Volume 4 Number 183 Sat. November 29, 2003    
 
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Front Pagearrow Peace gets a boost as Vajpayee ready to meet Pak PM
In a further boost for South Asian peace hopes, India's prime minister said he hoped to meet his Pakistani counterpart in January as a ceasefire between the rival nations' armies in Kashmir continuedto
 arrow Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated
Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday.

Government and private offices will reopen today after four days of Eid holiday and weekend.

 arrow Bush's stealth visit to Iraq to boost troops' morale
US President George W Bush was back in the United States early yesterday after braving the threat of missiles over Baghdad to join 600 troops for an emotional Thanksgiving dinner in Iraq, in a trip arranged
 arrow Frenzy of political actions on cards
A rejuvenated opposition camp comes up with an array of anti-government programmes, adding spark to post-Eid politics.
 arrow Five murdered in city during Eid holidays
At least five people were murdered in the city in separate incidents during the Eid holidays.
 arrow Circular angers UP leaders
A government restriction on participation of union parishad (UP) chairmen and members in various programmes at home and abroad has sparked off resentment among the elected leaders of the lowest tier of
 arrow Hillary flies in Baghdad hot on heels of Bush
Former US first lady Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Baghdad Friday hot on the heels of a lightning stealth visit by US President George W.
 arrow Road accidents kill 35 in four days
At least 35 people were killed and 98 others injured in a string of road accidents in the last four days, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Most garments don't conform to rules
Most of the 2,600 garment factories operating in the city and its suburbs do not comply with rules nor do they uphold rights of thousands of workers.
 arrow Sinking to depth of civic chaos
There are some sore spots in city areas, a couple of which stand out in terms of miseries they represent. The cases of Karwanbazar and Jatrabari may be cited in this context.
 arrow Rat sergeant, cop suspended for losing arms
A sub-inspector of Dhanmondi Police Station and a sergeant of Rapid Action Team (Rat) were suspended for having lost their arms due to negligence at Azimpur and Nakhalpara on the Eid day.
 arrow India ready for talks with ULFA
India's ruling party said Thursday that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was ready to talk with a rebel group in the northeastern state of Assam blamed for killing 54 Hindi-speaking settlers.
 arrow 130 drown as boat capsizes in Congo
At least 130 people died when an overcrowded boat capsized during a storm on Lake Maindombe in western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN peacekeeping mission here said Thursday.
 arrow Zimbabwe ready to say goodbye to C'wealth: Mugabe
President Robert Mugabe, who has not been invited to a key Commonwealth summit next week, said yesterday his country is ready to "say goodbye" to the grouping if it refuses to treat the southern African
 arrow Mortar attack in Iraq kills US soldier
A mortar attack on a US base in Iraq killed an American soldier yesterday, hours after President George W Bush made a secret visit to Baghdad to spend Thanksgiving with US troops fighting to end a guerrilla
 arrow Steve Waugh announces retirement
Australia's veteran cricket captain Steve Waugh announced here Wednesday that he will retire from international cricket at the end of the upcoming Test series with India.
 arrow Wife burnt to death for not giving Eid gift
A woman was burnt to death allegedly by her husband on the Eid day in Godnail village in Narayanganj, as her parents did not give him money to buy new clothes.
 arrow Kolkata bans Taslima's Dwikhandita
The Indian state of West Bengal yesterday banned the latest book by feminist writer Taslima Nasreen, saying its circulation could trigger religious unrest.
 arrow Police hunt for clues to Jamal after fresh ransom demand
Police are looking for leads to the whereabouts of abducted Chittagong magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury in the wake of a fresh letter demanding a further Tk 20 lakh in ransom for his release.
 arrow 2.6 tonnes of explosives seized in KSA
Saudi police seized more than 2.6 tonnes of explosives packed into a car that "terrorists" intended to blow up earlier this week, the interior ministry said Thursday.
 arrow BDR man commits suicide over denial of Eid leave!
A member of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Shaheb Nagar border outpost in Rajshahi allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday.
 arrow 7 foreign oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria
Seven foreign oil workers including one Briton and at least one Australian were kidnapped in Nigeria by local militants, diplomats and security sources said yesterday.
 arrow Cricketer Babu manhandled by fiancee's brother, friends
A former member of the national cricket team, accused of killing his fiancée, was beaten up and handed over to Sabujbagh police yesterday allegedly by the victims brother and his friends.
 arrow Blaze


Businessarrow Light engineering sector to get a boost from govt
The government is going to set up a business promotion council for light engineering sector in December to give a much needed boost to this potential sector.
 arrow EU, India to double trade by 2008
India and the EU pledged Friday to nearly double bilateral trade from the current 27 billion euros (32.2 billion dollars) to 50 billion euros by 2008 by knocking down trade barriers and agreeing pacts.
 arrow Europe should use Japan as base to grab China market
European companies should use Japan as a base to develop the Chinese market, taking advantage of Japanese experience in running factories and joint ventures there, visiting French Economy and FinanceMinister
 arrow Eurozone heads for recovery, but risks remain: OECD
The 12-member eurozone is heading for recovery after a prolonged slump, but risks remain notably the record surge of the euro, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday.
 arrow Russian oil giant Yukos stalls merger with Sibneft
The completion of a merger between Russian oil giant Yukos and its smaller rival Sibneft, expected to have been reached Friday, has been suspended, the two companies announced.
 arrow US gets time before WTO adopts ruling against steel tariffs
The European Union and seven other countries have agreed to delay the adoption of a WTO ruling against US steel tariffs, in a possible sign that Washington is preparing to drop the measures and avoidretaliatory
 arrow Oil prices hold firm after US inventories drop
World oil prices held firm in thin holiday trade Thursday, buoyed by a fall in US crude and heating oil inventories ahead of next week's OPEC meeting.
 arrow Bush decision on steel tariffs seen imminent
Under mounting international pressure, President George W.
 arrow EU ministers agree on takeover rules
European Union industry ministers voted Thursday in favor of harmonising rules on corporate takeovers, in a fresh slap for the European Commission, which had wanted more shareholder-friendly provisions.
 arrow World economic stagnation over, US dynamism back: OECD
Years of stagnation are over for the global economy and a strong economic recovery is well under way in the United States, where the dynamic "animal spirits" of times past are back in action, the OECD
 arrow Japan's recovery on track despite higher jobless rate
Japan's economic recovery continues on track as deflationary pressures eased and industrial output kept growing in October despite a slight uptick in the jobless rate, economists said Friday.
 arrow Japan strikes back at US over steel tariffs
Japan is threatening to impose its first-ever punitive sanctions against its biggest trade partner over US tariffs on steel imports but analysts say the move is unlikely to prove too costly or lead to
 arrow Singapore, HK sign double taxation agreement
Singapore and Hong Kong signed an agreement on Friday to remove double taxation in their airline and shipping transport operations which the government here said would boost economic ties.
Sportsarrow Football: Mission impossible for Bangladesh
Tajikistan have virtually confirmed their place in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers when the Central Asian republic handed hosts Bangladesh a 2-0 defeat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Right time to go
Australia Test captain Steve Waugh announced on Wednesday he will retire from international cricket at the end of the upcoming home series with India.
 arrow Cricket: Daughter's wish fulfilled
Little Rosie Waugh knew it was time for her dad, Australian Test captain Steve Waugh, to retire from international cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting handed capt's armband
Ricky Ponting will take over as Australian Test captain when Steve Waugh retires in January, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee's surgery successful
The right knee of Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza was successfully operated upon by Dr. David Young at the Avenue Hospital in Melbourne on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: A team's departure delayed
The Bangladesh A team's participation in the Inter-departmental Cricket Championship (Patron's Trophy and Patron's Cup) has been deferred for at least ten days following Pakistan Cricket Board's decision
 arrow Cricket: Paying tribute
Australia Prime Minister John Howard led the tributes to retiring cricket captain Steve Waugh, who announced on Wednesday he was pulling up stumps in January.
 arrow Cricket: New Kiwis face Pak ODI test
All-rounder Chris Cairns led a new look New Zealand cricket team to play a challenging five-match one-day series against a settling Pakistan team starting with the day-night fixture here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool owe Kewell one
Australian international Harry Kewell kept Liverpool's faltering season on track as the Merseysiders reached the third round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday but fellow Premiership giants Manchester City crashed
 arrow Football: MU, Chelsea join elite
Manchester United and Chelsea clinched qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday but Rangers failed miserably in their quest to reach the last 16 after defeat to VfB Stuttgart.
 arrow Football: Battle at the Bridge
Chelsea flunked the first examination of their Premiership title ambitions when a rare blunder by goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini gifted Arsenal victory at Highbury last month.
 arrow Cricket: Zim lead series
Andy Blignaut completed career-best figures to bowl Zimbabwe to victory in the third one-day international against West Indies on Wednesday.
Politicalarrow Keraniganj AL leader shot dead
An Awami League (AL) leader was gunned down at Jazira Bazar Market Owners' Association office under Keraniganj Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Jhalakathi Jubo League leader's mother dies
Mother of a local Jubo League leader died on November 25, four days after being seriously burnt in an arson attack by her son's alleged political opponents at Rajpasha of Shekherhat union in Jhalakathi
Metropolitanarrow Three killed in Ctg
Three people, including an elderly woman, were killed in the district in the last five days since Monday.
 arrow Bijoy Mela begins in Ctg on Dec 7
Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela, a two-week fair organised by the pro-liberation forces every year since 1989, will begin at the outer stadium here on December 7.
 arrow FAO confce from today
Agriculture Minister MK Anwar left for Rome on Wednesday to attend the 32nd session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Conference from November 29 to December 10.
 arrow Tributes paid to Dr Milon
Leaders and workers of different political parties and socio-cultural organisations paid rich tributes to Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon on the occasion of his 13th death anniversary on Thursday.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Ahmedul Kabir held
Qulkhwani of Ahmedul Kabir, a pioneering media personality and chief editor of the Sangbad, was held at his Indira road residence after Asr prayers yesterday.
 arrow Stamp on Eid released
Bangladesh Postal Department released a commemorative postage stamp of Tk four denominations on Tuesday on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow UNAB symposium
In observance of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the United Nations Association of Bangladesh (UNAB) will hold a symposium at National Scout Bhaban here at 4.30pm today.
Nationalarrow I was asked to a file case against Hasina, victim's father says
Md Nazimuddin, father of schoolboy Kajol killed by Sheikh Hasina's motorcade on November 17, has alleged that the state minister who visited his house after the incident tried to influence him to file
 arrow Tk 342cr project to benefit small farmers in 16 N dists
A seven-year programme involving Tk 341.91 crore has been undertaken in the 16 northern districts for cultivation of high-value crops (HVC) for poverty alleviation.
 arrow Road mishaps kill 6 in Gopalganj, Satkhira
Six people were killed and 35 injured in road accidents in Gopalganj and Satkhira on Tuesday.
 arrow Shrimp enclosure occupied,looted by BNP men in Satkhira
Two shrimp enclosures covering about 100 bighas of land have been forcibly occupied in Assassumi upazila, one of those by local BNP activists.
 arrow Community clinics built and locked
Two-thirds community clinics out of 122 in seven upazilas of the district are locked for long for want of manpower and others facilities.
 arrow 'Dangerous limits' of deadly arsenic in Barisal
Investigations have belied earlier presumption that the southern districts and coastal areas are free from arsenic contamination of groundwater due to higher percentage of salinity in water.
 arrow No clue to expatriate's murder in one and a half months
Police could neither arrest any of the killers of expatriate Mourash Miah in Sunamganj nor find any clue about one month and a half after the murder while the victim's family alleged that the killerswere
 arrow One to die, 2 to suffer life term RI in Naogaon
A court here sentenced one person to death and two others to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing Motiur Rahman, a businessman at Dhekra village under Badalgachhi upazila four years ago.
 arrow Launch sinks 6 hours after hitting a hidden shoal
A passenger launch on BarisalBhola route sank in the Pangashia river six hours after it hit a hidden shoal on Tuesday night.
 arrow Matiranga Pourasava election on Dec 30
Election in the newly declared Matiranga Pourasava in Khagrachhari district will be held on December 30.
 arrow Clashes leave 50 hurt in Chandpur
At least 50 people were injured in a series of clashes at Afazmollah Bazaar in Shakhipur upazila of Shariatpur district on the Eid day.
 arrow Absconding Accused arrested
Gournadi police arrested Habul Peyada, Commander of Habul Bahini and a Jubo League leader on Monday.
 arrow Police SI killed in Gazipur road accident
A sub-inspector (SI) of police was killed in a road accident on the Dhaka-Gazipur highway here on Tuesday, a day before the Eid day.
 arrow Retd pry school teacher killed
A retired primary schoolteacher was shot and chopped to death by outlaws at Hasanpur village in Sujanagar upazila on Wednesday.

The deceased was identified as Shamsher Master, 65, of the village.

 arrow 420 more villages brought under power supply network
Palli Bidyut Samity-2, Barisal has so far brought 420 out of 527 villages under its supply network since its establishment in 1985.
Point-Counterpointarrow ME peace: The road map is fundamentally flawed
In a series of American initiatives to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, the latest is the so-called road map to peace.
 arrow What should minorities do
For minorities, including smaller sects of Islam, should not organise themselves communally. Instead of being protected, they may only help set up a cycle of revenge violence.
 arrow Mohon Mia
In remembering Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, popularly known as Mohon Mia, one is sure to be struck by the fact that since his death on 26 November 1971 at the age of 66 there has not appeared in our political
 arrow Have a Nice Day
High Blood pressure (hypertension) is indeed a 'silent slayer' or killer. As it is usually asymptomatic, it is sensible to check your blood pressure (BP) routinely.
Culturearrow Magical mystery in black and white
The on-going breath-taking exhibition, "Man Without Qualities" of the photography enfant terrible Matthias Wahner, at the Goethe Institut sure makes the mind spin.
 arrow Attracted to rhythm
It was back in the '60s when I was six or seven, my mother got me admitted to a nearby music school--Nikkon Lalitakala Academy,' Laila Haque recalls.
Internationalarrow UN probes possible Iran-Pak nuke link
The UN nuclear agency is probing a possible link between Iran and Pakistan after Tehran acknowledged using centrifuge designs that appear identical to ones used in Pakistan's quest for an atom bomb, diplomats
 arrow US considers elections for provisional Iraq govt
The United States is considering holding elections for a provisional Iraqi government rather than have its members selected by regional caucuses, The Washington Post newspaper said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka mulls Tigers' settle or secede call
Sri Lanka President's party yesterday said it was still studying a Tamil rebel warning of separation unless majority Sinhalese politicians ended their bitter power struggle and revived a Norwegian-backed
 arrow Palestinians angry at Sharon's ultimatum
Palestinians reacted with anger at Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's warning that Israel might seize land if peace negotiations fail, though Sharon also said Israel must give up territory for peace.
 arrow Taiwan bill spells 'hidden trouble', says China
China's official Xinhua news agency said on Friday Taiwan's referendum bill passed by parliament spelt "hidden trouble" hindering eventual reunification between the mainland and an island China considers
 arrow UK launches crackdown on asylum seekers
Britain's Labour government patted itself on the back on Thursday for halving the country's influx of asylum seekers and announced new measures to dissuade potential immigrants.
 arrow Billions to face water crisis as glaciers melt
Billions of people will face severe water shortages as glaciers around the world melt unless governments take urgent action to tackle global warming, the environmental group WWF said Thursday, ahead of
 arrow Long lost bird found alive in Fiji
A bird believed extinct for over a century has been found alive and warbling in Fiji, a bird group said here.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Eid holidays
Life in the city changes in a very marked way during Eid holidays-- the roads remain empty; people don't have to encounter the usual traffic jams; and the unbearable noise pollution also comes down to
 arrow Editorial: Kofi Annan on AIDS
The UN Secretary General's comments on the worldwide AIDS epidemic made in an interview with the BBC on Friday were spot-on.
 arrow Perspectives for the new NATO
The past months have not been easy for the transatlantic alliance or the transatlantic partnership.
 arrow In defence of Communicative English
Every year right after the HSC and SSC results, experts write columns in newspapers shedding tears for those who did not pass, especially in English.
Letters to Editorarrow Mutual Respect
Lacking of mutual respect to each other is one of the major obstacles towards socio-economic development in our country.
 arrow Hats off to GP!
Grameen Phone (GP) Ltd.
 arrow Leadership famine!
As a frustrated senior citizens of the country, many like myself welcome the possible creation of a third party in politics, which could wean away able politicians from the two major political parties
 arrow Attention, please!
We, the inhabitants of Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world (more than 40% people of Bangladesh live below the poverty line) will face yet another winter within a few weeks, withoutthe
Literaturearrow Dancing Shadow
Spent many days gazing up at the sky. Outside...but then had to come in!
Said goodbye to the sky---didn't even feel like looking at it, at all that light.

 arrow Mexico Revisited
A glimpse of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, fried crickets, the Aztec temples by moonlight, the Museum of Anthropology, Trotsky, and rush rush rush, visas visas visas...
 
   
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