Vol. 4 Num 155 Wed. October 29, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Ramadan starts with no let-up in price spiral
Fasting city dwellers sweated in the price heat of essentials on the first day of Ramadan, finding most too hot to handle.
 arrow Ex-Khilgaon OC, SI charged with murder
A murder case was filed with the Court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka, yesterday against the former officer-in-charge (OC) of Khilgaon Police Station and a sub-inspector (SI) for beatinga
 arrow BNP MPs for laws to clip free media
Ruling BNP lawmakers have demanded enactment of laws to control the media as they believe it has taken a stand against the government and is engaged only in negative journalism.
 arrow Extra law enforcers can't bring order to roads
About 2,500 additional police, Bangladesh Rifles and ansars personnel yesterday hit the road, cracking down on illegal parking and traffic law violators as Ramadan, the fasting month of the Muslims, began.
 arrow CBA men besiege BB governor
Nearly 300 officers and employees led by leaders of the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) confined Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed to his office for an hour yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda okays probe into judge's 'graft'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sent the reference file to the president for formation of the Supreme Judicial Council to probe an allegation of misconduct against an additional judge of the High
 arrow 6 killed in Iraq as police clear rubble of Monday blasts
At least six people, including children, were killed by a car bomb in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, just a day after 43 people died in the bloodiest day in Baghdad since US troops seized the city.
 arrow Rain factor hangs over second Test
A new venue and a new match, but Bangladesh have reasons to feel buoyed going into the second and final Test against England at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city today.
 arrow Dhaka, Colombo talk FTA Nov 1-2
After initiating talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with India this month, trade officials sit with their Sri Lankan counterparts on November 1-2 in Dhaka to discuss FTA.
 arrow DU students set car afire for hitting rickshaw
Students of Dhaka University set fire to a car and beat up its owner in front of Jahurul Haque Hall after the vehicle hit a rickshaw, injuring one of its passengers yesterday.
 arrow 20,000 marooned in 22 Khulna villages
Over 20,000 people in 22 villages of three unions under Koyra upazila have been left homeless and marooned due to erosion by river Kobadek and cracks in two embankments.
 arrow Vajpayee now offers talks to Naga rebels
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday offered unconditional peace talks with separatist groups in India's northeast to end decades of insurgency in the region.
 arrow Kadianis confined, ostracised in Kushtia village
Fundamentalists have confined and ostracised at least 70 members of 10 Kadiani (Ahamadia Muslim Jamaat) families in Uttarbhabanipur village under Bheramara upazila, Kushtia since Friday afternoon.
 arrow Envoy to ROK recalled over graft probe
The government on Monday recalled Ambassador to South Korea Humayun Kamal following a probe into financial corruption in the embassy.
 arrow Kashmiri rebels vow more attacks during Ramadan
Seven people were killed and 45 others injured yesterday in Indian Kashmir in a bloody start to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Kashmiri rebels have vowed will be soaked in violence.
 arrow Vina Sikri new Indian envoy to Bangladesh
India has appointed Vina Sikri new high commissioner to Bangladesh, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna announced at a press conference in New Delhi yesterday.
 arrow Police tortured Saiful to death, says HR report
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and some constables of Gulshan Police Station tortured Saiful Islam of north Badda to death, a human rights watchdog said yesterday after investigation.
 arrow EC prepares to hold municipal polls in April
The Election Commission (EC) has started preparations for elections to 144 municipalities and directed its district offices to update the voters' list by January 15 next year.
 arrow Industrialist turns to PM to free mill of goons
An entrepreneur yesterday appealed to the prime minister and the home minister to free his textile mill from what he said was occupation by a gang of miscreants.
 arrow Goods worth Tk 2 lakh looted at Mirpur
Robbers looted cash and gold ornaments said to be worth about Tk 2 lakh from a house at Ahmed Nagar in Mirpur early yesterday.
 arrow Schoolgirl abducted in Bagerhat
A schoolgirl was abducted at gunpoint on Monday in Bagerhat Sadar upazila when she was returning home from school.
 arrow Naraji petition of Ittefaq's Farazi rejected
A court on Monday rejected a naraji petition against an extended charge sheet that accused Dainik Ittefaq Correspondent Farazi Ajmal Hossain of journalist Shamsur Rahman murder.
 arrow Grim cleanup at ICRC's bombed Baghdad HQ
US troops and Iraqis were still collecting body parts around the blasted Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad yesterday, 24 hours after suicide bombers killed 43 people there and at three police stations.
 arrow Legal notice on 14 AL leaders
State Minister for Finance Anwarul Kabir Talukdar yesterday served a legal notice on top 14 leaders of the Awami League (AL), including its General Secretary Abdul Jalil, claiming Tk 7 crore for "defaming"
Businessarrow PSI companies get fresh extension
The government yesterday granted the three pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies another three-month extension.
 arrow Forex reserves rise to $2.6b
Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves rose to US$ 2.6 billion yesterday, according to latest available figures from the central bank.

The amount was $1.73 billion in September last year.

 arrow ADB project fails to revitalise capital mkt
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) officials yesterday were critical of the ADB project on capital market development, saying the project failed to yield desired results due to lack of participation of all related
 arrow Conduct feasibility study for commercial use
As an estimate shows over 1.7 million tonnes of proven reserve of sand minerals in Bangladesh, experts yesterday urged the government to conduct a feasibility study on commercial viability of the resources.
 arrow Govt to showcause recruiting firms
The government has decided to serve show cause notices on the recruiting agencies involved in malpractice in sending people to Malaysia.
 arrow DFID unveils assistance plan for Bangladesh
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) yesterday announced its country assistance plan (Cap) for Bangladesh titled 'Women and Girls First' involving some 80 million pounds each year during
 arrow WB country director calls on foreign minister
World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday and exchanged views on reform programmes in different sectors for smoothly growing of trade
 arrow Belarus keen to import RMG, jute products
Belarus is keen to import Bangladeshi garments and jute products.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate was steady yesterday as the demand for cash and credit was lower from both private and public sector.
 arrow Reverse Repo auction
The reverse REPO auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held yesterday.

Three bids of one-day tenor amounting to Tk 280.

 arrow Acme opens new sales centre
Acme Laboratories Limited has opened its new sales centre in Dinajpur recently.

Afzalur Rahman Sinha, deputy managing director of the company, inaugurated the sales centre, says a press release.

 arrow Bangladesh apparel show ends in Toronto
A Bangladeshi apparel show began in Toronto, Canada Monday with an assurance of supplying quality apparels to the newfound duty-and-quota-free market at competitive prices.
 arrow SkyCargo introduces new route to Brisbane
Emirates SkyCargo introduced a new daily route to Brisbane in Australia on Sunday, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladesh re-elected ASOSAI member
Bangladesh has been reelected a member of the governing body of the Asian Organisation of the Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) for the year 2003-2006.
 arrow Mercantile Bank IPO sees 36 times oversubscription
The subscription for shares of Mercantile Bank Limited oversubscribed by 36 times to around Tk 7800 million from its Initial Public Offerings of Tk 213.19 million.
 arrow China hits back in brewing US trade spat
China said Tuesday it is "concerned" over proposals in the US Congress to impose a 27 percent tariff on Chinese exports and urged Washington not to let an ongoing trade dispute hurt bilateral relations.
 arrow Singapore, Bahrain agree to FTA talks
Singapore and Bahrain agreed Monday to start negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA).
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rain follows England
If the latest weather forecast proves correct, then the second Test between Bangladesh and England in all probability will get off to a damp start at MA Aziz Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
England captain Michael Vaughan is already in love with picturesque Chittagong.

"Chittagong is magnificent," exclaimed Vaughan when someone asked him about his first impression of the port city.

 arrow Cricket: Pakistan hold on for draw
Pakistan salvaged a hard-fought draw to win the series against South Africa 1-0 at Iqbal stadium here Tuesday after opener Taufeeq Umar and skipper Inzamam-ul Haq hit much-needed half centuries.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis minus Cairns
New Zealand's inspirational all-rounder Chris Cairns will miss Wednesday's limited-overs match against world champions Australia here due to a hamstring injury.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain in trouble for abusing miandad
Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq faces a heavy fine or ban for verbally abusing national team coach Javed Miandad.
 arrow Football: BFF grumbles over ground
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) expressed its disappointment over the lack of a proper venue to hold the domestic competitions.
 arrow Chess: Indians rule the board
Indian Grand Master (GM) Surya Shekhar Ganguly earned solo lead in the men's division of the Asian Zona Chess Championship when he defeated his Bangladesh counterpart GM Niaz Murshed at the NSC conference
 arrow Cricket: 3 Tests better than two
South Africa captain Graeme Smith said a three-Test series would have given his team a better chance of doing well against Pakistan.
 arrow Tennis: Henman advances
Britain's Tim Henman gave himself a chance of avenging one of the most crushing and demoralising defeats of his career after moving into the second round of the 2.
 arrow Football: England, Turkey charged
England and Turkey have been charged by European football's governing body UEFA with improper conduct for the Istanbul brawl in their Euro 2004 qualifier two weeks ago.
 arrow Football: Larsson set for Celtic bow
Henrik Larsson blasted Celtic into pole position in the Scottish Premier League title race over the weekend but refuses to be drawn into talk of staying on next season.
 arrow Football: Leeds losses soar
Leeds United chief executive John McKenzie is confident in the club's future despite annual losses soaring at Elland Road to 49.5 million pounds.
 arrow Football: 'Best of Gunners yet to come'
Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell warned his Premiership side's title rivals that the Gunners are top of the table without being at their best and insisted they would peak when it mattered most,
 arrow Football: FIFA to discuss Ferdinand case
Potential punishments for England international defender Rio Ferdinand, who missed a drugs test in September, will be one of the topics discussed by FIFA's sports medical committee on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Bartlett retires
South Africa's record goalscorer Shaun Bartlett has retired from international football to concentrate on earning a new contract at Charlton Athletic, he has told the English premier league club's website.
 arrow Football: Kluivert warned off Arsenal
Unsettled striker Patrick Kluivert should not quit Barcelona for Arsenal, according to Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Nationalarrow Opposition conspiracy harming nation
Being rejected by people, Awami League is now engaged in conspiracy to defame the government and sabotage its roadmap for development.
 arrow Food output has to increase by 3m tons in 10 years
A farmer's conference was held here on Sunday with a call for more support to marginal farmers to increase their productivity.
 arrow Movement to protect park in Rangamati
An attempt by the municipal authority to construct a community centre inside the lone 2.5 acre children's park has evoked protests from the townspeople.
 arrow Thus they excercise political muscle
A BNP leader has torched the house of a person and ousted his family from the village for appearing as a witness in a case against him.
 arrow Victim's parents threatened to withdraw case
Parents of a teenaged girl who allegedly committed suicide after being humiliated by some local youths are being threatened to withdraw the case.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 4 more in Gaibandha
Four more persons died from diarrhoea on Monday and over 200 are suffering from the disease in five upazilas of the district.
 arrow Workshop on improved rice farming held at BRRI
A day-long workshop-cum-training on direct wet-seeding rice cultivation by drum seeder was held at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) on Sunday.
 arrow Clash over control of fishing zone in Meghna: 7 missing, 50 injured
At least seven persons were missing and over 50 others injured and in a clash on Sunday between the two groups of fishermen over control of fishing zone at Meghna estuary in Banger Char under Daulatkhan
 arrow Findings of Education Watch presented at Kushtia workshop
A day-long workshop on 'Literacy in Bangladesh and Education Watch Report-2002' was held at Kushtia Zila Parishad hall recently.
 arrow Protest rally, procession in Gaibandha
People brought out a procession and held a rally at Palashbari upazila headquarter recently demanding punishment of the killers of college teacher Shafiqul Islam.
 arrow Hard brake caused Oct 17 train mishap near Akhaura
The October 17 container train accident near Akhaura in which two persons were killed was caused due to abrupt hard brake, according to a probe done by the Bangladesh Railway.
 arrow Police constable to die for killing woman
A police constable on Sunday was condemned to death by a court here for killing a woman.
 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 Workshop on violence against women
A day-long workshop on Campaign Against Violence on Women was held at the district office of the Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) on Saturday.
 arrow Katyani Puja begins tomorrow in Magura
Preparation for observance of the traditional 'Katyani Puja' is going on in full swing here. The Puja begins tomorrow.
 arrow Politicians unite to save a baby
Political leaders in Magura have set a laudable example by presenting themselves on a single platform to save a child.

Seven year-old Md Rafi Karim is suffering from thalassaemia.

 arrow Farmers' rally against certificate cases
Farmers held a rally and brought out a procession in the town on Saturday demanding withdrawal of certificate cases against agriculture loan defaulters.
 arrow Dacoity at Finlay manager's house
An armed dacoity was committed at the residence of A K M Sham-suzzaman, Manager of Finlay Tea Company, at Natun Bazar under Khulna thana on Saturday.
Culturearrow The call of Korean art
The recent brushwork paintings, at the Korean Contemporary Painting Exhibition at the Shilpakala Academy, won the hearts of the art lovers due to their finesse and prowess.
 arrow Another musical in Rahman's lap
It's being called "Bollywood meets Finland" and is meant to coalesce in Middle Earth, the fantastical dark literary creation of author JK Tolkien.
 arrow Ekanno Borti takes 50 steps
The hit mega-serial Ekanno Borti showcased its 50th episode recently. A family drama filled with humour and day to day elements, Ekanno Borti is very popular with the viewers of television.
 arrow Disney concert hall finally opens
The $276m (163m) Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles finally hosted its first concert last Thursday.
Generalarrow Belarus keen to expand trade
Belarus Ambassador Uladzimir A Sakalouski yesterday expressed his country's keen interest to increase trade and expand cooperation in other areas with Bangladesh.
 arrow AL blames govt for decrease in foodgrain output
The Awami League yesterday said the ruling alliance has ruined the agriculture sector and blamed the government's incompetence, mismanagement and corruption for it.
 arrow 61 more dists to be brought under irrigation, flood-control systems
A donor-funded small-scale water resource development project entered into its second phase of work to develop small irrigation and flood-control systems in 61 districts.
 arrow MOU on elimination of child labour at Fatulla
A Tripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Bangladesh Mohila Sanga (BMS), Bangladesh Pathar Baboshayee Samity and Programme Facilitating Committee (PFC) on prevention and elimination
 arrow Two get life for raping schoolgirl
A court here yesterday sentenced two persons to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for abducting and raping a schoolgirl.
 arrow New Chinese envoy presents credentials
President Iajuddin Ahmed described China as one of the tested friends of Bangladesh and hoped that Beijing would play an active role in the country's development.
 arrow Health minister meets WHO director general
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday met with the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Jong Wook Lee at the organisation's headquarters.
 arrow Kathin Chibar Dan from tomorrow
A two-day Kathin Chibar Dan of the Buddhist community will begin at Rajban Bihar in the town tomorrow.
Internationalarrow Red Cross mulls future in Iraq following attack
The International Red Cross launched consultations yesterday on the future of its operations in Iraq, saying no decision on whether to pull foreign staff out of Baghdad had been made after a deadly bomb
 arrow Smoky daytime in California as fires threaten more homes
Ash fell on the beach like snow and drivers turned on their headlights in the smoky daytime streets Monday as wildfires that have reduced entire neighborhoods to moonscapes skipped through the hills of
 arrow Lebanon, Syria agree on ways to respond to Israeli 'threats'
The Lebanese army said on Monday it had agreed with Syria on ways to confront "enemy" threats, hours after Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas traded fire in the latest sign of rising tensions with the Jewish
 arrow US sees credible aviation terror threat in KSA
The United States said yesterday it had credible information of a threat of attacks on aviation and other Western interests in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Palestinian PM Qorei to stay on
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei has agreed to stay on as leader of an enlarged government after the end of his emergency cabinet's one-month tenure, Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said yesterday.
 arrow Air raid kills 22 Taliban, al-Qaeda in Afghanistan
At least 22 guerrillas from the ousted Taliban regime and al-Qaeda network were killed in an aerial attack by US-led forces in Afghanistan's southeastern Paktika province, the region's governor said yesterday.
 arrow US-Russian space crew returns to earth safely
Three crew disengaged their capsule from the International Space Station and touched down safely on the Kazakh steppe yesterday in what a NASA spokesman called a "dream landing.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Mounting violence in Iraq
The daily spurts of violence in Iraq, centring around US occupation of the country, are a clear indication of the American forces losing control over the situation.
 arrow Editorial: Sky-rocketing prices
We have been witnessing a certain rueful trading of charges even within the ruling party over the continual failure to arrest the rising trend in prices.
 arrow APEC, the United States and free trade
This year's Asian and Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, attended by the leaders of its member nations has just come to an end in Bangkok, Thailand.
 arrow Muslim unity
The recent OIC Summit in Malaysia was long on rhetoric, it is yet to be seen whether the reforms proposed for OIC become a fact of life.
 arrow Warning: Arms sales are harmful to world peace
The age-old adage of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds is perhaps nearest in meaning to our Bangla proverb: chorke bole churi kortey ar griha-karteke bole shabdhan hotey (roughEnglish
Letters to Editorarrow Arafat and the US
Recently the US has opposed a UN resolution that sought to resist Israel's threatening behaviours towards the popular leader Arafat.
 arrow Labour deaths in husking mills
Very often the labourers of boilers and rice husking mills are losing their lives by explosion and other accidents although there are laws in this regard which are hardly ever applied.
 arrow Will Khaleda uphold Zia's promise?
Medicare is one of the basic needs of humanity. Bangladesh government has been spending millions of takas in the health sector for the common people and for medical education.
 arrow On Mahathir and Hitler
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's diatribes about Jews' trying to control the world are not different from Hitler's.
 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 Bangabandhu or only National Stadium?
One might have noticed that, in the commentaries on the on going Test match between Bangladesh and England, the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) is simply being called the National Stadium.
 arrow A minister's feat
In the past, we have not been able to give our primary school children their books in the first week of January.
 arrow Money making with environment protection pretext
I am writing this letter to draw the attention of the ministry in charge of environmental affairs.
 arrow PDB: spurious meter reading goes on
There are a lot of complaints against the government controlled electric utility agencies (PDB, DESA, DESCO)for several years now.
 arrow PM takes on the media
According to The Daily Star report (Monday, October 20) Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has condemned the so called media's negative reporting over her coalition government's successes.
 arrow In JU, students are victims
This writing encompasses the grievances of ten thousand students of the Jahangirnagar University who have been crippled for more than 3 months by one year session-jam following a duel between the twogroups
 arrow NGO-developer nexus: PM must intervene
In the 70s, the government in its effort to promote involvement of non-government organisations in the social welfare service allotted lands (mostly in Mirpur area) to a number of NGOs-both local andforeign.
 arrow Hazari's credential
A few days back, as I was reading the newspaper, my eyes caught the sight of a news about Jainal Hazari. In the news, the word 'alleged' was used while mentioning about the crimes he had committed.
 arrow Getting rich by selling diaries
In a few weeks time, the sidewalks of Baitul Mukurram will be full of diaries. Many of the diaries have been stolen from different companies. It is also part of a scam that affects the whole society.
 arrow Islamic economy and development
Islam embodies the complete code of life. There is a perfect guideline in Islam to guide all affairs of human life, including politics, sociology, economy etc.
StarTecharrow Spreading wings in horizon
MOTOROLA'S Broadband Communications Sector (BCS) initiated a strategic partnership with Sirius Broadband (BD) Limited in Bangladesh, as it sets its eyes on expanding its role as a pioneer in the communications
 arrow Spectrum's ERP solution for RMG
THE only sector to have single-handedly contributed to bolstering the economy is the Ready-made garment (RMG) industry.
 arrow Mulitmedia Software Fair 2003
THE eight-day 'Mulitmedia Software Fair 2003', held at Sheltech Sierra, drew visitors from far and wide of the city -- from enthusiastic techy teenagers to professional software developers.
 arrow Microsoft unwraps new OS
MICROSOFT Corpora-tion on Monday gave its most detailed look yet at the next version of Windows, code-named "Longhorn," which promises new methods of storing files, tighter links to the Internet, greater
 arrow Scientists find first dinosaur brain tumour
SCIENTISTS reported on Thursday they had found the first evidence of a brain tumour in a dinosaur, in the fossilized remains of a creature that lived 72 million years ago in present-day Montana.
Star Chittagongarrow Developers ignore building code
Construction of buildings in violation of rules goes on in the port city despite series of earthquakes raised fear of massive causalities any moment.
 arrow Sale festivals ahead of Eid to attract shoppers
Most of the super markets and shopping malls in the port city launched 'sale festivals' to draw customers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest festival of the Muslim community.
 arrow Price hype in the port city
Ramadan brings both religion and business home. And, more so in the port city, as it is traditionally a religious sanctimony and a business hub.
Star Cityarrow Keeping DCC in the dark
The food and drink kiosk at the Dhanmondi Lake, a favourite haunt of city dwellers, has been undergoing unplanned renovations over the past few days, but its leaseholder kept Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)
 arrow Handloom fair yet to perk up
Weavers participating in the annual handloom fair at Karwan Bazar have expressed their frustration over the slide in the number of visitors every year.
 arrow Parents prepare for admission ordeal
With time ticking towards the beginning of a new academic year, parents stop at nothing to smooth their kids' way into good schools.
 arrow Anatomy of environment
The Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) has taken the initiative to draw up a draft report on the state of environment of Dhaka city based on the five key issues selected by environmentalists.
 arrow Mugging incidents on the increase
Incidents of mugging have increased in the city in the last two weeks.

According to a police report, at least 140 mugging incidents took place between October 15 and 25.

 arrow Lawmakers visit site to probe 'irregularities'
A Jatiya Sangsad sub-committee visited the site of Uttara Model Town Project-3 yesterday to investigate alleged anomalies in land acquisition and compensation to the residents who lost land to the project.
 arrow DCC's feeble war against mosquito
When the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) claims that it is at war against mosquitoes, the city dwellers say that they do not see any warriors around other than the ones they are at odds with.
 arrow The Purple Moorhen

 arrow A Doll's House