Volume 4 Number 177 Thu. November 20, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow 11 burnt to death as robbers torch house
Eleven members of a family, including a four-day-old baby, were burnt to death as robbers set fire to a two-storey earthen house in a remote village at Banskali coast, 30 miles off Chittagong city, early
 arrow 2 to die, 1 gets life for killing Sgt Ahad
A court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced two muggers to death and another to life in prison for beating Sergeant Ahad Parvez dead on duty in 1999.
 arrow Tears roll down her cheeks
The actress cried her heart out all day.
 arrow Bhuiyan invites AL to talk, end JS stalemate
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday invited the main opposition Awami League (AL) to a dialogue to end a five-month-old
 arrow 4,000 Bangladeshis to return from Oman in December
Some 4,000 Bangladeshis are set to lose job in Oman after the oil-rich Gulf nation has asked expatriate foreign workers, mainly managers and businessmen, to leave the country by December.
 arrow One-sixth of children work
A sixth of the country's children at age 5-17 are engaged in economic activity, according to the National Child Labour Survey, released yesterday.
 arrow Saifur slams survey
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) for viewing 17-year olds as children in its child labour survey, released yesterday.
 arrow Speaker rejects all opposition proposals for discussion
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday rejected all opposition proposals for discussion on a raft of issues in parliament.
 arrow Govt feels pressure to withdraw magistrate from Sadarghat
Launch owners are putting heavy pressure on the shipping ministry to withdraw the special magistrate from Sadarghat launch terminal ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Police ordered to firm up raids
The home ministry yesterday asked police to strengthen ongoing raids to catch listed notorious criminals.
 arrow 4 die in road accident at Banani
Four people were killed in a road accident at Dhaka gate, Banani last night.
 arrow Ex-AC Akram gets 3-month interim bail
A High Court Division Bench yesterday granted three months' ad-interim bail to former assistant commissioner (AC) of police Akram Hussain in the sensational BBA student Shamim Reza Rubel murder case.
 arrow Bush for use of force for peace
Welcomed to Britain with royal pageantry and a smattering of anti-war protesters, US President Bush yesterday defended the war in Iraq, saying military might must at times be used to confront the continuing,
 arrow Road mishaps kill 13 in three dists
Thirteen people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur,Feni and Habiganj yesterday.

Of them, six were killed in Madaripur, four in Feni and the rest in Habiganj.

 arrow JP (Ershad) returns to JS
Opposition Jatiya Party (Ershad) returned to the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday on assurance from the ruling BNP that there will be no recurrence of incidents like a deputy minister's remarks against JP lawmakers
 arrow JS session prorogued
The 10th session of the Jatiya Sangsad was prorogued yesterday with the treasury bench requesting the speaker to initiate a fresh dialogue with the main opposition Awami League (AL) on its ending theparliament
 arrow BSF kills one on Rajshahi border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi national near Manikchak border in Godagari yesterday morning.
 arrow Police look to arrest pop star Jackson
Police who searched Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch amid child molestation allegations were seeking to arrest the pop icon, NBC television said yesterday.
 arrow Russia-drafted road map gets UN nod
The UN Security Council voted unanimously yesterday for a Russian-drafted resolution backing the stalled Middle East "road map" to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 arrow Ctg out of touch with world
Telecommunications link between Chittagong and the rest of the world remained snapped from yesterday afternoon till the filing of this report at 7:15pm as road workers cut off an underground line at Mirersarai.
 arrow Quick bucks

 arrow Secys asked to be in JS during question time
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday asked ministers to ensure the presence of secretaries in the Jatiya Sangsad during question time and the law secretary during passage of bills.
 arrow Experts for more awareness of AIDS
Concerned about the impending threat of HIV/AIDS, experts at a roundtable here yesterday stressed adequate interaction on the fatal disease to effectively deal with a future crisis.
 arrow Standstill

 arrow Khaleda performs Umrah
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia performed Umrah at Kaaba Sharif in Makkah Tuesday evening.
 arrow US to fund $3.5m for CNG set-up
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $3.5 million for the development of CNG (compressed natural gas) infrastructure run by private operators.
 arrow Businessman missing for a month, feared abducted
Another businessman is feared to have been abducted in the port city as he has been missing for last one month.
 arrow Work on third Karnaphuli bridge starts next month
The construction of the third bridge on the Karnaphuli River will begin next month.
Businessarrow Govt releases Tk 100cr export subsidy
The Ministry of Finance has released Tk 100 crore in cash subsidy for exporters to help them pay staff salaries and Eid bonus.
 arrow Power concerns incur Tk 434cr loss in FY03
Power Development Board (PDB) and two other concerns of the Power Division incurred a total loss of over Tk 434 crore in the last fiscal, State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood yesterday told parliament.
 arrow Ten losing SoEs shut down in two years
A total of 10 non-profitable industrial units were closed down by the present government for incurring huge losses, parliament was told yesterday.
 arrow Lafarge Surma Cement sees 2.33 times over-subscription
Lafarge Surma Cement received Tk 35 crore in subscription against its initial public offering of Tk 15 crore posting a 2.33 times over-subscription.
 arrow StanChart extends evening banking service
Standard Chartered Bank has extended its evening banking service at Dhanmondi and Uttara branches in Dhaka and Nasirabad branch in Chittagong.
 arrow Kafco AGM held
The 22nd annual general meeting (AGM) of Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Limited (Kafco) was held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Asia-Pacific employers' conference from Dec 1
A three-day 6th Asia-Pacific high-level employers' conference begins in Dhaka on December 1.
 arrow Bata introduces 250 designs of shoes
Bata Shoe Company Bangladesh Limited has introduced more than 250 designs in all categories on the eve of the Eid festival.

New shoes are available at all Bata stores and agencies.

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

Eighteen bids of 1-Day tenor amounting to Tk 790.00 crore were received and accepted.

 arrow Singapore's FTA with US bodes well for SMEs
Singapore's free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States has opened up a huge opportunity for local small businesses to get a slice of the lucrative federal procurement market, worth US$250 billion
 arrow WTO chief warns of danger in run-up to Dec 15 meet
WTO chief Supachai Panitchpakdi warned of "danger" Tuesday if countries failed to commit themselves to making progress before a meeting on December 15 to revive global trade talks, while the EuropeanUnion
 arrow China decries US plans to impose quotas on textile
China Wednesday strongly protested plans by the United States to slap quotas on Chinese textile imports of dressing gowns and bras, accusing Washington of violating WTO principles of free trade.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined "Investors keep faith in banks" published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently printed that Bank Asia Limited received Tk 120 crore as IPO subscription.
Sportsarrow Football: MSC Cameroon-equipped
Revenge will play on the minds of both teams when giants Mohammedan Sporting Club and Muktijoddha Sang-sad Krira Chakra meet in the final of the Tibet Federation Cup football tournament today.
 arrow Cricket: McInns not upset
Bangladesh under-19 coach Richard McInnes said that he was not at all upset with the disappointing performance put up by his boys in a four-nation tournament in Pakistan early this month.
 arrow Cricket: Unstoppable Aussies
All-rounders Michael Clarke and Ian Harvey were unlikely stars in Australia's 37-run win over India in the triangular TVS Cup one-day cricket series final here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Star-studded final today
Holders Biman take on Comilla in the final of Emirates 27th National Cricket Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: India not after Akram
India's cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday rubbished media speculation that Pakistani legend Wasim Akram was being hired as the bowling coach of the national team.
 arrow Kabadi: B'desh going to f'ship kabadi
The Bangladesh Kabadi Federation (BKF) has selected an 18-member team to take part the International Friendship Kabadi Tournament in Hariyana, India from December 5 to 7.
 arrow Hockey: Div II hockey
The lone match of the Green Delta Insurance Second Division Hockey League between Shantinagar Sporting Club and Combined Sporting Club ended in a goalless draw at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadiumyesterday.
 arrow Badmintorn: Nat'l badminton
Neway 25th National Badminton Championship will be held from December 18 to 22 at Jessore.
 arrow Cricket: Lee, McGrath still doubtful
Australia pace bowlers Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath are struggling with their fitness ahead of the first Test against India next month.
 arrow Cricket: Beyond their imagination
England captain Michael Vaughan says his players face a true test of character after their 10-wicket hammering by Sri Lanka in the first one-dayer in Dambulla on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Freddie' to the fore
There are many ways to skin cats.
 arrow Rugby: 'I'm not a duck'
England flyer Jason Robinson swept aside suggestions on Wednesday that he and the other backs would prefer to play Australia in the rain declaring he was not a duck and wanted to handle the ball rather
 arrow Football: Paraguay thank Paredes
Midfielder Carlos Paredes hit the only goal to guide Paraguay to their third consecutive victory in World Cup qualifying, a 1-0 win over Chile on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: FIFA accept new code
WADA president Dick Pound said Tuesday that football's world governing body FIFA is finally set to accept the World Anti-Doping Agency's new anti-doping code.
 arrow Football: Adu staying home
American teenage soccer sensation Freddy Adu reportedly will become the youngest athlete to play professional sports in the United States in more than a century.
 arrow Football: Swedes get on Gaucci's nerves
Eccentric Perugia president Luciano Gaucci has slammed two female footballers who snubbed his offer to make them the first women to play in Italy's Serie A.
 arrow Football: Let off for Smith
Leeds United striker Alan Smith appears to have escaped prosecution for throwing a plastic bottle at fans during a match against Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Boca means more to Tevez!
Striker Carlos Tevez is taking legal action against a decision forcing him to play for Argentina in the World Youth Championship rather than for Boca Juniors in the Intercontinental Cup final.
 arrow Football: Desailly's heart in France
Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly insisted Tuesday that nothing would persuade him to stay on at Stamford Bridge after his contract finished in 2005.
Politicalarrow 5 AL leaders get bail in 'godfathers' list case
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted three months anticipatory bail to five frontline Awami League (AL) leaders in 11 defamation suits.
 arrow Hasina asks govt again to resign on monga issue
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her demand for the government to step down for failing to tackle the monga, a famine-like situation that has
 arrow Grooming of honest people a must to cut crime: B Chy
Former president Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need for grooming honest people to free Bangladesh from the vicious nexus of crime and corruption.
Metropolitanarrow Rickshawpullers threaten movement
Rickshawpullers and owners yesterday threatened to launch movement if the government makes any more roads off-limits to rickshaws in the city without arranging alternative employment for them.
 arrow Unesco goodwill ambassador arrives today
The Unesco Goodwill Ambassador for Peace Maria Teresa arrives in the city today on a three-day visit.
 arrow Folk song festival from Dec 6
The Bangladesh Folk Song Council (BFSC) will arrange a three-day folk song festival from December 6 in the auditorium of Public Library at Shahbagh in the city.
Nationalarrow Affluent in monga days !
Marginal farmer Kashem Ali does not queue for government doles in these monga days. He has Tk 20,000 in hand from sale of coriander grown in one bigha of land.
 arrow 2 docs held for 'faulty' operation gets bail
Two doctors, arrested in the town on Monday for an alleged faulty operation, were released on bail on Tuesday.
 arrow Over 100 trucks with imports stranded in C'nawabganj
Over 1000 trucks, 200 of those carrying imported onion and fruits, are stranded for four days on Chapainawabganj-Sona Masjid and Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi roads following a conflict between two truckers'
 arrow JCD-Shibir clash: Cop among 7 hurt in Gaibandha
Seven persons including a policeman were injured during a clash between activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islamic Chattra Shibir (ICS) at Palashbari Tuesday night.
 arrow Natore traders want revival of TERAC activities
The businessmen of Natore have been wearing black badges from yesterday (Wednesday) and will hoist black flags atop their business establishments and houses from November 22.
 arrow 40,500 VGF cards for Satkhira
The government has sanctioned 40,500 cards under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme here.
 arrow Outlaws kill 3 including UP member
Three persons including a Union Parishad (UP) member were killed by the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in separate incidents in two days.
 arrow 4 commit suicide in 24 hours in Satkhira
Four persons including a minor girl and a boy allegedly committed suicide within a span of 24 hours in Satkhira Sadar, Assasuni, Debhata and Shymnagar upazilas.
 arrow 14-year RI for Phensidyl trader in Meherpur
One person was sentenced to 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a special tribunal court here for pursuing illegal Phensidyl business on Saturday.
 arrow Mobile courts realise Tk 30,500 from dishonest traders
An amount of Tk 30,500 was realised by mobile courts from dishonest businessmen for cheating people with faulty scale and for selling adulterated food on Monday.
 arrow Cop suspended for rape attempt
A police sub-inspector has been suspended for rape attempt.
 arrow 2 killed in road accidents in B'baria
A retired schoolteacher and another persons were killed in two road accidents in the town and at Saril on Monday.
 arrow Two female muggers nabbed in Ctg
People caught two female muggers and handed them over to police here on Monday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Job one: Solve the Sunni problem
The only thing Arabs understand is force: this is the central dictum that has governed the Bush administration's foreign policy in the Middle East, an old line peddled by traditionalist scholars of the
 arrow Economic inequities and political frailties
While the market manipulation, the unrest in the RMG and other industrial sectors, and the mismanagement of the economy as a whole is upsetting the nation , the northern region is beset with severe 'monga'
 arrow Microcredit and microfinance
In his presentation to the International Seminar on Attacking Poverty with Microcredit, organised by the PKSF in Dhaka during 8-9 January 2003, Professor Yunus identified several significant problems
 arrow Sugar is not always sweet
Too much sugar in the diet can make you put on weight and it is not good for health.
Culturearrow Phulrani Aami Tia
Munira Yousuf Memi, a Natyajan artiste, recently staged her solo performance Phulrani Aami Tia, which is the 5th production of the group.
 arrow Colourful canvases of stilled moments
With the ongoing exhibition of 45 paintings by artist Ronel Chakma, the gallery of Russian Cultural Centre has worn a colourful look.
 arrow ATN BANGLA on Eid
Mahfuz Ahmed and Ishita star in the drama Thaka Na Thakar Majhkhaney, written and directed by Mohon Khan, that will be telecast on ATN Bangla on the day of Eid at 10:30 pm.
Generalarrow 'Cancel work order for secondary textbooks'
Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Association (BBPSA) yesterday formed a human chain in front of National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) demanding cancellation of work order for secondary level
 arrow One gets life for killing boy in Pabna
The divisional speedy trial tribunal here yesterday sentenced a youth to life imprisonment for killing a nine-year-old boy.
 arrow 922 NGOs get FNB membership
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) has so far approved membership of 922 non-government organisations.
 arrow Gates Foundation gives $ 10m to Unicef
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated 10 million US dollar to Unicef to fight maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) that causes death of an estimated 230,000 mothers and babies worldwide a year.
Internationalarrow 13 Biharis killed in Assam violence
Indian army troops patrolled parts of the northeastern state of Assam on Wednesday after eight people were killed as rampaging mobs burned the homes of hundreds of settlers from the eastern state of Bihar.
 arrow Laloo Yadav to lead goodwill mission to Assam
India's RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav will lead a goodwill mission of parliamentarians to Assam shortly. This follows last week's anti-Assamese violence in Bihar.
 arrow Iran offers political aid to Iraqi Governing Council
Iran has offered Iraq a package of political and security assistance, after a landmark visit here by top members of the Iraqi Governing Council that also yielded a trade pact set to boost Iranian economic
 arrow Iraq 90 percent normalised, says Bremer
Paul Bremer, the US civil administrator in Iraq, insisted in an interview published here Wednesday the situation in Iraq had been "normalised" in about 90 percent of the country, despite daily attacks
 arrow Nepal to seek India's help against Maoists
Nepal's Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa will visit India next week to seek further military assistance to combat a Maoist insurgency, officials and sources said yesterday.
 arrow Sonia violated code of conduct: EC
The Indian Election Commission has found prima facie that the Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi and one of her top aides had "violated" the model code of conduct for elections and issued a show cause
 arrow Reporter exposes lax in Palace security
An undercover reporter has exposed flaws in royal security by gaining a job as a footman at Buckingham Palace by using a false reference.
 arrow Chandrika criticised in parliament
The speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament says President Chandrika Kumaratunga acted illegally when she suspended parliament two weeks ago.
 arrow US redoubling efforts to find Laden
Two years after President Bush said Osama bin Laden was wanted dead or alive, America's new Afghan envoy said on Tuesday the United States is redoubling efforts to find him and other leaders of both al
Editorialarrow Editorial: Separation of judiciary again delayed
The Supreme Court has once again granted an extension to the government to implement its 12-point directive to separate the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Editorial: Bogra ammo haul
The investigation into the ammunition haul in Bogra in June has made little progress in the last five months, despite the issue having a direct bearing on national security.
 arrow Iraq: Who are the terrorists?
About a dozen American soldiers in Baghdad kick-opened a family door at dead of night and grabbed a young woman by her night dress from shoulder top while she was screaming and running to the other room
 arrow Banning terrorist outfits
Most of the country's image problems stems from the inability of the governments in power to take timely action.
Letters to Editorarrow Polythene notice!
The government has taken a strong measure to eliminate polythene shopping bags from the market. The concerned Minister's personal initiative in polythene control drive is praiseworthy.
 arrow Electronic libraries
The age of (public) libraries with printed books are gone. Now electronic libraries can be tapped sitting at home browsing through the Internet.
 arrow Facing a problem with mobile phone
I am using a prepaid mobile phone for the last three years. The purpose is mainly to remain connected with my parents who are living out of Dhaka, for the whole time.
 arrow Good Hope in Panchagarh
A daily newspaper in one hand and a morning cup of tea in another is a common scenario in most households in urban areas.