Vol. 4 Num 168 Tue. November 11, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Internet telephony finally legalised
The government has finally legalised internet telephony, technically termed the voice over internet protocol (VoIP).
 arrow Eid shoppers reel under high-priced clothes
Eid shoppers are forced to fork out extra bucks on clothes this year as yarn price shoots up on the international market that pushes up the fabric production cost at home significantly.
 arrow IGP faces contempt charge, asked to appear in HC
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque to appear in court on Saturday to explain why proceedings on contempt of court should not be drawn against him.
 arrow US warns of more al-Qaeda attacks
Saudi Arabia yesterday vowed not to rest until the capture of suspected al-Qaeda militants who blew up a housing compound killing at least 17 people and wounding about 120 more, as the US warned of more
 arrow Home ministry cell orders swift probe into 7 sensational murder cases
The home ministry monitoring cell yesterday ordered a quick disposal of seven sensational murder cases after proper investigation.
 arrow Dengue back in Ctg to claim one life
The dreaded dengue is back in the port city, already claiming one life and attacking many more, after a major outbreak about two years ago.
 arrow Saarc information ministers meet in Delhi today
A guideline on satellite television programmes, free movement of media persons and a regional media fund feature high on agenda of the third Saarc information ministers' conference to be held in New Delhi
 arrow England clinch ODI series
The nightmares of Chittagong haunted Bangladesh again in Dhaka as they crashed to an identical seven-wicket defeat against England yesterday in the second of the three-match one-day series.
 arrow ADB to lend $530m next fiscal year
The Asian Development Bank will lend $530 million to Bangladesh as development assistance, mainly for infrastructures and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in the fiscal 2004-05.
 arrow Fiji villagers plan to apologise for past cannibalism
A leading Methodist cleric has criticised plans for a village to apologise for killing and eating a missionary 137 years ago, the Fiji Times reported Wednesday.
 arrow 3-man JS body trims down to 1, blames press for price hike
A parliamentary body formed to find the reasons for price hike of essentials has blamed it on 'negative press reports' even though two of the three-member committee have expressed their inability to work.
 arrow Iran suspends uranium enrichment
A top Iranian official said yesterday that his country had suspended its enrichment of uranium and sent a letter to the UN nuclear watchdog accepting additional inspections of its nuclear facilities.
 arrow Comedian Hashmat no more
Film director and actor Hashmat died at BIRDEM hospital in the city yesterday. He was 72.

He was suffering from diabetes and kidney ailments.

 arrow First clashes between US army, Kurd rebels in Iraq
US troops and local Kurdish fighters have clashed with Turkish Kurd rebels hiding in northern Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday.
 arrow Relief graft to be dealt with severely: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday warned that tougher action would be taken if anyone was found involved in corruption or irregularities in the distribution and allocation of relief materials in the
 arrow Students again besiege JU VC, proctor
Hundreds of students besieged the vice-chancellor and proctor in front of the administrative building at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for an hour yesterday, the third day of demonstration for resumption
 arrow Charges pressed against seven ex-cops for mugging
Charges were pressed against seven former policemen of Khilgaon Police Station and an ansar after it was proved that they mugged two businessmen at Meradia, Goran on October 31.
 arrow Illegal structures

 arrow BRTC plans special bus service to meet Eid rush
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will operate 334 special buses on 108 inter-district routes from Dhaka and various districts from today till December 11 on the occasion of the Eid.
 arrow Khulna customs seeks NBR nod to file case against HRC
Khulna customs has sought permission from National Board of Revenue (NBR) to lodge an FIR (First Information Report) under the Arms Act against HRC Shipping Lines in connection with the recent seizure
 arrow Hearing on quashment petition of Hasina Dec 6
The High Court yesterday fixed December 6 for hearing the quashment petition of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Top criminal captured in Chittagong
A notorious criminal, who is also an accused in the sensational Liakat Ali Arman murder case was arrested in Mohammadpur area of Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Mild tremor jolts Ctg
A mild earthquake jolted the port city and its adjoining areas last night.

The tremor measured 4.

 arrow Outlaws kill 2 in Kushtia
Two persons were shot dead by the cadres of an outlawed party at village Ballavpur in Sadar upazila of the district on Sunday night.
 arrow Partex factory gutted
A raging fire gutted most of the machinery, raw materials and products of a Partex factory at Jurain in Shyampur yesterday.
 arrow 3 abducted in Rangamati
Armed miscreants abducted three tribals from Longadu upazila of the district Sunday morning.
Businessarrow Govt to ensure display of price charts at markets
The government will make it sure that price charts are displayed at retail markets in Dhaka, a commerce ministry review meeting on essential prices was told yesterday.
 arrow FBCCI team embarks on business expedition
A delegation of the apex trade body left Dhaka yesterday for three Southeast Asian nations to explore market potential.
 arrow Local fruit drink company finds market in India
A Bangladeshi fruit drink company has found its export market in India within a year of launching its products.
 arrow Vietnamese keen to invest in pharma sector
Vietnamese entrepreneurs are interested to set up industries in Bangladesh's pharmaceutical sector under joint venture, now that the two countries are exploring new avenues of economic co-operation.
 arrow Imports up 13.19pc in Sept
Import LCs worth Tk 57.1 billion (USD 977.22 million) were opened in September this year, reflecting a rise by 13.19 per cent over August.
 arrow Machine-parts factory to be set up in Ctg EPZ
Bangladesh and Japan will invest 479,000 US dollars in a machine-parts factory to be set up in the Chittagong Export Processing Zone.
 arrow BB governor leaves for Nepal
Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday left for Kathmandu on a five-day official visit to Nepal.
 arrow Chinese co to invest $5.12m in Dhaka EPZ
A Chinese company is going to invest $ 5.12 million to set up a textile mill in Dhaka Export Processing Zone at Savar.
 arrow Dhaka Bank, DHL sign agreement
Dhaka Bank Limited has signed an agreement with DHL Bangladesh for exclusive use of air express service, says a press release.
 arrow G10 hopes global recovery this year: ECB chief
The European Central Bank's president Jean-Claude Trichet said Monday that the G10 group of industrialised nations expects a global economic recovery this year which would accelerate into 2005.
 arrow WTO poised for ruling on US steel
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) said it would issue a keenly awaited final verdict later on Monday in a row between the United States and several leading trade partners over steel import duties.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Same old story
After another obnoxious ba-tting display, Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore conceded that there could be a communication problem between him and his charges.
 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
It is difficult to understand what goes through the crowd's mind. Why is that? Well, when the team does well it is one story and quite another thing when the team goes through a rough patch.
 arrow Football: Nakib bails MSC out
An 82nd minute goal by aging warrior Imtiaz Ahmed Nakib gave defending champions Moha-mmedan Sporting Club a less than impressive 1-0 victory over Dhaka Wanderers Club in the Tibet Federa-tion Cup Football
 arrow Cricket: Mani in city
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani arrived in the capital yesterday morning on a five-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Biman fly into last four
Defending champions Bangladesh Biman moved into the semifinals of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Bogra at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB Dev side score 200
A 73-run knock by Farhad Hossain enabled BCB Development Under-17 side reach a moderate 200 before being all out in their first innings against Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) side on the openingday
 arrow Chess: Selection chess
Fifteen players jointly led the table with maximum three points each after the end of the third round games in the Metropolis Selection Chess tournament at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Football: RU football
Political Science and History moved into the final of the Rajshahi University (RU) inter-department football tournament beating their respective rivals at the varsity ground on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB props up preps
Pakistani cricket authorities have accelerated preparations for a deadlock-breaking home series against rival India early next year, an official said Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Saurav finds schedule fine
India's cricket captain Saurav Ganguly on Monday defended the scheduling of the ongoing TVS Cup limited-overs series, saying day-night matches had their own disadvantages.
 arrow Cricket: 'We need to go back to drawing board'
West Indies match-saver Ridley Jacobs said the team would have to go back to square one after escaping with an unlikely draw in the first Test against Zimbabwe on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters, Mauresmo face-off
France's Amelie Mauresmo defeated world No. 1-elect Justine Henin-Hardenne here Sunday to earn a shot at defending champion Kim Clijsters in the final of the elite season-ending WTA Tour Championships.
 arrow Football: Champagne Chelsea
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri dismissed talk of winning the Premiership despite seeing his side follow their thrashing of Lazio with a 5-0 demolition of Newcastle on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Real shame
Real Madrid's big money stars left behind the rain of the capital on Sunday for the balmy south seeking to go top of the Spanish Primera Liga, only to find the sky fall in on them as Seville whipped them
 arrow Football: Juve save the best for last
Reigning champions Juventus scored four goals in a stunning final 11 minutes to overcome a stubborn Udinese side 4-1 and open up a two-point lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Vintage Bayern
Bayern Munich underlined why they are the reigning German champions bouncing back from their recent slump to crush old foes Borussia Dortmund 4-1 at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday and stay in touch with
 arrow Football: World Cup thief no more
The man who masterminded the daring 1983 theft of the World Cup trophy has died in obscurity, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported here on Sunday.
Politicalarrow Alliance govt faces split over power share
In the backdrop of polarisation triggered by the Awami League (AL) in the opposition political camp, the ruling BNP-led four-party alliance is facing an apparent split as two of its allies have started
 arrow Bogra Jubo League leader murdered
A Jubo League leader was murdered in Majhira upazila Sunday night.
 arrow 5 more JCD men held for assault of army officer
Five more cadres of the JCD Sylhet unit have been arrested in connection with the assault of an army officer.
Metropolitanarrow 'Withdraw fee hike of DU admission form'
Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combined organisation of left-leaning students, yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of increased price of admission form in Dhaka University (DU).
 arrow Transport workers' leader murdered
A transport workers' leader was hammered to death at Lalkuthi in Mirpur on Sunday night.

The victim was identified as Sheikh Babul Hossain, 33, publicity secretary of Dhaka-Aricha Transport SramikUnion.

 arrow US envoy apprises FM of Saudi, Iraq situation
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office on Sunday and discussed matters of mutual of interests.
 arrow Nirmal Sen sent to Singapore for treatment
Ailing veteran journalist and politician Nirmal Sen was sent to Singapore for treatment last night.
 arrow 1307 more held
Police arrested 1,307 people, including two identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Tk 95 lakh scam goes unpunished!
Despite orders from the highest authorities in the department, no action has been taken against the persons responsible for the massive corruption and irregularities in Barisal T&T which deprived thegovernment
 arrow 72-hr transport strike in Sylhet division from Nov 14
A 72-hour transport strike will begin in Sylhet division on November 14 if the 20-point demand of transport owners is not met by the district authorities by November 13.
 arrow Pneumonia, bronchitis: 25 children die in Khulna
Pneumonia and bronchitis claimed lives of 25 children in Khulna in last two months.
 arrow Breaking the barrier of poverty
A few years ago China Begum, a housewife at Maidanpara village of Singdoi under Sadar thana used to lead a sub-human life due to abject poverty.
 arrow 2 JCD activists held
Police on Sunday arrested two activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in connection with Friday night's incident in the city involving some JCD activists and a young army officer.
 arrow Man with fake note arrested in Kushtia
One person was arrested for possessing a fake note of Tk 100 denomination from the town on Saturday.
 arrow CPJ demands release of photojournalist Selim Jahangir
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international body of journalists, has condemned the arrest of photojournalist Selim Jahangir of daily Janakantha and local Sonali Sangbed.
Culturearrow The queen of hearts
She has been reigning the drama lane from the late '70s. At present she is not appearing much on screen and the audience is feeling her vacuum tremendously.
 arrow Toukir and Shomi together in Flat 69
Viewers will see Toukir and Shomi together again in a comedy play this Eid. They couldn't work together for many reasons in the last four years. They will appear together in the drama Flat 69 Love Lane.
 arrow In quest of gilding the old lilies
(Continued from yesterday)

Giving the names and brief backgrounds of the students, Thierry-Ford said, "Ellen has a fine arts background and is a painter, Tito too has a Fine Arts background,

Generalarrow Case against Nowroj editor for filing false complaint
Kamrangirchar police Sunday submitted the final report of a case filed by Shamsul Haque Durrani, editor of the daily Nowroj, to the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
 arrow FM goes to Singapore, Philippines to strengthen ties
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left Dhaka last night on a four-day official visit to Singapore and the Philippines.

He has gone there at the invitation of the foreign ministers of those countries.

 arrow Re-investigation begins
Bagerhat CID has started re-investigation into the sensational Awami League leader Advocate Kalidas Boral murder case.

The reinvestigation began on Sunday by Inspector Shawkat Ali as investigationofficer.

 arrow Mass movement soon to oust govt: Jalil
The Awami League yesterday reiterated that a mass movement would lead to a change of power by April next year with the installation of a democratic government.
 arrow Photojournalist Selim Jahangir released on bail
A photojournalist of the Janakantha, a Bangla daily, was released from Rajshahi central Jail on bail yesterday.
Internationalarrow Lankan PM seeks snap polls to head off crisis
Sri Lanka's government yesterday said it was ready to face polls to head off a power struggle with the president as the political crisis led to peace talks with the Tamil Tigers being postponed indefinitely.
 arrow Israel-Hezbollah prisoner swap deal in jeopardy
A prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hezbollah was in jeopardy yesterday after the Shiite fundamentalist group insisted that all of its detainees must be set free.
 arrow Bush fails to make US safer: Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore accused President Bush on Sunday of failing to make the country safer after the Sept. 11 attacks and using the war against terrorism as a pretext to consolidate power.
 arrow Koizumi retains power, but loses ground
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's administration retained control of Japan's more powerful legislative chamber in national elections Sunday but lost ground to the largest opposition party, whose leaders
 arrow Assam to have 'people's army' to fight militancy
The Assam government said yesterday that it would raise a "people's army" by providing villagers with weapons to combat separatist insurgency in the region.
 arrow Amnesty calls for end to torture, detention of Muslims in Gujarat
Amnesty International has called for immediate action to end illegal detentions and torture, particularly of Muslims, in the riot-scarred western Indian state of Gujarat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia
No person can fail to be shocked and horrified by Sunday's Riyadh housing complex bomb blast that has left at least 17 dead and 120 injured.
 arrow Editorial: JCD infighting
Two factions of the JCD, the student front of the BNP, are reported to be engaged in a fight for supremacy on the Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Drives, drivers and diversification
An international workshop on "Agricultural Diversifi-cation and Vertical Integra-tion in South Asia" was held in New Delhi from November 5 to 6.
 arrow Will Sri Lanka plunge into bigger crisis?
It is a fast developing situation in Sri Lanka, the small but resourceful south Asian country, which has long been convulsed by a civil war.
Letters to Editorarrow Workers' agitation
It's a grave concern that at this critical juncture, the knitwear workers' agitation in Narayangonj has turned into an unprecedented violence.
 arrow When teachers go wrong!
It drives me crazy when I see people praising criminals.
 arrow Dictatorial democracy
Both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia had enough chances to develop Bangladesh.
 arrow The media and negative writing (!)
According to The Daily Star report (Monday, October 20) Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has condemned the so called media's negative reporting over her coalition government's success.
Focusarrow Public sector auditing: Importance and effectiveness
Public Sector enterprises in Bangladesh include nationalised banks and financial institutions, autonomous and semi-autonomous statutory bodies and all other enterprises with the government having 50 per
 arrow Tinted car glasses to go
Tinted glasses of cars are going to be removed by Sunday. This is the latest plan of the home ministry to curb crime in the city.
 arrow Discovering delights of intellectual exploration
At this age, with a sense of time flying supersonically by, one tends to focus on the essentials of life.
 arrow Hindus and Muslims
Brought to me the other day, by a Zoroastrian to whom it was given by a Christian in Switzerland, was a copy of an article entitled 'The Muslim Rule in India', written by a Muslim on the life and works
 arrow Ramadan promise
The "Ramadan Promise" is a simple device for simple-minded Muslims.