Volume 4 Number 172 Sat. November 15, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow US to stay in Iraq until Saddam found: Bush
US President George W. Bush vowed yesterday that US-led troops in Iraq will hunt down Saddam Hussein and will not leave before transforming that war-ravaged nation into a democracy.
 arrow Nation heading for a crisis: B Chowdhury
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the nation was heading for a crisis due to government's failure to tackle violence, corruption and price spirals that made people's life miserable.
 arrow Anti-AIDS project runs into red tape roadblock
Almost three years after its launch, the $52 million HIV/AIDS prevention project is yet to start its implementation, which has been blamed on red tape and lack of initiatives.
 arrow Dengue: 26 more suspects hospitalised
Twenty-six suspected dengue patients took admission to different hospitals and clinics in Dhaka yesterday, adding a new urgency to tackling the off-season outbreak.
 arrow Cessna aircraft crash-lands
A training aircraft of Bangladesh Flying Academy yesterday crash-landed at Zia International Airport (ZIA), disrupting domestic and international flights for an hour.
 arrow US toll in Iraq exceeds first 3 Vietnam years
The US death toll in Iraq has surpassed the number of American soldiers killed during the first three years of the Vietnam War, the brutal Cold War conflict that cast a shadow over US affairs for more
 arrow Two US soldiers, seven Iraqis killed in attacks
Two US soldiers were killed in an attack in Iraq as the US military yesterday stepped up the fight against armed resistance to its occupation of the country, foiling an alleged plot to fire rockets at
 arrow Printers protest discrimination in textbook work order
Publishers and sellers yesterday demanded cancellation of a work order that granted 43 of the 370 publishing houses 92 percent of the secondary textbook printing job.
 arrow Youth gunned down, body of criminal recovered
A youth was gunned down allegedly by fellow members of his gang at Sabujbagh Bagicha in Khilgaon and a slaughtered body of top criminal of Tongi was recovered from Dakkhinkhan in Uttara yesterday.
 arrow Transformer fire knocks power out in Khilgaon
Power went out in Khilgaon yesterday after fire damaged a transformer at Taltala substation in the area.
 arrow Low-cost arsenic tracking device awaits lavish fund
Two Swiss institutions have jointly developed a test to instantly detect arsenic contamination in the water from tube wells.
 arrow Declare monga-hit pockets of north disaster areas: AL
Main opposition party Awami League yesterday asked the government to declare monga-affected pockets in the northern region as 'disaster areas' and open gruel kitchens to save lives.
 arrow Not seen before

 arrow Flower trade in city booming
By and large, love for flowers is ingrained in us. But in recent years, it seemed that a revolution had taken place in Dhaka citizen's attitude towards flowers.
 arrow Khaleda in Madina
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia arrived in Madina Thursday night en route to Makkah to perform Umrah.

Senior Saudi government officials received her at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport.

 arrow Norway suspends Lankan peace effort due to crisis
Norway said yesterday it would suspend its efforts to end Sri Lanka's three decades of ethnic bloodshed until the president and prime minister resolved their power struggle.
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Businessarrow Set common standards for goods to retain EU, US markets
In the face of strict standard regulations set by developed nations, Saarc countries should adopt common standards for products to retain markets in EU and US, speakers at the closing of a regional workshop
 arrow VoIP: The good, the bad and the ugly
Last Monday, our cabinet made history with a sadly not so clearly understood phrase "legalising VoIP" or voice over Internet protocol technology.
 arrow FBCCI for Dhaka-Hanoi account trade
With the Vietnamese president expected to visit Bangladesh early next year, Bangladeshi business community has called for account trade between Dhaka and Hanoi for economic benefit of the two countries.
Sportsarrow Football: 100% MSC, Russel in semis
Mohammedan Sporting Club finished the group stage of the Tibet Federation Cup Football Tourna-ment with an all-win record after defeating Dhanmondi Club 2-0 in their last match at the Bir Sheshthra Shaheed
 arrow Cricket: 'It's not a trial'
The national selectors have almost finalised a list of probables for the Bangladesh A team that will take part in the Patron's Cup first class competition in Pakistan from early next month.
 arrow Cricket: Triple Love
Discarded Australia Test batsman Martin Love become the first player to score a triple century in domestic cricket in almost 10 years in Queensland's first innings of 605 for seven declared against Victoria
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi find solace
Holders Rajshahi bid adieu to the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship on a happy note following 39-run victory over Pirojpur in their last Group B clash at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Vermeulen frustrates WI
A maiden Test century by Mark Vermeulen helped Zimbabwe claw their way to 371-9 in their first innings to leave them trailing the West Indies by 110 runs at tea on the third day of the second Test here
 arrow Cricket: Fleming out of India game
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has been ruled out of Saturday's make-or-break showdown against hosts India here due to an abdominal strain.
 arrow Cricket: Be an Aussie in Australia
Sachin Tendulkar says India will need to match Australia's aggressive approach if they are not to be swept away again during their away test series starting later this month.
 arrow Cricket: NZ to assess Pak tour
New Zealand Cricket officials said Friday they will decide by Monday at the latest whether the tour of Pakistan will go ahead this month after threats were made against the players if the series proceeds.
 arrow Football: Brazil's test without super Rs
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has warned that the world champions have enough fire in their reserves to survive without injured stars Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos in South American World Cup qualifiers
 arrow Last hurdle to finals
Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs, two key men in Manchester United's domestic success story, go their separate ways on Saturday hoping to translate their club form into international glory by leading
 arrow Football: A classic friendly
World Cup finalists Germany have a chance to find out how far they have progressed when they host reigning European champions France at the Arena Auf Schalke on Saturday.
Politicalarrow JCD-Shibir clashes on as pact makes no impact
Clashes between two pro-government student organisations -- the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) -- are raging across Bangladesh despite last month's pact between them
 arrow AL turns down invitation to join parliament
Coalition leader Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday called upon the main opposition Awami League to attend the parliament session, ending its prolonged boycott, but the AL dismissed the offer
 arrow Bullet-hit Sramik Dal leader dies, hartal called in Bagerhat today
Bagerhat district Sramik League President, who was injured in a gun attack on Thursday evening, died at the operation theatre of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH)in the early hours yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Charges to be pressed against 8 JCD cadres soon
Charges will be framed within a couple of days against eight Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal cadres responsible for assaulting an army officer, said a police official yesterday.
 arrow 7 fish farm owners killed in 12 days
Seven fish farm owners have been killed by extremists in Bagerhat district in last 12 days amid ongoing operation by joint forces.

They were killed for not paying toll to the extremists.

 arrow CU building needs renovation
Physical structure of the arts faculty of Chittagong University is now on the verge of collapse due to utter neglect by the authorities concerned over the years.
 arrow Japan to provide $ 3 lakh for vocational edn
Japan will provide 3,00,000 US dollars for promoting vocational and technical education in Bangladesh.
 arrow Indian Navy ships leave Chittagong
Indian Navy ships, INS Sharabh and INS Amba, left here yesterday, ending their three-day goodwill visit.
Nationalarrow Bar calls off strike after 7 judge court employees suspended
The Nilphamari District Bar Association called off its court boycott on Thursday after the District and Sessions Judge suspended seven court employees for alleged bribe-taking promising bail and involvement
 arrow 4 more die of diarrhoea in Mymensingh
Diarrhoea claimed four more lives in three upazilas in the district from November 2 to 7, raising the toll to 12.
 arrow Trial of Dr Aftab murder begins tomorrow
The trial of Dr Aftab Hossain Murder case will begin in the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Sylhet tomorrow with deposition of witnesses.

Charge-framing in the case was completed last week.

 arrow Top outlaw leader Biswajit arrested
Biswajit Karmakar, 38, the 'custodian' of arms and ammunition of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP), was arrested on Tuesday from a Khulna-bound bus from Paikgacha.
 arrow Open gruel kitchens in monga-affected areas, AL demands
An Awami League team led by its Organising Secretary Aktaruzzaman Babu on Wednesday visited the monga-affected areas of Dimla upazila and distributed relief among the poor.
 arrow Wonder fish caught
Fishermen caught a 50-maund wonder fish while they were fishing in the sea near the Patuakhali coastline onWednesday.
 arrow BNP activist held on rape charge
Khulna thana police on Thursday arrested BNP activist Kabir Hossain, 26, on charge of raping a minor daughter of a rickshawpuller.
 arrow Eligibility for RU admission test
Students who got at least GPA-3 in both Secondary School Ceritificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations totaling GPA-6 will be eligible to apply for sitting in admission test in
 arrow Two criminals nabbed from teacher's house in Comilla
Two armed criminals were arrested and two country made revolvers recovered from the house of a teacher of a school-cum-college here on Wednesday.
Culturearrow Nothing succeeds like success
It's an inclusion in an international exhibition that gives Ahmed Nazir the new glow of triumph.
 arrow Penelope to act in movie on Mother Teresa
Hollywood beauty Penelope Cruz is set to lend her support to a docu drama based on the life of Mother Teresa.
Internationalarrow Full UN return to Iraq still uncertain
A top UN official involved in deciding when staff should fully return to Iraq said yesterday it was hard to envision such a move until security improved.
 arrow Iran warns IAEA, US censure may backfire
Tehran warned on Thursday of "unpredictable consequences" if the UN watchdog finds it in breach of a global pact against atomic weapons, as Washington accused the United Nations of playing down "evidence"
 arrow China, India hold war games
China and India, building on a new strategic alliance, staged their first joint naval exercise yesterday, just weeks after the Chinese navy held a similar drill with India's bitter rival, Pakistan.
 arrow US envoy warns Pakistan over re-emergence of banned militants
The United States has warned key war-on-terror ally Pakistan that banned Islamic extremist groups which are re-emerging under new names are posing a threat inside and outside Pakistan.
 arrow N Korea willing to give up nukes, arms sale
North Korea is willing to give up its nuclear weapons programme and stop testing and exporting missiles, subject to certain guarantees, The Washington Times reported Friday, quoting diplomats from the
 arrow China providing nuke, missile assistance to Pakistan: CIA
China continues to provide nuclear-weapon and ballistic missiles assistance to Pakistan despite assurances to the US that it would not do so, the Central Intelligence Agency has said.
 arrow Diabetes among poor could double by 2030
Diabetes in poor countries could more than double by 2030 to 284 million cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned yesterday on World Diabetes Day, as it pledged to boost efforts to fight thedisease.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Spurious drugs
The news that spurious drugs worth hundreds of crores of taka enter our market on a regular basis is indeed disturbing.
 arrow Editorial: Poaching in the Sundarbans
The poaching of over 500 deer in the Sundarbans during the course of last month's Rash Mela is only the latest illustration of how little we in this country seem to value our nation's natural heritage.
 arrow Global society and knowledge-driven education
In the contemporary era, the word 'global' has become a favourite catch-word with policy makers, politicians and academics in their references to matters pertaining to global economy, global ecology and
 arrow Baghdad blues
George W Bush Senior lost to Bill Clinton on the election slogan "it's the economy, stupid!" despite his great success in the relatively clean Gulf War-I to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricket by aristocrats and the tokais
Watching the 2nd ODI from the VIP box the other day, I was bemused by one well-known star batsman of yesteryears when he said ".
 arrow South Asia: Can it become a super power?
Since the British India got partitioned in 1947, political stability had not returned to this vast and rich subcontinent inhabited by more than one and a half billion people (a huge market by any criterion).
 arrow Diarrhoea outbreak not so dire
This is for your kind information that some parts of the news about the outbreak of diarrhoea (published on 4-11-2003 in page 8 of The Daily Star) has attracted the notice of the undersigned.
 arrow Rubbed beyond recognition
I am no cynic. In fact, I have always been a big cricket fan all my life. Although I played a little of it, my interest for the game knows no bounds.
Point-Counterpoint arrow Traffic mess: Another failure of governance?
It is perhaps not an overstatement that the traffic scenario in Dhaka represents a disaster zone with no relief in sight.
 arrow Electricity for all at affordable price
Power outage in the country results in substantial economic loss. In the industrial sector alone the loss amounts to USD 778 million dollars a year. This was about 11.
 arrow Cleanliness can be learned
Now for more than a century, cleanliness has been a profound American value. This value is manifested in both personal and public hygiene.

For most Americans, personal hygiene comes first.

Literaturearrow Beauty
I got everything in time. I got a job as well as a wife. I did not have to undergo the agony of unemployment like most other young men. I chose my wife somewhat like professionals do.
 arrow Dhaka Literary Life: 'shob shalarai aajkaal kobita likhay'
I am envious of my counterparts in Bangla newspapers, who seem always to be comfortably planted in their office chairs behind huge piles, gargantuan fileboxes, of articles, short stories, poems, whatnot,
 arrow The Youth
Although Jubok Jubotira, of which The Youth is a translation, was originally written in 1967, it is as representative of the Kolkata youth as if it were written much more recently.