Volume 4 Number 173 Sun. November 16, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Politically-powered BMA meddles in doc postings
The leadership of the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) has been arranging transfer and postings of medical professionals and teaching staff, creating a hostile environment in the doctors' community.
 arrow Istanbul car bombs kill at least 20
At least 20 people were killed and more than 250 wounded on Saturday when car bombers shattered two Istanbul synagogues as worshippers celebrated the Sabbath.
 arrow B Chy to help any party willing to execute his ideas
Founding secretary general of the BNP and former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said he was willing to help any political party, group or even person if they wanted to implement his line
 arrow Gas meter reader splashes out Tk 1cr in charity
A meter reader splashes out a staggering Tk 1 crore every year for the poor, ruling BNP lawmaker Sardar Shakhawat Hossain told a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Khulna police free 3 listed criminals 2 hrs after arrest
Khulna police released three top listed criminals two hours after their arrest Friday night.
 arrow 12 US troops die in mid-air choppers crash in Iraq
Twelve personnel from the US-led occupation forces were killed and nine wounded when two American Black Hawk helicopters crashed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last night, a US Army spokesman said.
 arrow AL firm not to join JS as session begins today
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its 10th session at 11:30am today with the main opposition Awami League (AL) still firm on not joining parliament proceedings.
 arrow AL sees B Chy's possible political front a revival of mainstream BNP
The main opposition Awami League (AL) perceives a potential political front led by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury as a re-emergence of the 'mainstream' BNP rather than a 'third force'.
 arrow Razzak sees crisis deepening, wants all-party dialogue
Former speaker Shaikh Razzak Ali has advised the government to call an all-party roundtable to overcome the ongoing crisis that is deepening.
 arrow Bhuiyan terms it an outcome of heartburn
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said former president Badruddoza Chowdhury's remarks against BNP rule were nothing but a manifestation of heartburnfor
 arrow Flirting with danger

 arrow HC orders IGP to apologise by Jan 5
A High Court (HC) Division Bench yesterday ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque to file a formal petition tendering unqualified apology to the court by January 5 next year for hiscontemptuous
 arrow Al-Qaeda to use germs in future attacks, says UN report
The al-Qaida terror network has decided to use chemical or biological weapons in future attacks, and international efforts to halt the group are failing, a confidential report by a UN panel of experts
 arrow JS body brings graft charge against BIWTC
A parliamentary standing committee has levelled allegation of corruption against Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) in the construction of three passenger vessels by amending tender
 arrow Power transfer in Iraq by June
The US-led coalition in Iraq will hand over power to a transitional government by June 2004, the Iraqi Governing Council has said.
 arrow Clumsy govt efforts stall uplift, cause order slide
The situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is chaotic because the government has put several authorities in charge of law and order, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow 'Britain declares state of alert'
British security services have been placed on their second highest state of alert over an intelligence report about a possible attack by al-Qaeda, the BBC said yesterday.
 arrow FTA talks with Pakistan start today
After entering into formal talks with India and Sri Lanka on bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), Bangladesh starts such talks with Pakistan here today.
 arrow Cabinet secy gets a year's extension
Cabinet Secretary Saadat Hussain has been given one-year extension of service, highly placed sources said yesterday.
 arrow Khaleda prays for country's peace
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia performed ziarat at the Rouza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) Friday night and had her iftar with the devotees at Masjid-e-Nababi earlier in the evening.
 arrow Mutilated body found at Shewrapara
Kafrul police yesterday recovered body of a man sliced into three pieces in Shewrapara.

A police patrol team found the body stuffed in a sack at about 2:40am.

 arrow GP hands over renovated old rly building in Ctg
The century-old Chittagong Railway Old Station Building was handed over to Bangladesh Railway yesterday after renovation.

GrameenPhone Ltd.

 arrow 3 children die as pneumonia turns grim in Cox's Bazar
Three children died of pneumonia at Cox's Bazar yesterday taking the death toll to seven in the last four days.
 arrow Hasina blasts PM for 'not standing by Monga-hit people'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised the prime minister for not standing by the people in the monga (a near-famine situation) affected northern districts.
 arrow Biman to rid its entire fleet to make profit
State-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines will sell all its 17 aircraft and replace them with Airbus or Boeing jets in hopes of ending decades in the red, a spokesman said Saturday.
 arrow Dhaka, Manila agree to review all agreements
Bangladesh and the Philippines agreed to review all agreements between the two countries and explore new avenues of cooperation.
Businessarrow GP posts 60pc rise in operating revenue
The total operating revenue of GrameenPhone Ltd, Bangladesh's largest cell phone operator, jumped by 60 per cent or Tk 4,452 million to Tk 11,771 million in 2002.
 arrow DSE asks Beximco Synthetics to explain 'debenture default'
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has asked Beximco Synthetics Ltd to immediately explain its position on a claim by two institutional investors that the company was yet to pay them about Tk 10 crore in liabilities
 arrow CPA to execute projects to beef up port security soon
Chittagong Port authority (CPA) will soon start implementation of some special surveillance projects to beef up security in and around the port to check any acts of sabotage, piracy and pilferage, officials
 arrow Re-rolling mill owners, merchants stage protest
Re-rolling mill owners and rod merchants yesterday observed a token strike and held a protest rally at Muktangan in Dhaka demanding withdrawal of VAT on retail sales of MS rod and revision of the tariff
 arrow Khosru opens 3-day single country show in Paris
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury inaugurated the first single country Bangladesh exhibition here Thursday.
 arrow Fed signals no rate rise soon
Frank comments from Federal Reserve officials on Friday bolstered a growing conviction that the US central bank would not start raising interest rates until well into next year despite a pick-up in growth.
 arrow Russian gas pipeline to China, ROK gets green light
Russia, China and South Korea late Friday unveiled a giant 17-billion-dollar project to supply Siberian gas to energy-hungry Chinese and South Korean markets from one of the world's largest undeveloped
 arrow S'pore, China start FTA talks
Singapore and China have started working-level talks on a bilateral free-trade agreement, a Japanese newspaper said Friday, quoting Trade and Industry Minister George Yeo.
 arrow Airspan Holidays offers Eid packages
Airspan Holidays, tour operating arm of travel agency Airspan Limited, has offered 13 packages for travelers to spend Eid and year-end holidays in different cities of Asia, says a press release.
 arrow Jobs organises training for micro finance institutes
Jobs Project, a USAID initiative, conducted a seven-day training course on 'Designing Training Curriculum and Improving Facilitation Skills' for micro finance institutes (MFIs) recently.
 arrow WB Dhaka office seeks application from NGOs for small grants
The World Bank Office, Dhaka has invited non-governmental organisations to submit application for grants under its Small Grants Programme (SmGP) 2004.
 arrow Janata Bank launches two loan schemes
Janata Bank has introduced two new loan schemes, one for doctors and another for house renovation.
 arrow Qatar to set up another int'l airport at Doha
Qatar is going to set up a new international airport at Doha with an investment of over US$ 2 billion in the first phase alone.
 arrow African countries seek new WTO negotiations
Twelve African countries meeting in Cairo said Friday that they want to restart WTO multilateral trade talks following the failure of September's conference in Cancun.
 arrow Pressure mounts on Bush to abandon steel tariffs
Pressure mounted on US President George W Bush Friday to drop tariffs on imported steel imposed in March of 2002, with a senior Republican lawmaker telling Bush the tariffs had outlived their effectiveness.
 arrow High-tech investment eluding China: OECD
China has succeeded greatly in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in low-tech, labour-intensive manufacturing, but it faces the challenge of raising the quality of such investment, a report by
 arrow India set to achieve 7pc growth target
A mid-term review of India's economy Friday projected over seven per cent growth in the current financial year but warned that food subsidies were becoming "unsustainable" and that a fall in export growth
Sportsarrow Football: Scores not settled
Abahani Krira Chakra had a score to settle with Muk-tijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra after their much-pub-licised rivalry over national custodian Aminul during the inter-club booters' transfer.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud on way out?
The selectors overlooked captain Khaled Mahmud when they yesterday named a 26-member squad for the Patron's Cup and Patron's Trophy competitions in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Zim also in trouble
Zimbabwe, chasing 233 for victory, slumped to 33 for three at tea on the fourth day of the second Test against West Indies on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag, Sachin run riot
Virender Sehwag smashed a career-best 130 and Sachin Tendulkar 102 off 91 balls as India amassed 353 for five in their deciding TVS Cup one-day tri-series game against New Zealand on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Abedin brothers turning coaches
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has involved two more former national cricketers in their activities.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan too will not tour NZ if...
Pakistan cricketers threatened Friday to cancel their upcoming tour of New Zealand if the New Zealand team abandons a scheduled tour of Pakistan due to start later this month because of security concerns.
 arrow Cricket: England off to rainy start
England's practice game against a Sri Lankan Cricket President's XI could not be completed because of rain here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rolls on
World number one Andy Roddick advanced to the ATP Masters Cup semifinals, defeating Argentina's Guillermo Coria 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 here Friday to reach a showdown with Wimbledon winner Roger Federer.
 arrow Football: Furore over Smith affair
England's international squad and their Football Association employers fell out again on Friday over the handling of the Alan Smith affair.
 arrow Football: Beattie raring to glow
James Beattie hopes to put a rollercoaster week behind him by firing England to victory in their friendly international against fellow Euro 2004 qualifiers Denmark at Old Trafford here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Cassano aims for Azzurri start
Antonio Cassano is hoping his sparkling debut will force coach Giovanni Trapattoni into giving him a second start when Italy take on Romania in a friendly in Ancona on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Scolari supports 'retiring' Figo
World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Friday backed Portuguese star Luis Figo's decision to retire from international football after next year's Euro 2004 tournament.
 arrow Football: Defensive Ronaldo
Ronaldo has spoken out in defence of the two football agents who discovered him and who are now embroiled in a huge financial scandal.
Politicalarrow BNP 'dissidents' under govt watch
The government is keeping a close watch on about half a dozen Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders suspecting a conspiracy by 'dissidents in its ranks' after press coverage of a former president's
 arrow Jubo Dal goons storm bank to drive out contractors
A group of armed cadres of the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal yesterday drove out contractors from the corporate branch of Janata Bank at gunpoint and threatened them with death during the sale of tender schedules
 arrow 16 AL leaders get bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted a three-month anticipatory bail to 16 top leaders of the Awami League (AL) including General Secretary Abdul Jalil in 11 defamation cases filed with courts in different
 arrow BNP bodies protest B'Chowdhury's comment
Leaders of different front organisations of BNP have expressed deep resentment over the recent comments of former president A Q M Badruddoza Chowdhury.
Metropolitanarrow Save LDCs from consequences of climate change
Developed countries must take mitigation measures to contain global climate change to save the least developed countries from its dreadful consequences, said experts at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow 'Amendment to laws will create judicial anarchy'
Bangladesh Progressive Lawyers Council (BPLC) yesterday said amendment to the Code of Civil Procedure, and enactment of Speedy Trial Tribunal Act and Arthorin Adalat 2003 will create judicial anarchybecause
 arrow 6 get life term for killing physician
A special tribunal here yesterday sentenced six people to life imprisonment for killing a physician.

The tribunal also fined TK 50 thousand each.

 arrow Hearing to frame charge Nov 19
The Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday fixed November 19 for hearing to frame the charge of murder of Srikanta Rakhit, a university student who was abducted and killed in April this year.
 arrow FM honoured in Philippines
Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has conferred highly prestigious `Anciont Order of Sikatuna-Datu' on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan for his role in strengthening the bilateral relations.
 arrow CPB urges people to wage movement to protect public property
President of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Monjurul Ahsan Khan yesterday called upon the people to wage a strong movement to protect the public property.
 arrow Dr Mazharul Islam dead
Eminent intellectual and former Vice- chancellor of Rajshahi University Dr Mazharul Islam died at a hospital in Bangkok yesterday morning.

He had also served as Director General of Bangla Academy.

 arrow Clash in New Market leaves 35 hurt
At least 35 people were injured, six of them seriously, in a clash between traders and fish dealers in the New Market area yesterday morning.
Nationalarrow 100 injured in B'baria villagers' clash
At least 100 people including children and women were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Durgapur village under Ashuganj upazila on Friday.
 arrow Can farmers take Aman paddy home?
Aman is ready for harvest in Char lands but farmers are afraid whether they will be able to take the crop home.
 arrow More 15 hard days to go
People in remote villages in Gaibandha are still in grip of acute hardship for want of food and work.

This situation will continue till harvest of Aman crop begins in about 10 to 15 days.

 arrow 25 injured as buses collide at Ashuganj
At least 25 people were injured when two buses collided head-on at Bertola on the Dhaka Sylhet highway at Ashuganj on Friday.
 arrow None held, no clue in 25 days
Police could not arrest any one or find any clue to the murder of Sylhet district Jatiya Chhatra Samaj president Jainal Abedin alias Jainul 25 days after the incident.
 arrow 2 outlawed party leaders acquitted of murder charges
Leaders of two outlawed parties were acquitted of murder charges recently.

The acting Additional District and Sessions Judge, Chuadanga passed the acquittal order.

 arrow Police camps demanded in shoals
Farmers of six shoal areas in Bauphal upazila (UZ) have urged the administration to set up temporary police camps in every shoal to protect their crops from the clutches of mercenaries during the ongoing
Culturearrow "All the world's a stage"
Speaking to Annesh Ramklown director of "Dhaka Stage' was fascinating and mind - expanding.
 arrow French-German Film Festival begins
Cinema is first and foremost a medium of artistic expression. But often filmmakers (or rather, film directors) forget this fact.
Internationalarrow ULFA asks Hindi-speaking people to leave Assam
ULFA's self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah in a statement to the local media in Guwahati has warned that the proscribed outfit was planning "large scale retaliation" for the recent attacks on
 arrow Bremer presents US self-rule blueprint to Iraq Council
Chief US administrator L. Paul Bremer yesterday presented Iraq's Governing Council with Washington's new policy proposals aimed at speeding up Iraq's sovereignty, officials said.
 arrow Ten killed in fresh Kashmir violence
Ten people were killed in separatist violence in Indian Kashmir, while attacks near the province's holiest mosque and a Christian school left nine injured, police said yesterday.
 arrow US, West Europeans differ on Iran's nukes
As a key UN atomic agency meeting approaches, a rift is opening between the United States and Europe over about how far to go in condemning Iran's covert nuclear activities, diplomats said Friday.
 arrow 11 killed in cruise liner accident
About 11 people died yesterday after a stairway to the biggest and most expensive cruise ship ever built, the Queen Mary II, collapsed at a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France, French police say.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Dr. B goes public
In an interview with UNB, Prof. Dr.
 arrow Sri Lanka's peace process halted: What does it foretell?
The Sri Lankan peace process brokered by Norway appears to have stalled and hangs in the balance.
 arrow A dip in liberal ethos
AS the general election approaches, one question that torments liberals all over India is: Whom do they give their vote? The two main political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, cross
Letters to Editorarrow A comparison uneven
Over the years, Mr. Mahmood Elahi of Canada has been contributing to the letters page of The Daily Star with comments bordering on the absurd to the ridiculous.
 arrow Law and order these days
The way a custodian of law brought charges against my respected teacher, Professor Dr Anwarul Karim, made me sick of the people in power in Bangladesh.
 arrow "American dream"
The letter by Mr.Najmul Halim was excellent. Congratulations to Mr. Halim for his lucid explanation of the American dream and the way it affects the rest of the world.
 arrow Grand going, Mushfiqur!
Mushfiqur Rahman Babu impressed everyone with both his batting and bowling in the last two series against Pakistan and England.
 arrow Ebb tide in DU
Article17 of the Constitution of Bangladesh is earmarked for education. Pragmatically, higher education is a privilege, not a basic right.
Point-Counterpoint arrow SIC to cater to SAARC information needs
SAARC is a manifestation of the determination of the people of South Asia to work together towards finding solutions to their common problems in the spirit of friendship, trust and understanding.
 arrow Suicide terrorism and some disjointed thoughts
There was another kind of war that was fought by the superpowers during the period of cold war. This war of mutually assured destruction (MAD) was fought in the psyche of common masses.
 arrow Improving the quality of educational administration
The poor performance in the just published SSC Examinations and the debacle in the degree examination results is undoubtedly an indicator that something is gravely wrong with the management and administration
 arrow Dear Bangladesh
Ask most Americans what they know about Bangladesh, and chances are, you will hear something about George Harrison, maybe about poverty and disasters, and a few might even say, 'oh, yeah, isn't that somewhere
Star Healtharrow Learn about ectopic pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilised egg implants in tissue outside of the uterus and the placenta and fetus begin to develop there. The most common site is within a Fallopian tube.
Star Cityarrow Circular Waterway still has a long way to go
The first phase of the Circular Waterway project for Dhaka city has hit a snag due to a delay by the land ministry in approving the acquisition of land for construction of major landing stations.
 arrow Post offices come to the aid of DV applicants
The postal department yesterday began filling in Diversity Visa (DV) lottery entry forms online for applicants.
 arrow In guise of fellow passengers
With Eid less than a month away, passengers commuting in the city's buses are frequently falling victims to an organised gang of pickpockets.
 arrow Eid 'Tips' for Tickets

 arrow Slight tremor, huge havoc
It was a one-shot effort to build awareness of Old Dhaka's vulnerability to tremor shocks and a distressing reminder of severity of earthquakes in our neighbouring country.
 arrow Dengue to drag on if rain comes
Dengue may continue for the next couple of weeks, if occasional rains carry through winter, experts predict.
 arrow Ramadan dampens movie mood
Cinemas in the city are experiencing a slump in revenues as fewer people turn up to watch movies during Ramadan.