Vol. 4 Num 125 Sun. September 28, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt backs out from effecting amended CPC
In the face of staunch opposition by lawyers, the government has decided not to make the controversial Civil Procedure Code (CPC) amendment effective from October 1.
 arrow Police club AL's women workers
At least 32 opposition activists, largely women, were injured when police used batons to break up demonstrations in Dhaka during the Awami League (AL)-called countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal that virtually
 arrow Water minister flies to Delhi today to talk river project

Bangladesh's Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed, who arrives here today for the Indo-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting beginning on Monday, has sought an appointment with Prime

 arrow Talks on free trade deal with India October 20-22
The talks on free trade agreement (FTA) with India will take place in Dhaka October 20-22, an official source said yesterday.
 arrow Speaker approves 16-member team for CPA confce
The speaker has approved a 16-member parliamentary delegation for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference slated for October 4-12 at Dhaka, sources said.
 arrow 200 faulty launches fined since Aug 8
More than 200 faulty passenger launches and cargo vessels have been fined for irregularities and malpractices during the ongoing special drive.
 arrow US to send 10,000 more troops to Iraq
The United States on Friday activated 10,000 National Guard troops for service in Iraq and put another 5,000 on alert for likely call-up after its appeal for foreign military help met no immediate response.
 arrow Bush, Putin warn Iran
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran yesterday to give up any ambitions it might have of building nuclear weapons.
 arrow Man gets life for killing wife 11years ago
A Dhaka court yesterday jailed one for life for killing his wife in 1992.
 arrow Banks asked to cut lending rate
The Parliamentary Committee on the Ministry of Finance yesterday asked all commercial banks to slash interest rates to prop up investment and employment.
 arrow Muktangon now made a parking lot
The place supposed to host social and political gatherings has been turned into a parking space with the support of some Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) employees.
 arrow Cops drag foot 24 days after abduction
Police are yet to act even 24 days after the alleged abduction of former principal of Khulna Homeopathy Medical College.

"The abductors are threatening us with death for filing case.

 arrow Shab-e-Barat on the night of Oct 11
The holy Lailatul Barat will be observed on the night of October 11 as the moon of Shaban was sighted yesterday.
 arrow Hizbut chief remanded
Chief of the Islamic militant outfit Hizbut Touhid Bayezid Khan Panni told police yesterday his organisation is operating since 1995 and he is a close relative of a ruling BNP minister, police sources
 arrow Veteran Pak politician Nasrullah Khan dead
Veteran Pakistani opposition leader Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, a strong opponent of President General Pervez Musharraf, passed away in the early hours of Saturday aged 85, hospital officials and family
 arrow Global protest against Iraq occupation
Chanting "Troops out of Iraq and Blair out of Number 10," thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets of London yesterday to demonstrate against Britain's continued military involvement in Iraq.
 arrow Vajpayee rules out talks with Musharraf at Saarc summit
India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ruled out bilateral talks with Pakistan during his visit to Islamabad early next year for the South Asian Association of regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit
 arrow Overgrown Jungle
A park near the Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge ...
 arrow Niko assumes all obligations for Block 9 shares
Under the terms of share-purchase agreement for the acquisition of ChevronTexaco in Bangladesh, Niko assumed the obligations stipulated in the production-sharing contract (PSC) and the joint-operating
Businessarrow GMG wants route allocation based on capability
As the government has started awarding licence to private airlines to fly overseas, a licensed local operator said the routes should not be allocated on the basis on provisional licence if the government
 arrow Product diversification makes a difference
Diversification of products has made a big difference to Biman Poultry Complex in its journey towards profitability that is contributing financially to its beleaguered parent organisation, Biman Bangladesh
 arrow Cement price may further slump on stiff competition
Some 22 local, foreign or joint venture cement projects, now in different stages of implementation, will go into production in a couple of years, creating a stiff competition that may lead to a further
 arrow Globalisation hurts third world economy
Speakers at a conference here said yesterday that market fundamentalism was now out to engulf the national economy and culture of the third world countries in the name of "so-called" globalisation.
 arrow Norway pledges energy sector assistance
The Norwegian government will provide technical and financial assistance for Bangladesh's energy-sector development to help the country exploit its potential natural wealth.
 arrow China wants faster free trade talks with SE Asia
China hopes its attendance at a Southeast Asian summit early next month will help speed up talks on a free trade zone and show that it is serious about economic and political integration with the region.
 arrow Vietnam seeks to set 2004 US textile quotas by Oct
Vietnam aims to finish assigning 2004 quotas for textile and garment exporters to the United States by next month, Vietnam's Trade Minister Truong Dinh Tuyen said on Friday.
 arrow Drug industry helps factory output grow 10.3pc
Singapore's factory output leapt a surprise 10.3 per cent last month compared to the same period last year but it is too early to hope that the economy has kick-started with a roar.
 arrow US GDP gains set stage for growth pickup
Healthy consumer spending nudged US economic growth ahead at a slightly faster second-quarter pace than previously thought, the Commerce Department said on Friday, outpacing analysts' expectations and
Sportsarrow Football: Practice against whom, where
A 25-member Bangladesh under-17 football team will fly to Myanmar today to play three practice matches as part of their build up for the Asian under-17 qualifier against Kyrgyzstan to be held in Dhaka
 arrow Hockey: Battle of Asia today
Four-time finalists India are looking to win their first Asia Cup when they take on rivals and three-time champions Pakistan at the National Hockey Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Hockey: Four more for BD
Tiny Hong Kong put the final nail in Bangladesh's coffin in the 6th Men's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Philips nat'l tennis
Eighteen matches of the Philips National Tennis Tournament were decided yesterday at the National Tennis Complex.
 arrow India walk away with carrom crowns
Holders India clinched both the men's and women's team titles of the Seventh SAARC Countries Carrom Championship with all-win record on the second day of the four-day meet yesterday at the National Sports
 arrow India, Pakistan revive cricket at jr level
Indian and Pakistani youngsters are set to revive cricketing ties between the two nations when the Asian emerging teams tournament one-day international series gets underway here.
 arrow Swimming: Nat'l Summer swimming ends
The 32nd Summer National School and Madrassah Swi-mming Competition ended here yesterday with a new record in the butterfly event being set on the closing day.
 arrow Cricket: Govt of the same opinion
A British government official says England would be urged not to tour Zimbabwe in November 2004 if the current regime remains in place in the African country.
 arrow Cricket: Andy can't wait anymore
Zimbabwe fast bowler Andy Blignaut has got his hunger back and is now looking to feast on Australia's batting order.
 arrow Tennis: Dent dents Nieminen
Eighth-seeded Taylor Dent overcame an early burst from Jarkko Nieminen Saturday, making his bid for his second title of the season with a 7-6, 6-2 semifinal victory at the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open.
 arrow Tennis: Novak awaits Scud
Top seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic will face Mark Philippoussis in the final of the 380,000-dollar ATP tournament in Shanghai, after the Australian handily disposed of Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-4on
 arrow Football: Grumpy North Koreans
The subject of much international political tension with the United States in recent months, North Korea is a mystery to most of the world. The same can be said for its talented women's national team.
 arrow Football: Henry makes Magpies pay
Thierry Henry made sure Arsenal will stay top of the English Premiership for at least another week with a late penalty which condemned Newcastle United to a 3-2 defeat at Highbury on Friday.
 arrow Football: The Rivaldo mystery
When Rivaldo signed for AC Milan just 14 months ago the club's captain Paolo Maldini welcomed him as "one of the greatest ever to pull on our red and black shirts".
 arrow Football: Eriksson staying
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will see out his contract despite the cool-headed Swede admitting he wants to return to club management some time in the future, the Football Association affirmed Saturday.
 arrow Football: Scolari not so popular
Nearly two in three Portuguese doubt World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be able to lead Portugal to victory during the Euro 2004 finals which the country will host, a poll published Friday
 arrow Football: American tycoon raises MU stake
Malcolm Glazer, owner of Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay, has increased his stake in English Premiership soccer champions Manchester United.
 arrow Football: His Brazil shirt at risk too!
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has admitted that star midfielder Rivaldo will have to get playing quickly if he wants to hang on to his Brazil shirt.
Politicalarrow Hasina turns 57 today
Leader of the Opposition and the Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina turns 57 today.
 arrow Saber surprised at 'ignorance' of Harris Chy
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's Political Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said people would not be confused by 'immature' comments by Harris Chowdhury.
 arrow 10 shown arrest for Rupsha AL actvist murder, 2 cops closed
Police yesterday picked up 27 people from different parts of East Rupsa in connection with Friday's murder of Awami League activist Tushar Hasan Lenin.
Metropolitanarrow Int'l film festival begins in Ctg
A week-long international film festival kicked off at the studio theatre of Muslim Institute Hall in the port city yesterday.
 arrow One gets 22 years
A former union parishad (UP) chairman has been sentenced to 22 years' imprisonment for misappropriation of Tk 47,000 in 1992-1994.
 arrow Children's Fed team meets president
A 15-member delegation of South Asian Children's Federation of Bangladesh, led by its chief coordinator Whip Alhaj Syed Wahidul Alam, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea takes serious turn in Nilphamari
Diarrhoea situation in the district has taken a serious turn with death of four more people in last three days, raising the toll to 26.
 arrow 5 kids rescued from traffickers
Four children abducted from Muktagacha on September 24 were rescued from Trishal bus stand in the district town by local people on Thursday.
 arrow Suspect might have crossed border, nephew held
CID police took a close relative of a suspect in millionaire businessman Rezaur Rahman Zakir murder case into three days' remand on Friday.
 arrow Tributes to Gandhi
Speakers at a discussion on Mahatma Gandhi held here on Friday at Gandhi Ashram have paid tributes to the "one of the most outstanding pesonlaities of the 20th century.
 arrow Ferry service on Kirtonkhola resumes
Ferry service on the Kirtonkhola river on the Barisal-Bhola highway resumed Friday afternoon after two days' disruption.
Foreign Relationsarrow China promises support to uplift plans
Vice-Chairman of the National People's Congress of China Jiang Zhenghua yesterday heaped praise on the policies and programmes of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), saying they were pragmatic, popular
Culturearrow Sweet success
Today a professor and Head of the Department of Population and Environment of the Independent University of Bangladesh, she sits behind her desk- full of books, stationery and papers, surrounded by the
 arrow Melody architects of the town
Ever wondered about the story behind each successful audio album in the market or whether the tune and composition are arranged in perfect harmony?

The answers are all in the recording studios, which

 arrow Bajpakkhi
ATN Bangla is airing a new weekly mega serial Bajpakhi by Mannan Hira and directed by Mamunur Rashid every Thursday night at 9:20.
 arrow An exceptional musical evening Ganey Ganey Nandanhar
Surma Cultural evening arranged an exeptional musical evening titled Ganey Ganey Nandanhar at the Nat Mandal auditorium of DU.
 arrow Singer Robert Palmer dies
Singer Robert Palmer has died of a heart attack in Paris aged 54. The British star is best known for his hits Addicted to Love, Some Guys Have All the Luck and Didn't Mean to Turn You On.
 arrow Bruce Willis Performs in Northern Iraq
It was the perfect setting for an action movie, complete with Humvees and helicopters. Instead, Bruce Willis felt awed--and a little old.
Generalarrow Keep investment flow through proper financial management
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has stressed the need for a skilled workforce and proper financial and administrative management to maintain the flow in investment in the country.
 arrow Graft charges pressed against Ershad
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) yesterday pressed charges against former president HM Ershad and five others on charge of embezzling over Tk 29.56 crore in the purchase of two container ships in 1988.
 arrow 6 killed as bus rams tree on Bogra highway
At least six were killed and 50 injured in a road accident on Bogra-Dhaka highway at Sajapur under Majhira upazila early morning yesterday.
 arrow Per capita foreign loans up 3pc as grants dip
The burden of foreign loans on the back of each Bangladeshi is getting bigger by the day as grants trickle.

The foreign loan per capita rose 3 percent in the last fiscal (FY03) to $127.

Internationalarrow Both Israel, PA need to make peace move: ME quartet
Jewish New Year celebrations were marred yesterday after an Israeli man and a baby girl were shot dead by a Palestinian gunman, as the Middle East quartet said neither the Jewish state nor the Palestinians
 arrow Grenades fired at US military offices in Baghdad
Three rocket-propelled grenades were fired toward US military offices in central Baghdad yesterday, raising tensions already high because of a fatal ambush on American soldiers and reports that US soldiers
 arrow Bush seeks Putin's backing on Iraq, Iran
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin opened talks on Friday expected to focus on postwar assistance to Iraq and concerns that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.
 arrow Nepali Maoists call 9-day truce for Dasin festival
Nepal's government yesterday welcomed a nine-day ceasefire called by Maoist rebels during the Hindu kingdom's biggest festival and urged the guerrillas to use the lull in violence to restart peace talks.
 arrow UN staff start arriving in Jordan from Iraq
UN international staff have begun arriving in Jordan after a decision by Secretary General Kofi Annan to reduce their presence in Iraq following two bomb attacks on their Baghdad offices, UN officials
 arrow Half of Britons think Blair should quit: Poll
Half the British public believe Tony Blair should resign, according to a poll published yesterday, as the prime minister prepared for a difficult annual conference of his ruling Labour Party.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sinister zealotry
The death of a man in Narayanganj on Friday evening in the bloody clashes between Hizbut Touhid adherents and local people is the latest example of how some religious extremists are pursuing their agenda
 arrow Editorial: Said no more
The passing of Edward Wadie Said on September 25 seemed to have drawn the curtain on an era of literary ethos that transcended the East-West cultural and political barriers.
 arrow Indo-Israel relations
Israeli Prime Minister's first ever official visit to India raised eye brows in certain quarters.
 arrow Notes from a travel scrapbook
The fastest way between Delhi and Hawaii is via Taiwan. You arrive in Honolulu eight hours before you leave Taipei.
Letters to Editorarrow Gas exploration
In a recent interview, the state minister for mineral resources and gas exploration said that the Shahbazpur gas field would be opened to commercial use within one and a half years.
 arrow Flyover hazard!
The construction work of the Khilgaon flyover was started during the tenure of the past Awami league government. And it is going on causing serious problems for the commuters.
 arrow Traffic Jam
Traffic jam is a constant companion of every Bangladeshi. In the last four or five months this problem has become even worse. It has gone completely beyond tolerance.
Star Healtharrow Heart disease most serious health threat for women
Under the slogan: "A Heart for Life", member organisations in over 90 countries including Bangladesh Cardiac Society (BCS) will organise events on World Heart Day, including health checks, stage shows,
 arrow Four adults in every hundred population suffer heart disease
Professor (Brig retired) A Malik, president of Bangladesh Cardiac Society (BCS) put emphasis on health education at all levels including teachers, parents and students to launch a massive awareness programme
 arrow Health of women's hearts seriously neglected
Jane Seymour, award winning actress, mother and World Heart Federation Goodwill Ambassador is supporting World Heart Day.
 arrow Do you have stiffness and difficulty in bending?
Check out this week's health tips on back pain

Back pain is one of the commonest problems to affect people and is responsible for many days lost from work.

 arrow Eating more frequent meals may lead to reduced cholesterol levels
People should consider not just what they eat but how often they eat: eating smaller amounts more frequently may have important health benefits.
 arrow Gum DISEASE
To find out if you have the precursors of gingivitis, do this self test: After you brush, using the nail of your index finger, scratch the back surfaces of your teeth, especially near the gum line.
Star Cityarrow Playing pranks with safety
The Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city is at 'grave' risk of collapse due to structural flaws caused by indiscriminate alteration works undertaken by numerous shops and other commercial chambers,
 arrow Archeological sites fading
Archaeological sites of the city are facing extinction due to some serious maintenance shortcomings arising from severe fund crisis.
 arrow Poachers, traders make merry with wildlife
The continuing sale of wild birds by poachers and traders are in full swing in the city. This is due to the lack of the strict enactment of the law.
 arrow Tug-of-war between DCC and DESA
The electricity cables of Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) are an obstruction to getting a number of under-construction foot-over bridges completed on time, said sources of the Dhaka City Corporation
 arrow Good designs deserve good markets
Industrial Product Designing would help sustain and evolve the products of the local small and medium industries, by adopting designs suited to competitive international markets, observed the speakers
 arrow A cry for play space
Lack of playgrounds and parks may have a great impact in the city in future. Children would grow mentally immature due to insufficient physical recreation, said a mental health expert.
Star City in Framesarrow Our Backyard is the Dockyard
These children of shipbreakers and dockworkers in Kholamora, Dhaka, must learn to explore and fend for themselves from a very early age if they are to survive such an uncompromising environment.