Volume 4 Number 51 Wed. July 16, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka says no to transit as JEC meet rolls onto Day 3
The Indo-Bangla Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting was unable to overcome the basic hurdles to Dhaka's demand for free access of its products and New Delhi's transit facility.
 arrow SSC success rate dips to 36.85pc
Results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations of 2003 under the seven education boards, published yesterday, recorded the average pass percentage at 36.85, lower from last year's.
 arrow 57 launches found risky and unfit
The shipping ministry has identified some 57 passenger vessels as "risky and unfit" and is now investigating how they got the licence of river worthiness.
 arrow 3 million marooned in flood fury
All major rivers continued to swell, swamping more villages in the northern and central regions and affecting about three million people in 23 districts.
 arrow Narrow trade gap to widen co-op, Khaleda tells Sinha
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called for reducing the huge trade imbalance between Bangladesh and India.
 arrow SQ Chy pleads immunity
The lawyer of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, MP, in a reply to a legal notice by The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam said his client's speech in parliament was fully protected and immune from
 arrow More A+ achievers this year
A total of 1,392 students obtained highest Grade Point Average (GPA) 5 or A+ in this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations against 330 last year.
 arrow 34 standing committees formed as JS prorogued
The last day of the budget session ended late last night through the formation of 34 parliamentary standing committees on different ministries.
 arrow Tk 39cr embezzled from wage earners' welfare fund
An official audit into the Wage Earners' Welfare Fund, now under the Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, unearthed financial anomalies involving Tk 38.
 arrow Cousin castigates SQ Chowdhury
Awami League (AL) lawmaker ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury yesterday flayed Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Salauddin Quader Chowdhury at a press briefing at the Sangsad Bhaban, alleging that
 arrow New outlaw groups swing into action
The Jihadi Party and the Hizbut Touhid, two underground organisations, have started criminal activities in the southwestern zone.
 arrow Agencies probe origin of arms in Bandarban
In the wake of recent arms recovery in Bandarban, intelligence agencies are investigating whether criminals are using the hill district as their new route for smuggling illegal arms.
 arrow JICA to sign deal on solid waste management
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is going to conduct a study soon on solid waste management of Dhaka city to finalise a master plan for an appropriate waste management system.
 arrow Sunken launch not yet salvaged
Rescuers could not yet lift the triple-deck launch that went down in the Meghna with about 750 passengers aboard on the night of July 8 in the latest in a series of such disasters.
 arrow 900 tonnes rice, Tk 1cr given to flood victims
The disaster management and relief ministry so far allocated about 900 tonnes of rice and Tk 1 crore for the flood affected people in 23 districts.
Businessarrow Develop transport infrastructure to derive maximum trade benefits
Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has stressed the need for strengthening and expanding transport infrastructures to derive maximum benefits from the proposed free trade agreement (FTA)between
 arrow Registration of local industries posts 32pc growth in 2002-'03
Registration of local industries with the Board of Investment (BoI) grew by 32 per cent in 2002-2003 compared to the previous fiscal year, official sources said.
 arrow Khosru criticises developed nations for subsidising agriculture sector
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday criticised the developed nations for highly subsidising their agricultural sector.
 arrow Deal for boosting trade with north-eastern India
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the North East Federation on International Trade (NEFIT) of India and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) aiming at promoting
 arrow Thai trade team due in Chittagong today
A 64-member Thai trade delegation led by Suwat Tantipat, governor of northern Thai province of Chiangmai, arrives in the Chittagong today on a five-day visit.
 arrow Battery manufacturers against FTA with India
Irate by Indian non-tariff barriers, a local trade body sees the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as another Indian tool to further marginalise Bangladesh in two way trade, now heavily tilted in New
 arrow Tax lawyers demand withdrawal of mandatory tax return
Tax lawyers yesterday demanded withdrawal of some of the provisions of the Finance Bill 2003 that made submission of income tax returns mandatory by professionals irrespective of their income.
 arrow Supachai calls for compromise to end Doha Round in time
The head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Monday that negotiations on a new global trade pact were bogged down and appealed to squabbling governments to begin searching in earnest for compromises.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers to sport GP logo
When Bangladesh enter the Marrara Oval to play Australia in the first Test on Friday, the Tigers will be wearing the logo of GrameenPhone on their shirts.
 arrow Football: Wanderers eat Jagarani
Wanderers club of Moulvibazar emulated Dhaka Mohammedan's goal-feast to crush Jamalpur Jagarani 6-0 in their Nitol-Tata 3rd National Football League match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Rana feels ruined
The life ban imposed on national hockey player Mahabub Ehsan Rana along with Abahani coach Jummon Lusai evoked mixed reactions from the hockey community.
 arrow Football: Three reach group finals
Willes Little Flower, Rayerbazar High and Mollartek Udayan High moved into their respective group finals in the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football tournament yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rahul, Liza & Sifat victors
Rahul Sangma of Bihar School and Shamima Aktar Liza of Bibi Marium School clinched the boys' and girls' titles respectively in the Class Six to Ten Group of the Standard Char-tered Bank School Chess Tourna-ment
 arrow Langer pays respect
It may be potentially the biggest mismatch in cricket history, but Justin Langer says Australia's historic two-Test series against Bangladesh is important for the game.
 arrow Cricket: He's England's Gilchrist
England cricket great Geoffrey Boycott has said Andrew Flintoff could be an even more effective one-day international player if he was promoted to open the innings from his current number five berth.
 arrow Cricket: A Lankan overnight
Sri Lanka's new cricket coach John Dyson made his loyalty to the side clear when he set the players the challenge of taking on top-ranked Australia, his former team, on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Kournikova at US Open?
Anna Kournikova will not be back playing regularly on the WTA Tour before the middle of August and may miss the US Open because of a persistent back problem, her agent told Reuters on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer will inspire him
The presence of Wimbledon champion Roger Federer would inspire former world number one Lleyton Hewitt to reproduce his best tennis in September's Davis Cup semifinal here, Australian captain John Fitzgerald
 arrow Boxing: Tyson's shrink files suit
Embattled former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's psychiatrist has sued him for allegedly failing to pay 29,000 dollars in therapy bills, court documents showed Monday.
 arrow Football: Brazil's bogey prospect!
Brazil, who outplayed Mexico in their first CONCACAF Gold Cup match but still lost, find themselves in a must-win situation against a confident Honduras.
 arrow Football: Hosts sail into last eight
Brian McBride and Kasey Keller moved up two career lists while leading the United States into the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.

McBride's two goals lifted him into third in scoring in U.S.

 arrow Football: 'Don't be fooled by lax Samba'
Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari warned on Monday that the five-time world champions will bounce back from their recent slump.
 arrow Football: Kleberson interests MU
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed Tuesday he was interested in signing Brazil's World Cup winning midfielder Kleberson.
 arrow Football: Barca losing patience
Barcelona have given Ronaldinho and Paris Saint Germain an ultimatum to decide whether he will come to the Catalonian giants in the next few days, Spanish media reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Beckham's nemesis in town!
Lazio midfielder Diego Simeone is on the verge of rejoining Spanish first division club Atletico Madrid, according to Italian news agency ANSA on Monday.
 arrow Football: Batigol's Fiorentina dreams
Veteran Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta is hoping to finish his career with former club Fiorentina with whom he spent nine seasons, according to the player's agent Settimio Aloisio.
Politicalarrow PM urges AL to return to JS
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the main opposition Awami League to pursue a healthy political course and return to parliament for the sake of democracy and national interest.
Metropolitanarrow Call to disseminate information about BCSIR activities
Speakers at a meeting Monday called for proper dissemination of information about invention of products and results of various researches that are being conducted at Bangladesh Council of Scientific and
 arrow Ensure social safety for female workers
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday laid emphasis on the role of government and different trade unions to ensure social safety for female workers.
 arrow Furniture trader shot dead
The furniture trader, who sustained serious wounds on Sunday night after being shot by criminals in Mohammadpur area, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early yesterday.
 arrow Women urged to plant trees
Jatiya Mahila Sangstha (JMS), Chittagong unit, organised a rally on its office premises yesterday on the occasion of tree plantation programme.

JMS Chittagong unit cairman Dr.

Nationalarrow 7 deaths from diarrhoea in Nilphamari, more areas flooded in Sirajganj
The death toll from diarrhoea in flood affected areas of Nilphamari rose to seven yesterday.
 arrow Villagers clash: 30 injured
At least 30 people were injured, 3 of them bullet-hit, when rival groups clashed at Nayayanpur village in Daulatpur upazila Monday night.
 arrow Court summons Tala OC for suing innocent man
A court here summoned the officer-in-charge (OC) of Tala police station on Sunday next for recording a false extortion case against an innocent person.
 arrow Life terms for abduction, rape
Two persons have been given life imprisonment, one for abducting a four-year-old boy for ransom in Barisal and the other for raping a housewife in Rajshahi.
 arrow Heyday for criminals
Five alleged dacoits caught by people along with arms while preparing to commit robbery were set free after a so called trial in a 'people's court' presided over by a local Union Parishad chairman.
Foreign Relationsarrow Vietnamese FM arrives today
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit.
Culturearrow Mind boggling miniatures
The exhibition of over 150 miniature paintings at "Shilparag" was a wonderful change from the run of the mill displays.
Generalarrow Sinha meets Hasina
The Visiting Foreign Minister of India, Yashwant Sinha, met with the Leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence yesterday evening.
 arrow BFUJ protests action against press freedom
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) noted yesterday that the government is interfering with freedom of press and media in the recent times.
 arrow Cargo ship sinks in Meghna
A cargo ship carrying 400 tonnes of rice destined for the government CSD (Central Supply Depot) godown here capsized at the confluence of Meghna-Dakatia at about 3:00pm yesterday.
Internationalarrow Countries warned against sending troops to Iraq
Two previously unknown Iraqi groups on Tuesday warned countries against sending troops to Iraq, where US troops are facing daily attacks, Arab television channels said on Tuesday.
 arrow Bush lied to Americans, Cong on WMD: Ritter
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter released a new book, accusing President Bush of illegally attacking Iraq and calling for "regime change" in the United States at the next election.
 arrow US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, to talk border tensions
Afghanistan will raise the issue of border violations by Pakistan at a tripartite meeting of US, Afghan and Pakistani officials due in Kabul on Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said Monday.
 arrow US detachment arrives in Freetown to support military team in Liberia
A detachment of US troops and helicopters has arrived in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown in support of a team of American military experts operating in Liberia, a military spokesman here said.
 arrow Palestinian leaders 'settle differences' as Britain refuses to dump Arafat
Yasser Arafat and prime minister Mahmud Abbas here Monday "settled their differences" over negotiations with Israel, as Britain resisted Israeli pressure to abandon the veteran Palestinian leader.
 arrow Earth's astral rendezvous with Mars
Earth is speeding toward a rare astral rendezvous with Mars, placing the two as close to each other as possible and giving amateur astronomers an unparalleled view of the Red Planet.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DCC renews commitments
The mayor presented the Tk 762.96 crore DCC budget for fiscal 2003-04 on Monday and sounded quite upbeat about putting an end to certain nagging problems of the city.
 arrow Editorial: Rift between Arafat and Abbas on mend
It's rather unfortunate to witness the numerous obstacles the Middle East peace process has been facing even though the Israelis and the Palestinians seem keen on an olive branch.
 arrow A matter of national security
The biggest ever haul of ammunitions and explosives late last month, it was hoped, would serve as a wake-up call for our political class prompting it to close ranks to confront the danger inherent init.
 arrow Human development: Less rhetoric and more action required
This year's report on human development ( Human Development Report, 2003) has just been published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Since I have sometimes been accused of being a

 arrow End of an era
It is undoubtedly a sad news for the nation, for relatives, friends and thousand admirers that Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed is no more. With his demise, the nation has seen an end of an era.
 arrow Amazingly broad minded
In the passing away (12 July) of Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, a renowned lawyer, champion of democracy and rule of law, two-time Adviser to the non-party care-taker government, the nation has lost one
Letters to Editorarrow 5-year permanent job!
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in her first speech to the nation declared that ministry is not a five-year permanent job. But it seems to me that Shipping Minister Colonel (Rtd.) Akbar Hossain thinks otherwise.
 arrow The Kashmir crisis: An old story
The tug of war involving Kashmir between India and Pakistan has now been going on for over 50 years. Kashmir is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan but currently is divided between both the countries.
 arrow Smoking kills
We all know health is wealth and we also know that smoking is a bad habit. People earn money for a better living and spend on things that are not harmful.
 arrow How soon is "now?"
We find our elected leaders regularly making promises like "it shall be done immediately!" And we do not mind their pointless promises. Actually, we are very used to with it.
 arrow "Save us from sound pollution"
I have written earlier how badly we are affected by the excessive sound created by the numerous vehicles in our city. Thanks to Mr.
 arrow "IBA (DU) should change...."
This letter is especially to all the teachers and the executives of IBA (DU).
 arrow Quorum crisis
We have been noticing frequently the news that the National Assembly is facing quorum crisis.
 arrow "Recognise the friends"
'Yes', we should do so as soon as possible, it's better late than never. You, Mr.
 arrow Hide and seek game with Bogra munitions
I think the Bogra haul is definitely going to be the biggest ever munitions haul in the country.
 arrow The Few United Nations (FUN)
The United Nations (UN) have lost the glory of its name. It should no longer be considered an organisation of around two hundreds nations.
 arrow "Speedy" justice needed
We have been observing for few weeks that the speedy trial tribunal has consecutively delivered verdicts in the murder cases of Ratna, Bushra, Don, Sony etc.
StarTecharrow Attitude towards ICT in the era of globalisation
WITH the effect of globalisation upon our heads it is extremely important for organisations in Bangladesh to reduce production costs, be efficient in daily processes and be more customer-focused to compete
 arrow The rebel poet goes cyber
Kazi Nazrul Islam said, "Even though I was born in this country (Bengal), in this society, I belong to the world.
 arrow Tie-tup to tap ICT openings
ON July 8, World Destinations Limited (WDL), UK signed an agreement with Cyber Café Owners Association of Bangladesh (CCOAB) for outsourcing software and IT related jobs from UK and Europe.
 arrow Tech Snaps
HP Grand Lucky Draw

HP arranged a prize giving ceremony of it's Grand Lucky Draw at a local restaurant at Dhaka on June 10.

 arrow Virus Tech
After a recent research by Messagelabs and all other antivirus software firms, a list of virus has been short listed that have affected large number of computers miserably and still continuing its malicious
Star Chittagongarrow Pro-active System curbs crime
Crime has reduced in the port city as Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) intensified their activities under the Pro-active Policing System.
 arrow Dacoits rule rural Chittagong
There has been a spree of dacoities in most of the rural areas of Chittagong district, sources said.

Incidents of robbery have increased in the villages as organised gangs of dacoits are very active.

 arrow About removing extra-bumper
Life can be sorrowfully bizarre. It strikes us most when the bizarre incident ends in death.
Star Cityarrow Rare decision against commercial activities in residential areas
In a rare decision, an Appellate Board of RAJUK on Monday ordered the dismantling of an unauthorised commercial building on a residential plot in Dhanmondi by August 15 this year, or the owner would
 arrow DCC-market rent goes up after 19 years
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has increased the monthly rent on all its 105 markets for the first time in nineteen years.
 arrow Competition killing cyber-cafe business
When the whole world is cashing in on the worldwide web and the Internet phenomenon, this sector is still in its infancy in Bangladesh, with Internet Service Providers in Bangladesh facing extreme difficulties
 arrow Shop-owners harassed by police
Around two-lakh shop-owners in the city have been facing harassment by dishonest police inspectors, who receive Tk 10 crore in bribes annually, alleged the National Association of Shop Owners in Bangladesh,
 arrow Public libraries given a boost to mark Gronthagar Borsho
To mark the 'Gronthagar Borsho' (Year of the Library) 2003, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are jointly planning to create ward wise branches of public libraries
 arrow Utility system loss and Buriganga conservation city priorities
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is, at present, running at an average 55 per cent system loss.
 arrow The quandary of being a mother and a maid
"Can I send my little girl to work somewhere knowing full well that she could be the victim of sexual harassment?" asks Shirin Akhter, a housemaid in the Elephant Road area.