Volume 4 Number 152 Sun. October 26, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow FM slams Indian river-link plan
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday criticised India for undertaking a giant river-link project and planning other barrages on international rivers raising the spectre of a disaster in the region.
 arrow Govt in talks for $205m to axe over 1 lakh SOE, NCB staff
The government is negotiating with the World Bank (WB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for $205 million to retrench 110,000 staff -- 95,000 from state-owned enterprises (SOE)
 arrow Giant encroachers knocked down
Some 100 shops of eight markets including Alam Market by the river Buriganga under the Keraniganj Police Station were knocked down on the last day of a Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's (BIWTA)
 arrow Physically challenged to get 1pc job quota
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday declared a one percent reserved quota for the physically challenged in the first class cadre services of the government.
 arrow JS body on CHT to seek PM help
Poor coordination in administrative affairs is hampering the maintenance of law and order in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and putting a drag on the uplift of the region, a parliamentary body observed
 arrow MP Nasser Rahman rejects extortion accusation
BNP lawmaker Nasser Rahman yesterday rejected the allegations of corruption brought against him by Md.
 arrow England rise to the occasion
It all ended in anti-climax fashion an hour after lunch as England raced to a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh on the last day of the first Test at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow North Korea softens on US security offer
North Korea, in a significant shift in a year-old nuclear crisis, says it is prepared to consider a US offer of security guarantees in return for dropping its atomic weapons programme.
 arrow Legalised VoIP far away
Legalisation of Internet telephony hangs in the balance as the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MoPT) failed to send a proposal to the cabinet division even three months after a decision.
 arrow Petrobangla opts for local bidders
Petrobangla gave in to the pressure of a lobby with a vested interest and limited a pipeline project to local bidders, ignoring the possibility of a cost-effective solution, sources said.
 arrow 8,000 get plots in Purbachal project
The government has selected 8,000 applicants for plots under the first phase of allotments for the Purbachal New Town Project (PNTP) at Rupganj of Narayanganj and Kaliganj of Gazipur.
 arrow Moghul-era relics sliding into ruin
Two Mughal-era monuments are gradually being run down and destroyed as a result of the negligence of the authorities who are supposed to be looking after them.
 arrow Over 100 hurt in clash over rock concert
A mob clashed with police yesterday in Barisal city, leaving scores wounded, 13 shops and 50 vehicles damaged when a rock concert was cancelled for the second time.
 arrow Death of 2 young men shrouded in mystery
Conflicting claims by police and families of two young men who died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Friday clouded the circumstances surrounding their death.
 arrow Ramadan starts tomorrow, if moon sighted today
The holy Ramadan will begin tomorrow if the Shawal moon is sighted today.
 arrow Thais to clone Marbled Cats
A Thai research team will begin trying to clone endangered Marbled Cats next month and hopes to see the first cloned kittens born in February.
 arrow US chopper shot down near Tikrit
Iraqi guerillas fired rocket-propelled grenades at a US Black Hawk helicopter which came down near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit yesterday, wounding one American soldier.
 arrow Two to die, 6 get life for murder in Keraniganj
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two persons to death and six others to life for killing Abdur Rahman alias Mintu at Barishur village under Keraniganj upazila in February last year.
 arrow Two bodies to help contain power sector corruption
The parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings has decided to form two committees to contain the corruption and irregularities that plague the power sector.
 arrow Businessman rescued 3 days after abduction
Police yesterday rescued the businessman abducted from Ramna area on October 22 from Beraid village under Badda Police Station.
 arrow No one will be spared for hindering dev
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to join the movement for development the government has launched to make Bangladesh a self-reliant country through the best use of its resources.
 arrow JU impasse rolls on to 10th day
The impasse in the academic and administrative activities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) continued for the 10th consecutive day yesterday due to the indefinite strike called by the JU Teachers Association
Businessarrow Export gets boost on apparel recovery
A significant recovery in the global apparel market pushed Bangladesh's export earnings up by $95 million in the first two months of the current fiscal year posting a 7.
 arrow ICT needs policy support to up software export
Bangladesh's information and communication technology (ICT) sector needs huge investment and long term policy support from the government to compete with other countries in software export, speakers told
 arrow Saudi Arabia to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh
Saudi Arabia expressed its eagerness for taking skilled and semi-killed manpower from Bangladesh very soon.
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The US dollar remained firm against the Bangladesh taka but was mixed against major currencies in inter-bank trading yesterday, which was depressed by holiday in international markets, dealers said.
 arrow Call money rate plunges to 1.5pc
The call money rate hit its historic low at 1.5 per cent yesterday as surplus liquidity has become a great concern to most banks, fund managers of different commercial banks said.
 arrow Workshop on credit risk management
A workshop on credit risk management, organised by Citibank NA Bangladesh, was held yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Award giving ceremony of Palli Daridro Foundation
Award giving ceremony of Palli Daridro Bimochon Foundation (PDBF) was held in Dhaka on Friday.
 arrow Workshop on quality management
Bangladesh Society for Total Quality Management (BSTQM) and KATALYST jointly organised a workshop on quality management system in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow Housing fair in Ctg ends
The four-day housing fair in Chittagong that concluded on Friday received huge response from the prospective buyers of land, shops and apartments as well as building materials.
 arrow New Chairman, vice-chairman of Padma Islami Life Ins
Abu Taher has been elected chairman of Padma Islami Life Insurance Ltd while ATM Rafique vice-chairman of the company.
 arrow Free trade under fire, says IMF economist
The public must be persuaded of the benefits of free trade to stem a growing tide of protectionism, the International Monetary Fund's new chief economist said Friday.
 arrow Anti-dumping actions fall this year: WTO
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) reported Friday that trading nations have cut back sharply this year on anti-dumping actions -- measures that slow the flow of low-cost imports competing with localproducts.
 arrow US accuses India of hampering efforts to revive WTO talks
US trade officials accused India Friday of hampering efforts to revive world trade talks after their collapse last month in Cancun, Mexico.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Performance satisfactory
Despite their 24th defeat in 25 Tests, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is satisfied with the way his team had fought against England in the first Test.

"Yes, there were some good passages of play.

 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Mushfiqur Rahman will have to wait for at least another day for his maiden half-century.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul stays
Bangladesh will virtually remain unchanged for the second Test that starts at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Effort worth cheering
Only a day after Britain ended its love affair with Concorde that made its final supersonic flight across the Atlantic after decades of service, news of a different sort almost made headlines in Dhaka
 arrow Cricket: Pak openers' record
Left-handed opener Imran Farhat hit an imperious hundred as Pakistan dominated South Africa on the second day of the second and final Test at the Iqbal Stadium here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan find the openers?
Pakistan's new left-handed opening pair Taufeeq Umar and Imran Farhat who have produced three successive century stands against South Africa believe they can resolve Pakistan's long standing problem.
 arrow Cricket: Test by Tendulkar
One-day cricket's leading batsman Sachin Tendulkar poses a formidable challenge to Australia's second-string bowling attack when the world champions take on hosts India in the second match of the tri-series
 arrow Cricket: PCB proposes 3 Tests, 7 ODIs against India
Pakistan has proposed playing three Tests and seven one-day internationals against India once the two countries recommence sporting ties, an event expected early next year, an official said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: It can help both
Former Pakistan great Imran Khan Thursday hailed India's offer to revive sporting links between the rival nuclear neighbours saying that it would ease tension and improve the region's economy.
 arrow Cricket: Kushtia reach group final
Kushtia moved into the group final of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a comfortable 55-run victory over Satkhira at the Chuadanga Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Arambagh 1-day soccer champs
Arambagh Krira Chakra were crowned the first-ever Clinic Plus One-Day Challenge Cup Football Tournament champions when they shocked Mohammedan Sporting Club 5-4 in the tiebreaker in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla
 arrow Handball: Kuwait Moitri Hall Delta Life h'ball champs
Kuwait Moitri Hall of Dhaka University clinched the ninth Delta Life Handball competition title crashing Siddeshwari Girls College 14-1 at the Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Adam comes up with new idea
Adam Gilchrist has proposed that India and Australia play each on January 26 in what he said should be called the Waugh-Tendulkar Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Enqvist on a roll
Revitalised veteran Thomas Enqvist took a step closer to a possible fourth title at the 650,000-euro Stockholm Open, taming the explosive game of American Robby Ginepri 6-3, 6-4 for a spot in the semi-finals.
 arrow Tennis: Nalbandian in semis
Defending champion David Nalbandian will meet top seed Andy Roddick in the Swiss Indoors semifinals after the US Open champion ousted unseeded Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-4.
 arrow Football: Liverpool bounce back
Liverpool beat Leeds United 3-1 to end their three-match losing streak in the premier league on Saturday, with Birmingham City 1-0 winners over Bolton Wanderers in the other lunchtime kickoff.
 arrow Football: Maverick Adu can't make it!
When speaking about the selection of his under-20 National Team for the World Youth Championships next month, head coach Thomas Rongen made it very clear:

"I'm not a firm believer that you takeplayers

 arrow Cricket: Latif offered Afghan job
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has been asked by the Afghanistan Cricket Federation to coach their junior team in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) trophy early next year in India.
Politicalarrow Witness in ex-BNP MP murder trial threatened
One of the accused in the murder trial of former BNP MP Shahjahan Howlader Sujan has threatened a witness not to identify him in the court.
 arrow More names of 'godfathers' to be revealed
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her party is preparing to publish more names of godfathers who patronise criminals with the direct support of the government.
 arrow AL to observe Jail Killing Day on Nov 3
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will observe the 'Jail Killing Day' on November 3 with due solemnity in remembrance of four national leaders killed inside Dhaka Central Jail on the day in 1975.
Metropolitanarrow Judgement in Faisal murder case today
Judgement in the college student Faisal murder case will be delivered today.
 arrow Zontians observe UN Day
Five Zonta International Clubs in Bangladesh observed the United Nations Day, says a press release.

The clubs are Zonta Club 1, 11, 111, 1V, and Zonta Club of Chittagong.

Nationalarrow Classes suspended for 3 days, exams postponed
The Islamic History and Culture department at Rajshahi University suspend all classes for three days from yesterday and postponed the first year honours final examination for an indefinite period.
 arrow New labour law for tea sector underway
Formulation of a comprehensive and updated labour law for the tea sector is underway to preserve rights of tea garden workers.
 arrow Police told about 'masterminds' but none held yet
Twenty days into the murder of noted businessman Mokhlisur Rahman in the city, police are yet to find any clue to the incident that sparked protests and demonstrations by all quarters including political
 arrow Outlaw murdered by rivals, bullet-hit JCD leader dies
An outlaw allegedly belonging to Jashod Gono Bahini (JGB) was shot dead by members of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) at Durbachara village in Kumarkhali upazila Friday night.
 arrow Gaibandha UP Forum formed
A meeting of Union Parishad chairmen and members was held here on Friday to build a strong UP networking for strengthening local governments.
 arrow Trader freed on Tk 2 lakh ransom payment
A young businessman abducted by outlaws was released yesterday after payment of Tk two lakh ransom.
 arrow BNP MP files Tk 8 cr suit against 11 AL leaders
BNP lawmaker Nazim Uddin Alam field a Tk eight crore defamation suit yesterday against eleven Awami League central leaders for calling him a 'godfather'.
 arrow After Hilsa, now Koral fish...
After Hilsa, fishermen's dragnet has fallen on sea fish Koral.
 arrow OC chargesheeted in rape case
The officer-in-charge of Jiban Nagar thana in Chuadanga has been chargesheeted in a cape case.
 arrow Truck kills one, injures another
One bicycle rider was killed on the spot and the other sustained severe injuries when a truck hit them at Bazarpara on the Gaibandha-Sunderganj road Thursday night.
 arrow One killed by dacoits at expatriate's house in Sylhet
Dacoits killed a young man at the house of an expatriate at Hoshir village in Bianibazar upazila Wednesday night.
 arrow Tk 2.50 cr Monu bridge work begins
The construction work of a new bridge over the Monu river at Akhnilkura village near Moulvibazar town has started recently.
 arrow Jubo League conference held
A conference of Debhata thana Awami Jubo league was held on Gasirhat Primary School premises on Friday.

Former Awami League lawmaker Monser Ahmed inaugurated the conference.

 arrow Mohila Dal confce held
The biennial conference of Shyamnagar thana Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal was held at the thana auditorium recently.
 arrow 15 hurt as villagers clash in Magura
At leas 15 people were injured, six of then seriously, in clash between two rival groups of people at Kalinagar village in Magura Sadar upazila yesterday.
 arrow Highway blocked for food and work
Demanding food and work, local activists of Bangladesh Khet Mojur Samity blocked the Rangpur-Bogra highway at Palashbari for one hour from noon on Monday.

They chanted slogans like 'save us from starvation'.

 arrow BCL forced out of polls at Golachipa college
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attacked Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Golachipa Degree College on Thursday and prevented them from submitting nomination papers for contesting in the students
Culturearrow 9th Annual Cultural Evening
The stage had outbursts of exuberance reflected by the young students of North South University.
 arrow The first cultural delegates of the country
It was Pohela Boishak, the 15th of April. We had reached the borders and it was time to get our passports checked. While official work was looked after, we spotted a tube-well nearby.
 arrow Deepa's commitment to dance
It was in 1971, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, when I fled to India with my family', Deepa Khandokar reminisces. 'I was about twelve years old.
 arrow Another Close- Up Juke Box evening
Close-Up Juke Box came up with yet another gig on October 23, at BCIC Auditorium for the eighth time.
Generalarrow CU student feared abducted serving jail sentence for misdemeanour
A Chittagong University (CU) student earlier feared kidnapped was found in Comilla jail yesterday.
 arrow BTRC asked to dispose of JTV appeal on frequency
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered Bangladesh Telecommu-nications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to dispose of an application of Jamuna Television (JTV) for frequency allotment.
 arrow Joynal Hazari accomplice arrested
A listed top criminal and accomplice of Joynal Hazari was caught and handed over to police by a rival group at Masterpara at about 10:00pm Thursday night.
 arrow 1 killed, 2 hurt as branch of roadside tree breaks down
One was killed and two others injured when a rotten branch of a roadside tree broke down on them at about 3:00pm Saturday.
 arrow 3 die as truck falls into ditch in Trishal
Three people were killed and 10 others injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway in Trishal upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow UN suspends operations in 4 Afghan provinces
The United Nations has suspended operations in four southern Afghan provinces due to increasing violence and concerns that aid workers could be seen by local militants as targets, a top UN official has
 arrow 46 trapped miners being rescued in Russia
Rescue teams in southern Russia have brought to the surface 15 of the 46 coal miners trapped in a shaft inundated by floodwaters, but 13 men were still missing, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Thousands rally for new constitution in Taiwan
Vice President Annette Lu called for a new start and a new identity for Taiwan yesterday as tens of thousands of pro-independence supporters marched in this southern port city to push for a new constitution.
 arrow Russia's richest man charged with fraud
Secret police have snatched Russia's richest man, YUKOS oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, from his jet in Siberia and hauled him before a Moscow court, charged with massive fraud and tax evasion.
 arrow Britain, Australia warn of terror attack in KSA
Britain has dramatically raised its warning to travelers not to go to Saudi Arabia, saying terror attacks may be imminent.

"We advise British nationals against all but essential travel to Saudi Arabia.

 arrow Curfew in Baghdad to be lifted today
Coalition authorities yesterday announced plans to lift the curfew and reopen a major bridge in Baghdad to ease conditions for Iraqis ahead of Ramadan, despite continued violence.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lawyers come good on unity
Lawyers have found a point of convergence to uphold their professional norms almost lost in the raucous political divisions that cast a shadow in recent times over their ability to work together, even
 arrow Editorial: Action against Buriganga grabbers
We take heart in the sternness and vigour with which the demolition work on illegal structures on the banks of the river Buriganga is making progress.
 arrow Mahathir taking the world by storm
New York Times (NYT) found Malaysian Prime Minister's long discourse on the plight of Muslims presented to the OIC Summit at Putrajaya on 16th October as "a toxic statement of hatred of the Jews".
 arrow On borrowed time?
There is a strong possibility, growing stronger with every passing day, that after the next general election scheduled for 2006 the British Prime Minister's office will have a new incumbent.
Letters to Editorarrow India's river-link plan
In order to create public awareness on the above subject, the DS should publish a half-page map of the subcontinent showing the relief and detailed drainage system, preferably on the front page.
 arrow Sheba Telecom
Bangladesh is a poor country but still there is demand for mobile phone in the country. And a large portion of the population use mobile phones.
 arrow Marriage crisis
Only the parents who have marriageable children could say well as to how they pass their time in tension thinking about their children's marriage.
Star Healtharrow Advice for your growing child
By the age of one month

A baby should be able to-

-Turn her or his head towards a hand that is stroking the child's check or mouth.

-Bring both hands towards her or his mouth.

 arrow Food safety and food-borne illness
Food safety is an increasingly important public health issue.
Star Cityarrow Demarcate Buriganga area to stop encroachment
The encroachment of the Buriganga river will not stop unless the authorities demarcate its area and build a walkway along its banks, believe environmentalists.
 arrow How safe is the meat we eat?
The meat available in the kitchen markets and other places of the city may not be safe as none of the animals are slaughtered in any of the six designated slaughterhouses.
 arrow Steps to streamline Ramadan traffic
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) have undertaken a crash programme to keep the traffic in the city under control during the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Five bucks extra, please!
The use of meters to control transportation cost did not yield the expected result, as commuters pay CNG autorickshaws and taxis Tk 5-10 in excess of the metered fare a ride.
 arrow Multipurpose malls
From groceries to jewellery, a growing number of shopping malls in the city cater to every variety of product under the same roof these days.
 arrow In quest of young talents
A month-long science festival to search for young talents all over the country is being jointly organised by the Wonderland Amusement Park and the Bangladesh Astronomical Association (BAA)

The festival

 arrow Birds of Different Feathers

 arrow Ramadan's Brisk Business

Star City in Framesarrow Revelling in Music, Motion and Light
Quick movements and ever-changing lighting situations of dance performances challenge and fascinate me as a photographer, and the music I find inspiring.