Volume 4 Number 118 Sun. September 21, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Pressure budges AL, govt on CPA joining
Under pressure from the Commonwealth nations, the government and the main opposition Awami League (AL) are going to budge from their stances on the upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
 arrow 18 'extremists' held at BNP leader's house
Eighteen alleged Islamic extremists were arrested late Friday night while they converged at the residence of a BNP leader at Boalmari upazila in Faridpur.
 arrow Panam Nagar now protected
At long last the government has announced the entire Panam Nagar, a town that hosted the seat of the rulers of Sonargaon during the British rule, an archeologically protected site.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon eye defence pairing
Top military personnel of Bangladesh and Myanmar will discuss sharing of military intelligence to curb sea piracy, insurgency and arms smuggling.
 arrow BB probes 'money transfer' by airline GSA to Malaysia
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) is probing allegations that Silkways Cargo Services Ltd., the general sales agent (GSA) of the Malaysian Airline System (MAS), illegally remitted funds to Malaysia.
 arrow Taskforce for CHT refugees grounded for 2 years
The Office of the Taskforce for Chittagong Hill Tracts Refugee Rehabilitation Affairs (TCHTRRA) has virtually remained abandoned for the last two years, after the resignation of its chairman DipankarTalukder,
 arrow Unification of health, family planning wings reversed
The health ministry has reversed its earlier decision to unify health and family planning wings of the ministry, sparking off a controversy in the health sector.
 arrow 3 of a family acid-burnt following marriage refusal
Three members of a family were acid-burnt at Rajair in Madaripur Friday, as they turned down a proposal of marriage to their adolescent daughter.
 arrow 3 killed in city
Three persons were gunned down and three others injured in separate incidents at Kafrul, Demra and Lalbagh yesterday.
 arrow Win or whitewash for Tigers today
A win or a whitewash will what be on Bangladesh's mind when they take on hosts Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day match at the Karachi National Stadium today.
 arrow Gas export, transit to help reduce trade gap: Tripathy
India considers export of natural gas and offer of land transit by Bangladesh as two effective means of reducing the yawning trade gap between Dhaka and New Delhi.
 arrow Broken Pipe
 arrow 'Bangladesh down with graft, red tape'
Weak incentives for performance, corruption, imperfect monitoring and administrative logjams impede public service delivery in many least developed countries (LDCs), making their development elusive.
 arrow WB may double aid if reform pace sustained
The World Bank has indicated if the current reform process in Bangladesh is sustained, economic assistance to the country can be doubled-- from around $500 million in the last fiscal to one billion this
 arrow Bangladeshis set eyes on Everest
It's no big deal nowadays to reach the peak of Mount Everest, the highest summit in the world, but no Bangladeshi has ever been there. Now a group of Bangladeshi trekkers are dreaming to explore the Everest.
 arrow Iraq council member shot, critically hurt
Aquila al-Hashimi, a member of Iraq's Governing Council, was shot and critically wounded yesterday in an assassination attempt outside her home in western Baghdad, police and doctors said.
 arrow Give Ayodhya site to Hindus
Unfazed by the special court in Rae Bareli framing charges against BJP leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case, the BJP yesterday said it was proud to be associated with the Ram temple movement and appealed
 arrow Tullow slams Block 9 share transfer
Transfer of Chevron-Texaco's shares in Block 9 to Canadian firm Niko Resources Limited has evoked sharp reaction from Tullow Oil Plc, another stakeholder in the gas block, with the Irish company levelling
 arrow Proteas won't tour Pakistan
South Africa have cancelled their tour to Pakistan because of security concerns, the United Cricket Board (UCB) said on Saturday.
 arrow 15 indigenous families flee after attack by criminals
At least 15 indigenous families of Hatathpara village in Mohonpur upazila fled their homes, after a gang of local criminals attacked them and demolished a house Saturday morning.
 arrow Security up at Khagrachhari to quell tension
Authorities yesterday tightened security in Khagrachhari fearing another spell of violence in the form of a showdown by Bangali settlers.
Businessarrow Saifur slams IMF rigidity
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has urged International Monetary Fund to be more flexible in its approach and take into account the emerging socio-economic and, sometimes, political imperatives of ademocratic
 arrow Lottery sheds fat of NCC Bank board
Failing to slim down board size as per instruction of the central bank, a private commercial bank had to go for a lottery to decide the maximum 13 directors.
 arrow ADB plans workshops to frame country strategy
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans four regional consultation workshops in September and October as part of its process to frame a fresh country strategy and programme (CSP) for Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka needs strategy to face challenges in RMG sector
Speakers at a function here yesterday stressed the need for immediate preparation of a strategy for the readymade garments (RMG) sector to face challenges of the restriction-free environment after 2004.
 arrow Young entrepreneurs' int'l confce begins Wednesday
Young entrepreneurs from Asia talk agro-based enterprises and business issues as they gather in a summit in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow FBCCI seeks Spanish help in manufacturing sector
As part of an effort to widen the scopes of trade and investment, the FBCCI has urged the Spanish government and private sector to bring in their low-cost technology to Bangladesh's manufacturing sector.
 arrow World trade talks top agenda at EU farm ministers meeting
Salvaging world trade talks and showing that the European Union is serious about reforming its coveted farm subsidies program are expected to top the agenda of two days of informal talks by EU agriculture
 arrow G7 meets as US seeks to pressure Asian currency policies
Finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the world's seven richest nations met here Saturday with the United States pushing for the group to step up pressure on Asian countries to change their currency
 arrow IMF chief upbeat on global recovery but warns of risks
IMF managing director Horst Koehler on Friday expressed guarded optimism about the state of the global economy, but highlighted looming risks that threaten the prospects for a sustained recovery.
 arrow US wants G7 to call for 'flexible' exchange rates
The United States wants the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations to call at their meeting here for countries to have "flexible" exchange rates, but is not seeking to single out any nation for criticism,
Sportsarrow Football: Ahoy band of Brothers
The inter-cub footballers' transfer experienced an extraordinary scene yesterday afternoon when the season's sensation Brothers Union Club signed up their 'galaxy players' after parading the city streets
 arrow Cricket: SA call off Pak tour
South African cricket officials called off their tour to Pakistan Saturday, citing security fears following a bomb blast in its largest city of Karachi Friday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB shocked

South Africa's decision to pull out of their tour of Pakistan at the eleventh hour left cricket officials here utterly shocked.

 arrow Cricket: BD leave for Pakistan Oct 28

Bangladesh will play their first match on the opening day of the four-nation under-19 cricket tournament against Pakistan in Lahore on October 31.

 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh begin campaign today
Bangladesh hockey team starts their 6th Men's Asia Cup campaign today against giants Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket

Three Star Club defeated Chalantika Club by 30 runs in a cricket competition at the Eidgah playground here yesterday.

After winning the toss, Three Star batted and collected 180 runs.

 arrow Hockey: Asian war starts today
The 6th Asia Cup gets underway in Kuala Lumpur Sunday with the eight competing countries looking to secure an auto-matic place in the 2006 World Cup to be held in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin puts Mumbai atop
Sachin Tendulkar geared up for next month's Test series against New Zealand with a second successive half-century against his India teammates in a major domestic match here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Spain ride on Ferrero, Moya
Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya put Spain in sight of the Davis Cup final on Friday when they opened up a 2-0 lead in their semifinal clash over Argentina while Australia and Switzerland were locked
 arrow Tennis: Bopanna fails to dent Dutch
Unfancied Indian Rohan Bopanna came within a whisker of a major upset here Friday when he lost to Dutchman Martin Verkerk in a marathon opening singles in their Davis Cup World Group relegation clash.
 arrow Tennis: Dementieva to meet Rubin
Top seed seed Elena Dementieva fought off a gutsy performance Saturday by Japan's Ai Sugiyama, beating the third seed 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the final of the WTA Shanghai Polo Open here.
 arrow Football: Crespo doubles Woves' pain
Hernan Crespo scored his first goals for Chelsea as Claudio Ranieri's multi-million-pound squad stormed to the top of the Premiership with a five-goal demolition of newcomers Wolves on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Nistelrooy being nice

Ruud van Nistelrooy paid a glowing tribute to Thierry Henry as the Premiership's deadliest sharp-shooters get ready for a shoot-out at Old Trafford.

 arrow Football: China paid compensation

Football's world governing body FIFA has paid China one million dollars as compensation for losing the 2003 women's football World Cup, a top FIFA official said on Friday.

 arrow Football: Portugal promises security

Portugal's security preparations for the Euro 2004 finals, faulted by a number of top officials as being incomplete just nine-months from the big kick-off, will be ready on time, Interior MinisterAntonio

Metropolitanarrow Attack on Jubo League confce in Keraniganj: 15 injured
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Jubo Dal yesterday attacked the annual conference of Ruhitpur Union Jubo League at Sonakanda under Keraniganj Upazila injuring around 15 Jubo League workers
 arrow 'Construct more hostels for professional women'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to construct more hostels for the professional women and female students in the metropolitan cities.
 arrow Deadline for sanitation coverage refixed
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government has refixed a 2010 deadline for countrywide sanitation coverage advancing the earlier one by five years.
Nationalarrow Land acquired for college violating HC injunction
The Rajshahi district administration has acquired 1.
 arrow Ship dismantled ignoring warning, DoE probe says
The Department of Environment (DoE) after a two-day investigation said MT Santa Ynez which was being dismantled at Silvia Ship Breaking Industries at Kadam Rasul in Sitakunda had 'combustible sulfur'in
 arrow Man sentenced for 'selling' wife at Kolkata brothel
A man has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for selling his wife and sister-in-law at a brothel in Kolkata in West Bengal.
 arrow Pir followers, rivals clash in Ctg: 10 hurt
At least ten people were injured when two rival Islamic organisations clashed at a rally on the premises of Jhautala railway station here on Friday.
 arrow 72-hour road barricade in Khagrachari from Sept 26
Chittagong Hill Tracts Repatriate Jumma Refugee Welfare Association (RJRWA) leaders yesterday threatened of a 72-hour road barricade in Khagrachhari from September 26 if effective steps are not announced
 arrow Day-long anti-drug campaign at B'baria
It was a different day for the people of Brahmanbaria town.
 arrow Removal of college principal demanded 'for corruption'
A rally held on the premises of Sunderganj Degree College yesterday demanded removal of its principal for his alleged involvement in corruption.
 arrow 15 injured as villagers clash in Patuakhalui
At least 15 people were injured, ten of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups of people at Muraida villagers in Dumki Upazila on Friday.
 arrow Polls in Magura UP today
Union Parishad election in Mohammadpur Sadar upazila will be held today after eleven years.

For the first time, a woman is contesting for the post of chairman.

 arrow Inclusion of Ittefaq reporter's name in charge sheet protested
Local journalists have condemned inclusion of the Ittefaq reporter Farazi Azmal Hossain in Janakantha journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case.
Culturearrow Penchant for Tagore songs
Tapan Mahmud has been performing Tagore songs since 1969. He is the Secretary of Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Shangstha and heads an organisation named Baitalik, teaching Tagore songs.
 arrow Uttarpurush focuses on poet Matin Boiragi
Uttarpurush has been quite a familiar name among the literary enthusiasts. A little magazine of poetry, Uyttarpurush has been working on the poets and their poetry of the 1970s.
Generalarrow Charges framed against four in Sultana Panni murder case
The Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Dhaka, yesterday framed charges against four accused in the Sultana Khan Panni murder case.
 arrow Presence of criminal with ministers draws flak
The presence of a top criminal at a ward BNP conference Friday in presence of Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman and State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir has sparked strong resentment
 arrow Morshed leaves for NY to attend UNGA session
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left Dhaka yesterday for New York to attend the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Internationalarrow European trio for rapid power transfer in Iraq
Britain, France and Germany joined forces yesterday to call for a transfer of power in Iraq "as quickly as possible" and a central role for the United Nations, while failing to hide their differences.
 arrow 11 killed in Kashmir gunfights
Nine suspected Islamic rebels and two Indian soldiers were killed yesterday in gun battles in Kashmir, including an army raid on a meeting of top militants, defence sources said.
 arrow Train-bus collision kills 40 in Pakistan
At least 40 people were killed in a powerful collision early yesterday when a train ploughed into a packed bus on a railway crossing in central Pakistan, police said.

"At least 40 people have died.

 arrow UN observers call for truce along LoC
UN military observers monitoring skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir urged the nuclear neighbours to lay down arms for good.
 arrow Arafat praises UN vote urging Israel to drop threat
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat yesterday thanked all the United Nations member states which voted in favour of a resolution urging Israel to drop its threat to "remove" him.
 arrow Millions still in dark as Isabel fades away
The floodwaters of Isabel ebbed away from city streets and suburban docks across the Mid-Atlantic, but millions of people remained without power and faced the drudgery of cleaning out basements and yards
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dhaka-Agartala bus service
The long-awaited bus service between Dhaka and Agartala has finally materialised, with the first bus leaving Dhaka on its way to the capital of the Indian state of Tripura on Friday.
 arrow Editorial: Catastrophe at ship-breaking yard
We share the concerns expressed by environmentalists over pollution taking place at and around the ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.
 arrow Cancun: A post-mortem
Cancun may turn out to be a more important watershed than Seattle in signaling how the global economy is going to be run.
 arrow What will happen to the Dukhimon Begums?
The Daily star of July 24, 2003 published a back page article entitled "When Death Looks Greener than Starvation.
Letters to Editorarrow Governance crisis in Bangladesh
Nowadays a much talked about phrase, 'good governance' is being discussed in the Third World countries like Bangladesh.
 arrow Recruitment, appointment and promotion of government officers
Over the past thirty years it has become a common phenomenon in our country to make large-scale, unreasonable and unjustified recruitment, appointment and promotion of government officers.
 arrow Forgery
I am shocked by the revelation that two teachers of the Architecture faculty of BUET have been found guilty of forging documents. They did it to advance their careers.
 arrow Danger ahead!
I was shocked to read about the illegal activities of an Islamic radical group called "Jamaetul Mujahedin." It is our duty to take precautions and actions against these radical groups.
 arrow A good decision
It's a great pleasure to learn that the High Court has spoken against an election fraud by a veteran Jamaat leader.
Star Holidayarrow Meandering through mystic land
IT's a three-day trip to the northwest -- of richer experience -- with my colleague. Our stay appeared fluid -- full of suspense offered by the journey into the half-known.
Star Healtharrow Take plenty of fibre to avoid anal fissure
Lot of people suffer from pain in anal canal. It is a distressing and annoying symptoms. Fissure means an ulcer or a crack in anal canal. Anus means the passage through which we pass motion and wind.
 arrow Betel-quid and areca-nut carcinogenic to humans

Betel-quid and areca-nut chewing - a traditional habit widely practiced in many parts of Asia - is also popular among immigrants resident in the United Kingdom, other parts of Europe, North America

 arrow Children suffer most from the effects of ozone depletion
"Save O3ur Sky: There is a Hole Lot More to Do for Our Children"

Every year, there are between two and three million new cases of non-malignant melanomas and more than 130 000 new melanoma skin cancer

Star Cityarrow Banned polythene creeps back
The use of polythene shopping bags goes unchecked despite a government ban, but law enforcers seem half-hearted in dealing with the illegal practice.
 arrow Steps to Streamline High-rises
Ministry of Public Works and Housing at a meeting yesterday endorsed the draft of Dhaka Metropolitan High-rise Building Construction Rules 2003, sources said.
 arrow SOS from Malitola mosque
The conservation of Haji Mainuddin Mosque, built in 1896, in Malitola remains uncertain as the archaeology department lacks funds for protection.
 arrow Yearning for America goes wired
This year round, craving for American visa runs high even after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the fabled land of opportunities, but with a difference.
 arrow Safe water crisis haunts Hazaribagh residents
The residents of Baddanagar at Hazaribagh are long suffering from severe water crisis due to dilapidated water pipe network in the area.
 arrow A bitter-sweet amra tale
While moving around the city, you are bound to be approached by amra vendors or amrawallahs and often, it's very hard to resist the temptation of munching on the delightful green fruit.
 arrow DCC employees guard illegal shops

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials seemed unable to dismantle 12 illegally built shops in front of the DCC central garage at Sayedabad apparently because of threats from local hoodlums.