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Front Pagearrow WB threatens to withdraw funds for 450MW power plant
The World Bank (WB) has warned the government of stopping financing the 450-megawatt Sirajganj power project for its decision to re-tender the project.
 arrow Dedicated probe unit in each cop station planned
The home ministry plans to set up a separate investigation unit in each police station across the country to ensure proper and prompt probes into criminal cases.
 arrow Panic grips Basila as river erosion goes on
The fierce-flowing diverted channel of the Buriganga river continued to erode its banks threatening more land and houses yesterday, throwing about 15,000 people of Basila in Mohammadpur in mounting panic.
 arrow Govt borrowing up 30pc on earning-spending mismatch
The government borrowing from banks rose 30 percent in the first month of the ongoing fiscal year and stood at Tk 1,047 crore between July 1 and July 29.
 arrow Nepal rebels cut off routes to capital
Maoist rebels cut off routes yesterday to Nepal's capital Kathmandu in their first blockade of the city since they launched their insurgency to overthrow the constitutional monarchy eight years ago.
 arrow No more anti-poverty loans unless conditions fulfilled: IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will not release some $70 million in the fourth tranche of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loans scheduled for December if Bangladesh does not fulfil
 arrow Constructor feels insecure for extremist threat
The rise of extremist activities has hampered the construction of Rupsha Bridge in Khulna, says a letter sent to the Japanese embassy by the project director Tuesday.
 arrow Dhaka may ask Delhi to ratify 1974 treaty
Bangladesh is planning to ask India to ratify the Indo-Bangladesh Land Agreement of 1974 for establishing a legal basis for a quick resolution to demarcate the still disputed six and a half km of borders
 arrow Ancient city discovered in Peru jungle
An ancient walled city complex inhabited some 1,300 years ago by a culture later conquered by the Incas has been discovered deep in Peru's Amazon jungle, explorers said on Tuesday.
 arrow Army man dies, at least 2 hurt in mine blast
An army man died and at least two others were critically wounded yesterday in a mine explosion in Jessore Cantonment.
 arrow Home help dies in five-storey fall
A teenage home help died in a five-storey fall from a Dhanmondi house yesterday in mysterious circumstances, triggering an angry protest in front of the house by local residents who claimed she was killed
 arrow Akbar orders removal of brick kilns
Shipping minister Akbar Hossain yesterday ordered immediate removal of the illegal brick kilns obstructing normal flow of the Turag river at Basila point and dredging of the river to save the villagefrom
 arrow DUTA deposits fund for bringing back Azad's body
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) yesterday handed over euro 3,000 to the German charge d' affairs to bring back the body of Professor Humayun Azad from Munich, while the DU authorities told
 arrow Hoogenband shatters Thorpe's dream
Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands won his second straight men's Olympic 100m freestyle crown here yesterday destroying Ian Thorpe's hopes of becoming the first man to complete a 100m, 200m,
 arrow Iraqi forces ready to strike on Najaf
US troops, backed by helicopter gunships, pounded militia bastions in Najaf's historic Old City, as Iraq's defence minister warned that a decisive battle to crush the rebels would be launched later yesterday.
 arrow Figo calls it a day
Portugal's star midfielder Luis Figo on Wednesday announced his retirement from the national team after an illustrious career in which he won 110 caps and scored 31 goals.
 arrow Moudud regrets SC's questioning govt's sincerity
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday regretted the Supreme Court's questioning about the government's sincerity in separation of the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow PM launches anti-poverty scheme for Char people
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday launched a special poverty reduction programme for the people living in char areas in five northern districts.
 arrow Body vows to thwart bigots' siege plan
The South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) yesterday vowed to resist the move by a group of religious fanatics to lay a siege to the Ahmadiyya complex in the capital
 arrow Coming back to normalcy...


 arrow Saifur warns of inflated flood loss estimate fallout
Exaggerated flood-damage estimate will only dent Bangladesh's image and put brakes on foreign investment, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Cops club police job-seekers
Some applicants seeking sub-inspector posts yesterday alleged police authority illegally restrained them from taking part in a physical examination and demanded cancellation of the test.
 arrow Trader abducted in Chuadanga, another freed in Kushtia
Operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) yesterday abducted a cotton trader from Alamdanga in Chuadanga, while a fabric trader bought his freedom in Kushtia on Tuesday.
 arrow Drug-peddlers stab 3 cops in Rajshahi
Three constables of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) were stabbed, one of them critically, by drug peddlers in Andharpukur of Paba upazila Tuesday night.
 arrow Islamic groups rally against Prothom Alo in Ctg
Two Islamic organisations staged a rally in front of the Chittagong office of the Prothom Alo yesterday in protest against what they said was the newspaper's 'defamatory reports against Koumi Madrasa'.
 arrow 3 killed in city
A grocer and a teenager were murdered and an alleged mobile phone thief was beaten dead in separate incidents in Badda, Khilgaon and Tejgaon, while unnamed attackers stabbed a journalist in Motijheelyesterday.
 arrow Nunu sent to jail
A magistrate's court in Sylhet yesterday sent SM Nunu Miah to jail after he was arrested in connection with twin cinema blasts and a grenade attack near an Awami League (AL) meeting venue.
 arrow Bauls hold rally at Shaheed Minar toady
Baul singers will hold a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar today to condemn attacks on the shrines and protest against the authorities' barring them from organising programmes on the shrine premises.
 arrow Rab nabs top Ctg criminal with Ak-47
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested alleged top criminal Yakub and his brother Solaiman with an AK-47 rifle and huge ammunition after a gunfight at Fatikchhari in Chittagong yesterday.
Businessarrow Govt plans to go for image improvement mission
In a bid to attract more foreign direct investments (FDIs), the government is going to adopt a promotion plan to improve Bangladesh's image abroad.
 arrow PCBs now turn to new investment areas
Finding it hard to invest in traditional sectors, private commercial banks now turn to new areas such as electricity, port and telecommunications for better use of their idle funds.
 arrow Cut insurance premium rate to help face q}ota-free era
Apparel exporters yesterday urged insurance companies to cut premium rate for marine and fire insurance and contribute to their cost-cutting efforts to become more competitive in the quota-free era.
 arrow India's crumbling Silicon Valley losing its lustre
The success of India's hi-tech and outsourcing industry was built on Bangalore, but the southern city where the boom began has now become a victim of its own success.
 arrow Asia jet fuel demand on rise
The growth of no-frills airlines in Asia Pacific is set to bolster regional jet fuel demand in the next five years, as they expand their fleet and flights, industry sources said Tuesday.
 arrow Govt asked to create Tk 300cr fund for women entrepreneurs
Women entrepreneurs yesterday urged the government to create a Tk 300 crore fund for rehabilitating their flood-hit enterprises.

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 arrow Mitsubishi plans to enhance car business in China
Beleaguered Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it planned to enhance its business in China by raising its stake in a joint venture.
 arrow Indian July trade deficit nearly doubles to $2b
Rampant growth in imports led to a surge in India's trade deficit to $2.
 arrow Holcim to supply cement to Rabiul Tower project
Holcim (Bangladesh) Limited, a leading cement manufacturer, will supply cement to Rabiul Tower project.

An agreement to this effect was signed between the two companies, says a press release.

 arrow Yukos sells gas stake to Anglo-Russian joint venture
Yukos is in the process of selling a 56-percent stake in a Siberian natural gas company to the Anglo-Russian joint venture TNK-BP in a bid to pay off its crushing tax bill, Western oil sources and media
 arrow Google slashes size of IPO
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 arrow Oil hits new record above $47
New York's main oil contract climbed above 47 dollars per barrel for the first time Wednesday, amid fears of disruption to supplies in Iraq and Russia and ahead of weekly estimates of US oil inventories,
 arrow Bush assails European subsidies to Airbus
President George W. Bush on Tuesday repeated his attacks against European subsidies to Airbus Industrie, but stopped short of threatening again to take action at the World Trade Organization.
Sportsarrow Back where it was born
The men's and women's shot put here on Wed-nesday heralded the return of athletics competition to the site of the ancient Olympic Games after a gap of 1,600 years.
 arrow Football: Abahani, Muktis fire blanks
The much-awaited clash of the titans between defending champions Mukti-joddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Abahani turned out to be a dampener as the Dhaka giants played out a goalless draw in yesterday's
 arrow A Greek embarrassment
Controversial Greek sprinter and drug suspect Kostadinos Kenteris quit the Olympic Games on Wednesday with his dramatic gesture overshadowing the eagerly-anticipated pool duel between swimming greatsIan
 arrow Asia's happy hockey day
India and Pakistan resurrected their Olympic campaigns as Asian teams finally made a mark on a day of high drama at the men's field hockey here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: England eye whitewash
England will complete a second successive series sweep and equal the best run in their history if they beat West Indies in the final Test at the Oval starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Super Six up for treble
Six of the world's best cricketers found themselves nominated in three individual categories Tuesday for next month's inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) awards.
 arrow Phelps has another chance
Michael Phelps may not be able to match the seven gold medals won by Mark Spitz at one Olympics but he can still emulate his US idol when he bids for his final individual Games gold in the men's 100mbutterfly,
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer sees tough contest
Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer said Wednesday that he foresaw a tough contest in the upcoming encounters with India and Australia in the Netherlands.
 arrow Sheikh Kamal banned in BTV ?
The performance of our commentators on the state-run Bangladesh Television is synonymous with boredom, and Dr. Anupam Hossain is no exception.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar's reports sent to Australia
To get expert opinion on Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar's thumb injury, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sent relevant medical reports to Australia yesterday.
 arrow Because of a bee
A bee on the starting block gave American swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce a boost at the start of the qualifying round of the Olympic women's 100-metre freestyle on Wednesday.
 arrow Flag curse
Paradorn Srichaphan and Roger Federer have discovered that the pride of carrying their country's flag at the Olympic Games opening ceremony can be bittersweet.
 arrow Chess: Seven players off to Kolkata
Seven players left Dhaka yesterday to take part in the Telegraph International School Chess Championship to be held in Kolkata from August 27.
 arrow Cricket: No play on Day Two
The second day's play of the third and final Test match between touring Bangladesh Under-19 team and England Under-19s in Cardiff was washed out yesterday without a ball being bowled due to rain.
 arrow Cricket: Odumbe banned for five years
Kenyan cricketer Maurice Odumbe, has been found guilty of taking bribes from an Indian bookmaker and banned for five years, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Olyroos there anyway
Australia jousted with gold medal favourites Argentina to play their way into the quarter-finals of the Olympic football competition at Karaiskaki Stadium here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: A new world order
It didn't take long for the new coaches of three soccer powers to make their marks.
 arrow Football: Vieira handed the armband
First Arsenal, now his country - Patrick Vieira has accepted "with pride" an invitation to captain France through the upcoming 2006 World Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Cafu, Kaka, Dida pay the price
Brazil have omitted forward Kaka, wingback Cafu and goalkeeper Dida from next month's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia after the AC Milan trio were not released for this week's "Peace Game" in Haiti.
 arrow Football: Galacticos who?
Real Madrid's "galacticos" will have to get used to spending more time on the bench this season according to coach Jose Antonio Camacho.
 arrow Football: Main Argentina keep record straight
South American powerhouse Argentina pulverized flat-footed defenders to beat Japan 2-1 on Wednesday for their sixth straight win over the Asian Cup holders.
Metropolitanarrow Law for 4 tribal cultural academies soon
The government will formulate a law for four tribal cultural academies that now run under an executive order.

A ministerial level committee will submit a draft of the law to the cabinet soon.

 arrow UNDP scheme for very poor flood victims
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch labour-intensive infrastructure-reconstruction works, in partnership with the government, to help those who lost income opportunities in the
 arrow Maldives urged to release Zaki
The South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) has expressed deep concern over the arrest of Ibrahim Hussein Zaki, one of its board members, and other persons associated with the democracy movement
 arrow Voter list illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the voter list and election schedule for holding election to the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) of Chittagong City Corporation.
 arrow 35 ships fined
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) magistrate has fined Tk 2.5 lakh to 35 inland ships for evading port tax, violation of Port Acts and polluting environment in the port channel areas.
Nationalarrow Gas supply to Rajshahi by 2006, says GTCL
Natural gas will be supplied to Rajshahi city by 2006 and work for laying pipeline under Rajshahi Gas Supply Project will start early next year.
 arrow 3 cops among 50 hurt in Kushtia AL-BNP clash
At least 50 people including a police sub-inspector and two constables were injured during a clash between supporters of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) at Khazanagar village in the Sadarupazila
 arrow 10 get 'permanent bail'
Ten media men, political and cultural activists, accused in two cases in connection with an attack on a gathering of ETV fans in Barisal in 2002, were granted permanent bail by a court here on Tuesday.
 arrow Govt using JMJB to suppress left forces: Menon
Culprits involved in bomb explosions in Sylhet and other places can not be nabbed as ruling party men are sheltering them, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon has said.
 arrow Sromojibi Mukti Andolon not linked to Gono Mukti Fouz
Sromojibi Mukti Andolon (SMA) at a press conference here on Tuesday claimed that it has no link with outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF).
 arrow Two get life for housewife rape
Two people were sentenced to life imprisonment by a court on Tuesday for violating a housewife.
 arrow Sylhet AL, BCL demand release of party men
Sylhet district and city units of Awami League held a rally at the Court Point here on Tuesday demanding release of arrested party leaders including SM Nunu Miah, in connection with the blasts including
 arrow Ruling party men drive out lessee
A legal leaseholder of a ghat (terminal) of the Charalkata river in Sadar upazila has been driven out allegedly by the ruling party activists.
 arrow 2 BRDB men sued for corruption in Patuakhali
Two field organisers of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) have been facing corruption charges.
 arrow Bus, trawler robbed in Gaibandha
Highway robbers snatched Tk five lakh in cash and valuables from passengers of a Gaibandha-bound bus from Kushtia on the BograRangpur road Tuesday night, critically injuring five of them.
 arrow Class boycott in Patuakhali
Students of Patuakhali Polytechnic Institute have been boycotting classes for the last six days demanding removal of its principal for his alleged involvement in corruption.
Point-Counterpointarrow Jute, jam and journalism
Incensed at what they considered a wholly unwarranted gesture, twenty merchants of the city of London gathered on the afternoon of 24th September 1599 in a small building of Leaden Hall Street.
 arrow Najaf -- new centre of Iraq conflict
Najaf, one of the holiest cities of Shia Islam, has become theatre of action , where Moqtada Al-Sadr is the unchallenged leader.
 arrow Loss due to recent flood
Hardly has the water receded from many parts of the country, than several learned agencies have estimated the loss caused by the recent flood in terms of money as Tk forty thousand, thirty thousand, and
Culturearrow Responding to the rhythms
Regular viewers of the probhati (morning session) programme at the lush greens of Chayyanaut's new-year celebration are well acquainted with the chorus tabla recital by a group of young tabla players.
 arrow Aranyak's latest production Raaraang to be staged today
Aranyak Natya Dal will stage the premier of their new production Raaraang, the 40th production of the group, on August 23 at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Exhibition on World Photography Day
On the occasion of the World Photography Day, the Dhaka Photographic Institute (DPI) has arranged a five-day photography exhibition titled Alokchitre Bangladesh (Bangladesh in photography), at400,
 arrow Peter O'Toole: A tremendous screen presence
Who doesn't remember Peter O'Toole in his powerful cinematic roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Becket and The Lion in Winter Nominated seven times for Best Actor Oscars, he definitely qualifies
Generalarrow Air force to get latest technology: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday that the government would continue to acquire latest technology, equipment and accessory to reinforce the air force suiting to time.
 arrow Involve civil society, NGOs in developing health plans
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday called for effective participation of lawmakers, civil society members, non-government organisations and private stakeholders in developing major health programmes.
 arrow 3 to die, 5 get life
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced three people to death and five to life imprisonment for killing city Auto-tempo Sramik Union General Secretary Gazi Liakot Hossain alias Kala Liakot on March 14,1998.
 arrow 7 killed, 40 injured in road accidents
Seven people were killed and 40 others injured in road accidents in Feni, Gazipur and Bogra yesterday.
 arrow BATB distributes relief
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB), yesterday distributed relief among the flood and erosion-affected farmers, registered with the company in Manikganj district.
 arrow Australian grant for flood victims
Australian High Commissioner Lorranie Barker yesterday handed over a grant of Tk 19.8 lakh from her government and Kleenheat Gas Country Manager Klaus Guhra a cheque for Tk 4.
Internationalarrow Arafat admits mistakes by officials
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat admitted yesterday that unacceptable mistakes had been made by his Palestinian Authority as he pledged his full backing to his premier Ahmed Qorei's efforts to tacklethe
 arrow Govt says emergency declared because of coup attempt
The government of the Indian Ocean archipelago, the Maldives, said yesterday it declared a state of emergency last week because pro-democracy activists had tried to stage a coup.
 arrow Strike brings Assam to a halt
Businesses and shops were shut down yesterday in the northeastern Indian state of Assam to protest a rebel assault on an Independence Day parade which left 15 people dead, most of them schoolchildren.
 arrow Annan demands Suu Kyi's release
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed from house arrest.
 arrow He must act on admissions of failure
Senior Palestinians called on veteran leader Yasser Arafat to follow his rare admission of failure by his government in the speech with concrete measures to empower his prime minister.
 arrow Seventeen dead in Iran road carnage
Seventeen people were killed and 20 injured when a truck collided with a bus in southeastern Iran, state media said yesterday.
 arrow Iraqi working for German TV found dead in Baghdad
Mahmoud Hamid Abbas, a local producer for the station, was found dead on Sunlay near the volatile city of Fallujah, said chief producer Jorg Christ.
 arrow Bombs defused in Sardinia after Berlusconi-Blair meet
Police discovered two bombs near the Sardinian villa of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, just hours after he met his British counterpart Tony Blair on the island, the Ansa news agency said yesterday.
 arrow Five killed in violence torn Indian Kashmir
Suspected Islamic militants killed four members of a Muslim family in Indian Kashmir yesterday while police shot dead a top rebel allegedly implicated in the killing of 25 people, officers said.
 arrow Pakistan offers bounties for infos on al-Qaeda
Pakistan yesterday announced rewards totalling 1.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Separation of judiciary still not in sight
On April 19 the Supreme Court granted the government an astonishing 18th extension of time to fulfill its 12-point directive, originally handed down in December 1999, to separate the judiciary from the
 arrow Editorial: Buriganga erosion
The small village of Basila is suddenly facing the threat of being washed away by the river Buriganga.
 arrow Trouble in paradise: Maldives on the brink?
The idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives is in the news.
 arrow Independence Day thoughts
Fiftyeighth Independence Day has just passed. It was a Day to see how did we start and where do we stand. Most recall the sad setbacks; it has become a ritual. One has gone through it umpteen times.
Letters to Editorarrow Modernise flood management
Bangladesh, being a land of rivers, too often experiences dreadful destruction due to floods .
 arrow Doubtful relief operations
Bangladesh is virtually paralysed due to the unprecedented inundation.
 arrow An answer
This letter is in response to the letter 'Honesty is a concern?' (DS Aug 9, 2004) by Mamunur Rashid Tomal, DIU, which is, in fact, written in response to my letter ' We are not honest' (DS Aug 6, 2004).
 arrow Relief distribution
The relief work throughout the county is in a mess, there is no co-ordination between different agencies and hence there is gross mismanagement. It is hampering relief work.
 arrow Those hapless children
Another domestic help was killed in Khulna a few days ago. Looking at the picture of the corpse printed in newspapers, tears must have rolled down people's faces.
 arrow Burial of Dr Azad
I live in the US and have been following the episode of Dr. Humayun Azad's death in Munich .