Vol. 4 Num 164 Fri. November 07, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 5 real estate firms grab 1,000 acres
Real estate builders have illegally grabbed about 1,000 acres of state land in Dhaka and its environs, a parliamentary body revealed yesterday and asked the government to act immediately.
 arrow Playing upon monga plight
Relief distributors and loan sharks are cashing in on the desperate plight of millions living close to starvation in eight northern districts reeling under near-famine, locally known as monga.
 arrow 2 AK-47s, 1,500 bullets seized
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered two AK-47 rifles, 1,500 bullets, a Chinese rifle and a walkie-talkie from the border area of Naikhangchhari in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow BB's major move to cut interest rate, up lending
In a first step towards an expansionary monetary policy, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday slashed the requirement of the commercial banks to maintain funds with the central bank through treasury instruments.
 arrow First one-dayer in Chittagong today
Country's cricket crazy fans will once again hope for a change of fortune when the Tigers launch their one-day campaign against England in the port city today.
 arrow Businessmen, locals besiege Kotwali Police Station to protest kidnap
Some 100 businessmen and local people laid a siege to Kotwali Police Station protesting the abduction of a jeweller of Hazari Goli in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow National revolution day today
The National Revolution and Solidarity Day will be observed across the country today, marking the civil-military upsurge to protect the country's independence and sovereignty.
 arrow SL cabinet demands reinstatement of sacked ministers
Sri Lanka's beleaguered government struggled yesterday to take back its key defence, police and information portfolios as a hostile president tightened her grip on power through a state of emergency.
 arrow US set to call up troops for Iraq
Washington is set to order thousands of troops to prepare for duty in Iraq next year, US officials said, as Britain's top envoy in Baghdad warned of difficult months ahead due to persistent guerrillaattacks.
 arrow Lawmakers for JS body meet in public
Lawmakers from across the political divide yesterday favoured holding of the meetings of parliamentary standing committees in public instead of in camera.
 arrow Govt to set up six markets to break brokers' control
The government will set up six wholesale essentials markets in Dhaka and its edges in a bid to check the influence of brokers in the marketing of vegetables and other perishables.
 arrow Petrobangla on track of corporatisation
The government has finally appointed three managing directors and as many directors on contract to gradually corporatise three vital affiliates of Petrobangla.
 arrow N'ganj workers promise return as agreement signed
Normalcy was drifting back to Narayanganj yesterday after three days of chaos that stemmed from the death of a garment worker in police fire, fuelling waves of violence and a half-day hartal in the district.
 arrow Bank managers to face action for not receiving torn notes
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked commercial banks to take action against their respective branch managers who are refusing to receive torn and soiled notes from the public.
 arrow Govt in a fix over next cabinet secretary
The government is in a fix over appointment of the cabinet secretary, the highest position in the civil administration, after the incumbent goes on a leave preparatory to retirement (LPR) on November23.
 arrow Saifur hits out at Huda over fund remark
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over certain remarks of the communications minister in the Jatiya Sangsad recently on construction of roads and termed
 arrow 6 more dengue patients hospitalised
Six more patients with dengue fever were admitted to four city hospitals yesterday, raising the total to 62.
 arrow Sand instead of fabrics in container
Fabrics of an importer said to be worth about Tk 11 lakh went missing at the Chittagong Sea Port Wednesday.
 arrow Dying out

 arrow New Zealand beat India
New Zealand defeated India by four wickets in a day-night match of the triangular TVS Cup one-day cricket series at the Barabati Stadium here on Thursday.
 arrow Occupying the sidewalks

 arrow Retail prices of vegetables keep soaring
The retail prices of some vegetables yesterday soared further while those of others remained stable at their previous highs to cancel out wholesale prices fall.
 arrow Cops foil bid to lay siege to IGP's office
Police foiled a bid of Khilgaon locals to lay siege to the office of the inspector general of police (IGP) yesterday demanding arrest and trial of Khilgaon policemen involved in beating a young man, Shakil
 arrow 'Powerful men played role to let smuggler off cop office'
Influential 'villains behind the scene' played the main role in bringing notorious smuggler Shamsu to Khulna Police Station Sunday night and letting him off next morning, the officer-in-charge (OC) of
 arrow Gunfight over naming of a bazar leaves 70 injured
At least 70 people, including three policemen, were injured in a gunfight between two rival groups of villagers in Daulatpur upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Youth beaten to death for siding with rickshawpuller
A group of youths beat a man to death just because he tried to save a rickshawpuller from their assault.

The victim is Shawkat Ali, 48.

Businessarrow Q1 exports clock 9.94pc growth
Exports fetched $1,899 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal posting a 9.94 per cent growth over the same period of last year.
 arrow FBCCI suspects local, foreign influences
The country's apex business body, FBCCI, suspected foreign influence or involvement of vested quarters at home in the unwanted incidents in Narayanganj which will have adverse impact on investment and
 arrow BJMC fails to run jute mills: State minister
Mismanagement and corruption are the main factors behind the current depressed state of Bangladesh's jute sector, State Minister for Jute Lutfar Rahman Khan said yesterday.
 arrow Farmers need credit for floriculture growth
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday said that floriculture development in Bangladesh could be a income generating means for the small rural farmers if they are provided with proper technical knowledge
 arrow Sony Ericsson cuts T-200 cell phone set price
Sony Ericsson Bangladesh has slashed the price of its T-200 mobile phone set under the 'Eid Collection' package offered by GrameenPhone, the largest mobile phone service provider in Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka Bank offers interest free credit card in Ramadan
Dhaka Bank Limited has offered zero per cent interest on its credit card in the month of Ramadan.
 arrow Emirates signs lease financing deal for two new Airbuses
Emirates has signed a lease financing agreement valued at 195 million euros (US $226 million) for two new Airbus A340-500s, the world's longest-range aircraft.
 arrow EU tariff retTaliation frustrates US
US President George W. Bush's administration said Wednesday it was disappointed by European plans to retaliate unless it scraps an illegal export tax break for companies.
 arrow US recovery broadens on brisk services growth
The robust US economic rebound appears to be broadening, with reports Wednesday showing the services sector expanding briskly in October and adding jobs, while business spent more on factory goods inSeptember.
 arrow WTO sees weak trade growth in 2003
World trade is expected to grow a weak three per cent this year unchanged from 2002, the World Trade Organisation said Wednesday, prompting WTO chief Supachai Panitchpakdi to call for an urgent relaunch
Sportsarrow Cricket: Batting Tigers' concern
Even though they are set to take the field without their two main bowlers Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza and Moha-mmad Rafique, the Bangladesh team management is more concerned about a brittle batting line-upahead
 arrow Cricket: Showtime for local boy
Nafees Iqbal was a late arrival here yesterday. But the local boy showed little signs of jetlag after making a troublesome journey from Lahore.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Officials of Chatta-gram Jela Krira Sangstha (CJKS) are expecting nothing less than a full house crowd for the first of one-day international against England at the MA Aziz Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Arambagh, Wanderers through to 2nd round
Arambagh Krira Sangha and Dhaka Wanderers Club moved into the second round of the Tibet 19th Federation Cup Football Tourna-ment after winning their respective Group A semifinals through tiebreakers at
 arrow Cricket: WI lose Lara cheaply
West Indies captain Brian Lara surprisingly fell cheaply on the third day of the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club here and the tourists, previously brimming with confidence, suddenly
 arrow Cricket: Golf green for Harare Test!
A freak accident has delayed the start of the third day of play in the first of two cricket Test matches here between Zimbabwe and the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: India U-19s Asian kings
India were crowned Asian Under-19 champions Thursday after overwhelming Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the final at the eastern city of Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: N'phamari stun Chittagong
Title aspirants Chittagong suffered a big blow in the Emirates 27th Natio-nal Cricket Championship when unheralded Nilphamari handed them a shocking 24-run defeat in their opening second round match at
 arrow Cricket: Kaif holds up India
Mohammad Kaif hit 64 to help India reach a competitive 246-9 against New Zealand in a TVS Cup triangular one-day series match here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB parts with old 'keepers?
Pakistani selectors Thursday left out experienced wicketkeepers Rashid Latif and Moin Khan from a list of 22 probables for the one-day series against New Zealand starting later this month.
 arrow Football: Bayern hit by 'own' man
Giovane Elber returned to haunt former club Bayern Munich on Wednesday with a second-half strike which gave group A rivals Lyon a precious 2-1 win at the Olympic stadium.
 arrow Football: Cole keeps Gunners afloat
Ashley Cole provided the fireworks on Bonfire Night at Highbury, the England fullback's late winner against Dynamo Kiev ensuring Arsenal's Champions League campaign flickered back to life just as it seemed
 arrow Football: Deportivo drown in goal glut
Champions League history was made here on Wednesday when a rampant Monaco savaged Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 to post the highest ever win in the history of the competition.
 arrow Football: Celtic up to the task
Celtic gave a massive boost to their chances of qualifying for the lucrative knockout phase of the Champions League after a gutsy 3-1 win over group A rivals Anderlecht on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Inter held
Inter Milan remain on course for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League despite being held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Group B rivals Lokomotiv Moscow here on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Acute water crisis in Paribagh
Residents of Paribagh area in the city have been facing acute water crisis for the last three months.
 arrow Pak Navy Fleet commander in city
Commander of the Pakistan Navy Fleet (COMPAK ) Rear Admiral M Afzal Tahir arrived here yesterday on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Nazrul's love for the common man
Kazi Nazrul Islam addressed the undying sense of self respect of the common man or the subaltern that persists, even as a hardly perceptible undercurrent, in the most trying of the circumstances.
 arrow Culling the cream of art works
The new art gallery that has opened at Banani recently had surely got a slick Dick behind the art outlet.
Generalarrow Shun quarrels, conflicts and meanness
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need for united efforts to build up this world as a safe place for the billions of people, calling upon all to shun quarrels, conflicts and meanness.
 arrow Third space festival begins Dec 17
The Third Bangladesh Space Festival titled 'Spacefest' will begin in the city on December 17.
 arrow Addl 2,500 mw power to be produced by 2007
Two thousand five hundred megawatts additional power will be generated in public and private sectors by the year 2007.
 arrow Daulatpur Agri College students ransack principal's office
Students of Daulatpur Agriculture College yesterday resorted to violence when the authorities refused to fulfil their eight-point demand including the shifting of examination date.
 arrow 'Set up water resource management authority'
The diploma engineers yesterday called for setting up a water resource management authority to save the rivers.
 arrow JU students stage sit-in
General students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday staged a sit-in in front of the administrative building, on the first day of their programmes demanding congenial atmosphere on the campus.
 arrow Ailing Nirmal Sen likely to be sent abroad tomorrow
Preparations have been taken to send ailing Nirmal Sen, a veteran journalist and politician, abroad for treatment tomorrow.
 arrow Changes in Armed Forces Day programmes
Like previous years, Armed Forces Day will be observed this year on November 21 in a befitting manner.
 arrow Gambian envoy presents credentials
The newly appointed ambassador of Gambia to Bangladesh, Moses Musonda yesterday presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban here.
 arrow ILO to launch child labour elimination project
The government and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have signed an agreement to launch the preparatory phase of a time-bound programme (TBP) for elimination of worst forms of child labour,says
Editorialarrow Editorial: Predicting government's downfall!
The main opposition AL seems to have broached a new 'Road Map' to bring about the government's downfall by next April. AL's General Secretary Abdul Jalil said so in a press conference on November 4.
 arrow Editorial: Depleting migratory birds
There are many oddities in and around the busy traffic intersections of Dhaka that we have taken in stride, but not perhaps the crude hawking of migratory birds with the startling 'Ei Shikar' calls.
 arrow Economic models: A critique
America's economy today is outpacing all its rivals.
 arrow Indian elite in Mammon's grip
As we recover from another Diwali -- and another high-decibel assault on our senses -- it's time to reflect on India's growing, aggressive consumerist culture.
 arrow Opposition faces an uphill task to dislodge Koizumi
Although the final results of Japan's 43rd lower house election on November 9 would not be officially declared until early Monday, a clear trend of the eventual outcome is supposed to become visible by
Letters to Editorarrow Anthem glitch and CPA conference
The failure to play the national anthem at the inaugural conference of the CPA was a national shame.
 arrow Partisan politics cripples monument construction
The Star City issue of October l3 gave us three pieces that shed light on the depravity of the Suhrawardy Udayan and its pigeonholed project for the construction of an Independence Monument.
 arrow Mahathir is simply great
Mahathir is an exception. He is also an exemplary leader. Exception, because he is not the kind of leader living on rhetoric alone, his true popularity lies in the works he did for his country, Malaysia.
 arrow In memory of Captain Basher
It's a great news for all (DS, 18th October, 2003) that a memorial will be built to express reverence to an outstanding liberation war hero, Shaheed Captain Bashar.
 arrow Oversized cabinet undercuts PM's efforts
Time and again I asked myself whether Khaleda Zia has the ability to run the administration smoothly and efficiently while so many around her are busy in making fortunes for themselves.
 arrow Military gets raw deal from RAJUK
RAJUK must be a welfare oriented and farsighted organisation to be able to serve for the betterment of the people of the country.
 arrow We and 18th century novelty
One of the basic characteristics of the 18th century English writings is satire.
 arrow Are we an economic outcast?
Albeit Bangladesh is practising a parliamentary democracy without the opposition's participation. May be that's why FDI is dwindling day by day.
 arrow We shall overcome
These days I hear the song, "We shall overcome" being used in a commercial on TV.
 arrow Higher Education, Privatising Knowledge and needs of better scope for researches
Sincere thanks and gratitude for the letter of Md. Anwarul Kabir, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science of AIUB, published in the Daily Star (www.thedailystar.net) on October 23,2003.
 arrow WASA and RAJUK: Put your acts together
This refers to the WASA's notice (DS Oct. 24,2003) which warns of the penalties for using extra motor for drawing water from WASA line.
Focusarrow Safeguarding national interest
Among the international institutions, The World Bank and IMF (virtually a redundant organisation with no specific job it was created for, after major currencies went floating against gold in 1972) want
 arrow Opposition finds a lot to pounce on
It has been a turbulent week. People demonstrated against custodial deaths; law enforcers themselves faced charges of mugging; and the much lamented price-hike continued to bother buyers in general.
 arrow Singapore: On the remake
It feels a bit strange to think that even a very successful economic model like Singapore Inc. has run out of steam.
 arrow Stumbling on buried treasure
Book Review

Bangladesh Past and Present
by Salauddin Ahmed
A.P.H. Publishing Corporation
New Delhi in association with Paragon Publishers, Dhaka
367 pages.

Environmentarrow Global warming: The trend intensifies
A decade ago the idea that the planet was warming up as a result of human activity was largely theoretical.
Worldarrow Education still a luxury for girls in South Asia
Education is still a luxury for girls in the male-dominated South Asian region where there are only 84 girls for every 100 boys in primary school, according to a UN report released yesterday.
 arrow Lankan turmoil likely to end in snap polls
Sri Lanka's political crisis is likely to push the war-torn country into snap elections early next year, but it may not fully fix the faultiness in a controversial constitution, politicians and diplomats
 arrow UN envoy meets Suu Kyi
United Nations rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro met yesterday Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is under house arrest after being taken into custody in May, witnesses said.
 arrow Kashmir govt urges Delhi not to withdraw BSF
Eleven people were killed in Indian Kashmir while the state government appealed to New Delhi not to withdraw troops fighting the insurgency, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Musharraf denies aiding N Korean nuclear drive
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf met with South Korean leader Roh Moo-Hyun here yesterday after denouncing as a smear campaign charges that Islamabad helped North Korea's nuclear weapons drive.
 arrow Sharon paves way for prisoner swap deal with Hezbollah
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was paving the way yesterday for a Hezbollah prisoner swap deal likely to see hundreds of Palestinians freed as fresh talks took place to tackle a dispute delayingthe
 arrow Bush bans late-term abortion procedure
US President George W. Bush signed a law on Wednesday banning a late-term abortion procedure, the first government restriction on abortion rights in the United States in three decades.
 arrow 'Saddam fled Baghdad villa in Apr minutes before US attack'
Saddam Hussein fled from a villa in Baghdad's Al-Mansur neighborhood where he was set to meet four close aides on April 7, only 15 minutes before it was bombed by US forces, according to a former Iraqi
 arrow 58 nations failed to report on steps to fight terrorism: UN
A United Nations Security Council committee has named 58 countries that failed to meet an October 31 deadline to submit reports on measures they are taking to stop supporting, financing and providingsanctuary