Volume 4 Number 73 Thu. August 07, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Court boycott rolls into rampage
A countrywide court boycott yesterday triggered vandalism, scuffles and rampages, injuring at least 12 lawyers and brought judicial activities to a stop.
 arrow Forged notes creep out of BB vault
The day the Bangladesh Bank (BB) distributed alert posters on fake notes, a bundle of Tk 50,000 in Tk 500 forged bills crept out of its own vault yesterday.
 arrow US wants labour, green issues in TIFA
Dhaka and Washington will sit today to talk the crucial Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).
 arrow Sonargaon circle to go to ease traffic
As traffic congestion at the Sonargaon roundabout costs Tk 7.
 arrow Sultry Dhaka drops into darkness
Power supply to many areas of the city, including the Prime Minister's Office, went off yesterday evening, causing great inconvenience to people.
 arrow Indian govt staff have no right to strike: SC
Indian government employees have no right to strike and no political group or trade union can ask them to stop work, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
 arrow Tremors rattle Rangamati again
Two mild tremors yesterday shook Barkal and areas nearby in Rangamati in the latest of aftershocks from a series of powerful earthquakes that caused no serious damage but raised call for evacuation.
 arrow Rankle in admin over retirement package for top notchers
The government announcement of a package of benefits for only a few top civil servants before and after retirement from service has left the civil administration fuming.
 arrow JS body gets tough on absentee housing secretary
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday suspended a meeting an hour after its start without discussing the agenda because of two officials' absence.
 arrow Charges pressed against seven
The chargesheet in the sensational murder case of Buddhist monk Gyanjyoti Mohasthabir at Raozan was submitted yesterday.
 arrow Sapped out by sizzler
 arrow BCL sits with VC today to end DU deadlock
The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), which is enforcing an indefinite strike at Dhaka University, sits for a dialogue with the vice-chancellor today to resolve the ongoing campus crisis.
 arrow Pressures breed needless ADP projects
Planning commission officials yesterday alleged that they often approve unnecessary projects under pressure of higher authorities.
 arrow BNP leader's wife raped allegedly by fellow party men
The wife of a local BNP leader was raped allegedly by four of his party men at Joshpur village of Pachondor Union of Tanore upazila here on the night of August 1.
 arrow Two to die, 3 get life for murder in Sirajganj
The Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, Sirajganj, yesterday sentenced two persons to death and three others to life imprisonment in a murder case.
 arrow JS body rejects Rajuk's opaque report
The parliamentary Estimate Committee yesterday rejected a Rajuk report as dissatisfactory because it failed to reflect the organisation's existing scenario, sources said.
 arrow Cops yet to make any headway in Ctg kidnapping
Fourteen days after the abduction, the joint rescue team of police and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) failed to locate abducted business magnate and Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury
 arrow AKTEL cuts call tariff
AKTEL yesterday slashed call tariff from 33 up to 50 per cent for its different mobile phone packages.
 arrow Parki sea beach to be developed as tourist spot
Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry has taken measures to develop the Parki sea beach near Chittagong City in Anwara upazila as a tourist spot already popular with visitors.
 arrow Abducted schoolboy found at Sylhet mazar
A city schoolboy was reportedly found at a Sylhet mazar (shrine) yesterday after his abduction from the city the day before, police said quoting victim's family members.
 arrow 358 more Gram Sarkar units formed
With the formation of 358 Gram Sarkar units in 29 districts yesterday, the total now stands at 853.

Earlier, 21, 105, 152 and 218 units were formed on the first, second, third and fourth day.

 arrow Robbers loot Tejkunipara residence
Armed robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and other valuables worth Tk 1.5 lakh from a residence at Tejkunipara in Tejgaon Wednesday.
 arrow Russia wants to join OIC
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V. Putin has declared that Russia intends to join the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Bismillah Khan to perform 'jugalbandi' in Indian House
Indian Parliament House complex, will reverberate today to the music of 'shehnai' maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan.
Businessarrow Unresolved issues idenfied for upcoming WTO meet
The just concluded mini-ministerial meet in Montreal has given a political direction about the major disputed areas in trade and these may be resolved at the next WTO conference at Cancun, Commerce Minister
 arrow FBCCI board to talk election preparations today
The Election Board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will sit today to review polls preparations as the court has given the go-ahead for holding the election on
 arrow Jute suppliers to Adamjee mill stage sit-in demanding dues
Jute suppliers of the closed Adamjee Jute Mills staged a sit-in demonstration at the BJMC office yesterday after their struggle for more than one year to get their dues of around Tk 44 crore and charged
 arrow PRAN Cola launched
PRAN formally launched first local carbonated soft drink, PRAN Cola, yesterday.

The drink has hit Bangladesh market, company officials said.

 arrow AKTEL to invest $100m in network expansion
The Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB), the service provider of AKTEL mobile phone, plans to invest $100 million on a master network expansion programme in Bangladesh.
 arrow Australian education show begins Sunday
A two-day Australian Education Exhibition begins Sunday at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel offering Bangladeshi students the opportunity of knowing about the courses of different Australian educational institutions
 arrow Free trade in sugar may harm poor nations
Free trade in sugar will only benefit a few countries and could hurt the interests of several countries dependent on the sweetener for foreign exchange revenue, a report said Tuesday.
 arrow US to step up free trade initiative with ASEAN
US President George Bush is to step up Washington's initiative to forge bilateral free trade agreements during his visit to Southeast Asia in October, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices climb on Jakarta blast
Oil prices spurted higher on Tuesday as traders fretted over a bomb blast in Indonesia, unrest in Nigeria and the rising cost of revitalising the Iraqi oil industry, traders said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Looking on the bright side
It was a morning replete with historical ironies as the last Bangladesh v Australia game of the current series was witnessed by the British High Commissioner to Australia, the Right Honourable Sir Alastair
 arrow Cricket: Ponting leads clean sweep
Ricky Ponting scored his fourth one-day century of a productive year as world champions Australia crushed minnows Bangladesh by 112 runs in the final cricket one-dayer to sweep their series 3-0 at Marrara
 arrow Cricket: What Whatmore does not want
Bangladesh must guard against a loss of confidence following their clean sweep loss to world champions Australia in their three-match one-day cricket series, coach Dav Whatmore warned here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Abahani reach Super Six
Abahani confirmed their berth in the Super Sixes of the Nitol-Tata 3rd National Football League yesterday after seeing off Sirajganj Mohammedan 3-1 in their last Group B match at the Khulna Stadium.
 arrow Football: BFF to get funds for foreign coach
In a welcome move the government has decided to provide Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) with funds for hiring a foreign coach.
 arrow Hockey: MSC keep Railway off track
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting cruised to their fifth straight victory in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League with a 4-1 win over Dhaka Railway at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadiumyesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Asian meet coming here?
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) might be given the opportunity to host the Asian Zone qualifier of the World Youth Championship if India refuses to play in Pakistan next year.
 arrow Football: Schools football final today
The final of the first-ever Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football tournament between Dhaka Residential Model School and Dolaipar High School will be held at the newly-built Kamalapur Bir Shrestha Mohammed
 arrow Cricket: 'I feared for my career'
Sri Lanka spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan has revealed that he feared his career was over when he was called for throwing in 1995-1996.
 arrow Cricket: Hailing 'heart of Eng'
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Tim Lamb has paid tribute to bowler Darren Gough, who announced his retirement from Test cricket on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Birthday gift for MCG
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, home of the first Test match, turns 150 next month and its owners have promised it a facelift as a birthday present.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rolls on
Andy Roddick joined Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the second round of the 2.45-million-dollar Masters Series with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 comeback win over Xavier Malisse Tuesday night.
 arrow Football: Veron can go
Manchester United have accepted a 15 million pound (24 million dollar) bid from Chelsea from Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, the club confirmed on Wednesday.
 arrow Footabll: United feel fans' fury
Manchester United fans on Wednesday reacted angrily to the news that the English Premiership champions have sold Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastien Veron to rivals Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Gunners find it funny
The latest spending splurge by Chelsea was greeted with wry amusement by Arsene Wenger, manager of their London rivals Arsenal.
 arrow Football: Kewell gets going
New signing Harry Kewell scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 5-1 friendly win against Aberdeen here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Real players to the fore
Real Madrid's Brazilian superstar Roberto Carlos and the French midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane are two of the five nominees as best football player for the 2003 UEFA European Football Awards.
 arrow Football: Bolton after Jardel
Perennial English Premiership strugglers Bolton look set to make an audacious bid for outstanding Brazilian striker Mario Jardel, it was reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Beckham who?
David Beckham may have proven his multi-million euro (dollar) worth by scoring his first goal for Real Madrid in an exhibition match here, but there is still room for improvement in his superstar ranking
 arrow Football: Denilson sings Ron song
Barcelona's new signing Ronaldinho is in a different class to Real Madrid's latest acquisition David Beckham, according to Brazilian forward Denilson.
 arrow Football: Low key HK arrival
Real Madrid arrived in Hong Kong Wednesday on the latest leg of their money-spinning pre-season tour of Asia.
Politicalarrow BCL leader held, activists go on rampage in Ctg
BCL activists went on a rampage, damaging about 10 vehicles, after Kotwali police arrested one of their leaders from a hotel at Sadarghat in Chittagong on Tuesday night.
Metropolitanarrow 2.5 lakh teachers to be trained
The government will train the secondary schoolteachers to improve the quality of education, said Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk yesterday.
 arrow Fate of 107 students uncertain
The crisis of graduate student nurses of the College of Nursing is yet to be solved though the authorities last month assured the students of ending the impasse, sources said yesterday.
Nationalarrow Meeting, procession in Rajshahi for gas supply
The Rajshahi Protection Movement Council (RPMC) held a bid public meeting and brought out a procession in the city on Monday to press its seven-point demand.
 arrow Implement Ctg Master Plan
Speakers at a seminar here urged the authorities to implement the 1994 'drainage master plan' to get rid of the water-logging problem in the port city.
 arrow Lawyers boycott court in Manikganj, Magura, Nilphamari
Lawyers boycotted courts at Manikganj, Magura and Nilphamari yesterday as party of a countrywide programme to realise their six-point demand.
 arrow Tk 22 cr disbursed for poverty alleviation
Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) under its poverty alleviation programme disbursed over Tk 22 cr loan among poor people of the district.
 arrow 'It's gram chharkhar, not Gram Sarkar
Former president and Jatiyo Party Chairman HM Ershad has said Gram Sarker being formed by the government will make elected Unions Parishads inactive and useless.
 arrow Rally hailing Osman's entry, Delwar's exit
Activists and supporters of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of ruling BNP, marched the streets of the town on tune of bands and held a big rally on Tuesday hailing Prime Minister KhaledaZia
 arrow Agro-based EPZ is only way to develop Rajshahi, minister says
Terming agriculture the only way to develop the Rajshahi region, Post and Telecommunication Minister Mohammad Aminul Hoque underscored the need for establishing an agro-based export processing zone (EPZ)
Culturearrow Homecoming to Shantiniketan
I visit Shantiniketan every year, and each visit is like a homecoming for me," says Sharmila Bandopadhyay, a noted Monipuri danseuse of the country.
 arrow Mahfuz-Bipasha duo back again
After 8 long years, Mahfuz Ahmed and Bipasha Hayat are working in a drama titled 'Chhobi'. In this drama, Bipasha is playing the title role and Mahfuz as Faisal.
 arrow New theatre on the block
Names of two plays give the title of the first ever presentation of a new theatre group comprising children performers.
 arrow Doshora a theatre production with a message
Jahangirnagar Theatre", a cultural organization of Jahangirnagar University, presented a play Doshora August (2nd August) at Mukta Mancha on recently.
Generalarrow Salinity a serious problem
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said salinity is a serious problem of the country and called for an active participation of the scientists and academics to create awareness among the people about its
 arrow 'Give more importance to technical education'
Speakers at seminar yesterday urged the government to give more importance to technical education to meet the global challenges.
 arrow Indigenous Day on August 9
Determined to uphold their rights, the indigenous people of the country will observe the international day devoted to them on August 9.

This year's theme is 'Security of the indigenous women'.

 arrow One gets 24 yrs jail in arms case in Barisal
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to 24-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Robbery on bus on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway
Robbers took away money and other valuables from the passengers of a Dhaka bound bus from Narsingdi at Bagbari under Araihazar Upazila on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway yesterday.
 arrow Rumi suicide case trial begins in Khulna
Trial of the Rumi suicide case began on Monday at the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna division.
 arrow Hazari Bahini cadre held with arms
Police arrested a cadre of 'Hazari Bahini,' with a foreign made gun from Jaspur under Chhagalnaiya upazila here Tuesday night.
 arrow Gono Bishwabidyalay students boycott classes, exams
The students of Gono Bishwabidyalay boycotted their all classes and examinations yesterday demanding immediate registration of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) department with the health ministry.
Internationalarrow Portugal waits for aid as raging fire kills 12
Facing its worst disaster in decades, Portugal on Wednesday waited for international aid to battle wildfires that have cost 12 lives in a single week and destroyed vast swathes of forest, with temperatures
 arrow Iraqi guerilla fighter shot dead in Tikrit
US troops in Saddam Hussein's home town said they gunned down a guerilla fighter yesterday and detained another suspect from a ring that may be helping protect fugitives from Saddam's inner circle.
 arrow Police find Bali similarities in Jakarta blast
Police hunting for clues to who blew up a luxury hotel in the Indonesian capital said on Wednesday the explosives and the methods bore similarities to those used in last year's deadly Bali nightclub blasts.
 arrow Iraq's Governing Council to have 25 ministries
Iraq's Governing Council has decided to establish a total of 25 ministries, six more than under the previous regime of Saddam Hussein, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said yesterday.
 arrow Palestinian prisoners return home
Palestinians held in Israeli jails began to arrive back on their home soil Wednesday as part of a release programme which is expected to see hundreds reunited with their families.
 arrow Microsoft faces EU fines
Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software maker, faces a European Commission fine for charges it abused its dominant market position and may be ordered to reveal key secrets to competitors and change
 arrow India, Nepal spar over shared river
Relations between India and Nepal are facing another stumbling stone -- over the rivers they share.

The bone of contention is four reservoirs whose construction dates back to British rule.

 arrow Bombing condemned
The United States and Indonesia's Asian neighbours led the chorus of condemnation of the Jakarta hotel car bombing and pledged assistance to help defeat terrorism.
 arrow Terrorists strike again
The terrorists once again struck at the heart of the nation's capital on Tuesday, with no warning as always, this time claiming 14 innocent lives and putting the government's antiterrorism drive seriously
 arrow Tata offers cell phones at Rs 999
India's Tata group entered the mobile telephone sector yesterday by launching a scheme selling cell phones for an upfront price of 999 rupees (21.65 dollars).
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka University
What is going on at Dhaka University? The student wings of the two major political parties are locked in a battle of wills, with the police reportedly siding with the JCD activists in the attacks on BCL
 arrow Editorial: Suicide bombing at Jakarta hotel
The dastardly car bomb attack outside the Marriott Hotel proved extremely lethal with 14 persons having been killed and as many as 149 wounded.
 arrow Human rights shrivel amid lawlessness
The law and order situation mutated further in July with highest number of capital crimes on record.
 arrow Show me the growth!
We all know of the infamous slogan " Show me the money!" that taunted Tom Cruise in the title role in the movie Jerry Maguire.
Letters to Editorarrow Too poor to tour France
My older brother is going on a tour to Europe that combines business and pleasure.
 arrow Probe blames faulty design
The subject report in the Daily Star dated August 4, 2003, does not surprise anyone at all. However, the report has raised more questions than its findings.
 arrow A page on education
It is needless to say that The Daily Star is the most popular English daily. it provides us with the latest stories.
 arrow Let the bridge be widened
We, the inhabitants of Chittagong metropolitan city feel proud of our communication system, unlike Dhaka there is no traffic jam.
Focusarrow Civil liberties and uncivil super-patriotism: The struggle between the two Americas
According to a USA Today report [12/10/2002], one of the effects of post-9/11 war on terrorism is a significant rise in the membership of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a controversial organisation