Volume 4 Number 46 Fri. July 11, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Hopes dying down
Fifteen bloated bodies were retrieved from the Meghna downstream yesterday, two days after an overcrowded launch capsized in the Chandpur confluence after being sucked into the eye of an eddy.
 arrow Insurance plan for passengers ditched
The government has abandoned its mandatory life insurance plan for marine passengers in the face of opposition by launch owners.
 arrow Moves against media
Within the last three weeks warrants of arrests were issued against five editors and one executive editor on defamation charges.
 arrow Confluence a serial killer
The confluence of three mighty rivers close to Chandpur town has turned into a death trap for south-bound launches, as over 1,500 passengers died in serial sinkings at the monsoon-swollen meeting point
 arrow No reason to resign: Akbar
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday denied flat out any possibility of his resignation over Tuesday's triple-deck launch capsize in which about 530 passengers were feared drowned.
 arrow Tales from Chandpur
Finding Tuesday's tragic launch capsize and the loss of so many lives to much to bear, a young man got indifferent to his own life.
 arrow Bill for free Anti-graft body placed in JS
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed last night introduced in the Jatiya Sangsad a bill seeking to form an independent anti-corruption commission.
 arrow Fresh houses, farmland flooded
With the Brahmaputra, Ganges and Teesta still in spate, flood situation in 15 districts deteriorated yesterday, submerging houses and crop lands in fresh areas.
 arrow Thorny trade issues to top JEC talks
Pending issues like transshipment, free trade agreement (FTA) and trade barriers will figure prominent in the upcoming India-Bangladesh Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting.
 arrow Over 100 jt secys set to supersede seniors
In an attempt to fill the vacuum in top administrative positions that is putting brakes on activities, the government has decided to promote over 100 joint secretaries to the posts of additional secretary.
 arrow BB dose to cut down Oriental Bank costs
As the financial performance of Oriental Bank, formerly Al-Baraka Bank, remains below the mark, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) has imposed 11 measures on it to cut down costs.
 arrow Jamuna devours 2 unions, more under threat
Jamuna erosion has left a trail of devastation in Rajapur and Soydabad unions in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj while some other unions south of the affected ones are under threat.
 arrow India to join SAARC summit in Islamabad
India and Pakistan have agreed yesterday that their leaders would attend SAARC summit in January aimed at tackling the region's poverty and free trade problems.
 arrow Killer car belongs to a private carrier co
The private car that entangled motorcycle-riding Dr Shajahan Ali and dragged him over two and a half kilometres to death on July 1 belongs to a private carrier company.
 arrow Democrats grill Rumsfeld on faulty US intelligence
Senate Democrats grilled US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday about the reliability of US intelligence, one day after the White House backpedaled on its claims that Iraq had tried to obtainnuclear
 arrow Govt to offload 93.58 per cent share of Rupali Bank: Saifur
The government will offload 93.58 per cent share of Rupali Bank, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman told parliament yesterday.
 arrow Criminal Kochi's man dies in accidental fire
A member of top criminal Moshiur Rahman Kochi's gang died yesterday at Kafrul when a bullet from a pistol that the gang was checking accidentally hit him.
 arrow Trader tossed to death for not paying toll
Extortionists pushed a small trader from the fourth floor of Rajuk Bhaban down yesterday noon as he refused to pay toll.
 arrow Two convicts executed at Comilla Jail
Two convicts in a murder case were executed in the Comilla Central Jail early yesterday.
 arrow Victim's uncle gives fresh deposition
Atiqur Rahman Masum, the seventh prosecution witness in the Shazneen case and paternal uncle of the victim, again gave his deposition before the Second Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children
Businessarrow Capacity building efforts elude business bodies
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday lashed out at chambers and trade associations for their lack of capacity building efforts in running modern day business.
 arrow Investors' confidence hinges on updating, enforcement of laws
Laws need to be updated in line with changing business scenario and proper enforcement of the laws must be ensured to gain investors' confidence in the capital market.
 arrow Agri tech exposition in Oct
A three-day exposition -- Agri-Invest Bangladesh 2003 -- will begin on October 23 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka that will attract foreign investors in ago-based sector, organisers
 arrow S'pore economy shrinks
Singapore's SARS-hit economy contracted sharper than expected in the second quarter, the government said Thursday as the city-state's de facto central bank signalled it would accept a weaker local currency
 arrow EU lifts trade embargo against Iraq
The European Union (EU) on Wednesday lifted trade sanctions against Iraq in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1483 of May 22, 2003.
 arrow India to sell shares of five key state firms
The Indian cabinet Thursday announced it will sell off part of its holdings in key large state-owned firms including the country's international telecom gateway, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL).
 arrow EU to inject new life into relations with ASEAN
The European Commission on Wednesday presented a strategy that aims to breathe new life into muted relations between the European Union and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), possibly leading
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers roar on Day 1
In a solid day of cricket on a very difficult wicket for bowlers and batsmen alike, Bangladesh yesterday dismissed the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI for 189on the second last ball of the day.
 arrow Cricket: Ntini rocks Zimbabwe
South Africa strike bowler Makhaya Ntini took four wickets, including three with his first 10 balls, as Zimbabwe limped to 173 for eight in their NatWest one-day triangular series match on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Zulu won't be let off
The United Cricket Board (UCB) of South Africa said on Wednesday it would "vigorously oppose" any legal action brought against it by discarded Natal all-rounder Lance Klusener.
 arrow Cricket: No Boje for 4 months
South Africa's Nicky Boje will be out for at least four months after breaking a leg while fielding against England.
 arrow Cricket: Eng pitches vex Marsh
Zimbabwe's Australian coach Geoff Marsh hit out at the state of English pitches on Wednesday claiming that they are a poor breeding ground for genuine top class bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Rain spoils U-23 team's final game
The last tour match of the visiting Bangladesh Under-23 team against the Sri Lankan Under-23 selection was washed out at the Rangri Stadium in Dambulla yesterday.
 arrow Chess: StanChart chess
Six players were sharing the lead in the Class Six to Ten Group with maximum 4 points each after the fourth round of the Standard Chartered Bank school chess tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn's agenda
Thai tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan hopes to perform well in front of his home crowd at the first ever ATP tournament to be held in Thailand this September, his father and coach said Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Novak in quarters
Former winner Czech Jiri Novak moved into the Swiss Open quarterfinals after coming from behind to defeat Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu on Wednesday.
 arrow Athletics: Greene goes for speed
Devout Catholic Maurice Greene will be praying for a quick start when he runs in the third Golden League meeting here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Juvenile soccer launched
To inject some new life into the country's football, the Dhaka Metropolis Inter-school Football Tournament was inaugurated yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium with a huge enthusiasm.
 arrow Football: NFL kicks off today
Mohammedan Sporting Club will launch their title defence of the Nitol-Tata National League at MA Aziz Stadium here today.
 arrow Football: BFF selects 18 for Qatar meet
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has called up 18 players to form a team to take part in an international five-a-side tournament in Qatar over August 1-8.
 arrow Football: Jugantor lift DRU soccer
A golden goal from Moniruzzaman Ujjal enabled Dainik Jugantor to clinch the Basundhara-DRU Football Tournament beating news agency NNB in the final at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho's path clear
Paris St Germain completed the signing of Portuguese striker Pauleta from Bordeaux on Thursday, opening the way for their Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho to go to Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Leeds feel cheated
Australian international Harry Kewell was accused of effectively blackmailing his former financially troubled Premiership club Leeds into selling him for a cut price fee by the side's chairman John McKenzie
 arrow Football: 'Thank you Batigol'
Argentinian football great Gabriel Batistuta was given a special award for his record goalscoring exploits for the national side here on Wednesday during a friendly match to celebrate the 25th anniversary
 arrow Football: Teixeira again
Ricardo Teixeira was elected president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for the fifth successive time Wednesday amid a battle of court orders.
 arrow Football: The corporate Nakata!
Japanese football star Hidetoshi Nakata, whose future with Italian Serie-A side Parma is up in the air, is to use his head as a part-time corporate executive to help revive a Tokyo confectioner as well
 arrow Football: Blatter for club cuts
The world's leading football championships should radically reduce the number of clubs in them so as to avoid a repeat of the tragic death of Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe, said FIFA supremoSepp
 arrow Football: AFC, CAF friends
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and its African counterpart have buried the hatchet following their bitter three-year row over the 2006 World Cup vote.
Politicalarrow AL not rejoining budget session, seeks int'l probe on Bogra hauls
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday ruled out its rejoining the current budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad.


 arrow Delete remarks against Hasina, asks AL letter to Speaker
Opposition Chief Whip M Abdus Shahid yesterday sent a letter to the speaker urging him to expunge "indecent and unparliamentary remarks" by the ruling alliance MPs on July 8 against Leader of the Opposition
Metropolitanarrow 'Nationalise jobs of non-govt primary teachers'
Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers Association (BNGPTA) yesterday urged the government to nationalise their jobs by August 10.
 arrow Arms factory unearthed in Ctg: 2 arrested
Police unearthed an arms-making factory and arrested two people from a village here yesterday.

They also recovered some arms and arms-making equipment from the scene, police said.

 arrow JUJA ultimatum to VC
The Jahangirnagar University Journalists' Association (JUJA) gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the vice-chancellor yesterday to meet their demands.
 arrow Tk 19 lakh, 300 mts wheat allocated for victims of natural calamities
The government has allotted Tk 19 lakh for 38 districts and 300 mts of wheat for six districts affected in recent different natural calamities, including flash flood.
Foreign Relationsarrow Vietnamese FM due July 16
Foreign Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Dy Nien will arrive in Dhaka on a three-day visit on July 16, diplomatic sources said.
 arrow China, Germany express condolence
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday expressed his deep shock at the loss of lives and property in Tuesday's launch capsize in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Looking back at the years
To mark the 82nd anniversary of the University of Dhaka, a weeklong photography show titled 'Glorious Dhaka University 1921-2003' was arranged at the TSC recently.
 arrow Amjad Hossain is back
Recently while attending a press show of a Bangla feature film Praner Manush at the Zahir Raihan Colour Lab of the FDC, I was mentally prepared for something, awful, filled with sexual obscenity
 arrow A singer with passion
Absolutely amateur at heart, Waqar Choudhury must have felt elated when he was singing Ami dukkho bhuley jai/Shukh khujey pai gaaney in front of a big assemblage of audience at the Hotel Sonargaon.
Generalarrow Tk 43 lakh anomalies in 10 overseas Biman stations
Ten out of 22 overseas stations of Biman have Tk 43.18 lakh financial irregularities in their operation.
 arrow World Population Day today
World Population Day will be observed today with the objective to raise awareness about population-related issues.

The theme of this year is "Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights".

 arrow Another 600 bullets found in Bogra
Another 600 bullets were recovered from Jogarpara village in Kahalu upazila yesterday.

Police recovered the bullets wrapped in a packet from near the brick field of one Yasin Ali.

 arrow 50 injured as villagers clash in Kushtia
At least 50 people were injured, ten of them seriously, in a clash between two group of villagers at Gognobipur in sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow 6-hr hartal in Sylhet ends
The six-hour hartal called by the Arpita Sampatty Ain Protirodh Andolan (Vested Property Law Resistance Movement) passed peacefully in Sylhet yesterday with commercial establishments and educational institutions
 arrow Schoolgirl raped, killed in Laxmipur
A schoolgirl was killed after being raped at Khandakarpur village in Sadar Upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Girl raped in Pabna
A 10-year-old girl was raped allegedly by Kalam, 30, last Wednesday evening at Matiyakola village in Santhiya upazila of Pabna.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Independent commission against corruption
At the outset, let's welcome the draft bill to form an independent anti-graft commission which has received cabinet approval for an onward transmission to the parliament for consideration and eventual
 arrow Facing flood
According to newspaper reports flood is just around the corner. It has been forecast that if water levels in Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna continue to rise these will very soon cross the high water mark.
 arrow Freedom and virtue
If life is compared to a river, then its two streams are named freedom and virtue. Analyse the evolution of human society, and these are the two phenomena, which dominated history.
 arrow Humayun Rasheed Choudhury
He was a senior diplomat, international personality, held posts such as Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Speaker of the Bangladesh National Assembly. He was elected to the Parliament thrice.
 arrow Accurate printing of Holy Quran
Holy Quran should be printed, as far as humanly possible, with 100 percent precision and care. There must not be any printing mistake whatsoever in the Holy Book.
Letters to Editorarrow Recognising friends
The governments have so far given national awards to many distinguished persons for their contributions to our War of Liberation, in other words we have recognised and appreciated their contribution.
 arrow Language of the powerful
It is interesting to note how the language is being continuously to cover up the lies and deception of this disgraceful war. Occupation has become "liberation".
 arrow Bumper controversy
As a reaction to the accident of a doctor who had been dragged by a car-bumper to death, the government has interdicted the use of extra bumpers in cars.
 arrow Religion and politics should not mix
The latest murders of the Shiite Muslims by Sunni fanatics in Quetta almost immediately after another shooting of Shiite police recruits in Baluchistan shows what is wrong with mixing politics and religion
 arrow A question
Let us imagine that a few non-believers i.e.. non-Muslims have attacked a mosque and killed some Muslims who were saying their prayers.
 arrow Ammo haul controversy
The haul of huge ammunition has created lot of controversy in the country. People were awed at the size of the haul and expected to have a clear picture.
 arrow A Khulna story
Though presently living in Dhaka, my home actually is in Khulna. So the ever-deteriorating law and order situation of Khulna makes me sad.

Khulna is an important district for trade and commerce.

 arrow The foreign exchange balloon
It appears that our financial planners have forgotten a widely used proverb the empty drum beats the loudest. They probably also suffer from a serious delusion regarding our current economic prospects.
 arrow Life in DU
The letter by NSS on June 16, 2003 talks about the destructive way how the students of Dhaka University spend their time.
 arrow Misleading masterminds
Finally the British Parliament has exonerated Tony Blair and his Government from charges of misleading the Parliament on the British invasion of Iraq.
 arrow "Converting Muslims to Christianity"
This is in response to Shabbir A. Bashar's letter of June 30 in connection with Mrs. Robinson's letter on the above caption published earlier in the D.S.
Worldarrow Hamas warns truce doomed unless prisoners freed
A US-backed Middle East peace plan was under new strain on Thursday after the main Palestinian militant group Hamas warned that a cease-fire would unravel unless Israel freed thousands of prisoners.
 arrow 3 more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Three US soldiers were killed and another was wounded overnight in separate attacks in Iraq, US military officials told AFP yesterday, as anti-American violence showed no sign of abating.
 arrow Floods ravage eastern India
A family of four swept away by flood waters and a 68-year-old man who drowned when his boat capsized were the latest victims of torrential rains ravaging eastern India, officials said Thursday.
 arrow S Korea presses North on multilateral talks
South Korea used inter-Korean high-level talks here Thursday to pressure North Korea to agree to multilateral discussions to resolve the worsening nuclear crisis, officials said.
 arrow Musharraf hoodwinked US on N-tech transfer to N Korea: Expert
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has "blatantly lied" to the United States about the supply of Pakistani nuclear technology to North Korea, a leading South Asia expert has said.
 arrow Iraqi cops ask US troops to get out of Fallujah
Iraqi police in Fallujah threatened to resign yesterday unless the US forces that trained them left town, saying the presence of American troops endangered their lives.
 arrow 22 killed in HK bus accident
At least 22 people were killed and 20 injured Thursday when a double-decker bus ran off a highway and plunged down a steep slope in one of Hong Kong's worst ever traffic accidents.
 arrow Muslims must 'put fear into hearts of enemies', says Mahathir
Muslims must learn again how to "put fear in the hearts" of their enemies because false religious teachings have left them backward and easily oppressed, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said
 arrow Small chance of Iraqi WMD find: UK official
Almost four months after the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, a senior British official said on Thursday it would be "extremely difficult" to find banned weapons they said justified war.
 arrow Iranian twins to be honoured among martyrs
The bodies of Iranian twins Laleh and Ladan Bijani, whose bid to lead separate lives after 29 years joined at the head ended in their deaths in a Singapore operating theatre, returned to the Iranian capital
 arrow Iran refuses immediate tougher nuclear probes, agrees to more talks
UN atomic energy chief Mohamed ElBaradei failed here Wednesday to secure Iran's authorisation to immediately conduct tougher inspections of its suspect nuclear programme, but the two sides agreed to hold
 arrow Washington now hopes to share burden of Iraq occupation: Rumsfeld
Washington hopes to share the cost and responsibility of the ongoing military occupation Iraq with a coalition of countries, NATO members playing a key role, top defense officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Iraq still lacks power, water and govt
Three months to the day after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, US forces Wednesday announced the arrest of two top Baathists, although rebuilding efforts foundered with large parts of Baghdad still
 arrow Bush defends Iraq war
The US military arrested two more Iraqi officials on its "most-wanted" list as President Bush sought to fend off criticism that he misled Americans into the Iraq war.
 arrow Bush promises Botswana cash to fight AIDS
Visiting a country with the world's highest AIDS infection rate, President Bush said Thursday that the disease is "the deadliest enemy Africa has ever faced" and promised that the United States will help