Volume 4 Number 148 Wed. October 22, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Doctors get jobs at 'political behest'
More than half of 600 doctors, teachers, administrative officers and other staff have been recruited recently at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and Hospital (BSMMUH) violating rules and bypassing
 arrow Dhaka to remove ban on yarn, Delhi to lift barriers on cement
Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed to revise the bilateral trade deal expiring in December.
 arrow Negative politics making business difficult
Business leaders yesterday blamed the political parties for damaging the investment climate and asked them to shift from destructive politics to business-friendly politics for a better economy.
 arrow Onion still sells at Tk 10 above govt fixed rate for a kg
Retailers were selling onion at Tk 28 to 30 a kg yesterday, mocking a government ceiling of its maximum retail price at Tk 18 a kg and threat of facing legal measures for noncompliance.
 arrow Economy in torpor, says Kibria
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the ruling coalition of leaving the economy in torpor and blamed it on the government's incompetence and corruption.
 arrow AL MP Fazle Karim Chy surrenders before court
ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, the opposition Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Raozan, surrendered yesterday before a metropolitan court in connection with the sensational Srikanta Raxmit murder case.
 arrow Iran agrees to Nukes checks
Iran yesterday agreed to sign and ratify an agreement on tougher inspections of its nuclear sites and suspend uranium enrichment and processing activities, according to an official declaration obtained
 arrow Dhaka to seek time for EPZ unionism
Dhaka will apprise Washington of the existing working conditions at its exclusive export processing zones (EPZs) and seek more time for preparations to implement trade unionism (TU) at the EPZs in line
 arrow President of Sierra Leone arrives, talks today
Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah arrived in Dhaka yesterday evening on a three-day official visit.
 arrow 2 cops hurt as outlaws hurl bombs at police patrol
Two policemen and as many other people were critically wounded last night in the latest in a series of bomb attacks blamed on outlaws near Rupsha Police Outpost in Khulna city.
 arrow Harmison, rain put Tigers on backfoot
A 15-minute spell of torrential rain all but spoiled the first day's play of the inaugural Test between Bangladesh and England yesterday.
 arrow Road accidents kill 15 in Narsingdi, Ctg
At least 15 people were killed and 46 others injured in road accidents in Narsingdi and Chittagong yesterday.

Of them, nine were killed in Narsingdi and the rest in Chittagong.

 arrow Call money rate dips on rising excess liquidity
Call money rates in the money market dipped to 1.8-2 percent yesterday, one of the lowest in many months, as the banks are straddled with huge excess liquidity.
 arrow Two to die for raping, killing teenager
A tribunal in Chittagong yesterday sentenced two people to death for raping and killing a student in Comilla last year.
 arrow Apec vows to tear down terror groups
The 21-nation APEC grouping agreed yesterday to widen its mandate to security issues, vowing to dismantle terrorist organisations and halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow Armed forces now able to fend off dangers to nat'l solidarity: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said armed forces of Bangladesh are now capable of protecting the country's independence and sovereignty and tackling any situation endangering national solidarity.
 arrow On the edge

 arrow 49 more illegal outfits knocked down in clean Buriganga drive
On the third day of the eviction drive on the banks of the Buriganga river, authorities knocked down 49 unlawful establishments -- 23 under Sutrapur and 26 under Kotawali police stations.
 arrow Imamuzzaman new BCIC chairman
The government has appointed Major General (retd) Imamuzzaman Chowdhury as Chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) on a three-year contract, according to an official announcement
 arrow Road Safety Day today
National Road Safety Day will be observed today across the country for the first time with a call to take appropriate measures to avert more than 5000 deaths a year in road accidents across the country.
 arrow Transport strike in Sylhet starts today
Transport workers and owners in Sylhet swings into lengthy strike today as their 72-hour ultimatum ended yesterday with the authorities taking no step to meet their 20-point demand.
 arrow Breakthrough in cancer treatment
Australian researchers yesterday unveiled a breakthrough treatment for cancer that uses genetically altered blood cells to attack and kill tumours.
 arrow EC willing to fund HR, reform projects
The European Commission wants to fund a number of programmes to strengthen democracy and governance and establish human rights.
 arrow Four shot in city
Four people including the owner of a jewellery shop were wounded by gun-fire in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
Businessarrow ERP software to up RMG industry performances
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday suggested use of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in Bangladesh's ready made garment industry for optimum use of resources and increased productivity.
 arrow Serviced apartments in Dhaka to open in 2005
Bengal Group Limited is going to develop the first serviced apartments in Bangladesh with all facilities and hospitality services like those of a five-star hotel.
 arrow Prime Islami Life Ins launches DPS
Prime Islami Life Insurance Limited yesterday launched a deposit pension scheme (DPS) for small and middle income group clients.
 arrow EC revamps its Bangladesh website
The delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh launched its revised website yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain and Englishmen
It seems the weather gods are Englishmen. Ever since the England cricket team landed in this part of the world to play their maiden series in Bangladesh rain has been their constant companion.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
The inaugural Test between Bangla-desh and England began on the wrong foot at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison all smiles!
England fast bowler Stephen Harmison has already started to fall in love with the Bangabandhu National Stadium pitch.
 arrow Cricket: Vibrant Barmy Army
The Barmy Army was very noticeable at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday judging by the number of flags and banners inscribed with an array of messages best known to them.
 arrow Cricket: Sharif going down under for surgery
Right-arm paceman Mohammad Sharif will fly to Australia on October 26 to undergo surgery on his groin. Dr. David Young will perform the operation in Melbourne on October 30.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam in, Yousuf out
Pakistan's injury problems continued Tuesday as stand-in captain Yousuf Youhana was ruled out of the second Test against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: Maiden Pak home win
Left-handed opener Taufeeq Umar added 63 to his first-innings 111 as Pakistan completed an eight-wicket Test victory over South Africa at Gaddafi stadium on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka University reach zonal final
Dhaka University moved into the Seba Zone final of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a massive 142-run win over Chittagong University at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: AB Bank TT
Azimpur Young Star, Dhaka Women's TTS and Biman (Green) won their respective matches in the AB Bank Metropolis Women's Table Tennis League at the Wooden-floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares 6th spot
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman jointly finished sixth with other five players in the Tata International Open Chess tournament at Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, India on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: 'SA bowlers Test wkt shy'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith conceded that his bowlers were struggling to take Test wickets following the team's eight-wicket defeat by Pakistan in the first match on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Target Tendulkar
Indian batting champion Sachin Tendulkar will be one of the biggest challenges that Australia's new bowling spearhead Andy Bichel will confront on his team's cricket tour of the subcontinent.
 arrow Cricket: Series of injured!
Injuries to key players has cast a shadow on the one-day triangular series between world champions Australia, New Zealand and hosts India starting on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Mubarak's ton leads Lanka A
Sri Lanka A batsman Jehan Mubarak hit his first international century in a six-wicket win and a 2-0 lead against Kenya in their five-match one-day series at the Ruaraka sports club here on Monday.
 arrow Football: Test for English calibre
English giants Manchester United and Chelsea face grueling examinations of their Champions League credentials on Wednesday with coaches Alex Ferguson and Claudio Ranieri desperately trying to outwit their
 arrow Football: Salgado in demand
The future of Real Madrid right back Michel Salgado, who finishes his contract at the end of the season, will be resolved in the next week according to the club's sporting director Jorge Valdano.
 arrow Football: Bellamy poised for sixth
Newcastle's Welsh international striker Craig Bellamy is to undergo knee surgery for the sixth time in his career, the Premiership club announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Fergie banned for two games
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been handed a two-match touchline ban and a hefty fine after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand faces misconduct charge
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand looks set to be charged by the Football Association on Thursday with misconduct as a result of his failure to attend a drugs test.
 arrow Football: Figo to end at Euro 2004
Portuguese star Luis Figo will retire from the national squad after next year's European football Championships.
 arrow Football: Barca calling a legend?
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly lost faith in Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard to turn around the club's fortunes and is considering calling in Johan Cruyff.
 arrow Football: Charlton mount Rovers' woes
Herman Hreidarsson's first goal for two years gave Charlton a 1-0 win against struggling Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Monday as the Londoners moved up to seventh place in the Premiership.
Metropolitanarrow Saifur's wife buried
Durre Samad Rahman, wife of Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman, was buried at her family graveyard at Baharmardan in Moulvibazar district yesterday.
 arrow Execution of circular stayed for 3 weeks
The High Court yesterday stayed for three weeks the execution of a government circular for temporary appointments to 3,000 vacant posts of health assistants.
 arrow Appeal for help
Jahanara Begum, a mother of four and resident of Gopalganj district, has been suffering from osteo-arthritis of the hip.
Culturearrow International film festival of India
An Iranian film depicting the dream of a young girl in the post-Taliban Afghanistan bagged the top Golden Peacock award while a Bengali director's debut film revolving round the story of relationshipbetween
 arrow Burning issue
The concerts for this season in Dhaka started from the end of June, right after the O/A Level and SSC/HSC examinations.
 arrow De Niro suffers from cancer
American actor Robert De Niro has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his publicist has announced. However, his chances of beating the disease are reported to be good.
Generalarrow 48 pc have access to improved sanitation in Asia
Inaugurating a three-day South Asian Conference on Sanitation, LGRD minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said only 48 percent of the Asian population have access to improved sanitation.
 arrow Resolve differences peacefully: US envoy
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas has underlined the importance of resolving differences peacefully, saying that violence and hatred offer no prospect for the people of any nation while they strive to achieve
 arrow Two die of gas poisoning in septic tank in Nilphamari
Two labourers died of gas poisoning and another fell sick when they tried to remove the shutter of an underground septic tank of under-construction Nursing Institute in Nilphamari town on Tuesday.
 arrow Robberies in eight houses in Khulna
Eight houses were looted in a span of one hour at Boyra Shasanghat area under Sonadanga thana in the early hours of Monday.
 arrow ACJA members visits The Daily Star
Members of the delegation of All China Journalists' Association (ACJA) pose with the Editor of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam and Managing Editor Syed Fahim Munaim when the team visited the newspaper office
Internationalarrow 'Pakistan-Saudi Arabia ink secret nuke accord'
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have concluded a secret agreement on nuclear cooperation, UPI reported, quoting an unimpeachable source.
 arrow Discard force, use friendly approach
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that the United States should change its approach of using force in dealing with conflicts around the world and instead return to its friendly
 arrow Bush rebukes Mahathir over speech
US President George W Bush has personally remonstrated with the Malaysian leader, Mahathir Mohamad, over his recent remarks about Jews.
 arrow Bandits massacre 100 villagers in Sudan
At least 100 villagers were killed and scores were injured by bandits in remote western Sudan last week, Sudanese newspapers reported.
 arrow N Ireland leaders clinch power-sharing deal
Northern Ireland's Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders have struck a landmark deal which may allow Britain to call elections on November 26 for the province's suspended power-sharing assembly, sources
 arrow ME peace more distant than ever: Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that Middle East peace is more distant than ever denouncing Israel's "racist" policy against Palestinians and Arabs.
 arrow US fails to probe civilian deaths in Iraq: HRW
A Human Rights Watch report released yesterday accused the US military of failing to investigate Iraqi civilian deaths arising from excessive use of force by US troops in Baghdad.
 arrow Freed ex-Taliban FM offers to help Karzai
The Taliban's former foreign minister Wakeel Ahmed Mutawakel has written to President Hamid Karzai offering to help his government, a spokesman for Karzai told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Kashmir hostages rescued
Launching an operation this morning, security forces rescued eight civilians, held hostage by terrorists in a house here since Monday, by lobbying tear gas shells into the house.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Spiralling prices
The government has responded to the erratic market behaviour, which is putting tremendous pressure on people, by adopting some measures aimed at correcting the distortions.
 arrow Editorial: Action against telecom bill defaulters
The decision to take actions, legal or otherwise, against defaulters of telecom bills is highly commendable.
 arrow Fixing up fallacies for food security
Eminent economists have long been engaged in eking out an answer to the prevailing distortions developed by domestic agricultural support and tariff and non-tariff walls in various countries.
 arrow A Poland diary
Serenity is sitting in the sky at 33,000 feet on a clear afternoon watching the earth pass by. The land between Britain and Poland has soaked more human blood than any other comparable stretch.
 arrow Hateful hattrick
This year again Bangladesh has ranked top among the most corrupt countries. Now we are a hattrick scorer in corruption.
Letters to Editorarrow What an elephantile cruelty!
I do not understand how a responsible personnel of a Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) can use a magazine full of bullets to kill an elephant in a government forest and sanctuary (BDR officer kills wild elephant
 arrow Persuade Mahathir to take OIC leadership
I heartily and fully agree with RD Qurashi that OIC members should persuade Dr. Mahthir to take the position of Secretary General.
 arrow "Over population and our misery"
This is in response to Mr. M. Mizanur Rahman's letter 'Over population and our misery' (DS October 17, 2003). Many thanks to Mr. Rahman for including some facts and figures in his thoughtful letter.
 arrow Shirin Ebadi: A role model for women
The Nobel committee awarded 2003 peace prize to an Iranian writer, lawyer and human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi.
 arrow "Bangladesh - third time lucky"
It is a national shame that Bangladesh has been topping the list of the most corrupt countries for the last three consecutive years. But our political leaders do not believe this as it is their achievement.
 arrow Living with the "most corrupt"
I am a citizen of the most corrupt nation in the world for the third year running! It hurts me deeply, and I have lost my face to foreigners.
 arrow Political vendetta
AL, the main opposition, has made a list of felons across the country. Most of them are from the ruling party. BNP will lodge case against AL for this. And this is not new in Bangladesh's democraticscenario.
 arrow Wanted or most wanted?
The vacancy advertisements in The Daily Star look very weird when they contain the "Wanted" headings. These particular type of headings are usually used when law enforcers look for criminals.
 arrow Searching for a leader
We have seen the styles of our politicians how they make promises and how they break them. All I can say is that, they are all the same. They only come to power to do good to themselves only.
 arrow Acts speak louder
A news item along with pictures of dismantled road divider at the airport road was published in some newspapers last month.
 arrow National University agonises students
Being a student of the National University (NU), I know the suffering of NU students. NU was established in 1992. Until now, we don't see any development in its administration and management.
 arrow Dismal HSC result: Devil is in details
The HSC candidates sat for the public examination this year for the first time after the education authorities introduced communicative English.
 arrow Values have little to do with poverty
Politically, we are very sensitive; but not morally. Look at the huge "business" of corrupt practices.
StarTecharrow The next big tech thing
MANY kids having IT background dream of being high-end programmers -- or at least the ones passing out with a good GPA, but few reach the standard to make considerable contributions to the fledgling gaming
 arrow Now nanotech lets you know how your brain cells chatter
FRENCH scientists using an innovative microscopic scanning technique say they have discovered that nerve cells almost buzz with molecular agitation when they communicate with each other.
 arrow HP keeps the SMBs running
HP outlined its strategy and product and service offerings to further expand on its #1 market position for Small and Medium Business (SMB) customers in Asia Pacific on October 8, says a press release.
 arrow Technohaven launches TeLIS
Technohaven Co Ltd, a local software company has launched a leasing software named TeLIS (Technohaven Leasing and Investments System) at a local hotel on October 18, says a press release.
Star Chittagongarrow Remove navy installation from Patenga channel
A cargo ship from Panama and a Bangladeshi ship had an unfortunate head-on collision at the mouth of the river Karnafuli near BNS Flotilla on September 21.
 arrow Medical representatives rule CMCH
A large number of medical representatives of different pharmaceutical companies crowd the Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) during office hours causing a dislocation in medicare servicesthere.
 arrow Hawkers start occupying city footpaths
The hawkers started occupying city roads here ahead of holy Ramadan due to the indifference of the authorities concerned.
Star Cityarrow Rajuk-Railway row over CNG station
Rajuk blamed Bangladesh Railway (BR) for allowing construction of a new CNG filling station west of Tongi Diversion Road, as it is being built in violation of several environment and town planning acts.
 arrow Illegal bus parking on, NHA mum
The ATCL company is still using the open spaces of the Asadgate New Colony for parking while the National Housing Authority (NHA) is sitting twiddling their thumbs.
 arrow Digital fake note tester
A local firm is importing digital fake note detectors, as the Bangladesh Bank asked all commercial banks to sort out reusable, non-reusable and fake notes before submitting them to the central bank.
 arrow Catwalk at Sonargaon Hotel

 arrow Policing the bad vehicles
The Department of Environment (DoE) is planning to set up four outposts at the end of this month to check emissions of the vehicles plying city streets in an effort to improve the air quality.
 arrow Fair for car at 'fair' price
A car fair is held every Friday at the Siddeshwari School ground.

The idea was the brainchild of six friends in their early thirties who wished to do something useful and unique for the community.

 arrow Ban student politics
Speakers at a function in the city yesterday said it is better to ban such student politics that creates anarchy on the campus.

They said student politics in old days never hampered peace on the campus.