Volume 4 Number 58 Wed. July 23, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Saddam sons dead
The US military said yesterday it had confirmed that the two sons of Saddam Hussein, Qusay and Uday, had been killed in a fierce gun-battle in northern Iraq.
 arrow 40,000 job cuts this yr, 75,000 by FY06
A large portion of the World Bank's $300 million development support loans will be spent on shedding excess manpower from the state sector, and this year alone, Tk 1,490 crore will be spent on this.
 arrow Dhaka's four conditions for FTA talks
The commerce minister yesterday said India would need to fulfil four prerequisites, including special and preferential treatment to Bangladeshi goods, to obtain positive results in the Free Trade Agreement
 arrow Govt dumps costly Chinese company
The government has rejected a proposal of the China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) to continue operation of Barapukuria Coal Mine due to the high operational cost quoted by the
 arrow Govt to form Gram Sarkar on Aug 2 despite HC rule
Despite a High Court showcause on formation of Gram Sarkar, the government will go ahead with its plan of forming units of the local government body from August 2.
 arrow Flood fury Ebbs but erosion goes on
The overall flood situation in terms of water recession is improving, but life in the affected areas has come to a standstill, with large numbers of dwellings and vast tracts of cropland washed away.
 arrow Joint forces comb Sundarbans
A 170-member contingent of the joint forces led by two BDR captains and equipped with four motor launches started combing the Sundarbans on the third day of the Operation Spider Web yesterday.
 arrow Container depot Tongi bound
The government has decided to move the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Kamalapur to Tongi in a bid to take the traffic pressure off the capital.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala bus fare fixed at $10
The two-way fare for Dhaka-Agartala bus service has been fixed at $10 (about Tk 590), but it may not start in the second week of August.
 arrow Innate disparities make JS bodies ineffective
Lawmakers from both treasury and opposition benches have expressed dissatisfaction at the recent formation of parliamentary standing committees on different ministries, saying innate disparities madethe
 arrow Save water bodies, make city liveable
Experts and civil society members yesterday underscored formation of a taskforce to preserve the ever- dwindling water bodies to make the city liveable and identify wetland grabbers to fight encroachment.
 arrow Khasia villages under grabbers' grip
A gang allegedly led by a ruling BNP leader grabbed part of a Khasia village and a betel farm and abducted three indigenous people in Kulaura in Moulvibazar on July 13.
 arrow Body of an abducted boy found in a ditch
Police yesterday recovered a badly decomposed body from a ditch at Rasulbagh in the city, claiming a headway in their probe into the abduction and killing of school boy Tanjurul Islam Mishel, 14, recently.
 arrow Blair under fire, denies leaking Kelly's name
British Prime Minister Tony Blair angrily denied suggestions yesterday that he allowed David Kelly's name to be leaked to media in a row over the Iraq war which apparently drove the scientist to suicide.
 arrow 700 killed in recent Liberian fighting
Up to 700 civilians have died in fighting in Liberia's war-wracked capital Monrovia in the last few days, Defence Minister Daniel Chea told AFP Tuesday.
 arrow Star, Alo editors get bail
A court in Dhaka yesterday granted bail in a defamation case to The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and the Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman.
 arrow Road accidents kill 5 in N'ganj, Rajshahi
Five people were killed and 44 others injured in road accidents in Narayanganj and Rajshahi yesterday.

Of them, three were killed in Narayanganj and the rest in Rajshahi.

 arrow Two killed in road mishap in city
Two people including a young boy were killed in separate road accidents at Kaola near airport and Kalyanpur in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 1.8 lakh in Sutrapur
Robbers looted about Tk 1.8 lakh in cash and gold ornaments from a house in the city's Sutrapur area yesterday, police and the victims said.
 arrow Eiffel Tower's top floor Catches fire
One of the top levels of the Eiffel Tower caught fire yesterday, officials said. A limited amount of smoke could be seen rising from the famous Paris monument.
 arrow Annan appeals for Iraqis to run own affairs
With an Iraqi delegation watching, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed yesterday for an end to US military occupation as soon as possible and for Iraqis to run their own affairs.
 arrow Quake kills 15 in China
An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale has rocked southwestern China, killing 15 people, injuring nearly 400 and leaving thousands homeless, officials and state media said yesterday.
Businessarrow Large credit needed to spur rural economy
Discussants at a workshop yesterday underscored the need for providing large credit, instead of micro-credit, to rural entrepreneurs to help spur the growth of rural economy.
 arrow Railway-CCCI land deal for World Trade Centre
An agreement was signed yesterday between Bangladesh Railway and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) to acquire railway land for the construction of the World Trade Centre (WTC) in theport
 arrow Workshop for shift in anti-poverty policy
Speakers at a workshop yesterday opined people's creative development, along with socio-economic advancement, is required to be incorporated in poverty reduction policy.
 arrow 10 more CNG stations by Aug
Existing crisis of compressed natural gas will ease when eight to ten more CNG refuelling stations start operation in Dhaka by the end of August, said State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM
 arrow Tk 133cr anomalies in housing ministry depts
An official audit into different departments under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works dug out irregularities involving Tk 133.11 crore.
 arrow 5 power projects gather dust in Planning Commission
An ADB loan of around 300 million US dollars earmarked for five development projects in power sector is hanging in the balance due to non-approval of project proposals (PPs) by the planning commission
 arrow Taka under pressure as dollar firm against major currencies
The US dollar was firm against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday due to higher demand from importers, dealers said.
 arrow India eyes huge sugar exports
India, one of the world's largest sugar producers, is looking to export up to eight million tonnes of raw sugar in the year starting in October 2003 in an effort to reduce its massive surplus, a top industry
 arrow EU sugar policy comes under mounting WTO pressure
Australia, Brazil and Thailand Monday asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to probe European Union sugar subsidies as a battle between the world's major exporters intensified.
Sportsarrow Football: Wanderers flying high
Wanderers Club of Moulvibazar virtually assured themselves of place in the Super Sixes after defeating Jhenidah Moha-mmedan Sporting Club 3-1 in the penultimate Sylhet-leg match of the Nitol-Tata Third
 arrow Football: AFC rearranges qualifying zones
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) last Friday adopted a four-zone formula for October's qualifying rounds for next year's AFC Under-20 Championship in Malay-sia and the U-17 Championship in Japan.
 arrow Football: BKSP U-16s fly to Oslo tomorrow
The BKSP Under-16 team leaves tomorrow for Oslo to take part in the Norway Cup football tournament to be held from July 27 to August 2.
 arrow Schools football
Khilgaon High School and Emarat Hossain Adarsha High School won their final round matches of the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football tournament that began at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Bankers freeze Mariner account
Sonali Bank pulled off a surprise in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they handed giants Mariner Young's Club a 2-0 defeat at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Schools kabadi
Ansars & VDP High School and Dholaipar High School moved into the final of the schools kabadi competition with comfortable wins at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Good start by Bangladesh
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman, IM Enamul Hossain Rajib and FM Sk Nasir Ahmed won their opening round games in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Cham-pionship, now being held in Edin-burgh of Scotland,
 arrow Chess: Ali's first point
National junior champion Mohammad Ali collected his first point in the 26th Asian Chess Championship as he won his fifth round game in the competition in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers can be proud
On the night of the second day of the historic first Bangladesh v Australia Test, I made a big call about the Tigers: "they deserve a place in international Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' day out
The Australian cricketers should have been playing the final day of their Test match with Bangladesh on Tuesday, but instead they spent the day eating buffalo and fishing with Aborigines on the remote
 arrow Cricket: Sachin looking to Aussie challenge
India's batting star Sachin Tendulkar is ready to face the might of world champions Australia later this year after having fully recovered from a hand injury, officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Alec to go after SA series
England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart will retire from Test cricket after the five-match series against South Africa starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: SA, India A draw 3-dayer
South Africa's final warm-up match before Thursday's first Test against England at Edgbaston ended in a draw against India A on the final day of three.
 arrow Cricket: A blessing for Nasser!
Shaun Pollock predicted, on setting foot in England, that South Africa would win the one-dayers but lose the Tests.
 arrow Swimming: Aussie duo dazzles
Australian duo Matthew Welsh and Liesel Jones set the first world records of the World Swimming Championships within minutes of each other here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Fans welcome Ronaldinho
Around 30,000 fans crowded into the Nou Camp to get their first glimpse of Ronaldinho wearing Barcelona's burgundy and blue strip.
 arrow Football: Ranieri raring to go
Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri expressed delight here Tuesday over the signings of Irish winger Damien Duff and Southhampton defender Wayne Bridge, saying the high-profile recruits will help lift the team
 arrow Football: Liverpool play Thailand tomorrow
English Premier League giants Liverpool arrived here Tuesday for the start of a whistlestop Asian tour, which will see them play friendlies against Thailand and Hong Kong.
Politicalarrow Amu's residence damaged by JCD, Jubo Dal men
Unruly activists of the front organisations of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) damaged the houses and shop of four Awami League leaders including Presidium Member Amir Hossain Amu in Jhalakathi town
 arrow Hasina blames govt
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the government for filing certificate cases against the poor farmers and attaching their property.
Metropolitanarrow PM assures trial of killers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the family members of slain Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal leader Shafi Ahmed of trial of the killers under the Speedy Trial Act.
 arrow 39 working women raped in 6 months
At least 39 working women and girls in different industrial sectors and services were raped in first six months of the current year, reveals a survey.

Seven of them were brutally killed after the rape.

 arrow HC stays execution of ban on medical faculty under pvt universities
The High Court has stayed for six months operation of a notice of the Health Ministry imposing restriction on medical faculty under private universities.
 arrow Theatre activists protests move to reintroduce Dramatic Performance Act
Theatre activists yesterday strongly protested the comments of Information Minister Tariqul Islam that the Dramatic Performance Act of 1876 might be reintroduced.
 arrow DUJ protest rally July 26
The Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will hold a rally at the National Press Club on July 26 to protest harassment of the editors and journalists of different newspapers, including The Daily Star, Prothom
Nationalarrow Teesta rises again, diarrhoea spreads
Water level of Teesta river started rising again since Monday.

Diarrhoea claimed two more lives in Dimla upazila on the day, raising the toll to nine in the last 10 days.

 arrow Stand-off, road barricades
Tension mounted in Kutukchhori area in Naniarchar upazila following indefinite road barricades on the Rangamati-Mahalchhori- Khagrachhori (RMK) road by villagers since Wednesday demanding an end to rampant
 arrow 3 killed, 40 hurt in road mishaps in Mymensingh, N'ganj
Three persons were killed and 40 injured in road accidents in Mymensingh and Narayananj yesterday, BSS reported.
 arrow Govt to close down 3jute mills in Khulna
The government has decided to close down People Jute Mills, Star Jute Mills and Eastern Jute Mills in the district next month.
 arrow Taming Jamuna while in spate!
Mighty Jamuna is eroding its bank, but the government is also not lagging behind to stop the havoc by the river now in spate.
Foreign Relationsarrow Nigeria to back Bangladesh
Nigeria has extended full support to Bangladesh's candidature for the post of OIC Secretary General.
 arrow Dhaka welcomes formation of Iraqi governing council
Bangladesh yesterday welcomed formation of an interim governing council in Iraq as a positive development towards ensuring security and sovereignty of the country.
Culturearrow Seeking beauty through fantasia
For those who look for an outing, away from the busy routine-bound Dhaka life, Fantasy Kingdom is a nice destination.
 arrow Cinefan Festival of Asian cinema begins
The Clay Bird," a feature film directed by Tareque Masood, of Bangladesh, is among a host of entries in the competitive section of the fifth Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema beginning here tomorrow.
Generalarrow Judgement in Kamal murder case July 31
Judgement in the Kamal murder case will be given on July 31.

Judge Sirajul Islam of the First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court, Dhaka, fixed the date on completion of arguments from both sides.

 arrow Criminal bullet-hit in gunfight with cops
An alleged criminal was hit by bullets during a crossfire between police and criminals at east Rampura in Khilgaon yesterday.
 arrow Top delegates visit Adamji today to judge possibility of industrial park
Six ministers and state ministers arrive here today to explore the possibility for setting up an industrial park in the premises of the closed Adamjee Jute Mills.
Internationalarrow Attack on Kashmir army camp: 7 troops killed
Terrorists struck in a big way, killing seven jawans and injuring six others in a suicide attack at an army camp at Aknoor in Jammu district early on Tuesday, and in the subsequent encounter two terrorists
 arrow Bush warns Syria, Iran again
President George W. Bush fired off a new warning to Syria and Iran Monday, accusing them of harboring terrorists, and confronted a trio of deepening foreign crises in Iraq, Liberia and North Korea.
 arrow Chinese students grill Blair on Kelly's death
Top Chinese students grilled British Prime Minister Tony Blair Tuesday over the case for war against Iraq and a domestic political crisis that has overshadowed his Far East tour.
 arrow Iraq war was 'right thing to do': Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that going to war with Iraq was "the right thing to do" and that he had no doubt Baghdad tried to develop weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow US may offer non-aggression assurance to North Korea
US officials have proposed meeting with North Korean officials in Beijing and are considering offering the communist state guarantees that it will not come under attack from the United States, The Washington
 arrow US set to unveil civil defence force in Iraq
The US-led coalition in Iraq was expected to announce details of a homegrown civil defence force Tuesday, amid efforts to get Iraqis more involved in security patrols and ease the burden on US forces.
 arrow 14 inquiries into US abuses of terror suspects disclosed
The US Justice Department is conducting 14 investigations into alleged abuses and mistreatment of post-September 11 detainees, including a charge that a guard used a Muslim inmate's shirt to polish his
 arrow S Korean baby girls separated
Singapore doctors Tuesday successfully separated two South Korean baby girls fused at the pelvis just two weeks after the tragic deaths of conjoined adult Iranian sisters in the same hospital.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Signboard institutions
The government is thinking of discontinuing financial support to 290 schools, madrassahs and colleges for their extremely poor performance in public examinations, subject to a scooping investigation into
 arrow David Kelly tragedy
We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate and tragic death of Dr. David Kelly who by profession was not only an expert on biological weapons but also by nature an extremely conscientious man.
 arrow Freedom of press: Is it under siege?
The present tension between politicians and press in Bangladesh is unfortunate because ideally it should not occur in democratic polity. Press or broadly media is a link between people and politicians.
 arrow Tajuddin Ahmed: Portrait of a leader
Tajuddin Ahmed -- the very first Prime Minister of Bangladesh at the dawn of the nation's struggle for independence -- would have turned 78 on July 23 had the piercing bullets of the assassins spared
 arrow Social change in Bangladesh
Professor M. Afsaruddin in his article "Social Change in Bangladesh" (DS May 23) has provided an excellent overview on the subject matter.
Letters to Editorarrow A mysterious death
What's behind Dr. Kelly's death.
 arrow Tree plantation and eradicated arable land!
It is the season for tree plantation. Bangladesh is a densely populated country and its cultivatable land is not enough.
 arrow A bird's eye view of the Darwin Test
What was imagined earlier by the former Australian cricketers, Dennis Lillee and David Hooks is not what happened in reality -- the demise of a five-day test match on the very first day.
 arrow Anti-American?
A gentleman in Iraq was asked (in a recent BBC news interview) for his opinion about the Iraqi war fiasco.
 arrow "Spies, lies and laws among nations"
M. Shahidul Islam's "Spies, lies and laws among nations" that appeared in The Daily Star (July 19) is a masterpiece on many counts. I want to quote him on two points.
 arrow "Our good police"
Daily Star report published on Thursday July 17 breaks the ice of this case.
 arrow Bush and the WMD
Finally it is revealed that Mr. Bush along with his allies had attacked Iraq not because it had WMD but for reasons best known to them. Mr.
 arrow Mastans
Public peace is under threat (it always was) in the hand of the mastans. Places such as business centres, stationery shops, multi-storeyed buildings under construction etc.
 arrow "Law breaking citizens"
I read Mr. Zubair Sadeque's observation that nothing good will happen to us till we collectively learn to obey the laws and rules of this land. However his example of the driver is a wrong focus.
 arrow Why are they irresponsible?
This is in response to KM Zubair Sadeque's letter regarding the launch disaster (July 14, 2003). I fully agree with the writer's view.
 arrow Better-connected Dhaka
The population of Dhaka has crossed well over 1 crore.
 arrow Shiite-Sunni divides in Iraq
We are witnessing the two faces of American foreign policy towards the independent Shiite's of Iran classified as a hostile force versus the friendly "oppressed" Shiite's of the southern Iraq.
 arrow Launch disaster
Recent ferry disaster in the river Meghna causing over half a thousand human lives erupted a widespread concern within the country and without.
 arrow Sonargaon- Rampura bypass
I would like to draw the attention of the Mayor of Dhaka, who has promised to mitigate various problems of this mega city of more than one million within the limited capacity of D.C.C.
 arrow Garbage or no garbage
Surely the proliferation of waste around the garbage bins and at dumping sites could be contained if householders and rubbish generators took initiatives into sorting out the rubbish themselves.
StarTecharrow Chittagong Racing
AT the source of every creative act lies inspirationa lot of inspiration. And for two young men this inspiration comes from the massive success of the first 3D racing game in Bangladesh, Dhaka Racing.
 arrow Making money online
THE mushrooming of technology oriented organisations are attracting foreign virtual advertising companies to Bangladesh.
 arrow Tech Snaps
Japanese delegation interested to invest in IT Sector

Recently a Japanese team headed by Kazuo Kanayama, founder chairman of Labros, Inc.

Star Chittagongarrow Anti-pollution drive
A vested quarter is lobbying to halt the two-year drive against the vessels responsible for oil spills and dumping waste in the Chittagong port, port officials said.
 arrow Structure to block drain
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) once again seems to ignore the aesthetic setting of Port City.
 arrow SSC results under Ctg Board
The recently published S.S.C. results are a bit ominous for the educational future.

Two thirds of the candidates have failed, and under Chittagong Board the percentage of pass was only 35.

Star Cityarrow Going going gone
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) started dismantling billboards on Saturday after expiry of the contracts with advertisers.
 arrow BMW drives into Dhaka
As the Bangladesh economy appears to be warming up, prominent foreign car companies are competing with each other at capturing this growing market.
 arrow Traffic help centres for police and public
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is likely to build 18 traffic help centres at important crossings in the city, said sources.
 arrow TSC sees less culture
Cultural activities at the Teacher Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU) is coming to a halt as the authorities have imposed some controversial restrictions by formulating a new set of rules.
 arrow A jog in the park
Amidst the claustrophobic old Dhaka life, the Bahadur Shah Park provides the only clean-air refuge.
 arrow Love is not enough at the kazi office
It was a usual sedate and placid summer evening but Tania's mind was restless.

She was on the verge of the biggest moment of her life --- her marriage.

 arrow Police motorbikes investigated
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) investigation committee, which was formed following a Star City report on June 1, has detected 'certain defects' in police motorcycles, and recommended not