Volume 4 Number 59 Thu. July 24, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Tests confirm them as Saddam's sons
Former aides to Saddam Hussein as well as medical and dental records confirmed the ousted Iraqi leader's sons, Uday and Qusay, were killed in a gunbattle with American troops, a US military spokesmansaid
 arrow Cost recovery over, first gas field under PSC yields real cash
The country is getting profit out of a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the first time, as the cost recovery for Unocal's Jalalabad gas field was complete in June.
 arrow 7,174 schools, colleges asked to explain exam result debacle
The Ministry of Education has served notice on 7,174 schools, colleges and madrassahs to explain why they performed poorly in the public exams of 2002.
 arrow NCBs mull public agitation for bad loan recovery
Unable to show encouraging results in recovering stuck-up loans, the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) now ponder marching their staff up to the defaulters' establishments and staging demonstrations
 arrow Saddam tape urges Iraq uprising
A new audiotape purported to be of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, broadcast by an Arab satellite station yesterday, called on former soldiers to rise up against the American occupation.
 arrow New launch terminals underway to ease load off Sadarghat
The government has started construction of a big launch terminal and is mulling another in Dhaka to take pressure off Sadarghat terminal.
 arrow Flood state betters, not erosion
Except in the southern district of Barisal, the overall flood situation is improving with the fall of water level of the major rivers, but most of the affected areas are still submerged.
 arrow Industrial park at Adamjee site to cost Tk 617cr
Adamjee Industrial Park, planned at the site of the now defunct Adamjee Jute Mills here, will cost Tk 617 crore to be ready in next two years for accommodating textile and support industries.
 arrow Probe reports gather dust
The recommendations made by the three probe committees on police atrocities on the students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU) on July 23 last year have been shelved for months.
 arrow When death looks greener than starvation
Tormented by poverty, a mother killed her two small daughters with pesticide and then attempted to take her own life.

The tragic incident occurred at Ujan Khalshi village in Durgapur upazila on Tuesday.

 arrow New building code likely in Oct to check highrise growth
The new Dhaka Metropolitan High-rise Building Construction Code 2003 is likely to take effect by October this year to check mushrooming of high-rises in Dhaka city, Rajuk officials said.
 arrow Man arrested for 'killing' Mishel remanded
Momtaj alias Jamai Momtaj, arrested on Tuesday in connection with the abduction and killing of schoolboy Tanjurul Islam Mishel, has been remanded for three days.
 arrow Court boycott is beyond Bar Council's jurisdiction
AF Hasan Ariff, Attorney General and ex-officio chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, disapproved the decision of court boycott saying it is beyond jurisdiction of the Council.
 arrow DU students march in silence to mark one year of attack on hall students
One year after the police atrocities on female students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU), different student organisations yesterday held various programmes on the campus to press their demands
 arrow CID official cross-examined
Additional Superintendent of Police, CID, Mojibur Rahman, the 23rd prosecution witness and also the investigation officer (IO) in the Shazneen case, was cross-examined for about four hours yesterday.
 arrow No Parking
 arrow Call 999 for cop Help Line
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday launched three new teams for crisis intervention and crime prevention.
 arrow River vessel workers threaten agitation
The leaders of Bangladesh Noujan Sramik (river vessel workers) Federation (BNSF) yesterday declared to go for agitation if the government and launch owners failed to ensure safety of passengers.
 arrow 300 caught in Spider Web
The joint forces arrested 300 persons, including a Jubo Dal leader, from Khulna city and different upazila of Bagerhat district yesterday and Tuesday night under the 'Operation Spider Web'.
 arrow CPA confce in Dhaka Oct 4-12
The 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference will be held in Dhaka October 4-12.
 arrow Pulling down of billboards halted for a week
The High Court has ordered the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to suspend for a week dismantling of advertising billboards and outdoor advertisement signs.
Businessarrow Perks for NRBs to help shoot up remittance
Remittance flow may shoot up if the government provides non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) with various incentives, a forum of expatriates said yesterday.
 arrow SEC stops renunciation of rights shares
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to stop 'renunciation' of rights shares by shareholders to other individuals.
 arrow Travel agency commission cut deferred for 5 months
The Board of Airlines Representatives (BAR) yesterday deferred for five months its decision to lower travel agency commission rate from nine to seven per cent.
 arrow Shrimp export thru' Mongla rises in FY03 despite odds
Export of frozen shrimp through Mongla Port increased last fiscal year despite setbacks like container ship crisis, closure of nearly half of the frozen food processing units, outbreak of virus and the
 arrow US cos target Vietnam's energy shortage
US power companies are hoping to cash in on Vietnam's 19 billion-dollar blueprint to build 37 power plants by 2010 to meet its energy shortages, a senior US commerce official said Wednesday.
 arrow Trade sceptical over Indian raw sugar export plan
Any bid by white sugar producer India to export seven to eight million tonnes of raw sugar a year, as proposed by a senior industry official there, would be sunk by a lack of relevant facilities and experience,
 arrow Seoul to actively push for bilateral free trade pacts
Amid growing disputes over the benefits and losses from establishing free trade agreements with other countries, the South Korean government is gearing up to actively proceed with bilateral free trade
 arrow Asian, European ministers hope to revive WTO talks
Asian and European economic ministers gathering in China hope to send a strong signal on the need to revive stalled global trade talks at a crucial WTO meeting this fall, officials and delegates saidWednesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Mukti too good for Army
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra thrashed Bangladesh Army 3-0 in the last second-leg match of the 3rd Nitol Tata National Football League at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Chess checkmated
The National Sports Council (NSC) in a surprise move, demolished the Bangladesh Chess Federation Auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC bosses due in November
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani is expected to arrive in Dhaka on November 11 to unveil the logo of the Under-19 World Cup to be held in the country next February-March.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns causes a concern
A green pitch, promising to help Australia's formidable pace bowling battery, threatens Bangladesh's inexperienced batsmen in the second cricket Test starting here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kambli's ambition
Vinod Kambli, a stylish batsman better known as Sachin Tendulkar's childhood friend, wants to play for India again after being cold-shouldered for eight years.
 arrow Cricket: First Test begins today
Jacques Kallis' absence from the first Test against England, which gets underway at Edgbaston here on Thursday, has left South Africa with a huge hole in their team.
 arrow Cricket: Akram's denial
Pakistan's former cricket great Wasim Akram has denied allegations he appeared in an Indian liquor advertisement, a day after a court summoned him to explain his position over a private petition.
 arrow Cricket: Nasser's Darren gamble
England captain Nasser Hussain said playing fast bowler Darren Gough in Thursday's first Test against South Africa was a risk worth taking.
 arrow Cricket: Under pressure?
There is perhaps no position more wretched in sport than that of 12th man.
 arrow Swimming: Indomitable Thorpedo
Ian Thorpe of Australia underlined his status as the world's greatest swimmer when he successfully defended his men's 200m freestyle title at the expense of Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenbandat
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rallies
Top seed Andy Roddick's fate hung in the balance until the very end of his 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) second round match against France's Cyril Saulnier on Tuesday night at the ATP hardcourt tournament
 arrow Football: US' ultimate test
Defending CONCACAF Gold Cup champions the United States have enjoyed a relatively easy run to the semi-finals of the biannual regional championship but now face a stiffer test in the shape of Brazil.
 arrow Football: Mexico fly into semis
Omar Bravo scored in the 37th minute to start a rout Sunday as Mexico cruised past Jamaica 5-0 and advanced to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
 arrow Football: Asia too hot to handle!
Training in Southeast Asia's heat and humidity is taking a heavy toll on the three English Premier League teams in Kuala Lumpur for a pre-season tournament, players and coaches said here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: It wasn't easy
Chelsea's record signing Damien Duff admitted on Tuesday leaving Blackburn Rovers was the hardest decision of his life.
 arrow Football: United thump Celtic
English Premiership giants Manchester United kicked off their four-game US tour with a 4-0 triumph over Scottish rivals Celtic Tuesday before a sell-out crowd of 66,722 at Seahawks Stadium.
 arrow Football: Mania part two?
Madrid gave vent to a fresh bout of Beckham-mania after England star David Beckham arrived in the Spanish capital on Tuesday night ready to start pre-season training with Real Madrid.
Politicalarrow BNP urges Speaker to initiate talks with opposition parties
The ruling BNP has urged the Speaker to initiate dialogue with the opposition parties in parliament to settle important national issues and bring qualitative reforms in politics.
 arrow Allotment of govt property to Zia's family not okayed by JS, says AL
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday blamed the government for issuing the 'inaccurate statement' that the decision to allot government property to the family members of the late presidentZiaur
 arrow BNP leader's body found In farm land
The decomposed body of a missing BNP leader was recovered from a sugarcane field at Keshabpur village of Bagha upazila in Rajshahi on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Call to protest court boycott
Convenor and Member Secretary of the Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Parishad Barrister Nazmul Huda and Advocate Joynul Abedin in a statement yesterday called upon lawyers to protest the court boycott programme
 arrow Draft nat'l policy on Hepatitis-B vaccination
The National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Hepatitis-B has prepared a draft national policy on Hepatitis-B vaccination.
 arrow Online visa service for Hajj pilgrims
Saudi Arabian embassy has introduced online visa system for Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims in the next year.
Nationalarrow Hill cutting goes unabated
Illegal hill cutting is going on unabated in the port city of Chittagong defying government ban on it.
 arrow Chittagong Government Commerce College tense
A tense situation has been prevailing at Chittagong Government Commerce College (CGCC) for the last couple of weeks.
 arrow An unforgettable headmaster
The 14th anniversary of death of noted educationist and former Headmaster of Nilphamari High English School (now Nilphamari Government Boys' High School) Asir Uddin Ahmed passed silently on Tuesday (July
Culturearrow Expressions in water colour
Talking about some of his paintings, Saiful Kabir, whose exhibition was recently held at "Arial", said, "I was inspired by the sun filtering through paperweights and enhancing the designs within them.
Generalarrow Call for adaptation measures to offset global climate change
Climate experts and environmentalists yesterday called for synchronisation of political efforts at local and international levels and adaptation measures to offset the impacts of global climate change.
 arrow Maintain quality of education
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the private universities to maintain quality of education and make education affordable to all.
 arrow 3 killed as bus ploughs through crowd
Three people were killed and another one was injured when a passenger bus ploughed through a crowd while overtaking another vehicle at Amtoli in city's Gulshan area at about 6:30am yesterday.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 7.5 lakh goods at Shyampur
Robbers looted cash and valuables said to be worth about Tk 7.5 lakh from the residence of an industrialist in Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow Kulaura tea estate files lawsuit to evict Catholic welfare mission
A Catholic mission long engaged in social welfare services in Kulaura is faced with the grim prospect of losing its land following a lawsuit filed by a neighbouring tea estate which claims the piece of
 arrow Smuggled goods worth Tk 44 cr recovered
Bangladesh Navy personnel have recovered smuggled goods worth over Tk 44.15 crore in Chittagong and Khulna coastal areas since March 23.
 arrow Harry Potter in Bangla
Ankur Prakashani, Dhaka has published the Bangla translation of world famous children's novel 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by JK Rowling, says a press release.
 arrow Punishment to Attackers demanded
Bangladesh Jubo Mohila League yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to those responsible for police atrocities on female students in Samsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University in the midnight of July 23 last
Internationalarrow Now hunt is on for Saddam Hussein
The search for Saddam Hussein gained fresh impetus Wednesday after US soldiers killed his two sons Uday and Qusay in a fierce six-hour battle with machineguns and rockets at a villa in northern Iraq.
 arrow Hundreds gather outside villa where Uday, Qusay were killed
At least 1,000 people gathered outside the house of Nawaf al-Zaydan Muhhamad some shouting in delight, others cursing in anger after American soldiers stormed the mansion and killed Saddam Hussein's
 arrow Kashmir attacks won't derail peace process: India
Union Defence Minister George Fernandes on Wednesday blamed Pakistan-based groups for the terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir but maintained that these should not be allowed to derail the peace process
 arrow Bush aide takes partial blame for speech
A senior White House aide accepted part of the blame for a statement in a speech by President George W. Bush that administration officials said should not have been made.
 arrow Palestinians blast Israeli refusal to release Jihad, Hamas prisoners
The Palestinians warned the peace process could come to a dead-end because of Israeli decision to keep any members of the hardline Hamas and Islamic Jihad behind bars.
 arrow BBC has Kelly's 'concerns over WMD' on tape
The BBC has a tape of scientist Dr David Kelly expressing concern about the way Iraq weapons intelligence was presented, it has emerged.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Restructuring the SoEs
The trimming of surplus manpower in the State-owned Enterprises is basically downsizing the government to make the state sector cost-effective, efficient and productive.
 arrow Editorial: Indigenous people need protection
Areport from Moulvibazar says that part of a Khasia village has been grabbed by a group of people led allegedly by a ruling party activist.
 arrow FDI: US observations point to our tasks ahead
Serious economic players must not allow others to find pitfalls. Pitfalls hurt credibility.
 arrow Hindutva threatens secular India
On July 5, the writer attended a conference in downtown Philadelphia's sprawling Pennsylvania Convention Centre, organised by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS).
Letters to Editorarrow IBA (DU) should change...
This is in response to the letter of Ms Arani (DS July 20).

I really want to make it clear that it's not pathetic that IBA (DU) takes admission tests earlier than other institutions.

 arrow Launch disaster
Hundreds of people died in the recent launch mishap. We then have many more people dying from floods. One might give a knee-jerk reaction -- just like some of our ministers -- and simply blame nature.
Focusarrow Safety of inland shipping: Time to reform
Bangladesh is a riverine country and watercraft still remains the most economic mode of transport for the masses.
 arrow Launch safety: Some observations
Yet again, there has been a colossal launch accident, the most colossal one in the recent times. Unfortunately, we have experienced many accidents in the last two years.
 arrow Barrister Ishtiaq: Passing away of a luminary
Barrister Ishtiaq, friend Istiaq, brother Ishtiaq is no more. His great soul left its earthly abode on 12 July.
 arrow A rare and exceptional poem
"Oh I Have Slipped
The Surly Bonds of Earth...