Volume 4 Number 18 Sat. June 14, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow No growth possible without widening tax net: Saifur
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-2004 will contain inflation and lead to sustainable growth, needed to attain the millennium development goals (MDGs), said Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow US forces kill 97 Iraqis
US troops killed 27 Iraqis who ambushed a tank patrol yesterday, after killing at least 70 at a guerrilla camp the day before, in the bloodiest clashes since President Bush declared major combat over.
 arrow Chambers call it a mixed bag
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 has sparked off mixed reaction among the business community.
 arrow Powell arrives June 19
US Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit Bangladesh on June 19 as part of his three-nation trip to Asia and the Middle East from June 16 to 23.
 arrow AL rally blasts SQ Chy for filing defamation suit
A rally yesterday criticised the prime minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for filing a defamation case against two newspaper editors and an opposition leader.
 arrow Australian PM orders probe into asylum to 'convict' Kazi Zafar
Prime Minister John Howard ordered inquiries yesterday into why Australia has granted asylum to a former Bangladeshi prime minister convicted of stealing from his impoverished people.
 arrow Anti-poverty vision missing: Debapriya
The proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-04 failed to design any illustrative plan for poverty reduction, said Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue Debapriya Bhattacharya yesterday.
 arrow Businessman gunned down in Hathazari
A businessman was gunned down by a gang of miscreants at Chowdhury Hat under Hathazari on Thursday night.
 arrow Yet another attack on press freedom: Amnesty
Amnesty International has urged the Bangladesh government to ensure that under no circumstances Editor of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam, Editor of the Prothom Alo Motiur Rahman and Awami League General Secretary
 arrow Food import shoots up
Food grain import in fiscal 2002-03 has hit a record in 22 years barring 1998-99 when the country was hit by the worst deluge of the century.
 arrow Gram Sarkar set to take shape from next month
The formation of Gram Sarkar, which has drawn flak from political leaders and NGO activists working on local government, will begin on July 1.
 arrow Dhaka's growing noise pollution
While the hazards of air and water pollution are well-known to many -- thanks to the relentless media campaign against these two forms of environmental pollution --, there is a considerable lack of awareness
 arrow Fresh areas in Moulvibazar, Rangpur flooded
Flood situation in the district further deteriorated yesterday as water levels of Monu and Dholai rivers continued to rise due to onrush of water from the hills.

Monu was flowing 1.

 arrow Duty rise on defence items surprises many
In a surprise move, the proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-2004 has raised duty on a raft of defence items of which the government is the sole buyer.
 arrow Key accused confesses to killing Momtaz
The key accused in Awami League leader Momtaz Uddin murder case yesterday confessed in a Natore court to killing him with a Chinese axe.
 arrow 7 trawlers with 84 fishermen missing in Bay
Seven fishing trawlers with 84 crew on board have gone missing in the Bay of Bengal and all efforts to trace them for the last three days have failed.
 arrow 9 killed in Kashmir blast, shootout
Nine people, including three members of a family and two Indian soldiers, were killed in violence in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow WMD hunt failures haunt US
A covert, specialized army unit scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, even before the US-led war, but has come up empty handed, The Washington Post said yesterday.
 arrow Saddam asks foreigners to Quit Iraq!
Saddam Hussein, whose fate is unknown, has issued an ultimatum to foreigners to leave Iraq and threatened attacks in countries and on planes of the US-led coalition, in a letter purportedly signed byhim
 arrow Clarification
The leader of the opposition's Private Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan and Assistant Private Secretary Alauddin Ahmed contradicted a report headlined "JS officials, secys to MPs keep defaulting on phone bills",
Businessarrow Budget lets middle class down
The middle class income group has expressed concern over the fiscal measures proposed for the 2003-04 budget, fearing increase in prices of all essential commodities.
 arrow Businesses praise, criticise fiscal measures
Major chambers and some trade associations showed mixed reaction to the proposed budget for the 2003- 2004 fiscal year. Proposed fiscal measures drew both praises and criticisms.
 arrow Donors' shock therapy: From system loss to systematic loss
The annual loss of Tk 400 crore (US$ 68 million) incurred by the Power Development Board (PDB) is quite disturbing.
 arrow No immediate impact on kitchen market
Belying apprehension of a sharp rise in prices of goods where supplementary duty was proposed, the kitchen market remained static a day after the announcement of the budget for FY 2003-2004.
 arrow India's industrial production up
India's industrial output rose in April from a year earlier as higher spending helped boost the manufacturing sector in Asia's third-largest economy but analysts said the pace in coming months would depend
 arrow BoJ chief sees slowing inflation, warns against deflation risk
Bank of Japan Governor (BoJ) Toshihiko Fukui said Friday that inflation is slowing worldwide and warned that authorities should guard against it evolving into falling prices.
 arrow WTO asks US to comply with anti-dumping law
The United States was told Friday to comply by the end of December with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling against a fiercely-contested provision in its anti-dumping laws.
 arrow Indian commerce minister gives no hint of WTO progress
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Arun Jaitley gave no hint on Thursday of any breakthrough in stalled World Trade Organization talks after meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'These 21 will form the core'
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore believes that all the 21 cricketers in his camp deserved to go on the forthcoming tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: No mercy for BD
The all-conquering Australian cricketers will not be easing up when they take on minnows Bangladesh in a two-Test series in Australia's north next month, coach John Buchanan said here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Morocco meet put on hold
A triangular one-day international cricket tournament in Tangiers, Morocco in August has been indefinitely postponed.
 arrow Cricket: Magic Johnson!
Richard Johnson, by any standards, enjoyed a magical Test debut.

Only a dozen Englishmen before him, Jim Laker and Alex Bedser among them, had taken six wickets or more in an innings first time out.

 arrow Wasim all for Twenty20
Former Pakistan star Wasim Akram has given his backing to the Twenty20 Cup ahead of its much-anticipated debut.

The new 20-overs-per-side competition gets under way with five matches on Friday.

 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon in doubt
Goran Ivanisevic's dream of returning to Wimbledon, where he won an emotional singles title in 2001, suffered another setback on Thursday when he pulled out of next week's ATP tournament in Nottingham,
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt, Henman escape
World number one Lleyton Hewitt kept alive his hopes of an unprecedented fourth successive Queen's Club grass-court title with a hard-fought 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Belgium's Dick Norman here on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova silently into last eight
Maria Sharapova, the leggy Russian blonde whose on-court screams have driven opponents and officials to distraction, moved quietly into the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament here on Thursday.
 arrow Athletics: El Guerrouj fails for first time
Morocco's triple 1500m world champion Hicham El Guerrouj had to settle for second place in his first ever attempt at the 5000m at the IAAF Grand Prix meet here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Showing Real interest
Real Madrid are ready to start negotiating in earnest for David Beckham, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca on Friday.
 arrow Football: World champs in France
World champions Brazil cancelled their first Confederations Cup training session after arriving late in Paris from Nigeria on Thursday.

"We took off around midnight and spent the night on the plane.

 arrow Football: There's a buzz around Paris
As the general strike takes hold in Paris, it is revolution time all over again in the French capital.
 arrow Football: So far so good?
With exactly one year to go until the kick-off of the Euro 2004 football championship, host nation Portugal on Thursday downplayed press reports of cost overshoots and stadium construction delays andsaid
 arrow Football: Sociedad's biggest day?
The rest of Spain may be convulsed with Beckham-mania over the prospect of him going to either Barcelona or Real Madrid but league leaders Real Sociedad remain virtually oblivious to all the furore surrounding
 arrow Football: Veron leaving too?
Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron could be following David Beckham out the exit door at Old Trafford, according to press reports in England and Italy.
 arrow Football: Liverpool due in Asia in July
English Premier League giants Liverpool confirmed Friday they will play a friendly match in Hong Kong in July as part of their buildup to the 2003-2004 season.
 arrow Football: Stockport target Gazza
Paul Gascoigne, still under contract with Chinese second division side Gansu Tianma, is the target of Stockport County, the Stockport Express reported on Thursday.
Politicalarrow Govt moves away from Islamic values: AL
The Awami League (AL) yesterday came down heavily on the proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-2004, branding it an onslaught on the poor and against Islamic values.
 arrow Budget will hit the poor, patronise the rich: Hasina
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has come down heavily on the new budget, accusing the BNP-Jamaat alliance government of protecting the interest of the rich
Metropolitanarrow 'Budget to help reduce poverty'
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 would help alleviate poverty, said LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.
 arrow Make probe report public: HWF
Hill Women's Federation has demanded that the probe report on the abduction of its leader Kalpana Chakma be made public immediately.
 arrow Ansar killed in road accident
An Ansar died after a passenger bus ran over him in front of Zia International Airport in the city on Thursday.
 arrow Film actor's residence attacked
Residence of a film actor came under attack by some rowdy sweepers as his brother allegedly beat one of them mercilessly in the early hours of yesterday.
Nationalarrow Awami League protests in Mymensingh, Rajshahi
Mymensingh district AL and its front organizations held a joint rally and brought out a huge procession in the town on Wednesday protesting the recent killing of Awami League leader and former MP Momtaz
 arrow Death from diarrhoea in Rangamati
The Rangamati district administration has asked the Sazek Union Parishad (UP) chairman and the local village headmen to submit a detailed report immediately on the death of 18 tribesmen from diarrhoea
 arrow Verdict in Mirabazar double murder case likely this week
Trial of the Mirabazar double murder case in Sylhet is nearing completion and the verdict is likely within a week, sources said.

Deposition of 48 of the 56 witnesses has been completed.

 arrow Over 1-km Jamuna dam washed away
Over one kilometer area of the flood protection embankment at Shovagacha under Kazipur upazila has been washed away by Jamuna water, a year after construction.
 arrow One rescued on payment of Tk 1 lakh ransom
Sushil Ranjan Talukder alias Jhantu master, a retired schoolteacher who was kidnapped by a gang of armed robbers from his village home at Bhabanipur in Tahirpur upazila in Sunamganj in the early hours
 arrow Feud in Rangpur AL surfaces
Internal feud among the two factions of Rangpur district Awami league has surfaced with separate demonstrations staged by the groups, accusing each other.
 arrow 'Land rights day' observed
About 20,000 landless people rallied at Bishnupur Primary School ground under Sathia upazila in Pabna Tuesday to voice their demand for distributing all khas lands in the country among landless people,
Culturearrow Circling on the city
Badrul Huda, the owner of 'Shilparag' where the photography exhibition 'Cityscape' is being held, said, "This photo exhibition is a continuation of the painting exhibition with the same title and the
Generalarrow CPB terms it a budget prescribed by donors
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 followed "donors' prescription" instead of giving the much needed support to the "poor people's economy" to alleviate poverty.
 arrow 'Extortionist' killed in mob beating in Ctg
An alleged extortionist was killed and three others were injured in mob beating at Chand Mia Munshi Lane under Bakolia police station yesterday morning.

The victim was identified as Jamal Uddin.

 arrow Huge Indian goods seized in Khulna
Taskforce on Thursday seized Indian goods worth about Tk 10 crore from five godowns at Daulatpur for evading customs duty.
 arrow One killed, 8 hurt in gas cylinder blast in Khulna
A woman was killed and eight others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded in front of S MM Enterprise at South Central road under Khulna police station at around 11-30 am yesterday.
 arrow Hasina returns home today
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returns home today, ending a month-long tour to France, USA and UK.
 arrow Outlawed party leader murdered in Pabna
A regional commander of an outlawed party was murdered at village Charpara under Ataikula Upazila of the district on Thursday night.
Internationalarrow Nepali PM 'may reinstate parliament'
Nepal's new Prime Minister, Surya Bahadur Thapa, has suggested he may be ready to reinstate the dissolved parliament.
 arrow Musharraf optimistic on Kashmir settlement
President Pervez Musharraf has said he was optimistic Pakistan and India would be able to work out a peaceful solution to the long running dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, reports said Friday.
 arrow Rivals scuffle as Pak lawyers pass resolution against Musharraf
Scuffles broke out between rival groups at a meeting of Pakistani lawyers here Friday called to condemn the rewriting of the constitution by President and army chief General Pervez Musharraf, witnesses
 arrow Chandrika warns of war
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party warned Friday that the country could be slipping back to war as Tamil Tiger rebels keep up their boycott of peace talks.
 arrow US search for 'Chemical Ali' leaves four Iraqis dead
A massive US army sweep for "Chemical Ali," a bloody cousin of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, left four Iraqis dead in the town of Dhuluiya, 60 kilometers north of Baghdad, witnesses told AFP yesterday.
 arrow US blames Hamas for violence
The White House Thursday squarely blamed resurgent Middle East violence on the extremist group Hamas, as US diplomats scrambled to salvage the tattered roadmap for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
 arrow Annan calls for ME peace force
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for the dispatch of an international peacekeeping force to stem the spiralling violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to an interview publishedhere
 arrow Trio may freeze N Korean N-reactor project
Japan, South Korea and the United States may freeze a nuclear reactor project in North Korea as part of growing diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang over its development of nuclear arms, a report said Friday.
 arrow Blair rejigs cabinet
British Prime Minister Tony Blair shook up his cabinet Thursday, naming political pitbull John Reid as health minister and burying the role of lord chancellor after a 1,398-year run.
 arrow US vows to maintain nuke preeminence
The United States will maintain its preeminence in nuclear weapons and could resume testing under certain circumstances, but it is nTg atomic bombs, a key US official said on Thursday.
 arrow Anti-regime protests continue in Tehran
Anti-regime protestors took to the streets of Tehran for a third night late Thursday, drawing strong support from the United States and new warnings to the Islamic regime over its policies toward Iraq
 arrow Oscar-winning movie legend Gregory Peck dead at 87
One of Hollywood's last great leading men, Gregory Peck, famed for his heroic roles in such classics as "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Thursday at the age of 87.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Indo-Pak relations
India and Pakistan looked like proceeding towards a peaceful settlement of outstanding disputes, or at least holding talks on them, only a few weeks back, but have apparently failed to keep up the pace.
 arrow Editorial: Detaining Suu Kyi
It has by now become clear that the military junta of Myanmar panicked at the increasing popularity of Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader.
 arrow National security and law
What is security? In lay man's term, it is a state of being, where we feel secure, protected from potential harm or danger that might affect us individually, or as a family or as a part of a group.
 arrow Franco-American relationship
The proceedings leading to Iraq War and the uncertainty of its aftermath embittered Franco-American relationship.
Letters to Editorarrow Proposed Budget: Costly food, cheaper Vodka!
This is one of the most astonishing budget proposals we have ever seen.

The budget proposes higher duties on fruits but lowers duty on wine, beer etc.

 arrow Budget: 2003-2004: where could we be heading?
A large number of people - particularly in the professional level - hold a grudging respect for Finance Minister Saifur Rahman, a MP from Moulvibazar of greater Sylhet, for some of his dynamic steps that
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr and HSC exam
I don't know why some of your esteemed readers are trying to defend the fact that, the Educational Authority acted in a very callous way by asking the students to write a compulsory paragraph on Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Letters Page and some contributors
For a while, I have been observing that equipped with little knowledge of history and lacking a common sense, in the Letters Page, few people have been engaging themselves in displaying to what extent
 arrow Load shedding
I plead to the government to do something about frequent load shedding that has become almost unbearable. During this hot humid summer days, electricity goes off in our area more than a couple of times.
 arrow Budget and foreign donors
Every year just before the national budget our Finance Minister gets busy with managing foreign loans.

He rushes to Washington, London, Paris.

Literaturearrow The Little Magazine Movement in Dhaka: an exchange
The news about little magazines in Dhaka is certainly of the positive kind. After a long time there is a rekindling of hope in all of us who are still on track of the little-magazine movement in thiscountry.
 arrow A Tropical Treat: Indonesia

"Going to Indonesia at this time -- are you crazy? What about the Bali Bomber? And SARS?"

So what? We've been saving for this trip for years! And Malaysian Airlines has a special deal --Jakarta

 arrow Letter from London

Prefatory Note:

Looking at Salgado's photographs I realized that behind each of them lay a tale of great existential significance.