Volume 4 Number 81 Fri. August 15, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Magnetic train maze
A long shadow has been cast on the much-vaunted proposed magnetic train link between Dhaka and Chittagong as the Public Expenditure Review Commission (PERC) has highlighted some incredible features of
 arrow Journey by train over Jamuna a reality
A train carrying Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday rolled down the railroad from Rajshahi city to Sardah on its maiden trip after she inaugurated a direct rail link between western and eastern regions.
 arrow 27 years after, justice still not meted out
The nation pays tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today, marking his 28th death anniversary.
 arrow Passenger plight mounts as launches stay anchored
Launch owners yesterday renewed their threat to continue the indefinite strike until the fulfilment of their demand, but budged on the call for the resignation of the shipping minister.
 arrow Globalisation biased, anti-poor: Stiglitz
Globalisation is guided by tilted rules of the WTO, defective international financial arrangements and the wish of the US, and so it fails to address the poor nations' concerns, said Nobel winner Joseph
 arrow GrameenPhone nets 1 million subscribers
GrameenPhone (GP), the leading cellular phone service provider, set a South Asian record Wednesday when it roped in the one millionth subscriber just six years into operation.
 arrow Illegal workers reign supreme at DMCH
Illegal workers reign unchallenged at Dhaka Medical College Hospital's emergency unit.
 arrow JU teachers' 7-day ultimatum to punish JCD offenders
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday gave a seven-day ultimatum to the university authorities demanding punishment to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists involved
 arrow Mixed bag over trans-Jamuna rail link
The trans-Jamuna rail link between Rajshahi and Joydevpur, opened yesterday, sparked mixed reactions among local people, especially businessmen, over its expected result.
 arrow 3,000 die so far in French heatwave
France's worst heat wave on record has killed an estimated 3,000 people across the nation, the Health Ministry said yesterday, as the government faced accusations that it failed to respond to a majorhealth
 arrow Isolated Arafat unable to attend sister's burial
Yasser Arafat's sister was buried with a simple, quiet ceremony at a public graveyard in Gaza City yesterday. Arafat, isolated in the West Bank by Israeli travel restrictions, did not attend.
 arrow 1 British soldier killed, 2 hurt in Basra
One British soldier was killed and two others were injured yesterday in an explosive attack in southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
 arrow Two cops get 5 years in jail for mugging
A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced two policemen and an auto-rickshaw driver to five years rigorous imprisonment and fined them Tk 5,000 each for mugging.
 arrow US apologises for sparking Iraq ire
The US Army said yesterday it had apologised for provoking furious protests in a Baghdad slum neighbourhood, but Shia residents vowed more violence unless American troops withdrew from the district.
 arrow Microbus driver held on Jamal kidnap charge
Detectives of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday seized the microbus used to kidnap a businessman and arrested its driver yesterday.
 arrow Arguments begin
Arguments in the Shazneen case began yesterday in the Second Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression, Dhaka.
 arrow Proposal to beef up press wings abroad gathers dust
A proposal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to open press wings in a number of missions abroad and strengthen the existing ones is gathering dust with no decision on it even after eight months, simply
 arrow Suranjit blasts president, CJ for failure in appointing ad hoc judges
Awami League presidium member Suranjit Sengupta, MP, yesterday squarely blamed the president and the chief justice for non-appointment of ad hoc judges to complete the Bangabandhu murder case.
 arrow DESA assures normalcy in a week
With the city passing through severe power crisis following a major breakdown, the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) assured normalcy within a week with the help of foreign experts.
 arrow Cancel BCS test, DU students reiterate
Students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test, exemplary punishment to the persons involved in the question paper
 arrow Forged passports, seals, currencies seized
Detectives seized a number of forged passports with visas, block seals, immigration seals, foreign currencies and arrested a man in Old Dhaka Wednesday.
Businessarrow WTO used for serving developed nations
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is increasingly being used as a means to exert pressure on the poor countries to serve the interests of rich nations, observed visiting Nobel laureate economist Joseph
 arrow GP hopes high in coming years
After reaching one million subscribers' mark, GrameenPhone is hoping to net another million within a couple of years.
 arrow Transcom Electronics posts 50pc growth in 8 months
Transcom Electronics Limited, manufacturer of Philips bulb in Bangladesh, has posted a remarkable 50 per cent growth in sales in less than eight months of this year, compared to the total sale in 2002.
 arrow Leasing firms seek access to BB fund
Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) yesterday requested the central bank to open the comprehensive fund package to the financial institutions ensuring their access to the fund.
 arrow Tea market slides
After four consecutive weeks of upbeat trend, the international tea auction on Tuesday witnessed an unpredicted slump due to sluggish participation and selected buying by two major foreign buyers, Pakistan
 arrow PDB converts 8 circles into business units
The state-run Power Development Board yesterday turned its eight transmission and maintenance circles into strategic business units (SBU) as part of its reform measures for better management.
 arrow S'pore to maintain open-door policy for foreign workers
Singapore will maintain its open-door policy for foreign workers, a government minister said Thursday as he sought to allay growing fears among locals that there are not enough jobs to go around.
 arrow Doha round to boost trade among the poor
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Thursday insisted that the Doha round of global trade negotiations could provide a powerful boost for economic prospects of poor countries by stimulating trade between
Sportsarrow Pakistan-bound Tigers named
Rajin Saleh and Alamgir Kabir earned recalls when the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the squad for the three Tests and one-day internationals against Pakistan yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: No room for Al-Shahriar
A more or less predictable 15-man Bangladesh Test team for its tour of Pakistan was announced yesterday afternoon with just two changes from the squad that played in the Test series against Australialast
 arrow Cricket: Chief selector's charges
Rajin Saleh and Alamgir Kabir had always expected that they would be a part of the Pakistan-bound Bangladesh squad.
 arrow Cricket: Perform and get paid
The announcement of a new pay-roll for the national cricketers would not be announced before the end of Bangladesh's tour of Pakistani.
 arrow Cricket: Another Aussie for Bangladesh
Australian Richard Maclmmes is set to become Bangladesh's new coach Under-19 squad.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has almost confirmed the appointment of the 29-year-old Queenslander.

 arrow Football: NFL heads for Mirpur
After a long drama, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has finally conceded its fight with Bangladesh Cricket Board to hold the Super Six phase of the Nitol-Tata National Football League (NFL) at the
 arrow Hockey: Different wins for MSC, AKC
A second-half penalty corner goal by Pakistani recruit Selim Aamir guided title aspirants Mohamme-dan Sporting Club to a 1-0 win over Usha Krira Chakra in an important Green Delta Premier Division Hockey
 arrow Chess: Nipa goes to India today
National women's champion FIDE Master Syeda Shabana Parveen Nipa leaves for Calicut, India today to participate in the Asian Chess Championship for Women.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin, ministries show caused
India's new cricket season began Thursday amidst a growing row over the government's decision to waive import duty worth thousands of dollars for a Ferrari gifted to superstar Sachin Tendulkar.
 arrow Cricket: Butcher puts England on top
Mark Butcher's eighth Test hundred left England in charge against South Africa at Trent Bridge here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan rigid enough
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted Wednesday he had enough steel to do the job after former skipper Ray Illingworth accused him of "captaincy by committee" during the team's crushing innings and
 arrow Tennis: 'Grand Slammers' crash
French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer fell in the second round here Wednesday as an upset-bug hit the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.
 arrow Football: First signs promising
Roman Abramovich looks set to recoup a fair amount of the millions he has invested in Chelsea as they ran out 2-0 winners away at Slovakian champions Zilina in the first leg of the final qualifying round
 arrow Football: Makelele gets on Real's nerves
Spanish champions Real Madrid have launched disciplinary measures against French midfielder Claude Makelele who is refusing to train with the team, the club announced on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Next stop USA, India!
Not content with conquering Asia both on and off the pitch, Real Madrid are to leave no stone unturned in their bid to leave rivals standing in the battle for the status of the world's top sporting club.
 arrow Football: German greats pass away
German World Cup winner Helmut Rahn, who scored the winning goal in Germany's 1954 World Cup final 3-2 victory over Hungary in Bern, died on Thursday at the age of 73, the German Football Federation (DFB)
Politicalarrow Face 'AL plot' politically
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called for facing politically the conspiracy hatched by Awami League.
 arrow BNP men bar Barisal AL caravan to Tungipara
The Awami League (AL) had to cancel its programme to observe the 28th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the face of violent resistance from the ruling BNP men, AL leaders alleged.
 arrow JCD burns BCL banners at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) burned down four banners of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Wednesday night.
 arrow JCD leaders beat up student at JU
Two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders assaulted a student on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on Wednesday night as he protested their activities.
 arrow Brother-in-law of AL leader gunned down
An armed gang raided the house of Raozan thana Awami League General Secretary Moslem Khan last night and gunned down his brother-in-law as they did not find the AL leader.
Foreign Relationsarrow President seeks more US investment
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday sought more US investment and support in IT sector.
Culturearrow Film festival in town
Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) held a press conference to discuss the working of yet another international film festival due in Dhaka next month.
 arrow Chhayanaut welcomes Barsha
Tagore songs on Barsha, the Bangla rainy season, featured the tribute by Chhayanaut to the memory of poet Rabindranath Tagore on his 62nd death anniversary.
 arrow Bou Kotha Kow on BTV
BTV will telecast "Bou Kotha Kow" on 18th August, at 8:30 pm. It is a play adapted from a story by Manik Manobik and directed by Taher Shipon.
Generalarrow Violence against women persists despite legislation
Despite plenty of legislation to combat violence against the women, there has been persistent rise in women repression in the country, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Protect nat'l industries to save workers, urges JSD
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday called for a 'platform to protect national industries' to save workers' livelihood in a memorandum protesting the economic policies of the government, during aprotest
 arrow 2,500 cases disposed of under Speedy Trial Act
Some 2,500 cases were disposed of under Speedy Trial Act during the last 15 months while trial in 136 cases was completed in 10 months in the Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Int'l confce of NRBs next year
An international conference of non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) will be held in the city next year.
 arrow Take long-term plan to check erosion: PM
The government at a high-level meeting on Wednesday stressed the importance of approving the proposed national water management plan for optimum utilisation of the river waters and prevention of floods
 arrow 'Steps taken for BDS registration'
Steps have been taken for the registration of its Bachelor of Dental Surgery department, said the Gono Bishwabidyalaya (GB) authorities yesterday.
 arrow 2 girls raped allegedly by clinic manager
Two teenagers, lured by the promise of a job in a clinic, were raped allegedly by the clinic manager at Palash Pole in Satkhira on Tuesday.
 arrow One killed in road mishap
A young man was killed in a road accident in Mirpur early yesterday morning.
 arrow 4 of family die from food poisoning
Four of a 13-member family of village Keshrail under Boalmari Upazila died from food poisoning at the Faridpur Medical College Hospital in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda's birthday today
The 58th birth anniversary of BNP Chairperson and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will be observed today.
Internationalarrow Blair, Hoon dragged into Kelly probe
Britain's defence secretary rejected advice that he shield Iraq weapons expert David Kelly from a hostile public grilling just days before he committed suicide, an inquiry into his death revealed yesterday.
 arrow Singapore for open-door policy on foreign workers
Singapore will maintain its open-door policy for foreign workers, a government minister said Thursday as he sought to allay growing fears among locals that there are not enough jobs to go around.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Stiglitz's comments music to our ears
Professor Joseph Stiglitz is no stranger to our nation. But, during his recent sojourn in Dhaka, he had talked of things that must be read with care and curiosity and put into proper perspective.
 arrow The military legacy of August 15
Seldom will one come across a nation that will stand idly by to witness its founding leader gunned down, its government dislodged and family members of the leader massacred with extreme cruelty.
 arrow The tragic assassination: Its impact on the nation
Assassination or loss of human life through lethal acts is inherently violent and disruptive.
 arrow "Finale to the trial will heal a sore"
Daily Star (DS): What do you think were the implications of the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the nation?

Mujibul Haque(MH): This is a very delicate question and you can'treally

 arrow Trails Of Trial
The trial of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of the nation, has struck a blind alley, one judge after another continuing to feel 'embarrassed' in hearing the appeal.
 arrow Important dates in the trial of Bangabandhu murder case
Leader of our Liberation War, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was assassinated along with most of his family members in a military putsch on August 15, 1975.
 arrow 'It is the duty...'
It is the duty of the law ministry and the supreme judiciary to see to it that no trial should remain incomplete in the last appeal stage on the plea that the judges are embarrassed or for any other reason.
 arrow 'A blot on our conscience... '
It is a shame for our judicial system that Bangabandhu murder case has come to a static condition at the final stage of the appeal procedure.
 arrow 'The trial has to come to an end...'
We may look at the issue from different levels. At a very general level every trial which has started has to be completed and this trial also has to come to an end.
 arrow 'The conclusion of the hearing will serve the interests of all concerned...'
The High Court Division of the Supreme Court found 12 persons guilty, from these 12 four have applied for leave of appeal to the Appellate Division, and their leave of application is pending.
Letters to Editorarrow The legend we mourn
If we are not a nation of the ungrateful we must mourn the death of our great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on every 15th August.
 arrow Still haunting...
It is estimated that Germany has paid a staggering US$ 60 billion to Jewish holocaust survivors for atrocities committed during the second world war.
 arrow Liberalising alcohol policy
Chemically and medically, alcohol is a central nervous system relaxant and depressant. Alcohol had been, is being used in the society from time immemorial.
 arrow Counterfeiting Bangladesh Bank style
The news that certain notes have been counterfeited and readily available inside the vaults of the supposedly impregnable Bangladesh Bank is absolutely shocking.
 arrow Save our education
The result of the SSC Examination 2003 has disappointed all. There are many schools from where not a single examinee has passed the SSC examination and eventually created a problem for the colleges.
 arrow Shouldn't IBA (DU) change?
This is in response to the letter of Mr. Z. Ahmed and Miss Arani (DS 8 July'03). It is disheartening for me that you have considered my views as something personal, whereas it was a public issue.
 arrow Faith in PSC
Now the question of trust in PSC has risen. PSC has certainly lost its glory and sanctity. Lakhs of unemployed people have no faith in PSC.
 arrow PSC failed to perform constitutional obligation
Public Service Commission is a constitutional body. One of its functions is to conduct fair examination for the suitable person of the service of Republic in accordance with Article 140 sub-article 1.
 arrow "A personal view"
One would have thought a measly newspaper in a socially conservative, poverty-stricken country would be the last place on earth for reflection, disagreement and debate on sexual orientation.
 arrow Female students' stipend!
Our Prime Minister (PM) Khaleda Zia pioneered the female students' stipend project during her previous stint to encourage and accelerate the female education rate.
 arrow Passenger's harassment
Most of the city dwellers are from the middle class. They do not own private transports or have enough money to travel by taxicabs regularly. So they have no other choices but to ride public busses.
 arrow What is corruption?
While I was crossing the road at the Bishwa Road junction on the Airport Road -- just before Khilkhet, on August 12, 2003 at around 7:30 AM on my way to the office, I saw a blue bus bearing the name "Bangladesh
Focusarrow Slaying the nine-headed dragon
The BBC Bengali Section has started broadcasting a special series of radio programmes on the ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
 arrow Have A Nice Day: Kidney patients
According to a recent American study, acute kidney failure patients treated with diuretics are about three times more likely to die from or suffer irreversible organ failure than patients who are notput
Worldarrow Libya, Lockerbie families sign compensation deal
Libya and families of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing victims agreed on Wednesday to set up a $2.
 arrow Saudi Arabia vows to defeat 'terrorists'
Crown Prince Abdullah vowed that Saudi Arabia will triumph over "evil powers" and continue its crackdown on suspected militants, and warned citizens on Thursday not to sympathize with or support "terrorists.
 arrow US troops land at Liberian airport
US military helicopters landed scores of American troops at Liberia's main airport yesterday, significantly bolstering American involvement in the warring country.
 arrow Moroccan in dock as new Sept 11 trial opens
A Moroccan student went on trial in Germany on Thursday under tight security accused of being an accessory to murder in the deadly September 11 attacks on US cities.
 arrow 'Peace with India hinges on resolution of Kashmir row'

Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali called for peace with nuclear rival India yesterday, but said key differences between the two countries must be resolved.

 arrow Blast in bus kills 6 as India sounds I-Day security alert
A powerful bomb killed six passengers on a bus in northeastern India yesterday as fears of more attacks put the country on high security alert on the eve of annual Independence Day celebrations.
 arrow Tensions in Baghdad after US troops-Shiites clash
Tensions simmered yesterday in Baghdad after a deadly confrontation between Shiite Muslims and US troops, as the United Nations was set to acknowledge Iraq's interim government and a message attributed
 arrow New Saddam message urges Shiites to wage Jihad
A handwritten message purported to be from Saddam Hussein and read out by Al-Jazeera TV called for Iraq's majority Shiites to wage "Jihad", or holy war, against the US and British occupiers.
 arrow Truce at risk as Israel kills militant commander
Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant commander on Thursday, triggering vows of revenge in increasing signs that a six-week-old truce critical to a new peace plan could collapse.