Volume 4 Number 10 Fri. June 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow BNP, AL stalwarts offer to toss criminals out of party
The second-in-commands of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed their willingness to rid their parties of criminal godfathers.
 arrow Gas supply improves as Sangu field resumes production
Energy supply situation in Chittagong improved with the resumption of gas production at offshore Sangu field yesterday noon.
 arrow Cop-criminal connection
'Pichchi' Hannan received an alert call on his cell phone from a member of law-enforcers minutes before police team raided an under-construction building at Agargaon where the notorious criminal was holding
 arrow Remittance flow clocks new record
Remittance inflow hit a new high as $2,787.17 million poured in during the first 11 months of the current fiscal year.

In May alone, $256.

 arrow Khoka for special cops to fight encroachers
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday demanded a special police force under the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to fight encroachment on open spaces and illegal occupation of sidewalks.
 arrow Corruption eating into education
Corruption and lack of efficiency are the two major weaknesses in the education sector responsible for deterioration of education quality, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Saarc FMs to meet July 9 to remove roadblock to summit
In a delayed move to break the stalemate over holding the 12th SAARC summit, foreign secretaries of member-countries of the 7-nation forum will meet on July 9-10 in Kathmandu.
 arrow Woman suicide bomber kills 18 in Russia
A woman suicide bomber ambushed a bus carrying Russian air force pilots near rebel Chechnya on Thursday, blowing it up and killing herself and at least 17 others, government officials said.
 arrow Barisal hospital without water for 10 days
Water supply to Barisal General Hospital has remained cut off for past 10 days causing immense sufferings to about 150 patients.

The hospital gets water from two pumps placed at the heart of thecity.

 arrow Iraq tenders to sell 1st post-Saddam oil
Iraq on Thursday tendered to sell its first crude since the fall of Saddam Hussein and said it aimed to clinch term supply deals by the end of June.
 arrow Cloudburst takes the edge off heat
Heavy showers swept countrywide yesterday, taking the edge off a 12-day hot spell that claimed 20 lives.
 arrow Bangladeshi army man to lead UN observer team to Cote d'Ivoire
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Brig. Gen. Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh to lead the UN military observers' contingent in Cote d'Ivoire (MINUCI), according to an information received yesterday.
 arrow Saifur set to place budget on June 12
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman will place the national budget for the fiscal 2003-2004 in the Jatiya Sangsad on June 12.
 arrow 5 robbers killed, 6 cops hurt in Hatia gunfight
Five robbers were killed and six policemen injured in a gunfight at Boyarchar in Hatia upazila yesterday.

Police lost a rifle with five bullets during the fight that erupted at about 9am.

 arrow Ten get lifeterm for Murder in Barisal
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Barisal convicted 10 persons yesterday in the sensational Faruk murder case of Nalchity upazila under Jhalokathi district.
 arrow A BIG IRONY
Businessarrow Frozen foods pile up at Mongla port
More than 140 containers loaded with frozen foods have been piled up at Mongla port due to non-availability of sufficient number of container vessels for their exports.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Probe report into Bangladesh's World Cup debacle
When Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar formed a two-member inquiry committee on March 19 to unearth the reason(s) behind the country's disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa,
 arrow Cricket: Asghar sits with advisors today
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar will have a meeting with the eleven-member Advisory Council this afternoon. It is believed that some important decisions will be taken in the meeting.
 arrow Cricket: Hondo hits England
Douglas Hondo took three wickets for eight runs in 11 balls to rob England of a promising position in the second Test at the Riverside here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: ACA's plan to 'save' ODIs
The establishment of an international one-day cricket league was proposed here Thursday by an Australian players' body as a key part of a plan to save the sport from overkill.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting' caution
Australia's World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting says that burnout caused by exhausting playing schedules is the team's biggest fear.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket coming back to Karachi
Pakistan's port city of Karachi, last year hit by terror attacks, will stage a one-day international and a Test match when South Africa's cricket team tours the country in September, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Serena sent packing
Fourth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne shocked US defending champion and top seed Serena Williams 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in an epic 2hr 20min semifinal Thursday to book a meeting with fellow Belgian and second seed
 arrow French Open: All Belgian final
Fourth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne shocked US defending champion and top seed Serena Williams 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in an epic 2hr 20min semifinal Thursday to book a meeting with fellow Belgian and second seed
 arrow French Open: Ferrero holds his nerve
Spanish third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame Chilean 19th seed Fernando Gonzalez on Wednesday in a titanic tussle to reach the French Open men's singles semifinal.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho goes Red!
Manchester United emerged from a day of extensive negotiations with Paris St-Germain yesterday convinced they have all but finalised Ronaldinho's transfer to Old Trafford.
 arrow Hockey: Hockeyroos down Pakistan
Striker Jamie Dwyer guided Australia into the final of a tri-nations men's field hockey challenge tournament here Thursday as the home side secured a 4-3 win over Pakistan at Homebush.
Politicalarrow Give up offensive, Khaleda asks AL
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the main opposition party, the Awami League, to put an end to 'offensive political behaviour'.
 arrow Hazari's men threaten Feni AL leaders
Suspended leaders of the Awami League and its student chapter Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) staged a demonstration against the district AL leadership in Feni yesterday.
 arrow AL again demands midterm polls
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the BNP-Jamaat coalition government to quit immediately and renewed its demand for midterm polls.
Metropolitanarrow Need-based rehabilitation plan for sex workers urged
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to undertake need-based rehabilitation programmes to improve living conditions of sex workers.
 arrow Gas production to be raised
Though there is no effective steps to boost power generation and supply capacity, the government has belatedly decided to increase gas production and distribution.
 arrow Call for proper implementation of int'l water treaty
Speakers at a seminar called for proper implementation of international water treaty to ensure access to safe water.
 arrow CIRDAP TC-19 meet begins in Yangon today
The 19th meeting of the Technical Committee (TC-19) of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) will begin in Yangon today.
 arrow 40 punished under Acid Control Act
A total of 40 people, including convicts receiving death sentence, have been punished under different terms since the enactment of Acid Control Act, 2002.
Culturearrow Nrityanchal Festival 2003
Afia Afreen Appi, came all the way from Rajshahi to attend the festival. She won the first prize of creative dance in the countrywide talent search programme that Nrityanchal organised.
 arrow The revival of Khadi
Arun Guha, the youngest son of Sree Shoilen Guha, is credited for the revival of Khadi in our country. Arun Guha has maintained the existence of the traditional Khadi of Comilla with his endless efforts.
Generalarrow 'Solve water problems through dialogue'
Bangladesh yesterday staged the official World Environment Day programme at Nachol, the country's worst drought-prone area, as "Water-two billion people are dying for it" was fixed as the theme of the
 arrow Phone shop attacked at Shahbagh
A group of miscreants attacked a phone-fax shop at Aziz Cooperative Super Market at Shahbagh, injuring at least four persons including two leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Wednesday night.
Internationalarrow Soldier killed as US troops reinforce restive town
A US soldier was killed and five were wounded when an assailant fired at least one rocket-propelled grenade at them in the restive Iraqi town of Falluja yesterday, the US military and residents said.
 arrow Top New York Times editors resign amid scandal
The New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines, dogged in recent weeks by a plagiarism scandal by a young reporter, and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd resigned yesterday, the newspaper said.
 arrow Housework can help prevent cancer
Housework is good for you.

According to a new Australian-Chinese study, dusting and vacuuming could help prevent ovarian cancer.

 arrow US troops to move from Korean DMZ
The United States agreed Thursday to dismantle its bases and withdraw American troops from positions they have occupied for decades near the tense Demilitarized Zone separating South Korea from communist
Editorialarrow Editorial: Summit on the road map
The trilateral summit at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, Jordan, may have ended on an upbeat note for the participants, but not so for the audience.
 arrow G-8
There is something unsavory about wealth. It exudes greed, selfishness and power. Those who have it can appear to be insensitive to others who are not so lucky.
 arrow The fall
An angry wind swept across the town, before the sky turned from gray to black.
 arrow What did (or does) George have on Tony?
No, that question is not on everyone's lips not yet, anyway -- but it must be lurking at the back of the minds of many, especially after the latest allegation made by the British Prime Minister's erstwhile
Letters to Editorarrow "Anti-Americanism"
I thought I was responding to a reasonable person when I was expressing my views on Mr. S. Khan's letter. I now see I wasted my time. Thus it may be futile to refer this article to Mr.
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr and H.S.C
It is in response to the letter of Sabrina Khan, Christina, Sajid and Hadi. And I 'm totally against their opinion.
 arrow In defence of Israel
We have seen many letters from the UK denouncing the state of Israel. There are many reasons to oppose the Israeli government and its actions in the Occupied Territories.
 arrow Man of one-eyed vision
This is in response to Mr. Mahmood Elahi's letter "President Bush - a man with vision". Of course Mr. Bush is a man with vision, but this vision is one-eyed.
 arrow Political commentators
Since 9/11 we see a mushroom growth of "fertile brain" email composers, incessantly pouring wanton letters for free market consumption.
 arrow Amnesty International Report
Over the last few years, it has been noticed that The Amnesty International report on Bangladesh has been characteristically similar, al least in some areas.
 arrow Traffic laws and fines
The other day, my driver parked my car in front of the Dominous Pizza and went inside to buy a pizza. It hardly took five minutes.
 arrow WMD: Head we win, tail we win!
Mr. Blair agreed the other day to set up an inquiry on the intelligence reports on WMD in Iraq. The inquiry committee will report their findings only to Mr. Blair himself.
 arrow S. Q. Chowdhury and some queries
Awami League is opposing S.Q. Chowdhury's nomination for the Secretary General of O.I.C.
 arrow Bank robbery
A number of bank robberies have occurred in recent times, which is a matter of great concern.
 arrow Gorai Bridge at Kushtia
Our Communication Minister Mr Nazmul Huda has done quite a commendable job in the communication sector.
 arrow Arundhati Roy
I can recall that your esteemed daily reproduced Arundhati Roy's "War is Peace" in October 2001. She wrote the piece immediately after the US attack on Afghanistan.
 arrow "South Asian alliance"
Considering the current situation in the world, where unilateralism by an arrogant super power has become the norm of the day, where only one nation dictates the affair of the whole mankind, it is high
Focusarrow Unplanned interruptions in power supply is horrendous
Year after year the summer in Bangladesh faces the same old electricity crisis. The state owned utilities offer clarifications and pledges to improve the situation within three to six months.
 arrow The scourge of dowry
Recent press reports in local and international media have aptly highlighted the protest of an Indian bride, Nisha Sharma, a 21-year old Computer Engineering student, against dowry.
Environmentarrow Clean technology is the road map to sustainable development
The "World Environment Day" (June 5) this year has brought mixed messages.
 arrow 'Water -- two billion people are dying for it!'
World Environment Day, observed each year on 5 June is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention
Worldarrow Jamali for talks with India on equality basis to serve interest of Kashmiris
Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has said any talks with India will be held on the principle of equality and of securing the interests of Kashmiris, Online news agency reported.
 arrow Cabinet endorses Vajpayee quashing speculation
India's cabinet Thursday endorsed the leadership of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, quashing speculation that he would not lead his Hindu nationalist BJP party into general elections next year, media
 arrow Support for sanctions grows in US Congress
A groundswell of support grew in the US Congress Wednesday for sanctions against Myanmar's military regime, following last weekend's government crackdown on pro-democracy activists and the detention of
 arrow World marks Environment Day with focus on water
The United Nations marked world environment day on Thursday with a focus on water, saying two billion people were dying for it.
 arrow Mahathir, Thaksin call on Asia to lay past to rest for regional unity
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his Thai counterpart Thaksin Shinawatra urged Asian nations Thursday to abandon grudges over past conflicts for the sake of regional unity and future prosperity.
 arrow US to force elimination of WMDs in all 'rogue' states
The United States will attempt to "roll back" proliferation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the world -- and may use force to take away these deadly arsenals from rogue states, a senior
 arrow US admin in Iraq to ban incitement to violence
The US-led administration in Iraq is to ban incitement to violence against coalition troops or between ethnic and religious groups and is prepared to enforce it even in mosques, a spokesman said Thursday.
 arrow 'US has no plans to use rebel group to try to topple Iranian govt'
The United States has no plan to use an Iranian rebel group on the State Department's terrorist list to try to topple the Iranian government, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.
 arrow 'CIA felt pressure to fit data on Iraq's WMDs'
"Multiple" visits to the CIA by Vice President Cheney and a top aide over the past year created an environment in which some analysts felt they were being pressured to make assessments of Iraq data fit
 arrow Doubt dampens ME peace hope
Israelis and Palestinians saw a glimmer of hope for peace on Thursday in the afterglow of a US-led summit in Jordan, but hardliners on both sides threatened to block efforts to end hostilities.
 arrow Al-Qaeda shifting focus from West
Hunted down and sent packing by Western governments, al-Qaeda's focus has now shifted back from the West to the Middle East.