Volume 4 Number 170 Thu. November 13, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Blast at Italian police base in Iraq kills 25
A car bomb ripped through an Italian military police base in the Iraqi town of Nassiriya yesterday, killing at least 17 Italians and eight Iraqis in what appeared to be a fresh suicide attack.
 arrow Leaving monga spectre behind
Hazrat Ali came to Dhaka on the roof of a bus like thousand others to escape the monga, a famine-like situation that has afflicted eight northern districts.
 arrow BTTB men involved in illegal VoIP
Some officials of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) are involved in illegal telephony business using VSAT, says a telecoms watchdog report.
 arrow Crop diversification solution to monga
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended urgent steps for crop diversification in the monga- hit northern region to absorb farm labourers rendered jobless during the lean period (mid-September to mid-November)
 arrow England complete whitewash double
England completed a double whitewash on Bangladesh when they won third and final one-day international by seven wickets at the Bangabandhu National Stadium last night.
 arrow New shopping malls tout better items for sale
New shopping centres are struggling to outsmart their old counterparts, touting better items for sale, as shoppers are all out to rev up their run-of-the-mill hours, about two weeks short of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Newmooring container terminal gets nod
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved a contract to China Harbour to build a container terminal at Newmooring to provide Chittagong Port with assistance.
 arrow Judge faces contempt charge
A district and sessions judge faces contempt of court charges after the inspector general of police (IGP).
 arrow Arrest warrant against 14 AL leaders
A court in Natore yesterday issued an arrest warrant against 14 central leaders of the Awami League (AL), including General Secretary Abdul Jalil, in a defamation case.
 arrow When death prowls the Sundarbans
At least 500 deer were poached at the Sundarbans during the Rash Mela this month, when hordes of poachers plundered the world's largest mangrove forest.
 arrow Injunction on selling of Taslima's book
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an interim injunction barring writer Taslima Nasreen, a publisher and a press owner from further printing, publishing, distributing and selling Ka, a novel blamed
 arrow 'Gas export to India if there is surplus'
Bangladesh may take the domestically controversial decision to export natural gas to India but only if there is a proven surplus, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan said here Wednesday.
 arrow Hermaphrodites' group gets govt recognition
The government has officially recognised a hermaphrodites' organisation, Hizra Badhon Sangha, by registering it with the Department of Social Welfare in what is viewed as a radical step.
 arrow Fate of cabinet secy hangs in the balance
The government is still in a fix whether to give incumbent Cabinet Secretary Saadat Husain an extension or appoint someone else.
 arrow PM leaves for KSA today to perform Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Saudi Arabia today to perform Umrah.
 arrow Babar unhappy with police performance
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday criticised the police department for failing to arrest listed criminals and to improve city's law and order.
 arrow Indigenous refugees get ration after 4 months
The government has resumed ration for the indigenous refugees in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region after four months.
 arrow SL PM, president agree to hold further crisis talks
The first meeting between Sri Lanka's feuding prime minister and president since their power struggle erupted into a political crisis last week went well and another session has been planned.
 arrow Poultry trader killed, two shot in city
A gang of armed assailants gunned down a poultry trader on Noorjahan Road in Mohammadpur while another gang shot two young men including a killing suspect at Lalkuthi in Mirpur last night, police said.
 arrow 2 suffer bullet wounds in city
Two people sustained bullet wounds in separate incidents at New Eskaton and Chankharpool yesterday.
 arrow Man to die for killing wife
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered death penalty to an unemployed man for killing his wife in Savar in August 2002.
 arrow Outlaws gun down shrimp trader, staff
Extremists of the Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), M-L faction, allegedly gunned down a shrimp trader and his employee at Uttar Matirgati village under Mollahat upazila of Bagerhat in the early hours
Businessarrow LDCs should expand export base, improve infrastructure
The least developed countries' narrow export base, lack of infrastructure and weak technological capacity will stand in the way of reaping benefit from the liberalised access to the world market, a leading
 arrow Cell to monitor divested enterprises by mid-04
The Privatisation Commission will set up a monitoring cell under a World Bank- sponsored project to oversee the performances of denationalised enterprises and help them become profitable concerns.
 arrow Dhaka-Hanoi joint efforts to help capture world market
Bangladesh and Vietnam being at a similar stage of economic development, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan yesterday said the two countries could launch a joint effort to have market in otherparts
 arrow ADB approves $3m for farm research
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday approved US$ 3 million regional technical assistance (RETA) grant to fund four agriculture-based researches in 14 Asian countries, including Bangladesh.
 arrow Eurasia to export vegetables grown by BATB farmers
A local food manufacturing and processing company, Eurasia, is going to export vegetables grown by the contract farmers of British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB).
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The US dollar gained some grounds against the Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday on higher demand from importers driven by the Eid shopping, dealers said.
 arrow Six local firms to take part in US IT fair
Six local software companies will participate in the Comdex Fall 2003, the largest IT exhibition in USA, which will be held from November 17 to November 20 in Las Vegas, USA.
 arrow Bangladesh fair begins in Paris today
A 3-day fair titled "Bangladesh Single Country Exhibition-Paris" begins in Paris today.

Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and his French counterpart will jointly inaugurate the fair.

 arrow Singer holds lucky coupon draw
Ashraful Islam, a resident from Dhaka's Mirpur area, has become the winner of a sales campaign conducted by Singer Bangladesh Limited.

Islam, whose coupon number is 17925, will soon get a car fromSinger.

 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Six bids of 1-day tenor amounting to Tk 224.24 crore were received and accepted.

 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.
 arrow BSB earns Tk 79cr net profit
Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) earned a net profit of Tk 79 crore during the 2002-2003 financial year, according to a press release.
 arrow New MD of Trust Bank
Iqbal U Ahmed has been appointed managing director of The Trust Bank Limited recently, says a press release.
 arrow Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos unveil economic roadmap
The leaders of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos on Wednesday announced a new economic roadmap aimed at accelerating growth and lifting the region's people out of poverty.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Reeling under pressure
The constant pressure of losing has had its toll on the Bangladesh team, thinks coach Dav Whatmore.

"It's the volume of losing matches that has brought player performance down.

 arrow Cricket: SERIES SALAD
Next time England travel to Bangla-desh, they won't have to worry about losing precious practice opportunity to inclement weather, as has been the case in the beginning of the series.
 arrow Cricket: The party falls flat
Has the Bangladesh bubble burst? Gett-ing the right answer could be a tricky prospect.
 arrow Football: MSC muscles into semis
Mohammedan Sporting Club officials are definitely edgy these days with a shaky line up and the non-arrival of proper documents for five of their Cameroon booters.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' Windies tour on
Bangladesh will definitely tour the West Indies in May next year, a highly placed source at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Narrow win for Comilla
Comilla edged past Rajshahi by two wickets in the low-scoring match of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF names WC qualifiers team
Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday announced a 20-member national squad to face Tajikistan in the pre-qualifying round of the Word Cup.
 arrow Chess: Selection chess
Eight players jointly led the point-table with four points each at the end of the fifth round of the Metropolis Selection Chess tournament at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hinds, Lara hit form
West Indies opening batsman Wavell Hinds smashed 81 runs off Zimbabwe as the visitors made a flying start to the first day of the second of two Tests here.
 arrow Cricket: SL warn England
England should expect a tougher time when they arrive for their tour of Sri Lanka on Thursday, according to home captain Hashan Tilla-karatne.
 arrow Cricket: Selection row flares up
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Tauqir Zia will meet team and selection chiefs Thursday in a bid to end a row over the squad announced for next week's series against New Zealand, an official said.
 arrow Football: Foe remembered
Cameroon beat an All-Stars team in a match played on Tuesday in memory of Marc-Vivien Foe, who died at the same Gerland ground in Lyon in June after a Confederations Cup semi-final.
 arrow Football: Owen leaving Liverpool?
Michael Owen has warned Liverpool they must qualify for the Champions League if he is to follow Steven Gerrard's lead by pledging his long-term future at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Vogts plays mind games
Berti Vogts has told his Scotland players that they can play without fear in the Euro 2004 play-offs given that all the pressure will be on Holland's array of big-name players to perform.
 arrow Football: Ferdinand's uncertain future
England defender Rio Ferdinand's future hung in the balance on Wednesday as the deadline neared for him to respond to charges of missing a doping test which could result in a two-year ban.
 arrow Cricket: Adam, Ricky go on rampage
Adam Gilchrist and skipper Ricky Ponting smashed explosive centuries to help Australia post an imposing 347-2 from 50 overs against India in the TVS Cup triangular one-day cricket series match here on
 arrow Ronaldos splitting
Real Madrid's Brazilian star Ronaldo and his wife of four years Milene Domingues are in the process of divorcing, his spokesman Rodrigo Paiva said.
Politicalarrow New-old leadership divide dogs BNP
The ruling BNP is apparently facing an intra-party crisis and organisational activities have virtually stopped due to conflicts between new and old leadership, gap between the government and party and
 arrow Bagerhat tense over BNP's attack on Jubo League office
Tension is running high in Bagerhat town following an attack on Jubo League's office allegedly by activists of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday.
 arrow Jubo Dal men 'attack' rally at Chashara
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activists yesterday allegedly attacked a rally organised by left-leaning 11-party alliance at Chashara Central Shaheed Minar in Naryanganj protesting the death of a garment worker
 arrow Charges pressed against 13 for killing Sramik Dal leader Shafi
Charges were pressed yesterday against 13 people, including an Awami League (AL) leader and ward commissioner, for Railway Sramik Dal leader Shafiuddin Ahmed murder.
Metropolitanarrow Secondary teachers want separate directorate
A delegation of the Bangladesh Government Secondary Teachers Association yesterday called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban here.
 arrow Corruption, mismanagement rule education sector
Education Minister Dr.
 arrow BRTC begins special bus services on Eid
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) on Tuesday inaugurated special bus services for different destinations to meet rush of homebound passengers ahead of the Eid.
 arrow Parties to Montreal Protocol meet in Kenya today
State Minister for Environment and Forest Jafrul Islam Chowdhury left Dhaka for Kenya early yesterday to attend the 15th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.
 arrow Abdullah made Titas Gas MD
Engineer M Abdullah has been appointed as Managing Director of Titas Gas Transmission & Distribution Company Limited on contract basis.

He took over the charge on November 8.

 arrow 2 Indian Navy ships arrive in Chittagong
Two Indian Navy ships INS Sharabh and INS Amba arrived here yesterday on a three-day goodwill mission to Bangladesh.
 arrow Unesco DG arrives today
Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Koichiro Matsuura arrives here today on a five-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Salema Begum hospitalised
Salema Begum, mother of martyred freedom fighter Lieutenant Selim, has been undergoing treatment at the Al-Biruni Hospital in Dhaka.
Nationalarrow 32 SUST teachers to lose jobs
Thirty-two teachers of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) will lose their jobs soon for unauthorised absence for long.

Among them, 10 have been served with termination letters.

 arrow Partymen divided on who is to blame
Ruling BNP MP Abu Hena has urged police to probe the murder of district BNP leader Abdul Hamid impartially without any political influence.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 7 in Sylhet, Chittagong
Seven persons were killed in road accidents in Sylhet and Chittagong on Tuesday.
 arrow 16 top AL leaders sued
A defamatory case was filed on Tuesday with the first class magistrate's court of the district accusing 16 top leaders of the opposition Awami League (AL).
 arrow 4 RU JCD leaders hurt in clash
Four Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders were injured when rival factions clashed and blasted cocktails over distribution of ifter at Bangabandhu Hall at Rajshahi University Monday evening.
 arrow Death of stone quarry labourer: 5 held
Police have arrested five persons in connection with the killing of a labourer at Bholaganj stone quarry in Companyganj upazila.
 arrow Dur-re Rahman's death condoled
The teachers and students of Rajnagar Degree College here have condoled the death of Begum Dur-re Samad Rahman, wife of Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman MP, and mother of M Naser Rahman MP.
 arrow Fire kills minor girl in Khulna
A three-year old girl was killed and an old man injured in a big fire in the Ashrayan project area at Goabarirchar under Rupsha upazilla on Sunday night.
 arrow Hili C & F agents call off strike
The C & F Agents Association at Hili land port in Dinajpur has called off its indefinite strike.
 arrow Moulvibazar tops Zakat Fund contributors
Moulvibazar district tops the list for contributing the highest amount of money in Zakat Fund of the government.
 arrow 'Give loans to charland farmers'
A branch managers' conference of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, Gaibandha region, was held at its regional office here on Tuesday.
 arrow Two ship-breaking yard staff mugged in Chittagong
Armed muggers looted cash and pay order money amounting to 25 lakh from two staffers of a ship-breaking yard at Sitakunda on Monday night.
 arrow 1,100 bottles of Phensidyl recovered
About 1,100 bottles of Indian Phensidyl was seized from Darsana railway station on Sunday. Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized the smuggled Phensidyl bottles which were being carried by a van in five sacks.
 arrow Jubo Dal activists loot shrimp
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, youth front of the ruling BNP were forced to leave a shrimp enclosure at Debhata which they allegedly occupied on Sunday.
Culturearrow Discussion on bridging "Deshbe'desh"
Abdullah and Martina Motaleb, from Berlin, spoke about their own architecture and those seen in Bangladesh. This was after their recent seminar at the Goethe Institut.
 arrow Nrityanchal's brochure makes waves
NitritYanchal Music and Dance Company (NMDC) was set up on Agust19, 2000 with the goal to train and promote dance artistes and give them a platform.
 arrow Solo musical performance by Kaderi Kibria
In presence of the audience popular Tagore singer Kaderi Kibria will render Tagore songs on the second day of Eid at 9.25 am.
Generalarrow Promotion of investment discussed
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan called on Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and his counterpart Prof S Jayakumar yesterday, says a message received here from Singapore.
 arrow 713 foreigners still in jail after serving terms
A total of 713 foreigners are still languishing in jails although they have already served their jail terms.
 arrow Army man 'tortures' 2 fish traders
An army captain allegedly bashed up two fish trader brothers at Ramnagar in Rupsha upazila on Tuesday.
 arrow AL team goes to monga-hit areas
The main opposition Awami League (AL) sent a team to northern districts yesterday to distribute relief among thousands of people stalked by a severe monga (famine-like situation).
 arrow FM visits Nirmal Sen in Singapore
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan visited ailing journalist Nirmal Sen now undergoing treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka elected Ecosoc member
Bangladesh has been elected a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council for a term of three years beginning 2004 on Tuesday.
 arrow 1371 more held
Police arrested 1,371 people, including identified criminals, during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Arafat seeks talks with Israel to end violence
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, branded an obstacle to peace by his arch-rival Ariel Sharon, called for a resumption of peace talks but said his life was under threat "day and night" from Israel.
 arrow Urgent Iraq talks at White House
US President Bush's top foreign advisers summoned Iraq's American administrator for hurried White House talks focused on their growing frustrations with the Iraqi Governing Council and a logjam in transferring
 arrow Vajpayee holds summit talks with Putin
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday held crucial summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin covering issues relating to terrorism as well as bilateral, strategic
 arrow US Senate backs Syria sanctions
The upper house of the US Congress has overwhelmingly backed a bill to slap sanctions on Syria if it fails to address long-standing security issues.
 arrow US punishing Syria for its support of Palestinians: Damascus
Syria said yesterday that it was being punished for its support of the Palestinians, after the US Congress approved legislation providing for tough sanctions against Damascus.
 arrow Horses given caste in Bihar!
As if dividing humans along caste lines wasn't enough, now even horses have been given castes in Bihar--with the "Brahmin horses" predictably being the fairest ones.
Editorialarrow Editorial: CBA excesses
Collective Bargaining Agents (CBA) are playing havoc in various public-owned organisations. Under political patronage, usually of the party in power, they influence matters through threats and intimidation.
 arrow Editorial: City traffic jams
The government's initiative to ease traffic jams on the capital's roads during the month of Ramadan does not appear to be working very well.
 arrow Mission creep might force US to quit Iraq
The Iraq war is generating more pains and little gains for the US-UK coalition. The US suffered 411 combat casualties so far, 150 of them since May 1. The UK casualties are 32, 12 since May 1.
 arrow PPP and historic challenge
Ms Benazir Bhutto's vigorous efforts to convince the world and the US in particular that she is not really corrupt have received a temporary boost from another Swiss Tribunal's acceptance of her appeal
Letters to Editorarrow DS heritage page: Congrats
I am writing to congratulate the people who produce the feature page of the DS for their excellent job. You help educate people of Bangladesh, and many outside the boundary of the nation.
 arrow Law and order under control, is it?
"How can the price of the essentials be reduced if a truck carrying goods from Jessore to Dhaka has to pay toll to extortionists at 16 points?" commented Amir Khosru Chowdhury, commerce minister (TheDaily
 arrow Why not hospitals?
If you live in Dhaka, I think you must have noticed how fast new shopping malls are being built in every corner of the city. The look of this malls, really no doubt, is up to the mark.
 arrow Will the prime minister keep her word?
Jagannath University College was declared a complete university in 1995 by the then prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia. Since then, eight years has past but her declaration has not been implemented.
 arrow Marriage crisis: Who is responsible?
My letter refers to the letter "Marriage crisis" written by a citizen on 26 Octobor in 'To the Editor". The writer has suggested to establish a matchmaking institution to solve this crisis .
 arrow Of Iftar parties
When the country is reeling under one of the worst effects of price hikes, when eight northern districts are facing near famine situations, when hundreds of rootless people are flocking the cities and
Point-Counterpoint arrow Bush's really good idea
Sometimes I think that President Bush's critics need to put up a sign somewhere in their rooms that reads: "Some things are true even if George W. Bush believes them.
 arrow Ending gender discrimination is the key
It is now well known that the incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is highest among South Asians.
 arrow EU getting ready to boost its global role
The European Union (EU) is now emerging as a powerful bloc, representing a newly revitalised united Europe, to face the world's only superpower, America, both economically and politically.