Volume 4 Number 87 Thu. August 21, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt on war paint to fight militants
The government has put law enforcement and secret agencies on high alert across the country and ordered them to launch a massive manhunt for clandestine Islamic extremists.
 arrow HC asks govt to decide on ETV licence in 30 days
The High Court (HC) Division yesterday directed the government to decide on the Ekushey Television Ltd.
 arrow Netrakona set for by-polls today
Netrakona-3 by-polls start today amid tight security, with seven candidates vying for the seat that fell vacant at the death of a ruling BNP lawmaker about three months ago.
 arrow Deshi games for new Nokia
When millions of people will be using a new Nokia cellphone this Christmas, they may have no idea that the exciting new game they can play on it has been developed by a Bangladeshi firm.
 arrow More bodies feared in UN rubble
More bodies and maybe survivors are still believed buried in the rubble of the devastated UN headquarters in Baghdad, a day after a truck bomb killed at least 20 people.
 arrow Local gun with POF-made bullet found at militant area
Police recovered a locally made gun laden with a Pakistan-made bullet from a bush close to Jama'atul Mujahidin leader Montejar's house at Moheshpur village in Khetlal upazila yesterday.
 arrow Tk 500cr subsidy planned for diesel irrigation
The government will soon provide up to Tk 500 crore in subsidy to farmers using diesel-run pumps for irrigation, according to a recent decision of the cabinet committee on agriculture.
 arrow No place to play
 arrow NCBs slap Tk 17cr ceiling on loans
The nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) have decided not to disburse any loan over Tk 17 crore.
 arrow Bar on journos at DMCH over exposť
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday barred media persons from covering hospital affairs following publication of reports on some doctors' alleged illegal money-taking for injury certificates.
 arrow Outgoing justice slams injustice to legal profession
Justice Abu Sayeed Ahmmed of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday criticised non-confirmation and supercession of judges, and conflicts among lawyers.

He was speaking at his farewell.

 arrow 3 women raped as robbers loot houses
Armed robbers raped three women as they robbed houses of Hindus at Piljanga and Shyambagat villages under Fakirhat Police Station early Tuesday morning of money, gold ornaments and other valuables worth
 arrow Sharon okays military strikes against Palestinian militants
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved a series of military strikes against Palestinian militants in response to a suicide bombing that killed 18 people in Jerusalem, a senior security source said
 arrow No-trust motion against Vajpayee bites the dust
An opposition-propelled no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was defeated by Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian parliament, by a margin of 126 votes Tuesday
 arrow Huda sticks to his magnetic train plan
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday reasserted that he would pursue his proposal for introducing magnetic train between Dhaka and Chittagong since it was "the safest, cost efficient and best
 arrow 'No Bangladeshi held during raid on terrorist hideout in KSA'
The Saudi government has confirmed that no Bangladeshi national was arrested in a police raid on a terrorist hideout in the Saudi border town of Jazan on August 14.
 arrow Transport strike called off as govt gives in
Transport leaders yesterday called off the countrywide 48-hour strike scheduled from Saturday after a negotiation with the government.
 arrow PM slates attack on UN HQ in Iraq, pays homage to Mello
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in Iraq that killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the special representative of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and other UN personneland
 arrow Reuters lens man laid to rest
Mazen Dana, the Reuters cameraman killed by US troops in Iraq, was buried yesterday in the West Bank city where he braved bullets to chronicle the tragedy of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed.
 arrow Speaker's house building goes in full throttle
After a four-month suspension, the construction of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker's houses started in full stride yesterday.
 arrow 2 get death, 13 life for killing man
Two brothers were awarded death penalty and 13 others life imprisonment by a court here yesterday for killing a man four years ago.
 arrow Amini quits from jute ministry JS body
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Fazlul Huq Amini yesterday resigned as chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on jute ministry.
 arrow Computer firms falling victims of extortion
Computer firms have become new targets for extortionists identifying themselves as members of dreaded criminal gangs of the city, with the latest in a series of such extortion incidents happening yesterday.
Businessarrow FTA, gas export, transit can narrow trade gap
India spelt out a set of measures for narrowing trade imbalance and improving economic cooperation with Bangladesh--FTA, gas export and transit being the major ones.
 arrow PM pledges to further open up aviation
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday pledged to further open up the aviation sector, saying private participation will lead to improvement in the rapidly growing sector.
 arrow Re-fix interest rate for house loans at 5pc
House loan recipients from scheduled banks yesterday urged the government to re-fix the interest rate for house loans at 5 per cent from existing 13 per cent.
 arrow WTO rules favour the rich, marginalise LDCs
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday lashed out at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), saying the least developed countries (LDCs) were marginalised mainly due to biased WTO rulestilted
 arrow Thumbs-up to tea
In a bid to expand export market and meet growing domestic demand, the government yesterday okayed a Tk 4.92 crore project on 'small holding tea cultivation' in Chittagong hill tracts.
 arrow US budget gap creeps above $300b mark
With the end of the fiscal year nearing, the US government's budget gap crept into record territory in July, surpassing $300 billion, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.
 arrow Trade talks edge closer to ending medicine row
World trade negotiators appeared to be moving towards ending a row over how to ensure poor states get access to cheap medicines, a controversy that has long dogged global free trade talks, envoys said
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers roar on Day 1
A century stand between Habibul Bashar and Hannan Sarkar helped Bangladesh to a decent total against hosts Pakistan in the first Test at the Karachi National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: It's Bashar again
The 114-run second-wicket partnership between opener Hannan Sarker and Habibul Bashar was the seventh hundred-run partnership for Bangladesh in Test cricket since they joined the big league in 2000.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
These days a retired Aamir Sohail does not have to maintain a strict fitness regime as he did as a player.
 arrow Cricket: Lawson needs more time
West Indian paceman Jermaine Lawson will undergo more work on his bowling action after he was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the fourth Test against Australia here in May.
 arrow Cricket: Eng could be all-pace
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted his team were keeping their feet on the ground despite the fact that South Africa's Shaun Pollock would miss the fourth Test here at Headingley.
 arrow Cricket: TB loss angered Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith admitted to feeling "angry" after England's third Test victory at Trent Bridge (TB).
 arrow Cricket: Fourth Test from today
South Africa, having outplayed England early on, could still find themselves 2-1 behind in this series after the fourth Test which gets underway here at Headingley on Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: Big boys share spoils
Honours were even in the end after two local giants Abahani and Mohammedan Sporting Club met for the second time this season on the hockey field.
 arrow Chess: Zia jointly 2nd
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman, with three points, was sharing the second position with 10 others at the end of the fourth round of the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival on Tuesday.
 arrow Gymnastics: China take team gold

Reigning Olympic champions China captured their fifth World Championship title in the past six events on Tuesday, finishing 0.875 points ahead of runner-up United States.

 arrow Hockey: Dutch, Pakistan split points
In a display of top quality hockey skills from both sides, Netherlands drew 2-2 with Pakistan in the men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament here on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Davenport downs Dokic
Top seed Lindsay Davenport easily bounced wild card Jelena Dokic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday in the second round of the 625,000 WTA hardcourt tournament here, final tuneup for next week's US Open.
 arrow Football: Blues serious about Crespo
Free-spending English Premiership side Chelsea are refusing to give up the chase for Inter Milan's Argentine international Hernan Crespo, according to the Corriere dello Sport on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Fingers crossed for Keane
Republic of Ireland coach Brian Kerr faces an agonising 48 hour wait before he discovers whether or not key striker Robbie Keane will be fit to play in crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers next month againstRussia
 arrow Football: Germany divided!

Injured Germany midfielder Michael Ballack led a chorus of criticism against goalkeeper Oliver Kahn for attacking team mates who refuse to play for the national team when they are injured.

 arrow Football: Desailly backs Abramovich

Chelsea's France international Marcel Desailly on Tuesday painted the club's new owner Roman Abramovich as a reserved, down to earth sort of guy who has invested wisely.

 arrow Football: Eriksson playing cool

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson played down rumours he will take over at Chelsea but revealed he has met new Blues owner Roman Abramovich many times.

 arrow Football: Ronaldo feels honoured

Manchester United's new teen sensation Cristiano Ronaldo said Wednesday he is honoured by the words of praise lavished on him by the team's recently departed star David Beckham.

Metropolitanarrow DEABADC submits memo to PM
Diploma Engineers Association of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (DEABADC) President Ali Azam and Secretary General Anwar Hossain yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Khaleda
 arrow 10 launches fined for invalid papers
Authorities fined 10 small launches Tuesday, the first day after the calling off of the weeklong launch strike.
 arrow 'Allocate 20pc budget for edn sector'
Experts at a consultation meeting yesterday called for allocation of 20 per cent of the national budget for the education sector to ensure primary education for all.
 arrow Khaleda goes toBogra today
The Prime Minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia arrives here today.

The prime minister will inaugurate the Bogra Parjatan Motel at 11:30 am.

 arrow Workers' Party, CPB extend support to strike in Khulna
Left-leaning political parties yesterday extended their support to the 48-hour strike called by the laid-off workers of three jute mills in Khulna.
Nationalarrow Officials patronise plunder!
Jatka (Hilsha fries) are being sold in large quantities at Barisal markets allegedly under the patronisation of fishery officials.
 arrow Precarious primary education
Primary education in Sylhet division is in a precarious state due to shortage of teachers and education officials and poor monitoring, affecting over 11 and half lakh students.
 arrow 40 Barisal AL men to be chargesheeted today
Barisal Kotwali police will submit sheet against 40 Awami League (AL) leaders and workers today for allegedly damaging autotempos on August 14 in the town.
 arrow AL, Jamaat accuse each other
Senior leaders of Satkhira district Awami League and Jammat-e-Ismai are at loggerheads and a tense situation is prevailing in Fingri union following Saturday's clashes there over formation of Gram Sarkar.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka receives draft guidelines for manpower export to Malaysia
Bangladesh has received a draft guideline for sending workers to Malaysia again.
Culturearrow Progress in Pianoforte
Fanfare and tinkling piano notes accosted one at the certificate giving ceremony of music debutantes of the Silverstar Academy.
 arrow Black working on their new album
After the release of their debut album Amar Prithibi, Black- an alternative band has become very popular and is considered by many as one of the leading bands of the country.
 arrow Tagore's Chokher Bali
The immortal creation of Tagore: Chokher Bali is going to be telecast as a television serial.
 arrow Ali Raz performs in Hong Kong
Popular Bangladeshi Magician Ali Raz left Dhaka to attend a 3 day "Eddy' International Magic Convention in mid August, says a press release.
Generalarrow S Asia makes progress in human development: Report
South Asia has made significant progress in improving its human development indicators during the 1990s, according to a report released yesterday.
 arrow 'Reopen 3 jute mills in Khulna'
Bangladesh Chat, Suta O Bastrakal Sramik Federation yesterday urged the government to withdraw its decision to lay off country's jute mills one after another.
 arrow BAC files graft case against tax inspector
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday pressed charge against an inspector of Duty Drawback and Exemption Department of running a bribe cartel.
 arrow 198 more pass in BCS test
Another 198 candidates of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service preliminary test have been selected yesterday to sit for the written test.
 arrow Token strike for rescue of Jamal
A 10-minute token strike, called by Chattagram Nagorik Forum, is likely to be held in Chittagong today, demanding rescue of the business magnate and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Manpower shortage hampers anti-drug drive in Ctg
Lack of adequate manpower and reserve police force have been seriously hampering the anti-drug drive in the port city for long.
Internationalarrow Abbas snaps ties with militants
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas cut off contact with Islamic militants on Wednesday and vowed to crack down on them after a suicide bomber killed 20 people on a Jerusalem bus, Palestinian officials
 arrow UN community in mourning
In tears, devastated UN staff gathered around television sets in hallways on Tuesday, asking for news of colleagues, stunned that the United Nations itself was the target of an unprecedented suicide attack
 arrow World condemns Iraq attack
"This is a criminal attack, clearly carried out by forces that do not want the rebuilding of Iraq to take place in peace and freedom," said Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of Germany, which joined Russia
 arrow Singapore births head for a 26-year low
The number of babies born in the first six months of this year has fallen at such a rate that if it continues, Singapore will, at year-end, record its lowest number of births in 26 years.
 arrow Vieira de Mello's plane was fired on two weeks ago: Report
Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN representative in Iraq killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad, may have been the target of an assassination bid on August 5, a Beirut daily reported yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan's new force to combat terror
Pakistan is raising a new force with the help of the United States to intensify its war on terror networks, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on UN HQ
The perpetrators of the bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad which left at least 19 people dead and scores of other injured showed utter disregard for the innocents.
 arrow Editorial: DUTP and traffic jams
The Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) financed by the World Bank to help ease the traffic congestion in Dhaka city was taken up in 1999.
 arrow Gas export will 'hurt' national interest
National interest is the sum total of our needs and expectations.
 arrow The heart is civil
When does a charm offensive become more offensive than charming? It is a judgment call, obviously. What defines the difference? Trust. If the charm is sincere, no offence.
Letters to Editorarrow First class jobs
The government has recently decided to recognise the four-year honours degrees as equivalent to three-year honours plus one-year master degrees of Dhaka University.
 arrow DU difficulties
The Dhaka University campus became turbulent again.
 arrow Terrorism in educational institutions
The student life is the most important part of our lives as this is the time when everyone starts planning their future.
Focusarrow Can India unilaterally proceed with water diversion mega project?
On 24 July, the British daily The Guardian reported that India had prepared plans to divert substantial quantity of water from major rivers including the international rivers, the Ganges and Brahmaputra
 arrow India-Pakistan peace dialogue
The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) has made a significant contribution to Track-II diplomacy by organising a conference earlier this week in Islamabad, on the Indo Pakistan peace dialogue.
 arrow Remembering Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed
I knew Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed for a considerable period of time, both by courtesy of family vineyard as well as through professional needs.