Volume 4 Number 154 Tue. October 28, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Baghdad bloodbath kills 35
Suicide bombers struck the Red Cross headquarters and three police stations across Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 200 in a coordinated terror spree that stunned the
 arrow Fingers pointed at hoarders
As prices of essentials continue to soar on the eve of Ramadan, the government yesterday held a series of meetings, one featuring the prime minister, to put brakes on prices blamed mainly on hoardersclose
 arrow Price bull mauls middle-class
The cost of living has been on a wild run because of price spiral of essential items.

According to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), inflation measured on a point-to-point basis stood at 5.

 arrow 8th JS limps to third year with crises
With uncertainty hanging over its fate, the eighth parliament completes two years of its five-year tenure today.
 arrow Khilgaon OC taken off over killing in custody charge
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Khilgaon Police Station was withdrawn yesterday following an allegation that a young man was beaten to death in police custody.
 arrow Ramadan begins
The holy month of Ramadan begins today as the moon of the lunar month, Saban, was sighted yesterday.
 arrow Bush sees attackers as growing desperate
President George W Bush yesterday said US progress in Iraq is making insurgents more "desperate" and spurring attacks such as the bombings at the international Red Cross headquarters and four police stations
 arrow Red Cross mulls cutback in Iraq operations
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said yesterday it is considering cutting back its operations in Iraq after a bomb attack on its Baghdad headquarters that shook the neutral Swiss-run
 arrow 'Syrian bomber' held in Baghdad, US says
A U.S. general said the one attacker captured in the bombings that killed about 40 yesterday had a Syrian passport, fuelling suspicions that foreign fighters were behind a rising tide of violence.


 arrow Diarrhoea dogs nine districts
Thousands of people are suffering from diarrhoeal diseases in nine districts that claimed 193 lives and attacked 2,27,109 since January this year, official sources said.
 arrow Hasina urges German entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has urged German investors and entrepreneurs to invest in small and medium industries in Bangladesh.
 arrow Traffic police pocket quick bucks over CNG confusion
Traffic police are cashing in on the confusion over a suspended gazette notification, apprehending CNG autorickshaws to harass drivers for quick bucks in the city.
 arrow Test for cop promotion postponed
The written test for promotion of police constables to assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) scheduled for yesterday was postponed following question paper leaks.
 arrow Prices go higher
Prices of essentials on the city's retail market are still soaring far above the low-income group's reach, with a fresh rise in the prices of onion and vegetables.
 arrow Emergency declared as US wildfires kill 14
Violent wildfires ravaging California have killed at least 14 people, forced tens of thousands of from their homes and sparked chaos in air travel across North America, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Red tape, tussle of offices stall health plans
Red tape and a tussle between the health ministry and the Planning Commission are delaying approval of 15 annual operational plans (OPs) of the ministry involving a revised expenditure of Tk 578 crore.
 arrow Biman staff protest as senior pilot suspended
Hundreds of Biman staff and pilots yesterday protested suspension of a senior pilot of the national flag carrier.
 arrow Rajuk orders halt to Aziz cooperative complex construction
Rajuk, the capital development authority, has challenged the authenticity of architectural plan of the 14-storey Aziz Cooperative Shopping-cum-Housing Complex at Shahbagh.
 arrow 20 mobile courts, 40 strike teams to watch Dhaka law and order
The government yesterday set up 20 mobile courts and formed 40 teams of strike forces backed by 5,000 to 7,000 personnel to ensure law and order and public safety during Ramadan in Dhaka from today.
 arrow Conciliation of Disputes Board Act draft okayed
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of a new law styled "Conciliation of Disputes (Municipal Areas) Board Act 2003".

It replaces the Conciliation of Disputes (Municipal Areas) Ordinance 1979.

 arrow Pakistan promises 'positive' response to Indian peace offer soon
Pakistan said yesterday it would respond positively and soon to a set of Indian proposals seeking to improve relations between the nuclear rivals.
 arrow Minister catches clinics carrying advance medical for jobseekers to Malaysia
State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Mohammad Quamrul Islam yesterday paid surprise visits to some medical centres at Banani conducting advance medical checkups for jobs in Malaysia.
 arrow Laden's hideout located
The world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is hiding in the difficult terrain of mountains northeast of Kabul, an intelligence report prepared by the International Security Assistance Force has
Businessarrow Ministry seeks Tk 5000cr aid for textile sector
The government has done very little to upgrade the textile sector to tackle the impending crisis in the quota-free regime after 2004, observed the Ministry of Textiles in a report on the state of thesector.
 arrow Stop collection of all import charges but NOC fees
In a move to reduce import charges, the government has directed all the freight forwarders to stop collection of various charges and fees, excepting no objection certificate (NOC) charge, from importers
 arrow Automated billing makes Caab financially better
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) has been able to consolidate its financial position by ensuring timely collection of aeronautical bills from airlines.
 arrow Legal framework needed for micro-credit banks: Yunus
Creation of separate kind of legal framework like Micro-credit Regulatory Commission is required to institutionalise micro-credit banks (MCBs) in the country where over 10 million poor borrowers are reached
 arrow Tk 3000cr new agri schemes to be implemented in 3 yrs
Forty new projects at a cost of about Tk 3,000 crore would be implemented within the next three years for overall development of the agriculture sector.
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The Bangladesh taka lost further ground against the US dollar yesterday as pressure for import payments was higher when some dealers kept dollar in their hands after its rise against the yen, dealerssaid.
 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka Bank to lend Tk 200m to IIDFC
Dhaka Bank Limited will extend a Tk 200 million (Tk 20 crore) loan to Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IIDFC).
 arrow New DMD of AB Bank
Ali Reza Iftekhar has been promoted as deputy managing director of Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited recently.
 arrow Premier Bank opens Islamic banking branch in Sylhet
Premier Bank has opened its 2nd Islamic banking branch in Sylhet.

Dr H B M Iqbal, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the branch on Saturday, says a press release.

 arrow Call money rate low
The call money rate rose slightly but remained at its low level yesterday, fund managers of different commercial banks said.

In most deals, the call money rate ranged between 4.00 per cent and 6.

 arrow Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos plan to form trading bloc
Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos are planning to form an Economic Cooperation Strategy (ECS) trading bloc, within which import taxes on raw materials and goods will be reduced to zero.
 arrow US economy heavily affected by Iraq war: Greenspan
The US economy is heavily influenced by the war in Iraq, US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said Sunday at the opening of the Group of 20 meeting on getting the global economy to grow at a brisker
Sportsarrow Cricket: Wicket inspires them
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore and captain Khaled Mahmud appeared happy after having a long look at the wicket of the MA Aziz Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng spin over bowling
England flew to Chittagong on Monday considering their slow bowling options for the second Test having been quietly impressed with the standard of opposition provided by Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Boys go to Pakistan today
A 14-member Bangladesh Utnder-19 team leaves here for Pakistan tonight to take part in the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Tournament that starts in Lahore on October 31.
 arrow Cricket: Fascinating final day
Gary Kirsten hit his 19th Test century on Monday as South Africa set Pakistan a target of 302 runs to win the second Test.
 arrow Cricket: India's revenge
Sachin Tendulkar struck 100 and Vangipurappu Laxman a stylish 102 as India reversed the World Cup final result by beating world champions Australia by 37 runs.
 arrow Cricket: India want fresh Pakistan plan
India has requested a new itinerary for next year's Test series in Pakistan which will be their first full tour of the country since 1989.
 arrow Cricket: Inspired by the Sharks
The performance of the Sharks rugby union team in the Currie Cup helped to inspire South Africa's Shaun Pollock to one of his best bowling performances against Pakistan on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricket final phase in limbo
With the qualifying round of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship over on Saturday, the organisers are yet to decide when they will start the final round.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to play last 2 matches
India's injured cricket captain Saurav Ganguly said on Monday he hoped to play in the last two league matches of the current one-day series against New Zealand and Australia.
 arrow Football: Shantoo's bigger mission
The management committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday extended the contract of coach Shahidur Rahman Shatoo for a year.
 arrow Chess: Swati's first draw
Swati Ghate of India maintained her solo lead in the women's group of the Asian Zonal Chess Championship with a draw against compatriot Arati in the fifth round at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Fish ends drought
American Mardy Fish finally won his first ATP title on Sunday as he beat Swedish wild card Robin Soderling 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 at the Stockholm Open.
 arrow Football: What about Becks?
Real Madrid will go back to the top of the Spanish first division, at least for 24 hours, if they can win at Real Zaragoza on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Barca win last
Barcelona put all their recent problems behind them to show their true colours and win for the first time in five games, cruising to a 3-1 victory at Real Mallorca on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Magnificent Henry
A superbly struck free kick by Thierry Henry sent unbeaten Arsenal back to the top of the premier league on Sunday after a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.
 arrow Football: Starring Shevchenko
European champions AC Milan brushed aside their injury worries on Sunday as a double second-half blast from Andrei Shevchenko took them to a 3-0 win at Sampdoria and top place in the Italian championship.
 arrow Football: Bayer regain lead
Bayer Leverkusen further underlined their title credentials with a 1-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach Sunday which puts them back on top of the German league at the expense of VfB Stuttgart who
Metropolitanarrow Govt using Speedy Trial Act to eliminate opposition: AL
The Awami League yesterday accused the government of using the Speedy Trial Tribunal to eliminate the main opposition.
 arrow JUTA continues strike
All academic and administrative activities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) have come to a stand still in the face of the indefinite strike called by Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA).
 arrow 2 muggers get 10 yrs' RI
Sessions Judge of Chittagong and Special Tribunal Judge Abdur Rahman Patwari yesterday sentenced two muggers to ten years' rigorous imprisonment each for snatching Tk 3,600 from a grocery vendor, court
 arrow Bhuiyan visits Nirmal Sen
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday visited ailing leader Nirmal Sen at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea claims nine more in 3 dists
Diarrhoea claimed nine more lives in Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Gopalganj districts in the last four days.
 arrow Students to continue strike till demands met
The students' strike at Barisal Shere Bangla Medical College entered the second day yesterday, with no sign of resolution of the crisis.
 arrow 400 vessels stranded at Ashuganj ghat
At least 400 cargo vessels are stranded at Ashuganj ghat in the Meghna as workers have stopped loading and unloading.
 arrow 7 cops suspended for negligence in duty
Seven police personnel including a Habilder have been suspended in Kushtia and Thakurgaon for negligence in duty.
 arrow 'Participation of civil society needed for poverty alleviation'
Participation of the members of civil society is a prerequisite for poverty alleviation.
 arrow Gaibandha Chamber for action against dishonest traders
Awami League and its front organisations brought out a procession in the district town on Saturday protesting price hike of essentials.
 arrow 10 hurt as AL factions clash in Satkhira
At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two groups of Awami League activists in Kolaroa on Sunday.
 arrow Attack on Sirajganj AL office by JCD: 2 injured
Two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders were injured and the Awami League (AL) office at Shahid Shuhrawardy Sarak was ransacked allegedly by the ruling party backed JCD activists on Sunday night.
 arrow 5 get 17 years' RI for keeping illegal arms
Five persons have been sentenced to 17-year rigorous imprisonment here by a special tribunal for possessing illegal firearms.
 arrow 2 killed , 6 hurt in road mishap
Two persons were killed and six others injured when a Dhaka-bound coach collided with a truck on the Magura-Dhaka highway at Kalinagar in the Sadar upazila Sunday night.
Culturearrow An angle on ancient architecture
The Daily Star: Why have you taken heritage as your topic and not some other theme?

Babu Ahmed: Since my childhood I was very aware of my own ancestors, who were "zamindars" at Bardhaman

 arrow Passion for fashion
One can hardly be unaware of the hustle and bustle of the customers and feel the pulse of the shopping arcades once again. Ramadan has just begun.
 arrow TIB makes one aware of corruption
Transparency International of Bangladesh (TIB) held three shows of a 'street drama' on anti-corruption at three different public places in the northern city of Rajshahi, recently, drawing huge audiences.
 arrow Songs of the yesteryears at Bishwa Shahitya Kendra
Cultural organisation Srijan arranges musical evening on songs of the yesteryears, on the last Thursday of every month, at the Bishwa Shahitya Kendra.
Generalarrow Poverty cut in S Asia possible under SAARC
Dhaka and Islamabad firmly believe that tremendous success in alleviating poverty in South Asia is possible maintaining peace and stability in the region under the SAARC umbrella.
 arrow Higher pays, perks for MD, two directors in 3 gas cos
The government yesterday confirmed appointments to key posts in three gas companies who will enjoy higher pays and perks than usual as per a donor agency's suggestion, official sources said.
 arrow Bus boycott in Sylhet continues
People of three upazilas have vowed to continue boycott of bus and minibus until the BRTC resumes its full service on Sylhet-Tamabil route.
 arrow Bangladesh, India natural friends
The outgoing Indian High Commissioner, ML Tripathi, paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
 arrow 3 get life term for raping girl
Three people have been awarded life term for raping a minor girl.

Judge of the Women and Children Repression Control Tribunal Md Shahinoor Islam gave the verdict yesterday.

 arrow President, PM felicitate Muslim leaders on Ramadan
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in separate messages conveyed their sincere and heartiest felicitations to the Heads of State and government of Muslim countries on the occasion
 arrow 2 listed criminals held in Ctg
Two listed criminals were arrested with illegal fire-arms and ammunitions at Satkania in the district on Sunday night.
 arrow Film director Salahuddin passes away
A H Salahuddin, an eminent film producer and director, passed away on October 26 at a nursing home in Valparasio, Indiana, USA.

He was 79.

 arrow 1696 more held
Police arrested a total of 1696 people, including two listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
 arrow Feature writing workshop begins
A five-day workshop on 'Journalistic Feature Writing' began in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Democrats blast Bush for his faulty Iraq policy
All nine Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination traded barbs late Sunday at the most recent political debate here, but reserved their harshest words for incumbent Republican President
 arrow Israel blamed for breaching roadmap after legalising settlement outposts
Israel was accused yesterday of breaching the terms of the Middle East peace "roadmap" after granting "permanent settlement" status to at least five illegal outposts in the West Bank.
 arrow Maoists extortion forces Nepalis to flee homes
With violence surging across rural Nepal, villagers and political leaders opposed to Maoist rebels charge that the guerrillas have stepped up extortion and driven thousands from their homes.
 arrow Iraq to drop Saddam-era nat'l anthem, emblem
Iraq will soon have a new flag and national anthem as part of efforts to sever all links with the era of Saddam Hussein and his Baath party, a member of the US-installed Government Council told AFP on
 arrow Vajpayee in Nagaland to boost peace efforts
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee began a three-day trip yesterday to the isolated northeastern state of Nagaland to boost efforts to negotiate an end to the country's longest-running rebellion.
 arrow N Korea contacts US on nuclear offer
North Korea has contacted the United States over an offer to give written security assurances in return for the communist state ending its nuclear weapons programme, Secretary of State Colin Powell said
 arrow Mahathir hits back at critics
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad hit back yesterday against those who condemned him for saying that Jews rule the world.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Three custodial deaths in a week
The death on Sunday night of Sahibul Islam Saiful brings to three the number in the past week who have died after alleged torture in police custody.
 arrow Editorial: JS bodies not sitting
Twelve out of forty parliamentary standing committees have failed to hold any meeting in regulation time thus breaking the rules of procedure of the parliament.
 arrow Concerns over consensus
I am personally an admirer of Yujiro Hayami -- the eminent economist from Japan and now the Chairman, FASID Graduate Faculty and Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
 arrow Another exercise at OIC
THE Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) is not an Islamic bloc. But all Muslim countries -- 59 of them -- are its members. Many years ago, an attempt was made to convert it into a bloc.
Letters to Editorarrow "Avoid godfather politics"
The main opposition party of Bangladesh, Awami League recently published the list of 101 godfathers of the ruling alliance government in a press conference.
 arrow Entrepreneur and the environment
The present Government has stressed that the rate of domestic savings in the country is extremely low, and also that a large number of borrowers have not cared to pay the interest and the capital obtained
 arrow Decentralisation is the cure
Dhaka metropolis can be saved in only one way: decentralise the administrative powers concentrated in Dhaka, to curb the constant ad hoc flow of lakhs of people who have to travel to the capital every
 arrow Power disruption at Maniknagar
When Awami League came to power in 1996, we the people of Maniknagar had to suffer much with the whole country for load-shedding.
Focusarrow OIC seeks to revitalise itself
The 10th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference took place in Kuala Lumpur from 16 to 18 October, 2003.
 arrow The month of abstinence and meditation
The Holy month of Ramadan occupies a unique place in the Islamic calendar. It is the only month which has been explicitly described and analysed in the Holy Quran.