Vol. 4 Num 109 Fri. September 12, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka for bigger bite of global trade pie
Hammering on increased share of global trade for the least developed countries (LDCs), Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday demanded duty- and quota-free market access to markets of
 arrow JCD deals hall seats out at Eden College
Leaders of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal's (JCD) Eden College unit are illegally dealing dormitory seats out to freshers for money.
 arrow JS body pats cops on the back
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday expressed satisfaction at the police performance, although press reports say more than 10 people were killed on average every
 arrow Target is to get back on track
Bangladesh will be eager to showcase their fighting reputation they earned in the Test series when they take on hosts Pakistan in the second one-day international at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad today.
 arrow Suicide, violent clashes mark Cancun meet
The first day of the WTO ministerial meet here was marred Wednesday by the suicide of a South Korean protester and violent clashes at demonstrations against the five-day gathering called to spur momentum
 arrow Tk 400cr more farm subsidy sought
The agriculture ministry will seek an additional Tk 400 crore from the government to increase farm subsidies to Tk 700 crore, according a decision at a high-level meeting yesterday.
 arrow Pay toll or face kidnap, killing
An unnamed caller on Wednesday demanded Tk 10 lakh in toll from the family of Opposition Chief Whip Abdus Shahid and threatened his wife with the killing of their children in captivity in failure to pay
 arrow US warns of attack deadlier than 9/11
The US State Department warned yesterday, two years after the devastation of the World Trade Center, that al-Qaeda could stage a new strike "more devastating than the September 11 attack.
 arrow Lawyers threaten indefinite court boycott
Lawyers yesterday threatened to go for an indefinite court boycott across the country protesting the amendment to the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) providing for quick dispensation of justice.
 arrow Abbas hits back at Jamuna boss
Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas yesterday accused the owner of Jamuna Group of violation of the constitution and contempt of court.
 arrow Bid opens for local end of marine cable
State-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) yesterday opened bids for the local end of the multi-country undersea cable project which will connect Bangladesh with the global information
 arrow Indian river-link plan to put country in peril
Once implemented, India's inter-basin water transfer project will be detrimental to agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and bio-diversity of Bangladesh, the speakers said at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow 3 bills tabled in Sangsad
Three bills were introduced to the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday when it sat in the lackluster ninth session boycotted by the main opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow Visually disabled in gazetted job for the first time
Four visually challenged persons were appointed as gazetted officers for the first time in Bangladesh.
 arrow Saarc a hostage to Indo-Pak hostility
Pakistan Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri yesterday said Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) should not be a hostage to the India-Pakistan hostilities.
 arrow Israel decides to expel Arafat
Israel's security cabinet agreed in principle yesterday to exile Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, but not immediately, sources close to the government said.
 arrow Better marketing, new tech access key to farm growth
Diversification of crops, improved marketing system for farm products and dissemination of information on new research and technologies to farmers can contribute greatly to agricultural growth.
 arrow Swedish FM dies from stab wounds
Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died in hospital yesterday, a day after being stabbed by a mystery attacker, stunning a normally peaceful nation as it prepared for a crucial referendum on the euro.
 arrow Another bond in the offing
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) is going to issue 'Bangladesh Bond' of five-year and ten-year terms shortly.
 arrow Army major, 3 of his family die in tragic road accident
An army major and his wife, daughter and sister were killed when their car rammed into a bus on the Bogra-Natore Highway yesterday.
 arrow 'Fakir' jailed for 60yrs for raping teenage client
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Barisal yesterday jailed a fake fakir for 60 years for the abduction and rape of a teenage client.
 arrow Home ministry media cell recast
The home ministry has recast its media cell to enhance media coverage of the ministry's activities on improving law and order.
 arrow US stands by India to fight 'terror'
The United States yesterday pledged to stand by India in its battle against terrorism and made it clear that the issue of cross border infiltration remained "very important" in its agenda with Pakistan.
 arrow BB questions re-election of a Rupali Bank director
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the Rupali Bank to explain legality of the re-election of M Hafiz Ibrahim as one of its directors.
Businessarrow GP offers BTTB to up its int'l call capacity
Huge congestion in international calls has prompted a private cell phone operator to propose enhancing the capacity of the International Trunk Exchange (ITX) of the Bangladesh Telegraph and TelephoneBoard
 arrow BB urged to revise orders on directors' tenure
The Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) has urged the central bank to revise its two recent orders under the Bank Company (Amendment) Act 2003 relating to restrictions on the number of private bankdirectors
 arrow BGMEA condemns attack on two factories at Savar
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) has demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the extortionists who attacked two export-oriented readymade garment factories at Savar
 arrow WB to help poor nations implement trade pacts
The World Bank announced a new multi-million dollar initiative here Wednesday to loan funds to poor countries implementing trade accords and to support investment in roads, ports and customs facilities
 arrow WTO deal on TRIPS, health bound with red tape
The WTO deal on TRIPS and public health was presented as a gift to the poor, but it's tightly bound with red tape, according to a message received in Dhaka from Cancun.
 arrow WTO set to welcome Nepal, Cambodia
Trade ministers will try to put the death of an anti-WTO demonstrator and violent street clashes behind them Thursday when they welcome two of the world's poorest countries into the fold.
 arrow IMF to review its role in helping poor nations
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday it was reviewing the way it assists poor nations, a subject international aid groups have emphasised is a constant source of tension in the fund.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani raided
The sports fraternity experienced a sad episode in the early hours of Thursday when Police, accompanied by a Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra official, stormed the Abahani club at Dhanmondi.
 arrow Football: Aminul speaks
After a twenty-four hour disgraceful drama, country's premier custodian Aminul Haq finally appeared at Muktijoddha Sangsad office at Eskaton Road last night triggering a lot of questions behind his vanishing
 arrow Cricket: Time to show character
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore thinks that his boys are ready to start afresh in the second one-day match at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad today.
 arrow Cricket: Proctor cautions BD manager
Bangladesh manager MA Latif was cautioned by match referee Mike Procter yesterday for commenting on the way the South African handled the Rashid Latif episode.
 arrow Cricket: Batting coach for Tigers

Sri Lanka-born Australian batting coach Owen Mottau is expected to come in January to work with Bangladesh's bowlers. Bangladesh coach revealed this yesterday.

 arrow Cricket: Gough feels hurt

Fast bowler Darren Gough said he was an "easy target" after being omitted Wednesday from England's one-day squad to tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

"I'm bitterly disappointed.

 arrow Cricket: ECB to tempt Fletcher

England cricket bosses will hold talks with coach Duncan Fletcher about extending his current contract before he sets off on the tour of Bangladesh next month.

 arrow Football: France roar into finals
France may have surrendered their world champions' mantle tamely but on Wednesday they won their seventh successive Euro 2004 qualifier and indicated they would defend their continental title in stouter
 arrow Football: Brazil made to work
Bolivia and Paraguay, both thrashed in their opening World Cup qualifiers at the weekend, hit back by scoring four goals each on Wednesday in an astonishing start to the marathon South American tournament.
Politicalarrow Ruling coalition accused of using religion
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that the ruling coalition is using religion for political purpose.
 arrow 3 BCL leaders get life for killing JCD leader
A court here yesterday sentenced three leaders of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to life imprisonment for killing a leader of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) seven years ago.
Metropolitanarrow Develop a rice variety that grows in less water
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation of the visiting IRRI high-ups in developing a rice variety that will grow in less water and with little fertiliser.
Culturearrow Splendours of alternative films
With the promise of more good films and upholding the country's true cultural heritage, the distribution ceremony of the National Film Awards for 1999, 2000 and 2001 took place on September 10, at the
 arrow For the eyes to linger
The birds have befriended him' says Bengal Foundation about Shehab Uddin while introducing the young photojournalist and a promising ornithologist.
 arrow Lux Anandadhara Miss Dhaka Photogenic 2003
Lux has been creating stars all over the world. The Lux Anandadhara Miss Bangladesh Photogenic contest aims at creating talented and brand new stars every year in the glamour world.
Generalarrow Saifur urges WFP to integrate aid with poverty reduction
Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday urged a delegation from UN World Food Programme (WFP) to integrate their assistance with the government's poverty reduction programme under I-PRSP.
 arrow Bangladesh to participate in next SAARC summit
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday hoped that Bangladesh and Pakistan would cooperate each other in the fields of trade and education.
 arrow 'Genetically modified seeds may pose threat to health'
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday called for comprehensive studies on applications and ultimate implications of genetically modified technology before introducing it in the agriculture sector.
 arrow Landlessness, unemployment leave indigenous people backward
Landlessness, lack of employment and absence of diversified livelihood options have put indigenous people in a backward position compared to other communities in the country, according to a study released
 arrow UN team in city to talk on troops for Liberia
A three-member team of the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Department yesterday arrived in the city to assess the feasibility of sending a Bangladesh military contingent to Liberia.
 arrow Three laid-off jute mills in Khulna reopen tomorrow
The government has decided to reopen three laid-off jute mills in Khulna tomorrow.
 arrow Seminar on non-lethal weapons concludes
The three-day multinational seminar on 'Non-Lethal Weapons', jointly organised by the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the United States Marine Forces Pacific, concluded yesterday.
 arrow 'Take steps for safe migration of women job seekers abroad'
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday stressed the need for taking necessary measures to ensure safe migration of women while going abroad for jobs.
 arrow Human chains to be formed in Barisal
The committee to realise the demand for Padma Bridge at Mawa at a meeting yesterday decided to form human chains at 38 upazilas and district headquarters in the Barisal division simultaneously to press
 arrow Two dredgers, launch fined
A special team of shipping department yesterday fined five dredgers and a small motor launch on the river Turag in Ashulia for plying without valid documents.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cancun gets cerebral
Amidst criticism that the WTO is a weapon for rich nations and multinational companies to perpetuate a self-serving trade regime, some statistics are being tossed around that point to a shaft of light,
 arrow Sharon and September 11
Ariel Sharon's eight visits to the White House led, in the view of many, to the removal of Saddam Hussein. Israel was afraid of one country in the Middle East and that was Iraq with Saddam.
 arrow Taking your own life
Before George Eastman, the inventor of Eastman Kodak and roll film, did away with his life, he wrote in his suicide note, "To my friends: My work is done.
 arrow Nine/eleven and 'a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind'
Two years afterwards seems an appropriate date to reflect on the co-ordinated terrorist strikes on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001 and on how America has responded
Letters to Editorarrow "9/11: Was it a conspiracy?
It was an unforgettable evening. I was watching the BBC on TV, but as we had visitors that day, the volume was lowered at a minimum level and we were talking.
 arrow Good grades are not everything
I was glad that you gave due publicity to the unacceptable face of education in Bangladesh, in the article in your 'City' inset (September 7).
 arrow HIV/AIDS
Bangladesh is a high risk country for HIV/AIDS infection although the denial, discrimination, stigma, and ostracism are reducing day by day.
 arrow Road map's end of the road
The twin suicide bombings in Israel on September 9, that killed 14 people, may indeed put the so-called road map, initiated by the United States, into a deep freeze.
 arrow Thanks for the confession
Foreign minister, M Morshed Khan, made a comment that the 'politicians make curbing crime difficult,' which appeared in The Daily Star on 6th September. This is really a brave and praiseworthy comment.
 arrow Reactions: Multan Test
September 6, the last day of Multan Test, was one of the incredible days of our cricket history. We almost reached near our first Test victory.
 arrow Shabash Rafique!
It was indeed a disappointment that we marginally missed our first Test victory, but I must declare that much of my agony was over when I came to learn that Mohammad Rafique did not run out Umar Gul at
 arrow Knowledge of etiquette
The much debated subject of our cricketer boys being seated in the economy class while the host team enjoyed business class service is no doubt an act of being un-courteous and, inhospitable.
 arrow "Rough justice"
Thank you so much for providing such a thoughtful photograph, showing Quick Justice, in the back page of The Daily Star dated 08 Sept'03. A picture can definitely say more than a thousand words.
 arrow World Vision wrongly blamed
Reports on the activities of World Vision Bangladesh, an international Christian NGO, published in some national dailies most recently both in Bangla and English, have drawn my attention.
 arrow Why to the UN now?
The situation in Iraq has turned super-critical. A panic-stricken Mr.
 arrow "Abbas says quits"
This is in reference to the 8 September 2003 Daily Star editorial 'Abbas says quits'. Apart from the keen grasp of the obvious and stating the facts, the viewpoint offers nothing new.
Focusarrow Fiscal justice can reduce costs of doing business in Bangladesh
The proportion of tax payment is a major concern for individual citizen and business enterprises alike.
 arrow Arab-Israeli conflict has tremendous potential to destabilise the whole region
Recently the German daily Handelsblatt interviewed Federal Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer in its issue of 29 August 2003 on inter alia criteria for the deployment of German troops abroad,
 arrow Living with the USA
With the advent of the new century we see changes globally that has put awes or woes in many a face.
Environmentarrow Beware of global warming: Our Earth is in danger
The summer that has just come to an end in Europe is considered by many as the hottest in many decades.
Worldarrow World remembers Sept 11, questions US response
On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Australians remembered loved ones and US embassies across Asia lit candles but regional media highlighted waning sympathy for the United States.
 arrow US agencies scour new tape to locate Laden
Intelligence analysts were looking for clues to Osama bin Laden's whereabouts in a new videotape that shows him in Afghan garb, walking past wildflowers and tufts of green grass on a rocky mountainside.
 arrow Relatives of most Sept 11 victims yet to claim compensation
Two years after devastating terror strikes on US targets, more than half of the families of those killed have still not applied to the Victims' Compensation Fund set up by the US government for financial
 arrow US lost many allies in post-Sept 11 world: Press
Russia's press marked the anniversary of September 11 yesterday by regretting that Washington squandered the outpouring of international goodwill after the suicide attacks by launching the hotly-contested
 arrow Saudis feel more abused than accused
Two years on, Saudi Arabia, blamed in the West for the September 11 attacks on the United States, feels more of a victim than a defendant in the dock for the case against global terrorism.
 arrow US troops remember victims in silence
US troops in Iraq yesterday prayed, sang, and vowed to remember the victims who perished in the suicide hijackings back home, but some still wonder what they are doing in Iraq.
 arrow Israel mulls fresh strikes, expulsion of Arafat
Israel's foreign minister said Israeli leaders, holding an emergency session Thursday after two suicide bombings, should ignore US objections and expel Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
 arrow Islamists unmoved by al-Qaeda call to topple Musharraf
Islamists in Pakistan poured cold water yesterday on calls purportedly by al-Qaeda's number two to rise up against President Pervez Musharraf for "selling Muslims' blood in Afghanistan.
 arrow Anti-Iraq war trio propose changes to US plan
France, Germany and Russia proposed limiting the US political role in Iraq in exchange for their support of Washington's request for international help to bring order and stability to Baghdad, it emerged
 arrow UK MPs slam Blair's '45-minute' WMD deployment claim
The most sensational claim made by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to justify waging war on Iraq was criticised by an influential parliamentary committee on Thursday.