Volume 4 Number 112 Mon. September 15, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Sayedee no more MP
The High Court (HC) Division yesterday stripped ruling Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee of membership of parliament (Jatiya Sangsad) for submitting false statement on his poll expenses and
 arrow Troubled talks set to drag on for a day
World trade talks were set to be extended by a day at Cancún, as trade ministers of 146 WTO states grappled with continuing differences over farm subsidies and a host of other contentious issues.
 arrow Say sorry, we'll return to JS
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday preconditioned its return to parliament with apologies from the prime minister and the speaker for their recent remarks.
 arrow Altaf sings cop success
The government will equip the police force with Chinese rifles instead of.303 rifles and install close circuit cameras at crowded places in the city to combat crimes.
 arrow Tigers aim to bounce back
Bangladesh will be desperately looking to translate words into deeds when they meet a high-flying Pakistan in the third one-day international at the Ghaddafi Stadium this afternoon.
 arrow CHT accord under review
The government is reviewing the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord to find whether it contained anything contrary to the constitution and will amend it, if need be, a minister told the Jatiya Sangsad
 arrow Govt plans deep seaport to perk up trade
The government has taken a fresh initiative to set up a deep seaport in view of the increasing volume of foreign trade and mounting pressure on Chittagong Port.
 arrow Killing Arafat an option: Israel
Israel's vice premier said yesterday killing Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was an option in its threat to "remove" him as an obstacle to peace.
 arrow Education, not jail, sought for juvenile delinquents
Speakers at a seminar yesterday suggested better ways of dealing with juvenile delinquents, including arranging education for them in safe custody instead of sending them to jail.
 arrow 2 teenagers killed in captivity
Two teenage boys were abducted and killed in two incidents in Kushtia and Feni.
 arrow Bangladesh has ample scope for gas export, says US envoy
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas has said there is ample scope to export a portion of Bangladesh's natural gas.
 arrow Cops look to Tripura border for Jamal
Law enforcers have shifted their focus to bordering areas with India in their attempts to rescue the abducted businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Footpath Foul-Up
 arrow 4 staff fired for neglect of duty
Four officers of the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) were fired for negligence of duty that led to Friday's fire at a power substation in Mirpur -- the worst such fire incident in the country.
 arrow Journalist included in charge sheet
Police yesterday submitted an extended charge sheet in the killing of journalist Shamsur Rahman, accusing a journalist of Jessore of the murder.
 arrow Kushtia police on high alert to tackle Hizbut
The district police authorities yesterday put on high alert all six police stations in the district and directed them to nab activitsts of Hizbut Towhid if they engage in untoward incidents in the name
 arrow Agitating the refreshing way
Diploma engineers across the country yesterday began to work for one hour beyond office hours to press for their four-point demand.
 arrow Flood situation looks ominous
Late monsoon floods have hit a number of districts and the situation may worsen further in the low-lying areas of at least 11 districts.
 arrow BSF shoots dead 1, kidnaps 3
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi citizen and kidnapped three others from the Alatuli border in Chapainawa-bganj yesterday.
 arrow BNP leader Nurul murder trial now begins today
The trial of the Laxmipur BNP leader Nurul Islam murder case scheduled for yesterday begins today in the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong.
 arrow Agitating the refreshing way
Diploma engineers across the country yesterday began to work for one hour beyond office hours to press for their four-point demand.
 arrow Couple in a sticky stew
A couple, who went into hiding after marriage, and the husband's relatives were arrested from a city hotel in Moijheel yesterday.
 arrow Sangram Parishad firm on hartal tomorrow despite withdrawal of jute mills shutdown
Leaders of Jute, Cotton and Textile Mills Employees Action Committee (Sangram Parishad) yesterday brushed aside as a mere palliative the withdrawal of government decision to close down three Khulna jute
 arrow Williams sister shot dead
An older sister of the tennis players, Venus and Serena Williams, has been shot dead in Los Angeles, police say.
Businessarrow Eliminate dock politics for efficient Ctg port: FBCCI
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has requested the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to eliminate politicisation of the Dock Workers' Management Board to make the port
 arrow Lending restrictions on NCBs will bring discipline: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has said the government had no option but to impose restriction on nationalised commercial banks' (NCBs) lending to bring discipline in the financial sector.
 arrow Sylhet a potential trade hub in South Asia: US envoy
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas Jr said Sylhet has the potential to become a regional trade hub in South Asia.
 arrow Citibank NA to act as security agent for Lafarge Surma
Citibank NA will act as security agent for Lafarge Surma Cement Limited in setting up a cement plant at Chhatak in Sunamganj.
 arrow World Chambers Congress begins today in Canada
A high profile business delegation from Bangladesh is attending the 3rd World Chambers Congress beginning today in the Canadian city of Quebec.
 arrow Pak, Indian businessmen begin talks to expand trade
Indian and Pakistani entrepreneurs Sunday began talks to forge new business links and expand meager existing trade ties as government representatives from both countries continued sniping at each other.
 arrow Mahathir leaves prudent legacy in farewell budget
When Abdullah Ahmad Badawi takes over as Malaysia's fifth premier in November, there will be few economic worries on his mind.
 arrow Bush's China gains nipped as trade row bites
President George W. Bush's China policy is becoming a victim of its own success.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Last full quota'
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore wants his team to bat out the stipulated 50 overs when they take on Pakistan today in the third one day international.
 arrow Football: BFF wants peace

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will try to mediate in the dispute arising out of the alleged kidnapping of Aminul Haq, the country's number one custodian.

 arrow Football: Come back Joy

After winning the battle over the possession of country's number one goalkeeper Aminul, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra turned their attention midfielder Arif Khan Joy.

 arrow Football: BAAF to send team to Manila

Bangladesh Amateur Athletic Federation has decided to send a six-member team to take part in the Asian Athletics Championship to be held in Manila from September 20 to 24.

 arrow Chess: Rating chess
Six players are jointly leading the table in the fourth Amrita Lal Dey International Rating Chess tournament with three points each after the third round matches at the Barisal Public Library auditorium
 arrow Cricket: Junaid to lead Pak U-23
Pakistani selectors Sunday named a 14-strong Under-23 team led by the son of the country's cricket board chairman to play alongside arch-rivals India in this month's Emerging Trophy in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Anelka fires City

A Nicolas Anelka hattrick, including two penalties, helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-1 here on Sunday.

 arrow Football: Bernabeu blitzkrieg

Real Madrid warmed up for Tuesday's Champions League date with Marseille in style Saturday, swamping Real Valladolid 7-2 at the Bernabeu - but it wasn't enough to claim pole position in the Primera

 arrow Football: Real's forever!

England football captain David Beckham said staying at Real Madrid for the rest of his career was a real possibility, the Sunday Times reported.

 arrow Football: Pompei deserved better

Premiership newcomers Portsmouth proved they can live with the big boys by ending Arsenal's winning start to the season with a 1-1 draw at Highbury on Saturday but manager Harry Redknapp believes his

 arrow Football: Cheeky wins for Milan, Lazio

AC Milan and Lazio made it two league wins out of two on Saturday after securing hard-fought 2-1 victories against Bologna and Sampdoria respectively.

 arrow Football: Le mauling!

Marseille climbed to the top of the French first division Saturday after a 5-0 rout of bottom club Le Mans.

Politicalarrow Govt sees AL stance a trick to skip JS
The government has termed the Awami League's (AL) demand for apologies from the prime minister and the speaker an excuse for not joining parliament.
 arrow AL brings out procession today against govt 'misrule'
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will bring out a mass procession in the city today to protest the government's failure to run the country.

The procession will march major city streets.

 arrow Eden's JCD leader expelled
The Eden College authorities yesterday expelled a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader of the college unit from hall for assaulting two students of Hasna Begum Hall on September 7.
Metropolitanarrow Pak envoy meets Hasina
Outgoing Pakistani High Commissioner Iqbal Ahmed Khan yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her residence.
 arrow JUTA non-cooperation from tomorrow
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday announced a nine-day 'non-cooperation programme' to press home their two-point demand including the removal of the vice-chancellor.
 arrow '3283 Bangladeshis in foreign jails'
Some 3,283 Bangladesh nationals are languishing in foreign jails or detention centres, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan told Parliament yesterday.
 arrow Film festival begins at DU
A three-day film festival for freshers, organised by the Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), began at the Teacher Student Centre (TSC) auditorium yesterday.
Nationalarrow No party election till minister is there!
Avoiding election, ruling BNP on Friday selected its committees for Tanore upazila and Tanore and Mundumala municipalities as per the desire of a minister, party sources said.
 arrow Conspiracy on to oust tribesmen from CHT
Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghati Shamitee (PCJSS) Chairman Jiotirindria Bodhipriyo larma alias Santu Larma on Saturday alleged that vested quarters are conspiring to "oust" the jumma people from the
 arrow Stop auction, filing cases till HC verdict
Rajshahi unit of the Association of Borrowers from House Building Finance Corporation (ABHBFC) on Saturday urged the HBFC to stop filing cases and auctioning borrowers' houses till a High Court verdict
 arrow Seven jungle bandits held from Char Jabbar
Police on Saturday arrested seven jungle bandits from the remote shoal areas of Char Jabbar thana.
 arrow Outlaw Debu confesses to hand in murders
Arrested outlaw Debaprashad alias Debu in his judicial statement has confessed to his direct involvement in the murders of Khokon Biswas and Yunus Ghazi of Shahash village in Dumuria upazila.
 arrow Form 'national govt' to resolve crises: JSD
Jatiya Samajtantric Dal (JSD) chief Hasanul Huq Inu has demanded formation of a 'national government' on the basis of consensus to 'free the country and its people from misrule of the four-party alliance
 arrow Re-excavate Shyama Sundari canal
Thousands of citizens at a rally here on Thursday raised full-throated slogans demanding immediate re-excavation of the century-old Shyama Sundari canal and to free it from encroachers.
Culturearrow Harun ur Rashid: Exquisite
The ongoing Tonatuni Festival is holding an exhibition of photographs taken by Shakoor Majid that project a brief scenario of theatrical activities on stages in Dhaka.
 arrow Plants of exquisite beauty and regal bearing
A two-day Orchid exhibition was held recently in Gulshan, organised by the Orchid Society of Bangladesh. This exhibition took place at the residence of Naseem Iqbal, president of the society.
 arrow AR Rahman to visit Bangladesh in December
A R Rahman, a legendary chapter in the contemporary world of music direction, has touched the heart of music lovers all around the world.
 arrow Exhibition of Bangladeshi artist in Germany
Internationally acclaimed artist of Bangladesh Murshida Arzu Alpana's two painting exhibitions have been going on in Berlin and the other two exhibitions ended last week in Pulheim, Germany.
Generalarrow Withdraw decision to hand over road work to LGED
Roads and Highways (R & H) Department employees' unions yesterday demanded withdrawal of the decision to hand over construction and maintenance work of about 9,000 km roads to the Local Government Engineering
 arrow Give promotion on basis of efficiency
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday underscored the need for giving promotion to the army officers after selecting them on the basis of their qualification, skill, ability and efficiency in an impartial
 arrow Bangladesh wants socio-economic dev thru' SAARC
President Iajuddin Ahmed called for enhancing cooperation between Dhaka and Islamabad in the fields of science, technology, education and culture under the institutional framework of Bangladesh-Pakistan
 arrow Hearing date on Panni murder case on Sept 22
The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday fixed September 22 for hearing on charge-framing against the accused in the Sultana Khan Panni murder case.
 arrow JCD activists beat JU journalist
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activists assaulted a journalist on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday as he wrote some reports on the repression by JCD workers.
 arrow Khulna awaits another drive against crime
Law enforcers will launch another anti-crime drive in the south-western zone.

A fresh list of criminals is being prepared as part of the drive.

 arrow Young man chopped to death
Miscreants yesterday chopped a young man to death at Dayaganj in Sutrapur.

On information, Railway Police recovered the body of the youth from railway track at Dayaganj at 9:40am.

 arrow Top outlaw held at Rajshai
Police arrested a leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from a city hotel in the early hours yesterday.
Internationalarrow UN Big-5's talks on Iraq inconclusive
Secretary of State Colin Powell flew into Baghdad yesterday after largely inconclusive talks with the other major powers on the future of occupied Iraq.
 arrow India asks Musharraf to be bold to fight terror
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, denounced by al-Qaeda as a "traitor", should be bold enough to join India as an ally against terrorism, India's foreign minister said at the weekend.

"By all means.

 arrow Iran threatens to snap ties with IAEA
As pressure mounted on Iran to prove it had no secret atomic weapons program by October 31, Tehran warned it might follow North Korea's lead and quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
 arrow 'Straw urged Blair not to go to war in Iraq'
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a last-minute plea to Prime Minister Tony Blair not to go to war on Iraq, but the plea was rejected, a new book serialised in a Sunday newspaper claims.
 arrow US apology fails to calm angry Iraqis
Angry mourners swarmed this central Iraqi city Saturday, firing into the air, attacking journalists and cursing the American occupation as they followed the flag-draped coffins of eight Iraqi police killed
 arrow Now heat is on BBC, Hoon
An inquiry into the death of weapons expert David Kelly, the source of BBC allegations that the British government "sexed up" intelligence to justify the war on Iraq, will ratchet up the pressure on both
Editorialarrow Editorial: Disturbances in Kushtia
The incident in Kushtia in which local people clashed with the members of the Hizbut Towhid is an indication of religious fanaticism trying to rear its head.
 arrow Editorial: Core LDC concerns articulated
Bangladesh's proposals as the coordinator of the Least Developed Countries for allowing duty- and quota- free access to all LDC products and short-term movement of semi-skilled personnel to the developed
 arrow Real politics or realpolitik?
Turning and turning in the widening gyre;
the falcon cannot hear the falconer;
things fall apart and centre cannot hold
the blood-dimmed tide is loosed; and everywhere
the ceremony ofinnocence

 arrow A strange anniversary
September 11 is a strange anniversary. Two years ago on this day the world witnessed an event the like of which is hard to imagine. It has changed the world for good or for worse it is hard to tell.
 arrow Mamta Banerjee's political wilderness ends, but how far can she go?
Mamta Banerjee is known to many as the stormy petrel of Indian politics for the reason that she at times takes the national political scene by storm despite the fact that her political organisation is
 arrow No guns for civilian citizens!
November 2001, America's First Freedom magazine published a report titled 'Another case of Registration equals Confiscation' which says, "Recent developments in Bangladesh have proven once again thatgun
Letters to Editorarrow Plight of Arifa -- Can we be of any help?
Your editorial dated September 10, 2003 captioned "Plight of a toddler kidnapped across the border" caught my attention.
 arrow "9/11: Was it a conspiracy?"
Mr. Zaman raised an old issue regarding 9/11 incidence in his letter "9/11: Was it a conspiracy?" Just like him, many Americans still want to believe in a conspiracy theory.
 arrow Court premise violence
Violence in the court premises, no matter which political party or parties commit, are acts of criminality and unacceptable in any civil society.
 arrow Umpiring: A big question mark
Bangladesh has shown a great sign of development in the recently played Test matches. They have improved a lot at every area of cricket. The Pakistanis have won the third Test match illegitimately.
 arrow Diplomats fail to project right image
I read the report (Axe to fall on a few diplomats, September 11) by Rezaul Karim in The Daily Star.
 arrow In poor taste
Certain journalists (for want of a better word) of your paper seem to have forgotten good taste.
 arrow Of Grameen Phone, monopoly and oligopoly
About my letter on Grameen phone (oligopoly and beyond), Mr. Faisal from Dhanmondi commented that Grameen phone did not create an oligopoly.
 arrow May God save our scientific pursuits!
The last line of DS staff correspondent's report on food output (Govt, AL agree on pursuing biotech to up food output, September 9) goes like this, I quote, "Director General of Bangladesh Rice Research
 arrow Thumbs up, Tigers
The ongoing tour in Pakistan is really eventful and it is adding a lot of spice to Bangladesh's prevailing cricket scenario.
 arrow Rescind US soldiers' immunity pact
We condemn the agreement, which stipulates that if any American soldier or officer is charged with criminal offences, he can't be tried in Bangladesh or sent to the International criminal court for prosecution.
 arrow US and Iraq
In response to the letter by Farhan Qudus, 10th Sept.

It seems that a lot of people around the globe are already sick and tired of G. Bush.

 arrow Propaganda Vs. journalism
I was a bit amused to see a story headlined "Home ministry media cell recast" on the back page of The Daily Star on 12 September, 2003. A story as ordinarily as this one deserves to be ignored.
Star Cityarrow Ancient mosque in peril
Dhaka city was once rightfully named the city of mosques. That wasn't only for the sheer number of mosques but also for their architectural finesse.
 arrow Cityfire fighters in primitive outfit
The fire fighters last Friday took a long time to control the fire in a transformer at Mirpur substation, as they did not have proper equipment to fight such a fire, said Fire Brigade and Civil Defense
 arrow Karwan Bazar blacksmiths feel the heat
Most of the blacksmiths at Karwanbazar live days and nights out, always fearful of police harassment and extortion.
 arrow Forward through friendship
With the ever growing problems of urban life, Dhaka City always seems to offer less civic amenities than it should as a mega city in the modern world.
 arrow Illegal seats sitting pretty!
The progress in removing unauthorised seats from buses of the city has not been satisfactory, as the transport owners are reluctant to follow the decision of the communications ministry.
 arrow Taking the stress out of party preparatrions
Worrying about arranging a wedding? Thinking of throwing birthday parties for your children? Got no time to spare for your marriage anniversary? Can't figure out what to do?

Don't panic.

 arrow Dying Buriganga cries out for help
Exactly seven years ago a man-made disaster struck the villages around Rayer Bazar across the vast low-lying land along the river Buriganga.
 arrow Legal cover to plunder Buriganga
Few months ago when the recently formed task force to save the river Buriganga went on a river cruise to assess the extent of the problem, the accompanying officials looked worried about a certain aspect