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Front Pagearrow US team in city to assess situation
A US team arrived in Dhaka yesterday to re-assess relegation of Bangladesh as one of the worst performers in preventing human trafficking, five days to Washington's deadline for Dhaka to make significant
 arrow Indigenous people rally for rights
Indigenous people yesterday demanded their constitutional recognition that was not implemented even 33 years after independence, an issue that surfaced on World Indigenous Peoples' Day.
 arrow Draft of consumer rights law okayed
The government yesterday approved in principle the draft law to protect consumers' rights that proposes up to ten years in prison for selling adulterated and inferior quality products.
 arrow Hunger-weary farmers find homes ravaged
Gripped by hunger, diseases and misery, peasants, weavers and day labourers in the remote flood-hit areas of Sirajganj are now returning to their ravaged houses and infrastructure.
 arrow HC warns govt for seeking more time to rule hearing
The High Court (HC) yesterday sounded a note of warning against the government for seeking untimely extension to the hearing on a rule on army deployment during Dhaka-10 by-polls and asked the counsel
 arrow Sylhet halts in hartal, suspects quizzed
A daylong hartal, called by the Awami League (AL) in protest against the killing of one of its leaders by car bomb, crippled Sylhet yesterday as law-enforcers tightened security and investigators grilled
 arrow Agri ministry decides seed distribution modality
The government will reach seeds and fertilisers free of cost among 25 lakh listed small and marginal farmers until end-November through block supervisors of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
 arrow UN sends draft aid appeal to HQ for approval
A draft "flash appeal" prepared by a visiting UN (United Nations) team for assistance to the flood victims of Bangladesh was yesterday sent to the Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance
 arrow Losing their home to the Padma river...

 arrow Donors working out strategy
The donors are working out an anti-corruption strategy with the technical assistance of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and USAID to make the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission effective.
 arrow PDB picks UAE firm's proposal to set up 450MW power plant
The Power Development Board (PDB) has picked the proposal of a UAE-based trading company to set up the 450 megawatt second phase Meghnaghat Power Plant project, sources said.
 arrow Iraq deputy governor hurt in car bomb
A suicide car bomb exploded northeast of the Iraqi capital yesterday, an apparent attempt to assassinate a deputy governor. He was wounded, officials said, while seven policemen were killed.
 arrow DCC starts fresh drive in a week
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will launch a fresh drive against mosquito menace in a week, with four crore litres of 'high-quality' insecticide, DCC sources said.
 arrow 4 die in Japan nuke plant leak
A steam leak at a Japanese nuclear power plant killed four workers yesterday, hospital officials said, but authorities said no radiation escaped in the accident, the worst ever in terms of deaths at a
 arrow Six get death for killing 3-year-old
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced six youths to death for killing a three-year-old girl on November 27, 2002.
 arrow Students block Airport Road, protest death of classmate
Students enraged by death of a fellow student in a road accident barricaded the Airport Road for an hour causing a huge snarl-up in the city yesterday.
 arrow Kuwaiti FM due Aug 23
Foreign Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Mohammad Al-Salim Al-Sabah will arrive in Dhaka on a day's official visit on August 23 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart M Morshed Khan.
 arrow PM not seeing opposition in relief activities
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition political party that talked tall during election was not seen anywhere around at time of people's plight caused by devastating floods.
 arrow 500 containers detained at Ctg port
Over 500 containers, laden with imported cargo and unshipped from two foreign vessels, have been detained at Chittagong port yards to carry out search for smuggled weapons today, port and police officials
 arrow Sylhet blast worries Britain
Britain yesterday expressed concern at the latest car bomb explosion and twin cinema blasts in Sylhet, prompting Bangladesh to seek technical assistance from the British authorities in its ongoing probe
 arrow HC asks govt to absorb 1,500 Mujibnagar employees
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to absorb about 1,500 employees of Mujibnagar government in exile during the Independence War in accordance with the 1999 Supreme Court (SC) decision.
 arrow Carjacker beaten dead
A mob beat a man dead in the act of snatching a CNG autorickshaw in Mirpur last night, witnesses said.
 arrow Rush-hour

 arrow Pakistan protests over US sting
Pakistan has protested to the United States over what it says was an FBI sting operation involving a fake plot to kill Pakistan's UN envoy.

Islamabad called the operation bizarre and mind-boggling.

 arrow Iran plays down Iraq rift, seeks hostage release
Iran yesterday played down fresh accusations that it was stirring up violence in Iraq and sought to secure the release of an Iranian diplomat seized by militants in Iraq five days ago.
 arrow False alarm panics bank staffers
Bomb scare at the American Express Bank's Agrabad branch forced the staffers to escape the office yesterday morning, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Pabna JuboDal leader shot dead
Pabna district Jubo Dal leader Ehsan Alam Siddique Liton, 32, was shot dead by unknown assailants at Pakshey Paper Mill gate Sunday evening.
Businessarrow Flood-hit fish farmers seek govt support
Affected badly by devastating floods across the country, small fish cultivators have urged the government to take immediate measures for their rehabilitation.
 arrow Local ship owners blame CFTC for cargo congestion
Bangladesh Oceangoing Shipowners' Association (BOGSOA) yesterday blamed mainland operators (MLOs) and Chittagong Feeder Trade Committee (CFTC) and some BGMEA officials for recent congestion of inwardimport
 arrow ICICI Bank opens office in Bangladesh
An Indian bank yesterday opened its representative office in Dhaka to facilitate growing trade between India and Bangladesh.
 arrow Australia goes after free trade deals with Gulf countries
Australia is set to launch negotiations for a series of bilateral free-trade and investment agreements with Gulf countries similar to those already finalised with Singapore and Thailand, the government
 arrow British financial authorities give green light for Islamic bank
Britain's financial services watchdog on Monday ga~e the go-ahead for the first Islamic bank in Britain to open its doors.
 arrow New plastic industry in Comilla EPZ
A fully Bangladeshi-owned company will set up a plastic industry in Comilla Export Processing Zone involving an investment of $7.5 lakh.
 arrow HC stays VAT collection from community centres
The High Court yesterday stayed for four months the NBR order to collect VAT (value-added tax) from community centres, which was imposed in July this year.
 arrow Rupali Ins declares 14pc dividend
Rupali Insurance Company Limited has declared a 14 percent dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Cosmetics fair to begin on Sept 30
COTOPEX-2004, the first-ever cosmetics, toiletries and perfumeries exhibition in Bangladesh, will be held from September 30 to October 2 this year.
 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon training course concludes
A two-day training course on 'foreign exchange and money market' organised by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited has ended.
 arrow Ways to restart North Bengal Paper Mills underway
A meeting was held Monday at the conference room of the industries ministry to discuss the ways of restarting the productions of the North Bengal Paper Mills (NBPM) on priority basis.
 arrow Opec may permanently raise output quotas
Opec may raise its production quotas to match current output levels in a measure to prevent further overheating in the oil market, the organisation's president Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fresh blood now official
The selectors turned to three youngsters to give a boost to Bangladesh's brittle batting when they announ-ced a 14-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in September.
 arrow Football: Abahani breeze into Super Six
Abahani became the first team to reach the Super Six phase of the 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League when they handed Chittagong Mo-hammedan Sp-orting Club a 2-0 defeat at the Khulna Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Our cricket team
We are very worried at the dismal performance of our cricket team in the recent Asia Cup tournament. We know the other three participants were far superior but we failed to put up a reasonably good show.
 arrow All one happy Village
The world's finest sports men and wo-men rub shou-lders and play by the same rules in the Olympic Villa-ge, regardless of earning power or fame.
 arrow Football: Faria is in love!
A weeping Faria Alam will admit on TV on Monday that she is in love with Sven Goran Eriksson - but fears he will return to Nancy Dell'Olio.
 arrow Olympic team leaves today sans Chumki
Crowded with officials, the Bangla-desh contingent leaves for Athens today sans country's top women sprinter Shams-un Nahar Chumki to take part in the 28th Olympic Games which begin on August 13.
 arrow Athens starts countdown
The ancient city of Athens was beginning the biggest week in its modern history as it prepared to welcome the Olympic Games back to their spiritual home.
 arrow 'Eric The Eel' will be missing
A bureaucratic bungle will keep Eric 'The Eel' Moussambani, who won hearts at the Sydney Olympics with his slow but dogged performance in the swimming pool, from a repeat Olympic performance in Athens.
 arrow Jones back with a bang
Embattled triple Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones won the long jump and helped the United States sprint relay quartet to victory in a pre-Olympics international match.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi the master
American Andre Agassi defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the 2.4 million-dollar ATP Cincinnati masters tournament, ending a 16-month title drought.
 arrow Football: Vieira has seven days
Arsenal have given unsettled skipper Patrick Vieira a week to decide whether he wants to stay with the English champions.
 arrow Football: Benitez's first test
Liverpool and Rangers will be among the ten teams hoping to draw first blood in the first leg of the Champions League's third qualifying round this Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Gunners bomb United
Arsenal made light of the absence of skipper Patrick Vieira and got their 2004/05 campaign off to a positive start by reclaiming the Community Shield from Manchester United with a convincing 3-1 victory
 arrow Football: Beijing still hot
Beijing police have apologised to Japan after a car carrying a Japanese embassy official was attacked by angry Chinese football fans, the embassy said Monday.
 arrow Football: Supporters arrested
Two supporters were arrested here Sunday at the Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester United after a bottle and cigarette lighter were thrown at Gunners forward Thierry Henry.
 arrow Football: Domenech not giving up on oldies
French coach Raymond Domenech said he had not given up hope of persuading inspirational playmaker and captain Zinedine Zidane to continue his international career.
 arrow Cricket: Junior Tigers warm-up well
Bangladesh U-19 cricket team warmed up well for the second Test against England when they recorded a massive 237-run win over Development of Excellence XI in a two-day tour match on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Army, Faridpur group champs
Bangladesh Army booked a semifinal berth in the ANAS Group National Hockey Championship when they eliminated defending champions Dhaka from the competition with a 2-0 victory at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey
Metropolitanarrow BNP cadres, police blamed for obstructing relief activities
Awami Swechchhasebok League yesterday accused the BNP cadres and police of creating obstruction in carrying out relief activities in flood-affected areas.
 arrow DU exams postponed till Aug 15
Dhaka University (DU) authorities have postponed all examinations till August 15, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Dairy in dire state
The deluge has left nearly 800 small dairy farm owners in Saver upazila in peril.

They are bewildered with sick milch cows and lack of fodder.

 arrow Fanfare marks Indigenous People's Day in dists
Indigenous people in Rajshahi, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Netrakona observed the World Indigenous People's Day through festivities and other programmes with a call for protecting their rights and culture.
 arrow CHT law and order slide concerns politicos
The law and order slide in the hills in recent days has created a concern among political leaders of the ruling and the opposition parties.
 arrow Tk 80 cr flood damage in Moulvibazar
Primary losses in flood in the district have been estimated to be around Tk 80 crore.
 arrow Grameen Bank staff held for rape
A Supervisor of Grameen Bank was arrested in Dimla on Sunday on charge of raping a housewife.

The arrested is Ayubul Haq,30, Field Supervisor of Grameen Bank of Nababganj branch in Dimla.

 arrow Jessore Rotary Club opens literacy centre
The Rotary Club of Jessore East has taken up a laudable initiative to promote literacy among underprivileged children.
 arrow SI escorted phensidyl truck, driver says
Sub-Inspector (SI) Mosaddek Hoassain of Daulatpur police station had seized a phensidyl-carrying truck and detained its driver on Thursday.
 arrow 6 cops retired in Satkhira
A police Sub-Inspector and five constables were given 'forced retirement' yesterday as part of 'cleansing drive' in police.
 arrow Extortion by Forest Guard in Sundarbans alleged
Allegations of extortion and abduction for ransom by a section of forest guards have has been made by some fishermen in the coastal areas.

At least two such incidents took place in the last few days.

Point-Counterpointarrow A permanent solution to floods
The Prime Minister has called for a permanent solution to Bangladesh's flood problem. She is right.
 arrow Making markets work for the poor
World poverty and inequality continues to prevail, despite efforts to redress them.
Culturearrow A tale of four: Upcoming singers to watch out for
This is an opportune time for a new generation of stars to achieve recognition and the old to make way for the young.
 arrow Mesmerising songs and discussions at Bangla Academy
Though it was two days past Srabon 22 the death anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore; it wasn't too late to observe the day.
 arrow More Oprah for Everyone
Emmy-winning talk show host Oprah Winfrey will be gabbing at least through the 2010-11 season, which will mark her 25th year in syndication.
Generalarrow 3 child traffickers get life
A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced three people to life imprisonment for smuggling a child into Dubai in 1998.
 arrow Bakery employee murdered
An employee of a bakery was slaughtered in Lalbagh in the early hours of yesterday and five men were injured in as many incidents in the capital.
 arrow Bela serves legal notice on 4 secys
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice upon four secretaries and other concern authorities demanding immediate initiatives to clearly demarcate the wet-lands/waterbodies
 arrow CCC mayor threatens legal action against govt move
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday vowed to take legal action against the government's move to hand over the operational charge of Shah Amanat International Airport
 arrow Relief work continues
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations continued their relief activities in flood-hit areas yesterday.
 arrow IFA students' programme
General students of the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) of Dhaka University will organise an art competition for the children and an art exhibition marking the 29th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh
 arrow Kranti executives
Mahbubul Haider Mohon and Mujtaba Ahmed Murshed were elected president and general secretary of Kranti, a cultural organisation, for 2004-2006, says a press release.
 arrow 1,366 more held
Police arrested some 1,366 people, including three listed criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sadr vows to fight to the finish
Radical Iraqi Shia Muslim clmric Moqtada Sadz vowed yesterday to fight the "occupation of Najaf" until his "last drop of blood", as clashes continued between his militiamen and US forces for a fifth day.
 arrow Sharon shelves plans for 1,300 new homes
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, under US pressure to cool down his government's settlement drive, has shelved plans to build more than 1,000 new homes in the West Bank, settler sources and reports
 arrow India, Pakistan swap 3 soldiers
Two Indian and one Pakistani soldier returnel home yesterday amid a peace process between their countries five years after being captured during the bloody Kargil conflict in disputed Kashmir.
 arrow Ulfa agrees to hold talks in Assam
A leading separatist group in Assam has for the first time agreed to hold talks with the state government, setting aside an earlier insistence that a dialogue can take place only abroad.
 arrow Capitol among new US terror targets
The United States has receivod information about additional xossible terror targets in the country, including the US Capitol in Washington, a counterterror official said Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan again poses dilemma for US
Pakistan has again proved it is the single-most crucial player in the war on terror: The site of an al-Qaeda ring that was targeting this country and led to the raising of the terror alert, and the nation
 arrow Flood alert in Himachal, Tibet dam may burst
The Indian Army and administzation has been put on high alert in Himachal Pradesh following information that an artificial dam in Tibet is likely to burst triggering flash floods in Sutlej river.
 arrow Negotiator wants Bachchan, Asha Parekh to appeal
In a curious development, Sheikh Hisham Al-Dulaimi, the negotiator of the Iraqi militant group holding three Indian hostages, Sunday demanded that Amitabh Bachchan or actress of yesteryear Asha Parekh
 arrow Pakistan, India for more peace talks
India and Pakistan have not made much headway in the eight-point agenda of the composite dialogue process, but officials in Islamabad say that both countries are looking forward to another round of talks
 arrow Pakistan rules out al-Qaeda hand
Pakistani police yesterday ruled out al-Qaeda's hand in weekend bomb blasts in the troubled port city of Karachi which killed eight people, mostly students of an Islamic seminary.
 arrow India rescues 20 workers trapped in tunnel
Relief teams cut through silt and debris yesterday and rescued 20 workers who had been trapped in a tunnel for more than 24 hours after a torrential downpour in a remote Indian Himalayan region.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Crisis of credibility
It has now come to light that Shafiqul Islam Kalu, the man who confessed to the June 4 arson attack on a BRTC bus that killed ten and injured twenty, was actually in police custody on the day of the arson,
 arrow Editorial: Rights of indigenous people
The World Indigenous Peoples Day, observed in the country on August 7, has seen concerns articulated about the rights of ethnic groups in Bangladesh.
 arrow Inequality of income and interventions
Professor Azizur Rahman Khan -- more known as AR Khan -- is an economist of immense repute at home and abroad. He is now a Professor of Economics at University of California Riverside.
 arrow Bananas in a Republic
Politicians make few friends by their behaviour. Something in their character, or perhaps their experience, makes them very resistible to common sense.
Letters to Editorarrow Appointment of MLSS
It appears from different advertisements published in daily papers that the government has decided to appoint a lot of Members of Lower Subordinate Services (MLSS).
 arrow English medium schools
Much has been said against the English medium schools. A lot of letters have appeared in this column.
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis
Some people are playing a dirty game with the sensitive issue of Stranded Pakistanis in collaboration with well-known social parasites and criminals of Mirpur section-11 in the guise of "Stranded Pakistanis
 arrow Photocopy leadership
The pirated, photocopied autobiographical book by former US president Bill Clinton has flooded the streets of Dhaka metro.
 arrow Encourage natural gas transmission
It is reassuring to learn (DS, 3) that the government is considering ways and means to encourage the private sector to invest in transmission of natural gas to different parts of Bangladesh.