Volume 4 Number 34 Sun. June 29, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Big ammo haul from Bogra AL leader's house, truck
Police recovered 62,112 bullets of Chinese rifle and powerful explosives weighing 120kg from an abandoned truck and an Awami League (AL) leader's house at Jogarpara village in Kahalu upazila of the district
 arrow Minister took Tk 25 lakh in bribe for CNG station
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker S A Khaleque and State Minister for Commu-nications Salahuddin Ahmed levelled charges of corruption and land-grabbing against each other in the Jatiya Sangsad
 arrow Another anti-crime drive coming up
The government will once again launch a countrywide anti-crime drive by police, BDR and Ansar to contain the return of criminality, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday.
 arrow Hartal sees patchy fights between police and pickets
Riot police clashed with hundreds of pro-hartal activists of the main opposition Awami League (AL) and its front organisations in different parts of the city yesterday, firing rubber bullets and lobbing
 arrow 4 washed away by Ctg floodwaters
Four people were washed away by raging floodwaters in Fatikchhari upazila in Chittagong district yesterday as the situation in southeastern and northwestern districts worsened because of torrential monsoon
 arrow Proposed tax measure for professionals, directors may be lifted
The mandatory minimum taxes for company directors, businessmen and professionals under the self-assessment scheme may be withdrawn.
 arrow 49 dubious accounts identified, 'peerzada' under watch
A Bangladesh Bank (BB) taskforce has identified 49 accounts in five banks suspected to be used for money laundering.
 arrow 2 abducted US soldiers found dead in Iraq
Two US soldiers missing in Iraq for three days after apparently being abducted have been found dead northwest of Baghdad, a US military spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Man knifed to death, boy's body found
A young man was killed and the body of a teenage boy found in the city yesterday, police said.
 arrow A road for muggers
The embankment road between Rayer Bazaar and Waizghat has become a muggers' paradise and fish traders are their catch.
 arrow Forex reserves reach $2.36b on WB loan disbursement
The World Bank (WB) disbursed $307 million of its Bangladesh Development Support funds yesterday, pushing the foreign exchange reserve to $2.367 billion.
 arrow Top level changes in banks
The government yesterday brought changes in top positions of the nationalised commercial and specialised banks and financial institutions yesterday.
 arrow Monica Ali was never refused visa: Foreign Ministry
The foreign ministry yesterday rejected allegations of denial of visa to Bangladeshi origin British writer Monica Ali.
 arrow Verdict in Sony murder case today
Verdict in the Sony murder case will be pronounced today.
 arrow Bombs found at Uttara Bank union office
Three home made bombs were recovered yesterday from employees' union office at Uttara Bank's Motijheel branch.
 arrow MD of a firm Chopped by extortionists
Extortionists chopped managing director (MD) of a private firm near city's Mouchak market yesterday.
 arrow Jalil refutes govt Allegation
Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil last night expressed deep concern at the recovery of explosives and ammunition at Kahalu in Bogra and dismissed the government accusation of his party's involvement
 arrow Militants storm Kashmir army camp: 14 killed
Two Islamic rebels stormed an Indian army camp in Kashmir yesterday, killing 12 soldiers before being shot dead, in the most serious violence since India and Pakistan began mending ties in April, thearmy
Businessarrow Entrepreneurship fund finds way in 12 schemes
The Equity Entrepreneurship Fund (EEF) has so far sanctioned around Tk 84 crore for various schemes and another Tk 294 crore project proposals are in the pipeline.
 arrow Driving into auto age
Bangladesh hopes to start its drive into auto age as Malaysia's national carmaker considers setting up an assembling and spare parts plant here.
 arrow Tap agro prospects of N-W region to boost exports
Speakers at a day-long seminar here on Friday emphasized the need for enhancing export items through establishing food processing and agro-based industries in the northwestern region by utilising government
 arrow Taka firm against dollar on lower demand from importer
The US dollar was under pressure against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday due to lower demand from importers amid higher remittance earnings, dealers said.
 arrow India, China to join forces at WTO talks
India and China will join forces to lobby on behalf of developing countries on contentious trade issues such as agriculture and pharmaceuticals at World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, Indian Commerce
 arrow US economy getting lift from falling prices
The US economy appears to be getting a boost from falling prices that encourage consumer spending, according to data Friday, but analysts say the outlook remains clouded by uncertain job prospects.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Kapali star of the day
A fine all-round performance by teenager Alok Kapali helped put Bangladesh in control of their tour match against the Queensland Academy of Sport on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Century for Kallis
Jacques Kallis scored 107 and shared a century stand with Mark Boucher as South Africa closed on 264 for six against England in their one-day triangular NatWest Series match at The Oval on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Debutant destroys SL
Fast bowler Fidel Edwards made a dream five-wicket debut as the West Indies bundled Sri Lanka out for 208 on the opening day of the second and final Test at the Sabina Park here on Friday.
 arrow Agassi stays on course
Second seed and former champion Andre Agassi of the United States moved into the fourth round of the men's singles at Wimbledon on Saturday with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) win in 3hr 13min overMoroccan
 arrow Football: Sombre Confeds final
Sunday's Confederations Cup final between France and Cameroon will be like no other, an occasion laced with poignancy being held in the shadow of the sudden death of Marc Vivien Foe.
 arrow Cricket: 'Change rules against us'
Australia Test captain Steve Waugh reckons that his side have become so dominant in international cricket that administrators might want to think about changing the rules to make rival countries morecompetitive.
 arrow Wimbledon: American power
Andy Roddick and Venus Williams had the Stars and Stripes flying proudly over Centre Court as the two Americans powered into the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday.
 arrow Football: FIFA rejects WC expansion
FIFA's Executive Committee has rejected a proposal to expand the 2006 World Cup finals to 36 teams, but to do so backtracked on its promise to give Oceania an automatic place in the tournament.
 arrow Football: Kluivert free to leave Barca
Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert is free to buy himself out of his contract for a cut-price fee after the Catalan club announced they had decided not to give him a bonus payment.
Politicalarrow Dy speaker invites AL, BNP to talks over tea
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui invited the ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) to a dialogue at his chamber yesterday evening to resolve the parliamentary stalemate due to the AL's
 arrow Hasina plotted coup after polls, says Patal
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina planned a military coup after her party's debacle in October 2001 elections, State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman Patal said in parliament yesterday.
 arrow Altaf senses AL plot for anarchy
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the Bogra ammunition haul makes him sense an Awami League conspiracy to push the nation to anarchy.
 arrow 11 BCL workers held
Police arrested at least 11 workers of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) when they were demonstrating in the city yesterday in favour of countrywide hartal enforced by the Awami League (AL).
 arrow Manju for BNP-AL consensus to make JS effective
Jatiya Party (Manju) chairman Anwar Hossain Manju yesterday made a strong plea for consensus among the key political parties, BNP and Awami League, on how to sustain the present parliament and halt wastage
Metropolitanarrow DU senate meets tomorrow
Election to vice-chancellor's (VC) panel of Dhaka University will not be held when the newly elected 25 senate representatives meet at their first annual session tomorrow.
 arrow JU budget today
The annual budget of Jahangirnagar University (JU) for fiscal 2003-04 will be placed before the senate today, official sources said.

A Tk 27.

 arrow AL's politics creates concern
Land Minister Shamsul Islam yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the destructive and intolerant politics, pursued by opposition Awami League, was creating concern among investors and people.
Nationalarrow Road mishaps claim 7 in Pabna, Satkhira,Manikganj
Seven people were killed and 66 injured in road accidents in Manikganj, Jhenidah and Pabna on Friday and the day before.
 arrow Suit against editors protested
Journalists in Mymensingh and Satkhira protested filing of the defamation suit against the editors The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo by Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Advisor Salauddin QaderChowdhury.
 arrow Employees oppose proposed co, threaten movement
The Power Development Board (PBD) has Tk 283 crore unrealised bills in its Khulna zone.

The defaulters include government, semi- government and private institutions.

Culturearrow In quest of the poignancy of 'ghazals'
Mesbah Uddin, who fascinated his audience with his rendering of "ghazals" recently at Alliance Francaise, says, "I'm attracted to this particular genre because of the moving lyrics and the classicalbased
 arrow Indian films don't need Oscar to prove their class: Bhatt
Noted film maker Mahesh Bhatt Monday said Indian films like 'Mother India' and 'Pyaasa' are class apart and they did not need any Oscar award to prove their content and quality.
Generalarrow Hamidul Haque made Appellate Division judge
President Iajuddin Ahmed has appointed Justice Mohammad Hamidul Haque a judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, an official handout said yesterday.
 arrow Four BITs to be upgraded to universities
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the private entrepreneurs to create employment opportunity for the meritorious students who finished higher studies.
 arrow BNP leader's house ransacked
A group of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) men ransacked a BNP leader's house at Monafer More of the city on Friday night.
 arrow Shrimp farm owner shot dead in Satkhira
A shrimp farm owner was shot dead by a gang of miscreants at Kulpota in Tala upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Robber killed in mob beating in Natore
An alleged robber was killed and another injured in mob beating at Mirzapur village under Lalpur upazila of the district Friday night.
Internationalarrow Hamas, Jihad take truce
An Islamic Jihad leader said Saturday the radical Palestinian group accepted a conditional three-month halt to attacks on Israelis, the first on-the-record comment from a militant leader involved in the
 arrow Democrats launch own Iraqi WMD probe
Frustrated by what they see as Republican stonewalling, US congressional Democrats Friday launched their own probe into whether the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about alleged Iraqi
 arrow 50,000 displaced by floods in Assam
At least 50,000 people were displaced overnight in a second wave of floods triggered by heavy rains in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, officials said Saturday.
 arrow 'Pakistan ready to settle Kashmir issue bilaterally'
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mohammad Kasuri has said that Islamabad was prepared to discuss the Kashmir issue bilaterally as Pakistan was serious and interested enough in initiating a composite
 arrow 50-year jail for indifference to accident victim
A Texas woman who left a homeless man to bleed to death on her windshield after a freeway accident has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
 arrow Powell calls for patience amid rising toll in Iraq
US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday called on Americans to be patient in the face of mounting US casualties in Iraq as US forces attempt to secure and start rebuilding the country.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rule of law
The cabinet secretary has said something thought-provoking on law enforcement at a city roundtable drawing upon his experience as home secretary under caretaker and elected governments.
 arrow Editorial: 'Treatment trap'
When we put ourselves into the hands of doctors, we do so with all our trust.
 arrow The Myanmar quagmire
The world is upset with the Burmese (Myanmar) government's most recent behaviour. And rightly so.
 arrow The biggest phenomenon in publishing history
Yes, you have guessed it right -- it's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -- the fifth and the latest in the series penned (or perhaps we should say 'word-processed') by author J. K. Rowling.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladeshi troops in Iraq!
Seems like we have lost our ability to think straight, or to think at all for that matter.
 arrow The Old Man of Sinbad and America
For the last few days the old man of Sinbad has been enveloping my mind.
Star Holidayarrow The Gibbon Trail
THE sun was yet to rise. Only a pseudo-dawn light hung around and sounds poured in.
Star Healtharrow Poison in drinking water
Md Abu Mia resting with a neighbour in a village in Babuganj in Barisal while watching the age-old tubewell that has caused havoc for him and his family.
 arrow What is lymphatic filariasis?
Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system.
 arrow Fact sheet on tuber--culosis (TB)
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread from person to person through the air.
 arrow Know about kidney diseases
Kidney disease is the inability of the kidneys to perform their normal functions.

What to look for

-frequent thirst and urge to urinate.

-the passing of very small amounts of urine.

Star Cityarrow 'Talk about drugs'
This year's slogan for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was 'Let us talk about drugs'. The slogan is perfectly attuned with the prevailing drug abuse conditions in Dhaka.
 arrow Hartal hits some hard
Since early morning yesterday, powerful explosions broke the peaceful silence of the capital.
 arrow CNG pump threatens safety
Taking advantage of the grossly insufficient number of CNG (compressed natural gas) filling stations in Dhaka, a patrol pump has begun selling gas without procuring a licence from the Department of Explosives.
 arrow Bag in business
Immediately after the ban on polythene bags, the traditional business of recycling used paper to make paper bags and packets, or 'thonga,' was given a welcome boost.
 arrow Desperate disposal means
More than ten million city dwellers are believed to be using alternative means for liquid waste disposal, as there is no systematic arrangement for the purpose.
 arrow Recycling literary treasures
The sidewalk bookshops at Nilkhet have become an integral part of the city's education and literary vibes.
 arrow Educating street children on life
Child squatters of the Osmani Udyan are no longer deprived of education. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) came forward to rescue them from the clutches of illiteracy.
 arrow State sponsored torture rising
Speakers at a discussion meeting last Thursday, June 26, urged the governments across the world to stop tortures sponsored by individuals and states and establish human rights in their respective countries.