Volume 4 Number 77 Mon. August 11, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Joynal Hazari gets life in arms case
A court in Feni yesterday handed down life imprisonment to former Awami League (AL) lawmaker and alleged godfather of the crime-prone Feni district Joynal Abedin Hazari and his accomplice Farooq Hossain
 arrow Launch owners call off strike
Launch owners called off their wildcat strike yesterday following a discussion with Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain.
 arrow Thieves bore gas lines to pilfer Tk 1 lakh condensate a day
Aided by some policemen and gas pipeline operators, thieves are pilfering liquid gas condensate worth Tk 1 lakh a day by boring holes in gas pipelines.

The Gas Transmission Company Ltd.

 arrow UK court slaps $20m fines on Beximco
A British court has slapped US$ 20million in fine on Beximco and asked the group to pay up another US$ 30million in loans and interest.
 arrow Main accused Shahid confesses to offence
Shahidul Islam alias Shahid, the principal accused in the Shazneen case, yesterday confessed to his offence and prayed to court for capital punishment to himself.
 arrow Blair hits rock as probe into Kelly's death on
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faces the gravest test of his political career today as a judicial inquiry begins investigating the death of David Kelly, the scientist central to claims Blair's government
 arrow PM urges investment in gas-fired plants
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday invited investors from both home and abroad to invest in setting up gas-propelled power plants and other gas-based industries.
 arrow 3 tremors jolt Borkol
Three aftershocks rattled Arabunia in Rangamati district yesterday, stirring panic in a region reeling under frequent jolts since a moderate tremor on July 27.
 arrow Wisdom dawns on DCC finally
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) plans to hand around 35 parks to private organisations to ensure their proper maintenance, DCC officials said.
 arrow High alert at ZIA to receive ailing Biman
Zia International Airport (ZIA) was bracing for the 'unusual landing' of a Bangladesh Biman flight from Brussels last night with about 250 passengers on board as the pump of one of its front wheels leaked
 arrow PSC to defend charges as protests continue
Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) would strongly defend the allegation of question paper leakage of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test that was taken for the second time
 arrow Strike to jumble up DU sessions
Dhaka University (DU) students are going to face another spate of session jams due to the weeklong strike at the university till August 7 enforced by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
 arrow Taylor to hand over power today
Liberia's President Charles Taylor began his last full day in office yesterday before his promised resignation under US pressure to try to end 14 years of strife that have spewed chaos into West Africa.
 arrow Charges pressed against AL MP, 16 others for Srikanta murder
The Detective Branch (DB) of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday pressed charges against 17 persons including Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Raozan ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury for the sensational
 arrow Fire in Gulistan underpass burns down shops
A fire in the Gulistan underpass market burnt two electrionics shops completely and five others partially last night, but caused no casualty.
 arrow No salaries yet for top EC officials
Key election officials did not get their salaries for July until yesterday as both the election commission (EC) and the comptroller and auditor general's office (CAG) stand firm to their positions.
 arrow Petrobangla to seek ministry's help to solve gas crisis
Petrobangla will seek guidelines and a decision from the energy ministry to solve the ongoing gas crisis that began last week, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Ex-navy chief, three others get bail
Former navy chief real admiral (retd) M Nurul Islam and three other former navy officials accused in the frigate purchase graft case were granted bail yesterday after they surrendered to the Dhaka Metropolitan
 arrow Razzak Ali may quit mission job
Shaikh Razzak Ali is likely to resign shortly as High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK, sources close to his family said yesterday.
 arrow HC dismisses govt attorney's plea
The High Court yesterday turned down the government attorney's plea for dismissing the writs seeking return of the seized equipment and granting of broadcasting licence to the ETV.
 arrow Physician shot allegedly by business partner
A physician was shot allegedly by his business partner at Bangladesh Modernised (BDM) Hospital premises at Mohammadpur Saturday night.
 arrow Hearing on petition for trial begins
Hearing on the petition seeking trial of the much-delayed 1975 jail killing case began in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Quamaruzzaman College renamed, protests flare up
The name of the Shaheed AHM Quamaruzzaman College was changed into Housing Estate College recently, drawing wrath from Rajshahi Awami League (AL) and different socio-cultural organisations.
Businessarrow Regional integration needed to derive benefit from WTO regime
Participants from the South Asian countries at a roundtable yesterday put accent on regional integration to derive maximum benefit from highly competitive World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime.
 arrow Infrastructure dearth hinders FDI flow in South Asia
Lack of market integration and infrastructure hinders the flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Asian region, said Padma Jyoti, president of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), yesterday.
 arrow Review decision on free import of sugar thru' private sector

Annoyed by the decision to allow free import of sugar by private sector, retail sugar dealers have urged the Prime Minister not to implement the decision.

 arrow Intensify pressure on rich nations to cut farm subsidy
As Cancun WTO meeting nears an international NGO urged Bangladesh to intensify pressure on rich nations to cut agriculture subsidy.
 arrow Rupayan comes up with food products
After its success in real estate business, Rupayan Group has come up with a variety of food products targeting customers from all segments of society.
 arrow Nepal eyes revenue growth with more China access
Nepal and China are hoping to boost trade and tourism through the possible opening up of two ancient Himalayan crossings and allowing helicopters to travel from the kingdom to a major Hindu pilgrimage
 arrow US triggers woes for Vietnam textiles
More than three months after the United States dragged an unwilling Vietnam into a bilateral textile agreement, some manufacturers in the Southeast Asian nation are facing financial ruin.
 arrow 2 Indian airlines to buy 78 planes
India's Civil Aviation Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Saturday that state-run Indian Airlines and Air India were planning to buy 78 aircraft worth more than six billion dollars once the move is granted
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'We'll form a good team'
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cast aside traditional values when it picked up a young set of minds to form the new selection committee.
 arrow Football: No NFL at BNS?
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) looks set to get a negative response from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in regard to their request for allocation of the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) for
 arrow Hockey: Ramij saves Abahani
A first half short corner goal from Sheikh Ramij Ahmed helped defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra survive a scare from Mariner Young's Club defeating them by a solitary goal at the Maulana Bhasani
 arrow Football: NFL Super 6 draw today
The draw for the Nitol-Tata Third National Football League Super Six phase will be held at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) office at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today evening.
 arrow Basketball: College b'ball from Aug 13
The first Europa college basketball championship will begin on August 13 at the wooden-floor gymnasium at Dhanmondi.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket SAF Games bound!
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Sunday suggested the inclusion of cricket in the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games as part of a move to end a deadlock between the two neighbours.
 arrow Cricket: Darren singles out Mashrafee, Hannan
Australia batsman Darren Lehmann says he supports Bangladesh's entry into Test cricket but admits only two of their players are good enough to play at interstate level in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Adams spins too much
South Africa spinner Paul Adams achieved the rare feat of taking nine wickets in an innings as the Proteas warmed up for next week's third Test against England with a 101 run-win against Kent on the final
 arrow Cricket: Boycott flays Fletcher
Geoffrey Boycott has rounded on England's cricket coach Duncan Fletcher for not taking the blame when things go badly and failing to understand the importance of county cricket.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters versus Davenport
Top seed Kim Clijsters moved another step closer to the world No. 1 ranking by beating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday in the semi-finals of the 635,000 dollar WTA Los Angeles event.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick halts Federer Express
Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the Montreal Masters after a nail-biting win over Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, depriving the Wimbledon champion of the opportunity to oust Andre Agassi from the world
 arrow 2004 Games on track?
As preparations for the 2004 Athens Olympics enter the final straight, construction delays are still giving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) some serious headaches.
 arrow Boxing: Lennox taking a year out
Lennox Lewis remains undecided on whether to hang up his gloves but has confirmed he will not fight again this year.
 arrow Football: Howard United's hero
New boy Tim Howard was Manchester United's shootout hero as the Premiership champions beat Arsenal to take the Community Shield in Cardiff on Sunday.
 arrow Football: British managers have weak hearts!
Such is the pressure of running a modern-day professional football team that almost a third of managers in England show signs of heart trouble, a report said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Real end Asian adventure
Thailand's national side turned in a strong performance against Real Madrid Sunday, narrowly beaten 2-1 as the Spanish superstars wrapped up their four-nation tour of Asia.
 arrow Football: Hargreaves saves Bayern
Champions Bayern Munich needed a last gasp free-kick from Owen Hargreaves to cap a fine comeback and secure a 3-3 draw with Hannover at the AWD-Arena on Saturday, a repeat of last season's scoreline at
 arrow Football: Rangers' first day fireworks
Rangers took first blood in the 2003/04 Scottish Premier League race on Saturday with a four-goal demolition of ten-man Kilmarnock at Ibrox Park.
Politicalarrow AL, JP rattle sabre over gas export bid
Major opposition parties have expressed their dismay at the reported government move to export gas through pipeline.
 arrow AL presidium meets today
A meeting of the presidium of the opposition Awami League will be held at party's Dhanmondi office at 11am today.

Acting President Abdus Samad Azad will chair the meeting.

Metropolitanarrow 'Follow bldg code to minimise quake casualties'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the people to follow

Bangladesh National Building Code with a view to minimise the casualties following an earthquake.

 arrow JUTA to seek prime minister's intervention for VC's removal
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) will seek the prime minister's intervention to meet their demands, including removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jasim Uddin Ahmed.
 arrow HC stays govt notification on age limit of deed writers
The High Court on Saturday stayed for three months a government notification issued on May 31 regarding age limit of deed writers.
Nationalarrow Hardened outlaws cut through Spider Web
Ringleaders of the seven outlawed parties in 10 southwestern districts continue to evade arrest despite two successive joint drives in the region.
 arrow 30 injured in clashes in Nilphamari
At least 30 people were injured in clashes during formation of Gran Sarkar at two unions in Jaldanga upazila on Saturday.

In Ward No.

 arrow 173 posts of teacher vacant in Sylhet govt colleges
Academic activities in the 13 government colleges in Sylhet division are being greatly hampered due to acute shortage of teachers for long.

As many as 173 posts are vacant in these institutions.

 arrow Scrapping of BCS test demanded in Rajshahi, Chittagon
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Rajshahi University (RU) and Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) in Chittagong on Saturday demanded cancellation of the 24th Bangladesh Civil service (BCS) preliminary test
 arrow Witness names alleged killers, all-party meet demands trial
Police have found clues to the alleged gangrape and murder of teenager Sharmin at Baruihati village in Tala upazila.

Her body was recovered from a pond there on July 23.

Culturearrow Celebrating a great pioneer painter
Yesterday marked the birth anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed Sultan, one of the pioneer painters of Bangladesh. He was born in 1923 at Masimdia, Narial, his father being Sheikh Meser, a master mason.
 arrow Metal For Peace: Warfaze still rocks the crowd
The young crowd of Dhaka, enjoyed a metal concert titled, 'Metal for Peace' held at the Engineers Institute on 7th August.
 arrow Delectable though derivative
The recent exhibition of 16 young artists' works at Russian Cultural Centre was interesting as far as experimentation went, although it was apparent to connoisseurs and critiques that a lot of the work
Generalarrow 54 species of fish on verge of extinction: Minister
The government has a plan to release fish fries worth Tk 2.80 crore during the current season in different water bodies.
 arrow One gets death for killing Masum
A man was sentenced to death and three to life imprisonment for killing Masum in July, 2000.
 arrow President asks people of all religious faiths to ensure harmony
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said a peaceful social and religious atmosphere existed in Bangladesh.
 arrow 'Withdraw decision to lay off 3 jute mills'
Samajtantrik Sramik Front (SSF) yesterday urged the government to withdraw its decision to lay off three jute mills in Khulna.
 arrow Adab slams 'attacks, harassment'
Two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) yesterday condemned a series of attacks and condemned 'police harassment' against them.
 arrow Human chain for arrest of Rumi's hecklers
Women's rights activists yesterday formed a human chain in front of Chittagong Press Club demanding immediate arrest of the main culprits who harried Umme Habiba Rumi to her suicide.
 arrow Bus rams traffic police to death
A traffic policeman died when a bus rammed him at Shanirakhra in Demra yesterday.
 arrow Cop shoots bus helper for 'not paying tolls'
The helper of a bus was shot by a policeman as the driver tried to drive away without paying tolls allegedly demanded by on-duty policemen at the Abdullahpur bus stand in Uttara in the early hours ofSunday.
 arrow Criminal Kamrul nabbed in Khulna drive
Joint forces yesterday arrested Ghazi Kamrul Islam, 45, a listed criminal of the country's south-western zone at his residence at Diana under Daulatpur thana.

He was nabbed at around 3:30pm.

Internationalarrow AFP, Islamabad: Indo-Pak opinion makers start first peace dialogue
Public representatives and opinion makers of India and Pakistan opened a conference here yesterday to ease tension in volatile South Asia with Indian premier Atal Behari Vajpayee calling for an end to
 arrow Riots erupt in Basra again

British troops fired warning shots in the Iraqi city of Basra yesterday as hundreds of locals rioted for a second day, attacking vehicles and burning tires in protest at power and fuel shortages.

 arrow London police given 'shoot to kill' order over new terror alert
London is at increasing risk from suicide bombers, forcing its front line police officers into a policy of "shoot to kill", a British newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow US to push for new UN resolution on Iraq
President George W.
 arrow Maoists seek decisive talks with Kathmandu
Nepal's Maoist rebels are seeking a conclusive round of peace talks with the government to end a seven-year-old revolt that has killed more than 7,200 people, the chief Maoist negotiator said.
 arrow Israel to be blamed if truce fails: Abbas
Israel would be responsible for scuttling the latest Middle East truce after a bloody West Bank raid, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas said in comments published yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Does TIFA spell trouble?
As time nears to the signing of a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the USA, one hears more about what it stands for and how is it going to affect lives of our people.
 arrow Editorial: The scare of forged notes
As if finding fake notes in the vault of Bangladesh Bank itself wasn't bad enough, we now have another shocker of a disclosure: many banks do not have money testers.
 arrow An elastic limit to power
After having waged devastating wars -- first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq -- leaving in their gory trails deaths and destructions President George W Bush now wants to be cast in the image of a peace
 arrow Israel's great wall
One fact that seems to escape attention from the media is that like China's Great Wall, Israel is steadily building a 360- kilometer wall, consisting of concrete wall, barbed wire, electronic fencing,
 arrow The two-nation theory
INDIA'S partition is 56 years old. Still the controversy over the two-nation theory has not ended. Certain groups in Pakistan continue to harp on it.
 arrow For a corruption-free country
The ruling party of Bangladesh claimed in its election manifesto that efforts for development and the people's welfare would never be successful unless the rampant corruption existing in state machinery
Letters to Editorarrow Keep it in perspective
The Bangladesh cricket team deserves the plaudits for their performances in the Test series against Australia. They deserve loving, encouraging pats on their hopefully strong backs.
 arrow Traffic terror
It seems that an angel was finally able to administer a dose of magic potion and the authorities/planners are finally waking up and talking about some realistic and sensible solutions to the mammoth traffic
 arrow "A personal view"
I strongly disagree with Mr. Ali Ahmad Mabrur letter " A personal view" (Aug 08). He is entitled to his biased opinion about gay people.
 arrow Victim of doctors' indifference?
How many of us would die due to apparent negligence, wrong treatment and indifference on the part of our doctors?

Nearly three years ago Tawfique Aziz Khan, a renowned journalist of our country died,

 arrow Too poor to ...
I am writing in response to Ms Sinha's letter about the difficulties her brother faced while he applied for a French VISA (Too poor to go to Paris, Daily Star, 07 Aug 03).
 arrow Private universities
It is encouraging that private universities are rapidly growing in the Dhaka city.
 arrow DU stalemate
Dhaka University has always been used by political parties to gratify its own motives. But it had a noble history. The political leaders never think about the future of the students.
 arrow The burden of income tax
Many of us are a bit surprised seeing the recent activities in the highest seat of the country's judiciary where, it is assumed that, everything maintains order.
 arrow Where the administration is going?
Some recent incidents indicate serious flaws in our administration.
 arrow Thanks to Mr. Ron Chepesiuk
Along with Mr. Zillur Rahaman, I also thank Mr. Ron Chepesiuk for writing such an excellent article

"The war on terrorism and the western media.

Star Cityarrow Dhaka Bypass near complete
The construction of the Dhaka Bypass is expected to be complete this year, helping thousands of vehicles to travel to and from eastern and western parts of the country without getting caught up in the
 arrow No respite from session jams for DU students
Dhaka University has again plunged into long-term session jam owing to the mismanagement of the authorities as is widely alleged.
 arrow Power cuts prove inescapable part of city life
Dhaka-dwellers are hardly being allowed to enjoy the monsoon, the anticipation of thundershowers to assuage the rising heat, the croaking of frogs as the sunsets.
 arrow Could kutipana clean our waters?
Duckweed, an aquatic plant popularly known as kutipana in Bangladesh, could be used to treat polluted waters of lakes, ponds and rivers, as it absorbs both organic and inorganic waste.
 arrow Mobile libraries move city dwellers to read
The Bishawa Shahitya Kendra's 'mobile library' concept is a very popular innovation for the city's book buffs as it brings their versatile literary preferences almost at their doorsteps.
 arrow A rickshawpuller's story
His eyes still sparkle at the thought of the bright future he might never see but the humble young man has no misgivings about life's harsh realities.
 arrow Sadeque Hossain Khoka
"Many important decisions relating to the development of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are now coming directly from the Prime Minister's (PM's) office.
 arrow City's open garbage an embarrassment for DCC
One of the basic criteria of cleanliness in any urban habitat depends on the effective disposal of the huge amounts of garbage produced by 'modern living standards.
 arrow What happened to the mosquitoes?
The good news, as a relief from the bad news, is that city dwellers have not had to experience too many mosquito problems this summer.
 arrow Billboards continue to create 'vision pollution' for city dwellers
Outdoor advertisement has become a visual nuisance. Going out now means exposure to ever-mushrooming illegal billboards installed on sidewalks and rooftops.