Vol. 4 Num 122 Thu. September 25, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt U-turn on sell-off of 4 jute mills
In a complete policy reversal, the government yesterday decided to inject Tk 40 crore into four state-owned jute mills earmarked for privatisation to make them viable.
 arrow 5 injured as cops club DU students protesting fellow's death
At least five students were injured on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday when police swooped on a procession protesting the death of a fellow DU student in a road accident.
 arrow Addiction taken to a deadly height
A lanky youth slouched to the middle of the road in front of the bustling Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) emergency gate to pick a paper-bag a rickshaw-rider just threw behind.
 arrow AL rejects CPA chief's request to join meet
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday once again rejected the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's request, unbending on its decision for boycott of the CPA October 4-12 conference in Dhaka.
 arrow 'Killer' Abbas gets life in arms case
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3, Dhaka Division, yesterday jailed 'Killer' Abbas, one of the top 23 listed criminals of Dhaka city, for life for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition.
 arrow Bush's doctrine of 'pre-emptive' war draws flak
Six months after the US invasion of Iraq, world leaders criticised President Bush's doctrine of "pre-emptive" war and voiced skepticism over his appeal for help to rebuild Iraq.
 arrow Enact law to ban hartal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called on the businessmen to work for the socio-economic development rising above party politics for the sake of greater national interest.
 arrow Dhaka may miss duty-free access if labour standards not improved in EPZs
Bangladesh may miss out on duty-free access to the US market if it fails to improve labour conditions in the export processing zones (EPZs) within the January 2004 deadline as a condition for retaining
 arrow DCC plans medical waste disposal
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken up a plan for separate disposal of medical wastes from the city's hospitals, clinics and pathological and diagnostic centres.
 arrow More foot dragging on separation of judiciary
For the 15th time, the government is set to come up with yet another excuse for its failure to implement the 12-point directive for virtual separation of the judiciary.
 arrow 3 bus terminals given to private hands
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday contracted out the maintenance of three bus terminals at Sayedabad, Mohakhali and Gabtoli to private operators for three years.
 arrow Foreign aid flow up by 148 per cent
Foreign aid flow to Bangladesh rose in the last fiscal year compared to the previous year.

Aid commitment went up by 148 per cent, while disbursement increased by 7.

 arrow Shab-e-Meraj observed
Muslims across the country last night observed Shab-e-Meraj, the holy prophet's night journey through the seven heavens.
 arrow Bush, Schroeder bury Iraq hatchet
US President George Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said yesterday they had agreed to put aside bitter differences over Iraq and work together to bring stability to the country.
 arrow Verdict on arms case against Hazari Sunday
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here fixed Sunday for delivery of judgement in an arms case against Joynal Hazari, former Awami League lawmaker from Feni, after three prosecution witnesses gave their
 arrow Young entrepreneurs urged to set up agro-based units
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the young entrepreneurs to think of a better choice to tap the country's hidden potentials, particularly in agriculture, for the welfare of the people, the nation
 arrow Powell praises Dhaka's role in peacekeeping
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has appreciated Bangladesh's constructive role in international affairs and also praised its role in UN peacekeeping around the world, particularly in Liberia and the
 arrow PCJSS slams comments on Shantu
Leaders of the Parbatya Chattagram Jono Shanghoti Samity (PCJSS) yesterday condemned the comments directed at Shantu Larma by the Khagrachari Jote at a recent rally as vulgar, communal and baseless.
 arrow HSC result may be delayed by week
The publication of results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations is likely to be delayed by a week due to the absence of the chairman of Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education,
 arrow Secy says no to judicial probe
The government will not form any judicial committee to probe the Mahalchhari incident, CHT Affairs Secretary Syed Mostaque said yesterday.
 arrow Speeding Ahead...
 arrow Valuables worth Tk10 lakh looted from Mirpur house
Robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables reportedly worth about Tk 10.85 lakh from a house at Lalkuthi in Mirpur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
The jail directorate clarified a statement of Inspector General of Prisons Zillur Rahman published in a news headlined "Education, not Jail, sought for juvenile delinquents" in The Daily Star on September
 arrow Talibans meet Omar, vow more attacks
Afghanistan Islamic Taliban commanders secretly met elusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week and vowed to step up attacks on Afghan government and US-led allied troops, a Taliban commander said on
 arrow JS body for action against deceitful manpower agents
A parliamentary body has asked the government to take action against unscrupulous recruiting agents for their involvement in various irregularities in exporting manpower.
Businessarrow Young entrepreneurs zero in on agro-based sector
Young entrepreneurs attending an international conference in Dhaka yesterday vowed to explore new avenues in agro-based sector and produce innovative products to make it more profit-making and export-oriented
 arrow Form task force to face post-MFA challenge
The country's apex business body yesterday urged the prime minister to immediately form a task force for devising a strategy to face the challenges of post-2004 uneven competition on the global market.
 arrow Remittance flow tumbles in Aug after 26 months
After maintaining a consecutive monthly growth for more than two years, remittance inflow took a tumble in August this year.

Expatriates sent $228.

 arrow S Asia poised to make new attack on poverty: WB
After a decade of over 5 per cent GDP growth and a sustained reform effort, South Asia is poised to make a new attack on poverty, a World Bank report said yesterday.
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The US dollar was firmer against taka in inter-bank trading yesterday on higher demand from importers even though it continued to easy against the yen and euro, dealers said.
 arrow Market reaction to G7 should not be over-interpreted : IMF
IMF managing director Horst Koehler said Wednesday that the initial reaction of foreign exchange and equity markets to the G7's call for greater exchange rate flexibility should not be over-interpreted,
 arrow IMF backs G7 on currency, WB supports poor on farm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) here Tuesday backed a call by the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised states for more flexibility in exchange rates, at the start of the IMF's annual meeting withthe
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahmud upbeat
Bangladesh skipper Khaled Mahmud said that his team was on the right track while suggesting that it would be unwise to go for major changes during the home series against England next month.
 arrow Cricket: Men who shone

Rajin Saleh has set his target of playing for Bangladesh for the next ten years.

 arrow Cricket: SA might arrive in Pakistan Sept 29

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday announced the South African team will arrive next week after endorsing a revised itinerary rescheduling all five one-day matches and two Tests in the relatively

 arrow Cricket: Cricket season starts Oct 1
Private universities are going to make their national cricket debut this season as East West University and American University registered their names in the Emirates Airlines 27th National Cricket Champion-ship
 arrow Cricket: ICC critical of UCB

International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has criticised the way the United Cricket Board (UCB) of South Africa pulled out of its tour to Pakistan, but welcomed its decision to go ahead

 arrow Cricket: Latif quits captaincy

Rashid Latif Wednesday resigned as captain of the Pakistan cricket team in a dramatic development ahead of the much-awaited South African tour next week.

 arrow Cricket: Mushtaq eyeing Pakistan recall

Rejuvenated former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed Tuesday said he was ready for South African challenge and would do his utmost to catch Proteas in a spin web if selected.

 arrow Cricket: Hailing the U-turn

Pakistan cricket legends hailed South Africa's decision to revive their tour of the South Asian country here Wednesday.

 arrow Basketball: School b'ball

Green Herald registered a massive 66-23 victory over Sun Beams in the inter-school basketball competition at the Dhanmondi gymnasium yesterday

The winners led the first session 29-13.

 arrow Hockey: Pakistan beat India

Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India 4-2 on Wednesday at the 6th Asia Cup in Malaysia, inflicting their third defeat on the Indian national side in a year.

 arrow Cricket: 'A draw will suffice'

Simply achieving a draw against world champions Australia in October's two-Test series would be a significant triumph, Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak said here Wednesday.

 arrow Cricket: Up against the unknown

New Zealand's cricketers are being drilled in the sights and sounds of India as they prepare to challenge for their maiden Test series victory in the country.

 arrow Tennis: Ferrero survives a scare
World number one Juan Carlos Ferrero twice survived a set point on his way to a 7-5, 7-6 win over lofty Belgian Dick Norman in the first round of the Thailand Open on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt eyeing Aussie Open
Australia's Davis Cup hero Lleyton Hewitt is returning to the Sydney International tournament to improve his chances of becoming the first home player to win the Australian Open in 28 years.
 arrow Tennis: Money not talking

Britain and Germany's proud tennis pedigrees could not save either country from being condemned to the lower echelon of the Davis Cup last weekend.

 arrow Football: Best of the rest gear up
The reality of life outside the money-spinning Champions League will hit home for a number of Europe's elite clubs this week when the UEFA Cup takes center stage with 48 first-round, first-leg ties.
 arrow Fitting tribute to Di Stefano
Real Madrid beat River Plate 3-1 here Tuesday to lift the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy, named after the club's late former president.
 arrow Football: Bests parting ways

The wife of football legend George Best said Tuesday she was separating from her husband.

 arrow Football: Five bad Gunners!

Arsenal and five of their players were set to be charged with misconduct by the Football Association on Wednesday over Sunday's Old Trafford fiasco.

 arrow Football: Napoli punished for tragedy

Napoli have been ordered by the Italian Football League to play their next five home games behind closed doors after violence at the weekend in Avellino in which one died and more than 30 police were

 arrow Football: That's the spirit
Turkish and British fans played a friendly match here Wednesday to shrug off their violent image and foster good-will ahead of an UEFA Cup game between Blackburn Rovers and Genclerbirligi later in the
Metropolitanarrow Navy to take part in int'l maritime exhibition
A Bangladesh Navy frigate, BNS Osman, will take part in a six-day long International Maritime and Air Exhibition beginning at Langkawi port of Malaysia on September 29, official source said.
 arrow Selina Akhtar murder
Teachers and students of Government Bangla Colllege yesterday demanded trial of the killers of Selina Akhtar, a third-year honours student of Bangla department of the college, under the Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow JU JCD leader stabbed
Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit Organising Secretary of ruling BNP-backed Jatyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was stabbed by some unidentified youths on Tuesday night.
Nationalarrow 2 Barisal villages disappear in Meghna within week
Two villages disappeared into the mighty Meghna in seven days, making hundreds of people homeless.
 arrow Hundreds join march, rally at Satkhira
People brought out a big procession in the town, staged a sit-in in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office and held a rally demanding government steps to re-excavate the Kobodak river passing thought
 arrow Diarrhoea: Two die, 200 attacked in Lalmonirhat
Diarrhoea killed two children and attacked about 200 people in the Sadar, Kaliganj and Hatibandha upazilas in the last five days.
 arrow Supporters on rampage after Khulna city BNP leader's arrest
Nazrul Islam Babu, BNP president at ward no. 25 was arrested early Tuesday morning from his residence.
 arrow Arrest warrTant against former OC for death in custody
A court here has issued warrants of arrest against former officer-in-charge of Kaligonj thana and a housewife in connection with the death of a man in police custody in 2001.
 arrow He can make powerful bomb in 2 minutes!
Notorious criminal Nahid Hossain, 24, arrested from Moulovipara on Sunday night, has told police that he can make a powerful hand bomb in one or two minutes if the situation favours.
 arrow One killed in Barisal fire
One person was burnt to death and four others were injured in a devastating fire at Nathullabad central bus terminal in the city on Monday night that gutted 14 shops and a boarding house.
Culturearrow Adhiar
fHeaps of grain lay stacked at the Zamindaars courtyard while the peasants went without food at the famine ravaged North Bengal, during the British rule of India, giving rise to a justified movement
 arrow Remembering a great playwright
The second death anniversary of noted playwright and director, S M Solaiman, was observed recently by the theatre group to which he belonged.
 arrow FOBANA Convention
The seventeenth FOBANA 200T3 (Federation of Bangladeshi Associations in North America) Conference--a three-day celebration of the biggest Bangladeshi community--was held early this month in the US capital,
Generalarrow Italian envoy calls on Hasina
Italian Ambassador Dr. Pietro Ballero made a courtesy call on Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence yesterday.
 arrow OIC Day today
The OIC Day will be observed today.

Bangladesh called for greater unity of the Muslim Ummah and an effective role of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference at this crucial juncture.

 arrow 'Hard work, honesty make entrepreneur successful'
Proper planning, discipline, hard work and honesty are the few qualities that make an entrepreneur successful, said noted business personalities yesterday.
 arrow SC stays HC order on Nurul murder case
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the order of the High Court on Advocate Nurul Islam Murder case for 3 months.
 arrow 'Proper delivery of public service can ensure good governance'
A state has to adopt some fundamental overhauling measures through transparency and proper delivery of public service in a deconcentrated manner to ensure good governance, speakers said at a lecture in
 arrow Abducted student rescued from Nagaland
An abducted Bangladeshi student was rescued yesterday from a hotel of the capital Kohima of Indian northeastern State Nagaland.
 arrow Work on to make CPA confce a success
Speaker Barrister Jamir Uddin Sircar said the government and the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) have been sincerely working together to make the forthcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference
 arrow 140 madrassah students, teachers fall sick from food poisoning
At least 140 students and teachers of a madrassah fell sick due to food poisoning here last night.

Of them, 55 were admitted to sadar hospital, police and hospital sources said.

 arrow Japanese used car exporters due tonight
A delegation of Japan Used Car Exporters Association (JUCEA) arrives in Dhaka tonight on a five-day visit against the backdrop of the Bangladesh government's tough stance on import of reconditioned automobiles.
 arrow Magnetic train feasibility study soon
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda has said the feasibility study will be carried out soon on introducing high speed electro magnetic levitation train.
 arrow Bac sues 2 for navy's land purchase fraud
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) yesterday filed a case against two persons including a former navy official on charge of embezzling over Tk 93 lakh by producing fake documents during land purchase
 arrow Woman shot dead at Dhanmondi
Unidentified assailants shot dead a 45-year-old woman at Dhanmondi last night, police said.

The identity of the woman could not be known immediately.

Internationalarrow Bus explosion kills and injures Iraqis
A bomb exploded in Baghdad Wednesday, killing an Iraqi and wounding 21 others, while the US-installed government moved to assert itself with a tough new set of guidelines for media covering the occupied
 arrow Sharon says prisoner swap needs cabinet nod
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Wednesday a prisoner exchange with the Lebanese Hezbollah militia would need cabinet approval and ruled out West Bank Fatah head Marwan Barghuti's release.
 arrow Microsoft shuts down its chatrooms
Microsoft Corp. announced on Wednesday it would shut down its Internet chat rooms in 28 countries, saying the forums had become a haven for peddlers of junk e-mail and sex predators.
 arrow USAF official charged with espionage
Military officials have charged an Air Force translator at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for terror suspects with espionage and aiding the enemy for allegedly trying to send information about detainees
 arrow India asserts support for Palestinian statehood
In a rebuff to critics of India's growing friendship with Israel, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday unequivocally came out in support of Palestinian statehood and said that the violence
 arrow 'Terminator' outlines his economic plan
Long criticised for lacking substance in his campaign for governor, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined an economic plan to turn California's finances around, in a letter published Wednesday in The Wall
Editorialarrow Editorial: CPA conference
The conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) begins in Dhaka on October 4. But it is bad news that the opposition seems rather set to boycott it.
 arrow Editorial: Biman raging with high handling rates
One has known monopoly to be self-serving. But that it can be patently self-defeating was left for Biman to prove.
 arrow Sordid history hastens US failure in the Mid-East
The 58th General Assembly, representing the opinion of its 191 member states, rebuked the US for its 'botched' military campaign in Iraq while the Palestine conflict enters a dangerous new phase.
 arrow The struggle for pluralism
Britain's Conservative Party has done something remarkably refreshing.
Letters to Editorarrow Road divider
I welcome the decision of the honourable prime minister to stop the dismantling of the road divider at the airport road.
 arrow Of GP and oligopoly
The GP's reply to Mussaber Islam's letters' was very similar of mine. Mr.
 arrow Time for the Tigers to hunt big games
Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan might be well over by the time this article gets published. But one must admit that it was a series with a lot of positives for this young touring side.
Focusarrow Lailat-ul-Mi'raj
The Holy Quran states: "Glory to Allah Who did take His Servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, Whose precincts We did bless, -- in order that We might show Himsome
 arrow We don't need another failed war on drugs
This past September 6, a local anti tobacco group organized a protest march in Dhaka to demand the enactment of a tobacco control law it says will save millions of lives from smoking-related diseases.
 arrow History After Remand
After every regime change panegyrists demand
For reconstruction history should be sent on remand.