Volume 4 Number 84 Mon. August 18, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Say sorry, we'll call off strike
Launch owners yesterday agreed to call off their indefinite wildcat strike today if the government finding nothing wrong with their papers apologised.
 arrow Court rejects govt order to drop charges against Pintu's brother
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a home ministry order for withdrawal of murder charges against the brother of the ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and nine others.
 arrow 2 more militants held, group planned jihad
Two more suspects were arrested and property of three leaders of the Islamist militant outfit, the Jama'atul Mujahidin, was attached yesterday in Joypurhat where interrogators say the outfit was gathering
 arrow Washington wants to see Dhaka exporting gas
The United States wants to see Bangladesh exporting its natural gas so that it can become a middle-income country, the new US ambassador said here Sunday, reports AFP.
 arrow Ctg professionals demand army deployment
Leaders of different professional forums yesterday called for army deployment in Chittagong to check the law and order downslide at a meeting that came on the heels of the recent killing of a businessman
 arrow Buet goes soft on teacher's certificate forgery
The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) seems mysteriously reluctant to take stern action against a teacher, who produced forged certificates for personal gains from the institution.
 arrow Iraq sabotage-struck
A fresh wave of sabotage and violence took its toll on Iraq yesterday as a second blaze hit a crucial oil export pipeline, a water pipeline was blown up and six Iraqis were killed in a mortar attack on
 arrow Businessman's dare against toll-takers ends in death
A businessman died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday after he was shot by extortionists Saturday,

Mohammad Barkat Ullah, 35, was shot in the abdomen at Sat Masjid Ghat, Mohammadpur

 arrow Fear stalks Ctg businessmen
Abduction fear is haunting the business community in the port city in the wake of the killing of a top ship-breaker and holding of another magnate to ransom, sources said.
 arrow Strict policing of building code will reduce tremor risk: Prof. Jamilur Reza
Strict enforcement of the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) that goes unimplemented even 10 years after its formulation will reduce earthquake damage to the built-in environment, said Professor
 arrow PM turns down top brass promotion
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has finally turned down promotion of around 180 officials to the posts of joint and additional secretaries following raging resentment over the selection.
 arrow Probe team smells insider-outsider collusion
Bangladesh Bank (BB) investigators believe some outsiders in connivance with a section of the staff had deposited fake notes in Vault No. 8 in a planned way.
 arrow Prosecution ends argument
The charges brought against Shahidul Islam alias Shahid and five others, accused in the Shazneen case, were proved beyond doubt, said the prosecution and prayed for exemplary punishment to them yesterday
 arrow 11 'militants' held in KSA
Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia is investigating an allegation that some Bangladeshis, who were arrested along with some Saudi citizens Friday, were involved in militant activities.
 arrow Experts for quake preparedness
An extensive seismic survey on tremor-risk zones and installation of necessary equipment to monitor earthquakes were sought at a meeting sponsored by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief yesterday.
 arrow 14 get life for murder
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced 14 persons to life term in the Shah Alam alias Babul murder case.

The convicts are Md. Shahabuddin, Md.

 arrow Mobs kill 3 'muggers'
Three alleged muggers yesterday died from beatings by mobs that claimed they were trying to flee snatching money from NGO workers at Chandanaish.
 arrow Guardians file writ against GPA-based admission
A group of guardians yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court Division against the legitimacy of the government's circular on enrolling students on the basis of the grade point average (GPA).
Businessarrow GrameenPhone seeks legalisation of VoIP
GrameenPhone Ltd, largest cellular operator of Bangladesh, has urged the government to open up Internet telephony to spur the growth of information and communication technology (ICT).
 arrow FBCCI polls campaign gains momentum
With only a week remaining, candidates of the FBCCI election have started door-to-door campaign to drum up support for their panels.
 arrow Salt import on the cards to meet deficit
The country is set to import salt for the second consecutive year to meet more than one lakh metric tons deficit of the essential item.
 arrow Int'l forum for RMG workers begins today
The International Solidarity Forum for Garment Workers of Least Developed Countries begins today in Dhaka with a view to highlighting rights of workers and their interest for a secured livelihood.
 arrow Chinese president urges more measures to curb joblessness
China's top leaders put a grim face on the country's unemployment situation and urged all levels of government to prioritize job creation and ensuring the living standards of millions of unemployed, state
 arrow New US security measures to batter tourism industry
Foreign visitors have steered clear of the United States since September 11, 2001, and now tourism industry professionals fear new security measures will turn the country into an inhospitable fortress.
 arrow US sanctions cripple Myanmar economy
Aggressive new US sanctions against Myanmar have plunged the military state's ailing economy into chaos, crippling trade and prompting the junta to devise ways of beating the measures, analysts say.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Goals remain the same
It seems Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has made the term individual improvement as a slogan for his 'new Bangladesh'.
 arrow Cricket: Fearless Tigers!
The Bangladesh cricket team is staying at the same hotel that had been rocked by a car bomb a year ago.
 arrow Cricket: Dudhia BCB's first CEO
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to appoint Macky Dudhia as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
 arrow Cricket: MSC's Mariner setback
Mohammedan Sporting Club suffered their first setback of the season when Mariner Young's Club held them to a 1-1 draw in a crucial Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League match at the Maulana Bhasani
 arrow Football: Sultan obliges FIFA boss
It seems that the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will have to eat the humble pie after being asked by FIFA to take part in the qualifying rounds for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Only ODIs on BTV?
Bangladesh Television (BTV) is likely to show the five one-day internationals between visiting Bangladesh and Pakistan live.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock pretty pleased
Shaun Pollock batted and bowled South Africa firmly back into the third Test at Trent Bridge here on Saturday as the third day ended in dramatic style.
 arrow Cricket: Shaun gives SA the chance
Shaun Pollock took six for 39 to leave South Africa needing 202 runs for victory in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Laxman ready to open
In a departure from his earlier stand, Venkatasai Laxman has indicated that he is willing to bat at the top of the order.
 arrow Cricket: Warne aide to sue her
An associate of Shane Warne's is suing a woman who claims to have received lewd telephone calls and text messages from the banned Australian cricketer.
 arrow Chess: Niaz's winning start in Abu Dhabi
Bangladesh Grand Master Niaz Murshed won his first game against Gabor Knisch of Hungary in the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival on Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Div Two chess from Aug 20
The Second Division Chess League begins at the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) Hall Room at 3:00 pm on August 20.
 arrow Tennis: All-American final
Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish will play the big final match they dreamed about as boyhood friends on Sunday at the Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati.
 arrow Tennis: Henin halts Dementieva
Justine Henin-Hardenne was extended for the first time at the 1.3 million-dollar WTA Tour tier one tournament here Saturday, but pulled away to earn a berth in the final.
 arrow Football: Taking their breath away
David Beckham might be gone, but according to Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson the club already has a new hero -- Portuguese teenager Cristiano Ronaldo.
 arrow Football: Kaka destined for Milan
Brazil midfielder Kaka will complete his move to European champions AC Milan early next week after arriving in the Italian city at the weekend.
 arrow Football: No problems for Bayern
All eyes were on Bayern Munich's 18.
 arrow Football: Another football death
A former Malaysian striker collapsed and died on the football pitch of an apparent heart failure five minutes after the match had started, a local report said Sunday.
Politicalarrow AL urges CEC to ensure security
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday urged Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to provide maximum security in the Netrokona-3 constituency for a free and fair election.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader terms govt 'illegal'
The senior vice-president of city BNP has termed the four-party coalition government illegal and unconstitutional.
 arrow JU syndicate members kept hostage, asked to withdraw expulsion order of JCD men
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday kept the syndicate members of Jahangirnagar University (JU) besieged for three hours, demanding withdrawal of the expulsion order of its three activists.
 arrow Jubo League leader slain
A Jubo League leader was slain yesterday by political rivals in a football field at Kapasia.
Metropolitanarrow Norway to continue its help for Bangladesh
The outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Gerd Wahlstrom yesterday said her country would continue to play its role as a long-term development partner of Bangladesh.
 arrow NGO activities discussed with UK charity commission
The three-member delegation of the United Kingdom Charity Commission called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at latter's office here yesterday.
Nationalarrow BNP relies on 'sympathy vote' as AL says 'our seat'
The ruling Four- Party Alliance and opposition Awami League are in a frenetic campaign in Netrokona-3 parliamentary constituency where by-election will be held on August 21.
 arrow A trade fair under private initiative
The Saidpur Trade Fair, first of its kind held under private initiative, has drawn appreciation from all quarters.
 arrow JUTA boycott of admin work on
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers Association (JUTA) continued boycott of administrative functions following the August 10 incident at Shahid Salam Barkat Hall in which the provost and eight house
 arrow Transport strike in northern, southern districts called from Thursday
An indefinite transport strike in northern and southern districts begins on August 21to press an eight-point demand of transport owners and workers.
 arrow 30 including 10 cops hurt in clash, top officials meet
Tension between the feuding people of Mirersarai and Sonagazi upazilas has subsided following a high-level meeting of officials of Chittagong and Feni districts in Muhurir Char project area.
 arrow 2 cops among 13 hurt in Gaibandha clash
Fifteen people including two cops were injured when police swung into action to disperse a mob that barricaded the Rangpur-Bogra highway at Fasitola bazaar in Gobindaganj upazila Saturday night.
Culturearrow Nasiruddin and Shimul- the dynamic duo in theatre
Theatre in Bangladesh has a century old tradition. But it leaped into animated activity on stage immediately after the independence.
 arrow Ceramic art in NYC
Aceramic art exhibition of Akhtarun Nahar Ivy is being held at the Byram Shubert Library, New York, from 19 July through 26 August.
 arrow Costner opens up about failures and new film
Ten years ago, Kevin Costner seemed like the ultimate insider. There was an element of safe reliability to him, from his bland, Everyman good-looks to his propensity for bringing in the box office receipts.
Generalarrow Resist WTO move to patent life forms
Pro-environmental activists and farming groups from South and Southeast Asia yesterday urged the least developed countries (LDCs) to resist the move of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to patent life
 arrow 'Situation worse in rural health complexes'
Country's healthcare services are being hampered as many posts of doctors are lying vacant in hospitals and health complexes, said a study.
 arrow 24th BCS exam challenged
A writ petition filed with the High Court Division yesterday asked for cancellation of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test for question paper leakage.
 arrow Padma-Jamuna-Meghna Bachao Andolon formed
Experts and environmentalists yesterday urged all to protest Indian Inter-River Basin Water Transfer mega project and said that Bangladesh would be the worst victim of such a project.
 arrow HC rejects stay, asks govt why notifications not illegal
The High Court yesterday turned down the prayer seeking stay on government notifications on promotion of deputy secretaries to joint secretaries.
Internationalarrow Blast hits Baghdad water supply pipeline
A major water pipeline in northern Baghdad was breached yesterday, flooding nearby streets and cutting off the supply to parts of the Iraqi capital, after what locals said was a bomb attack.
 arrow Ohio line failure likely cause of big blackout
A failure to contain problems with three transmission lines in northern Ohio just south of Cleveland was the likely trigger of the nation's biggest power blackout, a leading investigator said Saturday.
 arrow Blair aides face grilling over Kelly's death
A probe into the death of a British government scientist will this week turn the spotlight on the role of Prime Minister Tony Blair's office, with the careers of several officials hanging in the balance.
 arrow Pakistan accuses India of mobilising troops
Pakistan has accused India of resorting to massive troops mobilisation in the Drass-Kargil sectors of the Line of Control and cautioned that any operations by Indian troops in the area could adversely
Editorialarrow Editorial: Threat of religious extremism
The happenings in Joypurhat strongly suggest that some fundamentalist militant outfits are not only present in the country but are also working secretly to push forward their agenda.
 arrow Editorial: Highly testing export target
The government has set itself an ambitious export goal. The target is to earn US$7.49 billion in fiscal 2003-2004, topping, albeit notionally, last year's export income by as much as 14.39 per cent.
 arrow Swallowing the bitter pill?
Even as Israel is considered to be the brain child of Britain who by initiating the Balfour Declaration in 1919 and foul playing its mandatory rule in Palestine after the first world war played a significant
 arrow Reforming personal laws: Uniform code no magic wand
By exhorting Parliament to enact a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), Chief Justice of India V.N. Khare has triggered a controversy. His statement isn't a judgment or ruling.
 arrow Indigenous people deserve our attention
It is now believed that civilisation has advanced beyond our imagination and we are eagerly waiting to see its ultimate thriving which perhaps will lead us to a state of complete bliss we have been dreaming
 arrow Lie does not pay
It has been well said that 'truth has always been the first casualty of war' and this has been once again quite amply demonstrated in the second Gulf war.
Letters to Editorarrow Grameen Phone
We owe due credit to Grameen Phone for revolutionising the communication system all over the country.
 arrow Reply to letters regarding the article on Kamal Das Gupta
Firstly, I thank those who read with interest, my article "Kamal Das Gupta the legend lives on", which appeared in The Daily Star on 20 July 2003.
 arrow Magnetic train
I am amazed to read in DS August 11, 2003 that a country like ours, should even consider an expensive, unproven and unreliable system like the magnetic train.
 arrow New-killer weapons!
Since the news networks went abuzz with the term "nuclear weapons", it became the word of choice for world leaders for their countless forms of bickering badgering and vocal pelting, and since I am an
 arrow DCC dustbin plight!
There are many dustbins in the city and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is responsible for cleaning of all these dustbins. Every inhabitant of the city has to tolerate foul smell while passing the dustbins.
 arrow An irony
Professor Joseph E Stiglitz, once the Chief Economist of the World Bank and a Nobel winning economist in 2001, now visiting Bangladesh as a guest of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic
 arrow How many Rumies...
This writing is dedicated to the memory of a promising student of Nazirhat college, Fatikchari, Umme Habiba Rumi, whose suicide has once again shaken the conscience of the nation.
 arrow "A personal view"
While reading The Daily Star, the letter "A personal view", published on August 8, caught my attention. The letter was about the movie 'Fire', written by Mr. Ali Ahmad Marbrur. Mr.
 arrow Learning English
You must know English. That's it.
 arrow Who make the laws?
I was really upset by some of the recent decision taken by our democratic government. It seems to me that if you want to make a new law or change a law, there is a "quick and dirty" way.
 arrow The magic words
America may have the biggest stockpile of all weapons, but when it comes to the war of manipulation and lies, the undisputed champion has to be the one and only Israel! Have you noticed how frequently
 arrow "Proposal to beef up press wings abroad gathers dust"
Your news item under the above headline (DS August 15) was timely and appropriate.
Star Cityarrow Bus company takes over open spaces in New Colony
Some open spaces at Lalmatia's New Colony have been turned into a parking facility for buses of the ATCL Company.
 arrow Chauvinists rule the DCC
Female ward commissioners in Dhaka feel discriminated against their male counterparts when it comes to development work

The female commissioners allege the local government division is not aware oftheir

 arrow Cashing in on unwanted pregnancy
Twenty-day-old Shohag was fortunate enough to secure refuge at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) two hours after his birth.
 arrow Mothering the motherless
For nearly a century, the Dhaka Hindu Ashram in the old part of the city has been providing shelter and care to orphans and needy children despite many struggles.
 arrow Dilemma over dismantling billboards
The revenue department of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is in a dilemma over dismantling one fifth of the city's advertising billboards.
 arrow Keep off cell phones while driving
With the use of mobile phones getting more popular every day, it's a common sight in Dhaka to see people talking on their cell phones while driving.
 arrow Rani Mitra tells her tale
Rani Mitra, widow of a descendant of the Bhawal Jamindars, joined the orphanage in 1965 and could never leave.

"I did not have any intention to take a job.

 arrow A walk through the old city
Shankhari Bazaar: The lane is named after the famous profession it has supported for more than four hundred years.
 arrow A short history of Shankhari Bazar
The nineteenth century historian, James Wise, provides most of the information about the famous conch-artisans of Shankhari Bazar.
 arrow Stones and spices
The markets of the city are full of powdered spices. But still there are many housewives who prefer crush fresh spices manually at home rather than buying packeted powders.