Vol. 4 Num 163 Thu. November 06, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Probe on to spot price hike culprits
A parliamentary body yesterday rejected a commerce ministry report on essentials price hike and formed a sub-committee to identify the persons who let the situation spin out of control.
 arrow Knit factory attacked in N'ganj hartal
A knitwear factory came under attack during yesterday's half-day hartal called by the 11-party left alliance in Narayanganj.
 arrow Hasina admits AL had godfathers when in govt
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday acknowledged presence of a few 'godfathers' in her party while the Awami League ruled the country under her premiership in 1996-2001.
 arrow Emergency declared in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency, giving herself more powers in a bare-knuckled political fight with the prime minister that is threatening the peace with Tamil
 arrow Govt to publish list of smugglers, their patrons
The government has decided to prepare a list of smugglers and their patrons and make their names public once it is finalised.
 arrow 10 die after taking spurious alcohol in Kushtia
Ten people have died and about 50 others fallen sick after taking spurious alcohol in the last two days in the town and nearby areas.
 arrow Contractual appointees on lobbying overdrive as contracts near expiry
Contractual and political appointees in the civil administration are lobbying the government for extension of their service as the contracts of several dozen top and mid-level officials expire in thenext
 arrow DCC becomes dengue aware
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday started spraying insecticides in Dhanmondi, a dengue-prone area, to kill Aedes mosquitoes.
 arrow 'No company of Transcom Group has any default loan'
Not a single company of Transcom Group has any default with any bank or financial institution, Transcom Limited said yesterday.
 arrow 41 more dengue 'patients' reported
Forty-one more suspected dengue patients were admitted to city hospitals and clinics yesterday, raising the total to 59 since Sunday.
 arrow Cops to face music for abduction
A home ministry meeting on law and order yesterday instructed law enforcers to sternly deal with the rising incidents of abduction.
 arrow Sweden Aslam gets life in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a top criminal, Sweden Aslam, to rigorous life imprisonment in a verdict that convicted him for the first time in the latest in a raft of criminal cases.
 arrow 5 firms listed for Agrani management
The taskforce to reform the nationalised commercial banks has short-listed five international consulting firms to run the management of Agrani Bank.
 arrow Still-high retail prices negate wholesale fall
Retail prices continue to remain more or less the same although pre-Ramadan wholesale prices have fallen significantly over the last week or so.
 arrow Fitra fixed at Tk 25
Fitra for Dhaka and its adjoining areas has been fixed at Tk 25, said an Islamic Foundation press release yesterday.
 arrow Major shake-ups at foreign missions
Major changes are taking place in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as regards posting, transfer and promotion.
 arrow Sacked CBA leaders roam BB premises
After a week's absence, the recently sacked president and general secretary of the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) having a number of cases against them returned to Bangladesh Bank premises in the presence
 arrow Girl rescued, four abductors held
A three-year-girl, abducted from Shahidnagar area in Lalbagh Monday, was rescued from Eastern Plaza shopping market at Hatirpool Tuesday night.
 arrow Phone shop looted at Tejgaon
Robbers looted cash, mobile phone sets and prepaid cards said to be worth about Tk 7.33 lakh from a pay phone shop at Awlad Hossain Market in Tejgaon Monday night.
 arrow Palestinian leadership meets as dispute goes into overtime
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his prime minister Ahmed Qorei were meeting yesterday in a bid to resolve a dispute over the formation of a new government that has already dragged into overtime.
 arrow Youth gunned down at Sobhanbagh
Unknown criminals gunned down an unidentified young man at Sobhanbagh in Mohammadpur last night.

Two bullets hit the youth, aged about 30, in the head and abdomen, killing him on the spot.

 arrow Hearing on charge framing against Hasina adjourned till Nov 20
A court in Dhaka yesterday adjourned till November 20 the hearing on charge framing against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the frigate purchase graft case following a time petition by her defence
Businessarrow Remittance hits new high in October
Remittance flow reached a new high in October bringing in $303.05 million in a single month after a sluggish trend in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
 arrow Cement prices up further
Cement prices went up further yesterday in retail market here by Tk five to ten a bag.

The cement manufacturers raised the prices for the second time in a span of thirteen days.

 arrow Lending rate cut to revitalise stock mkt
As banks are waking up to a government call to cut interest rate, a top executive of the country's premier bourse yesterday said the move will divert investment flow to securities, revitalising the capital
 arrow Ecnec okays 13 projects involving Tk 3027.86cr
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a proposal to change the 'food for work' programme into 'money for work' to curb persisting corruption in the rural development
 arrow BIMST-EC experts focus on investment
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand Economic Cooperation (BIMST-EC) expert group meeting on trade and investment ended in Dhaka yesterday with a call for increasing investment in the sub-region.
 arrow Dollar strong against taka
The US dollar yesterday remained strong against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading due to higher demand from importers ahead of Eid, when big market players looked to US jobs data to asses thestrength
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate was steady in inter bank money market yesterday as the demand was lower from private sector, fund managers said.

The rate touched to its intra-high high at 7.

 arrow StanChart starts evening banking service
Standard Chartered bank has introduced evening banking service at its Gulshan branch in Dhaka from Sunday.
 arrow Emirates executive awarded
Emirates' Senior Vice-president (Cargo) Ram Menen has been awarded the "2003 International Air Cargo Achievement Award" for excellence in promoting east-west trade, for his leadership and support in encouraging
 arrow New office bearers of energy cos' association
Bangladesh Energy Companies Association (Beca), an apex body of private sector power energy and related companies, has elected new office bearers for its second executive committee for the year 2003-2005.
 arrow EU slaps $200m tariff on US imports
The EU has said US imports are to face duties of $200m (120m) from March 2004.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Concord Group to use Asian paints', published on this page yesterday the annual turnover of Asian Paints was inadvertently mentioned as US $400 instead of US $400 million.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Overwhelming England
England warmed up for the coming for the three-match one-day series with a convincing 167-run win over BCB Development Squad at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Suddenly Manjarul
Another little known player joined the Bangladesh one-day squad when the selectors picked Khulna left-arm spinner Manjarul Islam yesterday for the three-match series against England starting tomorrow.
 arrow Cricket: Windies Heath struck
Heath Streak scored his maiden Test century to put Zimbabwe on top on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Future looks bright
Just eight months ago, when they were outshone by Kenya and even outsiders Canada and the Nether-lands at the 2003 World Cup, there were cries that Bangladesh deserved to be stripped of their full Test
 arrow Cricket: Nafees yet to arrive
Nafees Iqbal could not join the Bangladesh one-day team in Chittagong yesterday as he missed the Dhaka-bound Biman flight from Karachi on Tuesday night.
 arrow Cricket: Only 3-0 will please Vaughan
England captain Michael Vaughan expects nothing short of a clean sweep against Bangladesh in the three-match one-day international series that begins in Chittagong tomorrow.
 arrow Football: Russell, Badda in group semis
Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra and Badda Jagarani Sangsad moved into the group semifinals of the Tibet Federation Cup Football Tourna-ment beating their respective rivals yesterday.
 arrow Football: Aminul, Joy fined
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday fined seven Premier Division footballers Taka 5,000 each for taking advance payment from two different clubs before the players' transfers.
 arrow Cricket: ICC has belief in Windies' ability
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed says he has every confidence in the West Indies' ability to host the 2007 World Cup and hit out at reports that Australia has been lined-up
 arrow Cricket: CAB XI 198-4
Visiting Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-17s were 198 for four at close of play on the first day of a three-day match against BCB Under-17s at the District Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns concern for NZ
Winless New Zealand are sweating over the fitness of inspirational all-rounder Chris Cairns ahead of Thursday's crucial TVS Cup tri-series match against hosts India here.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket only on his mind
Captain Michael Vaughan has stressed his side are concentrating on cricket despite the worsening domestic situation in Sri Lanka England's next destination in just over a fortnight.
 arrow Ex-India pacer Subroto dies
Former India fast bowler Subroto Guha died on Wednesday aged 57 following a heart attack at his residence here, family members said.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming flayed
The Indian cricket board has hit back at complaints from New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming about the scheduling of the TVS Cup tri-series tournament.
 arrow Football: Divine incentive for Steaua
Former European champions Steaua Bucharest will be hoping to answer the prayers of main shareholder Gigi Becali when they host Liverpool in the second round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Milan hail Kaka
A late goal from AC Milan's newly-signed Brazilian midfielder Kaka gave the European champions a 1-0 revenge win over FC Bruges in their Champions League Group H tie here at the Jan-Breydelstadion onTuesday.
 arrow Football: Blank fire enough for Real
Nine-time European champions Real Madrid took another step towards a possible tenth title when they became the first team to book a place in the knockout stages of this season's Champions League despite
 arrow Football: Charming Chelsea
Lazio's hopes of securing a place in the last 16 of the Champions League were dealt a massive blow after they crashed to a stunning 4-0 defeat against big-spending English side Chelsea here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: United a class apart
Ruud van Nistelrooy remembered where he had mislaid his shooting boots as Manchester United virtually assured their place in the Champions League knockout phase with a clinical 3-0 demolition of Rangers
 arrow Football: Brazil to miss Carlos
Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos is set to miss his country's next two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay after tearing a leg muscle in Real Madrid's Champions League match against Partizan
Politicalarrow Open free kitchens for monga victims
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to open free kitchens for the victims of famine-like situation, locally known as monga, in northern districts.
 arrow Two AL men shot dead in Jessore, Bagerhat
One Awami League (AL) leader and a worker of the party were gunned down in Khulna and Jessore last night.
Metropolitanarrow 72-hr transport strike in Sylhet from Nov 13
The transport owners and workers will enforce a 72-hour strike in Sylhet district from November 13 to press home their 20-point demand, including withdrawal of BRTC bus service on Sylhet-Tamabil route.
 arrow Advance train tickets on Eid
Bangladesh Railway has made special arrangement for advance tickets for homebound passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Nationalarrow Bullets with BOF mark used in attack on Barisal police
The bullets used by miscreants during Monday's mass robbery and attack on police outpost at Neamoti Bandar in Bakerganj bore seal of Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF).
 arrow All against drug in Satkhira
It was a different day for the people of Satkhira town.
 arrow Govt stalled probe into Manzurul Imam murder, Khulna AL alleges
Khulna district and city Awami League leaders have again blamed the government for taking no interest to reveal the real motive behind the murder of advocate Manzurul Imam and to arrest killers and the
 arrow Split in AL surfaces
The internal feud in Kalaroa Upazila Awami League has surfaced as the two rival factions have filed cases accusing each other following clashes on October 25 and 26 over holding of a party conference.
 arrow Tension in Bhola shoals over land grabbing
Tension is mounting in Char Nalua and Char Harish in Bhola as alleged land grabbers are trying to grab about 200 acres of land after obtaining court decrees while the owners are determined to resist them.
 arrow 'Unite to free country from misrule'
Cano Forum General Secretary Saifuddin Manik has called upon all progressive forces to unite to build a movement to free the country and its people from the "misrule of the alliance government".
 arrow Chancellor's intervention sought to 'save' USTC
Teachers of the University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) have sought intervention by the Chancellor of Universities and the education ministry to save the non-government university.
 arrow Twins with joint belly

 arrow Woman fights tiger, survives
In an incredible incident, a fisher woman on Sunday fought a half an hour battle with a man-eater Royal Bengal Tiger and survived the attack in the deep forest of the Sundarbans.
 arrow Bus strike in Gaibandha
An indefinite bus strike began in the district yesterday at the call of Gaibandha Motor-Truck Sramik Union.
 arrow 279 women commit suicide last year
A total of 279 women committed suicide in the country in last one year.

This was revealed in a survey by Naripakkha, a women's NGO.

 arrow Highway blocked as police beat shopkeeper
Shopkeepers, joined by Chhatro Dal and Jubo Dal activists blocked the Lamonirhat-Burimai high way for about two hours on Tuesday protesting alleged police beating of two traders at the Misson square in
Culturearrow Parisian print-maker in quest of purity
The Daily Star: You must have studied eastern art, and in particularly art living in the heart of a cultural seat like France; you must have been exposed to many exhibitions; and must surely have
 arrow Does good literature make good films?
The endless debate on good films on good literature was once again in focus at the 34th edition of the International Film Festival of India here recently.
 arrow Andrew Kishore and Prince Mahmud work together
Prince Mahmud is composing for Andrew Kishore's solo album for the coming Eid.Recording company Sangeeta, will release the album.
Generalarrow Inadequate relief, diarrhoea cripple people in N-region
The lives of the people in the northern region where a famine-like situation has been prevailing are under threat, Bangladesh Khetmajur Samity leaders said yesterday after a visit to the region.
 arrow 9 policemen sued in Chittagong
A case was filed in connection with the reported custodial death of sawmill guard Md. Kanchon, 35, here yesterday.
 arrow No step taken yet to send ailing Nirmal Sen abroad
No step has yet been taken to send ailing Nirmal Sen, a veteran politician and journalist, overseas for treatment although two medical boards recommended better treatment for him abroad.
 arrow SACEP meet begins in Colombo
A two-day meeting of the Focal Points of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) began in Colombo yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sri Lanka crisis sparks concern in US, Asia
A gloves-off political fight between Sri Lanka's president and prime minister that threatens a fragile peace process with Tamil rebels sparked concern in Washington and neighboring Asian countries.
 arrow Quit Iraq to end violence, Syria tells US
A Syrian official called in remarks published yesterday for the United States to withdraw from Iraq, saying the problem of terror attacks had arisen only since US-led forces occupied the country.
 arrow UN envoy hopes to meet Suu Kyi
UN rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro yesterday visited Yangon's notorious Insein jail to meet political prisoners, and said he expected to be allowed to see democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow Musharraf leaves China without any nuke plant deal
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf bagged a half-billion dollar loan from China and commitments to boost trade, but flew out yesterday without an expected nuclear power plant cooperation deal in hand.
 arrow Israel to float first UN resolution
Israel is to introduce a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly for the first time ever.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Crisis deepens in Sri Lanka
The mercury of Sri Lankan politics rises and dips without much pre-warning, as is the case with nations plagued by sectarian and centrifugal tensions.
 arrow Editorial: Retail prices still up
As we enter the 10th day of Ramadan, wholesale vegetable prices have come down but the retail price of essential vegetables remains beyond the reach of many consumers.
 arrow Inferno in BSCIC enclave: One death is too many
Breaking the restraining tradition of the month, guns rattled to silence voices of aggrieved garment industry workers inside Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) enclave in Fatullah.
 arrow Scourge of sectarianism
Assassination of Maulana Azam Tariq of Sipah-e-Sahaba and subsequent demos underscore the strength and extent of sectarianism.
Letters to Editorarrow Party differs, not policy
In my opinion, the present state of politics (politicians claim that they are all for democracy) in Bangladesh will only lead us to nothing but destruction and the time is not very far.
 arrow Wrong national priorities?
One can readily agree with Mr.
 arrow Looking forward for follow ups
It is with alarm that I read your story on the threats made by the fundamentalists in Kushtia against Qadiani Muslims.
 arrow Schools in Ramadan
Ramadan is the holy month for the Muslims all over the world and it has lots of other significance too. In this month the Muslims usually live a regular and pious life than that of others.
 arrow Iraq in pandemonium
Saddam regime is over in Iraq. But what is the destiny of the Iraqi people? They are not supplied with enough water, electricity and other everyday necessities. Rudimentary infrastructure has been battered.
 arrow BBC
The other day I had the opportunity of listening to the interview of the BBC Bengali transmission news presenter with the union leader of Bangladesh Bank, CBA General Secretary Mr Joynal Abedin.
Focusarrow Reform is a must for UN now for its future
On last 24 October, the United Nations celebrated its 58th anniversary. It was on that date the UN was founded in 1945. The UN was born out of the ashes of the Second World War.
 arrow Withdrawal syndrome in Iraq
Each Sunday the BBC has an interesting programme entitled 'Foreign Correspondents'.
 arrow Bush, the Baath Party and Iraq
The Arab Baath Socialist Party was first established in Damascus in the 1940s and was one of the raggle-taggle political forces opposed to the "liberal" regimes established by the British and French colonial
 arrow 'Sand link'--a counter to the 'River inter-linking' project
Bangladesh is a riverine country. During the rainy season, the low-lying land is inundated with floods due to the torrential rain.
 arrow Poverty reduction through access to khas land: An NGO approach
Half of the total population of the country is deprived from income, resource, education and social security.