Volume 4 Number 28 Tue. June 24, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow JS sessions riddled with quorum crisis
The quorum crisis has emerged as a chronic problem with the eighth Jatiya Sangsad (JS), inflicting a huge financial waste on the exchequer.
 arrow One to walk gallows, 2 get life in Fahima rape case
A young man was sentenced to death and two others were given life imprisonment in the sensational Fahima rape case yesterday.
 arrow Bangabandhu Murder Case gathers dust for two years
The Bangabandhu Murder Case has been gathering dust at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) for almost two years as judges had expressed, one after another, their embarrassment to hear the
 arrow Justice Hasan takes oath
KM Hasan was sworn in as the chief justice yesterday, with retirement of Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury.

President Iajuddin Ahmed administered the oath at Bangabhaban.

 arrow Army slaps down cell phone project in hills
A move to expand cellular phone networks to three hill districts has stalled following objections by the armed forces on security ground, sources concerned said.
 arrow Hasina not happy with chief justice appointment
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has appointed a 'party man' as chief justice, superseding two senior judges.
 arrow 10-point proposal to combat drug smuggling, trade
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday made a 10-point recommendation including formation of a task force comprising representatives from various government agencies to combat drug smuggling and trade.
 arrow China for 'phasing out' border dispute with India
China yesterday proposed "phasing out" of historical Sino-Indian differences on the border dispute with the two countries agreeing to speed up a final solution to the contentious issue when Prime Minister
 arrow WASA wobbles with 49pc systems loss
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) operates with a 49 per cent systems loss in water supply, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan told the House yesterday.
 arrow Tk 34 lakh swindled Janata Bank money recovered
The Janata Bank authorities yesterday traced out a large portion of its money swindled out of its Motijheel Corporate Branch.
 arrow Acid attack on 2 schoolgirls in Barisal, Jhalakati
Miscreants threw acid on two schoolgirls in Barisal and Jhalakati districts.
 arrow JS body sends report on perk bill to House
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday submitted its reports to the House on two bills proposing a rise in remuneration and privileges for the prime minister, ministers, state ministers and deputy
 arrow 2 die, 96 fishermen missing in Bay
Two people died and at least 96 fishermen were missing in deep sea at Cox's Bazar due to flash flood and cyclone.
 arrow Accused Tonai Mollah arrested
Tonai Mollah, awarded lifeterm in the Advocate Habibur Rahman Mondol murder case, was arrested from a court here yesterday.
 arrow Hundreds of logs float to Kuakata shore
Hundreds of 'Garjon' trees worth several crore taka are floating in the sea near the Kuakata shore.
 arrow 20 double-deckers join city fleet in two months
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will introduce 20 double-decker buses on the city roads within two months.
 arrow Little time spent on budget in JS
Lawmakers have spent only seven hours until yesterday of a 40-hour slot for the budget discussion.
Businessarrow Proper anti-poverty steps missing in budget
Speakers at a seminar yesterday observed the proposed budget for 2003-2004 fiscal lacks clear guidelines for poverty eradication.
 arrow Expensive govt borrowing bars pvt banks from lowering rates
Private banks are unable to bring down interest rates substantially, as the government is borrowing fund at high interest rates.
 arrow Budget disappoints jute industry people
Entrepreneurs of the country's jute industry are disappointed with the proposed budget for fiscal 2003-04 where they said their industry received no mention.
 arrow Effective steps may double RMG export earnings by '07
The export earnings from Bangladesh ready-made-garment (RMG) sector will double from the present position by 2007 provided some specific measures are undertaken immediately.
 arrow Chambers welcome flag vessels amendment bill
Presidents of different chambers and a leading association yesterday expressed satisfaction over placing a bill in the Jatiya Sangsad to amend the Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Protection) Ordinance, 1982.
 arrow US unveils 'road map' to free trade with MidEast
The United States unveiled here Monday a "road map" to set up a US-Middle East Free Trade Area by 2013 that would bolster efforts to secure peace in the region and develop its resources.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A learning tour
New Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore can see at least one positive in next month's Test and one-day series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Lara in charge
West Indies captain Brian Lara revived unhappy memories for Sri Lanka with a sparkling unbeaten 93 on a rain-hit third day of the opening Test at the Beausejour Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Majestic Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick's unbeaten hundred guided England to a four wicket win over Pakistan in the third and final one-day international at Lord's here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: A bitter pill to swallow
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif said his side had played "better cricket than England" despite losing by four wickets in the third one-day international at Lord's here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib pleases Javed
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad insisted fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had been the ideal team man during the team's three-match one-day tournament against England.
 arrow Hockey: Biggies battle it out today
After a first round that expectedly was unimpressive, the real battle of the Club Cup hockey tournament begins today when the top teams clash in the two semifinals at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium.
 arrow Hewitt Crashes out
Reigning champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia slumped out in the opening round of the men's singles at Wimbledon on Monday to Croatian qualifier Ivo Karlovic 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-4 in 2hr 24min.
 arrow Wimbledon: Croat slays Hewitt
In one of the biggest opening day shocks of all time Croatian qualifier Ivo Karlovic dumped reigning champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia out of the men's singles at Wimbledon.
 arrow Wimbledon: Grand Slam strike?
Wimbledon starts Monday with the threat of a boycott hanging over next year's Grand Slam tennis showpiece as men players demand more money.
 arrow Wimbledon: No need to curtsey anymore
It's enough to make traditionalists choke on their strawberries and cream -- players will no longer have to curtsey to the royal box on Wimbledon's Centre Court.
 arrow Football: Rock'n roll Real

Ronaldo promised Real Madrid fans a special treat before Sunday's crucial game against Athletic Bilbao and the Brazilian striker remained true to his word as he scored twice in their 3-1 win to give

 arrow Football: The one and only
Ronaldo once again demonstrated that he is the best in the world when it comes to the big occasion as he almost single-handedly guided Real Madrid to their 29th league title on a night of high drama in
 arrow Football: Wind beneath the wings
Vicente del Bosque is still unsure about his future as Real Madrid coach, despite landing his fourth major trophy in less than four years in charge.
 arrow Football: FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003
Colombia reached the last four of the Confederations Cup by beating a gallant Japan side 1-0 here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: France a class apart
A new-look France team thrashed an outclassed New Zealand 5-0 in their final Confederations Cup group match at a half-full Stade de France here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Barca give up on Ronaldinho
Barcelona said Monday they would not get into a bidding war with Manchester United and Real Madrid for Paris St Germain's Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: All roads lead to Cibeles
Thousands of jubilant Real Madrid fans brought the center of the Spanish capital to a standstill as they converged on the Cibeles fountain to celebrate their team's 29th league title triumph Sunday.
Politicalarrow AL meets OIC member state envoys over SQ Chy's nomination
The main opposition Awami League meets ambassadors of the member states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in Dhaka tomorrow to apprise them about the party position on Bangladesh's candidate
 arrow Outlaws kill AL leader in Naogaon
An Awami League leader was slaughtered allegedly by outlaws of the Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Raninagar in Naogaon last night, locals said.
Metropolitanarrow FESP increases female enrolment at schools
Female Education Stipend Project (FESP) has created a revolution in increasing the enrolment of girls at secondary level.
 arrow Unite people to solve local problems
Transparency International Bang-ladesh (TIB) Trusty Prof Mozaffar Ahmed urged the Union Parishad (UP) chairmen and members to unite people to resolve local problems.
 arrow Tk 30.17 cr BUET budget approved
Syndicate of the Bangladeh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has approved a Tk 30.17 crore budget for 2003-04 financial year.

The lion's share of the budget, Tk27.

Nationalarrow 2,000 units closed in N-region in 7 yrs
About 2,000 small and cottage industries, including silk factories in Thakurgaon and Rajshahi were closed in the northern region in the last seven years due to inflow of cheap Indian goods, lack of capital
 arrow Clashes mar Muktagachha AL council: 10 hurt
Clashes left at least 10 Awami League activists injured and marred the triennial council of the party's Muktagachha unit here on Sunday.
 arrow Northwestern region 'high risk zone' for AIDS
Speakers at a day-long workshop here on Sunday said the north-western region of Bangladesh was becoming a "high risk zone" of HIV/AIDS infection from neighbouring India.
 arrow 100 killed in Bagerhat since takeover by alliance govt
Awami League leader and former state minister Talukder Abdul Khaleque MP has said over 100 murders have been committed in Bagerhat district after the four-party alliance came to power.
 arrow One gets life term for possessing heroin, another for abduction
One person has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Moulvibazar for keeping heroin for commercial purpose and another for kidnapping a teenaged girl in Habiganj.
 arrow Land grabbers demolish house in Rajshahi
Defying a court injunction, some influential persons have demolished a portion of a two storied building owned by two families at Shaheb Bazar in Rajshahi and are constructing a high rise building onthe
Foreign Relationsarrow Vajpayee greets Khaleda, people of Bangladesh
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday greeted Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the people of Bangladesh on his way to China.
Culturearrow Commemorating Jasimuddin's birth centennial
Abdus Shakoor Shah, talking about his ongoing exhibition said, "It was Shubir Chowdhury of the Shilpakala Academy who decided the subject. I spent three months over it.
 arrow Family dramas to bring back crowds
India is waiting more breathlessly for the monsoons than for new films, much to the chagrin of Bollywood, which is banking on the age-old formula of sex, suspense and family drama to lure crowds backin.
Generalarrow 'Turn to surface water for safety'
Excessive dependence on groundwater instead of surface water is badly affecting environmental condition.
 arrow Probe ordered into death of RMCH doctor
A committee was formed yesterday to probe Dr Sujit Kumar Roy's death at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).
 arrow Wall collapse kills boy at Badda
A boy died when a wall of an under-construction building collapsed at Badda yesterday.

Habi Noor Rahman, 12, was working in a grocery shop adjacent to the Badda Police Station.

 arrow Cabinet okays Special Court Bill 2003
The cabinet yesterday approved the Special Court (Additional Responsibility) Bill 2003 that will provide for additional responsibility to certain courts for quick disposal of civil and criminal cases.
Internationalarrow 23 killed as train derails in Maharashtra
At least 23 people, including three children and four women, were killed and 25 others injured, when three bogies of the Kara-Mumbai holiday special train derailed after hitting a boulder which had rolled
 arrow Musharraf to shed uniform in 3 years
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he might step down as chief of army staff within three years. "Due to instability in Pakistan such a move could not happen immediately," he added.
 arrow China pledges $500m investment for Indian development
China on Monday pledged an investment of $500 million for infrastructure development and resource building in India and agreed to a plan of action for economic cooperation between the two countries.
 arrow 'Sino-Indian ties not at Pak expense'
Pakistan, which appears to be edgy on the current visit of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to China, has said that emerging Sino-Indian ties are on a different "trajectory" and would not be at the
 arrow Hong Kong declared SARS-free
Hong Kong has been declared free of Sars, 20 days after the last confirmed case of the disease in the city.
 arrow Iraqis fire grenades at US Army patrols
Insurgents fired rocket propelled grenades at US Army patrols in two western Iraqi towns - the latest in an escalating series of attacks that included an ambush involving a 12-year-old girl, the military
 arrow US to unveil plans for new Iraqi army
Iraq's US-led administration lays out plans on Monday to create a new Iraqi army and pay off disgruntled members of Saddam Hussein's dissolved armed forces.
 arrow Israel to keep targeting militants: Sharon
Four Palestinians were killed when a bomb they were planting went off in northern Gaza, and Israel's prime minister indicated that Israel will keep targeting militants for death despite internationalpeace
 arrow Democratic presidential hopefuls bash Bush
Several aspiring Democratic presidential hopefuls have criticised the Bush administration's failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
 arrow Tired US troops want to go home from Iraq
Feeling tired and depressed after being away from home for months, young US soldiers in Iraq say they are not peacekeepers and are ready to go home.

"I think I had enough.

 arrow 'Israel plotted several times to kill Arafat
Top Israeli security officials on several occasions discussed the possibility of killing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israel's military chief has revealed.
 arrow Belgium to limit scope of war crimes law
The Belgian Government plans to reduce the scope of war crimes legislation which has led to charges against US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair among others.
 arrow Harry Potter makes history In US
He may still have to sweat for his degree in witchcraft and wizardry, but his marketing acumen will have any US business tycoon seethe with envy.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Continuous quorum crisis
The 'quorum crisis' is seriously affecting the functioning of the parliament.
 arrow Editorial: RMCH strike
The strike by interns at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) has created an unbearable situation for the patients, particularly those seeking treatment at the emergency.
 arrow The coalition in the dock!
Putting the other side in the dock has always been the privilege of the winners, although both sides might have perpetrated the crimes during the war.
 arrow Geo-political fail-safe
With the US demanding after 9/11 that its friends stand up and be counted, Pervez Musharraf came through at risk of personal life and limb, not to speak of the credibility of Pakistan as an independent
Letters to Editorarrow MAG-LEV Trains
I have been following the news about MAG-LEV Trains in Bangladesh. Mr. Nazmul Huda (Communications Minister) held a news conference and told all the good things about MAG-LEV trains.
 arrow Feverishly chemical
I wonder if the world is aware of how much a chemical threat we have become? I confess all my inside information is distressingly unsecretive-- stuff I pick up from newspapers.
 arrow Be kind to them
The peace-loving citizens of Earth should be kind to both Blair and Bush and punish them for war crimes.
 arrow The missing point
I live in a town with more Christians than most other towns of Bangladesh. Many of them are converted, or second or third generation of the converted lot.
 arrow Dhaka University and its lost glory
I sometimes find many of your esteemed contributors of the Letters Page convey their opinions, judgement about the present condition of Dhaka University, once considered the Oxford of East.
 arrow Oil and Iraq
On June 19 Iraq signed its first oil export contracts since the war, making the return of its oil to the international market after a three-month suspension, with contracts to buy a total of 9.
Focusarrow Road map: No straight route to peace
As promised, US President George W. Bush, has taken in hand the question of a settlement of the half a century old Palestinian problem, after his victory (!) in Iraq.
 arrow How likely is flood this year?
There is evidence of teleconnections between the strength of El Ni-o and climate anomalies in Bangladesh.
 arrow Anisul Haque
Obstinate, temperamental, intelligent, sensitive, affectionate, kind and proud are only a few words to describe the man named Anisul Haque, to me who was simply Kaku.
 arrow Emran -- our old Armenian friend
I first met K.M. Ejajul Huq Emran in early fifties when I got myself admitted to the then one of the best schools of our country -- the Armenitola Government H.E.School (it was called then).