Volume 4 Number 63 Mon. July 28, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Tremor train rattles Chittagong
A moderate tremor trailed by a series of aftershocks struck Chittagong and adjacent hill districts yesterday, injuring at least 25 people and damaging about 500 houses and government buildings.
 arrow 4 auditors assigned for NCB health check
The finance ministry has appointed four audit firms to look into the financial health of four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
 arrow Saddam missed by a day, another US Marine killed
US soldiers said they missed catching Saddam Hussein's security chief -- and possibly the former Iraqi president himself -- by a mere 24 hours early yesterday, while a US Marine was killed in a grenade
 arrow MCCI identifies 968 items for negative list
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has suggested the government exclude 968 items from the proposed Indo-Bangla free trade agreement (FTA) to protect local industries as a wholeand
 arrow Writ against govt move to drop charges facing MP's brother
A government move to withdraw a double murder case against the brother of Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu MP of the ruling BNP was challenged in the High Court Division yesterday.
 arrow Criminals on crackdown list now 1,200
Putting a brave face on the low-key success of the anti-outlaw crackdown in southwestern districts, Home Secretary Omar Farooq yesterday said the drive was making significant progress.
 arrow Pvt universities chase cold hard cash
Although private universities were established to deliver sound education as well as make money, many have become no more than mere businesses.
 arrow Gas disconnection drive begins Aug 1
A countrywide drive will be launched on August 1 to disconnect gas lines of consumers who owe the country's four state-owned gas production and distribution companies a total of over Tk 1,200 crore in
 arrow AES plant sell-off string-struck
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday resolved that the Power Development Board (PDB) may conditionally allow US company AES to sell its two large power plants to British company CDC Globeleq.
 arrow Mob lynches three 'robbers' in Barisal
Three alleged robbers died in mob lynching at Ranipur village of Barguna district yesterday.
 arrow White House slammed for Censoring Sept 11 report
A leading Republican senator yesterday called on the Bush administration to release most of the classified portions of a congressional report on the Sept.
 arrow Mixed reaction to move to raise retirement age
There has been a mixed reaction among the civil servants over the government move to raise their retirement age from 57 to 60.
 arrow Maimed body found in Ramna Lake
A mutilated body of a young man was recovered from Ramna Lake yesterday.

Locals found the body of the unknown youth, aged about 25, floating in the lake at around 4:15pm.

 arrow Cab knocks woman to Death at Mirpur
A taxicab knocked a woman to death and injured a man at Mirpur while a passenger bus ran over a man at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) roundabout yesterday.
 arrow Govt to take up special plans to check river erosion: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government will take up a special programme in the coming dry season for effective management of river erosion in parts of the country.
 arrow Tk 25 lakh medicine haul at ZIA
In two separate incidents, customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized medicines worth Tk 25 lakh from a Pakistani citizen and a Bangladeshi national yesterday.
 arrow 116 fishermen still missing in Bay
As the inclement weather in the Bay continued, at least 17 trawlers and 116 fishermen and crew are missing at the Patharghata coast of the sea, sources said.
 arrow HC injunction on intervention in Shamima Khan's Cantonment house
The High Court yesterday served an injunction on the government and the Cantonment Board on any sort of intervention in the Cantonment house of Shamima A Khan, wife of the Dainik Janakantha Editor Atiqullah
 arrow Kerosene price likely to fall next month
Prices of kerosene and furnace oil are likely to be brought down sometimes next month, officials at the Energy and Mineral Resources Division said yesterday.
 arrow 10 Indians pushed in
A family of 10 Bangla-speaking Indian citizens was pushed across the border into Bangladesh through Chirirbandar border point here yesterday morning.
Businessarrow Coterie controls cargo handling on shore
The Chittagong Port Authority is wasting about Tk 60 crore a year in onshore handling of cargoes as a coterie of stevedores control it.
 arrow Bank on tourism to tap FDI
Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Matsushiro Horiguchi said Bangladesh should bank on its tourism potential to facilitate foreign direct investment.
 arrow Move to revert to import valuation by customs
A move is on to re-introduce import valuation system by customs officials as the tenure of the three pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies expire on July 31, sources said.
 arrow 'Extra payment' raises costs of business by 10pc
Undesirable expenses, including extra payments for utility services, bribe and forced donation, reduce the business profitability here by 1 to 10 per cent, says a study.
 arrow Raise jute, cotton, sugarcane production: Anwar
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday called upon the research and expansion institutions concerned to increase commercial production of the jute, cotton and sugarcane along with others food grains.
 arrow Bangladesh seeks increased Spanish investment
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Reaz Rahman yesterday sought more Spanish investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow Higher credit to private sector helps in real GDP growth: BIDS
An increase in bank credit to the private sector leads to an increase in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), decline in budget deficit, increase in trade deficit and decrease in price level.
 arrow Montreal meet to talk common stance on farm subsidies
At the WTO's informal meeting starting here on Monday, 25 trade ministers will attempt to find common ground over the divisive issues of farm subsidies and medicine for poorer countries that have stalled
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers take Test into Day 4
Australia's evergreen captain Steve Waugh broke more records Sunday as his world champion side moved in for the kill on the third day of the second cricket Test against Bangladesh here.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers making great strides
Bangladesh may be on the verge of another big hiding by Australia in the second cricket Test here, but Australian skipper Steve Waugh said Sunday the newest Test nation are showing huge improvement.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh closes in on Gavaskar
Another Test match brought another bag full of records for Australia captain Steve Waugh on Sunday as the game's most-capped player scored his 32nd hundred in the second Test against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: The record which Mahmud wants to disregard
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud has the unenviable record of being among the most expensive bowlers in Test cricket history after he failed to take a wicket while conceding 75 runs in the second Test
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan resists SA
England, replying to South Africa's first innings of 594 for five declared, dug deep to reach 109 for one at lunch on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith dedicates it to mates
South Africa captain Graeme Smith said his record-breaking 277 against England in the first Test at Edgbaston here Saturday had been for his teammates.
 arrow Chess: Zia stays on top
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and GM Paul Matwani of Scotland, with 5 points each, were jointly leading the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship at the end of the sixth round in Edinburgh,
 arrow Chess: Ali finishes 8th
Indians IM Magesh Chandran, S Poobesh Anand and Mokal Prathamesh were the joint winners of the 26th Asian Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship in Colombo on Saturday.

Each of them collected 8 points.

 arrow Cricket: Under-19 camp starts today
The Under-19 cricket camp begins today at BKSP with initially 30 players taking part.

The players reported to the Sri Lankan coach Malcolm Perera at the Board's Stadium office yesterday.

 arrow Football: Ujjal lights up Barisal
A brilliant hattrick by Mehdi Hasan Ujjal powered Jhenidah Mohammedan Sporting Club to a 4-1 win against Jamalpur Jagarani in the opening match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League's Barisal leg
 arrow Football: Chelsea shootout Newcastle
Newly-rich Chelsea gave their fans a tantalising glimpse of the silverware that awaits them under billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich here on Sunday, winning the inaugural Premier League Asia Cup
 arrow Football: Fans made to suffer
Real Madrid have been winning few friends in China as the Spanish champions forced hundreds of eager fans to wait more than an hour in the pouring rain before stepping on to the field Sunday.
 arrow Football: Hong Kong's liver 'pooled' out
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier was purring with pleasure after watching his wide wrap up their two-match Asian tour with a 6-0 thrashing of Hong Kong here Sunday.
 arrow Football: US finish third
Defender Bobby Convey scored in the 66th minute Saturday night as the United States rallied for a 3-2 triumph over Costa Rica to claim third place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Politicalarrow Hasina blames govt for 'Ruining' economy
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the four-party alliance government for 'ruining' the country during its 22-month rule.
 arrow JSD places 11-point demand
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) at a press conference yesterday placed 11-point demand including separation of judiciary from the executive, formation of a bicameral parliament, scrapping of Official Secrecy
 arrow AL demands withdrawal of BADC engrs' dismissal order
Awami League General Secretary Mohammad Abdul Jalil, MP, has demanded the withdrawal of dismissal order on 525 engineers of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC).
Metropolitanarrow 139 cadet college students secure GPA-5
Cadet college students who secured GPA-5 in the SSC examinations this year and the principals met the media for the first time at Dhaka Cantonment Officers' Club yesterday.
 arrow DU student pushed down from bus
A student of Dhaka University (DU) was injured when a bus helper pushed him down from the bus he was travelling in near the Fazlul Haque Hall yesterday.
 arrow Amendment to Drug Control Act demanded
Students of chemistry, applied chemistry and bio-chemistry departments of Rajshahi University yesterday demonstrated on the campus demanding an amendment of the 'disputed' section 13 (1) of the Drug (Control)
 arrow SKOP protests govt move to downsize Manpower
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) at meeting yesterday condemned the government's move to downsize the manpower from its various organisations, says a press release.
 arrow APE Alumni Assoc meeting
The Alumni Association of Applied Physics and Electronics (APE) Department of Dhaka University will hold a general meeting to form its executive committee on August 1, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Prisons to have video links with courts
Prisons will have video links with courts to ensure regular appearance of under-trial prisoners.
 arrow 10 hurt as people clash with transport workers
Local people declared the Chittagong-Nazirhat road off-limits to transports for six hours on Saturday, raised barricades and clashed with transport workers, protesting fare hike.
 arrow Horrific tale of a woman
Miscreants, after killing her father over a land dispute, abducted Sharifa, gangraped her and perpetrated inhuman torture as her mother filed a case for the killing.
 arrow Deadly Dengue looms in CHT, no preventive step
Any preventive measure is yet to be taken one year after a research team found "lots of Aedes mosquito larva" in different areas of malaria-prone Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Aedes caused deadly Dengue.
Culturearrow Art works that speak through satire
Khaled Mahmud, who is having his exhibition"Maya" at Alliance Francaise from August 2, says, "Colours and lines are the two salient elements that shape my pictorial scheme.
 arrow Jolie to be Alexander the Great's mum
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie is proud of playing high-flying action hero Lara Croft on screen and believes the character is a role model grounded in reality.
 arrow Shammi Kapoor admitted to hospital
Former cine star Shammi Kapoor was on Friday admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai for treatment of lung congestion.
Generalarrow Ensure safe future for mother, child
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday called upon all to work unitedly towards ensuring a safe future for mother and child.
 arrow Philatelic assoc silver jubilee programme concludes
The week-long silver jubilee celebration and philatelic exhibition of Bangladesh National Philatelic Association (BNPA) ended yesterday.
 arrow Gang rapes girl in N'ganj
One teenage girl was abducted and gangraped by four miscreants in Jangalia area of Uchitpur union under Araihazar upazila on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow 'Buy improved variety of jute'
State Minister for Jute Lutfor Rahman Khan Azad yesterday asked the officials concerned to buy improved variety of jute to ensure high standard of jute products in earning more foreign exchange for economic
 arrow Control over area reason behind Rangamati clash
Saturday's Naniarchar shootout was a sequel to feuds between activists of Parbatya Chtragram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) for dominance over Naniarchar andnearby
 arrow 3 dacoits caught with booty
Three dacoits were caught while getting away with the booty at Keraniganj Saturday.
 arrow First pay commission chairman Rashid dead
The chairman of first pay commission, Abdur Rashid, died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital yesterday. He was 92.
 arrow Re-investigation ordered into Kalidas murder
The Additional District and Sessions Judge of Bagerhat has ordered reinvestigation in the sensational Advocate Kalidas Boral murder case by suspending its trial on Saturday.
Internationalarrow US troops jumpy in Iraq as attacks go on
A grenade attack killed three US soldiers guarding a children's hospital in Iraq and an ambush killed another, in fresh evidence that the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons have brought no respite in the
 arrow Veterans mark Korean War armistice at DMZ
Old soldiers from around the world, some in wheelchairs and many wearing combat medals, commemorated the 50th anniversary Sunday of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
 arrow Old faces, old tactics resurface in new coup attempt in Philippines
The latest coup attempt to rock the Philippines looks suspiciously like a repeat of the coups that plagued the country for a decade -- complete with the occupation of the same shopping mall.
 arrow Israel takes conciliatory steps ahead of Sharon's trip to US
Israel approved the release of 100 Palestinian Islamists and started to lift several roadblocks in the West Bank on Sunday as part of a package of conciliatory measures ahead of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
 arrow Foreign allies back Arroyo, denounce coup attempt
Foreign allies led by the United States and Australia threw their support Sunday behind Philippine President Gloria Arroyo as she faced down rebel military officers demanding her resignation.
 arrow UK minister met Kelly before his suicide
British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon had spoken with arms expert David Kelly sometime before his apparent suicide following a row between the government and the BBC over Iraq's alleged weapons of mass
 arrow Iran agrees to tougher IAEA nuclear checks
A senior Iranian official was quoted on Sunday as saying the Islamic Republic should agree to tougher inspections of its nuclear facilities to ease international pressure on the country.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Special operation in for review
The 'Operation Spider Web' launched in the southwestern region to curb persistent lawlessness may have to be suspended.
 arrow Editorial: Noose tightening around errant power sector?
Less than a week back, state minister for power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood issued an ultimatum to DESA and DESCO requiring them to improve their performance by the end of this fiscal or wind up business.
 arrow What next in Iraq?
Oday Hussein and Qusay Hussein, the two powerful sons of Saddam Hussein are said to be dead.
 arrow Bush-Blair's 'Iraqgate': The crisis and the conundrum
While signs are evident that both George Bush and Tony Blair are nervously aware

of the mess they have made by invading Iraq on the basis of "flawed intelligence" (or lack of intelligence, one is not

 arrow The choice rests with the West
I am not a pacifist. Conflict can be functional in improving the quality of civilisation for the oppressed. This is why I can understand the motives of insecure young people to fight as 'terrorists'.
Letters to Editorarrow Agroforestry
I appreciate the letter of Md. Zillur Rahman of DU entitled "Tree plantation and eradicated land". He shared his concern about the farmers who are using their cropland for plantation.
 arrow Mass consciousness slogans
Taxi Cabs, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) scooters and different types of new buses are running in Dhaka city and people of different economic status are benefited by the introduction of these public transports.
 arrow Privatisation, over manning and the Bangladesh work culture
I read with interest the report of Rejaul Kairm Byron titled "40,000 job cuts this yr, 75,000 by FY06 $300m WB loan to foot the bill" on 23rd July 2003 in the Daily Star.
 arrow Music maestro
I read with vivid interest the write-up on music maestro Kamal Das Gupta (DS 20.7.003).
 arrow "Hindutva threatens secular India"
When Babri mosque was demolished by a frenzied, fanatical Hindu mob in 1992, I watched with sheer shock, horror and outrage that many Indian students at Berkeley, an activist, liberal and progressivetop
 arrow "Bereft of a moral content it's the travesty of governance"
This refers to Brig. Gen.(Rtd) Hafiz's column "Bereft of a moral content it's the travesty of governance", DS July 21.
 arrow Another propaganda?
The US military had confirmed that Saddam Hussein's two sons, Qusay and Uday, had been killed in a gun battle. It had also been confirmed that the bodies were indeed Saddam's sons.
 arrow 30,000 students: 4 computers
I am a student of Dhaka University. This institution has near about 30,000 thousands students.
 arrow Converting Muslims to Christianity
I am responding to the letter written by Armaan Ayyub of Oxford, England, who wrote about a TV programme televised in Bangladesh on Christianity which was made in a mixed language of Bengali and Arabic,
 arrow Shock and awe
Dramatically the table has turned, now America and Britain are being 'shocked and awed' by the current situation in Iraq and President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are facing troubles in
 arrow IBA (DU) should change
This is in response to the letter of Ms Samiha Esha (DS July 24).

I fully disagree with Ms Esha about the proposal of waiting list system of IBA.

Star Cityarrow Govt to build on crucial wetland
The government is planning to acquire 200 acres of 'land' at Rampura-Hatirjheel-Begunbari, the last remaining water body of the city, to launch a controversial development project.
 arrow Making a killing from people's cravings
Most rural migrants into the city are forced to become entrepreneurs, as their dreams of a better life in the city quickly fall by the wayside.
 arrow Saving soles
Imagine you are walking down the street and suddenly the strap of your slippers comes off or your toes begin to peep through your shoes. In this city, such an occurrence is easily tended to.
 arrow Do 'media centres' promise too much?
Over the last few years, media centres were seen cropping up all over Dhaka.

These centres generally catered to the needs of students of English and Bangla medium schools and colleges etc.

 arrow Stretching playtime for children
Even a decade ago, afternoon meant playtime for kids. But urban children now miss out on open-air games, with the gradual loss of open space.
 arrow Ashes don't always return to ashes
Ashes are not simply the remaining of what is burnt, it also gives bread to hundreds of low income people in and around the city.
 arrow Can we save our water bodies?
Professionals and citizens of Dhaka city at a roundtable recently urged the government to demarcate water bodies, to formulate an integrated plan to protect ever-shrinking wetlands and to publish a list
 arrow Lost lakes, ruined rivers
He still cherishes the memories of his olden days. Memories of walking beside the river Buriganga or sitting on its bank enjoying the soft breeze and imagining water nymphs moving in the water.