Volume 4 Number 126 Mon. September 29, 2003    
 
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Front Pagearrow No or yes, trade union at EPZs to cut both ways
Dhaka is still undecided about allowing trade union (TU) activities at special economic zones despite a US threat to cancel the generalised system of preference (GSP) facilities in case the ban continues.
 arrow Dhaka for sharing Teesta, 6 other common rivers
Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh would officially try to know from India about its river inter-linking project at the 35th Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting, beginning
 arrow PM orders double watch to curb graft in edn projects
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday ordered a series of strident measures including the setting up of a dual-monitoring mechanism to erase corruption and irregularities from the education ministry projects.
 arrow Cracks in dam flood 12 villages
Twelve villages in Batiaghata upazila, Khulna, have been reeling under four feet water since Friday, as breaches opened in the Kazibacha river embankment because of high tide.
 arrow Hazari handed down 7 yrs in another case
Former Awami League (AL) lawmaker for Feni Joynal Abedin Hazari was jailed for seven years by a Chittagong court yesterday for illegally possessing ammunition.
 arrow House probers slate CIA for poor Iraq data
US intelligence agencies had "significant deficiencies" in collecting information about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programmes and alleged ties to al-Qaeda prior to the war against Baghdad, top
 arrow Worst blackout hits Italy
Power was gradually returning across Italy at midday yesterday, after the country was hit by the worst power outage in its history, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded on trains and elevators
 arrow Govt borrowing from banks eases on World Bank loan
The government's net borrowing from the banks has decreased by Tk 684 crore in the first two months of this fiscal.
 arrow Tullow again rejects Block 9 sellout
Irish company Tullow once again categorically rejected the Block 9 share sale of its partner Chevron-Texaco to Canadian company Niko Resources, accusing it of violating various legal aspects of the production
 arrow 3yrs on, nutrition project yet to take off for red tape
Implementation of the Tk 640 crore National Nutrition Project (NNP) launched in July 2000 is yet to start because of bureaucratic tangles.
 arrow CPA delegates start arriving from today
Officials of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association headquarters will be flying to Dhaka from today to attend the CPA October 4-12 conference, while the main opposition Awami League (AL) is stillfirm
 arrow N'ganj phone exchange fire resulted from negligence
The recent fire at Narayanganj telephone exchange resulted from neglect of officials and staff of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).
 arrow Chechen PM poisoned
The Chechen government has said doctors treating its prime minister and acting president have confirmed he has been poisoned.
 arrow Unprecedented salute indeed!
Lawyers, court officials and litigants at a metropolitan magistrate's court were surprised when Magistrate Khandker Fatema Begum stood up and saluted Minister for Housing and Public Works Mirza Abbasyesterday
 arrow Export may suffer for US security alert
Exporters from Bangladesh, as also from elsewhere, may have to face fresh hurdles in exporting to the US market as the importing nation set new guidelines amid rising security concerns.
 arrow Al-Qaeda urges Pakistanis to oust Musharraf
Arabic satellite television yesterday broadcast an audio tape purporting to come from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in which he urged Pakistanis to overthrow President Pervez Musharraf for "betraying"
 arrow Verdict on graft case against Ershad today
A Dhaka court delivers today the judgement in the corruption case against former president HM Ershad filed 11 years ago for illegal withdrawal of income tax money.
 arrow Blair won't apologise over Iraq war, vow to run for third term
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, facing the worst crisis of his six-year tenure, yesterday signalled his determination to serve a third term in office despite a continued slump in the polls for both
 arrow Europe launches moon mission
The European Space Agency (ESA) got its first moon mission underway overnight Sunday, launching into orbit lunar explorer SMART-1 which will make its way slowly to the moon and start making observations
 arrow Hills people threaten indefinite road blockade
The Jhum Refugee Welfare Association has now threatened to enforce an indefinite road blockade from October 11 if the authorities fail to resume ration distribution within the seven-day ultimatum.
 arrow Robbery bid foiled in Pallabi, gang decamps with loot in Rampura
Three robbers were caught during a robbery bid at city's Pallabi while three others decamped with looted cash and valuables worth Tk 2.44 lakh from a house at Rampura yesterday, police said.
 arrow Twenty buses vandalised as transport workers clash
At least 20 buses were vandalised in a series of clashes between two groups of transport workers yesterday over the launch of a new bus service.
 arrow Arifa's return depends on Tuesday's court order
A court of the Indian State of West Bengal will decide on Tuesday the fate of a Bangladeshi baby girl who was smuggled into Kolkata.
 arrow JU postpones exams till Oct 15 for water crisis
All examinations at Jahangirnagar University have been postponed until October 15 because of acute water crisis in three women halls since September 24.
 arrow Defamation charge framed against Jugantar editor, publisher
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against the editor and the publisher of the daily Jugantar and the chairman of Jamuna Group in a defamation case.
Businessarrow Corruption, red tape erode investors' confidence
Law and order, red tapism, corruption and rent seeking influence the confidence of the foreign investors in Bangladesh, said David Carter, the outgoing British High Commissioner in Dhaka.
 arrow Taste of Bangladeshi foods

It was a real taste of Bangladeshi foods for foreign diplomats and tourists who gathered at the Bangladesh Food Festival at Café Bazar restaurant of Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Saturday.

 arrow Asian shrimp exporters likely to forge alliance
Asian shrimp exporters are likely to forge an alliance to encounter anti-dumping campaigns by a coalition of US producers of the food item that could create export barriers.
 arrow Netting system fails to boost trading on CSE
Reintroduction of netting settlement system in Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has apparently failed to generate interest among investors, as there has been very little change in trade volume.
 arrow $13m US grant to revamp non-traditional businesses
The US government will provide a grant of 13 million dollars or Tk 75.5 crore to revamp the non-traditional export-oriented private sector businesses and enterprises in Bangladesh.
 arrow Asia fending off currency pressure from US
Asia-Pacific economies are likely to ignore or seek to fight off pressure from Washington to push up the value of their currencies, in what is being seen as a pre-election ploy, analysts and economists
Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful gets the chop
Mohammad Ashraful was one of three cricketers to get the axe when the selectors named a 20-member preliminary list for Bangladesh's home series against England next month.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 WC battlelines drawn
Hosts Bangladesh will meet New Zealand in one of the opening day fixtures in next year's ICC Under-19 Youth World Cup. The fixture for the February 15-March 5 event was released yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Welcome Barmy Army
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to allocate an enclosure exclusively for the travelling English cricket fans at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) during Bangladesh's home series against England
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya demands WC cash
Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday set a November 1 deadline for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to release India's share of World Cup money before it takes legal action.
 arrow Hockey: India Asian kings
India emerged as champions of the 6th Asia Cup when they de-feated arch-riva-ls Pakistan 4-2 in a classic enco-unter at the Na-tional Hockey Stadium.
 arrow BCB's Tk 10 lakh offer!
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) came up with a lucrative bonus scheme for the national team in an effort to end their losing streak.
 arrow First gold for Bangladesh
Bangladesh clinched their first gold in the 7th SAARC Countries Carrom Championship when they won the mixed doubles at National Sports Council yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 20 for A, President's XI squads
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has named 20 players for both Bangladesh A and BCB President's XI to play against England next month.
 arrow Volleyball: Kushtia enter final round
Kushtia have qualified for the final round of the Pepsi inter-district volleyball championship in Sagardari Zone as the zonal champions.
 arrow Athletics: Record-breaking Tergat
Kenya's Paul Tergat set a new world best time of 2hr 04min 55secs as he won the Berlin marathon here Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Ferrero Dent-ed
Taylor Dent denied world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero the first indoor victory of his career, sweeping past the Spaniard 6-3, 7-6 Sunday to lift the trophy at the 550,000-dollar Thailand Open.
 arrow Tennis: It's off to Tokyo
Australia's Mark Philippoussis will be hoping to build on his weekend success at Shanghai when the Japan Open tennis tournament gets under way here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Akash, Yuvraj hit form
Opener Akash Chopra slammed a fine unbeaten hundred for the Indian Board President's XI on the third and final day of the rain-hit tour match against New Zealand here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Kirmani India's chief selector
Former Test wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani was named chairman of India's selection committee at a meeting of the cricket board here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Samba queens in last 16
Brazil, Norway and Canada qualified for the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup on Saturday, as Germany cemented their quarter-finalist status by completing a perfect opening round.
 arrow Football: Blown away by Dutch dynamite
Alex Ferguson paid tribute to the maturity of his Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy who ended a torrid week by scoring the fourth hat-trick of his Manchester United career as the champions demolishedLeicester.
 arrow Football: Real bubble burst
Valencia took advantage of a woeful performance from Real Madrid to claim a 2-0 win at home to the defending Spanish champions on Saturday and replace beaten Deportivo Coruna at the top of the table.
 arrow Football: Juve stave off Reggina
Reigning champions Juventus went top of Serie A after battling their way to a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Reggina on Saturday while title rivals Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw at Udinese.
 arrow Football: Makaay to the rescue
VfB Stuttgart maintained their lead in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over 1860 Munich at the Olympic Stadium Saturday, while reigning champions Bayern needed another Roy Makaay strike to net a 2-1 win
 arrow Football: Talking goals
Alex Ferguson has denied that last week's explosive match against Arsenal handed Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy any extra motivation during his emphatic hat-trick against Leicester on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo drops Chelsea hints
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo could become the latest big name addition to Chelsea's payroll after being released by AC Milan in midweek.
Politicalarrow 'JCD men' raid police outpost, take away two arrestees
An armed gang, allegedly belonging to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), snatched two of their accomplices from city's Ambarkhana police outpost Friday night.
Metropolitanarrow Consultation on child rights at UN tomorrow
A consultation on the Bangladesh Second Periodic Report regarding implementation of the convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) will be held at the UN Headquarters in Geneva tomorrow.
 arrow JU JCD workers burn bus after attack on leader
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Jahangirnagar University unit, burned a bus of Sohagh Paribahan on Saturday night after its staff beat up their leader.
 arrow Wildlife Trust formed
Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, a trust for the conservation of Bangladesh wildlife, has been set up in the city recently.
 arrow 3 army officers promoted
Colonel Md Sharif Uddin and Colonel SM Mahfuzul Haque of Bangladesh Army have been promoted to the rank of brigadier general recently.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea: one more dies, 200 attacked in Nilphamari
One more diarrhoea patient died in Nilphamari and over 200 attacked in the last 24 hours ending at about noon yesterday.

With this the official death toll rose to 27. The unofficial toll is 36.

 arrow CU students boycott classes for repeal of grade system
Students of Chittagong University (CU) started class-boycott yesterday demanding cancellation of grading system and revival of the old 'class system' in examinations.
 arrow End to SUST crisis not in sight
Students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in the city as part of their agitation for starting first year classes.
 arrow A procession of English learners
Awed townspeople looked on curiously as about 1600 male and female students, some from primary schools, chanted slogans in English and marched the streets with banners and fastoons, also written in English.
 arrow Dacoit killed in gunfight with police in Mymensingh
An alleged dacoit was killed and seven others were injured in an hour-long gunbattle with police at Chhayani Rasulpur village in Gafargoan upazila on Saturday.
 arrow People rallying round JP to get back peace, security: Ershad
Former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has said people are rallying round his party to get back peace and security as the BNP-Jammat government failed to ensure those.
 arrow One kidnapped for ransom in Kushtia
A hatchery owner was kidnapped for ransom from Boalia village in Daulatpur upazila on Saturday night, allegedly by some members of outlawed Purbo Banglar Commonest Party (PBCP).
 arrow Image of goddess damaged at Moulviibazar
Miscreants damaged the image of a Hindu goddess at a temple at Moulvibazar town Friday night.
 arrow Hartal today in Jaintapur for BRTC service
An eight-hour hartal will be observed in Jaintapur upazila today to press resumption of BRTC bus service.
Culturearrow Daring experimentation
The recent exhibition of six young artists at "Shilparag" spoke of imagination, experimentation and determination.
 arrow A musical evening with Sadi Mohammed and Fatema Tuz Zohra
The newly built Convention Centre at the city's aristocratic locale, Gulshan-1; over a space of one bigha hosted a stylish cultural evening with prominent artistes of the town.
 arrow Britney goes balle-balle
Hollywood singer-actress Britney Spears has taken to Indian bhangra tunes to make her comeback after nearly one year. Spear's latest album is likely to come out later this year.
 arrow Bangladesh Documentary Film Festival ends
Bangladesh Documentary Film Festival organized by Polash Visual Communication concluded recently, says a press release.
Generalarrow Hasina's birthday celebrated
Thousands of party leaders, workers and admirers thronged the Sudha Sadan residence of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday and greeted her with flowers, garlands and books on her birthday.
 arrow 'Poor resource management an obstacle to development'
Poor management of resources is a major obstacle to development, Finance Minister Saifur Rahman said yesterday.
 arrow Police atrocities on women condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the police atrocities on women in the city during the countrywide dawn to dusk hartal enforced by Awami League on Saturday.
 arrow Cancellation of PSC exam demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the written test for the post of sub-registrars, saying that the questions were
 arrow Children's parliamentary election early next year
For the first time in the country, a symbolic children's parliamentary election will be held early next year and the parliament will be formed in March where the children will express their opinions in
 arrow China assures of increased support for development
Vice Chairman of National People's Congress of China Jiang Zhenghua on Sunday praised the policy and programmes of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) saying these policies are very much realistic, popular
 arrow Self tax return submission date extended
Last date for submitting income tax return for fiscal 2003-2004 has been extended till October 31 from September 30.
 arrow Govt sees hand of co-activist in dishonouring woman
The home ministry issued a clarification yesterday explaining the background of a widely published picture of a scuffling woman activist of the Awami League with displaced clothing surrounded by police.
 arrow RHD staff protest transfer of roads to LGED
Hundreds of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) staff yesterday staged a protest at the Shaheed Minar demanding withdrawal of the government decision to place 9,000 km of RHD roads under the Local Government
 arrow Police probe Hizbut fund source
Police are now looking for the financial source of Bayezid Khan Panni, the main leader of Islamic militant outfit Hizbut Touhid.
 arrow FM attends CMAG meet in New York
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan attended the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting in New York Friday.
 arrow Robbers stab housewife dead in city
Robbers stabbed a housewife dead at her Lalbagh residence last night.

Three armed robbers stabbed Parveen Ahmed thrice in the throat at her at 43, Haranath Ghosh Lane residence at around 7:15pm.

 arrow 2 raped, killed in Chuadanga
Police yesterday recovered the bodies of two women, believed to be raped and killed, at Rai-Laxmipur under Alamdanga Upazila of the district.
Internationalarrow US offers 'rest & recreation' to troops stationed in Iraq
Gearing up for a long deployment in Iraq, the US military this week began offering "vacations" to troops stationed in the country for long periods.
 arrow Militants vow to keep up Palestinian Intifada
The radical Palestinian groups Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades vowed yesterday to continue the armed uprising against Israel as thousands of people rallied to mark the intifada's third anniversary.
 arrow Iran won't halt uranium enrichment
Iran said Sunday it would not give up its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment, despite international pressure to prove it is not developing atomic weapons.
 arrow JI plots wave of terror attacks in Indonesia
A new breed of homegrown "twenty something terrorists'' is poised to strike at Indonesia's international hotels with a wave of suicide bombings in December.
 arrow Mahathir renews call for scrapping UN veto power
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday renewed his calls for the veto power of the five permanent UN Security Council members to be scrapped in a bid to democratise the world body.
 arrow Bush sees world safer without Saddam
President Bush, saying the world was a safer place without Saddam Hussein, sought on Saturday to justify his war with Iraq to the American people.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Women pickets
We are aghast at the atrocious handling of women pickets and processionists during Saturday's hartal in the city.
 arrow Editorial: Recruitment riddled with leaked questions
Another recruitment examination under Public Service Commission is shrouded in controversy. It relates to written test for sub-registrar recruitment.
 arrow The nemesis at long last!
Misled by a cabal of neo-cons bent up on recasting the world in its own image the US President George W Bush raised false alarm and cried wolf early this year ostensibly to build up a case for his preplanned
 arrow Demolition of Gandhi
RITUALS are woven deep into the warp and woof of our society. But I could never imagine that Mahatma Gandhi's birthday too would become a mere formality within 55 years of his death.
 arrow Appointment of an Arab and Islam-basher to influential post
Bypassing Senate confirmation, dismissing the opposition of Muslim and Arab American groups, civil rights advocates and moderate Jewish organisations, President Bush recently installed Dr.
Letters to Editorarrow Dear Mr. Whatmore,
First, a hearty congratulations for turning things around.
 arrow Nation pays for mistakes by few
The government decision earlier to re-open four jute mills that were earmarked for privatisation is quite a U-turn indeed.
 arrow "Sex education at schools"
I wholeheartedly support Dr. Rahim's proposal about educating our young generation on sex, ("Sex Education at Schools", Daily Star, 26 Sep 2003).
 arrow UNO (UN=0)
A recent Washington Post editorial on the UN rightly points out the crux of the problem facing the United Nations when it says, "Although it had some important successes, it was more often a theatre of
 arrow 21 century demands cooperation, not war
Globalisation, revolution in information and communication technology, privatisation etc. characterise this century. A revolution has taken place in the field of information technology.
 arrow Ershad and Organogram
Referring to the letter of Md.
 arrow Truth must come out of Hutton inquiry?
Hearings of the Hutton Inquiry concluded with the Queen's Counsels making their closing statements.
 arrow Teachers' scandal in BUET
My attention has been drawn to Engr. ABM Nurul Islam's letter "Decay in BUET", DS 24 Sep, 2003 in response to my letter ("Forgery", DS 21 Sep, 2003).
 arrow Can we govern ourselves?
What a news! To quote DS of 26-Sep: "The government yesterday filed a petition with the Appellate Division seeking for the 15th time extension of a deadline by four months for the ...
 arrow Plant Quarantine or trap for bribery!
Anyone passing through the arrival hall of the International Terminal building of the ZIA cannot miss the large signboard adjacent to the customs counter with a special footnote ''please examine yourplant
 arrow Thanks to National Geographic
On September 18, 2003, I saw a documentary on the Royal Bengal Tiger of Bangladesh on National Geographic. The members of that channel spent several months for the shooting of the film.
 arrow Thank you, Mr. Editor
I am delighted to read the commentary "BNP reaping what it sowed" by Mahfuz Anam in

your esteemed daily on 23rd Sept. It was well written and had depth in it.

Star Cityarrow Violation rules construction sector
Violation of the building construction act 1996 has become a common practice among the building owners while the RAJUK and other authorities have hardly taken any action against offenders, sources said.
 arrow DCC market a refuge for day labourers
The remaining section of the large space, allotted for the market in Kawran Bazar, has been a makeshift day labourer's hostel for the last few years.
 arrow Implement DMDP for a prosperous Dhaka
Speakers at a roundtable expressed their anger in not implementing the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan (DMDP) though it was prepared in 1995.
 arrow Pushing rickshaws into chaos
Lanes and by-lanes in the city, already jammed with thousands of rickshaws, will plunge into more traffic tangles, as a move is on to phase out rickshaws from six major roads from November in the latest
 arrow Mishuk days are numbered
The three-wheeled Mishuks may be taken off the streets of Dhaka as their recently installed fare-meters are not working, according to Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda.
 arrow DESA and DESCO clip illegal electricity connections
Government is losing revenue from illegal electric connections that supply electricity to shanties in the city. The legal supply of electricity has been hampered due to the temporary nature of the shanties.
 arrow Towering menace
Silver Tower in Gulshan-1 is perhaps the latest addition to hundreds of high-rises in the city, constructed without adequate parking space.
 arrow Sweating at a shopping mall
He became dumbstruck for a moment. This was the situation least expected by him. Being stuck in a maze of different vehicles, Parvez couldn't fathom where or how to move his car.
 arrow Special fTorce to fine wrong parking
As the government plans to build at least three multi-storied car parks in Motijheel, it has apparently forgotten to form a separate force to impose fines for wrong parking.
 arrow Parking relief in sight
The city's commercial hearts Motijheel and Dilkusha hope to have at least five multi-storied commercial-cum-parking facilities in not too distant future for bringing about discipline in the traffic system
 
   
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