Volume 4 Number 133 Mon. October 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Israel strikes Syria after suicide attack
Israel yesterday took its battle against Palestinian militants to Syria, bombing near the capital Damascus for the first time in decades, after a suicide bomber killed 19 people in an Israeli restaurant.
 arrow Hasina sticks to her 'no'
A last-ditch attempt yesterday by the officials of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to convince the main opposition Awami League (AL) to join the CPA conference failed, as AL chief Sheikh
 arrow Messy affairs still dog CPA conference
The nine-day 49th conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) rolls into its third day today, amid utter mismanagement and the main opposition's resolute refusal to attend the grand
 arrow Sircar rues no role of small states in global policies
Globalisation and 'military-political domain' of the world after the disintegration of the Soviet Union have left the world with one military superpower.
 arrow Buses stay off road to protest illegal toll collection
Illegal toll collectors are at work again alongside the two authorised private operators at three bus terminals -- Sayedabad, Mahakhali and Gabtoli.
 arrow UN meets today
The United Nations Security Council is to hold a closed-door meeting today after the Arab world reacted with fury to Israel's raid in Syria yesterday.
 arrow Governance, world peace to top Dhaka agenda
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at an agenda setting meeting yesterday decided to bring the issues of governance and global peace to the fore of its nine-day 49th conference that opened
 arrow Dhaka might send troops to Iraq if UN asks
Bangladesh would consider sending troops to Iraq provided an Iraqi government elected by the Iraqi people made an appeal through the United Nations.
 arrow Durga Puja ends
Durga Puja, the biggest Hindu religious festival, ended yesterday through immersion of the image of the deity Durga.
 arrow 'Clock ticking for Arafat'
Israel will not immediately expel Yasser Arafat from his West Bank headquarters after a suicide attack in Haifa but the "clock is ticking" towards the Palestinian leader's removal, a senior official said
 arrow ADP cut down, yet execution stays low
Despite heavy trimming of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the last fiscal (FY03), the government could implement only about 89 per cent of the funds.
 arrow Listed criminal Jasim caught with AK-47 in Fatikchhari
Listed criminal Jasim Uddin along with 12 accomplices was arrested in Fatikchhari upazila yesterday and huge firearms including an AK-47 rifle and ammunition were recovered from their possession, local
 arrow Blair 'knew Iraq threat limited'
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction ready for use within 45 minutes, former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has claimed.
 arrow Tk 2cr medicine haul at ZIA
Contraband medicines worth about Tk 2 crore were seized from a Bangladesh Biman aircraft at Zia International Airport yesterday.
 arrow HSC results likely by Oct 16
Results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations are likely to be published between October 13 and 16, education ministry officials said.
 arrow British queen on al-Qaeda hit list?
Intelligence services have warned that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II could be the target of an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack during a visit to Nigeria later this year, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
 arrow Phensidyl peddlers kill accomplice
Phensidyl peddlers fatally injured fellow member, bagged up the body and then dumped it in lowland near the embankment in Mohammadpur on October 3.
 arrow 2 women commit 'suicide'
A young housewife and a teenage girl apparently committed suicide in Pallabi and Kafrul yesterday.
 arrow BSF patrol boat rams trawler of Hindu devotees
A trawler carrying 80 Hindu devotees capsized in the river Ichhamoti after being rammed by a patrol boat of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near Debhata, Sreepur last night.
 arrow Muggers shoot man, rob Tk 50,000
Muggers shot a man and robbed him of Tk 50,000 at Mirpur last night.

Royal Khan, 30, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with bullet wounds in the belly.

 arrow Police quiz suspects, get no clue to rescue Anil
Police have started interrogating three suspects in the abduction of a Chittagong physician but failed to get any clue.
 arrow Pakistan win second ODI
Pakistan beat South Africa in the second day-night limited-overs international by 42 runs at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Businessarrow Cement industry beset by market saturation
Local cement industry is beset by market saturation with the grinding plants incurring huge losses for poor sales and non-utilisation of their installed capacities.
 arrow Freight forwarders collecting extra charges unlawfully
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has accused a section of freight forwarders of unlawfully realising various charges from the exporters and importers and urged the authorities concerned
 arrow Thai Grand Fair begins Thursday
A four-day Thai Grand Fair, first of its kind in Bangladesh, begins in Dhaka on Thursday showcasing a wide array of products and services from Thailand.
 arrow France pressed to redress decades of economic errors
The French deficit problems that came to a head last week underscore problems facing several major European economies, but Paris is being pressed to fix sundry errors that span several decades.
 arrow S'pore aims for bigger slice of global education market
Singapore is stepping up efforts to grab a bigger slice of the multi-billion dollar international education market by luring elite foreign schools and positioning itself as a "global schoolhouse.
 arrow Canada aims to export AIDS drugs to developing world
Canada has sought to be an example to other industrialized nations by altering its legislation to allow for generic AIDS drugs to be exported to developing nations.
 arrow European firms urged to boost business in China
Market positions held by European companies in China are too small for the firms to fully benefit from strong economic growth forecast there this year and next, analysts say.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tiger vs Lion logo unveiled
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday unveiled the logo of the Standard Chartered bank Test and one-day series to be played between England and hosts Bangladesh later this month.
 arrow Cricket: Many happy returns
Opening batsman Hannan Sarker and right-arm fast bowler Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza celebrated their birthdays at the national camp at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CEO will have his own set-up
The newly appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will work straight under BCB president Ali Asghar and his office would be separate and independent from the Board'sexecutive
 arrow Cricket: Pak finish strong
South African pace bowler Makhaya Ntini grabbed four wickets on Sunday but Pakistan still posted a challenging 267-7 in the second day-night limited-overs international at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium onSunday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath out of action
An ankle injury has forced Australian spearhead Glenn McGrath to withdraw from this month's two cricket Tests against Zimbabwe and a three-week limited-overs tour of India starting late October.
 arrow The missing policy
At a recent gathering of heads of sports federations there was a repeated call for constructive criticism but unfortunately it seems our honourable sports minister failed to understand the crux of the
 arrow Kabadi: BDR retains kabadi crown
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) clinched the 25th National Kabadi Championship title as they breezed past Bangladesh Police 61-27 in the final at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Nine matches of the AB Bank Metropolis First Division Table Tennis League were decided yesterday at the Wooden Floor gymnasium.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas call up Wyk
Wicketkeeper batsman Morne van Wyk will fly to Pakistan as replacement for experienced opener Herschelle Gibbs, who is injured, South African media spokesman said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Playing in forbidden land
Sri Lanka has launched a major push to boost cricket in war-torn areas and plans to set up an international stadium in a former battle zone, Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Thilanga Sumathipala said Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Only way is cricket way
Indians and Pakistanis should push their governments to allow cricket exchanges between the cricket-mad rivals to resume, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said.
 arrow Cricket: 'I'll be back'
Former Pakistan cricket captain Waqar Younis, who was dropped after the team's first-round World Cup exit, has given himself one year to fight his way back into the national side before retiring.
 arrow Cricket: India means batting success
Jehangir Ahmed, a resident of this highway village in restive Indian Kashmir, is praying for an Indian win in the upcoming cricket series against New Zealand and Australia. The reason is purely commercial.
 arrow Cricket: Zim pushed all the way
Zimbabwe held on for a thrilling draw in their three-day tour match on Sunday after Western Australia scored 266 for four chasing 270 to win.
 arrow Tennis: Rainer ends drought
Top seed Rainer Schuettler of Germany posted his first title in two years when he outclassed Sebastien Grosjean of France to win the men's singles at the Japan Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
 arrow Boxing: Holyfield's career in doubt
James Toney stopped Evander Holyfield in the ninth round of their heavyweight bout, possibly signalling the end of the 40-year-old former undisputed world champion's career.
 arrow Football: It happened in Dyer's room!
Police refused Sunday to discuss claims made by a party organiser that he witnessed what happened on the night a 17-year-old girl said she was gang raped by English footballers in a London hotel.
 arrow Football: MU hot on Gunners' heels
Liverpool's Premiership title ambitions were dealt a potentially fatal blow on Saturday as Arsenal came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Hats off to Hildebrand
VfB Stuttgart keeper Timo Hildebrand broke Oliver Kahn's mark of 802 minutes without conceding a goal to create a new German league record on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Depor too hot to handle
Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani scored in his eighth consecutive game to help Deportivo La Coruna back to the top of the Spanish first division after thrashing Atletico Madrid 5-1 on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Red revolution next?
With takeover fever gripping English football in the wake of Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich's swoop on Chelsea, it is little surprise that predators have begun to eye the biggest prize of them all --
Politicalarrow DMP asks AL to change meeting venue for CPA confce security
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner has requested Awami League (AL) leader Dr HBM Iqbal to change the venue of a planned AL public meeting at Tejgaon Polytechnic Institute ground tomorrow
 arrow AL activist shot dead in Khulna
Another Awami League (AL) activist was gunned down at Bagmara under Rupsha upazila here Saturday night, the third such murder of AL men in Khulna in about a week's time.
Metropolitanarrow Biman earns Tk 44 crore through austerity
The national flag carrier, Biman, saved Tk 44 crore through austerity in several heads during 2002-2003 fiscal year.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry sources said Biman earned Tk 86.

 arrow Appeal for help
Rafi Karim, a two-year nine-month-old child, has been suffering from Thalassaemia, says a press release.

Doctors said Tk 30 lakh is needed for his treatment.

 arrow Navy College opens in Khulna
Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Shah Iqbal Mujtaba yesterday inaugurated Bangladesh Navy College on the Sailors' Colony premises at Mujgunni in Khulna on Saturday, says an ISPR press release.
Nationalarrow 10 hurt as BNP groups clash for govt land in Barisal
At least ten people including a journalist were injured as two rival BNP groups clashed at Agailjhara in presence of local party lawmaker Zahir Uddin Swapan on Friday over possession of a government land.
 arrow Magura AL leader, banker sued for forgery
District joint convener of Awami League (AL) and the manager of Sonali Bank's main branch at Magura have been sued for their alleged involvement in withdrawal of Tk 19.
 arrow Culprits acquitted due to faulty FIR, probe
Culprits are often acquitted due to faulty FIR, improper investigation and lack of witnesses, District and Sessions Judge A K M Zahir Ahmed has said.
 arrow Pirates toss crew into river, loot rice from cargo vessel
Armed pirates threw three crew of a cargo vessel into Madhumati river, tied and locked seven others into the engine room and looted 175 tonnes of rice on Thursday.
 arrow More 68 admitted to hospitals in Nilphamari
More 68 diarrhoea patients were admitted to different hospitals and upazila health complexes in the district in the last 24 hours ending at noon yesterday.
 arrow Wife killed for dowry at Rajbari
A newly-married housewife was allegedly killed by her husband for dowry at village Khamer Magura in Baliakandi upazila on Saturday.
 arrow UNO office attacked as UP polls deferred in Patuakhali
Hundreds of people brought out a procession and attacked the Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer's office on Friday protesting postponement of Kalikapur Union Parishad election for the third time.
 arrow Former UPDF member killed in Bandarban
A former member of United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) --Kajai Marma, 35has been slaughtered in Manikchari upazila under the Khagrachari district.
 arrow Indian pirates kidnap fisherman
Indian pirates kidnapped one Bangladeshi fisherman form Fhiringi canal in the Sundarbands under Shymnagar Upazila recently and demanded Tk 50,000 ransom.
Culturearrow Stage-the best media for dancers
I played the king in the dance drama based on Tagore's poem Shamanya Khati,' recalls dancer Belayet Hossain Khan.
 arrow Razzaque in retrospective
Although over 70, Abdur Razzaque is an active artist and his recent exhibition at "Chitrak" is a proof of his consistent creative genius.
 arrow Mahesh on silver screen
Mareja Mehdi and Uttam Ghosh are going to make a film based on the revolutionary short story Mahesh by celebrated author Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, says a press release.
Generalarrow World Habitat Day today
World Habitat Day is being observed in the country today.

The day is observed every year in all the countries of the world as per the decision of the

United Nations, says a press release.

 arrow Govt claims success in food sector
The country achieved a remarkable success in the food sector during the last two years of the present government with efficient management and ensured food safety.
 arrow Mohora Water Supply Project foundation to be laid in Ctg today
The foundation stone of Mohora Water Supply Project (MWSP) in the port city will be laid today.
 arrow 'Ensure land rights for food security'
The government must ensure food security of the common people through ensuring land rights, said a study.
 arrow Malaysian food festival held
A two-day 'Malaysian Food and Cultural Festival' was held at Ichamati Hall at Hotel Agrabad here on Saturday.

Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines and Hotel Agrabad have jointly organised the festival.

 arrow President hosts reception for Hindu community representatives
President Prof Dr Iajuddin held a reception for the representatives of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban yesterday on the occasion of their greatest religious festival, Durga Puja.
 arrow Dr Kamal shocked
Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain and General Secretary Saifuddin Ahmed Manik yesterday expressed their profound shock at the death of Enayetur Rahman, a member of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and
Internationalarrow Bush seeks time for Iraqi self-rule
President Bush on Saturday asked for time in working out a plan for Iraqi self-rule even as he faces doubt from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan about US plans.
 arrow Nuke command chain in place: Fernandes
Declaring that both short and medium-range nuclear-capable Agni ballistic missiles were ready for deployment, Defence Minister George Fernandes yesterday said the country's nuclear command chain, including
 arrow Democrats decry cost of Iraqi reconstruction
Democrats on Saturday criticised President Bush's $87 billion spending request for Iraq, saying the cost of rebuilding the shattered country was draining resources from growing needs at home.
 arrow World leaders condemn suicide attack in Israel
World leaders sharply condemned a suicide attack in northern Israel Saturday that killed 19 victims including five children on the eve of the Jewish faith's holiest day.
 arrow Iran ready to answer IAEA questions, but 'not bound' by deadline
Iran intends to answer International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) questions over its nuclear programme "as quickly as possible", even though it does not consider itself bound by an October 31 deadlineto
 arrow EU leaders hope to endorse constitution in mid-Dec
European Union leaders said Saturday they hope to endorse their new constitution in mid-December, setting a tight deadline for overcoming a power struggle between small and large nations.
 arrow Japan seeks to counter China's dominance in Southeast Asia
Japan wants to widen its largely business-oriented ties with Southeast Asia to counter China's aggressive political, economic and security forays but the region is playing hard to get.
 arrow Mahathir pledges not to be a 'back seat driver' after retirement
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he would not be a "back seat driver" continuing to run the government after his retirement at the end of this month, a report said yesterday.
 arrow Indo-US joint naval exercise begins today
Over 750 US naval personnel and an equal number of Indian Navy personnel would participate in the fifth Indo-US joint exercises, 'Malabar 2003', commencing on Monday off Kochi.
 arrow Harkat training camp destroyed in Pakistan
Pakistan's security forces on Saturday destroyed a terrorist training camp reportedly run by Harkat ul Mujahideen in North West Frontier Province, even as top US officials arrived in Islamabad for talks
 arrow Poland says sorry to France for missiles report
Poland apologised to France on Saturday for saying its troops had found advanced French-made missiles in Iraq that had been produced this year.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Land grabbing
Land grabbing has finally been identified as a national problem. And the government has decided to address it with the objective of recovering the huge areas of land 'lost' to the encroachers.
 arrow Editorial: No WMD found in Iraq
The initial report of US chief weapons inspector, David Kay, that his team has to date found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is bad news for President Bush.
 arrow The nation's collective shame
Enough ignominies were already smeared on the face of the nation ever since its emergency -- thanks to numerous omissions and commissions of our ruling class.
 arrow On the nomination trail
How can you tell Republicans are afraid of Gen. Wesley Clark? It's easy. You can tell by the whispering campaign that has already begun against the General.
 arrow Move with the time
THE Dawn, one of the few liberal English dailies in the subcontinent, posed this August a question to 26 leading writers and poets in Pakistan: Should Pakistan and India bury the hatchet? All of themresponded
 arrow Bus menace in Dhaka streets
We were happy that rickshaws were withdrawn from some important roads making vehicular movement easier and quicker.
Letters to Editorarrow Flower and fashion change with time
It is a usual practice that when we tend to portray the beauty of a woman (her softness and tenderness), we often compare her with flowers.
 arrow Down the memory lane with Jim Corbett
Reading Khademul Islam's article on legendary Jim Corbett in the Star Literature brought misty nostalgia to my 70 years old eyes.
 arrow Let's roll on: We have done much better
The recent revelation that the rate of poverty is decreasing at a rate of one per cent every year is indeed a great news.
 arrow Curbing credit card 'scam'
The way the credit card business is operating in Bangladesh could be called a 'scam' -- a novel way to swindle or deceive innocent credit-hungry public.
 arrow A helicopter for 'DG Health', please
In a bold move, the DG of the Health Directorate made a surprise visit to check on the attendance of doctors at a city hospital and apparently confirmed the World Bank's claim that a sizeable number of
 arrow Dear minister of law,
Several controversial amendments, which were introduced in last two successive parliamentary sessions, triggered off the lawyers community's splitting into two poles.
 arrow Honesty and our politicians
The finance minister's reaction to the recent Transparency International (TIB) report makes an incredibly comic reading, except for the sublime tragedy it hides.
 arrow The cable curse
Satellite networks have given us a wide range of channels and choices of programmes.
 arrow Put hartal issue into a referendum
The main aim of the struggle for Independence from the colonial British rule and subsequently from the Pak Military Junta was to establish a democratic society to be governed by democratic ideals.
 arrow UN, reform it or remove it
After invading two sovereign countries and passing some very racist UN resolutions, some leaders are now talking about making the UN more effective.
 arrow An Appeal to VC, NU
My son, Md.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk planners' delay game
The Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of Dhaka city has not seen daylight although the process of its implementation started in 1999.
 arrow DCC's bizarre marketing plans
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is now planning to demolish seven major kitchen markets in the city and replace them with 'modern multi-storied markets', sources in the Nagar Bhaban said.
 arrow Save Malitola mosque, save our heritage
The conservation of the century old Haji Mainuddin mosque of Malitola still remains uncertain as the archaeology department under the Cultural Ministry is yet to decide on the fate of the mosque due to
 arrow No peace in death
The Christian Cemetery in Wari has been facing a raft of problems for the last few years, caused mostly by locals.
 arrow Fun in the city’s outskirts
Amusement centres for city dwellers are being pushed out of the hustle and bustle of the city and Theme Parks are moved to open areas where crowds of the city are seen rushing to entertain themselvesduring
 arrow Winter draws nigh
The Met office predicted that the city would be experiencing winter, sometime around mid-November, as usual, this year.
 arrow Climbing a moutain
Where do you begin with an article about 'Tourism in Bangladesh?' Well, when stuck it makes sense, as the adage goes, 'to begin by writing what you know.
 arrow A Sri Lankan in Dhaka
Bangladesh, what a place to go? A question asked by many when I decided to come here. Prone to floods and other natural disasters, I was told that there would be nothing else but fish for food.
 arrow Tourism's changing times
A cabinet sub-committee headed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism may be able to solve many of the problems faced by the tourism industry, believes State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism
 arrow Tourism industry on the rise
Bangladesh is expected to receive 2.16 lakh tourists this year followed by 2.27 lakh in 2004 and 2.42 lakh in 2005, according to the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA) forecasts.
 arrow Not a paradise for backpackers
What happens to a backpacker when he arrives in Bangladesh? In most cases, as a foreigner coming from Europe, America or some Asian country, he (or she) is shown an expensive hotel to get through thenight.