Volume 4 Number 92 Tue. August 26, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Khulna city AL chief gunned down, violence erupts
Khulna city Awami League President Monzurul Imam was killed in a spray of bullets and bomb blasts by assailants in Khulna city yesterday, sparking a wave of violent protests.
 arrow Twin blasts cause Mumbai carnage
Two bombs hidden in taxis yesterday exploded in front of a Hindu temple and a busy tourist spot in India's commercial capital Mumbai, killing at least 47 people and leaving over 100 injured.
 arrow Top cops made OSD for rescue failure
The government yesterday took drastic actions against three high police officials in Chittagong for their failure to cut crimes, especially to rescue magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury even after 31days
 arrow Hartal on Thursday
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has called a countrywide dawn to dusk hartal on August 28 to protest the killing of Advocate Monzurul Imam, a member of the party advisory council and president of
 arrow Spiralling political killings
Political killing has risen sharply across the country.
 arrow Free market access, movement of natural persons included in Cancun revised draft
Two major issues of the Dhaka Declaration -- duty- and quota-free market access and movement of natural persons -- have been included in the revised draft of the fifth Cancun ministerial meeting.
 arrow Mintoo set to become FBCCI president
Abdul Awal Mintoo is set to become the next president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) as his panel swept elections bagging 11 posts out of 12 in the chamber group,
 arrow HC rejects plea to try jail killing case in upper court
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a petition for holding trial of the jail killing case by the HC instead of a lower court.
 arrow Not a single success in 962 educational institutions this year
As many as 962 educational institutions failed to produce a single successful candidate in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Dakhil examinations this year.
 arrow JS body concerned over current gas reserve
Members of the parliamentary standing committee on energy and mineral resources ministry yesterday expressed concern when a junior minister told them that the country's current gas reserve would meetdomestic
 arrow 5 held, students still missing
Police yesterday claimed that they made some progress in the bid to rescue abducted college students Ibrahim Miah Simon and Sanjay Dev, but were yet to track down the whereabouts of madrassah studentZaker
 arrow Proposal on sponsors picking bank directors under review
A proposal to empower sponsor directors of private banks to nominate new board members is under government scrutiny.
 arrow 50 injured as mob clashes with cops
Beanibazar Pourasava Admi-nistrator Tofajjal Hossain along with three others was arrested following a mob-police clash that left at least 50 people including nine police personnel injured at Beanibazar
 arrow Speaker urges AL to join CPA meet
The speaker and the deputy speaker have initiated moves for the participation of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference.
 arrow Hamid goes rat-trapping in JS
The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) has been infested with rats alongside mosquitoes and cockroaches.
 arrow Taliban fighters bombed, 50 said killed
US jets bombed an area of southeastern Afghanistan yesterday, and a provincial government spokesman said as many as 50 Taliban guerrillas were killed. There was no immediate confirmation of casualties.
 arrow JS body unhappy at health ministry work
The parliamentary standing committee on government assurances yesterday expressed dissatisfaction on the slow progress of health and family welfare ministry in fulfilling assurances given by ministers
 arrow FBCCI polls marquees grind traffic to halt
Marquees erected right in the middle of the busy Motijheel street on the eve of the FBCCI elections yesterday brought traffic in the city centre to a standstill.
 arrow Mild tremor in Dhaka
A mild earthquake was recorded yesterday in Dhaka with 2.2 magnitude on the Richter scale by the digital seismometer set up at Dhaka University.
Businessarrow FBCCI needs to get ready to face post-MFA era
Casting their votes yesterday to elect new leadership of FBCCI, businesspeople observed the apex trade body needs to be more active and well-prepared to face the challenges of the post-MFA era.
 arrow Capital market needs reforms to mobilise local finance: WB
World Bank has suggested for some major reforms in the country's capital markets to effectively mobilise local finance to support business initiatives.
 arrow Only 22 CNG filling stations set up out of 1,985 permitted
A large number of entrepreneurs obtained permission from the government for setting up CNG filling stations and conversion workshops, but only a handful of them made it a reality.
 arrow Essential prices to remain static till Ramadan
The present price situation, officially claimed to be static, would continue until the holy month of Ramadan beginning in October.
 arrow Asia Plastic goes into production this week
Export-oriented plastic hanger manufacturer Asia Plastic Bangladesh Ltd is set to go into production Thursday at the Dhaka Export Processing Zone under the licensee agreement with Randy Hangers of US.
 arrow Super deluxe long route train on the cards
Bangladesh Railway will introduce air-conditioned super deluxe train services on long distance routes connecting the district and divisional towns with the capital.
 arrow Asia to grow 5.5pc in next five years, predicts EIU
Asia-Pacific economies are expected to grow faster than other regions in the next five years but expansion could be disrupted in the short term by several risks including a US slowdown and a resurgence
 arrow Japan seeks revision of Cancun declaration draft
Japan on Monday expressed its immediate opposition to a draft declaration on freeing up agricultural and other areas of trade, and called for its revision ahead of WTO talks in Cancun next month.
 arrow WTO mediators place compromise plan
Top World Trade Organisation officials Monday put forward a compromise plan aimed at breaking a deadlock in free trade talks, particularly over farm reform.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful, Monjurul likely
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said that he might make one or two changes for the second Test that starts here on Wednesday.

"I think there is every chance of a change.

 arrow Cricket: Tigers in batting paradise
Bangladesh arrived in the ancient city of Peshawar early Sunday morning to play the second Test at the Arbab Niaz Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud takes heart at Karachi performance
Embattled Bangladesh cricket captain Khaled Mahmud said Monday his team was defeated but not disgraced after their seven-wicket defeat in the first Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Drab start to Super Six
The Super Six phase of the Nitol-Tata National Football League began with an unimpressive goalless draw between Moulvibazar Wanderers and Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Hockey: Mohammedan make solid start
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club got their "Super Five" phase of Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League off to a flying start as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sonali Bank at
 arrow Hockey: Abahani target Indian stars
Abahani Krira Chakra are trying to bring at least two Indian star players for the ongoing "Super Five" phase of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League.

 arrow Cricket: 33 called up for Woolmer camp
The Board of Control for Cricket in Bangladesh (BCCB) has called up 33 under-19 players to take part in a five-day batting and wicketkeeping course under the supervision of International Cricket Council's
 arrow Basketball: College b'ball
Mastermind College moved into the final of the Europa First College Basketball Championship beating Saint Joseph College 79-62 at the Dhanmondi gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Div II chess
Star Vision were leading the Second Division Chess League table with 18 points at the end of sixth round at the Chess Room of National Sports Council yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis routs England
Jacques Kallis took a Test-best six for 54 as South Africa beat England by 191 runs on the fifth and final day of the fourth Test here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan vexed at Eng
Michael Vaughan launched a scathing attack on English cricket just moments after his side were crushed by South Africa on Monday, arguing its players were weighed down by fear and lacked a ruthless streak.
 arrow Cricket: Smith hails his team

South Africa captain Graeme Smith praised his team's "tremendous character" after they thrashed England by 191 runs in the fourth Test at Headingley here Monday.

 arrow Cricket: Angela tales her story

A Melbourne stripper claims in a tell-all interview with an Australian magazine that Test cricketer Shane Warne pursued and romanced her in a three-month affair in which he sent her sexy mobile phone

 arrow Tennis: 'It's tainted sans sisters'
Kim Clijsters hungers for a Grand Slam trophy, but the women's world number one from Belgium admits this year's US Open crown will be a tainted title without Serena and Venus Williams competing for it.
 arrow Tennis: 'My next goal is No 1'
Wimbledon winner Roger Federer is taking aim at Andre Agassi's world number one ranking and a rare Grand Slam double when the US Open starts here Monday.
 arrow Athletics: Bekele steals the show
American sprinter Jon Drummond brought the World Athletics Championships to a standstill here on Sunday but an outstanding display by Ethiopian wunderkind Kenenisa Bekele in the 10,000 metres later came
 arrow Football: Gunners too hot to handle
Arsenal went top of the English Premiership on Sunday following a French-fuelled 4-0 drubbing of Middlesbrough at the Riverside stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Mallorca make 'em pay
England star David Beckham blew hot and cold on his introduction to the competitive world of Spanish football when he set up a goal before being substituted in Real Madrid's 2-1 Spanish Super Cup first
 arrow Football: Nonda injury spoils the night

Monaco moved into second spot in the French league behind leaders Lille on Sunday following a 4-2 win at Paris Saint Germain which was blotted by a serious injury which will keep Shabani Nonda on

 arrow Football: Bayern thank Latin duo
Reigning champions Bayern Munich celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over ten-man SV Hamburg at the AOL Arena Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow GB students leave campus
About 80 per cent students have left the campus following the closure of Gono Bishwabidyalay (GB) on Sunday for an indefinite period.
 arrow Adopt appropriate tech to manage medical wastes
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) has demanded adoption of appropriate technology for management of medical waste as envisaged under the Environment Conservation Act, 1995, says a press
 arrow JUTA programmes to realise demand
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers Association (JUTA) yesterday announced a three-day programme as their ultimatum to the university authorities expired on Wednesday.
Nationalarrow Plan to cultivate high-valued crops in 60 upazilas
A massive plan for cultivating High Value Corps (HVC) has been taken up in Chapainwabganj under the North West Crop Diversification Project (NCDP).
 arrow Awami League factions at loggerheads
Gobindagnaj upazila Awami League is now virtually divided into two groups over formation of a convening committee of Jubo League, its youth front.
 arrow Police fail to find any clue in 6 months
Police failed to find any clue to the sensational double murder at the forest department office in the city even six months after the incident.
 arrow Three held with arms in Barisal
Kotwali police arrested three alleged hijackers and recovered a revolver and some sharp weapons from their possession on Saturday.
 arrow 3 schoolgirls abducted from Magura rescued in Dhaka
Three schoolgirls abducted from Sreepur upazila on August 16 have been rescued in Dhaka, police said here on Saturday.
 arrow 200 Gram Sarkar units formed in Narail
Gram Sarkar units have been formed in 200 wards out of 342 in Narail district since the process began on August 5.
Culturearrow Chhayanaut's fund raising effort

The gorgeous stage with its green background of forest wood attracted the audience straightaway. With the beautiful lighting effect, the stage had an extra dimension.

 arrow Beckett's play in Bangla
The department of Music and Drama of Dhaka University staged Samuel Beckett's world famous play Waiting for Godot in Bangla at "Nat Mandal"recently as a part of the acting examination of the fourth year-honours
 arrow Tunatuni to hold its festival in September
In the evening of August 23, the auditorium of Bangladesh Shishu Academy was filled up with the audience to see the production Toray Badha Ghorar Dim--an excellent creation by Satyajit Ray.
 arrow New film and film-award coming soon
Declaration of the end of shooting of the film Kokhono Megh, Kokhono Brishti (KMKB), and the initiation of a film award gave way to a mass revelry at the Winter Garden of Hotel Sheraton on August 24 evening.
Generalarrow Man to die for killing wife, sons
One person was sentenced to death yesterday for killing his wife and two sons in May 2002.
 arrow 'Dhallywood' deadlock ends
The three-day deadlock at the Film Development Corporation (FDC) ended yesterday following the talks between the information minister and the agitating Bangladesh Film Federation (BFF) and BangladeshFilm
 arrow Anup Chetia fails to pay fine, stays in jail
Indian rebel leader Anup Chetia could not walk out of the Kashimpur Jail for failing to pay Tk 10,000 in fine after serving out seven years of rigorous imprisonment yesterday, jail sources said.
 arrow Contraceptive requirements to double in 15 years
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for developing a strategy for contraceptive security as the contraceptive requirements would double in the next 15 years.
 arrow Injured PDB staff dies
One of the four Power Development Board (PDB) staff, burnt critically in an accident on Friday morning, succumbed to his injuries at a clinic in Dhaka on Sunday night.
 arrow Khadija takes oath as MP
Mosammat Khadija Amin took oath as a member of parliament at a simple ceremony at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban here yesterday.
 arrow Polybags seized in city: 2 arrested
A joint drive by the Directorate of Environment (DoE) and police yesterday seized four bundles of banned polythene shopping bags from Fakirerpool Bazar in the city and arrested two persons.
Internationalarrow Archaeologists found temple under Babri Mosque rubble
Indian archaeologists have found a medieval Hindu temple under the remains of an Islamic shrine that was razed by Hindus in 1992 sparking deadly nationwide riots, a report unveiled in court yesterdaysaid.
 arrow ME conflict shows no signs of abating
The Middle East conflict showed no signs of abating yesterday, with Israel vowing to wipe out Palestinian militant leaders and the Palestinians swearing revenge for a new air strike that left four dead.
 arrow Shattered cars, blood litter Mumbai blast scenes
Mumbai's most famous landmark overlooking the Arabian Sea was littered with mangled car parts, blood and shattered glass yesterday.
 arrow Democrat Dean seeks to challenge Bush on Iraq
Cheering supporters packed a Seattle park to hear former Vermont governor Howard Dean, an opponent of the US war in Iraq, who is emerging as a frontrunner in the field of candidates seeking to challenge
 arrow Attempt on Iraqi cleric: 3 killed
Thousands gathered in the holy city of Najaf Monday for the funerals of three men killed in an assassination attempt on a leading Shiite Muslim cleric, as the top US general admitted his forces were stretched
Editorialarrow Editorial: Confusion over literacy rate
Right through the maze of differing statistics on the literacy status of our people, one arrives at a conclusion that resonates positively, on the whole.
 arrow Editorial: Mideast back to cauldron
The rejection of a proposed fresh lease to ceasefire by both the Israeli and Palestinian hardliners has undoubtedly dealt a blow to the peace process.
 arrow US pre-war plans in Iraq went wrong
As the old saying goes: "How do you make God laugh? Tell Him your plans." Some observers believe that this has exactly occurred in post-war Iraq.
 arrow Protesting Delhi's water diversion plan
What amazes me is a reference that the 'protest note was given amid media reports ...' and that 'we've requested them not to do it .... we think it won't be wise'.
Letters to Editorarrow Let's talk about a global tyrant
The other day I was reading about Idi Amin's terrifying biography.

I wonder where were the eyes of the superpower US at that time.

 arrow Dhanmondi RA in the morning and at noon
Although is a residential area, Dhanmondi is the hub of most English medium schools of the town and all these schools have more than one premises to accommodate the students of different classes.
 arrow College admission
This year the government has decided that colleges cannot take any admission tests. The college authorities have to depend on the GPA score of the students to evaluate their merit.
Focusarrow 'It's the strong human capital the country can build on'
HE Gerd Wahlstrom was appointed Ambassador of Norway to Dhaka in 1999.
 arrow Potential earthquake threat and our coping strategies
Although earthquake in Bangladesh has not yet been recognised as a case of serious natural disaster, but recent occurrences and assumptions have already generated a potential threat.
 arrow Has the Emerald Buddha talked to you?
Oh Tonuruchi! Has the Emerald Buddha talked to you?
Yes, he smiled and opened and flickered his eyes.
Then he looked at me and smiled again.

 arrow It's about epilepsy
Epilepsy is explained by seizures causing convulsions and loss of consciousness.