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Front Pagearrow No discrimination against women commissioners
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government not to discriminate between women ward commissioners and their male counterparts in delegation of authority and voided a ministerial circular that it
 arrow Plans for central bonded warehouse, textile funds rejected
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday unanimously rejected the National Co-ordination Council's proposals to set up a central bonded warehouse and float a special investment fund of Tk 3,000
 arrow BADC runs dry on seed, little hope for flood-hit aman
Full recovery of the loss of aman paddy in the month-long devastating floods might not be possible as Bangaldesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) does not have any seed stock of the crop for
 arrow Investigators clutch at 2 suspects for clue
Clueless investigators of the recent bomb and grenade blasts at two cinemas and Awami League meeting venue in Sylhet city now rely totally on suspected carriers of the explosives Soleman and Anwar for
 arrow Cops beat man dead over son's release
Police allegedly beat dead an owner of a rickshaw garage at Keraniganj yesterday, prompting locals to attack a police outpost in a show of protest.
 arrow China's gold rule goes on
China extended its lead atop the Olympic medal table on Monday after teenage marksman Zhu Qinan and weightlifter Chen Yanqing each won gold, with the promise of more to come in the diving later in the
 arrow Sylhet DIG withdrawn
The deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Sylhet Range, has been withdrawn in the wake of repeated blasts in the district where a bomb hoax yesterday panicked people of Bangladesh Overseas Centre(BOC).
 arrow Cabinet okays women's JS seats election bill
The cabinet yesterday approved a bill on the Jatiya Sangsad reserved seats for women that proposes an election mechanism and empowers the Election Commission (EC) to proportionately distribute 45 seats
 arrow 96,000 VGF cards to be issued next week
The government will issue 96,000 Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) cards from next week to provide emergency food aid in six districts that were worst affected by floods.
 arrow JS body for naming officials liable for Tk 19cr ICD loss
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the finance ministry to identify the officials involved in financial irregularities leading to losses of over Tk 19 crore to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Kamlapur
 arrow Humayun Azad's family asks DU to bury him beside Nazrul
The family of Dhaka University (DU) professor and eminent writer Humayun Azad yesterday demanded of the university authorities to bury Azad on the premises of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's grave.
 arrow DoE top shot suspended for 'graft'
A director of the Department of Environment (DoE) has been temporarily dismissed from his post following allegations of corruption and inefficiency.
 arrow Private infrastructure schemes won't get subsidy, tax break
Private infrastructure investment projects will not get subsidy and tax break, according to a draft proposal the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved in principle yesterday.
 arrow No fresh floods in a week
No fresh floods are likely in a week, although monsoon rains sent some upstream rivers swelling, experts said yesterday.
 arrow World oil prices spiral to $47
World crude oil prices spiralled to a new high of 46.91 dollars a barrel in Asian trading yesterday as a nervous market ignored producers' assurances that there was enough oil to meet demand, dealerssaid.
 arrow Clashes continue to rage thru' Najaf
Clashes broke out in Najaf ahead of an expected major military assault on Shia militiamen, as a key national conference decided yesterday to send delegates to the holy city in an effort to bring rebel
 arrow Maldives detains MPs, ex-Saarc secy gen
A curfew in the capital of the Maldives was eased but parliament sessions were put off indefinitely and emergency rule continued following last week's riots, officials and residents said.
 arrow Administrator of UNDP arrives today
Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mark Malloch Brown arrives today on a three-day visit to observe UNDP-supported development initiatives and post-flood rehabilitation undertakings.
 arrow Cop stabbed, 1 bullet-hit
Criminals stabbed a police constable in Kanchpur in Siddhirganj and a vegetable vendor was hurt in crossfire between two groups of criminals in Mohakhali in Gulshan yesterday.
 arrow Hazardous and toxic...

 arrow Foreign office DG sent to retirement for 'graft'
Director General (special duty) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Rahim has been forced into retirement for his alleged corruption with effect from August 11, said an official handout yesterday.
 arrow Decision to make two Dhaka roads rickshaw-free postponed
The Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Board (DTCB) has postponed its decision to make two more city roads off-limit to rickshaws from today considering the floods that affected most parts of the country including
 arrow Village policemen demonstrate

 arrow N Korea shuns atomic talks
North Korea has ruled out attending proposed six-way working-level talks on its nuclear arms programmes and has questioned the entire negotiating process, blaming hostile U.S.
 arrow BNP leader blacklists journalists in Sherpur
Sherpur Sadar BNP General Secretary SM Shahidul Islam has blacklisted all journalists in the northern district for not covering a party workshop.
 arrow Bangladeshi boy killed in London road mishap
A Bangladeshi boy was killed and 10 others were injured in a road accident near Hilton Service Centre on their way to sea resort town of Bonmouth for a short training of Bangalee youth workers.
 arrow Hasina slams govt for suspending 15 staff
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday slammed the government for suspending 15 officials and employees of Bangabandhu Mazar Complex and warned it of dire consequences.
 arrow Mannan goes to election tribunal for by-poll result cancellation
Abdul Mannan of Bikalpa Dhara, who lost parliamentary by-election in Dhaka-10 constituency, yesterday filed a case with the election tribunal seeking cancellation of the results for non-deployment ofarmy
Businessarrow 3-day SAFE meet begins in Mumbai today
In the wake of investors' growing interest in trading on bourses outside their home countries, the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) begins a three-day conference in Mumbai today to find ways
 arrow HSBC loan fair next month
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will hold a three-day loan fair, first of its kind in Bangladesh, next month to promote its loan products.
 arrow Indian Airlines to expand Bangladesh operation
Amid growing competition in air travel market, the Indian Airlines has come up with an expansion plan in Bangladesh offering special incentives for passengers.
 arrow Malaysia Airlines unveils promotion campaign
Malaysia Airlines yesterday in Dhaka announced a promotion campaign beginning on September 1 to promote Malaysian tourism .
 arrow Baby foods marketed without registration
At least 46.52 percent of baby foods of various brands being sold in the market has no registration under the Breast Milk Substitutes Marketing Control Ordinance.
 arrow China-made Cadillac to hit market in '05

General Motors, the world's largest automaker, will start selling its first made-in-China Cadillacs in early 2005 in a market it expects eventually to account for a fifth of global sales of theluxury

 arrow Tata expands Asia-Pacific steel business
India's Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd. took a strategic step to expand its Asian footprint with the announcement Monday that it will buy the Asia-Pacific steel operations of Singapore's NatSteel Ltd.
 arrow New courses to make skilled chefs, stewards
An institute on tourism and catering services in Dhaka yesterday formally introduced courses to make skilled chefs and stewards.
 arrow New chairman, vice-chairman of National Housing
M Haider Chowdhury has been re-elected chairman and CM Alam vice-chairman of National Housing Finance and Investments Limited.
 arrow Thai authorities seize suspected bird flu vaccines
Thai authorities have seized containers of suspected bird flu vaccine that has been banned in the kingdom after raiding a popular Bangkok weekend market, officials said Monday.
 arrow Asia's forex reserves decline by $2.4b
Asia's appetite for foreign exchange reserves appears sated for now, with holdings at the end of July little changed from March, figures from regional central banks show.
Sportsarrow Asif 7pts too far
Commonwealth Games gold me-dallist Asif Ho-ssain Khan wan-ted to improve on his personal best when he lined up with the best at the Marco Polo Shooting Range in the men's 10m air rifle at the Athens Olympic
 arrow Not so American
It's early days but America's sporting aura of invincibility is under assault at the Athens Olympics.
 arrow Football: Chittagong MSC remain afloat
Chittagong Moha-mmedan Sporting Club kept their Super Six hopes alive when the home side cru-shed Najirpara Krira Chakra of Chandpur 3-0 in the opening match of the fourth and final leg of the fourthNitol-Tata
 arrow Cricket: Key keeps hosts on course
Robert Key's unbeaten 51 took England towards victory on the fifth day of the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford here Monday.
Ryk Neethling, a perennial international medal contender in freestyle distance events in the 1990s, saw his switch to sprint swimming pay off with Olympic gold in South Africa's stunning 4x100m record-breaking
 arrow Watch out Federer
Indian tricksters Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi aim to blow up a storm at the Athens Olympic tennis tournament.
 arrow India, Pakistan taste defeat
Asian teams were blown away in the strong Athens winds as the Olympic men's field hockey opened on Sunday with convincing wins for the chief title contenders.
 arrow South Africa stop Phelps
South Africa ruined Michael Phelps' dream of winning a record eight gold medals in a dramatic and controversial day of swimming at the Athens Olympics on Sunday.
 arrow Dream Team now nightmare
Now that their Olympic basketball humiliation is complete, the United States might just go back to the old-fashioned notion of tryouts and having a coach select the players instead of a committee.
 arrow Kiss Andy for $500!
Andy Roddick is watching his back with the Australian women's water-polo team ready to pay 500 dollars to the first girl who lands a kiss on the US Open champion at the Athens Olympics.
 arrow Cricket: Last U-19 Test begins today
Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team will desperately be looking for an improved performance by the batsmen when they take on their English counterparts in the third and final four-day Test starting at Glamorgan
 arrow LATEST
South Korea's Lee Won-Hee dumped Russian Vitaliy Makarov in the men's under-73kg judo lightweight final to add Olympic gold to his world title Monday as Japan's medal charge screeched to a halt.
 arrow Sorry, Udomporn
A refereeing blunder robbed Thailand gold medalist Udomporn Polsak of what she thought was an Olympic record, red-faced weightlifting officials admitted on Monday.

Udomporn lifted 125.

 arrow Cricket: The Wright man
Former New Zealand cricket captain John Wright has been retained as India's coach for another year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday.
 arrow Iraq living in dreamland
Surprise packets Iraq secured a quarter-final spot in the Olympic football tournament with a free-flowing 2-0 victory over Costa Rica here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Gunners fire four
Arsenal launched their Premiership title defence in emphatic style as goals from Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Antonio Reyes, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires sealed a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Everton
 arrow Football: First strike Mourinho's
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea's win over Manchester United in their Premiership opener was proof of the spirit already instilled in his expensively-assembled squad.
 arrow Football: Ballack the new leader
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack was named the new captain of the German national team Monday as coach Jurgen Klinsmann stripped goalkeeper Oliver Kahn of the armband.
Metropolitanarrow WFP food aid for flood victims
World Food Programme has planned distribution of 191,075 tonnes of food items among the flood-affected people across the country.
 arrow Prof Habibullah memorial lecture postponed
Bangladesh Itihas Parishad has postponed the Prof ABM Habibullah memorial lecture, scheduled to be held on August 20, due to the flood situation.
Nationalarrow Beauty and bounty together
"Flower cultivation is no longer a hobby, it is a good business," said Ershadul Bari who earns about Tk 1,50,000 a year from this.
 arrow Can Bangla Bhai evade PM's arrest order?
Is Bangla Bhai, the so-called 'operations commander' of dreaded Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), powerful enough to evade arrest despite the Prime Minister's order to nab him?

Many people

 arrow Hefty gains from guava
Once jobless Zafar is now an affluent farmer.

He earns around Tk two lakh annually from his two-acre guava garden in Harmapur village in Magura Sadar upazila. The land remained fallow earlier.

 arrow Train services resume in Gaibandha, Kurigram
Rail communication in TrimohoniBalashi ghat section in Gaibandha and Parvatipur-Ramna section in Kurigram was restored yesterday after renovation of flood-damaged tracks.
 arrow The Daily Star -StanChart relief operation in Shahjadpur
The Daily Star and the Standard Chartered Bank jointly distributed relief materials among 1700 flood and erosion affected families in two villages in remote Koijuri union in Shahjadpur upazila of Sirajganj
 arrow 10 hurt in AL factional clash in Satkhira
At least 10 Awami League (AL) leaders and activists were injured in a factional clash in the party's Assassuni thana unit on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow What if there is global power vacuum?
Professor Niall Ferguson (of New York University) paints a terrifying picture of a new Dark Age, far more dangerous than the one of the ninth century, should the US retreat from its hegemonic role.
 arrow Let history resolve an unnecessary debate
In the post-1975 period, this nation of ours has been caught up in the vortex of the debate on the declaration of independence.
Culturearrow Artists' noble endeavour for the flood ravaged
Aweek-long art exhibition, arranged by the Society for the Promotion of Bangladesh Art, opened at Saju Art Gallery on August 14.
 arrow Fashion fiesta for fundraising
The title SOS --'Save Our Soul' itself depicts that the programme wasn't an ordinary one.
 arrow Generating awareness on health issues through drama serial
To launch Enechhi Shurjer Hashi, a 26-episode drama serial, a press conference was organised recently.
 arrow Wrishiz: A beacon for the flood affected
Wrishiz Shilpi Goshthi recently organised a concert at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in order to raise funds for the flood victims.
 arrow Brine Pickles' literary get together
Brine Pickles, a literary circle of young enthusiasts writing in English, organised a literary evening at the British Council auditorium on August 14.
 arrow Celebrating the monsoon
Padatik Natya Shanshad of Bangladesh and Mitali of India are jointly going to organise a cultural evening. Artistes from both countries will participate in the event.
Generalarrow Rab-criminals gunfight in Ctg: Five arrested
A team of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five criminals after a brief gunfight at Agrabad in the port city yesterday morning, foiling their attempt to rob a businessman.
 arrow Start BRTC bus service on all city routes
Nari Uddog Kendra (NUK), an NGO for women development, yesterday urged the government to start BRTC bus service on all city routes with advance ticket counter for women passengers.
 arrow Proper probe demanded
Officials of Bangladesh Development Partnership Centre (BDPC) yesterday demanded proper investigation into the death of a staff of the NGO.
 arrow 'Duty of press is to present news objectively'
The freedom of the press will be at risk if the media take the responsibility to uphold the country's image, said the speakers at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day media conference yesterday.
 arrow Shibir cadre held in Rajshahi
Police yesterday nabbed a notorious criminal and a cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir from his house at Dharampur under Motihar Police Station in the city.
 arrow PM to launch 'Char Jibikayan' tomorrow
An exclusive economic programme styled "Char Jibikayan" (livelihood for the char people) will be launched tomorrow to enhance standard of life of the char people.
 arrow 3 bombs found on Kuet campus
Three hand bombs were found on Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) campus on Sunday evening, creating a panic among the students and teachers.
 arrow Import, export thru' Benapole suspended
The government incurred a loss of about Tk 4 crore as import and export activities through Benapole land port remained suspended on Sunday on the occasion of the 58th Independence Day of India.
Internationalarrow India says Pakistan still supporting militants
Pakistan continues to support Islamic insurgency in Kashmir and will use militant attacks to influence ongoing peace talks with rival India, India's Home Ministry said in its annual report yesterday.
 arrow Americans allege FBI cover-up
An alleged American bounty-hunter on trial for running a private jail, kidnapping and torturing prisoners in Afghanistan yesterday accused FBI agents of seizing evidence proving his links to US authorities.
 arrow ME peace promoters blast Bush admn
The authors of the unofficial Geneva Initiative for peace between Israel and the Palestinians criticised the United States on Sunday, with one of the top Israeli initiators admitting he wanted the Democrats
 arrow Thousands homeless as Florida begins cleanup
The death toll from Hurricane Charley climbed to 16 Sunday as thousands left homeless in southwest Florida sorted through wreckage and President Bush rushed in to view the devastation.
 arrow 'al-Qaeda plotting new major attack'
US and Pakistani authorities fear Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network is plotting a new major attack after a March terrorist summit in Pakistan, Time magazine reported.
 arrow 5 Pak troops killed in restive gas region
Five troops were killed in a major gas producing region in southwest Pakistan by unknown attackers yesterday, the paramilitary Frontier Corps said.
 arrow Chavez claims victory, foes cry fraud
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez celebrated a massive electoral triumph here yesterday but the opposition rejected the results and insisted it won the referendum on the leftist leader's mandate.
 arrow Tigers reject Lankan counter proposal to revive talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said Sunday they will spurn any new government proposals to revive peace talks not giving them self-rule as peacebroker Norway was set to try to jumpstart the negotiations.
 arrow Saddam's cousins get asylum in Sweden
Two of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's cousins, who have reportedly fled US troops in Iraq, have been granted asylum in Sweden and are hiding out in a Swedish town, Swedish tabloid Expressen reported
Editorialarrow Editorial: Flood damage assessment
The task of assessing the flood damage accurately has to be accomplished before a successful rehabilitation drive can be launched across the country.
 arrow Editorial: Crackdown in the Maldives
The recent arrest of at least 185 pro-democracy activists in the Maldives including former senior members of the government is cause for great concern.
 arrow Cooking history and booking a berth!
On 15 August every year since 1975, the nation mourns the death of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman. People from all walks of life remember the day with sadness and pray for the departed souls.
 arrow Have some faith
Religion has many dimensions. For most people it is simply a matter of fact. They were born in a particular faith and see no reason to step outside their ancestral code of belief.
Letters to Editorarrow Projecting politics
The politics in Bangladesh is too complex for the majority of the people to grasp.
 arrow Educating the leaders
"The education of George Bush (the US President) has been mighty costly", according to the editor of Newsweek magazine (DS, Aug 8).
 arrow Palestinians face an unlikely enemy
So far the enemy was defined and distinct -- the occupying forces. Sharon's "disengagement" plan has given a new twist to the whole story. Never had been the infighting so fierce among the Palestinians.
 arrow A doctor's mind
We are busy with patients, those injured in the two bomb blasts in Sylhet within 24 hours. But yet I am writing to you because we are accustomed to seeing this kind of patients .