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Front Pagearrow Plant pumps out 1,100 tonne groundwater an hr
The Barapukuria 250 megawatt coal-fired power project pumps out a staggering 1,100 tonnes of groundwater per hour imposing an unforeseen environmental disaster in 15 villages around the coalmine area.
 arrow Street face-off on the cards after handover
Despite the ongoing talks between ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL), both the camps are preparing for street showdowns with political programmes after expiry of the present government's
 arrow 20 factories, 1,000 houses gutted in fire
A devastating fire gutted over 20 plastic factories and more than 1,000 houses in heavily congested Lalbagh area of old Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow PM stressed army's role in restoring democracy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the redefined role of military forces in restoring democracy and helping civil administration in crisis periods as well as participating in activities ofestablishing
 arrow Owners seek govt steps to check unrest
Opposing Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association's (BGMEA) earlier threat to shut down garment units for an indefinite period, most of the factory owners yesterday sought government's
 arrow Tigers face Zim today
Bangladesh will play for pride when they meet Zimbabwe in the last preliminary round match of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur today.
 arrow SC Bar urges Hasan to reject voluntarily caretaker job
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday appealed to Justice KM Hasan to voluntarily reject the post of chief adviser of the caretaker government in the interests of national stability, constitution
 arrow Rab recovers explosives from old Dhaka house
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized huge quantity of crackers and explosives from a house at Becharam Deuri in old Dhaka.
 arrow Ruling parties plotting to foil dialogue
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat coalition government has been hatching a conspiracy to foil the ongoing secretaries-general level dialogue to force the country
 arrow Port channel choked by sunken vessel
The Chittagong Port channel has been virtually closed down since lighter vessel MV Shah Badar-1 sank in the middle of the channel Wednesday last.
 arrow Govt has no pla nto corporatise railway
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the government has no plan to make the railway sector a corporate entity.
 arrow Outlaws slaughter 3 BNP men in Kushtia
Cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) last night slaughtered three ruling BNP activists in Mirpur upazila in retaliation for their fellow operatives' death in 'crossfire'.
 arrow BNP cadres burn copies of Jugantor in Barisal
Angered by a newspaper report on local lawmaker Zahiruddin Swapan, BNP cadres burnt all the copies of the daily Jugantor in Gournadi early yesterday morning after hijacking a microbus transporting newspapers
 arrow EC Zakaria's B'baria house ransacked
The house of Election Commissioner SM Zakaria at his hometown Brahmanbaria was vandalised yesterday allegedly by the activists of Jubo League, the opposition Awami League's youth front.
 arrow Girl shot dead for her bid to save her father
Criminals gunned down a schoolgirl as she resisted an attempt on the life of her father at Taragunia village in Daulatpur on Wednesday night.
 arrow 9/11 revisits as plane crashes into high-rise
US officials were investigating yesterday why a small airplane crashed into a high-rise apartment building here, killing a US baseball star and another person on board and triggering memories of the September
 arrow Due to frequent power cuts


 arrow All eyes on China as UN mulls sanctions
World powers haggled yesterday over how to punish North Korea for its nuclear test, with all eyes on China and whether it would back tough sanctions by the UN Security Council.
 arrow Turkish Pamuk wins Nobel Literature Prize
Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, author of "My Name is Red", "Snow" and half-a-dozen other novels, won the Nobel Literature Prize yesterday for a body of work that probes the crossroads of Muslim and Western
 arrow Criminal killed in gunfight with cops
A criminal was killed during a half-hour long gunfight between his accomplices and the Detective Branch (DB) of police Wednesday night at Jashaikhali village in Jhenidah sadar.
 arrow Garment workers clash with cops
Several hundred garment factory workers clashed with the police in and around Kafrul Police Station in the capital yesterday afternoon while demonstrating against the arrest of six garment workers' leaders
Businessarrow Software industry grapples with manpower dearth
As the software and ICT-enabled services firms have been clocking 50-100 percent export growth for the last few years, they now face a dearth of quality manpower that may put a brake on sharp growth,industry
 arrow Canada favours China, India, ROK joining int'l efforts
Canada wants China, India and South Korea to join international efforts to curb money laundering by organized criminals and terrorists, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil at year low below $58 in Asian trade
Crude oil prices dropped to their lowest levels of the year in Asian trade Thursday as the market discounted news of a planned Opec cut in output, dealers said.
 arrow Uzbekistan to double gas price for neighbours
Uzbekistan is nearly doubling the price it charges all its neighbours in Central Asia for natural gas, a senior gas industry official said in an interview published Thursday.
 arrow WTO deal still possible
The European Union's trade chief Peter Mandelson said that a World Trade Organisation (WTO) accord will be difficult, but is still possible to reach, in a French newspaper interview due for publication
 arrow Dollar steps back from 10-month high vs yen
The dollar eased back from 10-month highs against the yen in Asian trade Thursday, paring gains made on the back of shrinking prospects of a US interest rate cut, dealers said. The dollar fell to 119.
 arrow Citigroup wins rights to buy Chinese bank GDB
US banking giant Citigroup has been granted approval by China's State Council to buy the bankrupt state-owned Guangdong Development Bank in a joint deal with local investors, a report said Thursday.
 arrow IBM moves key US unit to China
Computing giant IBM Corp said Thursday it was transferring its chief purchasing operations to China, a move that highlights Asia's growing importance in the global supply chain.
 arrow Executive Tech to distribute Indian Acer brand IT products
Executive Technologies Ltd (ETL), a concern of Meghna Group, has become the sole distributor of Indian Acer brand notebooks, desktop computers, servers, storage solutions and multimedia projectors inBangladesh.
 arrow France, Germany urge Russia to ratify energy charter
France and Germany on Thursday again urged Russia to ratify an international energy charter giving the European Union greater security for its energy supplies.
 arrow Indian factory output up
India's industrial output for August rose 9.7 percent year-on-year, driven by manufacturing growth, official figures showed Thursday.
 arrow US trade deficit hits new high
The US trade deficit hit a record 69.9 billion dollars in August owing to a surge in imports of cheap Chinese goods and expensive oil, the government said Thursday.
 arrow Indonesia clears all debt to IMF
Indonesia repaid 3.2 billion dollars in outstanding debt to the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, clearing all its debt to the organisation, the central bank said.
 arrow New chairman, vice chairman of Express Ins
Md Shamsur Rahman has been made new chairman of Express Insurance Ltd, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Cricket: An incurable disease?
A dose of optimism, renewed vigour and talk of supreme confidence were the ingredients of the Bangladesh recipe for this edition of the Champions Trophy in India.
 arrow Cricket: Spotlight on Bashar
Bishwajit Roy from Jaipur Bangladesh's first mission of making the second round berth ended in a disappointing note following a ten-wicket defeat against West Indies and now they will try togo
 arrow Asif ponders returning his C'wealth gold
Selling gold medals or precious trophies for sportsmen to make ends meet at old age is nothing new in this country.
 arrow Hockey: Usha, Abahani stay on course
Title contenders Abahani and Usha Krira Chakra maintained perfect record in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League with identical 4-0 wins at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs names 3 names
South African Herschelle Gibbs revealed Thursday the names of three former Proteas cricketers involved in a match-fixing scam, said Indian police who now want to question the trio.
 arrow Football: Babloo prefers youngsters for HK match
Bangladesh coach Hassan-uzzaman Babloo has decided to field a very young side in next month's 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers against Hong Kong as preparation for the Asian Games.
 arrow Cricket: 4-star Nazmul sinks StarTel
Fast bowler Nazmul Hossain's four-wicket burst crumbled StarTel as Beximco won by 102 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method in yesterday's GrameenPhone Corporate League match at the BKSP ground in Savar
 arrow Cricket: Not fitting of Akram
Beximco captain Akram Khan escaped severe punishment after walking on to the ground, apparently in a bid to overturn a decision made by the umpires in the GrameenPhone Corporate League group match against
 arrow Cricket: Tigers ring changes
Bangladesh think-tank has decided to give out-of-form batsman Mohammad Ashraful a rest for the last preliminary round game of the ICC Champions Trophy along with left-arm paceman Syed Rasel as they thought
 arrow Cricket: Looking for champions
Millions of cricket-mad Indians and the game's administrators are hoping the Champions Trophy will come to life from Saturday when the big boys join the action.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi being sensible
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Thursday that the recent turmoil at home would not affect the team's campaign in the Champions Trophy tournament in India.
 arrow Cricket: Lefties reign supreme
Sri Lankan Upul Tharanga and West Indian Chris Gayle have one thing in common -- both are left-handed openers giving nightmares to bowlers in the ongoing Champions Trophy.
 arrow Tennis: Johansson stuns Nadal
Swede Joachim Johansson made a stunning return to top tennis after a year of injury, hammering home a 6-4, 7-6 upset win over Rafael Nadal in a Stockholm Open shock Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Spain edge out Argentina
After two morale-sapping defeats in Euro 2008 qualifiers, Spain salvaged some measure of pride with an impressive 2-1 win over Argentina in a friendly on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Azzurri gather pace
Italy's qualification campaign for the 2008 European championships gathered momentum after a far from comfortable 3-1 win over Georgia here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Scots grounded in Kiev
Ukraine sank Scotland with a 2-0 victory in Kiev to keep their 2008 European Championship hopes alive in Group B.
 arrow Football: Croatia outfox England
A header by Brazilian-born striker Eduardo da Silva and a bizarre own-goal from Gary Neville gave Croatia a deserved 2-0 win over England in their Euro 2008 Group E qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Euro 2008 qualifying results
Group A
Kazakhstan 0 Finland 2 (Litmanen 29, Hyypia 64)
Serbia 3 (Stankovic 54-pen, Lazovic 61, Zigic 92) Armenia 0
Poland 2 (Smolarek 9, 18) Portugal 1 (Gomes 90+2)
Belgium 3 (Simons

 arrow Cricket: New PCB chief talks tough
The new chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has indicated that the powers enjoyed by cricketers and some officials in the board would be cut down to ensure there is discipline all around.
 arrow Cricket: Will Freddie bowl in CT?
England skipper Andrew Flintoff is unsure whether he will be able to bowl in the Champions Trophy (CT) as he continues to make his comeback following ankle surgery.
 arrow Football: Two more years for Becks in Real
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said he will offer David Beckham an extension of at least another two years on his current contract.
 arrow Football: Germany's English war!
A German magazine has declared war on English-language terms that have infiltrated the country's soccer in recent years and urged Germans to banish some of the Anglicisms that have been creeping intothe
 arrow Football: 'Mikel is a disgrace'
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been branded a disgrace for his attitude towards the Nigerian national team.
 arrow Football: Maxi tears knee ligament
Atletico Madrid's Argentinian striker Maxi Rodriguez ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a friendly against Spain, his club announced Thursday.
 arrow Football: Poldi keeps his word
Lukas Podolski redeemed himself in ideal fashion after being sent-off in a friendly last weekend by scoring a brace as Germany continued their perfect start to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a
 arrow Football: Smolarek stuns Portugal
A first half double by striker Ebi Smolarek gave Poland a shock 2-1 win over Group A favourites Portugal in their Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Ireland hold Czechs
Struggling Ireland pulled off a 1-1 home draw against Group D leaders Czech Republic in their Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday, helping to answer criticism of their dismal performance against Cyprus.
 arrow Football: Lacklustre Dutch win
Netherlands hung on to beat Albania 2-1 and regain the lead in Euro 2008 qualifying Group G on Wednesday after fading badly in the second half.
 arrow Football: France fleece Faroes
France rebounded from their deserved 1-0 defeat by Scotland last Saturday with a dominant 5-0 win over Scandinavian minnows the Faroe Islands here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Petrov walks out on team
Bulgarian captain Stilian Petrov has walked out on the team after its lacklustre 1-0 win over Luxembourg in a Euro 2008 qualifier, Bulgarian radio station Gong reported Thursday.
 arrow Football: Super Sukur squashes Moldova
Hakan Sukur scored four times -- including a hattrick in eight minutes -- to take his international goal tally to 50 as Turkey crushed Moldova 5-0 in their Euro 2008 Group C qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: PSG sack Dhorasoo
Former France international midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo has been sacked by his club Paris Saint Germain, his lawyer said in a statement on Wednesday a day after his 33rd birthday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt dev programmes in urban areas only for rich
The government is carrying out all the development programmes in urban areas only for the rich people, not for the poor, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Two to die, one gets life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two youths to death and another to life imprisonment for killing Swapan Kumar Goswami, an English teacher of the Government Laboratory High School in the city, in October
 arrow AL, JP MPs walk out of JS body meet to protest decision
The opposition Awami League and Jatiya Party lawmakers yesterday walked out of the last meeting of a parliamentary body protesting its 'motivated' decision withdrawing an earlier suggested restriction
 arrow Violence against children widespread, undetected
Much violence against children remains hidden and is often socially approved, according to United Nations Secretary General's Study on Violence against Children.
 arrow Proposal to change architectural designs
The 31st meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Cultural Affairs was held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with its chairman Prof Shahidul Islam presiding.
 arrow Bangladeshi shot dead by Indian forest guards
A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by Indian forest guards in Gachhuapara forest area in India yesterday.
 arrow Lawyers protest inauguration of court bldg by Nizami today
Lawyers yesterday staged a demonstration on the Pabna Judge Court premises protesting the inauguration of the Pabna Judge Court building for the second time today by Industries Minister Maulana Matiur
 arrow Corruption has decreased in last five years, claims Tarique
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday claimed that corruption has decreased gradually in the last five years.
 arrow Zakir was tortured to death
Family members of Zakir Hossain alleged that the torture in Rab custody caused the death of the 'innocent' boy.
 arrow Sit-in in front of energy ministry October 19
National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources and Port will observe a sit-in programme in front of the Energy Ministry in the city on October 19 in order to force the government to implement
 arrow Alleged robber lynched in Nandail
An alleged robber was lynched at Char Kamor Bangha in Betagair union of Nandail upazila here at 10:00am yesterday. The victim was identified as Abdul Hye Sikder, 48.
 arrow EC opens tender for printing voter list
The Election Commission (EC) secretariat yesterday opened the tender for printing the voter list for the next general election.
 arrow RMG workers block roads for bonus
Workers of a garment factory put up barricade for an hour at the Bayezid area in the city yesterday demanding payment of allowances, arrears and bonuses.
 arrow Seven lighter vessels seized
A mobile court here yesterday seized seven lighter vessels for overloading, risky movement and operating illegally.
 arrow Auditor general briefs PM on audit reports
Bangladesh Comptroller and Auditor General Asif Ali yesterday called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at the PM office and briefed her about audit reports.
 arrow River transport workers begin strike
Noujan Sramik Federation began a countrywide indefinite strike from last night midnight protesting the government's new decision on issuing certificates for vessels' masters and drivers.
 arrow Pharmacy Council team visits EWU
A Bangladesh Pharmacy Council team led by Prof Dr Chowdhury Mahmud Hasan, chairman of BCSIR, visited the department of pharmacy at East West University (EWU) on Tuesday to inspect various facilities for
Point-Counterpointarrow Decision time
The must-awaited dialogue that has been taking place between the secretary general of the main component of the ruling alliance and general secretary of the principal constituent of the opposition alliance
 arrow Children could help you to win the election !
Another national election is approaching in Bangladesh. The political parties are trying to impress the voters by recalling their past achievements, and making promises for the future.
 arrow Justice Muhammad Ibrahim
Bengalees are self-forgetting people, often letting the past slip into oblivion. The Bengalee Muslims are even more apathetic to history. Even the well educated now are more busy with the present-dayaffairs.
 arrow Regionalism and multilateralism: conflicts and needs
The World has been experiencing surge in regional and bilateral trade agreements.
Culturearrow Anusheh and Buno: Popularising Baul songs among urban youth
Their genre
Anusheh:
We call our genre alternative folk. This also gives us a lot of freedom; sometimes the compositions are jazzy, sometimes very funky.

 arrow "I can't act in real life"-- Sanjida Preeti
Vivacious, young and down to earth -- Sanjida Preeti has been involved with the media world for quite a while.
 arrow 'Closeup 1' enters third round
Closeup 1 tomakei khujchhe Bangladesh is in its third round. Starting from October 5, the current round is aired on ntv every Friday and Sunday at 9pm.
 arrow Shaonli Mitra in 'Ami Tumi R...'
Stage artist extraordinaire of India Shaonli Mitra is the guest artiste of the next episode of Ami Tumi R..., a talk show featuring renowned cultural personalities from both Bangladesh and West Bengal.
 arrow Eid fashion show by weekly 2000 on Banglavision
'Banglalink-Weekly 2000 Eid Fashion Contest 2006' will be aired tonight at 8pm on Banglavision.
 arrow "I became Umrao Jaan"
When you do a google search on Aishwarya Rai, you will find more than three million web pages dedicated to her.
Generalarrow Dhaka supports international convention on terrorism
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, said Bangladesh will cooperate with the UN in framing an international convention against terrorism.
 arrow Docs, nurses on strike at Moulvibazar hospital
Doctors and nurses of Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital enforced an indefinite strike yesterday to protest an attempt to attack a doctor.
 arrow Price hike of forms protested
Speakers at a rally here yesterday termed the price hike of admission forms of Chittagong University (CU) as one sort of commercialising the education and called upon all to resist it.
 arrow More donation to AMCH
The Southeast Bank Limited has donated Tk 20 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) Fund, says a press release.
 arrow Hurling bomb at RU teacher's residence condemned
Rajshahi University Teachers Association (Ruta) yesterday expressed grave concern over hurling petrol bomb at the residence of former Ruta president Professor Nazrul Islam, also a teacher of Accounting
 arrow MoU with Iran for cooperation in education
Bangladesh and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening the existing friendly relations between the two countries and expanding bilateral cooperation in the field of education.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Restructuring the railways
That such a big service provider as the railways would go on a sudden strike and bring the largest surface communication mode to a total standstill on Wednesday was simply unthinkable.
 arrow Editorial: Sardine-packed roads
One only has to see a photograph published in The Daily Star City page on October 11 to realise the magnitude of suffering the shoppers in the city's Ghausia and Chandni Chowk market areas are undergoing.
 arrow Death knell for politics as usual?
Kamran Choudhury's blockbuster article, Election 2007: The New Arithmetic (DS, Oct 6), in which he predicts the AL to win as many as 180 seats in the up-coming election, but also points out the
 arrow Dialogue or no dialogue
There is a sense of relief when children, having speech delays, speak for the first time.
 arrow New PM's priorities
Japan's newly elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, delivered his first speech in the Diet last Friday outlining the basic guidelines that his administration will focus on.
Letters to Editorarrow Opposition demands
The 14-party opposition alliance has submitted a 31 point demand to the BNP.
 arrow Why this delay?
It was reported in a satellite news channel that some hurdles had appeared in the execution of the militants awarded death penalty by court.
 arrow An apology to our shooters
I apologise to our national pride, shooter Atique who brought laurel to our poor sports heritage and also to his colleagues who were beaten, humiliated by the police.
 arrow Iraq situation
Ambassador Kazi Anwarul Masud has raised important issues about the U.S. failure to bring democracy and stability in Iraq.
 arrow Doctor's degrees
Many doctors in our country have a tendency to exaggerate their degrees for commercial purposes.
 arrow Mr. Foley's follies!
Mr. Foley, the Florida Congressman, resigned from the US House of Representatives on September 29, 2006 a day after a media disclosure of his lurid emails to his pages.
 arrow The excruciating Dhaka
Dhaka, the capital of our beloved motherland, is commonly recognised as the city of everlasting sporadic load shedding, contaminated ponds, noxious odour (from lumps of dumped filth on the streets), unrestrained
 arrow An art of sorts
Art and creativity is a major factor in life of all humans. Not only is it a form of expressing our ideas but also a proud feeling when you master it as a craft that very few others have.
 arrow Corruption in BD
How the Finance Minister uttered: "... I am fed up with the remarks of donors about corruption and don't want to hear anything more from you ...
Worldarrow South Asia: Lanka offers power-sharing in search for peace deal
Sri Lanka's president offered cabinet posts to the main opposition yesterday in a bid to strike a bipartisan deal to end the island's ethnic bloodshed, his office said.
 arrow South Asia: Probe panel send Nepal's king questions about power abuse
A panel formed to probe abuses of power during mass protests in April in which at least 18 people killed, has sent a list of questions to Nepal's beleaguered monarch, an official said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Nato wants to copy Pak militant peace deal
Nato approves of Pakistan's peace deal with militants in a volatile tribal region and wants Islamabad's help to do the same thing in Afghanistan, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali Maoists, officials in race to seal peace deal
Negotiators struggled to seal a last-minute peace deal between Nepal's Maoist rebels and the government yesterday, hours before their leaders were due to resume talks that are key to the troubled country's
 arrow South Asia: 57 die in Thai, Myanmar floods
At least 57 people have been killed and thousands forced to abandon their homes as the worst floods in recent memory wreaked havoc across Thailand and Myanmar yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Pak cops break up coup anniversary protest
Pakistani police baton-charged supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday after they refused to end a protest to mark the seventh anniversary of his ouster in a coup.
 arrow South Asia: Court clips Indian president's powers of pardon
India's Supreme Court on Wednesday clipped the president's power to pardon convicts on death row.
 arrow Asians foresee US losing superpower status to China: Poll
Asians see the United States losing its undisputed superpower status in 50 years to possibly China amid waning trust in Washington to act responsibly in the world, a poll showed Wednesday.
 arrow Big powers fail to agree on Iran sanctions
The six major powers confronting Iran over its nuclear programme failed Wednesday to agree on sanctions to impose on Tehran and sent the dossier to their ambassadors at the United Nations for furthertalks,
 arrow Plane crash brings back awful 9/11 memories
Even in a place accustomed to the murmur of terror alerts, a city that has accepted its subways and skyscrapers as targets, where you can almost block out roaring jets and blaring sirens these days, the
 arrow 6 killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza
Six Palestinians, including a teenage boy and three Hamas militants, were killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip yesterday as troops mounted a fresh incursion as part of a four-month offensive.
 arrow 'US forces to stay in Iraq until 2010
Gunmen killed nine staff at a television studio and bomb attacks rocked Baghdad on Thursday as Pentagon officials said plans had been laid to allow US forces to stay in Iraq until 2010 if needed.
 arrow South Korea seeks firm US guarantee of nuke deterrent against North
South Korea said yesterday it would seek firm guarantees of a US nuclear deterrent to any North Korean attack after the communist state announced its first atomic weapons test.
 arrow Iraq death toll study has mixed reaction
President Bush says he doesn't believe it. Some experts have a problem with it. But several others say it seems sound.
 
   
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