Volume 4 Number 111 Sun. September 14, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Talks deadlocked over farm subsidy
World Trade Organisation ministers stared at an end-of-Sunday deadline, as the global trade talks at Cancun entered the make-or-break phase with rich and poor sides deadlocked over the issue of farm subsidies.
 arrow 2 students rescued 5 hrs after kidnap in Chittagong
Police yesterday rescued two college students and arrested one suspected kidnapper from the city's Hazari Lane area within five hours of their kidnap.

The rescued students are Md.

 arrow Fast service for prime clients
High value bank clients will start enjoying a facility from October 4 that will enable them to cash cheques for Tk 5 lakh and above on the day of submission.
 arrow Hizbut men's houses come under attack
A woman was killed and another 25 people sustained injuries in an attack by madrassah students at Jugia on the outskirts of Kushtia town yesterday morning.
 arrow US fends off LDC bid for movement of manpower
The developed countries have not shown interest in the LDCs' agenda at the Cancun WTO ministerial.
 arrow Int'l journalists' body worried over move to tap phones
The Paris-based journalists' rights organisation Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) has expressed concern at the proposed changes in the Bangladesh Telecommunications Act, 2001, saying these would tighten
 arrow New Look, New Waste
 arrow Cops seek caller ID at phone booths to combat extortion
The Police Headquarters last week applied to the post and telecommunications ministry to provide caller identification (ID) for card phone booths and commercial fixed phones in Dhaka to clamp down onextortionists.
 arrow Free anti-graft body bill won't be passed in this JS session
The bill seeking to form an independent anti-corruption commission, tabled in the Jatiya Sangsad in July, will not be passed in its current session.
 arrow Green light to up govt land prices
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday decided in principle to increase government land prices on the basis of a countrywide land survey.
 arrow Charges pressed against 6 in Bogra ammo case
Charges were pressed yesterday against six people including a local Awami League (AL) and a Jubo League leader in connection with the Bogra ammunition haul.
 arrow Man strangles wife for dowry
A man allegedly strangled his wife at East Goran in Khilgaon yesterday as her parents refused to pay dowry.
 arrow Tiger Tiger Burning Plight
 arrow Bangladesh-born British to replace Carter as HC
Anwar Choudhury, a Bangladesh-born British national, would join as the new British high commissioner (HC) to Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka blasts threat to expel Arafat
Bangladesh yesterday denounced Israel's threat to expel Palestinian President Yasser Arafat from the West Bank and warned that the move could be an obstacle to implementing the roadmap for peace in the
 arrow Over 100 killed as typhoon hits ROK
A powerful typhoon hit southern areas of South Korea overnight, killing more than 100 people and forcing thousands to flee, South Korean YTN television said yesterday.
 arrow Transfer-seeking teachers beware!
Enclosing recommendations from ministers or lawmakers with transfer applications constitutes misconduct and is a punishable offence, the education ministry said in a circular issued recently.
 arrow Unite to thwart Indian plan to link rivers
All political parties, other organisations and people must unite to save Bangladesh from the disastrous effects of India's proposed river-linking project to divert water from the shared rivers.
 arrow Bangladesh chapter of AI dissolved
The International Executive Committee (IEC) of the London-based Amnesty International (AI) has dissolved Bangladesh Section of the AI for unauthorised use of names and trademark of the organisation.
 arrow 6 given new postings in admin reshuffle
As part of the current reshuffle, the government yesterday brought six more changes in the top level of the civil administration.
Businessarrow Private banks allowed keeping ADP funds
The Ministry of Finance yesterday issued a circular conveying the government decision allowing the private commercial banks (PCBs) to take deposit of funds earmarked for the annual development programme
 arrow Traders to import more sugar ahead of Ramadan
Traders in Bangladesh have bought at least 50,000 additional tonnes of sugar of Thai and Indian origin and could be scouting for more to meet a surge in festival demand, traders said on Friday.
 arrow Fahad Industries makes dull debut on CSE
Poor response from investors leading to a lackluster debut of Fahad Industries Limited on the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has prompted the company to announce a 10 per cent dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Implement Saarc cumulation protecting local textiles
A study sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) recommended implementation of the Saarc cumulation by slapping "export tax" on Europe-bound garment products enjoying GSP
 arrow RMG needs better climate to compete China: WB
The World Bank has said unless Bangladesh addresses deficiencies in its investment climate immediately, the country's garment sector will lose competitiveness with China while the competition will begreater
 arrow India won't reduce subsidies to farming sector: Minister

India's Finance Minister Jaswant Singh said Saturday New Delhi will not reduce subsidies earmarked for the farming sector as food security and welfare were important to the country, a report said.

 arrow IMF chief optimistic of gradual global economic recovery
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund said yesterday he expected a global economic recovery led by the United States based on what he sees in financial markets.
 arrow Small nations round on France in budget row
Smaller European Union nations and central bankers told France on Friday to respect rules limiting budget deficits, or risk creating trouble for a pact that underpins the euro.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hannan might open

Bangladesh broke their media silence but not before the team arrived in the historic city of Lahore from Faisalabad yesterday.

 arrow Football: Abahani to seek justice

Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra received another shot in the arm when the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court ruled that until the start of the inter-club footballers' transfer on September 20,goalkeeper

 arrow Cricket: ICC might shelve earpiece plan

The International Cricket Council are reconsidering plans to equip umpires with earpieces linked to stump microphones, after learning of the costs that would be involved.

 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar gear auctioned

Indian batting star Sachin Tendulkar's cricket gear fetched a handsome 383,000 rupees (8,326 dollars) at a charity auction Friday to raise funds for the aged and mentally challenged.

 arrow Cricket: SL spinner banned for four months

Sri Lanka's cricket authorities on Saturday banned Test spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi for four months following his involvement in a car crash, ruling him out of the upcoming home series against England.

 arrow Cricket: Procter endorses Pak security

International Cricket Council match referee Mike Procter believes South Africa should go ahead with their tour to Pakistan later this month.

 arrow Football: 'Madrid-itis' spreading
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, hoping for another term, said Friday what the club has achieved under his stewardship is just the start and insisted that 'Madrid-itis' will spread far and wide.
 arrow Football: Beckham in print

David Beckham has been groomed for stardom since the age of 11 by top coaches and marketed by the industry's toughest professionals but the world's most famous footballer puts his fame and fortunedown

 arrow Football: Future's Rooney

Former England captain Alan Shearer thinks the national team's future looks bright thanks to the rapid rise to prominence of teenage striker Wayne Rooney.

 arrow Football: Makelele will make Chelsea tick

Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri likened his latest signing Claude Makelele on Friday to the battery in an expensive watch mechanism he has assembled courtesy of Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich's oilfortune.

 arrow Tennis: Rubin, Dementieva face off

Top seed Chanda Rubin will face second seed Elena Dementieva in a United States versus Russia singles final of the WTA tournament here on Sunday.

Politicalarrow AL killing its own men to create anarchy: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition party Awami League is killing their own men, and then calling hartals in a desperate bid to create issues for subverting the country's development
 arrow AL decides on joining JS today
The Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) sits today at 5:00pm at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban to decide whether it will join the current session of parliament.
Metropolitanarrow 'Bring back sanity in electoral system'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for bringing back sanity in the country's electoral process.
 arrow BNSF threatens strike from Sept 25
Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation (BNSF) would go for an indefinite work abstention from September 25 if their demands are not met by the authorities concerned within September 20.
 arrow Ties with Pakistan to be strengthened: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia hoped that the existing excellent relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan would further be enhanced through mutually beneficial cooperation in the days ahead.
 arrow Commerce minister urged not to sign any agreement at WTO meet
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad ( SKOP) yesterday urged the Commerce Minister Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury to refrain from signing any agreement in the on-going World Trade Organisation ( WTO) meeting
Nationalarrow Osmani airport at security risk, CAAB unconcerned
Sylhet Osmani International Airport is virtually unprotected as the wire fence around the protected area has been stolen at many points.
 arrow Palm oil smuggled out thru' Satkhira border
Imported palm oil is being smuggled to India through several border points.
 arrow Miscreants' bomb silences the fanfare
Will not the traditional Gur Pukur Mela in Satkhira town held this year?

This question is being posed by many as nothing except some makeshift tea stalls were seen on the fair venue till Friday,two

 arrow New turn in housewife Tia murder case
The controversy over the death of housewife Tia, which whipped up public protests in the town, has taken a new turn after the Deputy Commissioner and the Police Superintendent visited the Christian Para
 arrow Six chargesheeted in Manzurul murder case
Six persons have been chargesheeted in Khulna city Awami League President advocate Manzurul Imam murder case.
Culturearrow A priceless display for the flabbergasted spectators
With the ongoing cultural festival organised by Tonatuni, the National Museum has become an eventful rendezvous for visitors interested in Stayajit Ray and Jasimuddin.
 arrow Of alienation and self destruction
fRashed Chowdhury, who has been involved with the short film alternative movement since 1988, had the premiere of his film "Biswmaraner Nadi" at the Goethe Institut recently.
Generalarrow Flood situation dips as Ganges, Padma swell
The flood situation in Chapainawabganj district may deteriorate further and more low-lying areas of Rajbari, Munshiganj and Narayanganj are likely to be inundated.
 arrow Outlaw killed, 12 hurt in gunbattle
An activist of an outlawed party was killed and 15 others were wounded in a gunfight with their rivals at Khordodakhail in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow Actor Enam Ahmed passes away
Noted actor Enam Ahmed died at his village home at Kuchai here yesterday at the age of 82.

Family sources said the elderly artiste breathed his last while in sleep.

 arrow Unsecured opposition chief whip files GD
Opposition Chief Whip Abdus Shahid yesterday filed a general diary with Tejgaon Police Station after being threatened with abduction and killing of his children if he failed to pay Tk 10 lakh.
 arrow 7 robbers held with Tk 4.5 lakh booty
Seven of an inter-district gang of robbers including their leader have been arrested and Tk 4.5 lakh and 14 tola gold ornaments recovered from their possession.
 arrow Nurul Islam murder trial starts today
The trial of the Laxmipur BNP leader Nurul Islam murder case starts today in the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong.
Internationalarrow US, France at odds over Iraq as UN 'Big-5' meet
The United States and France looked set to lock horns over Iraq's future yesterday as foreign ministers from the UN Security Council's five permanent members gathered for emergency talks with UN Secretary
 arrow Bihar reels under fury of floods
Bihar continued to reel under the fury of unrelenting floods with seven more deaths reported from Patna and Saran districts taking the death toll to 153 even as the Army along with civil authorities stepped
 arrow Musharraf urges India to start talks without delay
President Pervez Musharraf urged India to enter talks with Pakistan "without any more delay," accusing New Delhi of avoiding peace negotiations between the nuclear rivals, a newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Libya hails UN ban lifting as victory
Libya hailed the Security Council vote on Friday to lift UN sanctions against it as a victory which opened a new page in its drive to normalize relations with the West.
 arrow Iran warns nuke deadline could backfire
Iran warned that an October 31 deadline to prove its nuclear aims are peaceful could backfire, suggesting Tehran could become even more secretive instead of opening its program for outside perusal.
 arrow Militants storm army camp in Kashmir: 5 killed
Four Indian soldiers including an officer were killed and six wounded yesterday when suspected Kashmiri militants stormed an army camp in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ninth session of parliament
The Awami League continues to boycott parliament, and the party leaders have hinted at relying on street agitation to carry forward its anti-government movement.
 arrow Editorial: From state terrorism to roguery
The wording of the Israeli security cabinet decision to banish Arafat from a hopelessly besieged Palestine is in character.
 arrow Assassination as a tool of statecraft
Edward Said, lauded as "among the truly important intellectuals of our century" by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, described the imperial perspective as "that way of looking at a distant foreign reality
 arrow Tel Aviv foxes New Delhi
AGROUP of revered Jew leaders met me at India House in London when I was the High Commissioner to express their gratitude for our tolerant society.
Letters to Editorarrow A lesson
In 2001, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh leased a twin engine Indian aircraft. The purpose of leasing was to carry out flight calibration of the available Navigational Aids we have at our airports.
 arrow Reactions: Multan Test
We witnessed an outstanding performance by the Bangladesh cricket team against Pakistan in the 3rd and final Test match of the Super Asia Cup, 2003.
 arrow Man of the series
The Pakistanis once again clearly showed that they are far behind from being fair to the guest team let alone being compassionate.
 arrow Clash of civilisations
A news in The Daily Star's International page of September 9, "11 Policemen, driver killed in land mine blast in East India" blamed extremists group.
 arrow FM and his tall talks
All thanks to Mr. Shahjahan Ahmed for putting forth his views on the efficacy of the FM. I sincerely hope that the FM and his entourage read The Daily Star.
Star Healtharrow Get rid of testicular cancer by your awareness only
You and many others probably would not guess that testicular cancer is a common cancer in men despite it is less noticed.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk in fresh trouble with its old misdeeds
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipokkho (RAJUK) is reeling in trouble with residential plots created five years ago by lake filling at Gulshan Road-41.

It is planning to create a road between plot no.

 arrow Illegal advertisers nail down city greens
Despite an order by the ministry, advertisements nailed on the trees throughout the city have continued in full swing.
 arrow Onslaught on city footpaths continues
Most city sidewalks, already taken over by roadside vendors, are now reeling under the grab of thousands of homeowners, who converted them to private gateways.
 arrow Ramna's Night Riders
City's Ramna Park is home to several hundred bats. Bats are crucial to the entire echo system around us and are the only mammals that can fly.
 arrow Law-breakers taking a ride!
A large number of vehicles with cases pending against them for violation of traffic rules, are freely moving on the roads of Dhaka.
 arrow Sensible commercials uplift social values
A seven member media-monitoring forum on gender issues has been formed to monitor the participation, portrayal of men and women in the media and advertisements and its effects on the society.
 arrow Dhaka zoo mummies rot in its museum
The animal museum of Dhaka Zoo has been in a shabby condition owing to negligence and poor maintenance by the authorities.
Star City in Framesarrow Bauls Seek Peace And Harmony
BAULS (itinerant folk singers) have roamed this part of the horizon for thousands of years.