Volume 4 Number 6 Mon. June 02, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Africa rebukes draft Dhaka Declaration
The representatives of African countries, attending the conference of the trade ministers of the least developed countries (LDCs), criticised the final draft of the Dhaka Declaration yesterday, as noclause
 arrow LDC causes lost in lack of expertise, leadership
Technical expertise and visionary leadership can help the least developed countries (LDCs) to expand their share in global trade, said the deputy director general of the World Trade Organisation.
 arrow Exports go haywire
Exportables worth around Tk 200 crore are now stockpiled at the Chittagong port because of suspension of operation by major foreign feeder vessel operators, the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters
 arrow Trouble doubles as MLOs worldwide refuse goods bound for Bangladesh
The export and import sector received another blow when the main line operators (MLO) yesterday stopped loading of Bangladesh-bound goods at various ports across the world protesting the new government
 arrow New crime crack force in offing
The government will form an elite law-enforcement force to combat the rising tide of crimes, drawing skilled members from the armed forces and law-enforcement agencies.
 arrow BAC files case against duty exemption inspector
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday filed a case against Inspector of the Duty Drawback and Exemption Department Mohammad Sohrab Hossain for allegedly running a bribe cartel.
 arrow Leaders bury Iraq hatchet
World leaders sought to put the deep divisions of the Iraq war behind them by demonstrating a more united front on efforts to combat poverty and AIDS in the developing world.
 arrow Plant trees to avert environmental disaster: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called upon all to join a three-month long tree plantation movement by planting at least 39 crore new trees in the next three months.
 arrow 726 examinees expelled for cheating
Over 726 examinees were expelled for cheating and five teachers for abetting their students in the acts in Bangla first paper test on the third day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Alim andFazil
 arrow Charges pressed against Sheikh Selim, 34 others
Police yesterday pressed charges against opposition Awami League lawmaker and former minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and 34 others for allegedly attempting on the life of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
 arrow Crackdown on opposition by Myanmar junta
Myanmar's ruling junta launched a crackdown on the democratic opposition yesterday, closing all major branch offices and putting its leadership under house arrest after detaining party figurehead Aung
 arrow Sircar may miss budget session
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, now in London for treatment, may miss the budget session of parliament, beginning on June 10, said Jatiya Sangsad sources yesterday.
 arrow Three robbed of Tk 90,000 in city
Three persons were robbed of Tk 90,000 and a cell phone at Bangabazar and Tikatuli yesterday.
 arrow Shallow motor engine-based vehicles banned on highways
Shallow motor engine-based illegally manufactured transports including nasimon, chander gari, vatvati, hauler and tempo have been banned from plying the highways across the country to improve road safety
 arrow World's 'oldest' woman dies in Sujanagar
Begum Poirunessa, presumed to be the oldest woman in the world, died Saturday night at her Chargobindapur residence under Sujanagar Upazila here at the age of 151.
Businessarrow Businessmen want rich world to stop farm subsidies
Local business community yesterday urged rich nations to stop subsidies in their agriculture sector and also demanded flexible rules of origins to help the poor compete in global market.
 arrow Sugar merchants seek ban on private sector import
Bangladesh Wholesale Sugar Merchant Association (BWSMA) urged the government to ban sugar import in private sector permanently and initiate a national sugar policy as early as possible.
 arrow Motor show extends on tremendous response
Amid immense response from visitors, Bangladesh International Motor Show has been extended by another two days.

According to earlier plan, the five-day show was to conclude yesterday.

 arrow Anwar seeks WTO support for LDC capacity building
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has urged the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ensure the rights of LDCs in their capacity building and market access to the developed nations.
 arrow SIA, GP, SilkAir launch special travel package
Singapore Airlines (SIA), GrameenPhone Ltd and SilkAir jointly launched a special promotional travel package yesterday.
 arrow IMF welcomes floating exchange rate regime
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed Bangladesh's latest introduction of market-pegged exchange rate regime.
 arrow European, Asian airlines see recovery from SARS
The heads of major Asian and European airlines said Saturday the slump in travel demand caused largely by the SARS virus had reached its bottom, though recovery from the current industry crisis wouldbe
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tough training awaits players
The national cricketers are set to experience a tough drill when coach Dav Whatmore opens his Bangla-desh innings at the BKSP today.
 arrow Cricket: Aminul pilots Biman
Veteran batsman Aminul Islam struck a fine half-century as Bangladesh Biman stormed into the final of the 26th National Cricket Championship with 103-run thrashing of Narayanganj in the first semifinal
 arrow Cricket: Sharif seeks Board's help
Mohammad Sharif is hoping that the Bangladesh Cricket Board can help him make a return to action.
 arrow Cricket: 2007 WC games in US?
The International Cricket Conference is looking into the possibility of America hosting some games at the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

The West Indies will be the official host of the 2007 World Cup.

 arrow Cricket: India spinning on their heads
A school for spinners in India? Sounds farcical as the country has always been envied for churning out quality spinners.
 arrow Cricket: Jadeja pads up
Former India batsman Ajay Jadeja played his first competitive game in three years after a court hearing his appeal against a match-fixing ban permitted him to play domestic cricket.
 arrow French Open: Hewitt, Henman exit
World number one Lleyton Hewitt endured another Roland Garros

nightmare on Saturday, conceding his third round French Open battle to Spanish 28th seed Tommy Robredo after being two sets up.

 arrow French Open: Spaniards on song
Spain led the way into the last 16 of the men's singles with five players making it into the fourth round.
 arrow French Open: French fries
Vera Zvonareva, the Russian 22nd seed who will face Venus Williams for a place in the women's quarterfinals, is caught on the horns of a geographical dilemma.
 arrow French Open: Agassi, Moya move on
Andre Agassi and Carlos Moya, both former champions, joined newcomer Martin Verkerk in the quarterfinals of the French Open men's singles on Sunday while three-time champion Gustavo Kuerten progressed
 arrow Hockey: Hockeyroos down India
A last-minute goal by striker Michael McCann secured a thrilling 2-1 win for Australia over India in the final of a tri-nations field hockey tournamnent here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Barca bid to lure Becks
Barcelona are hoping to lure David Beckham to the Nou Camp by putting a 30 million pound (49.4m dollars) price tag on the Manchester United star, according to press reports here Sunday.
 arrow Football: A truly Milanese week
European champions AC Milan won their second trophy in four days after lifting the Italian Cup here at the San Siro on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Cisse sparks celebrations
Two late goals from Djibril Cisse and Jean-Alain Boumsong spurred Auxerre to French Cup glory against 10-man Paris Saint Germain here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bayern double done
Bayern Munich beat Kaiserslautern 3-1 to win the 2002/03 German Cup here on Saturday to complete the double and give two-goal Michael Ballack more joy and fulfull Oliver Kahn's prediction.
 arrow Football: Picture perfect Rangers
Lorenzo Amoruso marked what is likely to have been his last game for Rangers with the winner as the Glasgow giants beat Dundee 1-0 to lift the Scottish Cup and complete the seventh domestic treble oftheir
 arrow Football: Celta upset Real chase
Real Madrid could only draw 1-1 at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday night leaving Real Sociedad in the driving seat in the Spanish league title race this weekend.
Politicalarrow AL to urge govt to drop SQ Chy from OIC job race
Main opposition Awami League (AL) would send a letter to the government urging it to replace controversial Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury with an acceptable nominee to run for the top job of the Organisation
 arrow Women's groups take a swipe at SQ Chy for obscene remarks
Severe criticism followed the comments of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, prime minister's parliamentary affairs advisor, about Bangladeshi women and culture.
 arrow Jubo Dal leader brutally killed in Patuakhali
A Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader was killed over factional rivalry in Patuakhali on Saturday night.

Police said the assailants killed Mosharraf Howlader of Bauphal Upazila in the district at about 8.

Metropolitanarrow Drive to check adulteration of fuel oil from July
The government plans to launch a drive next month to check adulteration of petroleum products.
 arrow 20,000 women, children trafficked abroad a year
About 20,000 Bangladeshi women and children are trafficked to major cities in India and Pakistan and in the Middle East every year.
 arrow Use of female models at motor show criticised
Gender Relation and Coordination Cell (GRCC) and Institute for Development Policy Analysis and Advocacy (IDPAA) of Proshika yesterday criticised the use of female models at the country's first International
 arrow Appeal for help
Parents of Runa Akhter, 11, and Nadim, 9, who have been suffering from thalassaemia, have appealed for financial assistance for their treatment.
Nationalarrow Tk 1.14 crore for acid victims, disabled in Barisal division
The government has allocated Tk 1.14 core for rehabilitation of acid victims and physically disabled people in six districts under Barisal division.
 arrow 3 girls missing from 'safe home' in Barisal yet to be traced
The three girls who escaped from the 'safe home' of Social Welfare Department at Sagardi in Barisal city Wednesday night could not be traced till yesterday.
 arrow Three PWD engineers transferred for giving 'illegal' connections
Three sub-assistant engineers of Power Development Board (PDB) in its Rangamati zone have been transferred for their alleged involvement in giving illegal power supply connections and realising money,
 arrow 12 firearms recovered from PBCP cadre
A large number of arms and ammunition were recovered from Jiudhara village in Morelganj upazila in Bagerhat district on Friday.
 arrow Mission head, three others arrested
Police arrested Bhrahmachari Sri Chaitanya Moharaj, superintendent of Ramkrishna Mission hostel in the city, two resident students and its gardener in connection with the death of a student, Debashish
 arrow Mominunnisa College faces shortage of teachers
Academic activity is being hampered at Mominunnisa government women's college due to shortage of teachers.
 arrow CCCI seeks PM's intervention to resolve stalemate
The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) on Saturday urged the prime minister to intervene to resolve the stalemate in the shipping sector arising out of making procurement of 'waiver certificate'
 arrow Hartal to protest sugar mill lay-off
A half-day hartal was observed at Mohimaganj on Saturday Gobindaganj upazila demanding withdrawal of the decision to lay off Rangpur Sugar Mills.
Foreign Relationsarrow Import more Bangladeshi products
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged Italy to import more Bangladeshi products and increase its investments in joint ventures here to further bolster trade and economic ties between the two countries.
 arrow Chirac's letter to Khaleda
French President Jacques Chirac in a letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia sought her views on the issues to be discussed in the G-8 summit in Evian, France.
Culturearrow The personification of music

Continued from yesterday

He was, like me, curious and anxious to know the basis for these illustrations, hence his ready cooperation.

 arrow Honoured for the cause of children
Children's literature in Bangladesh has crossed its initial stage and attained the intellectual as well as artistic perfection, opined the speakers at the ceremony of Uro Children's Literature 2003 held
 arrow Essay-writing
The Russian Cultural Centre and Embassy of the Russian Federation jointly held an essay-writing competition recently for all school-college students in Bangladesh on Russia's Northern Capital St.
Generalarrow JIC grilling four men arrested with smuggled explosives
The joint interrogation cell (JIC) here yesterday began interrogating the four people arrested on Thursday night at Patnitala frontier in Naogaon district on charge of anti-state activities.
 arrow Heads of deer, tiger recovered from poacher's house
Mongla thana police on Saturday recovered eleven heads of deer and the head of a Royal Bengal Tiger from the house of a poacher at Burbunia village here, sources said.
 arrow Sixteen get RI for murder
A court here yesterday sentenced sixteen people to life imprisonment for murdering a fish trader in 1999.
 arrow Privatisation Commission under PMO
The government placed the Privatisation Commission under the Prime Minister's Office recently to increase dynamism in the privatisation process, a Commission press release said yesterday.
 arrow Two workers die in fall from building
Two construction workers fell nine floors to death at south Begunbari in Tejgaon yesterday.
Internationalarrow Positions of US, Russia on Iran are close: Putin
The positions of Moscow and Washington on Iran are "closer than they seem," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday following talks here with his US counterpart George W. Bush.
 arrow Israel eases WB, Gaza closure as truce in the making
Israel on Sunday eased its closure of the Palestinian territories three days ahead of a US-convened peace summit and amid expectations the two sides could declare a long-sought truce.
 arrow Countdown begins for arms surrender in Iraq
Coalition commanders opened weapons collection points around Iraq on Sunday as they began a two-week countdown to the imposition of new firearms controls in a bid to stem post-war lawlessness.
 arrow Indian politics heating up with hot summer
A searing summer wave is sweeping India. And so is the heat of electoral politics.
 arrow Blair duped Britons over Iraq war, says Clare Short
Prime Minister Tony Blair duped the public over the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in order to ensure Britain invaded Iraq, Clare Short, who resigned from his cabinet, told a British Sunday newspaper.
 arrow Wolfowitz visits last Cold War frontier
US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz made a moral-boosting visit Sunday to American troops on the world's last Cold War frontier.
 arrow 'Tobacco is weapon of mass destruction'
A top US cancer specialist Saturday called tobacco a "weapon of mass destruction," and colleagues urged slapping an extra two-dollar-a-pack tax on cigarettes and banning smoking in more public places.
 arrow Hopes for another Indo-Pak summit rising: Fernandes
The recent warming of ties between India and Pakistan has raised hopes for another summit between their leaders, Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes said here Sunday.
 arrow Asian security meet calls on N Korea to disarm, lauds anti-terror drive
North Korea dominated three days of security talks between Western and Asian defence chiefs that finished here Sunday, with a consensus among all 220 delegates that Pyongyang must dismantle its nuclear
 arrow Lankan peace hopes dim as Tigers stick to guns
Sri Lanka's peace prospects have dimmed as Tamil Tiger rebels resist international pressure and insist on political power ahead of a final settlement, diplomats and officials said Sunday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: LDC concerns voiced in Dhaka
Trade ministers of the least developed countries (LDCs) are attending a three-day conference in Dhaka to arrive at a common set of agenda for the WTO ministerial meeting to be held at Cancun next September.
 arrow Editorial: Suu Kyi taken into 'custody'
The arrest of Myanmar opposition leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi after a year of her release from house arrest has sent shock waves across the democratic world.
 arrow The Damocles' sword now hangs on Iran?
The speculation 'over who's the next in Washington's firing line' was rife even during the Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now the conquest of Iraq seems to have whetted the US' 'imperial' appetite.
 arrow BJP, thirteenth time lucky?
If a Prime Minister's test of leadership is that s/he must have her/his way in reshuffling the Cabinet, then Mr Vajpayee has all but failed it.
Letters to Editorarrow A place in the sun?
Tony Blair, the tireless "attorney" to the lone warrior (against the world opinion) George Bush earned a questionable reputation. And now his ex-minister Claire Short, said Blair wants a "place in history".
 arrow "George W. Bush is a man of vision"
I am writing with reference to the letter by Mr. Irfan Ahmed complaining that I never reply about their comments on my letters (May 31).

Most comments on my letter commending U.S. President GeorgeW.

 arrow Water crisis and India-Bangladesh relation
When the Farrakah barrage was built, the government of Bangladesh fell prey to the Indian persuasion that the sharing of water would be a bilateral issue.
 arrow Black out
My letter to you is regarding the frequent blackouts in the city. In this hot, humid season it is impossible to live without electricity. And once again the government has failed to control this situation.
 arrow Roadside tree plantation
The monsoon is about to set in. like the previous years, the Forest Department will launch a tree plantation programme soon with a lot of fanfare.
 arrow Millionaire meter-reader
Can anyone shed some light on what happened to the millionaire meter-reader Mahbub? I was just wondering whether he managed to bribe his way out of the limelight or whether he is still facing trials etc.
 arrow Meters in Mishuk a must!
Why are meters now required in every individual form of motorised public transport in Dhaka City--but are not required in the Mishuks? Over the same distance, a wild, bumpy, and back-breaking ride ina
Focusarrow Bringing fairness to global trade
Our shared concern about the current nature of the governance of global trade, our uncompromising resolve to make the voices of the civil societies heard in this process, and our common will to contribute
 arrow War on terror and suicide bombing
A series of suicide bombings -- in northern Chechnya on 12 May and eastern Chechnya on 14 May, at three expatriate housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 13 May and in Tel Aviv, Israel on 18 and