Volume 4 Number 35 Mon. June 30, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Three to die, five given life for killing Sony
A speedy trial tribunal yesterday sentenced three persons to death and five to life imprisonment for killing Sabequn Nahar Sony, a student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
 arrow Jamaat, JP men held in Bogra ammo haul
Police yesterday arrested three persons, reportedly belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh (JIB) and the Jatiya Party (JP), in connection with the Bogra ammunition and explosives haul.
 arrow Govt tries to hide facts on Bogra gunrunners: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the prime minister, home minister and state minister knew it well who were behind trading in the huge ammunition and explosives seized in Bogra.
 arrow Ex-chief of duty drawback body sued for graft
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday filed three cases against four officials, including a former director general of the Duty Exemption and Drawback Department, for taking bribes in refunding
 arrow The Daily Star editor's comments on SQ Chy's tirades
Without directly naming The Daily Star or its editor, but clearly indicating towards whom his comments were directed, Mr.
 arrow Flood situation worsens
The flood situation in different parts of the country has deteriorated further.

Five people in Chittagong and two in Rangamati were reportedly washed away by flood water yesterday.

 arrow How Sony was killed
It was June 8, 2002.

Sabequn Nahar Sony was on her way to the lone female hall of BUET.

 arrow Family wants quick execution
Parents of Sabequn Nahar Sony yesterday expressed their satisfaction over the verdict.
 arrow Budget to be passed today
The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-2004 will be passed in the Jatiya Sangsad today.

Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman placed the around Tk 52,000 crore budget in parliament on June 12.

 arrow Siamese twin dies
Hossain, the younger of the Siamese twins, died of a heart attack at Paediatric and Neonatal Hospital Saturday night at the age of two months and 15 days, said an Islamic Bank press release yesterday.
 arrow HIV infection alarming among drug users
HIV has reached alarming proportions among intravenous drug users, as high-risk behaviours continue.
 arrow Monica Ali's comments on visa 'refusal'
Following the publication of two reports this month on the refusal of visa to Bangladeshi-born British author Monica Ali by the High Commission of Bangladesh in London, a statement from the foreign ministry
 arrow Robbers kill woman in Pallabi, loot house
Robbers shot dead a young woman and injured a man at a Pallabi house when they faced resistance last night.
 arrow BB asks financial entities to hike capital to Tk 25cr
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday directed financial institutions to increase their capital to a minimum of Tk 25 crore.

Presently, they need to maintain a minimum capital of Tk 10 crore each.

 arrow Iraqi killed, 2 US soldiers hurt in fresh attack
An Iraqi civilian was killed and two US military police soldiers were wounded in Baghdad on Sunday when an explosion targeted a US convoy, the latest in a series of hit-and-run strikes on occupation forces.
 arrow 9 given life for Ambia murder in Gopalganj
Nine persons were awarded life imprisonment yesterday in the sensational Ambia murder case.
 arrow Three given life for rape in Barisal
Women and Children Repression Prevention Court of Barisal yesterday sentenced three people to life imprisonment for raping a 17-year-old girl of Katadia village under Bakerganj upazila in Barisal.
 arrow Militants call truce, Israel starts pullback
Three leading Palestinian militant groups yesterday declared a three-month suspension of attacks on Israelis in breakthroughs for a US-backed peace plan, but Israel dismissed the truce although it began
 arrow BBC-British govt in bitter row over Iraq reporting
The British government was Sunday locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with the BBC over its reports that Prime Minister Tony Blair's office embellished intelligence reports to justify war on Iraq.
Businessarrow Port problems hinder 30pc RMG export growth
Bangladesh's garment sector can increase its earnings by 30 per cent if port functions efficiently, said ADB Country Director Toru Shibuichi.
 arrow REHAB seeks regulatory body to avoid 'harassment'
Developers yesterday called for setting up a regulatory body to remove 'deliberate harassment' in the existing system of approving housing plans.
 arrow WB praises financial management
The World Bank Country Director in Bangladesh Frederic T. Temple yesterday described Bangladesh as a country of great prospect and potential for development.
 arrow BGMEA fairs in Canada in Oct
BGMEA will hold two single-country fairs in Canada in October this year to reap benefit from the duty-free market access to the North American country effective from January this year.
 arrow Free trade talks with India from Oct likely
Negotiation with India on signing a bilateral free trade agreement to enhance business volume on both sides may begin in October, according to official sources.
 arrow Plastic industries under 'threat of closure'
Hundreds of "deemed" export factories in the plastic sector are under threat of closure, industry sources said.
 arrow Hong Kong, China sign landmark free trade deal
Hong Kong and China signed a landmark free trade agreement yesterday, aimed at boosting the Asian financial centre's ailing economy but which some say could further erode its political and economic autonomy.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB sets Aliul free
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday accepted the resignation letter of chief selector Aliul Islam.

The Board endorsed the decision of Aliul in a meeting at its management office in Gulshan.

 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh lose tour tie
Bangladesh suffered a 29-run loss to a Queensland Academy of Sport invitational side on Sunday in the opening match of their Australia tour.
 arrow Cricket: Another Kallis ton
Jacques Kallis' second hundred in two days was the cornerstone of South Africa's 272 for five against Zimbabwe in the NatWest triangular series one-day international here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ball rules bat on Day 2
West Indies fast bowlers Corey Collymore and Jerome Taylor shared four wickets to throw the second and final Test against Sri Lanka wide open on a dramatic second day here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan eyes quick return
England captain Michael Vaughan said he expected to be fit for the NatWest triangular series match against Zimbabwe at Headingley on Tuesday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Russian revolution on
Andre Agassi had to dig deep to reach the second week at Wimbledon on Saturday as Russia's new generation of women stars took the All England Club by storm.
 arrow Football: Big three gear up
With the second round of the Nitol-Tata third National Football League knocking at the door, the three leading clubs of the countryMohammedan Sporting Club, Abahani Krira Chakra and Muktijoddha Sangsad
 arrow Football: Turks find solace
Turkey striker Okan Yilmaz, who missed a crucial penalty in Thursday's semi-final loss to France, made amends here with a late goal to earn his country third place in the Confederations Cup.
 arrow Football: Lions had a duty
Sombre Cameroon insisted on Saturday that they had a duty to play Sunday's Confederations Cup final against France and that not to do so would be a betrayal of fallen teammate Marc-Viven Foe.
 arrow Football: Blatter defends final
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter rejected suggestions Saturday that Sunday's Confederations Cup final should have been cancelled after Marc-Vivien Foe's death, stressing that the show must go on.
 arrow Football: Colombian hearts cry
Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe was in Colombia's hearts during their 2-1 defeat to Turkey in Saturday's Confederations Cup third place playoff, said coach Francisco Maturana.
 arrow Football: Oceania get raw deal
Oceania suffered a massive blow on Saturday when they lost their automatic place in the 2006 World Cup finals following a FIFA executive committee meeting here.
 arrow Football: Eto's homage
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o struck two goals to lead Real Mallorca to victory in the Spanish Cup here on Saturday and then dedicated the win to international teammate Marc-Vivien Foe who died aftercollapsing
 arrow Football: A Perugia gamble!
Serie A side Perugia paraded the most unorthodox signing of Italy's closed season on Sunday when they presented Al-Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, to the press.
 arrow Football: Liverpool go for Kewell
Liverpool have made a late move to beat off competition from Arsenal and clinch a 7m deal for Leeds United's Harry Kewell.
 arrow Football: Barca focus on Viduka
Spanish giants Barcelona have made Leeds United striker Mark Viduka one of their top transfer targets, according to press reports on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Lyon feel the pain
Still shocked after the death of Marc Vivien Foe at its Gerland stadium three days ago, the city of Lyon, where Foe's family is living, was mourning the Cameroon midfielder on Sunday.
 arrow Chess: Rakib clinches rating chess
International Master (IM) Abdullah Al-Rakib clinched the Open Fide Rating Chess tournament title with a draw against Shawkat Hossain Pallab in the final round at the NSC chess room yesterday.
Politicalarrow AL to send party MPs to Bogra to probe ammo seizure
The Awami League (AL) will demonstrate across Bangladesh on July 4 to protest the government move to make the Jatiya Sangsad ineffective and send a parliamentary delegation to probe Bogra ammunition seizure.
 arrow AL issued 18,273 arms licences, Altaf tells JS
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said Awami League had issued 18,273 arms licences during its five-year tenure.
Metropolitanarrow Channel i starts airing morning news today
The Channel i has come up with another news programme and a host of other programmes for its viewers.
 arrow 'Formulate comprehensive roadmap for ICT development'
Experts at a seminar yesterday suggested formulating a comprehensive roadmap in line with the ICT Policy-2002 to meet the export target of 2 billion US dollars by 2006.
Nationalarrow 25,000 leave homes as 9 unions flooded in Nilphamari
At least 25,000 people in nine unions in Nilphamari district have moved to safer places as rain in the last three days and water from the upstream aggravated the flood situation on Saturday.
 arrow Angorpota-Dahagram people celebrate June 26
Over 20,000 inhabitants of Angorpota and Dahagram enclaves in Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat district celebrated June 26 as their 'day of freedom'.
 arrow BSF abducts 5 from Sherpur border areas in 45 days
Five people were abducted by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) from border areas in the district in last one and a half months.
 arrow Death threats to BNP leader, outlaw
Outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) has given death threats to BNP leader and chairman of Dumuria Union Parishad Abdul Majid Molla and to Ghazi Kamrul, a leader of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party
 arrow 25 pc of floating sex workers in Barisal drug addicts
About 25 percent of the floating sex workers in Barisal city are addicted to drugs or smoking. Eighty-four percent of them are aware of HIV/AIDS, but only 42 take preventive measures.
 arrow Housewife 'commits' suicide, another beaten to death
A housewife allegedly committed suicide at Kurigram town on Saturday and another was beaten to death at a village in Rajarhat upazila the day before.
Culturearrow Straight from the heart...
Hassan Raja's Baula ke Banaylo re... had me practically running to the hall to catch a place and also my heaving breath.
 arrow Channel-i launches breakfast news in Bangla
Channel-i has already telecast its first breakfast news in Bangla when you will be going through this newspaper.
Generalarrow DU budget today
The budget of Dhaka University (DU) for fiscal 2003-04 will be placed before the senate today.

Tk 94.77 crore revenue budget has been proposed with a deficit of Tk 8 crore.

 arrow Judgements in Bushra murder case today, Don case tomorrow
Verdict in Rushdania Bushra Islam Phool murder case will be pronounced today.
Internationalarrow ME truce declaration put off: Fatah
Palestinian militants have put off declaring a cease-fire with Israel because of factional disputes, officials in the main Fatah faction said Sunday.
 arrow N Korea may test nukes by Dec: US analyst
North Korea has enough plutonium to make six to 10 nuclear weapons and could test such a weapon by the end of the year, a former US negotiator with the Stalinist state said in an interview published Sunday.
 arrow 60 die of malaria, encephalitis amid floods in Assam
At least 60 people have died of malaria and encephalitis in India's flood-hit northeastern state of Assam over the past month as fresh rains brought the number of displaced to 70,000, officials said Sunday.
 arrow US seeks alliance to block arms exports by N Korea, Iran
The United States is seeking an international alliance to block exports of weapons of mass destruction and missiles by North Korea and Iran, it was reported here Sunday.
 arrow Iraqi soldiers reach pay deal with British troops after standoff
Hundreds of Iraqi ex-soldiers mounted an angry protest at British headquarters in the southern city of Basra Sunday to demand back wages, later dispersing after striking a deal, military sources said.
 arrow US now confident of capturing Saddam

The United States remained confident Sunday of bringing former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to book, while on the ground the military dug in its heels as the US death toll in the Iraq conflict rose

 arrow No war if power balance maintained: Musharraf
There would be no war on the Indian sub-continent if the power balance in the region is maintained, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Explosives haul bombshell
The explosives haul from Bogra proves that arms traders and subversive elements are working in tandem across the country. It is indeed a matter of grave concern.
 arrow Editorial: Focus on money laundering
Transparency, auditing and accountability of money holdings and financial transactions are key to efficient macro-economic management.
 arrow A time to look inward
Historically the unsettling effects of an unjust war persisted for long and the scars caused by it refused to heal up.
 arrow India-China relations: Turning over a new leaf
It is good that Indo-Chinese relations have turned over a new leaf.
 arrow For a pro-poor budget measure to save the garment sector
As the single most important industry in the country, the government is right to give special consideration to the garment sector.
Letters to Editorarrow Maglev Train
I can add to Mr. Delwar's observation (June 24) by pointing out that the interest on $500 million will be over half a crore taka each day even at a low rate of interest.
 arrow "Zoo tiger in the wild!"
The controversial statement by Mr.
 arrow Unprovoked attack?
BBC fumes it was unprovoked attack by Iraqis that killed six Royal marines south of Basra. US troops have also come under attack almost daily.
 arrow An invitation
I hope our readers will forgive me for the proposal I am about to make.
 arrow Who are these defaulters?
I refer to your last page news on June 25: "Father and daughter charged for laundering Tk. 82.50 lacs." In this case money was not looted from the bank but the transaction was illegal.
 arrow Hasina snubbed by the US
It was quite entertaining to read about how the US embassy and State Department officials kept the Leader of the Opposition party in limbo regarding whether or not she would be granted a session withSecretary
 arrow Free Iraqis are speaking at last
I am writing with reference to the letter "Iraq: Free or occupied," by Syeda Mushfiqa Munira (June 19).
 arrow Urge to withdraw unfair Anti Dumping Duty
This has reference to the BSS news under the caption "Rahimafrooz loses appeal in Indian court" published in The Daily Star (June 26).
 arrow Perks but no additional commitment to productivity
A ten percent pay rise for the government staff members has been proposed in our 2003-4 budget.
 arrow Stalemate in Sangsad again?
It appears that the nation is again plunging into uncertainty over the stalemate in parliament.
 arrow "NTV channel"
We, in Australia, fully endorse the suggestion of Pabitra Das and others from New Zealand about the new satellite TV channel, NTV.
 arrow "Converting Muslims to Christianity"
I write in response to Angela Robinson's letter of June 27.