Volume 4 Number 49 Mon. July 14, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Delhi talk thorny issues at JEC meet today
After a long six-year gap, the sixth meeting of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) between India and Bangladesh begins today (Monday) in the capital.
 arrow Akbar faces PM heat
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday came under fire from the prime minister in the wake of the Chandpur launch capsize that has added hundreds of passengers to the list of casualties in a series
 arrow 50 Sadarghat staff withdrawn, law watch still lax
The government yesterday issued a set of orders reshuffling about 50 officials and employees of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and the Department of Shipping posted to the Sadarghat
 arrow Lawyers stay out of SC over judge's appointment
The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday boycotted both divisions of the court protesting appointment of a judge to the Appellate Division superseding his senior colleague in the High Court Division.
 arrow Audit finds Tk 18cr anomalies in R&H deptt
An official audit into the Roads and Highways (R&H) Department under communications ministry unearthed Tk 18.35 crore in irregularities and anomalies by the department officials and employees.
 arrow Flood takes more areas in its fold
The flood situation in the central and northern districts has worsened as the rivers in the Brahamaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma basins are still swelling.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq laid to rest
Renowned constitutional expert, lawyer and two-time adviser of the caretaker government Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed was buried at the Banani graveyard yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Charge framed against BNP MP's brother
The Speedy Trial Trubunal-4, Dhaka Division, yesterday framed charges against Reaz Uddin Ahmed Monir, brother of the ruling BNP MP Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, and 22 others in connection with the Keraniganj
 arrow Body-find hope all but over
The hopes of recovering the bodies of passengers missing since Tuesday night's triple-deck launch disaster in the Meghna are practically over.
 arrow Seven bank directors' appointment cancelled
The central bank has recently cancelled the appointments of seven directors of two private commercial banks (PCBs).
 arrow DCC nod for limited road digging
Four utility service providers will start digging different points of 18 zonal roads soon on an approval from the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow JS passes bill for law reforms for women, children
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed two bills bringing in major reforms in laws concerning women and children repression and provisioning some measures for quick dispensation of justice.
 arrow Coast Guard in action to flush out criminals from Sundarbans
The Coast Guard on Saturday launched a 'major' operation in the Sundarbans, which has become a safe haven for pirates and smugglers, to flush them out.
 arrow Dr Kamal blames civil society for failing to act on launch disasters
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the latest launch disaster shows that members of a civil society failed to live up to the obligation to bring those responsible to book.
 arrow Rebel ambushes kill 16 Russian soldiers
Rebels ambushed a Russian military vehicle in southern Chechnya and staged hit-and-run attacks against federal positions, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 13 in heavy fighting over the past 24 hours,a
 arrow Cross-exam of 22nd PW ends
Cross-examination of Metropolitan Magistrate Maksudur Rahman Patwari, the 22nd prosecution witness (PW) in the Shazneen case, by the defence lawyers ended yesterday.
 arrow Britain stands behind Iraq uranium charge
Britain snapped back at its close ally the United States on Saturday after the White House cited it as the source of questionable information that President Bush used to bolster the case for war against
 arrow Appeal for help
Manzurul Hasan Masud, a brilliant student, who has been suffering from blood cancer seeks financial help for his treatment.
 arrow Correction
A report headlined "Defence ministry clarification" published in The Daily Star on Sunday referred to the defence ministry due to confusion arising out of a press release.
Businessarrow PCBs register Tk 775cr profit in six months
Private commercial banks (PCBs) earned a total profit of Tk 775 crore during the first six months of the current calendar year.

During the period, deposits of the 31 PCBs increased by 22.

 arrow Impasse over duty on UPS ends
After nearly two months, an impasse over fixation of import duties on uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units ended yesterday.
 arrow Donors to help HRD face post-MFA challenges
A number of multilateral donor agencies have recently agreed to extend supports to the human resources development in Bangladesh's businesses to help face the challenges in the post-MFA (multi-fibre arrangement)
 arrow Govt to open up gas transmission
In a policy liberalisation move, the government is going to open up the gas transmission sector for private investment, official sources said.
 arrow EU ministers sit tomorrow to study Italy-led growth plan
European Union finance ministers are to weigh a proposed infrastructure investment plan at a meeting on Tuesday, despite a lukewarm reception from some countries.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Darwin delight for Tigers
Bangladesh celebrated their second tour victory, defeating the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI by two wickets in an exciting finish just after lunch on the fourth and final day at Darwin's Marrara
 arrow Cricket: Odds are 17 to 1
Bookmakers are offering odds of 17-1 on Australia's chances of winning the first Test against Bangladesh inside a single day.
 arrow Cricket: 'We'll put on a good show'
Steve Waugh says his Australian cricket team aims to "put on a good show" against Bangladesh here this week.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas hurt
South Africa captain Graeme Smith told his side to "remember the hurt" of their seven-wicket triangular NatWest Series final defeat against England at Lord's here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: 'Boom Boom' a Hall of Famer
Former world No. 1 Boris Becker of Germany on Saturday became the second-youngest individual to be inducted to the Tennis Hall of Fame.
 arrow Tennis: Federer show rolls on
Newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Roger Federer clinched his place in the final of the Swiss Open for the first time on Saturday when he overcame tough second set resistance by fourth-seeded ArgentineGaston
 arrow Hockey: Azad confirm super league
Azad Sporting Club confirmed their super league berth in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League with a thumping 8-0 victory over Mukta Bihanga at the Moulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rahul on top alone
Rahul Sangma of Bihar school took the lead from Classes VI-X group with seven points after the seventh round of the Standard Chartered Bank School Chess tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federationauditorium
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Rifles School, Alhaj Jafar Bepari High School and Bhasantek High School won their respective matches in the boys' school kabadi competition at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Arambagh's wake up call
Arambagh Krira Sangha met the same fate as Abahani Krira Chakra when the Dhaka Premier League club had to come from behind to escape with a 1-1 draw against unheralded Jhenidah Mohammedan in the Nitol-Tata
 arrow Football: Brothers, Wanderers planning big
Brothers Union and Dhaka Wanderers are determined to recapture their glory days.

As a first step they vowed to build formidable squads to challenge the three-club dominance in the Dhaka league.

 arrow Football: Schools soccer
Rahmatullah Model High and Sunbeams recorded identical 6-nil victories over their respective rivals in the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football competition at different venues yesterday.
 arrow Football: And the story continues....
English champions Manchester United have made a new bid to sign Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldinho, a Sunday newspaper has claimed.
 arrow Football: Best not at his best!
Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland winger George Best was arrested after a pub brawl at the weekend amid reports that he has started drinking again.
 arrow Football: Taffarel wants to go on
The Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel said that he wants to keep on playing and is not thinking about getting retired even though he is 37 years old.
 arrow Bright USA start

Goals by Eddie Lewis and Brian McBride helped the United States open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title with a 2-0 defeat of El Salvador Saturday.

 arrow Football: Howard United bound
United States and MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard is to be transferred to Manchester United for an expected 2 million-dollar fee, Major League Soccer and the English Premiership champions are to announce
 arrow Football: Roy's heart with Bayern
Deportivo Coruna's Dutch international striker Roy Makaay says he hopes the Spanish side will agree terms with German champions Bayern Munich so that he can join a side capable of winning the European
 arrow Football: Veron the big one?
Juan Sebastian Veron will become Chelsea's latest multi-million pound signing when he leaves Manchester United this week.
 arrow Football: Gallas undecided
French international defender William Gallas said Saturday he was still not certain to stay at Premiership outfit Chelsea despite the millions being shelled out on new players.
Politicalarrow Fatulla Sramik League president arrested
President of the Fatulla Regional Sramik League, Kausar Ahmed Polash was arrested on Saturday night when he came to Fatulla police station.
Metropolitanarrow Khoka welcomes JICA's move to make Dhaka a clean city
Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka MP yesterday urged the city dwellers as well as government and non-government organisations to make their best efforts towards developing Dhaka as a modern and clean city.
 arrow Directive to make Dhaka Zoo best recreation centre
The Dhaka Zoo will be developed as a best amusement centre of the country.
 arrow JU employees go on three-day strike today
The employees of Jahangirnagar University (JU) go on a three-day strike from today to press home their 55-point demand, including regular promotion.
Nationalarrow 'Devastation by Teesta is yet to start'
"It is just the beginning of flooding by Teesta", said 65 year-old boatman Nurul Islam.

"The seasonal rainfall in the hill region (in India) will aggravate the situation in coming days", he said.

 arrow 9 more upazilas in Sirajganj flooded
Nine more upazilas in Sirajganj were inundated as the Jumuna, Korota, Boral and Fulzore rivers swelled further yesterday.
 arrow Viscera report 9 yrs after death!
Delay in receiving viscera report from the laboratory in Dhaka is delaying disposal of unnatural death (UD) cases.
Culturearrow Remaking destiny
Black and white photographs by Dev Nayak, Duanu Yuting, Jin Yongquiann, Sebastiao Salgado and Shahidul Alam delineated the subject of migrant workers in the east at Drik.
Generalarrow Press Council annual report placed in JS
Bangladesh Press Council is becoming an ineffective and powerless institution as press-related complaints and cases are now being filed in general courts.
 arrow 'Make adolescents aware of reproductive health risks to prevent AIDS'
Participants at a discussion have said the adolescents should be kept informed about the reproductive health risks to prevent the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
 arrow Tk 2cr Indian goods seized
Customs at the Benapole Land Port on Saturday night seized four Indian trucks carrying steel utensils and other household items and a huge quantity of clothes imported from India under false declaration,
 arrow Journalists under death threat demand security
Seven journalists who have received death threats from the extremists submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner of Pirojpur on Friday night demanding security for them.
Internationalarrow 25-member Iraqi governing council named
A 25-member governing council of prominent Iraqis from diverse political and religious backgrounds was named at an inaugural meeting Sunday, a crucial first step on the nation's path to democracy.
 arrow Troops cut hinges on settlement of Kashmir issue: Musharraf
Pakistan will never sideline the Jammu and Kashmir issue, but was ready to cut the number of its troops if the issue was settled and South Asia declared a nuclear free zone, President Pervez Musharraf
 arrow 'N Korea completes fuel rod reprocessing'
North Korea has already informed the United States that it recently completed the reprocessing of its 8,000 spent fuel rods to extract plutonium for nuclear weapons, a South Korean news agency reported
 arrow Belgium to scrap law that irked US
Belgium said Saturday it has decided to scrap a controversial war crimes law which has seen cases launched against President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
 arrow Europe delays peace by aiding Arafat: Sharon
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was quoted Sunday as accusing European countries of delaying peace in the Middle East by siding too much with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Making launch journeys safe
The government has responded with some tough measures to last Tuesday's launch disaster, the worst in the country's history.
 arrow Editorial: Tribute to a fighter for democracy
The thought that he is no more is difficult to reconcile with, even though he was granted a little more than the Biblical life-span of three scores and ten years.
 arrow Bastille Day and its significance
On July 14, all French men and women celebrate Bastille Day, their National Day.
 arrow Shooting itself in the foot: BJP's leadership fissures
For many Bharatiya Janata Party supporters, one of its major attraction used to be its image as a relatively cohesive and disciplined party driven not just by power, but by ideology too.
 arrow Time to launch a new transport plan to phase out launches
There was a time when the latest model rivercraft or steamers used to ply all over the country criss-crossed by the mighty rivers Jamuna, Padma, Meghna and their innumerable tributaries that make a network
Letters to Editorarrow Launch disasters: A recurring nightmare
"Overloading, apathy blamed for disaster". This was the caption of the news on the capsized launch in DS. The point that caught my attention was "apathy".
 arrow In search of signboards
Please place eye-catching signboards in the arts building of Dhaka University (DU) which has witnessed many historical movements and known as the famous "Kola Bhaban".
 arrow Remembering Helen Keller
I have read repeatedly which I believe is the most encouraging biography of one of the greatest woman of the twentieth century, Helen Keller, written by Parves Balul (June 27) on her 123rd birth anniversary.
 arrow MPs have every right to raise their benefits (?)
It is very nice to know that our MPs have passed a bill in the Jatiya Sangsad, our national parliament, to raise their allowances.
 arrow Independent anti-graft body for Bangladesh
At last Bangladesh is going to have a "self-governing" anti-corruption body, albeit brought on by the major donors and the Transparency International instead of the establishment itself.
 arrow Bumper hamper
It is good to see that the car owners are finally getting rid of their extra bumpers. These bumpers that people of Bangladesh fit around their cars is useless.
 arrow Double standards of USA
The US allegation against Iran's nuclear programmes is hypocritical to say the least.
 arrow Betterment of the common people and Ordinance 13(A)
In terms of drug manufacturing "one mistake may result deaths of hundreds of thousands of lives". And manufacturing drugs is not an easy task. One have to be fully alert while drug manufacturing.