Vol. 4 Num 61 Sat. July 26, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Poaching life out of Sundarbans
Poachers kill about 10,000 deer and a dozen tigers a year in the conserved mangrove forest of the Sundarbans.

Venison is sold at Tk 70-80 a kg in the Sundarbans and Khulna region.

 arrow Bangladesh batter Aussies
Bangladesh finally got their act together by punishing Australia on the first day of the second and final Test in Cairns yesterday.
 arrow Arunachal not part of India, says Beijing
Saying that it has not recognised Arunachal Pradesh as part of India, China yesterday alleged that "Indian people" crossed the eastern sector of Line of Actual Control in the north-eastern state and not
 arrow Convict killed in firefight as gang tries to snatch him
A convict was killed and two policemen including the officer-in-charge (OC) of the Keraniganj Police Station suffered bullet wounds in a shootout between police and his accomplices at Mandail in Keraniganj
 arrow Garo, Koch communities in Modhupur reel under cases
Two indigenous communities in Modhupur are reeling under about 3,700 cases filed by forest officials mostly for 'illegal logging'.
 arrow Controversy clouds BTTB cellphone scheme
A public sector cellphone bid evaluation report reveals flaws in methodology that exposes the exchequer to a high financial risk.
 arrow Bodies of Uday and Qusay underwent 'reconstruction'
The bodies of the two slain sons of Saddam Hossein, Uday and Qusay, underwent "facial reconstruction" before they were shown to international correspondents yesterday, a US military official said.
 arrow New body floated, says will promote democracy
The Notundhara, committed to emerging as a people's movement, was launched yesterday with the aims of what its founders said promoting democracy and establishing a just society with a sustainable andequitable
 arrow 4.6m Indians living with HIV/AIDS
India announced a sharp rise in its number of HIV/AIDS cases yesterday after the United Nations warned New Delhi it must ramp up efforts to fight the disease to avoid catastrophe.
 arrow India denies visa to AI secy general Irene Khan
The Indian government has denied visa to Irene Khan, secretary general of London-based Amnesty International.
 arrow Slow pace of development on southern side of Buriganga
The pace of development on the southern side of river Buriganga is much slower than that on its northern side.
 arrow Court boycott a decision of all Bars: Amir
The decision of August 6 court boycott was made through a consensus among all Bar associations and it is not a decision of the Bangladesh Bar Council.
 arrow Non-govt school teachers, staff call strike on July 30, 31
The National Front of Teachers and Employees, an organisation of teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions, will observe a one-hour strike on July 30 and a two-hour strike on July
 arrow Businessman abducted in Ctg
A businessman was abducted in Chittagong Thursday night, the second in more than three months.
 arrow 5 BDR men hurt in armed attack by smugglers
Five BDR personnel were injured in an armed attack by smugglers near Achintala border in Charghat Upazila of Rajshahi district on Thursday night.
 arrow EC to seek army for Netrokona bypolls
The Election Commission (EC) will ask the government to deploy army in Netrokona-3 constituency for the August 21 parliamentary by-election to maintain law and order, sources said.
 arrow Road accidents kill 9 in four districts
Nine people, including a college student, were killed and 35 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Savar, Munsiganj and Sirajganj yesterday.
Businessarrow Workers' efficiency must to compete in global labour market
Bangladeshi labourers must develop their skills to compete in global market, a research paper revealed.
 arrow Lanka bank to take over Credit Agricole's Bangladesh operation
A leading Sri Lankan bank will take over Bangladesh operation of Credit Agricole Indosuez (CAI).
 arrow Shippers' council vents concern
Shippers' Council of Bangladesh has expressed grave concern over the notices issued by different shipping lines announcing increase in ocean freight in the form of GRI (general rate increase) and BAF(bunker
 arrow US sees slow progress on WTO farm talks
The United States and European Union have made little progress in resolving differences on freeing up agricultural trade ahead of a key global trade meeting, a US official said Thursday.
 arrow Taiwan proposes free trade pact with ASEAN
Taiwan has told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that it wants talks on a free trade agreement, a move likely to be blocked by China which is in the middle of its own negotiations.
 arrow US House passes FTAs with Singapore, Chile
The House of Representatives approved free-trade pacts Thursday with Singapore and Chile, giving President George W. Bush a victory in his agenda to expand bilateral deals to cut tariffs and expand trade.
 arrow China to speed up free trade deal with HK
Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced on Friday that Beijing had agreed to accelerate the implementation of a trade deal inked with China last month.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Terrific Tigers
This isn't just what Dav Whatmore has been waiting for -- it's what Bangladesh cricket has been longing for.

A true display of what the Tigers can do.

 arrow Cricket: Rain ruins SA flow
Rain caused play on the second day of the first Test between England and South Africa at Edgbaston to be abandoned here on Friday without a ball being bowled.
 arrow Cricket: 'Nasser fired us up'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith said England skipper Nasser Hussain's comments that they were a side split by divisions had helped the Proteas dominate the first day of the first Test at Edgbaston here
 arrow Cricket: Latif gets the message
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has warned that Bangladesh will be an improved side after their first series against world champions Australia.

"Don't write them off," Latif said on Thursday.

 arrow Hockey: Mohammadan toil past Bima
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club came from behind to post a 4-1 victory over Sadharan Bima in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Ansars & VDP, Dolaipar champs
Ansars & VDP High School clinched the boys title while Dolaipar High School won the girls crown in the school kabadi competition at the outer stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: NFL Barisal leg starts tomorrow
The third leg of the Nitol-Tata National Football League begins tomorrow at Barisal.

Jhenaidah Mohammedan will take on Jamalpur Jagarani Club in the opening match.

 arrow Tennis: Roddick on course
Top seed Andy Roddick expended little energy establishing his supremacy over Frenchman Gregory Carraz Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the hardcourt tournament here with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
 arrow Swimming: Phelps steals the show
American teen Michael Phelps moved into the starring role at the World Swimming championships here Thursday when he smashed his own 200 metres individual medley world record, as the bubble burst for Australian
 arrow Football: Chelsea crush Malaysia
Chelsea's big guns led the Blues to their first victory under new owner Roman Abramovich on Friday, with the 4-1 victory over the Malaysian national team offering the Russian billionaire a taste of the
 arrow Football: Kunming get Real
Undoubtedly, the best reception Real Madrid has enjoyed ever. Kunming authorities went ouf of their way to arrange "the event of the year", as it has been named in China.
 arrow Football: Liverpool feel safe
English giants Liverpool brushed off concerns over the deadly SARS virus after touching down in Hong Kong here Friday for a pre-season friendly.
 arrow Football: Benfica v Celtic pick of the draw
Italian side Lazio were drawn against Portugal's Benfica Wednesday in the outstanding clash of next month's European Champions League draw for clubs seeking entry into the lucrative group stage.
 arrow Football: Better than Rivaldo?
Wolfsburg coach Jurgen Rober predicts Argentine midfield talent Andres D'Alessandro will blossom in the Bundesliga this season following his move from River Plate.
Politicalarrow Opposition terms PM's reforms call cosmetic
Opposition political parties yesterday questioned the sincerity of the government's appeal for political reforms, terming it a cosmetic call to gain people's sympathy and appease donors.
 arrow AL calls hartal at Lalpur in Natore tomorrow
Local Awami League has called a dawn- to- dusk hartal at Lalpur here tomorrow to protest the visit of State Minister for Sports Fazlur Rahman Patal.
 arrow AL joint meeting today
A joint meeting of presidents and general secretaries of all front organisations of Awami League will be held at the Dhanmondi party office at 11.00am today.
Metropolitanarrow Dreams elude most Bangladeshi students
Pursing higher education in the UK at one's own expenses is not as rosy as many think here. Most Bangladeshi students studying there have to work 40 hours a week to meet their education costs.
 arrow DU students miss out on computers
Computers of the Dhaka University Library Automation Programme (DULAP) are wearing out owing to lack of maintenance and upgrading of computer peripherals.
 arrow ‘Ctg city to be turned into a tourism hub’
The government is planning to turn the port city into a regional tourism hub, ensuring all facilities at the tourist spots including Foy’s Lake, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad
 arrow Bangla manuals for health technicians
Technical persons in health services are going to get professional manuals in Bangla and a draft of it is now under scrutiny.
 arrow Padma Oil Co Dealers, agents decide to take over shares
Dealers and agents of Padma Oil Company have decided to take over the government shares of the petroleum marketing and distribution agency, as the government decided to offload its shares in the company.
 arrow Call for increased sensitivity to women's need in PRSP
Speakers at a seminar called for increased sensitivity to women's need in the poverty reduction strategy policy (PRSP) being drawn up by the government says a press release.
 arrow 2 AL men held for 'ransacking' Proshika office at Dohar
Police yesterday arrested two persons for 'ransacking' Proshika office at Dohar.

The arrestees are Dohar Thana Awami League president Nazrul Islam Babul and Jubo League leader Abdur Rahim Commissioner.

Nationalarrow Gram Sarker will create chaos, hinder rural development
Speakers at a seminar here have said reintroduction of Gram Sarker will destroy the Union Parishad tier of the local government system.
 arrow Fallow tea garden lands to go under herbal plantation
The Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) has taken up a plan to grow herbal trees in fallow lands of tea gardens.
 arrow Mediatory system to reduce pressure on judiciary
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed has said the 'mediatory system' of resolving disputes is nothing new in the country.
 arrow 6 killed, 30 hurt in bus plunge in Faridpur
Six persons were killed and thirty injured, 10 of them seriously, when a Dhaka-bound night coach fell into a roadside ditch at Chandipur, eight kilometres from the town in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Nine get life for killing man
Nine people have been sentenced to life term imprisonment for killing a man in 1992.

The court also fined the convicts Tk 10,000 each in default to suffer one year RI more.

Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka, Islamabad set to sign FTA
Bangladesh and Pakistan are set to conclude Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury held bilateral consultation with his Pakistani countrepart Riaz H Khokar in Islamabad
Culturearrow Hassan Imam
It was in 1982, in Denmark", Hassan Imam recalls, "An international flower exhibition was going on in the Bella Centre where many performing artistes had come--dancers, musicians, actors and others--to
 arrow Lawyers' euphoria
One would have been amazed to see their excitement on the evening of July 22. Most of the time they are busy with their lawsuits at the court of law.
Generalarrow 24 children rescued from traffickers
Police with the help of local people rescued 24 children and arrested six child traffickers from different northern districts in last ten days.
 arrow Three killed in Mymensingh boat capsize
Three people were killed and two others missing when a with about 16 passengers capsized in a river at Gangail Para in Nandail upazila yesterday.
 arrow Two killed in bomb attack by robbers in Chuadanga
Two people, including a lawyer, were killed and two others injured in a bomb attack by robbers at Uthli Purbopara in Jibannagar upazila on Thursday night.
Internationalarrow US troops storm homes, nab 16 Iraqi suspects
US forces arrested 16 men in a pre-dawn raid north of Baghdad Friday, including two suspected of being behind a bomb and gun ambush that killed a US soldier and Iraqi interpreter in the capital.
 arrow Deep doubt in Iraq over Uday-Qusay's photos
Iraqis reacted with a mixture of scepticism, suspicion and some relief Friday to the release of pictures of the bloodied corpses of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, with many still in disbelief that
 arrow Abbas takes Arafat's place as White House guest
Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas takes the place of his mentor President Yasser Arafat as the Palestinian guest in the White House on Friday, initiating a new phase in Palestinian relations with the United
 arrow No solid proof yet linking Saddam to al-Qaeda
With President George W.
 arrow Jamali hopes to meet Vajpayee in NY
Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali has said he may meet his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September, The Nation
 arrow BJP, RSS leaders to visit Pakistan on peace mission
Days after Pakistani hardliner Maulana Fazloor Rehman's heavy duty visit here, it is the turn of Indian hawks to return the gesture.
 arrow No talks with Pakistan if attacks go on: Sinha
Asserting that Pakistan's links with terrorism "have not ended", External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has said no meaningful Indo-Pak dialogue is possible if terror attacks from across the bordercontinue.
Editorialarrow Editorial: What bad management leads to
It is indeed shocking to learn that at least 25 per cent of WASA's systems loss is attributable to the cracks that the water supply lines have developed in the absence of proper maintenance.
 arrow Editorial: Dismantling billboards
The decision by Dhaka City Corporation not to renew contracts for advertising billboards and remove them from its land is worthy of welcoming.
 arrow Economic and social implications of migration
Immigration and migration require a multi-facetted approach in view of their association with integration issues. There are inherent linkages between economics and migration.
 arrow Government's role in image politics
The government, as the most dominant institutions, has a longstanding tradition of projecting an image of the country.
Letters to Editorarrow Textile university wanted
Cloth is the second basic need for all human beings and fortunately we have a rich historical background in this sector.
 arrow DU roads
The Dhaka University campus is situated almost at the centre of Dhaka.
 arrow Think twice
According to a report, Daily Star of 23 July, the government has decided to close down three more Jute Mills -- Peoples, Star and Eastern Jute Mills Ltd. Khulna.
Literaturearrow Barisal by the Bay
The following review was published almost three years back, a year after Fakrul Alam's book of translations of Jibanananda Das's poems came out.
 arrow Flawed effort
I get a lot of English translations of Bengali poems (plus the occasional prose piece) in the mail.