Volume 4 Number 159 Sun. November 02, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Top company director buys freedom with ransom
A top business executive abducted from the city Friday was released in the early hours of today on payment of an unspecified amount of ransom, according to sources.
 arrow Strict tax watch on 257 big firms
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has cast the net of its large taxpayer unit (LTU) wider, bringing another 257 leading companies under its fold.
 arrow Colombo offers to relax rules of origin for Dhaka
Sri Lanka has agreed to consider Bangladesh as a least developed country and simplify the rules of origin for signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with it.
 arrow Jamal's wife wants to disclose names of abductors to PM
Family members of abducted Chittagong magnate Jamaluddin Ahmed Chowdhury believe they know the identities of his abductors and their godfather.
 arrow England sweep 2-0
England finished off Bangladesh yesterday with clinical efficiency to win the second and final Test at the MA Aziz Stadium here by 329 runs with a day to spare and complete a 2-0 series sweep.
 arrow 77 Khilgaon policemen transferred
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday transferred all 77 staffs, except for the officer-in-charge (OC), of Khilgaon Police Station following allegations of criminal activities against some of them.
 arrow Soaring prices mock at govt initiatives
Barring a few items, the prices of essentials remain at its previous height.
 arrow BB asks unions to shift offices to annexe
Bangladesh Bank (BB) authorities yesterday ordered relocation of four employees' union offices from the bank's main building to its 26-storey annexe in 48 hours.
 arrow Finance sat on commerce's onion caution
The commerce ministry had anticipated a rise in onion prices much earlier than it really happened and asked the finance ministry to take action.
 arrow Fear-stricken Iraq sees 2 more Marines' death
Guerillas killed two US soldiers yesterday in a bomb blast in northern Iraq, and in Baghdad schools were closed and shops shuttered due to fears of more bloodshed and suicide bombs after a string of attacks.
 arrow Transport strike from Dec 20 if cops' extortion not stopped
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya Parishad (an association of transport owners and workers) yesterday threatened to go for an indefinite strike from December 20 if the government does notput
 arrow Hotel manager shot dead
Three unidentified assailants yesterday gunned down the manager of a city hotel reportedly over the ownership dispute of the hotel.
 arrow UN okays global anti-graft treaty
The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a landmark treaty to fight global corruption that not only calls on governments to outlaw bribery, embezzlement and other illegal practices but will enable
 arrow Cops held for 'mugging' sent to Dhaka jail
The four law-enforcers from Khilgaon Police Station arrested for allegedly mugging two businessmen at Goran on Friday were sent to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow Speaker, his deputy mum about anthem probe
The speaker and the deputy speaker are keeping mum over the national anthem glitch and expenditure of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Jail-Killing Day tomorrow
Jail-Killing Day will be observed across the country tomorrow to condemn the slaying of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail on this day in 1975.
 arrow Uneasy calm on border with Myanmar
The Bangladesh-Myanmar border remained calm yesterday with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) further stepping up vigil to check possible influx of Rohingyas from across the Naf river.
 arrow Biman's Barisal route fare up by Tk 150
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has increased its fare by Tk 150 per passenger on Dhaka-Barisal route from November 1.

The one-way fare now is Tk 1,500 against Tk 1,350 earlier.

 arrow Saarc editors, journalists meet in city
A two-day conference of editors and journalists of Saarc countries began in Dhaka yesterday to review the measures to promote press freedom, better working condition and information flow among the neighbours.
 arrow Indifference to technical fault caused grid failure, says probe body
The grid failure from Ashuganj Power Plant causing severe power disruption on Wednesday was not a sudden debacle as the technical fault had developed over a period of time, a probe body said yesterday.
 arrow Cops hunt for Durrani for death in mob beating
Kamrangirchar police yesterday raided the house of Shamshul Haque Durrani, editor of Nawroj, and his possible hideouts to arrest him in connection with the death of a young man from mob beating.
 arrow Revolvers, bullets seized in city raids
Police seized four firearms including a revolver and over 100 rounds of bullets in two separate raids in Sutrapur and Demra last night.
 arrow Clash over erratic train halt leaves 15 hurt
Passengers, railway staff and villagers yesterday locked in a clash over an irregular halt of Chittagong-bound Meghna Express at the Sitakunda Station.
 arrow Ahmedia Imam killed in Jessore
Fanatics allegedly led by a local Imam (religious leader) killed an Imam of the Ahmedia Muslim Community in Jessore yesterday following an altercation on religious beliefs.
 arrow Customs officers' strike halts activities at Benapole port
Export and import through Benapole landport remained suspended yesterday following work abstention by the customs officials.
Businessarrow Funding for SoE, NCB reforms likely next year
The proposed funds from the World Bank (WB) and other donor agencies for restructuring the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) and state-owned enterprises (SoEs) are likely to be available early next
 arrow Weavers seek resumption of 25pc cash incentives
Handloom product manufacturers yesterday demanded of the government to resume 25 per cent cash incentive for the weavers to facilitate export of the products.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka
The US dollar remained strong against the Bangladesh taka on higher demand from importers yesterday and gained against the euro as evidence of US growth gathers pace, dealers said.
 arrow Urban Design, IDLC sign deal
Clients of Urban Design and Development Limited (UDDL), a developer, will enjoy home loans facilities from Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Limited (IDLC), a financial institution.
 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Two bids of 2-day tenor amounting to Tk 235 crores were received and accepted.

 arrow Qatar Airways starts service in Shanghai, Seoul
Qatar Airways began its operation in Shanghai and Seoul on Wednesday.
 arrow Call money rate low
The inter-bank call money rate was very low yesterday as most banks had surplus funds, fund managers said.

The call money rate touched its low at 3.

 arrow Bangladesh now member of World Energy Council
Bangladesh has become the 96th member of World Energy Council (WEC), the leading global multi-energy organisation and an affiliated body of United Nations.
 arrow Euro zone may not meekly follow US recovery path
Euro zone optimists believe their economy will follow a US upturn next year with a respectful lag of a few months, but it may not be that easy.
 arrow China needs banking reform before floating its currency
China needs to strengthen its domestic banking system before being in a position to float its currency, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) aide said Friday.
 arrow Indian cabinet clears proposal for single telecom licence
The Indian cabinet Friday approved a proposal by the Indian telecom regulator for a single licence for all telecom-service providers to end bitter feuding between different operators.
 arrow US consumers cheerier, jobs may be turning
The mood of American consumers brightened a little in October, after they took a break from spending last month, according to reports on Friday that pointed to growth moderating from the breakneck pace
 arrow S'pore pursuing trade pact with China
In a bid to enlarge its web of free trade agreements (FTAs), Singapore has asked China if it is interested in a bilateral pact, Trade and Industry Minister George Yeo told The Straits Times yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Show support, don't criticise
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore thinks that inconsistent bounce rather than short-pitched bowling undid his batsmen on the fourth day of the second Test.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff promises fireworks
If the carnage left by Stephen Harmison and Richard John-son was not enough, Bangladesh will sure by examined by the another fearsome England quick Andrew Flintoff in the three-match one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Home crowd's frustration knows no bound as Bangladesh batsmen caved in against England in just three-and-half-days in the second and final Test at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee flies to Dhaka for 2nd MRI
Fast bowler Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza is due to fly off to Dhaka this morning to have his injured knee assessed by a specialist.

"We are sending him to Dhaka where Col.

 arrow Cricket: Young faces for ODIs?
The Bangladesh think-tank is planning to give debuts to a couple of under-19 players in the one-day series against England.
 arrow Cricket: B'desh U-19s face SL today
Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team take on Sri Lanka Under-19s in their second match of the four-nation Asian Under-19 tournament in Karachi today.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan afraid of tougher SL series
England captain Michael Vaughan has warned teammates to expect a tough contest in Sri Lanka after his side's 2-0 Test series win over Bangladesh here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Wari thrive on Aminul treble
Aminul scored the first hattrick of the Tibet Federation Cup Football Tournament as he guided Wari Club to a huge 5-0 victory over Bangla-desh Police at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Chess: Harikrishna and Ganguly joint leaders
Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna caught up with his compatriot and fellow GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly to jointly lead the Asian Zonal Chess Championship after the end of the tenth round at the NSC
 arrow Cricket: BCB Dev squad starts training
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Development Squad players yesterday started their practice at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Editorial: Marauding Martyn
Damien Martyn hit a solid 100 to help world champions Australia post a challenging 286-8 against India in a TVS Cup triangular one-day series match here on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick on a roll
Andy Roddick celebrated his rise to the summit of men's tennis by beating Jonas Bjorkman 7-5, 7-6 on Friday and the world number one will play Briton Tim Henman in the Paris Masters semifinals.
 arrow Football: Ferguson slams Arsenal
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday accused the Football Association (FA) of letting Arsenal off the hook over the fracas that broke out after the two clubs' ill-tempered Premiership clash
 arrow Football: British football hits new low
Four current or past England football players are set to be targeted in drugs tests, according to Britain's Sun newspaper Saturday, which claimed the group were cocaine users.
 arrow Football: L'pool target bookies
Liverpool travel to Fulham on Sunday aiming to turn the tables on the bookmakers who have written them off as serious Premiership title contenders.
 arrow Football: Salgado for Chelsea?
Real Madrid will make a statement on Monday about Michel Salgado after Spanish radio reported that the Spanish international right-back will join Chelsea next summer.
 arrow Football: Marseille to seek FIFA's help
Marseille have decided to appeal to world football's ruling body FIFA in their bid to seal the loan transfer of France and Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, the club said here Friday.
 arrow Football: 'Devil's coach' speaks
Iraq football coach Bernd Stange Friday defended his decision to take on the job while Saddam Hussein was still in power before the United States-led invasion of the country.
Metropolitanarrow Hasina congratulates Badawi
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami league President Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated Dato Seri Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi on his assumption of the office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
 arrow Anwar-ul-Alam new envoy to Spain
The government yesterday appointed Additional Foreign Secretary Anwar-ul-Alam, as new ambassador of Bangladesh to Madrid, capital of Spain.
 arrow FM leaves for Germany tomorrow
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka tomorrow on a two-day visit to Germany.
Nationalarrow Bangladesh will lose 80 pc surface water
Experts at a roundtable at Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh said Bangladesh will turn into a desert if India implements its river-link project.
 arrow No let-up in diarrhoea
Four more persons died of diarrhoea and over 300 were attacked with the disease in Nilphamari Dalmonirhat districts in the last four days.
 arrow 12000 marooned in Satkhira
Over 12,000 people are marooned in 15 villages in Kalaroa upazila as floodwater from Kabodak river remained stagnant there for over three weeks.
 arrow Rupsha Bridge may open next year
Rupsha Bridge is expected to be opened for traffic by November next year.
 arrow Rally at Jaintapur today for resumption of BRTC service
After hectic mass contact programmes, a rally is being held at Jaintapur upazila headquarter today demanding resumption of BRTC bus service on the Sylhet-Tamabil-Jafflong route.
 arrow Doc fired for negligence in duty
A private hospital was forced to fire one of its doctors following his alleged negligence in attending a dying patient on Thursday.
 arrow 27 years RI for keeping arms
One persons has been sentenced to 27 years RI for possessing illegal arms.

Special Tribunal Judge AMM Sayeed handed down the punishment to Ensan Ali, 32, of Kuptola village under Gibandhan sadarupazila.

 arrow Outlaw killed in Jhenidah
An outlawed party cadre was murdered in Kotchandpur of the district on Thursday.
 arrow Police-pirates clash in Meghna, cop among 4 hurt
Three pirates and a policeman received bullet injuries in a gunfight between police and pirates in the Meghna on Thursday latenight.
 arrow Meeting on bank loan to shoal area people
A view-exchange meeting on providing bank loans to poor men and women in shoal areas was held at the Gano Unnayan Kendro on Thursday.

The meeting was sponsored by Oxfam, an international NGO.

 arrow 2 killed by outlaws
Two persons were slaughtered at Gobindohuda cluster village in Damurhuda upazila Thursday evening allegedly by outlaws belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party (Jonojuddho).
 arrow Three hurt as police, outlaws clash in Khulna
At least three persons were injured in fierce clash between police and outlaws on Thursday morning in Rupsha upazila of Khulna district.

The wounded are yet to be identified.

 arrow 2 mysterious deaths in Khulna in 2 days
Two mysterious deaths occurred on Thursday night in Khulna city and Rupsha upazila of the district.

Sonadanga Police recovered the body of Noor Nahar,25, wife of Nazrul Islam.

Culturearrow Selim and Rosy
After popular drama personalities like Humayun Faridee, Afzal Hussain and Shubarna Mustafa, the emergence of some new talents was good news for the audience.
 arrow Under the shady trees of Shantiniketan
Aditi Mohsin teaches at "Chayanaut," and has a first class first in music from Shantiniketan to her credit, apart from numerous well-attended public performances.
 arrow Sumita Devi fighting for life
Legendary actress, Sumita Devi, who has acted in the first Bangladeshi film " Akash ar mati", directed by Fateh Lohani, is now critically ill at the Bangladesh Medical Hospital.
 arrow A Workshop for the playwrights
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) arranges a seven-day long workshop from November 2, for the promising playwrights from all over the country says a press release.
Generalarrow Work under banner of cooperatives for self-reliant Bangladesh: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all to work with a synergy under the banner of cooperatives, a democratic economic system, for building Bangladesh as a self-reliant country.
 arrow AL blames govt for price hike
The Awami League (AL) yesterday blamed the government for its failure to reduce the prices of daily essentials.
 arrow JU meet ends in failure
A meeting between the Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities and the executive committee of JU Teachers' Association (JUTA) yesterday failed to resolve the deadlock in academic and administrative activities
 arrow Outlaw beaten to death in Kushtia
A cadre of the outlawed Jashod Gono Bahini was killed in a mob beating at village Ailchara in sadar upazila in the district yesterday.

The victim was identified as Asan Ali, 38, son of Ahmed Ali.

 arrow 1592 more held
Police arrested a total of 1592 people, including nine listed criminals, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Qorei-Sharon meet in the offing
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's dominant Fatah movement met yesterday to discuss the make-up of prime minister Ahmad Qorei's new government, as reports said a summit between Qorei and his Israeli counterpart
 arrow Musharraf sees no quick breakthrough with India
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has called for dialogue with India in a bid to improve relations but does not expect a breakthrough soon, a Chinese newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Report on Baghdad blast censures UN
Senior UN officials must share responsibility for serious lapses and "inadequate precautions" that caused unnecessary injuries in the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, a confidential report saysfor
 arrow Tigers end talks boycott
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday announced they would end their eight-month boycott of peace talks and invited the Colombo government to resume negotiations, focused on their recently unveiled
 arrow White House faulted on Iraq dossier proof
The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee singled out the White House for failing to meet a noon EST deadline on Friday to turn over documents about intelligence on Iraq's weapons of
 arrow Afghanistan's cop-militia clash sees 40 killed
Some 40 people were killed when Afghan police and a former military commander and his fighters fought a fierce battle in southwestern Helmand province, the state-run Bakhtar news agency reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Farewell to Mahathir
Asia's longest serving elected Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, left office after 22 years amid shedding of tears by friends and followers.
 arrow Editorial: Cops as muggers
Four members of police have been arrested for waylaying a businessman in the city. The incident is another example of law enforcers assuming the unlikely role of lawbreakers.
 arrow Leadership makes the difference
Friday was Mahathir Mohamad's last day as Prime Minister of Malaysia after 22 years in power and now seems an apt moment to reflect on the legacy and achievements of his remarkable tenure.
 arrow Impact of failed states on global peace and security
Apparent calm signalled by the end of the cold war had in effect hid the dark clouds of an incoming twister that were to assail the different parts of the world in quick succession.
 arrow A tribute to Shaheed Dhiren Dutta
(The following tribute was paid by late S M Ali, founder-editor of The Daily Star to Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta, on the 22nd anniversary of his 'disappearance', back in 1971.
Star Holidayarrow The Does Must Bark
WE stepped out of the forest bungalow into stillness.

For a woodland, it was unusually quiet. The langurs had gone asleep after the whole afternoon's hoopla.

Star Healtharrow How could we survive during holy Ramadan?
The holy month of Ramadan has set in. Throughout this month all the Muslims all over the world sacrifice their food in the name of Allah from dawn to dusk.
 arrow Ask the doctor
Dr M A Salam would address limited number of queries from our readers on regular basis. Readers are requested to send questions to the Star Health at starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow Poachers active again as guest birds fly in
Poachers engaged in hunting wildlife this year round, as migratory birds have flocked to marshlands and water-bodies with winter stealing over the country.
 arrow Encroachers slip through dragnet
The latest drive against encroachment on the Buriganga, ending on October 25, could not go extraordinary lengths to save the lifeline of Dhaka city, as it failed to demolish main illegal structures on
 arrow Where have the passengers gone?
Shades put up near the bus stoppages to provide shelter to passengers have virtually become home to shady trades in connivance with some Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) officials.
 arrow Frequent quakes call for safer high-rises
The disaster management and relief ministry is going to take new measures to minimise disaster from earthquakes and may make it mandatory for high-rises in Dhaka to bear the names and addresses of architects
 arrow Ramadan brings brisk business
As devotees draw closer to their faith, others wait to make hay while the sun shines, taking this opportunity to make a business in selling religious items during Ramadan.
 arrow Iftar Delicacies Turn Dearer

 arrow The Peacekeepers