Volume 4 Number 161 Tue. November 04, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Violence erupts in N'ganj
Narayanganj yesterday exploded into bursts of violence as thousands of frenzied garment workers went round the town in a marauding mood, wrecking at least 150 garment factories and clashing with law enforcers,
 arrow 5,000 cops likely to get the axe by year-end
Field-level policemen are passing anxious days over a reported government plan to retire 5,000 of them by the year-end and the police department is abuzz with speculations about potential layoff victims.
 arrow ADB okays funds for giant primary education plan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday approved $100 million in loan and different development partners $389 million in grants to launch the country's biggest ever education programme.
 arrow BNP men swoop on police camp for SI's non-cooperation
At least 50 armed cadres allegedly of the ruling BNP attacked a police camp at Kalidashpur in Daulatpur upazila in the district yesterday because the camp in-charge refused to be subservient to them.
 arrow BTTB introduces prepaid phone card by June
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) will introduce overseas and inter-district prepaid calling cards by June next year.

A proposal for the Tk 18.

 arrow Cabinet okays Dhaka's joining new trade pact
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal of Bangladesh joining the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (Apta), a new pact involving six countries of the region.
 arrow More rickshaw ban from next month
The move to ban rickshaw on one of the six major roads in Dhaka this month has been put off for a month in view of Ramadan, Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) sources said.
 arrow Robbers attack cop office in Barisal, loot shops
A band of robbers attacked Chamta-Neamoti River Traffic Police Outpost and looted the nearby Neamoti Bandar (business centre) in Bakerganj Police Station in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow US to toughen visitors' entry from January
The United States Immigration Authorities are going to introduce a tough system for the visitors' entry to the country from January 5 next year.
 arrow Strike called at garment factories Nov 14
Angry workers yesterday called for a general strike at all garment factories on November 14 to protest the killing of a colleague in police firing at Narayanganj.
 arrow Body formed to assess essentials' supply-demand
The government has formed an inter-ministerial committee to assess the demand and supply of essentials in the wake of its virtual failure to control their spiralling prices.
 arrow No onion respite for commoners
Ordinary citizens continue to be dogged by the high price of essentials as well as uneven retail prices at different city markets yesterday.
 arrow Latifur Rahman removed from BB directorship
The government yesterday relieved Latifur Rahman of his responsibilities as director of Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow Knit exporters urges govt to save industries
The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday asked the government to save the export oriented knitwear industries from the hands of conspirators.
 arrow Bac files graft case against 3 of a firm, 4 IFIC staff
The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) yesterday filed a case against three top functionaries of a construction firm and four officials of the IFIC bank on charge of embezzlement of Tk 6.26 crore.
 arrow HC stays BSB sale notice on Observer property
The High Court has stayed the operation of a sale notice of the Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) served upon Al-Helal Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd., publisher of English Daily The Bangladesh Observer.
 arrow Transport leader killed in Bogra
A transport leader was shot and sliced to death by his rivals at the Chelo bus-terminal yesterday.

Maniruzzaman Manik, 35, was a bus owner and executive member of the Bogra Motor Sramik Union.

 arrow 3 'robbers' lynched in M'singh
A mob lynched three alleged robbers at Char Shikaldi in the town Sunday night.

They cut the bodies into pieces and threw those into the Brahmaputra river.

 arrow 15 launches fined in special drive
Fifteen passenger launches including one owned by a son of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and 35 cargo vessels have been fined mainly for faulty documents, over loading and lack of life saving equipment during
 arrow Seven killed in Gazaria accident
Seven of eight passengers of a Comilla-bound microbus from Dhaka were killed in a head-on collision with a passenger bus on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Boushia under Gazaria upazila yesterday.
 arrow Khulna cops release arms trader hours after arrest
Listed smuggler and illegal arms trader Shamsul Alam alias 'Black' Shamsu, arrested Sunday night on various charges, was released from Khulna Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow Suicide bomber blows up in West Bank
A Palestinian teenage suicide bomber blew up near Israeli forces in the West Bank yesterday, killing no one but himself, hours after the militant group Hamas ruled out ceasing all attacks on Israelisunder
 arrow ALL ABOARD!

 arrow Flooding kills 66 in Indonesian resort
Flash floods swept through a popular tourist resort on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing 66 people, five of them foreigners, and leaving dozens missing, local officials said yesterday.
 arrow American troops kill 11 Iraqis
At least 11 Iraqis were killed, six of them shot dead by American troops, as the United States counted the cost of the deadliest single strike on its forces since they invaded Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein.
Businessarrow RMG exports to Canada to double next year
Boosted by the first ever single country apparel fair held last week in Canada, Bangladesh's ready made garment (RMG) exports to the north American country will double next year, exporters hope.
 arrow Nishat Jute Mills set to resume production
Nishat Jute Mills Limited, a state-run enterprise which was closed last year in the face of huge losses, will come to life again in three months under private ownership.
 arrow Govt fixes target for rice procurement in FY04
The cabinet yesterday at its weekly meeting fixed target and price of rice procurement for the coming Aman season, according to a handout.
 arrow BGMEA team meets NU vice chancellor
A delegation of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) led by its Acting President SM Nurul Hoque paid a courtesy call on National University Vice-chancellor Professor AftabAhmed
 arrow Repo auction
The reverse Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.
 arrow US envoy meets finance minister
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas Jr called on Finance Minister Saifur Rahman here yesterday and discussed issues that they would not disclose right now.
 arrow Jet Airways becomes Mercator's customer
Jet Airways, India's largest private domestic airline, has become a customer of Mercator, the Dubai-based Emirates Group IT division, to select revenue accounting and frequent flyer solutions from the
 arrow Opec to curtail oil output again if necessary
Opec President Abdullah al-Attiyah said Sunday the cartel would curtail supplies again at a December meeting if producers felt action was needed to ensure a normal winter stockdraw.
 arrow China's growth no threat but an opportunity for Asia
China's rise as an economic giant is not a threat to the rest of Asia but will present opportunities for its neighbours to grow, Chinese and foreign officials said Monday.
 arrow Global outsourcing industry to touch trillion-dollar in 4 yrs
The global outsourcing industry will consolidate leaving behind a few large players in a market expected to touch a trillion dollars within four years, an industry monitor said Monday.
 arrow Global recovery hinges heavily on US: IMF
The global economy is showing stronger signs of recovery, but over-dependence on the United States is a major risk, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Horst Koehler, said Monday.
 arrow TCL, Thomson to form top TV maker
French electronics maker Thomson SA and China's TCL International Holdings said on Monday they would combine their TV and DVD businesses to create the world's biggest television maker.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Jamal Uddin out of nowhere
Little known City Club off-spinner Jamal Uddin was a surprise inclusion when the national selectors announced a 13-member Bangla-desh squad for the three-match one-day international series against England
 arrow Cricket: Test is history
A positive frame of mind is a rare quality. And Dav Whatmore does possess this aplenty.
 arrow Children's day for England cricketers
The children of the Shishu Polli Plus, a UK-financed organisation to support the disadvantaged children in Sreepur, Gazipur, had a unique experience when seven members of the England one-day cricket squad
 arrow Football: Clubs' gracious gesture
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday successfully convinced the leading clubs of Dhaka to release their players for the preparation of Bangladesh's FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying fixtures
 arrow Cricket: Aussies hold off Kiwis
World champions Australia qualified for the final of the limited-overs TVS Cup tri-series being played in India by defeating New Zealand with one ball to spare here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Strong WI v weak Zim
Brian Lara's West Indies begin a long African campaign here on Tuesday when they take on one of the weakest ever Zimbabwe Test teams.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s' final game today
Bangladesh take on India in their last robin league match of the Videocon Asian Under-19 Cricket Tournament at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore today.
 arrow Football: F'pool blank Air Force
A hattrick from Enamul propelled Young Men's Club Fakirerpool to a 5-0 win over Bangladesh Air Force in a Tibet 19th Federation Cup qualifying round match at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Johnson unsure of SL Tests
Richard Johnson's man-of-the-match display against Bangladesh may not gain him a Test place in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: CAB side beat B'desh U-17
Visiting Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-17 Eleven beat Bangladesh Under-17 team by five runs in the two-day match at the district stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Henman Paris master
Britain's Tim Henman put a gloss finish on his disappointing year when he defeated gutsy Romanian outsider Andrei Pavel 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/2) here on Sunday in the final of the 2.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova wins
Unseeded Milagros Sequera's surprising run to the 170,000-dollar WTA Bell Challenge final came to a cruel end Sunday.
 arrow Football: Forlan to the fore
Uruguay international Diego Forlan has become a real force for Manchester United, pushing himself into the reckoning for their return match at home to Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Murphy seals Fulham's fate
Midfielder Danny Murphy converted a late penalty to give Liverpool a 2-1 win over 10-man Fulham, while Leicester City moved off the bottom of the premier league by beating Blackburn Rovers 2-0.
 arrow Football: Oliviera drives Valencia
Ricardo Oliviera's hattrick helped Valencia back to the top of the Spanish first division on goal difference after they thrashed relegation-threatened Real Mallorca 5-0 on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Dortmund's dogged display
Borussia Dortmund produced a sterling comeback to defeat SV Hamburg 3-2 at the Westfalen Stadium with a hectic five-minute goal bonanza.
 arrow Football: Roma keep it up
Roma kept the heat on Italian league joint leaders AC Milan and Juventus by defeating a stubborn Reggina side 2-0 at the Olympic stadium.
 arrow Football: Salgado stays for Real
Real Madrid's Spanish international right back Michel Salgado turned down lucrative offers from Chelsea and Manchester United and signed a contract which will keep him at the Spanish champions until 2009.
Politicalarrow Hasina blasts govt for price spike at Jail Killing Day talk
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday fired a broadside at the government for law and order downslide and price spike of essentials that hit the low-income group hard in a sign of what shecalled
 arrow JCD activists beat up shop owner at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists beat up a shop owner on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on charge of theft on Sunday night.
Metropolitanarrow Web portal for NGOs
A web portal for non-governmental organisations has started enlisting top 50 NGOs operating in the country.
 arrow Morshed leaves for Germany
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left here yesterday morning on a three-day official visit to Germany.

During the visit, he will hold talks with his German counterpart.

 arrow Pak envoy calls on Ershad
Newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner Manzar Shafiq made a courtesy call on Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad at his Banani office yesterday.
 arrow 1399 more held
Police arrested 1,399 people, including three identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
 arrow DU urged to publish hons results soon
Jatiya Chhatra Dhara, a left-leaning student organisation, on Sunday demanded immediate publishing of results of the honours examinations held under different faculties of Dhaka University.
 arrow Youth Council executives
Md Zakir Hossain and Maksud Ahmed Chowdhury have been elected president and secretary general of the National Youth Council of Bangladesh for 2003-2005, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Operation under torchlight!
Believe it or not, torchlight is being used in surgical operation at a government hospital in Khulna.
 arrow Diarrhoea toll now 35 in Gaibandha
With the death of two more persons, the toll from diarrhoea has risen to 35 in Gaibandha district.
 arrow Nilphamari lawyers boycott courts
Lawyers in Nilphamari town yesterday began an indefinite court boycott protesting the death of a lawyer's assistant from injuries during a clash in the court compound on Saturday.
 arrow Boycott of pvt buses on in 3 Sylhet upazilas
People of Jaintapur, Kanaighat and Gowainghat upazilas will continue boycott of private buses and minibuses till full resumption of BRTC service as announced by the Finance Minister.
 arrow Tk 50,000 realised from dishonest traders by mobile courts in Ctg
An amount of Tk 50,000 was realised from dishonest businessmen by mobile courts for cheating people with faulty scales and selling adulterated food items on Thursday.
 arrow Another Ro Ro ferry in service at Paturia
Ro Ro ferry Shah Mokhdum, was pressed into service at Paturia Ghat on Sunday after renovation.

Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain inaugurated the ferry at a simple function.

 arrow Women Repression Protest Day observed
A press conference was jointly organised by Durber Network and Naripakkha at Gaibandha Press Club to mark the International Women Repression Protest Day 2003 on Saturday.
 arrow BNP MP wants transfer of 'corrupt' Rupsha UNO
City BNP President and ruling BNP MP M Nurul Islam Dadu has demanded immediate transfer of Rupsha UNO Kazi Faizur Rahman, bringing charges of corruption and irregularities against him.
 arrow Vaccination centre in Ctg
A centre for giving all types of vaccines by specialist doctors has started functioning in the port city.
 arrow Life for AL leader for abduction, rape
An Awami League (AL) leader was sentenced to life term imprisonment by a court here on charge of abduction and rape of a tender aged girl on October 29.
 arrow UGC ban on recruitment Token strike by RU teachers
Rajshahi University teachers observed strike on Saturday protesting the restrictions on recruitment of teachers and staff in public universities imposed by the University Grant Commission (UGC).
 arrow Gas cylinders seized
Police seized 15 gas cylinders while those were being taken to the border for smuggling on Sunday.

The cylinders were seized from a private car near Bhimrullah village in Chnadanga Sadar upazila.

 arrow 7 outlaws held in Damurhuda
Joint forces arrested seven outlaws belonging to Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from Hemayetpur, Charulia and Doliarpur villages under Damurhuda upazila Sunday night.
 arrow Body of former Jubo Dal leader recovered in Ctg
Police recovered the mutilated body of a former Jubo Dal leader from a wetland in Fatikchhari on Sunday.

The victim was identified as Nesar Ahmed, 32, son of Ahmad Sobhan of South Rangamatia village.

Culturearrow A statement: subtle and eloquent
Mahbubur Rahman, of "Britto" fame, explaining his recent installation work at Alliance Francaise gallery, said, "I feel that the fine art oriented students at Chittagong University are, of late, caught
 arrow The new Bollywood messiah
A number of feature films in his curriculum vitae and some more in his kitty, he is already being hailed as the new messiah of Bollywood resplendent with stars but short of actors.
 arrow Famous flautist makes it to the top
Classical music has reached a state of perfection and has also gained its popularity through the talents and persevance of Sur Samrat Ustad Alauddin Ali Khan, Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, Ustad Ali AkbarKhan
Generalarrow Anomalies in distribution of foodgrains alleged
Bangladesh Khetmajur Samity yesterday raised allegation of anomalies in distribution of foodgrains allocated for the affected people in northern districts where a famine-like situation has been prevailing.
 arrow Freedom fighter Sabu dead
Valiant freedom fighter and Vice-Chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Command Council, Mesbahuddin Ahmed Sabu died of cardiac arrest at the Suhrawardy Hospital early yesterday at the age of 55.
 arrow JUTA stages sit-in today
Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) will stage a sit-in today in front of the registrar building to press home their demands including the removal of the vice-chancellor.
 arrow CID to undertake further probe
CID police will undertake further investigation into the sensational murder of Advocate Kalidas Boral, an Awami League leader.
 arrow Dialogue on women issue today
A dialogue on the role of media to solve various problems concerning women and children will be held in the city today.
Internationalarrow Sino-Pak top bosses hold talks to finalise nuke deal
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was greeted as "an old friend" yesterday in his first summit talks with China's new leaders, as he strives to seal Beijing's assistance in constructing a nuclear power
 arrow Anglican split feared as gay bishop consecrated
The Rev. Canon V.
 arrow Maoist rebels loot bank in Nepal
Suspected Maoist rebels looted the equivalent of nearly 700,000 dollars from a bank in the heart of Nepal's capital, police said yesterday.
 arrow Sharon-Qorei meeting 'within days
Israeli and Palestinian leaders edged towards the resumption of top-level contacts yesterday as the hardline Hamas movement raised the possibility of a halt to attacks against Israeli civilians.
 arrow Israel poses biggest threat to world peace: EU poll
Europeans believe that Israel poses the biggest threat to world peace ahead of Iran, North Korea and the United States in joint second place, according to an EU poll released yesterday.
 arrow Iran threatens retreat from inspections
Iran's supreme leader said Sunday that "excessive demands" from abroad could prompt Tehran to retreat from a recent commitment to give inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog more access to its atomic
 arrow Iraqis rejoice over helicopter hit
Iraqis in the village of Baisa say they couldn't have asked for a better present during Ramadan -- a US helicopter shot down in their fields.

"We usually celebrate Ramadan at the end of the month.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Mass transfer not enough
Khilgaon police station has been at the centre of controversy of late. First, Shakil Ahmed Chowdhury Sumon was allegedly beaten to death in police custody.
 arrow Editorial: Dengue's untimely comeback
Dengue has struck rather belatedly and unexpectedly. At a time when people began to feel that the dreaded fever would spare them at least for this season, there is bad news from hospitals.
 arrow Suicide bomb: Enigmatic weapon!
" I love life

on earth, among the fines and

the fig trees

But I can't reach it, so I took aim

with the last thing that

belonged to me.

 arrow America: Occupier or liberator?
Though American Administration says it is the liberator of Iraqi people, the UN declared America and its coalition as the occupier of Iraq.
 arrow A firebrand cleric arises in the Shiite heartland
If you have never heard the name Moqtada al-Sadr, the best bet in international politics today is that you will soon.
Letters to Editorarrow The VVIP lady and the Biman flight
The VVIP lady had to fly to Egypt perhaps on a very important mission but could not finish her many essential chores before departure.
 arrow Scared Minister indeed!
The news item appeared in the front page of The Daily Star on 15.10.2003 has drawn my attention. I am shocked at the action of the minister who came out of ATP aircraft with his family out of fear ofdeath.
 arrow Why not export?
We are a country who are blessed with abundance of potato, but we import potato chips and crackers from SE Asia. We export fine quality biscuits, but we import the same from India.
 arrow World champion!
As per the latest report of Transparency International, Bangladesh has not only successfully retained her title as the world champion in corruption but managed to be the first ever country to achievea
Focusarrow The political economy of Bangladesh's external relations
Within a unipolar world Bangladesh's foreign policy options have become increasingly constrained. This is not a new phenomenon since our options have been limited over many years by our dependence onaid.