Volume 4 Number 22 Wed. June 18, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Megawati flies in today to boost ties
Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri flies in Dhaka today on a three-day visit to strengthen relations between the two countries.

She will be the first Indonesian head of state to visit Bangladesh.

 arrow Writs on judges' confirmation stayed for three months
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for three months proceedings of the writs challenging non-confirmation of services of additional judges.
 arrow Macro-neglect to DU microfilms
Due to lack of proper preservation, centuries old puthis and pandulipis (hand-written books and manuscripts), newspapers and periodicals printed in Bangladesh over the last century, have been decaying
 arrow Export target slashed 5pc as market saps
The government has slashed the export target for the current fiscal by $350 million or 5 per cent as export did not pick up substantially due to a price slump in the global market.
 arrow Suppl budget with Tk 2,150cr extra expenditure passed
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the supplementary budget for the outgoing fiscal 2002-03 giving approval to over Tk 2,150.22 crore additional expenditure.
 arrow Ctg businessman rescued 7 hours after abduction
Seven hours after his abduction, a millionaire businessman was rescued unhurt from Kumira under Sitakunda yesterday.
 arrow Cook pours fuel on the WMD row
Former cabinet minister Robin Cook has accused Tony Blair's government of "not presenting the whole picture" in the run-up to war with Iraq.
 arrow Senpara, Kazipara in crime warp
Four crime gangs have held traders at Senpara, Sheorpara and Kazipara hostage for months, extorting tolls on a regular basis. But the police are hardly doing anything to stop the criminals, allege locals.
 arrow Monica still seeks visa to Dhaka
The government is yet to show any reason for refusing visa to Monica Ali, the acclaimed Bangladeshi-born young novelist, by the Bangladesh High Commission in the UK.

But Monica has not lost hope.

 arrow PDB seeks legal help on AES plan for plants sell-off
The Power Development Board (PDB) has sought opinions from the law ministry on a proposal of the US company AES to sell its two large power plants to a British government investment company.
 arrow Traders at Sona Mosque land port threaten strike
Traders have called an indefinite strike at the Sona Mosque land port in Chapainawabganj from June 21, protesting seizure of trucks reportedly laden with undeclared, smuggled and banned goods by the BDR.
 arrow Jhum farming loses out to immigrants
Loss in per capita land availability and the policies of the government have made it difficult for people of Khagrachhari to keep alive the tradition of jhum cultivation-- the slash-and-burn method of
 arrow US forces scour Baghdad after sniper kills soldier
Scores of heavily armed US troops swept through central Baghdad on Tuesday, sealing off roads and searching houses, after a soldier was killed overnight by sniper fire in the north of the lawless city.
 arrow HSC exams rescheduled
Examinations of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Diploma in Commerce and Madrassah Education Board on June 19 and 28 have been rescheduled, board officials said yesterday.
 arrow Well defined foreign, defence policies key to national security
Bangladesh lacks well defined foreign and defence policies, crucial to national security, speakers told a discussion meeting yesterday.
 arrow Tk 2cr foreign currency haul at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized foreign currencies equivalent to about Tk 2 crore yesterday.

The consignment, seized from a toilet in flight No. BG-011, contained 9.

 arrow Mugger 'murdered' by mates in Mirpur
An alleged mugger was gunned down at Paikpara in Mirpur yesterday evening.

Police said Jahangir alias Sohel, 18, might have been murdered by the members of his group over share of mugged money.

 arrow Criminal case filed against 4 policemen
A criminal case was filed with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, yesterday against four police personnel.
 arrow Suo moto rule on Zafar's stay in Australia
The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto notice on Kazi Zafar Ahmed and his lawyer Khan Saifur Rahman asking them to explain why the order granting Zafar permission to stay six months in Australia for
 arrow Flood situation improving
Flash flood situation is improving as water level of all rivers were coming down, the Water Development Board officials said.
Businessarrow BTTB cell phone unlikely by June '04
The Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) is unlikely to commence its GSM mobile network in June 2004.
 arrow Free market access to top agenda
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury assured garments exporters of raising the issue of duty and quota free access of goods to the US market in the official talks with US Secretary of StateColin
 arrow South Asians mull central clearinghouse
Central banks of South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, and Iran have proposed the establishment of a central clearing house to facilitate faster risk-free clearing and settlement of transactions
 arrow Dollar weakening against taka
US dollar has been gradually weakening against taka since Bangladesh Bank adopted floating exchange rate on May 31.

The dollar was selling at Tk 58.43 in the inter-bank foreign money market yesterday.

 arrow Donor recipe a loss in long run
Focus on macro economy is a recipe of development partners that only helps in short term gain, causing long term losses, leading economist Muzaffer Ahmed said yesterday.
 arrow Indonesian investors keen to invest
Indonesian entrepreneurs have shown keen interest to invest in Bangladesh to take advantage of the country's preferential market access facilities to the developed countries.
 arrow Lawyers for lifting of mandatory income tax return
The Supreme Court Bar Association has urged the government to withdraw the proposal for compulsory income tax return and requirement of trade license for lawyers.
 arrow ECB fails to counter deflation risk
The risk of deflation is as high, or even higher, in Europe as the United States but the European Central Bank is failing to take pre-emptive action in contrast to the US Federal Reserve, top economists
Sportsarrow Cricket: Payroll decision delayed
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is unlikely to announce a fresh list of players to be brought on its pay roll before the tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: New trick up his sleeves!

Left-arm paceman Manjurul Islam, the most experienced among the five quick bowlers in the Australia-bound national team, is adding a new weapon to his arsenal.

 arrow Cricket: U-23 cricketers leave for SL today
A 19-member Bangladesh under-23 cricket team will fly to Colombo today to play five two-day and three one-day matches against different selections of Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Teenager Taylor gets Test call
Teenage fast bowler Jerome Taylor received an early birthday gift when he was named in West Indies' squad for the opening cricket Test against Sri Lanka starting at St Lucia on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kingstown tie drawn
Sri Lanka played out a draw with a West Indies President's XI on Monday after dismissing the home team for a first innings total of 296 in the third and final day of a rain-affected match.
 arrow Football: Forget World Cup
France will begin the defence of their Confederations Cup title against Colombia on Wednesday determined not to repeat the mistakes of the last World Cup.
 arrow Football: Time to bury 98's ghost
The last time Zico set foot in the Stade de France was as assistant coach to the Brazil side humbled by France in the 1998 World Cup final.
 arrow Football: What's the Real story?
Manchester United are preparing to sell England captain David Beckham to Real Madrid, it was widely reported Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Asia set for Becks storm
David Beckham descends on Asia Wednesday for a publicity extravaganza that analysts believe will highlight the superstar's unrivalled ability to open up the Asian market for any club he chooses.
 arrow Wimbledon: Hewitt, Serena seeded top
Reigning champions Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams were named the number one seeds for Wimbledon on Monday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Serving up a minefield
Lleyton Hewitt will have to navigate his way through a minefield of big servers if he is to retain his Wimbledon crown.
 arrow Athletics: Freeman may quit
Olympic 400 metres champion Cathy Freeman of Australia is considering retirement after she was thrashed by Mexico's Ana Guevara last month, Freeman's manager Chris Giannopoulos says.
Politicalarrow Police still clueless in Palash killing
Police could not unveil till yesterday the motive behind the killing of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Saiful Rasul Palash, murdered on Monday.
 arrow Police club AL women Activists: 20 injured
Police wildly swung clubs on a procession of the Awami Jubo Mohila League yesterday and wounded 20 women including Joint Convenor Apu Ukil.
 arrow City AL council today
The triennial council of Dhaka City Awami League (AL) will be held today after a lapse of six years, but there is a little hope of bringing changes in its top leadership.
Metropolitanarrow Arrest of Palash's killers demanded
Demanding immediate arrest and trial of the killers of its leader Saiful Rasul Palash, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), staged demonstrations across the country yesterday.
Nationalarrow Cheating in HSC exam without going to hall!
Cheating in public examinations normally takes place at examination halls. But a HSC examinee has evolved a unique way of cheating without going to the hal.
 arrow Trees felled during govt's plantation campaign
Students and teachers of Rangpur Vocational Institute (VTI) staged demonstrations in the town protesting felling of about 300 trees and illegal occupation of a land adjoining the VTI by some flower shop
 arrow Most allegations of rape false, reveals Forensic deptt at SBMCH
The forensic department at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) has revealed sensational facts about alleged rape victims.
 arrow RU teachers protest Momtaj killing
Teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) on Monday brought out a silent procession on the campus protesting the murder of former Awami League MP and freedom fighter Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed in Natore.
 arrow 'Outlaw' nabbed, arms-making tools recovered
Police raided a house at Kaburual village in the Sadar upazila, arrested an alleged outlaw along with his wife and recovered some arms, ammunition and arms-making tools.
 arrow Use of pesticides on vegetable, crop fields causes health hazar
Rampant use of pesticides on vegetable and crop fields are causing a serious health hazard across the district.
 arrow RCC tax reduction
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu MP, on Sunday declared reduction in proposed city corporation taxes from July 1.
 arrow Our glorious national heritage
This is an old mosque situated at Kasma village in Gournadi thana, 30-kilometre off Barisal divisional city. It was built during the period of Khan Jahan Ali.
Culturearrow A channel with promises
Channel-i is one of the country's pioneer TV channels in the private sector.
Generalarrow 2 caught at Sonali Bank for fraud
Two people were arrested on charge of fraud while withdrawing cash from the corporate branch of Sonali Bank in Sadarghat.
 arrow Cops roughed up at old Dhaka market
Some policemen, including two sub-inspectors (SI), were assaulted by businessmen at a motor parts market at Dholaikhal under the Sutrapur police station yesterday.
 arrow Huge amount of polythene bags seized
Some 250 maunds of banned polythene shopping bags were seized and 11 people arrested in that connection from the city and its outskirts yesterday.
 arrow Two outlaws escape from police custody in Khulna
Two PBCP (Purbo Banglar Communist Party) cadres wanted in several criminal and murder cases escaped from DB (Detective Branch) police custody at Chhoto Boyra here yesterday, police said.
 arrow DU teacher's cousin stabbed
Ramna police last night arrested one Lipton on charge of stabbing a cousin of renowned Dhaka University teacher Meghna Guha Thakurata.
Internationalarrow Abbas pushes militants to end attack on Israel

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas stepped in to try to persuade militant groups to stop attacks against Israel, the key to implementing a US-backed Middle East peace plan, after Egyptian mediators

 arrow Iranian leaders under fire on domestic front
Iran's clerical regime was bombarded Monday with pressure from all sides, including mounting US-backed street protests at home and pressure from the UN atomic energy agency and European Union over its
 arrow British troops may stay 4 yrs in Iraq
British troops could be in Iraq for up to four years if pro-Saddam Hussein fighters continue to undermine attempts by the US-led coalition to eliminate his former regime, The Times newspaper said Tuesday.
 arrow War on terror accelerates world military spending
World military spending rose by six percent last year, growing twice as fast as in 2001 to reach $794 billion, largely as a result of the US-led war on terrorism, a respected think-tank said Tuesday.
 arrow ASEAN pushes for Pak membership to ARF
ASEAN's decision to push for Pakistan's inclusion in Asia-Pacific's top security grouping, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), will boost moves against terrorism and towards resolving the India-Pakistan dispute,
 arrow Red Cross can meet detainees: Myanmar
The International Committee of the Red Cross will be allowed to visit Myanmar's detained opposition members, rounded up last month along with pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the junta said on Tuesday.
 arrow LoC is the problem, not solution: Musharraf
Ruling out chances of accepting the Line of Control as international border in a compromise deal to resolve the Kashmir issue, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that his country would talkon
 arrow North Korea warns US, Japan against blockade
North Korea vowed on Tuesday to meet any US-led blockade on the communist state with "limitless" retaliation, saying the flames of war would immediately spread to Japan.
 arrow 'US, UK helped lower temperature in S Asia'
Stressing that the United States had "nuclear flashpoint concerns" with India and Pakistan, American Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has said that US and British efforts have helped in "lowering
 arrow BJP meets to discuss 'Mission 2004'
The main focus of the four-day brainstorming session of the BJP beginning here on Tuesday night would be 'Mission 2004', to chalk out a strategy for getting a clear majority in the Lok Sabha for the party
Editorialarrow Editorial: Killing of BCL leader
Politics becomes a morally and legally untenable proposition, or a much-despised calling, when violence is resorted to, as a possible way of dominating the scene, by the parties in the fray.
 arrow Editorial: Government advertisement
The report on two daily newspapers getting the highest government advertisements during the current fiscal year caught our attention quite naturally.
 arrow Colin Powell's visit: Dimensions of significance
On 19 June, the US Secretary of State General Colin Powell visits Bangladesh, although for a few hours, on his way to Jordan from Cambodia.
 arrow How may we put it down?
By the turn of the nineteenth century, the poet-imperialist Rudyard Kipling's faith in his own country's will to conquer the world (for its own good, of course) had begun to weaken.
 arrow Iraq invasion, democracy and the UN
The Iraq invasion has jeopardised two most important political institutions of our time- democracy and the UN.
 arrow Zoo tiger in the wild: A utopian story
In reference to Dr. Reza Khan's write-up "Zoo tiger in the wild!'' published in The Daily Star on 11th June, 2003, I strongly protest against the fictitious and twisted information.
Letters to Editorarrow Dowry
A number of newspapers recently reported the story of Ms.
 arrow A fistful of dollars for OPEC
The recent move by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to replace the dollar by the Euro has generated anger as it did with Iraq, when Saddam chose to exchange the oil for Euro in November 2002, sealing
 arrow Oxford of the East and private universities
Gone are those days when Dhaka University had been the dream of millions.
 arrow The Star City quotes
I appreciate the laudable endeavours of The Daily Star supplement "Star City" in projecting different issues of interest for the Dhaka dwellers.
 arrow Mayor brings light to our lives... not for long
Dhanmondi Road No.4 hasn't seen the streetlights working for more than three months now. All of the lights are out of order and after dark the whole street plunges into darkness.
 arrow ADB assistance in gas sector
According to recent press reports quoting authoritative sources, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has once again tagged assistance for gas transmission to the country's western region to substantial gas
 arrow Iraq war far from over
President Bush declared the war finished on May 1. In the aftermath of this declaration, 44 Americans have died, averaging just over one death per day.
 arrow Wake up to reality
Following K. Wasimuddin's commnets ("South Asian alliance", June 16) and for those who think likewise, I would just say that they all live in fool's paradise.
 arrow "Mobile WMD lab" in Iraq!
We were told Saddam still had a lot of sick and dangerous weapons (even after 12 years of bombing and lots of inspections), so they sent in their inspectors to check it out.
 arrow "Converting Muslims to Christianity!"
I am writing this letter in response to Angela Robinson (Rev Mrs) that was posted on June 16, 2003.
 arrow Irresponsible and callous
I have been amazed by many of the letters written to The Daily Star Letters Page from Bangladeshis all over the world. Mr. Yahya and Mr.
 arrow Repeating pattern
The pattern is very familiar false accusation followed by threat and propaganda campaign, covert operations to destabilise the government followed by military action culminating in occupation and propping
 arrow "Letters Page and some contributors"
I absolutely agree with Curzon Chatterjee (June 14, 2003); I also find Mr. Yahya's arguments silly. Instead of writing Yahya should spend more time reading.
 arrow About law enforcement
I am a Bangladeshi living in UK for the past 23 years.
 arrow Heroes or villains!
Considering the recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian situation one might start wondering whether the so-called militant groups such as Hamas, Al-Aqsa Martyrs, Islamic Jihad are actually involved
StarTecharrow A satellite boost
EAST West University has set a milestone in education by introducing its own VSAT into its education scheme. It is the first among the private universities to do so.
 arrow Adding another jewel
TO keep up with the current momentum of growing job market in networking technology, BRAC University has become an authorised CISCO Networking Academy.
 arrow Taking the PlayStation online
First things first. Forget about getting your PlayStation 2 (PS2) on the net if you do not have broadband at home.
 arrow Intel Channel Conference
The Intel Channel Conference-1, 2003, the first of two Channel Conferences arranged by Intel every year was held on June 5, at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow In search of safety
At least 50 wildlife species animating the mountainous forest of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) for hundreds of years are now looking for safe destiny across the bordering Mizoram of India and nearby areas.
 arrow Impact of budget
Chittagong is the second largest city of Bangladesh.
 arrow Century-old court bldg needs care
The picturesque century-old court building on Parir Pahar (Fairy Hill) of the port city is now in a miserable state.
Star Cityarrow Lakeside plans still on hold
Delay in installing gas, water and electricity to leased out commercial components of the Dhanmondi Lake, has contributed to uncertainty in management of the lake area.
 arrow Khilgaon flyover over-time and over-budget
Commuters of the eastern and southern areas of Dhaka have been waiting for the Khilgaon flyover to be completed, but the time to the finish of construction seems too long.
 arrow Cooperative billing
The Board of Directors of Dhaka WASA, at a meeting on Monday, agreed in principle to lease out the billing and collection of Zone-3 to the Dhaka WASA Employers Cooperative Society for six months of the
 arrow A victim forgotten
Basir Ahmed, a 22 year-old peon of the Sony Enterprise bus service, contracted typhoid when he was five years old, which paralysed his left leg.
 arrow Trouble in their twilight years
The first day of every month comes as a relief to Shamsher Ali, yet it is all too exhausting for him for other reasons.
 arrow Once upon a type...
Abul Bashar is waiting beneath a tin-roofed shelter near Nagar Bhaban for a customer. He says these are the peak hours, yet he is sitting idle.

He is not vending puffed rice, cold drinks or cigarettes.

 arrow It's not all fairytales at kinder garten
The mushrooming of private kindergartens across Dhaka over past years poses serious questions about the quality and management of this growing sector.
 arrow Blackmarket of tickets at Kamlapur
Over the last few decades, the Bangladesh Railway (BR) has been the major transport and communication link between different areas -- with its services good or bad.