Volume 4 Number 11 Sat. June 07, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Litany of waste
The Public Expenditure Review Commission report has revealed some of the most incredible waste of public money on various unnecessary and low-priority projects.
 arrow Phone gangs scare people to pay off
In a novel technique, organised gangs target people and force them to pay toll.

Using the names of some top criminals, these gangs ask people over telephone to pay them toll or face dire consequences.

 arrow 300 shanties gutted in city
About 300 shanties were gutted and over 1,000 people rendered shelterless in a fire at a slum in the city's Nilkhet yesterday.
 arrow 3 firemen, driver die as van hits autorickshaw
Three firemen and a driver were killed when a covered van slammed into a CNG autorickshaw in Mohammadpur yesterday morning.
 arrow Young-old divide peaks in BNP
Tension between the old guards and the Young Turks are brewing in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and hampering the functioning of the government.
 arrow Cops edgy on fatal attacks
A wave of deadly attacks on policemen has struck terror into them and instilled a sense of insecurity among the common man, police officers and city residents said.
 arrow Shops, footpath collapse into high rise ditch
Two shops and a portion of footpath collapsed into the foundation ditch of a high rise shopping mall at the Mouchak intersection Thursday afternoon, choking the sewerage system and posing a great risk
 arrow Lake grabbing in Mirpur protested
Residents of Mirpur yesterday protested the grabbing of lake beside the Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard and asked the Dhaka City Corporation to knock down the kitchen market being developed illegally
 arrow Monsoon marks its presence
Countrymen heaved a sigh of relief as monsoon signalled its arrival yesterday.
 arrow 'Chemical Ali may be alive'
The cousin of toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali," who US and British officials had thought was killed an April 5 bombing raid, may still be alive, US defence officials said
 arrow Historic June 7 today
The historic June 7 will be observed today across the country.
 arrow 11 killed in another Chechnya blast
Eleven people, nine of them children, died early yesterday in a blast believed to be accidental that ripped through an apartment block in Chechnya's capital Grozny, local officials said.
 arrow Police contact cell phone firm to trace caller
Police asked a cellular phone company yesterday to supply call sheets to identify the law enforcer who alerted 'Pichchi' Hannan minutes before a police raid on an under-construction building in Agargaon.
 arrow Evidence of WMDs was 'big bluff'
A German member of the UN team investigating Iraq's alleged programme of weapons of mass destruction has accused US authorities of presenting false evidence against the regime, the German weekly newsmagazine
 arrow Archaic police laws throw spanner in crime combat
The 200 years old police laws should be changed to curb crime in the present context,.
 arrow Correction
Our front page story titled "Remittance flow clocks new record", run on Thursday, mistakenly mentioned the foreign exchange reserves at $190.40 billion, instead of $1.904 billion. We regret the error.
Businessarrow Govt gives go-ahead to private ICD proposal
In a bid to reduce cost of businesses, the government in principle has approved a proposal to set up inland container depots (ICDs) under private initiatives across the country.
 arrow Workshop calls for JS discussion on PRSP

Prior to framing final Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) it should be discussed in the parliament to ensure transparency, said speakers at a workshop.

 arrow 'Five-star' Seagull set to spread wings in Cox's Bazar
A 'five-star' hotel is set to welcome guests in the resort town of Cox's Bazar by the end of this year.
 arrow 80pc traffic chip in with 40pc railway revenue
Passenger traffic accounts for 80 per cent of the traffic units of Bangladesh Railway, but it contributes only 40 per cent to the total revenue of the state-run operator, said a World Bank-sponsored study.
 arrow EU to seek single 'open skies' air pact with US
The European Union agreed on Thursday to seek a single air-traffic rights deal with the United States, a move that could reshape the transatlantic air market and potentially pave the way for airline mega-mergers.
 arrow Africa to challenge US farm subsidy
Africa will send a united team of ministers to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in Mexico in September to fight the widely-derided US farm subsidy policy, Kenyan Planning Minister Anyang
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahmud retained as skipper
All-rounder Khaled Mahmud will lead Bangladesh in their first ever tour of Australia in July.
 arrow Cricket: BCB comes to Sharif's aid
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to come forward and help paceman Mohammad Sharif recover from a career threatening injury.
 arrow Cricket: Johnson jolts Zim
Richard Johnson took five wickets on his Test debut as Zimbabwe collapsed on the second day of the second and final Test against England at the Riverside here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: WI face SL today
The West Indies will focus more on consolidating gains than exacting revenge when they clash with Sri Lanka in the three-match one-day series starting here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tasty Stew
A proud Alec Stewart was handed an incentive to continue Test cricket after he moved into second place in England's list of Test run scorers on the first day of the second Test against Zimbabwe at the
 arrow Cricket: Sumathipala re-elected
Sri Lanka's former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga lashed out at a 'corrupt' rival on Friday after suffering a humiliating defeat in his bid to head the country's cricket administration.
 arrow French Open: Belgian Slam at stake
Justine Henin-Hardenne will not only be fighting for her slice of history when she takes to the Philippe Chatrier Centre Court Saturday against fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the French Open women'ssingles
 arrow French Open: Verkerk storms into final
Big-serving Dutchman Martin Verkerk roared into the French Open men's singles final on Friday, beating Argentine seventh seed Guillermo Coria 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 in 2hr 40min.
 arrow French Open: Forget Paris
A tearful Serena Williams let the mask slip Thursday as she saw her quest for a fifth straight Grand Slam singles crown hit the buffers with a three-set loss to Belgian blonde Justine Henin-Hardenne in
 arrow Football: German pride at stake
Scotland coach Berti Vogts comes face-to-face with his own countrymen on Saturday aiming to deliver a hammer blow to Germany's Euro 2004 dream.
 arrow Football: Teixeira assures Parreira
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who has had to take a makeshift squad to the Confederations Cup in France, will not be judged on his team's results there, soccer chief Ricardo Teixeira said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Samba and Scotch!
Marcio Maximo Barcellos, the man who nurtured superstars Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, said on Thursday he was relishing the challenge of becoming the first Brazilian to manage a British team.
 arrow Football: Relishing the prospect
Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy said the purchase of Paris Saint Germain's Ronaldinho would give the side a huge boost for Champions League success although PSG say he is not for sale.
 arrow Football: Don't expect a honeymoon
While Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta is confident of bringing David Beckham to the Nou Camp, the England skipper may well be taking time out to mull over the implications of a move to sunnier
Politicalarrow Former Laxmipur, Sandwip BCL leaders killed
Police recovered the body of a former general secretary of district Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) from a hotel in town here yesterday and arrested three people in connection with the suspected murder.
Nationalarrow 28 sued, 18 of them from ruling party
Twenty-eight people including 18 leaders and activists of ruling BNP and its fronts Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal have been accused in the murder of Baintale Union Parishad Chairman Habibur Rahman in Rampal
 arrow Extortionists, outlaws attack shrimp farms, 2 killed
Two persons were killed and 10 injured in incidents of extortion and dacoity in three shrimp farms at two villages in Paikgacha upazila Wednesday morning and the night before.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 6 in Magura, Rangamati and Rajshahi
Six persons were killed and 28 injured in road accidents in Magura, Rajshahi and Rangamati on Thursday.
 arrow Keep development of Sylhet city above politics: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said political difference will not stand in the way of developing the newly created Sylhet City Corporation (SCC).
 arrow Indian dacoits torch four houses, two injured
Armed Indian dacoits backed by BSF torched four houses at a village in Damurhuda upazila in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving three persons injured.
 arrow 6 hurt in Chuadanga bomb explosions
Six persons were injured, when two bombs exploded at two places at Kobikhali village in Chuadanga Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Clash leaves 50 injured in Habiganj
At least 50 people were injured, three of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups at Katkhal village in Baniachang upazila yesterday.
Foreign Relationsarrow BDR pushes Back seven Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday pushed back seven Bangla-speaking Indians through the Hakimpur frontier, foiling a three-hour push-in bid by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
Culturearrow The rapture of classical notes
Ram Kanai Das, one of the maestros who recently performed at La Galerie, Alliance Francaise, said, " I began my interest in music by singing Palligeeti at first, listening to my father Proshik Lal Das
 arrow Celebration of studentship
On the occasion of 10th anniversary and the 7th Convocation of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), the students of the university arranged weeklong festival of cultural events like staging of drama,
Generalarrow Kids on space odyssey
Parents spent a happy day with their kids at a special science festival held in the city yesterday.
 arrow Three Mongla Port guards suspended for theft of ship machinery
Mongla Port Authority (MPA) has suspended three of its five security guards on charge of pilfering machine parts of an abandoned Rumanian vessel that they were assigned to protect from damage and pilferage.
 arrow One gets lifeterm for killing child
A man was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here on Thursday for killing a 6-year-old boy.
 arrow 35 hurt in B'baria bus collision
At least 35 people were injured, 15 of them seriously, in a road accident at Mirhati in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Housewife Gangraped, killed in Bagerhat
Shabita Rani Howlader, 24, wife of fish farm owner Pijush Kanti Howlader, was gangraped and killed by a gang of miscreants in the early hours of Thursday at Baharbunia village under Morrelganj thana of
 arrow 54 rescued while Being trafficked to India
BDR personnel here on Thursday night rescued 54 people while they were being trafficked to India.

BDR sources said they raided Sadipur village and rescued 15 men, 19 women and 20 children.

 arrow Five go missing as coaster sinks in Sandwip channel
At least five persons went missing when a sea coaster loaded with cement clinker sank at the Sandwip channel after being hit by storm on Thursday evening, port and police sources said.
Internationalarrow Hamas breaks off truce talks with Abbas
The radical Islamic movement Hamas said Friday it had broken off talks with Mahmud Abbas over his bid to bring an end to anti-Israeli attacks, setting itself on a collision course with the new Palestian
 arrow Let UN forces deal with terrorism in Kashmir
Rejecting Indian demand that activities of Jihadi groups in PoK should be reined before resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, Pakistan on Friday asked India to agree to a UN-controlled peacekeeping force in
 arrow US sees junta role in Suu Kyi's ambush
The United States said on Thursday it suspected "government-affiliated thugs" of staging an ambush against Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow US forces crack down on growing unrest in Iraq
The US-led administration in Iraq moved early Friday to crack down on growing unrest as the top UN arms inspector questioned the credibility of coalition experts searching for Saddam Hussein's bannedweapons.
 arrow Duma okays amnesty to Chechen guerrillas
Russia's parliament Friday amnestied guerrillas and federal troops fighting the Chechen war in a move aimed at giving peace a chance but which comes amid a bloody wave of suicide bombings in the Muslim
Editorialarrow Editorial: Increased remittance inflow
It is welcome news that remittance inflow has increased substantially in the 11 months of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Editorial: Environment Court sitting idle
The simple fact that only three cases in Dhaka and four in Chittagong are pending at the Environment Court, despite hundreds of instances of polluting our environment, shows the actual lack of commitment
 arrow Slight thaw in India-Pakistan relations
April has seen the end of one war in West Asia and the faint stirring of peace in South Asia.
 arrow Journalism sans frontiers
One has grown old hearing lectures that journalists have this great role or that vital role to play.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricket probe report-- some comments
I have read the probe report on the dismal performance of our cricket team during the recent World Cup published on 6th June 2003 very carefully and word by word.
 arrow Rising crime rate
The recent spate of daring daylight bank robberies belies the government's contention that all is well on the law-and-order front. On the contrary, things seem to get worse by the day.
 arrow Israel and the Arabs
It is the very characteristic of the Arab societies to blame all of their ills on Israel. The Palestine question not withstanding, Arab societies find it almost impossible to practice introspection.
 arrow Police force: Efficient or inefficient?
On June 5, two news items on the first page of a widely circulated daily drew my attention. One of the items informed that 58 persons were taken to custody in connection to the murder of a police personnel.
 arrow The Kashmir problem
The Kashmir crisis was solely created through a diplomatic double standard.
Literaturearrow Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace
1. Preface

Amitav Ghosh's latest novel The Glass Palace came out two years ago. For various reasons I didn't get the chance to read it.

 arrow Letter from New York
Gore Vidal, the gray eminence of American letters, cousin to Al Gore and brother-in-law of John F.