Volume 4 Number 43 Tue. July 08, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Bill to float independent anti-graft body okayed
A bill to float an independent anti-corruption commission was approved by the cabinet yesterday in a bid to deliver an election pledge of the coalition government.
 arrow WB to bankroll $1.25b
The World Bank will provide a $1.25 billion loan to Bangladesh in the fiscal 2004-05 depending on the government's performance, according to a WB country assistance-strategy progress report.
 arrow MPs' perks raised 100 to 600 pc
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed 'the Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Allowances) (Amendment) Bill, 2003', raising perks to the lawmakers by 100 to 600 per cent.
 arrow Diarrhoea follows flood in two dists
Flood situation deteriorated in some districts and improved in some yesterday but diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases have broken out in two districts. Four deaths have been reported so far.
 arrow IOJ sits with PM today
A five-member delegation of Amini faction of the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) will meet Prime Minister Khaleda Zia this afternoon to discuss their demands.
 arrow Bank siege in Ctg to protest 'deposit fraud'
Agitated customers laid siege to a Janata Bank branch in Chittagong yesterday in protest against the alleged misappropriation of a huge amount of money deposited with the bank.
 arrow 3 US soldiers, two Iraqis killed as violence flares
Two US soldiers and two Iraqi guerillas were killed in Baghdad yesterday as violence against the US-led coalition escalated.
 arrow Proposals on expat privileges revised, sent for approval
The government has revised two proposals for declaring important non-resident Bangladeshis (INRBs) and issuing regular remitter cards (RRCs) to expatriates in a bid to boost investment and increase the
 arrow Cantt Road to open to civilian vehicles from 7am-11pm
The Cantonment Road will immediately be opened to small civilian vehicles until the construction of Mohakhali flyover is finished next year.
 arrow Amendment proposals to 4 city corp acts approved
The cabinet yesterday approved amendment proposals for Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna city corporations' acts aiming at implementing a decade-old Appellate Division verdict.
 arrow Deposit, lending levels pushed down by NCBs
Upon an understanding with the central bank, the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) have cut down their deposit and lending levels.
 arrow Moulvibazar church alleges bid to Grab its land
The director of the Laxmipur Catholic Church in Moulvibazar district yesterday alleged that a tea company was trying to grab 2.70 acres of the church land.
 arrow Saddam tape likely authentic, says CIA
An audiotape broadcast last week issuing dire warnings to US troops in Iraq by a speaker claiming to be deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is probably authentic, US intelligence officials said Monday.
 arrow Dy speaker to invite AL for talks soon
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui will send a second letter to Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid within a day or two to invite the Awami League (AL) to a dialogue with the ruling party on
 arrow Directive to probe 'portrait removal' of Khaleda in C'nawabganj
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui yesterday asked Minister Mohammad Aminul Haque to investigate an allegation of removal of a portrait of the head of the government from Chapainawabganj Circuit House.
Businessarrow Tax dodgers, officials draw Saifur wrath
As the income tax collection failed to reach target, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday lambasted both income tax dodgers and revenue officials.
 arrow Eleven-month exports clock 8.6pc growth
Export earnings in the first 11 months of FY2003 rose by 363.86 million US dollars, posting an 8.6 per cent growth over the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, official sources said.
 arrow PERC for abolishment of steel & engineering corp
The Public Expenditure Review Commission (PERC) has suggested abolishing Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) after shifting its 11 running units to any other corporation and privatising
 arrow Integrate Biman with foreign airline
In view of the weak financial condition of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, a World Bank study has come up with the recommendation to integrate the national flag carrier with an international airline offering
 arrow Taka feels dollar pinch
The Bangladesh taka was under pressure against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday following higher demand from importers after the resume of international markets after weekend holidays,
 arrow EU eyes free trade deal with ASEAN
The European Union is ready to negotiate a free trade agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after the current round of WTO-led talks, the European Commission said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Khaled takes heart at CBCA win
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud hopes Saturday's win against the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy (CBCA) in Brisbane will silence the Tigers' plethora of critics.
 arrow Cricket: Polly doesn't worry him
South Africa captain Graeme Smith is backing former skipper Shaun Pollock to come good in the remainder of the NatWest triangular one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin lets 'em win too
Sachin Tendulkar and three other leading cricketers went high-speed racing Michael Schumacher-style over the weekend and emerged with honours shared thanks to the Indian superstar.
 arrow Cricket: In bad Streak
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak was unhappy with the Nevil Road pitch after his side suffered a six-wicket NatWest triangular series one-day international defeat against England here Sunday.
 arrow Wimbledon: Navratilova writes a new chapter
Martina Navratilova scored a record-equalling 20th Wimbledon crown on Sunday when she and Leander Paes of India won the mixed doubles final with a 6-3, 6-3 win in 61min over Israeli Andy Ram and Russia's
 arrow Wimbledon: Saviour of tennis
Homeboy Roger Federer was hailed in Switzerland on Monday as the saviour of tennis, after he became the first Swiss man to win Wimbledon and a Grand Slam tournament.
 arrow Hockey: Big win for Azad SC
Azad Sporting Club recorded a massive 10-1 win over Victoria Sporting Club in the Green Delta Metropolis Senior Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: No change in India squad
Veteran striker Dhanraj Pillay will lead India in next month's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in the Netherlands, it was announced on Monday.
 arrow Judo: BDR, Ansars steal the show
Bangladesh Rifles clinched the top slot in the men's group while Bangladesh Ansars in the women's group in the two-day Japan Cup Judo Championships at the National Sports Council gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess on
The Standard Chartered Bank schools chess tournament began at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Football: NFL battles begin July 11
After a disorderly draw ceremony on Sunday, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday finalised the first-phase fixture of the ten-team final round of the Third Nitol-Tata National Football League.
 arrow Football: Any moment now
The long-running saga over Ronaldinho's future is reaching a climax with a decision on the Brazilian World Cup winner's future expected this week.
 arrow Football: United by football power
A goal from Brazilian striker Alessandro three minutes from time allowed Al-Kuwait to draw 2-2 with Baghdad Police (Al-Shurtah) Sunday in the first game between teams from the two countries since Iraq
 arrow Football: Kewell, Emerton moving
Harry Kewell was set to join Liverpool and fellow Aussie Brett Emerton was poised to move to English Premiership side Blackburn, it was reported Monday.
 arrow Football: Ranieri calmed
Chelsea's new owner Roman Abramovich has assured Claudio Ranieri he will not be ousted before the new season begins.
 arrow Football: Kadhafi on target
Saadi Kadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moamer, made an impressive start for new club Perugia at the weekend, scoring twice in a 36 minute run-out for the Italian first division club.
 arrow Football: Fans stand by Astrada
Fans turned out in force here Sunday to offer support to River Plate star Leonardo Astrada whose father has been kidnapped.
 arrow Football: Rooney ransom?
Everton will hold urgent meetings with Wayne Rooney's agent after claims the England striker was a target for an extortion plot.
 arrow Football: Fingers crossed for Foe results
The world of soccer was waiting anxiously Monday for the results of an autopsy on Cameroon player Marc-Vivien Foe who collapsed and died during the Confederations Cup last month.
Politicalarrow Hasina for int'l body to probe ammo haul
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded that investigation into the country's biggest ever ammunition and explosives haul in Bogra be conducted by an international probe commission.
 arrow Verdict in Jubo Dal leader Mizan murder case today
Judgement in the Jubo Dal leader Mizan murder case will be given today.
Metropolitanarrow Protest against price hike of essentials
Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolon (ONA) yesterday held a rally protesting the increase of price of essentials, countrywide violence and repression on women.
 arrow Acute water crisis at Banani
Low lying areas of Dhaka city and other parts of Bangladesh may be inundated with monsoon water, but some residents of Banani are suffering from acute water crisis as they do not get water from the WASA
 arrow JU students stage protest
Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged a demonstration on the campus yesterday to press home their five-point demand including immediate allocation of treatment cost for two injured students.
 arrow CLCCSU office-bearers take oath
Office-bearers of the newly elected executive committee of Chittagong Law College Central Students Union (CLCCSU) took oath yester-day.
Nationalarrow Project papers gather dust as 3,000 barrels of NGL burnt out daily
Setting up of an NGL Fractionation Plant in Sylhet remained a far cry even three years after short-listing of six firms following floating of international tender for the purpose.
 arrow 25,000 still marooned in Nilphamari, flood worsens in Sirajganj
The flood situation improved in Nilphamari district yesterday but deteriorated in Sirajganj.
 arrow 10 hurt as robbers blast bombs in Kushtia village
At least 10 people including four women were injured when armed robbers blasted bombs during dacoity at a house at Kaimary village in Daulatpur upazila Friday night.
 arrow AL on streets on BNP demonstration day
Awami League and its front organisations brought out a procession in the town and held a rally protesting what it called 'repression' on and filing of 'false cases' against AL workers and implicatingthe
 arrow Two PBCP cadres shown arrested
Two armed cadres of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) have been shown arrested in the case in connection with the murders of SI Shamsul Huq and Havilder Abu Bakar Siddique of Rupsha thana.
Culturearrow Nature seen in soft splashes
Hafizuddin Babu, whose exhibition is on at Arial, says," I have 35 watercolours in this display and I am fond of this medium as one can do this quickly.
 arrow A musical rendezvous
Sarva Sree, the first Carnatic music centre in Bangladesh proudly presents a Carnatic musical (South Indian classical music) evening with Padma Vibhushan, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr.
Generalarrow Parents' fatal disciplining
Five-year-old Tonni died from aggressive correction allegedly by her parents in Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow Charges framed against 4 accused in Rumi suicide case in Khulna
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna yesterday framed charges against four accused in the college student Farzana Akhter Rumi suicide case.

The accused are Rony, Hasan, Taimur and Mizan.

 arrow SAARC standing body meets in Kathmandu today
Foreign Secretary Shamsher M Chowdhury left Dhaka for Kathmandu yesterday to attend the SAARC Standing Committee meeting beginning there today.
 arrow AK-47, wireless set recovered in Ramu
An AK-47 rifle, 19 bullets of the rifle and a wireless set were recovered in Ramu Sunday.
 arrow 10 cops closed in Ctg's Faruq killing
Ten cops of Pukuria Police Camp were closed yesterday following the sensational Faruq killing at Banshkhali.
Internationalarrow Parliamentary body rebukes Blair govt on Iraq dossier
A parliamentary committee on Monday sharply criticised the government's handling of intelligence on Iraqi weapons but cleared Prime Minister Tony Blair's communications chief of "improper influence" in
 arrow Taylor accepts Nigerian asylum offer
With his capital surrounded by rebels, Liberian President Charles Taylor said he would step down and take exile in Nigeria but urged the United States to send peacekeepers to ensure an orderly transition.
 arrow Pakistan calls for 'composite dialogue' with India
Pakistan on Monday gave a fresh call for resumption of "composite dialogue" with India to tackle all outstanding issues including that of Jammu and Kashmir and "early" implementation of its confidence-building
 arrow Israel, PA meet to calm incitement
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and Palestinian information minister Nabil Amr on Monday held the first meeting of a joint committee on the prevention of incitement amid moves to end the 33 months
 arrow Kashmir issue a British legacy, says UK envoy to Pakistan
Britain is responsible for creating the Jammu and Kashmir issue during partition and the fact that this has remained unresolved for over five decades, according to the British High Commissioner to Pakistan,
 arrow China for addressing N Korean nukes
China opposes nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, but diplomacy to resolve a crisis over North Korea's atomic arms programs must address Pyongyang's security concerns, Chinese President Hu Jintao
 arrow Slow progress in surgery of Siamese twins
Iranian twin sisters fused at the head faced a second night of life-threatening surgery Monday as doctors made slow progress in the operation.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Myanmar FM's visit
At a time when Yangon has been receiving adverse publicity for incarcerating Aung San Suu Kyi and worldwide pressure is mounting on the military regime to release her, the country's Foreign Minister U
 arrow Editorial: Say 'no' to dowry
That the social menace called 'dowry' pauperises hundreds of families in rural Bangladesh came into sharp focus following the new World Bank country director Christine Wallich's visit to a Jamalpur village
 arrow Tales of the tail-enders
In the context of rural Bangladesh, generally, females are expected to feed family first and themselves last. They are supposed to sleep late but rise early.
 arrow Reality check on IT: Masters or cyber-coolies?
The success of India's information technology (IT) industry has produced such euphoric reactions that some of the enthusiasts have declared India a "knowledge-based society" and "information superpower".
Letters to Editorarrow Speedy trial but delayed enforcement
In last few days we heard many sensational murder case verdicts. It is a good sign for our judiciary system. No doubt these verdicts will have a serious impact on our deteriorating law and order situation.
 arrow After the 9/11
The world has changed much after G W Bush has become the president of the United States. It seems that an evil force is at work, there is turmoil every where.
 arrow WMD sites looted
Isn't George Bush making a mockery of the US Presidency by stating that the WMD sites were looted and burned during the waning days of Saddam Hussein's rule (DS, June 22).
 arrow Quorum crisis
Quorum crisis in recent times has reached to the point of everybody's concern.
Focusarrow Improving teacher quality at secondary schools
Recently it came out in the newspapers that no student passed the SSC examination from nearly 1000 private secondary schools. Only 10 per cent passed from another few thousand schools.