Volume 4 Number 179 Sat. November 22, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Gas field for Niko flouting policy
Once financially and technically disqualified, Canadian company Niko Resources has suddenly become the government's eye candy in the gas sector.
 arrow Shab-e-Qadr tonight
Shab-e-Qadr will be observed across the country tonight, seeking blessings of the Almighty for peace and progress of Muslim Ummah.
 arrow Bid to 'capture' Ahmadia mosque turns violent
At least 50 people including 18 policemen were injured in twin attacks by anti-Ahmadia Muslims on law-enforcers near an Ahmadia mosque at Nakhalpara in Tejgaon before and after the Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow Mahi to set up 'school of democracy', train activists
Mahi B Chowdhury, son of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury, yesterday unveiled a series of programmes to create awareness about crimes and corruption in an effort to present a better future to the
 arrow Jubo League leader, 5 family members burnt in arson
A local Jubo League leader and at least five of his family members suffered serious burn injuries after alleged cadres of the JCD (Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal) set fire to his house at Rajpasha of Shakherhat
 arrow Controversy bubbles over Banskhali bloodbath
Controversy surfaced over Wednesday's massacre in which 11 people of a Hindu family were burnt alive on the Banskhali coast, with law enforcers trying to describe it as just another robbery but locals
 arrow Rockets slam into Iraq oil ministry, hotels
Guerrillas fired rockets from donkey carts yesterday into Iraq's oil ministry compound and two Baghdad hotels used by foreign contractors and journalists, in the latest strikes on targets linked to the
 arrow Drive to stop plunder of Tanguar haor
At long last, the authorities have launched a five-month drive to stop plunder of fish resources worth millions in the massive Tanguar haor (water body) by influential groups.
 arrow Taskforce for CHT internal refugees in limbo over chairman's status
A taskforce crucial for the rehabilitation of internal refugees in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is yet to launch its operation because of a controversy over the status of its newly appointed chairman.
 arrow Mothers' vigil outside school premises
There are more than a dozen schools for children in Dhaka's Dhanmondi area. A common sight outside such school premises is the assembly of groups of mothers or wards of children attending the schools.
 arrow B Chy hosts iftar today
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury is hosting his much talked-about iftar party at Hotel Sheraton today amid flying speculations of the emergence of a third political force under him.
 arrow Popking freed on $3m bail
Michael Jackson, who soared to dizzying heights as an entertainer, yesterday found himself facing the possibility of a breathtaking fall as he awaited child molestation charges that could destroy hiscareer
 arrow No trace of abducted student yet
A female student is yet to be recovered five days into her abduction in the capital while her family alleges police are reluctant to act promptly.
 arrow Nuruzzaman hospitalised, alleges torture in police custody
Contractor Nuruzzaman, who is on a two-day remand at the Srimangal Police Station (PS), was admitted to the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital after he fell sick Thursday night in police custody.
 arrow FM dismisses reports of fresh strains in ties with Delhi
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday rejected outright media reports suggesting strains in relationship between Bangladesh and India, saying the two next-door neighbours must work together for mutual
 arrow PM offers Jumatul Wida prayers at Masjidul Haram
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday offered Jumatul Wida prayers at Masjidul Haram along with millions of devotees.

She prayed for welfare, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh and for world peace.

 arrow Tug of war over Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban room
The deputy speaker and the chairman of a parliamentary body have been running a dispute over the allocation of a Sangsad Bhaban room for the last six days.
 arrow Istanbul bombers are Turks: Police
Turkish police have identified the two suicide bombers who carried out the attacks in Istanbul against British targets as two Turkish nationals, the mass-circulation Hurriyet newspaper reported yesterday.
 arrow Bomb attack on mosque in Maharashtra injures 35
Around 35 people were injured yesterday when assailants threw bombs at a mosque in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, officials said.
 arrow Kolkata poet sues Taslima
A Kolkata poet has filed Indian Rupees 11 crore defamation suit against Taslima Nasreen for character assassination in her latest autobiographical novel, the NDTV (New Delhi Television) reported.
 arrow Rickshawpuller beaten to death in KCC ward commissioner's office
A rickshaw-puller was beaten to death in the office of a Khulna City Corporation ward commissioner Thursday night.
 arrow 5 held in Pabna in connection with 5 murders
Police have arrested five people suspecting their involvement in Thursday's five murders at Sonabazar Beel (water-body) under Ataikula upazila.
 arrow Booby-trap kills US soldier in Iraq
A US soldier was killed in action by a booby-trap while on patrol north of Baghdad, his unit, the US 4th Infantry Division, said yesterday.
Businessarrow Policy support dearth leads private jute mills to closure
As private sector jute mills are struggling to survive due to lack of policy support from the government, mill owners demand facility similar to that of state-owned mills.
 arrow Wartsila to build power plant for Lafarge Surma Cement
Surma Energy Limited, a company of Lafarge Surma Cement Limited, has awarded a contract to Wartsila Finland Oy and Wartsila Bangladesh for the supply and construction of a 30-MW power plant for Lafarge
 arrow First Security Bank cuts interest rate
First Security Bank Limited has decided to lower the interest rate by one percentage point.
 arrow S'pore Airlines revises flight schedule
Singapore Airlines has rescheduled its flights from December 1, 2003 to January 31, 2004.

The flights from Dhaka to Singapore will depart two hours earlier than the current time, says a press release.

November 15 -- November 20, 2003

Local FX Market

Dollar remained stable against Bangladeshi taka at the beginning of the week.

 arrow Top global policy makers warn on protectionism
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and top IMF policy-maker Anne Krueger, fearing that decades of trade liberalisation are being reversed, issued stern warnings yesterday against signs of creeping
 arrow Economy recovering, confirms BoJ
Japan's ever-cautious central bank on Friday confirmed what many economists have long been saying: the world's second largest economy is recovering thanks to robust exports.
 arrow IMF, WB appeal for more effort on WTO talks
The leaders of the IMF and World Bank appealed Thursday for renewed efforts to advance global trade talks, saying removing trade barriers is "the single most powerful tool" to reduce poverty and boost
 arrow Trade ministers wrap up FTAA summit ahead of schedule
Trade ministers from the hemisphere working on the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement wrapped up work late Thursday one day ahead of schedule, with a deal that scales back the original plan for
 arrow Bilateral trade ties hurt by US textile row, says China
China warned the United States Friday bilateral trade will be hurt if import quotas are slapped on textile products, as the US Federal Reserve chief cautioned against "creeping protectionism".
Sportsarrow Football: Poorly prepared BD face Tajikistan Nov 26
It appears only a few days before Bangladesh play their long-awaited 2006 World Cup first-leg qualifier against Tajikistan there is apathy among players and officials of Bangladesh Football Federation.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee's surgery Monday
Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza will undergo a surgery on his damaged right knee in the Australian city of Melbourne on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kapali not going
The Bangladesh A team will fly off to Pakistan on November 29 instead of November 28 to take part in the Patron's Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: Time to get tough
Indian coach John Wright says the time has arrived for his richly talented team to shed its reputation as easy roadkill away from home.
 arrow Cricket: Gavaskar's fear
India depart on Friday for a tour of Australia but already critics led by former captain Sunil Gavaskar are suggesting Saurav Ganguly's side are heading for another demoralising trip.
 arrow Cricket: Don't rush Lee back
Australian Test captain Steve Waugh has warned against rushing Brett Lee back into the national team for the India series before the tearaway speedster has regained match fitness.
 arrow Cricket: Second ODI washed out
Heavy rain washed out the second one-day international between England and Sri Lanka without a ball being bowled here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 7 NZ rookies drafted
Seven players who have never represented New Zealand in one-day cricket have been named in the 15-man squad to play five matches in Pakistan beginning next week.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI to probe bribe scam
India's cricket chiefs on Friday ordered an investigation into allegations that a player offered bribes to selectors to get picked for the national team.
 arrow Cricket: PCB again picks Junaid
Pakistani selectors Friday named their squad for the five-match one-day series against New Zealand starting next week, including Junaid Zia, the son of Cricket Board Chairman Tauqir Zia.
 arrow Korea Cup Taekwondo next month
The three-day long Korea Cup Taekwondo Championship 2003 will be held at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium from December 18 under the joint-management of the South Korean Embassy in Bangladesh
 arrow Rugby: Clash of hemispheres
For all the talk of motivation, de-sire and a dozen other imponde-rables, Satur-day's World Cup final between Australia and England will come down to individual con-tests within a team game.
 arrow Football: Gunners have job cut out
Arsenal and their players have already shelled out a grand total of 265,000 pounds in fines as a result of the ugly fracas that erupted at the end of an ill-tempered draw with Manchester United in September.
 arrow Football: No time to act Goofy!
In the week that Real Madrid inked a marketing deal with Disney, it was appropriate that the talk was of the reigning Spanish champions avoiding another Mickey Mouse display against Albacete on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Tests for big boys
The top three in Italy, all boasting unbeaten records after nine matches played, face tricky away ties this weekend as Serie A returns to action following a two week break for international matches.
 arrow Football: Cordoba's sudden bye
Colombian goalkeeper Oscar Cordoba announced Thursday that he was retiring from the national side for personal reasons and not because of the crisis within the team.
Politicalarrow Jubo Dal leader shot dead
A Jubo Dal leader and alleged member of the notorious 'Seven Star Group' was gunned down and a Jubo league leader was shot in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Tangail AL leader gunned down: Hartal today
Unidentified assailants gunned down a district Awami League leader and a non governmental organisation (NGO) executive at Collegepara last night.
 arrow Govt framing false cases to harass leaders: AL
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the coalition government of framing opposition leaders and activists, including former home minister Mohammad Nasim, in false cases to take political
Metropolitanarrow 'Communal harmony a must for nat'l progress'
To bring about an integrated progress of the nation, no section of the society should be branded with communal identity, said the speakers at a conference yesterday.
 arrow Car thieves active ahead of Eid
Organised gangs have become active in stealing private cars in crowded areas of the city as shopping picks up for the fast approaching Eid.
 arrow Raise awareness about obstructive pulmonary disease
Experts at a seminar called for creating mass awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that progressively robs a person of the ability to breathe.
 arrow Resignation of home minister demanded
The Dhaka city unit of Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad yesterday protested and condemned the Banshkhali arson attack in which 11 members of a Hindu family were burnt to death.
 arrow 12 houses gutted in Ctg
Twelve houses in a colony were gutted in a fire in the port city yesterday, leaving 35 families homeless.
 arrow Singaporean PM to visit Dhaka next yr
Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong will visit Bangladesh early next year, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan said yesterday, expecting more Singaporean investment here and easing of visa regime forbusinesspeople
 arrow Alamgir, Shibly elected DRU president, gen secy
Alamgir Hossain of the Daily Ittefaq and Saleh Shibly of UNB news agency have been elected president and general secretary of the Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) for one-year term.
 arrow BCS Edn Assoc office opens
The central office of Bangladesh Civil Service Education Association (BCSEA) was inaugurated in the city.
 arrow 35 hurt in road mishap
At least 35 garment workers were injured in a road accident in the port city yesterday. The accident occurred when a bus hit a light post near the Nasirabad Women College at around 12.30pm.
 arrow Young man shot
A young man was shot by unidentified miscreants at Rampura in the city yesterday.
 arrow BTV wins Denis Anthony Award
Bangladesh Television (BTV) has won the 'Denis Anthony Award' of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) for its coverage on important national issues, including a major ferry capsize, in the last one
Nationalarrow Hasina 'discovered' death from starvation, relief minister says
Minister for Relief and Disaster Management Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf categorically said there was no death from starvation in monga-affected northern districts.
 arrow Tougher programmes after Eid for BRTC service in Sylhet
Ruling party lawmaker Dilder Hossain Selim has said people of Jainatapur, Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas will not accept closure of BRTC service on Sylhet-Tamabil-Jafflong road and others roads inthe
 arrow Four sons, 15 'followers' of Charmonai Pir granted interim bail till Dec 7
A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Gour Gopal Shaha and Justice Jubayer Rahman Chowdhury on Wednesday granted interim bail till December 7 to the four sons and 15 'followers' of Charmonai
 arrow Pneumonia takes alarming turn in Khulna
Pneumonia claimed 67 lives and attacked over 21,000 in the district from January to November 15.
 arrow Gun battles with pirates in Monpura: 12 held, firearms recovered
Bhola police arrested five pirates and detained seven suspects after gunfights in Monpura in the Meghna estuary in the early hours of Thursday.

A fisherman-- Babul, 26 -- was injured.

 arrow Accused snatched from police van: 8 arrested
Police arrested eight persons from Amtali and Arpangashia area on charge of snatching an under-trial accused on Wednesday.
 arrow Four Lankan fishermen released
Four Sri Lankan fisherman were released on Tuesday from Bagerhat District Jail.

The released fishermen are Mariel,40, Shyam,32, Lalit,38, and Monga,34.

 arrow Bagerhat BNP leader missing
A front-ranking leader of Bagerhat district unit of BNP and President of Bagerhat district unit of Hindu-Bouddho-Christian Oikkya Parishad has been missing from the city since Tuesday afternoon.
 arrow Production in Joypurhat Sugar Mill begins Nov 30
Sugar cane crushing at Joypurhat Sugar Mills will begin on November 30, mills sources said.
 arrow Two snatchers caught in Sylhet
Two snatchers were caught red-handed from Mirzajangal area in the city on Thursday morning.

A foreign made pistol and a dagger were recovered from their possession.

 arrow Trader injured by BNP men is in coma
A businessman, severely injured allegedly by some BNP activists for refusing to pay toll, is now in coma in Khulna General Hospital.
 arrow Monju for Padma Bridge at Mawa
Former communications minister and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Anwar Hossain Monju has said the proposed Padma Bridge should be constructed at Mawa point because it will benefit five crore of the south
 arrow Former OC gets bail in death in custody case
A court here granted bail to former officer-in-charge (OC) of Kaligonj thana in a case for alleged death in custody.

Biswa Nath Mondal of Ghona village was arrested on July 30, 2001.

 arrow Young man's body recovered from KUET hall safety tank
Decomposed body of a young man was recovered from the safety tank of Fazlul Huq Hall at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) on Wednesday night.
 arrow Truckload of smuggled Indian sugar seized
Laxam police seized a truckload of Indian smuggled sugar worth about Tk 8.5 lakh at Lamai Thursday night.
 arrow Internee doctors' assoc executives
A seven-member executive committee of Faridpur Medical College Hospital Internee Doctors' Association for the year 2003-2004 was formed recently with Dr Abu Bakar Siddique (F-4) and Dr Muhammad Muneer
Point-Counterpointarrow Rampant crime: Strike at the roots of the torment
In an ideal world, there are some stories we we'd love to avoid: those with an excess of blood and gore.
 arrow Attaining good governance
The people of Bangladesh cannot or do not assert their right to good economic governance because of ineffectiveness of the constitutional and political structures that regulate accountability.
 arrow The Night of Honour
here is no Book in the world in whose service so much talent, so much labour, so much time and money have been expended as has been the case with the Quran. A mere glance at Imam Sutuy's (d.
 arrow In the grip of crises
The present coalition government headed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has completed two years after assuming power in October 2001. It is perhaps high time to assess its performances.
Culturearrow A marvellous melange of lyrical lines

Javed Jalil, who had his fine arts studies in USA, had done most of his work as he said, with Chinese ink and brush; at times he added crayons, as in his landscapes.

 arrow New Tona Tuni albums
Three more musical albums hit the market at Eid.
 arrow Maksud Jamil Mintu bringing fresh taste of music for ntv viewers this Eid
National Award winning music director Maksud Jamil Mintu has made four special musical programmes for ntv. These programmes are going to be telecast on this Eid-ul-Fitr.
Generalarrow Armed Forces Day observed
The Armed Forces Day was observed yesterday with due solemnity and enthusiasm.
 arrow AL protests killing of BCL leader
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil MP has protested the killing of Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Shahidul Islam in Naogaon and demanded exemplary punishment to the killers.
 arrow Prisoner dies in Rajshahi
A prisoner of the district central jail died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on Thursday.
Internationalarrow Chandrika sets Dec 15 deadline to end crisis
President Chandrika Kumaratunga announced yesterday that she was setting a December 15 deadline to resolve a standoff with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe that threatens efforts to end the country's 20-year
 arrow World must work together to fight terror: Straw
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said yesterday that the world had to work together to confront the global terror threat, following two sets of deadly attacks in Istanbul in less than a week.
 arrow Europe now front line in terror war: Newspapers
Newspapers in several countries expressed fears yesterday that Europe had become a front line in a global war on terrorism, a day after 27 people died and more than 450 were injured in two massive suicide
 arrow Pakistan at risk of being bombed, sanctioned
Pakistan risks being bombed and sanctioned unless it eradicates "senseless" religious extremism, President Pervez Musharraf warned in comments reported yesterday.
 arrow Al-Qaeda franchising its brand of terror around the world
Decimated and financially emasculated, al-Qaeda has franchised its brand of synchronised, devastating terror to smaller, regional groups around the world, posing a major challenge to counterterrorismforces,
 arrow 'Turkey blasts linked to SE Asian attacks'
There is a clear link between the bombings in Turkey and attacks in Southeast Asia, with al-Qaeda using local groups as proxies in its global network of terror, analysts said yesterday.
 arrow 'Pakistan will never accept LoC as int'l border with India'
Pakistan will never accept the Line of Control (LoC) as the International Border with India, the country's Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said.
 arrow Brain scans shed light on attention disorder
Scientists said on Friday they have uncovered new clues about the underlying cause of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects up to six percent of children in the United States.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Istanbul blasts
The city of Istanbul has witnessed, for the second time in a week, what may be termed unprecedented acts of barbarism.
 arrow Editorial: Five slaughtered in Pabna
This has been a bad week for law and order.
 arrow Fighting the tentacles of terrorism
Fortunately for Bangladesh, terrorist attacks on the scale of 9/11 have not taken place on its soil. We have however suffered from the more widespread phenomenon of domestic terrorism.
 arrow Crime sans punishment
For all its brazen sleaze, India is a fair working model of democracy.
Letters to Editorarrow Story of a gas meter reader
The story of the meter reader in the news captioned "Gas meter reader splashes out Tk. 1 Cr. in charity" published in The Daily Star on November 16 was both amazing and surprising to the utmost.
 arrow On "Dear Bangladesh"
I have read the excellent article by Dr. Richard Benkin titled 'Dear Bangladesh' (November 16). I fully agree with Dr.
 arrow Lathi-Bansi Samity (Stick-Whistle Association) in Natore
I was disappointed to read the news that all activities of the Lathi-Bansi Samity have been banned for a month.
 arrow Princess Di !
This refers to Mostafa Omar Ali's letter dated 19/11/2003, which he wrote in response to my letter dated10/11/2003, titled "A Princess Betrayed by her butler".
 arrow The student bazaar
I live in Mohammadpur, which has the highest density of educational institutions (per square mile).
Literaturearrow Indian Poetry in English: Henry Louis Vivian Derozio
Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, described by Kolkata writer and eminence grise P.
 arrow Durga Puja in Kishoreganj
As we have said before, The Daily Star literature page welcomes travel pieces by its readers, especially inside Bangladesh.