Volume 4 Number 30 Thu. June 26, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt studies UN resolution on sending troops
Bangladesh is studying a UN Security Council resolution on sending troops to war-torn Iraq and in touch with other UN member states on the issue, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday.
 arrow AL walks out of House protesting minister's 'invective' at Hasina
The Awami League (AL) yesterday walked out of the Jatiya Sangsad during budget discussion when the Chair denied the main opposition party floor after a state minister used invective against its chiefSheikh
 arrow Pubali Bank's looted booty found, army corporal arrested
Police made a major breakthrough in the sensational theft at the Pubali Bank branch on Bangabandhu Avenue in the city yesterday when they recovered Tk 12.40 lakh and gold ornaments weighing half a kilogram.
 arrow Moudud asks MPs not to create controversy over CJ's appointment
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the opposition should not make the appointment of the chief justice controversial.
 arrow Separated Siamese twins doing well
Siamese twins -- Hasan and Hossain -- are progressing very well after their separation operation on Tuesday.
 arrow 3 ex-bankers, CIP jailed for swindle
Three former officials of the Janata Bank were sentenced to 15-year rigorous imprisonment yesterday for misappropriating funds.
 arrow 'Angry civilians killed six British troops'
Six British soldiers killed on Tuesday were shot dead by Iraqi civilians angry at intrusive searches for weapons in a conservative Shi'ite Muslim town in southern Iraq, residents said yesterday.
 arrow Win-win situation for India, China
Terming the accords reached by India and China as a "win-win" situation for both countries, India's External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha yesterday said the border agreement has "recognised" the Nathu
 arrow Schools bristle with drug abusers
Maher (not real name) passed the Higher Secondary Certificate Examinations last year, with record scores in four subjects. A year on, the brilliant 18-year-old student is a shadow of his former self.
 arrow Body formed to list BJMC staff for retrenchment
The government yesterday constituted a nine-member committee to prepare a list of workers and employees to be axed from state-owned Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC).
 arrow PM hopes for goods' free access to US
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed the hope that readymade garment and other Bangladeshi products will get duty-and-quota-free access to US market following the measures taken by her government.
 arrow Mystery shrouds tiger cub's death in zoo
The death of an 11-month-old Royal Bengal Tiger cub has put the Dhaka Zoo authorities in a hot spot.

The cub, which was among 14 tigers at the zoo, was found dead in a cage on Tuesday.

 arrow Gulshan air reeks of rotten fish
The air in Gulshan-Badda area stinks of rotten fish, as the fish farmers did not remove them from the nearby lake even after three days.
 arrow BTV, Betar autonomy under review: Tariqul
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said the government is working on giving autonomy to the state-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.
 arrow 16 held, hartal in Naogaon today
Police arrested 16 people for their alleged involvement in the killing of Amjad Hossain, general secretary of Raninagar upazila unit Awami League.
 arrow Sudanese student held for 'al-Qaeda connection'
The Special Branch (SB) of Police yesterday arrested a Sudanese from the International Hall of Dhaka University on suspicion of his involvement in al-Qaeda network.
 arrow BB asks banks to make financial statements transparent
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the commercial banks to make their financial statements more comprehensive and informative as per the international banking standard.
 arrow Man gets life for raping schoolgirl
A court here yesterday sentenced a young man to life term rigorous imprisonment for raping a schoolgirl at Barisal yesterday.
Businessarrow Brainstorming on poverty reduction begins today
A group of Bangladesh development experts from all over the world gather in Dhaka today as they take part in a two-day seminar to discuss poverty alleviation issues.
 arrow Private airlines on int'l routes won't hurt Biman business
Operation of private airlines on international routes will not hurt business of Bangladesh Biman rather it will help the country save foreign currency, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir
 arrow Reform to yield little unless NCB management changed
Ongoing reform initiatives will not be useful unless the top management of the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) is changed, believes Khandkar Ibrahim Khaled, managing director of Pubali Bank.
 arrow 20 ICT firms enter Silicon Valley to tap US market
Twenty Bangladeshi software and information and communication technology (ICT) companies yesterday got enrolled with ICT Business Promotion Council (IBPC), set up by the commerce ministry last year, to
 arrow Tk 2.65cr Danish grant for software development
Denmark has approved a Tk 2.65 crore grant for training and technical assistance for a local IT company -- Technovista Limited -- to establish a software development centre.
 arrow Rahimafrooz loses appeal in Indian court
Bangladesh's lead acid battery exports to India suffered a setback as Rahimafooz Batteries Limited lost an appeal before an Indian court against the decision to impose antidumping duty on its products.
 arrow Indian Oil eyes regional cooking gas markets
State-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is eyeing retail markets of cooking gas in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives to help boost its bottom line in the coming years.
 arrow Vajpayee's tour flows wind on Indo-Sino trade sail
Business circles in India and China have received the right signals from the visit of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and are moving towards expanding trade and investment as ties between the
 arrow US Senate unveils tough farm trade bill
The United States could impose unilateral trade penalties on nations that unfairly block US farm exports under a bill unveiled by leaders of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'I'll be proud to face Lee'
Young Bangladeshi batsman Mohammad Ashraful knew he had hit the big time when publicity-hungry politicians came knocking at his door.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist warns BD
Adam Gilchrist says Australia has a ruthless mission for next month's apparent Test mismatch against Bangladesh to teach them a lesson they'll never forget.
 arrow Cricket: ICC's bouncer at Lillee
International Cricket Council (ICC) chiefs refuted Tuesday claims made by legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee they were placing television-generated revenue ahead of the credibility of thesport.
 arrow Cricket: Lara dazzles in draw
West Indies batting superstar Brian Lara continued to prosper off the Sri Lankan attack as he hammered a masterful 209 on the fifth and final day of the drawn opening Test here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh's 1st match tomorrow
Bangladesh will take on an invitational side of Queensland Academy of Sport in a three-day practice match at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane tomorrow.
 arrow Hockey: First 'biggest' Club Cup final today
Mohammedan Sporting Club take on arch-rivals Abahani Krira Chakra in the final of the fourth Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today.
 arrow Wimbledon: Federer on course
Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer lived up to his status as one of the tournament favourites Wednesday by reaching the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-1 win over 71st-ranked
Croatian giantkiller Ivo Karlovic, enjoying his spell in the limelight after beating outgoing champion Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round, is going up in the world.
 arrow Football: Take nothing for granted
Turkey captain Bulent Korkmaz is predicting precious little delight for 'football giants' France in Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final at the Stade de France.
 arrow Football: No clear favourites
Colombia could be forgiven for being extra motivated when they take on Cameroon in the Confederations Cup semi-final here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Parreira fights back
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, reacting to the inevitable barrage of criticism following his experimental team's Confederations Cup exit, said on Tuesday he would need to field 15 forwards to keep
 arrow Football: Becks continues to charm
England's football captain and glamour boy David Beckham was welcomed by 5,000 wildly excited Thai fans at an indoor stadium in the Thai capital Wednesday, as he embarked on the final leg of his whirlwind
 arrow Football: Perez explains
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez accepted on Tuesday that the decision to replace coach Vicente del Bosque was a risk but defended the move as being in the best interests of the club.
 arrow Football: Hell awaits England!
Turkish midfield star Yildiray Basturk has predicted England will receive a 'welcome to hell' from Turkish fans at the Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul in October.
 arrow Football: It's MU then?
Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho could agree a move to Manchester United as early as Friday, his brother and agent Roberto Assis said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: French honour for Ronaldo
World Footballer of the Year Ronaldo and British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur were honoured by France here on Tuesday.
Politicalarrow AL asks OIC state diplomats not to accept SQ Chy for top post
An Awami League (AL) delegation yesterday told the ambassadors and diplomats of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Dhaka that the party does not support the Bangladesh candidate for OIC secretary
 arrow Hasina asks world to save country from 'repression'
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday appealed to the world humanity to free the country from what she said torture and repression by the BNP-Jamaat ruling alliance.
Metropolitanarrow 'Implement ILO convention on child labour'
Integrated efforts are needed to stop child labour in our country, said Dilruba Angury, chairperson of Bangladesh National Council (BNC) of Textile Garments and Leather Workers at a roundtable in thecity
 arrow Fire at chemical warehouse: One more dies
Another victim of the Thursday's fire at a perfume chemical warehouse succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
Nationalarrow Privatisation of rubber gardens stalled
A government decision to privatise state-owned rubber gardens has been stalled due to complexities over 'ownership of lands.
 arrow Protests mount against new Ctg city JCD body
Formation of the new city unit of ruling BNP's student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has sparked protests by its leaders and activists at the grass-roots level.
 arrow 'Enact law to stop vulgar films, piracy of local movies'
Cinema owners in Rajshahi division held a rally and brought bout a procession in the city urging the government to check production, distribution and projection of indecent films.
 arrow Highest allocation for railway's Western Zone demanded
Bangladesh Railway's Western Zonal Interest Preservation Committee (WZIPC) has demanded "highest" allocation of funds for development of railway's western zone in the next budget.
 arrow Move to drop name of prime accused protested
The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) here has protested the reported government move to drop the name of the prime accused in JSD leader Mahmud Hossain murder case, now on trial in the district court.
Culturearrow Waves of colour
Hamiduzzaman Khan, talking about his oncoming water colour exhibition at "Shilpangan" on June 29th, said, "Water colour goes with my character.
 arrow Road to recognition
Department of Sangeet and Nattyakala of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has awarded seven distinguished artistes for their immense contribution to the culture of the country at a programme organised
Generalarrow Cops foil sit-in to save Singha Bari
The three-hour sit-in programme of the committee to save the historic Singha Bari could not be held at the premises of the deputy commissioner's (DC) office due to police obstruction.
 arrow Child carnival begins tomorrow
7A three-day long child carnival begins in the city tomorrow to raise funds for war affected Iraqi children.
 arrow 24.77 pc pass degree exams
Nearly one-fourth of students who appeared in the Degree Pass and Certificate examinations under the National University (NU) came out successful.

The university published the results yesterday.

 arrow New Harry Potter book launched in city
The Etcetera Bangladesh launched the latest Harry Potter book by JK Rowling in Dhaka on June 21, says a press release.
 arrow Jahanara Imam's anniversary of death today
The 9th anniversary of death of 'Shaheed Janani' Jahanara Imam will be observed today.
 arrow Journalists urged to familiarise migration issue
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday stressed the role of media in familiarising the migration issue, which has emerged as a significant factor in the economic development of Asia.
Internationalarrow Indian media hail new pact with China
The Indian media Wednesday lauded a slew of agreements, including a joint declaration and another on border trade, reached between Asian giants India and China, hailing them as a "triumph for pragmatism.
 arrow Indian army launches massive crackdown on ULFA
The Indian army launched a massive crackdown on 100 ULFA rebels holed up inside a thick forest in eastern Assam's Lakhipathar area, officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow Afghan president orders release of journalists
Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday ordered the release of two journalists arrested last week for publishing an article allegedly blasphemous to Islam, the national faith of Afghanistan.
 arrow Bush rewards Musharraf with aid package
US President Bush on Tuesday proposed a $3 billion aid package to Pakistan for its help in the US-led war on terrorism, but did not offer the fighter jets long sought by Islamabad.
 arrow Troops faced problems disarming Iraqis: Blair
Six British troops killed in Iraq may have run into trouble as they tried to disarm the local population, Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday.
 arrow Israel kills 2 Hamas men as US envoy holds talks
Israeli troops killed two Hamas militants in a gunbattle in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as a US envoy held talks nearby with the Palestinian Prime Minister in an effort to prop up a peace plan battered
Editorialarrow Editorial: Vitriol points to dark tunnel
The prime minister and the leader of the opposition find themselves locked in a battle of words.
 arrow Editorial: Water offence in the city
It is learnt on good authority, perhaps the best one conceivable, that the systems loss through the water supply network of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) has reached a horrific 49 per cent
 arrow Political confrontation on the rise
Our political culture is submerged in the trading of diatribes, spewing of venom, and in the extraction of vengeance by the two major parties.
 arrow Take Heart
The biggest weapon of mass destruction on the subcontinent is that double-edged sword called the tongue. Our leaders seem determined to be sentenced by their sentences. This is bad enough.
Letters to Editorarrow MAG-LEV train
The Communication Minister's press conference on the MAG-LEV train in Bangladesh is I think more a matter of public gimmick than anything else.
 arrow Hiala High School needs development
The Hiala High School is the only high school in the Bhati area of Habigonj.
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr and HSC
This is in response to Mr. Omar's letter (June 6). In our country, the authorities concerned often take some decisions that simply perplex me.
 arrow Traffic jam and tree plantation
From the beginning of the year the city dwellers have noticed plantation of trees on different road dividers. For this plantation DCC (Dhaka City Corporation) has been spending money, labour and time.
 arrow Dhaka University Library
We really do not know how to utilise a library. The students usually use the Dhaka University Central Library as a meeting place, where they can meet without many disturbances.
Focusarrow Iran and its nuclear programme
The Iranian situation is in many ways turning out to be a déjà vu of the pre-Iraq war diplomatic landscape.
 arrow Silence is not spoken here
Bangladesh, the most densely populated country on earth, presented the starkest contrast of wealth and poverty I saw in South Asia.