Volume 4 Number 25 Sat. June 21, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow WB gives $536m no-interest loans
The World Bank (WB) on Thursday approved US$536 million in no-interest credits for poverty reduction and support to rural infrastructure, telecoms and banking sectors in Bangladesh.
 arrow Fix of freebies
Some pharmaceutical company salesmen in Bangladesh are bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs, with the result that patients are often given inappropriate or unnecessarily expensive medicine.
 arrow People's Right to Know
The Daily Star's masthead announces our motto every morning -- "Committed to People's Right to Know"-- to the world, and we have every intention of living up to what we have promised our readers.
 arrow Constitution of 34 JS bodies heads for a rough weather
Formation of 34 more parliamentary standing committees on various ministries and functioning of the five already constituted seem to head for a rough weather with the ruling BNP and the main opposition
 arrow Water of poison creeps in as silent killer
Fourteen years old Suman used to go to school, but three months ago he had to drop out owing to failing health caused by arsenic poisoning.
 arrow Megawati given hearty send-off
Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri left Dhaka for Mongolia yesterday concluding her three-day tour that perked up her country's trading ties with Bangladesh.
 arrow Sylhet jail slips into ruin
One of the oldest jails is on the brink of collapse and its renovation, long overdue.

The main buildings and boundary walls of the 85-year-old crammed jail are in a ramshackle condition.

 arrow US forces face frequent grenade attacks in Iraq
Attackers hit two US military vehicles with grenades, setting them ablaze, in the restive Iraqi town of Fallujah overnight, residents said yesterday.
 arrow Bottled water: Is it a necessary evil?
Bottled water, which came to the market only a few years ago, has proved to be more than just a passing fad and is increasingly becoming a necessity due to the growing paucity of drinking water from usual
 arrow 'Vajpayee and Advani ordered Babri Mosque demolition'
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh yesterday alleged that the Babri Mosque had been demolished under the direction of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani,
 arrow Military action against Iran is an option: US
The United States reserves the right to take military action to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons, under secretary of state for arms control and international security John Bolton told BBC radio yesterday.
 arrow 6 suffer acid burn injuries in Bagerhat, Natore
Three members of a family suffered serious burn injuries in an acid attack at Dohazari village in Fakirhat upazila here Wednesday night.
 arrow Factory fire: One more charred body recovered
Death toll in Thursday's fire at a perfume chemical warehouse and factory in old part of the city rose to two with the recovery of a charred body in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Saddam alive, US intelligence believes
US intelligence analysts believe Saddam Hussein is more likely to be alive than dead, a conclusion bolstered in recent weeks by intercepted communications among Saddam loyalists, The New York Times reported
 arrow Body of college student recovered from city lake
Pallabi Police recovered the decomposed body of a college student from a lake at Kalshi of the city's Pallabi area Thursday evening, four days after his girlfriend's body was recovered from the same lake.
 arrow Woman kills sons in midnight frenzied fit
A mentally imbalanced woman killed her two minor boys and seriously injured her only daughter with a kitchen knife in Dinajpur on Thursday, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Low dumps heavy rain
A low in the north-western Bay of Bengal pelted Bangladesh with rain throughout the day yesterday, the meteorological office said.
 arrow Sri Lanka detains 12 Bangladeshis heading to Italy
Sri Lankan police arrested 12 Bangladeshi men who were allegedly going to board a fishing boat to take them illegally to Italy, officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow Long-term poverty eradication policy eludes budget
Speakers at seminar yesterday observed the proposed budget for the 2003-04 fiscal lacks long-term policy guidelines to eradicate poverty.
 arrow $120m Aktel network expansion scheme on the cards
Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB), the service provider of Aktel cell phone, plans to invest US$120 million to implement a master network expansion programme.
 arrow EU farm reforms essential to fit into world trade: Lamy
EU trade commissioner Pascal Lamy told the European Union's 15 member states on Friday that they needed to press through with substantial reform to farm support in order to fit into the world trade system.
 arrow Indonesian trade delegation visits Kanchpur plant of Ctg Cement
A six-member business delegation from Indonesia led by Ilhamy Elias yesterday visited Kanchpur plant of Chittagong Cement Clinker Grinding Co Ltd (CCCGCL).
 arrow 3M consumer products now available
3M company's popular consumer products like kitchenware and cleaning pads or scrubs are now available in Bangladesh.

The products were formally launched yesterday at a function in Dhaka yesterday.

 arrow US-Japan beef trade talks next week
US and Japanese farm officials will have a chance to discuss beef trade worries raised by a case of mad cow disease in Canada when they attend a biotech conference in California next week, a US Agriculture
 arrow BASIS hails budget
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), a forum of software developers, hailed the proposed budget for FY 2003-2004, saying it will help boost information and communication
 arrow US consumers urge Bush to end steel tariffs
US automotive suppliers, other manufacturers and even some fellow Republicans Thursday called for President George W.
 arrow US lays burden on EU to unlock world trade talks
The European Union holds the key to unlocking ailing trade liberalisation talks by deciding on reforms to its farm support system, a senior US trade official said on Friday.
 arrow Japan's factory activity edges down in April
A key barometer of economic activity in Japan edged down in April from a month earlier, the trade ministry said Friday, providing further evidence of the slack performance of the world' second largest
 arrow IMF asks Russia to carry out reforms for growth
Russia must push through long-delayed structural reforms if it is to achieve its full potential in economic growth, the deputy director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Aiming for improvements

Nothing would make coach Dav Whatmore happier than his boys showing individual progress during the tour of Australia.

 arrow Cricket: BD youths shot out for 49
The Bangladesh Under-23 cricketers suffered a humiliating 121-run defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan Under-19 team in their opening tour match at the Premadassa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh to face Waugh-full Aussies
Steve Waugh will lead Australia in the two-Test series against Bangladesh next month after the selectors named a full-strength squad on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Anderson 'tricks Pakistan
James Anderson's hattrick, the first by an England bowler in one-day internationals, laid the platform for a seven wicket win over Pakistan at The Oval here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 40 Khans for the future!
Cricket legend Imran Khan Friday said he was hopeful he could give Pakistan 40 world-class cricketers if the country had a proper coaching system and improved first-class structure.
 arrow Football: Eto silences samba
Olympic champions Cameroon stunned World Cup holders Brazil 1-0 in their Confederations Cup group B encounter here at the Stade de France Thursday thanks to a stunning late goal from Samuel Eto'o.
 arrow Football: Sanli steals the show
Turkey, called up as stand-ins for the stay away Germans, took the honours in a lively Confederations Cup Group B encounter against the United States here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Win or lose face
World Cup winners Brazil and the United States square up against each other here Saturday with one goal in mind - to restore some pride after painful reverses in their opening Confederations Cup ties.
 arrow Football: Mission defeat Bilbao
Only two words will be heard in the dressing room of league leaders Real Madrid before Sunday's game against Athletic Bilbao and they will not be David Beckham.
 arrow Football: Barca's priority No. 1
Spanish club Barcelona, outmanoeuvred by Real Madrid for David Beckham, are determined to snatch Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho from under the nose of Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Becks' 'chocolate' side!
Football and marketing phenomenon -- and loving father -- David Beckham declared Japan "amazing" Friday as he unveiled a huge chocolate statue of himself and visited an elementary school.
 arrow Football: Boca lesson for Cali
Striker Carlos Tevez, 19, scored twice on Thursday to guide Boca Juniors to a resounding 4-0 win at America of Colombia which put his side into the final of the South American Libertadores Cup.
 arrow Wimbledon: Full of memories
This year's Wimbledon will see the 117th men's and the 110th women's championships contested before around half a million spectators at the All England Club - which itself only has some 400 members.
 arrow Hockey: MSC in semis
Defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club stormed into the Club Cup hockey semifinals with an 8-0 thrashing of Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.
Politicalarrow Jubo League activist murdered in Pabna
An activist of Awami Jubo League was stabbed to death by a gang of miscreants at Kashipur Bazar in Hemayetpur Union under Pabna Sadar Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Half-day hartal in Jhenidah today
Awami League Jhenidah unit has called a half-day hartal in the district today protesting the attack on party MP Abdul Hye and three other leaders of its front organisations on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Malaysia urged to recruit more Bangladeshi workers
Post and Telecommunications Minister Aminul Haque has requested Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to continue recruiting workers from Bangladesh.
 arrow Nazrul expert Kalpataru Sengupta passes away
Kalpataru Sengupta, an exponent of Nazrul songs, died at a clinic in Kolkata at the age of 86.

He had been suffering from diabetes and heart ailments.

 arrow 'Protect Singha Majumdar Bari from land grabbers'
Thirty eminent citizens yesterday urged the government to save the historic 'Singha Majumdar Bari' in Sylhet from the land grabbers who are trying to occupy the house in the name of Vested Property Act.
 arrow BMA's degree result announced
Results of BA and B.Sc examinations of 48th Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) Long Course held under National University were announced on June 19.
 arrow Dy Speaker elected GLOBE president
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui has been elected president of the Bangladesh Chapter of Global Legislators' Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE).
Nationalarrow 100 hills disappear in Ctg in 30 years

Over 100 hills disappeared from Chittagong city and surrounding areas in the last 30 years due to illegal hill cutting.

 arrow AL man involved, victim's wife tells court
Secretary of Chitalmari upazila Awami League Pijush Kanti Roy was directly involved in the murder of advocate Kalidas Boral, senior vice-president of Bagerhat district AL, the victim's wife Happy Boral
 arrow Five cops sued for 'abducting' girl, 'assaulting' woman
A policeman has been sued for allegedly abducting a schoolgirl in Gaibandha while four others have been accused of assaulting a woman in Chuadanga.
 arrow Two killed, 48 hurt in bus accident
Two person were killed and 48 injured when a Rangamati-bound bus skidded off the road and fell into a ditch at Kutwamara under Naniarchar upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Escapee 'outlaws'yet to be nabbed
Two alleged outlaws suspected of looting arms and ammunition from Daulatpur Jute Mill, who escaped from the custody of DB police on Tuesday, are yet to be reasserted.
 arrow Wife 'poisoned to death' by husband
A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband by pushing poison-mixed saline at Khanpur village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Ofura Khatun, 25, wife of Nazrul Islam.

Culturearrow The spirit of Neelima Ibrahim
When she lived, she was luminous herself and always illumined others around with her own grace.
 arrow Young piano enthusiasts
Mehjabeen Rahman, who runs l'Ecole de Musique, that recently presented an hour of piano music at the Alliance Francaise, said, "I'm quite pleased with my students.
Generalarrow US Army Pacific commander in city
Commanding General of US Army Pacific Lieutenant General James L. Campbell along with his wife arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a five-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow College student missing in Bay
A college student went missing after being swept into the sea while he was taking a bath closer to a popular beach in the Cox's Bazar resort town yesterday, police said.
 arrow Robber beaten to death in city
An alleged robber was lynched and two others were severely injured by a mob yesterday when they attempted a raid in the city's Kafrul area, police said.
 arrow Hasina supports demand for new wage board
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday supported the demand for a new wage board for the newspapermen.
 arrow Soccer clash leaves 50 hurt in B'baria
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups of villagers over a football match at Khariwala village in Ashuganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 3 hurt in Sylhet road mishap
Two persons were killed and three others injured when a tempo collided head on with a truck on Sylhet-Tamabil road at Shahparan gate yesterday.

Identity of the victims could not be known.

Internationalarrow Tigers demand overhaul of Norway's peace bid
Tamil Tiger rebels Friday demanded a "radical overhaul" of Norway's peace bid in Sri Lanka and rejected the government's latest offer to save the faltering process.
 arrow Vajpayee's China trip may redraw roadmap for bilateral ties
While a breakthrough may elude the vexed boundary issue, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's upcoming visit to China is expected to chart out a new dynamic roadmap for Sino-India relations in the 21st
 arrow Show proof of sincerity, India tells Pakista
India on Thursday said it wanted to move "beyond" the proposals made by Pakistan aimed at restoring status quo ante that prevailed before the terrorist attack on Parliament and sought evidence of "sincerity
 arrow Benazir urges US to review ties with Musharraf govt
Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has asked the United States to review its relationship with President Pervez Musharraf as he was not able to contain Al-Qaeda and Taliban from re-grouping
 arrow ASEAN to step up pressure on Myanmar to free Suu Kyi
The ASEAN grouping is to step up pressure on member Myanmar to pursue democratic reforms, pushing for a mission to the military-ruled country to meet with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, a minister said
 arrow '100 civilians killed in Aceh offensive'
Indonesian police said Friday that more than 100 civilians have been killed during a month-long military offensive to crush separatist rebels in Aceh province.
 arrow Israel, Palestinians narrowing security differences: Powell
Israel and the Palestinians are narrowing their differences over an Israeli army pullout from some occupied areas but have yet to reach an accord, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said here Friday.
 arrow 'More time needed to judge Iraqi WMD
US intelligence analysts who testified at a closed Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday stood by their basic prewar assessment that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, two attendees said.
 arrow EU calls on Hamas to declare ceasefire
The European Union called Friday on the militant Palestinian group Hamas to declare a ceasefire and urged Middle East countries to condemn terrorism, in draft conclusions from the EU summit.
 arrow N Korea vows retaliation if censured by UN
North Korea vowed on Friday to take "strong emergency measures" to retaliate if the United States succeeds in taking Pyongyang's nuclear programs to the United Nations Security Council.
 arrow IAEA asks Iran to accept stricter nuke inspections
The UN's nuclear watchdog called Thursday for Iran to unconditionally allow stricter inspections of its nuclear facilities, a day after US President George W.
 arrow EU to boost crackdown on illegal immigrants
EU leaders agreed Friday to boost cooperation to crack down on illegal immigration, although they failed to back a controversial British plan on asylum seekers, according to draft conclusions from their
 arrow Prince William turns 21
William, the elder son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana who celebrates his 21st birthday on Saturday, seems to prefer an anonymous, ordinary life to the role of pretender to the throne that his family
 arrow German upper house rejects bill for more foreign workers
The opposition-controlled upper house of parliament rejected yesterday a controversial immigration bill which would have allowed more foreign workers into Germany and sought to better integrate thosealready
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL opts for status quo
The opposition Awami League has again been more conservative than dynamic.
 arrow Editorial: Iran and the US
Before the dust of its Iraq offensive could settle, the US seems poised to embark upon yet another mission to change the regime in neighbouring Iran.
 arrow Powell's Dhaka visit: Significance and scenario
The US-Bangladesh relationship comes into renewed focus due to Colin Powell's brief but eventful visit to Dhaka on June 19. Mr.
 arrow Gregory Peck, an actor in the classical mould: A tribute
Nine years ago, the writer took a tour of the city of San Diego, California, in an open-air trolley.
Letters to Editorarrow No tails and no flies...
It sounded like the old donkey (forgot his name) from the Animal Farm, saying I'd rather have no flies and no tails....
 arrow Tourist attraction and alcohol
Sundarban the largest mangrove forest in the world, world's largest natural sea beach at Cox's Bazaar, Patenga sea beach, Kuakata, St.
 arrow Expiry date of medicine
I would like to attract the attention of the authorities concerned to the fact that a number of medicine strips do not have expiry date clearly embossed on it.
 arrow "Indian troop deployment in Iraq"
I fully endorse the views of Sadia Moyeen expressed in the letter "Indian troop deployment in Iraq" (June 19).

As USA has created this mess, they are the one who should come out of this hole.

 arrow The Letters Page
The editors of The Daily Star must have a difficult job in trying to provide a balanced coverage for the Letters Page.
Literaturearrow A Floral Emblem
(Translated from Bangla by SAG and KI)


Flowers in hand, he comes calling when night descends. I see that he's smiling. So I too smile back. Asks how I'm doing.

 arrow Juggling, juggling, juggling...
And while last week Fakrul Alam went on vacation to Indonesia, this week another, and very different, Bangladeshi (a photographer/gearhead in loosekurtapyjamas) flings himself headlong into Singapore
 arrow Monica Ali denied Bangladeshi visa
How can this be? How can Monica Ali be denied a visa to visit the land of her birth?

The answer, at least partially, has to lie in our London High Commission's colossal ignorance about the vast 4gulf

 arrow The Female of the Species
Sometimes you want to talk
about love and despair
and the ungratefulness of children.
A man is no use whatever then.