Volume 4 Number 54 Sat. July 19, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow David Kelly found dead
A mild-mannered British scientist was found dead in the woods yesterday after being unwittingly dragged into a fierce political dispute about intelligence used to justify war on Iraq.
 arrow More city areas flooded
Floodwaters swamped fresh lowlands in the central districts including Dhaka and its environs, but marked recession in the northern districts except for Sirajganj and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow Blair defends Iraq war, Bush bashes 'sceptics'
With embattled British Prime Minister Tony Blair at his side, President Bush on Thursday stood by his assertion that Iraq was trying to reconstitute its nuclear weapons programme and declared: "We won't
 arrow SSC grading in fog
Parents, teachers and students are still confused about the grading system introduced in 2001.
 arrow Anticrime crackdown in southwestern dists begins
The joint forces of police, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and ansars began a crackdown on criminals, especially members of underground political parties, in southwestern districts last night.
 arrow NCB capital deficit snowballs
The net capital deficit of the four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) increased by Tk 125 crore to Tk 6,204 crore in the first three months of this year.
 arrow Administration to go wired
The government has initiated a programme that will bring some fundamental changes to the administrative system including e-policing and connecting the Prime Minister's Office with key ministries, divisional
 arrow End poverty, injustice to root out terrorism
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for an end to poverty and injustice that provide for a fertile breeding ground for terrorism and fanaticism.
 arrow Bar Council's 'demand day' on August 6
Bangladesh Bar Council (BBC) will observe a 'demand day' on August 6 to press home its six-point demand including withdrawal of a government order making it mandatory for lawyers to file income tax return.
 arrow Bomb blast at Kushtia BNP leader's house: One killed
One person was killed and two others were injured in a bomb blast at the house of a local BNP leader at village Majdiar in Daulatpur upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Land broker gunned down in city
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a land broker in front of his residence at Kalyanpur in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Social impact of TV commercials
The amazing technological breakthroughs that have occurred in the last century or so along with the marvelous scientific advances that continue to take place in this new millennium have had profound and
 arrow Grenades hit US military vehicles
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) hit three US military vehicles in farmland on the edge of the flashpoint town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, yesterday, witnesses said.
 arrow Hectic lobby on for job of establishment secretary
The secretaries of the government are lobbying intensely for the post of establishment secretary as the incumbent is going on a diplomatic assignment abroad.
 arrow Baby stolen from DMCH rescued
A three-month-old baby, stolen from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Monday, was rescued from Pallabi yesterday.
 arrow Planned bus strike in Barisal withdrawn
Bus owners and workers last night called off their planned strike on all routes of the district following fruitful talks with the authorities concerned

Earlier on the day,they had called for an indefinite

 arrow 'US embassy in Rome was given forged documents'
The US embassy in Rome was given forged documents detailing alleged Iraqi attempts to acquire uranium from Niger from a private source last October, a senior State Department official said Thursday.
 arrow Youth's body recovered from pond
Decomposed body of an unidentified youth was recovered from the pond of Fazlul Haq Hall of Dhaka University yesterday.

Students of the hall found the body floating in the pond and informed police.

Businessarrow FBCCI goes into polls process
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) went into election process under a new format as collection of nomination papers began on Thursday.
 arrow BTTB's destruction of telecom economics
Telecommunications is a unique amenity. Unlike water, power or gas a user does not have any alternate solution when the telecom system fails.
 arrow Ray of hope for golden fibre
The government initiative to encourage entrepreneurs to produce new diversified jute products is gaining momentum, raising hope to revive the lost glory of jute.
 arrow BMW showroom opens
Executive Motors Ltd, distributor of BMW cars in Bangladesh, yesterday opened the first showroom for the premium German vehicles in Dhaka.
 arrow FM seeks Thai investment
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday urged Thai entrepreneurs to invest in different prospective sectors in Bangladesh and said the government is ready to provide them with all supports.
 arrow EU countries to seek farm concessions at WTO talks
European Union states will say next week they are better placed to seek concessions on agricultural trade at a key World Trade Organisation meeting in Mexico after reforming their own farm subsidy system.
 arrow US recession officially over, recovery fragile
The US recession is over -- in fact it was over by the time it was declared -- but experts warn that it will take time for economic conditions to feel better, and that a weak global economy remains arisk.
 arrow Microsoft profit soars
Microsoft Corp., showing no strains under a court-approved anti-monopoly regime, announced Thursday net profit shot up 26.0 per cent in the April-June quarter.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers skittled out for 97
Australia bundled Bangladesh out for 97 but unexpectedly met resistance in attempting to ram home the advantage on the opening day of the first-ever Test between the two disparate cricket powers hereon
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers bowl with pride
A tragic batting display in the face of the most ruthless bowling attack in the world left Bangladesh reeling yesterday as the Tigers fell for 97 runs with Australia replying with121-2 at stumps.
 arrow Cricket: NT comes to fore
Test cricket came to Australia's Top End on Friday, when Steve Waugh won the toss and put Bangladesh in to bat on the drop-in pitch at the Marrara Oval, a cosy oasis of green in the dry old Northern Territory.
 arrow Cricket: Trevor bats for Bangladesh!
Trevor Chappell, Bangladesh's former coach, believes they are capable of becoming one of the world's leading cricket nations, but in the meantime they must overcome several problems.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath, Lee being modest
Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee leapt to Bangladesh's defence after tearing through their batting on the opening day of the first test on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: BTV down and out?
Cricket fans of the country will not be able to watch the Bangladesh-Australia series. Bangladesh Television failed to secure live feed of the first day's play in Darwin yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Our friends down under
Bangladesh cricket fans are receiving insight and reports of the team's historic clash with Australia from deep within enemy territory.
 arrow Cricket: ODI table irks Saurav
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly slammed the latest one-day rankings on Friday after his team dropped to number eight despite reaching the World Cup final earlier this year.
 arrow Cricket: Gough gets Test recall
Darren Gough was given an England Test recall two years after playing his last five-day match when he was included in the squad announced Friday for next week's first Test against South Africa at Edgbaston.
 arrow Cricket: SL to play Test in Darwin
Sri Lanka could play a Test match here next year once agreement is finalised with the former World Cup champions, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: S Africa draw tour game
South African pair Neil McKenzie and Monde Zondeki were bright spots for South Africa as their tour match against English country Somerset faded into a draw on a rain-affected final day on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya counting on Mani's help
The World Cup contracts row is certain to be resolved now that Ehsan Mani had replaced Malcolm Gray as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Jagmohan Dalmiya of India said on Friday.
 arrow Hockey: BHF in search of a coach
The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is looking for a qualified foreign coach for the national team.

The federation has requested the Asian Hockey Federation to send a good coach.

 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Alhaj Jafar Bepari High School improved their chances of entering the semifinals of the schools Kabadi tournament with a 66-7 win over AK High School at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Football: NFL second leg starts today
The second leg of the Nitol-Tata third National Football League's kicks off at the Sylhet Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Eight schools in final round
Eight teams -- Rahmatullah High School, Nabakumar Institute, Matuail Bahumukhi High School, Dulaipar High School, Residential Model School, Laboratory School, Blue Bird School and Kamarpara High School
 arrow Tennis: Schuettler sends Corretja packing
Third seed Rainer Schuettler sent Alex Corretja heading home to his newborn daughter in Barcelona with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat in the third round of the 765,000 euro ATP event Thursday.
 arrow Football: Howard comes prepared
Tim Howard has developed mental toughness dealing with Tourette's Syndrome, discipline that will serve him well as he prepares to handle the pressure of joining Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Colombia, Mexico complete lineup
Colombia and Mexico captured round-robin group titles in the Gold Cup football tournament with draws, finalizing the quarter-final pairings in the 12-nation Americas football showdown.
 arrow Football: No breakthrough still!
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson held lengthy talks with Paris St Germain president Francis Graille over the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho here late on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Duff talks on
Damien Duff was deep in talks with Chelsea late on Thursday after Blackburn Rovers accepted a reported 17 million (27.2 million dollar) bid for the Republic of Ireland winger.
Politicalarrow AL to complain to speaker about JS bodies
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will lodge protest with the speaker against what it calls formation of parliamentary standing committees in violation of the constitution and the Rules of Procedure.
 arrow Amini backs down on polls issue
A minor coalition party led by Fazlul Haq Amini yesterday backed down on the Netrokona-3 by-election issue that had opened an apparent discord in the ruling alliance.
 arrow AL will stage countrywide demonstration tomorrow
Opposition Awami League will stage demonstration across the country tomorrow protesting the attack on party presidium member Tofail Ahmed in Bhola.
Metropolitanarrow UGC asked to halt appointments in 17 public universities
The education ministry has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to halt all appointments, upgradation and promotion in 17 public universities for the next two months.

UGC Chairman Prof.

 arrow Minister warns against corruption in relief distribution
The government will continue to allocate adequate relief materials for the flood-hit people to ensure that none dies of starvation.
 arrow Viqarunnisa Noon College silver jubilee July 24-25
The Viqarunnisa Noon School and College will celebrate the silver jubilee of its college section on July 24 and 25.
Nationalarrow 10,000 outlaws rule 10 districts in SW region
About 10,000 armed cadres of outlawed parties rule 10 districts of southwestern (SW) region.

Over two crore people in the districts have become helpless and insecure in their hands.

 arrow Trial of killers of Ctg BCL leaders demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders have demanded immediate trial of the killers of eight BCL leaders and activists who were killed in Bahddarhat area on July 12 in 2000 by armed Shibir cadres.
 arrow 13 more bodies found
Thirteen more bodies were found after eight days of the launch disaster near Chandpur ferry ghat from the downstream of the Meghna at different places of Barisal and Bhola district.
 arrow Housewife Gangraped in Satkhira
A housewife, mother of two children was allegedly gangraped on Thursday night at village Ramerdanga under Sadar upazila.
 arrow Attack on schoolteacher
An unmarried schoolteacher was injured when miscreants chopped her after failing to rape her at Khalishabunia village under Shyamnagar upazila on July 17.
Foreign Relationsarrow Australia may take skilled manpower from Bangladesh
Australia will consider hiring skilled manpower from Bangladesh, an Australian government delegation told a meeting at the Home Ministry yesterday.
Culturearrow Sad tales of the santoor
Santoor, a sophisticated instrument which has about 90 to 120 strings, is made of wood', says Santoor player Nurul Haque.
 arrow A poet's camera
A B M Salahuddin has been capturing scenes of nature with his camera since 1972.
Generalarrow IMF assures Dhaka of continued support for reforms
International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assured Bangladesh of providing continued support and assistance for its on-going reform programmes.
 arrow Anwar murder: 2 picked up for interrogation
Police picked up two people including a woman for interrogation in connection with the murder of BNP leader and an alleged criminal Anwarul Haque Anu.
 arrow Road accidents kill 3 in B'baria, Manikganj
Three people were killed in two road accidents in Brahmanbaria and Manikganj on Thursday.

In Brahmanbaria, a man was killed and two others were injured when a tempo fell into a roadside ditch.

 arrow Ctg GPO official's house robbed in broad daylight
Robbers in broad daylight yesterday shot and wounded the assistant postmaster of Chittagong GPO (General Post Office) and looted Tk 50,000 worth of cash and gold ornaments from his house at Bahaddarhat
Internationalarrow 'Time running out' to secure Iraq
A high-level advisory team sent to Iraq by the United States Defence Department says Washington has a limited opportunity to restore order in Iraq and that urgent action is needed.
 arrow Democrats eye potential grounds for Bush impeachment
US Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham said on Thursday there were grounds to impeach President Bush if he was found to have led America to war under false pretenses.
 arrow China pushes for North Korea-US talks
China has dispatched a top diplomat to Washington to push for talks between the United States and North Korea over the North's suspected nuclear weapons program.
 arrow British press tars Blair for changing tune over WMD
The British press Friday accused Prime Minister Tony Blair of flip-flopping over Iraq by admitting that finding weapons of mass destruction was not vital to justify the war.
 arrow BJP meets to adopt Ayodhya resolution
The BJP resolution on the Ayodhya issue, to be adopted at its National Executive meeting, which began here on Friday, is expected to strike a delicate balance between mollifying a restive BJP and keeping
 arrow Manila announces truce with MILF
The Philippine government announced a ceasefire deal with Moro rebels Friday, agreeing to drop arrest warrants against rebel leaders for alleged terrorism to pave the way for peace talks as early as next
 arrow Border villagers flee for safety as Indo-Pak troops trade shells
More than 20 families fled for safety and 10 Pakistani bunkers were damaged Friday when Indian and Pakistani troops traded mortar fire in Kashmir, Indian officials said.
 arrow India-Pakistan must have early talks, says Musharraf
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that both Pakistan and India must take initiatives for an early comprehensive dialogue on all issues, including Kashmir to normalise relations between thetwo.
 arrow Scientists stumble over giant hole in the ground
Chinese, American and British scientists have discovered a giant hole in the ground, which has immediately been praised as a "geological wonder" and potential tourist attraction, state media said Friday.
 arrow 'Gene makes people more susceptible to depression'
Researchers have found a gene that makes people more susceptible to depression under stress, according to a study to appear Friday in the journal Science.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Changes in exams
The dismal performance of the students in this year's SSC examinations has triggered new brain waves of the decision-makers.
 arrow Editorial: Return of Dramatic Performance Act?
We are very concerned about the comment made by the Information Minister, Tariqul Islam inside the parliament on the possibility of reinstating the Dramatic Performance Act.
 arrow Developed world's lack of focus regarding development agenda
The world witnessed early last month an assembly of world leaders in Evian, France. Billed as a G-8 Summit, it was expected that the leaders would address themselves to resolving important world problems.
 arrow Spies, lies and laws among nations
Before attacking Poland in 1939, Adolf Hitler said, "I shall give a propaganda reason for starting the war. No matter whether it is plausible or not.
Letters to Editorarrow Launch disaster
"I am not a person to quit. If I quit then who would work"? Akbar the shipping minister declared this to the Daily Star over a telephonic interview. (Dated 11th July). Bravo Mr.
 arrow Switzerland can serve as a model for multiethnic Iraq
Though the United States went to Iraq out of its own security concerns, the real beneficiary of Saddam's ouster will be the Iraqi people. And Iraq may be already on the way to become a freer society.
Literaturearrow A Tragical History of Fusion and Hybridity
White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple. London: Harper Collins. 8.
 arrow Bluffing, bluffing, bluffing....
In this tale of banging around Beijing on a working tour, our ever intrepid photographer/gearhead shows us how fast thinking and native gall can even carry one past the watchful eyes of the Chinese
 arrow Walkaround
For long has the dust blown in front of the ferry mooring
For long have the coolieworkers slept beside brick-kilns
Somewhere is seen sparks from fires
Somewhere steam issues forth