Volume 4 Number 121 Wed. September 24, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Annan blasts Bush for Iraq war, says pre-emptive attack challenges UN
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan warned US President George W Bush that his doctrine of pre-emptive military intervention posed a fundamental challenge to the UN and could lead to a globalfree-for-all.
 arrow CPA chief again asks Hasina to join meet
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Denis Marshal once again requested Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina to join the CPA conference, scheduled to begin in Dhakaon
 arrow Jamal believed dead, missing for 60 days
Sixty days after the abduction of businessman and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, police believe the kidnappers have killed him.
 arrow Six more city roads to turn off-limits to rickshaw from Nov
Six more main city thoroughfares are to become off-limits to rickshaws in phases from November in order to reduce traffic congestion.
 arrow Petrobangla rejects Chevron-Texaco sale
Petrobangla in a letter yesterday rejected the validity of sale of the Chevron-Texaco equity in Block 9 to Canadian company Niko Resources.
 arrow BB asks GSA why licence won't be scrapped
The central bank has served notice on a general sales agent (GSA) of an international airlines, asking it why its permission should not be cancelled.
 arrow Two slaughtered, one lynched, one strangled
Two youths were slaughtered at Shyampur, a young housewife was strangled at Pallabi and a thief lynched at Kafrul yesterday.
 arrow Unfit launches still on the loose
Some 50 "risky and unfit" launches are still being allowed to ferry passengers despite the prime minister's directive to clamp down on such unworthy passenger vessels, the likes of which have capsized
 arrow Saifur seeks investment from dev partners
Bangladesh sought more investments from all multilateral and bilateral development partners in social and physical infrastructures, as the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sat
 arrow Criminals buzz on hospital phones
Criminals allegedly aided by a section of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) employees frequently make international calls from telephones at hospitals and clinics in Moghbazar area of the
 arrow Containers yet to be salvaged
Six containers -- five from MV Bangabiraj and one from Panama flag carrier MV Eagle Strength -- that fell into the Chittagong Port channel after the two ships collided head on Sunday evening are yet to
 arrow Bush unbending on Iraq plan
Unbending in spite of widespread opposition, US President George W Bush returned to the United Nations yesterday to try to marshal support for a deliberate transition to democracy in Iraq.
 arrow "Wild geese!"
 arrow Four killed in Saudi hostage standoff
Three gunmen and a Saudi security man died yesterday in a shootout at a hospital in the south of the kingdom, an interior ministry spokesman said after residents and staff reported hostages had been taken.
 arrow Powell calls US 'Judeo-Christian,' then amends
US Secretary of State Colin Powell called the United States a Judeo-Christian country on Monday but quickly amended that to "a country of many faiths.
 arrow Technical training centres to be set up in 444 UZs in phases: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday announced that technical training centres would be set up in phases in 444 upazilas of the country.
 arrow Final touches to the beginning
 arrow Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya banned from reporting for two weeks
Iraq's US-installed Governing Council on Tuesday banned the Arab satellite TV stations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya from covering government activities here for two weeks, a statement said.
 arrow Angry job seekers block Old Airport Road
Nearly 200 applicants, who are yet to get admit cards to appear in the written test on Friday for the post of Sub-Register, blocked the Old Airport Road in front of the Public Service Commission (PSC)
 arrow 'Hundi' trader held in city
An alleged hundi (unauthorised money transaction) trader was arrested reportedly with Tk 31 lakh in Gabtoli Bus Terminal yesterday.
 arrow Laden alive, netting him won't be easy: Musharraf
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in a television interview aired Monday said he believes al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is still alive and may be hiding in Pakistan, reversing his previous statements
 arrow Hurt DU student dies at DMCH
Dhaka University (DU) student Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Sagar, who had been clinically dead for about two days after being hit by buses at Chankher Pool intersection on Sunday, expired in Dhaka Medical College
 arrow Charges framed against 5 in Adv Babar murder case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka Division, yesterday framed charges against five accused in Advocate Syed Babar Elahi murder case.
Businessarrow ZIA losing competitiveness on high ground handling charges
Zia International Airport (ZIA) is losing regional competitiveness in freight transport due to overcharging for ground handling and some other extra charges, operators of private cargo airlines said.
 arrow Young entrepreneurs' summit begins in Dhaka today
Young entrepreneurs from home and abroad meet at a three-day summit beginning in Dhaka today to talk business, entrepreneurship and other related issues.
 arrow SEC to expand audit panel to clear IPOs
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to engage more chartered accountancy firms in its panel of auditors and contemplating to refer all prospectus to the panel for vetting.
 arrow Pvt sector import fails to check price hike of sugar
A complete liberalisation of sugar import in the private sector failed to check the market upswing as price of the essential item has increased again by Tk 4 or 5 per kg of late.
 arrow Boost IT export to face post MFA setback: Experts
Speakers at a function have underscored the need for developing computer software for exports keeping in mind the possible setback in ready made garment exports after the expiry of multi-fibre arrangement
 arrow Rich must break trade impasse to fight poverty: Wolfensohn
World Bank president James Wolfensohn called on rich nations Tuesday to provide more aid and facilitate trade with poor countries to combat an alarming rise in poverty and make the world a safer place.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Faruque plans ahead
The Bangladesh cricket team returns home today after a 38-day tour in Pakistan. But the Tigers will hardly get any rest before the home series against England next month.
 arrow Cricket: SA coming to Pakistan
The South African cricket team will go ahead with a shortened tour to Pakistan next month after calling off a full tour on security grounds, cricket officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Bigger BD loss, HK baffled
India warmed up for their match against arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday with an effortless 10-0 win over Bangladesh at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
 arrow Cricket: PCB welcomes Protea decision
Pakistan welcomed South Africa's decision Tuesday to proceed with a shortened cricket tour here, saying their cancellation at the weekend had created "hard times" for Pakistani cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Terry's '3rd world' plan
Former Australian Test bowler Terry Alderman Tuesday urged cricket authorities to consider a new approach to help developing cricket nations lift their standard.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
St. Joseph School beat Maple Leaf International by 64-31 points in the inter-school basketball competition at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday. The St. Joseph girls led 35-15 in the first session.
 arrow SARRC carrom starts Friday
A seven-member Sri Lankan team arrived in Dhaka on Monday to participate in the 7th SARRC Carrom Championship that begins on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC wants India, Pakistan to play
The International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani said Tuesday that India and Pakistan should resume cricketing ties, which he said were held up by politicians.
 arrow Football: Tragedy sparks govt action
The Italian government has vowed to introduce tough new measures to combat football violence following the riot at a second division match which left one fan dead and scores of police injured.
 arrow Football: Gunners' stupidity!
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has branded his players "stupid" after the Old Trafford bust-up that followed Sunday's draw at Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo breaks silence
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo said on Monday he was being humiliated at Italian club AC Milan, where he was left on the substitutes' bench once again at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Bend it like
Mystery is afoot after Iran scrapped billboards featuring English soccer star and golden boy David Beckham, interrupting his reign as the first foreign celebrity advertiser since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
 arrow Cricket: Latif told to be careful
Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif, who ended a five-match ban at the weekend, has been warned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to act more responsibly if he wants to retain the captaincy.
Politicalarrow PM warns AL of tough action for 'creating chaos'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday warned the main opposition party Awami League of tough action for "unleashing chaos and violence in the name of movement".
 arrow Hasina for unchanged WB dev policies
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina in her first meeting yesterday with the newly-appointed World Bank (WB) Country Director Christine Wallich emphasised the need for continuing
Nationalarrow A maternity hospital without ECG, X-ray machines!
The lone maternity hospital at Netrakona district town is manned by only one doctor, who does not stay at the hospital compound after evening.

Delivery patients are often kept on the floor.

 arrow Naogaon Jubo Dal leader murdered by 'outlaws'
A Jubo Dal leader was slaughtered at Rasulpur on the Naogaon-Atrai Road on Monday, allegedly by 'outlaws'.
 arrow Lightning kills 4, injures 30 in Rangpur
Lightning killed five persons and injured 32 on a day in Rangpur and Lalmonirhat.

Our Rangpur Correspondent reported that lightning without rain killed four persons and injured 30 on Saturday.

 arrow Revenue stuck up as cases pending with High Court
The government is being deprived of huge amounts of revenue in Rajshahi region as a number of cases are pending with the High Court for long.
 arrow Half-day transport strike observed in Gaibandha
A half-day transport strike was observed in the district yesterday at the call of Gaibandha Bus-Truck Workers Union to press its nine-point demand.
 arrow Anti-crime drive or eyewash?
At least 100 alleged criminals are being held daily in the six districts of Barisal division but till there has been no let up in crimes. About 7000 were arrested in the last seventy days, police said.
Culturearrow Designers exhilarate 'high fashion'
Fashion designing is treated as one of the most creative fields in this modern era. The world is catching up the infectious trend of fashion, which has in fact created opportunities for millions.
 arrow IUB Fresher's Day
On September 20, Independent University of Bangladesh dedicated a day to the new students at the Osmani Memorial hall.
 arrow Theatre Festival
Soon after the closing of the ongoing film festival on September 24, the city will experience another carnival of performing arts.
Generalarrow Bangladesh a low HIV prevalent country
Strong religious and cultural values have helped Bangladesh remain a low HIV prevalent country, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mizanur Rahman Sinha said here on Monday.
 arrow Power sector revenue up
The power sector, blamed for irregular supply of electricity round the year, earned an increased revenue of Tk 1,921 crore during the last two fiscal years.
 arrow Punishment to JCD cadres demanded
The Jahangirnagar University Journalists Association (JUJA) yesterday at a rally demanded exemplary punishment to the Jatyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres responsible for attack on journalists duringthe
 arrow 'BNP-CPC ties to help cement relations'
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan underscored the need for greater cooperation among leaders of Bangladesh and China to reap maximum benefit.
 arrow DU auditorium named after RC Majumdar
An auditorium at the Lecture Theatre (near Kalabhabon) on the Dhaka University campus has been named after its former Vice Chancellor and noted historian Dr Romesh Chandra (RC) Majumdar.
 arrow 'Rotary SEED Award' for Prof Hanif
Prof Mohammed Hanif of Bangladesh Institute of Child Health, has been named for `Rotary SEED Award 2002-03' for his outstanding contribution to the development of Paediatric Nephrology in Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow World leaders seek new answers to old questions on root causes of terror
The old adage of one man's terrorist being another man's freedom fighter reared its head Monday at a summit of world leaders on the root causes of terrorism.
 arrow Iraq wanted know-how, but did not store WMD: Ex-UN arms inspector
Former UN weapons inspector Rolf Ekeus said late Monday Iraq sought the ability to produce weapons of mass destruction, but had none in storage after it destroyed them following the 1991 Gulf War.
 arrow Millions of Iraqis go hungry: FAO
Several million Iraqis remain desperately hungry despite a better cereals crop and the lifting of economic sanctions, UN food agencies said yesterday.
 arrow US strike kills 3 Iraqis
Iraqi police said US forces carried out a combined air and ground attack north of Fallujah early yesterday, killing three people and wounding three others. The military said it knew of only one death.
 arrow No state if Palestinians don't fight terror: Bush
US President George W. Bush warned in an interview aired Monday that there will be no Palestinian state unless the Palestinian leadership fights terrorism.
 arrow Spanish-led troops take control of Najaf from US
US Marines yesterday handed over control of the troubled Iraqi holy city of Najaf to Spanish-led troops, including contingents from Latin America, after resolving a spate of logistic headaches.
 arrow Hoon admits giving green light for outing of Kelly
Grilled by a judicial inquiry, Britain's embattled Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon Monday admitted he gave the green light for the outing of David Kelly, the scientist at the centre of a BBC report thatLondon
Editorialarrow Suspected militants arrested
The arrest of a suspected leader of an Islamic militant group, along with 17 others in Faridpur, has led to some sensational findings on how such groups were operating and, more important, maintaining
 arrow Small enterprise on the rise
A survey on the country's micro-type, small and medium enterprises has revealed their coming of age and playing a significant role in the uplift of the national economy.
 arrow Maoists' withdrawal from peace talks
The recent announcement by the Maoists, Nepal's most powerful rebel group, that the seven-month long cease-fire truce agreed upon by two parties, the Nepalese government and the Maoists, on January 29
 arrow BJP back to its destructive track
WHETHER history repeats itself or not but it comes back full circle to memories long familiar to people.
 arrow Bangladesh must improve its energy situation
In Bangladesh, the per capita energy consumption is relatively low. It is one of the country's formidable development challenges.
Letters to Editorarrow Bumpers are befitting for our roads
DS deserves high appreciation and applause for publishing the public opinions and concerns. Some staff reports regularly deal with these issues.
 arrow Good news, the UN responds
An earth shaking UN reform has been overdue for a long time. UN had, in the past, initiated and implemented several reform initiatives in its work areas.
 arrow Raise the status of women
The other day, I came across an article about how women are not given their due respect.
 arrow Nation and cinema
A few days back, there was an article in your newspaper about some eminent people protesting about the Indian diversion of water, causing draught in northern Bangladesh. I voice my support with them.
 arrow Business education Vs. basic education
The prospect of business education is very bright in the context of the on-going globalisation process. Bangladesh is a potential market for multinational companies and grooming local business firms.
 arrow Decay in BUET
As a graduate of the erstwhile Ahsanullah Engineering College (which became BUET), I am saddened by the decay and deterioration in the academic atmosphere of this once-famous institution.
 arrow Wisdom of indigenous people
Some 29 indigenous Kock families living in the Modhupur forest for over eight generations are threatened by the forest officials for planting fruit trees and bamboo plants instead of the donor dictated
 arrow Weekend holiday needs two full days
Like the western world, many developing Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Singapore have two holidays per week i.e Saturday and Sunday.
 arrow Service extension for non-government teachers
The government has decided to retain contract-based services of non-government teachers of four subjects up to five years after they become 60.
 arrow "Our changing Bureaucracy: The last 12 years"
My heartiest congratulations to the editor and publisher of The Daily Star for arranging a timely roundtable on "Our changing Bureaucracy: The last 12 years" Almost all speakers expressed grave concern
 arrow Extremism is no laughing stock
My attention is drawn to a report published in your esteemed Daily on 21 September under the caption "18 extremists held at BNP Leader's". I find the news alarming.
StarTecharrow A new hangout for game junkies
FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the US, Canada and for the last five years, India and Pakistan, Bangladesh is now offering its own gaming zone with up-to-date gaming consoles and games, at a reasonableprice.
 arrow Oracle aiming high with 10g
On September 12, Oracle Corporation announced that first quarter net income was up 28% to $440 million while revenues were up 2% to $2.1 billion as compared to the first quarter last year..
 arrow 2nd batch of Dishari-Moulvibazaar completes their course
A dozen students completed their two-month basic IT Education course at Dishari-Moulavibazar, says a press release.
 arrow HP lets you 'Travel the World' through the Grand Lucky Draw
Hewlett Packard, the market leader in the Asia Pacific for PCs and printers has recently launched a mega promotion, 'Travel the World with HP' Grand Lucky Draw 2003.
Star Chittagongarrow CCC plan to set up power plants uncertain
The decision of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to set up small power plants in the port city becomes uncertain due to the authorities' indifference.
 arrow CMC project tangled in red tape
A project of Tk 38 crore for construction of a new academic building at Chittagong Medical College (CMC) remained shelved for over six years due to bureaucratic tangles, sources said.
 arrow Gas spewing danger at Sitakunda yard
Last week, in a minor Chernobyll fashion, a gas chamber blasted at a ship-breaking yard at Sitakunda, causing highly injurious toxic gas to float in the air and terminating the lives of a number of workers,
Star Cityarrow Highrise rules draw flak from experts
The draft of Dhaka Metropolitan Highrise Construction Rules 2003, approved by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works on September 20, drew flak from experts, as they were not invited to the meetingon
 arrow Water logging and rally cause city nightmare
A combination of water logging and a huge rally on a working day by the main opposition party created severe problems for the city dwellers last Monday.
 arrow Eidgah in distress
Parts of the historical Eidgah in the city's Dhanmondi area are still under the grasp of illegal shop owners, ward commissioner's office and at least two government organisations.
 arrow Dairy sellers milk money
Just like the fruit selling 'aarots' (warehouse) and fish selling 'aarots' of Kawran Bazar, Sadharghat and so on, there also exists a very ancient milk 'aarot', operating in this city for over the last
 arrow Taller chimneys lead to lower pollution
Eighty percent of the brick kilns around Dhaka City have complied with a government order and converted their chimneys from 30 feet to 120 feet, said sources in the Department of Environment (DoE).
 arrow All work, no play
The children in the city are compelled to entertain themselves indoors and on the streets as markets and small businesses mostly occupy city playgrounds and parks.