Volume 4 Number 127 Tue. September 30, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow River-link plan finds way to JRC agenda
A controversial proposal to link 37 rivers in India was included in the first session of the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting in New Delhi yesterday as a "miscellaneous" item, which Bangladesh called
 arrow Poverty wanes, but pace not enough to meet goal
The population living below the poverty line declined by one percentage point a year in the 1990s and came down to 40 per cent by 2000, but it is not enough to achieve the millennium development goal(MDG),
 arrow Series of attacks on AL workers
Ruling BNP adherents yesterday attacked leaders and workers of the main opposition Awami League and foiled a human chain they were trying to form at Sadarghat as part of its campaign to save the Buriganga
 arrow Cops top TIB corruption list
The police are the most corrupt institution in Bangladesh whose chronic graft problems have not been improving, an anti-corruption watchdog said yesterday.
 arrow Moni Swapan threatens quit
Annoyed at the delay in implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Agreement, corruption in uplift efforts and a sense of being ignored, Deputy Minister for CHT Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan
 arrow CPA pins hope on talks with Hasina
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association pins hopes on its secretary general's fresh dialogue with the leader of the opposition of bringing her party lawmakers to the CPA conference in Dhaka, said a
 arrow Bangladesh to seek more time from US
A trade delegation will visit Washington in the middle of next month to talk to US trade officials about the thorny issue of allowing trade unions (TUs) at the six export processing zones (EPZs).
 arrow Questions leak puts PSC credibility in question
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is yet to take effective steps to track down persons involved in alleged recurrent leak of question papers of different examinations held under it, giving rise to controversy
 arrow Ethnic Dinajpur people seek compensation, protest raw land deal
Indigenous people of Dinajpur yesterday demonstrated against the officials of the forest department for what they said grabbing their land in the name of social forestry project and depriving them ofthe
 arrow Morshed speaks against unilateral use of int'l rivers
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan told the UN General Assembly last night that no country should unilaterally withdraw water from international rivers, causing economic and ecological disaster to othercountries.
 arrow HC stays results of sub-registrar preliminary test
The High Court (HC) Division yesterday stayed the results of the September 26 preliminary test for recruitment of sub-registrars for two months.
 arrow US convoys ambushed, 1 Marine killed west of Baghdad
US forces used tanks and rocket-firing helicopters to fight their way out of ambushes yesterday as two convoys came under heavy attack west of the Iraqi capital, leaving at least one soldier dead.
 arrow Blair faces protest from anti-war members at Labour Party meet
British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced angry protests from anti-war members of his ruling Labour Party yesterday as Iraq was kept off the agenda at the toughest party conference of his leadership.
 arrow Dhaka ready for Iraq rebuilding role
Bangladesh has called for ensuring an effective and credible role of the UN in Iraq's transition to democracy, expressing readiness to participate in the rebuilding of the war-ravaged country.
 arrow Cabinet okays amendment to CPC
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the amendment to the amended Civil Procedure Code Ordinance, 2003 in the face of strident protest from lawyers across the country.
 arrow Verdict adjourned as lawyer doubts justice from court
The delivery of the judgement in the corruption case against former president HM Ershad for illegal withdrawal of income tax money has been adjourned till disposal tomorrow of a petition filed by the
 arrow 15 Kashmiri militants killed as peace hope erodes
The Indian army said yesterday it had killed 15 rebels in Indian Kashmir, as nascent peace moves between India and Pakistan were engulfed by acrimony that echoed at the UN General Assembly.
 arrow White House denies Rove leaked secret information
The White House denied yesterday that President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, was behind a leak of secret information apparently aimed at discrediting a vocal critic of prewar intelligenceon
 arrow NY-based HR body asks PM to withdraw SQ Chy from OIC race
Bangladesh Human Rights Watch (BHRW), a New York-based organisation, in a letter yesterday asked the prime minister to withdraw Salauddin Quader Chowdhury from the race for the post of secretary general
Businessarrow Saifur slams SoEs for mismanagement
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday lashed out at the management and employees of some state-owned enterprises (SoEs) for their losses, wastage and wholesale mismanagement.
 arrow Govt to work out action plan to up aromatic rice export
In a desperate bid to widen Bangladesh's export basket, government plans to work out a time-bound action plan to give a big push to aromatic rice export from Bangladesh, the amount of which has been hovering
 arrow DBBL signs $5m credit line deal with Dutch partner
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) signed a $ 5 million export credit line agreement with its partner Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Malaysian food, cultural festival attracts visitors
A six-day Malaysian food and cultural festival began at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday offering visitors an opportunity to savour delicious dishes of Malaysia and know better about the east Asiancountry.
 arrow Japanese exporters urge govt not to ban reconditioned cars
Japanese used car exporters have urged the government not to ban the import of reconditioned vehicles which they said are affordable and environment-friendly.
 arrow Ensure labour rights to augment RMG export
Bangladesh needs to ensure labour rights if the country wants to augment its readymade garment export, said an international trade union leader yesterday.
 arrow ATDP turns to case studies to develop agribusiness
In a unique effort to equip agribusiness, ATDP has taken the lead in developing case studies on local agribusiness for the first time in Bangladesh.
 arrow Key farming meeting delayed after WTO deadlock
A meeting on agriculture, one of the key stumbling blocks in the current round of talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been delayed following the collapse of negotiations in Mexico, the trade
Sportsarrow Hockey: Bari waiting for the call
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) general secretary Shamsul Bari refused to step down after the national team's disastrous performance in the 6th Asia Cup tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers on spin-hunt
The Bangladesh cricket team's think-tank is planning to strengthen the Tigers' spin attack against England for the coming home series.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricket deferred
The Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship was deferred by five days due to unplayable ground condition.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
Title aspirants St Gregory's and fancied Green Herald won their respective group matches of Super Six of the inter-school basketball championship at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters' opponents known
Bangladesh under-17 football team will play their first practice match against Myanmar under-18 team at the Youth Complex in Yangoon today.
 arrow India again dominate
India maintained their supremacy in the SAARC Countries Carrom Championship as the seventh version of the regional meet concluded at the NSC gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Johnson in for Anderson
Somerset's Richard Johnson will replace injured Lancashire paceman James Anderson for England's Test series in Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced here Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan beat India
The Indian Emerging XI batsmen put in their second limp batting performance in two days, sliding to a 37-run defeat against the Pakistan Emerging XI on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas leave for Pakistan
There's no turning back now for South Africa, as they finally flew out of Johannesburg Sunday to begin their delayed tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan look beyond SA
Pakistan Monday said "misconceptions" about security in this country would be removed after the South African cricket teams tour and clear its image for more such visits in future.
 arrow Football: Nine-man Barca show grit
Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by nine-man Barcelona in a frantic Primera Liga encounter at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Milan, Roma romp
AC Milan and Roma joined Juventus at the top of Italy's first division on Sunday after securing comfortable 3-0 victories at home to Lecce and Ancona respectively as the nations' footballers helped lift
 arrow Football: Liverpool's Lisbie lesson
Liverpool's Premiership revival was stopped in its tracks on Sunday as Kevin Lisbie's first senior hat-trick gave Charlton victory in a five-goal thriller at The Valley.
 arrow Football: Premiership stars in gang-rape probe
Eight English Premiership soccer stars are at the centre of investigations into the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl.
 arrow Football: Gunners have all the worry
Injury-hit Arsenal go into their Champions League match with Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday knowing that defeat could deal a fatal blow to their hopes of qualifying from the group stage.
 arrow Tennis: Gibson passes away
Tennis champion Althea Gibson, the first black to win Wimbledon and the US Championships, died Sunday. She was 76.
Politicalarrow BNP delegates return home
The delegation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by its Secretary General and Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan returned home last night
 arrow AL unbending on CPA meet boycott
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday sounded unbending on its decision to boycott the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference that opens in Dhaka on October 4.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure child rights
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged all concerned to come forward for ensuring child rights to prepare the children as worthy citizens to face the challenges of the 21st century.
 arrow Non-eligibles asked to quit Eden College dormitories
The Eden College authorities are expelling students unlawfully occupying rooms at the dormitories, following a report published in The Daily Star on September 12.
 arrow 2,794 killed in nine months
A total of 2,794 people were killed in separate incidents of violence across the country in last nine months.
 arrow Students wary of Shibir's indefinite siege call
Tension gripped Chittagong University (CU) as a faction of students led by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) enforced an indefinite siege programme on campus demanding cancellation of grading system.
 arrow National Day for Girl Child today
The National Day for Girl Child will be observed toady with a fresh vow to raise awareness about the rights of girl children.

The theme of the day is 'Entity of Girl Child: Equality and Security'.

 arrow Three alleged hijackers arrested, autorickshaw recovered
Police recovered a hijacked auto-rickshaw and arrested three alleged hijackers in less than two hours of the incident from the city on Sunday night.
 arrow Two shops gutted in Sylhet fire
Two shops were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out in the city's Mohajanpatty area on Sunday night.

The loss is estimated at about Tk 50 lakh.

 arrow Edn minister to attend Unesco confce
Education Minister Dr M Osman Farruk left for Paris on Sunday night to attend the 32nd general conference of Unesco.
Nationalarrow Rift in Rajshahi BNP surfaces
The rift in Rajshahi BNP has surfaced ahead of today's council of its city and district units.
 arrow A 'risky' RU dormitory
The 30-year-old Shaheed Habibur Rahman Hall at Rajshahi University is risky for resident students.

Cement plasters often fall from roofs in most of the rooms.

 arrow 'Training' of Shibir members at RU hall rooms create tension
Nearly 200 members of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) including outsiders on Sunday concluded a three-day training styled 'Shathi Somabesh', using rooms at two Rajshahi University (RU) halls.
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads in Netrakona, tamed in Nilphamari
There was no death from diarrhora in Nilphamari in 24 hours ending at noon yesterday but the disease killed three persons and attacked about 300 peope in Netrkona in the last three days.
 arrow BNP men bag 3 UP posts, AL 2
BNP backed candidates bagged three chairman posts while a dissident Awami League man got one in the election held on Sunday in five union parishads in Magura Sadar upazila.
 arrow Punishment to 'rapist' UP members sought
Hundreds of school students and people at Palashbari, 12 miles off Gaibandha town, took out a procession on Sunday demanding capital punishment to five culprits including two arrested union parishad (UP)
Foreign Relationsarrow Dhaka ready to send troops to Liberia
Bangladesh is ready to send a full brigade of armed forces as United Nations (UN) peacekeepers to the war-ravaged African country of Liberia.
 arrow China to help Bangladesh modernise police force
Bangladesh and China agreed on forming a joint working group on modernisation of police, improvement of training facilities and supply of modern equipment for Bangladesh police and paramilitary forces.
 arrow Vietnamese envoy presents credentials
The newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam to Bangladesh Ngo Van Hoa presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Culturearrow Bangladesh within...
Hridoye Bangladesh or Bangladesh within the heart, was the slogan Channel-i began with in 1999. The slogan goes on even today. Channel-i will step into its 5th year this Wednesday.
 arrow Kotha O Kahini's tele-theatre
Theatre in Bangladesh will be closer to the television viewers very soon.
 arrow Memorable movies
In response to the article 'Movies of the good old days' of September 22 ,by Sadya Afreen Mallick, I would like to share my experiences as an ardent movie fan with the readers. I am an octogenarian.
 arrow Disney to shut Japan Animation Unit
The Walt Disney Co.
Generalarrow BBC's 'Rights at Work' programme ends today
An educational programme on 'Rights at Work', which the BBC World Service Trust has been airing in its Bengali service since August, ends today.
 arrow 5 more villages in Khulna flooded
Five more villages in Batiaghata upazila have been wiped out by surging water of the Kazibacha river, as the breaches in the river embankment could not be mended till yesterday.
 arrow Channel i pledges to air more pro-people programmes
Private satellite television 'Channel i' yesterday pledged to come up with more attractive pro-people programmes to serve the nation positively.
Internationalarrow Russia still undecided on ratifying Kyoto protocol
Russia has yet to decide whether it will ratify the Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gases, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday at the opening of an international conference on climate change in Moscow.
 arrow China, India eye non-aggression pact with SE Asian nations
Nuclear powers China and India and possibly Russia are to sign a non-aggression pact with Southeast Asia, laying the ground for managing potential conflicts in the region, ASEAN officials say.
 arrow 'Much of Iraqi defectors' information unusable'
A Defence Intelligence Agency internal review determined that much of the information Iraqi defectors gave to US officials could not be substantiated or was otherwise unusable, the New York Times reported
 arrow Pak leaders unimpressed with al-Qaeda appeals to oust Musharraf
Pakistan Muslim and militant leaders rejected yesterday calls attributed to the al-Qaeda terror network's number two to overthrow President Pervez Musharraf for betraying Islam.
 arrow Israel lifts WB, Gaza closure as Qorei finalises cabinet
The Israeli army lifted its blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip yesterday at the end of a Jewish new year that saw more bloodshed while incoming Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei put the finishing
 arrow US troops should be out of Iraq within months: France
US troops should be withdrawn from Iraq within "months", French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Sunday.

"We think the timescale should be short," said de Villepin.

 arrow World's oldest man dies
The world's oldest man, retired Japanese silkworm breeder Yukichi Chuganji, died in his home at the age of 114, local government officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anomalous education infrastructure
Most of the colleges across the country are grappling with an acute shortage of admission seekers at the HSC level.
 arrow Editorial: Cave darkness revisited
The mismatch between what came upon Rome last Sunday and what had been ebulliently slated, but couldn't be pulled off, explained it all.
 arrow Biotechnology for food security: Risks and rewards
In a recent seminar organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at the BRAC Centre, eminent economists and agricultural scientists dwelt, albeit indecisively, on the sensitive issue of biotechnology.
 arrow The mountain that brought forth a mouse
I don't know if there is an English equivalent to the Bangla proverb "porboter mushik prosob", but all native Bangla speakers must be familiar with its purport.
Letters to Editorarrow Grameen Phone
At first I thought that Grameen Phone believes in open market and competition, but I was perhaps wrong. For it seems now to me that Grameen Phone is also one of those companies who believe in monopoly.
 arrow Corruption
I was taken aback while reading stories about the millionaire metre reader of Titas, who amassed the fortune in collusion with many others.
 arrow Weekly holidays
I partially agree with the views in Rubab Abdullah's letter regarding weekly holidays published in The Daily Star on 24 September.
 arrow A bad practice
Few days ago, I saw a very disturbing picture in The Daily Star -- two young men were vandalising a patrol pump. They were doing so in the name of protesting their fellow student's accidental death.
 arrow Smoking: Trend beckons
Though these days people of all class are well aware of the bad effect of smoking, the number of smokers is increasing radically. This implies that one is going to smoke knowing about its dreadful effects.
Focusarrow Of the powerful and the weak
After witnessing the horror and devastation of the second world war, all the countries of the world combined together in an unprecedented spirit of cooperation and genuine compassion for one another to
 arrow For a pro-poor development approach
The problem of poverty in Bangladesh is a structural one and therefore it should be addressed through structural changes or reforms.
 arrow Risky reform
In Japan the prevailing concept of politicians in high governmental and party position is of people who have matured with age and a lifelong involvement in political intrigue.
 arrow As a brother and parent
One of my very earliest childhood memories is of my elder brother, sitting, it seemed to me, permanently, in a push-chair and sometimes in a wheelchair.