Volume 4 Number 89 Sat. August 23, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Cars, foreign tours, ACs to fight poverty
In the name of poverty reduction, the government has finalised a Tk 13.5 crore technical assistance project, stuffing it with air-conditioners, cars and foreign tours.
 arrow Yet another ammunition haul in Joypurhat
Police yesterday seized huge explosives and lethal weapons from a graveyard near the scene of last week's fierce firefight in Joypurhat and arrested two more alleged operatives of Jama'atul Mujahidinoutfit
 arrow JRC may meet next month
The long overdue Indo-Bangla Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meet is likely to be held in New Delhi next month, paving the way for bilateral discussions on the highly contentious issue of India's riverinter-linking
 arrow India may make public official accounts
The Indian government is likely to make public official accounts of what happened during the three wars the country has fought, including Bangladesh's independence war in 1971.
 arrow 2 more Marines killed in Iraq
Two US soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Iraq, one in Baghdad and the other near Hilla, south of the capital, the army said Friday.
 arrow Cough up Tk 700, get a fake licence at BRTA
Organised gangs abetted by a dishonest set of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) officials have virtually taken charge of issuing counterfeit papers and licences for vehicles.
 arrow Allahr Dal activists grilled, give out important info
Five young men, suspected to be activists of an organisation styled 'Allahr Dal' and now being interrogated on remand by police at Sunamganj, gave some important information yesterday.
 arrow Wild elephants trample four to death
A herd of marauding wild elephants trampled four persons to death and injured seven others at Shafipur village in Razasthali upazila of the district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Israel vows more strikes on Palestinian militants
Israel has vowed more attacks on Palestinian militants after killing a Hamas leader, a move that prompted major Islamic groups to abandon a truce crucial for a US-backed peace plan.
 arrow Water pollution
 arrow Merchant's son, friend feared abducted
The son of a merchant and his friend went missing in Chittagong on Wednesday evening in an incident feared to be another abduction for ransom.
 arrow Another suspect held, Jamal not yet rescued
Chittagong police yesterday arrested yet another person but could not make any progress in rescue of businessman and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury 29 days into his abduction.
 arrow 4 killed in N'ganj road accident
Four people, two of a family, died and 20 others were injured in a head-on collision between a Dhaka-bound passenger bus from Raipur and a Monohardi-bound bus from Dhaka on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway at
 arrow Mars not a watery mass
Hopes that Mars once had vast oceans of water and perhaps microbial life have suffered a setback.
 arrow Ozone hole may get to record size
The ozone hole over the Antarctic is growing at a rate that suggests it could be headed for a record size this year, Australian scientists say.
 arrow Rob murder case transferred to Speedy Trial Tribunal
The sensational SMA Rob murder case has been transferred to the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna, court sources said.
 arrow Now it's river staff's turn to threaten strike
River transport employees and workers have put forward a 26-point demand with an ultimatum that if the authorities do not meet their demands by September 24, they will go for an indefinite strike from
 arrow 5 Barisal AL men sued for 'damaging' portraits of Zia, Khaleda
Five activists of the Awami League have been sued for allegedly damaging the portraits of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, late president Ziaur Rahman, their son and Senior Joint Secretary General of BNP Tareque
 arrow UNB reporter rescued after abduction
A gang of criminals, angered by press reports on their activities, kidnapped the Keraniganj correspondent of UNB and the Ajker Kagoj, HM Amin, from Dakpara Link Road yesterday morning.
Businessarrow Poor governance, supervision dearth retard capital market
Poor corporate governance and lack of supervision are hindering development of financial market in Bangladesh, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 arrow Dhaka gets giant screen
It's new in the town. A new medium screening commercials. The giant audio-visual screen installed atop Ananda Cinema building in Dhaka's Farmgate area displays commercials of different companies.
 arrow 3-day int'l textile machinery, accessory exhibition begins
With a view to showcasing state-of-the-art technologies for readymade garments and textile industry, a three-day international textile machinery and accessory exhibition began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Awal puts accent on facing post-MFA challenges
Designing a formula to prepare Bangladesh for the post-multi-fibre arrangement (MFA) era will be his first task if elected, MA Awal, one of the presidential candidates of the Federation of BangladeshChambers
 arrow Oil surges on US gasoline supply crunch
Oil prices surged nearly 3 per cent Thursday as dealers fretted over a gasoline supply crunch in the United States, the world's biggest energy consumer, in the midst of summer driving season.
 arrow IMF sees Indian economy growing, warns on deficit
The IMF forecast Thursday that India's economy will grow 5.5 per cent in 2003-04 with some upside potential but said the country's fiscal deficit and public debt were an economic burden.
 arrow US has duty to cut farm subsidies: Oxfam
The United States has a moral duty to slash its farm subsidies even if developing countries do not reciprocate by opening their markets to more US farm goods, officials with a leading private sector development
 arrow European wealth to flow swiftly into Singapore
The world's major private banks are beefing up operations in Singapore, anticipating that up to a trillion US dollars worth of offshore assets in Europe may be looking for a new home in the next couple
Sportsarrow Tigers' best Test day
Bangladesh had one of their best days in Test cricket when they dominated Pakistan on the third day of the first Test at Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Job only half done
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud believes that his team still had a long way to go before they could entertain any idea of putting pressure on the Pakistanis.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Why did Hannan Sarker have to play that shot? That was the question on everybody's lips.
 arrow Hockey: Hockey League suspended
The Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League has suspended for indefinite period after some Mohammedan officials and supporters attacked Bangladesh Hockey Federation officials during the first 'Super
 arrow Hockey: Abahani off to a flyer
Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra made a solid start in the 'Super Five' phase of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they handed Usha Krira Chakra a 4-1 defeat in the first match
 arrow Cricket: Eng make solid reply
England, taking advantage of a depleted South African attack, were 110 for one at tea on the second day of the fouth Test at Headingley on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne stops training
Disgraced Australian Test cricketer Shane Warne said Friday he will take no further part in any official training until his 12-month drug ban ends in February.
 arrow Cricket: Horrible but effective

Gary Kirsten admitted his unbeaten century against England on the first day of the fourth Test here at Headingley had not been pretty to watch.

 arrow Cricket: Das dreams of recall

Opener Shiv Sundar Das is gunning for a return to the Indian Test team after being out for a year due to a poor run of scores blamed on problems with his technique.

 arrow Tennis: Sampras set to retire on Monday

Pete Sampras, owner of an unsurpassed 14 Grand Slam singles titles, will make his retirement from tennis official on Monday, when he will be honoured in a ceremony at the US Open, organizers confirmed

 arrow Hockey: Dutch move into final
Netherlands will play in the final of the men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament after beating Argentina 6-3 on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: B'desh keen to play in Duleep Trophy
It is a toss-up between Bangladesh and Kenya for a place in India's premier domestic cricket competition -- the Duleep Trophy this coming season.
 arrow Football: Crespo close to a reality
Inter Milan's Argentine striker Hernan Crespo is close to completing a move to Chelsea, Italian media reported on Friday, prompting a furious response from his teammate Christian Vieri.
 arrow Football: Super Cup opening in Spain
After a long, and very hot, summer the Spanish football season finally kicks into life as league champions Real Madrid and Cup winners Real Mallorca compete for first silverware of the year, the Super
 arrow Football: Sweet-talking Keane!
Manchester United captain Roy Keane is backing rivals Arsenal to run them close for the Premiership title but Gunners skipper Patrick Vieira reckons the English authorities are out to get them.
 arrow Football: Mighty Bayern for Hamburg
SV Hamburg coach Kurt Jara is counting on a change of fortune when his side take on reigning champions Bayern Munich at the AOL-Arena on Sunday with his team searching for their first win of the 2003/04
 arrow Football: Kaiser wants less foreigners
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has backed suggestions by Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, president of the German Football Federation (DFB), to restrict the influx of foreigners into the Bundesliga.
 arrow Football: Metz test for Lille
Unscripted French first division leaders Lille put their unbeaten record on the line with a home tie against Metz on Saturday.
Politicalarrow AL alleges rigging
The main opposition Awami League ( AL) yesterday questioned the credibility of Netrokona-3 by-polls held on Friday and said the BNP-led four-party ruling alliance 'snatched its (AL) victory in a new
 arrow BNP says polls were fair
The BNP has brushed aside the opposition Awami League's (AL) allegation of rigging in the Netrakona-3 parliamentary by-elections, saying it was 'one of the most free and fair polls'.
 arrow AL leader, listed criminal killed in Pabna
An Awami League leader and a member of an extremist group were killed yesterday in two separate incidents in Pabna district, police said.
 arrow Hasina returns home today
Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina returns home today from the United States.
 arrow One gets life for murder in Naogaon
A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing a rickshaw-van workers union leader Azhar Ali Sarder in 1997.
 arrow Jubo Dal men seize tenders for LGED road construction project in Khulna
Armed Jubo Dal cadres on Thursday stormed into the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) office and expelled 17 contractors waiting to submit tenders for a road construction project, sourcesalleged.
Metropolitanarrow 'Raise awareness to protect environment'
Participants at a conference of doctors yesterday called for raising awareness to protect the environment.
 arrow Dhaka elected vice-president of CIRDAP meeting
Bangladesh was elected vice-president of the 24th meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the regional forum CIRDAP yesterday as the delegates from member countries showered praises on Dhaka for its
 arrow 101 JU teachers urge authorities to meet their demands
A total of 101 teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday urged the authorities concerned to meet their three-point demand including the naming of the auditorium after Zahir Raihan.
 arrow Super six round of inter-school debate from Sept 9
The super six round of the Clinic Plus-Prothom Alo inter-school parliamentary debate competition will begin on September 9.

'Dristi', a local cultural organisation, will conduct the competition.

Culturearrow Film producers and distributors award the best
Industrialists were urged to be involved with the cinema of Bangladesh and invest to give the audience films of good taste.
 arrow Children observe Population Day
The walls of the auditorium wore a colourful look with paintings by children hanging over them.
 arrow New drama serial on BTV: Mukhosh
BTV has started telecasting a new drama serial Mukhosh every Wednesday at 9.00 pm. The premier of this serial was held at a local hotel on August 18 under the banner of Nakshi Bangla Telefilm.
 arrow Toronto festival lines up stars
Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington and Nicolas Cage are among the big Hollywood names who have been lined up for next month's Toronto Film Festival.
Generalarrow Global peace could be restored through love and harmony
Speakers at a seminar yesterday observed that manifestation of love and harmony among the followers of different religions can help restore peace in the society as well as in the world.
 arrow Mystery virus in Canada revives Sars worries
A mysterious Sars-like outbreak has spread to a second nursing home in the Vancouver area, Canadian health authorities said on Wednesday, raising concerns about a new wave of the virus.
 arrow 58pc people not aware of what to do in case of major earthquake
About 58 per cent people are not even aware of what to do in case of a major earthquake in the country, according to an opinion poll.
 arrow Bangladesh not lagging behind in global competition: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said Bangladesh at present is not lagging behind in global competition in the field of democracy, development and diplomacy.
 arrow 2 killed in Bogra road accident
Two people were killed and a physician was critically injured in a road accident involving a private car and a truck on the Bogra-Dhaka Highway under Sherpur upazila yesterday morning.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ctg citizens protest
The token strike observed by the residents of Chittagong city on Thursday must have gone a long way to making their point.
 arrow Editorial: Transport strike called off
Calling off transport strike after fruitful discussions between the transport sector and the government is good news, especially for the passengers.
 arrow South-South dialogue: Possibilities and problems
South-South cooperation is more than a desirable objective; it is a necessity.
 arrow Guantanamo: U.S. must reform its prison system
One of the most contentious issues in the U.S.'s War on Terrorism has been the status and condition of the prisoners at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Letters to Editorarrow The Two-nation Theory
I read the column of Mr. Kuldip Nayar- published in your esteemed daily on August 11on the subject.

The Two-Nation Theory brought the partition of India.

 arrow Launch disasters
This refers to Mr. Sakhawat Hossain's views published in the letters column of DS, August 3.
Literaturearrow Postmodern Bangla Short Stories: the arrival of the departure (Part IV)
There are at least six hundred Bangla little magazines throughout West Bengal and Tripura, apart from those in other states of India and in other countries.
 arrow Subhash Mukhopadhya 1919-2003
EclogueThe sun in the fields, I've heard
Weaves golden fantasy,
The moon sees her face
In the mirror of the lake,
The heart dances in mild breeze.