Volume 4 Number 94 Thu. August 28, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 146 top brasses get promotion, 328 seniors left out
The government yesterday promoted 146 officials to additional and joint secretaries braking seniority of 328.
 arrow Bangladesh take the charge
Bangladesh continued their impressive run with an emphatic display of batting on the first day of the second Super Asia Test against Pakistan at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar yesterday.
 arrow Another terrorist camp busted in Bandarban
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday busted another terrorist den in the thick forest of Naikhongchhari in Bandarban and seized one shotgun, one.
 arrow Khulna crippled by hartal, outlaw admits to acting as hitman
Khulna city was paralysed yesterday on the first day of a 48-hour hartal enforced to protest the killing of Awami League leader Monzurul Imam by unknown assailants.
 arrow Govt goes to HC to stop trial of Pintu's brother, gets stay
The High Court (HC) on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks the proceedings against ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu's brother and nine others upon a government petition to clear them of double murder
 arrow Unsure power supply first hurdle, corruption next
A latest World Bank (WB) study has identified erratic power supply as the worst hurdle to investment.

Corruption is the next big problem, with the customs and tax departments being the most corrupt.

 arrow New Market area without power for 10 days
Shop owners and shopkeepers in the New Market area yesterday laid a two-hour siege to the nearby road, demanding immediate restoration of power to more than 2,000 stores.
 arrow Close Mars encounter
The last time Mars came this close to Earth, our ancestors were living in caves and struggling to make basic tools out of rocks.
 arrow Blair awaits tough time in dock today
A fateful decision to thrust Britain's top Iraq weapons expert into the limelight days before he killed himself was taken with Prime Minister Tony Blair's approval, Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said yesterday.
 arrow IGP loses heart in crime combat
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque yesterday sounded cynical about the law and order in Fatikchhari, saying the situation would remain unchanged even if "1,000 policemen were deployed" in
 arrow Mintoo new FBCCI chief
Abdul Awal Mintoo yesterday was elected president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for the 2003-2005 term.
 arrow 2 Marines killed in Iraq ambushes
Two US soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq yesterday, as President Bush vowed America would not retreat from the country in the face of a guerrilla insurgency and terror attacks.
 arrow Work on flyover from Jatrabari to Gulistan in Oct
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will construct a seven-kilometre long flyover from Jatrabari to Gulistan from October this year.
 arrow Judge appointment creates new controversy
A controversy has emerged between the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the government over the appointment of judges in the Appellate Division.
 arrow Top office people dominate promotion list
Officials at important offices including the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the ministries of establishment and home and private secretaries to influential ministers dominated the list of promoted civil
 arrow 5 children rescued from traffickers at ZIA
Immigration authorities at Zia International Airport rescued five children while being smuggled out by a Gulf Air flight yesterday evening and arrested four alleged traffickers.
 arrow Human wave washes over worshippers
Throngs of pushing Hindu pilgrims toppled a bamboo fence, causing a stampede at a religious festival yesterday, that killed at least 39 people, mostly women.
 arrow SC asks BTRC to decide on ETV licence in 90 days
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday gave Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) 90 days to dispose of the application of the Ekushey Television (ETV) for licence.
Businessarrow Poor BKB performance draws Saifur wrath
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday lashed out at the Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) for its poor performance and corruption.
 arrow Govt forms group ahead of FTA negotiations
In a bid to prepare inputs for negotiations on free trade agreement (FTA), the government yesterday formed a 'Free Trade Group' (FTG) with the representatives from major chambers and associations.
 arrow Oriental Bank launches two new schemes
The Oriental Bank Limited launched two new deposit schemes -- 'Privileged Citizen Scheme' and 'Six Years Double Growth Scheme' -- on Tuesday.
 arrow Improve performance or face privatisation
"Improve performance or face privatisation," State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain warned the three subsidiary distribution companies under Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation
 arrow CM Alam next SEC chairman
Chaklader Mohammad Alam is going to be the next chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 arrow 3-day fair on medical equipment from Oct 3
Medexpo 2003, a three-day international exhibition of medical equipment and services will be held from October 3 to 5 in Dhaka.
 arrow S'pore workers get expensive
Singapore's workers have become more expensive than those in the United States and Australia, according to an international survey.
 arrow WTO envoys push for deal on cheap medicines
WTO envoys tried Wednesday to finalise a deal that would ensure a supply of lifesaving medicines in poor countries, seeking to settle a row that has long cast a shadow over global trade talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Why regret
Bangladesh batsman Habibul Bashar, who missed out on his second successive hundred against Pakistan on Wednesday, had no regrets despite falling short by three runs.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY

The people of the ancient city of Peshawar eagerly watched the first day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan yesterday. Nearly 2,500 turned up at the Arbab Niaz Stadium.

 arrow Cricket: Latif talks straight
Rashid Latif has come to be known as a survivor not because he overcame injuries but for trying to highlight the problem of match-fixing in Pakistan cricket.
 arrow Football: Abahani 1st in last four
Abahani became the first team to reach the last four of the Nitol-Tata Third National Football League with a solitary goal win over a spirited Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club in their 'Super Six'match
 arrow Hockey: Bank upend AKC
Sonali Bank caused the biggest upset in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they handed defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra a 3-2 defeat in a 'Super Five' phase match at the Maulana
 arrow No football, hockey today
The day's 'Super Six' match of the Nitol-Tata National Football League between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Arambagh Krira Sangha was postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer due today
Former South African cricket coach Bob Woolmer arrives today to conduct a five-day training course for the Bangladesh's under-19 boys.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI assures NZ tightest security
New Zealand's cricket team will be provided security of the "highest order" on their next month's tour of India following bomb blasts in Bombay, a top Indian board official said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Azhar loses battle
Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin has suffered an important setback in his fight to overturn a life ban from cricket.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Agassi advance
Andy Roddick avenged his only loss since Wimbledon by knocking Tim Henman out of the US Open while world number one Andre Agassi began his bid for a ninth Grand Slam crown by routing Spain's Alex Corretja.
 arrow Tennis: Chang says goodbye
Michael Chang concluded his tennis career in much the same manner as he lived it for 16 years -- finding joy in the struggle and triumph in the trying.
 arrow Athletics: Adopted sons strike gold
Whoever said that representing the country you weren't born in fails to light the fires of patriotic passion would have been left redfaced here on Tuesday as two clinched titles while another emphasised
 arrow Football: Favourites predictably thru'
Chelsea, Anderlecht, Deportivo Coruna and Sparta Prague booked their places in the money-spinning Champions League group phase on Tuesday after coming through the third qualifying round unscathed.
 arrow Football: Vintage Sheringham
Newly-promoted Portsmouth went top of the English premier league after a hat-trick by Teddy Sheringham helped them to a 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Elber accepts reality

Giovane Elber admitted Wednesday that he is ready to leave Bayern Munich with French titans Monaco and Lyon set for a tug-of-war for his services.

 arrow Football: Ranieri on cloud nine!

Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri hailed the signing of Argentine striker Hernan Crespo from Inter Milan on Tuesday as a crucial addition to his attacking options.

Crespo, who cost the club 16.

 arrow Football: Beckham pumped up

England star David Beckham vowed Tuesday to make his mark at Real Madrid by scoring his first goal during his debut at the Bernabeu stadium after a slow start since his arrival in the Spanish capital

Politicalarrow AL enforces hartal today to protest Khulna murder
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country today to protest the killing of advocate Monzurul Imam, a member of the party's advisory council and president of
 arrow Hasina talks of govt 'hit list' of 8,000 AL leaders
Opposition Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the government has put 8,000 popular leaders of her party on its hit list.
Metropolitanarrow 5 scientists awarded gold medals
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) yesterday awarded five of its scientists with Zaki Memorial Trust Gold Medal for their outstanding contributions to the field of science and research.
 arrow List of 146 promoted as addl and joint secretaries
Additional Secy
1. Sikandar Ali Mandal (1766), DG, Rural Development Academy, Comilla. 2. Mir Shahabuddin Mohammad (2540), MD, Jiban Bima Corp. 3.

 arrow Arguments begin Sept 10
The Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday fixed September 10 for arguments in the college student Faisal murder case.
 arrow Separate window for high rises demanded
The real estate developers yesterday demanded a separate window to obtain permission for developing high rise buildings in the city.
 arrow Rules about separation of judiciary by this yr
The newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Keels Thomas Jr called on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed at his Secretariat office yesterday.
 arrow Embargo on committee meetings
Chairmen of different parliamentary standing committees have expressed their dissatisfaction at the government embargo on holding committee meetings before 5.00pm, sources said.
 arrow 127 women abducted in northern regions in three years
At least 127 women above 18 years of age were abducted and another 220 trafficked from the country's northern regions between January 2000 and June 2003, according to a finding revealed at a workshopyesterday.
Nationalarrow Procession, rally held in protest
The Raipur Quami Jute Mill Rakkha Sangram Committee yesterday brought out a huge procession form the mill gate to drum up support for its Thursday's half-day hartal in the town, called to protest an alleged
 arrow Build mass movement against the 'failed' govt
Front ranking Awami League leader and former home minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday called upon the people to launch a mass movement against the "failed" government.
 arrow Eight killed, 15 hurt in road accidents in Bogra
At least eight people were killed and 15 injured in two road accidents on the Bogra-Rangpur highway on Tuesday.

The first accident took place at Nawdapara at about 10:30am when a bus hit a motorcycle.

 arrow Beanibazar tense as 3 local leaders sent to jail
The situation a Beanibazar upazila headquarters remained tense yesterday following Monday's police-mob clashes and arrest of eight persons including Municipal Administrator Tofajjil Hossain, former upazila
Foreign Relationsarrow Italy to allow 300 Bangladeshi workers this year
The Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh yesterday dismissed as baseless reports of an agreement between Italy and Bangladesh on exchange of workers, but the Italian parliament decided to allow 300 Bangladeshi
Culturearrow The Relentless Rebel
It was one particular day of Aswin. Preparation for Dugra Puja was well underway and there was excitement in the air. The black clouds looked to break into a heavy shower any moment.
 arrow Celebrating the Monsoon

The celebrations began with the recitation from Tagore's essay Meghdut by eminent music personality Wahidul Haque at the National Museum auditorium.

 arrow New stars born in Sylhet and Barisal
Lux has been creating stars all over the world. The Lux Anandadhara Miss Bangladesh Photogenic contest is the biggest event in Bangladesh to bring out creative, talented, brand new stars.
Generalarrow SC stays operation of bail order for criminal
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for three months the operation of Tuesday's High Court Division order granting bail to a 'criminal godfather' of Bogra who had been sentenced to 27 years' rigorous imprisonment
 arrow HC rejects Chinese company's writ
The High Court Division yesterday rejected the writ petition filed by Chinese telecom equipment vendor ZTE Corporation challenging the legitimacy of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board's (BTTB)
 arrow SC goes on vacation today
The Supreme Court (SC) goes on annual vacation from today and reopens on October 18.

Both the divisions of the SC -- the High Court Division and the Appellate Division -- will go on the vacation.

Internationalarrow Mumbai blasts trail leads to 'Jaish' camp
The Mumbai police suspect that the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad could be behind Monday's twin blasts in the city, which has claimed 52 lives besides injuring 178.
 arrow N Korea crisis talks begin
The United States, North Korea and four other nations began an extraordinary meeting yesterday, working to resolve a dispute over the North's nuclear program even as Pyongyang repeated its demand fora
 arrow 'Rebuilding Iraq to cost billions'

Iraq will need tens of billions of dollars in contributions from overseas in the next year to fund the reconstruction effort, the top US civil administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, said in an interview

 arrow US vows 'no retreat' from Iraq
US soldiers hunted Saddam Hussein loyalists in remote hideouts north of Baghdad on Wednesday, as President Bush vowed America would not retreat from Iraq in the face of a guerrilla insurgency.
 arrow NASA boss pledges changes after Columbia report
The head of Nasa has pledged to introduce changes to the US space agency following a scathing independent report into the fatal break-up of the Columbia space shuttle.
 arrow Arafat will curb militants if Israel holds fire
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said yesterday he was ready to take action against militant groups if Israel halted missile strikes and other attacks on them.
 arrow Vajpayee's Kashmir visit marred by blasts, protest

Two powerful blasts rocked Srinagar and Baramulla on Wednesday morning even as Prime Minister Vajpayee arrived here to inaugurate the crucial two-day inter-state council meeting.

 arrow 20 dead, 30 hurt in China fireworks blast

At least 20 people were killed and more than 30 injured in a large fireworks blast in China's southeastern Fujian province, state television reported yesterday.

 arrow Israel to continue targeted killing

The Israeli army will continue its policy of killing targeted members of the radical Palestinian group Hamas, an Israeli official said yesterday, following a failed airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

 arrow UNSC votes in favour of shielding aid workers

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to protect humanitarian aid workers in war zones, despite some US misgivings over the wording of the resolution.

 arrow Truce effectively over
Maoist rebels said yesterday that a seven-month truce was effectively over after Nepal's government refused to agree to their key demand of a constitutional assembly.
 arrow Astrologers warn of war as Mars approaches
Thai astrologers are warning Mars could bring war and conflict as it passes near Earth yesterday, while their astronomical counterparts are more concerned about storm clouds obscuring the spectacle.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Two Ctg boys rescued
The police have finally rescued the two boys abducted in Chittagong nearly a week ago.
 arrow Editorial: Split-second gallantry thwarts bank robbery
The manager, Exim Bank, Eskaton branch in the capital proved to be a cut above others on Tuesday.
 arrow Laws and customs can help resolve water dispute
The Indian decision to divert waters from the Brahmapu-tra revived an old controversy that seemed to have dissipated after the signing of the Ganges treaty in 1996.
 arrow A pessimist does his duty
Civil societies of both India and Pakistan spoke loudly and clearly in Islamabad on August 10 and 11.
Letters to Editorarrow A request to the Education Minister
I would like to draw attention to the fact that the college students (HSC) of the English medium are suffering from the lack of English books.
 arrow UN farce
Preposterous and outrageous, the way some people talk! Occupation has been given the name 'reconstruction' in Iraq.

Kofi Annan says the UN people were targeted in Baghdad 'without provocation'.

 arrow Might is right
The US considers it as the utmost authority and is continuing its process of aggression in Iraq in the name of peacekeeping. But they are just playing with fire.
 arrow Finally a hope for justice
After five long agonising years we finally heard that a verdict will be given on September 2, on the Shazneen rape and murder case.
 arrow Freedom fighters and terrorists
It is clear that Mr. Elahi (letter, DS August 24)supports the UK-US coalition and their invasion of Iraq.
Focusarrow Ambassador Harry Thomas and gas export
As conscientious citizens of Bangladesh we have witnessed with interest the arrival of the eleventh U.S. Ambassador Mr. Harry K. Thomas through electronic and print media.
 arrow Revamping our secondary education system
The recent appalling news of a sixty-five per cent failure rate in the secondary school certificate exam becomes less shocking than the knowledge that more than half a million students all around thecountry
 arrow Private university education
With around 45 private universities in Bangladesh having more than 12,000 students enrolled, we envision to emerge as a country capable of developing into a human resource rich prosperous one in the coming
 arrow Earthquake and Dhaka city
Recent earthquake in Chittagong has created a panic in the minds of the inhabitants of Dhaka City also, especially those who are living in high rise buildings.