Volume 4 Number 139 Mon. October 13, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Baghdad twin car bombs blow up 6
A suicide attacker, stopped from reaching a hotel full of Americans, detonated his car bomb on a busy commercial avenue yesterday, killing six bystanders, wounding dozens and terrorising the heart ofthis
 arrow CPA meet ends with call for global peace
The 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference closed on Saturday with calls for new partnership in Commonwealth countries to ensure global peace and prosperity.
 arrow Money link to Shinepukur as per deal, says BoI chief
Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI) Mahmudur Rahman yesterday admitted taking monetary benefits from Shinepukur Ceramics but said all such benefits were part of a deal signed between him
 arrow Sharp fall in Padma water level cripples ferry service
Thousands of passenger and other transport vehicles waiting to be ferried across the Padma were stranded yesterday after ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route were hampered due to a fall in the
 arrow Emergency eye care at DMCH resumes after 9 months
Emergency service after office hours resumed Saturday after more than nine months at the Eye Department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Law and order stays low in alliance rule
The four-party coalition government has seen a slide in law and order after riding to office with a two-thirds majority two years ago on a poll plank dominated by promises of cutting crime and corruption.
 arrow JCD men crowd BoI chief's press conference
It was meant to be a press conference.
 arrow Fare plight in Hajj flight
All non-ballotee Hajj pilgrims this year will again be forced to buy plane tickets at a staggering price of $1,050 because of a monopolistic situation that prevents all foreign airlines except the Saudi
 arrow 2 watchdogs planned to protect consumers
Amid failures of the agencies to protect consumers' interest, the government is soon going to place drafts of two independent market watchdogs for cabinet approval.
 arrow Donors' interference in state policies irks CPA
The final plenary session of the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) ended with the speakers expressing concern at the 'erosion of state sovereignty' as a result of economic interdependence
 arrow BDR officer kills wild elephant in sanctuary
A BDR officer killed an elephant last month at Pablakhali sanctuary, a forest reserve in Rangamati.
 arrow Khaleda leaves for KL Tuesday to attend OIC Summit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Malaysia tomorrow to lead the Bangladesh delegation to the 10th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Kuala Lumpur from October 16-17.
 arrow HSC results today
Results of Higher Secondary Certificate, Alim, Fazil, Kamil and Business Management examinations under nine education boards will be published at 4:00pm today.
 arrow Two 'abducted' teenage girls rescued from Dhanmondi
Police rescued two teenage girls, believed to have been abducted from Green Road area on October 6, from Science Laboratory in Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow CU agrees to revise grading system
After two months of agitation both for and against revision, Chittagong University (CU) authorities agreed Saturday to revise the university's grading system.
 arrow Top criminal Kamu held with arms, accomplice
Sabujbagh police Saturday held two alleged criminals with a firearm and 24 bullets in Madertek Chowrasta area after trading gunshots.
 arrow Robbers clean out 4 shops at Ctg on night of Shab-e-Barat
Robbers sedated security guards at Amin Centre and looted at least Tk 20 lakh worth of ornaments and other goods from the posh shopping mall at city's Lalkhan area Saturday midnight.
 arrow BDR push back 7 Indians
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sent back seven Indian citizens within 24 hours of their push-in by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday morning.
 arrow Hartal at Ctg October 16
The Greater Chittagong Devel-opment Action Committee will enforce an eight-hour hartal in the district Thursday in its efforts to realise several points of demand.
 arrow Shab-e-Barat
Shab-e-Barat at the Baitul Mukarram ...
 arrow Cricketer Saiful harassed
Former national cricketer Saiful Islam was yesterday disgraced by police, who took him handcuffed all the way to Kotwali Police Station for no fault of him and held him for five hours before setting free
 arrow South Africa clinch series
South Africa beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the fifth and final day-night limited overs international played at Rawalpindi cricket stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Housewife's body found hanging at her home
Body of a young housewife was found hanging inside her residence at Babupura slum in Nilkhet Saturday.
 arrow Arms recovered, Up chairman's brothers caught
Police recovered three illegal firearms and ammunition from Sarwatoli under Boalkhali thana and arrested two younger brothers of a local UP chairman Friday night.
Businessarrow Tap potential of horticultural produce export
State Minister for Agriculture Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has called upon entrepreneurs to come forward in exploring the potential of horticultural produce export.
 arrow 4-day Korean product show kicks off today
South Korean manufacturers have come up with a vast array of products and services as a four-day Korean Product Show 2003 opens today at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trading Saturday, but fell further against the Japanese currency and the European single currency, dealers said.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate on Saturday remained steady as the demand for short-term money was low, fund managers said.

The rate touched to its intra-high high at 8.

 arrow Hotels Int'l declares 10pc bonus share
Hotels International Limited (HIL), owning company of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, has declared 10 per cent bonus share to its share holders for the year 2002.
 arrow New Parachute herbal hair oil launched
Parachute has launched new herbal hair oil in Bangladesh.

The oil, Parachute Herbal Kesh Tel, was formally launched at a ceremony in Dhaka on Thursday, says a press release.

 arrow Asia to rebound strongly from Sars shock: IMF
Asia's economy is tipped to rebound firmly after being hit badly by the Sars epidemic, with growth projected to outpace the global economy, a top International Monetary Fund official said Sunday.
 arrow Trade to dominate Apec summit in Bangkok
The collapse of world trade talks and global terrorism will dominate this month's Apec summit, which is to be held under unprecedentedly tight security after a year of deadly attacks in Asia.
 arrow Delhi seeks Asian cover
The current flurry in Delhi's East Asian diplomacy, capped by security and trade agreements signed by Prime Minister Vajpayee at the India-Asean summit at Bali, and followed by a separate free trade agreement
 arrow US to press China on fair trade, says White House
The White House said that US officials would keep pressing China to loosen up its currency peg, which Washington sees as a barrier to fair trade.
 arrow W African leaders question EU sincerity in trade talks
Still reeling from last month's failed World Trade Organisation talks, west African leaders have begun questioning the sincerity of European Union negotiators who this week began discussing an economic
 arrow Developing states keen to salvage WTO talks
Developing countries appear keen to salvage something from the wreckage of recent WTO talks in Mexico ahead of an increasingly untenable 2005 deadline, but some feel the United States and Europe lackan
 arrow WEF aims to unlock stalled globalisation process
More than 800 business leaders and politicians will gather in Singapore on Sunday for the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) annual East Asia summit with globalisation again under the spotlight.
 arrow G-22 calls for fair process in trade liberalisation
The developing countries that torpedoed WTO talks in Cancun over agricultural subsidies called for a fair global trade liberalization Friday and sought to deflate passions that flared last month.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts let Eng enjoy
The first three-day match between England and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President's Eleven got underway but not before wet ground conditions consumed five hours of the opening day's play.
 arrow Cricket: Hardly first-class
The England team finally stepped onto a cricket pitch on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: McMillan, Astle draw Test
Craig McMillan and Nathan Astle scotched India's spin threat with unbeaten half-centuries to mastermind New Zealand's escape in the opening cricket Test which ended in a draw here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SA restrict Pakistan
Upbeat South Africa came close to registering a series win after dismissing Pakistan to 192 in 49.
 arrow Police nab ICC hero
Police on Saturday picked up former national pace bowler and hero of Bangladesh's victorious ICC Trophy campaign Saiful Islam when he was erecting a fence on a piece of land given to him as reward bythe
 arrow Cricket: Aussies a wicket away
World champions Australia, poised to crush minnows Zimbabwe by an innings in the first cricket Test here, will have to wait one more day to complete victory after rain severely curtailed play late Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh 'two' good for Kyrgyzstan
The Bangladesh under-17 football team had one foot in the finals in Japan when they blanked Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in the home leg of their Asian under-17 qualifiers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur
 arrow Cricket: New coaches, indoors in 2004
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will appoint batting, fielding and spin bowling coaches for the national cricket team from early next year.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricket now from Oct 16
The Emirates 27th National Cricket League has been postponed for another three days from today for unplayable condition of the fields.
 arrow Football: One-day football to hit Dhaka
The Clinic Plus one-day football tournament will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on October 25.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Sheikh Russell KC, Ajax SC, Biman and Armanitola JS won their respective matches of the AB Bank Metropolis Senior Division Table Tennis League at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB picks 48 for U-17 camp
Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday initially selected 48 cricketers to form the under-17 team for the ensuing tour of Indian CBA (Cricket Association of Bengal) team to Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: England brave Istanbul
England escaped from a bad-tempered clash with Turkey to clinch their place in the Euro 2004 finals on Saturday but Spain must fight their way through the playoffs before they can line up in Portugal.
 arrow Football: The Alpay-Becks episode
England skipper David Beckham revealed on Saturday that the mass brawl which erupted at half-time in the 0-0 Euro 2004 qualifying draw against Turkey was caused by a foul-mouthed tirade by opposing defender
 arrow Football: Hamm bids WC bye
American star Mia Hamm marked her final World Cup football match on Saturday with a victory lap around the field.

It was the perfect exclamation mark for women's soccer's greatest player.

Politicalarrow AL MPs barred from seeing CPA delegates at Sonargaon
Three Awami League (AL) lawmakers were allegedly harassed by securitymen at Sonargaon Hotel on Friday night when they went there to hand over the letters and crests from Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina
Nationalarrow Deadlock at CU aggravates existing session jam
The students of Chittagong University (CU) face fresh session due to recent deadlock following suspension of all examinations under grading system.
 arrow No headway yet in Sylhet trader murder case
Police could not unearth the mystery of murder of elderly businessman of Sylhet city Mokhlisur Rahman as yet.
 arrow Nilsagar: A potential tourist spot in Nilphamari
Nilsagar of Nilphamari holds the potential to become a bustling tourist spot.

During winter thousands of migratory birds flock the big beautiful pond creating a spectacular scene.

 arrow Diarrhoea claims 4 in Gaibandha
Diarrhoea claimed four lives and attacked 60 others in the district in three days.
 arrow Crops on 100 acres damaged by rain in Nilphamari
Standing crops on 100 acres of land were damaged and about 3,000 kutcha houses were completely or partially destroyed in the district due to incessant rain for the last several days.
 arrow Villagers' clash leaves 20 hurt in Magura
At least 20 people were injured, six of them seriously in a clash between two rival groups of villagers at Char Chakdah village in Sreepur upazila on Saturday noon.
 arrow Two commit 'suicide' in Kushtia
Two housewives committed suicide in the district within 24 hours.

Shipra Rani Pal, 23, wife of Pradip Kumar Pal on Monday night committed suicide by hanging herself after an altercation with her husband.

 arrow Tk 14 cr land tax realised in Magura
Land Development tax amounting to Tk 14 crore was realised exceeding the target in Khulna division during the last fiscal year.
 arrow Flood hampers pry edn in shoals
Primary education virtually comes to a halt in the shoals and low-lying areas of four upazilas here during the monsoon every year due to stagnant floodwater.
 arrow Top criminal nabbed in Narail
A top criminal of the region and 'Farooq Bahini' chief, Farooq Hossain Mollah, was arrested along with his six accomplices in a surprise operation at a village in Sadar upazila early Saturday.
 arrow Body of little girl recovered
The body of a little girl was recovered from Beel Dhorompur village in Poba upazila on Friday.
 arrow Man stabbed to death in Bhola
A man was stabbed to death by his rivals at Mizanpur village in Char Fashion upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Female child trafficker convicted in Jessore
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Tuesday convicted a woman and sentenced her to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for her involvement in child trafficking.
 arrow Outlaw killed
An outlawed party leader was shot dead by his rivals at a village in Rupsha upazila here on Friday.

Police said rivals gunned down extremist Sohag, 19, at Deara village at night.

Foreign Relationsarrow Japan to write off debts under new policy
Japan is about to bring some positive changes in its aid policy towards Bangladesh, sources said.
Culturearrow Confident to the core
Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed, back from Paris recently, after holding his solo exhibition there, spoke about his style and themes of his most recent exhibition at "Shilpangan".
 arrow Rabindra artistes celebrate Kanika Bandyopadhyay's birth anniversary
Yesterday was the 79th birthday of eminent Rabindra Sangeet artiste of the subcontinent, Kanika Bandyopadhyay.
 arrow Recitation programme at the National Press Club auditorium
A recitation programme, organised by Alhaj Md. Johirul Haq, was held at The National Press Club auditorium recently.
 arrow International Children's Day observed
People's Theatre Association arranged a cultural programme at Mahila Samity auditorium on October 10, to observe the International Children 's Day.
Generalarrow AL desperate to thwart uplift programmes: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said opposition Awami League is hell-bent on thwarting uplift programmes since the government has embarked on a massive development plan for the nation.
 arrow SAARC UGC chiefs recommend 15-yr edn for bachelor's degree
Chiefs of University Grants Commissions (UGCs) or equivalent bodies of the SAARC countries ended a two-day meeting yesterday, recommending 15 years of education for a bachelor's degree.
 arrow Extortionist caught red-handed in Ctg
Local people yesterday caught an extortionist red-handed and laid a siege to Kotwali police station demanding his trial and punishment under the Speedy Trial Act.
 arrow BTV earns Tk 123 cr
The state-run Bangladesh Television has earned revenue of nearly Tk 123.41 crore in the fiscal 2002-2003 from licences fees and advertisements.
 arrow World Standards Day tomorrow
The 34th World Standards Day will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world tomorrow with a vow to uphold standard and quality of products aimed at improving living standard of people.
 arrow Newspapermen submit memo to PM Dec 21
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachary Oikya Parishad will hold a grand rally at the National Press Club on December 21 to press home their seven-point demand including 6th Wage Board and a national policy on newspaper
 arrow National Cooperative Award 2002 announced
The national committee for selecting cooperative organisations and persons for National Cooperative Award-2002 at a meeting here on Saturday finalised the names of 15 organisations and 12 persons forthe
 arrow World Food Day Oct 16
The World Food Day will be observed in the country on October 16 as elsewhere in the globe.
Internationalarrow Thousands mourn Bali bomb victims
More than 2,000 mourners vowed yesterday at a tearful commemoration not to forget the 202 people from 22 countries who were killed in the Bali nightclub bombings exactly one year ago.
 arrow 1,500 Shiv Senas detained
Police in the northern Indian pilgrimage town of Ayodhya have arrested some 1,500 hardline Hindu activists for violating a ban on assembling there, officials said.
 arrow OIC demands eviction of foreign forces from Iraq
Muslim nations demanded "eviction of all foreign forces from Iraq" as they began a summit in Malaysia on Saturday, with only Turkey defending plans to deploy its troops alongside the US-led alliance.
 arrow Shiites challenge US authority in Iraq
Shiite Muslims asserted their identity yesterday, taking part in a massive pilgrimage that was banned under Saddam Hussein and challenging US authority in Iraq.
 arrow Roh proposes referendum to assess public confidence
President Roh Moo-hyun proposed Saturday that the nation hold a referendum as a way of assessing whether people still have confidence in his leadership abilities.
 arrow Musharraf completes 4 years in power
Checkmated at home by the year-long stalemate over his constitutional powers and pressed hard by the international community to crackdown on foreign and domestic militant groups, Pakistan President Pervez
 arrow Taliban inmates tunnel out from Afghan jail
Forty-one Taliban prisoners tunneled out of jail in southern Afghanistan in a dramatic escape that is embarrassing for the government and presents yet another security headache in the troubled region.
 arrow Indian army chief says al-Qaeda active in Kashmir
Indian police on Saturday reported nine more deaths in the latest bout of violence in restive Kashmir, where Indian army chief General Nirmal Chandra Vij said operatives of the al-Qaeda terror network
 arrow Egyptian twins separated
Doctors separated 2-year-old Egyptian twins joined at the crown of their heads yesterday, giving them independent lives in a medical procedure that, so far, has had no complications.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CPA meet
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has adopted a five-year strategic plan at the Dhaka meet with a view to playing an assertive role in some key areas of global and regional concern.
 arrow Editorial: Ebadi does us proud
As world peace gets more elusive by the day, the craving for the missing thing grows stronger, verging on a point of passionate yearning.
 arrow Israeli adventurism against Syria
On Sunday morning of 5th October the Israeli air force violated the airspace of Lebanon and Syria and launched missile attacks on a civilian site near Damascus.
 arrow Give us the tools
When the Northern Alliance rolled into Kabul in Oct 2001 on the back of relentless bombing of the Talibaan by the US, they did not have to fight their way in, they were led into the city by the firstman
 arrow Justice M Ibrahim and his sterling qualities
I first saw Justice Ibrahim in his sprawling two-storeyed house in Purana Paltan reclining in an easy chair in the verandah. This was around 1957 or 1958.
Letters to Editorarrow TI's most corrupt epithet bleeds my heart
For the third consecutive year, Bangladesh bowed in humiliation as her name hit the bottom of the list, below another 132 countries of the world, in the Table of Corruption, an annual statistical survey
 arrow Police needs change of heart, not uniform
Recently, a report published in the DS caught my attention. According to the report, the government is going to change the uniform of police. It seems absolutely unnecessary to me.
 arrow Save now to buy PhD(s) later!
It is a bit difficult to sum up the achievements or, in general, the performance of the present government in a letter. It has been two years since the ruling party came to power.
 arrow Fend off HIV infection through education
People die from many unknown diseases. In past we discriminated against and hated patients who were infected with small pox or TB, only some kind-hearted people helped them.
 arrow Human resource key to health care success
I am really pleased to observe the special attention of our commerce minister towards the health sector, The Daily Star, on 04-10-03 published this story.
 arrow "Maoists' withdrawal from peace talks": A few clarifications
First of all, I thank Mr. M. M.
 arrow Mismanagement rocks utility services
Management principles in all organisations have at least a broad objective in common, maximising organisational output and consumers' satisfaction.
 arrow Standard of English in HSC
News reports revealed that the HSC result of this year will be a disaster and the authority is wary of that.
 arrow Shame to DU's selection method
It's very disappointing to know that the teachers most powerful in merit lost their appointments due to the politically backed teachers ( The Daily Star, October 04,2003 issue).
 arrow UN must rein in US and Israel
How shocking and deplorable is the reported US stance as they 'ask both sides to restraint' instead of condemning Israel for its naked attack of Syria on Sunday.
 arrow Opposition parties deprived of choices
I disagree with the views expressed by Tariq Abd'Allah in the Friday's (Oct. 3rd) letter to the editor column regarding the Opposition.
Star Cityarrow Unplanned repairs raising road levels, blocking manholes
Lack of professional planning in construction and repair of roads, has raised the city road levels, blocking hundreds of WASA manholes and preventing storm water to flash out, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)
 arrow Fixing for the eager student
With the recent changes in the immigration laws of the USA, most of the undergraduate and graduate students of the country are seeking the help of 'local representatives' of many universities and colleges
 arrow 15 days not enough?
It's all but impossible to complete road digging in 15 days, as utility service providers carry out all work manually, said a senior official of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).
 arrow Relocating Gulshan drains to reduce lake pollution
A meeting held at Rajuk last Thursday identified that the Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara lake is being contaminated as the drains and sewerage lines around the area are flowing into it.
 arrow Tourism complex to replace Parjatan office
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MCVT) is planning to build a 7-storey multi-purpose centre and a five-star hotel in Dhaka.
 arrow Footwear traders decry traffic jam
Shops and stores specializing in the sale of shoes and other footwear have been experiencing a slump in sales for the last six months and is regarded 'the highest period' of loss in the market's lifetime
 arrow Nandan Park adds more fun for its fans
Nandan Park, the most recent addition to the amusement parks in the city with many new items to bring in fun for the young and old alike started its operations recently.
 arrow Involving family to defraud
"Bhaiya ektu shunben? (Will you please listen to me?)"

And while one lends his ear, it is yet to be discovered that one is taken for a ride.

So the story goes on.

 arrow Sorry tale of Suhrawardy Udyan
The project Swadhinata Sthambha (Independence Monument) at Suhrawardy Udyan, could not be completed due to lack of interest by the four-party alliance government.
 arrow Suhrawardy Udyan cries out for help
Suhrawardy Park though mostly occupied by amorous couples at day, becomes a haven for vagabonds, prostitutes, addicts and muggers from dusk to dawn.
 arrow To be or not to be!
One of the main components of the unfinished Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at Sahrawardy Oudyan, is the glass tower.
 arrow Squatting on the park
A large number of people in the capital do not have a place to sleep at night, nor the space for their families to spend the day.