Vol. 4 Num 47 Sat. July 12, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Hoping against hope
Over 72 hours after the deadliest ever launch disaster in Bangladesh, 61 more bodies were retrieved and scores of bloated others were floating down the Meghna yesterday, with relatives of the victimshoping
 arrow Pallabi AL leader gunned down
Two unidentified young men gunned down a local Awami League (AL) leader at Pallabi in the city yesterday.

Abdus Samad Khan, 50, a member of Pallabi thana AL, was shot in the head and chest.

 arrow Ugandan cargo plane skids off ZIA, crew safe
An Ugandan airlines cargo plane skidded off the runway just before take-off at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday morning, causing no casualties but serious damage to the aircraft.
 arrow Rail track, bridge washed away, road link snapped
Flood situation in the northern region took an alarming turn yesterday as gushing waters from the swollen Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Teesta and their tributaries submerged vast areas and damaged roads, rail
 arrow Dy speaker, AL both seem losing heart
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui will not answer Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid's June 29 letter but may invite the Awami League by phone to a dialogue to resolve parliamentary stand-off.
 arrow Left alone, without sunshine
Rina dreamt of a rare moment of happiness. There will be friends, relatives and a lot of fun, she thought. "It's long I haven't visited my uncle's house," she muttered.
 arrow Powell sees no certainty
US Secretary of States Colin Powell admitted late Thursday there was no certainty how many foreign troops were going to Iraq to help US and British forces, in an indication that US efforts to enlist international
 arrow White House now points at CIA
The White House pointed the finger at the US Central Intelligence Agency yesterday over a false accusation that Iraq tried to buy African uranium.
 arrow 'A pro-govt anti-graft body in the making'
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised the proposed anti-corruption commission saying it would be a "commission subservient to the government".
 arrow Outlaws threaten 7 newsmen with death in Pirojpur
Unknown outlaws have threatened seven journalists of Pirojpur district with death for hindering 'their activities', police said.
 arrow Truck crushes cop to death in Mirpur
A traffic constable was run over and killed by a truck on Mazar Road in Mirpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Food aid on the wane, import on the rise
Food aid and import swung opposite ways in the just ended fiscal 2002-03, with the aid plummeting to a two-decade low and import surging to a post-1998 peak.
 arrow Partial suspension on HPSP funds withdrawn
World Bank and pool financing development partners have withdrawn the partial suspension on their pooled funds for the Health and Population Sector Programme (HPSP), said a World Bank press release here
 arrow Pirates issue' security cards' for fishermen!
Pirates in the Meghna river and its estuary have made fishing boats and trawlers their regular targets of extortion. They are now issuing 'security cards' against tolls extorted from the fishermen.
 arrow Police to go e-savvy
The government plans to introduce e-policing systems to five police stations of the capital to equip the technologically backward law-enforcement agency with modern Internet facility, sources said.
 arrow Clarification
The Inter-service Public Relations (ISPR) has contradicted part of a report, headlined 2 held with M-16 rifle, The Daily Star ran on July 6, 2003.
 arrow Indo-Pak bus service resume to mend ties
Decked with a banner hailing friendship and escorted by police jeeps, buses left India and Pakistan yesterday for the first cross-border journeys in 18 months as the nuclear rivals rebuild ties.
 arrow Sahaf resurfaces in Abu Dhabi
Former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, who earned the nickname "Comical Ali" during the US-led war on Iraq, made a sudden appearance in Abu Dhabi yesterday, saying he might not return
Businessarrow Govt curbs put plastic products in trouble
Export earnings from plastic sector are likely to witness a major setback due to a number of government restrictions on producing plastic goods, local manufacturers said.
 arrow Encourage private sector participation in power
Bangladesh needs to encourage private sector participation in power sector and review its electricity tariff structure to stamp out losses and ensure reliable and quality power, a World Bank study observed.
 arrow Errant trade bodies irk commerce ministry
Some of the trade bodies, being run like pocket organisations, have confined elections within a close circle as if running informal family matters, observed the commerce ministry.
 arrow US businesses urge Bush to fix post-Sept 11 visa woes
A coalition of US business groups urged US President George W Bush Thursday to accelerate procedures for reviewing US visa applications, which began getting more scrutiny after the Sept 11 attacks.
 arrow Malaysia, Japan on course to free trade pact: Abdullah
Malaysia's prime minister in waiting said Friday his country is on course to forge a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan as it is determined to maintain its "Look-East" policy of learning from the rest
 arrow Global labour body blasts WTO as undemocratic
International labour union grouping the ICFTU denounced the World Trade Organisation Thursday as a secretive, undemocratic body undermining human and worker rights around the globe.
 arrow US opens up bids for $1b Iraq oil contracts
The US Army invited bids Thursday for two new contracts worth up to $1 billion to rebuild Iraq's oil industry, opening up the lucrative business to foreign firms previously excluded from such deals.
 arrow Office vacancies hit record high in Tokyo
The rate of empty office space in central Tokyo hit a record high in June after a flood of new office blocks hit the market, a brokerage firm specialising in real estate said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Paceman revive hopes
Disappointment and defiance summed up the second day's play between Bangladesh and the Northern Territory's Chief Minis-ter's XI yesterday. Disappointment for poor batting.
 arrow Cricket: Selection calling Athar, Faruque?
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is reportedly planning to form a new selection committee with past players who have an understanding of modern day cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Tri-series final today
South Africa captain Graeme Smith admitted that Lord's, where the Proteas face England in Saturday's NatWest triangular series final, was a "little bit intimidating".
 arrow Cricket: The timeless great
Australian Test greats Arthur Morris, Steve Waugh and Bill Brown claim Don Bradman would still be averaging around 100 runs per innings if he was playing Test cricket today.
 arrow Cricket: Rudolph, Smith steer SA
Jacques Rudolph's unbeaten 69 guided South Africa to a seven-wicket triangular series victory over Zimbabwe in the first-ever international match staged at The Rose Bowl here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Eager and ready
England one-day skipper Michael Vaughan admitted Friday his first experience of leading the team this season had whetted his appetite for the Test captaincy.
 arrow Cricket: Ban will work wonders
Shane Warne Friday put a positive spin on his 12-month drug suspension, saying it will add another year to his cricket career.
 arrow Football: Kanchan, Farhad sink Jagarani
Hattricks from ace strikers Kanchan and Farhad helped reigning champions Mohammedan Sporting Club register a comprehensive 6-0 win against minnows Jamalpur Jagarani Club in the opening encounter of the
 arrow Football: Rayerbazar run riot
Rayerbazar High School went on a rampage on the opening day of the Dhaka Metropolis Inter-School Football Tournament.
 arrow Football: Philosophical Hierro
Former captain Fernando Hierro is disappointed at the way his 14-year career at Real Madrid was brought to an end, but says he has no ill feelings against the club.
 arrow Football: England, Turkey join hands
England and Turkey have agreed to step up co-operation in an attempt to defuse the potentially explosive Euro 2004 qualifier between the two countries in Istanbul in October, UEFA said Friday.
 arrow Football: Kewell bares his soul
Australian international Harry Kewell was unveiled as a Liverpool player on Thursday and delivered a parting shot to former club Leeds as the summer's most acrimonious transfer saga came to an end.
 arrow Football: First choice United
Brazilian star Ronaldinho wants to join Manchester United and is now waiting for his club Paris St Germain and the English Premiership champions to agree on a deal believed to be worth around 25 million
 arrow Football: What's the catch?
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti admitted to meeting Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on Thursday, but dismissed talk that the Russian millionaire was in northern Italy to buy striker Christian Vieri.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's watch woes!
A Swiss watchmaker has gone into receivership blaming an injury suffered by Brazilian star Ronaldo for a drop in sales of a watch the player had promoted.
 arrow Football: Changes in UEFA Cup, WC qualifiers
The UEFA Cup, European soccer's second club competition, was given a long-awaited overhaul on Thursday when UEFA's Executive Committee announced the introduction of a mini-league group stage to add excitement
 arrow Hockey: Azad down Wanderers
Azad Sporting Club secured full points in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League with a 3-1 victory over Dhaka Wanderers Club at the Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: StanChart chess
Three players shared the lead in the class Six to Ten Group with maximum five points after the fifth round of the Standard Chartered Bank School Chess Tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium
Politicalarrow AL likely to purge Hazari of guilt
The Awami League (AL) is likely to take disciplinary action against Joynal Hazari, who frequently hogged news headlines for 'criminal activities' in Feni during the AL rule.
Metropolitanarrow Disposal of city waste under pvt sector begins
They started work one and a half months back with a gigantic mission to clean up the city's garbage.
 arrow JUJA to boycott VC's programmes
The Jahangirnagar University Journalists' Association (JUJA) yesterday decided to boycott the programmes of Vice-Chancellor Prof.
 arrow Garment workers place 12-pt demadn
Bangladesh Sangjukta Garments Sramik Federation (BSGSF) yesterday placed a 12-point demand to the government for the welfare of garment workers.
 arrow Malaysian Education Fair begins in city on July 14
A two-day Malaysian Education Fair will be held in the city on July 14 and 15, says a press release.
 arrow Tree plantation programme
Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Official and Staff Welfare Association organised a tree plantation programme on its office premises on Thursday.
Nationalarrow 6 spotted deer killed in a day, death threat to forest guards
Six slaughtered spotted deer were recovered from Katka area under Swarankhola Range of the Sundarbans Monday night.
 arrow Push-in attempt by BSF foiled
Three push-in attempts by the Indian Broder Security Force (BSF) were foiled by BDR personnel with the help of villagers along the northern border of Bangladesh on Monday last.
 arrow Split in PBCP, new party floated
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has been divided, at last.

Dissidents have floated a new party named 'PBCP Janajuddho (M-L).' headed by Tapan Mahmud.

 arrow Three 'abducted for ransom' in Kushtia
Three young men including a college student were abducted allegedly for ransom from the town on Tuesday.
 arrow One killed, 30 hurt in Barisal road accident
One person was killed and 30 people were injured as two night coaches fell into roadside ditches after one hit the other from behind at Kasemabad under Gournadi police station in Barisal on Wednesday.
 arrow Flood situation in Nilphamari worsens as Teesta swells again
The Teesta swelled sharply last night after a fall in the morning.
 arrow One held for Tk 8 cr 'swindle' in Ctg
One person has been arrested in the city on charge of swindling some businessmen out of Tk eight crore.
Foreign Relationsarrow Pak president, PM condole deaths in ferry accident
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic loss of life in the ferry accident near Chandpur.
Culturearrow Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, auteur filmmaker
In the first part of the four-part retrospective of the films by the greatest French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, Zahir Raihan Film Society will screen six films at the Alliance Francaise at Road No.
Generalarrow Drop-in Centre brings hope to HIV patients
Rina broke down and wept when she heard that she got the deadly HIV virus that would lead her to death slowly but surely.

"Suddenly I lost my hope for life.

 arrow Cyber pirates hack into Barisal DC office Internet account
Cyber pirates recently hacked into the Internet account of Barisal DC office marking the first cyber crime in the Barisal region.
 arrow Khulna lawyers to boycott courts today
Lawyers of the Khulna District Bar Association have decided to boycott courts today to protest imposition of VAT on their income.
 arrow 362 more Rohingyas return home
A total of 362 Rohingya refugees of 62 families voluntarily returned to their homes in Myanmar through Teknaf border between July 5 and 10.
Internationalarrow US Senate calls for NATO, UN troops to Iraq
The US Senate unanimously called on the White House to consider asking for NATO and UN troops to be sent into Iraq as former commander Tommy Franks said US troops may have to stay as long as four years.
 arrow Palestinians hold security talks with Israel
Israelis and Palestinians continued Friday to advance haltingly along their roadmap to peace, but the latest high-level security talks failed to yield any breakthroughs on the key issues.
 arrow Iraqi chemical weapons 'posed no risk': Expert
Iraqi chemical weapons posed no significant risk to the world in the run-up to the US-led war to oust Saddam Hussein, the former head of an international arms non-proliferation agency said Friday.
 arrow WFP raises alarm over Iraq's security situation
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned mounting lawlessness was affecting its ability to deliver monthly food rations to Iraq's civilian population, in a statement received by AFP here Friday.
 arrow Koreas try to find ways to reduce nuke tension
Delegates from North and South Korea struggled to find common ground at high-level talks here Friday on ways to reduce tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons drive.
 arrow Cook attacks Blair's 'palpably absurd' war justification
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's justification for war has begun to appear "palpably absurd", former British foreign minister Robin Cook said Friday.
 arrow Democracy, reconciliation 'beyond reach': Myanmar
Democracy and reconciliation in Myanmar remain "far beyond reach" despite UN efforts, the country's official press warned Friday as it fired its latest salvo against detained opposition leader Aung San
 arrow Bush takes 'war on terror' message to East Africa
President Bush took his "war on terror" message to Uganda on Friday, aiming to boost security in an unstable region Washington fears could become a home to groups like Osama bin Laden's al- Qaeda.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Launch disasters
The details of the launch capsize in the confluence of three rivers near Chandpur have brought into focus some glaring navigational flaws and the launch operators' great indifference to the safety ofpassengers.
 arrow Editorial: Indo-Pak dialogue
Both India and Pakistan agreeing to join the next SAARC summit, to be held in Islamabad, is not only an expression of good intention from both the sides, but also a positive sign towards the implementation
 arrow Free trade: Are we prepared?
President Roosevelt once said, give me a one-handed economist who will not use 'on the other hand' to puzzle me at random.
 arrow Bend it like Bush, and use Orwellian euphemisms!
With apologies to David Beckham and the makers of the movie "Bend It Like Beckham," a mega-hit also here in the US, which the writer has seen, the Bush Administration has mastered the Orwellian ("crudely
Letters to Editorarrow Tax must be withdrawn from books and journals
We fully approve Mr. Mukit Choudhury's view.
 arrow "WB praises Bangladesh"
Whom should we believe -- the World Bank (WB) or the ever critical Opposition party.
 arrow Shahbazpur gas- Bhola
This is one of the biggest gas reserves of the country located at the southern part of Bangladesh. Few years back UNOCAL, an American gas and oil company, offered to explore this gas to Bangladesh government.
Literaturearrow Dr. Azad the man of science
Setting: A Bangladeshi family, Nazneen (of Gouripur, Mymensingh), living in Tower Hamlets, London with her 'always learning' husband Chanu (a graduate of the English department of Dhaka Universityno
 arrow A Different Tide
A boat unfurls its sail and floats awayIn this water-embraced worldThis blue bewitchment,So many fires die against the flowtideWhile sleep's hand shivers during ebb-tide A dimness within the joy of villages
 arrow Tell Me Mother
Tell me mother:

The weekdays come so fast and thick---Have they a car to reach so quick?

But why does Sunday take so long,Behind the others trudging on?

Has she the farthest skies to cross?