Volume 4 Number 98 Mon. September 01, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt goes to fight gas crisis with Tk 2,500cr
The government yesterday decided to pump as much as Tk 2,500 crore till 2007 from internal resources into the gas sector to improve the current ominous production and supply.
 arrow Hill tracts turn volatile
The situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has turned volatile with the army fighting gunbattles with terrorists in Rangamati.
 arrow Least interest in less interest
Even after a six-month vigorous monetary effort by the Bangladesh Bank (BB) to bring down lending rate, the result has been negligible with banks still charging as high as 14 per cent.
 arrow Rise up to resist gas export
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to put up a strong resistance against any move to export natural gas, saying the sale would make Bangladesh bankrupt.
 arrow Panic stalks businesses
Expressing deep concern over deteriorating law and order, six trade bodies in a joint statement yesterday urged the government to launch a special drive to improve the situation.
 arrow IMF to release $70m stringed credit by Dec
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will release $70 million second tranche of a $490 million credit under the poverty reduction growth facilities (PRGF) by December if Dhaka fulfils its conditionsby
 arrow Alliance wins Savar polls amid 'rigging'
Elections to the Savar Pourasabha (municipality) were held amid allegations of rigging by ruling alliance yesterday, as the ruling four-party alliance candidate Refat Ullah was unofficially declared winner
 arrow 400 fake patient tickets seized at DMCH
Four hundred fake tickets were seized from the counter of the Out-Patient Department (OPD) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Widow to testify today at inquiry into Kelly death
The judicial inquiry into the apparent suicide of David Kelly enters its final stages today with what promises to be emotional testimony from the widow of the British weapons scientist.
 arrow 53 abducted in a month, 11 of them killed
Within the past one month at least 53 people, including millionare Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, were abducted and 11 of them were killed, said a survey report of Bureau of Human Rights Bangladesh (BHRB).
 arrow JS body to probe slide in order in CHT
The parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs yesterday decided to find the reasons behind the law and order slide in the CHT.
 arrow Another raid, another flop
A combined raid of law enforcers in a remote area of Lakkhichhari upazila in Khagrachhari to rescue abducted billionaire businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury went up in smoke yesterday.
 arrow Judgement tomorrow
Judgement on the Shazneen rape case will be given tomorrow.
 arrow Suspected thief beaten to death by DU students
A suspected thief was beaten to death by residents of Dhaka University (DU)'s Amar Ekushey Hall yesterday.
 arrow Mob kills 2 'robbers' at Patiya
A mob killed two alleged robbers at Shikalbaha in Patiya on Saturday night, raising the lynching death count to 14 in Chittagong in August.

The identity of those killed Saturday could not be known.

 arrow Rajshahi NGO director held for 'embezzlement'
Police yesterday arrested the director of a Rajshahi-based credit-oriented NGO on charge of cheating in the wake of the organisation's failure to pay back about Tk 20 crore savings to several thousand
 arrow 3 explosives loaded cars missing in Najaf
Iraqi authorities are searching for three cars laden with explosives believed to have entered Najaf, where a double car bomb killed a top Shiite religious leader and 82 other people last week, Iraqi police
 arrow Bidding process for flyover done
With the submission of the second-phase proposals by short-listed companies, the bidding process for the construction of the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover completed yesterday.
 arrow Notice
The full page LETTERS scheduled for today has been held up for tomorrow under unavoidable circumstances.
Businessarrow Crime now profitable business
Chief of the foreign investors' chamber yesterday observed crime has become 'a profitable business' in Bangladesh, much to the frustration of foreign investors.
 arrow CM Alam refuses to be SEC chairman
Chaklader Mohammad Alam, who was selected by the government for the post of chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has rejected the proposal on the grounds of low compensation package.
 arrow ASEAN ministers to push for single market this week
Southeast Asian trade ministers are to meet in Cambodia this week to speed up the creation of a regional single market and review efforts for free-trade agreements (FTAs) with key partners, officialssaid.
 arrow Re-introduce treasury chalan system
Different tax lawyers' associations yesterday demanded re-introduction of treasury chalan system for submitting income tax returns instead of recently introduced bank draft or pay order arrangement.
 arrow 'Outsourcing in IT holds huge potential'
Business process outsourcing (BPO) in information technology sector has the potential to generate the highest export-investment ratio for the Bangladesh economy, an IT executive told a seminar in Dhaka
 arrow WTO seeks rescue of global trade talks in Cancun
Ministers of the World Trade Organisation meet in the Mexican resort of Cancun from September 10 in hopes of salvaging an ambitious plan to tear down global trade barriers by the end of 2004.
Sportsarrow Football: Giant disappointment
The first meeting of the season between Moha-mmedan Spor-ting Club and Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira was a disappointment for a 20,000 strong crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Usha's maiden Super 5 win
Usha Krira Chakra tamed giant-killers Sonali Bank 4-1 in a Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League match at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket : Latif for better batting

Pakistan captain Rashid Latif is looking for his side to improve their batting in the third Test against Bangladesh as they attempt to complete a whitewash of the three-match series.

 arrow Cricket: Return of Thorpe

Graham Thorpe ended a year-long exile on Sunday when he was recalled to the England squad to face South Africa in the fifth and final Test at The Oval starting on Thursday.

 arrow Tennis: Rain holds Agassi up
Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Lleyton Hewitt all looked forward to the business end of the US Open after clocking up victories at the rain-hit hardcourt Grand Slam on Saturday.
 arrow Athletics: Moses making a comeback
Two-time Olympic champion Edwin Moses confirmed on Sunday he is making a comeback to the 400 metres hurdles at the age of 48 with an initial aim of qualifying to run in the trials for the US team fornext
 arrow Football: Ronaldo ensures winning start

David Beckham took just two minutes to score a goal in his Spanish league debut Saturday as Real Madrid kicked off its title defense with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Real Betis in the opening league

 arrow Football: Brazil U-17 kings
Brazil beat Spain 1-0 to win the under-17 football World Championship in Helsinki on Saturday, taking home their third title after victories in 1997 and 1999 and reclaiming the trophy from defending champions
 arrow Football: Pompey rue deadlock

Portsmouth missed the chance to go top of the English Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw away to Wolverhampton.

Politicalarrow BNP celebrates party's silver jubilee today
The 25th founding anniversary of ruling BNP will be celebrated across the country today.

The BNP was formally launched on this day in 1978 with late president Ziaur Rahman at the helm.

 arrow 3 BCL men handed death in Ctg
A court in Chittagong yesterday convicted three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to death for killing a fellow activist in 1998.
Culturearrow Those carefree, casual and cushy days
Uttam Ghosh who won a President's award at India for his performance in drama, and who has a film to his credit, and who aims to do his PhD on Tagore's treatment of women in his works, recalled his carefree
 arrow Maiden documentary film festival in the city
Dhaka is going to hold a documentary film festival for the first time.
 arrow Chaynika Chowdhary: from child actress to playwright

From a child TV actress, Chaynika Chowdhary has now become an up-coming TV drama writer. Some of her TV dramas have been already telecast by BTV e.g.

Generalarrow 'Poor suffer as governance fails'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said lack of transparency, good governance and violation of human rights are taking a heavy toll on the people, specially the poor.
 arrow JUTA demands VC's resignation
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the vice-chancellor.
 arrow Govt showcaused for holding back Proshika fund
The High Court yesterday served a show cause notice on the government asking it to reply in two weeks why a fund release application of Proshika Manobik Unnayan Kendra, an NGO, should not be disposedof.
 arrow Laid-off workers of 3 jute mills to get all dues
The Privatisation Commission yesterday decided to take steps to pay all outstanding dues with the workers and employees of three laid-off jute mills.
 arrow Bhuiyan meets Singaporean minister
Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan had fruitful talks with the Singaporean Environment Minister Lim Swee Say on Saturday.
Internationalarrow US forces enter Mosul in hunt for Saddam
US forces backed by helicopters entered the al-Arabi neighborhood in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Sunday, residents told AFP, adding that deposed president Saddam Hussein could be hiding out in the
 arrow Red alert in India after killing of 2 JeM militants in Delhi
Indian police were on high alert yesterday against possible rebel attacks after killing two militants who were allegedly plotting a new attack less than a week after the Mumbai car bombings.
 arrow 300,000 Iraqis join Shiite leader's funeral march
More than 300,000 Muslims began a two-day, 110-mile march to the holy city of Najaf on Sunday to mourn a cherished Shiite leader who was assassinated in a car bombing that killed at least 85 people.
 arrow 'Strikes on Hamas will lead only to more retaliation'
Israel's latest strikes on Hamas that killed two militants in the Gaza Strip were a "crime" that will only fuel a cycle of retaliation, Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath said Sunday.
 arrow Only Blair's departure will end Britain's culture of spin: Opposition leader
Only the resignation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair can end the government's much maligned culture of spin, opposition leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote in a newspaper published Sunday.
 arrow Britons now say Diana was murdered
More than a quarter of Britons believe Princess Diana was murdered, according to a poll published Sunday on the sixth anniversary of her death in a Paris car crash.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's dialogue with CHT peers
The August 30 meeting of two CHT kings and a prince with the Prime Minister has, in a way, opened a fresh dimension to the tribal discourse.
 arrow Editorial: Wanted criminals in BNP-led procession
Six notorious gangsters on the Khulna Metropolitan Police's most wanted list were spotted in the BNP-led four-party procession and rally staged on Friday in Khulna town.
 arrow Police culture of the sub-continent and our reform imperative
The present day sub-continental police officers and their sub-culture face challenges that are without precedent.
 arrow UP slap in the BJP's face: The wages of opportunism
The decisive speed with which Ms Mayawati wrecked her Bahujan Samaj Party's alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party is stunning.
 arrow Why not go for some positive changes?
If we are really serious regarding bringing about positive changes in our local, national, regional and global dimensions for an overall progress and prosperity of Bangladesh and to set example(s) for
Star Cityarrow Sewerage project brings hope back to 36 villages
About half a million people and thousands of acres of land of 36 villages in the city's periphery would be relieved of extreme pollution as Dhaka WASA is about to sign a deal with Japan for funds to divert
 arrow Stop slum eviction, provide education and healthcare
Children and adolescents living in slum areas of the city have urged the authorities to stop slum evictions and to provide safe shelters for all evicted people.
 arrow Building confidence
The cost for constructing better earthquake resistant buildings is not prohibitively high rather it is a 'negligible' consideration relative to the total budget.
 arrow Meeting the mosquito menace
The Dhaka City Corporation's decision to privatise mosquito control is set to linger by another month as the evaluation committee was unable to complete examining tender documents, said sources at the
 arrow Booking funds for the National Library
The National Library could not publish its yearly national bibliography for the last nine years for what the authorities called shortage of staff.
 arrow Women earning at home, working out a safer system
The daylong workshop on social protection of women homebased workers ended yesterday at Women's Volunteer Auditorium with an appeal to ensure protection of the women who are striving for extra money for
 arrow Pedaling their wares
The vegetable sellers, who previously, peddled their limited stock of vegetables to different households; are now using vans which are letting them be more efficient and have a better daily income then
 arrow Persistent poverty perpetuates human trafficking
Human trafficking is rapidly rising due to persistent poverty that forces the vulnerable people to be trapped in the name of better jobs in abroad.
 arrow Trans-border flesh trade
Women who went through various forms of abuse including beating and rape came up with the stories of their sufferings at a three-day meeting of South Asian women activists, which ended in Dhaka on August
 arrow Khurshid Jahan Haque speaks to Star City
The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MWCA) is planning to send female workers abroad to work under state supervision to reduce trafficking, Minister Khurshid Jahan Haque told Star City in an exclusive
 arrow Dhaka becomes major trafficking transit point
Human trafficking has become a lucrative business for the city's traffickers, especially in an environment where poverty is endemic.