Volume 4 Number 19 Sun. June 15, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Bank cash gone with the guard
A security guard of Pubali Bank at its Bangabandhu Avenue branch heisted about Tk 27 lakh in cash and prize bonds during the weekend.
 arrow Dengue looms as DCC's mosquito fight falls flat
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has deferred indefinitely its mosquito control drive because it is yet to procure the required larvicide and adulticide, sources at the Nagar Bhaban said.
 arrow Dhaka to seek trade boost with Jakarta
Dhaka will stress bridging the trade gap with Jakarta during Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's three-day visit that begins on Wednesday.
 arrow Hasina levels war crime charges against SQ Chy
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted the government for nominating Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to run for secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Writs on judges' confirmation stayed
The Supreme Court has stayed till tomorrow all proceedings of the High Court on the writs by additional judges challenging non-confirmation of their service despite recommendations by the chief justice.
 arrow US troops move to crush resistance in Iraq
US forces in Iraq pressed on Saturday with attempts to crush resistance to their occupation of the country, as a prominent Iraqi politician warned they could not expect to see attacks end unless theygave
 arrow Flash floods in northern, northeastern regions
Torrents of monsoon rains led to flash floods in northern and northeastern regions as rivers flowed above danger levels.
 arrow Unemployment unnerving
Employment opportunities for about seven lakh people are generated annually against some 27 lakh job seekers, raising the number of unemployed by around 20 lakh a year.
 arrow BSF plans to deploy Bangla-speaking men along border to reduce tension
India's Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to deploy Bengali-speaking people in a bid to reduce the Indo-Bangladesh border tension.
 arrow Six years gone, compensation not in horizon
Six years after the Magurchhara gas field blowout, the issue of compensation for the damage still stands unresolved.
 arrow Bills underway to raise perks for ministers, MPs
Four bills proposing increase in financial benefits for the prime minister, speaker, ministers and lawmakers may be placed in the current session of the parliament.
 arrow Booze duty to bubble up as Saifur budges
The government yesterday decided to withdraw the proposal to reduce duties on whisky, rum, gin, vodka, beer and other types of alcoholic drinks.
 arrow PDB goes ahead with lone bidder
The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday opened a financial offer to the lone bidder for setting up of a gas-fired 450 MW power plant in Sirajganj.
 arrow Flurry of ME talks aims at ending spate of violence
Israeli and Palestinian officials sought Saturday to pull back from an all-out war after one of the bloodiest weeks in their 32-month-old conflict, but Palestinian militants again spurned calls for aceasefire.
 arrow Zafar protests his innocence to Aussie media
Former prime minister Kazi Zafar Ahmed now living as a refugee in Australia on a disability support pension denied newspaper claims published down under yesterday that he is corrupt and that he stolefood
 arrow Revive DU's past glory, PM tells senate members
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for reviving the past glory and heritage of Dhaka University and other educational institutions through improving standard of education and ensuring congenial
 arrow Watery Way
 arrow 16th prosecution witness gives deposition
Dr Belayet Hossain Khan, the 16th prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, gave his deposition before the Special Tribunal here yesterday.
 arrow Announcement
For unforeseen reasons, The Star City will now come out tomorrow instead of today. We regret the inconvenience.
Businessarrow Budget success hinges on governance, law & order
The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) yesterday said the government should establish good governance, improve law and order and check corruption to reap the benefit from
 arrow Frequent policy changes throw spanner in wheel
Decrying the supplementary duty proposal on automobile import, car sellers yesterday said frequent change in tariff structure will hamper auto business.
 arrow FBCCI director quits over electoral change
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Director MA Rouf Chowdhury yesterday resigned protesting the change in the Federation's electoral process proposed by the Ministry of
 arrow BGMEA decries VAT on raw material imports
The garment exporters expressed delight over proposed reduction in corporate tax in the garment and textile sector but criticised the proposal to impose value added tax (VAT) on import of raw materials
 arrow Proton keen to set up plant in Bangladesh
Malaysia is keenly interested to establish an assembling plant for manufacturing Proton brand motor cars in Bangladesh.
 arrow RMG buyer for cutting lead time, ending child labour
A leading US importer of Bangladeshi apparel yesterday said Bangladesh can improve its trade with the US by reducing lead time and eliminating child labour from the industry.
 arrow EU launches new case at WTO against US
The European Commission said on Friday it was launching a fresh case against the United States at the World Trade Organisation, adding to disputes over genetically modified foods, steel and export credits
 arrow Nepal inflation exceeds 8pc
Nepal's inflation rate during the third quarter of the country's 2002/2003 fiscal year scaled up to over 8 per cent, almost four-fold of the same period last year, according to the Nepal Rastra Bank.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Asghar yet to say yes or no to Aliul
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar was yet to notify whether he had accepted the resignation of chief selector Aliul Islam.
 arrow Mahmud, Tareq Aziz become bankers

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud and paceman Tareq Aziz Khan will pursue a career in banking once they end their playing days.

 arrow Bangladesh may play in Ranji Trophy
Bangladesh cricket team is likely to be allowed to take part in Ranji Trophy, India's domestic first-class competition, from next year.
 arrow Cricket: Lawson held by back
West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson has been ruled out of the two Tests against Sri Lanka with a troublesome back injury, the West Indies Cricket Board said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ireland rout Zim
Ireland piled on the misery for Zimbabwe by sending the tourists crashing to a humiliating ten-wicket defeat in a one-day match here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: The 40-year-old boy!
Alec Stewart celebrated his 40th birthday on June 10 evening with a family dinner at home.

But during the day his legendary dedication to fitness still saw him make his regular daily trip to thegym.

 arrow Cricket: Time for change at ICC
There will be plenty on the table when the top decision-makers of the International Cricket Council (ICC) meet today at Lord's.
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 Cup underway
Nicky Peng batted superbly as Durham cruised to a six-wicket win in their opening Twenty20 Cup match against Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Double blow for Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt saw his hopes of an unprecedented fourth successive Queen's Club grasscourt title ended by Sebastien Grosjean in the quarterfinals here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova on course
Maria Sharapova, the leggy Russian blonde whose on-court screams have driven opponents to distraction, beat top seed Elena Dementieva in the WTA tour event here on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Pete undecided on future
US legend Pete Sampras, who is taking a break from tennis that looks more and more like an undeclared retirement, said Saturday that he will make a decision on his future at the end of this year.
 arrow Tennis: Favourite Federer
Top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui 7-5, 7-6 to reach the semifinals of the 800-euro ATP event here on Friday and confirm his favourite status.
 arrow Football: France seek fresh start
The 2003 Confederations Cup represents the first real test for hosts France to prove to the world that they have recovered from their pitiful showing at last year's World Cup.
 arrow Football: Barcelona race too close to call
The immediate future of a dozen top players, including England captain David Beckham, will become clearer on Sunday when up to 95,000 members of Football Club Barcelona vote to elect a new president.
 arrow Football: Cruyff backs Becks bid
Joan Laporta is facing fierce criticism from rival candidates over his bid to sign David Beckham but former Barcelona player and coach Johan Cruyff has given his support to the proposed transfer.
 arrow Football: Del Bosque doomed?
Real Madrid coach Vicente Del Bosque is convinced his days are numbered with the Spanish giants.
 arrow Football: Juve deny Veron link
Italian champions Juventus have denied that they are about to make a 14million pound summer swoop for Manchester United's Juan SebasTtian Veron.
Politicalarrow AL may join JS today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) may join the parliament session today.
 arrow Proposed budget anti-people: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has termed the proposed budget anti-people and pro-rich and said her party would protest it.
 arrow BJP not a coalition Partner: Naziur
Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), a component of the ruling four-party alliance, is ' not constitutionally a partner' of the coalition government, its Chairman Naziur Rahman Manzur announced at a press conference
Metropolitanarrow Unite to build up movement
Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu has stressed the need for forging grater unity among the rank and file of the party to build up movement against the alliance government.
 arrow ODJS ultimatum to DCC
Old Dhaka Janakalyan Samity (ODJS) has threatened to go on a day- long hunger strike and stage demonstration in the city on July 1 if the Dhaka City Corporation fails to repair the damaged roads in the
 arrow Save Ramgati
Ramgati Jubo Samity (RJS) formed a human chain at Muktangan in the city yesterday demanding immediate measures to save 4 lakh people from the erosion of river Meghna.
 arrow Hanif gets bail in graft case
Former DCC (Dhaka City Corporation) mayor Mohammad Hanif and four others were yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months in two graft cases.
Nationalarrow Rival BNP factions hold separate conventions in Raozan
Amid a tense situation, two rival factions of Raozan Upazila BNP held party conventions separately within a distance of 300 yards on Friday.

There was no untoward incident as police were deployed.

 arrow Three schoolgirls not rescued in 24 days
Police are yet to trace three schoolgirls 24 days after they were allegedly lured from Patoa village under Gobindaganj upazila by a youth of the same village.
 arrow 'Probe irregularities in Gaibandha municipality'
A section of ward commissioners have brought allegations of irregularities and corruption against Gaibandha municipal chairman Anowerul Hasan Sabur.
 arrow Ward commissioner's election cancelled after 4 years
The district court has cancelled election of a ward commissioner in Gaibandha pourasabha and declared the runner-up elected, four years after the polls.
 arrow Schoolgirl, housewife 'commit suicide'
A school girl and a housewife allegedly committed suicide in Rajbari and Natore.
 arrow Cruel father
A girl child was killed allegedly by her father at Chhandhara village in Phulpur upazila.

The victim was identified as Amena, 5, daughter of Ainuddin alias Kudu.

Foreign Relationsarrow Iraq, Palestine to figure in Morshed-Powell talks June 19
Bilateral matters and international issues including the post-war Iraq and Palestine-Israeli conflict will dominate the Morshed-Powell talks when the US Secretary of State will be in Dhaka on June 19.
Culturearrow The Genius of Mustafa Monowar
We had been rehearsing for more than three weeks before we boarded the chartered plane for Zambia. Those three weeks had resulted in creating new dimensions in the history of dance in Bangladesh.
Generalarrow Bus crushes 2 to death in Uttara
Two persons were crushed to death under the wheels of a passenger bus at sector 9 in Uttara yesterday.

The victims are Zahirul Kha, 30 and Mohammad Shipon, 25, both vegetable vendors.

 arrow Civil cops' drive cancelled in city
7Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has cancelled the operation of civil police teams of different police stations in the city.
 arrow Child workers seek security, safety at NUS workshop
Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) organised a participatory workshop with child labours at the NUS training hall in Badda. The programme was facilitated by Afroja Parvin, executive director of NSU.
Internationalarrow Sharon offers temporary truce to Hamas
A top aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Friday delivered a ceasefire proposal for a halt in its war against Palestinian militants, a senior Palestinian source told AFP.
 arrow Early polls likely in India
A flurry of meetings by the top leaderships of India's two main political parties -- ruling BJP and opposition Congress -- have given rise to strong speculation that fresh general elections are likely
 arrow LTTE vessel blown up, politician slain
A Tamil Tiger rebel merchant ship was blown up Saturday, while a politician opposed to the guerrillas was gunned down, compounding problems for the island's faltering peace bid, officials said.
 arrow No immediate meeting with Vajpayee: Jamali
Even as the roadmap for the Indo-Pak peace process is being given final touches at both ends, Pakistan seems to be adopting a cautious approach as far as breaking the deadlock is concerned.
 arrow Militias attack Tehran protesters
Security forces and hardline supporters of Iran's conservative leadership have clashed with large crowds in the capital Tehran who were protesting against clerical rule.
 arrow Shahi Imam raps 'secret' meet on Ayodhya
Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Saturday criticised the "secret" meeting of president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi with Kanchi seer Jayendra
 arrow Pak court issues Notices to leaders on educational qualifications
Pakistan's top court sent notices Friday to several leaders of an Islamic alliance locked in a bitter row with the government, to answer whether their educational qualifications met election criteria.
 arrow Two Koreas hold symbolic ceremony to relink railways
South and North Korea Saturday held a symbolic ceremony to reconnect cross-border railways severed for more than 50 years, pool reports said, rekindling hopes of reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.
 arrow Floods leave 150,000 homeless in Assam
Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have left at least 150,000 people homeless in India's northeastern state of Assam, officials said Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Budget aims high
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 is oversized by past standards. It can even be called bloated.
 arrow New turn in Indo-Pak relations?
There is a feeling of expectancy in the air though no one is sure what the fifty odd years old conundrum will produce.
 arrow Benazir believes time is ripe for a change
Mrs Benazir Bhutto does not sound optimistic about the outcome of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's initiative to normalise relations with Pakistan.
Letters to Editorarrow SQ Chowdhury and defamation case
It's a sheer blow for the whole nation, when a group of ruling party people are all ready to tarnish what little goodness remains of our motherland, when they have no qualms to hassle and try to defame
 arrow DCC is a joke!
I don't understand what the authorities of this city are up to...instead of solving our 'never ending problems' they are contributing more to the growing list, piling up from every direction.
 arrow Medicinal plants
Three-month long National Tree Plantation campaign has begun on June 1, inaugurated by the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh.