Volume 4 Number 23 Thu. June 19, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Jakarta firm to stamp out terrorism
Visiting Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated their strong stand against extremism and terrorism.
 arrow Powell arrives this afternoon
US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives in the city this afternoon on a brief visit as part of his three-nation trip to Asia and the Middle East.
 arrow ROK to give 50pc duty rebate on 34 items
South Korea has agreed to provide 50 per cent duty concession on 34 Bangladeshi items under the Bangkok Agreement.
 arrow 8 cops suspended for 'kidnapping' Ctg businessmen
Eight police personnel, including an inspector of the district Special Branch, were suspended here yesterday for picking up two businessmen and demanding Tk 5 lakh for their release.
 arrow Hanif, Maya retain Dhaka city AL posts
Old guards prevailed over young aspirants yesterday for the top offices of Dhaka city Awami League, when Mohammad Hanif and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya retained their posts of president and general
 arrow AL walks out twice over allegation of tarnishing country image
The Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out of the Jatiya Sangsad twice over a statement of the education minister and a letter circulated by the chief whip.
 arrow US soldier, 2 protesters killed in confrontation
A US soldier has killed two protesters during a confrontation with former Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad and an American soldier has died in a drive-by shooting in the city centre.
 arrow WB, IMF boards meet today, tomorrow to decide $1b loans
Loan proposals worth over $1 billion will be placed at the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) board meetings in Washington today and tomorrow.
 arrow Doles of relief for Dhaka jail inmates
A touch of compassion awaits the inmates of the Dhaka Central Jail who live their prison days in squalid conditions.

For a starter, 800 ceiling fans will be provided to the 36 wards of the jail.

 arrow Forex reserves cross $2b mark after 6 years
After long six years, foreign exchange reserves again crossed the $2 billion-mark yesterday.

The reserves reached $ 2.

 arrow Gender ratio gap narrows
Latest census figures indicate that the social and health conditions of women in Bangladesh have improved significantly in recent years.
 arrow Key alternate health plan set to miss take-off deadline
The Tk 9,000-crore Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP) is not taking off as per plan on July 1 as it lies unapproved with the Project Implementation Paper (PIP) of the programmeyet
 arrow Police, politicians on PBCP hitlist
Political extremists in the south-western districts have put four police officers and seven political leaders of Jessore on their latest hitlist.
 arrow Property of three attached for rly officer murder
Khulshi police attached movable properties of the three accused in the murder of Railway officer Shafiuddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Saddam's secretary captured
US forces in Iraq have captured Saddam Hussein's most trusted secretary Abid Hamid Mahmud, US military officials said Wednesday, in a major boost for their efforts to hunt down the oustedpresi-
 arrow 3 BRTC buses, garbage truck, taxicab set on fire
Three state-owned buses, one garbage container truck and one taxicab were set on fire by unidentified miscreants yesterday.
 arrow More protests against SQ Chy's defamation suit
Protests against the defamation suit filed by Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury against editors of two national dailies continued to pour in.
 arrow No slot for Hasina in Powell's itinerary
The itinerary of US Secretary of State Colin Powell does not include any meeting with Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, sources said.
Businessarrow Khosru warns of intervention to bridle prices
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said the government may allow import of some essential commodities and change tariff structure for other items if the prices soar abnormally.
 arrow Silk industry seeks import duty hike on yarn
Silk industry people have urged the government to up import duty on silk yarn to 35 per cent from existing 22 per cent to help grow domestic sericulture.
 arrow BIA for tax withdrawal
Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) has urged the government to withdraw five per cent increase in tax rate proposed in the budget for 2003-2004 fiscal.
 arrow MCCI warily suggests FTA talks with India
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), a leading trade association, has suggested that the government initiate a dialogue with India on a free trade agreement (FTA).
 arrow SEC suspends share transfer of German Bangla directors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday suspended share transfer of chairman, managing director, directors and all sponsors of German Bangla Food Ltd without prior approval of the regulators.
 arrow Trade body with Indonesia comes into being today
Bangladesh-Indonesia Joint Business Council will be formed today in a bid to boost trade ties between the two countries.
 arrow Indian industry to push trade with China
Indian industry is planning to use Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit to China next week to launch a push to lift bilateral trade beyond the current level of five billion dollars.
 arrow Pakistan to plead for trade privileges, debt relief
A new trade pact and the waiver of Pakistan's remaining 1.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani, MSC feast on goals

Abahani Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club continued their goal feast in the Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.

 arrow Football: Big win for Wanderers
Wanderers Club of Moulvibazar got off to a flying start in the Nitol-Tata third National Football League qualifying round with a 6-0 victory over Rajnagar Eleven of Habiganj at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Real bag Becks
Manchester United confirmed to the London Stock Exchange Wednesday they had agreed the sale of England captain David Beckham to Real Madrid for 24.5 million pounds (35 million euros).
 arrow Football: Samba time in Paris
Brazil kick off their fifth Confederations Cup campaign against Cameroon at the Stade de France on Thursday determined to improve their poor record in the tournament.
 arrow Football: Welcome to Madrid
The label-conscious England captain David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria will have no problems replenishing their wardrobe after he formally signs for Real Madrid on July 2.
 arrow Football: Prove your mettle
Turkey open their Confederations Cup campaign against the United States on Thursday aiming to prove that last year's run to the World Cup semi-finals was no fluke.
 arrow Football: Money, the final word
Selling David Beckham might provoke an outcry from fans but for Manchester United it's just business.

Beckham is the club's best-known asset.

 arrow Football: Only news in Spain
Move over Juan Carlos! Spain prepared to crown a new king on Wednesday as Real Madrid's agreement to sign England captain David Beckham sent the soccer-mad country's media into a frenzy.
 arrow Football: Tokyo gone crazy!
Hundreds of screaming fans greeted footballing superstar David Beckham and his popstar wife Victoria as they arrived in Japan Wednesday, and the England captain declared himself happy to be moving toReal
 arrow Cricket: Hafeez Pakistan's hero
Mohammad Hafeez's one-day international best 69 was the cornerstone of Pakistan's two wicket victory, with four balls to spare, against England at Old Trafford here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pitch invaders irk ECB
English cricket chiefs are to ask the British government for new legislation to help them deal with pitch invasions after hundreds of Pakistan fans ran on to the field at Old Trafford here on Tuesdaynight.
 arrow Wimbledon: Sisters under pressure
Serena and Venus Williams have ruled the roost at Wimbledon over the last three years and completely dominated the Grand Slam circuit in the 12 months preceding this year's French Open.
 arrow Wimbledon: Feeling like a champion
It is a moment only a handful of the world's best ever get a chance to experience and Lleyton Hewitt is relishing the imminent arrival of his turn to savour it.
Politicalarrow BCL's hartal today
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will observe a six-hour nationwide hartal from 6:00am today protesting the killing of BCL leader Saiful Rasul Palash.
 arrow Hasina asks party men to fight back 'oppression'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked party workers to get ready to resist 'government oppression'.
Metropolitanarrow Huda rejects proposal for train fare hike
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday rejected a proposal for raising train fare and asked the railway authorities to improve their passenger service.
 arrow Withdraw additional taxes: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad criticised the government for imposing an additional tax of Tk 5,000 crore in the proposed budget for 2003-04 fiscal.
 arrow Matir Moina to be released in UK next month
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), an internationally acclaimed film directed by Tareque Masud, is going to be released in the UK on July 4.
Nationalarrow Two spars in Jamuna dam washed away in Sirajganj
Over 100 metres of the 150-metre spar in at Vatpiare under Sadar pazila and another 10-meter spar at Meghai under Karipur upazila have been washed away by the Jamuna river due to onrush of water.
 arrow Teenager's suicide after gangrape evoke protests but police unmoved
The gangrape and suicide of teenager Halima at Dewli village in Mohammadpur upazila evoked protests by local political leaders, NGOs and the local people but the culprits are allegedly still at large.
 arrow 2 killed, 5 hurt in Jhenidah road mishap
Two persons were killed and five others injured in a road accident near Mobarakganj Sugar Mills yesterday.
 arrow Pineapples in plenty but growers fear price slump
There has been a bumper production of pineapple in the district this year due to favourable weather conditions.
 arrow Three listed Criminals held at Sherpur
Three top criminals of the town were arrested from a private guesthouse here yesterday.

Police said the arrestees--Rana, Ripon and Sohag-are listed criminals.

 arrow Cop caught from gamblers den still on duty
Local people led by some youths caught the police constable along with a gambler, made them sit and stand consecutively by holding ears and chased them to the nearby river.
 arrow Three killed in road mishap in Kushtia
Three persons were killed and six injured in a road accident on the Kushtia-Rajbari road near Choraikol in Kumarkhali upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Teenage girl raped in Rajshahi
A 14-year-old mentally handicapped girl was raped at Hazrapukur in Shiroil area of Rajshahi town Tuesday night.
 arrow 48 more Rohingyas repatriated
Forty-eight more Rohingya refugees of eight families went back to Myanmar from Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps here yesterday, officials said.
 arrow UP member Murdered in Bagerhat
A Union Parisad member was killed allegedly by her stepson at Rajoir village in Swarankhola upazila yesterday.
 arrow 23 educational institutions 'blacklisted'
Twenty-three educational institutions in five upazilas of the district have been 'blacklisted for debacle in last SSC examinations'.
Culturearrow An extravaganza of music
In 1981 Maurice Fleuret, a director of dance and music in France, at the request of Jack Lang, wanted to bring about a change in music according to the current trends.
 arrow Stories behind photographs
Apparently the 65 photographs project images of beauty of the country's flora, the jubilant faces and the busy everyday life of the tribal people that live amidst this peaceful greenery.
Generalarrow Abed Khan Bhorer Kagoj Editor
Abed Khan, famous columnist and journalist has joined Dainik Bhorer Kagoj as Editor replacing Benzir Ahmed, the acting Editor.

Lately, he was chief of news section of Ekushey Television since its inception.

 arrow 'Declare Sangsad Bhaban a nat'l heritage site'
Participants at a seminar yesterday urged the government to declare the Sangsad Bhaban, Louis I Kahn's landmark architecture, a national heritage site as the first step towards its elevation to worldheritage.
 arrow Muggers loot Tk 8.5 lakh from private co employee
Muggers reportedly robbed an employee of a private company of Tk 8.5 lakh at Uttara sector 13 yesterday.
 arrow Imported rice delivered on fake documents: 16 sued
A consignment of 85 metric tons of rice imported from India has been taken away by the importer from the the Benapole land port producing fake bank documents to the customs.
 arrow Prime accused in Ctg triple murder case on remand
A former Union Parishad chairman was arrested in the sensational triple murder case on Tuesday and was placed on a 3-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Water crisis grips SBMCH as tubewell goes out of order
Water supply to the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) has remained severely disrupted for almost a week now as one of the two deep tubewells has stopped functioning since June 13.
 arrow Extortionists hurl bomb, 3 hurt at Karwan Bazar
Three fruit traders at Karwan Bazar sustained injuries yesterday morning when a group of extortionists hurled bombs on them as they refused to pay tolls.
 arrow BDR,BSF agree to check cross-border smuggling
Bangladesh and India have agreed to play effective role in checking cross-border smuggling of arms, ammunition and drugs.
Internationalarrow Death of Israeli girl fuels more violence

Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli girl on a road near the West Bank, feeding a cycle of violence that has battered a peace plan US Secretary of State Colin Powell will try to rescue in a new Middle

 arrow Pakistan says it's not preparing for war
A day after Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee accused Pakistan of preparing for a fourth war, a senior Cabinet minister on Wednesday said that Pakistan wanted no such conflict, and welcomed further
 arrow India will release Peter Bleach
India has accepted the UK government's request to release British national Peter Bleach, who is serving a life sentence for air dropping arms and ammunition for a revolutionary group in India seven years
 arrow Powell urges Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday Myanmar's military rulers must release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and put the country on a path to democracy.
 arrow Asia's biggest desert reservoir dries up
Asia's biggest desert reservoir, the Muruin, has dried up due to a four-year drought in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, state press said on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Kala azar' kills 12 children in Bihar
The dreaded kala azar, a tropical disease that attacks the liver and spleen, has struck two Bihar villages, killing 12 children and leaving 12 others critically ill.
 arrow Donkey wedding to bring in rain
Residents of India's southern city of Bangalore have married off two donkeys, in the hope that the ancient ritual will usher in good monsoon rains.
 arrow US troops using 'excess force' in Iraq: HRW
US soldiers used excessive force when they shot and killed 20 protesters and wounded almost 90 others in Fallujah on April 2, an investigation by the Human Rights Watch has revealed.
 arrow US 'rousing' anti-govt protests in Iran
Hundreds of Iranians demanding more freedom demonstrated for the eighth consecutive night early on Wednesday and scores of protesters were arrested and some injured in rallies in seven cities.
 arrow 'Mecca militants are al-Qaeda members'
Seventeen suspected terrorists killed or arrested in the Muslim holy city of Mecca during the week are members of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, the Saudi interior minister said on Wednesday.
 arrow Iraq 'too dangerous to rebuild': UK minister
British and American troops have to get a grip on Baghdad because lawlessness is hampering attempts to rebuild Iraq, the UK's international development secretary has warned.
 arrow N Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrent force
North Korea vowed on Wednesday to strengthen its "nuclear deterrent force," dismissing the United States' call for multilateral talks as a tactic to isolate Pyongyang.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Mr. Powel's agenda and ours
The visit of the US's Secretary of State, Colin Powel, to Dhaka takes place amid intermittent monsoon rainfall, blossom of Kadam flower, and the enhanced expectation of a nation that has always looked
 arrow Editorial: Passage of supplementary budget
The Jatiya Sangsad gave approval to an additional expenditure of over Tk 2,150 crore by passing the supplementary budget for the outgoing fiscal 2002-03 on Tuesday.
 arrow The survival of RMG beyond 2004: A big question mark
The Readymade Garment (RMG) emerged as an export item of Bangladesh in early 80s.

Today, this industry contributes 76 per cent of the total national export earning.

 arrow The non-proliferation quest
The way G8 zeroed in on Iran and North Korea this year at Evian and later US Under Secretary of State John Bolton explained to the House Committee on International Relations the contemplated steps his
Letters to Editorarrow Iraq: Free or occupied?
This is reference to the letter of Mr. Mahmood Elahi (June 2, George W. Bush is a man of vision).

Yes, Saddam was a tyrant and dictator, but he and his associates were all Iraqis, not foreigners.

 arrow Indian troop deployment in Iraq
India opposed the US led invasion of Iraq from the very beginning saying that every single action against Baghdad should be co-ordinated by the UN.
 arrow A good decision
I was going to my native village after five years. In our boyhood we used to go there on foot, after that by rickshaws and now, by motor vehicles.
 arrow "South-East Bank"
An advertisement of South-East Bank, on May 1, 2003 in The Daily Star drew my attention. It said that private universities, such as NSU, IUB, EWU would be given preference.
 arrow A maximum security prison in the Bay of Bengal
I fully endorse the views expressed in your daily by Mr. Hasnat Alamgir and Mr Duncan Chowdhury in their letters under above caption published in The Daily Star on June 4 and 6, 2003.
Focusarrow Payment of income tax: Assessing the difficulties
Primarily we shall discuss Income Tax and its administration to establish good tax system and also its governance.
 arrow Recalling the Ghughudaha land rights movement
Land and its reform is one of the most significant issues in Bangladesh. Not less than 70 per cent of this vastly agrarian society is directly related with agricultural production.