Volume 4 Number 124 Sat. September 27, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka to ask Delhi to ditch river interlink project
Dhaka will ask New Delhi to drop its mega river interlink scheme that threatens to hurt Bangladesh's rivers, agriculture and ecology at the Indo-Bangla Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting opening in
 arrow Protester bludgeoned to death by Hizbut men
A man was bludgeoned to death and 10 others injured by members of Hizbut Touhid yesterday for protesting activities of the Islamic militant outfit at Pagla in Narayanganj, witnesses said.
 arrow CPA receives letter but still hopes AL to join confce
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary General Denis Marshal yesterday wished the main opposition Awami League to join the CPA conference in Dhaka, as an AL special emissary went to London to
 arrow Hundreds hurt as powerful quakes jolt Japan
A series of strong quakes shook the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido yesterday, collapsing the roof of an airport control tower, setting fire to an oil refinery tank and driving 40,000 people from
 arrow Desa court officials cash in on defaulters' woes
Corrupt Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) officials are milking brisk money from defaulting power subscribers cashing in on the lacunae of law.
 arrow Questions of another PSC exam leaked, 2 arrested
The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday held the written test for the sub-registrar's post despite leakage of question paper Thursday night.
 arrow AL to enforce countrywide hartal today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today.
 arrow Ship movement becoming risky at Ctg port channel

Movement of ships in Chittagong Port channel is increasingly becoming risky because of several sharp turns in it and rise in the number of merchant vessels calling at the port.

 arrow We want peace
 arrow Mortar attack on Iraqi market kills 8
Eight Iraqi civilians were killed and 18 wounded Thursday night when a mortar bomb fell on a crowded square in Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Any innovative idea for telecoms welcome
The government will allow infrastructure networking companies in the private sector to provide interconnection and infrastructure facilities for new telecoms operators, said Syed Marghub Murshed, chairman
 arrow Move on to open madrassah graduates' door to govt jobs
A move is underway to put madrassah graduates and master's degree holders on an equal platform with the mainstream students to pave the way for them to get more government jobs, a top education ministry
 arrow Vanishing splendour of posh city areas
Residents of the city's posh residential areas like Dhanmondi, Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara have seen better times.
 arrow Young man shot dead
A young man was gunned down at Ring Road in the city's Mohammadpur area last night.

Ekramul Islam, 28, suffered fatal wounds when a gang shot him in the chest point blank at about 8:45pm.

 arrow Correction
The Daily Star's news-story yesterday on the government petition seeking extension of time for implementation of the 12-point court directive was inadvertently headlined "Deadline extended again to separate
 arrow Father stabbed to death by son in city
A youth stabbed his father to death at their Joar Sahara, Badda residence in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Bus collision in Sirajganj kills 9, injures 57
Nine people were killed and 57 others injured when two buses collided head-on at Nalka on the Dhaka-Bogra Highway yesterday.
 arrow Lawyers to boycott courts on Oct 1
The Lawyers' Six-point Demand Implementation Committee yesterday announced a countrywide court boycott on October 1 to press home their demands.
 arrow Fingers point at Downing Street as Britain awaits Kelly findings
The finger of blame was pointing at Downing Street yesterday after the family of David Kelly struck out at Prime Minister Tony Blair's government for the tragic suicide of the weapons scientist.
 arrow Outlaw names 6 cops as beneficiaries
Devprashad Debu, the 'second-in-command' of the outlawed New Bangla Communist Party (NBCP), named a former deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, two superintendents of police (SPs) and three officers-in-charge
 arrow 65 kilogram Bangladeshi coin seized at ZIA
Customs officials yesterday at Zia International Airport (ZIA) seized Bangladeshi notes and coins reportedly amounting Tk 1.82 lakhs.
 arrow 4-party rally in Ctg creates traffic jam
A rally by the ruling alliance at Bahodderhat intersection clogged the vehicular traffic for about three hours in Chandgaon area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Chances of Arifa's return home still remote
Administrative bottlenecks crop up again to make the chances of return of Bangladeshi child Arifa to her parents remote.
Businessarrow Seek WTO help for RMG bailout
In view of an impending impact on readymade garment (RMG) import after 2004, speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to seek WTO help for the bailout of the highest export-earning sector.
 arrow Junior chamber awards outstanding youths
Junior Chamber Bangladesh (JCB), a platform of young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 40, has awarded youths for outstanding performances in business.
 arrow Asia retains global broadband title: 'Fraudband' mushrooms in Bangladesh
The worldwide number of people accessing the Internet, using high-speed connections known as broadband, grew by 72 per cent with approximately 62 million users in 2002.
 arrow Korean farmers face uncertain future after Cancun failure
The collapse of world trade liberalization talks in Mexico earlier this month was the best news imaginable for Ahn Jung-Ryol, a South Korean farmer with a furrowed brow and crippling debts.
 arrow Indian businesses urged to chart road map to get into developed fold by 2020
Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Friday invited top business leaders to help laydown the road map for the country to become a developed nation by 2020.
 arrow Oil prices steady after Opec production cut
Oil prices steadied Thursday following the previous day's big gains as traders digested the impact of a shock decision by industry cartel Opec to trim production ceilings.
 arrow G-22 may seek own FTAs, says Manila
Developing countries may seek individual bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with rich nations following the failure of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Cancun, Mexico, Philippine TradeSecretay
Sportsarrow Cricket: Desperately seeking a six-hitter!
Watching his batsmen struggling to accelerate under perfect batting conditions in the one-day international series against Pakistan, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore must have wished he had a Ricardo Powell
 arrow Football: Waiting on foreigners
The major teams are in no hurry to rope in foreign players with the domestic football season starting next month.
 arrow Hockey: India dump Korea
India qualified for the final of the Sixth Asia Cup Friday when they defeated defending champions South Korea 4-2 in a thrilling match at the National Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't tour Zimbabwe'
English cricket chiefs refused Friday to be rushed into a decision to cancel next year's tour of Zimbabwe, despite pressure from their principal sponsor Vodafone.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav rubbishes NZ preparations
India captain Saurav Ganguly on Friday played down New Zealand's special training programme for the upcoming Test series, casting doubt on whether the methods would help in the heat of battle.
 arrow Cricket: BCB may double players on payroll
It is likely that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to double the number of players under its fresh payroll.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's for friends, fans'
Rashid Latif, Pakistan captain one day, back in the ranks the next, insists he did not resign or quit international cricket under pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
 arrow Cricket: Smith clarifies
South Africa's initial refusal to tour Pakistan was based only on security concerns, captain Graeme Smith said on Friday.

"Let me clear one thing up straight away.

 arrow Tennis: Moya toppled
Spanish third seed Carlos Moya was dumped out of the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open by Finland's Jarko Nieminen here Friday, losing a three-set battle 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
 arrow Football: Real excitement in Valencia
Real Madrid's visit to Valencia on Saturday has been given high risk status by the Spanish police, and both teams will also be out to avoid jeopardising their title ambitions on the field at this early
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho's Barca dreams
Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho believes his new club Barcelona will help him to reach his full potential.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand pumped up
Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United's defence of their Premiership title is set to move up a gear as this summer's new signings settle into the side.
 arrow Football: Inter in tricky territory
Serie A title hopefuls Inter Milan face their bogey team on Saturday when they visit Udinese at the Friuli stadium.
 arrow Football: Vintage Hamm
Only two games into the Women's World Cup, one thing is certain about the United States: Just about everything Mia Hamm touches turn to goal.
 arrow Football: Milan release Rivaldo
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo has been released from his contract with European champions AC Milan, the Serie A club said on Friday.
 arrow Football: MU not on Beck's side!
David Beckham's former employers Manchester United have banned his autobiography, "My Side", from their club shop, a British newspaper reported Friday.
 arrow Football: English fans to be stopped
England and Turkey agreed on Thursday to try to stop English fans getting into Turkey for the potentially explosive Euro 2004 qualifier between the two teams in Istanbul next month, after a meeting at
Politicalarrow Infighting lands BCL in shambles
Infighting, poor organisational activities, aloofness of senior leaders and regionalism have put Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student front of the main opposition Awami League (AL), in a shambles.
Metropolitanarrow Morshed Khan meets Chinese FM, C'wealth chief
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan, now in New York leading the Bangladesh delegation to the United Nations General Assembly session, met with his Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing at the UN Headquarters on
 arrow Gender activists vow to establish world free from patriarchal authority
Gender activists at a conference yesterday vowed to establish a world free from patriarchal authority where women can move and work with same dignity and honour as enjoyed by their male counterparts.
 arrow 87 pc slum dwellers decry hartal: study
Slum dwellers, who earn their living by hard physical labour from sunrise to sunset, decried hartal, saying that it brings untold sufferings to them, according to a study.
 arrow World Tourism Day today
The World Tourism Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today with the theme 'Tourism: A Driving Force for Poverty Alleviation, Job Creation and Social Harmony'.
 arrow UPDF protests secy's remarks
The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), a regional political organisation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), has protested CHT Affairs Secretary Syed Moshtaque's remarks on the Mahalchhari violence
Nationalarrow 30 makers of powerful bombs in Khulna city!
There are at least 30 criminals in Khulna city who are experts in making powerful bombs in less than five minutes.

They are divided into three tiers.

 arrow One lakh marooned in Rajshahi shoals
The flood situation in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts remained static yesterday but low-lying areas of the city and its outskirts were inundated following Thursday's downpour.
 arrow Two killers to die, another gets life term
Two killers were sentenced to death by two courts in Habiganj and Netrakona while another killer was awarded life term by a court in Bogra.
 arrow OC never betrayed me in passing info on police raid
NBCP outlaw Haider Ali has been taken on three days remand for the second time.
 arrow Three murder cases sent to Barisal STT
Three sensational murder cases in the district have been sent to the Barisal Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) and more six will be sent after filing charge sheets.
 arrow Rally held protesting land-grabbing in Barisal
At least 500 people held a rally at Torki Bandar in Gournadi on Wednesday protesting land-grabbing by some influential persons in the area through fake documents.
Foreign Relationsarrow Cricket: Senegal supports Bangladesh's candidature for OIC secy-gen
Senegal has extended support to Bangladesh's candidature for the post of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary general.
 arrow Tripura CM for Indo-Bangla joint drive to root out insurgents
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar of the Indian State of Tripura has said he would welcome any joint move by Delhi and Dhaka to wipe out the insurgents of Tripura "hiding in Bangladesh territory.
Culturearrow Film festival ends with expectation
Film for the People', being the theme of this year's International Film Festival, primed the awards giving ceremony. The programme was hosted at National Museum on Thursday night, September 25.
 arrow Kaderi Kibria unfolded
A very popular Tagore singer of the 1980s, Kaderi Kibria, settled presently in America, recently paid a short visit to Bangladesh to receive the Tonatuni Award.
 arrow Syed Huq comes up with another Shakespeare piece
Eminent litterateur Syed Shamsul Huq has recently finished translating yet another Shakespearean play Troilus and Cressida.
 arrow Karisma to wed this Monday
28-year-old Karisma made an official announcement at a press conference of her marriage with 32-year-old Delhi-based businessman Sunjay Kapur on September 29.
Generalarrow IPM strategy to be introduced to better health service
Health and Family Welfare Ministry plans to revamp the problem-ridden health sector by introducing Individual Performance Management (IPM) strategy in all upazila health complexes, district and medical
 arrow 'Fighting illiteracy key to global peace'
Peace in the world cannot be ensured leaving the majority of the people illiterate and poor, academics said at a seminar in the city.
 arrow Half of primary school dropouts forget literacy lessons in 10 yrs
Nearly half of the students who had dropped out after four years of schooling are found to have forgotten their literacy lessons in 10 years.
 arrow Air chief returns
Chief of the Air Staff Air Vice-Marshal Fakhrul Azam returned home Thursday from the United States after attending the "Global Air Chiefs' Conference-2003" and "Pacific Air Forces Air Chiefs' Conference"
Internationalarrow 'Israel to consider US concerns over Arafat'
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview yesterday that Israel would take US objections into account before deciding whether to carry out its threat to "remove" Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
 arrow Powell suggests Iraqi constitution in 6-month
The United States intends to set a six month deadline for an Iraqi constitution that would lead to elections and a new government for the war-torn country next year, Secretary of State Colin Powell told
 arrow Suu Kyi heads for house arrest after surgery
Myanmar's detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was to leave hospital for house arrest at her Yangon home yesterday with visitors to be screened by the military government, her doctor said.
 arrow Anti-US troika on Iraq is dead: Russian media
The anti-Iraq-war camp between France, Germany and Russia is dead, Russian media said yesterday in response to President Vladimir Putin's speech at the UN General Assembly.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Israeli pilots' compunction
The news that 27 Israeli pilots submitted a signed petition last Wednesday, saying that it was not possible for them to take part in the air raids against civilians in Palestinian areas, is significant.
 arrow Editorial: Tragic end of a promising career condoled
Sagar, a bright student of Dhaka University, tragically died after being knocked down by two buses at the Chankhar Pool intersection the other day.
 arrow India's disputed inter-river basin water project
The decision by India and Bangladesh to convene a meeting towards the end of September to discuss the question of sharing waters has been most appropriate.
 arrow EU GSP: The Rules of Origin issue
For a long time Bangladesh has been demanding for, change in the Rules of Origin (RoO) under EU GSP.
Letters to Editorarrow Iraqi police to the rescue
Peter D Feaver, professor of political science at Duke University in North Carolina recently pointed out, "The plain truth is that United Nations does old-fashioned peacekeeping rather well and neo-colonial
 arrow Demolition and reconstruction of road-dividers
It seems that good sense has prevailed and the demolition work of road-dividers on the Airport Road and at Malibagh crossing has been stopped, at least for the time being! Now, the demolished portions
 arrow Forgery in BUET
Mr. Khalid Hussein's letter in The Daily Star, September 21, 2003 seemed biased.
Literaturearrow Cultural Construct: Women in Bangla Literature
 arrow Letter from Kathmandu
Aniruddha Bahal is one of India's best-known journalists, the co-founder and former CEO of tehelka.com.