Volume 4 Number 145 Sun. October 19, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Bypass rail line in city planned to clear jam
The government has decided to build a bypass rail line between Zia International Airport and Kamalapur Rail Station on an urgent basis to ease Dhaka city's traffic jams.
 arrow Home ministry seeks Tk 803cr to improve police force
The home ministry has sought Tk 803 crore from the finance ministry to modernise the police administration.
 arrow 3 gunned down in Uttara, 1 in Mohammadpur
Three including a Union Parishad (UP) member were gunned down at Nayanagar Bazaar in Uttara, while local goons shot dead a student inside a club in Mohammadpur last night.
 arrow A dozen political leaders, others on outlaw hit list
A faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has put on its hit list at least a dozen political leaders, Union Parishad chairmen and police sources of greater Khulna, according to the
 arrow JU pro-VC, proctor again confined over water crisis
The female students of Jahanara Imam Hall of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday confined the pro-vice-chancellor, proctor and executive engineer to the hall for several hours on the third day oftheir
 arrow Sangsad complex in grabbers' hands
The House Committee of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday directed the public works ministry to conduct a survey and appraise it of the latest state of the lush parliament complex as it came to know some acres
 arrow India must give up river-link plan, experts say
The most controversial water project of the present time -- India's River-Link Project (RLP) -- must be halted immediately, and India should give up its unilateral plans for the inter-basin transferof
 arrow Dinajpur ethnic people doubly denied
Laxmikanta Hasad went to jail last June at the age of 65 for demanding his promised benefits from the forest department. Instead of receiving what he thought he would, he was accused of stealing wood.
 arrow Dr Kamal for nat'l commission to fight corruption
Eminent lawyer and Gono Forum President Kamal Hossain yesterday suggested the establishment of a National Commission (NC) headed by a former chief justice with the objective of dealing with the corruption
 arrow Israeli forces kill top Hamas man
Israeli forces killed a senior member of the Hamas group, another Islamic militant and a woman bystander in fighting at a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip yesterday, medics said.
 arrow Low law and order dents investment, says Tofail
Awami League presidium member Tofail Ahmed yesterday said economic indicators did not speak of any improvement in the last two years of the present coalition government.
 arrow Class II girl raped in city
A girl was raped at a slum on the embankment of Mohammadpur yesterday.

An unknown man aged about 40 took the girl, a class II student of a local school, to a shanty and gagged her before rape.

 arrow Looking For Silver Lining

 arrow JSD forms human chains to protest 'misrule'
The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) yesterday formed human chains at Muktangan, Motijheel and Gulistan protesting the 'misrule' of the coalition government.
 arrow President of Bolivia quits amid turmoil
Carlos Mesa, a moderate political unknown, took over Bolivia's presidency yesterday after a month-long bloody revolt by the country's Indian majority forced the resignation of his predecessor.
 arrow 395 nabbed, 8 arms seized in S-W drive
The joint forces have so far arrested a total of 395 people, including 18 outlaws, in southwestern region and recovered eight firearms.
 arrow Cambodia slaps restrictions on Bangladeshi visitors
Cambodia has recently imposed restrictions on visits by nationals from Bangladesh and eight other countries, mainly with a sizeable Muslim population.
 arrow Clarification
Saudi Arabian Airlines has clarified some of the points of a report carried in The Daily Star in its October 13 edition headlined, 'Fare plight in Hajj flight'.
 arrow Nurses remain unbending on movement
Unemployed and diploma student nurses yesterday sounded unbending on boycott of their free service to government medical facilities as the administration showed no sign of cancelling appointment of nurses
 arrow Annan won't send UN staff to insecure Iraq
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan believes the security situation in Iraq is still too risky to send staff back, despite calls for the United Nations to play a political role, his spokesman said on Friday.
 arrow 2 cops cleared of Rajshahi gang rape
Two police constables allegedly involved in the gang rape of an indigenous girl from Kanaishahar in Bagmara were exempted from a rape case filed yesterday.
 arrow Transport owners, workers threaten indefinite strike in Sylhet Div
The transport owners and workers on Friday threatened to go for an indefinite strike in Sylhet Divison from Tuesday if their 20-point demand was not met by Monday night.
Businessarrow High lending rates, freight charges hurt exports
Echoing the sentiment of the businesspeople, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said Bangladesh exporters are now facing problems for high lending rates and bank and freight charges.
 arrow Credit card holders can buy electronics in interest-free installments
Customers having Standard Chartered Credit Card can now purchase electronic products and home appliances from Transcom Electronics in interest-free installments.
 arrow Plastic industry to get govt support
The plastic goods manufacturers will get both financial and technical support from the government as the sector, which earned Tk 600 crore in foreign exchanges in the last fiscal through direct and indirect
 arrow Garment exporters seek improved port facilities
Garment manufacturers and exporters have sought lower interest rates and improved port facilities to help them face the quota-free regime after 2004.
 arrow Dhaka to seek removal of trade barriers
Bangladesh wants India to take specific steps for removing non-tariff barriers that block access of its products to the next-door market before Dhaka proceeds with talks on free-trade agreement.
 arrow Dhaka Bank, Sony Rangs open loan fair
Dhaka Bank Limited and Rangs Electronics Limited have joined hands to hold a unique promotion called Dhaka Bank-Sony Rangs Loan Fair.
 arrow Juki Corporation chairman due in city today
Takeo Yamaoka, chairman and CEO of Juki Corporation of Japan, world leader of industrial sewing machine manufacturing, arrives in Dhaka today on a 3-day visit to Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Holcim crosses 2.5m tonnes production
Holcim (Bangladesh) Ltd, the country's leading cement manufacturer, has crossed the 2.5 million tonnes production level.
 arrow StanChart, Desco sign electric bill collection deal
Standard Chartered Bank and Dhaka Electricity Supply Company Ltd (Desco) have signed an agreement on collection of electric bills.
 arrow Eight jute mills owe Tk 4cr to 600 retired staff
Eight state-run jute mills in Khulna zone owe about Tk 4 crore to 600 retired officers and employees in gratuity arrears.
 arrow Bush-Koizumi summit highlights forex policy
Summit talks between US President George W. Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi highlighted divisions over foreign exchange policy, Japanese newspapers said Saturday.
 arrow Apec to return to WTO table after compromise
Twenty-one developing and industrialised economies in the Asia-Pacific region meeting here have agreed to restart stalled talks to free world trade after forging a compromise, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Japan, US discuss 'safeguard' tariff
The United States and Japan crossed swords Friday over the touchy issue of respective "safeguard" tariff hikes while Japan's trade minister complained about the strong yen, a Japanese official said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain denies Eng again
Rain ruined England's prospect of a win ahead of the first Test when their second three-day match against Bangladesh A at the BKSP ground in Savar was abandoned as a draw yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Not afraid of England
Bangladesh A skipper Rajin Saleh believed there was nothing to fear from England in the two Tests and three one-day internationals.
 arrow Cricket: Talha ignored
Young paceman Talha Jubair was the surprise omission from the Bangladesh Under-19 squad for the ACC Asian Under-19 Tournament in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: One spinner or two?
England coach Duncan Fletcher refused to confirm Gareth Batty's place in the side for next week's first Test here.
 arrow Cricket: Same ban on Shoaib
International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Clive Lloyd on Saturday urged South Africa and Pakistan to clean up their acts after fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar became the third player to be handed aban
 arrow Cricket: Four Kiwis hit tons
Indian opener Virender Sehwag gave himself a birthday gift two days early with a blazing 128 not out in the second and final cricket Test against New Zealand here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly might miss start of ODI series
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly may be forced to skip the start of the one-day tri-series against Australia and New Zealand next week due to an infection in the groin area, sources said here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Barisal reach group final
Barisal moved into the group final of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a 32-run victory over hosts Patuakhali in a low-scoring match at Patuakhali yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Div I kabadi
Title aspirant Azad Sporting Club moved into the final of the First Division Kabadi League beating Imarat Sporting Club by 73-27 points with five lonas at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting punishes Zim
Vice-captain Ricky Ponting compiled his 18th Test century as Australia powered to 245 for three before bad light halted play for the day on Saturday, the second day of the second and final cricket Test
 arrow Cricket: Umar-piloted Pakistan
Taufeeq Umar's fourth Test hundred and a gritty 49 from debutant Asim Kamal on Saturday put Pakistan in a strong position on the second day of the first Test against South Africa.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters fails, Henin sails
Yugoslav Jelena Dokic dumped world number one Belgian Kim Clijsters out of the Swisscom Challenge on Saturday to secure her first final appearance of the year and title showdown with Justine Henin-Hardenne.
 arrow Football: Blatter blasts English FA
Football's world ruling body FIFA has called on the English Football Association to get tough following a week of embarrassing headlines involving some of the game's top players.
 arrow Football: Pires turned Chelsea down
Arsenal star Robert Pires has revealed that he snubbed the chance of a summer move to Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Keane relieves MU
Manchester United took over at the top of the Premiership despite an unconvincing display which hardly merited such reward.
 arrow Football: Marseille buried
Vedran Runje's bid to stay Marseille's number one goalkeeper in the face of Fabien Barthez's imminent arrival took a knock on Friday as the French title contenders were handed a 4-1 thrashing by Strasbourg.
 arrow Football: Because of France!
Playing for France in this summer's Confederations Cup cost Fabien Barthez his place as Manchester United's first choice goalkeeper, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Friday.
Politicalarrow State minister sues 14 AL stalwarts over godfather claim
The BNP-led ruling alliance has decided to fight the main opposition Awami League (AL) 'both legally and politically' over the latter's branding 101 alliance leaders as 'godfathers', alliance sourcessaid.
 arrow Ruling alliance holds 'grand' rally today
The BNP-led four-party alliance has completed all its preparations to hold a 'grand' public meeting at Paltan Maidan this afternoon to mark its two-year rule.
 arrow Violence mars Jubo League conference
Pandemonium broke out over formation of the convening committee of Chittagong City unit of Jubo League, the youth front of Awami League (AL), during its triennial conference at Laldighi Maidan here yesterday,
Metropolitanarrow Expatriate shot dead
A Bangladeshi expatriate in the United States was shot dead at his village home here on Friday night.
 arrow AL refutes charges
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday refuted the charges that the AL has tarnished the country's image by disclosing the names of 101 godfathers sheltered by the coalition government led
 arrow 'Shortage of dredgers hampers maintenance of river channels'
Maintenance of river channels and operation of different ferry ghats across the country have become a difficult task owing to shortage of dredgers, Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain said yesterday.
 arrow Road Safety Day October 22
The Safe Road Day, first of its kind in our country, will be observed on October 22 aimed at creating awareness among the people and drivers on road safety.
 arrow Kathin Chibor Dan Nov 6
Shuva Kathin Chibor Dan, a religious festival of the Buddhist community, will be observed at the International Bouddha Bihar at Merul Badda in the city on November 6, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Probe body trying to 'cover up' Barisal T&T scam
Investigation into gross irregularities and corruption in Barisal T&T has started but members of the inquiry team are allegedly trying to cover up the scams.
 arrow Paturia-Daulatdia ferry service may snap any time
Ferry service in Paturia-Daulatdia channel in the Padma may be disrupted any time as the water level is falling fast.

From Monday to Wednesday, two ferry vessels ran aground in the channel.

 arrow People want to get rid of govt's misrule, says AL leader Jalil
Rape and other crimes against women during the past two years of the alliance government have surpassed the record of Pakistan occupation army, Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil has claimed.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 8 more in Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat
Eight more persons have died from diarrhoea in Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts.
 arrow Chargesheeted accused Shukur arrested
Shukur Hossain, one of the chargesheeted accused in Janakantho journalist Shamsur Rahman murder case, was arrested along with two of his accomplices Thursday evening from a house at Noepara under Abhoynagar
 arrow AL-BNP clash leaves 25 hurt in Magura
At least 25 people were injured, eight of them seriously, in a clash between the activists of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League (AL) at village Barashia in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow CID fails to submit fresh charge sheet in 3 months
Fresh charge sheet in college girl Zahida rape and murder case is yet to be submitted three months after transfer of the case to the criminal investigation department (CID).
 arrow Kushtia BNP body formed
Kushtia district committee of ruling BNP has been formed with Sahidul Islam MP and Syed Mehedi Ahmed Rumi MP president and secretary respectively for next two years.
 arrow JSD forms human chain in Kushtia
The Jatiya Samajtantric Dal (JSD) formed a human chain along the highway from Hosenabad in Danlatpur upazila to Kushtia town, protesting the BNP-Jamaat government's alleged misrule.
 arrow IU teachers demonstrate on campus
Islamic University Teachers Association (IUTA) brought out a procession and held a rally on the campus on Wednesday to press their three-point demand.
 arrow Tala upazila Jubo Dal council held
A biennial council of Tala upazila Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was held on Thursday.

The council formed a 51-member committee with Hafizur Rahman and Yasin Ullah as president and general secretary respectively.

 arrow 'Outlaws kidnap 3 fishermen in Dumuria
Three fish traders have been abducted from Shibpur village in under Dumuria upazila allegedly by outlaws, police here said on Friday.


 arrow 7 toll collectors caught by villagers
Villagers caught seven alleged extortionists when they went to realise Tk 50,000 toll from school teacher Bongshi Dor Shaha at Ichamoti village under the Sadar upazila at night recently.
 arrow Sk Razzak Ali may join BNP politics on return
Former Speaker Shaikh Razzak Ali, now Bangladesh High Commissioner in London, is likely to be involved in BNP politics after his return home on next month.
 arrow Bhola's road link restored
Bhola's road communication with rest of the country resumed Friday morning.
Culturearrow Ancient German fest fervour
Germans like public festivals, and during spring, summer and autumn there are many, mostly small festivals in practically all towns. One of these festivals has become world famous.
 arrow An assail into the art world with a soul pitch
Soul and Soil, " a ceramic exhibit, held recently at Zainul Gallery made one stop and ponder. The name of the display was not nouveau but there was promise in the work.
 arrow More awards from TRAB
Television Reporters Association of Bangladesh (TRAB), formed in 1995, gave away awards to the best performers of television, in music, dance and film.
 arrow Fireworks reserved for Eid
Some of the biggest film releases, normally timed around Diwali, are slated for Eid this year. Diwali very often brings out the best in Bollywood. Top blockbusters like Hum Aapke Hain Koun...
 arrow Barisal division convention and drama festival starts
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) Barisal division is holding a convocation and drama festival from the 17th of this month.
Internationalarrow Bolivian president falls prey to own prophecy
As he was sworn in as Bolivia's president just over a year ago, millionaire mine owner Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada warned his government could fall unless it quickly tackled endemic poverty in South America's
 arrow Protests mark brief Bush trip to Manila
Several thousand anti-US protesters demonstrated in the Philippines' capital and burned US flags while five leftist legislators walked out yesterday as US President George W.
 arrow Advani asks Pakistan to hand over 20 terrorists to open new chapter
Asking Islamabad to stop supporting and sponsoring terrorism before the world treats it as a pariah, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on Saturday said a "new chapter" in Indo-Pak relations could be opened
 arrow French FM hits out at US policy of regime change
The United States' pursual of regime change is not a viable policy, while unilateralism would make the world more unstable, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said in an interview published
 arrow Vajpayee says 'no' to Kashmir self-rule
Prime Minister AB Vajpayee on Friday rejected the demand for right to self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir, questioning how anybody capturing power through the gun could indulge in such talks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A call to action
These are troubled times for the Muslim ummah. In addition to the poverty, dispossession, and oppression that millions of Muslims endure, Islam is today vilified around the world as a religion of terror.
 arrow Editorial: Harassment at DMCH gate
Beware of ambulances around the gateway to Dhaka Medical College Hospital -- they snatch patients away! However incredible it may sound, that's what this paper revealed yesterday in a tell-tale storyabout
 arrow Not revenge, winning the struggle is important
Alhamdulillah, All Praise be to Allah, by whose Grace and Blessings we, the leaders of the Organisation of Islamic Conference countries are gathered here today to confer and hopefully to plot a course
Letters to Editorarrow Referendum on Hartals?
This refers to Engr. S.H. Kaiser's letter dated 6.10.03 which appeared under the caption, "Put hartal issue into a referendum.
 arrow More items in export basket
"Bangladesh can earn more than Taka 7000 million per year by exporting potato flakes and chips. Besides, there are ample opportunities for marketing our fruits and vegetables abroad.
Star Healtharrow IVF in Bangladesh: ray of hope for infertile couple
Dr Parveen Fatima is an associate professor of department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Banghabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU).
Star Cityarrow Ready for the mosquito war
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning a 'vigorous' mosquito control programme starting tomorrow although mosquito menace began long ago.
 arrow Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover construction hits snag
Construction of the 7-kilometre Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover scheduled to begin this month is likely to be delayed due to allegations of fraud in the bidding process.
 arrow Broad outlook for wider road
Setting another example of unity and good spirit, the residents of Ward 49 have decided to donate land for widening the Dhanmondi road 15.
 arrow Protest falls on deaf ears
Local people and the business community of Purana Paltan put the shutters of their shops down for two hours recently to protest the murder of Wahidul Islam Igloo, a local resident and businessman.
 arrow DCC finally to rationalise waste disposal tax
A homeowner has been paying Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) 2 percent of the total tax for waste disposal for the last 20 years, which officials called discriminatory, as an industrial unit generating more
 arrow Toilet trauma at national stadium
Cricket lovers are once again eagerly waiting for the gala start of Test and one-dayers between Bangladesh and England from Tuesday.
 arrow Link roads still remain shabby, bumpy
Dhaka as a mega-city does not have much to offer its people. Rather, a series of miseries always wait for the Dhakaites to confront the moment they step out of the door.