Vol. 4 Num 55 Sun. July 20, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Wedding party mayhem
A wedding reception party turned into a mayhem when unidentified gunmen opened fire inside a community centre, killing a woman and wounding at least 12 at Kazipara in Kafrul yesterday.
 arrow Kelly's death doubles Blair's trouble
Police have confirmed that the expert at the centre of the Iraq dossier row bled to death from a slit wrist, as Tony Blair comes under increasing pressure over the affair.
 arrow 11,000-strong joint force swings into action in southwestern region
An over 11,000-strong joint force comprising police, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Ansar launched a special drive last night to flush out criminals and underground activists in southwestern districts.
 arrow Flood tightens grip on Dhaka, central dists
Floodwaters began to recede from most of the 23 affected districts, but tightened grip on Dhaka and its environs as swollen rivers were flowing fiercely towards the central region from upstream yesterday.
 arrow Saarc ministers to meet in Dhaka in Aug for common WTO stance
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has called a special meeting of commerce ministers and secretaries of the member states in Dhaka between August 9 and 10.
 arrow Home ministry move to relieve BNP MP's brother of murder case
The home ministry has asked the Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor (PP) to relieve Reazuddin Ahmed Monir, brother of the ruling BNP lawmaker Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, and nine others, of charges in the
 arrow More microfilms decay at DU
Another 2,143 microfilmed manuscripts at the Dhaka University Central Library have decayed over the years due to hot weather and lack of persons trained on microfilm processing, sources at the library
 arrow Case No. Four against Star, Alo Editors, still counting
Another defamatory suit was filed against the Editor of The Daily Star, Mahfuz Anam, and the Editor of the Protham Alo, Motiur Rahman for publishing news on Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, the parliamentary
 arrow US soldier manning Baghdad bank killed
A US soldier was fatally shot guarding a bank Saturday in the capital, while the US military concluded two separate sweeps in and around Baghdad - arresting more than 1,200 people and seizing weapons,
 arrow Floods take toll on vegetables, rice seedlings
Floodwaters sweeping through a third of the districts including the prime farming zones have caused great damage to summer vegetables, but have not had the same impact on the staple cereal, rice.
 arrow PM calls for change in political culture
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said politics in Bangladesh must be transformed to meet the demands of present global system.
 arrow Rail to link Gazipur with Khulna, Rajshahi this month
Direct train communication between Gazipur and the divisional headquarters of Khulna and Rajshahi begins later this month.
 arrow Student chopped to death
'Burqa' clad assailants chopped a college student to death near Sutrapur Bazar yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Day trips on four launch routes from next month
The launch owners association has decided to operate launches on at least four routes during the day starting next month.
 arrow CityCell cuts call tariff
CityCell Digital yesterday sliced off the call tariff for its subscribers and promised to reduce it further shortly.
 arrow Fate of fake-free exam certificates uncertain
The fate of the move to introduce anti-counterfeit certificates and registration cards for public examinations hangs in the balance as the authorities failed to award the job, a key official of the education
 arrow Spy report on Iraq reflects divided agencies
The White House declassified portions of an October 2002 intelligence report to demonstrate that President Bush had ample reason to believe Iraq was reconstituting a nuclear weapons program.
 arrow Jamuna Bridge tender Proceedings stayed for a month
The High Court yesterday stayed for a month the operation of proceedings of a tender for toll collection, operation, management and maintenance of the Jamuna Bridge.
 arrow Cantonment road opened to civilian light vehicles
The Cantonment Road from Shaheed Jahangir Gate to Banani MP Check post was opened to civilian light vehicles on Friday.
 arrow SQ Chy reiterates Immunity stand
The lawyer of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, parliamentary affairs adviser to the prime minister, has said no defamation case against his client was maintainable for the statement he made in parliament.
 arrow Rejoinder
Hizbut Tawheed protested a news item published in The Daily Star on July 16 under the headline 'New outlaw groups swing into action'.
Businessarrow Bangla-US agreement on double taxation avoidance on the cards
Bangladesh and the US are on the verge of signing an agreement on avoidance of double taxation as top officials are likely to initial documents in Washington later this month.
 arrow Listed banks may be penalised for profit disclosure sans provisioning
Private commercial banks (PCBs) announcing half yearly operating profit without maintaining provisions against bad or doubtful debts are likely to be penalised by the Securities and Exchange Commission
 arrow SEC rejects DSE claim
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rejected Dhaka Stock Exchange's (DSE) claim that it was not aware of the malpractice of some brokerage houses.
 arrow Taka strong against dollar
The Bangladesh taka was stronger against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday as the greenback was mostly lower against most currencies and the euro bounced, dealers said.
 arrow Oil prices climb as traders track new tropical storm
Oil prices forged higher on Friday as traders kept a wary eye on reports of a new storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, though dealing was thin, traders said.
 arrow Iraq's transition to market to be tough, warn UN, WB
Iraq will have a difficult transition to a market economy after a decade of economic sanctions and must make social reforms to protect the most vulnerable members of society, the World Bank and United
 arrow WTO publishes draft for Cancun meet to spur stalled trade talks
The World Trade Organisation on Friday published a model of key decisions for ministers to take at an upcoming meeting in Mexico to revive stalled global trade talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Records roll for Waugh
Steve Waugh reached another cricket high-water mark with a trailblazing century as Australia tightened the noose around Bangladesh in the first Test at Marrara Oval here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Brave Tigers battle into third day
Bloodied but unbowed, the Bangladesh Tigers yesterday proved they deserve a place in international Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh impressed by Bangladesh
Steve Waugh says Australia will be chasing a quick kill on the third day of the first Test with Bangladesh but says his team will have to work hard for their victory.
 arrow Cricket: With age he 'improves'
Steve Waugh silenced his critics again on Saturday with a chanceless century against Bangladesh that showed he is getting better with age.
 arrow Cricket: Lankan Tests in Darwin, Cairns
Sri Lanka will play Tests against Australia in Darwin and Cairns next July, Cricket Australia announced here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Mukti off with a bang
Fancied Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra launched their campaign for a maiden National Football League title with a bang, thrashing Mohammedan Sporting Club of Sirajganj 4-1 in the opening second-legmatch
 arrow Football: South Banashree, Khilgaon High in final round
South Banashree Model High School and Khilgaon High School reached the final round of the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football tournament at the Basabo Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: School kabadi
Ansars & VDP High School and Maniknagar Model High School moved into the semifinals of the Dhaka Metropolis school kabadi competition at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Sports awards to be given today
National Sports Award for the years 2001 and 2002 will be distributed at the Osmany Memorial auditorium today.
 arrow Basketball: Bryant in hot water
Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a former high school cheerleader at a mountain resort where she worked.
 arrow Tennis: Coria stuns Youzhny
Argentina's pint-sized Guillermo Coria tore through title holder Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 6-0 on Friday, leaving the holder wondering what hit him in the quarterfinals of the 765,000-euros ATP tournament.
 arrow Swimming: Thorpe targets treble
Ian Thorpe aims for an unprecedented third successive world title in the 400 metres freestyle on the opening day of pool action at the world swimming championships on Sunday but the idea of a historic
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho Barcelona's
Paris Saint Germain's Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has joined Barcelona for about 30 million euros (33.6 million dollars) on a five-year contract, the club said on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'Ronnie' day by day
Chronology of the Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho's last season at Paris Saint Germain before joining Barcelona, which was revealed on Saturday:

July 21 2002: Ronaldinho, World Cup winner with

 arrow Football: Ronaldinho At A Glance
Ronaldinho transfer summery following his move to Barcelona from Paris Saint Germain revealed by a source close to the negotiations on Saturday:

Surname: De Assis Moreira

First name: Ronaldo


 arrow Football: Lazio shoot Chelsea down
Big spenders Chelsea lost 2-0 to Lazio here at the Flaminio stadium on Friday in a friendly marred by the racial abuse aimed at the Premiership club's black players by large sections of the Italian crowd.
 arrow Football: Same old philosophy
Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri has insisted the club's philosophy will not change despite being presented with a blank cheque book by new owner Roman Abramovich.

"Our aim remains the same.

 arrow Football: Longest soccer soap ends
Paris Saint Germain's Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who moved to Barcelona on Saturday for about 30 million euros (33.6 million dollars), is no stranger to marathon transfers.
Politicalarrow AL plans tie with left parties
The main opposition Awami League (AL) recently decided to talk its like-minded left-leaning parties into a common platform against the BNP-led four-party alliance government.
 arrow BCL men beat up Hijbut Tahrir workers at DU
At least five activists of Hijb-ut Tahrir, Bangladesh (HTB) were injured while Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists attacked them on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.
Nationalarrow No progress in Sylhet flood control project
There has been virtually no progress in the Upper Surma-Kushiyara Flood Control and Irrigation Project although two years of its five-year implementation period have passed.
 arrow Floodwater receding in Sirajganj
The overall flood situation in Sirajganj showed signs of improvement as water level of the Jamuna started falling yesterday.

But the river was still flowing five cms above the dagger mark.

 arrow 'No genuine flood victim'
While thousands cry for succour in Nilphamari, the district relief and rehabilitation officer does not find any flood victim "eligible for relief".
 arrow Starship cuisine contest held in Sylhet
The Starship Funny/Tasty Cuisine Contest-2 was held recently at a restaurant in Sylhet with much enthusiasm, says a press release.
 arrow Our Correspondent, Rangpur: ... now gang of leg cutters
A new type of brutal crime has panicked people of Pirganj. Unidentified terrorists severed legs of two persons and escaped with the severed portions.
Foreign Relationsarrow Nepal waives visa for Bangladeshis
Bangladeshis will not need visas to visits Nepal.

The visa waiver applies to Chinese and citizens of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

 arrow Canberra asked to ease visa regime, transfer of technology
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has requested Australia to consider migration of workforce from and transfer of technology and free flow of capital to a labour-surplus country like Bangladesh, particularly
Culturearrow Kamal Das Gupta
During 1930s to '50s it was like a proverb in the music arena that "No matter where and how much you try, in the end you will have to go to Kamal Das Gupta to find success.
Generalarrow '58 pc city street girls engaged in prostitution'
Fifty-eight per cent of street girls in the city, who are aged between 12- 18, are engaged in prostitution which leads them to drug addiction, says a survey report.
 arrow Nasrin rescue abandoned
The government postponed the rescue operation of M V Nasrin-1, as recommended by the local administration of Chandpur, sources said.
 arrow Crash stalls vehicle movement on Dhaka-Aricha road
Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Aricha highway was stranded for three hours at Joypura due to an accident yesterday morning.
 arrow Arrestees placed on remand
Two persons, arrested in connection with the killing of BNP leader Anwarul Haq Anu, were placed on a one day remand yesterday.
 arrow Journalist Mizan passes away
Mizanur Rahman, former commercial manager of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), died of prolonged illness at BIRDEM Hospital yesterday at the age of 70.
 arrow Khadiza Amin alliance candidate for Netrakona by-election
Four-party alliance leader and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has nominated Khadiza Amin, wife of late Nurul Amin Talukder, as the alliance candidate for the by-election to Netrakona-3 seat of the JatiyaSangsad.
 arrow No case filed for Taib killing
No case was filed for the killing of real estate broker Taib Uddin even after 26 hours of the incident.
Internationalarrow UN calls for timeframe to restore Iraq's sovereignty
The United Nations said Friday it wants to see a timeframe for restoration of Iraqi sovereignty, and Washington said it would consider a new UN mandate for troops in Iraq amid ongoing attacks on US forces.
 arrow Media blasts Blair for turning Kelly into a 'fall guy'
Newspapers said Saturday British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a major crisis over the apparent suicide of a defence adviser at the centre of a row about the way the government took the country into
 arrow CBI drops conspiracy charge against Advani

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has dropped the charge of criminal conspiracy against Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, HRD Minister M M Joshi and other BJP leaders in the Ayodhya demolition

 arrow US holds off military trials of Britons
The United States said Friday it will hold off military trials of British and Australian suspected terrorists imprisoned at its base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, pending legal discussions about their fates.
 arrow N Korea poses serious nuke threat: IAEA
The UN atomic agency's chief called North Korea "the most serious threat" to nuclear proliferation Friday while urging Iran to let inspectors investigate suspect nuclear facilities.
 arrow Bhutan mulls militia training for all
Bhutanese parliamentarians have suggested military training for all able-bodied citizens amid fears of conflict with Indian separatists holed up in the south of the Himalayan kingdom, state media reported
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police need modernising
Police have in recent times found it difficult to rein in the criminals, particularly the outlawed political extremists.
 arrow Editorial: Yet another step towards East
After China, Thailand and Myanmar, the government has found another ally in Vietnam in what could be described as its venture towards East.
 arrow Stabilisation force in Iraq
After careful thoughts Indian government has refused to accede to the US request for sending troops to Iraq.
 arrow Beating around Bush
I do not know why America does not dismount from the high horse it is riding to ask for assistance like any other country does when it needs it.
Letters to Editorarrow "IBA (DU) should change"
I am amused by the letter of Ms Samiha.

As a student of the institute (IBA) I have few clarifications to make.

 arrow Sending troops to Iraq
India's refusal to be pressured by the Americans, to send troops to support their illegal occupation in Iraq deserves the highest praise.
 arrow SQ Chowdhury pleads
I had decided not to make any further comment on this matter relating to SQ Chowdhury and the Editor of the Daily Star.
Star Healtharrow WHO warns of trans fatty acid dangers
The world was recently gripped with almost hysteric fear.
 arrow Acid Survivors Foundation in the forefront
Executive director of Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), Monira Rahman, talked to the Star Health Desk last week and shared her views on the problems and future plans of the Foundation.
 arrow Oral hazards during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a charming spell of every woman's life. By this incidence a newborn comes to this world and which is a right of human embryo to discover him self or herself.
Star Cityarrow Suspects in Shajahan case named but elude police
Multimode Group's director administration and his company driver, the two suspected of dragging Dr Shajahan from his motorbike to his death on July 1, still remain elusive to the police.
 arrow Dhaka gets AQI
Air pollution is responsible for about 6,000 deaths in Dhaka city each year, while on average each city dweller spends about Tk 700 (US$12) per year on medical treatment for pollution-related illnesses,
 arrow 'Bio bags' solution or more waste?
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has finally acknowledged the open garbage problem at roadside primary dumping sites.
 arrow Angling turns passion into patience
Angling as an internationally recognized sports is dying in the city due to lack of ponds and lakes. Whereas angling as a sport has developed in Dhaka long before our independence.
 arrow Equipped for life
He never needed to memorise any lesson to learn that life means struggle. Rather, the life, its nature and necessity taught Mohammed Manik to become tough and fight to survive.
 arrow Sweeper colony wants clean up
More than five thousand sweeper families of Ganaktuli City Colony are living a painful life in Hajaribag, though they are working under Dhaka City Corporation.
 arrow Event Horizon

Conversation with a CNG driver

City CorrespondentCommuters of Dhaka City regularly face many and varied problems.

Star City in Framesarrow Harmony of Vision
Muzharul Islam, arguably the first trained Bengali architect, is widely acknowledged for his pioneering work which has led to the establishment of the modem architectural culture and practice in Bangladesh.