Volume 4 Number 119 Mon. September 22, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Ctg Port operations on hold as ships collide, 20 navy men hurt
Chittagong Port operations were suspended and at least 20 navy sailors injured when a Panamanian-flagged ship crashed into a Bangladeshi vessel at the entry channel of the port yesterday evening.
 arrow AL won't attend CPA conference
Sticking to its earlier decision, the main opposition Awami League (AL) will not join the upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference and conveyed its decision to the envoys of Commonwealth
 arrow Hosts make it 5-0
Bangladesh suffered a series whitewash when they lost the fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan by 58 runs at the Karachi National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in city, bodies of 3 more retrieved
Three, including a boy, were killed in separate incidents in the city and decomposed bodies of three others were found yesterday.

Five-year-old Md.

 arrow Ensure South Talpatty's sovereignty
The parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry yesterday asked the navy to ensure Bangladesh's sovereignty over South Talpatty, called New Moore by India, which claims and controls the deltaic
 arrow Telecoms crash as fire burns N'ganj exchange
Telecommunications of Narayanganj district almost collapsed as the main distribution frame (MDF) of the exchange there burnt in a fire early yesterday morning in a suspected act of sabotage.
 arrow Militant head trained in Pakistan, fought in Afghanistan
A leader of an Islamist outfit, arrested with 17 others at Boalmari in Faridpur late Friday night, has confessed to police that he took military training in Pakistan and fought the invading Soviet army
 arrow They're now ready to go
Two political secretaries of the prime minister yesterday offered to withdraw their names from the steering committee of the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference.
 arrow Block 9 sellout to Niko violates PSC
The sale of Chevron-Texaco's Bangladeshi oil and gas concerns to Canadian company Niko Resources goes totally against the production sharing contract (PSC) between the government and the American giants.
 arrow Unexpected result
 arrow WB, IMF ask govt to better governance, investment climate
A joint assessment report of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked the government to initiate efforts to improve governance and investment climate and expedite reforms
 arrow 74pc doctors dodge duty
About 74 per cent doctors in primary health care centres in Bangladesh remain absent from duty, says the World Development Report 2004.
 arrow 3 US soldiers killed in Iraq
Three US soldiers died in mortar and bomb attacks west of Baghdad, the military said yesterday, bringing to six the number of Americans killed in a spate of attacks in Iraq over 48 hours.
 arrow Commercial run from today
The commercial bus service between Dhaka and Agartala begins today, raising a little response among the passengers both sides.
 arrow Defence ministry asked to chart lost army land
Large chunks of land for the army have fallen to grabbers, but the defence ministry does not know the precise loss.
 arrow Barkat's family seeks justice
Slain businessman Barkat Ullah's 19-month-old son Ashiq still tries to reach his father by mobile phone: He does not know that his father was shot out of this world 36 days back.
 arrow Private bus operators barred from taking tolls
The government yesterday decided not to allow private operators of city's three bus terminals to collect toll as they might engage themselves in extortion.
 arrow Potential oil, gas fields in the Bay lie unexplored Seminar told
Bangladesh has many unexplored potential oil and gas fields both in onshore and offshore areas but they still remain untapped due to lack of expertise, money and cost effectiveness.
Businessarrow Banks to introduce 'same-day clearing' for elite clients
As per recommendation of an inter-bank consultative group, 246 branches of nationalised, private and foreign banks in Dhaka are going to introduce 'same-day clearing' system, offering their clients aquicker
 arrow Govt plans to rehabilitate 36 sick tea gardens
The government has decided to rehabilitate 36 sick tea gardens now facing manifold problems, including lower yield and poor land utilisation.
 arrow FBCCI for wider investment, trade ties with Chile
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Abdul Awal Mintoo yesterday urged the government of Chile to sign a treaty with Bangladesh on investment promotion.
 arrow Entire Noakhali comes under Aktel network
As Aktel has launched its service in Companyganj, the entire Noakhali district has now come under its mobile network.
 arrow Steps needed to face post-MFA challenge
Initiatives should be taken immediately to ready Bangladeshi garments to face the post- MFA (multi fibre arrangement) challenges after 2004.
 arrow ADB faces pressure to streamline operations
When the Asian Development Bank (ADB) emerged from a major revamp recently, officials at the region's premier financial development institution thought there would be some respite from criticism of its
 arrow US sanctions ravage Myanmar RMG sector
Tough new US sanctions against Myanmar are ravaging its valuable garment industry but local businesspeople are adapting to find a way around the punitive measures in their latest bid to survive the country's
 arrow Dollar eases further against taka
The US dollar eased further against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trading yesterday mainly due to holiday in the international markets, dealers said.

The dollar traded at 58.

 arrow Call money rate steady
The inter-bank call money rate remained steady yesterday amid low money demand from private sector, fund managers said.

The call money rate touched its day-low at 2.

 arrow Aga Khan Fund to set up micro finance bank in Afghanistan
Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (Akfed) recently received a banking license from Afghan government to set up a micro-finance bank in the war-ravaged country.
 arrow G7 puts pressure on Asia to reform currency systems
Finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the world's seven richest countries here Saturday stepped up pressure on Asian countries to reform their currency systems, backing a US call for "flexibility"
 arrow China defends forex policies after G7 call for flexibility
China on Sunday issued a robust defence of its foreign exchange policies, a day after the Group of Seven industrialised nations stepped up pressure on Beijing to let its undervalued currency appreciate.
Sportsarrow Football: Lazy afternoon
It was a quiet afternoon at the inter-club footballers' transfer market yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: PAKISTAN DIARY
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad and acting captain Inzamamul Haq hit back at South Africa's decision to cancel their tour on Saturday terming it as an unwise move.
 arrow Uproar in Pakistan
Pakistan scrambled Sunday to revive a South African tour that was cancelled at the last minute because of security fears, as a wave of bitter disappointment swept the cricket-mad country.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh hit for eight
Pakistan were merciless in their opening match at the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, handing Bangladesh a 8-0 mauling at the National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Eng tour prep reviewed
Preparations are going on ahead of England's first ever tour of Bangladesh starting next month.
 arrow Tennis: Philips nat'l tennis begins Sept 27

The Philips National Tennis Tournament will be held at the Ramna National Tennis Complex from September 27-October 3.

A total of nine events will be feature in the seven-day tournament.

 arrow Cricket: ICC does not change bowling review plan
The International Cricket Council's cricket committee of management has decided to retain the two-stage procedure for players reported for a suspect bowling action.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid-driven RoI
India batsman Rahul Dravid returned to his big-scoring ways on Sunday with a stylish 121 in a major domestic match ahead of a home Test series against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Break for Gavaskar
Indian cricket selectors on Sunday named the son of legendary former Test batsman Sunil Gavaskar in squad for a warm-up match against New Zealand.
 arrow Handball: Rifles, Police h'ball finale
Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Police reached the final of the Pepsi 16th national men's handball championship beating their rivals at the Outer Stadium ground yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Shaheen stutters
World champion Saif Safed Shaheen bit the dust Sunday as he was sensationally beaten in the Asian athletics championships men's 1,500 meters final following his shock withdrawal from the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt Australia's hero
Lleyton Hewitt clawed back from two sets and 3-5 down to put Australia into the Davis Cup tennis final with a titanic five-set victory over Switzerland's Roger Federer in the semi-final here on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Bangkok waits for Paradorn
Bangkok is braced for a possible re-run of the US Open final with Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick topping the seedings at the inaugural edition of the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open starting Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Argentina survive on Calleri

Agustin Calleri gave Argentina fresh hope of reaching the Davis Cup final here Sunday when he pulled off an upset 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over world No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain.

 arrow Football: Valencia blank Atletico
Valencia went back on top of the Spanish first division, at least for 24 hours, for the first time in exactly a season after their 3-0 win at Atletico Madrid here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool on track
Hernan Crespo's first goals for Chelsea fired the Blues to the top of the Premiership on Saturday for the first time since Roman Abramovich launched his Russian revolution at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Norway's perfect start
Olympic champion Norway scored twice in the second half and rode a strong performance by goalkeeper Bente Nordby to a 2-0 victory over France in the opening match of the Women's World Cup on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Unhappy Rivaldo?

Brazilian veteran star Rivaldo, unhappy with his season start on AC Milan's substitute bench, is reportedly willing to leave the European Champion team but vice president Adriano Galliani said Friday

 arrow Football: Stuttgart surprise leaders

VfB Stuttgart became the new leaders of the Bundesliga after notching a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium Saturday.

 arrow Pele's son's agency
Soccer great Pele is helping one of his sons launch a sports agency aimed at cleaning up the way transfer deals are conducted between clubs.
Politicalarrow AL working to recast caretaker govt concept
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is working to recast the concept of caretaker government, saying the interim government in its present form has failed to ensure people's right to vote freely.
 arrow BNP team leaves on goodwill visit to China
A 16-member BNP delegation led by party Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan will leave for China this morning on a week-long visit at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
 arrow Pro-BNP lawyers demand new Bar Council polls
The Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Parishad (JAOP), a platform of pro-government lawyers, yesterday laid siege to the Bar Council building, demanding fresh election to the council.
 arrow AL demands repeal of Bar council act amendment
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday protested enactment of the Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Act, 2003 and demanded its cancellation saying the amendment was made
Metropolitanarrow Children demand proper housing
Around 300 students from different schools in and around the capital demanded proper housing for all children at a daylong summit yesterday.
 arrow CU students vandalise Ctg railway station
Agitated students of Chittagong University (CU) vandalised the Chittagong Railway Station and put up a road barricade in Sholoshahar station area on Saturday night protesting suspension of shuttle train
 arrow Quality of primary education better
The quality of primary education in terms of enrolment, attendance, promotion and repetition were found better in Bangladesh during 2000-2002 than in the previous two years.
 arrow Myanmar military team visits naval base, BMA in Ctg
The Myanmar military delegation led by Lieutenant General Aung Htwe visited a few military installations in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Manjurul Imam Murder Case transferred to DB
City Awami League president Advocate Manjurul Imam Murder Case has been transferred to Detective Branch.
 arrow US official lauds govt's role in democratisation
The US State Department official on Bangladesh Affairs, Osam Tat, called on Prime Minister's Political Secretary M Harris Chowdhury at his chamber at the Prime Minister's Office here yesterday.
 arrow Write-up invited
Dhaka-based Sherpur Zila Samity will publish a souvenir on the occasion of a reception to be accorded to the students of Sherpur who have secured A+ (GPA 5) in the SSC or Dakhil examinations this year.
Nationalarrow Bangladesh loses territory, India gains
Bangladesh is losing territory as lands are disappearing into bordering Ichchamati and Sonai rivers in Satkhira and shoals are appearing in the Indian side.
 arrow Mohalchhari still desolate, panicky
Normalcy is yet to return in Mohalchhari villages 24 days after the attacks and arson.
 arrow Rajshahi Board Chairman warns at headmasters' meeting
The chairman of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Rajshahi has warned of action against 35 high schools under the board if they do not improve their performance.
 arrow Chowmuhani Bazar to be drug-free in 3 months
Chowmuhani Bazar, the main market in Noakhali district, will be drug-free within three month.
 arrow Rally held at Jhenidah, one-hour strike at hospitals till Thursday
Wearing black badges, doctors and health workers in Jhenaidah yesterday began a six-day programme of one-hour token strike daily at hospitals, demanding arrest of the killers of elderly doctor S K Mukharjee.
 arrow Four including GTCL deputy manager suspended
Four officials including a deputy manager of Gas Transmit Company Limited (GTCL) have been suspend for alleged negligence in duty.
Foreign Relationsarrow Kuwait to continue cooperation
The Kuwaiti will continue its cooperation for overall development in Bangladesh.
 arrow DCC-London friendship accord signed
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has signed a friendship agreement with London to strengthen the existing bilateral relations in the fields of education, information technology and trade.
Culturearrow The movies of the good old days
While passing by a few film festival venues in Dhaka the mad rush only spoke of the craze of the spectators to watch movies of famous makers of both home and abroad. A festive mood is on.
 arrow Nakshi Kantha
A story, woven on Kantha and saris, speak of women drawing water from the well, fishermen ready with their fish boats at dawn, a young girl making a necklace out of jasmines and many more.
Generalarrow Ties with Spain to be expanded, hopes president
The newly appointed Ambassador of Spain, Rafael Conde De Saro, presented the credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Bilateral trade talks with neighbours from Oct
Agriculture Minister M K Anwar yesterday underlined the need for adopting a policy framework for the agriculture sector to cope with the higher subsidy in this field in the developed world.
 arrow Int'l Day of Peace observed
The International Day of Peace was observed in Bangladesh yesterday as elsewhere in the world.
 arrow Lili Photo Beauty Contest in Ctg today
The final round of the first Lili Photo Beauty Contest will be held at the auditorium of Institute of Engineers in the port city today.
 arrow Extortionists shoot staff, loot electronics showroom
Extortionists shot an official of an electronics showroom and looted about Tk 40,000 at Noorjahan Road in Mohammadpur Saturday.
Internationalarrow UN poised to tackle faltering ME peace
The foundering US-backed "roadmap" that seeks a peaceful settlement to Middle East violence will be a key topic of heated debate at the 58th UN General Assembly Tuesday, according to diplomatic sources.
 arrow Indo-Pak troops trade fire in Kashmir: 3 die
Three civilians were killed and three others injured overnight when Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire across their de facto border in Kashmir, police on the Indian side said yesterday.
 arrow Qorei holds talks to cement support for new govt
Prime minister-designate Ahmed Qorei was holding talks in the Gaza Strip with Palestinian deputies and faction leaders Sunday in a bid to win support for a new government.
 arrow Maldives president faces new threat from unrest
The president of the tiny Indian Ocean atoll nation, the Maldives, has survived three coup bids and huge waves, but faces a new threat from civil unrest as he moves for a sixth five-year term in office.
 arrow IAEA lays groundwork for showdown with Iran
In meetings over the last two weeks in Vienna, the UN's nuclear watchdog laid the groundwork for what could be an historic showdown with Iran over its alleged atomic weapons program.
 arrow World leaders to take on 'root causes' of terror at NY meet
Two years after the September 11 attacks on the United States, more than a dozen world leaders will meet in New York Monday to discuss the next generation of policy measures in the global war againstterrorism.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Creaking law and order
Three people were murdered in the city in a span of three hours on Saturday. This is but a dramatic reflection of a fact surpassing fiction in terms of rise in criminality.
 arrow Editorial: Flood catching us unawares
Only in July we had a close shave with a big countrywide flood. Thank stars, the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna did not rise simultaneously to inundate the country.
 arrow Indian grand scheme of interlinking rivers: Bangladesh perspective
The idea of inter-basin transfer of water from north east India to water deficit west and south India by interlinking rivers within India has been proposed and discussed from time to time since the early
 arrow Beyond the failed 'road map' for mid-east peace
Even the Oslo peace process confronted by domestic opposition both in Israel and Palestine dragged on for ten years, had its ups and downs and could produce the Palestinian Authority a precursor of the
 arrow Crossing the border of decency
Decency in comment is what people expect most from politicians who are chosen to take leadership role.
Letters to Editorarrow What about the ethnic people!
All citizens of Bangladesh are entitled as 'Bangladeshis' by the constitutional provision to enjoy equal rights and protection.
 arrow "The Quranic medicine"
With keen interest I have gone through an article titled "Treatment of Cataract derived from the Qur'an" which appeared in the 'Health' section of the Star City on August 10, 2003.
 arrow Muslim and the media
It's really a pity that the Muslims are getting such a bad name and a bad press.
 arrow Railway service
Our communication minister often talks about Maglev train service and other hi-fi plans.
 arrow Save Shahjalal university
The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) is a leading university of Bangladesh and it has immense prospects undoubtedly.
 arrow My experience with plastic licence
Being a citizen of this country, I value the right to be able to drive a car -- I have been a licensed driver since 1988 and have just got my drivers license (the green book) transferred to a new 'plastic'
 arrow Bravo to president Musharrof and PM Mahathir
President Parvez Musharraf of Pakistan appeared in the BBC World talk time programme last night (September 14, 2003) and very aptly answered a flurry of questions from people across the world on serious
 arrow Why discriminate Bangladesh?
It is learnt from a news published in The Daily Star on Sept.
 arrow Foul-mouthed politicians
I read Sheikh Hasina's demands for her party to go back to the Parliament with both amusement and frustration.
 arrow US veto represents minority view
Prior to the launching of an illegal and fraudulent war on Iraq, Bush gave his ultimatum to the UN, either it legitimises his war or else it would become irrelevant like the League of Nations.
 arrow DU Gymnasium must upgrade
Everybody knows the proverb "Health is wealth". To fit into this proverb, it is important to take physical exercise regularly.
Star Cityarrow Crimes thrive behind political shield
Rapid deterioration of law on order situation is worrying top police officials, who think political connection is the main cause behind most city crimes.
 arrow Gurdwara Nanak Shahi: A spiritual refuge
Humming of verses like 'Everyone is equal in the kingdom of God' will touch your mind.
 arrow Unlicenced taxi drivers add to traffic chaos
Hundreds of youths, rendered jobless by banning of two-stroke vehicles such as tempos and baby-taxis, have started driving black taxicabs without any valid driving licenses, according to an investigation.
 arrow Zoo animals too dear for monkey business
The Dhaka Zoo is facing problems dealing with the growing deer and monkey populations, as it runs short of funds for their food, sources said.
 arrow Magical powers for a housewife
"The man seemed very enthusiastic when he leaped up from his seat and rushed to the stage. But when he was laid down and told he would be chopped into 21 pieces, his face was instantly pale in fear.
 arrow Hail halim!
Halim has steadily become one of the most popular food items for Dhaka dwellers over the last two decades.
 arrow Provide children with basic rights
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government and the industrialists of the country to come forward and provide decent housing facilities for children, as housing is one of their basic rights.
 arrow Cyber help for students
Finally the Teachers Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University is able to keep pace with modern information technology by introducing a cyber centre for students.
 arrow Cry for water to douse fire
With the disappearance of city's natural water reservoirs and hundreds of ponds and wetlands, fire fighters find it increasingly difficult to work during a crisis.
 arrow Firemen in sorry state
The Fire Service and Civil Defence Department (FSCD) is not equipped enough to fight fire, but the number of high-rises in the city is growing by the day in an uncontrolled fashion, increasing the risk
 arrow Laws are for the breaking
High-rise owners did not care to notify the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department (FSCD) about their in-house arrangement for fire fighting, which has been mandatory by law since March this year.
 arrow Garment workers toil under constant threat of fire
Working in a garment factory has a high risk, but the authorities seem apathetic about it and workers took it as another fact of struggling life.
 arrow Laws are for the breaking
High-rise owners did not care to notify the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department (FSCD) about their in-house arrangement for fire fighting, which has been mandatory by law since March this year.
 arrow Guideline for High-rise buildings (above seven stories) to prevent fire.

1.At least 30 feet wide gateway should be made so fire-fighting lorries can enter.

2.Each kitchen should have at least two 5 kg ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher.