Vol. 4 Num 134 Tue. October 07, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow PM officially opens CPA meet today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, vice-patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), officially launches the grouping's 49th conference in Dhaka today.
 arrow Syria wants UN to condemn airstrike
Syria demanded that the UN Security Council condemn Israel's airstrike against a purported terrorist training camp near Damascus, but the United States said it would not support any resolution that does
 arrow Robbers stop car, loot Tk 40 lakh at gunpoint
Armed snatchers looted Tk 40 lakh and $1000 from the owner of a garment factory at Dholaipar in Shyampur yesterday noon.
 arrow McKinnon flies in to bungled reception
Chaotic mismanagement at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference slid to a new low yesterday when President of the meet Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar, Commonwealth Secretary General Don
 arrow Women MPs for greater role in policymaking
Commonwealth women parliamentarians (CWP) at a meeting in Dhaka yesterday demanded greater representation of women to parliaments and bigger role in policymaking.
 arrow UP member killed after abduction
Agitators burnt tyres and barricaded the Chittagong-Kaptai road for three hours yesterday morning as a union parishad (UP) member was killed after abduction in Raozan on Sunday night.
 arrow Another CPA call, another AL 'no'
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association officials repeated their call to the main opposition Awami League at Sunday's meeting for joining the 49th CPA conference but with no luck, CPA Executive Committee
 arrow Lottery comes in to cap VAT dodging
In a new bid to cap VAT dodging by retail shops and service providers, the government may introduce tax coupons to be used by clients or consumers in lottery draw for attractive prizes.
 arrow Hasina tells McKinnon of boycott reason
The opposition in Bangladesh was marginalised in organising the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference, Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil quoted Commonwealth Secretary General
 arrow Interrogation of Liakot leads to 10 more arrests
Extensive police interrogation of Liakot Hossain, one of the top 23 listed criminals, has uncovered valuable intelligence about his criminal network and its activities, leading to the arrest of 10 operatives
 arrow Small nations wary of clench-fisted big states
The two-day meeting of the small member states of the Commo-nwealth concluded yesterday expressing deep concern that big nations were not giving them any trade and economic preferences.
 arrow Businessman shot dead in downtown Sylhet office
Armed miscreants gunned down a businessman in his office at Taltola in the city's busy commercial area yesterday afternoon.
 arrow No alternative to IT education: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has taken allout measures to ensure application of information technology (IT) at all levels for development.
 arrow CJ asks Rokan to explain allegation against HC judge
Chief Justice KM Hasan yesterday wanted to know the allegation against a High Court judge brought by Supreme Court Bar Association President Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud in a letter yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka condemns Israeli air attack on Syria
Bangladesh yesterday strongly condemned and denounced the Israeli air attack on Syria and said it would escalate the military tension in the region.
 arrow Tiger kills 2 fishermen in Sundarbans
A man-eating tiger killed two fishermen in Burigoalini forest range area in the Sundarbans under Shymnagar upazila in the last two days.
 arrow Former AL MP faces attempted rape charges
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former Awami League lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder and two others in an attempted rape case.
 arrow Pak MP, 4 others gunned down
Gunmen assassinated a hardline Sunni Muslim politician and four other people yesterday in a brazen daylight attack as they drove on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, officials said.
 arrow Diarrhoea turns ominous in Nilphamari
Diarrhoea has taken a serious turn in the district, claiming 28 lives and attacking more than 3,000 in the last one month.
 arrow Appellate Div rejects plea for vacating stay in Ershad graft case
The chamber judge of the Appellate Division (AD) yesterday rejected the prayer of the government to vacate the stay order on pronouncement of judgement in the graft case against former president HM Ershad.
 arrow Verdict on sedition case against Adel, sons today
Judgement in the sedition case against former deputy mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Jahangir Mohammad Adel and his two sons will be delivered today.
 arrow Mohalchhari arson 20-member team due today to
A 20-member committee will come to Mohalchhari in Khagrachhari district today on a weeklong visit to assess the damage of property due to the August 26 arson attack on 12 indigenous villages there that
 arrow Magnetic train study soon, says Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday told that a feasibility study would begin soon to introduce magnetic train in the country.
 arrow Nobel medicine prize to US and British duo
US scientist Paul C. Lauterbur and Briton Peter Mansfield were on Monday jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the Nobel jury announced.
 arrow Padma bridge construction to start in 2005
The visiting Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) advisory committee on the Padma bridge feasibility study group yesterday proposed two probable sites for the construction of country's biggest
 arrow Depression over Bay
The well-marked low over west-central Bay and adjoining area moved slightly northwestwards, concentrated into a depression over the same area at noon yesterday.
Businessarrow Take export as tool to spur growth, reduce poverty
World Bank (WB) Country Director Christine Wallich yesterday said Bangladesh should come out of its import substitution policy and put emphasis on export as a tool to reduce poverty and achieve its desired
 arrow Medical exposition ends in positive note
The first ever international medical exposition in Bangladesh -- Medexpo 2003 -- ended on Sunday with huge response from the visitors, specially the medical practitioners and entrepreneurs in hospital
 arrow CPA team visits Dhaka EPZ
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) evinced keen interest in the working procedure in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and praised the contributing role the BEPZA is playing in the industrial
 arrow SE Asia puts final touches to free trade plan
Southeast Asian ministers put the finishing touches yesterday to an action plan to transform the region into a giant free trade zone that will be the centrepiece of this week's annual summit of leaders.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Let's have early nets
With rain staying off for the last couple of days over Bangladesh, coach Dav Whatmore seized the opportunity to start the net session earlier than scheduled under glorious sunshine at the BangabandhuNational
 arrow Cricket: AIU derail Railway
Newcomers American International University (AIU) started their journey in the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a comfortable five-wicket victory over Bangladesh Railway in one of eight
 arrow Cricket: Wright might play three spin trick
India may deploy a three-pronged spin attack to exploit New Zealand's weakness against slow bowling in the first Test in Ahmedabad starting on Wednesday, coach John Wright said.
 arrow Football: Zia Gold Cup soccer starts today
The Shaheed Zia Gold Cup Football tournament begins here today at the newly built Bir Shrestha Mostafa Stadium.

Arambagh Krira Sangha will play Dipali Juba Sangha in the inaugural match at 3pm.

 arrow Cricket: Flintoff to miss BD Tests
Andrew Flintoff is injured and will miss both of England's Tests against Bangladesh in October.
 arrow Cricket: Smith won't throw in the towel
South African skipper Graeme Smith vowed Monday to prevent Pakistan running away with the one-day cricket series ahead of their third match in the eastern industrial city Faisalabad.
 arrow Swimming: Nat'l swimming starts today
The 19th National Swimming Championship begins today at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.

Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation Sadek Hossain will inaugurate the four-day meet, sponsored by Keya Cosmetics.

 arrow Football: Night of Brazilliance
Valencia regained their place at the top of the Spanish first division by winning 1-0 at Barcelona while defending champions Real Madrid made hard work of beating Espanyol 2-1 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: USA bamboozled
Kerstin Garefrekes scored on an uncontested header early as Germany stunned the defending World Cup champions USA 3-0 on Sunday to reach the 2003 Women's World Cup final.
 arrow Football: AC party in Milan
European champions AC Milan joined Juventus at the top of Italy's Serie A after defeating neighbours Inter Milan 3-1 in a pulsating derby at the San Siro on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Crespo saves the day
Argentinian hitman Hernan Crespo came off the bench to grab a late winner as Chelsea kept their Premiership challenge firmly on track with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
 arrow Football: 'Victim' in tears
The teenage girl at the centre of rape allegations against up to eight Premiership footballers on Sunday denied reports that she had consented to have sex with four men, including two footballers.
Politicalarrow Alliance steams up 2yr celebration plan as partners grumble
The ruling alliance has added speed to preparations for tomorrow's high-profile rally to celebrate completion of its two years in power amid discontent within the coalition partners over power share.
 arrow 1 dead, 25 hurt in Shibir-JCD gunbattle
An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) was killed and 25 others were injured in a gunfight between ICS and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the Kushtia Polytechnic Institute campus here yesterday.
 arrow 1 killed in JCD, Jubo Dal clash in Rajshahi
A member of the ruling BNP's youth front Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was killed and four others of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were critically injured in a clash between the two groups at Moni Square
Metropolitanarrow 'Ensure home for urban poor'
The World Habitat Day was observed by different organisations yesterday urging the government to ensure homes for the urban poor and destitute people.
 arrow Karnaphuli bridge to be constructed: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said here yesterday that Karnaphuli bridge would be constructed as a continuation of her government's development spree.
 arrow Bldg construction workers threaten strike
Imarat Nirman Sramik (Building Construction Workers) Union of Bangladesh (INSUB) yesterday threatened to go for a countrywide strike if the government does not fulfil their 10-point demand by October22.
 arrow DNA exhibition begins
The two-day exhibition on De-oxy Ribonucleic Acid (DNA) began at the British Council in the city yesterday.
 arrow Wallich lauds govt's reform programmes
World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich made a courtesy call on Prime Minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury at the PM's office yesterday.
Nationalarrow Turning blind eye to CU
Cement plasters often fall from roofs and rainwater leaks through holes.

Squally winds during rain drench classrooms as windowpanes are broken.

 arrow A govt college indeed !
There are two teachers against 12 posts and about 200 students.
 arrow A laudable initiative
The Rajshahi Central Jail authorities have taken up a laudable initiative to correct the detained drug addicts in the jail.
 arrow Jubo Dal man, BCC commissioner behind cargo vessel looting?
Barisal police raided three private food godowns and a flour mill in the city in their bid to recover the food grains looted from cargo vessel M V Kafela on Modhumati river on Thursday.
 arrow Planned transport strike in S-W dists called off
The proposed transport strike in South-Western districts from today has been called off.

The decision was taken at a meeting between transport owners' leaders and officials yesterday, sources said.

 arrow Pirates hijack 5 fishing trawlers in Bhola
Armed pirates hijacked at least five fishing trawlers from near Chowmuhini ghat in Meghna river in Bhola district on Friday night, injuring ten fishermen with gun shots.
 arrow Tk 7.5 lakh snatched in Sylhet city
Miscreants snatched Tk 7.5 lakh from two persons in two incidents in the city on Saturday.
 arrow Youths held from Puja Mondop for demanding toll
Police arrested five youths from a Puja Mondop at Uttar Sutabaria village under Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali district for allegedly demanding toll Sunday evening.
 arrow Body of young man recovered
The body of a young man, who had contested for the post of ward commissioner in the last city corporation poll, was recovered recently from a pond in Tultikor area of the city on Saturday.
Culturearrow Usha Ganguli an ideal theatre activist
Rangakarmee, which completed 27 years of its inception in January 2003, spearheads the Hindi Theatre in Kolkata with 16 productions on its live repertoire.
 arrow Sumon Bepari's endeavour to save the pottery craft
The concept of interior designing is changing rapidly all over the world. At the same time, interest in using local raw materials for decoration is increasing amongst our designers.
 arrow Nakshikantha exhibition at BSCIC
Shilpi, Mina and Shawpna came all the way from Charka Handicrafts of Jessore to attend the BSCIC Nakshikantha fair. These three youths are very much optimistic about the sale and profit from their stall.
Generalarrow Acquire skill to face globalisation: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia here yesterday urged all to increase national productivity by acquiring knowledge based on moral values and time befitting modern technology.
 arrow Dry planning ministry cries for proposals
With projects in tray hitting a new low, the planning ministry has asked different ministries to come up with fresh proposals immediately for utilising the Annual Development Programme (ADP) funds.
 arrow 2 killed, 7 hurt as bus plunges into river
At least two passengers were killed and seven injured in a bus accident yesterday morning at Ulpur on the Gopalganj-Takerhat road.

Twenty others were missing following the accident.

 arrow Two killed, 1 electrocuted
One person was killed by robbers and another by unidentified assailants in two separate incidents in Chittagong district on Sunday.
 arrow Ministries asked not to depend on finance ministry's fund
Ministries and other government bodies have been asked not to totally depend on finance ministry's fund allocation for the celebration of Victory Day on December 16.
 arrow Armed Forces Medical Unit leaves for Liberia
A six-member advance team of the Bangladesh Armed Forces Medical Unit (LEVEL-2 hospital) along with necessary medical equipment left here for Liberia yesterday to join in the United Nations Mission in
 arrow Moudud undergoes operation today
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed will undergo a gall bladder operation at Singapore today.

Renowned surgeon Dr.

Internationalarrow Suu Kyi's detention set to overshadow Asean summit
Asian leaders will hold from today a two-day summit on trade and counter-terrorism on the Indonesian island of Bali.
 arrow Nuke threat makes little difference for them
More than 1,000 South Koreans were bussed into Pyongyang yesterday over a newly constructed road through the tense inter-Korean border to attend the opening of a gymnasium.
 arrow US accuses Syria of being on the wrong side
The United States urged restraint by all parties after Israeli warplanes struck in Syria following a Palestinian suicide attack, but accused Damascus of being on the wrong side in the war against terrorism.
 arrow 2b to live in slums by 2030: UN
The number of slum dwellers in the world will double to about two billion by 2030 because of rapid urbanisation and worsening poverty, UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) said in a report released
 arrow Mahathir recalls 'worst moment' of career
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who retires this month after 22 years in power, said yesterday the worst moment of his political career was having to sack Anwar Ibrahim, his deputy and friend,
 arrow US-led forces attacked ahead of Afghan anniversary
US-led forces came under attack in several parts of southern Afghanistan over the weekend, before today's second anniversary of US intervention in the country.
 arrow Arnie muscles past charges, vows to 'sweep out' Davis
Battling perceived villains in the media and Democratic party with characteristic testosterone, Arnold Schwarzenegger brushed aside sexual misconduct charges as he began the last stretch of his questfor
 arrow World's one-sixth population lives in slum
The number of people living out their days in the squalor of a slum is almost one billion -- one-sixth of the world's population, says United Nations.
 arrow Kremlin's man wins Chechen presidential vote
A former Muslim cleric backed by the Kremlin has coasted to a sweeping win in a presidential vote in Chechnya, though many commentators doubt the result will halt a bloody separatist guerrilla campaign.
Editorialarrow Editorial: UNSC must censor Israel
The unprovoked Israeli attack against a Syrian target entails three major dangers. It entitles Syria to hit back Israel in self-defence -- covert and overt.
 arrow Editorial: Habitat Day thoughts
World Habitat Day, observed yesterday in Bangladesh as well as around the world, was an opportune moment to reflect on the growing crisis of health, sanitation, and living conditions that envelops the
 arrow Imperial America and the New World Order
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the world has seen the advent of a new world order--one dominated by the U.S.
 arrow Indo-Pak roguish duel: Pull back from the brink now!
Less than six months after Prime Minister Vajpayee extended "the hand of friendship" to Pakistan, the wobbly bilateral "peace process" almost lies in tatters.
Letters to Editorarrow Plea for more polytechnic institutes
Agriculture is the major economic sector in Bangladesh. More than three-tenth contribution in GDP comes from agriculture. The contribution of industrial sector in GDP is also about fifteen percent.
 arrow Bashabo roads in bad shape
Bashabo is a planned and a nice residential area in metropolitan Dhaka city. Mostly middle class and lower middle class, people numbering about 100,000 live within this area.
 arrow 'Reconditioned' or 'used' car?
Even though the traders of our country have all along been using the term "reconditioned cars", lately the real term is out.
 arrow Immunity to US soldiers
Apparently in a confidential way without any prior declaration Bangladesh reached an agreement with the US providing the latter's soldiers immunity to any charge either criminal or civil brought against
 arrow Private university a booming business?
A lot of letters are being written in the DS and other newspapers about private universities in Bangladesh. Some oppose while others advocate for it.
Focusarrow Hydro-hegemony
During the past two months, much interest has generated and much greater concerns have been expressed in Bangladesh regarding India's gargantuan scheme of water diversion from its northern rivers to its
 arrow Professor Edward Said: You will never know how much we loved you!
These are not good times for the Palestinians.
 arrow Throw away the rifle and come back home
You have surfaced again!

Three platoons of Bangladesh Rifles

And twenty three hundred police

Could not contain you then!

Oh ! Boy! Your shawl is rather too short.