Volume 4 Number 108 Thu. September 11, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Farmers protest as WTO talks begin
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged rich countries to open their markets to the poor as five days of world trade talks got underway in Mexico amid world wide protests.
 arrow 5 jailed for killing 4 tigers in zoo
A court yesterday jailed five people for 14 years and fined them Tk 20,000 each for poisoning to death four Royal Bengal Tigers at Dhaka Zoo in the first-ever verdict on the killing of animals in Bangladesh.
 arrow Axe to fall on a few diplomats
The government is calling back a number of diplomats from Bangladesh missions abroad, cancelling their contracts for poor performance, extravagant spending and failure to project Bangladesh's image.
 arrow Graft case against Khaleda quashed
The High Court (HC) Division yesterday quashed the Airbus purchase scam case against Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, filed by the Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) during the Awami League rule.
 arrow City on sudden crime alert
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday set up over 100 checkpoints in a sudden move to catch criminals in the city.
 arrow Sharon rushes home after twin blasts
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday cut short his first visit to India to face surging violence at home after the two countries declared themselves partners in a battle against "terrorism.
 arrow Rising from ashes
 arrow Saarc can set South Asia's dev pace
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reaffirmed that the pace of development for the people of South Asia could further be accelerated and joint efforts consolidated through the South Asian Association
 arrow Letter to Indian CJ for reviewing river-linking court order
Intellectuals, academicians and professionals yesterday urged the chief justice of India to review the Indian Supreme Court's order on networking of rivers to divert huge quantities of water from major
 arrow Three industrial nations to hire Bangladeshi workers soon
Three major industrial countries -- Italy, Malaysia and South Korea -- are about to start recruiting Bangladeshi workers.
 arrow Bangladesh for gene revolution to meet rising crop demand
The government stand on the much debated 'frontier research' in agriculture is that it will step into a 'gene revolution' to reap the benefits of genetic engineering in crop sector, keeping in view the
 arrow Vice-presidency awaits final bye
The government has decided to drop the post of vice-president by amending the relevant law, a decade after its abolition from the constitution.
 arrow Bury Marines in Iraq, calls Al-Qaeda
The Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera aired a video of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri yesterday, and an accompanying audiotape attributed to al-Zawahri called on Iraqi
 arrow 3 bus terminals to be upgraded
City's three important bus terminals at Sayedabad, Mohakhali and Gabtoli will be upgraded to international standards under the Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP), according to a contract signed yesterday
 arrow Tk 89 crore T&T bond floated
The government has floated a three-year T&T Treasury Bond-2005 worth Tk 89 crore to finance digital telephone networks of state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), sources said.
 arrow ADB suspends funds for Sundarbans
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has suspended its loan and two associated technical assistance grants for a conservation project in the Sundarbans.
 arrow 8 killed in accidents
Eight people were killed and 30 injured in separate road accidents in Tangail yesterday and Pabna Tuesday night.
 arrow Lawyers'black day today
The Six-point Demand Implem-entation Committee of lawyers observes a black day today in protest at the 'interference' of the government with the judiciary.
 arrow PM hands over national film awards
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the filmmakers to make real-life movies to use the medium in building a healthy society.
 arrow 'Gunrunner' held with M16
A suspected gunrunner was arrested with an M16 assault rifle and ammunition at the offshore upazila of Moheshkhali in Cox's Bazar during a predawn police raid yesterday.
 arrow BB to adopt new method in FDI estimation
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has decided to adopt an internationally accepted method to calculate the exact amount of annual foreign direct investment (FDI) in light of the gross disparities in FDI calculation
Businessarrow Revenue collection exceeds target by Tk 21cr in July-Aug
The revenue collection in the first two months of the current fiscal year (2003-04) exceeded target by Tk 21.13 crore posting an 8.12 per cent increase over the corresponding period of the last fiscal.
 arrow Nitol Group plans to set up 100 CNG filling stations
Nitol Gas Distribution Co Ltd, an enterprise of Nitol Group, is planning to set up 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in joint venture across the country.
 arrow UK bank follows Grameen Bank micro-credit model
Inspired by the success of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, a bank in the United Kingdom has introduced micro-financing and already disbursed 195 loans, averaging 2,100 pounds each, in last two years.
 arrow Compliance of Seal of Quality a must for fisheries export
Speakers at a meeting in Dhaka yesterday stressed the need for implementing 'Seal of Quality' in the fisheries sector to gain export growth with the compliance of quality management as per buyers' demand.
 arrow Dollar firms against taka
The US dollar was firm against the taka in inter-bank trading yesterday due to optimism of dollar's gain over the near term, dealers said.
 arrow Indian farmers stage massive anti-WTO protest
Thousands of farmers staged a protest in India demanding rich nations slash their trade-distorting farm subsidies as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference got under way Wednesday in Cancun.
 arrow From GATT to WTO: A brief history
A brief history of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its predecessor the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT):

October 30, 1947 - The "General Agreement" is signed by 23 countries atGeneva's

 arrow Global economy to bounce back in a year: Analysts
The global economy will defy grim predictions by bouncing back in the next 12 to 18 months, led by resurgent US and Asian economies, top international economists forecast.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hasibul to be back
Bangladesh are likely to make a couple of changes to the first match squad for the second one-day international against Pakistan at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: Sami returns from 3rd ODI

Bangladesh, yet to win a match on tour in Pakistan, will face a full-strength Pakistan side including fast bowler Mohammad Sami in the third one-day international in Lahore on September 15.

 arrow Football: All roads lead to Brothers

With the inter-club footballers transfers still nine days away, Brothers Union Club left nothing to chance by suddenly assembling ten national stars at their Gopibagh tent yesterday.

 arrow Cricket: Aminul named junior group selector

Former national captain Aminul Islam Bulbul was made a selector on the junior committee as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) revised its development committee yesterday.

 arrow Football: Div III soccer from Sept 16

Meghna Life Insurance Third Division Football League will begin on September 16.

 arrow Football: U-19 booters take on Tata Academy today

Bangladesh under-19 football team will take on Tata Football Academy today in the inaugural match of the JRD Tata Cup invitational tournament in the Indian city of Jamshedpur.

 arrow Cricket: Ponting aims to bury Indian nightmare

Australia's one-day captain Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday he was determined to salvage his batting reputation on the upcoming tour of India for a triangular one-day series.

 arrow Cricket: 'Don't take BD lightly'
England must learn the lessons of their drawn Test series with South Africa or risk coming unstuck on their upcoming tour of Bangladesh, skipper Michael Vaughan warned on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC expects fresh start

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday welcomed India's decision to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan at the junior level, saying it could lead to the revival of Test matches between

 arrow Athletics: White tests positive
World 100 metres and 200m champion Kelli White has been found guilty of doping, the sport's world governing body IAAF announced on Tuesday and if their findings are supported by a hearing by the US Anti
 arrow Tennis: Struggling singles couple
Where singles is concerned, it has been a harrowing few months for Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick joins elite club

Andy Roddick served notice he belongs among the elite in men's tennis, blasting the sport's number one player into submission in the US Open final to join a new breed of Grand Slam champions.

 arrow Football: Argentina back on track

Argentina bounced back from Saturday's disappointing 2-2 home draw against Chile to outclass Venezuela 3-0 in a one-sided World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and relieve the pressure on beleaguered coach

 arrow Football: Cafu targets fourth final

Brazil World Cup winning skipper Cafu admitted Tuesday his dream was to reach his fourth consecutive World Cup final with the five-time champions in Germany in three years time.

 arrow Football: Chile scrape past Peru

Two headed goals gave injury and suspension-hit Chile a 2-1 win over neighbours Peru in a bad-tempered World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

 arrow Football: English fans not allowed!
English fans will be barred from the potentially explosive Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul on October 11 even if they managed to buy tickets, Turkish soccer officials said Wednesday.
Politicalarrow Agitation tops AL agenda
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is planning to organise street agitation as part of its anti-government movement.
 arrow IMF tells AL of political consensus for better economy
The touring International Monitary Fund (IMF) mission yesterday at a meeting with a delegation of the main opposition Awami League (AL) stressed political consensus between the government and the opposition
 arrow Hasina asks for snap polls
Opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has demanded snap polls 'to rescue people from the misrule of the coalition government'.
 arrow Hasina condemns attack on Kaukhali AL leader
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina in a statement yesterday condemned the attack on Kaukhali upazila AL joint convenor Hazi Md Jafar Ali Khan Nanna.
 arrow Nizami re-elected Jamaat Ameer
Motiur Rahman Nizami, industries minister of the coalition government, has been re-elected Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh for a three-year term.
Metropolitanarrow Farmers, students join anti-WTO protest
Hundreds of farmers and students gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday to protest against the World Trade Organisation's new round of trade liberalisation talks being held at the Mexican resort
 arrow Campaign against AIDS
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for proper coordination among the government and non-government organisations in their campaign against HIV/AIDS.
Nationalarrow HC stays hearing by lower court, issues rule nisi
The High Court on Tuesday stayed for six months the hearing of a case against 32 Barisal Awami League leaders and workers in a court here, according to a message received here.
 arrow Joint anti-piracy drive in coastal areas from today
A joint anti-piracy operation by police, Coast Guard and Navy begins today in the Meghna estuary and coastal areas of Barisal and Bhola against the backdrop of several recent incidents of piracy and killing
 arrow A laudable initiative
A 'citizens' rally' will be held in the town today demanding re-excavation of the century-old 'Shayama Sundari' canal passing through the town and to free it from encroachers.
 arrow Hunger strike, procession demanding 'proper' probe
Members of the Christian community, joined by primary school students, yesterday observed a five-hour hunger strike at the Mission Crossing in the town demanding "proper" inquiry and punishment to the
 arrow 'Fake' doctor in jail for cheating patients
A fake doctor who allegedly cheated patients by impersonating highly qualified physician has been sent to jail hajat by a magistrate.
 arrow Market now a desolate place
Shankha Market, where Awami League office is situated in the town, is now a desolate place.
 arrow Baishtila will now be a children's park cum zoo
The site selected for a proposed 'natural park' in Sylhet city's suburban Baishtila area years ago will now be used for establishing a children's park cum zoo.
Culturearrow Tonatuni Utsav
Tonatuni, a cultural organisation is about to hold a festival named Tonatuni Utsav 2003. President Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed is expected to inaugurate the festival on September 12 at the National Museum.
 arrow Arabian's reception to the fashionable
Who are the trendiest and most attractive personalities in the country? Obviously the attention will turn towards those working in different media and have become known to people all over Bangladesh.
 arrow The nation-wide search for stars finally to take off
Once again this year, both amateur musicians and music lovers are looking forward to the nation-wide music contest, being organised by British American Tobacco.
Generalarrow Indian river-linking plan to intensify water crisis in Bangladesh: Bhuiyan
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said implementation of the Indian river-linking project would intensify the water problem in Bangladesh, particularly in the dry season.
 arrow JUTA continues class boycott programme
Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday observed the second day of their three-day class boycott programme on the campus.
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis to meet Pak FM today
The stranded Pakistanis will meet Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri today to reiterate their longstanding demand for taking them back to their homeland.
 arrow More changes in admin
The government yesterday made some changes in the administration giving new posts to six high officials.
Internationalarrow Israel in rush to strengthen India's war machine
India and Israel began talks Wednesday to open a new chapter in their defence partnership with an emphasis on India importing lethal hardware from the Jewish state to counter domestic insurgency, officials
 arrow India beyond Pakistan's reach
Pakistani officials say Islamabad cannot hope to match the conventional military capability that the combination of India and Israel meets.
 arrow Arms protesters arrested under anti-terror laws
A British civil rights group launched court action against police Wednesday after officers used anti-terror laws to arrest peace protesters at Europe's biggest arms fair.
 arrow Arab League 'worried' over Sharon's visit to India
Arabs hope that India will not abandon its traditional support for Palestinian self-rule during the visit of the Israeli prime minister, the head of the Arab League said on Tuesday.
 arrow Rocca visits India with Iraq in mind
US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, arrived past midnight on a week-long trip for talks on a host of bilateral, regional and international issues, including the Iraq situation and West Asia
 arrow One killed, scores hurt by latest Iraq car bomb
A fifth car bomb attack in Iraq in five weeks killed one person and wounded 53, including six Defence Department personnel, in the northern city of Arbil, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Remains still being found near Ground Zero
The authorities said yesterday that nine pieces of bone and muscle were found on Monday by construction workers at a building near the site of the World Trade Centre, and that these may be the remains
Editorialarrow Editorial: September 11
It has been a different world since September 11, 2001. Terrorism has emerged as an intractable, evil force, the fury of which continues to be witnessed in various forms and shapes.
 arrow Editorial: The draft bill for anti-graft commission
A bill to form an independent anti-corruption commission having been okayed by the cabinet, is currently undergoing scrutiny of the relevant parliamentary standing committee.
 arrow Polarisation: Three scenarios generate fearful spectacles
An ugly sense of fear and foreboding is tightly embracing us from all directions. We feel acute insecurity despite being a nation of 130 million strong.
 arrow Mushroom clouds still hover
Mushroom clouds over Pakistan and India have not gone away with the return of the Indian and Pakistani soldiers from the borders. These clouds lower and lift and sometime move toward the horizon.
Letters to Editorarrow Israeli Prime Minister's visit to India
It is evident that the US-Israel- India nexus is at work. Muslims in general, and Arab and Indian Muslims in particular have to watch out. The Arabs could do a lot to protect Muslim interest.
 arrow Misinformation
This is in reference to the letter of Mr. Esam Sohail "Muslim Nobel laureates meet tragic ends" published DS in 8th September 2003. Mr.
 arrow Timing of Sundarban Express
It can be said without any doubt that the train service through the Jamuna bridge on the Dhaka- Joydebpur-Khulna route is a milestone in the history of railway communication.
 arrow Why Mongla Port is dyeing?
It was 23rd of August when my cousin, my father and I went to visit Mongla Port.
Focusarrow Nine/eleven attacks left Americans fearing for their security and their liberties
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, did more than destroy buildings and kill innocent people. They shattered the nation's sense of security.
 arrow Is US winning its war on terror?
Much has happened in the past 12 months. Some of al-Qaeda's leading lights have been caught and interrogated. Saddam Hussein is no longer in power in Baghdad. Numerous plots and attacks have been thwarted.
 arrow Nine/eleven and aftermath
After the Second World War (1941-1945), September 11 (2001) Twin Tower destruction in New York was the worst event which caused instability in the whole world in its aftermath.
 arrow WTC
Disbelief like the inhale of a Python
Pulls me near to nearer.
Devine octopus blindfolds
Eyes of the mind.