Volume 4 Number 72 Wed. August 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Lawyers face off over court boycott today
Lawyers are heading for a face-off at the Supreme Court today over a countrywide court boycott that one group is enforcing and another led by several lawyer ministers opposing.
 arrow Too many students, too few teachers
Only a handful of private universities have permanent teaching staff and enough space to ensure adequate educational standards.
 arrow Cops, JCD men attack BCL workers seeking return to DU campus
Police clubbed and activists of ruling BNP's student front stoned Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) demonstrators in an anti-rally resistance that left at least 10 BCL men injured yesterday.
 arrow Shell's quit spills slick on investment climate
Oil giant Shell's withdrawal from Bangladesh would leave a deep stain in the country's international profile.
 arrow Dhaka agrees peacekeepers to Liberia
Dhaka Monday agreed to a UN request for sending peacekeepers to war-torn Liberia.
 arrow Jakarta hotel blast kills 14
A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Marriott hotel in downtown Jakarta yesterday, killing 14 people and wounding nearly 149 in what an official said was likely a suicide attack.
 arrow Arab League won't send troops to Iraq
Arab foreign ministers ruled out a US request to send troops to Iraq when they met yesterday to discuss the Iraqi situation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Arab League officials said.
 arrow Price charts at kitchen markets founder
The government initiative to inform consumers about prices of essentials by posting a daily chart at the kitchen markets has fallen flat due to indifferences of the authorities.
 arrow Unionists press BTTB to cancel order, remove GM
Pro-government unionists and officials of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) are at loggerheads over suspension of six employees found involved in corruption and irregularities.
 arrow MP profiling falters on sketchy info
Lawmakers' reluctance to provide personal information to the parliament secretariat has stalled publication of profiles of the MPs.
 arrow Man resembling 'Tokai Sagar' held in Dhamrai
Police last night arrested a man suspecting him to be top criminal Aminur Rasul Sagar, notoriously known as 'Tokai Sagar', in Dhamrai bridge in Dhaka.
 arrow Rabindranath's 62nd death anniversary today
The 62nd death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore will be observed today to flash back to a literary life spanning over 60 years.
 arrow BSF kills two Bangladeshis
Two Bangladeshi nationals were gunned down and another was critically injured by Indian border guards in Damurhuda Upazila on Monday.
 arrow FBCCI polls on schedule
Election to the country's apex trade body will be held on schedule under a new system proposed by the government.
 arrow Benazir, Zardari sentenced in Switzerland
Swiss authorities have issued former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Zardari with a six months' suspended sentence and fined them 50,000 dollars each in a graft case, their
 arrow BAC files cases against 15 for Tk 13.5 cr graft
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) filed 15 cases yesterday against the chairman and managing director of Apparel Sources Limited and three officials of Uttara Bank, Darus Salam Road Branch for embezzling
 arrow US watchdog slates attack on newsmen
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based journalists' rights watchdog body, has condemned the recent attacks on The Daily Star's Dhaka University correspondent Hasan Jahid Tusher and
 arrow World Bank VP lauds economic development
World Bank Vice-president for South Asia Praful C Patel yesterday pledged to strengthen assistance and partnership for socioeconomic development of Bangladesh.
 arrow Grading system for computer training instts on the cards
The government plans to introduce a grading system for private computer training and teaching institutes.
 arrow 218 more Gram Sarkar units formed
Two hundred and eighteen more units of the Gram Sarkar (GS) were formed in 25 districts yesterday, bringing the total to 496 in four days.
Businessarrow Energy Regulatory Commission by Oct
The government has almost finalised the much-awaited Energy Regulatory Commission which is expected to begin operation in October this year.
 arrow Ban on land routes see higher yarn import from India
Government officials of Bangladesh yesterday rejected an Indian private sector proposal to lift the restriction on import of yarn from India through land routes.
 arrow DCC introduces 5-year validity trade licence
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday introduced trade licences renewable after five years fulfilling a long cherished demand of the traders.
 arrow Govt to go for job cuts to make economy vibrant
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said that government will go for job cuts to make the economy vibrant and accelerate growth.
 arrow New guidelines in appointing advisors to private banks soon
Expressing reservation over appointment of advisors to the private commercial banks, the central bank yesterday informed the bank owners of formulating a new guideline for such appointment.
 arrow Beach Hatchery fails again in dividend distributio
The first listed company to introduce preferred shares has once again failed to complete dividend distribution even in the extended period.
 arrow China and India likely to drive Asian economic growth: EIU
China and India are forecast to drive Asia's economy between now and 2007 to keep it the world's fastest growing region, but the rest of Asia is expected to post only modest expansion, a report said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan finish 2nd
Defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club completed their first round campaign with a 4-2 victory over Jhenidah Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Third Nitol-Tata National Football League at Khulna Stadium
 arrow Cricket: BD's final ODI today
Bangladesh play their final match on their tour of Australia today when they face the world champions in the third one-day international in Darwin.
 arrow Towering commercialism
The National Sports Council (NSC) Tower becomes a reality when Prime Minister Khaleda Zia lays the foundation stone tomorrow at 11 am.
 arrow Kamalapur Stadium opens tomorrow
The newly-built Kamalapur Stadium named after Bir Shreshtha Mustafa Kamal is all set to become the fourth national stadium in the capital tomorrow.
 arrow Big BD win goes awry
Bangladesh handed Al Gezira Club an 8-0 thrashing to record their second consecutive victory in the Futsal tournament in Qatar on Monday.
 arrow Football: BFF wants BCB's favour
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is trying to get the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)'s nod for allotment of the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) to hold the Super Six phase of the ongoing Nitol-Tata
 arrow Cricket: Lee-way for Bangladesh
Bangladesh won't be confronted with the daunting sight of Australian express bowler Brett Lee in the third and final one-day cricket match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Srinath ending?
Indian pace bowler Javagal Srinath has opted out of a training squad for the Test series against New Zealand later this year because of a knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav can't be sledged down
India's cricket captain Saurav Ganguly scoffed Tuesday at the Australian team's reputation for sledging, saying it would not worry his team during their clashes later this year.
 arrow Cricket: Gough bids Test bye
Fast bowler Darren Gough, regarded as the heart of the England team for almost a decade, finally gave up the fight against long-term knee problems on Tuesday as he retired from Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: GOUGH AT A GLANCE
Factbox on England fast bowler Darren Gough after he announced his retirement from Test cricket on Tuesday:

Born: Sept 18 1970. Right-arm fast bowler.

 arrow Cricket: Inzy back in contention
Discarded batsman Inzamamul Haq is back in reckoning for Pakistan's home cricket season after his inclusion by selectors Tuesday in the 20 probables for the series against Bangladesh.
 arrow Tennis: Becker in more tax trouble
German tennis legend Boris Becker faces a fresh battle with tax officials, after authorities in Munich said Monday that he owed them back taxes from his winnings.
 arrow Football: Real dazzle in Tokyo
David Beckham scored in his second game for Real Madrid on Tuesday but the packed stadium was enthralled by a magical Ronaldo as the Spanish champions beat Japanese side FC Tokyo 3-0 in a monsoon shower
 arrow Football: Evangelist Beckham!
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez sees England skipper David Beckham as fronting his campaign of "evangelisation" to make the Spaniards a byword for footballing quality.
 arrow Football: Bayern get their man
Bayern Munich greeted their record signing, Dutch striker Roy Makaay, on Tuesday demanding that he deliver in just one way -- with goals.
 arrow Football: Fergie eyeing Trabelsi
Tunisia's 2002 Arab footballer of the year Hatem Trabelsi looks set to join English Premiership champions Manchester United as manager Alex Ferguson seeks to strengthen his defence, it was reported on
 arrow Football: No ban on Gerrard
Steven Gerrard has escaped a domestic suspension for being sent off in Liverpool's fiery 2-1 defeat by Turkish giants Galatasaray in Amsterdam on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Red Barcelona!
Spanish outfit FC Barcelona lost 150 million euros (170 million dollars) last year, Catalan daily La Vanguardia revealed Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Money, money, money!
Chelsea's Russian oil billionaire owner Roman Abramovich said Monday if his expensively assembled side failed on the pitch he would go out and spend more.
Politicalarrow Hasina reaffirms supports for agitating lawyers
Urging the agitating lawyers to move ahead for realising their six-point demand, opposition leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the democracy-loving people have support forthe
 arrow Jalil denounces implication of Hasina
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil on Monday denounced the implication of opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in the frigate purchase case and termed the charges against the former prime minister"false
 arrow We want to establish Islam in democratic way: Nizami
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday refuted an international campaign linking his party with attacks on minority communities in Bangladesh and said Jamaat does not believe in establishing
Metropolitanarrow Hasina assures new Nepalese envoy of all cooperation
Newly appointed Nepalese Ambassador Vhagirath Basnet yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
 arrow Sixth Asia Pacific Employers'Confce in city from Dec 1
A delegation of Bangladesh Employers' Association led by its President M Anis Ud Dowla met State Minister for Labour and Employment Aman Ullah Aman at his office here yesterday.
 arrow 3 new hospitals in city in next three years
The government yesterday decided to establish three new hospitals in capital Dhaka within the next three years, health ministry sources said.
Nationalarrow Landslides follow quake in Rangamati
Rains in Rangamati in the last three days triggered landslides in Aimachhori, Bhusanchhara and Harina unions in quake affected Borkol upazila.
 arrow Are not they scared of disasters?
BIWTC vessel MV Shela with a capacity of 500 passengers carried only 724 in 14 daytime trips on the Barisal-Dhaka-Barisal route in a month.

It incurred a loss of over Tk one lakh taka in the trips.

 arrow 'Resolve water-power crisis in Ctg or face movement'
Water, Gas and Electricity Consumer Action Parisad (WGECAP) has submitted separate memoranda to the Chairman of WASA and the chief engineer of Power Development Board (PWB) here to ensure smooth supply
 arrow 14 chargesheeted in cops murder case
Police have chargesheeted 14 people for their alleged involvement in the murder of two policemen and looting arms in Bagerhat.
 arrow 353 schools to face action in Sylhet
The Sylhet education board has decided to take disciplinary action against 353 high schools as no student from any of those passed in the SSC examinations this year.
 arrow 50 hurt as football fans clash in Gopalganj
At least 50 people were injured, six of them seriously, when football fans clashed during a match at Ulpur village in Gopalganj Sadar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Three 'pirates' killed
Three alleged pirates have been killed and 10 injured in a gunfight between two rival groups at Charer Khal in Swarankhola in the Sundarbans.
Foreign Relationsarrow Talks on TIFA with US official tomorrow
Assistant United States Trade Representative Ashley Wills arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit to negotiate the proposed Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Kobiguru Remembered
If the title Kobiguru Remembered should suggest that the poet, sixty odd years since his death 'has sunk into oblivion' nothing could be farther from truth.
 arrow The charisma of "Chhinno Patra"
Dr Noazish Ahmed, the well-known photographer the maker of the video on "Chhinno Patra" talking about the importance of his subject matter, "Chhinno Patra".
 arrow Rabi-- the sun that never set
Kobiguru Rabindranath Thakur was born in the historic settings of Jorashako house, Kolkata, a house that was frequented by so many of the cultural leaders of the Bengali renaissance in the 1900s.
Generalarrow Rumi's father wants noose for daughter's stalkers
Father of Umme Habiba Rumi, the second year student of Nazirhat College who committed suicide on Friday, is doubtful about the sincerity of the administration's efforts to arrest the two brothers whose
 arrow Students, guardians unhappy with JU teachers' politics
General students of the Jahangirnagar University (JU) and their guardians have expressed dissatisfaction at and severely criticised the teachers' politics that disrupted the students' academic life seriously.
 arrow 12 awarded 10 yrs jail each in a city robbery case
The Sixth Assistant Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, yesterday sentenced 12 people to 10 years imprisonment in a robbery case.
 arrow Tailor shot dead in slum
Assailants gunned down a tailor inside his slum shanty at Mirhajirbagh in Demra on Monday.

According to police, the victim, Tota Mian, 28, was an accused in a number of cases including robbery.

 arrow 5-yr-old boy wounded in bomb blast
A five-year-old boy suffered severe injuries when a homemade bomb went off at Jatrabari yesterday.
Internationalarrow Abbas shuns talks with Sharon
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called off a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, saying Israel was not doing enough to implement a US-backed peace "road map.
 arrow Coalition warns Iraqis against violent demos
The US-led coalition occupying Iraq issued a stark warning Tuesday that violent demonstrations in the war-ravaged country will be met with force.
 arrow India, Pakistan to begin talks on air links
Top aviation officials of India and Pakistan will meet later in August to discuss the resumption of air services between the two countries, the Government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
 arrow Howard mulls hosting US bases in Australia
Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said he would consider allowing US military bases on Australian soil if approached by Washington.
 arrow Blair's office accused of smearing Kelly
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's office yesterday faced allegations that it had sought to smear a dead government weapons expert at the centre of a row over how Britain went to war on Iraq, by describing
 arrow 'Indo-Israel nexus to destabilise S Asia'
India's move to enhance its defence ties with Israel will de-stabilise the South Asian region, Pakistan's Foreign Office officials have warned.
 arrow Tremor shakes Nepal-Tibet border
An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale shook the Nepal-Tibet border yesterday, but there were no reports of casualties or damage, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: DCC buckles under union pressure
The Dhaka City Corporation's laudable move to streamline garbage truck operation ended in a fiasco when it had to withdraw suspension orders against seven drivers under pressure exerted from the employees'
 arrow HSC admission confusion
The students, parents and colleges alike have reasons for being confused over what admission procedure to follow in respect of entry into higher secondary courses.
 arrow IFPRI: Changes and the challenges
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) -- according to its recently released strategic document -- works with a vision and a mission.
 arrow How serious was the crisis?
Combined Opposition's parleys with the government on July 27 last proved to be inconclusive.
 arrow White House fails to whitewash white lies
The end justifies the means, no doubt. This is exactly what has happened in US-led war against Iraq, of course, the other way round.
Letters to Editorarrow Tease terror
I softly touched Rumi's Cheek on my computer screen. She opted to take her life rather than living a life full of fear.
 arrow Biased to the post-paid owners?
Recently all mobile companies reduced their charge for post-paid mobiles. Now rate for post-paid is around Tk 3 per minute.
 arrow Mind your language please!
I write this to update my knowledge and education on a topic of journalistic importance.
 arrow "A freer Iraq?"
I am writing in reference to the comment on my earlier letter by Fayed Ahmed ("A freer Iraq?" DS August 4).

Fayed Ahmed has repeated the often-quoted accusation that Bush ousted Saddam for Iraq's oil.

 arrow Retirement age
The unanimous recommendation by the Parliamentary Select Committee for extending retirement age from 57 to 60 and your editorial in its favour are both very timely indeed.
 arrow A unique analysis
The unique analysis by Nazim Kamran Choudhury in DS, August 02, of the coming by-election in Netrokona-3 seat of the National Parliament will definitely be appreciated by all and for doing such an indepth
 arrow Communicative English: A Failure
I had gone through letters of Dr. Alam Prof. Zahid, and Mr. Momin on July 7th, 13th and 2nd August respectively regarding communicative English.
 arrow How much time needed for an independent judiciary?
As a student of law I am concerned about the separation of judiciary from the executive.
 arrow IBA (DU) should change
This is in reply to the letter of Ms. Arani (DS July 28). First of all I would like to draw the attention of Ms. Arani about my previous letter.


 arrow Development aid
Bangladesh has yet to become self reliant in economic terms. Apart from the countries with global political stature, the other smaller yet benevolent countries hardly receive any recognition.
 arrow Thanks to the UGC and a suggestion
We have learnt from different newspapers that the University Grand Commission (UGC) is going to undertake a courageous step to make a rigid proposal aiming at regulating the improper appointments and
 arrow Drying out Bangladesh
While two major political parties of the country, which would rule the country alternatively, as appears from the last decade, are engaged in wrangle, mostly due to personality clash rather than ideology,
StarTecharrow Fair frames creative flair
Notre Dame Science Club gets the best young IT minds together to put up an impressive display from July 31 to August 2.
 arrow ICT doyen Prof. MA Kader dies
He was a visionary leader who helped the nation get on the fast track of ICT technology. Fame was not what he had in mind; he wanted spread of the ICT movement across the country.
 arrow Brighten your career through information technology
To emphasise the growing interest in information technology, the University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS) organised a seminar on "IT-based Higher Education - Global perspectives and National
 arrow Internet chat comes of age in Bangladesh
Several hundred Bangladeshis have come out of the anonymous world of Internet chatting in a first-of-its-kind meet-and-greet for the country's increasing number of on-line enthusiasts.
Star Chittagongarrow Fear of quake heightens
About 900 ramshackle buildings are at high risk in the port city and its surrounding areas when the fears of major earthquake heightened here after series of tremors, sources in the earthquake research
 arrow Amin Jute Mills on the verge of closure
Amin Jute Mills Limited, the largest jute mills in the country after closure of Adamjee Jute Mills, has long been facing manifold problems.

Amin Jute Mills is a losing concern for the past few years.

Star Cityarrow Dhaka's high-rises to get own building code
Experts are finding anomalies in RAJUK's draft of the Dhaka Metropolitan High-rise Building Construction Code 2003.
 arrow Monsoon erodes memorial
The liberation war affairs ministry has been tasked with supervising the martyred intellectual memorial at Rayerbazar and the public works department (PWD) will implement its development works, according
 arrow Disappearing khas land
The public khas land of Dhaka city is shrinking day by day due to the lack of scientific preservation of the land ministry's Records Of Rights (ROR).
 arrow Mishuks against meters
Hardly any Mishuks in the city, four-stroke three wheelers, have installed fare-meters, though the ultimatum expired on 1st August.
 arrow Rickshaw-vans need bells and pedals
The van drivers of the city are going through rough times while they try to carry on with their daily jobs at the respective 'bazaars' of the city.
 arrow Titas takes back medical cover
Alauddin, Nannu Miah and Sultan Khan, three employees of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Ltd. (TG), had gone to Lalbagh to repair a gas pipe leakage in May this year.
 arrow A polite mugging
Very soon Dhaka may well be named 'the city of mugging.' The rate of mugging and robbery in the city has risen steeply in the last few years.