Vol. 4 Num 8 Wed. June 04, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Port springs to life
The crippling strike over container cargo shipment at the Chittagong Port ended yesterday afternoon with the foreign feeder vessel operators thrown into a frenzy of activities to meet the shippers' deadline.
 arrow Saifur urges opposition to join budget session
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday urged the opposition lawmakers to attend the upcoming budget session and assured them of adequate time for discussion.
 arrow Daylight bank robbery at bustling Rampura
Armed robbers looted about Tk 6.5 lakh from a Pubali Bank branch near the bustling Rampura Bazaar yesterday noon and also stripped two customers of over Tk 1.6 lakh.
 arrow G8 leaders pledge unity to rebuild Iraq, combat nukes
World leaders closed out their annual summit yesterday by pledging to rebuild Iraq and combat the threat of nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea.
 arrow Indigenous people protest Madhupur park project
Implementation of the National Park Project in the Madhupur forest in Tangail has sparked off strong protest from the local indigenous population.
 arrow Bush gets Arab support for ME peace plan
George W Bush launched the most ambitious US Middle East peace mission in two years yesterday and said a summit with Arab leaders had advanced the "road map" plan for peace.
 arrow Saddam is alive: CIA
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has internal documents that make it clear Saddam Hussein is alive and hiding in greater Baghdad, protected by an underground resistance network of tribesmen and former
 arrow 'Donors to up aid if gas is exported to India'
Donors are ready to increase aid if the government exported gas to India, said State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain on Monday.
 arrow Developer abducted, freed in 90 minutes
A real estate businessman, also a Jubo Dal leader, was freed in less than 90 minutes after his abduction from Bahaddarhat bus terminal yesterday.
 arrow 11 killed as bus spins into ditch near Haluaghat
Eleven people including five women and a child were killed when an overloaded bus skidded off the Mymensingh-Haluaghat Highway into a ditch near Fatehpur at about 11:30pm yesterday.
 arrow Telecom glitch grips city
About 400 telephone lines have gone out of order due to road digging in Green Road, Kalabagan, Bashiruddin Road and adjacent areas.
 arrow Two die as launch hits boat at Sadarghat
Two people including a girl were killed and a woman went missing in river Buriganga as a passenger engine boat was sandwiched between two launches at Sadarghat Launch Terminal yesterday.
 arrow College teacher's house robbed at Demra
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth over Tk 1.52 lakh from a college teacher's residence at Dania in Demra early yesterday morning.
 arrow Old Dhaka acid victims asked to drop charges
Miscreants, after having thrown acid on nine-month-old Eka Rani and her mother Asha Rani, are now threatening the victims to withdraw the case.
 arrow Hearing adjourned till June 7
Hearing of the Shazneen case has been adjourned till June 7.
Businessarrow Car carnival concludes on upbeat mood
The first Bangladesh International Motor Show concluded yesterday on a positive note after creating mass awareness about the affordability of brand new motor vehicles.
 arrow BGMEA seeks govt nod to central bonded warehouse
Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday sought government permission for setting up a central bonded warehouse.
 arrow Bangladesh business woos three African nations
Trade ministers of Sierra Leone, Uganda and Tanzania yesterday showed keen interest to develop trade relations with Bangladesh.
 arrow BATB, ATDP-II to help vegetable export
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) has signed an agreement with Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project-II (ATDP-II) to assist farmers of Bangladesh in producing quality vegetables
 arrow Ctg tea market dull
The tea sale here yesterday was marked by both Pakistan and Afghanistan buyers remaining less active.
 arrow Oil price hits two-month high
World oil prices shot higher Monday, breaking above 30 dollars a barrel in New York, as traders fretted about tight supplies ahead of an OPEC meeting next week.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nat'l Cricket final today
Defending champions Bangladesh Biman and Rajshahi will battle it out in the final of for 26th National Cricket Championship at the MA Aziz Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Nasser looks to new stars
Nasser Hussain will be seeking a new cast of match-winners in the second test against Zimbabwe this week, with strike bowler Steve Harmison topping his wish list.
 arrow Cricket: Test spot his final goal
India's Mohammad Kaif wants to use his stint with English county Derbyshire as a stepping stone for a return to the Test team.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison owed to Hussain
England fast bowler Stephen Harmison has credited Nasser Hussain with saving his international career.
 arrow French Open: Serena speeds into semis
Top seed Serena Williams mauled home favourite Amelie Mauresmo 6-1, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals on Tuesday.
 arrow French Open: Kuerten can't hear the samba
Gustavo Kuerten, three French Open crowns to his name, said he was unable to find his usual samba rhythm Monday as he bowed out in the fourth round to Spanish star in the making Tommy Robredo.
 arrow French Open: Wedding bells ringing!
Tennis' most famous playing couple Kim Clijsters and Lleyton Hewitt are talking about tying the knot, the Belgian revealed Tuesday.
 arrow Agassi sent crashing
Andre Agassi's bid to land a second French Open crown ended in failure on Tuesday when Argentine seventh seed Guillermo Coria beat the 33-year-old American 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the men's semi-finals.
 arrow French Open: French fries
Belgian star Kim Clijsters is a little superstitious when it comes to what she eats at a major tournament.
 arrow Football: NFL deadline today
Not all the districts in the country are going to take part in the forthcoming third National Football League (NFL).
 arrow Football: Owen and Wayne's world
Stand-in England captain Michael Owen is confident he can forge a deadly strike partnership with new kid on the block Wayne Rooney.
 arrow Football: Hate Hoeness!
Uli Hoeness is a man many Germans love to hate because of his reputation for having a big mouth.
 arrow Football: Bobby goes to bat!
Sir Bobby Robson has spent most of his life entering the cauldrons of the world's great sporting venues.
 arrow Football: Month of qualifiers
The majority of European leagues have ended for the summer but the international calendar is no respecter of holidays with 37 Euro 2004 qualifiers scheduled for the next 10 days.
 arrow Football: Reggina staying, Atalanta gone
Emiliano Bonazzoli scored an 85th minute winner as Reggina came from behind to win its Serie A relegation playoff, second-leg match 2-1 against Atalanta on Monday.
Politicalarrow AL mulls action against Hazari's men in Feni
Main opposition Awami League (AL) is contemplating disciplinary action against the party men involved in last Saturday's attack on a meeting of the party at Feni, AL sources said.
 arrow Abducted Jubo League leader found dead
The body of a Jubo League leader, who was abducted on Sunday, was recovered from Fatikchhari upazila in the district yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Contribute to nation building activities
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday that the government had taken some specific steps, including establishment of a separate ministry for the welfare of the expatriates to ensure the contribution
 arrow Invest in science, technology sector
Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday said the existing gap between developed and the developing world could be reduced substantially through further investment in science and technology
 arrow 'Water act a must to tap water resources'
Bangladesh needs a water act immediately to tap its huge water resources, said a legal expert at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Country needs a medicinal research instt: President
President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the country needed a medicinal plant research institute to help promote treatment facilities.
 arrow Exhibition of rare coins
Antique and modern coins, reflecting a wide variety of coinages around the globe including the subcontinent, of a period of 2,600 years, were displayed in a day-long exhibition here yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tk 2cr trees stolen from CU in 12 yrs
At least 46,271 valuable trees worth about Tk two crore were stolen by an organised gang of timber thieves from Chittagong University campus in last 12 years.

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 arrow Attack on AL procession
Tension is running high in Bagerhat town following Sunday's attack on an Awami League (AL) procession by ruling party men in which at least eight AL leaders and activists were inured.
 arrow Patients hostage, clinics doing hefty business
Patients lured to private clinics by agents in the name of better treatment often risk their life as most of the clinics in the town lack required treatment facilities.
 arrow Cop faces action for arresting accused on bail for money
A departmental case was filed against Sub-inspector Nazibul Haque of Kasba police station on May 31 for taking into custody an accused on bail and extracting Tk 25000 from his family.
Foreign Relationsarrow One shot dead by BSF in Chuadanga
The Border Security Force of India shot one Bangladeshi dead at Shingnagar, Chuadanga in the early morning yesterday.

The victim was identified as Rafiq, son of Abu Taleb.

Culturearrow Anti-Trafficking Video Film Festival
Begum Khurshid Jahan Haque minister of Women and Children Affairs said at the Anti-Trafficking Video Film Festival that was held recently.
 arrow Eight-day-long Nazrul conference begins
It was back in 1964, when the Nazrul Academy was established with some of the eminent Nazrul specialists like Talim Hossain, Sabir Ahmed Choudhury, Justice Moudud Ahmed, Badruddaula, Abul Kalam Shamsuddin
 arrow Nazrul's birth anniversary at Trishal
Mymensingh, May 30: People of Mymensingh have enjoyed highly the three-day tong programme on the occasion of the 104th birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at Darirampur in Trishal upazila here.
Generalarrow PM assures gas supply to Bogra town this year
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia during an extensive tour of her Bogra constituency yesterday assured people of her government's continued efforts for a balanced development in all parts of the country.
 arrow Sutrapur double murder convict surrenders
A convict in the Sutrapur double murder case surrendered to the court yesterday.

The convict, Mohammad Mintu, was tried in absentia and awarded the death penalty.

 arrow Acid attack on housewife, 2 children in Muradnagar
A housewife along with her two children sustained severe burn injuries when her husband and his two other wives threw acid on them at Rahimpur village in Muradnagar upazila on Monday night.
 arrow Six get life imprisonment
A court here yesterday sentenced six people to life imprisonment in the sensational Ripon murder case.
 arrow Convict dies in police custody: Torture alleged
A convicted criminal died in police custody yesterday after he was arrested from Rupsha Strand Road here on Monday.
Internationalarrow Pak province moves to implement Sharia law
Pakistani Islamists ruling a key northwestern province bordering Afghanistan were due to pass a law on Tuesday setting up a body critics say is modeled on the Taliban's religious police.
 arrow 'Suu Kyi unhurt' as calls for her release grow
Myanmar's military government said on Tuesday opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi had not been harmed in clashes between her supporters and pro-government groups last week, rejecting rumors she had been
 arrow BJP for 'smooth' transition from Vajpayee to Advani
India's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party will give hardline Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani joint billing with the more moderate Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee ahead of provincial andstate
 arrow Kasuri sees real leadership in Vajpayee
Making it clear that it was not "ruffled" by statements from India insisting on Pakistan addressing cross-border terrorism, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Tuesday said Prime Minister Atal
 arrow Arabs balk at US plea to speed up normalisation with Israel
US Secretary of State Colin Powell asked his Arab counterparts here to speed up the normalization of ties with Israel, but met with a hesitant response, Arab participants in the meeting said Tuesday.
 arrow Iraqi troops, tribes ask US to leave or face war
Thousands of sacked Iraqi soldiers swarmed angrily around US headquarters in Baghdad on Monday, as squabbling tribal leaders told the Americans they could face war if they did not leave soon.
 arrow Nuke crisis won't delay realignment of US troops in Asia: Wolfowitz
US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said on Tuesday that plans to realign American military forces in Asia should not be delayed because of regional unease over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
 arrow 'Some post Sept 11 detainees abused'
The FBI took too long to determine whether hundreds of foreigners held after the Sept.
 arrow N Korea blames South for naval skirmish
North Korea on Tuesday accused South Korean navy ships of violating their disputed western sea border repeatedly in recent days, and hours later a South Korean navy speedboat fired warning shots at aNorthern
 arrow Bush-Blair go on defensive for failing to produce WMDs
US and British leaders were forced onto the defensive Monday over the failure to produce weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as food rations were distributed in the country for the first time since Saddam
 arrow WHO may lift China's SARS travel warning
A steady drop in SARS numbers in China could cause the World Health Organization (WHO) to remove a warning against travel to parts of the country previously considered among the most heavily infectedareas
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka Declaration
The LDC trade ministers' conference has ended in the city on a note of unified positions being adopted on issues affecting their trade interests. These in turn impacted on their national development agenda.
 arrow Editorial: That port deadlock
At last the government has decided to exempt foreign container vessel operators from obtaining 'waiver certificates' before their loading and unloading operations.
 arrow Why did Sharon agree to the road map to peace?
President Bush visits the Middle East by cutting short his participation in the annual G-8 meeting of industrialised nations in Evian (France) and on 4 June he is scheduled to meet in Jordan Prime Ministers
 arrow Due process: Prisoners at Guantanamo and elswhere
The protection of individual rights is one of the pillars of the United States Constitution and due process is the means by which this protection is effectively guaranteed.
 arrow Rethinking the BCS Examination
The existing procedure of Bangladesh Civil Service examination conducted by the Public Service Commission, whose credibility has now become a question to the nation, is now considered backdated, questionable,
Letters to Editorarrow "Anti-Americanism"
The Daily Star is being incriminated continuously for publishing "Anti-American" sentiments of the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow HSC question and Eid-ul-Fitr
Living in Bangladesh always prepares you for news ranging from the bad to the worst to the absurd.
 arrow Hong Kong and SARS
The lifting of the travel advisory against non-essential travel to Hong Kong and Guangdong by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 23 is a clear indication that both Hong Kong and Guangdong have
 arrow The Marine Academy: Troubles and reforms
The recent revolt by the Marine Academy senior year cadets and their desertion of the campus at Juldia, Chittagong is deplorable.
 arrow Deadline to disarm
The US occupation army gave Iraqi citizens two weeks to surrender the arms they hold. The goal is good.
 arrow Unocal in Moulvibazar!
What happened to the $685m compensation claim for the damages done by Occidental in Magurchhara? We all know that Unocal assumed the responsibilities of that fire accident when it bought the Occidental
 arrow Subsidy for poultry feed
These days price of beef and mutton is very high and is practically beyond the reach of common man. Chicken is relatively cheaper but still not within easy reach of most people.
 arrow A maximum security prison in the Bay of Bengal
The underworld is maturing quickly in Bangladesh. Incidences of organized crimes are now common. Some recent killings give hints of involvement of highly trained professional assassins.
 arrow A man of vision!
Mahmood Elahi's letter "George W Bush is a man of vision" appeared to me as funny and as a travesty of truth. He seemed to be a pro-Bush fanatic and pro-American for some secret reasons.
StarTecharrow Creative tech showcased
For one more time, the premises of the Arena Multimedia ricocheted with the beat of digital music and the buzz of excited voices.
 arrow e-Auction to set you in motion
In many foreign countries the Internet has become a huge market place where people buy and sell their products through it in a system known as e-Auction or Electronic Auction.
 arrow Two-headed tortoise born in SA
Residents in Wellington, South Africa, are celebrating the arrival of a remarkable addition to the town - a newborn two-headed tortoise.
Star Chittagongarrow Open spaces vanishing
Shrinking of open space due to indiscriminate construction of structures for commercial purposes is posing a threat to environment of the port city.
 arrow Man, animal live on 'gate money'
Chittagong Zoo is gradually losing its attraction to the visitors following mismanagement, indifference and lack of initiatives by the authorities concerned.
 arrow Painting exhibition
The first solo exhibition of paintings by Shaela Sharmin begins at the Alliance Francaise auditorium in Chittagong on June 7.
Star Cityarrow Chemical Worries
Bazlur Rahman, a resident of Elephant Road, recently bought two kilograms of ripe mangos from New Market for Tk 270.
 arrow Hawker Rehabilitation
The sheer number of hawkers on the streets and footpaths certainly reflects the economic pulse of the city.
 arrow Motorshow a runaway success
Sleek presentation, cutting edge technology, great designs and contemporary marketing strategies dominated the first-ever International Motor Show of the country, organised by the Bangladesh Automobiles
 arrow DTCB probes police motorcycle purchase
Dhaka Transport Co-ordination Board (DTCB) has formed a three-member investigative committee, following a report in Star City on June 1, over poor quality motorcycles used by the city's traffic sergeants.
 arrow A laudable move!
For long, the residents of Shantinagar witnessed how their locality was growing haphazardly. As new buildings were built, the road into the area became increasingly narrow.
 arrow Don't let your guard down
Cashing in on the public's sense of insecurity did not appear a particularly good business opportunity even a decade ago.
 arrow Old City heritage becoming history
Moving around old Dhaka these days a strange blend of architectural trends can not be avoided.
 arrow Museum bus ban
School children of Dhaka City may lose a unique opportunity to visit The National Museum located at Shahbagh.