Volume 4 Number 149 Thu. October 23, 2003    
 
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Front Pagearrow Dhaka-Delhi agree on FTA, more talks in Jan
Talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) ended here yesterday, with Dhaka and New Delhi deciding to meet again in January to sign the pact 'as early as possible'.
 arrow Freetown seeks investment in garment, textile
Dhaka and Freetown yesterday agreed to cooperate in various socio-economic fields, particularly in agriculture, trade and commerce.
 arrow Speech that won't bring the PM any credit
The prime minister's speech of last Sunday, marking the second anniversary of the coalition's rule, was both shocking and depressing. Shocking because of the language and depressing because of its content.
 arrow Encroachers come back as 112 more structures demolished
Many encroachers yesterday bounced back to reconstruct structures on the Buriganga banks, as the fourth day of a drive cleared 112 illegal houses and shops off the river that was losing out to persistent
 arrow Dhaka, KL ink MoU
Manpower export to Malaysia will resume shortly after a gap of around seven years under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur signed yesterday.
 arrow England call the shots
Wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud scored a gritty half-century to help Bangladesh post a face-saving total of 203 in their first innings, but it was the England openers who were calling the shots at the endof
 arrow Keep business above politics
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on the government to keep business above politics and solve entrepreneurs' problems urgently to ensure their greater contribution to development.
 arrow India's river-link plan also worries Nepal
Despite being an upper riparian country in South Asia, Nepal is no less worried than its downstream co-riparian Bangladesh about the planned multibillion-dollar river-link project (RLP) of the commonneighbour
 arrow Cry for son's return
The parents of a 10-year-old boy, smuggled into India and now sheltered in a Missionaries of Charity home in New Delhi, pleaded for the rescue of their son.
 arrow JS body skips gas export agenda
The parliamentary standing committee on the energy ministry did not discuss gas export at its meeting yesterday despite putting the issue on the agenda, saying the sensitive topic should be left withthe
 arrow Thousands in CHT living sans rations despite PM's order
A large number of indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are living below subsistence level without rations despite a prime ministerial directive.
 arrow Landmark Indian bid for Kashmir peace
India unveiled a significant peace move yesterday seeking direct talks with Kashmir separatists for the first time.
 arrow 2 raped in Satkhira
A teenage and a minor girls were raped by miscreants in two separate incidents over the last two days in Satkhira, police said.
 arrow 3 get life for killing Malaysian expatriate
Three persons yesterday received a life sentence for the murder of a Malaysian expatriate, Abdul Hye.
 arrow Bush praises Islam, slams extremists
The world's most populous Muslim nation was praised Wednesday by President Bush for supporting the war on terror, but he told Indonesia that Islamic extremists had defiled a great religion.
 arrow Iraq banking on donors' meet in Madrid
US overseer Paul Bremer and Iraqi officials were counting yesterday on the Madrid donors' conference to bring financial aid to help rebuild after decades of war and neglect under Saddam Hussein.
 arrow India offers olive branch to Pakistan
India, trying to revive a stalled peace process, yesterday offered to open new border crossings with Pakistan -- including one in disputed Kashmir.
 arrow JS body seeks ways to raise seed output
The parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry yesterday had a detailed discussion on enhancing public sector seed production and annual seed replacement rate (SRR).
 arrow Iran to submit nuclear papers
Iran is to give the United Nations nuclear watchdog documents on its nuclear programme, a top official says.

Abdollah Ramazanzadeh said the papers would be handed over on Wednesday night.

 arrow Second round of immunisation


 arrow Paturia-Daulatdia ferry terminals again jam-packed with vehicles
Hundreds of vehicles were again stuck in fresh traffic jams at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry terminals yesterday where an emergency is in place in the wake of falling water levels in the Padma posing serious
 arrow Manju asks for reform in caretaker govt system
Anwar Hossain Manju, chairman of a faction of the Jatiya Party (JP), yesterday demanded reform of the system of the caretaker government to ensure the next general elections free and fair.
 arrow Transport workers begin indefinite strike in Sylhet
Transport owners and workers of Sylhet district began an indefinite strike yesterday to press their 20-point demand after their 72-hour ultimatum went unheeded.
Businessarrow RMG industry needs code of conduct
State Minister for Labour and Employment Aman Ullah Aman yesterday underscored the need for formulating a code of conduct for apparel industry in Bangladesh to ensure compliance with the international
 arrow Ctg housing fair pulls huge crowd
A three-day housing fair that began in Chittagong on Tuesday pulled huge crowd yesterday with the participating companies expressing satisfaction over the overall response from the visitors.
 arrow Transcom Electronics annual dealers confce held
The annual dealers' conference of Transcom Electronics Limited, an enterprise of Transcom Group, was held yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Saving the blushes
Bangladesh wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud was yesterday delighted having scored his first Test half-century but the man from Rajshahi was unhappy not converting it into a hundred.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
John Snow has returned to Dhaka. The fiery English-man, now 60, owns and runs a travel agency.

These days he is so consumed in his work that he has little time to talk about cricket.

 arrow Cricket: 15 mins = 3 hrs !
The rain may have stayed away from the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday but it was still the talking point after Tuesday's 15-minute show.
 arrow Cricket: Sami doubtful for 2nd Test
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Sami is struggling to be fit for the second Test against South Africa starting on Friday in Faisalabad.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain of England
Nasser Hussain will always be known as the man who wore England on his shirt. But there comes a time when even patriotism cannot stand in the way of someone's destiny.
 arrow Cricket: India resume Test tie with Pakistan
India's cricket team is set to undertake its first Test tour of Pakistan in 14 years early next year after the government offered to restore full sporting ties between the arch-rivals.
 arrow Cricket: AIUB reach final round
American International University (AIUB) confirmed their place in the final round of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship by beating Dhaka University by 25 runs at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Cricket: 'It's tougher than WC'
Australia face a tougher challenge in the triangular tournament in India starting this week than they did in the World Cup, captain Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain forecast for TVS Cup opener
Hosts India hope to make amends for a disappointing Test series against New Zealand by beating the tourists in the opening match of the TVS Cup limited-overs triangular tournament on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad wary of Protea fightback
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad has warned his players to prepare for a strong fightback from South Africa in the second Test starting on Friday.
 arrow Football: Kiev punish Gunners
Maxim Shatskikh's volleyed goal and a schoolboy error by Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann earned Dynamo Kiev a 2-1 Champions League victory here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Moscow mauling for Inter
Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow recorded their first win in this season's Champions' League campaign, thrashing visitors Inter Milan 3-0 in their Group B match here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Juve masterclass
Juventus moved to the brink of the last 16 of the Champions League after defeating Real Sociedad 4-2 here on Tuesday to maintain their hundred per cent first phase record.
 arrow Football: Luyindula denies Bayern
A goal two minutes from time from substitute Peguy Luyindula gave French champions Lyon a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich here Tuesday as both sides kept up the pressure in the push for the knockout stages
 arrow Football: Magpies don't interest Kluivert
Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert said Tuesday he has no intention of leaving Barcelona to join English Premiership side Newcastle.

"I don't want to go to Newcastle. Please believe me.

 arrow Football: Shearer stars
Former England skipper Alan Shearer scored twice and set up another as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to beat Fulham 3-2 at Loftus Road in the English Premiership on Tuesday.
Metropolitanarrow Nat'l Primary Education Week begins
The National Primary Education Week-2003 began throughout the country yesterday amid enthusiasm and with a call for founding a strong base of primary schooling to ensure quality higher education.
 arrow Media enjoy full freedom
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday said the media is enjoying full freedom as newspapers publish news without any government interference.
 arrow 1932 more held
Police arrested 1932 more people, including six listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Systems loss down but consumers fear tariff hike
Transfer of electric supply authority from the Power Development Board to the private sector in Khulna-Barisal region has evoked mixed reaction from its staff and customers.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 2 more in Lalmonirhat, 300 sick in Mymensingh, Satkhira
Diarrhoea claimed two more lives in Lalmoniorhat and attacked at least 300 in Maymansingh and Satkhira in the last four days.
 arrow Diploma nursing students boycott class, hospital in B'baria
Diploma students of Brahmanbaria Nursing Institute yesterday began an indefinite class boycott and work abstention from Brahm-anbaria Sadar Hospital, protesting appointment of nurses from private institutes
 arrow 11 killers get life term in Nilphamari, Habiganj
Eleven persons on Tuesday were awarded life term imprisonment in two murder cases by two courts in Nilphamari and Habiganj.
 arrow Rally, procession held at RU
Rajshahi University Progotishil Sangskritik Jote (RUPSJ) on Tuesday brought out a silent procession to protest Monday's attack on a drama show, organised by Aunishilon Drama Group at Kazi Nazrul Islam
 arrow Long March reaches Magura
The Long March by the Oil-Gas-Port Protection National Committee reached Magura yesterday.
 arrow Flash flood washes away Tk 50 lakh fish in Patuakhali
Fishes worth over Tk 50 lakh have been washed away in seven upazilas of the district in flash floods following downpour in the last few days.
Culturearrow Tranquility leads to creativity: Shamsur Rahman
"Shamsur Rahman is deeply rooted in his own tradition and has given it a new dimension and a meaning, he has created an ethos which belongs indisputably to him."

Poet Shamsur Rahman turns 75 today.

 arrow Mukti--a Rangakarmee production
On an invitation from the Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble to participate in their festival, the famous Indian theatrical group Rangakarmee has displayed Mukti at the Public Library auditorium recently.
 arrow Padma Parer Meye on BTV
Padma Parer Meye is the story of a village girl Bashiron who, after the death of her parents, becomes completely helpless.
Generalarrow 'Form independent municipal commission'
The newly formed Municipal Association of Bangladesh (Mab)

yesterday urged the government to form an 'independent municipal commission' to ensure unhindered autonomy of the local governments.

 arrow Microcredit summit in Feb
Delegates from 35 countries will gather at a microcredit summit in Dhaka on February 16 next year to hammer the common millennium goal of halving poverty by 2015.
 arrow Onion prices dropping, claims govt
The market monitoring cell of the commerce ministry yesterday visited several city markets including Shyambazar, Karwan Bazar and Mohammadpur Krishi Market to observe prices of essentials, particularly
 arrow Demonstration against 'misrule' of govt today
Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolon, a front organisation of civil societies and NGOs, will demonstrate across the country today to protest 'misrule' of the BNP-Jamaat government.
 arrow HC dismisses appeal of acid thrower
The High Court yesterday dismissed appeal of an acid thrower and upheld the judgement of the trial court.
 arrow Shamsur Rahman's birth anniversary today
Today is the 75th birth anniversary of poet Samsur Rahman, says a press release.
 arrow Contractor shot dead in Khulna
Unidentified assailants yesterday gunned down a contractor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) in front of Mailapota Police Box.
Internationalarrow Israel defiant over wall
Israel vowed on Wednesday to press on with construction of its vast barrier in the West Bank despite a UN resolution condemning the project and demanding it be halted.
 arrow Mahathir lashes out at state terrorism
Outspoken Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Wednesday state terrorism was worse than that committed by individual groups and accused countries advocating democracy of terrorising the world.
 arrow LTTE to present crucial power-sharing plan
After several delays, Tamil Tiger rebels of Sri Lanka have finally set a date next week for handing over the long-awaited power-sharing plan which is hoped to kickstart fresh peace talks with the SriLankan
 arrow Bush makes no apologies for US foreign policy
US President George W. Bush made no apology Wednesday to Muslims angry over the war in Iraq and the strong US relationship with Israel, defiantly declaring: "I'm proud of our foreign policy.
 arrow French reporter killed in Abidjan
A French journalist has been shot dead by a police officer in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan.
 arrow N Korea laughs off US offer of security
North Korea dismissed as laughable a US offer to provide multilateral security guarantees in exchange for Pyongyang ending its nuclear weapons program, saying it was not worth even considering.
 arrow Saudi Arabia denies any military deals with Pakistan
Saudi Arabia Defence Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz has said that his country did not strike any military deals with Pakistan during Crown Prince Abdullah's recent Islamabad visit.
 arrow Khamanei declares Iran not seeking nukes
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Wednesday the Islamic republic was determined to generate nuclear power and would not develop nuclear weapons, the day after Iran bowed to international
Editorialarrow Editorial: The cost of negative politics
Business leaders at a BGMEA-sponsored seminar yesterday implored the government and the opposition to shun the politics of negativity for the good of the nation's economy.
 arrow Editorial: Road Safety Day
Statistics show that at least 5,000 people die in road accidents in the country every year. So it is not without reason that a day has been devoted to road safety.
 arrow Why Mahathir echoes the cry for justice?
Words gushed out of Mahathir Mohamad's mouth during the 10th OIC summit rippled through Western capitals and sparked a controversy that might reverberate further.
 arrow Tribute to a man committed to free media
Azimur Rahman, Harun Bhai to us all, passed away late Tuesday night at the Combined Military Hospital. He was only 66. We all must die one day and so he did.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh -- third time lucky?
It is in response to the letter by Z Ahmed on 10 October.
 arrow ME in peril
Believe it or not, Mr Bush, the US president is playing a political football game in the Middle East.
 arrow Education with moral values
Education with no moral values and ethics can be termed as merely a powerful tool for earning a living in society. In fact, this sort of education is incomplete.
 arrow Third time champion in three consecutive years!
Congratulations indeed for the government of Bangladesh for this remarkable feat. Remarkable indeed, third time at the top of the list as the most corrupt nation.
 
   
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