Volume 4 Number 26 Sun. June 22, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow IMF okays $490m anti-poverty loan
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $490 million concessionary loan for Bangladesh to be disbursed under its three-year Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF).
 arrow Justice Hasan likely to become next CJ
Chief Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury is retiring today, whipping up a wave of questions about the selection of his successor.

Official sources hinted that Justice KM Hasan was likely to replace him.

 arrow JCD leader gunned down in Mirpur
Unidentified assailants gunned down a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and injured a rickshawpuller at Paikpara of Mirpur yesterday noon.
 arrow Rain rules country
Driving rain influenced by a depression lashed Bangladesh yesterday and swamped large part of Dhaka and southeastern regions causing sufferings to people, forecasters said.
 arrow Gang holds guests hostage to rob house in city
Holding guests hostage at gunpoint, robbers forced their way into their hosts' apartment and looted about Tk 28 lakh in cash and goods in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday, police and the victims said.
 arrow Troops request sends Dhaka walking diplomatic tightrope
The government is walking a diplomatic tightrope as it mulls the US proposition to dispatch troops to Iraq.
 arrow B'baria gunfight leaves cop, robber killed
Two people including a policeman were killed Friday night during a gun battle between police and armed robbers at Ghatura Purba Para under Brahmanbaria Sadar thana of the district, sources said.
 arrow BNP's date with a dilemma
The ruling BNP is in a dilemma over sending forces to Iraq, as its allies do not want to see Bangladesh troops being placed under American command.
 arrow JS body to review MiG 29s, frigate purchase deals
Major defence purchases during the Awami League regime, including those of MiG-29s and frigate, will come under scrutiny for detection of any irregularities.
 arrow Bush says Iraqi WMD sites were looted
President George W Bush, trying again to explain the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said yesterday that suspected arms sites had been looted in the waning days of Saddam Hussein's
 arrow Saddam's sons 'fled to Syria'
A former top Iraqi official says he and Saddam Hussein's sons escaped to Syria after the US-led invasion, US defence officials have told American newspapers.
 arrow Record quorum crisis grips JS
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed an unprecedented quorum crisis that delayed by about two hours the start of the day's sitting.
 arrow US lawmakers agree to broaden WMD probe
Top US senators have agreed to broaden their probe into the fate of alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and whether intelligence information about them had been manipulated to justify the war against
 arrow Dy speaker censures AL walkouts as pre-planned
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqi has criticised the Awami League (AL) for its repeated walkouts in the parliament, saying that these were pre-planned and parts of party's policy.
 arrow NCB loans over Tk 1cr to come under WB lens
The World Bank (WB) proposes to scrutinise loans above Tk 1 crore sanctioned by the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
 arrow Govt urged not to follow donors' dev model
A non-government organisation (NGO) yesterday urged government not to follow development models given by donor agencies.
 arrow Pottermania grips globe
Pottermania encircled the globe yesterday as millions of young fans rushed to buy the latest Harry Potter saga with author JK Rowling overjoyed that the plot had not leaked out.
 arrow Rajshahi interns go on strike to protest death of fellow doctor
Interns of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital went on an indefinite strike from yesterday protesting the death of Dr Sujit Kumar Roy.
 arrow One gets life term for killing 6-yr-old boy in Gulshan
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 Dhaka, yesterday sentenced a person to life imprisonment for killing a minor boy in Gulshan last year.
 arrow Cross-exam of Dr Belayet, fingerprint expert ends
Defence lawyers in the Shazneen case yesterday completed cross-examination of Dr. Belayet Hossain, who conducted Shazneen's autopsy, and Faridul Islam, fingerprint expert of police department.
Businessarrow General insurers again get into illegal commissions
After a break, general insurance companies are again rampantly procuring businesses with huge illegal commissions.
 arrow Bangladesh sees increased investment from Indonesia
Bangladesh may witness increased investment from Indonesian businesspeople as the two countries have signed an agreement to avoid double taxation.
 arrow Taka firm against dollar on higher remittance inflow
The Bangladesh taka was firm against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday due to higher inflow amid lower import payments even though sentiment on dollar was strong, foreign exchange dealers
 arrow Malaysia lifts manufacturing curbs on foreign investment
Malaysia has lifted all export and equity curbs on foreign participation in manufacturing to woo investment amid stTiff regional competition, Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said Saturday.
 arrow France rejects EU farm reform plan
French President Jacques Chirac said Friday that France will not accept the European Commission's latest proposals to reform the European Union's farm subsidy system.
 arrow WTO trade ministers hash out positions on farm policy
Trade ministers from 30 countries hashed out positions on agricultural policy during informal talks here Saturday aimed at ending the rift in the troubled Doha Round of World Trade Organisation (WTO)negotiations.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Mariner in last four
Mariner Young's Club stormed into the semifinal of the Club Cup Hockey tournament as Group B winners with a 4-0 thrashing of Dhaka Railway at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers fly down under today
There can be no bigger challenge for Bangladesh when Khaled Mahmud's men set off for Australia today to play two Tests and three one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: ICC to hand over WC money
England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka will all receive part of the money withheld by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for World Cup contract infringements, the governing body said in a statement Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu rattles WI
Sri Lankan opener Marvan Atapattu made the most of an inexperienced West Indies attack when he cracked an impressive 108 not out on the opening day of the first Test here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Latif won't push panic button
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif refused to panic after seeing his side go down to a seven wicket defeat against England in the second one-day international at The Oval here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket's Beckham!

James Anderson, dubbed the 'David Beckham of English cricket', said Friday he had no wish to be as famous as the Real Madrid-bound football star.

 arrow Cricket: Drawing a line between right and wrong
The fine line between right and wrong in umpiring decisions could become a little thicker thanks to the International Cricket Council.
 arrow Wimbledon: Sampras tops absentees' list
The tennis carnival rolls into Wimbledon on Monday but for the first time in 15 years Pete Sampras will not be walking through the All England Club gates.
 arrow Wimbledon: Henin hopeful
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne said she hoped to be fit for Wimbledon despite suffering an injury scare just two days before the start of the event.
 arrow Football: Govou saves hosts
Defending champions France booked their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals with a 2-1 win over a Japan side that will consider itself unlucky not to have come away with at least a share of the
 arrow Football: Colombia stay in hunt
Colombia got their stuttering Confederations Cup campaign back on the rails here Friday with a 3-1 group A win over plucky Oceania champions New Zealand.
 arrow Football: Gunning for top spot
Defending champions France will be looking to secure top spot in Confederations Cup Group A when they entertain New Zealand at the Stade de France on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Brazilian press bitter
The Brazilian sports press on Friday lamented the world champions' "bitter return" to the Stade de France for the first time since their World Cup loss five years ago.
 arrow Football: Euro 2004 tickets oversubscribed
Football fans have requested more than 500,000 tickets for the 2004 European Championship which Portugal will host, 50,000 more than the number made available to the public during the first phase of ticket
Politicalarrow AL to stay in Sangsad
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has decided to continue its participation in the current session of the Jatiya Sangsad and raise its voice against the proposed budget.
 arrow Peaceful hartal in Jhenidah
A half-day hartal passed off peacefully in Jhenidah yesterday.
Nationalarrow Outlaw Masud confesses to looting rifles, killings
Riazul Huq Masud, 32, an armed cadre of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), has confessed to police that he was involved in the looting of 20 rifles and 600 bullets from the store of Daulatpur JuteMills
 arrow Crackdown on gang of inter-dist car lifters: 7 held
Seven members of an inter-district gang of car lifters have been arrested and four stolen cars and one motorcycle recovered from different areas of Barisal and Bhola districts.
 arrow 'Frame policy for NGOs'
Speakers at a roundtable held at the Chittagong Press Club stressed formulation of a policy for NGOs in the country.
 arrow Tk one cr heroin seized in Bhaluka, 2 held
Bhaluka police arrested two persons and seized one kilogram of heroin worth about Tk one crore from a house at Bhandabo Boydapara village in Bhaluka upazila.
Culturearrow Rich tributes paid to Begum Sufia Kamal
To mark the 92nd birth anniversary of Begum Sufia Kamal, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad organised a programme titled 'The role of civil society and good governance in resisting violence against women' atthe
 arrow Matir Moina: First Bangladeshi film for commercial shows in UK
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), one of the critically acclaimed Bangladeshi films in the international arena, which won the FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize as the best film of the "Directors' Fortnight"
Generalarrow ntv goes on air July 3
The fourth private television channel, ntv, will make its debut on July 3, an official said.
 arrow Skilled manpower a must to deal with new global challenges: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need to develop human resources in the science and technology sector in order to face the challenges of the new millennium.
 arrow Truck collision kills five in Jhenidah
Five cattle traders were killed and six others injured in truck collision on the Jhenidah-Magura Highway yesterday morning.
 arrow CNG plant opens in Ctg
A compressed natural gas (CNG) plant was inaugurated at Dampara in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Thief' beaten to death
An alleged thief was beaten dead at Islambagh in Lalbagh Friday night.
 arrow Young man gunned down in city
Unknown assailants gunned down a young man in the city's Basabo area last night, police and hospital sources said.
 arrow Teenage girl raped, killed
A teenage girl was raped and killed by miscreants at Nandinamodhu village in Kamarkhanda upazila in the early hours of yesterday, police said.
 arrow 3 cops closed on extortion charge
Three policemen of Khejurbagh police outpost under Keraniganj Police Station were closed to police lines yesterday on charge of extortion.
Internationalarrow US troops move to stamp out Iraqi resistance
Ramming their vehicles against metal gates, US troops in Iraq raided the homes of suspected guerrillas on Saturday as part of a campaign to stamp out armed resistance to their occupation.
 arrow Pipeline explosion in Nigeria kills over 100
A Nigerian oil pipeline punctured by thieves exploded, killing more than 100 villagers scavenging for fuel, witnesses said yesterday.
 arrow 200 Europe-bound migrants feared drowned off Tunisia
Tunisian rescue teams have resumed their search for about 200 illegal immigrants from Africa who are feared dead after their boat capsized off the country's coast on its way to Italy.
 arrow Reuters, Tehran/London: Iran defies int'l pressure on nuclear aims
Iran said on Saturday it would not allow UN inspectors to take samples at an alleged nuclear plant, as Washington warned it reserved the right to use military action to stop Tehran making atomic weapons.
 arrow Powell unable to advance sagging ME peace plan
Secretary of State Colin Powell failed Friday to break a logjam in efforts to advance a new Middle East peace plan and he urged wary Israelis and Palestinian for urgent steps to save it.
 arrow Vajpayee's China trip under US scanner
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China from Sunday is being viewed by strategic analysts here both for its potential to change the region's geopolitical dynamics and for its impact
 arrow BJP ally rejects troops for Iraq ahead of talks with PM
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was Saturday consulting his security cabinet and coalition allies on whether to send troops to Iraq as a key government ally lashed out at any plans to joina
Editorialarrow Editorial: Arsenic poisoning looms
Our heart goes out to Sumon, a fourteen year old boy who lost one of his legs at such a tender age due to drinking arsenic poisoned water.
 arrow Editorial: Bureau for consumers
It is a sad truth that the rights and concerns of consumers do not receive the kind of attention they ought to.
 arrow Unrest in Iran
Recent unrest in Iran has once again focused global attention and particularly that of the US on Iran.
 arrow Peace can only be achieved by understanding
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea, has been in the news for some time for some very wrong, possibly even ominous reasons.
Letters to Editorarrow Stop destruction of public property and calling hartal
I have been so shocked and I find no language to condemn those who come out on the streets and burn down and damage public buses and private transports on flimsy grounds.
 arrow "What is Hamas?"
Recently I have been noticing a lot of letters in The Daily Star regarding the Palestinian movement known as Hamas. However, I have seen a lack of factual information when it comes to discussing thisorganisation.
 arrow Promotion in nationalised banks
Something is somewhere grossly wrong in the promotion of nationalised banks.
 arrow Evangelicals and their agenda
Rev Robinson provided a balanced world wide Christian view regarding the mission of Christianity. Most churches in the US opposed the war on religious and humanitarian grounds.
Star Healtharrow Caring for the people living with HIV/AIDS
HIV is a serious health hazard that is known by us in recent days. People know more or less about HIV and AIDS but still it is a social stigma in our society.
 arrow Challenging the traditional practice in promoting hygiene
Banesa and Rokeya are neibours and both were used to using sanitary latrines before marriage.
Star Cityarrow 55 crore bus-terminal project 'a failure'
As the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) and the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) fail to make use of a World Bank loan of Tk 55 crore for the improvement of the city's bus terminals, the Roads and
 arrow Post-box post-mortem
Letterboxes, providing an essential public service, are now visibly absent from the city.
 arrow A stray dog's life
It has been difficult for the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to contain the population of stray dogs because of the understaffed veterinary department that is in charge of trapping and killing those animals.
 arrow Orphanage barely able to support its charges
The yellow buildings bearing the splendor of the Nawab-era architecture have lost their grandeur long ago. The sound of happy children frolicking around has ceased too.
 arrow Selling pork is no profit
A row of six small shops is nestled inside a narrow lane. Only a limited number of customers visit them.
 arrow A fine line for Fine Arts students
For young painters and artists of the city, showcasing their talent and creativity can be a tough proposition as there are very few art galleries.
 arrow Going beyond childhood barriers
Eleven-year-old Ruzina lived out a traumatic past. She lost her mother in early childhood and severely beaten by her father before falling into the hands of child traffickers.
Star City in Framesarrow Colour in Motion
DANCE, along with music, of course, has been integral to all human cultures since our ancestors first began to walk upright.