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Front Pagearrow Humayun Azad found dead in Munich
Writer Humayun Azad, grievously injured in February in a knife attack his family blamed on Islamist extremists, was found dead in Munich in Germany on Thursday morning, prompting his relatives to react
 arrow Jailers pass the buck to prison directorate
Jailers alleged they exact bribes from prisoners and others compelled by a house rule requiring them to come up with a monthly payment for the prison directorate or face punishment transfer.
 arrow Myths, technology welcome Olympics back home
The Olympics returned home yesterday to a lavish welcome in an opening ceremony invoking Greek mythology, civilisation and culture and closing an epic circle in sports: from the games' 19th-century rebirth
 arrow Nunu brought to Dhaka for quizzing
Police took Awami League (AL) leader Nunu Miah, a suspect of the recent car bomb blast in Sylhet, to Dhaka yesterday for interrogation in the Joint Interrogation Cell.
 arrow Sadr hurt in raid, asks his men to continue war
Iraqi Shiite militia leader Moqtada Sadr was wounded yesterday as US and Iraqi government forces closed in on his Najaf stronghold, and called on his supporters to continue their "holy war" even if he
 arrow German embassy statement on Prof Azad's death
The German embassy yesterday offered condolences to the bereaved family of Professor Humayun Azad who died in Munich in Germany on Thursday morning.
 arrow Islamists' attempt to raid Ahmadiyya complex thwarted
Khulna has literally been sitting on a heap of gunpowder until yesterday evening with thousands of frenzied Islamist bigots threatening to pierce through a massive police cordon and destroy Nirala Ahmadiyya
 arrow AL to enforce 6-hr hartal tomorrow
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a six-hour countrywide hartal tomorrow demanding reinstatement of August 15, the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, as the NationalMourning
 arrow Extortionists storm office, kill manager
Extortionists gunned down a youth at Elephant Road in Dhanmondi yesterday and police recovered body of an unidentified youth on Thursday night in Uttara.
 arrow Nobody owns the probing
Mystery shrouds the investigations into the bomb blasts in two movie houses and the grenade attack near an Awami League (AL) meeting venue in Sylhet as police and Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
 arrow Bacteria solution to groundwater arsenic
Scientists have identified a special group of bacteria responsible for breaking down arsenic in groundwater.
 arrow Hasina blames Zia, Khaleda for patronising killers
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the alliance government for the present abnormal situation of the country and distorting the country's history.
 arrow Kerry takes leads in several key states
 arrow Road accidents kill 12, hurt 57
Twelve people were killed and 57 others injured in road accidents in Rangpur, Comilla, Khulna and Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Typhoon kills 115 in China
One of the worst typhoons to hit China in several years killed 115 people and injured more than 1,800 when it battered southeastern Zhejiang province with torrential rain and gale-force winds, officials
 arrow President, PM, AL chief mourn Azad's death
President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of eminent writer, poet and linguist Professor Humayun Azad.
 arrow CPB demands white paper on flood control spending
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday termed the current flood control strategy erroneous and demanded of the government to publish a white paper on expenditures since 1990 on river erosion prevention.
 arrow Int'l probe demanded
Different political parties, teachers' organisations, student bodies and family members of Professor Humayun Azad have demanded international probe into what they said was mysterious death of the eminent
 arrow Muggers gun down trader in Chittagong
A medicine trader was shot dead by armed muggers in the city in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow BNP men raid Syed Nazrul's house: 9 hurt
At least nine were hurt as alleged cadres of the ruling BNP attacked the house of acting president of the Mujibnagar government late Syed Nazrul Islam Thursday night.
 arrow Post-flood rebuilding

 arrow Iraqi militants threaten to kill British hostage
Iraqi militants kidnapped a British journalist in the southern city of Basra and threatened to kill him if a US assault on the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf was not halted in 24 hours, witnesses and a video
Businessarrow Banks set to arrange new loans for flood-hit industrial units
Nationalised and private commercial banks are set to draw up new loan facilities for flood-hit industrial units after assessing the damage.
 arrow Thai bourse eyes joint listing with CSE
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has set its sight on cross-border trading and joint listing with Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), SET President Kittirat Na-Ranong said.
 arrow Slower economic growth looms for India
India, the second-fastest expanding economy last year, is facing slower growth after being hit by a patchy monsoon, soaring oil prices and inflation at 42-month highs.
 arrow US-Australia free trade deal appears to be in danger
A US-Australia free trade deal appeared to be in jeopardy Thursday as the United States warned it had the right to reject new Australian amendments aimed at curbing drug prices.
 arrow New EU commission chief unveils big-hitting team
The incoming head of the EU executive unveiled on Thursday what he boasted would be a hard-hitting team to push through economic reform and balance the interests of big and small, old and new EU members.
 arrow Deal on leasing out Dhaka-Ctg optical fibre cable network
The Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Centre (IIFC) will assist Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) in leasing out Dhaka-Chittagong optical fibre cable network.
 arrow UPVC pipe factory launched in Narayanganj
Bestec Corporation launched its UPVC pipe factory at Vaila in Rupganj, Narayanganj yesterday.

Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar was the chief guest at the launching ceremony.

 arrow Pakistan's forex reserves up
Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves rose by $4 million to $12.098 billion in the week ended Aug. 7, the central bank said, helped by an increase in inflows to commercial banks.
 arrow Bankruptcies in Japan fall
The number of Japanese firms that tipped over into bankruptcy in July fell for the 19th straight month on a yearly basis as corporate health improved in line with a recovering economy, a research firm
 arrow China axes discriminatory software buying policy
China has axed a software buying policy that would have discriminated against Western firms such as Microsoft after bowing to international pressure and internal critics, government and industry sources
 arrow Eurozone gives more signals of firm growth
The eurozone economy grew by 0.
 arrow Oil holds above $45 on Iraq, Venezuela
Oil hovered near record peaks on Friday, underpinned by worries of fresh sabotage on Iraq's oil industry and possible unrest in Venezuela where President Hugo Chavez this weekend faces a referendum on
 arrow US trade gap widens to a new record
The US trade deficit widened much more than expected in June, hitting a record $55.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
August 7-12, 2004

Local FX Market
US dollar was stable against Bangladeshi taka the whole of this week. Greenback remained broadly steady due to lack of import demand.

Sportsarrow Not the ideal start
The most tightly guarded Olym-pics in history were to get underway here Friday as Greece reeled from a drugs bombshell that has left the hosts' biggest athletics star facing expulsion from the Games.
 arrow An Iraqi wonder
War-weary Iraq marked their return to Olym-pic football after a 16-year absence with a fairytale 4-2 victory over Portugal Thurs-day as highly rated Italy scrambled a lucky 2-2 draw with Ghana.
 arrow Cricket: Extra Saleh!
Having returned to the national fold after being forgotten for almost four years following a 12th man's appearance in the country's inaugural Test against India, Rajin Saleh shot himself into instantfame
 arrow Football: Arise, it's Premiership time
Euro 2004 and the even the gossip surrounding Faria Alam and Sven Goran Eriksson may have to take a backseat.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage Lanka
Sanath Jayasuriya was an unlikely hero with the ball as Sri Lanka took control of the second and final Test against South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Vieira relief for Gunners
Arsenal received a massive boost on Friday when captain Patrick Vieira ended a summer of speculation about a proposed move to Real Madrid by announcing he had decided to stay with the London club.
 arrow Cricket: Junior Tigers lose series
Another shoddy batting display by the touring Bangladesh Under 19 team handed their English counterparts an easy victory in the second Test at Taunton, Somerset yesterday.
 arrow Phelps starts odyssey today
Michael Phelps dives into the Olympic pool on Saturday in search of the first of a possible record eight gold medals as the Athens Games explode into life.
 arrow Football: It's Real for Owen
Michael Owen was on his way to Real Madrid on Friday after Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez confirmed the sale of the England striker.
 arrow Football: Ctg set to host NFL 2nd phase final leg
All preparations have been taken to host the final leg of the second phase of the 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League in Chittagong.
 arrow Football: Pioneer soccer
The second phase of the Shinepukur Ceramics Pioneer Football League begins today with Gazipur Ekadash taking on Nawabpur Krira Chakra in the opener at the Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur.
 arrow Diego meets the President
Football legend Diego Maradona, struggling with health problems linked to cocaine addiction, met Argentine president Nestor Kirchner late on Thursday morning amid high security.
Metropolitanarrow Loss stands at Tk 2000 crore
Due to lack of adequate fund, livestock diseases might take a serious turn in flood-hit areas across the country in the next one month, feared Dr Q M Emdadul Haque, director general of Bangladesh Livestock
 arrow Humayun Azad's death condoled
Different political, educational and socio-cultural organisations yesterday condoled the death of eminent writer Humayun Azad.
 arrow Use savings of migrants to boost economy
The country can boost its economy by mobilising the savings of migrant workers through productive investment, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Proper investigation demanded
Shahjalal University Teachers' Association (SUTA) and Bangladesh Mohila Parishad (BMP) yesterday demanded proper investigation of Fahmida Farah Islam Munni Murder.
 arrow College student shot
Miscreants shot a student of Jagannath University College at Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow Free health camp for flood victims
Bangabandhu Jubo Parishad yesterday opened a free health camp at Shakta union under Keraniganj upazila for floodvictims.
Nationalarrow Together they rebuild dam to keep flood away
People of five unions in Kulaura upazila have set a laudable example. They have joined hands and are voluntarily reconstructing a damaged embankment of the Monu river in Alinagar.
 arrow A death cheered ...
People of Swarupkati in Pirojpur, Banaripara in Barisal and Sadar upazila in Jhalakati districts have expressed a sigh of relief at the death of Parimal Sikder alias Khokan Master, a notorious gang leader
 arrow CUTA strike today
The Chittagong University Teachers' Association (CUTA) at a meeting yesterday called upon all teachers to abstain from taking classes today in protest against the university authorities' reaction toits
 arrow Security tightened at Syedpur airport
Security has been tightened at Syedpur airport as in other air ports of the country following Tuesday's threat by an anonymous caller to blow up an Airbus at Sylhet MAG Osmani Airport.
 arrow 2 including 'headman' killed, 3 abducted in Rangamati
Two persons including a headman were killed and three others abducted in Bilaichhari upazila and Longdu upazila in two days, police said.
 arrow A good start for grassroots democracy
It was a unique day for the people in Khalilnagar, a remote village in Tala upazila. They had a day-long open Union Parishad 'budget session' yesterday.
 arrow Sakhira ZISAS chief sent to jail for 'cheating'
The president of Satkhira district unit of Zia Samajik and Sangkritic Sangathan ( ZISAS ), a front organization of the ruling BNP, was sent to jail yesterday for alleged cheating.
 arrow Transport strike in 5 districts withdrawn
Transport strike in five districts of the southern region was withdrawn on Thursday.

It was followed by a fruitful talk between the leaders of road transport owners and workers and the administration.

 arrow Cop killed in road mishap
Police Sub-inspector Md Joynal Abedin official was killed in a road accident on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway near Chandura yesterday.
 arrow Boat capsizes in Titas: One drowns
On person drowned and 10 others were rescued when an engine boat capsizes in the Titas river here on Thursday.

The dead victim is Hawa Mia, 65, of Ramnadi village in Palash upazila, Narsingdi.

Point-Counterpointarrow Management of 1998 flood: An experience to emulate
The country has once again been ravaged by, a deluge of extraordinary magnitude. Although there is signs of flood water receding now but the fear of another bout of flood looms large in the horizon.
 arrow Business planning -- a look at some major benefits
Management experts consider planning very much synonymous with decision making. For it is planning that forces a clearer definition of what the company is trying to be.
 arrow No Vietcong in Iraq
Looking at the scared faces of Tilak Raj, Sukhdev Singh and Antaryami, we have to ask, are these really the agents of Neo-Empire? Desperate men, who went to Iraq for their Kuwaiti employer, are now hostages
Culturearrow An exquisite Chinese handicraft
Ever wondered what a Cloisonne is? In Beijing, people like to decorate their homes with Cloisonne articles. Young women love trinkets made from Cloisonne, like bracelets and earrings.
 arrow Recalling wide open spaces
Tomoko Ogoshi, who had her recent exhibition of prints at the Zainul Gallery, like most printmakers was once confined to paintings but moved over to print making when she realised that she could bestexpress
 arrow Mock debate show raises funds for flood victims
On the evening of August 9 Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) organised an exhibition debate at the Bishwashahitta Kendra Auditorium. Buying tickets pricing at Tk. 100.
Generalarrow 2 children drown in Keraniganj
Two children drowned in the river Buriganga in Keraniganj while taking bath yesterday.
 arrow 11school students leave for US today
Eleven Bangladeshi secondary schoolstudents will study in the United States for a year under the Partnerships for Learning Youth Exchange and Study Programme (P4L-YES), funded by the US government, says
 arrow Khulna JP leader injured in bomb attack
A Khulna city Jatiya Party leader was injured as miscreants hurled bombs on him on Thursday night near the millgate under Khalishpur thana.
 arrow Nepal villagers sell kidneys to beat poverty
Man Dhoj Tamang cuts a forlorn figure as he stands in front of his house in central Nepal, overlooking a valley full of lush green rice fields.
Internationalarrow 'Israel may hand Golan Heights back to Syria'
Israel could hand back the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967 as part of an eventual peace deal with Syria, armed forces chief General Moshe Yaalon said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow UN extends Iraq mission for a yr
The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq by one year.

The mandate for the mission, created on August 14, 2003, expired yesterday.

 arrow Protests erupt in cities against Najaf fighting
Protests against the US-led military campaign in the sacred Shia Muslim city of Najaf broke out in five Iraqi cities yesterday, with some demonstrators calling for interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to
 arrow Security alert in India for Independence Day
India has stepped up security across the country ahead of tomorrow's Independence day celebrations, especially in flashpoint areas of Indian Kashmir as well as in the capital New Delhi, officials said.
 arrow Republicans, Democrats clash over anti-terror war
Republicans and Democrats clashed bitterly Thursday over the war on terrorism, with Vice President Dick Cheney heaping scorn on a call by presidential candidate John Kerry for a more "sensitive" campaign
 arrow Bush admn fails to find out evidence on 'imminent attack'
Two weeks ago, when Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned of possible al-Qaeda attacks, the "where" was very specific: Financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, New Jersey.
 arrow Rome awaits al-Qaeda deadline with huge security deployment
Thousands of members of the Italian security forces and hundreds of ambulances were preparing to deploy on Rome's streets at the weekend ahead of an al-Qaeda linked group's deadline for the government
 arrow Deadly spectre of bird flu returns to Vietnam
The deadly spectre of bird flu has returned to Asia with Vietnam confirming yesterday that three people have died from the disease more than four months after declaring it had been contained.
 arrow Troops kill 17 kidnappers in Philippines
Seventeen members of a kidnap gang operating in the southern Philippines were killed in a military operation yesterday, the regional commander said.
 arrow New Jersey governor resigns, admits having gay affair
The Democratic Governor of New Jersey, Jim McGreevey, resigned Thursday, after declaring his homosexuality and confessing to having an adulterous affair with another man.
 arrow Manipur state to partially lift Anti-terror law
India's northeastern state of Manipur Thursday said it was lifting a controversial anti-terror law in some areas after weeks of bitter and often violent demonstrations.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bomb threats
After the bomb blasts in Sylhet, there is now the palming off of threats resulting in a bomb scare and consequent alert on the part of the authorities across a large swathe of installations.
 arrow Editorial: Not looking up to govt, NGOs
If there is any gain from this year's floods it is unquestionably the capacity for self-help among the affected people demonstrated on a scale not hitherto witnessed.
 arrow Semblance of fairness in elections at last
Thank God for small mercies. It was indeed a welcome relief to receive the newspaper and to know that the flood waters had further receded.
 arrow Sonia Gandhi and her message for us!
Lady Prime Ministers have become a common matter in South Asia. But exceptions are equally attractive, and bear lessons. That encourages me to write even after three months of the event .
Letters to Editorarrow A valuable addition
"Scientific indications in the Holy Koran" is an excellent and timely publication , based on a research project 1985-90, suitable for the young thinking minds, that is, the present generation indoctrinated
 arrow Tourist visa to earn money?
We do not understand how, why, under what circumstances and under what authority some foreigners are entering into Bangladesh with tourist visa to earn money in our country and leaving our country with
 arrow Local hooligans
It is clear from the story about Pichchi Hannan (DS Aug.
 arrow BTC Training Centres
Reacting to the news on BRTC's plan to offer better public services, (DS Aug 6), I would urge the ministry to concentrate on opening of more training centres (one in each district) on Driving and Vehicle
 arrow Imam Training Academy (ITA)
There is no alternative to training for human resource development. In this light, Shaheed Zia established the Imam Training Academy for Imams in 1979.
Literaturearrow Sargam Cola
Just as the canine population gets into heat at the approach of Kartik, the eighth month of the Hindu calendar, the elite of Delhi gets into a craze for art and culture at the approach of winter.
 arrow On dicky and fitna
Urdu in America: sounds strange? Out of sync? Oh yes.
 arrow The Seventeenth Piece
'To re-energise chess and to free it from the oppressive body of theoretical knowledge built up over decades, Fischer now advocates random chess, in which the pieces on the back row are shuffled at the