Volume 4 Number 36 Tue. July 01, 2003    
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Front Page arrow 3 to die, one given life for killing Bushra
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced three persons to death and one to life imprisonment in its verdict on the killing of Rushdania Islam Bushra, a college student.
  arrow Salt gets relief, sugar not much
The budget proposal to increase supplementary duty on salt has been withdrawn while that on sugar scaled down.

The proposal to reduce duty on hard drinks has also been withdrawn.

  arrow Anti-outlaw drive within week
Law enforcers, aided by the paramilitary force, are going to crack down on underground political parties and outlaws in the southwestern region within a week.
  arrow Four including Jubo Dal leader killed in city
Three people were killed in as many incidents of violence in the city yesterday and a Jubo Dal leader was gunned down Sunday night, police said.
  arrow Khaleda tags AL as al-Qaeda, Taliban, terrorist
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday launched a scathing attack on the main opposition Awami League (AL) in parliament, labelling it as 'al-Qaeda, Taliban, terrorist and killer'.
  arrow IDA to provide $236m credit
Bangladesh will get $236.12 million, equivalent to Tk 1,369.50 crore, as credit from the International Development Association (IDA) for implementing three projects.
  arrow Saifur talks of new law to force tax disclosure
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that a fiscal responsibility act would be passed to enforce disclosure of the amount of taxes paid by businessmen and professionals.
  arrow Mother unhappy with verdict on Bushra killing
Mother of slain student Rushdania Islam Bushra yesterday expressed her dissatisfaction over the verdict of her daughter.
  arrow Chapter closed for the night and for good
The night of July 1, 2000 and a life came to an end after rape. But the horrible truth did not come to light until 6:00 next morning.
  arrow CJ recommends job confirmation of 9 addl judges
Chief Justice KM Hasan has recommended confirmation of nine additional judges, law ministry sources said yesterday.
  arrow Truck driver, 2 others held in Habiganj
A truck driver and two others suspected of involvement in Bogra ammunition and explosive case were taken into custody Sunday night.
  arrow Katharine Hepburn dead
Katharine Hepburn, a Hollywood icon who won a record four Oscars, died Sunday at the age of 96 surrounded by her family and friends, her entourage said.
  arrow Traffic sergeants face contempt of court charges for misbehaving with HC judge
Three traffic policemen are facing charges of contempt of court for misbehaving with a High Court judge and insulting the dignity of the Supreme Court during an incident at Farmgate in the city.
  arrow 3 customs men, garment factory owner sued for tax evasion
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday filed a case against three customs officials and a garment factory owner for dodging Tk 7.92 crore in tax.
  arrow Eight-hour hartal in Sylhet July 10
An eight-hour hartal on July 10 has been called in Sylhet to press for immediate withdrawal of the 'illegal' lease order given by the deputy commissioner (DC) on the historic 'Singha Bari'.
  arrow Blast at arms depot kills 30 in Iraq
  arrow Minibus hijack bid in city foiled
Police foiled an attempt to hijack a minibus but the driver was killed by the alleged hijackers in the city Sunday night.
  arrow Fresh areas flooded
Most of the rivers continued to rise yesterday, inundating fresh areas in a number of districts, disrupting communication and raising the number of marooned people by thousands.
  arrow Jamaat, AIG file GDs against ATN Bangla, Channel-i
7Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Secretary General and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid has filed two general diaries (GD) against Channel-i and ATN Bangla TV channels while Additional Inspector
Business arrow Govt drops 3 EPZ development plan on poor investor response
The government has decided to suspend all future infrastructure development in three export processing zones (EPZs) at Ishwardi, Mongla and Nilphamari.
  arrow BoP support hinges on reforms, says Temple
Future balance of payment (BoP) support will continue for Bangladesh provided the reform programmes are implemented, said outgoing World Bank Country Director Frederick T Temple yesterday.
  arrow Ex-BCCI staff get $50m over settlement claim
Over 600 employees of the collapsed British Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) recently received about $50 million to settle their claims for suffering the stigma of having worked for a corrupt
  arrow Annan for more flexibility in global trade talks
UN chief Kofi Annan on Monday called for countries to show greater flexibility in global trade talks to overcome difficulties two months ahead of a key WTO meeting.
  arrow Truce, tourism boost Sri Lanka economy
Sri Lanka's economy grew by a strong 5.5 per cent in the first quarter thanks to higher tourism earnings fuelled by a truce between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, Finance Minister K. N. Choksy said Monday.
  arrow Free trade deal with HK to drive Chinese recovery
China Sunday signed with Hong Kong its first free trade pact since joining the WTO, which the territory hopes will attract overseas investors and drive an economic recovery.
  arrow Schroeder banks on tax cut plan to spur economy
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced Sunday that he would bring forward a multi-billion-euro package of tax cuts by one year in order to stimulate Germany's sickly economy, despite the risk of running
  arrow BIS asks Europe, Asia to cut reliance on US for growth
Europe and Asia must equip themselves to drive their own growth without relying on the United States, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) warned on Monday.
Sports arrow Cricket: Board reviews selectors' role
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is contemplating to add some more points to the terms and conditions before they name a new selection committee in mid-July.
  arrow Cricket: C'more, then Lara-Sarwan
Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan built on fast bowler Corey Collymore's seven-wicket effort to help the West Indies thrash Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the second and final Test here on Sunday.
  arrow Cricket: Brian exudes confidence
A fast-maturing West Indies team will be in a position to beat South Africa when the Caribbean side plays a four-Test series there at the end of this year, according to skipper Brian Lara.
  arrow Cricket: Kallis ton succeeds now
Jacques Kallis' second hundred in two days was the cornerstone of South Africa's 46-run win over Zimbabwe in the triangular series one-day international here on Sunday.
  arrow Cricket: World record is The Don
An anonymous Australian buyer has paid a record 425,000 dollars (283,000 US) for the baggy green cap worn by Sir Donald Bradman when he ended his legendary Test career, auctioneers Ludgrove's Inter-national
  arrow Agassi aced out of Wimbledon
Andre Agassi's bid for a second Wimbledon title was shattered yesterday when the American second seed crashed to a five-set defeat at the hands of Mark Philippoussis.
  arrow Wimbledon: Serena & others dodge rain
Rain drenched Wimbledon on Monday but held off just long enough for five of the leading women's contenders, led by defending champion Serena Williams, to storm through to the quarterfinals.
  arrow Football: France win Foe final
A golden goal by Thierry Henry lifted France to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in the Confederations Cup final on a night thick with emotion at the Stade de France here Sunday.
  arrow Football: Final under his shadow
France greeted Sunday's Confederations Cup triumph with a mixture of humility and subdued satisfaction, dedicating the night to Marc-Vivien Foe.
  arrow Football: A sombre occasion
The wife of Marc-Vivien Foe, the Cameroon international midfielder who died on Thursday, joined Pele to watch her late husband's Cameroon team take on France in the Confederations Cup final here Sunday.
  arrow Football: Raul welcomes Beckham!
Real Madrid star Raul says England captain David Beckham will be just one of a galaxy of stars at the nine-times European champions.
  arrow Football: Socceroos from Asia?
National coach Frank Farina on Sunday called for the scrapping of the Oceania Confederation (OFC) and urged Australia to seek to qualify for the World Cup football finals through Asia.
  arrow Football: Aussies vow to get even
Australians, furious over FIFA's reneging on Oceania's promised automatic entry into the 2006 World Cup finals, want the head of the governing body's chief, Sepp Blatter.
  arrow Football: Rivaldo UAE bound?
Brazil and AC Milan forward Rivaldo is said to be "close" to signing a deal with United Arab Emirates club Al Ain, according to a newspaper report here Sunday.
  arrow Football: Liverpool close in on Kewell
Liverpool hope to snap up Harry Kewell if the Australian star fails to agree new terms with Leeds before the end of the week.
  arrow Hockey: Jummon, Rana banned
The League Committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has recommended to impose a three-year ban on Abahani coach Jummon Lusai and give captain Mahabubul Ahsan Rana a one-year suspension.
  arrow Shooting: Suraiya sets new mark
The national shooting championship concluded at the Gulshan Shooting Club yesterday.
Political arrow PM's speech ruse to protect real terrorists: AL
The Awami League (AL) yesterday sharply reacted to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's remarks that labelled the party as al Qaeda, saying it was a ruse to protect the real criminals.
  arrow JCD activist beaten up at DU hall
A JCD activist was beaten up by his fellow workers at the Ziaur Rahman Hall of Dhaka University in the early hours of yesterday.
Metropolitan arrow Tk 378.77 cr CCC budget announced
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on Sunday announced Tk 378.77 crore budget for the fiscal 2003-04.
  arrow Tk 331.65 crore budget for public universities announced
The University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) yesterday announced Tk 331.65 crore original budget for the public universities for 2003-2004 fiscal year.

The UGC also announced Tk 327.

  arrow DU student stabbed by hawkers
A student of Dhaka University was seriously injured when some hawkers stabbed and beat him up in front of BIRDEM Hospital at Shahbagh yesterday.
  arrow Birth centenary of Abul Fazal today
Today is the birth centenary of renowned litterateur Abul Fazal.

Various organisations have drawn up programmes to pay tribute to one of the pioneers of free-thinking.

National arrow UPDF activist killed, bazaar looted in Naniarchar
Activists allegedly belonging to the Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghati Shamity (PCJSS) looted shops at Ghilachhori bazaar in Naniarchar upazila, shot dead a UPDF supporter and abducted another on Thursday.
  arrow Tk 2 lakh prize bonds recovered from a village in Dumuria
Prize bonds worth Tk two lakh which were stolen from a Pubali Bank corporate branch in Dhaka were recovered from a house at Magura Ghona village under Dumuria upazila Saturday night.
  arrow 33 chargesheeted in AL leader Uday Sankar abduction case
Thirty-four people including four Union Parishad (UP) chairmen have been chargesheated in the Awami League leader Uday Shankar Das abduction case.
  arrow 5000 flood victims move to Baghaichhori camps
About 5000 flood-hit people have moved to five relief centres at Baghaichhori, opened by the upazila administration, as Katchalong river overflew both its banks inundating five villages following tendays'
  arrow 17 unions flooded in Feni
Incessant rain and onrush of water from hills in India caused flash flood in 17 unions under four upazilas in the district.
Culture arrow Writers of art
June 29 was an auspicious day for the art-critics and journalists of the country as Shilpangan, a reputed art gallery at Dhanmondi, honoured four of them for their contribution to the practice of art
General arrow Cancellation of SQ Chowdhury's nomination demanded
Bangladesh Jatiya Olama Mashaikh Oaikya Jote yesterday demanded cancellation of nomination of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to the post of OIC secretary general.
  arrow '663 killed in 6 months'
At least 663 people including 198 children were killed in incidents of human rights violation across the country in last six months, said a report prepared by Odhikar.
  arrow MPs to get NAM flats soon
Apartment blocks built in the city for foreign dignitaries at the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) Summit would be allotted to the Members of the Parliament soon.
  arrow UP chairman shot dead in Madaripur
Unidentified assailants shot dead a Union Parishad chairman at Baghmara bazar in Shibchar upazila yesterday morning.
  arrow Police action on SCF rally in Ctg: 5 arrested
Police yesterday prevented Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) from holding a rally at New Market intersection and charged baton to disperse them.
International arrow Palestinians take charge in Gaza
Palestinian police are taking control of northern and central parts of the Gaza Strip, after a crucial Israeli troop withdrawal.
  arrow Britain rules out any attack against Iran
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Monday said there are no circumstances under which Britain would agree to an attack against Iran, which is under pressure to allow more intrusive inspections of
  arrow Be flexible on Kashmir as on Tibet: Musharraf
Describing Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a "man of peace", Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday said he hoped the "flexibility" India had shown on Tibet during the Indian leader's recent
  arrow VHP not to marginalise BJP on Ayodhya
Opposing construction of any mosque within approximately 44 km, of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the VHP on Monday said its criticism of Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani was in a "particular" context and itdid
  arrow Donors urged to boost aid for anti-terror battle
Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief Tadao Chino on Monday urged donor nations to replenish the lender's seriously eroded poverty reduction funds as part of a larger strategy to fight international terrorism
  arrow US hunts Saddam's men, senators demand world involvement in Iraq
US troops pressed on Monday with Operation Desert Sidewinder in another bid to suppress opposition to their presence in Iraq, amid moves to secure wider world involvement in rebuilding the country.
Editorial arrow Editorial: Frightening revelation?
TThe free exchange of allegations between SA Khaleque, the ruling party MP from Mirpur and Salahuddin Ahmed, the state minister for communications, on the floor of the House Saturday should have leftthe
  arrow Editorial: Verdict on Sony murder case
The verdict on the murder of a meritorious student at the country's topmost technical university within a year of the dastardly crime only proves that if the authority wills to do something, they cando
  arrow As they sow, so they reap
The village is called Varaura -- 2 km west of Srimongal.
  arrow Ayodhya settlement impasse: Let the courts prevail
The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have bitten off more than it can chew on its trademark issue: Ayodhya.
Letters to Editor arrow Channel i
I recently went through an interview of Shykh Siraj published in the culture page on June 18. I expected that more effective and enterprising views would come out of the interview.
  arrow Lawyer's agitation against the proposed budget
I am pleased to see that all professionals of the country have been included in the budget of FY 2003-2004 for submission of income tax return and have been advised to obtain trade licence.
  arrow Saddam's Iraq
Saddam is gone. That chapter is closed. A new era has started.

Is Saddam alive? May be or may be not.

  arrow Rasulpur
We, the residents of village Bobar Kandi of No.
  arrow Middle-class and education
Talking about price hike of every kind of commodities is quite common among the people of all strata.
  arrow Israel's Nuclear Programmes
The US stand against Iran's alleged nuclear programmes is hypocritical to say the least.
Focus arrow Kings of the jungle
Last June 24, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia addressed a regional seminar on security in South Asia.