Volume 4 Number 79 Wed. August 13, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Launch owners go on strike for Akbar's quit
Launch owners yesterday enforced a countrywide indefinite strike demanding resignation of Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain.
 arrow Another Ctg magnate abducted, shot dead
Another millionaire businessman was abducted and later killed Monday, sparking deep resentment and protest by the Chittagong business community.
 arrow India to gain more from FTA: Khosru
As Bangladesh and India are going to start negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) in October, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said India stands to gain more from such adeal.
 arrow At Richter 5.31, Ctg jolted again
Two tremors, one of them moderate, rattled the Chittagong region one and a half minutes apart early yesterday, striking panic into the people reeling under frequent jolts since July 27.
 arrow Experts differ on big quake signs
The latest of aftershocks yesterday frayed further the nerves of Chittagong region residents who had been living in a state of panic since a powerful earthquake struck on July 27.
 arrow Dhaka may send protest letter to Delhi today
Dhaka has drafted an official protest letter to be handed over to New Delhi expressing deep concern at India's $200 billion mega river-linking project, official sources told The Daily Star yesterday.
 arrow Hazari hiding in India?
Joynal Abedin Hazari, a former lawmaker of the Awami League (AL) from Feni and an accused in at least 16 criminal cases, is reported to have been hiding in India for the last two years.
 arrow S Asian women testify to sexual abuse
Some 3,000 women shared the emotional testimonies of trafficked and HIV-infected women of South Asia yesterday, the second day of the South Asia Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS
 arrow 1 Marine killed, 2 hurt in Iraq
A US soldier yesterday was killed and two soldiers were wounded in a bomb attack west of Baghdad while Kurds near the Iranian border claimed they captured dozens of militant fighters trying to infiltrate
 arrow Strangled children identified, their mother missing
The boy and the girl whose bodies were found in a dustbin at Shajadpur in Gulshan Monday were identified by their uncle yesterday.
 arrow CCCI demands army deployment to check abductions
Against the backdrop of the recent spate of abductions and killings of businessmen, the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) yesterday demanded immediate deployment of army in the port city.
 arrow Agitation called for rescue of abducted Jamal
Demanding immediate rescue of businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, the Chattagram Nagorik Forum announced a four-day agitation programme yesterday.
 arrow Warning against toll collection announced over loudspeakers at bus terminals
The government decision cancelling lease and halting toll collection was announced over loudspeakers at the three inter-district bus terminals in the city yesterday in a move to strictly enforce the decision.
 arrow 30 hurt as police club anti-gas sale procession
At least 30 people were injured when police clubbed leaders and activists of the National Committee for Protection of Power-Port and Oil-Gas Resources at Shahbagh yesterday.
 arrow Joydevpur-Rajshahi rail link ready for launch
A direct rail link between Rajshahi and Joydevpur through the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge (JMB) will be inaugurated in Rajshahi by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia tomorrow.
 arrow SSB sits again to end row over promotion of top bureaucrats
The Superior Selection Board (SSB) yesterday met again to resolve differences over the promotion of civil servants to additional and joint secretaries and the meeting was continuing till late last night.
 arrow 2 Israelis die in suicide bombings
Two suicide bombings less than an hour apart killed at least two Israelis, injured about a dozen and shattered a summer of relative calm that has prevailed since a cease-fire by Palestinian militantson
 arrow Nazmul Huda defends his plan for magnetic train
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday strongly defended his plan for introducing magnetic train and said it was economically viable.

"I am committed to myself and to the nation.

 arrow PM unhappy with progress in fisheries sector
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday regretted that officials concerned failed to achieve the desired success in the fisheries sector to bring about the 'silver revolution' she had called for a year ago.
 arrow Gunbattle at Adamjee: 30 injured
A predawn gunfight between two rival groups in Adamjee area on the outskirts of the capital yesterday left some 30 people injured, 15 of them bullet-hit.
 arrow GP plans free mobile internet for rural schools
GrameenPhone (GP) yesterday said it will provide mobile internet service free of cost to 10,000 schools in rural areas.
 arrow Nobel laureate Prof. Stiglitz arrives today
Prof. Joseph E Stiglitz, Nobel laureate and renowned economist, will arrive in Dhaka today on a four-day visit on a Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) invitation.


 arrow Cantt Board defies injunction, knocks down wall of Janakantha editor's wife's house
Defying a High Court injunction, the Cantonment Board yesterday knocked down the boundary wall and took away construction materials from the house of Shamim A Khan, wife of the Dainik Janakantha Editor
 arrow PSC decides not to cancel BCS test
A meeting of the Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday brushed aside the allegation of question papers leakage of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test and said the test taken on
Businessarrow Dhaka, Delhi differ on FTA outcome
Dhaka expressed pessimism over the outcome of a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with New Delhi, while the latter argued that both trade and investment flow of Dhaka would increase with the signing.
 arrow Matlub showcaused by FBCCI election board
The election board of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday served a show cause notice on one of its presidential candidate in the upcoming election to the apex trade
 arrow BKB cuts loss, exceeds loan recovery target in FY03
Bangladesh Krishi Bank's (BKB) loss went down by Tk 62 crore to Tk 130 crore in the last financial year.

The specialised bank also exceeded its loan recovery target by Tk 220.

 arrow Sonali Bank cuts rate for agro-based industries
The largest nationalised commercial bank, Sonali Bank, has decided to reduce its lending rate for agro-based industries.
 arrow Govt plans updating industrial policy
The government is planning to update the industrial policy to help accelerate industrialisation and face the challenges of globalisation.
 arrow StanChart OT, children's ward open at Islamia Eye Hospital
An operation theatre and a children's ward, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), were opened at Islamia Eye Hospital in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow AIKO data safe
AIKO brand data safe has been introduced in local market.
 arrow Japan likely to accept across the board farm tariff cuts
Japan plans to accept in principle the idea of cutting import tariffs across the board in World Trade Organization farm talks on the condition that the reduction excludes rice and some other products,
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore clarifies
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has clarified why certain players were not called up for a short camp before the team leaves for Pakistan to play three Tests and five one-day matches.
 arrow Cricket: Taufel pays for hurting Tigers
The Bangladesh team management upheld the country's honour on the Tigers' recent tour down under by making an exemplary protest against a third umpire's conduct during the first Test against Australia
 arrow Hockey: Bankers in Super Five
Impressive Sonali Bank snatched a valuable point from giants Usha Krira Chakra to confirm their 'Super Five' berth in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium
 arrow Cricket: No-entry for BFF at BNS
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has shut the doors of the Bangabandhu National Stadium for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) which wanted to hold the 'Super Six' matches of the Nitol-Tata Third
 arrow Cricket: Karachi Test at stake
Karachi's cricket authority challenged in court Tuesday a Pakistan Cricket Board decision to withdraw its rights to host Tests and one-day matches, putting next week's Test against Bangladesh in jeopardy.
 arrow Cricket: 'Be hungry like the Proteas'
England captain Michael Vaughan wants his team to match South Africa's hunger in the third Test at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Nasser rebukes critics
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has described criticism of his approach to the Lord's Test against South Africa as "absolute drivel".
 arrow Cricket: New coach wants Kenya to start from WC
Kenya's new cricket coach Andy Moll is hoping to build on the country's World Cup performance as he sets about helping the team towards their goal of becoming a Test nation.
 arrow Cricket: 'Clear the air, Warne'
Controversial Australian Test cricketer Shane Warne needs to clear the air with teammates about his latest off-field drama, his state coach David Hookes said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC, ACC to help Afghans
Cricket's international and Asian councils want to help develop and promote the game in Afghanistan, which has produced "good talent" despite a lacking proper grounds and equipment, an official said Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Coria cruises
Guillermo Coria, one of the hottest players on tour this summer, moved into the second round at the 2.
 arrow Athletics: Radcliffe eyeing double
World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe will attempt a 5,000-10,000 double at this month's Paris world championships in a bid to win her first global title.
 arrow Football: MU's Ronaldo from Portugal
Outstanding Portuguese teenager Ronaldo completed a 12.24 million pounds (20million dollars) move to English Premiership champions Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: First test for money-power
Chelsea play their first competitive match since being taken over by Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich on Wednesday when they take on the cash poor Slovakian champions Zilina in the Champions League
 arrow Football: Real's defender search
Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz is on the lookout for a central defender for the start of the season in a fortnight's time, media reports said here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Kleberson joy for United
Kleberson's six million pound (9.5m dollar) move to Manchester United came a significant step closer on Monday after the Brazil World Cup winner was granted a work permit.
 arrow Football: Di Canio comes to Charlton
English Premiership side Charlton have swooped to sign Paolo di Canio - on the day the Italian journeyman said that former club West Ham would not have been relegated if he had been in the team.
 arrow Football: The Ailton dilemma
Brazilian striker Ailton continues to anger the Werder Bremen management off the pitch but on it he can do no wrong and leads the Bundesliga scoring charts after netting three goals in the opening two
 arrow Football: Barca releasing Puyol?
The rumour mill was turning Monday at Barcelona after president Joan Laporta said he would "listen to offers" for Spanish international defender Carles Puyol, reputedly a target for Manchester United.
Politicalarrow AL, JSD agree on 'national govt'
The Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) (Inu) yesterday reached a consensus on a proposed "national government" to overcome the "deepening political and economic crisis".
Metropolitanarrow JU hall officials on strike over JCD action
Administrative activities at Shahid Salam Barkat (SSB) hall in Jahangirnagar University (JU) collapsed as the hall authorities went into work abstention since Sunday night.
 arrow ETV case verdict Aug 20
The judgment on ETV cases seeking direction from the court regarding the return of seized equipment and granting of a fresh broadcasting licence to the company will be delivered on August 20.
 arrow CU to review grading system
The authority of the Chittagong University (CU) held an emergency meeting yesterday in the wake of movement by students demanding cancellation of the grading system in evaluating answer scripts.
Nationalarrow Abolish grading system in CU exams, students demand
The authorities of Chittagong University (CU) held an emergency meetingyesterday following student's demonstration on the campus demanding cancellation of grading system in examinations at the university.
 arrow 22 injured in Gaibandha, Satkhira
At least 22 people have been injured during formation of Gram Sarkar in Gaibandha and Satkhira.
 arrow Padma fury begets fortune for many
A newly constructed spar built to protect the Padma's bank at Shibganj in Chapainawabganj is now threatened as over 200 feet of its shank has been washed away allegedly because the work was started before
 arrow High school ransacked, 'closed' in Bhola
A high school in Bhola was ransacked and declared 'closed' allegedly by some local BNP activists as all its teachers did not attend a Milad Mahfil at a college in the area.
 arrow 15 injured in Rajbari clash
At least 15 people were injured, two of them with bullets, in an attack by armed miscreants in Lakkiqul Rajarbari area of Rajbari Sadar upazila Saturday night.
Foreign Relationsarrow Japan to support Bangladesh in facing earthquakes
Japan yesterday expressed its willingness to extend all out supports to Bangladesh in facing the challenges from possible earthquakes.
Culturearrow Mita and her melodies
The Daily Star(TDS) : Tell us how did you begin your career as a singer?

Mita Haque(MH) : It all started in my own house when I was very small.

 arrow Geetshudha observes Tagore's death anniversary
Tagore captures a very wide space in our culture. The songs, music and lyrics that invigorate us in every phase of our lives, are mostly the creations of Tagore.
 arrow Devgan bags best actor award once again
Ajay Devgan belongs to that breed of actors who do not allow success to go into their heads.
Generalarrow GB students seek president's intervention
Students of bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) department of Gono Bishwabidyalaya (GB) have sought the intervention of the President to resolve the registration complication of their department immediately.
 arrow Five get life in Mou rape case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3, Dhaka, yesterday sentenced five people to life imprisonment in Halima Akhter alias Mou rape case.
 arrow Govt submits launch disaster reports to HC
The government yesterday submitted the reports of five different inquiry committees formed to probe launch disasters to the High Court.
 arrow 200 forged DU certificates found
Dhaka University (DU) has recently detected 'a good number of fake certificates' on the basis of letters received from different government and non-government offices, foreign missions and institutions
 arrow 'Drug peddler' hacked to death in sleep
A young man was hacked to death in sleep inside his residence at Khilbarirtek in Badda yesterday.
 arrow Garment workers' Int'l Solidarity Forum Aug 18, 19
Bangladesh Garment Workers Protection Alliance (BGWPA) will hold an international "Solidarity Forum for Garment Workers of LDCs" on August 18 and 19 at the Bangladesh Institute of Adminis-tration andManagement
Internationalarrow Musharraf calls for truce along LoC
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday called for a ceasefire in Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LoC).

"Unilaterally, ceasefire has two connotations.

 arrow Liberians celebrate Taylor's departure
Liberia's besieged leader Charles Taylor flew into exile in Nigeria as hundreds of Liberians, thin and ragged, prayed his departure would mark a turning point for their war-torn country.
 arrow Indian govt mulls snap polls in Nov
India's government could call a snap general election as early as November, almost a year ahead of schedule, according to analysts and political sources.
 arrow No sign of Saddam as US ends latest search in Iraq
US forces ended a search of an isolated corner of Iraq yesterday after troops backed by helicopters and tanks seized large stockpiles of weapons but found no trace of fugitive dictator Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Palestinians blame Israel for truce breakdown
Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad yesterday blamed Israel for a breakdown in their truce but did not claim responsibility for a suicide bombing at an Israeli shopping center.
 arrow 'US, UK, Libya closer to deal on Lockerbie'
Libya appears ready to admit responsibility for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and pay compensation to the victims' families, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday after diplomatic talks on the issue
 arrow US confirms friendly attack on Pakistani forces
US air forces mistakenly attacked Pakistani security forces on the border with Afghanistan, killing two border guards and wounding a third, the US military confirmed Monday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Minting money at transport terminals
The government has decided to cancel the leases of the bus and truck terminals in the city in its bid to contain the extortionist culture, which has assumed an all-pervasive character.
 arrow Editorial: Joynal Hazari convicted
The sentencing of Joynal Hazari to life imprisonment, even in abstentia, bears a good deal of significance.
 arrow Free-trade with India: How beneficial is it for Bangladesh?
The Bangladesh-India relations being so vast and important, more so for Bangladesh, some of its elements always come into special focus.
 arrow Colin Powell -- a 'dove' in hawk's clothing?
In the current controversy over the half truths and outright lies that have gushed out of the Bush administration about the intelligence concerning Saddam and weapons of mass destruction, one top US official
 arrow How is the state of affairs in the state?
The state of affairs in all sectors of the country has come to such a pass that it is anything but anarchic. It is simply hard to accept what some members of the Jatiya Sangsad would have one to believe.
Letters to Editorarrow The Garos, people of sorrow! Yes, we are....
I am very amazed reading two little letters in the Daily Star regarding on the Garos of Modhupur forest. Thank you so much Mr. Shah Mustaque Ahmed and Dr.
 arrow Forged notes in BB vault
No where in the world such news of detection of forged currency notes in Central Bank's vault has ever been heard before, but that 'impossible' happened in our country.
 arrow Potter magic
Sitting in Dubai I am watching "Harry Potter" on TV along with my two grandchildren who, like other children of the world, are great "Harry Potter" fans.
 arrow Cooperate with wives
It was tradition that wives would mainly do the household tasks, bring up children and husbands would work to impart financial support to the families.
 arrow Communicative Language Teaching: Misunderstood!
It is a pleasure to see that an academic issue like 'Communicative Language Teaching' has triggered such a warm debate in public.
 arrow Bangladesh cricket team
Bangladesh cricket team just concluded their series against the mighty Australians. Like everybody, I also was confused about their performance there.
 arrow Planning for water and referendum on gas
Water has been an outstanding issue between Bangladesh and India for a long time now.
 arrow Biriani for the BCL boys in DU
Bangladesh is always in the news for weird things.It was in the BBC news couple of years back that Bangladeshi students protest for right to cheat on exams.
 arrow Banning of polythene shopping bags: An alternate view
In the recent past polythene shopping bags have been banned in Bangladesh. Somehow the ban was widely supported both by the press and a section of the public.
 arrow Downgraded by the FAA?
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the USA carried out a safety oversight audit programme in 1993.
 arrow PSC dotted with holes!
We know that the Public Service Commission is a constitutional supreme reliance body for the actual deserving candidates and the qualified job seekers.
 arrow RMG sector of Bangladesh
Bangladesh earns a good amount of foreign currency by exporting readymade garments (RMG).
StarTecharrow Desi portals put info at your fingertips
WEB portals offer a broad array of resources and services, such as e- mail, search engines and on-line shopping facilities. One of the first web portals was that of America on-line, the giant access provider.
 arrow Robot insect walks on water
SCIENTISTS have developed a robotic insect which walks on water.
 arrow Web worm attacks Windows
An Internet worm that takes advantage of a recently discovered, widespread security hole in Microsoft Corp.
 arrow Tech Snaps
Introducing ClubMgt

The Computers Limited(TCL) launched their integrated club management software 'ClubMgt' on August 9 at their office premises, says a press release.

Star Chittagongarrow 50 pc units at Nasirabad industrial belt closed
About 50 per cent of industries at Nasirabad industrial belt have been closed in the past ten years due to frequent labour unrest, wrong government policies, bad management and flow of smuggled goods
 arrow Chittagong fears final jolt
Since November 1997, when the greater Chittagong was jolted by a severe earthquake, reading more than 5 on the Richter Scale, Chittagong so far experienced numerous tremors.
 arrow 'Extortion' in the name of checking?
Most of the drivers of auto-rickshaws, both the two-stroke three wheelers and the CNG ones, in the port city have to go through an ordeal every day.
Star Cityarrow Dhaka enters 3rd dimension
The Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) is planning to formulate a Three Dimensional Geological Map (3-DGM) for Dhaka city, while first undertaking to map four square kilometers of the city as a pilot
 arrow WASA defaulters go free
The magistrate's court of the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has been sitting idle over the last six months, as no case was filed against defaulters this year.
 arrow Controversy over privatisation of bus terminals
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday handed over the maintenance of three bus terminals to two private private organisation for three years.
 arrow City dwellers finally experience the month of rain!
After suffering from scorching heat for the last few days, the city finally experienced the month of Shrabon at it is meant to be, through torrential downpours yesterday.
 arrow Can small power plants cut power cuts?
Small power plants could be capable of meeting the power crisis of Dhaka city especially during emergency periods and peak hours.
 arrow Palming a fortune by telling the future
If you walk past the footbridge at Gulistan, you will notice a number of signs by the roadside with the picture of a palm (of the hand, that is, not the tree).
 arrow Traffic police get a 'facelift'
The government has decided to give a facelift to the Dhaka Metropolitan Traffic Police with better transport facilities, which they also hope will be a bid to discipline city traffic.