Vol. 4 Num 115 Thu. September 18, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Chevron-Texaco pulls out, too
After Shell Oil, American oil giant Chevron-Texaco is now winding up business from Bangladesh.

Chevron's regional managing director made the announcement on his arrival in the city yesterday.

 arrow US blocks UN bid to shield Arafat
The United States Tuesday killed a UN Security Council resolution seeking to protect Palestinian President Yasser Arafat from an Israeli threat to "remove" him.
 arrow Sitakunda still in toxic gas fallout
Neglect of monitoring by the authorities and non-removal of hazardous waste are blamed for a gush of highly toxic gas during the scraping of a tanker in Sitakunda, which polluted the environment and caused
 arrow 5,000 trucks stuck at Paksey ghat, fresh lowlands swamped
About 5,000 trucks remained stranded at Paksey ferry ghat for the fifth day yesterday, as all the ferries became inoperative because of the cascade of floodwaters down the Padma that also swamped lowlands
 arrow PM hopes India won't arbitrarily withdraw water
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is hopeful that India will not unilaterally withdraw water from the international rivers, which will cause great damage to the country's environment, agriculture, industries
 arrow Dhaka risks losing US market unless labour standards adopted
US ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday said Bangladesh risked losing its market in the United States unless it adopted international labour standards.
 arrow Landmark return home
The first-ever survivor of the Siamese twins operation in Bangladesh went back home from the Islami Bank Central Hospital in Dhaka yesterday, but without his brother who died five days after the high-risk
 arrow Tigers' chance to avoid whitewash
With the series already lost Bangladesh will go into the fourth match at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium today knowing that they will have to beat Pakistan to avoid a whitewash in order end their one-day
 arrow Free trade now depends on Geneva meet
The future of global trade liberalisation after the collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Cancun depends on the meeting in Geneva by December 15 this year, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru
 arrow JS refuses to talk about US troops' immunity
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday rejected proposals for discussion on the much-talked-about pact between Dhaka and Washington under which no US soldier and officer charged with criminal offences can be tried
 arrow Edn ministry in holiday mood
The education ministry has been in a holiday mood since Monday, as the minister, state minister and education secretary went abroad.
 arrow Over 100 hurt as train derails in Chuadanga
More than 100 passengers were injured, five of them critically, when four bogies of an inter-city train from Khulna derailed near Ghoramara Bridge here yesterday.
 arrow Ashulia land-filling SC extends its stay order
The Supreme Court yesterday extended its stay order till November 8 on the operation of a High Court (HC) Division injunction that barred Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha) from preventing real estate
 arrow PM upset, stops dismantling of divider on Airport Road
Dismantling of the extravagantly-built road-divider on the Airport Road has finally stopped following a prime ministerial instruction.
 arrow C'wealth calls for rich's pledge for free trade deal
The world's richest countries must show a greater sense of commitment towards the creation of a new global multilateral trading accord after the collapse of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in
 arrow 2,000 nurses to be appointed this month, JS told
Two thousand nurses will be appointed in government hospitals this month, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khondakar Mosharraf Hossain told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
 arrow SC stays HC order on Sayedee's JS membership
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) order that revoked the parliament membership of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
 arrow Bismillah Airlines launches cargo service beyond Bangladesh
A private cargo airliner, Bismillah Airlines, formally launched Tuesday its Dhaka-Bangkok-Chittagong-Dhaka cargo flight.
 arrow Lawyers stage hunger strike, rally today
Lawyers under the banner of Six-point Implementation Committee yesterday announced a programme to resist the amendments to the Bar Council Order and the Civil Procedure Code (CPC).
 arrow Monica Ali on the list for Booker Prize
Women writers and first time novelists dominated the shortlist announced on Tuesday for the Booker Prize with bookmakers divided on who would win one of the world's most prestigious literary awards for
 arrow Attack more US troops, calls Saddam tape
Arabic television channel al Arabiya aired yesterday an audio tape it said was from ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in which he demanded the United States unconditionally withdraw its forces from Iraq.
 arrow Ship carrying chemical catches fire at Ctg Port
A chemical-carrying Bangladeshi ship caught fire at a jetty of Chittagong Port yesterday, but the loss of property in the blaze could not be known immediately.
 arrow Bangladeshi dead in Saudi prison fire
A Bangladeshi national died in Saudi prison fire on September 15.
 arrow JS passes bill on Bar council
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed 'The Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2003' bringing in some amendments.
Businessarrow CSE eyes redefining bourse ownership
The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) is actively considering demutualising the stock exchange to empower its management and make it independent.
 arrow Tk 1,850cr scheme for rural infrastructure

Aiming to develop rural infrastructure in 21 districts, the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Co-operatives has undertaken a massive project involving Tk 1,850 crore.

 arrow Indian politicians divided over divestment of oil majors
Whither India's privatisation programme? That is the question going the rounds afresh in trade and political circles, a day after the Supreme Court put on hold disinvestment of two state-owned oil majors
 arrow Tofail on collapse of Cancun talks
Former commerce minister Tofail Ahmed felt apart from keeping track with multilateral trade negotiations, which presently ran out of steam, Bangladesh must continue bilateral parleys to get trade benefits.
 arrow $5 lakh ADB aid for Ctg port efficiency study
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a technical assistance (TA) grant of US$ 500,000 (5 lakh) to prepare a project to improve the efficiency of Chittagong Port.
 arrow Dhaka urges Seoul to recruit workers
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday requested South Korea to recruit more workers from Bangladesh to reduce the huge trade gap between the two countries, tilted against Dhaka.
 arrow Law disputes to slow US farm funding bill
The US Senate may not debate a $77.5 billion annual agriculture funding bill if it is to be a vehicle for attacking the farm programme, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee told Reuters on Tuesday.
 arrow IMF meet puts Middle East economies into spotlight
Global disputes on currencies and divisions on trade are likely to loom large as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank prepare this week for their first-ever meetings in the Middle East.
 arrow HSBC backs China's yuan policy
Global banking giant HSBC Wednesday threw its support behind China's policy of maintaining the yuan at current levels amid growing international pressure, especially from the US, that it revalue.
 arrow Job conditions anger S'pore workers: Poll
Singapore, once a haven of full employment and a utopian economic vision, is increasingly becoming a home for angry and disenchanted workers, an international management consulting firm said on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Athletics: Abdullah, Chumki fastest in business
Abu Abdullah was crowned the new speed king while Samsunnahar Chumki retained her throne after their wins in the 100-metre sprints of the 8th National Summer Athletics competition at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Cricket : Musharraf grateful to Bangladesh

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf thanked Bangladesh for touring Pakistan and bringing international cricket back to his country. He also wished that they would soon win a Test match.

 arrow Cricket: Kamal's time excuse

Former Bangladesh coach Mohsin Kamal believes if he had been given at least another 12 months he could have changed the team's fortunes.

 arrow Hockey: China mission for hockey team
A 16-member Bangladesh hockey team leaves today to Kuala Lumpur with a mission to beat China in the eight-nation sixth Men's Asia Cup to be held from September 21-28.
 arrow Chess: Zia Rating chess champ
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman clinched the fourth Amrito Lal Dey International Rating chess title with eight points at the Barisal Police Library auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flower-less Zimbabwe

Craig Wishart and Trevor Gripper have been recalled to the squad for Zimbabwe's maiden Test tour of Australia next month.

 arrow Cricket: Gul Pakistan's McGrath
Hailing from a hamlet outside Peshawar, Umar Gul might well have followed in the footsteps of local squash greats Hashim, Jahangir and Jansher Khan who dominated their sport for decades.
 arrow Cricket: Minister plays down SA security fears

Pakistan Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat Wednesday brushed aside security fears among South African cricketers, assuring that the squad will have a safe tour of Pakistan.

 arrow Cricket: 'Resume Ind-Pak ties'
President Pervez Musharraf has urged rival India to revive bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, saying this would benefit the two countries and cricket in the region.
 arrow Hockey: Pakistan eying title
Pakistan's hockey team left for Malaysia Wednesday, hopeful of winning the Asia Cup and reviving the fortunes of the former giants of the game.
 arrow Football: Real put on a show
Real Madrid beat French hopefuls Marseille 4-2 on Tuesday as they opened their Champions League challenge with a powerful attacking display that also exposed some defensive flaws.
 arrow Football: Dida saves the day

Holders AC Milan began their Champions League defence with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Group H rivals Ajax at the San Siro here on Tuesday.

 arrow Football: A lesson in United

Quinton Fortune scored his first European goal for Manchester United as the English champions launched their Champions League campaign with a five-goal demolition of an overwhelmed Panathinaikos at

 arrow Football: Chelsea thank Gallas

French defender William Gallas struck the only goal of the game to give Chelsea's millionaires' club a winning 1-0 start to their Champions League campaign against Sparta Prague here on Tuesday.

Politicalarrow CPA secy-gen invites Hasina to confce
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Denis Marshal has invited Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina to 'attend and speak' at the opening ceremony of the 49th CPA conference
Metropolitanarrow Govt destroying education system: Hasina
Opposition Leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised the BNP-Jamaat government for granting permission to private universities that did not fulfil the criteria set by the government.
 arrow Dual role of shipping dept, BIWTA blamed for anarchy in transport sector
Speakers at a seminar yesterday criticised two government agencies in the river transport sector for failing to ensure safety and security of the passengers.
 arrow ISPs observe token strike
Internet service providers (ISPs) yesterday observed a half-an-hour token strike to press for immediate legalisation of internet telephony.
 arrow PM to inaugurate Int'l Film Festival today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate a gala week-long International Film Festival-2003 at the Osmany Memorial Hall here today amidst much pageantry and grandeur.
 arrow JUTA continues non-cooperation
The second day of the nine-day "non-cooperation" programme of Jahangirnagar University Teachers Association (JUTA) passed off peacefully yesterday.
Nationalarrow Floodwater enters Rajshahi city, C'nawabganj town
Flood situation in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Kushtia worsened yesterday as fresh areas were inundated following further rise in the water levels of the Padma and Mohananda.
 arrow Acid attack on 2 women in Satkhira, Chuadanga
Two women suffered serious burn injuries in acid attacks in Satkhira and Chuadanga on Tuesday night.
 arrow Eight 'outlaws' held in Khulna, Satkhira
Eight alleged outlaws were arrested in Khuklna and Satkhira on Tuesday.
 arrow Gaibandha district BNP body formed in Dhaka!
A Gaibandha district committee of BNP has been formed in Dhaka, party sources said here yesterday.

It was formed at BNP's central office on September 15 through election.

 arrow Three get 44 years RI for gangrape in Barisal
Three persons have been given 44 years' imprisonment for gangpare in Barisal and another given 14 years for raping a girl in Netrokona.
 arrow Govt dissolves NGO executive body
The government's Social Welfare Directorate has dissolved the executive committee of a Rajshahi-based NGO for alleged irregularities and involvement in political activities.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman murder case
Wife of slain Janakantha journalist Shamsur Rahman has submitted a naraji petition to the Magistrate's Court against the extended charge sheet in her husband's murder case, saying it is politically motivated.
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka-Yangon road works to start this year: Morshed
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said the construction of the proposed Bangladesh-Myanmar Highway through southeastern Chittagong over the Naaf river will start this year.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala bus link starts tomorrow
After a number of false starts, the long-awaited Dhaka-Agartala bus service is finally set to be launched tomorrow through a colourful inaugural programme in Dhaka and a similar programme later on the
 arrow Indonesia backs Bangladesh's OIC bid
Indonesia has supported Bangla-desh's candidature for the post of secretary general of the Organi-sation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Culturearrow Haimanti Shukla enthralls Dhaka audience
The real attraction of the evening on the fourth day of the Tonatuni Festival was a solo performance by Haimanti Shukla, one of India's most celebrated singers.
 arrow Classical vocal recital

The High Commission of India held a classical music night recently at the Russian Culture Centre.

 arrow Selim-al-Deen honoured
Jahangirnagar University family arranged a programme on the15th of this month to pay respect to Selim-al-Deen for winning the National award for the story of the film Kittonkhola.
 arrow Mega serial Mohona on ATN Bangla
Another new mega serial is waiting to be aired on ATN Bangla from September 27. Under the banner of Telereal Limited this 300-episode mega serial has been written and directed by Ananta Hira.
Generalarrow Parliamentary democracy under threat, says Ershad
Chairman of the Jatiya Party Hossain Mohammad Ershad yesterday criticised the government for failing to contain crimes and said the parliamentary democracy is under threat.
 arrow Admission quota system for children of expats
Children of expatriate Bangladeshis have been included in a recently introduced special quota system for admission to public and private educational institutes at the higher secondary level.
 arrow IT to help protect Hajj pilgrims from harassment
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said the use of information technology (IT) would help protect the Hajj pilgrims from all sorts of harassment at home and abroad.
 arrow Abducted boy's body found in Buriganga
The body of a minor boy abducted from Shyampur in Dhaka on Tuesday was retrieved from the Buriganga river last night, police said.
 arrow French navy officer meets naval chief
The visiting French Navy Flag Officer of the Indian Ocean Zone Rear Admiral Richard Wilmot-Rousel called on Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Shah Iqbal Mujtaba at Naval Headquarters at Banani yesterday.
 arrow Marine legal protection accord inadequate
Fishery is a major source of nutrition, employment, and income generation for the coastal people in eight upazilas of Cox's Bazar, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Palestinians blast US veto on Arafat
The United States' veto on a UN resolution that called on Israel to halt threats to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from the West Bank, generated sharp criticism from the Palestinians.
 arrow SAARC yes, but no summit with Pakistan:Indian FM
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Islamabad in January next to attend the Saarc meet need not necessarily provide a platform for a summit between India and Pakistan, said ExternalAffairs
 arrow US asks Tigers to end terror, return to talks
The United States marked the first anniversary of Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks by asking Tiger rebels to abandon "terrorism" and make realistic proposals to allow the negotiations to resume, the US
 arrow US sets up terrorist screening system
The US has set up a Terrorist Screening Centre (TSC), to consolidate many screening mechanisms into a single, comprehensive, anti-terror watch list that will become operational by December 1.
 arrow Iraq destroyed WMD 10 years ago: Blix
Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix now believes Iraq destroyed its weapons of mass destruction 10 years ago and that intelligence agencies were wrong in their weapons assessment that led to war.
 arrow US braces for Hurricane Isabel
US authorities ordered more than 150,000 people to leave the North Carolina coast, as the waning yet feared Hurricane Isabel steadily closed in to its expected landfall early Thursday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Apology for juvenile reformatory
The correction centre for juvenile delinquents at Tongi, which was set up with a view to giving the errant under-aged a positive direction to their lives, is not serving its purpose.
 arrow Editorial: Unsafe launches still plying!
It is a tale-tell throwing of caution to the four winds. On September 5 evening, MV Nabik was loading passengers unmindful of its bottom having ruptured to let water in.
 arrow India and Israel: Anatomy of a strategic partnership
While many think both India and Israel are occupation powers, the two nations feel they're victims of global terrorism.
 arrow Two sides of one coin
Mumbai: A new Bollywood tear-jerker about love and hate between Indians and Pakistanis has a fundamentalist villain who looks exactly like Burhanuddin Rabbani, one of the more bearded lions of the Afghan
Letters to Editorarrow Khulna is in danger
Political murders are continuing in Khulna. The murder of Khulna city Awami League leader Monjurul Imam caused unrest across the country including Khulna.
 arrow Which one is right?
Of late, the opportunity of doing various complicated medical tests has increased tremendously. Now, one would find a diagnostic lab/centre even at one's residential lane.
 arrow IAEA and Iran
The IAEA is taking a tough line against Iran's nuclear programme. But it is mysteriously blind about India, and specially Israel.
 arrow Business and private TTCs
Education is now a business in our country. Now there are only 11 government Teachers' Training colleges (TTCs) in Bangladesh.
Focusarrow WTO at Cancun: Assessing the outcome
The Cancun WTO trade talks have collapsed.
 arrow India's gigantic river project
India's ruling party, BJP wants to link 30 major international rivers and divert their flow to the southeast and southwest at an estimated cost of US $120 billion.
 arrow Are we up for effective traffic management?
In order to ease the perennial traffic jams of Dhaka City, the major newspapers have recently published reports regarding a plan to demolish the SAARC fountain and the roundabout near the Fisheries Department.