Volume 4 Number 96 Sat. August 30, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 82 killed in Najaf car bomb blast
A car bomb killed at least 82 people, including Iraq's leading Shiite politician, and wounded more than 200 yesterday outside one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines in the central Iraqi city of Najaf.
 arrow Kapali, Rafique steal the show
On an absorbing day of cricket, records tumbled and barriers were broken as Bangladesh further enhanced their reputation as a worthy Test playing nation at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar.
 arrow 4 suspected Imam killers arrested
Four suspected killers of Khulna city Awami League (AL) chief Monzurul Imam were arrested in Satkhira yesterday and the local units of the party are preparing to enforce a daylong hartal in the city today.
 arrow Killings widen AL-BNP gap
A wave of political killings, claims the main opposition Awami League (AL), has pushed it to take a tough stand against the government, but the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) thinks there is
 arrow Lone mortuary refrigerator at DMCH out of order for long
The lone mortuary refrigerator at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has remained out of order over the last 11 months, affecting autopsies.
 arrow Blair's top aide Campbell quits
The controversy over the death of British weapons scientist David Kelly claimed its first political scalp yesterday when a powerful aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he was resigning.
 arrow Literacy rate caught in confusion
At least five different sets of data -- four government and one non-government -- on literacy rate are available in the country, giving rise to widespread public confusion.
 arrow Biman to replace ATPs, F-28s on domestic routes
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to add three new aircraft to its fleet on domestic routes, replacing 'risky' advanced turbo props (ATPs) and 'ageing' F-28s.
 arrow Boom in city's real estate industry
Dhaka City is currently undergoing widespread transformation in terms of its building infrastructure. At the moment, we are passing through a phase in which high-rise is the buzzword in structural engineering.
 arrow US soldier killed in convoy attack north of Baghdad
One US soldier was killed and three were wounded yesterday morning in an attack on a convoy north of the Iraqi capital, the US Army said.
 arrow Student flees captivity in Raozan
Abducted Patiya madrassah student Zakir Hossain, 20, yesterday fled the kidnappers' hideout in a deep forest in Raozan Upazila and returned to his sister's house in the city.
 arrow One shot dead by outlaws in Rupsha
One was shot dead and two others were injured by the cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Shirgati village under Rupsha upazila yesterday.
 arrow Only a true democratic order can end violence, corruption: Dr Kamal
Eminent lawyer and President of Gano Forum Dr. Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon all progressive political parties and people to be united to build a truly democratic country.
 arrow Road accidents kill 8 in Dhaka, N'ganj
Eight people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Narayanganj yesterday.

In Dhaka, two people were killed in separate road accidents in Shyamoli and Farmgate.

 arrow Clarification
The High Commission of India in a clarification on a report, "BSF kills two Bangladeshis", published in The Daily Star on August 6, said the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on three Bangladeshis
 arrow 4 Harkatul Jihad members held in Noakhali
Police arrested eight people, including four members of the outlawed Harkatul Jihad, in Companiganj Upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Alliance never had strained ties with Imam, newsmen told
Mayor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Shaikh Tayebur Rahman has said 'all available evidences prove' the murder of city Awami League president Advocate Monzurul Imam was a sequel to 'sharp intra-party
 arrow Call it a service?
Businessarrow Rich nations use aid to influence trade deals

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said decision making process in the World Trade Organisation should be transparent and democratic, saying the rich nations use aid to influence trade negotiations.

 arrow Unbundle power transmission from generation, distribution

Terming electricity problem a main hurdle to investment, the World Bank recommended unbundling of power transmission from generation and distribution to improve quality of the sector.

 arrow www.ignorance.com
The Internet service providers (ISPs) have demanded of the government to allow voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology within this month.
 arrow DSE to appoint new CEO tomorrow
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is going to appoint a new chief executive officer (CEO).
 arrow US economy revs up at 3.1pc growth pace

The US economy revved up at a 3.1 per cent growth pace in the second quarter, the government said Thursday, in another sign that the world's largest economy is gathering momentum.

 arrow Farm subsidy may block Cancun talks: India
India's Commerce Minister Arun Jaitley warned Friday that the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Cancun next month could get deadlocked over the developed world's trade-distorting farm subsidies.
 arrow WTO fails to pin down cheap drug pact
WTO members failed Friday to agree on how to provide cheap drugs to poor countries, with the health of millions hanging in the balance as an 11th-hour deal got snagged on a "problem of interpretation",
 arrow Africa opens trade talks ahead of WTO meet
African trade ministers began meeting here Thursday to set a common agenda ahead of next month's crucial World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Cancun, Mexico, with agriculture high on the agenda.
 arrow August inflation index may dip to all time low
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has warned that August's core inflation index is likely to dip to an all-time low of below 0.1 per cent mainly because of continuing decline in home rents.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Kapali: Good, better, great!
Alok Kapali on Friday wrote his name into Test history when he became the first Bangladesh bowler to get a hattrick to bowl out Pakistan for 295 in the first innings.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY

The Pakistan Cricket Board will honour the 11 living members of Pakistan's first Test squad that toured India in 1952-53 in Islamabad on September 16, 2003.

 arrow Football: Mohammedan in semis
Defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club stor-med into semifinals of the Nitol-Tata Natio-nal Football League with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Motijheel neighbours Arambagh Krira Sangha in a 'Super
 arrow Hockey: MSC go atop
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club took over top spot in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they handed Usha Krira Chakra 5-2 thrashing in a 'Super Five' encounter at the Maulana
 arrow Cricket: PCB chief praises Tigers

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Lt Gen Tauqir Zia on Thursday praised the touring Bangladesh cricketers for their good performance and disclosed that he had opposed a move in the International Cricket

 arrow Cricket: Q'land need Law & order

Australian Stuart Law may be in the runs for Lancashire in English county cricket but his state Queensland desperately want him to continue that form into the next domestic season.

 arrow Cricket: England defer naming squad

England have delayed until Sunday naming the side to play South Africa in the fourth Test at The Oval next week because of injuries to key players.

 arrow Tennis: Agassi on course
World number one Andre Agassi dispatched stubborn Swedish southpaw Andreas Vinciguerra 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, 6-4 here Thursday to book a third-round US Open date against a familiar foe -- Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
 arrow Athletics: Pittman, White enlighten

Jana Pittman and Kelli White made light of the absence of women's athletics icons Cathy Freeman and Marion Jones here on Thursday as they landed the 400 metres hurdles and 200m respectively at theWorld

 arrow Football: Buffon Europe's best
Gianluigi Buffon received the Most Valuable Player award at the UEFA European Football Awards ceremony in Monaco on the eve of the season curtain-raising UEFA Super Cup.
 arrow Football: Houllier under pressure

Gerard Houllier would be forgiven for thinking Saturday's Merseyside derby was even more important than usual.

 arrow Football: Old Lady ready to sing

Defending champions Juventus begin the defence of their Italian league title on Sunday at home to Tuscan side Empoli.

 arrow Football: Lights, camera, action!

The Spanish league will open for business on Saturday, a wealth of talent on show to make the rest of the continent green with envy, with one or two notable exceptions.

 arrow Football: Battle of Britain set

Manchester United got a Battle of Britain clash when they were drawn in the same group as Glasgow Rangers, Greece's Panathinaikos and Germany's Stuttgart in the Champions League draw on Thursday.

 arrow Football: UEFA Cup draw made

Southampton will play Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the Uefa Cup first round - their first European tie for 19 years.

 arrow Football: Chelsea getting closer

Chelsea were reported Friday to be poised to complete the signing of Real Madrid's France international midfielder Claude Makelele for 14 million pounds (22 million dollars).

 arrow Football: Fergie charged with misconduct

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was charged Thursday by the Football Association (FA) with misconduct after his outburst against officials during last weekend's win against Newcastle.

Politicalarrow Govt not allowing people to speak against misrule
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the ruling BNP for not allowing people to speak against lawlessness.
Metropolitanarrow Power supply to resume by Monday
Power supply through Ulan- Dhanmondi cable under Ulan sub-station of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) will resume by Monday as repairing work of the cable was completed yesterday, DESA officials
 arrow Non-govt teachers threaten tougher programme
Non-government teachers and employees threatened to launch a tougher programme if their eight-point demand is not met by September 30.
 arrow Shab-e-Meraj on night of September 24
The Shab-e-Meraj will be observed on the night of September 24, as the month of Rajab begins today.
 arrow Lankan envoy calls on Hasina
Sri Lankan High Commissioner Gaminie Munasinghe yesterday made a courtesy call on Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence.
Nationalarrow Poor jute prices in Nilphamari open floodgate of smuggling
Jute is being smuggled out to India at random due to poor price of jute in various local markets.

Lack of jute purchasing centre and absence of genuine jute trader have attributed to the situation.

 arrow Woman unconscious for 3 weeks after operation
A housewife is unconscious for three weeks after operation by a government doctor at an 'unregistered' clinic in Rajshahi city.
 arrow 'Torture' on Khoksa UNO office employee: Investigations on

An allegation of torture on an employee of Khoksa UNO office is being investigated by two probe committees, one formed by the Kushtia district administration and the other by the government employees'

 arrow CU in grip of session jam

The ongoing student movement at Chittagong University against grading system has increased the session jam, affecting the academic life of about 10,000 students.

 arrow Beanibazar still tense, police hunt on
The situation at Beanibazar upazila headquarters is still tense as most of the male persons are not staying at their houses apprehending arrest.
Culturearrow The ugliness of urban existence
Mostafa Kamal has faced the challenge of modern existence and has held up the mirror to its ugliness, and this attempt is laudable," said Farida Zaman, an eminent painter of the Fine Arts, DU, commenting
 arrow Rapper Missy Elliott Takes Top Honor at MTV Awards
Rapper Missy Elliott, teen heart throb Justin Timberlake, singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper 50 Cent were the big winners on Thursday at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
Generalarrow 14 receive Archbishop Ganguly Award
Fourteen winners of the Archbishop Ganguly Literary Award 2002 received the awards at a ceremony yesterday.
 arrow Young man murdered at Lalbagh
Assailants killed a young man and left his body on the rooftop of a five-story building at KB Rudhra Road in Lalbagh yesterday.

The identity of the man of mid-twenties could not be known.

 arrow 'Unite against globalisation'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called upon all left-leaning parties to get united against imperialism and globalisation.

They also stressed the need for formation of classless society in the country.

 arrow Police camp in Tala besieged For 'torture' of Student leader
The activists of the Workers Party yesterday besieged Khalishkhali police camp in Tala upazila for allegedly arresting and torturing a student leader.
 arrow Tk 1,410 cr allocated for health ministry
The government has allocated Tk 1,410 crore for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for fiscal 2003-2004 to ensure healthcare for all by 2006.
 arrow Mild tremor shakes Ctg
A mild tremor, measuring 3.14 on the Richter Scale, shook Chittagong city and its adjoining areas in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Two top CID officials will visit Joypurhat tomorrow
Two top CID officials are to visit Joypurhat tomorrow to have firsthand knowledge about the activities of Jama'atul Mujahidin and the clash between its militants and police.
 arrow Tidal waves wash away 57 more houses in Kutubdia
Tidal waves of the Bay of Bengal yesterday again inundated a vast stretch of land from Teknaf to Kutubdia Island.
Internationalarrow Talks end in acrimony as DPRK threatens to build up nukes

Six-nation talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis ended Friday in acrimony with North Korea threatening to strengthen its nuclear arsenal unless Washington met its demands for a resolution of the

 arrow Hamas vows to avenge killing of its activist
The Palestinian militant group Hamas vowed yesterday to avenge the death of another activist in a helicopter strike hours after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the army to prevent the group
 arrow Blair testimony prods Britons in questioning his integrity
Britons were left to wonder Friday if the credibility of Prime Minister Tony Blair was intact or in tatters, after his grilling at the judicial inquiry into the death of weapons expert David Kelly.
 arrow Thousands stranded as London goes dark
The lights came back on in London late Thursday after a major blackout during rush hour stranded hundreds of thousands of commuters, snarled up traffic and shut down most of the public transport system.
 arrow US general wants more Muslim peacekeepers
The top US military commander in Iraq told The New York Times he wants peacekeepers from Muslim countries, and a functioning Iraqi army, rather than more US troops in Iraq.
 arrow Talks with Pakistan impossible if attacks persist: Vajpayee
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday ruled out talks with Pakistan until there was an end to militant attacks which New Delhi blames on Pakistan-based Kashmiri separatists.
 arrow Blix felt US intimidating him before Iraq war
Former chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix felt Washington was intimidating him to produce reports that would justify military action in the run-up to the Iraq war, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said
Editorialarrow Editorial: Promotion of officers
No fewer than 84 officers have been promoted to be additional secretary, after serving as joint secretary for only 13 months.
 arrow Editorial: Rampant power failure
There is no doubt that a large number of inhabitants of Dhaka share the same frustration and anger as the shop owners and shopkeepers at New Market.
 arrow The global economy, the US' role and G-8 responsibilities
Economics is not a zero-sum game. In recent history, there has not been any other instance where one nation has been as dominant in the world economy as the United States is today.
 arrow Standing up to terrorism
HOW does the democratic government in India fight the terrorists who are financed, armed and encouraged from outside to outdo the barbarity they have committed earlier? The answer is: In the way which
Letters to Editorarrow Schools in residential areas
Everyday when you step out of your house you will be terrified by the traffic problem just before your house, especially if you are residing at the Dhanmondi area. The number of schools is rapidly increasing.
 arrow Agriculture Commission's Report
The Agriculture Commission's Report containing 20 recommendations to boost agricultural productions in the country and review of the same by the Cabinet Committee is timely and deserves high commendation
 arrow Khilkhet roads
About one lakh people live in Nikunjo-2, Khilkhet. The roads are in indescribable condition so it is getting hard for the general people to carry on their daily activities.
 arrow Three cheers for Javed!
I would like to heartily congratulate Javed Omer Belim for his brilliant performance against Pakistani cricket team. His century was an example of patience and perseverance.
Literaturearrow To Be and of Letting Be: Women Writers
The articulation of the margins has taken different forms in the fictions of women writers as their struggle is an ongoing process to find a form of self-definition.
 arrow Monsoon Poem with Prose Postscript
Even large print blurs
in draining light.
One could imagine Purgatory--
a vast shanty town--
set ablaze, smoke
becoming ink-black clouds,
setting the mood
for monsoon's advent.

 arrow About Green
My country is famous for being green
and nothing cures myopia
better than green does.
women look killing in their green saris.