Volume 4 Number 97 Sun. August 31, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt gets down to lending rate cut
In a major bid to cut lending rates, the finance ministry yesterday took a string of decisions including allowing private banks to take deposit of the government's development funds.
 arrow Worried CHT rajas seek multi-ethnic police force
Two ethnic community kings and a prince yesterday asked the government to form a multi-ethnic police force in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to fight crime in the region.
 arrow Gas crisis catches govt napping
The gas crisis continues to compound and threatens to hit power and fertiliser productions, but the government keeps sitting on a number of development projects that call for urgent attention, sources
 arrow Altaf's claim goes awry
Belying the home minister's claim that the government knows the whereabouts of abducted Chittagong businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, different agencies say they are still in the dark and rather
 arrow Khulna hartal ends quietly
The Awami League (AL) yesterday enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Khulna in protest against the killing of party leader Monzurul Imam, while police were conducting a massive manhunt for the killers.
 arrow Same old Tigers
Bangladesh capitulated to a nine-wicket defeat against hosts Pakistan in the second Test at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar yesterday.
 arrow Russian sub sinks
A Russian nuclear-powered submarine sank in stormy Arctic seas on yesterday as it was being towed into port for scrapping and up to nine servicemen appeared likely to have been killed, defense
 arrow Abducted schoolboy rescued from Mymensingh
A schoolboy abducted from Keraniganj on Wednesday was rescued from Bhaluka in Mymensingh yesterday and three youths abducted from the city about six months ago were rescued from Sonargaon in Narayanganj
 arrow Hasina, Mintoo get bail in frigate case
A court yesterday granted bail to former prime minister and opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina in a corruption case regarding purchase of a South Korean frigate for the Bangladesh Navy
 arrow Khosru blames political godfathers for slide in Ctg order
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said godfathers of major political parties are to be blamed for the deterioration of law and order in Chittagong.
 arrow Savar goes to polls today after 9 yrs
Savar Pourashabha (municipality) today goes to polls for the second time in nine years, with the Election Commission (EC) yesterday reiterating its request for troops deployment during the polls.
 arrow PM assesses gas state today
A meeting on the gas sector will be held today at the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in the chair.

This meeting, scheduled on August 17, had so far been postponed.

 arrow Construction on New Mooring terminal to start this year
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday said construction on New Mooring container terminal will begin this year.
 arrow Iraqi oil pipeline again on fire
An oil pipeline was on fire in northern Iraq yesterday and it would take two days to extinguish the flames, a US military spokesman said.
 arrow Illegal shacks
 arrow Weather gets into strange stride
Weather this year makes itself manifest strangely although the weathermen would not call it unusual.
 arrow 4 held for suspected link to Najaf blast
The suspects detained by police in connection with the Najaf bombing are two Iraqis from Saddam Hussein's fallen regime and two Arab nationals, described as Sunni Muslim radicals, Najaf Governor Haidar
 arrow Cheaper drugs deal sealed for poor nations
The World Trade Organization on Saturday sealed an agreement to allow poor countries to import cheap copies of patented drugs for killer diseases like AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
 arrow S Asia for tough anti-terror laws in line with UN
South Asian officials have agreed to amend a regional convention to bring it in line with the tough anti-terror resolution of the United Nations, the foreign ministry here said yesterday.
 arrow PCJSS alleges gangrape of 9 ethnic women in Khagrachhari
Nine indigenous women, three of a family, were gangraped and some others assaulted during nearly eight-hour mob attacks on at least 10 villages in Mohalchhari upazila of Khagrachhari district on Wednesday,
 arrow 'Criminal' lynched after death threat to witness
An accused in a murder case was beaten to death by an angry mob at Shachibunia of Jalma Union under Batiaghata thana in Khulna district Friday when he threatened to kill a prosecution witness, policesaid.
 arrow Medicine depot looted of Tk 5.25 lakh
Robbers again looted medicine worth Tk 5.25 lakh from a depot in Barisal City.

This is the fifth in a series of such robberies in the past two months.

Police arrested two staff of the depot.

Businessarrow LDCs must make joint efforts in Cancun talks
The least developed countries (LDCs) must make joint efforts in the upcoming Cancun talks to press home their demands in light of the Dhaka Declaration, discussants at a roundtable said in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Four joint ventures in service sector launched

A Bangladeshi business conglomerate yesterday launched four joint ventures with Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan and Pakistani companies to give a leap to Bangladesh's service sector.

 arrow HSBC launches services for non-account holders

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in Bangladesh is launching a unique product today under which even the non-account holders of the bank will be able to pay utility bills

 arrow Oil prices slightly higher despite deadly Iraq blast
Oil prices edged higher Friday in a muted reaction to a deadly car bomb in Iraq that fed fears about unrest that could undermine efforts to restart the country's oil industry.
 arrow Quality control system for frozen fish stressed

Exporters of frozen food items yesterday urged the government to undertake more modernised and effective steps to improve the quality control (QC) system for the exportable frozen fish.

 arrow US firm to lead Iraq bank consortium
The United States has selected JP Morgan Chase to run the operating consortium for the Trade Bank of Iraq, an official said Friday.
 arrow Tough trade disputes mar run-up to Cancun talks
Trade suits against EU restrictions on biotech food imports and heavy European subsidies for sugar farmers reignited tough disputes Friday just two weeks before talks on freeing up global commerce.
 arrow IMF quota still tilted to rich nations

The International Monetary Fund said Friday it had made no changes in the organization's quotas, or voting shares, of its 184 member countries despite considerable sentiment for reform.

 arrow Japan, China irritants to top Snow's Asia visit
During his visit to Asia this week, US Treasury Secretary John Snow must wrestle with twin problems that confounded several of his predecessors -- Japan's comatose economy and an uneasy trade relationship
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore speechless
The nine-wicket defeat of Bangladesh against Pakistan in the second Test at Peshawar yesterday left coach Dav Whatmore shell-shocked.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was recalled to national duty when Pakistan named 16-member squad for the third and final Test that begins in Multan on September 3.
 arrow Football: Bode sinks Abahani

Moulvibazar Wanderers Club entered the last four of the Third Nitol-Tata National Foot-ball League in grand style when they pulled off a 1-0 win against giants Abahani Krira Chakra in a 'Super Six'

 arrow Hockey: Champions bounce back

Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Ajax Sporting Club in a 'Super Five' battle of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana

 arrow Chess: Telegraph chess
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar and Shamima Akter Liza are sharing the second position with 4.
 arrow Cricket: Another ton-up Akhtar

Express Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar broke another century barrier as he completed his hundred wickets in Test cricket in the second Test against Bangladesh here on Saturday.

 arrow Cricket: Rules bent for him

Those who think that the Indian government did something illegal by waiving the import duty on Sachin Tendulkar's Ferrari are mistaken they did not break the law, they simply changed it.

 arrow Tennis: Roddick struggles

Andy Roddick was given a challenge for his 21st birthday and the American responded with a tie-breaker rally for the ages at the US Open as the clock struck midnight on Ivan Ljubicic's upset bid.

 arrow Athletics: Double delight for Sanchez

The Dominican Republic's Felix 'Superman' Sanchez and John Capel of the United States could have been lost to baseball and American football respectively but athletics was the winner as both took world

 arrow Badminton: Chen, Taufik face off
Chinas Chen Hong and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia will meet here Sunday in the final of the Indonesia Open, exactly one year after the young Indonesian beat Chen in straight games for the title.
 arrow Football: Milan clinch Super Cup
European champions AC Milan beat UEFA Cup holders Porto 1-0 to lift the European Super Cup thanks to an early Andriy Shevchenko header in a match that started brightly but faded into a largely scrappy
 arrow Footabll: Owen puts Reds on track
Michael Owen put Liverpool's season firmly back on track with an expertly-taken double in a confidence-boosting 3-0 derby win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Crespo calling
Law and Best, Keegan and Toshack, Ardiles and Villa, some of the famous double acts to have graced English soccer, could be followed by Veron and Crespo.
 arrow Football: 'I nearly quit'
England captain David Beckham says a combination of factors made him feel so low that he seriously considered retiring from soccer after the birth of his second child Romeo last year.
Politicalarrow BNP's silver jubilee celebrations begin today
The four-day silver jubilee celebrations marking the founding anniversary of the ruling BNP begin today.
 arrow Bhuiyan lambastes Hasina for hinting at PM's hand in Imam murder
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) issued a statement yesterday strongly condemning the remarks of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina during a recent speech where the opposition leader accused
Nationalarrow Fresh crisis grips Shahjalal varsity

The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) is in a serious crisis again as first year Honous classes, scheduled to begin from today, has become uncertain.

 arrow Padma, Mahananda in spate again

The Padma and Mahananda rivers have swollen again submerging vast areas in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj in last three days as hill waters are gushing through all the open gates of Farakka barrage.

 arrow 3 'criminals' nabbed in Jhenidah

Three alleged criminals including a gang leader were arrested from Dhaka and Savar along with a foreign made gun and five rounds of bullet on Wednesday night.

 arrow 16 ruling party men sued in Bogra

Sixteen leaders and activists of ruling BNP and its front organizations were sued on Friday for their alleged involvement in the attacks on former lawmaker Begum Kamrun Nahar Putul and the district

 arrow 'Rocket' runs aground, salvaged

Steamer 'Rocket' which ran aground on Thursday night was salvaged by BIWTC (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation) tugboat on Friday night.

Culturearrow Passionate couple in theatre
One must agree that the Majumdars--Ferdausi and Ramendu--are the most prominent and praised couple in the country.
 arrow Pure notes from enthusiastic amateurs
A flurry of brilliant saris -- ranging from parrot green to peacock blue -- met the viewer at WVA recently.
 arrow Shilpakala observes Nazrul's anniversary
A discussion and a colourful cultural programme were arranged by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to mark the 27th death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the academy premises recently.
Generalarrow Locals ransack city hospital protesting patient's death
A group of residents of the city's Rajabazar area yesterday ransacked the Shamarita Hospital at Panthapath protesting the death of a day labourer whom on-duty doctors failed to revive after a fatal electric
 arrow 581 cell phone sets seized at ZIA
The customs officials of Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized 581 cell phone sets worth Tk 70 lakh from two passengers coming from Dubai.
 arrow BTTB employee killed as bus hits bike
A Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) employee was killed and another injured in a road accident at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation rail crossing in Karwan Bazaar yesterday.
 arrow Body of young man recovered in Uttara
Police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of a youth from Barurar Beel in Uttara.
 arrow Body of girl found at Patiya
The body of a young girl allegedly killed by her boy friend was recovered at Patiya yesterday morning.
Internationalarrow Shiites mourn slain leader as world blasts car bombing

Thousands of Iraqis yesterday angrily mourned the country's top Shiite Muslim leader, killed with at least 81 other people in the worst bombing since the start of the US-led occupation, while the attack

 arrow 6 killed in Kashmir raid to hunt down top militant
At least six people died Saturday in a 10-hour gunbattle in Kashmir after Indian troops raided a building they believed housed a mastermind of the 2001 attack on India's parliament, officials said.
 arrow Exit of Blair aide prompts suspicion, little surprise
The resignation of Prime Minister Tony Blair's top media adviser Alastair Campbell on Friday prompted little shock in Britain's tight-knit political community, merely suspicion that his departure might
 arrow Myanmar announces democracy roadmap

Myanmar's military government announced a seven-point roadmap towards democracy yesterday that includes "free and fair" elections to be held under a new constitution.

 arrow N Korea says 'no' to more nuke talks

A North Korean delegate to just-concluded six-way nuclear talks in Beijing said yesterday he saw no need for further discussions despite an agreement by negotiators to meet again, but analysts dismissed

Editorialarrow Editorial: Najaf massacre
The powerful car bomb that blew off Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer and over 80 others in the Iraqi City of Najaf might have dealt a body-blow to inter-communal harmony in Iraq.
 arrow Editorial: Is it a clinic or mercenary outfit?
Day labourer Mofiz Uddin's wife Rashida Begum had been in comatose for three weeks before the medical authorities took note responding to a complaint by her husband.
 arrow Palestinian-Israeli conflict reaching a point of no return?
As the impasse in the Iraq conflict deepens, so does the Palestine conflict gives every sign of reaching a point of no return. The Road Map and the Peace Process has come to a grinding halt.
 arrow Four major world religions must have veto powers in UNSC
Regardless of where the atrocities are committed, Baghdad, Jerusalem or Mumbai, the wanton killings of civilians are despicable acts, which no cause justifies.
Letters to Editorarrow Magnetic train
I fully agree with the views expressed in the letters column dated 18th August by Mr. H.M. Fazle Awal.
 arrow School teachers
We are living in the age of technology and to face the challenge, the developed nations have emphasised on education. Education is the backbone of a nation.
 arrow Communicative English
Despite the sincerity of the government and the professional expertise of the top echelons assigned with the responsibility, communicative English, as the term has been used to mean academic proficiency
 arrow Politics and promotions
Promotions in government services have become totally political under the present government.
 arrow HSC English syllabus
The new English syllabus of HSC was redesigned for better results. It is also to enhance the ability of creative writing.
Star Cityarrow More hot air as CNG crises continues
The government plan to install 66 filling stations to solve the persistent CNG crisis by August has not shown any remarkable progress.
 arrow Courting security problems
Poor security arrangements at the judge's and metropolitan magistrate's courts in Dhaka have put the lives of judges, magistrates, lawyers and court officials at risk.
 arrow A healthy prescription for working women
A daylong national workshop on home based health safety and the social protection of Women working in a domestic environment was held yesterday at the Women's Voluntary Association Auditorium, Dhanmondi.
 arrow Making milk money
Some people in the city still depend on cows as their only source of a steady income.
 arrow Uncivil security or civic safety?
Life has lost its vibrancy for city dwellers since crime has become rampant in recent times.
 arrow Unearthing public concern over local graveyard
Uttara residents fought off a Rajuk plan to convert a graveyard into residential and commercial plots and forced authorities to cancel allocations of the land to different government organizations.
 arrow An age-old profession finds itself in a bind
With an ever increasing number of fresh faces joining the profession, the existing group of bookbinders of the city are finding it harder to earn a living.
 arrow Traffic flow down to a trickle
Commuting has become even more difficult in the city, as commuters have to negotiate ruptured lanes and by-lanes, dug up by utility service providers and left without repairs by Dhaka City Corporation
Star City in Framesarrow A Technicolour Treat
Only two decades ago these colourful artists could be found all over the country.