Volume 4 Number 104 Sun. September 07, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Khulna AL leader slain in bomb attack
Khulna city Awami League (AL) leader Kamrul Islam Kutu was killed and at least 12 others were seriously wounded in a bomb attack by unidentified assailants at 8:00 last night in front of the party office.
 arrow Tigers too near yet too far
It was so close yet so far for Bangladesh to celebrate their maiden Test win at the Multan Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Violence rocks court: 87 hurt
Activists and lawyers backing the BNP and supported by law-enforcers caused injury to at least 50 pro-Awami League lawyers at Dhaka Bar Association office in an attack ahead of the prime minister's visit
 arrow Priority put on public coffer to finance power plans
A cabinet sub-committee yesterday gave the highest priority to self-financing to set up new power infrastructure till 2007, as lack of new investment in the power sector is threatening its growth.
 arrow US refuses to waive $50m quota penalty
Washington has turned down Dhaka's appeal for waiving $50 million worth of quota penalty for over-shipment of apparel in 2002 in what the commerce minister said would be a big blow to the garment sector
 arrow Yet another abduction in Ctg
Yet another abduction took place in Chittagong when a schoolboy was kidnapped by a group of criminals at Dabua village under Raozan upazila in Chittagong district Friday night.
 arrow Palestinian PM Abbas quits
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, increasingly unpopular and worn out by a power struggle with Yasser Arafat, resigned yesterday -- dealing a serious blow to a US-backed peace plan.
 arrow Prove terrorist camp claim
Bangladesh yesterday dismissed India's allegation that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is running terrorist training camps in the country, and asked New Delhi to prove the presence of such
 arrow Eight killed in Kashmir blast
At least eight people, including two armymen, were killed and more than 36 seriously wounded in a powerful car bomb blast in a crowded fruit market in Parimpora on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and
 arrow Rivers swell suddenly
Water levels in major rivers witnessed sudden and sharp rise, but the flood situation in Chapainw-abganj may remain unchanged, according to the Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC).
 arrow Reforms a must to remove legal stagnation: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday emphasised reforms in the outmoded judicial system while urging judges to ensure quick justice.
 arrow Guideline okayed for public purchase
A cabinet sub-committee yesterday approved a procurement guideline to ensure transparency, accountability and efficiency in purchases in the public sector and to fulfil a World Bank (WB) condition.
 arrow Hamas founder Yassin hurt in airstrike
An Israeli warplane dropped a bomb on a house in Gaza City yesterday, wounding Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin and 15 other people in an airstrike that Israeli officials confirmed was an attempt to wipe
 arrow Officials hope to form Gram Sarkar units by deadline
Over 80 per cent of the 40,392 Gram Sarkar units have been formed so far amid political opposition and a writ challenging legality of the Gram Sarkar Act 2003 pending with the court.
 arrow Correction
A report published in The Daily Star's September 1 edition headlined "Japanese Investors tell of business distresses" mistakenly mentioned that in one case the Dhaka Export Processing Zone and Uttaracustoms
Businessarrow Bangladesh-Myanmar border trade resumes today
Bangladesh-Myanmar border trade through Teknaf resumes today after six days as the deadlock ended yesterday following a fruitful negotiation between the parties concerned at a joint meeting at Cox's Bazar.
 arrow Exempt LDCs from WTO farm deal
As the 5th WTO ministerial meeting begins in Cancun on Wednesday, speakers at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday said the least developed countries (LDCs) should be exempted from the compliance of farm agreement
 arrow Government drafts lists of goods, services
Bangladesh has determined its approach towards the extent of duty free access of goods and services under a proposed free trade agreement within BIMST-EC.
 arrow Remittance, exports push forex reserves to $2.52b
Higher remittance flow coupled with robust exports pushed the foreign exchange reserve to $ 2.523 billion yesterday.
 arrow Taka under pressure
The Bangladesh taka remained under pressure against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday even though the US unit fell against majors due to disappointing US data, dealers said.
 arrow HSBC opens customer service centre at Dhanmondi
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh has opened its second customer service centre at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
 arrow Wealthy Singapore struggles with 'new poor'
Cynthia Goh doesn't fit the usual profile of being poor.

The 25-year-old lives in a clean, if cramped, two-bedroom apartment in Singapore, Southeast Asia's wealthiest nation.

 arrow India, Thailand to sign FTA next month
Thailand and India will sign a free trade agreement (FTA) next month during a visit by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Thailand, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said here Saturday.
 arrow S'pore, Thailand to push for earlier ASEAN Economic Community
The Singapore and Thai prime ministers said Saturday they will push for an earlier end date for the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) during an ASEAN summit in Bali next month.
 arrow ACP states unhappy with world trade talks
A group of 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific nations said yesterday they were disappointed about progress in world trade talks and would lobby rich states to work harder for developing countries' interests.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pride in defeat
At the end, it was Pakistan who won in Multan. But in hindsight the stage was set for Bangladesh to celebrate their maiden Test victory after 22 defeats and one rain-affected draw.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy's best ever knock
Inzamamul Haq, who on Saturday guided Pakistan to a one-wicket Test win for the second time in his career, said his unbeaten 138 against Bangladesh was the best innings he has played.
 arrow Cricket: Coach content

Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is pleased with the way his charges fought against Pakistan in the third Test although they lost the match by one wicket.

 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY

Mohammad Rafique completed a personal milestone by becoming the joint highest wicket taker with Pakistan right-arm fast medium bowler Shabbir Ahmed.

 arrow Cricket: Ruling on Latif's catch today

A hearing on Pakistan captain Rashid Latif's controversial catch on Friday was held in Multan yesterday evening with match referee Mike Procter of South Africa in the chair.

 arrow Cricket: Thorpe back with a bang
Graham Thorpe marked his return to Test cricket with a hundred on his home ground as he and Marcus Trescothick piled on the runs against South Africa in the fifth and final Test at The Oval here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Shaun's special 300th

South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock admitted it had given him an extra special kick to claim England captain Michael Vaughan as his 300th Test wicket at The Oval here Friday.

 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar, Sehwag fit for Kiwi series

Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who were injured earlier this year, have recovered and will be back in action in a Test series against New Zealand starting next month.

 arrow Tennis: All-Belgian final
Justine Henin-Hardenne fought her way into an all-Belgian US Open women's final against Kim Clijsters -- provided she can find the strength to play after a grueling Grand Slam semifinal triumph.
 arrow Tennis: Agassi faces Ferrero

Top-ranked Andre Agassi and French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced to a US Open semi-final showdown here Friday while Andy Roddick won his 17th match in a row to set a date with David Nalbandian.

 arrow Athletics: Mutola makes history
Maria Mutola became the first athlete to win the Golden League million dollar bonus all for herself here on Friday while Kelli White showed nerves of steel to shrug aside the drugs scandal envelopingher
 arrow Football: Injury-line gets longer
Some of European football's best players will all miss playing in Saturday's important European Championship qualifiers either through injury or suspension.
 arrow Football: No Brit lout in Skopje

No known hooligans have entered Macedonia for England's Euro 2004 qualifier and no incidents have been reported involving English fans, British police said on Saturday.

 arrow Football: Scots' chance at hand

Scotland have the chance to gain a measure of revenge for one of the most humiliating results in their history when they take on the Faroe Islands in Saturday's Group Five Euro 2004 qualifier.

 arrow Football: Fenerbahce freed

Turkish football authorities have lifted a one-match stadium closure order imposed on first-division Fenerbahce for crowd violence at a game last month, the Anatolia news agency said Friday.

 arrow Football: Beckham paints rosy Fergie pic

England captain David Beckham says his autobiography will paint a rosy picture of former boss Alex Ferguson, despite extracts describing his falling out with the Manchester United manager.

Politicalarrow Unite against govt misrule: Hasina
Main opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her call to the pro-liberation forces to unite against the 'misrule and misdeeds' of the government and launch a movement
Nationalarrow Same doctor does it again
Another 'blunder' occurred at the same 'unregistered' private clinic in the city where day labourer's wife Rashida was operated without any test that caused her death

She died on Sunday after remaining

 arrow Tension prevails, police deployed
Tension prevails in Shyamnagar upazila headquarters following filing of a case by the Upazila Parishad night guard against 50 people including upazila Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami for allegedly damaging the
 arrow Save Patuakhali, its people
Most areas of Patuakhali town go under water during flood or high tide but an embankment-cum-drainage project taken up five years ago is yet to be approved.
 arrow College teachers on student-hunt
Non-government college teachers are now going door to door to collect students, but with little result.

There are 87 non-governmental colleges in nine upazilas of the district.

Culturearrow Cry for sunlight and open spaces
Models of different shapes and sizes decorated La Galerie, while photos of European architecture framed the walls.
 arrow Rabirashmi celebrates its fifth year
The packed hallroom of the National Museum at the very beginning gave an amusing impression, that the number of Rabindra Sangeet lovers in the country has doubled, even tripled, overnight.
 arrow Underground rockers of the town

The concert flow for this season in Dhaka is not over. There was yet another one on September 3, at the Shishu Academy Auditorium, titled as "Music adda...alter-metal" organized by a group called Gangchil.

 arrow Tinsel town
Mumbai actress Rani Mukharjee is expected to shoot a film next year with Bangladeshi actor Manna. The script-writing is going on, but the name of the film is yet to be decided.
Generalarrow No headway in rescue of schoolboy
Police probe into the suspected abduction of schoolboy Devjit Dutt Jitu from the court building area here on Thursday has made little headway with police only indicating that the boy might be in Chittagong.
 arrow US willing to help improve law and order
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas has said America is closely working with Bangladesh government to figure out ways to improve the law and order, a serious problem facing the people.
 arrow CPD to hold symposium in Cancun
The Dhaka-based Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) will hold a symposium on marginalisation of LDCs in Cancun on September 12.
 arrow Cargo vessel sinks near Sandwip
A cargo vessel carrying reportedly Tk 1 crore worth of steel coils sank yesterday near Sandwip channel.
 arrow Timber trader chopped at Kazipara
A furniture trader and his men yesterday allegedly chopped a timber trader of Kazipara following business rivalry.
 arrow 6 robbers held with arms
Six including a woman were arrested as alleged robbers with three firearms and 12 bullets at West Jatrabari in Demra yesterday.

Eba, Hakim, Jahangir, Monir, Zakir and Aleya were held from a house.

 arrow Dyeing unit at Demra gutted
Fire burnt chemicals and machinery of a dyeing industry at Demra yesterday.

Deen Islam, owner of Poly Printers at Bamoil in Demra, said the fire caused him a loss of at least Tk 20 lakh.

Internationalarrow EU reaches 'consensus' to blacklist Hamas
European Union foreign ministers have reached a "consensus" to include the political wing of radical Islamic group Hamas on the EU's "terrorist" blacklist, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin
 arrow US offers to revise Iraq resolution
Facing opposition from France and Germany, the United States has offered to revise a UN resolution aimed at getting more peacekeeping troops into Iraq.
 arrow US may have let Sept 11 attacks to happen
A former minister in Prime Minister Tony Blair's government suggested in a newspaper piece yesterday that the United States may have knowingly allowed the September 11, 2001, attacks to happen so itwould
 arrow Indian, US spl forces holding exercises in Himalayas
US and Indian special forces are holding joint exercises on high-altitude operations in Ladakh, a Himalayan region on the sensitive frontiers with Pakistan and China, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Bush to address nation
President Bush, facing growing doubts at home about a violent and unstable post-war Iraq and an uncertain path to greater UN involvement in its reconstruction, will address the nation on Sunday nightabout
Editorialarrow Editorial: Immunity to US soldiers
The agreement that the government has signed with the USA in Washington giving immunity to American soldiers against prosecution in Bangladesh-- in the event of their facing criminal charges-- has drawn
 arrow Editorial: The eluding victory
Luck was not on our side.
 arrow How fares secularism in India?
Though the term secularism is of recent origin its various doctrines have been taught by free thinkers of all ages as an extension of free thought.
 arrow Political patronisation of crime and terror
The excessive and insufferable crime and terrorism in this country and the vice-grip stranglehold on the community may have a variety of social, historical and institutional reasons.
 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 Big mouth politicians
We, the ordinary citizens, are always curious to know about the actual characteristics of our politicians. We hardly know about their actual attitudes.
 arrow Hospitality, Pakistan style
What an insulting attitude shown to our Bangladeshi cricketers!

Does the Pakistan authority really know how to show minimum decency to a visiting international Test cricket team? This disgraceful treatment

 arrow Commercial capital
Both the AL and BNP governments have declared Chittagong, the second largest city of and the largest port city of the country, as our 'commercial capital'.
 arrow OIC and Bangladesh
There has been a lot of confusion and controversy over the nomination for the post of SG of the OIC from Bangladesh.
Star Holidayarrow A bird's eye view
WINDY yawns of the Padma greeted us at Baro Bahadurpur, its sleepy trees waved green at us and the perched wooden house used as a dolphin watch centre looked welcoming.
Star Healtharrow Living with haemorrhoids may change your lifestyle
Haemorrhoids (often known as Piles) are enlarged and engorged blood vessels in or around the back passage (anus).
 arrow Facts about sinusitis
Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the membranes that line the nasal passages and sinuses (the air-filled spaces in the front of the skull).
Star Cityarrow National Archive in poor shape
The National Archives (NA) could not be a rich resource centre even 29 years after its inception because of neglect and non-cooperation of government officials, although it has the prerogative to claim
 arrow Sorrows behind silver screen
The silver screen is synonymous with glamour, rumour, controversy and wealth.
 arrow City children crave for respite from pressure
September 3, 2003. It was result day at the Dhaka YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) Girls High School and as usual, there was nervous anticipation among hundreds of students.
 arrow Medians going private
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to hand over medians and roundabouts of the important streets to private operators for better maintenance and beautification.
 arrow Life spawns around city bins
Walking around the empty streets from as early as five in the morning, in search of empty bottles, cans, papers and so on, is a daily job for this group of people.
 arrow WASA bill collection scheme gathers rust
A plan to lease out the billing system and bill collection by Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) stalled because of a conflict between insiders over the leasing policy.
 arrow Garment workers struggle for a living
It is five in the afternoon when Jasim comes out of his office and gets back home. He changes into lungi and T-shirt and rushes to a rickshaw garage at Moghbazar.