Volume 4 Number 129 Thu. October 02, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Trains grind to halt as staff go on strike
Train service was totally snapped across the country for seven hours till 3:00pm yesterday when railway employees went on a wildcat strike, protesting the murder of a guard on a train in Chittagong, allegedly
 arrow Experts for data for future action
Local water experts want Bangladesh to gather all technical and hydrological data for a future course of action after India's giant river-link project was included in the agreed minutes of the just-held
 arrow Listed criminal Liakot caught in Rat ambush
Listed criminal Liakot Hossain Howlader was arrested in Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow Lawyers' boycott cripples courts
Lawyers yesterday boycotted courts countrywide to press their six-point demand, including repeal of the amended Civil Procedure Code, bringing judicial activities to a near-stop.
 arrow 24 of 28 docs shunted out for absence
Barely a week after a World Bank report said 74 per cent doctors do not attend duty, the director general (DG) of the health directorate in a surprise visit to the National Institute of Cardiovascular
 arrow Most hold BNP posts without mandate
From party chief to district-level leaders, most are holding the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) posts even after expiry of their tenures, violating the party's constitution that requires elections
 arrow Marshall arrives early today to persuade Hasina
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretary General Denis Marshall arrives in Dhaka this morning ahead of schedule in a last-ditch bid to persuade Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasinato
 arrow Free anti-graft body won't work if ministers sit on it
The proposed independent anti-corruption commission won't be effective in curbing corruption if politicians and ministers were included on the selection committee.
 arrow Police club teachers' procession, 50 hurt
At least 50 teachers were injured, of them five critically, when police clubbed a procession of Bangladesh Shikkhak Karmachari Front (BSKF) near the Doyel crossing yesterday.
 arrow Schoolgirl takes life to escape teasing tirade
A schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide to escape the trauma due to persistent sexual harassment and a recent death threat by a local punk at Lalitadaha under Kotwali Thana in Jessore on September 25.
 arrow FM slams culture to link Islam with terrorism
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan told his counterparts from OIC countries that linking terrorism to religion is causing prejudice against Islam.
 arrow Judge took cash to fix bail, alleges Rokan
Supreme Court Bar Association President Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday accused an additional judge of the High Court Division of bringing the profession to disrepute by taking money to influence
 arrow Two more US troops killed in Iraq
A US soldier died Tuesday from a "non-hostile gunshot wound" in a camp north of Baghdad while the body of another servicemen was pulled from a canal west of the capital, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow Durga Puja begins
Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindus, got off to a colourful start with the unveiling of the images of the goddess in every Puja Mandap yesterday.
 arrow Lone tigress at Ctg Zoo loses battle with cancer
The lone tigress of Chittagong Zoo died in the early hours of yesterday after battling breast cancer.
 arrow MCCI seeks WB help for free market access to US
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday sought the World Bank's (WB) help in lobbying for duty-free access to the US market.
 arrow HC vacates stay, Jail Killing trial restarts Oct 20
The trial of the Jail Killing Case resumes on October 20 after an eight-month stay.

Judge Mohammad Motiur Rahman of the Court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Dhaka, fixed the date yesterday.

 arrow KMCH paralysed as staff go on indefinite strike
Patients at Khulna Medical College Hospital were put to suffer as the third and fourth class employees began an indefinite strike from yesterday to press for their three-point demand.
 arrow Two DCC engineers sued for doctoring document
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has filed a case with Ramna Police Station accusing two of its engineers of tampering with documents containing the mayor's decision on making waste containers, sources
 arrow 1 dies, 20 women cops hurt as bus hits road divider
An unidentified youth was killed and 20 policewomen were injured when a bus overturned at Shahbagh in Ramna yesterday.
 arrow Huge explosives seized from Sona Masjid land port
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 875 kg of explosives from Sona Masjid land port here yesterday.
 arrow Kurigram waits to welcome abducted Arifa
Locals at Fulbari upazila in Kurigram and relatives of two-year old abducted Bangladeshi girl Arifa are eagerly waiting for her quick homecoming following an order of a Kutchbihar court in West Bengal
 arrow Is Saddam hiding in plain sight?
They seek him here. They seek him there. They seek him everywhere.
 arrow BDR denies press reports on push-in
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday said there was no incident of push-in along the Nilphamari border, contradicting press reports that a push-in bid by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday
 arrow Nobel Prize season kicks off today
The 2003 Nobel Prize season gets underway today with the announcement of the winner of the Literature Prize and ends eight days later with the Peace Prize, as speculation mounts over who will take home
Businessarrow Govt to offer wind-up package to sick units
The government plans to offer an 'honourable exit' package to sick enterprises before the relocation of leather processing factories to a newly designed industrial zone at Savar from Hazaribag area in
 arrow ECNEC okays 6 schemes involving Tk 457.80cr
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved six development projects involving Tk 457.80 crore, including Tk 172 crore project assistance.
 arrow Propaganda on against Ctg port
Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) AMM Shahadat Hossain yesterday said some western countries have been resorting to propaganda against Chittagong Port branding it a hazardous and expensive seaport.
 arrow Intíl medical show from tomorrow
A three-day international medical exhibition -- Medexpo 2003 -- begins tomorrow at the Winter Garden of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The US dollar was firm against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday on higher demand despite the US unit entered the eye of the storm in late trading against the yen, dealers said.
 arrow Call money rate eases to 9 pc
The call money rate suddenly eased slightly yesterday as some private banks could overcome their liquidity problems, fund managers said.

The call money rate touched to its high at 9.

 arrow African nations call for fair trade system
Africa and the international community called for more concerted global efforts to support the continent's economic growth and political stability and the creation of a fair global trade system at the
 arrow US labour woes cast doubt on recovery hopes
Growth at Midwest businesses slowed sharply in September while US consumer confidence plunged to the lowest level since the start of the Iraq war, two reports showed Tuesday.
 arrow Air France to buy KLM to forge Europe's top airline
Air France agreed Tuesday to take over smaller Dutch rival KLM in a 784 million-euro ($914 million) all-stock deal that will create Europe's biggest airline company.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore widens view
Dav Whatmore said that he was thinking beyond the selected twenty to shape up a final squad for the coming home series against England.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh HC at it again!
Abahani football manager Monem Munna yesterday complained to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) regarding non-cooperation of the Bangladesh Mission in Kolkata in allowing a foreign booter to come
 arrow Tennis: Ayeda lifts girls' singles title
Kibria Ayeda of Naogaon Tennis Club clinched the under-16 girls' singles title of the Philips National tennis tournament beating Sadiya of BKSP 6-0, 6-0 in the final at the National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Star English trio coming
Three yesteryears' English cricketers will be around during the Bangladesh-England series beginning later this month.
 arrow Cricket: New D-L method
An improved system of adjusting run targets in rain-shortened matches will be introduced this week for the opening one-day international between Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore, the game's world body
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis ready to fly
New Zealand are capable of giving India a tough fight in next week's Test series despite missing pace spearhead Shane Bond and all-rounder Chris Cairns, coach Ashley Ross said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: It's more than cricket
There is more than a cricket series at stake with South Africa gearing up for their tour of Pakistan. Much more.
 arrow Cricket: A cricket match in Central Jail?
South Africa opened its on-again off-again cricket tour of Pakistan Wednesday with a warm-up day-night match under the tightest ever security cordon seen at a cricket match in this Islamic republic.
 arrow Cricket: Zim zap CA selection
Stuart Carlisle and Craig Wishart steered Zimbabwe to a morale-boosting seven-wicket win over a Cricket Australia Chairman's X1 in a one-day clash near here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sledge and get banned
Cricket Australia (CA) said Wednesday it would come down hard on Australia's cricketers, threatening them with a life ban for sledging under a code of behaviour policy.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Nine matches of the AB Bank Metropolis Table Tennis League were decided on the fourth day at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Inter-district kabadi
Four teams -- Dhaka, Khulna, Satkhira and Tangail DSAs - moved into the semifinals of the second Inter-District Kabadi tournament at the outer stadium court yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Paradorn survives a scare
Asia's best player Paradorn Srichaphan had a scare against Belgium's Dick Norman in his first match of the Japan Open tennis tournament Wednesday before pushing through to reach the third round.
 arrow Football: Detectives to seek DNA
Detectives investigating football gang rape claims were reported Wednesday to be set to request DNA samples from the accused soccer stars.
 arrow Football: Viva Vieri
Christian Vieri came off the bench to head the winning goal a minute from time as Inter Milan defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-1 on Tuesday for their second successive Champions League victory.
 arrow Football: Majestic Monaco
Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes produced a brace of goals for Monaco which helped secure a crushing 4-0 win over AEK Athens in their Champions League group C clash here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Nedved inspires Juve
Two touches of brilliance from Pavel Nedved lifted Juventus to a 2-1 win over Olympiakos in a European Champions League Group D match here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Celtic's Irish delight
Substitute Liam Miller's career highlight helped relaunch Celtic's Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over French champions Lyon in their Group A clash at Parkhead here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bayern thank Santa Cruz
German champions Bayern Munich fought back from being a man down and a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw with Belgian outfit Anderlecht in their Champions League Group A clash here on Tuesday.
 arrow Speaking Chelsea!
Chelsea's Italian manager Claudio Ranieri says communication problems are holding up the development of his team.
Politicalarrow Alliance draws up plan to counter AL
The ruling four-party alliance has drawn up plans and strategies to gear up political activities to face the opposition in the wake of the latter's intensified anti-government street agitation.
 arrow Minu quits party post to let youngsters rule
In a dramatic move, Rajshahi Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu quit the president's post of Rajshahi city BNP within four hours of his election to the position.
 arrow AL observes 'black day'
The Awami League (AL) yesterday reiterated its stand on upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference, saying the party would not join the conference as the government ignored the main
Metropolitanarrow Road accident death triggers massive protests in Ctg
Death of a labourer in a road accident triggered massive protests by his fellow workers, disrupting traffic movement and other activities in the busy commercial area of Mazhirghat in the port city yesterday.
 arrow USAID to promote use of CNG
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed two separate agreements with Prime Bank and Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation on September 30 providing US $ 3.
Nationalarrow Teachers want revise of grading system, Shibir opposes
Most of the teachers at Tuesday's Academic Council meeting at Chittagong University (CU) favoured "revision" of the newly introduced grading system in examination, meeting sources said.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills one more, attacks 2000 in Nilphamari
One more person died from diarrhoea and about 2000 were attacked with the disease in the district in the last 48 hours ending at noon yesterday.
 arrow 'WAPDA projects are eyewash'
The mighty Meghna has devoured one third of Chandpur and Sonapur unions in Tazumuddin upazila and washed away five-kilometre embankments in the area in the last two weeks.
 arrow Swedish, Norwegian assistance reassured
Norwegian and Swedish assistance for poverty alleviation, uprooting illiteracy and women's empowerment in Bangladesh would continue in the coming days too.
 arrow Joy turns into tragedy
Joy and excitement turned into a tragedy for the family when their thirteen year-old daughter fell to her death from a marry-go-round at the Planet World, the only children's park in the of the city on
 arrow Kidnapped student yet to be returned by Indian police
A Bangladeshi college student, kidnapped by Indians from bordering Tahirpur area in the country and later rescued by Nagaland police, is yet to be returned.
 arrow Death penalty for keeping Phensidyl
Additional District Judge Mohammad Hossain Al Helal has given death sentence to one person for possessing 3000 bottles of Phensidyl.
 arrow 3 land in jail for issuing fatwa in Noakhali
A court here on Monday sent three persons to jail for giving a fatwa (verdict by a cleric).
 arrow Image of goddess damaged in Gaibandha
Unidentified miscreants damaged the image of a Hindu goddess at Khamar Boali village under Gaibandha Sadar upazila Tuesday night.
Culturearrow Lucky Inam and Dr. Inam
In the sky of our cultural arena, the Inam duo is among the few stars twinkling steadily. They have pioneered many remarkable performing arts but unfortunately did not get enough recognition.
 arrow Syed Jahangir -prolific at 70

Syed Jahangir who is now about 70 years old is still vibrant and spontaneous in his creations proved by the fact that his solo exhibition at Saju Art Gallery will be held from October 4 to October16.

 arrow Child Rights Week
To mark the Universal Child Day on October 6, a discussion session titled 'Share and Learn' was held on September 30, at the British Council auditorium.
 arrow Art exhibition at Rajshahi University
A seven-day long art exhibition organised by "Moumachi Charudal" was held at Shahid Smrity Sangrahoshala of Rajshahi University(RU) from September 20 to 26, says a press release.
Generalarrow Sanitation campaign launched
The month-long National Sanitation Campaign was launched here yesterday to create massive awareness about improved sanitation and bring 57 per cent households under its coverage.
 arrow 'Set up amusement parks, libraries for children'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for setting up of amusement parks and libraries for children.
 arrow Robbery at Singer showroom
Robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk one lakh from a Singer showroom at Tajmahal road in the city on Tuesday.

A gang of four armed youths stormed into the showroom at about 5.

 arrow Appeal for help
A father seeks financial assistance for the treatment of his daughter who has long been suffering from thalassaemia.
 arrow President, PM greet Chinese counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday extended their warm felicitations to the President and the Prime Minister of China on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the founding
 arrow Brac signs MOU with Harmony Project Team of Cuba
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Social Harmony Project Management Team (SHPMT) of Cuba and Brac was signed yesterday to offer children a platform to promote "The culture of world peace".
 arrow 2 bullet-hit as cops open fire at muggers
Two persons suffered bullet injuries when police opened fire during a mugging attempt at Banianagar in Sutrapur yesterday.
 arrow Man killed for protesting vulgar movie screening
A young man was bludgeoned to death following an altercation over screening of a vulgar film at a cinema hall in Godagari upazilla Tuesday.
Internationalarrow Israel to expand WB security barrier
The Israeli cabinet has decided not to build its controversial West Bank barrier around the Jewish settlement of Ariel, but will erect a separate fence around the community, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow Baghdad protest turns violent, two injured
Two Iraqis were wounded Wednesday after a protest at a job recruitment office turned violent and security guards opened fired, witnesses said.

"The guards shot at us.

 arrow Bush backs CIA leak probe
US President George W Bush has welcomed a Justice Department investigation into claims White House staff illegally blew the cover of a CIA agent.
 arrow Man faces death for killing a Sikh
A man, who killed a Sikh gas station owner in a hate crime soon after the 9/11 attacks in the US, has been convicted of murder and could get the death sentence.
 arrow Iran unlikely to meet nuclear deadline
Loath to ditch a project it began in 1985 and riven by factional disputes on how to respond to international pressure, Iran appears unlikely to allay fears about its atomic aims before an October 31 UN
 arrow OIC expresses solidarity with Kashmir cause
The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Contact Group has again expressed support and solidarity with Kashmiris seeking the "right to self-determination".
 arrow Laden forms terrorist naval force: Report
In a sensational report, an American web daily has claimed that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda has formed the "first terrorist naval force" and positioned 15 ships in the Indian ocean or the Pacific, even
 arrow Bharat Shah gets a year, 6 years for two others
Leading film financier and diamond merchant Bharat Shah was sentenced to one year's imprisonment by a special court on Wednesday for concealing evidence on Bollywood's links with the underworld.
 arrow Hundreds homeless in Siberian quake
An earthquake struck Russia's Altai mountains in southern Siberia yesterday -- the third major tremor in less than a week -- destroying buildings, triggering landslides and leaving 1,800 villagers homeless.
Editorialarrow Editorial: JRC rejuvenated
Our water worries have been acknowledged by India but not allayed by her. Dhaka's concern over India's mega river-link project has been put on the minutes of the just-concluded JRC meeting.
 arrow Editorial: Spurious mineral water
The Daily Star story on the bottled water scandal goes to show how vulnerable our heath is at the hands of some unscrupulous traders.
 arrow Defence committee orders navy to achieve the unachievable
What is the exact procedure to send armed forces of the country into a mission that might be construed as an act of belligerency by the state against which the forces are mobilised? And who is empowered
 arrow The future of WTO after Cancun
The penultimate ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation was held approximately two years ago in November, 2001, which ended with the official launching of the Doha Round .
Letters to Editorarrow Promotions and ..........'
With reference to the letter of Mr Shahjahan Ahmed, published as "Promotions and ...........
 arrow Recover PSC, or recognise CSP
This refers to the news item under the above heading that is the much-talked topic at the moment.
 arrow The state of our education
As the very first year of the "International Literacy Decade" (2003-2012) we, the general folk and the government, should play a significant role collectively to eradicate illiteracy and make literacy
Focusarrow Homage to Edward Said
Igrieve for Edward Said's passing away. His cause -- a Palestinians' democratic state self-rule -- seems a little more forlorn today.
 arrow A fresh look into the study of public administration
The study of Public Administration, as an academic discipline, now-a-days has gained a distinct position. However, the study has been considered as applied rather than a theoretical one.
 arrow RMG sector: Crucial times ahead
What would be the position of Bangladesh readymade garments industry after 31st December 2004 when the Multi Fibre Arrangement (MFA) will be phased out and the WTO member countries will open their borders