Volume 4 Number 32 Sat. June 28, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Fresh invective adds fuel to JS stand-off
Uncertainty looms large over the prospect of an early solution to the parliamentary stand-off over recurrence of invective against the leader of the opposition even after the Chair deleted all unparliamentary
 arrow Coaxing patients into treatment trap
A law-enforcement agency is making a list of unscrupulous physicians involved in luring patients from public hospitals at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar to private clinics and laboratories to make money.
 arrow Lack of political will bar to separation of judiciary
Lack of political commitment is holding back separation of the judiciary from the executive, despite clear directives by the High Court, speakers said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Porcession batoned
Police used teargas and baton on a procession of the Awami League (AL) on Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday.
 arrow 'Confrontational politics hurdle to erasing poverty'
The law-and-order slide in Bangladesh is bred by confrontational politics and is the biggest hurdle to investment, the key tool in the fight against poverty, Cabinet Secretary Dr Saadat Husain told aroundtable
 arrow BNP factions clash in Rangpur, 35 hurt
Factional chase and counter-chase of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Rangpur left at least 35 people, including some women activists, injured yesterday, witnesses said.
 arrow Transport leader shot dead in city
Unknown assailants gunned down a transport leader in the city's Mirpur area yesterday morning.
 arrow Pro-Saddam militias 'abduct' US troops
US military intelligence believes that Fedayeen militia abducted two US soldiers and their Humvee light armoured vehicle for use in attacks on US troops in Iraq, an army officer said yesterday.
 arrow Landslides kill eight more in Khagrachhari
Landslides killed eight more people in Khagrachhari, raising the number of dead in the hill district to 24 and the combined death toll in Chittagong and Khagrachhari to 31, police and security sources
 arrow Rejoinder
The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) in a rejoinder pointed out some factual errors in a report headlined "Govt. set to sign power deal with Sino Company" The Daily Star carried on June 8.
 arrow Security guard arrested in Satkhira
Police arrested a security guard in Satkhira yesterday, the seventh in a string of catches for alleged involvement in a June 12 bank burglary in Dhaka.
 arrow Bigwigs beyond BTTB reach
The Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) here has turned a blind eye to big defaulters though it came down hard on small offenders in its recent drive to realise unpaid telephone bills.
 arrow How safe are the fish farmed in city lakes, pools?
The Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC) cultivates and procures at least 1,000 tonnes of fish a year in the contaminated water of pools and lakes in the capital.
 arrow China may soon recognise Sikkim as India's: Vajpayee
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday wound up his six-day watershed visit to China brushing aside criticism that New Delhi had given Beijing more on Tibet than what it got on Sikkim.
 arrow Graffiti: Defacing the cityscape
Among the various factors that are responsible for defacement of the city's landscape, graffiti stands out over all others as a veritable eyesore to everyone.
 arrow Khulna leaders demand revamp of Mongla Port
Leaders of greater Khulna region yesterday expressed concern over the 'ailing state' of the Mongla Port and demanded immediate infrastructural and administrative steps for its uplift.
 arrow Promotional book the DFP style
The recently published promotional book of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) on Bangladesh is not only full of factual errors, but also riddled with innumerable grammatical and spelling mistakes.
 arrow Police prevent rally protesting SQ Chy's OIC nomination
Police prevented the holding of a rally in Chittagong yesterday organised to protest the nomination of Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for the secretary general
 arrow Vehicles set afire in city
Unidentified arsonists set fire to a BRTC double-decker, a microbus and a CNG autorickshaw in the city last night.

The Mirpur-bound BRTC double-decker was set afire in Muktangon area at about 8:15pm.

Businessarrow Dhaka seeks penalty waiver on quota over-utilisation
Dhaka has urged Washington to waive a penalty, which the US imposed for over utilisation of quota in its market by the Bangladeshi garment exporters.
 arrow Concerted efforts needed to lower interest on deposits, lending rates
Concerted efforts are needed to bring down high rate of interest on deposits to lower lending rates, said Kazi Abdul Mazid, a member of the Bank Reforms Committee.
 arrow Bring micro-financing under regulatory body
Micro-financing programmes badly need a legal framework to ensure sustainability and accountability of the informal lending system.
 arrow CSE suspends officials on alleged share scam
Three officials of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), including Deputy General Manager, have been suspended for their alleged involvement in a share scam.
 arrow RAKUB expects Tk 36cr profit
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) has been expecting a profit of Taka 35.84 crore with the closing of 2002-2003 fiscal.

The bank had earned a profit of Taka 15.

 arrow Sikkim sees trade prospects on opening border to China
India's remote state of Sikkim hopes a trade route to Tibet will provide an enormous boost in trade when it reopens as part of a landmark accord signed by New Delhi and Beijing.
 arrow Consumer buying, tourism spur Sri Lanka growth
Consumers opening up their wallets after a halt in Sri Lanka's crippling ethnic war combined with buoyant tourism and telecoms sectors to drive up the economy in the first three months of this year,analysts
 arrow US calls on EU to use farm deal for WTO negotiations
The United States welcomed a new European Union farm reform package on Thursday but called on Brussels to follow it with new negotiating proposals in World Trade Organization agricultural talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Good first day for BD

Bangladesh finished their first day of cricket in Australia evenly-placed at stumps yesterday.

 arrow Cricket: Towards normalcy
India and Pakistan moved closer towards restoring cricket ties by agreeing to send second-string teams to a limited-overs tournament in Sri Lanka in August, officials said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan may move down
Moving down the order may be an option for Michael Vaughan should he be unable to get rid of the poor batting form which has hampered him since he took on the captaincy of England's one-day side.
 arrow Cricket: Grant guides Zim
Zimbabwe veteran Grant Flower's unbeaten 96 led the Africans to an improbable four wicket victory against England in the opening triangular series one-day international at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Original Flower now
Zimbabwe stalwart Grant Flower said it felt good to have stepped out of older brother Andy's shadow after making a match-winning 96 not out in the Africans' four-wicket triangular series opening win against
 arrow Cricket: No way in for Thorpe
England coach Duncan Fletcher ruled out a quick return for Graham Thorpe despite the team's continuing mid-innings troubles.
 arrow Wimbledon: Seeds continue to sail
US second seed Andre Agassi showed his class in motoring through to the third round of the men's singles at Wimbledon on Thursday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Germany's Lars Burgsmuller.
 arrow Football: Marc-Vivien Foe: 1975-03
Ten-man Cameroon booked their place in the Confederations Cup final on Thursday with a 1-0 victory over Colombia, but celebrations were overshadowed by the death of their midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe.
 arrow Football: A normal death
An autopsy on Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe showed nothing abnormal in his death, which was not caused by a stroke.

"First analysis showed nothing abnormal but we rule out any stroke.

 arrow Football: World unite in mourning
The soccer world was in mourning Friday following the death of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe who collapsed during the Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Keegan pays tribute
Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan has said he will do everything he can to bring comfort to the distraught family of Marc-Vivien Foe who died while playing in the Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: Final to go ahead
Cameroon will play in the Confederations Cup final against France in Paris in spite of the death of their midfielder Marc-Viven Foe in their semi-final win over Colombia, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said
 arrow Football: France thank Arsenal trio
A trio of Arsenal players, and a missed late penalty kick, eased France into the Confederations Cup final with a 3-2 win over Turkey at a sombre Stade de France on Thursday.
 arrow Football: A country in shock
Stunned disbelief and bitter tears in Cameroon greeted the shock news Thursday that the nation's soccer pride and joy Marc Vivien Foe had met his death while playing for his country in the game that brought
 arrow Football: Real'tour start July
Real Madrid, under new manager Carlos Queiroz and with new boy David Beckham in town, will tour Asia from July 24, playing in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia, the Xinhua news agency reported, quoting
 arrow Football: Ortega banned
Football's world ruling body FIFA has banned Ariel Ortega from playing any club football until December 30, 2003 and will force the Argentine international to repay former club Fenerbahce 11 million dollars.
Politicalarrow AL's day-long hartal today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today in protest against the 'tax-laden budget' proposed for the fiscal 2003-04.
Metropolitanarrow Reforms in edn and health sectors an urgent need
Experts at a seminar yesterday called for implementing reforms in the education and health sectors to accelerate social development and improve service delivery.
 arrow 8 held on robbery charge
Tejgaon police on Wednesday arrested eight people including four women in connection with robbery at a house at Indira Road in the city.
 arrow Injured security officer dies
A security officer of a knitting factory who was shot and injured by muggers on June 7 died in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Over 2000 held, 12 firearms arrested
Police arrested 2,091 people, including 10 listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow 12 lakh people affected by Hepatitis-C
About 12 lakh people are affected by Hepatitis-C in the country, said Information Minister Tariqul Islam at a seminar in the city yesterday.
 arrow Rubel-Jewel murder case verdict on July 3
The third additional metropolitan sessions judge's court will deliver the verdict in the Rubel-Jewel double murder case on July 3.
Nationalarrow Tk 30 lakh stolen from ticket sale proceeds at Sylhet railway station
Defalcation of over Tk 30 lakh from ticket sale proceeds has been detected at Sylhet railway station.

The amount may go up when the on-going probe will be completed in a few days, sources said.

 arrow AL faction in Rangpur threatens hartal

A faction of the district Awami League (AL) staged demonstrations in the town on Thursday demanding arrest of rival faction leader Abul Kalam Azad.

 arrow Tk 1.41 cr VAT evaded by medicine co
The Customs and Value Added Tax (VAT) authorities have detected evasion of Tk 1.41 cr VAT by a pharmaceutical company.
 arrow Flood affects10,000 in Nilphamari
The flood situation in Nilphamari district has taken a new twist, affecting over 10,000 people of 10 unions.
 arrow Bus strike in Barisal divn passes 9th day
Bus strike in Barisal division entered the ninth day on Friday, much to the sufferings of people.

Bus services are stopped in all the nine routes since Thursday due to a strike by bus owners.

 arrow Charge sheet against 3 newsmen in Barisal
Police have filed charge sheet against three local journalists in an allegedly false case of extortion.
Culturearrow Memory of Shidhu-Kanu rejuvenated
June 30 is the historic Shidhu-Kanu Day observed by the Santals to commemorate the Santal-farmers' revolution against repression.
 arrow Lalsalu hits cinema halls
Internationally acclaimed parallel film Lalsalu gets released at the Balaka cinema hall in Dhaka on July 4, says a press release.
 arrow Dorponey Shorotshoshi
After a long wait, Desh Natok is back once more, bringing yet another marvelous performance Dorponey Shorotshoshi. The play will be staged at the Mohila Samiti today.
 arrow Musical instances on BTV
On a weary evening, when one switches on the television half-heartedly, it's definitely worth the arduous day to find a couple of musical shows to watch on TV.
Generalarrow Budget may be passed on Monday
The Jatiya Sangasad is expected to pass the national budget for the fiscal 2003-2004 on Monday.

Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman placed the budget in the House on June 12.

 arrow Poor success prompts authorities to renew sanitation campaign
Despite past several decades of sanitation campaign, the government and NGO initiatives yielded results far below the expectations prompting the authorities to renew their initiatives for expanding the
 arrow Tk 8.50 lakh medicine seized at ZIA
Customs officials yesterday seized medicine worth about Tk 8.5 lakh from a passenger at the Zia International Airport.
Internationalarrow Palestinians poised to announce truce deal
Four Palestinians were killed during an Israeli raid in Gaza City to arrest a senior Hamas member early Friday as talks between the two sides appear on the cusp of leading to a ceasefire deal.
 arrow Blair's Labour support sinks
Britain's opposition Conservatives have overtaken Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party in the opinion poll for the first time in 11 years, according to a survey for Friday's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
 arrow Musharraf moots 4-step to resolve Kashmir row
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said a four-pronged approach must be followed to amicably resolve the Kashmir dispute.
 arrow US House rejects attempts to broaden WMD inquiries
The US House of Representatives on Thursday turned back two attempts by Democratic lawmakers to broaden the scope of the inquiries into the George W.
 arrow Cook challenges UK's Iraq dossiers
Some parts of British intelligence dossiers on Iraqi weapons were "plainly inaccurate," former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Friday, contesting the government's continuing insistence that the documents
 arrow Sahaf on Arab TV after US questioning
Former Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, who earned the nickname "Comical Ali" during the Iraq war, appeared on Arab television Thursday saying he had surrendered to US troops only to
 arrow Assam braces for floods as Brahmaputra swells
Authorities issued fresh flood alerts along the mighty Brahmaputra river in northeastern India Friday after heavy monsoon rain sent water levels surging.
 arrow 7 held around Washington in anti-terrorist raids
FBI agents arrested seven people during a series of anti-terrorist raids in the Washington region early Friday, a Federal Bureau of Investigation official told AFP.
 arrow British army suspends arms searches
The British army has ordered searches for weapons to be suspended in the area of southern Iraq where six British military police were killed this week, the Independent newspaper reported Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Drug abuse
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking was observed on June 26, amid a demonstration of youthful exuberance and enthusiasm.
 arrow Editorial: Pressure mounts for release of Suu Kyi
The pressure on the Myanmar military junta is mounting day by day to release the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow Expanding our cultural horizon
We have been confronted for over fifty years with a crisis of confidence. It is our identity that has been the cause of debate, concern, and contradiction.
 arrow When invasion is the name of the game
With the US army's sweeping initial victory in Iraq, the doctrines of state sovereignty, territorial integrity, right of self-determination, as well as the concept of guaranteed independent identity had
Letters to Editorarrow High perks for the high-ups and social justice
The elected high-ups have been rewarded by the government in terms of perks as high as 40% to 400%, presumably to make sure that they can maintain even a higher standard of living in a high inflation-laden
 arrow Foreign dignitary and Leader of the Opposition
The news published in many dailies that Mrs. Megawati and Mr.
 arrow Ban on catching fish fries
Ministry of Fisheries usually impose a ban on catching fish fries in the Bengali month of 'Asar'. But the period is too short. Ban should be at least for two months 'Asar' and 'Srabon'.
 arrow Failed UN?
After the illegal and brutal aggression in Iraq by two superpowers USA and UK on the false pretext of WMD we fully realise that the United Nations is incapable to protect the legitimate interest, rights
Literaturearrow Shelter
The moment I go to cuddle the baby I think how I didn't want it to be born. Of course I also try to banish the thought as swiftly as possible. Chase away the guilt.
 arrow Ajit Baral interviews Manjushree Thapa exclusively for the Daily Star Literature Page.
Manjushree Thapa's second book The Tutor of History was the first major novel in English to emerge from Nepal. The first, Mustang Bhot in Fragments, was a travelogue published in Nepal in 1992.
 arrow A fresh translation
We Bengalis continually attempt to translate Jibanananda Das's Banalata Sen into English (very few of them quite good, some okay and the rest unreadable). Like all great poems it defies translation.
 arrow Bad Times
He was walking behind me in the alley.
I see him again at the intersection
where four roads cross,
and plunge into a lane on my left.