Vol. 4 Num 140 Tue. October 14, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow HSC results tick positive
Pass percentage in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations has edged up to 38.43 this year from 27.09 last year, with 1,92,713 successful examinees under the seven education boards.
 arrow GPA goes down for question pattern
The education ministry yesterday ascribed the low number of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinees scoring the maximum 5.
 arrow BoI chief's deal with Shinepukur violates govt's service rule
The contract that the chairman of Board of Investment (BoI), Mahmudur Rahman, claimed to have signed with Shinepukur Ceramics to receive financial benefits from the company states that he is still rendering
 arrow Asian Highway bypasses Bangladesh
India is constructing roads leaving Bangladesh out of the proposed Asian Highway that aims at developing traffic network among 38 Asian nations and Europe via Turkey.
 arrow OIC FMs ask US to get out of Iraq, slam Israel
The world's Muslims opened a major conference here with calls for the United States to set a timetable for leaving Iraq, fierce condemnation of Israel and anger over their treatment since the September
 arrow Top criminals bask in blessings of BNP's young Turks
Two of Bangladesh's most wanted criminals have returned from their overseas hideouts and are operating in the capital without hindrance -- thanks to certain young leaders of the ruling BNP who benefit
 arrow Subsidy to double for 13 types of farm industries
The government will increase subsidy to 13 types of agro-based industries by allowing 15 percent rebate on power tariff instead of the current 7.5 percent.
 arrow Ferry service yet to get normal
Traffic jams at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry terminals somewhat improved yesterday but navigability of the main Paturia-Daulatdia channel in the Padma remains poor as authorities struggled to open up a
 arrow Police promotion on cards ignoring court ruling
The home ministry is once again promoting departmental officers as superintendents of police (SPs), ignoring a Supreme Court verdict and superceding Bangladesh Civil Service cadre officers.
 arrow Manpower export to Malaysia set to resume
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is going to be signed with Malaysia next week, resuming manpower export there after seven years.
 arrow PM goes to KL today for OIC Summit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Kuala Lumpur this afternoon to lead the Bangladesh delegation to the 10th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in the Malaysian capital from October
 arrow Malaysia keen to contest OIC secy gen post
In a dramatic development, Malaysia yesterday showed its interest in contesting the coveted post of the OIC secretary general.
 arrow Energy ministry ponders frugal florescent option
The energy ministry has drafted a proposal to popularise compact florescent lamps (CFLs) by withdrawing import duty what it believes will cut power consumption by 345 megawatts.
 arrow US draft sets Iraq election timetable
A new US draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, gives Iraq's Governing Council until December 15 to develop a timetable for elections and a new constitution.
 arrow Conjoined babies born in B'Baria
Two conjoined babies were born at Titas General Hospital in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
 arrow New office timing during Ramadan
Office hours during Ramadan will be from 9:30am to 3:30pm through Saturday to Wednesday and 9:30am to 2:30pm on Thursday with a 15-minute break for Zohr prayers from 1:15pm to 1:30pm.
 arrow Stiglitz rips Clinton, himself
Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is best known for his scathing critique of globalisation's effect on the world's poor, but now he has turned his ire on an unlikely new target -- himself.
 arrow Saudi Arabia to hold first ever polls
Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, announced yesterday it would hold its first elections to choose municipal councils, in what is widely seen as the first concrete political reform in the Gulf Arab state.
 arrow Correction
In yesterday's issue of The Daily Star, the picture of a slain elephant was mistakenly credited to Star Photo. It was an IUCN picture.
 arrow 7 policemen suspended in Khulna
Seven policemen were suspended and barred from the police lines here yesterday for 'negligence of duties and for crimes'.
 arrow Battle on at Ctg Port to keep sinking ship afloat
Chittagong Port authority is battling to keep a sinking foreign ship, brought for scrapping, afloat at outer anchorage due to a leak in its hatch since Sunday morning.
Businessarrow Khosru seeks duty-free access to South Korea
Inaugurating a four-day exposition of South Korean products, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday urged the Southeast Asian country to give Bangladeshi products duty-free access to
 arrow Local firm markets new currency sorter machine
A local company has started marketing a currency sorter machine, which the importers said, is able to detect counterfeit notes instantly.
 arrow Knowledge on shipping documents vital to ending trade disputes
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury has suggested bankers and traders to be updated with adequate knowledge on maritime transport documents for resolving international trade disputes.
 arrow Indo-Bangla trade promotion seminar in Sylhet today
Top bureaucrats and trade leaders from Bangladesh and three northeastern Indian states attend a seminar today at Hotel Hilton in Sylhet for finding ways to boost bilateral trade relations.
 arrow Dollar steady against taka
Dollar was steady against the Bangladesh taka yesterday due to depressed dollar buying sentiment, dealers said.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.

Ten bids of one-day tenor amounting to Tk 261.

 arrow Reverse Repo
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate yesterday 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 Dutch dredging giants to merge
Ballast Ham Dredging (BHD) and Van Oord ACZ, two internationally reputed Dutch dredging companies, have decided to merge under the name of Van Oord NV.
 arrow Maersk now corporate client of CityCell
Maersk Bangladesh Limited has signed a corporate agreement with CityCell Digital recently in Dhaka.
 arrow Emirates to lease 8 new aircraft
As part of its expansion programme, Emirates will lease eight Airbus A340-300s.
 arrow S'pore for closer East Asian ties to up share in world trade
Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong urged East Asia on Sunday to spin a web of economic partnerships that will enable the region to compete with the rest of the world.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Batsmen ruin bowlers' day
It was a tale of two contrasting halves for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President's Eleven on day two of the three-day practice match against a full strength England side at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Football: Bangladesh in finals
A second half goal from Hirak Joarder against Kyrgyzstan took Bangladesh to the final round of the Asian Under-17 championships yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Protesting the police act
There was widespread resentment in the country yesterday following the police harassment of former national cricketer Saiful Islam in Mymensingh on Saturday.
 arrow The 'Army' is here!
The Barmy Army is already in Dhaka.
 arrow Cricket: Finally Zim give in
The Australian juggernaut finally overcame a gallant Zimbabwe to go one up in the first Test of a two-match series Monday.
 arrow Cricket: SA seek to cash in on it
South Africa is hoping to capitalise on the momentum from their spectacular come-from-behind victory in the one-day series for the upcoming Tests against hosts Pakistan, coach Eric Simons said.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav backs bowlers
India skipper Saurav Ganguly on Sunday defended his bowlers despite their failure to take their team to victory in the drawn opening cricket Test here.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
The AB Bank Metropolis Women's Table Tennis League begins today at the NSC wooden floor gymnasium.
 arrow Former national captain resigns from DSA
Former captain of Bangladesh national football team Arif Hossain Moon has resigned from his assistant secretary's post of Nilphamari District Sports Association in protest against alleged irregularities
 arrow Akram accorded fitting farewell
Former Pakistan cricket brilliant all-rounder Wasim Akram stepped out in the field but neither bowled nor batted as sponsors gifted him a shining new car to mark a farewell before his home crowd.
 arrow Football: Golden German girls
Germany hoisted the Women's World Cup football trophy for the first time, defeating Sweden 2-1 here Sunday in the championship match on Nia Kuenzer's "golden goal" eight minutes into extra time.
 arrow Football: Scottish hurdle for the Dutch
Scotland drew the short straw Monday when they were matched with Holland in the play-offs to qualify for next year's European Championship finals in Portugal.
 arrow Football: Carlos boomer does the job
Brazil's World Cup winners had to rely on an early thunderbolt from Roberto Carlos to gain a narrow 1-0 win over a spirited Jamaica at Leicester City's stadium on Sunday.
Politicalarrow BNP refutes Hasina's allegations
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday dismissed the leader of the opposition's allegation of persecution of the religious minorities against the government as untrue.
 arrow Charges pressed against 8 JCD, Jubo Dal men
Charges were pressed against eight JCD and Jubo Dal activists here yesterday for killing Madon Gopal Goswami.
Metropolitanarrow Criminals shoot R & H staff
A Roads and Highways (R&H) Department staff was shot and injured at Dakkhinpar in Gulshan yesterday for his stand against local criminals.
 arrow 2 alleged PBCP activists held
Two alleged members of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were arrested with ammunition from city's north Shyamoli under Mohammadpur Police Station in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Move to privatise Tabani Beverage Co protested
The Muktijoddha Sangsad Kendriya Samonnoy Parishad yesterday protested the government's move to privatise the Tabani (Coca-Cola) Beverage Company Limited.
 arrow Bus boycott for BRTC service in Sylhet
The people of Jaintapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas yesterday started a three-day boycott of buses and minibuses to press for resumption of the BRTC bus service on Sylhet-Tamabil-Jafflong route.
 arrow JPC membership Hearing on petition adjourned till Nov 15
The hearing of the petition for interim injunction against new membership of the Jatiya Press Club has been adjourned till November 15.
 arrow Prices of essentials up in Rajshahi
The prices of essentials continued to show an upward trend in the district for the last few days, causing sufferings to the low-income group.
Nationalarrow Outlaws threaten to blow up thana, kill OC in Khulna
The Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) has given 'death threat' to Ashraful Islam, officer-in-charge of Phultala thana, for arresting its 'regional leader' Faruque Molla along with ten cadres including a young
 arrow Barisal teachers' association office 'ransacked' by rivals
The office of Bangladesh Shikkhok Samilty (Bangladesh Teachers Association) here was allegedly attacked and ransacked by a faction when another faction was holding a meeting there on Sunday.
 arrow Life to halt for half an hour
With whistles sharp at 11 am tomorrow, all on the city roads will stand where they are and people in houses, shops and offices will come out on streets.

Even students and teachers will leave classes.

 arrow 25 hurt in AL-BNP clash
At least 25 people were injured, eight of them-seriously, in a clash between activists of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League at Rupdah village in Magura Sadar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Security guard foils bank robbery bid
An attempt to commit dacoity at the Khulna branch of Standard Bank was foiled Friday midnight by the security guard.
 arrow Shadi murder case sent to DB
The sensational Shadi murder case was transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police on Saturday.

The transfer was made as per instruction of Netrakona Police Super (SP) Sheikh Omar Faruk.

 arrow Son gets death sentence, father life for murder
The Bhola district judge has given death sentence to one person and life term to his father for killing a relative seven years ago over a land dispute.
 arrow Teen commits suicide
A teenage girl committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree at Char Gobindapur village in Sadar upazila on Sunday morning.
Culturearrow 'X-Filme': the film manufactory
The German production Company X-Filme Creative Pool GmBH was founded in 1994 in Berlin by film producer Stefan Arndt and filmmakers Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy.
 arrow Still going strong at 61
He has seen them all.
 arrow Jamaluddin Hossain turns 60
An eminent drama activist and the founding general secretary of the theatre group Nagarik Natyangan Ensemble, Jamaluddin Hossain stepped into 60.
Generalarrow Police foil AL hartal at Galachipa
In the face of stiff resistance by police, the daylong hartal called by local Awami League leaders at Galachipa sadar upazila in Patuakhali district, could not be held yesterday.
 arrow ID card mandatory for drivers
In a bid to ensuring passenger security, government has made mandatory to show the identity card of all CNG three-wheelers and taxicab drivers with photograph at a prominent place of their respectivevehicle.
 arrow DU Mourning Day today
Dhaka University will observe Mourning Day tomorrow in memory of those students, employees and guests killed in a tragic incident at Jagannath Hall on the night of October 15 in 1985.
 arrow US envoy calls on Khoka
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas made a courtesy call on Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka at his office yesterday.

They discussed matters of mutual interests in a cordial atmosphere, said a DCC press release.

 arrow World Standards Day today
The 34th World Standards Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today with a vow to uphold standards and quality of products aiming at improving living standards of people.
 arrow Japanese ODA team in city
An eight-member Japanese ODA monitoring team arrived here on Sunday to evaluate the implementation of the Japanese Government's Official Devel-opment Assistance (ODA) programme.
 arrow Concern over killing of elephant
Prakriti Foundation, an organisation dedicated to nature and wildlife conservation, yesterday expressed concern over the killing of a wild elephant by a BDR officer at Pablakhali sanctuary in Rangamati
Internationalarrow Israeli opposition, Palestinians talk alternative peace plan
Former Israeli and Palestinian ministers Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo held talks here yesterday with top Egyptian officials about an alternative peace plan they drafted in Jordan, an official said.
 arrow Musharraf slams Arab nations over Kashmir
President Pervez Musharraf has criticised Arab countries for not supporting Pakistan in its dispute with India over Kashmir.
 arrow Palestinian PM hints at quitting next month
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie suggested Sunday he would quit next month after agreeing to head a 30-day caretaker cabinet, stoking uncertainty over a US-backed plan for peace with Israel.
 arrow Pakistan to send troops to Iraq only under UN banner
Pakistan will only dispatch troops to Iraq under a United Nations banner and if other Muslim nations agree to participate, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said yesterday.
 arrow OIC meet paints bleak picture of Islamic world
A bleak picture of weakness and disarray in the Muslim world was painted by foreign ministers meeting here yesterday ahead of the biggest Islamic summit since the September 11 terror attacks on the United
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hold the priceline now
The prices of daily essentials have increased markedly of late. Rice, lentil, fish, potato, onion, only to name the obvious few on the shopping list of most people, are selling dearer.
 arrow Editorial: Shalish in Gazipur
Tragic incidents concerning a young pair at Gazipur last Saturday only served to expose how the traditional form of local conflict resolution, 'shalish', was once again abused by vested quarters.
 arrow The war on terror: The mess is getting messier
An arrogant imperial ambition when combined with the self-righteousness of Christian right to which George W. Bush and most of his advisers belong can produce a ready brew.
 arrow The prisoner of Iraq war
London: The smiles are much broader in the departure lounge than they are on arrival at Heathrow airport but that is not particularly British.
Letters to Editorarrow Popular cricket
The game of cricket was invented by England some one hundred and fifty years ago. Cricket is also known as the game of the lords.
 arrow Top down marketing policy
The government's marketing policy on the development of some local products is top-down -- staring at the top apex of the triangle, without developing the base, and the middle infrastructure.
 arrow The PERC and the Maglev
A controversy has been recently kicked up by the government plan to introduce Maglev train between Dhaka and Chittagong, on the counts of both technical acceptability and financial feasibility.
 arrow Corruption
This refers to a letter by Mr. A.F. Rahman published under the above caption in your esteemed daily on 30th September 2003.

Almost everyone in our country is talking and complaining about corruption.

 arrow A good gesture
On 5th October the PM called a high level meeting of the secretaries of the government and instructed them to adhere to various administrative norms strictly. As if they were sent back to their pavilion.
Focusarrow Israeli bombing in Syria
Israeli warplanes bombed a site in Syria about 20 kilometres from its capital, Damascus, on the 5th instant.
 arrow Back to the barricades?
Foreign Minister Kasuri has said that an armed clash with India is still possible -- and one says it may even be likely. Trend of official comment in both the countries points to this conclusion.
 arrow Turkish troops heading for Iraq!
In a landmark vote on 7 October the Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted overwhelmingly for sending troops to Iraq. The vote was 385 in favour, 183 against while two abstained.
 arrow Bush's misguided foreign policy imperils America
Just when one thought that President Bush could not do anything dumber, he surprised the world, yet again! As if vetoing the UN Security Council resolution asking Israel not to murder the democratically