Volume 4 Number 42 Mon. July 07, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka won't allow territory for anti-Myanmar acts
Bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar received a positive spurt with Dhaka's assurance to the visiting Myanmar foreign minister, U Win Aung, that Dhaka will not allow its territory for use
 arrow Major blast cases lost in blame game
Major bomb blasts and ammunition hauls in the last four years still stand unresolved and criminals go scot-free because of politicisation of the investigation process.
 arrow Cry for food, water and medicine gets louder
With heavy onrush of water from the uplands, the flood situation in the northern region of the country continues to aggravate.
 arrow Gross disparity in govt spending on students
Gross disparity exists in government spending on each student to meet 'recurring cost' of different types of educational institutions.
 arrow HC rules on legitimacy of Gram Sarkar
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain in a week why the formation of Gram Sarkar should not be declared unconstitutional.
 arrow Law passed to deduct accused's jail period from sentence term
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2003 providing for deduction of the period an accused serves in jail custody from the term of imprisonment given by
 arrow Two-way trouble...
 arrow 975 more bullets recovered from Jogarpara
Police and BDR forces recovered 975 more bullets from the Jogarpara in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Alliance calls for legal action against Hasina
Ruling coalition leaders yesterday vowed to resist the Awami League sponsored 'anarchy, violence, destruction and anti-state activities'.
 arrow Road accident kills 6 in Narayanganj
Six people including two children were killed and at least 19 others injured in a fatal road accident at Tribordi under Sonargaon thana in Narayanganj on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at around 8:15amyesterday.
 arrow Tk 22 lakh in cash, valuables looted
Robbers looted around Tk 22 lakh in cash, gold ornaments and other valuables in two separate incidents in the city's Jurain and North Basabo areas yesterday, police and the victims said.
 arrow India sets highest trade barriers in South Asia
India has the most protected and least open economy in the world and its trade barrier is the highest in South Asia, discloses a recent study of the World Bank (WB).
 arrow JS body for more funds for defence
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence Ministry will recommend the government to enhance budget for strengthening the defence system.
 arrow Dowry push factor to poverty
Women in an outlying village in Jamalpur have identified dowry as one of the main reasons for poverty during a visit of the World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich.
 arrow HC rule nisi on govt for not protecting Sonadia forest
The High Court Division yesterday issued a rule nisi on the government asking it to explain why it should not be directed to protect and conserve the 4,916 hectares of Sonadia Island under Cox's Bazar
 arrow SI Enamul gives deposition
Recording officer Sub-inspector (SI) Mohammad Enamul Haq, the 21st prosecution witness in the Shazneen rape case, gave his deposition before the court yesterday.
Businessarrow WB, IMF point out flaws in I-PRSP
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have identified some weaknesses in the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (I-PRSP) for Bangladesh.
 arrow Remittance, jobs abroad grow despite Iraq war
In spite of the war on Iraq, Bangladesh witnessed a significant growth in remittance and fresh overseas employment till June this year.
 arrow Ports doing brisk business with same efficiency level
Bangladeshi seaports have been making handsome profits over the past ten years although port efficiency remains static.
 arrow Import curbs, red tape hinder trade in S Asia
Import restrictions in different forms, government directed economic policies and corrupt bureaucracy are hindering regional trade in South Asia, said a recent World Bank (WB) study.
 arrow Revenue collection crosses target in FY 2002-03
The government's revenue collection in the fiscal 2002-'03 phenomenally increased and crossed the target of Tk 23,750 crore by Taka 15 crore to a total of Tk 23,765 crore.
 arrow Asia, EU finance ministers upbeat on global recovery
Asian and European finance ministers on Sunday forecast a pick-up in world economic growth soon as the fallout from the Iraq war, terrorism and SARS eases.
 arrow S'pore in trade dispute over Indonesian export figures
Singapore and neighbouring Indonesia are in dispute over discrepancies in their bilateral trade figures, it emerged Sunday.

The two have clashed over an apparent 2.

 arrow Growth in China, India to help halve world poverty by 2015
The goal of halving world poverty by 2015 is likely to be met, as a result of economic growth in China and India, but the poorest nations still need more aid and better trade opportunities, this year's
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Bangladesh improving'
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore says results are of secondary importance to improved individual performances in the Test series against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: England oust Zimbabwe
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff steered England to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe here on Sunday that booked England's place in the NatWest triangular one-day series final against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's belief
West Indies captain Brian Lara believes his young team are capable of reaching the levels achieved by the Caribbean side during their glory days in the 1970s and 1980s.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas toy with Zim
South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs found his form with an unbeaten 93 as the Proteas beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in their triangular series one-day international here on Sunday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Federer wins Wimbledon
Roger Federer became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title on Sunday when he outclassed Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the Wimbledon final.
 arrow Wimbledon: Swiss fairytale
Roger Federer produced a tennis masterclass to claim his first Grand Slam title with a 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of big-serving Mark Phili-ppoussis in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Serena consoles Venus
Serena Williams' 13th encounter with her elder sister Venus proved to be the most painful one of all as she landed her second straight Wimbledon singles title - and the fourth in a row for the family.
 arrow Football: Easy passage for MSC
Defending champions Mohamme-dan Sporting Club has been placed in a relatively easy group in the Nitol-Tata third National Football League.
 arrow Football: Waiting for a breakthrough
Confusion still surrounds the future of Brazilian striker Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: Gala Henry wedding
Some 200 guests flocked Saturday to one of the finest Victorian mansions in Britain for the wedding of Arsenal striker Thierry Henry to his model girlfriend.
 arrow Football: Luxemburgo jailed
Former Brazil coach Wanderley Luxemburgo was jailed for five years and three months and fined 479,100 reals (170,000 dollars) for tax fraud here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: For a Roman Empire!
Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's new billionaire Russian owner, has vowed to turn the London club into a major international force and has already started making enquiries about buying some of the game's leading
Politicalarrow Hasina calls for oust-govt movement
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to launch a united movement to unseat the coalition government, saying that it has betrayed people by
 arrow Outlaws kill UP chairman, BNP man in Khulna
Underground operatives shot and killed a Union Parishad (UP) chairman Saturday night and a BNP activist yesterday died from wounds in the same attack in Khulna.
 arrow AL relief in Army HQ's disclosure
The main opposition Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday expressed relief following the Army Headquarters clarification about the ammunition and explosives recovered in Bogra.
Metropolitanarrow PM's directive to monitor river situation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at a meeting yesterday directed all ministries concerned to closely monitor the situation of the rivers in the country.
 arrow 20.5m benefited from rural electrification
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for extensive rural electrification for rapid economic development of the country.

They said 20.

 arrow Birth centenary of Abul Fazal celebrated
The birth centenary of Abul Fazal, a renowned educationist and litterateur, was celebrated in the port city on July 1.
Nationalarrow Tk 16.38 cr 'smuggled out of country' by shrimp exporter
A frozen shrimp exporter has allegedly smuggled Tk 16 crore 38 lakh out of the country by forged means in connivance with three high officials at the Khulna zonal office of a private bank.
 arrow HC stays C'nawabganj court order for release of seized car
An order issued by a court at Chapainawabganj for release of a car seized by customs officials with alleged smuggled goods has been stayed by the High Court, sources here said.
 arrow More areas reel under water in Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha
More areas went under floodwater in Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts yesterday. In Netrokona, all the rivers have started falling but the situation in inundated areas remained static.
 arrow Aboriginals demand constitutional rights
Aboriginal people of different areas of Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts held a rally and brought about a procession in the town on Friday demanding government steps to ensure their constitutionalrights.
Foreign Relationsarrow Peters reaffirms US support to Bangladesh
Outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters made a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and the main opposition Awami League hosted a farewell luncheon in her honour yesterday.
Culturearrow In Search of Utopia
The Daily Star: Why did you choose the particular play The Mission?

Kamaluddin Nilu: As you know that Centre of Asian Theatre has always gone for producing plays that are relevant in Bangladeshi milieu,

 arrow Kakhano Megh Kakhano Brishti on the cyberspace
The launching of the website of the Bangla feature film Kakhano Megh Kakhano Brishti, produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd. and directed by popular actress Moushumi, took place at the Hotel Sheraton yesterday.
 arrow A Tribute to Tareque Shahriar
Bangladesh Short Film Forum held a memorial meet to pay tribute to the short-film maker Tareque Shahriar who had recently died.
Generalarrow Bill placed in Sangsad to form RAB
The government introduced an amendment bill in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday to form a special force, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), to improve law and order.
 arrow Five minority families evicted by 'alliance cadres'
Five minority families were evicted from their ancestral home in village Biswanathpur of Kaliganj upazila Saturday night and their houses razed to the ground by cadres of the ruling alliance, according
 arrow Young addict 'jumps' to his death
A young drug addict allegedly committed suicide yesterday jumping from the rooftop of a five-storey building of a clinic in West Jatrabari where he was being treated for his addiction.
 arrow Netrokona-3 by-polls August 21
The Election Commission (EC) has fixed the by-elections date for Netrokona-3 constituency on August 21.

Announcing the date yesterday the EC set July 21 as the last date to submit nomination papers.

 arrow Teenage girl raped in city
Three hoodlums confined a mother inside a room and raped her teenaged daughter at their residence at Kalyanpur in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Blair blasts BBC for 'attack on his integrity' over WMD
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a Sunday newspaper interview, accused the BBC of having committed "an attack on my integrity" by reporting that he and his staff embellished a report on the threat
 arrow Another Palestinian group signs up to truce
The militant Palestinian group the Popular Resistance Committees announced Sunday that it was signing up to a three-month freeze on anti-Israeli attacks called by other major factions last week.
 arrow Muslim Board rejects Kanchi's proposal
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board Sunday rejected Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi's new formula to resolve the Ayodhya tangle, saying there would be no compromise on constructing the mosque
 arrow Turkish gas station blast injures 200
Explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas station injured nearly 200 people Saturday, officials said, after a fireball was launched into the air as a wedding reception was being held upstairs.
 arrow Lankan peace gamble pays early dividends
Sri Lanka abandoned war and allowed increased foreign role in efforts to end its ethnic conflict, risking domestic political backlash, but 18 months later it is savouring the peace dividend.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Leave it to experts
At last, we have an expert view on the ammo haul.
 arrow Editorial: Flood footsteps?
Water levels at some points in our river-system have risen above the danger-mark. The early warning for flood needs to be heeded so as to avert any huge loss of life and property.
 arrow The hard choices before the Arabs
Is Iraq turning into a horrible quagmire for the US? In spite of putting up a brave face on this question, the US administration cannot but be profoundly concerned.
 arrow A crisis of credibility in British politics
According to some newspaper reports, after much useless squabbling over the future constitution of Europe, Mr.
 arrow Reduction of budget for local government:
The budget, as pointed out by many commentators, has both positive and negative aspects.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladeshi troops in Iraq
Supporting Sirajul Islam's opinion (June, 23) that the idea of getting some perks by sending Bangladeshi troops to Iraq may be suicidal.
 arrow National budget and taxation on books and journals
Though the government attaches great importance to education for free exercise of thoughts and intellect, the 2002 budget tells a different story -- the imposition of 15 per cent import duty on booksbesides
 arrow Reckless driving vs iron bumpers
Both my parents being government officers I had the chance to ride on government car on numerous occasions.
 arrow Improving relation between India and China: Hope for peace
The world scenario is totally changed in the post-cold war era. It is transferred from bipolar to uni-pollar. And USA is the only superpower in present time.
 arrow Why cigarettes
Cigarettes now are a leading cause of death. The number of the smokers in our country is increasing. The smokers make other smokers.
 arrow Dhaka University and its lost glory
As a regular reader of Daily Star I notice many news that questions the value of Dhaka University in recent times.
 arrow Communicative English: A failure
In last few years the curriculum of Secondary School Certificate has undergone a massive change. The rationale for this change was to modernise our education system.
 arrow Other side of the Iraq war
Some days have passed after the Iraq war. USA and UK are already in control of the country, except for few occasional resistances by Saddam loyalists. There is no real need to harp on the issue politically.
 arrow Separation of Judiciary: A case study
The past Caretaker Government wanted to separate the Judiciary from the Executive by issuing an ordinance.
 arrow Iraq: Free or occupied
This is in reference to Mahmood Elahi's "Free Iraqis are speaking at last" (June 30).
 arrow Test status of Bangladesh
Former BCB President Mr. Saber Hossain's remarks about the current BCCB leadership have attracted our attention. I would like to tell Mr.
 arrow High rising house rent
I wish to thank Ms Shimu Rani Das for her write-up on the above subject on 25th June 2003, in your esteemed daily drawing the attention of the house owners and the tenants in respect of house rent.
 arrow A hopeless nation
Syed Rashed Zaman(July 03) thinks 'it won't take too long for the entire society to collapse' because of corruption.
Star Healtharrow Be aware of breast problems
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality among women in the world today.
 arrow What you need to know about Liver cirrhosis
This is a liver disease characterised by a gradual annihilation of the liver cells. These cells are progressively replaced with fibrous tissue, which then leads to hardening.
 arrow Doctor mothers --- please avoid private practice!
As mothers we have a responsibility to look after our children! It is not enough to serve our country by serving during office hours only.
Star Cityarrow Tragedy of illegal bumpers
The government has warned of stern action if motorists fail to remove illegal bumpers mounted on their vehicles by July 10.
 arrow Nightmare of family's loss
Eight-year-old Saiq could not understand the gravity of the situation and simply made some queries, typical of every child his age.
 arrow The story of a murder
'Eskey' Noor Palash, known among the city's underground network and friends simply as SK, never passed primary school. According to his friends, he only knew how to sign his name.
 arrow Criminal courts, no police force

The three courts of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are functioning without any designated police force.

 arrow Alternative music scene - and heard!
The alternative music revolution started worldwide around, the late 1970's with bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and so on.
 arrow Give a smile to the friendly fuel buses
With the government still undecided on the Dhaka Clean Fuel Project funded by ADB, a local company, The Mega City Bus Company Ltd, has launched a CNG bus service for city commuters.
 arrow Water wasted washing cars
Severe water shortage is one of the major daily problems faced by the city dwellers. In spite of this many people seem oblivious to the excessive amounts of water wasted in washing vehicles.


Star City in Framesarrow Landmarks Make A Capital

Every capital city has its famous landmarks and Dhaka is no exception.