Volume 4 Number 103 Sat. September 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow History beckons
The whole country will wait with baited breath in eager anticipation of Bangladesh's first ever Test victory after the Tigers' reduced Pakistan to 148 for six at close on day three of the third and final
 arrow Politicians make curbing crime difficult: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said curbing crimes became difficult because of the double standards of political leaders who harbour gangsters and speak of rooting them out.
 arrow Businessman gunned down in city
A businessman was gunned down and a pedestrian wounded in an armed attack at Purana Paltan in Motijheel yesterday.
 arrow Living in danger at DU
Hundreds of Dhaka University (DU) students are at risk of injury as halls of residence have been allowed to fall into a dangerous condition.
 arrow City hotels hotbeds of shady trade
They look like mediocre residential hotels. Just walk in and you will be shocked to see how many of them trade in sex.
 arrow Opposition parties' quest for a common ground
Mainstream opposition parties are making hectic efforts to unite on common agenda that may pave the way for an alliance in the next parliamentary polls.
 arrow 'Scrap Modhupur park project, punish Mahalchhari attackers'
Speakers at a rally organised by Bangladesh Indigenous People's Forum in the city yesterday demanded of the government to scrap the National Park Project in Modhupur, saying it will imperil the life of
 arrow Break WTO deadlock
Industrialised countries at next week's WTO trade conference in Mexico must spearhead efforts to overcome obstacles that have so far held up progress on global trade liberalisation, the heads of three
 arrow Rashida dies, doctors say from starvation
Unconscious for long 24 days after an operation, Rashida Begum died at home in remote Bhorhotta village in Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi on Sunday, fomenting controversy.
 arrow US civilian killed in Baghdad
A US civilian, an employee of Kellogg, Brown and Root, was killed in a roadside shooting here Wednesday, the company said yesterday.
 arrow Zinjira: On way to shedding its stereotypical image
Although the name Zinjira is generally associated with fake, adulterated or inferior products, it is perhaps not fair to paint a totally dismal picture of the products that come out of this industrial
 arrow Muktijoddha lift NFL title
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakara became new champions in the NitolTata National Football League dethroning holders Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-2 in the tiebreaker at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
 arrow Another flees captivity in Chittagong
Another kidnap victim managed to escape from the clutches of his abductors in the city following a similar incident of escape in Raozan last week.
 arrow Researchers confirm SARS came from animals
Genetic testing of animals sold as delicacies in a southern Chinese market confirms suspicions that the deadly SARS virus jumped from animals to people, Chinese researchers said on Thursday.
 arrow Tk 6 lakh fake notes found in city lake
Fake 500-taka notes worth about Tk 6 lakh were recovered from Dhanmondi Lake yesterday.
 arrow Alleged kidnapper of Bangladeshi child sent to jail in India
An alleged child trafficker was sent to jail by a court in India's Cooch Bihar for kidnapping a female Bangladeshi child from Kurigram on August 25, the BBC reported yesterday.
 arrow Amra Dhakabasi
 arrow 3 babies die after 'measles vaccine'
Three infants died while six others fell sick yesterday, having been injected 'measles vaccine' on Thursday at an EPI (Extended Programme of Immunisation) centre at Sabilapur under Melandah upazila.
 arrow Kelly 'taken aback' by Gilligan grilling
A friend of Dr David Kelly has told the Hutton inquiry the weapons expert was shocked by the way BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan tried to get information out of him.
 arrow Germany tempers 'no' on Washington's Iraq resolution
One day after rejecting the United States' proposal for a planned UN resolution on Iraq, Germany yesterday tempered its position, calling the draft document a "step in the right direction".
 arrow Sharon's visit to India stirs Muslim fears
A visit by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon next week is stirring fears among Indian Muslims that the two countries are forging a new and potentially anti-Islamic alliance.
Businessarrow Lending curb on NCBs to hurt industrialisation: BoI
The lending restrictions on the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) will hurt industrialisation in Bangladesh, said a proposal of the Board of Investment (BoI).
 arrow Restriction on NCB credits to diversify lending
Managing Director of Janata Bank Murshid Kuli Khan believes the memorandum of understandings (MoUs) signed by the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) with the Bangladesh Bank (BB) will enforce the banks
 arrow Towards greater financial transparency
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) has done a great job by adopting International Accounting Standard No.17: Accounting for leases (IAS 17) recently.
 arrow US threatens to pursue own agenda if WTO talks fail
The United States threatened Thursday to go it alone by seeking one-on-one trade pacts if the world fails to overcome a logjam and secure a free-trade deal by January 1, 2005.
 arrow ASEAN close to single market
Southeast Asian trade ministers this week wrapped up talks in the Cambodian capital a step closer to forging a single market and confident poor nations will be heard in upcoming WTO talks.
 arrow Bush defends economic policy
President George W Bush Thursday launched a vigorous defense of his economic policies, firing back at Democrats who say his tax cuts failed to spur job growth and have bloated the budget deficit.
 arrow EU defends farm subsidies ahead of Cancun talks

European Commissioner for Trade Pascal Lamy yesterday defended the EU's agricultural subsidies ahead of next week's World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial talks in Cancun, Mexico.

 arrow No APEC consensus on regional forex flexibility

Finance ministers from 21 Asia Pacific economies were unable yesterday to reach consensus on pushing flexible regional exchange rate policies, a snag unlikely to sit well with Washington, an APEC forum

 arrow Farm reform lies at the heart of world trade battle
Trade ministers meeting for a likely bruising clash of views at next week's summit in Mexico certainly agree on one thing -- without progress on farm reform, the current round of world free trade talks
Sportsarrow Football: Mukti's moment
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra at long last can say they have emulated Bangladesh's other football powers by lifting the Nitol-Tata Third National Football League title for the first time in their history
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif played a trick on Alok Kapali to send him back to the pavilion.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh to lodge protest
Bangladesh on Friday said they would be lodging an official complaint against Pakistan captain Rashid Latif to match referee Mike Procter for his unjustified appeal for a caught behind that saw middle
 arrow Cricket: PCB to convince UCB

Pakistan will try to convince South Africa not to change cricket fixtures over security fears during their tour of the country later this month, officials said Thursday.

 arrow Cricket: Pollock's Oval joy
Shaun Pollock took his 300th Test wicket as South Africa kept up the pressure on England in the fifth and final Test at The Oval here Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly warns NZ

India's cricket captain Saurav Ganguly on Friday sounded a warning to New Zealand, saying his team was determined to win both the upcoming Test and one-day series at home.

 arrow Cricket: Dyson to work on players' attitude

New Sri Lanka coach John Dyson will not be imposing a style of play on his squad but will try to develop a winning attitude.

 arrow Cricket: Kirsten's angry story

Gary Kirsten revealed on Thursday that he had to give century-making teammate Herschelle Gibbs a dressing down as their second wicket partnership of 227 piled on the agony for England on the firstday

 arrow Tennis: Federer fails, Clijsters cruises

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer's US Open run juddered to a halt on Thursday when he was bounced by his Argentine bogeyman but Kim Clijsters was on fine form as rain clouds finally cleared from Flushing

 arrow Football: Samba in the air again
Brazil begin their quest for a sixth World Cup crown this weekend as the South American nations set out on a marathon two-year qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Beckham eases nerves

England captain David Beckham said Friday he was confident he would be able to play in Saturday's Euro 2004 Group 7 qualifier against Macedonia.

 arrow Football: Libya, Morocco joint hosts?

Libya will launch a joint bid with Tunisia to stage the 2010 World Cup soccer finals, Saadi Kadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader, said on Friday.

 arrow Football: Spending with a smile

Claudio Ranieri has revealed that Roman Abramovich backed Chelsea's 118million summer transfer splurge with a smile on his face.

 arrow Football: Back-line worries Queiroz

Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz admitted on Thursday the club needs new defenders and will sign one when the transfer window re-opens in December.

 arrow Football: Diouf ashamed

Liverpool's El-Hadji Diouf on Thursday issued a public apology for the spitting incident which earned him a 5,000-pound (8,000-dollar) fine.

 arrow Football: Jordi out of hospital

Espanyol's Dutch striker Jordi Cruyff, formerly of Manchester United, left a Seville hospital on Thursday having received a blow to the head in their midweek 2-2 draw at Real Betis.

Politicalarrow AL hints at joining next JS session
The main opposition Awami League (AL) may join the upcoming session of the Jatiya Sangsad to protest political killings and other issues, party sources hinted yesterday.
 arrow Govt trying to cling to power by destroying AL: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance wants to cling to power by killing Awami League (AL) leaders and workers including herself.
 arrow Charges pressed against four AL leaders
Police pressed charges against four including a Jubo League leader on Wednesday for launching attack at the residence of a BNP lawmaker on August 25.
Nationalarrow Thousands marooned in Khulna as dam develops breaches
Thousands of people are marooned in Batiaghata upazila in Khulna following breaches in the Dakop Khulna WAPDA embankment on Tuesday.
 arrow Field workers of NGO fleeing homes
Police could not arrest any more official of the Rajshahi based NGO Samaj Unnayan Karma Shangstha (SUKS) while its allegedly cheated members are agitating for refund of their deposits.
 arrow A hospital only in name!
About 15,000 people of Angorpota-Dahogram enclave under Patgram upazila are being deprived of healthcare service.
 arrow Smuggled cows snatched by Jamaat leader's men
Twenty-eight smuggled Indian cows seized by BDR have been snatched by a group of people led by a Jamaat-e-Islami leader.
 arrow Two to die for Palash murder in Manikganj
A court here on Thursday sentenced two of the five accused to death in sensational Palash Abduction and Murder Case.
 arrow 60 year-old man gets life for raping girl
A 60 year-old man has been sentenced to life term imprisonment for raping a 13 year-old schoolgirl.
 arrow Because he did not care a friend of BNP bigwig
A traffic sergeant was 'closed' for two hours for seizing an unregistered motorcycle driven by a friend of a BNP leader without licence.
 arrow Court orders return of seized items of 6 Barisal AL leaders
Barisal Sadar Upazila Magistrate Golam Rahman Sadar on Wednesday ordered police to return the confiscated items of six Awami League leaders and workers as they appeared before court.
 arrow 'ADR a milestone in the judiciary '
Alternative Dispute Regulation (ADR) has been implemented for early disposal of cases of justice seeking people, said Justice AFM Ali Asgar of Bangladesh Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Culturearrow Beauty in stark simplicity

What one found so remarkable about the poster exhibit at the Goethe Institut was the dramatic effect despite the stark simplicity of the forms and colours.

Generalarrow Guidelines for infrastructure dev under pvt sector
Experts and senior government officials yesterday agreed on increased private sector involvement in infrastructure development under a changed government role in running the services.
 arrow Oust govt as soon as possible: Hamid
Deputy Leader of Opposition in Parliament Advocate Abdul Hamid yesterday said the government has pushed the country towards ruination and it is better for the nation to oust the alliance government as
 arrow Pak general arrives in city
Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan Armed Forces General Muhammad Aziz Khan arrived in the city yesterday on a five-day goodwill visit.
 arrow All staff of Jongra office at Sundarbans suspended
All forest officers and employees of the Jongra office under Chadpai range of the Sundarbans have been suspended on charge of timber smuggling.
 arrow Contractor shot dead in Chuadanga
A contractor was gunned down by miscreants at Amirpur village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

The victim was identified as Minarul Islam Suruj, 40, son of Haji Nurul Islam of Poradah in Kushtia.

 arrow Trader shot dead in Tongi
A young trader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Tongi on Thursday night.
Internationalarrow US draft on Iraq needs serious work: Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said yesterday a US-backed draft resolution seeking broader international help in post-war Iraq "still needs further, very serious work.
 arrow US renews pressure to send Indian troops to Iraq
The US is pressing India to review its stand on sending troops for peacekeeping in war-ruined Iraq in the wake of a sharp deterioration in the ground situation in that country.
 arrow Israel commandos kill Hamas commander
Israeli commandos killed a West Bank commander of the militant group Hamas in a raid on Friday that could deal a blow to reformist Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas's battle for political survival.
 arrow Spanish intelligence sees no link between Saddam, al-Qaeda
Spain's counter-espionage service believes there is no link between toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the extremist al-Qaeda network, national media reported on Friday.
 arrow Britain was wrong to 'rush' into Iraq war: Clare Short
A former British cabinet minister who resigned in protest at the war on Iraq, said on Friday France had been right to insist the conflict must have United Nations approval and criticised Prime Minister
Editorialarrow Editorial: Foreign investors' woes
The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh has said in unequivocal terms that the government should immediately address the problems that foreign investors are facing.
 arrow Editorial: Free to move again in Hill Tracts
Withdrawal of the earlier directive restricting movement of foreigners, government officials and civilians in Chittagong Hill Tracts is, to our mind, a decision in the right direction.
 arrow Will our leaders wake up?
Where are the placid landscapes of our childhood? Where are the forests full of birds and different animal species? Where is the silence in our countryside? Where are the flowers we gathered near stream
 arrow Toward a sober scenario and a sensible approach
It was indeed good to hear from her some words, ostensibly replete with certain bona fide intentions for purifying politics in Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow "Police harassment"
The insolent behaviour of a police car driver after committing an accident due to reckless driving was completely overlooked by the police officer who was sitting inside the car.
 arrow Iraqi oil and Executive Order
UNSC Resolution 1483 cleared the ambiguity of ownership of Iraqi oil by protecting the "initial purchase" of it from any claims resulting in attachment or other similar judicial processes.
Literaturearrow Letter from Edinburgh
Fariha Karim goes to the recently-concluded Edinburgh Festival--well, to the Fringe festival, which is a sort of counter festival, an open house actually, that hums, yes, on the fringes of the main
 arrow Cricket, Communism, Consumerism and Krishna...
Over the last decade, travel writing has emerged as a critical new genre of writing within the ambit of a much broader definition of 'literature' (yes, nowadays that particular word, like 'art', like
 arrow Poems
A light breeze blows
Leaves fall from trees
A covered clay saucer holds
A little food for small hunger.