Vol. 5 Num 60 Sun. July 25, 2004    
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Front Pagearrow River waters roil on two key highways
Roiling river waters from the upstream rolled over Dhaka-Aricha highway at nine points and Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Gazaria in Munshiganj yesterday, threatening the capital's road links to Chittagong
 arrow One-third Dhaka floats on floodwaters, sewage
About one-third of the capital has gone under floodwaters polluted with sewage and muck, exposing people to serious health hazards.
 arrow 50pc RMG units flood affected
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has claimed that at least 50 percent of the garment factories in and around Dhaka city have been affected by the current floods.
 arrow BNP, AL, JP top rule violators: acting CEC
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Safiur Rahman yesterday reported pervasive violation of electoral code of conduct at the hustings of the August 1 by-election in Gazipur-2, naming BNP, Awami League
 arrow Police given media gag
An embargo has been clamped on the policemen to stop them from sharing information with newspersons.
 arrow Indo-Pak clash today
India find themselves in a rather strange situation ahead of their crucial Asia Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Premadasa Stadium today.
 arrow HC stays new holding tax system
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the entire process of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for realising holding tax on self-assessment basis.
 arrow Humayun Azad's son flees from Kidnappers
The son of noted writer Humayun Azad ran away from his abductors about two hours into his kidnap on Dhaka University campus yesterday.
 arrow Iraq militants kidnap Egyptian envoy
Egypt is trying to secure the release of a senior diplomat after he was seized in a brazen kidnapping while leaving a Baghdad mosque-- the first envoy to be taken hostage in a growing wave of abductions.
 arrow PM assures All-out help
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the flood-hit people of all possible support and made an appeal for all to face the calamity with patience and courage.
 arrow 9,500 primary teachers to come under govt pay scale
The government has started the process of bringing the jobs of about 9,500 primary school teachers under government pay scale and it will take at least a couple of months, official sources said.
 arrow Swiss aid slashed for project delays
Switzerland drastically cuts development aid to Bangladesh for "extreme" procedural delays in approval and implementation of projects.
 arrow Ministers, MPs lobby hard for extra relief
Some ministers and parliament members from the ruling coalition are lobbying hard with the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management every day to get extra relief allocation against their flood-hit constituencies.
 arrow Hoax flyer on 'best teacher, school' raises suspicion
A hoax flyer that had been distributed under the name of British Council to newspaper subscribers by unidentified people, has caused confusion among the English medium school students and guardians.
 arrow Tiger kills Fisherman
A fisherman was killed by a Royal Bengal Tiger in Mogladari in the Sundarbans Thursday night.
 arrow Secretaries Appear in court
Three secretaries facing contempt charges for violating a court order on army deployment on the election day in Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-poll appeared in person in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Ministry takes action against four officials
The shipping ministry yesterday in a set of punitive action made a senior official OSD and suspended three others for their alleged neglect in duty that led to capsize of MV Lighting Sun.
 arrow Bus robbers Stab one dead in city
Robbers boarded a bus in the capital in the guise of passengers yesterday, stabbed one person to death, injured at least four others and took away money and other belongings from passengers.
 arrow Syndicate leaves it to chancellor
In the face of media criticisms, the committee assigned to short-list applicants for lecturer and assistant professor posts in population science at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday crossed out one ofits
 arrow Relief centres in Dhaka shift into top gear
A number of government and other organisations have opened relief activity centres at various points in the capital to collect food and medication and distribute those in the 41 flood-affected districts.
 arrow DFP DG drags on even after transfer
The director general (DG) of the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) has not yet joined the office he was transferred to over two weeks back.
 arrow Criminals shoot cop's wife, commit robbery
Criminals shot a policeman's wife and looted cash, gold ornaments and electrical appliances from their Ibrahimpur house in Kafrul yesterday apparently due to a rivalry with one of her sons.
 arrow AL complains of police hassle at Tongi
Awami League (AL) in a complaint filed with the Election Commission yesterday said the sub inspector of Tongi Police Station is harassing local AL activists for canvassing the electorate of Gazipur 2constituency
 arrow Pabna municipal commissioner shot dead
Unidentified criminals yesterday shot dead a municipality commissioner within a few yards of the offices of deputy commissioner and superintendent of police in Pabna.
 arrow 6 Proshika Officials get bail
The High Court yesterday granted two months anticipatory bail for six Proshika officials in a sedition case.
 arrow 20 cannonballs found in Kafrul
Construction workers yesterday ran across 20 cannonballs that were buried beneath the ground at city's South Kafrul.
 arrow Kazi Zafar Acquitted of graft charges
A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted former prime minister Kazi Zafar Ahmed and another of a corruption case filed by the Bureau of Anti-corruption (Bac) 13 years back.
 arrow Construction Trader killed
A businessman was killed inside his office in Motijheel apparently over a feud with his brother yesterday.
Businessarrow Remittance witnesses growth on contribution from expats in KSA
Contributions from non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in Saudi Arabia have saved overall remittance curve from taking a southward direction but failed to sustain the previous year’s growth.
 arrow All Malaysian banks to get Islamic banking licences
Malaysia will gradually award full Islamic banking licences to all banks as part of efforts to grow the segment and encourage the expansion of such services offshore, reports said Saturday.
 arrow Jt Commission meet to review Bangladesh-Myanmar trade
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury leaves here for Yangon today to attend a meeting of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Joint Commission tomorrow, official sources said.
 arrow BAT shrugs off China tobacco row
British American Tobacco is embroiled in an embarrassing row with Chinese regulators over its deal to become the first foreign cigarette maker in China.

Last week, BAT announced it would build a $1.

 arrow Spike in unsold chips causes worry for S'pore
In a worrying sign for the buoyant Singapore economy, stockpiles of unsold semiconductors have ballooned to their highest levels in a year, according to a new report by research firm iSuppli Corp.
 arrow African states soften cotton demands at WTO talks
Four West African cotton producing states Friday dropped a demand the crop be treated as a special agenda item at World Trade Organisation (WTO) farm talks, but insisted on guarantees of financial aid.
 arrow Pakistan receives $244m highest bids for partly privatised bank
Pakistan's central bank received the highest bid of 14.2 billion rupees ($244 million) for the sale of 75.3 percent shares of partly privatised Allied Bank of Pakistan (ABL) Friday.
 arrow CityCell signs distributorship deal with Brothers Communication
CityCell has signed a distributorship agreement with Brothers Communications Limited.
 arrow Sri Lanka raises gasoline prices by 13pc
Sri Lanka Saturday raised gasoline prices by 13.3 percent to recoup some of the losses suffered by the state-run oil company, officials said.
 arrow Rich food importing states demand WTO deal changes
Ten rich food-importing nations demanded changes Friday to a farm trade deal at the heart of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) plan to revive talks on a global trade pact by the end of July.
 arrow US ready to work on WTO proposal
The United States says it is ready to discuss a World Trade Organisation proposal to jump-start stalled global trade talks despite some deep reservations.
 arrow US, China reach deal to expand passenger and cargo flights
China and the United States Saturday signed an agreement to double the number of airlines flying between the two countries and allow a nearly fivefold increase in passenger and cargo flights over thenext
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pressure on Pakistan
Millions of fans in India and Pakistan will huddle around TVs and radios on Sunday as the two countries renew their cricket rivalry at the Asia Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Dav's post-mortem
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore admitted that his boys did not play good cricket in the Asia Cup.

"The story of the tournament is that we were not as good as we should have been to be competitive.

 arrow Cricket: C'paul helps WI avoid follow-on
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Omari Banks ensured West Indies cruised past the follow-on against England in the first Test at Lord's here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: More than just a dasher
Mohammad Ashraful reserves his best for Sri Lanka and Colombo seems to be his happy hunting place.
 arrow Cricket: Life in Lanka
Asian cricket has turned to high-profile mercenaries long ago and two of the best in the business will lay their best possible plans against each other.
 arrow Cricket: Nadeef takes 5 for 81
Left-arm spinner Nadif Chowdhury took five wickets but it was not enough for the touring Bangladesh Under-19 team to prevent ECB XI to pile up 337 runs on the opening day of the three-day match at the
 arrow Football: Russel ride on Younnes double
Two first-half goals by Quati Younnes gave Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra a 2-1 victory against Jhenaidah Mohammedan Sporting in the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League at the local stadium here on
 arrow Hockey: Nat'l hockey
Bangladesh Army crashed Mymen-singh by 9-0 to earn successive second win in the ANAS Group 25th National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Bangladesh third
Bangladesh cagers won the wooden spoon as they clinched the third spot defeating Afghanistan 83-67 in the qualifying round of the FIBA-Asia Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Woodenfloor
 arrow Football: CJKS football
Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Krira Chakra shared points after a goalless draw in the CJKS-Elite Paint First Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann wants the job
Former Germany captain Juergen Klinsmann has said he wants to become his country's next national coach.
 arrow Football: Big Phil's Everton claim
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he was approached by Everton to take the manager's job during the summer.
 arrow Kabadi: Premier kabadi
Sonali Bank Recreation Club registered a 76-32 victory over Jatrabari Faruq Smriti Sangsad in the 9th Premier Division Kabadi League at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Magura handball
Econo Handball League will start today at the Magura Stadium.

Twenty teams, split into four groups, are expected to take part in the league.

Metropolitanarrow Ruling party blamed for attack on AL lawmaker
Bangladesh Awami Jubo League, youth front of main opposition Awami League, yesterday blamed the ruling party for a bomb attack on its General Secretary Mirza Azam MP.
 arrow BDB relief seized
Gulshan police yesterday seized relief materials from Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) activists along with their vehicles for using loud speaker in the diplomatic zone.
 arrow BMSP to monitor activities of political parties
Bangladesh Manobadhikar Samannoy Parishad (BMSP), a human rights organisation, will monitor the activities of political parties.
 arrow DCC exams postponed
Written examination for recruiting Sub-Assistant Engineer of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will not be held on July 30 due to flood situation.

Fresh date will be announced later through newspapers.

 arrow CU officers' strike today
Chittagong University Officers and Employees Alliance Council (OEAC) will observe a three-hour work abstention on the campus today to press home their 11-point demand.
 arrow Maple Leaf School authorities deny allegation
The authorities of Maple Leaf International School yesterday denied having violated a court order regarding readmission of five students, an allegation made by a section of guardians.
Nationalarrow Rallies, processions, hunger strike in Rajshahi
Movement for gas supply to Rajshahi has gained momentum with the city dwellers from all walks of life taking to streets to realise the demand.
 arrow 'Fake Rakhaine bodies doing anti-state activities'
The Rakhone Buddhist Welfare Association (RBWA) here on Friday alleged that some expelled members of the otganisation has floated some new bodies in the name of Rakhine people and doing anti-state activities
 arrow A good start for transparency
It was a different day for the people of a remote bordering village in the district. Over 1500 people took part in a day-long 'open budget session' on Friday.
 arrow Ruling party men reopen Putakhali smuggling route?
Large scale cross-border smuggling and trafficking is going on through Putakhali border point allegedly at the behest of two local ruling party men.
 arrow Relief by NGOs in dists
Muslim Aid Bangladesh, an NGO, distributed relief to 2500 families in three upazilas in as Sirajgonj and Nilphamari on June 20, said a press release of the organisation here yesterday.
 arrow Netrakona UNO faces murder charge
Convenor of Netrakona Nagorik Committee Humayun Kabir Salim has filed a murder case against Netrakona Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Office Proshanta Kumer Das with the court of First Class Magistrate Aminul Islam.
 arrow Disciplinary action against 168 students of Barisal Medical College
The Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) authorities took a disciplinary action against 168 students of first year class.
 arrow 11 BDR men hurt in Satkhira road accident
Eleven members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) were injured, seven of them seriously, in a road accident on the Satkhira-Kaligonj Road at Sekendra village in Debhata upazila on Friday.
 arrow 10 hurt in dacoits’ fire
At least 10 villagers were injured, three of them bullet-hit, in a clash with docits at North Muradia village ibn Dumki upazila in the district in the early hours of Saturday.
 arrow 7 of a family drown, 3 killed in road mishaps
Three persons including a couple were killed in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Nandail on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The myth of reconstruction in Iraq
The whole Iraq affair has been littered with false intentions and lies on the part of the Coalition, who were solely interested in the strategic and economic capability of Iraq.
 arrow Privacy a distant dream
Lawanya, 19, a housewife, has been living in a joint family in the Mohammadpur area in the capital. Her husband is a factory worker. She is quite pretty, but looks depressed.
 arrow 'Bangladeshi students have had exceptional results at O level for several years but now we are beginning to see real improvements in A le
British Council Country Examinations Manager Mark Bartholomew has set an exemplary record of working with UK partners in the fields of teaching and examinations during his past five years in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Abdul Alim: The king of folk songs
Every artiste is identified by his/her tonal colour,' said Abdullah Abu Sayeed, chairman of the trustee board of the Biswa Sahittya Kendra.
 arrow Dhaka Drama Festival 2004
Bhager Manush
The play portrays the sufferings of the people of the border area
What is more important for a man, his nationality or identity? People who live in the borderareas

 arrow 'Puthi' comes to town
Puthi, the art of reciting folk tales, is inextricably rooted in Bangladeshi culture.
Internationalarrow Indian govt tries to appease families
Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh yesterday told anxious family members of one of three Indian truckers kidnapped in Iraq that he was hopeful the captives would be freed soon.
 arrow Gunmen for sacking of Arafat's cousin
Yasser Arafat faced a new challenge in the Gaza Strip yesterday, as gunmen took over the governor's office in Khan Yunis demanding the veteran Palestinian leader sack his cousin as Gaza security chief
 arrow N Korea rejects US offer over nuke issue
North Korea yesterday rejected a US-proposed package aimed at settling a standoff over the communist state's nuclear drive as having "little worthy to be discussed," a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman
 arrow Iraqi insurgents sabotage northern pipeline
Insurgents sabotaged a northern oil pipeline yesterday and fired mortars in the restive city of Samarra, officials said.
 arrow Floods ebb in northeast India but disease threat looms
Devastating floods in northeast India began to abate yesterday but officials warned the worst was yet to come as disease and health problems threatened to hit millions of people.
 arrow India's 'wanted' minister resigns
Indian Coal and Mines Minister Shibu Soren yesterday resigned nearly a week after a court issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against him in connection with a 30-year-old massacre case.
 arrow Pakistan frees 3 aides of disgraced nuke scientist
Pakistan has conditionally released three key associates of disgraced top nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan after more than six months in detention, placing strict restrictions on their movementand
 arrow Poll finds Blair dishonest over Iraqi weapons
Most British voters think Prime Minister Tony Blair was dishonest over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WDM) despite an official report concluding that he had not purposefully misled the country on
 arrow Bomb kills one, injures six teachers in Karachi
A bomb exploded on a road in the Pakistani port city of Karachi yesterday, killing one person and injuring six teachers with an Islamic seminary, police said.
 arrow Nine villagers Gunned down in 'lawless' Bihar
At least nine Indian villagers, including two children, were gunned down in their homes Saturday in India's lawless eastern state of Bihar, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Government response is slow
SINCE we have little control over floods, the best we can do under the circumstances we suddenly find ourselves in, is to try and minimise the damages they are likely to bring in their trails.
 arrow Editorial: Kashmir issue taken up
THE continuing high-level talks between India and Pakistan following the election of the UPA government gives us hope that the political will to resolve the two countries long-standing differences over
 arrow Saarc meet and Indo-Pak relations
South Asians and the Americans would have reason to be pleased if the on-going Indo-Pak talks on rapprochement continue to usher in the winds of change in sub-continental politics.
 arrow Nagaland: India's Waziristan
MANY, many years ago, an old woman walked wearily over a long distance to Delhi to complain to the emperor that his writ did not run where she lived. The emperor said that the place was too far.
Letters to Editorarrow Gross disparity in pay
My younger brother joined BWDB as a sub-assistant engineer with a starting pay of Tk 3,400/= and has been serving in the same post with the same pay for 10 years now.
 arrow Public schools not competing
How the government (public) schools are competing with the modern schools in the private sector? In the latter, Enlgish-medium schools are hugely popular, specially with the affluent classes (as is studying
 arrow Why special savings certificates?
The Daily Star on July 1, 2004 reported that the government had introduced a new pensioners' saving scheme for retired government , semi-government and autonomous body employees.
 arrow Wastage of foreign exchange
The finance minister rightly condemned the superfluous import of petty items such as packed food, juices, toilet and cosmetic items from the Saarc and other Asian countries, when these items are produced
 arrow Poor garbage collection
The DCC has contracted garbage collection from homes in each mohalla to small contractors with rickshaw vans, who are paid monthly by the residents.
Star Healtharrow Poor infrastructure despite increasing RTA
Road traffic injuries are a deadly scourge, taking the lives of 1.2 million men, women and children around the world each year.
Star Cityarrow Cashing in on patients’ woes
Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is reeling from an accommodation crisis, as the authorities of the biggest hospital in Bangladesh did not take any initiative to ease the problem for long.
 arrow DCC aims to list new holdings, not to raise tax, says mayor
The recent move of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for self-assessment of holding tax was aimed mainly at bringing the newly constructed houses into its net, which has not been updated for the last 14 years,
 arrow A Tale of Two Parks

 arrow DCC to widen 204 more narrow roads
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in an effort to reduce traffic congestion will widen 204 narrow roads in phases.
 arrow Floods halt Buriganga eviction drive
The recent eviction drive along the Buriganga channel between Lalbagh and Kamrangirchar jointly by the Deputy Commissioner's (DC) Office and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) ended with
 arrow How safe are food and drinks we take?
The widespread use of formalin, a colourless strong-smelling chemical, in preservation of fish, fruit and other food items is posing a threat to public health.