Volume 4 Number 169 Wed. November 12, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Unionism reigns supreme at NCBs
Ruling-alliance backed militant trade union activists have been hindering the performance of nationalised commercial banks (NCBs), stymying their revenue for a quarter century, bankers say.
 arrow No respite in JS standoff in sight
With a new session just four days away, the Jatiya Sangsad is heading for another stalemate as the opposition threatens to drag its current spell of House-abstention into a permanent boycott.
 arrow ISP shares peak as internet telephony gets legalised
Share prices of internet service providers (ISPs) jumped between 10 and 15 percent on the stock market yesterday following legalisation of internet telephony.

Share price of ISN Ltd rose by 14.

 arrow Eid spending spree on
The major shopping centres in the capital are now abuzz with Eid shoppers with only two weeks to the biggest Muslim religious festival.
 arrow Borrowers with more equity default less
Sonali Bank has concluded that borrowers who invest more from their own pocket tended not to default on payments.
 arrow Court orders more probe into mugging charges against Khilgaon cops
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered further investigation into the mugging charges against a team of Khilgaon police and their informant and an Ansar member.
 arrow 7 to die for killing Jubo Dal leader in Manikganj
A Dhaka court yesterday dealt out death sentence to seven and jailed one for life for killing a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader in Manikganj in July 1999.
 arrow Call charges to be slightly higher than illegal operators'
The legalisation of internet telephony may slightly increase overseas call rates compared to the charges offered by illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) providers, as the establishment cost will
 arrow Last ODI today
Bangladesh will be desperately looking to restore some pride when they take on England in the third and final one-day internationals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Hide and Seek

 arrow Move to ease traffic jam sees little result
A major government step to ease traffic jam on the city roads has apparently failed to reduce man-hours lost in traffic tailback.
 arrow Rise above political divide to promote economy
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee called upon South Asian countries to promote economic cooperation despite political differences at the third conference of Saarc information ministers that began
 arrow Al-Qaeda claims Saudi bombings
The al-Qaeda terror network has claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing that killed at least 17 people and injured dozens in the Saudi capital, an Arab weekly that has received purported al-Qaeda
 arrow Lankan president, PM agree to meet
Sri Lanka's prime minister has accepted an invitation to meet the president today, but neither appears ready for compromise in a power struggle that threatens efforts to restart peace talks with Tamil
 arrow 20 al-Qaeda suspects held in Iraq, US troops kill Sadr City mayor
The top US commander in Iraq said yesterday the military had detained about 20 people suspected of links to al-Qaeda.
 arrow Cop, two others hurt as criminals clash at Mirpur
A traffic sergeant, a housewife and a young boy suffered bullet wounds in crossfire during a gunfight between the extortionist groups of Kala Jahangir and the Taj Group at city's Mirpur-10 roundaboutyesterday.
 arrow Nepal to host Saarc regional media centre
Saarc information ministers at their third conference yesterday unanimously accepted Nepal's offer to host the grouping's regional media centre.
 arrow Pakistan invites Vajpayee to Saarc summit
Pakistan yesterday invited India's prime minister to a regional summit in Islamabad as the nuclear neighbours struggle to revive a stalled peace process.
 arrow 2 killed, 1 commits suicide in city
Two people including an alleged gang operative were killed and a woman garment factory worker committed suicide in Dhaka yesterday, police said.
 arrow DU students vandalise cab as it drags rickshaw-puller
Students of Dhaka University yesterday vandalised a taxicab after it knocked down a ricshaw-puller and dragged him for about one kilometre.
 arrow BoI chief's contract extended
The contract of Mahmudur Rahman as executive chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI) has been extended by another two years.
 arrow Eid queue

 arrow Outlaws kill 2 AL activists, police informer in two days
A police informer and two Awami League (AL) activists were murdered by suspected operatives of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in separate incidents in Khulna and Bagerhat districtsover
 arrow 26 House Democrats push for firing Rumsfeld
A group of more than two dozen House of Representatives Democrats on Monday said they had introduced a resolution urging President Bush to fire Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
 arrow Traders make quick bucks over LPG crisis
Production of the LPG has gone down to half due to the abrupt fall in supply of liquid natural gas from the Kailashtila Gas field for a few weeks.
 arrow Rejoinder
Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on expatriates welfare and overseas employment Nazir Hossain disagreed with the report The Daily Star ran in its November 8 edition headlined, "20 ministries
Businessarrow SEC seeks separate bench for stock market cases
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed some amendments to the Companies Act for expediting judicial action against dividend defaulters and introducing individual shareholders' representation
 arrow Dhaka urges S'pore to help bring WTO talks on track
Bangladesh urged Singapore's private sector to invest in the country's potential fields and also sought co-operation from the Singaporean government in bringing the stalled WTO negotiations on right track
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate was steady in thin inter-bank money market yesterday as the demand was lower from private sector, fund managers said.

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

 arrow Dollar steady against taka
The US dollar remained steady against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday due to higher remittance inflow from expatriate Bangladeshi people on the occasion of Eid, dealers said.
 arrow Emirates introduces new cabin lighting system
Dubai-based Emirates airline has introduced unique cabin lighting system on the Airbus A340-500.
 arrow One Bank, Placid Express sign agreement
One Bank Limited signed a service agreement with US-based money transmitter company Placid Express on Sunday in Dhaka.
 arrow Steel exporters hail WTO ruling against US
The main steel producing nations have warmly welcomed the World Trade Organisation's ruling against the US.
 arrow Saudi Arabia okays landmark gas deal with Shell-led group
Saudi Arabia gave its final approval Monday to a landmark deal with Royal/Dutch Shell, Total and state-run Saudi Aramco to find and pump gas in the kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency said.
 arrow EU banks on transport investment for growth
The European Commission unveiled Tuesday a list of 56 infrastructure projects, including high-speed train lines, designed to speed up growth in the EU.
 arrow 'Auto boom in SE Asia hinges on Afta implementation'
Southeast Asia is set to become the world's fifth largest automobile market by 2005 but success hinges on implementation of the delayed Asean Free Trade Area (Afta), an industry roundtable heard Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: One last try
When Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud trudged back to the dressing room as the last man after attending the training yesterday afternoon it gave someone the feeling that he was trying to disguise himself.
 arrow Cricket: Logo, trophy unveiled
The trophy and logo of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was launched yesterday at a colourful ceremony.

The world youth championship will be held in Bangladesh from February 15 to March 5 next year.

 arrow Football: Abahani sail, Muktis sweat
Abahani made an impressive start to their season with a 2-0 victory over Arambagh Krira Sangha in the Tibet Federation Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Chartered for cricket
Standard Chartered is one of the leading international banks operating in Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Srinath calls it quits
India's pace spearhead Javagal Srinath retired from cricket on Tuesday after failing to recover from a troublesome right knee.
 arrow Cricket: Chittagong abase AIUB
A terrible American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB) batting collapse saw Chittagong book their group semifinal berth in the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship by virtue of better
 arrow Cricket: Lara feels the pressure
West Indies captain Brian Lara admitted on Tuesday that his side were outplayed by Zimbabwe in the first Test and called on his players to raise their game.
 arrow Cricket: India enter crunch week
World champions Australia struggled to stifle a yawn on Tuesday as hosts India welcomed back captain Saurav Ganguly for the final stages of the TVS Cup tri-series.
 arrow Cricket: CAB in lead
Debaraj missed a ton by just one run as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-17s scored a moderate 239 runs in their first innings on the second day of the three-day match against BCB Development
 arrow Football: Blatter blasts FA
FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Monday criticised the English Football Association (FA) for failing to act quicker over Rio Ferdinand's failure to provide a sample for doping inspectors at the end of September.
 arrow Football: Parreira on the attack!
For a man who has 170 million people closely analysing and usually criticising his every decision, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is a remarkably cool customer.
 arrow Football: A Real mess
Real Madrid may have succeeded in their ambition to assemble one of the most exciting attacking line-ups in world football, but their lack of defensive cover was cruelly exposed in their 4-1 thrashing
 arrow Football: 'Silver goal' at play-offs
European football's ruling body UEFA on Monday said the 'silver goal' rule will apply to the Euro 2004 playoff matches scheduled for this weekend and next week (November 15-19).
 arrow Football: Fans persuade Kluivert
Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert says he has no plans to leave the Catalan club following the warm reception he was given by fans during his side's 2-1 victory over Real Betis at the Nou Camp on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo again ?
Spanish champions Real Madrid lead the way in the nominations for this year's European Footballer of the Year award, with eight of their players among the short-list of 50 released Monday.
 arrow Football: Reid gets the boot
Peter Reid has been sacked as manager of struggling English Premiership side Leeds, the club confirmed Monday.
Metropolitanarrow '2 UP chairmen,7 members killed in October'
Two union parishad (UP) chairmen and seven members were killed and nine others including two female members injured across the country during the last one month from October 1 to 31, says a survey ofthe
 arrow President, PM condemn bomb attack in Riyadh
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have expressed profound shock at the loss of innocent lives in the bomb attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
 arrow Group art exhibition from Friday
A 10-day group art and sculpture exhibition of six contemporary artists titled 'Appointment' will begin here on Friday.
Nationalarrow 18 kms of Moulvibazar-Dhaka highway repair uncertain
Reconstruction of about 18 kilometre stretches of highways linking Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Sunamganj districts with Dhaka have become uncertain due to a stand-off between the Roads and Highways Department
 arrow Workers' Party leader, 5 family members arrested
Police arrested a leader of the Workers' Party (WP) and five of his family members on charge of killing BNP leader Abdul Hamid.
 arrow Illegal power crushers make sugar output target bleak
The Shyampur Sugar Mill may not attain the production target this year due to free style production of molasses by unauthorised power crushers in the mill zone.
 arrow Supply of stone snapped
Extraction and supply of stone and sand from quarries in Jaintapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas remained suspended on Monday due to hartal there protesting withdrawal of BRTC bus from the Sylhet-Tamabil
 arrow Death threat to Purbanchal reporter for corruption news
A contractor of the Public Works Department (PWD) has given a death treat to a local journalist over mobile phone following publication of a report against him in a local newspaper.
 arrow Human chain, rally held in Patuakhali
Durbar Network, a forum of some NGO's, formed a human chain and held a rally in front of Patuakhalu Press Club on Thursday protesting violence against women.
 arrow 3 killed by husbands
Three housewives were beaten to death allegedly by their husbands on Sunday and Monday.
 arrow Brother, sister injured in acid attack
A young man and his teenaged sister sustained serious burn injuries when acid was thrown on them at Pirojpur town in the early hours of Monday.
 arrow Fisherman kidnapped for ransom
A fisherman was kidnapped by pirates on Sunday from Kalinchi river in the Sundarbaus.
 arrow Kidnapped UP member released after torture
A Union Parishad member from Hizla upazila was kidnapped from the road in Barisal city during daytime on Sunday, tortured and left in a critical condition in front of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
Culturearrow Of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky
The reading habit is decreasing day by day. People no longer want to read voluminous books which are published regularly. They have no time and no patience for reading books.
 arrow Eid Bonanza
The atmosphere at the "Arial" gallery, recently, was teeming with fun and frolic despite the Ramadan season.
 arrow Playwrights' workshop
Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation had arranged a workshop from November 2 to November 8 for playwrights whose plays have already been staged.
 arrow Bishwajit's new album
Kumar Bishwajit is releasing his new album Ma Janani this Eid. Composed by Imtiaz Bulbul, the music direction is by Manam Ahmed.
 arrow Magazine programme Probash Mela
BTV will telecast Probash Mela today at 5:30 pm , says a press release. In the programme some interviews of prominent expatriates, a special report on DV-2005and songs of two expatriates will be presented.
Internationalarrow US vows no retreat as blast kills 4 Iraqis
A bomb planted on a street in the southern city of Basra tore apart a minibus yesterday, killing at least four Iraqis and scattering body parts across the road in the latest deadly guerrilla attack in
 arrow 14 killed in Kashmir shoot-outs
Eleven militants and three civilians were killed in continuing separatist-related violence in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said yesterday.
 arrow India, Nepal plan border fencing to stop smuggling
Indian and Nepalese are considering erecting barbed wire fencing along their border to prevent smuggling.
 arrow Saudi king raises 'iron fist' against militants
Saudi Arabia went on the offensive yesterday warning Islamist militants they will be crushed with an "iron fist" after deploying thousands of security troops to the holy cities of Makkah and Medina to
 arrow Top US court to hear case of Guantanamo detainees
The US Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether foreign nationals can use American courts to challenge their incarceration at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first casesit
 arrow Iran produced small amount of plutonium: IAEA
The UN nuclear watchdog said in a confidential report on Monday it had not found evidence of an atomic bomb programme in Iran, but that Tehran had dabbled in activity often associated with arms like plutonium
 arrow 'London more at risk of terror attack than NY, Washington'
London is more at risk from a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists than either New York or Washington, according to a study published here yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Commodity prices
The government announced Monday that it would ensure that price charts are displayed in retail markets in Dhaka to inform consumers of the day's prices for essentials.
 arrow Editorial: No let-up in Sri Lankan crisis
To President Kumaratunga's overture for talks with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, the latter has agreed to have a dialogue but with a caveat.
 arrow Sri Lanka: Why did the President cause a political crisis?
In South Asia, bitter personal rivalry among politicians is not uncommon.
 arrow The stakes in the coming polls: A referendum on the BJP?
Everyone agrees that the coming five state assembly elections will influence the shape of the next Lok Sabha, itself due to be elected in 10 months.
 arrow Anomalies in insurance business
In view of the natural disaster, frequent road accidents and deteriorating law and order situation in Bangladesh the importance of insurance could hardly be overemphasised.
 arrow Is our perception of fear greater than the reality?
Over the past couple of years most of the nation's socioeconomic indicators showed some improvement and infra-structural developments has been quite noticeable across the country, but we have become more
Letters to Editorarrow Why Concorde failed?
Although I have never flown in a concord, I feel for the great aircraft that has now became history.
 arrow Hasina's 'theory of negativity'
We know the 'Theory of Relativity,' as was formulated by Einstein. It is applicable to most of the world affairs.
 arrow On American dream and beyond
Typical American dream envisages having your own home, a car, a job, raising a family, and pursuit of happiness through possession of material wealth.
 arrow Last word on police
I'm sorry to recommend for the abolition of our entire police force. We don't need them. We will be better off without them. It seems they are here to rob us in all respects.
 arrow TI report not accurate
As was revealed in the news published in local dailies, for the 3rd consecutive years Bangladesh was marked as the No. 1 corrupt country of the world by the Berlin based Transparency International (TI).
 arrow We're more secular than the West
Thanks to Mahfuzur Rahman for his reply to one of my earlier letters (November 6).

I agree that our failure as a nation is laced with innumerable complexities.

 arrow Living in a strange country
The management of newspapers are trying their best to reduce number of holidays for the press because newspaper is an essential service provider like the TV, Radio, etc.
 arrow Sleazy writer sued
Taslima Nasreen has come to limelight again. She is a victim of moral turpitude. I listened to her interview in the BBC on Nov 09. I was absolutely shocked as well as perplexed by her shamelessness.
 arrow "We and the 18 century novelty"
I am glad that Rifat Mahbub pointed out the similarities between the Dhaka of today and the 18th century England (November 7). I have mused on the subject, but from a different angle.
 arrow Is democracy facing a danger?
With much apprehension I read the news that the Opposition is preparing to beef up its anti-government "movement" to oust the government. I can't believe how and why our politicians behave this way.
 arrow Congratulation, Media World
I am very happy to know that the Journalists of The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo got cars and motor cycles from their management. I feel happy that some of my good friends will get car or bikes.
Point-Counterpoint arrow Resistance and Iraqi independence
Some weeks ago, Pentagon inmates were invited to a special in-house showing of an old movie. It was the Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo's anti-colonial classic, initially banned in France.
 arrow Election result signals tough days for Koizumi
At the start of the campaign for last Sunday's lower house election, the leader of Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, proclaimed that he would resign
 arrow Of human movement and access to resource and opportunity
I was watching a fascinating documentary by an English scientist about how Human beings spread around the whole world out of Africa.
 arrow Israel's unabated human rights abuse
The United Nations Commission of Human Rights has published a report prepared by John Dugard, Special Rapporteur, entitled "Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories,including
StarTecharrow Beep, beep... SMS barrier broken!
A local software firm has developed solutions to send bulk text messages to cellphone subscribers to initiate an alternative medium of communication to reach wireless audience.
 arrow Security goes Skyroute
SECURITY industry is now better off with a new technology styled Skyroute, which has been launched by Digital Security Control (DSC) Ltd.
 arrow HP awards the lucky ones
HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP) Grand Lucky Draw monthly prize distribution ceremony was held at a local restaurant on November 4.

The winners for the September slot won air tickets to Thailand and Nepal.

 arrow Red Moon dives behind Earth
A total lunar eclipse has been visible this weekend from Europe, Africa, the Americas, and much of Asia.

The Moon regularly passes into the Earth's shadow and becomes dimmer.

 arrow Computer Jagat Mega Quiz Competition 2003
The prize giving ceremony of monthly tech magazine -- Computer Jagat's 'Mega Quiz Competition 2003' was held on November 10 at Hotel Sonargaon.
Star Chittagongarrow Inter-district buses take control of the busiest road
Illegal parking of inter-district buses, mainly the Dhaka-bound luxury coaches, has been creating traffic jam at Station Road, the busiest road in the port city, as there is no terminal for them.
 arrow PM's noble gesture to go in vain!
The prime minister in a show of noble gesture gave an audience to abducted businessman Jamaluddin's wife and son last week.

This was long expected of the PM that she should do so.

 arrow Urban delight
Banobithi Samobai Palli Chowdhury Nagar (Top), a well-planned residential area with well-laid network of drainage system, stands in sharp contrast to what is going on in the surrounding areas dotted with
Star Cityarrow Anomalies rule Rajuk projects
Compensation by Rajuk for land acquisition under Jhilmil Housing Project far outstripped the real value of plots, as the agency paid landowners Tk 101 crore for 380 acres worth only Tk 12 crore, a parliamentary
 arrow Prayer cap makers' prayer for power
The livelihood of nearly three thousand craftsmen who make prayer caps (tupi) hang in the balance as around a hundred tupi factories in the old part of the city are closing down because of excessive load-shedding.
 arrow Opting for eye-popping clothes as Eid nears
Two weeks to the Eid. Customers bustle to city shopping centres, feel fun and festive and rev up run-of-the-mill hours. All seem gliding in the joyous feeling of festivity in the air.
 arrow Fund crisis clogs sewerage network expansion plan
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is running short of funds to expand and improve the sewerage network of the city.
 arrow Leave the rest out, please
Five rain trees have already been felled at the century old cemetery at Wari and more will follow, said Joseph Amond, its supervisor.
 arrow Who Rules This Road?