Vol. 4 Num 83 Sun. August 17, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Abductors up ransom for Jamal to Tk 1cr
The abductors have raised the amount of ransom to Tk 1 crore from Tk 50 lakh for releasing businessman and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, family sources said.
 arrow Gas export meeting shelved indefinitely
A meeting on the gas sector scheduled to take place at the Prime Minister's Office today has been postponed indefinitely.
 arrow Talks today to end launch strike
The government and leaders of the striking launch owners will sit for talks today to end the indefinite launch strike that began Tuesday.
 arrow No major headway in Joypurhat
Joypurhat police could not recover the arms and ammunition looted by operatives of an Islamist militant outfit a day ago, but arrested five suspects and were conducting a massive manhunt for the key accused
 arrow Hartal passes off quietly
A countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Awami League (AL) was observed yesterday peacefully barring some stray incidents of violence in the city.
 arrow Ecnec okays Tk 176cr tannery relocation plan
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk 175.75 crore project to set up a tannery town at Savar by December 2005.
 arrow US, Canada in search of blackout cause
New York City's subway, stopped in its tracks by this week's historic power failure, resumed service yesterday, and a US-Canadian task force searched for the cause of the blackout.
 arrow Key Iraq oil pipelines 'sabotaged'
Iraqi crude exports through Turkey have been halted by sabotage of the key pipeline to the Mediterranean terminal of Ceyhan, Iraq's top oil official said yesterday.

"The oil exports...

 arrow DUTP runs 2 yrs behind schedule
The Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) is at least two years behind schedule, condemning commuters to continuing misery.
 arrow Dhaka for int'l help to fight Delhi's river diversion plan
Bangladesh explores various options, including diplomatic maneuverings on both bilateral and international planes, to make the Indian government abandon its planned river-linking project that could spell
 arrow All but one college go by GPA
Colleges are enrolling students on the basis of the grade point average (GPA) as prescribed by the government, instead of written tests, Education Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Alam said yesterday.
 arrow IMF team due Tuesday to assess NCB reforms
A four-member team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Dhaka Tuesday to assist the government in reforming the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), officials said yesterday.
 arrow Power tariff to be rationalised from next month
The power ministry is going to rationalise three bottom-level electricity tariff slabs in domestic category from September 1 allowing bigger consumers to pay less for their sizable consumption, official
 arrow Tk 52 lakh gold seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized 7.15 kilograms of gold chains estimated at about Tk 52 lakh from a Biman aircraft Friday night.
 arrow Three children drown in pond in Cox's Bazar
Three children drowned in a pond at village Palongkhali in Ukhia Upazila yesterday.
 arrow Job eludes graduates of some private universities
Most private university graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to get jobs.

The job market favours public university graduates and postgraduates, even though private university fees are higher.

 arrow Idi Amin dies in S Arabia
Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of his people in the 1970s, died on Saturday in a Saudi hospital where he had been critically ill for weeks.
 arrow Businessman shot in city by extortionists
Extortionists shot a businessman yesterday evening at Sat Masjid Ghat, Mohammadpur, as he refused to pay toll.
 arrow Charges framed against 9 for killing 4 BTV officials in '75
The First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday framed charges against nine for killing four Bangladesh Television (BTV) officials in November 1975.
 arrow 11 accused of killing CU student
Eleven people including three listed criminals have been accused of killing Md. Omar Faruq, a first year BBA student at Chittagong University, on Thursday.
 arrow Abducted girl rescued at DU
Police yesterday rescued a teenage girl who was abducted from Nandipara in Khilgaon Sunday.
 arrow 682 bullets recovered in Khagrachhari
Army personnel recovered 682 bullets from a deep forest at Kanongupara under Panchhari upazila yesterday.
Businessarrow PLCs seeking big loans from Janata Bank must go for IPO

Any public limited company (PLC) seeking loans from Janata Bank above Tk 5 crore must raise minimum 50 per cent of its equity from the stock market.

 arrow Dollar under pressure against taka
The Bangladesh taka was firmer against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday even though upbeat US economic news continued to drive the American currency higher into the weekend, dealers said.
 arrow Export target for FY04 fixed at $7.49b
The government has fixed export target for FY2003-04 at US$7.49 billion, 14.39 per cent higher than the export earnings of the just concluded fiscal year.

Bangladesh fetched US$6.

 arrow ECNEC okays 18 schemes
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved 18 development projects involving Tk 6,041.95 crore, including Tk 3,352.13 crore project assistance.
 arrow Africa slams EU-US plan for farm reform
Africans Friday slammed a joint United States-European Union plan for world farm reform, but feared that a lack of negotiating muscle from the continent could leave in place subsidies that hurt poor farmers.
 arrow US power outage spoils mountains of food
US supermarkets and restaurants Friday began throwing away mountains of spoiled vegetables, meats and dairy products, while others were counting on backup generators to minimise losses from the largest
 arrow Blackout throws global air travel deeper into chaos
Blackouts plunged global air travel into chaos Friday, paralyzing major North American airports and cancelling hundreds of flights for thousands of passengers.
 arrow WTO states clash over widening trade talks
World Trade Organisation (WTO) states clashed Friday over whether to widen global free trade talks to include issues such as investment and competition policy as demanded by the European Union and some
Sportsarrow Cricket: Make or break tour for Mahmud
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said yesterday that Bangladesh are going to play against Pakistan with the objective of improving on what they achieved in Australia.
 arrow Football: NFL Super Sixes begin Aug 25
The 'Super Six' stage of the Nitol-Tata National Football League will begins on August 25 with impressive Moulvibazar Wanderers takes on Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club in the inaugural match at the
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam brought back
Pakistan recalled experienced middle-order batsman Inzamamul Haq for next week's first cricket Test against Bangladesh, selectors said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Hailing Anwar
Former Pakistan greats paid glowing tributes Saturday, to record-breaking opener Saeed Anwar saying he savoured and served cricket to the hilt and will never be forgotten.
 arrow Cricket: Neil, Mark steady SA
Neil McKenzie and Mark Boucher batted through the afternoon session as South Africa fought back to reach 251 for five on the third day of the third Test against England on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith blasts Trent Bridge
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith hit out at the state of the Trent Bridge wicket here on Friday as his side battled to save the third Test against England.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan held, India lose
A late penalty corner conversion by newcomer Grant Schubert saved the day for Australia ensuring a 4-4 draw with Pakistan in the opening match of the 25th men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament
 arrow Tennis: Mirnyi crushes Coria
Max "The Beast" Mirnyi and seventh seed Andy Roddick dispatched a pair of Argentine opponents on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.
 arrow Tennis: Elena stuns Amelie
There were more upsets at the Toronto WTA event on Friday as Elena Dementieva stunned defending champion Amelie Mauresmo to reach the semi-finals.
 arrow Athletics: Win, hit jackpot
World and Olympic champion Maria Mutola is just one race away from collecting a million dollar jackpot after she majestically won the 800 metres at the Weltklasse Golden League meeting here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Man United show the way
Manchester United and Arsenal started the new Premiership season where they left off on Saturday as last year's champions and runners-up opened their accounts with victories.
 arrow Football: Joy for Portsmouth
The summer signings were quick to earn their wages on the opening day of the English Premiership Saturday, as a trio of new boys sealed opening day victories for Portsmouth and Birmingham.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo relying on Beckham
Brazilian World Cup hero Ronaldo believes the arrival of David Beckham will enable him to torment Spanish defences in what the Real Madrid striker hopes will be a vintage campaign for him and the club.
 arrow Football: Smith a Leeds man
Leeds United forward Alan Smith blasted reports he is set for a surprise move to join former Leeds boss David O'Leary at Aston Villa.
 arrow Football: Chelsea face Reds test
Chelsea put their expensive new-look side to the test at Anfield on Sunday, where fellow Premiership title-contenders Liverpool lay in wait for revenge.
 arrow Football: Bowyer awaits a hostile time
Newcastle's Lee Bowyer returns to Leeds United on Sunday ready to face a chorus of hate from Elland Road fans who still feel betrayed by the manner in which the controversial midfielder left the struggling
Politicalarrow Befitting for eve-teasers
Two activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were roughed up and their motorbike was set on fire by angry medical students for harassing female students in front of a women medical students' dormitory
 arrow 'Govt trying to scapegoat AL'
The Awami League (AL) has condemned the government's "heinous move to implicate its leaders and workers" in the Bogra ammunition recovery case.
 arrow AL's countrywide demonstration Aug 19
Awami League will stage demonstration across the country on August 19 to protest harassment and arrest of the party's women activists during the hartal hours yesterday.
Nationalarrow 26 hurt in gunfight in Chokoria govt forest
At least 35 people were injured, 21 of them bullet-hit, in gunfights between forest guards and timber thieves at a government forest and between rival groups at a shrimp farm in Chokoria upazila Thursday
 arrow Troops deployed in Naniarchar
Troops have been deployed in Naniarchar upazila following appeals by villagers to protect them from rampant extortion, killings, kidnappings and other crimes allegedly by activists of Parbattya Jana Sanghati
 arrow CU students firm on abolition, authorities reluctant
Stalemate over grading system in examination persists at Chittagong University (CU) as students, now on movement for its cancellation, are firm on their demand while the authorities are reluctant to revoke
 arrow 15 hurt in Lalmonirhat, B'baria
At least 15 people have been injured in clashes during formation of Gram Sarkar in Lalmonirhat and Brahmanbaria.
 arrow BIWTC special services ease passengers' woes
Passengers travelling on long-distance direct routes from Barisal to Chandpur, Khulna and Dhaka have been benefited by BIWTC's special services in view of the launch strike.
Culturearrow Pleasures and perils of editing
Sitting in the Alliance Francaise library, recently, before the discussion on her book with litterateurs, critiques, publishers and the press, Niaz Zaman, the editor of "Under the Krishnachura", spoke
 arrow Nrityanchal monthly Pathchakra begins
Dance school Nrityanchal has introduced a monthly Pathchakra for the students recently.
 arrow Shewly Mala pays tribute to Nazrul
NTV is going to telecast Shewly Mala (garland of shewly flower), based on a story by Kazi Nazrul Islam. Directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim, the play has been adapted by Ananta Hira.
Generalarrow 1,269 Gram Sarkar units formed
About 1,269 units of the Gram Sarkar were formed in 39 districts yesterday.
 arrow Two outlaws murdered in Chuadanga
Two activists of outlawed Purbobanglar Communist Party (PBCP) were murdered by their rivals in separate incidents Friday night.
 arrow Body of drowned SUST student recovered
The body of ANM Nazibullah Rajon, a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), was recovered yesterday from the river Piain near Jafflong.
Internationalarrow Big blackout points finger to US vulnerability
The vulnerability of the North American electric system was highlighted on Thursday and Friday as millions in North America lost their power on one of the hottest afternoons of the summer.
 arrow Libya officially accepts Lockerbie blame
The Bush administration will keep a US diplomatic and economic squeeze on Libya despite the country's acceptance of responsibility for the bombing of a Pan Am jetliner over Scotland in 1988.
 arrow Vajpayee plots strategy
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday held a strategy session with leaders of ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents to face the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion
 arrow Palestinians hail deal on WB pullouts
The Palestinians Friday hailed what they said was a pledge by Israel to withdraw from four more West Bank towns even though Israeli media reported a raft of conditions attached to the second phase ofthe
 arrow 'Key British claim on Iraq weapons was hearsay'
Britain's headline-grabbing claim before the Iraq war that Baghdad could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes was based on second-hand information, the Guardian reported Saturday.
 arrow Monica Ali on Booker Prize list
Monica Ali, who was singled out as one of Britain's best young authors even before her first work was published, leads the charge of young writers with her novel Brick Lane, on this year's Booker Prize
Editorialarrow Editorial: Unsolved abduction mysteries
Press reports suggest that the kidnappings in Chittagong might have had something to do with an unholy nexus between the law enforcers and the kidnappers.
 arrow Editorial: Felicitations to Grameen Phone
Our heartiest congratulations to Grameen Phone on their resounding success in reaching one million subscribers mark since its inception in 1997.
 arrow Current trends in US-Saudi relations
Twenty-eight pages of the US Congressional Joint Enquiry Report into the terrorist attacks on nine-eleven remain classified.
 arrow Getting away with murder
PARLIAMENT and the Supreme Court are the highest bodies in any democratic country. One legislates and the other interprets, keeping in mind the dictates of the constitution and equity.
Letters to Editorarrow Magnetic train
I read the report in DS about the "Magnetic Train". I would like to express my views on it. First the report states "US$500 million", when in fact it is a fiction unless Mr.
 arrow Bangladesh Civil Service
The prime minister recently declared that a special BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) examination will be taken only for teachers to fill up the vacant posts at different colleges in Bangladesh.
Star Healtharrow Get rid of lactose intolerance, make the cow friendly
About 70 per cent of the world's population just cannot drink milk or eat dairy products (except yogurt) without getting an upset stomach. It is due to genetic factors.
 arrow Did you know that you could manifest Hemophilia?
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder characterized by a deficiency of selected proteins in your blood-clotting system.
Star Cityarrow Development without direction
Lack of coordination among service providers remains the biggest obstacle to the development of the city.
 arrow Generating business out of power loss
They may live in a 'megacity', but the people of Dhaka hardly enjoy proper civic amenities. They are choked by air pollution, suffer from traffic congestion and assaulted by muggers and thugs.
 arrow Holding tax reviewed after thirteen years
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has for the first time decided to reassess holding tax in thirteen years, said sources at the DCC.
 arrow Ansars find no answers for 8-month delay in wages
Ansars deployed at the Mohakhali flyover to maintain traffic have been in dire straits, as they have not been paid since January this year.
 arrow Begging: not an easy way to make a living
Rina, an eight- year-old girl walks into Dhaka city from Kamrangirchar each morning to earn money by begging. She does not know when she started begging.
 arrow A court for women
A three-day meeting of South Asian women activists to realise the rights of women ended in Dhaka last Wednesday.
 arrow Couples fear harassment on city streets
The concept of love has gone through a wholesale change over the last decade or so and now Bangladeshis are more bold and fearless in expressing their affection.
Star City in Framesarrow A River in Retreat
THE Buriganga river was once the major lifeline of Dhaka city, and Sadarghat its beating heartBut persistent encroachment of the river has become so serious that during lean periods, at certain points,