Volume 4 Number 93 Wed. August 27, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Army busts terrorist den in Bandarban forest
Army busted a terrorist camp deep in the Bandarban forest in the early hours of Tuesday and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition including anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and assault rifles.
 arrow Simon, friend freed, 5 abductors held
Police rescued two students Ibrahim Miah Simon and Sanjoy Kumar Dev six days after their abduction and arrested five kidnappers in a hilly outlying area in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Bijon dies, attempt on life of Khulna district AL leader
Bijon Bihari, injured in Monday's bomb blasts and fire that killed Khulna city Awami League (AL) President Monzurul Imam, died last night when he was being taken to Dhaka for treatment.
 arrow Daring robbery bid foiled at Eskaton Exim Bank
A daring daylight robbery attempt at the Eskaton Branch of the Exim Bank Limited fell flat midway yesterday, thanks to the ingenuity of the manager who held his nerves to press the alarm.
 arrow Economy still in torpor: MCCI
In spite of a mild recovery, the economy remained in recession during January-July, 2003, observed the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in its Economic Review.
 arrow FBCCI dances to the tune of power politics
In the second phase of the two-tier election to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), power brokers and politicians have been drawn onto the scene through backstage parleys.
 arrow People will avenge murder: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP-Jamaat alliance of institutionalising anarchy instead of democracy during the last 22 months of its rule.
 arrow Six days in agony
Life in captivity for six days is a harrowing tale, 17-year-old Ibrahim Miah Simon said of his experience after rescue in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow IGP goes to Ctg today to buck up rescuers
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Huq is expected to reach Chittagong today in a bid to speed up the ongoing operation to rescue the abducted business magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Judge doubly superseded Six more appointed to HC
The government yesterday appointed six judges to the High Court (HC) Division and elevated one to the Appellate Division superseding his senior colleague in the HC division.
 arrow 1 dies, over 100 houses torched over kidnap
At least one person was killed and 13 others were injured in clashes between two groups over abduction of a businessman of Mohalchhari upazila yesterday.
 arrow 25 political murders in Khulna in last 10yrs
Khulna city has witnessed at least 25 political killings in the last 10 years.

The latest victim of political vendetta is Manzurul Imam, city Awami League (AL) president.

 arrow Fakers take gloss off polls
Like in the previous years, voters belonging to fake trade bodies with dubious records and even non-businessmen participated in Monday's elections to the apex trade body.
 arrow LDC trade ministers urged to unite
Six global level civil society organisations have called upon trade ministers of all least developed countries (LDCs) to maintain unity at the forthcoming fifth WTO ministerial conference in Cancun.
 arrow India revives Pak accusation over Mumbai blasts
Grieving families cremated the victims of twin car bombs in India's financial capital Mumbai yesterday as India revived accusations that its neighbor Pakistan was not doing enough to curb Muslim militants.
 arrow HC asks BTRC to dispose of Jamuna TV application
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to dispose of an application of the Jamuna Television Ltd for allocation of frequency within 30 days.
 arrow IMF, BB studies interest rate
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Bangladesh Bank (BB) have jointly started to analyse interest rates in Bangladesh to find out whether those are comparatively higher than other countries.
 arrow Nazrul's death anniversary today
National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 27th death anniversary will be observed today.
 arrow Skygazers await Mars encounter
Mars and Earth are about to pass closer together than at any time in almost 60,000 years.
Businessarrow FBCCI directors elect president, VPs today
In the second phase of FBCCI election today, 24 elected directors along with 14 others nominated by the government will choose a president and two vice-presidents of the apex trade body for next two years.
 arrow Beach Hatchery dividend warrants still bouncing
The dividend warrants issued by Beach Hatchery Ltd against preferential shares are still being dishonoured by the bank concerned, investors complained.
 arrow Thai fruit fair begins today
A three-day Thai exotic fruit fair begins today at four superstores in the capital showcasing a variety of tropical fruits from Thailand.
 arrow Extension of Dhaka Sheraton opens Sept 2
Extension of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is nearing completion, incorporating all that is latest.

The extension covers 55 rooms, two conference rooms, one boardroom and three meeting rooms.

 arrow SoE, NCB reform scheme may get World Bank fund
World Bank (WB) said here yesterday that bank may extend financial support to the government's on going project of privatising state-owned enterprises and reforming nationalised commercial banks (NCBs)
 arrow Afghan, Pak buyers active in Ctg tea auction
The weekly tea auction held here yesterday witnessed buyers for Afghanistan were more active with good support from Pakistan.
 arrow Trade envoys give thumbs down to WTO reform plan
Rich and developing states gave a cool reception Monday to a plan for kick-starting stalled world trade talks, but stopped short of rejecting it.
Sportsarrow Peshawar Test from today
The second Super Asia Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan starts at the Arbab Niaz Stadium today with both sides looking for improvements.
 arrow Cricket: Mission minimising mistakes
Bangladesh will be hoping to commit fewer mistakes going into the second Test that starts today at the Arbab Niaz Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Banking on young guns
Mohammad Ashraful and Alamgir Kabir were yesterday included in Bangladesh's playing eleven for the second Test in Peshawar.
 arrow Football: Muktis' escape act
An 85th minute goal by Alfaz Ahmed enabled star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra run away with a 1-0 victory over Arambagh Krira Sangsad in their 'Super Six' match of the Third Nitol-Tata National
 arrow Hockey: Ajax upset Usha
Ajax Sporting Club caused an upset when they beat Usha Krira Chakra 2-0 in a 'Super Five' match of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Mastermind today

Khulna College will take on Mastermind College today in the final of the Europa College Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium at 4 pm.

 arrow Chess: Niaz, Zia 35th
Both Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman finished 35th along with eight other players in the Masters Tournament of the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival on Monday.

The Bangladeshi Grand Masters finished at 4.

 arrow Cricket: Foreign cricket experts for Bangladesh

Two foreign cricket experts have been appointed by the Bangladesh cricket authorities to look after the country's age group players.

 arrow Cricket: Biggest test of his life

Shane Warne has overcome many obstacles in his high-profile career, but one of the toughest may be returning to Test cricket next year after serving a drugs ban.

 arrow Tennis: 'It's a closed chapter'
Pete Sampras made an emotional farewell from tennis here Monday during a dramatic retirement ceremony at the US Open, saying after a record 14 Grand Slam titles that "I know in my heart it's time".
 arrow Tennis: Tributes for Pistol Pete
Pete Sampras refused to be drawn into the debate over whether or not he was the greatest player in tennis history, leaving his rivals and admirers to make the case for him on the day he retired.
 arrow Athletics: King Collins
Kim Collins led home a Caribbean 1-2 in the men's 100 metres at the World Championships here on Monday while the dominant nation in the sport the United States had a day they would rather forget.
 arrow Athletics: Edwards calls it a day
Britain's triple jump Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards ended his stunning career in disappointment here on Monday as he retired from the World Championships final after just two attempts.
 arrow Football: Anelka takes City atop
France's Nicolas Anelka scored a late winner for Manchester City on Monday in a 3-2 Premiership victory at Blackburn Rovers to shoot City to the top of the Premiership table for the first ever time.
 arrow Football: Spanish season on schedule

Threats of a delay to the start of the Spanish football season disappeared on Monday when eight first division clubs who do not have individual deals and the 22 second division sides agreed a TV rights

 arrow Football: Lazio target Solari

Italian Serie A side Lazio are hoping to sign Real Madrid's Argentine midfielder Santiago Solari on a 12 month loan, according to Italian media reports on Tuesday.

 arrow Football: Nonda operation on Thursday

Monaco's Congolese striker Shabani Nonda will undergo surgery Thursday on a serious left knee injury picked up during his team's 4-2 French league win Sunday at Paris Saint Germain which has endedhis

 arrow Football: Totti out of qualifiers

AS Roma striker Francesco Totti looks set to miss Italy's crunch Euro 2004 qualifier against Wales next month after sustaining an injury to his right hip.

Politicalarrow AL's ward level leader shot dead
Assailants gunned down a ward level leader of Awami League at Gulistan last night.
 arrow BCL protests killing of Khulna city AL leader
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally on the Dhaka University campus to protest the killing of Advocate Monzurul Imam, president of Khulna city Awami League.
Metropolitanarrow Car parking facility a must for high-rise buildings: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the authorities concerned to ensure that high-rise buildings to be built in the city in future must have car parking facility.
 arrow Rise above commercialism
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin yesterday called upon the doctors to rise above commercialism while treating the patients.
 arrow Savar poura polls Aug 31
The election to Savar Pourasabha (municipality) is going to be held on August 31 after nine years.
 arrow JCD vows to resist Shibir at JU
The 14th death anniversary of JCD activist Habibur Rahman Kabir was observed on the Jahangirnagar University campus yesterday.

The JCD brought out a procession on the campus to mark day.

Nationalarrow Hold mid-term polls, AL leader Nasim demands
Influential Awami League leader and former minister Mohammad Nasim has demanded mid-term election, alleging government's failure.
 arrow 49 injured in clashes in Gaibandha, Kushtia
At last 49 people were injured in clashes over formation of Gram Sarkar in Gaibandha and Kushtia on Monday.
 arrow Prompt action by police
At least nine persons were injured and 13 dacoits were arrested as police went into action during a dacoity at a house at Krisanagor village in Nabinagar upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Showcause on 30 schools in Rangamati
Thirty schools in the district have been served with show cause notices for their poor result in the Secondary School Certificate Examination this year, official sources said.
 arrow 15 feared drowned in Padma boat tragedy
At least four persons including two children drowned and eleven others were missing when a mechanised boat drowned in Padma river near Rajshahi city on Monday.

Forty-five people were rescued.

 arrow Faridpur town faces erosion threat
With the rise in water level once again, erosion by the Padma river has taken a serious turn rendering 1500 families homeless in Decreer Char Union under the Sadar upazila in the last five days sinceThursday.
 arrow People barricade Barisal city road
People put up road barricades in the city on Monday protesting withdrawal of BRTC double-decker bus service in the city.

Two double-decker buses plied in the divisional headquarter.

 arrow Closure of jute purchase centres a boon to brokers
Following the closure of government purchase centres in the region price of jute has come down in different hats and bazaars due to shortage of buyers.
Foreign Relationsarrow Indonesian support for ARF membership sought
Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan paid a courtesy call on Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday.
 arrow Dhaka condemns Mumbai blasts
Bangladesh yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of innocent people in Mumbai bomb blasts on Monday.
Culturearrow The Immortal Rebel with a cause
Twenty-seven years ago on this day (Bhadra 12, 1976) the Rebel Poet and our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam left us after prolonged illness.
 arrow Rare moments with Feroza Begum
Feroza Begum has been the leading light for Nazrul songs for over half a century.
 arrow Awards Bestowed Upon Nazrul
On December 15,1929, Nazrul was accorded a grand national civic reception at Calcutta Albert Hall under the chairmanship of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray.
 arrow The Rebel (Bidrohi)

Proclaim, Hero,
Proclaim: I raise my head high!
Before me bows down the Himalayan peaks!
Proclaim, Hero,
proclaim: rending through the sky,
surpassing the moon, the sun,

Generalarrow CIRDAP meet ends with call to focus more on rural dev
A ministerial-level meeting of 13 countries of the Asia-Pacific region concluded here yesterday with a call to focus more and more on rural development and alleviation of poverty across the globe, particularly
 arrow Hardened criminal set free on bail
A criminal godfather of Bogra sentenced to 27 years in prison early this year in two arms cases was set free on bail yesterday.
 arrow Female judge beaten up in courtroom
A man gone berserk pounced on a female judge and allegedly assaulted her in the courtroom here yesterday, leaving everyone astounded.
 arrow 3 cops suspended, 14 showcaused
Three policemen were suspended and 14 others served with showcause notices in Joypurhat yesterday for negligence duty during the August 14 gunfight between police and extremists at Uttar Moheshpur village.
 arrow NSU student feared drowned in Bay: Search on for body
Police and relatives yesterday were searching for the body of Shawkat, an 18-year-old BBA student of Dhaka's North South University (NSU), feared drowned in the Bay after he was swept away by receding
Internationalarrow India braces for backlash after Mumbai blasts
India stepped up security nationwide yesterday to head off any Hindu-Muslim violence as grieving families of the victims of twin car bombings in the financial capital Mumbai prepared to cremate theirdead.
 arrow Mumbai in mourning
Hindus and Muslims alike mourned yesterday for victims of the worst terrorist attack in a decade in India's financial heart of Mumbai, while the death toll from the twin car bombings rose to 52, with150
 arrow World leaders slam Mumbai blasts
The international community condemned the deadly twin car bombings that rocked Mumbai, voicing outrage yesterday at the attacks that left at least 50 people dead and around 150 injured.
 arrow Mayawati resigns
The chief minister of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, quit Tuesday amid a growing rift with her coalition partners over an abortive project to develop the world famous Taj Mahal monument.
 arrow Hutton inquiry grills spy chief over Kelly's death
The judicial inquiry into the death of weapons expert David Kelly was hearing Tuesday from Britain's top intelligence chief, as it inched closer to testimony later this week from Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 arrow US troops raid homes in Iraq's 'Sunni triangle'
US troops hunting guerrillas and criminals raided homes overnight in Iraq's restive "Sunni triangle," the Army said yesterday, as tension simmered among ethnic groups in the north and Shiite factionsin
 arrow Israel awaits action from Abbas against militants
Israel vowed yesterday to continue its pursuit of militants in the absence of action from Palestinian authorities, arresting two activists in a hospital and staging an incursion into the West Bank town
 arrow Pakistan must handover wanted criminals: Advani
Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani yesterday said Pakistan should handover to India 20 wanted criminals who were responsible for the serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Political murders galore
The killing of Monzurul Imam, Khulna city Awami League chief, comes as a rude shock to the entire nation.
 arrow Editorial: Mumbai massacre
The twin blasts on Monday in the heart of India's commercial capital Mumbai, most probably reminded the city-dwellers of the same horror they had experienced almost ten years ago.
 arrow Agriculture and baneful bifurcation
The 25th conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) was held in Durban, South Africa from 16-22 August, 2003.
 arrow India and justice for Palestine: Cancel the Sharon visit!
The Vajpayee government has pushed a grossly partisan agenda by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to visit India.
 arrow India's insidious river linking plan
In a nationalwide address (14th August) on the eve of India's 57th Independence Day, Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam has confirmed his country's gigantic water-linking plan, intended to divert enormous
Letters to Editorarrow Dr. Stiglitz, LDCs and Cancun
Dr. Joseph E Stiglitz currently paid a four-day visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of BIISS ( Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies).
 arrow Ice cream Parlours
City correspondents article on the subject in Daily Star of August 24, refers to the current lot of ice cream outlets. The trend setters however were there as far back as mid nineteen fifties.
 arrow Preserve tradition of pottery from extinction
From the very beginning of our Banglee culture, pottery has represented our identity and lifestyle.
 arrow This is not the way to freedom
I am outraged by the recent suicide bombings by the Muslims in Baghdad, Bali, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Karachi, Delhi, New York and couple of cities in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Militants are militants...
My attention has been drawn to a news- item under the heading "Islamic Militants no threat" says, our Home Minister Altaf Hossain published in your esteemed daily on 24th August.
 arrow Safe driving
I feeling very sad after visiting a friend, a doctor from London, lying in a hospital in Dhaka with a broken jaw and a cracked skull.
 arrow RAJUK should return people's 16 crore taka
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipokhkho (RAJUK) made a plan for Dhaka city at a cost of 16 crore taka. Unfortunately most of the buildings of Dhaka city were not and, still, are not being built according to codes.
 arrow 15 August again
Everybody respects Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But during the Awami League regime some of their party men exploited his name and for that reason, his name does not evoke universal adoration.
 arrow Water crisis
I thank you profusely for offering us such a timely editorial (August 22) that on the one hand, not only expresses Bangladeshi concern, but also exposes to what extent, on water issue, New Delhi can become
 arrow Cars, foreign tours, Acs
Rejaul Karim Byron reports in The Daily Star (DS August 23) that our General Economic Division of the Planning Commission has finalised the project for implementing the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
 arrow The Two-nation Theory
On a visit to Delhi with my father many years ago, when the Congress was in power, he lamented that he did not hear even once the sound of azan in a capital from where the Muslims had ruled India forhundreds
 arrow Grameen Phone: Oligopoly and beyond
There is a competition going on our mobile telecommunication sector. On the celebration of Grameen Phone's reaching one million subscribers, I do not feel the pride as a Grameen Phone subscriber.
 arrow Runaway DCC roads and corruption
In the last thirty-two years of its existence, everything wrong, corrupt and evil has come to be accepted as normal behaviours in this country.
 arrow Israel and the USA are sailing on the same boat
It is no longer a secret.
StarTecharrow Go get your gameware
The eruption of gaming consoles in the market has pitched gamers in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the globe into the delightful dilemma as to which one to refer to as the ultimate gaming device-- PlayStation
 arrow Skywatchers ready for Mars fest
On Wednesday at 0951 GMT the Mars and Earth will be 56 million kilometres (35 million miles) apart - about the closest they can get.
Star Chittagongarrow Exotic Patenga beach remains neglected
Many tourists from home and abroad, looking for a break from the metro city's gasping life, pay visit to the 22-km Patenga sea beach, stroll around for a while and leave the area virtually within no time.
 arrow Fatikchhari -- a hottest crime zone
Fatikchhari is the largest upazila with hills and dales, valleys and streams, and large paddy fields, and farming villages.
 arrow Renovation of court bldg soon
The renovation work of the century-old Chittagong Court building, a landmark physical structure of the port city, keeping its shape unchanged, will begin soon.
Star Cityarrow Protecting the parliament complex
The UIA (Union Internationales des Architectes) a global body of architects, has appealed to the Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia to extend her support in protecting the Parliament Complex, which the
 arrow Finding a decent balance in film censoring
Boycott and banning of the directors, producers and artists, a strike call and its subsequent withdrawal has tensed the atmosphere of the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC).
 arrow Commercial suburbia
Rajuk has recently sent a draft proposal to the housing and public works ministry for allowing limited business activities in the residential areas like Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmandi, as the traditional
 arrow A more comfortable policy for commuters
Private leases of the BRTC Dhaka city bus services will be scrapped within a short time following allegations of poor services and ill maintenance of the buses.
 arrow Prepare for an earthquake, top developer urges government
As Bangladesh sits in an active seismic zone, immediate steps should be taken for retrofitting key installations for smooth rescue operation after a tremor, said SM Kamaluddin, a leading developer.
 arrow DCC gets back WB fund for bus-terminal development
The World Bank (WB) finally agreed to give a fund of Tk 52 crore back to the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for development of three inter-district bus terminals in the city, but with a condition for privatisation.
 arrow Wasting city wetlands
The wetlands of the city are being encroached due to non-implementation of Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, said speakers at a press conference organised by Dhaka City Governance Program Committee