital camera market
After a slow start, Eastman Kodak Co. is steadily gaining ground on front-runner Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news) (news - web sites). in the burgeoning U.S.
 arrow Opec output at 25-year high
Oil cartel Opec is pumping a record 30 million barrels a day, and could boost that by another 1-1.5 million barrels if needed, its president has said.
 arrow IMF urges rich nations to cut trade-ruining subsidies
International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo de Rato on Friday told rich western nations to cut their subsidies, blamed for distorting international trade, in order to help Africa address its woes.
 arrow US generates meagre 32,000 jobs in July, markets in shock
US employers hired a meagre 32,000 extra workers in July, government figures showed Friday, shocking markets worldwide and shattering hopes of a labor market rebound.
 arrow Sípore suspends poultry imports from S Africa on bird flu scare
Singapore on Saturday suspended all imports of poultry meat and birds from South Africa after receiving news of an outbreak of avian influenza in a province there.
 arrow Japan's foreign reserves keep rising in July
Japan's foreign exchange reserves for July rose 1.25 billion dollars from the previous month to 819.20 billion dollars, the 10th rise in the past 11 months, the finance ministry said Friday.
Sportsarrow Football: Asian joy for Japan
Defending champions Japan shattered China's dream of a first ever Asian Cup final victory Saturday, winning thanks to a controversial goal in a hostile atmosphere to down the host nation 3-1.
 arrow Cricket: Razzak, yes or no
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce a 14-member squad today for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England.
 arrow Cricket: Long day ahead of SA
South African spinner Nicky Boje bagged a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka were made to struggle in their second innings on the fourth day of the first Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'We're not chokers'
India's cannot be dubbed as one-day chokers despite losing 13 of their last 14 tournament finals, captain Sourav Ganguly has said.
 arrow Shooting in anger
The only wo-man athlete Iran is sending to the Athens Olympics is under no illu-sions of winning a medal in her sport of shooting. In fact, she admits the sport is not her real passion.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi returns to Pak team
Pakistan Saturday recalled popular all-rounder Shahid Afridi for a 14-man squad for the tri-series in the Netherlands this month and the ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions trophy in September,
 arrow Cricket: Eng want 2nd spinner?
England, despite winning the first two Tests against West Indies by margins of over 200 runs each, could be tempted to add a second spinner to their squad when they announce their party Sunday for next
 arrow Football: It starts in Cardiff
Anyone expecting a gentle friendly when Arsenal and Manchester United meet in Sunday's Community Shield match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is in for a shock.
 arrow Football: Late Werder show
Champions Werder Bremen were indebted to a late goal from Paraguayan substitute Nelson Haedo Valdez as they started the defence of their Bundesliga crown with a 1-0 win over Schalke 04 here Friday.
 arrow Football: FOOTBALL BRIEFS
France star Zinedine Zidane has been given the green light to play in Real Madrid's Champions League preliminary round match in Poland next week after recovering from a foot injury he picked up in a friendly
 arrow Football: Figo at the double
A double strike by Charles Figo gave Jhenidah Mohammedan Sporting Club their first victory in the final round of the Nitol-Tata National Football League when they blanked Bagerhat Unmochan Club 2-0 in
 arrow Hockey: Faridpur rally past BKSP
National star-studded Faridpur stormed back from two goals down to confirm their place in the semifinals of the ANAS Group National Hockey Championship winning their first super-league match against Bangladesh
 arrow Cricket: No trainer for Bangladesh
Fitness trainer Dean Woodford yesterday parted company with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Metropolitanarrow Repression on indigenous people continues: Shantu
Indigenous people continue to face various forms of repression by the majority Bangla-speaking people with direct or indirect support of the government, said Joytirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias ShantuLarma,
 arrow 'People being abused in name of remand'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for keeping police away from partisan politics and providing them with proper training to stop abuse of the arrested.
 arrow 'Santosh Gupta's death to create vacuum in journalism'
Different political and socio-cultural organisations yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of eminent journalist, writer and columnist Santosh Gupta, saying that his death created a vacuum in the
 arrow Robbery at Ctg board controller's house
Armed robbers looted cash, ornaments and other valuables worth reportedly over Tk 2 lakh in broad daylight from the residence of the controller of Chittagong Education Board yesterday.
 arrow Relief work continues for flood victims
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday continued their relief activities in flood-hit areas in the city and other parts of the country.
 arrow Precautionary steps can reduce flood damages
Early precautionary measures can reduce the sufferings and damages caused by flooding, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow BCS preliminary test on Sept 3
The preliminary test of the 25th Bangladesh Civil Service Examination will be held at 10: 00am on September 3 in all centres of Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal simultaneously.
 arrow 1327 more held
Police arrested some 1,327 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00 am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Duty evasion at Burimari land port detected
Rangpur: A number of clearing and forwarding (C&F) Agents, export and importers, allegedly in collaboration with some customs officials at Burimari land port in Lalmonirhat have dodged Tk 26 lack import
 arrow They build country but starve in disaster
The villages all along the road to Sirajganj from Dhaka were under water. There were vast sheets of water all around, at places overflowing the highway.
 arrow Potential turns problem
The Bhairab river, once a potential, is now a problem, creating environmental hazards for the people of Jessore.
 arrow Procession against toll
Over 5,000 people from Kadakati in Assassuni upazila brought out a procession and held a rally in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Friday protesting toll collection in their area by
 arrow Cop sued by female UP member
Binodini Pal, a member of Ghatbhog Union Parishad in Kupsha upazila, has filed a case with a court against accusing Sub-inspector Feroze Ahmd of Rupsha police station for abusing and assaulting her at
Point-Counterpointarrow Does John Kerry have a chance?
Yes, John Kerry does have a chance to win the US Presidency this November, but the Republican juggernaut will pull out all the stops to deny him.
Culturearrow Poster exhibition voices against use of nuclear weapons
The atom bomb attack by United States on the two Japanese cities--Hiroshima and Nagasaki--might have brought the World War II to its end, but the impact of the bombing created havoc in the two cities.
 arrow Theatre group recollects Hiroshima tragedy
On August 6, Swapnadal, a theatrical group, arranged a daylong programme at the Experimental Theatre Stage at Shilpakala Academy to observe Hiroshima Day.
 arrow Tona Tuni's latest venture Fagun
Fagun, a duet album by celebrated Indian singer Srikanta Acharya and Bangladeshi singer Mithu Aahmed, was released in a ceremonious programme at Hotel Purbani Friday last.
 arrow The making of Karigar
Ibsen is going to be staged for the third time in the country. After one hundred and sixteen rehearsals Kanthashilon (a theatre group) is about to stage Karigar based on Ibsen's Master Builder.
 arrow Lalon off to Fukuoka Film Festival
Internationally acclaimed director Tanvir Mokammel's film Lalon, based on the life of mystical Fakir Lalon Shah, has been invited in the fourteenth annual Focus on Asia 2004 Fukuoka International
Internationalarrow Iraqi VP raps US for 'uncivilised' killing
Iraqi Vice President Ibrahim al-Jafari implicitly criticised the United States Friday, saying the reported deaths of 300 insurgents in Najaf was "not a civilised way" to rebuild his nation.
 arrow Muslim states resisting Saudi proposal on Iraq
Several countries apparently are resisting the Saudi proposal to set up a Muslim force to bolster the US-led coalition of troops in Iraq, US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has said.
 arrow Abuse of detainees was systematic
A special military court hearing on the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal stretched into a fifth day Saturday with the presiding officer facing defence requests to call top US officials to the witness stand.
 arrow India, Pakistan agree to hold more talks on maritime boundary
India and Pakistan yesterday concluded talks on demarcating the maritime boundary between the western Indian state of Gujarat and Pakistan's Sindh province and agreed to continue discussions.
 arrow UN probe blames Sudan for Darfur deaths
A UN investigator said Friday the Sudanese government was largely to blame for a humanitarian disaster in Darfur and its responsibility for large numbers of killings in the region was beyond doubt.
 arrow Threat of dam overflow eases in flood-hit India
Fears of a controversial giant dam overflowing in western India receded after South Asia's worst monsoon flooding in 15 years showed signs of easing, officials said.
 arrow Bomb blast kills 2 in Karachi
A bomb explosion killed two people and injured four others in Pakistan's violence-plagued port city of Karachi early yesterday, police said.
 arrow Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office Closed for a month
The caretaker Iraqi government has ordered pan-Arab television channel Al-Jazeera to close its offices in Baghdad for a month, Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib confirmed yesterday.
 arrow 'American faked his beheading in video'
Benjamin Vanderford, a man believed to have been beheaded in Iraq, told the Associated Press Saturday that he faked his own demise at a friend's home months ago as "part of a stunt" to draw attentionto
 arrow Kerry narrows gap on security Issue
Democrat John Kerry is putting the pressure on President Bush on his strongest issue, national defence, but the incumbent retains an advantage there, an Associated Press poll found.
 arrow 'Bollywood stars could help win Indian hostages' freedom'
The Iraqi tribal leader negotiating the release of three Indian drivers held hostage by militants said they could come closer to freedom if Bollywood superstars appealed on television.
 arrow Nearly 200 'badly Covered' women arrested in Iran
Nearly 200 Iranian women wearing head coverings considered insufficient under the country's Islamic code have been arrested, newspapers reported yesterday.
 arrow Guantanamo hearings get cool response from inmates
Six of the 11 Guantanamo Bay prisoners so far given a chance to challenge their detention have shunned the hearings, which the US military in any case does not expect will lead to many inmates being freed.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Another death in custody
THE killing of listed criminal Pichchi Hannan purportedly in a firefight between a joint Rab and Detective Branch team and members of Hannan's gang in the early hours of Friday morning, cannot but raise
 arrow Editorial: Diarrhoea situation
THE diarrhoea situation has turned critical in the flood affected areas.
 arrow Flood and governance
Floodwater will eventually recede. Marooned people will eventually go back home or what used to be their home.
 arrow Don't freeze out Bangladesh
Approaching Dhaka from the air, one is struck by the expanse of water around the capital city.
Letters to Editorarrow The more complex ,the more stable
Trying simplistic solutions of complex system disturbs the in built stability and increases instability. The complex human mind is not designed to be treated like a machine, or as a statistical unit.
 arrow Dowry
According to this system, the father gives the daughter gifts in cash or in kind at the time of wedding. With the march of time, this detested system has taken roots in our society.
 arrow Asia Cup Cricket 2004 and Bangladesh
No word is good enough to describe the matches in the Asia Cup played by the Bangladeshi Tigers (!?) They really deserve felicitations from the fans! Being a Test-playing country, they at least should
Star Healtharrow Diarrhoea, a major concern after flood
Diarrhoea is a major health problem in the large portion of population as one of the important after effect of recent natural disaster.
 arrow Ignoring the classic symptoms can be disastrous
It was a round day at the Orthopaedic Ward (Ward No 10) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow New technology in ENT examination
In the modern world, medical technology is very advanced and diagnosis of diseases has become very easier. In the field of ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat), medical technology has been developed tremendously.
 arrow Important facts to choose IUD
Jamila, a part time domestic help in Mirpur was feeling helpless.
Star Cityarrow Deluge fallout turns dengue full-blown
Dengue turns full-blown in Dhaka, infecting 66 people a day on average in the wake of floodwater run-off as the deluge released a disease epidemic.
 arrow Uncovered death traps
City dwellers in flood-affected areas find themselves exposed to the threat of major accidents, as many uncovered manholes on the roads have gone underwater making it virtually impossible for vehicles
 arrow Safe water goes beyond easy reach
The prices of water purifying tablets shot up three times the normal as the demand for the medicine soared high because of large-scale water contamination by floods.
 arrow Helping the Small Way

 arrow Water runs off, health risks stalk
Floods have left several pockets inside the city stagnant with sewage, exposing thousands to health hazards.
 arrow Fare spike adds to flood woes
Residents of Basabo, Madartek, Mugda and Banashri -- a few of the flood-affected areas -- are incurring extra expenditure because of fare hikes.
 arrow Snakebite patients on the rise after floods
Victims of snakebite are streaming in at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) from in and around the capital as anti-snake venom is not available in other hospitals.