Volume 4 Number 86 Wed. August 20, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Annan's envoy, 19 others die in UN's Baghdad HQ blast
A truck bomb explosion ripped through a hotel housing the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad yesterday, leaving at least 20 people dead, wrecking the building and rocking the surrounding neighbourhood.
 arrow Foreign friends back Dhaka's fight against Delhi's plan
Bangladesh, disturbed by India's plan to divert water from transboundary rivers, has found friends among the peoples in South Asian countries, including India, supporting Dhaka's stand on the issue.
 arrow Bounty for arms recovery, JIC to quiz arrested militants
Police yesterday declared a bounty of Tk 10,000 on each of the three looted firearms, as they failed to extract substantive information from the militants arrested after the August 14 predawn firefight
 arrow RMG in for export boost as 10 states to join EU
The export of readymade garment (RMG) is set to get a fresh boost when 10 East European countries become members of the European Union (EU) next year.
 arrow Campaign ends in frenzy
As midnight approached last night, marking a 48-hour ban on all campaigns including meetings and processions for the Netrakona-3 by-elections tomorrow, candidates and their supporters were preparing to
 arrow Suicide bomber kills 20 on Jerusalem bus
A suicide bomber blew himself up yesterday on a packed bus on a main thoroughfare in Jerusalem, killing at least 20 people and wounding 80, authorities said.
 arrow Saddam's vice president Ramadan detained
Saddam Hussein's vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, has been captured in Mosul, the Iraqi city where the fugitive dictator's sons were cornered and killed last month, US and Kurdish officials said yesterday.
 arrow Campbell denies cooking up Iraq dossier
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's top aide, Alastair Campbell, yesterday told a parliamentary inquiry into the apparent suicide of weapons expert David Kelly that he had not embellished a government
 arrow Schoolgirl, family burnt in acid attack
A young man splashed acid on a schoolgirl and three of her family members having failed to marry her cousin at Banti village in Arihajar of Narayanganj early yesterday morning.
 arrow Janmastami celebrated
Hindus yesterday celebrated Janmastami, the birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna, with religious fervour and festivity.

It was a public holiday and created huge enthusiasm among Hindus.

 arrow Vajpayee govt most likely to survive no-confidence
The lower house of the Indian parliament was due to vote last night on an opposition motion of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
 arrow Govt, transport leaders sit again to avert strike
The government will again sit today with leaders of transport owners and workers to avert their 48-hour countrywide strike starting Saturday, with the leaders hinting that they may skip the latest meeting
 arrow Urban experts doubt DUTP goal to ease traffic jams
The Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP), meant to ease traffic jams in the city, will not bring about any positive changes, said urban experts.
 arrow CEC turns down AL plea to visit Netrakona
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) M A Syed has turned down the Awami League's (AL) request to visit Netrakona on the by-elections day tomorrow and assured the main opposition party that the polls would
 arrow 17 outlaws held in 10 districts in southwest
Seventeen outlaws were arrested during a special combing operation in ten districts of the southwestern region in the last three days.
 arrow Chittagong magnate still untracked after 26 days
Chittagong business magnate and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury could not be rescued till yesterday, twenty-six days into the abduction.
 arrow Barkat killed for his role against land grabbing
Abu Sayeed Bepari, alleged mastermind behind the businessman Barkat Ullah murder, faces four criminal cases while his son Shamim is an accused in as many cases including one of killing Barkat.
 arrow Ammo dump in flames, 12 die
A dozen Iraqis were killed when an ammunition dump they were looting blew up, locals said Monday, while another US soldier was killed in an explosion.
 arrow De Mello was veteran of global conflicts
Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy on Iraq who was killed by a bomb blast yesterday, was a tough but debonair Brazilian who had been dispatched on some of the world body's most difficult missions.
 arrow Ex-member of outlawed party shot dead
A former member of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was gunned down at Andolpota village in Kotchandpur Upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Jalil refutes Bhuiyan
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil has strongly condemned the speech of BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan accusing the AL of wanting to kill former president Shahabuddin Ahmed.
Businessarrow Take initiative to appoint PSI firms without delay
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged the government to start the process of appointing PSI firms without further delay.
 arrow Simplify rules of origin for LDCs
Participants from least developed countries at the international solidarity forum for garment workers yesterday sought duty and quota-free access for all products including readymade garments to developed
 arrow Nassa Group gets supplier's award from WalMart
Bangladeshi garment manufacturer Nassa Group has recently received supplier's award from US retailer WalMart.
 arrow Govt decides to float fresh tender
The government has cancelled a tender to procure four gantry cranes at a cost of Tk 100 crore through a Japanese firm.
 arrow Dearth of local bank stymies export potential to Russia
The absence of a bank branch in Russia still persists as a roadblock to exploiting the country's export potential on the vast market of newly opening-up CIS economy.
 arrow Biman may go public
Biman Bangladesh Airlines may go for floating shares to raise funds.

A proposal will soon be sent to the policy makers for a decision in this regard.

 arrow Farm issues stymie WTO service industry talks
World trade talks aimed at making it easier for architects, financial planners, lawyers and other professionals to offer their services across borders have made little progress because developing countries
 arrow EU dithers on food names needing world protection
EU member states failed Monday to agree on a final list of famous food and drink products such as Cognac that the bloc believes should have global brand protection -- a quest its top trade partners call
 arrow Mexico accuses US of trade rules violations
Mexico Monday accused the United States of committing serial violations of trade rules to protect US manufacturers of some steel products and cement from lower-priced goods from its southern neighbour.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Positive Tigers
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was confident that the graph of his team's performance would go upwards when the first Test against Pakistan begins in Karachi today.
 arrow Tigers eye to take it to 5th day
Bangladesh will be keen to show the newfound confidence on the field when they take on Pakistan in the first Test at the Karachi National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Pitch poses questions
The pitch prepared for the first Test at the Karachi National Stadium has evoked some interesting reaction in both the Bangladesh and Pakistan camps.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib warns BD
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Tuesday he has improved after a stint with English county Durham and the national side is set to reap the benefit.
 arrow Cricket: Asghar sits on Latif's words
Ali Asghar, the president of the renamed Board of Control for Cricket in Bangladesh (BCCB), yesterday refused to say anything about team manager MA Latif's interview in Urdu.
 arrow Hockey: Clash of titans today
Hockey heavyweights Abahani Krira Chakra and Mohammedan Sporting Club clash in the final first round match of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League today.
 arrow Hockey: Usha enter Super Fives
Usha Krira Chakra completed the 'Super Five' line-up yesterday after thrashing Mariner Young's Club 4-0 at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.
 arrow Chess: Zia wins
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman beat International Master Mohamadesi Shahin of Iran in the third round of the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Indians learning yoga
Sachin Tendulkar and India's other top cricketers are being taught the ancient art of yoga by an aerospace scientist, who believes meditation will help them fine tune their body and mind.
 arrow Cricket: TV replays to blame
Australian Test captain Steve Waugh Monday blamed television replays for placing too much emphasis on sledging and said modern cricket was played in a good spirit.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis recall McMillan
New Zealand batsman Craig McMillan has been given the chance to resurrect his international career after being picked for the Black Caps' tour of India and Pakistan beginning next month.
 arrow Cricket: Shaun won't be 'missed'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith and England's Michael Vaughan do not think the absence of Shaun Pollock from the tourists' side for the fourth Test at Headingley will be a decisive factor.
 arrow Cricket: Eng turn back to Bicknell
Veteran fast bowler Martin Bicknell admitted on Tuesday that he was amazed to be recalled to the England team ten years after his last Test.
 arrow TB inspires England
Almost inconceivably, England head for the fourth Test at Headingley level with South Africa and with every chance of snatching a series lead.
 arrow Tennis: Top guns Agassi, Clijsters
World number ones Andre Agassi and Kim Clijsters were named top seeds on Monday for next week's US Open.
 arrow Tennis: Motivated Belgians
Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne are the rival countrywomen who require success at the US Open not only to sate their own ambitions but to gain the upper hand in their personal rivalry.
 arrow Tennis: Can he handle it?
A thunderbolt serve, a peerless recent record and a celebrity girlfriend have turned Andy Roddick into the hottest property in American tennis.
 arrow Football: Milan land Kaka
Brazil midfielder Kaka completed his move to AC Milan on Tuesday, signing a four-year contract with the European champions.
 arrow Football: Big friendly night

European giants England, France, Germany and Italy take centre-stage on Wednesday as they fine tune their Euro 2004 preparations in a full programme of international friendlies.

 arrow Football: Feet on the ground

Manchester United's new Portuguese signing Cristiano Ronaldo is pleased with his standout debut at Old Trafford on Saturday but rejects any comparisons to recently departed English star David Beckham.

 arrow Football: Totti so funny!

A book of jokes poking fun at the perceived lack of intelligence of AS Roma and Italy star Francesco Totti has sold more than 600,000 copies.

 arrow Football: Beckham pats Ronaldo!
Cristiano Ronaldo's sudden emergence as the new golden boy of Manchester United surprised no one more than the previous holder of the title.
 arrow Football: Real warning for Makelele

Real Madrid's French midfielder Claude Makelele has put his footballing future in jeopardy by defying the Spanish champions and joining his French teammates in Switzerland for an international friendly,

 arrow Football: Zidane slams Asia tour
Real Madrid's French playmaker Zinedine Zidane felt the club's pre-season tour of the Far East hampered preparations for the new season.
Politicalarrow AL fears rigging
The main opposition party Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed its apprehension that the government, fearful of its candidates' defeat in a free and fair vote, will rig tomorrow's by-polls to the Netrakona-3
 arrow Amini may quit from JS body today
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Fazlul Huq Amini MP is likely to resign as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on jute ministry today.
Metropolitanarrow Window on Asia launched
Window on Asia, a book by Shahed Latif, was launched yesterday at Women's Voluntary Association auditorium at Dhanmondi in the capital.
 arrow 50,000 Bangladeshis to perform Hajj next year
Fifty thousand Bangladeshis will perform Hajj next year, according a decision approved by the cabinet yesterday.
 arrow Arrest of JCD cadres demanded
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) at a rally on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanded immediate arrest of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres responsible for attacked on its leaders.
 arrow Call for withdrawal of US envoy's comments
Bangladesh Workers' Party (BWP) yesterday called for the withdrawal of comments made by the new US ambassador at a recent press briefing in the city on economic and political issues of Bangladesh.
 arrow President hosts reception for members of Hindu community
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Mrs Ahmed hosted a reception for members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban yesterday on the occasion of the Janmasthtomi, the birthday of Lord Krishna.
Nationalarrow Primary education poorly monitored, 'not really free'
The present low standard of primary education in rural areas is mainly due to negligence by teachers and poor monitoring by government authorities and school managing committees.
 arrow 'Rift in Khulna city BNP mended'
Differences between the two rival groups in Khulna city BNP have been patched up at a meeting held at the official residence of Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman in Dhaka on Sunday night, party sourcessaid
 arrow Token hunger strike in Khulna for reopening of mills
The Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Commkittee (KDACC) and Patkal Sramik Karmacri Sangram Parishad jointly observed a 'mass hunger strike' at the Shahid Hadis Park on Monday for reopening
 arrow CU Syndicate meets today on grading system in exam
The Chittagong University (CU) authorities held a meeting on Monday on whether to cancel the grading system in examination and referred the matter to the Syndicate for a final decision.
Culturearrow Black, beautiful and bold
The recent exhibition of the visiting Japanese artist, Obata Takashi, at Zainul Gallery was amazingly powerful indeed.
 arrow Kalidas Karmakar and Enam Ul Haque in Singapore and Indonesia
Artist Kalidas Karmakar and Photographer Enam Ul Haque visited Singapore and Indonesia from 22 July to 9 August, says a press release.
 arrow Humayun Ahmed with his new film: Chandra Katha
Whenever Humayun Ahmed releases his film, both the middle and the upper class audience is drawn to the cinema hall in the hope of getting some pure family entertainment.
 arrow Cinema in advertising!
Adcomm Ltd, one of the largest ad agencies in the country has just started the Adcomm Cine Club, which kicked off at the Adcomm Audio-Visual Hall recently says a press release.
Generalarrow CU may cancel grading system today
The Chittagong University (CU) authorities are likely to cancel the grading system in evaluating the answer script.
 arrow 'Raise voice against India's water diversion plan'
The National Committee of Padma-Jamuna-Meghna Bachao Andolon (PJMBA) yesterday called upon the people including all political parties, civil society bodies and socio-cultural organisations to raise their
 arrow 24 PBCP men held in Tangail
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police in a joint drive arrested 24 activists of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from different areas of Baghil union in Sadar upazila
 arrow Hasina returns home August 23
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returns home on August 23 from Miami, the United States.
Internationalarrow Morocco spells death to 4 for Casablanca bombing
A Moroccan court yesterday sentenced four men to death in connection with suicide bombings in Casablanca three months ago.
 arrow Blair's office 'substantially' altered Iraq dossier
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's office authorised a "substantial rewrite" of a controversial government dossier on Iraq, an inquiry into the apparent suicide of weapons expert David Kelly heard Monday.
 arrow Accord on Israeli pullback from WB towns
Israeli media reported yesterday an agreement on the pullback of Israeli troops from two West Bank towns this week but Palestinian officials denied a final accord had been reached.
 arrow Palestinians forced to flee their homes: Israeli NGO
An Israeli NGO published a damning report Tuesday on human rights violations in the Israeli-controlled sector of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, which it said have forced many Palestinians to flee
 arrow Liberian govt-rebels ink peace deal
A peace deal signed by Liberia's government and rebel factions offered new hope to the broken West African country on Tuesday of an end to nearly 14 years of savage bloodshed.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Joypurhat update
Police officials have admitted that they were stunned by the fact that the Jama'atul Mujahidin, a militant outfit, had training centres in no fewer than 57 districts in the country.
 arrow Editorial: National committee on biosafety
It's a pity that inter-ministerial differences over composition and headship of the much-vaunted national committee on bio-safety has made it a non-starter.
 arrow Taxonomy: Classifying living things
For those who do not know about taxonomy, it is important that the significance of the subject is explained. Taxonomy is the science of discovery, description, naming and classification of organisms.
 arrow Nobody wants another Magura
Netrokona-3 by-election will be held on August 21, 2003. Since October 1, 2001 general election, the Awami League had boycotted all 11 held so far.
 arrow 'Defence spending and development: Is there a correlation?'
In his article "Defence spending and development: Is there a correlation?" published in the 'opinion' column of The Daily Star on August 1, Lt Col Nazrul Islam tried to show that increased defence spending
Letters to Editorarrow Shipping Minister's comment
The other day BBC in their ''Asia Today'' programme televised a documentary on our recent lunch tragedy. The report regretted over the many lapses in our operations and administrations.
 arrow Start building
At the end of the Afghan war, the world promised it billions of dollars of aid.
 arrow Student politics: Time to rein in
With a glorious past and effective influence on national politics, student politics carries a big appeal to all of us.
 arrow No need for police on DU campus
Dhaka University is the hub of student politics in our country.
 arrow The most savage war for peace
The US move to uproot terrorism from the world is perhaps one of the most terrorist move the world has ever seen. Such act of power demonstration by the US is not new.
 arrow Improvement examinees
I have gone through the letter of M. Sadeq published in DS on August 4, under the above caption.
 arrow Bangladesh Bank High School
I read the letter of Mr. Khademul Islam in DS and felt sorry for the poor condition of the Bangladesh Bank High School. I was an Ex-student of the Bank School and passed SSC from there.
 arrow North Korea and nuclear weapons
This refers to the letter "Nuclear is more than just a weapon," by Azad Miah (DS August 16).
 arrow Notundhara
I am pleased to know that a new citizen's organisation called Notundhara has been formed. Their slogan is "movement for change".
StarTecharrow The pro-poor tech prodigy
With only two days to the National Science and Technology Week back in 1996 focussing on showcasing talents from Khulna division, biology teacher Benazir Sir stunned 12-year-old Ovi.
 arrow New Indian dino species found
SCIENTISTS in India have discovered a new dinosaur species that roamed the Narmada valley 65 million years ago.
 arrow ICT to reduce poverty
The government has taken steps to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for reducing poverty as well as bridging the digital divide.
Star Chittagongarrow Chittagong, the killing field
One abduction and one killing have rattled the Chittagong business community.
 arrow CMCH restricts entry of visitors
Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) authorities launched a fresh drive to restrict the entry of visitors and ensure cleanliness on the premises.
Star Cityarrow Helping hand for watchful eyes
The immigration section of the Special Branch (SB) has identified about 20,000 fake passports, following the introduction of a scientific database system at Zia International Airport.
 arrow Adopting a fair code
The life of a 10-year-old boy, abandoned as a newborn, was secure with his foster parents. But uncertainty spread as a shadow over the future of Faisal Alam of Mohammadpur after his foster father died.
 arrow Digging up trouble
Three persons caught by a surveillance team of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for their alleged digging of Central Road without approval were mysteriously released hours after they were handed overto
 arrow In praise of Lord Krishna
Janmashtami, the eighth Lunar Day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadra, the birthday of Lord Krishna, was observed by the Hindu community of Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow New vision for old town
To save the old town from slipping into ruin, a seminar was held Monday evening organised by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) at the Nagar Bhaban auditorium.
 arrow Break from child labour, strive for education
Ten-year-old Javed, a motor workshop worker at Dholaikhal in Old Dhaka, got an opportunity to study.
 arrow Quick fix soul mate
Give it a careful thought before you sign up for the friendship-love help line and buy a guide touted as the means of unlocking the door to soul mates.