Volume 4 Number 174 Mon. November 17, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Anti-graft body bill held back for 3 more months
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday gave a parliamentary standing committee another three months to submit its report on the independent anti-corruption commission bill to parliament.
 arrow Islamabad agrees on special trade status to Dhaka
Pakistan has agreed to give Bangladesh special trade preferences under a free trade agreement (FTA).
 arrow BNP to meet on 'dissidents' after Khaleda's return
A meeting of the ruling BNP standing committee will be called to work out party strategies to face 'dissidents' after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returns home from abroad, a party policymaker said yesterday.
 arrow Gangster dies from torture in jt forces' camp
The ringleader of an underground gang was tortured to death in a camp of joint forces allegedly by a BDR captain in Khulna city in the early hours of yesterday, police said.
 arrow Tk 20,736cr loans in default hands
Banks were stacked with Tk 20,736 crore in default loans at the end of last fiscal year, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman told parliament yesterday.
 arrow B Chy won't comment on Bhuiyan's remarks
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury did not make any comment last night on the remarks of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan about him.
 arrow Bhasani's 27th anniversary of death today
The 27th death anniversary of populist leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani will be observed today.
 arrow Foreign airlines wind up from Chittagong
Singapore Airlines (SIA) became the latest to pull its services to the southeastern port city of Chittagong, airline officials said yesterday, as passenger loads fall and businesses relocate.
 arrow Stolen at 3 months, Bristi returns to mom at 1 year
Ramna police rescued a one-year-old girl Saturday night from Gazipur about seven months after she was stolen from Shahbagh.
 arrow Saarc nations agree to rapid medical help
Saarc countries have decided to set up a rapid response system to provide medical assistance to any member of the grouping when hit by calamities like cyclone, outbreak of disease, earthquake and other
 arrow Purported Saddam tape urges Iraqi resistance
An Arabic television station broadcast a purported audio tape by ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Sunday calling on Iraqis to wage holy war against occupying forces and warning of more deathsfor
 arrow Illegal rickshaws

 arrow 4 bills placed as JS session starts
Four new bills were placed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday when the 10th session of parliament began amid boycott by the Awami League (AL).
 arrow Noman sees no monga death
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday claimed monga or famine-like situation was not grim in the northern region and no one died of starvation.
 arrow Next hearing on Nov 22
A Dhaka court yesterday set November 22 for hearing on charge-framing against former state minister Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and seven others in the 'Janatar Mancha' case (sedition case).
 arrow 10 killed, 45 hurt in Ctg accidents
Ten people were killed and 45 others injured in two separate road accidents at Sitakunda and Fatikchhari in the district yesterday.
 arrow JP (Ershad) walks out of JS to protest relief anomalies
The Jatiya Party (JP) of HM Ershad staged a stormy walkout from the House yesterday over a deputy minister's remarks and alleged anomalies in the distribution of VGF cards in monga-affected districts.
 arrow Contempt proceedings against Feni judge stayed
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed for two months the contempt proceedings against District and Sessions Judge of Feni Mohammad Firoj Alam.
 arrow Mobile courts to act at launch terminals
The government yesterday decided to set up mobile courts at all major launch terminals and deploy extra manpower from the Department of Shipping to ensure law and order and smooth plying of passengervessels
 arrow 1,500 accused of lynching 2 'extortionists'
Shibchar Police filed a murder case against as many as 1,500 villagers after two alleged extortionists were beaten to death and another was seriously injured by a mob at Shakhpur bazaar under Shibchar
 arrow 5 to die for killing biker
A court in Jhenidah yesterday gave five sentence of death for murdering a motorcycle rider, apparently to grab the motorbike, three years ago.
 arrow DU law teacher arrested
Dhaka University teacher Shafiqur Rahman was arrested at an Elephant Road house last night for alleged manhandling of a judge and filing a false arson case.
 arrow Moudud denies having link to 'third force'
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday protested a news item published recently in a section of the press using his name with the "so-called third force" led by formerpresident
 arrow Queuing up to go home

Businessarrow First quarter sees $116.28m in aid
Bangladesh received a total of $116.28 million from development partners during the first three months of the current fiscal year, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman told the parliament yesterday.
 arrow Ban polybag use in fertiliser packing
Bangladesh Jute Mills Association (BJMA) yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of a cabinet decision that allowed uses of harmful polypropylene bags instead of environment friendly jute bags for fertiliser
 arrow Asian nations adopt Grameen Bank model
The success of Grameen Bank in reaching large numbers of poor clients with financial services and making significant impact on their economic lives has generated intense international interest on themicro-lender's
 arrow Dollar eases against taka on higher remittance flow
The US dollar eased slightly against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday due to higher remittance inflow on the occasion of Eid festival, dealers said.
 arrow Asian Paints opens Colour World Outlet in Ctg
Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Limited opened its first Colour World Outlet in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Call money rate steady
The call money rate remained steady in thin inter-bank 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 8 new Airbuses join Emirates
Eight A340-500 aircraft of Airbus, the world's longest-range passenger jet, joined Dubai-based Emirates recently.
 arrow BB auction
The 271st auction of the 28-day, 91-day, 182-day, 364-day, 2-year and 5-year treasury bills was held here yesterday.

A total of Tk 300.59 crore, Tk 121.50 crore, Tk 5.00 crore and Tk 117.

 arrow Lever Brothers awards top wholesalers
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Ltd awarded its top wholesalers on Saturday.
 arrow Asia needs to move towards EU-type integration: ADB
Asian countries should move towards creating their version of the European Union, with fast-growing China serving as an export market for poor countries along the Mekong River, according to a senior Asian
 arrow Japan may hit back at US steel tariffs
Japan is considering raising duties on at least five products in retaliation against import tariffs protecting the US steel industry, the daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun said on Sunday.
 arrow US-EU steel dispute may ignite fuse at WTO talks
The countdown to a WTO deadline next month to revive global trade talks could become a ticking time bomb as the date may coincide with a threat by the EU to hit the United States with billions of dollars
 arrow Thailand mulls revival of electric tram system
Thailand is considering the revival of an electric tram system used in Bangkok early last century to help solve the capital's perennial traffic woes, according to a Sunday report.
Sportsarrow Football: Giants battle for final ticket
Abahani will be desperately hoping that their goal-shy forwards find their feet when they take on bitter rivals Moha-mmedan Sporting Club in the first semifinal of the Tibet Federation Cup today.
 arrow Saber, Quader appalled
Saber Hossain Chowdhury has criticised the present cricket leadership for not properly handling the fund for the development of the game as designed during his reign as president of the Bangladesh Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Captain Lara's away win
Brian Lara celebrated his first win in an away Test as West Indies captain when his team beat Zimbabwe by 128 runs on the fifth day of the second Test on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg-Comilla 2nd semi today
Favourites Chittagong take on Comilla in the second semifinal of the Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship at the Mymensingh Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: BD U-17 beat CAB squad
Bangladesh under-17 team registered an exciting three-run win over visiting Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under-17 side in the second and last one-day match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l cricketers restart training
After a three-day break Bangladesh cricket team had their first training session at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday morning under the supervision of coach Dav Whatmore.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan gets India nod
India's selectors on Sunday named two young fast bowlers for the upcoming tour of Australia after burning the proverbial midnight oil to pick the 16-man squad.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts in final with a bang
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag struck explosive centuries to help India qualify for the TVS Cup triangular one-day cricket series final with a 145-run win over New Zealand here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer versus Agassi
Wimbledon winner Roger Federer completed a sweep of rival Grand Slam champions here Saturday by ousting top-ranked Andy Roddick and booking a final date with Andre Agassi at the ATP Masters Cup.
 arrow Rugby: Wilkinson kicks Eng into final
Jonny Wilkinson has kicked England to a 24-7 victory over France in the World Cup semi-finals to join Australia in next Saturday's final.
 arrow Football: Scotland upset Oranje order
Latvia beat World Cup semi-finalists Turkey 1-0, Scotland edged the Netherlands 1-0 and Wales drew 0-0 in Russia in a series of upsets in Saturday's first leg playoffs for Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Argentina blank Bolivia
Colombia hit a new low in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday as a home defeat against outsiders Venezuela left them bottom of the South American group without a point after three games.
 arrow Football: A 'peace' trip down under
The national football team of war-ravaged Iraq made a winning start to their visit down under after they defeated Western Australian Invitation side 1-0 at the Joondalup Arena, near here, on Sunday.
 arrow Football: France too hot for Germans
France coach Jacques Santini paid tribute to the way his players pulled together after their World Cup humiliation as they won a record 13th match in a row with a 3-0 defeat of Germany here on Saturday.
Politicalarrow Hasina visits Monga-hit areas
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday during her visit to monga-affected northern districts asked people to install a new government of their own instead of the government "indifferent"
 arrow 8 JCD men accused of assaulting army officer
Eight Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres in Sylhet were accused yesterday of involvement with the assault on a young army officer on November 7.
Metropolitanarrow Unesco DG calls on president
Visiting Unesco Director General Koichiro Matsuura paid a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Free cataract surgery for poor
Islamia Eye Hospital (IEH) in collaboration with the Standard Charted Bank (SCB) yesterday launched an operation theatre to conduct free cataract surgery on 1,800 visually impaired poor people.
 arrow DU dean election December 11
Election of the deans of seven faculties of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on December 11.

DU authorities have announced the election schedule on Saturday. DU Treasurer Prof.

 arrow New department, institute at CU
Chittagong University (CU) will introduce a new department and an institute under its social science faculty from the academic session of 2003-04.
 arrow US trade show on CNG tomorrow
A daylong trade show will be held at Hotel Sheraton here tomorrow, aiming to disseminate information about American companies involved in CNG sectors.
 arrow Dengue attacks one in Khulna
A former Bangladesh Biman official has been admitted to Birdem hospital after being infected with dengue virus.
Nationalarrow Diarrhoea kills 10 in two days in Netrakona
The diarrhoea situation in Netrakona turned alarming with the death of 10 people on Friday and Saturday.
 arrow Two 'followers' of Charmonai Pir held on snatching charge
Police have arrested two 'followers' of Charmonai Pir for allegedly snatching money and a licensed pistol from a local BNP leader on Tuesday.
 arrow 'Bring the doc back to Chuadanga'
A big public meeting was held at the Bara Bazar here on Saturday protesting the threat that compelled a reputed doctor to leave Chuadanga.


 arrow Irregularity in VGF rice supply
Irregularity and malpractice in distribution of relief rice have been alleged from different monga-affected areas despite government's stern warning and presence of a high official to oversee the operation.
 arrow UNESCO DG visits Paharpur Bouddha Bihar
Visiting Director General (DG) of the UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura visited historic Paharpur Bouddha Bihar at Badalgachi here on Saturday.
 arrow SUST takes action against JCD leader
The Proctorial Committee of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) will file a case against SUST unit JCD President Reza Sharif Kamal for giving death threat to the committee chief and Student
 arrow 4 given 14 yrs RI for acid attack
The Special Tribunal here has given 14 years' RI to four persons and fined them Tk 25000 each for acid attack on a woman and her minor son at a village in Barguna in September last year.
 arrow Parul Akteri elected Manikdaha UP chairman
Parul Akteri Begum was elected unanimous the chairman of Manikdaha Union Parishad (UP) under Bhanga upazila in Faridpur recently.

This was declared officially on October 26.

Culturearrow Liakat Ali Lucky:
In theatre along with the artistes, the involvement of directors, playwrights, designers, backstage workers and theatre activists are all important for its smooth functioning.
 arrow Aspiring amateurs handling superb slapsticks
It was something fresh talking to some of the Dhaka Stage cast in their Green room, as they presented their four comedies at the American International School recently.
 arrow Eid thoughts!
Mahin Khan

When I was a little girl',says Mahin Khan 'we used to have a gala time on Eid. Family and friends would gather to put mehendi on the night before.

Generalarrow Keep CNG filling station open round-the-clock
Over one thousand CNG autorickshaw drivers staged a demonstration in the city yesterday demanding round-the-clock operation of the lone CNG filling station at Dampara.
 arrow Death penalty for 8, life for 5
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced eight people to death and five others to life imprisonment for killing two persons during a robbery in Kishoreganj in 2000.
 arrow 5 policemen injured in gunfight with robbers
At least 10 people, including five policemen, were injured in a fierce gunbattle between law enforcers and robbers at Uttar Nolbila village under Moheshkhali upazila here on Saturday night.
 arrow Chinese help sought for magnetic train
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Chai Xi and Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday discussed various ways to modernise the railway communications.
 arrow Khaleda visits mosques, historic sites in Madina
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, now in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, visited various mosques and other historical Islamic sites in and around the holy city of Madina on Saturday.
 arrow 1340 bottles of phensedyl seized in Rajshahi
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel in separate drives seized 1340 bottles of phensedyl and contraband items worth about Tk 4.72 lakh from different places in the district yesterday, BDR sources said.
 arrow 2 trains leased to pvt firm
Bangladesh Railway has handed over its commuter train running between Khulna and Benapole and Rocket Mail between Khulna and Chilahati to a private firm.
 arrow Policeman buys Ershad Shikder's house
A police officer, now serving at Jhikargachha thana of Jessore, has purchased the house of condemned criminal Ershad Shikder at Bhairab Strand Road at a cost of Tk 24 lakh.
Internationalarrow Hunt under way for Turkey bombers
Turkish and Israel officials have launched an investigation into who was behind twin bomb attacks on synagogues in Istanbul, which killed at least 23 people and injured 300 others.
 arrow No immediate troops withdrawal from Iraq: Rumsfeld
The new accelerated plan for restoring self-rule in Iraq does not mean US troops will withdraw anytime soon, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday.
 arrow Blair takes on US president visit critics
Alongside the pomp and splendour of the first state visit by a US president to Britain in the coming week, George W Bush is due to hold urgent talks on Iraq with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 arrow 2 Marwari businessmen shot dead in Assam
In the first attack against Hindi-speaking people following the train violence in Bihar , suspected Ulfa militants shot dead two businessmen belonging to the Marwari community in Dhubri district and injured
 arrow Germay not to send troops to Iraq
Germany will not send troops to Iraq, a government spokesman said on Saturday, after the European Union's top diplomat suggested that Berlin would have to reconsider if the United Nations asked NATO for
 arrow Pak police arrest Shiite leader
Shortly after Pakistan Gover-nment banned three terrorist outfits that resurfaced with new names, police have arrested a Shiite leader who headed one of the proscribed groups and launched a manhunt for
 arrow Top Palestinian official hopeful of truce
Palestinian militant groups are willing to halt suicide bombings and other attacks if Israel promises to stop carrying out military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a top Palestinian official
Editorialarrow Editorial: Iraq crisis
President Bush's plan on Iraq has been derailed by the guerilla attacks, which now account for the US death toll in about eight months exceeding the casualties that Americans suffered in the first three
 arrow Editorial: The meter reader's tale
Yesterday we read in these pages the story of the gas meter reader who gives Tk 1 crore to charity every year and is so powerful that even a state minister once had to offer to bribe him.
 arrow Dilemma in ending occupation in Iraq
Early in the year the European trio -- German, France and Russia -- opposing war in Iraq remained defiant till the last. The US and Britain had to bypass them in the UN for finally going to war.
 arrow BJP's batty behenjis
As is generally the case in Indian politics, a pattern emerged out of a cross between intention and accident.
 arrow I speak of the freedom of the pen
I write. I have a pen in my hand. I believe in the freedom of the pen. Pen is mightier than the sword.
Letters to Editorarrow Words from B Chowdhury
Prof Dr. Badruddoza Chowdhury has opened his mouth at last. He has highlighted some facts Of our political and social life. Actually, this country is in need of good politicians like him.
 arrow Taslima Nasrin's "Ka"
Taslima Nasrin has appeared in the media once again with her latest piece "Ka".
 arrow Flawed cricket!
I've been following our cricket team's performances closely over the recent months and have noticed one unbelievable fault that everybody has overlooked so far -- our team lacks presence! How else can
 arrow Of notes and coins
We may be having too many types in each of the denominations of our currency notes and coins.
 arrow Utopian thoughts?
I am bemused by the letter of Ms Samiha Esha published on November 13. She seems to be over concerned about the mushroom growth of shopping malls, and the huge profits made by businessmen in the process.
 arrow For better classrooms
I am responding to a November 14 article, "Government to set up 2,540 more primary schools" and an October 14 article that said 30,000 new classrooms would be built under the new PEDP-II.
 arrow Fully agreed with the Cambridge scholar
Israel has produced good soldiers and scientists, so what? That doesn't absolve it of the sins that it is committing against humanity.
 arrow Attention, BTV
On 14 Nov, BTV telecast the movie "The Message". The movie ended with a recitation of "Khutbatul Wida". The movie, and specially its ending, created a beautiful trance in almost all the viewers.
 arrow Phone tapping , invasion of privacy
A parliamentary committee's decision to endorse legislation that would allow the Bangladeshi authorities to intercept and tap phone calls and e-mails is bound to lead to abuse of power and is unlikely
 arrow DS news coverage
This is in response to Mr. Shahjahan Ahmed's letter "Is The Daily Star anti-establishment?" (Star- Friday, Oct 31st).
 arrow "Indian editor, four journalists jailed"
The above captioned news item published in The Daily Star on November 9 was really shocking. The editors and four journalists of a prominent daily like 'The Hindu' had been sentenced to jail .
Bhasani Special arrow Maulana Bhasani -- the builder of opposition politics
Throughout almost six decades of his struggling political life, 'Majloom Janoneta' Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was both a demanding spirit and a dauntless voice for freedom and emancipation of the
 arrow The epitome of an honest leader
Following the famous Indian revolt of 1857, in the tumultuous political arena of South Asia many notable politicians emerged. One of them was Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, born in 1885.
 arrow The dreamer of independence
Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani is the great leader who first expressed his dream of an independent East Pakistan at the Kagmari Conference in 1957.
Star Cityarrow Ekushey Bhaban gets go-ahead after a long wait
The Bangla Academy got a go-ahead from the cultural affairs ministry after a long wait to design an architectural model for Ekushey Bhaban.
 arrow Most upper class Eid shoppers still ignore local boutiques
Despite the efforts of different local fashion houses and entrepreneurs, most upper class Eid shoppers are still lured to foreign goods, especially the Indian ones.
 arrow Activitists place plan to get rid of environment ills
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) has recently announced 113 recommendations from the Bangladesh Environment Conference 2002 for protecting the environment of the country from further degradation.
 arrow Defying the directives
The construction of two CNG filling stations on the lowland west of Tongi Diversion Road continues despite an order from a parliamentary sub-committee for an end to further work.
 arrow Freeing Dhanmondi from waste dumping spots
Dirt and household waste littered along some of the roads in Dhanmondi makes the air intense with bad odour.