Volume 4 Number 128 Wed. October 01, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Delhi concedes to Dhaka's concern
New Delhi has agreed to include Dhaka's concern over India's controversial river-link project in the minutes of the crucial water talks in the face of unrelenting pressure from Bangladesh.
 arrow Massive changes in public purchases
The government yesterday approved Public Procurement Regulations to ensure transparency, accountability and efficiency in purchases in the public sector and fulfil a World Bank (WB) and InternationalMonetary
 arrow Bottled danger
Unscrupulous traders in Old Dhaka fill up thousands of empty plastic water bottles with tap water and fix fake security seals to them for commercial sale.
 arrow GDP to grow
Bangladesh's gross domestic product (GDP) should accelerate from 5.3 percent in 2003 to 5.
 arrow Govt to conduct off-site maritime boundary study
The government has decided to conduct an off-site study on the Bay of Bengal to mark the country's maritime boundary.
 arrow CPA chief asks Saber to talk Hasina into joining meet
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association chief asked a special emissary of the main opposition Awami League (AL) to talk its President Sheikh Hasina into joining the CPA October 4-12 conference in Dhaka,
 arrow BDR push back push-in victims
The Border Security Force (BSF) forced nine Indian Bangla-speaking people into Bangladesh in a predawn push-in Tuesday, but Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) pushed them back after hours of detention.
 arrow Lawyers stay off courts today
Lawyers under the banner of Six-point Demand Implementation Committee will be boycotting courts across the country today to press for repeal of the amended Civil Procedure Code (CPC).
 arrow I'd do it again
British Prime Minister Tony Blair told anti-war critics in his ruling Labor Party yesterday he would "take the same decision again" to join the US-led invasion of Iraq.
 arrow Over 1,000 raped in last 9 months
The first nine months of the year saw 1,021 women and children raped, with 106 of them subsequently murdered, according to a report by Odhikar, a coalition for human rights.
 arrow Highest priority put to develop ICT sector
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government is implementing programmes to deliver on its election pledges to develop information and communication technology (ICT).
 arrow Saifur slams TIB report
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday rejected the just-released Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) report on corruption.
 arrow WB finally to fund gas sector after a decade
The World Bank (WB) has agreed for the first time in a decade to finance the fund-hungry energy sector that needs billions of dollars in investment to tap natural gas.
 arrow Four of a family electrocuted in Siddhirganj
Four members of a family were electrocuted yesterday at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj district.
 arrow President, PM, Hasina send greetings on Durga Puja
The president, prime minister and leader of the opposition yesterday sent separate messages greeting the Hindus on the eve of Durga Puja, their greatest religious festival that begins today amid festivities.
 arrow 8-hr hartal on Oct 16 in Sylhet Division
An eight-hour hartal from 6am has been called in Sylhet Division on October 16 by the Arpita Sampatti Ain Protirodh Andolan (vested property law resistance movement).
 arrow HC stays graft case against Ershad
The High Court (HC) Division yesterday stayed further proceedings of a corruption case against former president HM Ershad till October 19.
 arrow CPC Ordinance promulgated
The Civil Procedure Code (Second Amendment) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2003 was promulgated yesterday.
 arrow Power of the blind
Power of the blind..
 arrow JS body seeks career policy for civil servants
The parliamentary standing committee on the establishment ministry has recommended introduction of a career policy for the government officials.
Businessarrow Agribusiness in LDCs hinges on negotiating capacity at WTO
Sustainable growth in agribusiness sector in the least developed countries (LDCs) would depend on how well the nations could cope with the liberalised trade regime, Agriculture Minister MK Anwar saidyesterday.
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank cuts lending rates
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) yesterday formally announced lending rate cut in different sectors, specially in agro-based sector.
 arrow US customs officials explain container security initiative
Two US customs officials at a discussion with local businessmen in Dhaka yesterday explained their new security system introduced for US-bound containers.
 arrow US for 'one stop service' for foreign investors
US ambassador in Dhaka Harry K Thomas yesterday suggested introduction of an effective 'one stop service' to offer the required facilities to intending foreign investors in a coordinated manner.
Sportsarrow Football: Unfinished Aminul affair
The investigation into the transfer drama of Bangladesh's number one goalkeeper Aminul Haque looks set for another twist as the one-member probe committee of Col (Retd.
 arrow Cricket: BD back in training today
The holiday is over it's time to practice.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters trounced
The first practice match of the Bangladesh under-17 football now touring Myanmar turned into a rout yesterday.
 arrow Football: Age-group teams in Fed Cup soccer
For the first time Bangladesh under-17 and under-20 football teams will take part in the 19th Federation Cup beginning on October 25.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
St Gregory's High School and Green Herald School moved into the final of the inter-school basketball championship at the Dhanmondi Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Kibria enters girls' final
Kibria Ayeda of Naogaon Tennis Club entered the under-16 girls' singles final of the Philips National Tennis Tournament with an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over Firoza Haque from Narshingdi in the semifinal
 arrow Cricket: Smith admits it
South Africa captain Graeme Smith says his team are determined to focus on cricket during their tour of Pakistan, although he expects security fears to play on their minds.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad vows to exploit SA flaws
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad Monday said he plans to exploit South African weaknesses following Australian Test captain Steve Waughs assertions that Proteas are "chokers".
 arrow Cricket: Honeymoon can wait!
So determined is Richard Johnson to establish himself as an England cricketer he has delayed his honeymoon.
 arrow Cricket: S Africa land in Pakistan amid tight security
The South African cricket team landed Tuesday in the eastern city of Lahore amid intense security to begin their 29-day tour of Pakistan.
 arrow Football: Raul, Helguera boost Real
Real Madrid captain Raul has come through a fitness test on a niggling hip injury and will line up against Porto in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Gang-rape case gathers pace
Police probing an alleged gang rape by seven Premiership stars yesterday cordoned off an entire floor of the hotel at the centre of the claims.
 arrow Football: Milan retain Rivaldo
European champions AC Milan on Monday performed a dramatic U-turn on their decision to release Brazil international Rivaldo and opted to retain him until the end of the year.
 arrow Football: Parreira at full force
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on Monday named a 20-strong squad including a phenomenal strike force of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho Gaucho and Rivaldo for a football friendly against Jamaica on October12.
 arrow Cricket: A Waugh bouncer
Australia captain Steve Waugh warned Zimbabwe's batsmen on Tuesday that they could get hurt in next week's first Test in Perth.
Politicalarrow Meet domestic demand first
Domestic use of natural gas must get preference over export of it both in the interest of the national economy and environment of the country.
 arrow Minu Rajshahi city BNP chief
The councils of the district and city units of the BNP were held yesterday with a good number of BNP leaders including three local lawmakers abstaining.
 arrow Outlaws gun down BNP leader
A local leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Union Parishad (UP) member was gunned down allegedly by armed operatives of an outlawed group at Baghmara in Rajshahi Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Pvt operators collect toll at 3 bus terminals from today
Two private operators will collect Tk 30 in toll from each passenger bus daily at the city's three terminals - Sayedabad, Mohakhali and Gabtoli from today.
 arrow Stolen wireless set recovered in Ctg
Police recovered a stolen high-frequency wireless set and arrested two people in the port city on Monday night.
 arrow Trial begins at Speedy Trial Tribunal
The trial of AL Mayoral candidate SMA Rob Murder Case began at the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna Division yesterday.
 arrow US-Bangladesh air exercise begins
Exercise Cope South-2003, a week long joint air exercise between Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and US-111 Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) of 1st Marine Air Wing, began at the BAF Base Bashar here yesterday.
 arrow JICA gets full autonomy today
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) appears anew with full autonomy from today and ability to take quick decision for programme implementation.
 arrow Tebhaga leader hospitalised
Kumudini Hajong, a front-ranking woman leader of historical Tebhaga Movement, is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.
 arrow Sharful made DG of LGD
Sharful Alam, a newly promoted joint secretary, has been posted as director general, Local Government Division, Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives, according to an official notification.
Nationalarrow 50 hurt in Niphamari
At least 50 people were injured in clashes between activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Ismali Shashontartra Andolon (ISA) at Jaldhaka on Sunday evening.
 arrow Unchained at last ...
Parul is now free.

The chian that shackled the sixteen year-old girl for about a year has been removed.

 arrow All 5 brothers are 'listed criminals'!
They are five brothers and all are 'hardaned listed criminals', police say.
 arrow 13 get life in Barisal in 35 days
Courts in Barisal gave life terms to 13 people and other varying jail terms to another 25 in 35 days from August 1 to September 4.
 arrow 5 injured in acid attacks
Five persons including a woman were injured in acid attackes in Magura and Chuadanga on Saturday and the night before.
 arrow Narasundha river now a breeding ground for mosquitoes
The Narasundha river, flowing through the heart of Kishoreganj town, has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes as it has been fully covered with water hyacinth.
Culturearrow Kabir Chowdhury gets the S M Solaiman Medal 2003
Eminent personality and National Professor Kabir Chowdhury was awarded with the second SM Solaiman medal this year at the Mahila Shamiti auditorium on September 29, commemorating the 50th birthday of
 arrow French award for Rafi Haque
Rafi Haque has been awarded in the "Fifth International Triennale Print" and a solo exhibition of his prints has been organized in France.
 arrow Malaysian Food and Cultural Festival inaugurated
If you want the best of Malaysian food, you ought to try out the food festival that is underway in Dhaka. A Malaysian Food Festival got in progress from September 28.
 arrow Bangladeshi documentary wins South Asian award
The Tale of the Darkest Night, a documentary film depicting the massacre on the night of 25 March 1971, by Kawsar Chowdhury has won the second best prize at the Film South Asia 2003, the 4th edition of
Generalarrow Two killed in city
Unidentified assailants killed two persons in the city while a hotel employee who suffered assault injuries died at a hospital yesterday.
 arrow Japanese old car exporters to may put pressure on govt to lift bar
Exporters of reconditioned Japanese vehicles yesterday said if needed they would pressurise the Bangladesh government through its Japanese counterpart to lift the year-bar and other restrictions on such
Internationalarrow Inquiry call over US agent leak
Prominent members of the opposition Democratic Party in the United States are calling for an independent investigation into new allegations surrounding the case for war in Iraq.
 arrow N Korea not interested in further nuke talks
North Korea said Tuesday it had no interest in a new round of six-party talks and was taking "practical measures" to beef up its nuclear deterrent as current US policy was leading to war.
 arrow 'Iraq constitution group may miss deadline'
An Iraqi group working on a new constitution said it would be impossible to complete the job within the US goal of six months because of deep disagreements over major issues, The Washington Post reported
 arrow Bollywood producer found guilty of underworld nexus
Leading Bollywood film producer and financier Bharat Shah was found guilty Tuesday of failing to inform police that the criminal underworld had muscled in on a movie he made three years ago.
 arrow US prepares new UN resolution on Iraq
The United States said it would lay out steps in a new draft UN resolution to put Iraqis back in control of their country as the human cost of occupying Iraq mounted.
 arrow UN envoy in Myanmar to revive talks
United Nations envoy Razali Ismail on Tuesday began a critical three-day mission to Myanmar aimed at bringing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the ruling generals back to the negotiating table.
 arrow Armitage, Rocca on mission to Pakistan
Indo-Pak peace process will figure in the wide-ranging talks US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca hold with Pakistani leadership
 arrow US pulls out of Liberia
The United States has begun withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from Liberia, ahead of the arrival of a United Nations force.
Editorialarrow Editorial: TIB corruption list
A survey conducted by the Bangladesh chapter of the Transparency International has stated the obvious but with a renewed force: police and tax officials have jointly emerged at the top of the corruption
 arrow Editorial: This is a specific case of complaints
The rally staged by indigenous people at Dinajpur on Monday brought to the fore some specific grievances they have concerning land-use rights.
 arrow Sovereignty of South Talpatty island
In recent days, it is reported that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence asked the Bangladesh Navy to ensure Bangladesh's sovereignty over South Talpatty Island.
 arrow Verdict from Rae Bareli
It is a measure of the crisis of India's justice delivery system that it has failed to charge, leave alone punish, the demolishers of the Babri mosque for 11 years.
 arrow Electronic media and tomorrow's Bangladesh
Since its invention in early 20th Century, electronic media has been playing a vital role, particularly in the Western countries, in leading the respective nations towards new heights of development through
Letters to Editorarrow Modernisation of Tagore's songs
Apart from the BTV, there are other private TV Satellite channels operating with a significant number of programmes which are both entertaining and educating.
 arrow When law maker's become law breakers
Days ago, I was shocked and astonished like millions of other readers by the news published in the DS, "court area has been turned into a war place".
 arrow Fly over from Jatrabari to Gulistan
Reports published in the newspapers say that the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to construct a four lane fly over from Jatarabari to Gulistan, a length of about 7km (including ramp and approaches)
 arrow Cinemas must have "aesthetic value"
It has been three years since I enjoyed a Bengali cinema. As a young man, I am fond of visual entertainment that are culturally refined.
 arrow BTV archive had a faulty opening
I am happy to know that the state run electronic media BTV has established an archive of its own. I would like to thank the BTV authority, especially Mr.
 arrow AL strategy is self-defeating
If the Awami League fades out, its top leadership would most likely be held responsible by the posterity for the slow death of a pioneering political party in Bangladesh.
 arrow Lous protest against loudspeaker use in campus
The Dhaka University is the highest seat of education in Bangladesh. About twenty five thousand students study here with an aspiration to making a good career.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartola bus service is a farce
Like every other sectors of the government, the Dhaka-Agartola bus service too has fallen prey to the notoriety of the bureaucrats and the politicians. It took literally two years to sing the accord.
 arrow Childhood beating pays off
It is a funny and short story related to my early childhood, which contributed to my life to be a good and attentive student. My childhood was full of worries and terrors.
 arrow Special buses for women needed.
Public transport, especially buses, play a vital role in commuting people in Dhaka city. During rush hours, most of the local buses are so crowded that it is difficult to get on them, let alone get aseat.
StarTecharrow Beginning of the end
Microsoft has decided to close the MSN chat rooms from October 14 in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and most of Asia.
 arrow HP to prop up business in Bangladesh
HEWLETT Packard (HP), one of the biggest IT hardware producers in the world, foresees bright prospects of their products in the South East Asia region & also in Bangladesh.
 arrow E-spying on lover? Better be careful
A company calling itself Lover Spy has begun offering a way for jealous lovers -- and anyone else -- to spy on the computer activity of their mates by sending an electronic greeting, the equivalent of
 arrow HP, ORACLE move to give local ISVs edge
ON September 23, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Oracle Singapore announced the launch of a regional network of competency and development centres, known as Partners Innovative Technology and Solution Centres
 arrow BSCIC's course on "Entrepreneurship Development in IT Sector"
For the skilled IT youths who are willing to start a business in this sector; but have no prior experience, Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has organised a training course on
Star Chittagongarrow Plan for further study on deep seaport
The government has taken a move to conduct a further study for undertaking the project to set up a deep seaport here for handling big size cargo ships, Chittagong port sources here said.
 arrow Srijan Swajan Sammilan
Chittagong Art College became vibrant as hundreds of students, former and present, gathered at the inaugural ceremony of a seven-day reunion titled 'Srijan Swajan Sammilan' last week.
 arrow Unrest in the hills
Chittagong Hill Tracts have become ever restive since the independence.
Star Cityarrow City braces for Durga festivities today
Devi Durga is swings into town today and the capital is enthusiastically preparing to greet her.
 arrow Top RHD engineer faces the music
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Kamal Uddin Siddiqui ordered the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) to submit a report within a month, explaining the reasons behind the dismantling of the
 arrow DCC markets trade no oxygen
Serious lack of ventilation in four DCC markets in Karwan Bazar is causing oppressive heat and exposing thousands of traders, businessmen, labourers and customers to health hazards.
 arrow Dhaka, open to globe trotters
Government lacks infrastructure facilities to create a sustainable tourism industry to alleviate poverty in the country, said the speakers at a seminar on Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Tourism
 arrow DCC war against mosquitoes
Considering the coming season of mosquitoes, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has begun a vigorous sanitation programme in its ten zones in the city.
 arrow Nooks and corners turned toilets
Visitors to the stadium area cannot but complain about the ammonia-infested odour that prevails in the air during a visit to one of the city's most noteworthy and busy places.
 arrow Illegal cable ads thriving
The government is being deprived of a huge amount in potential revenues owing to illegal broadcast of advertisements by a section of the city's cable operators.