Vol. 4 Num 151 Sat. October 25, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Lawyers of all hues for end to politics in judge appointment
Lawyers across the political divide set aside their differences at a conference to adopt a resolution yesterday demanding separation of the judiciary and keeping it above politics in the appointment of
 arrow Fascinating last day promised
Hannan Sarker and Habibul Bashar shared a significant 108-run partnership as Bangladesh launched a spirited fight back on an absorbing fourth day of the first Test against England yesterday.
 arrow Leaders need a more matured understanding of free media
The prime minister's remarks, last Sunday, about the part played by the print media in Bangladesh were -- to put it mildly -- most surprising.
 arrow Activists call for non-stop demolition
Environment activists at a rally yesterday called on the authorities to carry on with the ongoing demolition drive against illegal structures on the banks of the Buriganga that was losing out to persistent
 arrow MP Naser Rahman accused of extortion
A construction firm chief yesterday accused Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker Naser Rahman of demanding illegal tolls and cancelling his work orders using political influence as he refused to
 arrow Ministers' infighting, lax admin dog govt
The four-party alliance government has stepped into the third year, but is yet to find a solution to sluggishness in the administration and infighting among ministers.
 arrow Ruptured roads add to commuters' misery
Despite the establishment of a One Stop Cell to facilitate well-coordinated road-digging by utility service providers, ruptured roads left uncared-for by them in Dhaka city continued to make commutesmiserable.
 arrow A stride to biotechnology
Bangladesh has taken a step towards biotechnology -- with the lure of crops enriched with vitamins or resistant to certain pests -- by the country's inclusion in a consortium funded by the United States
 arrow Anomaly detected in two BTRC appointments
The Directorate of Post and Telecommunications Audit has detected irregularities in the appointment of a director and a deputy director to the telecoms watchdog agency, Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory
 arrow CU student 'abducted' in Ctg
A student of Chittagong University is feared abducted in the city.

Md. Iftekharul Islam alias Mosharraf, first year honours student of English, has been missing since Tuesday morning.

 arrow Three more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Two US soldiers were killed in a mortar attack near the Iraqi town of Samarra yesterday, a US military spokeswoman said.
 arrow Bapex launches seismic survey in Block 11
A seismic survey was launched for gas exploration at Bapex (Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited) Block-11 at Tiukanda in Fulpur upazila here yesterday.
 arrow PM inaugurates children's home in Khulna today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is scheduled to open Chhottomoni Nibash, a children's home at Mahesh-warpasha in Khulna today.

The home, established on 3.

 arrow Tripathy's reading of Indo-Bangla issues
New Delhi looks forward to an early finalisation of a free trade agreement (FTA) and a bilateral investment promotion and protection deal with Dhaka, said outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
 arrow Long march reaches Khulna
The long march organised by the National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Power, Port and the Sundarbans arrived in Khulna city yesterday evening from Jessore via Noapara, Phultala, Daulatpur and
 arrow 'Robber' hurt in shootout dies at DMCH
An alleged robber, who was injured during a shoot out with police at Malibagh Chowdhurypara Thursday night, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Wife receives Babul's body from DMCH
The wife of a young man, killed and sliced into 18 pieces, received the body from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the presence of police yesterday.
 arrow Concorde flies into history
The Concorde soared into the sky on its last regular passenger flight yesterday, heading for London as the world bid adieu, cheerio and farewell to the era of supersonic travel.
 arrow 20 hurt as stage for rock concert gives way
At least 20 people were injured, eight of them seriously, when a stage erected for a rock concert at Barisal Stadium gave way yesterday.
Businessarrow RMG exporters zero in on Canada market
After Bangladesh received duty and quota free access to Canada on January 1 this year, apparel exporters are going to take first step to tap the opportunity as single country RMG fairs begin in two cities
 arrow Anti-money laundering measures
Although much has been talked about money laundering in the recent past especially after enactment of Money Laundering Prevention Act-2002, still there exists some sorts of confusions about the true colour
 arrow Visitors mesmerised at multimedia show
A child was glued to a computer monitor watching how to do mathematics at a stall at the multimedia software fair in Dhaka yesterday with other visitors, who especially are school and college students,
 arrow Taiwan entrepreneurs keen to invest in Ctg
A Taiwan business delegation has shown keen interest to invest in Chittagong terming the city a suitable place for investment.
 arrow StanChart arranges syndicated term loan of Tk 750m for PBTL
Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh has arranged a syndicated term loan facility of Tk 750 million for Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited (PBTL), the owning company of cell phone CityCell.
 arrow Malaysia Airlines reschedules winter flights
Malaysia Airlines has rescheduled its winter flights from Dhaka.
 arrow Japan needs mass immigration to offset effect of greying society
The Japanese government on Friday issued a stern warning that its greying society could send the economy into contraction unless drastic reform is implemented -- including opening the homogeneous society
 arrow Separate WTO reform plans from trade talks: Supachai
Plans under discussion to reform the World Trade Organisation should be kept separate from the current round of trade liberalisation talks, WTO chief Supachai Panitchpakdi said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar rues miss
Habibul Bashar bounced back to form with yet another fluent fifty yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Professor AQM Budruddoza Chowdhury has been out of the scene for quite sometime since stepping down from the Presidency.
 arrow Cricket: Bat full of Thick-ness
Marcus Trescothick has been by far England's most successful batsman during the tour of Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Don't give us a shock again
Ashoka de Silva and Bangladesh just don't get along. Everybody in Bangladesh feared the notorious finger of the Sri Lankan umpire might or might not be raised at the wrong moment.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers beware!
World record-smashing Australian opener Matthew Hayden on Friday sounded a warning to bowlers ahead of his team's first match in the triangular series, saying he relished batting in India.
 arrow Cricket: Lillee lambastes hectic schedule
Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee Friday blamed "crippling itineraries" for the breakdown of a succession of pacemen in the Australian team.
 arrow Cricket: 'We can't get much worse'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith fired a broadside at his team after Pakistan dominated the first day of the second Test on Friday.

"It is close to my worst day I have had as a captain.

 arrow Football: 1-day soccer meet today
Premier Division champions Mohammedan Sporting Club take on arch-rivals Abahani Krira Chakra in the opening match of the Clinic Plus one-day football tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in
 arrow Handball: Delta Life h'ball final today
The final match of the 9th Delta Life Handball Championship between Siddheswari Girls' College and Kuwait Maitri Hall of Dhaka University will be held today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex ground
 arrow Chess: World chess qualifiers from today
The East Asian zonal qualifying round of the World Chess Championship begins in the capital today at the NSC conference room under the auspices of Bangladesh Chess Federation.
 arrow Cricket: Media cricket game Sunday
An exhibition one-day cricket match between Bangladesh media team and English media team, who are covering the Bangladesh-England Test and ODI series, will be held on Sunday at the Jagannath Hall ground
 arrow Football: Riazor on razor's edge
The fixtures computer has contrived to make Saturday's meeting between Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna a fight for the leadership of the Spanish first division, and perhaps the title itself.
 arrow Football: Charlton no cakewalk
Arsene Wenger is facing a nerve-testing weekend with both Manchester United and Chelsea launching respective bids to take over Arsenal's lead of the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Zacc's baptism by Roma
Alberto Zaccheroni could not have asked for a tougher start to his Inter Milan career with unbeaten Roma the visitors to the San Siro on Sunday evening.
 arrow Football: The Barthez question
Marseille, chastened by their 4-1 drubbing at Strasbourg last week, host Rennes Saturday desperate not to lose further ground on league leaders Monaco.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs gives SA a shape
Opener Herschelle Gibbs fell two short of a well deserved hundred as South Africa struggled on the first day of the second and final Test against Pakistan at Iqbal stadium here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Play better overseas'
As the West Indies squad assembled in Antigua on Thursday to begin their five-day preparation before starting series in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Brian Lara spoke to the media about the need for hisside
Politicalarrow AL to protest price spiral tomorrow
The Awami League (AL) will observe 'protest day' tomorrow across the country to build up public resistance to price spiral of essentials.
 arrow Hasina leaves for Germany this morning
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka today for Frankfurt on a six-day visit to Germany.
Metropolitanarrow Transport workers withdraw strike in Sylhet
Transport workers and owners of Sylhet district withdrew their indefinite strike yesterday.
 arrow 'Bird population has declined alarmingly'
The bird population has reduced alarmingly due to excessive use of pesticides in the agricultural fields, destruction of bird habitats and unavailability of foods during the last few decades, Environment
 arrow 3 including cop die in road mishap in Chittagong
Three people, including one police constable, were killed in a bus accident at Mirer Sarai in the district yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure uninterrupted power supply'
Notundhra, a non-governmental organisation, has urged the government to take immediate measures to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
 arrow Internet service to be extended to villages
The government is working towards extending Internet service to the village level soon, as today's society is being transformed on the basis of knowledge economy the world over.
 arrow CU exams resume today
The postponed examinations of Chittagong University (CU) resume today after an unscheduled suspension for three months.
 arrow Boy dies in wall collapse
An eight-year-old boy died when a portion of a house collapsed on him at Baroshur in Kenariganj yesterday.

The boy was identified as Mohammad Rakib, son of Reaz Hawlader.

Nationalarrow 2 more die, over 400 attacked in Nilphamari
Diarrhoea claimed two more lives in the district in 48 hours ending Thursday noon, raising the official death toll to 35. The unofficial toll is 48.
 arrow Deliberately kept illiterate!
Child labourers in tea gardens are being discouraged from receiving academic education so that they remain workers generation after generation.
 arrow Tough law to help reduce human trafficking
Speakers at a workshop here said lack of protection is one of the main reasons alongside poverty and illiteracy behind alarming increase in women and child trafficking from Bangladesh.
 arrow Chinese journalists accorded reception by CMUJ
The Chittagong Metropolitan Union of Journalists (CMUJ) accorded a reception to the six-member visiting Chinese journalists delegation at its office in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow A laudable initiative
A land of a Hindu temple, illegally occupied by a Jubo Dal activist, has been returned to the temple at the initiative of Barisal City Corporation Mayor Mojibur Rahman Sarwar.
 arrow One college loses approval, notice on nine in Patauakhali
The Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Barisal has cancelled approval of Baniakathi College in Sadar upazila and has issued show-cause notices on nine others in the district for poor performance
 arrow Six rapists get life in Faridpur
A court for prevention of woman and child repression here on Wednesday convicted and sentenced six persons to life term imprisonment for raping a housewife in Alfadanga upazila in 2002.
 arrow 3 of a family killed in Sirajganj
Three members of a family were killed at village Konabari under Kamarkhand upazilla on Thursday night.
 arrow Hindu housewife gangraped
Three local hooligans kidnapped and gangraped a Hindu housewife at Joypur village under Motihar police station in the city recently.
Culturearrow Celebrating forty years of film society movement in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Film Society will celebrate its forty years in film society activities at the Russian Cultural Centre today at 5pm.
 arrow A promising print-maker
Fokrul Alam Tofa, who has a first class in masters from Santiniketan, has taken a break to hold his exhibit at Zainul Gallery, recently, before he rushes off to do his PhD at Santiniketan.
 arrow Char Duar : a tale of a middle class family struggle
Ganhar, a leading Indian theatrical group, staged their recent production Char Duar at the Public Library Auditorium as a part of the drama festival arranged by Natyajan.
Generalarrow UN urged to help ensure world peace
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the unique role of the UN in the promotion of world peace, international understanding and in the resolution of conflicts and disputes between states.
Internationalarrow US isolated on its hardline attitude to Iran: Diplomats
The United States, which accuses Iran of secretly developing atomic weapons, has become isolated in its hardline attitude toward Tehran as more countries want to engage rather than punish it, diplomats
 arrow US to stay in Iraq for at least one year: Powell
The US military will have to stay in Iraq for at least one year, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro due to appear yesterday.
 arrow 'No compromise on unity during talks with Hurriyat'
Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani said yesterday that New Delhi would not compromise the country's sovereignty and integrity in talks with disputed Kashmir's main separatist alliance.
 arrow Karzai launches Afghan disarmament campaign
President Hamid Karzai yesterday formally launched a national campaign to demobilise 100,000 soldiers with a call to disbanded fighters to take up a new jihad for reconstruction.
 arrow 15,000 fish species detected in census
An international team of scientists detected more than 15,000 different species of fish in a census of the world's seas, but they warned Thursday that many are under threat from over-fishing.
 arrow Donors promise $37.5b in Iraq aid, loans
Governments and international agencies pledged around $37.5 billion in aid and loans to help rebuild war-ravaged Iraq on Friday as the results of a donors' conference came in well above initial low expectations.
 arrow Three stand trial for Diana photos
Three photographers went on trial yesterday for taking pictures at the scene of the 1997 car crash that killed Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.
 arrow Post-war Iraq prepares for Ramadan
Khalid Abdul Hamid, who runs Baghdad's finest confectioner's shop, worries that fear of lawlessness may dampen the usual rush of business during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts at the weekend.
 arrow Attack threat up since joining war on terror: Pakistan
Pakistani security officials said yesterday the threat of militant attacks had increased in the country's rugged southwest bordering Afghanistan since Pakistan joined the US-led war on terror in 2001.
 arrow Senate report blasts CIA report on Iraq
A report being drawn up for the US Senate will fault the Central Intelligence Agency for overstating the weapons and terrorism case against toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, The Washington Post said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anti-corruption commission
The law minister has said he is convinced that the selection panel of the proposed independent anti-corruption commission should be constituted without ministers.
 arrow Editorial: Ties for development
The first ever visit by the President of Sierra Leone, Ahmed Tajen Kabbah, and his entourage has opened up new horizons for Bangladesh to explore.
 arrow The Islamic Ummah and OIC
The recently concluded 10th Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will be remembered by most Muslims all over the world for the forthright and controversial statement of Mr.
 arrow The death of a patriot
He overcame Communism and Fascism. He stood up against Russia and Europe. He tamed his own ego to save his country.
 arrow California recall election: A festival of fools?
Contesting for governorship in California's recall election against the incumbent Governor Gray Davis were one hundred thirty-five candidates, including Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Letters to Editorarrow UN in lethargy
The UN day was observed yesterday, on 24 October, across the world. The UN was formed in 1945 on the ashes of World War II and the debris of the League of Nations.
 arrow A query to our two major political parties
Transparency International (TI) properly assessed Bangladesh as the top corrupt country of the world. It is the glorious (?) outcome of our two major political parties, BNP and Awami League.
 arrow A welcome change
Most journalists, while arrogating to themselves the right to criticise all and sundry, are remarkably thin-skinned when it comes to taking flak in return. In this context Mr.
 arrow "Save now to buy PhD(s) later!"
My attention was drawn to a letter by Advocate AK Faezul Huq (from Baridhara, Dhaka), published in this page on 17 October 2003.
Literaturearrow ms bunny sen
(with due apologies to the spirits of jibanananda das, e. e. lower case cummings & t. s.
 arrow The Dhaka Driver's soliloquy
(with apologies to the gloomy Dane)

To drive or not to drive, that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The snarls and growls of outrageous traffic
Or to take up

 arrow The Rubaiyat
Awake! for Morning on the Pitch of Night
Has whistled and has put the Stars to Flight!
The incandescent football in the East
Has brought the Splendor of Tulse Hill to Light.


(with apologies to Clive James)

Let us be going then, me and Baljit
When the evening is spreadeagling the sky
Like Mrs.

 arrow Indian English: on 'mixed' marriages and phie years
The following two pieces are parodies of Indian English rather than of a particular poet or writer.