Vol. 4 Num 175 Tue. November 18, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Shut SoEs to house industrial parks
The government has initiated a process to convert 717 acres of land of three closed-down giant state-owned mills into as many industrial parks, industries ministry officials said.
 arrow Dhaka, Islamabad agree to seal FTA
Bangladesh and Pakistan have agreed to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) and a draft deal will be finalised at talks to be held in Islamabad in January next.
 arrow Winter crawls its way in
You can feel it in the air -- winter easing slowly in; it is in the smell, in the dusty village roads, in dewdrops and in the farmlands slowly turning golden.
 arrow BNP deputy spits venom against Hasina, Jalil
A BNP deputy used the parliament floor yesterday to launch a tirade of personal attacks on Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil, prompting the main opposition
 arrow Pneumonia takes a turn for the worse
The pneumonia epidemic is taking a turn for the worse with reports of more deaths pouring in particularly from Cox's Bazar, Jhenaidah, and Netrokona.
 arrow Pre-Eid illegal toll collection at bus terminals goes on
Extortionists continue collection of illegal toll from inter-district and city service buses both in and around the city ahead of the Eid.
 arrow Indian minister quits over bribe charge
A federal Indian minister resigned yesterday, a day after allegations were made that he had accepted bribe from the representative of a foreign company in return for mining rights in the eas tern Indian
 arrow 17 Bagerhat UP chairmen seek security of life
Seventeen Union Parishad chairmen of Bagerhat district have submitted a petition to police and the civil administration seeking security of life.
 arrow Judge Shahidur replies to Supreme Judicial Council
Additional Judge of the High Court Syed Shahidur Rahman yesterday submitted a written statement to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) on the allegation of his taking money from a client for fixing bail.
 arrow 2 US soldiers killed in Iraq attacks
Two US soldiers were killed and two wounded in attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad last night, the US military said.
 arrow Extra fares slapped on advance tickets
Long-haul luxury coaches are charging passengers extra fares for advance tickets on the northeastern and southeastern routes ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Fiery reception in UK awaits Bush
Children, peace activists, anarchists and at least one well-known American war veteran spent yesterday planning protests against US President Bush for his upcoming state visit to Britain.
 arrow Eid day death threat to Kadianis
At least 70 members of Kadiani families at Uttarbhabanipur are languishing holed up in their at houses as village leaders have called for death to all Kadianis on the Eid-day if they do not embrace Islam
 arrow RU teacher held for alleged rape of student
Police yesterday arrested a newly appointed teacher of Rajshahi University on charge of alleged rape of a student of anthropology department.
 arrow Youth gunned down, body of woman found in city
An unidentified youth was gunned down at Dhanmondi, while the body of an unidentified woman was recovered from a hotel at Moghbazar last night.
 arrow HC verdict stayed for 3 months
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed for three months a High Court verdict on the return of the seized equipment of Ekushey Television (ETV).
 arrow Shopping in earnest

 arrow US not using GSP or terminal issues to sway gas decision
There is no pressure on Bangladesh to export its natural gas but such a move would help ease poverty, the United States ambassador has said.
 arrow 6 Afghan civilians killed by US air raid
At least six civilians were killed in a US-led airstrike near a Taliban-controlled district on Afghanistan's troubled southeastern border with Pakistan, a police commander said yesterday.
 arrow Ministry asked to identify land-grabbers
The government has decided to make a list of land-grabbers in a move to take tougher action against illegal occupiers.
 arrow Law-enforcers in action at 479 crime-risk city areas
Seven thousand law enforcers including 450 members of the Armed Police Battalion, 440 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel and 100 ansars are operating in 479 crime-prone areas in the capital to combat crimes
 arrow Newborn found dead in Mohammadpur
The body of a newborn girl with its head severed was recovered from Shekhertek in Mohammadpur on Sunday.

Mohammadpur police recovered the body, covered in white cloth, from a secluded spot at roadNo.

 arrow More minority representation in govt must for civil rights
A discussion yesterday urged the government to be proactive in maintaining communal harmony and ensuring civil rights of religious minorities.
 arrow MPs demand allocation of Nam flats urgently
Lawmakers yesterday demanded in the Jatiya Sangsad immediate allocation of the much-talked-about Nam (Non Aligned Movement) flats to them.
 arrow Saber Chy sues Sangram editor, publisher
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday filed a defamation case against the editor, publisher and the Khulna correspondent of the Daily Sangramfor
 arrow Vehicles asked to avoid cantt road on Nov 21
All vehicles have been requested to avoid the roads through Dhaka Cantonment from 6:00am to 10:00am on November 21 to help observance of the Armed Forces Day.
 arrow DU teacher remanded
The Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka yesterday placed Shafiqur Rahman, a law department lecturer of Dhaka University (DU), on a three-day remand in an attempted murder case.
Businessarrow Farm sector in a fix over WTO regime
Bangladesh's agriculture sector is facing a setback due to WTO's globalisation framework of agreement on agriculture, agro-experts and NGO representatives observed yesterday at a consultation meeting.
 arrow DSE to refer Beximco Synthetics debenture default dispute to SEC
Dissatisfied with Beximco Synthetics' explanation of the status of its payment against debenture liabilities, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will now refer the case to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
 arrow Dhaka expects duty-free access to Delhi
Bangladesh hopes India will give duty and quota-free access to its products like apparels, construction materials, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals under the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) to reduce
 arrow DCCI goes to polls on December 14
A total of 30 candidates are vying for the directorship of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in its annual election slated for December 14.
 arrow Dollar eases against taka
The US dollar continued to ease against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade Monday due to higher remittance inflow on the occasion of eid festival, dealers said.
 arrow Sugarcane crushing at Faridpur Sugar Mills begins
Sugarcane crushing for the fiscal 2003-2004 began in Faridpur Sugar Mills on Friday with a target to produce 10,810 metric tons of sugar by crashing 140,000 mts of sugarcane.
 arrow Aktel mobile to mobile users to get 'Ashal phone' facilities
Aktel cell phone subscribers having mobile to mobile connectivity can get the facilities offered under the pre-paid 'Ashal phone' package.
 arrow Call money rate jumps to 10.5pc
After a periodic lull, the call money rate jumped to its high at 10.50 per cent in inter-bank money market on Monday as some private banks faced pressure on their liquidity, fund managers said.
 arrow Global Online gets ISO-9001
Global Online Services Limited (GOSL), a leading Internet service orovider, has received ISO-9001:2000 Quality Management System (QMS) certification.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Eleven bids of one-day tenor amounting to Tk 517.

 arrow FBCCI, Cambodian apex trade body sign deal
The apex trade bodies of Bangladesh and Cambodia signed a joint co-operation agreement aiming to boost bilateral trade and investment.
 arrow Britain losing investment appeal: Survey
Britain is becoming a less attractive place in which to invest, the country's top business grouping said Monday, raising concerns about the threat of an exodus of jobs overseas.
 arrow UK business slams US trade policy ahead of Bush visit
British business leaders, gathering in a bellicose mood for their annual conference Monday, urged US President George W Bush to tear down trade barriers which they warned were destroying global prosperity.
Sportsarrow Football: All happening derby
It was a rare goal rush in the battle of giants at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Football: Abahani's day to forget
Mirpur has traditionally been a home ground for Abahani and majority of the 3000-odd supporters present at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday were there to cheer the sky blues.
 arrow Cricket: A different Bashar
Habibul Bashar might have been a failure in the recently concluded home series against England.
 arrow Cricket: A team's 15 picked
The national selectors have finalised a 15-man Bangladesh A team that will take part in the Patron's Trophy first class competition in Pakistan next month.
 arrow Chess: Ali selection chess champ
National junior champion Mohammad Ali clinched the Metropolis Selection Chess tournament title with 8.5 points after the end of the last round games at the NSC yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi tour put back
Pakistan cricket chiefs on Monday agreed to New Zealand's request to postpone the upcoming one-day series by a week, raising hopes the troubled tour will finally take place.
 arrow Cricket: WC final or a reversal?
India will be keen to bury the World Cup ghost when they clash with Australia in the triangular TVS Cup one-day cricket series final at Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain forecast at Dambulla
Bad weather has threatened to ruin the start of the three-match one-day series between England and Sri Lanka here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: India don't surprise him
India have selected an experienced cricket squad with few surprises for the four-Test series here, Australian captain Steve Waugh said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe let it go
Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said his team had thrown away the chance of victory after the West Indies won the second and final Test by 128 runs here on Sunday to take the series 1-0.
 arrow Tennis: Federer finishes Agassi
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer completed a dream season with a perfect run through the ATP Masters Cup, overwhelming Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 here Sunday in a rain-interrupted final.
 arrow Football: Peru halt Brazil
Little Peru put behind them their mounting financial problems to battle back for a 1-1 draw against world champions Brazil in their 2006 World Cup qualifier in front of 80,000 passionate fans here onSunday.
 arrow Football: Dane delight at Old Trafford
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's disappointment at his side's defeat by Denmark was tempered by his delight at the progress of wonderkid Wayne Rooney.
 arrow Football: Sensible Ronaldinho
Barcelona's Brazilian star Ronaldinho warned Sunday that he will not be rushed back from injury in order to play against Primera Liga arch-rivals Real Madrid next month.
 arrow Football: Viva Di Vaio
Juventus striker Marco Di Vaio came off the substitutes bench to score a second-half winner as Italy edged Romania 1-0 in a scrappy, low-key friendly here on the Adriatic coast on Sunday.
Politicalarrow JP (E) sounds tough on JS boycott
The Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday took a hard line on not returning to the House after it staged a walkout over a deputy minister's remarks against lawmakers from Rangpur and alleged anomalies in the
 arrow Sixteen AL men sent to jail for 'damaging' PM's portrait
Sixteen leaders and activists of Awami League's three front organisations, indicted for damaging the portrait of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at Tongi BNP office, were sent to Dhaka Central Jail after they
 arrow Govt that can't feed the people should step down: Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government that cannot provide people food has no right to remain in power.
Metropolitanarrow Argument in BNP leader Nurul Islam murder case begins
Argument in the sensational Laxmipur BNP leader Advocate Nurul Islam murder case began at the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Retired cop nabbed while taking tolls
A retired constable of the Special Branch of police was arrested from Malibagh Sunday at the act of collecting tolls from street vendors.
 arrow Extortionists active in Barisal ahead of Eid
Extortionist groups are openly collecting toll from people and businessmen in the city in the name of Eid celebrations.
Nationalarrow Pneumonia kills 19 in Netrakona in 7 days
Nineteen children died of Pneumonia and 1897 were attacked with the disease in Netrakona district in seven days till Friday, according sources at the Civil Surgeon's office.
 arrow Start works programme in monga-affected areas, Hasina urges govt
Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hsina bitterly criticised the government for what she called its failure to stand by the monga-affected people of northern districts.
 arrow Good response to rainwater filter system projects
Rainwater and filter systems could be a temporary solution to the drinking water crisis Bangladesh is facing, said Mohammad Yunus, Senior Scientist and Head of the Matlab Health Research Programme during
 arrow Hijacked cargo vessel seized at Muladi
Police with the help of people recovered a hijacked cargo vessel with rice and pulses worth Tk 10 lakh at Muladi on Saturday and arrested one of the pirates.
 arrow Three accused in double murder given bail in Sylhet
Three persons including the main accused in a sensational double murder case in Sylhet Sadar thana were granted bail by a magistrate court on Saturday.
 arrow Two murderers get life in Habiganj
Two murderers were sentenced to life term imprisonment by a court here on Sunday.
 arrow Three to die in rape, murder case in Rangpur
Three persons including a couple were awarded death sentence by a court here in a rape and murder case on Sunday.
 arrow Jute purchaser 'misappropriates' Tk 50 lakh of BJMC
An amount of Tk 50 lakh was allegedly misappropriated by a purchaser of a BJMC (Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation) jute purchasing centre in Galbandha.
 arrow Notice on 7 RU JCD leaders
Seven leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) unit at Rajshahi University (RU) have been asked to reply within seven days why they will not be expelled from the organisation for anti-party
 arrow USAID team visits 2 NGOs in Khulna, Jessore
A USAID team headed by its Deputy Administrator Frederik Schieck arrived in Khulna on Saturday.
 arrow CU tense as JCD leader slaps ICS activist
A tense situation has been prevailing on Chittagong University (CU) campus following an incident of assault here on an Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activist by the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) general
 arrow 11 hurt in clash over land dispute
At least 11 people were injured in a clash between two groups at East Saidkati village in Banarpara on Sunday over possession of a disputed land.

All the injured were taken to Banaripara health complex.

 arrow BLAST to give legal support to photojournalist Selim Jahangir
Bangladesh legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Rajshahi, will extend legal support to photojournalist Selim Jahangir.

The decision was taken at a meeting of its executive committee Saturday evening.

Culturearrow "Under the bridges of Paris with you"
At the recent launching of Abu Sufian's book "Pariser Pothey Pothey" at Alliance Francaise, Ataus Samad, editor of the weekly "Ekhon" said that he had tried to compare Abu Sufian's novels with his columns
 arrow To define grace...
She would probably give grace and poise a different meaning all together. With her simple beauty, artistic mind and polished charm, she enhances the culture of this country through her work and actions.
 arrow Drama: Prima Tomakey
Drama Prima Tomakey is written by Tazin Halim and directed by Afzal Hossain and will be telecast on the second day of Eid at 3:30 pm on Channel i.
Generalarrow Gunmen spray bullets, injure five
Gunmen hit at least five people at the entrance of a residential hotel at Tejturibazar in Tejgaon yesterday evening.
 arrow No complaint lodged
No complaint has so far been lodged in connection with the death of Abdul Kader, a ringleader of an underground gang.
 arrow FIR lodged accusing 3 BNP leaders
A first information report (FIR) has been lodged with Kachua thana naming three BNP leaders as accused in the murder of a local Sramik League leader and Teligati UP chairman on the night of November 13.
 arrow Tributes paid to Bhasani
The nation yesterday paid tributes to the memory of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani on his 27th death anniversary.
 arrow A fruitful visit: Unesco DG
Director General of Unesco Koichiro Matsuura left for Kolkata yesterday, ending a five-day official visit to Bangladesh, Unesco National Commission said.
 arrow Khaleda leaves Madina for Makkah today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves here for Makkah today to perform holy Umrah.
 arrow Sweden grants Tk 4.64 crore for ICDDR,B
The Swedish government has granted Tk 4.64 crore for ICDDR,B for arsenic mitigation project in Bangladesh.
 arrow Appeal for help
The father of a five-year-old girl who has been suffering from thalassaemia seeks financial assistance for the treatment of her daughter abroad.
Internationalarrow US adopts 'aggressive' approach in Iraq
United States troops have been shelling targets near Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit as they step up the pressure against insurgents in Iraq.
 arrow Turkey suicide bomber caught on camera
Turkey said yesterday it had caught on camera one of the suicide bombers in weekend attacks on Istanbul synagogues as the government looked into reported claims that the al-Qaeda terror network was to
 arrow US, S Korea ask DPRK to scrap nukes
The defense chiefs of the United States and South Korea urged North Korea yesterday to dismantle its nuclear weapons drive in a verifiable and irreversible manner.
 arrow Security net drapes London on eve of Bush's state visit
Intensive security measures fell into place in London yesterday on the eve of a state visit to Britain by US President George W. Bush that could flesh out the future of post-war Iraq.
 arrow NE India paralysed by strike over conflict with Hindi speaking people
India's isolated northeastern states of Assam and Nagaland were shut down yesterday as students called a strike to protest escalating violence between ethnic Assamese and Hindi speakers in the region.
 arrow BSF battling Kashmir militants starts pullout
The main force battling militants in Indian Kashmir has started to pull out of the region's summer capital Srinagar to be replaced by lesser-trained police, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Anti-graft body
On the one hand, we blame the world for calling us corrupt and on the other, we move at a snail's pace to set up a mechanism to fight it.
 arrow Editorial: Government's monga position
The government's response to the monga or famine-like situation in the north of the country has taken a depressingly familiar tone.
 arrow Rural roads and markets: Impact on economy
Researches on the role of infrastructure in raising income and reducing poverty are amply demonstrated in the available literature.
 arrow Jaya's media misadventure: Defending and extending freedom
When an idea really catches the people's imagination, even its detractors start paying lip service to it.
Letters to Editorarrow Everyone except politicians in Bangladesh believes in democracy
I refer to the above quotation from a letter written by a gentleman from Dhaka on 12 November 2003 under the heading, "is democracy facing a danger?" I lived in UK for more than two decades which is the
 arrow Harassment of customer by Electricity Authority
Recently we are getting a notice in our area from DESA, printed on the face of our electricity bill.
 arrow Drug concern!
Your editorial dt. 15/11/2003 titled "Spurious drugs-The menace must be eliminated" has focused on an important public health issue.
 arrow Sound can make you silent
The sound pollution is now a burning question of Dhaka city and it is increasing day by day at an alarming rate. As a result, the city dwellers are being the easy prey to different diseases.
Point-Counterpointarrow Khoda Hafez versus Allah Hafez: A critical inquiry
On a trip from Dhaka to north Bangladesh during my recent visit to the country, I was struck by two phenomena. First, there was something unusual about some of the mileposts along the highway.
 arrow BNP gets ready to take on dissidents
The BNP high command has advised party leaders and activists to keep away from the dissidents who are raising certain unpleasant questions.
 arrow The never conclusive conclusions
With meticulous research and intelligent scholarship, the internationally renowned historian Partha Chatterjee has fashioned a riveting account of that cause celebre of Bengal --The Case of the Sannyasi
 arrow Maintain stable prices of essentials
Since October last, the country has been facing the problem of price spiral of essentials. The situation has aggravated with the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.