Volume 4 Number 188 Thu. December 04, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Govt plans to crush street agitation
The government is planning crackdown on street demonstrations by the opposition, a home ministry official said.
 arrow Trading of 16 firms suspended
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday suspended trading of 16 companies with weak fundamentals following an abnormal surge in their share prices.
 arrow Cops to change colour for credibility
Police will soon shrug off the all too familiar blue shirt and khaki trousers -- one of the last vestiges of the old colonial era -- and switch to a light grey shirt and navy blue trousers from next month.
 arrow Disparate agendas hold back plan for opposition unity
Opposition political parties are discussing a raft of points to fashion a unity, but key ideological and policy issues are holding back their plans for the launch of a unified anti-government movement.
 arrow Firms catch clients on DoE premises
Representatives of some environment-related consulting firms have set up shop in a first-floor reception room at the Department of Environment (DoE) Dhaka office from where they solicit business.
 arrow Dr Kamal eyes unity for anti-govt movement in Jan
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for a broad unity ahead of a programme to be set against the government in January to press it to cut corruption and violence.
 arrow Four special prosecutors appointed
The government has appointed four special public prosecutors (SPPs) to conduct the trial in the historic Jail Killing Case.
 arrow Sircar-Siddiqui rift on despite Khaleda's Rx
Three days after a prime ministerial intervention to clear the bad blood between the speaker and his deputy, no rapprochement seems to take hold.
 arrow AI urges PM to probe 'torture' of Nuruzzaman
The Amnesty International (AI) yesterday appealed to the prime minister to probe the alleged torture on a Srimongol businessman at a local police station on November 20.
 arrow Hallmarks of neglect

 arrow Two more roads go rickshaw-free in January
Two city roads will be made off-limits to rickshaws and other non-motorised vehicles from January 1.
 arrow Violence, calamity push disabled numbers high
Violence, road accident and natural calamity, not malnutrition, are pushing up the number of disabled people in the country, a discussion in the city observed yesterday.
 arrow Rare animals seized in Bandarban
A pair of long-tailed binturong, a critically endangered mamal species, was seized from the house of an indigenous family in Bandarban town on Tuesday morning.
 arrow Ctg Victory Day events on course for conflict
A row between ruling BNP and Awami League (AL) and some left leaning political parties has made the holding of Victory Day celebration programmes in the port city uncertain as both blocs announced similar
 arrow PM orders EPZ in Ishwardi for agro-based industries
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed authorities to develop an export processing zone (EPZ) at Ishwardi exclusively for agro-based industries.
 arrow Railway demolishes 200 illegal shanties in Chittagong
The railway authorities yesterday demolished over 200 shanties and shops of a slum near the Chittagong Railway Station at West Madarbari in Doublemooring.
 arrow Haunted at home
Some 200 families of Shibpasha village in Habiganj district were attacked by local goons on the Eid day and their males have fled home since then to evade arrest having been 'framed' in cases.
 arrow Mahi, Babar squabble on Biman flight
BNP lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury and State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar Monday exchanged verbal salvo on a Biman flight back home from Bangkok.
 arrow Home ministry rejoinder to UNB report
The home ministry in a rejoinder on a UNB report run by The Daily Star headlined "Govt probing third force links to arms cache recovery", which other newspapers also carried on December 1, dismissed that
 arrow BDR thwarts push-in bid
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Tuesday night pushed back four Indian nationals at Barokhata border with India in Hatibandha upazila.
 arrow Subsidies, non-tariff barriers slated
The Sixth Asia-Pacific Employers' Conference slated the continuation of subsidies and non-tariff barriers in some of the developed countries that goes against the very concept of globalisation.
 arrow No headway in Badda arms haul case yet
Police failed to make any headway in the Kuril Badda arms haul case four days after the incident.
 arrow Lentil, soyabean oil prices up, onion fall
Prices of some essentials went up slightly early this week, while those of most others declined.
 arrow College teachers' tendons severed
Unidentified assailants severed tendons of both legs of a teacher of Gopalganj Bangabandhu College at his Bankpara residence at 9:30am yesterday.
 arrow Rajshahi college ransacked
Students of Bangabandhu Degree College at Bhadra yesterday vandalised some rooms of the college and set fire to furniture in the afternoon.
 arrow 80-yr-old woman killed in arson attack in Bhola
Tarufa Begum, an 80-year-old woman was burned to death in an arson attack at Char Ananda in Bhola Sadar upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
Businessarrow Boost farm export thru' more value addition
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday underscored the need for flourishing agro-based and agro-processing industries to ensure more value addition to farm products and boost exports.
 arrow Gold glitters to a new high
Gold prices hit a new record in the local market, pushing guinea to Tk 9,100 and 22-carat to Tk 9,400 per bhori (11.66 gram) effective from today.
 arrow Slash lending rate for house-building to 10pc
The Bangladesh Bank governor yesterday urged all banks to lower lending rate for house-building to 10 per cent to encourage higher investment in housing sector.
 arrow Maintain global standard to retain shrimp market
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday asked the shrimp industry stakeholders to maintain international standards and comply with codes of conduct to increase the export volume of shrimp.
 arrow Plan to set up road fund board criticised
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday protested a government move to set up a separate board that will raise funds for proper maintenance of roads by imposing extra taxes on road users.
 arrow Two new members of NBR
Alauddin Chowdhury and Helal Uddin have been made members of the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
 arrow 10pc cash incentive for tobacco exporters
In a bid to increase tobacco export, the government has decided to provide 10 per cent cash incentive to the tobacco exporters.
 arrow Licences of 15 moneychangers cancelled
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday cancelled licences of 15 moneychangers for breaking rules under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act of 1947, a BB press release said here.
 arrow Cricket board corporate client of GP
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has become a corporate client of GrameenPhone Ltd (GP).

To this effect, an agreement was signed between GP and BCB recently, says a press release.

 arrow Commerce Bank holds branch managers' meet
Bangladesh Commerce Bank Limited (BCBL) held a branch managers' meeting in Dhaka on Monday.

BCBL Managing Director Md Nurul Islam Khan presided over the meeting.

 arrow ADB training on resettlement management begins Sunday
The Asian Development Bank will organise a two-day training programme on Involuntary Resettlement Management in Development Projects from December 7 to December 8.
 arrow Emirates starts freighter service from Shanghai to Mumbai
Emirates SkyCargo has launched freighter services from Shanghai to Mumbai.
 arrow American Express Bank high official in Dhaka
Nicholas John Evans, senior director and regional treasurer (South Asia) of American Express Bank Limited, arrived in the city yesterday.
 arrow India mulls new money tools as inflows surge
India's central bank proposed Tuesday to introduce new tools in its struggle to manage excess cash with banks in the face of surging flows of foreign money into the economy.
 arrow Tokyo wants deeper relation with Asean
Tokyo wants to deepen its relationship with Asean and concrete measures for this will emerge at the forthcoming Japan-Asean summit next week.
 arrow World trade talks struggle as deadline looms
Efforts to get World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks back on track are making scant progress and there seems little chance of meeting a December 15 deadline for a resumption, trade sources said Tuesday.
 arrow Consensus in Opec on steady output
A consensus is building within Opec to maintain its oil production ceiling until at least early next year at Thursday's meeting, but the 11-nation cartel remains divided over who will be its next secretary
Sportsarrow Football: Nepal rout Pakistan
Nepal got off to a resounding start in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-20 qualifying round with a 3-0 thrashing of Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Cricket: Law to end free movement
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to form strong bylaws for this year's National Cricket League in an attempt to check the mercenary attitude of the players.
 arrow Hockey: BHF looking to AHF U-21 meet
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) is aiming to use the first Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Under-21 competition as an opportunity to restore the pride their senior brothers lost in the Men's Asia Cup
 arrow Cricket: Marshall can't stop hosts
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 51 runs in the third one-day international here Wednesday and won the five match series 3-0 despite Hamish Marshall's maiden unbeaten hundred.
 arrow Cricket: Murali strikes a balance
Ace Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed two quick wickets to put England under pressure in the opening cricket Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: One spinner each?
Australian captain Steve Waugh is expected to stick with leg-spinner Stuart MacGill and to unleash three pace bowlers on a green-top Gabba wicket against India in the series' opening Test in Brisbaneon
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar, work on your leg-spin
Indian captain Saurav Ganguly wants master batsman Sachin Tendulkar to practise his leg-spin before he can expect to have more Test bowling stints.
 arrow Cricket: Indians told to have self-belief
India should see their challenging Test series in Australia as a chance to atone rather than as an insurmountable task, sports psychologist Sandy Gordon said here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Get that signature, now
As sporting greats go, Sachin Tendulkar is something of a puzzle.

It is easier to recall the career statistics than the individual innings.

 arrow Tennis: Johansson eyes a comeback
In 2002, Thomas Johansson stepped out of the shadows of compatriots Magnus Norman and Thomas Enqvist when he won the Australian Open, taking Sweden's first Grand Slam title in nearly 10 years.
 arrow Football: Vieira's victorious return
Patrick Vieira's return to action was the icing on the cake as a youthful Arsenal romped into the last eight of the League Cup with a 5-1 thrashing of Wolves on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sukur supplies lifeline
A double strike by fit-again Turkish star Hakan Sukur kept Galatasaray's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League final 16 alive with a 2-0 win over Italian side Juventus here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Valencia muff chance
Spanish league leaders Valencia missed a chance to pull clear of title rivals Real Madrid when they were held to a 0-0 draw at lowly Real Sociedad Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sheikh eyeing Leeds
Bahrain Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Khalifa confirmed to the Stock Exchange on Tuesday that he was "exploring a number of options to assist" troubled English Premier-ship club Leeds United.
Politicalarrow BNP lawmaker finally appears in court
BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, who stands accused in an extortion case, finally appeared in court yesterday after failing 23 consecutive dates.
 arrow Stay clear of fresh feuds
The Awami League (AL) has asked its two feuding leaders to stay clear of fresh squabbles after suspending their separate programmes in Sunamganj to tackle the volatile situation there, party sources said.
 arrow Slain AL leader's family gets fresh death threats
Family of slain Awami League leader SMA Rob has reportedly received fresh death threats for demanding reinvestigation of the Rob murder case.
Metropolitanarrow JCD to observe silver jubilee on Jan 1
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) will observe silver jubilee on January 1 on the occasion of its 25th founding anniversary, says a press release.
 arrow Body to frame rules
A committee for formulating rules and regulations for developing private sector financed infrastructure under Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) was constituted yesterday.
 arrow Japan 'very close friend' of Bangladesh
President of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentarian League Shin Sakurai yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
 arrow Domestic help dies after abortion
A young domestic help died from excessive bleeding after forced abortion at Hazipara in the city yesterday.

Anwara Begum, the 22-year-old housemaid, was pregnant for five months.

 arrow NDC graduation ceremony today
The graduation and certificate award ceremony of the National Defence Course-2003 and the Armed Forces War Course-2003 will be held today at the National Defence College (NDC) at Mirpur Cantonment.
 arrow Anti-drug concert in Chittagong tomorrow
With the slogan 'Stop addiction', an anti-drug concert and fashion show will be held at the engineering institute auditorium in Chittagong city tomorrow.
 arrow Patuakhali varsity VC hospitalised
The Vice-Chancellor of Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Prof Dr AKM Abdul Hannan Bhuiyan, has been suffering from jaundice during the last two weeks.
 arrow Japan's support to liberation war recalled
Chief Whip Khandkar Delwar Hossain yesterday expressed his gratitude to Japan for its full support to the War of Liberation.
 arrow HC grants bail to five DU teachers
Prof AK Azad Chowdhury, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University and his four colleagues were yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months in connection with an attempt to murder case.
 arrow Shahed Akhtar new envoy to Thailand
The government has decided to appoint Shahed Akhtar as the next Bangladesh Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.
 arrow DU APE Dept alumni reunion December 12
The Applied Physics & Electronics (APE) Department Alumni Association, University of Dhaka, will hold a day-long reunion at the TSC auditorium on December 12, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Marooned in dry season!
Believe it or not, about 20,000 people in 15 villages in Kolaroa upazila are virtually marooned in the ongoing dry season.
 arrow Case against OC, 7 cops for eviction threat
The officer-in-charge and seven policemen including an ASI of Hatibandha thana are among 21 people charged with threatening a person with eviction from his homestead.
 arrow A Pourasabha memorial?
The costly overhead water reservoir reminds the townspeople of the Pourasabha's good intention. But no body knows when water will trickle down the tower.
 arrow Dr Aftab murder trial begins on Dec 8
The trial of much-talked-about Dr. Aftab Hossain Murder case will now begin in the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Sylhet on December 8.

Charge-framing of the case was completed on November 19.

 arrow Seven chargesheeted in Khulna AL leader murder case
Chargesheet has been submitted to court accusing seven outlaws of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) for the murder of Awami League leader and Chairman of Bahirdia Union Parishad Atahar Ali.
 arrow 4 killed in Mymensingh in road mishap, clash
Two persons were killed and another critically injured in a road accident in Phulpur on Tuesday.
 arrow Where the VGF rice has gone?
Eleven ward members of Lalm-onirhat Pourasabha out of 12 in a written complaint to the Deputy Commissioner alleged that Municipal Chairman Lutfar Rahman misappropriated 18.
 arrow Clash over fishing in disputed pond: 1 killed, 4 injured
One person was killed and four others were seriously injured in a clash over fishing in a disputed pond at Dhulia Moddher Char village under Mehendiganj upazila on Friday.
 arrow Jamaat leader given 8 months' RI for giving fake cheques
Jamaat-e-Islami leader and principal of Khalishpur 'Katha Pre-Cadet School and Coaching Centre' Shaikh Zakir Hossain has been sentenced to eight month's RI and fined Tk one lakh for giving two fake cheques
 arrow Workshop on childhood development held
A two-day workshop on early childhood development (ECD) concluded here on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow No way to make friends
President Bush's Thanksgiving trip to Iraq was a generous and bold-hearted gesture of support to American troops.
 arrow The thin line between reality and nightmare
Readers may recall that in a previous edition of London Letter, published last September, I began with the question: Is Iraq turning out to be America's "New Vietnam?" Memories of many Americans still
 arrow As I saw Maqsood A. Choudhury
I was in Sylhet to attend a review meeting of the audit parties working in that region. I was just having a nap after the Fazr prayer on October 3, 2003, Friday when Bhabi (Mrs.
 arrow Is Bangladesh vulnerable to earthquakes?
There are some valid questions: Is Bangladesh vulnerable to earthquakes? Should we be concerned about an earthquake when occurrences of earthquake damages are not so significant? The country faces somany
Culturearrow Flag-wavers
Liberation War history needs to be re-visited, remembered and the story of the martyrs spread to the present generation--martyrs whose blood and sweat nurtured our nation.
 arrow Bharatnatyam
Bharatnatyam is the oldest of all classical dances that evolved over many centuries in the temples of Southern India where the dance was performed as a religious act for the lord Siva.
 arrow Spanish Film Festival 2003
The Department of Spanish of Institute of Modern Languages, Dhaka University, in association with Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI), is organising a festival of contemporary Spanish
Generalarrow Muktijuddher Bijoy Utsab begins in Ctg today
A 21-day victory festival titled "Muktijuddher Bijoy Utsab" begins here today.
 arrow President seeks Japanese help to develop human resources
Acting president of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary League and member of Japan House of Councilors Shin Sakurai paid a courtesy call on President Iajuddin

Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.

 arrow Saarc Charter Day Dec 8
A children's art competition will be held at the SAARC Agricultural Information Centre (SAIC) at Farmgate tomorrow marking the SAARC Charter Day.
 arrow USTC to reopen December 8
Classes of the University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) will resume on December 8 after a 50-day of unscheduled closer.
 arrow Flower show competition begins today
A two-day food festival and flower show competition will begin at the playground of Bangladesh Women Association School in Chittagong city today.
 arrow 1323 more held
Police arrested 1323 people, including seven listed criminal, during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow US to meet ME peace plan authors
Israel fumed yesterday over Secretary of State Colin Powell's plan to meet the authors of a symbolic peace accord despite fierce Israeli objections.
 arrow Massive manhunt fails to nab Izzat
US troops detained the private secretary of Saddam Hussein's fugitive number two, Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, during a huge search operation in north-central Iraq but missed the alleged paymaster of attacks
 arrow US rights body lambasts Pakistan's gag on press
Flaying Pakistan's military government for becoming 'increasing intolerant' to freedom of press, a human rights watchdog group has asked President Pervez Musharraf to demonstrate his 'genuine commitment'
 arrow Don't shut door on global cooperation, Annan urges US
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the United States not to turn its back on multilateralism or ignore civil liberties in combating the deadly threat of global terrorism.
 arrow Iraqi leaders meets Bremer about polls
Iraq's US-installed interim leadership met Paul Bremer yesterday for its first talks with the US overseer since the Shiite Muslim religious hierarchy rammed a huge hole through the coalition's plans for
 arrow Assam violence rocks Indian parliament
A storm of protests over ethnic bloodletting in the northeastern Indian state of Assam abruptly closed Indian parliament for an hour yesterday.
 arrow Rumsfeld gets 'Foot in Mouth'
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has won a "Foot in Mouth" award for one of his now legendary bizarre remarks.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Recruitment at the university
Public universities need the approval of the PM to fill their vacancies.
 arrow Editorial: AIDS patients
The terrible physical and mental agony that Aids patients are subjected to has been revealed by their meeting with the members of parliament on Tuesday.
 arrow US in Iraq: Indirect approach?
One of 20th century England's preeminent military historians, Capt. Basil H.Liddell Hart (1895-1970) is famed for postulating the strategy of the indirect approach to warfare.
 arrow Fury over railway recruitment: Wages of jobless growth
If someone wanted to discover a fast track to the triumph of extreme ethnic-chauvinism in India, they couldn't find a better example than the three-week-long rampage in different states over recruitment
Letters to Editorarrow Uncertainties rule the day
Begum Khaleda Zia, as the prime minister, has to take some tough decisions to save the government and the country, before she looks how to save her party.
 arrow Stop phensidyl marketing
We have made enquiries with narcotic officials, police and BDR personnel, railway guards, bus and truck drivers, medical and drug stores and many others.
 arrow Cry of a woman
I am writing this letter in outright shock and disgust, after watching a news clip on BTV, on November 15.
 arrow Freedom of the Writer
This refers to Mr Syed Shamsul Haq's article titled "I speak of the freedom of the pen" published in The Daily Star on 17th November.
 arrow Positive remarks
I am encouraged by the mail sent by Roxane Rosemarie on Nov 22nd. Our nation is very concerned about the plight of Muslims around the world.