Vol. 4 Num 138 Sat. October 11, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Crime curb not ample, admits prime minister
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government would not hesitate to take strident measures to stop any irregularity and waste of government fund.
 arrow Graft check, capacity building top CPA plan
The CPA General Assembly yesterday resolved to work for avoiding war and conflict in the world and adopted a strategic plan with corruption check and post-conflict capacity-building as two major areas
 arrow Westmont gets the nod for Baghabari plant
The Cabinet Purchase Committee last week bent its own rules to approve an unsolicited proposal of Westmont Power for setting up a 130 MW gas-fired barge-mounted power plant in Baghabari.
 arrow 'Involve more women MPs in policymaking'
Commonwealth lawmakers yesterday urged the governments of member countries to increase women's participation in legislation to ensure men-women partnership in nation-building.
 arrow India, Thailand sign free trade accord
India and Thailand on Thursday signed five agreements covering a wide range of issues, including a landmark free trade agreement following a one-to-one meeting between Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari
 arrow Accept failure, step down: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the BNP-led four-party coalition government to step down with no delay in a call that coincided with the alliance's celebrations of two years inpower.
 arrow Ebadi first Muslim woman to win Nobel Peace Prize
Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday in an award intended to foster wider democracy in the Islamic world.
 arrow Cleaners dumping tens of thousands of dead fish
Tens of thousands of fish, worth about Tk 1 crore, floated dead yesterday in the Gulshan Lake, polluted with toxic waste blamed on dyeing plants nearby.
 arrow Govt orders anti-corruption steps against two NGOs
The government is going to take legal actions against two out of five non-government organisations (NGO) foreign funds of which have been blocked for about two years allegedly for 'misusing funds' and
 arrow Guerilla ambush in Baghdad kills 2 US soldiers
Guerillas killed two US soldiers and wounded four in an ambush in a Baghdad slum district where a suicide car bomb attack on a police station had earlier claimed at least 10 lives, the US Army said yesterday.
 arrow Arafat-Qorei face-off
The Palestinian leadership was plunged into its second major crisis in a month Thursday when new premier Ahmed Qorei and deputies refused to accept Yasser Arafat's installation of an emergency government
 arrow Shab-e-Barat tonight
The holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed across the country tonight.
 arrow National anthem glitch: Probe body seeks more time
The probe body formed to investigate the technical glitch that stopped playing the national anthem at the October 7 formal opening of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference yesterday
 arrow Muggers loot Tk 12 lakh at Tongi
Armed muggers looted Tk 12 lakh from a team of three employees of a spices factory and shot one of them at Tongi Bazar yesterday, police sources said.
 arrow Hayden breaks Lara's record
Australia batsman Matthew Hayden smashed a world record Test score of 380 in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Perth on Friday.
 arrow Cellphone sets worth Tk 9 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officers at Zia Interna-tional Airport (ZIA) seized 115 mobile phone sets worth about Tk 9 lakh from a homecoming passenger yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka on Unesco board for third straight term
Bangladesh was yesterday elected to the Unesco executive board for the third consecutive time.
 arrow Pakistan hasn't learnt from Bangladesh war: Vajpayee
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee last night said India will take 'appropriate measures' to win any war thrust upon it by Pakistan.

"That is what we did in Kargil," he said.

 arrow Storm kills 2, injures 25 in Bogra
Two persons were killed and 25 others injured when a violent storm lashed two unions of Sariakandi upazila Thursday evening.
 arrow Charges pressed against 13 in Sabita rape, murder case
Charges were pressed against 13 people in Sabita Rani rape and murder case.
 arrow One killed, 2 hurt as drug peddlers clash at Narsingdi
One person was killed and two others were injured in a gunfight between two rival groups of drug peddlers at Duttapara in the town on Thursday night.
 arrow 4 Iraqi cops hurt in attack near Baqubah
Four Iraqi policemen were wounded overnight Thursday near Baqubah, 65 kilometres northeast of the Iraqi capital, one of the policemen said Friday.
 arrow Holiday
The offices of The Daily Star will remain closed today (Saturday) on the occasion of holy Shab-e-Barat.

Therefore, there will be no issue of the newspaper tomorrow (Sunday).

Businessarrow Foreign airlines take away major market pie
Foreign airlines are taking away bulk of the international passengers, thanks to Biman Bangladesh Airlines' low-scale expansion and lack of prudent management.
 arrow Shopping malls contribute to GDP, says Khosru
The shopping complexes are making contribution to Bangladesh's gross domestic product (GDP), Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh telecom profile
Bangladesh is the only Saarc country having less than one teledensity (telephone for every 100 citizens).
 arrow Top executives of Group 4 Falck due tomorrow
Nils Jorgen Philip Sorensen, chairman of Group 4 Falck A/S, and David I Hudson, group regional president (Middle East and South East Asia) of the security and safety company, will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow.
 arrow Dhaka Bank launches technology upgrade project
Dhaka Bank Ltd has launched a technology upgrade project aiming at introducing online banking services.
 arrow Emirates flights to Brisbane, Auckland start Oct 26
Emirates will launch a new daily service between Dubai and Brisbane via Singapore from October 26. The flights will also be extended to Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
October 4-October 9, 2003

Local FX Market

Dollar rose slightly in the beginning of the week due to higher demand for USD for government loan payment.

 arrow S'pore economy rebounds
Singapore's economy rebounded in the third quarter after a sharp SARS-led contraction in the second, the government said Friday, but analysts were cautious that the recovery is not yet broad-based.
 arrow G-22 aims to cement unity after WTO battle of Cancun
The G22 bloc of WTO countries will meet here late Friday seeking to maintain their unity and momentum after ganging up on the developed countries and scuttling last month's world trade talks.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hayden's world
Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden bludgeoned his way into cricket history here Friday with a world record score of 380 against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Cricket: Gracious Lara
Brian Lara congratulated Matthew Hayden after the Australian claimed his record for the highest individual Test score.
 arrow Cricket: His inspiration
Matthew Hayden used his baggy green cap and the black armband he wore in memory of the victims of the Bali bombings to inspire him to the highest individual score in the history of Test cricket on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie greats feel great
Australia captain Steve Waugh led the tributes to Matthew Hayden after his world record Test innings of 380 against Zimbabwe on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Guarded Whatmore
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has warned against expecting too much in the coming two-match Test series against England.

"My team is perfectly capable of playing five days.

 arrow Cricket: 3-dayer starts tomorrow
England's tour opener against the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) President's Eleven tomorrow will hinge on the weather.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble takes 350th Test wicket
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble claimed his 350th Test wicket here on Friday, becoming only the 14th bowler in history and the second Indian after Kapil Dev to achieve the feat.
 arrow Police delay upset tourists' plan
The England team could not go to the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) yesterday morning for training as planned as their police escort arrived late.
 arrow Cricket: Astle leads NZ reply
Nathan Astle hit a defiant 103 under pressure to help New Zealand stay on course to avoid the follow-on in the first cricket Test against India here on Friday.
 arrow Chess: Niaz shares 2nd position
Grand Master Niaz Murshed was sharing second position with other ten players in the Parsvnath International Rating chess tournament now being held at Delhi, India.

Niaz earned 7.5 points from ten games.

 arrow Chess: Special chess
Six players jointly were leading the points table with maximum four points each after end of the fourth round games of the fifth Special National Chess tournament at the NSC chess room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ACC U-19 team due Nov 6
A combined Asian Cricket Council (ACC) under-19 team will visit Bangladesh to play three limited-overs and two two-day matches against different Bangladesh selections.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Brothers Union, Bangladesh Biman, Sheikh Russel KC and Ajax SC won their respective matches in the AB (Arab Bangladesh) Bank Metropolis Senior Division Table Tennis League at the Wooden-floor gymnasium
 arrow Swimming: Navy rule the pool
Doly Akhter of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) became the queen of the Keya Cosmetics 19th National Swimming Champion-ships after finishing with eight gold medals on the concluding day yesterday.
 arrow Football: U-17 booters meet Kirgyz today
Bangladesh under-17 football coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo was yesterday upbeat ahead of their first leg Asian Youth Championship match against Kirgyzstan.
 arrow Cricket: Fighting Proteas
South Africa levelled the one-day series by beating Pakistan by six wickets at the Pindi cricket stadium here on Friday..
 arrow Tennis: Henin reaches last four
Justine Henin-Hardenne led the way into the semifinals of the Filderstadt Grand Prix on Friday, overcoming sixth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-0.
 arrow Football: A soap and a suspense thriller
The point England require against Turkey here on Saturday is no longer just about securing a place in next summer's Euro 2004 finals without having to tiptoe through the minefield of the play-offs.
 arrow Football: The final countdown
Although focus is firmly fixed on the blood and thunder clash between England and Turkey in Istanbul, there are a number of other top teams who will scramble for a ticket to Portugal next summer whenthe
 arrow Football: One for the rumour mill
Sven-Goran Eriksson on Friday fuelled speculation about his future as England coach by refusing to categorically refute suggestions the Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey could be his last match in charge.
 arrow Football: Mutu's marriage breaks
Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu and his TV star wife divorced on Thursday after months of bickering between the two played out in the Romanian media.
Metropolitanarrow CU syndicate to decide on grading system toady
Chittagong University (CU) authorities are likely to settle the ongoing grading system crisis in evaluating the answer script today.
 arrow Law against hydraulic horns demanded
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday held a rally, demanding that the government introduces law against hydraulic horns in motor vehicles.
 arrow Seminar on promotion of trade with India
A two-day seminar on 'Promotion of trade and investment between northeastern states of India and Bangladesh' will begin in Sylhet on October 14.
 arrow BTV jeep stolen
An Isuzu Trooper jeep of BTV's news team was stolen from the premises of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque yesterday afternoon.
 arrow President hosts reception for CPA confce delegates
President Iajuddin Ahmed hosted a reception for the delegates to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Int'l conference on health begins Oct 19
A three-day international conference titled 'Public-private partnerships in healthcare for the poor and disadvantaged' will begin in the city on October 19.
 arrow Australia to give 45,000 tonnes of wheat
Australia will provide 45,000 tonnes of wheat worth Tk 34 crore approximately to Bangladesh under Food Aid Programme for fiscal year 2003-04.

The wheat will be shipped this month, says a press release.

Nationalarrow VGF rice being stolen in diarrhoea affected areas
As diarrhoea situation deteriorated in Nilphamari, people in some of the affected areas alleged misappropriation of food grains supplied by the government.
 arrow Scrap 'false' cases against 2 Khulna UP chairmen, Jubo League demands
Two Union Parishad chairmen of Dumuria upazila, wanted in criminal cases, did not come to take oath at the Khulna Deputy Commissioner's office.
 arrow Shibir files another case accusing 31 JCD men
Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) has filed another case against Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), following the clashes between the two since Monday.
 arrow Tk 1 cr fish washed away in Satkhira
Fish worth over Tk one crore washed away in the district due to heavy downpour on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 arrow Magura BCL activists confine new president, beat organising secy in protest
Protesting formation of Magura district Chhatra League committee mostly with non-students, its activists yesterday locked their new district president at his residence in the town and beat one of itsorganising
 arrow Rajshahi cinema sealed for screening vulgar film
A newly formed anti-vulgarity task force sealed Smriti cinema at Boaliapara in the city on Thursday for screening vulgar films.
 arrow Hartal at Fulchhari
A dawn to dusk hartal was observed at Fulchhari upazila on Wednesday in protest against shifting of the upazila (UZ) headquarters at Kalirbazar, four kilometres off the present location.
 arrow Mother of five kills husband
A mother of four sons and one daughter killed her husband as he came to know about her illicit relation with another person.
 arrow Extortionist gets 3 years RI
An extortionist was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Speedy Trial Court here on Thursday on charge of collecting illegal toll.
 arrow Padma Bridge at Daulatdia demanded
Diamond Theatre' and 'Kant-habithi', two local cultural organisations, on Wednesday demanded construction of the proposed 'Padma Bridge' at Daulatdia.
 arrow Fire at Reckitt godown in Chittagong
A huge quantity of coil processing powder was gutted in a fire at a godown of Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh Limited at Nasirabad in the city on Thursday.
 arrow RU Golden Jubilee registration till Oct 31
Rajshahi University authorities have asked interested persons to register their names by October 31 for participating in the golden jubilee celebration of the university.
 arrow Woman, 'lover' jailed for killing husband in Mymensingh
The District and Sessions Judge's Court (Fourth Court) here on Wednesday sentenced a woman including her illicit lover to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing her husband.
 arrow Two held for kidnapping jewellery owner
Police arrested a former activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and his accomplice on Thursday on charge of kidnapping a jewellery shop owner from Mirzajanagal and looting another shop in the area on Tuesday.
Culturearrow The carefree boys of the '60s
Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers."--Hans Christian Anderson.
 arrow Bond actor Roger Moore receives knighthood
The former James Bond actor Roger Moore, 75, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday for his work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF).
 arrow Ivy Zaman's works displayed in South Korea
Ivy Zaman is well-known for her single motif sculptures. Her works result from a gaze that carefully observes both the visual characteristic of a given objective and its structural construct.
Generalarrow Hospital waste management launched in city
Hospital waste management has been launched on a small scale in the city aiming to check recycling of used injection needles and saline syringes.
 arrow Unite against misrule of govt: JSD
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu has termed the two years of four- party alliance government as a 'period of misrule'.
 arrow One killed in B'baria clash
A young man was killed and 25 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups over construction of shop at Suhilpur village in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Internationalarrow 6 Palestinians killed in Israeli raid in Gaza
Six Palestinians were killed in a massive Israeli raid in southern Gaza, hospital sources said Friday, as question marks still hung over the future of Palestinian premier Ahmed Qorei amid reports he wants
 arrow India, Israel, Russia sign Phalcon radar deal
India, Israel and Russia yesterday signed an agreement for the $1 billion sale of Phalcon airborne early warning systems to India, a defence official told The Associated Press.
 arrow Japan PM dissolves lower house, calls election on Nov 9
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi yesterday dissolved the lower house of Japan's Parliament and called for national elections that will be dominated by debate over how to reverse a longrunning slump plaguing
 arrow Iraq war needed to protect US from 'madman' Saddam: Bush
President George W. Bush stepped up his new offensive against Iraq critics Thursday, insisting that the war was needed to protect the United States from the "madman" Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Pak tribesmen under pressure to handover al-Qaeda harbourers
Pakistani authorities yesterday intensified pressure on tribesmen near the Afghan border to hand over three compatriots who harboured Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects, arresting another 10 people.
 arrow Taiwan president rejects 'one China' principle
President Chen Shui-bian said yesterday that Taiwan would not be forced into accepting the "one China" principle and called on Beijing to withdraw its military threat against the island.
 arrow Ebadi defies history with Peace Prize
Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize yesterday, defies Nobel history, as the odds for winning the coveted award are heavily stacked in favour of American or European men.
 arrow Dengue kills 83 in India
India's best monsoon in a decade has triggered a wave of dengue fever that has killed at least 83 people across the country and infected more than 5,100 in one of the worst outbreaks in years.
 arrow China launches space trip this week
China will launch its first manned spaceship this week, aiming to become the third country after the Soviet Union and the United States to put a man in orbit.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Lailatul Barat
The Lailatul Barat is the time for Muslims across the world to seek divine blessings, as their destiny is determined for a year by the Almighty on this holy occasion.
 arrow Editorial: Modernising the police force
We commend the Home Ministry for taking steps with the help of United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the police force.
 arrow Lack of law and order and suitable governance
It is difficult to understand how claims are made that our country is marching towards progress and that everything is honky-dory.
 arrow The night of salvation
The auspicious Night on the 15th of Shaban, known as Lailat-ul-Baraat, and popularly known as Shab-e-Barat in this sub-continent, is indeed a glorious and important occasion in the life of every God-fearing
 arrow Preparing for Ramadan
Like every year Lailat ul-Barat or Shab-e-Barat is here again to give us another opportunity to prepare ourselves for the holy month of Ramadan.
Letters to Editorarrow Why are we corrupt?
It was really a very shocking morning (08.10.
 arrow Reflections on Bangladesh's interpretation of democracy
Ever since the removal of Ershad's dictatorship and restoration of democracy there were hopes and aspirations of our people but that have been crushed by the cyclical leaderships of Khaleda Zia and Sheikh
Literaturearrow Crow Home
The eagle is soaring serenely above us. The sky seems to be a mix of dust and smoke, laced with an urban haze: something gray, something muddy, not blue at all. Maybe it had been blue once.
 arrow Edward Said my mama-shoshur
I was in New York earlier this week to attend Edward Said's funeral.
 arrow Tete-a-tete
Evening drops with a thud on

tamarisk leaves

Tears roll down abruptly

from eyes

A cool breeze scatters all around

its touch

Dew falls, and wet becomes a