Vol. 4 Num 62 Sun. July 27, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt moves to stop contractual jobs
The government move to raise the retirement age and stop contractual appointment of civil servants made headway yesterday when a vital parliamentary body gave nod to a bill seeking to address the causes.
 arrow Three US troops killed in Iraq retaliation
Three US soldiers have been killed while guarding a children's hospital near Baghdad in the latest in a wave of attacks that have not been stopped by the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons.
 arrow Private universities galore, but none fulfils criteria
None of Bangladesh's 45 private universities fulfil all the criteria required for registration under the Private University Act.
 arrow Cargo trouble for vegetable export
Vegetable exporters and producers are facing a hard time because of air-cargo space scarcity.
 arrow JS body to review power sector errs
The Public Undertaking Committee of the Jatiya Sangsad will review all irregularities, problems and prospects of the power sector and recommend necessary actions.
 arrow Tk 25 lakh ransom demanded for Ctg businessman
Kidnappers yesterday reportedly demanded Tk 25 lakh for the release of businessman Jasim Uddin Ahmad Chowdhury abducted on Thursday.
 arrow Petrobangla shovels 37pc more into exchequer on rising gas demand
The Petrobangla rode on a dramatic gas consumption rise to pump a further Tk 600 crore or 37 per cent more into the national exchequer in the last fiscal, taking its total contribution to Tk 2,261.37.
 arrow Philippine army on hunt for 'coup plotters'
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the military and police to capture up to 70 rogue junior officers and armed deserters yesterday, following days of rumours about a brewing coup attempt.
 arrow Gunfight leaves three hills people killed in Naniarchar
Three persons were killed and another was injured in a gunfight between activists of two organisations of indigenous people at Jurappapara village in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati yesterday morning.
 arrow PM asks Khulna mayor, MPs to Coordinate dev programmes, law enforcement
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has asked the people's representatives from Khulna to work in unison to ensure law and order as well as socio-economic development of the region.
 arrow Saarc calls off special Dhaka meet
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) has postponed the special meeting of commerce ministers and secretaries of the member states, scheduled in Dhaka between August 9 and 10.
 arrow Govt showcaused on transfer of ntv's ownership
The High Court yesterday issued rule upon the government to show cause why the post facto approval of transfer of ownership of ntv run by International Television Channel Ltd (ITCL) should not be declared
 arrow Khosru vice chair of WTO ministerial meet
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has been elected a vice chair for the 5th WTO Ministerial Meeting to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from 10 to 14 September.
 arrow 96 fishermen missing in Bay
At least 96 fishermen on board six trawlers, which sank in a turbulent Bay on Friday, are feared dead.
 arrow Momtaz admits to killing Mishel
Momtaz alias Jamai Momtaz yesterday confessed his involvement in the abduction and killing of schoolboy Tanjirul Islam Mishel.
 arrow 7 die in Liberia church blast
Seven people were killed when a mortar bomb crashed into a church in the Liberian capital yesterday, a day after President Bush ordered US troops into position off the West African country.
 arrow 'Bomb plot' uncovered in Myanmar
Myanmar's ruling junta said it had arrested 12 people who were plotting to assassinate five members of the regime as part of a campaign to create civil unrest and seize power.
 arrow One shot dead, 6 hurt as robbers fire on villagers in Manikganj
One person was shot dead and six others were injured when robbers opened fire on villagers at Fordnagar in Singair upazila in the early hours of yesterday.

The dead was identified as Yunus Ali, 35.

 arrow Rickshawpuller killed in road mishap
A road accident killed one and sparked traffic disruption and pitched battles with police in Azimpur yesterday.
 arrow One given death sentence for murder
The Speedy Trial Tribunal Court (STTC), Rajshahi yesterday sentenced the prime accused in sensational Abul Bashar murder case to death and three others life imprisonment.
Businessarrow Non-bank financial instts on CIB list
Against the backdrop of increased number of defaulters in the non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs), the central bank has included the NBFIs in its list of Credit Information Bureau (CIB).
 arrow Uncertainty over FBCCI polls
The election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), has once again become uncertain as the changes in the electoral system have been challenged in the High Court.
 arrow CityCell SIM on the cards
Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), the service provider of CityCell digital cellular phone, is contemplating introduction of SIM enabled CDMA phone sets.
 arrow Rise in tea production likely this year
Bangladesh is like to have a better production of tea this year, thanks to reasonable amount of rainfall in the main tea producing region, experts hoped.
 arrow BB's fresh drive next month to lower interest rates
Bangladesh Bank initiates fresh drive next month to lower interest rates on term loans, which are considered to be major roadblocks to investment.
 arrow Dhaka urges Islamabad to reduce trade barriers
Bangladesh has urged Pakistan to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for Bangladeshi goods like jute products and pharmaceutical items to help narrow the existing trade gap between the two countries.
 arrow US, EU hope to push forward on farm issues
European Union and US officials are to step up meetings on the sidelines of an informal "mini-ministerial" in Canada next week in the hopes of making progress in farm talks ahead of a key World TradeOrganization
 arrow France, Germany move on reform
Europe is witnessing a quiet revolution as Germany and France streamline their generous welfare states, with both taking further steps forward this week.
 arrow Thailand plans to merge nine state banks
The Thai government expects to announce merger plans for nine state financial institutions this year to help them compete with private banks, Finance Minister Suchart Jaovisidha said Friday.
Sportsarrow Lehmann puts Australia atop
An unbeaten century from Darren Lehmann put Australia in firm control of the second Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lehmann hits ton again as Aussies assert themselves
A power-laden century by stocky left-hander Darren Lehmann boosted Australia towards a big total on the second day of the second cricket Test against Bangladesh here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Darren delighted
Australia's Darren Lehmann says he finally feels like he belongs in the baggy green cap after scoring three centuries in his past eight Test innings.
 arrow Cricket: Smith humbles England
Graeme Smith made 277 out of South Africa's total of 594 for five declared in the first Test on Saturday, leaving England captain Nasser Hussain chewing on a record-sized slice of humble pie.
 arrow Cricket: Indo-Pak cricket early next year?
There was a ray of hope in the bid to restore cricketing ties between India and Pakistan early next year, a top official of Asian Cricket Council said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to interview CEO aspirants next month
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to interview short-listed candidates next month for the post of chief executive officer (CEO).
 arrow Chess: Zia the leader
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took a solo lead in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship with 4.5 points at the end of the fifth round in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday.
 arrow Football: Football at Barisal after 25 years
Barisal is all set to stage a major football event after quarter of a century when the third leg of the Nitol-Tata National Football League begins here today.
 arrow Football: Brazil meet Mexico today
The mythical Azteca stadium -- scene of Brazil's greatest footballing triumph in 1970 when, led by Pele, they hammered Italy 4-1 to make the Jules Rimet Cup theirs forever, plays host to yet another final
 arrow Football: Real disappointment
Real Madrid and their newest star signing David Beckham disappointed hundreds of expectant fans when the Spanish league champions failed to show for their first official practice session here Saturday
 arrow Football: No Becks, Figo rivalry
Real Madrid's new coach Carlos Queiroz, trying to fit right-sided midfielders David Beckham and Luis Figo into the same team, says he hopes the team's current tour of Asia will help solve the puzzle.
 arrow Swimming: Phelps sets pool afire
Michael Phelps smashed two world records in less than an hour to make it four this week and swung away with his second title at the World Swimming Championships on Friday.
Politicalarrow AL plans consensus candidate in Netrakona by-polls
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is planning to field a candidate on the basis of understanding with like-minded parties for the Netrokona-3 by-election scheduled for August 21.
Metropolitanarrow Vow to work against anti-liberation forces
The leaders of different political parties and members of civil society at a discussion meeting yesterday vowed to work together against the anti-liberation forces.
 arrow Call to resist aggression in Iraq
Speakers at a function yesterday criticised the role of the United States in Iraq with a call for building resistance against imperialist aggression.
Nationalarrow Govt sitting on NIAR decisions on Sylhet divn
Administration is being greatly hampered as 11 divisional head offices are yet to be set up even eight years after formation of the Sylhet division.
 arrow People frustrated at JS performance, says Noman
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman said people sent their representatives to the Jatiya Sangsad for building a prosperous country in a democratic atmosphere but they are frustrated as there is no "constructive
 arrow 672 die of malaria in
At least 672 people died of malaria and 3.87 lakh others were affected during the last six months in the three hill districts.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 15 in two districts
As floodwater started receding, Diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases claimed 11 lives in Nilphamari and four in Sirajganj districts in the last two weeks.
 arrow 'Foreign investors to be invited to develop Foy's Lake'
Foy's Lake will be developed as a tourist spot of international standard, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md. Nasir Uddin has said.
Culturearrow Utopian visions in a travelling exhibition
An exhibition called "Videotrafic", presenting video work of 15 artists living in France, has been on at La Galerie, Alliance Francaise, since July 16th.
 arrow Preserving our heritage
Arjo Cholochitro, a creative production house, began its journey in the cultural firmament of the country in 1994 with a music video on indigenous people titled 'Swapner Sabuj Pahar' or The Green Mountain
Generalarrow Pro-government lawyers out to divide the legal profession
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has let loose pro-government lawyers in a planned way to create
 arrow CityCell to invest $250m in next two years
The Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), service provider of CityCell Digital cellular phone, yesterday said it will invest $250 million for network expansion till 2005.
 arrow Students block road at Tejgaon protesting injury to mate
Students of Tejgaon Polytechnic Institute blocked Tongi Diversion Road for about an hour yesterday protesting a road accident in which one of their fellow students was injured on Thursday.
 arrow 6 drown in Chalan Beel boat capsize
Six people drowned and one remained missing when a country boat carrying 50 people capsized in Chalan Beel after being caught in a storm at about 9:00pm Friday. Others swam ashore or were rescued.
 arrow CPA asked to finish container terminal project by 2005
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain has directed the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to take necessary steps to complete the work of New Mooring Container Terminal Project by December 31, 2005.
 arrow 30 hurt as train derails in Mymensingh
A local train derailed near Shyamganj Station here yesterday evening, injuring at least 30 people.
Internationalarrow Bush may overhaul Iraq admin again
Under pressure to demonstrate progress in rebuilding Iraq to maintain domestic support, US President George W Bush is contemplating tapping major figures, including former Secretary of State James Baker,
 arrow Israel makes peace pledges while Abbas meets Bush
Israel pledged on Friday to pull back from two West Bank cities and remove several main roadblocks in the area in an apparent bid to blunt the impact of a White House visit by Palestinian Prime Minister
 arrow US slaps sanctions on DPRK for missile sale
The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on North Korea over its export of 15 Scud missiles to Yemen last year, which ignited a major diplomatic incident and exposed a loophole in global non-proliferation
 arrow 'Saudi officials funded Sept 11 attacks'
Senior Saudi officials have funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable groups and other organisations that may have helped finance the September 11 attacks in 2001, The New York Times reported
 arrow Vajpayee calls for more courage to fight AIDS
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee pledged Saturday an "undelayed response" to India's AIDS epidemic and admitted New Delhi had been slow in taking action to curb the HIV virus which infects at least
 arrow 246 injured as quake jolts NE Japan
More than 246 people were injured in northeastern Japan Saturday as a strong earthquake measuring 6.
 arrow Wounds heal better on quitting smoking
Quitting smoking for as little as 4 weeks can dramatically reduce the odds of wound infection after surgery, according to a new report.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Thailand offers a nice trade basket
Thailand's decision to exempt duty from 40 different types of Bangladeshi products offers both opportunities and challenges.
 arrow Editorial: OSD culture
No fewer than 355 government officials have been made officers on special duty (OSD), which means they have no job to perform.
 arrow Saddam's sons and grand son killed -- but under what law?
The Administrations of the U.S. and the U.K.
 arrow Minaret with a view
The absence of advertising made the impact that much sharper. It helped of course that the brand name was known, if only as a potentially hostile entity.
 arrow Lawyers' boycott is for an independent judiciary
Some misleading statements have been made with intent to breaking the unity of the Bar.
Letters to Editorarrow Notice
Due to space constrain, The Letter to the Editor section is not being published today. We will have our full page Letter tomorrow as usual.
Star Holidayarrow The Blue Lily Lake
WE knew there was a lake. We had heard about its breathtaking beauty. We also heard that it was far away into a tea garden. But none of us except our driver Selim had been there.
Star Healtharrow Surgery can repair permanent hearing disability
After more than 14 years of lacking complete sense of hearing Rozina, 18, was finally able to sense sound around her in the operation theatre about four months back.

It was a moment of excitement.

 arrow Ocular complications in diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus is a clinical condition charecterised by hyperglycemia due to absolute or relative deficiency of insulin. The chronic disorders affect carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism.
 arrow BSMMU urologist's book used as text-book in the west
Associate Professor M A Salam of Banghabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) launched 'Principles and Practices of Urology' in 2002, which is now widely recognised and used as a medical textbook
Star Cityarrow Tk 270 crore of public land occupied
The Ministry of Land is unable to recover 15.84 acres* of prime land in the Nilkhet-Babupura area from 34 listed illegal occupiers.
 arrow Healthy tiffins give way to snacks and junk food
The tiffin period is that magical moment every school-going child looks forward to.
 arrow Supplying lunch to live by
Mohammad Haider carries a large pile of empty lunch pails back home in the late afternoon after selling lunch to managers, workers and other employees, mostly at Karwan Bazar.
 arrow City's second water treatment plant
Faced with an increased demand for water in Dhaka city, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is planning to construct an additional water treatment plant at Sharulia under Demra thana.
 arrow Philatelists commemorate their own silver jubilee
Philately Week ended today, organised by Bangladesh National Philatelic Association (BNPA).
 arrow Multi-storey parking in limbo
A major multi-storey car-parking project in the city's Dilkusha area, proposed by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), is in limbo due to hesitancy on the part of one of the two landowners.