Vol. 4 Num 153 Mon. October 27, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 5,000 extra personnel to curb crime
Forty mobile courts and as many police checkpoints backed by around 5,000 additional personnel will be set up in the capital to keep close tabs on law and order during Ramadan.
 arrow Control flops as prices spiral
The prices of essentials on the kitchen market are spiralling, despite a number of government steps to put a lid on prices during Ramadan.
 arrow Locals lay siege to Khilgaon Police Station
Angry locals from Meradia hemmed in Khilgaon Police Station yesterday following the death of Shakil Ahmed Chowdhury Sumon in police custody.
 arrow Fence off Buriganga, stop grabbers' return
Environmentalists are demanding construction of boundary walls and walkways along the banks of Buriganga, as well as legal action to protect the land reclaimed from encroachers during the recently concluded
 arrow Another man dies in 'cop beating'
Gulshan police allegedly tortured a man to death yesterday within 48 hours of the death of an alleged mugger in police beating.
 arrow Another man dies in 'cop beating'
Gulshan police allegedly tortured a man to death yesterday within 48 hours of the death of an alleged mugger in police beating.
 arrow US col killed as rockets hit Baghdad hotel
In a daring strike, insurgents attacked the heart of the US occupation yesterday, unleashing a barrage of rockets against the Al Rasheed hotel where US officials live and where visiting Deputy Defence
 arrow Ramadan begins tomorrow
The holy month of Ramadan begins tomorrow as the moon of the lunar month was not sighted yesterday.
 arrow Traders' greed pushes prices high: Ministry
A section of traders and importers are making the essentials market unstable ahead of the holy month of Ramadan to make brisk profits, a top-ranking commerce ministry official said.
 arrow Tigers seek 6-yr rule before final peace deal
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, who are due to unveil a landmark power-sharing plan this week, will seek a six-year interim council before a final deal, a press report here said yesterday.
 arrow JS bodies fail to deliver for negative politics
The parliamentary standing committees, intended to operate as crucial supplements to the parliamentary system, are failing to fulfil this function due to the negative politics of the ruling and opposition
 arrow Robbers kill bus driver, criminal shot dead
Unidentified criminals gunned down a top criminal of Demra and robbers stabbed the driver of a Dhaka-bound bus at Daudkandi yesterday who died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Of a blessed bureaucrat
Fabulous perks, frequent foreign trips and unwarranted influence on administrative affairs of a joint secretary have fuelled resentment among officials of the women and children affairs ministry and its
 arrow Pharaoh mummy returns to Egypt after 140 years
A 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy believed to be that of King Ramses I has been returned to Egypt after more than 140 years in North America.
 arrow Khaleda stresses greater S Asian ties as Indian HC calls on
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has underscored the need to strengthen relations among South Asian countries through greater interaction for the benefit its peoples.
 arrow JS body rejects Danish claim, stays happy with shipping state
The parliamentary standing committee on the shipping ministry yesterday rejected the Danish Embassy's allegation that the shipping minister had asked for bribe for okaying a grant to overhaul four ferries.
 arrow Road-builder accuses Nasser Rahman of death threat
Md Nuruzzaman, executive director of Yusuf and Brothers, a construction firm, yesterday brought fresh allegations against Nasser Rahman, saying the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmaker was threatening
 arrow Clarification
The High Commission of India in Dhaka in a press release contradicted parts of The Daily Star report headlined "Delhi to consult Dhaka after taskforce report", published on October 5.
 arrow Twin quakes in China kill at least 9
Authorities lowered water levels of two reservoirs in northwestern China after two powerful tremors shook the remote, earthquake-prone region, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens, the government
 arrow Accused in monk murder case killed
An accused in the Buddhist monk Gyanojyoti murder case was stabbed to death by a mob at Raozan yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Desperately seeking soil

 arrow 4 cops suspended for letting alleged 'criminal' flee
Four police personnel in Kushtia were suspended for neglect of duty and making way for an alleged criminal to escape hospital while in police custody.
 arrow Govt warns overseas job seekers of fraud
The Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment has asked job seekers not to contact any agent or pay any money to anyone for employment in Italy and Malaysia.
 arrow Clarification
MA Muhaimin Saleh, president of the Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab), has clarified a report carried by The Daily Star on October 13 under the headline "Fare plight in Hajj flight.
Businessarrow Taiwan plans investment in Bangladesh ICT sector
A Taiwanese vice minister yesterday expressed his country's willingness to invest in Bangladesh's information and communication technology (ICT) sector and offered training facilities to ICT professionals.
 arrow Garment workers may get health services from Cida
Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) wants to help Bangladesh's readymade garment industry by increasing productivity through providing the workers with primary healthcare and family planning
 arrow Benefits of globalisation hinge on skilled manpower
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Bangladesh can utilise the benefits of globalisation if it exports products at competitive price and develops skilled manpower.
 arrow BB auction
The 268th auction of the 28-day, 91-day, 182-day, 364-day, 2-year and 5-year treasury bills were held here yesterday.

A total of Tk 855.

 arrow Premier Bank to launch Visa credit card in December
The Premier Bank Ltd, a third generation private sector bank, is going to launch its Visa credit card services in December this year.
 arrow Bank Asia's new branch opens at Uttara
Bank Asia opened its 14th branch at Uttara in Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow Rangs Electronics launches winter festival
Rangs Electronics Limited formally launched 'Sony Rangs Prothom Alo Winter Festival Chamak 03' at the company's showroom on Sonargaon Road in Dhaka on Saturday.
 arrow StanChart, Conscious Health sign agreement
Standard Chartered Bank has signed an agreement with Conscious Health Services recently to introduce a specially designed priority health package for the bank's priority customers, says a press release.
 arrow North Bengal Sugar Mill starts crushing
Crushing season began yesterday in North Bengal Sugar Mill with a production target of 1.80 lakh tons of sugar in 15 mills under the government.
 arrow US to freeze interest rates at 45-year low this week
The United States will freeze key interest rates at a 45-year low this week even as the economy looks poised finally to bust out of a years-long slump, analysts said.
 arrow EU spending demands not feasible, says France
French Budget Minister Alain Lambert on Saturday criticised the European Union's demands for cuts in government spending next year, saying they could not be done and would contradict government policy.
 arrow Brunei steps up effort to diversify oil-based economy
Oil and gas-rich Brunei has embarked on ambitious campaign to diversify its fossil fuel-based economy in a bid to emerge as a key regional player by 2008.
 arrow Indian bonds seen edging up, but wary of central bank
Indian government bond prices are expected to edge up at the start of the week, with sentiment comforted by a dip in inflation and expectations that a correction induced by the central bank may have run
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers promise better things
Bangladesh cricket team flew into Chittagong last night vowing to do better than they did in the first Test.
 arrow Cricket: Chittagong upbeat
For a change the Chattagram Jela Krira Sangstha (CJKS) is happy to host an international cricket match when the second Test against England gets underway at the MA Aziz Stadium here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar, Laxman tons
Sachin Tendulkar and Venkatsai Laxman slammed impressive centuries to help India post 284-5 against Australia in a triangular one-day series match here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock puts SA on track
South Africa's cricketers were battling to save the second Test and series against Pakistan at close of play on the third day on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Tajikistan first up for Bangladesh
Bangladesh will take on Tajikistan in the Asian zone qualifying round for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals to be held in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful gets another chance
Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful has been called up for the BCB Development Squad that will play in a limited-overs practice match against England at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on November 5.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names U-17 side
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a 16-member under-17 squad to play against CAB under-17 side in Dhaka on October 31.

Mehrab Hossain will lead the side.

 arrow Football: Brothers' Fed Cup test
Brothers Union will face their first test since their pre-season coup when the glamourous Gopibagh outfit

take on Dipali Jubo Sangha in the opening match of the Federation Cup qualifiers at the Bir

 arrow Chess: Swati leads chess board
Indian Swati Ghate maintained her lead in the East Asian Zonal Chess Championship with full three points at the end of the third round at NSC's chess room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Strong English media side
England media team beat their Bangladesh counterparts by seven wickets in the RC Cola Media cricket match at the Jagannath Hall ground in Dhaka University yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly might miss more action
India captain Saurav Ganguly could miss two more games of the one-day TVS Cup triangular series with Australia and New Zealand because of his groin injury.
 arrow Tennis: All-Argentine final
Argentina's David Nalbandian brushed aside the challenge of top-seed and US Open champion Andy Roddick 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals of the one-million-euro Swiss Indoors here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Fish ends Enqvist run
Fifth seed Mardy Fish will aim to net his first title from four finals this season after knocking three-time holder Thomas Enqvist out of the semifinals of the 650,000-euro (766,000-dollar) StockholmOpen
 arrow Tennis: Sargsian-Kuerten showdown
Unseeded Armenian Sargis Sargsian will meet Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten in the St Petersburg final after knocking out top seed Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday's semi-finals.
 arrow Ex-India captain Adhikari dies
Former Indian cricket captain Hemu Adhikari, part of the record Indian last-wicket stand against Pakistan in 1952-53, has died aged 84, the Press Trust of India reported Sunday.
 arrow Football: Fulham humble United
Manchester United missed a seemingly easy chance to leapfrog Arsenal at the top of the English Premiership, the champions misfiring horribly in a stunning 3-1 home defeat to humble Fulham.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart go top
Hertha Berlin eased the pressure on coach Huub Stevens with their first victory of the season, triumphing 1-0 over Hansa Rostock at the

Ostseestadion on Saturday.

 arrow Football: Tristan does the trick
Valencia lost their unbeaten record and the league leadership to Deportivo La Coruna after going down 2-1 at the Galicians on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Marseille back on track
Marseille buried the nightmare of last week's Alsatian savaging to go top of the French league Saturday night following an uninspired 2-0 win at home against Rennes.
Politicalarrow AL, CPB rally demanding lid on prices
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) staged separate demonstrations in Dhaka yesterday in protest against price spiral of essentials.
 arrow Hasina reaches Frankfurt
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina Saturday arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on a six-day visit.
Nationalarrow Life begins with tobacco ends in disease
The tiny-tots start life with harmful tobacco, not with pen or pencil.

Seven year-old Abdul is learning how to make bidi. He said his parents sent him to the bidi factory.

 arrow Haven for criminals, hell for victims
Four victims of acid attack for protesting abduction of a woman are on the run following threats but the accused are moving freely in the area.
 arrow Pirates rule coasts
Armed pirates looted 16 fishing trawlers and abducted 38 fishermen in the Bay and in the Meghna estuary in five days till Saturday.
 arrow 16 hurt in AL clashes
At least 16 people were injured as clashed between rival factions foiled Awami League triennial conventions in Assassumi and Kalaroa upazilas on Friday and Thursday respectively.
 arrow Dacoity bid in Judge Court foiled
Local people on Saturday night foiled a dacoity bid in Sirajganj Judge Court.
Culturearrow Nityapuran's 50th show
Desh Natak, a leading theatrical group, displayed the 50th show of its current production Nityapuran on October 21 at the Mahila Samity Auditorium.
 arrow Ataur Rahman at the silver jubilee of Indian Sangeet-Natak Academy
Actor-director Ataur Rahman and also General Secretary of Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute(ITI) went to New Delhi to attend the silver jubilee of Indian Sangeet-Natak Academy recently,
 arrow The first cultural delegates of the country
The roads seemed unusually jammed the next day, as everyone seemed to reach the same venue in haste.
 arrow Shakira named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Shakira has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency said Friday. The 26-year-old singer is the youngest person and the first Colombian to serve as UNICEFambassador.
 arrow Prize distribution ceremony
The prize distribution ceremony of Annanya Eid Fashion Competition 2003 was held at the Jalshaghar of Hotel Purbani last Friday, says a press release.
Generalarrow 4 get life in Faisal murder
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four persons to life imprisonment for killing a student of Dhaka College in February 2000.
 arrow Nasir sues 16 AL leaders on godfather issue
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin filed a defamation suit yesterday against 16 Awami League (AL) leaders including the AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil for listinghim
 arrow $5.75 million Canadian aid for ICDDR,B
Canada will provide $5.75 million to International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) for health and population research, says a press release.
 arrow Extortionists ransack city hotel
A gang of extortionists, being 'angered' for filing a case against them, ransacked a restaurant at Motijheel in the city and stabbed one employee and beat up two others on Saturday.
 arrow 16 houses looted in Ctg
Robbers looted gold ornaments and valuables worth over Tk 22 lakh from 16 houses in Satkania and Patiya upazilas of the district in the last four days.
 arrow 'Send Nirmal Sen abroad for treatment'
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday demanded of the government to send ailing noted journalist and columnist Nirmal Sen abroad for better treatment.
 arrow Woman killed in Khulna
A young woman identified as Hasina Begum, 32, was murdered on Saturday night at her father's house at Diarha village under Digholia thana of Khulna district.
Internationalarrow Israeli troops dynamite Gaza high-rise bldgs
Israeli troops killed at least two Palestinians in separate battles early yesterday and briefly evacuated 2,000 Palestinians from their homes in the dead of night before blowing up three empty high-rise
 arrow Thousands rally in US against Iraq invasionThousands rally in US against Iraq invasion
To chants of "Impeach Bush," thousands of anti-war protesters rallied in the nation's capital Saturday and delivered a scathing critique of President Bush and his Iraq policy.
 arrow KL won't give in to Jewish economic boycott threat: Mahathir
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said a call by a US-based Jewish lobby group for an economic boycott against Malaysia may hurt economically but the country would not give in to "blackmail".
 arrow Syria to retaliate if Israel strikes again
Syria has threatened to attack Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights if Israel launches another attack on its territory, Syria's foreign minister has warned, according to a British newspaper yesterday.
 arrow Iran yet to suspend uranium enrichment
A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said yesterday Iran had yet to suspend uranium enrichment, backtracking on his earlier statement that the process had already been suspended.
 arrow Iran will not reveal names of detained al-Qaeda figures
Iran said yesterday it would not reveal the names of suspected top members of the al-Qaeda network detained here, adding that a list of names it had given to the UN only covered members of the group already
Editorialarrow Editorial: The holy month of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan begins with the Muslims preparing themselves for 30 days of fasting and self-abstinence in their quest for purification of the body and soul in the true sense of the term.
 arrow Editorial: CHT affairs
A meeting of the parliamentary standing committee for Chittagong hill tracts has stated the obvious: law and order and uplift efforts in the CHT are bedevilled by lack of coordination between variousorganisations
 arrow The fate of Indo-Pak dialogue
In his characteristic boldness of holding out olive branch to the adversary, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the septuagenarian Prime Minister of India, launched his fresh peace offensive on 18 April last while
 arrow Double-standard on bigotry
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's recent speech to the OIC and the fall-out from it are still news in the US.
 arrow Building a national consensus for economic reform
In the present context of Bangladesh, the creation of new employment opportunities is considered to be the key to poverty alleviation.
 arrow How does the future look like for Vajpayee?
Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has just completed fourth year as the head of the present government in the current five-year term.
Letters to Editorarrow Before a stronger police force is built
Recently, the home ministry sought Tk 803 crore from the finance ministry to modernise the police administration (The Daily Star, October 19).
 arrow Let's rally behind Mahathir
 arrow Mahathir deserves applause from the West too
Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad deserves appreciation for his historic speech at the opening of the 10th session of the OIC conference at Putrajaya, Malaysia, on 10th October 2003.
 arrow N. Coetzee: A critique
I enjoyed Lim Samson (The Sunday Times of South Africa in 1999, reprinted in DS Oct 18 , 2003), trying to analyse ...N Coetzee, the latest Nobel laureate from SA.
 arrow Israel responds to Mahathir's diatribes
When Dr. Mahathir made his speech at the 10th OIC meeting, a flurry of outrage from the Western world followed about his alleged anti-Semitic comments. For a start, what Dr.
 arrow Choice of headline
I, like many of our friends and acquaintances, am appalled at the choice of words (and language) in your newspaper. Let me not waste our time but come right to the point.
 arrow Politicians use citizens as footballs
"Doctors get jobs at political behest" was the first lead of The Daily Star (22.10.03).
 arrow Balance of power in world politics
A leader's decision is always costly, because the whole mass is involved, and the latter have no authority to take any corrective action.
 arrow Chandpur Government College Vs. UC Berkeley
Probably the only thing that is common between these two schools is that both are public schools.
 arrow Mahathir's message: Fault lies elsewhere
We have got an excellent review of Dr. Mahathir's address. (Zafar Sobhan, The daily Star, 21 October).
 arrow Government must compensate Khasias
I was deeply shocked after reading a news in The Daily Star on the 20th of October that the local timber traders attacked on the innocent Khasia people at the National Park in Magurchhara, Moulavibazar.
 arrow Fault lies with incompetence, not weekends
The weekly holiday issue is splashing over the letter columns again. The desire is to change the weekly holiday from Friday to Sunday.
 arrow Who are those 11 per cent?
The whole nation is now united and protesting against India's plan to divert Eastern Himalayan river waters.
 arrow Corruption, clamour and the TI index
It is indeed a disgrace for us to be branded the most corrupt nation for three consecutive years.
 arrow PM for the Ummah or SQC?
Khaleda Zia addressed the concluding session of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia on October 17. We realise that it was Dr.
Star Cityarrow Film archive's cry for protection
Bangladesh Film Archive (BFA) is losing celluloid resources, as it lacks proper equipment to preserve them.

"Most films preserved in the BFA date back to the 1950s.

 arrow Fountain on a 'faulty' roundabout
An under-construction fountain on a 'faulty' roundabout of the airport link road may increase traffic jam at the entry to the city, as it is being built in an unplanned way, experts feared.
 arrow Bringing jute bags back to the fore
Environment-friendly jute shopping bags will be up for sale at a cheaper rate than before from October 29 at 10 different points in the city.
 arrow Slow move for quick waste disposal
Despite getting the approval at an Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting in 2000, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is yet to buy 75 hydraulic compacting trucks for waste disposal
 arrow Ramadan comes, iftar follows
Streets and footpaths of the city will be flooded with varieties of colourful and delicious iftar items, from tomorrow.
 arrow Waking with winter
With winter right around the corner, bedding makers anticipate their business booming over the next three months from late November.
 arrow Wasa vigilant
Seven vigilance teams headed by a superintendent engineer of Wasa will work round the clock in seven zones to ensure the smooth supply of water to city dwellers during the period of Ramadan.
 arrow Ikebana Goes to Banani

 arrow Traffic Snarl-up