Volume 4 Number 24 Fri. June 20, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Powell likes Dhaka to send troops to Iraq, but makes no official request
The United States looks forward to involvement of Bangladeshi troops in peacekeeping in Iraq, but no decision was taken to involve Dhaka militarily, in line with a United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
 arrow Dhaka, Jakarta sign MoU to avoid double taxation
Dhaka and Jakarta yesterday signed an agreement to avoid double taxation and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on counter-trade arrangement.
 arrow US to consider free access of goods
Washington has assured Dhaka that it will consider giving it duty- and quota-free access of goods to the US.
 arrow Dhaka's chance of ASEAN Forum entry brightens
Bangladesh's prospect to become a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) has brightened with Indonesia giving it support yesterday and the lifting of a moratorium on new membership to forum.
 arrow AL MP stabbed in Jhenidah
An Awami League MP and three other leaders of the party and its front organisations were stabbed in two separate attacks on pro-hartal processions in the town yesterday.
 arrow Magnetic train from Dhaka to Ctg planned
The government plans to introduce magnetic levitation train service between Dhaka and Chittagong, slashing the travel time to less than an hour, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said yesterday.
 arrow Powell snubs Hasina for not cancelling hartal
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina had no meeting with US Secretary of State Colin Powell during his layover in Dhaka yesterday afternoon, and her scheduled meeting with visiting Indonesian President
 arrow Body to protect interest of consumers on cards
For the first time, the government is going to set up Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) to protect the rights of consumers.

The Tariff Commission under the Ministry of Commerce is giving it a final shape.

 arrow Democrats challenge Bush over WMDs
US President George W Bush is facing fresh charges that he exaggerated the threat of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction to win support for the war.
 arrow Ambulance attack in Iraq kills 1 US soldier, hurts 2
A rocket-propelled grenade slammed into a US military ambulance yesterday, killing one American soldier and wounding two others, the latest in a series of attacks on US personnel or their offices.
 arrow JS body says no to raising perks with retrospective effect
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry yesterday recommended passage of four bills to increase perks for the prime minister, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, ministers,
 arrow Suicide bomber kills one in Israel
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up in a grocery store in northern Israel on Thursday, killing its owner in an attack that threw a US-backed peace plan deeper into turmoil.
 arrow JS witnesses heated debate over Suranjit's parliamentary past
Chief Whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain and opposition front bencher Suranjit Sengupta became locked in a heated debate in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday over Delwar's claim that Suranjit had been expelledfrom
 arrow Home ministry for withdrawal of case on bomb blast at Jamaat leader's house
The home ministry is withdrawing a bomb explosion case now on trial in the District and Sessions Judge's Court, Rajshahi, saying that it was a politically motivated case filed during the Awami Leaguerule.
 arrow Sufia Kamal's 92nd birth anniversary today
The 92nd birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal will be celebrated today through a range of programmes by different socio-cultural organisations.
 arrow Perfumery warehouse fire kills 1
One person was killed in a fire at a perfume chemical warehouse and factory in the old part of the city last night.

Identity of the victim, a man of about 35, could not be known immediately.

Businessarrow Megawati assures of reducing trade gap
Visiting Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri yesterday said her country is ready to reduce the exiting trade gap between Bangladesh and Indonesia.
 arrow Budget lacks steps to contain corruption, law and order
Discussants at a seminar yesterday criticised the proposed budget for 2003-2004 for not having any clear guidelines to address corruption, law and order and overall impediments to investment.
 arrow Traders to stop activities thru' Sona Masjid from tomorrow
Leaders of Sona Masjid Importers-Exporters Group, C&F Agents Association and Sona Masjid Workers' Co-ordination Committee have decided to put off export-import activities through the land port from Saturday
 arrow Joint business council with Indonesia formed
Two apex trade bodies of Bangladesh and Indonesia signed here yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MoU), setting up a joint business council (JBC) aimed at boosting bilateral trade and investment.
 arrow Jakarta keen to help energy sector
Indonesia is keen to extend help in the capacity building of BAPEX, the government owned company here in Bangladesh specialised in gas field exploration and development.
 arrow Asian ministers meets today to discuss Asian Bond Fund
Ministers from 18 Asian nations will meet in northern Thailand from Friday for talks expected to focus on the one billion-dollar Asian Bond Fund, an initiative of Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
 arrow Iraqi oil exports to resume Sunday after 3-month halt
Iraq will resume exporting oil from Sunday, the head of the State Oil Marketing Organisation, Mohammed al-Juburi, told AFP on Thursday, over three months after shipments were halted.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Mariner, Ajax on course
Two goals apiece from Kutubuddin Yen and Yusuf Ali Biswas helped Mariner Youngs Club thrash Sadharan Biman Krira Sangstha 4-0 in one of the three Club Cup hockey preliminary round matches at the Maulana
 arrow BD U-23 open tour today
Bangladesh Under-23 cricket team will begin their Sri Lanka tour with a one-day match against Sri Lanka Under-19 side today.
 arrow Cricket: Old foes on brand new battle ground
Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan will renew their old battle at a new Test venue when the West Indies clash with Sri Lanka in the opening Test at the Beausejour Stadium here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Drop-in tracks laid
Two drop-in pitches were installed here on Thursday for Australia's Test match against Bangladesh at Marrara Oval next month.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar wary Vaughan
England one-day captain Michael Vaughan admits facing Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar will be a challenge for his inexperienced side in Friday's second one-day international at The Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Ice-fit Flintoff
Ice-baths are among the treatments England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is using in order to maintain his fitness and ensure he remains a regular member of the side.
 arrow Cricket: Going great-runs!
Opposing skippers Brian Lara and Hashan Tillekeratne should have vivid memories of the last test series between Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Lara stroked 688 runs at an average of 114.

 arrow Cricket: Oval ready for invaders
One of the biggest security operations ever seen at an English cricket ground has been arranged for Friday's second one-day international between England and Pakistan at The Oval.
 arrow Wimbledon: Love takes time to grow
As a wild-haired, rebellious teenager, Andre Agassi hated the place but now Wimbledon has captured a special spot in his heart.
 arrow Football: Penalty relief for hosts
Colombia's goal drought extended to six matches here on Wednesday as they went down to an undeserved 1-0 defeat by European champions France in their opening Confederations Cup Group A match.
 arrow Football: Fancying an upset
Japan approach Friday's Confederations Cup clash against hosts France here brimming with confidence after playing New Zealand off the pitch in their Group A opener.
 arrow Football: Japan's confident start
The 2003 Confederations Cup got underway at a half empty Stade de France here Wednesday with Japan routing outsiders New Zealand 3-0.
 arrow Football: Beckham opens up
David Beckham apologised to his new Real Madrid teammates for creating a media frenzy in the Spanish title run-in and said he had been promised his switch from Manchester United would not affect his England
 arrow Football: Santos' wait over
Brazilian champions Santos, the club made famous by Pele in the 1960s, beat Colombia's Medellin in a five-goal thriller on Wednesday to reach the Libertadores Cup final for the first time in 40 years.
 arrow Football: Guti sees no Real light
Frustrated Real Madrid midfielder Guti believes the signing of David Beckham will leave him with no option but to leave the club.
 arrow Football: Bogey Bolton first up for MU
Manchester United will kick off the defence of their English Premiership title against local rivals Bolton who have won on their last two visits to Old Trafford.
Politicalarrow Chaos rules Ctg (north) BNP unit council
The biennial council of Chittagong (north) district unit of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was held amid chaos yesterday.
 arrow AL walks out protesting attack on MP
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out of the parliament protesting the attack on its party lawmaker Abdul Hye in Jhenidah.
 arrow BCL vows to launch 'oust-govt' movement
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student front of the main opposition Awami League, yesterday vowed to launch an 'oust-government' movement to put an end to the repression by BNP-Jamaat alliance.
Metropolitanarrow 'Preserve Kudum cave'
Dr Ali Reza Khan, an eminent zoologist and head of Dubai Zoo, has called for preserving 'Teknaf Kudum', the lone sand-mud cave of the country, now on the verge of destruction due to lack of proper conservation.
 arrow Curriculum for madrassah education at final stage
Science and computer teachings would be included in the new curriculum for the Madrassah education.
 arrow Convocation of Ctg BIT tomorrow
Bangladesh Institute of Technology (BIT), Chittagong gets into festive mood ahead of its second convocation scheduled for tomorrow.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka, Jakarta should gear up efforts to face challenges: Iajuddin
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh and Indonesia should intensify efforts to face "similar development challenges" through closer political and economic links.
Culturearrow The busiest violinist in town
In almost every stage performance today, and in every music composition, there exists at least a slight touch of Sunil Chandra Das's violin.
 arrow Aala Bhola
Channel-i has come up with yet another drama serial, Aala Bhola.
 arrow Lalon captured on celluloid
Reputed film director Tanvir Mokammel finishes with the shooting of the film Lalon based on the life, music and philosophy of the legendary Baul-icon Lalon Fakir.
Generalarrow Elephants trample 3 to death in Rangamati
Three people, including a minor girl, were trampled to death and eight others injured when a herd of wild elephants rampaged through their village in Rangamati district on Wednesday, witnesses and forest
 arrow Literacy rate now 65pc, minister tells JS
The present literacy rate in the country is 65 per cent.
 arrow BAC sues 9 for drawing money from Hazari's account
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) yesterday filed three cases against nine men, including six bank staff, for their alleged involvement in the withdrawal of cash from the account of former Awami League
 arrow Alleged criminal slaughtered
Unidentified attackers slaughtered an alleged criminal and dumped his body by a lake near the Koril Beltala slum at Gulshan yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Renewing old ties
Heads of government and state always meet.
 arrow About the budget
Irrespective of its nature and scope, a national budget never fails to evoke intense interest and generate animated discussion.
 arrow Do you love your country?
Simple question but let me ask.
 arrow Pledges of financial help and existing gaps in Sri Lankan peace process
More than 4.5 billion US$ of financial assistance was pledged to Sri Lanka last week at an international conference in Tokyo.
Letters to Editorarrow Knowledge is power: Preventing HIV
Whatever the official estimate is, HIV infection in Bangladesh is cause for concern and calls for intelligent action; certainly not for complacence or misplaced comfort.
 arrow Budget thought
Once again we have been presented with a budget that does not truly address the underlying problem of our economy: instead of helping those that are the sole reason of our nation's progress, we insist
 arrow Tourist attraction!
Somebody please explain how can the reduction of the prices of alcohol attract tourists? Firstly, the prices are already minimal compared to other countries-specially the West.
 arrow Shameless bill default
This is with reference to the editorial of 17th June, 'Shameless bill default' by the lawmakers. Honesty is like fluid, it flows downward.
 arrow Unwarranted advice
I find it very obnoxious for an outsider like Mr. Arnab Dutta Chowdhury (Wake up to reality", June 19) to advise what Bangladesh should do, or should not regarding her preference.
 arrow "Converting Muslims to Christianity"
I thank Sahzeb Shahnawaz (June 18) for his most interesting and courteous reply to mine.
 arrow Need educated leadership
I noticed your reporting on the BIIS discussion about Bangladesh's foreign and defence policies.
 arrow "Letters Page and some contributors"
A sapient man is known as a fool in the town of fools! Same is the position of Mr. Yahya.
 arrow Tax treaty with USA
With due respect I am writing to request you if your paper can bring this information to the Bangladesh delegation who will be meeting with Mr. Colin Powel during his visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow What shall the Bush-Blair duo do now?
In the recent days, after the US-led so-called "liberators" completed the occupation of Iraq against the will of its populace, reports are being published in the western media that never there were WMD
 arrow SOS for Mirpur Zoo tigers
I am not an expert in wildlife. Wild animals are different in their behavioural patterns from each other. As far I know, the Royal Bengal Tigers are more different from other wild animals.
 arrow Let us offer our sympathy for the victims of the pro-war lobby
It must be really difficult for those advocating Americans' benevolent intention towards Iraq. Since the vast majority of the world population including a significant section of her own remains unconvinced.
 arrow Hope for peace must not diminish
The recent suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem countered by Israeli military airstrikes in Gaza must not shear into pieces the "roadmap to peace." No one said it would be easy.
Focusarrow When bestiality returns, sanity disappears
From Chokoria in Chittagong to Chitalmari in Bagerhat district, the entire region is sliding into a morass of criminality of dastardly nature -- rape, murder, abduction, extortion and you name it.
 arrow Image of Bangladesh abroad
We completed protocol formalities. Congratulations. Mr. Ambassador if you have time I would now like you to share two experiences of your country with me.
Environmentarrow Arsenic disaster and water supply: An overview
Nineteen rural districts covering an area over 500 square kilometers near the border of Bangladesh with India have arsenic-contaminated wells. Many villages adjacent to the capital Dhaka are also affected.
 arrow Party is over but degradation of Everest persists
The party is over and Sir Edmund Hillary has left for England, hauling a load of honorary medals and awards, but the country is still savouring the commemoration of one of the greatest occasions in its
 arrow Kuzurdia--an arsenic-free village
My niece Ana, a 17-year girl who studies at Oxford was thinking on her way back home during Easter holidays, what should she do with the money that she saved during the term from her pocket money.
Worldarrow Mahathir slams West for war mongering
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched a vitriolic attack on the European race Thursday, accusing them of warmongering, indiscriminate attacks on Muslims, greed and sexual deviancy.
 arrow Musharraf asks West to stop Indian arms buildup
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told Britain's Times newspaper Thursday that the West must not allow India to develop a military superiority that would leave his country's nuclear arsenal as itsonly
 arrow 'Cigarettes now leading cause of death'
Cigarettes and tobacco have become a leading cause of illness and death in developing countries, outpacing AIDS and placing an onerous burden on economic systems, the World Bank said Wednesday.
 arrow China reassures Pakistan
China on Thursday sought to reassure Pakistan ahead of a visit by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, saying it should not be worried about the evolving Sino-Indian relationship.
 arrow US asks Pakistan to curb pro-Taliban elements
A US task force co-sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society has asked Pakistan to prevent pro-Taliban elements from using its territory for crossborder attacks on Afghanistan,
 arrow Latest al-Qaeda captive full of information: Pak minister
A key al-Qaeda "facilitator" captured in northwest Pakistan has extensive information about the shadowy terror network's operations, interior minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said Thursday.
 arrow Hamas considers truce ahead of Powell's trip
The militant Islamic group Hamas said Thursday it was mulling over proposals for a ceasefire with Israel amid reports of progress toward a truce on the eve of a visit by US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
 arrow US zeroes in on ousted Iraqi regime leaders
Buoyed by the capture of Saddam Hussein's closest aide, the US military Thursday pressed on with its hunt for top ousted regime loyalists while Iraq readied to resume oil exports, key to its reconstruction.
 arrow World must pressure Iran on nukes: Bush
US President George W. Bush on Wednesday warmly endorsed anti-regime protests in Iran and said that the world must warn Tehran it "will not tolerate" the Islamic regime's getting atomic weapons.
 arrow US House panel explores Iraqi WMD intelligence
The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Wednesday questioned analysts about their assessments of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction amid a controversy over whether the Bush administration
 arrow US lawmakers for tighter sanctions on Myanmar
US lawmakers on Wednesday called for tighter sanctions on Myanmar's military junta to pressure for the release of opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her followers.