Vol. 4 Num 144 Sat. October 18, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow OIC rejects duplicity in fighting terrorism
The world's Islamic nations yesterday pledged to fight terrorism at the end of the biggest Muslim summit since the 2001 attacks on the United States, while toning down resolutions on Iraq and the Middle
 arrow Time to show strength of Muslim unity: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday denounced what she called an unprecedented smear campaign to vilify Islam by linking it to terrorism, saying that Islam has never condoned acts that endanger lives
 arrow Private clinics snatch patients from DMCH
A consortium of private clinics has set up a fleet of ambulances to stake out Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) with intent to divert DMCH patients to the private clinics.
 arrow Question for pry teacher recruitment leaked
Leak of the question paper of a written test for the post of assistant teachers at government primary schools was reported in different districts on Thursday night, hours before the examination beganyesterday.
 arrow Gala award ceremony for O and A level achievers
At a colourful ceremony and amid loud cheers of about 4,000 students and their parents, The Daily Star yesterday honoured 456 outstanding achievers in the O-level and A-level examinations of June 2002-June
 arrow Mahathir won't back down
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his claim Jews ruled the world against a storm of western protests, accusing his critics of bias and double standards.
 arrow Businessman rescued, banker freed on ransom
A businessman kidnapped on Thursday night from Mirpur area was rescued by police in the early hours of yesterday while abductors released a bank official after more than 24 hours when paid Tk 50,000 in
 arrow Delhi should consult river-link plan with co-riparian nations
India should consult co-riparian countries including Bangladesh about its river inter-link project, otherwise it would be a violation of international laws, BG Verghese, member of the Indian taskforce
 arrow Two youths beaten to death in city
Two youths were beaten to death in the city yesterday.

The victims were identified as Alamgir, 18, and Abul Kalam,14.

 arrow Two killed as train derails near Akhaura
Two persons were killed and rail communications on Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet and Sylhet-Mymensingh routes disrupted when a train derailed near Akhaura at 10:10am yesterday.
 arrow Clarification
Darul Ihsan University in a clarification on a report headlined "Inadequacies in two universities found", run in The Daily Star's October 10 edition, said the comment "sponsors seemed to be driven bybusiness
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Iraq clashes
A joint US-Iraqi patrol enforcing a curfew clashed with gunmen guarding the headquarters of a Shiite cleric, setting off a firefight that killed three Americans and 10 Iraqis, including two security officers,
 arrow Abducted Ctg doc returns home after 15 days
The village physician returned home Thursday evening, 15 days after his abduction on October 2.
 arrow Body to probe Biman flight delay
A two-member committee was formed yesterday to probe the delay of a Biman flight at Zia International Airport (ZIA) Thursday night allegedly to accommodate the wife of a high government official.
 arrow Gangrape in Rajshahi sparks protest
Two police constables of Hatgangopara police investigation centre along with their three friends allegedly gangraped an indigenous girl on Thursday, triggering a massive protest in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow Bus robbery in Chittagong
Muggers looted cash and other belongings from the passengers of a city bus at Pahartoli yesterday.
Businessarrow Plastic industry cries for govt support
The plastic goods manufacturers have sought government support to help flourish the sector which earns some Tk 600 crore in foreign exchanges a year through direct and indirect exports.
 arrow WTO needs vigilant eye on rise in bilateral accords: Supachai
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has to be "very vigilant" over the increasing number of bilateral accords between countries that threaten poorer states, the body's director general, Supachai Panitchpakdi,
 arrow Bush vows to seek 'level playing field' in Asia trade
President George W Bush left for Asia Thursday promising to increase pressure on US trading partners to create a "level playing field" for American exporters, a critical base of support for Bush in the
 arrow EU leaders give initial nod to plan to boost growth
European Union leaders gave a tentative nod Thursday, to an initiative to revive Europe's sluggish growth by investing in transport and research but asked the executive European Commission to focus on
 arrow Fantasy Kingdom, Rangs Ltd team up for promotion
Fantasy Kingdom and Rangs Ltd signed an agreement on Thursday to join hands in promotional programmes of the two companies.
 arrow GP annual distribution confce held
The sixth annual distribution conference of GrameenPhone Ltd was held in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

GrameenPhone Limited Managing Director Ola Ree inaugurated the conference.

 arrow New chairman of TCB
Md Shah Jahan, additional secretary, has joined Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) as its new chairman.

He took over the new position recently, says a press release.

 arrow Federal Ins chairman re-elected
Md Abdul Khaleque has been re-elected chairman of the Federal Insurance Company Ltd.

The election was held in a board meeting of the company recently in Dhaka, says a press release.

 arrow Apec ministers push to get trade talks back on track
APEC ministers agreed Friday to push for the revival of multilateral trade negotiations after World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks collapsed in Cancun last month, Australia's trade minister said.
 arrow Japan turns to S Korea for free-trade pact
After failing to seal a free trade deal with Mexico, Japan turned its efforts toward kicking off free trade talks with its third largest trading partner, South Korea, on the sidelines of the APEC meeting
 arrow China's boom lures SE Asian industry park firms
Southeast Asian industrial estate developers are moving into China, hoping to profit from a surge in foreign investment in the world's fastest growing major economy despite past failures.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pacers restrict England
England captain Michael Vaughan may have flopped with the bat once again but his side still managed to gain an important lead on the second day of the three-day match against Bangladesh A yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rookies rock selection
The national selectors sprang a surprise yesterday when they included two uncapped young prospects in the 13-man Bangladesh squad for the first Test against England starting at the Bangabandhu National
 arrow Cricket: Run-happy Kiwis
Mark Richardson and Scott Styris slammed career-best centuries as New Zealand amassed a record-breaking 536 for five against India on day two of the second and final Test on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Boucher props up SA
Mark Boucher hit a valuable 72 to lift South Africa to 320 all out on the first day of the first Test against Pakistan on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Praying for Kirsten
South African cricket coach Eric Simons Friday said Gary Kirsten's facial injury was a big blow to South Africa in the first innings of the first cricket Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Emirates 27th Nat'l Cricket
Pirojpur moved into the zonal final of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a 214-run white wash of Barguna at the Patuakhali Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Under-15's on a roll
Bangladesh Under-15 team trounced Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under-15 team by 145 runs in a one-day match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Carlisle carries Zim
Stuart Carlisle scored a gritty maiden Test century on Friday as Zimbabwe recovered from a disastrous start to be 256 for eight at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test against Australia
 arrow Cricket: An inspiring ton
New Zealand's Mark Richardson was thrilled to score his first overseas Test century on Friday against an Indian team coached by his childhood hero John Wright.
 arrow Athletics: Fredericks retires
Two-time Olympic medalist Frankie Fredericks announced he was retiring from international athletics after losing a close-run 200 metres to Nigerian sprinter Uchenna Emedolu at the All Africa Games onWednesday.
 arrow Football: Abramovich's trial by fire
The wisdom of Roman Abramovich's 111-million-pound gamble on turning Chelsea into a Premiership winning side will be a little clearer by Saturday evening.
 arrow Football: No respite for Reds
Gerard Houllier admitted Liverpool had been given the toughest UEFA Cup draw possible after the Reds were paired with former European champions Steau Bucharest in the second round.
 arrow Football: Queiroz not Really impressed
Real Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz admitted this week that the reigning Spanish champions have yet to really impress him.
 arrow Football: Mihajlovic plots Milan fall
Free-kick maestro Sinisa Mihajlovic is hoping it will be his trusty left boot that brings Lazio their first win at AC Milan since 1989 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Money isn't a problem
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not placed any ceiling on the club's spending and could be ready to smash the British transfer record to lure Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge, a senior club official
 arrow Football: Gazza again!
Paul Gascoigne has begun training with Premiership strugglers Wolves, who have not ruled out giving the former England midfielder one last crack at the top flight.
Politicalarrow Construction stopped at JU over JCD threat
Construction work of seven buildings at Jahangirnagar University (JU) has come to an abrupt halt since Thursday evening under threats from activists of the ruling BNP's student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra
 arrow Bhuiyan threatens legal action if AL fails to prove its allegation of 1014-party godfathers
BNP and Jamaat yesterday denied main opposition Awami League (AL)'s allegation that 101 leaders of the ruling four-party alliance are criminal "godfathers".
Nationalarrow Feuding teachers lose office to police
The teachers' association office here has finally gone under police control as the two rival factions fought over its possession.
 arrow Female students insecure at CU !
Female students of Chittagong University (CU) are feeling insecure on the campus because of incidents of mugging and assault by outsiders.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims one more in Nilphamari
State Minister for Education and Minister-in- Charge for Nilphamari ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon has expressed his dissatisfaction over handling of the diarrhoea situation by the district health officials.
 arrow This govt will have to step down next year, says Inu
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Huq Inu has said, "Khaleda Zia will have no way but to step down next year in the face of a mass movement".
 arrow Memorial for a hero of Liberation War
A Tk six lakh project has been undertaken by the local Zila Parishad for construction of a gate in memory of Shaheed Capt Bashar, a martyred liberation war hero.
 arrow Hartal observed at Rangpur
The daylong hartal, enforced by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), passed off peacefully in Rangpur on Thursday.
 arrow BNP factions clash: 14 hurt
At least 14 people were injured, five of them seriously, in a clash between two rival factions of BNP at Dewadanga village in Shalikha upazila on Thursday.
 arrow 3 get Journalist Shamsur Rahman Gold Medal
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf distributed Journalist Shamsur Rahman Gold Medal Award at a simple function at the Kabi Jasimuddin Hall here yesterday.
 arrow 4 BCC staff suspended for false water supply bills
Mayor Majibur Rahman Sarwar MP has suspended four staff of Barisal City Corporation's water supply department for alleged collection of extra money from citizens by preparing false and inflated bills,
 arrow RU Students place 11-point demand
Teachers and students of Geography and Environmental Studies department at Rajshahi University (RU) at a meeting on Thursday condoled the death of Prof Ekramul Haque.
 arrow Toll collectors caught by people
People caught two miscreants as they demanded toll from the owner of an under-construction house in the city on Tuesday.
 arrow Intl' seminar begins at RU
A three-day international workshop on exploratory data analysis, dedicated to the memory of Prof Khandkar Monwar Hossain, began at the Rajshahi University Senate Bhaban on Thursday.
 arrow Urs of Garib Shah today
The holy Urs of great saint Hazrat Garib Shah will be held here today.

A befitting programme has been chalked out at his 'mazar' at Nahata village in Sreepur upazila.

 arrow Hartal in Bandarban today
Jatiya Sramik Dal, workers front of ruling BNP, will enforce a dawn to dusk hartal in Bandarban today protesting arrest of a woman leader of the party.
Culturearrow Fans flock to Mother Teresa musical
A musical about the life of Mother Teresa has had audiences flocking to a Rome theatre ahead of the late nun's beatification by the Pope.
 arrow New Drama Serial on Air
Lovers of TV drama have by now watched start of another drama serial on the menu of the satellite channel ntv. Entitled Shangshoy, the serial has been scheduled to be aired every Tuesday at 9:10 pm.
 arrow Gonder
Gonder (The Rhinoceros) is the latest production of Prachchanut Group, famous for staging quality European Drama productions along with the Bangla in the country.
 arrow Natyajan Drama Festival
Reputed theatre group Natyajan has arranged a theatre festival from October 16 to 23 in the city. Begum Selima Rahman, State Minister for cultural affairs at Mohila Samity inaugurated the festival.
 arrow Annual evening of Dhrupad Kala Kendra
Kamolkanti Sarkar was the founder of Dhupad Kala Kendra and to mark his seventh death anniversary the organisation, now headed by Sukla Sarkar, arranged a dance evening at the National Museum recently.
Generalarrow 'Improve library service'
Library Year Celebrating Coordination Council, an organisation of librarians, yesterday placed an eleven-point demand with a view to improving the library services in the country.
 arrow Cervical cancer a major cause of maternal mortality
Cervical cancer is one of the major causes of high maternal mortality in Bangladesh and the blame goes to early marriage and early start of sexual activities.
 arrow IO of Jamal abduction case changed for fourth time
Apparently baffled police authorities here have changed for the fourth time the investigation officer (IO) of the sensational abduction of business magnate and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow 'Real estate developers cash in on people's ignorance of laws'
Environmentalists, experts and leaders of social organisations yesterday said that real estate developers and different interested groups were capitalising on the people's ignorance of environmental laws.
 arrow 'Introduce direct election to JS seats for women'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for introducing direct election to the seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad through constitutional amendment.
 arrow AL leaders visit injured nurses
Leaders of Awami League visited Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday to see the injured unemployed and students nurses.
 arrow Pak General Shahid Aziz arrives
Chief of General Staff of Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Shahid Aziz arrived in the city yesterday on a six-day goodwill visit.
 arrow Tiger kills woman in Sundarbans
A woman was killed by a tiger by the Raimangal river in the Sundarbans Wednesday morning.

The body of Nasima Khatoon, 24, was recovered from the forest by fishermen. She fell prey while fishing.

 arrow Shihab Sarkar, 5 others win juvenile literary award
Shihab Sarkar, a noted poet and novelist, and five others have been awarded Bangladesh Shishu Academy Agrani Bank Juvenile Literary Award 1406.
Internationalarrow Sharon against Arafat exile, firm on fencing
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appeared yesterday to rule out expelling Yasser Arafat, playing down an Israeli threat against the Palestinian leader that had drawn international outcry and US misgivings.
 arrow Ayodhya tense as cops break up VHP rally
Simmering tensions erupted into violence yesterday in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya as police prevented Hindu activists from staging a mass rally on the ruins of a razed mosque at a disputed holy
 arrow Iran will not build nuclear weapon: Khatami
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said yesterday his country would not build a nuclear weapon and would continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a crucial deadline approaches.
 arrow US plays down hopes for int'l troops in Iraq
The United States on Thursday played down prospects that more international troops would deploy to Iraq, despite the UN Security Council's unanimous approval of a new resolution.
 arrow Bush, Koizumi put their focus on Iraq, N Korea
US President George W.
 arrow 2 soldiers killed in attack near Kashmir CM's house
Two soldiers of the Border Security Force were killed and an officer and two press photographers injured in a militant attack near the home of Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed yesterday,
 arrow 'Al-Qaeda replacing its top leaders'
Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Asia have quickly replaced captured leaders with a new operations chief and top bomb makers who are plotting deadly attacks on international hotels and other Western targets
Editorialarrow Editorial: Attack on the nurses
Police are at it again -- using highhanded methods to disperse demonstrators.
 arrow Editorial: Waiving of L/C margin only a palliative
The government's decision to withdraw letter of credit (L/C) margin on import of selective food items is a short-term palliative.
 arrow Lessons learnt from the CPA meeting
Political scientists as well as educationists greatly esteem the seventeenth century English poet and essayist John Milton.
 arrow International gangsterism unlimited
Israel's air strike deep inside Syria, a member of the UN, without a declaration of war or clear provocation was an act of international gangsterism and a slap on the UN's face.
Letters to Editorarrow Chronically corrupt indeed
It is indeed a new phenomenon and Bangladesh has just started to become a 'chronic corrupt country' in the world. I actually want to blame this government particularly for this.
 arrow Friday must be holiday
I agree with Mr. Sajjad on the argument of holiday that, we do not need to follow the Middle Eastern countries. But we do not have to follow the Westerns either.
 arrow Sex education
This is in reference to Md. Aminul Hoque's letter dated October 8, 2003. The first four paragraphs of his letter discuss the issue of sex in a rather distant manner. However, he is entitled to his views.
Literaturearrow Looking for the heart of JM Coetzee
In the wake of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, articles on J.M. Coetzee have swamped newspapers and magazine all over the world. A veritable glut of them.
 arrow Indian Poetry in English: Kolatkar and Mahapatra
In this occasional series we will look at Indian poetry written in English.