Volume 4 Number 20 Mon. June 16, 2003    
 
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Front Pagearrow Free access, easy visa to top agenda
Six major issues are likely to dominate official talks between Dhaka and Washington during the June 19 layover of US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Bangladesh.
 arrow 10 killed in cop-terrorist clash in Makkah
Ten people, including five members of the security services, were killed in an overnight clash between police and suspected terrorists in the holy city of Makkah, western Saudi Arabia, the daily Okazreported
 arrow BB check on misuse of export perk
From now on, export incentives will be given in banking instruments instead of cash to stop misuse of the perk.
 arrow Railway officer hacked to death in Ctg
Armed criminals chopped to death a railway officer and freedom fighter at his residence here Saturday night.
 arrow Days spent in jail before conviction to be counted
A new bill and three amendment bills were introduced in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday and subsequently all the bills were sent to the parliamentary standing committees concerned for scrutiny and submission
 arrow Mortar attack on US military HQ in Iraq
Unidentified assailants launched a mortar attack on a US military headquarters in Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad setting the building on fire, an Arab television station reported Sunday.
 arrow Unspoiled Cave Comes to Light
Some 30 kilometres off Teknaf in a remote hilly forest sanctuary lies a cave that was almost unknown to civilisation.

The cave, discovered by renowned zoologist Dr.

 arrow BAC presses graft charges against 10
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) yesterday pressed charges against former state minister for energy Prof Rafiqul Islam and 10 others for misappropriation of Tk 44 crore in the 60 MW Shahjibazar power
 arrow SQ Chy's suit against Daily Star, Prothom Alo editors slated
Political parties, socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies yesterday continued their protests at a defamation suit, filed by the prime minister's parliamentary affairs adviser, against two
 arrow IMF board to decide $590m loans June 20
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will discuss anti-poverty loans for Bangladesh at its board meeting on June 20.
 arrow DCC plans one-stop service for city road diggers
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will soon open a one-stop service cell to deal with road digging applications, sources in the Nagar Bhaban said.
 arrow Prison capacity to go up by 2,500 this year
Prisons will be accommodating an additional 2,500 inmates by year-end as the Tk 40 crore expansion work in nine jails is going on fast pace.
 arrow Security an essential part of statecraft
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that with the change of society and state management, security has emerged as an important and unavoidable element of statecraft.
 arrow Bank heist suspect still eludes arrest
Despite a massive hunt, police are yet to take down the guard involved in the sensational bank heist on Saturday.
 arrow Circular on Flag vessel ordn stayed
A High Court division bench yesterday stayed the execution of the circular issued by the Ministry of Shipping on June 3 regarding the decision to amend the Bangladesh Flag Vessel (Protection) Ordinance,
 arrow Fingerprint expert gives deposition
Fingerprint expert Mohammad Faridul Islam, the 17th prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, gave his deposition before the court yesterday.
 arrow Lebanese PM's TV station rocketted
The headquarters of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri's broadcasting network came under rocket attack Sunday, triggering allegations by officials that the aim was to destroy national stability.
 arrow 'Fight poverty to ensure sustainable environment'
The third Asian Regional Session of Global Environment Forum (GEF) began in the city yesterday with a call to fight poverty to ensure sustainable environment in the region.
 arrow Sayeed gets bail, proceedings against Nasim stayed
Former state minister for information Abu Sayeed was yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months in connection with Ekushey TV corruption case.
Businessarrow Bourses rejoice in budget incentives
The share markets have welcomed the incentives announced in the proposed budget for the 2003-04 fiscal with the Dhaka Stock Exchange General Index gaining 11 points to 799.53 points in the last two days.
 arrow Textiles seek garment-like incentives
Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) severely criticised the 20 per cent corporate income tax for textile industries proposed in the budget.
 arrow Assess 'illegal trade prior to FTA with India'
Economists at a lecture yesterday called for intensive studies of the volume of illegal trade and hundi operation across the border prior to negotiating a free trade agreement with India

They saidpolitical

 arrow Rev up SAARC chamber for regional uplift
Participants at a regional meeting yesterday put accent on increasing the activities of SAARC chamber of Commerce and Industries for economic development of South Asian countries.
 arrow 10-month exports post $378m growth
Exports fetched US$ 5,255 million in the first 10 months of the current financial year, up by $378 million from last fiscal's same period.
 arrow Set up BSTI-proposed accreditation body
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to immediately set up the separate national accreditation body proposed by the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI).
 arrow Americas split on free trade zone schedule
With trade representatives from the Americas split on when to achieve a hemispheric free trade zone -- a key US policy goal -- Central American negotiators prepare for an important round of trade talks
Sportsarrow Cricket: Javed joining camp
The last phase of the Bangladesh cricket team's camp ahead of their tour of Australia begins today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium after a two-day break.
 arrow Cricket: BCB, ICC to sign deal today
An agreement to host the ICC Under-19 World Cup next year in Bangladesh, will be signed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) in London today.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan off to winning start
England survived a scare at the hands of Australian Test bowler Michael Kasprowicz before beating Wales in the first match of Michael Vaughan's reign as one-day captain.
 arrow Cricket: Classy Surrey
Azhar Mahmood smashed three sixes and three fours in a brilliant exhibition of batting to steer his side to their second win in two days at a sun-drenched Metropolitan Police Ground at Imber Court inthe
 arrow Cricket: 'Behave yourselves'
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has called on his side's supporters to behave during the upcoming one-day international series against England.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq's reminder
Abdul Razzaq put himself in contention for a place in Pakistan's team to face England on Tuesday by grabbing four wickets in a five-wicket win over Leicestershire here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: WC preps their priority
The build up to the 2007 World Cup is expected to be the focal point of campaigns as the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced nominations for its two top posts on Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: Goal-rush MSC
Defending champions Mohamme-dan Sporting Club got off to a flying start in the Usha Krira Chakra Club Cup hockey tournament with a 13-0 whitewash of Bachelors Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium
 arrow Tennis: Roddick sees Agassi off
Andy Roddick beat world number one Andre Agassi for the first time to book his place in the Queen's Club grasscourt final with a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 win here Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Halle Open Federer's
World number five Roger Federer warmed up for Wimbledon in ideal fashion when he crushed German Nicolas Kiefer 6-1, 6-3 in the Halle Open final on Sunday to win his first ATP grasscourt title.
 arrow Football: Homecoming or stopover?
David Beckham arrived home from the United States on Saturday as speculation mounted that he could be a Real Madrid player in a matter of days.
 arrow Football: Eyes on the future
Jacques Santini will take a peek into the future when the Confederations Cup begins on Wednesday -- handing opportunities to a new generation of French players.
 arrow Football: No Zidane, so what?
France must learn to live without Zinedine Zidane as the inspirational playmaker misses this month's Confederations Cup to help his club Real Madrid try to win the Spanish league title.
 arrow Football: Advantage USA!
The timing of the Confederations Cup could be just right for the United States.

The eight-nation tournament, which begins Wednesday, comes late in the season.

 arrow Football: Rayo shown no mercy
The humiliations of Rayo Vallecano continued on Saturday when the bottom club in the Spanish first division went down 2-0 at Valladolid.
 arrow Football: Moggi confident about Trezeguet
Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi has insisted David Trezeguet will not be leaving the Serie A champions this summer.
 arrow Football: The super thief!
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on Saturday praised Michael Owen as his team's supreme 'goal-thief' and insisted that his talismanic striker will get even better.
 arrow Football: Albacete, Zaragoza promoted
Albacete and Real Zaragoza, second and third respectively in the Spanish second division, were assured of playing in the top flight next season after fourth-placed Levante lost 1-0 at Racing Ferrol on
Politicalarrow AL calls dawn-to-dusk hartal on June 28
The Awami League (AL) has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for June 28 in protest against the proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-04 and deterioration in law and order.
 arrow AL joins Sangsad today to protest budget
Main opposition Awami League (AL) has decided to join the budget session in the Jatiya Sangsad today.
Metropolitanarrow '14pc power growth needed for 7pc GDP rise'
Electricity growth rate of 14 per cent is needed to lift economic growth to seven per cent for overall development, said PDB Chairman Syed Abdul Mayeed Khan yesterday.
 arrow Tk 256.70 crore KCC budget announced
A Tk 256.70 crore budget of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) for 2003-04 financial year was announced yesterday without imposing any fresh tax but heavily depending on government grant.
 arrow Free IT training for deaf begins
A free vocational IT training for the deaf began in the city yesterday to turn them into human resources.
 arrow Powell's planned visit protested
Some political parties and student organisations yesterday protested the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Bangladesh.
 arrow 'No SMA member involved in crime'
Sramajibi Mukti Andolon (SMA), a political party based in the southwestern region, yesterday criticised some newspapers for labelling it as extremist.
Nationalarrow BNP's Selim, AL's Khaleque blame each other
President of Bagerhat district BNP MAH Selim MP has sought active co-operation from opposition Awami League (AL) leaders in containing crimes.
 arrow Women's representation in UPs not effective
Women's representation in Union Parishads (UPs) is not effective.

This was stated by 45.5 per cent of women respondents during an opinion poll on local government.

 arrow Tk 140.49 cr unrealised in eight dists under Rajshahi PDB zone
The Power Development Board has Tk 140.49 cr unrealised bills in its Rajshahi distribution zone.
 arrow Road accidents kill 2 in Gopalganj, Sirajganj
Two persons were killed and at least 25 including a policeman injured, nine of them seriously, in two road accidents in Gopalganj and Sirajganj on Saturday.
 arrow UPDF office torched due to internal feud, says PCJSS
The Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghati Shamity (PCJSS) has protested filing of a case against 34 of its leaders and activists by the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), saying it is an attempt toharass
 arrow 30 feet Teesta dam damaged, WDB spur vulnerable
A vital spur of the Water Development Board (WDB) at Singimari Matherepari under Kollkond union in Gangachhara upazila has become vulnerable with the rise of Teesta river.
 arrow 2 housewives gangraped for refusing to pay illegal tolls
Miscreants gangraped two housewives at Ambagicha village here Thursday night for refusing to pay illegal tolls.
Culturearrow A miniature world of foliage
Specimens of potted miniature botanical life-forms, created over years and decades through various styles, textures and artistic flamboyance of Bonsai tradition, attracted a huge crowd during an exhibition
 arrow Scholastica's Annual Function 2003
The annual function of Scholastica Junior Sections, Dhanmondi, Uttara and Gulshan was held at the STM Hall, Senior Section Campus recently.
Generalarrow Cop beaten up for mugging
Havilder of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), caught snatching Tk 1 lakh from a businessman, was critically injured in mob beating yesterday.
 arrow 147 RU teachers for dropping SQ Chy from OIC top job race
One hundred and forty-seven teachers of Rajshahi University called upon the government yesterday to withdraw Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's nomination for the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic
 arrow Abducted businessman's leg severed
A group of miscreants abducted one businessman and chopped off his fingers and a leg in the city on Saturday.

The victim is Mahbub Hossain Babu, 30, a kerosin oil businessman.

Internationalarrow Agra peace bid was India's genuine try: Musharraf
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was on Saturday night dismissive of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Lahore bus trip to normalise relations with his country even while terming his (Vajpayee's)
 arrow Vajpayee's China trip may redraw diplomatic map
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's upcoming visit to China will be a new milestone that will pave way for strengthened Sino-Indian relations, key to peace and security in Asia, former Chinese ambassador
 arrow Lankan peace in limbo
The sinking of a Tamil rebel ship and a string of political slayings have raised fears that Sri Lanka may be slipping back to war as its peace bid remains deadlocked, analysts and diplomats said Sunday.
 arrow 'Yangon working on to set Suu Kyi free'
Myanmar's Foreign Minister Win Aung said Sunday the events of May 30, when democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained after violent clashes, were "very, very unfortunate" and his government is working
 arrow Clarion call for pre-marital AIDS test

Twenty-seven-year old Jahnabi Goswami has a personal reason for campaigning to make pre-marital AIDS tests mandatory -- she was infected with HIV by her husband soon after they married.

 arrow Accord nears on Israeli pullout from Gaza
Israeli and Palestinian officials were reportedly near agreement Sunday on an Israeli withdrawal from parts of Gaza as a senior US envoy began the task of implementing an international "roadmap" for peace.
 arrow Iraq occupation to last longer
The prospect of a long and difficult occupation of Iraq was brought home to Americans this week as US forces moved sharply to crush an armed resistance that has left a trail of US dead.
 arrow ASEAN warns Western powers to handle Myanmar delicately
ASEAN defended its policy on Myanmar Sunday and cautioned Western powers to handle the issue of restoring democracy in the country delicately, fearing it could blow up into another Yugoslavia and be the
 arrow Iraqis snub US deadline to surrender arms
Iraqis snubbed a coalition deadline to surrender their weapons by June 15 with the US-led forces reporting Sunday that only a few hundred arms had been handed over.
 arrow 80-yr-old Pak grandma Expecting
An 80-year-old Pakistani woman is expecting a baby and euphoric as she is, she's wondering how to break the news to her grandchildren.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bank robbery one time too many
Vaults of some banks may have lost the impregnability they once were known for, with robbers or inside operators spiriting away money in a cakewalk.
 arrow Editorial: New initiative in the Hill Tracts
At the inaugural of the government-UNDP project called promotion of development and confidence-building in CHT on Saturday Santu Larma spoke as the chief guest.
 arrow What's being planned in Iraq isn't reconstruction
On April 6 US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz spelled it out: there will be no role for the UN in setting up an interim government in Iraq. The US-run regime will last at least six months.
 arrow Discarding terrorists from political parties: A wishful thinking?
In a recently concluded forum co-organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo applause reverberated loudly when BNP Secretary-General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan andGeneral
 arrow Whither parliamentary democracy?
According to Bangladesh constitution, the parliament i.e. Jatiya Sangsad has been vested with legislative powers of the Republic.
Letters to Editorarrow On Budget 2003-2004
The withdrawal of VAT on travel agencies has got nothing to do with boosting tourism in the country, not even in the slightest sense.
 arrow SQ Chowdhury, OIC and defamation case
Well done Mahfuz Anam and Motiur Rahman the editors of The Daily Star and Prothom Alo respectively.
 arrow Road Map to nowhere?
The much vaunted Road Map is leading nowhere; Aqaba summit (with much fanfare) of high rhetoric and a facade of photo-ops) soon lapsed into familiar pattern of targeted assassinations and counter violence.
 arrow "Dhaka's growing noise pollution"
The Daily Star report, "Dhaka's growing noise pollution" (June 14) deserves appreciation.

It is true that the media is making all out contribution for reducing pollution.

 arrow Misuse of electricity
Since we are experiencing paucity of electric supply and loadsheding all over the city it is nothing but a mere joke to use electricity in the shops and newly constructed multi-storey building even during
 arrow No more posters!
The next time you go somewhere in Dhaka, look around! Take a look at the walls around you. What do you see? You see a million posters. Posters fill up every space available.
 arrow Superpower USA
After the Iraq war it has been established beyond any iota of doubt that the only hyper power of the world is the USA and naturally the most powerful man in the world is the President of USA.
 arrow Converting Muslims to Christianity!
I read with interest, and not a little wincing, the article of Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, concerning the enthusiastic American Evangelicals who see, in the 'conquests' (if that is the right word) of Afghanistan
 arrow "South Asian alliance"
I would like to thank Mr. Wahed for his thoughtful reply. It is indeed true, problems are many and there is no magical solution to all these issues.
 arrow Life in DU
I have just got admitted into DU. It is a dream of almost every student of Bangladesh to get himself/herself admitted into DU.
Star Holidayarrow Good morning Aski Para
THE Garo morning dawns as softly as the night falls. I opened my eyes to the sound of birds -- hundreds of them in scores of species. The whole place is coming alive.
 arrow The Garos of Bangladesh
NO one knows for certain how many Garos live in Bangladesh. According to the 1991 census, the total number is 64,280.
Worldarrow Tennis: Sharapova sent packing
Russian qualifier Maria Sharapova's impressive run at the Edgbaston Open ended in the semifinals when she was beaten 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 by Shinobu Asagoe on Saturday.
Star Healtharrow 'keep away from drugs, know about AIDS'
On its fifteenth anniversary this month LIFE, a non profit organisation has successfully achieved its target of reaching more than 50,000 young people, mostly school children in providing informationon
Star Cityarrow Water to run smoothly
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has undertaken a project to buy twenty mobile generators, eight water carrying trucks and two tractors to streamline the water supply for city-dwellers.
 arrow Barriers a blight on city sites
The Old AirportOnly three years ago, the old airport was a rare sight for thousands of commuters on the Begum Rokeya Swarani.
 arrow Babupura basti
The Revenue Deputy Collector (RDC) has sent a letter, to the concerned police commissioner and the ward commissioner, to protect the khas land at Babupura following a report in Star City on June 11.
 arrow Waste goes private
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) turned to privatization in eight wards of the city for managing solid waste and city cleanliness from May 15, 2003.
 arrow Open up, say bismillah
It is a hot day in Old Dhaka. A vendor sits against an iron fence with his head is tilted back and his eyes closed.
 arrow City soon to see stars
Star-gazers and planet-watchers who have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the Dhaka Novo Theatre, the city's first modern planetarium, will have to wait a while longer.
 arrow Dishing up a satellite storm
For city dwellers starved for entertainment, cable TV is one major source of enjoyment.
 
   
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