Vol. 4 Num 80 Thu. August 14, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka protests Delhi's water diversion plan
Dhaka yesterday handed New Delhi a protest note expressing concern at an Indian megaproject designed to divert waters from common major rivers to its drought-prone states.
 arrow Govt to ply own vessels as strike continues
The government yesterday decided to ply 16 vessels on the southern routes as the striking launch owners remained rigid in their demand for resignation of the shipping minister.
 arrow Stiglitz slams IMF for breeding crises with ill advice
Nobel winning economist Joseph E Stiglitz yesterday lashed out at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies for 'breeding insecurity and crises in developing countries'.
 arrow Train rolls thru' Jamuna bridge from today
Bangladesh Railway (BR) has spent over Tk 1 crore on repair and decoration of local railway stations and their approach roads on the occasion of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's visit here today to inaugurate
 arrow Tariqul cleared of Udichi bombing charges
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday cleared Information Minister Tariqul Islam of charges in Udichi bomb case.
 arrow Police look for leads on Zakir murder
Police are sifting through leads to find out the killers of businessman Rezaur Rahman Zakir, who was abducted and killed on Monday in Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong.
 arrow Tremor rattles Rangamati again
A mild tremor yesterday rattled Borkol upazila that according to a recent study sits on an epicentre.
 arrow S Asian women for international court to end torture
A three-day meeting of South Asian women activists ended in Dhaka yesterday with a call to set up regional and international courts to hand down severe punishment to those who torture women.
 arrow 'Textbooks should cover violence on women issue'
Issues of violence against women should be incorporated into the curricula of secondary and higher secondary schools including madrassah to change youths' attitude towards women.
 arrow Bus bomb kills 17 in Afghanistan
A powerful bomb tore through a minibus in southern Afghanistan yesterday killing 17 people, half of them children, in the second deadly attack in less than a week blamed on Taliban guerillas.
 arrow GDP growth in Bangladesh impressive
Visiting Nobel laureate Prof Joseph E Stiglitz yesterday said the economic fundamentals show a clear growth in Bangladesh.
 arrow Blast kills US soldier in Baghdad
One US soldier was killed and a second wounded yesterday when their four-vehicle convoy hit a roadside improvised explosive device north of the capital Baghdad, a US military spokeswoman said.
 arrow Woman in meditation frenzy kills her children
A woman in a meditation frenzy allegedly killed her three children one after another in a village in Comilla Tuesday night.
 arrow 28 Chinese sailors rescued from sunken cargo ship
Twenty-eight Chinese sailors of a sunken Chinese cargo ship were rescued from deep sea in the Bay of Bengal Tuesday morning and brought to Chittagong port yesterday.
 arrow 2 suspects for brother-sister murder held
Gulshan police Tuesday night arrested two suspects for the murder of the brother and sister whose bodies were recovered from a dustbin at Shahjadpur on Monday.
 arrow Cantt Board refutes report
The Cantonment Board yesterday protested newspaper reports that it had illegally demolished the boundary wall of the house of Shamima A Khan, wife of Dainik Janakantha Editor Atiqullah Khan Masud, and
 arrow Blastar virus hits thousands of computers worldwide
A virus that targets Microsoft's Windows operating systems continued to spread rapidly around the world yesterday, crashing tens of thousands of computers and slowing internet traffic.
 arrow Two to do life for murder in Habiganj
A court here yesterday sentenced two people to life and an other to three years imprisonment in a murder case.
 arrow ISPs to observe token strike on Aug 20
Internet service providers (ISPs) plan to observe an hour-long token strike on August 20 to protest the government's delay in legalising internet telephony.
 arrow Govt examines proposal for upgrading Fazel, Kamel degrees
The government is examining whether Fazel and Kamel degrees under the madrassah education board can be given the equivalent status of bachelor and master degree.
Businessarrow Khosru for low interest rate to face post-MFA challenge
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has said interest rates and other charges in banks should be competitive so that businesses are not affected in the post multi-fibre arrangement (MFA) regime.
 arrow India may set up fertiliser, leather factories
Indian businessmen yesterday hinted at possibility of setting up fertiliser and leather plants by India in Bangladesh using local gas and leathers as raw materials.
 arrow Matlub, Rouf announce panels
Two presidential candidates of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) election Abdul Matlub Ahmad and MA Rouf Chowdhury have formally announced separate panels.
 arrow Bangladesh may see more StanChart investment
Bangladesh may see increased investment from the Standard Chartered Bank, hinted group executive director of the bank.
 arrow Leasing firms seek off court settlement
Leasing companies yesterday urged the government to allow them to reclaim assets without going to court once the lessees become defaulters.
 arrow Aristopharma's drug
Aristopharma Ltd has recently introduced sophisticated ceftriaxone injection -- Axon -- in the market.
 arrow EU, US, Canada agree WTO position on industrial tariffs
The European Union, United States and Canada have tabled a joint position on industrial tariffs in a bid to galvanize talks at the World Trade Organisation, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow India to seek phasing out farm subsidies at Cancun
India will press the developed world to cut trade-distorting farm subsidies at next month's ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancun, Mexico, India's industry minister said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'I never enjoyed Shoaib's bowling'
When Bangladesh play their next series against Pakistan, the focus definitely will be on speedster Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza.
 arrow Cricket: Rajin surprise?
The national selectors finalised a 15-member Bangladesh team last night for the three-Test series against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: BFF at its last gasp
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has not yet given up their manoeuvre to hold the Super Six phase of the Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Banga-bandhu National Stadium (BNS) despite Bangladesh
 arrow Hockey: Ajax almost there
Ajax Sporting Club virtually confirmed a Super Five berth in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Dhaka Railway at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: College b'ball underway

Mastermind came from behind to edge past Khulna College 44-43 in the inaugural match of the Europa First College Basketball Cham-pionship at the Dhanmondi gymnasium yesterday.

 arrow Cricket: England bank on sleepless Smith
England have been given a glimmer of hope ahead of Thursday's third Test at Trent Bridge by the revelation that South Africa captain Graeme Smith has been having sleepless nights.
 arrow Cricket: Fletcher repulses
England coach Duncan Fletcher has said criticisms of his management style by Geoffrey Boycott were a "combination of the curious and unfair" after the former Test opener accused him of "destroying" county
 arrow Cricket: Sunny smacks Dennis
India's cricket great Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday renewed his verbal rivalry with Dennis Lillee, blaming the Australian fast bowler for his infamous walkout from the pitch more than two decades ago.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh stands by Warne
Leading Australian cricket figures were at odds on Wednesday over the damage to the game's image from sexual harassment allegations levelled at Test leg-spin bowler Shane Warne.
 arrow Football: Ferraris at the back!
While Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz steps up his quest to sign a central defender for the start of the season in a fortnight's time, the club's sporting director Jorge Valdano insisted Wednesday the
 arrow Football: First Brazilian at United
English Premiership champions Manchester United confirmed Tuesday they had signed Brazil World Cup winner Kleberson from Atletico Paranaense for 5.93 million pounds (9.48 million dollars).
 arrow Football: Mutu relishing the prospect
Parma's Romanian international striker Adrian Mutu has passed a medical and now just needs to obtain a work permit to complete his 24 million euro (27m dollar) move to Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Graz hold Ajax
Four-time winners Ajax were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening 2003/04 Champions League match Tuesday away to Austrian side Graz AK.
 arrow Tennis: Early exit for Hewitt
In what is becoming a more common occurrence these days, Lleyton Hewitt went down with barely a whimper at the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati on Tuesday, losing a first round encounter 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Politicalarrow AL in tie-up talks with left parties
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has initiated the process of forging an alliance with the like-minded parties, the left-leaning ones in particular, to unite the forces opposed to the government.
 arrow BNP cadres attack Star lens man in Ctg
Staff Photographer of The Daily Star in Chittagong Zobaer Hossain Sikder was assaulted allegedly by some cadres of the ruling BNP while he was discharging his professional responsibility at a court here
Metropolitanarrow JUTA to boycott all admin activities
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday decided to boycott all administrative activities demanding punishment to the JCD activists involved in the Sunday night incident atthe
 arrow BSU protests police action on anti-gas sale procession
The Bangladesh Students' Union (BSU) held a rally on the Dhaka University campus yesterday to protest Tuesday's police attack on anti-gas sale demonstrators on Tuesday.
 arrow IU students protest fee hike
Students of Islamic University yesterday protested the increase of session fee by the university authorities.

Under the banner of 'general students', they locked all class rooms.

Nationalarrow 66 hurt in Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Kushtia
At least 66 people were injured in clashes during formation of Gram Sarkar in Nilphamari, Kushtia and Gaibandha districts on Tuesday.
 arrow Squabbles in Khulna city BNP
The leadership of Khulna city BNP president M Nurul Islam MP and Secetary Nazrul Islam Manju is now being challenged, party sources said.
 arrow Workers take out procession, announce action programme
Hundreds of workers and employees of Qaumi Jute Mill brought out a procession in Siranganj town yesterday protesting the alleged government move to close the mill.
 arrow Operation Spider Web being closed in SW districts today
The Operation Spider Web launched on July 19 in the south-western district to nab criminals and outlaws is being withdrawn.
 arrow Four CPA officials sent to jail in graft case
The metropolitan sessions judge yesterday rejected the bail prayers of four officials of Chittagong Port Authority in a graft case and sent them to jail.
 arrow 12 bombs, 800 Phensidyl bottles recovered from BNP leader's house
Twelve powerful bombs and 800 bottles of Phensidyl were recovered from the house of a BNP leader at a Satkhira village.
Culturearrow A print maker with penchant for personal memories
Monirul Islam, a thriving print maker from New York, presenting his new collection of viscosity prints at "Shilpangan" shortly, had been a student of drawing and painting while at the Fine Arts Institute,
 arrow Dance of a different stroke
The full house 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the program was a good indication of the level of expectancy surrounding the dance performance of Tanusree Shankar at the Osmani Memorial on Tuesday.
 arrow Dance and music at Fantasy Kingdom
An attractive musical soiree awaited the audience who visited fantasy kingdom last Friday. The show was arranged at the Banga Shur stage.
Generalarrow Literacy rate 62 per cent
The literacy rate in the country now is 62 per cent and admission rate in primary schools is approximately 95 per cent.
 arrow 400 take part in study circle project at grassroots level
A total of 400 people, including 108 women, have so far participated in the Study Circle, an awareness building programme at the grassroots level.
 arrow Order to reinstate joint secretary
The administrative tribunal has declared the retrenchment of a government official unlawful and void, and gave an order to reinstate him with payment of full salary and allowances.
 arrow DU students press for cancel of BCS exam, quit of PSC chairman
Students of the Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test and resignation of the Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman.
 arrow Arrest warrant against three policemen in Ctg
A court here Tuesday issued warrant of arrest against three police officers including the OC of Kotwali Police Station as they did not appear before the court as witnesses in three separate cases.
 arrow One murdered in shanty near Gabtoli
A supervisor was murdered in sleep in his shanty under Gabtali Bridge in the early hours of yesterday.

The victim, Majid Sarder, 55, hailed from Hijla village of Aminbazaar, Savar.

 arrow 4 outlaws held in Khulna
Four armed cadres of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) were arrested in Khulna city yesterday and on Tuesday.
 arrow Arrest warrant against three policemen in Ctg
A court here Tuesday issued warrant of arrest against three police officers including the OC of Kotwali Police Station as they did not appear before the court as witnesses in three separate cases.
 arrow Govt examines proposal for upgrading Fazel, Kamel degrees
The government is examining whether Fazel and Kamel degrees under the madrassah education board can be given the equivalent status of bachelor and master degree.
Internationalarrow 7 killed, 50 injured in Kashmir blasts
Two people were killed and 48 others injured in two blasts in Kashmir, while five people died separately in an escalation of violence ahead of Indian Independence Day, police said yesterday.
 arrow Israel razes home of bomber
The Israeli army on Wednesday razed the family home of a Palestinian suicide bomber who jarred a six-week-old cease-fire but avoided major military responses, mindful of calls for restraint to preserve
 arrow Respite from heatwave, but nearly 200 dead in Europe
Parts of Europe yesterday enjoyed a welcome reprieve from an unprecedented heat-wave, but the frail and elderly continued to succumb to heat-related illnesses, with doctors and officials putting the death
 arrow 3 arrested in US missile sting
US authorities arrested three people on Tuesday in a sting operation that foiled a plot to smuggle a missile into the United States that could be used to shoot down a commercial airliner, officials said.
 arrow India rejects Pakistan proposal of ceasefire
India on Tuesday rejected Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's call for ceasefire on Line of Control and inside Kashmir as "propagandist".
 arrow Uncertain peace engulfs Liberian capital
Uncertainty engulfed Liberia's capital one day after Charles Taylor's resignation, with one rebel group agreeing to loosen its siege even as another group launched ferocious new assaults.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Abduction topped by murder
Nineteen days back, Jamaluddin Chowdhury, a garments merchant and vice president of BNP Chittagong southern district committee was kidnapped. His abductors asked for a ransom of Tk 50 lac to release him.
 arrow Editorial: Why a launch strike?
Launch owners have called an indefinite strike raising the spectre of immobility of thousands of people, particularly in the southern region of the country.
 arrow Possible Indo-Pak tension on Indus water sharing?
On 10 August, while message of cooperation and peace was being exchanged in Islamabad, between parliamentarians of India and Pakistan, a possible tension between the two nations was feared to erupt on
 arrow A profounder crisis persists
Government's or Parliament's crisis, as we saw last week, looks likely to melt away by some more 'give' by all powerful President and some 'take' by extremely flexible MMA.
Letters to Editorarrow No traffic-jam in Ctg?
I am afraid I failed to agree with Md. Abu Musa (DS 07-Aug) on the issue of traffic-jams in Chittagong. How could he write -- "We, the inhabitants of Chittagong metropolitan city feel proud...
 arrow Bangladesh Bank High School
I had gone through the letter of Mr. Khademaul Islam in DS August 5, 2003, regarding the condition of "Bank School". I agree with him. The condition of Bank School is quite bad.
 arrow BTV should change
BTV being a national institution has immense influence on the population. Most of the people, who do not have cable connection, are the viewers of BTV.
 arrow Repeated leakage of question papers of BCS exam
The 24th BCS exam was cancelled because of question paper leakage and later postponed, but the culprits who were involved with this went unscathed.
 arrow California governor Davis should listen to Aristotle
Recent fiasco over California Governor Gray Davis' recall vote, it may be pointed that the most populous state in the world's greatest democracy could be suffering from a shortcoming which Aristotle warned
 arrow Mugging on the rise
Mugging is on the rise again. It has become such a common phenomenon that the victims of mugging don't even bother to report it to the police.
Focusarrow An agenda for educational reforms
The frustrating performance of the education sector was reflected in the SSC results of last year where no body passed from 2000 high schools and 18 per cent passed from several other thousands.
 arrow Left-handed but in right mind!
Yesterday, August 13 was International Left-Handers' Day, and they must have mindfully observed it! Being left-handed is like being in a secret club.
 arrow How heeded is the 'king's message'?
Britain was at war with Germany from 3rd September 1939. On 4th September the King George VI gave a message through radio to his people at home and abroad.
 arrow For an effective anti-corruption commission
From press reports, it has been known that an Anti-Corruption Commission composed of a Chairman and two Commissioners is being formed to investigate corruption cases impartially and to grant sanction