Volume 4 Number 180 Sun. November 23, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Step to set stage for civil society after Eid
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said a move to form a platform of the civil society members would be taken after the Eid to find solutions to the 'problems besieging the nation'.
 arrow Jubo League leader not second time lucky
Unidentified gunmen in a second attempt in less than 24 hours killed a ward unit Jubo League leader at a city hospital yesterday.
 arrow Twin blasts at police offices kill 18 in Iraq
Suicide bombers blew up cars packed with explosives outside two police stations north of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 18 people in the latest deadly strikes on Iraq's US-backed police force.
 arrow No move to arrest attackers, instigators
Although fundamentalists openly attacked a mosque of the Ahmadia sect in Nakhalpara Friday noon and caused communal disturbance, the government has done nothing to arrest the culprits till yesterday.
 arrow All roads lead to home
A festive mood pervades the capital as well as the whole country with the Eid-ul-Fitr drawing nearer.
 arrow Wrong treatment, docs' ignorance main reasons
Inappropriate treatment and ignorance of doctors about broncheolitis were the main causes of the recent deaths of infants attributed to pneumonia across the country.
 arrow Police yet to find lead to bloodbath in Banshkhali
Police are yet to find out leads to Wednesday's grisly massacre that left 11 members of a minority family at South Sadhanpur Shilpara in coastal Banshkhali upazila incinerated in sleep.
 arrow Day to remember for Mahismara villagers
It was a day to cherish for the villagers of Mahismara, Tangail who could see a real duchess for the first time in life.

"My dream came true today (Saturday).

 arrow The killing field of guest birds
Thousands of 'guest birds' have started flocking to Hakaluki haor in Sylhet and many of them are ending up in the dinner plates of their hostile hosts in a parody of a ban on migratory bird hunt.
 arrow Hills students slate remarks against Larma
Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) yesterday brought out a procession protesting a provocative statement of a lawmaker against Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma,
 arrow Toll-takers kill baker
Extortionists shot dead a bakery owner at Rampura who refused to pay them toll and assailants stabbed to death a restaurant owner at Hatirpool in the capital in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow PM returns today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returns home today after performing holy Umrah in Saudi Arabia.

She is expected to arrive at Zia International Airport by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 1:20pm.

 arrow 1 lakh troops to stay in Iraq until 2006
US Army officials plan to keep 100,000 troops in Iraq through early 2006, reflecting concern that stabilising Iraq could be more difficult than originally planned, The New York Times reported yesterday.
 arrow Opposition seizes Georgia parliament
Opposition supporters broke into Georgia's Parliament yesterday and took it over, scuffling with lawmakers and forcing President Eduard Shevardnadze to flee as thousands of protesters outside demanded
 arrow Bangabandhu's sister Ruby passes away
Syeda Rahman Ruby, sister of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, died of cancer at the BIRDEM Hospital yesterday. She was 68.
 arrow Next hearing on Nov 29
A Dhaka court yesterday set November 29 for hearing on the charge-framing against former state minister for planning Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and seven others in the Janatar Mancha case (sedition case).
 arrow Total solar eclipse tomorrow
A total solar eclipse will take place tomorrow, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said yesterday.
 arrow Contractor Nuruzzaman sent back to jail
Contractor Nuruzzaman was sent back to Moulvibazar district jail after he was discharged from Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital yesterday evening.
 arrow Full text of Badruddoza's speech
Representatives of the Civil Society, Excellencies and Partners in the development of Bangladesh, representatives of the community of journalists in Bangladesh, Ramadan Mubarak.
 arrow Passenger robbed of passport, cash at ZIA
Muggers forcibly picked up a homebound passenger in their car from the Zia International Airport (ZIA) and looted his passport, Tk 30,000 and foreign drafts said to be worth about Tk 1 lakh Saturday.
 arrow Six get life for taking licensed guns forcibly
A court here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to six peole for taking two licensed guns from two brothers forcibly and threatening to kill them.
 arrow Girl's death shrouded in mystery
A young girl was burnt to death at Kalatia of Keraniganj in Dhaka yesterday.

Half an hour before her death, victim Shimul Akhter, 28, told The Daily Star that she did not commit suicide.

 arrow WI outrun Zimbabwe
Chris Gayle made a career-best 153 not out and took two wickets for 21 to guide the West Indies to a comfortable 51-run victory over Zimbabwe in their first one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow AC Akram's bail stayed till Dec 8
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed till December 8 the execution of the High Court order that granted bail to assistant police commissioner (sacked) Akram Hossain jailed for life.
 arrow 15 more Bihari settlers killed in Assam
In a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence, at least 15 settlers from Bihar were gunned down by suspected ULFA rebels in Tinsukua district of Assam yesterday, officials said.
 arrow Rupsha Bridge Project official hurt in attack by outlaws
Supervisor of Rupsha Bridge Construction Project (RBCP) Rezaul Karim Raj was severely injured in an attack allegedly by the activists of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Labonchora inKhulna
 arrow Wife of Talebur Rahman passes away
Nargis Rahman,58, wife of Talebur Rahman, chairman of Swedish Motors, of House 4, Road 78 of Gulshan, died at 9:30pm.

Her namaz-e-janaza will be held at Gulshan Central Mosque after Johr prayers.

Businessarrow CSE wants withdrawal of weighted average index
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to withdraw the present system of calculating weighted average index of the day-to-day trading.
 arrow Shrimp exporters need to unite to meet global standards
Bangladesh's shrimp exporters need a common platform to properly face global standards and other compliance requirements for exports, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said yesterday.
 arrow Small credit entrepreneurs may get large loans
The government plans to introduce a larger credit programme for small entrepreneurs having good track records in loan repayment under different micro-credit programmes, Finance Secretary Zakir Ahmed Khan
 arrow Call money rate jumps to 12pc
The call money rate shot up to 12 per cent yesterday following withdrawal of huge deposits from banks on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

In most deals, the call money rate ranged between 10.

 arrow Six-day Eid holiday for DSE, CSE
A six-day Eid holiday for Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges begins today.
 arrow Dollar weak against taka
The US dollar eased further against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday thanks to higher remittance inflow on the occasion of Eid festival amid higher dollar selling by fund managers,
 arrow Lever Brothers holds first super store retailers' conference
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Limited held first superstore retailers' conference in Dhaka recently.

The agenda of the conference was 'Working Together Building Business', says a press release.

 arrow Local firm takes part in European PPE fair
For the first time Apex Leathercraft and Fashion Accessories Ltd, a local company, participated in one of the biggest PPE (personal protective equipment) fairs in Germany with technical assistance from
 arrow US may end steel tariffs but require licensing
US President George W.
 arrow China won't retaliate in trade spat with US
China will not retaliate in a developing trade spat with the United States by dumping US Treasuries, state media reported, citing the agency in charge of the country's ballooning forex reserves.
 arrow Global trade tensions high amid sanction warnings
Global trade tensions simmered Friday as the EU stood firm on threats to slap sanctions on US goods over steel and export tax break disputes and Norway warned of retaliation against Washington.
 arrow US-China trade further frayed
US-China trade tensions deepened Friday with a US International Trade Commission decision allowing anti-dumping duties on Chinese iron pipe fittings, capping a week when the two countries fought over
 arrow Iraq resumes oil exports to Jordan
Iraq resumed oil exports to Jordan and strengthened oil industry cooperation with former foe Kuwait and other Gulf states this week amid more sabotage attacks on Iraqi pipelines.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafee faces double op?
Injured fast bowler Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza will be taken to the treatment table on Monday for a surgery on his damaged right knee in the Australian.
 arrow Football: Alfaz spares seniors' blushes
A double strike by ace forward Alfaz Ahmed yesterday gave the national team a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Bangladesh under-20s in the lone practice match ahead of their World Cup first-leg qualifieragainst
 arrow Cricket: Rampant Gayle, Lara
Chris Gayle and Brian Lara combined with centuries each to power the West Indies to 347 for six from 50 overs in the first of a series of five cricket one-day internationals against Zimbabwe here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly admits it
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly has conceded Australia holds a mental edge over his team heading into the southern summer's four-Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Mushfiq to lead BD A team
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday formally announ-ced the 15-member Bangladesh A team that will take part in the Patron's Trophy in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Zia pulls out of Pak team
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday pulled its chief's son from a 15-man national squad against New Zealand a day after his controversial selection triggered a wave of media criticism.
 arrow Cricket: There should be some truth
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly said on Saturday there must be some basis to allegations that a player offered bribes to Indian selectors to get picked for the national team.
 arrow Cricket: Wessels' denial
Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels has continued his strong denial of the racism claims that led to his suspension as coach of Eastern Province.
 arrow Cricket: Latif in hot water again
Former Pakistan cricket captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif faces disciplinary action for criticising Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its policies in a critical television interview, an official said
 arrow Rugby: Jonny breaks Wallabies hearts
England became the first northern hemisphere side to win the rugby World Cup after a last-gasp Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal in extra-time sunk Aus-tralia 20-17 in a thrilling final here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Nistelrooy lifts MU
Ruud van Nistelrooy picked up where he left off for Holland in midweek with his 12th goal of the season as Manchester United were made to sweat for a 2-1 win over Blackburn at Old Trafford on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Law's cancer battle
Former Manchester United and Scotland striker Denis Law is battling prostate cancer.

Law, 63, is recovering in hospital after surgery on Tuesday and is in good spirits, Manchester United said.

Politicalarrow Three BNP leaders expelled
Three BNP leaders have been expelled for their alleged involvement in the murder of Bagerhat district President of the Sramik League Khan Sadekul Islam alias Sadia Khan.
 arrow 'Aamra Zia Hobo' denies links with Mahi Chy
Albert P Costa and Humatun Kabir, founding president and secretary of Aamra Zia Hobo (we want to be Zia) yesterday said Mahi B Chowdhury, MP, has no relation with the organisation and he is using itsname
Metropolitanarrow Tk 91,456 cr draft Nat'l Water Management Plan approved
The Executive Committee of National Water Resources Council (NWRC) approved a comprehensive draft National Water Management Plan yesterday with an estimated cost of Tk 91,456 crore.
 arrow 10 more soil testing labs to be set up in 9 agri zones
Ten more regional soil testing laboratories would be set up in nine agricultural zones to make information available to farmers about soil contents and water and fertiliser requirements for ensuring soil
 arrow 3 more IFIC officials sent to jail
Three more officials of Tultikar branch of IFIC Bank here were sent to jail hajat after they were produced before the magistrate's court yesterday in connection with their alleged involvement in embezzlement.
 arrow Mazharul Islam's contribution recalled
A discussion meeting was held on the Bangla Academy premise yesterday commemorating the death of former Director General of the academy Prof Mazharul Islam.
 arrow President assents to Civil Procedure (Amend) Bill '03
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday gave his assent to 'The Code of Civil Procedure (Third Amendment) Bill, 2003', says a Parliament Secretariat press release.
Nationalarrow Launch owners to make a mint during Eid
Transport owners have almost doubled fares in road and waterways ahead of the Eid-ul-fitr.
 arrow Thai, Indian goods are of less demand
The whole city gives a festive look with crowded markets and shopping malls dazzling with kaleidoscopic lights and eye-catching decorations.
 arrow Transport co asked to stop Bagerhat-Dhaka bus service
Shohag Paribahan, a private transport company, was asked to stop its services on Bagerhat-Dhaka route via Khulna from Friday for not carrying nine gunny bags containing Zakat cloths of district BNP president
 arrow 40 hurt in Kushtia villagers' clash
At least 40 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups loyal to two local BNP men at Nohordin village in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
 arrow Union Parishad leaders protest govt order
Union Parishad Chairman and members of Moulvibazar district at a meeting protested the LGRD ministry order on local body representatives to take permission from Deputy Commissioners to participate inany
 arrow Hasina's comments on Dulu protested
Lamonirhat district BNP on Friday protested the remark made by Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina about Deputy Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Asadul Habib Dulu on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Outlaw' beaten to death by police
An alleged outlaw --Jasim Shaikh (30) -- belonging to Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was beaten to dead by Rupsha thana police on Friday at Mahishaguni village, witnesses claimed.
Point-Counterpointarrow Carnage in Istanbul
The week ending November 20 witnessed series of devastating bomb blasts in Istanbul killing altogether over 50 people and injuring over 450.
 arrow Time to liberate the US
True liberation emanates from within a nation rather then from a marauding invading force with a diametrically opposing alien culture.
 arrow General Election 2006
Democratic election systems require a good electoral roll, prepared following certain criteria and mechanism for identifying eligible voters and preventing ineligible persons from voting.
Culturearrow "She walks in beauty"
One has seen superb delineation of Omar Khayyam and Kalidas's poetry on canvas, paper, woven wool and mosaic.
 arrow The Panjabee passion
The fifth Panjabee exhibition by singer and lately turned fashion designer Nahid Nazia went on for two days at the Muldhara International Centre at Dhanmondi recently.
Internationalarrow US softens position on Iran over nukes
American officials hinted they were backing away from demands that the UN Security Council get involved in a dispute over Iran's nuclear program, even as a US envoy voiced unprecedented criticism of the
 arrow India fails to stop UN adopting resolution on self-determination
Casting aside India's objections, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution for the peoples' right to self-determination.
 arrow Amnesty questions Iraqi house demolitions by US
Amnesty International said Friday US forces appeared to be destroying houses in Iraq as a form of collective punishment for attacks on US troops and warned that that would violate the Geneva Conventions.
 arrow Anti-war trio repeat call for bigger UN role in Iraq
France, Germany and Russia on Friday told the United States and Britain to include the United Nations in every stage of the Iraqi self-rule process and organise a conference for Iraqi leaders and keycountries
 arrow Palestinians, Israelis gearing up for talks
Palestinian and Israeli officials are gearing up for a resumption of peace talks, sources close to Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei said yesterday.
 arrow Bush shrugs off demos, hails 'fantastic' UK trip
President George W.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ahmadias under attack
The attacks on police by around 500 people, who were planning to evict the members of Ahmadia sect from their own mosque at East Nakhalpara in the city on Friday, are but an example of religious intolerance
 arrow Editorial: Trouble in Hill Tracts again
The newly surfaced controversy over the status of the chairman for an important taskforce to expedite rehabilitation of the internal refugees of Hill Tracts is one of the many hurdles in the path of implementing
 arrow An encounter with violence
It was Friday the 7th of November. The time was after six thirty in the morning.
 arrow Israelisation of Bush's America
Ever since the American people did not elect George W. Bush the President in 2000, he has been obsessed with winning the Presidential election in 2004.
Letters to Editorarrow Modernise the police
I have been following some of the proposals to modernise the police department of Bangladesh.
 arrow Poet Shamsul Haq and freedom of expression
I have gone through the writing of Syed Shamsul Haq, "I speak of the freedom of the pen" (November 17) and he did not sound to be very convincing.
Star Healtharrow Make your Eid journey comfortable
Many people manifest some health hazard like vomiting, headache, dizziness etc. during long journey. For eid purpose people go to the remote area to pass their time with family.
Star Cityarrow 100 'happy-go-lucky' land-grabbers
Over 100 land-grabbers occupied 94 acres of government land with fake documents on both sides of the new road from Shilpakala Academy to the Bangladesh Bank.
 arrow Brokers allure passport seekers, cops abet them
Tip-hungry brokers and bank officials face almost no legal action for extracting money from passport applicants for so-called assistance, as officials of the Passport Bhaban and law enforcers abet them.
 arrow 'We shall overcome,' they sing at Sandra's happy home
"My name is Saddam and Bush is looking for me," the nine-year-old boy shouted out, grinning at visiting reporters and turning somersaults in the air.
 arrow Shilpakala theatre opens to public in December
The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will open its experimental theatre hall to the audience in the first week of December.
 arrow Mahakhali flyover nears finishing tape
After some uncertainty and a lull in activity, construction work of the Mahakhali flyover has gained momentum significantly over the last four months and is on course to be finished on time.
 arrow Caller ID system may help curb crime
Caller identification mechanism in fixed line phones will help curb crime, especially kidnapping and extortion believe law enforcers and city dwellers.
Star City in Framesarrow Mosaic of Beauty
The interest for orchid is growing in the city because of its ornamented beauty, variety and longevity. These characteristics have made it popular among orchid lovers.