Volume 4 Number 53 Fri. July 18, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow NCBs lose to earn
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) spend Tk 107 to earn Tk 100 because of excess operational costs and accumulated bad assets.

Rupali Bank spends Tk 136, Sonali Tk 99.19, Janata Tk 94.

 arrow Changes in exams planned to raise standard of education
The government is planning to bring about changes in the public examination system to raise the standard of education, said State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Hoque Milon.
 arrow New gas exploration starts on Block 9 from Oct 14
Breaking the stagnation in oil and gas exploration, foreign oil companies Tullow, Chevron and Texaco along with local operator BAPEX start drilling an exploratory well in Kashimpur, Comilla on October
 arrow BNP leader with crime link gunned down in Old Dhaka
Unidentified assailants shot dead an alleged criminal and ruling BNP leader and injured his brother on bustling Johnson Road in old Dhaka yesterday noon.
 arrow Discord in ruling alliance as IOJ names choice for by-polls
An apparent discord crept into the ruling four-party alliance yesterday when one of its constituents unilaterally declared candidature for Netrakona-3 constituency in breach of the combine's understanding.
 arrow Dr Kamal's reply to SQ Chy's lawyer
In a reply sent on Wednesday (July 16, 2003) to Barrister Rafique-ul Haq, lawyer for Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, Dr Kamal Hossain, representing the editor of The Daily Star, wrote:

"The offendingpublication

 arrow New Saddam tape urges holy war
A speaker purported to be Saddam Hussein exhorted his followers to wage a holy war against US and British forces in a new recording played yesterday -- the anniversary of the revolution that put the former
 arrow Flood spectre looms even larger
Floods have further strengthened over several of the 26 districts worst-hit in a month-long spell that left tens of thousands of people homeless or marooned.
 arrow Dhaka, Hanoi should share experience in successful areas, PM tells Vietnam FM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has welcomed the formal launching of the Vietnamese embassy in Dhaka and said it would strengthen the ties between the two countries.
 arrow Koreas trade fire
South Korea exchanged machinegun fire with communist North Korea yesterday in a rare incident that could raise the diplomatic stakes just as Pyongyang appears set to return to talks on its nuclear ambitions.
 arrow Salvage of Nasrin-1 likely to be abandoned
The government is going to decide tomorrow whether the salvage operation for MV Nasreen-1 will be continued or abandoned.
 arrow Audit finds Tk 46 lakh fund misuse in BSC
A special audit on Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) under the shipping ministry revealed irregularities involving Tk 46.
 arrow Slain man at DU a 'criminal'
Sajjad alias Nata Rubel, 26, an outsider and non-student of Dhaka University gunned down at Sir A F Rahman Hall gate Wednesday night, was charged with 24 criminal cases including murder.
 arrow Boy kills friend over TV watch row
A trivial argument over watching television resulted in a teenage boy being killed in Mirpur on Wednesday.
 arrow Blair arrives in Washington
Prime Minister Tony Blair has arrived in Washington for talks with US President George W Bush.
 arrow BIWTA union protests staff transfer
The employees union of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has protested the government decision to transfer all employees of the Sadarghat launch terminal.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 9 in Khagrachhari, Mymensingh
Nine people were killed and 73 others injured in separate road accidents in Khagrachhari and Mymensingh districts yesterday.

Of them, four were killed in Khagrachhari and the rest in Mymensingh.

Businessarrow Intensify ties with ASEAN to boost economy
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien has urged Bangladesh to intensify its economic activities with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to reap benefits from global linkage and the
 arrow Govt mulls to defer deadline on EPZ unionism
The government has formed a high-powered committee to hammer out ways for deferment of the January 1, 2004 deadline set two years ago for allowing trade unions in the export processing zones (EPZs).
 arrow Going organic gets trendy
In Dhaka, organic food has now become easier to find than even two years ago. Its popularity has been increasing day by day signifying tremendous prospect.
 arrow Khosru invites Thai investors to tap Dhaka's duty-free facilities
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has urged the Thai entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh, using the attractive policy support here for trade and investment.
 arrow CSL markets six printers
Computer Source Ltd (CSL), a leading computer accessory vendor, formally marketed six new printers in Bangladesh on Wednesday evening.
 arrow KSA to lay off 17,800 foreign workers
Saudi Arabia is to replace 17,800 white-collar foreign workers with Saudis in a continuing "Saudisation" of its labour force to reduce unemployment in the oil-rich Arab state, Saudi media said on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Darwin Test begins today
Bangladesh are all set to face the biggest challenge in their cricket history when they play mighty Australia in the first Test at the Marrara Oval in Darwin today.
 arrow Cricket: Come out of the cage
The determination of both Bangladesh and Australia to play good, positive, aggressive cricket on the eve of their historic first Test match was summed up last night by star Bangladeshi batsman Al-Shahriar.
 arrow Cricket: It's never too late to mend
The Australian team was working on cleaning up its much-criticised sledging reputation, skipper Steve Waugh said here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: A test by Aussie fire
What pundits are billing as potentially the greatest mismatch in Test cricket history gets underway Friday when mighty Australia take on minnows Bangladesh, officially the world's worst team.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh alone more than Bangladesh!
Steve Waugh has played more Tests, taken more wickets and accumulated more runs than the entire Bangladesh team put together.
 arrow Cricket: An unlikely Test venue
Cricket has been played at a few unlikely venues over the years but perhaps none as unusual as Darwin, the setting for the first Test between Australia and Bangladesh which starts on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Full-time Gus
Former Test batsman Augustine "Gus" Logie was appointed senior team coach of the West Indies on Wednesday after serving in a caretaker capacity for the recent Test series with Australia and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Zondeki lights up Day 2
South Africa's Monde Zondeki claimed a career-best five for 64 on the second day's play of his country's tour match against Somerset.
 arrow Basketball: Cagers accorded reception
The Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) accorded a reception yesterday to the national basketball team for their achievement in the Asian Basketball Confederation qualifying tournament in New Delhi.
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Bhasantek High School earned a massive 63-28 victory against Islamia High School in the boy's group of the schools kabadi competition at the outer stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Ali to take part in Asian Jr Chess
National junior champion Mohammad Ali leaves this afternoon for Sri Lanka to take part in the 26th Asian Junior Chess Championship.
 arrow Hockey: Shishukishore in hockey super league
The super league line-up for the Green Delta First Division Hockey League was finalised when Shishukishore Sangha eliminated Bachelor's Sporting Club 3-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Moya bows out
Australian Open finalist Rainer Schuettler continued his good form this season here on Wednesday to reach the third round of the 765,000 euro (857,000 dollars) ATP tournament.
 arrow Tennis: Wooforde wants Dokic in team
Fed Cup coach Mark Woodforde on Thursday revealed he made an indirect approach to Jelena Dokic at this month's Wimbledon championships about playing for Australia again.
 arrow Football: Barca leading the race?
Paris St-Germain president Francis Graille today claimed that Barcelona have moved ahead of Manchester United in the never-ending race to sign Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: Heading for Highbury?
Golfer Sergio Garcia may have let the secret slip Thursday when he claimed his friend Steve McManaman was on the verge of leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Mendieta extends Lazio stay
Spanish midfielder Gaizka Mendieta has signed a two year extension to his existing contract that will keep him at Lazio until June 2008, the Italian club confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Costa Rica, Cuba in last four
Costa Rica blanked Cuba 3-0 here Wednesday to capture Group D in the Gold Cup football tournament and avoid playing host United States in the quarter-finals of the 16-nation event.
 arrow Football: Chelsea getting Duff
Damien Duff is winging his way to Chelsea after a 17million deal was struck as he prepared to jet to America.
 arrow Football: Geremi relishing the prospect
Cameroon international midfielder Geremi said he was targeting winning several Premiership titles with cash-rich Chelsea after completing his 7million pounds (11.
 arrow Football: Davids unlikely to move
Chelsea transfer target Edgar Davids is to see out the final year of his contract with Juventus and could extend his stay with the Italian champions, according to the Dutch midfielder's agent.
 arrow Football: Kewell's muted debut
Australian international Harry Kewell made an uninspiring debut for his new Premiership side Liverpool here on Wednesday as the English club ran out comfortable 3-1 winners over Cologne.
Politicalarrow Hasina blasts BNP, flies off to Italy
Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the alliance government of hatching a conspiracy to destroy the caretaker government system in a planned way.
 arrow Attack on Tofail protested
Different political organisations have condemned and protested the incident of attack on Awami League leader and former minister Tofail Ahmed at Lalmohan, Bhola, allegedly by BNP activists last Wednesday.
 arrow Ensure safety of DU students
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday urged the home minister to ensure safety of the Dhaka University (DU) students on the campus.
Metropolitanarrow Cancellation of Gram Sarkar Act demanded
Workers Party (WP) demanded cancellation of Gram Sarkar Act and emphasised on strengthening Union Parishad as a core unit of local government.
 arrow Continued World Bank support to development efforts iterated
World Bank (WB) President James D Wolfensohn on Wednesday assured Bangladesh of bank's continued support and assistance to the development efforts.
 arrow Move to reintroduce drama control act protested
Theatre and cultural personalities have protested the move to reintroduce drama control act.
 arrow One electrocuted in port city
One person was killed and two others were injured by electrocution at a steel mill at Kalarpole under Patiya thana of the district yesterday morning.

The victim was identified as Akhtar Hossain, 35.

Foreign Relationsarrow Vietnam's new chancery opened in Dhaka
Foreign Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Dy Nien and his Bangladesh counterpart M Morshed Khan pledged better economic and political cooperation between the two countries.
Culturearrow Dr Balamuralikrishna
If I were to meet Dr. Balamuralikrishna off stage, I would undoubtedly be captivated by his smile. If no one had introduced him to me as an artiste, I would still know instantly.
Generalarrow Political parties to be involved in sanitation campaign
All political parties would be asked to join the government drive for bringing the entire nation under hundred per cent sanitation coverage by 2010, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan
 arrow Air quality index in city soon
All preparations are set to launch an Air Quality Index (AQI) for Dhaka city to inform the people about air quality conditions and promote public awareness as well as action to reduce emissions.
 arrow Working children show creativity
The underprivileged children can also realise their potential to contribute and participate in the social, economic and cultural life if they are provided with the support they need.
 arrow 'Develop human resources to face globalisation'
Development of human resources, strong social safety net and rapid growth in the technology sector could only protect a small state from the adverse impact of globalisation, speakers said at discussion.
 arrow Acid thrower sentenced to life in Khulna
A young man was awarded life imprisonment and fined Tk one lakh for throwing acid on a girl and her mother at Paikgachha more than three years ago.
 arrow Son-in-law gets life for killing 6 of a family
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Rajshahi yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing six members of a family at Chhoto Banogram.
 arrow Body of 40-plus man recovered
The decomposed body of a man was recovered from a pond at Citypalli in Demra yesterday.

On information, police went to the spot and recovered the body stuffed into a gunny bag.

 arrow Resignation of shipping minister demanded
Bangabandhu Juba Parishad held a rally on the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Chittagong yesterday demanding immediate resignation of Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain for his failure to ensure safety
Editorialarrow Editorial: Progress not breakthrough
The fact that the Indo-Bangla Joint Economic Commission meet was held after a time-lag of eight years is itself a positive development.
 arrow Requiem for the dead
Facts are stranger than fiction and here is such a case. Standing before a tea-stall, he saw the tragedy of the capsized launch unfold on TV.
 arrow The twins
Laleh and Ladan Bijani, daughters of Dodollah Bijani of Lohrasb in Firouzabad, Iran, died in Singapore after doctors pried apart tightly packed brain tissues and blood vessels to separate their fusedskulls.
 arrow Ammo haul and politics of stunt?
It is anybody's taking-aback to read the lead news (DS Jun 29) of a massive amount of ammunitions hauled at Bogra that made a long safe journey reportedly from Chittagong.
Letters to Editorarrow Law breaking citizens!
A little soul-searching may reveal a long list of reasons for us remaining so impoverished as a nation.
 arrow Axis of liars!
Latest revelations in Washington and London on Iraq and WMD are indeed, to say the least, very interesting. The US Defense Secretary Mr.
 arrow Prevent road accident
It is heartening to know (Daily Star July 3) that the National Road Safety Council has taken decisions, among other things, to prevent road accidents.
 arrow Hon'ble Minister should resign!
7The recent launch disaster (the mishap of MV Nasrin) took toll of the ill fated passengers and there are hundreds of families who are still looking for the bodies of their dear ones.
 arrow SOS
We are the residents of Uttara Model Town, road no 12 and 11, of Sector 4.

A month ago construction workers started digging both the roads (12 and 14) to make new drains.

 arrow Banning polythene and mismanagement of government
Banning of polythene was suppose to be a step towards healthier environment provided that the authorities concerned are careful enough in chalking out a realistic policy followed by a systematic infrastructure
 arrow Iraq: Heading towards what?
Three wars and twelve years of crippling sanctions have devastated Iraq; millions of Iraqis are now driven into utmost despair and despondency.
 arrow Dhaka's loony laws
The recent law to castrate the additional bumpers off the cars was just another one to add to the ever-growing list of Dhaka's loony laws.
 arrow A better chance!
This is in reference to the letter of Samila, IBA (DU) in July16, 2003.

I fully harmonise with her but think that the matter demands more clarification.

 arrow RAJUK
I would like to thank RAJUK and the present government for allocating plots to all the foreign currency applicants at the undergoing Purbachaal Model Town Project.
 arrow Downsizing nationalised banks
I would like to ventilate my views on the subject.
 arrow Where are we now?
Life in Dhaka is literally getting worst day by day.
 arrow Why foreign doctors?
Normally speaking, people with less money usually rush to governmental hospitals.
Focusarrow People's right to know -- the politics of energy
The international oil industry and those who professionally followed political and economic developments of the world oil situation witnessed that Middle East options had reached a critical point in early
Environmentarrow Water hazard hits the millennium goal
Even after the passage of 30 years since the first Summit on World Environment was held in Stockholm in 1972 charting out the first symptoms of ecological crisis the world has hardly made any headwayto
 arrow Combating arsenic hazard
The health problem due to arsenic contamination in groundwater was detected during mid 1990's in Bangladesh. These health problems arose from drinking water of mainly shallow rural supply wells.
Worldarrow Abbas to meet Sharon ahead of trip to US
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas was set to resume dialogue with his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon next week ahead of his landmark visit to Washington, officials said Thursday.
 arrow US troops on high alert
The head of US forces in Iraq said on Wednesday troops faced a classic guerrilla war as a grenade attack killed a US soldier and attackers fired a surface-to-air missile at a military plane.
 arrow Africa's bloodiest war coming to an end
The leaders of the main rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been sworn in as vice-presidents in a new power-sharing government aimed at ending nearly five years of war.
 arrow 'Tenet was unaware of uranium claim in Bush speech'
CIA director George Tenet told a Senate panel he was not personally informed that a speech by President George W.
 arrow Musharraf seeks OIC support on Kashmir
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is on a week-long South African visit, has asked for support from Islamic countries on the Kashmir issue.
 arrow Rain hampers rescue operation in Kulu
Heavy rains hampered an operation to rescue survivors from a flash flood triggered by a violent downpour that flattened a construction camp in a remote Himalayan valley, killing 100 workers.
 arrow Bollywood bad boy refuses to be 'Ram' after threats
Salman Khan, Bollywood's bad boy, has dropped plans to play the role of Hindu god Lord Ram after threats allegedly from Hindu hardliners, Khan's producer friend Bunty Walia said Thursday.
 arrow Release Suu Kyi, Annan to Myanmar envoy
Myanmar's military rulers must quickly free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told an envoy from the reclusive Southeast Asian nation on Wednesday.
 arrow Political crisis in Hong Kong deepens after resignations
Hong Kong plunged deeper into crisis on Thursday after the resignations of two top cabinet ministers added fuel to demands for democratic change and put further pressure on leader Tung Chee-hwa.
 arrow Lanka govt makes formal offer to revive peace talks
Sri Lankan government offered unspecified political and financial powers to Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday in a bid to revive the stalled Norwegian-backed peace process.