Volume 4 Number 90 Sun. August 24, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Tk 10 lakh ransom demanded for Ctg student Simon
Unidentified persons demanded a ransom of Tk 10 lakh for Ibrahim Mia Simon, 17, son of a wealthy businessman, who along with a friend has been missing from Double Mooring area since Wednesday evening.
 arrow Surya Sen Hall at cave-in risk
More than one thousand resident students of Surya Sen Hall of Dhaka University (DU) are at risk under the hall building decaying fast in the absence of maintenance.
 arrow Woman shot dead at Kalabagan flat, robbers kill man in Shyampur
An unidentified youth shot and killed a young woman at her residence at Kalabagan in Dhanmondi and retreating robbers gunned down a young man in Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow Islamic militants no threat, says Altaf
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the home ministry there was nothing to be worried about the activities of so-called Islamic militants.
 arrow More arms found in Joypurhat
A large number of police including female police are carrying out door-to-door search following discovery of two modern revolvers from a pond near the scene of last week's gunfight between police andmilitants
 arrow Jama'atul militants not charged with sedition
Police are yet to slap sedition charges against the operatives of militant Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin for lack of directives from the higher authorities, but lawyers feel they should press the
 arrow 3 British soldiers shot dead in Basra ambush
Three British soldiers died yesterday after being shot by unknown gunmen in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a coalition spokesman said.

"A serious incident took place in central Basra this morning.

 arrow DCC finally forms a solid waste management cell
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) formed a Solid Waste Management Cell (SWMC) yesterday to better manage solid waste and coordinate departments concerned, said an official source.
 arrow Habitat loss heightens wild elephant attacks
Habitat loss is not only posing a big threat to wild elephants but also to human security.
 arrow Half the people illiterate, survey reveals
Half of the country's total population or 49.3 per cent are illiterate, says a survey released yesterday.

It also reveals that 41.

 arrow Bangabandhu, Zia important leaders
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas Jr yesterday expressed his deep sadness after visiting scenes of the brutal 1975 assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members at the historichouse
 arrow IPG assures of rescuing Ctg magnate in 48 hours
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque yesterday assured that abducted businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury would be rescued within next 48 hours ending Monday afternoon.
 arrow Nine to die for murder in Cox's Bazar
Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court here yesterday awarded death sentence to nine people for killing a man over land dispute in Moheshkhali 13 years ago.
 arrow Lawyers for 5 accused begin arguments
Lawyers for the five accused -- Hasan, Badal, Shaniram, Minu and Parvin -- began their arguments in the Shazneen case yesterday.
 arrow 'All suggestions on default loans implemented'
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said activities of the consultation committee on default loans were complete and the government has implemented all its recommendations.
 arrow Egypt gives positive response
Egypt gave a positive response to Dhaka's request for support to the Bangladesh candidature for OIC Secretary General.
 arrow JS body to review road graft
The parliamentary standing committee on communications ministry yesterday decided to review the irregularities and corruption in Roads and Highways Department (RHD).
 arrow SC stays ETV licence issue till Wednesday
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) order on the Ekushey Television (ETV) case regarding its licence and return of equipment until Wednesday.
 arrow Brazil's satellite rocket explodes: 21 killed, 20 hurt
A Brazilian rocket exploded yesterday and killed 21 people after an engine ignited by mistake days before a planned lift-off from a jungle launch site.
Businessarrow Businesspeople ready to choose leadership
The business community is now ready to choose its future leadership as the formal campaign for the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) polls ended yesterday.
 arrow High profile ICC-B confce to talk trade next year
Against the backdrop of disappointing outcome of multilateral trade negotiations, the International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICC-B) is going to organise an international business conference next
 arrow BB's no to bank for women entrepreneurs
Bangladesh Bank has rejected a proposal to set up a separate bank for women entrepreneurs.
 arrow Taka rebounds slightly in thin trade
The Bangladesh taka rebounded slightly against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday when the US unit gained further against the euro on Friday due to increasing worries about Europe's economies,
 arrow Leather Business Promotion Council on the cards
The government has decided on principle to set up a Leather Business Promotion Council, aiming to reverse the poor state of the country's leather industry.
 arrow Frozen foods exporters seek container crafts at Mongla Port
Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) has expressed concern over the crisis of container-carrier vessels at Mongla port, leaving export of about 1,000 tons of shrimp worth about Tk 80crore
 arrow US, UN, WB, IMF to discuss Iraqi needs
UN, World Bank and IMF officials will meet in Belgium early next month with representatives of Iraq's US-led administration to lay the groundwork for a conference in Spain on raising money to help rebuild
 arrow Markets look past data for clues on Asian growth
Soon after South Korea reported Friday that its economy slid into a recession in the first half of 2003, its first since 1998, the main share index KS11 in Seoul rose to a 13-month high.
 arrow Sri Lanka economic growth on track: ADB
Sri Lanka, emerging from the shadow of 20 years of war, will meet its economic goals this year and should see even stronger growth in 2004, the Asian Development Bank said Friday.
Sportsarrow Bashar-spurred Tigers take Test to final day
Habibul Bashar scored his second hundred and debutant Rajin Saleh made a half-century for Bangladesh, but it was Pakistan who went for the kill at the end of the fourth day of the first Test at the Karachi
 arrow Cricket: 'Rajin, family inspired me'
Bangladesh is almost set to lose another Test but not before putting some fear in the minds of their opponents by scoring more than 250 runs in each innings.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
It might have taken Habibul Bashar nearly two years to score his second hundred in Test cricket, but for sure the statistics did not reflect the ability the attacking right-hander from Kushtia does have.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan unchanged
Pakistan expressed confidence in the same 15-men squad for next week's second Test against Bangladesh at Peshawar after frontline pacer Mohammad Sami was ruled out due to injury, chief selector said Saturday.
 arrow Football: Transfer talk hurts 'Super Six' appeal
The 'Super Six' phase of the Nitol-Tata third National Football League that kicks off tomorrow is not expected to be played with the real zeal by the country's top players.
 arrow Hockey: Mitu banned for life
Mahbubul Haq Mitu, a second grade hockey umpire, has been declared persona non grata for life after his alleged involvement in the Friday's incident at the Bangladesh Hockey Federation.
 arrow Chess: Div II chess
Star Vision and Muktijoddha Sangsad, with 13.5 points each, were jointly leading the Second Division Chess League table at the end of the fourth round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas gain upper hand
Gary Kirsten steadied South Africa as the Proteas reached 53 for two in their second innings at tea on the third day of the fourth Test against England at Headingley on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Simons slams pacers
South Africa coach Eric Simons admitted his all-pace attack had under-performed on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Headingley here Friday.
 arrow Athletics: Perez pockets first gold
Ecuador's Jefferson Perez walked to the first gold of the World Athletics Championships here on Saturday and in the process chalked up a world best of 1hr 17min 21sec.
 arrow Hockey: India win pride game
India overcame a 3-2 deficit at half time to defeat archrival's Pakistan 7-4 in a drama-packed tie at the men's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament here Friday.
 arrow Football: MU too good
Manchester United staked their claim for a defence of their league crown after moving top of the Premiership with a comfortable 2-1 win against a lacklustre Newcastle at St. James's Park on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Brazil recall Rivaldo
Brazil included off-form midfielder Rivaldo in their 17-man squad on Friday as they launched their quest for a sixth World Cup title.
 arrow Football: Serie B clubs issue strike threat
Nineteen of the 20 Serie B clubs voted on Friday to boycott Italian Cup matches and the first three rounds of the league season to protest against the addition of four teams to Italy's second division.
 arrow Football: Barca edge Boca on penalties
Barcelona beat South American champions Boca Juniors 5-3 on penalties on Friday to clinch their own Joan Gamper trophy after a full-blooded friendly had ended 1-1.
 arrow Football: Rebel Makelele drafted
Real Madrid rebel Claude Makelele has been included in the squad to take on domestic Cup winners Real Mallorca in Sunday's Super Cup first leg.
Politicalarrow Hasina returns, talks of rigging in Netrakona elections
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her party's stand that the Netrokona-3 by-election was rigged.
 arrow JCD calls strike at RMC
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) called an indefinite strike yesterday after around 24 students were injured in an armed attack by alleged extortionists.
 arrow Tareque acting BNP secretary general
Tareque Rahman, senior joint secretary general of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), will act as acting secretary general during party Secretary General and Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD)
 arrow 32 AL leaders accused in explosives case get bail
The High Court Division yesterday granted ad interim bail to all 32 accused leaders and workers of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in the explosive case filed in Barisal on August 17.
Nationalarrow Local NGO doing life-saving job in Rangamati
A local non-government organisation is doing a commendable job in supplying safe water to a section of people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) where water-borne diseases claim hundreds of lives every
 arrow 'Very important clues' to murder of AL, JP leaders found: Bagerhat SP
'Listed' criminals Zakir and Mushfique, brought to Bagerhat from Dhaka Wednesday midnight, have been taken on remand for seven days for questioning in van driver Amol Roy murder case.
 arrow Hilsha losing market in India
Demand for Bangladeshi Hilsha fish is declining in India, according to exporters.

They said Indian traders importing the items in less quantities for what they said its high price and loss of taste.

 arrow Fake notes even in Magura villages
Banks in Magura lack equipment to detect fake notes though their circulation is increasing, sources said.
Culturearrow Healing the world musically
It was like a colourful festival of acting and music all performed by children of classes III and IV directed by Carolyn Ahmad. It was also the 'celebration' of the students themselves.
 arrow Victims of evil deeds received by beautiful hearts
If we believe that fire can burn the vices, then it was a perfect starting of a musical evening to aid the acid victims through fireworks.
 arrow 'Barshanomondrita Andhokarey'
Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Shammilon Parishad, Dhaka Metropolitan Unit organises Bashantyatshab, Sharodaytshab and other cultural programmes regularly with the eminent and promising artistes to continue
 arrow Zahir Raihan Film Society screens best films of 2002
Zahir Raihan Film Society will screen a selection of nine best films of 2002 from nine different countries, says a press release.
Generalarrow Outlaw shot dead by his rivals in Khulna
Shaikh Dabirul Islam, 32, an armed cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was gunned down by unidentified assailants at about 12:30pm yesterday in an under-construction building adjacent
 arrow Odhikar counters claim of 62.88pc voter turnout
Odhikar, a coalition of human rights and a poll observer, said a maximum of 50 per cent of the electorate bothered to vote in the Netrokona-3 by-elections on August 21 as opposed to an unofficial count
Internationalarrow Palestinians urges US to help mediate new truce
Palestinian officials called yesterday for the United States to help mediate a new cease-fire between militants and Israel to replace a truce that disintegrated amid a wave of bloodshed this week.
 arrow Grieving UN Baghdad staff restart work in tents
United Nations staff resumed work in Baghdad Saturday in tents and shipping containers set up beside the wreckage of their bombed headquarters.
 arrow Row to stay till Kashmiris get self-determination
"Pakistan intends to establish peaceful relations with India but Kashmir will remain the central bone of contention between the two countries until Kashmiris get self-determination," Pakistani Premier
 arrow US efforts to lure more foreign troops to Iraq to fail: Annan
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan warned Friday that the US campaign to persuade more countries to send troops to Iraq will fail unless the United States agrees to a UN-authorized force that
Editorialarrow Editorial: Netrokona by-election
The Netrokona-3 by-election -- which saw speculations regarding outbreak of violence on election day turning out to be baseless -- has been a step forward as far as maturity of the elective process is
 arrow Editorial: Counterfeit driving licences
Whenever there is a serious accident on the highway, the obvious concern would be: was the driver a trained one or did he have a licence to operate at all? And in most cases investigations would reveal
 arrow Beijing meeting on North Korean crisis
Recently China has confirmed that it will host the six ways meeting on North Korea's nuclear programme. The talks scheduled for August 27-29th will include two Koreas, US, Japan, China and Russia.
 arrow Tackling corruption
Addressing a conference on "Combating Corruption in the Public and Private Sectors" organised by the Board of Investment (BOI) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in collaboration with "Transparency
Letters to Editorarrow Terrorist attack in Baghdad
Recent attack by renegade Saddam loyalists in league with other terrorist groups on the UN headquarters in Baghdad has made it clear again that the United Nations remains a fragile institution and cannot
 arrow Wake-up call?
After the recent power failure in some parts of the United States and Canada, even a child will be able to analyse the discrepancies in the existing American system.
 arrow In memory of Sergio
Sergio Vieira de Mello, a man of courage and leadership is no more with us. The world has lost a well-respected statesman.
Star Holidayarrow A bend in the river
Agentle push from the majhi, and we are into the lovely Isamati. A few feet from the shore, the engine starts. Chug, chug, chugthe unmistakable thud of the diesel engine.
Star Healtharrow Lymphoma
Lymphoma is a form of cancer. Lymphoma encompasses a variety of cancers specific to the lymphatic system.
 arrow Be aware of impetigo
Impetigo is a localised, highly contagious infection of the skin.

What causes it?Impetigo is caused by infection with Staphylococcal or Streptococcal bacteria.

Star Cityarrow Flyover delayed for another six months
The plight of commuters in the city's eastern and southern parts look set to continue with the completion of Khilgaon Flyover delayed by another six months.
 arrow No relief for herbal industry
While commuting on a bus, CNG cab, rickshaw etc, most city dwellers are familiar with one experience: little flying leaflets falling on their laps at certain intersections and stoppages.
 arrow Lights out in Dhaka New Market
Dhaka New Market and its adjacent shopping complexes, where the highest concentration of shoppers in the city are to be found, have been suffering from severe power outages since last Sunday.
 arrow Competition for commuters goes up a gear
With the ban on rickshaws on important roads, 'seating-service' buses have created competition among themselves.
 arrow City sweepers struggle to make a clean living
If you are an early riser, you cannot fail to notice groups of people sweeping the roads of the city.
 arrow Massage with a mondira, a personal touch
Every morning 'Begum' leaves home at 7am to start her unique profession as a personal masseur.
 arrow The cream of the ice-cream parlours
Refreshment with a soft drink or an ice cream is all but indispensable on a summer day.