Volume 4 Number 82 Sat. August 16, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Cops, militants trade fire in Joypurhat, 19 held
Operatives of an outlawed Islamist group looted three shotguns and 60 bullets in an early morning fierce firefight that left six policemen injured in Joypurhat yesterday, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Police-criminal nexus behind Ctg abductions
Cosy links between police and criminals have triggered a wave of kidnappings of businessmen for ransom in Chittagong, according to victim's families, businessmen and intelligence officials.
 arrow Thousands mourn death of Bangabandhu
Thousands of mourners wearing black badges and carrying black flags yesterday marched towards the Dhanmondi residence of the country's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to pay homage to
 arrow 41 MP hostel rooms in crony hands
A group of parliamentarians has been unofficially possessing 41 unallocated rooms and three suites of the two MP hostels of the Jatiya Sangsad for nearly two years.
 arrow US, Canada power outage leaves millions in dark
The biggest power outage in North American history blacked out New York and other major US and Canadian cities yesterday, leaving millions of people in the dark and forcing thousands of stranded commuters
 arrow Mourners attacked, one killed in N'ganj
At least one person was killed and 16 others were injured when observance of the 28th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was attacked in Narayanganj and some other districts allegedly
 arrow Stiglitz for gas reserve, sees risk in export
If Bangladesh decides to export gas now, it will have to import 15 to 20 years later and ultimately be forced to pay two-way transportation costs, said Nobel laureate Professor Joseph E Stiglitz yesterday.
 arrow Talks likely today as passengers' woes mount
Negotiations between the authorities and the striking launch owners are likely today to end the indefinite launch strike that began on Tuesday.
 arrow Trans-Jamuna train rolls on commercial trip
The 758-capacity Silk City Express, the newly introduced trans-Jamuna train, started its first commercial run yesterday with only 378 passengers.
 arrow Solar spectacle
 arrow Rebels in Tripura, Manipur kill 36
Tribal rebels boycotting yesterday's national Independence Day celebrations killed 36 civilians in three separate attacks in India's troubled northeast, police said.
 arrow Justice delayed, justice denied, say top lawyers
Some leading lawyers have demanded immediate disposal of the Bangabandhu murder case which, they observed, has already become another glaring example of the popular saying, 'justice delayed, justice denied'.
 arrow Student killed in AK-47 fire in Raozan
A student of Chittagong University was killed in a spray of bullets that pierced through a wooden door when an armed gang fired from outside in Raozan Thursday night.
 arrow RAB to swing into action within a month
The much-talked-about Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is likely to 'swing into action' in a month.
 arrow Mine blast kills 3 in Chittagong
Three people were killed and three others critically injured in a landmine explosion at a welding workshop in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Al-Qaeda top gun Hambali held
Hambali, al-Qaeda's top man in Southeast Asia and suspected mastermind behind numerous deadly bombings, has been captured in Thailand, handed over to the Americans and flown out of the country, officials
 arrow India to send mission to moon by 2008, says Vajpayee
India will send an unmanned mission to the moon by 2008, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said yesterday, in what is seen as an effort to showcase the country's scientific capabilities.
 arrow McKinnon seeks second term as C'wealth SG
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon said yesterday that he would seek a second term but noted a couple of member states might not be happy with the move.
 arrow 2 SUST students drown in river near Jaflong
Two students of the Shahajalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) drowned in a river in Ballaghat area near Zaflong yesterday.
Businessarrow Trade negotiations unbalanced in WTO from very beginning
The trade negotiations in the WTO have been unbalanced from the very beginning, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has said.
 arrow Bangladesh holds potential to double spice production
Bangladesh has enormous potentials to double the production of spices to meet the annual domestic demand of 7.5 lakh mts.
 arrow Donor's donut and telecom reforms
The government has been the sole proprietor of public utilities in Bangladesh. Supply of power, water, gas and telecom is not driven by the market demand.
 arrow One million and beyond
The year was 1998, GrameenPhone found its entire interconnectivity with the fixed phone exhausted. But the company needed to increase its subscriber base to make the still nascent entity a full-grownone.
 arrow EU, US farm deal seen leaving big subsidy loophole
The European Union and the United States have moved in the right direction with their deal on farm trade reform but the proposals still allow hefty degrees of subsidy and market protection, analysts said
 arrow Jobs, trade data bolster US economic recovery hopes
Signs the erosion in the US jobs market may have drawn to a close and a surprisingly sharp narrowing in America's trade gap offered fresh hope on Thursday the economic recovery was gaining steam.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers head for Pakistan today
The Bangladesh cricket team fly off to Karachi tonight for a five-week tour of Pakistan focusing on more individual improvement and hoping for atleast one win.
 arrow Hockey: Ajax enter Super Five
Ajax Sporting Club completed their first round campaign of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League by confirming a Super Five berth with a 2-1 victory over Sonali Bank at the Maulana Bhasani National
 arrow Cricket: Anwar says goodbye
Pakistan's world record-holding opener Saeed Anwar announced his retirement from international and first class cricket on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England make 445
Alec Stewart's 72 helped England to a first innings total of 445 all out at tea on the second day of the third Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain proves a point
Former England captain Nasser Hussain vowed to keep proving his critics wrong after making an unbeaten 108 at Trent Bridge here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Court allows Test in Karachi
A Pakistani court on Friday cleared the national cricket board to host next week's Test match against Bangladesh in the southern port city of Karachi, court sources said.
 arrow Fiat bails Sachin out
Italian automaker Fiat's Indian arm Thursday rescued cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar by paying a whopping import duty on the luxury Ferrari car gifted to him by the company.
 arrow Football: Here we go
In recent times when it comes to the English Premiership, there is no real need to predict the likely champions because it always boils down to a two-horse race between

Manchester United and Arsenal

 arrow Football: Makelele on his own
English Premiership side Chelsea have apologised to Real Madrid for their attempt to lure French international Claude Makelele and told the Spanish giants that the bid for the midfielder was off, Real
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Coria cruise
Guillermo Coria, the highest seed remaining in the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati draw, moved into the quarterfinals on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
Politicalarrow AL enforces countrywide hartal today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today to press home its demand for immediate implementation of the verdict on the Bangabandhu Murder Case.
 arrow 37 AL men indicted for vandalism in Barisal
Thirty-seven AL leaders and workers have gone into hiding to avoid arrest on charge of damaging vehicles following a case lodged with Barisal Kotwali Police Station under the Speedy Trial and other non-bailable
Metropolitanarrow Launch owners urged to withdraw strike
Nirapad Noupath Bastabayan Jote has urged the launch owners to withdraw their indefinite strike immediately to mitigate the sufferings of the passengers.
 arrow 218 DU teachers concerned
A total of 218 teachers of Dhaka University yesterday expressed concern over the 'unwarranted situation' in the wake of allegations of leakage of question papers of 24th BCS preliminary test.
 arrow PM urged to meet teachers'demands
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP) yesterday sought the prime minister's intervention to help resolve the stalemate in education sector by meeting
Nationalarrow Showdown by Khulna city BNP factions as rift widens
Amid showdowns and muscle flexing by rival groups, top leaders of Khulna city BNP including Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman and Whip Ashraf Hossain have been summoned by the party high command for a meeting
 arrow CU students boycott classes, exams
Students of Chittagong University (CU) boycotted classes and examinations, locked the examination halls and took out a procession on the campus on Thursday demanding cancellation of grading system in
 arrow Acid victim's father killed, 6 injured
Miscreants, who killing a woman by throwing acid on her about two months back, killed her father and critically injured her mother and six of the family on Wednesday allegedly for filing a case for the
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 2, attacks 144 in Rangpur
Diarrhoea has broken out in Haragachh Pourasabha, a densely populated municipality in the district, claiming two lives and attacking 144 more in last seven days, according to a spokesman of Rangpur Civil
 arrow Kidnap case tried in 36 days
The speedy trial court, Rangpur on Monday disposed off a kidnapping case within 36 days sentencing three years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to 3 kidnappers each.
 arrow 'Sylhet is the most vulnerable area for HIV'
Greater Sylhet is the "most vulnerable area" for HIV/AIDS in the country.
Foreign Relationsarrow Indian president confirms river-linking project
Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam has confirmed his country's river-linking project to tackle droughts and floods in river-basin states as well as give them water and power security.
Culturearrow Jamini launching
Bengal Foundation launches the first issue of its 'International arts quarterly' titled Jamini.
 arrow Elegant Expressions
One enters with arms full of books, bags and an umbrella for protection from the flooding sky, along with a mind filled with queries for the lady, who can probably be described as someone truly versatile.
 arrow German director's Locarno triumph
German filmmaker Iain Dilthey scored a surprise victory at Switzerland's 55th Locarno International Film Festival when his film Das Verlangen (The Longing) took the top prize.
Generalarrow 3 women rescued from 'traffickers' at ZIA, 2 held
A team of the Criminal Investigation Department, police, yesterday rescued three women from Zia International Airport and arrested two alleged traffickers.
 arrow One killed in bomb explosion in city
An employee of a printing press was killed and another person was injured in a bomb explosion at Golapshah Mazar in the city's Gulistan area last night.
 arrow 5-yr-old girl raped, fighting for life
A five-year-old girl has been fighting for her life at the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) after she was raped allegedly by her two next-door neighbours last Saturday.
Internationalarrow Let's walk together on road to peace
Asking Pakistan to give up its "anti-India outlook", Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday invited Islamabad to "walk together" with India on the road to peace.

"This road is decidedly bumpy.

 arrow Blackout affects planes, trains, subways
The blackout in the Eastern United States and parts of Canada disrupted planes, trains and automobiles, leaving millions of travelers stuck in traffic jams, airport terminals and rail stations.
 arrow US convoys attacked as UN welcomes Iraq's Council
US army convoys came under attack yesterday west of Baghdad, a day after a British soldier was killed by a bomb near the southern city of Basra and the United Nations welcomed Iraq's US-formed interim
 arrow Israel, Palestinians seek to ease tensions
Israeli and Palestinian security officials sought yesterday to calm tensions after a round of violence that dented a seven-week-old truce and virtually halted efforts to implement a US-backed peace plan.
 arrow Massive Pak manhunt to capture fleeing al-Qaeda
Pakistani security forces have launched a massive manhunt for at least three al-Qaeda suspects who escaped after a clash here overnight that left one of their companions dead, officials said Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Curbing woman and child trafficking
The demand by South Asian women activists for setting up regional and international courts to hand down severe punishment to those who torture women is timely.
 arrow Editorial: DMCH Emergency
Outsiders have taken charge of the Emergency unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
 arrow How free is free market?
Another key element of Washington Consensus is free market or market capitalism.
 arrow Inside out
We don't have much of a society but a collection of neighbourhoods. We don't have much of a neighbourhood, but a collection of families. We don't have much of a family but a collection of individuals.
Letters to Editorarrow Donor prescription and Communicative English
Overall English skills of our learners, especially from mainstream Bangla-medium is not very good. Even a good many of graduates from universities could not compose a letter properly in many cases.
 arrow Nuclear is more than just a weapon
North Korea is probably a lot closer to developing nuclear than many of us think.
 arrow Biman DC 10 and Brussels Airport
While thanking the Almighty for his kindness for all the passengers of the Biman DC 10 having landed safely, one question haunts my mind.
 arrow Savings certificates
The news in DS dated 06.07.
Literaturearrow Postmodern Bangla Short Stories: the arrival of the departure (Part III)
Modernist discourse and discursive practices, irrespective of whether they arrived with the British rulers or through glossy Soviet despatches, legitimised Occidental canons and hegemony.
 arrow Still Haunting Us After All These Years: Jibanananda in the New Millennium
Consider the following poem by the West Bengali poet Tarapada Roy on the way Jibanananda Das has entered our consciousness (my translation):

Jibanananda Das 1962

Sir, stay for a whilein