Volume 4 Number 56 Mon. July 21, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Hunt on for 160 top criminals, 25 netted
Joint forces arrested 283 people, including 25 listed criminals, on the first day of a police-led anticrime sweep in the southwestern region yesterday.
 arrow BBC confirms Kelly was its Iraq mole
The BBC confirmed Sunday that weapons expert David Kelly, whose body was found on Friday, was the source of its report that the British government embellished intelligence to justify war on Iraq.
 arrow US commercial guide chides Bangladesh investment climate
The US Trade Centre in Dhaka has made scathing remarks about a number of impediments discouraging foreign investment.
 arrow Shape up or shut down
The government yesterday gave a one-year ultimatum to Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) to fulfil certain conditions to continue to operate.
 arrow Three WASA engineers clipped for graft
The local government, rural development and cooperatives ministry yesterday suspended three engineers of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) for corruption and neglect of duty.
 arrow Launch safety still a far cry
The overall situation at Sadarghat launch terminal has improved a bit, but the safety of passengers is still a far cry.
 arrow Free steamer ride on offer to boost day-travel
The MV Sela will not charge passengers during its first four trips between Dhaka and Barisal to encourage daytime travel.
 arrow Floods close in on capital
Lowlands in and around the capital were hit by more flooding yesterday, but the situation in north and northwestern districts has slightly improved in gradual recession of floodwaters.
 arrow Gulf Air staff shot dead by robbers
An engineer of Gulf Air was shot dead by robbers who broke into his father-in-law's house at Patiya yesterday.

The robbers also looted 12 other neighbouring houses, sources said.

 arrow 2 US soldiers killed, UN convoy attacked in Iraq
Two US soldiers were killed in northern Iraq yesterday and an Iraqi UN driver died after a United Nations convoy came under fire for the first time.
 arrow Anwar stresses frontier research in agriculture
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar has underscored the pursuit of frontier research in agriculture to raise farm production that reached a plateau after the benefits of Green Revolution ran out.
 arrow Prepaid gas meters likely by Sept
The Energy and Mineral Resources Division yesterday asked Petrobangla to formulate a policy guideline for introducing prepaid meter for gas consumption.
 arrow 2 killed, 8 hurt as minibus runs over garment workers
Two female garment workers were killed and eight others injured in a road accident on Staff Road crossing in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
 arrow Train hard, be patient for excellence in sports: PM
The prime minister has asked sportsmen and sports organisers to focus on regular training and have patience and perseverance to attain desired goals.
 arrow Hearing on withdrawal of charge against BNP MP's brother July 24
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Dhaka Division, yesterday fixed July 24 for hearing on the petition for withdrawal of charges against Reaz Uddin Ahmed Monir, brother of the ruling BNP MP Nasir Uddin Ahmed
 arrow Rajuk suspends engineer for approving illegal highrise construction
Rajuk suspended one of its engineers on Saturday for illegally approving the construction of a highrise near a Key Point Installation (KPI) at Moghbazar.
 arrow No unionism in jute mills
The government will not allow CBA activities inside the jute mills during production time, state minister for jute said.
 arrow BAC files graft case against Nasim
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) has filed a case against Awami League (AL) leader Mohammad Nasim for concealing accumulated assets worth Tk 43.20 lakh beyond his known sources of income.
 arrow Bangladeshi illegal expats netted in Lanka
Sri Lankan police Sunday arrested 114 would-be illegal immigrants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh who had arrived on the island to travel illegally to Europe, officials said.
 arrow 2 remanded in wedding party killing
The two youths, arrested on Saturday after the mayhem at a wedding reception at Kazipara, were remanded yesterday.
 arrow I won't resign: Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday he would accept responsibility if a probe into the suicide of a government scientist pointed to any wrongdoing by members of his government.
Businessarrow DSE to go tough on four errant brokers
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday decided to serve 'final notice' to four of its members to settle claims of their clients or face membership suspension.
 arrow $50m SME development scheme likely by year-end
A $50 million project aiming at trade-related capacity building and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is likely to start by the year-end.
 arrow Brunei Airlines plans flights to Dhaka
Brunei Airlines is planning to start its operation on Bandar Seri Begawan-Dhaka route.
 arrow Job cut in jute mills to take hefty toll on export, fear exporters
The country's jute goods exporters, already facing a continuous downward trend in business, said the decision to reduce jute mills workers will further push down the export volume.
 arrow Education and consumer product fair begins Friday
A three-day fair on education and consumer products will be held from July 25-27 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow IPP generated power cheaper in Bangladesh: Study reveals
Prices of electricity generated by independent power producers (IPP) in Bangladesh are low by regional and international standards, according to a recent study.
 arrow Mahathir outlines economic vision
Malaysia's five-year-old currency peg is set to be a legacy of outgoing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who describes it as a "long-term solution" to fight manipulation by rogue currency traders.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh crumble quickly on Day 3
Steve Waugh became the most successful captain in Test cricket history as Australia hammered Bangladesh by an innings and 132 runs in their first-ever Test match at Marrara Oval here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Middle-order madness ends Tigers' fight
A middle-order collapse was all that stood between Bangladesh success and failure in Darwin yesterday as the Tigers battled against the world's strongest team. They failed.
 arrow Cricket: The Waugh way
Steve Waugh said playing aggressive positive cricket was behind his golden run as captain of the juggernaut Australian team.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore to say
Dav Whatmore said Sunday, he would not be rushed into any snap decisions on the evidence of Bangladesh's two-and-a-half day Test loss to the crack Australians here.
 arrow Cricket: Why Shane, here's Stuart
Stuart MacGill, living in the shadow of Shane Warne, has learnt to take his opportunities when they arise and on Sunday he did it again with his seventh five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock strikes India A
Shaun Pollock polished off India A as South Africa bowled out their opponents for 319 on the first day of their three-day tour match at Arundel here Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Slovakia in dire straits
Holders Slovakia were in danger of being knocked out of the Fed Cup after Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne gave Belgium a commanding 2-0 lead in their World Group quarter-final on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Coria cruises into final
French Open semifinalist Guillermo Coria raced into the final of the 765,000-euro ATP event here Saturday with a 6-4, 6-0 win over outclassed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey league starts today
The life ban on Mahabub Ehsan Rana will haunt the players and officials alike when the Premier Division Hockey League begins at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today.
 arrow Football: MSC prevail on penalty
Defending champions Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club laboured to a 1-0 victory against Arambagh KS in the second match of leg two of the Nitol-Tata 3rd National Football League at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF meets today
The executive committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) meets today at its conference room at 3:30 pm.
 arrow Football: School football finals begin tomorrow
The final round of the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school Football Tournament kicks off at the Paltan Maidan adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium tomorrow.
 arrow Sports awards distributed
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has asked sportsmen and women and organisers to concentrate on regular training and have patience and perseverance to attain desired goals.
 arrow Football: Kaka to the fore
Brazil captain Kaka led from the front, scoring both goals in his team's 2-0 victory over Colombia in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Dream Donovan
A superstar performance by Landon Donovan eased the United States into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Donovan scored four goals and Eddie Lewis had four assists Saturday to lead the U.S.

 arrow Football: Ronaldinho unveiling today
Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho completed his move from Paris St Germain to Barcelona on Sunday after passing a medical.
 arrow Football: Kewell concern
Liverpool's new signing Harry Kewell faces an anxious wait for the results of a scan after the Australian striker limped out of the 1-1 friendly draw with Crewe on Saturday.
Politicalarrow Hasina returns, asks PM to reform her own politics
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday advised Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to start reforming her own politics, mindset and party.
 arrow 7 BCL men hurt in cop, JCD swoop at Ctg college
At least seven activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Chittagong Government Commerce College (CGCC) were injured when police and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres allegedly swooped on the
 arrow BNP accused of 'AL cleansing'
Leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday repeated their accusations against the government of conspiring to "cleanse" opposition forces through political persecution.
Nationalarrow Tribesmen, Bangalees unite to resist toll collection in Rangamati
Tribesmen and Bangalees in about 200 villages in Kawkhali and Naniarchar upazilas have finally united to resist extortion by Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and its rival United Peoples
 arrow Massive erosion as floodwater recedes
Erosion is playing havoc in Gaibandha and Sirajganj districts as floodwaters receded further.
 arrow Alleged woman child lifter held in Bogra
Sherpur thana police arrested a young woman Shafali -- from Hamsayapur village on Saturday for her alleged attempt to lift three children.
 arrow 6 pirates held from Meghna estuary
Tazumuddin police arrested six pirates from the Meghna estuary after an exchange of fire when the criminals attempted to commit robbery in an anchored cargo vessel on Saturday.
 arrow Bad time for some school teachers
It's a hard time for a section of high school teachers.
Culturearrow Soul, soils and symbols
Kalidas Karmakar, print maker and graphic designer and Enam Ul Haque, photographer and video maker, will be having a joint exhibition beginning from July 25 for five days at Singapore.
 arrow Ami gadha bolchhi
Dhaka Drama Nattyadal staged the comedy Ami Gadha Bolchhi (I am the donkey speaking), based on Krishan Chandar's novel, at the Public Library auditorium recently on request of the audience whofailed
 arrow Homage to Tareque Shahriar
Eleven active and like-minded film societies of Bangladesh have organised a session dedicated to Tareque Shahriar, a renowned film society activist, alternative filmmaker and short story writer, who died
Generalarrow Border patrol to be strengthened to check smuggling of wet leather
A special meeting of the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday decided to step up border patrol and implement the government's decision to check smuggling of wet leather from the country, an official press
 arrow Danida resumes Ctg dev work
The Danish government came forward with the development support towards Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region ending a suspension period of about three years.
 arrow Cases against 17 Ctg criminals referred to spl tribunal
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has sought permission from the Home Ministry to allow for trial of 25 cases against 17 top terrors of the city in a Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT).
Internationalarrow Shiites rage against US occupation of Iraq
More than 10,000 demonstrators rallied in the Shiite holy city of Najaf Sunday in support of cleric Moqtada Sadr, a fiery critic of the US-led occupation, leading to a tense standoff with US marines.
 arrow Blair ally blasts BBC for Kelly's death
Peter Mandelson, a former British minister and one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's closest allies, launched a bitter attack Sunday against the BBC and its role in the war of words that led to the suicide
 arrow Iraqi nuke evidence was thin: Experts
Even as the Bush administration concluded Iraq was reviving its nuclear weapons programme, key signs -- such as scientific data of weapons work and evidence of research by Iraq's nuclear experts -- were
 arrow N Korea threatens to pull out of armistice
North Korea threatened Sunday to pull out of an armistice accord that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, accusing the United States of seeking to ignite a second war on the Korean peninsula.
 arrow Sonia's 'foreign origin' resurfaces yet again
Will it be Ram versus Rome? Will it once again be "deshi" versus "videshi"?

Here comes the election time and the issue of India's top opposition leader Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin seems to resurface.

 arrow Conjoined twins Abandoned in India
A pair of newly born conjoined twins have been abandoned in India after their parents refused to care for them, a report said Sunday.
 arrow US kills up to 24 attackers in Afghanistan
The US military said yesterday its forces had killed up to 24 fighters who attacked a coalition convoy in southern Afghanistan.
 arrow Scientists debate limit of human aging
Fancy living another 100 years or more? Some experts said on Saturday that scientific advances will one day enable humans to last decades beyond what is now seen as the natural limit of the human life
 arrow 12 killed in Kenya plane crash
Twelve US tourists, members of three families, were killed Saturday when their light aircraft got lost and crashed into the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest mountain, officials
Editorialarrow Editorial: Wedding party mayhem
Criminality has been showing its ugly fangs and people can perhaps absorb the shock of crimes of almost every denomination.
 arrow Editorial: Special SAARC meeting
We have had a surfeit of free-trade rhetoric signifying very little in terms of equitable business opportunities across the globe.
 arrow Bereft of a moral content it's the travesty of governance!
Mao's assertion that 'all powers grow out of the barrel of the gun' perhaps applied to totalitarian system. In democracies one needs popular mandate to derive authority.
 arrow 'Luck' in the lives of great men
It is always a pleasure to read and re-read the works of Somerset Maugham.
 arrow Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed
When Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed passed away on 12 July, messages of condolence and tributes poured in from legions of people who had known him, admired him, respected him and loved him.
Letters to Editorarrow Might is always right
The dossier against Saddam Hussein that President George W Bush presented to the UN General Assembly on September 12, 2002 is now being called A Decade of Lies and Deceit for what he has produced to substantiate
 arrow Dhaka: Day by day
Well Dhaka day by day is turning absolutely unbearable. Nothing is going in favour of us.
 arrow Formation of a homicide squad under DMP
If we analyse the recent trend in crime, it will be evident that only a few killer groups are operating in Dhaka city. They kill anybody for payment.
 arrow Poor Bangla films
Nobody doubts that Bangla films have gone beyond any solace or sympathy. We all reproach and criticise its vulgar dialogues, obscene getups and dancing of the heroines and extras etc.
 arrow Shipping Minister and PM's action
The commoners like me are amazed and befuddled as to how the Shipping Minister is still keeping his high profile job and enjoying all the perks after a series of monumental faux pas.
 arrow How to improve inland ship safety
The Department of Shipping has failed to ensure the safety of peoples' lifes as well as the safety standard of inland ships.
 arrow Our good police
The news "The Daily Star reporter finds identity of driver who dragged doctor to death while cops fail" drew my attention.
 arrow Really Eden!
In Bible, Eden is the beautiful garden where Adam and Eve, the first human beings lived until they were banished for tasting the fruit of knowledge.
 arrow Should do it soon
The deadlock on the issue of transit at the recently concluded JEC bewteen Bangladesh and India was expected. However, it is time that we become more pragmatic in our policies with India.
 arrow Open secret of VAT office
Let me share an experience with you. I went to the zonal VAT office for an official purpose and I saw the VAT inspectors taking bribe from their clients openly.
 arrow Restructuring the educational arena
A recent report shows that there exists a stark inequality in per capita government spending in different types of institutions. For example, the government spends Tk. 6259.
Star Cityarrow Room without a view
One of the finest lime concrete structures beside the Curzon Hall slips into decay only because of the neglect of the Dhaka University authorities.
 arrow No break for precious wetlands
The Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK) has filed a lawsuit with the Savar Police Station recently, alleging violation of the wetland protection act 2000 by the owners of Modumati Model Town.
 arrow Meat prices beyond control
With no control and monitoring, price of meat remain as unstable as ever in the city.

Beef is sold between Tk 80 to Tk 100 per kg despite the Tk 70 rate fixed by the government.

 arrow Footbridge move forward
Reconstruction of 11 overhead footbridges, which have long been unserviceable, is slated to be complete at the year-end, according to a decision of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow DU students losing library resources
Hundreds of students and teachers of Dhaka University (DU) are being deprived of photocopying facility at the central library, as 10 photocopiers out of 14 went out of order.
 arrow Attracting investment for clean development
The Ministry of Environment & Forest is implementing a project "Capacity Development for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Bangladesh" under the Sustainable Environment management program (SEMP).
 arrow Recording history: documents of our liberation war
It's an institution doing research on the liberation war of Bangladesh.
 arrow Is Dhaka deafening?
Our city, unfortunately, is all too often associated with pollution.
 arrow What some city residents are doing
A program has been taken up to help restore a peaceful and noise-free environment for Dhanmondi residents, by curbing the excessive noise of vehicles' horns.
 arrow What the expert has to say
"It appears to me as if the Dhaka dwellers have lost some of their hearing ability," commented sound quality & comfort researcher Shafiquzzaman Khan, who is now an associate professor at the Swedish Royal