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Front Pagearrow Free seeds, fertiliser for 25 lakh farmers from Aug 15
The government will distribute seeds and fertilisers free of cost among 25 lakh small and marginal farmers against one bigha land from August 15 to help the flood-affected farmers go for cultivation immediately
 arrow HIV epidemic hits vein drug takers
The HIV is spreading in epidemic proportions among a vulnerable group, posing serious threat to the common man, a survey of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR'B)
 arrow Bomb spectre haunts Sylhet
Fear and shock gripped Sylhet yesterday, a day after a car bomb killed Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Ibrahim and injured 30 others in the latest of 14 major explosions in seven years in the northeastern
 arrow Tk 1,600cr needed to repair city roads
The city fathers need at least Tk 1,600 crore to repair the roads and intersections damaged by floods in Dhaka and its suburbs, said Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka yesterday at
 arrow Police to probe all Rab custodial deaths
The police will investigate deaths in the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the guilty will be punished, Rab chief Anwarul Iqbal said yesterday.
 arrow EC commissioners get salary at last
At long last the office of the Comptroller General of Accounts (CGA) has released due salaries of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and three election commissioners on, what it said, humanitariangrounds.
 arrow 1.1 lakh hit by diarrhoea since mid-July
Diarrhoea continues to attack people in the flood-hit areas bringing the tally of the sufferers to about 1.11 lakh with 58 deaths since mid July.
 arrow UN global aid appeal likely Wednesday
The United Nations (UN) is likely to make a global appeal on Wednesday for assistance to 30 million flood-blighted people for the next six months, while the government announced it would launch its own
 arrow Hasina accuses govt high-ups of Sylhet blast
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged the government high-ups are involved in Saturday's blast in Sylhet, saying it was a planned attempt to kill the city mayor,
 arrow PM promises flood victims jobs, food
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured flood victims of food and jobs under massive relief and rehabilitation operation in the disaster-affected areas across the country.
 arrow South Asian regional meet on river link plan Aug 21
A two-day South Asian regional consultation on proposed river-linking project of India will begin on August 21 in the city.
 arrow Double murder in Shyampur
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a trader and his manager and injured two pedestrians in Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow EC ready to relax rules of origin
The ambassador of European Commission (EC) yesterday said the EC is ready to relax the rules of origin and reduce derogation of garments exported from Bangladesh, if the government makes a proper request
 arrow Revenue collection slips in first month
The government's 'challenging' revenue earning target has missed the mark in the very first month of the ongoing fiscal year and the prospect for the month ahead also appears bleak because of the devastating
 arrow Canadian senator censures govt move for re-tender
The government's decision to invite fresh tenders for the 90-megawatt Fenchuganj power plant ignoring a Canadian company's offer has drawn criticism from Canada of the project management.
 arrow Iranian consul detained by Iraq militants
An Iraq Islamic group said yesterday it has "detained" the Iranian consul in the central Iraqi city of Karbala for stirring sectarian strife, Al-Arabiya television reported.
 arrow BDR refutes BSF claim of insurgent camps
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday refuted the Indian Border Security Force's (BSF) claim that Bangladesh cocoons Indian insurgents by allowing camps inside its territory.
 arrow Vietnamese Parliamentary team arrives
A seven-member Vietnamese parliamentary delegation led by Madam Bui Thi Bin, MP and vice-chairman of Vietnam's Council of Nationalities, arrived here Saturday on a five-day visit.
 arrow Rab nabs 3, Seizes firearms
The Rapid Action Battalion -1 yesterday arrested three people and seized three sophisticated revolvers, two single-barrel bore guns, a pipe-gun and 100 bullets from a house in Gopalpur in Tongi.
 arrow All accused acquitted
A court yesterday acquitted all the 29 charge-sheeted accused of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Sanjit Kumar Pal murder.
 arrow HC asks BB why Jalil should not be dropped as chairman
The High Court yesterday issued rule asking Bangladesh Bank as to why direction should not be given to remove Awami League (AL) lawmaker M Abdul Jalil from the post of chairman of Mercantile Bank Ltdfor
 arrow Five get life for bid to smuggle out child
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced five people to life for attempt to traffic a child to Dubai on February 9, 2002.
 arrow 'Foreign prisoners suffer for lack of legal aid'
Most of the foreign prisoners in Bangladesh and its neighbouring countries languish in jail due to lack of access to legal aid, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow World Indigenous People's Day Today
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People will be observed today in the country as elsewhere around the globe with a pledge to ensure human rights for the indigenous people.
Businessarrow Businesses call for reviving bilateral FTA talks
Dismissing claims by a section of policymakers that country-to-country deals would be of no use with a multilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in place, local businesses yesterday urged the government
 arrow Bangladesh to participate in Dubai Shopping Festival '05
Bangladesh will participate in the forthcoming largest Middle East consumer extravaganza, Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2005, under the banner of the apex trade body -- the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers
 arrow Sípore envoy for opening up aviation sector to enhance co-operation with Dhaka
Singaporean High Commissioner in Bangladesh Ridzwan Bin Haji Dzafir said there are prospects for greater liberalisation in the aviation sector that would increase traffic and exchanges in other fields
 arrow Purchase of US assets by Asian central banks comes under scrutiny
Voracious purchases of US Treasury bills by Asian central banks are coming under scrutiny ahead of presidential elections amid concerns over national security and a ballooning current account deficit.
 arrow Body formed to assess flood damage to industry
The government yesterday formed a private sector committee to assess damages to the industries caused by the ongoing flood.
 arrow Janata Ins declares 10pc dividend
Janata Insurance Company Limited has declared a 10 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Govt raises sugarcane prices
Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) has increased the sugarcane prices from Tk 41.50 to Tk 44 per maund at mill gate.
 arrow BGMEA opens reception cell for garment buyers at ZIA
A buyers reception cell of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) was inaugurated at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow Oil price rise reveals Opec's fragility
The latest rumblings in the Yukos affair this week have raised more questions about Opec's ability to control oil prices and further strengthened a widely-held view that a 50-dollar barrel might not be
 arrow Soaring oil prices threaten to derail Asian economic growth
Asia's economies have been able to withstand this year's surge in oil prices but the relentless climb is starting to take its toll and high growth rates are now in jeopardy, analysts said.
 arrow DaimlerChrysler plans sales drive in China
German-US automaker DaimlerChrysler said Sunday it was planning a new sales offensive in China by vastly expanding its dealer network, marking a fresh attempt to shore up its Asian operations.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC ride on Farhad
Striker Ariful Ka-bir Farhad sla-mmed the second hattrick in the Fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League as Mohamme-dan Sporting Club marked their third leg appearance with a rousing 5-1 victory over
 arrow Heartbreak for Chumki
Bangladesh's top women sp-rinter Shams-un Nahar Chumki is set to miss the Olympics bus to Athens.
 arrow Cricket: Eng call for Batty
England added off-spinner Gareth Batty to their squad Sunday for next week's third Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: Smith inspires SA
Sri Lanka's spin attack, led by Muttiah Muralitharan, was thwar-ted as South Africa put up a determined effort and salvaged a draw in the first Test of a two-match series here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: All guns blazing Faria
Former FA secretary Faria Alam has lifted the lid on her affair with the England coach and former FA chief executive Mark Palios.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee could be Back in Oct
Bangladesh speedster Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza is expecting to return to international cricket in October when New Zealand tour Bangla-desh.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees cracks Double ton
Opening batsman Nafees Iqbal smashed his first ever double hundred in a competitive match to help Bangladesh U-19 pile up a massive 535 on the opening day of a two-day tour match against Development of
 arrow Cricket: 'A great result'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes his team will take a psychological advantage over Sri Lanka into this week's second Test after escaping with a draw in the series opener on Sunday.
 arrow Tickets start selling
After a snail's pace start, Olympic ticket sales on Sunday put on a burst of speed into the final straight before the Games open, as long lines of would-be spectators waited outside ticket booths in Athens
 arrow Tennis: Agassi reaches final
Andre Agassi will play for his first title in over a year at the 2.
 arrow Football: Beijing goes wild in rage
Chinese fans vented their fury at the final whistle after Japan scored twice in a controversial second half to beat the hosts 3-1 in the final of the Asia Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Questionable to the end
The 2004 Asian Cup ended exactly as it had begun -- soured by controversy -- after Japan beat hosts China 3-1 in a politically-charged final.
 arrow Football: PSG start on wrong foot
Paris St Germain made the worst possible start to the start of their 30th year in the French top flight with a 2-1 defeat to Rennes.
 arrow Football: Rooney if not Vieira!
Real Madrid are ready to turn to Wayne Rooney if they fail in their bid to sign Patrick Vieira.
 arrow Football: Wenger vs Fergie, Real
Arsene Wenger has reignited his feud with Sir Alex Ferguson, setting the stage for another season of verbal jousting between the two most successful managers in English football.
 arrow Football: Deisler steals the show
Bayern Munich signalled their intention to wrestle back the Bundesliga crown from the grasp of Werder Bremen with midfielder Sebastian Deisler an inspiration in an opening 2-0 win at SV Hamburg.
 arrow B'desh to take part in Bridge Olympiad
The Bangladesh national team will take part in the Bridge Olympiad to be held from October 23 to November 6, 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Syed Shujauddin Ahmed's team qualified for the event.

 arrow Cricket: SL remain unchanged
Sri Lanka announced an unchanged 15-man squad for the second Test against South Africa which starts in Colombo on August 11.
 arrow Pittman still hopeful
World 400 metres hurdles champion Jana Pittman says she is still hopeful of making this month's Athens Olympics after undergoing emergency knee surgery in London.
 arrow Football: Gunners lift Community Shield
Arsenal got their 2004/05 season off to the perfect start by reclaiming the Community Shield from Manchester United with a 3-1 victory in the traditional curtain raiser to the English football seasonhere
 arrow Incredible!
Police were called to the first Test between England and the West Indies after a knife-wielding MCC member threatened another spectator who was using a mobile phone, a British newspaper said Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt urged to reject US report on human trafficking
Bangladesh Citizens' Alliance Against Trafficking (BCAAT) yesterday called on the government to reject the TIP (Trafficking in Person) Report-2004 on Bangladesh released by the US State Department inJune.
 arrow Sylhet car bomb attack condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the car bomb attack in which an Awami League (AL) leader was killed and several others were injured in Sylhet on Saturday.
 arrow Start post-flood loan programme
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday directed the officials of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) to start the process of providing loans to flood-hit people to make the
 arrow More donations to PM's fund
Fifteen more public and private organisations yesterday donated over Tk 55 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund in aid of the flood-affected people.
 arrow Admission test on August 27
The admission test for Post Graduate Diploma in Japanese Studies will be held at 10.00 am on August 27 at the Arts Building Examination Hall of Dhaka University, says a press release.
 arrow 2 extortionists beaten up
A mob caught and beat up two of a gang of extortionists at Karwan Bazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow DPRK PM shocked
Prime Minister of Democratic People's Republic of Korea Park Pong Ju yesterday expressed deep sympathy and condolence at the loss of lives due to the floods in Bangladesh.
Nationalarrow Spurious medicines supplied to RMCH?
Questions about quality of medicines supplied to Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) are been raised by different quarters now after police on August 3 unearthed an unauthorised factory and seized
 arrow Help flood victims, Jalil urges AL men
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP has called upon pro-liberation forces to unite to dislodge the government as it is distorting the Liberation War history and trying to liquidate the party
 arrow Diarrhoea, pneumonia alarming in B'baria
At least 600 people were attacked with diarrhoea and another 52 with pneumonia in the district in twenty-four hours Saturday evening, officials said.
 arrow Cop escorts Phensidyl truck in Kushtia
About 1,286 bottles of contraband Phensidyl were recovered by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Daulatpur border on Saturday.
 arrow Tribal couple murder in Rangamati: 2 held
Two persons have been arrested on charge of murdering a tribal couple at Dandachhara village of Bhushanchhara union in Borkal upazila on August 3.

The arrested are Mohammed Ibrahim and Emdad.

 arrow BCC takes over children's park from AL leaders
'Planet World', the lone children's park in the city ran by some Awami League leaders was closed by the Barisal City Corporation on Saturday on allegations of "controversial lease" to them by the then
 arrow Father killed by drunken son
A father was killed by his drunken son at Bhatikashor in Mymensingh town on Friday for refusing to give him money.

Police said Badal Uddin wanted Tk 500 from his father Sayar Uddin in the evening.

 arrow Phensidyl inside Sweet gourds
A BDR patrol team signalled an auto-tempo to stop at Pata-mborpur on the Chowgachha-Jhikargachha road.

The vehicle stopped but all inside ran away.

 arrow PCP leader, 8 activists Arrested
President and eight activists of Paharee Chhatra Parishad (PCP) were arrested in Khagrachhari town on Friday, according to police sources.
 arrow 25 hurt by dacoits
At least 25 persons were injured when armed robbers hurled bombs and opened fire on them at Farakpur village in Daulatpur upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow 2 months' civil jail for Dhaka DC for violating court order
Senior Assistant Judge of Netrakona Sheik Mofizur Rahman on Saturday sentenced Dhaka Deputy Commi-ssioner Abdul Bari to two months' civil imprisonment for violating a court order.
 arrow 'Outlaws' Abduct rival in Barisal
'Outlaws' abducted their opponent following exchange of gunfire for one-and-a-half hours at Sahajira village in Gournadi upazila on Friday.

The abducted victim is Siraj Munshi,26.

Point-Counterpointarrow Ethnic minorities: A strength in diversity
Bangala," the present Bangladesh, has always been an abode for scores of ethnic groups from time immemorial. Besides the Bengali majority people, there are 45 ethnic groups with approximately 2.
 arrow A private relief operation
On Friday, July 30th we went on a private relief operation. Thanks to the contribution of our friends, relatives, and colleagues, we were able to raise Tk. 85,000.
Culturearrow Heaps of red and black on white
Ishihara Makoto, who recently had his exhibition of prints at the Zainul Gallery, said, 'I used to paint before I went into prints.
 arrow Remixing Tagore songs without distortions are acceptable: Moina
AMM Mohiuzzaman Chowdhury, better known as Moina, is an active member of Chayyanaut's organising committee since his student days.

Tagore's devotional songs attract Moina most.

 arrow New megaserial 69 on the way
Here is Anis-Farooki duo once again with yet another megaserial.
 arrow Rani replaces Kajol in Babul
Recently there were reports that Ravi Chopra's next film Babul will be the comeback vehicle of Kajol. But now Mrs. Devgan has been replaced by Rani Mukherjee.
 arrow Pink Floyd's The Wall becomes a Broadway musical
Psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd are turning their hit magnum opus 1979 album The Wall into a Broadway musical.
Generalarrow Four get death for raping, killing schoolgirl
Four people were sentenced to death yesterday for raping and killing a schoolgirl at Neemtala village in Godagari, Rajshahi, in 1999.
 arrow Tk 27cr Brac budget for flood-hit people
Brac has planned to spend Tk 27 crore for relief and post-flood rehabilitation in the flood-hit areas.
 arrow Relief activities continue
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations yesterday continued their relief activities in flood-hit areas of the country.
 arrow Mayor urges KDA to place three areas under KCC
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman has urged Khulna Development Authority (KDA) to handover Khulna Bus Terminal, Rupsha Natun Bazar and New Market to the corporation as early as
 arrow Woman killed in Ctg road crash
An employee at the Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) was killed when a speeding bus knocked her down in GEC Intersection area in Nasirabad yesterday morning.
 arrow Obituary
Alhaj Moulavi Abdul Majed Khan, freedom fighter and former senior assistant teacher of Kashiani Grish Chandra Pilot High School of Gopalganj, died of old age complications yesterday at his village home
Internationalarrow UN offers to help broker ceasefire in Iraq
The United Nations offered its help on Saturday to try to stop some of the worst fighting seen in Iraq in about four months between Shia militiamen and coalition forces.
 arrow Israel approves 300 new settlements in West Bank
The Israeli government has secretly approved the construction of 300 new houses in one of the largest and most controversial of the West Bank settlements, the Maariv daily reported yesterday.
 arrow Iran & Iraq intensify war of words
A war of words between Iran and Iraq intensified yesterday, with the foreign ministry in Tehran now saying it was not prepared to discuss serious issues with Baghdad's interim authorities.
 arrow Iraq invasion a 'gift' to Laden: CIA analyst
The US invasion of Iraq was a "tremendous gift" to Osama bin Laden and a major setback in the struggle against al-Qaeda, according to a CIA terrorism expert who has written a scathing account of the conduct
 arrow S Asians blast 'racial harassment'
"It's about time they stopped laying the blame for terrorism at our door," said Anu, strolling out of a specialist grocery store, shelves packed with spices and vegetables, into the west London sunshine.
 arrow Kerry to cut US troops in Iraq if elected
Democratic presidential contender John Kerry said he would be able to withdraw a significant amount of US troops from Iraq by August 2005 if he is elected in the November 2 election.
 arrow Afghan blast kills 2 US soldiers
A roadside bomb hit an American Humvee in southeastern Afghanistan, killing two US soldiers and their Afghan interpreter, the American military said yesterday.
 arrow Vajpayee faces I-Day death Threat
An anonymous call threatening to assassinate Atal Behari Vajpayee on Independence Day sent the security agencies in the Capital into a tizzy Saturday.
 arrow NY imam's lawyer weighs entrapment defence
An attorney for a mosque leader accused of plotting to obtain a shoulder-fired grenade launcher said he may defend his client by arguing that authorities entrapped him.
 arrow Delhi keen on barring 'tainted Leaders' from polls: Patil
Keen on debarring "criminally inclined" persons from contesting elections, the Government is contemplating convening an all-party meeting to reach a consensus on the matter.
 arrow Sudan seeks Arab help to avert UN sanctions
Sudan sought Arab help yesterday to head off possible sanctions threatened by the United Nations if Khartoum fails to rein in marauding militiamen accused of genocide and ethnic cleansing in its western
 arrow Australian Iraq policy under fire
Several Australian former diplomats and defence chiefs have accused the government of misleading Australia over the reasons for going to war in Iraq.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Use of rehabilitation funds
The devastating flooding has brought in its wake not just challenges but some good responses as well.
 arrow Editorial: Bombing away
The 7th August bomb explosion in Sylhet was the latest in a spate of explosions in the town. Apparently, some members of the opposition were the target of this attack.
 arrow Why will an Indo-Pak peace process sustain?
Pakistan's foreign secretary, when asked recently of the feasibility about the resolution of Kashmir dispute acceptable to both India and Pakistan, wittingly replied that 'even the parallel lines intersect
 arrow Say yes to affirmative action
During the 1990 peak of the anti-Mandal agitation, we Times of India senior editors were divided over reserving government jobs for the backward castes (OBCs).
 arrow Help! This is a Dhakabashi talking!
Dhaka is a city amongst many in Asia, because there are some other cities also, both poor and not so poor.
 arrow What gives me hope
In the international community, Bangladesh's image is that of a basket case full of poor people waiting for handouts. Bangladeshis themselves have this impression.
Letters to Editorarrow SMC, time to be generous
Just a few days back many of the national dailies published a photograph in their first pages which shot a young girl swimming through the flood waters holding a packet of saline in between her teeth.
 arrow Population control-our first priority
The root of all our problems is the huge population burden. The population increased to 140 million from 75 million in 1971, and 55 million in 1962.
 arrow Tigers do take time
This letter is a response to all of the people who claim that the Bangladesh cricket team is not competitive as compared to teams like India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan etc.
 arrow Deployment of troops in Iraq?
Who have started the crackdown to curb the root of terrorism by creating havoc all around, destroying the tranquillity of this beautiful world? Undoubtedly, it is the honourable president of United States
 arrow Flood donation drive
In the last 96 hours, I was travelling like a spin ball in Toronto to collect donations for the Flood victims in Bangladesh. I am overwhelmed with thankful feelings for those peoples.
 arrow Pakistan again?
It is difficult to believe that an 'Islamist group' called Mujahideen al-Islam, in a sovereign country, Bangladesh, professes the theory of turning Bangladesh into an Islamic state of Pakistan and openly
 arrow Humayun Azad's book
Frankly speaking , I am one of those who had never read any publication of Dr Humayun Azad and do not know him personally or otherwise.
 arrow Blasts in Sylhet
The most recent bomb blasts in cinema halls in Sylhet have caused concerns amongst all of us. Your editorial (August 7th) and a detailed report carried the same day articulated our concerns.
 arrow Honesty is a concern?
I can't appreciate the views of Mahfuzul Haque, a Dhaka university student. He has written the letter "We are not honest", (DS, August 6) which is totally a one-sided interpretation of things.
 arrow Style, taste, money
A few Days ago while I was passing through the Science Laboratory Police Box Square, an electric Billboard displaying pictures of some mobile sets of a renowned company caught my sight.
 arrow Drinking water crisis
Everyday we see, in print and electronic media, a lot of people suffering due to the devastating floods. Safe drinking water scarcity is one of most acute problems in the flood affected areas.
 arrow Lack of discipline everywhere
Discipline is the essence of success in every aspect of life. Bangladesh being a late starter in the development fields, there is lack discipline in many sectors.
 arrow Mohakhali flyover
In reference to a letter on this subject, I remember a story told by a friend 5-6 years ago. The story goes like this.
 arrow A wartime president?
Recently, there has been a great deal of coverage regarding the detainees in Guantanamo.
 arrow Local bodies and disaster management
Local governments are one of the most effective instruments in responding to any disaster. Functioning and proper presence of these institutions are gauges of democracy too.
Star Cityarrow Anti-encroachment plan runs into red tape snags
A project concept paper (PCP) on permanent protection of the Buriganga river from re-encroachment is pending with the shipping ministry because of overriding red tape.
 arrow Clean-up needs more hands
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has begun its post flood clean up drive in some areas of the capital where water had receded.
 arrow Khaitta Khai: Working hand to mouth
Floating street kids selling candy, newspapers and books blamed the police for arresting them in the streets for no reason.
 arrow Crime brings fear to Old Dhaka
Businesspeople and residents in the old part of the city are living in constant fear as mugging, abduction, killing and drug peddling go on unabated there.
 arrow DCC plans link roads to streamline traffic
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to construct four major link roads at a cost of Tk 4.83 billion in an effort to cut traffic jam.
 arrow DMCH emergency flood centre sits idle
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) authorities have launched a 25-bed day care centre to treat flood-hit people suffering from waterborne diseases, but patients are hard to come.
 arrow Education, commodity fairs begin at Sheraton Wednesday
A three-day exhibition on education will be held at Sheraton Hotel from Wednesday with the view to providing information to Bangladeshi students regarding some foreign and local universities.