Vol. 4 Num 101 Thu. September 04, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Move on to tap phone calls, bust e-mails
A move is underway to amend the Bangladesh Telecommunication Act 2001, allowing intelligence agencies to breach privacy of individuals by tapping telephone calls and busting e-mails, sources said.
 arrow Tigers toil
Fall of three wickets in the last session left Bangladesh to worry a bit at close of play on the first day of the third and final Super Asia Test against Pakistan at Multan yesterday.
 arrow BB figures buck FDI flow statistics of investment board
While the Board of Investment (BoI) reports a 315 per cent increase in foreign direct investment last calendar year, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) figures rather show a 45 per cent plunge.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers on hunger strike
Non-governmental primary school teachers from across the country yesterday began a 24-hour hunger strike at the Osmani Udyan in Dhaka, demanding nationalisation of their jobs.
 arrow Politicians last straw for Jamal rescue
The government now pins hopes on political leaders for rescue of magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, as some of them are believed to have links with the abductors.
 arrow Ethnic villagers live under spectre of fear
Over 1,500 indigenous people are living in the open and in forests seven days after Bangalee settlers burnt and looted their homes in eight villages in Khagrachhari district in the wake of an abduction.
 arrow Urban domestic power tariff shoots
Prices of power for domestic consumption in urban areas rose on September 1 in the latest of three hikes under the present government for what the authorities said 'to balance the prices with rural areas'.
 arrow Tax evasion charge against ticket reservation firm
Allegations of tax evasion have been levelled against Amadeus, a company offering automated global ticket reservation system.
 arrow JS body for action for embezzlement of Tk 162cr funds
The parliamentary standing committee on public accounts yesterday recommended punitive actions against those involved in corruption and embezzlement and mismanagement of over Tk 162 crore of the Health
 arrow DCC finalises draft guidelines on road-digging
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has finalised draft guidelines for utility service providers to check haphazard road digging and add speed to repairs of ruptured roads.
 arrow Poland takes control of huge swath of Iraq
Poland took command of a large chunk of Iraq yesterday, officially becoming the third country after the United States and Britain to accept responsibility as an occupying force.
 arrow BoI refutes Japanese investors' allegation
While Japanese investors say the one-stop service at the Board of Investment (BoI) is not available, the BoI claims that not a single Japanese company with any investment proposal approached it for assistance
 arrow Export industries to get loans at 7pc
The government will grant loans carrying seven per cent interest to export-oriented industries including those in information and communication technology (ICT), light engineering, jute goods, fish feed,
 arrow Novel way to press home demand
The diploma engineers across the country yesterday decided to work an extra hour after the scheduled office time on September 14, in a rare example of placing demands through peaceful means.
 arrow Circular ritver route funds doubled
Allocation for the first phase of the project to introduce a river route around the capital has been raised to Tk 36 crore from Tk 15.
 arrow CHT minister says he was not informed of circular
Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan has said his ministry was not informed beforehand about the circular that has been issued by the army, restricting free movement
 arrow Huge cache of AK-47 bullets seized in Kolkata
Police in West Bengal yesterday seized a huge cache of bullets of AK-47 rifles.
 arrow Giant asteroid to safely pass Earth by
The Earth is not quite so doomed, experts said yesterday.
 arrow Muggers stab grocer to death
Muggers yesterday stabbed a grocer to death at Babubazar in Kotwali thana.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
Petrobangla in a rejoinder to The Daily Star news headlined " RPC's new power project to worsen gas situation" published Wednesday said that Petrobangla at a meeting on July 31 decided to construct a20-inch
 arrow Britain closes Tehran embassy after being hit by gunfire
Shots were fired at the British embassy here yesterday further straining relations between London and Tehran, just hours after Iran's ambassador to Britain was recalled.
 arrow Bank staff foil attempted robbery
Staffers of Postogola branch of Rupali Bank in the city yesterday foiled an attempted robbery.
Businessarrow Unusual import growth worries prime minister
The prime minister is learnt to have expressed concern over unusual upward trend in imports and asked the ministries concerned to take necessary measures in this regard.
 arrow Bangladesh-Myanmar border trade stalemate continues

Deadlock in the Bangladesh-Myanmar border trade through Teknaf continued for the third consecutive day yesterday due to an indefinite strike enforced by traders.

 arrow Bangladesh wants to fulfil LDC hopes at Cancun meet
Bangladesh hopes it will be able to fulfil the expectations of the LDCs at the WTO Cancun ministerial meeting beginning on September 10, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Developing nations to grow faster in 2004
Although the growth of South Asia declined in 2002, the World Bank (WB) predicts the developing nations will grow faster than the industrialised countries in 2004.
 arrow Take action against debenture defaulters

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has directed the trustees to the debentures of two public limited companies (PLCs) to take appropriate measures against those companies for debenture default.

 arrow Show cause notice served on Beach Hatchery MD
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday served a show cause notice on the managing director of Beach Hatchery Limited for failure to pay dividend against preferred shares within stipulated
 arrow ECNEC okays Tk 3567.42cr development schemes
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved 11 development projects, involving Tk 3567.42 crore, including Tk 1735.51 crore in project aid.
 arrow ASEAN ministers hammer out free-trade plan with China
Trade ministers from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were in talks Wednesday with Chinese officials to accelerate the creation of the world's largest free trade area, officials
 arrow Bush to sign US-S'pore FTA into law today
President George W. Bush is scheduled to sign the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) into law today.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Now it's Abahani
Abahani's hockey team blazed to glory against Mohammedan only the day after their football brothers suffered a heart-breaking defeat against their archrivals.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is convinced that Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza has the potential to beco-me a dangerous hitter down the order.
 arrow Cricket: A complete cricket personality

In the final analysis Bob Woolmer is the complete cricketer.

 arrow Cricket: BCB to pay selectors
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to bring the national selectors under its payroll in an effort to set up a professional management.
 arrow Cricket: The Oval Test from today

England captain Nasser Hussain said before this series began that "South Africa were there for the taking".

 arrow Cricket: Secret of that success!

Steve Waugh's famous "you just dropped the World Cup, mate" quip to South African Herschelle Gibbs during the 1999 tournament in England is regarded as one of cricket's legendary quotes.

 arrow Cricket: Different Thorpe

The Graham Thorpe who lines up against South Africa in the fifth and final Test at The Oval will be a "different bloke" to the one who last played for England more than a year ago.

 arrow Cricket: Warne calls it a farce

Shane Warne has lashed out at the Cricket Australia (CA) describing their decision to stop him from training during his one-year doping ban as farcical.

 arrow Tennis: Unstoppable Agassi
Andre Agassi's patience was tested by unrelenting rain and his skill was pushed to the limit by determined Taylor Dent, but the world number one handled both challenges with style.
 arrow Football: Real made to struggle
A late goal by substitute Antonio Nunez earned Spanish champions Real Madrid a 1-1 draw away to a well-organized Villarreal side in their second match of the season on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand joins sick list
Rio Ferdinand became England's latest injury victim today when he was ruled out of the Euro 2004 qualifier in Macedonia this weekend.
 arrow Football: Zagallo respects Colombia

Brazil legend Mario Zagallo said Colombia would prove difficult opponents for his country in their South American World Cup qualifing trip to Barranquilla on Saturday.

 arrow Football: Maradona wine!

A wine named after Argentine football legend Diego Maradona will be launched in his native country shortly, his agent Guillermo Coppola told radio Mitre here on Tuesday.

Nationalarrow 4 dists in Barisal division flooded again
Vast areas of Barisal, Jhalakathi, Patuakhali and Bhola districts have been flooded again as the Meghna river is in spate in the downstream.
 arrow AL, BNP blame each other as 500 remain shelterless
About 500 people including children in four villages in Chartarapur union in Pabna are living in inhuman conditions after their houses were burnt by miscreants on August 29.
 arrow No Asstt Judge in Sunamganj!
Acute shortage of judicial officials in Sunamganj district has been prevailing for long, delaying justice and increasing piled-up cases.

There is no Assistant Judge in the district.

 arrow Padma dyke at Bagha washed away one week after repair
The Padma flood control embankment at Bagha has been washed away only a week after its renovation, posing a serious threat to adjacent villages.
 arrow Tk 6 lakh rice 'missing' from Barisal CSD godown
Rice worth Tk 6 lakh is ' missing' from the CSD godown in Barisal.

This was revealed during stocktaking by a team led by a magistrate following an allegation.

 arrow Rally, procession at Patuakhali for Padma Bridge at Mawa
A really was held and a procession brought out at Patuakhali town on Monday demanding the proposed Padma Bridge at Mawa.

The Mawa Padma Setu Chai Andolon Parishad organised the rally.

 arrow 16 given jail terms in Patuakhali
Two courts in Patuakhali recently sentenced 16 persons to various jail terms for robbery and snatching.
Culturearrow A nostalgic evening
Chhayanaut has been organizing monthly musical programmes for fund raising of Chhayanaut Bhaban regularly in recent months. Eminent musicians, singers, and dancers are performing for free.
 arrow Nazrul remembered at Bangla Academy
Nazrul was remembered and his songs were sung at the Bangla Academy to commemorate his death anniversary.
 arrow Songs of the yesteryears by Srijon
When Sadi Mohammad started singing Money Ki Didha Rekhe Gele Choley, it was well received and applauded by the audience.
 arrow Charges against Salman dropped
The Mumbai High Court quashed charges of culpable homicide against Bollywood star Salman Khan on Wednesday, the actor's lawyer said.
Generalarrow Preserve documents as nat'l heritage
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the BTV authorities to preserve as national heritage the documents contained in the celluloid depicting Bangladesh history and tradition.
 arrow Resist militant fundamentalism
Leaders of left-leaning political fronts, intellectuals and civil society members at a roundtable yesterday called on the progressive and pro-liberation forces to build a resistance against emerging militant
 arrow UNESCO to help preserve cultural heritage
The UNESCO will provide all-out cooperation to Bangladesh in development and preservation of cultural heritage.
 arrow DU body meets today
Chairman of sociology department of Dhaka University yesterday said course co-ordination committee of the department will meet today to discuss the students' demand for cancelling the grading and semester
 arrow Robbers shoot two to escape capture
Two sustained bullet injuries yesterday as retreating robbers fired random shots on a mob to avoid capture at Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka.
 arrow Embargo on university teacher recruitment to go
The chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday said the government will withdraw the embargo on recruitment of teachers in the public universities.
 arrow Extortionists stall Old Dhaka market construction
Construction works of a multi-storied market at Badamtali in Old Dhaka has allegedly been halted as the owner of the property refused to pay toll to extortionists.
Internationalarrow 'Come & help us in Iraq,' US soldiers urge world
American soldiers struggling to keep a lid on violence in Iraq and concerned by near-daily fatalities yearn to see more troops from other nations share the work of occupation.
 arrow First post-Saddam Iraqi cabinet sworn in
The ministers who will form an interim government until elections are held in Iraq were sworn in yesterday at a Baghdad ceremony amid tight US security following three deadly car bombs in as many weeks.
 arrow 'Palestinian PM to quit without more power'

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, locked in a power struggle with Yasser Arafat, will tell parliament today he will quit unless he wins authority to take key peace steps, a Palestinian minister

 arrow US occupation of Iraq unsustainable: Cong
The United States will not be able to sustain its current occupation force in Iraq without increasing the overall size of the military, ending other overseas commitments or rescinding troop rotation rules,
 arrow N Korean parliament backs nuke buildup

North Korea's parliament said yesterday it would take "relevant measures" to support the communist leadership's decision to reject further talks on the country's nuclear programme and boost its atomic

 arrow Troops keep up Kashmir vigil as violence explodes
An Indian security force member was killed yesterday in a clash with Islamic militants in the jungles of Indian Kashmir, while three rebels were gunned down in other parts of the state, police said.
 arrow Typhoon whacks S China: 27 dead, 116 injured
At least 27 people were killed and 116 injured as Typhoon Dujuan slammed into southern China leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Verdict in Shazneen case
A highly traumatic and vicious crime was perpetrated on a 15-year old girl five and a half years ago. It was a case of beastliness being carried beyond all conceivable limits.
 arrow Editorial: Farm subsidy tantamount to protectionism
If globalisation is based on free movement of goods and services, there are concerns in the LDCs that must be addressed to level the playing field.
 arrow 'Money mischief ' deepens economic crisis
Money mischief begins with tighter monetary policy while the economy suffers from high unemployment and dubious transactions.
 arrow A presidential system?
Graduates of the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) have been Army Chiefs since 1988, they have all been impressive in their own individual right.
Letters to Editorarrow Controversial Communicative English
A warm debate has been going on for quite a while on Communicative English. And I want to share my views on this subject with other readers.
 arrow Outlawed Islamist group in Bangadesh
Bangladesh is a religions tolerant country (though the US blacklisted us as a country of Islamic extremists).
Focusarrow Future of secularism in India
THE question of future of secularism in India is very important particularly at this juncture. The fundamentalist forces are raising their heads in India as in other countries of the world.
 arrow Aziz-ul Haq
It is always painful for me to recall that Mr Aziz-ul Haq is no more with us. He left us forever on 3 September last year. I see his demise as passing of a legend.
 arrow Politics and politicians of the partition era
Book ReviewInside Bengal Politics 1936-1947: Unpublished Correspondence of Partition Leaders compiled by Harun-or-Rashid, pp-preface i-xiii+ biographical note 1-5 + Introduction 1-37+