Vol. 4 Num 142 Thu. October 16, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Rokan divulges judge's name
President of Supreme Court Bar Association Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud yesterday named Syed Shahidur Rahman as the judge to have allegedly taken money from a person for fixing bail.
 arrow Gaza blast hits US convoy, kills 3
A roadside bomb ripped through a US diplomatic convoy in the Gaza Strip yesterday, killing three American security men in the first attack on US officials in three years of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
 arrow Graft eats away 5pc of public buying budget
Corruption eats up 10-15 per cent of the country's $3 billion public procurement budget, leading to the loss of scarce resources and the deterioration the investment climate, World Bank and ADB officials
 arrow Khaleda calls for floating Islamic common market
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called for establishing Islamic common market through forging an effective partnership between the governments and the private sectors.
 arrow Govt takes steps for one-stop land registration
Landowners in six upazilas under six divisions would be permitted to pay their land development tax in commercial banks from January 1 under reforms aimed at simplifying the land law.
 arrow Rokia, Sheraton win AmCham business awards
Rokia Afzal Rahman, a leading entrepreneur, and Dhaka Sheraton Hotel have won the annual business awards of American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham).
 arrow Repair battered Mohakhali road
The Traffic Department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has finally asked the authorities to repair the rundown road at Mohakhali, which it says is clogging traffic at the intersection.
 arrow Women students confine JU VC, pro-VCs for water crisis at 3 halls
Hundreds of women students of Jahangirnagar University yesterday confined the vice-chancellor, two pro-VCs and the treasurer to the JU administrative building for three hours during a frenzied demonstration
 arrow JS body fears fallout from river-link plan
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed deep concern at a giant Indian river-link project to re-channel waters of transboundary rivers that it worries would pose serious threats to Bangladesh.
 arrow Absence of written order led to anthem glitch
Technicians could not play the national anthem on audio at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference, as the parliament secretariat did not inform Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre
 arrow 'Besieged' Muslims gather for biggest summit since 9/11
A sense of siege pervaded this designer-city of domes and spires as the world's Muslim leaders gathered for a summit opening today in the shadow of a war on terrorism which many see as a war on Islam.
 arrow OIC set to come up with Iraq document
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is set to come up with a separate document just on Iraq, after two days of intense lobbying and debate by the foreign ministers.
 arrow Shift navy ships from channel
The sensitive Bangladesh Navy fleet and valuable equipment should be shifted from the vulnerable Chittagong Port channel to avoid further risk from reckless vessel movement and collision.
 arrow Revenue target falls Tk 38.57cr short for low imports
As imports of a number of commodities have been lower than the projection, the government's targeted revenue collection in the first three months of the current fiscal falls Tk 38.57 crore short.
 arrow 8-hour hartal in Ctg today
The Greater Chittagong Devel-opment Action Committee (GCDAC) enforces an eight-hour hartal in the district from 6.00am today.
 arrow Onion price shoots 49pc
The prices of onion leapt 49 percent last month, according to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).

The TCB also reported an increase of 4.65 percent in the prices of soybean, 9.

 arrow 20 hurt as students, transport workers clash
At least 20 were injured and five buses damaged during a clash between students and transport workers at the central bus stand in the town yesterday morning.
 arrow JU teachers go on strike demanding VC's removal
The Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (Juta) on Tuesday decided to indefinitely boycott all classes and examinations of the university to press their two-point demand including removal of
 arrow Three to die for killing businessman at Savar
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Dhaka, yesterday sentenced three people, two in absentia, to death for killing a businessman at Savar in 2001.
 arrow Another anti-crime drive in S-W region starts today
A special anti-crime drive with a 'different modus operandi' is likely to be launched midnight tonight in the south-west to nab 'extremists and hardened criminals' and recover illegal arms, a highly placed
 arrow World White Cane Day

 arrow Transit passengers throu' UK will need visa
Nationals of the 44 countries including Bangladesh will require visa to transit through the UK, said a British High Commission press release yesterday.
 arrow Some Indian states favour river project
New Delhi has claimed several Indian states favour the multibi-llion-dollar project for linking rivers across the country.
 arrow Author with murky past wins Booker
Controversial author DBC Pierre, better known for his murky past than his writing prowess, on Tuesday won the Booker prize, one of the world's top literary awards for fiction, for his debut novel "Vernon
 arrow New US resolution on Iraq heads for split vote
The UN Security Council appeared headed toward a split vote on Wednesday on a US-drafted resolution aimed at getting international approval for the American-led occupation and reconstruction of Iraq.
 arrow 8-hr hartal in Sylhet today
The Arpita Sampatti Ain Pratirodh Andolan (vested property law resistance movement) called an 8-hour hartal today in Sylhet division to press home its demand.
 arrow Guard killed inside Agrani Bank
Unidentified assailants stabbed and strangled a security guard of Agrani Bank inside its Chakbazar branch in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Plastic industry zone to get govt funding
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday assured the plastic goods manufacturers and exporters of providing financial support from the government in setting up a separate zone for plastic
 arrow Regional trade needs policy support
Businesspeople from Bangladesh and north-eastern India have stressed the need for policy support, improved infrastructures and removal of tariff and non tariff barriers to boost regional trade between
 arrow LC margin relaxed by 50pc on 56 categories of items
Bangladesh Bank yesterday relaxed letter of credit (LC) margin by 50 per cent on 56 categories of essential and consumer items.
 arrow Grameen milk
Grameen Dugdha, pasteurised milk produced by a sister concern of Grameen Bank, was formally launched yesterday as a further expansion of the bank's poverty alleviation programme in the rural areas.
 arrow Navana becomes NEC Computers' sole distributor
Navana has become the sole distributor of NEC computers in Bangladesh.
 arrow Pharmaco Int'l, Glen Copel sign agreements
Pharmaco International Limited signed agreements with Glen Copel Pharmaceuticals Inc USA, recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Two bids of one-day tenor amounting to Tk 85.

 arrow US mulls free trade deal with Sri Lanka
The United States is impressed with Sri Lanka's commitment to economic reform and Washington will consider the island's request for a free trade agreement, a visiting top US trade official said here Wednesday.
 arrow India, Sri Lanka to work on broader economic pact
The prime ministers of India and Sri Lanka will discuss a comprehensive economic partnership to boost their already ballooning bilateral trade, India's Foreign Minister Yaswant Sinha said here Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hoping for a sporting pitch
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said that the drawn first practice match gave little indication of how tough an opponent England would be when the first Test begins here on October 21.
 arrow Cricket: Muntasir gets his chance
The national selectors had a last moment change of heart yesterday and included off spinner Fahim Muntasir in the Bangladesh A team for today's three-day practice match against touring England.
 arrow Cricket: Johnson could play
Richard Johnson is expected to play his first match on England's tour when the side begin a three-day match against Bangladesh A on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricket resumes today
After eight days of break because of rain, the preliminary round of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship resumes at nine venues across the country today.
 arrow Cricket: India without Ganguly
India captain Saurav Ganguly was on Wednesday ruled out of the second and final cricket Test against New Zealand here following surgery on his left thigh to remove an abscess.
 arrow RC Cola & Mum official drinks
RC Cola and mineral water brand Mum will be the official drinks during the forthcoming Standard Chartered Test and one-day series between Bangladesh and England.
 arrow Probe body in M'singh
A one-member investigation committee of police department, headed by Adl DIG Hassan Mahmud Khondaker, into the police harassment of former national cricketer Saiful Islam arrived here yesterday morning.
 arrow Chess: Niaz, Zia share lead
Grand Masters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman earned maximum 3 points each after the end of the third round games in the Tata International Open Chess tournament on Tuesday, now being held at the Tata Sports
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
Dhaka, Kushtia, Rajshahi and Khulna DSAs won their respective matches in the opening day of the Pepsi Inter-District Men's Volleyball Championship at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday..
 arrow Cricket: Moin back in Pakistan fold
Batsman Yousuf Youhana will lead a depleted Pakistan in the first Test against South Africa after Inzamamul Haq was ruled out through injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Smith: born to be leader
When Graeme Smith was appointed South Africa's youngest ever cricket captain at the age of 22 in March, critics dismissed him as too young and too inexperienced.
 arrow Cricket: Australia name India tour side
Senior batsman Darren Lehmann has been dropped from Australia's one-day cricket squad for the triangular series against India and New Zealand that begins later this month, it was announced Wednesday.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Abahani Krira Chakra, Youngster, Surf Netting and Bangladesh Biman (Red) won their respective matches of the AB Bank Metropolis Women's Table Tennis League at the wooden floor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Div I kabadi
Title aspirant Brothers Union registered a 88-49 victory over Dhaka Wanderers Club with three lonas in the First Division Kabadi League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Nat'l basketball
Bangladesh Army outplayed Narail DSA 117-24 in the inaugural match of the 24th National Basketball Championship at the Khulna District Sports Association (KDSA) gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Club not on his side too
Under-fire Turkish defender Alpay has been rested by his English Premiership club Aston Villa for Sunday's derby match with Birningham.
 arrow Football: Grotesque golden goal!
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has labelled the golden goal as ridiculous, claiming it deprives the spectators of further goals and excitement in extra-time.
 arrow Football: FIFA watching FA
World football officials have warned that Rio Ferdinand will be punished if the English Football Association lets the Manchester United star off for missing a drugs test.
 arrow Football: Draw takes Chelsea atop
Chelsea leapfrogged Arsenal to go to the top of the Premiership on Tuesday despite being held to a goalless draw by Birmingham.
Politicalarrow Hartal called in Rangpur today to protest BCL man's killing
Rangpur district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will enforce a day-long hartal in the town today protesting the brutal murder of its activist Rashidul Islam Hitler by Chhatra Shibir cadres on
Nationalarrow Most students welcome but Shibir opposes
The revised grading in examination in Chittagong University has evoked a mixed reaction from students.
 arrow Deadly price for not supporting a ruling party leader
An Awami League activist, tortured allegedly by a local BNP leader in Bagerhat, is now fighting for life at the Khulna Medical College Hospital.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 7 more in Bogra and Lalmonirhat
Seven more people have died from diarrhoea and over 300 are suffering from the disease in Bogra and Lalmonirhat districts.
 arrow 'NGOs should do more for poverty alleviation'
A three-day Odhikar and Unnayan Sammilan (Meeting on Rights and Development) began at the Muslim Hall in the port city on Tuesday.
 arrow Road mishap kills cop, injures magistrate
A policeman was killed and five others including a magistrate were critically injured in a road accident near Golakata bridge on the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway in Boraigram in Natore Tuesday morning.
 arrow 15 hurt as BNP groups clash in Magura
At least 15 people were injured, six of them seriously, in a clash between two factions of BNP at Kukila village in Magura Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Water crisis grips Gopalganj town
About one and a half lakh people of Gopalganj town have been suffering from acute crisis of drinking water.
 arrow Sramik Dal activists ransack Ctg station manager's office
Some railway employees, reportedly belonging to Railway Shramic Dal (RSD),an employees union aligned to ruling BNP, ransacked the office of the station manager at Chittagong railway station Monday night
 arrow Netrakona BNP confce today
After 12 years the second annual conference of the Netrakona district unit of BNP will be held today at Mohua auditorium in the town.
 arrow PIB workshop for Rangamati newsmen
A five-day workshop on Child and Woman Affairs for the working journalists of Rangamati district began at Rangamati Press Club yesterday.
 arrow Nursing Instt students begin 72-hr strike
Students of Chittagong Nursing Institute (CNI) began a 72-hour strike yesterday demanding stoppage of appointment of nurses passing out from non-government institutes in government jobs.
 arrow Conjoined babies die
The two conjoined babies born at Brahmabaria town on Monday died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) in Dhaka, 15 hours after their birth.
 arrow HSC examinee commits suicide
A student committed suicide after failing in the HSC examination this year.

The incident took place at West Sujankati village in Agailjhara thana on Monday.

Culturearrow Modernist of the '60s
Eminent novelist-poet-journalist Razia Khan Amin is the latest inclusion to the line of women writers par excellence to be awarded the Anannya Literature Award 1410.
 arrow The stars of tomorrow
The Lux-Anandadhara Miss Bangladesh Photogenic contest has brought beauty and glamour within the reach of innumerable young women in the country.
 arrow Samar Das remembered
Samar Das, one of the most celebrated music directors of our country composed countless number of inspiring and spirited songs of our Liberation War.
 arrow Sargam steps into it's 7th year
To mark its 7th publication anniversary, Sargam--the only regular magazine on music in the country, observed a daylong programme at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club on October 10, says a press
Generalarrow Canada relaxes immigration process
Canada has relaxed its immigration process by fixing pass mark required for migration at 67 from 75.
 arrow Govt using judiciary to harass opposition
Speakers at a meting here yesterday criticised the coalition government led by BNP for backtracking from its election pledge on the separation of judiciary from the executive.
 arrow 'Reform edn system'
Education system in both the developed and developing countries has been under a process of reform because of technological changes, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow DU Mourning Day
Dhaka University yesterday observed Mourning Day with due solemnity remembering the tragic death of 39 students, employees and guests who were killed in a building collapse at Jagannath Hall on thisday
 arrow Lawyers form human chain on SC premises
Lawyers formed a human chain on the Supreme Court premises yesterday as part of their month-long agitation to press home its demands.
 arrow World Food Day today
World Food Day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere across the world with a call for international alliance in the fight against hunger.
 arrow Programmes to observe Nov 7
The government has drawn up an elaborate programme to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7 with due respect and enthusiasm.
 arrow GMG to operate additional Dhaka-Ctg flights
The GMG Airlines will operate additional flights on Dhaka-Chittagong route for next ten days from today, says a press release.

Flight No. Z5-105 will leave Dhaka at 11.

 arrow German military team due today
A German military delegation, led by Vice Chief of Defence of the Armed Forces of Germany Lt Gen (GS) Dirk BOECKER, arrives here today on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow 1545 more held
Police arrested 1545 people, including five listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
 arrow Shoilee Kids Festival today
The "Shoilee Kids Festival-2003" will be held at the JM Sen Hall in the port city today.

Professor Dr. Anupam Sen of Chittagong University will be present at the function as chief guest.

 arrow Mofazzal Karim becomes high commissioner to UK
Retired secretary AH Mofazzal Karim has been appointed the next high commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom.

Mofazzal was born in Moulvibazar district in 1941.

 arrow Tk 5.5 lakh medicine haul at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday seized contraband medicine reportedly worth about Tk 5.5 lakh from two Bangladeshi citizens.
Internationalarrow Shirin Ebadi says fight for rights will go on
Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi yesterday shrugged off Iranian government warnings and criticism from hardliners, vowing her struggle for democracy and human rights would continue.
 arrow Excitement marks China's first manned space mission
Passers-by stopped in their tracks, commuters brought their bicycles to a halt and those on lunch breaks postponed meals as people learning of China's first manned space flight glued their eyes to television
 arrow US blocks action on Israeli 'wall'
The United States has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel's controversial West Bank barrier.
 arrow NATO launches new global response force
NATO inaugurated yesterday a rapid response force designed to dramatically extend the military alliance's reach in the global fight against terrorism.
 arrow Liberia's new leader says "war is over"
Businessman Gyude Bryant was sworn in as Liberia's new interim leader on Tuesday and vowed to turn the page on the war-torn west African country's bloody past.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hospitals running without drugs?
The healthcare system has been pushed to a crisis that could easily have been avoided with minimal coordination on the part of the health and planning ministries.
 arrow Editorial: Save Buriganga
The river Buriganga is being squeezed from both sides as the number of identified illegal structures, encroaching deep on the riverbed, has gone up to 890 from 304 in 2001.
 arrow 'Food security' saddled with loopholes
The food prices have gone ballistic. What seemed like a creeping upward spiral only days ago has shown quantum jumps lately, making life miserable for the fixed income earners.
 arrow A historic Compromise?
The latest byelections to India's Lok Sabha from Solapur in Maharashtra and Ernakulam in Kerala, have shaken up party-political equations.
 arrow Is Schwarzenegger Enron's nine billion dollar man?
Conventional wisdom has it that a combination of voter disgust with the politics-as-usual administration of outgoing governor Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power and political backing were
Letters to Editorarrow "Maoist's withdrawal from peace talks..."
This is to express my thanks to ambassador of the Nepal for correcting some portions of my article on Nepal, vide his letter published in the Daily Star on 13 October 2003.
 arrow OIC should persuade Mahathir
Dr Mahathir Muhammad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, having shown great statesmanship and earning global admiration, has declared his intention to retire from the post he is holding for the last 22 years
 arrow CPA and our image abroad
If the leader of the Opposition, Sheikh Hasina, has damaged the image of her country by not attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference, the ruling party, BNP, has done no less a damage.
Focusarrow Only possesion of nuclear weapon can stop unilateral attacks!
Prime Minister Tony Blair told the members attending the Labour Party's last Annual Conference that "I can only go one way. I've not got a reverse gear".
 arrow First Muslim woman Nobel laureate
The Iranian female human rights activist Shirin Ebadi (56) suddenly became a celebrity all over the world on October 10.
 arrow Communication in organisation
For the manager of any organisation, communication is inevitable. In fact, his achievements, successes and failures depend much on how effective he has been in communicating with his men.