Volume 4 Number 45 Thu. July 10, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 600 feared drowned in launch capsize
About 600 people were feared drowned when an overcrowded launch capsized after being sucked into a whirlpool in the Meghna at Chandpur on Tuesday night and rescue operations could not be launched because
 arrow All went wrong right from go
With the sudden breakdown of MV Coco's engine at the last moment before departure at the Sadarghat launch terminal at around 6:00pm on Tuesday, the disaster started to brew.
 arrow Overloading, apathy blamed for disaster
Overloading, inefficiency of captains, flawed design and lack of supervision by the government are the reasons for launch disaster frequency on inland waterways, said marine engineers and shipping officials
 arrow No decision yet, but experts opt for limited gas export
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday that the government had not made up its mind as yet on gas export but expert committees recommended limited sale.
 arrow Two bodies formed to probe capsizes
The government yesterday formed two inquiry committees on two separate launch disasters Tuesday night at the confluence of mighty Meghna, Padma and Dakatia near Chandpur.
 arrow Daring escape from the dock
Seventeen accused yesterday caught police totally off guard before fleeing from the dock of the district court in Narayanganj.
 arrow Flood status sharply falls in 6 N-dists
Flood situation in six northern districts sharply deteriorated yesterday as the Brahmaputra swelled further due to torrential rains and submerged fresh areas.
 arrow 8 villages washed away in Sirajganj
At least eight villages in Shubh-agachha, Ratankandi and Gandhail unions in Sirajganj district have been washed away while quite a number of other villages were inundated during the last 12 hours because
 arrow JS nod to RAB
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed three bills provisioning formation of a special force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), creation of a level playing field for both local and foreign ship operators
 arrow 4 NCBs write off Tk 1,044 cr bad loans till June
Four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) have written off nine per cent of their classified loans till June 30 in line with a Bangladesh Bank (BB) policy.
 arrow Young man dies in police custody
A 'drug addict', arrested on charge of snatching a watch from a bus passenger on Monday, died in Ramna police custody yesterday.
 arrow BBC rejects deal on naming Iraq dossier source
The BBC and the government were engaged in an extraordinary game of cat and mouse over the source of the story which claimed that Alastair Campbell had sexed up an intelligence dossier on Iraq's weapons
 arrow Bush under fire over Iraq claims
Democrats have called for a full investigation into the use of intelligence about Iraqi weapons by the United States administration.
 arrow 2,500 more bullets recovered in Bogra
Police recovered 2,500 more bullets from Gogarpara village of Kahalu upazila in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow HC rule on govt's order for removal of bumper
The High Court Division yesterday issued a rule nisi on the government to show cause in a week why the order to remove extra bumpers from all vehicles by July 10 should not be declared illegal.
 arrow Siamese twin Hasan better
One of the Siamese twins still surviving without any intensive care support is getting better and is now feeding on his mother's milk, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Charges pressed against 12 in ex-MP Sujan murder case
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against BNP leader Dr Raushan Alam and 11 others in former BNP MP Shahjahan Howlader Sujan murder case.
 arrow 80 anti-India militant camps active in Bangladesh
The Daily Pioneer of India has reported that Bangladesh's soil is being used by at least 80 militant training camps run by the so-called "rabidly anti-India Islamic militant organisations.
 arrow Remu dies for lack of ventilator at DMCH
Remu had to die prematurely in the early hours of Tuesday simply because doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) could not provide her with a ventilator for artificial breathing.
 arrow Muggers rob NGO staff of Tk 12 lakh
Armed muggers looted Tk 12 lakh from two NGO officials at Babar Road in Mohammadpur yesterday.
Businessarrow Good governance must to lure investment
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday demanded establishment of good governance in Bangladesh corporate sector terming it a pre-requisite to augment domestic and foreign investments.
 arrow Bangkok Agreement to be renamed as APTA
The Bangkok Agreement (BA) is likely to be renamed as the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) soon, sources said.
 arrow Lawyers decry mandatory tax return submission
Lawyers yesterday demanded of the government to withdraw the provision of mandatory submission of income tax return for them.
 arrow Headhunting heading for intensity
Recruitment has always been a serious business, and considering the salary and training packages of key management positions these days, mistakes made in selecting the 'perfect' candidate for a job can
 arrow DSE chairman vows to discipline members
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will take appropriate measures against members of the bourse who were engaged in malpractice, DSE Chairman Ahmed Iqbal Hasan informed the Securities and Exchange Commission
 arrow Experts to suggest further opening up of telecom
With a view to further opening up the telecommunications sector, the government has hired international consultants who will recommend on strengthening the regulatory framework, licensing framework and
 arrow BP, Chevron, Taurus win Iraq oil tender
Iraq has awarded its second post-war crude oil tender to at least four companies, including a US oil major and a trading house, with most of the oil heading to the US, market sources said on Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers sniff positives
On the eve of Bangladesh's warm up match against the Northern Territory's Chief Minister's XI, expectations are high from both sides. For Chief Minister Clare Martin it is a dream come true.
 arrow Cricket: Onus on Al-Shahriar
The performance of free-stroking batsman Al-Shahriar will be under scrutiny when he makes a return to the playing eleven in Bangladesh's four-day match against Northern Territory's Chief Minister's XI
 arrow Cricket: Hookes blasts Bangladesh
Outspoken former Australian batsman David Hookes says Bangladesh don't deserve to play Test cricket and has called on Steve Waugh's world champions to humiliate them in their two Tests in Australia'snorth.
 arrow Cricket: England led by captain
England captain Michael Vaughan's one-day international best 83 guided his side to a four wicket day-night victory with 11 overs to spare against South Africa at Edgbaston here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Maturing fast
When Andrew Flintoff first appeared on the international scene, the English, so prone to premature excesses of optimism, quickly drew comparisons with Ian Botham.
 arrow Cricket: 83 makes Vaughan happy
England captain Michael Vaughan downplayed his match-winning 83 against South Africa at Edgbaston in the NatWest triangular series day-night one-day international here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Hersch had holidays!
Herschelle Gibbs had a laugh with Hansie Cronje after the disgraced former South African captain gave evidence at the King Commission.
 arrow Chess: 12 share lead
Twelve players from Classes VI-X shared the lead with three points each after the third round of the Standard Chartered Bank School Chess tournament at the Bangla-desh Chess Federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Madaripur, Jessore in final
Jessore and Madaripur moved into the final of the 16th Pepsi National Women's Handball Championship eliminating their rivals at the Narail Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer struggles
Roger Federer to come down to earth after his weekend win at Wimbledon with a scratchy victory in his opening match at the Swiss Open here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Uzbek boosts MSC
Uzbek forward Davran Turabikov arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play for Mohammedan Sporting Club in

the Third Nitol-Tata National Football League.

 arrow Football: Rijkaard for balance
New Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard plans to work hard on defence next season but will not lose sight of playing attractive football.
 arrow Football: Home is where football is
At first glance it looked like any other World Cup match between Germany and the Netherlands.

The teams lined up, shook hands and then fought furiously as their coaches barked orders from the dugout.

 arrow Football: Kewell Reds' for five years
Harry Kewell on Wednesday confirmed football's worst-kept secret when he announced he had signed a five-year contract to switch from Leeds United to Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Brazil under pressure
Brazil's under-23 soccer team held its first day of training Tuesday in Mexico City in preparation for its Sunday match against host team Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
 arrow Football: No Ronaldinho plans
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed the Spanish champions will not try to sign Brazil World Cup striker Ronaldinho next season.
 arrow Football: Boss' faith on Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri has been given a vote of confidence by Chelsea's new owner Roman Abramovich despite speculation over Sven-Goran Eriksson leaving his England post to take over the London club.
Politicalarrow Govt wants to keep opposition out of parliament: AL
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday blamed the government for hatching a conspiracy to keep the opposition away from parliament.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka to extend hand in ensuring global peace, security
Outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters made a farewell call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Lawyers form human chain
The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday formed a human chain on the court premises to press for its six-point demand.
 arrow PM for arranging book fairs at nat'l, int'l levels
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has suggested for translating remarkable and resourceful Bengali books into English to portray Bangladesh's cultural and social heritage abroad.
 arrow One more transformer added to Basundhara sub-station
A new 60 MW transformer was added to the Basundhara Grid Sub-Station yesterday to improve power supply situation in some areas of the city.
Nationalarrow Hardened criminals freed due to 'faulty, weak charge sheet by IOs'
Thirty-six accused people have been acquitted and eight convicted in 14 cases tried by the Speedy Trial Tribunal in Khulna in the last eight months.
 arrow Flood worsens again in Nilphamari
The flood situation in Nilphamari worsened again yesterday due to rain and onrush of water through the Teesta and its tributaries.
 arrow FIR not filed fearing reprisal
None has filed FIR with Batiaghata thana in connection with the murder of Shurkhali Union Parishad chairman and BNP activist Ashraf Ali Biswas fearing reprisal.

Police are yet to arrest any one.

 arrow Case sent to CID for reinvestigation
College girl Zahida rape and murder case was transferred to CID on Wednesday for further investigation and submission of a fresh charge sheet.
Foreign Relationsarrow Saifur off to Washington to talk with donors
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman leaves for Washington today on a three-week visit to meet president of the World Bank and senior officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Culturearrow For all Senses
Karnataka to me is a lifetime's experience. I am partial to its arts, crafts, cuisine, geographical scapes, locales, temples, people and yes, even its smells... writes dancer Prathibha Prahlad.
 arrow A poet of our own passes away
Subhash Mukhopadhyay, one of the most eminent Bangla poets of the 1940s, died on July 7. He was suffering from heart problem and renal failure. He was 84.
Generalarrow Call for integrated approach to prevent outbreak of dengue
Policy makers, bureaucrats, editors of different national dailies and news agencies yesterday called for an integrated approach to prevent outbreak of dengue and improving quality of services to the city
 arrow Environment, spl courts bills tabled in Sangsad
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday tabled two bills in parliament suggesting work expansion scopes for special courts and tribunals and environment courts.
 arrow ZIA to have video cam to combat smuggling
Close-circuit video cameras will be installed at all departments of Zia International Airport (ZIA) to prevent smuggling, a Biman press release said yesterday.
 arrow Two shot dead,12 robbers held in Ctg
Two people were shot dead and 30 others injured in two incidents of robbery at Rangunia and Banshkhali upazilas in Chittagong in the past 24 hours till 6.00pm yesterday.
 arrow Arsenic-free water by 2010: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday told the House that supply of arsenic-free pure drinking water would be ensured by 2010.
 arrow Young man shot dead in city
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a young man at East Rajabazar in the city last night.
Internationalarrow Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian in West Bank
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian in the West Bank on Wednesday during an operation to arrest his brother, a wanted militant, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.
 arrow 'Congress ready to form post-poll coalition'
Indian opposition Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said her party would be prepared to enter into "appropriate coalition or alignment" with secular parties in the next general elections.
 arrow Remember Daniel Pearl? Parents ask Musharraf
Slain US reporter Daniel Pearl's parents have expressed deep displeasure over Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's silence on their son's murder during his visit to America.
 arrow Mass repatriation of Iraqi refugees ruled out: UN
The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said that it was ruling out the mass repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees this year because of growing insecurity in the country.
 arrow El Baradei to step up pressure on Iran
The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog arrived in Tehran Wednesday for a day of talks he hopes will convince the Islamic republic to open up its suspect nuclear programme to more rigorous inspections.
 arrow Failed surgery fuels ethics debate
Prayers were held on Wednesday for conjoined Iranian twins who died after a marathon separation operation as a debate erupted over whether the pioneering surgery should have even been attempted.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Launch disaster one too many
Though it is not yet known exactly how many lives were lost in Tuesday night's launch capsize in the Meghna, initial reports say over 80 per cent of the 700 or so passengers perished.
 arrow Editorial: Repose of twin souls
The deepest emotional chord has been touched worldwide by the death under limelight of the Iranian twin sisters Ladan and Laleh after a pioneering surgery to separate them ended in tragedy.
 arrow Keep the abode of justice above politics
The highest abode of justice and the honourable personalities who are, by the provisions of the country's constitution, charged with the task of delivering justice, must be, by law, kept out of country's
 arrow Know thine friend
Give George Bush 100 out of 100 for charity if not clarity.
Letters to Editorarrow Irrelevant higher studies
We have a lot of meritorious students who are studying in the university level. Some of them go for higher studies.
 arrow Save us from sound pollution
Sound Pollution has become a real problem for Dhaka City.
 arrow Foreign embassies should allow local immigration lawyers
Around the world the lawyers support their clients in high commissions and embassies.
 arrow Separation of Judiciary: Partial thinking
Almost everyday when we open newspapers we find write-ups about the separation of judiciary from the executive.
 arrow People and people's representatives
Do we have the right to question our 'honourable' MPs?

If yes, how do they justify the decision of increasing their perks up to 40 per cent when the nation is struggling to survive the onslaught of

Focusarrow Vying for the post of OIC Secretary General
Twenty-five years ago the Government of Bangladesh started its quest for the post of Secretary General of the OIC. It has been a fruitless effort so far.
 arrow Containing bank robbery
Robbery in Pubali Bank, Rampura Branch early last month (3 June) is not an isolated incident Contract killing, hijacking, kidnapping, extorting and bank robbery have recently increased when the present
 arrow A tribute to the inseparable
The much-discussed and celebrated Siamese twin sisters Ladan and Laleh Bijani, conjoined on the side of their heads, surely passed a tough, struggling life till recently since their fateful birth in 1974.