Volume 4 Number 41 Sun. July 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 20 die as suicide blasts rock Moscow concert
At least 20 people were killed and 30 others seriously injured yesterday when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Moscow rock concert, ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Moscow police as saying.
 arrow Two to die for killing baby Ratna
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka, yesterday sentenced two persons to death and two others to life imprisonment in the baby Ratna murder case.
 arrow Ex-army chief says munitions were made for insurgency
Former army chief General (retd) Mustafizur Rahman has said the munitions recovered in Bogra were made for use in insurgency or unconventional warfare.
 arrow 1,590 bullets retrieved in Bogra 2 more held in Habiganj
Police and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday recovered at least 1,590 bullets from Nayapara village under Kahalu thana.
 arrow Security at Secretariat beefed up
In the wake of violent incidents, apparent deterioration of law and order and widespread fear of sabotage, authorities have beefed up security in Bangladesh Secretariat and installed close-circuit cameras
 arrow 'Criminal' shot dead on Elephant Road
Unidentified gunmen yesterday shot dead an alleged criminal in broad daylight in front of his residence on Elephant Road.
 arrow SQ Chy's fresh attack on The Daily Star
Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser SQ Chowdhury once again lauched an attack on The Daily Star without naming it.
 arrow Blast in Iraq kills 7 US-trained cops
Seven Iraqi police recruits were killed and as many as 45 others wounded in an explosion after training yesterday in the town of Ramadi, Iraqi police and a US military spokesman said.
 arrow Bullets seized in Bogra not made at BOF: Altaf
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday rejected outright the contention of Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina that the ammunition recovered in Bogra was made in Bangladesh Ordnance Factory
 arrow SC Bar body asks govt for talks to resolve crisis
The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday urged the government to initiate a dialogue within two weeks involving the chief justice, prime minister and president to resolve the crisis over the appointment
 arrow Ban on sending female workers abroad to go
The ban on sending female workers abroad is set to go with the government sorting out the details before giving permission to recruiting agencies.
 arrow Dhaka outskirts start to go under flood waters
Flood situation in the north-western districts worsened yesterday and swelling rivers are likely to inundate parts of three central districts-- Narayanganj, Manikganj and Munshiganj -- in the next two
 arrow Trader shot dead, house robbed
Criminals shot dead a garment by-product trader at Ibrahimpur in Kafrul Friday.

Four local youths called Liton, the victim, out of his Kochukhet residence at about 6:00pm.

 arrow Major shake-ups on the cards in missions abroad
The government has decided to bring about major changes in Bangladesh missions in a number of countries to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with them.
 arrow Housing project for indigenous people shelved, at last
The district administration has finally cancelled a housing project for the indigenous people of village Madhinagar Jorpukur in Tarash upazila in the teeth of strong protest.
 arrow Request for troops to Iraq under scrutiny, Morshed tells JS
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday informed the Jatiya Sangsad that a request for sending Bangladeshi troops to Iraq is under consideration.

"Any country may request another country...

 arrow Villagers hold cops hostage in Khulna
A group of 10 to 12 policemen were held hostage at Gabtala in Shovna union of Dumuria upazila, some 25km southwest of Khulna, at 8:30 last night.

Police confirmed the incident but did not divulge details.

 arrow AL has no faith in police probe, wants judicial inquiry
The Awami (AL) League yesterday demanded judicial and parliamentary inquiry into the Bogra ammunition and explosive haul, saying it has lost confidence in police investigation after the prime minister
 arrow 2 held with M-16 rifle
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested two persons with an M-16 rifle and 73 rounds of ammunition from Baishari under Naikhongchhori Friday.
Businessarrow Car congestion at Chittagong Port

Due to a slowdown in taking delivery by importers, more than 4,000 imported vehicles have been kept inside Chittagong Port jetty, causing space congestion.

 arrow DSE under SEC wrath
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) of negligence in detecting, observing and monitoring the malpractice by its members.
 arrow Profit transfer under legal cover hinders corporate governance
Present government policy disallowing 'consolidated tax return' has opened gates for shifting of profits of companies where there are more public holdings.
 arrow Leather exports may come to a halt after 2004, says study
Bangladeshi leather and leather product exports may come to a halt as none of the tanneries and manufacturing units has ISO certification to be required under WTO environmental provisions after 2004,a
 arrow Dollar under pressure against taka
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 while call money rate remained steady.
 arrow EU to draft a trade negotiation strategy ahead of WTO meet
European Union trade ministers gather in Palermo, Sicily Sunday and Monday to draft a trade negotiation strategy ahead of a key WTO conference in September and to coordinate policy with countries of the
 arrow China, HK make first step towards trade integration
It has been six years since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty, but real integration both economic and political has only just begun.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh bounce back
Bangladesh set themselves up for the daunting task of a Test series against Australia with a thrilling victory over Australia's Common-wealth Bank Cricket Academy on Saturday in Brisbane.
 arrow Cricket: South Africa thrash Zim
South Africa beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in their NatWest triangular series one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Heath goes to the rescue
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak hit a defiant half-century to help his side recover from a slow start against South Africa in their one-day triangular series match on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar fully fit
Sachin Tendulkar says he is back to full fitness after having hand surgery in the United States in April.
 arrow Cricket: Greats go karting
Batting greats Steve Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara will clash against each other here on Sunday not on a cricket field, but on a go-karting track.
 arrow Cricket: Mark wishes Hersch well
South Africa vice-captain Mark Boucher said Friday out-of-form opener Herschelle Gibbs was "due a big score.
 arrow Wimbledon: Serena again
Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams beat her elder sister Venus, the two-time champion and fourth seed, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 2hr 03min to win the Wimbledon women's singles title on Saturday.
 arrow Serena retains Wimbledon title
Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus, the two-time champion and fourth seed, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 2hr 03min to win the Wimbledon women's singles title on Saturday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Chance to be champ
With Australian serve machine Mark Philippoussis standing in the way of sizzling Swiss star Roger Federer the Wimbledon men's singles final will be marked by an intriguing clash of styles as both menchase
 arrow Wimbledon: Helpless Roddick
Rising US star Andy Roddick admitted to being played off Wimbledon Centre Court by Roger Federer in Friday's Wimbledon semifinal - even confessing that at one point he hoped the local insect life would
 arrow Athletics: Paris produces 4 bests
Allen Jonson, Gabriela Szabo, Mehdi Baala and Tatyana Lebedeva set year's bests at the Paris Golden League meeting on Friday in a competition billed as a dress rehearsal for next month's World Championships.
 arrow Hockey: Green Delta hockey
Azad Sporting Club blanked Barnak Samaj 6-0 in the Green Delta Metropolis Senior Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Judo: Japan Cup judo begins today
The two-day long Japan Cup Judo Championship begins today at National Sports Council Gymnasium.

A total of 11 teams are taking part in the competition.

 arrow Football: Final round draw today
The draw for the final round of the Nitol-Tata National Football League, the main battle of the prestigious domestic soccer meet, will be held at the National Sports Council at 3:00 this afternoon.
 arrow Football: DRU football
Dainik Jugantor beat Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) 3-0 in the day's lone match of Basundhara-DRU football tournament at the Handball court of outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Div II soccer
Dipali Jubo Sangha defeated Police AC 2-1 in the Second Division Football League at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Cameroon in tears
Some fans wore black and others were dressed in the number 17 national team jersey worn by Cameroon's Marc Vivien Foe, who collapsed during his team's Confederations Cup semifinal win over Colombia nine
 arrow Football: Iraq to play down under
Iraq's national football side, attempting to rebuild after the disruptions of war, will play two games in Australia in November, officials confirmed here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Gascoigne bares his soul
Paul Gascoigne believes David Beckham is the perfect role model both on and off the pitch and wishes he had been more like the Real Madrid player during his own troubled career, the former England international
 arrow Football: UEFA penalises Turkey
Turkey were fined 50,000 Swiss francs (32,000 euros, 37,000 dollars) Friday for crowd trouble but allowed to play their potentially explosive match with England in October in front of their own fans.
 arrow Football: Hurry up, Barca tell Kluivert
Barcelona, eager to sort out their squad for next season, have demanded that striker Patrick Kluivert tells the club whether he plans to leave for a bargain basement fee.
Politicalarrow Govt had a hand in Bogra affair, believes Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she believes the government had a hand in the Bogra munitions affair.
 arrow Khaleda meets Amini Tuesday
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has agreed to meet leaders of the Fazlul Haq Amini-led Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), a partner of the ruling alliance, at her office on Tuesday to listen to their grievances.
 arrow BNP, allies hold rally, procession today to protest against AL acts
The ruling BNP-led four-party alliance will hold rallies and bring out processions across the country today to drum up support against the 'anarchy, violence and other destructive activities by the opposition'.
Nationalarrow FIR can not be lone component for trial
The First Information Report (FIR) can not be the lone adjudicated component during trial.

Pros and cons of a matter should be considered with equal importance before making a judgement.

 arrow Make people aware of right to health service
Speakers at roundtable here on Friday attributed lack of responsibility and accountability for poor services in the health sector.
 arrow Channel i not aired in Rajshahi
Citizens of Rajshahi are deprived of viewing satellite television Channel i for last ten days.

Many citizens alleged that cable operators are releasing ntv instead of Channel i.

 arrow AL rally against SQ Chy's nomination for OIC post
Speakers at an Awami League rally in the city on Friday said the person who acted against the country's independence during the Liberation War can not be nominated to contest for a dignified post in the
 arrow Biogas business!
Use of biogas in household work is increasing in the district.

A total of 133 biogas plants have been installed in the district.

 arrow 3 Fulchhari villages in Gaibandha devoured
Three villages in Mollar Char under Fulchari upazila in Gaibandha district have disappeared due to erosion by the Brahmaputra river, rendering hundreds of families homeless.
Foreign Relationsarrow Myanmar FM arrives
Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung arrived here last night, carrying a letter of the head of his government for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
Culturearrow Setar player Firoz Khan
As I entered the house, the sweet tingling sound of setar had a soothing effect, like the gentle breeze on a hot and humid day. Firoz Khan was concentrating on his daily rewaz.
 arrow "Saatronga Saatjon"
When there's a vacuum created by the so-called remix albums, everyone is hopeful about a new mixed album "Saatronga Saatjon".
Generalarrow Myanmar nationals protest against Aung's Dhaka visit
Some 70-80 Myanmar people demonstrated in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday against Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung's three-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow ETV men urge PM to grant broadcasting licence again
Some 182 reporters, news producers, newscasters, technicians, workers and employees of the now defunct Ekushey Television (ETV) have urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to give them an opportunity to work
 arrow Two garment workers killed in Chittagong
One garment factory worker was knifed to death while another was killed in a road accident in the city in the last two days.
 arrow Miscreants gouge out eyes of 2 in Pirojpur
Miscreants gouged out eyes of two persons in Mathbaria upazila of Pirojpur district yesterday.
 arrow Vehicles to shed extra bumpers by July 10
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has asked vehicle owners to remove all extra bumpers from motorised vehicles by July 10.
Internationalarrow Saddam 'message' casts shadow as Bush warns of further US strikes
The spectre of Saddam Hussein loomed as large as ever over Iraq on Saturday against the backdrop of US President George W. Bush marking Independence Day by reminding terrorists and tyrants of US resolve.
 arrow Musharraf terms Indo-Pak talks process 'too slow'
Talks between India and Pakistan are moving at a snail's pace Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told reporters in Paris, adding that a certain pace was required to "break the ice.
 arrow HK bows to pressure on anti-subversion bill
Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa, struggling to defuse the territory's biggest political crisis in years, bowed to popular protest on Saturday and said he would delete two controversial clauses of an anti-subversion
 arrow Perle compares purge of Iraq's Baath loyalists to post-Hitler Nazis
The purge of former officials of Saddam Hussein's Baath regime in Iraq is similar to that carried out in Germany after the fall of the Nazi regime, a top US military advisor said in remarks publishedSaturday.
 arrow RSS adopts resolution demanding temple in Ayodhya
The ongoing national executive meeting of RSS in Kanyakumari is learnt to have adopted a resolution on Saturday demanding construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
 arrow WHO declares SARS contained globally
The World Health Organisation said on Saturday the pneumonia-like illness SARS had been contained worldwide after it declared Taiwan, the last country on its watch list, free of new infections.
 arrow 3 conducted Pak mosque attack: Death toll now 48
Three terrorists, including two suicide bombers, carried out the attack on a Muslim Shiite mosque in southwestern Quetta city, the government said Saturday as the death toll rose to 48.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Munitions haul
It is generally believed that the explosives and ammunition seizure in Bogra, the biggest ever of its kind, could lead to gathering of valuable information about terrorists operating in the country, or
 arrow Editorial: Suicide bombing in Quetta
The suicide bomber attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Quetta that killed and injured scores of people has raised a spectre of sectarianism in Pakistan once again.
 arrow US security concerns and the Muslim world
There is a certain degree of unease in many parts of the world after the Iraq war. This unease is more pronouncedly felt in the Muslim world than elsewhere.
 arrow A journey towards tomorrow
WHAT began at the Wagah border as a mere visit to Pakistan turned into an explosion of goodwill and friendship.
Letters to Editorarrow "Vitriol points to dark tunnel"
Lead editorial of The Daily Star on 26th June, 2003 is of course not the first time in which our leaders both in power and opposition have been urged to exercise restraint in order to foster the desired
 arrow Asian Development Bank and gas export
Asian Development Bank's current stance strongly supports sale of our natural gas to India. No problem at all if this is just an advice.
 arrow Telephone bill defaulters
We are simply stunned that some members of the Jatiya Sangsad owe Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board 12 crore taka bill for their residence telephone.
 arrow Mahfuz Anam's commentary
On June 21, 2003 Mr. Mahfuz Anam wrote a commentary on some current issues regarding journalism without fear or favour emphasising on The Daily Star slogan "Committed to Peoples Right to Know".
 arrow Government, foreign aids and development
Ours is a country depended on foreign aid and our foreign policy, more or less, is influenced by this fact. It is noticeable that in the last couple of years foreign investment has reduced.