Volume 4 Number 37 Wed. July 02, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Another stunning ammo haul in Bogra, this time from BNP workers' houses
Police and BDR men seized 26,500 bullets and 48kg explosives in joint raids on four BNP workers' houses in Kahalu upazila in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Two Indians held with arms and wireless set at Satchhari forest
In connection with the Bogra ammunition haul, the BDR yesterday arrested two Indians and recovered two firearms and a wireless set from them at the Satchhari Forest Range in Chunarughat upazila, Habiganj.
 arrow US has no plan for military base in Bangladesh
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters yesterday categorically said her country "has no plan or desire to establish a military base in Bangladesh".
 arrow Hasina says Khaleda out to establish Taliban-style govt
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday took a swipe at Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and said she harbours criminals.
 arrow Hit-and-run driver drags doctor to death
A car yesterday knocked down a motorcycle-riding doctor and dragged him for over a kilometre along the Mirpur Road to Panthapath till he died.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Baghdad attacks
Four US soldiers were reportedly killed in Baghdad Tuesday, with attacks on coalition forces showing no sign of letting up, as a series of unexplained blasts overnight left six Iraqis dead.
 arrow Flood situation dips in 17 dists
Flood situation in 17 districts deteriorated yesterday due to continued rains and onrush of water from the upstream, affecting several lakh people.
 arrow AL's JS boycott likely to drag on
The parliamentary stalemate due to the main opposition Awami League's (AL) indefinite boycott of the House is unlikely to end soon with no sign of a change in the AL stance.
 arrow Top men of two TV channels quizzed over Bogra reporting
Top police officials have interrogated some executives of private satellite channels Channel-i and ATN Bangla in connection with the airing of news on the sensational ammunition and explosives haul in
 arrow Promotion of deputy secretaries hangs in balance
Uncertainty hangs over promotion to joint secretary in the civil administration, although over 100 deputy secretaries became eligible for elevation a couple of years ago.
 arrow Blue kerosene introduced to curb adulteration
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) yesterday introduced blue-coloured kerosene throughout the country in an effort to curb adulteration of the widely used fuel, BPC officials said.
 arrow ETV equipment: HC asks govt to explain
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to show cause within two weeks why the equipment of ETV should not be returned to its owner.
 arrow Govt to return licensed arms to owners
A government handout yesterday said the deputy commissioners (DC) have been asked to return licensed firearms and ammunition deposited during Nov 5-21 last year to their owners.
 arrow British voters now don't trust Blair
Two thirds of British voters do not trust Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a poll published yesterday.
 arrow Missing pistol not Niazi's
It is official now. The pistol that disappeared from the Indian National Museum here is not that of Pakistani General A K A Niazi.
 arrow Notice
The June 21 article under the heading 'Pharmaceutical cos-doctor nexus-1' was written by this newspaper's Staff Correspondent Pinaki Roy, not by Dr Pinaki Bhattacharya. Dr.
Businessarrow SEC fines MDs of two cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday penalised managing directors of two publicly traded companies for defaulting in dividend payment.
 arrow Regional cooperation dearth retards South Asian growth
Inefficiency in using available resources and failure in reaping benefits from intra-region'al cooperation among the South Asian countries have turned the region into the poorest in the world, said Foreign
 arrow Outgoing US envoy calls for consensus on gas export
Outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters has said Bangladesh must reach a consensus on gas export and regional trade cooperation for its economic wellbeing.
 arrow Tea market witnesses strong demand
The weekly tea sale yesterday witnessed a stronger demand following increased interest of buyers from all sections of the market.
 arrow Top UN officials urge US, EU for fairer farm trade
Two of the United Nations' top officials pleaded with the United States and the European Union on Monday to drop subsidies benefiting big farmers or face driving millions in rich and poor countries deeper
 arrow Pakistan wants South Asia free trade talks in August
Pakistan on Monday said it had suggested to India that the next round of South Asian free trade talks take place in August.

"We are committed to SAFTA (SAARC Free Trade Agreement) and...

 arrow Deflation poses danger for world's top economies: BIS
Pernicious deflation is a very real danger for many of the world's largest economies and central banks and governments should consider preparing policies now to tackle it, a top monetary institution said
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani sorry for it
Abahani Krira Chakra have accepted in principle the punishment awarded to their hockey coach and three players by the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) League Committee for beating umpire Golam Kibria
 arrow Rifles retain kabadi crown
The Bangladesh Rifles maintained their supremacy winning the eighth Premier Division Kabadi League beating Bangladesh Army in the final at the outer stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Young is beautiful
Current fashion suggests the 38-year-old Steve Waugh will be consigned to his slippers in the near future, while England may look to blood a schoolboy.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan sings Thorpe song
England one-day captain Michael Vaughan said Tuesday that Graham Thorpe was still the country's best batsman.
 arrow Cricket: India out to get WC money
India's cricket chiefs will go to "any extent" to secure the nine million dollars held back by the sport's world governing body for violating World Cup contracts, a senior official said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain washes out Eng-Zim match
Heavy rain washed out the NatWest triangular series one-day international between England and Zimbabwe at Headingley here on Tuesday.

England were 81 for four in 16.

 arrow Cricket: Lara returns to top spot
West Indies captain Brian Lara has reclaimed the top spot in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Test ratings after his outstanding batting in the 1-0 home series win over Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: In love with Worcs
South African all-rounder Andrew Hall is enjoying his time in England so much he wants to return next year.
 arrow Wimbledon: Eight unusual suspects
A glance at the men's quarterfinalists at Wimbledon throws up an immediate anomaly: None has ever won the title at the All England Club.
 arrow Serena, Justine in Wimbledon semis
Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams dropped her first set at Wimbledon on Tuesday, but recovered to reach the women's singles semifinals beating US eighth seed Jennifer Capriati 2-6, 6-2,6-3
 arrow Wimbledon: Scud wrecks US dream
Andre Agassi joined Lleyton Hewitt on the Wimbledon scrapheap on Monday - ruining what was otherwise shaping up as a dream of a day for the American contingent at the All England Club.
 arrow Wimbledon: Strawberries and Cream
Spectators arriving early at court three on Tuesday were kept entertained before play began with an unusual spectacle: tennis without balls.
 arrow Football: Beckham through medical
Soccer star David Beckham successfully completed a comprehensive medical examination on Tuesday to effectively seal his move from Manchester United, Real Madrid's official website said.
 arrow Football: Bully Fergie!
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been exposed as a dressing room bully who rules Old Trafford by fear.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho to cost $52 million
Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has been told he can have Paris St Germain's Brazil World Cup star Ronaldinho for 45 million euros (52 million dollars/31 million pounds).
 arrow Football: Homebound Zola
Chelsea's Italian star Gianfranco Zola was reported Tuesday to have decided to leave London to finish his career on his island home of Sardinia with Italian side Cagliari.
 arrow Football: Zagallo promises sixth
The assistant coach of the Brazilian national team, Mario Zagallo, said that it isn't a shame that Brazil was sent out of the Confederations Cup and promised the supporters that Brazil will win theirsixth
 arrow Football: Ronaldo not worried
Brazil striker Ronaldo has brushed aside the dismal recent performances by the five-times world champions, saying they will perform when it matters.

"It's always been like that with the national team.

 arrow Football: France v Brazil in May
France, co-founders of FIFA and creators of the World Cup, will play five-times world champions Brazil in a friendly next May to mark the centenary of the sport's governing body.
 arrow Football: DRU football Star scrape past Dinkal
The Daily Star made a rusty return to the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) football championship that kicked off at the Handball ground adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Squash: NWFP women in problem
As one of Pakistan's bright young hopes in female squash, 19-year-old Saira Abdul Sattar is not about to bow to a new ban by the local Islamist government on male coaches, especially when her coach is
Politicalarrow Politics took backseat as Kibria visits ailing Saifur
Awami League Presidium Member SAMS Kibria Monday visited Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and wished his early recovery.
 arrow BNP leader gunned down, mother, trader hurt in Sutrapur
Unidentified assailants gunned down a ward level Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and injured his mother and a trader at Goalghat in Sutrapur yesterday.
Nationalarrow 30,000 marooned in Companyganj
Flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Nilphamari districts deteriorated on Tuesday following rains and onrushing of waters from upstream areas in Indian.
 arrow Old CU building risky for students
The dilapidated arts faculty building at Chittagong University is risky for classes and a tragedy like the Jagannath Hall incident at Dhaka University may occur any moment, teachers and students apprehend.
 arrow Irregularities alleged in Rangamati DPHE project
Irregularities have been alleged in installing 65 ring wells and 10 tube well in slum areas in Rangamati town under the government's Slum Development Project.
 arrow 4 suicides in four days
Three schoolgirls and a housewife committed suicide in the Sadar upazila in four says.

Police said Bina Khatun, an SSC examinee, killed herself by hanging at her father's house on Monday in the town.

 arrow 83 edn institutes face cancellation of MPO in Khulna
Eighty-three educational institutions in Khulna division have been asked to explain why their monthly pay orders (MPOs) would not be cancelled for poor results in the last SSC examinations.
 arrow Bodies of 2 women recovered
Bodies of two young women were recovered in Gaibandha and Kushtia recently..
Culturearrow An actor apart
His is a name known to whoever has been a moderately regular viewer of TV dramas during the last two and half decades. Especially in the plays written by Humayun Ahmed, he has been a must-appearance.
 arrow Luxuriant imagination
Dolphin, house, fish, birds, frogs, mushroom, patterns, cards, flowers, creepers, mountains, rivers etc.
 arrow 'Chokher Bali' awaiting release
Probably one of the most awaited films of the year, Rituparno Ghosh's 'Chokher Bali', starring Aishwarya Rai, is slated to hit the theatres in October.
Generalarrow 300 prisoners on hunger strike at Jessore Central Jail
About 300 inmates at the Jessore Central Jail began hunger strike on Monday to press home their four-point demand.
 arrow 'Build up social resistance against acid attack'
Speakers at a discussion in the city have called for building up social resistance against acid attack.

They said vigorous campaign is needed to raise public awareness about the heinous crime.

 arrow 14 get life for murders in Gopalganj, Brahmanbaria
A court here on Sunday sentenced nine men to life imprisonment and another man to two years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a murder case.
 arrow Centre for Arsenic Mitigation opens
The Bangladesh-Australia Centre for Arsenic Mitigation was inaugurated at Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH) on Monday.
 arrow Villagers besiege UNO office demanding trial of murder cases
Hundreds of men and women of 10 villages in Ranishankail upazila besieged the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO)'s office Wednesday demanding trial of 11 murder cases pending for the last few years.
 arrow Remain alert against grabbing lands of indigenous people
Leaders of Bangladesh Adibasi Samity (BAS) have called upon its workers to remain alert against the grabbing of the lands of indigenous people by the forest department showing them as vested property.
Internationalarrow Abbas eyes Israeli pullout from WB within 6 weeks
Palestinian prime minister Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday he believed the Israeli army would withdraw from all positions occupied in the West Bank since the start of the Palestinian uprising within six weeks.
 arrow Pakistan vows to end row with India
President Pervez Musharraf affirmed Monday Pakistan's commitment to peacefully resolving its disputes with India but said the conflict over Kashmir must be addressed with sincerity.
 arrow US conducted 50 tests of bio arms in '60s & '70s
The US military conducted 50 highly-classified tests of biological and chemical agents in the 1960s and 1970s to find out how they would act in different environments and weather conditions, the US defense
 arrow Iraq no quagmire, says Rumsfeld
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday remnants of toppled President Saddam Hussein's government have coalesced into a "terrorist network" in Iraq, but rejected the notion that U.S.
 arrow Bhutanese deadline for ULFA rebels ends, but they are still there
An Indian separatist group is continuing to hold on to its bases inside Bhutan despite the passing of a deadline for them to leave the Himalayan kingdom, police said Tuesday.
 arrow N Korea threatens to abandon armistice
North Korea threatened on Tuesday to abandon the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and warned that it will take "merciless retaliatory measures" in response to any economic blockade.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Errant traffic police behaviour
The incident in which a judge of the High Court found himself at odds with a gross violation of behavioural norms on the part of on-duty traffic sergeants has to be viewed in the broader perspective
 arrow Editorial: Middle East peace
For the first time since the Middle East peace plan, known as the roadmap, was announced two months ago, the world sees some progress made towards implementing it.
 arrow Wind of change in India-China relations
A historic agreement has been signed by the two most populous nations of the globe, China and India.
 arrow Gujral's comments on Bangladesh gas
The visit of Mr. I K Gujral, former Prime Minister of India, in late April 2003, did not go unnoticed in Bangladesh. But, there was no ripple in the media on his remarks on gas export. That puzzled me.
 arrow Should we send troops to Iraq?
Foreign minister Morshed Khan reportedly has said (The Daily Star 26 June) that Bangladesh government 'is studying Chapter Four of the UNSC Resolution 1483 to see how it covers sending troops as stabilisation
Letters to Editorarrow Deny everything!
Blame and lie; these two words fit more accurately with politics than any other profession. Politicians around the globe have made it their habit to use spin and lies, even with the most obvious matters.
 arrow A peaceful alien
Aung San Suu Kyi has been taken prisoner once more. Regimes such as Mugabe's continues to wreak havoc among their own people.
 arrow What about prepaid GP mobile?
Grameen Phone- a leading cellular phone company in Bangladesh has declared a slash in the call rate which is a welcome move by the company and by doing so it has fulfilled a long cherished desire of the
 arrow Sufferings of the cellphone users
Four cellular telephone operators came into operation over the last one decade.
 arrow Our troops in Iraq
I am very sad and insulted even by the thought of sending our troops in Iraq.
 arrow Tiger cub's death
Yet another incident of non-professionalism by the zoo staff (June 26, 2003). The tiger cub was reported sick.
 arrow DUTP, DTCB traffic nightmare for Dhaka
This has reference to the write-up 'Business of buses' published in The Daily Star's Star City supplement on 11 June.
 arrow Shopping plus fine
These days, there seems to be a mushroom growth of shopping malls in our city but with not enough parking facilities. Due to this the car owners suffer a lot.
 arrow My view on Magnetic Train in Bangladesh
It is indeed a great effort from our Communication Minister to introduce the fastest magnetic line between Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow Commercially Important Person
Many business personalities are enjoying the status of "Commercially Important Person" (CIP) granted by the Government of Bangladesh.
 arrow WMD cannot be found for the same reason Saddam cannot be found
After the US-led ouster of the Iraqi dictator, many critics have been blaming the US President George W.
 arrow Bush: The new Jack Ryan or Daffy Duck?
Anyone who has read Tom Clancy's books will be familiar with the character of 'Jack Ryan' -- the ordinary historian who is fated by great events to become the leader of the most powerful nation of the
 arrow Bangla band songs
I haven't watched BTV for years and seldom turned the Radio Bangladesh on. And had stopped myself from listening to the cut-copy songs of Bengali Bands.
 arrow Our politics
I refer to the comments made by Mr. Fredrick T. Temple, the outgoing country director of World Bank in Dhaka on Bangladesh political system (June 27).


StarTecharrow Living broadband life
CGS Communication is one of the pioneers in providing broadband Internet links. It celebrated two years in business on May 23.
 arrow Enhancing corporate IT efficiency
Nazimcorp Resource Gateway in collaboration with the NIIT has come up with a professionally-focused training programme in the city aiming at enhancing corporate productivity.
 arrow 200 millionth Inkjet printer
On June 23 HP celebrated the shipment of its 200 millionth inkjet printer, signifying the largest worldwide number of inkjet printer customers, says a press release.
 arrow 'CSE Day 2003' observed
The computer science and engineering department (CSE) of the University of Asia pacific (UAP) observed the "CSE day 2003" on the occasion of its' 7th founding anniversary on June 29.
Star Chittagongarrow Move to allow 300 unfit watercrafts to cross Bay
The department of shipping has taken a move to permit over 300 inland watercrafts to cross the bay in defiance of Inland Shipping Ordinance 1976.
 arrow Risky human habitation
 arrow Sexual behaviour in slum
In June 27 seminar of Bangladesh Research Society, Prof Quddus of Sociology from Chittagong University presented a paper on the sexual behaviour in the slums of Chittagong, a paper which quizzed and
Star Cityarrow Pirates rule the film industry
The craze for computer based multimedia entertainment has created a booming market in pirated video compact discs (VCDs) and digital video discs (DVDs) in the city.
 arrow Adulterated food abounds
Health inspectors found 67 per cent of dairy and oil products adulterated in a laboratory analysis on 137 samples at the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow Income tax too much for young architects
The Institute of Architects Bangladesh has expressed deep concern on the mandatory income tax imposed by the finance minister in this year's national budget.
 arrow Bid over for flyover
Five construction firms have shown an interest in building the Jatrabari-Gulistan Flyover, said DCC sources, following the opening of the tender box on Monday June 30.
 arrow Latest in a long list of crime
Nothing seemed unusual on Sunday morning in Runa Akther's daily life.
 arrow Rollermania hits Dhaka
Young boys and girls clad in skin-tight sporting outfits, bright helmets and with wheels at their feet, hit the road on Manik Mia Avenue last Friday.
 arrow China Bangladesh centre needs business
The government has decided to lease the China Bangladesh Friendship Conference Centre out to the private sector through international tenders.
 arrow New market replaces old
Construction of a new kitchen market is underway on the Inner Circular Road near the AGB colony.

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