Volume 4 Number 132 Sun. October 05, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Tougher law against land grabbers on cards
The government yesterday identified land grabbing as a national problem and decided to make tougher laws against such acts.
 arrow CPA meet opens, efforts on to persuade Hasina
The 49th CPA conference opened in Dhaka yesterday amid boycott by the main opposition, but the top officials of the association will try again to bring the Awami League to the meet at talks with its chief
 arrow Delhi to consult Dhaka after taskforce report
New Delhi has assured Dhaka of consulting the mega river-link project with it after receiving the report of a taskforce headed by former Indian power minister Suresh Prabhu, Water Resources Minister Hafizuddin
 arrow 18 killed as suicide bomber strikes Israeli restaurant
A Palestinian attacker shot dead a security guard then blew himself up inside a packed beach restaurant yesterday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, according to Israeli police.
 arrow US anti-money laundering proposal under BB lens
Bangladesh is considering a US proposal on checking money laundering and transaction of black money by international terrorist groups in and out of the country.
 arrow Expert doubts Kay's claim of Iraq plan to revive nukes
An expert close to the UN nuclear watchdog Friday cast doubt on new US claims that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had been planning to revive its atomic weapons programme until the US invasion in March.
 arrow Bankers for reducing obligations to stash funds with BB
The commercial banks yesterday suggested the Bangladesh Bank to reduce the size of two key funds -- statutory liquidity requirement (SLR) and cash reserve requirement (CRR) -- which the banks are bound
 arrow 2 Iraqis, 1 Marine die in fresh Iraq violence
Washington's efforts to get allies to share the burden of stabilising Iraq hits new setbacks, as two former Iraqi soldiers and one Marine have been killed in fresh spate of violence.
 arrow Flora, fauna list being charted
The government is preparing a list of the flora and fauna to protect the endangered species.
 arrow Tk 1,000cr income tax cases pending with HC
A total of 1,335 income tax cases involving about Tk 1,000 crore have been pending with the High Court (HC) Division, according to a recent report of the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
 arrow Police fail to rescue doctor, Jamal's fate still unknown
Police failed to rescue till yesterday evening the physician abducted from Satkania on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway.
 arrow Six to die in two murder cases in Sylhet
A court here yesterday sentenced six people to death and one to life imprisonment in two separate murder cases.
 arrow Hearing on charge-framing against Hasina on Oct 20
A Dhaka Court yesterday set October 20 as the date for the charge-framing hearing in the frigate purchase case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and five other defendants.
 arrow UN rebuffs US over Iraq plans
United Nations officials have underlined their intention to play no role in Iraq's political future unless the US revises its plans for the country.
 arrow Bijoya Dashami today
Bijoya Dashami will be observed today to bid farewell to Goddess Durga with due religious fervour.

Today is the day when Durga sets out for Kailash, her husband's abode.

 arrow 5 more Liakot associates arrested
Rapid Action Team (RAT) of police arrested five more associates of top criminal Liakot Hossain from Ramna area yesterday.
 arrow Record applications for Bank Asia IPOs
The initial public offering (IPO) of Bank Asia has set a new record by getting an overwhelming 5,500 percent response.
 arrow BSF killed 32 Bangladeshis, injured 54 in nine months
Thirty-two Bangladeshi citizens were killed and 54 others wounded by Border Security Force (BSF) of India and armed Indian criminals in the last nine months, according to a report released yesterday by
 arrow Kafrul OC 'defied' court order
The officer in-charge (OC) of Kafrul Police Station allegedly defied a court directive on registering a murder as a regular case.
 arrow Elephants kill 2 in Rangamati
A herd of wild elephants trampled two persons to death at Chandraghona under Kaptai upazila of Rangamati district on Friday night, police said.
 arrow RU students block highway traffic protesting death of teacher
Rajshahi University (RU) students yesterday blocked traffic on the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway for over five hours protesting the death of an RU teacher in a road accident Friday.
 arrow Dhaka seeks more Unesco sopport to check arsenic, alleviate poverty
Bangladesh has sought increased cooperation of Unesco in preventing arsenic contamination of groundwater as it has emerged as a major problem in the country, causing serious health hazards.
 arrow British women lose embryo battle
Two British women lost a desperate court battle yesterday to have babies using frozen embryos their former partners want destroyed.
Businessarrow Acquisition of foreign banks boosts investors' confidence
Belying notions of liquidity crisis in the stock market, Bank Asia Limited's initial public offering (IPO) got an overwhelming response with 55 times over-subscription.
 arrow Int'l medical exposition pulls huge crowd
It was a new experience for the visitors when they flocked to the international medical exposition, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Instruments for Tk 144cr cleared on opening day
On the first day of 'same-day clearing system' introduced by Bangladesh Bank, 106 cheques or drafts for a total amount of Tk 144 crore were cleared yesterday.
 arrow South Koreans plan to expand ventures in and outside EPZs
Happy with the skills and behaviours of Bangladeshi workforce, many South Korean investors are planning to expand their ventures both in and outside Bangladesh's exclusive economic zones.
 arrow Dollar eases against taka
The US dollar eased slightly against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trading yesterday, which was depressed by the weekend holiday in most overseas foreign exchange markets, dealers said.
 arrow Brazil, Argentina subverting free trade for Americas: US
The United States accused Brazil and Argentina of subverting a Free Trade Area of the Americas, scheduled for completion by 2005.
 arrow India unveils 3 strategies to get privatisation rolling again
The Indian government said Friday that it was working on three alternate strategies to set privatisation rolling again after the Supreme Court halted the sale of two key profit-making oil firms.
 arrow New group of developing nations hopes to push trade talks forward
A new group of developing countries has concluded after meeting here that progress had indeed been made at a failed WTO conference in Mexico last month and was keen to push trade talks forward, diplomats
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain irks Mahmud
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud yesterday feared that they might be deprived of a full outdoor training at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) before the home series against England.
 arrow Cricket: BCB CEO is here
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took a first positive step towards professionalism with Maqbul Hussein (Macky) Dudhia joining as the chief executive officer (CEO) yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hectic cricket schedule
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a series of tours for various selections yesterday.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters lose 'em all
Bangladesh under-17 football team suffered a 1-2 defeat in the last practice match against their Myanmar counterparts at the Youth Foundation ground in Yangoon yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad hits back at chief selector
Pakistan's cricket coach Javed Miandad, who has come under fire from chief selector Aamir Sohail, has asked for a meeting with the national board chairman.
 arrow Cricket: Simons seeks more
South African cricket coach Eric Simons Saturday asked his side to show "more guts" to level the series after Pakistan won the first day-night limited overs international match here at the Gaddafi Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Badani ton in drawn tie
Left-hander Hemang Badani notched up a century for India A as New Zealand's reputation suffered a few dents on the concluding day of a three-day tour game here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe doing well
Craig Wishart completed a disciplined century and the tourists' pace attack flexed their muscles as Zimbabwe had another valuable workout against Western Australia here Saturday.
 arrow Saleh lifts JPC chess crown
Saleh Chowdhury emerged champion in the chess tournament of the Jatiya Press Club sports competition yesterday.

The event has been organised to mark the club's 49th founding anniversary.

 arrow Football: Pires stuns Liverpool
Robert Pires fired in a stunning 25-yard winner as Arsenal came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Liverpool that could have effectively ended Gerard Houllier's side's Premiership title hopes barely
 arrow Football: Unlikely semifinalists
Germany's prolific attack, sparked by six goals from forward Birgit Prinz, will test a solid United States defence in the feature match here Sunday at the Women's World Cup semi-finals.
 arrow Football: Becks to battle Turks
David Beckham will be available to Sven-Goran Eriksson as he prepares England's decisive European Championship qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul in seven days' time.
 arrow 'Trial by terraces'
Police investigating the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl by up to eight Premiership footballers Saturday appealed for witnesses to come forward amid growing speculation about the identity of the individuals
Politicalarrow 'Govt forces AL to boycott CPA confce'
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday said the government forced the AL to boycott the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference.
 arrow JCD man assaults another Biman staff at Ctg
A member of the ruling BNP-backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), Ali Akbar alias Kana Akbar, assaulted another employee of Bangladesh Biman at its Chittagong office on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Every village to be eco-village
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday expressed the hope that each of the villages would be turned into an eco-village for the protection of biodiversity.
 arrow Unemployed, student nurses' strike from Tuesday
Bangladesh Diploma Unemployed Nurses Association (BDUNA) and Bangladesh Diploma Student Nurses Union (BDSNU) will go for indefinite strike from Tuesday protesting the health ministry's decision to recruit
 arrow PM to lead team to OIC summit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will lead the Bangladesh delegation to the 10th Session of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit beginning on October 15 at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Widen trade ties
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Russian Federation Oleg S Malginov presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Morshed greets Sadako Ogata
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has congratulated Sadako Ogata on her assumption of office of the President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
 arrow 'DNA50' begins tomorrow
A weeklong exhibition titled 'DNA50' begins at the British Council tomorrow to commemorate the scientific anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.
 arrow Judgement in Faisal Murder Case Oct 26
Judgement in the college student Faisal Murder Case will be given on October 26.
 arrow CPA team visits Ramna Kali Mandir
Some members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPA) delegation yesterday visited Ramna Kali Mandir to see the celebrations of Durga Puja by the Hindu community.
Nationalarrow Combat diarrhoea jointly
As diarrohoea continued to spread in Niphamari, Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Mustaq Ahmed at a meeting here called upon the district administration, health officials, political leaders, NGO and media
 arrow 'CU movement a Shibir ploy to capture science faculty'
The on-going students' movement at Chittagong University (CU) for cancellation of the grading system in examination is orchestrated by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) to reap benefit for itself and Jamaat-e-Isami
 arrow OC, IO transferred for not towing ruling party line, AL to plan agitation today
Notorious outlaw Debprashad alias Debu of Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) has been taken on two days' fresh remand by Khulna thana for questioning in a murder case.
 arrow Bagerhat tense after JCD attack on Shibir office
Tension is running high at Bagerhat town following an armed attack on Islami Chatra Shibir office allegedly by activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Thursday evening.
 arrow Cancel new dist body, demand Manikganj Jubo Dal men
Hundreds of activists of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, youth wing of the ruling BNP, have been continuing their movement for cancellation of their new district unit committee, formed in a council
 arrow Girl rescued after 5 days, kidnapper arrested
A 12-year-old schoolgirl who was abducted from Daulatpur upazila five days ago was rescued in a critical condition on Thursday from a house at Baruipara in Mirpur upazila.
 arrow 'Criminal' shot dead by rivals
An alleged criminal was gunned down by rivals at Fatikchhari on Friday.

Moslem Uddin, 31, was called out of his house at Dinejuri at about 3 pm and shot dead.

Culturearrow Pathfinders in print making
The recent exhibition of contemporary printmakers at "Shilpangan" included the ones of artists abroad such as Monirul Islam and Shahid Kabir from Spain, Wakilur Rahman from Germany and Munirul Islam
 arrow The stars to be
A very cheerful and cooperating crowd, some genuine tints of talent among the participants and, above all, the satisfactorily predictable results marked this year's Benson & Hedges Star Search Final.
Generalarrow 14 held at ZIA with fake passports
Immigration officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) held 14 Bangladeshi citizens for carrying forged passports yesterday.
 arrow Ministers, mayor visit puja mandops in city
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Mayor of Dhaka Sadek Hossain Khoka yesterday visited different Puja Mandops in the city.
 arrow Diagnostic centre staff shot
Unidentified assailants shot a diagnostic centre official at Pallabi in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Smuggled goods worth Tk 65 lakh seized
Bangladesh Navy personnel in cooperation with Coast Guards, Customs and other law enforcing agencies recovered smuggled goods wroth about Tk 67 lakh from the coastal areas in September.
 arrow All 7 accused in Toma murder case acquitted
The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Rajshahi Division acquitted all the seven accused in the sensational Toma murder case.
 arrow 5,882 bottles of phensidyl seized in Satkhira
Police in a pre-dawn raid seized a truck with 5882 bottles of phensidyl at Agardari in Sadar upazila yesterday.

The phensidyl bottles were found beneath the bags of husk.

Internationalarrow EU pledges to boost its world role
European leaders launching talks on the European Union's first ever constitution pledged yesterday to boost its role on the world stage, a draft joint statement said.
 arrow Israel seals off Palestinian areas for holiday
Palestinians woke yesterday to a total closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, while the United States criticized Israel's decision to erect a controversialsecurity
 arrow US urges India, Pakistan to show nuclear restraint
Pakistan's testing of a ballistic missile that can carry nuclear weapons prompted the US to urge restraint on the part of India and Pakistan in their nuclear activities.
 arrow US forces in combat stress
Extended tours of duty in Iraq and the ambush-styled tactics adapted by forces resisting the US-led occupation have sharpened the US military's focus on combat stress in the ranks.
 arrow Speculation heats up ahead of Nobel science prizes
Black holes and cosmic microwave radiation studies, seeking to delve into the afterglow of the universe's creation, were two front-running fields tipped for glory on Friday for the 2003 Nobel scienceawards.
 arrow US knew Iraq had no WMD, says Mahathir
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday expressed scepticism over US claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

"I don't believe that they didn't know.

Editorialarrow Editorial: CPA delegates welcomed
The 49th meet of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) began yesterday in the city without the participation of the opposition lawmakers.
 arrow Editorial: Durga Puja
Durga Puja, a religious festival of great significance to the Hindu community, has always been celebrated in this country with due fervour.
 arrow UNGA session facing up to real issues
The current United Nations General Assembly session has once again brought to the fore the basic argument relating to nation-state sovereignty vis--vis security.
 arrow Clark versus Dean scenario unfolding
Arecent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows General Wesley Clark outpolling President Bush in a hypothetical presidential match-up and with a healthy 10 point margin over the rest of the Democratic fieldfor
 arrow Different strokes
Even though in the past week both the President and the PM crossed the Atlantic separately to meet the presently unchallenged Lord Manor of Earth, US President George W Bush Jr, and receive plaudits respectively
Letters to Editorarrow Weekly holidays
I agree with the views in Shahed Jamil's letter regarding weekly holidays published in The Daily Star on 30 September.
 arrow Sound pollution
Few days ago, during the evening I was going through the English road in old Dhaka. I heard that some noisy speeches blaring from innumerable loud speakers.
 arrow Billing system
Recently Dhaka Electricity Supply Administration in Gulshan Area has been transferred from DESA to DESCO; supposedly with a view to providing better service to the consumers.
Star Holidayarrow By the river of Titas
"THIS is Gokornoghat, the place you are looking for," said Joidul Hossain, a prominent cultural activist and lover of writings of our great novelist Addaitya Mollobarman.
Star Healtharrow National Fistula Centre set up at DMCH
As an estimated 2.
 arrow Bed-wetting: what parents should know
Every night so many children are turning off the lights, going to sleep, and wetting their beds.
 arrow Drinking tea may lower bad cholesterol
Black tea consumption may lower bad cholesterol levels and could one day be used to help reduce the chance of heart disease for those at risk, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

Scientists with theU.S.

 arrow Fatty diet not linked to stroke risk
Eating a diet high in fat does not seem to raise the odds of having a stroke, researchers said in the United States.
Star Cityarrow Pumping life out from underground
The groundwater level in the city is receding at the rate of a metre a year due to indiscriminate extraction of water from underground by the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) and private users.
 arrow Foraging for survival in the open
Can you imagine how 10,000 years ago our ancestors foraged food for survival? Unimaginable! Yet you would be surprised to know that even in the 21st century, a modern rapidly growing city like Dhaka,still
 arrow Where have all the fences gone?
The iron-fences on some of the medians of the Mirpur Road stretching from College Gate to Asad Gate disappeared overnight.
 arrow Home grown 'Foreign furniture'
The furniture shops of Panthapath that claim to sell "foreign furniture" are selling nothing but local furniture.

"Most of the furniture sold in this market is made locally.

 arrow Adulterated fuel lives!
Despite various measures taken by the government to check adulteration in petrol pumps, it is believed the practice is still going on.
 arrow Policing of lakeside extortion
The Dhanmondi lake area opposite the Bangabandhu Museum on Road 32 has become the latest addition to the systematic extortion by policemen in the city.