Volume 4 Number 158 Sat. November 01, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 50,000 Rohingyas poised to cross into Bangladesh
About 50,000 Rohingyas from the Myanmar province of Arakan have camped across the Naf river for the last couple of days with intent to cross into Bangladesh, sending the BDR on red alert and also closing
 arrow End of an era
The end of an era was marked in Southeast Asia yesterday as the region's longest-serving elected leader, Mahathir Mohamad, stepped down after 22 years in office and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn-inas
 arrow Fast-depleting farmlands threaten food yield
The rapid depletion of croplands at a rate of 221 hectares a day poses a serious threat to the economy, with experts fearing a tough time ahead for Bangladesh which will need to grow more grains on less
 arrow Tigers' misery mounts
An eventful day's cricket left Bangladesh with a mountain to climb just to save the match as England tightened the noose at close on day three of the second Test at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Four law-enforcers held on mugging charge
Four law-enforcers from Khilgaon Police Station were arrested on charge of mugging Tk 2 lakh from businessmen at Goran yesterday and a top official said preliminary evidence linked them to the crime.
 arrow US troops, Saddam followers clash: Blast rocks mayor's office
American troops clashed with rioters carrying Saddam Hussein's picture in a Baghdad suburb yesterday, and heavy smoke billowed from the mayor's office in a city west of the capital following a big explosion.
 arrow Foolproof software to cut passport fraud
A team of students and teachers of computer science at North South University (NSU) has developed new software and integrated hardware to locally produce foolproof machine-readable passports (MRPs).
 arrow BTV modernisation plan stalls for lack of tender expertise
Lack of initiatives and expertise in preparing tenders and red tape have stalled the move to modernise the state-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV).
 arrow Safta to feature high at 12th Saarc summit
The initiative to turn the South Asian Preferential Trade Arrangement (Sapta) into the South Asia Free Trade Area (Safta) will dominate discussion at the 12th Saarc summit level conference to be heldin
 arrow Boom in city's shopping malls
Dhaka City is already choked up with an overabundance of shops but new shopping complexes or malls still continue to come up, marking a new phase of urban development.
 arrow Youth beaten by mob, dies at DMCH
A young man injured in mob beating at Rasulpur in Kamrangirchar Thursday evening died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda greets Badawi, bids farewell to Mahathir
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has congratulated newly appointed Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi on his assumption of office.
 arrow Prices hit a new high, poor unnerved
Prices of most essentials, which marked a slight fall on Thursday, shot up again yesterday proving the government steps to tackle the crisis ineffective and sparking protests by socio-political organisations.
 arrow Dhaka-Colombo FTA talks open in city today
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka start negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) in Dhaka today to perk up their bilateral trade, performing much below potential.
 arrow Bar leaders for repeal of amendment to CPC
Most representatives from district Bar associations at a discussion meeting yesterday said the second amendment to the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC) would entail extra financial burden for poor litigants,
 arrow Magnate abducted for ransom from city
A magnate was kidnapped for ransom from Tejgaon industrial area yesterday, police said.

Abu Sayed, owner of Shanta Group of Industries, was picked up by a gang shortly before noon.

 arrow Maoists threat to security, declares US
The United States yesterday declared the insurgent Maoist Communist Party of Nepal to be a threat to US national security and froze the group's assets as part of package of sanctions.
 arrow Bachchan new UN goodwill ambassador
Bollywood's biggest star Amitabh Bachchan has been appointed Unicef's goodwill ambassador to promote the rights of children in India and around the world, a Unicef statement said yesterday.
 arrow LTTE spells out power-sharing plan to end bloodbath
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday gave peacebroker Norway their first ever blueprint for power-sharing aimed at ending three decades of ethnic bloodshed, a guerrilla spokesman said.
 arrow Correction
The second paragraph in our yesterday's front-page report headlined "Khosru tags spiral to int'l price hike" should read onion price increased from $150 to $200 a tonne in India instead of $150 million
 arrow 4.5 lakh civil cases pending
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said around 4.5 lakh civil cases are pending with different courts, while some cases take several decades to be disposed of.
 arrow 'Stop using toxic elements in food items'
Unscrupulous quarters are making quick bucks by selling adulterated and even contaminated food items including those for 'iftari' during Ramadan in the roadside outlets, said activists of Bangladesh Paribesh
 arrow Clearing sidewalks

Businessarrow 24 countries confirm participation in int'l trade confce
Delegates from twenty-four countries have confirmed their participation in the mega international trade conference to be held in Dhaka on January 17-18 next year.
 arrow Telecom World 2003: Avarice and greed of a few
Many people call it the "Telecom Olympics" because it is held in every four years. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been hosting this quadrennial telecom extravaganza since 1971 inGeneva.
 arrow BGMEA vents concern over high yarn prices
Acting president of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) SM Nurul Haque Thursday expressed deep concern over the 'unusual rise' of cotton yarn prices, saying it may cause
 arrow Meghna Life Ins okays 10pc dividend
Meghna Life Insurance limited declared a 10 per cent dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Prices of essentials fixed at Agora
Agora, one of the leading superstores in Bangladesh, has fixed the prices of essentials for the month of Ramadan, says a press release.
 arrow Investment barriers in China relaxed
China said on Friday it would allow businesses in some regions to invest more money abroad in its latest move to deflect U.S. pressure for a revaluation of its yuan currency.
 arrow US economy grows at best pace since 1984
The US economy rocketed ahead at its fastest pace in nearly two decades in the third quarter as consumers, their wallets fattened by tax cuts, went on a buying spree, the government said on Thursday.
 arrow UN alarmed at slow rate of Third World development
Eighteen months after an international summit on financing Third World development and slashing world poverty, the United Nations Thursday deplored the stagnating pace of progress.
 arrow Finland, US now most competitive economies
Finland is the world's most competitive economy followed by the United States, Sweden, Denmark and Taiwan, according to a Global Competitiveness Report released Thursday.
 arrow Japan data point to fragile recovery
Japan's unemployment rate in September was unchanged from August at 5.
Sportsarrow Cricket: They've reasons to celebrate
England seamer Richard Johnson got his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Friday and said that he was looking forward to bowling against top teams like Australia and South Africa in the coming
 arrow Cricket: Oh! No Mashrafee
Country's fastest bowler Mashrafee bin-Mortuza has become the victim of a freakish injury yet again.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
The organizers of Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) are expecting ticket sales in the second Test and first ODI against England to reach the projected target of Tk. 20 lakh.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s crash at Karachi
While the seniors were struggling to save the second Test against England at Chittagong, the juniors also found life difficult at Karachi yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names U-19 A Dev squad
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 19-member Under-19 A Development squad to face an ACC Under-19 Select Eleven next week.
 arrow Football: Wanderers, Army win
Dhaka Wanderers Club and Bangladesh Army made good starts in the Tibet Federation Cup Football Tournament beating their respective rivals yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WI off on right foot
Brian Lara's aim of getting West Indies off to a winning start in Zimbabwe seems likely to be achieved after the first day of their opening three-day fixture against Zimbabwe A here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies at tiger's den
Australia's second-string bowling attack faces a daunting test of nerves when the world champions clash with India in a key TVS Cup one-day clash in Sachin Tendulkar's home city on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC won't give the money?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) plans to freeze payments of millions of dollars to the teams that competed at this year's World Cup in southern Africa.
 arrow Chess: Indians keep dominating
Surya Sekhar Ganguly maintained his supremacy in the Asian Zonal Chess Championship at the end of the eighth round at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Oldest Test player dies
Gordon Lindsay Weir, who was the world's oldest surviving Test cricketer at 95 years and 151 days, died in Auckland on Friday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal consider appealing
Arsenal were surprisingly considering an appeal after the English Football Assocation fined the club 175,000 pounds (298,000 dollars) and banned four of their players for a total of nine matches.
 arrow Football: Sweating over Becks
Concerns over the fitness of David Beckham continue to plague Real Madrid, who may be without the England captain for their third successive game when they face Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
 arrow Football: UEFA punishes England, Turkey
The English and Turkish Football Associations have been given what amounts to a "slap on the wrists" by UEFA following a halftime fracas between their players during their European Championship qualifier
 arrow Football: Kahn puts off retirement
Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn may postpone his planned retirement beyond 2006 because he still feels fit and eager to improve his game.
 arrow Football: Gunners aimed at Leeds
Leeds manager Peter Reid could find his job on the line again if his side fail to avoid defeat at home to unbeaten Premiership leaders Arsenal on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Champs League final revisited
Leaders AC Milan host Juventus in a repeat of last season's Champions League final at the San Siro on Saturday as the top two teams in Italy clash in domestic league action.
 arrow Football: Barthez deal vetoed
Fabien Barthez's loan deal to Marseille from Manchester United has not been authorized, football's world governing body FIFA said.
Politicalarrow Govt using Speedy Trial Tribunals to repress political rivals: AL
Awami League (AL) yesterday urged the government "to shun political vengeance", accusing it of misusing Speedy Trial Tribunal to "repress political rivals.
Metropolitanarrow 'Unite to establish truly democratic country'
Leaders of different political parties yesterday urged all progressive political forces to be united in order to establish a truly secular and democratic country.
 arrow 'Strengthen local govt for overall development'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday observed that there is no alternative to strengthening the local government for overall development of the country.
 arrow 14 projects implemented to develop Rajshahi city
Some 14 development projects have been implemented in the city at a cost of Tk 38.43 crore.

The Rajshahi Development Authority has implemented the projects with Tk 11.

 arrow Extortionist stabs three transport workers
An extortionist stabbed three employees of a private bus service for air passengers in Zia International Airport area on Thursday.
 arrow Saarc journalists' confce begins today
A two-day conference of editors and journalists of Saarc countries begins at Hotel Sheraton in the city today.
 arrow 'Open free kitchens in N-region'
Leaders of different organisations yesterday urged the government to open free kitchens for the people in the northern region.

They also demanded immediate distribution of foodgrains through VGF cards.

 arrow Over 2,000 held
Police arrested 2,056 more people, including three listed criminals, during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Barisal police fan out to keep order
Barisal police have taken some measures to improve law and order and maintain smooth traffic during the Ramadan.
 arrow 30,000 marooned in Khulna
The number of marooned people in Koira upazila has risen to 30,000 as more villages have gone under floodwater surging from Kobadak river.
 arrow 2 outlaws shot dead in Kushtia
Two cadres of the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) were gunned down allegedly by rival party cadres at Chapaigachi in Sadar upazila early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 37 BNP-Jamaat men sued in Satkhira
Thirty-seven leaders and activists of the ruling Four Party Alliance have been sued in two cases for allegedly evicting ten lessees from a government land in Assassumi upazila.
 arrow One dies from wrong treatment in Satkhira
A patient died at a clinic at Kolaroa upazila headquarter allegedly due to wrong treatment by a fake doctor.
 arrow Barisal BM College students go on rampage, demand removal of 2 teachers
The resident students of Barisal Government Brojomohan College went on a rampage on the campus demanding removal of two teachers for alleged irregularity, corruption and their misbehaviour with them on
 arrow Felling of 24 trees at RU protested
A decision of the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities to construct a fountain cum tower at a cost of Tk 12 lakh in front of the administrative building by cutting 24 valuable trees has caused students'
 arrow Disabled help themselves
Disabled Peoples Organisation for Development (MDPOD), a body of disabled persons in the district, in cooperation the district administration has given five wheel chairs to five disabled persons and ten
 arrow 3 'outlaws' held in Jessore
Jessore Kotwali thana police have arrested three armed cadres of Jana Juddho faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from Rajarhat crossing.

They are Pir, 24, Babu, 28 and Shariful, 30.

 arrow Mongla Jubo League leader's wife found dead
Afrin Ahmed Lucky, 25, wife of Mongla thana Jubo League leader Zahir Raihan Shanta, was found deed on Tuesday at her father's house at Kainmari village.
 arrow Three outlaws given life in arms case
Special Tribunal Judge Mohammad Ainul Haque on Wednesday awarded life term to three outlaws for possessing illegal weapons.
 arrow Killer gets RI for life
A killer was awarded life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) in absentia by a court here on Thursday.
 arrow Most community clinics in Barguna locked
Most of the 78 community clinics set up in five Upazilas of the district during Awami League rule for providing medicare to rural people are now under lock and key.
Culturearrow An apt rendering of an Indian epic
The Daily Star: How would you justify presenting your selection of this Urubhangham in the overseas theatre festival in future?

Kamaluddin Nilu: It was not our task to select

 arrow Bhuboner Ghate a picture of the present society
Bhuboner Ghate by Dr. Syed Manjurul Islam was the last play of the 8-day-long drama festival arranged by Natyajan at the Public Library auditorium recently. It is the 6th production of Natyajan.
 arrow Dance fiesta enthralls northern audience
Chhonder Anande Milechhi Nrittye' (With the joy of rhythm have we come together)--with this slogan, a three-day dance festival concluded at Shilpakala Academy premises in the northern town of Bogra recently.
Generalarrow Five die in police custody last month: Odhikar
Five people died in police custody while two women and two children were violated by the law enforcers last month.
 arrow UP member gunned down in Bagerhat
A Union Parishad member was gunned down, reportedly by the members of an extremist group, at Mayakhali village in Fakirhat upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Prize distribution ceremony of army qirat, azan competition
The prize distribution ceremony of the Inter-Area Annual Qirat and Azan competition-2003 of Bangladesh Army was held at the Garrison Mosque at Dhaka Cantonment after Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow Hazari cadre arrested
An alleged cadre of Hazari group was arrested from Dagonbhuiyan upazila headquarters on Thursday.

The arrested was identified as Farooq, son of Hafezullah of Omarpur village.

Internationalarrow Praise and silence follow Mahathir into retirement
Glowing praise and diplomatic silence marked the retirement yesterday of Malaysia's veteran Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after an international controversy over his comments about Jews.
 arrow Mahathir's successor faces tough challenges
They call him "Mr Nice Guy", but Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will need more than charm to fill the big shoes left by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad when he puts on his retirement slippers yesterday.
 arrow Cooling trend dampens California wildfires
Fire crews worked overnight on Friday to contain two major hot spots in California's wildfires as cool, foggy weather helped them battle flames that have destroyed a growing number of lives and homes.
 arrow Iran's nuke declaration comprehensive: IAEA
Iran's declaration to the International Atomic Energy Agency about its controversial nuclear program looks to be comprehensive, the head of the UN agency said on Thursday.
 arrow Sharon willing to talk with Palestinians
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expressed a willingness to negotiate with the new Palestinian prime minister, but US officials said the Palestinians first must dismantle terror organizations.
 arrow US warns of Iraq threat as aid package gets nod
The Iraqi capital braced for fresh attacks yesterday following a warning from US consular officials, as a multi-billion-dollar aid package crossed a new hurdle in its passage through the US Congress.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Competitiveness index
Bangladesh has lost some rating points in the Global Competitiveness Index and the Business Competitiveness Index in the last one year.
 arrow Editorial: Massive power outage
The sudden power outage on Wednesday, the longest ever, only added to the woes that people had been suffering from for a while.
 arrow The simmering Chittagong hill tracts
Two important steps have been taken recently with regard to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow An ultra-professional game
Sports or games, whether solo or team events, do not usually call for a father figure or progenitor, as it were. Cricket affords an exception in the larger than life shape of Dr.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangladesh Betar and VOA
We are living in a global village where information technology plays a vital role in getting the latest news from all the corners of the world.
 arrow Traffic roundabouts
While going through Sultana Rahman's city column in your paper of 27th October on "Fountain on a faulty roundabout" made me remember parts of a write up in a US "Traffic Engineering" publication manyyears
 arrow Confused!
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 Primary school text books by mid-December, 2003
For nearly two decades, we have not been able to give our primary school children their books in the first week of January.
Literaturearrow Spurned Lover
Made up my mind last night that I had to see you. Didn't even get a chance to let you know. Heard from others that you had a fever.
 arrow Shakespeare in South Asia: to thine own self be true?
William Shakespeare, who was born on April 23, 1564, and died the same day in 1616, is perhaps the world's most discussed author.
 arrow Indian Poetry in English: Daruwalla
Keki Daruwalla (b. 1937), the winner of both the Sahitya Akademi and Commonwealth Poetry award, has published six volumes of poetry as well as a collection of short stories.