Vol. 4 Num 66 Thu. July 31, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Four get life for killing Naushin
Four muggers accused of killing a two-year-old child in May last year received life sentence from a court in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Six killed in Cox's Bazar landslides
Six people, including four sisters, were buried alive and nine others injured in two landslides on the outskirts of Cox's Bazar resort town early yesterday, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Boro growers gain little from govt grains purchase
Paddy growers are yet to get the price support the government's food grains procurement intended to give them in the current boro season.
 arrow NBR grinds to halt as officials stop work over arrest of colleagues
Activities at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and all customs commissionerates in Dhaka came to a halt yesterday as officials abstained from work protesting the arrest of their colleagues on corruption
 arrow Police put at 5 city bus terminals
Police were deployed at five city bus terminals yesterday on the heels of two days of anti-crime crackdowns to stop extortion and harassment of transport owners, workers and passengers.
 arrow All for TIFA despite some 'risks'
Both public and private sectors yesterday extended their support to signing the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Dhaka and Washington to enhance bilateral cooperation.
 arrow Wounds still fester
The court verdict on the killing of a two-year-old child with a stray bullet in gangland fire was not enough to heal the wounds her parents suffered.
 arrow Dhaka court hands down death to 16 in a month
The Speedy Trial Court in Dhaka handed down 16 death sentences in last one month.

The court, which was set up in October last, has so far awarded deaths to 46 persons for murders.

 arrow Car used in Savar ambush found abandoned
Police yesterday found an abandoned white car believed to have been used by robbers in ambushing the microbus of Sanwar Habib Sinha, administrative manager of Acme Laboratories, in Savar Tuesday.
 arrow Fear of fresh flood lurks
The overall flood situation in and around Dhaka and elsewhere in the country continues to improve.
 arrow 3 to die, 3 get life for Emdad murder in Naogaon
A court in Naogaon yesterday sentenced three people to death and three others life imprisonment with a fine of Tk 10,000 or two more years in jail in default in the sensational Emdadul Haq murder case.
 arrow A sea of rickshaws
 arrow Abducted Ctg businessman still untraced
Abducted Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury could not be traced till yesterday, six days after his abduction on Thursday.
 arrow Municipal polls planned in April
The Election Commission (EC) plans to hold Pourasabha (municipality) elections in April 2004.

This was disclosed yesterday at a meeting of the EC that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) M A Sayedpresided.

 arrow DU cites 4 yrs integrated honours in certificates
Bowing to students' demand, Dhaka University yesterday decided to clearly mention "Four Years Integrated Honours" in their certificates.
 arrow 300 Bangladeshi, Vietnamese workers brawl in Malaysia
Malaysian police broke up a mass brawl involving some 300 foreign workers from Bangladesh and Vietnam and arrested six migrants in southern Malacca state, a police official said yesterday.
 arrow Innocent 12-yr girl languishes in jail for 9 months
A minor girl has remained interned at the local jail hajat for the last nine months without any criminal record or complaint against her.
 arrow US hunts Saddam after taped message
US forces are keeping up the hunt for Saddam Hussein as an Iraqi crowd gloated over an apparent roadside bomb attack that gutted a US truck.
 arrow Housewife's death shrouded in mystery
The mystery over the death of a young housewife at Mohakhali on Tuesday deepens as her parents' family call it a murder while the in-laws a normal death.
 arrow Contractor gunned down in Jessore town
Gunmen shot dead a businessman in the new town area here yesterday morning.
 arrow Fugitive on death row shot dead
A fugitive with death penalty on him was gunned down by unidentified assailants at a bazaar in Shibpur Uapzila yesterday.
Businessarrow External trade gets expensive
Bangladesh's external trade will have to count extra in transportation of goods through shipping lines as the mainline operators slap a 10 per cent peak season surcharge (PSS) from tomorrow.
 arrow UNCTAD to incorporate BoI released investment figures
UNCTAD has agreed to incorporate in its World Invest Report 2003 the investment figure quoted by Board of Investment (BoI) along with the data the UN body collects from traditional sources.
 arrow PSI companies get 3-month extension
The government has given another three months extension to the three pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies now engaged in import valuation activities.
 arrow Govt sets 10pc industrial growth target by 2006
The government has set the domestic industrial growth target at 10 per cent by the year 2006.

According to the Asian Development Bank, the growth rate of local investment stood at 7.

 arrow DSE broker may be axed for misconduct
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is likely to forfeit membership of one of its brokerage houses for failing to settle its clients' claims.
 arrow Trade ministers edge closer to farm pact
Trade ministers from the European Union, the United States and nearly two dozen other countries edged closer to agreement Tuesday in difficult farm trade negotiations, a WTO spokesman said.
 arrow Change labour practices to make Ctg port viable: WB
The World Bank has recommended major changes in labour practices in the Chittagong port to introduce an efficient system to retain the country's export competitiveness especially after the end of theMulti-Fibre
Sportsarrow Football: BFF's no to World Cup
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in a surprise move, has decided against participating in the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup finals to be held in Germany.
 arrow Football: Army lesson for Sirajganj
A hattrick by Nasir powered Bangla-desh Army to a 5-0 drubbing of Siraj-ganj Mohammedan in a National Foot-ball League Group B match at the Shahid Abdur Rob Serniabat Stadium in Barisal yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Mohammedan march on
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club cruised to their third straight win in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League by defeating Ajax Sporting Club 4-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Dav favours Sanwar
Sanwar Hossain, whose bowling action is suspect and under official scrutiny, is likely to play in the one-day cricket series against Australia, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces revised Pak tour Schedule

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a revised itinerary of Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan, beginning on August 17.

 arrow Chess: Zia drops to second
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman slipped to second place in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship after losing his eighth round game against Indian GM Abihijit Kunte on Tuesday in Edinburgh,
 arrow Cricket: Tough-talking Vaughan
England's new Test captain Michael Vaughan insisted Wednesday he would be prepared to "have a few harsh words" to his team if required despite promising to maintain his "relaxed" approach.
 arrow Cricket: Michael next on the line?
South Africa captain Graeme Smith, having seen off one England Test skipper in Nasser Hussain, is now plotting to unsettle the Essex batsman's successor Michael Vaughan.
 arrow Cricket: Gavaskar's grief
India great Sunil Gavaskar lamented here Tuesday the decline in player behaviour throughout cricket, saying the sportsmanship on which the game traditionally prided itself had "gone for six".
 arrow Tennis: Easy win for Agassi
World number one Andre Agassi, making the most of his "second life" at age 33, took his first step toward the US Open with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Swiss foe Ivo Heuberger at the ATP Washington Classic.
 arrow Tennis: Lleyton struggles
Former world No.
 arrow Tennis: Jelena survives a scare
Jelena Dokic was nearly upset in her first match at the one million dollar San Diego WTA event on Tuesday but she managed to regroup and get past Spain's Magui Serna 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
 arrow Football: Beckham of Madrid
Language buff David Beckham says he's been hard at work learning Spanish, with the help of new pals Raul Gonzalez and Roberto Carlos.
 arrow Football: Red Devils warm hearts
Manchester United superstars scored major points Tuesday with New York children and international diplomats alike, teaming with UNICEF to host a soccer clinic on the lawn of U.N. headquarters.
 arrow Football: Mad about Real!
It was only a training match for Real Madrid but fans came on Tuesday by the tens of thousands -- dressed in team shirts, with posters of their stars and Spanish flags in hand.
 arrow Football: England invaded!
French midfielder Patrick Vieira, voted the greatest foreign player ever in English football, sums up the way the game is going in the country that invented the rules of soccer.
 arrow Football: HK$ 500,000 for an upset
A Hong Kong bakery has promised to cook up a 500,000 Hong Kong dollar (64,184 US) bonus for the city's footballers if they can defeat Spanish giants Real Madrid next week, a report said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Veron almost Chelsea's
Manchester United's Argentina international midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron is set to join Chelsea after his agent met officials of the London club.

"The meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday is very important.

 arrow Football: Inter stand by Fadiga
Inter Milan plan to go ahead with their three million euro signing of Khalilou Fadiga even though the Senegal international has an apparent heart problem.
Politicalarrow Hasina assures China of all cooperation
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured China of her full cooperation in holding the 3rd International Conference of Asian political parties in
 arrow Sylhet Jubo League secy, 13 others sent to jail
The newly elected General Secretary of Sylhet district Awami Jubo League Azadur Rahman Azad and 13 others arrested Tuesday night were sent to jail custody yesterday.
 arrow AL presidium meets today
An emergency presidium meeting of the opposition Awami League will be held at its Dhanmondi office in the city at 5pm today.
Nationalarrow 91 houses destroyed, 169 damaged in Sunday's quake
Two more aftershocks hit Doluchhori and adjacent areas in Rangamati Monday morning.

The shocks were felt at an interval of about half an hour, local people and officials said.

 arrow Steps to make Rajshahi Jute Mills profitable
The government has taken an initiative to make the Rajshahi Jute Mills (RJM), an enterprise of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), profitable through utilising the mill's resources.
 arrow 13 out of 15 diagnostic centres in Bandarban illegal
Thirteen out of the 15 diagnostic centers in the district town are operating without government license, according to an official investigation report.
 arrow A college campus free of student politics, smoking
The Alamgir Monsur Memorial College has been declared free of student politics and smoking.
 arrow Schools indeed!
No student from 121 high schools under Rajshahi Education Board (REB) passed in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations this year.
 arrow Satkhira Awami League falling apart
Utter frustration is prevailing in the Awami League rank and file as a district committee has not been formed even three years after formation of a convening committee, party leaders said.
Culturearrow An amateur with remarkable realism
Fayekah Assanah, who is currently studying electrical engineering at USA, and held her solo show at Drik recently, said, "Painting has been my passion for years and most of these works have been done
 arrow America mourns court jester and chief patriot Bob Hope
America mourned Tuesday its court jester Bob Hope whose death ends an era not only in Hollywood, but also in Washington where US leaders are finding it tough to replace their chief patriot.
 arrow Johnny Walker passes away

 arrow Workshop on Gana Sangeet (people's song)
Cultural organisation Kranti organised a 9-day-long workshop titled 'Gana Sangeet stirs up man's dreams' starting from 19 July at the Public Library auditorium.
Generalarrow Integrate moral aspects in curriculum
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said education lacking moral and ethical standards can bring very little benefit to the society.
 arrow 'Reform UP system'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday laid emphasis on the reformation of union parishad (UP) system to ensure the rights and fulfilment of the needs of the people at grassroots level.
 arrow 6 held on charge of Barisal dacoity
Police yesterday arrested six persons in connection with the daring dacoity at the Bhandaria Bandar Bazar on Tuesday.
 arrow Writ hearing on Gram Sarkar Act on Aug 2
The formation of much talked about Gram Sarkar and a hearing on a writ on Gram Sarkar Act-2000 filed by the Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) challenging this act will be held on August 2.
 arrow One sentenced to death for murdering wife
A young man was yesterday awarded capital punishment for torturing his wife to death at Bhonga in Mehendiganj about three years ago.
 arrow Robbery at met office security official's house
Robbers looted cash and gold ornaments allegedly worth Tk 1.5 lakh from a Weather Office Staff Quarters residence at Agargaon yesterday.
 arrow Outlaw beaten to death by villagers in Rupsha
Paban Roy, 32, an armed cadre of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), was beaten to death by villagers at Natundia in Rupsha upazila at midnight Tuesday.
 arrow Tremor: Two bodies found in Rangamati
Bodies of two persons killed in Sunday's earthquake were recovered from the remote hilly area of Barkal Upazila Tuesday evening.
 arrow Tk 4500 coins seized from train, one arrested
Railway police of Rajshahi yesterday arrested one with coins worth Tk 4,500 from an inter-city train.

Bari Kamal was arrested with 1.

 arrow 22 get life in 2 murder cases
Twenty-two people were given life imprisonment yesterday in two separate murder cases.
 arrow Judgement in Kamal murder case today
Judgement in the Kamal murder case will be given today.
 arrow DCC on arrears collection drive
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has instructed the officials to collect its outstanding revenue of Tk 3 crore by July 31. Otherwise the DCC may not be able to pay salaries to its officials.
 arrow Businessman's body found in Sirajganj
The body of a businessman abducted on Tuesday night from Shajadpur upazila town was retrieved from a sack dumped by the roadside yesterday afternoon.
Internationalarrow Iraqis return after yrs of exile in KSA
Tears flowed and long-parted relatives embraced yesterday as more than 200 Iraqis set foot in their homeland again after 13 years of exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Myanmar may set Suu Kyi free by Oct: Jakarta
Myanmar's military junta has promised to resolve an impasse over the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi before an October summit of Southeast Asian nations, Indonesia's foreign minister said
 arrow Bush backs Sharon, riles Palestinians
President Bush has given visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon broad support on key issues, backing off from overt criticism of a West Bank security fence and disappointing Palestinians in theprocess.
 arrow Myers asks Pakistan to send troops to Iraq
Pakistan has been formally asked by the United States to consider sending its troops to Iraq for peacekeeping purposes.
 arrow US warns of fresh attacks
The US Department of Homeland Security has warned the airline industry that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network is planning new suicide hijackings and bombings in the United States or abroad, saying the
 arrow BJP-BSP alliance crisis over at least for now
The alliance between India's ruling BJP and its ruling coalition partner Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the key state of Uttar Pradesh came closer to the brink of collapse Tuesday on the issue of controversial
 arrow Saddam jeers at US 'hunters'
The US military remained hot on Saddam Hussein's trail yesterday after a new audiotape attributed to the ousted Iraqi leader said insurgents would pursue their "holy war" against US occupation, following
Editorialarrow Editorial: Water-logging invasive
Water-logging considerably cut down the pace of life last Monday and Tuesday when there was rain for about 36 hours.
 arrow Editorial: Bus terminal disciplining
After close to a week of joint Police-BDR operations at five city bus terminals, several hoodlums and extortionists have been arrested.
 arrow Economic diplomacy: Obstacles and opportunities
Nations prosper by specializing in production, by making divisions of products and labour, and, to paraphrase Adam Smith, 'by creating wealth through innovation'.
 arrow The Sonia factor
IT is natural for a political leader to wish to be the country's Prime Minister. There is nothing immoral about it.
Letters to Editorarrow DESCO billing
Since 9/4/03 Dhaka Electric Supply Company (DESCO) has taken over the distribution and commercial services from Dhaka Electric Supply Authority in the Gulshan Area.
 arrow Result disaster in SSC
This is the third year since the new grading system has been introduced in SSC. The percentage of passing including all the boards are 35.91 whereas the rest, 64.9 percent have failed.
 arrow English and importance of grammar
English has obtained Taher Uddin Ahmed the unique status of international language and has become the medium of higher education irrespective of subjects -- science, technology, medicine, engineering,
Focusarrow For a gentle caring society
The recent uncivil characterisation of the leader of the opposition with an equivocal word by a prominent parliamentarian of the ruling party made my heart sink at the decline of decency in our country.
 arrow Coastal water infrastructure
Currently the tendency to over exploit coastal resources is placing increasing stress on viability of the ecosystem.