Vol. 4 Num 167 Mon. November 10, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Saudi suicide blast kills 11
Saudi officials blamed al-Qaeda terrorists Sunday for a suicide car bombing that devastated a Riyadh housing complex, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 120.
 arrow 21 hurt in JCD, Shibir clash at Khulna college
A fierce armed clash between activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on Khulna MM City College campus left at least 16 ICS and five JCD activists injured yesterday
 arrow Outlaws gun down Rajshahi BNP leader
Underground operatives gunned down a district leader of the ruling BNP in an attack that also left two of his relatives injured at Ghospara in Rajshahi city yesterday evening, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Opposition beefs up oust-govt campaign
This winter is warming up with the renewed permutation and combination among the political parties wanting to see an early exit of the government.
 arrow 8 die in road accidents
Road accidents left eight people dead and 56 injured in Sylhet, Narayanganj and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Tinted glass in cars to be removed by Sunday
Muggers, robbers and top criminals are roaming the city in cars with tinted glass in presence of mobile police courts and strike forces deployed to cut crime during Ramadan.
 arrow DU JCD fights for tolls, seats
Two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) factions clashed recently to establish supremacy at the residential halls and on the Dhaka University (DU) campus, collect tolls from hall canteens and shops and deal
 arrow Dhaka worried over unrest worldwide
Bangladesh yesterday expressed deep concern over waves of violence in Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Iraq and recent political uncertainty in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Another HC bench may hear case today
Chief Justice KM Hasan yesterday sent the petition of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the frigate purchase graft case to another bench after a judge of a Division Bench of the High Court on Saturday
 arrow 2nd ODI today
The second one-day international between Bangladesh and England will be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow US soldier killed in Baghdad
A US soldier died and another was wounded in a bomb attack in Baghdad late Saturday, a military spokeswoman told AFP.
 arrow Noor Hossain Day today
Shaheed Noor Hossain Day will be observed across the country today.
 arrow Syed Haq sues Taslima for defamation
Poet Syed Shamsul Haq yesterday filed a suit against feminist writer Taslima Nasreen and six others, claiming Tk 10 crore in compensation for what he said was defamatory remarks against him in her recent
 arrow Bombed complex near Saudi royal homes
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef and some other Saudi royals have private homes near the housing compound ripped apart by suspected al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Riyadh yesterday, a Western diplomat
 arrow Fake manpower agencies escape as ministry runs short of logistics
The expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry cannot take stern actions against fake agencies due to manpower and logistics shortage.
 arrow The Daily Star, Prothom Alo staff get cars, motorcycles
The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo yesterday provided 31 cars and 90 motorcycles to their journalists and senior executives in recognition of their work and to encourage them to improve their performance
 arrow India tests supersonic cruise anti-ship missile
India yesterday successfully tested a supersonic cruise anti-ship missile, it is jointly developing with Russia, from a launch site in the eastern state of Orissa, defence officials said.
 arrow 50pc of US voters want Bush out
Fifty percent of registered US voters do not want President George W. Bush re-elected to a second term, and 44 percent do, according to a Newsweek poll out Saturday.
 arrow Fruit shops

 arrow Lankan PM offers to bow out of peace effort
Sri Lanka's beleaguered prime minister told foreign backers he was ready to bow out of the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels and transfer responsibility to his arch-rival, President Chandrika Kumara-tunga,
 arrow Police plan action on innovative robbers
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will launch a crackdown from November 15 against the gang involved in robbery-motivated sedation.
 arrow Robbers loot cash from pilgrims
Armed robbers attacked a group of Hindu pilgrims and allegedly looted cash and valuables near Chandranath Temple in Sitakunda yesterday.
 arrow Stay on PSC result to recruit sub-registrars vacated
The Appellate Division yesterday vacated a High Court order that stayed for three months the results of the Public Service Commission's (PSC) September 26 test to recruit sub-registrars.
 arrow Human chain formed to protest repression on female cultural activists
Hundreds of teachers, students and cultural activists of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday formed a human chain on the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway protesting harassment of female cultural activists on the
 arrow Dengue claims one in Ctg
A young housewife died of dengue fever at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday morning.
 arrow 6 muggers hurt in mob beating
Six muggers were injured in separate mob beatings at Sutrapur and Demra yesterday.
Businessarrow Cabinet body suggests lending rate cut for all exporters
The cabinet committee on export yesterday recommended lowering interest rates to 7-8 per cent for all export sectors with a view to providing the exporters with a competitive edge in the global market.
 arrow Achieve export targets or face recall
As 26 missions abroad could not achieve their respective export targets during July-September period of the current fiscal year, the officials concerned may be recalled if they fail to improve their performances
 arrow 'Harassment' by taxmen hurts re-rolling industry
'Harassment' by tax officials, hike in VAT, gas and electricity bills are making re-rolling and steel mills non-competitive and leading many of them to closure, owners said yesterday.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate was steady in interbank 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 Dollar strong against taka
The US dollar remained strong against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday due to Eid shopping, now picking up day by day through out the country.
 arrow Central bankers' meet begins in Bangkok
Central bankers from around the world are meeting on Sunday and Monday in Bangkok, where they are expected to discuss perhaps the best set of global economic conditions since before the technology bubble
 arrow Global ship-breaking in 'ghost fleet' controversy
Every year hundreds of ships, many rusting and contaminated with toxic materials, criss-cross the world's oceans to be broken up, but few attract so much interest as the "ghost ships" heading for Britain.
 arrow Europe eyes way out of trade deadlock on hot-button issues
The European Commission is offering to separate out negotiations on four hotly-contested topics to break a deadlock in global trade talks -- but only if others also show similar flexibility.
 arrow China urged to relax rules of hiring foreign manpower
China's stringent requirements over companies' hiring of foreigners are being criticized by some human resources experts who urge the government to make it easier to tap badly-needed talent, state media
 arrow First pvt Afghan airline starts operation
Afghanistan's first private airline, KamAir, Saturday launched operations with a domestic flight linking Kabul with northern provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif and the main western city of Herat, official
Sportsarrow Cricket: Forget Chittagong
It remains to be seen whether Bangla-desh can overcome their batting deficiency for once when Khaled Mahmud's men play their second one-day international at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Nahid ton goes awry
Nasirul Alam Nahid scored a century, but his effort was not enough to stop Mymensingh from defeating his side Sylhet by 40 runs in the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship at the Dhanmondi Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Heartbreak for Zimbabwe
Ridley Jacobs and Fidel Edwards were the West Indies' unlikely heroes as they stood firm to deny Zimbabwe a famous win on the final day of the first Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ just can't beat 'em
An understrength Australia proved too strong for New Zealand in a 44-run victory in their TVS Cup one-day tri-series match on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: India to tour Pakistan in March-April
India will travel to Pakistan for their first Test tour for more than 14 years early next year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly to come back
Captain Saurav Ganguly has recovered from a thigh injury and will return to lead India in their next TVS Cup one-day tri-series game against Australia.
 arrow Football: All local MSC
The final round of the Tibet Federation Cup Football Tourna-ment begins at two different city venues today.
 arrow Cricket: BD U-19s beat ACC selection
The Bangladesh Under-19s won the first limited-overs match against the visiting Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 side by 30 runs at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow 'You're not grown up!'
Pakistan's cricket officials have called on coach Javed Miandad and head selector Aamir Sohail to show more maturity after a series of rows between the two men.
 arrow Tennis: Capriati, Mauresmo reach last four
Jennifer Capriati and Amelie Mauresmo claimed the last two semifinal berths at the 3 million-dollar WTA Tour Championships Saturday, Capriati with a three-set victory and Mauresmo without hitting a ball.
 arrow Football: Ljungberg makes the day
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed his side were displaying the character of champions after watching them come from behind against Tottenham to keep their unbeaten league record intact.
 arrow Football: Deportivo bounce back
Espanyol's new coach Luis Fernandez made a losing return to former club Athletic Bilbao on Saturday as a 14th-minute goal from Andoni Iraola bagged the points in a 1-0 success for the Basque hosts.
 arrow Football: PSG climb
Paris Saint Germain closed the gap on the leaders with a 1-0 win at Nantes on Saturday on what proved to be a historic day for Le Mans who registered their first ever win in the French first division.
 arrow Football: Stuttgart march on
VfB Stuttgart's Bundesliga march shows no sign of coming to a halt after a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
 arrow Football: 'We want Robson'
Hundreds of angry Nigerian football fans marched on a government building here Friday to protest a decision to drop plans to sign former England skipper Bryan Robson as national team coach.
 arrow Football: Fired online!
English first division club Bradford set a new benchmark for cruelty in the sacking of a manager by dismissing Nicky Law via an announcement on the club's official website.
 arrow Football: Pires' worry
French star Robert Pires fears the two-week international break could derail Arsenal's title charge just as the Gunners appear to be hitting their stride.
Politicalarrow 25 hurt in BNP-AL clash in Kushtia village
At least 25 including two police were injured in a clash between the activists of the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League at Chandpur village in Kumarkhali upazila Monday evening.
 arrow JCD sacks Mohsin Hall unit president, two others over Friday's clash
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal's (JCD) DU unit has sacked its Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall unit President AKM Mezba Uddin and expelled hall unit assistant organising secretaries Arif Mohammad Farhad and Emdadul
 arrow JCD clash leaves 6 hurt at RU
Six leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured when rival factions clashed at Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday following expulsion of four JCD activists from a hall unit.
Metropolitanarrow Painting exhibition with a difference
A painting exhibition has got underway in the city with a difference. It is an exhibition of paintings by some underprivileged children who have no formal training in this field.
 arrow FM leaves for Singapore today
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka today on official visits to Singapore and the Philippines.

The Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meetings with his Singaporean and Filipino counterparts.

Nationalarrow RMO withdrawn as diarrhoea unrelenting in Saidpur
As diarrhoea killed one more person and attacked scores, Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of Saidpur 50 Bed Hospital Shashi Charan Chakrabarty was stand-released on Saturday for his "failure to controlthe
 arrow No clue yet to Neamoti Bandar looting
Barisal police have formed several teams to investigate the looting of Neamoti Bandar in Bakerganj and attack on a police outpost there last week.

No looted goods could be recovered.

 arrow 'Godfather' of Hundi traders held in Barisal
Police on Friday night arrested an alleged godfather of Hundi traders from his jewllery shop in the city.
 arrow Ershad demands 30 kg rice per VGF card
Former president and Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad has demanded adequate food relief for the monga-affected people of Rangpur and their distribution through army.
 arrow BDR-'smugglers' clash leaves 50 injured
At least 50 people including women were injured in a clash between BDR and 'smugglers' at Bairagirchar village in Daulatpur upazila on Saturday morning.
 arrow House-building materials for shelterless
Over 150 shelterless families of the Teesta-erosion affected Sadar, Aditmari and Kaligonj upazilas received house-building materials on Saturday.
 arrow Woman gang leader of heroin traders held in Sylhet
A notorious gang leader of heroin traders --Jothsna Begum, 45,-- was caught by police with 400 grams of heroin Friday night from her paternal house at Bhatpara near the city.
 arrow 15 hurt in Gaibandha clash
Fifteen people were injured, seven of them critically, in a clash over cutting Kash straw in a shoal of Brahmaputra at Karibari under Gaibandha Sadar upazila on Saturday.
 arrow College girl abducted in Kushtia
A college girl was abducted from Boalia village in Daulatpur on Friday.
 arrow Police officials asked to protect farmers'crop in harvesting season
Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury ordered the police officials to protect standing paddy of farmers in shoal areas from loot by musclemen in the ongoing aman harvesting season.
 arrow Young man slaughtered in Jhalakati
One person was slaughtered at a village in Rajapur upazila in Jhalakathi district Friday night as went to realise loan money.
Culturearrow In quest of gilding the old lilies
Thierry Olivier-Ford, 32, who have recently run a workshop on art restoration along with Jorgen Solstad, asked about his educational background, said, "I took a BA in History of Arts and The Decorative
 arrow Projecting passion through performance
Yasmin Mushtari is one of the most known names in the arena of Nazrul Sangeet artistes in the country. Smiling and amicable, she projects her true passion while performing.
 arrow Ubra Bachan
Vision Theatre, a new group, staged their second production Ubra Bachan at the Mahila Samity Mancha recently. It is the 8th show of the play by Khurshid Alam.
Internationalarrow Israel warns Palestinians not to choose 'Arafat's way'
Israel warned yesterday that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will seek to undermine the new Palestinian cabinet and urged its ministers to choose the path of democratic reforms.
 arrow Children's toys litter Saudi bombed compound
Charred palm trees, twisted car metal and a carpet of shattered glass surrounded a deep crater in the heart of a once-peaceful Saudi housing compound yesterday after bombers blew an avenue of destruction
 arrow US military chief warns of rogue missile attacks
 arrow Iran to accept tougher nuke checks, halt uranium enrichment
Iran again pledged Saturday to give the UN nuclear watchdog crucial letters making official its acceptance of tougher nuclear inspections and a suspension of its controversial uranium enrichment programme.
 arrow Lankan president denies peace process at risk
President Chandrika Kumaratunga has denied that the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels is at risk due to her takeover of three key government portfolios, in an interview broadcast yesterday by theBBC.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Monga misfortune
An annual feature of an economic lean period has become a veritable misfortune in eight northern districts of the country -- thanks to preparedness failure and crisis management pitfalls.
 arrow Editorial: DMCH emergency at night
Emergency services at the DMCH are breaking down, especially after midnight.
 arrow The US' war on terror: Chasing an elusive enemy
In the messy aftermath of the fall of Baghdad even as the US forces were pushed on the defensive by an evergrowing resistance to their occupation the over-all mood was celebratory in Washington with a
 arrow The Taslima's way
Taslima Nasreen strikes again, this time with the honor roll of men who, she alleges, had physical relationship with her.
 arrow Confrontation in Sri Lanka
New Delhi has the knack of waking up after the event. It does not come as a surprise that it did not know what was happening in its own backyard, Colombo.
 arrow Containable frailties, path to salvation
In one of my humble contributions to the pages of The Daily Star, published this September, I concluded with the expectation that it was time that politics in Bangladesh sustained a positive change to
Letters to Editorarrow Beware of DV dupe
Many advertisements are appearing in Bangla dailies regarding US immigration visa lottery DV 2005.
 arrow Mahmud: A great captain
As Bangladesh team is losing matches one after another, many of us have failed to notice the achievements of the present captain of our national cricket team. For them I have listed his great recordsbelow.
 arrow Choosing best captain for the team
The great Sunil Gavaskar asked Athar Ali Khan, when he came to Dhaka with the ESPN STAR team, to comment on the TVS Cup Tri-Series(between Bangladesh, India and South Africa), "Why is Khaled Mahmud in
 arrow On adulterated food
This is regarding a news in DS (06-Nov) on adulterated food, toxic colours, carbide-ripened fruits, etc.
 arrow A princess betrayed by her butler
Is it for name, fame and money that Paul Burell, the royal butler, penned a controversial account of his time serving late Princess Diana in his book "The Royal Duty.
 arrow Proud to be a Malaysian
I, as a Malaysian, would like to express my feelings about my former prime minister to the foreign press. The Daily Star has covered the Mahathir debate with depth and understanding.
 arrow 'Failed state is' contrived, not real
I've read Mr. Kazi Anwarul Masud's article in your paper, titled "Impact of failed states on global peace and security" on Nov 2 with all the patience I could muster.
 arrow Create underground services to ease congestion

It is incomprehensible that such a big city like Dhaka (not in terms of size but in terms of population) does not have an extensive public transportation system.

 arrow Jamat rules us by proxy
A news item under the caption "BTV blacklisted BNP deputy" in the back page of The Daily Star on 8/11/03 reminded me of a similar incident when the BNP was in power from 1991-1996.
 arrow Temptation is evil
These days, human beings do not get their happiness only by satisfying their basic needs, they get it truly from chasing after various temptations and fulfilling their greed.
 arrow Mahathir and Hitler: Never the Twain shall meet
After going through the letter of Mr. Mahmood Elahi published in your issue of 29 October, criticising Dr.
 arrow Shapla bus fleeces commuters
There's no doubt that life is pretty difficult in Dhaka city. And when it comes to commuting in the city, the difficulties know no bound.
Point-Counterpoint arrow Post-Cancun priorities
Among Cancun's many lessons, one of particular relevance to Bangladesh was that feel-good strategy-making will not take us far in securing the benefits of global trade.
 arrow Dhaka is not a city
My fourteen-year-old nephew was livid when I wrote in a Daily Star article that Dhaka is not a city.
 arrow An indictment from within
The news that parliamentary standing committees have raised allegations of irregularity and corruption in the running of at least 20 of the 39 government ministries is a remarkable change from the typical
 arrow Putin doing his Russian roulette routine
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin became a household name in his native land, Russia, in 1999 when President Boris Yeltsin appointed him as the prime minister of the country. Mr.
Star Cityarrow Notoriety, thy name is Foreign Post Office
Parcels from abroad may never reach you because of a 'black hole' created by a set of dishonest employees at Dhaka Foreign Post Office.
 arrow Taraman living out a hard life
Doctors till yesterday could not identify the disease 52-year-old Taraman Bibi, Birpratik, has been suffering from for years.
 arrow Guide House to wear a new look
The Guide House at Bailey Road has finalised a plan to renovate its auditorium to provide better service for stage performers, organisers and drama lovers.
 arrow Hawkers claw their way back
Hawkers have staged a comeback and occupied footpaths at important city points especially around the busy shopping malls.
 arrow 'Duronto' stays crippled
'Duronto,' the sculpture at Bangladesh Shishu Academy premises symbolising the exuberance and innocence of a child, has not been repaired even four months after it was damaged.
 arrow DCC setting up libraries, mini cultural centres
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is implementing a plan to set up public libraries, one in each of its 90 city wards along with five or more mini Shilpakala (cultural) centres.