Volume 4 Number 91 Mon. August 25, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka rejects Cancun draft
Bangladesh has rejected the draft declaration of the upcoming Cancun ministerial meeting, saying it did not reflect the interest of the least developed countries (LDCs).
 arrow Crime trend belies JS body observation
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Home Affairs at a meeting Saturday found the law and order tolerable and stable, sources said.
 arrow Shazneen case verdict Sept 2
The second Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression, Dhaka, yesterday fixed September 2 for delivering the judgement in the Shazneen rape case.
 arrow Business barons face off today
Apex trade body, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), goes into polls today with a changed electoral process aimed to reduce costly election campaigns and put brakes
 arrow 16 abducted in Rangamati
Armed miscreants on Saturday abducted 16 people from Ram Krishnamachhari under Ghilachhari union of Naniarchar Upazila of the district.
 arrow Another kidnap feared in Ctg
Another young man, a madrassah student, went missing in Chittagong last Tuesday in an incident feared to be abduction for ransom, said madrassah sources yesterday.
 arrow 'JCD activists' beat up female students at Khulna college
Eleven students of Boyra Govt Girls' College were injured, two of them severely, when a group of activists reportedly belonging to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) beat them up with iron rods in the
 arrow Govt knows now Jamal's whereabouts
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said they now knew the whereabouts of abducted billionaire businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury and the joint forces would soon start a rescue operation.
 arrow A tragic tale
Shazneen Tasnim Rahman was raped and murdered at their Gulshan residence between 10:00pm and 10:30pm on April 23, 1998.

She was 15 and a student of Class IX at Scholastica School.

 arrow US envoy urges govt to decide on gas export soon
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas Jr. yesterday urged the government to decide on exporting gas.
 arrow AL ponders CPA meet boycott
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is likely to boycott the forthcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference Dhaka is hosting next month, accusing the government of politicisingit.
 arrow Sangasd goes into session September 11
Parliament is to go for its ninth session on September 11.

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday summoned the session by an official announcement.

 arrow Cries go unheard
So far there has been none to hear the soul stirring pleas for help by the families of the victims of the country's biggest launch capsize in the Meghna at Chandpur.

"Help me rear my children.

 arrow Ban on sugar import goes
The Commerce Ministry has withdrawn the embargo on opening LC (Letter of Credit) for sugar import, giving effect to a government decision allowing free import of the essential item in the private sector.
 arrow 'Dhallywood' hit by strike over obscenity row
Bangladesh Film Federation (BFF) yesterday observed the second day of indefinite work abstention, demanding action against vulgar films.
 arrow Earth set for close mars encounter
Mars will make its closest approach to earth for almost 60,000 years on Wednesday. Dr Robin Catchpole, senior astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London, explains how to witness the event.
 arrow WB team due soon to assess reforms with SOEs, NCBs
A three-member team of the World Bank (WB) will arrive in Dhaka on September 3 to make a pre-appraisal of the proposed reforms with the state-owned-enterprises (SOEs) and the nationalised commercial banks
 arrow Move to list cops linked with toll collectors
The home ministry at a meeting yesterday decided to make a list of the policemen, who help toll collectors in the transport sector and take share from them.
 arrow PMO staff, DC of Sylhet face contempt charges
The High Court Division yesterday rejected a petition by the deputy commissioner and nezarat deputy collector (NDC) of Sylhet, and a joint secretary posted as director general to the Prime Minister'sOffice
 arrow Army team in Joypurhat, sees seized explosives
A team of army explosives experts yesterday visited Uttar Moheshpur village, the spot of militant-police gunfight last week, and inspected the explosives seized from the activists of Jama'atul Mujahidin,
 arrow Shantu accuses govt of stalling execution of CHT accord
Shantu Larma yesterday accused the government of dallying with the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord and continuing a 'de facto military rule' in the region.
 arrow Gono varsity closed sine die
The Gono Bishwabiddyalay (GB) yesterday was closed indefinitely yesterday in the wake of violent student agitation.
 arrow JS body snubs ministry for failing to stop launch mishaps
The parliamentary standing committee on the shipping ministry yesterday criticised the ministry for its failure to take necessary action to prevent launch accidents.
Businessarrow Ageing trade laws to undergo amendments
The government has taken steps to update a number of trade related laws making them capable to fulfil the requirements of rapidly changing business scenario.
 arrow Rivals splash money to lure voters, alleges Rouf Chy
MA Rouf Chowdhury, one of the presidential candidates in the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) election, yesterday accused his rivals of offering monetary and other benefits
 arrow Moyeen Khan seeks French investment in ICT sector
Minister for Science and Information and Communication Technology Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday sought French investment in Bangladesh's ICT, saying the rapidly growing sector holds immense potential.
 arrow LPG to cut auto fuel cost
Automobile owners in Bangladesh now have a cheaper option to run their vehicles as LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is made available for the purpose.
 arrow CNG crisis to go by year-end: Mosharraf
Praising the private sector for investing in CNG refuelling stations, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain yesterday hoped that the existing crisis of CNG would be removed
 arrow Foreign investment team now in Dhaka
A foreign investment delegation comprising representatives of Ireland, Singapore and several European companies is now visiting Bangladesh with a view to making investment here.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trade yesterday following thin trade due to holiday in the international markets, dealers said.

The dollar traded at 58.4000-58.

 arrow Call money rate steady
The demand for call money rate remained sluggish yesterday following surplus liquidity in the banking system, fund mangers of leading commercial banks said.

The call money rate ranged between 4.

 arrow Prime Bank to collect GP phone bills
Prime Bank Limited will collect GrameenPhone bills.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations in Dhaka on Thursday, says a press release.

 arrow Troubled world trade talks hit environment snag
Diplomats racing to shape a plan to clinch a new world trade pact by the end of next year ran into trouble day over how far it should be linked to global agreements on protecting the environment.
Sportsarrow Hameed hammers historic hundred as hosts coast home
Debutant Yasir Hameed smashed his second century in successive innings to steer Pakistan to a convincing seven-wicket win against Bangladesh on the last day of the first Super Asia Test at Karachi National
 arrow Cricket: 'One day they will win'
Bangladesh might have lost the first Test against Pakistan by seven wickets. But they have earned the admiration from many friends including Pakistan coach Javed Miandad.
 arrow Cricket: His tons for late father
Pakistan's new batting sensation Yasir Hameed, who joined West Indian Lawrence Rowe as the only player to score two hundreds on his Test debut, dedicated his extraordinary performance to his late father.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Finally the spectators turned up to watch the final act in Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Football: Super 6 brace for battle
The stage is set for the 'Super Six' phase of the Third Nitol-Tata National Football League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

When the battle commences at 4.

 arrow Hockey: Dutch delight
Riding on a rare combination of individual brilliance and great teamwork, Netherlands overcame Australia 4-2 in the final to retain the title in the 25th Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the Wagener
 arrow Hockey: Hockey back on track
The 'Super Five' phase of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League resumes today at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.
 arrow Chess: Niaz wins
Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman drew his seventh round game against GM Dmitry Svetushkin of Macedonia in the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival on Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Div II Chess

Star Vision and Muktijoddha Sangsad drew their game in the Second Division Chess League yesterday which kept them jointly on top of the table in the team event.

 arrow Cricket: CA goes tough on doping
Cricket Australia (CA) decided on Sunday that Shane Warne and any other player serving a drug ban would be prevented from training with the state and national squads.
 arrow Cricket: England chasing 401
Herschelle Gibbs' brilliant catch to get rid of Marcus Trescothick left England deeper in trouble on the fourth day of the fourth Test against South Africa at Headingley here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: US Open starts today

Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick are stealing the US Open spotlight in the absence of Broadway's most beloved tennis stars, Pete Sampras and the Williams sisters.

 arrow Tennis: Tennis will never be the same without him
Pete Sampras will go out a winner. Ending the greatest career in men's tennis history, the 14-time Grand Slam champion will formally retire here Monday at the US Open in a ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
 arrow Athletics: Kluft, Adere shine in Paris
Sweden's Carolina Kluft and Berhane Adere of Ethiopia were in record-breaking form on the first day of the world athletics championships on Saturday but while the latter already has gold the former has
 arrow Football: Chelsea, MU keep flying
Romanian striker Adrian Mutu scored a superb debut goal in Chelsea's 2-1 win against Leicester City as the Blues joined Manchester United at the top of the Premiership table on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Crespo in, Hasselbaink out

Hernan Crespo got a feel for his future surroundings as he watched Chelsea's opening home game of the season against Leicester on Saturday.

Chelsea have agreed a fee of around £16.

 arrow Football: Magical Mutu

Claudio Renieri led the praise for Adrian Mutu's debut supershow.

The £15.8million new boy stunned Stamford Bridge with his tricks and fired a spectacular winner to give Chelsea six out of six points.

 arrow Football: Bremen new leaders

Werder Bremen replaced Bayer Leverkusen, defeated 1-0 by VfL Bochum, at the top of the Bundesliga with a convincing 4-1 victory over Schalke 04 at the Weserstadion Saturday.

 arrow Football: Behave, Sir Alex!
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has promised to improve his behaviour after a spat with officialdom led to his banishment from the touchline in the 2-1 premier league win over Newcastle on
 arrow Football: Lille still ahead
Lille stayed top in France on Saturday despite conceding their first goal of the season in a 1-1 draw at home to Metz.
Politicalarrow AL flays Altaf for militant claim
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday flayed Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury's recent comment that there was nothing to be worried about the activities of Islamic militants.
 arrow City BNP joint meeting today
A joint meeting of City BNP and its front organisations will be held at the auditorium of its Naya Paltan office at 5.00pm today.
Metropolitanarrow Execute verdict of Yasmin rape, murder case
Sammilita Nari Samaj (SNS) at a rally in the city yesterday demanded immediate execution of the verdict of Yasmin rape and murder case.
 arrow Ctg AL protests case
Awami League leaders and activists observed a daylong hunger strike in Chittagong yesterday to protest the implication of its leader and lawmaker ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury in computer engineer Srikanta
 arrow US envoy calls on edn minister
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas Jr called on Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk at his office yesterday.
Nationalarrow 100 hurt as villagers clash over fishing in B'baria
Police fired blank shots and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse villagers who clashed over fishing in a waterdbody in the Sadar Upazila on Saturday.
 arrow Rival BNP groups clash in Magura, Kushtia: 25 injured
At least 25 people were injured in clashes between rival BNP factions over formation of Gram Sarkar in Magura and Kushtia on Saturday.
 arrow It's a BNP body, villagers say
Giving birth to many unpleasant incidents, formation of Gram Sarkar is going on in the district with a lukewarm response from the masses.
 arrow 'Negligence caused Friday's blast at Ctg PDB station'
Friday's incident at the 33/11KV sub-station near Chittagong stadium in which four PDB employees sustained serious burn injuries occurred due to negligence by authorities and lack of safety measures,PDB
 arrow 'Banks harassing small borrowers'
Banks are harassing small borrowers by taking the scope of the Artha Rin Adalat-2003 Act. This was alleged by the Small Industry, Trade and Agriculture Borrowers Samity, Gaibandha, here yesterday.
 arrow Jamaat leader among 18 chargesheeted
Eighteen People including a local Jamat-e-Islami leader have been chargesheeted in the case regarding eviction of five minority community families from Biswanathpur village in Kaligonj upazila.
 arrow A devil in man
An uncle allegedly killed his nephew to grab his late brother's property and marry his widowed wife.

The incident took place at Ramkrishnapur village in Bheramara upazila.

Culturearrow Oriental art sans overt ornamentation
Nasreen Begum, an eminent female artist, who along with three of her students held an exhibition at "Chitrak", traced the development of Oriental Art, sitting in the gallery premises.
 arrow Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad pays rich tribute to our National Poet
Adiscussion and cultural programme took place on 22 August at the National Museum auditorium on the occasion of the 27th death anniversary of our National Poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Generalarrow Indigenous children have little access to pry edn
Tribal and indigenous leaders at a workshop yesterday said that most of their children had little access to primary education both in the hilly region and in the plain land.
 arrow Masud's arrest to solve Rita murder mystery, police hopes
Investigators said motives for the killing of housewife Rita Begum' at Lake Circus Kalabaghan in Dhanmondi will be revealed once they nab one Masud who visited Rita's residence regularly.
 arrow 'Action plan needed to preserve marine fisheries resources'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for formulation of a time-bound action plan for preservation and management of marine fisheries resources.
 arrow Youth gunned down by BSF
Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday gunned down a Bangladeshi youth at Khanpur border point of the district.
 arrow Verdict on Badda triple murder case today
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 of Dhaka Division delivers the judgement in the sensational Badda triple murder case today.

Judge Md Abu Hanif had earlier fixed the date on completing all trial procedure.

 arrow Businessman strangled
A businessman was strangled in an apparent mugging incident in Dhaka last night, police said.
 arrow Japan provides scholarship to 106 students this year
Japan will receive 106 Bangladeshi students this year under its Monbukagakusho (popularly known as Monbusho) scholarship programme, Japanese Embassy sources said.
 arrow 10 villages in Sherpur being developed as 'Eco-villages'
Ten villages of the district are being developed as environment-friendly 'Eco-villages' with supply of arsenic free water and sanitary latrine facilities.
Internationalarrow Israeli, Palestinian hawks reject new truce efforts
Israel and Palestinian hardliners both rejected Sunday a proposal by the Palestinian leadership for a new ceasefire after the collapse of a seven-week-old truce amid a new spate of violence.
 arrow Iraq on the frontline of terror battle: US
US officials warned Iraq was on the frontline of the battle against terrorism as a delegation from the country's US-appointed interim administration took its quest for international recognition to the
 arrow 'Over 400 Iraqi women kidnapped, raped in post-war chaos'
More than 400 Iraqi women have been kidnapped and raped amid the lawlessness gripping the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq said Sunday.
 arrow Pressure builds on Blair
The pressure built yesterday on British Prime Minister Tony Blair as questions piled up over his actions before the apparent suicide of an arms expert at the centre of allegations that the governmentembellished
 arrow Thousands mark King's 'I have a dream' speech
Several thousand people gathered on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington where Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a dream" speech.
 arrow US, allies play down breakthrough hopes in nuke talks
The United States and its allies played down hopes of a quick breakthrough in talks with North Korea this week on the communist state's nuclear plans, while Pyongyang renewed demands for guarantees against
 arrow Entry to US gets tough
Washington is tightening procedures for gaining entry to the United States and turning visas into a first line of defense against terrorism on US soil.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Surya Sen Hall goes decrepit
To chronicle the state of dilapidation that Surya Sen Hall is in, one needs to go back to 1965.
 arrow Editorial: The law and order faultline in Ctg
The inspector general of police has claimed that the law enforcers are now very 'close' to rescuing Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed abducted a month back.
 arrow Peace decoys
After most of Palestine went under Israeli occupation following 1967 Arab-Israeli war the UN Security Council dutifully tabled resolution 242 asking for the "withdrawal of Israel's Armed Forces from the
 arrow Idi Amin Dada: End of a charismatic African despot
I got someone, very efficient, very active and ingenious, whom I am going to entrust with the responsibility of revolutionising my Army,"said President Milton Obote of Uganda.
 arrow US draws a new battle-line at Azadegan
Our time is a strange time when all that we have been repeatedly reminded to follow as exemplary might suddenly be branded as rubbish by those who were trying hard to teach us the virtue of capitalist
 arrow Political will for development
Bangladesh is a country with enormous potential. Endowed with natural resources it also has excellent human resources. We have opted for a democratic way of governance for our progress.
Letters to Editorarrow The girl child
Off springs are the blessings of God, whether a boy or a girl. I am a mother of a girl child and am very much proud of it.
 arrow Liberalising alcohol policy
I am appalled at the naivety of opinions expressed by some of the contributors regarding the impact of alcohol.
 arrow Light goes off
I am writing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the middle of the North American power outage.

As you know we have had no electricity since 4:08 pm yesterday (Thursday Aug 14, 03).

 arrow Thanks to DS
I thank The Daily Star because, unlike the other newspapers, they cared to mention both sides of the story and at the end of the news-item on the captioned event they added "Traffic congestion at various
 arrow BB throws spanner
I do not quite agree that Bangladesh Bank try to control everything in a private bank.
 arrow It hurts ours pride
With deep sorrow and disgust I am writing to you. I had no other way to express the emotions of many Bangladeshis who are living abroad.
 arrow Why this undue outcry?
We have been noticing with great regret that few members of the press are trying to make it an issue that our cricket team manager, Lt Col (Retd) A.
 arrow Job eludes graduates of some private universities
The news report under the above headline in page 12 of the Daily Star (17 Aug 2003) surprised me by the highly discriminating remarks, both in terms of its headline and contents.
 arrow "Proposal to beef up press wings..."
I am happy to learn that the government has finally decided to shelve the proposal of opening press wings in our foreign missions.
 arrow Faithfulness!
This is in response to the letter written by Mr. Ali Ahmed Mabrur on August 8, regarding the movie Fire. The letter has already been tracked by Mr. Yahya from USA and he gave a very logical answer.
 arrow Maglev train
Recent news items on Maglev train and some letters to the editor have inspired me to write a few words about the issue and share my knowledge with others.
Star Cityarrow Gulshan lake, reclaiming our urban beauty
In an effort to reclaim 31.34 acres of land of the Gulshan-Banani lake, The Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) on August 7 filed a case with the High Court (HC) against the Land Ministry.
 arrow Dwelling on High-rise problems
With the trend of living in high-rise apartments setting in, the inhabitants of the buildings, especially children, are being mentally affected.
 arrow Accommodating Dhaka
Each year, about three lakh people are added to the existing population of the city owing to poor opportunities for employment in the rural areas.

Dhaka at present is home to more than ten millionpeople.

 arrow Dhanmondi Lake a hotbed for muggers in the dark
As soon as evening falls, the entire Dhanmondi Lake area turns into a hotbed of mugging and petty crimes because of lack of electricity.
 arrow Paperboys early morning moonlight
For them, day begins at 5 A.M.; when they ride to the nearest newspaper distribution center on their bicycles.
 arrow Funding cut back for transport planners
The ministry of Planning and Finance has suggested reducing the manpower of the DTCB (Dhaka Transport Coordination Board).
 arrow Precious power goes down the drain
Lack of awareness leads to waste to put it in clichéd words and indifference among people, especially decorator owners, is often blamed for improper use of electricity.