Vol. 4 Num 184 Sun. November 30, 2003    
 
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Front Pagearrow Dy speaker says speaker violates constitution
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui has alleged that Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar is breaching the constitution and rules of procedure in running the House.
 arrow Trade unionism at EPZs likely in Jan
Dhaka may allow trade union (TU) activities in the export processing zones (EPZs) in the wake of Washington's threat to drop the generalised system of preference (GSP) to its export items from January
 arrow BCS test questions 'leaked' again
The questions of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations slated for tomorrow have reportedly been leaked.
 arrow Human pressure spells Hakaluki doom
Hakaluki haor, the country's biggest wetland spanning a 45,000-acre area of Sylhet and Moulvibazar, and once rich in fauna and flora, is fast becoming a wasteland due to unchecked human habitation.
 arrow Default loans fall another 4 percent
The on-going reforms have resulted in further decline of default loans by 4 percent or Tk 2,714 crore during the first nine months of this year.
 arrow Six Spanish troops killed in Iraq
Attackers ambushed a convoy of Spanish military intelligence officers on a highway south of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least six agents and wounding one, a Spanish defence ministry official said.
 arrow Hasina to visit Banshkhali victims' house on Dec 2
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina visits Banshkhali in Chittagong December 2 to condole the recent gruesome killing of 11 people of a Hindu minority family.
 arrow Man with 'Mosad links' held at ZIA
A man was arrested at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday morning on his way to Tel Aviv for his alleged Mosad connection.
 arrow City still to break out of holiday mood
The capital is still reeling under holiday hangover despite reopening of government and private offices yesterday after a three-day Eid-ul-Fitr holiday followed by weekend.
 arrow B Chy plans raft of roundtables in December
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will discuss his ideas of governance with the civil society and businesspeople throughout December, sources close to him said yesterday.
 arrow Outlaws shoot social worker dead
A gang allegedly from outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) gunned down a local social worker of Rarhuli union in Khulna on Friday.
 arrow Student, maid 'commit suicide'
A college student and a domestic help allegedly committed suicide at Motijheel and Pallabi Friday night.
 arrow Colourful


 arrow BTTB goes ahead to award cell phone project flouting rules
Defying widespread criticism and violating the government's procurement rules, the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has decided to award its mobile phone project to German telecoms equipment
 arrow PM meets BJP, IOJ leaders to mend fences
In an apparent bid to mend the fences with her coalition partners, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday held meetings with five key leaders of the BJP and IOJ at her office.
 arrow Palestinian PM rules out instant talks with Sharon
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie yesterday ruled out holding talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as long as Israel continues constructing a separation barrier in the West Bank.
 arrow Teenage girl's murder in Banshkhali angers locals
The killing of a teenage girl on the night of the Eid-ul-Fitr at Baharchhara union in Banshkhali coastal upazila -- just eight days after the gruesome arson attack in which 11 members of a minority family
 arrow West Indies draw level
Blistering batting by Wavell Hinds and explosive bowling by Fidel Edwards led West Indies to a series-levelling (Duckworth/Lewis method) victory over Zimbabwe on Saturday.
 arrow Man to die for killing wife for dowry
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife for dowry.
 arrow 5 get life, 7 10 yrs' RI for Dohar killings
Five persons have been sentenced to life term and seven to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing two brothers in Dohar in May 1996.
 arrow Chinese People's Consultative Confce chief due today
Jia Tuingling, chairman of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference, arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit.

He will fly in here from the Maldives by a special aircraft in theafternoon.

 arrow Tourist drowns in Bay
A young tourist from Bangshal of Dhaka city was washed away by the low tide as he along with his three friends went to the Laboni Point of Cox's Bazar sea beach to have a bath yesterday morning.
 arrow 3 killed, 40 hurt as bus, truck collide in Jessore
Three people were killed and 40 others injured in a bus-truck collision near Sadhipur Kadomtala in Bagherpara Upazila on the Jessore-Magura Highway yesterday.
 arrow Hillary wants wider int'l role in Iraq
Senator Hillary Clinton called Friday for a wider international role in running Iraq, but doubted the US administration would cede much control in the country it invaded and occupied.
 arrow 3 killed, 40 hurt as bus, truck collide in Jessore
Three people were killed and 40 others injured in a bus-truck collision near Sadhipur Kadomtala in Bagherpara Upazila on the Jessore-Magura Highway yesterday.
 arrow Blood pressure lowering may boost life expectancy
Blood pressure lowering may lead to gains of more than two years in life expectancy in some patients, according to researchers.
 arrow EU constitution talks hit big snags
Foreign ministers facing a deadline in two weeks for a final draft European Union constitution must still decide whether it should provide for a foreign minister or mention God when the expanded grouping
 arrow Lankan PM rejects power-sharing plan
Sri Lanka's beleaguered government yesterday rejected a power-sharing plan from a hostile president, continuing a political power struggle and casting new doubts over the peace process with Tamil rebels.
 arrow Man held over Istanbul bomb attack
Turkish police have arrested a man they say ordered and helped plan a suicide bomb attack on an Istanbul synagogue earlier this month.
Businessarrow Asia-Pacific employers' confce begins tomorrow
The 6th Asia-Pacific Employers' Conference begins in Dhaka tomorrow with the objective to take a common stance on globalisation and issues relating to corporate social responsibility.
 arrow Biman earns Tk 450cr revenue in 1st quarter
Biman Bangladesh Airlines earned Tk 450.15 crore revenue from passenger and cargo transportation in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
 arrow BRTC makes a turnaround
Making a turnaround from the verge of collapse, state run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is now running at an operating surplus income thanks to a well-thought-out bailout plan.
 arrow Dollar firm against taka
The US dollar was firmed against the Bangladesh taka in thin inter-bank trade yesterday while it hit record lows against the euro, pound sterling and remained markedly lower against most other currencies,
 arrow Call money rate strong
The demand for call money was strong in post-Eid trade yesterday as some private commercial banks faced liquidity crunch at the end of the day, fund managers said.
 arrow Nat'l Housing cuts rate
National Housing Finance and Investments Limited has decided to reduce its lending rates.
 arrow WTO to be back on track if rich nations change farm stance: India
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said Saturday that World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations could be nudged back on track if developed countries changed their stance on trade-distortingfarm
 arrow Battlelines emerge in new EU stability pact clash
Battlelines over how to revise EU budget rules emerged Friday with Germany vowing to defend its national sovereignty, Austria rejecting political deals and Brussels warning that the EU's future was at
 arrow G20 meets Dec 12 to revive trade talks
The G20 group of developing countries and the European Union Trade Commissioner are expected to meet in Brazil on December 12 to find ways to revive stalled world trade talks, an Indian government official
 arrow S'pore housing loans boom despite pension cut
Bank lending in Singapore rose for the eight straight month in October, powered by the biggest rise in housing loans in more than a year and a half, central bank data showed Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: U-20s wary of Nepal
The Bangladesh Under-20 football team will take on their Pakistani counterparts in the opening match of the Group-5 AFC Under-20 qualifying round tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur
 arrow Cricket: Payroll okayed
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has approved the new payroll for eleven players.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle, Hinds go wild
West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle blew the opening Zimbabwe seam attack apart in the fourth of a five-match one-day series at the Harare Sports Club here Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan ride on Razzaq
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq snatched an unlikely victory from a novice New Zealand side with a blazing unbeaten 47 off just 22 balls in the first one-day international at Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Booters face Tajik test
Bangladesh face Tajikistan today in the return leg of the 2006 World Cup pre-qualifier in Dushanbe.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l League now from Dec 10
The National Cricket League has been deferred by five days at the request of the divisional organisers. The home and away first-class competition will now begin from December 10.
 arrow Cricket: Fever catching 'em
Excitement was growing across Pakistan and India for the revival of cricketing between the arch-rivals early next year, an official said on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Rights row behind NZ-Pak game black-out
Saturday's one-day match between Pakistan and New Zealand was not televised due to a row over transmission rights between the state-run Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) and the local cricket board.
 arrow Cricket: India want Reid as bowling coach
India want to hire former Australia fast bowler Bruce Reid as bowling coach for their Test series starting in Australia next week, a board official said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe looking back
England batsman Graham Thorpe aims to relive one of his greatest achievements when the first Test against Sri Lanka starts on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Euro lines drawn today
Portugal's World Cup-winning Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari has singled out the Netherlands as the team to avoid during the European Championship finals next summer.
 arrow Football: Waiting to excel
Chelsea's top-of-the-table premier league match with champions Manchester United on Sunday could go down as the real start to Hernan Crespo's Stamford Bridge career.
 arrow Golf: Tiger to tie the knot
Tiger Woods is to marry his Swedish girlfriend Elin Nordegren, the 23-year-old former model's father has confirmed.
Metropolitanarrow Wife demands arrest of accused
Family members of the leading aviation businessman Mokhlesur Rahman, who was shot dead in the city in broad day light on October 6, have demanded immediate arrest of Abdul Matin Chowdhury, an accusedin
 arrow Verdict on Dec 8
The verdict in the sensational Adv Nurul Islam killing case of Laxmipur will be delivered on December 8.
 arrow Rakshit killing case stayed for 4 months
Proceedings on the sensational Srikanta Rakshit killing case have been stayed for four months.
 arrow Two arrested in murder case
Police arrested two people in connection with the murder of one Sohel Molla, 25, over a land dispute at Karnakati village of Sadar upazila under Barisal district on Friday.
 arrow Five shops gutted in city
Fire gutted five shops on the Malibagh-DIT Road in the city yesterday.

The fire originated from an electric shot circuit in a shop at around 3.

 arrow Shishu Hospital lottery tickets from tomorrow
Dhaka Shishu Hospital, the lone specialised children's hospital in the country, will start selling lottery tickets from tomorrow for raising funds to expand its treatment facilities.
 arrow Youth bodies get Tk 48 lakh
The government has disbursed Tk 48 lakh among 458 voluntary youth organisations during the fiscal 2002-2003 aimed at involving them with rural development activities.

In addition, Tk 8.

 arrow Elderly woman killed in city road accident
An elderly woman was killed in a road accident at Shewrapara in the city on Friday night.

The victim was identified as Hanefa Begum, 65, a domestic help.

 arrow Injured youth dies at DMCH
A youth allegedly beaten by the local shopkeepers at Shyampur died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Friday.
 arrow World AIDS Day tomorrow
The World AIDS Day will be observed throughout the globe including Bangladesh tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Banskhali massacre part of a blueprint to force out minority: AL
Main opposition Awami League yesterday blamed the government for the Banskhali arson terming it a planned massacre by the ruling party backed goons to force a religious minority out of the country.
 arrow 'Do not politicise Banskhali carnage, help arrest killers'
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman has urged all concerned to play a positive role to arrest and punish the culprits behind the gruesome Banskhali incident.
 arrow One killed, 25 hurt in Gaibandha
One person was killed and 25 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups as an arbitration meeting on a rape incident failed at Uttara Subdin village in Palashbari upazila on the Eid day.
 arrow Employees unpaid for months, 3.5 cr taxes unrealised
Saidpur municipality has over Tk 3.5 crore taxes unrealised from different government and semi-government offices for long.
 arrow No clue to Biswanath double murder in four months
Police could not find any clue to the murders of a pregnant housewife and her 18-month child in Biswanth upazila four months after the incident though the case was transferred to CID.
 arrow 'Listed criminal' UP chairman arrested
Joint forces arrested Jalma Union Parishad Chairman Abdul Gafur Molla Wednesday night from Batiaghata upazila.
 arrow Clash over catching fish: one killed, 50 injured
One person was killed on the spot and over 50 others were injured, seven of them seriously, when supporters of two rival groups locked in a fierce clash over catching fish at Kalna Somarchar Jalmahalin
 arrow Rickshawpuller stabbed to death
A rickshawpuller was stabbed to death in Sasangasa area of Comilla town at about 2:30 am on Wednesday.
 arrow Teenage girl raped in Sherpur Eco Park
A teenage girl was raped inside Samashura Eco Park in Nalitabari upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Schoolgirl dies while sighting Shawal moon
A schoolgirl met the tragic end of her life as an under-construction wall near her house collapsed when she was trying to watch the new 'Shawal' moon on Tuesday evening.
 arrow 245 MT VGF rice allocated for C'nawabganj
A total of 245 metric tons (MTs) of rice have been allocated against 24,500 VGF cards for 45 unions and three pourashabhas in Chapainawabganj.
 arrow One killed over land dispute
Miscreants killed one person and injured two others in a sequel to a land dispute at Karnakati village in the Sadar upazila on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow We need to get the queen bees
When America and Europe are divided, when Japan is hesitant," Lee cautions, "the extremists are emboldened"

Richard Nixon once remarked that had Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew lived in a different

 arrow Selecting the right kind of biography
Lives of great men all remind us how far removed they are from our own. Official biographies are often dull and difficult going for those who do not have to read them.
 arrow Feet on the ground, please!
There is an almost proverbial saying in circulation that "when the doctor is sick, the whole world is sick".
 arrow Let's learn to laugh
We must somehow learn to laugh at ourselves, at our petty foibles, our comic weaknesses, habits and errors.
Culturearrow An energizing sojourn in Sri Lanka
Gulshan Hossain, whose vivid canvases on nature have captured the imagination of art lovers, specially the expatriates, and who has had flamboyant exhibits at home and overseas, has recently participated
 arrow Looking back with Richard Kishore
The mere touch of his fingers on the guitar evokes sweet melodies. His fingers strum the strings and pluck them with so much ease while the rest of his body remains up right.
 arrow 150th episode of Shubho Shondha
The 150th show of Shubho Shondhya, the regular evening arrangement of ntv, will be on air today, at 6:30 p.m.
 arrow Duran Duran land Brit Lifetime Award
British pop icons Duran Duran are to be honoured by the British record industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Internationalarrow Arafat urges Western leaders to relaunch peace process
Palestinian president Yasser Arafat has launched a series of appeals to Western leaders to relaunch the stalled Middle East peace process, one of his aides said.
 arrow EU trio agree on military planning wing
Britain, France and Germany have agreed plans to give the European Union its own facility for military planning independent of NATO, officials said.
 arrow Anti-terror raids target Islamists in Europe
Police hunting Islamic militants across Europe capped a dramatic series of anti-terror raids in three countries with the arrest of a suspected Algerian extremist in the German port of Hamburg on Friday.
 arrow Iraq's interim leaders review transition plan
Iraq's US-installed interim leadership held key talks yesterday demands from the powerful Shiite religious hierarchy for immediate elections that have undermined the democratic credentials of the US-led
 arrow Campaigning for state polls ends in India
Strident campaigning by thousands of candidates contesting India's provincial elections ended Saturday, setting the stage for the crucial voting on Monday in four key states, officials said.
 arrow Irish peace plan put on hold as hardliners gain in election
British and Irish ministers begin the arduous search for a way to save the Northern Ireland peace process yesterday, after election triumphs for hard-liners shattered hopes of a speedy return to power-sharing.
 arrow Japan fails to launch spy satellites
Japan aborted the launch of a second pair of spy satellites to monitor North Korea shortly after take-off yesterday in a bitter blow to its efforts to enhance space and security programmes.
 arrow Paparazzis acquitted of Diana car crash case
Three photographers who took pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed on the day they died were acquitted on Friday of invading their privacy.
 arrow Japan may send ground troops to Iraq in Feb
More than 500 Japanese non-combat ground troops could be sent to southern Iraq in February and March according to a draft plan for their dispatch, Kyodo news agency said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Holiday deaths on the road
From last Tuesday through Friday nearly two dozen highway points all over the country were splattered with blood.
 arrow Editorial: Bush in Baghdad
President Bush's night trip to Baghdad seemed out of character with the leader of a "victorious nation" claiming himself to be the 'liberator' of the country that his troops have captured.
 arrow Whereto from Istanbul?
Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for the twin bombing in Istanbul and threatened fresh attacks against the US and Japan.
 arrow Can't afford another partition
NEW Delhi should thank Islamabad for a positive response from the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani's offer for talks.
Letters to Editorarrow Beggars at traffic intersections
A threat to normal traffic movement in the city streets is taking shape due to the presence of a big number of beggars of all ages at the main traffic intersections of the city.
 arrow Corruption in trade mark registration
We would like to draw the attention of the secretary, ministry of industries, and the registrar of trade marks to the corruption and inefficiency in trade mark registration.
 arrow 'Omrah' and 'Monga'
The 'Monga' situation has been prevailing in the northern districts of the country. Allegedly, the relief materials are insufficient and have not been distributed properly.
 arrow Set up a hospital
Bangladesh is a poor and overpopulated country. Social and economic problems have become acute due to over population.

Among all these problems, healthcare is perhaps the most critical one.

 
   
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