Volume 4 Number 102 Fri. September 05, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Wake up to foreign investors' woes
As foreign direct investment (FDI) continues to dip, a United Nations official yesterday urged the government to wake up to foreign investors' allegations about business hurdles.
 arrow Dhaka gives immunity to US soldiers
In a quiet move Bangladesh has signed a pact with the United States under which no American soldiers and officers charged with criminal offences can be tried in Bangladesh or sent to the International
 arrow Tigers sniff a kill
An eventful day's cricket left Bangladesh in with a real chance of forcing their first ever Test win after the tourists took an 183-run lead over Pakistan with six second innings wickets to spare at Multan
 arrow Plan for internal water management to face off impact
The government will take diplomatic moves at international level and strengthen internal water management to face withdrawal of common river waters by India through interlinking them.
 arrow Top lawyers unnerved by slide in order, calls for united resistance
Leading lawyers and their professional colleagues in Khulna yesterday expressed grave concern at the increasing incidents of murder and called for a greater unity among them to resist violence and lawlessness.
 arrow Joint drive for Ctg magnate goes blank
Law enforcers picked up 50 people in extensive hunts at various criminal hideouts in Chittagong in a bid to rescue abducted magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, while over 150 personnel of the district
 arrow France, Germany not ready to back US draft on Iraq
French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said yesterday they were not ready yet to accept a U.S. draft for a new United Nations resolution on Iraq.
 arrow Safe sex for sex workers under cop clampdown
Sex workers at a discussion yesterday accused police of harassing non-governmental outreach workers while distributing condoms to save them from HIV.
 arrow Bridge toll collection to be computerised
The government has ordered the communications ministry to introduce computerised toll collection system for all important roads and bridges to raise revenue collection.
 arrow 'Criminal' killed at Dhanmondi Club, 3 hurt in commissioner office attack
A gang of assailants gunned down an alleged criminal at Dhanmondi Club, while another group attacked the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ward commissioner's office at Adabor in Dhaka yesterday, shootingthree,
 arrow Army lifts bar on foreigners to CHT
The army yesterday withdrew restriction on the movement of foreigners in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow 26 bank DGMs get promotion
The government yesterday promoted 26 deputy general managers (DGMs) of nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), specialised banks and financial institutions to general managers (GMs).
 arrow Shell seeks work extension for blocks 5, 10
Shell, which is quitting Bangladesh, has sought a one year extension of the term for its geological work programme on blocks 5 and 10 covering Khulna, Barisal and Noakhali districts.
 arrow Students block Banani road following mishap
Traffic movement between Mohakhali and Baani was disrupted for about an hour as students of Gulshan College put up barricades on the road following an accident yesterday.
 arrow Petrobangla union leaders demand toll from Unocal
Some Petrobangla union leaders allegedly demanded toll from the international oil giant, Unocal, said sources at the state-run oil and gas corporation.
 arrow Dossier exaggerated the case for Iraq war
Tony Blair's case for invading Iraq was in tatters Wednesday night after damning public criticism by two senior intelligence officials of the way the September weapons dossier was manipulated by government
 arrow Outlaws trade over 100 rounds in gunfight at Icegati
Panic gripped the people of Icegati union of Rupsha upazila, following a gunfight between the armed cadres of two factions of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday morning.
 arrow Saudis seize 'terror' missiles
Saudi authorities say they have seized a lorry-load of surface-to-air missiles destined for an unnamed terrorist group.
 arrow Study shows protein injection sharply cuts appetite
A protein found naturally in the body could bring scientists a step closer to developing a natural and effective diet pill, a new British study said on Wednesday.
 arrow US troops fight with guerrillas in Tikrit
US troops exchanged fire with Iraqi guerrillas who lobbed at least six mortar rounds at them in downtown Tikrit, and detained four people, including a suspected bomb maker, in a night of intense fighting
Businessarrow Govt on headhunting for SEC supremo
Poor remuneration package is discouraging prospective nominees from taking over as the chief of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 arrow Ctg businessmen want hassle free tax admin
Chittagong businessmen have urged the government to ensure a hassle free tax administration with simplified VAT realisation system.
 arrow Ensure market access for all products of LDCs
On the eve of WTO ministerial meeting in Cancun, the Make Trade Fair Alliance, Bangladesh has demanded binding commitments by all WTO members on market access for all products of the poor nations to the
 arrow First organic tea launched
Meena Tea, the first organic tea produced in Bangladesh, was formally launched at Meena Bazar superstore in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Taka remains under pressure
Taka remained under pressure against the US dollar in inter-bank trade yesterday as traders sold euro and yen on profit-taking, dealers said.
 arrow India for $30b annual trade with ASEAN by '07
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday urged ASEAN and Indian businesses to aim for an annual trade turnover of 30 billion dollars by 2007.
 arrow US pushes Asia to float currencies
US Treasury Secretary John Snow said Thursday he would keep pushing Asian nations to adopt more flexible currency policies and there were some signs that Asian policymakers were ready to let their currencies
Sportsarrow Cricket: Captain Courageous
Sanjay Manjrekar must have followed his instincts when he boldly told his fellow commentator Rameez Raja that Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud would take five wickets during the second day's play of the
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday issued a clarification rejecting the Bangladesh team's claim of discrimination in seat

distribution during their flight to Multan from Rawalpindi on September

 arrow Football: Abahani third
Abahani Krira Chak-ra finished third in the Nitol-Tata Third National Football League with an emphatic 4-2 victory over the season's surprise package Moulvibazar Wan-derers Club at the Sher-e-Bangla National
 arrow Football: MSC-Mukti final today

Country's two football powerhouses Mohammedan Sporting Club and Muktijoddha Sang-sad Krira Chakra lock horns today to determine who will win the season's first competition.

 arrow Cricket : Gibbs gives SA control

Herschelle Gibbs' unbeaten hundred took South Africa into a dominant position on the first day of the fifth Test at The Oval here Thursday.

 arrow Cricket: For brother Ben

Adam Hollioake announced plans Wednesday for a 2,000-mile trip from Edinburgh to the northern Moroccan town of Tangiers to help raise money for the memorial fund set up following the death of his younger

 arrow Tennis: Roddick beats the rain
Andy Roddick joined Andre Agassi in the US Open quarterfinals Wednesday by beating Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4, 7-6, giving the Americans' title hopes a major boost at the rain-ravaged Grand Slam event.
 arrow Athletics: Jackpot awaits Mutola
Kelli White and Maria Mutola go into the final Golden League meeting of the season here on Friday both desperate to win their respective events but for vastly different reasons.
 arrow Football: 'Don't call me Barbie'
Ronaldo's wife Milene Domingues admitted Wednesday that she was determined to prove she is no 'Barbie doll' during the women's World Cup in the United States later this month.
 arrow Football: World champs' motivation
Brazilian superstar Rivaldo has criticised the decision by FIFA that has forced his country to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, even though they are defending champions.
 arrow Football: South America hit the road
The 2002 World Cup finished 433 days ago and the next final is still nearly three years away, but the qualifiers for the 2006 tournament get under way in South America on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Tailor-made for France

France could clinch a European Championship finals spot Saturday with a win over minnow Cyprus -- and continue the rebuilding after its embarrassing first round exit from last year's World Cup.

 arrow Football: Deportivo blank Bilbao

Deportivo La Coruna scored an impressive 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to earn the only 100 percent record in the Spanish first division just two match days into the season.

 arrow Football: Trousier's Dirty Dozen!

Qatar's French coach Philippe Troussier said on Thursday his job of transforming the Persian Gulf state into a major football force was so tough it reminded him of a Hollywood movie.

 arrow Football: Diouf fined for spitting

Senegal football star El-Hadji Diouf was fined 5,000 pounds here on Thursday for spitting on a fan during a UEFA Cup quarter-final between his club Liverpool and Scottish giants Celtic.

Politicalarrow 3 left parties vow to fight fundamentalism
Three left-leaning political parties yesterday promised a greater political cooperation among themselves to fight imperialism and a growing fundamentalism.
 arrow Hasina for pro-liberation political alliance
The Awami League (AL) chief and Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for a pro-liberation political alliance to oust the Bangladesh Nationalist Party led coalition government.
Foreign Relationsarrow Chairman of Pak Jt Chiefs of Staff Committee arrives today
Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan Armed Forces General Muhammad Aziz Khan arrives in Dhaka today on a five-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Tagore's Roktokorobi makes a come back
Nagorik Natya Sampradaya displayed its 34th production Roktokorobi recently, which is considered as one of the greatest classics in the history of world drama.
 arrow Grand Prix in Spain goes to 'Jibon-Jole-Bele'
Film maker Shaheen Dill-Riaz's documentary film 'Jibon Jole-Bele' (Sand and Water) received the Grand Prix "La força del riu" (River's Strength) award in Spanish "River Film Festival" (El festival del
Generalarrow Produce more engrs rather than general graduates
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday vested the National University with the responsibility to reallocate seats in the educational institutions giving greater share to science education as per national
 arrow Protest against India's link-canal project
Greenforce, an organisation working for protection of environment, yesterday formed a human chain protesting the move of the Indian government to implement its river connecting mega project.
 arrow 'Indian river project to destroy agriculture, bio-diversity in Bangladesh'
State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury cautioned that Bangladesh's agriculture, pisciculture, river navigation and bio-diversity would be damaged if India diverts the water of
 arrow One gets life for rape in Barisal
The Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) of Barisal yesterday sentenced two to life imprisonment for violating a rickshawpuller's wife.
 arrow Super six round begins tomorrow
The super six round of the Clinic Plus-Prothom Alo inter-school parliamentary debate competition begins tomorrow.
 arrow S Asian conference on sanitation from Oct 21
A three-day South Asian Conference on sanitation will be held in Dhaka on October 21-23 to adopt a uniform strategy and work plan for the south Asia region.
 arrow 3 killed, 20 hurt in Tangail road mishap
Three persons died and at least 20 other injured critically in a road accident yesterday at East Beel-Gharinda by-pass on West Bengal-Dhaka highway, two kilometers off Tangail town.
 arrow Shashi qualifies for final round
Sharmin Zoha Shashi, a SSC examinee from Rangpur, won the title of Miss Rajshahi Photogenic 2003 at the regional contest of LuxAnandadhara Miss Bangladesh Photogenic 2003 on Tuesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Top-most leaders exchange salvoes
Bigger the BNP and Awami League occasions, greater the stridency and acrimony one sees traded off between the two major political parties.
 arrow Only end of occupation can bring peace in Iraq
The UN has not yet come up with any precise definition of terrorism.
 arrow Analysis of political mind
There was a time when politics was neither a profession nor a hobby, but a privilege for men and women who wanted to serve their country.
 arrow Militancy in our backyard
The recent gunfight at Joypurhat and the subsequent unearthing of clandestine militant cells in the northeastern and southern districts should come as a wake-up call to all of us, irrespective of partisan
Letters to Editorarrow Son of a freedom fighter
I write in response to Shamsul Alam Monir's letter (September 3) regarding his father's contribution to the War of Liberation.

Unlike Mr.

 arrow Hospitality, Pakistan style
The report from your correspondent from Multan published in DS on September 2, is an eye opener for us. It shows how the authorities in Pakistan feel about Bangladeshis.
 arrow Maglev train and Bengali time
Various opinions have been expressed earlier in this section about the proposed installation of the Maglev Train in the Dhaka Chittagong route.
 arrow Shazneen murder case: verdict is befitting
I had been following the Shazneen murder case for quite a few years now; and I wondered will there be an end to this.
 arrow Suing authorities for marine disaster
It has not been long since the media was overwhelmed with the demise of 600 or so passengers in the m/v Nasrin-1 disaster.
 arrow Arbitration vs farce
Arbitration frequently takes place in both rural and urban localities of Bangladesh to reconcile friction and disturbance, especially in order to free a person (male or female) from oppression or molestation
 arrow Abandoned water-body at DU
Due to indifference of Dhaka University (DU) authorities, the beautiful water-body in the middle of Bangabandhu hall and Kabi Jasimuddin hall is now abandoned.
 arrow Prize for performance in the Islamic world
The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) is probably the single largest entity of the entire Islamic world today.
 arrow Dilu road's construction
The Dilu Road has been under construction for last two weeks.
 arrow 'Standard fees' in Standard Chartered!
I had a very interesting experience with Standard Chartered Bank, where I had gone to deposit examination fees of my daughter who is going to appear in her A level examination conducted by the British
 arrow Foreign investment
The news of the Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka outlining the hurdles and obstacles for Japanese investors is indeed a national shame as much as it showed the state of affairs in investment institutionsof
 arrow Public Library -- 24 hours a day
As the Public Library is a very important public institution, almost all types of people have access to it. So its role to the development of our education is inevitable.
 arrow Toll-seeking cops
Administration's crackdown on toll collectors at bus terminals is definitely a welcome move. The bus owners and operators must be happy. They are relieved of paying 50 to 100 taka a day.
 arrow The media and the GCE and GSCE results
There is always a hue and cry when the SSC and HSC results come out. The electronic media like the BTV, NTV, and Channel I etc. always cover the news of board results.
Focusarrow Power failure entails more complication than what is seen
In the wake of intermittent power cuts, grid failures and constant load-shedding in recent weeks, the condition of the power sector has become a major concern for the nation.
 arrow Remembering Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is a name known to the whole world not for any worldly achievement or any political success but for her active charity for the poor and destitute which she made an ideal to be radically

Worldarrow Abbas seeks stronger Palestinian mandate
The power struggle appears to be coming to a head

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has challenged his parliament to back him - or face his resignation.

 arrow Musharraf calls for Pak nuke upgrades
Qualitative upgrades in Pakistan's nuclear programme would strengthen national security, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has said.
 arrow 250 Iraqi officers to become cops
Some 250 more policemen graduated Thursday from a crash course aimed at transforming a once corrupt and brutal force into a key element of the US-led coalition's efforts to fight crime and terrorism in
 arrow Blair overhauls his spin machine
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government announced an overhaul of its media operations on Wednesday in an effort to curb a damaging reputation for spin.
 arrow US troops under attack in Afghanistan
US-led coalition troops were attacked yesterday as a massive offensive continued against suspected Taliban fighters holed up in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan, the US military said.
 arrow 'Britishness' test for immigrants
A British government advisory group has proposed that immigrants should pass a new "Britishness test", before they can receive a British passport.
 arrow LTTE asks India not to give military aid to Lanka
The LTTE has asked India not to give military assistance to Sri Lanka at a juncture when the peace process is on.
 arrow Junta says Suu Kyi "physically well"
Myanmar's military government said yesterday that its opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was "physically well" and charged that US claims that she was on a hunger strike were the result of "spin doctors".