Volume 4 Number 27 Mon. June 23, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Toxic fertiliser to be recycled 12 yrs after import
Bangladesh will recycle 2,754 tonnes of toxic fertiliser, the remaining portion of a 1991 import by state-run Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), State Minister for Agriculture Mirza
 arrow No control over drug price
Planned government changes in drugs policy do not include the imposition of price controls, according to Dr Abdul Gani, Director of Drug Administration.
 arrow KM Hasan new CJ
Justice KM Hasan was made the 13th chief justice yesterday in an appointment that superseded two judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
 arrow Khaleda goes tough on opposition
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday her government had given a lot of concessions to the opposition during its past tenure and warned that this time the government would be tough on criminals and
 arrow JS debates quorum crisis after yet another late start
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday ran into a heated debate on quorum crisis that has plagued the eighth parliament.
 arrow Rampant robberies make cops go for night search
Stung by a string of robberies in recent times, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) held a meeting of the deputy commissioners (DCs) from all zones yesterday to hammer out a plan to improve the situation.
 arrow Plan on to force borrowers to tap capital market
The government plans to compel borrowers seeking long-term investment to collect part of the funds from the capital market.
 arrow Upstream river rise triggers flash floods in N-dists
A sharp upstream rise of water in several rivers again caused flash floods in northern districts yesterday.
 arrow HC asks govt to explain refusal of ETV licence
The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in a week why refusing licence to the Ekushey Television (ETV) for operating a satellite television channel should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Bill to amend flag rule placed in JS
Amidst objections by the main opposition Awami League, the Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Amendment) Bill, 2003 was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday, proposing inclusion of a general waiver clause inthe
 arrow NGOs to manage health services in 350 unions
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will soon manage health and family planning services at 350 unions.
 arrow Green budget gets squeezed
Allocations for the environment and forestry ministry are falling every year resulting in a 10 per cent decrease in the past three years, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow RCC telephones cut off for bill non-payment
All but two telephone lines of the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) were disconnected yesterday for non-payment of bills.
 arrow Patients suffer as strike of Rajshahi interns goes on
The suffering of patients at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) multiplied yesterday as the 200 interns took their strike into the second day.
 arrow Siamese twins to be separated in Dhaka
Doctors yesterday gave up a surgical operation to separate conjoined twins at the Khulna branch of Islami Bank Hospital (IBH), as one of the boys was running temperature.
 arrow Jewllery shop at Mouchak market burgled
Burglars took away gold ornaments weighing 350 tola from a jewellery shop at Mouchak market sometime between Friday night and Sunday morning.
 arrow Rajshahi newsmen slam SQ Chy's suit against editors
Journalists in Rajshahi have condemned the defamation suit filed against the editors of The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo by the prime minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.
 arrow 'US troops strike convoy carrying Saddam'
US troops last week hit a convoy said by US military sources to have been carrying deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his eldest son Uday, a British newspaper reported Sunday.
Businessarrow Saifur agrees on new body to better accounts
Lack of good governance, poor standard of auditing and delay in disposal of security-related cases are blocking orderly growth of capital market in Bangladesh, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
 arrow Uttara Bank gets rid of problem bank status
Uttara Bank Limited (UBL) has got rid of the problem bank status following significant improvement in its financial position.
 arrow Bracketing leasing cos with banks, insurers 'unjustified'
Leasing companies' association has strongly opposed imposition of more tax on the financial institutions and said the authorities should not bracket them with the banks and insurance companies when it
 arrow Shipping policy under implementation: Akbar
Shipping Minister Col (retd) Akbar Hossain yesterday informed the Parliament that "National Shipping Policy 2000" is under implemented.
 arrow Call money rate at lowest level
The call money rate nose dived at its lowest level yesterday due to thin money demand from private banks and financial institutions, fund managers of leading commercial banks said.
 arrow Trade through Bhomra land port resumes
Cross-border trade through Bhomra land port in Satkhira district resumed Saturday, Parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Yields of T-bills fall on surplus bank liquidity
The yields of the government treasury bills (T-bills) fell slightly this week due to surplus liquidity with banking system, fund managers said.
 arrow Supachai sounds alarm bell as trade ministers meet
The head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) expressed fears over the state of talks to liberalise global commerce on Saturday as trade ministers tried to thrash out the tough issue of agriculture.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh off to Australia
The national cricket team left Dhaka yesterday to embark on their maiden tour of Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Hinds, Lara control SL
The West Indies kept spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan at bay to reach 161-2 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka's 354 on the second day of the opening Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani, Usha enter semis
Premier Division champions Abahani Krira Chakra and Usha Krira Chakra completed the Club Cup semifinal lineup after winning their last group matches at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Trescothick ton sees Eng home
Marcus Trescothick has scored an unbeaten 108 and hit a six to win the match as England scraped home against Pakistan by four wickets after an absorbing battle at Lord's, sealing the one-day series 2-1.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq gives Pak hope
Andrew Flintoff took four wickets, including one with his first ball, as England restricted Pakistan to 229 for seven at Lord's in the third and final one-day international on Sunday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Wimbledon starts today
Lleyton Hewitt faces a tall order when he starts the defence of his Wimbledon crown against 6ft 10in Ivo Karlovic.
 arrow Wimbledon: Time to forget Paris
Serena Williams is confident she can bury the painful memory of her French Open final defeat with a successful defence of her Wimbledon crown.
 arrow Wimbledon: 'Henmania' all over again
It has become as much a part of a British sporting summer as fruit-laden hats at Royal Ascot: Tim Henman raising hopes of a home triumph at Wimbledon to fever pitch.
 arrow Boxing: Lewis' brutal defence
Britain's Lennox Lewis scored a bloody sixth-round technical knockout win over Vitali Klitschko, successfully defending his WBC and IBO titles and confirming his status as the top heavyweight of his era.
 arrow Boxing: Laila remains unbeaten
Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, remained undefeated in the ring here Saturday, stopping Valerie Mahfood in the sixth round of their scheduled eight-round bout.
 arrow Football: Brazil thank Adriano

Brazil kept their Confederations Cup hopes alive and kicking with a justified 1-0 win over the United States here on Saturday.

 arrow Football: Sparks will fly
Old foes Brazil and Turkey face off for the third time in a year here Monday - the prize a place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
 arrow Football: Turkey Lions' prey too
Cameroon beat Turkey 1-0 with a controversial injury-time penalty at the Stade de France on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten record in this year's Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: Depor win on Makaay-day
European Golden Shoe winner Roy Makaay notched up 100 goals in the Spanish First Division with Deportivo La Coruna's opener in their 2-1 win over Espanyol on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Bangkok vacation
England football captain David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrived in Bangkok Sunday on the second leg of their promotional tour of Asia, and were immediately whisked away for a short vacation.
 arrow Football: It's all guesswork
Ronaldinho, tackled for the umpteenth time on the speculation surrounding a big summer transfer, declined diplomatically to get drawn into revealing his hand here on Saturday.
Politicalarrow AL to observe 54th founding day today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) observes its 54th founding anniversary today.
 arrow Hired goons killed JCD leader, cop probe says
Hit men killed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader Imam Hossain Sohel, police said yesterday, quoting the preliminary finds of an investigation without going into details.
Metropolitanarrow 1500 IT scholarships for female students
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Limited has taken up a programme to sponsor computer course for 1,500 female students who appeared in SSC examinations this year and are awaiting their results.
 arrow PM's intervention to cancel NCTB tender sought
Bangladesh Bookbinders Association (BBA) yesterday called for prime minister's intervention to cancel the international tender of National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) for book printing and binding.
 arrow NDI representative due today
Stephenie Foster, former National Director of the Women's Outreach Programme in President Bill Clinton's election campaign, and representative of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs(NDI),
Nationalarrow Tk 81cr VAT will cripple projects, officials say
Imposition of Tk 80.69 crore VAT (value added tax) on the coal and hard rock mining projects in Dinajpur has drawn sharp reaction from the project authorities.
 arrow Rangamati admin seeks govt help to protect villagers
The Rangamati district administration has sought government help to protect people in hilly areas from frequent attacks by wild elephants that left five persons killed and 20 injured in last one month.
 arrow One jailed for 17 yrs in arms case
A court here has convicted a man and sentenced him to 17 years' imprisonment in an arms case.
 arrow Two women brought for push-in 'raped' by BSF members
Two Bangla-speaking women brought from Mumbai city for push-in were gangraped by BSF (Border Security Force of India) personnel near Bongaon border.
Culturearrow Motifs from the Quranic script
An exhibition of calligraphy organised by Dhaka Shahitya O Sanskriti Kendra is being held at the Bangladesh National Museum gallery commencing from 14th to 24th June 2003.
 arrow Rare Pictures of Eastern Bengal
Standard Chartered Bank launched a book titled Rare Photographs of Eastern Bengal, which is a collection of rare photographs, compiled and edited by Waqar A Khan.
 arrow Stars on stage
In order to celebrate the fifth year of Star Search, Benson & Hedges took the winners of the previous year's Star Search contests on a national tour.
Generalarrow Police yet to net Brahmanbaria cop killers
Brahmanbaria police are yet to arrest the operatives of the Jamal Molla gang who allegedly shot dead police havilder Mutahar Hussain Hawlader, 50, in a firefight in the district on Friday night.
 arrow DB men murder: Two placed on fresh remand
Two persons, arrested in connection with the killing of two Detective Branch (DB) officials at Malibagh last month, were placed on a fresh two-day police remand yesterday.
 arrow Judgement in Fahima rape, suicide case today
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 will deliver verdict in the sensational teenage girl Fahima rape and suicide case today.
 arrow Landslide snaps Ctg-Rangamati roadlink for 6 hrs
Landslides caused by torrential rainfall snapped road communication between Chittagong and Rangamati for six hours till 12:00pm yesterday.
 arrow New BNEF executives
Matiur Rahman Talukdar (Jalil) of the Ittefaq and Khairul Islam of the Sangram were elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Newspaper Employees Federation (BNEF) for 2003-05.
Internationalarrow 'India, China need to work harder on bilateral ties'
Delhi and Beijing must work harder to fulfil their true bilateral potential and promote peace and stability in Asia, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said ahead of becoming the first Indianleader
 arrow US forces enter Afghan border areas
US-led coalition forces poured into border areas in eastern Afghanistan to prevent insurgents from crossing in from Pakistan to launch attacks, the US military said Saturday.
 arrow India awaits outcome of Bush-Musharraf talks
Voicing concern over continuing cross-border terrorism, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sunday said that India would await the outcome of talks between Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf and USPresident
 arrow Norway moves afresh to revive Lankan peace bid
Peace broker Norway is set for a fresh attempt to revive Sri Lanka's faltering peace process after a string of setbacks threatened to return the island to war, officials and diplomats said Sunday.
 arrow 'Pakistan won't transfer nuke tech to N Korea'
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri has assured his Japanese counterpart Yoriko Kawaguchi that Pakistan is not providing North Korea with nuclear or missile technology, a Japanese government
 arrow 'Israel, Palestinians close to accord'
Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom said here Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians were "close" to an agreement and that Israel was willing to evacuate its troops from Gaza and Bethlehem.
 arrow Israel kills top Hamas official as US pushes ME roadmap
Israel killed late Saturday a high-ranking Hamas official in a move almost certain to spark new violence as US national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was expected here next week to push Israel and
 arrow Iraqi biolabs turn out to be hydrogen factories
Some US experts believe that two Iraqi tractor-trailers that the Bush administration said were mobile biological weapons laboratories were in fact designed for manufacturing hydrogen for weather balloons,
 arrow Blast hits Iraqi oil pipeline
An Iraqi oil pipeline was struck by an explosion overnight in what local residents said Sunday was a sabotage attack, while US officials said the cause of the blast was unknown.
 arrow Iran backs away from nuke row, offers cooperation
Iran backed away from confrontation over its nuclear program on Saturday, saying it was ready to cooperate more actively with UN inspectors to dispel doubts about the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions.
 arrow EU agrees historic blueprint for future
In the unlikely setting of a beachside casino complex, EU leaders agreed a historic blueprint constitution this weekend -- but the high-stakes poker play over the bloc's future shape is far from over.
 arrow New videotape warns of fresh suicide attacks
A masked militant, speaking in a video filmed in a mud hut, warns of new al-Qaeda suicide attacks and says Osama bin Laden's terror network carried out deadly bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Law and order
The surge in the instances of crime has begun to touch the raw nerve of the society once again.
 arrow Editorial: Rain disrupts life, again
The onset of monsoon is always accompanied by a host of problems as far as the residents of the city are concerned.
 arrow Doha development agenda and the Cancun ministerial
Two inter-governmental associations of states are in a manner of speaking facing a similar dilemma. Enlargement is making their search for consensus that much harder.
 arrow What was wrong then is wrong today
I cannot make out why the Congress has not said "sorry" even 28 years after the emergency.
 arrow Oligarchy rules world affairs!
Former Cabinet Minister Clare Short early this month accused Tony Blair of duping the nation over Iraq's WMD.
Letters to Editorarrow "Peoples right to know"
I have carefully gone through your commentary and have the following remarks to make:


 arrow "Budget thought"
In order to express my profound shock, I am writing you, as for resource allocation, regarding which sector of economy should get priority, what remarks Mr.
 arrow Loving one's country
With utmost respect for the wisdom behind Mr.
 arrow Bangladesh troop in Iraq!
Saddam Hussein was toppled on April 8, 2003 but that was not the end of the war on Iraq.
 arrow Declare Sangsad Bhaban a National Heritage site
News item in The Daily Star (June 19) called for Declaring Sangsad Bhaban a National Heritage site. Our experience regarding the listed buildings and sites is rather bitter.
 arrow "Wake up to reality"
I am more than shocked to see the comments of A Dutta of Calcutta (June 18). Only an ignorant person could comment that Chinese product are the worst in the world.
 arrow The Pied Piper of Hamelin: The Pied Piper of Dhaka
Nearly seven hundred years ago, in a fine morning, a mysterious man came to Hamelin, a small city in the north part of Germany.

 arrow "The Letters Page"
I do not know what newspaper Mr. Zakaria reads but it is obviously not The Daily Star. Its coverage of the war, in my opinion, was anything but fair and objective.