Volume 4 Number 69 Sun. August 03, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow DCC commissioner gets 27yrs in prison in arms case
Khwaja Habibullah alias Habib, BNP leader and commissioner of Ward-57 of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), and two others have each been sentenced to 27 years in prison for illegally possessing firearms.
 arrow SC asks govt to meet HC ruling
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday directed the government to implement within six months a High Court (HC) directive that bars detention of anyone arrested on suspicion.
 arrow Gram Sarkar off to low-key start amid legal questions
Gram Sarkar, the lowest local government tier, began coming into being yesterday 22 years after initiation of the process amid legal challenges as well as political opposition.
 arrow Is this what the PM wants her student front to do?
We have decided to pose the question, as in our heading, directly to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Imports suffer as customs points paralysed
Activities at the Dhaka Customs House, Inland Container Depot (ICD) and all 30 customs outreaches known as letter of credit (L/C) stations came to a halt as officials abstained from work for the fourth
 arrow JCD attacks BCL men again at DU
Activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhattra Dal (JCD) yesterday swooped on the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on the Dhaka University (DU) campus again, injuring at least five.
 arrow Bank men slip fake notes into bundles?
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has recently asked all banks to take necessary measures against circulation of forged bank notes following growing allegations that bundles released even by commercial banks contain
 arrow Sitalakhya river
 arrow Saddam's sons buried amid tight security
Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, killed last month by US troops, were buried in the deposed ruler's home town of Tikrit yesterday in a swift and heavily guarded ceremony, locals said.
 arrow HC asks govt to initiate probe, make finds public
The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause why it should not be directed to conduct an inquiry into the ammunition haul in Bogra last month.
 arrow Tea garden worker shot dead in clash with ansars
A tea garden labourer died of bullet wounds and nine others were injured in clashes between the labourers and ansars at Hobibnagar Tea Estate in Jaintapur upazila Friday evening.
 arrow Plan for bus service to Agartala sent to cabinet
A proposal to commission the Dhaka-Agartala bus service is likely to be placed before the next cabinet meeting for approval.
 arrow Govt showcaused for ordering withdrawal of case against BNP MP's brother
The High Court yesterday issued rule asking the government to explain why its directive to withdraw double murder charges against the brother of Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu MP of BNP and nine others undergoing
 arrow College girl takes her life to escape teasing
A college student Friday took her life to escape continued teasing at Roshangiri in Fatikchhari.
 arrow BDR joins cops in search of abducted magnate
Three platoons of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday joined police in raiding remote places of Fatikchhari and adjoining areas to rescue businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow 2 SIs shifted, 6 cops closed
Two sub-inspectors (SI) were transferred, six police constables closed and five more alleged dacoits arrested yesterday in connection with the Bhandaria Bandar Bazar robbery.
 arrow Army major beaten up during joint drive
A team of joint force raided the residence of an army major in the city and beat him up following a brawl.
 arrow Extortionists shoot building worker
Extortionists shot a construction worker at Senpara Parbata in Mirpur yesterday as the owner of the building refused to pay them.
 arrow Tawfiq Aziz Khan's wife dies
Suraiya Begum, wife of late Tawfiq Aziz Khan, former executive editor of The Daily Star, died of a cardiac arrest at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital last night at the age of 50.
 arrow Route permits of unfit river vessels to be cancelled soon
The Ministry of Shipping has instructed authorities concerned to immediately cancel route permit of river vessels operating without fitness certificate and design as prescribed by the government.
Businessarrow BB, bank CEOs sit today to find out possible ways

In a major development, the central bank will sit with all the commercial banks today to derive a mechanism of settling treasury bills through the central depository system (CDS), which is expected

 arrow Bangladesh faces extinction from tea exporters' list
Bangladesh may disappear from the list of tea exporting nations in the next 10 years as domestic consumption may outpace the production.
 arrow Taka under pressure against dollar
The Bangladesh taka was under pressure against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday due to strong demand for the greenback from importers, dealers said.
 arrow Cabinet committee now to decide SAARC cumulation
Failing to take a decision on SAARC cumulation offer, an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday preferred sending the issue to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for a final decision.
 arrow Delay raises cost of two mining project
Delays in project implementation have substantially raised the costs of two major mining projects in northern Dinajpur district.
 arrow ACP nations hammer out joint stance for Cancun summit
The 79-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group forged a joint position on Friday to take to a September summit on world trade, urging the world's richest countries not to ride roughshod over
 arrow US jobless rate dips
The US unemployment rate fell to 6.2 per cent in July but businesses swung a heavy jobs axe, extending the jobs agony even amid soaring economic optimism, data showed Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BD nowhere there
Bangladesh wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud had a thumb shattered by match-winning paceman Brett Lee as world champions Australia handed out another lesson to the cricketing minnows here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: England get Lord's elite
England finally got South Africa captain Graeme Smith out here Saturday but not before the Proteas' captain had rewritten the record books once again as the tourists' one-sided domination of the second
 arrow Cricket: Team inspires him
South Africa captain Graeme Smith said on Friday the responsibility of leadership had inspired him to score successive Test match double hundreds.
 arrow Hockey: Difficult wins for Abahani,MSC
Squandering at least half a dozen easy chances, defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra got past Ajax Sporting Club 2-0 to continue their winning spree in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League
 arrow Football: All eyes on Khulna from tomorrow
The last leg of the Nitol-Tata third National Football League begins tomorrow at the Khulna Stadium.

Dhaka giants Muktijoddha Sangsad face Chittagong Mohammedan in the opening match.

 arrow Tennis: Serena to miss US Open
World number one Serena Williams will be unable to defend her US Open title after undergoing surgery Friday to repair a partially torn tendon in her left knee.
 arrow Tennis: Belgians in last four
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne is showing that the WTA Tour's best claycourt player also can be a force on the hard courts.
 arrow Football: Bayern start in style
Bayern Munich started the defence of their German title with a comfortable 3-1 win over promoted Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ajax hold Liverpool
Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins scored twice as Inter Milan eased to a 3-0 win over Galatasaray in the Amsterdam tournament on Friday.
 arrow Football: Former Belgium coach Thys dies
Former Belgium coach Guy Thys, who guided the national team to the 1986 World Cup semifinals, died on Friday at the age of 80 after a long illness.
 arrow Football: Lille shock Lyon
Midfielder Jean Makoun scored on his debut as Lille kicked off the French Ligue 1 season with a surprise 1-0 victory over champions Olympique Lyon on Friday.
 arrow Football: Villa in the red
Aston Villa manager David O'Leary could lose up to nine members of his first-team squad at the end of next season as part of a cost-cutting drive by the English premier league club.
 arrow Football: Chelsea parade stars
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri vowed to build a side able to compete with Europe's finest as he paraded the English Premier League club's five close-season signings on Friday.
Politicalarrow Pro-govt lawyers to resist court boycott on August 6
The Ainjibi Oikya Parishad, a platform of pro-government lawyers, will resist the court boycott on August 6 called by the Bangladesh Bar Council.
Nationalarrow Where train mishap is a 'monthly phenomenon'
The 85km Lalmonirhat-Burimari railway track is virtually a death trap.

At least one train mishap takes place in a month on the track as it is almost unfit for use.

 arrow Tk 140 crore PDB bills in Rajshahi region unrealised
The Power Development Board (PDB) has Tk 140.49 crore unrealised electricity bills in its Rajshahi distribution region, official sources said here yesterday.
 arrow Joint forces' drive soon in seven northern dists
A drive by joint forces will be launched soon in seven northern districts to nab hardened criminals, sources said.
 arrow Tension over damage of idol in Nilphamari
Tension prevails in Brahman Para (Vujaripara) village in Domar upazila in the district over alleged damage of an idol of a Hindu goddess at a temple by miscreants earlier.
 arrow Non-govt teachers' 8-point demand
The Jatiya Teachers and Employees Front staged a sit-in and held a rally in front of the Deputy Comm-issioner's office on Thursday to press its eight-point demand.
 arrow Seed treatment plant developed at BAU
A scientist at Mymensingh Agricultural University has developed a seed treatment machine which will control diseases of vegetable seeds.
 arrow Cotton farming on 9,000 hectares in Meherpur
A total 9000 hectares have been brought under cotton cultivation in the district this year with a production target of 11000 tonnes of seed cotton.
Culturearrow Music personalities awarded
To mark the 12th anniversary of Sargaam Lalitkala Academy, the institution honoured four eminent musicians in recognition to their contribution in the feild of music of our country.
 arrow Joyous depiction of the mentally challenged
Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled (SWID), Bangladesh (Ramna branch) organised a fund raising programme at the Shishu Academy auditorium recently.
 arrow Prometheus turns 18
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Ltd. organised at the Winter Garden of the Hotel Sheraton a celebration ceremony for the popular musical band Prometheus on its 18th anniversary.
Generalarrow JCD attacks at DU condemned
Different student bodies yesterday condemned violent unleashed by the ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the Dhaka University (DU) campus and demanded stern action against those
 arrow 3 including baby die inroad mishaps
Three people including a one and half years old baby died in road accidents in the capital and Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Road mishaps kill five in Mymensingh, Rangamati
Five people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Rangamati districts yesterday.

Three were killed in Mymensingh and the rest in Rangamati.

 arrow Toll collection by transport bodies declared illegal
The government yesterday prohibited all sorts of unauthorised toll collection in the transport sector in the name of any committees or associations in a bid to stop extortion, violence and passenger harassment.
Internationalarrow UN okays multinational force for Liberia
The Security Council approved sending a multinational force to Liberia to help end fighting in the West African nation and maintain security after President Charles Taylor steps down.
 arrow Daughters don't know where Saddam is
Saddam Hussein's daughters, in interviews Friday, expressed deep affection for their father but said they don't know where he is and last saw him a week before the Iraq war started.
 arrow US probes Pneumonia cases in Iraq
The US Army has dispatched a team of medical experts to Iraq to investigate a spate of serious pneumonia cases among US troops, with two dead and more than 100 sickened, officials said on Friday.


 arrow UN team to advise Iraqi 'rulers' on elections
A UN team is heading to Baghdad to advise Iraqis and the US-led coalition running the country about organising elections, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said.
 arrow 20 militants detained from Arafat HQ
Palestinian security personnel arrested some 20 wanted militants inside the headquarters compound of veteran leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank town of Ramallah early Saturday, a top official said.
 arrow Pyongyang to shun talks if nuke issue taken to UN
North Korea said on Saturday that any move by the United States to bring Pyongyang's nuclear crisis to the UN Security Council would derail planned six-nation talks on the issue and could lead to war.
 arrow Rescuers comb ruins after Russian blast kills 35
Rescuers with dogs combed the rubble of a military hospital in Russia's Caucasus after a suspected Chechen drove a truck filled with explosives into it, killing at least 35 people, officials said on Saturday.
 arrow Sept 11 hijackers may be connected to Saudi govt
Classified sections of US Congress' September 11 report lay out a web of connections among Saudi businessmen, the royal family, charities and banks that may have aided al-Qaeda or the suicide hijackers,
Editorialarrow Editorial: Big earthquake round the corner?
It is a great deal worrying to learn that Chittagong and Rangamati have been jolted by earthquakes quite a few times in the last one week.
 arrow Editorial: Abductors ruling the roost in Chittagong
The kidnapped Chittagong business magnate going untraceable even after eight days of manhunt has brought to the fore the chilling sense of insecurity permeating the whole trading community in the port
 arrow 'Post-Atlanticism' and the world order
Arguably the forty year old paradigm of "trans-atlanticism" is all but over.
 arrow Reforming police administration
The common perception of people about the police is that they collect money, torture people, do not record complaints as per rules and procedures, have relationship with criminals/mastaans and enjoy largesse
Letters to Editorarrow India-Bangladesh relationship
India is the biggest country in South Asia and it has nuclear power.
 arrow Iraq blues
Militarily the Iraq war was a cake-walk for the combined British-American forces, but the post-war Iraq proves a different terrain, if the continual number of body bags that are being sent back home are
 arrow How to improve Inland Ship Safety
Our minister of shipping Akbar Hossain should admit his failure after the tragic river incident of MV Salahuddin followed by MV Nasrin recently.
 arrow Recognising contribution
Though belated, I believe there is still time for us to honour the foreigners who was on our side during the Liberation war.
 arrow Late Barrister Sayed Ishtiaq
We remember late Barrister Sayed Istiaq Ahmed, the eminent lawyer and an outstanding personality.
Star Healtharrow A decade of freeing drug addicts
Young Khurshid Mohammad, a British citizen, has been on dope for the last ten years.
 arrow Relationship between depressive disorders and nutritional status
Depression is often defined as 'morbid sadness' or the 'combination of misery and malaise'. Melancholia is one of the great words of psychiatry that ran from ancient times.
Star Cityarrow Dhaka a disaster in waiting?
An earthquake on a 'moderate scale' could create devastation in Dhaka, with hundreds of buildings collapsing, and rescue workers being unable to launch any effective rescue operation due to the complete
 arrow Computers come crashing
The computer market has been experiencing a slump in their sales turnover for the past one year, even when the prices of computer and computer products are at their all time low.
 arrow Fresh water crisis in city
Fresh drinking water has always been a crisis for city dwellers, but these days Dhaka's denizens are being catered to by the many varieties of bottled mineral water seen in a growing number of the city's
 arrow IDA urges Dhaka Urban Transport Project to move
The supervision mission of the International Development Agency (IDA) in its aide memoir on July 21 said if the Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) is not completed within the stipulated time, the surplus
 arrow AC bus services heating up
The city's air-conditioned (AC) bus services are not providing proper cooling rides for its passengers.
 arrow Kindergarten code of conduct
Kindergarten schools of the country are going to come under a code of conduct.