Volume 4 Number 31 Fri. June 27, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Landslides kill 23 in Chittagong, Khagrachhari
Landslides triggered by incessant rains and flash floods claimed 23 lives in Chittagong and Khagrachhari districts in 24 hours till 6:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Dutch firm comes to the rescue
Bangladesh has finally found a way to get rid of the toxic fertiliser bulk stored by the state-run Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) at two of its warehouses in Chittagong and Khulna
 arrow AL won't go to JS unless its 3-point demand met
The main opposition party Awami League declared an indefinite boycott of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday, saying its lawmakers would not return to parliament until a state minister apologised and the speaker
 arrow PM asks Dhaka MPs to make city cleaner
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed eight lawmakers of Dhaka city to form urban development committees (UDCs) to improve law and order, raise civic amenities and give the city a facelift.
 arrow Law & order downslide, weak politics take toll on growth
Law and order downslide, weak political system and absence of pro-employment policy are deterrents to growth in Bangladesh, a seminar was told yesterday.
 arrow SQ Chy blasts Bangabandhu, Hasina, editor
Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday spat venom against Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman, Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and a newspaper editorin
 arrow Two US soldiers, Iraqis killed in ambushes
Assailants launched a wave of ambushes against US forces in Iraq, dropping grenades from an overpass, blowing up a vehicle with a roadside bomb and destroying a civilian SUV traveling with US troops,soldiers
 arrow UN not ready to send troops to Iraq: Annan
The United Nations does not currently have the capacity to send a security force into Iraq, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Wednesday after talks in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 arrow UNDP begins work in hills July 1
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will begin the first phase of its development work in five upazilas of three hill districts on July 1.
 arrow Election system commercialises politics: Temple
The political system in Bangladesh is being increasingly commercialised by the way the election system works and generates the demand for bribes, Fredrick T Temple, World Bank country director in Dhaka,
 arrow Gram Sarkar delayed by a month
Formation work of Gram Sarkar, the lowest tier of the local government system with the widest grassroot spread, will begin on August 2 instead of July 1.
 arrow Tk 27 lakh in cash and goods looted
Armed robbers looted Tk 27.39 lakh in cash and gold ornaments from different parts of the city in the last two days.
 arrow Bay eats into Kuakata beach
Erosion has picked up an unprecedented pace with the onset of monsoon on the south central coast this year, posing a threat to Kuakata beach, a rare beauty spot, but the authorities appear indifferent.
 arrow Govt bid to send troops to Iraq unfortunate: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday termed the government's "bid" to send troops to Iraq and recognise Israel unfortunate.
 arrow No political link with CJ's appointment: Moudud
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday dismissed any political link with the appointment of the chief justice and urged lawyers of all hues to refrain from debating on the appointment in the interest ofupholding
 arrow 10.45 lakh cases await verdicts
A total of 10,45,895 cases were pending in the courts till April 30 this year, the law minister told parliament yesterday.
 arrow State minister's motorcade kills woman, hurts 6
An elderly woman was killed and six others, four of them policemen, were seriously injured in a collision between a car and a police pickup of a state minister's motorcade at Gournadi in Barisal yesterday.
 arrow Sudanese with al-Qaeda 'link' deported
Karrar Kakki Karrar, 30, a Sudanese student who was picked up by the Special Branch (SB) of Police from the International Hall of Dhaka University on Wednesday night, was deported yesterday morning.
 arrow Top criminal snapped with ministers nabbed in Ctg
A top criminal, Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury, 33, was arrested yesterday with a revolver and a sex worker from a hotel room at Khatungonj yesterday noon.
 arrow Tit for tat!
In an apparent bid to retaliate snapping of all its telephone lines, Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has sent notices to five offices of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) here to pay off
Businessarrow Proposed tax structure may hit leasing businesses hard
After the 1996 debacle, the share market barely survived on banks and non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs), the main attractions for the shareholders that were offering higher returns than any other
 arrow High deposit rates bar PCBs from cutting lending rates
It is not possible for private banks to easily cut down lending rates, because they are compelled to collect deposits at an attractive rate in an intensely competitive market.
 arrow Thai launches biggest promotional drive
Thai Airways International has come up with its largest-ever promotion campaign 'Luck is in the Air'.
 arrow Fed cuts rates to 45-yr lows
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday trimmed US interest rates a quarter percentage point to 45-year lows, citing recent hopeful economic signs as it offered a less potent growth tonic than markets had hoped.
 arrow US against more say for poor at WB
The United States is set to oppose proposals giving poor countries more say in decisions at the World Bank, in a move that could quash further discussion on the contentious issue, bank sources said Wednesday.
 arrow Central bankers to tackle growth, sinking dollar
Central bankers meeting in the Swiss city of Basel this weekend will only have a brief moment to congratulate themselves on the resilience of the financial system during three years of tumbling markets.
 arrow EU strikes 'historic' deal to reform farm policy
EU farm ministers struck an "historic" accord Thursday to reform the bloc's disputed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in a move they said will strengthen the EU's hand in world trade talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Asghar for early polls
President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Ali Asghar said he wanted to call elections as soon as possible to help its smooth running.
 arrow Cricket: 'Support Bangladesh'
Captain Steve Waugh admits his Australian cricket team will be "scratchy" when they meet Bangladesh in the first Test in Darwin next month.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket in for trouble
World cricket is again in the throes of a major crisis after players' representatives threatened the International Cricket Council (ICC) to stall future World Cup contracts.
 arrow Cricket: Flower blooms as Eng falter
Zimbabwe beat England by four wickets in the opening triangular NatWest Series one-day international at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.

Grant Flower was 96 not out and Sean Ervine 26 not out.

 arrow Cricket: England restricted
Heath Steak became the first Zimbabwean to take 200 one-day international wickets as England were restricted to 191 for eight off 50 overs in the opening match of the NatWest Series triangular tournament
 arrow Cricket: How to get it Wright
India coach John Wright wants a change in approach that will see faster pitches prepared for domestic cricket, seen as vital to improve the country's overseas record in particular.
 arrow Hockey: Golden goal MSC
A golden goal from Ariful Haque Prince enabled Mohammedan Sporting Club to retain the Club Cup hockey title with a solitary goal win over arch rivals Abahani Krira Chakra in the final played at the Maulana
 arrow Wimbledon: Tim the only Brit standing
Tim Henman said he would not make the mistake of obsessing about winning the Wimbledon title after Britain's sole survivor reached the third round on Thursday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Hollywood enters Centre Court!
Hollywood is to delay the start of play on Wimbledon's hallowed Centre Court by half an hour on Thursday so scenes can be shot for a new romantic comedy.
 arrow Wimbledon: Roddick wins showdown
US fifth seed Andy Roddick won a bad-tempered Centre Court showdown with Britain's former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski to reach the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Trial by media
Britain's Greg Rusedski received very little in the way of either sympathy or support in Thursday's newspapers after his furious outburst of foul language during a Wimbledon loss to Andy Roddick.
 arrow Football: Queiroz takes over at Real
Real Madrid's new coach Carlos Queiroz aimed a swipe at his predecessor Vicente Del Bosque here Wednesday declaring the star-studded Spanish giants could play better as a team.
 arrow Football: Advantage Boca
Striker Marcelo Delgado scored twice to give Argentina's Boca Juniors a 2-0 win over Santos in the first leg of the South American Libertadores Cup final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: His work cut out
Carlos Queiroz's appointment as Real Madrid coach on Wednesday represents the new direction the Spanish giants apparently want to take - but don't count on him staying long.
 arrow Football: There's room for both
Fears that England captain David Beckham would have to compete with Luis Figo for a place in the Real Madrid team next season have been dispelled by new Real coach Carlos Queiroz.
 arrow Football: Kewell price set
Arsenal have been told they will have to pay seven million pounds (11.6 million dollars) in cash for Leeds United's Australian star Harry Kewell.
 arrow Football: Veron's heart with MU
Argentine midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron hopes to help Manchester United win the Champions League next season after performing a U-turn about a move back to Italy.
Politicalarrow AL hartal tomorrow
Main opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations brought out separate processions and rallies yesterday in support of the countrywide dawn to dusk hartal tomorrow.
 arrow Tales of torture
7Persons subjected to torture on various pretexts under the present government are haunted by fear of further persecution, victims said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
Culturearrow Folk Music Festival 2003 begins
When famous folk singer Shefali Ghosh sang Jodi shundar akkhan mukh paitam, the audience of the whole auditorium shouted with joy and applauded with the song.
 arrow War of the worlds- reloaded
The 4th and 5th grade kids from the International School Dhaka staged a play on the 24th of this month.
 arrow Puppet show at Fulki
The heartthrob of millions of puppet lovers across the country, artist Mustafa Monwar, had appeared with Gittu, his latest invention that had already won the hearts of many and earned tremendous popularity.
 arrow Swapnokuri Shommanona Padak 2002
Swapnokuri--a literary and cultural organisation for youths founded 17 years ago, gave away its Honorary Medal 2002 recently at the Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of the National Museum.
Generalarrow Thousands sing no to drugs
'No to drugs' was echoed yesterday by thousands of youths who vowed to launch a nationwide movement against drug abuse.
 arrow Call to unite against torture
Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday urged the people to unite to raise voice against all sorts of torture and repression in the country.
 arrow 'Political will a must for curbing drug abuse'
Political will is a must for curbing drug abuse, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow 'Feasibility study on Ganges barrage soon'
The government has a plan to carry out a feasibility study on the proposed Ganges barrage soon, Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed told parliament yesterday.
 arrow Rupali Bank in Pabna looted
A gang of robbers looted Tk 1.92 lakh from Rupali Bank's Auotapara Bazar branch under Ishwardi late Wednesday night.
 arrow 'Independent HR commission an urgent need'
An independent human rights commission is urgently needed in Bangladesh to prevent human rights violation, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow 'Number of minorities reduced 20pc over 9 decades'
The number of religious minorities reduced more than 20 per cent over the last nine decades, a meeting was told yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome moves by India and China
Since the 1962 border war between India and China, the bench-mark year of the souring of relations between the two Asian giants, it had been one long winter of chilly bilateral discontent up until 1979.
 arrow Gram Sarkar
Gram Sarkar will be a reality soon. This is the third attempt at developing local institutions at village levels in Bangladesh.
 arrow Whims, eccentricities and perversions
Roman emperor Nero had a great sense of humor. He looted the shops below the Palatine and Aventine hills and then sold the stolen goods at auctions in his palace.
 arrow 'Zoo tiger... utopian story'
This has reference to the opinion expressed by the curator of Dhaka Zoo (The Daily Star 18th June 2003).
Letters to Editorarrow Remembering Gregory Peck
The great actor Gregory Peck is gone. Hollywood has lost one more of its legends.
 arrow Anti-tobacco treaty and Bangladesh
The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its annual general meeting in Geneva, expressed concern over the increasing level of tobacco consumption in the developing countries.
 arrow MPs' bloated perks and our dented purse!
We read with a heavy heart the way the government has planned to squander public money in the name of marking up the allowance figures for the MPs and Ministers in a country with a perennial begging bowl.
 arrow "Budget thought"
A letter "Budget thought" on my name has been published in The Daily Star of 20th June. However, there is no relation with the letter and myself.
 arrow "People's right to know"
I congratulate Mahfuz Anam for his recent commentary, which appears to me as the correct direction for a democratic society.
 arrow Tea garden sand used in construction work
Excavation of sand from the riverbeds for using as construction material is common in Bangladesh but extraction of soil from tea gardens for house building is a dangerous contraption.
 arrow "Wake up to reality"
In his letter, "Wake up to reality," (19 June) it appears that while remarking on K. Wasimuddin's letter on "South Asian Alliance," (16 June) Mr.
 arrow Nagarbhavan, the hotbed of corruption
Nagarbhavan is the centre of all the activities conducted by DCC. But unfortunately Nagarbhavan has been turned into a hotbed of corruption.
 arrow HSC Exam 2003
I am appearing in the HSC Exam 2003 from Science Group. So far I've been amazed by the mistakes in the question paper and the quality of the question.
 arrow Magnetic Train from Dhaka to Chittagong
Once again there is news about magnetic trains being planned to travel from Dhaka to Chittagong in one hour (June 20). A similar news came out about a year ago and then it died out.
 arrow Public Service Day
While scores of national and international days are being observed officially throughout the year, Bangladesh missed out observing one big international event that could have lifted our image.
 arrow nTV Channel
We read in your issue of June 22 that a new Channel from Bangladesh-- NTV will commence its telecast from 3rd July 2003 via Apstar R satellite. Our best wishes for the channel.
 arrow "No control over drug price"
I was shocked to learn from the news-item "No control over drug price" the contrasting price-level of drugs in Bangladesh with our neighbouring countries.
 arrow "Converting Muslims to Christianity"
I thank those who have responded to the debate on 'conversions' which I have found most interesting although I have to protest to Shabbir Bashar that nowhere did I say that Bangladesh was unique in its
Focusarrow Recalling Helen Keller--the beacon for the behind
World acclaimed greatest woman Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama USA.
 arrow Mr. and Mrs. Duck and the Brahmin
Very early in the morning Mr. and Mrs. Duck
Went out for their morning walk.
Simultaneously they did walk and run
As the medieval postal runners used to run.

Worldarrow Musharraf extends olive branch to Vajpayee
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday offered to embrace Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee as a "partner in a historic peace process," calling for dialogue to end seething tensions
 arrow Lanka seeks British peace expertise
Sri Lanka has sought legal expertise from Britain for constitutional reforms aimed at politically ending the island's drawn-out ethnic conflict, a senior minister said Thursday.
 arrow Pakistan asks US to hit root cause of terrorism
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has asked United States to attack the root cause of terrorism instead of merely taking action against certain groups giving an impression in the Muslim world that Islam
 arrow US to freeze assets of Myanmar leaders, ban remittances
Washington is preparing new sanctions against Myanmar that would freeze personal assets of members of its ruling military junta and ban remittances from its nationals working in the United States, a senior
 arrow Militants agree to halt attacks on Israelis
Palestinian negotiators said on Thursday they have secured a commitment from Islamic militants to halt attacks on Israelis for three months and that a formal truce would be announced before the weekend.
 arrow 300 civilians killed in Liberian fighting
Liberia's health minister on Thursday reported 200-300 civilians killed and 1,000 wounded in the battle for the country's besieged capital, and morgue workers described mortuaries filled to overflowing.
 arrow Blair aide admits Iraq dossier blunder
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's communications chief acknowledged on Wednesday that the British government made a mistake by including material from a graduate thesis posted on the Internet in a government
 arrow OIC summit in KL to focus on Muslim unity
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Malaysia in October will focus on bolstering the unity of the group and finding ways to enhance the dignity of Muslims, a senior minister said
 arrow US, EU ask Iran to keep word on nukes
President Bush and European leaders stood united Wednesday in demanding that Iran abandon any nuclear weapons ambitions. "Iran must comply" or face consequences, Bush said.