Volume 4 Number 15 Wed. June 11, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 290-km Dhaka roads to be dug up in monsoon
It's monsoon and four utility service providers are going to dig up 290 kilometres of the capital's roads, which many fear would create havoc on commuters.
 arrow Revenue spendings may rise 17pc in next budget
Revenue budget -- both the revised one for this fiscal and the original one for the next fiscal -- may see an increase when Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman places the budget documents tomorrow before
 arrow BNP dogged by parliamentary party plight
The ruling BNP lawmakers are getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of parliamentary practices within the party.
 arrow Former AL whip badly mauled in armed attack
Advocate Mujibul Haq, former whip and organising secretary of the Comilla district Awami League, was seriously injured in an attack by armed miscreants yesterday.
 arrow JS officials, secys to MPs keep defaulting on phone bills
Twenty-six officials of the parliament and private secretaries to lawmakers are still to clear their dues in home telephone bills despite as many as eight reminders, sources said.
 arrow Noose tightens on errant cops
A total of 19,622 policemen were punished for their involvement in corruption and other criminal activities last year, up from 16,913 in 2001, according to police records.
 arrow 5 corpns in the red owe banks Tk 10,450cr
Five state-run loss-making corporations owe Tk 10,449.9 crore to foreign financiers and local banks, according to a report of the Public Expenditure Review Commission (PERC).
 arrow Budget session begins, AL stays out
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad began last night with main opposition Awami League (AL) staying away from it.
 arrow Over 5,000 behind bars abroad
More than 5,000 Bangladeshis are behind bars and in concentration camps in 60 countries, said a report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) yesterday.
 arrow Sundarbans not Shell's target
Shell Oil has no plan to conduct any geological survey on the Sundarbans because of environmental sensitivity at the World Heritage Site as well as lack of energy potentials there.
 arrow Grameen call charges to curve down
Great news for cell phone users! The largest cell phone company GrameenPhone (GP) is likely to slash call charges by 25 to 50 per cent, sources said.
 arrow Rain strikes Chittagong
Heavy downpour paralysed life in the port city and its suburbs yesterday.

The five-hour torrential rain that started at around 5.

 arrow 'Stop arbitrary steps to amend Bar Council Order'
The Bangladesh Bar Council yesterday urged an end to a unilateral government initiative to amend the Bar Council Order in a memorandum of six-point demand, submitted to the speaker.
 arrow UN HR body concerned at RAB formation
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) has expressed concern over formation of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and expressed the fear that this new force might have excessiveauthority
 arrow Market raid Suspended
A BDR-led taskforce drive in city markets was suspended yesterday following a meeting between the home minister and leaders of different shop owners' and jewellers' associations.
 arrow Yet another robbery in guise of tenants
Yet again robbers, in the guise of tenants, reportedly looted Tk 10 lakh in cash and gold ornaments from a house at Dhalpur in Demra yesterday.
 arrow University student killed in road mishap
An honours final year student of Jagannath University was killed in a road accident at Senpara Parbata in Mirpur Tuesday night.
Businessarrow GP plans drastic cut in call charges
GrameenPhone, the leading cell phone operator, plans to introduce a new tariff scheme, slashing call charges substantially, according to company sources.
 arrow Apparel board renamed as row over supervising authority on
The government has decided to rename previously announced Apparel Board as Apparel Export Board (AEB), amid a five-year unsettled dispute between two ministries over authority on the board.
 arrow Economics, not politics should dictate regional cooperation
Economic issues rather than political ones should get priority for strengthening regional cooperation, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AK Mosharraf Hossain told a workshop yesterday.
 arrow MCCI calls for incentives to import substitute industries
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said fiscal incentives should be provided to import substitution industries in the forthcoming national budget on priority basis.
 arrow Women entrepreneurs for incentives in budget
Women entrepreneurs of the country have asked for a series of incentives in the national budget to help them sustain in the business world.
 arrow Free construction info at Chittagong Cement cell
Chittagong Cement has set up an advisory cell to provide necessary information on construction process and materials to homebuilders.
 arrow OPEC splits over potential production cut
OPEC countries were split Tuesday over a potential cut in production to allow for Iraq coming back on stream, while non-OPEC Mexico said there was no need to tighten the tap.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Squad to be finalised today
Dav Whatmore will sit with the national selectors today to finalise a 15-man Bangladesh squad for the tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer due here June 27
Former South Africa coach Bob Woolmer will arrive in the city on June 27 on a five-day visit. The trip of has been arranged by the ICC in order to develop the game in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Flower flays Pakistan
Andy Flower showed Zimbabwe what they were missing as he hit a unbeaten 115 in Essex's 50 run victory over Pakistan in their one day match on Monday at Chelmsford.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson relishes it
If there was one defining moment in the astonishing rise of James Anderson from Lancashire second team seamer into an international star it would have been the last time he faced Pakistan's awesome line-up
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer slams Smith
Bob Woolmer, the former South African coach, launched a scathing attack on Graeme Smith, in response to his disparaging comments about Lance Klusener a week ago.
 arrow Cricket: Windies squad for final ODI
The West Indies Cricket Board on Monday announced a 15-man squad for the third one-day international against Sri Lanka at Arnos Vale in St. Vincent on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Hall to quit as WICB boss
The Reverend Wes Hall will step down from his role as president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on health grounds within the next few days, according to a report in Barbados-based Sunday Sun newspaper.
 arrow Cricket: Azhar ready to step up
Essex might not have been ready for Azhar Mahmood when he ripped through their line-up with figures of 6-37 on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: One last Wimbledon?
Wincing in pain, lacking match practice and deprived of his most potent weapon, Goran Ivanisevic is praying hard for one final fling at Wimbledon.
 arrow Tennis: Mixed day for big servers
With defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, crowd favourite Tim Henman and Andre Agassi not playing until Tuesday, top billing on the first day of the Queen's Club tournament fell to big-serving duo MarkPhilippoussis,
 arrow Football: Last mission before the break
England, Italy, Spain and Germany are in action on Wednesday as a marathon European season draws near to an end with 18 Euro 2004 qualifiers across the continent.
 arrow Football: World champs in Africa

Brazil arrived in Nigeria for Wednesday's friendly international with only one goalkeeper after Fabio missed the plane from Sao Paulo on Sunday night, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said.

 arrow Football: Beckham flexible
England's favourite son, football star David Beckham, has for the first time indicated he would quit his beloved Manchester United team if he is no longer wanted there.
 arrow Football: 'Qatar was a nightmare'
Veteran Brazilian striker Romario spoke of his regret on Monday of his move to Qatar where he spent three months, was paid $1.2 million, played three games and failed to score a goal.
 arrow Football: Considerate Army!
South Korea's star striker Ahn Jung-Hwan, undergoing military service, has been given a special dispensation to play in Wednesday's friendly international against Argentina.
Politicalarrow AL enforces 8-hr hartal tomorrow
The Awami League (AL) will enforce a countrywide eight-hour hartal tomorrow to protest insecurity in public life.
 arrow AL asks workers to get ready to resist coalition 'repression'
The Awami League (AL) has urged the party workers to prepare themselves to resist the 'repression' of the ruling coalition.
 arrow Fakirhat AL president gunned down
Atahar Ali, 60, president of Fakirhat upazila unit of Awami League and chairman of Bahirdia Union parishad under Bagerhat district was gunned down by unidentified miscreants in front of his residenceon
 arrow Attack on Mujib is part of govt blueprint to eliminate AL: Hasina
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily on the government in connection with the attack on the party's Comilla district organising secretary
Metropolitanarrow Carey Academy champions
William Carey Academy emerged champions in The Daily Star-The Oriental Bank Ltd 3rd Inter-school English Debate Competition that ended yesterday.
Bangladesh College-University Teachers Association yesterday called for allocating necessary funds in the national budget to pay hundred per cent salary of non-government teachers and employees as per
 arrow 'Two-thirds of MPs not politician'
Former law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Matin Khoshru said corrupt people are occupying the parliament and they are directly or otherwise involved in violation of human rights.
 arrow Arrest of Mamtaz killers demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the Awami League (AL), yesterday demanded immediate arrest and trial of the killers of Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, a former lawmaker and vice-president of Natore
Nationalarrow Rajshahi small traders vow to stop VAT payment
The Rajshahi Babosayee Oikkya Parishad, a forum of small traders and retailers, at a rally in the city on Monday declared that its members will not pay VAT (value added tax).
 arrow Delegates visit two areas to examine Rangamati water
Participants at the five-day conference of Asia Regional Network (ARN) of donors and their partner NGOs working for rural safe water supply and sanitation visited Shilchhori and Dogiachhari areas in the
 arrow 7 AL, BCL leaders expelled in B'baria
Seven leaders of Awami League (AL) and its student front Chhatra League including district AL joint secretary Amanul Haque Chento have been expelled from the party.
 arrow JCD drive to start 'activities' at 4 Ctg govt colleges
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders' visit to the campuses of four government colleges in the city and holding of rallies during HSC examinations on Monday evoked criticism from students and protests
 arrow One killed, 4 policemen hurt as jeep carrying bank money plunges
One person was killed and seven including four policemen were injured when a jeep carrying Tk 50 lakh of Sonali Bank and a police van skidded off the road as the jeep collided head-on with a truck atWest
Culturearrow Lines that linger on in the mind
Javed Jalil, who is having his exhibition at Café Mango, says, "I went into painting seriously when I went to Los Angeles, USA, for various purposes, and in time got interested in painting.
 arrow A promising Tabla player
It was in 1982, I got admitted to a music school and took lessons on Tabla " said Raju Chowdhury. After ten years or so, I got my first lesson from Pandit Bijan Kumar Chowdhury of Bangasree Shilpee Sangshad.
Generalarrow 5 killed, 100 hurt as storm lashes three districts
Five people were killed and over 100 injured as storm lashed Patuakhali, Satkhira and Chandpur yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 killed in engine, push trolley collision
A head-on collision between an engine and a push-trolley on a rail-bridge here left two railway employees killed and three others injured yesterday noon.
 arrow Alternative bank directors can't sit on committees
Alternative directors of the private banks are not to sit on any committees and avail themselves of any loan facilities from the banks.
 arrow Bid to deposit fake notes with bank in Barisal: 3 arrested
Three people including two staff of a local NGO and their client were arrested here yesterday on charge of attempting to deposit forged bank notes at the Barisal Janata Bank Corporate Branch, police and
 arrow Sutrapur double murder convict Nazrul gives in
Nazrul Islam, a convict in the sensational Sutrapur double murder case, surrendered to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka, yesterday.

Judge Shahed Noor Uddin sent him to the Dhaka Central Jail.

Internationalarrow Iran challenges US to show nuke evidence
The head of Iran's atomic energy body asserted yesterday that the country was not concealing any of its facilities from UN nuclear inspectors, and challenged the United States to back up accusations to
 arrow Delhi making secret moves to solve Ayodhya row
The Centre has moved to defuse the Ayodhya crisis through talks rather than law courts, according to government and BJP sources.
 arrow No evidence of structure below Babri Mosque site
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found no evidence of any structure below the disputed Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya, TV channel 'NDTV 24x7' reported yesterday.
 arrow Nine Jewish settlement outposts dismantled
The Israeli army early Tuesday dismantled nine West Bank settlement outposts out of a total 15 slated for removal, Deputy Defence Minister Zeev Boim announced.
 arrow UN envoy says Suu Kyi is unhurt
A UN envoy to Myanmar met detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday and said she was uninjured and "in good spirits" but that work must go on for her release.
 arrow Pakistan blames India for delaying talks
Accusing India for the delay in commencement of peace talks between the two countries, Pakistan on Monday said New Delhi should get its "act" together and "speak in one voice" to resume "unconditional"
 arrow 'Saddam uncertainty fuels attacks in Iraq'
The United States has said its failure to find Saddam Hussein may be emboldening the fallen leader's Baath party supporters to attack US forces in Iraq.
 arrow 5-party talks to resolve DPRK nuke impasse
Five-party talks that will include Japan and South Korea will likely start in a month at the earliest in an attempt to make progress in finding a solution to problems raised by North Korea's nuclear weapons
 arrow Donors end meet pledging $ 4.5b for rebuilding Lanka
International donors wound up a two-day pledging conference here Tuesday by promising 4.5 billion dollars in aid over four years to help rebuild strife-torn Sri Lanka, Japan's special peace envoy said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ineffective municipalities
The Public Expenditure Review Commission (PERC) has found that 174 out of the 276 municipalities in the country hardly offer any civic amenities to citizens.
 arrow Editorial: Public thoroughfares
Any encroachment on a public thoroughfare is condemnable; but when a ruling party indulges in it, that's bound to draw a stronger flak.
 arrow Storm signal in Pakistan
In the very recent past the Provincial Assembly of North West Frontier (NWFP) in Pakistan has passed a law making Sharia -- the absolute law in that province.
 arrow Mosquito bite
Of all the stories that dominate the silly season, the pseudo-controversy over the BJP leadership has to be the silliest.
 arrow Zoo tiger in the wild!
This is in reference to DS news article Bengal Tigers face eviction (28-05-2003).
Letters to Editorarrow The worst kind of inspiration
There seems to be a fundamental lack of understanding about one very simple fact: our life here on earth is transient and we pass on to something we don't know and don't understand.
 arrow The "manipulation" of intelligence?
After the Iraq war, a debate has surfaced on whether Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush overstated their case for war based on manipulated and half-baked intelligence to support their own political agenda.
 arrow SQ Chowdhury, OIC and us
The OIC was formed after the 1967 war. The purpose of this Saudi funded organisation is to get back Jerusalem from Israel and claim it as the Palestinian capital.

Noble aims, one would think.

 arrow When warm hand shakes belies
The Secretary Generals of two major political parties shook their hands in public in a seminar jointly organised by The Daily Star, Prothom Alo and CPD the other day.
 arrow Anti-American double standards
My attention has been drawn to the letter "Anti-American double standards" (May 24).
 arrow In defence of Israel
This is a response to Mr. Yahya's recent letters (June 5 & 6) regarding Arab-Israel conflict.

First, Mr. Yahya mistakenly equates the Arab opposition to Israel to that of anti-Semitism.

 arrow USA, Israel and international terrorism
Perhaps many Americans and Europeans know it well that Washington DC itself is the root cause of international terrorism.
 arrow Yet another nose dive of Biman's Customer Service
I went to purchase a domestic air-ticket at the Head Office of Biman this afternoon and I came back as a very much disgusted and disappointed customer.
 arrow The new-jungle order!
Today we are witnessing people who claim to be "good" (as opposed to evil) and "civilised" are in fact busy taking their opportunity to make whatever they can out of Iraq.
 arrow Lebensraum of USA
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were a mere pretext ("bureaucratic excuse") according to the Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.
 arrow Remittance flow
'Remittance flow clocks new record' by Monjur Mahmud narrated Bangladesh's reserve being 190 billion which I believe is a gross mistake. Wouldn't it be 1.
 arrow Under the banner of secularism
This is in reference to Ron Chepesiuk's article "As the axis of evil turns, Christian fundamentalists are at the gate" (DS, May 29) describing the overwhelming influence of fundamentalist Christians on
 arrow Drug business
Of all criminal activities that take place in our country, drug business is one of the most serious of them all.
 arrow "South Asian alliance"
In reference to Mr. K. Wasimuddin's letter (June 6) on "South Asian Alliance", I like to add few things. What Mr.
 arrow Toss criminals out of politics
The General Secretaries of the two largest political parties, ruling BNP and opposition AL recently expressed their willingness to discard criminals in the closing session of the National Policy Review
StarTecharrow Cracking Info Strategy
AN information strategy is essential for any organisation as it sets out the delivery mechanism, information flow and ownership of items such as text, data, voice, image and intelligence.
 arrow Software comes in aid of lab animals
Indian scientists have developed a computer programme for drug research designed to reduce the number of animals used in laboratory experiments.
 arrow Introducing wisdompinkpages.org
Now you can have access to information on any educational institute in Bangladesh from your computer. Wisdom Pink Pages, the first ever online education directory of Bangladesh is just a click away.


 arrow Running the next mile with you
HP will continue its investment in consumer needs by unveiling new products on June 12 at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, says a press realese.
Star Chittagongarrow Monsoon brings woes
Flash floods and water-logging have become synonymous with monsoon for the residents of the port city.
 arrow Traffic jam at Bahaddarhat
The traffic jam at Bahaddarhat is a permanent feature and a great worry for the city authorities.

Road systems in a city operate like blood vessels.

Star Cityarrow Babupura: accident or arson?
Amina Begum left Sureshar village, in Faridpur district, before the liberation war in 1971 when the river Padma washed away the village.
 arrow Green dream of city
The 'Tree Plantation Programme' will have hardly any impact on city dwellers, as there is little scope of plantation in the city due to the lack of free space.
 arrow The business of buses
The city of Dhaka is infamous for its traffic congestion. A significant part of this problem is attributed to the presence of such varied types of mechanized and non-mechanized vehicles on the streets.
 arrow Stage centre of drama
Dhaka City Corporation has failed to achieve its aim of patronizing stage drama in the city because of the inappropriate design of the first purpose-built natya mancha (theatre stage) and the lack ofsecurity
 arrow Free mixing frowned upon
The students of Dhaka University are a privileged bunch, privileged in the sense that they can mingle together within a healthy atmosphere irrespective of their gender.
 arrow Budget blues
While the economists or policy makers of the country are pondering over the budget at Jatiya Sangsad (JS), the common mass are found to be unaware about it.