Volume 5 Number 26 Mon. June 21, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow Robbers gun down 2 cops in daring Motijheel heist
A notorious gang yesterday gunned down two policemen and injured as many people in a gunfight to evade arrest during robbery at a currency exchange shop at Motijheel yesterday.
 arrow Forces plan to take 500 acres of forest
The armed forces are trying to take control of large swathes of forestland from the environment and forest ministry for putting up military installations what the ministry officials think may undo years
 arrow Ruling MPs refuse to censure, AL walks out
Main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday walked out of parliament, as treasury bench members refused to censure the indecent remarks of ruling BNP parliamentarian Salauddin Qauder Chowdhury
 arrow Fake fertiliser robs southwest farmers
Producers of fake fertiliser are robbing farmers in Jessore and Jhenidah regions of huge sums of money they spend on procuring the vital agricultural input.
 arrow Making quick bucks at cop checkpoint
At around 5:00 in the afternoon Friday, eight members of the armed police battalion and three police constables led by a sub-inspector (SI) set up a checkpoint on the eastern side of Satmasjid Road in
 arrow Proshika boss charged with sedition
The government has brought sedition charge against Proshika chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed, who is now in jail, and six of his sub-ordinates.
 arrow Idul thrived in crime world on JCD protection
Idul, the notorious criminal caught wounded during the fight with police yesterday, used to stay at Sergeant Jahurul Haque Hall of Dhaka University (DU) as a protégé of Tanjilur Rahman Tanjil, president
 arrow HC terms Mannan writ premature
The High Court yesterday disposed of the writ petition of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh candidate Abdul Mannan as premature but said it expects the government to provide the Election Commission with all support
 arrow Desa asked to drop power station plan
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) has urged the authorities concerned to stop the construction of a power station that encroaches upon the river Buriganga.
 arrow Morshed off to ACD meet in China
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday left for Qingdao, China to attend the Third Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) which starts today.
 arrow Rights activists file writ against 14th amendment
Eight women-rights activists yesterday filed a writ with the High Court (HC) challenging a provision of the 14th amendment to the constitution.
 arrow Hasina blames it on PM
Opposition Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed 'stubbornness' of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for Bangladesh's defeat in the election to the secretary general post of the Organisation
 arrow Ravaged road...

 arrow India, Pakistan ban further tests
India and Pakistan agreed yesterday to set up a hotline to avoid a nuclear confrontation and to ban further nuclear tests, as the rivals came together to dismiss concerns by the world's more established
 arrow Rocket attack, blast destroy Pak airport
An explosion and a pre-dawn rocket attack destroyed an airport in the remote gas rich town of Sui in southwestern Pakistan yesterday, police and security officials said.
 arrow Mastermind left out in Manik killing case
Police yesterday submitted the charge-sheet for the gruesome murder of journalist Manik Chandra Saha, accusing 12 but allegedly leaving out the kingpin's name.
 arrow Clinton blasts Bush's Iraq war strategy
Former US president Bill Clinton has criticised President George W.
 arrow First big-name exit on cards
Spanish and Portuguese fans are gathering for the most important match at Euro 2004 so far, just as the pressure is beginning to tell on other big teams at the tournament.
 arrow Another acid victim dies
Salma Begum, yet another victim of acid violence, succumbed to her injuries after about a 20-hour struggle at the Sylhet Osmani Medical College hospital Saturday night.
 arrow Clock ticks for private spacecraft's launch
The stuff of pulp science fiction and children's adventure books could become reality this week high over the Mojave Desert, when an innovative rocket plane points its nose toward space.
 arrow AL fronts call countrywide hartal for June 30
The two wings of the main opposition Awami League -- Awami Swechhasebak League and Juba Mohila League -- called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal for June 30 protesting 'damage to Bangladesh's image'by
 arrow AL youth front rallies for Kula
Leaders of Awami Jubo League, youth front of Awami League (AL), yesterday said they will campaign for Kula (winnowing fan), the election symbol of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) candidate Abdul Mannan,
 arrow Workers Party expels five leaders
Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday expelled five central leaders including a politburo member while the ousted group said they would continue to function as a faction of the leftist group.
 arrow Medical test on 2 negative
Primary medical check-up yesterday found anthrax virus negative in two people held with the tusks of a dead elephant, host of the deadly germ, which was found dead in Yangchha.
 arrow Woman, only child killed in Ctg landslide
A destitute young woman and her only child perished in a landslide at Nasirabad in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Clogged sewer system...

 arrow Rab member held over 'extorting money'
Police arrested a member of elite anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday for allegedly extorting money.
 arrow Govt asks 34 jt secys to continue previous job
The government yesterday asked 34 newly elevated joint secretaries to continue their service in their previous position until fresh postings.
 arrow Arroyo voted to fresh term
Long-awaited results of a marathon vote count gave Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a fresh term as Philippine president yesterday, but opposition allegations of cheating and planned protests threatened to undermine
Businessarrow VAT on cylinder may retard move to popularise LPG
The government move to popularise use of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) may face difficulty due to a proposal in the budget for fiscal 2004-2005 to slap a 15 percent value added tax (VAT) on imported LPG
 arrow Expats contribute $3b to economy every year
Expatriate Bangladeshis contribute 3 billion US dollars in remittance to the country's development process every year, State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Quamrul Islam said
 arrow Govt turns down proposal to cut furnace oil prices
The government yesterday turned down a proposal for lowering furnace oil prices for industrial usage, but decided to form a committee to look into the matter.
 arrow Japan-EU summit to focus on enlargement, investment
Japanese and European leaders meet here Tuesday for an annual summit that will focus on economic cooperation, as Japan is achieving the strongest growth among the world's top seven industrialized nations.
 arrow Anwar stresses sincere efforts towards agri development
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar yesterday asked the officials concerned to put their sincere efforts towards translating the hope generated from agriculture development in to reality.
 arrow Tax lawyers against fine for defaulting in submission of return
Bangladesh Tax Lawyers' Associa-tion (BTLA) yesterday demanded withdrawal of the budgetary measure of fine against non-submission of income tax return in time.
 arrow ICAB team meets SEC chairman
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to make it mandatory for the listed companies to follow the principles of BangladeshAccounting
 arrow Gulshan Society signs MoU with DBH
Gulshan Society, a citizens' welfare group of Gulshan Model Town, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DBH) under which the company willsponsor
 arrow US investors undeterred by terror in SE Asia
A bloody insurgency in Thailand, bomb attack warnings in Indonesia, a potential revolt in the Philippines and egregious human rights abuses in Myanmar may be enough reasons to put off foreign investors
 arrow Japanese life insurers reducing shares in banks
Japan's life insurance companies substantially cut their holdings of bank shares last year, weaning themselves from the interdependence which has gridlocked the country's financial sector, a press report
 arrow ECB chief urges cos, workers to join fight against inflation
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet urged companies and workers to join the fight against inflation by not pumping up wage settlements on the back of soaring oil prices.
 arrow Malaysia's AirAsia to acquire 80 new aircraft
Malaysian no-frills airline AirAsia will acquire up to 80 new aircraft over the next four to eight years to cater for regional expansion, a report said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Football: Rahman tonic for BFF
The qualifying phase of the Nitol-Tata 4th National Football League (NFL) might start on schedule despite a hardline stance of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan.
 arrow Cricket: BCB looks deep
With the whisperings turning into a loud chorus over the tragic death of Tamim Bashir, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is getting their act together.
 arrow Football: Rooney now the trump card
England will be counting on record-breaking teenager Wayne Rooney to fire them into the Euro 2004 quarter-finals when they face Croatia on Monday.
 arrow Football: They really belong
Latvia were arguably the most surprising qualifiers for Euro 2004 but the Baltic state showed they were worthy of one of the 16 places holding three-time European champions Germany to a 0-0 draw hereon
 arrow Tennis: Wimbledon starts today
World number one and top seed Roger Federer opens the defence of his Wimbledon title here on Monday determined to play down expectations that he has the game and grace to emulate legendary seven-timewinner
 arrow Cricket: 'It's harder sans Murali'
Sri Lanka face a difficult task dismissing Australia without world record wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, captain Marvan Atapattu said here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Chanderpaul sees WI home
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's unbeaten 71 saw the West Indies home to a six-wicket win against Sussex in a rain-affected day-night limited-overs game here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: The Indian search is on
When Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly recently anointed middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh as a future Test opener, he was desperately trying to find a cure for an age-old headache.
 arrow Tennis: The real champion
At Wimbledon 2004, there are two defending men's champions.
 arrow Tennis: Thanks 'Grandpa' Boris
Anastasia Myskina, the newest member of the Grand Slam winners' club, will launch her assault on the Wimbledon title with the words of Boris Yeltsin ringing in her ears.
 arrow Tennis: Bend it like Serena
Serena Williams has big plans for Wimbledon. "I'm going to bend it like Beckham," she laughs.
 arrow Football: Champs' need to convince
Champions France will bank on mental strength to compensate for a recent lack of inspiration as they chase the point they need in their final Euro 2004 group match against Switzerland on Monday.
 arrow Football: Triumph in grief
Eight days after the death of his mother, Jesper Gronkjaer struck "a very, very special" goal for Denmark in their 2-0 defeat of Bulgaria at the European Championship on Friday.
 arrow Football: Rude awakening
Giovanni Trapattoni, Rudi Voller and Dick Advocaat entered Euro 2004 with hopes of lifting the title - instead they are probably one match away from claiming unemployment benefit.
 arrow Football: One last trap in the bag?
Under-fire coach Giovanni Trapattoni insists Italy are not caught between a rock and a hard place as they bid to avoid the humiliation which first-phase elimination from Euro 2004 would entail, even though
 arrow Football: No Scandinavian deal!
The air in the conference room on the first floor of the five-star Palacio Hotel on the avenue Boavista here on Saturday was charged with conspiracy.
 arrow Football: Dutch don't like the idea
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat is unhappy about the Czech decision to field a weakened team in their final Euro 2004 Group D game against Germany.
 arrow Football: kickin' around
Former England golden boy Paul Gascoigne has warned Wayne Rooney of the pitfalls of fame he will face after Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Frei free
Switzerland striker Alexander Frei was cleared on Sunday of charges of spitting at England midfielder Steven Gerrard during a Euro 2004 match last week, a Swiss FA official said.
 arrow Bashir's family appeals to PM for inquiry
"BCB president Ali Asghar should have come to Khulna to attend the namaz-e-janaja of my son.
 arrow Hockey: Dhaka, Jessore in semis
Dhaka and Jessore reached the semifnals of the 21st National Youth Hockey Championship with identical 4-0 wins over their opponents in yesterday's quarterfinals at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey
 arrow Cricket: UAE oust Malaysia
Defending champions United Arab Emirates coasted to a 61 run victory over hosts Malaysia Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy at the Royal Selangor Club Oval in Kuala
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Deawra Cricket Club and Brothers Union Cricket Club won their respective matches in Shaheed Freedom Fighter Ranga Mia Cup tournament at Shahjadapur Junior High School playground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan and Zaheer back for India
Star spinner Harbhajan Singh and paceman Zaheer Khan have been named among Indian probables for the Asia Cup tournament after recovering from injuries, a top cricket official said here on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Parallel admin cadre for 2 wings of health ministry
A parallel administrative cadre would execute all activities of the two wings of health and family welfare ministry in addition to its existing admin cadre.
 arrow WFP fundraising walk held
The global fundraising walk of the World Food Programme (WFP) was held in the country as elsewhere in the world yesterday.
 arrow 2 rickshawpullers shot
Two rickshawpullers, Mojibar, 35, and Mohammad Tariqul, 18, were shot by a passenger in the city yesterday.

Both the rickshawpullers were undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

 arrow Tk 70 lakh govt grant for youth organisations
The government will provide Tk 70 lakh as grants to 676 youth organisations under the Youth Welfare Fund for 2003-2004 fiscal year.
Nationalarrow Dubious police role in sensational Khulna murder cases
Charge sheets submitted by investigating officers (IOs) in sensational murder cases have been put on big question marks as these do not mention names of godfathers and masterminds who planned the killings
 arrow Tender vandalism by ruling party men in Rajshahi
Some ruling BNP leaders and contractors loyal to them, allegedly in connivance with a section of Rajshahi Water Development Board officials, have shared among themselves all the works of the Padma Erosion
 arrow WDB tries to tame the swollen Jamuna
With the Jamuna and the Bangalee rivers in spate now, the Water Development Board (WDB) has started some temporary work to protect Shariakandi and adjoining areas from erosion.
 arrow Govt hatchery raises hope among shrimp farmers
A government shrimp fry production project in the district, set up with assistance from DANIDA, has raised great hopes among shrimp farmers in the southern districts.
 arrow Magura college students want principal's exit
Over 100 students of Magura Government Mohila College locked the principal's office room and boycotted classes yesterday demanding her removal for her alleged involvement in corruption and embezzlement
 arrow 'Abductor' held, 2 children rescued
Local people caught an alleged trafficker at Tarati village in Iswarganj upazila in Mymensingh on Friday and rescued two 'abducted' children.
 arrow No internet in Barisal for 3 days
Several thousand internet users in Barisal can not use the facility for the last three days as services provided by the government's T&T department the Chien Cyber Net' (CCN), a private operator, arenot
 arrow Newspaper office ransacked at B'baria
The office of a local Bangla daily, Dainik Projabandhu, was ransacked by some armed miscreants in the town on Saturday for publishing a news.
 arrow 24-hour strike at jute mills on July 5 threatened
Labour leaders of state-owned jute mills in Chittagong on Friday threatened a 24-hour strike from 6 am on July 5 to press their 18-point demand.
 arrow Medicine worth several lakhs taka looted
Medicine and goods worth several lakhs of taka were looted from the District Reserve Store (DRS) of Medicine of the Health and Family Planning Department here on Saturday.
 arrow PIB training on environmental journalism begins
A four-day training course on environmental journalism began at Manikganj Press Club here yesterday.

The Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) organised the course.

 arrow Correction
The IACIB, a local NGO in Nilphamari, has given a correction to its statement given earlier.
Point-Counterpointarrow Awami League must be congratulated!
The main opposition, Awami League (AL), has returned to the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) after boycotting its sessions for about a year.
 arrow Some kind of hero
Former President Ronald Reagan was extremely lucky to have died when the Republicans are in power. The Republicans made Reagan much more of a towering figure in death than he was in life.
Culturearrow Rock groups enthralls all at National Museum
June 18--Drizzles followed a heavy shower with clouds up everywhere, water logging on the streets. Nothing seemed to dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic music lovers of the city.
 arrow Review
Pejgi: A light comedy
Shatwik Theatre staged Pejgi at the Experimental Theatre Stage as part of the drama festival arranged by the BGTF on June 19.

 arrow Women behind the lens
What do Aparna Sen and Mira Nair have in common? For one, they are both women filmmakers of India. Their creativity spans films such as 36 Chowringhee Lane, Mr and Mrs Iyer.
Generalarrow Play effective role to create politics of consensus
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday called upon the newsmen as well as members of the newspaper industry to play an effective role in creating an atmosphere of politics of consensus instead
 arrow 5,000 sacks of Indian cement seized in N'ganj
Detective police seized 5,000 (five thousand) sacks of Indian cement along with a local ship from a jetty of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Saturday night.
 arrow SQ Chy 's remarks unfortunate: Ershad
Former president and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad described as 'unfortunate" Prime Minister's Parliamentary Affairs Advisor Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's remarks after his defeat at the OIC ballot.
 arrow Sundarbans has 362 tigers
The Sundarbans has some 362 tigers according to the official survey conducted in 1993.
 arrow Separate payscale for varsity teachers demanded
A delegation of Bangladesh Agricultural University Teachers Association met President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow 33rd Foundation Training Course begins at BPATC
The 33rd Foundation Training Course for officers of BCS cadres began at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Yellow cab carjacked
A gang of three, posing themselves as passengers, carjacked a yellow cab after hiring it from Jatrabari bus terminal at around midnight on Saturday.
Internationalarrow Iraq reorganises forces to fight terrorism
Iraq's interim prime minister announced a restructuring of the country's security forces yesterday, saying all Iraqi resources would be directed toward fighting terrorism and that he was considering imposing
 arrow N Korea, Indo-Pak rift to linger on sidelines
A forum of 22 Asian foreign ministers is expected to face some of the region's thorniest issues -- from the North Korean standoff to the Indo-Pakistani rift -- when it gathers in China today.
 arrow Iraqis deny Zarqawi men used house hit in US raid
An Islamist militant group targeted by a US air strike that killed 22 people in Falluja does not operate in the rebellious Sunni Muslim town, Iraqi security officers said yesterday.
 arrow No question of Fatah dissolution: Qorei
Palestinian premier Ahmed Qorei ruled out any move to dissolve an armed group linked to his mainstream Fatah movement, in comments published Sunday, despite his campaign for a halt to anti-Israeli attacks.
 arrow 3 Iraqis, GI killed in fighting
Three Iraqis were killed and nine wounded in clashes overnight yesterday between militiamen and US soldiers in Baghdad's Shia suburb of Sadr City, hospital officials and a witness said.
 arrow Saudi Arabia asks militants to repent or embrace death
Saudi Arabia warned Muslim militants they would share the fate of their slain leader unless they repented, as al-Qaeda vowed renewed "holy war" in the kingdom.
 arrow Delhi reviews Naga situation
The Centre Saturday reviewed the situation in Nagaland at a high-level meeting attended among others by the Chief of Army Staff, General NC Vij, the head of the Research and Analysis Wing, CD Sahay, and
 arrow Sept 11 panel invites Cheney to show proof
Nearing the end of its work, the Sept.
 arrow US choppers drive Taliban out of Afghan district
US helicopter gunships flushed out Taliban guerrillas Saturday from a government headquarters they overran the night before, a Taliban commander said.
 arrow BJP stands by Modi
India's opposition Hindu nationalists yesterday shot down renewed calls to dismiss Gujarat's hardline leader, who is accused of abetting anti-Muslim violence in the western state.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sorry state of investigation
Reports of investigations of sensational cases fizzling out should be a matter of concern for all.
 arrow Editorial: Mayors want more power
This isn't the first time that the mayors of all the city corporations in the country are asking for more power to serve the city dwellers.
 arrow An inevitable parting of the ways
The news that Ahmad Chalabi's elegant headquarters-cum-residence in Baghdad was raided on the morning of May 20 in presence of CIA men exploded like a bombshell.
 arrow The Middle Kingdom
Political facts are volatile and vulnerable, as they should be in a democracy, so when they sustain they command attention.
 arrow Ominous state of affairs
The print media of Bangladesh seemed to have dedicated the month of May last to the so-called Bangla Bhai. Two-thirds of the period was almost exclusively his monopoly in lead news.
Letters to Editorarrow A long awaited defeat!
OIC members have saved OIC and the Muslim world as a whole by rejecting the Bangladeshi candidate.
 arrow Say yes to "sports"
Our world is full of so many evils and chaos that there is hardly any scope left for the people to enjoy pure entertainment.
 arrow Democratic dictators?
I think, till now the total number of times Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair has been cursed and criticised by the people of the world has exceeded the number of times Hitler has been criticised and cursed.
 arrow Bhutan, refugees and the SAARC leaders
Immediately after my return from Nepal the TV picture of the meeting between Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and Bhutanese ambassador to Bangladesh raised many questions in my mind.
 arrow Poor TV commercials
I am writing this letter in concern of the one written by Mr. Mahasen (June 16). TV commercials form an inevitable part of programmes on different channels, be they satellite or otherwise.
 arrow KL unlikely to quit race for OIC job
In the news article "KL unlikely to quit race for OIC job" (June 15), the DS reported:

In an interview with Enayetullah Khan, Chief Editor of a private news agency last week, Malaysian Foreign Minister

 arrow Nostalgia
I was watching the Sky TV News this afternoon, when the news was broadcast that The Shadows have called it a day and they never will play again.
 arrow Cambridge launches GCE O Level Bangladesh Studies
Thank you for reporting the launch of the Cambridge GCE O Level in Bangladesh Studies (Daily Star, 16 June).
 arrow Mumbai train tragedy
A tragic train derailment left at least 20 dead and about 100 injured in western India. According to the Railway officials bad weather and heavy downpour could be one of reasons of the accident.
 arrow Psychological counselling needed
Depression is a psychological state that makes it difficult to cope with the uncertainty and complexity of day to day life.
 arrow DU hall: Den of abductors?
Abduction has become a good business thanks to the indifference and sometimes the direct collaboration of police with the abductors.
 arrow 'Failed government'
I felt drawn to the write-up captioned 'Failed State and Bangladesh' by the DS Editor which appeared in your esteemed daily recently.
Star Cityarrow Clogged drains, rain-reeling city
The capital came to a virtual standstill last Wednesday, when hundreds of vehicles got stuck in up to three feet of water as nearly 51mm of rain pelted down in just two hours.
 arrow When life turns into a nightmare
It is more than the worst nightmare. It never came to mind that the parents' most precious of all -- Arian -- could be taken away from them.
 arrow Baldha's Seasonal Bloom

 arrow BGMEA to launch lounge at ZIA for foreign customers
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is likely to launch its reception centre at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in the first week of July in an effort to attract foreign
 arrow DCC gears up for waste management
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to form a division to strengthen institutional development in the management of about 5,000 tonnes of solid waste generated a day in the city.
 arrow Common academic calendar for high schools far from reality
A common academic calendar, scheduled to be introduced to secondary schools across the country in January, could not be implemented yet.