Volume 4 Number 135 Wed. October 08, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow PM opens meet, vows to uphold global peace
The 49th conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) formally opened in Dhaka yesterday with over 500 delegates and observers representing national and regional assemblies of 46 countries
 arrow Ruling party should shun winner-takes-all attitude
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon encouraged major political parties on greater partnership building every time he visited Bangladesh since 1995 but found no change in relations between thegovernment
 arrow Bangladesh hits the bottom for third time
For the third successive year, Bangladesh was ranked as the most corrupt country among 133 nations by the Transparency International (TI).
 arrow Opening marked by anthem glitch
Organisational glitches continued to bug the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference, as the prelude to its formal inauguration went through a now-on, now-off sound system and the flags
 arrow Hasina urges CPA to help protect right to vote
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday appealed to the CPA delegates and all democratic nations to help protect democracy and people's right to vote in Bangladesh.
 arrow Commonwealth secy gen says richest nations still hold the key
Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon said in Dhaka yesterday that the international trading system is unjust.

"To achieve justice, political leaders need to show leadership.

 arrow Sharon vows to strike enemies everywhere
Bolstered by US support for airstrike against Syria, Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday said that his nation would not hesitate to attack its enemies wherever they are.
 arrow Asean leaders sign plan for giant free trade bloc
Southeast Asian leaders yesterday signed a plan to transform the region into a giant free trade zone by 2020, with several urging a faster pace if they are to keep up with the rest of the world.
 arrow 3 US soldiers killed in bombings in central Iraq
Three US soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed and three other service members were wounded in a pair of roadside bombings in central Iraq, the US military said yesterday.
 arrow RU poised to recruit teachers ignoring UGC embargo
Rajshahi University authorities have formed 92 committees for recruiting one hundred teachers in 44 departments, violating a University Grants Commission (UGC) embargo on fresh recruitment.
 arrow US envoy worried at slide in crime
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday appeared concerned at law and order situation, corruption and lack of transparency as well as recurrent hartals that take a heavy toll of Bangladesh's economy.
 arrow FBI funded Hamas during Clinton era
US Federal Bureau of Investigation funnelled money to deadly Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas at a time when President Bill Clinton was trying to foster peace between Israelis and Palestinians,
 arrow N Korea bans Japan from nukes talks
North Korea says it will not allow Japan to take part in future talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, further complicating efforts to coax the communist state back to the negotiating table.
 arrow CID nabs 2 with Tk 1.9 lakh fake notes
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested two along with forged notes amounting Tk 1.90 lakh from Johnson Road in the old part of the city on Monday.
 arrow Depression to weaken gradually
The depression over North Bay moved northwestwards and crossed the North Andhra coast of India between Vishakhapatnam and Kalingapatnam at 3:00pm yesterday.
 arrow 4 businessmen abducted in Rangamati
Tribal miscreants abducted four businessmen from Ghagra Bazar in Kaokhali upazia on Monday night.
 arrow Israeli soldier killed in firefight
An Israeli soldier was killed in an exchange of fire on the border with Lebanon on Monday, prompting Israeli officials to warn Lebanon and Syria to rein in anti-Israeli militants or face an escalation
 arrow Liakot placed on fresh remand
Top listed criminal Liakot Hossain yesterday was placed on a four-day fresh remand after the first four-day remand had expired.
 arrow One stabbed to death, 3 others sustain bullet, stab injuries
A youth was stabbed to death at Aga Sadek Lane Monday, two people sustained bullet wounds at Shyampur and Moghbazar and a trader was stabbed at Suritola yesterday.
 arrow JS secretariat denies report on McKinnon's reception
The Jatiya Sangsad has protested a news item published in a section of the press saying that Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon was not given a proper reception at the airport.
 arrow Fake Kala Jahangir tries to extort toll from WB staff
Gangsters claiming themselves to be top listed criminal Kala Jahangir recently made phone calls to four World Bank (WB) officials in an attempt to extort toll from them.
 arrow Chittagong plunges into darkness
A vast area of Chittagong city plunged into darkness as two transformers of Khulshi Grid Substation tripped at around 6:20pm yesterday.
 arrow Three arrested in connection with businessman murder in Sylhet
Sylhet Kotwali Police yesterday arrested three people in connection with the murder of elderly businessman Mokhlisur Rahman who was gunned down by assailants in his Sylhet downtown office Monday.
 arrow Trio wins Nobel for bringing quantum physics in from the cold
Quantum physicists Alexei A. Abrikosov, Vitaly L. Ginzburg and Anthony J. Leggett yesterday won the 2003 Nobel Physics Prize for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids.
 arrow Rain shelter
Rain shelter...
Businessarrow Make RMG inputs duty free to face post-MFA era: WB
To counter impending risk of losing international market in the post-MFA era, Bangladesh and other South Asian countries should completely withdraw duty on RMG raw materials and develop their outsourcing
 arrow FBCCI for increased trade among C'wealth nations
Taking a tip from a calculation that doing business among the member-countries is 15 percent cheaper, Bangladesh business community has urged the Commonwealth nations to increase trade among themselves.
 arrow Remittance posts meagre growth in July-Sept
Remittance inflow witnessed a slowdown in the first quarter of the current financial year, posting less than one per cent growth which was around 34 per cent during the same period of last fiscal.
 arrow NCC Bank launches collateral free small loan
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank Ltd has introduced collateral-free loan schemes for small business, salaried persons and for house repairing and renovation.
 arrow HSBC donation to Saarc Women's Association
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh has donated Tk two lakh to Saarc Women's Association.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Nine bids of 1-day tenor amounting to Tk 289.

 arrow Annan blasts rich nations for trade talks collapse
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Monday said wealthy nations pandering to powerful lobbies were behind the collapse of world trade talks in Mexico last month.
 arrow Rising cotton prices threaten Asia textile profits
A doubling of world cotton prices and capacity growth of a third in China over the last two years threaten to strangle margins and profits for textile makers in Asia.
 arrow IMF urges Japan to recapitalise banks
Japan should offload its banking sector's bad loans and recapitalise banks to boost the country's struggling financial sector, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday.
 arrow Restructuring wave hits Korean companies
A new wave of restructuring is sweeping over Korean businesses amid the prolonged economic slump, raising concerns of a rash of labor dispute in coming months.
 arrow India, Thailand to cut tariffs under new FTA
Thailand and India will slash tariffs to zero on 83 products under a free-trade agreement to be signed during Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit this week, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Asean 'slow waltz' needs to speed up
When it comes to freeing up trade among Asean countries, doing a slow waltz just won't do. Better to speed things up and do a more sprightly dance.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Exception for exceptional talent
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said there is no room for a new face in the first Test starting on October 21.
 arrow Cricket: England arrive today
England already knew they were beginning life without Alec Stewart when they fly to Bangladesh on Tuesday for a two-Test and three one-dayer series but the late withdrawal of Andrew Flintoff came as a
 arrow Cricket: Tickets brewing hot
The upward performance graph of the Bangladesh cricket team is inspiring others to act.
 arrow Cricket: The twist of toss
The coin controlled the fate of teams as rain upset the second day of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship qualifying round yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SA snap Pak streak
South Africa ended Pakistan's winning streak to capture the third one-day international by 13 runs on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ahmedabad Test starts today
India skipper Saurav Ganguly on Tuesday sounded a warning to New Zealand ahead of a two-Test series, saying his team was determined to maintain its superb home record.
 arrow Football: Kyrgyzstan U-17due today
A 20-member Kyrgyzstan under-17 football team will arrive in Dhaka today afternoon to play both legs of their Asian Under-17 Group 8 qualifying match against Bangladesh.
 arrow Chess: Niaz shares 3rd position
Grand Master Niaz Murshed jointly shared the third position with other five players after the end of the eighth round games in the Parsynath International Rating chess tournament in Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Paceman search in Faridpur
A three-day long pace talent hunt programme will be held at the Faridpur Stadium from October 12 to 14.

National fast bowling coach Sarwar Imran will conduct the trial.

 arrow Swimming: Rana, Akhter rule day one
Rubel Rana of Bangladesh Navy and Chameli Akhter of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) won the gold medals on offer on the first day of the four-day 19th National Swimming Championship at theSwimming
 arrow Table Tennis: JPC table tennis
Faisal Mokammel and Kazi Rownak Hossain pair clinched the doubles title of the Table Tennis Champion-ship, organised by Jatiya Press Club, beating their rivals at the club hall room yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Metropolis TT
Eight First Division matches of AB Bank Metropolis Table Tennis League were played at the NSC wooden floor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim closer to the danger
The moment of truth for Heath Streak's depleted Zimbabweans arrives Thursday when they take on Steve Waugh's world champion Australians in the first clash of a two-Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Hall-Youhana under microscope
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to provide video footage of Sunday's spat between South Africa all-rounder Andrew Hall and Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana.
 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon doubtful
Doubts have been cast over Wimbledon as a potential venue for London's 2012 Olympic Games bid.
 arrow Tennis: Shock defeat for Robredo
Tommy Robredo, the 21-year-old Spaniard who recently made the world's top 20 for the first time, suffered a shock defeat when he was beaten in the first round of the 765,000-euro ATP event here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand fiasco
English football chiefs were considering Tuesday whether to charge Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand with failing to take a drugs test.
 arrow Football: Kaka steals the limelight
He may have only played a handful of games, but Kaka has already made an impact at AC Milan.
 arrow Football: She told them to stop
The soccer "gang rape" girl has given police the names of three Premiership stars she says attacked her.

Two reportedly play for the same club and the other is a Chelsea footballer.

 arrow Football: England do the expected
England dropped Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand for Saturday's crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey because he failed to take a drugs test.
 arrow Football: Gunes no British fan
Turkey coach Senol Gunes has hit out at the British media for fanning the flames ahead of Saturday's potentially explosive Euro 2004 qualifier with England.
 arrow Football: Irish revolution at MU?
Manchester United were at the centre of fresh takeover rumours on Tuesday after it was confirmed that a pair of Irish racehorse tycoons had doubled their stake in the English Premiership champions.
Politicalarrow Alliance rally today to mark two-year rule
The BNP-led four-party alliance will hold a 'grand' public meeting at Paltan Maidan this afternoon marking its two-year rule.
 arrow Shibir files murder case against JCD in Kushtia shootout
Two separate cases were filed with Kushtia Sadar police yesterday in connection with Monday's gunbattle between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on Kushtia Polytechnic Institute
Metropolitanarrow Hearing resumes
Hearing in the sensational Laxmipur BNP leader Nurul Islam murder case resumed after 15 days at the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Disaster Mitigation Day today
The International Disaster Mitigation Day will be observed across the country as elsewhere in the world today.
 arrow Failure to play nat'l anthem at CPA confce condemned
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday termed the failure of playing the national anthem at the inaugural ceremony of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in the city as an ill
 arrow CPB protest rally today
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will organise mass processions in all district headquarters today to protest 'misrule' of the BNP-Jamaat government.
 arrow Dilip made LDF coordinator
General Secretary of Bangladesher Sammyabadi Dal (ML) Dilip Barua will act as central coordinator of the Left Democratic Front for next three months, effective from yesterday.
Nationalarrow Probe an eyewash to save Imam's killers, son claims
Police are playing a 'foul game' with Khulna Awami League leader Manjurul Imam murder case to 'protect the killers and masterminds', his son has alleged.
 arrow 'We will give life, not playground'
Hundreds of people from Gilondo village including school students, teachers and women on Monday marched the streets of Manikganj town and held a rally in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office protesting
 arrow BCL leader acquitted in arms case
Rajshahi Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on Monday acquitted a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of opposition Awami League, in an arms case filed during the Operation Clean Heart.
 arrow Rally, sit-in before DC's office held, hartal today
Hundreds people led by political leaders held a rally at Fulchari upazila headquarters on Monday and marched up to the Deputy Commissioner's office in Gaibangha where they staged a sit-in protesting a
 arrow Two kidnapped, two shot in Rangamati
Gunmen allegedly belonging to Untied Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) swooped on Ghagra Bazar under Kawkhali thana, abducted two businessmen and shot two others Monday evening.
 arrow One gets life for killing wife
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here on Monday sentenced one person to life term imprisonment for killing his wife.
 arrow Smuggled sugar seized
Detective Branch (DB) police seized a truckload of smuggled Indian sugar at Nuniagari in Palashbari recently.
 arrow 3 car lifters caught
People caught three alleged members of a gang of car lifters at Bailor Mathbari on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway Sunday night.
 arrow Big catches of Hilsha
At last, at the end of the season, the Hilsha Mokam (Hilsha whole sale market) in Barisal port area has become lively again with plenty of the delicious fish from the sea.
 arrow Six pirates held from Kaptai lake
People caught six alleged pirates from Reserve Mukh area in Kaptai lake early morning Monday and handed them over to police.
 arrow Notorious drug dealer held again in Barisal
Police arrested notorious drug dealer of Barisal city Langra Saju and his close associate Mofiz on Sunday and recovered three and half kilograms of ganja and 19 bottles of Phensidyl from their possession.
 arrow One dies, 20 hurt in Bagerhat clash
A man was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of villagers over boat race at Bakpur Bazaar in Sadar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Two adulterated kerosene sellers arrested: Tank lorry seized
Shahjadpur police on Sunday arrested two kerosene sellers and seized one tank lorry from Baghabari river port oil depot area.
Culturearrow Local handicrafts speak of heritage
Following the inauguration of the 26th regional conference of World Craft Council Asia Pacific (WCCAP) on October 6 at Gazipur, National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) began a splendid display of
 arrow Bhager Manush-a historical play
Shomoy, a theatrical group, displayed its 26th production Bhager Manush. It has been adapted from a short story entitled 'Tobatek Singh' by Hindi writer Sadad Hassan Manto.
 arrow Long-awaited Ohom
A masterwork of the Watson Brothers and the most awaited album of 2003, Ohom was originally supposed to hit the market by early August. The compilation however made its way on September 22.
 arrow Amar Chhobi on channel-i
The popular Channel-i programme Amar Chhobi that deals with the actors, directors and musicians related with the film industry of the country is going to telecast three consecutive episodes featuringthe
Generalarrow Poor power distribution major problem for industrial growth
Energy experts at a seminar yesterday identified poor power distribution as the major problem in ensuring reliable electricity as well as industrial growth in the country.
 arrow Fake certificates of education boards recovered
Police recovered fake certificates of different education boards and the National University and certificate-making equipment from a house in the town and arrested four people, including a master roll
 arrow Resist 'misrule'of govt: 11 Party
Leaders of the left leaning 11-party alliance yesterday called on the people to launch a resistance against 'misrule' of the government, political repression and the activities of the communal forces.
 arrow One gets life
The District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday sentenced a person to life rigorous imprisonment for killing a boy 16 years ago.
 arrow Train derails
At least ten passengers were injured when three compartments of a shuttle train derailed at Gualondo Station yesterday morning.

Police said the compartments derailed due to faulty rail tracks.

Internationalarrow UN unmoved by US draft resolution for troops, cash
The UN Security Council was unmoved Monday by a US draft resolution seeking cash and troops, while Turkey's government opted to deploy soldiers in Iraq.
 arrow Asean says goodbye to Mahathir
Southeast Asian leaders including a tearful Indonesian president paid tribute yesterday to one of their most forceful and outspoken colleagues, veteran Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, at his
 arrow Qorei makes truce with Israel his top priority
New Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei told AFP yesterday that he would make the pursuit of a mutual ceasefire with Israel the main goal of his government.
 arrow S Korea, China, Japan agree to reduce arms
South Korea, China and Japan agreed to cooperate in reducing their countries' military weapons in a landmark step to alleviate security tension in Northeast Asia when their top leaders held trilateral
 arrow 16 more killed in Kashmir explosion, shootouts
Five Indian soldiers, eight rebels and three civilians were killed in a bomb explosion on a key road and shootouts around Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Gaddafi deserts Arabs
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, once a devoted and energetic champion of Arab unity, announced this weekend his definitive separation from the Arabs, whom he heavily criticized.
 arrow Turkey to send troops to reluctant Iraq
Turkey's parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday to allow troops to be sent to Iraq, a move that could lead to the first major contingent of Muslim peacekeepers there.
 arrow Mortar hits Iraq's foreign ministry compound
Iraq's foreign ministry compound was hit last morning by a mortar shell, minutes before a firefight broke out between US soldiers and gunmen, witnesses and officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Businessmen's insecurity
In broad daylight on Monday, armed muggers grabbed the entire salary package of Gems sweater factory's employees being carried by two top executives of the company riding a car.
 arrow Editorial: CPA conference
The mess up with our national anthem and the improper hoisting of some national flags have not only reinforced the impression of inadequate preparation, but have also brought considerable shame on the
 arrow Consensus or confrontation: Which way we go?
For too long and on too many issues of critical national importance, Bangladesh politics remained sharply divided. Political dissent is natural in a democratic setup.
 arrow The "honour and dignity of the Bush White House"
The Bush administration is in serious trouble. Bush ran for the presidency promising to "restore honour and dignity to the White House.
 arrow By the people... for the people...
The human thirst for power is a persistent reality.
Letters to Editorarrow Electronic ballots: What should Bangladesh do?
India's expertise with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) is being watched with great interest by countries such as Malaysia and the U.K. with a view to introducing similar systems in their countries.
 arrow If CPA conference were held abroad!
In my opinion, the main reason for which the opposition Awami League (AL) is not joining the CPA conference is to prove to the world that the present BNP government is not democratic (which I partially
 arrow CPA and our image as a nation
The decision of the Awami League to boycott the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka has raised a question regarding the image of the country.
 arrow Smooth racket at Dhaka Airport
On 5th October, I arrived from Calcutta by Biman's evening flight at around 7:45 p.m.
 arrow Views on US elections
For the third day running (Oct. 4,5,6) we have been subjected to an extended (though very well-written) discussion by Mr.
 arrow Street cesspool and Mayor Khoka
Streets of Dhaka won't be rivers again if freedom fighter Khoka bhai makes a win. But, ironically, it already has happened to some of the streets in the city.
 arrow "Sex education at schools"
This is with reference to "sex education at schools", a proposal put forward by Dr. Rahim and Tirtho Mahmood through their letters published in the DS recentley. Mr.
 arrow For and against holidays on Saturday-Sunday
As the second anniversary of the assumption of power by the four-party alliance draws closer, people are expecting many more reforms in our national life.
 arrow Political leadership failed us
As a citizen-voter for several decades, I am not at all happy with the current political culture and the performance of individual politicians, regardless of their political affiliation.
 arrow Arifa gets back
At last Arifa, the abducted two-year-old, got back home and this incident will be remembered as a symbol of warm bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh.
StarTecharrow New entrepreneurship plan in the wings
COMPUTER Graphics and Design (CGD), a member of BASIS and ICT Incubator, announced the launching of e-Accounting Services, at a press conference on "Prospects & Barriers of e-Accounting in Bangladesh",
 arrow Make online friends on home front
Agroup of eight young IT-enthusiasts, studying at different universities, launched a website on October 1. Co-designed by Imagine Graphics www.bondhu.
 arrow ICT journalists identify problems of information society
Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF) organised a seminar on "Role of media on Information Society: Perspective Bangladesh" on October 3 at the IDB conference room.
Star Chittagongarrow Auto-rickshaws fight for CNG
The compressed natural gas (CNG)-run vehicles in the port city are facing a great trouble as the lone filling station can hardly cope with the need for daily fuel supply.
 arrow Open air bar at Patenga sea beach
A boom in illegal liquor business is quite visible as hundreds of boozers crowd the open air bar at Patenga sea beach.
 arrow Chandgaon RA: A world by itself
Only recently did it come to my knowledge that the abducted businessman Jamaluddin, who is not yet released, has his residence at Chandgaon.
Star Cityarrow Local passports for foreigners!
A number of 'foreigners' have 'somehow' obtained Bangladeshi passports from the Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) and are now living in and around the city, according to immigration sources.
 arrow Power holders share the business booty
More than 30 flower and food shops are illegally operating their businesses on public land at the Shahbagh intersection with direct help from the DCC officials and the local commissioner.
 arrow I am unlucky to have such a case,IO now says
The investigating officer in the Dr Shajahan murder case has officially asked the higher authorities to 'advise' how to proceed in the case, Mohammadpur thana sources confirmed.
 arrow October braces for rain
Surprised a bit seeing rain in this season? Don't worry, the shower will pass over by noon the day after tomorrow.
 arrow One-stop cell fails to tame wild road diggers
Despite existence of the One Stop Cell, unplanned road digging in the city is continuing.
 arrow Education still bows out to superstition in Old Dhaka
Many females in the old town are deprived of academic education due to negligence and cultural practice of their parents who stick with the superstition not to educate the females.
 arrow Training to develop eco-assessment mechanism
Training in integrated environmental assessment will provide a mechanism to analyse the environmental aspect of Dhaka city and identify areas of intervention, Environment and Forest Minister ShajahanSiraj