Volume 4 Number 147 Tue. October 21, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Delhi counters as Dhaka presses for lifting barriers
India yesterday made a counterpoint that its products were facing restrictions on the next-door market after Dhaka urged New Delhi at a meeting here to remove 15 non-tariff barriers its exporters arefacing.
 arrow CJ sends file to president
Chief Justice KM Hasan yesterday referred the allegation of corruption against a High Court judge to President Iajuddin Ahmed.
 arrow Take stern action to realise Tk 358cr bills
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the post and telecommunications ministry to take trident measures, including legal action, to realise Tk 358 crore bills in arrears.
 arrow Hasina blames PM for anarchy
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down hard on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for her Sunday's comment blaming the opposition for spreading anarchy, and counter-blamed the rise in crimes
 arrow Moulavibazar gas purchase sales deal signed finally
Petrobangla and US oil company Unocal finally signed a gas purchase sales agreement (GPSA) yesterday for supply of gas from the Moulavibazar field after tough negotiations spanning over a month.
 arrow Manpower export set to get new shot in arm
Manpower exports are set to get a shot in the arm as cabinet members of two major importing countries are coming to Dhaka to sign agreements and hold talks on recruitment this week.
 arrow US has no plan to invade N Korea
President George W Bush said yesterday that the United States had no intention of invading North Korea and might give Pyongyang security assurances to end its nuclear weapons programme.
 arrow Israel strikes Gaza thrice, 3 killed
Unleashing three air strikes in less than four hours Monday, Israel killed at least two Hamas members and a bystander and destroyed a suspected rocket factory run by the Islamic militant group.
 arrow Sierra Leone president due today
Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.

President Iajuddin Ahmed will receive the Sierra Leone leader at Zia International Airport.

 arrow Tigers bubble with belief
Bangladesh's confidence will be at an all-time high when they take on touring England in the first ever Test between the two sides at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Deja Vu

 arrow Prices of essentials spiral out of control
With the advent of Ramadan, the price of essentials has once again spiralled out of control.
 arrow Saifur's wife dies
Durre Samad Rahman, wife of Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman, died at their Gulshan residence yesterday evening at 63.

She was suffering from cancer, her family sources said.

 arrow Over 25 states back Dhaka's run for OIC top job
Bangladesh has obtained formal support from more than 25 Muslim nations for its candidature for the next secretary generalship of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Work on maiden tech-park begins
Work on the Tk 251 crore Bangladesh's first technology park has started with the Gazipur district administration's initiation of a process to hand over 264 acres of land to the science, information and
 arrow Nurses under treatment asked to vacate cabins
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday asked nurses injured in last week's police clubbing to leave the cabins they are staying in for treatment.
 arrow Bangladesh fares low on RSF press freedom rating
Bangladesh ranked 143rd on a list 166 nations in press freedom status published yesterday by Paris-based group Reporters without Borders (RSF) that singled out Asia for its catastrophic record.
 arrow Cells suggested at ZIA, home ministry to help foreign investors
A taskforce to identify impediments to investment yesterday recommended setting up of a cell at Zia International Airport and another at the home ministry to help foreign investors as soon as they enter
 arrow ETV yet to get back equipment
The Ekushey Television (ETV) is yet to get back its transmission equipment, as the government took no step even after the verdict of the court.
 arrow Stranded vehicles at Paturia ferried across Padma
All vehicles stranded at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry terminals over the last three days have been ferried across the Padma after waiting in long queues due to disruption in ferry services, official sources
 arrow Pirates torch 20 houses in Laxmipur
Pirates belonging to Jahangir Bahini on Sunday attacked a village and torched about 20 houses in Boyar Char, 80km from the district headquarters.
 arrow Hearing on frigate case adjourned till Nov 5
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till November 5 the hearing on the framing of charge against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and five other accused in the frigate purchase graft case.
 arrow Govt body questions Bhorer Kagoj reporter
A government-formed information clarification committee yesterday quizzed North Bengal Correspondent of the Bhorer Kagoj Parimal Majumder in connection with a July 9 report on smuggling of ammunitioninto
Businessarrow Electronic transactions of treasury bills begin
Electronic transactions of treasury bills and other government securities through central depository system began yesterday.
 arrow Professional management a must for RMG industry
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday observed that ready made garment industry of Bangladesh must improve management efficiency to manufacture cost-effective products .
 arrow Evermarch to set up toner, ink plant in Bangladesh
Evermarch Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a leading computer accessory company, has decided to set up an ink and toner manufacturing plant in Bangladesh.
 arrow Fruit import thru' land ports falls as customs vigilance up
Import of fruits from neighbouring India and Bhutan through the land ports has fallen drastically following strict vigilance of the customs against duty evasion.
 arrow Dhaka Bank, EBL to lend Tk 250m to Malek Spinning
Dhaka Bank Limited and Eastern Bank Limited have agreed to provide Malek Spinning Mills Limited with Tk 250 million term loan.
 arrow Emirates readies sales force for business growth
Emirates Airline is preparing its sales force to manage the planned growth of its business in the near future, while offering the highest standards of service to customers in the aviation industry.
 arrow Mitsubishi Outlander
Rangs Limited, sole distributor of Mitsubishi vehicle in Bangladesh, has introduced a new car --Mitsubishi Outlander.
 arrow Trust Bank opens branch at Dhanmondi
The Trust Bank Limited has opened a new branch at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

With this, the total number of branches of the bank stands at 13, says a press release.

 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow Australia sees export hike from Thai free trade pact
Australia hailed Monday the conclusion of a free trade pact with Thailand, saying the agreement with its 12th largest export market would significantly boost trade, particularly for its car and wine makers.
 arrow Asia, Americas urged to step up economic cooperation
Asia and the Americas are competitors in the economic arena but there is much the two sides can do together to push for free trade and stimulate closer trading ties, Mexico's President Vicente Fox said
 arrow Asia-Pacific leaders debate prickly globalisation issue
Asia-Pacific leaders debated the prickly issue of globalisation Monday amid growing economic and cultural divisions, with demands for global rules to be rewritten to aim for balanced growth.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers bolster bowling
Enamul Haque is set to become Bangladesh's 33rd Test cap when the first Test against England starts at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Hoping for happy hunting
Stephen Harmison is confident that the Bangladesh tour will improve him as a player and is eager to establish his place in the side.
 arrow Cricket: 25 called up for U-19 A Dev side
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has initially called up 25 players for the Under-19 A Development Squad camp to meet the ACC Under-19 Select Eleven which will tour Bangladesh next month.
 arrow Cricket: Comilla, Naogaon in zonal finals
Comilla and Naogaon entered the zonal finals of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship qualifying round after winning their respective matches yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Beware, Ashoka is here!
Ashoka de Silva will certainly be under the spotlight when the Sri Lankan umpire stands with Pakistan's Aleem Dar in the first Test between Bangladesh and England at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Drama before dull draw
Venkatsai Laxman slammed an unbeaten 67 to help India survive a Daryl Tuffey scare in the second and final cricket Test against New Zealand which ended in a draw here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav to miss start of ODIs
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly will miss the start of the one-day tri-series against Australia and New Zealand this week due to an infection in the groin area, it was announced on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan 24 runs away
Pakistan were on the brink of only their second Test win over South Africa after spinner Danish Kaneria and strike bowler Shoaib Akhtar wrecked their batting on the fourth day of the first Test on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies rush to victory
Matthew Hayden scored a quickfire unbeaten 101 as Australia raced to a nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe Monday with more than a day to spare in the second and final cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Streak brave in defeat
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said inexperience cost his team an outside chance of beating Australia in the second and final Test that ended on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram joins 'Few Good Men'
Too many one-day internationals are leaving players "stale, bored and injured," according to former Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram.
 arrow Volleyball: Dhaka, Rajbari lift titles
Dhaka DSA clinched the men's title while Rajbari DSA won the women's crown in the Pepsi Inter-District Volleyball Championship at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: BU in kabadi final
Title aspirant Brothers Union moved into final of the First Division Kabadi League beating Bangladesh Bank by 89-50 points at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Tata Open chess
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman earned seven points while Grand Master Niaz Murshed and Saifuddin Lovlu got 6.
 arrow Handball: Delta Life h'ball
Badrunnessa, Bangladesh Rifles and Holly Cross Colleges won their respective matches in the opening day of the Delta Life Handball Championship at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Abahani Krira Chakra, Biman (Red), Azimpur Young Star and Biman (Green) won their respective matches in the AB Bank Metropolis Table Tennis League at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Ferrero the master
Juan Carlos Ferrero easily defeated Chile's Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to lift the 2.45-million-euro Masters title here which confirmed his place at the top of the tennis world.
 arrow Football: Vintage Valencia
Unbeaten Valencia returned to the top of the Spanish first division after a hiatus of less than 24 hours after they thrashed Espanyol 4-0 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Pirlo Milan's hero
A scrambled first-half goal by Andrea Pirlo gave AC Milan a 1-0 win against Lazio at the San Siro and took the European champions level on points with Juventus at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Zacc has high hopes
New Inter Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni is confident he can halt the club's slide and put the fallen giants back among Serie A's title contenders.
 arrow Football: Villa open away account
Aston Villa collected their first away point of the season with a goalless draw in a massive anti-climax of a Midlands derby with Birmingham City on Sunday.
Politicalarrow Bagerhat BNP names 24 AL godfathers
Bagerhat district BNP has announ-ced a list of 24 Awami League (AL) leaders branding them as godfathers.
 arrow Five hurt in JCD factional fight in Khulna
Five people were injured during a fierce clash between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the Azam Khan Commerce College campus at 12:30pm yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Jail Killing Case resumes after 8 months
The Jail Killing Case resumed yesterday after an eight-month stay, with the prosecution submitting a petition seeking further adjournment of the hearing for four weeks.
 arrow 'Criminal' shot dead
Unidentified assailants gunned down an alleged criminal of Kafrul area at GMG intersection on Gulshan Link Road in Tejgaon last night.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea still beyond control in Nilphamari
Diarrhoea still remained out of control in Nilphamari district and an acute scarcity of IV saline aggravated the situation in Gaibandha district.
 arrow Feud in Sunamganj AL surfaces again
The internal feud in Sunamganj district Awami League (AL) has surfaced again with the rivalry between central leaders like Abdus Samad Azad and Suranjit Sengupta.
 arrow Truck loaded with cloth hijacked in Sirajganj
Armed robbers on Saturday night hijacked a truck loaded with cloth worth Tk 50 lakh on Sirajganj-Belkuchi road near Sarotia under Sadar upazila.
 arrow Rape of indigenous girl: 5 including 2 'rapist' cops closed to police line
Five persons including two police constables of Hatgangopara police investigation centre (HPIC), who were allegedly raped an indigenous girl on Friday were closed to Rajshahi police line.
 arrow JSD forms human chains
The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) on Sunday observed its seventh day of the countrywide human chain programme protesting the 'misrule' of the BNP-Jamaat coalition government.
Culturearrow Abdul Alim
Abdul Alim (1931-1974)a brilliant folk singer possessed a melodious and gifted voice which is yet to be surpassed by any other folksinger of our country. His presentation was simply magical.
 arrow Simple, subtle and suave
Talking about "Wounded Surface," an exhibition of paintings, installations and collage, Ina Rolshoven, a visiting artist from New York, who had her recent exhibit at "La Galerie", spoke at length about
 arrow "Abar Aranya" a cross-over production
Continued from yesterday

If Gautam Ghosh juxtaposes the past and the present in "Abar Aranye", Rituparno Ghosh turns the focus once again on his favourite subjectcomplex human relationships in

 arrow Recitation festival
Bangladesh Abritti Shamonnyoy Parishad organises 6th National Recitation Festival, 2003 on October 24-26, says a press release.
Generalarrow South Asian confce on sanitation begins today
A three-day South Asian Conference on Sanitation begins in the city today to discuss regional state of sanitation and hygiene, and generate political commitment that prioritises regional policy and targets.
 arrow SUST acting VC, teachers freed after 13 hrs of captivity
The acting vice-chancellor (VC) and members of the Academic Council of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) were freed after 13 hours of confinement inside the Administrative Building
 arrow Cops clueless whether Jamal alive or dead
The commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday said they are not certain whether abducted magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury is alive or dead.
 arrow 'Youth unemployment hampers development'
Unemployment of youth has emerged as a major problem that hampers the development of south Asian countries including Bangladesh, said Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk while inaugurating a conference
 arrow Jatiya Press Club urged to extend membership to all DUJ members
The Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) has urged the Jatiya Press Club authorities to extend its membership to all union members.
 arrow NDI team meets PM's political secretary
A three-member delegation of Washington-based international organisation National Democratic Institute (NDI) called on PM's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury at his office yesterday.
Internationalarrow Apec turning into a security forum, warns Mahathir
Outgoing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has warned the Apec forum is in danger of turning into a security grouping as the United States pushes for a greater military role in the region considered
 arrow Jakarta sees terror strike imminent
The threat of terror attacks in Indonesia is imminent with suspects who are still at large determined to commit further atrocities, the top security minister said yesterday.
 arrow Tigers to unveil power-sharing plan by end of month
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday announced they will unveil their first ever comprehensive power-sharing plan by the end of this month.
 arrow Saddam calls for Jihad in letter
The US-led coalition in Iraq faced the threat of more bloodshed after messages attributed to fugitive foes Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, as the post-war US combat death toll climbed to 103.
 arrow Arafat is 'impediment' to talks with Israel: Mofaz
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is "a serious impediment" to the development of peace in the Middle East, Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said Sunday, branding Palestinian politics "in crisis".
 arrow Iran reaches 'understanding' with IAEA for N-inspection
Talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have resulted in an "understanding" that could lead to the Islamic republic signing up to tougher inspections of its nuclear facilities,
 arrow US seeks to reassure donors ahead of Iraq reconstruction meet
The United States yesterday called on reluctant nations to give generously at this week's international donors conference for Iraqi reconstruction, with senior officials stressing that US-led occupation
 arrow Magician emerges after 44 days in box
New York magician David Blaine emerged Sunday from 44 days of isolation in a clear plastic box, 50 pounds lighter and buoyed by crowds celebrating the conclusion of his self-imposed starvation stunt.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Free press but fettered mediamen!
The speech of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at the two-year completion ceremony of the four-party alliance government has not gone down as a forward-looking address one would have expected it to be.
 arrow Editorial: Saluting the high achievers
It was a glittering gathering of brilliant, starry-eyed youngsters last Friday at Mirpur Indoor stadium.
 arrow The rumpus over the nukes
Last year in September the government of Tony Blair released the first of the two intelligence dossiers outlining the threats posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
 arrow Not by bread alone
IT is entirely a different Riyadh -- majestic, modern and mobile.
 arrow It's a pity Mahathir's true message didn't register
The recent speech made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to the OIC has touched off a firestorm of controversy in Europe and the US.
Letters to Editorarrow Attention, communication minister
I must thank Mr. Nazmul Huda for his brave decision on eliminating the two stroke baby-taxis from city roads.
 arrow Dream turned nightmare
I am a returnee probhahsi after spending decades in England. I came back to my homeland with high hopes to spend the remaining days of my life here.
Focusarrow Democracy debased
Democracy, the modern world's holy cow, is in crisis. And the crisis is a profound one. Every kind of outrage is being committed in the name of democracy.
 arrow A personal tribute to Edward Said
I first met Edward Said in Stockholm in 1991 at the Conference of Intellectuals arranged by SIDA. We were housed in Vor Gard Conference Centre of repute.

I saw him in the dining room.