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Front Pagearrow Too many cases bog down cops
Probes into different sensational cases have run into a snag as investigation officers (IOs) at different police stations, particularly in Dhaka metropolitan area, are assigned with cases seven timesthe
 arrow Health project uncertain for donors' conditions
Financial contribution of about $70 million for the three-year Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP) has become uncertain as the development partners (DPs) and the World Bank (WB)
 arrow Wild elephants on the loose
Driven by habitat loss in India, more than 100 wild elephants have crossed into the forests in the central region and are trampling life and property in frequent village raids.
 arrow In search of job...

 arrow Clashes wrack Najaf after militants warned
Defiant Moqtada Sadr followers threatened to torch oil fields and die as martyrs yesterday as fighting rocked Najaf after Iraq's government threatened an offensive in the city "within hours".
 arrow Army to help distribute VGF food from Aug 25
The government has asked army personnel to carry out the massive food assistance programme in flood-hit districts beginning from Wednesday under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) scheme.
 arrow 1.15 lakh more under old-age allowance
The government has brought another 1.15 lakh people under the old-age allowance scheme pushing the number of beneficiaries to 13.
 arrow Administrator of UNDP hopes donors' response
Visiting United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown expects donors to financially respond to the UN flash appeal launched on August 12 in the wake of health and foodcrises
 arrow Minister blames Basila erosion on brick kilns, DCC road
Unplanned and illegal construction of several brick kilns and a one-kilometre-long Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) road caused the erosion in Basila, which recently devoured 11 houses on the outskirts of
 arrow Secy-level JRC meet in Dhaka next month
A secretary-level meeting of the Joint River Commission (JRC) between Bangladesh and India will be held in Dhaka on September 14 to 15 to resolve water-sharing issues of seven common rivers includingthe
 arrow Businessman gunned down in Shyampur
Masked criminals yesterday gunned down a businessman at IG Gate in Shyampur apparently for his refusal to pay illegal toll.
 arrow Fresh drug shame hits Games
A weightlifting drug scandal and yet another twist to the saga of disgraced Greek sprinter Kostadinos Kenteris overshadowed US swimming star Michael Phelps' Olympic gold medal hunt Thursday.
 arrow Iran to strike on US forces if attacked
In a marked escalation of a war of words between Iran and its arch-enemies Israel and the US, Tehran has for the first time threatened a preemptive strike against US troops in the region.
 arrow Gas price hike raises cost by Tk 52 crore
The latest rise in gas price has burdened Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) with an additional Tk 52 crore to the current extra cost a year for producing chemical fertiliser and selling
 arrow Bigots rally against Prothom Alo
Thousands of angry teachers and students of Kowmi Madrasas demanded cancellation of the declaration of the Daily Prothom Alo from a rally in Dhaka yesterday amid concerns of journalists.
 arrow Floating homes in flood-risk areas
The United Nations Development Programme is considering building floating homes in Bangladesh following the worst flooding in years, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
 arrow Bangla Bhai set to strike again
Bangla Bhai, the self-styled commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), in hiding at a village between the Rajshahi-Naogaon stretch, is preparing to strike again, JMJB sources said.
 arrow New drug boosts malaria fight
Tests on a new antimalarial drug suggest it could be the biggest breakthrough in treatment of the disease for a generation, the British scientific review Nature says in its yesterday edition.
 arrow Bomb spree a conspiracy against spiritual songs
Government indifference fuels the repeat of bomb blasts, an organisation of spiritual singers said yesterday.
 arrow World oil prices hit new high
World oil prices set new records yesterday as hopes of an easing of tensions in Iraq faded and Iraqi forces prepared for a new assault on the forces of Shia militia leader Moqtada Sadr.
 arrow Regional media meet begins today
A three-day regional conference organised by the South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) begins today in Dhaka in a bid to foster greater understanding and collaboration among South Asian media.
 arrow Letters sent to political parties to resist zealots
The South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC) yesterday sent letters to pro-liberation political parties urging them to join the gathering at the Ahmadiyya Complex atBakshibazar
 arrow IMF assures anti-poverty support
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assured continued support to the poverty-reduction initiative of Bangladesh.
 arrow Highway robbers stab two, loot Tk 2 lakh
Highway robbers stabbed two passengers and looted reportedly about Tk 2 lakh and valuables from a Khulna-bound bus in Barobazar in the district Wednesday night.
 arrow 30 students hurt in attack at BAU
At least 30 students were injured, five of them critically, as unknown cadres attacked students of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) agitating against new rules of semester system in the earlyhours
Businessarrow Corporate governance code vital to cutting corruption
Speakers at seminar yesterday called for formulating a national corporate governance code to bring in transparency and reduce corruption in corporate sector.
 arrow Cost audit can help make industries profitable
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday advised the entrepreneurs to take the benefits of cost audit for making their units profitable.
 arrow Junior Chamber to help jamdani weavers recover flood losses
A forum of young entrepreneurs yesterday announced cash assistance for the flood-affected jamdani sari weavers to help them recover losses caused by this year’s flooding.
 arrow India slashes duties on petroleum products
The Indian government on Wednesday slashed excise and customs duties on petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas in order to avoid another round of hike in the prices of these petroleum products in the
 arrow China to let insurers invest forex in offshore debt markets
China will allow domestic insurers to invest forex in offshore debt markets, a step |hat could pave the way for loosmning of the country's tightly controlled capital account, state press reported Thursday.
 arrow Thailand plans to close shops early
Thailand's Prime Minister said Thursday his government would close shops early to save energy because of soaring oil prices despite an outcry by workers fearing job losses.
 arrow 3-day int'l garment, textile show from Sunday
A three-day international garment and textile exhibition, organised by event management company Conference & Exhibition Management Services Ltd (Cems) begins on Sunday in Dhaka.
 arrow GP, EBL sign deal on online bill collection
GrameenPhone Ltd has signed an agreement with Eastmrn Bank Ltd (EBL) on bill collection through EBL internet banking in Dhaka.
 arrow FBCCI team leaves for Delhi to attend Saarc chamber meet
A 20-member delegation of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) left here yesterday for New Delhi to attend a meeting the Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and
 arrow ATDP to help Agora develop quality standard
ATDP (Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project) and Agora yesterday signed a contract to develop quality standards and supply chain for the superstore.
 arrow RahimAfrooz launches used battery disposal programme
RahimAfrooz has launched a 'used battery disposal drive' programme to help create lead-free environment.
 arrow Gold demand jumps in Q2
Demand for gold rose sharply in the second quarter of 2004, notably in Asia and the Middle East, thanks to strong economic growth and soaring oil prices, the World Gold Council said Thursday.
 arrow Citigroup gets awards for corporate FX, e-trading
Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank NA, has been awarded "2004 Best Overall Corporate FX Bank" and "2004 Best single e-trading platform" in Asia by Asiamoney FX Poll.
 arrow Google sets IPO share price at $85
Leading web search engine Google Inc slashed its share price for its initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange, where it could begin trading on Thursday or Friday.
 arrow Oil crisis to cut Asia's 2004 GDP growth: UN
Soaring oil prices could shave as much as one percentage point from Asia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year, forcing the region to make painful adjustments, the United Nations said.
 arrow China's power consumption growth to slow in 2nd-half
Growth in China's power consumption is expected to ease in the second half of 2004 as government measures to slow investment and rising electricity prices cool demand, state press said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Athletes hope to banish demons
Athletics faces its toughest Olym-pic Games test since the Ben Johnson scandal when the competition gets un-derway here on Friday with competitors under intense pressure to drag the sport out of the mire
 arrow Not a fall guy
Paul Hamm etc-hed his name into the record books as he be-came the first American man to win the Olympic gymnastics all-round crown on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar unlikely for Champs Trophy
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar looks doubtful for next month's ICC Champions Trophy as his injury seemed more serious than it was anticipated.
 arrow Football: No sweat MSC
Dhaka Moha-mmedan confirmed their Super Six berth wi|h a 3-0 romp over Unmochan Club of Bagerhat in their 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League (NFL) match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL tour on time, India coming in December
India will tour Bangladesh in December (8-22) for two Tests and will return for a tri-nation series in January next year, also involving Zimbabwe.
 arrow Jewel times 25.47 sec
Bangladesh swimmer Jewel Ahmed took part in the 50m freestyle at the Athens Olympics on Thursday.

His appearance on |he big stage was more academic than putting any serious threat on any medal.

Posters depicting Greek sprinter Ekaterini Thanou are being hastily replaced around the Olympic host city by those of Australian swimming superstar Ian Thorpe after she pulled out of the Games in thewake
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan, Bell steady Eng
A partnership of 82 between captain Michael Vaughan and debutant Ian Bell steadied England after they had lost two quick wickets after lunch on the first day of the fourth Test against the West Indies
 arrow Cricket: About time SA got back
South Africa have a chance to make up for their Test series loss to Sri Lanka as they get ready for a series of five one-day internationals starting here on Friday.
 arrow Pakistan crush Korea
Rehan Butt scored a goal and set up another as Pakistan took a giant stride towards the Olympic field hockey semifinals with a 3-0 win over Asian rivals South Korea here on Thursday.
 arrow Fashion of the past
Some 1,600 years after the demise of the ancient Olympic Games, Olympic champions in Athens are again donning the fabled olive wreath, the only trophy awarded to their ancient predecessors.
 arrow Hockey: BHF picks 42 for int'l meet
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday named a 42-member preliminary squad for the six-nation international invitational hockey tournament starting in Dhaka from September 29.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters for Japan
The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday named a 20-member national team for the AFC Youth Championship (Under-17) to be held in Japan from September 4-18.

The team leaves Dhaka on September2.

 arrow Cricket: U-19 Test looks to be drawn
The third and final Under-19 Test between Bangladesh and England was heading for a draw after start of play on the third day was delayed due to rain at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff yesterday.
 arrow Football: Not winning friends
The Portuguese press were divided in their reactions to the semi-retirement of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Luis Figo here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: It's all about peace
Brazil's world champion soccer stars got a hero's welcome here as they brought a message of peace to Haiti on Wednesday, but they still whomped the impoverished Caribbean nation's team 6-0 in a good-natured
 arrow Football: Newcomers impress
Former great players Juergen Klinsmann, Marco van Basten and Hristo Stoichkov were all lauded on Thursday following the opening night of their new careers as international soccer coaches.
 arrow Football: Brazil show no mercy
Ronaldinho scored a hat-trick as world champions Brazil cantered to a 6-0 win over Haiti in a friendly dubbed the "Peace Match" on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: England prove a point
David Beckham produced an inspirational captain's performance as England swept Ukraine aside with a 3-0 friendly victory that will send Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad into their World Cup qualifying campaign
 arrow Football: Paying own transfer fee
Romanian midfielder Marian Aliuta has paid his own transfer fee to move from Steaua Bucharest to Rapid Bucharest.
Culturearrow My dream is to see professionals in theatre: Wahida
Wahida Mallik Jolly was in a vulnerable moment, weeping over a script of Ranger Manush when this correspondent visited the shooting spot.
 arrow An enchanting evening with Rabirag
Rabirag, an organisation promoting Rabindra Sangeet, recently held a cultural evening featuring songs of the rainy season to mark the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow Gulzar: The Bengali connection
A non-Bengali in love with Bengali literature. That is the story of eminent Indian writer-lyricist-film director Gulzar.
Generalarrow UNDP assures support to post-flood rehabilitation
Visiting United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Malloch Brown yesterday highly appreciated the Bangladesh government's successful handling of the first phase of the devastating floods
 arrow 11 years on, allottees yet to get plots
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) is yet to hand out over 400 residential plots of a housing project to the allottees although 11 years has elapsed after the implementation of a the project.
 arrow 'UN should re-establish its neutrality'
The United Nations should re-establish its neutrality in a sharply polarised world in order to operate effectively, said a visiting top UN official yesterday.
 arrow 'Save BRTC services from pvt operators'
Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday urged the government to protect the BRTC bus service from the criminal attacks and obstacles by the private bus operators with an ill
 arrow 'Unite against fundamentalism'
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday urged the people to unite against fundamentalism and communalism.
 arrow Islam never supports terrorism
Islam never supports terrorism but a vested quarter is carrying out a propaganda campaign against it for its own interests, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Mobile children's park opens in city
a mobile amusement park (mobile children's park) was launched in the city to provide recreation facility for the children in their localities yesterday.
 arrow 42nd DU convocation in Dec or Jan
The 42nd convocation of Dhaka University (DU) will be held in December or January next year.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead in US
A Bangladeshi businessman was shot dead in the United States on August 18, family sources said in Dhaka yesterday.

The gunmen shot Kamal Chowdhury, 51, at his business centre in Oklahoma city.

 arrow Death anniversary of Tarkabagish today
The 18th death anniversary of eminent politician Moulana Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish will be observed today.
 arrow 1,494 more held
Police arrested some 1,494 people, including three identified criminals, on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Children badly affected by floods: Unicef
Unicef representative Morten Giersing said children were badly affected by floods.

He said this after a visit to Sylhet, Sunamganj and Brahmanbaria recently.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Rupsha Bridge
The construction of Rupsha Bridge has come under the ever lengthening shadow of extremist activities, toll collection in particular.
 arrow Editorial: Confusing productivity signals
The state of agriculture in the flood aftermath has been a subject-matter of conflicting analyses. The impression on the one hand is that early floods have all but queered the pitch for a good Aman crop.
 arrow US election descends into the mire
With the US presidential election in less than eighty days and the Republican National Convention just around the corner, the race for the White House is really heating up.
 arrow Smell of hunger
Explaining hunger is like explaining a void. It is like the sound of silence, emptiness that growls within its own bleak resonance. Hunger is like wolves howling in the wilderness.
 arrow Citizens' voice in health policy and programming
Iread with interest two articles recently published in The Daily Star by two experts who have been associated with the health and population sector for decades.
Letters to Editorarrow Tears for Azad
I never knew Humayun Azad.
 arrow Iraq situation
The US-led occupation forces in Iraq are finding it increasingly difficult to continue to operate in Iraq.
 arrow Unethical business
Love is divine. It is the driving force of the whole universe. The Creator loves all His creations and that's why He went through the hassle of creating all these.
 arrow Flood victims
Our country has just faced one of the worst floods in history & it seems the authorities are not that concerned about it .
 arrow Our agricultural entrepreneurs
The two interesting news item on flowers and fruits from Rangpur and Magura respectively (DS: Aug 17) are a refreshing change from the usual plethora of the daily dose of depressing news of violence,lawlessness
 arrow Writing back
I am writing this letter to clarify the 'ambiguity' which Durdana Ghias detected ( "Read only for Pleasure", DS Aug 11, 2004) in my letter "Not for Adolescents".
 arrow Malignant missed call
GrameenPhone's latest eye-catching but inventive advertisement focusing on the bad effects of giving 'missed calls' really drew my attention.
 arrow US report
The visit of the US team to see firsthand the Bangladesh government's response to US report on human trafficking that relegated Bangladesh to Tier-3 and in immediate danger of facing US sanctions has
Worldarrow Maoist road blockade fuels food price hike
A blockade by Maoist rebels of the Nepalese capital, being enforced through psychological fear rather than physical force, entered a second day yesterday, leading to price rises and a heavy deployment
 arrow Gujarat bloodshed fuelled by local govt
A top police official has testified that anti-Muslim riots that raged in India's Gujarat state two years ago were backed by its ruling Hindu nationalist government, it was revealed Wednesday.
 arrow China accuses Taiwan of seeking to dampen warming Sino-US ties
China yesterday urged the United States not to be duped by the "tricks" of Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian who it said would use US stopovers enroute to Latin America to sabotage Sino-American ties.
 arrow By-polls win makes Shaukat Aziz closer to become Pak PM
Pakistan's Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz was yesterday poised to become prime minister after landslide by-election wins got him into the parliament's lower house.
 arrow Afghan factional fighting rages on
Pitched battles that broke out last weekend between the forces of warlord Ismael Khan and rival factional militia in western Afghanistan's Herat province caused high casualties on both sides, the local
 arrow 11 killed in South Ossetia fighting
Eleven people were reported killed yesterday in fighting in the separatist Georgian region of South Ossetia as Georgia and Russia continued to joust over who was to blame for the conflict.
 arrow Sharon vows to press on with his Gaza plan
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ~owed yesterday |o press ahead with his Gaza pullout plan despite a humiliating rebuff from his own party of his bid to forge a coalition with the pro-withdrawal Labour
 arrow 20 more US troops implicated in abuse
A new US Army report clears top US military brass in Iraq of abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison but implicates 20 or more intelligence troops in the scandal, defence officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow New Iraqi legislature elected by default
A single list of candidates for Iraq's interim legislature was elected by default Wednesday after a rival list was withdrawn for failing to adhere to preset criteria, an official source said.
 arrow Kerry, Bush vow help for National Guard
Democrat John Kerry on Wednesday denounced President Bush's plan to withdraw troops from Europe and Asia as "the wrong signal to send at the wrong time" as the United States battles terror and tries to
 arrow Kay sees US intelligence system in 'crisis
Former arms inspector David Kay on Wednesday onfered a bleak assessment of the state of US intelligence, saying that even naming a intelligence czar was not likely to fix the problems unless other significant
 arrow El Salvador prison riot kills 31
Fighting between prisoners at a jail in El Salvador has left 31 people dead and around two dozen injured, police say.
 arrow US Congressman call on Syria to sever terror links
US Congressman Tom Lantos called on Syria Wednesday to sever its alleged links with terrorism and withdraw its troops from Lebanon, during talks with Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara.
 arrow Indian Railway sets off alarm with mock train crash drill
A drill to test the preparedness of emergency staff of Indian railways sparked panic and forced officials to issue a public apology Wednesday after they reported a head-on collision between two trains
 arrow India rules out direct dealing with Iraqi kidnappers
India's junior foreign minister said yesterday efforts were underway to free three Indian truck drivers held hostage by Iraqi insurgents but ruled out direct negotiations with the captors.
 arrow Myanmar seeks to soothe concern over Suu Kyi
Myanmar yesterday sought to soothe UN concerns ovez the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi after the world body's secretary general Kofi Annan condemned the military regime over its claimeddemocracy
 arrow Chief of pro-Pak rebel group killed in Kashmir
Indian security forces shot dead the head of a pro-Pakis|an Muslim rebel group while susxected separatists killed three people as new violence flared in Kashmir, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka blames Tigers for gun-running despite truce
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels were suspected to be carrying out a gun-running operation in the island's northeast despite a truce, the government said Wednesday.
 arrow Indian sisters shoot dead each other's hubby
Two sisters have shot dead each other's husband in an upscale Mumbai neighbourhood in an apparent dispute over property, police said yesterday.
 arrow Most Americans see US less respected in the world
Two out of three Americans believe the United States is less respected than in the past and nearly half say the country's foreign policy should take into account its allies' interests, according to apoll