Volume 4 Number 52 Thu. July 17, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Transit, duty-free access remain unresolved
The India-Bangladesh Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting ended here yesterday without much headway in duty-free access of products to India and transit -- two main demands by Dhaka and New Delhi.
 arrow 5 killed, fresh areas flooded in 6 dists
Floodwaters killed five people and submerged fresh lowlands in six districts yesterday, forcing people to shift to higher ground leaving behind their homes or stranding them in swamped homes.
 arrow Hit-and-run case buried in cop apathy
The driver who dragged a doctor to his death on July 1 works for Multimode Group at the Anchor Tower at 1/1B Sonargaon Road and has been absconding ever since, The Daily Star found out.
 arrow Shipping deptt chief engineer suspended
The Ministry of Shipping yesterday suspended the chief engineer of the Department of Shipping for negligence of duty.
 arrow Business leaders, economist sceptic about meet
Top chamber leaders and economists are sceptic about the outcome of the three-day Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting and said that India should take measures in building Bangladesh's confidence to
 arrow Govt meets today to get ready for worse
A relentless spell of floods in 23 districts has prompted the inter-ministerial Disaster Management Coordination Committee to hold a meeting today to discuss the overall situation and preparedness for
 arrow Bangabandhu Murder Case left in the lurch
The long-drawn Bangabandhu Murder Case is likely to face further delay after the senior most judge of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court was superseded by his junior in the appointment to the
 arrow Unocal to develop Moulvibazar gas field
US-based company Unocal got Petrobangla's nod last week to develop the Moulvibazar gas field located in Block 13.
 arrow Amini rejects JS body chairmanship in a huff
Two weeks after the ruling coalition leader Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) pacified the Islamic Oikya Jote (IOJ), its minor partner has now turned down the chairmanship of a parliamentary body tokeep
 arrow 4 PBCP men shot dead in Khulna
Four armed cadres of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were shot dead by unidentified men at Badhal of Ghatbhog union under Rupsha thana in Khulna district yesterday.
 arrow Another case filed against Daily Star, Prothom Alo editors
A defamation suit was filed against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and the Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman in a Joypurhat court Tuesday.
 arrow Khaleda's JS speech draws AL wrath
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid yesterday flayed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for what he called a failure in playing her role as the leader of the House.
 arrow 100 washed away in Himachal downpour
At least 100 people were washed away and killed and some 30 injured when a savage downpour lashed a power project in the popular northern Indian resort district of Kulu Wednesday, officials said.
 arrow Sadarghat getting in order
With the capsize of MV Nasrin-1 in which 600 passengers are feared to have died, there are signs of things moving in the right direction at Sadarghat launch terminal.
 arrow Cop held for mugging Tk 5 lakh at Paltan
Two people, including a police constable, were arrested for snatching over Tk 5 lakh from a businessman in front of Polwell Super market, only a hundred yards away from Motijheel Police Station.
 arrow 23rd PW gives deposition
Additional Superintendent of Police, CID, Mojibur Rahman, the 23rd prosecution witness and investigation officer (IO) of the Shazneen case, gave his deposition before court yesterday.
 arrow Pro-American Mayor, son killed in Iraq
The pro-American mayor of the western city of Hadithah was shot and killed driving through the town yesterday in escalating violence in Iraq that also took the lives of a US soldier in a supply convoy
Businessarrow GrameenPhone eyes 1m subscribers by Aug
GrameenPhone is planning to further reduce call charges for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers within next three months.
 arrow Central depository ready for trial operation
The Central Depository of Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) is expected to go live any moment with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday approving the necessary bye-laws.
 arrow Set up auction market for shrimp
As a disorganised market and scarce supply of shrimps for processing are hindering the growth of shrimp sector, exporters yesterday urged the government to help set up auction markets in farming areas.
 arrow Travel agents against cut in commision
Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) yesterday threatened tough movement if the planned reduction of agency commission is not withdrawn.
 arrow ONE Bank to raise Tk 80cr thru' IPO
One Bank Limited will enhance its capital base to Tk 80 crore through initial public offering (IPO) in the next month.
 arrow DCCI president calls on Yashwant Sinha
President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Matiur Rahman called on Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha at Hotel Sheraton on Tuesday.
 arrow White House acknowledges ballooning deficit
The White House said Tuesday federal budget deficits would balloon to a record $455 billion this fiscal year and to $475 billion in 2004, a presidential election year, even without factoring in the mounting
Sportsarrow Cricket: The game of firsts!
Australia take on Bangladesh in the first of a two-match Test series starting on Friday morning in what is a game of 'firsts'.
 arrow Hockey: Premier hockey begins July 21
The Premier Division Hockey League will begin on July 21.
 arrow Hockey: Wanderers abash Mukta Bihanga
Dhaka Wanderers celebrated their passage to the Super League with a 11-0 thrashing of Mukta Bihanga Tarun Sangha in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National HockeyStadium
 arrow Cricket: BCB names 20 for U-15 trial
The Development Committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) called up 20 players to attend the first phase training programme and selection trials to form an under-15 squad.
 arrow Football: Ctg's initiative
To hunt and groom talent from grass-root level, Chattagram Jela Krira Sangstha (CJKS) is organising an inter-upazila junior football tournament which begins today.
 arrow Football: Dholaipar win big
The walkover episode continued in the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football competition as Armanitola High School failed to turn up for their match against Dhaka Collegiate School at the Dhaka University
 arrow Cricket: Captain's knock
South Africa captain Graeme Smith made 152 as the tourists took charge on the opening day of their three-day match against Somerset here Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky doesn't like Aussie behaviour
Australia's behaviour is tarnishing cricket and needs to improve, Test vice-captain Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday ahead of the series with Bangladesh that gets underway later this week.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly admits it
India skipper Saurav Ganguly conceded Tuesday his team faced a tough task against formidable Australia in an away Test cricket series later this year.
 arrow Athletic: Cathy calls it a day
Olympic 400 metres champion Cathy Freeman said on Wednesday she had retired from the track because she had lost her passion to be a top athlete.
 arrow Athletics: Howard hails Freeman
Australians hailed Cathy Freeman as one of the country's all-time great athletes Wednesday as its champion announced she was hanging up her running spikes.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal tames Petzschner
Teenager Rafael Nadal tamed German qualifier Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 6-1 to move into the second round of the 765,000-euro ATP tournament here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cycling: Armstrong retains lead

Lance Armstrong shrugged off a disruption caused by demonstrators on Tuesday to retain the lead in the Tour de France after the tenth stage, which was won by Dane Jakob Piil.

 arrow Swimming: Dobroskok topples Sautin
Dmitry Sautin's reign as king of the world springboard came crashing down Tuesday as Russian teammate Alexander Dobroskok snatched the men's 3m springboard gold medal from the two-time defending champion,
 arrow Football: Easy for Jamaica, not so for Brazil

Onandi Lowe and Andy Williams gave Jamaica a 2-0 victory over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday.

 arrow Football: China match may not be a Real-ity
A match between Real Madrid and the Chinese national side in Hong Kong is in doubt after sponsors said the Spanish giants were asking for too much money.
 arrow Football: Zennaro has no frontiers
While the row over illegal immigration here rumbles on, dividing public opinion, one Italian is doing his bit to break down prejudice using nothing more than a ball.
 arrow Football: PSG will sell Ronaldinho
Paris St Germain were reported Wednesday to be set to agree a 30 million euro (33.4 million dollar) offer from Manchester United for their Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho.
Politicalarrow Govt violated Constitution, accuses AL
The main opposition party Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the government of violating the constitution and Rules of Procedures of parliament while forming 34 parliamentary standing committees on different
 arrow Attack on Tofail's convoy in Bhola, 20 injured, BNP blamed for it
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Tofail Ahmed and 20 others were injured in an attack at Lalmohan in Bhola yesterday.

Tofail was attacked yesterday morning when his convoy reached Lalmohan.

 arrow BNP MP's brother not produced before court
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Dhaka Division, yesterday issued a show-cause notice on the senior jail superintendent to explain why necessary action should not be taken against him for his negligence to
 arrow Rift again in alliance as IOJ demands by-polls ticket
A rift has resurfaced within the ruling four-party alliance over nomination of a common candidate for the by-election of Netrokona-3 constituency, with a coalition partner demanding the seat.
 arrow BNP-Jamaat trying to destroy edn sector: Jalil
Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday alleged that corruption in the name of buying extracurricular books for children was going on in various government projects.
Metropolitanarrow JICA signs deal, study on waste management in October
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to begin a study and draw up a master plan on how to manage solid waste in Dhaka city around October this year, said a JICA source.
 arrow Plan to sue shipping secy, BIWTA chairman, Launch Assoc chief
Bangladesh Consumers' Society (BACSU) will file a case against the secretary of shipping ministry, BIWTA chairman and the president of the Launch Owners' Association seeking court's directive to stopcarrying
 arrow Father demands arrest of son's abductors
The father of an abducted son yesterday demanded arrest of and punishment to those responsible for kidnapping his son.
Nationalarrow Flood claims 5 in Gaibandha, worsens in Sirajganj, Netrakona, Natore
Floods worsened in Sirajganj Sadar, Netrakona and Natore yesterday.

In Gaibandha, flood-related deaths rose to five as three persons drowned and two others died from snakebite.

 arrow Feasting on flood
The flood is a bane for all but can be a boost for a few.

A section of contractors are feasting on the current flood, allegedly in connivance with some dishonest Water Development Board (WDB) officials.

 arrow Salinity is no more a problem for farming
Rice cultivation was not possible in dry season in coastal areas of Bangladesh due to salinity of water and soil.
 arrow Doctors sued in Magura for 'wrong diagnosis'
Medicine Consultant Zulfikar Ali and Surgical Consultant Abdul Latif of Magura Sadar Hospital were sued on Tuesday for their alleged negligence and wrong diagnosis during treatment of a patient.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka, Ho Chi Minh City to boost trade
Bangladesh and Vietnam yesterday agreed to explore economic potentials for greater cooperation and increased volume of bilateral trade and investment.
 arrow Vietnam to back Dhaka's run for int'l, regional fora
Bangladesh yesterday sought Vietnam's support for its (Bangladesh) candidature in different regional and international organizations including ARF, ECOSOC ASEM and Mekong-Ganga Co-operation.
 arrow Bangladeshi brigade joins UN force in DRC
The first 140 UN soldiers of a brigade from Bangladesh have arrived in the battled-scarred town of Bunia in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a UN official said Tuesday.
Culturearrow Visions of the pioneer satellite channel
Saiful Bari (Chief Advisor) and Nawazish Ali Khan (Director of Programmes) express their views, self-assessment and self-criticism, ideas and future planning about ATN Bangla in an interview
 arrow Asad turns 50
With colourful masks in the background, the stage decorated with red-orange-yellow curtains and fresh flowers, a portrait of Raisul Islam Asad was kept upon a stand at the corner of the stage.
Generalarrow 50 pc brickfields set up in 2002 illegal
The number of illegal brick-fields had come down significantly during the past six months leading to a gradual improvement in environment.
 arrow 'Form S Asian civil-police force to fight terrorism'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for strengthening regional cooperation and creating a 'South Asian civil-police force' to fight terrorism effectively.
 arrow Youth shot dead on DU campus
An unidentified youth was gunned down in front of the Dhaka University's Sir F Rahman Hall last night

Witnesses said three gunmen, who came in a black taxicab, sprayed bullets on the youth, aged about

 arrow Chargesheet against 4 for Sultana murder
7The Detective Branch (DB) of police pressed charges against four persons involved in Sultana Khan Panni murder yesterday.
 arrow Charges framed against Anni, 31 others in explosive substance case
The First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, yesterday framed charges against former JCD leader Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anni (presently a ruling party MP) and 31 others in an explosive
 arrow Launch disaster: 5 more bodies recovered
Five more bodies of July 8 launch disaster victims were recovered from the Meghna yesterday.
 arrow Petroleum dealers refute adulteration charge
Leaders of petroleum dealers and filling station owners yesterday refuted the allegation of fuel adulteration levelled at them, terming it 'sweeping' and 'one-sided'.
 arrow Hasina leaves for Italy this morning
Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Italy this morning to attend an international seminar.
Internationalarrow Another US soldier killed in Iraq

One US soldier was killed and two were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb exploded near a highway just west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, US soldiers on the scene said.

 arrow ICC will not investigate war crimes in Iraq
The International Criminal Court (ICC) will not investigate allegations of war crimes committed by US troops in Iraq because they do not fall within its jurisdiction, the prosecutor said Wednesday.
 arrow Indonesia on alert for fresh attacks by Jemaah Islamiah
Indonesia has issued a strong warning about possible attacks from the militant Jemaah Islamiah organization, urging Southeast Asia to be on alert for more action from the Muslim group blamed for the deadly
 arrow Palestinian children want their fathers, brothers freed from jails
At least 1,500 Palestinian children took to the streets here Wednesday to demand the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel in a march organized by the radical movement Hamas.
 arrow Emergency in Assam hit by worst floods
A state of emergency was declared in India's flood-hit northeastern state of Assam on Wednesday, with authorities describing the flooding as the worst in 50 years.
 arrow Anti-Muslim crimes in US up by 15 percent
Anti-Muslim incidents in the US have increased by 15 per cent over the previous year, according to a leading Muslim organisation in the country.
 arrow US approves sanctions on Myanmar
Both houses of the United States Congress have now voted in favour of imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar following the detention in May of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Editorialarrow Editorial: SSC exam results
The pass figure for this year's Secondary School Certificate examinations is a jarring 36.85%.
 arrow Editorial: Ensure quality of river crafts
The shipping ministry has apparently woken up from Rip Van Winkle's long slumber. It is now energetically trying to come to grips with the problems brought to the fore by the launch disaster on July8.
 arrow The ladies with the lamps
It was about eleven in the morning when I reached Shibpur village under Pirgonj upazila of Thakurgaon district.
 arrow Some cheers for SAARC
Finally, decks have been cleared for holding the next summit of the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the development has come as something to cheer about for the
Letters to Editorarrow Gratitude for our newspapers
I really thank the Prime Minister as she will bear all the educational expenses for Shohag to become a Computer Engineer. I feel proud of our newspapers.
 arrow Capital market
Kindly allow me to ventilate my views on the above subject. In modern times capital market is a major source of industrial financing and an avenue for investment by the general people.
 arrow Bangladeshi troops in Iraq
Bangladesh have excelled in UN peace-keeping duties around the world but involvement in both Iraq and Afghanistan is not a good idea.
Focusarrow How long Russia will wage a 'colonial war' in Chechnya?
Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim territory, which was never a part of Russia proper, until it was conquered and annexed by the Tsar in 1859, has again started to show its teeth and claws to Russian occupation
 arrow Ishtiaq, as I knew him
I was fortunate in having many good friends from school and college/university days but Ishtiaq Ahmad was my best friend. He was like a brother to me -- warm, sincere, caring and eager to help in anyway.