Volume 4 Number 182 Tue. November 25, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Huge arms haul in CHT
Army seized a high-profile haul of firearms and ammunition, including an antiaircraft machine-gun and a rocket launcher, in a raid on a haunt of terrorists deep into a forest in Khagrachhari Sunday night.
 arrow Eid tomorrow if moon sighted today
The Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated all over the country tomorrow if the Shawal moon is sighted today, which is highly likely.
 arrow Moscow fire kills 32 foreign students
A fire, possibly caused by an electrical fault, swept through a Moscow dormitory early yesterday, killing 32 foreign students and injuring 139 others, including seven Bangladeshi students, officials in
 arrow 7 more die of dengue fever
Seven more patients died of dengue fever until November 24 out of a total of 337 people affected since April this year across the country, officials at the Directorate of Health Services said yesterday.
 arrow Cabinet trimming on the cards
The government is planning to downsize the cabinet after the Eid-ul-Fitr in an effort to restore people's confidence in the administration, highly placed sources in the ruling BNP said.
 arrow Eid delicacies get dearer this year
People of the middle and low-income brackets have to dig their purses deep to relish Eid delicacies this year as the prices of most essentials needed to serve them on the platter have gone up as highas
 arrow Eid jamaats, timings in city
Preparations are complete for holding Eid congregations in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
 arrow Last-minute Eid shopping frenzy
Last minute brisk shopping continues with only a day to the greatest Muslim festival.
 arrow Trucker killed, 10 wounded as mob clashes with cops
A truck driver was shot dead by fleeing robbers and 10 others including four policemen were injured in mob-police clashes on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Mirersharai point, 45 miles off the port city,in
 arrow 5 US troops killed in Kabul copter crash
A US combat helicopter carrying troops on a nighttime mission crashed outside an American military base near the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday, killing at least five soldiers and injuring seven others in
 arrow Ahmedul Kabir passes away
Ahmedul Kabir, a pioneering media personality and the chief editor of the Daily Sangbad, died at 81 from old-age complications at a Kolkata hospital yesterday.
 arrow Jamal's family doubts fresh ransom letter
The family of abducted Chittagong magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday doubted the senders of a letter demanding a hefty ransom for his release while police said they were scanning it.
 arrow OC closed in Khulna on graft charge
Police Headquarters has closed officer-in-charge (OC) of Mollarhat Police Station and sent to Bagerhat Police Lines for unauthorisedly releasing a listed criminal.
 arrow Youth shot by sisters' stalkers dies at DMCH
A youth, who was shot and stabbed on Sunday by some rogues for protesting eve-teasing at Shyampur, died at night at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow Dhaka dismisses Delhi's Assam violence blame
A foreign ministry spokesman yesterday termed the allegation by Indian Northeast Affairs Minister CP Thakur that Bangladesh was responsible for the current spate of violence in Assam "totally baseless,
 arrow Set slow loris free right away
The critically endangered nocturnal primate, slow loris, caught and kept in a cage at the deputy commissioner's house in Bandarban, should immediately be released back into the wild for its survival,a
 arrow 15 indicted in Gujarat massacre
A local court in Nadiad taluka of Gujarat on Monday convicted 15 persons guilty for the massacre of 14 Muslims during the post-Godhra communal riots in Ginjar village in Ghodasar area on the outskirts
 arrow BB circulates new notes
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has circulated new notes of various denominations to the tune of Tk 566 crore to meet the huge demand for new notes ahead of Eid.
 arrow AES's power plants transfer deal okayed
The government yesterday approved the transfer deal between American power company AES Corporation and UK-based CDC Globeleq on the ownership of AES's two major power plants involving about US$ 500 million
 arrow Film-maker Sheikh Niamat passes away
Eminent film-maker Sheikh Niamat Ali died of a cardiac arrest at the BIRDEM hospital here yesterday morning. He was 63.

Family sources said he was undergoing treatment for kidney ailment at the hospital.

 arrow Body of listed criminal found
Body of a listed criminal, who also happens to be a workers' leader, was recovered at Chanmari ferryghat in Labonchhara of Khulna yesterday.
 arrow Holiday
The offices of The Daily Star will remain closed for three days from today on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Therefore, there will be no edition of the newspaper on November 26, 27 and 28.
Businessarrow Agrani Bank to sell Padma Oil shares
In a bid to improve its financial health Agrani Bank has decided to sell shares of Padma Oil Company Ltd after holding them for more than three decades.
 arrow DSE to woo Americans back to capital market
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) officials will try to woo Americans back to invest in Bangladesh's capital market when US Ambassador in Dhaka Harry K Thomas visits the premier bourse on December 1.
 arrow EC may consider new quota system after '04
The European Commission (EC) has assured Bangladesh of considering a proposal to provide the country with an alternative quota system in the quota-free regime beyond 2004.
 arrow Tea export drops slightly
Tea export dropped slightly in the first nine months this year.

According to reports available here from the state-run Bangladesh Tea Board, 8.

 arrow Dollar eases against taka
The US dollar eased further against Bangladesh taka in inter-bank trading yesterday thanks to higher remittance inflow on the occasion of Eid festival amid lower demand from importers, dealers said.
 arrow Call money rate eases
The call money rate yesterday dropped significantly from its record high as funds are now recycling into the vaults from traders, now are going through high sales turnover due to Eid-shopping, fund managers
 arrow Transcom Electronics prize giving ceremony held
Transcom Electronics Limited organised a function to hand over prizes to winners of its promotion campaign titled 'Open the Pack and Get a Bag, Open the Bag and Get an Offer' at Stadium Market in Dhaka
 arrow Agora offers raffle draw coupons
Agora, a chain superstore, offers the customers raffle draw coupons against their purchase.
 arrow Repo auction
The Repo auction of Bangladesh Bank for commercial banks and financial institutions was held here yesterday.

Seventeen bids of five-day tenor amounting to Tk 677.50 crore were received and accepted.

 arrow French economy may beat 2004 growth forecast: PM
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Sunday the euro zone's second-largest economy could grow more than the government's budget forecast of 1.7 per cent in 2004.
 arrow Signs of compromise loom over EU stability pact row
Signs of a compromise that could defuse a row between Berlin and the European Commission over persistently high German budget deficits emerged at the weekend before a meeting of EU finance ministers in
 arrow US to comply with WTO in trade rows: Official
The United States is committed to complying with findings by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which has ruled against Washington over steel tariffs and tax breaks, a senior US official said Monday.
 arrow High fiscal deficit a worry for Indian economy
Finance Minister Jaswant Singh said Sunday that the fundamentals of the Indian economy were at their strongest in decades but warned that the high fiscal deficit was a worry.
 arrow UAE-China bilateral trade to hit $5b
The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) bilateral trade with China increased 42.8 percent in the first nine months of 2003 to 3.998 billion dollars, Deputy Manager of Chinamex Jimmy Ye announced Monday.
 arrow Australia, US start fresh FTA talks next week
A new round of talks will be held in Washington this week to try to iron out obstacles in the way of a US-Australia free trade agreement (FTA), Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile said Monday.
Sportsarrow Football: Tajiks predict tough time
A 19-member Tajikistan football team arrived in the city yesterday to play their Asian pre-quali-fying round for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals that will be held in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: Nandasena passes away
Sri Lankan curator of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) PD Nandasena died at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday after spending 23 days in a coma.
 arrow Cricket: India open tour today
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly was hopeful Monday Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram would be able to help his left-arm pacemen during the tough Australian tour starting this week.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies sans Glenn, Darren
Australia look set to go into next month's opening cricket Test against India with an under-strength pace attack after news Monday that pace spearhead Glenn McGrath is struggling to regain full fitness.
 arrow Cricket: Kale saga takes new turn
India's cricket chiefs closed ranks on Monday after Abhijit Kale, the player at the centre of a cash-to-play scandal, received support from former greats like Kapil Dev.
 arrow Cricket: Lara asks for consistency
Brian Lara was at a loss to explain the inconsistency of his West Indies team following their six-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Real made to sweat
David Beckham was on target as Real Madrid made hard work of overcoming struggling Albacete 2-1 on Sunday but the narrow victory was enough to send them back to the top of the Spanish first division.
 arrow Football: Gunners' test by Inter fire
Arsene Wenger will be walking on familiar shaky ground when he leads Arsenal to the San Siro for a must-win clash against on-form Inter Milan in their Group B Champions League clash on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Black day in Rome
Roma crushed Bologna 4-0 on Sunday to keep up the pressure on champions Juventus but Serie A was left hanging its head in shame after four players were sent off in a bloody battle between Lazio and Perugia
Politicalarrow Opposition parties eye anti-govt unity after Eid
Student and youth fronts of opposition political parties are planning to forge a greater anti-government unity in the post-Eid political configuration.
 arrow Saber files defamation suit against Sangram
Awami League leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday filed a damage suit seeking compensation of Tk 50 crore against the editor, publisher of the daily Sangram and its Khulna correspondent for carrying
Metropolitanarrow Top criminal Kamal Pasha, accomplice to die
Top criminal Kamal Pasha and one of his accomplices were sentenced to death by a tribunal here yesterday for killing a contractor, Ashik Iqbal in broad day light in front of the then PG hospital at Shahbag
 arrow Ahmedul Kabir's death condoled
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed deep shock at the death of Ahmedul Kabir, a journalist, intellectual and politician, who died in Kolkata yesterday.
 arrow Launch, bus terminals swarming with home-bound passengers
Bus and launch terminals and the railway station in the city experienced heavy rush of homebound passengers yesterday as they left for their homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones.
 arrow Draft of Private Medical Service Act approved
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the Private Medical Service Act-2003 aiming at ascertaining the quality of treatment and ensuring the proper management of the private medical services.
 arrow 4 get life term in absentia
Four young men were in absentia sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting down a physician at Mohammadpur in the city four years ago.
 arrow Bush felicitates Khaleda
US President Gorge W Bush has felicitated Prime Minister Khalada Zia on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow President, PM greet Muslim leaders
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have conveyed warmest greetings and heartiest felicitations to the Heads of State and Heads of government of Muslim countries on the occasion of
 arrow Australian film festival begins December 11
A two-day Australian film festival will begin at the British Council at Fuller Road here on December 11.
 arrow US mission closed from Nov 25 to 27
All offices of the US Embassy in Dhaka including the Public Affairs Section, Information Resource Centre and Student Advising Section will remain closed from November 25 to 27 on the occasions of holy
 arrow New executives of Aparajeyo Bangladesh
Shyamal Kumar Roy and MA Bari were elected chairperson and secretary

respectively of the governing council of Aparajeyo Bangladesh, a child rights organisation, for 2004-05.

 arrow SMA Rab murder Home ministry orders reinvestigation
The home ministry has ordered reinvestigation of Khulna Awami League Mayoral Candidate SMA Rab murder case.

Sources said official order in this regard reached local CID office on November 20.

 arrow Zia Foundation to set up training centre
Ziaur Rahman Foundation will set up a training centre at Bogra to deal with asthma patients as part of its social development programme.
Nationalarrow Heyday for ticket touts in Rajshahi
"All seats booked", reads the notice hung in front of most of the ticket counters. Nearby, touts sell tickets at almost double the actual fares.
 arrow Panic in Satkhira
Panic has gripped the people of Assassuni upazila as outlaws have demanded toll to so many through letters and threatened with death for non-compliance.
 arrow Police on high alert in Barisal division
Police are on high alert in Barisal division in apprehension of "sabotage" by criminals against the backdrop of a law and order situation.
 arrow Frequent change in rules hinders local govt strengthening
Local government rules are frequently changed through ordinances, which is the main obstacle to strengthen local bodies.
 arrow BADC 'deceives' farmers
Farmers who bought BADC Boro-IRI seeds have been deceived as about 80 per cent of the seeds did not sprout, many farmers alleged.
 arrow Moulvibazar Shilpakala Academy body formed without election
A new executive committee of Shilpakola Academy here has been formed without election.

Local members of the ruling party have captured all the seats of the executive body, sources claimed.

 arrow Mob damages police microbus in Barisal
Mob damaged a hired microbus of police for hitting a cyclist named Md Mohiuddin, 17, who was rushed to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital with critical head injuries on Sunday noon.
 arrow 4 held with fake notes in Gaibandha
Palashbari police recovered 36 fake notes of 100 taka denomination and arrested four persons including a head master of a primary school in this connection.
 arrow KSM to face production setback
Production at Kushtia Sugar Mills (KSM) may suffer a setback this season because of a sugarcane supply deficit like in the past.
 arrow Journalist beaten for news against traffickers
A local journalist was injured when beaten by some BNP activists on Saturday at Jhowdahga bazaar in the Sadar upazila for publishing a news against women and children traffickers.
 arrow 375 MT VGF rice for Narsingdi during Eid
The government is distributing 375 metric tons (MTs) of rice among distressed people in Narsingdi ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme.
Culturearrow Be deshi, buy deshi
Bangladeshi handloom has a heritage of more than a hundred years. The Dhakai muslin had been famous since the days of the Moguls.
 arrow 'Ittyadi' strikes again!
Hanif Sanket once again presents Ittyadi Eid special, to be telecast on the 2nd of Eid at 10:30pm on BTV. Like every Eid, he presents some unique features in this programme too.
 arrow Tele film: Bhalobasha dot com
Based on comedy of situation a telefilm Bhalobasha Dot Com by Debashish Biswas, produced under Rupkatha banner, will be aired on ntv, on the fourth day of Eid at 9:30 p.m.
 arrow Humayun's Eid hattrick
It has seemed for past few years that Eid means Humayun Ahmed--a tremendously entertaining drama or two, with lots of fun, absurdly funny characters and some touching acting.
 arrow Drama:Subarna Alpana
Starring Mahfuz Ahmed, Srabontee, Shomi Kaiser, Shahed, Ishita and others, this drama is written by Manzurul Alam and will be telecast on Channel-i on the day of Eid at 9:35 pm.
 arrow Black: Utshober Por
It was a pre-Eid congregation of music admirers at the official launching of Black's second album 'Utshober Por' on November 21 from the record label G-series.
 arrow Dalchut
Ever heard of Sanjeeb Choudhury and Bappa Mazumder, or a song called Gari Cholena which became a major hit way back when the album Hridoypur was released? Presumably, with the number of listeners whoheard
Generalarrow Only 5.3 pc attend HSC level
Some 45.6 per cent of population have education level of class-I to class-V while 22.3 per cent has class-VI to class-VII level.

According to the national survey on child labour of 2003, 14.

 arrow Diarrhoea breaks out in Rajshahi
More than 200 people, including 43 children, have been admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in last three days following an outbreak of diarrhoea in the city and its suburbs.
 arrow Ershad plans to talk alliance after Eid
Former President and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad is likely to start discussion after Eid vacation towards forming an alliance, now that political alignments are shaping up along different lines.
 arrow Two die in boat capsize
Two bodies were recovered while seven others remained missing following a boat capsize in the river Kangsha in Dharmapasha upazila of Sunamganj district on Saturday.
 arrow Body of undertrial accused handed over to family
The body of an undertrial accused, who died in the central jail here, was handed over to his family members on Saturday night.
Internationalarrow Georgian leaders seek US cash for polls
Georgia's new leaders, boosted by US support for the bloodless ouster of President Eduard Shevardnadze, sought urgent financial aid yesterday and called for order and stability after the country's "velvet
 arrow Mullah Omar urges Afghans to fight US forces out
The supreme leader of the ousted Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, urged Afghans to unite against US-led foreign forces on their soil, a Pakistan-based Afghan news service reported Sunday.
 arrow Kashmiri hardliners reject talks offer
India's offer of the first high-level talks with separatists to end a protracted rebellion in Kashmir has won the approval of the main rebel movement but been outrightly rejected by hardliners.
 arrow Myanmar frees 5 key NLD leaders
The Myanmar military government released five senior members of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy put under house arrest nearly six months ago, party officials said yesterday.
 arrow Maoists take deadly toll at Nepali schools
Beyond the daily deaths of Maoist rebels and soldiers in Nepal, educators warn a generation of children is being scarred as rural schools become a frontline in the bloody insurgency.
 arrow Chirac in UK to meet Blair
French President Jacques Chirac arrived in London yesterday for a day-long summit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair focusing on the way forward in Iraq, European defence and the EU constitution.
 arrow Sharon vows to end ME peace stalemate
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, facing flak from the United States, said Sunday he was considering unilateral moves to kickstart the peace process and was determined to break the impasse with the
 arrow Assam faces food shortage as truckers avoid riot-torn state
India's northeastern region was facing a food shortage yesterday after truck drivers refused to enter Assam due to ethnic clashes that have claimed 46 lives, officials said.
 arrow Surviving without food for 68 years!
An Indian man who claims divine inspiration says he has survived 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself, baffling doctors who are unable to prove him an imposter.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Our Eid greetings
After a month-long tryst with self-abnegation, spirituality and alms-giving Muslims throughout the world rejoice in the prospect of Eid-ul-Fitr being at hand.
 arrow Editorial: Dhaka implicated in ULFA issue
Indian North-East Affairs Minister CP Thakur has brought some outlandish charges against Dhaka.
 arrow Dr B, BNP and Bangladesh
Professor AQM Badru-ddoza Chowdury (Dr B for short) seems to have hit news headlines over the recent past few days.
 arrow Returning to America in time of war
As the great English bard William Shakespeare once put it: "Parting is such sweet sorrow." That sentiment hit home a few weeks ago when I returned to the U.S.
 arrow Erratum
The title of the third article published in this page yesterday should have read "Politicisation of bureaucracy impedes good governance" instead of "Politicisation of bureaucracy impedes to good governance".
Letters to Editorarrow An appeal
I write this to express my feelings from my heart. I am a computer engineer. I do hard work honestly at my institution. I hope and dream that my beloved country will progress in future.
 arrow War on Terror
These days we are hearing a lot about War on Terror thanks to BBC and CNN particularly.
 arrow Secularism: Constitution, Law and Representation
In his 11/19 response to my letter dated 11/14, Mr.
 arrow Hypocrisy!
One of our present-day social and moral problem is hypocrisy ie the practice of pretending to be different from what one really is: (Oxford dictionary)

There are some educated and well-to-do persons

Eid-ul-Fitr Specialarrow Eid-ul-Fitr: Festival with a difference
Eid in Arabic means 'joy' and 'fitr' stands for 'return to normalcy'.
 arrow Eid in Dhaka
It may seem like a selfish thought, but I simply cannot resist wishing that people who go to the villages to spend the Eid with their near and dear ones stayed there forever and never returned to Dhaka!


 arrow Ramadan and the message of Eid-ul-Fitr
The holy Ramadan has made its august presence amongst us, the Muslims, at a time when the whole Muslim world is confronted with momentous problems.