Vol. 4 Num 114 Wed. September 17, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt okays biggest pry edn overhaul
The government yesterday gave the go-ahead for a massive overhaul of primary education under a six-year project to improve the standards of education and broaden educational service.
 arrow 2 'extortionists' lynched in city
Two alleged extortionists were lynched in Sutrapur and Khilgaon yesterday, police said.
 arrow Mill workers' hartal observed
A dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city and elsewhere passed off yesterday without any incident of violence.
 arrow Dhaka went to Cancun with wrong agenda
The collapse of just-concluded WTO talks in Cancun will have little impact on Bangladesh, since it went to the meet with wrong agenda, economists and bureaucrats said.
 arrow Speaker asks AL MPs to attend CPA confce
Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday clarified his recent remarks on functioning of parliament in absence of the main opposition and urged the Awami League (AL) to go back on its decision to boycott next
 arrow Dhaka to urge Seoul to legalise workers
Dhaka will ask Seoul to increase the workers quota for Bangladeshis and legalise those who are staying in Korea without valid documents during the visit of the South Korean vice minister for foreign affairs
 arrow Disputed death toll in Saudi prison fire 184
A foreign ministry spokesman yesterday said there is no Bangladeshi among the inmates killed in Monday's Saudi prison blaze, reports BSS.
 arrow Judge court goes to hills
Parliament yesterday passed two bills, abolishing the post of vice president and making provision for setting up the district and sessions judge's court in the three hill districts.
 arrow BGMEA worried over free fall of Ctg order
The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers' and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) again expressed deep concern at the law and order plunge in the port city, especially the rise in the incidents of abduction.
 arrow Schroeder, Chirac, Blair to try to heal Iraq rift
Germany, France and Britain agreed yesterday to talks on narrowing their differences over Iraq's future and the role of the United Nations in it.
 arrow Why bricks?
 arrow Youth killed after kidnap; female teacher picked up
A youth was abducted and killed and a female teacher was picked up by a gang apparently for forced marriage with her 'lover' in Fatikchhari Monday.
 arrow Rivals kill top Barisal criminal
Shahjahan Gazi, a listed criminal, was murdered yesterday in the city allegedly by his rivals.

Five others were also injured in the attack on Shahjahan.

 arrow Govt probing Tongi juvenile delinquents' suicide attempt
The government yesterday formed a one-member committee to probe the reported suicide attempt by eight juvenile delinquents interned at the National Juvenile Correctional Centre (NJCC) at Tongi on Sunday.
 arrow ISPs' token strike today
The Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh will stage a 30-minute symbolic strike since 12:00 noon today to demand immediate legalisation of voice over internet phone (VoIP).
 arrow Adverse Adverts
 arrow French frigate reaches Ctg
A French frigate with Commanding Officer of the Indian Ocean Zone Rear Admiral Willmot Roussel on board arrived at Chittagong Port yesterday on a four-day goodwill trip, official sources said.
 arrow Toxic gas spews in Sitakunda
Highly toxic gas spewing from a ship-breaking yard polluted a large area at Sitakunda Monday.

Both plants and living beings were badly affected by the gas.

 arrow Hemayetuddin new envoy to India
The government has appointed Hemayetuddin, presently ambassador to Thailand, as country's next high commissioner to India.
 arrow Bhutan to remove rebel camps, Wangchuk assures India
Bhutan Monday assured India of stepping up efforts to resolve the problem of ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam), Bodo and other insurgents operating from its territory in north-eastern states through
 arrow Charges framed against 12 in ex-MP Sujan murder case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Dhaka Division, yesterday framed charges against BNP leader Dr Raushan Alam and 11 others in former MP Shahjahan Howlader Sujan murder case.
 arrow Another nabbed in Ctg student abduction
Another suspect in the recent abduction of four college students, Anwar Hossain alias Anu, was arrested in a city hotel Monday night.
 arrow Two awarded death penalty, 13 get life for murder in Bhola
Two people have been sentenced to death and 13 others awarded life imprisonment for killing a younman at Shantirhat in Rajapur Union of the district three years ago.
Businessarrow Issue managers of securitised bonds exempted from taxes
In order to facilitate securitised bonds, the government has exempted issue managers of such debt instrument from paying all kinds of taxes including value added tax (VAT), income tax and stamp duty.
 arrow Fresh investment in EPZs clocks 85pc rise in FY 03
Fresh investment in the export processing zones (EPZs) registered an 85 per cent growth in 2002-03 fiscal year over the previous year.

The six EPZs saw new investment of $103.

 arrow ECNEC okays Tk 7,309cr uplift schemes
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved 12 development projects of Tk 7,309.22 crore including Tk 4,428.13 crore as project aid.
 arrow World leaders seek global recovery at Dubai talks
The world's economic leaders meet for their annual talks this week in the hope of nudging the world economy into a sustained recovery, with concern mounting that Europe is being left behind by vigorous
 arrow Aid groups blame the rich for trade talks debacle
Food aid charities and environmentalists blamed the rich world on Monday for the collapse of trade talks, saying wealthy nations had gone to Cancun unprepared to make concessions that would help the poor.
 arrow S'pore sees Asean moving towards common market
Leaders of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations could endorse plans to move toward a common market at their annual summit next month, Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said.
 arrow High speed Internet users grow 72pc in '02
The number of high speed Internet subscribers in the world grew by 72 per cent to 62 million last year, with home users driving most of the demand for broadband services, the International Telecommunications
 arrow C'wealth finance meeting starts in shadow of Cancun failure
The Commonwealth finance ministers annual meeting began here Tuesday with the focus on the global economy in the wake of the failure of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Mexico.
 arrow Annan disappointed at collapse of WTO talks
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed disappointment on Monday at the collapse of the world trade talks, saying he had expected the Cancun meeting to achieve much more than it did.
 arrow China for better trade relations with US
China expressed hopes Tuesday that trade differences with the United States will not influence exchanges between the two countries as tensions mount with the US over alleged unfair Chinese trade practices
 arrow KL to allow skilled workers from China
Malaysia and China Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to allow workers skilled in ceramics and furniture making from China into Malaysia.
Sportsarrow Cricket: One-day blues

Having already conceded the series Khaled Mahmud's men arrived in Rawalpindi yesterday and decided to give their body and mind a much-needed rest before going into the fourth one-day internationalon

 arrow Cricket: Hosts' belated wisdom!

The Bangladesh cricket team was accommodated in the economy plus section of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight that brought them here from Lahore yesterday.

 arrow Cricket: Whatmore lays down the law

Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has warned some of his players to toughen up or lose their places on the team.

 arrow Football: Spare me, says Aminul

Aminul Haq yesterday sent a letter to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan requesting him to resolve the tug of war between Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Abahani Krira Chakra

 arrow Cricket: Museum steps in

A collection of letters written by cricketing legend Don Bradman more than 70 years ago will stay in Australia at the Bradman Museum after a flood of donations from the public.

 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya holds hope

India's cricket board hopes its junior team's tour of Pakistan next month will help in the resumption of full bilateral cricket ties between the two hostile neighbours.

 arrow Cricket: A difficult surname

The son of India's legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar is finding it difficult to live with his famous surname following his inclusion in a team for a major domestic match.

 arrow Cricket: Vaughan's county plan
England captain Michael Vaughan has called for the number of county cricket matches to be cut in half in a drastic bid to boost standards in the domestic game and produce better Test players.
 arrow Cricket: Alec confirms retirement

Former England skipper and wicketkeeper Alec Stewart on Monday announced his retirement from all first-class cricket.

 arrow Cricket: UCB taking their time

South African cricket's chief executive Gerald Majola on Monday said no decision had been taken regarding security concerns over the team's upcoming tour to Pakistan.

 arrow Cricket: Lankans thinking big

Sri Lanka will spend 22.5 million dollars to improve its international venues and become Asia's cricketing hub, a state-run daily reported Tuesday.

 arrow Proteas add more pace
South Africa have included three new bowlers in their line-up in an attempt to strengthen their bowling attack for their upcoming tour to Pakistan later this month, a spokeswoman for the national squad
 arrow Tennis: Friends mourn Williams loss

About two dozens friends and supporters of the family of Serena and Venus Williams attended a candle-light vigil on Monday for the slain eldest sister of the tennis superstars.

 arrow Kournikova for Omega

 arrow Football: Hungry for success
Arsenal, Juventus and Bayern Munich embark on their latest Champions League adventure on Wednesday determined to make amends for the misery they endured in the cash-soaked tournament last season.
 arrow Football: Romeo's bleeding!
Romeo Beckham was rushed to hospital on Monday with blood gushing from his head after falling over on a shopping trip.
 arrow Football: US women's soccer doomed?
The cash-strapped WUSA called it quits Monday just five days before the Women's World Cup, bringing an abrupt end to a soccer league built on the success of the 1999 tournament.
 arrow Football: Leicester's answer

Newly promoted Leicester defied the critics predicting their swift return to the First Division by thrashing a poor Leeds side 4-0 here on Monday.

 arrow Totti to wear

Politicalarrow BNP top bosses irked at failure to form low-tier bodies
The BNP high command is highly annoyed that leaders assigned to complete formation of fresh committees of thana and district units of the party by August failed to do so despite repeated instructions.
Nationalarrow Police ruin schoolteacher's family
A horrifying tale how some corrupt police officials in nexus with fraudulent manpower exporters ruined a schoolteacher's family has come to light.
 arrow Citizenship certificates of 'Outsider Bangalees' will be suspended: Larma
PCJSS chief and Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council Chairman Jiotirindria Bodhipriyo Larma alias Santu Larma has said all citizenship certificates given to "outsider Bangalees" by deputy commissioners
 arrow BAT provides free IT training to youths
Under-privileged youths are acquiring basic knowledge on Information Technology without any fees at a training centre at Lake Road in Moulvibazar town for the last five months.
 arrow 3 former Bogra Palli Bidyut officials, 2 directors sued
A corruption case has been filed against five persons including a former general manager of Bogra Palli Bidyut Samity (BPBS) under the Anti- corruption Act for allegedly complicity in misappropriation
 arrow Polls in outlaw-infested Hajipur today, BDR sent
The long-awaited election in outlaw-infested Hazipur union in Magura Sadar upazila will be held today with deployment of BDR.
 arrow Teachers boycott classes at Boalkhali college
Teachers of Kanungopara Sir Ashutosh Government College at Boalkhali, on Monday started boycott of classes protesting extortion allegedly by local activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal(JCD), student wing
 arrow Four more die of diarrhoea in Nilphamari
The diarrhoea situation improved in Dimla upazila but deteriorated in Nilphamari Sadar, Domar and Jaldhaka upazilas in the last two days.
 arrow Nilphamari Sadar BNP convention held
The Nilphamari Sadar thana unit of Dangladesh Nationalist Party at its biennial convention held on Monday elected its new executive body amid great enthusiasm.
Culturearrow The poetry of abstractions
Arial" gallery recently held an exhibition to commemorate the death anniversary of artist Rashed.
 arrow Melancholy highlighted in rhythms
On the third day of the Tonatuni Festival, Tonatuni staged a dance drama Kabor adapted from the popular poem Kabor by Pallikobi Jasimuddin.
 arrow 93 films from 31 countries will be screened in film festival
A total of 93 famous films from 31 countries, including 30 from host Bangladesh, will be screened at the eight-day international film festival beginning from September 18 with the slogan 'Film for the
Generalarrow 8 food godowns sealed off in Khulna
Eight government food godowns at Maheshwarpasha have been sealed off on charges of storing sub-standard rice.

Each of these godowns has the capacity of storing one thousand tonnes of food grains.

 arrow More funds for FP programmes urged
Population planners and USAID officials yesterday underscored the need for greater collaboration between the public and the private sectors for ensuring contraceptive security in the country.
 arrow Highest allocation to depend on performances
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood yesterday said the Rural Electrification Board (REB) would get highest development allocation in future provided the Palli Bidyut Samities (PBSs) furtherimprove
 arrow CHT drive nets no top criminal
The ongoing joint anti-crime drive in the hilly regions of Chittagong is proving a futile exercise as 10 days passed with none of the top criminals nabbed and limited numbers of arms and ammunition recovered.
 arrow Appeal for Help
Sabina Akhter, 15, who has been suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, seeks financial assistance from the generous people for her treatment.
 arrow DU urged to meet demands of officers
The Dhaka University Officers' Association yesterday urged the university authorities to meet its 16-point demand immediately.
 arrow 'Steps to be taken to celebrate Durga Puja peacefully'
Home Minister Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the government would take all necessary measures to celebrate Durga Puja, one of the main festivals of the Hindu Community,
 arrow 'Drop Farazi's name from charge sheet'
The Ittefaq unit of Dhaka Union of Journalists yesterday demanded the name of Farazi Azmal Hossain, vice-president of BFUJ and senior journalist of the Ittefaq, to be dropped from the supplementary charge
Internationalarrow Arafat offers truce
Yasser Arafat wants to reach a truce with Israel, his national security adviser said yesterday, but Israeli officials brushed off the offer and instead called on the Palestinian Authority to crack down
 arrow 'Post-Iraq war UNGA session important'
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee left yesterday on a three-nation tour that will include the first UN General Assembly since the Iraq war, a session he said will be "most important" in determining
 arrow Iraqis angry as US raids Saddam's hometown
US troops lost the hearts and minds of some Iraqis yesterday in aggressive pre-dawn house raids in the hometown of Saddam Hussein, blowing open gates, kicking down doors and shoving faces in the dirt.
 arrow Hostage taker among 3 killed in Tokyo
At least three people died and more than 20 were injured Tuesday when a disgruntled worker started a blaze at an office block in Japan after taking eight people hostage, fire officials said.
 arrow Benazir, Sharif agree to fight military jointly
Former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have reached a tacit understanding not to persecute each other when they return to power in Pakistan and pledged legal action against the military
 arrow Hutton inquiry begins cross-examination
Britain's inquiry into the death of weapons expert David Kelly begins cross-examination yesterday as it digs deeper into the case the government made for war against Iraq and the possible motives forKelly's
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cancun debacle
WORLD trade talks in Cancun, which began on a high note of expectations have collapsed, with the developed countries imposing a new set of agenda, and the LDCs making no secret of the fact that they were
 arrow Editorial: Abduction, order of the day in Ctg
Kidnappers in the port city of Chittagong are having a field-day. For reasons that are quite explicable, criminals are resorting to abduction with reckless abandon.
 arrow Why did Vajpayee play host to Sharon
Israel's hard-line Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited India from 8-10 September at the invitation of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
 arrow Sweden's 'no' to euro is partly political, partly economic
There is a saying about the four Nordic countries of Europe: " The Norwegians invent something, the Finns design it, the Swedes make it and the Danes spend the money made from selling it.
 arrow Breaking the terror cycle: Tackle causes, not symptoms
The second anniversary of the September 11 attacks should occasion sober reflection, serious contemplation, and brutally candid analysis, not the tub-thumping macho rhetoric about "fighting terrorismby
 arrow Promotion of university teachers
Recently the Government of Bangladesh has promoted several of its deputy secretaries and joint secretaries to the next higher positions, that is, joint secretaries and additional secretaries, respectively.
Letters to Editorarrow Thanks to The Daily Star
The Mexican city of Cancun is now much talked about for its WTO summit. This summit is now a burning issue all over the world.
 arrow On resolving DCC's development mystery
A few days back I went to the airport and was shocked to see that the rather well-constructed road divider on the airport road was being demolished, starting from the airport-end and also near the Banani
 arrow Hand in hand for humanity
Community cohesion is a must for a healthy and progressive civil society. Cohesion means sticking together to remain united.

Some cynics may say it is not achievable, so why discuss it.

 arrow In quest of a nuclear-free world
The history of enriching the efficacy of atomic bombs is very old and still, this endeavour continues.
 arrow Magnetic train
I would like to respond to the letter published in The Daily Star, on September13, 2003 headlined "A better option". In his letter Mr. Anis S Ahmad refers to "...
 arrow Honorary trade advisors
Bangladesh missions abroad should step up their effort toward promoting export markets for Bangladeshi goods and services, hereinafter: product(s).
 arrow Rafiq, take a bow
Dav whatmore has termed it to be stupid, after Rashid Latif literarily cheated to get rid of Alok Kapali. Rafiq did not run Omar Gul out having caught him out of crease.
 arrow PROMOTE Upazila Women Teachers Hostel!
PROMOTE has created a great opportunity for female teachers who are willing to work in rural schools.
 arrow No 'rocket science'
A news item was published in the local dailies that an agreement has been signed by the Secretary of communication with a Chinese company for construction of three bus terminal financed by the World Bank.
 arrow OIC must do something
Finally the cat is out of the bag.

The suicide or murder of British weapons expert Dr.

 arrow Is America doing wrong?
I want to tell something about the article "Sharon and September 11" which was published in "The Daily Star" on previous Friday and was written by Muslehuddin Ahmad.
 arrow Show appreciation
We always criticise our government and are very good at it. This time I'd like to thank our government for decreasing the pollution in Dhaka city by banning three stroke baby taxis and introducing CNGs.
 arrow Private university: Our attitude must change
This letter is in reply to the letters that appeared in this page regarding different aspects of private universities. For the last few weeks, debates have been going on private universities.
StarTecharrow Get NAP not to get caught napping
IF you want to be in control of your business finances, you cannot leave anything to chance.
 arrow Browse govt's web windows
FOLLOWING up on the Information and Technology Week 2003, authorities have started taking the improvement of information and technological channels and so on very seriously.
 arrow Oracle enterprise solutions now here
ORACLE South Asia, a region of Oracle Asia Pacific Division, highlighted its continued commitment to the development of the IT industry and economy in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Workshop on 'Guideline for UN World Summit Award 2003'
A workshop was held on the 'Guideline for UN World Summit Award 2003' at Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) building, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow CMC girls cram into lone hostel
The female students of the Chittagong Medical College have been facing acute accommodation crisis as over 400 girls cram into lone hostel with capacity of 200.
 arrow Furniture from old ships
To buy furniture from the old ships has been the greatest craze of the Chittagonians since the time the ship-breaking business started here about twenty years ago.
 arrow Attention Mr Mayor
This is a road, not drain though appears so. The Bahaddarhat-Chandgaon link road near the Bahaddarhat market has virtually turned into a drain with sewerage water overflowing into it throughout the year.
Star Cityarrow Wastes recycled at deadly risk
Despite warnings from national and international bodies, most hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres continue to dump their wastes in the open, exposing people to serious health hazards.
 arrow New medians worsen traffic chaos
Widening of medians for beautification and traffic management of the city has rather increased traffic congestion at different parts of the city.
 arrow A laudable move
In a laudable move to increase city's aesthetic beauty, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has replaced a high concrete wall with a see-through fence to offer passers by a chance to view the century oldForeign
 arrow Oh, on a hartal day!
As soon as you leave your bed without remembering the hartal, you realize something has happened to Dhaka on the day.
 arrow Churches in cash crunch
Some of the very old churches of Dhaka are in urgent need of renovation but without the help of the citizens, it's a near-impossible dream.
 arrow Air quality index in bureaucratic tangle
Two months after an announcement, the Department of Environment (DoE) could not release the Dhaka city air quality index.