Vol. 4 Num 48 Sun. July 13, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 140 Sadarghat staff withdrawn
The government yesterday decided to act tough against the officials and employees responsible for allowing passenger launches with faulty designs to operate and failing to maintain discipline at Sadarghat
 arrow DND Dam threatened
The raging Sitalakhya river threatened to submerge houses of about one million people when it overflowed the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) Dam.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq passes away
Renowned lawyer and two-time adviser of the caretaker government Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed died of old-age complications at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka yesterday. He was 72.
 arrow Bloated bodies swirl away, Navy uses sonar to trace launch
A Bangladesh Navy ship deployed sonar equipment yesterday to trace the overcrowded launch that capsized in the Chandpur confluence of three mighty rivers four days ago.
 arrow CIA takes blame for Bush's wrong claim on WMDs
CIA Director George Tenet is trying to put to rest a burgeoning credibility problem by taking full blame for allowing President Bush to make allegations about Iraq's nuclear weapons programme later found
 arrow Defence ministry clarification
The Ministry of Defence clarified a report about irregularities in handling Tk 187.35 crore earned as foreign allowance by army personnel.

The report followed an audit objection placed in parliament.

 arrow Pope mourns Meghna tragedy
Pope John Paul II has expressed his deep shock over the tragic loss of life in the country's latest ferry disaster near Chandpur town, a Vatican message said yesterday.
 arrow Akbar to quit only after 'improving' shipping sector
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday said he would resign after making some positive contribution to the country's shipping sector.
 arrow Justice Ruhul Amin gets appointment to SC
The government yesterday appointed a judge to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court by superseding a senior judge of the High Court Division.
 arrow Stuck-up drilling string freed at Shahbazpur
The trouble-ridden Shahbazpur gas field development project yesterday got over yet another fright when operators finally managed to free its stuck-up drilling string after over 45 days.
 arrow 3 of a family killed as cab rams train at Pubail
Three of a family were killed and two injured when the taxicab they were travelling in rammed into a running train at Pubail in Gazipur in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Govt to bear tuition of child prodigy
Computer whizz Shohag, a poor but talented 12-year-old boy, was speechless with joy and surprise when Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told him that the government would pay for his education so that he could
 arrow Two cops jailed for 3 yrs in extortion case
The Speedy Trial Court 2, Dhaka, yesterday sentenced two constables to rigorous imprisonment for three years in an extortion case.

The convicts are Sohel and Ferdous of Mirpur Riot Control Department.

 arrow 5yr jail term proposed for truant launch owners
A launch owner may face up to five years in prison if found responsible for a mishap, according to a proposal to amend Section 90 under the Inland Shipping Ordinance, 1976.
 arrow Tk 1.25cr cell phones seized at ZIA
Customs officials at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized mobile phone sets worth about Tk 1.25 crore from four incoming passengers of Gulf Airways yesterday.
 arrow Mystery of cancer begins to unfold
Researchers said on Friday they were starting to find clues left by cancer when it begins to spread, and hoped to develop them into tests that may save the lives of future patients.
 arrow One arrested in AL leader murder
An accused in Awami League (AL) leader Abdus Samad Khan murder case was arrested at Pallabi yesterday.

Raiding his house, Pallabi police arrested AKM Faruq at 2:15am..

 arrow Woman raped, killed in Satkhira, husband held
Police recovered the body of a 20-year-old woman, a suspected rape and murder victim, from a jute field behind Sunderban Textile Mills under Satkhira Sadar thana Friday afternoon and arrested the victim's
Businessarrow Market access hinges on product quality
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said quality and competitive prices will determine the entry of Bangladeshi products into the international market.
 arrow Laurel for women entrepreneurs
It was a different occasion for six women entrepreneurs and three institutions as they were honoured for their outstanding performances in businesses and contributions in employment generation and women
 arrow New Pepsi drink
Transcom Beverages Ltd, official franchisee of Pepsi in Bangladesh, yesterday launched a new soft drink of Pepsi brand with different taste.
 arrow Tk 1.36cr anomalies in Shadharan Bima
Malpractice and anomalies, involving Tk 1.36 crore, were unearthed in the Reinsurance Department of Shadharan Bima Corporation by a special official audit team.
 arrow WTO finds US steel tariffs break global trade rules
Swinging emergency tariffs imposed by the United States on steel imports in March last year are in violation of global trading rules, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Darwin awaits close finish
A tremendous effort in the field and a solid batting start marred only by two late dismissals positioned Bangladesh for a real chance to win their four-day match against the Chief Minister's XI in Darwin,
 arrow Cricket: Faruque sees positives
Former national skipper Faruque Ahmed was impressed with the Bangladesh Under-23 team performance in Sri Lanka tour, especially the way his players improved with every passing game.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket season begins Oct 1
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to start the next domestic season from October 1 through holding of the national cricket championship.
 arrow Cricket: England dump SA
England crushed South Africa by seven wickets in the triangular series one-day international final at Lord's on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: I'm James
James. That's how Jimmy, sorry James Anderson wants to be called.

England's 21-year old fast-bowling sensation is already being hailed as the David Beckham of cricket.

 arrow Cricket: Thorpe keen to play again
England batsman Graham Thorpe has insisted he is ready to play international cricket again and no longer has any problems about going on tour.
 arrow Basketball: Bangladesh lift bronze
Bangladesh bagged the bronze in the qualifying round of the Asian men's basketball championship beating Sri Lanka 70-61 in New Delhi on Friday.
 arrow Handball: National men's handball starts
Hosts Jessore, Madaripur and Faridpur won their respective opening-day matches in the Pepsi 16th National Men's Handball Cham-pionship at the Jessore Zilla Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Capel upends Greene
John Capel was a surprise winner of the men's 100 metres in an American 1-2-3 at the third Golden League meeting here at the Olympic stadium on Friday.
 arrow Football: Army trouble AKC again
Title aspirants Abahani Krira Chakra got off to a stumbling start in the Nitol-Tata third National League when they drew 1-1 with Bangla-desh Army in the Group B opener at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Schools soccer
Matuail Bahumukhi High earned an emphatic 6-0 victory against Jatrabari Ideal High in the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football tournament at the East End Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Blackburn turn down Duff offer
Blackburn Rovers have rejected two official bids from Chelsea for winger Damien Duff, according to a report.
 arrow Football: Fadiga ready for Inter
Senegalese international midfielder Khalilou Fadiga said Friday he could not wait to begin life in Italy with his new club Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Souness impresses Emerton
Australian midfielder Brett Emerton says he is raring to get going at new employers Blackburn Rovers following his transfer from Feyenoord.
 arrow Football: Real deal for Ronaldinho
The best offer French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain have received for Brazilian international Ronaldinho has come from Real Madrid, the French club's president said Thursday.
Politicalarrow 'Anti-graft body to be used to protect corrupt alliance men'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has said under pressure from donors, the government is going to form a 'subservient' anti-corruption commission to protect the 'corrupt' ruling coalition men.
Nationalarrow Sylhet Osmani airport a nightmare for passengers
Hassle and harassment of passengers at Sylhet Osmani International Airport by a section of airport employees go unabated.
 arrow Miscreants demolish houses, turn land into playground
At least five persons including four women were injured when miscreants evicted some families, demolished their houses and occupied 1.6 acres of land at Biswanath Pur village in Kaligonj upazila recently.
 arrow Tk 15cr loss in Thakurgaon Sugar Mills
The Thakurgaon Sugar Mills incurred a loss of Tk 15 crore this year, mill sources said.
 arrow Bank manager faces legal notice for client 'harassment'
A client has issued a legal notice on the manager of a private bank here for harassing him on "false" charge of money laundering.
Foreign Relationsarrow 'Delhi makes no formal request for Dhaka's gas'
Free trade, tariff reduction, duty-free access of Bangladeshi goods to India, chronic trade imbalance, transit and transshipment are on the agenda, as Dhaka and Delhi meet after six years todiscuss
Culturearrow Mouth watering mango dishes
With the waving palms, blue canopies and equally blue water of the swimming pool on one side and flowing fountains on the other is a haven of peace at Café


 arrow Amaar Bangla begins its journey
A student of Guru Shubinoy Roy, Maya Chakrovarty is the first guest artiste of the new cultural organization Amaar Bangla.
Generalarrow Acquire knowledge to face future challenges
Commerce Minister Amir Khasru Mahmood Chowdhury has called upon the graduates to equip with knowledge and skills to face future challenges.
 arrow Charge-framing against 9 in BTV officials murder case Aug 14
The First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, will frame charges against nine accused in four BTV officials murder case on August 14.
 arrow Slain Humayun's relatives asks for neutral trial
Relatives of murdered engineer Humayun Kabir have asked for a neutral trial yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed,30 hurt in Jessore road mishap
A road accident on the Jessore-Jhenidah Highway in Kotwali Police Station yesterday left two persons killed and 30 others injured.
 arrow Man killed, sunk in a pond with bricks
Keraniganj police recovered a body from Liakat Ali's pond in Atigram village at 4:30pm Friday.

The man, 25, was slaughtered and stabbed in the abdomen.

 arrow Six revolvers, pistol held from a bus
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered six revolvers, one pistol, two magazines and 20 rounds of bullet from a bus near Shibganj upazila on Rajshahi-Chapainababganj highway on Saturday.
Internationalarrow Bush comes under Democrats' fire
Iraq's first representative body since Saddam Hussein fell from power prepared Saturday to hold its inaugural meeting as attacks on US troops continued more than three months since the end of the war.
 arrow Blair faces fresh 'dodgy dossier' claims
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced fresh claims of misleading the public over Iraq on Saturday after a newspaper reported the government's first weapons dossier had lifted old information from the
 arrow Arafat must be sidelined for progress in ME: Sharon
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday urged Europe to distance itself from Yasser Arafat, charging that the Palestinian leader is an obstacle to the peace process, as he prepared to make a trip
 arrow Koreas agree on peaceful fix to nuke flap
South Korea and North Korea agreed Saturday to seek a peaceful solution to the dispute over the communist nation's suspected nuclear weapons program, but negotiators offered no specific steps.
 arrow VHP asks Muslims to give up 3 disputed sites
Hardline Hindu leader Ashok Singhal Saturday demanded Indian Muslims give up three disputed religious sites to Hindus for the sake of smooth relations between the two communities.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Filth taking over Dhaka
There is no doubt that garbage disposal presents a stupendous problem for the city.
 arrow Editorial: Shifting examination dates
If someone told us that thanks to student agitation, final examinations at a premier university of the country had been delayed in seven consecutive years, we would simply brush it off as absurd.
 arrow Interventionists should follow uniform principles
Eighteenth century German philosopher Immanuel Kant would have liked a "true policy" to first pay homage to morality. Politics united to morals, he felt, would not be difficult or complicated.
 arrow Complicating the issue
The Sankaracharya of Kanchi has unnecessarily complicated the Ayodhya issue by modifying his original formula.
Letters to Editorarrow "Communicative English: A failure"
I carefully read Dr. Alam's letter titled "Communicative English: A failure" published in To the Editor's page in your daily on July 07, 2003. In his letter, Dr.
 arrow Sending troops to Iraq
Bangladesh is not a coalition force of UK-US forces. US and its allied allied forces losing their soldiers almost everyday in Iraq.
Star Holidayarrow Carved Out of Mystery
A forest wrapped in deep greens, suffused in stifling silence. Once it was a wildlife sanctuary.
Star Healtharrow A Grand Achievement!
A team of surgeons, anesthetists and nurses celebrating two years of successful operation on burn patients at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on June 10.
 arrow A few tips on infertility

What to look forIf after a period of about one-year of unprotected intercourse, the couple cannot conceive, this is infertility. It can be because of either partner or both.

Star Cityarrow Sadarghat in terminal crisis
For thousands of launch passengers, the very approach to Sadarghat launch terminal -- one of the largest river ports in the world -- is as hazardous as the voyage they undertake on the water.
 arrow Sewerage system hazard for city
Terrible mismanagement and irregularities in operation and maintenance of the city sewerage system is creating an environmental hazard for city dwellers.
 arrow Debunking a myth
People sometimes pin hopes on 'all-cure' low-price rings that are sold in wayside makeshift shops.