Volume 5 Number 25 Sun. June 20, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Waste extravaganza at water ministry
In an extravagant bid of corruption-driven fund waste, a water ministry project outlay involved buying 416 cars to go with 62 photocopy machines, 510 computers, 123 air-conditioners, 102 slide projectors,
 arrow DCCI, Ficci term budget industry-unfriendly
Chiefs of two key chambers at a meeting yesterday said as the proposed budget for next fiscal year (FY) is 'not industry friendly', they have reasons to have reservations about feasibility of the Board
 arrow Israel theory was SQ Chy's, not govt's
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday blamed a number of recent developments in global politics for Bangladesh's defeat in the election to the post of secretary general of the 57-member Organisation
 arrow Hard Rain...

 arrow Containers pile up at Ctg Port for tardy railway
At least 600 containers loaded with imported items have been stuck up for several weeks at the container yard at Chittagong port, causing delay in the berthing of ships and unloading of cargo, sources
 arrow EC yet to get govt response to army deployment
The Election Commission (EC) is uncertain whether the government will deploy army in each polling centre for Dhaka-10 by-election slated for July 1.
 arrow Budgetary provision too little to upgrade education: Experts
The proposed budgetary allocation for education sector would not make any notable contribution in raising the education standard, fear experts.
 arrow AL may support Mannan
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is likely to lend support to Abdul Mannan, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate in the July1 by-election in Dhaka10 constituency.
 arrow Govt mulls separate Sundarbans command
The government is mulling a proposal for setting up a separate, independent management body for the Sundarbans in order to preserve its bio-diversity.
 arrow 2 Kushtia schoolboys abducted, two others buy freedom
Two people bought their freedom and two schoolboys were abducted on Friday, pushing the people of the district into deep anxiety.
 arrow Outlaws kill three
Underground operatives slaughtered two youths and gunned down another at Damurhuda on Friday night.
 arrow ADB president due tomorrow
Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Tadao Chino arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a two-day visit.
 arrow Saudi says chief of al-Qaeda killed
Saudi Arabia announced yesterday it had dealt a body blow to al-Qaeda gunmen who have terrorized Western residents of the kingdom, by killing their alleged chief Abdul Aziz al-Muqrin and three comrades
 arrow More rains, water levels rise in most rivers
The country's rivers have started to swell as torrential rains swept many areas with the start of the monsoon.
 arrow Anthrax vaccines sent to Bandarban to check 'disease'
The Department of Livestock, Bandarban yesterday sent anthrax virus protection vaccines to Lama upazila after the deadly germ was found in the carcass of an elephant at Yangchha in the upazila.
 arrow 30 crocodiles arrive from India soon
The Forest Research Institute (FRI) is ready to receive 30 crocodiles as a gesture of goodwill from India, officials said.
 arrow First ever nat'l conference on disability held
Action on Disability and Develop-ment (ADD), a British-based organisation, yesterday organised a national conference for disabled people, first ever in Bangladesh, in the city with a call for ensuring
 arrow 45 feared killed in Iraq violence
A blast destroyed a house in the restive Iraqi city of Falluja overnight yesterday, killing 22 Iraqis and wounding at least four days after 20 Iraqi insurgents were killed or wounded in Baghdad.
 arrow 14 Nepali cops killed in landmine blast
Fourteen policemen were killed and four injured in southwestern Nepal yesterday when their bus hit a landmine planted by Maoist rebels, a senior police official said.
 arrow Germans rocked as Latvia prove their point
Germany's chances of reaching the last eight of the 2004 European championships hang in the balance after debutants Latvia held the three-time European champions to a scoreless draw yesterday.
 arrow WPB likely to fire rebel leaders
The Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) is likely to expel five 'rebel' members including one politburo member who have challenged the top leadership over ideological and strategic issues.
 arrow Sufia Kamal's 94th birthday today
The 94th birthday of poet Sufia Kamal will be celebrated in Dhaka and elsewhere today amid a range of programmes by different socio-cultural organisations.
 arrow Rally round the disabled

 arrow Grandfather remanded
Grandfather of the 40-day-old baby girl whose body was recovered from a water-filled plastic container in Lalbagh Friday was remanded yesterday.
 arrow Tk 36.33 lakh in Myanmar currency seized, 6 held
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel on Friday seized Myanmar currency and Hilsha fish worth about Tk 41 lakh and arrested six Myanmar nationals from a fishing trawler in Teknaf.
 arrow British MPs shot at in Gaza
Three British parliamentarians have come under gunfire during a visit to the Rafah flashpoint in southern Gaza, but nobody was hurt, a British official says.
 arrow Rath Jatra

 arrow Goons attack tin-roofed house, loot valuables
Armed goons allegedly damaged a house at West Shewrapara in Mirpur early Friday, evicted its owner and tenants from the house and looted household articles and gold ornaments.
 arrow SQ Chy's remarks on Hasina exposes his perverted mentality: AL
Awami League Joint Secretary Obaidul Kader yesterday lambasted Salahuddin Qader Chow-dhury, adviser on parliamentary affairs to the prime minister, for his outrageous remarks on Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow 7 killed, 63 injured in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and 63 others injured in road accidents in Comilla, Manikganj, Sirajganj and Bagerhat yesterday, police and hospital sources said.
 arrow One killed, 13 missing in Bay boat capsize
One fisherman died and 13 went missing as three boats sank in a storm in the Bay of Bengal Friday, six days after 40 fishermen drowned in the sea.
 arrow Robbers loot 55 Banshkhali shops
Robbers looted Tk 13 lakh from 55 shops at a market in Banshkhali upazila on Friday night.
Businessarrow Rod price still up despite fall in scrap ship price
Price of MS rod, a key construction material, in the retail market is still high despite a downtrend in the price of scrap ship in the international market.
 arrow Stocks rally on first day of widened circuit breaker
Stocks rallied spectacularly on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), thanks to a widened circuit breaker on blue chip stocks.
 arrow No new issue in 2004 due to deficiencies in applications
Shrugging off general observations that the capital market regulators hold back initial public offerings (IPOs) till the last moment, SEC Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the delay is mainly
 arrow Govt-NGO collaboration to spur budget implementation
The government should forge an effective linkage with non-government organisations (NGO) to ensure full implementation of the national budget, considered a major challenge for the policymakers.
 arrow ADB to provide $20m loan to finance GP network expansion
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide up to US$20 million to finance the expansion of Bangladesh's major cellular phone network -- GrameenPhone (GP).
 arrow Arlinks, ABB Switzerland 5-day training course starts
A five-day training on 'Numerical Relays', organised by ABB Switzerland Ltd, a leading power company in the world, along with its local agent Arlinks Ltd, started in Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Int'l confce on aquaculture in Dhaka in Nov
A three-day international conference on 'Aquaculture Production and Marketing of Shrimp and Fin Fish' will begin in Dhaka from November 28 aiming to give a shot in the arm of the potential sector.
 arrow Emirates reconfigures its airbus fleet
Emirates airline has completed its aircraft reconfiguration projects recently to meet its increasing market demand.
 arrow Seminar on WTO rules held in Chittagong
Experts at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for a broader cooperation among the WTO members in the greater interest of increased trade between the developed and the developing countries.
 arrow FedEx selected for US Postal Service's int'l delivery
The US Postal Service has selected FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, to provide transportation and delivery for Global Express Guaranteed (GXG), US Postal Service's international delivery
 arrow WTO reaffirms rule on trade law violation by US
The World Trade Organisation Friday ruled the United States broke global trade rules by lavishing subsidies on its cotton farmers, backing a Brazilian complaint, the two governments said.
 arrow Thai economy remains strong: Shinawatra
The Thai economy remains strong and its expansion can be sustained over a long period of time long run, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said in his weekly radio show yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Why did Bashir die?
Promising cricketer Tamim Bashir was laid to rest at the Goalkhali graveyard in Khalishpur, Khulna yesterday.

The 19-year-old died of cerebral malaria in Dhaka on Friday.

 arrow Football: Swedes' last gasp draw
Sweden picked themselves up off the floor with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring an astonishing late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with Italy on Friday in one of the best matches played so far in Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: They can't afford to lose
European Championship hosts Portugal will be knocked out at the first hurdle on Sunday unless they break with tradition and beat neighbours Spain for the first time in a competitive international.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket taking its toll on Tendulkar
India's Sachin Tendulkar says the wear and tear of playing international cricket for over 15 years has started taking its toll on his body.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan for one team
England captain Michael Vaughan has called for the Test and one-day outfits to be united in the build-up to the triangular one-day series.
 arrow Football: Azzurri left to ponder
Italy defender Alessandro Nesta said Sweden's late equaliser in their 1-1 draw on their Group C match on Friday was "gutting" and said he hoped fair play would win out in the final round of group games.
 arrow Football: Just a point away
Greece will have to reshape their midfield against Russia on Sunday as they seek the point they need to clinch a surprise Euro 2004 quarterfinal place.
 arrow Football: Zizou's the man
Marcel Desailly still wears the captain's armband but Zinedine Zidane is now the undisputed boss of the French team.

Gone is the quietly-spoken genius content to let others shout and rave.

 arrow Football: Historic showdown
Ask any Spaniard to name his country's most feared opponents and it will be France, Italy or perhaps Germany that head the list.

Portugal will barely get a mention.

 arrow Football: kickin' around
Switzerland's players appear to have been scrambling to swap shirts with David Beckham after Thursday's defeat against England.
 arrow Cricket: ECB's Olympics dream
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hope the popularity of short-form Twenty20 cricket may lead to its inclusion in the Olympics especially if London's bid for the 2012 Games is successful.
 arrow Football: Cloud over NFL
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan said this year's National Football League might be suspended due to unavailability of the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Hockey: Big win for Dinajpur
Dinajpur, Rajshahi and Jessore advanced to the group semifinals of the 21st National Youth (Under-18) Hockey Championship eliminating their respective rivals at the Mau-lana Bhashani National Stadiumyesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Div II kabadi
Shaheed Mozzafar Hossain Smrity Sangsad emerged champions in the Second Division Kabadi League outplaying Maniknagar Unnayan Samity 34-18 with two lonas in the final at the Outer Stadium kabadi courtyesterday.
 arrow Football: CJKS football
Title aspirants Chittagong Abahani continued their winning run when they blanked Friends Club 3-0 in the CJKS-Elite Paint Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'End discrimination against women'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to eliminate all forms of discriminations against women.
 arrow One killed in wall collapse
An unidentified man was killed when the boundary wall of the Dhanmondi Government Boys' High School near Asad Gate collapsed on him yesterday.
Nationalarrow Grapes no more 'sour' to them
Costly and sweet grapes are now no more beyond the reach of many of the poor.
 arrow Recurring 'manmade' flood
An inoperative sluice gate on the Jatrabari canal has become a cause for sorrow for over 50,000 people in Kalmakanda and Khaliajuri upazilas in Netraklona district and Drama-pasha upazila in Sunamganj
 arrow Gas to N dists a prime need
Lack of gas supply has forced closure of many small and medium scale industries in the district and shied away prospective investors.
 arrow Shrimp farm looted for toll
Shrimps worth about Tk three lakh were looted from four farms allegedly by outlaws on Wednesday night at Khajra village in Assassuni upazila for refusing to pay them Tk two lakh toll, police said.
 arrow Hawkers occupy Barisal BIWTA land with mayoral nod!
Hawkers, evicted from the bank of the District Council pond in the city on Wednesday, occupied a four-acre land of BIWTA on Thursday, allegedly with a nod from the Mayor's office.
 arrow One killed, 20 hurt in B'baria clash
One persons was killed and 20 people were injured is a clash between two groups of people over refund of loan at Shahpur village in Kasba upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Land dispute: BNP activists ransack houses at Netrakona village
Ruling BNP activists led by the brother of a local party leader ransacked houses of six families at Satashi village in Durgapur upazila over a land dispute recently.
 arrow Arms recovered
Brahmanbaria Sadar police recovered one cut rifle and one USA-made revolver in a raid in a house in the railway station area Friday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow An interview with Naeem Mohaiemen
Naeem Mohaiemen is the New York-based director of Muslims or Heretics? a documentary about the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims.
 arrow Glimmers of hope for a troubled democracy
Much to the relief of the political observers in Bangladesh, the main opposition Awami League (AL) returned to the Jatiyo Sangsad on June 14, 2004.
Culturearrow Father's Day gaining ground?
The 'Father's Day', although a western concept, is being celebrated in our country, even though in limited circles.
 arrow Review
Inggit: A powerful social commentary
Dhaka Padatik staged Inggit by SM Solaiman at the Experimental Theatre Stage on June 18 as part of the drama festival arranged by the Bangladesh

Internationalarrow India, Pakistan start talks to reduce nuke confrontation risk
India and Pakistan yesterday began talks on reducing the risk of nuclear confrontation and accidental use of atomic weapons in South Asia, six years after becoming nuclear powers.
 arrow 'Saudi anti-extremist campaign ineffective'
The Saudi government's intense public relations campaign to discourage people from supporting extremists isn't swaying some of its citizens, who still consider the militants heroes despite appeals from
 arrow EU adopts constitution
After a glass or two of champagne and a good night's sleep to celebrate agreeing a historic constitution for the European Union, the bloc's leaders now start the tough job of persuading their people to
 arrow Floods submerge 50 villages in Bihar
At least 50 villages were submerged and rail services paralysed as the first of the annual flash floods hit the eastern Indian state of Bihar, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Foreigners will stay in KSA despite risks
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday he hoped foreigners would stay in Saudi Arabia because their departure would be a victory for the kind of people who beheaded kidnapped American Paul Johnson.
 arrow Experts fear 'dirty bomb' attack
Terrorists are "all but certain" to set off a radiological weapon in the United States, since it will take authorities too many years to track and secure the radioactive materials of such "dirty bombs,"
 arrow Israel prepares for Gaza pullout
Israel was set to train a special army unit to coordinate its Gaza Strip pullout Friday as a helicopter gunship targeted two weapons workshops in Gaza City following an earlier missile attack on a southern
 arrow US signs 4-nation accord to save the Titanic
The United States Friday signed an accord aimed at protecting the wreck of the Titanic in the north Atlantic from souvenir hunters and undersea tourists, the State Department said.
 arrow Vajpayee has a change of heart on Modi
In a significant comment on the eve of the crucial BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on Sunday, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee appeared to have piped down a bit on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Editorialarrow Editorial: Funds unspent and uninvested
We have got used to thinking of Bangladesh as a poor country, and many assume that it is the lack of public and private resources that is at the root of our underdevelopment.
 arrow Editorial: Too vulgar to print
What Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, our contestant for the OIC secretary-generalship uttered about opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and AL MP Suranjit Sengupta in a press conference on Friday was unprintable.
 arrow Amateur hour in foreign affairs again
Here we go again.
 arrow State of governance in Bangladesh
Of late, a number of newspaper articles and editorials have been written on the state of governance in Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Bus arson and our politics
On the eve of the last hartal, called by main opposition party AL, another despicable and barbaric act took the lives of some innocent passengers who were on board of that bus.
 arrow Our country's image
Mr. Shadman's observation on 14 June issue drew my attention. The writer expressed that being a Bangladeshi he felt 'ashamed' and 'disgusted' while living abroad due to ongoing situation at home.
 arrow Hartal: a destructive play
Hartal was an effective medium of protest against the British colonisation and other aggressive foreign powers. But, in the age of democracy, it comes ineffective.
 arrow Bangla Bhai
I am really surprised why the government is not being able to catch the now infamous "Bangla Bhai". The government is aware of his illegal activities but is yet to bring this terrorist to book.
Star Healtharrow Sodium surplus: Shake the habit
You have been trying to eat less sodium just a pinch of table salt to your baked potato and a dash to your scrambled eggs.
 arrow Keeping them healthy, keeping them home
You may have somebody at your home, very dear to you, but very sick with long illness, requiring continuous medical care.
Star Cityarrow Rescue efforts falter in Old Dhaka alleys
Narrow streets are the main hindrance to rescue efforts in Old Dhaka, home to hundreds of centuries-old ramshackle buildings that have become virtual death traps for residents.
 arrow Living without loved ones
She was lying on the floor, a blank look in her eyes.
 arrow Dhaka-Agartala bus service runs short of passengers
The regular bus service between Dhaka and Agartala launched last September is still facing shortage of passengers.
 arrow Pizza Hutís fun outlet for kids
Pizza Hut launched "Pizza Pooch Birthday Party", a programme tailored for kids, at its only outlet on South Avenue in Gulshan on Thursday.
 arrow Commerce ministry expands taskforce to control price hike
The commerce ministry has expanded its task force from 12 to 23 members to make it more effective in dealing with price hike.
 arrow Bad days for local audio market
The local audio market is experiencing a period of depression because of illegal reproduction of CDs, audio tapes and Mp3s, according to the city's CD vendors and production houses.
 arrow Dream mugged
When Abdul Alim travelled all the way from Chittagong to Dhaka, he was dreaming of going to Saudi Arabia to make a living for a change in life.