Volume 4 Number 38 Thu. July 03, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow More surprises at ammo spot
Police and the paramilitary BDR seized 11,050 more bullets and 12 kg explosives from different ditches in Kahalu and apparently established the gunrunners' route yesterday.
 arrow Irate Amini decides to resign from JS, but halts at PM's request
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) lawmaker Fazlul Haq Amini stepped down from the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday over strained relations with the government but put off the decision until today upon a request from the
 arrow Brother-in-law to walk gallows for killing Don
A tribunal yesterday sentenced to death the brother-in-law of Don for killing the five-year-old child.

The convict, Mohammad Ripon, 20, has also been fined Tk 50,000.

 arrow Five additional judges of HC get job confirmation
Five additional judges of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court were confirmed yesterday as permanent judges.

President Iajuddin Ahmed confirmed them under Article 95 (1) of the constitution.

 arrow Police still to net killer driver
Even after 35 hours, police failed to find the whereabouts of the car driver who knocked down a doctor from his motorcycle and dragged him to death.
 arrow Cache was meant for smuggling?
Police and intelligence forces are working on a theory that the huge ammunition and explosives recovered from Bogra were actually meant for smuggling, sources said.
 arrow Arms Smuggling: too dangerous to mishandle
Ninety-three thousand bullets and 180kg explosives can have only one utility: to kill and maim in hundreds and thousands.
 arrow Govt cancels diplomats' visit to Bogra last minute
In a move that puzzled some diplomats, the government invited a select number of diplomatic missions to visit Bogra to see for themselves the ammunition cache seized in the last few days.
 arrow Hill waters test flood protection embankments
Onrush of hill water from across the border and continuous rain make the flood protection embankments in different places vulnerable.
 arrow WB sees budget slowing trade opening pace
The World Bank has said the budget for this fiscal has duty measures that will slow down the pace of trade liberalisation that picked up last year.
 arrow Iron bumpers to be taken off cars
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda has directed the traffic department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police to remove extra iron bumpers from all vehicles in the capital, to start with.
 arrow Ershad, Toab Khan sued; arrest warrant against Janakantha editor in another case
A case was filed yesterday against former president H M Ershad and Advisory Editor of the Daily Janakantha Toab Khan.
 arrow Don's parents Satisfied with verdict
Satisfied with the judgement, Don's parents hope that it will act as a deterrent to killing of children, while Ripon, the convict, finds 'no ground to hang him'.
 arrow Agitating Biman Employees stops flights for 4 hrs
Agitating Biman employees barred flights from taking off at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) for more than four hours following arrest of four fellow officials.
 arrow 14 Hizbut Tawhid men arrested in Jhenidah
Fourteen activists of an Islamic organisation named Hizbut Tawhid were arrested at Harinakundu in Jhenidah on Wednesday, police said.
 arrow All accused acquitted
All the nine accused in the sensational double murder that took place at the house of a businessman at Mirabazar area in the city 28 months ago were cleared of charges owing to the absence of sufficient
 arrow Match factory staff burnt to death
A female employee of a match factory was burnt to death and another injured in a fire at the factory premises at Karimullahbagh in Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow Simin again cross-examined
A prosecution witness in the Shazneen case and elder sister of the victim, Simin Hossain, was cross-examined again by defence counsels yesterday.
 arrow Five arrested in connection with Pubali Bank robbery
Police yesterday arrested five people including three women in connection with the sensational June 25 robbery at the Aotapara branch of Pubali Bank at Iswardi upazila in the district.
 arrow 'Muggers' held, youth stabbed, boy hurt
Sutrapur police arrested two alleged muggers yesterday after opening fire on them when they were mugging rickshaw passengers at Natun Rasta in Sutrapur.
Businessarrow Fate of Adamjee land hangs in balance
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday failed to decide on a proposal to allocate around 300-acre of land of the now-defunct Adamjee Jute Mills in Narayanganj.
 arrow Artisti bandwagon rolls on brand concept
High quality products and unique marketing strategies can make a venture successful in business in a short period of time. Artisti has proved this true in its seven years' journey.
 arrow Corporate sector in family grip: ADB
Most of the listed and other public companies are under family ownership that stands in the way of good governance in Bangladesh corporate sector.
 arrow Free access to Australia comes into effect
Australia provided duty and quota free access to 49 least developed countries (LDCs), including Bangladesh, and East Timor to the Australian market from July 1.
 arrow IT firm boasts of $21,900 export
A local software firm earned $21,900 in one year by developing a web-based application for Food for the Hungry International (FHI), a US based non-government organisation.
 arrow US expands GSP benefits to developing nations
The United States extended duty-free trade benefits Tuesday to some 900 million dollars of products from various countries including Bangladesh, a move aimed at helping developing nations and providing
 arrow Japan needs foreign workers to revitalise economy
Japan should invite foreign workers and technical know-how from overseas to revitalise its weak economy, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in an annual white paper Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BD's 2nd tie from today
Bangladesh's modest-achieving cricketers return to work on their Australian cricket tour on Thursday after a day trip to a Gold Coast theme park.
 arrow Cricket: The Asian Englishman
The batting styles of Vikram Solanki and Nasser Hussain are miles apart. As far apart, indeed, as Udaipur and Madras.

There is something very English about Hussain, despite his Indian birthplace.

 arrow Cricket: Looking on the bright side
Australian spinner Shane Warne, who is serving a year's ban for drugs use, is convinced his time on the sidelines will prolong his career.
 arrow Cricket: Washout vexes Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan was frustrated Tuesday after rain cut short his best one-day international innings of the season, against Zimbabwe, on his Headingley home ground.
 arrow Cricket: Cash rewards for Indian players
India's cricket team will receive bonuses worth 2.5 million dollars for reaching the final of the World Cup in March, the cricket board announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan propose friendship series
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed to India that the two countries play a "friendship series" of two one-day Internationals later this year.
 arrow Wimbledon: Belgium against the USA!
The cream of Belgium stand in the way of another Williams show at Wimbledon as defending champion Serena Williams prepares to see off Justine Henin-Hardenne and former winner Venus sets out to end the
 arrow Wimbledon: Another family finale?
Serena and Venus Williams moved to within one match of another Grand Slam final showdown on Tuesday but they had to pull out all the stops to get there.
 arrow Wimbledon: Strawberries and Cream
Tim Henman is more popular than David Beckhan at least if recent television ratings are anything to go by.

Henman's fourth-round win over David Nalbandian of Argentina attracted an audience of 12.

 arrow Tennis: End round the corner?
Lindsay Davenport admitted she may have played her last singles match at Wimbledon after being beaten by Venus Williams in the quarterfinals here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: All set for schools gala
The latest initiative of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to popularise football among the school children has received a positive response.
 arrow Football: 23 of fame
David Beckham will wear 23 on the back of his Real Madrid shirt, assuming the number made famous in sport by American basketball legend Michael Jordan.
 arrow Football: Beckham is Real
England captain David Beckham officially became a Real Madrid player here on Wednesday completing a transfer which was as much about global business as footballing skills.
 arrow Football: Beckham Facts
Factfile on David Beckham after the England captain's formal presentation as a Real Madrid player on Tuesday:


Born: May 2, 1975, Leytonstone, east London

 arrow Football: Chelsea under Russian rule
English soccer was rocked Wednesday by news that a shadowy Russian oil billionaire had bought out Chelsea, one of the country's most glamorous clubs.
 arrow Football: It's all or nothing
Brazilian champions Santos, trailing 2-0 against Boca Juniors after the first leg of the South American Libertadores Cup final, are still confident of lifting the trophy when the teams meet again on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Beginning with Rustu
Turkish international goalkeeper Rustu Recber was unveiled as Barcelona's first signing for the forthcoming season here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Zola Cagliari's
Cagliari have completed the signing of veteran striker Gianfranco Zola from English Premiership club Chelsea, the Italian second division side confirmed Wednesday.
Politicalarrow Pro-govt rallies on July 6 against AL 'anarchy'
The BNP-led Four-Party Alliance will organise rallies and processions in all district headquarters on July 6 to mobilise public opinion against what it called anarchy, violence and other destructive activities
 arrow AL MPs visit Bogra today
A four-member delegation of the Awami League (AL) lawmakers visits Bogra today to probe recent ammunition seizures.
Metropolitanarrow DU Correspondent: Allocate more for edn
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the Awami League, yesterday protested the proposed budget of Dhaka University and demanded more allocation for education and students' welfare.
 arrow Muggers mauled at Banogram
Three alleged snatchers were injured in mob beating at Banogram in Sutrapur on Tuesday.
Nationalarrow JCD showdown at commerce college with police help
Backed by police, about 100 leaders and activists of Jatiayatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Chittagong city unit led by its president and general secretary on Tuesday staged a showdown on the Government Commerce
 arrow BCL sweeps Ctg Law College polls
Opposition Awami League (AL) backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has swept the election to the Chittagong Law College Central Student Union (CLCCSU).
 arrow AL-BNP gunfight at Kushtia village leaves 40 hurt
At least 40 people including three women were injured, 17 of them bullet-hit, in a gunfight between activists of opposition Awami League (AL) and ruling BNP Tuesday night at Bilgathua village in Daulatpur,
 arrow 4 'listed criminals' held in Rajshahi
Four 'listed criminals' including an incumbent member and a former member of Union Parishad (UP) were arrested Tuesday night during the on-going anti-terrorism special drive.
Culturearrow Dances from Manipur
The Dhaka crowd had yet another evening filled with grace and the true art of expression on the 30th of June.
 arrow Intrigues that amuse
The whole city was wet with the daylong continual spells of drizzling. The evening was dusky in the twilight of the cloudy sky. One is sure to feel a bit gloomy on such days.
 arrow Inauguration of art camp 'Chhobir Desher Chhobi'
The inaugural programme of the watercolour art camp titled 'Chhobir Deshe Chhobi' was held at the Bengal Shilpaloy on July 2nd in the morning.
Generalarrow Bar protests appointment of judges
The National Bar Association of Bangladesh has protested appointment of judges in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court on 'political consideration' and put forward a charter of demands.
 arrow Indoor air pollution a threat to women, children: Study
Women and children, spending most of their time inside the house, are vulnerable to indoor air pollution which can be described as a silent killer, says a recent study of Environment and Social Development
 arrow 'Most shopping bags are as hazardous as polythene'
Although various types of bags replaced the banned polythene bags, most of them are as hazardous as polythene, speakers observed at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Wallich meets Mosharraf
New Country Director of World Bank in Bangladesh Christine I Wallich yesterday called on Health and Family Welfare Minister Khondaker Mosharraf Hossain at his office here yesterday.
 arrow Ctg criminals put up fierce gunbattle against police
Armed criminals fought a fierce gunbattle with police in a crime-prone Fatikchhari upazila yesterday and managed to get away eventually.
 arrow PDB to implement 40 power projects worth Tk 1,500cr
The Power Development Board (PDB) will implement 40 development projects, involving over Tk 1,500 crore, to improve the power supply situation.
Internationalarrow Israeli troops stream out of Bethlehem
Israeli patrols quit the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday, clearing the way for Palestinians to resume security control in a deal both sides hope will advance a US-backed "road map" to peace.
 arrow Coalition 'undeterred' by continuous attacks
A US soldier who was wounded on Tuesday in an attack on his military convoy in Baghdad has died from his injuries, the US military said on Wednesday.
 arrow Most Americans don't believe Bush on Iraq
For the first time since the beginning of the Iraq war, a solid majority of Americans believe that the Bush Administration either "stretched the truth" about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction or toldoutright
 arrow 'Gujarat riots cases were sabotaged'
Human Rights Watch urged the Indian government on Tuesday to take over cases related to the communal killings that shook Gujarat last year, saying ringleaders of killer gangs were still roaming free.
 arrow Radical Islamist leaders freed in Algeria
Two jailed leaders of Algeria's banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) were freed on Wednesday after being held since 1992, when elections their party was poised to win were scrapped, triggering a decade
 arrow 'Attacks in Afghanistan doubled in May'
Attacks across Afghanistan doubled between April and May and are still running high, the commander of the peacekeeping International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ruling party approach confusing
Unfortunately, only ten more working days remaining of the JS budget session which began on June 12 there is no sign yet that the opposition would end its boycott anytime soon.
 arrow Editorial: Doctor's death
The death of Dr. Mohammad Shajahan Ali under extremely unfortunate circumstances in the city on Tuesday came as a rude shock to all and sundry.
 arrow Sino-Indian rapprochement: Impact on Bangladesh
Days after we hosted Colin Powell in the nation's capital, Bangladesh is faced with a new set of geopolitical realities with respect to her long standing diplomatic stances vis a vis the great powersin
 arrow America turns right
A few years ago, Roger Ailes, a top official and a strategist in the Reagan administration pronounced American media too liberal, and decided to do something about it.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladeshi troops in Iraq
I was so surprised to learn about the US Secretary of States Colin Powell's request to the government to deploy Bangladeshi troops in Iraq.
 arrow English teacher needed
TT College, Rajshahi is a famous institution offering BEd and MEd degree. There are about 600 students doing BEd course from this institution.
 arrow "Hasina snubbed by the US"
 arrow Dhaka is unique!
Dhaka can boast of having some unique characteristics. The car honks are unique (I don't think people in any other major city honk so frequently and so unnecessarily).
Focusarrow Malaysia's Mahathir
People have witnessed a number of celebrated leaders in Asia in the past century. They were mostly national leaders, war heroes and founding fathers of their countries.
 arrow The stress factor in policing
In our country the prevalence of stress amongst working policemen is felt but not discussed as an unhealthy factor in law enforcement.
 arrow Of drugs and youths
Today, the problem of drug abuse among the youth has assumed a greater significance and heightened concern in various socio-cultural and economic strata.