Volume 4 Number 110 Sat. September 13, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Bac backs doubts over potency of anti-graft body
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) in a recent report to the prime minister seconded the deep doubts expressed by the civil society about effectiveness of the proposed independent anti-corruption commission.
 arrow WTO talks risk breakdown
As rich and poor nations struggle to find a compromise deal to save the Cancun trade talks threatened by disputes over farm subsidy, Singapore has been asked to mediate the tottering farm talks and is
 arrow Move to expel Arafat draws world flak
Israel's decision to expel Yasser Arafat has drawn warnings from around the world that the move would threaten the Middle East peace process, as Palestinians vowed to fight to the death to protect their
 arrow Anti-WTO protest rally in city
Hundreds of protesters yesterday mourned the suicide of a South Korean farmer at a demonstration in Dhaka against the world trade talks in Cancun and demanded punishment to the guilty.
 arrow Tigers lose trail midway
A sensational middle order collapse saw Bangladesh swallow a 74-run defeat against Pakistan in the second game of the five-match one-day international series at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad yesterday.
 arrow Mirpur, Pallabi without power for 10 hours
A big fire at a power sub-station at Mirpur in the city damaged its transformer yesterday morning, snapping power supply both in Mirpur and Pallabi areas for about 10 hours.
 arrow US 'friendly fire' kills 10 Iraqi security men
A volatile area west of Baghdad broke out yesterday in a frenzy of violence, including a wild "friendly fire" incident that left 10 Iraqi security men and a Jordanian hospital guard dead from US gunfire,
 arrow One stop utility bill payment in wings
The government has decided to introduce "One Stop Utility Bill Payment System" to remove the hassle, waste of time and harassment of subscribers.
 arrow Tonatuni Festival opens
Tonatuni, a cultural organisation, launched its five-day festival, Tonatuni Utsav 2003, for children at a colourful function in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Rootless in own backyard
Kripachandra Chakma returned home to Dighinala in Khagrachhari district from a refugee camp in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura in 1997.
 arrow 'Bangladesh better remain an example for Islamic world'
The United States has said that it would like to see Bangladesh remain a moderate democratic country as an example for the rest of the Islamic world.
 arrow Dhaka saves $ 229m through rice research a year: Irri
Bangladesh saved US$ 229 million a year through an annual investment of US$18 million in rice research, irrigation development and agricultural extension, the International Rice Research Institute (Irri)
 arrow 5 robbers killed in gunfight with police in Noakhali
Five robbers were killed and 12 others injured during a gunfight between police and robbers at a village under Char Jabbar Police Station of Noakhali yesterday.
 arrow Cheap medicine pact under fire from NGOs
Some WTO members may be patting themselves on the back for the agreement on low-cost medicines for poor countries, citing it as proof that they can indeed work together, but NGOs in Cancun for the Fifth
 arrow Jazeera airs new tape of 'Sept 11 hijacker'
Arab television channel Al Jazeera yesterday aired a new videotape of a man it said was one of the September 11 hijackers, reading his will and saying it was a Muslim duty to fight the "American enemy".
 arrow Slow pace of book printing, results delay BOU graduation
The first batch of students of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) degree programmes under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) will take at least a year longer to graduate dueto
 arrow Indian police shoot dead Bombay blast 'mastermind'
Indian police said they shot dead last night the mastermind behind last month's twin bomb blasts in Bombay.

"Two persons were shot dead by the police.

 arrow Correction
In the story of The Daily Star's Thursday edition headlined, "Home ministry media cell recast", it was inadvertently written that Shamsuddoha Shoeb was a journalist of the Daily Manavzamin.
Businessarrow LDCs under pressure to agree on S'pore issues
Bangladesh and the other LDCs seemed heading towards swallowing the "poison pill" with the deliberations on the first two days of the WTO ministerial meet facing an overall pressure to agree on the Singapore
 arrow Trade ministers still search for headway at WTO talks
WTO ministers on Thursday got down to the nitty-gritty in a bid to break a deadlock blocking progress toward a new global trade pact amid few signs of headway.
 arrow Password: Conspiracy of piracy to people's privacy
The government is planning to amend the present telecommunication law to "legally" overhear people's phone conversations and sneaking into their e-mails.
 arrow US catalogue show starts tomorrow in Sylhet
The United States Embassy in Bangladesh will hold an "American Week" in Sylhet beginning tomorrow with a catalogue show of American products.
 arrow Global recovery may stumble without reforms: IIF
The fragile global economic recovery could be "short-circuited" without bold steps by industrialized and developing countries, a global association of banks and finance firms said Thursday.
 arrow Malaysia's 2004 budget aims at economic competitiveness
Malaysia unveiled a series of tax cuts and incentives to boost key industries in its 2004 budget Friday, along with sharp increases in "sin" taxes on alcohol and tobacco while imposing new excise duty
 arrow IMF urges Asia to curb huge foreign exchange surplus
Emerging Asian economies have boosted foreign exchange reserves massively in 18 months, presenting a new menace to the global economy, the IMF warned Thursday.
 arrow India okays privatisation of two major airports
India on Thursday approved a plan to privatise two of its biggest airports in the national capital New Delhi and financial centre Bombay in a bid to upgrade them to world standards.
 arrow BoJ leaves monetary policy unchanged
The Bank of Japan voted Friday to leave its monetary policy unchanged following recent evidence of an economic upturn as the government upgraded its own outlook for a second successive month.
Sportsarrow Football: Going nowhere
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra are determined to hold on to prized possession -- the country's number one goalkeeper Aminul Haq until the end of players transfer.
 arrow Football: Kanchan, Joy bound for Muktijoddha

Although Brothers Union's coup of ten national booters is the talk of the town at the moment, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra is all set to break a few hearts as well even before the transfer deadline.

 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY

Faisalabad was originally called Lyallpur until 1979 when the government decided to change the name of their third biggest city (by population) in honour of the late Saudi King Faisal.

 arrow Cricket: Inzamam relieved
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq was a relieved man after his side had secured a 74-run win over Bangladesh in the second one-day international here yesterday.
 arrow Wife wanted Abahani move
One would expect after surviving a kidnapping, that the family of the victim would be overjoyed knowing he was alive and well.
 arrow Cricket: Imran blasts SA demand

Former Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan Friday criticised a South African demand to change venues for two matches during a forthcoming tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.

 arrow Cricket: Sami back for Pakistan

Pakistan's frontline fast bowler Mohammad Sami Friday rejoined the team after recovering from an ankle injury that has kept him off the field for three Test matches and two one-dayers against Bangladesh.

 arrow Cricket: Smith to put his bat down

Robin Smith, one of England's most successful batsmen over the last two decades, announced his first-class retirement on Friday on the eve of his 40th birthday.

 arrow Cricket: Freddy the fearless
Andrew 'Freddy' Flintoff has been accused of many things during his colourful career but cricketing intelligence has rarely featured on the charge sheet.

Lovably irresponsible, yes.

 arrow Football: Pompey pack a punch

New boys not whipping boys has been the message emanating from Premiership newcomers Portsmouth in the opening weeks of the campaign.

 arrow Football: Prelude to Europe

Spanish Primera Liga giants have their eye on Europe as they go into this weekend's domestic action with the likes of Real Madrid coveting success and riches from the Champions League which startsnext

 arrow Football: Fiesta of Culture
With 1,000 days to go before the 2006 World Cup, hosts Germany unvei-led Thursday an ambitious multi-million euro programme of cultural events to take place before the first kick-off.
 arrow Football: Mancini's nostalgic return

Emotions are likely to be running high at the Luigi Ferraris stadium on Saturday where newly-promoted Sampdoria host Lazio in their first Serie A home match for four years.

 arrow Athletics: Testing time for Collins
Surprise 100 metres winner Kim Collins is one of around 30 newly crowned world champions putting their reputations on the line in this weekend's World Athletics Final.
Politicalarrow Unite to rescue nation from corrupt govt
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to join a mass procession on September 15 and a nationwide shutdown on September 25 to symbolise a vote of no-confidence in the coalition
 arrow AL to decide on joining JS session tomorrow
The Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) will decide tomorrow on joining the current session of parliament.
Metropolitanarrow Hasina, Kasuri for improving economic ties
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence yesterday.
 arrow 'Stop earth filling of low-lying areas'
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to stop earth filling of low-lying areas in and around the capital.
 arrow Call to take steps to minimise quake damage
Adequate preparations are needed to minimise loss of life and property in case of a powerful tremor in the city, experts told a seminar on Thursday.
 arrow Hijacked car recovered, three held in Ctg
Police recovered a private car from Fatikchhari an hour after it was hijacked by three miscreants yesterday.

The three who hijacked the Dhaka-bound car were also arrested.

 arrow US general Gregson leaves
The Commanding General of the US Marine Forces Pacific Lt. General Wallace C Gregson left Dhaka yesterday ending his five-day visit.
Nationalarrow 1,200 'trained' Hizbut Towhid members 'active' in 4 S dists
At least 1200 "trained" members of Hizbut Towhid, an Islamic militant organisation, are active in Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga and Jhenidah districts.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 15 in Nilphamari, Rangpur
Diarrhoea has turned serious in Nilphamari and Rangpur districts, claiming at least 15 people in the last five days.
 arrow Shahjalal varsity crisis deepens
Students formed a human chain on the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) campus on Friday to press immediate start of first year Honours classes.
 arrow Over half of 100 clinics in Rajshahi unregistered, axe falls on two only
More than half of around 100 clinics in Rajshahi city are unregistered.

But health officials have decided to recommend action against only two-- Nazma Clinic and Ayesha Clinic--, sources said.

 arrow 'Rapist' in Gram Sarkar!
People of Ward No. 6 in Fatepur union under Hathazari upazila have protested inclusion of an alleged rapist in the newly formed Gram Sarkar unit there.
 arrow Owner of Nazma Clinic held in Rajshahi
Police on Wednesday raided 'unregistered' Nazma Clinic in the city and arrested its owner Reaz Uddin on charge of cheating.
Culturearrow Nagar Baul rocks Fantasy Kingdom
James, more familiar as Nagar Baul, is equally passionate about all the shows in which he performs.
 arrow Country legend Cash dies
Singer Johnny Cash, one of country music's most enduring stars, has died in the US aged 71. Cash died in hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, his manager said.
 arrow Space theatre steps into 13
Space and Acting Research Centre (SARC), a theatre group working on environment, completes 12 successful years of dedicated activities today.
 arrow Cultural protest
Maksud and Dhaka is seen performing at a massive solidarity show against unfair trade in view of the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference at Cancun, Mexico, was staged at the Amphitheater, Dhanmondi Lakeside
Generalarrow 'Implement Modhupur development project'
Speakers at a meeting called for immediate implementation of Modhupur National Development Project including the wall encircling the core area of Modhupur forest.
 arrow Section 144 in Munshiganj
Section 144 will be imposed in Super Market area in the town today to avert clashes between two organisations.
 arrow AL holds meeting of edn secys
The Awami League (AL) held a daylong meeting of its education secretaries from across the country yesterday as part of its preparation for mid-term polls, party sources said.
Internationalarrow Militants warn of 'volcano of anger' if Arafat is expelled
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat remained defiant yesterday after Israel decided to expel him, with militants warning all Israelis of a "volcano of anger" if the threat is carried out.
 arrow UN must help rebuild Iraq: Bush
US President George W.
 arrow Indian SC asks Gujarat govt to render justice or quit
In a scathing attack on the Gujarat Government for filing an "eye wash" of an appeal in the Best Bakery riot case, the Supreme Court on Friday doubted the state's intentions on punishing the guilty and
 arrow Allies line up with US to set Iran nuke deadline
The United States has gathered more than two dozen allies to force the UN nuclear watchdog to set an Oct.
 arrow Egypt uses science to dispel pharaonic curse
Egypt will use science to dispel the curse of the pharaohs, which popular myth blames for the deaths of those who have opened the tombs of Egypt's ancient rulers, Egypt's antiquities chief said.
 arrow Underwater Stone Age site found in UK
Archaeologists have stumbled across the first underwater evidence of Stone Age settlements in Britain.
 arrow N Korea halts work at nuclear facility
North Korea appears to have halted work at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, center of efforts to produce plutonium for atomic weapons, US officials said on Thursday.
 arrow India won't send troops to Iraq even with UN mandate
India will not send troops to Iraq even if the United Nations mandates multinational peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country, the Indian media reported yesterday.
 arrow Blair under pressure for ignoring warnings
Prime Minister Tony Blair came under pressure yesterday to explain why he ignored warnings from British intelligence that a war on Iraq would make it easier for terrorists to get hold of weapons of mass
Editorialarrow Editorial: DMP check-posts
Dhaka Metropolitan Police has decided to set up more than 100 check-posts in its latest bid to curb crime in the city. The move follows a marked deterioration in law and order.
 arrow Editorial: National film awards
We must congratulate the jury members of the National Film Awards for appreciating good cinema, better cinema at a time when the film industry has been going through a rough patch.
 arrow Need for flexibility in Iraq
The Coalition needs to take a step back and review matters as they stand in Iraq with greater objectivity.
 arrow 'Do not speak ill of the dead'
Early in the last century, one Lord Kitchener served as Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army -- a position which in the official hierarchy ranked behind only the Viceroy himself.
Letters to Editorarrow A better option
Much talk about the magnetic elevated train has been going on and at this point, I would like to draw our communication minister's attention to the fact that the trains that pass through the city cause
 arrow Abbreviating Bangladesh
Bangadesh is abbreviated in different ways by different bodies the way they like.
 arrow Our good police
I have read many ludicrous comments made by Bangladeshi officials, but probably this is the best (or worst, depends on the perspective) one.
 arrow BOI response to Japanese allegations
The sorry state of the investment climate in Bangladesh, as was depicted in a survey by the Japanese trade body in Dhaka, calls for greater scrutiny and soul-searching on our part.
Literaturearrow Shamsur Rahman
I see a young woman walking alone at midday
through the alley's sun-drenched silence.
Standing with a hand on the window grill
I wonder where she will go.

 arrow Part II: Dispossession, Destitution, Descent and Desh...
A trip to desolate, poverty-stricken Canning near the Sundarbans in West Bengal, where erstwhile exiles from Bangladesh, like exiles everywhere, are re-making themselves, and where in answer to a question