Vol. 4 Num 13 Mon. June 09, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Defence overtakes farm in subsidy
In addition to getting the highest budgetary allocation, the defence sector gets more in subsidy than agriculture.
 arrow Test for macroeconomic finesse
For Saifur Rahman, he could not have felt more exhilarated than he is now in putting the final touch to the budget.
 arrow Dhaka objects to Delhi's embankment plan on Muhuri river
Bangladesh has disapproved of an Indian plan to construct an embankment and a pump-house on the river Muhuri at Belunia-Nijkalikapur border in Feni, fearing river erosion on the Bangladesh side.
 arrow Policewomen guide traffic in Dhaka
Dhaka saw a difference yesterday -- traffic policewomen manning streets.
 arrow Hartal observed in Natore to protest ex-MP's killing
The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Awami League (AL) in protest against the killing of a former lawmaker was observed peacefully in Natore yesterday, barring some sporadic incidents.
 arrow UK admits flaws in Iraq dossier
Downing Street is to express regret about the fundamental flaws in the second 'dodgy dossier' on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow Two ansars involved in Daulatpur Jute Mill arms looting
Two on-duty ansars involved in the April 24 looting of arms and ammunition from the storeroom of state-owned Daulatpur Jute Mill at Khalishpur were former cadres of the outlawed PBCP but the fact wassuppressed
 arrow Minorities came under alliance attack after polls
A probe report has blamed the ruling BNP and its affiliates in the four-party coalition for repression on the religious minorities in the wake of the 2001 general elections.
 arrow Budget session begins tomorrow amid possible AL boycott
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad is set to begin tomorrow amid probable boycott by the main opposition party lawmakers.
 arrow Remove DC, cancel lease, or face agitation
Speakers at a rally here yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the deputy commissioner (DC) of Sylhet and cancellation of the 'illegal' lease of the historic Singha Bari of the city within seven
 arrow Flag vessel ordn to be placed in cabinet today
The Bangladesh Flag Vessel (Protection) Ordinance, 1982 is likely to be placed before the weekly cabinet meeting today for certain amendments.
 arrow Seven killed as Palestinian gunmen attack checkpost
Four Israeli soldiers and three assailants were killed yesterday as Palestinian gunmen attacked a military post at Erez checkpoint between the Gaza Strip and Israel, Israeli military sources said.
 arrow Cook planned killing of Sultana Panni, say arrestees
Cook Alauddin allegedly planned the killing of Sultana Khan Panni, wife of former deputy speaker of parliament Humayun Khan Panni, to lay hands on her cash and ornaments, said two accused in the case.
 arrow BUET students demand trial of Sony's killers
Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Chancellor, Prime Minister Khelada Zia, demanding immediate trial of the killers of Sabequnnahar
 arrow Corruption cases against two ex-ministers, two others
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday filed two corruption cases against four persons including former ministers Shah AMS Kibria and Prof. Abu Sayeed.
 arrow Cop gives deposition
Constable Abdul Gani, the 16th prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, gave his deposition before the court yesterday.
 arrow Boy killed in BDR firing
A teenage boy was killed in BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) firing at the frontier village of Nunasar under Akhaura upazila during a raid by the paramilitary forces to arrest a group of smugglers hiding in the
Businessarrow Govt gets down to trim red tape on foreign businesses, workers
Good news for foreigners willing to set up business establishments in Bangladesh. Soon, they will no longer be required to hop to three different government agencies to embark on any venture.
 arrow Tk 10cr mutual fund gets nod
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved Tk 10 crore first mutual fund of a subsidiary company of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB).
 arrow ECNEC okays 10 new schemes under agri ministry
The government yesterday took up two massive projects at a cost of Tk 937 crore to install a 8,636-kilometer electricity supply line in 433 Upazila and reach Milk Vita milk across the country.
 arrow Trade economists ready Dhaka for Mexico meet
With the appointment of a set of trade economists, the Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) has started working to get the country ready for the next WTO ministerial meeting in Mexico.
 arrow Tk 500cr agriculture subsidy demanded
Speakers at a pre-budget discussion demanded at least a Tk 500 crore subsidy for the agriculture sector to boost the economy.
 arrow Allocate fund for child labour rehabilitation
A local labour organisation yesterday urged the government for creating a fund in the forthcoming budget for rehabilitating child workers.
 arrow SIA Fabulous Offer announced
Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Saturday announced its largest global campaign, the SIA Fabulous Offer, to restore travel confidence and stimulate traffic to Singapore.
 arrow SMEs need to go global
To survive in the highly competitive global market, entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to establish trade and business links with their partners abroad through e-commerce to expand
Sportsarrow Football: 5 zonal venues named
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named Noakhali, Sylhet, Sirajganj, Jhenidah and Jamalpur as the five zonal venues for the preliminary round of the third National Football League (NFL).
 arrow Cricket: Eng win series in style
Durham fast bowler Stephen Harmison took a Test-best four for 55 in front of his home crowd as England beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 69 runs in the second Test here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara leads from the front with 17th ton
Brian Lara hammered a sparkling 116 and Chris Gayle 94 as the West Indies posted a massive 312-4 against Sri Lanka in the second one-day international at the Kensington Oval here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SL pace puzzles WI
Fast bowlers Chaminda Vaas and Prabath Nissanka shared four early wickets to set up Sri Lanka's 55-run win over the West Indies in the opening one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Free-minded Fletcher
England coach Duncan Fletcher said he would have no qualms about calling on Test captain Nasser Hussain for advice during the team's forthcoming one-day series.
 arrow French Open: Ferrero brushes Verkerk aside
Third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain won the French Open men's singles title on Sunday, defeating unseeded Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in 2hr 9min to snatch his first Grand Slam crown.
 arrow French Open: King Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos Ferrero was out to fulfil his so-called destiny at Roland Garros on Sunday when he faced unheralded Dutchman Martin Verkerk.
 arrow French Open: Justine's love story
Justine Henin-Hardenne may have become the first ever Belgian Grand Slam champion here on Saturday, but as she fell into the arms of her husband Pierre-Yves the new queen of Roland Garros wasn't thinking
 arrow Tennis: Agassi in Hewitt's way
Andre Agassi will this week attempt to bar Lleyton Hewitt's entry to one of most exclusive clubs in world tennis.
 arrow Football: Greek awakening
Spain crashed to defeat to ten-man Greece and Berti Vogts' Scotland side held World Cup finalists Germany to a battling 1-1 draw in Euro 2004 qualifiers on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Saviola inspires Argentina
Javier Saviola scored one and assisted another as powerhouse Argentina continued their perfect match-winning streak against Japan with a 4-1 victory in Kirin Cup football on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho for Real!
Real Madrid supporters would prefer their club to sign Ronaldinho rather than David Beckham, it emerged on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Batistuta comes to Qatar
Argentine international striker Gabriel Batistuta has become the latest veteran star to commit his final playing days to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar by signing a reported eight-million dollar contract
 arrow Hockey: India gain revenge
India ended their two-week Australian tour on a high note Sunday, beating the host nation convincingly 5-3 in the final of a men's field hockey tri-nations tournament here.
Politicalarrow AL points finger at BNP's Patal
Two days after the assassination of former lawmaker Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, his party Awami League (AL) yesterday accused a state minister of having links to the killing in Natore.
Metropolitanarrow 'Installation CC, DPF in old vehicles won't help check air pollution'
The government's decision to install catalytic converters (CC) and diesel particulate filters (DPF) in old vehicles would not help contain air pollution, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Law to protect plant varieties,
Government is going to give legal protection to plant varieties to provide an incentive for breeders to invest in the development of commercial plant varieties and ensure farmers' right.
 arrow Redesign Sundarbans conservation project
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for redesign of the Sundarbans Bio-diversity Conservation Project (SBCP) as it will not help much in protecting the largest mangrove forest of the country.
 arrow Create mass awareness about herbal medicine
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday called for creating mass awareness about herbal medicine.

They said Bangladesh could earn a handsome amount of foreign exchange by exporting this medicine.

 arrow Sanitation for all by 2010: Bhuiyan
LGED and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan here yesterday reiterated government's pledge to ensure sanitation for all by 2010.
Nationalarrow 10 cops murdered in greater Khulna in last 16 months
Ten cops including three sub-inspectors were killed in 17 armed attacks in the last 16 months in greater Khulna district.

None of the killers has so far been arrested.

 arrow 'Rapists' go scot-free, victim runs for life in Satkhira
The misery of a gangraped woman evoked protests by political leaders, NGOs and human rights activists but the law enforcers are still unmoved.
 arrow Killers yet to be nabbed, victim's family threatened
The killers of young businessman Shahed Ahmed are threatening to kidnap his two minor children if the murder case is not withdrwan, his family members alleged.
 arrow 501 katha Ctg port land recovered
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has recovered 501 kathas of its land worth about Tk 70 crore from illegal occupants.
 arrow 865 arsenic patients in 4 Chuadanga UZs
Severe arsenic contamination of tube well water has created alarm in the district where 865 arsenic-attacked patients have been identified in three of the four upazilas.
 arrow 334 'suicides' in 45 days in Rangpur
Incidents of alleged suicide are alarming in the eight upazilas of the district.

According to police records, 334 people committed "suicide" in 45 days from April 1 to May 15 in the district.

 arrow Barisal City Corpn to be expanded by 20sq km
State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operative Ziaul Haq Zia has said a special project will be launched to expand Barisal City Corporation (BCC) area by 20 Square kilometers.
Culturearrow Thirty years of Bangladesh-Vietnam diplomatic relations

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and Vietnam the Ministry of Cultural Affairs arranged a two-day-long cultural programme at the National Museum on 7 and 8

 arrow Dramatic lines of indelible impact
Talking about the introduction of canvas and washes on paperwork as his works for the first time, seen at the ongoing exhibition at Goethe Institut, Rashid Amin says, "I've worked in the print media for
Generalarrow Opposition was never consulted in the past: FM
The Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting with India is expected to be held in Dhaka in the third week of next month, Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan told reporters at his office yesterday evening.
 arrow First meeting Of JS body on ministry on Wednesday
The maiden meeting of any of the ministerial standing committees of the eighth Jatiya Sangsad will be held at 11:00am Wednesday.
 arrow BDR raids city markets, retreats after protests
The BDR raided several city markets and seized a huge quantity of Indian sarees and some gold ornaments at Mouchak market yesterday.
 arrow Robbers loot goods worth Tk 10 lakh in Chittagong
Robbers looted goods and valuables worth over Tk 10 lakh and injured eight people including a woman in Banshkhali and Rangunia upazila in Chittagong on Saturday.
 arrow Father stabs one and half years old boy to death
A one and half year old boy who was stabbed by his father night at their residence in Arai Bigha, Aushuganj died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Ex-convict tosses jailer into river
A jailer was beaten up and then tossed into a river in Patuakhali allegedly by a recently jail-released gang on Saturday.
Internationalarrow US interested in setting up military bases in India
United States, which has lined up several joint military exercises with the Indian armed forces, is interested in establishing access to military bases in the country, claims a US defence specialist quoting
 arrow We serve as Pakistan's defence line: Hizbul
Pakistan cannot end its support to militant groups as they serve as a defence line for the country, says Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.
 arrow NC to back new PM if he calls polls

The leader of Nepal's largest political party, Girija Prasad Koirala, has said he will support new Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa if he calls a general election or reinstates the dissolved parliament.

 arrow N Korea threatens to counter US arms buildup in South
North Korea has threatened to counter United States plans for massive military enhancements on the Korean peninsula with a "corresponding powerful deterrent force.
 arrow 11 trainee Shia cops killed in Pak massacre
Eleven police trainees from Pakistan's minority Shia Muslim community were shot dead and another nine were injured in a sectarian attack in the southwest city of Quetta, police said.
 arrow Chandrika refuses to back Tokyo donors' conference
Troubled relations between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe have hit a new low as the president ignored a Japanese government request to issue a statement supporting the
 arrow Vajpayee spells out peace package for Nagaland
In a bid to carry forward the peace process in Nagaland, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Sunday announced conversion of Rs 365-crore loan to the state as a one-time grant.
 arrow Israel cordons off WB as radicals uphold Intifada
Israel on Saturday reimposed its tight control over the West Bank, military officials here said, as Palestinian radicals vowed to continue their armed Intifada against Israel.
 arrow 'Saddam ran chemical labs, but made no weapons'
Saddam Hussein's intelligence agencies ran a network of secret cells that carried out chemical and biological research but produced no weapons, The Sunday Times reported, quoting a top Iraqi securityofficial.
 arrow Bush, Blair feel WMD heat
Before the war, the Bush administration portrayed Iraq as full of killer poisons with strange names and deadly effects, which terrorists could get hold of and unleash on US cities.
 arrow UN experts check out Iraq's nuclear site
UN nuclear experts in white protective suits surveyed a looted storage facility at Iraq's main nuclear site Sunday, witnesses said.
 arrow Shiites demands British pullout from Basra
Some 2,000 Iraqi Shiite Muslims marched in Basra Saturday to demand the withdrawal of British occupation forces from Iraq's main southern city.
 arrow 13,000 Arab Muslim men face deportation from US
About 16 percent of Arab and Muslim men who voluntarily came forward to register with the US government are illegal immigrants who may now face deportation, The New York Times reported Saturday.
 arrow Hillary still loves Bill
Despite having wanted to wring his neck after learning of his affair with Monica Lewinsky, former US first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton admits she still loves Bill Clinton and believes he is "the mostinteresting"
Editorialarrow Editorial: We condemn it
The murder of former Awami League lawmaker in Natore is the latest reminder of the truth that politics and violence have become almost synonymous in our context.
 arrow Editorial: Cop murder mysteries
It is more than two weeks that three police officers were shot dead by armed gangs of criminals, but the killers are still at large.
 arrow The urge for peace has never been greater in South Asia!
The long awaited thaw in Indo-Pakistan relation is there at long last. There are all calibrated responses from either side to the development.
 arrow Proselytising in Iraq and Afghanistan is a bad idea
While the overwhelming majority of Americans view the US conquest and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan in secular terms, such as, providing an opportunity to root out terrorism and establish democracy
 arrow Japan embraces the notion of preemptive strike
The South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun arrived in Tokyo last Friday for a weekend summit seeking to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis in a peaceful way.
Letters to Editorarrow 'Probe Report on Bangladesh's World Cup Debacle'
After reading 'Probe Report on Bangladesh's World Cup Debacle", I realised how far we were from the real picture of what was actually happening inside the Cricket Board.
 arrow Eid-ul-fitr and HSC
This is in response to Mr Omar's letter (June 6) on the compulsory HSC question about Eid-ul-fitr. Mr. Omar totally missed the point on what ground I expressed my strong objection towards the issue.
 arrow Arabs and Israel
I read Mr.
 arrow "Students or sardines"
As a regular reader of your newspaper, I had the misfortune to read the news story "Students or sardines" (June 1) in the "Star City" page.
 arrow Power failure in Mohammadpur
Power supply situation in Mohammadpur adjacent to Shaymoli, Rayer Bazar and Dhanmondi area was never stable. But during the past few weeks it has become unbearable.
 arrow A note to the Roads and Highways Department
Like many other well-wishers of Dhaka's overall improvement, I would like to express my thankfulness to all the concerned parties involved in the DUTP (Dhaka Urban Transport Project) due to the fact that
 arrow America remains the world's only "hyper power"
I am writing with reference to "St. Petersberg, Evian and Jordan," by Ambassador Arshad-uz Zaman (June 5).
 arrow "Kashmir problem"
Mr. AK Azad has given a brief and largely correct account of Kashmir account in his May 07 letter "Kashmir Problem". I would like to add a few points to further clarify the problem.
 arrow It is a joke all right, but we ain't laughing
Now we have this warning from the "policemen" of Earth, that Iran, N. Korea and other countries should abandon their program of developing nuclear weapons.
 arrow Credit cards and VAT
The proposed VAT on the use of credit cards (Jankantha June 07) is not a consumer friendly decision. The Central Bank should be commended for floating the exchange rate.
 arrow The nightmare of transportation in Dhaka
There is an issue that is being repeatedly ignored by the very people who should take notice of it. That issue is the arbitrary way that the transportation system is being organised for Dhaka.
 arrow S Q Chowdhury and OIC
Recently Bangladesh named S Q Chowdhury as the candidate for the post of secretary general of OIC. This has already created a lot of controversy. Mr.
 arrow Debate on WMD
After the war on Iraq was declared by President Bush, some of his staunch supporters began appearing in The Daily Star Letters Page.