Volume 4 Number 165 Sat. November 08, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 20 ministries embroiled in graft, irregularities
Different parliamentary standing committees have raised allegations of irregularities and corruption in the activities of at least 20 out of the 39 ministries.
 arrow US chopper downed in Tikrit: 6 soldiers killed
Six US soldiers were killed yesterday when a Blackhawk helicopter was "forced down" outside an American base near the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, US military officials said.
 arrow Waiting for the end of monga spell
The grim shadow of near-famine, locally known as monga, is likely to lengthen in Rangpur and Gaibandha for another 15 days but might fade out of six other northern districts in a week or so, officials
 arrow 100 drugged for looting last week
Robbery-motivated sedation incidence has hit a new high in Dhaka ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, despite the launch of mobile courts and daytime strike force to cut crimes, victims and hospital
 arrow Tigers torn apart
It was a perfect setting for Bangladesh to push for their elusive victory in the abridged version of the game.
 arrow Lankan president rolls back emergency
Sri Lanka's president withdrew tough emergency laws yesterday as her rival prime minister returned home to tackle political turmoil that threatens an internationally-backed peace process with Tamil rebels.
 arrow Sugar production likely to fall short of target
Sugar production may not reach the target of 1.8 lakh tonnes this season (November- March) because of a drop in sugarcane farmland to 2.09 lakh acres from the targeted 2.
 arrow Drifting into disaster
Ten-year-old Dayal was a drug abuser a few months ago when he took Sedexin, a widely-used seductive available in Dhaka drugstores.
 arrow Two cousins murdered in Savar
Unidentified assailants yesterday murdered two cousins at Birulia in Savar, Dhaka.
 arrow Mashrafee may be out of action for 8 months
Bangladesh's cricket received a big blow yesterday with the news that ace fast bowler Mashrafee bin-Mortuza will need a surgery on his injured right knee and could be out of action for around eight months.
 arrow 3 M-16 rifles seized from vessel at Mongla port
Three M-16 rifles along with 169 bullets and seven empty magazines were recovered from MV Banga Lanka, a seagoing vessel of the HRC group, at Mongla port Thursday night.
 arrow Dengue: 22 more hospitalised
Twenty-two more suspected dengue patients were hospitalised in different hospitals and private clinics in the city yesterday.
 arrow US cold-shoulders plea to delay unionism at EPZs
Dhaka was cold-shouldered by Washington when a high-powered delegation requested US trade representatives (USTR) officials during a meeting at the US capital recently give three more years to allow trade
 arrow National Revolution Day observed
The National Revolution and Solidarity Day was celebrated across the country yesterday with a fresh vow to promote national progress.
 arrow MPs may replace 2 ministers
The government considers replacing two ministers by lawmakers on a committee that will select members for the president to appoint them to the proposed independent anti-corruption commission, Law Minister
 arrow New US force to hunt down Saddam, Laden
The US military have created a covert commando force to hunt down deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and Taliban leaders, The New York Times said yesterday.
 arrow Transport owners' leader shot dead
Assailants gunned down a transport owners' leader at Dholaipar in the city's Demra area last night.
 arrow Most injections in Bangladesh not safe: WHO
World Health Organisation (WHO) experts say three injections out of every four in India and other countries in South Asia are made with unsterilised needles, exposing countless people to the risk of hepatitis,
 arrow Nirmal Sen might be flown to Singapore Monday
Ailing veteran journalist and politician Nirmal Sen is likely to be sent to Singapore for treatment on Monday instead of today.
 arrow India's tandoor oven killer sentenced to death
An Indian court yesterday handed down the death penalty to a former politician convicted of shooting his wife and burning her dismembered corpse in the tandoor oven of an open-air restaurant, officials
Businessarrow Privatisation Commission awaits cabinet approval
The Privatisation Commission is awaiting cabinet approval for its recommendations seeking changes in some rules to expedite SoE sell-off.
 arrow India remains committed to economic reform: PM
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said India remained fully committed to economic reforms despite delays in privatisation caused by the courts and members of his coalition.
 arrow High duties, WTO thwart India's hardware export
India's aspiration to become an information technology hardware destination is being thwarted by high duties and a WTO deadline which will bring down import duty on raw materials for hardware to zero,
 arrow Kafco becomes GrameenPhone corporate client
Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Limited (Kafco), the largest joint venture fertiliser company in Bangladesh, has become corporate client of GrameenPhone (GP).
 arrow US Jobless claims plunge, productivity soars
The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits plunged last week to a level not seen since before the 2001 recession, the government said on Thursday, fuelling hopes a long
 arrow China corn squeeze rings alarm bells in Asia
South Korea's purchases of US corn are sending a strong signal about the difficulties Asia's grain trade might face securing cargoes next year, in the absence of adequate Chinese supplies.
 arrow WHO, Interpol to combat Asia counterfeit drug trade
Interpol and the World Health Organization (WHO) are to launch a campaign to crack down on the spread of counterfeit medicines in Asia that has probably claimed tens of thousands of lives, WHO officials
 arrow WTO chief farm negotiator quits to unlock stalemate
The chief negotiator leading deadlocked negotiations on liberalising the global trade in farm products said Thursday that he was standing down in an attempt to give fresh impetus to the controversialtalks
Sportsarrow Cricket: 'Suicide really'
Even a perennial optimist like Dav Whatmore was searching for solace after watching the horror show by his boys in the first one-day international against England.
 arrow Cricket: Over-caring father!
One feels for Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore.

The Sri-Lanka born Australian has been a father figure for his charges and has defended his notoriously undisciplined batsmen with utmost conviction.

 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Bangladesh's batsmen once again fell like a pack of cards in the first of the three match one-day series much to the frustration of a packed holiday crowd at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Coming up slowly, surely
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff, man-of-the-match in the first one-day international against Bangladesh on Friday, concedes he spent more time than he should have near the bottom of the class.
 arrow Cricket: Rain, winds halt Zim
Rain and high winds sent West Indies and Zimbabwe cricketers scurrying for the pavilion in mid-afternoon on the fourth day of the first Test here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi hopes still alive
Craig McMillan and Scott Styris guided New Zealand to a vital four-wicket win over India with impressive half-centuries in a TVS Cup triangular one-day series match here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Contrasting wins for AIUB, Jessore
An all-round performance from Shanto helped American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB) record a marginal one-wicket win over Kushtia in one of the two Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship
 arrow Football: Russell, Rahmatganj fill up the blanks
Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society booked the last two berths of the Tibet 19th Federation Cup Football Tournament second round after winning their respective matches at
 arrow Cricket: CAB XI win three-dayer
Touring Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-17 team won the three-day match against Bangladesh Under-17 team by virtue of first innings lead of 209 runs on the third and final day at the local stadium
 arrow Soccer organiser Ferdous dies
Noted football organiser and former Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) member AKM Ferdous Islam died at a city hospital yesterday. He was 52.

Ferdous was suffering from stomach cancer.

 arrow Football: Mixed bag for big guns
Newcastle rallied to a win, Borussia Dortmund to a draw, but 2002 champion Feyenoord fell to a 2-0 defeat in the second round, first leg of the UEFA Cup Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real plan sans Carlos
Real Madrid have been hit by an injury to Brazil defender Roberto Carlos as they resume Spanish League action at Sevilla on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Spurs at tired Gunners
For their third game in eight days, the last thing Arsenal needed was a full-blooded derby clash with Tottenham.
 arrow Football: Haemorrhage claims Swiss goalie
A Swiss goalkeeper has died after suffering a brain haemorrhage following a collision with another player during a Swiss second division game between his team FC Greifensee and Wiedikon.
 arrow Football: All roads lead to Rome
The fireworks should be flying on and off the pitch in Sunday's Rome derby, a fixture that rarely passes without controversy and has a history of crowd trouble.
Politicalarrow China offers training for young AL leaders
Chairman of the Chinese National People's Congress and influential member of Politburo Standing Committee U Pan Ku has offered a training programme for the young leadership of Awami League to face the
 arrow BTV blacklists BNP deputy
State-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) has blacklisted Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker and TV presenter Mahi B Chowdhury in a surprise move days after the telecast of the first episode of his religious
 arrow BNP leader, DC behind Shamsu's release: OC
Police probe into the recent arrest and release of notorious smuggler Shamsu took a new turn yesterday with a top leader of the city BNP blamed for this.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka Int'l Film Festival in Jan
The 8th Dhaka International Film Festival is going to be held in January.

The Rainbow Film Society has been organising the festival since 1992.

 arrow Two Pak Navy ships arrive in Chittagong
Two Pakistan Navy ships, PNS Nasr and PNS Babur, arrived in Chittagong yesterday on a four-day goodwill visit.
 arrow FM returns home
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan returned home yesterday ending his three-day official visit to Germany.
Nationalarrow PBCP has a huge stock of arms, says Khulna SP
Joint forces arrested two armed cadres of the Jana Juddho faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from Bujbunia bazaar under Batiaghata upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow Lawyers in Nilphamari continue court boycott
A one-man probe body headed by Joint District Judge Khondokar Md Firoz is investigating the incidents that led to the murder of lawyer's assistant Tobarak Ali at the Judge Court building last week.
 arrow Hartal in three Sylhet upazilas Monday
A sudden decision to withdraw BRTC service from Sylhet-Tamabil road has sparked widespread agitation among people of Jaintapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas.
 arrow 30 hurt in Magura BNP clash
At least 30 people were injured, 14 of them seriously, in a clash between two rival factions of BNP at Mithapur village in Magura Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow 2 killer brothers to die in Bhola
Two brothers were sentenced to death by a court in Bhola while another dowry greedy husband was awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a court in Barisal on Wednesday.
 arrow Thousands join Raas Mela in Kuakata
Kuakata sea beach is alive with thousands of devotees, tourists and visitors from home and abroad on the occasion of Raas Mela, which began yesterday.
 arrow UP member shot dead
A Union Parishad member was gunned down by gunmen in Dumuria upazila Tuesday midnight.
 arrow Exhibition on Quran in Khulna
A weeklong exhibition of the holy Quran started at the Zia Hall in the city on Wednesday.
 arrow 20 hurt in clash over land
At 20 people including five women were injured in a clash between the two rival groups over a land dispute) at Haroddah village in the Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Boy killed for ransom
An eight-year-old boy, abducted for ransom, was killed on Thursday at Noyakandi Beparipara village under Rajoir upazila.

Minto Sarder, 8, son of Soleman Sardar, was abducted on October 30.

 arrow BCP ringleaders held in Satkhira
Detective Branch police arrested two ring leaders of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP-Mrinal) from Narkeltala in the town on Thursday.
 arrow Diarrhoea attacks 100 in Satkhira
Over 100 people have been attacked with diarrhoea in different villages in Kalaroa upazila.

The disease is spreading.

 arrow 'Loksamaj out to save Imam's killers'
The Khulna City Awami League (AL) leaders have blamed Dainik Loksamaj owned by Information Minister Tariqul Islam for publishing concocted stories for the last few days to damage the merit of advocate
Culturearrow Of Manipuri dance
The first impression that one gets after viewing a Manipuri performance is the personification of power contained.
 arrow Another portrayal of Indian struggle
Bollywood heartthrob Aamir Khan and parallel cinema director Ketan Mehta are back in action with yet another period feature film.
Generalarrow Anomalies rule selection of JU teachers for scholarships
Anomalies rule the selection of teachers for foreign scholarships in Jahangirnagar Univrsity (JU).
 arrow Online DV lottery put applicants in disarray
Chasing a dream to become citizens of the USA, people of all ages are making a beeline for cyber cafés and other shops here everyday to fill out the DV-2005 forms online.
 arrow 201 wildlife species face extinction
Continued loss of habitat and bio-diversity and indiscriminate poaching have endangered the country's 201 species of wildlife.
 arrow Two killed in road accident
Two people were killed in a road accident at Baghachhara Bazaar on Navarun-Satkhira road yesterday.

The victims were identified as Anwar Hossain, 32, and Monir, 28.

Internationalarrow Pakistan vows to match Indian arms buildup
President Pervez Musharraf vowed yesterday that Pakistan would match what he called a huge arms buildup by rival and fellow nuclear power India that had upset the balance of forces in South Asia.
 arrow Nuclear deterrent ready for use, says N Korea
North Korea's envoy in Britain said on Thursday that Pyongyang had a nuclear deterrent that was ready to use and powerful enough to deter any US attack.
 arrow Bush urges ME states to embrace democracy
President George W. Bush has urged Middle East leaders from Iran to Syria to embrace democracy, and warned the United States must install democratic freedoms in Iraq or risk increased terror attacks.
 arrow Is US turning to Vietnam exit strategy in Iraq?
Moving to pull US troops from Iraq amid intensifying attacks, replacing them with a hurriedly trained Iraqi force, Washington is accused of seeking an exit strategy similar to the Vietnam war.
 arrow Malaysia ready for snap polls: PM
Malaysia's new Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi declared yesterday that the ruling coalition is ready for a snap election as he moved to consolidate public confidence in his week-old administration.
 arrow Foreign-born population surges in US
The US foreign-born population surged by one million in the year ending in March, according to a report released on Thursday, evidence that the sluggish economy and stepped-up government enforcement of
 arrow UN delays treaty on human cloning
The United Nations voted narrowly Thursday to delay any treaty banning human cloning, a blow to a US campaign to outlaw all forms of the still-experimental practice.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Land grabbing
It is a startling revelation indeed by the parliamentary standing committee on the land ministry that real estate developers have grabbed about 1,000 acres of premium government land in and around the
 arrow Editorial: Monga in northern districts
Monga, a local word to describe a near-famine situation, has taken hold of the northern districts of the country. Reports coming in have painted a grim picture of the plight of the affected people.
 arrow Evolving dimensions of US foreign policy
Judging from articles appearing recently in various American publications, most US political scientists seem preoccupied with the question whether the US stands at the threshold of empire.
 arrow Sonia is the problem, not the solution
At what point does an opinion evolve into a fact? Which factors change the chrysalis into a butterfly? An opinion poll is what it says it is, a measure of opinion.
Letters to Editorarrow "On Mahathir and Hitler"
This is in response to Mr. Mahmood Elahi's letter ("On Mahathir and Hitler", October 29.) Hitler considered all non-Aryans (including Arabs, Slavs, Africans, etc.
 arrow Over 70 per cent hate status quo!
The country is fast going downhill. I cannot believe how with a three fourths majority the four party alliance could not stop corruption and terrorism.
 arrow Injustice everywhere
This is in reference to your news item 'Of a blessed bureaucrat' (DS 27.10.2003).
 arrow An epoch-making initiative
The government's approval to set up a Supreme Judicial council to probe the alleged bail fixing scandal made by an additional judge of the supreme court, the highest court in Bangladesh, is an epoch-making
 arrow Transparency International
Lord Acton said, "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." Bangladesh is at the bottom of many things: test cricket, the World Development Report (146th), poverty list, sanitation list etc.
Literaturearrow The Old USIS library: searching for a different America
Over the last couple of months I have had the following conversation, or a variant of it, quite a few times.
 arrow The British Council Library: the new East India Company?
KHADEMUL Islam's "The Old USIS Library: Searching for a Different America," (Star Literature page, January 25), on the disappearance of the USIS library has made me wonder: where have all those libraries