Volume 4 Number 192 Mon. December 08, 2003    
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Front Pagearrow Developer swindles clients with plot offers in wetland
A fast-emerging developer is allegedly deceiving aspiring landowners with a controversial development project in the Gulshan low-lying area, dubbed as Dhaka Satellite City.
 arrow 8 robbers lynched in Char Clerk as cops launch operation
Outraged locals of Char Clerk cluster village rounded robbers and beat eight of them dead yesterday morning.

Another four robbers were severely wounded during the mob beating.

 arrow 'Swadhinata Stambha', a monument of neglect
One can hardly imagine how the symbols of the history of Bangladesh's liberation war have been left to rot unless one visits the city's Suhrawardy Udyan.
 arrow End rivalry or face action
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday sounded tough against her two senior party leaders and instructed them to end their rivalry that is believed to disintegrate AL's lower tiers.
 arrow European Parliament worried over law and order slide
The European Parliament has expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order in Bangladesh and observed that police are unable to respond properly.
 arrow 5 detained at Ctg airport with firearms
Five persons were detained at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport for entering the restricted area wielding a shotgun yesterday noon.
 arrow CHT braces for hartal amidst resistance from ruling alliance
The three hill districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) remained tense as Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal today amid opposition from the UPDF (United
 arrow US air strike kills 9 Afghan children
US-led forces in Afghanistan have mistakenly killed nine children during an air strike on a leader of the banned Taliban regime, the US military says.
 arrow DCC kicks off weekly mosquito control drive
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday launched a two-day special mosquito control programme under the supervision of the DCC zonal executives instead of ward commissioners to ensure effectiveness ofthe
 arrow Bar on UP leaders goes amid flak
The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives yesterday cancelled two identical circulars that restricted union parishad (UP) representatives' participation in programmes at home
 arrow World meet to end digital divide starts in Geneva Saturday
Leaders from nearly 200 countries including 60 heads of state and government will attend the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva Saturday aimed at bridging the digital divide
 arrow HC fines N'ganj magistrate for detention order
The High Court (HC) yesterday fined District Magistrate of Narayanganj SM Harunar Rashid Tk 10 for a detention order.

The division bench of Justice Hasan Ameen and Fazle Kabir passed the order.

 arrow Mist blankets capital
A cloak of mist blanketed Dhaka yesterday morning blocking sunrays and limiting vision in an echo of last year's weather pattern and weathermen said it would continue for two more days.
 arrow Rejoinder
The Power Development Board (PDB) and Westmont in separate rejoinders on The Daily Star report on Saturday headlined "PDB's questionable deal with Westmont" said some parts of the report was not factually
 arrow Check the Chill

 arrow Govt mounts watch on B Chy
The government has intensified intelligence surveillance on AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury as he is readying to float a new political party in January.
 arrow New Indian envoy due Dec 10
Veena Sikri, the newly appointed high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, arrives in Dhaka on December 10 to take over responsibilities.
 arrow Ruling BNP should sit with opposition to end JS impasse, says US envoy
US Ambassador in Dhaka Harry K Thomas yesterday said the ruling BNP should sit with the main opposition party to bring it back to parliament to make the Jatiya Sangsad effective.
 arrow Expatriate accuses BNP MP of land grab, Lobi's wife denies
A Bangladeshi expatriate in London yesterday accused a ruling BNP lawmaker of grabbing a house in Banani in a claim the MP's wife dismissed as false.
 arrow Shantu seeks US support for peace accord implementation
President of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) Shantu Larma (Jotirindriyo Bodhipriyo) yesterday met the ambassador of the United States to seek support for full implementation of the peace
 arrow Fire-burnt girl dies after 8 days
A teenage girl who suffered critical burns on November 29 died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Rumour of dead woman walking draws thousands in Mirpur
Police yesterday clubbed thousands of people trying to enter a house at Section-10 in Mirpur on hearing the rumoured homecoming of a woman from grave.
 arrow Salman denies ITV share purchase
Vice-chairman of Beximco Group Salman F Rahman has refuted a remark made by Salauddin Shoib Chowdhury, arrested on November 29 for his alleged Mossad links, in court and published in The Daily Star as
 arrow Amadeus resumes operation from today as HC stays injunction
Amadeus, a leading service provider for international ticket reservation, will resume its services today, after the High Court Division yesterday stayed an injunction on its operation.
 arrow Printing of pry text books to complete by Dec 20
The printing of textbooks for the primary schools and ebtedayee madrassahs is expected to be complete by December 20.
 arrow C'wealth extends Zimbabwe ban
Commonwealth heads of state have agreed to extend indefinitely Zimbabwe's suspension from the group and appointed a seven-nation panel to monitor political dialogue and human rights in the country, aZambian
 arrow Change in NBR top brass
The government yesterday posted several high officials of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to its various departments and divisions.
 arrow 23 killed as bus skids off Jammu road
An overcrowded bus skidded off a steep mountain road yesterday in Indian-held Kashmir and plunged 1,500 feet into a gorge, killing 23 passengers and injuring 13 others.
Businessarrow SEC decides to withdraw weighted average index
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to withdraw the Weighted Average Index from Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges as the authorities of both the bourses feel the index does not
 arrow Policy on the cards to speed up project implementation
In a bid to speed up implementation of various projects, the government is going to overhaul the procedure of submission, processing and approval of projects.
 arrow Chittagong Port sees fresh container congestion
A slowdown in cargo clearance has resulted in fresh container congestion in the Chittagong Port triggering space crisis at its yards and sheds.
 arrow Bourses close lower
Both the bourses closed lower yesterday with the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index shedding 17.36 points and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) Trade Volume Weighted Index declining by 0.05 points.
 arrow Chinese firm to set up joint venture motorbike plant
China is keen to set up a joint venture industry to manufacture motorcycle in Bangladesh, a leading Chinese manufacturing industrialist said here yesterday.
 arrow US still facing pressures despite end of steel tariffs
The US move to drop controversial steel tariffs eases fears of an imminent global trade war, but several other skirmishes loom with Europe, China and other trading partners, analysts say.
 arrow CSE holds training for executives on CDS
The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) organised a training course recently for its executives as a part of its preparation to serve as a depository participant (DP) in the central depository system (CDS),
 arrow Highspeed Shipbuilding seeks delisting from DSE
Highspeed Shipbuilding and Heavy Engineering Company Limited, one of the 16 companies faced trade suspension, yesterday applied for delisting its shares from the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).
 arrow Council meet of Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers begins today in KL
The two-day 6th council meeting of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and the Asia Business Forum will begin today in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Call money rate falls further
The call money rate fell down further yesterday, thanks to inflow of funds from the government's exchequer last week, fund managers said.

The inter-bank money rate touched its intra-day high at 7.

 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon chairman now in Dhaka
Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd Chairman MJC Amarasuirya is now in Dhaka on a 10-day visit.
 arrow Janata Bank takes steps to reduce classified loans
Janata Bank has taken steps to reduce classified loans in December this year.
 arrow ICAB Council election held
The election to the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and the regional committees of Dhaka (DRC) and Chittagong (CRC) were held recently in Dhaka.
 arrow New MD of Islamic Finance and Investment
Md Rabiul Islam has joined the Islamic Finance and Investment Limited (IFIL) as managing director recently.

Prior to his joining, Islam was an executive director of Bangladesh Bank, says a pressrelease.

 arrow Little hope of progress in WTO round expected at Dec meet
Attempts to get countries back to the negotiating table to relaunch WTO trade talks by a December 15 deadline are in trouble, and diplomats doubt much progress will be made until next year at the earliest.
 arrow SIA faces fresh turbulence as pilots show dissent
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is undergoing fresh turbulence soon after recovering from the SARS epidemic amid disenchantment among its pilots over the way the carrier has treated its staff.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB takes stock
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)'s advisory council met yesterday to review the progress of preparation for the forthcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh next February and March.
 arrow Hockey: Peaceful BHF AGM
The storm that was anticipated before the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) never happened yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sun and Saurav shine
Skipper Saurav Ganguly exorcised his demons with a fighting century to steer India to a 39-run lead over Australia with a day to play in the first cricket Test at the Gabba here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly's answer to 'em
Saurav Ganguly refused to seize the opportunity after scoring his watershed Test century in Australia to take aim at his Aussie critics here on Sunday.
 arrow Pakistan keep it clean
Pakistan completed a clean sweep of the five-match one-day series against New Zealand on Sunday with a 49 runs-win in the final match.
 arrow Relishing the prospect
Bangladesh A team captain Mushfiqur Rahman wants to enjoy his new responsibility rather than thinking of it as a burden.
 arrow India relieve BAAF
India finally agreed to send a team to participate in the first-ever SAF Junior Athletics Competition beginning in Dhaka from January 22.

The South Asian powerhouse will compete in all 26 events.

 arrow Cricket: Surprised Gillespie!
Australian pace spearhead Jason Gillespie said he was surprised when umpire Steve Bucknor gave Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar out leg before wicket in the first Gabba Test here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Morale still high'
Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne on Saturday said his team's morale was still high despite the failure to notch up a win in the opening cricket Test against England here.
 arrow Cricket: Record-breaking C'paul, Jacobs
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ridley Jacobs shared a South African fifth-wicket record stand as the touring West Indians played themselves into a dominant position on the second day of a four-day match against
 arrow Cricket: SA wait on Kirsten
Gary Kirsten will decide by Monday whether to remain by his pregnant wife's side or play for South Africa in the first Test against West Indies, the United Cricket Board (UCB) of South Africa said onSunday.
 arrow Hockey: Australia lift title
Three goals in the first 16 minutes proved enough for Australia to secure the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament 3-2 Sunday but they still had to see off a late charge by China.
 arrow Football: Leeds prove a point
Leeds have breathed new life into their own battle for survival and left the three-way Premiership title race tighter than ever by holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
 arrow Football: Parreira smells a rat
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said there were signs that manoevres had been taking place within the sport to prevent Brazil winning their sixth World Cup, media reported here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Brazilians spark Real party
Brazilian superstars Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo scored a goal each Saturday as Spanish league leader Real Madrid edged archrival FC Barcelona 2-1 to win its first league match at the Camp Nou stadiumin
 arrow Football: Juve lose track
Title-holders Juventus lost more ground in the Italian title race after crashing to their second consecutive league defeat here on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Change attitude towards women
Speakers at a seminar called for a change in the attitude of the society, particularly the men, towards women.
 arrow DU distributes admission forms amid protest tomorrow
Distribution of forms for admission in first year honours classes of Dhaka University (DU) begins tomorrow.

Earlier, the sale of forms was scheduled to begin today.

 arrow Establish clinical centres of diarrhoea in rural areas
President Iajuddin Ahmed suggested establishing "clinical centres of diarrhoea" in rural areas for providing quick treatment to children affected with the mortal disease.
 arrow Saarc Charter Day today
The Charter Day of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will be observed in the country as elsewhere in six other south Asian nations today.
 arrow Bangladeshis freed in Bolivia
The government has been closely monitoring the situation in the Bolivian capital La Paz following an AFP report that several Bang-ladeshis were detained at the airport Viru Viru Santa of Cruz La Paz while
 arrow Qualification@UK Fair begins today
British Council organises a four-day 'Qualification@UK Fair' to provide an opportunity for Bangladeshi students, parents and educationists to obtain information on British qualifications.
 arrow Australian film festival begins December 11
The Australian High Commission in Dhaka is going to organise a two-day film festival from December 11 in Dhaka.
 arrow Cabinet body okays absorption of 182 officials
The cabinet committee on "Public Administration Reform and Good Governance" yesterday decided in principle to introduce provident fund (PF) for judges of the Supreme Court (SC) to be appointed from among
 arrow Unite to face misrule, Inu urges FF
Hasanul Haque Inu, president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), yesterday called upon the freedom fighters to be united against the fundamentalism and misrule of the present government.
 arrow Security steps for Victory Day reviewed
The Home Ministry yesterday reviewed security arrangements for the Victory Day on December 16 at a coordination meeting with Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury in the chair.
Nationalarrow Capturing workers' union office the Jamaat way
Supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mia Golam Quddus, younger brother of Mia Golam Parwar MP, captured the workers' union office at Jute Spinners Mill, Shiromoni, Saturday morning in presence of city
 arrow Fresh probe demanded as accused JCD leaders dropped from charge sheet
Reinvestigation of the sensational Sharmin rape and murder case by CID has been demanded after the "main accused" JCD leaders have been dropped from the charge sheet and two others not accused earlier
 arrow Rescheduled Purbadhala Awami League meet tomorrow
Tension is prevailing in Purbadhala centring the upazila Awami League conference, rescheduled for tomorrow after Friday's meet ended in a pandemonium leaving 35 party leaders and activists injured inclashes.
 arrow ADB team reviews progress of crop diversification project
A five-member delegation of Asian Development Bank (ADB) led by Project Economist Ahsan Toyub on Saturday discussed with Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) officials progress in implementation of the
 arrow Gaibandha UP Forum protests govt order
A meeting of the National Union Parisahd Forum, Gaibandha was held at the office of Gano Unayan Kendro, a local NGO, recently.
 arrow 11 killed, 30 injured in road mishaps in Natore, Comilla
Twelve people were killed and at least 30 injured in road accidents in Natore and Comilla on Saturday and the day before.
 arrow One dies, 50 prisoners attacked
Panic has gripped the prisoners of Satkhira District Jail as chicken pox has broken out in a large scale inside the jail.
 arrow Gaibandha ward Commissioner's election declared null and void
Election of Ragib Hasan Chowdhury as ward commissioner of Gaibandha pourasabha has been declared null and void by the Election Tribunal and the Sessions judge as he had changed his name in the voter list
 arrow AL-backed panel wins Chuadanga Bar Association election
The Awami League (AL)-backed panel won the Chuadanga Bar Association election by defeating the BNP-backed panel. The election was held peacefully at the association auditorium on Saturday.
 arrow Kidnapped housewife rescued
A young housewife Rozina Akhter, 20, abducted at gunpoint on September 3 from Patkelghata bazaar under Tala Police Station was rescued on December 2.
 arrow Noakhali Mukto Ustab held
Noakhali Mukto Ustab (Noakhali free day) was observed at Maijdi Court on Sunday through various programmes.
 arrow Abducted schoolboy rescued by police
A schoolboy, abducted for ransom on November 23, was rescued on Thursday, police and the victim's family said.
 arrow Two children rescued while being trafficked to India
Two children were rescued from Meherpur while being trafficking to India on Friday.

They were identified as Abdul Hye, 15, and Mithu, 10, of Palashbari in Gaibandha.

 arrow Tareq distributes warm clothes among distressed in N-dists
It was a surprise for the poor in Natore when they saw BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tareq Rahman at their doorsteps warm clothes.
Point-Counterpointarrow Banshkhali: A burning shame for the nation
From Banshkhali to Pabna to Jhalakathi -- the whole region appears to be a tinder box of crime, namely killing, burning, arson and violence.
 arrow Many Dhakas
There is not one Dhaka, there are many Dhakas. Like most metropolitan developments fighting for the control of capital and land, Dhaka is a socially and spatially heterogeneous place.
 arrow Indian Muslims
BOTH identity and modernity are important parts of socio-political discourse today and more so in case of Muslims.
Culturearrow Songs of hundred mystic poets
Bangladesh Lok Sangeet Porishad and UNESCO has jointly organised a 3-day-long folk festival featuring songs of hundred and twenty one mystic poets of Bengal.
 arrow Tribute to dance maestro,Uday Shankar
Uday Shankar's name is known throughout the four continents, and he has achieved a unique place amongst the dance lovers all over the world.
 arrow Australian film festival comes to town
A two-day Australian Film Festival featuring seven Australian films will take place in Dhaka at the British Council Auditorium on 11 and 12 December 2003.
 arrow In search of T-Rex
After a remarkable success with Dipu Number 2, Bubuner Baba and Hatkata Robin, another story of eminent litterateur Muhammad Zafar Iqbal is coming on the small screen.
Generalarrow Bring real culprits to book without any political motive
The people here observed the Mymensingh Bomb Blasts Tragedy Day yesterday.

On this day last year, 18 people were killed and over 100 injured in a series of bomb blasts in cinemas.

 arrow Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela opens in Ctg peacefully
The Bijoy Shikha (victory flame) was lit peacefully in the port city yesterday amid a tense situation in a prelude to the 'Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela' (Liberation war victory fair).
 arrow Tk 100 cr ADB project to make Rajshahi city a model abode
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to implement a big project to develop Rajshahi city as a model abode.
 arrow 10 injured in Ctg road accident
At least ten people were injured, three of them seriously, when a private car hit two auto-rickshaws and two rickshaws at Jamal Khan Road in the port city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Palestinian groups agree to halt attacks in Israel
Palestinian factions ended truce talks in Cairo yesterday with agreement on a conditional halt to suicide attacks in Israel, but a final statement did not refer to ending attacks on soldiers and settlers
 arrow Congress meets amid Jogi tape controversy
Shadowed by Ajit Jogi's audio tape controversy, a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) began here on Sunday to take stock of the political situation in the wake of party's rout in three
 arrow 'Saddam commanding resistance operations'
Saddam Hussein is hiding out west of Baghdad from where he commands the operations against the US occupation of Iraq, a tribal leader and faithful follower of the ousted president told AFP.
 arrow US sounds out NATO for help in hotspots
The United States, having largely rebuffed NATO offers of help after September 11, is now sounding out the Alliance to ease pressure on its hard-stretched forces on the post-Sept 11 battlefields of Iraq
 arrow Putin expected to tighten grip as Russians vote
Russians voted on Sunday in parliamentary polls expected to tighten President Vladimir Putin's grip on power and open the way for economic reform.
 arrow Iraqi colonel tells of Saddam's WMD plan
Saddam Hussein deployed weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the US-led war on Iraq which could be used on the battlefield in less than 45 minutes, an Iraqi officer told a British Sunday newspaper.
 arrow 6 killed in Hyderabad rioting
Six people died in India's southern city of Hyderabad after clashes between jubilant Hindu hard-liners and protesting Muslims on the eleventh anniversary of the razing of a mosque, police said.
 arrow Last-ditch attempt to end Lankan crisis
Sri Lanka's president and the prime minister will make a last-ditch attempt this week to try and end their month-old power struggle that is risking a peace bid with Tamil rebels, officials said.
 arrow China seeks US reassurance on Taiwan
China's Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in the United States yesterday seeking reassurances from Washington it will rein in rival Taiwan and bracing for US criticism of Beijing's trade and currency policies.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Judicial accountability concern
One missing link of paramount importance in terms of ensuring transparency of the highest judiciary has been established.
 arrow Editorial: Mymensingh blasts
Police have not succeeded in making any progress in the Mymensingh cinema blasts case in the last one year.
 arrow The inevitability of history
There couldn't be more cruel a joke when with the fall of Baghdad early this year the invaders of Iraq claimed to have 'liberated' the country while they themselves are swallowing it up like a big python.
 arrow A question of image
Pakistan has perennially suffered from an image problem, recently reaching endemic proportion because of the "terrorism" tag, this despite the fact that we are an acknowledged frontline State in the US-led
 arrow The death penalty should continue in Bangladesh
The government has been considering abolishing the death sentence, some newspaper items quoting highly placed sources have suggested lately.
Letters to Editorarrow Will we catch up with the world?
Only days ago the people of Georgia kicked out their president because of corruption and his failure to deliver.
 arrow Rein in the fanatics
Thank you for your front page news item, "Anti-Ahmadia group gives one-week deadline to govt" [The Daily Star, December 6, 2003].
 arrow "Why Taslima is so controversial?"
This refers to the letter of Ms Sharin Shajahan Naomi, Department of Law, DU, published on December 4.
 arrow Dr. Benkin's appeal
I was intrigued to read Mr. Shibly Azad's letter on Dr. Benkin's article praising Bangladesh as a moderate Muslim country and urging us to play a role in solving the Israel-Palestine conflict.
 arrow HIV and behavioural trend
I understand almost all the HIV prevention teams are concerned like me and are directing their attention to 'hotel-based prostitution'! (Source: The Daily Star, 01-12-03).
 arrow Lathi-Banshi Samity
A few days back, I wrote about the one-month embargo on the Lathi-Banshi (stick-whistle) Samity that had been successfully combating extortion and terrorism in Natore.
 arrow Congratulations, Mr. Alam
I would like to congratulate Mohit Ul Alam, writer of "Awake our conscience! Now or never!" (Star Chittagong, December 3) for having the courage to write this powerful piece. I agree with him wholeheartedly.
 arrow Dr. Kamal vs Dr. B
Everyone talks about people's support, whereas no one in reality bothers to adhere to or honour their opinion.
 arrow What's wrong with Longorkhana?
There is (or was!) a famine like situation (called Monga in Bangla) going on in the northern Bangladesh including most of the districts of greater Rangpur.
 arrow Dr. B's plan
Recently, Dr. B's comments on national issues have drawn response from across the country. To these, I would like to add some.

Dr. B's discovery of a national crisis, who knows not, is true.

 arrow Terrestrial channel equipment
Not long ago, a lot of stories appeared in the press regarding use/misuse of BTV facilities and equipment by the now defunct Ekushey TV.
 arrow Changing the colour of police uniform
We all know the old saying that goes like this - black coal will remain black no matter how many times you wash it.
 arrow On a third party...
Certainly, we need a change to get out of the two-party cycle of misrule.

Dr. B is an educated person, no doubt. But I am not sure how much change can be expected from him.

Star Cityarrow Mosquito control a game of bluff?
The number of employees working on mosquito control has dwindled from 396 to 266 over the last 56 years, making it difficult for them to deal with the mosquito menace that has multiplied.
 arrow Novo Theatre misses deadline again
Dhaka Modern Novo Theatre seems to be missing the December launch deadline, as Japanese technicians will not arrive here before January 7 to install equipment for its regular run.
 arrow Vegetable supply fairly up but prices yet to be fair
Although supply of winter vegetables has increased, prices of most items still remained out of the reach of ordinary consumers.
 arrow Tormented, terrorised
Hecklers shot dead a young man as he protested the teasing of his school-age sisters in Jurain on November 24 in a reminder of Simi Banu's suicide in torment in Khilgaon in 2001.
 arrow In quest of a new dumping ground
The Air Force authorities have asked Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Traffic) to relocate the rickshaw dumping ground at the Old Airport premises to a suitable spot by December 31.
 arrow Shishu Park to have more fun
After years of indifference, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is finally planning to introduce 16 new attractions at Shishu Park.