Volume 4 Number 78 Tue. August 12, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Constitution not followed in running affairs
Former chief justice and chief adviser to the caretaker government Justice Habibur Rahman has observed that the constitution is not being followed in running the country.
 arrow Saifur shrugs off PEC report on magnetic train
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday did not accept a report of the Public Expenditure Commission (PEC) that opposes the proposed $500 million magnetic train project between Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow JCD men confine JU provost, 8 house tutors
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists at Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit Sunday confined the provost and house tutors of Shahid Salam Barkat (SSB) hall inside the hall office for three hours
 arrow Limping Biman lands safely
A DC-10 aircraft of Bangladesh Biman, reportedly with trouble in its nose wheel, landed at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in the early hours of yesterday safely and on time.
 arrow Cops gun down two 'toll takers', mob lynches 'robber'
Two alleged extortionists were killed in a gunfight with police and a robber was lynched in Mirpur and Narinda in Dhaka yesterday, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Two children found strangled inside dustbin at Gulshan
Bodies of a nine-year old boy and a seven-year old girl, believed to have been strangled, were found yesterday in a dustbin at Shajahanpur in Gulshan.
 arrow 24th BCS exams won't be cancelled
The recently held preliminary test of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations will not be cancelled, Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman JN Tahmida Begum said yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka drafting response to India's river water diversion project
Bangladesh is working out its official response to India's plan to initiate an about $200 billion mega water project to divert waters from major rivers flowing across the border to the drought-prone states
 arrow Bodies of 98 workers still in Saudi morgues
The bodies of 98 Bangladeshi workers are lying in hospital morgues across Saudi Arabia as the Bangladesh government could neither arrange for their burial nor brought them back home, according to TheArab
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
State Minister for Energy Mosharraf Hossain yesterday protested parts of a report carried by The Daily Star on Sunday under the headline "Plan to sell gas to India shelved on flak fear".
 arrow Ban comes on toll collection by bus terminal lessees
The government enforced a ban on toll collection by leaseholders of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) at three major inter-district bus terminals in the city from yesterday.
 arrow JS body unhappy at LGRD's snail's pace in fulfilling pledge
The local government, rural development and cooperatives ministry is soft-pedalling on the implementation of assurances it has made in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) since October 2001, a JS body observed yesterday.
 arrow US soldier killed in Iraq bomb attack
A US soldier was killed and two were wounded overnight when a bomb was detonated in the Iraqi town of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, the US army said yesterday.
 arrow S Asian women vow to fight trafficking
A three-day programme of the South Asian Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS began in the city yesterday.
 arrow New US envoy arrives
New United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas, Jr arrived in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow BB asks NCBs to change worn-out notes
The Bangladesh Bank yesterday in a circular directed commercial banks to post notices at all branches announcing that worn-out notes could be changed.
 arrow HC cancels bail of six for fact suppressing
The High Court yesterday cancelled bail of six persons, which was obtained by suppressing facts, in the city's Lalbagh murder case.
 arrow In foreign fishes, out local ones
Different types of fish of foreign origin are pushing a number of local ones out of market.

Experts observed this on the eve of the 'fish fortnight' that will be observed from today.

Businessarrow Revenue exceeds target by Tk 1.72cr in July
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) exceeded its overall revenue collection target by Tk 1.72 crore in the first month of the current fiscal year despite failure in supplementary duty and income tax collection.
 arrow FBCCI polls on schedule
The Appellate Division yesterday stayed a High Court order which had directed FBCCI Election Board to maintain status quo on a statutory regulatory order (SRO) relating to FBCCI polls reform.
 arrow Ctg chamber seeks Thai investment
A delegation of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) held a series of meeting with their Thai counterparts to increase trade and investment between Bangladesh and Thailand during their visit
 arrow WTO meet should serve interests of the poor nations
The WTO Cancun meet should ensure that international trading system provide stimulus for revival of global economy to serve the interests of poor nations.
 arrow SEC files certificate cases against MDs of two cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed two certificate cases against managing directors of two listed companies on Thursday for failing to pay penalty imposed by the regulators.
 arrow EU candidates eager to adopt euro despite ECB warnings
Former communist countries in central Europe hope to adopt the euro by 2010, but while feasible for a few, such a move could in fact curb economic growth, some economists believe.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Naimur called up for camp
Off-spinner Naimur Rahman got a surprise call-up when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selected a 22-member preliminary squad for the upcoming Pakistan tour.
 arrow Cricket: Why them?
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a preliminary list of 22 players for the coming series against Pakistan but it raised more questions than answers.
 arrow Cricket: Free Ferrari!
Indian cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar drove head-long into controversy Monday after he was exempted from paying duty on a luxury Ferrari car gifted to him by one of his sponsors.
 arrow Cricket: Can you take a lie test?
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne was under pressure on Monday to prove he has nothing to hide in the latest episode in his stormy sporting celebrity career.
 arrow Cricket: PCB reveals revised fixtures for BD, SA
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has switched the venue for the opening Test in the three-match series against South Africa in October from Rawalpindi to Lahore.
 arrow Cricket: Media slams Shane
Shane Warne continues to make front page news in Australia as he reaches the halfway mark of a 12-month doping ban that has ruled him out of international cricket until February next year.
 arrow Football: MSC drawn with Muktijoddha, Arambagh
After an easy sail in the second round, holders Mohammedan Sporting Club have been drawn in a tough group alongside Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Arambagh Krira Sangha for the Super Six phase of
 arrow Hockey: Easy wins for Ajax, Railway
Ajax Sporting Club and Dhaka Railway kept their hopes alive to play in the 'Super Five' phase of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League with comfortable wins at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium
 arrow Swimming: Records roll at Navy pool
Karar Samedul Islam and Abdul Hamid Ripon set new national and inter-service swimming records in the inter-service swimming and water polo competition at the Navy Swimming Pool at Banani yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters claims No.1
Belgian Kim Clijsters took over the world's No. 1 ranking for the first time in her career by winning the WTA Los Angeles tournament on Sunday.

Clijsters defeated former world No.

 arrow Tennis: Fast & furious Roddick
Andy Roddick tips himself as a title contender at this month's US Open after defying a rain interruption on the way to a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over David Nalbandian in the final of the 2.
 arrow Football: Impressed by Beckham
David Beckham may have yet to pull on the famous white shirt in a competitive match, but after four friendlies on his new club's Asian tour he is already seen as a fixture in Real Madrid's star-studded
 arrow Football: The heat is on!
Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber is feeling the intense heat sweeping Germany worse than most with the arrival of Dutch front-man Roy Makaay and the purple patch of Peruvian marksman Claudio Pizarro
Politicalarrow BNP policymakers, bureaucrats split over civil service promotion
Differences have brewed between the ruling BNP policymakers and bureaucrats over the issue of promotion to the post of additional and joint secretaries.
 arrow BNP, AL rev for Netrakona polls
Both the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League have launched their biggest ever polls campaign in the remote Netrokona-3 constituency in a desperate bid to win the August 21 parliamentary by-election.
 arrow AL skips CPA meeting over inclusion of non-MPs
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday boycotted the first meeting of the steering committee on the conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to be held in Dhaka in October.
Metropolitanarrow Khaleda to attend WSIS in Geneva
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will attend the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) scheduled to be held in Geneva in December.
 arrow Workshop on seismic design of structures on Aug 21
A workshop on 'Seismic design of structures' will be held at the RAJUK auditorium in the city on August 21, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Pirates rule Meghna

Gangs of pirates looted 20 trawlers, abducted 20 fishermen and threw another five into the Meghna.

 arrow 'Stop extortion, killings by PCJSS and UPDF'
The people of Naniarchar submitted another memorandum to the Rangamati Deputy Commissioner demanding immediate steps to stop rampant extortion, kidnapping and killings allegedly by armed activists ofPCJSS
 arrow Victims protest withdrawal of case by govt
Leaders of the Satkhira Landless Association have protested withdrawal of the case filed by them following eviction of 32 landless families of minority community from khas lands at Gava village in the
Culturearrow Magic Pencil
Tasnuva Amin Nova, a girl of twleve, liked one of the exhibited illustrations by Patrick Benson from the book The Minipins of Roald Dahl. It shows some very small people riding on the back of birds.
 arrow Uttara Club aims at promoting cultural activities
Uttara Lekhak Shipli Club held a rainy-season based poetry recitation and musical session at the Uttara High School recently, says a press release.
 arrow New production house of Mimi
Afsana Mimi has started working with fresh enthusiasm. The making of the new mega serial Sharey tintala has started this month under the banner of her new production house 'Krishnachura'.
 arrow Pranab and Aranya come up with the story of middle class family
The viewers of TV-soaps are to get yet another title very soon as writer Pranab Bhatta and young director Aranya Anowar unite together in a project for a 'mega serial'.
 arrow Regional talent hunt comes to an end
Solo musician Rezaul Karim was announced as the best performer of Rajshahi regional Benson and Hedges Star Search competition.
Generalarrow Govt urged to drop land acquiring plan
Residents of Begunbari and Kunipara yesterday urged the government to scrap its bid to acquire 333 acres of private land.
 arrow AL senses plot behind its MP's inclusion in charge sheet
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday protested the inclusion of party leader and lawmaker from Raozan ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury in the charge sheet in the Srikanta Rakshit murder case.
Internationalarrow Israeli jets buzz Lebanon after Hezbollah fire
Israeli warplanes buzzed Lebanon's capital yesterday after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon considered following up on air strikes on the country launched in retaliation over the death of an Israeli
 arrow SAARC should step in to mend Indo-Pak ties: Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday urged the South Asian regional forum SAARC to step in to help spur stalled peace moves between Pakistan and India.
 arrow Taylor blames US for ousting him
Liberian President Charles Taylor accused the United States of being behind the rebel war to oust him in his farewell address to the nation a day before he is to step down.
 arrow Israel postpones ME peace roadmap implementation
Israeli leaders said they would put the brakes on the US-backed "road map" to peace until Palestinian police disarm violent groups, warning that militants are using a cease-fire to rearm.
 arrow Fragile peace prevails in riot-shaken Basra
A fragile peace prevailed Monday in the southern port city of Basra, where British troops hoped to prevent a third day of riots over the coalition's failure to provide electricity and fuel.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ten tips for traffic discipline
For too long, we have allowed misrule to rule our street and sacrificed mental peace and tranquility at the altar of whim and caprice of concerned authorities.
 arrow Editorial: Underpass fire
It took the firefighters two hours to extinguish the fire that broke out in Gulistan underpass on Sunday night.
 arrow The veritable vegetable grower
I was visiting few projects that are reported to be "pro-poor". We have been hearing about "pro-poor growth", "pro-poor policies" etc. for a pretty long time.
 arrow Politics of the chameleon: BJP and the Ayodhya issue
If you thought Mahant Ramachandra Paramhans, who recently died, was a universally revered figure in Ayodhya, think again.
Letters to Editorarrow Gains (?) and losses of Bangladesh cricket
Bangladesh cricket team just concluded their series against the mighty Australians. Like everybody, I also was confused about their performance there.
 arrow Fly-happy Hasina
Thank you for the captioned report published in your Daily of 7 August 2003. I am not surprised at Hasina's action but I am pleasantly surprised that Daily Star chose to print on a subject like this.
 arrow Entrepreneurship development
Finance Minister disclosed that he is thinking of reducing bank interest rate from December 2003 in order to encourage entrepreneurship in the country.
Focusarrow President Bush's creed: I think, therefore, it is!
President Bush is in political trouble not because of the insertion of sixteen untrue words in his State of the Union address in January to sell the Iraq war to the Americans, not because his approval
 arrow Writings on the walls
Writings on the walls are vying for your attention.
They are crying hoarse for your attention.
All over the country wherever you may go
Similar writings will you invariably follow.

 arrow Adivasis dream of education in mother tongue
The peoples belonging to different Adivasi or indigenous communities residing in Bangladesh are raising voices for their constitutional recognition and protection.
 arrow Preparing woman UP members to face challenges
Our society is based on cooperation between men and women; the state has equal consideration for each and every citizen.