Vol. 4 Num 116 Fri. September 19, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Politicised bureaucracy blocks good governance
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday expressed grave concern about the present state of bureaucracy and identified increasing politicisation, gross corruption and inefficiency as the three major stumbling
 arrow Pressure ups to bring AL to CPA meet
With pressure on the government mounting to ensure participation of the Awami League (AL) in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference, the AL and the government stand rigid on their
 arrow Chevron-Texaco sellout bid hits Tullow snags
The Chevron-Texaco bid to sell out its Bangladesh stakes to a low-performing company, Niko Resources, has faced a setback as Tullow Oil, a partner in the same operation, has aired its reservations about
 arrow Moudud unwanted in Bars
Lawyers under the Six-Point Implementation Committee yesterday declared Law Minister Moudud Ahmed 'unwanted' in the Bar associations across the country and demanded his immediate resignation from thecabinet.
 arrow Tormented in the twisting world of young criminals
Juvenile delinquents at the Correctional Institute at Tongi are doubly tortured, by the confines of imprisonment for minor offences and by the convicts of the same age group kept together at the samecentre.
 arrow Pakistan win a cliffhanger
Bangladesh were closing in on their first win in four years yesterday but the excited Tigers could not hold their nerves against Pakistan in the end.
 arrow Taskforce to remove hurdles to FDI soon
To remove impediments to foreign investment, the government yesterday decided to form a taskforce headed by the executive chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI).
 arrow Three US troops 'killed' in Iraq ambush
At least three American soldiers have been killed in an attack on a convoy in the town of Khaldiyah, west of Baghdad, according to witnesses.
 arrow No respite for road-divider
Dismantling of the Airport Road divider will resume once the Prime Minister's Office approves a design for beautification and widening of space after re-evaluation, said an official at the Roads and Highways
 arrow PM for celluloid to unite people
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon local and foreign artistes and filmmakers to make films that bring people closer.
 arrow JS session prorogued
The ninth session of the Jatiya Sangsad was prorogued last night amid serious quorum crisis and boycott of the main opposition.
 arrow Minister accuses MP of abuse of project fund in Sangsad
State Minister for local government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ziaul Haque Zia yesterday accused a ruling BNP lawmaker of abuse of government fund.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala bus service finally begins today
The Dhaka-Agartala bus service is finally set to be launched today at a colourful ceremony in Dhaka.
 arrow Kidnap bid at school thwarted
School authorities foiled an attempt to kidnap a schoolboy during class hours near the city's Kotwali Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Elderly doctor in Jhenaidah chopped to death
The founding president of Khulna division's Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) was chopped to death by miscreants in Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Paksey trucks asked to take alternate routes
All stranded trucks and other vehicles waiting in queues at Paksey and Bheramara have been asked to use Nagarbari and Daulatdia routes respectively, the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) announced yesterday.
 arrow UNGA to hold special meet on Arafat today
The UN General Assembly will hold a special meeting today on the Middle East after Israel's threat to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from the West Bank, UN sources said Thursday.
 arrow Govt plans legal action against Sitakunda ship-breaker
The Department of Environment (DoE) is preparing for legal action against the ship-breakers for scraping tankers without taking precautions that lead to the gushing out of highly toxic gas and pollution
 arrow C'wealth urges rich to lower trade barriers
Commonwealth finance ministers representing many of the world's poor wrapped up a three-day meeting here yesterday by declaring their support for a global multilateral trading system.
 arrow 'Criminal', farm caretaker killed
An alleged criminal, a caretaker of a fish farm, and a suspected thief were killed in Mirpur, Pallabi and Mitford yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka to press Seoul for legalising workers at today's talks
Dhaka is likely to press Seoul for signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on legalising illegal workers and increasing employment quota in South Korea during an official discussion today.
 arrow Akbar asks CPA to start work on Newmooring terminal
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday directed the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to start construction of the Newmooring Container Terminal (NCT) this year.
Businessarrow Tripura to help build trade ties with northeastern India
The visiting chief minister of Indian state Tripura has assured the local business community of extending all-out supports to build up Bangladesh's trade relations with the northeastern region of India.
 arrow Raw material dearth pushes iron rod price up, say traders
While housing industry people vented their concern over the rising price of iron rod, traders said scarcity of raw material, newly imposed taxes, extortion and power disruption have resulted in the price
 arrow Bangladesh achieves success in macro-economic sectors
Bangladesh achieved tremendous success in education, health and macro-economic sectors in last two years, earning appreciation of the donors.
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The US dollar was firm against the Bangladesh taka and the euro in inter-bank trading yesterday due to optimism of dollar's gain after the IMF report, foreign exchange dealers of different commercialbanks
 arrow Experts seek permanent body for sick industries
An expert panel recommended the formation of a permanent modern institution styled 'Bangladesh Industries Rehabilitation Board' for rehabilitating some 2,500 sick industries in the country.
 arrow Kathmandu keen to expand trade with Dhaka
Nepal yesterday expressed its keen desire to expand trade and commerce with Bangladesh and also stressed upon finding out new avenues for enhanced business between the two countries.
 arrow Ctg tea sale witnesses stronger demand
The tea sale was marked by a stronger demand with both export and internal buyers operating more actively yesterday.
 arrow Oil 'shocks' may threaten global recovery in 2004
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday that oil prices will remain volatile next year and warned against possible "shocks" that could threaten economic recovery.
 arrow IMF urges Asia to allow currency appreciation
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday urged China and other Asian countries to allow their currencies to appreciate against the dollar in order to spare the global economy "a serious problem"
Sportsarrow Football: A mere formality?

The inter-club footballers' transfer for the coming Premier Division and First Division leagues begin tomorrow but it won't evoke the usual excitement among the fans as the major clubs have already

 arrow Football: BFF undecided over Aminul
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) failed to take any decision on country's number one custodian Aminul Haq in its executive meeting yesterday as the one-member inquiry committee submitted an incomplete
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is the smallest of six international cricket venues in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Pak legends sing along too

Heroes of Pakistan's inaugural cricket tour of India more than 50 years ago have called for the resumption of regular matches to help ease tensions between the bitterly divided neighbours.

 arrow SAF Games in March
The ninth South Asian Federation (SAF) Games will be held in Islamabad from Marsh 27 to April 7 next year.

It was decided in a meeting of South Asian Sports Federation (SASF) in Lahore yesterday.

 arrow Badminton: Open badminton Kanika, Mono lift women's doubles
Kanika and Momo of Biman clinched the women's doubles title of the Sadat Smriti Summer Open Badminton Championship after defeating teammates Nuri and Ruma in the final 15-9, 17-15 at the Wooden-floorGymnasium
 arrow Hockey team off to KL
Bangladesh hockey team left yesterday for Kuala Lumpur to take part in the eight-nation sixth Men's Asia Cup, which will be held from September 21-28.
 arrow Cricket: SA tour to go ahead

South Africa have confirmed their tour of Pakistan will go ahead as planned.

 arrow Cricket : Sachin toys with RoI

Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday punished his India teammates with a gutsy 94 in a major first-class match ahead of next month's Test series against New Zealand.

 arrow Cricket: Mushtaq, Sussex rejoice

Sussex clinched the English county championship title for the first time in their 164-year history on Thursday when they reached 302 for two in the first innings of their final match of the seasonagainst

 arrow Cricket: Cricket versus AIDS

An AIDS patient will toss the coin at next month's first Test between India and New Zealand as part of a new initiative by world cricket chiefs to fight the dreaded disease, it was announced on Thursday.

 arrow Tennis: Verkerk opens against India

French Open finalist Martin Verkerk will start for the Netherlands against unfancied Indian Rohan Bopanna in their Davis Cup World Group relegation battle here on Friday.

 arrow Football: Gunners Inter-bushed
Arsenal's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League suffered a huge setback on Wednesday as Arsene Wenger's side slumped to a 3-0 home defeat by Inter Milan at Highbury.
 arrow Football: Neill to do it again

Blackburn's Australian defender Lucas Neill says he would have no hesitation in jumping in again despite the howls of protest over his two-footed lunge which broke Jamie Carragher's leg in last week's

 arrow Football: Makaay the difference
Roy Makaay repaid a huge slice of his 18.
 arrow Football: Ferrara carries Juve

Last season's beaten finalists Juventus opened their Champions League campaign with a scrappy 2-1 win over Galatasaray at the Delle Alpi stadium here on Wednesday.

Politicalarrow Govt released 53,000 criminals: Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the coalition government of killing 24,000 people across the country during its 23 months' rule.
 arrow Shibir man threatens RU pro-VC
An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) unit of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday verbally abused and threatened the RU pro vice-chancellor as he refused to receive controversial books as complimentary
Metropolitanarrow US Corner to be set up at Sylhet Int'l University
An American Corner will be set up on the Sylhet International University campus to foster cooperation and mutual understanding, said US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday.
 arrow Sensational murder cases reviewed
The 31st meeting of the home ministry monitoring cell formed to dispose of sensational and important cases was held on Wednesday chaired by State Minister Lutfuzzaman Babar.
 arrow Acute session jam at JU
Session jam at Jahangirnagar University has become acute due to teachers' movement for the removal of the vice-chancellor since September 2002.
Culturearrow Fareedy still reigns in the heart of drama lovers
Whenever drama lovers talk about drama, mention about 80s is inevitable, because this decade is considered as the golden age in the history of our drama.
 arrow 'Horlicks Genius Bangladesh 2003'
For the first time ever in Bangladesh, a national level inter-school quiz contest will be conducted by GSK Consumer Health Care Division, says a press release.
 arrow Ebong Ami in Fantasy Kingdom
A gathering of the stars and background artistes of the drama serial Ebong Ami by Zinat Hakim was held at the Fantasy Kingdom at Ashulia recently.
 arrow A new dimension: clubs at "The Laurels"
It all started with "Homework!" The parents felt the burden thrust on to the tiny but growing shoulders of their fledglings.
Generalarrow Move to hand over roads to LGED protested
Prokoushali O Sramik-Karmachari Parishad of Roads and Highways Department yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Sarak Bhaban in the city to protest the decision of the planning commission tohand
 arrow Tendency of non-adherence to laws a big problem
Former chief justice Mostafa Kamal yesterday said respect for law is essential for creating a happy and decent society and stressed that all quarters regardless of their political affiliation or other
 arrow BDR to be deployed during Durga Puja
Home Minister Air Vice Marshal (retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday warned of stern actions against attempts of harming the communal harmony during the upcoming Durga Puja, the greatest religiousfestival
 arrow 8 get life for rape in Barguna
Eight persons have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life and fined Tk 1 lakh each for raping two cousins at Khagbunia village in Sadar upazila of Barguna district in March last year.
 arrow Stand beside acid victims
Deputy Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui has urged the members of the Lions Club International (LCI) to stand beside the acid victims by providing medical facilities to them.
 arrow LDF protests Israeli move to expel Arafat
Left Democratic Front ( LDF) yesterday formed a human chain protesting Israeli move to expel Palestine President Yasser Arafat from his territory and death threat to him.
 arrow PCP submits memo to edn minister
Chittagong Hill Tracts Hill Students' Council yesterday submitted a memorandum to Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk urging him to implement their five-point demand including introduction of primaryeducation
 arrow 8,000 phensidyl bottles seized
Police recovered 8,000 bottles of phensidyl from a truck on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Rayerbagh Wednesday night.
 arrow Prosecution ends arguments
The prosecution lawyers yesterday completed their arguments in college student Faisal murder case.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Veto on Arafat's security
The world is left shell-shocked by the US vetoing a UNSC resolution to save Yasser Arafat from expulsion or physical annihilation as threatened in an Israeli cabinet decision early this week.
 arrow Cancun confrontation and concocted comparative advantage
The Cancun Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended in a fiasco. That the conference would face a heat inside an air-conditioned hall was anybody's guess.
 arrow The ordinary life
Just think that your familiar world starts to recede all on a sudden. Your television, DVD, air conditioner, motorcar, mobile phone and all other amenities tumble into an invisible gorge.
 arrow Will Watergate be repeated in 'Kellygate'?
With the resignation of British prime minister Tony Blair's most powerful aide, his director of communication and strategy Alastair Campbell, the hope of the people of Britain and outside world has naturally
Letters to Editorarrow Performances of police and politicians 'satisfactory'!
Contrary to what the common people believe and are observing in their day-to-day lives, the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the home ministry finds the performance of our police force 'satisfactory'!
 arrow Heritage threatened, save it
I appreciate the managers and correspondents of the "Star City" page, who are divulging inside stories and educating the public, who have so far been unaware of many facts and figures of historic andmodern
 arrow Palestine and our leaders
A lot of Muslims now seem to think that the latest fashion in town is to blame Yasser Arafat for the Mid East conflict.
 arrow 9/11: Transcript will make us share the pain
The other day I came across a news item in The Daily Star (29th of August 2003) regarding the publication of the transcripts of the telephone calls made from inside the World Trade Centre on 9\11.
 arrow The Cancun catastrophe
The Cancun summit is over. Bangladesh went there as the co-ordinator of the LDCs (Least Developed Countries). But, Bangladesh has failed to highlight its own points.
 arrow Fault lies with foreign investors too
The DS report, "Japanese investors tell of business distresses," almost sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.
 arrow Development philosophy needs rehaul
The present government has taken a number of positive steps to create employment opportunities in both public and private sectors.
 arrow The myth of BOOT
Now a days, there are widespread talks of embarking upon VVIP projects like the magnetic train, elevated express highway etc.
 arrow Women's attitude towards women
In a patriarchal society like ours, women are never given the respect they deserve. All types of facilities are mostly enjoyed by the male members of the society. But there is another side of this deprivation.
 arrow Politics and public sufferings
On 15 September, the Awami league arranged a big rally. After their debacle in the last election, this was the biggest show of force.
 arrow "9/11: Was it a conspiracy"
It was interesting to read Tirtho Mahmood's reaction to "9/11: Was it a conspiracy" (DS 15/9/03).
 arrow GrameenPhone's response
The attention of GrameenPhone has been drawn by two letters written by Musabber Islam of IUB and published on August 27 and September 15, 2003 in this newspaper.
Environmentarrow Combating desertification
Bangladesh has always been known as a land of stunning greenery, a land of plenty, a land of rivers, of fish and forest. Today this picture is undergoing a most unfortunate transformation.
 arrow India's river linking plan: Consequence on major fisheries of Bangladesh
Imagine a scenario hundred years from now. The curator of Dhaka Museum is showing a skeletal remains of Hilsa fish, a recently extinct species, to the visiting school children.
 arrow The majestic mayur: Extinct in Bangladesh
During my childhood I was given a tiny piece of a beautiful feather of a mayur, peacock, Common, Blue or Indian Peahen Pavo cristatus. This was for using as a book mark for my Holy Koran.
Urbanarrow The Water Bodies of Dhaka --Part II
Thanks to the resolve of environmentalists, individually and institutionally, backed up by the conscientious media, there is now a growing concern about our dwindling water bodies.
Worldarrow Arafat ready for fight to death but wants truce
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said he was ready for a fight to the death with Israel if they tried to remove him from the West Bank as he repeated calls for a new ceasefire, in an interview with the
 arrow No evidence linking Saddam to Sept 11 attacks: Bush
President Bush distanced himself on Wednesday from comments by Vice President Dick Cheney that left the impression he saw a possible link between Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
 arrow 12 militants killed in Kashmir
Violence continued unabated in Kashmir yesterday with the fatal shootings of more than a dozen Islamic militants by Indian soldiers and rebels in separate incidents around the restive Himalayan province.
 arrow Repentant Bali bomber gets life sentence
Remorseful Bali bomber Ali Imron was jailed for life yesterday for helping organise and execute last year's deadly nightclub attacks, but he escaped the death penalty given earlier to an older brother.
 arrow Arroyo lauds generals amid coup rumours
As rumours swirled of more attempts to destabilise her government, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met retired generals yesterday and thanked them for their support in reforming the military.
 arrow 'Taliban planning attacks on UN, US forces'
Taliban commanders in two Afghan provinces are plotting attacks on United Nations workers, US-led forces and Afghan officials, the United States warned Wednesday.
 arrow 'Suu Kyi undergoes surgery'
Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi underwent surgery described as "not so serious" at a private hospital in Yangon yesterday, an Asian diplomat told AFP.

"It is confirmed.

 arrow US, Britain 'over-interpreted' Iraq threat, says Blix
The United States and Britain "over-interpreted" the threat posed by Iraq and its yet-to-be-found stash of weapons of mass destruction, former chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix said yesterday.
 arrow US prepares revisions to UN resolution on Iraq
The United States is making changes to its draft UN Security Council resolution to make it more palatable to countries that objected to the original document, senior US officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Laden marshals al-Qaeda against US from a cave
Osama bin Laden is running the terror war against the United States from a cave, a press report said yesterday, quoting a source it said was the chief of training for the al-Qaeda network.
 arrow Hurricane Isabel bears down on mid-Atlantic
Hurricane Isabel's windy fringes hit the US East Coast early on yesterday as the storm, packing 105 mph winds and torrential rains, bore down on the mid-Atlantic region.
 arrow 'Iran eager to talk with US'
Jordanian King Abdullah II told The Washington Post that Iran and the United States shared enough common ground for a dialogue on Iraq and that Tehran was eager to settle the dispute over its nuclearprogramme.